‘A BRUSH with SAIL’ The monthly newsletter of new Zealand artist & sailor, jim bolland MAY 2008 Vincenzo Victorious ‘LATIN RASCALS’ MAKE IT THREE IN A ROW! Vincenzo Onorato and his ‘MASCALZONE LATINO’ are the 2008 Rolex Farr 40 World Champions, achieving an amazing third backto-back victory in this super competitive class. The nine-race regatta sailed near Miami, Florida, came to a victorious end for the ‘RASCALS’ on April 19. ‘MASCALZONE LATINO’ in winning mode. Photo © Cindy Saunders. ‘As I told my crew before the start, it is quite impossible to do,’ said Onorato of winning again. ‘But we did it, thank God. It was a tough week.’ What made the accomplishment even more remarkable, was that Onorato had not one, but two substitutes for regular tactician Adrian Stead in Morgan Larson and John Kostecki. ‘It’s incredible for a good reason,’ said Onorato, who has competed in the Farr 40’s since the Class’s early days. ‘Driving was a lot of stress for me. I had to tune up with another guy each day. John is an incredible talent. To be able to tune up with a guy like him is fantastic. ‘MASCALZONE LATINO’ crew was: VINCENZO ONORATO owner/driver ; MORGAN LARSON/JOHN KOSTECKI tactician; GERRY MITCHELL, ANDREA BALLICO, DAVIDE SCARPA, MATTEO SAVELLI, TIM BURNELL, ROBERTA de PAOLI, ADRIANO FIGONE and MARCO CORNACCHIA. Winners are grinners. A very happy Vincenzo! Photo © Cindy Saunders. ROLEX FARR 40 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP. TOP TEN. 1. (ITA1.) MASCALZONE LATINO. Vincenzo Onorato. 2. (ITA1805.) JOE FLY. Giovanni Maspero. 3. (MON40.) MEAN MACHINE. Peter de Ridder. 4. (DEN7.) NANOQ. HRH Crown Prince Frederik. 5. (ITA40102.) CALVI NETWORK. Carlo Alberini. 6. (SUI81818.) ALINGHI. Ernesto Berterelli. 7. (USA46999.) RAMROD. Rod Jabin. 8. (USA50955.) BARKING MAD. Jim Richardson. 9. (GER5565.) OPUS ONE. Wolfgang Stolz. 10. (ITA1972.) NERONE. Massimo Mezzaroma. 63 points 87 “ 102 “ 114 “ 120 “ 120 “ 122 “ 125 “ 130 “ 140 “ Photo © Daniel Forster. For the full 33 boat result listing and race reports, go to: www.farr40worlds.com For all information on the Farr 40 Class, go to: www.farr40.org VIRUS! n. poisonous matter; the poison causing infection. Perhaps referring to it as a Virus is a bit over-dramatic. But the effect, however small, of the ridiculous warfare being waged by ‘Alinghi’ and ‘Oracle’ is having on the rest of the sport of sailing is an absolutely negative one. Last weekend, I was listening to a radio discussion amongst three well-known New Zealand sports journalists on the various ways that discipline is applied to those who offend on the sports field. It was fairly light-hearted but generally full of wisdom, as you would expect from professional scribes. And then, while discussing a particular point, one of the panel said ‘What do they do in sailing?’ Quick as a flash, another said, ‘Call a lawyer!’ Hearty laughter followed this exchange. You will notice that no one on the panel had mentioned the America’s Cup, just ‘sailing’. The problem is that the majority of sports journalist’s, who have no interest in sailing, pick up on the rubbish that goes on between the aforementioned AC syndicates and their continual highlighting of this behaviour, gives the impression that the entire sport behaves in the same manner. Nacho Postigo, MedCup Regatta Director, has written a very interesting article on the organization of the six regatta MedCup circuit for 2008. There were a lot of problems getting ‘the ducks in a row’ while dealing with port and city officials, but one perpetual problem was the sense of insecurity that seeped through from the America’s Cup situation A great effort went into the completion and signing of contracts, with many versions having to be re-written and with time running out, Nacho was under some strain. He writes; ‘France has been more dramatic and the ones from Spain have been even worse, but that is the way it is.’ But the last years have been tough too, working from before the last regattas finish to get venues committed: ‘It is not that different from last year, the other years have been difficult too, but this year I don't know why it has been especially long and difficult.’ Looking at the competitive sailing landscape from the viewpoint of a potential commercial sponsor, or a venue and the hiatus that the America's Cup has created, breeds a certain lack of confidence: ‘The America's Cup situation has made the problems worse. It has created a large degree of uncertainty, a lack of confidence towards the world of sailing and any product connected with sailing. There is a perception of; 'What is going on with the America's Cup?' thinking…. 'this problem will affect us' and it goes from there." "And then it has been the same with sponsors. They have been saying: 'sailing? Mmm…I am not sure I want to sponsor sailing because I see what is going on with the America's Cup and also the economic situation is not helping at all.' and people all seem keen but then don't want to invest because there is a crisis coming and they say 'we want to think about it first.' As you can see, if the ructions within the rarified atmosphere of the America’s Cup continue for much longer, this ‘virus’ attacking the health of the sport of sailing will spread! Read Nacho’s full report at; www.2008.medcup.org ………………………………………………………………………………. MORE KIWI RISING STARS! © Event Media In their first season in the Olympic two-handed 470, young New Zealand sailors Carl Evans and Peter Burling (picture above) scored a second overall in class, at the highly competitive 470 International Spring Cup in the south of France. A warm-up regatta ahead of the start of the ISAF Grade 1 events approaching this European season, the young guns have beaten off some top international competition also sailing in this event. Sven Coster and Kalle Coste of the Netherlands, who were silver medalists at last year’s 470 World Championships, took out this event, finishing three points clear of Evans and Burling. The New Zealanders beat the current top world ranked pair Nathan Wilmot and Malcolm Page of Australia, who finished third, a further three points adrift. Winds were moderate to strong with no racing on the final two days of the regatta due to too much wind. Sailors encountered a mixture of flat sea offshore conditions as well as onshore winds with large waves and a total of eight races were sailed. Evans and Burling showed excellent consistency throughout the regatta, never finishing outside the top ten. ………………………………………………………………………………. Spread the word! Make sure your friends read ‘A Brush with SAIL’. STARS SHINE. Racing classes come and go , but the International Star Class continues to attract the cream of our sport and in the midst of the current controversy over classes for the 2012 Olympic regatta, not a suggestion is made that the Star be dropped. © Fied Elliot. And nor should that be considered when the ‘Class can muster 104 starters in the recent 2008 Star World Championship sailed from the Coral Reef Yacht Club and sailed on Biscayne Bay, Miami, Florida. The new World Champions are Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki (Pol), with Italy’s Diego Negri and Luigi Viale runners up and Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada in third place. Kusznierewicz and Zycki Photo © Fried Elliot New Zealand’s Star Class heroes, Hamish Pepper and Carl Williams brought joy to their fans with a very creditable sixth after dropping a black flag penalty early in the regatta. Pepper and Williams were 2006 World Champions, a result cherished by all Kiwi sailors because there are absolutely no Stars racing in New Zealand! To reach a standard necessary to compete in the ‘Class means a lot of overseas travel and expense. The dedication shown by the Kiwi pair is a great example to other sailors with a goal to reach for the top of their sport. The competition in this class is legend and perusing the final points table is really interesting. There are names, all the way through to the bottom of the 104 competitors that will strike fear to the heart of the average club racer. Pepper and Williams. For full race coverage and results, go to; Photo © Fried Elliot. www.starclass.org ………………………………………………………………………………. GP42 QUEBRAMAR CUP FIRST RENDEZVOUS IN SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE, ITALY. It will be the well established Regate Pirelli – Trofeo Carlo Negri organised by the Yacht Club Italiano, in the lovely village of Santa Margherita Ligure on the Italian Riviera, to host the first regatta of the 2008 GP42 Quebramar Cup season. This will be the start of the second season of organized activity of the GP42 Class with an intense racing programme; six events in Italy, France, Spain and Italy, for a five months long, truly international five months competition. The six events circuit will see some eight to twelve participants in different venues. Each regatta will consist of up to nine races, all regattas counting for the final result and close and exciting racing is expected with the addition of two new Italian challengers, ‘ROMA 2’ and ‘AIRIS’ owned by Filipo Faruffini and Roberto Monti and the Farr design ‘NEAR MISS’ which will fly both French and Spanish flags. Crews will all have some high profile sailors amongst them including a number of key members from the last America’s Cup regatta such as Spaniard Alicia Ageno, navigator on board Victory Challenge who will have the same roll on board ‘CANARIAS PUERTO CALERO’. Italian ‘ROMA O2’ will have an international star studded crew with ‘SHOSALOZA’S’ helmsman Paolo Cian and ‘AREVA’S’ tactician Sebastien Col. Spanish entry ‘MADRID’ will count on Finn and Star Olympic and multiple champion Jose Maria Van Der Ploeg at the helm while another Olympian, Sandro Montefusco will lead the all-Italian crew of ‘AIRIS’. Photo © Txema Oliver www.gp42.it ……………………………………………………………………………… STAYING SHARP IS SPANISH PRIORITY. With Paul Cayard as skipper, Spain’s 32nd America’s Cup Challenger Series Semi Finalists plan to use the 2008 Audi MedCup Circuit to keep crew race sharp. With the key objective of keeping their sailing team together, sharp and active, DESAFIO IBERDROLA have launched a TP52 programme this season with a new Rolf Vrolijk designed boat which will make its racing debut in Alicante on May 12. DESAFIO IBERDROLA CEO Agustin Zulete explains: ‘We chose the TP52 Class and the Audi MedCup Circuit because it is the worlds best racing circuit. It allows us to not only keep the team working, but closely’. Although very near completion, the yacht will probably just test sail against some other already established teams at Alicante, but not race in the first of the Audi MedCup regattas which will be sailed from that port, at that time. The boat will feature the latest generation three spreader Southern Spars rig which will complement a North Sails design programme run by Sandro Benigni and Nihat Aydin. These designers were responsible for the sails on the Desafio Iberdrola semi-finalist AC yacht. The crew of TP52 Desafio Iberdrola will be skippered by American sailing legend Paul Cayard, whose talent is legend. His experience on the first two years of TP52 racing will be an important factor in getting the boat up to speed quickly. ‘ARTEMIS’. 2007 MedCup Champion. Photo © ThMartinez www.2008.medcup.org AUDI MEDCUP REGATTA # 1. ALICANTE, SPAIN 12/17 MAY 2008. ………………………………………………………………………………. NO RACE! The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) and the Chinese Yachting Association (CYA) had earlier unveiled their plans for a major international yacht race of historical significance to commemorate the up-coming Beijing Olympic Games and in particular the Olympic sailing in Qingdao. The race was to have been an offshore yacht race from Hong Kong via Xiamen to Qingdao, PRC - the site for the 2008 Olympic Sailing Event. Alex Johnston, Sailing Manager for RHKYC has advised that due to circumstances beyond the Club’s control, the race will not go ahead. www.rhkyc.org.hk ………………………………………………………………………………. BRRR! PLAN TO WARM UP. Trade wind sailing in the tropical wonderland of the Whitsunday Passage promises to attract a strong international class fleet for the 2008 Meridien Marina’s Airlie Beach Race Week in August. New Zealand and southern Australian State skippers, already chilled by the cold southern ocean winds and the wild gales which buffeted the Victorian coast have made plans to compete in the 2008 Festival of Sails in the warm Whitsunday Islands in August when sailors will once again be sailing in T-shirts with daytime temperatures in the mid 20's. Ray Roberts ‘Cookson’ 50 QUANTUM RACING. Photo © Event media. Sydney skipper Ray Roberts the dual winner of the 2006 Airlie Beach Race Week and the Hamilton Island Race Week Grand Prix IRC class championships with his high performance Quantum Racing combination is among the early nominations. Skipper Roberts, master tactician Steve McConaghy and the talented Quantum Racing crew including World Etchell Class, Silver Medal winning crew member Gary Adshead, outclassed a strong fleet to win the historical 60 year old Courier-Mail Cup in the 308n/ml Brisbane to Gladstone Race over the Easter weekend. 'We have made definite plans to escape the chill factor and are looking forward to another series of warm water racing in the Whitsundays', Roberts said. www.hogsbreathraceweek.com.au ………………………………………………………………………………. A VERY SPECIAL BIRTHDAY. April 13, 2008, was no ordinary day. It marked the 100th birthday of America's pre-eminent yacht designer of the 20th century -- Olin J. Stephens II, a longtime friend and trustee of Mystic Seaport. In honor of this occasion, Mystic Seaport are hosting a 100-day celebration which began on April 13, commemorating the worldrenowned yacht designer's life and legacy. A special exhibit highlights the festivities and features photographs, books and mementos chronicling Stephens' achievements. The exhibit will be held in the Olin J. Stephens II Reading Room in the Museum's G.W. Blunt White Building Widely recognized as the most respected, admired and accomplished yacht designer of the 20th century, Olin Stephens once said, "I was lucky: I had a goal. As far back as I can remember, I wanted to design fast boats." And this is exactly what he did. . OLIN J. STEPHENS II. Photo © Billy Black Olin Stephens' name is most often associated with the prestigious America's Cup Races. In 1993 Stephens' and his winning designs were honored when he was inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame. Olin Stephens has been honored with numerous awards throughout his career, which have recognized his indelible contributions to sailing. On November 15, 2006, Mystic Seaport named him the first recipient of the Museum's prestigious America and the Sea Award -- an honor that recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the maritime world. Olin Stephens has designed more than 2,000 boats throughout his career, many of which still grace the water today. This includes our Brilliant. After eighty decades of service, he has left a lasting impact on the maritime community. His numerous designs, contributions and commitment to the worlds of yacht racing and cruising are cherished, as is he. The Museum will host a birthday celebration for Olin on Friday, May 16. Donations to Mystic Seaport made in his honor are part of the celebration. For further information, please call or email the Administration or Advancement Office : Maureen Hennessey, Executive Assistant Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea P.O. Box 6000, 75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, CT 06355 ph: 860.572.5336 / fx: 860.572-5327 www.mysticseaport.org Olin J. Stephens was born on April 13, 1908 in the Bronx, New York. His father was a coal merchant who moved the family to Scarsdale, New York in 1913, where Olin and his brother Rod went to school. It was while spending summers on the New England coast that Olin first learned to sail. Graduating in 1926 from Scarsdale High School, Olin attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology for one semester and then began his yacht design career at the age of 19. He worked for some time with Henry J. Gielow, and then Philip Rhodes. In 1928 a partnership was arranged with Drake Sparkman, a yacht broker, and on November 11, 1929, Sparkman & Stephens Inc. was formally created with five partners: Drake Sparkman, James Sparkman, James Murray, Olin Stephens, and Roderick Stephens. Mr. Stephens' first success was with the design of the ocean racing yacht DORADE, launched in 1930, which was fast, and efficient. She won the 1936 Transpac, finishing first, first in class and first overall. In 1930, Olin also married Susie Reynolds. Olin designed one of the J-class boats, RANGER, for the defense of the 1937 America's Cup, and several other America's Cup boats were designed by Sparkman & Stephens including COLUMBIA, CONSTELLATION, FREEDOM, INTREPID and COURAGEOUS. Olin Stephens retired from the design business in the 1980's, after designing over 2,000 boats, including eight America's Cup winners, in career lasting more than 50 years. www.mysticseaport.com ……………………………………………………………………………. If YOU enjoy reading ‘A Brush with SAIL’ Please ask your sailing friends to subscribe. Ask your ‘Club manager to include it in your ‘Club newsletter. SPREAD THE WORD! To subscribe, email: email@example.com The TPYC board of directors has posted an Advance Notice of Entry Requirements for the 45th race from Los Angeles to Honolulu next year with two key changes: a maximum length overall (LOA) extended to 30.48 meters (100 feet) for fastest elapsed time or course record contenders and the free use of stored energy for sail hoisting, trimming and adjusting---essentially, ending a Transpac ban on powered winches. Entry chairman Bill Lee said, “We wanted to set a limit consistent with the major races in the rest of the world, and 30.48 is where it’s going. This should include all of the modern 100-foot racing boats, and is consistent with the International Maxi Association’s maximum size for racing boats.” The 30.48-meter limit matches that established recently by the International Maxi Association. One prominent Maxi owner, Neville Crichton of New Zealand, has already stated his endorsement in regard to Transpac. The new Transpac entry requirements also allow for a multihull fleet with a minimum of two entries and no maximum size or rating limit, but a minimum LOA of 45 feet. The Transpac Technical Committee chaired by Bill Lee and composed of Commodore Dale Nordin, designer Alan Andrews, veteran ocean racing navigators Ernie Richau and Stan Honey, US Sailing Offshore Director Dan Nowlan and Transpac veteran Sue Senescu presented the new requirements to the board of directors. Lee said, “It was agreed that heavy cruising Aloha Division-type boats which are not contenders for the course record should be permitted to enter and compete for Aloha division prizes, even if they exceed the race boat limit of 30.48 meters.” — Rich Roberts Other highlights of the new requirements:-- A minimum LOA of 26 feet for mono-hulls and a rated speed equal to that of a Catalina 34 with spinnaker and 155% jib.—Minimum crew will be two, and the use of auto pilots will be allowed only on boats competing for double handed prizes.—A tungsten bulb that meets all of the conditions of the IRC grandfather is permitted. …………………… For more information on the Tahiti and 2009 Transpac races go to: www.transpacific.org TAHITI RACE START: SUNDAY JUNE 22 2008 1300 PDT. ………………………………………………………………………………. ASIAN BOATING AWARDS,2008. Qingdao has been named Asia’s Maritime Capital at the fourth edition of the Christofle Asia Boating Awards, held at Le Royal Meridien in Shanghai. This is the first time a Chinese city has been awarded such a sought-after accolade This year’s event was a big one for China. The newly created China Cup International Regatta was named Yachting Event of the Year, and for good reason. The China Cup, which runs from Hong Kong to Daya Bay, on the Shenzhen coast, is already one of Asia’s biggest events. With the recent purchase of 20 new boats for the one-design class, the China Cup promises to be the biggest yachting event in Asia in only its second year. The creator of the event, Wei Di, was named Personality of the Year for his efforts. Other notable wins included the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, which was awarded Best Asian Marine/Yacht Club of the Year. Best New Asian Marine/Yacht Club went to the Marina at Keppel Bay, which has already staged a number of flagship events and will host the upcoming Boat Asia show. The annual Christofle Asia Boating Awards show is widely known as the region’s premier event for recognizing the efforts of boat builders, marinas, clubs and individuals in creating a diverse and exciting boating community. It has also become a must-attend event for Asia’s jet set. “This is the chance for Asia to celebrate its achievement as a growing centre of luxury boating that will rival places like the Caribbean and the Mediterranean in the near future,” Burlot added. Complete list of all awards: www.asiaboatingawards.com …................................................................................ Countdown To Rolex Commodores’ Cup. Team preparations are beginning to really heat up. The Royal Ocean Racing Club expect 14 or 15 three-boat teams to take to the water for this increasingly fiercely contested international competition and challenges are anticipated from Hong Kong, Ireland, France (winners in 2002 and 2006), The Netherlands, Spain and Great Britain (winners in 1996 and 2004), which includes a team representing Scotland. Other teams known to be close to forming are Germany (winners in 1998) and Russia (debutants in 2006). As has been the norm in recent events, the French, Irish and British will enter multiple team challenges. Elsewhere, the nation challenges will comprise single teams. But the work for these groups is no less intense and demanding. One such challenge is currently being finalized and will be formed out of Hong Kong, where Gerry Daughton a member of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club is marshalling the preparations. Hong Kong’s only other appearance at the Rolex Commodores’ Cup was in 1992. Daughton is looking forward to bringing a team to the Solent, “Hong Kong is a vibrant sailing centre and has just hosted the Rolex China Sea Race, one of the major events of the season. Entering the Rolex Commodores’ Cup is seen as very important for Hong Kong, helping to put it back at the forefront of international yachting, especially in this year of the Beijing Olympics.” Two of the three boats required are already confirmed. The small boat will be a J-109; the former Jeronimo that used to belong to Jonathan and Lisa Goring and which did well for the GBR Red team in 2004. This will be skippered by Jamie McWilliam whose brother Tom is also part of the team. The middle boat is a new X41, owned by Rick and Inge Strompf. It will be helmed by Mark Thornburrow. The big boat is close to confirmation, but at this point the name could not be divulged. For the RORC, the overall signs are wholly encouraging. The interest and activity is on a par with two years ago when 13 teams lined up and the event was not decided until the end of the final race of the weeklong series. The Rolex Commodores’ Cup will be held off Cowes, Isle of Wight, from 29th June to 6th July 2008. Entries, which must be made by Member National Authorities, close on Monday 26th May. www.rorc.org ……………………………………………………………………………. PHUKET RACE WEEK STEPS UP FOR 2008. Photo © Guy Nowell. The NRG Cup, free-flow drinks, new boats, international TV coverage… and more in store for Six Senses Phuket Race Week 2008.Online registration is now open for Six Senses Phuket Raceweek 2008 – anticipated to be the best Race Week yet – offering a reduced entry fee for early registrations. Phuket’s ‘Green Season’ regatta, now in its fifth year, sees a mixed fleet of yachts race in the southwest monsoon breezes off Phuket’s south coast every July, this year from 23-27 July. While retaining the same one-regatta-one-venue format, combining four days of competitive racing with five nights of grand waterside parties – a format that has met with unanimous approval from competitors – this year’s event brings a host of new dimensions. Evason Phuket’s, ‘Into the Beach’ venue, Asia’s favourite waterside regatta party spot, is undergoing an extensive upgrade providing more party space for the ever-growing number of competitors, while Six Senses Title Sponsorship means a massive leap forward in catering, with copious 5-star full buffet spreads at every party. On the racing scene, early indications are of a strong sports-boat class, the eye-catching Firefly racing catamarans in greater numbers than ever, a solid club-cruising class and the mainstay of this region’s yacht racing, one or two highly competitive IRC classes. Of course, the old ladies of the regatta, the striking classic boats, will be competing for the Seraph Perpetual Trophy. While the Firefly skippers are wondering if Thailand’s newly-arrived Corsair trimarans will dare to mount a challenge in Firefly home waters, the fast monohull boys would welcome some competition from Malaysian yachtsmen who, according to ‘MATA HARI’ skipper, Vincent Chan, ‘… are at a disadvantage because of the lack of competitive practice…’ With the usually consistent strong breezes off Phuket in July, the ‘practice’ doesn’t get much more competitive… but beating the local boys is another situation altogether. Then, the dark horse on the water this year – making its racing debut after breaking up in a 40-knot squall during the 2006 Koh Samui Regatta – is the super-fast F28 catamaran, rebuilt at Latitude 8’s Phuket boatyard. According to the owners, ‘Our primary objective during Race-week, is to take line honors in every race.’ First-time support from Rodenstock, Mont Clair Wines and Johnny Walker will fund a late afternoon Rodenstock Happy Hour and a free-flow open bar throughout all the official regatta parties. Returning to join the newcomers on the sponsorship front are avid supporters of Thailand’s regatta scene, Raimon Land, who are firm in their conviction that up-market property development and yachting are part of the same premium ‘lifestyle’ scene. A special Race week tv program, commissioned by the organizers, will be televised worldwide on sporting and lifestyle channels such as CNN Mainsail, Eurosport, Star Sports, the European Sailing Channel and many more – a total potential audience of 140 million households. In an exciting move that’s a first for Thailand’s regatta scene, Six Senses Phuket Race Week 2008 will incorporate the inaugural ‘NRG Cup’, an eventwithin-an-event, where participants in the Oil & Gas Industry can compete for this brand new trophy against their colleagues and business associates from around the region, whilst still racing in the main event against all-comers. ‘Our industry is competitive, fearless and spirited, and this first edition of the NRG Cup should be no different,’ said Benjamin Dupal, CEO of NRG Engineering, who conceived the idea for the NRG Cup. The NRG Cup is expected to attract at least 10 boats and crews that have never before competed in Phuket’s ‘Green Season’ regatta. Attracted by excellent sailing in mostly reliable breezes of 15 knots upwards and a hard-to-beat social scene, entries are expected to top previous years, although Image Asia, who are the regatta organizers are not yet predicting numbers. ‘Experience has shown us that it is simply not possible to know in advance how many boats will take part,’ said Image Asia MD, Grenville Fordham. ‘The racing community is notorious for leaving their registration until the last minute, so – while we’ll start to build a picture as Race Week gets closer – we can’t be absolutely sure who’s coming until registration day,’ he added, noting that the early-bird registration incentive was aimed at tackling this problem. With formal backing from the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, the Sports Authority of Thailand and the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Six Senses PhukeRaceweek 2008 is solidly supported by Thai authorities, demonstrating their advancing commitment to yacht racing. The regatta is run under the auspices of the Ao Chalong Yacht Club. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org www.phuketraceweek.com ………………………………………………………………………………. DEE PREPARES FOR TRANSAT. Photo © Aviva Racing. On Tuesday April 14, Dee Caffari set sail from Cascais, Portugal to complete the last leg of Aviva’s journey back to the UK. Dee was planning to spend ten days offshore getting better acquainted with Aviva ahead of the Artemis Transatrace. Looking at the forecast for this passage, there was little chance of a dry, relaxing sail but as Dee weaved her way through the shipping lanes and many fishing boats on her first night, she prepared herself for the weather ahead. In the morning Dee commented: ‘My first night was quiet, as the wind remained light. I tacked several times as the wind shifted. I did notice a chill in the air and I realised I have been spoilt this year sailing in the warm climates of both New Zealand and Portugal. I will need to be prepared as the Transat Race will be very cold by comparison.’ After heading west towards the Azores, Dee then crossed a high-pressure ridge and was met by a stronger breeze. She has then head north and will eventually be able to bear away towards Biscay as the wind increases. Once Dee had been waved off, the boat team returned to Cascais Marina where they set about dismantling the cradle, getting the RIB out of the water and preparing the container and van for the long journey to Plymouth. Once in Plymouth they will set up once again to begin the final preparations for Dee’s first race in the new generation Aviva, the Artemis Transat, starting on Sunday 11 May. www.deecaffari.co.uk www.avivaracing.com www.transat.com ………………………………………………………………………………. MIKE GOLDING MISSES THE TRANSAT! Mike Golding, the UK’s most experienced single handed sailor, will not be racing The Artemis Transat, a race from Plymouth to Boston that is to start on the 11th May 2008. ECOVER 3’s replacement carbon keel blade will not be ready sufficiently early to safely allow the team to compete in this tough transatlantic event without compromising the campaign’s goals. This is in spite of a huge effort made by JMV Industries (the keel builder) and HDS (the keel designer). Mike Golding commented: “Everyone has done everything possible to make this schedule, we even initiated the design of this new keel several weeks before it was confirmed that ECOVER 3’s original steel keel blade was both unsafe and un-repairable. We always knew that our back was against the wall and, whilst our withdrawal from The Artemis Transat is disappointing it is not entirely unexpected. Everyone involved in the work on this keel has done everything possible to make it happen for us in time but we just cannot make the ends meet – we must accept it and move on.” The double IMOCA world champion continues to focus his attention on the Vendée Globe, which starts in November 2008. This single-handed, non-stop round the world race is considered to be the Everest of sailing. Golding is the only Briton to have successfully completed the race twice, in the last event finishing in 3rd place. This time the goal is to do better! “Our focus remains on the Vendée Globe. It is the most demanding yacht race in the yachting calendar and ECOVER 3 must be 150% competitive to even think about the main prize,” commented Golding recently. Golding’s ECOVER 3 was in refit in Palma at the beginning of the year and is now at JMV industries in Cherbourg. The revised schedule will see the yacht launched for sailing trials in mid May. “Naturally I am personally very sad not to be in The Artemis Transat, it’s the real “grand-daddy” of all the Open races. Together with ECOVER 2 we won this event in 2004 and personally, I think we could have won it this time – it’s a ‘Mike Golding’ sort of event. But we do need to stay focused on the Vendée Globe and we will develop our schedule so that we test the refitted and reconfigured boat in all possible conditions”. www.mikegolding.com www.vendeeglobe.org/en/ ………………………………………………………………………………. Golden Oldies Head for ‘AUDI HAMILTON ISLAND RACE WEEK.’ The 25th Anniversary Edition of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is destined to be a classic regatta in every possible sense as some of Australia’s best known old yachts, including famous maxis, will be joining the fleet. These grand old ladies will bring an alternative and stimulating dimension to the competition as they represent the opposite end of the sailing spectrum to that seen with the modern Grand Prix racers. Race Week is scheduled from August 23 to 30, and leading the way to the series for the classic yacht competition will be one of Australia’s best known Grand Dames of the sea, the 44-year old Fidelis, owned by Nigel Stoke, from Sydney. Designed by Norway’s Knud Reimers, and built in New Zealand from tripleplanked kauri, the 61ft Fidelis crossed the Tasman to Sydney in 1966 and claimed line honours in the Hobart race for then owner Jim Davern. Once in Hobart’s Constitution Dock Davern regaled the media and well wishers with a wide range of wonderful stories. When one journalist asked how such a long, lean and low profile design handled rough weather offshore he quipped, “Easy. We just sound the klaxon horn as we submerge and breathe through the mast.” AHIRW Race Director, Denis Thompson, said he had already received expressions of interest from classic yacht owners in New Zealand, Melbourne and Sydney. He defined a classic yacht as being 30, or more, years old. In a similar vein, a number of owners of some of Australia’s more famous maxi yachts from yesteryear have also expressed interest in being part of the 25th Anniversary celebrations of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. Many of these yachts, from the ‘Golden Era’ of maxis more than two decades ago, now operate as charter vessels in the Whitsundays. What is being loosely titled a “Retro Big Boat” division is being planned to accommodate them in the NonSpinnaker Cruising Division this year. www.hamiltonislandraceweek.com.au A GROWING PROFILE Held on Hobart’s historic waterfront every two years during February, the Australian Wooden Boat Festival celebrates maritime craft, art and heritage through four unforgettable days of color, action, music, theatre, flavors and fun. The setting is brilliant – the festivities are centred on the docks of historic Sullivans Cove, the harbour of the Derwent and the city’s scenic dockside precinct, with the convict-built sandstone pubs and warehouses of Salamanca as the perfect backdrop. Senses are aroused by the strains of acoustic music over the water intermingling with a wood carver’s mallet or the rippling of sea water against a clinker hull. From the inaugural event in 1994, when 180 wooden boats graced Hobart’s docks, The Australian Wooden Boat Festival has grown to become one of the nation’s most exciting and spectacular celebrations. Historic 18 footers sailing will be an added attraction Photo© Ian Perdriau It’s a festival of authenticity and intimacy – both qualities are enhanced by the superb location in and around Hobart’s historic docks precinct. In 2005, more than 40,000 visitors admired 450 superb wooden craft of all shapes and sizes, including international exhibits like the two replica Viking boats from Denmark. The presence of remarkable wooden boats like this has made the festival the biggest event of its kind in Australia and given it international recognition as a maritime festival of the highest quality. The Australian Wooden Boat Festival is an iconic event on Tasmania’s biennial calendar. It is strongly supported by the Government of Tasmania, TasPorts, and a range of business, community groups and valued volunteers. email@example.com Postal address: GPO Box 713, Hobart, Tas. 7001, Australia www.australianwoodenboatfestival.com.au ………………………………………………………………………………. COOKS, to the ‘GALLEY BOOK’ please. Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like your boat’s galley. Since the magazine was founded 10 years ago, the editors of Good Old Boat have recognized that it takes skill and a sense of humour to produce meals in a cooking space smaller than most shoreside bathrooms. Many of the galleys in the early fibreglass boats lacked amenities such as ovens, adequate stowage space for food and utensils, and coolers that stayed cool for the duration of a weekend cruise. No oven? No refrigeration? No ice? No problem! From the outset, the magazine began running articles about life without a cooler, baking bread on a stovetop, and pressure-cooking. These articles and many more have been collected into a useful volume on a lightweight CD, known as the Good Old Boat Galley Book. The volume is further enhanced by a bonus collection of tips, tricks, and recipes from Corinne Kanter’s ever-popular KISS Cookbook. Additional topics covered by articles in PDF format on the CD are: drying foods, canning meat, what to do when the salad is gone, harvesting the bounty of the sea (fish and shellfish), making your own yoghurt, growing sprouts, how to raise herbs aboard, preserving cheeses on extended voyages, simple bread recipes for small ovens, one-pot meals, solar cooking, conserving water, provisioning, storing and preserving the food you catch or collect, stove fuel alternatives, and the bare necessities if your mini-galley is in an even smaller trailerable boat! If you are a cruiser or soon will be, many of the subjects covered and recipes contained in the Good Old Boat Galley Book will be highly useful . . . even if your boat’s galley is a well-equipped and modern miracle. This collection of articles also emphasizes the coping skills important for circumnavigators and long-distance cruisers. It’s $19.95 and available from Good Old Boat. www.goodoldboat.com/books. ………………………………………………………………………………. BLACKMATCH. Young sailors on a mission! Photo © Event Media. These fine young Kiwi sailors are, (from left) Nick Blackman, David Swete and Adam Minoprio. They are three of the four-man team that make up ‘Black Match’, the match racing unit that are on a mission to conquer that particular world of cut and thrust (and bang-crash) of competitive sailing. As I write this, I have received the news that they went down 2-1 in their semifinal at the grade 2 match-race regatta at Morbihan, France. Their final placing was third. Their quest for world domination has been underway since 2006, when they won the West Australian, Warren Jones Regatta and since then have had a run of impressive placings with a fourth in the 2007 Auckland Cup, following up with a win in the Australian Hardy Cup, the Asian Match Racing Champs and a seventh in their final 2007 event, the Monsoon Cup and so it goes on with each regatta building their skills, their knowledge and their determination to succeed. In the opening paragraph I mentioned a four-man team, so where is the fourth guy? One of the constant changes in match racing, is the varied types of yachts used at various venues and depending on the size of yacht used, the changing number of crew. Take for instance, the recent French regatta at Morbihan, where the yachts used were three-handed. What happened to poor young Tom Powrie, he of the film star looks, what did he do? Just sit on the shore and mope? TOM POWRIE. Photo © Black Match media. Not likely! He jetted off to Florida and sailed on Peter de Ridder’s ‘Mean Machine’ as a trimmer and vital part of a podium finishing crew at the recent Farr 40 World Championship regatta. Now that regatta and the French match racing is over, all four of ‘Black Match’ will meet up in Brazil for their next match racing challenge. What I am slowly working my way toward I guess, is expressing my amazement at the CV’s these guys and other young sailors have today. There’s the possibility that I’m just a bit envious as well. Many a grey-haired sailor would have loved to be making their sailing careers in today’s environment of sponsorship and salaried support for skilled crew. The; ‘I was born far too early!’ thing. All four young men are products of the very successful Royal New Zealand Youth Training scheme and all are great achievers. Tom and Adam have both, all but, completed Auckland University degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Nick has a B.A. from the same University, majoring in Physical Geography and History. David has been with North Sails since leaving College in year 13, served an apprenticeship in sailmaking, became service manager and now is a senior consultant. All of this team have an outstanding amount of sailing miles behind them and have sailed with some outstanding characters. Nick Blackman has several expeditions with ‘Blake Expeditions’ behind him, with explorations to Cape Horn and the fiords of Southern Patagonia. Keep an eye on this ‘Black Match’ team. They could well be at the top of their game thrilling Kiwi supporters during the next twelve months. The most recent development for ‘Black Match’ is an arrangement with New Zealand’s America’s Cup Team to race under the banner of ‘Emirates Team New Zealand’. That’s what you call a big pat on the back! 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