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Issue #2971 - 3 December
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Phuket King's Cup Regatta Photo by Max Ranchi=2C www.maxranchi.com. Click on image for photo gallery= =2E
http://scuttlebutteurope.com/photos/thumbnails.php?album=3D2712 The 27th P= huket King's Cup Regatta launched in beautiful sunshine and in consistent= winds as this classic race in the Andaman Sea kicked off with one of its= largest ever fleet of keelboats; 105 entries competing over a newly expan= ded range of 15 individual classes.
In the Grand Prix class IRC0=2C a six way contest between representative v= essels from Hong Kong=2C Australia and Thailand will do battle during the= course of this Regatta week. Jelik skippered by Frank Pong started this y= ear's competition with the kind of form this team enjoyed last year. On co= rrected times=2C they won the first race and were quicker than second-plac= ed 'Oi!' by 17 seconds on times adjusted for handicap. The team look set t= o dominate again in 2013=2C although race two of the day brought them only= a fourth place finish=2C yielding to Ray Roberts' OneSails Racing team.
Ten super-fast craft competing in the IRC1 class were headed by familiar l= eaders Foxy Lady 6. Their nearest rival from last year's King's Cup=2C EFG= Bank Mandrake=2C finished fourth in the first race. This class plays host= to the Royal Malaysian Navy entry=2C Utarid=2C which managed a fifth-plac= e finish. Race two saw foxy Lady rule the class also - staking an initial= claim in eventual class honours.
IRC2=2C a class which this year features several Russian entries all racin= g popular larger variants of the Beneteau First type of boat=2C will see c= lose racing between the aforementioned Eastern European entries versus two= Australian and one Japanese boat. In the first race=2C it was the Japanes= e who bested all competitors. Yasuo Nanamori and his Karasu team put in a= great display in last year's competition=2C and are beginning again this= year in similar form. IRC2 race two was won by Karasu also=2C ahead of Pe= ter Sorensen's 'Fujin.'
Last year's lightning-quick Ichi Ban skippered by Matt Allen finished as r= unner-up in its first race=2C behind new team Red Kite 2 in the IRC3 class= =2E
Conditions have been very good today with overnight rain keeping itself at= bay=2C setting the scene for a week of superb competition.
The Phuket King's Cup Regatta will be held from November 29 to 6 December= =2C 2013.
Seahorse Sailor Of The Month Last month's winner:
Franck Cammas (FRA) Once seen mainly as a talented big multihull specialist=2C the world is co= ntinually having to revise its opinion of this compact French superstar. E= arlier this summer Cammas dominated the Tour de France on a M34. Last year= he closed out a dominant Volvo Ocean Race win at his first attempt. Most= recently he crushed his rivals at the Little America=E2=80=99s Cup on the= back of a typically well judged technical programme. And throughout this= time the former Jules Verne champion is successfully campaigning a Nacra= F17...
This month's nominees:
Bora Gulari (USA) Attention to detail was a major contributing factor when Bora Gulari won h= is second Moth world title in Hawaii last month... that and some brilliant= ly consistent sailing in challenging tactical conditions. Gulari was so de= termined to ensure every element of his Mach 2 Moth was as low drag as was= humanly possible that he bought a 3D printer in order to make a multitude= of slinky micro fairings
Ray Davies (NZL) The quiet hero of America=E2=80=99s Cup 34 did not return to New Zealand w= ith the trophy but he did take back an even further enhanced reputation fo= r unflappable sailing genius. Dean Barker=E2=80=99s tactician of choice ne= ver blinked in the increasingly arduous battle against Oracle=2C although= his body language in the latter stages of the event gave an indication of= how the tables had turned in performance. A mighty fine showing nonethele= ss
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Eileen Ramsay - The Queen Of Yachting Photography http://southatlanticpublishing.com/er_intro.htm Eileen Ramsay was at the c= entre of a unique period in yachting history=2C and this wonderful book=2C= featuring her classic photography=2C celebrates an extraordinary woman an= d her extraordinary subjects. Eileen's heyday was between 1950 and 1970 -= a time when eccentrics ruled=2C records were there for the setting=2C and= women weren't often to be found behind the lens.
But Eileen established herself as one of the greatest yachting photographe= rs of her time=2C taking famous portraits of sailing icons like Francis Ch= ichester and Eric Tabarly=2C Olympians=2C including Rodney Pattisson and K= eith Musto=2C and historic pictures from the first Observer Singlehanded T= ransatlantic (OSTAR) Races.
Her unique archive records the explosive growth in dinghy and offshore sai= ling during post-war years=2C and includes pictures of the first Enterpris= es=2C Mirrors=2C Ospreys=2C Optimists and the first America's Cup 12 metre= s Sceptre and Evaine.
Eileen=2C now into her 90s can remember just about every photograph she ha= s taken and relate an anecdote or story about each one. Many of these memo= ries are also recorded in the book.
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2014 ORC Worlds Kiel=2C Germany: The 2014 ORC World Championship held off Kiel=2C Germany= next August is already building momentum only two weeks into the opening= of the online entry system.
To date almost 40 teams from eight countries have already registered with= the organizers at Kieler-Yacht Club=2C thus nourishing hopes for a racing= fleet of over 100 yachts to fight on the waters of the Outer Kiel Fjord f= or world championship titles awarded in each of three different classes. C= ompetitive teams from over a dozen nations are expected to come to Kiel.
Among these is Vincenzo de Blasio's NM38 Scugnizza from Italy=2C the reign= ing ORC World Champion in Class B=2C and a past ORC European Class B Champ= ion in 2012. Scugnizza will be returning to the Baltic after winning their= first World championship in 2012 in Helsinki=2C and for 2014 they will be= pursuing an unprecedented third World title.
One of the top entries amongst the larger Class A yachts is also from Ital= y: Giorgio Martin's TP52 Aniene will set out to win their first World Cham= pionship title after succumbing to fellow Italian TP52 Hurakan in this yea= r's Worlds in Ancona. Aniene also has the credentials to win=2C being the= ORC European Class A Champion in 2012.
But the fight for gold could well turn into a close competition of the spe= ctacular TP52 yachts=2C since this year's ORC European Class A title holde= r=2C Thomas Nilsson's Trucknor Wolfpack from Norway will also be in the ga= me=2C and so will Sweden's Blixt Pro Sailing=2C who was the 2012 Worlds Cl= ass A runner-up.
www.orcworlds2014.com www.kyc.de www.orc.org
ORC Announces New Improvements For 2014 Milan=2C Italy: At its Annual General Meeting held in Muscat=2C Oman=2C th= e Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) reviewed its activities and policies for= 2013=2C one of its most successful years to date: to the beginning of thi= s month there was an almost 15% increase in ORC International and ORC Club= certificates over 2012=2C with over 8200 certificates issued worldwide. 2= 013 also saw a record number of 60 participants at this year's ORC Europea= n Championship in Sandhamn=2C Sweden=2C and it was the third consecutive y= ear of having over 100 entries at the annual ORC World Championship=2C hel= d this year in Ancona=2C Italy.
With this strong report card ORC is ready to take on the New Year with sev= eral improvements to its rating system for 2014. The ongoing research done= by the International Technical Committee (ITC) this year found a few area= s of improvement to be implemented for next year into the Velocity Predict= ion Program (VPP) that lies at the heart of the ORC rating system.
The changes were made both from ITC's own research and from recommendation= s made by countries using the ORC rating system. In general=2C this year's= VPP was found to work well for most constituencies=2C so only small adjus= tments were suggested to improve the accuracy of the system. Initial test= runs of the VPP have revealed only modest changes for the new season
The full set of Minutes from the ORC AGM can be found at www.orc.org/meeti= ngs
Since 1969=2C ORC has provided the most scientific and transparent VPP-bas= ed rating system in the world=2C used to create fair racing among a broad= variety of boat types.ORC Rating products and services are used in 35 cou= ntries around the world=2C and ORC organizes the annual ORCi Offshore Worl= d Championship=2C sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF= ).
Full list of changes at www.orc.org
Sail Fast and Multi-Task The Volvo Ocean Race has always been about the crews competing. There were= a total of 11 people onboard each Volvo Open 70 and there will be nine on= board each Volvo Ocean 65 in the 2014-15 edition=2C and 12 for an all fema= le team.
Nine or 12 people including an Onboard Reporter to tackle precisely the sa= me challenge - to sail around the world as fast as possible for nearly nin= e months.
"Eight is a good number for a crewed race - it allows you to do two watche= s of four=2C" said race director Jack Lloyd. "We've limited the number to= 11 for a female team. 11 plus an OBR makes 12 so we can still use a 12-pe= rson life raft. And eight people plus an OBR in a 12-person life raft will= still be safe."
"Skippers will be looking for people that can drive the boat fast=2C" adde= d Lloyd. "I don't think there will a navigator as such anymore - he or she= will have to be in the watch system like everybody else.
"We will probably end up with more helmsmen. We'd still need trimmers and= bowmen=2C but they should be able to drive fast. There are lots of young= sailors driving fast boats right now=2C especially in Olympics=2C but the= se need to be balanced with offshore experience.
In an effort to encourage younger sailors to take part in the race=2C all= teams include two Under 30s. And as in the previous two races=2C each tea= m must have an Onboard Reporter at all times.
The "Open" crew size will be 8 plus 1 non-sailing multimedia reporter.
Mixed teams (with no more than five male sailors) will be able to race wit= h 9 plus 1 non-sailing multimedia reporter.
All women's teams will be able to race with 11 sailors plus 1 non-sailing= multimedia reporter.
Each team will have to race with 2 Under-30s crew members at all times.
No weight limit on the crew.
www.volvooceanrace.com (http://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/news/7380_Sail-fa= st-and-multi-task.html)
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Marinepool's new Ramsgate performance sailing suit takes fabric innovation= s to the next level. Ramsgate is entirely made from Dermizax=C2=AE NX memb= rane which is renowned for minimum weight=2C extreme breathability=2C high= est waterproofness and ultimate elasticity. Indeed=2C the utilization of t= his NX membrane in sailing clothing is absolutely unique since the creator= of the membranes Toray supplies Marinepool exclusively with fabrics made= to the innovative NX formula.
Crucially=2C important but usually contradicting qualities are incorporate= d in one product without compromise. Despite ultimate breathability and en= ormous elasticity of the fabric=2C Ramsgate is extraordinarily durable and= robust and indeed the perfect choice for the demanding conditions of ocea= n sailing when the going gets tough.
Ramsgate jacket and trousers are available in two colours: orange and dark= grey. Ramsgate convinces with a very dynamic=2C fashionable and attractiv= e design that simultaneously meets the demands of professional sailing due= to intelligent features. These include for instance highly abrasion resis= tant reinforcement patches on shoulders and sleeves=2C reflecive patches b= y 3M=2C a high offshore collar=2C an adjustable hood in signal yellow=2C s= mart eyelets and loops to fix equipment as well as a separate intelligent= YKK zipper system for the integration of an optional fleece into Ramsgate= jacket.
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Monday Morning Rush? Not Quite! Photo of Miranda Merron and Halvard Mabire by Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / TJV= 2013. Click on image to enlarge.
http://scuttlebutteurope.com/photos/displayimage.php?pos=3D-28840 A sticky= =2C light winds finish was not really what was wanted by the Class 40 duos= which finished over the course of Monday morning in Itaja=C3=AD=2C Brasil= =2E One of the tightly knit groups which have both endured and enjoyed their= close rivalries down the second half of the 5450 miles Transat Jacques Va= bre race course from Le Havre had only very light overnight winds which dr= agged out the final miles for six or eight hours of additional suffering.
The trio=2C Solidaires en Peloton=2C BET1128 and Fantastica=2C compressed= in the gentle airs=2C but although the Italian duo on Fantastica=2C Stefa= no Raspadori and past class winner Pietro d'Ali=2C got to within 1.5 miles= of long time rivals BET1128=2C Sam Manuard and Gaetano Mura were still ab= le to cross the line 17 minutes for 12th ahead of Fantastica in 13th.
At a little after 0916hrs this morning (local time) Victorien Erussard and= Thibaut Vaschel had lead the that Monday Morning 'rush'=2C finishing 11th= =2E
As the mid-fleet finishers recover from what all continue to describe as a= relentless=2C one sided speed course - 20 days on port gybe as one skippe= r reflected - most of the recent group are pleased to have finished but no= t too enamoured with their results.
Earlier yesterday evening Britain's Miranda Merron and her French partner= Halvard Mabire secured their 9th but after being up to third on Campagne= de France=2C they really struggled after the head blew completely off the= ir medium spinnaker after Madeira. Merron=2C completing her fourth Transat= Jacques Vabre=2C rued the loss of their kite which they had only just man= aged to fix and set just before the finish=2C but also reflected she would= have liked to have seen the race restart in Roscoff=2C rather than start= in time order of finishing.
But=2C she smiled=2C having got the spinnaker finally fixed 'It is a shame= we don't have another couple of weeks to get back into it'
Class 40 finishes:
1. GDF SUEZ (Sebastien Rogues-Fabien Delahaye) : 20d 21h 41' 25'' 2. Tales Santander 2014 (Alex Pella-Pablo Santurde) : 21d 01h 22' 15'' 3. Mare (Jorg Riechers-Pierre Brasseur) : 21d 03h 21' 55'' 4. Watt and Sea-Region Poitou Charentes (Yannick Bestaven-Aurelien Ducroz)= : 22d 08h 14' 46'' 5. Groupe Picoty (Jean-Christophe Caso-Aymeric Chappellier) : 22d 10h 26'= 47'' 6. SNCF Geodis (Fabrice Amedeo-Armel Tripon) : 22d 10h 54' 39'' 7. ERDF-Des pieds et des mains (Damien Seguin-Yoann Richomme) : 22d 12h 14= ' 14'' 8. Vaquita (Christof Petter-Andreas Hanakamp) : 22d 13h 39' 33'' 9. Campagne de France (Halvard Mabire-Miranda Merron) : 22d 23h 47' 47'' 10. Phoenix Europe (Louis Duc-Stephanie Alran) : 23d 02h 40' 07'' 11. Solidaires en peloton (Victorien Erussard-Thibaut Vauchel-Camus) : 23d= 10h 02' 05'' 12. BET1128 (Gaetano Mura-Samuel Manuard) : 23d10h 29' 48'' 13. Fantastica (Stefano Raspadori-Pietro D'Ali) : 23d 11h 43' 40''
Eighty One... A Laser Master Click on image to enlarge.
http://scuttlebutteurope.com/photos/displayimage.php?pos=3D-28839 Robert S= cheidt proved last week that age is no barrier to success in Laser racing= and this week at the Laser Masters World Championships in Oman=2C Japan's= Haruyoshi Kumera is defying his 81 years to tread the same path.
It is only every four or five years that he attends a Laser Masters - his= last competition was in Halifax in Canada in 2009 but he has been racing= Lasers since 1985 and taking part in the Laser Masters all that time.
His best result=2C he says proudly=2C was at Melbourne in 1999 when at the= age of 67 - already competing in the Great Grand Master fleet - he finish= ed second.
His fitness regime comprises a programme of daily squat training and push= ups=2C swimming and Nordic walking as well of course as his Laser racing= though he only managed to get in his boat around five times this summer.
Back home=2C he sails out of the Ashiya Marine Centre=2C a community saili= ng centre at Ashiya City between Osaka and Kobo where there is a large fle= et of Lasers. In total there are 600 Laser racers in Japan=2C six of whom= are competing in Oman and his commitment to the class has seen him in cha= rge of Japan's Laser Class Association as President.
After two days racing=2C the octogenarian was lying in 11th place overall= in the Radial Great Grand Masters fleet=2C 20 points behind 76 year old l= eader Peter Seidenberg from America who won the last race after an excitin= g tacking duel with Australian Robert Lowndes on the final upwind leg to t= he finish.
All eight fleets had to stay patient as the sea breeze took its time to fi= ll in but race management finally started them at 2pm and managed to fit i= n two races as wind nudged over 10 knots.
Racing continues on Tuesday at 12.00pm with two races scheduled.
Full results and live blog at: omanlaserworlds2013.com
KRYS Ocean Race Postponed To 2016 Due to the difficulty of mobilising the competitors in this complicated ec= onomic environment=2C the organiser and partners (MOD SA=2C Krys Group=2C= Brest) are postponing the second edition of the Krys Ocean Race until 201= 6 (it was originally scheduled for May 2014) and moving to a four-year cyc= le=2C alternating with the Route du Rhum.
The conditions to guarantee an event that aims to be the first transatlant= ic race 100% for multihulls were not met. Supported by the race partners= =2C the Opticians Krys and the City of Brest=2C and buoyed by a first succ= essful edition in 2012=2C when nearly 350=2C000 visitors came to the race= village in Brest=2C the organisers had ambitious goals for this second ed= ition on both a sporting level and as mode of communication. With six mont= hs to go until the event=2C there was still too much uncertainty hanging o= ver this second edition in terms of participation=2C particularly among th= e MOD70. The organisers have already initiated discussions with other mult= ihull classes to expand the fleet and create a new event dedicated to ocea= nic multihulls...This will be the format for the next edition in 2016.
www.multionedesign.com www.krys.com www.brest-evenements-nautiques.fr
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