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Sailing News: Ostar 2009

Sailing News: Ostar 2009

Sailing News from around the World – Singlehanded sailing across the Atlantic in the Ostar race, Sam Davies, Dee Caffari and the girls on standby for a sailing record attempt, tall ship arrives in Florida while a fleet of tall ships sail into Bermuda, racing Finn sailboats, disabled sailing news and more. A quick look at the world of yachting, and sailing news from around the world.

Roger Metherell reports on the Ostar 2009 singlehanded yacht race across the AtlanticThe sleigh ride is definitely over, Bart Booseman, De FRANSCHAM summed it up, “Terrible morning, again, no wind to speak of and what there was, was dead on the nose.” Rob Cragie, Jbellino, also with failed wind instruments, which now work only intermittently, is saving them for when he really needs them. “ Having set sails wind changes before I can throw myself on to my bunk,” sums up the frustration of no wind followed by little wind and from a constantly changing direction. Peter Bourke, RUBICON, felt it was necessary to explain his lack of progress as reported by his tracker. “I have been becalmed since last night.” Oscar Mead, KING of SHAVES, frustrated by instrument failure and spending the day searching unsuccessfully for the broken yellow wire which his friend Anthony (self steering) depends on, then had the decision to make; whether to go south or north to avoid the low expected on Sunday. Tempted to go to 46 degrees around the top of the low but very conscious of ice. So it’s ice or wind. Pip Hildesley, CAZENOVE CAPITAL, farther astern is also contemplating the same problem.   She thinks it very clever that she can access the internet in the middle of the Atlantic but recognises that is of no great practical value when the lack of wind she is experiencing may prevent her from moving sufficiently either to the north or south. Perhaps Katie Miller, BLUQUBE,   made the correct tactical decision a few days ago by heading south to become the most southerly boat at 42 degrees. The low tracking up the Eastern Seaboard is forecast to head east at about latitude 45 degrees with wind of 30+ knots; Marco Nannini is expecting, and maybe even hoping after the lack of wind, for a potential 40 knots

Dee Caffari, Sam Davies and the girls on standby. Dee saysI am eagerly waiting for the decision to go as I know we have a great group of girls together who will have a lot of fun as well as some good sailing.” Girls on standby for sailing record attempt

The 2008-9 college race schedule, which is administered in the U.S. by the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA), concluded this week at the ICSA Spring National Championships in San Francisco, CA where the Womens, Team Race, and Coed Dinghy events were held. At the close of the season, it is also when the individual awards get announced. Here were the big
winners this season:

Sailor of the Year: Charlie Buckingham ’11, Georgetown
Quantum Women’s Sailor of the Year: Jane Macky ’09, Yale University
Sportsman of the Year: Adam Roberts ’09, Boston College
A complete list for the Women’s All-Americans, Women’s Honorable Mentions, Coed All-Americans, Coed Honorable Mentions, Crew All-Americans, and finalists for the Quantum Women’s Sailor of the Year and the Everett B. Morris Trophy – Sailor of the Year is posted here:

The Juan Sebastián de Elcano tall ship arrived at the Port of Pensacola in Florida, visit boat

And Speaking of tall ships. Tall Ships from Europe, South America and the US sailed out from Vigo, Spain last month, competing in a sailing race called the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge. The tall ships are now sailing into Bermuda: Tall Ships in Bermuda

The leader board at the Finn World Masters now looks very different with Eiermann one point clear of Budzien who is one ahead of Hay. Last year Budzien had assured himself of the title before the final day, but there is now a real race on for the title in Friday’s final race. Finn World Masters

First quadriplegic man to sail around Britain solo talks about the first woman’s attempt, Hilary Lister:

Vincent Riou and Gildas Morvan Sailing SolOceans Sailboat. Vincent Riou about the sailboat: “To say the truth, it is a small 60 foot. The technology is less developed. The price and running costs are more affordable. The hull, its bottom and deck structure are good. They bet to sail without inertia ballast tanks and I must say it’s a success. I was agreeably surprised as it is a seaworthy boat on the wind in the breeze without ballast. SolOceans Sailboat

For the third event of the World Match Racing Tour, Peter Gilmour had a glamour day at the Korea Match Cup, and at
the end of day two his YANMAR Racing team looked set to be the only unbeaten team. With seven wins and no losses, all was looking good until the final flight when in a tight match that saw two lead changes in the dying breeze, he was finally beaten by Ben Ainslie and his Team Origin crew. Ainslie has now sailed all his races in the round robin finishing with eight wins in 11 matches. “We made mistakes,” said tactician and double Olympic Gold medallist, Iain Percy. “Things are getting better every day and slowly we are
learning the game between us. We have done all our races so we don’t have to get up tomorrow morning!” Gilmour still has three tough matches tomorrow (Friday). When asked about the plan for day 3, PRO David Tallis said “We aim to finish the Round Robin and get the quarter finals underway.”

Results after day two
Peter Gilmour, (AUS) YANMAR Racing, 7-1
Ben Ainslie, (GBR) Team Origin, 8-3
Torvar Mirsky, (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team, 4-1
Ian Williams, (GBR) Bahrain Team Pindar, 6-2
Mathieu Richard, (FRA) French Team, 4-4
Paolo Cian, (ITA) Team Shosholoza, 5-6
Adam Minoprio, (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing, 3-2
Bjorn Hansen, (SWE) Team Onboard, 5-3
Laurie Jury, (NZL) SLAM NZ, 3-5
Philippe Presti, (FRA) French Match Racing Team, 2-6
Sebastien Col, (FRA) French Team/K-Challenge, 1-4
Byeong Ki Park, (KOR) Geogi, 0-11

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  1. gerry hughes says:

    i felt my name should share the famous sailors’s as a good role model for disabled people.

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