open 60's

IMOCA Racing

This week the Transat Bakerly is winding up.  The majority of the pro offshore sailors are out for this race.

Line honours went to the Francois Gabart aboard the Ultimate trimaran "Macif"




Here is a good article about an english class 40 racer.
http://www.thetransat.com/news/view/phil-sharp-to-hell-and-back-in-the-transat-bakerly

The website is here:
http://www.thetransat.com/

Now the majority of the fleet is getting ready to race back to Vendee, France.



There are several interesting english speaking sailors in the event.   Most well funded is Alex Thompson on board Hugo Boss:



Conrad Colman will be racing his boat "100% natural endergy"
http://www.conradcolman.com/

and the Open 60 "O Canada" is getting ready for the Vendee as well.

http://www.canadianoceanracing.com/

English Speaking Vende Skippers

There are now 6 months to the start of the Vende Globe.  Competitors race around the word single handed in high performance open 60's.

There are a couple of english speaking sailors in the race this year.  One interesting campaign is run by Conrad Colman.  He is a very low budget, living the dream kind of campaign.  He is running a boat with an electric motor and solar and wind power.  Also, you can donate to his campaign to help him live his dream.

Check out the CNN Main sail piece here:


And his website here:
http://www.conradcolman.com/

Sail boat racing on you tube.

I have been especially spoiled for choice for sailing video to watch this winter.

The racing in the Volvo Ocean race has been very tight.  Check it out here bellow.  There is also a daily video report and loads of other information at: http://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/home.html




I have also been enjoying the last two events of the extreem 40 catamara series.  It's on Youtube here:




Earlier this year I also watched the medal race coverage of the Olympic Classes regatta in Abu Dhabi.  I did watch all of this 6hr video, but I didn't do it in one sitting.  Work and such got in the way.



The Barelona World race is on right now with double handed teams racing non stop around the world in open 60's.  Hugo Boss was doing great!  Until they lost their rig and now their out.  That only leaves one English speaking boat, Conrad Colman on "Spirit of Hungary"  It's quite a good story how he came to be on the boat and they are producing some interesting content, but unfortunately they are in last place. Check out the race here:  http://www.barcelonaworldrace.org/en/

I have neglected this blog a bit since last summer.  I would like to get back on track and produce a weekly post again.  Watch this space!

random sailing news

It seems that several interesting pro sailing events are reaching out and expanding their coverage.  Just this week an English speaking sailor won a race from New York to Barcelona Spain in Open 60 mono hulls.  There's a good series of videos on You Tube about the event, but here is the final one.






The production foiling catamaran is ripping up some race courses in Europe.  I wonder if one would if one would survive hitting one of the logs that litter our part of the straight of georgia?  Anyway here's a video :



Saturday Sailing #63

Two weeks to go until the Vende Globe single handed non stop around the world race

Follow this link, or see the video below.
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xunyje_vendee-globe-two-weeks-to-go-before-the-start_sport


Vendée Globe: Two weeks to go before the start! by VendeeGlobeTV

The wave Muscat is still leading the extreme 40 series.





It's Summer in Austrailia.  The 18 foot skiff series is up and going.



Saturday Sailing #38

Volvo Ocean race at sea for christmas







Canadian Olympic Sailors had a successful worlds in Perth

Two or more Canadian boats are in this vid:


6 Canadians are now qualified to go to the olympics.  Story here:
http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Canadian-Sailing-Team---Perth-2011.html?soid=1103755470060&aid=kATe0FZmOmg


Mike Golding completed the Transat B to B single handed open 60 race:






Cat meets bridge ...






Clever animation that has nothing to do with sailing.


Address Is Approximate from The Theory on Vimeo.

Saturday Sailing #36

Published Sunday the 11th.


Volvo Ocean Race leg 2 start.  All the boats are back in one piece and racing.




Britain's Mike Golding is back racing Open 60's again.




Three boat crash at the start of the Brest to Bristol race for single handed open 60's




The Maxi Trimaran "Bank Populaire" is at sea attempting to win the Jules Vern trophy for the fastest crewed passage around the planet.

http://www.thedailysail.com/offshore/11/60608/0/banque-populaire-jules-verne-trophy-attempt-2011-10-dec-report

Saturday Sailing #34

Yachting Monthly Crash test boat test.

Yachting Monthly is a UK magazine that has been doing a series called "Crash Test Boat"  The last one is what happens when a gas system is poorly maintained.  You can probably guess the results ...
http://www.yachtingtv.co.uk/explosion.php

Click here for the rest of the series
http://www.yachtingtv.co.uk/index.php


More big trouble in the Volvo Ocean Race.  Puma is dismasted.

Story here:
http://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/PUMA-Ocean-Racing-retires-from-Leg-1/4117/news.html

Video here:




Canadian open 60 "O Canada"

Canadian Ocean racer rounds Cape Horn Safely

Yesterday Canadian Ocean Racer, Derick Hatfield, rounded cape horn safely.  He's past the most dangerous point on the whole circumnavigation, and is headed for the next stopover port in Brazil.

He has had a challenging race.  The first leg from L'oreant France to Cape Town South Africa started nicely, then he appeared to gybe to early and had less wind then the boats that went further off shore.  The second leg he promised to be more competitive and it looked really good.  He was first out of the port of Cape town,  and was challenging for second place for much of the leg.  Then the Polish skipper, Gutek, chose a better route into Wellington New Zealand and beat him in by a day or so.  In this third leg he has rounded the horn and is within 20 miles of the second place boat.  All the boats except for the Leader, Brad Vanlou are having issues on this leg.  The keel on Guteck's boat in moving several millimeters from side to side due to a broken component on the outside of the hull.  He has had to throttle down to stay safe.  Derick has engine issues that lead to low power available for the boats pilots and navigation equipment, as well as a leak in a forward compartment.  Then there is Chris Steinmouth Major.  He has had a ripped main sail that resulted in a marathon sail repair session.  He posted an excellent video of his work at the link below.  Chris has consistently done good video and written blog posts.  See them at the same site.

http://www.velux5oceans.com/#/latest-news/csms-sewing-marathon/1562

It looks like this will be Derick's last race.  He has made several comments that he feels he has done what he needs to do with ocean racing.  Time to go back to his young family and retire from his second career.    He's not done yet though.  The last leg from Brazil up to France is still to come.  Hopefully he can cross the line with a second place instead of the string of thirds that he has got so far.

Less than 40 days to the start of the Barcelona World race.

It is now less than 40 days to the start of the Barcelona world race.  This race is double handed in open 60's.  All the high end teams look like they are ready to roll for this one.

It looks like there will be decent online coverage if the following recently released promo video is any example.



 

Also, Sail world.com just noticed that there are sailing video's on line.

http://www.sail-world.com/Canada/index.cfm?SEID=2&Nid=77063&SRCID=0&ntid=113&tickeruid=0&tickerCID=0

Canadian Ocean Racer starts Velux 5 oceans race

Our Canadian ocean racer has started the Velux 5 oceans race.  The race is run in 5 ocean sprints.  From La Rochelle France to Cape Town South Africa, then to Wellington New Zealand, Salvador Brazil, Charlton Carolina, and back to La Rochelle in June of 2011

It's been a long hard road for Derek to get where he is.   Here's the short story:

First he Built an Open 40 at his parents home on the east coast of Canada.  He funded the build from his own money, but was unable to secure a title sponsor for the boat.  To pay for gear and racing expenses he solicited donations from Canadians.  In exchange he gave donors a piece of branded gear and painted their name on the hull.  He campaigned the boat under the name of "Spirit of Canada"  In 2003 he entered the "Around alone" race.  Unfortunately he was dis masted rounding cape horn.  He spent several months in Brazil acquiring a new rig and installing it.  Then he went back out and finished the race.  What I found remarkable about this was that when the race finished, Derek was still at sea.  He attended the closing ceremonies virtually, and when he did finish he was awarded 3rd place in class II.  From this success he started fund raising to Build an Open 60.  The fund raising, and the build wasn't complete until 2008, when Derek entered "Spirit of Canada" in the Vende Globe race, again with funds raised from Canadian sailors and yacht clubs.  The Vende is the single handed ocean race with no stops.  Derek was dis masted in a vicious storm shortly after the start, and along with several other competitors returned to the start to make repairs and restart the race.  He was able to make good progress and catch back up with some of the fleet when he again suffered rig damage.  This time a spreader and some shrouds failed.  He abandoned racing, jury rigged a repair and sailed into Australia.  He made repairs and sold off the boat to cover the loans he had taken out to pay his expenses to a Canadian Consortium who renamed her "O Canada" and are expected to race her in the next year or so.

That brings us up to the present.  Having been bitten by the ocean racing bug Derek didn't give up campaigning.  He entered the current edition of "Around Alone", now called the Velux 5 oceans after it's new sponsor.  The new innovation in this edition is the Eco 60 class of Yacht, which consists of open 60's built before 2003 and requires skippers to produce the smallest ecological foot print possible during the race.  Derek is going around with electricity generated by wind and solar and is caring no diesel fuel at all.  This time around Derek has a title sponsor, "Active House"  They have provided Derek with the funds to ensure the boat is in excellent shape and to pay for new sails immediately before the start.  In the past Derek has raced with the gear and sails he could afford and didn't always have the best of equipment.  As the boat is now painted in the Active House colors there is not a place for the names of the donors on the outside of the hull.  They are now painted on the inside of the cabin roof where Derek will see them daily and remember all those who have supported him.

As I write this Derek and Active House are headed for the equator and the Doldrums.  He didn't have a great first couple of days at sea and made a couple of tactical errors that placed him to the east of his competitors and in lighter wind.  The Duldums should slow the other boats and hopfully Derick can play his cards correctly and make some gains.

Here's some links for more info
http://spiritofcanada.net/wordpress2/
http://www.velux5oceans.com/

Canadian offshore sailor heads for the start line

Derrick Hatfield, our Canadian offshore sailor has secured a title sponsor for his Velux 5 oceans race.  

The boat formally know as "Spirit of Canada" has been re branded to reflect her new title sponsor, Active House.  Active house is a corporation involved in designing houses that produce more energy and resources than they use.

Now that he has the funds secured, Derrick is headed off to the start line of the Velux 5 Oceans race.  The race starts on Oct 17th from La Rochelle, France and consist for 5 ocean sprints with stops in port between legs. 


There is a position plotter on the Spirit of Canada website, and there will be frequent updates on the Velux 5 oceans event website

See the links below for photo's and more info:
http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?Nid=74522&refre=y&ntid=113
http://spiritofcanada.net/wordpress2/
http://www.velux5oceans.com/