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Postby atefooterz » Wed Feb 13, 2008 9:57 am


http://www.cyca.com.au/editorial.asp?key=1550

Harken Women's International Match Racing Regatta 2008




Hiking out on Jess Smyth's RNZYS team, semi finalists after day three of the Harken International Women's Photo: Luca Villata



The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and HARKEN are pleased to announce the 2008 HARKEN Women’s International Match Racing Regatta as a Grade 2 ISAF event.

ISAF has also confirmed the HARKEN Women's International Regatta as a qualifying event for the ISAF Women's World Match Racing Championship 2008. The best ranked skipper from this event, not already invited, will receive an invitation to the ISAF Women's World Match Racing Championship to be hosted by Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in April 2008.

Harken are long term supporters of youth sailing and their continued commitment in the development of Women’s match racing is an exciting initiative.

The regatta will be preceded by a welcome and media briefing on the evening of Saturday 15 March.

Racing will be Sunday 16, Monday 17, Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 March. Entry is restricted to 10 teams.

The regatta is ensured of an exceptionally high standard of umpiring with an international umpiring team led by international umpire Shane Borrell and an international race management team overseen by Doug Talty


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Postby atefooterz » Sat Feb 16, 2008 9:23 am


BARCELONA WORLD RACE
Open 60 doublehanded round the world race (started Nov 11; 25,000-miles)

(Day 96 - February 14, 2008) British sailor Alex Thomson and Australian
yachtsman Andrew Cape have raced ‘Hugo Boss’, their IMOCA Open 60 class
yacht, to a second place finish in the Barcelona World Race. They crossed
the finishing line, just off the Olympic Port in Barcelona, at 05:34:57 UTC
on Thursday morning, which was their 95th day at sea. The start of the race
was a difficult one for the new Finot-Conq designed Hugo Boss, which is
pitched towards high-speed reaching conditions, as there was precious little
of that early on. However, just under one month into the race, the black
boat set what appears to be a world record for distance within a 24-hour
period, though it has not yet been ratified by the WSSR Council. Having
finished nearly 57 hours behind winner Paprec-Virbac 2, it could have been a
close finish if Hugo Boss had not needed to stop for 2 days in Wellington,
NZL to repair a rudder.

Three boats remain at sea. Temenos II is forecast to finish on February
17th, with Mutua Madrileña some 30 to 36 hours behind. Educación sin
Fronteras is due around the February 25th or 26th. --
http://www.barcelonaworldrace.com

Positions at 18:00 UTC
1-Paprec-Virbac 2, Jean-Pierre Dick/ Damian Foxall, finished
2-Hugo Boss, Alex Thomson/ Andrew Cape, finished
3-Temenos II, Dominique Wavre/ Michéle Paret, 570 nm DTF
4-Mutua Madrilena, Javier Sanso Windmann/ Pachi Rivero, 762 nm DTF
5-Educación sin Fronteras, Servane Escoffier/ Albert Bargues, 2,288 nm DTF
Retired - PRB, Vincent Riou/ Sébastien Josse (broken mast)
Retired -Delta Dore, Jérémie Beyou/ Sidney Gavignet (broken mast)
Retired - Estrella Damm, Guillermo Altadill/ Jonathan McKee, (rudder damage)
Retired - Veolia Environnement,Roland Jourdain/Jean-Luc Nélias (broken mast)


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Postby atefooterz » Sat Jun 21, 2008 1:21 pm


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http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/news/08/0619/

Two countries, two hemispheres, two objectives...one victor

Two countries in opposing hemispheres are now vying to be the first to break the current world speed sailing record, and crack the holy grail of 50 knots, regarded as the equivalent to the aeronautical sound barrier.

“No one remembers the second man to walk on the moon,” says Sean Langman, the creator and pilot of the radical purpose-built Australian 9m sail boat/sail plane called Wot Rocket who is acutely aware of the “race against the French to the 50”, and the possibility they could snatch his boyhood dream clean away.

Wot Rocket’s 500m world speed sailing record attempt was forced to shift gears following the launch of the French flying trimaran l’Hydroptere on 22 May.

“I want to go official now because the French have. Everything’s been stamped urgent,” admits Langman.

He is currently awaiting advice from the World Sailing Speed Record Council on whether a Trimble GPS receiver can officially record Wot Rocket’s speed. This would negate the need to have an official timekeeper on the course each time Wot Rocket heads out to attempt to beat French sail boarder Antoine Albeau’s fastest time over 500m of 49.09 knots (90.9 kph), and break through the magic 50 knot milestone.

Last Saturday l’Hydroptere clocked 46.8 knots according to their web site, Langman admitting the “brutish French design can probably be pushed harder, but I believe we have the ability to go faster” he says.

In the past few weeks, Wot Rocket has undergone further refinements following three more sea trials on Botany Bay, the stretch of flat water where the official attempt will eventually take place.

The latest test sail, conducted yesterday, saw the entire project team including designer Andy Dovell on site for the first time. While the 8-12 knot forecast breeze failed to materialise at the upper end, “it was good to get the program back on track following a number of setbacks,” said Langman today.

“We have suffered some issues with our control systems and have spent more than 300 hours further modifying the design. It’s really been a process of elimination”.

Yesterday also marked the first successful trial of a newly built wing extension.

“Because the rules state we have to have a standing start, we plan to initially use the wing extension for more horsepower to get the pod free of the water. Then, once we reach 30 knots of speed we shall fire off the top wing section,” explains Langman.

This staged approach is where the ‘Rocket’ name originated, Langman likening Wot Rocket’s take off to a Saturn V rocket, which jettisons parts as it races out of the earth’s gravitational pull.

Once the Trimble GPS is installed, likely to be this weekend, and the Wot Rocket project team is given the green light by the Speed Council to record its own speed, a notice of intention to make a record attempt will be lodged with the Council.

From that point onwards, each sail will be regarded as an official attempt on the current world record.

“There is no time to waste. The French launching has definitely moved our plans along,” co-pilot Martin Thompson added


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Postby atefooterz » Sat Aug 16, 2008 11:39 pm


SPECTACULAR CARTWHEEL ENDS WORLD SPEED RECORD ATTEMPT
Sydney, Australia (August 12, 2008) - A sudden spectacular cartwheel has

A sudden spectacular cartwheel has ended Wot Rocket’s first round of official attempts on the 500m world speed sailing record on Botany Bay.

With the pod lifting out of the water on a number of occasions this morning and pilot Sean Langman’s confidence building, he decided to trial a different runway on flatter water just off Dolls Point.

In an 18-20 knot westerly wind Wot Rocket accelerated to an estimated 30 knots of boat speed before the crew found themselves flying blind, without instruments and with co-pilot Joe De Jock unable to ease the wing sail and Langman unable to steer.

“I tried to bear away and we fully pitch poled (end over end),” said Langman this afternoon, the adrenalin still pumping hard as he waited for a crane to help pull Wot Rocket apart for loading onto its trailer.

“We went for the run of the day. It was the best nose dive I’ve ever done...and walked away from.”

Until the project team fully investigates, the reason why Wot Rocket went belly up won’t be known. Langman’s hunch is that there was too much load on the front foil.

When asked how De Kock’s nerves were fairing, given it was only his second day sitting in the rear of the pod, Langman proudly proclaimed him “a lunatic”.

“Just before the crash Joe was telling me how much he loves sailing with me...I don’t think that’s changed,” Langman added.

The damage report is substantial and Langman estimates it will be weeks before they are back on the water. A quick once over this afternoon has revealed a broken mast step, suspected delamination of the Nomex in the wing sail and broken fairing on the transverse beam. A new set of instruments will also have to be ordered.

The Wot Rocket project team will have to lodge another notice of intention to attempt the 500 world speed sailing record with the World Sailing Speed Record Council and then nominate another seven day window within a 30 day timeframe.

Image: Wot Rocket upside after the crash that ended the first round of attempts on the world speed sailing record, credit Chris Stirling.
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Postby thegreatgonzo » Wed Aug 20, 2008 5:49 am


Not a bad few days for my little home town - 2 Golds and a Silver!

Ben Ainslie in the Finn, Nick Rogers in the 470 and Pippa Wilson in the Yngling. Known the last two since they were kids racing in Oppies.

There'll be some serious partying when they all get home.
Bring it on!!


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Fun in the sun


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Postby atefooterz » Wed Jan 07, 2009 4:15 pm


Quote:
* The World Sailing Speed Record Council announced the ratification of a new
World C Class Record by Simon McKeon (AUS) aboard Macquarie Innovation on
December 19, 2008, setting a new average speed of 48.14 kts over the 500 metre
course at Sandy Point, Australia. The previous record of 46.52 kts was set in
1993, also by Mckeon at Sandy Point aboard Yellow Pages. --
http://www.sailspeedrecords.com


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Postby atefooterz » Fri Apr 10, 2009 4:33 pm


Onya Team Nicky :D

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Harken Women's International Match Racing Regatta: Nicky Souter leads squad to victory
Wednesday, 08 April 2009



Nicky Souter and her team of Samantha Boyd, Hanna Nattrass and Lilly Taylor (Australian Sailing Development Squad) have today been crowned the winners of the Harken Women’s International Match Racing Regatta, defeating Katie Spithill 3-2 in the Grand Final. Souter caused an upset winning over Spithill who had led the regatta with a record of 17 wins and only one loss for the entire regatta.

Racing got underway today at 11:15 in a 5-8 knot southerly breeze with the first match being won by Spithill. Spithill led the race from start to finish, playing the breeze right, which enabled her to build a large lead at the top mark. Souter did well to counter on the final downwind run and closed the gap slightly, however it was not enough - Spithill going up 1-0.

The next two flights were to be Souter’s. Match two was a complete reversal of match one with Souter starting slightly behind, yet she out-tacked Spithill, taking a handy lead at the top mark, which she extended to over 20 seconds. Spithill managed to catch up on the downwind run to the finish, however as in match one it was too little too late, and Souter has now squared this series up at 1-all. Match 3 was a magnificent race from Souter who picked the breeze line and sailed off on the right hand side of the course leaving Spithill in her wake. Spithill was flying a protest flag as she crossed the line, however the redress has been denied - Souter leads 2-1.

The Race Committee was protested by both competitors for not allowing enough time in between matches. After the protest was heard a short lunch break was taken with racing resuming shortly after 1pm. The wind had shifted to the sou’east, which also meant the course was moved to the left.
The fourth match went to Spithill by 21 seconds after Souter had led up until mid-way through the first spinnaker run when Spithill made her run, forcing Souter to gybe. Souter's boom hit Spithill’s mainsail, giving Souter a penalty which allowed Spithill to duck in front and take the lead. A Spithill win evened the series at 2-2.

The fifth and deciding match was all Souter’s from start to finish. Spithill worked hard to get the wind shifts, however it was not her day as Souter built on her lead at each mark to sail away with the match and the 2009 Harken Women's International Match Racing Regatta.

“After a slow start to the regatta, we pulled it all together on the days that really mattered,” said Nicky Souter after her win today.

“The standard of competition has really lifted and it was great that all four skippers in the finals were from ASDS. The NZ girls, Sam Osborne and Stephanie Hazard, had improved since I competed against them last time, and it was great for them to finished 5th & 6th.

“My crew worked exceptionally well. The new member of our team this regatta was Hanna, who I had never sailed with before this regatta.”

“Thanks to Denis Thompson and his race committee team for laying fair courses and for getting in as much races as possible in shifty conditions.

Thanks also to Harken for its sponsorship of the event,” concluded Nicky.

Amanda Scrivenor showed her dominance in the Petit Final with two straight wins over Lucinda Whitty. In Match One Whitty built a strong lead early, before Scrivenor picked up a right-hand wind shift on the second up-wind leg. Whitty failed to cover and Scrivenor took the lead at the top mark. Whitty tried to counter on the final downwind leg, but was unable to steal Scrivenor’s air.

Match two saw both boats start neck and neck with Scrivenor leading as they rounded the bottom mark. However Scrivenor did not give Whitty enough room as they rounded, Whitty forcing Scrivenor into a penalty which threatened to throw the match wide open. A skillful upwind leg from Scrivenor saw her build enough of a lead at the top mark to complete her penalty. Scrivenor, then went after Whitty, forcing Whitty into a penalty at the top mark which all but sealed the win and third place for Scrivenor.

Placings at the conclusion of the Harken Women’s International Match Racing Regatta are:
1st – Nicky Souter (ASDS)
2nd – Katie Spithill (ASDS)
3rd – Amanda Scrivenor (ASDS/CYCA)
4th – Lucinda Whitty (ASDS)
5th - Samantha Osborne (RNZYS)
6th - Stephanie Hazard (RNSYS)
7th - Catherine Trew (CYCA)
8th - Amy Lee (RPAYC)
9th - Juliana Senfft (Brazil)
10th - Kim Stuart (USA)



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Postby atefooterz » Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:36 am


http://www.lysekilwomensmatch.se/page/227/page.htm

Congratulations to Nikki Souter & Crew for winning the ISAF Womens Match Racing World Championships :D

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WOMEN'S MATCH RACING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Lysekil, SWE (Aug 1, 2009; Day 5) - Nicky Souter of Australia is the 2009 ISAF
Women's Match Racing World Champion, defeating home hope Marie Björling in the
final in Lysekil, Sweden today. The last day of the 2009 ISAF Women’s Match
Racing World Championship was full of surprises. The big sensation of the day
was Australian Nicky Souter’s impressive dominance, beating 2008 and 2007
World Champion Claire Leroy in the semi finals (3-1) and taking three straight
victories against Marie Bjorling of Sweden in the final. Swedish Anna
Kjellberg beat Leroy in the battle for third in two straight victories


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