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Qualifying Groups Set For Argo Group Gold Cup Hamilton Bermuda: In spite of Hurricane Gonzalo's thrashing of the Onion P= atch last week=2C the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and the people of Bermuda a= re ready to host the 2014 Argo Group Gold Cup=2C Stage 6 of the Alpari Wor= ld Match Racing Tour (AWMRT). All 20 teams have arrived safely from their= corners of the world and will practice for a day and race on Wednesday.
Thirteen countries are represented in the 2014 Argo Group Gold Cup. The te= ams have been divided into two groups of 10 for the Qualifying Session rou= nd-robin knockout matches:
Group 1 features Tour leader leader Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar=2C Bjorn= Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team=2C Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX=2C= Francesco Bruni (ITA) Luna Rossa =2C Pierre Antoine Morvan (FRA) Equipe d= e France=2C Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena sailing Team=2C Arthur Herreman (= FRA) Match the World=2C David Storrs (USA) Pequot Racing Team=2C Somers Ke= mpe (BER) Raymarine/Ocean Electronics=2C and Dirk-Jan Korpershoek (NED) Op= portunity Team.
Group 2 is led by 2nd on the Tour Taylor Canfield (ISV) Team One=2C Mathie= u Richard (FRA) Luna Jet=2C Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing=2C David Gilm= our (AUS) Team Gilmour=2C Staffan Lindberg (FIN) Alandia Sailing Team=2C E= ric Monnin (SWI) Swiss Match Racing Team=2C Marek Staqnczyk (POL) www.470s= ailing.org.pl =2C Chris Poole (USA) Riptide Racing=2C Lance Fraser (BER) D= igiCel Bermuda=2C and Nathen Outteridge (SWE) Artemis Racing. -- Talbot Wi= lson
Renre Junior Gold Cup Hamilton Bermuda: While the Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup always offers o= pportunities for young people to have new experiences=2C coping with Hurri= cane Gonzalo offered the 14 competitors traveling from overseas to Bermuda= a hurdle that strengthened their respect for this island nation. Many of= the 14 competitors spent layover time in either hotels or airports and so= me are now guests in homes without electricity. Yet=2C it all builds chara= cter and this week's storm certainly gave the young people an appreciation= of what Bermudians are made of.
Along with the experience of being in Bermuda for the first time=2C the yo= ung international sailors spent a lot of time checking weather reports and= watching the eye of the hurricane pass right over the island while waitin= g for rescheduled flights. Now that they are in Bermuda=2C host families h= ave done their very best to get the visitors settled but some are still wi= thout power. A few boats are still getting ready.
Interestingly=2C because electricity and Internet are not at full capacity= =2C the youth sailors are spending a lot of time between practicing simply= off the smartphone grid; talking=2C bonding and relaxing as they prepare= for the coming race.
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Girls Need Heroes Too The Volvo Ocean Race is rocking da house. A week in and everyone's been in= the lead. Speed up the tracker over a day and it looks like the Tour de F= rance peloton=2C with SCA cutting a different swathe. They looked stellar= in the Med=2C got a bit of catching up to do now.
Daughter Frances asked me today=2C Sunday=2C why they didn't follow Dongfe= ng's route through the Cape Verdes. They would've had time to see it payin= g. That's a good point=2C not sure Frances=2C I mean=2C that's how it look= s on the App right?
VOR rule chief Jack Lloyd kindly clarified what the score was on teams kno= wing everyone else's positions=2C because I thought they'd be online 24/7= with those massive domes and space age internet speeds. (Here in ye olde= Somerset=2C the cows crap faster broadband).
Jack says: "We do not let the teams access the outside world except throug= h our race control=2C so they can email family etc and make the occasional= phone call. They get a position report every six hours which is when they= can see each other=2C otherwise they're on their own."
So=2C no movie downloading then...
I love the archive film of the first Whitbread in 1973=2C where they're lo= ading crates of beer onboard. More adventure than today's full-on sport=2C= with its awful freeze-dried food. Wikipedia says freeze drying is also us= ed for "preparing river bottom sludge for hydrocarbon analysis" - says it= all.
Fellow Scuttlers have moaned about the VOR site=2C so forgive my repetitio= n. Get the App! It's amazing. The tracker works brilliantly. And you can w= hip it out any time and check what's going on. If you're not into smart ph= ones=2C there are plenty of cheap iPhone 5s on Ebay... The world in your p= ocket. And music. The best invention since PG Tips. (If I had to choose th= ough=2C the tea wins).
Here are just two of the coolest things that've hit me between the eyes fr= om this VOR so far:
1. Knut's interview with Genny Tulloch=2C where he says "never give up." T= his links straight to that comment=2C worth a watch: youtu.be/KTI5YbUmvDE?= t=3D4m17s
2. And Corinna Halloran's daily writing off SCA: teamsca.com/blog/day-7-ex= pecting-the-expected
I don't know much about Corinna. Her "This is Me" video reveals more quest= ions than answers: teamsca.com/crew/corinna-halloran
But she writes like an angel =E2=80=93 clear=2C descriptive=2C insightful.= Paul Cayard wrote brilliantly about this race from EF Language in 1997-98= =2E They won. He's a gifted communicator.
And Mark Covell's description of the smell on the Russian boat in 2008 was= visceral.
Video is cool. Knut's chat could change the direction of someone's life. I= t's the best bit of advice I've heard in a long time.
But writing is cooler. It can change the direction of humanity.
Back to the oceans=2C phew=2C sign up to Corinna. She's worth the read. --= Digby Fox - livethestory.com
18ft Skiffs Major A. Frizelle Trophy Photos by Frank Quealey. Click on image for photo gallery.
http://scuttlebutteurope.com/photo-galleries/category/72-18ft-skiffs-major= -a-frizelle-trophy The brilliant conditions of last week=E2=80=99s opening= race of the season were duplicated today when the Australian 18 Footers L= eague=E2=80=99s Major A. Frizelle Trophy race was sailed in a 20-knot Nort= h East wind on Sydney Harbour.
Current JJ Giltinan champion Gotta Love It 7 team of Seve Jarvin=2C Sam Ne= wton and Scott Babbage showed why they are the world=E2=80=99s best team w= hen they dominated the fleet to score a 3m4s victory.
Backmarker Thurlow Fisher Lawyers crew (Michael Coxon=2C Dave O=E2=80=99Co= nnor and Dave Ewings) also showed their skill to finish second=2C with Coo= pers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney=2C Mark Kennedy=2C Peter Callig= eros) a further 21s back in third place.
Yandoo (Nick Press) was fourth=2C followed by Mojo Wine Lee Knapton) and A= ppliancesonline.com.au (Micah Lane).
De=E2=80=99Longhi (Simon Nearn) looked certain to finish fourth but a caps= ize just 50 metres from the finish sent the skiff back into 10th place.
Smeg (David Witt) also suffered a heavy loss of placings when spinnaker ha= lyard problems forced the team back from second position to finish nineth.
Follow all the racing on the Australian 18 Footers League=E2=80=99s www.18= footers.com.au website. -- Frank Quealey
IMOCA Foils Or Not? Some Explanations From Jean Kerhoas The IMOCA General Meeting took place in Nantes on Wednesday 15th October.= Two important decisions were taken: foils were allowed and the rule won= =E2=80=99t be changed before the end of the next Vendee Globe. So there wi= ll be foils on the latest boats. We interviewed the class President=2C Jea= n Kerhoas to find out more.
Jean Kerhoas=2C IMOCA President:
"Firstly=2C we should stress that the General Meeting went smoothly with 6= 9 attending out of the 77 registered and the discussions were very thoroug= h=2C constructive and polite with no animosity. SConcerning the matter of= whether or not to ban foils=2C everyone was able to express what they tho= ught - both for and against - and once again=2C we voted with a very big m= ajority in favour of not changing the rule. That means that there is still= freedom to do what you want with the appendages. We also did what was req= uired to ensure that the rules can never change again between two Vendee G= lobe races. Any modifications to class rules will only be possible at the= Meeting following on from the end of each race."
"Today=2C there are six new boats being built. The designers and the teams= obviously looked at where the rules allow innovation=2C that is to say th= e hulls and appendages. Some members of the IMOCA were worried by this pro= spect - which is why this meeting took place and led to this decision. The= teams building these new boats are already well down that road=2C so it w= as not reasonable for us to tell them that the rule was about to change ag= ain. This was a wise decision and once again taken in a calm atmosphere by= a very large majority: 53 in favour of not changing the rule=2C 15 agains= t=2C 1 abstention.=E2=80=9D
So there will be foils on the Vendee Globe boats=2C but they won=E2=80=99t= be flying?
"No=2C of course not. We=E2=80=99re looking here at ballasted monohulls=2C= not at America Cup multihulls. We can say they are lifted=2C are lighter= and for the moment=2C no one can say exactly what the gains will be in te= rms of performance thanks to these new appendages. We=E2=80=99re going to= have to wait for the new boats to be launched from early 2015 onwards. We= do know that it represents an additional cost (of around 200=2C000 to 300= =2C000 euros)=2C but that is reasonable in this series and far removed fro= m the sums around four or five times that that we have heard being banded= about."
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Garmin Hamble Winter Series All last week the forecasts agreed that this weekend was to be a brutal on= e. But contrary to the expectations of most of the fleet=2C the weather go= ds allowed the race team to fit in one race on this=2C the third Sunday of= the 2014 Garmin Hamble Winter Series =E2=80=93 but it was in conditions t= hat put boats and their crews to the test.
In IRC 0=2C the British Keelboat Academy on Kolga continued their run of f= irst places with another bullet=2C placing themselves atop the overall res= ults by 8 points ahead of Louise Makin's J/111 Journeymaker II and third-p= laced J/111=2C Icarus.
Similarly=2C in IRC 1 Bernard Olesinki's X-40=2C Xinska=2C added another f= irst to their results=2C ahead of Stuart Wilkie's Puma and Tim Octon's Doy= le Sails.
Richard Searle's JPK1010=2C Pincer Movement won the IRC2 class=2C finishin= g a minute ahead of HOD35 Malice on corrected time.
In IRC 3=2C it was local boat=2C Projection 920 Wee Bear that pulled out a= ll the stops to win the class by four and a half minutes on corrected time= =2E J/97 Blackjack came in second=2C at the head of a trio of J/97s.
In IRC 4=2C it was Richard and Ursula Hollis' X-95=2C Crackajax that finis= hed first=2C 40 seconds ahead of Toby Gorman's Sigma 33 Stan the Boat=2C w= ho was four seconds ahead of Impala 28 Polly.
Of the J/109s=2C Adrian Wheal's Jolly Jack Tar beat Owain Franks' Jynnan T= onnyx to take the top spot.
Finally=2C the Sigma 38s had a close battle on their hands=2C but it was N= igel Goodhew's Persephone that added to their string of first places with= another bullet.
This weekend also hosted the second of two Doyle Sails Hamble One Design C= hampionships. Racing on both Saturday and Sunday=2C the SB20=2C J/70=2C J/= 80 and J/109 classes enjoyed some thrilling=2C close racing in exciting co= nditions over the weekend.
Over the two weekends=2C the J/109s fitted in 9 races. This class was won= by Tony Dickin's Jubilee=2C tied on points but edging ahead of Iain MacKi= nnon's Tigh Solius II on countback. Steven Tapper's Stalker was in third p= lace.
In the white fleet=2C the J/70s were racing for a place at their World Cha= mpionships. Over 10 races=2C it was David Atkinson's Jawbreaker that toppe= d the fleet=2C finishing 9 points clear of Simon Cavey's Just4Play. Nick M= unday's J7t was third.
The J/80s were won by Douglas Struth and crew in DSP. They finished eight= points ahead of second-placed Jalapeno=2C with Yannig Loyer's J-out of th= e Box in third place.
The SB20s were led by Jerry Hill's Sportsboatworld.com=2C ahead of Scott G= raham's Chill Pill + in second=2C and Tom Clay's Whyaduck in third. Betwee= n Chill Pill and Fourth-placed SBeed=2C there were only two points separat= ing the three boats.
Letters To The Editor - email@example.com (mailto:editor@scuttl= ebutteurope.com) Letters are limited to 350 words. No personal attacks are permitted. We do= require your name but your email address will not be published without yo= ur permission.
FeedForAll_XMLParser.inc.php index.html racing-template.html racing.html racing.xml rss2html-docs.txt rss2html.php rss2html.pl sailworld-template.html sailworld.html sailworld.xml sample-template.html textedit.cgi wire wire.html From Antony Matusch: It's been about a month now since the ISAF Executiv= e made known their intent to kill the Sailor Classification system=2C with= no viable recommendations for replacement. Their proposal sends a dreadfu= l message.
It would seem that they no longer want to take an interest in or support a= mateur sailing=2C instead opting exclusively for the professional and the= elite. If the governing body of sailing no longer takes amateur sailing s= eriously why should anyone else? Are they so out of touch? We have one of= the great participative sports=2C let's keep it that way.
Sailor Classification is a key tool for use by Keelboat and Offshore event= s and classes. It enables them to provide affordable and enjoyable racing= and still keep their grass roots amateurs involved. Whilst a few owners c= an afford full professional crews most cannot or do not enjoy doing so. Cl= assification enables these classes and events to not only survive=2C but f= lourish. Corinthian keel-boat and offshore sailing is a major and vital pa= rt of the sport=2C please don't let it be wrecked.
I and many others had extensive experience in the '90's of trying to run e= vents with limitations on professionals (as requested by the classes) befo= re the ISAF system was introduced. It was a nightmare to do it effectively= in terms of both workload and in arriving at decisions for International= sailors and it was grossly inefficient. That is why the RYA was asked to= help=2C which it did=2C and why in due course the merging of the RYA and= US Sailing systems into ISAF was inevitable.
ISAF is the only existing body that can run such a system worldwide and th= eir idea that a multitude of international and local classes and events ca= n set up their own systems instead is unworkable. It will lead to anarchy= and chaos=2C just as it was 20 years ago. Furthermore=2C now that sailors= frequently race in multiple classes=2C multiple applications by a sailor= would be required!
If this submission were to be passed it would take effect immediately. A n= ew international organisation to fill the gap would seem to me to be the o= nly solution but that is a big task and impossible to do quickly.
If you care about our sport I strongly urge you to get hold of your nation= al authority and urge them to vote against this submission.
Time is running out=2C they meet on November 1st.
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