According to a rule, which is new for the upcoming , from 16 March 2011, the teams entered in the race can now only sail their 2011-12 race boats. This now allows other potential syndicates to acquire these second generation Volvo Open 70s, including the winning and second placed boats from 2008-09, to work towards being on the startline in October.
“We’re less than two months from the planned launch. The major structural changes are done, but there is still some grafting (carbon bonding) to finish. We then have to manufacture the fittings and install the systems: hydraulics, engine, deck hardware, galley and electronics,” explains Groupama’s head of construction, Pierre Tissier.
Owned and sailed by Rives Potts (Westbrook, CT) with a crew blending four families, Carina is the 46th winner of the race’s top trophy in the 104-year history of the race, which runs 635 miles from Newport, RI to St. David’s Light, Bermuda.
The 48-foot McCurdy & Rhodes designed sloop won on corrected time under the Offshore Racing Rule by the very large margin of 3 hours, 35 minutes over Gregory B. Manning’s Sarah (Warwick, RI). Belle Aurore, a Cal 40 owned by R. Douglas Jurrius (Easton, MD) was third, seven minutes behind Sarah.
Carina’s chances for winning looked good but hardly certain when she finished the race at dawn Tuesday. Her chief challenge came from Belle Aurore and three other boats in Class 1, the small-boat class. Any of them could save their time and elbow Carina off the victory podium should she finish by about 7 PM. Many sailors at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and elsewhere spent much of Tuesday following the quartet’s progress on the online iBoattrack tracker. In the end, nobody was able to save their time on Carina.
Those four smaller boats still did well. Belle Aurore won Class 1 and took third place in the St. David’s Lighthouse Division. Two other Cal 40s, Peter Rebovich’s two-time defending champion Sinn Fein (Metuchen, NJ) and Bill Leroy’s Gone with the Wind (Tiburon, CA), took second in the class and seventh in the division, and third in class and eighth in the division, respectively. The fourth boat, David G. Dickerson’s Peterson 38 Lindy, was fourth in class and 20th in the division.
Carina also won the North Rock Beacon Trophy as the top boat under the IRC Rule, with a margin of nearly four hours over Gracie, a custom 69-footer owned by Stephen and Simon Frank (Darien and Rowayton, CT). Gracie was also designed by McCurdy & Rhodes. Third under IRC was Arbella, a First 44.7 owned by James Shaughnessy (Greenwich, CT).
As of Noon ADT Wednesday, 9 boats in the 183-boat fleet were still on the race course. This is the third largest Newport Bermuda Race since it was founded in 1906. The St. David’s Lighthouse Division, for amateur crews, is the largest of the race’s five divisions, with 103 boats this year.
Invictus At Start (Photo by George Bekris)
FOR NEWPORT BERMUDA RACE START PHOTOS CLICK HERE
2010 Newport Bermuda Race
|Place, Yacht, Owner, Origin, Results (ORR(Cls, Div) / IRC(Cls, Div))
|Class 1 (11 Boats) – St. David’s Lighthouse Division
Bermuda executive Mark Watson made his first race to Bermuda memorable with a corrected time win in Genuine Risk in the Open Division for cant-keel boats. Speedboat, owned by Alex Jackson, took line honors for the race, finishing just before dawn at 3:47:56 with an elapsed time of 59:17:56, well off the course record. Rán, the Fastnet and Sydney Hobart race winner, finished first in Class 10 and is a strong contender for the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse trophy.
Il Mostro (Puma) skippered by Ken Read, crossed the line second and corrected just behind Genuine Risk. “We were ahead of Il Mostro and Speedboat after we all came out of the Gulf Stream west of the rhumb line,” Watson said. “We decided to take a more easterly angle to avoid a cold eddy with negative current, but that let Speedboat separate from us.” Ralph Steitz, Sailing Director for the US Merchant Marine Academy (owner of Genuine Risk, which Watson sponsored), was one of many sailors who said how much they had enjoyed the race. “This was the easiest Bermuda Race I’ve ever done and I’ve done a few.”
Photos of Bermuda Race Start By George Bekris HERE
Rán, Niklas Zennstrom’s JV 72, is the provisional winner in Class 10 for big professional boats in the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division after being pushed hard by Tom Hill’s Titan XV for more than 600 miles. George David’s Rambler matched up with Karl Kwok’s Beau Geste and took line honors for these fixed-keel boats. “I’ve never sailed a Bermuda Race when you’re head to head with another boat for so long,” said Rambler’s tactician, Jerry Kirby. “It came down to the last tack to St. David’s Light.”
Vanquish, co-skippered by Bermudian Buddy Rego and Americans Russell Lucas and Jamie Hilton, crossed the line first in Class 8 for the big boats in the amateur St. David’s Lighthouse Division, but Gus Carlson’s Aurora is the provisional class winner. Some smaller boats have a good shot at winning the division. Carina, skippered by Rives Potts, has a 60-mile lead over her Class 3 competition. In the highly competitive Class 1, Sinn Fein, Peter Rebovich’s Cal 40 and the two-time defending St. David’s winner, has sailed farther west than anybody and is fighting for the lead with David Dickerson’s Lindy.
In the Double-Handed Division, iBoattrack showed Michael Hennessy’s Dragon at the head of the pack, 160 miles from the finish, with the four-time winner Lora Ann not far behind. The Cruising Division’s leader, Clover III, was about 70 miles out on Saturday afternoon with a healthy lead on the 80-footer Nirvana.
It was a slow race, with Speedboat making the 635-mile course in just over 59 hours after the start at Newport on Friday. The crew of 25 never reefed the boat. In the light to moderate conditions that prevailed through most of the race, Speedboat was hard pressed by Il Mostro, Rambler, and several boats in the mini-maxi 70-80 foot range over the first third of the course. “We really didn’t get away from them until we were in the Stream,” navigator Stan Honey said after Speedboat tied up at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club’s marina early Monday morning. “Then they gained a lot in the light stuff as we came into the finish.”
At 5 AM EDT the mini-maxi Rán on its blog reported less than 10 knots as she beat to windward toward the buoys guarding Bermuda’s reef. “Titan is downwind from us and is not a threat. Rambler and Beau Geste are upwind and in front as we thought they would. We are still in a strong position although it now looks like Beau Geste is the biggest threat. Just a few more hours to go.”
At 6:30 the blog reported, “As we are approaching the finish slowly but surely, we are all on deck, no more watches, all are on duty for the final stretch. Coffee and tea served on the rail – black only as no more milk powder onboard. Very calm water. Wind speed of 9 knots –
just over – and land in sight.”
The lead boats entered the Gulf Stream at around sunset Saturday, heading upwind into a moderate southwesterly wind with as much as 4 knots of favorable current in the long, hot meander that they have been steering for since the race start on Friday afternoon. Speedboat, at 100ft the largest yacht in the fleet, was making more than 12 knots over the bottom. The earlier “champagne conditions” were behind them as they pounded into big, square, confused seas.
iBoattrack positions at 11 AM EDT Sunday showed Speedboat averaging almost 11 knots with 175 miles to the finish. At this rate she is behind the 48-hour elapsed time race record for cant-keel, Open Division boats – She has to average 13knots for the whole race to beat this time.
Rán was 38 miles back. Following close on the heels of this English boat in the Gibbs Hill Division were Titan XV, Beau Geste, Bella Mente, Rambler, Il Mostro, Vanquish, and Genuine Risk. This tightly bunched pack of eight has been separated by only a few miles since the start.
By this morning the ‘big boat’ leaders were clear of the Stream and entering the 250-mile stretch of often confused wind and currents between the Gulf Stream and Bermuda. Race veterans wryly call this “Happy Valley,” for it is where the race is often won and lost.
Chris Museler, on Titan XV, filed this report just before midnight:
“Now this is what we came for! The boat is literally crashing into waves close reaching onto the Gulf Stream and the water temperature has leapt into the 80s. It’s getting darker and the Aramid rigging has been humming and groaning, and the deck bounces from each loud crack when a sheet or the traveler is eased. This wild ride comes from being in a positive eddy heading south, straight into it! (Wind and current collide to stack up the seas that the boats are crashing into.) This is getting to be fun after losing a bit to competitors this afternoon. The bright sun and the flat water sailing are gone. Can’t write anymore, quite hot and uncomfortable down here. So I’m on watch and will be seeing you in the morning. Knew I wouldn’t want to sail a Bermuda Race without a proper ‘thrash,’ as Mr. Rousmaniere calls it!”
The Smaller Boats
By dawn today, Rán was out of the Stream, and the team was speculating in their blog whether the smaller boats – a hundred miles astern, and just entering this zone – have had consistently more wind than the big ones.
In Class 1, the St. David’s Lighthouse Division class for boats of about 40 feet, Sinn Fein, the two-time defending St. David’s champion, has chosen a course well to the right of the fleet leaders, and her close class rivals sistership Gone with the Wind and the Tartan 41 Aurora, and charting a route 50 miles west of the rhumb line.
In the Double-Handed Division, two of the light-displacement Class 40s, Dragon and KamoaE, have a healthy lead on elapsed time, but Richard du Moulin’s Lora Ann remains in contention.
The Cruiser Division leader is the 56-foot Clover III, well ahead of the bigger boats in this Division.
The Newport Bermuda Race fleet made their upwind starts in 16 classes over a period of more than two and a half hours on Friday afternoon. There now are 183 boats, after Avatar didn’t start. In addition, Blue sailed back to the shipyard to get her broken centerboard cable fixed; she’s expected to start again after the repair.
The start found some skippers were surprisingly aggressive. Apparently forgetting that this isn’t a day race but a 635-mile marathon running several days, they also seem to have experienced a touch of amnesia about the tide table. As the new ebb tide ran with every great velocity out of Narragansett Bay, it pushed them inexorably toward Bermuda, but also over the starting line a little earlier than their tacticians had planned.
Of the 13 boats in Class 4 (St. David’s Light Division, 45-55 footers), four found themselves over early at the pin end, with Star Chaser getting what one of her crew called “the best start in the fleet” in an email to media@BermudaRace.com. “We were at the committee boat end of the line with some of the J-Boats but higher and faster. We all chose to be slightly late on the gun: no use being OCS on a race of 635 nm!”
In Class 8 (St. David’s Light, 65-footers) two boats were premature. One was Aurora (with Gary Jobson in the afterguard), and she had to pick her way back to the line, losing at least three minutes in the process.
The current new on the Newport Bermuda Race is that Speedboat took the lead from Titan XV at sunset Friday night as the big 183-boat fleet raced toward Bermuda on a fast close reach in a flat sea, clear visibility, and a moderate southwest wind that gradually strengthened and clocked toward the west. Two boats set Code Zeros.
For current boat positions click HERE
Chris Museler reports from Titan XV: a collision, a Code Zero, and a champagne wake
Friday, 2045 EDT. What an incredible day we’ve had! When I woke up to clear skies and glassy conditions, I knew the sea breeze was setting up nicely. After our delicious hot lunch aboard Tom and Dotty Hill’s Titan XIV, we set out in a relaxed mood, everyone smiling about the conditions. The spectators were all smiles and cheers. There were so many people camped out on the Castle Hill lawn that you couldn’t see any grass.
We started well to weather of the other mini maxis in Class 10 (Gibbs Hill Division) and from then until sunset (a few moments ago) it’s been champagne sailing conditions – sailing at 13-15 knots in a steady wind. We’ve been the lead boat for a few hours, but now as it’s getting dark, Speedboat is passing us to leeward. She started at 4:30, an hour after we did, and it’s now after 8. Rán (in our class) isn’t far behind.
At about 5:30 we hit a large marine animal of some kind. It may have been a basking shark, maybe as long as 20 feet. The hit was soft and we almost stopped. The fish made a few squiggles, spun off, and swam away in our wake. The boat appears to be undamaged.
We’ve switched to a Code Zero, and as our grinders are getting busy they look a lot bigger than before. Mark Strube, who finished second at the Star Class Europeans two weeks ago, is 250 pounds of muscle. The crew has just had dinner – hot rice and chicken with pineapple, which took an hour to cook in two large pots, plus the usual Snickers and Pringles for snacks . . . and apples, too.
Photos By George Bekris
More Photos Of The Newport Bermuda Race Start by George Bekris click HERE
The leader for several hours was Titan XV, in the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division. She was caught by Speedboat (Open Division, which started an hour later) at about 8:45 pm. Other positions have been changing in the extremely competitive group of mini maxis sailing in the Gibbs Hill Division, with Hap Fauth’s Bella Mente overtaking Niklas Zennstrom’s Rán soon after midnight, and Rán then catching Rambler and Beau Geste in parking-lot conditions. The wind slowly faded during the night, swung into the north for a while. After dawn, two boats reported a very light breeze from the southeast, which is the course to Bermuda. Later on Saturday morning the wind filled in nicely with a report of 15-plus knots, whitecaps, and the first sighting of cumulus clouds over the Gulf Stream ahead. There also were reports of U.S. Navy exercises in the area of some boats.
By John Rousmaniere
Down in Bermuda, the best spot to watch the yachts finish in Bermuda is from the grounds of St. David’s Lighthouse. Visitors will find that the Finish Line Committee is very hospitable and depending on the finishing traffic, they may be invited up into the tower for a tour. It is a straight up climb and not for people afraid of heights. The view from the lawn is almost as good and worth the trip to St. David’s.
The HD Gateway Finish Line Cam is new for 2010. From the high definition camera mounted on the St. David’s Lighthouse tower, finish line action will be streamed worldwide 24/7. Spectators can use iBoattrack to follow their boat of interest to the finish, then actually watch them cross the line when they arrive.
In Bermuda, digital spectators can watch boats finish from the comfort of the. A Gateway ‘SMART Board’ will be available for viewing in the Calabash Lounge and a smaller HD TV monitor will be available over the Terrace Bar.
by Talbot Wilson
New Bermuda Race Entrants
|ANGEL||Ctm 84||CD||Edward T. Anderson|
|ATALANTA||Little Harbor 54||CD||James F. Volkwein|
|ATTITUDE||Beneteau 423||CD||Shawn Dahlen|
|AVATAR||Ranger 37||CD||Janusz Kedzierski|
|BERMUDA OYSTER||Oyster 435||CD||Paul B. Hubbard|
|BLE U||C&C 51xl||CD||Dan Epstein|
|BLUEBIRD||Migrant 45 Ketch||CD||Harry Bird|
|BONSPIEL||Nordic 44||CD||James J. Richter|
|CADENCE||Apogee 50||CD||R. David Warters|
|CETACEA||Hinckley 59||CD||Christopher J. Culver|
|CHECKMATE||Alden44||CD||Frank J. Flores|
|CLOVER III||Swan 56||CD||Neal F. Finnegan|
|CONVERGENCE||Jeanneau 43 DS||CD||James Linsley|
|ECLIPSE||Hinckley 59||CD||Barbara & Robert Cavanagh|
|FOX||Swan 53||CD||Ruth M. Pecherek|
|FREEDOM||Sabre 452||CD||Cary W. Thomson|
|HAERLEM||Swan 55||CD||Hendrikus (Henk) P L Wisker|
|I’LL THINK ABOUT IT||Beneteau 523||CD||Marc Tandourjian|
|ISOLA||Baltic 52||CD||Howard M. Eisenberg|
|KALUE||Wooden Ketch||CD||Rudy Schreiber|
|LAURA B||Island Packet 45||CD||Joseph R. Triggs, Jr.|
|LIBERTY CALL||HR 43||CD||Matthew G. Pilon|
|LILLA||CNB 76||CD||Simon M. De Pietro|
|MANANA||Swan 48||CD||Michhael V. Johnson|
|MISTY||Little Harbor 54||CD||Eric G. Thorkilsen|
|NIRVANA||Maxi 80||CD||Charles F Kiefer III|
|NOSTOS||Alden 44||CD||Lorenzo D. Weisman|
|NOVA||Swan 56||CD||Mark DiStefano|
|PILGRIM||Alden 44||CD||Mark Rice|
|POESKE||First 42||CD||Richard Donn|
|RESTIVE||Alden48 Ctm||CD||George P Denny III|
|RUTAINE||C&C 37/40+||CD||David P. McLoughlin|
|SCEPTRED ISLE||Ctm 63||CD||Rex G. Herbert|
|SHEARWATER||Morris 40||CD||Conrad Hall|
|SHINDIG||Pearson 39-2||CD||Kevin G. Flannery|
|TEMPTRESS||IMX-45||CD||Arent H Kits van Heyningen|
|WHISKEY GIRL||Hinckley 70||CD||Michael McAllister|
|WINDWALKER II||Lyman Morse 60||CD||Daniel Levangie|
|ALIBI||J-120||DH||Gardner L. Grant, Jr.|
|BOLANDS MILL||Class 40||DH||John Ryan|
|CHOUCAS||Jeanneau SF36||DH||Frederic Cosandey|
|CORDELIA||Valiant 42||DH||Roy F. Greenwald|
|CUTLASS||Class 40||DH||Alex / Nick Mehran / Halmos|
|DAWN TREADER||Swan 48 MK II||DH||Lawrence G. Cohen|
|DELAWANA||Swan 51||DH||Hans F. Himmelman|
|DIRIGO||C&C 41||DH||Eric M. Johnson|
|DRAGON||Class 40||DH||Michael S. Hennessy|
|ESMERALDE||Sabre 386||DH||Bruce R. Beard, Jr.|
|GREAT SCOT||J-35||DH||Darren T Garnier|
|HERON||J-120||DH||Greg R. Leonard|
|KAMOA’E||Class 40||DH||Eric Lecoq|
|KILLUA||Aphrodite 101||DH||James G. Binch|
|KIVA||Hinkley SW51CB||DH||Mark Stevens|
|LORA ANN||Express 37||DH||Richard T. du Moulin|
|NEXT BOAT||Morris 45||DH||Mark Ellman|
|OCEAN WANDERER1||Montivideo 43||DH||Erwin Wanderer|
|PALADIN||J-35||DH||Jason A Richter|
|PLUM CRAZY||Sabre MK II||DH||Michael R. Berg|
|RESOLUTE||J/122||DH||D. Scott Miller|
|SEABISCUIT||J-46||DH||Nathan C. Owen|
|SIR EDMUND||Ctm 49||DH||Fredrick R. Holt|
|TOOTHFACE||Akilaria Class40||DH||Michael W. Dreese|
|WHISPER||Hinckley 48||DH||Thomas J. Vander Salm|
|BEAU GESTE||Farr 80||GHL||Karl Kwok|
|BELLA MENTE||Mini Maxi||GHL||Hap Fauth|
|CAPTIVITY||Farr 60||GHL||Samuel T. Byrne|
|CATAPULT RACING||SouthernCross 52||GHL||Marc Glimcher|
|HOI AN||Custom 50||GHL||Heilner Marc|
|NATALIE J||TP52||GHL||Philip D. O’Niel III, D.D.S.|
|NOONMARK VI||Swan 56||GHL||Sir Geoffrey Mulcahy|
|RAMBLER||Ctm 90||GHL||George David|
|RAN||JV 72||GHL||Niklas Zennstrom|
|RIMA2||R/P 55||GHL||John Brim|
|SNOW LION||Ker 50||GHL||Lawrence S. Huntington|
|TITAN 15||ctm75||GHL||Tom Hill, Mr.|
|VELA VELOCE||Southern Cross||GHL||Richard H Oland|
|GENUINE RISK||Dubois 90||Open||Mark E / USMMA Watson III|
|ACTAEA||Hinckley B40||SDL||Michael M. Cone|
|AKELA III||Swan 43||SDL||Djoerd Hoekstra|
|AKUBRA||J44||SDL||Reginald H. Goodday Dr.|
|AMADEUS||IMX-40||SDL||Jack R. Yaissle|
|AMERICAN GIRL||King 40||SDL||Daniel Galyon|
|AMIGO VI||J-42||SDL||Bernie P. Coyne|
|ARBELLA||First 44.7||SDL||James P. Shaughnesy|
|AURORA||Tartan 41||SDL||Andrew F. Kallfelz|
|AURORA||Reichel/Pugh 66||SDL||Gus Carlson|
|AVENIR||C&C 41||SDL||Joseph T. Murray|
|AVRA||J/120 Mod||SDL||George Petrides|
|BABE||Swan 46||SDL||Colin E. Couper MD|
|BACCI||Swan 53||SDL||Lorenzo Vascotto|
|BARLEYCORN||NYYC Swan 42||SDL||Brendan J. Brownyard|
|BEAGLE||J-44||SDL||Philip H. Gutin|
|BEAUSOLEIL||Beneteau 456SD||SDL||Richard A Parent|
|BELLE AURORE||Cal 40||SDL||R Douglas Jurrius|
|BIG BOOTY||Lutra 42||SDL||Patrick Eudy|
|BOMBARDINO||Santa Cruz 52||SDL||James W. Sykes|
|BRAND NEW DAY||J-65||SDL||James C. Madden|
|BUZZ||Sydney 38||SDL||Richard E. Stevenson, Jr|
|CARINA||CTM 48||SDL||Rives Potts|
|CHARLIE V||J-44||SDL||Norman H. Schulman MD|
|CILISTA||J-130||SDL||Jeffrey L. Eberle|
|CONVICTUS MAXIMUS||Farr IRC 42||SDL||Donald W. Nicholson|
|CYBELE||IMX-45||SDL||Richard M. Burnes, Jr|
|CYGNETTE||Swan 441||SDL||William J. Mayer|
|DENALI||Nelson Marek 70||SDL||Michael A. D’Amelio|
|DOGSLED||Kaufman 47||SDL||Todd F. Barnard|
|DOLPHIN||J-42||SDL||Henry S. Morgan|
|DONNYBROOK||Ctm Sloop||SDL||James P. Muldoon|
|FEARLESS||Farr 395 OD||SDL||Shaun J. Ensor|
|FINESSE||J-42||SDL||Newton P.S. Merrill|
|FLIRT||Navy 44 MK1||SDL||US NAVAL ACADEMY|
|FLYING GOOSE||Ctm 56||SDL||Daniel C. van Starrenburg|
|FROLIC||Sabre 362||SDL||Peter G. Brown|
|GLORY||J-44||SDL||Jack Neades/ USCGA|
|GOLD DIGGER||J-44||SDL||James D. Bishop|
|GONE WITH THE WIND||Cal 40||SDL||William M. LeRoy|
|GRACIE||Ctm 69||SDL||Stephan A. & Simon W Frank|
|GREY MATTER||Hanse 470e||SDL||Brian R. Parselle|
|GREYGHOST||Zaal 38||SDL||Philip W. Parish|
|HAKUNA MATATA||Cal 39||SDL||Christopher J. Andrews|
|HIGH NOON||Tripp 41||SDL||Colin Rath|
|HIRO MARU||Swan 43 Classic||SDL||Hiroshi Nakajima|
|HOUND||Ctm 60||SDL||Eberhart Frank|
|INVICTUS||TP52||SDL||US Naval Academy|
|JACQUELINE IV||Hinckley SW42||SDL||Robert S. Forman, Jr|
|JADE||J-42||SDL||Robert W. Thuss, Jr.|
|KALEVALA II||Grand Soleil 37||SDL||Tapio O. Saavalainen|
|KODIAK||Swan 601||SDL||E. Llwyd Ecclestone|
|LAPIN||Benn Frst 40.7||SDL||Christopher Clark|
|LINDY||Peterson 38||SDL||David G. Dickerson|
|MAGIC||Santa Cruz 52||SDL||Kenneth Laudon|
|MERLIN||Swan57||SDL||John H Duerden|
|MISCHIEVOUS||Ctm 65||SDL||Albert J. Fitzgibbons|
|MISTY||J-40 WK||SDL||Fred A. Allardyce|
|MOJOE||Peterson 43||SDL||Joseph M. Naroski|
|MORGAN OF MARIETTA||Centurion 42||SDL||Colin G Golder|
|NASTY MEDICINE||Corby 41.5||SDL||Stephen J. Sherwin MD|
|RAGANA||Cape Fear 38R||SDL||Darius Peleda|
|RAINMAKER||Swan40||SDL||Kenneth P. Hylwa Mr.|
|REGATTA||CARTER41||SDL||Constantine G. Koste|
|REINDEER||Morris 47||SDL||Peter/Tony Driscoll/Parker|
|RELATIVITY||Beneteau 53F5||SDL||Hall Palmer|
|RESOLUTE||J-44 WK||SDL||Fred Madeira|
|ROCKET SCIENCE||J-120||SDL||Rick F. Oricchio|
|RUNAWAY||J-44||SDL||Lawrence R. Glenn|
|SAILOR BANDIDO||Quest 33||SDL||Christopher A. Palabrica|
|SARAH||X-41||SDL||Gregory B. Manning|
|SFORZANDO||Ker 55||SDL||Clayton G. Deutsch|
|SHINNECOCK||J-120||SDL||James C. Praley|
|SINN FEIN||Cal 40||SDL||Peter S. Rebovich, Sr.|
|SIRENA BELLA||J44||SDL||Joe Murli|
|SIRENSONG||J-133||SDL||Thomas J Carroll|
|SLIDE RULE||First 44.7||SDL||Scott Bearse|
|SPIRIT||Baltic 38DP||SDL||A. John Gregg|
|STAR CHASER||Swan 51||SDL||Wijnand (Boogie) van den Boogaard|
|STARLIGHT||Simonis Voogd 56||SDL||Michael Dybvik|
|SWIFT||Navy 44 MK1||SDL||US Naval Academy|
|TEMPTATION||Taylor 45||SDL||Arthur & Peter Santry|
|TERRAPIN||Beneteau 40.7||SDL||Jonathan Litt|
|THEJACKAL||Beneteau 40.7||SDL||John DeFilippo|
|THREEBEANS||Santa Cruz 37||SDL||Christopher Rosow|
|TIGER||Swan 46||SDL||Thomas & Nancy Grieb|
|TRIPLE LINDY||Swan 44 MK II||SDL||Joseph Mele|
|TRUE||J-42 (mod)||SDL||Howard B. Hodgson, Jr.|
|UPGRADE||Farr 395||SDL||Peter Gibbons-Neff|
|VALKYRIE||First 44.7||SDL||David Andril|
|VAMP||J-44||SDL||Leonard J. Sitar|
|VANQUISH||STP 65||SDL||Rego / Riker Lucas / USMMA|
|VORTICES||J 145||SDL||Christopher L Saxton|
|WAZIMO||Aerodyne 38||SDL||W. Barrett Holby, Jr.|
|WESTRAY||Concordia 39||SDL||John D. Melvin|
|WHISPER||Canning 48||SDL||Sheldon Brotman|
|WHITE RHINO||Swan 56||SDL||Todd Stuart|
|WINDBORN||J-120||SDL||Richard W. Born|
|XCELSIOR||IMX-45||SDL||Alice O. Martin|
|XENOPHON||Swan 44 MKII||SDL||Jeffrey V. Rabuffo, MD|
|ZEST||Hinckley SW42||SDL||Brian E. Swiggett|
|ZWERVER||S&S 57′ Berm Cut||SDL||Frans van Schaik|
The above list subject to change.
For More Photos of the Newport bermuda Race 2008 by George Bekris click HERE
From the June 18th start in Newport to finish in 635 miles later, this classic ocean race is almost a spectator sport.
Today Ken Read, skipper of PUMA Ocean Racing, announced his core crew and management team for the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012. The team departs Alicante, Spain today to bring il mostro, PUMA Ocean Racing’s boat that secured a 2nd place finish in the last Volvo Ocean Race, back to Newport, Rhode Island where the team will immediately start training for the next race. il mostro will serve as the team’s training boat until a new boat, which will compete in the 2011-12 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, is completed.
PUMA has named Juan Yacht Design, of Valencia, Spain as the lead boat designer of the new PUMA Ocean Racing yacht. Juan Kouyoumdjian’s designs have a perfect record in the VOR since the inception of the Volvo Open 70 Rule. They are credited with designing the 2006 VOR winner, ABN AMRO 1 and the 2009 VOR winner, Ericsson 4.
“The decision to go with Juan to design PUMA’s new boat was a major step forward for the program, and set in motion a number of key hires that have formed the nucleus of the team,” said Skipper Ken Read.
Two new key members of the team include multiple Volvo Ocean Race winners, Brad Jackson and Tony Mutter. Each sailor was integral to the winning teams in both the 2006 and 2009 races. Jackson is a three-time winner of the VOR and will serve as design coordinator for PUMA Ocean Racing, mixing the sailing team’s input with Juan Kouyoumdjian’s creative and technical expertise. Mutter is a two-time VOR winner and will run the aero program, working closely with Steve Calder of North Sails and mast designer, Scott Ferguson. While sailing, Tony and Brad will also serve as watch captains. Returning from PUMA’s 2009 campaign is bowman and systems manager Casey Smith. “When the boat breaks offshore Casey has to fix it, so having him be part of design process with the build team early on will save us a lot with durability down the road,” explained Read. Rob Greenhalgh also rejoins the PUMA crew after being a late but welcomed addition in the last race. Returning shore-team members include: Kimo Worthington, General Manager, and Tim Hacket, who will serve as the Shore Team Manager.
New sailing team members include navigator Tom Addis (Telefonica Blue co-navigator), Jono Swain (Telefonica Blue watch captain) and Andrew Lewis (Rambler trimmer and ABN AMRO 2 tactician). “The decisions we make now are the ones that will create success in this race, and having this team of veterans involved early certainly increases our chances to make proper decisions,” said Read of the team assembled so far. “Not only do we have a team that can sail a boat fast, but we have a team that understands what it takes to compete in a race like the Volvo. Great attitudes, great skills, which hopefully increases our chances for success.”
Cumulatively, the management and sailing team for PUMA Ocean Racing shares a level of success difficult to match with 20 Volvo Ocean Race entries and 14 America’s Cup editions. Collectively, the core team holds eight 24-hour mono hull speed records.The Volvo Ocean Race begins October 2011 in Alicante, Spain and ends in Galway, Ireland in June 2012. The eight stopovers in between include: Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya (China), Auckland, Itajaí (Brazil), Miami, Lisbon and Lorient (France). PUMA continues to produce and expand their line of sailing performance gear and remains the first Sportlifestyle company to participate in a venture of this kind. PUMA will also be the official supplier of all Volvo Ocean Race merchandise.
PUMA Ocean Racing Sailing Team:
Ken Read, 48 (Rhode Island, United States)
Considered to be one of the world’s most accomplished racers, Read was in charge of PUMA Ocean Racing and at the helm of PUMA’s il mostro throughout the entire Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009. The U.S.-born Read has twice helmed America’s Cup programs in 2000 and 2003 and was named “United States Rolex Yachtsman of the Year” twice and has 46 World, North American and National Championships to his credit.
Tom Addis, 40 (Sydney, Australia)
Addis, a trained meteorologist, joins PUMA as a navigator after sailing with Telefonica Blue during the Volvo, taking two leg wins. Tom has sailed thousands of offshore miles onboard Maxi Alfa Romero, winning both Sydney-Hobart and Transpac races. Addis also sailed with America’s Cup Team New Zealand in 2007.
Rob Greenhalgh, 32 (Hamble, United Kingdom)
Helmsman & Trimmer
2009 18’ Skiff World Champion, Greenhalgh is back with PUMA after joining the crew during the 08/09 race. Greenhalgh was a vital part of PUMA’s last campaign and served as tactician for Ken Read during in port racing and watch captain offshore. Rob has sailed two previous Volvo Ocean Races and was part of the crew, along with Tony Mutter and Brad Jackson, who won the race with ABN AMRO 1 during the 05/06 edition of the race.
Brad Jackson: 42 (Auckland, New Zealand)
Design Coordinator & Watch Captain
Named New Zealand Sailor of the Year in 2009, Jackson has sailed the Volvo Ocean Race five times, numerous Sydney-Hobarts, Fastnets and Trans-Atlantics. Jackson was a member of the Ericsson 4 boat that won the VOR 2008-2009 and has been part of three 24-hour monohull speed records. In addition to his role as watch captain, Jackson will serve as design coordinator for the PUMA program, mixing the sailors’ input with Juan K’s creative and technical expertise.
Andrew “Junior” Lewis: 27 (Honolulu, United States)
Trimmer & Driver
Lewis will be one of the three under-30 sailors onboard PUMA’s new boat. Lewis has logged thousands of offshore miles, sailing onboard ABN AMRO 2 during the VOR 05/06 race and on Rambler during the record breaking Transatlantic Race and Middle Sea races. Lewis also has a long list of honors for inshore racing ranging from the Laser Class and America’s Cup. He was part of the monohull record-breaking crew of ABN AMRO 2 during the 05/06 race.
Tony Mutter, 41 (Auckland, New Zealand)
Aerodynamics Coordinator & Watch Captain
Mutter joins PUMA after sailing onboard Volvo Ocean Race 08/09 winner Ericsson 4. Mutter has sailed five Volvos, five Fastnet Races and five Maxi Worlds. He has been part of three Volvo crews where the 24-hour monohull record has been broken. As aerodynamics coordinator, he will work closely with North Sails to design the next generation of VO70 sails. Tony will sail onboard for PUMA as watch captain.
Casey Smith, 31 (Brisbane, Australia)
Systems Manager & Bowman
Smith joined the crew of PUMA’s il mostro for the Volvo Ocean Race 08/09 as one of the under 30’s. Smith was instrumental in repairing structural damages to il mostro during the last race. And was honored for the sportsmanship award for his efforts in replacing il mostro’s rudder during the Leg 7 Trans-Atlantic crossing. Smith has sailed the 08/09 Volvo Ocean Race and numerous Sydney-Hobart races and Trans-Atlantic crossings.
Jonathan “Jono” Swain, 43 (Durban, South Africa)
Helmsman & Trimmer
Jono Swain comes to PUMA with experience in four Volvo Ocean Races, most recently as watch captain onboard Telefonica Blue. Swain is considered an “all around sailor,” mixing offshore experience with an impressive inshore resume which includes and America’s Cup campaign, Louis Vuitton Series and trimming on Mean Machine.
PUMA Ocean Racing Shore Team Management:
Kimo Worthington, 50 (California, United States)
Kimo Worthington has a rare combination of management expertise onshore and leadership on the water. His professional sailing career includes competing in six America’s Cups, including a win with America3 in 1992, and numerous offshore miles. In the 1997-98 Whitbread Round the World Race, Worthington was watch captain and sailing team manager for the winning EF Language team. In the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006 edition he served as General Manager for second place Pirates of the Caribbean and in the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009 he was general manager for PUMA Ocean Racing.
Tim Hacket, 38 (Sydney, Australia)
Shore Team Manager
Tim Hacket has been building racing yachts for over 20 years. A native Australian, Tim is now based in Newport, Rhode Island. Tim’s experience includes four America’s Cup boat builds and two Volvo Ocean Race shore teams, mostly recently as part of PUMA’s Volvo 2008/09 campaign.