Among the 30-strong fleet preparing to compete in the Transatlantic Race 2011 in late June and early July, there are at least as many variations on the theme of traversing 2,975 nautical miles of ocean stretching from the start in Newport, R.I., to the finish at The Lizard on the coast of Cornwall in Southwestern England. For some, sailing across the Atlantic in this race, co-organized by the Royal Yacht Squadron, New York Yacht Club, Royal Ocean Racing Club and Storm Trysail Club, is about the chance to sail into the history books, while for a younger generation of sailors it is about building a foundation for future success in the sport.
A growing contingent of younger competitors is seeking sailing opportunities beyond the inshore dinghy programs typically offered at yacht clubs, high schools and colleges. The young sailors making up the Oakcliff All American Offshore Team (AAOT) on the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy’s (USMMA) IRC 65 Vanquish and the German team on the Andrews 56 Norddeutsche Vermögen Hamburg are two groups who are taking advantage of the Transatlantic Race 2011 to expand their skills and hopefully build reputations as the next wave of capable ocean racers.
The German team is organized by Hamburgischer Verein Seefahrt e.V., an organization founded in 1903 in Hamburg with the express goal of maintaining seagoing vessels and training young people, both physically and temperamentally, to become skilled mariners. The German crew looks to be the youngest in the race, with an average age of 22.5, but has experience that belies their years as all have offshore experience from racing long and short distances as well as making passages on the Mediterranean, Baltic and North Seas.
“This specific team never sailed together before,” said Eike Holst whose third Transatlantic Race will be his first as skipper. “We all knew each other and almost everyone sailed together somehow but never in this constellation. This is caused by the structure of our club. For example, me and my navigator, Max Wilckens, sailed together exactly in these positions in the 2010 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, finishing second in our division, and we sailed together with one other crewmember, Katrin Hilbert, in the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race when Max was one of the watch officers and I sailed as bowman.”
Holst selected the team to undertake the Transatlantic Race 2011 “with good advice of Max,” and noted that while most of the crew participated together in an ISAF Survival at Sea Seminar in March as well as in “teambuilding meetings” during the winter, the first time they all sailed together was in April. When Norddeutsche Vermögen Hamburg, launched in 1999, departs with the 15 other boats during the second start (June 29), Holst and his crew will have spent close to three weeks in Newport making their final preparations for the race.
“Probably we’ll be the youngest crew in the race this year and we’re really curious what the race will bring,” said Holst. “In long distance racing everything is possible, so let’s see what a young crew will achieve with an ‘old’ boat.”
Learning of the German entry in the Transatlantic Race 2011 was all the motivation Ralf Steitz, President of the USMMA Sailing Foundation, needed to form the Oakcliff AAOT earlier this year. Steitz brought his long-held desire to establish a youth-driven ocean racing movement to fruition with the backing of other leaders on the U.S. sailing scene, and, once the program was announced, saw 250 applications pour in over four weeks from sailors anxious to seize the opportunity. The average age of the 14 Oakcliff AAOT members who will race aboard Vanquish is 23.75, and, like the young German team, with just a few short months to prepare they will get a crash-course in working as a cohesive unit during their participation in Storm Trysail Club’s Around Block Island Race and the Annapolis to Newport Race prior to making the third start (July 3) of the Transatlantic Race 2011.
“I really enjoy sailing offshore,” said Nate Fast (Noank, Conn.), who will celebrate his 20th birthday two days before starting the race and is the youngest member of Oakcliff AAOT. “I did the 2008 Bermuda Race, which was my introduction to the high level and complexity of offshore sailing. Being the youngest means I have to work that much harder, but that will probably help me because I’ll be trying to prove myself. Offshore sailing is a lot of fun and a great experience and I hope to continue with it after this race.”
Both the American and German teams qualify as youth entries in the Transatlantic Race 2011, meaning that at least 50% of the crew is age 25 or younger on the date of that yacht’s start in the race. In addition to respective class honors, the two teams will vie for the Venona Trophy, which will be awarded to the highest placing youth entry.
“Of course we want to win this trophy!,” said Holst. “But it’s going be really hard work for us. The Oakcliff AAOT has a really young but very professional crew (some of them are sailing in the RC44 circuit regularly) and for sure the faster and newer boat. Crossing the finishing line in front of them would be great but probably as hard as beating them by corrected time. Of course we also have quite a lot of experience in offshore sailing but in a different way. The focus in our club lies on good seamanship and education for becoming skilled mariners but this doesn’t imply that we’re becoming professional offshore sailors. But besides that we’re having regular contact with Oakcliff AAOT and are looking forward to meeting them and having fun together in Newport.”
More about the Transatlantic Race 2011
The Transatlantic Race 2011 charts a 2,975 nautical mile course from Newport, R.I., to Lizard Point, South Cornwall, England. Pre-start activities will take place at the New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court clubhouse in Newport, while awards will be presented at the Royal Yacht Squadron’s Cowes Castle clubhouse on the Isle of Wight. Three separate starts – June 26, June 29 and July 3 – will feature 30 boats ranging from 40 to 289 feet in length. In addition to winners in seven classes (IRC Class 1 Racer, IRC Class 2 Racer, IRC Class 3 Racer/Cruiser, IRC Class 4 Racer/Cruiser, Classic, Class 40, and Open), whichever yacht finishes the course with the fastest elapsed time will set the benchmark for a new racing record from Newport to Lizard Point, to be ratified by the World Speed Sailing Council. Rolex watches will be awarded to the record holder and the overall winner (on corrected time) under IRC.
The Transatlantic Race 2011 is also the centerpiece of the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series (AORS), which includes the Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race, RORC Caribbean 600, the Annapolis to Newport Race, Rolex Fastnet Race, Biscay Race and the Rolex Middle Sea Race. Of the seven races in the AORS, three races, including the TR 2011 must be completed to qualify for a series victory. Each race is weighted equally in overall series scoring with the exception of TR 2011, which is weighted 1.5 times. All entered yachts are scored using their two best finishes in addition to the TR 2011. Awards for the AORS will be presented in November, 2011, at the New York Yacht Club’s Annual Awards Dinner in Manhattan.
For more information, visit www.transatlanticrace.org
TR 2011 Roster of Entries
Yacht Name, Skipper, Hometown
Ambersail, Simonas Steponavicius, Vilnius, Lithuania
Beau Geste, Karl Kwok, Hong Kong, China
British Soldier, Lt. Col. Nick Bate, Falmouth, Cornwall, U.K.
Carina, Rives Potts, Essex, Conn., USA
Concise 2, Ned Collier-Wakefield, Oxford, U.K.
Cutlass, Nick Halmos, Palm Beach, Fla., USA
Dawn Star, William N. Hubbard III /William N. Hubbard IV, both New York, N.Y., USA
Dragon, Michael Hennessy, Mystic, Conn., USA
ICAP Leopard, Clarke Murphy, New York, N.Y., USA
Jaqueline IV, Robert Forman, Bay Shore, N.Y., USA
Jazz, Nigel King, East London, U.K.
Kamoa’e, Eric LeCoq, Bridgeport, Conn., USA
Maltese Falcon, Elena Ambrosiadou, Monaco
Norddeutcshe Vermoegen Hamburg, Eike Holst , Hamburg, Germany
Nordwind, Hans Albrecht, Munich, Germany
Ourson Rapide, Paolo Roasenda, Vedano al Lambro, Italy
Persevere, Bugs Baer/Colin Rath, Madison, Conn. / Darien, Conn., USA
Phaedo, Lloyd Thornburg, St. Barthelemy
Prodigy, Chris Frost, Durban, South Africa
PUMA Ocean Racing mar mostro, Ken Read, Newport, R.I., USA
Rambler 100, George David, Hartford, Conn., USA
Sasha, Albrecht Peters, Hamburg, Germany
Scho-ka-kola, Uwe Lebens, Hamburg, Germany
Shakti, Christoph Avenarius / Gorm Iver Gondesen, Hamburg, Germany / Flensburg, Germany
Snow Lion, Lawrence Huntington, New York, N.Y., USA
Sojana, Peter Harrison, U.K.
Sumurun, Bob Towbin, New York, N.Y., USA
Vanquish, USMMA Oakcliff All American Offshore Team, Kings Point, N.Y., USA
Varuna, Jens Kellinghausen, Hamburg, Germany
Zaraffa, Huntington Sheldon, M.D., Shelburne, Vt., USA
While the water views from anywhere along Newport Harbor (R.I.) are already magnificent, they will be absolutely breathtaking in late June and early July when 32 ocean-going yachts set sail in the Transatlantic Race 2011, which charts a course that stretches 2,975 nautical miles from Newport to Lizard Point, at the end of a peninsula in South Cornwall (UK). This history-making event is organized by the Royal Yacht Squadron, New York Yacht Club, Royal Ocean Racing Club and Storm Trysail Club, with pre-start activities taking place at the New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court clubhouse in Newport and the awards taking place at the Royal Yacht Squadron’s Cowes Castle clubhouse on the Isle of Wight.
The fleet runs the gamut from sleek traditional designs, such as the 94’ William Fife-designed Sumurun, to sophisticated super yachts, such as the 289’ custom Perini Navi clipper sailing yacht Maltese Falcon, with three masts so tall (190’) they barely clear Newport’s towering Pell Bridge, which serves as a gateway to Rhode Island’s famous City by the Sea. And as those who are veterans of ocean racing will attest, crossing the Atlantic Ocean is no small feat, especially when storms, testing seas and even icebergs (still a danger in the North Atlantic in June) are included in the mix of challenges encountered.
“What I find so incredible with open-ocean racing is that there are very few things that you can do these days that are the same as what people did 400 years ago,” said Sumurun’s owner Robert Towbin . “You have such a sense of history when you’re out there and for a couple weeks you get to feel, in effect, the same way Columbus felt.”
Towbin has sailed Sumurun in two previous transatlantic races, winning the Classic Division in the 2005 Rolex Transatlantic Challenge and taking overall victory in the 1997 Atlantic Challenge Cup presented by Rolex. He is currently preparing his classic yacht, which was built in 1914, to endure what will be its first challenge of the 2011 sailing season. “If you have an older boat, a race of this complexity takes a lot out of it, so we are putting a lot of work into it to get it up to date,” said Towbin.
Three separate starts – June 26, June 29, and July 3 – are planned (Sumurun will be in the first start) to “stagger” the yachts of different sizes and ability so that they will arrive in England in proximity to each other. Challenging their crews both mentally and physically, the larger boats hope to finish the race in 8 to 12 days, while the smaller boats may take up to 18 to 22 days to finish.
In addition to class winners, whichever yacht finishes the course with the fastest elapsed time will set the benchmark for a new racing record from Newport to Lizard Point, to be ratified by the World Speed Sailing Council. Rolex watches will be awarded to the record holder and the overall winner (on corrected time) under IRC.
It’s anyone’s guess which of the true racing thoroughbreds entered might prevail. Among them, scheduled to depart in the final race group, are the VOR 70 crewed by PUMA Ocean Racing Team, the Newport-based second-place finisher in the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race and entrant in the next edition as well; Rambler 100, George David’s maxi rocket ship that has been tearing up race courses since the beginning of the year, including breaking the record for the RORC Caribbean 600 and taking line honors at the Pineapple Cup-Montego Bay Race; and ICAP Leopard, which holds the current record from Ambrose Light to Lizard Point for monohulls using powered sailing systems.
And if that’s not impressive enough, there will be two all-youth teams competing, one from Germany (aboard the Andrews 56 Norddeutsche Vermoegen in race start two) and one from the U.S.A. (the All American Offshore Team’s IRC 65 Vanquish in race start three). In addition, four Class 40s, high-performance monohulls designed specifically for shorthanded sailing, will have their own class (starting in the second group).
In announcing the members of its 2011 sailing roster, The All-American Offshore Team (AAOT) is setting a course for a new generation of sailors to move into open ocean racing. Leading by example, the AAOT hopes to jumpstart a movement to foster youth opportunities in offshore racing as they will do aboard the STP65 Vanquish which will compete in four key events this year: the 66th Storm Trysail Club’s Around Block Island Race; the Annapolis to Newport Race; the Transatlantic Race (Newport, R. I. to The Lizard, England) and the Rolex Fastnet Race. AAOT is committed to providing “high-performance offshore training opportunities for an up and coming generation of American ocean racing leaders” and went through a detailed selection process before making final team selections for 2011.
The age range for AAOT was modeled on the age cutoff for the Volvo Ocean Race with nine sailors between the ages of 18 and 30 selected to join the AAOT Management Team of Charlie Enright (Bristol, R.I.), Chris Branning (Pace, Fla.), Jesse Fielding (Wickford, R.I.), Mark Towill (Kaneohe, Hawaii) and Matt Noble (Richmond, Calif.). The 2011 All-American Offshore Team represents nine different states with an onboard average age of 23.
“In just four weeks we received over 250 applications,” said Towill, general manager for AAOT. “What it really came down to was offshore sailing experience and the diversity of additional qualifications. Our schedule doesn’t allow for much training and it’s vital that we put our best foot forward.”
Though the team has been selected for the summer of 2011, AAOT hopes to increase its future sailing schedule so that they can include other applicants down the road. “We want it to be clear that all 250 who applied are considered to be a part of the All-American Offshore Team movement,” said Fielding, operations and communications manager for AAOT. “This is just the group that will be participating this summer.”
Most AAOT team members are bringing more than just sailing expertise to the table: Colin Orsini (Seattle, Washington) is a personal trainer, former firefighter, and is well experienced in the boat building arena; Pat Showell (Sweetwater, N.J.) is a licensed captain, certified EMT, and an engineer; while Branning is currently in training to become a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter pilot.
“Each and every team member was selected for a reason,” said Enright, sailing team manager for AAOT. “We are very proud of the team we’ve assembled and feel like we have a great chance to succeed on the offshore racing circuit this summer.”
Nate Fast (Noank, Conn.), the youn
gest member of the team, is looking forward to working with sailors that have inspired him in the past. “I was too young to participate when the Morning Light Project was underway but I always admired the crew,” said Fast. “Offshore racing is completely different than any other type of racing. There is so much complexity and it requires large amounts of detail and work.” The 19-year-old, who has competed in sailing regattas since he was on the junior racing circuit, has been sailing keelboats for the past four years as well as competing for his college team at Webb Institute (Glen Cove N.Y.). Fast’s most significant achievements include a first-place finish in the IRC division of the 2007 Block Island Race Week presented by Rolex aboard the R/P 66 Blue Yankee, as well as his first offshore racing experience in the 2008 Newport to Bermuda Race aboard the J/44 Vamp. “Being the youngest means I will definitely be working that much harder to prove myself, which will probably help me in the end.”
Molly Robinson (San Francisco, Calif.) is one of two women on the 2011 All-American Offshore Team. “In sixth grade my parents took me out of school for six months to sail to the Caribbean and ever since I’ve wanted to get back into open ocean sailing,” said Robinson, who sailed competitively for the College of Charleston Sailing Team in Charleston, South Carolina. “Being part of AAOT is a dream come true and I know it will be a life-changing experience.” Robinson brings specific knowledge to AAOT from her past experience as a sail maker for North Sails in Auckland, NZL, and as a water purification expert with Spectra Watermakers.
The next order of business begins in late May, prior to Storm Trysail Club’s Around Block Island Race, when the full team will congregate at U.S. Merchant Marine Academy headquarters in New York, N.Y., to participate in the Safety at Sea Seminar and begin their first practice. In early June, the 2011 AAOT will relocate to Annapolis, Maryland, for the start of the Annapolis to Newport Race, followed by an offshore training session, which will be held as the final preparation for the 2,975 nautical mile Transatlantic Race from Newport, R.I., to the Lizard, U.K. The team will remain in the U.K. to prepare for the Rolex Fastnet Race which starts in Cowes in August.
More About the All-American Offshore Team
AAOT is an extension of the non-profit U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) Sailing Foundation. Foundation President Ralf Steitz hatched the idea for AAOT early in January, 2011, when his long-held desire to create a youth-driven effort in the sport of ocean racing was reawakened by a German youth team’s entry in the 2011 Transatlantic aboard the Andrews 56 Norddeutche. The concept was quickly endorsed by USMMA and other leaders in the sailing world, including Oakcliff Sailing Center and the Storm Trysail Club. Along with Steitz, the newly formed AAOT Advisory Board includes Oakcliff Sailing Center’s Executive Director Dawn Riley and USMMA’s Waterfront Director Chris Gasiorek.
2011 All-American Offshore Team
Benjamin Allen (Newport, R.I.), age 24
Benjamin Quatromoni (Tiverton, R.I.), age 24
Charlie Enright (Bristol, R.I.), age 26
Chris Branning (Pace, Fla.), age 25
Chris Welch (Gross Pointe, Mich.), age 23
Colin Orsini (Seattle, Wash.), age 27
David Rasmussen (Novato, Calif.), age 24
Jesse Fielding (Wickford, R. I.), age 24
Kaity Storck (Huntington, N. Y.), age 23
Mark Towill (Kaneohe, Hawaii), age 22
Matt Noble (Richmond, Calif.), age 25
Molly Robinson (San Francisco, Calif.), age 23
Nate Fast (Noank, Conn.), age 19
Pat Showell (Sweetwater, N. J.), age 24
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.