#118 Bodacious Dream wins
The 2013 Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing
#116 Icarus wins the inshore Series and secures 3rd place overall. #121 Lecoq Cuisine in the team’s first race together and first race on their new boat claims 2nd place.
NEWPORT, R.I. – #118 Bodacious Dream (USA), skippered by Dave Rearick and Matt Scharl, held on to first place overall in the 2013 Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing after a tight weekend of inshore racing that saw Bodacious Dream and #121 Lecoq Cuisine trading places. The weather over both days delivered wind speeds consistently in the upper teens and twenties with gusts up to 30 knots, making for a challenging two days of inshore racing in Narragansett Bay. #116 Icarus dominated the inshore series by winning three of the five races, finishing second in the other two, en route to securing third overall.
Bodacious Dream was equally impressive during the offshore competition, besting the field during the first offshore leg (Charleston, S.C. to N.Y. Harbor), and second leg (N.Y. Harbor to Newport, RI). Bodacious Dream finished with 51 total combined points for the offshore legs and inshore races in Narragansett Bay, Lecoq Cuisine finished with 45 total points. With the victory Bodacious Dream claim $5,500 of the $15,000 purse, one of the largest in sailing in the United States.
Bodacious Dream co-skipper Dave Rearick: “We are ecstatic. We really wanted to win the racing and do well in the inshore series…today was a bit of a challenge with the high winds, but we managed to hang on. Obviously Lecoq Cuisine was our closest competitor and we really wanted to best them, which we did today, so that was terrific. ”
Ken Read, North Sails President and Former Volvo Ocean Race Skipper for Puma Ocean Racing, who sailed on board Icarus Racing today said, “These guys sailed this boat very, very well, so it’s pretty easy just to go along for the ride. It was good fun and this is what sailboat racing is supposed to be all about. These race courses were fantastic…but it’s just fun to sail with a bunch of young guys who are really into the sport and just go rip around the race course, it doesn’t get any better than [The Atlantic Cup].”
Hugh Piggin, Manuka Sports Event Management Founder and Atlantic Cup Race Director – “We are very proud to have a terrific team with us to put together another successful event. A huge amount of effort goes into making this event a success from all of our sponsors, volunteers and staff. This year exhibited extremely tight racing in both the offshore and inshore legs with final positions not decided until the final minutes. We congratulate all of the competitors especially Bodacious Dream in winning one of the closest grand prix regattas in the U.S.”
The 2013 Atlantic Cup, the first carbon-neutral sailing event in the United States, featured an international fleet of 7 teams with competitors from the USA, France, New Zealand and Great Britain, the most Class 40s to ever compete in the United States. The teams set sail from Charleston, S.C. on Saturday, May 11 en route to New York Harbor for the second leg of the competition and a Pro-Am event (May 15-17) before departing on May 18 for the final leg of competition held in Newport, R.I. this weekend (May 25-26).
Newport, Rhode Island – 5 February 2013 – Newport, Rhode Island will host the Volvo Ocean Race for the first time after winning a place on the route for the 12th edition of sailing’s premier round-the-world challenge in 2014-15.
The Race will reach Newport, one of the world’s sailing capitals, around May 2015 after a stop in Itajaí, Brazil. From Newport, the teams will sail across the Atlantic for the final legs around Europe.
The Volvo Ocean Race has visited the United States in every edition since 1989-90 but despite Newport’s great sailing heritage, it has never before had Host Port status.
“I’m delighted to announce that we are bringing the world’s greatest offshore sailing event to one of the world’s great sailing cities,” Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad. said at a presentation at Rhode Island State House in Providence.
“It’s about time the Race came to the city of Newport and we are looking forward to a real festival that will delight and inspire sailing fans and those who are new to the sport.”
Rhode Island is known as the Ocean State and for over 50 years Newport was the home of the America’s Cup. The city hosted a hugely successful stop on the America’s Cup World Series in 2012, with 65,000 people visiting over the four-day racing period.
Frostad was joined at the presentation by Rhode Island Governor Lincoln D. Chafee, Newport Mayor Harry Winthrop, Sail Newport executive director Brad Read and other local and state officials. Volvo Ocean Race COO Tom Touber was also at the presentation.
“It gives me great pleasure and pride to welcome the Volvo Ocean Race to beautiful Rhode Island for the first time,” said Governor Chafee. “We have made significant strategic land and marine infrastructure improvements at Fort Adams State Park, paving the way for a new era of racing in Rhode Island and setting the stage for the world-class events we continue to host.
“We had a positive experience with the America’s Cup World Series last summer, and I look forward to welcoming the Volvo Ocean Race to Rhode Island. These large-scale sailing events draw impressive numbers of visitors to our state – visitors who make valuable contributions to our economy.”
Newport, a popular tourist destination, is the sixth Host Port for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 to be revealed so far. The Race will start in Alicante, Spain and visit Recife in north east Brazil. Later in the Race, the teams will race to Auckland in New Zealand before rounding Cape Horn and making a second Brazilian stop in Itajaí and then heading to Newport.
The Race will finish in the Swedish city of Gothenburg. The remaining stopovers on the 2014-15 route will be revealed over the coming weeks.
The upcoming edition of the Volvo Ocean Race will start in autumn 2014 and will be the 12th edition of the 40-year-old event, which started in 1973 as the Whitbread Round the World Race.
The next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race will be contested in a new high-performance yacht, the Volvo Ocean 65, designed by Farr Yacht Design in the United States and built by a consortium of boatyards in the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Switzerland.
The new 65-foot (19.8-metre) monohull racing yachts will be strictly One Design and delivered “ready to sail”. The boats incorporate the latest video, satellite and content production facilities to further enhance the Onboard Reporter programme that has been in place since 2008-09.
The all-female Team SCA were the first to announce their participation in the 2014-15 edition. Backed by SCA, the global hygiene and forest products company, they will be the first all-women’s team to compete in the race since 2001-02. A team from the state of Pernambuco, Brazil has also been announced.
The previous edition of the Volvo Ocean Race started in October 2011 in Alicante, Spain and was won by Groupama sailing team, skippered by Frenchman Franck Cammas.
The last race took the teams over 39,000 nautical miles (45,000 miles or 72,000 kilometres) and started in Alicante. The route featured stopovers in Cape Town (South Africa), Abu Dhabi (UAE), Sanya (China), Auckland (New Zealand), Itajaí (Brazil), Miami (USA), Lisbon (Portugal) and Lorient (France) before the finish in Galway (Ireland).
Chairman Simon Davidson: “Opportunity is Unique for Trying Offshore Racing”
NEWPORT, RI (February 4, 2013) — The ninth edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race challenges sailors of all ages and experience levels to try offshore racing by competing in the popular overnighter that starts and finishes at Ida Lewis Yacht Club in Newport, R.I. Scheduled for a 1 p.m. start on Friday, August 16, 2013, the race is open to IRC, PHRF, One Design, Double-Handed and Multihull boats and features four coastal courses–between 104nm and 177nm—that incorporate such scenic waypoints as Castle Hill, Brenton Reef, Block Island, Montauk Point, Martha’s Vineyard and Buzzards Bay.
Bringing a fresh perspective to the August tradition is newly appointed Race Chairman Simon Davidson (Newport, R.I.) who co-founded the inaugural event in 2004.
“We started with the intention of having a biennial event,” said Davidson, “but by our second running in 2006 it was clear that we had the enthusiasm from grand prix racers as well as double-handed and cruising sailors to make this event happen annually. It now is an August tradition, perfectly timed for the end of summer when activity on Narragansett Bay has quieted down somewhat.”
Davidson added that his committee’s goals this year are to expand the race’s reach to surrounding areas and “encourage more sailors to try offshore racing in some of the most beautiful and storied cruising grounds in the country, if not the world.” To that end, the event’s Youth Challenge, added in 2010, will be more heavily promoted to New England area yacht clubs, and an emphasis will be given to the Collegiate Challenge that was inaugurated last year at the 2012 event.
“There are sailors who have sat on a couch to eagerly watch the Volvo Ocean Race, but they’ve rarely, if ever, had the chance to actually compete in a distance race,” said Davidson. “With the Ida Lewis Distance Race, the opportunity is unique for trying offshore racing. It’s a medium-distance offshore commitment that requires a minimal amount of logistics, since the race is not point-to-point but rather begins and ends in the same place. It’s the chance for an owner to take his or her around-the-buoys crew on a new adventure or to integrate youth or college sailors into the team for a different kind of rewarding experience. Then, of course, for veteran big-boat crews, the race is ideal for practice and training before they move on to other distance races around the world. Rambler, Bella Mente and Decision are just a few of the high-profile teams that have competed here in the past.”
The race is also a qualifier for the New England Lighthouse Series (PHRF); the Northern and Double-Handed Ocean Racing Trophies (IRC); and the US-IRC Gulf Stream Series.
The Youth Challenge
To qualify for the Youth Challenge, more than 40% of the crew must have reached their 14th birthday but not turn 20 prior to August 16, 2013. Teams may have junior crew members outside of those parameters; however, they will not count towards the youth component. Teams are encouraged to register under the burgee of a US SAILING yacht club or community sailing program.
All youth sailors will be required to attend a brief informational meeting the evening before the race (participants of all ages welcome) and will be strongly encouraged to attend the Storm Trysail Junior Safety at Sea Seminar, which will be held in Newport, R.I. in August.
The Collegiate Challenge
For the second year, the Ida Lewis Distance Race is incorporating a Collegiate Challenge for the William Tuthill Trophy. The Trophy honors Tuthill, an avid sailor and member of the SUNY Maritime College, class of 1973, who met with accidental death at sea on the school’s summer cruise in 1972. SUNY Maritime College reinstated the trophy, which was last presented in 1978 to the winner of the Eastern Inter-Collegiate Overnight Race, at the Ida Lewis Distance Race 2012, where Massachusetts Maritime Academy (on Crazy Horse) beat out SUNY (on American Girl) to win.
To qualify for the Collegiate Challenge, more than 40% of the crew must not have reached the age of 26 by August 16, 2013. Teams are encouraged to register under the burgee of a college sailing program, a US SAILING yacht club or community sailing program.
By John Rousmaniere
Nobody should underestimate the importance or demands of these incidents and the efforts to deal with them. As Royal Bermuda Yacht Cub Commodore Jonathan Brewin observed, “We were dealing with just one boat and one casualty. If four or five boats were involved, we wouldn’t be able to handle all of it. We need to have a team ready to work.” For the full report go to RACE NEWS > http://www.bermudarace.com/
Newport, RI: Jan. 30, 2013: The Newport Bermuda Race is closely followed by an onshore team of race officials who alternate four-hour watches as they monitor emails, satphone and radiotelephone calls, and the online tracker that identifies entries and their positions. At a little after 2000 EDT on the 2012 race’s third night, June 17, watch-stander Nicholas Weare, based in Bermuda, received an email from the race’s consulting physician in Massachusetts.
He promptly reported it to race officials: “Message received from Dr. Barbara Masser advising that she lost satphone contact 7:49 EDT while in communication with Seabiscuit regarding a 38-year-old insulin dependent male who has not eaten or drunk for 24 hours, with elevated blood sugar and appears confused.”
These were the first two of more than two dozen emails (not to mention many satphone and radio calls) sent over the next seven hours concerning the serious problem on board Seabiscuit, a J-46 in the race’s Double-Handed Division. The effort to assist and, eventually, evacuate the seasick sailor, Nathan C. Owen, included more than two dozen people, including race officials, rescue personnel in the U.S. and Bermuda, and the crews of two other racing boats and a cruise ship.
For the full report go to RACE NEWS > http://www.bermudarace.com/
Following the incident there were frank discussions of lessons learned in a debriefing at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, in replies to a questionnaire circulated to 21 people involved in the incident, and in John Rousmaniere’s detailed incident report to the Bermuda Race Organizing Committee. Here is a summary
Seasickness and Dehydration:
Seasickness puts lives at risk. Seasickness medication must be trialed by each member of the crew prior to going offshore, checking for side effects, and be used prophylactically wherever the boat is sailing. All vessels must be equipped with proper seasickness and anti-nausea medication, including suppositories (for times when oral medication cannot be held down) and IV saline to provide emergency hydration
At least one crew member should be trained and assigned to monitor crew health and medications. 2012 Bermuda Race Chair John Osmond (a medical doctor) has recommended that sailors take a first- aid course/safety seminar addressing seasickness and dehydration.
Crews must be thoroughly familiar with and practice on their satellite phones and radiotelephones. Satphone calls were lost and dropped because the phone or volume was turned off, or because service providers could handle only a limited number of voice calls at time. Voicemail and email are extremely valuable options for offshore satphones—but they work only if the crews frequently check for messages.
The question “Who was in charge?” in the questionnaire elicited a large variety of answers. Because some confusion is probably inevitable in such situations, a crisis management plan that looks sound on paper may not be suitable in action. Every plan should be tested in trial runs by its team and rescue officials.
Another crucial issue is having necessary data readily available. Telephone numbers and other contacts for boats, rescue services, and homes must be known and carefully recorded and stored where they are instantly accessible.
Dr. Stanley Paris plans to set a new bar by completing a circumnavigation from Bermuda to Bermuda, as the oldest to do so on a cruiser. He will also challenge the notion that do so you must leave a giant carbon footprint. He plans to pull the motor and generator prior to heading out and rely only on wind, solar and water power for his circumnavigation.
At 76, Dr. Stanley Paris plans to set a new bar by being the oldest to complete a circumnavigation from Bermuda to Bermuda. He will also challenge the notion that do so you must leave a giant carbon footprint to do this. He will pull the motor and generator and rely only on wind, solar and water power for his circumnavigation. He is attempting to break the record of Dodge Morgan, who circumnavigated the globe under sail non-stop and unassisted in 1986 at age 58 on American Promise. ”
These are the specific records he is attempting
- The oldest person to circumnavigate under sail non-stop
- The fastest to circumnavigate in a monohull cruising boat
- The first ever to circumnavigate non-stop entirely green
Dr Paris will do this on his Farr design Paris 63, built by Lyman Morse.
Dr. Paris was at the Newport Shipyard at the new offices of Lyman Morse to show the boat. Challenge and Adventure’s George Bekris was invited for a ride with Dr. Paris prior to Kiwi Spirit heading for Bermuda and then on to Antigua. While in the Caribbean he plans to enter the Caribbean 600, one of a few races he plans to do before setting forth on November 30, 2013 from St. Augustine, Florida
A beautiful boat with a very accomadating layout. A perfect boat he hopes for making a more comfortable circumnavigation. Some of her features are:
- Cutter rigged some 88 feet in height – a good height to carry plenty of sail
- Retractable bow sprit goes out 7 feet to add yet more sail to the boat’s length for downwind sailing
- Out riggers to hold the sails out rather than having a spinnaker pole.
- Displacement is only 32,000 lbs. – half the weight of the record holder. I shall be light and fast.
- Keel goes from 8’7″ to 14’9″ – this is for increased stability to carry the sails aloft.
- Four water ballast tanks again for stability – equivalent of 22 men sitting on the rail
- Solar panels, two wind generators and four water generators with energy stored in lithium ion phosphate batteries.
- Five water tight bulkheads
- Sacrificial bow
You can check out some of Kiwi Spirit and see her in action in the gallery below.
As an avid supporter of the Foundation for Physical Therapy, Stanley would like others to join his mission of helping fund this important non-profit organization. Sail with Stanley by making a tax deductible donation, and your name will be placed on board Kiwi Spirit for the voyage around the globe.
For a Video of the day’s sail by George Bekris click HERE
For more information on Dr. Stanley Paris and his solo challenge click HERE
Vlad Murnikov and the SpeedDream Team showcased the new Lyman-Morse built SpeedDream 27 in Newport yesterday. A big first step to Vlad seeing his dream of designing world’s fastest monohull has come to fruition in the first carbon fiber working version of his radical hull design.
They took a break from their in-the-water testing to bring the boat to Newport Shipyard for a look see by the local sailing community. What was to be a one off prototype is now going to be a new boat class for those who crave speed.
The SpeedDream27 is one of the most advanced and innovative yacht design concepts in sailing today.
Some of the main characteristics of the boat are:
1. A delta-shaped hull, almost triangular in plan view, with a very narrow,
wave-piercing bow to reduce resistance and improve seaworthiness.
2. A moderately wide beam for enhanced planing ability at high speeds.
3. Reduced hull volume and buoyancy to lower drag and save weight.
4. Very high stability and sail carrying capacity due to an innovative
Flying Keel that ultimately comes out of the water to provide maximum
righting moment while completely eliminating drag.
5. The use of a telescoping keel that retracts to reduce draft while in
harbor, and extends while sailing to maximize righting moment
and sail carrying capability.
6. An innovative Stepped Hull that separates speed robbing drag into
two smaller regions.
7. The resulting stability is far superior to current keel boats while
requiring only fraction of the ballast thereby significantly reducing
the total boat displacement.
8. The use of high-aspect, high-performance
sails that allow SpeedDream27 to sail at very close wind angles and
through a broad range of wind conditions.
The keel mechanism is push button controlled from the helmsman’s station and allows minor adjustments to the keel angle as well as a single button push for a complete side-to-side cant through a tack or gybe.
For more information on the SpeedDream 27 Design go to: SpeedDream.org
Dr. Stanley Paris begins his training for ultimate solo circumnavigation
NOVEMBER 16, 2012 – (Thomaston, ME) Following a busy two weeks of sea trials and tweaking the newborn Paris-63 yacht in Thomaston, Maine, Dr. Stanley Paris will take the helm tomorrow morning for his maiden ocean voyage on the sleek, Farr-designed Kiwi Spirit yacht. Accompanied by crew, Paris will sail to Newport, Rhode Island before heading off to Bermuda and ultimately Antigua.
”It’s a bit like a baby leaving the cradle,” said Paris. “I’ve spent a great deal of time here in Maine as Kiwi Spirit went from the drawing board to the water. I’ve been very hands-on in the process and the team at Lyman-Morse has been terrific in building an incredible yacht and customizing it for my goal to sail solo, non-stop, unassisted and totally green around the world.”
Paris will train for the next 12 months aboard Kiwi Spirit readying himself for the circumnavigation, which he will tackle at the ripe age of 76. He intends to compete in a variety of racing events, including the Caribbean 600, Charleston to Bermuda, Bermuda 1-2, and Marblehead to Halifax regatta, in addition to deliveries and other sail training. The daunting task of sailing 27,000 miles alone around the globe will require specific experience in sleep deprivation, sail handling, electronics, satellite communication, and navigation. Paris aims to best the benchmark set by Dodge Morgan in 1986 when he sailed the cruising yacht American Promise around the world from Bermuda to Bermuda in 150 days. Paris intends to be the oldest person to ever circumnavigate the globe alone under sail, non-stop, unassisted and completely green.
”I have always been inspired by the efforts of others both in sports and in my professional career and have sought to emulate and where appropriate, improve upon what they have done,” added Paris. “For me it is about following in the footsteps of heroes, and Dodge Morgan is one of those.”
Paris also intends for his solo circle of the globe to be entirely green; no hydrocarbons will be used whatsoever. No gas, propane or butane will be aboard during the circumnavigation. Solar panels line the deck and small hydro generators are mounted under the vessel to bring power back to the boat. If he succeeds, Paris will become the first person to ever circumnavigate the globe, non-stop using no hydrocarbons.
No stranger to endurance events, Paris swam the English Channel twice and racked up some 60,000 miles sailing. He also completed the Ironman World Championship triathlon in Hawaii. This year alone, his adventurous spirit sent him racing a motorbike across the U.S. in less than 50 hours coast to coast and completing a half-marathon.
Unlike most sailing endeavors today which consistently seek commercial sponsorship and goodwill donations, Paris will complete his mission in the Corinthian spirit of sailing. Instead of seeking funds to execute his mission, he will fund the entire project personally and ask those interested to support his favorite charity, the Foundation for Physical Therapy. Individuals and companies are able to place their name onboard Kiwi Spirit for a small donation, which goes directly to the non-profit organization.
The hull of Kiwi Spirit is built out of epoxy-infused carbon, E-glass and Kevlar with a thermo-core that is both stiff and lightweight. There is a hydraulic lifting keel which draws 14 feet, nine inches (down) for excellent upwind performance and eight feet, seven inches when the keel is up. There are four water ballast compartments to help counter the powerful rig and make the boat more comfortable in heavy air. An easy-to-manage sail plan has been incorporated, with all lines leading aft to the cockpit.
For further information:
Website ( www.stanleyparis.com)
Stanley’s Blog (www.stanleyparis.blogspot.com)
New Record is Now 01:47:24
Attempt Made in 17 knot Northwesterly on an Ebb Tide,
October 31st is the final day to Attempt the Record in 2012
A new record was set for the Around Jamestown Record today. Dan Flanigan and Max Kramers sailed their 18 foot Hobie Tiger around Jamestown with an elapsed time of 1 hour 47 minutes and 24 seconds. The team chose to sail the course in a clockwise direction with 17 knots of wind in a northwesterly on an ebb tide.
In addition to setting the outright record, Flanigan and Kramers also now hold the record for the ‘All Other Sailing Craft Division’. If by October 31st, no other team in any division bests Flanigan and Kramer’s elapsed time, they will own the Around Jamestown Record and Skipper Dan Flanigan will win his weight in Mount Gay Rum.
The Around Jamestown Record, presented in association with Café Zelda, Mount Gay Rum and Doublecross Vodka is a perpetual all out record for sailing around Conanicut Island (also known as Jamestown) in lower Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island.
Similar to other outright speed records, contenders will decide when they to make a record attempt and also the direction in which they will sail around Jamestown. This means contenders can choose the most advantageous weather conditions and tidal flow in which to attempt the record.
Four categories of sailing boats will be recognized to vie for divisional honors with the overall perpetual trophy going to the boat with the outright fastest time.
The four divisions recognized are:
· Monohull keel boats greater than or equal to 50 feet
· Monohull keel boats less than 50 feet
· Mulithull boats greater than 20 feet
· All other sailing craft
The record will be open during the summer months from Memorial Day, May 28th, 2012 until October 31st, 2012 during the hours of daylight. The yacht that wins the outright record will be awarded Mount Gay Rum equal to the Skipper’s weight.