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Friday, January 31, 2014

David Gilmour Defeats Baby Bro To Win The Warren Jones Regatta - Perth

It was an all Gilmour final in the Warren Jones Youth Match Regatta on the Swan River on Friday afternoon.
David Gilmour, who is 14th in the ISAF world rankings, earned the right to compete in the final by despatching of Andy Green (NSW) in a two-nil best of three quarter final.
Photo: Bernie Kaaks
He was then able to select his semi-final opponent and immediately chose Matt Jerwood, who he defeated in two straight races to earn his place in the final.
David Gilmour Photo: Bernie Kaaks
 Sam Gilmour, ranked well below David at 33, had a more traumatic journey into the final. During the first round he was involved in a T-Bone collision with Matt Jerwood, leaving Jerwood’s boat with a large triangular hole in the side. Sam’s tactics were unpredictable but at times, brilliant.
David Gilmour receives the trophy from Terri Platell, daughter of Warren Jones Photo: Bernie Kaaks
Having qualified in the final eight for the quarter finals, he moved into the semis, where he accounted for Chris Steele 2-1 in the best of three, bringing about the first ever final between brothers in the 12 year history of the Warren Jones Regatta.
Photo: Bernie Kaaks
The final was decided in three straight races, all of them close, but all of them decisive as David showed his younger brother why he is ranked in the world’s top 20 in the sport.
Photo: Bernie Kaaks
The win gives David the title for the second successive year, an invitation to compete in the UK, plus a $7,000 allowance from the Warren Jones Foundation towards competing overseas. There was a poignant moment in the acknowledgements, when David handed the microphone to his bowman Peter Nicholas, who has competed in 11 of the 12 Warren Jones regattas and has now reached the age limit.
Sam Gilmour (far right) and crew Photo: Bernie Kaaks
The petit final, to decide third and fourth, was best of three, while the final itself was best of 5 matches. The first flight was a single match of the petit final, thus ensuring that the last races would (in theory) put the finalists on show.
Steele and Jerwood Photo: Lulu Roseman
Unfortunately, in the second match between Matt Jerwood and Chris Steele, there was contact between the boats, Steele’s boat was damaged, and Jerwood was penalised a point for having caused the incident.
Steele and Jerwood Photo: Lulu Roseman
In the end, time beat the petit finalists, with the scores locked on one point each. Steele was awarded third place by virtue of a countback, an anticlimax to an exciting week of match racing in conditions which ranged from very light to the solid “Fremantle Doctor” which came in right on cue at more than 20 knots for the finals.
Chris Steele  Photo: Lulu Roseman
Chris Steele, as the top overseas skipper in the regatta, won the Traveller’s Trophy and vowed to return next year to improve on the third place he has now won for two years in a row.

Final Results:

Final: David Gilmour (3) defeated Sam Gilmour (0)
Petit Final: Chris Steele (1) defeated Matt Jerwood (1) on a count-back.

Bernie Kaaks

Newport Sailors Set To Steer Turkish Boat Team Alvimedica in Volvo Ocean Race

Istanbul, Turkey – Seven years ago, a couple of young American sailing addicts met on the set of a Disney movie and dreamed of the day that they would launch a campaign in the world’s toughest offshore team test, the Volvo Ocean Race.
Photo: Amory Ross/Oakcliff All American Offshore Team
Today that apparently long-shot ambition became a reality when Team Alvimedica’s challenge for the 2014-15 edition was announced in Istanbul, home of the company.
Photo: Amory Ross/Oakcliff All American Offshore Team
Mark Towill was just 18 when he met Charlie Enright, four years older, as a fellow young star in the Disney sailing movie, Morning Light. The reality film followed a cross-Pacific boat voyage and made use of some of the biggest names in offshore sailing.
Photo: Amory Ross/Oakcliff All American Offshore Team
Enright, now 29, picks up the story: “We met during the trials for that – we both considered that project to be the beginning of our dream, which is the Volvo Ocean Race.
Image courtesy of Volvo Ocean Race
“We’ve had a lot of Volvo veterans as our coaches on the Morning Light shoot – Stan Honey, Mike Sanderson, Jerry Kirby – and they set up the foundations for us in terms of high-level ocean racing.”

“That vision has been quite clear for a while and has served as motivation for all that we’ve been doing,” added Towill, who together with Enright set up their own company, All-American Ocean Racing out of Newport, Rhode Island where the Race will be stopping in May, 2015.

“It’s not been easy by any means despite the great start we had with the Disney movie. We’ve spent long hours treading the sidewalks trying to get a break and it’s been all about making our own opportunities. We’ve also had a lot of help from many, many people making this become a reality.”

Slowly their dream began to take concrete shape and in 2011, Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad invited the pair to Alicante for the start of the 11th edition in October that year.

After dropping most other commitments in the search for a title sponsor, Enright and Towill found an ambitious, young company – Alvimedica – to take their project from a dream to the start line of the Volvo Ocean Race in Alicante on October 4, 2014.

Alvimedica, a medical devices company from Turkey, is the perfect match for a team that aims to have a crew predominantly drawn from a pool of sailors under 30.

Its accent on being agile, innovative and not afraid to take bold business calls like taking on the huge U.S. market has helped it become one of Turkey’s fastest growing young companies and now management want to broaden its horizons by conquering new territories abroad topped by the United States.

The Volvo Ocean Race and the young American crew are the perfect vehicles to do just that.

Enright, who will be skipper, and Towill are the only crew confirmed for Team Alvimedica so far and the next step will be trials for as many of the best young offshore sailors as they can find.

“The plan is that we’ll look at people in the States first but expand that to take in young sailors from around the world too, including Turkey and Italy,” said Mark.

Frostad was delighted to welcome both team and title sponsor as the Race’s fifth confirmed team for the 12th edition.

“This is one of the most exciting new teams I've seen since I’ve started this job,” he said. “Team Alvimedica is everything I have dreamed of since 2008 when I joined the race management: young people taking the initiative to start a project.

“We also welcome a new sponsor coming from Turkey. There has been a lot of interest from Turkey in the last race and it’s a country where sailing is growing. This is a medical technology company focused on the heart. I reckon the Volvo Ocean Race is one of the toughest physical and cardiac challenges in the world, so that will make for an interesting study!”

The team can also anticipate a warm welcome in Newport given its connections there when the fleet arrives in port next year.

The team’s CEO will be Bill Erkelens, a well known name in U.S. sailing who played a leading role in the management of several America’s Cup teams.

Alvimedica CEO Dr Cem Bozkurt added: "As a young company we have a tremendous ambition in the global market. We have the same targets in sailing as well.

“Volvo Ocean Race is a rapid and dynamic event which utilises the latest technology, just like Alvimedica. We are proud to have the Turkish flag for the first time on an entry of the most challenging sailing event in the world."

Team Alvimedica will be joining Team SCA, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Dongfeng Race Team and Team Brunel in the 2014-15 race which will be contested over 38,739 nautical miles and nine months, finishing in Gothenburg on June 27, 2015.

Volvo Ocean Race Media

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Getting To The Pointy End - Warren Jones Regatta - Perth - Day 3

The eight skippers to qualify for tomorrow morning’s quarter finals have been identified. Although the intention of the race committee was to bring the start forward by an hour today, with the aim of catching up on the program schedule, the weather refused to cooperate and after one match was completed in the first flight, the program proper was not started until close to 11:00am, when the first south westerly breeze reached the course.
Photo: Bernie Kaaks
The standard of competition in this Grade 2 event has thoroughly justified its status. Although the score sheet might suggest a wide gulf between those at the top and those near the bottom, the fact was underlined today that any one of these skippers is capable of beating the favourites.
Photo: Bernie Kaaks
Matt Jerwood had a mixed day today, losing matches to David and Sam Gilmour and Chris Steele, to slip to third on the ladder. David Gilmour moved into top spot despite losing a match to Adam Middleton, while Chris Steele finished his campaign strongly, with just two losses, one to each of the Gilmour boys.
Photo: Bernie Kaaks
Sam Gilmour attracted the umpires’ attention again today, during a close and aggressive match with New Zealand’s Chris Staub, but emerged with a comfortable win.
Photo: Bernie Kaaks
The winning margins revealed just how close the contests were, and how easily the scores of individual skippers could have changed. There were four finishes in the last four flights which were decided by a second or less. The Japanese skipper Kohei Ichikawa is one who lost several races by the narrowest of margins.
Photo: Lulu Roseman
In one of the last races of the day, Kiwi Will Tiller, who sails with bare feet, lost his balance and landed heavily on a deck fitting, splitting open his foot. He completed the race and at the end of the day, was taken to a doctor to have the wound stitched. He is adamant that he will be fine to sail in the finals.

The draw for the quarter finals is:
  • David Gilmour (RFBYC) (purple spinnaker) vs Andy Green (CYCA, NSW) (orange spinnaker)
  • Chris Steele (RNZYS, NZL) (red spinnaker) vs Chris Poole (Riptide Racing, USA) (dark blue spinnaker)
  • Matthew Jerwood (SoPYC) (pink spinnaker) vs Tristan Brown (RFBYC) (black spinnaker)
  • Sam Gilmour (RFBYC) (light blue spinnaker) vs Will Tiller (RNZYS) (green spinnaker)
Bernie Kaaks

Dutch Pitstop For Volvo Ocean Race Fleet

The Hague, The Netherlands

An exciting 24-hour pit-stop which will bring fans to within touching distance of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 boats has been introduced for the final leg in the iconic Dutch port of The Hague.
Photo: ©Volvo Ocean Race
The news will delight fans in The Netherlands who were already celebrating last month the entrance of Team Brunel for the 12th edition starting on October 4 this year and the follow-up revelation that the professional training company Schouten Global are planning their own Dutch campaign in 2017-18.
Photo: ©Volvo Ocean Race
The boats are due to arrive on Friday, June 19, 2015 after sailing from the French port of Lorient and then continue racing the following day with a resumption with the same time gaps between them as when they arrived.

The public can get close to the boats and the sailors as they watch the clock tick and get ready to hoist the sails again and complete the final leg of the nine-month marathon in Gothenburg, Sweden. For Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad, the choice about where to stage the pit-stop was easy.

Millions around the world follow offshore racing’s leading crewed event but there are few places where that support is greater than in The Netherlands.

That passion was unleashed to full effect last month when the Dutch-backed Team Brunel campaign, skippered by six-time race legend Bouwe Bekking, was launched to a major media fanfare in Amsterdam.

A few weeks later, Schouten Global announced they would be a sponsor of that boat and were working on having their own for the 13th edition.

“The Netherlands is, like New Zealand, a place where sailing in general and the Volvo Ocean Race in particular has a high awareness and a long history. We want to support that,” said Frostad.

The event organisers still have fresh memories of the last time the race sailed close to Dutch shores and that was also an influence in taking the decision.

“In 2008-09, the fleet did a loop close to The Hague for the Dutch fans and it was a success. This time it will be even bigger because the boats will actually come to shore and they can actually touch them and meet the sailors,” said Race COO Tom Touber.

Karsten Klein, City Council Member of Sports, Youth and Welfare for The Hague, shares Touber’s view: "I am very proud that the Volvo Ocean Race chose our city as the only pit-stop in the 2014-15 edition.

“The Hague has a long sailing and watersports tradition and the pit-stop fits perfectly. It is not only a sportive highlight, but also a top sporting event for the whole city and its inhabitants."

The harbour and the breakwaters in The Hague could not offer a better viewing spot for the crowds. It is close to the sea and the resumption on June 20 will be from the famous port to offer a ringside view for a city that boasts a total population of over a million.

The city hosts many international institutions including the International Court of Justice and it also is the seat of the Dutch government and parliament.

The Hague is a very popular sea-front resort that attracts more than a million visitors from around the world every year and is the country’s second most visited destination after the capital Amsterdam.

Additionally, organisers are expecting people from throughout the country and also nearby Germany to welcome the boats in and wave them out.

The Hague and the Race are planning major public events including music concerts, festivals and many other attractions, some of which will feature the Team Brunel crew and their international rivals.

History of The Netherlands in the race

- The 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race will be the second time The Netherlands is included on the official race route. The 2005-06 Volvo Ocean Race featured a stopover in Rotterdam. In the 2008-09 edition, there were 2 waypoints on the Dutch coast during the Leg from Galway to Marstrand.

- Bouwe Bekking was the last Dutch skipper in the race in 2008-09 with Telefónica Blue. The 2014-15 edition with Team Brunel will be his 7th participation.

- ABN AMRO ONE skippered by Mike Sanderson (NZL) was the winning team in the 2005-06 edition of the race – the third victory for the Netherlands in the history of the race.

- Cornelis (Conny) van Rietschoten was skipper and winner of both the 1977-78 and 1981-82 editions of the Whitbread onboard Flyer and Flyer II and is the only skipper to have won the race twice.

- Hans Bouscholte (1997-98 on BrunelSunergy) and Roy Heiner (1997-98 on BrunelSunergy) were the last Dutch skippers with a Dutch entry to participate in the race.

- The last Dutch campaign in the race was Team Delta Lloyd in 2008-09.The first Dutch sailor in the race was Tjerk M. Romke de Vries. He sailed onboard Sayula II, winner of the first edition of the race in 1973-74.

Volvo Ocean Race Media

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Light Conditions Frustrate Sailors at ISAF Sailing World Cup in Miami

Two days of racing have finished at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Miami (27 January to 1 February 2014).  This 25th edition of ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami annually attracts top ranked one-design sailors in 10 Olympic and three Paralympic events selected for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Little to no breeze created mirror-like conditions on the calm waters of Biscayne Bay at the regatta start on Monday morning. This was not ideal for the 580 sailors representing 50 countries, who were ready to go for the start of this six-day international regatta.

Racing was postponed at approximately 9:00 local time due to insufficient wind. This delay pushed back the start times for the morning and early afternoon fleets. At around 12:00, the fleets started their launch from their respective venue sites in an attempt to get in as much racing as possible, despite the still conditions.

Fortunately, racing pick up in the afternoon and all fleets completed races in the consistent light breeze. Wind speeds ranged from 4 to 8 knots for most of the afternoon.

On the second day of ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami , tight tactical racing was the name of the game as light breeze tested the patience and nerves of the sailors. Sailors and their coaches made the most of morning down time for the second consecutive day, as the breeze refused to cooperate early on Biscayne Bay.

The AP flags began to drop around the five sailing venues in Miami between 14:00 and 15:00 local time. Race Committees prepared to fit in one race each during the afternoon session. The local breeze on the bay hit 4 knots by late afternoon, giving the committee hope that racing was possible.

Whilst the sun was out, the breeze came in slowly allowing one race per fleet apart from the RS:X and Nacra 17 fleets that managed to squeeze in two.

Australian Sailing results from Monday, 27 January and Tuesday, 28 January:

Laser

World #1 Tom Burton (NSW) is currently the highest ranked Australian Sailing Team member sitting in the overall lead in the Laser fleet, which is this week's largest fleet with 91 competitors. Burton won both races on the first day and came 26th in the third.

Men's 470

The Men's 470 is stacked with a strong fleet of world ranked teams, including Australian Sailing Team’s #1 ranked Mat Belcher (QLD) and Will Ryan (QLD), who are looking to extend their unbeaten streak as a team to eleven this week. Belcher has won his last 18 consecutive 470 regattas.

The 2013 World Champions were third and ninth on the opening day in Miami and 13th on the second day. This currently puts them into eighth position overall in a fleet of 30 teams. Australian Sailing Squad members Matthew Crawford (NSW) and Robert Crawford (NSW) are currently ranked 24th while Angus Galloway (QLD) and Tim Hannah (VIC) are 28th.

Nacra 17

The Nacra17 fleet saw two races on day one of the regatta and two on the second day. Euan McNicol (NSW) and Lucinda Whitty (NSW) are the top ranked Australian crew in an overall seventh, followed by Darren Bundock (NSW) and Nina Curtis (NSW) in eigth. Lisa Darmanin (NSW) and Jason Waterhouse (NSW).

Olympic silver medallist Nina Curtis after today’s racing: “We managed to get two races in and the conditions were again super light. With a fourth and a 16th it was mixed results for us and we are hoping for a little bit more wind tomorrow.”

Finn

The heavyweights in the Finn class tallied a pair of races on the first day, but only one on day two. The fleet had to wait a long time for the 470 fleets to get away cleanly and ended up racing in a dying sea breeze finishing the race in the dark – tricky conditions with very tight racing.

Australian Sailing Squad member Oliver Tweddell (VIC) was the early leader at the end of day one after placing second and first, respectively. A tenth finish on Tuesday put him into an overall second. Fellow training squad members Jake Lilley (QLD) finished eighth on day two putting him in 14th overall, while Olympian Brendan Casey (QLD) finished 7th on day two and is now ranked 13th overall.

49erFX

Tess Lloyd (VIC) and Caitlin Elks (WA) are the only Australian Sailing crew in this field and after two days of racing are ranked 13th.

There is some optimism that the breeze will be sufficient on Wednesday and Thursday (Miami time). Wednesday's forecast predicts 7 to 9 knots in the morning out of the south. Rain showers are expected to move through in the afternoon and possibly make for unstable breeze. Temperatures are expected to reach the high 70s.

Cora Zillich

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Action Packed First Day - Warren Jones Regatta - Perth

The Warren Jones International Youth Match Racing Regatta began on Freshwater Bay on Perth’s Swan River today, in a shifty south easterly breeze of about 12 to 15 knots.
Photo: Bernie Kaaks
Competition was tight from the outset. Tristan Brown, last year’s runner-up, accounted for Adam Middleton in his first race, while the next pairing of Ichikawa and Rooklyn went all the way to the wire with the Japanese skipper notching a narrow win.
Photo: Bernie Kaaks
Matt Jerwood came back from the dead in his race with Will Tiller. Tiller won the start, but Jerwood played the shifts and rounded the top mark ahead. On the second windward leg however, Jerwood allowed Tiller to claim the right hand side of the track, failed to cover and at the next cross near the top mark, Tiller enjoyed a small but decisive lead. Jerwood threw everything at the New Zealander on the downwind leg, gained an overlap, and crossed the finish line ahead by a thumbnail.
Photo: Bernie Kaaks
The Gilmour brothers Sam and David fought out a classic duel which Sam was winning, but David showed his guile and experience at the end of the first downwind leg to finesse his way to a narrow lead, from which Sam was never given a chance to recover.
Photo: Bernie Kaaks
Flight three saw a terrible collision between Sam Gilmour and Matt Jerwood. Umpires immediately penalised Gilmour, and since the Jerwood boat was holed too seriously to continue, Jerwood was awarded the match. At a hearing after racing had finished, the jury imposed a further penalty on Gilmour, leaving his score for the match at -1.

Given that the skippers in this regatta represent the next generation of match racing skippers, the standard of racing on the first day has at times been breathtaking. Pre start tactics prove that these young skippers (the age limit is 25 years) have an excellent understanding of their craft. Manoeuvres were very aggressive at times, yet contact between yachts was rare, helmsmen judging their separation within centimetres.

At the end of the first day, Matt Jerwood and New Zealander Chris Steele were the only skippers to emerge undefeated, each recording 5 wins. Behind them, Will Tiller, David Gilmour, Tristan Brown and Sam Gilmour have all won 4 races, but because of the way the draw has worked they have different numbers of losses.

The breeze remained in the south east all day, easing considerably in the middle of the day and returning again later. Ten flights of the 17 required to complete a round robin were run today, mainly because of the time lost following the collision.

Bernie Kaaks

Safran and Banque Populaire Join Forces To Build New IMOCA Monohulls For Vendée Globe

Safran and Banque Populaire, two major groups advanced in their markets, major players in offshore racing for several years, have joined forces to build their next IMOCA monohulls for the Vendée Globe 2016-2017.

This approximation is born from the common desire to optimise the cost of vessel construction while developing innovative, efficient and highly competitive yachts.

"Banque Populaire is a historic player in the sailing sponsorship and has a great experience. We are proud to partner with their teams to share the risks, costs and efforts. This collaboration is perfectly in tune with the culture of innovation and partnership Safran practice in its businesses," said Gérard Le Page, President of Safran Sailing Team.

"We are pleased to cooperate with Safran shares with us the taste for innovation and enhancement of technological know-how of French companies. I am confident that the combination of talents of our two teams will create highly efficient vessels for the next Vendée Globe," said Chantal Petrachi, Communications Director Banque Populaire.

The collaboration of these two owners confirms their commitment to quality, innovation and technological development and  a common desire to improve offshore racing.

* IMOCA: Open class monohull 60 feet (18.28 meters)


New Italian Team Bombarda Racing Joins RC44’s

With just a few weeks to go before the opening event of the 2014 RC44 Championship Tour, where the fleet will make their Caribbean debut at the RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup, British Virgin Islands, 12- 16 February, a new Italian team have confirmed their entry into the Tour for the 2014 season.
Andrea Pozzi Photo: Courtesy of Andrea Pozzi
Bombarda Racing’s owner Andrea Pozzi will be building a team with the help of tactician Gabriele Benussi and Coach Marco Capitani. The current all Italian line-up includes America’s Cup sailors Edoardo Natucci and Giovanni Cassinari who sailed onboard Mascalzone Latino.
Photo: MartinezStudio.es
New to sailing in 2012, Pozzi has quickly made an impact, finishing fifth in the Melges 32 World Championships last September in Porto Rotondo, Italy, but is now looking forward to the new challenge ahead. “The RC44 is a beautiful boat and a top international racing circuit. Our aim this season is to have fun and push hard for the best result possible in this competitive fleet.”
Photo: MartinezStudio.es
Bombarda Racing will have their work cut out competing against heavy weights such as Team Aqua who have dominated the leaderboard for the past three seasons and will once again start the year as defending fleet and match race champions.

Bombarda Racing Crew List

Helm: Andrea Pozzi
Tactician: Gabriele Benussi
Mainsail Trimmer: Giovanni Cassinari
Foresail Trimmer: Gaetano Figlia di Granara
Dack hand: Francesco Pozzi
Grinder: Edoardo Natucci
Floater: Roberta de Paoli Ambrosi
Pitman: Michele Cannoni
Bowman: Matteo Auguadro

2014 RC44 Tour Schedule:

12 – 16 February – Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
23 – 27 April – Cascais, Portugal
25 – 29 June – Sotogrande, Spain
13 – 17 August – Marstrand, Sweden
19 – 23 November – Muscat, Oman

RC44 Media

Australian Sailors Clean Up in Australia Day Honours

Australian Sailing Team (AST) Members, and AST Patron Bob Oatley, have received honours in the 2014 Australia Day honours list.
Tom Slingsby (right) Photo: Lulu Roseman
Olympic gold medallists Tom Slingsby, Mat Belcher, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, along with Paralympic gold medallist Daniel Fitzgibbon, all received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to sport.

Belcher's gold medal winning crew at the 2012 London Games, Malcolm Page, was awarded an OAM in 2009, having won his first Olympic gold medal with Nathan Wilmot at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.

Paralympic sailing gold medallist Liesl Tesch, Fitzgibbon's crew at the London 2012 Paralympics, who already holds an OAM following her Olympic success as a basketballer, was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of her significant service to sport at the London 2012 Paralympic Games as well as for her “promotion and facilitation of sport for people with disabilities”.

All the athletes were part of the very successful sailing section of the Australian Olympic Team at the 2012 Olympic Games, bringing home four gold (3 Olympic and 1 Paralympic) and one silver medal. In doing so, the team secured three of the seven gold medals won by Australia at London 2012 Olympic Games.

The major honour among sailors went to Bob Oatley, owner of the Sydney-Hobart record-holder Wild Oats XI and long-time supporter, patron and partner of the Australian Sailing Team and Yachting Australia. Bob received an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to the Australian wine and tourism industries, to yacht racing, and to the community as a supporter of medical research and visual arts organisations.

“It was wonderful to see our AST Athletes and one of our key supporters recognised in the Australia Day honours list. Our medal haul in 2012 was without equal and it is fitting that our gold medal winning athletes should be acknowledged in this way,” said Matt Allen, President of Yachting Australia. “It is especially pleasing that Bob Oatley, who has done so much for the sport of sailing in Australia, and who was one of the founding Patrons of the AST should receive an AO on the same list. The support of Bob and our other Patrons is invaluable, and will be one of the keys in addressing the challenges we face in Rio in 2016.”

In an impressive showing for sailing, Tasmanian-based sailing journalist Peter Campbell received an OAM. Peter has been a mainstay of the Australian sailing media for over 50 years, including a role as editor of Australian Sailing magazine.

“Peter has made a wonderful contribution to sailing as part of the fourth estate,” said Phil Jones, CEO of Yachting Australia. “He has a vast knowledge of sailing and has the gift of conveying it in an informative and entertaining way. Peter has forgotten more than most people will ever know about the sport!”

David Tillett, an International Judge who has chaired both the America’s Cup and Olympic Jury’s and serves as a Council Member at the International Sailing Federation as well as an ex officio member of the Yachting Australia Board, also received an AM "for significant service to the sport of sailing”.

“David Tillett has made an enormous voluntary contribution to our sport,” said Phil Jones. “He has risen through the ranks and is now recognised as one of the leading International Judges in sailing. He is a wonderful of example to all volunteers and shows just how much can be achieved in this very important area of our sport through dedication and hard work.”

Also, over the Australia Day week-end three of our Australian sailing athletes were recognised in the top 25 as part of leading sportswriter Richard Hinds' countdown of the Top 100 current Australian sportspeople. Two-time America's Cup winning skipper of Oracle Team USA, James Spithill, was the highest ranked Australian sailor in fifth position. Olympic gold medallist and 2013 Rolex ISAF World Sailor of the Year Mat Belcher was ranked in the top 20 athletes amongst the likes of Adam Scott and Mark Webber, and Olympic gold medallist Tom Slingsby was ranked 22. Richard Hinds Counts Down the current 100 greatest Aussie sports stars

Yachting Australia joins the entire sailing community in congratulating Liesl Tesch, Daniel Fitzgibbon, Mathew Belcher, Tom Slingsby, Iain Jensen and Nathan Outteridge as well as Bob Oatley, David Tillett and Peter Campbell for the well deserved recognition for their services to the sport of sailing in the Australia Day honours list. Australian sailing is richer for their enormous contribution to our sport.

See the full list here: Australia Day 2014 Honours Lists

MEDAL (OAM) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

Mr Mathew Anthony BELCHER – For service to sport as a gold medallist at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Mr Daniel Gerard FITZGIBBON – For service to sport as a gold medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Mr Iain Valjean JENSEN – For service to sport as a gold medallist at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Mr Nathan James OUTTERIDGE – For service to sport as a gold medallist at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Mr Thomas David SLINGSBY – For service to sport as a gold medallist at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Mr Peter McEachern CAMPBELL – For service to yachting as a journalist.

OFFICER (AO) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA
Mr Robert Ian OATLEY BEM – For distinguished service to the Australian wine and tourism industries, to yacht racing, and to the community as a supporter of medical research and visual arts organisations.

MEMBER (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA
Ms Liesl TESCH – For significant service to sport as a gold medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and through the promotion and facilitation of sport for people with disabilities.

Mr David Wemyss TILLETT – For significant service to the sport of sailing.

Cora Zillich

The Next Factor Wins Western Australian IRC Championship

At the end of the seven race series over four days, with one race abandoned and a one race drop, Dave Walling’s Farr 40 The Next Factor, with Peter Ahern as principal helmsman, won the Division 1 State IRC championship in convincing fashion with three wins and two second placings. Second was the Archambault 40 Hoodoo Man, sailed by Craig Carter, ahead of Peter Hickson’s Ker 39, ME II.
Photo: Bernie Kaaks
In Division 2, Harry Schmitz gave away very little in Team SAAB’s six point win. Discarding a third place, the boat carried just one second and four firsts.
Photo: Bernie Kaaks
The little Adams 10, The Addams Family was next, followed by Eric Gath’s, Farr MX Stimulus Package which sailed some good races but struggled to find consistency.
Photo: Bernie Kaaks
Hosted jointly by Royal Freshwater Bay and Royal Perth Yacht Clubs and run from Royal Perth’s Fremantle Annex, the regatta enjoyed good breezes on three of the four days, but a disappointing attendance of just 14 boats over two divisions will ensure that plenty of debate will follow regarding its future.

Results:

Division One:    
1. The Next Factor      David Walling          7
2. Hoodoo Man           Craig Carter            10
3. ME II                       Peter Hickson         12

Division Two:
1. Team SAAB            Harry Schmitz           6
2. Addams Family       Gomez Addams       12
3. Stimulus Package    Eric Gath                  17


Bernie Kaaks

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Finding Their Mojo Again On Australia Day - 18ft Skiffs - Sydney Harbour

18ft Skiffs, Australian Championship, Race 3
Sunday, 26 January 2014, Sydney Harbour

The Mojo Wine 18ft Skiff team returned to form after a disappointing race last Sunday to take out Race 3 of the Australian Championship on Sydney Harbour today.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Chris Nicholson, Mike McKensey and Ricky Bridge finished one minute and two seconds ahead of Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon, Dave O’Connor and Trent Barnabas), with Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney, Mark Kennedy and Peter Harris) just six seconds further back in third place.
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Early leader in today’s race, Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones) finished fourth, ahead of Lumix (Jonathan Whitty) and Fishewr & Paykel (Grant Rollerson).
Smeg's broken foredeck Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
With two more races still to be sailed in the championship, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers leads on 7 points, followed by Asko Appliances on 12, Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel 14, Lumix 16, Mojo Wine 17 and Appliancesonline.com.au on 22.
Smeg's broken spinnaker pole Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Today’s race was sailed, as part of the Australia Day Regatta, over a three-laps windward-return course in a 6-8 knot SE breeze.In such conditions you would expect few problems yet two of the highly fancied skiffs were out at the start.
Sam Newton with the broken boom Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Defending champion Seve Jarvin’s Gotta Love It 7 was forced out in the lead up to the start with a broken boom. Smeg (Nick Press) was another casualty after being hit by two other competitors at the start.

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

What The Sailors Said at Quantum Key West

Terry Hutchinson, USA, tactician Quantum Racing, USA,
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“Conditions were outstanding and the racing was great, everyone is so competitive and I think we won three of the days, Interlodge won a day and Azzurra won a day. It seemed a lot harder than the scoreline shows. The lobster pot incident really set us back, but beyond that we sailed well and hats off to everyone for the effort they have put in. 
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"Today we had some late calls and some really well executed boat handling in the middle and front of the boat, it was a real team effort. We sailed in these respective roles in 2011 and won here. Doug is a competitive guy, he is athletic and he pushes me, he absolutely expects a level as I do too and he knows there no harder critic on me than me, and that keeps everyone working hard on the boat. We keep moving forwards.
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"Azzurra always go well. And early on in the piece we jagged a few. If you say where was the regatta won it was probably won on the first race where we went from fourth to first up the second beat of the race. Today was a different day. Our plan was to stay close to Rán Racing and not give them any opportunities. We found ourselves in the lead at the top. 
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"At the leeward gate we just did not lay into the left hand gate, that is just the way things worked. Azzurra were always right there, it is a very good team and they have been doing this a very long time. They have been doing this for as long as we have and so it is a pretty polished group. I think their week was uncharacteristic for them.”

Doug DeVos, USA, Owner-Driver Quantum Racing, USA: 
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“We have been sailing here for so many years and a lot of times we have not even been close to the leaderboard, we love the event, we love the location and we love the sailing, and so it feels great to come back here and be able to sail with everyone and to do well. 
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"And here of course we are not just racing for the regatta but for the 52 Super Series and so of course every race matters. It feels good to win because it is about the team coming together, all the team put in so much, it is nice to be able to celebrate, but like in life never for too long because the next regatta is just around the corner.”

Niklas Zennstrom Owner-Driver Rán Racing: 
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“To finish in these conditions when the boats are just flying downwind is just fantastic sailing. We had a great day but Azzurra were just ahead on the finish line, but we went out today just wanting to make sure we sailed the best we could and make sure we had a good result, so to finish with a second is good. 
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"The differences are so small. For us when we look and debrief this regatta it will be the lows which are holding us back. Being OCS, over the start line yesterday and having to go back cost us, and we had another start which was not so good, you need to avoid those lows. We know we can win races, we know we can get the good results, but we need to avoid the lows.

Francesco Bruni, ITA, Tactician Azzurra ITA: 

“The boat was going very well in the second part of the race but we were really struggling in the first upwind, we still don’t know what was happening then, we think we had something around the keel, 10 per cent under performance, very slow. From the first downwind onwards the boat was going very well. We made some good calls tactically it was a really nice race to win. We got back to Rán Racing metre by metre, to pass Quantum Racing was good and then the last upwind against Rán Racing the boat was going very well. 

"We managed to keep the right and then just before the last lay line we had a piece of them, using starboard advantage to win the race. We like the strong breeze and the breeze increased during the race, going from 20kts to 22kts and at times stronger. The windier it is the better this boat goes. 

"Definitely Rán Racing made some changes to the boat. Last year they were super fast downwind and a little bit slower upwind, but this year they have stepped up upwind and downwind are not unbeatable downwind. Today was so much windier, we were on the number four jib and usually downwind Rán Racing were unbeatable in this downwind.

Ross MacDonald, CAN, Tactician Sled USA: 
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“We learned a lot and improved every day which may not show on the results board but we feel we are getting more and more competitive as a team and working well. There are a whole bunch of small things to improve, to refine. There is nothing major, a few systems. We will have a few days practice before Miami and we will work on things then.

Tony Rey USA Tactician Hooligan USA: 
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 “The results are not what we wanted, but I have just told the guys I have never felt so good about a team and yet finished so poorly. We made the most of the tools we had in the tool box. We managed to hit six crab pots, two in one race. We had a few kite shrimps at the leeward mark. We had a few tough moments but generally we improved enormously over the week. But the key thing is the owner is thrilled and cant wait to get to Miami to improve the tools in the toolbox and we just cant wait to get started against the best guys in the world.
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"We were over the line early, then recovered, but were slow up the beat with a bag or some weed, but then had a great run and passed Sled on the run. At the leeward mark the kite came most of the way down and in other boats most of the way down would have been fine, but not in a TP52 when you are surfing at fifteen knots. A bit of the kite went in the water, under the boat and we had to send a guy in. That made a bit of a mess, we will rebuild our spinnaker and our egos and move on to Miami.”

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Quantum Racing Wins 52 Super Series at Quantum Key West

Winning five races from ten for the 52 Super Series at Quantum Key West Doug DeVos and the Quantum Racing team secured the first title of the new 2014 season. Starting Friday’s one final race of the series the 2013 season champions needed only a solid top four finish to win overall.
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A steady third behind Azzurra and Rán Racing in the muscular 19-24kts NE’ly breeze and bouncy, short seas, ensured DeVos’ crew lift the Key West title by three points ahead of Niklas Zennström’s Rán Racing team.
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In the strongest breezes of the five day event, the task for Quantum Racing was made easier from the outset when both Sled and Hooligan were called over the start line early. DeVos crew elevated themselves to their strongest possible position as they lead around the top mark and down a fast, exciting downwind but Rán Racing came through at the leeward gate rounding, and were at the front on the second of three beats.
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Sailing markedly better in the strong breezes in which they have historically always been at their best, Azzurra sustained their challenge down the second run. Sailing at least as fast and sometimes faster than Rán and Quantum that was a great platform from which to attack Rán Racing.
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Working the right early they scored a better shift which saw them go bow to bow with the leaders for a matter of minutes upwind. The power of the right prevailed and by the finish line they had eased ahead to give the Italian flagged team – winners of the final regatta of 2013 - a confidence boost at the end of an event which has been too irregular for them.
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Strategist Francesco Bruni considers they were slowed badly in the first legs of the race, perhaps with a plastic bag or weed but when they hit their straps they were as fast as any 52 on the water.
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“We made some good calls tactically it was a really nice race to win. We got back to Rán Racing metre by metre, to pass Quantum Racing was good and then the last upwind against Rán Racing the boat was going very well. We managed to keep the right and then just before the last lay line we had a piece of them, using starboard advantage to win the race,” Bruni said.
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Tactician on the winning Quantum Racing Terry Hutchinson praised the whole team effort, dedicating their win to the fantastic support of their owner-driver DeVos, a key driving force for the 52 Super Series. 
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Having come close last year when they lead into the final day only to suffer a costly jib breakdown winning this team doubtless feels sweeter. But Hutchinson pointed out that converting a fourth to a first in the first light winds race of the regatta was as valuable a contribution to their win there as any of the races.
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“Early on in the piece we jagged a few.” Hutchinson smiled, “If you say where was the regatta won it was probably won on the first race where we went from fourth to first up the second beat of the race. And today was a different day. Our plan was to stay close to Rán Racing and not give them any opportunities.”
Quantum Racing won the regatta by three points ahead of Rán Racing who in turn were three points up on Azzurra after the ten races.
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Of the six boats racing, half the fleet won individual races. The two new teams to the 52 Super Series, Sled and Hooligan, had their moments of greatness and their really challenging times. But both teams finished with a better handle on their weaknesses and looking forward to the second regatta, in Miami in early March. In this fleet in the strong winds today any small error was heavily punished.
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Hooligan’s Tony Rey, tactician and project manager summed up their enthusiasm.
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“The results are not what we wanted, but I have just told the guys I have never felt so good about a team and yet finished so poorly. We made the most of the tools we had in the tool box. We managed to hit six crab pots, two in one race," Rey said. 
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"We had a few kite shrimps at the leeward mark. We had a few tough moments but generally we improved enormously over the week. But the key thing is the owner is thrilled and can’t wait to get to Miami to improve the tools in the toolbox and we just can’t wait to get started against the best guys in the world,” he added.

US 52 Super Series at Quantum Key West
Standings after ten of ten scheduled races:

1. Quantum Racing (USA) Doug DeVos (USA)1,1,1,6,3,4,1,2,1,3 Total 23pts
2. Rán Racing (SWE), Niklas Zennström (SWE) 2,2,3,4,1,2,4,1,5,2 Total 26
3. Azzurra (ITA), Guillermo Parada (ARG) 3,3,2,2,4,1,3,6,4,1 Total 29
4. Interlodge (USA), Austin Fragomen (USA) 4,5,6,1,2,3,2,3,3,4 Total 33
5. Sled (USA), Takashi Okura (USA 5,4,5,5,6,5,6,4,2,5 Total 46
6. Hooligan (USA), Gunther Buerman (USA) 6,6,4,3,5,6,5,5,6,6 Total 53‏

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