IN THIS ISSUE
1. Performance Dispute
2. GUARDCON Launched
3. Casualty Management Guidelines
4. CargoNet Sounds Alarm
5. Piracy Update
6. People and Places
Richard Wesslund’s Class 3 J/120, El Ocaso racing off Salt Island Credit: Todd vanSickle/BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival
by Louay Habib
Racing in the BVI Spring Regatta started on schedule, 15 knots of solid breeze intensified during the morning, peaking at 18 knots to provide some fantastic racing conditions for the opening day of the BVI Spring Regatta. Many classes enjoyed the fantastic vista of the southeasterly face of Salt Island today. With knarled rock formations and spectacular reefs, the windward side of Salt Island is one of the most hauntingly beautiful areas of the BVI.
Seb Blair’s Skipjack GBR1108L enjoys great racing at the 2011 RORC Easter Challenge
Credit: Tom Gruitt/RORC Easter Challenge
30 March 2012: James Boyd
The RORC Easter Challenge, due to take place on the Solent over the first three days of the Easter Bank Holiday (6th-8th April), will offer crews a unique opportunity to jump start their sailing programs.
Colin Rathbun and team (Tortola, British Virgin Islands) win the Gill BVI International Match Racing Championship today at the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival Credit: Todd vanSickle
LOCAL FAVOURITE WINS IN NANNY CAY
GILL BVI INTERNATIONAL MATCH RACING CHAMPIONSHIP
Today marked the final day of racing in the Gill BVI Match Racing Championship and the overnight leader, local favourite Colin Rathbun (Tortola, British Virgin Islands) had a real fight on his hands, losing the first two races to set up a fascinating finale with Guy Mossman (South Carolina, USA). The breeze blowing down the channel was gusting up to eighteen knots producing foaming and at times confused seas. It was a day where boat handling was key and Rathbun held his nerve to take an unassailable two-race margin in the final to win the Gill BVI Match Racing Championship.
At 1255 UTC today, Groupama (Franck Cammas/FRA) was first round Cape Horn with a 13 nautical mile (nm) lead over PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG. At 1900 UTC, Groupama led PUMA by 12.4 nm. However, as the two teams were celebrating rounding Cape Horn and putting the rigours of the Southern Ocean behind them, Team Telefónica were making new plans.
Telefónica reach Cape Horn, pull in for repairs
Diego Fructuoso/Team Telefonica/Volvo Ocean Race
FOUR BOATS FACE REPAIRS AFTER WEEK IN SOUTHERN OCEAN
Cape Horn – Groupama were the first team to round Cape Horn on Friday, passing the mythical maritime milestone at 1255 GMT in what was an emotional moment for the crew.
Founded in1976, Breedendam shipyard has built up an excellent name in the construction of traditional luxury sloops. In addition to such sloops, BreedendamYachts focuses on the construction of the Breedendam MTB, a beautifully lined retro style tender itha design basedon the MotorTorpedoBoat from WorldWarII. The shipyard has already built several MTB30s and MTB33s and because of the success of the MTBs, it was decided last year to renew the MTB line, outfitting the yachts with the latest technologies and with the interior and exterior design by Guido deGroot Design.
The leaders near Oakland
RACE 9: QINGDAO TO OAKLAND, SAN FRANCISCO BAY
Gold Coast Australia expected to arrive in Oakland within 24 hours
Welcome to Yorkshire and Visit Finland finish Ocean Sprint
Teams cash in Stealth Mode in a bid to outrun rivals
As the finish line of Leg 6 in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race draws closer, the competition between the ten internationally sponsored yachts is certainly heating up.