Saturday, March 26, 2011

Saturday Sailing Video #5

A slightly different mix than normal.

4 AC 45's racing in New Zelland

The Japanese Tsunami wave passes under a coast guard vessel on its way ashore.

SAP 505 worlds will have excelent live coverage again

A video from my three day tour of the gulf islands

Fair Sailing!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Saturday Sailing Video #4 - High wind videos

49er sailing in High wind with dramatic ptich pole

British Lady Mini Sailor downwind in 35+ knots

Neutrogena in High winds on the way home to the finish of the Barcalona World race.!/video/video.php?v=10150444768400501

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Saturday Sailing videos #3

80 year anniversary video of the race round the Isle of White in the UK

Vesta Sail Rocket 2 prepared to set new outright sailing speed record.  Lookout kite surfers!

Vestas Sailrocket 2 from Richard Langdon on Vimeo.

Video from the masthead of a 100 ft cruiser going under the panama canal bridge

Thomas Coville gives a tour of his 105 foot tri, in English.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Traffic jam at Cape Horn

Two race boats from two seperate races rounded cape horn at the same time on Tuesday March 9th.

The boats are Neutrogena, an Open 60 racing in the double handed Barcelona World Race and Sodeb'o, a huge trimaran the is challenging for the Jules Vern trophy for fastest single handed voyage around the world.  

In fact four other boats from the velux 5 oceans race also rounded the horn this week.  I find this remarkable because it points to the number of sailing races that are all happening at the same time.  All the boats from every race set their start date so that they pass cape horn during the peak of the southern hemisphere summer when it is safest, thus creating a relative traffic jam of boats in one of the most remote and hostile places on the planet.

The following is video from Sodeb'o

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Velux 5 oceans leg three ends in sprint.

The Velux 5 oceans leg 3 from New Zeland to Brazil finished in a sprint, with the second, third and fourth place boats all within sight of each other.

The big story seems to be how each skipper delt with mechanical issues aboard his boat as all three skippers had there fair share of troubles.  Gutek had a loose keel, which ment he could only sail with the keel pined against the hull at maximum cant.  This prevented the keel from working loose, but limmited his options at times.  Derrick had mechanical issues with his engine and some issues with his navigational equipment.  CSM, Chris Stanmore Major had sail issues.  He had a 2+ m rip in his main that took him two days to repair in the lead up to cape horn.  Then he had a minor rip in his head sail that he was able to fix with out dropping the sail. 

In the approach to Cape Horn, Derrick and Gutek where with in site of one another, and CSM was a couple hundred miles astern.  CSM made up the gap and passed both of the other boats and was leading into the last hour or so of the race.  He then made a navigational error that required him to complete two more gybes to cross the line.  This allowed Gutek to close the gap again and beat him accross the line by 40 seconds! This is the closest finish for any leg of the velux 5 oceans in History!  Derrick trailed the other boats in by an hour.  All three skippers were able to celebrate their safe passage togeather on the dock. 

Here's a link to a video from Velux describing the action.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Saturday Sailing links #2

Here's more sailing related video and  links

1) Steven Colbert talking about a 2005 Charlston to Bermuda race.  He's doing the race again this year.

2) An article from Attainable Adventure Cruising:

3) A boat review of an Island Packet 34

4) 23 min Highlight show of 1989-90 Whitbread around the world race

5) Chris Stanmore-Major rocking around cape horn

6) An Ice boat crash