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- THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW
The shining star turned into a shooting star with the announcement of the
controversial 33rd Protocol, which wiped out the Louis Vuitton Cup series
and gave Team Alinghi the right to sail in both Defender and Challenger
selection trials. Just over a week later after the signing of the Protocol,
Tom Ehman representing BMW Oracle Racing and Melinda Erkelens, a Golden Gate
Yacht Club board member, travelled to Geneva, Switzerland to deliver a
formal letter disputing the validity of the accepted Challenge from Club
Náutico Español de Vela (CNEV). A second letter lodged a formal Challenge
for the Americas Cup with the Defender Société Nautique de Genève (SNG)
citing the specifications for a Challenge in the absence of mutual consent
a Match in 10 months time in a 90ft waterline boat.
Two days later, long time Challenger Selection Series sponsor and overall
sponsor of the 32nd AC, Louis Vuitton, announced that it was pulling out of
the event. They are unhappy with the direction the Americas Cup is headed,
and with a role reduced to that of another sponsor for the ACM- organised
event. Their new role was a far cry from that of the previous five
Challenger Series, where Louis Vuitton had been the mainstay of the onshore
As the Challenger teams wind down, international pressure is mounting on a
number of fronts to resolve the issues within the Protocol announced by SNG
s appointed event and commercial manager, Americas Cup Management (ACM).
Two regattas for the Americas Cup class in Germany and San Francisco, which
were to have been held later this year have been cancelled, making a
difficult situation worse for sponsored teams seeking some interim exposure
and revenue generation. -- Read on, as this Sail World story does a nice job
of detailing how much Alinghi is trying to change the game, and why they may
have overplayed their advantage:
LIGHT WIND, NO TRACKING, AND MAYBE NO RECORD
(July 18, 2007) Yesterday's rock stars are today's washouts in a
Transpacific Yacht Race full of baffling twists and turns en route to
Hawaii. Just as Roger Sturgeon's new STP 65 Rosebud appeared to be lining up
on Roy E. Disney's Pyewacket with a 297-nautical mile 24-hour run down south
a day earlier, dying wind slowed it to only 167 miles before Wednesday's 8
a.m. roll call. Philippe Kahn's Pegasus 101 was another classic example of
how quickly it can change. His doublehanded Open 50, rated as the sixth
fastest boat in the fleet, led Tuesday with a run of 299 miles in the south
but Wednesday made only 146 miles---one less than Bill Myers' Cirrus, a
34-year-old Standfast 40 leading the Aloha B division with Lindsey Austin,
22, as skipper and four other women as crew.
The south was still good for Cirrus and a few others. Tom Garnier's
Reinrag2, a J/125 in Division 4 that at one time was the farthest boat south
of all, tied into breeze that swept it 232 miles---second only for the day
to Mag 80's 237 and Fred Detwiler's 233 on the TP 52 Trader ---and into
first place overall on corrected handicap time for the entire fleet. Unless
the winds increase dramatically, Pyewacket's hopes of reclaiming the elapsed
time record of 6 days 16 hours 4 minutes 11 seconds set by Morning Glory two
years ago are slim.
Flagship's tracking program---introduced to Transpac for this 44th
race---also ran into difficulties. The transponders it placed on all the
boats were going dead after about five days, meaning that all of the earlier
starters were not transmitting their periodic positions to satellites, and
the big boats that started last were feared to follow suit. Transpac has
returned to its old system of an 8 a.m. PDT daily radio roll call to the
boats for position reports.
-- Read on for the complete update, which include blog reports from The
Minnow (Bob Webster), Locomotion (Ed Feo), Psyche (Steve Calhoun), and Tango
(Phil Rowe): http://www.transpacificyc.org/07/news/tp07-press-rel-34.html
-- Latest positions: http://www.transpacificyc.org/07/tables/tp07-pr-d7.html
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A) The 26-year-old French man who attempted to row across the Atlantic made it as far as 50 miles east of Cape Cod before he called to be rescued by the Coast Guard. 5-8 foot seas and 15-knot winds were too much for the man to handle as his custom made 23-foot boat rolled over 7 or 8 times. A Coast Guard helicopter crew hoisted the man to safety and took him to the hospital where he was treated for dehydration and an aching lower back. The rower said that he would not try to row across the ocean again. The Coast Guard issued a safety marine information broadcast to notify mariners of the rowboat, which was left behind to drift.
B) Congressmen representing Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island want the Coast Guard to immediately adopt key parts of the Massachusetts Oil Spill Prevention Act to protect Buzzards Bay from future oil spills. One year after the Bouchard oil barge accident, Massachusetts passed its oil prevention act in 2004, but a federal appeals court ruled the law unconstitutional, claiming the state usurped the federal government's authority. Since then, the Congressmen have accused the Coast Guard of dragging their feet. The Coast Guard has proposed single-hulled tank barges to be accompanied by escort tugs and federally licensed pilots when traveling through Buzzards Bay and the establishment of a Vessel Movement Reporting System, but the Congressional team wants more. They want the Coast Guard to pass regulations that would include mandatory escorts for all oil barges, mandatory navigational routes through state waters, and a mandatory certificate of financial backing to dock in Massachusetts.
C) The Coast Guard assisted in the arrest of an intoxicated boater after receiving a 911 call of a 20 foot powerboat with two people on board, high and dry on a rock jetty. Both were removed from the boat and escorted back to shore where local paramedics and police were standing by. The skipper of the boat failed a field sobriety test and was arrested by the police. The passenger was transported to South County Hospital with minor injuries. The Coast Guard reminds all mariners that boating under the influence is illegal and dangerous. In Massachusetts, a boater convicted of driving under the influence could lose his or her automobile driver's license.
D) The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries has temporarily closed the shellfish area along the North River in Scituate because of higher than normal bacteria levels. It is possible the harvesting of clams will not resume until September. A notice will be posted when it will again be safe to dig for clams.
E) The landlocked Swiss won the America's Cup again. Team Alinghi from Switzerland successfully defended the coveted America's Cup by beating Team New Zealand. The finish in the final race was so close that both teams thought they had won, but Alinghi won by one second. When and where the next America's Cup races will be held is now being discussed.
F) The National Transportation Safety Board has made an urgent request for the Coast Guard to inspect inflatable life raft systems on cruise ships that are similar to the system used by the Empress of the North cruise ship. During the Safety Board's investigation of the grounding of the cruise ship in Alaska earlier this year, the board found the launch ramps that the inflatable life rafts slide down to be defective, causing some of the life rafts to land upside down.
G) For the past 20 years, Boat/US has tracked boat names, listing the year's top 10 boat names in America. This year, four new names have made it to the list of the top 10 most popular boat names. They are: Knot Working, Life Is Good, Plan B, and Second Chance. The top 10 names in order are: Aquaholic, Second Wind, Reel Time, Hakuna Matata, Happy Hours, Knot Working, Life Is Good, Plan B, Second Chance, and Pura Vida (Spanish for "pure life").
H) Talk about being stuck in between a rock and a hard place! Last week we told you about President Bush going fishing with his father aboard Fidelity III in Maine just before Russian President Putin was scheduled to arrive. Even though the Bushes employed a fishing guide, apparently they caught nothing. Now here is the rest of story, which we didn't know at the time. When it came time to leave to greet the Russian president, President Bush couldn't get the anchor up. He yanked and yanked as hard as he could, but the anchor was stuck! The fishing guide then tried pulling as hard as he could, but he too failed. So what does the most powerful man in the world do? He simply untied or cut the line from the boat! Now for most recreational boaters, this would mean the lost of about $1000 in anchor line, chain, and of course the anchor itself, but we are talking about the President now, with his entourage of secret agents, Coast Guardsmen, and divers. So, the President called one of the divers to retrieve the lost gear and anchor, which the diver did. So for President Bush, "a bad day of fishing is still better than the best day at work."
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Joe HarrisJoe Harris, 47, is by day a Boston businessman but during his time off he is a solo sailor in the Open 50 class who is making waves. Joe is on the extreme end of this sport, racing aboard his Open 50 "Gryphon Solo" in races that at times are 3500 miles long from start to finish. This past June, Joe crossed the finish line off St. Georges, Bermuda, setting a new solo record for the famed Bermuda 1-2 race arriving in 62 hours and 37 minutes. A resident of Hamilton, MA, Joe is in full pursuit of his round-the-world campaign as he trains for the Portimao Global Ocean Race ("PGOR") now scheduled to start from Portimao, Portugal in September 2008. He most recently competed in the classic blue water race from Marblehead, MA to Halifax, Nova Scotia on July 8. Joe is married and is the father of two young sons. "It is said that in ocean racing the hardest thing to do is get to the starting line," Harris said. "In these long distance races, I have found that getting to the finish line is equally hard. I have found that missing my wife and sons is the biggest hardship in all of this. I have always dreamed of sailing alone around the world, arriving in foreign ports and my ultimate goal is to complete the single-handed race in 2008," Joe said.
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Boat being prepared for around-the-world sailing racePORTLAND, Maine -- The Great American III doesn't look much like a world-class sailboat as it undergoes renovations in preparation for the world's ultimate sailing race. Instead, it looks more like a 60-foot shell of fiberglass.But in the next few weeks, the boat will be transformed and launched into Casco Bay as it is readied for the 2008 Vendee Globe, an around-the-world solo race that's held every four years.The Great American III is the second boat to be refitted in Portland for the grueling competition at sea. Not only do Vendee Globe skippers sail by themselves for 25,000 miles, they aren't allowed to stop along the way.The race is about pushing limits and new frontiers."It embodies the attributes in which Americans pride themselves," said the boat's owner, Rich Wilson, who's from Marblehead, Mass.The Vendee Globe was born in 1988 when 13 skippers made their way out of the French harbor of Les Sables d'Olonne and sailed the globe below the southern tips of the Africa, Australia and South America. The winner completed the course in 109 days.An American failed to finish that first race, and it wasn't until the fifth Vendee Globe, in 2004, that Bruce Schwab became the first American to complete the course. His boat, Ocean Planet, was refitted at another Portland boatyard and came in ninth place.Wilson, 57, plans to be the third American to sail the contest. A former teacher and investor, he hopes to use Newspaper in Education programs and his sitesAlive Foundation Web site to educate Americans about the race, which is relatively unknown in the U.S. but is followed closely by millions of sailing fans elsewhere.Wilson has made some demanding sails in his time, setting speed records on his previous boat, Great American II, for trips from New York to Australia, Hong Kong to New York, and San Francisco to New York.When he sold Great American II in 2004, he planned to give up long-distance sailing. But it wasn't long before he changed his mind and decided to enter the Vendee Globe, which starts Nov. 9, 2008."This I believe is the greatest sailing race in the world," Wilson said. "I'd like to see how I do."Wilson found a boat to his liking in the fall of 2005 after looking at several Open 60s in France and the United Kingdom.The boat he settled on is a former Vendee Globe racer that sailed in 2000 and 2004 under the name Solitaires. After sailing it to Maine, he turned it over to Brian Harris, who had worked on Wilson's Great American II in France.In 2005 Harris moved back to Maine, where Wilson found him working as the general manager at Maine Yacht Center."Besides Bruce (Schwab), Brian's the only guy in the U.S. who knows anything about these boats," Wilson said.At Maine Yacht Center, workers have repaired structural damage to the bow and installed new hardware and a new winch system, among other things. Below deck, workers gutted the interior and rebuilt the central command area, installing electronic navigation equipment, autopilots, computers and three satellite telephones.The crew put in a 30-horsepower engine, whose primary purpose is to run an alternator to charge batteries for the electronics. Solar panels and a small wind turbine will provide supplemental power to charge the batteries.Also below, a sink and small stove will be installed next to a storage cabinet that will hold Wilson's rations, mostly freeze-dried foods. A desalinater will provide fresh water.The boat, which is made of fiberglass and carbon fiber with a foam core, weighs 8 tons and can cruise at speeds greater than 20 knots while topping out at 30 knots or more, Harris said.By Vendee Globe standards, Great American III is considered a second-generation boat, no longer at the top of the fleet. But it's still quite a vessel, Harris said."A whole lot of boat for one person, huh?" he said admiringly.To buy and refit the boat will cost in the neighborhood of $1 million, but it would cost three or four times that to have a new one built, Wilson said.Wilson and his boat still have to be certified by Vendee Globe organizers, but he expects to get the official OK. Vendee Globe already announced this month that Wilson will represent the United States in the race, which will have a maximum of 27 boats.Besides going through the certification process, Wilson also needs to line up sponsors. But he's been through it before and is confident he'll find backers. He's thinks AARP would be a good partner since he'll probably be the oldest sailor in the race.One reason few Americans are interested in the Vendee Globe is because of sailing's reputation as an elitist sport, Wilson said.But for him, there's nothing hoity-toity about battling vicious storms and 40-foot swells while on a boat alone, deprived of sleep and not seeing land for weeks on end."This," Wilson said, "is pretty tough, rough stuff."(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)Sailing HomeBy Abigail Trafford
Tuesday, September 7, 2004; Page HE01What is it about the sailing dream? The lap-lap of the water against the hull, the whoosh of the wind filling a sail, the mainland receding from view? As I sit here on a rock in Maine, a parade of sailboats goes by, marking the end of summer as the crews head for warmer, gentler seas.Sailors are a rarefied lot. Like horseback riders, they are wedded to a transportation system of the past. Yet sailors will chuck jobs, mortgage their house and sometimes drive their spouse crazy -- all to get on a boat and set sail.For some people in midlife, the sailing dream is the agent of transformation as they head toward a lengthy period of good health before encountering the traditional limits of old age.For the rest of us, the sailing dream is a metaphor for breaking away and leaving the mainland of middle adulthood behind, for flexing the mind and body to gain new skills, for exploring worlds and finding purpose in adventure.Many sailors have harbored the dream since childhood. And then they break loose and make it a career.Jim and Jayne Taylor left their established life in Washington -- he is an international trade lawyer, she is a caterer -- to start a sailing charter business in the British Virgin Islands. A life under sail had been Jim Taylor's dream since he was a child in Charleston, S.C. For him and his wife, the dream was about taking risks, changing course while they were in their fifties -- young enough, he explains, to start a physically demanding career, old enough to have raised their children and accomplished workplace goals. After a rocky start in the wake of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, the business has become a success.What was your dream in childhood? What did you set aside in order to raise a family and earn a living? Is there something you always wanted to do? Fill in the blanks.For the doctor who turns to composing music after decades in practice, it's a music dream. For the homemaker who always wanted to be a figure skater and takes to the rink at 50, it's a skating dream. For the former firefighter who mentors schoolchildren, it's the service dream of giving back to others the way you were once helped long ago.But dreams are not static. Once a lifelong dream becomes a reality, it may run its course. Sailing is no exception. Ann Doerr of Alexandria puts it this way: "In 1997, my husband and I set off to fulfill his lifelong dream: We sold the house, put everything in storage and sailed away on our 37-foot sailboat." They spent a year on the boat and wound up in Naples, Fla. But after a while, she became homesick and they came back to Virginia. "We discovered that when you do the thing you have always wanted to do, the dream eventually comes to an end and you have to create a new life for yourself."That's the way with dreams. Sometimes they become the next career. Often they are a meaningful adventure on the way to something else. "You have to do it to find out," explains Doerr, 59, who is training to be a teacher of English for speakers of other languages. The important thing in this transition period is to start dreaming -- to loosen up and experiment with different scenarios for the future.Some sailors change the way they sail as a way to shift to this new stage of life. Ted Weihe of Arlington has sailed all his life. "If I'm not doing it, I'm thinking about it, I'm reading books about it," he says. As a teenager, he raced on Chesapeake Bay and belonged to the Sea Scouts. As a student at Georgetown University, he sailed a catamaran on the Potomac.In adulthood he turned to cruising. Meanwhile, he had a successful career in international development. He organized food for refugees during the Carter Administration. He promoted democracy in Chile and set up telephone cooperatives in Poland. As founder and executive director of the U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC), he was making a difference in the world.Last year, he decided to leave the OCDC. At the same time, he stopped cruising, downsized to a smaller boat and returned to racing. "It's going back to youth -- going back to being a teenager," says Weihe, 61.But his goals have shifted. When he was a teenager, he wanted to win trophies. Now if he wins, he gives the trophy to the crew. "I don't need a trophy," he says. "When you're younger, you want other people to recognize you. . . . When you're older, it's all inside. I know when I'm competitive." And, he says: "Being competitive is very important."His personality hasn't changed. It's his life that is changing. Racing sailboats is a way for him to keep his competitive identity -- and do what he loves to do.Challenge and fun. That's the siren call of the sailing dream. Or any kind of dream that gets you moving on the next stage of your life.Are you in transition? Have you found your what-next? Are your primary relationships changing? Respond by e-mail to mytime@.... To send U.S. mail, see the address below; mark the envelope "My Time."
© 2004 The Washington Post CompanySailing Dreams DVD
(Item No. SD/DVD)This DVD is pure sailing, from spinnaker flying in the trades, to light air reaching, to blasting along downwind in gale-force winds. There's no distracting music or narration - just beautiful, raw sailing, combined with the ambient sounds of wind and water rushing by the hull.For years Steve & Linda Dashew have kept raw cruising footage playing on their home TVs. "The images and sounds create a relaxing atmosphere, especially when we are away from the water", explains Linda. So many friends have asked for copies of their own, that they've now edited their favorite scenes, culled from 200,000+ miles of cruising, into this one-of-a-kind DVD.
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