Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Our fishing team continue to excel!
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
The highlight of the day for the team though was the lingerie fashion show put on in the Spanish base next door mid morning! The stairway outside the base was soon packed as word quickly spread!
Perhaps this is the glamour part of the America's Cup that gets talked about. I've only seen the long days on the water and long nights in the office part of it so far.
Monday, April 23, 2007
Sunday, April 22, 2007
The British stars of the regatta so far are the Yngling Team of Victoria, and Emma Rawlinson & Sue Monson who are leading the Yngling fleet with two bullets. I'll be coaching these girls at the ISAF Worlds in Cascais this July so it was great to see them doing so well after the first day.Full results can be found on: http://sof.ffvoile.net/
Forecast is for more light winds until next Friday!.......
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Of the almost 100 spectator boats on the Northern course area, the most impressive boats out were the classic 12m's.
Friday, April 20, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Copyight Oskar Kihlborg/Victory Challenge http://www.victorychallenge.com/
With another early finish, its time to get the carbon out and push on with the Moth.
Apparently Alinghi have given their sailing team the next few days off, as they don't think there will be any good sailing until Monday... Eeeek
The last regatta I was at that lost the first two days due to no wind was the Tornado Europeans in Switzerland on Lake Silverplana - we should have known though as it translates to 'Mirror lake'. Three days gone is a new record.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
With only two reserve days, the unsailed matches from round robin 1 will now roll into round robin 2. With the forecast not good for the next few days, this could start getting messy soon....
Apparently Russell Coutts rang race officer Harold Bennet yesterday and just laughed, saying " you should have gone to Portugal!" Coutts was never a fan of going to Valencia.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
Paul Larson is out in Walvis Bay, Namibia at the moment having a crack at the World Sailing Speed record, and to be the first past 50 knots. Initially most people were sceptical about his craft, but seeing this latest video where the aft planing surface blows of and he still posts a speed of 38.3 knots, I'm starting to think they've got some serious potential.
Best of luck with the rest of the time out there Paul, and keep the great videos coming.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Lots of possible areas of research. In fact I think it is time to start listing all the possible research projects and see if we can get interest for some University projects. The Class would gladly help with info if there was to be an interesting report published at the end. I'll have to dig out my 3rd year university project that was Moth rig inspired - "Mast and Sail Interaction - Wind Tunnel Investigations".
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Check out the Sunday Times this weekend for a feature on the British sailors and support staff involved in the America's Cup across the teams. We've just done a photo shoot of most of the Brits in town at the media centre. It was quite a social affair, with most wanting to continue it as a regular coffee morning meeting!
In it he writes: "Taking a budget of $120m (£61m) and dividing it by the maximum 54 races which a challenger could race this year, that works out at $2.2m a race, which lasts 90 minutes. For $24,444 a minute you can have an awful lot of superyacht fun."
Saturday, April 07, 2007
Victory managed to finish a little better than we'd started and ended up 8th. Still working on boat handling and much happier match racing than fleet racing there is room for much improvement in the upcoming round robins.
Friday, April 06, 2007
This was the crowd cheering the boats in on a cold showery Friday. How packed will it be come the Cup final?....
Thursday, April 05, 2007
3 races into the regatta, and we've had two races turn 180degrees and boats have to beat to the finish. Mmmm, not normally like this!
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Monday, April 02, 2007
Sunday, April 01, 2007
I won't post a selection of my pics here, as there are loads of good websites out there that have already posted the same shots: