Gerry Hatton’s MAT1245 Bushranger won both the IRC and ORCi Rating Divisions at the Australian Yachting Championships in Sydney, Australia to wrap up a coveted double. Counting nothing but firsts and seconds under both scoring systems in an event that started in big southerly breezes and ended with light easterlies, Bushranger proved the versatility of the MAT1245 design and the tenacity of the long-established Bushranger team, now on their third boat of that name. The Hattons are very enthusiastic about the boat “Thanks for designing such an amazing boat. The MAT 12.45 is not only a beautiful boat to sail, but it rates incredibly well too .“ The Australian Yachting Championships are following a growing trend worldwide to combine racing under both IRC and ORCi,and embrace a wider variety of course types, in this case including two days of coastal courses outside the Sydney Heads.
Taylor Canfield The Standout On Day 1 Perth, Australia: In front of a packed lawn at the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, Taylor Canfield and his US One team are the standout performers of Qualifying Session 1 of Match Cup Australia. This is the first event of the 2017 World Match Racing Tour. Canfield, from the US Virgin Islands, chalked up three wins and a second place to dominate his group. The Swan River's Freshwater Bay sparkled in the sunshine through the morning, with a good easterly breeze making for a great spectacle in the early races. Also at the top of the scoreboard in their respective groups of six teams were Kiwi Chris Steele in Group 1, and Frenchman Yann Guichard in group three. Steele and his 36 Below Racing team also scored three first places, with a third place their other score, but they were penalized a further point for a collision. As a measure of the aggressive tactics on the racecourse, a number of penalty points were issued, with local wild card entry Matt Jerwood receiving two. Match Cup Australia Results Day 1: Qualifying Group 1 1. Chris Steele (NZL), 36 Below Racing - 7 points 2. Phil Robertson (NZL), Robertson Racing - 9 3. Matt Jerwood (AUS), Redline Racing - 14 4. Pieter-Jan Postma (NED), Sailing Team NL - 17 5. Sam Gilmour (AUS), Neptune Racing - 20 6. Nicklas Dackhammar (SWE), ESSIQ Racing - 20 Group 2 1. Taylor Canfield (ISV), US One - 5 2. David Gilmour (AUS), Team Gilmour - 11 3. Steven Thomas (AUS), RPM Racing - 11 4. Sally Barkow (USA), Team Magenta 32 - 18 5. Jonas Warrer (DEN), Warrer Racing - 18 6. Nicolai Sehested (DEN), EWII Racing - 21 Group 3 1. Yann Guichard (FRA), Spindrift Racing - 11 2. Ian Williams (GBR), GAC Pindar - 12 3. Torvar Mirsky (AUS), Mirsky Racing Team - 12 4. Evan Walker (AUS), KA Match - 14 5. Mans Holmberg (SWE), CFA Sports - 15 5. George Anyon (NZL), RNZYS Performance Program - 20 wmrt.com
Founded in 1999, the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) is the world’s leading professional sailing series. It features world class sailors and Olympic champion, with tour events staged around the globe. WMRT is officially sanctioned with ‘Special Event’ status by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the sport’s world governing body. In July 2015, Swedish company Aston Harald AB acquired the ISAF sanctioned World Match Racing Tour. The acquisition marks a major step forward for the World Match Racing Tour with the introduction of the one-design M32 high-performance catamarans. Each stage, or World Championship event, now takes place in identically supplied one-design M32 high-performance catamarans to place the focus on teamwork and skill. The nature of sport, with close to shore action, intense tactical skills and live analysis, offers host cities an excellent opportunity to present themselves positively to a global audience.From 20 to 25 March Match Cup Australia will take place from PerthRoyal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, affectionately known around the world as “Freshie”, has a stunning location on a promontory above the Swan River, which provides a natural amphitheatre ideally suited to “stadium sailing”. As hosts of Match Cup Australia, you can be sure that this will be a great event. Courses on Freshwater Bay will be tight, making for some very close quarter racing, which should keep the spectators on the edge of their seats. This area of the Swan river is blessed with flat water whatever the direction and strength of the breeze, so we can expect to see some big burts of speed if the fabled Fremantle Doctor seabreeze puts in an appearance. Freshie is a club that has a huge reputation for hospitality and they will be welcoming those who want to come and watch the action. It is a club that some of the world’s greatest sailors frequent, so you could find yourself standing at the bar shoulder-to-shoulder with an Olympic Gold Medallist or a Sydney to Hobart winner. Wild Card Invites Matt Jerwood (Redline Racing) Pieter-jan Postma (Sailing Team NL) Jonas Warrer (TBC) RESULTS http://wmrt.com/events/wmrt-match-cup-australia/ Bewaren Bewaren
Fast and fun can be affordable and accessible When introduced a year ago to the marketplace, Jason Ker’s Bolt 37 design seemed like an impossible dream: a manageablesized pure race boat that promised to be fast, fun to sail, offshore-capable, and with all the features expected in a modern race boat, but at a price affordable to a broad marketplace. And nearly a year after the launch of the first boat, its speed on paper and in design renderings have translated into reality, with boat-for-boat horizon jobs achieved against many larger racer and cruiser-racer designs. But how can this be possible for a production boat, and one fitted with a Hall high-modulus carbon spars and Harken hardware, at a base boat price of only €149,000? Anything else that comes this close in performance is usually twice this price. The answer is in the careful attention made to choosing the right trade-offs in performance and cost-efficiency in both the design features and the materials and production techniques used in the build. These choices have been made with the extensive experience Ker has had with numerous other performance designs created in both custom and production form from a variety of builders around the world. ‘Our brief was to create a low-cost high-performance boat that could interest the large market of club-based racers who wanted an accessible, easy-to-race design,’ said Jason Ker. ‘Furthermore, this boat had deliver excitement and performance, but also at a modest price and good build quality. We think we have achieved this in the Bolt.’ In design, Ker’s extensive use of Fine-Marine RANS CFD computations on their in-house cluster of computers has produced an attractive low freeboard hull shape that nicely balances the opposing forces of stability and drag. The quite generous sail plan produces plenty of power, and with minimal wetted surface area the hull shape allows impressive boatspeed when other boats are struggling just to move in light air. Yet when the breeze comes on, the hull shape has excellent form stability and sufficient righting moment to continue to harness that power and hit planing speeds sooner than most of the competition. While offered at a low price, the build process for the Bolt 37 represents the same no-compromise approach using the latest techniques found among any contemporary high-performance production boat builder. The hull, bulkheads, stiffeners and the deck are built in female tooling with E-glass and use of Core-cell M-Foam core, a superior material 40% more expensive than conventional PVC foams, with vinylester resin infused with vacuum assistance to minimize voids and control the amounts of resin to keep the design weight consistent enough for one-design standards and at just under 4000kg. This choice of resin in the laminates takes advantage of the compatibility of vinylester with the gelcoat finish for a further reduction in cost and build time. CNC-moulded composite skins encase the cast steel keel fin, which supports the antimony-lead alloy bulb cast in CNC-milled plug, then faired with templates and painted. This approach ensures that no additional fairing and finishing is necessary before racing. Static and dynamic loads from the keel are linked to the hull and rig via an internal alloy frame structure bonded to the hull. At such an impressively low price, the Bolt 37 could be bought in bulk and easily start sprouting one-design fleets. However, an important aspect of the Bolt’s design is in the excellent value for rated performance when racing under ORCi and even IRC handicaps. No doubt the cost-control credits being built in to the HPR rule will also make the Bolt an attractive option for those that want to play among similar-sized high-performance designs but at a fraction of the cost. ‘We are very pleased with the reception we have had among the first several Bolt owners,’ said Karem Ozkan of KA Yachting, developer of the Bolt 37. ‘Even with teams that represent a mixture of talent levels, they are still able to access the high performance levels in this design. In this way we feel the Bolt is truly a breakthrough in its ability to deliver unparalleled performance value to the racing sailor. ‘We look forward to seeing the Bolt come to more racing venues throughout Europe and beyond so that everyone can see that high performance does not have to come at a high price.’ https://www.seahorsemagazine.com/current-issue/209-bolt-37
Les Voiles de St Barth 2017 54! That’s the number of pre-registered participants two months before the starting gun for the 8th edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth. What’s the story, and who are the newcomers, and the regulars? An update on the 2017 fleet: This is the year of the VOR if there ever was one. This class of sailboats, used for competing in the Volvo Ocean Race is well represented by eight boats: four Volvo 70s and four Volvo 60s. Among the newcomers, a first-timer is the VOR 70 Monster Project. Formerly known as Kostaka, this Russian boat participated in the Volvo Ocean Race in 2008-2009. In January 2013, it was purchased by Andrew Budgen and Fred Schywn of the “Project 1 Racing Team” and completely redesigned. It has since participated in numerous regattas in France and the Caribbean, with a busy schedule for the first part of 2017: the RORC 600, the Heineken Regatta, Les Voiles de St. Barth, and Antigua Sailing Week. If you want to join Monster Project there are still berths available! Another newcomer, Trifork L/4, has Danish sailor Jens Dolmer at the helm. A former member of Team Brunel, Dolmer sailed in the 2008-2009 Volvo Ocean Race, and also took part in an America’s Cup campaign and has a victory in the Maxi World Championships. In the same class, competitors include the Volvo 70, Warrior (formerly Camper-New Zealand with the American skipper Stephen Murray and the VOR 70, SFS, with Frenchman Lionel Péan at the helm. In the VOR 60 category, look for the return of the Lithuanians aboard Ambersail and a few newcomers from England with VOR 60 Challenger and from Canada with Esprit de Corps II and IV. The list of competitors also marks the return of Lloyd Thornburg, who will race this year for the first time on his 40’ Carkeek, Fomo, instead of his famous multihull Phaedo3. Regulars at Les Voiles who will be back include Ben Jelic’s J-Aguar and Wild Devil from Saint Martin, the Melges 24 GFA Caraibes owned by Nicolas Gillet from Martinique, the Grand Soleil Quokka 8 and the Beneteau EHO1, respectively skippered by Englishmen Christian Reynolds and Andy Middleton. Team Terrillon Avocats makes its first appearance with her 42 feet multihull. Also on the list is the Club Swan 50 Earlybird, owned by German Jochen Schumann, three-time gold medalist and one-time silver medalist in the Olympic Games between 1976 and 2000 and two-time winner of the America's Cup (2003/2007) with the Alinghi team. The First 45 Sailplane, and the Pogo 40 Purple Rain, with skipper Ronan Delacou, round out the entrants. Crew Party and Official Day Off Every year, Les Voiles de St. Barth hosts the traditional Crew Party and Day Off so that sailors can take advantage of the convivial ambiance on the island of Saint-Barthélemy! Tuesday, April 12, 18:30pm – Crew PartyOn the magnificent setting of Shell Beach, Les Voiles de St. Barth organizes a fabulous party under the tropical skies… more than 1,000 sailors are expected this year, and they will be entertained with images on a giant screen, music, and a complimentary buffet of Caribbean food for crew members. Free entrance for all! Thursday, April 13, 11h30 – Day OffFor those who want to take a day off and have fun, there is a full day of activities for crews, including lunch at Nikki Beach. Then there are games and various activities all afternoon: an underwater treasure hunt, water polo, standup paddleboard races and more…