The Paul Cayard Story

23 Jan

No, he is not dead, or even retired.

But Sail-World has published Part 1 (though it might have come from Pressure Drop; it's really hard to tell) of a series that tells Cayard's history in the sport: how he got started, where his love of sailing took him, what he thought about the major campaigns he has been involved in. It's also got some sweet pictures of a young Cayard.

Here's Cayard on the 1983 America's Cup:

“ Americas Cup teams back then were extremely lean, our shore crew was exactly one person. We did major surgery ourselves to

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Volvo Race, Leg 3, Stage 2, Segment 6, Leg Start

22 Jan

I'm kidding about the Segment 6 part. But it is weird to see the Volvo, once a truly global race with just four stops, being broken down into nibble-sized bites. Hopefully, that's not a sponsor strategy that will be repeated in the future. But it's obvious marketing has overwhelmed the sailing for now.

That's probably something that will be on the sailors' mind as they bash their brains out going to weather for most of the 2000 miles to Sanya, China. It's not until the fleet gets to Auckland that there will be the prospect of a traditional, downwind, ...

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Team New Zealand’s Rules Of The Road

19 Jan

An excellent set of guidelines for conducting yourself (often in bars, it seems) like a professional sailor. No wonder they win so much:

Rule number 1

No phones at dinner. As soon as a phone comes out the offender is fined. Fines are immediate and can be paid at the bar. Sounds old school but it really bugs me to have a get together and someone is Skyping their sister, surfing the net, or on Facebook. It’s not right!

Special permission can be granted to have a phone on the table. I think we gave permission once in France. 

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Bold Racing Or Bad Seamanship?

13 Jan

So it seems that some of the sailors aboard other Volvo Ocean Race boats are not happy that Team Sanya's Richard Mason and Jared Henderson were honored with the Seamanship Award at the Abu Dhabi prizegiving (for climbing Team Sanya's mast after a rigging failure, and saving the mast).

Team Telefonica's Andrew Cape, in particular, appears to be derisive of the choice, and Team Sanya skipper Mike Sanderson, apparently because he feels the only reason Mason and Henderson had to put themselves at risk up the mast is that Sanderson and his navigator, Aksel Magdahl, chose to sail Team Sanya ...

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Iceboat Virgin

12 Jan

It's the deep of winter, so you have to go iceboating. As a follow-up to the previous iceboating primer on what happens when you hit a hole, here is a sweet video about first-timing that's a primer on apparent wind speed sailing, and the speeds achieveble when there is no displacement and almost no resistance to forward motion.

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Team Sanya Races To Get Back In The “Race”

11 Jan

Am I just a crusty, post-apocalyptic cynic, or does it seem like the Volvo Ocean Race is more about individual teams racing to rejoin the race (particularly in time to sail into their sponsor homeports) than it is about teams engaged in a round-the-world fleet race?


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Banque Pop Smashes Circumnav Record

9 Jan

45 Days, 13 Hours, 42 Minutes, 53 Seconds. 

That's all the time it took for the 131-foot trimaran to circle the globe non-stop under sail, at an average speed of (c'est ridicule!) of 26.5 knots (almost 3 days faster than previous record-holder Groupama 3). It could have been even faster, possibly sub-43 days, if they hadn't been slowed down on the approach to Cape Horn and had to sail halfway to New York to skirt the Azores High as they asended the Atlantic toward the finish.

Banque Pop now owns the Triple Crown of ocean speed sailing: the Jules ...

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