Competitive Classes, SB3, Melges 24 Worlds, a new Transpac trend
SB3 World Championship Day 4. (GBR3489) "RED" ROBERT GREENHALGH; SHANE HUGHES; JERRY EPLETT; KIRSTY SKINNE ThMartinez/Sea&Co - copyright
Much international sailing-media attention has been focused on Torbay, UK and the 2011 Zhik SB3 World Championships, a class that's wildly popular in the UK and Europe. 103 boats have been riffling through starting sequences all week, with Robert Greenhalgh and crew Shane Hughes, Jerry Eplett and Kristy Skinner were sitting in first place after four days of racing. As for the level of competition at the event, Rob Gullan—who was sitting in fifth place—summed it up well: 'If somebody had said to us before this event we'd be fifth at this stage, we'd have taken that, the competition is the hardest it's been at any of the World Championships so far.' Racing wrapped up today, the drama was considerable and we have the latest stories and news.
In the Audi MedCup, Niklas Zennström's new TP52, RAN, is proving to be the boat to beat this season on this hyper-competitive circuit. 'We had been feeling well-prepared,' Zennström told yachting journalist Stuart Alexander (see the story inside). 'But, on the first race day [of the Audi MedCup Cascais Trophy] we made a lot of stupid mistakes. It showed us how competitive this fleet is, how intensive and tough the competition is. People are attacking you the whole time.' Be sure to check out our multi-media footage from the Cascais Trophy, in this issue.
Also, the Melges 24 Worlds are currently unfolding in Corpus Christi, Texas, where 32 mixed-crew boats and 11 Corinthian boats have been sailing in a variety of winds and conditions, from lighter-than-advertised to the stronger stuff that race leader Lorenzo Bressani (Uka Uka Racing) is known to prefer. Ace lensman Rick Tomlinson is on the scene shooting; his images can be found with each day's event report. Racing concludes on Saturday, so be sure to check Sail-World for updates.
Melges 24 World Championships Corpus Christi, Texas.
Day 3 Wednesday, May 18, 2 races sailed in 17-20 knots.
Photo Rick Tomlinson Rick Tomlinson - copyright
And if you're a left coaster dreaming about a fast ride to Hawaii, be sure to read about the latest trend amongst sled owners. Forget about the turbo options—comfortable surfing's now the thing to do. 'We cut 12 feet off the mast, shortened the fin and went to a smaller bulb with a few thousand pounds of lead in the bilge,' said Philippe Kahn about his recently de-powered Andrews 70, Pegasus. 'We also took out the bow sprit, and the new, shorter pole gybes easily inside the forestay. Combine that with a simplified deck, and three to five of us can handle her at full potential in 35 knots of wind. A perfect Transpac ride!' More inside.
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