• Høststormen gjorde skäl för namnet

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    Høststormen i Trondheim gjorde skäl för namnet. J/133 J-walk II toppade 21 knop innan man var tvugna att plocka ner gennakern. Foto: Svein Petter Aagård.

    Vindar på upp till 50 knop, flera man-över-bord och mycket skador på båtarna (läs rapporterna här).

    Sammendrag av skader på båter:
    Regine, knukket bom ødelagt storseil
    ASISS, storseil
    Pirat, genakker
    Lusso Lupa, genakker
    Out of Space, mast
    Galateia, spinakker
    Exuma, rullesystem, forstag, muligens mast, fokk, bombeslag
    XOR, Storseil og fokk
    J-WALK II, kleshenger
    Moonduster, storseil
    ARI, mast (deltok ikke i regattaen)
    MS DOS, 1 stk gennaker nordvest for Rødberg.1 stk klasseflagg blafra seg i hjel nord for Agdenes. ;-)
    Njord IV, fokk og storseil

    Men värst måste det ändå vara för den seglare som låg 25 minuter i sjön innan han blev uppplockad av en annan båt (hela storyn här):

    Vi var litt spent på vindforholdene ute i leia, og der økte vinden på med 46 knop i kastene. Alle mann ble purret på dekk for å reve storseilet…

    Utkikk på babord, Henrik, meldte om et blinkende rødt lys. Vi klarte ikke å identifisere det, det var ikke på land, det skal ikke være noe bøye der, det beveget seg ikke som en båt. Vi holdt samme kurs og fulgte lyset avventende, helt til Henrik melder ”det er en mann i sjøen!”. Det var den røde hodelykta vi hadde sett, og han gikk opp og ned med bølgene. Han vinket til oss og vi organiserte oss for en redningsaksjon.

    Pressemelding fra Trondhjems Seilforening

    06.10.2010 08:56

    Helgen 1. til 2. oktober arrangerte TSF sin årlige ”Høststorm-seilas”. Denne går fra Trondheim til et rundingsmerke øst for Fjellværsøya og tilbake til byen. Dette er en tradisjonsrik regatta som har vært arrangert i over 30 år. På forhånd var det meldt liten kuling, men det skulle vise seg at vinden ble vesentlig sterkere – til tider i storm styrke. I de krevende forholdene falt to personer i sjøen fra ulike båter under arbeidet med å redusere seilføringen om bord. Den ene ble raskt tatt om bord i egen båt – den andre ble liggende i sjøen i ca. 25 minutt før han ble plukket opp av seilbåten Interpido II..

    Styret i Trondhjems Seilforening har hatt en evaluering av hendelsen, og vil rette en stor takk til båter som kom til unnsetning. Spesielt vil vi framheve mannskapet på båten Intrepido II for redningsdåden – her ble det utvist meget godt sjømannskap av skipper Arne Rathe, vaktsjef Kristine Suul Brobakke, Maren Krogstad, Andreas Krogstad, Sunniva Stenmark, Marius Brevik, Eik Høy, Guro Sylling, og Henrik Larsen. Vi vil også takke nyttetrafikken som deltok i søket, som med sine kraftige lyskastere lyste opp redningsområdet. Mange båter søkte nødhavn på Brekstad og fikk god assistanse der av Arve Flatås og Erling Haug med fordeling av havneplasser. I tillegg vil vi takke regattaarrangør Harald Brataas og Lars Nordmo med tett oppfølging og god kommunikasjon med deltagende båter.

    I lys av dette vil Trondhjems Seilforening fortsette å holde fokus på god sikkerhet, og vi vil på nytt tilby sikkerhetskurs, VHF-kurs etc. til våre medlemmer gjennom vintersesongen. Vi vil også arrangere et åpent medlemsmøte før jul hvor sikkerhet vil stå på programmet.

    Einar Sveian
    Leder

    Odd Erik Dahlen
    Nestleder

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  • Soto 40 ersätter GP42

    YouTube Preview Image GP42 har ju aldrig riktigt lyft som klass. Troligtvis blev det alldeles för dyrt med nya båtar och modifieringar av gamla för att få dem att hänga med. Sedan har de ju fungerat bra i IRC och sålts över hela världen.

    I stället blir det entyp med nya Soto 40. Man tror just nu på 9 team till nästa säsong.

    Vad händer med GP42-teamen? Islas Canarias Puerto Calero skall bara köra RC44 (deras GP är till salu för €250k men det är prutbart), Peninusla Petroleum går till RC44, Iberdrola lägger av helt och Madrid-Caser går antingen till Soto 40 eller till TP52 tillsammans med ett annat team.

    Soto 40 joins for the 2011 Circuit

    Starting from the 2011 season the exciting new Soto 40 (S40) will become a key part of the Audi MedCup Circuit. At least eight of these one design grand prix racers are confirmed as entrants next season including three South American teams, two Spanish teams and one French team.

    The Soto 40 has experienced an impressive growth curve since it was purpose designed by Javier Soto Acebal to meet the demand for an exciting, fast and technically advanced 40 footer. The new boat fits the brief for a grand prix boat which can be built and campaigned to a tightly controlled, reasonable budget in order to ensure that success can be achieved on the strength of sailing talent and skills, not simply by the crew with the biggest budget.

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  • Zennstrom kör TP52

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    Rán-gänget drar igång en TP52-satsning 2011. Bra intervju med Niklas på Valencia Sailing också. Foto: Nico Martinez/WSM.
     

    New build owner-driven TP52 Rán will compete on 2011 Audi MedCup Circuit

    One of the most successful current offshore sailing teams will compete on the 2011 Audi MedCup Circuit with a new build Rolf Vrolijk designed TP52.

    Niklas and Catherine Zennstrom’s (SWE) Rán (GBR) sailing team, winners of the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race and current MiniMaxi class world champions and class winners in the last Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race, have decided to make the ‘next logical step’ for them, to race next year’s Audi MedCup Circuit with a boat which starts building imminently at Green Marine in Lymington, England.

    Their successful project is run by Tim Powell, who skippers Rán, and has many years experience of the MedCup Circuit as longtime co-helmsman/strategist on Cristabella (GBR).

    Zennstrom, co-founder of Skype, will steer the boat. He has been a passionate owner-driver since returning to sailing as a boat owner in 2007, and in 2008 campaigned Rán, an IRC optimised TP52 (the former Patches) in a hot IRC TP52 fleet of six boats in UK and Irish waters.

    That TP52 was the precursor to a more wide-ranging and successful international programme with their IRC Judel/Vrolijk 72 footer, which has included all of the ocean racing ‘classics’.

    The boat build will be project managed in England by Chris Hosking, whose TP52 track record includes three Artemis TP52’s, including the 2007 MedCup champion, and the 2006 Vrolijk designed TP52 Illbruck.

    The schedule is for the new Rán – which is named after the Norse goddess of the sea – to be launched in April on time to compete at Palma Vela next spring.

    Zennstrom and his team will also continue to compete globally with their 72 footer, and honing their one-design skills on the Solent with a Farr 45.

    Niklas Zennstrom (SWE) owner-driver Rán (GBR):

    “I think it is a natural progression for us, we have been watching the Circuit and it seems to be very competitive and very well managed, and seems to be the best thing to do if you want to get more high level racing in. It is a big challenge.”

    “It is primarily my wish to get into this fleet, we have discussed it and initially we thought about getting into the fleet in 2012, but we decided that 2011 is more attractive with the Cup teams disappearing. Watching from outside this year, the media coverage it enjoys shows how competitive it is. Full on Cup teams make it difficult to do well, so with some disappearing it can be easier for a team like us to be more competitive.”

    “The thing that maybe characterises us as a team is that alongside myself and my wife we don’t have so many so called ‘superstars’, we work very well as a team, and together we just hate losing.”

    “It is about winning. Winning as a team is a great thing. It is the whole thing about it that I love, from the planning. I am excited about building a new boat now. We have been good with the MiniMaxi 72 footer, building a very competitive, well built boat, setting up the programme. But in IRC there is so much flexibility. In the TP52 there are very small changes, so that is a very different thing.”

    “I am very confident with our team. I don’t have any illusions. I am going into this realising that it will be a learning experience. We are up against full pro teams. We will do our best, but it is going to be hard to do very well.”

    Tim Powell (GBR) project manager Rán (GBR):

    “The Rán 72 project has been great and we have had a pretty awesome year. This is the next step for Niklas. He watches the MedCup and the TP52’s avidly.

    We should be under no illusions that the TP52 will be a very, very big step from what we have been doing. It is incredibly tough racing and we are coming in here with very realistic goals as to what we are going to achieve, but as a group of people we put the time and effort into the boat side of things before it even gets built, so we have a very good product when it hits the water and in Niklas we have an owner who is prepared to put the time and effort in himself as well as the crew, to improve and learn and so hopefully we will see a progression as next year goes on.”

    Nacho Postigo (ESP), technical director Audi MedCup Circuit:

    “We are very pleased with Rán joining the Audi MedCup Circuit. The team is relatively new but they have done so well and sailed at such a high level, it will be a very interesting new team to join the Circuit. The other two exciting and encouraging things for me are that Niklas is planning to steer his own boat, and this is the first time that we have seen an owner attracted to the Audi MedCup Circuit having had experience of owning and campaigning an IRC moded TP52, and we hope this will encourage more to do the same. I think he will find this challenging at the beginning, but he looks like the kind of person who enjoys a challenge.”

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  • Båt eller nåt?

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    Den här passerar just nu utanför Liljeholmen. Någon som har koll på vad den mäter? Tipstack till Markus Håkansson.

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  • DesTopNews 2010-40

    YouTube Preview Image • From France for the inevitable Voiles de St Tropez.
    • From Cowes in England, Team Origin withdraws from the 34th America’s Cup.
    • From San Francisco in the US, the Melges 32 World Championship
    • From Greece and Turkey the WOW Cap Istanbul
    • Next week preview
    • Emotional victory for IKRA in the Rolex Trophy.

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