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Clipperrace 27.10.2017

RACE 2 DAY 23: THE FINAL STRETCH
27 OCTOBER 2017

With just 275 nautical miles left for PSP Logistics in Race 2: Stormhoek Race to the Cape of Storms, full focus is on getting the boat in the best possible shape for a speedy turn around in Cape Town, South Africa.

Skipper of PSP Logistics Roy Taylor says: “PSP Logistics is still holding a good wind with a little blue in the sky. It is freezing cold but all good on board., though we are all looking forward to a warm bed!”

PSP Logistics is currently estimated to cross the finish line in Cape Town between 1600 – 1800 local time (1400 -1600 UTC) tomorrow, but with the winds backing around to the South East, it will be an upwind final 24 hour stretch for the team.
In order to support his crew in the meantime, the Skipper take over Galley Duty to cook hearty meal, with, of course, his favourite Duff.

Before he took to the challenge, Roy explained: “So, my appointment with the galley draws closer, the crew are concerned for my welfare, but all will be well. A sea-going version of ‘Ready Steady Cook’!”

To find out how the galley experiment went, read Roy’s full Skipper Blog.

It has been an eventful race for PSP Logistics and the team is overwhelmed by the support from the rest of the fleet.

“We are to be stood down on arrival for some rest and not required for duty until Monday morning,” says Roy.

“The wonderful Clipper Race family will turn the boat around for us and complete any work that we have not managed to finish.

“Massive thank you from everyone on board for doing this guys and girls, it’s so appreciated and means the world to us!”

Stay tuned for all the latest news at sea from Skipper Roy Taylor and the crew, on the PSP Logistics team page, to find out and keep up with its progress on the Race Viewer.

 

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Bootsmessen 27.10.2017

Pressemitteilung des Deutschen Boots- und Schiffbauer-Verbands (DBSV)

27. Oktober 2017

DBSV plant 2018 Bootsmesse in Hamburg

Auch 2018 soll es in der Hansestadt Hamburg wieder eine Wassersportausstellung geben. Diesen Entschluss fasste der Deutsche Boots- und Schiffbauer-Verband e.V. (DBSV) mit starkem Rückenwind aus der Branche. Nach der Absage der hanseboot, die am morgigen Sonnabend (28. Oktober) für neun Tage zum 58., aber letzten Mal ihre Tore öffnet, soll es im kommenden Jahr eine viertägige Messe mit starkem Eventcharakter geben. Geplant ist die „Hamburg Boat Show“, so der vorläufige Arbeitstitel, vom 18. bis 21. Oktober (Donnerstag bis Sonntag) in der großen Halle B6 am Eingang Süd.

„Das Aus für die hanseboot hat viele Mitglieder und Unternehmen getroffen, denn für sie ist ein Marktplatz im Herbst im Norden sehr wichtig“, sagt DBSV-Präsident Torsten Conradi. Dort würden seit 57 Jahren jene Aufträge geschrieben, die einerseits übers Winterhalbjahr für Beschäftigung in den Betrieben sorgen, und andererseits auch zum Saisonbeginn abgearbeitet sein müssen. Vor allem technisches Zubehör und Ausrüstung werden traditionell direkt nach der aktiven Zeit auf dem Wasser geordert. Das betreffe zum Beispiel Segelmacher und Riggbauer genauso wie Motorenhersteller und Anbieter von Elektronik, aber auch Werften und Bootshändler, so Conradi weiter.

„Zahlreiche Firmen sind auf uns zugekommen, die mit uns die Lücke 2018 in Hamburg schließen wollen“, erklärt Henning Mittelmann, Vorstandsmitglied des DBSV. Vor diesem klaren Bekenntnis zum Standort könne und wolle die Verbandsführung nicht die Augen verschließen. Auch aus der Hamburger Wirtschaftsbehörde wurde bereits Unterstützung der Initiative des DBSV für eine neue Bootsausstellung in Hamburg signalisiert.

Conradi: „Wir sehen uns als Interessenvertretung der gesamten Branche in der Verantwortung.“ Schließlich habe der DBSV vor fast 60 Jahren auch die hanseboot gegründet und organisiert. Nun sei der Verband in 2018 wie damals wieder in der Pflicht. Im Messegeschäft ist der DBSV firm, denn er organisiert für seine Mitglieder neben dem Gemeinschaftsstand auf der hanseboot jedes Jahr zahlreiche Auftritte auf internationalen Wassersportausstellungen in Monaco, Fort Lauderdale, Dubai, Düsseldorf und weiteren Standorten.

Bei der Vorbereitung der neuen Boat Show wolle der DBSV sehr genau auf die Wünsche potentieller Aussteller hören und auf die Bedürfnisse der Branche eingehen. Der Bedarf an vielfältigem Ideenaustausch und konkreten Aktionen zur Förderung des Wassersports sei bereits laut geworden – im Seminar- und Konferenzstil und/oder einem allabendlichen Get-together. Der DBSV verstehe sich dabei auch moderierend als „Stimme des deutschen Bootsbaus“.

Bei der logistischen Umsetzung bauen die Organisatoren auf die langjährige Partnerschaft mit der Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH (HMC), die die Betreiberin der Messehallen ist. Denn die rund 13.000 Quadratmeter große B6 soll das Herz der neuen Veranstaltung bilden. Ob sogar mehr Ausstellungsfläche erforderlich ist oder auch ein Teil des Events in der Hamburger Hafencity stattfinden soll, werden die kommenden Monate zeigen. Zunächst müsse bis zum Frühjahr 2018 eine konkrete Buchungslage erreicht sein, die die Umsetzung der Veranstaltung ermögliche, so das selbstgesteckte Ziel des DBSV.

Presse-Foto (honorarfrei):

Torsten Conradi, Präsident des Deutschen Boots- und Schiffbauer-Verbands DBSV

Gerne stellen wir zum Abdruck auf Anfrage eine höhere Auflösung zur Verfügung.

Weitere Informationen:

DBSV

Claus-Ehlert Meyer

Geschäftsführung
Sternstraße 108
20357 Hamburg

Tel: +49 (0) 40 / 3070-790
Email: info@dbsv.de
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Oceanracing IMOCA 26.10.2017

26.10.2017

ARMEL LE CLÉAC’H CROWNED IMOCA CHAMPIO

The winner of the Vendée Globe has had a double success taking the title of IMOCA world champion for the second time, for the period 2015-2016, which ended with the Vendée Globe. This is the second time Armel Le Cléac’h has been crowned champion after his first win in 2008. The skipper of Banque Populaire follows in the footsteps of Jean Le Cam and can now happily move towards new horizons with the feeling that he has accomplished all he set out to do. Proving that the standard in this IMOCA championship is very high, Armel ended up ahead of Alex Thomson, Jérémie Beyou, Yann Eliès and Jean-Pierre Dick in the ranking

In 2015-2016, the IMOCA Ocean Masters World Championship included five races – three in 2015 (Rolex Fastnet Race, Transat Jacques Vabre, Transat Saint-Barth/Port-la-Forêt) and two in 2016 (Transat New York-Vendée and the Vendée Globe). Each race was awarded a certain weighting, from 1 (for the Fastnet Race) to 10 (for the Vendée Globe). It is chiefly down to his second place in the Transat Jacques Vabre (with a weighting of three) with Erwan Tabarly and his amazing win in the 2016-2017 Vendée Globe, that Armel Le Cléac’h finished at the top of the rankings in the World Championship.

Armel Le Cléac’h: “A great way to leave the IMOCA circuit”
“I’m very pleased with this second world championship title, which has rewarded my consistency and is a great acknowledgment of what we have achieved,” said the overjoyed skipper of Banque Populaire. “I’d like to share this award with the whole of my team, who worked so hard to get here. We adopted a method, which involved pacing ourselves to achieve our goal, which was to have a fantastic Vendée Globe and win it. The Banque Populaire IMOCA project began back in 2011 and everything worked well throughout that time with two great boats, including one we built ourselves. We have left our mark coming second and then winning the Vendée Globe. This World Championship title is a nice way to leave the IMOCA circuit, before we take up new challenges in the Ultime class, where we hope to do just as well.”

Some safe bets and surprises in the top ten
With a total of 351 points, Armel Le Cléac’h finished some twenty points ahead of the runner-up, British sailor, Alex Thomson (331 points), who really put the pressure on him during the Vendée Globe. Just two points behind Alex, we find Jérémie Beyou (329 points), who made it to the podium with a single point more than fourth-placed Yann Eliès (328 points). While the usual suspects in the IMOCA circuit were there in the top ten in the 2015-2016 World Championship (like Jean-Pierre Dick, Jean Le Cam and Nandor Fa), there were some pleasant surprises, such as sixth place going to Fabrice Amedeo, followed by Louis Burton (7th) and Eric Bellion (8th).

Antoine Mermod: “The Championship shows its worth and this is reflected in the high quality of the skippers making up the podium”
President of the IMOCA class, Antoine Mermod is very enthusiastic about the names of the sailors making up the podium in the 2015-2016 Championship: “Armel Le Cléac’h had a great championship over the past two years, always up there at the front showing remarkable consistency. The 2015-2016 championship has crowned one of the biggest names in the history of the IMOCA class, who was runner-up twice and winner of the Vendée Globe. The IMOCA class is very proud that Armel is its World Champion. The Championship shows its worth and this is reflected in the high quality of the skippers making up the podium. The class would also like to congratulate Alex Thomson and Jérémie Beyou on their performance. Alex is one of the most experienced IMOCA skippers and maybe next time he will make it to the top of the championship… As for Jérémie, he made it to the podium of the major races aboard a boat that didn’t belong to the latest generation. His new boat has to make him one of the favourites for the next title.”

The top ten in the 2015-2016 IMOCA World Championship
1. Armel Le Cléac’h: 351 points
2. Alex Thomson: 331 points
3. Jérémie Beyou: 329 points
4. Yann Eliès: 328 points
5. Jean-Pierre Dick: 283 points
6. Fabrice Amedeo: 281 points
7. Louis Burton: 266 points
8. Eric Bellion: 255 points
9. Jean Le Cam: 240 points
10. Nandor Fa: 223 points

The events that counted in the IMOCA Championship
2015 (total weighting: 8)
– Rolex Fastnet Race: weighting of 1
– 2015 Transat Jacques Vabre: weighting of 3
– Transat Saint-Barth/Port-la-Forêt: weighting of 4

2016 (total weighting: 14)
– Transat New York-Vendée: weighting of 4
– 2016 Vendée Globe: weighting of 10

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Clipperrace Race2 26.10.2017

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RACE 2 DAY 22: WIND WOES FOR PSP LOGISTICS
26 OCTOBER 2017

PSP Logistics remains on track for a Saturday arrival into Cape Town, but the final few days of what has already been a hard Race 2: The Stormhoek Race to the Cape of Storms won’t be easy for the team.

With less than 600 nautical miles to go, PSP Logistics is travelling well and averaged more than 11 knots over the last 24 hours. But Skipper Roy Taylor is keeping a watchful eye on the weather forecast, reporting: “Currently blue sky and 25 knots of breeze on the starboard quarter.

“But one final sting in the tail for this leg, it looks like the High is going to drop below us, giving southeast winds on Friday which will back further to the east by Friday evening. This is going to force us to stay south, pointing towards the bottom of the Agulhas Bank in order to follow the wind round and avoid a painful beat in 35 knots for the last night.”

Whilst frustrated by the weather, Roy is remaining optimistic, and is preferring to look at the silver lining, saying: “As Leg 2 comes to a close for us, what can we take from it?

“As well as learning that whale strikes are not conducive to gaining points, the team has realised that not every race will go our way.

“The 13 battles form the campaign, and that one battle lost does not mean the campaign is over. Adversity will find us from time to time and will make or break a team. Any team that can face adversity and come through still as a team will be stronger and better prepared for future challenges.”

Meanwhile, at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, the Clipper Race Office and Maintenance teams are continuing their preparations in order to help PSP Logistics be ready for the start of the Southern Ocean Leg 3 to Fremantle, Australia, which will begin on Tuesday 31 October.

Stay tuned for all the latest news at sea from Skipper Roy Taylor and the crew, on the PSP Logistics team page, to find out and keep up with its progress on the Race Viewer.

 

Star Sailors League 25.10.2017

SSL Finals 2017
December 4th – 9th
Nassau, Bahamas

STAR CHAMPIONS AND NEWCOMERS

EVERYBODY ON THE SAME STARTING LINE IN MONTAGU BAY

The 5th edition of the SSL Finals in Nassau, Bahamas will take place from December 4th to Dec 9th and it will crown the champion of champions for the 2017 Star Sailors League. It will be a fiery competition among the top 10 Star Sailors of the SSL Ranking and 15 VIPs skippers invited for their sailing achievements in different classes throughout this year.

One of the peculiarity of the SSL Finals is that you can see on the same starting line all-time Star champions with a golden star on their mainsail, some young sailors who haven’t been on a Star before and some sailing heroes who are just not familiar with the boat.

Torben Grael (BRA) has just waved goodbye to his daughter Martine who started the Volvo Ocean Race aftern winning Gold in 49er FX in Rio last august, following his father’s footstep, and he’s back in the Star for the European Championship – he hasn’t been on a Star boat since last December in Nassau. Torben’s career is unbelievable: he won five Olympic medals in two different classes, a win in the Volvo Ocean Race onboard Ericsson and a Louis Vuitton Cup with Luna Rossa: Torben is the most profitably eclectic sailor of all times. Among all his titles he hasn’t won any SSL events so far, so we bet he’ll try to do so in a month’s time.

One of the best Star sailor is undoubtedly Paul Cayard (USA) and we are very honored he will be joing the SSL Finals for the fourth time. He started his career on the Star as crew and soon moved to the helm to win the first of four bronze medals at the Star Worlds in 1984; he then won his Gold Star in 1988 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with crew Steve Erickson. Cayard has excelled at many sailing disciplines, highlights include winning the 1998 Whitbread Round the World Race as skipper and a Louis Vuitton Cup and many World Championships in Maxis and TP52s. He’s been back sailing the Star for quite a while now, since the first SSL Finals in 2013, and we can’t wait to see him performing in Montagu Bay once again.

He was a Rookie last year, he still is a very young and talented sailor who won the Junior title at Finn Gold Cup on Balaton lake a few months ago. Facundo Olezza (ARG) sailed the Star for the first time last year in Nassau and has literally fallen in love with it, so much that he took part at the Star World Championship in Denmark in July where he even won one race. He deserves another shot the SSL Finals: he finished 12th last year but we expect great things from him this time around!! And the more the wind will blow, the better chances for him to do well, he loves strong breezes and free pumping!!

British sailor Ben Saxton is Nacra 17 World Champion with Katie Dabson, they’re also European Champions for the year being and are ranked number one in the Nacra 17. They sure like fast and high performance boats, but Ben doesn’t drop any challenge thrown at him and he will attend the SSL Finals sailing the monhull keel boat with only white sails for the first time in his life in Nassau this coming December. It will be quite a change from his flying Nacra 17, and we are looking forward to see if his talent will translate in slow tactics and long upwind.

25 teams will be competing at the 2017 SSL Finals, the top 10 Star Sailors of 2017 and 15 wild cards drawn from every aspect of the sport. After four days of racing for all, the competition goes into the knockout stages. Single races decide who survives and who is heading for the dock. The last four teams will contest a thrilling final race, the first to finish will be the winner of the 2017 SSL Finals and take home the lion’s share of the $200,000 Prize Purse.

You will be able to watch all the action live with expert commentary from special studio guests. On the water, the latest in hi-tech camera technology, as well as Virtual Eye 3D Graphics, will provide thrilling viewing. Armchair sailors can also join the race with Virtual Regatta.

Keep following us on the official website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to be updated on the SSL Finalists’ list, social events and more of the Star Sailors League major event of the year.
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Clipperrace Race2 25.10.2017

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RACE 2 DAY 21: Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint Results Are In
25 OCTOBER 2017

Day 21 saw PSP Logistics reach its final milestone mark of Race 2: Stormhoek Race to the Cape of Storms; the Eastern gate of the Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint. After entering through the Western gate on Monday morning, PSP Logistics logged its completion at 17:39:46 UTC on Tuesday evening.

Speaking from on board, PSP Logistics Skipper Roy Taylor said: “We completed the Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint, the final milestone before Cape Town. The wind is fair and we are making ten knots with 846 nautical miles to run.”

Despite its best efforts, PSP Logistics could not top the fastest times for the Race 2 Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint. However, its completion of the sprint means that the Clipper Race office has today confirmed the fastest three teams as GREAT Britain, Dare To Lead and Sanya Serenity Coast which claim three, two and one bonus race points respectively.

It was a close fought sprint with GREAT Britain completing the Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint in 29 hours 54 minutes and just four minutes separating second placed Dare To Lead (32 hours 31 minutes) and Sanya Serenity Coast (32 hours 35 minutes), showing that every adjustment on board counts.

On board PSP Logistics, sights are now fully set on reaching Cape Town but the crew has also been working extremely hard to start to working through the list of routine maintainance tasks that normally take place during a stopover. Roy reports: “Mr David Greer has been busy servicing winches and jammers in preparation for the next leg. Tomorrow he plans to inspect all the blocks and the running rigging.

“Stian Tonneson has surveyed his sails, done a few small repairs and lubricated and checked all the piston hanks on the headsails.

“Clive Watson has produced and laminated all the watch bills, rotas and bunk allocations for the next leg.”

Even PSP Logistics crew that have arrived in Cape Town ahead of Crew Changeover Day are helping to get the yacht ready ahead of the next ocean crossing to Fremantle. Roy added: “Our new joiners Shaun Farley, Michael Duffy, Daren Lemon, Matthew Norman, David Lawson & Bas De Jong will be in Cape Town soon and are going to take care of the victualling for us. Big thank you guys!

“We plan to deep clean with fresh water during the final two days at sea (weather permitting). Before pressing our tanks full, pickling the water maker and then carry out some safety checks at the same time.

“That should just leave us with rig check, fuel, gas, rubbish and laundry. Just as well, as this stopover is going to be faster than a McDonalds burger!!”

PSP Logistics continues to eat away at the miles left to Cape Town and Clipper Race Meteorologist, Simon Rowell, reported today that the weather looked to be in the teams favour as they make up the final distance towards land.

With the lighter airs and at its current speed it is estimated that PSP Logistics will arrive into Cape Town on Saturday 28 October between the hours of 0700-1200.

Stay tuned for all the latest news at sea from Skipper Roy Taylor and the crew, on the PSP Logistics team page, to find out and keep up with its progress on the Race Viewer.

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Clipperrace Race2 24.10.2017

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RACE 2 DAY 20: Under 1000nm Left for PSP Logistics
24 OCTOBER 2017

Thirteen days after re-joining Race 2: The Stormhoek Race to the Cape of Storms, PSP Logistics has hit another major milestone, passing the 1,000 nautical mile to go mark.

PSP Logistics is also now over halfway through the Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint, after crossing the western gate yesterday.

Whilst bonus points are on offer in the Ocean Sprint, the focus on board is fully on getting to Cape Town. Skipper Roy Taylor comments: “Wind has backed nicely, pointing at Cape Town, soldiers wind at 20 knots, boat speed 11–12 knots.

“Life is good again, be nice to us wind gods!”

PSP Logistics has not been far from the minds of the rest of the fleet in Cape Town, either. In a true display of unity and teamwork, fellow Skippers and crew are offering their assistance to help turn around the team once it arrives in port at the V&A Waterfront.

Thanking the team ashore for their offers, Roy says: “We are extremely grateful for the very kind offers of assistance coming in from the fleet to help get this beast turned around for the next leg.

“It’s nice to know that although we are competitors, we are ultimately all friends who are willing to encourage, support and assist each other. We know PSP Logistics’ turn will come, in some port, somewhere in the world, to repay the kindness!”

Looking ahead, once PSP Logistics completes its Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint, the Clipper Race Office will be able to formally announce which of the twelve teams will score an additional one, two, or three bonus race points. With every point making a difference, this could lead to a shake up in the overall standings.

Stay tuned for all the latest news at sea from Skipper Roy Taylor and the crew, on the PSP Logistics team page, to find out and keep up with its progress on the Race Viewer.