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Eisarsch 2017 28.11.2017

Profisegler und Weltmeister greifen beim Eisarsch nach dem Sieg

Profi-Segler und Weltmeister sind am Start! Der Hamburger Sven Kruse unternimmt den nächsten Anlauf auf den alleinigen Rekord! Der Eisarsch 2017 steht in den Startlöchern und macht sich bereits jetzt schick für das große Jubiläum im nächsten Jahr, und alle hoffen darauf, dass in diesem Jahr nicht erneut Flaute und Eisgang die Kult-Regatta lahm legen mögen. Das sind die Schlagzeilen vor dem 49. Lübecker Eisarsch am 2. Dezember auf der Wakenitz – jenem heiß umkämpften Prestige-Event, bei dem gestandene Seemänner in kleinen Optis mit allem Ehrgeiz um den Sieg streiten.

Seit 1969 geht es beim Eisarsch zur Sache. Im nächsten Jahr steht die 50. Auflage an, und dafür wollen sich die besten Opti-Segler jenseits der 25 Jahre schon jetzt in Position bringen. Die Starterliste verspricht jedenfalls einen heißen Kampf, wenn es im kalten Dezember um den vielleicht eigenwilligsten Pokal des deutschen Segelsports geht. Über 60 Meldungen sind eingegangen – klangvolle Namen sind wie stets darunter.

Weltumsegler und America’s-Cup-Teilnehmer haben sich schon an dem Unternehmen versucht, die Trophäe in Popo-Form zu ergattern. Jetzt sind es neben dem viermaligen Eisarsch-Sieger Sven Kruse aus Hamburg die Weltmeister und Profis aus den Reihen des Lübecker Yacht-Clubs, die die Favoritenbürde zu schultern haben. Die Brüder Helge und Christian Sach, gemeinsam vor elf Jahren Weltmeister im F18-Katamaran und als Profisegler auf den Revieren weltweit unterwegs, werden auf der Wakenitz nun im Opti zu Konkurrenten. Und Leon Oehme, der vor vier Jahren unter karibischen Bedingungen zum WM-Titel im 505er segelte, darf nun auf heimischem Revier beweisen, dass er auch mit Kälte umgehen kann.

Sie alle aber werden Sven Kruse (Foto) im Auge behalten müssen, der es in dem Boot für die Jüngstensegler zu erstaunlicher Expertise gebracht hat. Vor zwei Jahren gewann er die Regatta zum vierten Mal, wurde damit zum Rekordsieger. Allerdings muss er sich diese Auszeichnung noch teilen, deshalb will er nun den alleinigen Rekord. Im vergangenen Jahr wurde Kruse durch den Eisgang und die Absage der Regatta gebremst, jetzt ist er wieder am Start. Vor zwei Wochen musste sich Kruse allerdings bei der Kalten Kanne – dem Hamburger Pendant zum Eisarsch – geschlagen geben. Unter anderem war Matthias Düwel (Hamburg) vor ihm, und Düwel greift nun auch beim Eisarsch an. Ebenso wie Ingo Hüter (Lübecker SV), der schon 2015 auf der Wakenitz triumphiert hatte. Und auch Meno Bülow (Lübecker SV) ist stets für ein Top-Resultat gut: 1997 gewann er auf dem Wasser, im vergangenen Jahr dominierte er die Ersatzveranstaltung, den Gummistiefel-Weitwurf.

Für die Zuschauer ist es in jedem Fall ein Vergnügen, wenn sich große Männer in viel zu kleine Boote zwängen, Optis auf Tauchkurs gehen und so manche Kenterung für Abkühlung unter den erhitzten Gemütern sorgt. Für musikalische Unterhaltung, ab 12 Uhr spielt „A Swinging Crew“, sowie fachkundige Moderation durch das DSV-Präsidiumsmitglied Walter Mielke und natürlich vorweihnachtliche Atmosphäre beim Clubhaus des Lübecker YC (Roeckstraße 54 in Lübeck) ist gesorgt. Das Spektakel beginnt traditionell mit dem öffentlichen Wiegen (ab 11 Uhr). Mit dem Startschuss um 14 Uhr wird es dann ernst, und es gibt tolle Bilder der großen Optimisten-Flotte vor dem Lübecker Panorama.

Informationen gibt es bei Chef-Organisator Jan Stemmler (0172-5383153, jan.stemmler@lyc.de).

Zeitplan: Samstag, 2. Dezember
11 Uhr: Beginn offizielles Wiegen, Regattabüro öffnet

13 Uhr: Wiegeschluss

13 Uhr: Steuermannbesprechung am Clubhaus (Roeckstr. 54, 23568 Lübeck)

14 Uhr: Regattastart (Geplant sind zwei Up-and-Downs)

Ab ca. 16 Uhr: Siegerehrung im Clubhaus. Je nach Wind und Wetter ist die Dauer der Wettfahrt wie immer ungewiss.

18 Uhr: Après Sail Party in der Bootshalle

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Finn-Focus 27.11.2017

27.11.2017
New books published about the Finn class at the Rio 2016 Olympics
Two new Finn books have been published just in time for that perfect Christmas present for the Finn sailor in your life. Both books cover the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Between a Rock and a Hard Race takes the reader on a four-year journey through the eyes of the Finn class athletes who campaingned for and took part in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. It begins on a hill in Weymouth and follows the highs and lows of most of the sailors as they journey towards Rio. It provides some fascinating analysis of managing an Olympic campaign, with extensive comments from many sailors, including all three medalists, as well as the coach of the eventual gold medalist. Much of the content is adapted from the hundreds of Finn Class press releases and interviews that were issued between 2012 and 2016, but these have been woven into a tight narrative with exclusive extra content and insight. At 269 pages and 105,000 words, it is probably the most in-depth book ever released about an Olympic sailing competition, and the challenges the athletes faced to stand on the top of the podium.

Click here to read some excerpts.

Paperback • 284 pages • 105,000 words • 215 x 140 mm • ISBN: 978-0-9559001-7-4

Only available through Amazon • Cost: £13.50 • Published: 24 November 2017 • Also on Kindle. Order here.

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Between a Rock and a Camera Lens is a photobook of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with more than 400 photographs of the Finn Class in Rio, covering every race and every sailor. It is complemented by daily summaries and many quotes from sailors as they competed for Olympic gold.

Click here to download some sample pages.

Limited Edition Hard Back • 80 pages • 210 x 210 mm • Full colour • ISBN: 978-0-9559001-6-7

Cost: £18 plus shipping • Published: 10 November 2017

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RORC Transatlantic Race 27.11.2017

RORC Transatlantic Race 27.11.2017
370 miles of separation
Day 3 Race Update: 0600 GMT 27 November 2017

As dawn broke on the third day of the RORC Transatlantic Race, the northerly route across the Atlantic looks to be the favourite for many of the 23 teams taking part in the race. Jens Kellinghusen’s German Ker 56 Varuna leads the charge towards the low pressure system which has attracted the fleet to this route. The low has moved further north east than predicted allowing the fleet to take a more direct heading across the Atlantic. To the south, the convergence zone, acting as a barrier to the tradewinds, is the focus of attention for Ludde Ingvall’s Australian Maxi CQS which has chosen the southerly route.

After beating into big seas for most of the second day, CQS tacked south at around midnight last night. To reach the tradewinds, CQS need to cross a convergence zone, an area of scarce wind approximately 100 miles across. The Australian Maxi has pointed their bow towards the coast of Senegal, West Africa and will be hoping to have picked the narrowest gap. By sharp contrast, Roman Guerra’s Volvo 70 Monster Project is 370 nautical miles (682 km) north of CQS, blasting along on a tight reach into the low pressure system and experiencing close to gale force conditions.

Varuna has been the fastest yacht in the fleet, racing close to 300 miles in the last 24 hours, and of the yachts north of the rhumb line, Varuna is closest to the finish. Amongst the Maxi Yachts, Canadian Southern Wind 96 Sorceress, skippered by Daniel Stump has passed Jochen Bovenkamp’s Marten 72 Aragon and pulled out a six mile lead. However, Eric de Turckheim’s French Nivelt -Muratet 54 Teasing Machine continues to impress, as does Bo Teichmann & Thomas Jungblut’s German Elliott 52 Outsider. The two smaller yachts have covered a similar distance as the two Maxis in the last 24 hours.

In the Class40s, Mathias Mueller von Blumencron’s Red has covered 200 miles in the last 24 hours, to pull out a 30 mile lead on Berthold and Tobias Brinkmann’s MarieJo. Gerald Bibot’s Belgian 42ft Catamaran Zed 6 is north of the Class40s and is now clear of the wind shadow of the Canary Islands.

In IRC Zero, two young German teams are locked in a close battle. JV52 Haspa Hamburg, skippered by 21 year-old Max Gaertner, and JV53 Bank Von Bremen skippered, by Alexander Beilken. In IRC One, Bjoerne Woge’s Andrews 56 Broader View Hamburg has raced 176 miles in the last 24 hours, more than any other team in the class.

Friedrich Boehnert’s Xp-50 Lunatix, and Chris Stanmore-Major’s Whitbread 60 Challenger have for now chosen to race the rhumb line towards Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in Grenada. Arno Boehnert aboard Lunatix is already looking forward to the spice of Grenada.

„It’s all good on board Lunatix, but we are bashing upwind at the moment,“ reported Arno Boehnert in a race blog. „Tonight we are eating our delicious freeze-dried food with hot sauce, which you never want to forget when you are racing the Atlantic! Rounding the (Canary) Islands we had a pretty tough day with everything from light winds to strong gusts, so we really needed to stay focused. Earlier we had a great battle with Broader View Hamburg, but now no other boats are in sight. We are on our own.“

Follow the fleet and watch the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race unfold:
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Individual yachts, classes or the whole fleet can be tracked throughout the race

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Transat Jacques Vabre 26.11.2017

26.11.2017
And then there were two
The arrival of the Class40 Gras Savoye Berger Simon Obportus this morning in tenth position, left only two duos still racing. The Brazilians on Mussulo 40 Team Angola Cables have 180 miles before arriving home tomorrow morning. Two skippers have a hero’s welcome waiting for them.
The 56-year-old José Guilherme Caldas and the 32-year-old Leonardo Chicourel are one of the amateur duos in the race. A leading professor of neuroradiology in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Caldas, 56, has been a resident in Brazil for 30 years, but was born in Luanda, Angola, and is the first ever Angolan to compete in the Transat Jacques Vabre.

The duo had to manage an early setback after Mussulo 40 Team Angola Cables, diverted to Camaret-sur-Mer in Brittany 36 hours after the start, and spent 24 hours fixing their electronic problems.

Esprit Scout have just come out of the Doldrums and with more than 1,200 miles to got to Salvador de Bahia. The official routing suggests Marc Dubos and Jacques-Arnaud Seyrig should be able to taste the pleasures of Bahia on Thursday, December 1 in the late afternoon (local time/18:00 UTC), but if they want their time officially recognised they can afford no slips. The finish line will be closed on closes on December 2 at 23:19:15 UTC.

ETAs:

Monday, November 27

Mussulo 40 Team Angola Cables 10:00 UTC

Friday, December 1

Esprit Scout 18:00

Arrivals

Sunday, November 26

Eighth Sylvain Pontu and Christophe Rateau on Gustave Roussy (contre vents et cancers) at 21:55:46 (UTC)

Race time: 20 days, 09 hours 20 minutes and 46 seconds

Ninth Catherine Pourre and Benoit Hochart on Eärendil at 05:16:18

Race time: 20 days, 16 hours 41 minutes and 18 seconds

Tenth Olivier Roussey and Philippe Burger on Gras Savoye Berger Simon Obportus at 10:08:52

Race time: 20 days, 16 hours 41 minutes and 18 seconds

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RORC Transatlantic Race 26.11.2017

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CQS head south
Day 2 Race Update: 1000 GMT, 26 November 2017

After the first night at sea in the RORC Transatlantic Race, the vast majority of the international fleet were north of the Canary Islands, negotiating the wind shadow of Gran Canaria and Tenerife created by the unusual southerly wind.

Ludde Ingvall’s Australian Maxi CQS leads the fleet on the water and having now raced over 200 miles and left Tenerife to port, as required by the Sailing Instructions, the next mark of the course is 3,000 miles away. CQS now looks to be taking a different tactical option by leaving La Palma to starboard and going south in a divergence route to the rest of the fleet.

Two yachts have broken away from the chasing pack and look to be heading for the low pressure system north of the rhumb line. The centre of the low is 500 miles away, but they are already feeling the effect as the wind direction and speed becomes unstable, with torrential rain very likely. Jens Kellinghusen’s German Ker 56 Varuna leads the charge, nine miles ahead of Eric de Turckheim’s French Nivelt -Muratet 54 Teasing Machine. Of the Maxi yachts, Roman Guerra’s Volvo 70 Monster Project is by far the most northerly yacht, whilst Jochen Bovenkamp’s Marten 72 Aragon is going well, pulling ahead of Canadian Southern Wind 96 Sorceress, skippered by Daniel Stump.

Bo Teichmann & Thomas Jungblut’s German Elliott 52 Outsider is showing great pace, keeping up with the Maxis. Mathias Mueller von Blumencron’s German Class40 Red has pulled out a two mile lead on Berthold and Tobias Brinkmann’s German Class40 MarieJo.

Racing in IRC One, French Class40 Sensation, skippered by Kai Weeks has put in a good start to lead the class. Friedrich Boehnert’s Xp-50 Lunatix and Bjoerne Woge’s Andrews 56 Broader View Hamburg are already locked in a close duel with the two German yachts both 22 miles behind the class leader. In IRC Two, 50ft Bermudan Cutter Gemervescence, skippered by RORC Commodore Steven Anderson, is revelling in the reaching conditions, pulling out a 17 mile lead on Richard Palmer’s JPK 10.10 Jangada, which is racing Two Handed. According to the YB Tracker, Dutch skipper Berry Aarts racing Two Handed with his wife Petra on their Jeanneau 54 No Doubt, has not rounded Fuerteventura to Port, which may result in a time penalty for the race.

Follow the fleet and watch the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race unfold:
Minisite: https://rorctransatlantic.rorc.org/

YB Race Tracker: https://rorctransatlantic.rorc.org/tracking/2017-fleet-tracking.html
Individual yachts, classes or the whole fleet can be tracked throughout the race

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Clipperrace Race3 25.11.2017

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RACE 3 DAY 25: THRILLING FINISH TO EMOTIONALLY CHARGED RACE
25 NOVEMBER 2017

After 25 days and almost 4,800 nautical miles of racing across the Southern Ocean, the finish positions for Race 3: The Dell Latitude Rugged Race from Cape Town, South Africa, to Fremantle, Australia, will come down to the final few nail-biting hours.

It is the second straight day that Unicef has been in the number one position and whilst his team’s first podium finish is in sight, Skipper Bob Beggs’ thoughts are fixed on his closest and somewhat surprise competitor, GREAT Britain, which has made a highly impressive leap from sixth to second in the past 24 hours.

Currently in a drag race to the finish line in Fremantle Harbour, Unicef leads GREAT Britain by around 7 nautical miles, as Bob says: “Well the race will come to an end for most of the fleet over the next 24hrs and its another frantic and exciting finish.

“Sadly, we leave one of our fellow journeymen Simon Speirs behind, but he won’t be forgotten. His passing is etched in the memories of the whole Clipper Race family. The skipper and crew of GREAT Britain are sailing close by to us and will hopefully fulfil Simon’s dream of a podium place today.”

There is no doubt that their beloved teammate Simon is the driving force behind GREAT Britain’s strong finish, with Skipper Andy Burns saying: “Today is the grand finale for which we are all hoping for a bitter sweet ending to such a tragic crossing of the Southern Ocean.

“I just want to take my hat off to the crew onboard GREAT Britain for their grit, determination and drive in the face of adversity.”

Visit Seattle is currently in third position on the leader board, but will be fighting PSP Logistics for the final spot on the podium. Both teams due to arrive between 2000 and 2200 local time Visit Seattle, whilst the fifth placed Qingdao (which has played its Joker Card which will see its race points doubled) is right behind, and is expected to cross the finish line between 2100 – 2300.

Visit Seattle Skipper Nikki Henderson comments: “This is so close! I think it must be about 8 miles separating us, Qingdao and PSP Logistics.

“We are pushing, pushing, pushing to hold them off but both boats are being sailed very well. We just need to make no mistakes and double, triple check everything.”

PSP Logistics Skipper Matt Mitchell agrees, adding: “It really could be anyone’s race and we are working hard to keep the boat going as fast as possible. We tried a slightly different route to give us a higher wind angle on our way towards Rottnest Island and it’s not working out too badly so far!”

Dare To Lead remains in sixth place, though Sanya Serenity Coast is just 8 nautical miles behind in seventh. After leading for the majority of the race before getting stuck in a wind hole just days ago, Sanya Serenity Coast Skipper Wendy Tuck says: “The only way to describe this race is as a roller coaster ride of positions and emotions.

“We are still chasing hard on Dare to Lead and we will not give up trying.”

HotelPlanner.com is continuing to move up the rankings, and is now just 5 nautical miles off the eighth placed Liverpool 2018, with both teams expected to arrive Sunday morning, local time. The Clipper Race Committee has also announced that HotelPlanner.com will be awarded a redress of 1 hour and 30 minutes for taking on six crew members of Greenings in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Tenth placed Garmin is due to arrive on Sunday afternoon, and has come out of Stealth Mode early, due to the rule that teams are not permitted to use Stealth Mode within 250 nautical miles of the finish line. It will be a close finish with Nasdaq, who is less than 20 nautical miles behind in eleventh place.

To track the progress of the teams into Fremantle, keep an eye on the Clipper Race Viewer. The latest ETAs will also be updated on the website.

The latest ETAs have over-the-line teams Unicef arriving between 1800 and 2000 local time (1000 – 1200 UTC), whilst GREAT Britain is currently expected between 1900 – 2100 (1100 – 1300 UTC).

All arrivals at the Fremantle Sailing Club will be shown live on Facebook Live, subject to weather conditions, and you can read the Skipper Blogs in full on the Team Pages.