Making a Splash in Sailing: Weekly News Roundup (Week of 7AUG11)

Here’s our roundup of top news from the week, as well as some news that we’ve just received today. Start reading below to catch up on everything that happened in sailing this week.

News from the week

Newport to Round Out America’s Cup World Series Perhaps the hottest news from the week was that Newport, USA would host the final America’s Cup World Series event next summer. Read more … 

Team Sanya Good to Go Team Sanya has finally caught up with the rest of the VO70s, and has been retrofitted with the latest in communications equipment and such. It’s a good thing, too, because they’ll be competing in the Rolex Fastnet Race this week. Read more … 


Father and son prepare for first competitive race in Class 40  (via Into the Blue)

Ross Field maybe a veteran of nine Rolex Fastnet Races, held the monohull race record for many years and has taken line honours on two occasions, but he is still looking forward to the 2011 edition of the Fastnet Race, which he describes as ‘A really interesting and technical race and twice as good as the Sydney Hobart Race where in comparison you always know what’s going to happen.”

Son Campbell may only have competed in one edition of the race, but has a good track record being part of Charles Dunstone’s winning team in 2003 onboard the Reichel Pugh 76 – Nokia Connecting People.

The Fastnet will be the pairings first competitive race on their Class 40 – BSL in preparation for the start of the 2011/2012 Global Ocean Race. With 20 Class 40’s on the start line the pair have decided to sail fully crewed for the 360 mile dash to the Fastnet Rock finishing inPlymouth. The aim is to test the boat, equipment and sails ahead of the start of the 30,000 mile Global Ocean Race this September.

“The Fastnet will be a very telling event for us, not only as an epic offshore race, but with 19 other Class 40’s for us to measure ourselves against we look forward to finding out how we are going to fit within the fleet. Our objectives are to finish in the top half of the fleet, and learn as much as possible,”  explained Campbell Field ahead of the race start.

To read Campbell’s full blog ahead of the race start click here.

The Class 40 fleet will start at 11.20 (BST) from the Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes on 14th August, the team expect to cross the finish line sometime on Wednesday with the winds looking lighter than originally predicted earlier in the week.

Hosted every two years by the RORC in association with the Royal Western Yacht Club,Plymouth, and the Royal Yacht Squadron, the prestigious Rolex Fastnet Race first run in 1925. Five classes and 350 boats will compete including the 20 Class 40s.

Ross and Campbell are supported by BSL, a world leader in precision electromagnet manufacturing at Follow their progress at and all boats will be tracked on the race website

Oracle Racing Flash Quotes (via Oracle Racing)

ORACLE Racing Spithill today won the America’s Cup World Series Cascais Match Racing Championship with a 2-0 defeat of Emirates Team New Zealand.

ORACLE Racing Coutts was vanquished in its quarterfinal match versus Team Korea and placed fifth overall.

James Spithill Quotes

  • The guys did a great job today. JK (John Kostecki, ORACLE Racing Spithill tactician) was on fire calling the tactics and wind.
  • It feels fantastic to win. It’s good to get a couple of wins back on Deano (Dean Barker, Emirates Team New Zealand skipper) and his guys.
  • Both boats were very even speed-wise. Today, the pressure was so up and down it was all about who was in a puff and who wasn’t. Both boats are very even.
  • The crew with the minimum amount of errors wins. We feel that we’ve ramped up through the competition. When we started last week we were missing a few things. But we’ve put it together through the week.
  • There’ve been a lot of comments about match racing in catamarans; guys sitting on the fence and the jury’s out. But it’s obvious that it’s going to work.
  • The reaching start is an absolute winner. I think in monohulls you spend half the time stuck head-to-wind. It’s good, exciting and fast.
  • The majority of teams are ramping up as well. Some don’t have as much experience, but look at Green Comm. They had a fantastic day yesterday. Tomorrow we’ll see a great fleet race.
  • Regarding tomorrow’s concluding fleet race: We have to go back and focus on some of stuff we did today. I feel like we ended the fleet racing well yesterday, but if we have breeze like today it’ll be a tricky race.

Russell Coutts Quotes

  • We just haven’t had a great regatta tactically. It’s tough, you know. Team Korea sailed a very, very nice race and got some good shifts.
  • We obviously made a mistake at the bottom mark the first time.
  • We had a couple of opportunities after that too, but once again, we didn’t make the right choices.
  • We’re tacking OK and sailing the boat better, probably, than we have been earlier in the week in those conditions.
  • We need to think about how we are calling some of these moves.
  • For quite of few of us it’s a matter of experience in these boats. Not many of us on our boat have raced in multihulls in earnest.
  • We have done a lot of testing miles, particularly in windy San Francisco conditions. In the light, shifty conditions we haven’t really done much. None of us on our boat have done the Extreme 40 circuit and any serious multihull racing.
  • I think that shows. Sometimes we have flashes of sailing well; other times sailing less well.
  • We know some of the errors we’ve made for sure, so it’s a question of how to avoid these the next time.

ACWS – Cascais Match Racing Championships Final Standings
 ORACLE Racing Spithill/James Spithill – 10 points
2. Emirates Team New Zealand/Dean Barker – 9
3. Artemis Racing/Terry Hutchinson – 8
4. Team Korea/Chris Draper – 7
5. ORACLE Racing Coutts/Russell Coutts – 6
6. Energy Team/Loick Peyron – 5
7. Green Comm/Vasilij Žbogar – 4
8. Aleph/Alain Gautier – 3
9. China Team/Mitch Booth – 3

Crew Lists
ORACLE Racing Coutts: Russell Coutts (helm), Murray Jones (wing trim), Matthew Mason(middleman), Daniel Fong (trimmer), Simeon Tienpont (bow)
ORACLE Racing Spithill: James Spithill (helm), John Kostecki (tactician), Dirk de Ridder (wing trim),Joe Newton (trimmer), Piet van Nieuwenhuijzen (bow)


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