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We All Scream for...Sailing

March 20, 2013 – Water, Water Everywhere


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Yannick Odenwald tells us how he feels while sailing on his dad's South Beach-based Catalina 42 Leluya. © 2017 Thomas Odenwald

Yeah, us too, buddy!

- latitude / ladonna

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Joyon Going for the 'Grand Slam'

March 20, 2013 – Atlantic Ocean

One of the complaints about the current America's Cup boats is that very little of the technological advances will trickle down to regular boats. We suppose that's mostly true, but then we learned that Frenchman Francis Joyon has equipped his 33-meter trimaran IDEC with foils such as those found on the AC boats. That should make IDEC faster still — and a little more sensitive. 

For those not familiar with French sailors, Joyon is something special, a soulful singlehander admired by all, who nonetheless has an astonishing record of achievements. We won't go into his whole history, but in the early days it was marked by around-the-world records set with an ancient boat, worn sails, and no outside help — not even a weather router.


French sailing hero Francis Joyon is going for the Grand Slam of sailing records. © 2017 Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI

Joyon currently holds three of the biggest records in singlehanded racing: First, there is the big one, the singlehanded nonstop around-the-world record of 57 days. That's not too far off the crewed record of 45 days. Last year he improved on the singlehanded 24-hour distance record, 666.2 nm, averaging 27.75 knots. Recently he set a new Columbus Route — Cadiz to San Salvador — record of 8d, 16h (all aboard the 95-ft tri IDEC). No sailor has ever held these three prestigious records at the same time.

And now Joyon — and his foils — has his sights set on the fourth record in what would give him an unprecedented Grand Slam. That record is the New York-to-Lizard Record, currently held by Thomas Colville and his slightly larger and much more sophisticated and comfortable 105-ft trimaran Sodebo. The record will be difficult to beat, as Colville did the 2,980-mile (rhumbline) route in just 5d, 19h, an average of 21 knots on the rhumbline.

The following is a list of TransAtlantic sailing records. Note what a tremendous improvement in times there have been in just 21 years.

Solo North Atlantic records

  • 1987: Bruno Peyron, Explorer, catamaran, 11d, 11h, 46m, 36s
  • 1990: Florence Arthaud, Pierre Premier, trimaran, 9d, 21h, 42m 
  • 1992: Bruno Peyron, Explorer, catamaran, in9d, 19h, 22m
  • 1994: Laurent Bourgnon, Primagaz, trimaran, 7d, 2h, 34m, 42s
  • 2005: Francis Joyon, IDEC 1, trimaran, 6d, 4h, 1m, 37s
  • 2008: Thomas Coville, Sodebo, trimaran, 5d, 19h, 29m, 20s

Joyon may be shy of the media, but he's bold on the water. © 2017 Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI

The publicity shy Joyon is a true sailing hero of ours, and we wish him the best of luck. He looks to make his attempt sometime in May.

- latitude / richard

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March 20, 2013 – Cyberspace


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Racing Round-Up

March 20, 2013 – San Francisco Bay and San Diego

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Among the handful of mishaps in the SSS Corinthian Race, this trimaran snagged CYC's pin at the start. © 2017 Roxanne Fairbairn / roxshots.smugmug.com

Saturday's SSS Corinthian Race for 110 singlehanded and doublehanded starters began with a brief postponement, as the wind held its breath in the Belvedere Cove starting area. The wind would hold its breath at other points in the race, too, and blow like summer in others. As a result, many boats didn't finish the 18-mile course which crisscrossed the Bay twice. A romping beat up the Cityfront tangled the shorthanded racers with numerous ferries, St. Francis YC's Spring One Design Regatta, and weird wind shifts. We'll have more in the April issue of Latitude 38.

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Gettin' busy on Gig, Gil Sloan's Humboldt 30, in the Jack Frost. © 2017 Fred Fago

"The last Jack Frost of the season started with a nice westerly blowing off the morning fog," said Jennifer McKenna, who sailed in the Santana 22 fleet on Saturday. "The Race Committee got the first four fleets off, then the wind died. The boats headed to the windward mark were fighting the flood in little to no wind. The RC abandoned the race and got to work setting a course for the new, incoming southeasterly. Then the wind filled from the west again." They finally got off two short races to wrap up the series. "The 5- to 10-knot breeze ticked up to a fresh 15+ knots for the final race, testing some crews' spinnaker takedown skills," observed RC volunteer Margaret Fago. Full results can be found at www.encinal.org.

The wind built for Sequoia YC's final Winter Series race on Saturday from 5 knots at the Redwood City start to more than 20 near the San Mateo Bridge. "The second upwind leg from Marker Y to Marker S was quite bumpy," reported fleet captain Richard Butts, "as the wind was now up to the high teens and the sea state was confused." St. Patrick's Day prizes, bottles of Jameson's Irish Whiskey, went to the day's division winners, Stan Phillips' Farr 30 Frequent Flyer and Dan Doud's Wyliecat 30 Pole Cat. Full results from the race and the series can be found at www.sequoiayc.org. We'll have a detailed account of this race in a separate post in Friday's 'Lectronic Latitude.

San Diego and Coronado YCs hosted the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta on March 15-17, a light-air affair this year. More than 100 boats in 12 one design classes competed on three race courses. No longer the new guy, Jim Sears dominated the Viper 640 class on F.N.G. to win overall honors. See www.sailingworld.com/nood-regattas/san-diego.

The early entry deadline for March 30's Doublehanded Farallones Race, put on by BAMA, has been extended to this Friday, the 22nd. Registration will close on March 27, the date of the skippers meeting. Small boats without lifelines, like Cal 20s and Moore 24s, are welcome, but they must meet other strict requirements. BAMA's Bob Naber points out that the DHF Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions, not NorCal ORC, spell out the rules and requirements for this particular race. For everything you need to know, see www.sfbama.org.

Those planning to race in NOSA's Lexus Newport-to-Ensenada Race on April 26 have two more chances to take race seminars in Southern California. Both will be held the evening of March 27— one at the West Marine store in San Diego and the other at Dana Point YC. See www.newporttoensenada.com.

- latitude / chris

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Mariners Save Duct Tape

March 20, 2013 – La Cruz, Mexico

Duct tape comes to the rescue of mariners all the time. In this case, the mariners came to the rescue of Duct Tape.

Julia Siudyla and her husband Josh quit their jobs in 2012 to spend a year cruising Mexico aboard their Columbia 36 Sweet Cherri. The young Alameda couple were anchored off La Cruz, on the north shore of Mexico's Banderas Bay, on Saturday when they watched helplessly as the imperiled cruising sloop Duct Tape dragged anchor and fetched up on the rocks. "We witnessed one of the most heart wrenching sights a mariner can endure — another mariner in severe distress," wrote Julia.

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Duct Tape dragged anchor onto this rocky reef off the La Cruz shoreline. © 2017 Julia Siudyla

"Our neighbors dragged anchor and ran aground, getting battered against the rocks in the surf. We watched paralyzed in fear for their safety. We listened to their calls for help on the VHF radio. There wasn't much we could do, as we do not have a dinghy with a motor. The boat, Duct Tape, was swept onto the rocks in 15-knot winds on a rising tide. Almost immediately, five dinghies went to try to assist them. The Good Samaritans tried everything to pull them off the rocks.

Duct Tape on the rocks
Fellow mariners risked life and limb to save the stricken sailboat. © 2017 Julia Siudyla

"After about 20-25 minutes of futile attempts by the sailors on the dinghies, several Mexican fishermen in pangas showed up to help. It took the boaters on the pangas and dinghies at least another 20-25 minutes of working together to get the boat freed and towed into the La Cruz Marina. Seeing everyone who could come together to save this boat, to save these people's home, was one of the most spectacular things I have ever witnessed. As they were freed, the anchorage was alive with other boaters in the anchorage sounding their air horns. I was not the only one holding my breath.

"The distress call had gone out: 'Pan pan...pan pan...pan pan...calling all mariners: There is a vessel in distress in the vicinity of La Cruz. All mariners in the vicinity are requested to keep a sharp lookout and assist if possible.' This call was answered today."

- latitude / chris

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