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Damaged Rio100 Claims Barn Door

July 14, 2017 – Honolulu, HI

Rio crew in front of Barn Door Trophy
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The crew of Rio100 gathered for a photo op in front of the Barn Door Trophy.

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Despite limping along with a broken port rudder, Manouch Moshayedi's Bakewell-White Rio100 claimed Barn Door honors in the Transpac, finishing on Thursday before dawn. The Barn Door Trophy is awarded to the first monohull to finish without power assistance, therefore Comanche is not eligible. Rio's elapsed time was 6 days, 17 hours, 9 minutes and 9 seconds. This is the second Barn Door in a row for Rio. Aboard as strategist was the great Dutch sailor Bouwe Bekking.

Rio's performance on starboard jibe was deeply affected by the damage. Floating debris took out the rudder on July 9, resulting in a hole in the hull. The crew cut a plastic panel from a spare water tank, fashioned a patch, and screwed and glued it into place with additional stabilization from support rods. The repair held, and the team finished with the emergency rudder during the final run to the finish. 

Invisible Hand approaching Honolulu

Invisible Hand on final approach Thursday morning.

© 2018 Sharon Green / Ultimate Sailing

Frank Slootman's Pac52 Invisible Hand finished around 7 the same morning. Sailing with the Hand was Kiwi rock star Gavin Brady, one of the developers of the new class, which is based on the TP52. "This new generation of Pac52s are getting back to the original offshore/inshore design concept," Brady said. "We were fast, but I told the guys we had another 10 miles a day we could squeeze out of the performance if we were more aggressive jibing on shifts." Brady didn't believe they had a chance to catch Rio after the bigger boat was damaged. "We knew they were going to jibe over to port and then ramp back up to their normal speeds." The Hand is currently leading on corrected time.

Invisible Hand crew with family

The Invisible Hand crew with some of their family.

© 2018 Robbie Gabriel

Several more boats have finished, with the majority still on the course and duking it out. Checking the tracker, we see that Bill Lee's 68-ft Merlin will likely be the next finisher. As of this morning, they were less than 60 miles from the Diamond Head finish line. Not far behind and to the north is Roy Disney's Andrews 68 Pyewacket. We'll have much more in the August issue of Latitude 38; in the meantime, follow along at

- latitude / chris

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Oops, I Did It Again

July 14, 2017 – The Lizard, UK

As the Wanderer pointed out to us, "Francis Joyon, without really trying, broke the Transatlantic record." Joyon was returning solo from The Bridge race, in which he had competed with crew. 

And it was his own solo record that he beat, by 49 minutes. He had set the record in June 2013 aboard his previous trimaran, the 95-ft IDEC. This week's record was set aboard the 104-ft IDEC Sport, the same VPLP-designed maxi-trimaran that holds the Jules Verne Trophy around-the-world record. The 61-year-old Frenchman achieved the new record for the crossing between the Ambrose Light, New York, and the Lizard Light, UK, without any preparation beforehand, no stand-by period or sophisticated routing, and without advance fanfare.

Francis Joyon

Francis Joyon at the helm of Idec Sport.

Photo Courtesy IDEC Sport
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“I only just did it,” said Joyon. “I was pleased to finish, as over the past 24 hours, it has been very tiring. My autopilots weren’t working well, so I had to stay at the helm all the time over the past 24 hours, while carrying out maneuvers in a lot of squalls with the boat slamming into the seas.

"I set off from New York in a hurry,” he stressed. “I didn’t even have time to sort out the supplies. I just bought some eggs and bananas. As for the food on board, the lads ate it all during the crossing in The Bridge.”

Joyon departed from New York on July 6 and arrived in Cornwall on July 12. The new record (pending ratification) is 5 days, 2 hours, 7 minutes. See

- latitude / chris

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July 14, 2017 – San Francisco, CA

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Straws Suck

July 14, 2017 – The Oceans of the World

straw debris on the beach

If you're not a child, what do you need a straw for?  

© 2018 Helen Lockhart

We don't know who started the 'Straws Suck' movement, but it’s being promoted by Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers and many others.

The concept is simple. If you don’t use or want a straw with your drink, ask the bartender not to put one or more in your drink. With more than 500 million straws used per day in the United States alone, drinking without a straw will do a small part in reducing plastic pollution — and raising awareness of the environment.

Lynn Swycaffer Ringseis of Novato, a longtime charter skipper in the Caribbean with her and Johnny Portfolio’s Lagoon 410 Moonshine, and a veteran of many Baja Ha-Ha’s aboard Profligate, wants to do even more. “Let's travel to beach bars worldwide, make friends with the bartenders, and ask them kindly to get in the habit of not putting straws in drinks unless requested. This important business will be conducted in tropical attire while sipping on a chilly beverage of course!

“We’ll be trying to protect sea life one straw at a time, with humor and mirth, as always. For anyone planning a trip to Mexico, if you want to wrap your lips around the salty, limey, cool margarita glass sans straw, you say 'Sin popote, por favor.' Who’s in?”

- latitude / richard

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Shocking Details for America's Cup 36

July 14, 2017 – Auckland, New Zealand

During the latter stages of the recently completed 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda, the question wasn't whether Emirates Team New Zealand was going to beat Oracle Team USA — they thrashed them 7-1 — but what boats and format the Kiwis would elect to use in the 36th Match. After all, the winner gets to choose the boat and make the rules for next the America’s Cup, and the Kiwis were the only team that hadn’t signed an agreement to continue with the current style.

Will we see the 'Flying Cats' in the 36th America's Cup? A source tells Latitude . . . Yes! But a monohull component may also be added, which may include foils! 

© 2018 Louis Kruk

Confidential sources at the highest levels of Emirates Team New Zealand in Auckland told Latitude that the victorious Kiwis — represented by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, along with the Challenger of Record Circolo della Vela Sicilia, which represents the Luna Rossa Challenge — have come up with a brave new format that intends to "right a lot of wrongs." Among the stunning new details:

1) The Cup will not be contested in monohulls or multihulls, but both! That's right, each race will consist of two segments: A multihull portion, probably in foiling cats similar to those used in the last Cup, and a segment using box rule 70-footers. Some rumors suggest that the monohulls might adopt foils, too. 

Right now the theorists are working out which would be the best way to combine the two components. Should the monohull or multihull segment be first? And should a team’s lead after the first segment be carried over to the second in real time or later?

Initially, there was discussion that after finishing the first segment, one team member from each syndicate would have to swim/run to the second boat before it could start, like a relay. Now the thinking is that would be a ridiculous spectacle (maybe a little too 'beach regatta') and that all boats should start the second segment together — because the starts are so exciting — and each trailing boat would try to win by a big enough margin to overcome its deficit from the first segment. Wild, no? 

Grant Dalton and Glenn Ashby hold the Auld Mug in Bermuda on June 26. 

© 2018 Louis Kruk

The current thinking is that the monohull segment will be first, because it’s much easier to make up big deficits in high-speed multihulls. It will also introduce all-new defensive tactics to be used by the leader.

2) There will finally be a real nationality rule. Sailors won’t be able to sail on a country's boat unless they are actually from that country. And rules will be put in place to prevent sailors from becoming citizens of any given country just for purposes of the Cup. This will likely lead to countries' adopting stricter immigration rules in general, something that has of course been a hot-button issue in global politics lately. Hopefully the America's Cup will not add too much additional strain to an already contentious issue. Sailors will naturally be able to sail around any walls built on land.

The thinking behind stricter nationality rules is that it will boost national interest — as with the Olympics. "But this rule is probably a little unfair," acknowledged Latitude's source, "because it pretty much means the Kiwis will have a stranglehold on the Cup for decades."

3) And an age rule! At least 20% of the crew on each boat will have to be under 23 years of age. It's hoped this will attract more members of the Red Bull generation, and hopefully utilize their impressive social media followings to generate Millennial interest. The 'youth rule' will also insure that there will always be new blood with each successive Cup. "The America's Cup has historically been replete with the same old names," said our source, "and that’s boring compared to new young buff guys."

With their 'bicycle power', the Kiwis were dominant. Will the next Cup see even more radical innovation?

© 2018 Louis Kruk

4) Curiously, despite the proposed return of nationality rules, airline sponsors are excluded, which will allow Team New Zealand to keep its relationship with Emirates. It is our understanding there are new relationships forming with the possible entry of Aeroflot Team USA, Turkish Airways Team France, Air China Team Italy and Icelandair Team Bahamas.

5) Given the immense popularity of fleet racing, more of that is to be incorporated in the next Cup, although our source says the details haven't been worked out. "The current keepers of the Cup realize that we need to give viewers what they want to see." It was apparent that bicyclists were a great addition, so the next Cup will require each team to add a tennis player, roller derby competitor and a sportfisherman with best catch contributing to overall points.

6) AC progressives will be happy to know that despite the possible return of monohulls, the pursuit of superior technology will remain at the forefront of the competition. A major factor will be to complete the trend of fewer sailors on the boats, and have the team view the spectacle from the syndicate's technology center as they watch their autonomous AC boats race the course without any actual sailors or humans on board. Google, Tesla and Uber are looking at autonomous sponsorship opportunities. Luddites who have been lamenting the lack of sailors on the foredeck, sail changes or spinnaker jibes may finally be able to let go, put their devices down and just get back to enjoying their weekends sailing.

Grant Dalton, after Team Emirates New Zealand clinched, already contemplating the future of the Cup. 

© 2018 Louis Kruk

We at Latitude like a lot of the new rules, but we worry that the two-boat feature might be too expensive for many countries. And as far as we're concerned, any America's Cup without the participation of the Aussies, Kiwis, Danes, Dutch, Burkina Fasoese, Germans, Spanish, Indonesians, Chinese and Japanese is simply a Faux Cup*.

That said, the 36th America’s Cup — no doubt to be held in New Zealand — is going to be very interesting. Don't you agree?

*Speaking of a Faux Cup ... this is a faux article. #FakeNews

- latitude / john

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July 14, 2017 – Mill Valley, CA

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