Photo of the Day: Transat
June 9 - Boston, MA
Today's Photo of the Day is of the 60-ft trimaran Géant, sailed by Michel Desjoyeaux of France, who yesterday sealed his legacy as perhaps the greatest singlehanded offshore racer ever by winning the singlehanded Transat (ex-OSTAR) from France to Boston. He didn't just win the Transat, he crushed the old record by more than 36 hours, finishing in 8 days and 8 hours. For the actual distance he sailed, he averaged an astonishing 16.41 knots. Desjoyeaux has now completed the singlehanded offshore hat-trick: winning the Vendée Globe around the world race with his Open 60 monohull PRB in 2000, winning the brutal transatlantic Route du Rhum two years later when Géant was one of only three of the 18 multihulls that survived to finish, and now taking the Transat. All hail Desjoyeaux!
Photo B. Stichelbaut/Effets Mer Courtesy Géant
How tight was the racing in the multihull class? Both Desjoyeaux and Thomas Coville on the second-place finisher Sodebo agreed that it came down to Coville tacking 150 meters away from Desjoyeaux in the early going, which by the luck of the draw allowed Desjoyeaux to pull away.
And what of Yves Parlier's radical 60-ft double wingmasted, seaplane-hulled catamaran, Médiatis Région Aquitaine, which has hit as much as 36 knots in just 20 knots of wind? She's way off the pace - but that was expected. She's not an upwind boat like the trimarans, and the Transat is an upwind race. Further, they are still working out the bugs and details on this most radical boat. Look for her to do much better in the upcoming race from Quebec back across the Atlantic to St. Malo, an off-the-wind crewed race.
The monohulls should be finishing the Transat today. See www.thetransat.com.
Is Somebody Sinking Sailboats in Richardson Bay?
June 9 - Sausalito
Last weekend we noticed that two of the nicer-looking sailboats anchored in Richardson Bay had sunk for no apparent reason. A boat sinking in Richardson Bay is common enough, but two of the nicer ones in the same day or two? We can't help but wonder if it didn't have something to do with a police action the day or two before. We don't know the whole story, but it involved a woman with a bloody face, and a bunch of cops boarding a Coast Guard vessel in search of some fellow who disappeared in the vicinity of the boats that were sunk a day or two later.
Baja Ha-Ha Entry Packets to Be Mailed out on Thursday
June 9 - Tiburon
"We've received more than 120 requests for Ha-Ha entry packs," reports Baja Ha-Ha Honcho Lauren Spindler, "and those packs will be mailed out later this week. For skippers wanting to be at the top of the list for berths in Cabo following the Ha-Ha, it's important to return the completed entry forms as early as possible. For come early November, nobody should whine if they aren't at the top of the list for a berth. If anyone still wants to get an entry pack, please send a $15 check to Baja Ha-Ha, Inc., 21 Apollo Road, Tiburon, 94920. Please include a self-addressed 9 x 12 envelope with $3 postage."
And if anybody out there knows a John G. Snook of PO Box 181300, please tell him he forgot to include his city, state, and zip code on his pre-addressed envelope.
Point Conception Was Also Calm on July 11, 2002
June 9 - Point Conception
"After seeing the picture of a calm Pt. Conception in a recent 'Lectronic," writes Dudley Gaman of the Coyote Point-based Catalina 36 Kir Orana, "I couldn't resist sending this picture of me rounding the point on July 11, 2002, while returning from the Channel Islands. The picture is testament to the adage, 'If it's foggy in the morning, it's a good day for rounding the point.'
Photo Teresa Gaman
We'd modify that adage to, 'If it's foggy in the afternoon, there's a greater chance it won't be as rough rounding the point.' It's been our experience that it's almost always foggy in the morning there, and that there have been lots of times when it's been foggy and still blown hard.
Making the America's Cup More Television Friendly
June 9 - Valencia, Spain
Here's what's going to be different about the 32nd America's Cup to make it more enjoyable to a worldwide television audience:
There will be a series of 'pre-regattas' - to be known as 'Acts' - held around the world. The first 'Act' will be in Marseilles.
The courses will be set up so the boats can finish in 90 minutes, a nice television time-slot.
There will be some fleet racing to add drama, although match racing will remain the main focus.
Racing will be held in a greater wind range to reduce the number of matches delayed by too little or too much wind.
Nobody asked us, but we think the way to make the America's Cup more attractive to television audiences is to sail the event in the 60-ft trimarans. Not only do these much less expensive boats go upwind in the high teens and reach at over 30 knots, they flip over, too! What could be better to attract boob-tube watchers? Surely the two trimarans in the accompanying photo present more arresting visuals than do a couple IACC boats digging holes in the water.
Photo Courtesy Team Gitana
Genuine Risk in San Diego
June 9 - San Diego
"We did the 2002 Ha-Ha aboard MR Destiny, our Tayana 37," reports Richard Brown, "and bashed our way back to San Diego after the '02-'03 season. We really miss cruising Mexico. But while at Driscoll's Boatyard in San Diego the other morning, I took the photo of Genuine Risk, which is now being commissioned.
Photo Richard Brown
"According to an Aussie fellow standing by, Genuine Risk is a 93-ft Dubois/Oliver design, with canting ballast twin foils (CBTF) fresh from McConaghy's in Australia. Sure looks cool with dual rudders."