Sailing

420 Worlds versus the elements on Race Day 3

2017 – 2018 420 World Championships

Perth, Australia The weather forecasters' predictions were perfect today. A south to south westerly breeze kicked in during the morning on race day 3 at the 420 World Championships and escalated to a steady 22 knots with gusts around 25 knots over the race track off Fremantle this afternoon. Although the waves had moderated and were not as brutal as they were two days ago, they still required careful handling by teams and there were many capsizes for those who got it wrong.
420 OPEN
Revelling in the conditions on their regular training track, Australian champions Chris Charlwood and Josh Dawson were strong on the course today scoring a fourth and a first from the two races, ensuring that they now hold a clear but narrow lead over Spain's Carlos Balaguer and Antoni Massanet. Italians Edouardo Ferraro and Francesco Orlando lie third on the points table at the half way mark of the World Championship.
420 Open – Results after 6 Races
1. Chris CHARLWOOD/Josh DAWSON (AUS 54351) – 8 pts
2. Carlos BALAGUER/Antoni MASSANET (ESP 55947) – 9 pts
3. Edoardo FERRARO/Francesco ORLANDO (ITA 56278) – 12 pts
4. Enrique LUJÁN/Pablo LUJÁN (ESP 56331) – 13 pts
5. Albert TORRES/Francisco MULET (ESP 52779) – 15 pts
6. Thomas ANDRE/Justin BARADAT (FRA 55986) – 18 pts
7. Enzo BALANGER/Gaultier TALLIEU (FRA 56030) – 20 pts
8. Andrea SPAGNOLLI/Kevin RIO (ITA 56028) – 22 pts
9. Tristan PERON-PHILIPPE/Yvon LARNICOL (FRA 55086) – 27 pts
10. Otto HENRY/Rome FEATHERSTONE (AUS 56160) – 28 pts
420 LADIES
Out at the front, Australia's Nia Jerwood and Monique De Vries continue to draw on their year's of experience together and familiarity with the Fremantle conditions to lead the Ladies pack, striking double bullets today. Joining them to stake claims on the 2nd and 3rd race results were fellow Aussies Laura Harding/Eleanor Grimshaw and Sophie Jackson/Laura Thomson, as the foreign teams still get to grips with the nuances of the local breeze and waves.
Further down the leaderboard, the Japanese crew of Narumi Kobayashi and Minami Kurose suffered a heavy knockdown soon after setting their spinnaker for the first downwind leg during the day's opening race. Struggling to right their boat, they then chose not to compete in the day's second race. It was clear today that sailors who had not experienced sailing in ocean conditions such as today were competing at the limits of their capability. Struggling valiantly, a number were forced to retire after capsizing and no doubt will emerge from this championship vastly better equipped to sail in heavy conditions and big waves.
420 Ladies – Results after 6 Races
1. Nia JERWOOD/Monique DE VRIES (AUS 54798) – 8 pts
2. Laura HARDING/Eleanor GRIMSHAW (AUS 55158) – 13 pts
3. María CABA/Pilar CABA (ESP 56246) – 17 pts
4. Sophie MCINTOSH/Orla MULHOLLAND-PATTERSON (AUS 53663) – 24 pts
5. Sophie JACKSON/Laura THOMSON (AUS 55166) – 26 pts
6. Arianna PASSAMONTI/Giulia FAVA (ITA 56047) – 30 pts
7. Isabel DAVIES/Gemma KEERS (GBR 55517) – 37 pts
8. Olívia BELDA/Elisa VON FRITSCH (BRA 54642) – 39 pts
9. Solène MARIANI/Maude SCHMID (SUI 56274) – 39 pts
10. Clara OLIVE/Solenza MARIANI (FRA 56376) – 40 pts
420 U17
Germany's Florian and Maximilian Buscher handled the heavy going consistently today with placings of third and fifth, to retain their spot at the head of the points table. Spain's Pol and Alex Marsans seemed quite at home to win the first race and place second in the other. The Greek crew of Konstantinos Vardalis and Panagiotis Matsades were a little over eager in their start to the final race and earned themselves a U Flag disqualification, the only blemish in what were generally very good starts for all fleets.
420 U17 – Results after 6 Races
1. Florian BÜSCHER/Maximilian BÜSCHER (GER 55660) – 17 pts
2. Pol MARSANS/Alex MARSANS (ESP 55846) – 18 pts
3. Tommaso CILLI/Bruno MANTERO (ITA 56076) – 21 pts
4. Demetrio SPOSATO/Gabriele CENTRONE (ITA 56563) – 21 pts
5. Tommaso SALVETTA/Giovanni SANDRINI (ITA 55951) – 29 pts
6. Jack LEWIS/Charlie BACON (GBR 56091) – 30 pts
7. Martín WIZNER/Pedro AMENEIRO (ESP 55163) – 32 pts
8. Ariadni-Paraskevi SPANAKI/Myrto PAPADOPOULOU (GRE 54484) – 37 pts
9. Carlotta SCODNIK/Camilla SCODNIK (ITA 56272) – 47 pts
10. Konstantinos VARDALIS/Panagiotis Giorgos MATSADES (GRE 54264) – 48 pts

Measurers have been kept busy today too, measuring replacement sails (particularly spinnakers) for those torn beyond repair. Read more “420 Worlds versus the elements on Race Day 3”

Sailing

No change for the leaders as crew lists released…

Volvo Ocean Race

Leg 4, Melbourne to Hong Kong The leaders of the Volvo Ocean Race, MAPFRE, will make no changes to the crew that won Leg 3, as they prepare to race from Melbourne to Hong Kong when Leg 4 starts on Tuesday January 2. It's a much different story elsewhere in the fleet where significant swaps are taking place. Some are scheduled rotations, while others have been forced by injury or for other reasons.
In total, 19 sailors are rotating on board for Leg 4, with 18 coming off (SHK/Scallywag is racing with one additional crew for this leg). A dozen will be seeing their first action of this edition of the Volvo Ocean Race and several had to complete a survival at sea refresher course on site in Melbourne.
The two teams sitting on equal points behind MAPFRE, Dongfeng Race Team and Vestas 11th Hour Racing, for example, will each be making notable changes.
Vestas 11th Hour Racing skipper Charlie Enright will miss Leg 4 as he and his family deal with an on-going medical situation. Enright plans to re-join the team in Hong Kong while Mark Towill has been nominated as skipper for the leg.
"The depth and solidarity of our team is what's allowing me to take some time away to focus on my family. I think this is a real testament to what Mark and I have been able to put together," said Enright from back home in Rhode Island, USA.
"I know that under the leadership of Mark and navigator Simon Fisher, the team is in good hands, and I look forward to getting back with the group in Hong Kong."
Phil Harmer and Hannah Diamond will return to the Vestas 11th Hour Racing crew for Leg 4, while Jena Hansen rotates off the boat.
Dongfeng Race Team is replacing injured navigator Pascal Bidégorry with previous Volvo Ocean Race winning skipper and America's Cup skipper Franck Cammas.
"Franck is joining the crew because of Pascal's injury, which is not good news for us because Pascal has been a key element of the team since the beginning," said skipper Charles Caudrelier. "Franck was available and he was ready as a back-up – we had already spoken about his wish to participate if he could help."
Daryl Wislang also returns to the team while Justine Mettraux sails her first leg on board and Chen (Horace) Jinhau rotates into the crew.
On the fourth-placed Team Brunel, four of nine sailors will be swapped out.
Rome Kirby (USA) and Sam Newton (AUS) join the team, in addition to race veteran and match race champion Sally Barkow (USA) who is replacing the injured Annie Lush, and the Danish sailor Jens Dolmer, who has sailed with skipper Bouwe Bekking on many of his campaigns. This foursome will replace Louis Balcaen, Annie Lush, Alberto Bolzan and Peter Burling.
On fifth-placed Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag, Libby Greenhalgh joins the team as navigator, replacing the injured Antonio Fontes, and Australian yachting legend Grant Wharington joins the team for the first time, along with rookie Trystan Seal. This will be the first leg Scallywag races with nine sailors on board.
Team AkzoNobel will have had the shortest time ashore, having only finished Leg 3 on January 27. But skipper Simeon Tienpont is confident his team is ready to get back to work.
Rotating back on board are Peter van Niekerk and Luke Molloy, who are in for Alex Pella and Justin Ferris. And Emily Nagel will take this leg off, replaced by Cécile Laguette.
Dee Caffari's Turn the Tide on Plastic will have veteran navigator Brain Thompson on board for the first time, as Nico Lunven takes a well-deserved break. Annalise Murphy returns for Bianca Cook and Bernardo Freitas rotates on board for Lucas Chapman.
Leg 4 is scheduled to start in Melbourne at 2pm local time on 2nd January (0300 UTC on 2 January).

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Buisness

NAMEPA Welcomes New Members AWO and Envirocleanse

Carleen Lyden Walker, Co-Founder and Executive Director of North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) announced today that The American Waterways Operators (AWO) and Envirocleanse, LLC have joined NAMEPA as new members. These companies have joined NAMEPA to support and participate with other marine industry organizations in our efforts to “Save Our Seas”. Read more “NAMEPA Welcomes New Members AWO and Envirocleanse”

Buisness

AME Announces Expansion Into Hydraulics

Advanced Mechanical Enterprises/AME is excited to announce the newest compliment to their wide range of predictive, preventative and corrective maintenance solutions, hydraulic service and repair. AME’s newly formed hydraulics division will be spearheaded by industry veteran, Jeremy Short and will offer hydraulic services on capstans, ramps and elevators, cranes, fire pumps, thrusters, propulsion systems, steering ears, stabilizers, trim tabs, hydraulic steering gear, side accommodation ladders, hydraulic assisted doors, hydraulic power jacks and much more. Read more “AME Announces Expansion Into Hydraulics”

Sailing

Race Day 2 winds at 420 Worlds in Fremantle…

2017 – 2018 420 World Championships

Perth, Australia Race day 2 at the 2017 420 World Championships hosted at Fremantle Sailing Club, Australia and all change in the weather as the breeze eased and the wave action was a lot more manageable. Spain's Maria and Pilar Caba set the standard in today's Ladies fleet, racking up a 1,2 scorecard. Australian champions Laura Harding and Eleanor Grimshaw were much more relaxed in today's conditions, sailing consistently for consecutive third placings. At this early stage of the regatta, Nia Jerwood and Monique de Vries hold the lead by a single point from the Spanish partnersihp, with just one point between each of the Spanish team and then Harding and Grimshaw.
Maria Pilar commented after today's race, "Today the first race was twelve knots and it was our wind. So we managed to do a good start and at the end we finished first. In the second one the wind was about 15 knots. The Australian girls did really well and we fought with them and in the end we managed to place second."
The Under 17 fleet should have been a walk in the park for the Spanish crew of Martin Wizner and Pedro Ameneiro, who finished first and second in their two races, but unfortunately were disqualified from their first race after crossing the start line early. The costly mistake saw them slip to seventh on the points table after four races. Italians Tomasso Cilli and Bruno Mantero move to the top of the table after winning race 4 today, just clear of the German crew of Florian and Maximilian Buscher. Reigning U17 European and Junior European Champions, Demetrio Sposato and Gabriele Centrone of Italy share points with the Buscher boys and just behind them is a third Italian crew of Tomasso Salvetta and Giovanni Sandrini. There is enormous talent in this young fleet as boats were constantly challenged and trading places.
The Open fleets, having lost a race yesterday, are now back on track, completing three races this afternoon. Italians Edouardo Ferraro and Francesco Orlando were dominant in the yellow fleet today. With the breeze around 12 knots at the start, they posted a second place but as the breeze freshened to 15 and later 18 knots, they were unbeatable and racked up two first places which takes them to a share of the lead with Chris Charlwood and Josh Dawson, who sailed in the blue fleet scoring a third, a first and a second. Three Spanish crews follow the Italians and Australians, highlighting the enormous depth in the ever talented Spanish 420 fleet.
The weather forecast for tomorrow might make the heavy weather specialists happy. Strong southerlies will once again take conditions to near the limit for the 420 class, generating much higher waves than seen on day 2.
Weather for Sunday's race day 3 are forecast to be somewhat lighter, so competition will be interesting as different race track specialists come to the fore. For full results see: http://2017worlds.420sailing.org/en/default/races/race-resultsall

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Port Chaplain Receives Queen’s Honor

Apostleship of Sea (AoS) port chaplain Reverend Roger Stone has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year’s Honour’s List 2018 for services to the pastoral care of seafarers.
Stone has served as port chaplain for the seafarers’ charity since June 2010 and has provided pastoral, spiritual and welfare support to hundreds of crew members who arrive on ships at ports along the South Coast of England.
Stone says he is truly honored and humbled to receive the medal. “I am proud to work for the Apostleship of the Sea, the greatest and most effective maritime charity in the world. I am privileged to serve so many wonderful seafarers from so many countries around the world.
“I will always regard the Medal as a symbol of the love I have for seafarers who rely on Apostleship of the Sea port chaplains and volunteers for pure pastoral care. Without the Apostleship of the Sea, seafarers would simply not receive the love and care they need,” he said.
A permanent deacon, Stone served in the parish of Billingshurst with Pulborough in West Sussex for four years before coming across a job advertisement for a port chaplain with AoS. Despite not knowing anything about the world of seafarers and shipping at that time, he decided to respond to the advert, seeing it as a chance to embrace new challenges and do something different.
Seven years on, Stone is a familiar face with the local port and shipping community and has become a friend and confidant to the many seafarers he has supported and assisted in one way or the other – many of whom regularly keep in touch with him via Facebook and WhatsApp.
On several occasions he has supported seafarers following the sudden death of one of their colleagues including serving crew on a cruise ship after a very young seafarer had taken his own life. Read more “Port Chaplain Receives Queen’s Honor”