Sailing News Roundup: Some Sad, Some Light, Some Political

Since I do this for my enjoyment (and not yours) I will include three bits from the world of sailing.

The serious news is that a British sailor was lost at sea in the Southern Ocean in the Volvo Ocean Race. Sailor lost during Volvo Ocean Race wasn’t tethered when he was knocked overboard

Volvo Ocean Race sailor John Fisher of Britain wasn’t wearing his safety tether when he was knocked off his sloop into the frigid, remote Southern Ocean in gale-force conditions just before sunrise Monday, according to a timeline released by Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag.

Fisher, 47, was lost at sea some 1,400 miles west of Cape Horn, with no other boats within 200 miles.

In the lighter news, the final rules about the next America’s Cup race were published. America’s Cup: AC75 Class Rule Published >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

That is the design rules for the next class of boats. They are abandoning catamarans for the time being, and going to a foiling monohull. I guess the thinking is it will be less expensive to compete. They are also putting significant limits on the number of hulls, foils, masts etc. that can be built. This should also hold down the total cost. (There are 2 videos at the site, but they are probably only of interest to sailing nerds.)

The political news is a sign of the times. Sailing’s Barcelona World Race abandoned over Catalan uncertainty

The Barcelona Race is an every-four-years regatta of 2-man teams sailing around the world. (26,000 miles) It Starts and ends in Barcelona, the capital city of Catalan, but given political “unrest” in that part of Spain, the 2018-2019 race has been canceled.

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      • The Amercia’s Cup foiling catamarans used in the last contest routinely sailed at about 40 knots, but the conditions need to be ideal. To little wind, they can’t fly that fast, too much, and there is too many choppy waves generated. Which lead to some spectacular crashes. The previous class was a 72 ft catamaran, and at least 1 person died – I think on team Oracle, but I would have to do a web search.

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  1. So sad to hear of the loss of a sailor- the stark,infinite loneliness of the ocean and no one to help. RIP.

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    • The Southern Ocean is one of the most remote places left on the planet. (The closest people are often the astronauts in the international space station.) And it is an uninterrupted band of water that circles the planet just north of Antarctica. People sail it in the summer – for the Southern Hemisphere – because in the winter it is impossible to do so.

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