year (of the) 14

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year (of the) 14

Post by ovoss14 » Tue Jan 08, 2013 8:33 pm

Dear 14 sailors,

we are planing a world regatta on saturday the 14th of june 2014
and need your help.

The plan is to sail simultaniously on all 14 continents worldwide at
09.14 UTC on equal courses with one winner over all.
Our goal is to get this coveraged by live tv worldwide.

To get this coverage we need to know if the countries who have to sail
either very early (CAN and US) or very late (AUD and JPN) will
get at least 10 boats to the starting line.
Specially Australia / Perth has to sail in their "winter".

Here are the short facts:
date: 14.06.2014
time: 9.14 utc
course length: 14 miles

possible spots / local start time / sunset or sunrise
Perth 17.14 / 17.19
Tokyo 18.14 / 18.58
Lake constanz 11.14
Kiel 11.14
Quiberon 11.14
Itchenor 10.14
Toronto 05.14 / 05.35
New York 05.14 / 05.23
Miami 05.14 / 06.29

LA, Melbourne and Seattle are unfortunatly out of daylight at that time of the day.

Race tracker and specially live TV coverage is very expensive.
The aprox. costs will be 700,000 Euros if we get this as a high end product.

We need from you:
1. reliable boat numbers from each country
2. contacts to sponsors
3. one contact person per spot

Can you give us a feeling if your country / spot will participate until
the 9th of february 2013?

If you plan to participate please name us one contact person in your country.
After this deadline we will decide to go on organizing or do club racing on this day.

This idea is unique in the sporting / sailing world and the 14`s would like to be the frontrunners again.

Imitations come and go
but 14's are forever!

Please spread the news in your fleet to get a big response.

Kind regards

Olli Voss

Vice Chairman of the german 14 class association
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Re: year (of the) 14

Post by rand » Mon Jan 21, 2013 5:31 am

Ok, this could be fun. In San Franciso, we'd be starting at 0214. Not much wind then (ha ha), but full moon on the 13th, so we might be able to see... I haven't been able to see any current charts, which would be key.

RYC is proposed to host the US Nationals in 2014, we might be able to do this.

Any kind of handicap for wind speed? :)
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Re: year (of the) 14

Post by mark » Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:26 pm

Hi Rand,
good to get some feedback of you guys. We are aware that starting at 0214 in the night is a bit of an adventure for the American fleet. It's great to hear that you could imagine to actually sail a night race....
Regarding your comment about the currents, you're absolutely right that this has to be taken into consideration for the planning. Maybe you guys could check the tide tables for the 14th of June in San Francisco. However, our idea for the course is to have the same starting and finishing line.
Your other comment about the handicap is also very valid and worth discussing. Our initial idea was not to include any handicap system at all, but this is a topic where we are open for your suggestions and ideas. Especially for you guys, sailing during the night, we would like to adapt the rules a bit in order to get as many large fleets sailing around the 14-miles course as possible.
It would be great if you (the Americans and all other 14 sailors) could initiate a lively discussion about whether and under which conditions you would participate at this "once-in-a-lifetime race".
Best regards from Germany to the States
Mark (member of the organization committee)

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Re: year (of the) 14

Post by Hendo » Tue Jan 22, 2013 5:26 am

Seattle has no wind at 2am ,and about a 5ft. flood on June 14, which is not much compared to the 14.9 ft flood that is later in the day and at least we have wind.
This would only be a few Crazy die-hard's.

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Re: year (of the) 14

Post by Shu » Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:33 pm

Hendo wrote:
"This would only be a few Crazy die-hard's"

Hmmm, sounds like I14 sailors
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Re: year (of the) 14

Post by rand » Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:38 pm

Hmmm "Should we do it?"

Full moon - check
No window - check
high likely hood of adverse current while racing 14 miles with now wind - check
bunch of crazy beer drinking 14 sailors - check

Hey let's go racing at 0214!

(Rush of boats going down the ramp in the dark to launch).

I say we do it, for no other reason than adding another outrageous story to our repertoire ;-)
Rand Arnold
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Re: year (of the) 14

Post by malasete » Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:32 am

This crazy enough to get my atension. I'm in :)- June tends to have some wind in our parts, fools be us
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Re: year (of the) 14

Post by jeffreylebowski » Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:53 pm

USA 1118 is in for Miami. Great idea!

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Re: year (of the) 14

Post by oliver1000 » Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:46 pm

It sounds like it could be a good laugh so I'd be up for it. If anyone else in Scotland reads this; message me if you'd be interested, and where you are. I'm sure we could find a suitable and accommodating club.
Ollie Williams

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