martes, 27 de abril de 2010

An Assignment in Gibraltar

Gibraltar seen from the Top of the Rock

Working for SuperYacht Business magazine we have been writing a series of articles in which we look at the different territories around the world that offer superyachts the opportunity of flagging under the Red ensign. First off was the Isle of Man. The current edition (issue 15 April 2010) of the magazine carries the article we wrote about the British Virgin Islands.

Last weekend we were guests of the Gibraltar Tourist Board and flew to the rock on Saturday. The new issue of SuperYacht Business is expected to carry our report about the territory.

To see the rest of the article, visit the link

Fire in the yard!

What happens when things go wrong! The beautifully built Tiketitan goes up in flame in Palma's STP boatyard.

lunes, 26 de abril de 2010

34th Americas Cup

Let's see what they say!


When you need to save overall costs, improve quality and want to be sure of reliable production or operating processes, NDT is the toolset you need. In every stage of the life cycle of your assets VLCYM can contribute with added value NDT services.

Our NDT applications are endless, but a summary can be found below. It is important to use the correct method for the job.


  • Visual Inspection (VI)

  • Dye/Liquid Penetrant Testing (PT)

  • Magnetic Particle Testing (MT)

  • Manual Ultrasonic Testing (UT)

  • Radiographic Testing (RT)

  • Positive Material Identification (PMI)

  • Infrared Thermography

We can verify the integrity of the boat before the hull enters the water. We can also catch defects at any stage of manufacture, whilst the repair is still relatively inexpensive, unobtrusive and cost effective. Our full field inspections are able to inspect spars, fittings, hulls, decks and bulkheads. The most important aspect for us is to use the most effective method for the respective material and form.

Radiography - The Objective

Radiography is a Non-Destructive Examination method that uses X-ray and Gammaray for detecting internal imperfections, for measuring wall-thickness and for detection of corrosion.

Our Solution

Conventional Radiography involves the process where radioactive rays are directed at the object to be inspected, to pass through it and the resulting image is captured on a film. This film is in-turn processed and image displayed as a sequence of grey shades between black and white. With radiographic examination the material is exposed to a homogenous ray from a radioactive isotope or an X-ray tube, while a negative film is positioned behind the material to be examined. After development of the film, thickness and density differences (i.e. material imperfections) will show as blackness differences. Acceptance criteria define whether or not the indication is non-acceptable (a defect) or not. This method may result a little more expensive than other methods, but is really the only one that gives a clear picture of the problem. This leaves less to the interpretation of the inspector.

Application Range

Radiography encompasses sources such as X-rays, Gamma rays as well as newer methods such as real time radiography, computed radiography (CR) and computed tomography (CT). Not one solution can meet all radiographic needs. The right choice depends upon the application. Radiography is mainly used to test new welds and verify compliance but it is also used to detect corrosion in life plants.


VLCYM has the knowledge, expertise and experience to perform conventional and advanced NDT examinations around the world, by combining our unique experience in both the inspection and nautical fields. Our background in yacht design and marine engineering allows us to inspect the objects with a clearer idea of where the problem may lie. By having a better idea of the design and construction processes, we are able to offer a more objective analysis to the results. We believe we are currently the only people in the marine industry offering the type of radiography we offer.

Forestay attachment being x-rayed on a carbon mast.

Rod rigging terminals being x-rayed. Cracking in the rod and stemhead is easy to detect with the slides.

Aluminium spreader ends being x-rayed. Note the slide and the iridium source.

Rod rigging terminals being analysed at the light table.

Contact us for a quote or some more information.

New arrival

See the new VLC 35 - to be back in the water by mid May in Valencia.

miércoles, 21 de abril de 2010

Also seen in the marina

Do you remember what she used to look like? Not a bad conversion of something that usually has a very finite life.

Eslora 25´20 Mts
Manga 5´85 mts
Calado 3´80 mts
Tipo Ketch
Transformacion 2005
Cabinas clientes 5
Cabinas de literas 1
Cabinas dobles 4
Baños 4
Duchas 3
Baños electricos
Camarotes tripulacion 2
Baño tripulación 1
Se permiten Niños a bordo
Maxima capacidad 12 navegando
Animales domesticos No
Fumar a bordo solo en cubierta

Sea Cloud

A Masterpiece of Shipbuilding Becomes a Floating Palace

The Hussar on Sea

Today’s SEA CLOUD was built in 1931 at the Krupp family shipyard in Kiel according to plans of the renowned American contractors Gibbs & Cox. After her launch in the last week of April, the largest private sailing yacht of that day was christened the HUSSAR.

As the largest sailing yacht ever built, the four-masted barque was commissioned by one of Wall Street’s wealthiest businessmen, E. F. Hutton. His wife, Marjorie Merriweather Post, heiress to a huge fortune and herself a successful businesswoman, designed the luxury yacht, with its then black hull, completely according to her liking.

Edward Francis Hutton, Marjorie Merriweather Post

She dedicated at least two years almost exclusively to this task. She rented a large warehouse in Brooklyn, drafted a full-scale diagram of the ship’s interior and arranged carefully-chosen antiques as they should later be displayed in her own and the six other luxury cabins. It is no wonder that the décor was later exactly as she had imagined – and fascinates guests even today with its personalized style. The HUSSAR was built for one purpose: to take the Huttons in their customary luxury to all those places they felt their presence was desirable, whether for representative or business reasons or simply the pleasure of travel and adventure. The HUSSAR spent at least nine months of the year at sea – and the Huttons set course for such exotic destinations as the Galapagos Islands, Hawaii and the Mediterranean.

However, the sweet life beneath white sails was soon overshadowed: Lady Marjorie and Ed Hutton’s marriage fell into crisis – and in August 1935, the pair divorced.

To this day, the SEA CLOUD retains its signature charm, created not only by the luxurious décor but also by the intimate ambiance on board.

You’ll quickly feel at home on the three decks. If you’d like to orient yourself on your
floating hotel beforehand, just select “Zoom” – and click on the area or cabin you would like to view.

Captain’s and Lido Deck

Promenade Deck

Main Deck


Profile / Sail Diagram

1 Jib 10 Fore lower topsail 19 Main upper topsail 28 Mizzen upper topsail
2 Flying jib 11 Fore course 20 Main lower topsail 29 Mizzen lower topsail
3 Outer jib 12 Main royal staysail 21 Main course 30 Mizzen course
4 Inner jib 13 Main topgallant staysail 22 Mizzen royal staysail 31 Jigger topmast staysail
5 Fore sail 14 Main studdingsail 23 Mizzen topgallant staysail 32 Jigger mast
6 Fore mast 15 Main mast 24 Mizzen studdingsail 33 Upper spanker
7 Fore royal 16 Sky sall 25 Mizzen mast 34 Jigger gaff
8 Fore topgallant studdingsail 17 Main royal 26 Mizzen royal 35 Spanker sail
9 Fore upper topsail 18 Main topgallant 27 Mizzen topgallant 36 Spanker gaff

Technical Data

Length overall: 360 feet (109,5 m)
Beam: 50 feet (15 m)
Draught: 17 feet (5,13 m)
Main mast height: 178 feet (54,20 m) above deck
Total sail area: 32,000 sq. feet (3.000 m²)
Number of sails: 30
Main engine: 2 SKL diesel engines
Engine output: 3,000 HP
Speed: 10 knots (max.)
Range: 10,000 nautical miles (at 8 knots) (1 nautical mile = approx. 2000 yards)
(1 Seemeile = 1,852 km)
GRT: 2.532
Cabins: 32
Passengers: max. 64
Crew: approx. 60
Voltage: 220V
Satellite: SatcomB
Flag: La Valletta/Malta

Valencia movements

The Russian TP52 which didn't measure for Palma Vela.

Old Cup relics sitting on the hard - what awaits them?

Another TP52 in the TNZ base - awaiting new sponsor graphics?

Quantum and Prada undergoing further rule surgery at the Prada base.

Quantum late facelift

Work on the bowsprit and keel in the Prada base. New rule allows for bigger keel and bowsprits. The coachroof has already been modified by Ximo Lopez in Burriana.

martes, 20 de abril de 2010

Interactive map tool connecting people stranded by ash cloud with others who can help now launched and live

The interactive map helping connect people who need help having been stranded due to the volcanic ash flight ban is now live.

If you can need assistance, or know of people who can - register your details here.

If you can offer assistance, or know of people who can - register your details here.

We aim to be able to connect people who need help - be it accommodation, or rides to a port, or any other assistance possible.

There's a lot of people out there who need help, and a lot of kind people out there willing to offer it - let's get them together :-)

Join the Facebook Group, Sign up to the Twitter posts, use the site and share it - get the word out thanks.

Luna Rossa back

[Source: Team Luna Rossa] Team Luna Rossa announces its participation to the races of the Louis Vuitton Trophy WSTA which will take place from May 22nd to June 6th in La Maddalena.

Luna Rossa's afterguard will include helmsman Ed Baird, tactician Torben Grael and strategist Robert Scheidt.

The revised Team will include Luna Rossa's core group of sailors, as follows:

Patrizio BertelliTeam Principal
Ed BairdSkipper and helmsman
Torben GraelTactician
Robert ScheidtStrategist
Matteo PlazziNavigator
Manuel ModenaRunners
Max SirenaRunners
Benjamin DurhamMainsail trimmer
Claudio CelonTrimmer
Lorenzo MazzaTrimmer
Romolo RanieriGrinder
Emanuele MarinoGrinder
Marco MontisGrinder
Wade MorganGrinder
Rodney ArdernJolly / Grinder
Simone de MariPitman
Cicco RapettiMast
Greg GendellBowman / Mid-bowman
Sofuku KazuhikoBowman
Antonio MarraiTeam manager
Max SirenaHead of the Technical and Sailing Programme

The Team Luna Rossa has also foreseen to participate in the Louis Vuitton Trophy WSTA rounds of Dubai (13th – 28th November) and Hong Kong (9th – 24th of January 2011).

The Team Luna Rossa will fly the Yacht Club Punta Ala burgee.

ed Some interesting names from other teams in the mix there! Seen going out later for some training with Azzurra in the Victory boat. The bases in Valencia mean that it is still an ideal location for the current teams to train.

miércoles, 7 de abril de 2010

Peter 'Spike' Dorean passes away

Tuesday April 6th 2010, Author: Di Pearson, Location: none selected

The sailing world has been rocked by the news of the sudden death yesterday evening of Peter ‘Spike’ Doriean, one of Australia’s most gifted and internationally respected sailors and a great mate to so many yachties throughout Australia and the world. He is best known for twice competing in the Volvo Ocean Race with djuice dragons and with movistar. Apart from being a top sailor and professional, he was a great guy who always had time for people.

Details of Spike’s death are truly tragic: it is thought that he slipped in his bathroom and hit his head. A sad end to a man that has seen some really hairy moments. Spike was on the island of St Barts to compete aboard Rambler, owned by American George David, at the Les Voiles de Saint Barth in the Caribbean, which was to start Tuesday (today) local time.

It is too early for funeral arrangements, but Spike’s funeral will take place in Melbourne where he was born and bred and started his sailing career.

Our deepest sympathies go to Spike’s wife, Nicki and their young children, Fox and Jemima, and to his parents and family.