lunes, 31 de mayo de 2010


The holders of the Cup are not getting it all their own way - the opposite. They are very close to being eliminated in La Maddalena.

For the purists amongst us - these yachts may be dinosaurs, but the racing is definately close and tactical.

F1 Valencia 2010

Just a quick reminder that the Telefonica Grand F1 Prix of Europe has changed it's dates this year - it will now run on the 27th June 2010. Full timetable available soon.

The sporting event of the year returns this summer to Valencia. In June the city will be holding the motor-world’s main event: Formula 1. A spectacular urban circuit, more than 5 kilometers long with 25 curves, will convert the City into the perfect stage for the world’s best pilots.
The roar of engines, exclusive designs, spectacular curves, the port... this is Formula 1, this is Valencia.
It’s time to come on board the sporting event of the year.
This spectacular setting at the reconditioned Port of Valencia will allow you to enjoy the race and the Mediterranean Sea from your own boat or from an exclusive grandstand.

Exclusive Sea Box

Imagine enjoying the Formula 1 show on an exclusive boat anchored in the port. Valencia is the only place in the world where you can do it from the front row.
The boats are in a wonderfully privileged location to be able to follow the Gran Prix, right in front of the Veles i Vent building. It provides an ideal framework for being with your clients during the three days of the race . Your guests can enjoy all the emotion of Formula 1 in the most exclusive atmosphere.
With a recommended capacity of 100 people, Valencia Street Circuit offers you a select fleet of ships equipped with the latest technology, plasma screens, VIP catering service

The Royal Marina Juan Carlos I

We offer 125 moorings of different lengths for the thousands of visitors who wish to enjoy the race from their boats.
With all possible comforts,the option of going for a sail whenever, and a giant screen in the enclosure, this is the choice if you really want to live the Grand Prix differently.
Information about hiring docks in the Port of Valencia for the  Formula 1

Transatlantic Record Attempt 2010

ICAP Leopard attempts to break the Transatlantic record - check the attempt out on line.

Day 3
Monday 31 May:

Yesterday was a pretty tough day! We always knew it was going to be to stay up to pace with the front we were riding to try and stay in the stronger SW wind. All day it was reef in, reef out, squalls, change spinnaker according to the wind and sea state due to the fact we were also in the gulfstream. (ie a large river of warm water that snakes along the USA eastern sea board and runs up to 6 knots from South to North)

It is very frustrating sailing trying to make decisions on sail plan to keep the boat rolling along safely but fast. In the early hours of this morning we went back to our A-5 spinnaker for a period but the drivers could not distinguish between the sea and the horizon as we had no moon or stars just as black as the inside of a cow! We were surfing along at 35 knots and decided to reduce sail as it was too risky. Right now we are on the north side of the front in a much better sea way in 20-25 knots of wind making good progress towards the UK with the odd surf up into the 30’s but generally sitting on mid 20’s. Not exactly where we planned to be on the race course but we have to deal with our circumstances and see how it all pans out.

The guys are doing a great job and four hours in the bunk after a fire hosing on deck for four hours goes pretty damn quickly especially after last night where we had all the crew on deck for eight hours changing sails etc… I am sure a few more hours sleep would not go astray but life on board is not too bad. Our freeze dried food is pretty good for freeze dried food and we have a toasted sandwich maker on board as a treat to supplement the FD food – the ham and cheese toasties are hard currency out here as they are not an endless supply!!

Will keep you posted...

Chris and The Leopard Crew

viernes, 28 de mayo de 2010

miércoles, 26 de mayo de 2010


Spot the difference! Result of the tangle between ALEPH and AZZURA. Photo courtesy of Carlo Borlenghi.

martes, 25 de mayo de 2010

miércoles, 19 de mayo de 2010

TEAMORIGIN restructure management

Official TEAMORIGIN statement:

TEAMORIGIN announced today that Mike Sanderson has left the team following the decision by Sir Keith Mills, Team Principal, to restructure the organisation. This decision has been taken to ensure that the team functions as effectively and efficiently as possible, in order to improve the team’s performance and ultimately win the America’s Cup. Mike has been with the team since it was formed in 2007. He has made a huge contribution to establishing what has been a relatively new team and has worked hard to keep the team together over the last three years while the America’s Cup was in the courts. Sir Keith and the team wish Mike every success in the future.

Ed Rumour has it that there is to be more exits in the restructuring. Watch this space.

martes, 18 de mayo de 2010

Designers focus on new America’s Cup Class

A significant step was taken towards creating the next America’s Cup boat when 19 designers met in Valencia.

Central to the deliberations was whether to develop a monohull or a multihull for the 34th America’s Cup.

The conference was held at the home base of BMW ORACLE Racing during its successful 33rd America’s Cup campaign.

“The teams want a new boat; the fans deserve one too,” commented Russell Coutts, four time winner of the America’s Cup.

“It will not be a ‘defender’s boat’. It will be the product of genuine discussion and dialogue,” Coutts added.

The Valencia meetings were chaired by BMW ORACLE Racing’s design coordinator, Ian Burns.

Around the table was a ‘who’s who’ of yacht design: 10 nationalities were represented, with winning records in every level rating class from Quarter Tonners to TP52s as well as the Volvo Ocean Race, Jules Verne Trophy, classic races such as the Fastnet and Sydney-Hobart and, the America’s Cup.

Structural and performance experts also attended as did those with experience of creating rules for the ACC, Whitbread 60 and Volvo 70 classes.

Two different multihulls (20m and 25m LOA) were discussed as was one monohull (up to 27m LOA).

The new concepts were conceived by eminent designers Bruce Nelson and Morelli/Melvin, creators of previous America’s Cup winning yachts.

Besides their expertise, Nelson and Morelli/Melvin were chosen because they are unaligned with either BMW ORACLE Racing or the Challenger of Record, Club Nautico di Roma/Mascalzone Latino.

High performance is fundamental to all three concepts. The monohull proposal will give significantly faster speeds upwind and downwind compared to boats used in 2007.

The America’s Cup is the pinnacle of our sport, so the boats should be physically demanding to race well and produce fast, competitive racing to engage new fans, said Burns.

Requirements for all three concepts are:

· fast, dynamic and close racing

· high levels of athleticism required to race the boats to their optimum

· advanced, efficient and cost-effective technologies

· logistical efficiency to facilitate transport to a regular series of regattas

· distinctive to the America’s Cup

· versatility, enabling racing in any venue in winds from 5-35 knots

Versatility is seen as essential to minimise disruption to racing.

“Delays and postponements kill interest,” commented Coutts.America’s Cup boats shouldn’t be the last to start racing and the first to quit whilst other classes are still racing. They also need to be designed from the outset to unleash the full potential of television.”

Television specialists will provide expertise and advice before the rule is written so that media requirements are incorporated at the outset.

The World Sailing Teams Association has been asked if it would manage the rule drafting. Non-aligned experts will be used to ensure fairness to all teams.

The rule-writers will report back to all teams equally and frequently. And teams will have the chance to review the new rule before it is finalized.

Publication of the new class rule will be no later than 30th September.

VLC 35 launch

Presentation of the Manolo Ruiz Elvira designed VLC 35 will become a reality this week at the Real Club Nautico de Valencia. Built locally, the yacht is expected to excel on the race course.

domingo, 9 de mayo de 2010

Volvo taster!

Are they off?

Oracle base being packed up at the Valencia Yacht club - how long before they leave the base in the main port? Should the other teams be watching this?

Cup action off Malvarossa beach

Synergy and Luna Rossa seen doing some starts and racing off Valencia in a beautiful breeze. The sun was out and the breeze was steady - a great formula for close racing, even if the boats are slow!

What is she?

Spotted entering the commercial port in Valencia - any guesses?

jueves, 6 de mayo de 2010

“Delays kill interest"

Having listened to the presentation from Rome - the situation doesn't look like it will get any better, apart for people like Coutts and his crowd.

Nothing is decided and looks likely to remain that way for some time:
  • Protocol for the 34th America’s Cup will be issued by 31st August
  • Design rule released by 30th September
  • Notice of Race & Sailing Instructions published by 31st December
  • Venue confirmed by 31st December
  • Challenge Period open from 1st October – 31st January 2011
All very vague at the moment!

See the full summary here or view it live on Valencia Sailing.

Inside trimaran refit

If you like carbon

Virtual Valencia

Check this out - a really new and refreshing way of informing you about Valencia, from our friends at Valencia Turismo.

Going horsey!

From 7 to 9 May the big lake which surrounds the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum, designed by the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, will transform into the most prestigious international horse track. The Global Champions Tour will open the 2010 edition in the avant-garde surroundings of the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia. The best horse riders in the world will compete in Valencia for the second consecutive year, which consolidates the city as the official seat of this competition in Spain. In addition, to bring the public close to this equestrian sport, especially families with children, a recreational space has been created called El Jardín del Caballo (The Horse Garden), which last year received over 45,000 visits and which this year opens its doors again for the enjoyment of all. The price of tickets ranges between €5 and €10 at advanced sales (before 1 May) and in the final sale, tickets with seats will cost €15.
More information at

Estrella Damm in the NY to BCN

Alex Pella and Pepe Ribes talk

Abu Dhabi Yacht Show 2010 Official Video

lunes, 3 de mayo de 2010

Alinghi to race 2010 Décision 35 Championship