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.
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.
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
martes, 25 de mayo de 2010
miércoles, 19 de mayo de 2010
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
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.
jueves, 13 de mayo de 2010
Highlights from the first 34th America's Cup press conference held in Rome on 20th May 2010.
domingo, 9 de mayo de 2010
jueves, 6 de mayo de 2010
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
See the full summary here or view it live on Valencia Sailing.
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 www.globalchampionstour.com
martes, 4 de mayo de 2010
lunes, 3 de mayo de 2010
Alinghi has its roots on Lake Geneva in Switzerland and for the seventh year running the team's Décision 35 catamaran will race for the highly sought after D35 Season Championship, the 2010 Challenge Julius Baer. The Swiss champion has won the title three times consecutively since 2007 and placed in the top three during the early years of competition. It most recently used the Championship as a training platform for its multihull America's Cup campaign.
This year many of the same crew return to the high performance cat and on Saturday 8 May Alinghi will meet the 11 other multihulls in the fleet, sailed by some of sport's most talented sailors, to battle it out for the the Grand Prix Beau-Rivage Palace, the first of eight events.
Alinghi.com speaks to D35 mainsail trimmer and performance analyst, Pierre-Yves Jorand, a local Geneva man who has worked for Alinghi since the team began in 2000. Pierre-Yves has his roots in sail-making (he is a partner and shareholder of North Sails Suisse) and was the coach for the Alinghi America's Cup team from 2000-2007. For the recent multihull AC campaign he operated the main-sheet traveller on Alinghi 5. He has been trimming the mainsail on Ernesto Bertarelli's D35 since 2004 and having had a short break after the Cup to satisfy his other passion, skiing, he can't wait to get going again:
A season preview – interview
Have you managed some time off since the Cup? What have you been doing?
PYJ: “I managed to take three weeks off and spent most of it in the mountains with my family, I was lucky enough to enjoy some really good skiing in the Alps, we had a brilliant time. I came back to the sailing industry in mid-March with plenty of energy!”
And on the work front, what have you been up to?
PYJ: “Well we started the D35 season at the end of March so we have been sailing Alinghi SUI1. We have developed new sails, we have been practising with the regular crew and have also done some race practice with other teams. Things are going well, the boat and the team are both performing well, so everything is looking good for the season.
On a personal note, I also work for North Sails in Geneva where I look after the racing market with a focus on multihulls such as the foilers and M1 classes. We have a few people from Alinghi working with us at the moment: Patrick Mazuay, sail designer, joined the team and is working hard on designing new and very fast sails. Ian Pattison is working with us on the floor doing all the small adjustments, re-cutting and generally getting the sails ready. We also have Luc Dubois working on the performance side and Daniele Costantini working on fibre-optics, so there are a few of us here on the Lake which is great.”
This will be Alinghi's 7th year competing for the D35 Championship title – three wins so far out of six entries and always a podium finish – what hopes/expectations do you have for this season?
PYJ: “We have had three fantastic seasons with consecutive wins so obviously we are looking forward to some more wins, but as you know the level within the class is getting higher and higher every year. In 2010 there will be two new teams, both very strong. The first will be on SUI6 (ex-Alinghi 2) which will be helmed by Arnaud Psarofaghis, a very talented sailor from the M2 fleet and the Moth – he came third at the World Championships and has a very strong group. The other new team is on SUI9 and will be led by Erik Maris – also a very strong contender with a background on Volvo 40s and Farr 40s. I think both teams will be right at the top of the game during the first races.
I mentioned the two new teams but of course the existing fleet already includes many top sailors, including our ex-Alinghi team mates Loïck Peyron on Okalys-Corum and Alain Gautier on Foncia. Franck Cammas will be racing on Zen too again and Pascal Bidégorry will be at the helm of Banque Populaire; Pascal's team has worked very hard on its boat over the winter. There is also Steve Ravussin on Veltigroup to contend with, he will also be looking for some wins. All in all, we have a great season ahead with a great calendar and great boats. I can't wait.”
The crew is recognisable to most that know the Alinghi America's Cup team, but can you tell us a little bit about Christian Wahl and Tanguy Cariou?
PYJ: “Christian Wahl is a very close friend, he has sailed with Alinghi on the Lake for almost 10 years now, so he knows Ernesto, Nils, Yves and myself very well. He won the 5.5 World Championship a couple of times and is a very talented tactician and helmsman. He is very good at weather prediction on the Lake, he knows all the different breezes and can adapt the tactics to the weather information in a very smart way. He is very calm and fits perfectly within our team. This year he will also be back up helmsman, so whenever Ernesto is not available, then Christian will stand in.
Tanguy Cariou joined the Alinghi Lake team three and a half years ago (he joined and we started winning the Championships!). He has huge multihull experience as well as America's Cup (K-Challenge 2007, Areva in 2003, Le Defi in 2000) and match racing depth. He is very good at calling tactics and lay-lines, he knows the modes exactly, knows the series very well and is a very focused sailor. He will be calling the tactics onboard and is very calm and can help Ernesto on the helming side as well as me on the performance where needed.
We also have Coraline Jonet onboard again, she is a really good person to have within the team and is always a step or two ahead of the rest of the crew. Cora keeps the boat prepared for manoeuvres and is always in the right place at the right time. She has also taken on getting the boat prepared with clothing, lunches, etc. We couldn't sail or win without her!”
What are the plans for the next few days ahead of the first Grand Prix in Lausanne?
PYJ: “Today we will be back on the water for the final sail check because we have done a few adjustments in terms of shape and batons and things like that. Next week we will focus more on the race practice, doing some starts, working on top mark situations and doing some drills with Alain Gautier and LadyCat, our usual sparring partners. Then we deliver the boat to Lausanne on Friday morning to be ready by Friday midday.”
The first event of the Challenge Julius Baer is 8-9 May.