miércoles, 30 de junio de 2010

America’s Cup at the White House

Washington, D.C., June 30, 2010 -- The BMW ORACLE Racing team celebrated their historic America’s Cup win at the White House with President Barack Obama on Tuesday. Led by team owner Larry Ellison (USA) and representing San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club, BMW ORACLE Racing won the America’s Cup in February – the first time an American team has won the Cup in 18 years. “We are enormously proud to bring the America’s Cup back to the United States after a very long absence,” Ellison said. “This team represents what can be achieved when talented people pursue their dreams with a single-minded sense of purpose. The America’s Cup is the pinnacle of every sailor’s ambition; now that we’ve won, we will focus equally hard on successfully defending the oldest trophy in international sport.”

The America’s Cup represents one of the most demanding sporting and technological achievements in the world. The oldest trophy in international sport, it has been contested 33 times, and held by just six yacht clubs over its 159-year history. Ellison’s BMW ORACLE Racing team is an international line-up of the best sailing, design, engineering and boatbuilding talent in the world. With 150 people from 17 nations, the team built an innovative 90-foot trimaran, powered by a towering wing sail - the largest wing of any type ever constructed - to prevail 2-0 over the Swiss defender, Alinghi in a match off Valencia, Spain in February. The trimaran, USA 17, was a reflection of the American tradition of innovation and cutting-edge technology. USA 17 is the fastest and most technologically advanced Cup boat in history and, like several of Ellison’s previous America’s Cup boats, USA 17 was built in Anacortes, WA. The sailing team then spent over one year testing and refining the design at its training base in San Diego, CA. The America’s Cup has been to the White House on one other occasion - President Reagan welcomed the iconic Cup skipper Dennis Conner to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue after his American team won the trophy back from Australia in 1987. The visit to the White House marked the beginning of an East Coast tour for the BMW ORACLE Racing team and the America’s Cup.

On Wednesday, the team made an appearance on ‘The Early Show’ on CBS in New York City, before skipper Jimmy Spithill rang the opening bell of the NASDAQ exchange.The tour continues on Thursday in Newport, Rhode Island, where the Cup will be on public display and the team will be featured at a Sail Newport luncheon and a special presentation for junior sailors at Fort Adams.

martes, 29 de junio de 2010

RC 44 Valencia Cup

The second half of the RC 44 Championship Tour 2010 will start in Valencia, Spain, on July 27. No less than eleven teams, including Vincenzo Onorato’s Mascalzone Latino and all the teams involved since the beginning of the season, will participate in the event.

The RC 44 Valencia Cup will be the fourth event of the Championship Tour 2010. It will most probably coincide with the return of summer sailing conditions following an interesting first three events this season. Indeed, the Tour started in February in Dubai in superb yet challenging conditions, with a lot of sand and dust in the air carried by a nearby storm; it carried on under the snow-capped mountains that surround the stunning Austrian Lake Traunsee, before last month’s strong breeze in Copenhagen.

The summer weather in Valencia should bring back the sun and the warmth, alongside the nice and stable sea breeze that traditionally blows in the Mediterranean during the summer. The regatta will begin on Tuesday July 27 with a match race event held over two days. The team owners will then take the helm on Thursday 29th for a fleet race practice day followed by three days of fleet regattas.

Valencia, the iconic sailing venue, home of the America’s Cup 2007 and 2010, is a great site for sailing in general and the Championship Tour in particular. The races will take place in front of Malvarosa beach (weather permitting) whilst one of them, on Saturday, will finish inside the Darsena, next to the famous Veles e Vents building.

General Director of Consorcio Valencia 2007, Jorge Gisbert explains that “It is the first time ever that the Valencian waters will welcome the RC44 teams. We look forward to welcoming them for what we hope will become the first of many editions here, and to organise an event as successful as other events organised at the Marina Real Juan Carlos I, such as the America’s Cup or Formula 1. The Consorcio Valencia 2007 team is working hard to ensure all the elements of the event are set in place. We are grateful for the support of the Real Club Náutico de Valencia and the Spanish and the Valencian Sailing Federations."

The RC 44 Championship Tour is one of the world’s top sailing events. With six regattas spread in the Middle-East, Europe and the United States, it involves up to twelve international teams that include last year’s winner Team No Way Back (Pieter Heerema / Ray Davies), Artemis (Torbjorn Tornqvist / Terry Hutchinson), CEEREF (Igor Lah / Rod Davis), BMW ORACLE Racing (Larry Ellison / Russell Coutts), Team Aqua (Chris Bake / Cameron Appleton), Team Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (José Juan and Daniel Calero / José Maria Ponce), Katusha (Guennadi Timtchenko / Paul Cayard), Team Sea Dubai (Harm Müller Spreer / Markus Wieser), RC 44 Challenge (James Spithill), Team Austria (René Mangold / Christian Binder) and Mascalzone Latino (Vincenzo Onorato).

Do we care?

New York, New York June 29, 2010 -- The BMW ORACLE Racing team, winners of the 33rd America’s Cup in February, will ring the NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell on Wednesday June 30th at the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York City’s Times Square. Skipper James Spithill (AUS) will lead the American team in ringing the bell to mark the opening of the trading day.

The NASDAQ Opening Bell ceremony will be simultaneously displayed on the NASDAQ MarketSite tower, NASDAQ's iconic digital sign in the heart of Times Square and the NASDAQ MarketSite broadcast studio wall.

Luna Rossa out

Sad news today as rumours were confirmed that Luna Rossa would not compete in the next Cup. As of yet the reason is still unknown.

Do you know who they are?

lunes, 28 de junio de 2010

Yacht services in Valencia

Have you seen us yet?

Those crazy frogs having fun

Regatta Castellon Costa Azahar Race 1

VLC 35 leading class 2 to the top mark.

Hoisting with the fleet in the background.

Speeding off to the spreader mark with the asymmetric.

America’s Cup Video Production Competition

VALENCIA, Spain (28 June 2010) – Do you have what it takes to supercharge the media production of the America’s Cup?

jueves, 24 de junio de 2010

34th America’s Cup draft Protocol presented to teams

In a joint initiative by the defender, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club and the Challenger of Record, Italy’s Club Nautico di Roma, a draft of the Protocol rules for the 34th America’s Cup was sent to the challenging teams today.
Foremost amongst numerous innovations is a forward-thinking structure that allows funds and assets to transfer from one America’s Cup to the next.
The draft is a ‘listening and living’ document. Teams have been invited to comment and, contribute to its final form.
This follows an already unprecedented level of cooperation with the Challenger of Record and a dialogue with potential teams. It offers another chance for input before the Protocol is finalized and published by the target date of 31st August 2010.
“This has been a painstaking process, but we believe it sets out a New Deal for the America’s Cup and fair play for all teams. It also incorporates the vision of the Cup held by Larry Ellison and BMW ORACLE Racing,” said Russell Coutts, CEO of BMW ORACLE Racing.
“To create a fair playing field we plan to issue all of the event rules before the end of the year, and this is a significant first step in that direction,” Coutts said. “Teams will know exactly what they are signing-up to.”
Potential teams asked for these key elements to be included the 34th America’s Cup Protocol and they have been:
• neutral race management body
• wide-ranging powers for the Jury
• cost cutting measures
• initiative to transform television & media output
• added-value to sponsors & business partners
• sustainable, long-term business model
Building on the initiative by the World Sailing Team’s Association, a maximum of eight pre-regattas per year is planned for consistent racing and exposure for the teams in the years leading up to the America’s Cup.
The Protocol will rein-in costs by reducing the number of racing crew, introducing no-sailing periods and limiting the numbers of hulls, masts, appendages and sails teams can build.
At the end of the 34th Match, the New Deal leaves an inheritance of substantial funding and assets to the next Defender in a move to end the stop-start cycle teams have faced previously. This sustainable legacy is dependent of the 35th America’s Cup defender continuing with neutral race management and a schedule of regular competition.
In keeping with GGYC’s pledge of fair-play for all, among the many measures which will achieve this is a commitment that GGYC’s defender will not will not compete in the final Challenger Selection Series but that there will be defense trials if there is more than one viable US team.
Television and media output have been prioritized in the draft Protocol to deliver more pictures, more audio and more data than ever before to audiences for an immersive experience, either through television or online broadcast.
Progress on a new, exciting and physically-demanding class of America’s Cup yacht, again with a dialogue with stakeholders fundamental to the process, is moving strongly ahead.
Key dates (as announced at the joint Defender & Challenger of Record Press Conference on 6th May 2010):
• Protocol for the 34th America’s Cup will be issued by 31st August
• Design rule released by 30th September
• Race rules published by 30th December
• Challenge Period open from 1st October – 31st January 2011
The draft Protocol for the 34th America’s Cup may be downloaded here

martes, 22 de junio de 2010

The new CAM

The new 52 footer being put together in Valencia.

More photos from Burriana

That is the fleet in the distance.

Sun and spinnaker!

Are you happy to see me?

Regatta Costa Azahar de Castellon

Burriana Oropesa photos

VLC 35 powering to windward of a Beneteau 36.7.

VLC 35 just before the start.

lunes, 21 de junio de 2010

Muller Yachts TV report


TV report with local TV channel and journalist Benjamin Marin.

VLC 35 interior

Burriana Oropesa

VLC 35 sailing fast and effortlessly downwind with her large asymmetric kite.

In her second weekend racing, the new VLC 35 imposed herself with authority in both Saturday and Sunday's race. With a limited sail inventory, she was still able to show a clean pair of heels with a small crew.

She managed to finish 20 minutes ahead of a fleet that included 52 footers on both days. She came into her own especially on the downwind parts of the race, reaching speeds of 14 knots on Sunday.

On Sunday she sailed well in winds in the region of 25 knots - good surfing downwind.

jueves, 17 de junio de 2010

Russell on Russell

What is this?

If you need a clue.....

Having fun with the old toys

Put a caption on this wild broach for the 1/4 tonner!

VLC 35 on local TV

A short report on local television on the new VLC 35, featuring Maolo Ruiz Elvira and Jaime Muller.

The boat can be seen sailing in very light winds, with some interesting issues coming during the interview with local journalist Benjamin Marin.
Thursday 1955

Thursday 2025

lunes, 14 de junio de 2010

Trophy Cuadernos Rubio at Royal Valencia Yacht Club

VLC 35 (foreground) passing in front of a Dufour 44R upwind.

In her first weekend racing, the new VLC 35 imposed herself with authority in Sunday's race. In the 10 knot winds, the new yacht finished second to only the Sydney 46 on the water, beating boats more than 10 feet longer. She showed exceptional downwind speed, whilst still holding her own with bigger yachts upwind.

Her surprising speed left bigger boats like Dufour 44R, Dehler 45, First 45 DK and Beneteau 47.7 scratching their heads.

VLC 35 (foreground) going past a Dehler 44 downwind.

lunes, 7 de junio de 2010

Cup to Rhode Island

Valencia, Spain, 7 June 2010 -- BMW ORACLE Racing, the American winners of the 33rd America’s Cup, will bring the oldest trophy in international sport to Newport, Rhode Island, on Thursday, July 1, 2010. The iconic trophy will be on show at open-to-the-public events. Rhode Island, host to 12 of the 33 America’s Cup regattas from 1930 to 1983, and home to the America’s Cup Hall of Fame, will welcome the trophy and team representatives at a day of events celebrating both the heritage and future of the America’s Cup.

The Cup will be on public display in downtown Newport in the morning and Fort Adams State Park in the afternoon, and viewing is free of charge. A “Cup Victory Luncheon” will be held at historic Fort Adams to benefit Sail Newport, Rhode Island’s non-profit, public sailing center. A highlight of the day will be BMW ORACLE Racing’s presentation to Rhode Island-area junior sailors, free of charge, at Fort Adams following the luncheon.

The presentations will be emceed by Tom Ehman (USA), BMW ORACLE Racing External Affairs and former Newport resident, and include design coordinator Ian Burns (AUS), sailing team member Brad Webb (NZL), and design team member and Newport- area native Scott Ferguson (USA)." “BMW ORACLE Racing is proud to be the first American winner since 1992,” said CEO Russell Coutts, the most successful skipper in the event’s history. The win is a culmination of a 10-year quest by team owner Larry Ellison and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club.

“As we look to the future with the 34th America’s Cup it is important to revel in, and respect, the America's Cup's history and tradition of people, places and innovation. Newport, RI played a huge part in shaping the heritage of sailing’s pinnacle event,” Coutts said. “The 1983 series catalyzed interest in the Cup around the world, including many of our current team. However, when his fellow countrymen won off Newport that year, James Spithill, our Australian skipper and the youngest ever to win the Cup, would have only been four years old!

“The America’s Cup is an event which transcends sport. BMW ORACLE Racing and GGYC are driving forward with Larry Ellison’s vision to reach new, wider and broader audiences The Cup will be modernized into a more compelling and engaging competition, based on transformed television output,” said Coutts.

The America’s Cup, first contested in 1851, currently resides at the Golden Gate Yacht Club in San Francisco, the home club of BMW ORACLE Racing. Only two other American yacht clubs have held the trophy – New York Yacht Club and San Diego Yacht Club. SDYC lost the Cup to Team New Zealand in 1995, the last time the America’s Cup was held in the United States. In 2003 the Swiss-based Team Alinghi won the Cup from New Zealand.

On February 14, 2010, off Valencia, Spain, BMW ORACLE Racing defeated Team Alinghi 2-0. Intensive planning for the next edition is underway, with the finals expected in 2013 or 2014 at a venue to be determined by the American Team.

Life lines

Now life lines can be made of dyneema, allowing for further weight reductions. Another thing gone fibre!

VLCYM offers packs of FIBRE life lines (dyneema) tailored to fit your boat and easy to install. Consult us for more info.

Sunday sailing

The Russians are coming! (almost)

[Source: Louis Vuitton Trophy] Two races down and on match point, Emirates Team New Zealand won the Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena today in an action-packed afternoon of match race sailing.

The New Zealand boat that won the Louis Vuitton Trophy Auckland in February prevailed 3-2 against the SYNERGY Russian Sailing Team that had put the Kiwis on the ropes 2-0 after the first race today.

"In the end it comes down to confidence in our team,” said Dean Barker, skipper and helmsman of ETNZ. “It's hard to believe. It was a long way back from 2-0 down. But the guys stuck with it and they gave us an opportunity that we jumped on. After that we sailed more like we expect to and it feels fantastic to win another event."

It was the first time in America’s Cup history that a Russian-flagged boat has reached the final of a Louis Vuitton-sponsored event and her mixed Russian and international crew led by Polish skipper Karol Jablonski came very close to clinching the series.

Emirates Team NZ leads Synergy during the final of the Louis Vuitton Trophy. La Maddalena, 6 June 2010. Photo copyright Chris Cameron / Emirates Team NZ

jueves, 3 de junio de 2010

Leopard Day 5/ 6

Day 6
Thursday 03 June:

Sitting here in the nav area looking at the GPS and our plotter. The GPS says we are doing speed over the ground at 20 knots – fantastic! It has been a great nights sail with our largest A-2 spinnaker flying, only one problem we are heading towards Lisbon! In layman's terms, a yacht cannot sail directly into or 180 degrees directly away from the wind, we always need to sail at an angle to the wind hence heading for Lisbon and not the UK.

The low pressure system we have been trying to ride has been very uncharacteristic the whole way across the Atlantic since the Grand Banks and yet again yesterday holding us up with lighter than expected winds for the third time this Attempt – I cant tell you how frustrating this is sitting and watching the clock countdown without going fast….anything under 20 knots of boat speed seems like we are standing still. The weather gods are not happy with Mr Leopard for some reason as we had the same problem for our last event, the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, which was a light air event yet again! Anyway we are looking for the shift to get back onto port and hopefully more wind to sail on course for Lands End at pace.


Day 5
Wednesday 02 June: (additional navigator Update)

The statistics at the end of day 4 (at 18.45 GMT ie 4 whole days since we started)


Av speed


Av speed CMG

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Left to run








Not very pretty today. We are moving tonight, but only at 15-16 knots, seems very slow. On stbd gybe, Good wind direction and heading ESE.

Talk in the morning,

ED Currently 224Nm ahead of schedule!

VLC 35 makes it's appearance in VLC

Jazz in Valencia

VOLVO 2011-2012

Still a long way away? Not much noise so far on the teams taking part - hopefully we will get some more announcements later this summer.

Glider TV?

How much does this cost? Does look impressive though, although we havent seen much footage yet.