sábado, 31 de julio de 2010

Cowes week again

There’s nothing quite like Cowes Week; the oldest and largest annual sailing regatta in the World. The event boasts an 8-day schedule combining competitive racing and great fun for the 8,500 competitors racing and 100,000 spectators who enjoy a fantastic line up of shore-side entertainment day and night.

C class action heats up

Team Invictus training for the last time in Weymouth UK before shipping Invictus to Newport RI USA for the International C-Class Catamaran Championship 22nd-28th Aug 2010. Wind speed 12-13kn. Paul Larsen and Gordon Kaiser sailing the boat.

RC44 Valencia Cup 2010 - Fleet Race Day 5

Team Aqua challenges conditions at RC 44 Valencia Cup

Chris Bake and crew take the lead after standing up to wind and waves
VALENCIA, Spain (31 July 2010) – Chris Bake’s Team Aqua stood up to challenging conditions today and find themselves the new leaders of the fleet racing at the RC 44 Valencia Cup.

Team Aqua added 9 points to its scoreline today and leads overall with 23 points.

Close behind and itching for a fight is Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis, which won today with a 1-3-2-1. Artemis has 27 points overall.

With a minimum of three races expected, the fleet racing title is up for grabs.

“Aqua is very solid, they’ve had a fantastic week,” said Tornqvist of Sweden. “But I feel we chipped away at them today.”

“It was full on today,” said Bake, a Canadian living in the U.A.E. “We managed to stay clear and clean, and our crew work was flawless.”

Day 1 leader, Anders Myralf and Team 17, fell on some hard finishes today and slipped to third with 32 points.

“The difference between good and bad in this fleet is this close,” said Myralf, holding his thumb and index finger less than an inch apart. “We just didn’t feel … we just weren’t lucky. It’s very aggressive sailing.”

Today’s conditions were widely described as challenging by the crews. The southeasterly sea breeze came in early at 20 knots and stayed there, kicking up the short, sharp chop that throws about the light-displacement RC 44s.

With the opening leg of the racecourse set at 1.3 nautical miles, about twice the length of the match racing course, the conditions made for a tough time hiking over the rail.

“We’ve had every condition these past two days. Yesterday was light with huge shifts. Today was breezy and challenging with quite big waves. They were very nice conditions.”

Bake said, “Once we were locked in and truckin’, we made good progress upwind.”

Aqua and Artemis were easily the most consistent crews on the day. Neither team scored worse than a fourth.

Other teams, such as Pieter Heerema’s No Way Back, scored two seconds but they bookended an eighth and ninth.

Rene Mangold’s AEZ RC 44 Sailing Team endured a similar scenario. They placed 11-7-11-9 on the day, but were fourth and sixth at two windward marks only to see the spinnaker fall under the boat during the set.

Mangold said his crew is hardly discouraged, but added that they need more practice.

“We had some small mistakes, but a small mistake in this class is a big mistake,” said the Austrian. “We are all amateurs and have jobs at home. Sailing is our avocation and we don’t have the time to practice. With practice time we can improve.”

Three races are scheduled tomorrow to conclude the regatta. The first warning signal is scheduled one hour earlier, 12:00 pm CET. No warning signal will be made after 3:00 pm.


(Fleet racing provisional results)
1. Team Aqua / Chris Bake (UAE) 2-3-5-4-3-1-1-4, 23 points
2. Artemis / Torbjorn Tornqvist (SWE) 5-7-2-6-1-3-2-1, 27 points
3. 17 / Anders Myralf (USA) 1-4-1-1-5-4-5-10, 32 points*
4. No Way Back / Pieter Heerema (NED) 8-2-7-5-2-8-9-2, 43 points
5. BMW ORACLE Racing / Maxim Logutenko (USA) 10-6-4-2-4-6-6-5, 43 points
6. Katusha / Guennadi Timtchenko (RUS) 9-1-8-3-10-9-3-6, 49 points
7. Team Sea Dubai / Harm Mueller-Speer (UAE) 7-8-11-9-7-2-7-3, 54 points
8. Ceeref / Igor Lah (SLO) 6-11-3-7-8-10-4-7, 56 points
9. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero / Daniel Calero (ESP) 3-9-9-10-6-5-8-8, 58 points
10. AEZ RC44 Sailing Team / Rene Mangold (AUT) 4-10-10-8-11-7-11-9, 70 points
11. Mascalzone Latino Audi Team / Vincenzo Onorato (ITA) 11-5-6-11-9-11-10-11, 74 points
(* includes 1 point penalty by International Jury)

RC44 Valencia Cup 2010 - Fleet Race Day 4

Amateur drivers take the helm as fleet racing begins

VALENCIA, Spain (30 July 2010) – Oh, to be 17 again.

After wishing for more boatspeed following the match racing portion of the RC 44 Valencia Cup, Anders Myralf of Denmark guided James Spithill and the 17 crew to three first place finishes today to wrest control of the fleet racing portion of the regatta.

The 17 crew won the first, third and fourth races, and placed fourth in Race 2. Their low score, however, is 8 points due to a 1 point penalty imposed by the International Jury.

Second place is held by Chris Bake and Team Aqua, winners of the match racing portion of the week-long event, with 14 points on finishes of 2-3-5-4.

Third place is held by Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis at 20 points (5-7-2-6).

“It’s incredible to come down here from Copenhagen and jump into a boat that is so organized and well sailed,” said Myralf, an amateur sailor who races aboard the Farr 40 Nanooq with the Prince of Denmark. “I’ve never seen such a good crew. I’ve got the easiest job on the boat.”

The southeasterly sea breeze that marked the match racing didn’t materialize today until the fourth race, but it lacked its typical punch. Instead, the fleet sailed in mostly an easterly wind between 8 and 10 knots. Only in Race 4 did it shift to the southeast and increase to 12 knots.

The new conditions made consistency hard to achieve. Instead of trusting the right side of the racecourse, some found the left side of the course favorable. Aside from the top two, the rest of the fleet had at least one, if not two finishes out of the top five.

“We were able to stay in the top five, and in this fleet that’s saying something,” said Bake of Team Aqua. “The field was fairly mixed up.”

Another marked difference from the match racing portion are the amateur helmsmen, as required by class rules. In most cases that is the owner driving the light-displacement yacht.

Completing the top five are a pair of Russians: Guennadi Timtchenko and Katusha, placed fourth with 20 points on finishes of 9-1-8-3, followed by Maxim Logutenko aboard BMW ORACLE Racing with Russell Coutts at 22 points (finishes of 10-6-4-2).

For Timtchenko, this is just his third regatta. Ever. He’d never raced before joining the RC 44 Class, but got into it due to Tornqvist, a friend and business associate.

“I raced with Torbjorn aboard one of his boats,” said the 57-year-old Timtchenko. “The RC 44 is the right class for me. It’s an interesting boat, fast and maneuverable. I make a lot of mistakes, but my crew gets me out of trouble.”

Marring an otherwise great day, 17 was penalized 1 point by the jury after a protest from Islas Canarias Puerto Calero and owner Daniel Calero.

At the start of Race 4, Puerto Calero was the windward yacht with 17 overlapped to leeward. Puerto Calero alleged that Spithill, the professional helmsman, took the helm. Class rules state that the professional may take the helm only on safety grounds.

Puerto Calero maintains that Spithill took the helm to help push them over the line early. Puerto Calero was on the course side at the start.

According to International Jury chairman Bill Edgerton, Spithill said in the protest hearing that he had a hand on the wheel, but only to help turn the yacht down to avoid potentially hitting Puerto Calero.

“We didn’t want to have them disqualified, but we wanted to raise the issue that it is against the rules,” said Daniel Calero.

Racing resumes tomorrow with four races scheduled beginning at 1:00 pm.


(Fleet racing provisional results)
1. 17 / Anders Myralf (USA) 1-4-1-1, 8 points*
2. Team Aqua / Chris Bake (UAE) 2-3-5-4, 14 points
3. Artemis / Torbjorn Tornqvist (SWE) 5-7-2-6, 20 points
4. Katusha / Guennadi Timtchenko (RUS) 9-1-8-3, 21 points
5. BMW ORACLE Racing / Maxim Logutenko (USA) 10-6-4-2, 22 points
6. No Way Back / Pieter Heerema (NED) 8-2-7-5, 22 points
7. Ceeref / Igor Lah (SLO) 6-11-3-7, 27 points
8. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero / Daniel Calero (ESP) 3-9-9-10, 31 points
9. AEZ RC44 Sailing Team / Rene Mangold (AUT) 4-10-10-8, 32 points
10. Mascalzone Latino Audi Team / Vincenzo Onorato (ITA) 11-5-6-11, 33 points
11. Team Sea Dubai / Harm Mueller-Speer (UAE) 7-8-11-9, 35 points
(* includes 1 point penalty by International Jury)

Photo: Copyright Ignacio Baixauli / RC44 Class -

viernes, 30 de julio de 2010

Gonzalo Botin on Tales 2010 Class40 World Champion!

Thierry Bouchard on Mistral Loisirs-Pôle Santé Elior can be happy about his new Akilaria RC2 and his crew. He came to confront himself with the other Class40s and test the assets of his new boat; he ended up first on the last round of this World Championship, beating Jean-Edouard Criquioche’s Groupe Picoty and Gonzalo Botin’s Tales. Third today, the Spanish team stays on top of the podium and becomes the new champion. The French team on Mistral Loisirs-Pôle Santé Elior is 2 points behind, and the title-holder Ned Collier-Wakefield is 9 points behind on Concise 2. Thomas Ruyant’s Destination Dunkerque scores fourth in front of Vecteur Plus with Sam Manuard, fifth.

Five rounds in total.
Five races including two coastal courses took place on the waters of Gijon during this championship. Five boats quickly took the lead and the consistency award goes to… Gonzalo Botin on Tales. He scored 3 seconds, 1 first and 1 third. This inspires respect…
Thierry Bouchard on Mistral Loisirs-Pôle Santé Elior for himself scores 2 firsts, 2 thirds, and 1 fourth. As for Ned Collier-Wakefield on Concise 2, the 8th place in yesterday’s coastal course tastes bitter: he scored 2 firsts, 1 fourth, 1 fifth and 1 eighth.

They said so:

Gonzalo Botin (Tales), Class40 World Champion in 2010: “We only got to enjoy the victory once we were back in the port. This adds one more victory to our credit but this one is an important one for the Class40, which is quite recent. Today was tight, the breeze was very light, and we almost didn’t make it. Our main opponant was really close behind. Fort he first time we were not first to reach the windward mark, but we managed to catch up and get back on top. As I said yesterday, we had to get through today to see what we are capable of. We were consistent and it all worked out. Today we were third but we did better on the previous races. Nothing was ever sure. We fought against several countries and I am really happy about this outcome. This Lombard Design deck is really good and has just been picked out to be produced in series. I hope this victory contributes to developing the Class40 in Spain. The boats are easy, fun and adaptable. It’s a wonderful result that adds up to the rest of the Spanish victories in many sports.”

Thierry Bouchard (Mistral Loisirs-Pôle Santé Elior), 2nd in the overall ranking:
“We are rather happy of this result. But most of all this boat went quite fast and we really enjoyed ourselves. We were able to compare our boat to the others, which was one of the points of coming here. We usually sail in the Mediterranean so it was interresting to see the boats on the Atlantic. We still have some things to work on though, like the speed under spinnaker. For he moment we are preparing the boat for single-handed sailing because I’m leaving tonight for the Fastnet in Ireland, this is part of the qualifications for the Route du Rhum.”

Ned Collier Wakefield (Concise 2), 3rd in the overall ranking:
“We’re a bit disappointed of course, we didn’t do as well as we could have. It all came down to the weather, the light breeze didn’t favour us. We had about 15 knots of wind yesterday, and scored two bullets. We just needed the same conditions today. Plus, there were very good sailors here for this competition, the Spanish sailed really well. It was a beautiful race, congratulations to them. And we really enjoyed being in Spain. Now we’re getting back to England and we’ll do the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, and a lot more races... Then we will be here next year for the 2011 Class40 World Championship on our new boat, the Concise 3, this way we can get our title back.”

General Rankings - Mundial 40’ Gijon after 5 races:
1. ESP65 – TALES (Gonzalo Botin) – 10 points
2. FRA83 – MISTRAL LOISIRS-POLE SANTÉ ELIOR (Thierry Bouchard) – 12 points
3. GBR93 - CONCISE 2 (Ned Collier Wakefield) – 19 points
4. FRA88 – DESTINATION DUNKERQUE (Thomas Ruyant) – 21 points – OCS en cours
5. SMR84 – VECTEUR PLUS (Sam Manuard) – 31 points
6. FRA85 - GROUPE PICOTY (Jean-Edouard Criquioche) – 33 points
7. GER66 – RED (Mathias Müller) – 35 points - OCS en cours
8. GBR90 – 40 DEGREES (Peter Harding) – 37 points
9. NED75 – MOONPALACE (Adriaan Van Oord & Roeland Frassens) – 43 points
10. FRA26 – MARIE TOIT-CAEN LA MER (Marc Lepesqueux) – 49 points
11. RSA23 – PHESHEYA RACING (Nick Leggatt) – 49 points
12. FRA91 – KOGANE (Patrice Bougard) – 51 points
13. FRA56 – NEURODON.FR/ESPOIR EN TETE (Christian Chardonnal) – 66 points
14. FRA20 – AUX FILLES DE L’EAU (Anna Corbella) – 69 points

Photograph : Tales / P. Garenne - GPO

Name: Mundial 40’ Gijon
Place: Gijon – Asturies (Espagne)
Dates: 22 to 25 July 2010
Number of registered crews: 14
Website: www.mundial-40-gijon.com

jueves, 29 de julio de 2010

Marco swimming!

Great opportunist video from Pierre at Valencia Sailing

RC 44 Valencia Cup fleet poised for fleet racing

VALENCIA, Spain (29 July 2010) – After bashing about for two days in a match racing regatta held in winds up to 20 knots, today is an off day for the RC 44 Valencia Cup.

In sailor’s parlance an off day is a practice day, which means the fleet took to the water this afternoon for a bit of practice ahead of the fleet racing portion of the regatta. Up to four races a day are planned Friday through Sunday.

The fleet races do not allow for the professional helmsmen who drove during the match racing. All helmsmen must be classified as an amateur. In most cases, that means the boat owner is back on the “handle bars.”

“We’re looking forward to having Chris (Bake) come in. I know he’s very excited to get here,” said Team Aqua professional helmsman Cameron Appleton.

Team Aqua won the match racing half of the event with a 9-1 record, one win ahead of second and third-placed Artemis and BMW ORACLE Racing, respectively.

“He was watching our racing on line yesterday during an important meeting and had to keep asking the others in the room to repeat themselves,” Appleton said.

Another looking ahead to the fleet racing is Ceeref owner Igor Lah. He was aboard his boat for the match racing as tactician, but now gets the chance to put his bow where it doesn’t belong.

“I’m really looking forward to the fleet racing. The conditions here are great,” said Lah of Slovenia. “It’s a nice breeze and interesting waves, and the level of competition keeps increasing from event to event.”

During today’s practice race the event hosted a dozen sailors of the youth program at Real Club Nautico de Valencia. AEZ RC 44 Sailing Team won the first practice race whilst Islas Canarias Puerto Calero was first across the line of the second one following a captivating last run inside Valencia’s Dársena. The entrance of the whole fleet under spinnaker was truly spectacular, with nothing between them. Great viewing!

miércoles, 28 de julio de 2010

Whale jumps on boat

Yacht smashed by Southern Right whale in Cape Town!

Day 2 video from VLC

Team Aqua takes match racing championship in Valencia

VALENCIA, Spain (28 July 2010) – The conditions today off Malvarrosa Beach were similar to yesterday’s 20-knot winds, but the match racing at the RC 44 Valencia Cup was even more boisterous.

New Zealander Cameron Appleton and Team Aqua captured the match racing portion of the week-long regatta with a 9-1 record. They clinched the title with a victory over Russell Coutts and BMW ORACLE Racing in flight 13.

Aqua is hull No. 3 in the fleet, but shows little sign of aging after four years of hard racing.

“She may be the oldest boat in the fleet, but I wouldn’t trade her,” said Appleton. “We had an all-around level day. Andrew Estcourt (main trimmer) and Jeff Brock (headsails) did a great job keeping us on the numbers, and the guys did a fantastic job handling the boat. Full credit to them.”

One loss behind Team Aqua, Day 1 leader Terry Hutchinson and Artemis finished at 8-2 and tied with BMW ORACLE Racing for second place. Artemis won the tie-breaker by virtue of yesterday’s head-to-head win.

“Cam and Aqua have been in the fleet since its inception, so good on them,” said Hutchinson, who opened at 7-0. “We didn’t sail as well today as yesterday, but we’re still improving from event to event so that’s good for us.”

BMW ORACLE had a chance to win the match racing, but fell short in its head-to-head match against Aqua.

“We were a little slow off the start line against Aqua,” said main trimmer Dirk de Ridder. “Then we had a problem with the spinnaker takedown line during the set. It was caught on something down below and we’re still not sure what.”

Once again, planing speeds of 16 to 18 knots were easily achieved in the afternoon when the sea breeze piped up to 20 knots. The strong winds added to the excitement of the day, as at least three crews scored come from behind wins and some thrilling finish line action.

The Spanish boat, Islas Canarias Puerto Calero led by helmsman Jose Maria Ponce, scored its first two wins in the afternoon, looking much more settled than yesterday.

“Today went a little better than yesterday for us,” said Ponce. “We have to improve our starts because that’s our weak point and in these boats, with such short races the starts are key.”

Paul Cayard and Katusha scored a big win against Artemis when they completed a penalty turn on the finish line.

Markus Wieser and Sea Dubai pulled off a similarly exciting win against Rod Davis and Ceeref. The Slovenian boat had rolled Sea Dubai on starboard jibe two-thirds of the way down the run to the finish, and then crossed ahead on port jibe just inside the committee boat end of the line to capture the point.

Team Aqua and Artemis also had a thrilling match. Artemis picked up a pre-start penalty when they jibed to starboard and the leech of the mainsail hit Aqua’s rigging as it sailed past to leeward on port.

Artemis, however, led by about half a length beginning the run to the finish. Both boats opted to hold the spinnaker set. Artemis was trying to trap Aqua, while Aqua did everything it could to keep clear astern. Artemis still had a penalty turn to complete.

The boats were at very slow speeds when Aqua became entangled in another match. Artemis saw an opportunity to complete its turn, but Aqua got free, rolled over the top and then set the spinnaker to capture the win.

“We had the sails fully sheeted on and were doing 5 knots boatspeed dead-downwind,” said Appleton. “I just had to stay clear astern. I’m trying to burn up time and get down the course, but Terry is trying to slow it up. It could’ve taken us a half hour to do that leg. We just wanted to win.”

Tomorrow is a scheduled practice day for the fleet racing portion of the RC 44 Valencia Cup, which starts Friday. Three pre-starts are planned in the afternoon, followed by a practice race. Organizers hope to finish the race in the Darsena. Eleven youth sailors between the ages of 15 and 17 years will be on hand as guest crewmen.


(Match racing final results)
1. Team Aqua / Cameron Appleton (UAE) 9-1, 9 points
2. Artemis / Terry Hutchinson (SWE) 8-2, 8 points
3. BMW ORACLE Racing / Russell Coutts (USA) 8-2, 8 points
4. Team Sea Dubai / Markus Weiser (UAE) 6-4, 6 points
5. 17 / James Spithill (USA) 6-4, 6 points
6. Katusha / Paul Cayard (RUS) 5-5, 5 points
7. No Way Back / Ray Davies (NED) 5-5, 5 points
8. Ceeref / Rod Davis (SLO) 5-5, 3 points*
9. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero / José Maria Ponce (ESP) 2-8, 2 points
10. Mascalzone Latino Audi Team / Tommaso Chieffi (ITA) 1-9, 1 point
11. AEZ RC44 Sailing Team / Christian Binder (AUT) 0-10, 0 points
(* includes 2-point penalty deduction)

More vid from day 1

Video from Valencia

RC 44s take flight as Artemis takes control

VALENCIA, Spain (27 July 2010) – Small jibs and loose boom vangs were the order of the day as the RC 44 Valencia Cup got underway here in a pumping sea breeze that topped out at 20 knots.
Despite the strong wind off Malvarrosa Beach, the professional crews threw the light-displacement boats around with seeming ease.
In a day that saw seven flights and 28 match races completed, three crews made it through the first five flights undefeated. But only Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis escaped unscathed.
“We started well enough today and the boat was going well through the water,” said Artemis skipper Terry Hutchinson, who finished the day at 6-0. “We had our best day boathandling, and we needed it today.”
Three other teams finished the day with 4-1 records including Russell Coutts and the BMW ORACLE Racing team, Cameron Appleton’s Team Aqua and James Spithill’s 17. Rounding out the top five is Igor Lah’s Ceeref at 3-1 with Rod Davis as skipper.
“We had a good day considering we weren’t able to practice yesterday,” said Davis, who suffered a slight injury when the mainsheet grazed his head. “We went in loose and are quite happy. The boys have been on the boat a long time and that was helpful today.”
The day started mild with an east/southeasterly wind around 12 knots. But with the temperature inland topping out at 90 degrees, it quickly turned wild when the wind shifted to the southeast and built to 16 to 18 knots, with gusts up to 20 knots.
The race committee ordered the small jibs for the fourth flight of races, and VIP spectators were no longer allowed aboard to avoid the risk of injury during transfer from chase boat to race boat.
Corresponding with the increase in wind strength was an increase of incidents. Upwards of eight penalties were issued, three spinnakers ripped, one jib battered and one steering system damaged.
A couple of crews were forced to retire from races due to the damage, but for those who finished you would think the day was a walk in the park.
“This was one of the windiest days we’ve had match racing, but they’re spectacular boats. They come alive downwind,” Hutchinson said.
“My guys did a great job getting me out of trouble today,” said Appleton. “I was the one causing the trouble.”
The match racing portion of the RC 44 Valencia Cup continues tomorrow with another seven flights planned. Thursday is a scheduled practice day for the fleet racing portion of the regatta, which runs Friday through Sunday.

RC 44 VALENCIA CUP(Match racing, after seven of 14 flights)1. Artemis / Terry Hutchinson (SWE) 6-02. BMW ORACLE Racing / Russell Coutts (USA) 4-12. Team Aqua / Cameron Appleton (UAE) 4-12. 17 / James Spithill (USA) 4-15. Ceeref / Rod Davis (SLO) 3-16. No Way Back / Pieter Heerema and Ray Davies (NED) 3-37. Team Sea Dubai / Markus Weiser (UAE) 2-48. Katusha / Paul Cayard (RUS) 1-39. Mascalzone Latino Audi Team / Tommaso Chieffi (ITA) 1-410. AEZ RC44 Sailing Team / Christian Binder (AUT) 0-510. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero / José Maria Ponce (ESP) 0-5

lunes, 26 de julio de 2010

Whats on in Valencia

The 11 teams confirmed for the RC 44 Valencia Cup are: No Way Back, Islas Canarias Puerto Calero, Artemis, CEEREF, BMW Oracle Racing, Team Aqua, Katusha, Team Sea Dubai, '17', Team Austria and Mascalzone Latino.

Should be good with the format offering a mix of fleet and match racing. Some of the fleet races will end within the marina, adding to the spectacle.


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Volvo update

With the Volvo Ocean Race little more than a year away, there are currently 5 teams in the fray. News from the teams is scarce, but one imagines the pace to heat up a little as the summer draws to a close.

At a press conference in Barcelona today, CAMPER announced that experienced Spanish round-the-world yachtsman Roberto Bermudez de Castro has joined the team. The build and yacht preparation schedule was also introduced, with construction of the VO70 yacht starting in early August.

Groupama and Puma have both been seen out on the water regularly in recent weeks, but little has been said or seen of the rest. Soldini, Telefonica and Abu Dhabi are keeping very low profiles. Will they all be buying second hand boats rather than building new? Looks like the Alinghi and Brazil teams are unlikely to happen from current happenings.

Clean bow and stern

VLC 35 presentation

(Friday 23rd July, Race Village in the Real Club de Regatas de Alicante)

The presentation was attended by more than 100 people, inlcuding sailors and owners from the Platu 25 fleet.The VLC was presented as a new monohull class, for the next step up in size from the Platu. The designer, Manolo Ruiz de Elvira (NAUTATEC and BMW Oracle Racing ) winner of the last 3 editions of the Americas Cup, presented the more technical details of her design. The presentation proved very interesting for a public, who were given the chance to have some of the mysteries explained about the design of a performance monohull. The presentation was made all the more relaxing by the cold beer on tap after a hot day competing out on the water in Alicante.

The VLC 35 is currently built in Valencia by Muller Yachts ( www.vlc35.com ). Her main features are her simplicity and performance, employing features as the square head mainsail supported by the Hall spars carbon mast and her huge asymmetric spinnaker flown from the retractable carbon bowsprit.

During the week, the yacht was tried and tested by some of the participating crews such as Mundo Marino ó Mini Plisplay. All were enthusiastic about her well balanced feel at the helm and her ease in maneouvring - reinforcing the fact that she is a yacht that is easy to sail.

Currently she is in Valencia, where she will be present during the RC44 Valencia Cup.

More photos of the VLC 35 at the Platu 25 Worlds in Alicante.

viernes, 23 de julio de 2010

martes, 20 de julio de 2010

34th Americas Cup video competition winners

Platu worlds

Sorry about the poor quality of the shots!


This sad was there to meet us the other day in Alicante, during the measurement of the Platu 25 Worlds. Who is the original yacht that has been so discarded?

Lab experiments in Valencia

VALENCIA, Spain (15 July 2010) – With a view towards helping determine if a monohull or multihull is better suited for America’s Cup racing, event planners have scheduled four days of trials here to develop methods for making the racing more enthralling for fans, more challenging for crews and better portrayed on television screens around the world. Concept papers for a new monohull and multihull design were issued on July 2 to independent rule writers in the United Kingdom and U.S.

The trials, July 22-25, will help confirm certain parameters of the new yacht, including reduced crew numbers to place a premium on boathandling. Not only will the format of racing and type of boat come under scrutiny, but also television production. The America’s Cup Media Evaluation Team has solicited opinions from a wide array of broadcasters, digital media and technology companies in Europe and the U.S. on how to make the racing more dramatic on-line, on-screen and on TV. Accepted standards of Cup racing are being challenged in the trials and no thought will be ignored in the quest to create the most compelling television production and delivering it to the widest-ever audience. “We are testing many different concepts,” said Russell Coutts, CEO of BMW ORACLE Racing Team. “Would making the first leg downwind instead of upwind be better? Can you have exciting boat-on-boat action with multihulls? Are there alternative race course formats which might provide more overtaking opportunities?”

The trials will be conducted with two pairs of X40 catamarans and RC44 sloops. 3D and HD cameras will be experimented with to see if the onboard action is more dramatically portrayed, and the race format testing will include downwind and reaching starts. Guest helmsmen such as Roman Hagara of Austria and Murray Jones of New Zealand will lead the crews aboard the X40s. Hagara is a two-time Olympic gold medalist in the Tornado class and Jones raced multihulls extensively in the lead-up to the 33rd America’s Cup Match. Multihulls have been paired in the America’s Cup only once before, during the 33rd Match last February. And while there were some exciting moments, such as stalls on the start line and port-starboard crossings at the windward mark, the jury remains hung on whether or not multihulls can mix it up in close proximity to each other or whether they offer the boat behind more opportunities to pass. A pair of RC44s will provide the high-performance monohull baseline for the trials. James Spithill, the youngest ever America’s Cup winning skipper will be at the helm of one of the two yachts. They will race short-handed, eight-person crews to see if that adds a level of drama to boathandling that would be compelling for television.

“Only by reviewing the accepted wisdom can we decide if there are smarter ways to challenge crews and excite fans,” Coutts said.

lunes, 19 de julio de 2010

VLC 35 presentation

El próximo Viernes 23 Julio a las 1800 en el villaje de Real Club de Regatas de Alicante, durante el Mundial de Platu 25, D. Manolo Ruiz de Elvira, Dr. Ing. Naval y diseñador del conocido trimarán del BMW Oracle Racing presentará el VLC 35 como nuevo monotipo, diseñado por él y construido por Muller Yachts. Un VLC 35 se encuentra amarrado en el club a disposición de los regatistas que quieren probarlo.

Friday 23rd July at approximately 1800 in the race villaje of the Real Club de Regatas de Alicante, during the Platu 25 World championships Manolo Ruiz de Elvira will present the VLC 35 as a new class. The yacht is designed by him and built by local builders Muller Yachts. One VLC 35 is currently moored at the same club and available for those sailors who wish to try it.

martes, 13 de julio de 2010

Trofeo Tabarca

VLC 35 was able to further her sea trials at the Trofeo Tabarca in Alicante over the weekend. The most satisfying was a good surf down the back of Tabarca island where speeds exceeded 13 knots. She will remain in Alicante for the Platu 25 Worlds where she can be tested by potential clients.

lunes, 12 de julio de 2010

San Francisco only bidder for the 34th AC

SAN FRANCISCO, USA (8 July 2010) – San Francisco has put forward a strong, well-
rounded venue proposal, and is now the only city in the USA under consideration to
host the 34th America’s Cup match.
The city is home to the Golden Gate Yacht Club, whose team BMW ORACLE Racing,
won the 33rd America’s Cup in Valencia, Spain on 14 February.
The 34th America’s Cup is scheduled for 2013 or 2014, the year to be determined by
infrastructure development lead-times.
“Our team has said from the outset that San Francisco and the Bay Area have the
potential to provide a superb stage on which to host a memorable America’s Cup,”
commented Russell Coutts, CEO of BMW ORACLE Racing. “Our team owner, Larry
Ellison, has called the Bay ‘a fantastic natural amphitheatre’.”

In being granted status as the sole venue candidate in the USA, San Francisco can
forge ahead with plans to provide the necessary facilities for the America's Cup along
the City's waterfront, south of the Bay Bridge. It also now allows San Francisco to
“nationalize” their efforts and to seek support from the State of California and the federal
government in Washington, D.C.

Under the Cup’s governing rules, the Deed of Gift written in 1852, the winner and hence
Defender for the next Match chooses the venue.
San Francisco’s Mayor Gavin Newsom said, “We are very honored to lead a national
effort to host the 34th America’s Cup. Larry Ellison has a transformative vision for
hosting the Cup on San Francisco Bay, and we are prepared to leverage the nation’s
support to make this a coast-to-coast campaign and to realize that vision.”
Other US cities have been excited by the prospect of hosting the America’s Cup match,
notably Newport, Rhode Island where Cup racing was held from 1930 through 1983,
San Diego, California which hosted Cup defenses in 1988, 1992 and 1995, and Long
Beach, California, site of the 1984 Olympic yachting regatta and the annual
Congressional Cup.

Coutts said, “We are extremely grateful to the other American candidates. Their
disappointment is understandable as each would have been a great host city in its own
right. And we appreciate their offers of support to San Francisco going forward.
Strong expressions of interest from four European countries are also being studied by
the American Defender. GGYC/BOR will announce a final decision on the venue, along
with the date and other details of the next America’s Cup by the end of this year.
The America’s Cup has been defended only twice outside of the holder’s home waters
in its 159 year history – at Valencia, Spain in 2007 and 2010.
The City of San Francisco will be making its own announcement today.

A new dawn?

More changes at Team Origin

[Source: Team Origin] TEAMORIGIN today announced that discussions with Juan Yacht Design (JYD) for the 34th Americas Cup are not progressing. Grant Simmer, who joined TEAMORIGIN in June after 10 years with Alinghi in various senior management roles, including design coordinator, has been undertaking a review of the team's design options.

Simmer holds a strong view that with a new design rule soon to be announced, teams need to be in a position to be able to build their design capabilities to reflect the new rule. As preparations for the next America's Cup gather momentum several weeks of discussions have taken place between TEAMORIGIN and JYD. Last week however TEAMORIGIN decided to take an alternative approach than the one offered by JYD and as a result terminated discussions with JYD.

Film for yachties?

martes, 6 de julio de 2010

New AC rule takes shape

Target Features of the new America's Cup yacht
High-performance and close racing
Light to strong wind range capability
Ease of shipping & transportation
22m max overall Length

1.0 x wind speed upwind performance
1.4 x wind speed downwind performance
Narrow displacement range
Combination of bow and twin rudders allowed
Unlimited gennaker area
13 crew

1.2 x wind speed upwind performance
1.6 x wind speed downwind performance
Displacement 4000-4200kg
Up to four moveable appendages
Wing sails permitted
Demountable assembly
12 crew

Rating rule authorities in America and Britain have been commissioned to draft the rules for the next generation of America’s Cup yacht.

In asking US SAILING and the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s Seahorse Rating affiliate to write the rules, BMW ORACLE Racing and Golden Gate Yacht Club, winner of the 33rd America’s Cup last February, has ensured the process is neutral and independent.

“We’ve always said that the new design will be for the America’s Cup community. The result with be a ‘non-partisan yacht’ rather than a ‘defender’s yacht’,” said Ian Burns, Design Coordinator for BMW ORACLE Racing. “A great deal of input was sought from the America’s Cup community and the concept briefs given to the rule writers reflect that feedback.”

In a twin-track process, US SAILING will author a multihull rule and the RORC’s Seahorse Rating a canting-keel monohull rule.

“It would be premature to rule either a monohull or multihull in and the other out at this stage,” commented Russell Coutts, CEO of BMW ORACLE Racing. “Which type of boat is best for racing and media impact is one of many evaluations we will be testing over the coming months.”

The choice between monohull and multihull will be made after the conclusion of these trials, the first round of which is scheduled for Valencia in late July.

“Either option will provide high performance, exciting viewing and challenges to design, build and sailing teams,” commented Burns.

Versatile performance in light and strong winds is considered essential to minimize delayed or postponed racing.

In response to feedback from potential teams, the original concepts for both types have been scaled back from 26m (82 feet) LOA to 22m (72 feet) for tangible cost reduction.

An engine will be used to cant the keel on the monohull and move appendages on the multihull. The rule authors have been tasked to specify an environmentally friendly, smart, low-emission engine or power-pack.

“This offers a great opportunity for the America’s Cup community to take a leading role in this increasingly applied technology,” said Burns. “But there will be no power- assistance for crews to trim or hoist sails. Both the monohull and multihull will be very athletic boats to race hard.”

To ensure fairness, all teams will simultaneously receive updates and information from the authors with regards to progress.

The briefs to the rule authors outline parameters for both types of boat to give base-line dimensions.

This ‘box rule’ method should ensure boats designed by different teams are similar in style to guarantee the close racing the America’s Cup thrives on. Otherwise, the instructions to the rule writers are deliberately open to afford them full creative freedom.

Seahorse Rating has asked Nick Nicholson and James Dadd, with their wide experience of previous America’s Cup class rules, to lead the monohull development.

The multihull rule is under the purview of multihull designer Pete Melvin, a two-time A Class catamaran world champion, and US SAILNG.

Other cost-cutting measures include limitations on the number of hulls, masts, appendages and sails a team can build. And the reduced crew size will mean fewer personnel.

“These boat concepts are all about similar performance between competing yachts throughout the wind range,” said Burns. “Unique configurations are the expensive part of the America’s Cup. We don’t want a light-air boat taking on a heavy-air boat. The rule should ensure close racing while being able to sail in a wide range of conditions.”

Rule writing is the seventh stage in an exhaustive process. The objective is to publish the new America’s Cup Class Rule by the end of September.

Concept papers for AC 34 Monohull and Multihull design
- AC 34 Class Rule Multihull Concept

- AC 34 Class Rule Monohull Concept

Trofeo de la Reina

Good start with the VLC35 stretching out at the pin end.