miércoles, 29 de septiembre de 2010

Quantum TV lands in Valencia

© Keith Brash

© Keith Brash

Quantum TV has arrived in Valencia! Check out these nights shots of iconic buildings

Who said they were delicate!!

It has been a bit of a hectic period recently, but I managing to get my boat back off Katherine for a few minutes on Sunday and went out crash testing the wing! Before I do a few mods I've got planned, I thought I'd to take the opportunity to really learn about the weak spots in a structure like this.... (read the rest on Adam's blog)

IRC allows composite standing rigging

At a recent meeting of the IRC Technical Committee, the subject of the rating cost of composite standing rigging was discussed.

The Committee noted that the technology of composite standing rigging has matured significantly in recent years to the extent that it is now becoming close to mainstream. There is now evidence that composite standing rigging has a life expectancy at least that of steel rod rigging.

In parallel, the cost of composite standing rigging has fallen to the extent that some brands are now available at costs only a little higher than the equivalent steel rod rigging.

Composite standing rigging is also now beginning to become available as a standard option from production boat builders.

Noting all of the above, the Committee has concluded that the rating cost of composite standing rigging will be reduced with effect from 1st January 2011 (1st June 2011 in IRC southern hemisphere countries). This notice has been issued now to enable owners considering either new boats or modifications to their existing boats to plan accordingly.

The exact effects on TCC are not yet available. The Committee's intention however is that the effects should in future be broadly neutral in terms of speed versus rating. The effect of composite standing rigging will also continue to vary from boat to boat.

This may be true, but certain products are still over priced for the general end user. As the product becomes more main stream, the prices need to adjust too. The rule changes have not come into force with ORC and RI (Mediterranean fleets) yet. We will follow this up with a little comparison of what rigging costs for your standard production club racer - then the composite option might not look so attractive.

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Triumph and Tragedy - Volvo Ocean Race 2005-06

The story of the breathtaking spectacle that was the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-06 - to whet your appetite ahead of the next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. Featuring the stars such as the victorious Mike Sanderson on ABN Amro One and former winner Paul Cayard on Pirates of the Caribbean. One boat and, tragically, one life was lost. Sometimes sport becomes irrelevant and when Seb Josse and ABN Amro Two put aside their own loss to help Bouwe Bekking and the stricken crew of movistar legends were born.

The way the fleet deal with these hardships, places the Volvo in a different league to other regattas.

Expect more like this to be uploaded to the Official Volvo Ocean Race YouTube Channel in the future. Get all the latest updates on www.VolvoOceanRace.com

Gold Cup time again

It's Gold Cup time - whilst Oracle and Russell may be milking the new breed of yachts for the Cup, these little yachts create some close and exciting racing on the island of Bermuda. Maybe they don't have facebook there?
Copyright 2009 © World Match Racing Tour
Argo Group Gold Cup, Hamilton, Bermuda
Production: 1080 Media Organisation

domingo, 26 de septiembre de 2010

More Victor....

Victor Fernandez action in the waves of Hookipa!

Fernandez Strenghtens PWA Wave Tour Lead

Following a week of spectacular sailing at Klitmoller, current tour leader Victor Fernandez strengthens his lead at the top of the PWA wave fleet.

Ricardo Campello's consistent results see him move up into second. Philip Koster's sixth sees him fall to third but the biggest gains and the Klitmoller crown go to former World Champion, Kauli Seadi. Seadi's amazing display in the North Sea sees him move from ninth to fourth in the tour standings.

Cold Hawaii superseded all expectations with a series of lows tracking across the North Sea creating the best European wave contest seen in recent PWA history.

Three times former world champion, Kauli Seadi stamped his authority on the fleet during the single elimination in Denmark with an impressive display of jumping and riding. However, with no easy runs it was hardly a stroll in the park for Seadi, who had to beat many a seasoned pro before reaching the podium.

After first seeing off German youngster, Leon Jamaer, the Brazilian sensation met port tack legend Dario Ojeda, who very nearly stopped him from advancing any further with an excellent taka in the jaws of a brutal North Sea wave. Unfortunately, for Ojeda, the judges gave it to Seadi who went on to meet his team mate Robby Swift. The British wave hero put up a fight, as did Seadi's next victim, Kevin Pritchard, but the Brazilian was on flying form and was not about to let his run of glory go to waste.

In the single elimination final he met another of his team mates, triple loop daredevil Ricardo Campello. It was a closely fought battle with the former wave champion having the edge in the waves, but Campello was always a threat due to his perfect doubles. Luckily for Seadi the Venezuelan could not find a ramp in time, leaving the Brazilian as the champion for the first time in over a year.

Current tour leader, Victor Fernandez, sailed for just twelve minutes in the single elimination against an on form Camille Juban. Fernandez had the skills to match the young Frenchman from Guadeloupe, but failed to find his form and went out immediately causing a shock to the system.

With such a poor performance in the single, a fired up Fernandez was keen to make amends in the double and fought his way through three heats on the first day of the double elimination before the conditions deteriorated.

Fresh faced and hungry for more, Fernandez literally sailed from dusk until dawn taking down everyone in his path, a feat not seen for many years in PWA competition. Fernandez even went on to beat the single elimination champion, Seadi ensuring a spectacular final showdown would have to take place.

After watching Fernandez demolish the entire fleet, including himself, Seadi had to hit the water to fight it out for the final time. Seadi chose to play the heat to his strengths, catching plenty of waves, and tearing them to pieces. However, with three minutes remaining, Seadi still had not attempted a single jump, and when he came in to swap his gear everyone thought he had lost it. On his first run back out he failed to find a ramp, and when something similar happened on his second he was forced to rotate round a low scoring pushloop off a piece of chop. Luckily for the Brazilian his outstanding skills on the waves had won over the judges and with it, the first ever Cold Hawaiian crown.

Overall Rankings
1st Victor Fernandez (Fanatic, North, MFC)
2nd Ricardo Campello (JP, NeilPryde, MFC)
3rd Philip Koster (Starboard, NeilPryde, Dakine)
4th Kauli Seadi (JP, NeilPryde, MFC)
5th Dany Bruch (Patrik, Severne, MFC)
6th Robby Swift (JP, NeilPryde)

For more information on all the entrants, and to keep up to date with every piece of the action, http://www.pwaworldtour.com/

Penultimate Day In Trapani

Day three of the Extreme Sailing Series? in Trapani and the seven professional teams were faced with a strong north westerly wind which saw the boats scream downwind at over 45 km/h, as they performed spectacular handbrake turns around the marks, drawing gasps from the public.
The two Oman Sail boats come out on top, The Wave, Muscat remaining in the lead, 16 points ahead of Oman Sail Masirah, while Groupe Edmond de Rothschild drops to third.

The teams were challenged with seven races, a mix of triangle courses and the more traditional windward/leewards.

The Sicilian waters were tough on the two French teams today with Yann Guichard's Groupe Edmond de Rothschild struggling in the 17-knot breeze that gusted up to 25. Starting the day with an On Course Side (OCS) and posting a disappointing seventh the current circuit leaders finished in virtually every available position, unable to find the consistency needed to remain on the top. But at times the Frenchman showed brilliant tactical strength; his aggressive choices demonstrated in the fifth race as he chased his fellow French skipper, Loïck Peyron snatching the first place spot as they cut inside at the leeward mark before Peyron was caught in a match-racing duel with his stablemate, and dropping to fourth, with The Wave, Muscat taking second.

Paul Campbell-James was pleased with his performance, "Another good day. The wind was up and The Wave was on fire again! It always helps to round off the day with a win. We just seem to start well and keep out of trouble and I quite like being in trouble and having a bit of a mix up but we have managed to avoid it all this week and that is kind of key to why we are doing well."

"Every day I am pretty surprised we are doing so well in this breeze because we are so light, but we seem to be fairly conservative and we don't really, touch wood, seem stick it on the end as much as everyone else so we can push hard, if not harder and don't run into trouble. Sixteen point lead - it's nice isn't it? But not huge, especially with the double pointer as the last race of the day tomorrow. Similar to Cowes, we have to have a good day and take as few risks as possible."

Ecover's helm, Leigh Mcmillan was on fantastic form on the penultimate day of racing. After starting the day in fifth position, seven points off the podium, they opened with a fifth position, before the former Tornado Olympian posted two wins, one second and a third, demonstrating brilliant tactical calls, stealing positions from his opponents. Devastatingly, a broken rudder meant they had to drop out of the last two races, finishing fifth overall with one day left.

Skipper Mike Golding commented, "Yeah it was a very good day, but ultimately a disappointing end for us. It looks like we're going to be able to get up and running again for tomorrow. The most annoying thing is to have missed the final two races and there isn't much we can do about that, accept try and stay as positive as we can based on earlier performance and just get focused again for tomorrow."

Frustration is the overwhelming feeling onboard. "It's one of those things, but doesn't make it any easier to accept. The reality is we've lost valuable points from this incident but looking at the leaderboard we are still in touching distance of the third so we'll just have to come out fighting tomorrow."

Franck Cammas, the fastest man around the planet non-stop gradually warmed up after a difficult start and posted a win in the penultimate race. Commenting on today's racing, Franck Cammas said: "We sailed a bit less well than yesterday, in roughly the same conditions. Maybe I was a bit less aggressive, I preserved the boat in those conditions and probably lost a few places that way. But we're still fighting for the podium tomorrow, so we'll see."

Extreme Sailing Series™ 2010 Overall Standings after Kiel

1 Groupe Edmond de Rothschild 22 points
2 The Wave, Muscat 20 points
3 Ecover Sailing Team 19 points
4 Oman Sail Masirah 17 points
5 Red Bull Extreme Sailing 10 points
6 Groupama 40 9 points
7 The Ocean Racing Club 8 points
8 Team GAC Pindar* 3 points

* Team GAC Pindar was unable to attend the Kiel event but are back competing in Trapani (Sicily) and Almeria (Andalucia).

For more information visit: http://www.extremesailingseries.com/

Lalli and Bressani Maintain Slim Lead At Melges 32 Worlds

The 32-strong fleet completed two more races and have one last critical day to go at the 2010 Melges 32 World Championship, hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club. Luca Lalli on B-Lin Sailing remain in the lead ahead of John Porter's Full Throttle.

There was great concern that the breeze would be really light for the third day of the championship. Predictions came true, as the initial commencement was pushed back an hour from the original scheduled time. For the start, a quiet 6-7 knots brought the best out of Jeff Ecklund's STAR. Truly, this team comprised of tactician Harry Melges III, 2008 470 Olympic Gold Medallist Nathan Wilmot (2009 Melges 32 World Champion), 2000 Soling Bronze Medallist Espen Stokkeland, Scott Norris, Peter Crawford, Lindsay Bartel and Emma Creighton, a single-handed racer about to embark on a Mini Transat campaign, delivered spot-on performance in the speed department for a great win ahead of Stuart Simpson's Team Barbarians, while Rod Jabin on Ramrod did well to pull of a third place finish.

Jabin, with 2009 Melges 24 World Championship Chris Larson on tactics, outperformed the competition launching out in front of the fleet to take the weathermark rounding first. Lalli was right on his transom, pulling out all the stops to get ahead. A clean and fast set placed Porter in position to overtake Lalli for the lead downwind, while birthday boy Jason Carroll on Argo got in on the action as well. Jabin triumphed at the finish with Porter in second, Carroll third and Lalli in fourth. Japanese owner Yukihiro Ishida on Yasha Samurai rounded out the top five.

What the final day of racing in San Francisco will bring is yet to be seen. The top four are separated by 12 points which basically means, anything can happen on the last day of competition. Every team has worked so hard over the last three days to advance, establish a strangle-hold that has thus far proven to be ever elusive. In the forefront, desperate to hold off is Lalli. Porter sits two points out of first. Andy Lovell on Rougarou is in third overall.
To watch the racing live and keep up-to-date with all the action visit http://www.melges32worlds.com/

sábado, 25 de septiembre de 2010

Life aboard the Superyacht Adele

Dreaming about those faraway places! Yachting World's David Glenn gets a taste of life aboard one of the world's most luxurious yachts


Good example of how a hoist can go horribly wrong. Ouch!! Joe Woods and Red were having a good regatta on San Francisco Bay, when one small error, a round up while setting the chute in Race 6 of the 2010 Melges Worlds, led to disaster. Red continued on immediately after the crash but retired when damage to the boat and an injured crewman made continuing to race unsustainable. Apparently they were also disqualified for the incident to rub salt into the wounds.

jueves, 23 de septiembre de 2010

Team NZ off to Dubai

Two yachts, along with three masts, two 12 metre chase boats, a travel lift and ten containers filled with equipment are being shipped to Dubai for the Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta later this year.

miércoles, 22 de septiembre de 2010

Cagliari day 2

Bribon shows some battle scars

It's been an intense day in Cagliari, according to the sailors...

Ian Walker (GBR), tactician Bribón (ESP):
“ Nobody likes to see any boats damaged, and I think the Germans where just trying to duck us. We were on starboard and I think they must have stalled. They didn't get behind us and just came straight through us. So it was a big crash, definitely one of the biggest crashes I've been involved with. It was quite complicated, there were three or four boats involved and I think they thought we were going to tack and then we didn't tack and it was very late for them to duck so it was a difficult situation for them. I was actually quite lucky because I fell over just before the crash, and I nearly fell straight where they hit us so...”
“ Because they were trying to duck us they were probably doing ten or twelve knots cause they were trying to get behind, they were going faster and faster,”

Guillermo Parada (ARG), skipper Matador (ESP):
“ Today it's been a good day. It’s pity that in the second race we had to take that penalty turn which put us in the last spot, and then we also tore the spinnaker, so things were getting kind of difficult, but we've kept on fighting and have managed to move up some places. So we still have good chance. In the first and third race the team has made a great job calling tactics and the navigator some good calls...Our goal here is a place on the podium. If we can fight for a second place in the Audi MedCup Circuit standings of course we'll do it, but as I say our goal is a podium here”

Jochen Schuemann (GER), skipper Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (GER/FRA):
“ There's not much to say, obviously we misjudged the situation. We were fighting for second and third place with Bribón and it seemed no to be very decided if they wanted to tack leeward of us or crossing, then with the motion, we were close and got too much helm and heel, and couldn't avoid it. So, stupid in the end...and obviously both boats lost two very good places and I think there's quite serious damage to Bribón. We lost the bowsprit, we have some work to do to fix that, and obviously lost a good place, either 2nd or 3rd would have been perfect for us to hang on to second. Now we are DNF and cashed in ten points, that's not good. We will sail again tomorrow, yes.

Gonzalo Araujo (ESP), skipper Bribón (ESP):
“ We were in the first beat of the third race, and it seems they had a problem to duck us, and they lost the rudder, these rudders are very thin, so they lost the control of the boat in the last moment, and after that we crashed. We can't sail any more but we still don't know the extent of the damage, and how much time we need to repair it, if we can go on with our plans for the worlds or not. We saw the boat coming down behind us, coming very tight, and then it was clear to us that they couldn't keep clear. In that moment Ian fell on his knees, and that prevented something worse...”

Dean Barker (NZL), skipper Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL)
“We just stuffed to ourselves in the first race, we were 4th at one stage and then we just sailed ourselves back into the fleet, which is very unlike how we normally sail but it bounced back with two good races after that”.

Matador’s consistency keeps them five points clear of Synergy going into tomorrow’s coastal race which carries a 1.5 points multiplier.

Audi MedCup Circuit champions Emirates Team New Zealand followed a similar pattern to their opening day, starting badly with a tenth, but fighting back to a second and third to lie third on the overall regatta standings.

If on Tuesday it had offered something of a one sided race track, Cagliari’s Bay of Angels may have had a devil’s influence at times today because the breeze pattern altered from race to race as the split winds on either side of the course offered big opportunities for gains and losses, especially on the downwind legs.

Matador won the first race which was contested in near perfect sea breeze conditions of nine to ten knots. Quantum Racing lead through the early stages of the race but chose to gybe set at the final windward mark while Vasco Vascotto and Francesco Bruni conspired to go right down the run to gain more than half a minute, stealing across the finish ahead of the 2008 Audi MedCup champions.

In the second race it was Synergy’s tactician Rod Dawson (NZL) who read the first beat best. They flipped right early and were able to take command as the breeze lifted progressively, ensuring they lead all the way around ahead of Emirates Team New Zealand. Approaching half way up the first beat Matador fouled Quantum Racing, tacking too close to them, and had to take a penalty. That dropped them to round the windward mark as tail enders. They made little impression on the run, but their never say die attitude and inspired downwind sailing saw the world champions restore themselves to a useful fifth.

With dark clouds covering the race area and an oppressive, humid air replacing the early sunshine, the final race of the day was marred by a first beat collision between Audi A1 powered by All4ONE and Bribon. The Franco-German team lost control in the final, painful seconds as the tried to duck the Spanish boat and struck them hard one third of the way from the back of their port topsides. Both boats had to retire and Bribon will not be able to take any further part in the regatta.

Ironically the iconic Spanish crew suffered a similar sad fate in the last regatta of the MedCup in 2006 in Ibiza. The only other big collisions of recent years on the Circuit was at a messy top mark approach in Marseille in 2007, but both times these incidents were as the fleet converged, nearing the windward mark.

Matador lead the race from the first turning mark and at one stage were over 200 metres ahead of second placed TeamOrigin (GBR), while Emirates Team New Zealand took third.

This leaves Matador with options to second place overall - a lot rests on the 52 mile offshore race tomorrow.

Region of Sardinia Trophy - Audi A1 and Bribon Crash

That has got to hurt - Bribon is apparently out for the rest of the regatta!!

Crazy cats!

French duo sailing from Marseille to Tripoli on a small catamaran!! Wild stuff...

martes, 21 de septiembre de 2010

Cagliari after 3 races: day 1

Region of Sardinia Trophy


Their Region of Sardinia Trophy Regatta lead after Day 1 on the Gulf of Cagliari may be the smallest possible, but Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) proved why they are so firmly on course for their second successive Audi MedCup Circuit today when they stretched their overall Circuit lead still further over 2008 champions Quantum Racing (USA)

After a very modest eighth in the first race the Kiwi champions bounced back to a second and then won the breezy third race to finish the day sharing the same points aggregate as the Franco-German Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER) but leading on countback.

For the Kiwi champions, who won here in July last year, that slender lead is only an early, passing bonus – a reflection of their strength and ability. The real satisfaction came as they added another eight points to their Circuit lead over Quantum Racing whose 9,3,7 for the day underlined just how testing the conditions were.

As if to underline once again the small margins between glory and a finish in the lower reaches of the 10 boat 52 Series fleet on a race track which favoured the best starters, in Race 1 José Cusi’s Bribon (ESP) were quickest off the pin end of the start line and able to gain early control of the favoured left side of the course.

They went on to win but then, unable to exert themselves so well off the start line, could only back up their victory by a ninth and an eighth.

Emirates Team New Zealand were contenders in the top three on approach to the first windward mark, but had to duck out of their port tack approach to round eighth.

Jochen Schumann’s Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE got clear early, jumping off the middle of the Race 2 start line in 6-9 knots of ESE’ly wind. Their sharp start allowed them to reap the dividend on the left, but also taking a perfect line in extra breeze to their final layline to lead around the windward mark. They won their first race since Cascais in May when they crossed the finish ahead of Emirates Team New Zealand.

For the third race in succession it was the team which started best which went on to take the winning gun, although Dean Barker (NZL) and the Kiwi crew had to work hard for their victory.

While the start saw only 6-7 knots of late afternoon breeze, it swung hard left and built left flank of the first beat, new breeze piping up to more than 20 knots.

The gentle breeze was replaced suddenly by marching white horses and full power conditions, still peppered with big swings in direction on different parts of the course as the residual breeze clung to the right of the track.

Emirates Team New Zealand were able to keep the advances of Matador (ARG) in check at the approach to the second windward mark, when the wind seemed to bang back right, towards the original direction, leaving all three leading boats fast reaching into the final turn, well above the starboard lay line. But the Argentine flagged Matador, with their 2,8,2 for the day lie third, only one point behind the kiwis and Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE.

Behind The Scenes - Shore Crew

Journey from Quantum Hotel to Race Village in Cagliari! We also take a look at the shore crew hard at work...

Produced by Keith Brash for Quantum T.V

Wave Runners - VOLVO OCEAN RACE 2008/9

The best action from Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09.

Calling all trekkies!

The Race HQ Official Opening in Alicante. The new Race Control centre makes its debut.

Expect more like this to be uploaded to the Official Volvo Ocean Race YouTube Channel in the future. Watch in HD for the best audio and video.

lunes, 20 de septiembre de 2010

Introducing Wider Yachts

Consider it an ultimate dayboat or tricked-out tender for your megayacht. Either way, there’s never been anything like the Wider 42. And outside of Wally, there’s really never been a boatbuilder focused on pushing the boundaries of convention to this degree.
When you realize Wider’s founder is Tilli Antonelli, who founded Pershing in Italy in the 1980s and remained its chief until earlier this year, it starts to make sense. Pershings earned the nickname “silver bullet” in some circles because of their sleek shape, metallic exterior color scheme, and of course speed. They were dramatically different than other craft when they landed on American shores in the 1990s.
The first Wider 42 should turn heads, too, when she premieres next year, likely at the Genoa boat show. (While an American debut date hasn’t been announced yet, nor has the U.S. representative, the North and South American markets are primary targets.) The company name was inspired by the biggest selling concept of the boat, devised by Antonelli: The amidships area can widen to both sides, doubling the usable space. In addition, the extended hull sections simulate outriggers, like on proas. Antonelli likes to refer to the extra space as “a sort of playground in the middle of the sea.” Further notable is the use of Esthec instead of teak underfoot.
Wider’s facility is in Castelvecchio di Monteporzio, Italy, the same one where the first Pershing was built. There’s yet another tie to the Pershing days: All the models (35- and 50-footers are in the works) are styled by Fulvio De Simoni. Naval architecture is being handled in house in conjunction with Wave Ingegneria and Mark Wilson, who’s made a name in offshore powerboat racing.
The latter’s contributions are particularly noticeable in the racing-style stepped hull of the 42. Even the engine installation is similar to that in the racing world: offset, not directly side by side. This reportedly yields a lower center of gravity on centerline, bolstering stability. Construction-wise, Wider employs SCRIMP, with a carbon and vinylester resin. Some components are made solely with carbon fiber. All of these elements will keep weight down, important particularly given the anticipated 45-knot-plus top speed.
Owners and guests will have a variety of ways to enjoy that speed. Inside, there’s a dinette that can convert to a berth for naps or overnights. In the image here, the amidship cockpit is set up for dining. But it can also be used as a sundeck, by dropping the table and covering it with a pad. Alternately the seating area slides apart to convert into two sunlounges. It’s interesting to note that all of the seating is comprised of inflatable cushions, not the traditional fixed fiberglass benches. If the mood strikes, you can remove the cushions and toss them in the water as extra toys.
Speaking of toys, the Wider 42 can tote a RIB or PWC aft. Another option: dive bottles and related gear. Regardless, the platform upon which the toys are stowed lowers to allow easy entry into the water.

Salperton by Fitzroy and Dubois Yachts

The award winning 44m luxury sailing charter yacht Salperton sailing in the Superyacht cup - by LiveYachting.

Serene, Italy’s Largest Superyacht, Launches at Fincantieri

Even the grey skies you see in the photo here couldn’t dampen the spirits last week when Serene slipped into the water at Fincantieri’s yard in La Spezia, Italy. It was also an historic day, marking the launch of the largest megayacht ever constructed in the country.

Measuring 134 meters (440 feet), Serene is historic in a sense for yet another reason. She’s the first yacht contract that Fincantieri signed. Until that point in 2006, Fincantieri had concentrated on cruise ships, ferries, naval vessels, and offshore vessels like container ships.

Styling comes courtesy of Espen Oeino, and interior design is by Reymond Langton Design, a duo who have collaborated on a number of yachts for other builders. Among Serene’s highlights: seven decks, two helipads, and a saltwater pool that doubles as a docking station for a personal sub and tenders. Though the profile photo here doesn’t show it, there’s also abundant alfresco space for dining and soaking up the sun. Certainly no one should complain about the interior space: 2,700 square meters of the overall 4,500 square meters are devoted to the owners and guests. (That’s about 29,063 square feet out of nearly 48,438 square feet.)

Delivery is scheduled for later this year.

Breakingnews : Region of Sardinia Trophy

© Ainhoa Sanchez/Audi MedCup
And that pressure did come in from the left down the final part of the run which Ian Walker spotted and used to great effect Bribon stealing the win ahead of ETNZ and TeamOrigin third, Audi A1 All4One fourth. Bribon still a very potent force in these conditions, 7-11 kts, flat water.

NE Boatworks to build new PUMA

EAST BAY — Ken Read and Puma Ocean Racing have once again chosen an East Bay company to build the boat they’ll race around the world.

New England Boatworks in Portsmouth’s Melville Maritime District will build Puma’s Volvo 70 for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012.

The carbon spars will also be built here. That job has been awarded to Hall Spars in Bristol. And sails will be by North Sails in Portsmouth.

“We feel that Puma Ocean Racing has an advantage by keeping the construction of all the major components for this project close to our home base in Newport,” said Mr. Read. “Fortunately, NEB provides our team the perfect facility and team to build what we hope is the finest boat ever constructed for this type of race.”

And, Mr. Read told the Scuttlebutt website, “Not only will they do a great job, but I thought the local economy could use a boost unlike a senator from Massachusetts.”

“These boats are designed to withstand the harshest conditions, and we’re proud to have this opportunity to showcase NEB on a global level,” said NEB partners Tom Rich, Steven Casella and David MacBain. The company has built a number of other offshore racers, among them the Whitbread 60, Toshiba, for the 1997 Whitbread Round-the-World Race.

The project is still in the early stages, with molds now in production. New England Boatworks expects to launch the new boat and begin sea trials out of the Newport training base in the spring of 2011.

Puma’s last entry, named il mostro (“the monster”) was built up the road at Goetz Custom Boats in Bristol, a firm that has since shut down. That boat not only survived often brutal conditions but finished second in the 2009 race. In June, the Puma team raced il mostro to a second-the-line finish in the Newport to Bermuda Race (the 100-foot Speeedboat was first). Puma still owns il mostro and can use it as a trial boat to test the new version, but Mr. Read said other groups have made inquiries about racing il mostro themselves in the next around-the-world.

Designing the new yacht will be the Valencia-based Juan Yacht Design. Juan Kouyoumdjian’s designs have a perfect record in the Volvo Around the World Race since they began competing in Open 70 boats. The firm is credited with designing the 2006 winner ABN Amro One and the 2009 winner Ericsson 4.

Brandon Lyons, who oversaw construction of il mostro, will do the same with the new boat.

The 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race will start October 2011 in Alicante, Spain, and the route will go to Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya (China), Auckland and on to Itajaí (Brazil). Next stop is Miami and then across the Atlantic to Lisbon followed by Lorient in France. The race will finish June 2012 in Galway, Ireland.

New Cookson 40

The Kiwis seems to be busy on all fronts - Volvo, Cup, TP52 and now this!

Affordable, accessible offshore racing for amateur sailors, combined with a rigorous box-rule that keeps purchase and campaigning costs low is the winning concept of Class40. The success of Class40, with over 25 boats racing at close-quarters in every organised event, is attracting a growing number of professional sailors from other categories of boats, enriching the Class 40 fleet.

New Zealand is a small nation but one that is renowned for its passion for innovation and its sporting prowess – qualities that have produced world-best sailors and yachts. The challenge of designing and building a Kiwi production Class40 boat is irresistible.

New Zealand based Project Coordinator, Lapo Ancillotti, and businessman Francesco Piva have created BTBoats Ltd in order to manage the New Zealand production and Worldwide marketing of the KIWI 40FC – an exciting production Class 40 designed by Farr Yacht Design and built by Cookson Boats.

Ancillotti, Farr Yacht Design, and Cookson Boats have collaborated on numerous projects over the last two decades. This experienced and successful team, enriched by the arrival of Francesco Piva, has enthusiastically embraced the challenge of creating a very innovative, fast, and competitive production Class40 yacht - the KIWI 40FC.

Combining the world’s racing yacht designer of choice with arguably the world’s most respected racing yacht builder has produced a stunning Class40 yacht. The KIWI 40FC is the result of a close working relationship between BTBoats, Farr Yacht Design, and Cookson Boats with the common goal of producing a highly competitive boat at a good quality/price ratio.

Precision CNC tooling by Cookson Boats allows the KIWI 40FC to have a clean, simple structural boat layout and therefore a more efficient and precise weight control/VCG control. Cookson Boats have a highly developed resin infusion construction methodology and have established a consistent database with this technology. Resin infusion will be utilised for building the KIWI 40FC and as a consequence proper weight distribution, strength and stiffness is assured for the KIWI 40FC. The benefits of using resin infusion include a reduction in production time and an increase in cost efficiency.

The KIWI 40FC is destined to become an iconic yacht. Farr Yacht Design have created what we promise to be the fastest, most reliable and most stylish Class40 to date.

Construction of the moulds has begun and the first KIWI 40FC will be launched in August.

- Press info www.farrdesign.com / www.btboats.co.nz

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TP 52's in Cagliari

Check out the rest of the cool shots on Ainhoa's site...

The fight is on for the final podium place, see the results as they stand now.



viernes, 17 de septiembre de 2010

Draft Rule and Concept Paper for the AC72

View the Draft Rule and Concept Paper for the AC72 at:

A catamaran was selected as one element to transform and enliven the America’s Cup for the future. A multihull is the ideal dynamic class, capable of being raced hard in winds from 5 to 30 knots to minimize racing delays due to winds too light or too strong.

AC72 design parameters:
LOA 22.0 meters (72 feet)
Beam 14.0 meters (46 feet)
Displacement 5,700 kilograms (12,500 pounds)
All-up weight 7,000 kilograms (15,500 pounds)
Wingsail area 260 square meters (2,800 square feet)
Wingsail height 40 meters (130 feet)
Wingsail chord 8.5 meters (28 feet)
Sail trimming Manual grinders
Configuration Twin-hulled catamaran
Crew 11
Sail trimming No mechanically powered systems
Sail area reduction Removable top sections/leech elements
Appendages Maximum of 2 rudders, 2 daggerboards
Construction Minimum 600 grams/square-meter outer-skin;
High-modulus carbon-fiber permitted in wingsail spar

Regatta Director for 34th America’s Cup

[Source: BMW Oracle] America’s Cup experience and business acumen are the primary attributes of the new 34th America’s Cup Regatta Director, Iain Murray.

As Regatta Director, Murray (52, Sydney, Australia) heads up the new America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM), holding the dual role of CEO of the independent organization.
This is the first time in the event’s 159-year history that the defender has divested management of the competition into the hands of a neutral body, a central part of its vision to move the America’s Cup into the future.

ACRM will have responsibility over a wide range of topics including budget, management of the new AC72 and AC45 classes, the Youth America’s Cup (slated for 2012), the International Jury, race committee, umpires and measurement committee.

ACRM also will oversee the operation of a meteorological and oceanographic data service, the establishment and management of the America’s Cup Village, and infrastructure at all America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) venues.

With the 34th Match slated for 2013, one of ACRM’s immediate priorities is getting the ACWS up and running. Three regattas are planned for next year beginning in June or July, and ACRM is responsible for selecting the venues and managing the logistics from event to event.

Murray, a figurehead in America’s Cup syndicates from 1983 to 1995, has held a vision of an independent management body for the past 20 years.

The sailor and designer in Murray make him excited about the new high-performance AC72 and AC45 catamarans introduced for the competition.

“I think the technology we saw in the 33rd America’s Cup makes it hard to go backwards. The trick we’ll have is to marry the commercial demands of modern sailing with the principles of the America’s Cup,” Murray said.

“It’s hard not to be impressed by the commitment BMW ORACLE Racing, Russell Coutts and Larry Ellison have made to fix this thing,” said Murray. “This is very dear to my heart. I’d move mountains to be involved.”

Joining Murray in ACRM as the Chief Operating Officer is Andy Hindley, former Race Manager of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Hindley (43, Hampshire, UK) managed the 2001-02 and 05-06 editions of the Volvo Ocean Race before becoming in 2008 the Race and Technical Director of Powerboat P1 Management, the offshore monohull powerboat championship, for two years.

Hindley’s personal racing background is based largely in round-the-world races. Hindley, who holds a degree in physics, has a strong background in logistics from his days with the Volvo Ocean Race and P1 Powerboats.

Both events are travelling road shows that place heavy emphasis on public race villages in multiple venues.

“Getting the ACRM team arranged as quickly as possible is going to be one of the biggest goals,” Hindley said. “Logistics, catering, entertainment, public events and sport are all under the remit of ACRM, and we can’t let any of them slip. They’re all inter-linked and what will create the unique experience of coming to a World Series regatta.”

jueves, 16 de septiembre de 2010

Ken Read talks openly on the Volvo

Ken Read, PUMA Ocean Racing, and Rick Deppe, now of Volvo Ocean Race, have a face to face on the forthcoming 2011-12 edition. He talks nice and clearly - very refreshing to have him seeing it from our angle.

Volvo appoint MCM

Jerry Kirby/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race

Rick Deppe has joined the team at Volvo Ocean Race HQ as Associate Producer and Media Crew Member (MCM) Manager for the 2011-12 race.

Deppe will have a hand in production and will work with the onboard media crew both before and throughout the 9-month odyssey, helping the new MCMs do the best job possible in the tough conditions for which the Volvo Ocean Race is renowned.

Rick's inspiring career as both professional sailor and filmmaker will stand him in good stead for his new role, and the lessons he learned as media crew for Puma on the last race will be particularly useful. "I look forward to bringing everything I've learned in the last time around on the Volvo Ocean Race, everything I've learned in my career doing "Deadliest Catch" and shooting "Morning Light", bringing all of that to bear," Rick enthused.

"My job in this race basically will be taking the MCM project to a whole new level," Rick declared. He noted that the Media Crew Members did a great job last time, but hopes that with his help, they will be able to achieve even more. "In the last race I was part of the Media Crew Member experiment, and because it was so new - it had never been done, putting an embedded journalist / cameraman / sailor on one of these boats - there was enthusiasm, and some sailors and sponsors thought it was fantastic."

Rick knows just how hard it is being on these powerful boats and how hard it is to work on them as a cameraman. "It's a very difficult environment to be a cameraman, when you're being tipped over, bouncing, trying to film with the wind noise and water flying everywhere," he recalled. "The rules to being a cameraman normally are ‘always get a steady shot', ‘always keep your lenses clean', ‘get great audio', and all the other basic rules. But they all have to go out the window, when you get on a Volvo Open 70."

"Being on a Volvo Open 70 is a unique environment, probably like no other on earth," he said. "It can be a very frightening environment; and then there's all the interpersonal stuff - being crammed into a little carbon fibre drum with ten other guys, some who may like cameras getting stuck in their faces while their trying to do their jobs and others that may not."

"I think the hardest aspect is the interpersonal part, being in tight with the team; when bad things happen, being willing to go there, stick the camera in their face, and be with him the next day," he explained. "Normally, Volvo Ocean Race sailors are tough guys, they don't cry or fight with one another. And sometimes being friends makes it harder, because you don't want to make them look not even the slightest bit bad, embarrassed or show them in a vulnerable moment or having a bad day. You really have to figure out a way to coexist."

So finding the right person for each team is vital, and Rick is already helping some of the teams with the selection process for the 2011-12 race. "It probably won't be my decision, but I'm trying to help out. And they really want to get it right."

Before getting onboard with Puma as their MCM in 2008-09, Deppe had worked on several filming projects for Discovery Channel like "Deadliest Catch" and "Morning Light", and he already had years of experience as an offshore sailor including several round-the-world races, sailing as a bowman on Fortuna in the 1993-94 Whitbread and on Chessie Racing in the 1997-98 race.

For Rick, the timing of the PUMA project was perfect. "If this would have happened eight years ago, it wouldn't be such a great thing for me; if it would have been ten years from now, I would be over the hill. It just sort of landed at my feet. I was just in the right place at the right time in my life."

For PUMA, it was really important to get their message out in a way that suited their brand. "One goal is winning the race and the other goal is commercial, so it was important for them to have someone on those boats to tell their story," Rick explained. "The beauty of the Volvo Ocean Race is that it lasts nine months and you have nine months of amazing coverage and profiling of your brand or your company."

At the end of the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race, Deppe was awarded the Inmarsat Media Prize for his excellent filmwork on ill mostro. After a vacation in Ireland, Deppe picked up other projects like "Swords", spending a month onboard a fishing boat making a documentary about long-lining for swordfish in the Grand Banks of the North Atlantic.

Rick then joined BMW Oracle Racing as an embedded filmmaker with their America's Cup campaign and seemed convinced that he didn't want to do another Volvo Ocean Race. "The Volvo Ocean Race is physically challenging as a media crew member," he explained. "You're cooped up in a little hole, bent over in a horrible position, getting dripped on, not sleeping well. It's a tough environment physically on the body and in some ways, it was one of my reasons for not doing it again."

But shortly after finishing the America's Cup in Valencia, Deppe started talking with Adam Binns, Director of Television for the Volvo Ocean Race. They spoke about Deppe working on the race, but this time contributing his skills and knowledge as both sailor and Media Crew Member.

Rick's experience will be perfect to train the MCM's before the race and to help them understand they obstacles the will encounter during their journey. But he will also leave them to their creativity so that they can experience for themselves all the sensations he's lived through. "It will involve training, and getting everybody on the same page. But also at the same time, leaving each guy to express himself, his team, his own character and the character of his team as best he can."

"As we get nearer and nearer to the race, I think I'll probably step back a little bit and just let them get on with their job," he stated. "I'll surely be mentoring in the first couple of legs, then step more into a producing role here at the Volvo Ocean Race. Because of my knowledge of the race, I'll be able to explain what certain things mean, why one film from one boat connects to a film from another boat and how we can bring the stories together."

"During the race, hopefully I'll be good support and a shoulder to cry on for the MCMs."

Rick has already been active in his new role interviewing his old skipper and friend Ken Read in the PUMA Ocean Racing headquarters in Newport, Rhode Island. In Deppe's in-depth interview Kenny explains his thoughts behind the next race and the future for his project - all filmed on an iphone!

miércoles, 15 de septiembre de 2010

Grant reacts

Grant Dalton talks about the 34th America's Cup. Auckland, 14 September 2010. Video copyright TV New Zealand

Sailing Extreme 40 Catamarans

Boat crashes and capsizes of Extreme 40 catamaran sailboats at the iShares Cup. See much more about Extreme 40 catamarans and sailing and crashing boats at the iShares Cup at: http://yachtpals.com/taxonomy/term/2569

Now imagine the same thing with solid wings costing €3 million each - they won't be as forgiving as the soft sails seen in this video!!

Media Trials

Rushes from Day Three of the Media Trials in Valencia, X40 catamarans.

They are definately faster, but will the racing format be better viewing? Remember this footage is of 40 foot cats - try and imagine another 32 feet for scale!

martes, 14 de septiembre de 2010

lunes, 13 de septiembre de 2010

AC34 Design Conference

A significant step was taken towards creating the next Americas Cup boat when 19 designers met in Valencia to discuss the design rule for the 34th America's Cup.


World Sailing League

Does anyone remember the WSL?

BOR document

AC34PR_Sept 13 Press Conference.pdf

The little sister!

AC 72

  • New, exciting class of boat, the AC72 wingsail catamaran
  • New annual World Series starting in 2011
  • New Youth America’s Cup from 2012
  • Transformed media for television broadcast and online
  • Shorter, action-packed race format
  • Race delays minimized – new boat and venues with reliable wind
  • Independent race management and fully empowered International Jury to avoid
  • show-stopping disputes
  • Effective cost-cutting measures
  • Branding freedom for teams
  • One global website for all team and racing content
They claim that the catamaran will cost 20% less than and will make the boat sailable in a bigger wind range.

The crew has also been reduced from 17 to 11.

ACM will now be called ACRM - America’s Cup Race Management and this independent organization will be appointed by the Challenger and Defender board members.

The focus is on starting to generate returns and place cameras onboard for the first time these new fast yachts.