There was no shortage of wind or trouble for the boats participating in day 3 of the BMW Auckland Regatta last week where mulithull and monohulls raced in 30+ knot winds. For more videos of the racing, go to www.bmwaucklandregatta.co.nz.]]>
The 2013 race will be the first time the competition for the “Auld Mug” will be held in San Francisco, a perfect natural sailing arena where more than one million spectators will see the 34th edition of the America’s Cup. The San Francisco agreement calls for teams to be based at Piers 30/32 and for the America’s Cup Village – the public Race Headquarters – at Piers 27/29. The pier improvements will be funded by the Port.
“We have worked very hard to bring this historic race to San Francisco and we’re very happy to have finally reached an agreement,” said Stephen Barclay, interim CEO of the America’s Cup. “Now we are focused on making this the most spectacular race in America’s Cup history.”
“We are thrilled that, in addition to the Louis Vuitton Cup and the America’s Cup racing in 2013, that the America’s Cup World Series will also take place in San Francisco in 2012,” said Mayor Edwin M. Lee. “This will add even more visitors, jobs and economic development as part of hosting one of the world’s premier sporting events.”
The inclusion of Piers 30/32 as the “pit row” for the teams in close proximity to the America’s Cup Village at Piers 27/29 will make the event’s footprint more compact and will benefit the teams as well as the general public. Racing will be visible from the shoreline – only minutes from downtown shopping and hotels, making this the most spectator-friendly event in the Cup’s 162-year history.
For the complete story, go to www.americascup.com.]]>
What a great place to sail! Inshore with flat water and tactical challenges and offshore with real waves and nice surf. The Club did an amazing job. It is one of the best places for sailing we’ve ever seen with nice facilities, brilliant beaches and snow on the mountains. We missed the strong winds and the big waves to test the material at its the limit, but it was good to have all the sailors feedback about what they likes or not about the Tornado.
We were especially interested in the comments from the women; how they like the sportive challenge of the boat. At the helm no one has any problems holding the carbon tiller and some of the ladies won the practice races ahead of us. In minutes they got familiar with the boat and brought it to max speed in a very short time. They can feel the difference and the high quality of the Tornado.
As crew, some said it was easy with the kite and mainsheet while some others said it was too hard to handle the sheet loads. It was great to get this feedback and comments from the sailors because for us it’s normal and we have the muscles to handle the loads. But we think this is exactly the point. If a boat is too easy to handle, it does not deserve to be at the top sport event of the World. The Olympics are for the very best athletes and it should be offer sportive challenge that you train for.
Nahid Gaebler (Tornado crew, 44 years old) is a normal woman with no special fitness training, and she easily handles the sheet loads of the Tornado in up to 30 knots of wind. But we listened and took the comments from the test sailors very seriously and are now re-thinking what we can do to face the critics. We found some solutions after asking our technical partners Harken and Ronstan and may change the sheetsystem from the gennacker (which is actually direct 1:1 with two automatic ratches) with an extra block and make it 1:2. Also the mainsheet (which is actually 1:8) we can change with only one extra block to 1:12. This way it will make it 50% easier on the gennacker sheet and 33% easier on the mainsheet without having too much extra sheet length.
For the complete story, go to www.sail-world.com.]]>
Officially, the earliest that teams entering the 34th America’s Cup for the San Francisco event in 2013 can launch their AC72 cats is July 1. Even then, teams can only sail their boats for a maximum of 30 days during the period 1July 2012 to 31 January.
There are also strict rules regarding the building of surrogate boats or sharing data between teams, rules that have been put in place to prevent well heeled or mutually cooperative teams gaining an edge.
But Paul Cayard’s Artemis Racing appears to have found a way around the restrictions by stepping the 131 foot, 2,800 square feet wing mast weighing just over 1 ton aboard an ORMA 60 trimaran, which apparently doesn’t count as a surrogate boat.
Of the other teams that have their sights set on 2013, testing on smaller 33 foot cats that squeeze in as the biggest that the rules allow, has been the preferred approach.
“We chose the full scale strategy. Our decision was more time consuming, but it allows us to learn how to handle this powerful wing. Before performance, there is the safety of our team. San Francisco Bay in July and August is an unforgiving place,” said CEO Paul Cayard.
With the Cup just 18 months away, there is precious little time to learn about a brand new style of multihull with it’s supercharged sail plan and as always, time on the water will count for a great deal.
Courtesy of www.yachtingworld.com.]]>
Just a little video reminder on how not to sail a Viper! Happy weekend!]]>
What’s your favorite water sport/multi-hull sailing combination?
Image Credits: ImagesbyMarco.com]]>
Thursday, 15th March: 10:30 & 17:30 GMT
Saturday, 17th March: 08:30 & 22:00 GMT
Sunday, 18th March: 17:30 GMT
Saturday, 7th April: 17:30 GMT
Sunday, 8th April: 08:30 & 22:00 GMT
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Already a month ago, we were writing our last blog post before crossing the Gulf of Aden in order to reach Africa and the Red Sea. Since 2006, we were aware that we would have to sail through the Gulf of Aden if we were to successfully achieve our journey around the world. We were hoping that the situation would settle down, but quite the contrary happened: the area became more dangerous almost everywhere west of the Indian Ocean.
To ensure our safety, we sought the help of Christophe Keckeis, former chief of the Swiss Army. In collaboration with Gérard d’Aboville, the captains of the PlanetSolar and myself have designed a security concept enabling us to cross this dangerous area in the best possible conditions for our security.
We have selected and mandated a private security firm employing exclusively former soldiers and elite forces from the French Army. Hence, 6 men trained and used to that kind of missions joined us on board in Abu Dhabi.
First, we had to make the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar almost impossible to access. We installed barbed wire at the sensitive areas, notably on the struts and on the back marina. PlanetSolar actually transformed into a bunker … After official ‘good bye’ with the team of the Swiss embassy in Abu Dhabi and its ambassador, Wolfgang Bruehlart, we discreetly left the Emirate Palace Marina for Djibouti. The start of a long navigation that would last 1800 nautical miles without stop.
For the complete story, go to www.sail-world.com.]]>