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For centuries, sailing has been known for the stately progression of billowing white triangles and trapezoids across an azure sea.
But 2012 may become known as the year San Francisco Bay changed all that.
Spurred by the America’s Cup switch to high-speed catamarans, the West Coast’s most prestigious sailboat race, known as the Rolex Big Boat Series, for the first time allowed speedy multihulled boats to enter the racing, which finished Sept. 9.
The move was like allowing turbocharged engines in motor sports. Dyed-in-the-wool sailors call it a move to the dark side.
St. Francis Yacht Club Commodore Peter Stoneberg pushed that move. He raced aboard his ProSail 40 catamaran Shadow and ultimately took first among the multihulls.
“The Rolex Big Boat Series is one of the premier events in the world, and having catamarans included in it for the first time is very exciting for us,” said Stoneberg. “You just can’t beat the thrill and adrenaline of racing them on San Francisco Bay.”
Catamarans are becoming increasingly popular, but they sail and handle in a completely different way than monohulls. As we age, comfort becomes more important and many folks are considering retiring to the sailing life aboard a multihull. Sample the cruising lifestyle on a catamaran with sailing educators Captains Jeff & Jean from Two Can Sail. Jean and Jeff focus on couples learning to sail together as a team. No heeling, no yelling — just enjoy sailing the tropical island breezes while you get the hands on experience of operating a large cruising Cat.
Explore these locations with Jeff & Jean this season:
Belize, Dec 15th – 21st 2012 (only one stateroom left)
Antigua, May 4th – 11th 2013
Bahamas, June 29th – July 6th 2103 (Abaco Sailing Week)
For more information on these catamaran cruising vacations and other educational offerings designed for couples, visit: www.TwoCanSail.com.
To fly or not to fly? This week’s Americas Cup Discovered focuses on the latest technology as the hydro-foiling 72-foot wing-sailed catamarans become a reality. The secrecy around all the teams and their boat designs has been rife, but America’s Cup Discovered was there the moment ORACLE TEAM USA’s AC72 ’17′ went on the water – including the instant it all went wrong. Join them this week for unseen footage of what has forced the team back to the drawing board.
Courtesy of www.americascup.com.
Team Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 has finalized a technical and sports agreement with French sailor Franck Cammas, winning skipper of the 2012 Round the World Race and one of the greatest multihull experts alive. Cammas will join the team in the role of coach.
At the age of 24 Cammas won the Solitaire du Figaro; one year later he took the helm of Team Groupama’s first trimaran. He was winner of six world championships in the ORMA class (trimaran 60 feet) in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007 and also won the World Championship Fico-Lacoste (Forum International de la Course Oceanique) in 2000 and 2004.
Cammas’ sports career also counts numerous records in multihull, among which the victory of the Trophée Jules Verne in 2010 (round the world record in 48 days, 7 hours, 44 minutes and 52 seconds) and the Transat Jacques Vabre, the crossing of the Atlantic ocean from Le Havre, France to San Salvador de Bahia, Brasil, that he won in 2001, 2003 and 2007.
In 2010 he won the Route du Rhum (singlehanded transatlantic) on board of the 31,50 meter trimaran Groupama 3. In 2012, at his debut in this event, he won the Volvo Ocean Race with the VOR 70 Groupama 4.
Story courtesy of Luna Rossa.