Franck Cammas to Team with Luna Rossa for 2013 AC

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.

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Bid for a Trip Aboard the World’s Largest Catamaran

This year marks the fifth anniversary of Oceana’s Summer SeaChange party, and the highlight of the event’s live auction is a seven-day Caribbean Charter aboard the world’s largest luxury sailing catamaran, HEMISPHERE.

SeaChange is a benefit that gives supporters an opportunity to help Oceana bring back the sea’s bounty. It is based out of Orange County, California.

This year’s event features special guest Morgan Freeman and a musical performance by Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, as well as additional celebrity supporters. Since its inception, this groundbreaking event has raised nearly $5 million for ocean conservation.

Ten to 12 lucky sailing enthusiasts will win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the thrill of HEMISPHERE, a design masterpiece that sets a new benchmark for luxury charters, with a crew of 10 including a gourmet chef and state-of-the-art accommodations.

Launched in 2011, this stunning 145-foot sailing vessel boasts the ultimate fusion of extravagance and dynamic performance, exemplifying unparalleled luxury on the seven seas while maintaining environmental integrity.

The winning bidder and guests will have the opportunity to spend eight days and seven nights in the Caribbean where Captain Gavin Bladen can share his knowledge of eight years diving experience in the idyllic waters and create a custom cruising itinerary. Divers will be delighted to learn that HEMISPHERE was built for exploring the underwater world with two PADI-certified dive instructors on board and a dive center housing full sets of scuba diving gear for up to 12 guests.

A host of other toys, including two fantastic tenders, snorkeling equipment, wakeboards, paddleboards, a professional diving board, a trampoline, kayaks, windsurfers, water scooters, mountain bikes and Seabobs all combine to create the perfect platform to maximize an ideal Caribbean yachting vacation experience.

“Thanks to Burgess, our SeaChange guests have a chance to experience the beauty of the ocean on this once-in-a-lifetime yachting experience, all while supporting Oceana’s conservation efforts,” said Jim Simon, Oceana executive vice president. “Through its continued support, Burgess has generously helped Oceana win in-the-water policy victories for our oceans since 2011.”

For more information on Burgess, visit their website. For further details regarding HEMISPHERE, click here.

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Dun Laoghaire to Host Global Sailing Championship Series

Dun Laoghaire will play host to a new global sailing championship series when the MOD70 European Tour visits Dublin from Wednesday, September 5 – Sunday, September 9.

The National Yacht Club and the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company will host Race For Water, FONCIA, Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, Spindrift Racing and Musandam Oman Sail.

A five-day family festival will be held on the East Pier to celebrate the arrival of the trimarans. The festival will include, food courts, a farmers market, fair trade and craft stalls, street entertainers and vintage amusements.

From Friday, September 7 – Saturday, September 8, the MOD70s will be competing in the Dublin City Race and in the Speed Match Races, which is held in Dublin Bay.

The trimarans will leave Dun Laoghaire at 3 p.m. for the start of the second leg of the European Tour from Dun Laoghaire to Cascais.

Gerry Dunne, CEO of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company stated: ‘We are delighted to welcome the world’s most innovative trimarans to Dun Laoghaire Harbor, which has witnessed 200 years of maritime history. 1.4 million people walk the East Pier on an annual basis and we hope that the hosting of this global event will attract many more people to our beautiful harbor in September.” Continue reading

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Berman Launches Balance 421 Catamaran

Phil Berman, longtime sailor, owner and founder of The Multihull Company, has launched his own line of catamarans aimed at the performance sailing market. Dubbed the Balance 421, Berman has teamed with Kiwi catamaran master designer Roger Hill in the redesign of one of Roger’s well-proven hull designs to produce the first in a full range of Balance Catamarans.

“I am calling it Balance Catamarans because our team of designers, engineers and builders are hard focused on achieving a perfect harmony between comfort at anchor and safety and performance underway,” said Berman. “At Balance Catamarans we will not produce charter cats or racing cats but rather blue-water voyagers of uncompromising quality. We know that the demands of the sea have not changed since the days of the early Polynesian catamaran explorers and that ultimately our boats must be designed and built to cope with the worst weather nature can deliver.”

The boats will be marketed and sold exclusively by The Multihull Company around the globe.

Hill and Berman painstakingly analyzed every aspect of the Hill design down to the tiniest detail, test-sailed a protype in Australia, then refined the design again and again to achieve the perfect balance between performance and comfort. Then, they turned to a seasoned composite builder they both knew and respected – Lee Zinxiang.  Zinxiang, while managing production for ArrowCat Marine in China, successfully built over 50 Hill-designed power catamarans at his composite engineering factory in Juhai, China. The team was rounded out by the addition of Micah Zimmerman who has founded a range of companies in China over the past 15 years, including ArrowCat Marine.

Hill has been drawing boats for just over 34 years. Starting out his working life as an Architectural draughtsman and then being asked to join the office of Bruce Farr in Auckland. After these initial projects Hill tackled an interesting variety of work including mono hull and catamarans, power and sail, steel, alloy, wood, and composite construction.

“I am certain you will agree that the Balance 421 is the most harmonious and carefully thought out live-aboard voyaging catamaran to come to market in years,” said Berman.

The Balance 421 will be available early in 2013. A Balance 451 is already in the tooling stage and will be launched in the spring of 2013.

Pre-show orders are now being accepted. Please contact The Multihull Company via telephone, 215-508-2704 or visit their website for further information.

Story courtesy of The Multihull Company.

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Solar-Powered Catamaran Sets Sail on Global Journey

Cheaper, more efficient and more powerful than ever before, global consumers are turning to solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to provide clean, renewable, local electrical power for their homes.

Adding significantly to the growing portion of America’s electricity generated from solar energy is power utilities, more and more of which are getting involved with U.S. solar energy markets. Though gains have been sluggish, substantial progress is being made in terms of weaning U.S. vehicles, cycles, planes and maritime vessels off of petroleum fuels.

And that is exactly what New Zealand native and designer of the catamaran Planet Solar Chris Loomes has not only envisioned, but achieved.

According to the website, “PlanetSolar is a catamaran that runs solely on energy found in light. The additional removable parts allow it to expose a total of 537 m2 of photovoltaic surface (solar panels) to the sun. This data makes it the biggest solar run ship in the world.”

Pretty impressive! For more details surrounding the catamaran’s world tour, visit the boat’s website or blog.

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The World’s Largest Sailing Tri…Equipped with a Sports Car?

For sailors who cannot live without their sports car, the 157-foot UltraLuxum CXL Trimaran was a big draw at the Monaco Yacht Show.

The UltraLuxum CXL, which is the world’s largest sailing trimaran, has outer hulls that fold in for harbor access. The vessel is a stable platform at sea thanks to its impressive beam (the CXL is 75 feet across), but it can be transformed to “just” 36 feet in a matter of minutes, allowing access to a greater range of harbors and marinas.

UltraLuxum signed a partnership with McLaren Applied Technologies back in May in order to fabricate the technology of its retractable beams. The UltraLuxum CXL comes equipped with a McLaren MP4, which will be housed in a dedicated garage and visible from the owner’s cabin through a wall of glass.

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Multihull Solutions Named Worldwide Distributor of the Year

Multihull Solutions is celebrating having been awarded the prestigious Fountaine Pajot Worldwide Distributor of the Year title for an unprecedented three consecutive years.

Fountaine Pajot acknowledged Multihull Solutions’ outstanding sales record, which continues to eclipse other distributors from larger market regions including Asia, Europe and the United States.

Fountaine Pajot has a worldwide network of approximately 50 dealers who are responsible for all sales of the company’s sail and power catamaran range. A dealer must perform to maintain their exclusive dealership license with the Fountaine Pajot yard. Multihull Solutions has continually exceeded these targets, with sales over $40 million in the last three years.

Multihull Solutions has grown significantly since its inception in 2008. It now operates an Australian sales office in Mooloolaba, a New Zealand sales office in Auckland, and has sales consultants based in North Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia. With a dedicated team of more than 15 professionals, the company offers new and pre-owned multihull sales, a quality Brokerage Division, Sales-ready programs, charter investment programs, sail training, multihull deliveries, relocations and more.

For further information regarding Multihull Solutions, visit their website at www.multihullsolutions.com.au

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Arabic Yacht Makes History Crossing the Atlantic

Omani sailors have earned a place in the history books as the first Arabic yacht to cross the Atlantic Ocean during the KRYS Ocean Race.

The KRYS Ocean Race, which features several of the world’s fastest multihull yachts, set sail in New York City on Saturday, July 7th and finished in a little under a week in Brest, France. The crew of the 70-foot trimaran Musandam-Oman Sail managed to take the lead early on, holding their position at the front of the fleet throughout the first day of racing. But unfortunately, bad luck struck and one of the sailboat’s foils spontaneously snapped off. For the remainder of the race, the yacht sailed at only 70% of its performance capacity.

 Despite this setback, Omani finished in fourth place, having crossed the Atlantic within five days.

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