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Breitling Medcup TP52 – Preview of the provisional schedule for 2006

Posted on 31 October 2005 by Valencia Sailing

A provisional schedule for the 2006 Breitling MEDCUP TP52 Circuit 2006 was announced on Thursday 27th Oct. during the presentation of the XII Breitling Regatta, which took place at the Barcelona International Boat Show. The Breitling Regatta itself is one of the confirmed events for the 2006 Circuit.

The Breitling MEDCUP plans to open the Circuit with the first event to be held in Punta Ala, Italy, from 22nd – 27th May. The fleet will then move to Barcelona for the second event in the Circuit, to be held from 5th – 9th July. The third event will be the Breitling Regatta, which will be held in Puerto Portals from the 19th – 23rd July. The next event will be held just one week after, which will be the Copa del Rey in Palma de Mallorca from 29th July – 6th August. The TP52s will then meet in Athens for the fifth event, from the 19th – 27th August, with the Circuit drawing to a close in a final event in Ibiza, which will be from 18th – 23rd September 2006.

José Félix García, the Head of Communication for the Breitling MEDCUP TP52, explained that much care was being taken when choosing the dates for the Circuit. This was so that the events would not clash with the Volvo Ocean Race, or the America’s Cup Acts, as many of the owners and sailors are also participating in these competitions.

Javier Pomar, the Director General of Cronomar (Head of Breitling, Spain) was enthusiastic about the growth of the Circuit for the coming season. Pomar reminded everyone of the energy and enthusiasm that all those who have participated have brought to the project. Preparations for next year’s Circuit are well underway.

We can also reveal that for next year the number of teams due to participate in the Circuit will be almost double that of this year, with 20 boats already confirming their presence. As well as the stars of this year’s Circuit, LEXUS QUANTUM, CAIXA GALICIA, BRIBON, ORLANDA, ATALANTI, BAMBAKOU, CRISTABELLA, AIFOS, SIEMENS, PATCHES and SJAMBOK, new vessels will also be joining the fleet. Countries such as Germany, Austria, Spain, with one new vessel, and Holland, with two new teams, England, Ireland, Norway and the USA have all confirmed their participation in the Breitling MEDCUP 2006.

Among the new teams to take part in the 2006 edition of the Breitling MEDCUP are the Dutch team Sotto Vocce and Mean Machine, the Germans Pinta, Norway’s Fram, and the English team Stay Calm. Also joining the fleet are the Americans Rush and Warpath – who will have almost all of the Emirates Team New Zealand onboard. Among the Spaniards to look out for in next year’s Circuit, will be Inaki Castaner’s team Ono, following the purchase of the Breitling MEDCUP 2005’s winning vessel, Pisco Sour with Vasco Vascotto.

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Breitling Medcup TP52 – Preview of the provisional schedule for 2006

Posted on 31 October 2005 by Valencia Sailing

A provisional schedule for the 2006 Breitling MEDCUP TP52 Circuit 2006 was announced on Thursday 27th Oct. during the presentation of the XII Breitling Regatta, which took place at the Barcelona International Boat Show. The Breitling Regatta itself is one of the confirmed events for the 2006 Circuit.

The Breitling MEDCUP plans to open the Circuit with the first event to be held in Punta Ala, Italy, from 22nd – 27th May. The fleet will then move to Barcelona for the second event in the Circuit, to be held from 5th – 9th July. The third event will be the Breitling Regatta, which will be held in Puerto Portals from the 19th – 23rd July. The next event will be held just one week after, which will be the Copa del Rey in Palma de Mallorca from 29th July – 6th August. The TP52s will then meet in Athens for the fifth event, from the 19th – 27th August, with the Circuit drawing to a close in a final event in Ibiza, which will be from 18th – 23rd September 2006.

José Félix García, the Head of Communication for the Breitling MEDCUP TP52, explained that much care was being taken when choosing the dates for the Circuit. This was so that the events would not clash with the Volvo Ocean Race, or the America’s Cup Acts, as many of the owners and sailors are also participating in these competitions.

Javier Pomar, the Director General of Cronomar (Head of Breitling, Spain) was enthusiastic about the growth of the Circuit for the coming season. Pomar reminded everyone of the energy and enthusiasm that all those who have participated have brought to the project. Preparations for next year’s Circuit are well underway.

We can also reveal that for next year the number of teams due to participate in the Circuit will be almost double that of this year, with 20 boats already confirming their presence. As well as the stars of this year’s Circuit, LEXUS QUANTUM, CAIXA GALICIA, BRIBON, ORLANDA, ATALANTI, BAMBAKOU, CRISTABELLA, AIFOS, SIEMENS, PATCHES and SJAMBOK, new vessels will also be joining the fleet. Countries such as Germany, Austria, Spain, with one new vessel, and Holland, with two new teams, England, Ireland, Norway and the USA have all confirmed their participation in the Breitling MEDCUP 2006.

Among the new teams to take part in the 2006 edition of the Breitling MEDCUP are the Dutch team Sotto Vocce and Mean Machine, the Germans Pinta, Norway’s Fram, and the English team Stay Calm. Also joining the fleet are the Americans Rush and Warpath – who will have almost all of the Emirates Team New Zealand onboard. Among the Spaniards to look out for in next year’s Circuit, will be Inaki Castaner’s team Ono, following the purchase of the Breitling MEDCUP 2005’s winning vessel, Pisco Sour with Vasco Vascotto.

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Gandia and K-Challenge sign enhanced sponsorship agreement. Countdown to "Gandia Challenge Race" has began

Posted on 28 October 2005 by Valencia Sailing

José Manuel Orengo, Mayor of Gandia, and Stephan Kandler, CEO of the French America’s Cup syndicate K-Challenge, signed yesterday morning the continuation and enhancement of their sponsorship agreement.

Two aspects of this agreement are of major importance. Firstly, the city of Gandia will pay the French team a further 600 thousand euros, amount at which is calculated the value of the city’s advertizing and as a result its name will now appear on the hull as well as the boom of the boat. This agreement also contemplates the wide promotional collaboration between the two parties.

The second and very important aspect of the agreement is the organization of a promotional regatta, to be named GANDIA CHALLENGER RACE, that will gather all challengers, as well as the Defender of the America’s Cup, for a weekend of racing in Gandia’s waters next September.

The cost of organizing and carrying out this first-class sports event will reach 1 million euros. Both parties will be responsible for its organization but the cost will be totally assumed by the city of Gandia. It is confident to be able to secure sponsor financing, as most large companies of the Gandia area are already interested in co-financing this event.

José Manuel Orengo, Mayor of Gandia, and Stephan Kandler, CEO of K-Challenge

José Manuel Orengo, Mayor of Gandia: “We would like to thank K-Challenge for their risky bet, for having established their logistical and training base in our city, a fact that has been benefitial to both parties”.

Stephan Kandler, CEO of K-Challenge: “I would like to emphasize above all the warm welcome and help we have received from the city and all its citizens. If the rules of the America’s Cup concerning the boat we will be using in Valencia in 2007 had allowed it, we would have built it in our Gandia base”.

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Gandia and K-Challenge sign enhanced sponsorship agreement. Countdown to "Gandia Challenge Race" has began

Posted on 28 October 2005 by Valencia Sailing

José Manuel Orengo, Mayor of Gandia, and Stephan Kandler, CEO of the French America’s Cup syndicate K-Challenge, signed yesterday morning the continuation and enhancement of their sponsorship agreement.

Two aspects of this agreement are of major importance. Firstly, the city of Gandia will pay the French team a further 600 thousand euros, amount at which is calculated the value of the city’s advertizing and as a result its name will now appear on the hull as well as the boom of the boat. This agreement also contemplates the wide promotional collaboration between the two parties.

The second and very important aspect of the agreement is the organization of a promotional regatta, to be named GANDIA CHALLENGER RACE, that will gather all challengers, as well as the Defender of the America’s Cup, for a weekend of racing in Gandia’s waters next September.

The cost of organizing and carrying out this first-class sports event will reach 1 million euros. Both parties will be responsible for its organization but the cost will be totally assumed by the city of Gandia. It is confident to be able to secure sponsor financing, as most large companies of the Gandia area are already interested in co-financing this event.

José Manuel Orengo, Mayor of Gandia, and Stephan Kandler, CEO of K-Challenge

José Manuel Orengo, Mayor of Gandia: “We would like to thank K-Challenge for their risky bet, for having established their logistical and training base in our city, a fact that has been benefitial to both parties”.

Stephan Kandler, CEO of K-Challenge: “I would like to emphasize above all the warm welcome and help we have received from the city and all its citizens. If the rules of the America’s Cup concerning the boat we will be using in Valencia in 2007 had allowed it, we would have built it in our Gandia base”.

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New Russell Coutts 44 wins fans on first outings

Posted on 28 October 2005 by Valencia Sailing

“I am just really delighted with the response,” Russell Coutts says of the racing yacht he and Andrej Justin designed.

“People saw a real race boat and were excited by that. They were also impressed with the quality of the carbon rudder, keel and spars. But most important, they were really impressed by the way the boat sailed in the video we showed,” Coutts says.

Anyone not lucky enough to have seen the boat in the flesh can also see the video of the Russell Coutts 44 going through its paces on Italy’s Lake Garda on Coutts’ website at www.russellcoutts.net, here.

Coutts confirmed the boat will now be available for purchase for 400,000 Euros.

For 20,000 Euros owners can also buy a custom built trailer with the capability to rotate the boat 40 degrees hydraulically.

Key features are:

• The Russell Coutts 44 is a light displacement, one design racer
• With a powerful sail plan, the 44-footer is designed to be fast downwind and powerful upwind
• The boat has twin steering wheels, a high aspect ratio keel (with a weed cutter fitted in its leading edge) and an adjustable trim tab on the keel
• It is built using carbon infusion in female moulds, ensuring a light weight, accurate structure and protecting the one-design integrity of the class
• The boat also features a carbon mast with PBO rigging and a carbon boom and retractable gennaker strut and carbon rudder and keel fin
• The LOA is 43.8′ (13.35m), Bmax 9′ (2.75m), main 753sq.ft. (70m²) and displacement is 7850 lbs (3560kg)
• It has a specially designed canting trailer, easily detachable stern scoop and simple keel-to-hull attachment making the boat very easy to transport and store
• The mast is built in two structural parts also adding to ease of transport on the road (with no oversize restrictions)
• A large racing cockpit allows sailing with seven crew
• For fleet racing it will be an owner/driver class with strict limitations on the number of professional crew
• The rudder and steering system have been designed to produce a well balanced boat that handles with two fingers even when sailing at surfing speeds
• When not sailing, the Russell Coutts 44 is powered by a 20 HP Volvo diesel engine with a specially developed hydraulically controlled retractable prop for drag reduction, light weight and ease of use.

During the boat show and regatta thousands of visitors took a close look at the boat, with over 30 already serious about acquiring one.

Already a new class association for racing the Russell Coutts 44 is being formed which will have strict amateur owner/driver requirements to ensure owners get even competition and maximum enjoyment.

People who saw the boat responded very positively to its all-carbon fibre look, with no need to apply fillers. Owners can have a clear carbon look or a smooth painted finish.

“We wanted to include a degree of complexity so an owner can experience what a top-end race boat is like to sail, and it delivers on that, “Coutts says. “Yet we also wanted it to be easy to own – you can race this boat in summer and if you wish put it away relatively easily in winter.

“We wanted ease of ownership combined with real excitement when you are on the water.”

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New Russell Coutts 44 wins fans on first outings

Posted on 28 October 2005 by Valencia Sailing

“I am just really delighted with the response,” Russell Coutts says of the racing yacht he and Andrej Justin designed.

“People saw a real race boat and were excited by that. They were also impressed with the quality of the carbon rudder, keel and spars. But most important, they were really impressed by the way the boat sailed in the video we showed,” Coutts says.

Anyone not lucky enough to have seen the boat in the flesh can also see the video of the Russell Coutts 44 going through its paces on Italy’s Lake Garda on Coutts’ website at www.russellcoutts.net, here.

Coutts confirmed the boat will now be available for purchase for 400,000 Euros.

For 20,000 Euros owners can also buy a custom built trailer with the capability to rotate the boat 40 degrees hydraulically.

Key features are:

• The Russell Coutts 44 is a light displacement, one design racer
• With a powerful sail plan, the 44-footer is designed to be fast downwind and powerful upwind
• The boat has twin steering wheels, a high aspect ratio keel (with a weed cutter fitted in its leading edge) and an adjustable trim tab on the keel
• It is built using carbon infusion in female moulds, ensuring a light weight, accurate structure and protecting the one-design integrity of the class
• The boat also features a carbon mast with PBO rigging and a carbon boom and retractable gennaker strut and carbon rudder and keel fin
• The LOA is 43.8′ (13.35m), Bmax 9′ (2.75m), main 753sq.ft. (70m²) and displacement is 7850 lbs (3560kg)
• It has a specially designed canting trailer, easily detachable stern scoop and simple keel-to-hull attachment making the boat very easy to transport and store
• The mast is built in two structural parts also adding to ease of transport on the road (with no oversize restrictions)
• A large racing cockpit allows sailing with seven crew
• For fleet racing it will be an owner/driver class with strict limitations on the number of professional crew
• The rudder and steering system have been designed to produce a well balanced boat that handles with two fingers even when sailing at surfing speeds
• When not sailing, the Russell Coutts 44 is powered by a 20 HP Volvo diesel engine with a specially developed hydraulically controlled retractable prop for drag reduction, light weight and ease of use.

During the boat show and regatta thousands of visitors took a close look at the boat, with over 30 already serious about acquiring one.

Already a new class association for racing the Russell Coutts 44 is being formed which will have strict amateur owner/driver requirements to ensure owners get even competition and maximum enjoyment.

People who saw the boat responded very positively to its all-carbon fibre look, with no need to apply fillers. Owners can have a clear carbon look or a smooth painted finish.

“We wanted to include a degree of complexity so an owner can experience what a top-end race boat is like to sail, and it delivers on that, “Coutts says. “Yet we also wanted it to be easy to own – you can race this boat in summer and if you wish put it away relatively easily in winter.

“We wanted ease of ownership combined with real excitement when you are on the water.”

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New feature added!! Valencia Hotels

Posted on 27 October 2005 by Valencia Sailing

Since the America’s Cup related sailing activity has significantly slowed down, I took the opportunity to develop and add some new features in Valencia Sailing, hoping to make things easier for all fans that will visit the world’s sailing capital – that is Valencia – during the next 2 years. These features have been added on the right-hand column, in the “Valencia Guides” section.

Thanks to the newly-available technology from Google it is now possible to use the extremely precise and versatile Google satellite photos and maps through your browser without the need for any special program. When you click on one of the guides a new window will open. The first guide covers the city’s hotel, giving you the ability to view the exact location of each one as well as book a room, directly from your browswer.

Each red icon represents a hotel and when you click on it you’ll see some info about it and a direct link to the reservation page for that particular hotel. Alternatively, if you already know the hotel you want, by clicking on its name in the hotel list, the map will position itself there and open the info window. As a result, it is possible to browse all of the city’s 30 most important hotels both geographically and alphabetically and make a reservation with a few clicks.

You can drag the map with your mouse and move it around or zoom in and out with the slider. Remember, each icon points to the exact building of the hotel.

To my knowledge, no other major sports event has ever had such a user-friendly tool. It will be constantly upgraded, adding other categories such as beaches, marinas and yacht clubs, golf courses, etc.

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New feature added!! Valencia Hotels

Posted on 27 October 2005 by Valencia Sailing

Since the America’s Cup related sailing activity has significantly slowed down, I took the opportunity to develop and add some new features in Valencia Sailing, hoping to make things easier for all fans that will visit the world’s sailing capital – that is Valencia – during the next 2 years. These features have been added on the right-hand column, in the “Valencia Guides” section.

Thanks to the newly-available technology from Google it is now possible to use the extremely precise and versatile Google satellite photos and maps through your browser without the need for any special program. When you click on one of the guides a new window will open. The first guide covers the city’s hotel, giving you the ability to view the exact location of each one as well as book a room, directly from your browswer.

Each red icon represents a hotel and when you click on it you’ll see some info about it and a direct link to the reservation page for that particular hotel. Alternatively, if you already know the hotel you want, by clicking on its name in the hotel list, the map will position itself there and open the info window. As a result, it is possible to browse all of the city’s 30 most important hotels both geographically and alphabetically and make a reservation with a few clicks.

You can drag the map with your mouse and move it around or zoom in and out with the slider. Remember, each icon points to the exact building of the hotel.

To my knowledge, no other major sports event has ever had such a user-friendly tool. It will be constantly upgraded, adding other categories such as beaches, marinas and yacht clubs, golf courses, etc.

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