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BMW Oracle in the Auckland Match Racing Cup

Posted on 31 January 2006 by Valencia Sailing

Firm believers that a picture is worth a thousand words, we publish some additional pictures of BMW Oracle’s two teams in the Auckland Match Racing Cup that ended last Sunday. Chris Dickson, CEO and skipper of the Challenger of Record, and Bertrand Pacé, tactician of the America’s Cup team, both finished on the podium, earning the 3rd and 2nd place respectively.

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Chris Dickson racing in the Auckland Match Racing Cup. Photo copyright: Ivor Wilkins – Offshore Images


Bertrand Pacé racing in the Auckland Match Racing Cup. Photo copyright: Ivor Wilkins – Offshore Images


Chris Dickson racing in the Auckland Match Racing Cup. Photo copyright: Ivor Wilkins – Offshore Images


Chris Dickson racing in the Auckland Match Racing Cup. Photo copyright: Ivor Wilkins – Offshore Images


Bertrand Pacé against Dean Barker racing in the finals of the Auckland Match Racing Cup. Photo copyright: Ivor Wilkins – Offshore Images


Bertrand Pacé against Dean Barker racing in the finals of the Auckland Match Racing Cup. Photo copyright: Ivor Wilkins – Offshore Images

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BMW Oracle in the Auckland Match Racing Cup

Posted on 31 January 2006 by Valencia Sailing

Firm believers that a picture is worth a thousand words, we publish some additional pictures of BMW Oracle’s two teams in the Auckland Match Racing Cup that ended last Sunday. Chris Dickson, CEO and skipper of the Challenger of Record, and Bertrand Pacé, tactician of the America’s Cup team, both finished on the podium, earning the 3rd and 2nd place respectively.

For complete reports on the races just scroll down the screen.


Chris Dickson racing in the Auckland Match Racing Cup. Photo copyright: Ivor Wilkins – Offshore Images


Bertrand Pacé racing in the Auckland Match Racing Cup. Photo copyright: Ivor Wilkins – Offshore Images


Chris Dickson racing in the Auckland Match Racing Cup. Photo copyright: Ivor Wilkins – Offshore Images


Chris Dickson racing in the Auckland Match Racing Cup. Photo copyright: Ivor Wilkins – Offshore Images


Bertrand Pacé against Dean Barker racing in the finals of the Auckland Match Racing Cup. Photo copyright: Ivor Wilkins – Offshore Images


Bertrand Pacé against Dean Barker racing in the finals of the Auckland Match Racing Cup. Photo copyright: Ivor Wilkins – Offshore Images

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United Internet Team Germany gets high-tech support from NEC

Posted on 31 January 2006 by Valencia Sailing

The United Internet Team Germany gets support by the powerful computers of the Japanese NEC group. The computers are used in designing the new America’s Cup yacht and in calculating local weather data during regattas. The United Internet Team Germany and NEC as the first official supplier of the first German challenger in the 32nd America’s Cup have confirmed their cooperation in these two fields, while there are also plans for further joint projects.

The heart of this partnership is the “super brain” NEC SX-8, a vector computer, that sits in the High Performance Computing Center in Stuttgart, Germany. For the design of the new yacht that is currently under construction at the Knierim Yachtbau shipyard in Kiel, the computer simulates the boat’s drag in various wind and water conditions (computational fluid dynamics CFD) and thus helps to optimize the design. The computer’s high capacity allows for a high speed of complex calculations, so that the time gained can be used for analyses and the improvement of the boat’s performance potential.

This powerful supercomputer in Stuttgart, Germany carries out the complex mathematical calculations needed for the design simulations of GER89. Photo copyright: NEC

Gaining time is also a key factor when it comes to calculating weather data during the regattas. The computer’s job is to evaluate the current local forecast out of the various weather models available to provide the skipper and afterguard of the United Internet Team Germany with fast results to enable their strategic planning of the day’s races. “Thanks to the NEC IT equipment, our preparations for the America’s Cup will reach a new quality level,” say syndicate head Michael ScheerenHead of United Internet Team Germany

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and Eberhard MaggTechnical Director of United Internet Team Germany

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, the team’s Technical Director, unanimously, “we get the best possible support in terms of technology and technological know-how, that we could wish for in this area.”

On top of that, United Internet Team Germany and NEC plan to further expand their cooperation. NEC could provide the team with modern safety, telecommunications and monitor technology, for example.

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United Internet Team Germany gets high-tech support from NEC

Posted on 31 January 2006 by Valencia Sailing

The United Internet Team Germany gets support by the powerful computers of the Japanese NEC group. The computers are used in designing the new America’s Cup yacht and in calculating local weather data during regattas. The United Internet Team Germany and NEC as the first official supplier of the first German challenger in the 32nd America’s Cup have confirmed their cooperation in these two fields, while there are also plans for further joint projects.

The heart of this partnership is the “super brain” NEC SX-8, a vector computer, that sits in the High Performance Computing Center in Stuttgart, Germany. For the design of the new yacht that is currently under construction at the Knierim Yachtbau shipyard in Kiel, the computer simulates the boat’s drag in various wind and water conditions (computational fluid dynamics CFD) and thus helps to optimize the design. The computer’s high capacity allows for a high speed of complex calculations, so that the time gained can be used for analyses and the improvement of the boat’s performance potential.

This powerful supercomputer in Stuttgart, Germany carries out the complex mathematical calculations needed for the design simulations of GER89. Photo copyright: NEC

Gaining time is also a key factor when it comes to calculating weather data during the regattas. The computer’s job is to evaluate the current local forecast out of the various weather models available to provide the skipper and afterguard of the United Internet Team Germany with fast results to enable their strategic planning of the day’s races. “Thanks to the NEC IT equipment, our preparations for the America’s Cup will reach a new quality level,” say syndicate head Michael ScheerenHead of United Internet Team Germany

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and Eberhard MaggTechnical Director of United Internet Team Germany

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, the team’s Technical Director, unanimously, “we get the best possible support in terms of technology and technological know-how, that we could wish for in this area.”

On top of that, United Internet Team Germany and NEC plan to further expand their cooperation. NEC could provide the team with modern safety, telecommunications and monitor technology, for example.

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Mean Machine’s new TP52 yacht launched in Auckland

Posted on 30 January 2006 by Valencia Sailing

Yet another boat was launched last weekend belonging to the increasingly popular TP52 class. The Dutch team Mean Machine launched their brand new boat in Auckland and performed the first sea trials in the Hauraki gulf.

Although this website primarily covers the America’s Cup, the TP 52 class draws much attention, given the participation of many America’s Cup sailors in the TP52 Breitling MedCup during 2005 and the integration of many more this year. Let us not forget that the boat skippered by Vasco Vascotto of Mascalzone Latino – Capitalia Team won the 2005 MedCup.

Mean Machine, in particular, deserves even further attention since five sailors from Emirates Team New Zealand will be the core crew during the 2006 Medcup. They are Ray DaviesAfterguard of Emirates Team New Zealand

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, Stuart BettanyBowman of Emirates Team New Zealand

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, Jonathan MacbethGrinder of Emirates Team New Zealand

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, Tony RaePitman/Runner of Emirates Team New Zealand

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and Joe Allen who will sail with owner and skipper Peter de Ridder.

The New Zealand challenger will also provide core crew for another yacht competing in the Breitling TP52 Mediterranean circuit. Dean BarkerHelmsman of Emirates Team New Zealand

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, Jeremy LomasBowman of Emirates Team New Zealand

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, Jared HendersonPitman of Emirates Team New Zealand

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, Terry HutchinsonAfterguard of Emirates Team New Zealand

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, Kevin HallNavigator of Emirates Team New Zealand

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, Grant LoretzTrimmer of Emirates Team New Zealand

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and Don CowieTrimmer of Emirates Team New Zealand

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will sail on the new TP52 Warpath owned by Steve and Fred Howe. Warpath was designed by Emirates Team New Zealand principal designer Marcelino Botin and is being built in Auckland by Cookson Yachts, which also built NZL-84, the America’s Cup challenger’s new yacht.

Mean Machine expects to perform further sea trials this week.

The new TP52 boat lowered in Auckland’s harbor. Photo copyright: Mean Machine

The new TP52 boat in Auckland’s harbor. Photo copyright: Mean Machine

The new TP52 boat sailing in the Hauraki gulf. Photo copyright: Mean Machine

The new TP52 boat sailing in the Hauraki gulf. Photo copyright: Mean Machine

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Mean Machine’s new TP52 yacht launched in Auckland

Posted on 30 January 2006 by Valencia Sailing

Yet another boat was launched last weekend belonging to the increasingly popular TP52 class. The Dutch team Mean Machine launched their brand new boat in Auckland and performed the first sea trials in the Hauraki gulf.

Although this website primarily covers the America’s Cup, the TP 52 class draws much attention, given the participation of many America’s Cup sailors in the TP52 Breitling MedCup during 2005 and the integration of many more this year. Let us not forget that the boat skippered by Vasco Vascotto of Mascalzone Latino – Capitalia Team won the 2005 MedCup.

Mean Machine, in particular, deserves even further attention since five sailors from Emirates Team New Zealand will be the core crew during the 2006 Medcup. They are Ray DaviesAfterguard of Emirates Team New Zealand

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, Stuart BettanyBowman of Emirates Team New Zealand

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, Jonathan MacbethGrinder of Emirates Team New Zealand

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, Tony RaePitman/Runner of Emirates Team New Zealand

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and Joe Allen who will sail with owner and skipper Peter de Ridder.

The New Zealand challenger will also provide core crew for another yacht competing in the Breitling TP52 Mediterranean circuit. Dean BarkerHelmsman of Emirates Team New Zealand

Click for more info
, Jeremy LomasBowman of Emirates Team New Zealand

Click for more info
, Jared HendersonPitman of Emirates Team New Zealand

Click for more info
, Terry HutchinsonAfterguard of Emirates Team New Zealand

Click for more info
, Kevin HallNavigator of Emirates Team New Zealand

Click for more info
, Grant LoretzTrimmer of Emirates Team New Zealand

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and Don CowieTrimmer of Emirates Team New Zealand

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will sail on the new TP52 Warpath owned by Steve and Fred Howe. Warpath was designed by Emirates Team New Zealand principal designer Marcelino Botin and is being built in Auckland by Cookson Yachts, which also built NZL-84, the America’s Cup challenger’s new yacht.

Mean Machine expects to perform further sea trials this week.

The new TP52 boat lowered in Auckland’s harbor. Photo copyright: Mean Machine

The new TP52 boat in Auckland’s harbor. Photo copyright: Mean Machine

The new TP52 boat sailing in the Hauraki gulf. Photo copyright: Mean Machine

The new TP52 boat sailing in the Hauraki gulf. Photo copyright: Mean Machine

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Meanwhile, in the world’s sailing capital…

Posted on 29 January 2006 by Valencia Sailing

After a well-deserved holiday break, Port America’s Cup is increasingly showing signs of life and preparatory activity. Teams are gradually coming back to Valencia and for some of them this means moving to their permanent base. Taking advantage of a beautiful and sunny Sunday morning, we cruised inside the harbor and snapped some interesting photos of the bases and the brand new canal. Judging from the construction stage and speed, one can correctly assume that most America’s Cup teams will be able to move to their permanent bases before the start of the next Louis Vuitton Acts. Team China and United Internet Team Germany are the exception so far, as construction of their bases has not started yet.

Despite the apparent tranquility, construction crews were working inside the Foredeck club, as they have only 100 days left till the next Louis Vuitton Acts when everything must be ready in order for the public to enjoy one of the best venues for America’s Cup racing.

The Luna Rossa base. External construction is almost over and the Italian challenger has started bringing their support boats. Photo taken by Valencia Sailing

The Emirates Team New Zealand base. Here again, external construction is almost over. The syndicate from New Zealand will be in full force in about two months from now, when the brand new boat NZL-84 arrives from Auckland. Photo taken by Valencia Sailing

A closer look of the boat shed of the Emirates Team New Zealand base, with NZL-82 wrapped in front of it. Photo taken by Valencia Sailing

Another base whose external construction is nearing completion is that of K-Challenge. Nevertheless, the French team have not yet moved from their base in Gandia. Photo taken by Valencia Sailing

The BMW Oracle Racing base with tens of seagull spectators on the superyacht pier. According to the BMW Oracle blog, the team moved into the new base last week and we should expect the official inauguration sometime during spring. Construction crews are working round the clock to finish what promises to be a spectacular public area, or “interactive center” as the team call it. A part of it can be seen on the left hand corner of the building’s ground floor. Photo taken by Valencia Sailing

The Victory Challenge base, whose construction is also rapidly advancing. Photo taken by Valencia Sailing

The Mascalzone Latino – Capitalia Team base. Once again, external construction has advanced at a very fast pace. It is worth mentioning that the Italian team have unwrapped one of their two boats. Photo taken by Valencia Sailing

The +39 Challenge base. Without any doubt the Italian team is preparing their joint training with United Internet Team Germany next week. Photo taken by Valencia Sailing

GER-72, the boat of United Internet Team Germany, in front of their future base. The German team is the only one to have been training in Valencia during the Christmas break and will be facing +39 next week for some interesting match races off the Malvarosa beach. Photo taken by Valencia Sailing

Canal and AC Park construction

The Foredeck club. Photo taken by Valencia Sailing

The canal, looking towards the sea, as seen from the Foredeck club. Photo taken by Valencia Sailing

The canal and the Foredeck club, looking south, towards the inner basin of the port. It has now been dredged to a depth of betweeen 7 and 8 meters, allowing the passage of large ships and megayachts. Photo taken by Valencia Sailing

A general view of the canal, as seen from its edge. The first 250 berths of the new marina will be built on the right. Photo taken by Valencia Sailing

This will be the location of first 250 berths of the new marina. It will certainly be a priviliged place to dock one’s boat. Photo taken by Valencia Sailing

Last picture for today, the beaches of Las Arenas and Malvarosa as seen from the edge of the breakwater. The large building in the center of the photo is Valencia’s brand new luxurious 5-star hotel, “Las Arenas”. Photo taken by Valencia Sailing

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Meanwhile, in the world’s sailing capital…

Posted on 29 January 2006 by Valencia Sailing

After a well-deserved holiday break, Port America’s Cup is increasingly showing signs of life and preparatory activity. Teams are gradually coming back to Valencia and for some of them this means moving to their permanent base. Taking advantage of a beautiful and sunny Sunday morning, we cruised inside the harbor and snapped some interesting photos of the bases and the brand new canal. Judging from the construction stage and speed, one can correctly assume that most America’s Cup teams will be able to move to their permanent bases before the start of the next Louis Vuitton Acts. Team China and United Internet Team Germany are the exception so far, as construction of their bases has not started yet.

Despite the apparent tranquility, construction crews were working inside the Foredeck club, as they have only 100 days left till the next Louis Vuitton Acts when everything must be ready in order for the public to enjoy one of the best venues for America’s Cup racing.

The Luna Rossa base. External construction is almost over and the Italian challenger has started bringing their support boats. Photo taken by Valencia Sailing

The Emirates Team New Zealand base. Here again, external construction is almost over. The syndicate from New Zealand will be in full force in about two months from now, when the brand new boat NZL-84 arrives from Auckland. Photo taken by Valencia Sailing

A closer look of the boat shed of the Emirates Team New Zealand base, with NZL-82 wrapped in front of it. Photo taken by Valencia Sailing

Another base whose external construction is nearing completion is that of K-Challenge. Nevertheless, the French team have not yet moved from their base in Gandia. Photo taken by Valencia Sailing

The BMW Oracle Racing base with tens of seagull spectators on the superyacht pier. According to the BMW Oracle blog, the team moved into the new base last week and we should expect the official inauguration sometime during spring. Construction crews are working round the clock to finish what promises to be a spectacular public area, or “interactive center” as the team call it. A part of it can be seen on the left hand corner of the building’s ground floor. Photo taken by Valencia Sailing

The Victory Challenge base, whose construction is also rapidly advancing. Photo taken by Valencia Sailing

The Mascalzone Latino – Capitalia Team base. Once again, external construction has advanced at a very fast pace. It is worth mentioning that the Italian team have unwrapped one of their two boats. Photo taken by Valencia Sailing

The +39 Challenge base. Without any doubt the Italian team is preparing their joint training with United Internet Team Germany next week. Photo taken by Valencia Sailing

GER-72, the boat of United Internet Team Germany, in front of their future base. The German team is the only one to have been training in Valencia during the Christmas break and will be facing +39 next week for some interesting match races off the Malvarosa beach. Photo taken by Valencia Sailing

Canal and AC Park construction

The Foredeck club. Photo taken by Valencia Sailing

The canal, looking towards the sea, as seen from the Foredeck club. Photo taken by Valencia Sailing

The canal and the Foredeck club, looking south, towards the inner basin of the port. It has now been dredged to a depth of betweeen 7 and 8 meters, allowing the passage of large ships and megayachts. Photo taken by Valencia Sailing

A general view of the canal, as seen from its edge. The first 250 berths of the new marina will be built on the right. Photo taken by Valencia Sailing

This will be the location of first 250 berths of the new marina. It will certainly be a priviliged place to dock one’s boat. Photo taken by Valencia Sailing

Last picture for today, the beaches of Las Arenas and Malvarosa as seen from the edge of the breakwater. The large building in the center of the photo is Valencia’s brand new luxurious 5-star hotel, “Las Arenas”. Photo taken by Valencia Sailing

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