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New BMW Oracle boat arrives in Valencia !!!!

Posted on 28 February 2006 by Valencia Sailing

This news just in!!! The new BMW Oracle boat arrived from Seattle today at 3pm in Valencia’s airport. The airplane passed over our offices at around 2pm with an enormous roar that made us rush to the windows!! If only we could know at that moment what cargo it was carrying!!

New BMW Oracle boat at Valencia’s airport on 28 February 2006. Photo copyright: Gilles Martin-Raget / BMW Oracle Racing

New BMW Oracle boat at Valencia’s airport on 28 February 2006. Photo copyright: Gilles Martin-Raget / BMW Oracle Racing

New BMW Oracle boat at Valencia’s airport on 28 February 2006. Photo copyright: Gilles Martin-Raget / BMW Oracle Racing

New BMW Oracle boat at Valencia’s airport on 28 February 2006. Photo copyright: Gilles Martin-Raget / BMW Oracle Racing

New BMW Oracle boat at Valencia’s airport on 28 February 2006. Photo copyright: Gilles Martin-Raget / BMW Oracle Racing

New BMW Oracle boat at Valencia’s airport on 28 February 2006. Photo copyright: Gilles Martin-Raget / BMW Oracle Racing

New BMW Oracle boat at Valencia’s airport on 28 February 2006. Photo copyright: Gilles Martin-Raget / BMW Oracle Racing

New BMW Oracle boat at Valencia’s airport on 28 February 2006. Photo copyright: Gilles Martin-Raget / BMW Oracle Racing

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New BMW Oracle boat arrives in Valencia !!!!

Posted on 28 February 2006 by Valencia Sailing

This news just in!!! The new BMW Oracle boat arrived from Seattle today at 3pm in Valencia’s airport. The airplane passed over our offices at around 2pm with an enormous roar that made us rush to the windows!! If only we could know at that moment what cargo it was carrying!!

New BMW Oracle boat at Valencia’s airport on 28 February 2006. Photo copyright: Gilles Martin-Raget / BMW Oracle Racing

New BMW Oracle boat at Valencia’s airport on 28 February 2006. Photo copyright: Gilles Martin-Raget / BMW Oracle Racing

New BMW Oracle boat at Valencia’s airport on 28 February 2006. Photo copyright: Gilles Martin-Raget / BMW Oracle Racing

New BMW Oracle boat at Valencia’s airport on 28 February 2006. Photo copyright: Gilles Martin-Raget / BMW Oracle Racing

New BMW Oracle boat at Valencia’s airport on 28 February 2006. Photo copyright: Gilles Martin-Raget / BMW Oracle Racing

New BMW Oracle boat at Valencia’s airport on 28 February 2006. Photo copyright: Gilles Martin-Raget / BMW Oracle Racing

New BMW Oracle boat at Valencia’s airport on 28 February 2006. Photo copyright: Gilles Martin-Raget / BMW Oracle Racing

New BMW Oracle boat at Valencia’s airport on 28 February 2006. Photo copyright: Gilles Martin-Raget / BMW Oracle Racing

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Dubai is world-class for sailing, say Russell Coutts

Posted on 28 February 2006 by Valencia Sailing

Russell Coutts says Dubai is on course to become one of the world’s leading sailing venues and is placing the right emphasis on youth to help the sport’s growth.

Coutts, the most successful helmsman in Americas Cup history, can’t wait for next month’s Dubai Match Race Challenge when he tackles Danish star Jes Gram-Hansen Helmsman of Mascalzone Latino – Capitalia Team
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in the first of a new series of international events planned for the Emirate.

The event marks the competitive debut of the Russell Coutts 44 racing boat, and the New Zealander is relishing the battle ahead against Gram-Hansen and a crew drawn from 2007 Americas Cup challengers, the Italian-based Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team.

“The Dubai Match Race Challenge is a good chance to showcase the boat and learn more about the venue in preparation for future events,” said Coutts, looking ahead to the action at Dubai International Marine Club on March 16-17. “Perhaps more important than that, it is a good chance to promote sailing in that part of the world. They have a strong youth programme and it will be good for those sailors to see this type of racing. I believe there is a need to grow our sport through increasing the participation of our youth sailors. Dubai International Marine Club is doing a great job there. We need to make sailing more accessible and provide some exciting formats that young sailors can aspire to join. It seems that many events are concentrated in Europe and the US but we should also have more events in Asia to expand the participation levels in sailing.”


The youth sailing programme launched six years ago by Saeed Hareb, Managing Director of DIMC, has boosted the popularity of sailing at schools and local clubs and produced a national team which does well at international level.

“The youth programme has already produced a European champion as well as the first UAE national to qualify for an Olympic sailing event,” said Sid Bensalah, sailing manager at DIMC. “Bringing Russell Coutts, Jes Gram-Hansen and many more of the world’s top sailing stars to Dubai is another part of Saeed’s plans to boost the youngsters’ sailing education.”

The high performance composite-built RC 44 being launched in Dubai is being constructed to stringent CouttsJustin design specifications by Dubai-based manufacturers V1 Advanced Composite Technologies and Pauger Carbon from Budapest. The Dubai Match Race Challenge will feature six 20-minute rounds of close combat match racing on a virtual square course set between Dubai International Marine Club, its beachside, Le Meridian resort hotel and the Palm Jumeirah breakwater.

“The venue looks fantastic and the winds are very consistent,” said Coutts. “Typically there is a land breeze in the morning and a sea breeze in the afternoon. The match racing course is inside the Palm development, so the water is smooth and there are plenty of landmarks to define the race area. I believe it will become one of the best venues in the world to stage an international sailing event.”

Dubai International Marine Club and V1 Advanced Composite Technologies are working together to establish Dubai as a leading venue for match racing. Martin Bender, Managing Director of V1, said: “The Dubai Match Race Challenge is a very exciting new event and is already attracting a lot of attention from the international sailing community. We’re all eager to see how the RC44 performs and we have some fantastic racing to look forward to.”

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Dubai is world-class for sailing, say Russell Coutts

Posted on 28 February 2006 by Valencia Sailing

Russell Coutts says Dubai is on course to become one of the world’s leading sailing venues and is placing the right emphasis on youth to help the sport’s growth.

Coutts, the most successful helmsman in Americas Cup history, can’t wait for next month’s Dubai Match Race Challenge when he tackles Danish star Jes Gram-Hansen Helmsman of Mascalzone Latino – Capitalia Team
Click for more info
in the first of a new series of international events planned for the Emirate.

The event marks the competitive debut of the Russell Coutts 44 racing boat, and the New Zealander is relishing the battle ahead against Gram-Hansen and a crew drawn from 2007 Americas Cup challengers, the Italian-based Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team.

“The Dubai Match Race Challenge is a good chance to showcase the boat and learn more about the venue in preparation for future events,” said Coutts, looking ahead to the action at Dubai International Marine Club on March 16-17. “Perhaps more important than that, it is a good chance to promote sailing in that part of the world. They have a strong youth programme and it will be good for those sailors to see this type of racing. I believe there is a need to grow our sport through increasing the participation of our youth sailors. Dubai International Marine Club is doing a great job there. We need to make sailing more accessible and provide some exciting formats that young sailors can aspire to join. It seems that many events are concentrated in Europe and the US but we should also have more events in Asia to expand the participation levels in sailing.”


The youth sailing programme launched six years ago by Saeed Hareb, Managing Director of DIMC, has boosted the popularity of sailing at schools and local clubs and produced a national team which does well at international level.

“The youth programme has already produced a European champion as well as the first UAE national to qualify for an Olympic sailing event,” said Sid Bensalah, sailing manager at DIMC. “Bringing Russell Coutts, Jes Gram-Hansen and many more of the world’s top sailing stars to Dubai is another part of Saeed’s plans to boost the youngsters’ sailing education.”

The high performance composite-built RC 44 being launched in Dubai is being constructed to stringent CouttsJustin design specifications by Dubai-based manufacturers V1 Advanced Composite Technologies and Pauger Carbon from Budapest. The Dubai Match Race Challenge will feature six 20-minute rounds of close combat match racing on a virtual square course set between Dubai International Marine Club, its beachside, Le Meridian resort hotel and the Palm Jumeirah breakwater.

“The venue looks fantastic and the winds are very consistent,” said Coutts. “Typically there is a land breeze in the morning and a sea breeze in the afternoon. The match racing course is inside the Palm development, so the water is smooth and there are plenty of landmarks to define the race area. I believe it will become one of the best venues in the world to stage an international sailing event.”

Dubai International Marine Club and V1 Advanced Composite Technologies are working together to establish Dubai as a leading venue for match racing. Martin Bender, Managing Director of V1, said: “The Dubai Match Race Challenge is a very exciting new event and is already attracting a lot of attention from the international sailing community. We’re all eager to see how the RC44 performs and we have some fantastic racing to look forward to.”

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Dubai launches new event on world sailing stage

Posted on 26 February 2006 by Valencia Sailing

Three-times Americas Cup winning skipper Russell Coutts will go head-to-head in Dubai next month with Danish star Jes Gram-Hansen Helmsman of Mascalzone Latino – Capitalia Team
Click for more info
in the first of a new series of international sailing events planned for the Emirate.

The Dubai Match Race Challenge marks the competitive debut of the Russell Coutts 44 racing boat which will give rise to a new one design fleet racing World Championship event in 2007. The high performance composite-built RC 44 is being constructed to stringent CouttsJustin design specifications by Dubai-based manufacturers V1 Advanced Composite Technologies and Pauger Carbon from Budapest.

Its competitive launch in the Dubai Match Race Challenge on March 16-17 reinforces the relationship between V1 and the event organisers, Dubai International Marine Club, who are working together to establish Dubai as a leading venue for match racing.


The Dubai Match Race Challenge will feature six 20-minute rounds of close combat match racing on a virtual square course set between Dubai International Marine Club, its beachside Le Meridian resort hotel and the Palm Jumeirah breakwater. This setting is emerging as a unique stage for top-class international sailing, giving spectators a close-up view of the world’s top match racing teams in competitive action.

“We’re delighted to be working with Dubai International Marine Club to stage one of the highlights of our sailing calendar, and to be showcasing a new boat which should become one of the most exciting and sought after racers in the world,” said Martin Bender, Managing Director of V1 Advanced Composite Technologies.

“Russell Coutts, the world’s most successful match race sailor, has translated his long-standing passion for yacht design into a new light-displacement racer. It defines the advantages composite built boats have over traditionally built yachts in being lighter, faster, stiffer, more sophisticated, easier to maintain and reasonably priced.”

Ahead of the boat’s competitive debut in the Dubai Match Race Challenge, it has already been confirmed that a new, one design class fleet racing RC 44 World Championship will be staged in Dubai from March 11-18, 2007. “This new event will be broadcast live on TV in the Middle East and have a worldwide audience, and it will be one of our most prestigious events of the year,” said Saeed Hareb, Managing Director of DIMC. “At the same time, we’re already looking forward to hosting the first World Championship event next year, and many more events will follow.”

Skippering a crew featuring Swiss Julien di Biase, Croatian Stipe Vitaljic, Italian Massimo Sirena and Danes Chresten Plinius and Peter Poulsen, Coutts will be aiming to add to his impressive haul of major career successes in the Dubai Match Race Challenge.


Jes Gram-Hansen, one of the rising stars of match racing, will be supported by fellow-Dane Rasmus Kostner Trimmer of Mascalzone Latino – Capitalia Team
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, Malta’s Chris Dougall, and Italy’s Alberto Barovier Bowman of Mascalzone Latino – Capitalia Team
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, Michele Paoletti Trimmer of Mascalzone Latino – Capitalia Team
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and Vasco Vascotto Skipper of Mascalzone Latino – Capitalia Team
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, who has won more world sailing titles than any other Italian.

Coutts first came under the international spotlight by capturing the ISAF World Youth Championship in 1981, and three years later won a gold medal in the Finn class at the Los Angeles Olympics. His three America’s Cup victories as skipper in 1995, 2000 and 2003 with a 14-0 winning record, makes him the most successful America’s Cup helmsman.

He has won three World Match Racing Championships and recorded numerous international match race wins and World Championship victories. He has twice been the International Yacht Racing Union’s World Sailor of the Year.

Gram-Hansen has made a name for himself on the Swedish Match Tour, finishing third overall in 2001-’02 and 2002-’03, and was runner-up in the 2002 Match Racing World Championship. Vascotto has captured 22 Italian championships, seven European titles and 14 World Championships. He has also won 5 Giri d’Italia (Around Italy distance race), the Admirals Cup in 1999, and two bronze ISAF medals.

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Dubai launches new event on world sailing stage

Posted on 26 February 2006 by Valencia Sailing

Three-times Americas Cup winning skipper Russell Coutts will go head-to-head in Dubai next month with Danish star Jes Gram-Hansen Helmsman of Mascalzone Latino – Capitalia Team
Click for more info
in the first of a new series of international sailing events planned for the Emirate.

The Dubai Match Race Challenge marks the competitive debut of the Russell Coutts 44 racing boat which will give rise to a new one design fleet racing World Championship event in 2007. The high performance composite-built RC 44 is being constructed to stringent CouttsJustin design specifications by Dubai-based manufacturers V1 Advanced Composite Technologies and Pauger Carbon from Budapest.

Its competitive launch in the Dubai Match Race Challenge on March 16-17 reinforces the relationship between V1 and the event organisers, Dubai International Marine Club, who are working together to establish Dubai as a leading venue for match racing.


The Dubai Match Race Challenge will feature six 20-minute rounds of close combat match racing on a virtual square course set between Dubai International Marine Club, its beachside Le Meridian resort hotel and the Palm Jumeirah breakwater. This setting is emerging as a unique stage for top-class international sailing, giving spectators a close-up view of the world’s top match racing teams in competitive action.

“We’re delighted to be working with Dubai International Marine Club to stage one of the highlights of our sailing calendar, and to be showcasing a new boat which should become one of the most exciting and sought after racers in the world,” said Martin Bender, Managing Director of V1 Advanced Composite Technologies.

“Russell Coutts, the world’s most successful match race sailor, has translated his long-standing passion for yacht design into a new light-displacement racer. It defines the advantages composite built boats have over traditionally built yachts in being lighter, faster, stiffer, more sophisticated, easier to maintain and reasonably priced.”

Ahead of the boat’s competitive debut in the Dubai Match Race Challenge, it has already been confirmed that a new, one design class fleet racing RC 44 World Championship will be staged in Dubai from March 11-18, 2007. “This new event will be broadcast live on TV in the Middle East and have a worldwide audience, and it will be one of our most prestigious events of the year,” said Saeed Hareb, Managing Director of DIMC. “At the same time, we’re already looking forward to hosting the first World Championship event next year, and many more events will follow.”

Skippering a crew featuring Swiss Julien di Biase, Croatian Stipe Vitaljic, Italian Massimo Sirena and Danes Chresten Plinius and Peter Poulsen, Coutts will be aiming to add to his impressive haul of major career successes in the Dubai Match Race Challenge.


Jes Gram-Hansen, one of the rising stars of match racing, will be supported by fellow-Dane Rasmus Kostner Trimmer of Mascalzone Latino – Capitalia Team
Click for more info
, Malta’s Chris Dougall, and Italy’s Alberto Barovier Bowman of Mascalzone Latino – Capitalia Team
Click for more info
, Michele Paoletti Trimmer of Mascalzone Latino – Capitalia Team
Click for more info
and Vasco Vascotto Skipper of Mascalzone Latino – Capitalia Team
Click for more info
, who has won more world sailing titles than any other Italian.

Coutts first came under the international spotlight by capturing the ISAF World Youth Championship in 1981, and three years later won a gold medal in the Finn class at the Los Angeles Olympics. His three America’s Cup victories as skipper in 1995, 2000 and 2003 with a 14-0 winning record, makes him the most successful America’s Cup helmsman.

He has won three World Match Racing Championships and recorded numerous international match race wins and World Championship victories. He has twice been the International Yacht Racing Union’s World Sailor of the Year.

Gram-Hansen has made a name for himself on the Swedish Match Tour, finishing third overall in 2001-’02 and 2002-’03, and was runner-up in the 2002 Match Racing World Championship. Vascotto has captured 22 Italian championships, seven European titles and 14 World Championships. He has also won 5 Giri d’Italia (Around Italy distance race), the Admirals Cup in 1999, and two bronze ISAF medals.

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Luctor Yachts introduces new GP42

Posted on 25 February 2006 by Valencia Sailing

Luctor Yachts brings a new GP42 to the market. The boat is designed by Lutra design (designer of 2001 Fastnet winner Tonnerre), and built by McConaghy Boats (builder of Wild Oats) at their joint-venture yard with Jin Li Composites: McConaghy International in Chang Ping, one hour north of Hong Kong. The engineering has been done by SP Technology. The design has been approached as a one- off. The big difference is that it is built in a female mould so the structure is lighter and stiffer than a one-off that is built on a male plug. To lower the costs this boat is built in production, so a lot of teams can benefit from this superior building method, which is using prepreg carbon laminates. This technology improves hull stiffness considerably and unlike with wet laminates, the hull is equally stiff everywhere.


The new Box rule of the ORC is ideal to create the highest standard possible. Using this building method, the Luctor GP42 is not only a very fast boat, but is also very durable. Good value for money and highly competitive for many years. Next to the GP class, the Luctor GP42 also performs very well under the IRC rule. Luctor Yachts can offer the Luctor GP42 with various extras. For example we can adapt the keel or rudder, or we can taper the laminate in the ends, so we can move more weight to the centre of the boat. Should a client wishes to optimise for certain rules or conditions, Luctor Yachts can deliver more keels and/or rudders which can be bolted on very easily. In this way the Luctor GP42 can be optimised for the Sydney- Hobart Race for example. The Luctor GP42 combines the best of both worlds: racing in the GP42 Class and optimised racing under a handicap rule. The price of the Luctor GP42 will be very interesting.


Luctor Yachts has been founded by Jort van Sisseren in The Netherlands. Luctor Yachts brings the best components of the sailing world together. Developing tomorrow’s sailing yachts for a demanding public, combining cutting edge technology, advanced composites and know- how is their line of business. They combine the best builders and suppliers on the market and make this available to their clients for a good price. They mainly concern themselves with yacht racing on the highest level. Their objective is to be the most progressive yacht brand on the market, delivering high quality, race winning yachts. The Luctor GP42 is the first project, but the Luctor GP33 is already on its way.

For more information or questions check out www.luctoryachts.com

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Luctor Yachts introduces new GP42

Posted on 25 February 2006 by Valencia Sailing

Luctor Yachts brings a new GP42 to the market. The boat is designed by Lutra design (designer of 2001 Fastnet winner Tonnerre), and built by McConaghy Boats (builder of Wild Oats) at their joint-venture yard with Jin Li Composites: McConaghy International in Chang Ping, one hour north of Hong Kong. The engineering has been done by SP Technology. The design has been approached as a one- off. The big difference is that it is built in a female mould so the structure is lighter and stiffer than a one-off that is built on a male plug. To lower the costs this boat is built in production, so a lot of teams can benefit from this superior building method, which is using prepreg carbon laminates. This technology improves hull stiffness considerably and unlike with wet laminates, the hull is equally stiff everywhere.


The new Box rule of the ORC is ideal to create the highest standard possible. Using this building method, the Luctor GP42 is not only a very fast boat, but is also very durable. Good value for money and highly competitive for many years. Next to the GP class, the Luctor GP42 also performs very well under the IRC rule. Luctor Yachts can offer the Luctor GP42 with various extras. For example we can adapt the keel or rudder, or we can taper the laminate in the ends, so we can move more weight to the centre of the boat. Should a client wishes to optimise for certain rules or conditions, Luctor Yachts can deliver more keels and/or rudders which can be bolted on very easily. In this way the Luctor GP42 can be optimised for the Sydney- Hobart Race for example. The Luctor GP42 combines the best of both worlds: racing in the GP42 Class and optimised racing under a handicap rule. The price of the Luctor GP42 will be very interesting.


Luctor Yachts has been founded by Jort van Sisseren in The Netherlands. Luctor Yachts brings the best components of the sailing world together. Developing tomorrow’s sailing yachts for a demanding public, combining cutting edge technology, advanced composites and know- how is their line of business. They combine the best builders and suppliers on the market and make this available to their clients for a good price. They mainly concern themselves with yacht racing on the highest level. Their objective is to be the most progressive yacht brand on the market, delivering high quality, race winning yachts. The Luctor GP42 is the first project, but the Luctor GP33 is already on its way.

For more information or questions check out www.luctoryachts.com

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