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King Marine

Posted on 30 December 2006 by Valencia Sailing

We are happy to welcome King Marine as a new advertizer on Valencia sailing.

King Marine is an Argentinian high-end boatyard with facilities in Buenos Aires and Valencia and involved in the construction of high-end racing yachts since many years. ESP-88 and ESP-97, the two yachts of America’s Cup challenger Desafío Español have been built by King Marine entirely in their facilities in Valencia.

Their expertise is also most valuable in the two rapidly expanding yacht classes, TP52 and GP42. In the Argentinian facilities, King Marine is currently building two TP52 and four GP42 yachts. Once the hulls are finished they will be transported to Valencia in oder to be fitted out. We will have special reports and dedicated sections together with the usual tens of excellent photos.

If you want to advertize in one of the world’s most popular sailing blogs just send an email to info(at)valenciasailing.com. Our prices are competitive and we can build a tailor-made solution just for your needs.

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King Marine

Posted on 30 December 2006 by Valencia Sailing

We are happy to welcome King Marine as a new advertizer on Valencia sailing.

King Marine is an Argentinian high-end boatyard with facilities in Buenos Aires and Valencia and involved in the construction of high-end racing yachts since many years. ESP-88 and ESP-97, the two yachts of America’s Cup challenger Desafío Español have been built by King Marine entirely in their facilities in Valencia.

Their expertise is also most valuable in the two rapidly expanding yacht classes, TP52 and GP42. In the Argentinian facilities, King Marine is currently building two TP52 and four GP42 yachts. Once the hulls are finished they will be transported to Valencia in oder to be fitted out. We will have special reports and dedicated sections together with the usual tens of excellent photos.

If you want to advertize in one of the world’s most popular sailing blogs just send an email to info(at)valenciasailing.com. Our prices are competitive and we can build a tailor-made solution just for your needs.

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Alinghi’s new boat or staged unveiling?

Posted on 28 December 2006 by Valencia Sailing

Update: We would like to thank an alert reader for pointing out that this picture was taken on 3 February 2005 at the Décision boatyard in Switzerland when Alinghi presented their freshly modified SUI-75.

The following picture was first seen in Alinghi’s website accompanied by the following text: And while the sailing team and some designers and shore crew are based in Dubai, Boat 4, the second of our two new generation boats, is being built at the Décision Boatyard in Vevey, Switzerland and will be shipped overland to Valencia to be commissioned in the first quarter of the year.

Could it be sneak preview of Alinghi’s brand new rocket? We doubt the Swiss defender of the America’s Cup would publish such a photo. Whatever the case, according to the results of our unscientific poll on the left-hand column of the website, 56% of Valencia Sailing’s users that cast their vote think she will have to face NZL-92 in next summer’s America’s Cup match.

Could this be Alinghi’s new boat? We strongly doubt the Defender of the 32nd America’s Cup would ever make such a photo public, showing the bow of the boat. Photo copyright Ivo Rovira / Alinghi

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Gale force winds cause dismastings early in Rolex Sydney Hobart Race

Posted on 27 December 2006 by Valencia Sailing

Steep seas and unforecast winds gusting up to gale force strength resulted in two of the potential line honours contenders dismasting last night in the Rolex Sydney Hobart.

At 0308 (Australian time) the crew of ABN AMRO One advised the Race Committee that they had dismasted. Despite a forecast indicating there would be no more than 20 knots, ABN AMRO One were experiencing 30-35 knots of wind gusting up to 37-38 at the time, making 10.5-11 knots to the east of the fleet.

“It was all familiar territory,” commented skipper Mike Sanderson, who skippered the boat through considerably worse conditions to a decisive victory in the Volvo Ocean Race earlier this year. “There were two big bangs and it all came tumbling down. Something broke which had just worn out. Maybe we were lucky it didn’t go in the Volvo Ocean Race. All we have left is up to the first spreader.” Being pitch black in the early hours of the morning at the time of the incident, the exact cause of the breakage remains a mystery.

ABN AMRO ONE under jury rig heading towards Sydney. 27 December 2006. Photo copyright ROLEX/Daniel Forster

With the mast flailing around the crew were concerned about damaging the carbon fibre hull of their boat and hurriedly set about cutting through the carbon fibre spar, PBO rigging and numerous thick ropes, in order to free the rig from the hull.

Fortunately no one was injured in the incident. “The boys are a bit shaken up and disappointed – we were going well,” said Sanderson. At present ABN AMRO is motoring back to Sydney and their present ETA is 24-48 hours time.

In an altogether more serious incident that resulted in six casualties, the 30m line honours contender Maximus skippered by co-owners Charles St Clair Brown and Bill Buckley dismasted shortly after ABN AMRO One at 0300 local time. At the time they were closer to the shore than ABN AMRO, sailing in 28 knots in a sea that was lumpy but nothing extraordinary. “The boat was going very nicely, we’d been sitting on 12-12.5 knots and we were in good shape, just trucking down the coast,” recounted one of the injured crewman, Ian Trelaven.

On Maximus it was a forestay fitting that broke, resulting in the towering carbon fibre spar crashing directly backwards into the cockpit. At the time the crew were preparing for a tack and the falling spar nearly crushed several crew at the aft end of the cockpit, thankfully saved as the fall was broken by the twin steering wheels and the handles for the grinders. “I think we were incredibly lucky no one was killed,” said Treleaven.

Rescue operation underway with MAXIMUS. 27 December 2006. Photo copyright ROLEX/Daniel Forster

In the dismasting Trevalen had suffered a head injury which briefly knocked him unconscious. “I was down to leeward getting ready for the leeward traveller and heard the crunching. I hit the deck and the boom must have got me in the back of the head and just pushed me into the deck. I landed on a winch and it stopped doing any serious damage to me.”

Others hurt were Glenn Attrill, George Hendy, David Mundy and Martin Hannon suffering a mixture of injury to their lower back, head, ribs and pelvis. Most seriously hurt was New Zealander David Mundy who broke his leg and some ribs and was airlifted off in a stretcher. At first light this morning three crew were taken ashore to Moruya Hospital by helicopter while two were transported ashore to Batesman’s Bay by police launch.

In the dismasting Maximus’ rudder was slightly damaged and a sail became wrapped around the propeller. These have since been cleared and this morning Maximus was making for Jervis Bay, steered by the remaining half of a wheel.

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Gale force winds cause dismastings early in Rolex Sydney Hobart Race

Posted on 27 December 2006 by Valencia Sailing

Steep seas and unforecast winds gusting up to gale force strength resulted in two of the potential line honours contenders dismasting last night in the Rolex Sydney Hobart.

At 0308 (Australian time) the crew of ABN AMRO One advised the Race Committee that they had dismasted. Despite a forecast indicating there would be no more than 20 knots, ABN AMRO One were experiencing 30-35 knots of wind gusting up to 37-38 at the time, making 10.5-11 knots to the east of the fleet.

“It was all familiar territory,” commented skipper Mike Sanderson, who skippered the boat through considerably worse conditions to a decisive victory in the Volvo Ocean Race earlier this year. “There were two big bangs and it all came tumbling down. Something broke which had just worn out. Maybe we were lucky it didn’t go in the Volvo Ocean Race. All we have left is up to the first spreader.” Being pitch black in the early hours of the morning at the time of the incident, the exact cause of the breakage remains a mystery.

ABN AMRO ONE under jury rig heading towards Sydney. 27 December 2006. Photo copyright ROLEX/Daniel Forster

With the mast flailing around the crew were concerned about damaging the carbon fibre hull of their boat and hurriedly set about cutting through the carbon fibre spar, PBO rigging and numerous thick ropes, in order to free the rig from the hull.

Fortunately no one was injured in the incident. “The boys are a bit shaken up and disappointed – we were going well,” said Sanderson. At present ABN AMRO is motoring back to Sydney and their present ETA is 24-48 hours time.

In an altogether more serious incident that resulted in six casualties, the 30m line honours contender Maximus skippered by co-owners Charles St Clair Brown and Bill Buckley dismasted shortly after ABN AMRO One at 0300 local time. At the time they were closer to the shore than ABN AMRO, sailing in 28 knots in a sea that was lumpy but nothing extraordinary. “The boat was going very nicely, we’d been sitting on 12-12.5 knots and we were in good shape, just trucking down the coast,” recounted one of the injured crewman, Ian Trelaven.

On Maximus it was a forestay fitting that broke, resulting in the towering carbon fibre spar crashing directly backwards into the cockpit. At the time the crew were preparing for a tack and the falling spar nearly crushed several crew at the aft end of the cockpit, thankfully saved as the fall was broken by the twin steering wheels and the handles for the grinders. “I think we were incredibly lucky no one was killed,” said Treleaven.

Rescue operation underway with MAXIMUS. 27 December 2006. Photo copyright ROLEX/Daniel Forster

In the dismasting Trevalen had suffered a head injury which briefly knocked him unconscious. “I was down to leeward getting ready for the leeward traveller and heard the crunching. I hit the deck and the boom must have got me in the back of the head and just pushed me into the deck. I landed on a winch and it stopped doing any serious damage to me.”

Others hurt were Glenn Attrill, George Hendy, David Mundy and Martin Hannon suffering a mixture of injury to their lower back, head, ribs and pelvis. Most seriously hurt was New Zealander David Mundy who broke his leg and some ribs and was airlifted off in a stretcher. At first light this morning three crew were taken ashore to Moruya Hospital by helicopter while two were transported ashore to Batesman’s Bay by police launch.

In the dismasting Maximus’ rudder was slightly damaged and a sail became wrapped around the propeller. These have since been cleared and this morning Maximus was making for Jervis Bay, steered by the remaining half of a wheel.

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Test poll: Who will challenge Alinghi

Posted on 26 December 2006 by Valencia Sailing

Taking advantage of the holiday break and the lack of any major news in the sailing world, except the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, we put a small test poll on the left-hand column of the website.

You can cast your vote and check what the rest of our readers have voted. This first test poll couldn’t be other than who will challenge Alinghi in the America’s Cup match six months from now. If such kind of polls prove to be of interest we will gradually include more during next year.

In the meantime, enjoy a very pretty picture of the whole Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race fleet departing from Sydney and the tens or hundreds of spectator boats. I hope we see such scenes in Valencia in 2007.

Start of the 2006 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht with Sydney in the background. Sydney, 26 December 2006. Photo copyright ROLEX/Daniel Forster

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Test poll: Who will challenge Alinghi

Posted on 26 December 2006 by Valencia Sailing

Taking advantage of the holiday break and the lack of any major news in the sailing world, except the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, we put a small test poll on the left-hand column of the website.

You can cast your vote and check what the rest of our readers have voted. This first test poll couldn’t be other than who will challenge Alinghi in the America’s Cup match six months from now. If such kind of polls prove to be of interest we will gradually include more during next year.

In the meantime, enjoy a very pretty picture of the whole Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race fleet departing from Sydney and the tens or hundreds of spectator boats. I hope we see such scenes in Valencia in 2007.

Start of the 2006 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht with Sydney in the background. Sydney, 26 December 2006. Photo copyright ROLEX/Daniel Forster

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SWE-63 and SWE-73 of Victory Challenge ready to sail in Dubai

Posted on 22 December 2006 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Victory Challenge] The keels are back on Örn (SWE 63) and Orm (SWE 73), the masts as well. Everything is ready for Victory Challenge’s winter training in Dubai, which can therefore begin straight after the team’s essential Christmas and New Year holiday. With that, Victory Challenge would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

“We are absolutely ready to sail,” says Scott McAllister, who is daily operating manager for the temporary base in Dubai.

It has been an amazingly logistically complicated operation, in which SWE-63 and SWE-73, three containers, a tender boat and all the other equipment, more than 100 tons, we transported on two Antonovs, the gigantic Russian freight planes.

“It has been executed very well, without any problems at all,” says Victory Challenge’s shore manager Sam Murch, who arrived in Dubai when the keels and masts were to go back on the boats.

SWE-63 and SWE-73 are now ready for the maiden sail. Dubai, 20 December 2006. Photo copyright David Renkwitz/Victory Challenge

The temporary base is also completely ready for a team that is very used to temporary bases. They are similar circumstances to those they had in association with the pre-regattas in Malmö and Trapani last year and that they have had the majority of the time in Valencia. The permanent base building in Valencia simply didn’t exist last year, and the office area wasn’t ready for use until recently.

A number of Victory Challenge’s sailing and shore team have been on site in Dubai to get the boats ready to sail and to put the base in order. Only a few are staying over the Christmas and New Year holidays. When the team then reassembles there will be almost 70 people involved in the winter training.

Then the work on SWE 96 at the shipyard in the Lindholmen Science Park in Göteborg will be finished. SWE 96 is the boat that will be used in next year’s challengers’ series, the Louis Vuitton Cup that begins on 16 April.

Note: Don’t forget to check our video section on the top navigation bar of the website in order to view the excellent collection of videos by Victory Challenge.

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