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King Marine Newsletter January 2007

Posted on 27 January 2007 by Valencia Sailing

Access the complete January 2007 newsletter here
Starting this month and once a month we will be publishing the newsletter of our advertizer King Marine, one of the world’s most advanced boatyards, based in Buenos Aires and Valencia.

January has been a busy month for the boatyard with plenty of activity in the three major racing classes. In the America’s Cup class, Desafío Español launched their latest yacht ESP-97, in record time after her arrival from King Marine’s boatyard in Valencia. In the TP52 class, January saw the start of construction of the new BRIBON yacht while in the up and coming GP42 class King Marine is involved in 5 projects. The first unit, for MOVISTAR, will be finished shortly and when the second one is ready as well, both will set out of Buenos Aires by the end of March.

ESP-97 started her first sailing tests and her fine-tuning is moved ahead of schedule


ESP-97, Desafío Español’ s new boat, started a few days ago her first sailing tests. After setting out from KING MARINE shipyard last December 20, Desafío Español’ s technical department and shore crew carried out the fitout of the appendages and deck of the boat.

On January 17 at 10:30 a.m. ESP-97 docked out of Desafío Español headquarters to embark on a test sail that lasted four hours, during which the members of the technical department, together with the sailing crew, carried out the first structural tests.

As technical coordinator of ESP-97 Iñigo Toledo said “today we were able to considerably move ahead in our schedule the tests of the boat structure that were initially planned for Thursday and Friday.”

Toledo has highlighted the satisfaction “of all the members of the technical department, of the shipyard, and of the team’ s general manager, Agustín Zulueta, who were all aboard the boat on this first test.”

During the next weeks, the technical and sports department of Desafío Español 2007 will carry out the fine-tuning of the new boat, “so that she is in full operating conditions by January 31, if everything goes according to schedule,” said the coordinator of ESP-97.

According to Zulueta, technical and sports general manager, “the second boat of Desafío Español 2007 that was built in Valencia is the evidence of the applied technology and know-how of both shipbuilders and the members of the technical department.”

The first sail of ESP-97 was scheduled for January 22. However, it was possible to move the date earlier due to the extraordinary work of the construction team, of the members of King Marine shipyard and of the shore crew of the Spanish team.”

In Zulueta’ s opinion, it was a perfect sailing day under excellent conditions for its premiere. “We were able to heel up to 32 degrees and the crew of Desafío Español 2007 pushed the boat to the limits allowed by the meteorological conditions.”

“In Valencia Desafío Español 2007 has made another giant step toward its firm commitment to making 2007 the best year ever for the Spanish team in the America’s Cup,” concluded the syndicate’s leader.

The new TP52 BRIBON is already under construction at King Marine Valencia


It is known that in the last months Valencia has become the summit of worldwide sailing.

This is a further sign which reflects the high technical level that has been achieved by this community since the beginning of the new season of the America’s Cup.

A few days after the news was announced at Valencia shipyard, the first steps towards the construction of the new Bribón were taken.

It is a latest-generation TP 52 class boat, designed by Judel&Vrolijk and bound for making her debut under the steering of King Juan Carlos during the first regatta of the Breitling Med Cup in June, 2007.

Within the Transpac 52 Box Rule, the boat will have a length of 15.85 meters; 4.37 meters of width and a sailing area of approximately 250 square meters.

The Catalan ship owner José Cusi entrusted the project to King Marine and its supervision under Ignacio Triay, designated as Project Manager.

Thus, the use of the most advanced technology in international regattas and the work of expert technicians and engineers is ensured.

Grand Soleil GP 42 under way


As a result of the burst of enthusiasm aroused by this new class, at the Buenos Aires shipyard five units designed by Botin & Carkeek will be built.

The hull mold is ready (see photo) and the first unit is expected to be completed by the end of January.

The deck of the first unit has already been completed and will be used by MOVISTAR.

According to schedule, the first two boats will set out from Buenos Aires in March 2007.

“La Luna” Project advances at King Marine in Buenos Aires


This cruising boat of modern design and 73 feet of length was designed by Dixon Yacht Design and her construction at the shipyard in Buenos Aires is quite advanced.

After Anders Berg (DYD) granted his approval when the boat was already under construction, we were visited by the owner, Scott Burguess, and Project Manager Mike Relling (see photo), who were quite satisfied with the progress achieved, as they were able to see in detail the construction process, with the hull and deck already finished.

Mr. Burguess’ visit was also a good opportunity to define the final details of the boat.

By the end of January the Project Manager, Mike Relling, and Engineer Douglas Black will also come to Buenos Aires to provide additional support and supervise the boat engineering.

According to schedule, La Luna will be ready by September, 2007 and the shipyard has already started the construction of Dixon 73’, a “twin sister” of La Luna, awaiting for candidates to! decide who will be the owner of a cruising boat which, due to her length and style, will not go unnoticed.

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King Marine Newsletter January 2007

Posted on 27 January 2007 by Valencia Sailing

Access the complete January 2007 newsletter here
Starting this month and once a month we will be publishing the newsletter of our advertizer King Marine, one of the world’s most advanced boatyards, based in Buenos Aires and Valencia.

January has been a busy month for the boatyard with plenty of activity in the three major racing classes. In the America’s Cup class, Desafío Español launched their latest yacht ESP-97, in record time after her arrival from King Marine’s boatyard in Valencia. In the TP52 class, January saw the start of construction of the new BRIBON yacht while in the up and coming GP42 class King Marine is involved in 5 projects. The first unit, for MOVISTAR, will be finished shortly and when the second one is ready as well, both will set out of Buenos Aires by the end of March.

ESP-97 started her first sailing tests and her fine-tuning is moved ahead of schedule


ESP-97, Desafío Español’ s new boat, started a few days ago her first sailing tests. After setting out from KING MARINE shipyard last December 20, Desafío Español’ s technical department and shore crew carried out the fitout of the appendages and deck of the boat.

On January 17 at 10:30 a.m. ESP-97 docked out of Desafío Español headquarters to embark on a test sail that lasted four hours, during which the members of the technical department, together with the sailing crew, carried out the first structural tests.

As technical coordinator of ESP-97 Iñigo Toledo said “today we were able to considerably move ahead in our schedule the tests of the boat structure that were initially planned for Thursday and Friday.”

Toledo has highlighted the satisfaction “of all the members of the technical department, of the shipyard, and of the team’ s general manager, Agustín Zulueta, who were all aboard the boat on this first test.”

During the next weeks, the technical and sports department of Desafío Español 2007 will carry out the fine-tuning of the new boat, “so that she is in full operating conditions by January 31, if everything goes according to schedule,” said the coordinator of ESP-97.

According to Zulueta, technical and sports general manager, “the second boat of Desafío Español 2007 that was built in Valencia is the evidence of the applied technology and know-how of both shipbuilders and the members of the technical department.”

The first sail of ESP-97 was scheduled for January 22. However, it was possible to move the date earlier due to the extraordinary work of the construction team, of the members of King Marine shipyard and of the shore crew of the Spanish team.”

In Zulueta’ s opinion, it was a perfect sailing day under excellent conditions for its premiere. “We were able to heel up to 32 degrees and the crew of Desafío Español 2007 pushed the boat to the limits allowed by the meteorological conditions.”

“In Valencia Desafío Español 2007 has made another giant step toward its firm commitment to making 2007 the best year ever for the Spanish team in the America’s Cup,” concluded the syndicate’s leader.

The new TP52 BRIBON is already under construction at King Marine Valencia


It is known that in the last months Valencia has become the summit of worldwide sailing.

This is a further sign which reflects the high technical level that has been achieved by this community since the beginning of the new season of the America’s Cup.

A few days after the news was announced at Valencia shipyard, the first steps towards the construction of the new Bribón were taken.

It is a latest-generation TP 52 class boat, designed by Judel&Vrolijk and bound for making her debut under the steering of King Juan Carlos during the first regatta of the Breitling Med Cup in June, 2007.

Within the Transpac 52 Box Rule, the boat will have a length of 15.85 meters; 4.37 meters of width and a sailing area of approximately 250 square meters.

The Catalan ship owner José Cusi entrusted the project to King Marine and its supervision under Ignacio Triay, designated as Project Manager.

Thus, the use of the most advanced technology in international regattas and the work of expert technicians and engineers is ensured.

Grand Soleil GP 42 under way


As a result of the burst of enthusiasm aroused by this new class, at the Buenos Aires shipyard five units designed by Botin & Carkeek will be built.

The hull mold is ready (see photo) and the first unit is expected to be completed by the end of January.

The deck of the first unit has already been completed and will be used by MOVISTAR.

According to schedule, the first two boats will set out from Buenos Aires in March 2007.

“La Luna” Project advances at King Marine in Buenos Aires


This cruising boat of modern design and 73 feet of length was designed by Dixon Yacht Design and her construction at the shipyard in Buenos Aires is quite advanced.

After Anders Berg (DYD) granted his approval when the boat was already under construction, we were visited by the owner, Scott Burguess, and Project Manager Mike Relling (see photo), who were quite satisfied with the progress achieved, as they were able to see in detail the construction process, with the hull and deck already finished.

Mr. Burguess’ visit was also a good opportunity to define the final details of the boat.

By the end of January the Project Manager, Mike Relling, and Engineer Douglas Black will also come to Buenos Aires to provide additional support and supervise the boat engineering.

According to schedule, La Luna will be ready by September, 2007 and the shipyard has already started the construction of Dixon 73’, a “twin sister” of La Luna, awaiting for candidates to! decide who will be the owner of a cruising boat which, due to her length and style, will not go unnoticed.

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Racing cancelled due to lack of wind at Auckland Match Racing Cup

Posted on 27 January 2007 by Valencia Sailing

Racing in the Auckland Match Racing Cup was cancelled on Saturday due to lack of wind on the Waitemata Harbour.

The teams were due to complete the semi-finals and best-of-three matches for the minor places from 5-10.

The teams never made it onto the water, however, as a glassy calm settled over the race area. After re-assembling twice during the morning and early afternoon to reassess the situation, regatta organizers pulled the plug and sent the teams home.

On Sunday, the top four teams led by Dean Barker (NZL), Ian Williams (GBR), Mathieu Richard (FRA) and Adam Minoprio (NZL) respectively will race in the semi finals, finals and petite finals.

Race officer Ross Markwick said the forecast for Sunday is a good breeze from the north-east direction with 15-20 knots. He said racing should be underway by 10am.

“With the current forecast, sailing will start and finish immediately outside the Squadron, which means it’s a great opportunity for people to come down to Westhaven and see the sailing up close.”

The remaining places have been settled according to the finishing order after the double round robin as follows:

5. Eugeny Neugodnikov (RUS)
6. James Spithill (AUS)
7. Simon Minoprio (NZL)
8. Brian Angel (USA)
9. Simon Dickey (NZL)
10. Takumi Nakamura (JPN)

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Alinghi’s SUI-100 already in Valencia

Posted on 26 January 2007 by Valencia Sailing

SUI-100, Alinghi’s brand new boat and last of the yachts built for the 32nd America’s Cup, is already inside the team’s boat shed in Valencia. It took just two and a half days for the hull to be trucked from the Décision boatyard in Switzerland.

Now it’s up to the shore crew to fit out the the boat to go sailing as soon as the sailing team is back from the Dubai winter training in early March.

Alinghi’s SUI-100 enters the boat shed. Valencia, 26 January 2007. Photo copyright Ivo Rovira / Alinghi

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Spithill out of the semifinals at Auckland Match Racing Cup

Posted on 26 January 2007 by Valencia Sailing

Defending champion Dean Barker and his Emirates Team New Zealand crew continued their march through the Auckland Match Racing Cup by winning the double round robin and earning top place in the final four.

But, it was a close run thing with three teams completing the 18 matches with 13 wins each. It took race officials some time to work out the countback and declare Barker the round robin winner, which gives him the right to choose his semi-final opponent.

Englishman Ian Williams and Frenchman Mathieu Richard also completed the round robin phase of the regatta on 13 wins, while local young gun, Adam Minoprio and his Blackmatch crew took the fourth slot on 10 wins.

Barker said the plan for today was just to keep solid results going. “It is tough to be consistent in the conditions we have had. We have not had our best day, but we have done enough to get through to the semis.”

He will decide who to race against before the start of the semi-finals tomorrow. “It is a tough decision,” he said. “All of them have their moments. There are definitely no easy choices.”

The Kiwi young gun Adam Minoprio finished fourth in the round robins and secured his spot in the semifinals of the Auckland Match Racing Cup. Auckland, 26 January 2007. Photo copyright Ivor Wilkins / Auckland Match Racing Cup

At the conclusion of three days of intense racing on Auckland’s tide-dominated Waitemata Harbour, the four semi-finalists in the Auckland Match Racing Cup regatta had one surprising absence.

Coming into the regatta, the form guide probably favoured the two America’s Cup works teams, Dean Barker and James Spithill with his Luna Rossa team. In the event, it was Spithill who was the surprise omission from the top four.

Halfway through the second of two round robins, Spithill was still in with a chance, but an uncharacteristic run of losses today put him out of the hunt.

Williams, ranked no. 2 in the world, usually sails with a crew of English sailors plus one American, but he came to Auckland alone and raced with a pick-up crew of New Zealanders. “We struggled a bit a first,” he said.

“We have been working on our communications and we had a much better day today.” In fact, the Williams team put together the only perfect score of the day, winning six out of six matches.

“There are five or six teams here that have had very tight battles with each other, all slugging it out for a place in the semis,” he said.

Richard, who is ranked no. 3 in the world, attributed their success in the round robins to good starts, good crew work and good boatspeed, all vital match racing ingredients. “We expected the racing to be very close,” he said. “I was sure it would be tight with so many good teams competing here.

Frenchman Mathieu Richard secured his spot in the semifinals of the Auckland Match Racing Cup. Auckland, 26 January 2007. Photo copyright Ivor Wilkins / Auckland Match Racing Cup

“It is obviously satisfying to get through to the semis, but it is not going to be easy. Our plan is to continue as we have in the opening days and hopefully keep our momentum.”

Minoprio’s result proved his top-four finish behind three top America’s Cup crews in the New Zealand match race nationals last year was no flash in the pan. However, he did not like today’s performance with three losses.

“We were pretty upset with ourselves. A whole lot of little mistakes cost us races,” said the young skipper, who with a team of Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Youth Programme sailors embarked on a professional match racing career a year ago.

But, even if the day started badly, it ended with a place in the semis, which was always the first objective. “We just have to hope for a better day tomorrow than we had today,” he said.

Ten teams from seven nations are competing in the Auckland Match Racing Cup, which is hosted by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

Tomorrow’s racing will see the two semi-final pairs racing off in best-of-five matches to decide the two finalists. The rest of the fleet will sail best-of-three matches, 5 vs 6, 7 vs 8 and 9 vs 10 to decide the minor placings.

The final and petite final are scheduled to be raced on Sunday.

POINTS TABLE
1. Dean Barker 13 wins / 5 losses
2. Ian Williams 13 / 5
3. Mathieu Richard 13 / 5
4. Adam Minoprio 10 / 8
5. Eugeny Neugodnikov 9 / 9
6. James Spithill 9 / 9
7. Simon Minoprio 6 / 12
8. Brian Angel 6 / 12
9. Simon Dickey 6 / 12
10. Takumi Nakamura 5 / 13

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Dean Barker leads Auckland Match Racing Cup

Posted on 25 January 2007 by Valencia Sailing

Defending champion Dean Barker and his Emirates Team New Zealand crew topped the leaderboard of the Auckland Match Racing Cup after the second day of racing was completed on the Waitemata Harbour today.

“We are happy with the day’s results,” said Barker, who notched up five victories in six matches today. “We managed to win a couple of close ones and we felt we were sailing well.”

Very powerful tides continued to play a major role in the racing today, but a stronger and more steady breeze “took some of the random factor out of it,” Barker noted. In contrast, the opening day yesterday was marked by very light, shifty breezes, which, combined with the tides, turned some of the matches into a lottery.

Dean Barker leading the Auckland Match Racing Cup at the second day of racing. Auckland, 25 January 2007. Photo copyright Ivor Wilkins / Auckland Match Racing Cup

With Barker’s crew clear ahead on a 9-3 win-loss record, the race to make the semi-finals is still wide open. Local young gun, Adam Minoprio and his Blackmatch team is tied with Frenchman Mathieu Richard on 8-4. Minoprio gave notice of his giant-killer abilities at the recent New Zealand Match Race Championships, where he finished 4th behind a trio of hot America’s Cup crews.

“Getting to the semi-finals is the first objective,” he said. Minoprio recorded two wins against James Spithill and his Luna Rossa America’s Cup team today, but was still berating himself for losses through lapses in concentration. “We don’t want to lose races through silly mistakes and we have made two of those so far,” he said.

Richard, who is ranked No. 3 in the world, said the racing was very close and was taking nothing for granted at this stage. He said the strong tides were definitely a factor. “But, it is part of the game here in Auckland. We knew that. It changes a lot of things about how you approach the starts and in the general tactics. It makes it interesting.”

The up and coming Kiwi sailing star Adam Minorpio is tied second at the Auckland Match Racing Cup at the second day of racing. Auckland, 25 January 2007. Photo copyright Ivor Wilkins / Auckland Match Racing Cup

Spithill carved his formidable reputation on the world match racing scene as a young firebrand and gave a wry smile at finding the tables turned with a younger generation now coming after him. “It’s not so good,” he said of his double defeats to Minoprio’s crew. “Those guys are doing really well. They have been sailing together a long time.

With a score of 7-5 (equal with British world No. 2, Ian Williams), Spithill is still very much in contention for a semi-final slot. “We have made a few mistakes, but I am fairly happy with where we are,” he said. “We are still learning all the time and there is still a lot of sailing to go.”

Frecnh match racer Mathieu Richard is tied second at the Auckland Match Racing Cup at the second day of racing. Auckland, 25 January 2007. Photo copyright Ivor Wilkins / Auckland Match Racing Cup

POINTS TABLE
Dean Barker 9 wins / 3 losses
Mathieu Richard 8 / 4
Adam Minoprio 8 / 4
Ian Williams 7 / 5
James Spithill 7 / 5
Takumi Nakamura 5 / 7
Simon Dickey 5 / 7
Eugeny Neugodnikov 4 / 8
Simon Minoprio 4 / 8
Brian Angel 3 / 9

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Alinghi’s SUI-100 sets sail for Valencia

Posted on 24 January 2007 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Alinghi] This morning as the snow fell, Switzerland bid fair winds to SUI100, Alinghi’s latest America’s Cup Class yacht. The 25m carbon fibre racing machine, cloaked in secrecy, was rolled out of the Décision boatshed and loaded onto a Planzer truck for a five day 1,250km overland trip to Valencia.

Over 20,000 hours of work have gone into the second of Alinghi’s new builds with boatbuilders from Décision and Alinghi working around the clock. The Swiss yard in Vevey has an established relationship with Alinghi, having built SUI64, the 2003 America’s Cup winning yacht, SUI75 and SUI91. Michel Marie, shore crew coordinator for Alinghi looks back over the path to SUI100: “At the beginning of this campaign, we created a ‘master plan’ with a series of events that would take us all the way to the Cup. This included of course two new builds. Back in 2003, Boat 4’s estimated departure from Switzerland was the 26 January 2007. Today, it is leaving for Valencia and we are the 24 January. This shows how well the project has been executed and demonstrates the excellent coordination between the two teams at Alinghi and Décision SA.”

SUI-100 leaving snowy Switzerland and heading to sunny Valencia. Photo copyright Ivo Rovira / Alinghi

Ernesto Bertarelli, team syndicate head, led celebrations at a private get-together at the boatyard the evening before, attended by Alinghi sponsors, EPFL project leaders, the boatbuilders and their suppliers. “SUI100 is the culmination of much work from many different people: the designers, the boatbuilders – both Alinghi’s own and those at the Décision boatyard – and the sailing team of course. I am very proud to see SUI100 finished and on its way to the 32nd America’s Cup. With this boat, we are taking another step towards fighting to win the Cup again.”

Bertrand Cardis, yard director at Décision SA comments on another successful build: “At Décision boatyard, we are mostly sailors and so we are very well aware of the challenges and potential pitfalls of boatbuilding. The aim at Décision is to lead in the field of innovative composite construction, and this attitude fits well with the requirements of the America’s Cup and Alinghi. I also believe that we are one of the fastest build teams.”

When SUI100 arrives in Valencia, the shore crew at Alinghi headquarters will start readying the boat to go sailing as soon as the sailing team is back from the Dubai winter training in early March.

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SUI-100 on her way to Valencia

Posted on 24 January 2007 by Valencia Sailing

This is hot off the press!!!

SUI-100, the brand new Alinghi boat, left the Décision boatyard this Wednesday morning and is on her way to Valencia.

SUI-100 leaving snowy Switzerland and heading to sunny Valencia. Photo from www.decision.ch

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