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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
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
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
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.