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New TP52 Caixa Galicia presented in Valencia

Posted on 30 May 2007 by Valencia Sailing

Yet another brand new TP52 boat was presented this afternoon in Valencia. This time it was the turn of Caixa Galicia with a Botín Carkeek design built in the Ximo Lopez boatyard, 60 kilometers north of Valencia. She can be considered the “twin” of the Mutua Madrileña boat given the fact they shared the same mold. This time, boat owner Vicente Tirado opted for a yacht performing in a wider range of winds and will aim to advance from fourth overall place in 2006.

As far as the crew is concerned, apart from tactician John Kostecki, there are hardly any big America’s Cup names. After the presentation we went out to take pictures of a brief test sail. I was fuming when I could see in the distance Alinghi and Emirates Team NZ training against each other!!!

The new Caixa Galicia officially presented. Valencia, 30 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The new Caixa Galicia officially presented. Valencia, 30 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The new Caixa Galicia officially presented. Valencia, 30 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The new Caixa Galicia officially presented. Valencia, 30 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The new Caixa Galicia officially presented. Valencia, 30 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The new Caixa Galicia officially presented. Valencia, 30 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The new Caixa Galicia officially presented. Valencia, 30 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The new Caixa Galicia officially presented. Valencia, 30 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The new Caixa Galicia officially presented. Valencia, 30 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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New TP52 Caixa Galicia presented in Valencia

Posted on 30 May 2007 by Valencia Sailing

Yet another brand new TP52 boat was presented this afternoon in Valencia. This time it was the turn of Caixa Galicia with a Botín Carkeek design built in the Ximo Lopez boatyard, 60 kilometers north of Valencia. She can be considered the “twin” of the Mutua Madrileña boat given the fact they shared the same mold. This time, boat owner Vicente Tirado opted for a yacht performing in a wider range of winds and will aim to advance from fourth overall place in 2006.

As far as the crew is concerned, apart from tactician John Kostecki, there are hardly any big America’s Cup names. After the presentation we went out to take pictures of a brief test sail. I was fuming when I could see in the distance Alinghi and Emirates Team NZ training against each other!!!

The new Caixa Galicia officially presented. Valencia, 30 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The new Caixa Galicia officially presented. Valencia, 30 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The new Caixa Galicia officially presented. Valencia, 30 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The new Caixa Galicia officially presented. Valencia, 30 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The new Caixa Galicia officially presented. Valencia, 30 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The new Caixa Galicia officially presented. Valencia, 30 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The new Caixa Galicia officially presented. Valencia, 30 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The new Caixa Galicia officially presented. Valencia, 30 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The new Caixa Galicia officially presented. Valencia, 30 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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The new TP52 Siemens is ready for the 2007 Breitling Mecup

Posted on 30 May 2007 by Valencia Sailing

The new TP52 Siemens is in Valencia’s yacht club, ready to start the 2007 Breitling Medcup. She was designed by Rolf Vrolijk and built at the King Marine boatyard in Valencia. Although technically the boat was launched last week and already sailed for a couple of times, since today it is officially branded as Siemens. The German multinational sponsors the boat, hoping to repeat last year’s third place in the Breitling Medcup.

Unlike 2006, the crew this year will be mostly composed of Argentinians with Guillermo Parada as skipper and helmsman. Two other America’s Cup sailors will race with Siemens, Juan Pablo Cadario from Desafío Español and Alejandro Colla from +39 Challenge. Without any doubt, the star of the team will be the American Dee Smith who will call tactics throughout the 2007 season.

The boat will be re-launched on Monday and the team will continue their training in Valencia for a week, before moving to Alicante for the first event of the 2007 Breitling Medcup.

The new TP52 Siemens is ready for the 2007 Breitling Medcup. Valencia, 30 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The new TP52 Siemens is ready for the 2007 Breitling Medcup. Valencia, 30 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The new TP52 Siemens is ready for the 2007 Breitling Medcup. Valencia, 30 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The new TP52 Siemens is ready for the 2007 Breitling Medcup. Valencia, 30 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The new TP52 Siemens is ready for the 2007 Breitling Medcup. Valencia, 30 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The new TP52 Siemens is ready for the 2007 Breitling Medcup. Valencia, 30 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The new TP52 Siemens is ready for the 2007 Breitling Medcup. Valencia, 30 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The new TP52 Siemens is ready for the 2007 Breitling Medcup. Valencia, 30 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Farr to design 2 Volvo Ocean Race boats for Spanish team

Posted on 29 May 2007 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Farr Yacht Design] Farr Yacht Design (FYD) has been commissioned to research, design and support two Volvo Open 70′s for a Spanish entry in the 2008/2009 Volvo Ocean Race. The Volvo Ocean Race starts in Alicante, Spain, October 2008 and involves 9 months of racing on 11 legs that will take competitors to stopovers in South Africa, Dubai, India, China, Brasil, USA, Ireland and Europe.

This is the first time that FYD has elected to work for a single program for the Volvo Ocean Race. “This arrangement permits greater involvement of our design team with the project management, builders and crew,” said Patrick Shaughnessy, Vice President of FYD. “We will be making a much bigger contribution to strategic planning, construction supervision, boat optimization and tuning assistance during the race than ever before.”

Research work at FYD commenced in November 2006 and involves a team comprised of FYD designers and outside consultants. Tank testing is currently underway at the Davidson Laboratory at Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey. Having recently undergone renovations and upgrades, the facility is very attractive for this program. Frank DeBord of Chesapeake Marine Technology is managing the tank-testing program.

The Spanish entry has acquired an existing Volvo Open 70 and FYD has designed modifications to the boat that will be built and tested over the next few months. Sails, appendages, hull shapes and canting systems are all part of the full-scale testing program. FYD staff members have been sailing on the boat and will be onboard for testing of the modifications to obtain first hand knowledge to use in their research and design work.

“This exclusive arrangement with a well-funded, early start program has allowed research and planning to proceed promptly enhancing the prospect of success. We are thrilled to be researching these exciting boats once again and looking forward to launching the next generation of VOR 70′s in 2008,” said Russ Bowler, President of FYD.

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King Marine Newsletter May 2007

Posted on 29 May 2007 by Valencia Sailing

Access the complete May 2007 newsletter here
King Marine launches two new TP52s for the Breitling MedCup

This year’s Breitling MedCup will feature two new boats built at King Marine Valencia, in Alginet. They are Alberto Roemmers’ ‘Matador’ and ‘Bribón’, owned by Josep Cusí and helmed by King Juan Carlos of Spain. Both boats are on schedule and due for delivery in May, starting with “Matador” finished last week.

Both are designed by Rolf Vrolijk whose Mean Machine, in the hands of Peter de Ridder, dominated last year’s Breitling Cup. Entries are up again this year and this is expected to be the most competitive edition yet.

The Breitling MedCup, now in its third year, is the highlight of the European TP 52 calendar. This year, the Cup starts with three regattas in Spain – Alicante in June, Puerto Portals in July and Palma de Mallorca in August. Then the Cup visits Portugal for the first time, Portimão in August, before concluding in Hyères in September.

GP42 Grand Soleil by King Marine – first BA boats prepare to take Europe by storm

Expectation is growing in Europe’s GP42 fleet as Jan Santana’s Team Zurich makes her first competitive outing, Pedro Campo’s Movistar nears race-readiness in Spain and Peer Moberg anticipates the arrival of Al Capone in Hamburg.

These three boats are the first of five GP 42´Grand Soleil by King Marine, built in Buenos Aires and designed by Botin & Carkeek.

Light winds prevented a thorough examination of Team Zurich’s abilities but, as boatbuilder and navigator Jan Santana confirms, she’s quick.

“This boat weighs two tons less than the previous one so we’re comparatively much faster in light winds, and we’ve seen that speed differential on the water here in Barcelona,” says Santana. “The Trofeo Ermenegildo Zegna is the first time we’ve ever raced her, so it’s exciting to know there’s so much more to come.”

Zulueta: “Desafío Español 2007 is in the semifinals because we deserve to be”

The objective of earning the best classification of a Spanish team in the history of the America’s Cup was accomplished earlier in May, Desafío Español 2007 is in the semifinals of the Louis Vuitton Cup.

The Spanish syndicate has taken stock of the work done over the last three years.

Agustín Zulueta, the Technical and Sports Director of Desafío Español 2007, commented that “today Desafío Español is in the semifinals because they deserve to be not because Victory Challenge lost against Team New Zealand. We have won 13 regattas during the two Round Robins, which shows work well done.”

“In sporting terms we have given our all and we have created a technical office, despite a beginning which was hard due to the problem that we had with the designer Phil Kaiko; and also a shipyard in Alginet. This is the pride of the whole team, made up of more than 100 people, we have obtained the Desafío of everybody and now it is seen that sailing is not an elitist sport” added Zulueta.

Luis Doreste also, thanked Zulueta for having created such an ambitious project “in which we set a really high objective which was to get through to the semifinals. Now we have managed it we can feel satisfied, although sometimes we saw it as being difficult as all the teams have been really strong”.

Doreste also recognised the work of the technical office “we have a competitive boat with which we can take on any rival. We have fought for each regatta, this is the fruit of the work of two teams during 12 hours a day over three years.”

The man from the Canary Islands sees that qualifying for the semifinals in the America’s Cup is very complicated “due to the level that there is between the teams. From now on, we have to set our sights higher”.

John Cutler, technical director and tactician with the Spanish team, admitted that he was pleased with the results and thanked the work “of everybody who has made it possible to be in the semifinals: technical office, crew”.

The vice-president of the Spanish Sailing Federation, Manuel Chirivella, commented that “it was a difficult beginning, when some people viewed this project with scepticism. Today it has been confirmed that the sport of sailing in Spain is strong and consolidated”.

The head of the syndicate said he had received congratulations from the royal family, the President of the local government, Francisco Camps, and the Mayoress of Valencia, Rita Barberá and he gave his thanks for “all the support received”.

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King Marine Newsletter May 2007

Posted on 29 May 2007 by Valencia Sailing

Access the complete May 2007 newsletter here
King Marine launches two new TP52s for the Breitling MedCup

This year’s Breitling MedCup will feature two new boats built at King Marine Valencia, in Alginet. They are Alberto Roemmers’ ‘Matador’ and ‘Bribón’, owned by Josep Cusí and helmed by King Juan Carlos of Spain. Both boats are on schedule and due for delivery in May, starting with “Matador” finished last week.

Both are designed by Rolf Vrolijk whose Mean Machine, in the hands of Peter de Ridder, dominated last year’s Breitling Cup. Entries are up again this year and this is expected to be the most competitive edition yet.

The Breitling MedCup, now in its third year, is the highlight of the European TP 52 calendar. This year, the Cup starts with three regattas in Spain – Alicante in June, Puerto Portals in July and Palma de Mallorca in August. Then the Cup visits Portugal for the first time, Portimão in August, before concluding in Hyères in September.

GP42 Grand Soleil by King Marine – first BA boats prepare to take Europe by storm

Expectation is growing in Europe’s GP42 fleet as Jan Santana’s Team Zurich makes her first competitive outing, Pedro Campo’s Movistar nears race-readiness in Spain and Peer Moberg anticipates the arrival of Al Capone in Hamburg.

These three boats are the first of five GP 42´Grand Soleil by King Marine, built in Buenos Aires and designed by Botin & Carkeek.

Light winds prevented a thorough examination of Team Zurich’s abilities but, as boatbuilder and navigator Jan Santana confirms, she’s quick.

“This boat weighs two tons less than the previous one so we’re comparatively much faster in light winds, and we’ve seen that speed differential on the water here in Barcelona,” says Santana. “The Trofeo Ermenegildo Zegna is the first time we’ve ever raced her, so it’s exciting to know there’s so much more to come.”

Zulueta: “Desafío Español 2007 is in the semifinals because we deserve to be”

The objective of earning the best classification of a Spanish team in the history of the America’s Cup was accomplished earlier in May, Desafío Español 2007 is in the semifinals of the Louis Vuitton Cup.

The Spanish syndicate has taken stock of the work done over the last three years.

Agustín Zulueta, the Technical and Sports Director of Desafío Español 2007, commented that “today Desafío Español is in the semifinals because they deserve to be not because Victory Challenge lost against Team New Zealand. We have won 13 regattas during the two Round Robins, which shows work well done.”

“In sporting terms we have given our all and we have created a technical office, despite a beginning which was hard due to the problem that we had with the designer Phil Kaiko; and also a shipyard in Alginet. This is the pride of the whole team, made up of more than 100 people, we have obtained the Desafío of everybody and now it is seen that sailing is not an elitist sport” added Zulueta.

Luis Doreste also, thanked Zulueta for having created such an ambitious project “in which we set a really high objective which was to get through to the semifinals. Now we have managed it we can feel satisfied, although sometimes we saw it as being difficult as all the teams have been really strong”.

Doreste also recognised the work of the technical office “we have a competitive boat with which we can take on any rival. We have fought for each regatta, this is the fruit of the work of two teams during 12 hours a day over three years.”

The man from the Canary Islands sees that qualifying for the semifinals in the America’s Cup is very complicated “due to the level that there is between the teams. From now on, we have to set our sights higher”.

John Cutler, technical director and tactician with the Spanish team, admitted that he was pleased with the results and thanked the work “of everybody who has made it possible to be in the semifinals: technical office, crew”.

The vice-president of the Spanish Sailing Federation, Manuel Chirivella, commented that “it was a difficult beginning, when some people viewed this project with scepticism. Today it has been confirmed that the sport of sailing in Spain is strong and consolidated”.

The head of the syndicate said he had received congratulations from the royal family, the President of the local government, Francisco Camps, and the Mayoress of Valencia, Rita Barberá and he gave his thanks for “all the support received”.

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The RC44 Oeiras Cup promises to be intense

Posted on 29 May 2007 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: RC44] The third stage of the RC 44 Championship Tour – the Oeiras Cup – will be held in Portugal between May 31 and June 1. Oeiras is a little town located half way between Lisbon and Cascais, and a great sailing venue. Six teams will compete for the trophy, as well as for some more points on the RC 44 Championship Tour.

Current joint leaders of the annual contest after two regattas, Chris Bake’s Team Aqua (UAE) and Miroslav Reljanovic’s Cro-A-Sail (CRO) are the logical favorites of the event. However, Team Omega, with Russell Coutts (at the helm for the match races) and Nicholas Verwilghen (steering during the fleet regattas) will do their best to get back to the top. Also competing for victory, Isao Mita’s Beecom (JPN) and the Italian team Magia Alikè will certainly seriously challenge the current leaders of the championship.

One new team joins the fleet for the first time in Oeiras: Team V1 Racing (UAE), sailing onboard the first RC 44 built by V1 in Dubai. Rasmus Kostner is expected on board, possibly with some more America’s Cup sailors. The RC 44 is an owner-driver class, but professional sailors are involved in all the teams, making the RC 44 Championship Tour a high standard sailing event. Indeed, Cameron Appleton, Tomislav Basic, Russell Coutts, Morten Henrikson and many more top professional sailors guarantee the highest possible level of competition.

As usually, the competition will start and finish with fleet races, while match-races will be held on Friday and Saturday.

According to the sailors already in Lisbon, the course is located in a splendid area. The sailing conditions are perfect, with a fairly strong breeze and a little chop. The show promises to be great.

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The RC44 Oeiras Cup promises to be intense

Posted on 29 May 2007 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: RC44] The third stage of the RC 44 Championship Tour – the Oeiras Cup – will be held in Portugal between May 31 and June 1. Oeiras is a little town located half way between Lisbon and Cascais, and a great sailing venue. Six teams will compete for the trophy, as well as for some more points on the RC 44 Championship Tour.

Current joint leaders of the annual contest after two regattas, Chris Bake’s Team Aqua (UAE) and Miroslav Reljanovic’s Cro-A-Sail (CRO) are the logical favorites of the event. However, Team Omega, with Russell Coutts (at the helm for the match races) and Nicholas Verwilghen (steering during the fleet regattas) will do their best to get back to the top. Also competing for victory, Isao Mita’s Beecom (JPN) and the Italian team Magia Alikè will certainly seriously challenge the current leaders of the championship.

One new team joins the fleet for the first time in Oeiras: Team V1 Racing (UAE), sailing onboard the first RC 44 built by V1 in Dubai. Rasmus Kostner is expected on board, possibly with some more America’s Cup sailors. The RC 44 is an owner-driver class, but professional sailors are involved in all the teams, making the RC 44 Championship Tour a high standard sailing event. Indeed, Cameron Appleton, Tomislav Basic, Russell Coutts, Morten Henrikson and many more top professional sailors guarantee the highest possible level of competition.

As usually, the competition will start and finish with fleet races, while match-races will be held on Friday and Saturday.

According to the sailors already in Lisbon, the course is located in a splendid area. The sailing conditions are perfect, with a fairly strong breeze and a little chop. The show promises to be great.

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