Archive | February, 2008

Groupama 3 to be repaired

Posted on 28 February 2008 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: groupama] Back in France after righting Groupama 3 in the New Zealand port of Dunedin, eight of the crew of the giant trimaran were in Groupama’s press centre in Paris today to answer questions from journalists and web surfers during today’s press conference. Extracts from the interviews…

The most important news from this meeting is the confirmation by Groupama’s Managerial staff that the adventure is continuing. Indeed, the damage suffered by the giant trimaran is considerable but reparable. Franck Cammas indicated that Groupama 3 was going to be loaded onto a cargo ship around 13th March with an arrival at the technical base in Lorient scheduled a month later.

The skipper also specified that the current assessment still hadn’t revealed the reasons behind the breakage of the float between the forward crossbeam and the port foil casing: “We’re going to discuss all this with the architects, the yard and the structural engineers. If this amounts to a design fault, then that means we were wrong but sailing remains a mechanical sport… We have a working base, which defines the stresses that the boat should be able to withstand and in the general project strategy, we never wanted to take risks: we didn’t put any less carbon in it than for Geronimo! We may have to look at our calculations again but the concept isn’t at fault. The way Groupama 3 handled, its sensations at the helm, its performance and its Atlantic records confirm that the project is viable: we want to head back out again next winter with a trimaran, which will handle in the same type of way, but without any doubts in the back of our minds about the reliability of the boat…”

Six months’ work

The giant trimaran will therefore go into the yard as soon she returns to France, but in the meantime, the shore crew is already preparing for the work in the knowledge that numerous parts of the boat can be recuperated (rudders, deck hardware, hooks…). The engineers and the designers will also look into means of consolidating the trimaran: “It will be necessary to rebuild one entire float and reconstruct the puzzle: a launch at the start of November can be envisaged, followed by a month of fine tuning and validation for the start of stand-by in December for the Jules Verne Trophy” detailed Franck Cammas.

Jan Dekker went directly home to South Africa, whilst Loïc Le Mignon remained in Dunedin (New Zealand) to monitor the loading of the giant trimaran onto the cargo ship with two members of the shore crew from Lorient, Olivier Mainguy and Jean-Marc Normant, who came out to join him,. The eight other crew are already in the process of preparing for new competitions with the Spi Ouest France competition looming for one designs, sports catamarans…

Groupama 3 righted. Dunedin, New Zealand, 24 February 2008. Video copyright Groupama 3

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Groupama 3 to be repaired

Posted on 28 February 2008 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: groupama] Back in France after righting Groupama 3 in the New Zealand port of Dunedin, eight of the crew of the giant trimaran were in Groupama’s press centre in Paris today to answer questions from journalists and web surfers during today’s press conference. Extracts from the interviews…

The most important news from this meeting is the confirmation by Groupama’s Managerial staff that the adventure is continuing. Indeed, the damage suffered by the giant trimaran is considerable but reparable. Franck Cammas indicated that Groupama 3 was going to be loaded onto a cargo ship around 13th March with an arrival at the technical base in Lorient scheduled a month later.

The skipper also specified that the current assessment still hadn’t revealed the reasons behind the breakage of the float between the forward crossbeam and the port foil casing: “We’re going to discuss all this with the architects, the yard and the structural engineers. If this amounts to a design fault, then that means we were wrong but sailing remains a mechanical sport… We have a working base, which defines the stresses that the boat should be able to withstand and in the general project strategy, we never wanted to take risks: we didn’t put any less carbon in it than for Geronimo! We may have to look at our calculations again but the concept isn’t at fault. The way Groupama 3 handled, its sensations at the helm, its performance and its Atlantic records confirm that the project is viable: we want to head back out again next winter with a trimaran, which will handle in the same type of way, but without any doubts in the back of our minds about the reliability of the boat…”

Six months’ work

The giant trimaran will therefore go into the yard as soon she returns to France, but in the meantime, the shore crew is already preparing for the work in the knowledge that numerous parts of the boat can be recuperated (rudders, deck hardware, hooks…). The engineers and the designers will also look into means of consolidating the trimaran: “It will be necessary to rebuild one entire float and reconstruct the puzzle: a launch at the start of November can be envisaged, followed by a month of fine tuning and validation for the start of stand-by in December for the Jules Verne Trophy” detailed Franck Cammas.

Jan Dekker went directly home to South Africa, whilst Loïc Le Mignon remained in Dunedin (New Zealand) to monitor the loading of the giant trimaran onto the cargo ship with two members of the shore crew from Lorient, Olivier Mainguy and Jean-Marc Normant, who came out to join him,. The eight other crew are already in the process of preparing for new competitions with the Spi Ouest France competition looming for one designs, sports catamarans…

Groupama 3 righted. Dunedin, New Zealand, 24 February 2008. Video copyright Groupama 3

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Alinghi appoints John Barnitt as Sports Director

Posted on 27 February 2008 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Alinghi] Ex-America’s Cup sailor, John Barnitt, joined Alinghi this week as sports director for the sailing team. The American sailor is familiar with the Swiss team having worked for Alinghi during the 31st America’s Cup as starboard grinder.

“I have only been in Valencia for a few days, but it is good to be back. It is great to see some good friends and the colleagues that I worked with on the 31st Cup,” said JB, adding: “my first impressions are that everything seems amazingly well organised and the guys have taken the team from the level that we were at in Auckland and moved one step up from that.”

The 47 year old has enormous depth in the industry, he started his career with Dennis Conner on Stars & Stripes in 1987, sailed the infamous 1988 catamaran vs. monohull match and in 1992 experienced the early days of the new AC Class. After some time out, he joined Alinghi in Auckland for the victorious 2003 America’s Cup.

JB’s role as Alinghi sports director will include managing the sailors and helping the team prepare for the next event. “On a day to day basis, I’ll be planning the daily schedule, establishing priorities, organising the physical training and the staffing for the various boats and projects, while supporting the design team needs and aiding with the current development and performance programme for the sailing team.”

What the sailing team say…

Piet van Nieuwenhuyzen, bowman: “I think his experience and being a sailor himself means he knows how things must be for the sailing team. I think he is going to be good for us.”

Nils Frei, trimmer: “He brings huge experience. He has been sailing in the America’s Cup since before I was born! He had experience of the 88 cup in the catamarans and has sailed many different projects, he has good background and organisational skills and it is good to have him back.”

John Barnitt (wearing bluejeans) has been appointed as Alinghi’s new Sports Director. Valencia, 26 February 2008. Copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Meanwhile in Valencia…

Posted on 26 February 2008 by Valencia Sailing

Less than 24 hours after receiving their second Extreme 40 catamaran (the former Holmatro), BMW Oracle’s shore crew together with a number of Extreme 40 staff had already put her on the water. Unfortunately, the black and orange catamaran had her maiden sail in Valencia after we left, so there are no pictures.

In the meantime, Alinghi is now carrying an apparently intensive two-catamaran training program and to our understanding the Defender of the 33rd America’s Cup is out on the water every day.

Last but not least, the Desafío Español base has been transformed into a boatyard. Inside the shed the team is building a brand new TP52 yacht desgined by Vrolijk, while outside they are modifying last year’s GP42 champion, the Quebramar-Chrysler yacht. Both boats will carry the colors and name of the Spanish team.

The BMW Oracle base with the two catamarans in front of it. Valencia, 26 February 2008. Photo opcyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The Holmatro catamaran is about to sail for the first time in Valencia in her new identity as BMW Oracle’s second Extreme 40. Valencia, 26 February 2008. Photo opcyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Alinghi is now carrying an apparently intensive two-catamaran training program. Valencia, 26 February 2008. Photo opcyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The Desafío Español crew is working on their GP42 yacht, last year’s champion. Valencia, 26 February 2008. Photo opcyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The Desafío Español base has been turned into a boatyard. Valencia, 26 February 2008. Photo opcyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Provisional entry list of the 2008 Audi Medcup

Posted on 26 February 2008 by Valencia Sailing

After yesterday’s official announcement of the Medcup’s new title sponsor and calendar for the 2008 season, we publish today the provisional entry list. Even if it’s the official one, provided by the organizers of the circuit, as its name indicates it might change.

Just browsing through it one gets the feeling this summer we’ll be able to watch exciting races and the skipper list reads as the who’s who in top professional sailing.

Boat Name Year Built Skipper
Aifos 2005 Jaime Rodriguez-Toubes
Artemis 2008 Torben Tornquist
Audi Quattro 2008 Riccardo Simoneschi
Bigamist 2006 Afonso Domingos
Bribón 2007 Dean Barker
Caixa Galicia 2007 Roberto Bermudez
CAM 2007 Fernando León
C-Quadrat 2006 Rainer Wilheim
Cristabella 2006 John Cook
Desafío Español 2008 Paul Cayard
Matador 2007 Guillermo Parada
Mean Machine 2008 Peter de Ridder
Mutua Madrileña 2008 Vasco Vascotto
ONO 2006 Iñaki Castañer
Oracle Racing 2008 TBD
Platoon 2008 Jochen Schuemann
Rusal 2006 TBD
TAU Cerámica 2007 Jose Torcida
Team Quantum 2008 Terry Hutchinson
Valars 2007 Sergei Shetsov

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The AMC remains loyal to D35 Class values and welcomes resolution of differences with Nicolas Gonet

Posted on 26 February 2008 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Association for Multi-hull Competition (AMC)] Five years since conception by a group of owner-sailors, the Association for Multi-hull Competition (AMC) aims to organise a 2008 Championship representative of the original D35 Class spirit with high-level competition on the water and friendship ashore.

The AMC was the brainchild of five founding members: Ernesto Bertarelli, Philippe Cardis, Jean-François Demole, Guy de Picciotto and Nicolas Grange, who created and developed the Décision 35 as an owner-sailor class on Lake Geneva. All members share the same passion for sailing competition based on similar sporting values that do not centre on commercial gain.

Following fundamental differences regarding the future of the class and a marked divergence in values and objectives, the owner of the yacht “Banque Gonet”, who had contradictory objectives with the other members of the association, has decided to withdraw from the class.

The AMC never had the intention to exclude the “Banque Gonet” boat from competition nor forbid anyone from sailing. However, the AMC clearly expressed to Nicolas Gonet that in the D35 Class, we put sport before commerce and therefore, his objective was in conflict with that of the other owners. His decision to sell his boat is an appropriate solution for all involved and the AMC will ensure that the boat continues to race on the circuit.”

Nicolas Grange
President
Association des Multicoques de Compétition

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Provisional entry list of the 2008 Audi Medcup

Posted on 26 February 2008 by Valencia Sailing

After yesterday’s official announcement of the Medcup’s new title sponsor and calendar for the 2008 season, we publish today the provisional entry list. Even if it’s the official one, provided by the organizers of the circuit, as its name indicates it might change.

Just browsing through it one gets the feeling this summer we’ll be able to watch exciting races and the skipper list reads as the who’s who in top professional sailing.

Boat Name Year Built Skipper
Aifos 2005 Jaime Rodriguez-Toubes
Artemis 2008 Torben Tornquist
Audi Quattro 2008 Riccardo Simoneschi
Bigamist 2006 Afonso Domingos
Bribón 2007 Dean Barker
Caixa Galicia 2007 Roberto Bermudez
CAM 2007 Fernando León
C-Quadrat 2006 Rainer Wilheim
Cristabella 2006 John Cook
Desafío Español 2008 Paul Cayard
Matador 2007 Guillermo Parada
Mean Machine 2008 Peter de Ridder
Mutua Madrileña 2008 Vasco Vascotto
ONO 2006 Iñaki Castañer
Oracle Racing 2008 TBD
Platoon 2008 Jochen Schuemann
Rusal 2006 TBD
TAU Cerámica 2007 Jose Torcida
Team Quantum 2008 Terry Hutchinson
Valars 2007 Sergei Shetsov

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The AMC remains loyal to D35 Class values and welcomes resolution of differences with Nicolas Gonet

Posted on 26 February 2008 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Association for Multi-hull Competition (AMC)] Five years since conception by a group of owner-sailors, the Association for Multi-hull Competition (AMC) aims to organise a 2008 Championship representative of the original D35 Class spirit with high-level competition on the water and friendship ashore.

The AMC was the brainchild of five founding members: Ernesto Bertarelli, Philippe Cardis, Jean-François Demole, Guy de Picciotto and Nicolas Grange, who created and developed the Décision 35 as an owner-sailor class on Lake Geneva. All members share the same passion for sailing competition based on similar sporting values that do not centre on commercial gain.

Following fundamental differences regarding the future of the class and a marked divergence in values and objectives, the owner of the yacht “Banque Gonet”, who had contradictory objectives with the other members of the association, has decided to withdraw from the class.

The AMC never had the intention to exclude the “Banque Gonet” boat from competition nor forbid anyone from sailing. However, the AMC clearly expressed to Nicolas Gonet that in the D35 Class, we put sport before commerce and therefore, his objective was in conflict with that of the other owners. His decision to sell his boat is an appropriate solution for all involved and the AMC will ensure that the boat continues to race on the circuit.”

Nicolas Grange
President
Association des Multicoques de Compétition

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