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Alinghi hires Franck Proffit, French multi-hull sailor

Posted on 30 June 2008 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Alinghi] Franck Proffit, well-known and highly experienced French multi-hull sailor, joins Alinghi, the Defender of the 33rd America’s Cup, to assist towards a possible multi-hull Deed of Gift Match.

Alinghi team skipper Brad Butterworth comments on the new appointment: “We welcome Franck to the team and look forward to working with him on developing our multi-hull skills towards the 33rd America’s Cup both on the water and in the design office. His depth of knowledge will complement that of Alain Gautier, Nigel Irens and Benoit Cabaret, and add to the already very strong design and sailing pool we have at Alinghi.”

The Swiss team, while drawing from its current team members, is also applying the knowledge of several multi-hull specialists consulting to both the design and sailing team in preparation for the next Cup. Nigel Irens and Benoit Cabaret are involved with the former while Alain Gautier sails regularly with Alinghi crew on the ORMA60 Foncia in Lorient.

Alinghi training on board of ORMA60 Foncia and Banque Populaire. Lorient, 30 June 2008. Photo copyright George Johns/Alinghi

The 45 year-old Frenchman, with over 100,000nm of multi-hull racing to his name, brings decades of multi-hull experience to the team; he is a two-time Transat Jacques Vabre winner, four-time Tour de l’Europe winner, winner of The Race and was most recently watch leader, helmsman, sails inventory and operational manager for Groupama 3 during its record breaking 2007-08 season which included a Miami-New York record, North Atlantic record in under 100hours and the 24hour record with 794 miles on the clock.

“Franck brings big multi-hull sailing knowledge and we need to draw from that and apply it to the possible America’s Cup Deed of Gift Match that we face,” concludes Brad.

Franck adds a word on his involvement with Alinghi for a multi-hull campaign: “It’s a great opportunity. I am very happy to join Alinghi and with the next America’s Cup likely to be held on multi-hulls it’s the perfect occasion to put my 20 years of multi-hull experience to good use. I am delighted to work in the America’s Cup which is the summit of international sailing. Being part of the design and sailing team is something exceptional. It’s a great adventure.

“There is a huge amount of work to do and time is short. It took us more than two years to build Groupama3 and here we have to build a giant multi-hull in a very short lapse of time. We have to optimise very quickly. This is a great team though; I feel closer to Alinghi’s values than those of the other teams!” he said.

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Alinghi hires Franck Proffit, French multi-hull sailor

Posted on 30 June 2008 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Alinghi] Franck Proffit, well-known and highly experienced French multi-hull sailor, joins Alinghi, the Defender of the 33rd America’s Cup, to assist towards a possible multi-hull Deed of Gift Match.

Alinghi team skipper Brad Butterworth comments on the new appointment: “We welcome Franck to the team and look forward to working with him on developing our multi-hull skills towards the 33rd America’s Cup both on the water and in the design office. His depth of knowledge will complement that of Alain Gautier, Nigel Irens and Benoit Cabaret, and add to the already very strong design and sailing pool we have at Alinghi.”

The Swiss team, while drawing from its current team members, is also applying the knowledge of several multi-hull specialists consulting to both the design and sailing team in preparation for the next Cup. Nigel Irens and Benoit Cabaret are involved with the former while Alain Gautier sails regularly with Alinghi crew on the ORMA60 Foncia in Lorient.

Alinghi training on board of ORMA60 Foncia and Banque Populaire. Lorient, 30 June 2008. Photo copyright George Johns/Alinghi

The 45 year-old Frenchman, with over 100,000nm of multi-hull racing to his name, brings decades of multi-hull experience to the team; he is a two-time Transat Jacques Vabre winner, four-time Tour de l’Europe winner, winner of The Race and was most recently watch leader, helmsman, sails inventory and operational manager for Groupama 3 during its record breaking 2007-08 season which included a Miami-New York record, North Atlantic record in under 100hours and the 24hour record with 794 miles on the clock.

“Franck brings big multi-hull sailing knowledge and we need to draw from that and apply it to the possible America’s Cup Deed of Gift Match that we face,” concludes Brad.

Franck adds a word on his involvement with Alinghi for a multi-hull campaign: “It’s a great opportunity. I am very happy to join Alinghi and with the next America’s Cup likely to be held on multi-hulls it’s the perfect occasion to put my 20 years of multi-hull experience to good use. I am delighted to work in the America’s Cup which is the summit of international sailing. Being part of the design and sailing team is something exceptional. It’s a great adventure.

“There is a huge amount of work to do and time is short. It took us more than two years to build Groupama3 and here we have to build a giant multi-hull in a very short lapse of time. We have to optimise very quickly. This is a great team though; I feel closer to Alinghi’s values than those of the other teams!” he said.

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The new Telefonica Blue VOR70 boat leaves Valencia boatyard

Posted on 30 June 2008 by Valencia Sailing

The brand new “Telefonica Blue” VOR70 boat has left the boatyard in Valencia and is now on its way to the team’s base in Alicante. She is expected to arrive later in the afternoon and if all goes according to plan, Equipo Telefonica plans to launch her as soon as possible and start their two-boat training sessions already on Thursday.

The Farr-designed yacht is a twin of “Telefonica Black”, built by Southern Ocean Marine in New Zealand. She arrived in Alicante three weeks ago and has been sailing since the 12th of June.

The brand new Telefonica Blue leaves the Valencia boatyard. Valencia, 30 June 2008. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The brand new Telefonica Blue leaves the Valencia boatyard. Valencia, 30 June 2008. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The brand new Telefonica Blue leaves the Valencia boatyard. Valencia, 30 June 2008. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The brand new Telefonica Blue leaves the Valencia boatyard. Valencia, 30 June 2008. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The brand new Telefonica Blue leaves the Valencia boatyard. Valencia, 30 June 2008. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

>The brand new Telefonica Blue leaves the Valencia boatyard. Valencia, 30 June 2008. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The brand new Telefonica Blue leaves the Valencia boatyard. Valencia, 30 June 2008. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The brand new Telefonica Blue leaves the Valencia boatyard. Valencia, 30 June 2008. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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The new Telefonica Blue VOR70 boat leaves Valencia boatyard

Posted on 30 June 2008 by Valencia Sailing

The brand new “Telefonica Blue” VOR70 boat has left the boatyard in Valencia and is now on its way to the team’s base in Alicante. She is expected to arrive later in the afternoon and if all goes according to plan, Equipo Telefonica plans to launch her as soon as possible and start their two-boat training sessions already on Thursday.

The Farr-designed yacht is a twin of “Telefonica Black”, built by Southern Ocean Marine in New Zealand. She arrived in Alicante three weeks ago and has been sailing since the 12th of June.

The brand new Telefonica Blue leaves the Valencia boatyard. Valencia, 30 June 2008. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The brand new Telefonica Blue leaves the Valencia boatyard. Valencia, 30 June 2008. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The brand new Telefonica Blue leaves the Valencia boatyard. Valencia, 30 June 2008. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The brand new Telefonica Blue leaves the Valencia boatyard. Valencia, 30 June 2008. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The brand new Telefonica Blue leaves the Valencia boatyard. Valencia, 30 June 2008. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

>The brand new Telefonica Blue leaves the Valencia boatyard. Valencia, 30 June 2008. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The brand new Telefonica Blue leaves the Valencia boatyard. Valencia, 30 June 2008. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The brand new Telefonica Blue leaves the Valencia boatyard. Valencia, 30 June 2008. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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America’s Cup legal uncertainty forces AC Management to end Host City contract with Valencia

Posted on 27 June 2008 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: America's Cup Management] As a consequence of the continued uncertainty around the 33rd America’s Cup caused by the Golden Gate Yacht Club’s legal manoeuvres, AC Management and the Spanish institutions (Central State, Valencia Region and Valencia Municipality) have been left with no option but to revise the terms of their relationship, ending the contract signed in July 2007 that named Valencia the Host City for a multi-challenge 33rd America’s Cup in 2009.

The two parties have entered into a new agreement that concludes months of discussions trying to adapt the contract signed after the success of the 32nd America’s Cup to the current legal context. Under the new agreement, the organisation and exploitation of the Port America’s Cup facilities will be managed by the Spanish institutions from 1 July; the 33rd America’s Cup teams retain the opportunity to continue using their bases and the majority of administrative benefits for teams and personnel remain in force until the end of 2008.

Michel Hodara, Chief Executive Officer of AC Management, the company organising the 33rd America’s Cup on behalf of the defending yacht club, Société Nautique de Genève, explains: “Too many issues, such as the dates and participants, remain unresolved until the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court publishes its decision; meaning the July 2007 contract is no longer appropriate. The Spanish authorities understand the situation and we are pleased that we have come to a new agreement adapted to the current context, in the best possible spirit. We thank them for extending the use of the bases and the administrative benefits to the teams.

“This does not mean that we are leaving Valencia. The choice of the venue for the 33rd America’s Cup will mainly be based on competitive factors and if Valencia is considered the best place, then a second America’s Cup Match will take place here.”

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America’s Cup legal uncertainty forces AC Management to end Host City contract with Valencia

Posted on 27 June 2008 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: America's Cup Management] As a consequence of the continued uncertainty around the 33rd America’s Cup caused by the Golden Gate Yacht Club’s legal manoeuvres, AC Management and the Spanish institutions (Central State, Valencia Region and Valencia Municipality) have been left with no option but to revise the terms of their relationship, ending the contract signed in July 2007 that named Valencia the Host City for a multi-challenge 33rd America’s Cup in 2009.

The two parties have entered into a new agreement that concludes months of discussions trying to adapt the contract signed after the success of the 32nd America’s Cup to the current legal context. Under the new agreement, the organisation and exploitation of the Port America’s Cup facilities will be managed by the Spanish institutions from 1 July; the 33rd America’s Cup teams retain the opportunity to continue using their bases and the majority of administrative benefits for teams and personnel remain in force until the end of 2008.

Michel Hodara, Chief Executive Officer of AC Management, the company organising the 33rd America’s Cup on behalf of the defending yacht club, Société Nautique de Genève, explains: “Too many issues, such as the dates and participants, remain unresolved until the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court publishes its decision; meaning the July 2007 contract is no longer appropriate. The Spanish authorities understand the situation and we are pleased that we have come to a new agreement adapted to the current context, in the best possible spirit. We thank them for extending the use of the bases and the administrative benefits to the teams.

“This does not mean that we are leaving Valencia. The choice of the venue for the 33rd America’s Cup will mainly be based on competitive factors and if Valencia is considered the best place, then a second America’s Cup Match will take place here.”

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Qingdao’s golf course

Posted on 27 June 2008 by Valencia Sailing

You have to see it to believe it or as the Chinese say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Natalia Vía-Dufresne and Laia Tutzó, the Spanish Olympic Women 470 duo, is currently in Qingdao in order to start their intensive training preparation for the upcoming Olympic Games, to be held in the Chinese coastal city in less than 2 months from now.

The two Spanish sailors wanted to start the training today (Friday) but had to face an unexpected and very tough situation. A thick carpet of algae covered tens of square kilometers of the bay, making it virtually impossible for their small yachts to navigate. According to the UK newspaper Telegraph, this is “the worst algae blight in living memory”.

Natalia, jokingly, stated that “it wasn’t a sailing race course, it was a golf course. It’s not funny at all constantly trying to keep the algae off your rudder”.

The photo tells the story, as the two Spanish women try to break through the algae on a windless day. At least they are laughing.

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Alinghi starts two-boat training with ORMA60 multi-hulls in Lorient

Posted on 27 June 2008 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Alinghi] Alinghi, Defender of the 33rd America’s Cup, begins the next phase of training towards a possible multi-hull Deed of Gift Match in 2009 and steps up a gear to two-boat training with the ORMA60s Foncia and Banque Populaire IV in Lorient, France, from 30 June until 5 July.

The Swiss team intends to continue its big boat and multi-hull development through this platform: “We now need to hone our boat handling skills, manoeuvres and mark approaches by matching up to another boat,” says Alinghi team skipper and tactician Brad Butterworth. “Having crew on both ORMA60s will increase our learning curve exponentially and marks the beginning of our two-boat training programme towards a multi-hull America’s Cup.”

The sailing team has been multi-hull training for several months racing the eXtreme40s and the Décision35s respectively in the iShares Cup and in the Lake Geneva based Julius Baer Challenge and it now looks forward to training alongside such an accomplished sailing team.

“We are very pleased to have such high calibre boats to train with; both Foncia and Banque Populaire IV are accomplished race boats and we look forward to a summer of two-boat training and to gaining as much crewing and big boat experience as possible before getting on to our multi-hull sometime at the end of the year. We are looking forward to working with the Banque Populaire team and hope the training will be mutually beneficial to both sailing teams,” adds Butterworth.

Alinghi was in Lorient in March sailing Foncia with skipper Alain Gautier and will return again in July and throughout the summer to match up against Banque Populaire IV, skippered by Pascal Bidégorry.

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