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Telefonica Blue seeks redress for incident in Qingdao

Posted on 30 March 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Volvo Ocean Race] On Sunday night, Telefonica Blue submitted a request for redress, claiming their finishing position in Leg 5 was adversely affected through no fault of their own.

From the claim to the Jury: “…The Race Committee and/or Organising Authority made an improper action or omission by locating the start line and 2nd passing mark of the course (mark d) in an area where at least 1 uncharted shallow area existed.

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Telefonica Blue’s Request for Redress

“Telefonica Azul (Blue) hit one such uncharted shallows that was 0.23 nm from the start mark (and 2nd passing mark) of the course, prior to the start of Leg 5.”

The team goes on to claim that the port in Qingdao didn’t have adequate depth “to allow Telefonica Azul back into the harbour,” resulting in a delay before they could begin repairs.

The request for redress states all of this had a direct impact on their position at the New Zealand scoring gate and at the finish of the leg.

The International Jury arrives in Rio de Janeiro later this week. A hearing will be scheduled where the Jury will determine what – if any – redress the Telefonica Blue team is entitled to receive.

Shore Crew look at the damge to Telefonica Blue’s keel in Qingdao after hitting an uncharted rock outside Qingdao Harbour prior to the start of leg 5. Qingdao, 14 February 2009. Photo copyright Rick Tomlinson/Volvo Ocean Race

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Telefonica Blue seeks redress for incident in Qingdao

Posted on 30 March 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Volvo Ocean Race] On Sunday night, Telefonica Blue submitted a request for redress, claiming their finishing position in Leg 5 was adversely affected through no fault of their own.

From the claim to the Jury: “…The Race Committee and/or Organising Authority made an improper action or omission by locating the start line and 2nd passing mark of the course (mark d) in an area where at least 1 uncharted shallow area existed.

Related PDF Document

Telefonica Blue’s Request for Redress

“Telefonica Azul (Blue) hit one such uncharted shallows that was 0.23 nm from the start mark (and 2nd passing mark) of the course, prior to the start of Leg 5.”

The team goes on to claim that the port in Qingdao didn’t have adequate depth “to allow Telefonica Azul back into the harbour,” resulting in a delay before they could begin repairs.

The request for redress states all of this had a direct impact on their position at the New Zealand scoring gate and at the finish of the leg.

The International Jury arrives in Rio de Janeiro later this week. A hearing will be scheduled where the Jury will determine what – if any – redress the Telefonica Blue team is entitled to receive.

Shore Crew look at the damge to Telefonica Blue’s keel in Qingdao after hitting an uncharted rock outside Qingdao Harbour prior to the start of leg 5. Qingdao, 14 February 2009. Photo copyright Rick Tomlinson/Volvo Ocean Race

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Yacht Racing Design & Technology Symposium added to World Yacht Racing Forum

Posted on 30 March 2009 by Valencia Sailing

Informa Yacht Group, organisers of the World Yacht Racing Forum have announced the addition of the Yacht Racing Design & Technology Symposium to run parallel to this year’s Forum, 9-10 December at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Over 300 delegates and 65 media attended the inaugural World Yacht Racing Forum last December, co-located with the 4th edition of the popular Motorsport Business Forum.

The two day symposium will bring together the world’s leading yacht racing designers, naval architects and technology experts to meet and discuss some of the latest developments and issues in yacht racing design and technology. The schedule will include topics such as composite technology, canting keel and rudder technology, hydrodynamics, rig technology, advances in coating techniques and sail design. The symposium will also address the environmental implications on today’s yacht racing designers and builders. The full schedule will be announced in due course.

As well as industry experts and Production Directors from yacht builders, the symposium is also open for racing yacht owners to participate and meet and network with design professionals to discuss their own yachts or projects. The symposium will share joint access with the World Yacht Racing Forum lounge and exhibition area, as Event Director James Pleasance explains;

“The commercial and design/technical world of yacht racing are intrinsically linked as many of today’s biggest yachting events are driven by the design and technology of the yachts competing in them; the America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Vendee Globe, Farr 40 class, Swan 45 regattas, and so on. Joining these two conferences together is the ideal opportunity for both sides of the sport to share ideas and forge new relationships. ”

Participants from both conferences will also gain free access to the Motorsport Business Forum and the Track & Ocean cocktail reception where they will have the opportunity to meet fellow business and design professionals from the world of motorsport. Top yacht designer Juan Kouyoumdjian attended the inaugural Forum last year;

“It is a great idea to add a symposium for the professionals involved in yacht design technology. It will allow us to meet in a pleasant environment, and to share our views on the future. It will also be interesting for teams, or yacht owners, to meet us and compare our ideas and discuss new trends and innovations.”

For more information on the Yacht Racing Design & Technology Symposium and details of how to register, visit www.yrdts.com.

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Yacht Racing Design & Technology Symposium added to World Yacht Racing Forum

Posted on 30 March 2009 by Valencia Sailing

Informa Yacht Group, organisers of the World Yacht Racing Forum have announced the addition of the Yacht Racing Design & Technology Symposium to run parallel to this year’s Forum, 9-10 December at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Over 300 delegates and 65 media attended the inaugural World Yacht Racing Forum last December, co-located with the 4th edition of the popular Motorsport Business Forum.

The two day symposium will bring together the world’s leading yacht racing designers, naval architects and technology experts to meet and discuss some of the latest developments and issues in yacht racing design and technology. The schedule will include topics such as composite technology, canting keel and rudder technology, hydrodynamics, rig technology, advances in coating techniques and sail design. The symposium will also address the environmental implications on today’s yacht racing designers and builders. The full schedule will be announced in due course.

As well as industry experts and Production Directors from yacht builders, the symposium is also open for racing yacht owners to participate and meet and network with design professionals to discuss their own yachts or projects. The symposium will share joint access with the World Yacht Racing Forum lounge and exhibition area, as Event Director James Pleasance explains;

“The commercial and design/technical world of yacht racing are intrinsically linked as many of today’s biggest yachting events are driven by the design and technology of the yachts competing in them; the America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Vendee Globe, Farr 40 class, Swan 45 regattas, and so on. Joining these two conferences together is the ideal opportunity for both sides of the sport to share ideas and forge new relationships. ”

Participants from both conferences will also gain free access to the Motorsport Business Forum and the Track & Ocean cocktail reception where they will have the opportunity to meet fellow business and design professionals from the world of motorsport. Top yacht designer Juan Kouyoumdjian attended the inaugural Forum last year;

“It is a great idea to add a symposium for the professionals involved in yacht design technology. It will allow us to meet in a pleasant environment, and to share our views on the future. It will also be interesting for teams, or yacht owners, to meet us and compare our ideas and discuss new trends and innovations.”

For more information on the Yacht Racing Design & Technology Symposium and details of how to register, visit www.yrdts.com.

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Meanwhile in Valencia… Team Container concludes fruitful training

Posted on 29 March 2009 by Valencia Sailing

Note: A small error slipped through earlier in the report. Marcus Wieser is the helmsman of the yacht while Karol Jablonski is calling tactics. Our apologies.

It was supposed be an exceptional photo and video opportunity for Valencia Sailing but unfortunately it turned out to be 20-minute ride from the Luna Rossa base to the end of the canal and back. Team Container’s crew was scheduled to carry out their last training session in Valencia, in view of the busy season ahead, but the weather didn’t allow it.

There was simply no breeze and the forecast was not encouraging at all. After delaying the dockout for more than an hour, the STP65 yacht was motored out of the canal but then became evident it made no sense to venture any further. Adding to that the huge swell, the crew decided to return to the Luna Rossa base. We will have to wait for another opportunity in order to shoot photos of Marcus Wieser on the helm of the German yacht.

Still, the overall results achieved by the team are very satisfactory. March being in general a tricky month to sail in Valencia, just 2 of the 15 days the team spent here were lost. The first one due to excessive winds (the day following Luna Rossa’s incident) and the second one on Sunday.

Team Container’s STP65 yacht will now go to Palma for the opening regatta of the International Maxi Association 2009 season, starting in two weeks. Racing in the Mini Maxi division she will face, among others, Luna Rossa’s STP65 and the brand new 72-ft RAN II, owned by Skype’s founder Niklas Zennstrom.

Team Container’s STP65 last day of training was extremely short!!!! Valencia, 29 March 2009. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Team Container’s STP65 docked in the Luna Rossa base. Valencia, 29 March 2009. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Team Container’s STP65 docked in the Luna Rossa base. Valencia, 29 March 2009. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Videos: Banque Populaire V sailing night and day

Posted on 29 March 2009 by Valencia Sailing

Fro those that can’t get enough of multihull sailing, we have another two interesting videos with raw footage from Banque Populaire’s training session last week off the Spanish port of Cadix. The French boat is still waiting for the right conditions in order to embark on a new attempt to break the trans-atlantic record from Cadix to San Salvador.

Sailing during the day

Banque Populaire V trimaran sails during the day. Cadix, March 2009. Video copyright Banque Populaire

Sailing during the night

Banque Populaire V trimaran sails during the night. Cadix, March 2009. Video copyright Banque Populaire

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Videos: Banque Populaire V sailing night and day

Posted on 29 March 2009 by Valencia Sailing

Fro those that can’t get enough of multihull sailing, we have another two interesting videos with raw footage from Banque Populaire’s training session last week off the Spanish port of Cadix. The French boat is still waiting for the right conditions in order to embark on a new attempt to break the trans-atlantic record from Cadix to San Salvador.

Sailing during the day

Banque Populaire V trimaran sails during the day. Cadix, March 2009. Video copyright Banque Populaire

Sailing during the night

Banque Populaire V trimaran sails during the night. Cadix, March 2009. Video copyright Banque Populaire

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Fifth place for Telefonica Blue in leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race

Posted on 29 March 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Volvo Ocean Race] At 03:55 GMT, in the early hours (00:55 local time) of a rainy Sunday morning, Telefónica Blue eased across the finish line off the Marina da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro to take fifth place in leg five of the Volvo Ocean Race.

The elapsed time for leg five for Telefónica Blue was a daunting 42 days, 22 hours and 55 minutes.

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Telefonica Blue skipper Bouwe Bekking on reaching Rio with a broken forestay

This wasn’t the way it was supposed to be for skipper Bouwe Bekking/NED and his team. Following two consecutive leg wins, Tom Addis was promoted from strategist to navigator. And after changing to larger rudders for this leg, the Telefónica Blue squad had high hopes of closing the gap with the front-running Ericsson 4.

But before the race had started, the team ran aground on a submerged rock outside the harbour in Qingdao. Skipper Bekking quickly made the decision not to take the start and instead Telefónica Blue returned to the Olympic harbour in Qingdao where the boat was hauled out for the damage to be assessed.

In the event, there was no structurally significant damage and the team resumed racing just shy of 19 hours after the start of the leg. From then onwards, the Telefónica Blue was on the back foot.

Telefonica Blue sails towards the finish line of leg 5. Rio de Janiero, 29 March 2009. Photo copyright Dave Kneale / Volvo Ocean Race

They fought hard to get back into the mix with the rest of the fleet, but 20 days into the leg, a broken forestay forced the team to make heroic efforts to save the mast from tumbling down, but at that point, their competitive hopes in leg five were all but extinguished as the team was restricted to using smaller headsails.

A late charge on the final section of the race course brought the team within hours of fourth-placed Green Dragon, but to no avail – four points, from a fifth place finish drops the team to third place on the overall leaderboard behind Ericsson 4 and PUMA.

“I think we have a really good chance actually,” Bekking said when asked about the impact of this leg on the overall leaderboard. “I think Ericsson 4 will be scratching their heads a little bit because they haven’t been winning the last three legs. They are definitely beatable I think.”

Leg Five Finishing Order – Rio de Janeiro

1. Ericsson 3: 8 points

2. Ericsson 4: 7 points

3. PUMA: 6 points

4. Green Dragon: 5 points

5. Telefonica Blue: 4 points

Overall Leaderboard (Provisional)

1. Ericsson 4 (Torben Grael/BRA) 63.5 points (FINISHED)

2. PUMA (Ken Read/USA) 53 points (FINISHED)

3. Telefónica Blue (Bouwe Bekking/NED) 50.5 points (FINISHED)

4. Ericsson 3 (Magnus Olsson/SWE) 43.5 (FINISHED)

5. Green Dragon (Ian Walker/GBR) 39.5 (FINISHED)

6. Telefónica Black 21 (DNS)

7. Delta Lloyd 12 (DNS)

8. Team Russia 10.5 (DNS)

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