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Alinghi’s mast grows taller?

Posted on 31 January 2010 by Valencia Sailing

It could very well be just an optical illusion but in a photo of Alinghi 5 returning after Sunday’s training session the mast looks suspiciously longer than 2 weeks ago. Any thoughts?

Alinghi 5 returns from a full day of training. Valencia, 31 January 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Alinghi 5 goes out for her maiden sail in Valencia, venue of the 33rd America’s Cup. Valencia, 31 January 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Groupama 3 starts new attempt at round-the-world record

Posted on 31 January 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Cammas - Groupama] 13h 55′ 53” UTC: Groupama 3 crossed the start line of the Jules Verne Trophy off the Créac’h lighthouse in Ushant. Franck Cammas and his nine crew set off at over twenty knots in a light N’ly breeze on the back of a mass of rain… This latest record attempt begins with some encouraging, albeit tricky weather conditions.

Returning to cross the finish line off Ushant before 06h 14′ 57” on 23rd March: such is the objective the ten men aboard the trimaran have set themselves in order to snatch the round the world record, that is within one minute of the reference time… Indeed Groupama 3 must complete the course spanning more than 21,600 miles, in less than 50 days 16 hours 20 minutes; the reference time for the Jules Verne Trophy set by Bruno Peyron and his crew in 2005.

Franck Cammas and his nine crew set off at 13h 55′ 53” (UTC) on their third attempt. It would appear to have less favourable conditions than those on the two previous attempts (January 2008 and November 2009), however the extremely tight timing for hooking onto the next weather system as they pass Cape Finisterre and then the Canaries remains positive nonetheless. Indeed the weather routing gives a rough time of five and a half to six and a half days for reaching the equator! This translates as a very acceptable time for maintaining sufficient room for manoeuvre with a view to Orange 2′s trajectory in 2005…

Groupama 3 docks out for a new attempt at round-the-world record. Ouessant, 31 January 2010. Video copyright Groupama

Iberian verdict

The most uncertain phase relates to the passage of Cape Finisterre as the weather window is a very short one, stretching to three hours tops according to the weather models! By setting off early, just after the passage of a fairly inactive cold front with rain, Groupama 3 is increasing her chances of making the Spanish headland on schedule and then skirting closely round it. Such a trajectory is shaping up to be pretty favourable since a low has settled itself in a S’ly position level with the Canaries. As it fills in on site, it should enable the crew to benefit from a steady N’ly breeze, giving way to a system of regular tradewinds.

From Monday morning the crew of Groupama 3 will know whether they’ve been able to respect the timing, but once the uncertainty is over, the giant trimaran will be able to lengthen her stride… And though the trajectory is very direct and close to the great circle route, enabling big gains in terms of optimising the course time, the price is an increase in the number of manoeuvres to be performed. As such the crew, who packed their bags at noon on Saturday, are likely to be into the thick of the action from the off. Setting out with full mainsail and solent, they’ll have to swiftly put in a reef and change down to a smaller headsail as the N’ly breeze picks up in the Bay of Biscay (up to 25-30 knots). After this it’s a transition phase off Cape Finisterre which is likely to concern the crew at the end of the night… This will be the first tricky stage, which they cannot afford to miss!

Groupama 3 starts a new attempt at round-the-world record. Ouessant, 31 January 2010. Photo copyright Groupama

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Groupama 3 starts new attempt at round-the-world record

Posted on 31 January 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Cammas - Groupama] 13h 55′ 53” UTC: Groupama 3 crossed the start line of the Jules Verne Trophy off the Créac’h lighthouse in Ushant. Franck Cammas and his nine crew set off at over twenty knots in a light N’ly breeze on the back of a mass of rain… This latest record attempt begins with some encouraging, albeit tricky weather conditions.

Returning to cross the finish line off Ushant before 06h 14′ 57” on 23rd March: such is the objective the ten men aboard the trimaran have set themselves in order to snatch the round the world record, that is within one minute of the reference time… Indeed Groupama 3 must complete the course spanning more than 21,600 miles, in less than 50 days 16 hours 20 minutes; the reference time for the Jules Verne Trophy set by Bruno Peyron and his crew in 2005.

Franck Cammas and his nine crew set off at 13h 55′ 53” (UTC) on their third attempt. It would appear to have less favourable conditions than those on the two previous attempts (January 2008 and November 2009), however the extremely tight timing for hooking onto the next weather system as they pass Cape Finisterre and then the Canaries remains positive nonetheless. Indeed the weather routing gives a rough time of five and a half to six and a half days for reaching the equator! This translates as a very acceptable time for maintaining sufficient room for manoeuvre with a view to Orange 2′s trajectory in 2005…

Groupama 3 docks out for a new attempt at round-the-world record. Ouessant, 31 January 2010. Video copyright Groupama

Iberian verdict

The most uncertain phase relates to the passage of Cape Finisterre as the weather window is a very short one, stretching to three hours tops according to the weather models! By setting off early, just after the passage of a fairly inactive cold front with rain, Groupama 3 is increasing her chances of making the Spanish headland on schedule and then skirting closely round it. Such a trajectory is shaping up to be pretty favourable since a low has settled itself in a S’ly position level with the Canaries. As it fills in on site, it should enable the crew to benefit from a steady N’ly breeze, giving way to a system of regular tradewinds.

From Monday morning the crew of Groupama 3 will know whether they’ve been able to respect the timing, but once the uncertainty is over, the giant trimaran will be able to lengthen her stride… And though the trajectory is very direct and close to the great circle route, enabling big gains in terms of optimising the course time, the price is an increase in the number of manoeuvres to be performed. As such the crew, who packed their bags at noon on Saturday, are likely to be into the thick of the action from the off. Setting out with full mainsail and solent, they’ll have to swiftly put in a reef and change down to a smaller headsail as the N’ly breeze picks up in the Bay of Biscay (up to 25-30 knots). After this it’s a transition phase off Cape Finisterre which is likely to concern the crew at the end of the night… This will be the first tricky stage, which they cannot afford to miss!

Groupama 3 starts a new attempt at round-the-world record. Ouessant, 31 January 2010. Photo copyright Groupama

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Mirsky Racing Team’s tactician Kyle Langford Steers to Victory in Perth

Posted on 31 January 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Mirsky Racing Team] Mirsky Racing Team’s tactician Kyle Langford of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia won the Colin Mullins Youth Match Racing regatta in Perth this week.

MRT who just came off a Silver Medal in the ISAF Match Racing Worlds chose to put Langford’s entry into the Colin Mullins and Warren Jones to build up his tactical awareness. However he went on to surprise many as the CYCA crew of fellow MRT member Kinley Fowler, his brother Mark Langford, World 49er Champion Iain Jensen, and Tom Scardifield breezed through the series, only dropping two races in the round robin series.

Having only steered one match racing regatta some years ago, Langford improved vastly as the series went on, and by the time it came to the finals against host club RFBYC’s Peter Nicholas, the team weren’t making many mistakes.

“The racing was really close throughout the series and we got all sorts of conditions. The finals were raced in close to 40 knots which got pretty hairy at times, but it was all really good practise for us going into the Warren Jones this week. The competition is going to really heat up, but we will be looking to finish strong” said Langford as he looks forward to the coming week’s racing.

The Warren Jones starts on the 1st of February, being raced out of Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in Perth.

Kyle Langford sails to victory in the Colin Mullins Youth Match Racing regatta. Perth, 31 January 2010. Photo copyright John Roberson

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BMW Oracle’s Aerial Symphony in Valencia

Posted on 30 January 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Saturday was a great day in Valencia, even “a banner day for the BMW ORACLE Racing team, which left its mooring in Valencia at 08:30 and didn’t return until nine hours later”, according to the BMW Oracle website.

The day began with a blast reach under wing sail and headsail in blustery conditions, taking the trimaran USA nearly ten miles offshore. “I think today would have to be our best day in Valencia and to be honest, it would be up there all time, in terms of ticking things off the ‘to do’ list,” said sailing team coach Glenn Ashby (AUS) at the end of the day. “Early on, we sailed in quite a lot of breeze. We had high 20s at times at the top of the mast just before we got going and it was still right up there for the first hour or so.”

The America’s Cup challenger was lucky enough to have a helicopter following today’s training session, providing us with an aerial symphony of spectacular footage.

BMW Oracle’s USA trains 9 days before the 33rd America’s Cup match. Valencia, 30 January 2010. Video copyright BMW Oracle

Here’s two more interesting videos from Thursday. If they were indeed shot on January 28th as the opening title indicates, it was the day USA suffered from a minor breakage during the approach to the committee boat. Conditions were very light and I doubt there were more than 6-7 knots of wind in that particular footage.

BMW Oracle’s USA trains 11 days before the 33rd America’s Cup match. Valencia, 28 January 2010. Video copyright BMW Oracle

BMW Oracle’s USA trains 11 days before the 33rd America’s Cup match. Valencia, 28 January 2010. Video copyright BMW Oracle

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More litigation from the challenger ahead of the 33rd America’s Cup

Posted on 30 January 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Alinghi] BMW Oracle registers another request for redress with the International AC Jury just hours after Justice Kornreich directed them to race for the America’s Cup.

Just hours after BMW Oracle failed to disqualify Alinghi in New York before the America’s Cup Match race, Russell Coutts and his BMW Oracle team attacked the Defender on another front lodging a request for redress with the International America’s Cup Jury.

This brings their total Jury applications to seven one week prior to the Match beginning. “Having failed to disqualify us in New York before the Match date, BMW Oracle are now not happy with the decisions of the New York courts and expert panel opinions. The Jury will deal with these applications along with others in due course and we are looking forward to starting the race for the America’s Cup on the 8 February,” said Grant Simmer, Alinghi design team coordinator.

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What is this?

Posted on 30 January 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Sailing in Valencia is not only about the America’s Cup. Can you guess what boat is the one in the photo?

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New York Supreme Court confirms America’s Cup Match for 8 February

Posted on 29 January 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Alinghi] Justice Kornreich tells teams to go racing; no decision or hearing will take place before the Match

Justice Kornreich of the New York Supreme Court informed the America’s Cup defending yacht club, Société Nautique de Genève, and the challenging Golden Gate Yacht Club today via telephone conference that she will not hear the American challenger’s complaint regarding the ‘constructed in country’ requirement of the Deed of Gift before the 33rd America’s Cup Match which is scheduled to begin on 8 February.

This means the 33rd America’s Cup is free to proceed as ordered by previous New York rulings: in Valencia on the 8, 10 and 12 February.

“This is excellent news. We are delighted that BMW Oracle’s attempts to disqualify Alinghi and to win the America’s Cup in court have been denied. We look forward to meeting them on the start line here in Valencia on 8 February to race for the Cup; something they can no longer try to avoid,” said Ernesto Bertarelli – two-time America’s Cup winner – on hearing the news when returning ashore after today’s race training session.

Enresto Bertarelli and Rita Barberá, happy in front of the America’s Cup trophy. Valencia, 29 January 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Other news:
The America’s Cup trophy arrives at the Alinghi base in Valencia

Sport’s oldest active trophy arrives at the Alinghi base, the America’s Cup Defender’s home, in Valencia

The sterling silver ewer once known as the ‘£100 Cup’ and named the ‘America’s Cup’ after America, the yacht of the same country that fought off the British fleet around the Isle of Wight in 1851, is the most sought after trophy in the sport of sailing.

It has resided at the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) in Switzerland since 2003 when the representing team, Alinghi – a first time challenger – wrestled it from the two-time winner, Team New Zealand, and returned it to Europe for the first time since the original race.

Alinghi successfully defended the America’s Cup for SNG in 2007 securing the trophy’s Swiss residency until today when the Cup arrived at the Defender’s base in Port America’s Cup, Valencia, where it will be exhibited to the public in the house of the America’s Cup at the Alinghi base.

On site to welcome the trophy’s arrival were Ernesto Bertarelli, Alinghi team president, who had just completed a day’s race training on Alinghi 5; Rita Barberá, the Mayoress of Valencia; Ricardo Peralta, Spanish government delegate and Vicente Rambla, vice president Valencia regional government.

“It is fantastic to see the Cup back in Valencia and in its home at the Alinghi base; I very much hope that visitors will enjoy the America’s Cup during its stay,” said Ernesto Bertarelli, team president.

Rita Barberá invited the public to come and see the America’s Cup at the Alinghi base and said: “I feel very touched to see the Auld Mug again. It’s back home! This is going to be a unique edition of the Cup. Common sense has prevailed. This America’s Cup has to be decided on the water. The 8 February is round the corner and there is going to be an event!”

Alinghi is hosting a Public Open Day on Sunday 31 January from 09:00-18:00 – All are welcome!

America’s Cup visiting times are: 11:00-18:00 seven days a week

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