Archive | March, 2010

What is this?

Posted on 31 March 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Well, this is obviously the TP52 yacht with which Luna Rossa will take part in the 2010 AUDI Medcup. It isn’t a new yacht, it is Vasco Vascotto’s 2009 Pisco Sour, chartered for the entire season and modified to the new rules for 2010. The Italian team will train in Valencia next week as will Quantum Racing whose TP52 should leave Ximo Lopez’s boatyard any time now.

The entrance of Luna Rossa and Team Origin in the TP52 AUDI Medcup circuit is a clear demonstration that the TP52 class and the AUDI Medcup organization have been able to establish themselves as the only alternative to the America’s Cup in high-level professional sailing. Hats off.

This is a quite easy quiz and I doubt you’ll have any trouble guessing what boat it is. We’ll have more and better pictures later this week and, quite possibly, some nice shots from the first test sail. Next week promises to be very interesting in Valencia, with a number of the top TP52 yachts practicing here.

Nevertheless, THE scoop about the 34th America’s Cup will come tomorrow (Thursday), if our inside information is confirmed tonight. Stay tuned as we reveal the details of the US Defender Series, again pending confirmation from a 3rd party.

Valencia, 31 March 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Valencia, 31 March 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Auckland announced as a stopover port for the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race

Posted on 31 March 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Volvo Ocean Race] The final piece of the puzzle was revealed today when Auckland was announced as a stopover port for the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race. It will be the seventh time the City of Sails has featured in the event.

Auckland last hosted the event in 2001-02. This time it will stage the leg four finish from Sanya in China and the start of leg five, which will take the fleet into the Southern Ocean once again, round Cape Horn and onto Itajaí, Brazil.

With the confirmation of Auckland, the route for 2011-12 is now set and includes: start port of Alicante (Spain), Cape Town (South Africa), Abu Dhabi (UAE), Sanya (China), Auckland (New Zealand), Itajaí (Brazil), Miami (US), Lisbon (Portugal), Lorient (France) and the finish port of Galway (Ireland).

“Our host port programme around the world is now complete and I can confirm that Auckland has won its bid to become our stopover port in New Zealand,” said Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad.

“This announcement completes the route and our goal of contracting all the ports before the end of March 2010, significantly earlier than in previous race cycles. The preliminary course will be published during April.

“The people of Auckland have an immense appreciation of sailing, and the Volvo Ocean Race in particular. Many of the world’s best-known sailors are from New Zealand, and we are proud to bring the race back to the City of Sails, where we will be sure of a huge reception.”


Auckland’s selection as the port of choice and return to the race route was welcomed by Mayor John Banks. “This event is a great fit with Auckland’s maritime location and of significant economic benefit for our city,” he said.

“Auckland has a proud history associated with this event and we look forward to welcoming the fleet and many spectators to our city once again.”

New Zealand has fielded many of the world’s greatest sailors, including Sir Peter Blake who competed five times in The Whitbread Round the World Race, which became the Volvo Ocean Race in 2001. Blake’s victory in 1989-90 on Steinlager 2 included a clean sweep of all six legs.

Grant Dalton, CEO of Emirates Team New Zealand, has also been a prolific competitor in the event, competing six times, being part of the winning crew onboard Flyer in 1981-82, and winning the maxi class with New Zealand Endeavour in 1993-94 whilst fellow New Zealander Ross Field won the Whitbread 60 division with Yamaha the same year.

More recently, Mike Sanderson drove ABN AMRO ONE to a resounding victory in 2005-06, with Brad Jackson and Stu Bannatyne as his watch captains. They carried on their winning streak as watch captains onboard 2008-09 winner Ericsson 4 and were jointly named Sailor of the Year at the 2009 Yachting New Zealand Excellence Awards. Along with Mark Christensen, Jackson and Bannatyne are the only sailors to have won the race three times.

After a 10-year hiatus Auckland will host a Volvo Ocean Race stopover in March 2012. From left, Councillor Greg Moyle, Auckland City Mayor John Banks and Minister of Parliament Maurice Williamson, with a Volvo XC60. Auckland, 31 March 2010. Photo copyright Auckland City Council

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Auckland announced as a stopover port for the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race

Posted on 31 March 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Volvo Ocean Race] The final piece of the puzzle was revealed today when Auckland was announced as a stopover port for the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race. It will be the seventh time the City of Sails has featured in the event.

Auckland last hosted the event in 2001-02. This time it will stage the leg four finish from Sanya in China and the start of leg five, which will take the fleet into the Southern Ocean once again, round Cape Horn and onto Itajaí, Brazil.

With the confirmation of Auckland, the route for 2011-12 is now set and includes: start port of Alicante (Spain), Cape Town (South Africa), Abu Dhabi (UAE), Sanya (China), Auckland (New Zealand), Itajaí (Brazil), Miami (US), Lisbon (Portugal), Lorient (France) and the finish port of Galway (Ireland).

“Our host port programme around the world is now complete and I can confirm that Auckland has won its bid to become our stopover port in New Zealand,” said Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad.

“This announcement completes the route and our goal of contracting all the ports before the end of March 2010, significantly earlier than in previous race cycles. The preliminary course will be published during April.

“The people of Auckland have an immense appreciation of sailing, and the Volvo Ocean Race in particular. Many of the world’s best-known sailors are from New Zealand, and we are proud to bring the race back to the City of Sails, where we will be sure of a huge reception.”


Auckland’s selection as the port of choice and return to the race route was welcomed by Mayor John Banks. “This event is a great fit with Auckland’s maritime location and of significant economic benefit for our city,” he said.

“Auckland has a proud history associated with this event and we look forward to welcoming the fleet and many spectators to our city once again.”

New Zealand has fielded many of the world’s greatest sailors, including Sir Peter Blake who competed five times in The Whitbread Round the World Race, which became the Volvo Ocean Race in 2001. Blake’s victory in 1989-90 on Steinlager 2 included a clean sweep of all six legs.

Grant Dalton, CEO of Emirates Team New Zealand, has also been a prolific competitor in the event, competing six times, being part of the winning crew onboard Flyer in 1981-82, and winning the maxi class with New Zealand Endeavour in 1993-94 whilst fellow New Zealander Ross Field won the Whitbread 60 division with Yamaha the same year.

More recently, Mike Sanderson drove ABN AMRO ONE to a resounding victory in 2005-06, with Brad Jackson and Stu Bannatyne as his watch captains. They carried on their winning streak as watch captains onboard 2008-09 winner Ericsson 4 and were jointly named Sailor of the Year at the 2009 Yachting New Zealand Excellence Awards. Along with Mark Christensen, Jackson and Bannatyne are the only sailors to have won the race three times.

After a 10-year hiatus Auckland will host a Volvo Ocean Race stopover in March 2012. From left, Councillor Greg Moyle, Auckland City Mayor John Banks and Minister of Parliament Maurice Williamson, with a Volvo XC60. Auckland, 31 March 2010. Photo copyright Auckland City Council

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Auckland to host a Volvo Ocean Race stopover in March 2012

Posted on 30 March 2010 by Valencia Sailing

It all points now to an imminent announcement that Auckland will be a stopover city for the Volvo Ocean Race in March 2012.

Auckland will stage the leg four finish from Sanya in China and the start of leg five, which will take the Volvo Ocean Race yachts around Cape Horn to the finish in Itajai, Brazil.

According to reliable information, the city of Auckland is working in partnership with central government to bring this event back to the city. Both parties are contributing equally with an investment of NZ $1.5 million each.

Just like it did with the Louis Vuitton Trophy, the city of Auckland plans to make the 10-day stopover in 2012 a “festival” built around a race village.

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Auckland to host a Volvo Ocean Race stopover in March 2012

Posted on 30 March 2010 by Valencia Sailing

It all points now to an imminent announcement that Auckland will be a stopover city for the Volvo Ocean Race in March 2012.

Auckland will stage the leg four finish from Sanya in China and the start of leg five, which will take the Volvo Ocean Race yachts around Cape Horn to the finish in Itajai, Brazil.

According to reliable information, the city of Auckland is working in partnership with central government to bring this event back to the city. Both parties are contributing equally with an investment of NZ $1.5 million each.

Just like it did with the Louis Vuitton Trophy, the city of Auckland plans to make the 10-day stopover in 2012 a “festival” built around a race village.

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SNG and GGYC agree to end 33rd America’s Cup legal dispute

Posted on 30 March 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Alinghi] A settlement agreement signed by representatives from Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) and Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) was filed today to the New York Supreme Court cancelling all pending litigation for the 33rd America’s Cup. Both clubs have agreed to drop their respective claims and definitively close all legal disputes surrounding the 33rd America’s Cup.

SNG vice-commodore Fred Meyer comments: “It’s very satisfactory that we can leave behind us all of the legal controversy. It has been long overdue for the America’s Cup to abandon the courts of New York. Now we can look ahead to the future where SNG will continue to support Alinghi if they decide to challenge again. For SNG the ten year adventure in the America’s Cup has been a fascinating period. We must be proud of what our team has achieved with the victories in 2003 and 2007. Being the first European club to conquer the America’s Cup is an impressive feat that will remain for ever. SNG thanks Alinghi for everything that they’ve done for our club.”

What’s next then for Alinghi? Team president Ernesto Bertarelli has not announced any plans as yet but has confirmed that Alinghi will carry on: “Ten years after the birth of our team, the Alinghi spirit is going to continue, there is no doubt to that. We have not made any decision yet as to what will be our next challenge but we are evaluating a number of different alternatives for our sailing team and even beyond sailing. We will be waiting to hear details for the 34th America’s Cup from the American defender before making any decision, but there is a broad range of exciting possibilities that Alinghi could be involved in.”

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The GP42 Series, on their way

Posted on 30 March 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: AUDI Medcup] When it’s 42 days to go for the launch of the Portugal Trophy, Cascais, the first stage of the 2010 Audi MedCup Circuit, we spoke to Javier Goizueta (ESP), the new GP42 Class President, to learn about the latest news on the teams participating in this year’s GP42 Series.

“Today, we have five pre-registered teams commited to complete their entries within the next few weeks: three are Spanish, one is British and one from Italy,” Goizueta says. He faces the presidency of the GP42 Class with an interesting season ahead, where he will combine his new role along with the co-ownership of the GP42 Madrid – Caser Seguros (ESP) together with José María van der Ploeg (ESP). Their 2009 Botin & Carkeek design will face this new season after finishing third overall last year, including their victory of the GP42 Series at the Portugal Trophy.

All the pre-registered teams are in their final stages of preparing for the season, with two committed to compete in the Palma Vela regatta (April 14-18) in order to check sails and the changes made to their boats during the winter. One of these is John Bassadone’s (GBR) Peninsula Petroleum (GBR), new into the GP42 Series this year. The British owner bought the Botin & Carkeek ex-Turismo Madrid after competing for the first time on a GP42 during last October’s Puerto Calero GP42 Global Cup in Lanzarote.


The other team racing in the Palma Vela regatta will be Roberto Monti’s (ITA) AIRISESSENTIAL (ITA), after making some slight changes to their deck layout, and with some new team members and new sails.

Joining these three will be two other boats which have confirmed their participation in the 2010 Audi MedCup Circuit. Both are Botín & Carkeek designs, with one racing last year in Alicante and Cartagena as Iberdrola (ESP), and the other none other than the 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit GP42 Series Champion, Daniel Calero’s (ESP) Puerto Calero (ESP).

Schedule and guests
“I think that this year’s calendar is superb,” Javier Goizueta remarks. “Including Barcelona as a venue is just fantastic all around: the race course, the notoriety, the infrastructures,… I think that is an absolute good idea in terms of development of the Circuit.”

Together with the two new venues (Cascais and Barcelona), the President of the GP42 Class highlights another novelty which, in his opinion, will help in the promotion of the Audi MedCup Circuit and the two Series participating, GP42 and TP52. This year, one guest will be sailing onboard each GP42 and TP52, both during racing and during the official training days. “This year we have an innovation which I think is fundamental: the onboard guest,” said Goizueta. “Thinking of the non-specialised media, an owner’s business-to-business contacts and potential new owners, this is a very powerful tool that we want to take full advantage of.”

This new rule is not the only one to be a good promotional tool, according to Goizueta: “We want to take advantage of the great facilities developed by Audi MedCup in order to provide a better service for our guests. I think that the elements available are extraordinary, and our goal is to make the most of them. I also think that the Public Village is a great idea to show the visitors the real excitement of this sport.”

Sailing program
The Notice of Race for the Audi MedCup Circuit 2010 says that there will be a maximum of 45 Windward/Leeward races for the GP42 Series. The Portugal Trophy, Cascais is the first event of the season, with the official training day scheduled for Wednesday, 12 May, with racing held Thursday 13 May, through Sunday 16 May. On that day we’ll know the name of the first event winner of the 2010 GP42 Series.

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The GP42 Series, on their way

Posted on 30 March 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: AUDI Medcup] When it’s 42 days to go for the launch of the Portugal Trophy, Cascais, the first stage of the 2010 Audi MedCup Circuit, we spoke to Javier Goizueta (ESP), the new GP42 Class President, to learn about the latest news on the teams participating in this year’s GP42 Series.

“Today, we have five pre-registered teams commited to complete their entries within the next few weeks: three are Spanish, one is British and one from Italy,” Goizueta says. He faces the presidency of the GP42 Class with an interesting season ahead, where he will combine his new role along with the co-ownership of the GP42 Madrid – Caser Seguros (ESP) together with José María van der Ploeg (ESP). Their 2009 Botin & Carkeek design will face this new season after finishing third overall last year, including their victory of the GP42 Series at the Portugal Trophy.

All the pre-registered teams are in their final stages of preparing for the season, with two committed to compete in the Palma Vela regatta (April 14-18) in order to check sails and the changes made to their boats during the winter. One of these is John Bassadone’s (GBR) Peninsula Petroleum (GBR), new into the GP42 Series this year. The British owner bought the Botin & Carkeek ex-Turismo Madrid after competing for the first time on a GP42 during last October’s Puerto Calero GP42 Global Cup in Lanzarote.


The other team racing in the Palma Vela regatta will be Roberto Monti’s (ITA) AIRISESSENTIAL (ITA), after making some slight changes to their deck layout, and with some new team members and new sails.

Joining these three will be two other boats which have confirmed their participation in the 2010 Audi MedCup Circuit. Both are Botín & Carkeek designs, with one racing last year in Alicante and Cartagena as Iberdrola (ESP), and the other none other than the 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit GP42 Series Champion, Daniel Calero’s (ESP) Puerto Calero (ESP).

Schedule and guests
“I think that this year’s calendar is superb,” Javier Goizueta remarks. “Including Barcelona as a venue is just fantastic all around: the race course, the notoriety, the infrastructures,… I think that is an absolute good idea in terms of development of the Circuit.”

Together with the two new venues (Cascais and Barcelona), the President of the GP42 Class highlights another novelty which, in his opinion, will help in the promotion of the Audi MedCup Circuit and the two Series participating, GP42 and TP52. This year, one guest will be sailing onboard each GP42 and TP52, both during racing and during the official training days. “This year we have an innovation which I think is fundamental: the onboard guest,” said Goizueta. “Thinking of the non-specialised media, an owner’s business-to-business contacts and potential new owners, this is a very powerful tool that we want to take full advantage of.”

This new rule is not the only one to be a good promotional tool, according to Goizueta: “We want to take advantage of the great facilities developed by Audi MedCup in order to provide a better service for our guests. I think that the elements available are extraordinary, and our goal is to make the most of them. I also think that the Public Village is a great idea to show the visitors the real excitement of this sport.”

Sailing program
The Notice of Race for the Audi MedCup Circuit 2010 says that there will be a maximum of 45 Windward/Leeward races for the GP42 Series. The Portugal Trophy, Cascais is the first event of the season, with the official training day scheduled for Wednesday, 12 May, with racing held Thursday 13 May, through Sunday 16 May. On that day we’ll know the name of the first event winner of the 2010 GP42 Series.

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