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Video: Onboard Sir Thomas Lipton’s Shamrock at the Plymouth Royal Regatta in 1925

Posted on 18 April 2014 by Valencia Sailing

We publish this video not only for its important historical value but also as a reminder that even with the rudimentary technology of the 1920′s it is possible to produce very beautiful and interesting footage! Imagine what they could have produced if they had an HD GoPro…

This particular boat was Shamrock IV, designed by Charles Ernest Nicholson. She was the unsuccessful challenger in the 1920 America’s Cup, the fourth time Sir Thomas Lipton was unable to win the America’s Cup back from the New York Yacht Club. In 1930, Sir Thomas tried for the fifth, and last, time to win the America’s Cup, again unsuccessfully, with Shamrock V, the first British yacht to be built to the, then, new J-Class rule.

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Artemis Racing strengthens its design team with new additions

Posted on 17 April 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Artemis Racing] Artemis Racing announced today that it has signed Vincent Lauriot-Prévost, Simon Watin, Juan Garay and Matthew Davis, who will join the design team as Artemis Racing prepares for a possible 35th America’s Cup bid.

Both Vincent Lauriot-Prévost and Simon Watin join from VPLP Design, a world leader in multihull racing and super yacht design founded in 1983. During the 34th America’s Cup they were part of the America’s Cup Race Management design and research team, established to create an initial design package for the high-tech wing-sailed AC72 catamarans.

Vincent Lauriot-Prévost is a naval architect and co-founder of VPLP Design based in France. During his career Lauriot-Prévost has contributed to some of the most advanced racing prototype projects, including the design of the six last winners of La Route du Rhum, the record holders of the transatlantic (New York – Lizard) and round the world (Jules Verne Trophy) races, as well as BMW ORACLE Racing’s trimaran USA 17, winner of the 33rd America’s Cup.

“Having always been at the cutting edge of fast multihull design from the early age of VPLP Design, we were first involved in the America’s Cup challenge in 2007, when the Cup turned definitively to multihulls,” said the naval architect. “This time, it is a great opportunity to collaborate with Artemis Racing on such a great foiling racing cat project, at this ultimate level of technology in the America’s Cup.”

Artemis Racing seems to be the most active (potential) challenger for the 35th America’s Cup. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch

A specialist in performance prediction, Watin graduated as a fluid mechanics engineer before specializing in naval architecture. In 2011 he joined the VPLP Yacht Design office in France where he developed in-house performance prediction and Computational Fluid Dynamics capabilities, and was involved in maxi racing trimaran projects (Prince de Bretagne 80, Sodebo 4 and Macif 100), as well as Open 60 projects (Safran 2 and Banque Populaire) for the 2016 Vendée Globe Race.

“I’m really excited to be part of the Artemis Racing team,” said Watin. “They have done an amazing job putting together a group of people that are not only very talented and experienced but also team players, and it is really motivating for me personally to have the chance to work in such an environment. Accurately predicting the performance of these boats will be quite a challenge, and we will have to sharpen our tools to be able make the right choices before launching the boats, especially since the sailing time may well be restricted.”

Artemis Racing also welcomes back British electronics engineer Matthew Davis and Argentine aero designer Juan Garay.

Davis studied electrical and instrumentation engineering in Southampton, andhas sailed as navigator, engineer and crew member in multiple maxi yacht races including the Rolex Transatlantic Yacht Race and Maxi Worlds. In 2009 he received the Navigator’s Award for 1st in class for LA to Hawaii Transpac Race.

Matthew was Team Telefónica’s instrument engineer for both the 2008 and 2011 Volvo Ocean Races. The 35th America’s Cup will be his third campaign following the 32nd with Victory Challenge and the 34th with Artemis Racing.

Garay has over 20 years of experience in sail design with North Sails South America, and has been involved in a variety of classes and circuits since 1990.

Juan started designing sails for Team GBR in 2006 and worked with Iain Percy, Andrew Simpson and Ben Ainslie on multiple Olympic campaigns including Beijing 2008 and London 2012. He was the sail designer for Team Origin and +39 Challenge, and the 35th America’s Cup will be his second campaign with Artemis Racing, leading the aero program development.

“I am excited to work again with such a fantastic team,” said Garay. “I have great memories of working with Iain and Bart on two successful Olympic campaigns. We worked extremely hard but managed to enjoy it at the same time. Having that collaborative and open environment in an America’s Cup team is extremely motivating.”

“We are pleased to welcome Simon and Vincent into the team, and have Juan and Matthew back with us,” said Artemis Racing design team coordinator Adam May. “Simon came to us highly recommended by a number of sources, while Vincent’s experience with big multihulls is undeniable. Juan and Matt are returning Artemis team members who bring with them a wealth of experience and great attitude in their respective areas. We continue to slowly grow our team, working hard to find the right fit of people within the group, and are fortunate to have had no shortage of great people reaching out to us, interested in getting involved,” concluded May.

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Video: Artemis Racing is back on San Francisco bay for AC45 training

Posted on 15 April 2014 by Valencia Sailing

Footage from Artemis Racing’s March 2014 training session on San Francisco Bay. Team Manager Iain Percy, Skipper Nathan Outteridge and Trimmer Christian Kamp provide their thoughts on the camp; along with special guests Freddie Lööf and Niclas Düring

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Luna Rossa participates in the 50th edition of the Congressional Cup

Posted on 09 April 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Luna Rossa] Today at 11 AM local time (8 PM in Italy) will be the kick-off of the 50th edition of the Congressional Cup, the oldest and most prestigious match race event, second only to America’s Cup, where participation is by invitation only.

This year the event organizers invited Luna Rossa who decided to include the competition in the team’s preparation program for the 35th America’s Cup.

Francesco Bruni, winner of the Congressional Cup in 2010, will be the helmsman and will compete against nine crews counting some of the biggest names in the international match racing scene: Taylor Canfield, the skipper from the U.S. Virgin Islands currently number one in the international match race ranking list, British Ian Williams (second), New Zealander Phil Robertson (fourth), Australian Keith Swinton (fifth) and Frenchman Mathieu Richard (sixth). The team of Simone Ferrarese, defending champion and eighth in the world ranking list, is also participating in the event.

The Luna Rossa team consists of Francesco Bruni (helmsman), Adam Minoprio (tactician), Xabier Fernandez (mainsail trimmer), Simeon Tienpont (pitman), Pierluigi de Felice (trimmer), Max Sirena (bowman)

“The Congressional Cup is one of the most prestigious and challenging match race events in the international sailing scene,” said Max Sirena, skipper of Luna Rossa. “The match race will be the focal point of our preparation for the 35th America’s Cup and, given the high level of the crews, this event will be an important test after the winter break.”

The Congressional Cup, organized by the Long Beach Yacht Club, will run from Wednesday the 9th to Sunday the 13th of April. The crews sail with the Catalina 37 one-design monohulls that, following an initial draw, will be rotated on a daily base among the teams. The event format is a Round Robin, followed by semi-finals and final.

The Luna Rossa team consists of Francesco Bruni (helmsman), Adam Minoprio (tactician), Xabier Fernandez (mainsail trimmer), Simeon Tienpont (pitman), Pierluigi de Felice (trimmer), Max Sirena (bowman).

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New board named for Emirates Team New Zealand

Posted on 07 April 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Emirates Team New Zealand] Retiring chairman of Emirates Team New Zealand Gary Paykel has announced the formation of a new five-member board of directors to govern Emirates Team New Zealand.

He said he had consulted widely to assemble a board made up of passionate New Zealanders with a range of skills and in-depth experience in many areas of New Zealand business and technology as well as past experience with the team and the America’s Cup.

Mr Paykel said Dr Keith Turner, a former chief executive and experienced company director, would chair the board.

The board’s immediate tasks are to review the Protocol (the document which governs the conduct of the America’s Cup), assess the possibility of mounting a credible challenge from New Zealand and prepare a business case for the Government. Oracle, the defender of the America’s Cup, is expected to make the Protocol public within the next few days.

“This is a strong group of directors who will work closely with all stakeholders, including the government, as we make an assessment of mounting a challenge in 2017,” Dr Turner said.

“Should the Board determine that a challenge is credible, I expect the Government will then decide whether to invest in a challenge and if so, seek a further appointment to the board.”

While details of the management structure and the operating model will be worked through as part of preparing the business case for any challenge, Grant Dalton will assume the position of CEO, reporting to the Board.

The board met for the first time today (Monday April 7).

Chair, Dr Keith Turner

Dr Turner is an experienced professional director. He is currently the chairman of Fisher & Paykel Appliances Limited, deputy chairman of Auckland International Airport, and a director of Chorus. In Australia he is a director of ASX listed Spark Infrastructure Ltd. As part of his Spark responsibilities he is a director of South Australia Power Networks and Victoria Power Networks.

He is a former chair of Solar City Limited and has significant experience with small, technology start-up ventures.

Dr Turner has extensive experience in the energy sector, most recently as chief executive officer of Meridian Energy Limited from 1999 to 2008. Prior to that, he worked as a private energy consultant advising a range of large corporate clients and Government.

Dr Turner has a practical bent, having built an 11.5m cruising yacht and a 250sq m replica colonial home. He is now based in Tauranga.

Emirates Team New Zealand’s new board will assess whether a credible challenge can be mounted under the rules Russell Coutts and Larry Ellison are set to present soon. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis /

Director, Sir Stephen Tindall

Businessman, philanthropist and investor Sir Stephen Tindall, founder and director of the Warehouse Group, has had a long association with Emirates Team New Zealand.

As an investor in New Zealand enterprises, he has made substantial investments through K1W1 and other vehicles as seed and venture capital into a large number of start-up and early stage businesses from biotech, environmental technology, electronics, high tech, software and other businesses with high export potential.

Sir Stephen and his wife Lady Margaret established the Tindall Foundation to focus New Zealand on improving the performance of families and social services; supporting community-based initiatives that create employment and encourage enterprise; supporting the environment and preserving biodiversity; promoting generosity and giving.

In 2009, he was made a Knight Companion of the NZ Order of Merit, 2007 Distinguished Companion of the NZ Order of Merit; 2006 The Sir Peter Blake Leadership Medal.

Director, Greg Horton

Greg Horton is one of the founding directors of Harmos Horton Lusk, an Auckland-based specialist corporate legal advisory firm.

In his legal practice, he specialises in M&A transactions (public and private),takeovers, corporate law, governance, strategic and board advice and also structures and advice for high net worth families.

He is a director of Fulton Hogan Limited, New Zealand Funds Management Limited and Tappenden Holdings Limited, and is a trustee, director and investment committee member of a number of other entities.

Director, Tina Symmans

Tina Symmans has more than 25 years’ experience in advising companie smost particularly in the fields of strategic communications and corporate and government relations.

Tina operates her own practice and has had significant experience and connectivity with the corporate sector and government.

She is a director of Forsyth Barr, a member of the Takeovers Panel and chairs Williams Warn, a private company. Tina was previously a director of PSIS (Co-operative Bank) and Turners & Growers.

Prior to 2012 Tina was a member of the senior management team at Telecom as director of corporate relations and was on the team that ran the successful demerger program forming Telecom and Chorus.

Director, Bob Field

Bob Field recently retired from a successful career in the international motor industry, including 30 years as managing director and chair of Toyota New Zealand.

He has a strong record of governance with national organisations involved in conservation, road safety and best business practice.

Former roles include chair of the NZ Business Council for Sustainable Development, Chair of WWF and president of the Motor Industry Association.

Current roles include chair of CMD Nominees and directorships of Kiwirail and NZRU.Bob has been closely involved with Team New Zealand for 25 years and six successive Americas Cup campaigns as a sponsor, an advisor and a mentor for the team.

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Flying Phantom impresses Philippe Presti

Posted on 03 April 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Phantom International] Philippe Presti, the French Olympian and coach of the America’s Cup champion ORACLE TEAM USA, has visited Phantom International in Saint Lunaire – France for some foiling sailing sessions on the Flying Phantom with the Phantom sailing team.

Philippe Presti:

“The purpose of my visit in Brittany was to try the Flying Phantom. You saw with the last America’s Cup we started to foil upwind and downwind and now we want to explore foiling with small boats. We are thinking it will be very good for the design of our future Cup boat.

Both sailing days were great and good sailing sessions. With up to 20 knots of breeze and swell, it was really enjoyable, of course in addition the business side of it, it’s a lot a lot of fun. In my career, I’ve started with very slow boats with the Finn dinghy and I really enjoy the changes. Sailing is a world where when you change boat you change world and I really enjoy to discover new stuff and foiling is really exciting.

This was one of the most exciting days sailing a boat I have had for a while.

The idea of buying boats for Oracle Team USA would be to train our sailors to fly; at the moment we have the big boat and we can fly on the AC72, but it is extremely hard to handle it term of logistics.

Onboard people are the helmsman, trimmers and others grinders but not all of them are really involved in the flying and in the way of foiling the boat. So the idea of sailing these small boats will be to help the guys to understand physically what is needed to fly in a stable way and this is why we want to use this boat as one of our training platforms. I believe we will learn a lot of things in terms of hydrodynamics and this could change our thinking about the big boat. The learning curve is so steep we are just at the beginning of the foiling and every month we are discovering new ideas or behavior so the Flying Phantom will help us to understand how to sail the big one.”

Alex Udin:

“We were very happy to have Philippe at our base in Saint Lunaire for these 2 days, it was very helpful for us to get him onboard and to have his feedback on the Flying Phantom. He discussed a lot with the team, which was useful for us, to be able to rely on the huge experience of Philippe. In addition, we shared our vision on foiling and the impact on the future of sailing and this reinforced our motivation to develop the Flying Phantom Class with specific events and provide also the ability for youth sailors to access foiling boats in a competitive environment. We are very proud to have ORACLE TEAM USA among our first customers and look forward to see the boats foiling in Sydney.”

Philippe Presti will go back to his coaching role with ORACLE TEAM USA and will soon have two Flying Phantom boats for skipper Jimmy Spithill, tactician/sailing team manager Tom Slingsby and the rest of the team to practice with at the team’s training session in Sydney, Australia.

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Photo gallery: Flying Phantom, the coolest, affordable, boat on the market

Posted on 19 March 2014 by Valencia Sailing

Alex Udin’s creation is an undisputed success. Despite being launched only last September, a total of 30 units have already been sold, 8 of which in the USA. The future looks bright! Here’s a fantastic photo set of the Flying Phantom with Gurvan Bontemps and Benjamin Amiot during the Long Distance Races at the Raid du Goëlo in France.

Flying Phantom, the coolest, affordable, boat on the market. Photo coptright Pierrick Contin

Flying Phantom, the coolest, affordable, boat on the market. Photo coptright Pierrick Contin

Flying Phantom, the coolest, affordable, boat on the market. Photo coptright Pierrick Contin

Flying Phantom, the coolest, affordable, boat on the market. Photo coptright Pierrick Contin

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Flying Phantom, the coolest, affordable, boat on the market. Photo coptright Pierrick Contin

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Emirates Team New Zealand signs new sponsor for the Extreme Sailing Series

Posted on 19 March 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Emirates Team New Zealand] Britomart, Auckland’s leading commercial, retail and entertainment development, has joined with Emirates Team New Zealand for the Extreme Sailing Series.

The Extreme Sailing Series is a hotly contested, quick-fire regatta series, held close inshore at venues around the world. The 2014 series has eight regattas – the first held last month at Singapore and the second due to start this week at Muscat, Oman.

Britomart is a 6.5 hectare precinct of historic buildings, new developments and public spaces between Auckland’s waterfront and the CBD. The area has a rich history, as Auckland’s first mercantile centre. It is also home to one of the largest concentrations of heritage buildings in the city.

A neglected area of downtown in the 80s and 90s, Britomart, under the ownership of Cooper and Company, is a busy and diverse mix of restaurants, bars, boutiques and offices. The precinct continues to evolve, and there will soon be close to 200 businesses based at Britomart.

Emirates Team New Zealand managing director Grant Dalton welcomed Britomart’s involvement with the team. “Britomart has transformed a formerly run-down part of central Auckland into an exciting destination. The team shares many of the company’s values and we have a common vision – achieving excellence in every area of operations.”

Emirates Team New Zealand training on the eve of the Oman regatta

“Britomart is incredibly proud to be supporting Emirates Team New Zealand at the Extreme Sailing Series,” said Cooper and Company’s Peter Cooper.

“The precinct is home to world leading New Zealand fashion designers, chefs, businesses and more, and it will be thrilling to watch Emirates Team New Zealand competing at the highest international level,” said Peter.

“We’ve spent 10 years revitalising a once derelict – now thriving – part of Auckland as a legacy for our city, and we’re hoping that Emirates Team New Zealand will also succeed on its world stage of sailing as a stepping stone to the next America’s Cup.”

Extreme 40 race courses are short and tight; races last only eight to 12 minutes and there can be as many as 10 races a day. With 12 teams racing 40ft catamarans, the action is fast and thrilling.

Emirates Team New Zealand contested the series in 2011. It was a valuable introduction to top-level multi-hull racing for a team of seasoned monohull sailors faced with an America’s Cup racing catamarans.

This year the team will again use the series as a method of keeping sailing crew sharp. Team members will be rotated throughout the series with Dean Barker and Peter Burling sharing helming duties.

Extreme 40 racing is unlike any other; the teams are very competitive, races are short, the action non-stop and split-second decisions are needed.

Racing takes place over four days at each event: one day of open water racing followed by three days of stadium racing. If the breeze is favourable eight to 10 races can be held each day

Remaining venues in the 2014 series are: Muscat, Oman (March 19-22), Qingdao (May 1-4), St Petersburg, Russia (June 26-29), Cardiff, Wales (August 22-25), Istanbul (September 11-14), The Mediterranean at a port to be announced (October 2-5), Sydney (Dec 11-14).

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