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CHN-95 in Hong Kong masted and ready to sail soon?

Posted on 05 March 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Thanks to our friends at Tribormat we saw that China Team’s CHN-95 is masted in Hong Kong, apparently ready to sail soon. Is China Team preparing for the Louis Vuitton Trophy scheduled to take place there next January? Is this a preliminary sign of something bigger for the 34th America’s Cup?

We might know something more about the current edition of the world’s oldest sports trophy next Wednesday, March 10th. The World Sailing Teams Association is holding its board meeting in Auckland and we’re sure we will, at least, have some hints about what will take place.

China Team’s CHN-95 standing in Hong Kong, masted and ready to sail again? Photo copyright Tribormat

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CHN-95 in Hong Kong masted and ready to sail soon?

Posted on 05 March 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Thanks to our friends at Tribormat we saw that China Team’s CHN-95 is masted in Hong Kong, apparently ready to sail soon. Is China Team preparing for the Louis Vuitton Trophy scheduled to take place there next January? Is this a preliminary sign of something bigger for the 34th America’s Cup?

We might know something more about the current edition of the world’s oldest sports trophy next Wednesday, March 10th. The World Sailing Teams Association is holding its board meeting in Auckland and we’re sure we will, at least, have some hints about what will take place.

China Team’s CHN-95 standing in Hong Kong, masted and ready to sail again? Photo copyright Tribormat

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Longtze was born tonight in Valencia

Posted on 06 March 2007 by Valencia Sailing

Another big “baby” was born in Valencia, weighing 24 tonnes and almost 25 meters long. After Järv the wolverine from Sweden it was the turn of the Chinese to name their brand new boat CHN-95 after an animal, this time “Longtze”, Chinese for “Dragon’s Son”.

It was packed house at the China Team base on Tuesday evening with more than 300 guests that, despite the rain, came to participate in the christening ceremony of the first Chinese boat taking part in the America’s Cup. Among them, the mayoress of Valencia and the Chinese ambassador in Madrid as well as Wang Chaoyong, President of China Team. Longtze was christened by Xin Li, Chinese model and actress, ambassador for the team since its creation.

According to the Chinese team, symbolic of China, synonymous with power and nobility, the dragon is an inescapable element in Chinese culture. Longtze follows in this tradition, in the birth of a new generation of Chinese sailors. So far, the team is very happy with the performance of their dragon, although it is difficult to judge until it races the other new boats. It is obviously China Team’s intention to train against the other challengers during the three weeks left till Louis Vuitton Act 13. Compared to other teams that have been racing each other for months or even years here in Valencia, this might appear as a drop in the ocean. One should never forget that this is just the beginning of the America’s Cup quest for the chinese and that their ambitions lie in the next editions. Nevertheless, we wouldn’t mind at all seeing Longtze upset some of the other teams!

Despite being one of the smaller teams and the unexpected rain, China Team’s base was packed. Valencia, 6 March 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Who said America’s Cup yachts can’t be funky? Valencia, 6 March 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

You’d better get used to seeing such faces in sailing from now on. Here, the Chinese crew members sing a popular Chinese song called “The Sailor”. Valencia, 6 March 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Two Chinese beauties. Valencia, 6 March 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Longtze sitting in front of the base. Valencia, 6 March 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Longtze and the Chinese base at the end of the party. Valencia, 6 March 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Longtze was born tonight in Valencia

Posted on 06 March 2007 by Valencia Sailing

Another big “baby” was born in Valencia, weighing 24 tonnes and almost 25 meters long. After Järv the wolverine from Sweden it was the turn of the Chinese to name their brand new boat CHN-95 after an animal, this time “Longtze”, Chinese for “Dragon’s Son”.

It was packed house at the China Team base on Tuesday evening with more than 300 guests that, despite the rain, came to participate in the christening ceremony of the first Chinese boat taking part in the America’s Cup. Among them, the mayoress of Valencia and the Chinese ambassador in Madrid as well as Wang Chaoyong, President of China Team. Longtze was christened by Xin Li, Chinese model and actress, ambassador for the team since its creation.

According to the Chinese team, symbolic of China, synonymous with power and nobility, the dragon is an inescapable element in Chinese culture. Longtze follows in this tradition, in the birth of a new generation of Chinese sailors. So far, the team is very happy with the performance of their dragon, although it is difficult to judge until it races the other new boats. It is obviously China Team’s intention to train against the other challengers during the three weeks left till Louis Vuitton Act 13. Compared to other teams that have been racing each other for months or even years here in Valencia, this might appear as a drop in the ocean. One should never forget that this is just the beginning of the America’s Cup quest for the chinese and that their ambitions lie in the next editions. Nevertheless, we wouldn’t mind at all seeing Longtze upset some of the other teams!

Despite being one of the smaller teams and the unexpected rain, China Team’s base was packed. Valencia, 6 March 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Who said America’s Cup yachts can’t be funky? Valencia, 6 March 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

You’d better get used to seeing such faces in sailing from now on. Here, the Chinese crew members sing a popular Chinese song called “The Sailor”. Valencia, 6 March 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Two Chinese beauties. Valencia, 6 March 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Longtze sitting in front of the base. Valencia, 6 March 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Longtze and the Chinese base at the end of the party. Valencia, 6 March 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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First test sailing of China Team’s CHN-95

Posted on 17 February 2007 by Valencia Sailing

China Team couldn’t have asked for better conditions in this first day of sea trials and last day of the chinese year of the Dog. Not too strong, not too light, just the perfect wind conditions for the first sail test of a brand new America’s Cup yacht.

We couldn’t follow this first sail till the end and as a result we are not able to report on the outcome and the first observations and impressions from the crew and technical team of the first-ever Chinese America’s Cup challenger but as far as we could observe everything went smooth and as planned. After hoisting the mainsail and sailing with it for some time, the crew hoisted the genoa and continued with upwind maneuvers, the usual routine in a first sail.

Video of CHN-95 in her first sail

First test sailing of China Team’s CHN-95. Valencia, 17 February 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

First test sailing of China Team’s CHN-95. Valencia, 17 February 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

First test sailing of China Team’s CHN-95. Valencia, 17 February 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

First test sailing of China Team’s CHN-95. Valencia, 17 February 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

First test sailing of China Team’s CHN-95. Valencia, 17 February 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

First test sailing of China Team’s CHN-95. Valencia, 17 February 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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First test sailing of China Team’s CHN-95

Posted on 17 February 2007 by Valencia Sailing

China Team couldn’t have asked for better conditions in this first day of sea trials and last day of the chinese year of the Dog. Not too strong, not too light, just the perfect wind conditions for the first sail test of a brand new America’s Cup yacht.

We couldn’t follow this first sail till the end and as a result we are not able to report on the outcome and the first observations and impressions from the crew and technical team of the first-ever Chinese America’s Cup challenger but as far as we could observe everything went smooth and as planned. After hoisting the mainsail and sailing with it for some time, the crew hoisted the genoa and continued with upwind maneuvers, the usual routine in a first sail.

Video of CHN-95 in her first sail

First test sailing of China Team’s CHN-95. Valencia, 17 February 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

First test sailing of China Team’s CHN-95. Valencia, 17 February 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

First test sailing of China Team’s CHN-95. Valencia, 17 February 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

First test sailing of China Team’s CHN-95. Valencia, 17 February 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

First test sailing of China Team’s CHN-95. Valencia, 17 February 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

First test sailing of China Team’s CHN-95. Valencia, 17 February 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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The Red Dragon hits the water

Posted on 16 February 2007 by Valencia Sailing

The first ever Chinese-built America’s Cup yacht is now in the water. Earlier this morning, China Team launched their brand new CHN-95. The chinese challenger is now the last one to have launched their brand new boat and as a result the only team remaining is Alinghi, whose SUI-100 should be almost ready.

CHN-95 is the culmination of many months of work and thousands of manhours in China and Valencia. Similar to all other teams, the Chinese will not waste a minute and try to sail today, if the strong winds allow it. After the first sailing trials, the shore and sailing crew will have a period of several weeks to develop the boat, know its sailing characteristics and, most importantly, train.

Video of CHN-95 launch

CHN-95 launched in the water for the first time. Valencia, 16 February 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

CHN-95 launched in the water for the first time. Valencia, 16 February 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

CHN-95 launched in the water for the first time. Valencia, 16 February 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

CHN-95 launched in the water for the first time. Valencia, 16 February 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

CHN-95 launched in the water for the first time. Valencia, 16 February 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

CHN-95 launched in the water for the first time. Valencia, 16 February 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

CHN-95 launched in the water for the first time. Valencia, 16 February 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

CHN-95 launched in the water for the first time. Valencia, 16 February 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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The Red Dragon hits the water

Posted on 16 February 2007 by Valencia Sailing

The first ever Chinese-built America’s Cup yacht is now in the water. Earlier this morning, China Team launched their brand new CHN-95. The chinese challenger is now the last one to have launched their brand new boat and as a result the only team remaining is Alinghi, whose SUI-100 should be almost ready.

CHN-95 is the culmination of many months of work and thousands of manhours in China and Valencia. Similar to all other teams, the Chinese will not waste a minute and try to sail today, if the strong winds allow it. After the first sailing trials, the shore and sailing crew will have a period of several weeks to develop the boat, know its sailing characteristics and, most importantly, train.

Video of CHN-95 launch

CHN-95 launched in the water for the first time. Valencia, 16 February 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

CHN-95 launched in the water for the first time. Valencia, 16 February 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

CHN-95 launched in the water for the first time. Valencia, 16 February 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

CHN-95 launched in the water for the first time. Valencia, 16 February 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

CHN-95 launched in the water for the first time. Valencia, 16 February 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

CHN-95 launched in the water for the first time. Valencia, 16 February 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

CHN-95 launched in the water for the first time. Valencia, 16 February 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

CHN-95 launched in the water for the first time. Valencia, 16 February 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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