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First sail of the brand new Judel/Vrolijk-designed Ran 72

Posted on 20 April 2014 by Valencia Sailing

Niklas Zennström’s newly-arrived J/V 72 took to the water for the first time in Palma on Saturday. Top Spanish photographer Jesús Renedo was there to take the first shots:

First sail of Niklas Zennström’s brand new Ran 72. Palma, 19 April 2014. Photo copyright Jesús Renedo / www.jesusrenedo.com

First sail of Niklas Zennström’s brand new Ran 72. Palma, 19 April 2014. Photo copyright Jesús Renedo / www.jesusrenedo.com

First sail of Niklas Zennström’s brand new Ran 72. Palma, 19 April 2014. Photo copyright Jesús Renedo / www.jesusrenedo.com

First sail of Niklas Zennström’s brand new Ran 72. Palma, 19 April 2014. Photo copyright Jesús Renedo / www.jesusrenedo.com

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Photo gallery: The GC32 is fully foiling!

Posted on 20 April 2014 by Valencia Sailing

Spectacular photos, by Sander van der Borch, from the first fully-foiling test sessions of the GC32 catamaran in La Grande Motte:

First fully-foiling test of the GC32 catamaran. La Grande Motte, April 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / GC32

First fully-foiling test of the GC32 catamaran. La Grande Motte, April 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / GC32

First fully-foiling test of the GC32 catamaran. La Grande Motte, April 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / GC32

First fully-foiling test of the GC32 catamaran. La Grande Motte, April 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / GC32

First fully-foiling test of the GC32 catamaran. La Grande Motte, April 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / GC32

First fully-foiling test of the GC32 catamaran. La Grande Motte, April 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / GC32

First fully-foiling test of the GC32 catamaran. La Grande Motte, April 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / GC32

First fully-foiling test of the GC32 catamaran. La Grande Motte, April 2014. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / GC32

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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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Taylor Canfield consolidates World #1 spot in Match Racing Rankings

Posted on 17 April 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: ISAF] Taylor Canfield (ISV) retained World #1 in the Open Rankings having overcome World #2 Ian Williams (GBR) in the final of the ISAF Grade 1 Congressional Cup in Long Beach, California, USA.

A best of three final was raced to decide the 50th Congressional Cup Champion, with one win a piece it was all to play for going into the last race. During the pre-start a loud crunching noise indicated a collision between boats and the fortunes of fate swung to Canfield in the last minute.

First he noticed the six-inch chunk missing from the transom behind his feet, then he reached for the protest flag and moments later saw the on-water umpires affirm his protest with a blue flag, matching Williams’ ID for that race.

Canfield stayed out of trouble to take the honours and extend his advantage at World #1.

Taylor Canfield extends his grip on the #1 spot at the match racing rankings. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

The top five remain as per usual in the Open Rankings but further down there is significant movement following a busy period of match racing regattas.

Francesco Bruni (ITA) is one of the month’s biggest movers having climbed 54 places to World #48. The former World #1 only counts five regattas to his name and having finished third at the ISAF Grade 1 Congressional Cup the Italian was significantly promoted back in the top 50.

The Italian will sail on the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour and will look to work his way back to the top as the tour unfolds.

Croatia’s Tomislav Basic moved up from World #31 to World #21 after he won the ISAF Grade 3 Slovenian National Open Match Race Championships in Izola, Slovenia. The Croatian counts eight regattas to his points total and of those eight he has won six. His personal best ranking of World #10 came in February 2000.

Having won the ISAF Grade 3 Match Race Thailand Championship Maximilian Soh (SIN) moved to a personal best ranking of World #36. The Singaporean is on a run of seven straight victories at Grade 3 and 5 regattas and has been rewarded having previously sat at World #50.

Korea’s Gunwoo Park has broken into the top 100 for the first time in his career following a third at the Match Race Thailand Championship. Park counts six regattas to his points total and climbs from World #107 to World #66.

With several ISAF Grade 3, 4 and 5 regattas taking place in the latter part of February, all throughout March and the early part of April further movement is visible in the April release.

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