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King Marine Newsletter May 2007

Posted on 29 May 2007 by Valencia Sailing

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King Marine launches two new TP52s for the Breitling MedCup

This year’s Breitling MedCup will feature two new boats built at King Marine Valencia, in Alginet. They are Alberto Roemmers’ ‘Matador’ and ‘Bribón’, owned by Josep Cusí and helmed by King Juan Carlos of Spain. Both boats are on schedule and due for delivery in May, starting with “Matador” finished last week.

Both are designed by Rolf Vrolijk whose Mean Machine, in the hands of Peter de Ridder, dominated last year’s Breitling Cup. Entries are up again this year and this is expected to be the most competitive edition yet.

The Breitling MedCup, now in its third year, is the highlight of the European TP 52 calendar. This year, the Cup starts with three regattas in Spain – Alicante in June, Puerto Portals in July and Palma de Mallorca in August. Then the Cup visits Portugal for the first time, Portimão in August, before concluding in Hyères in September.

GP42 Grand Soleil by King Marine – first BA boats prepare to take Europe by storm

Expectation is growing in Europe’s GP42 fleet as Jan Santana’s Team Zurich makes her first competitive outing, Pedro Campo’s Movistar nears race-readiness in Spain and Peer Moberg anticipates the arrival of Al Capone in Hamburg.

These three boats are the first of five GP 42´Grand Soleil by King Marine, built in Buenos Aires and designed by Botin & Carkeek.

Light winds prevented a thorough examination of Team Zurich’s abilities but, as boatbuilder and navigator Jan Santana confirms, she’s quick.

“This boat weighs two tons less than the previous one so we’re comparatively much faster in light winds, and we’ve seen that speed differential on the water here in Barcelona,” says Santana. “The Trofeo Ermenegildo Zegna is the first time we’ve ever raced her, so it’s exciting to know there’s so much more to come.”

Zulueta: “Desafío Español 2007 is in the semifinals because we deserve to be”

The objective of earning the best classification of a Spanish team in the history of the America’s Cup was accomplished earlier in May, Desafío Español 2007 is in the semifinals of the Louis Vuitton Cup.

The Spanish syndicate has taken stock of the work done over the last three years.

Agustín Zulueta, the Technical and Sports Director of Desafío Español 2007, commented that “today Desafío Español is in the semifinals because they deserve to be not because Victory Challenge lost against Team New Zealand. We have won 13 regattas during the two Round Robins, which shows work well done.”

“In sporting terms we have given our all and we have created a technical office, despite a beginning which was hard due to the problem that we had with the designer Phil Kaiko; and also a shipyard in Alginet. This is the pride of the whole team, made up of more than 100 people, we have obtained the Desafío of everybody and now it is seen that sailing is not an elitist sport” added Zulueta.

Luis Doreste also, thanked Zulueta for having created such an ambitious project “in which we set a really high objective which was to get through to the semifinals. Now we have managed it we can feel satisfied, although sometimes we saw it as being difficult as all the teams have been really strong”.

Doreste also recognised the work of the technical office “we have a competitive boat with which we can take on any rival. We have fought for each regatta, this is the fruit of the work of two teams during 12 hours a day over three years.”

The man from the Canary Islands sees that qualifying for the semifinals in the America’s Cup is very complicated “due to the level that there is between the teams. From now on, we have to set our sights higher”.

John Cutler, technical director and tactician with the Spanish team, admitted that he was pleased with the results and thanked the work “of everybody who has made it possible to be in the semifinals: technical office, crew”.

The vice-president of the Spanish Sailing Federation, Manuel Chirivella, commented that “it was a difficult beginning, when some people viewed this project with scepticism. Today it has been confirmed that the sport of sailing in Spain is strong and consolidated”.

The head of the syndicate said he had received congratulations from the royal family, the President of the local government, Francisco Camps, and the Mayoress of Valencia, Rita Barberá and he gave his thanks for “all the support received”.

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King Marine Newsletter May 2007

Posted on 29 May 2007 by Valencia Sailing

Access the complete May 2007 newsletter here
King Marine launches two new TP52s for the Breitling MedCup

This year’s Breitling MedCup will feature two new boats built at King Marine Valencia, in Alginet. They are Alberto Roemmers’ ‘Matador’ and ‘Bribón’, owned by Josep Cusí and helmed by King Juan Carlos of Spain. Both boats are on schedule and due for delivery in May, starting with “Matador” finished last week.

Both are designed by Rolf Vrolijk whose Mean Machine, in the hands of Peter de Ridder, dominated last year’s Breitling Cup. Entries are up again this year and this is expected to be the most competitive edition yet.

The Breitling MedCup, now in its third year, is the highlight of the European TP 52 calendar. This year, the Cup starts with three regattas in Spain – Alicante in June, Puerto Portals in July and Palma de Mallorca in August. Then the Cup visits Portugal for the first time, Portimão in August, before concluding in Hyères in September.

GP42 Grand Soleil by King Marine – first BA boats prepare to take Europe by storm

Expectation is growing in Europe’s GP42 fleet as Jan Santana’s Team Zurich makes her first competitive outing, Pedro Campo’s Movistar nears race-readiness in Spain and Peer Moberg anticipates the arrival of Al Capone in Hamburg.

These three boats are the first of five GP 42´Grand Soleil by King Marine, built in Buenos Aires and designed by Botin & Carkeek.

Light winds prevented a thorough examination of Team Zurich’s abilities but, as boatbuilder and navigator Jan Santana confirms, she’s quick.

“This boat weighs two tons less than the previous one so we’re comparatively much faster in light winds, and we’ve seen that speed differential on the water here in Barcelona,” says Santana. “The Trofeo Ermenegildo Zegna is the first time we’ve ever raced her, so it’s exciting to know there’s so much more to come.”

Zulueta: “Desafío Español 2007 is in the semifinals because we deserve to be”

The objective of earning the best classification of a Spanish team in the history of the America’s Cup was accomplished earlier in May, Desafío Español 2007 is in the semifinals of the Louis Vuitton Cup.

The Spanish syndicate has taken stock of the work done over the last three years.

Agustín Zulueta, the Technical and Sports Director of Desafío Español 2007, commented that “today Desafío Español is in the semifinals because they deserve to be not because Victory Challenge lost against Team New Zealand. We have won 13 regattas during the two Round Robins, which shows work well done.”

“In sporting terms we have given our all and we have created a technical office, despite a beginning which was hard due to the problem that we had with the designer Phil Kaiko; and also a shipyard in Alginet. This is the pride of the whole team, made up of more than 100 people, we have obtained the Desafío of everybody and now it is seen that sailing is not an elitist sport” added Zulueta.

Luis Doreste also, thanked Zulueta for having created such an ambitious project “in which we set a really high objective which was to get through to the semifinals. Now we have managed it we can feel satisfied, although sometimes we saw it as being difficult as all the teams have been really strong”.

Doreste also recognised the work of the technical office “we have a competitive boat with which we can take on any rival. We have fought for each regatta, this is the fruit of the work of two teams during 12 hours a day over three years.”

The man from the Canary Islands sees that qualifying for the semifinals in the America’s Cup is very complicated “due to the level that there is between the teams. From now on, we have to set our sights higher”.

John Cutler, technical director and tactician with the Spanish team, admitted that he was pleased with the results and thanked the work “of everybody who has made it possible to be in the semifinals: technical office, crew”.

The vice-president of the Spanish Sailing Federation, Manuel Chirivella, commented that “it was a difficult beginning, when some people viewed this project with scepticism. Today it has been confirmed that the sport of sailing in Spain is strong and consolidated”.

The head of the syndicate said he had received congratulations from the royal family, the President of the local government, Francisco Camps, and the Mayoress of Valencia, Rita Barberá and he gave his thanks for “all the support received”.

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The first 2 King Marine GP42′s are on their way to Valencia

Posted on 30 March 2007 by Valencia Sailing

The scheduled calendar of the five KING MARINE GP 42′s is advancing as planned, with the first two units having already been delivered. This joint venture between GRAND SOLEIL and Botin & Carkeek and built by KING MARINE, in their facilities in Buenos Aires, the first two units are aboard cargo ships on their way to Valencia’s harbor from where they will be transfered to KING MARINE facilities in Alginet. The boat builders will then fit out the boats before their launch.

The first of the five units belongs to Pedro Campos. She left Buenos Aires on the 15th of March and is expected to arrive in Valencia during the first week of April. The second of the five new GP42s belongs to Jan Santana, was shipped yesterday and is expected to arrive in Valencia during the third week of April.

The first GP42′s from King Marine are on their way to Valencia

Construction of the remaining yachts follows the predetermined schedule. The boat of Norwegian owner Peer Moberg will leave on the 15th of April to Rotterdam. The fourth boat, built for Portuguese owner Gonzalo Esteves, is scheduled to depart on the 15th of May, while the fifth delivery, for Sergio Llorca,will take place one month later.

Finally, given the interest expressed by various potential owners it is possible that the construction of additional first-generation King Marine GP42′s start in the near future. Undoubtedly these boats are set to dominate the first Spanish and international racing season of this new class.

The first GP42′s from King Marine are on their way to Valencia

The first GP42′s from King Marine are on their way to Valencia

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The first 2 King Marine GP42′s are on their way to Valencia

Posted on 30 March 2007 by Valencia Sailing

The scheduled calendar of the five KING MARINE GP 42′s is advancing as planned, with the first two units having already been delivered. This joint venture between GRAND SOLEIL and Botin & Carkeek and built by KING MARINE, in their facilities in Buenos Aires, the first two units are aboard cargo ships on their way to Valencia’s harbor from where they will be transfered to KING MARINE facilities in Alginet. The boat builders will then fit out the boats before their launch.

The first of the five units belongs to Pedro Campos. She left Buenos Aires on the 15th of March and is expected to arrive in Valencia during the first week of April. The second of the five new GP42s belongs to Jan Santana, was shipped yesterday and is expected to arrive in Valencia during the third week of April.

The first GP42′s from King Marine are on their way to Valencia

Construction of the remaining yachts follows the predetermined schedule. The boat of Norwegian owner Peer Moberg will leave on the 15th of April to Rotterdam. The fourth boat, built for Portuguese owner Gonzalo Esteves, is scheduled to depart on the 15th of May, while the fifth delivery, for Sergio Llorca,will take place one month later.

Finally, given the interest expressed by various potential owners it is possible that the construction of additional first-generation King Marine GP42′s start in the near future. Undoubtedly these boats are set to dominate the first Spanish and international racing season of this new class.

The first GP42′s from King Marine are on their way to Valencia

The first GP42′s from King Marine are on their way to Valencia

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What is this?

Posted on 08 March 2007 by Valencia Sailing

As most readers correctly guessed, these photos are from one of the two TP52s being built at King Marine, here in Valencia. Both of them were designed by Judel/Vrolijk, the design house in charge of 5 out of a total of 9 new TP52′s under construction right now. This particular yacht is at a more advanced stage of construction and when these photos were taken the yard’s boatbuilders were laminating her inner skin.

I, once again, hope the quiz isn’t solved within a few minutes.

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King Marine Newsletter January 2007

Posted on 27 January 2007 by Valencia Sailing

Access the complete January 2007 newsletter here
Starting this month and once a month we will be publishing the newsletter of our advertizer King Marine, one of the world’s most advanced boatyards, based in Buenos Aires and Valencia.

January has been a busy month for the boatyard with plenty of activity in the three major racing classes. In the America’s Cup class, Desafío Español launched their latest yacht ESP-97, in record time after her arrival from King Marine’s boatyard in Valencia. In the TP52 class, January saw the start of construction of the new BRIBON yacht while in the up and coming GP42 class King Marine is involved in 5 projects. The first unit, for MOVISTAR, will be finished shortly and when the second one is ready as well, both will set out of Buenos Aires by the end of March.

ESP-97 started her first sailing tests and her fine-tuning is moved ahead of schedule


ESP-97, Desafío Español’ s new boat, started a few days ago her first sailing tests. After setting out from KING MARINE shipyard last December 20, Desafío Español’ s technical department and shore crew carried out the fitout of the appendages and deck of the boat.

On January 17 at 10:30 a.m. ESP-97 docked out of Desafío Español headquarters to embark on a test sail that lasted four hours, during which the members of the technical department, together with the sailing crew, carried out the first structural tests.

As technical coordinator of ESP-97 Iñigo Toledo said “today we were able to considerably move ahead in our schedule the tests of the boat structure that were initially planned for Thursday and Friday.”

Toledo has highlighted the satisfaction “of all the members of the technical department, of the shipyard, and of the team’ s general manager, Agustín Zulueta, who were all aboard the boat on this first test.”

During the next weeks, the technical and sports department of Desafío Español 2007 will carry out the fine-tuning of the new boat, “so that she is in full operating conditions by January 31, if everything goes according to schedule,” said the coordinator of ESP-97.

According to Zulueta, technical and sports general manager, “the second boat of Desafío Español 2007 that was built in Valencia is the evidence of the applied technology and know-how of both shipbuilders and the members of the technical department.”

The first sail of ESP-97 was scheduled for January 22. However, it was possible to move the date earlier due to the extraordinary work of the construction team, of the members of King Marine shipyard and of the shore crew of the Spanish team.”

In Zulueta’ s opinion, it was a perfect sailing day under excellent conditions for its premiere. “We were able to heel up to 32 degrees and the crew of Desafío Español 2007 pushed the boat to the limits allowed by the meteorological conditions.”

“In Valencia Desafío Español 2007 has made another giant step toward its firm commitment to making 2007 the best year ever for the Spanish team in the America’s Cup,” concluded the syndicate’s leader.

The new TP52 BRIBON is already under construction at King Marine Valencia


It is known that in the last months Valencia has become the summit of worldwide sailing.

This is a further sign which reflects the high technical level that has been achieved by this community since the beginning of the new season of the America’s Cup.

A few days after the news was announced at Valencia shipyard, the first steps towards the construction of the new Bribón were taken.

It is a latest-generation TP 52 class boat, designed by Judel&Vrolijk and bound for making her debut under the steering of King Juan Carlos during the first regatta of the Breitling Med Cup in June, 2007.

Within the Transpac 52 Box Rule, the boat will have a length of 15.85 meters; 4.37 meters of width and a sailing area of approximately 250 square meters.

The Catalan ship owner José Cusi entrusted the project to King Marine and its supervision under Ignacio Triay, designated as Project Manager.

Thus, the use of the most advanced technology in international regattas and the work of expert technicians and engineers is ensured.

Grand Soleil GP 42 under way


As a result of the burst of enthusiasm aroused by this new class, at the Buenos Aires shipyard five units designed by Botin & Carkeek will be built.

The hull mold is ready (see photo) and the first unit is expected to be completed by the end of January.

The deck of the first unit has already been completed and will be used by MOVISTAR.

According to schedule, the first two boats will set out from Buenos Aires in March 2007.

“La Luna” Project advances at King Marine in Buenos Aires


This cruising boat of modern design and 73 feet of length was designed by Dixon Yacht Design and her construction at the shipyard in Buenos Aires is quite advanced.

After Anders Berg (DYD) granted his approval when the boat was already under construction, we were visited by the owner, Scott Burguess, and Project Manager Mike Relling (see photo), who were quite satisfied with the progress achieved, as they were able to see in detail the construction process, with the hull and deck already finished.

Mr. Burguess’ visit was also a good opportunity to define the final details of the boat.

By the end of January the Project Manager, Mike Relling, and Engineer Douglas Black will also come to Buenos Aires to provide additional support and supervise the boat engineering.

According to schedule, La Luna will be ready by September, 2007 and the shipyard has already started the construction of Dixon 73’, a “twin sister” of La Luna, awaiting for candidates to! decide who will be the owner of a cruising boat which, due to her length and style, will not go unnoticed.

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King Marine Newsletter January 2007

Posted on 27 January 2007 by Valencia Sailing

Access the complete January 2007 newsletter here
Starting this month and once a month we will be publishing the newsletter of our advertizer King Marine, one of the world’s most advanced boatyards, based in Buenos Aires and Valencia.

January has been a busy month for the boatyard with plenty of activity in the three major racing classes. In the America’s Cup class, Desafío Español launched their latest yacht ESP-97, in record time after her arrival from King Marine’s boatyard in Valencia. In the TP52 class, January saw the start of construction of the new BRIBON yacht while in the up and coming GP42 class King Marine is involved in 5 projects. The first unit, for MOVISTAR, will be finished shortly and when the second one is ready as well, both will set out of Buenos Aires by the end of March.

ESP-97 started her first sailing tests and her fine-tuning is moved ahead of schedule


ESP-97, Desafío Español’ s new boat, started a few days ago her first sailing tests. After setting out from KING MARINE shipyard last December 20, Desafío Español’ s technical department and shore crew carried out the fitout of the appendages and deck of the boat.

On January 17 at 10:30 a.m. ESP-97 docked out of Desafío Español headquarters to embark on a test sail that lasted four hours, during which the members of the technical department, together with the sailing crew, carried out the first structural tests.

As technical coordinator of ESP-97 Iñigo Toledo said “today we were able to considerably move ahead in our schedule the tests of the boat structure that were initially planned for Thursday and Friday.”

Toledo has highlighted the satisfaction “of all the members of the technical department, of the shipyard, and of the team’ s general manager, Agustín Zulueta, who were all aboard the boat on this first test.”

During the next weeks, the technical and sports department of Desafío Español 2007 will carry out the fine-tuning of the new boat, “so that she is in full operating conditions by January 31, if everything goes according to schedule,” said the coordinator of ESP-97.

According to Zulueta, technical and sports general manager, “the second boat of Desafío Español 2007 that was built in Valencia is the evidence of the applied technology and know-how of both shipbuilders and the members of the technical department.”

The first sail of ESP-97 was scheduled for January 22. However, it was possible to move the date earlier due to the extraordinary work of the construction team, of the members of King Marine shipyard and of the shore crew of the Spanish team.”

In Zulueta’ s opinion, it was a perfect sailing day under excellent conditions for its premiere. “We were able to heel up to 32 degrees and the crew of Desafío Español 2007 pushed the boat to the limits allowed by the meteorological conditions.”

“In Valencia Desafío Español 2007 has made another giant step toward its firm commitment to making 2007 the best year ever for the Spanish team in the America’s Cup,” concluded the syndicate’s leader.

The new TP52 BRIBON is already under construction at King Marine Valencia


It is known that in the last months Valencia has become the summit of worldwide sailing.

This is a further sign which reflects the high technical level that has been achieved by this community since the beginning of the new season of the America’s Cup.

A few days after the news was announced at Valencia shipyard, the first steps towards the construction of the new Bribón were taken.

It is a latest-generation TP 52 class boat, designed by Judel&Vrolijk and bound for making her debut under the steering of King Juan Carlos during the first regatta of the Breitling Med Cup in June, 2007.

Within the Transpac 52 Box Rule, the boat will have a length of 15.85 meters; 4.37 meters of width and a sailing area of approximately 250 square meters.

The Catalan ship owner José Cusi entrusted the project to King Marine and its supervision under Ignacio Triay, designated as Project Manager.

Thus, the use of the most advanced technology in international regattas and the work of expert technicians and engineers is ensured.

Grand Soleil GP 42 under way


As a result of the burst of enthusiasm aroused by this new class, at the Buenos Aires shipyard five units designed by Botin & Carkeek will be built.

The hull mold is ready (see photo) and the first unit is expected to be completed by the end of January.

The deck of the first unit has already been completed and will be used by MOVISTAR.

According to schedule, the first two boats will set out from Buenos Aires in March 2007.

“La Luna” Project advances at King Marine in Buenos Aires


This cruising boat of modern design and 73 feet of length was designed by Dixon Yacht Design and her construction at the shipyard in Buenos Aires is quite advanced.

After Anders Berg (DYD) granted his approval when the boat was already under construction, we were visited by the owner, Scott Burguess, and Project Manager Mike Relling (see photo), who were quite satisfied with the progress achieved, as they were able to see in detail the construction process, with the hull and deck already finished.

Mr. Burguess’ visit was also a good opportunity to define the final details of the boat.

By the end of January the Project Manager, Mike Relling, and Engineer Douglas Black will also come to Buenos Aires to provide additional support and supervise the boat engineering.

According to schedule, La Luna will be ready by September, 2007 and the shipyard has already started the construction of Dixon 73’, a “twin sister” of La Luna, awaiting for candidates to! decide who will be the owner of a cruising boat which, due to her length and style, will not go unnoticed.

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King Marine

Posted on 30 December 2006 by Valencia Sailing

We are happy to welcome King Marine as a new advertizer on Valencia sailing.

King Marine is an Argentinian high-end boatyard with facilities in Buenos Aires and Valencia and involved in the construction of high-end racing yachts since many years. ESP-88 and ESP-97, the two yachts of America’s Cup challenger Desafío Español have been built by King Marine entirely in their facilities in Valencia.

Their expertise is also most valuable in the two rapidly expanding yacht classes, TP52 and GP42. In the Argentinian facilities, King Marine is currently building two TP52 and four GP42 yachts. Once the hulls are finished they will be transported to Valencia in oder to be fitted out. We will have special reports and dedicated sections together with the usual tens of excellent photos.

If you want to advertize in one of the world’s most popular sailing blogs just send an email to info(at)valenciasailing.com. Our prices are competitive and we can build a tailor-made solution just for your needs.

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