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The Ibiza trap!!

Posted on 12 November 2007 by Valencia Sailing

Go west young man! What was the best advice for a young American in the 19th century was probably the worst tactical decision a crew of the Barcelona World Race could make at the approach of the island of Ibiza before the first night of the race.

As the photo of Mutua Madrileña clearly depicts, the boats that decided to take the shortcut and go west of Ibiza and closer to Valencia got trapped in a difficult wind hole while the leaders opted for the longer but windier route to the east of the island, closer to Mallorca.

The Mutua Madrileña boat taking part at the Barcelona World Race gets trapped in a wind hole west of Ibiza. 12 November 2007. Photo copyright Maria Muiña / Infosailing

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The Ibiza trap!!

Posted on 12 November 2007 by Valencia Sailing

Go west young man! What was the best advice for a young American in the 19th century was probably the worst tactical decision a crew of the Barcelona World Race could make at the approach of the island of Ibiza before the first night of the race.

As the photo of Mutua Madrileña clearly depicts, the boats that decided to take the shortcut and go west of Ibiza and closer to Valencia got trapped in a difficult wind hole while the leaders opted for the longer but windier route to the east of the island, closer to Mallorca.

The Mutua Madrileña boat taking part at the Barcelona World Race gets trapped in a wind hole west of Ibiza. 12 November 2007. Photo copyright Maria Muiña / Infosailing

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H.R.H Cristina christens Mutua Madrileña boat

Posted on 26 October 2007 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Mutua Madrileña] HRH Cristina of Spain has been named ‘Godmother’ to the Spanish entry “Mutua Madrileña” in the Barcelona World Race, the only all Spanish team taking part in the regatta which kicks off on November 11th on a round the world non-stop course. Almost 500 people attended the boat’s official launch in Barcelona’s port, where the race is due to start from next month.

The Royal Princess was joined at the event byJosé María Ramírez Pomatta, Spanish company Mutua Madrileña’s President; Pere Alcober, Sports delegate for Barcelona council, Jordi Valls, Director of the Port of Barcelona and Enrique Puig, President of Barcelona’s Royal Yacht Club, the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona.

The Spanish entry is 60 foot (18.28 metres) long, with a 19-foot (5.8 metre) beam and weighs 8.5 tonnes. The boat has a maximum draught of 4.5 metres and the maximum sail area is 600 m2. “Mutua Madrileña” will sail with the Spanish flags of the Barcelona and Sanxenxo (Galicia) Royal Yacht Clubs.

“Mutua Madrileña” is an Imoca Open 60 with two Spanish skippers, Javier Sansó and Francisco Rivero, who’ll be looking to break some circumnavigation records in this race. Only one Spaniard, José Luis Ugarte, has completed a non-stop circumnavigation of the world, so this race could signal a shift in Spanish sailing history, in a competition usually dominated by the French.

Designed by Owen Clarke Design, and built in New Zealand in 2003, “Mutua Madrileña” was 6th in the Rolex Fastnet Race in 2007, 5th in the Prologue of the Barcelona World Race, 3rd in the 2005 Vendée Globe (Ecover) and overall winner in the 2004 Transat (Ecover).

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H.R.H Cristina christens Mutua Madrileña boat

Posted on 26 October 2007 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Mutua Madrileña] HRH Cristina of Spain has been named ‘Godmother’ to the Spanish entry “Mutua Madrileña” in the Barcelona World Race, the only all Spanish team taking part in the regatta which kicks off on November 11th on a round the world non-stop course. Almost 500 people attended the boat’s official launch in Barcelona’s port, where the race is due to start from next month.

The Royal Princess was joined at the event byJosé María Ramírez Pomatta, Spanish company Mutua Madrileña’s President; Pere Alcober, Sports delegate for Barcelona council, Jordi Valls, Director of the Port of Barcelona and Enrique Puig, President of Barcelona’s Royal Yacht Club, the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona.

The Spanish entry is 60 foot (18.28 metres) long, with a 19-foot (5.8 metre) beam and weighs 8.5 tonnes. The boat has a maximum draught of 4.5 metres and the maximum sail area is 600 m2. “Mutua Madrileña” will sail with the Spanish flags of the Barcelona and Sanxenxo (Galicia) Royal Yacht Clubs.

“Mutua Madrileña” is an Imoca Open 60 with two Spanish skippers, Javier Sansó and Francisco Rivero, who’ll be looking to break some circumnavigation records in this race. Only one Spaniard, José Luis Ugarte, has completed a non-stop circumnavigation of the world, so this race could signal a shift in Spanish sailing history, in a competition usually dominated by the French.

Designed by Owen Clarke Design, and built in New Zealand in 2003, “Mutua Madrileña” was 6th in the Rolex Fastnet Race in 2007, 5th in the Prologue of the Barcelona World Race, 3rd in the 2005 Vendée Globe (Ecover) and overall winner in the 2004 Transat (Ecover).

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New Mutua Madrileña TP52 boat presented in Valencia

Posted on 10 May 2007 by Valencia Sailing

Although Port America’s Cup was definitely quieter today, a few miles down the road, the Valencia yacht club is buzzing with activity. A number of GP42 and TP52 racing yachts are being fitted out, getting ready for the start of the 2007 racing season in the Mediterranean.

The protagonist on Thursday was Vasco Vascotto’s brand new TP52 boat, this year sponsored by Mutua Madrileña. After last year’s very successful sponsorship of Peter de Ridder’s Mean Machine, the Spanish insurance group chose to go with a brand new boat and team. In fact, in addition to Vasco Vascotto and Nacho Postigo, the absolute majority of the crew are Italians from the now-eliminated challenger of the 32nd America’s Cup, Mascalzone Latino Capitalia.

The new boat has been designed by Botin & Carkeek and was built at the Longitud Cero boatyard, in Burriana, around 50km north of Valencia. According to Vasco Vascotto, the designers were asked to build a boat that goes fast upwind, sacrificing a little bit of its performance downwind.

Similar to Peter de Ridder’s boat last year, the new Mutua Madrileña has a tiller instead of a wheel. The decision was taken because of various factors. First of all, weight is decreased by 15kg, windage is also smaller due to the absence of the two wheels and the fact the helmsman doesn’t stand up, the helmsman’s weight is pushed starboard and it finally helps push the crew weight further aft in light wind conditions. The tradeoff is that prestart maneuvers are more complicated and probably tacks could also create some difficulties. Nevertheless, Vascotto assumes the risk of the tiller.

Concerning the boat’s rigging, the other major factor differentiating the TP52 fleet this year, Vascotto opted for a two-spreader Hall Spars mast. According to Nacho Postigo, a three-spreader mast clearly shows its advantage when winds are over 15 knots, a speed that will be infrequently seen during the racing season in their opinion.

The boat will go back to Burianna and on Sunday will go on her maiden test sail. After some further fine tuning, the first full training sail will be in around two weeks from now, in Valencia or Alicante. We will obviously cover that when it takes place.

The brand new Mutua Madrileña TP52 boat. Valencia, 10 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The brand new Mutua Madrileña TP52 boat. Valencia, 10 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The brand new Mutua Madrileña TP52 boat. Valencia, 10 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The brand new Mutua Madrileña TP52 boat. Valencia, 10 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The brand new Mutua Madrileña TP52 boat. Valencia, 10 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The brand new Mutua Madrileña TP52 boat. Valencia, 10 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The brand new Mutua Madrileña TP52 boat. Valencia, 10 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The brand new Mutua Madrileña TP52 boat. Valencia, 10 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The brand new Mutua Madrileña TP52 boat. Valencia, 10 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The brand new Mutua Madrileña TP52 boat. Valencia, 10 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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New Mutua Madrileña TP52 boat presented in Valencia

Posted on 10 May 2007 by Valencia Sailing

Although Port America’s Cup was definitely quieter today, a few miles down the road, the Valencia yacht club is buzzing with activity. A number of GP42 and TP52 racing yachts are being fitted out, getting ready for the start of the 2007 racing season in the Mediterranean.

The protagonist on Thursday was Vasco Vascotto’s brand new TP52 boat, this year sponsored by Mutua Madrileña. After last year’s very successful sponsorship of Peter de Ridder’s Mean Machine, the Spanish insurance group chose to go with a brand new boat and team. In fact, in addition to Vasco Vascotto and Nacho Postigo, the absolute majority of the crew are Italians from the now-eliminated challenger of the 32nd America’s Cup, Mascalzone Latino Capitalia.

The new boat has been designed by Botin & Carkeek and was built at the Longitud Cero boatyard, in Burriana, around 50km north of Valencia. According to Vasco Vascotto, the designers were asked to build a boat that goes fast upwind, sacrificing a little bit of its performance downwind.

Similar to Peter de Ridder’s boat last year, the new Mutua Madrileña has a tiller instead of a wheel. The decision was taken because of various factors. First of all, weight is decreased by 15kg, windage is also smaller due to the absence of the two wheels and the fact the helmsman doesn’t stand up, the helmsman’s weight is pushed starboard and it finally helps push the crew weight further aft in light wind conditions. The tradeoff is that prestart maneuvers are more complicated and probably tacks could also create some difficulties. Nevertheless, Vascotto assumes the risk of the tiller.

Concerning the boat’s rigging, the other major factor differentiating the TP52 fleet this year, Vascotto opted for a two-spreader Hall Spars mast. According to Nacho Postigo, a three-spreader mast clearly shows its advantage when winds are over 15 knots, a speed that will be infrequently seen during the racing season in their opinion.

The boat will go back to Burianna and on Sunday will go on her maiden test sail. After some further fine tuning, the first full training sail will be in around two weeks from now, in Valencia or Alicante. We will obviously cover that when it takes place.

The brand new Mutua Madrileña TP52 boat. Valencia, 10 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The brand new Mutua Madrileña TP52 boat. Valencia, 10 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The brand new Mutua Madrileña TP52 boat. Valencia, 10 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The brand new Mutua Madrileña TP52 boat. Valencia, 10 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The brand new Mutua Madrileña TP52 boat. Valencia, 10 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The brand new Mutua Madrileña TP52 boat. Valencia, 10 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The brand new Mutua Madrileña TP52 boat. Valencia, 10 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The brand new Mutua Madrileña TP52 boat. Valencia, 10 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The brand new Mutua Madrileña TP52 boat. Valencia, 10 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The brand new Mutua Madrileña TP52 boat. Valencia, 10 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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