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The brand new Judel/Vrolijk-designed Ran 72 arrives in Palma

Posted on 10 April 2014 by Valencia Sailing

Niklas Zennström’s latest racing yacht arrived on Thursday in Palma and headed to the open-air boat yard by the yacht club. The shore crew has a busy three weeks ahead, fitting her out in order to be race-ready for PalmaVela, the season’s opening event. Spanish photographer Jesús Renedo was there:

Niklas Zennström’s brand new Ran 72 arrives at the boatyard. Palma, 10 April 2014. Photo copyright Jesús Renedo / www.jesusrenedo.com

Niklas Zennström’s brand new Ran 72 arrives at the boatyard. Palma, 10 April 2014. Photo copyright Jesús Renedo / www.jesusrenedo.com

Niklas Zennström’s brand new Ran 72 arrives at the boatyard. Palma, 10 April 2014. Photo copyright Jesús Renedo / www.jesusrenedo.com


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Niklas Zennström’s brand new Ran 72 arrives at the boatyard. Palma, 10 April 2014. Photo copyright Jesús Renedo / www.jesusrenedo.com

Niklas Zennström’s brand new Ran 72 arrives at the boatyard. Palma, 10 April 2014. Photo copyright Jesús Renedo / www.jesusrenedo.com

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Destopnews 2014 N°15 English Sailing Updates

Posted on 10 April 2014 by Valencia Sailing

Destopnews 2014 N°15 English Sailing Updates

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Photo gallery: Mike Sanderson tests the fully-foiling SL33 one design in Auckland

Posted on 09 April 2014 by Valencia Sailing

Since about six months, the SL33 has incorporated foiling in its design, a result of the America’s Cup development programs by Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa. Mike Sanderson is one of the three SL33 owners in Auckland that have embraced the first fully-foiling one design class in this size. There are now three small fully-foiling catamarans, the SL33, the GC32 and the Flying Phantom, trying to get a piece of the market!

Mike Sanderson flies on his fully-foiling SL33 one design. Auckland, April 2014. Photo copyright William Calver / oceanphotography.co.nz

Mike Sanderson flies on his fully-foiling SL33 one design. Auckland, April 2014. Photo copyright William Calver / oceanphotography.co.nz

Mike Sanderson flies on his fully-foiling SL33 one design. Auckland, April 2014. Photo copyright William Calver / oceanphotography.co.nz

Mike Sanderson flies on his fully-foiling SL33 one design. Auckland, April 2014. Photo copyright William Calver / oceanphotography.co.nz

Mike Sanderson flies on his fully-foiling SL33 one design. Auckland, April 2014. Photo copyright William Calver / oceanphotography.co.nz

Mike Sanderson flies on his fully-foiling SL33 one design. Auckland, April 2014. Photo copyright William Calver / oceanphotography.co.nz

Mike Sanderson flies on his fully-foiling SL33 one design. Auckland, April 2014. Photo copyright William Calver / oceanphotography.co.nz

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Flying Sardine Race Kiteboard

Posted on 04 April 2014 by Valencia Sailing

Flying Sardine Race Kiteboard

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BVI Spring Regatta Moves Into Full Swing

Posted on 04 April 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: BVI Spring Regatta] The 2014 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival’s Regatta Village opened on Thursday with Maritime Heritage Day and a full schedule of activities. The Queen’s Baton Relay made an official stop in the Regatta Village to begin the celebration. International food, drinks and fun were served late into the night after the Mount Gay Welcome Party kicked off the official BVI Spring Regatta.

The Queen’s Baton arrived to Tortola mid-day from Jost Van Dyke. Thad Lettsome, a 12-year-old local Optimist sailor and member of the Royal BVI Yacht Club, was the first to receive the Baton on the island of Tortola. He carried it onboard the 102-year-old Tortola Sloop Intrepid around Nanny Cay before handing it to Glenford Gordon, a local sailing silver medalist from the 2011 Athens Special Olympics World Games.

“It felt special,” said Lettsome, who is training for the Optimist South American Championship next month. “It was a surprise when they told me I was going to carry it – I didn’t expect to do this. I’ve never done anything like this before.”

The Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay is currently in the middle of a 190,000 km, 288-day journey, visiting countries in Asia, Oceania, Africa, the Americas, Caribbean and Europe en route to the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland beginning on 23 July 2014.

Earlier in the day, the Tortola Sloop Spring Challenge featured racing by three, locally built yachts, including Intrepid, constructed in 1912. Also racing were Youth Instructor and Sea Moon. Winners of the race will be announced on Sunday during the regatta awards ceremony.

The Mount Gay Welcome Party was in full swing by sundown, and Nichole Raab’s aerial performance dazzled the crowd. Raab, who is also racing with Team WAVE, hung suspended from a crane and by dock lines above the beach at Nanny Cay. After, the band Final Faze took the stage.

The regatta gets underway on Friday with yachts racing on three courses. The One Design Course will feature a windward-leeward route for the Melges 32 and IC 24 classes. The racing boats and performance cruisers will be on the SOL Course, beginning with a pair of windward-leeward races, followed by a third race planned around the islands. Most of the classes racing the Norman Course for cruising yachts will race twice on Friday, with the course staged near Peter, Norman, and Flannagan Islands. The Norman course will include the jib & main, bareboat and multihull yachts.

The BVI Spring Regatta gets underway

“We think the wind is going to be up in the low 20s, and we expect just to have a good time,” said Matt Brooks, owner of the wooden yawl and Transpac winner Dorade. “You never know how things will go in sailboat racing. We’ll just try to do our best, have some fun and see what happens. We’re looking forward very much to participating in the regatta.”

Tonnerre de Breskens 3 (Ker 46) will be back on the race course after winning the Nanny Cay Cup on Tuesday. Joining Peter Vroon’s yacht in the Racing 1 fleet is the RP 52 Highland Fling XII, two British yachts – Bella of London (Grand Soliel 50) and Fenix (Swan 60) – along with the Russian crew onboard Parma, the Dufour 45E Performance yacht.

On the One Design course, three Melges 32s from Puerto Rico will be racing – Lazy Dog, Smile and Wave, and SOCA – along with Kick ‘em Jenny 2 from St. Maarten. The six-boat, IC 24 fleet features two local yachts – INTAC and Tortola Express.

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The maxi trimaran Spindrift 2 launches in Lorient, Genes-x, new Gold Sponsor of Spindrift racing

Posted on 02 April 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Spindrift racing] After three months of ambitious boatbuilding, the maxi trimaran Spindrift 2 was relaunched on Wednesday, April 2 in Lorient (France). The largest racing trimaran in the world has been optimised for the demanding North Atlantic and 24-hours crewed records and then for the solo Route du Rhum. As good news never comes alone, the team created in late 2011 by Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard is continuing to develop: Genes-x, a specialist in DNA, has agreed a three-year deal and joins Mirabaud, as a Gold Sponsor of Spindrift racing.

“I congratulate the Spindrift racing team for getting this work done despite such a tight schedule,” Guichard, the skipper, said. With a shorter mast, new sails, new centreboard, new autopilots, general weight loss and a modified deck plan and fittings, the last few weeks have been very busy. “We look forward to being at sea and enjoying the high performance of this fantastic boat,” Guichard added. “The changes made for the North Atlantic and the Route du Rhum mean we have the potential for a stronger performance even while we’re pushing Spindrift 2 less hard. I’ve always tried to sail with finesse, whether in Olympics or offshore and even on a machine of this size, it is possible.”

8,000 hours of work

Antoine Carraz, the technical manager and part of the sailing team, said: “We are split between stress and excitement. We fixed the date for the launch of Spindrift 2 three months ago; it’s a point of pride for the team to meet that deadline. Most notably we made structural changes which were necessary after the reduction in size of the mast, these were long and complicated tasks. Spindrift 2 is also a huge puzzle with parts coming from all over Europe and the United States. Coordination of all this is a daily challenge that we have overcome.”

Development: Getting to the point

All efforts will initially focus on checking the new rig and sail plan. With a shorter mast, cut by six metres, the ‘engine’ of the boat has changed. “We will analyse the fixed rigging by load testing on the dock then gradually increase the pressure when we’re out sailing,” Guichard said. On April 10, the high-performance work will begin under the charge of Erwan Israël, who has been sailing with the team for a year and is the navigator for the record attempts. “We don’t have much time to test Spindrift 2, so we have to get straight to the point,” Guichard added. “The goal is to establish new speed parameters for the trimaran, both for crewed and solo, i.e. to establish the optimal ‘instruction manual’ for the machine depending on the different weather conditions encountered. This is a crucial stage, where you have to listen to how the boat feels in conjunction with running the numbers, so you have the most complete picture of the boat.” 

Crew and solo preparation, the right mix

Spindrift racing will be on standby in the United States from the start of June. Until then, the crew will train in La Trinité-sur-Mer and then on the delivery to Newport, where Spindrift 2 will be based whilst waiting for a good window to sprint from New York for North Atlantic record. “This is one of the hardest times to beat,” Guichard said. “With Dona, we have great confidence in the sailors around us and in their ability to tame this new Spindrift 2. I am also weighing up the size of the task of what awaits me on the Route du Rhum. The intention is not to load excessive pressure on my shoulders but rather to take it step by step. At first, I am going to sail to ‘faux solo’ with some teammates to gain confidence before rushing into the solo side. It will also be a chance to test specific changes for the Route du Rhum, like the bike to hoist the sails.”

Genes-x, a new Gold Sponsor for Spindrift racing

An expert in DNA testing, Genes-x gives everyone the opportunity to learn about their own metabolism and to improve their self-knowledge. Genes-x finds direct applications in the world of sport and will follow the men and women of Spindrift racing for three years. “We are fascinated by what Spindrift have succeeded in doing and the young, modern and competitive spirit of Dona, Yann and the whole team,” Fabio Cavalli, CEO of Genes-x, said. “This partnership gives our company the opportunity to work with high-level athletes and to study the genetic details in an extreme situation.”

“I am very proud to have Genes-x with us,” Bertarelli said. “The commitment of this start-up with high-growth potential is perfectly in line with the ambitions of the team. Innovating and imagining the future is what drives Spindrift racing everyday. The expertise of Genes-x is also an exciting asset in helping us to improve our physical, nutrition and endurance preparation for the North Atlantic and Yann’s for the Route du Rhum.” 

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Photo gallery: Sixth day of Round Hainan Regatta

Posted on 27 March 2014 by Valencia Sailing

Beautiful photo gallery from the Haikou in-port race on the sixth day of the Aloha Cup Round Hainan Regatta. Photos by Juerg Kaufmann / Aloha Cup Round Hainan Regatta

Haikou in-port race on the sixth day of the Aloha Cup Round Hainan Regatta. Sanya, 26 March 2014. Photo copyright Juerg Kaufmann / Aloha Cup Round Hainan Regatta

Haikou in-port race on the sixth day of the Aloha Cup Round Hainan Regatta. Sanya, 26 March 2014. Photo copyright Juerg Kaufmann / Aloha Cup Round Hainan Regatta

Haikou in-port race on the sixth day of the Aloha Cup Round Hainan Regatta. Sanya, 26 March 2014. Photo copyright Juerg Kaufmann / Aloha Cup Round Hainan Regatta

Haikou in-port race on the sixth day of the Aloha Cup Round Hainan Regatta. Sanya, 26 March 2014. Photo copyright Juerg Kaufmann / Aloha Cup Round Hainan Regatta

Haikou in-port race on the sixth day of the Aloha Cup Round Hainan Regatta. Sanya, 26 March 2014. Photo copyright Juerg Kaufmann / Aloha Cup Round Hainan Regatta

Haikou in-port race on the sixth day of the Aloha Cup Round Hainan Regatta. Sanya, 26 March 2014. Photo copyright Juerg Kaufmann / Aloha Cup Round Hainan Regatta

Haikou in-port race on the sixth day of the Aloha Cup Round Hainan Regatta. Sanya, 26 March 2014. Photo copyright Juerg Kaufmann / Aloha Cup Round Hainan Regatta

Haikou in-port race on the sixth day of the Aloha Cup Round Hainan Regatta. Sanya, 26 March 2014. Photo copyright Juerg Kaufmann / Aloha Cup Round Hainan Regatta

Haikou in-port race on the sixth day of the Aloha Cup Round Hainan Regatta. Sanya, 26 March 2014. Photo copyright Juerg Kaufmann / Aloha Cup Round Hainan Regatta

Haikou in-port race on the sixth day of the Aloha Cup Round Hainan Regatta. Sanya, 26 March 2014. Photo copyright Juerg Kaufmann / Aloha Cup Round Hainan Regatta

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Aloha and Team Wanning dominate Haikou in-port race; Microlab takes early lead in race to Sanya

Posted on 26 March 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Aloha Cup Round Hainan Regatta] Sanya Serenity Marina, 26 March 2014

Aloha and Team Wanning made the most of a light-air day and scored commanding victories in Wednesday’s in-port race in Haikou. As the breeze increased, Microlab took the early lead in the offshore race to Sanya, setting the stage for the grand finale of the 5th Aloha Cup Round Hainan Regatta on Friday.

The 8-strong fleet of the IRC-A and Beneteau Oceanis 40 divisions battled it out on Wednesday, off Haikou, with one in-port race and the start of the final leg of their offshore race to Sanya. A light breeze and fog was in store early in the morning, making the in-port race a difficult one.

In the IRC-A division, Aloha took the upper hand in the in-port race thanks to their tactical choice in the first beat. With a breeze blowing at about 5-6 knots, Aloha found more pressure on the right-hand side of the course while Microlab struggled on the left. They rounded the first weather mark in the lead and held on to it until the finish line.

As the fog dissipated and the breeze picked up to 10 knots, Microlab, a 52-footer, was, obviously, more advantaged than Aloha, a 45-footer. They sailed ahead in the first long beat that took the fleet out of the Haikou gulf and into the South China Sea, towards Sanya.

Aloha wins the Haikou in-port race. Haikou, 26 March 2014. Photo copyright Juerg Kaufmann / Aloha Cup Round Hainan Regatta

Team Wanning, entirely crewed by Russian sailors and skippered by Sergey Amelichev, showed once again to be in a league of their own. Their tactics and crew work set them apart from the remaining four Beneteau Oceanis 40′s. In the in-port race, they had a perfect start in the middle of the line, opted for the more favorable right-hand side of the course and crossed the finish line with a comfortable lead.

Their domination continued again in the start of the offshore leg, as they took the lead from the outset and stretched it as the boats sailed east towards Sanya.

The IRC-B1 and IRC-B2 divisions had a layday on Wednesday in Wanning, and will hold their in-port race on Thursday, before heading back to Sanya for their final offshore leg. The entire fleet is expected to arrive in Sanya in the early morning hours of Friday for the grand finale of the fifth edition of the Aloha Cup Round Hainan Regatta.

Microlab takes the early lead in the offshore race from Haikou to Sanya. Haikou, 26 March 2014. Photo copyright Juerg Kaufmann / Aloha Cup Round Hainan Regatta

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