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EXCLUSIVE photo gallery: The brand new TP52 Phoenix sailing in Valencia

Posted on 31 March 2014 by Valencia Sailing

A major milestone has been reached in the TP52 class as the brand new Phoenix of Brazilian owner Eduardo de Souza Ramos had on Monday her fifth day of successful sea trials. Conditions in Valencia were excellent, thanks to the nice sunshine, spring-like temperatures, nearly flat seas and a breeze that started slowly at 7 knots but built up to 15 knots late in the afternoon.

The boat is still in trialling and testing mode and her crew, together with personnel from King Marine, the boatyard in charge of building it, and Botín Partner, the design office, are going through a long list of checks. For that reason, she always has onboard three or four additional people from the race configuration.

Although Phoenix is the first boat to have been designed to the 2015 TP52 rule, she still has to race under the current rule this year. Sail area next year will increase, an additional 5m2 for the mainsail and 10m2 for the spinnaker. The mainsail in 2014 will remain as is but the spinnaker has already been adapted to the new rule, hence the increase by approximately 75cm of the bowsprits. During these initial trials in Valencia, the Phoenix sailing team uses a set of 2011 and 2012 sails from Azzurra. In fact, her design is an evolution of the Italian one.

The remaining two major modifications Phoenix will undergo next year will be to increase draft by 15cm and get rid of the additional 200kg in the bulb that have been added this year in order to comply with the current rule.

The testing and trialling sessions will continue in Valencia until the boat is delivered to the next venue of the 52 Super Series in Capri, Italy.

First sea trials of the brand new TP52 Phoenix. Valencia, 31 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

First sea trials of the brand new TP52 Phoenix. Valencia, 31 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

First sea trials of the brand new TP52 Phoenix. Valencia, 31 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

First sea trials of the brand new TP52 Phoenix. Valencia, 31 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

First sea trials of the brand new TP52 Phoenix. Valencia, 31 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

First sea trials of the brand new TP52 Phoenix. Valencia, 31 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

First sea trials of the brand new TP52 Phoenix. Valencia, 31 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

First sea trials of the brand new TP52 Phoenix. Valencia, 31 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

First sea trials of the brand new TP52 Phoenix. Valencia, 31 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

First sea trials of the brand new TP52 Phoenix. Valencia, 31 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

First sea trials of the brand new TP52 Phoenix. Valencia, 31 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

First sea trials of the brand new TP52 Phoenix. Valencia, 31 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

First sea trials of the brand new TP52 Phoenix. Valencia, 31 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

First sea trials of the brand new TP52 Phoenix. Valencia, 31 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

First sea trials of the brand new TP52 Phoenix. Valencia, 31 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

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Quantum Racing’s double delight in Miami heat

Posted on 10 March 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: 5 Super Series] While Takashi Okura’s crew from Sled celebrated their own two bullets ending to their perfect day off South Beach Miami, Quantum Racing – with Ed Baird steering and Terry Hutchinson calling tactics – twice got the better of their duels with Azzurra. The quiet satisfaction of the victorious American team at a job well done, securing the US title today with a fourth and third in difficult, very shifty conditions contrasted sharply with the deep frustrations of the Azzurra crew.

Twice they had started better and were ahead of Quantum Racing but both times their choices and tactics proved inferior. When Azzurra needed to put points on their rivals in fact they ended up dropping well behind, scoring a sixth and seventh. Having lead the regatta at interim stages the emblematic team from the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda will analyse their learning before starting up in Europe in May Capri when the Barclays 52 SUPER SERIES begins.

Just as Quantum Racing had two reasons to celebrate, so also it was double delight for Okura’s Sled team. Not only did they win both races today but their 2,2,1,1 finale over the last four races, easily the strongest of the fleet, elevated them to third overall in the 52 US Championship, the nine race Miami regatta. They edged out the Interlodge team – which had Dean Barker steering – but only on count back.

After the fleet was held ashore waiting for the breeze to build, the first contest was sailed in only 6 to 8 knots of very patchy, streaky breeze. With just two points separating Quantum Racing and Azzurra before the start, a match racing tussle seemed inevitable. After the requisite circling it was Azzurra which broke way to make the start they wanted towards the inshore end of the line. When they crossed it was Azzurra ahead but on the next pattern of shifts Quantum Racing jumped clear ahead of them.

Sled, with Ross MacDonald calling tactics, jumped off the start line and were able to cross the fleet to the preferred right, offshore side of the upwind leg and were never passed again before collecting their first race win of the US 52 SUPER SERIES. Azzurra faded badly and only by virtue of a last run penalty imposed on Hooligan did they avoid seventh. Quantum Racing finished two boats ahead in fourth, extending their cushion to four points into the final race.

The last race of the US season was marked by a big, big wind shift to the right. Sled were all over it, working the right flank almost alone and so, again, lead all the way around the short, but slow, and exacting final contest. Quantum Racing took third, only one second behind Interlodge as the pair dived for the line side by side.

The American team which is owned by Doug DeVos, current 52 SUPER SERIES champions, Quantum Racing finish the event as well deserved regatta and series champions, equally accomplished across the very fullest range of wind conditions which Miami has offered, from light drift-offs to a stunning mid regatta day of three very hard, physical races in 25kts, gusting to over 30kts. Tactician Terry Hutchinson acknowledged that they have been fast across all the conditions here:

“ I think we are fast here. That was the one thing for this regatta, I felt we were really, really fast. We never felt compromised at any time, speedwise. And that was a real bonus.”

“ Miami at this time of year is always very hard, it is a subtle sea breeze with a lot of fanning pressure under the clouds and how that affects the race course. It is really, really difficult. And I would not pick that as our strong point. And yet we seemed to sail the boat pretty nicely.”

As the North American series concludes owners and crews contemplate the Barclays 52 SUPER SERIES, the four regattas circuit in Europe which starts late May in Capri, Italy.

US 52 SUPER SERIES – TP52 US CHAMPIONSHIP
final standings after nine races
1 Quantum Racing (USA) Doug DeVos (USA) 1,3,2,1,1,4,3,4,3 22pts
2 Azzurra (ITA) Pablo A Roemmers (ARG) 4,1,1,2,2,1,6, 6, 7, 30 pts
3 Sled (USA) Takashi Okura (USA) 6,6,6,5,4,2,2,1,1 33pts
4 Interlodge (USA) Austin and Gwen Fragomen (USA) 3,5,3,3,5,3,7,2,2 33pts
5 Rán Racing (SWE) Niklas Zennström (SWE) 2,7,4,4,3,6,4,5,6 41pts
6 Vesper (USA) Jim Swartz (USA) 5,2,5,6,7,5,5,3, 5 43pts
7 Hooligan (USA) Gunther Buerman (USA) 7,4,7,7,6 8DNF,1,7,4 51pts

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First look at the brand new TP52 Phoenix in the King Marine boatyard

Posted on 05 March 2014 by Valencia Sailing

We visited the King Marine boatyard in Valencia for a first look at the brand new TP52 Phoenix, the first one to be built under the 2015 TP52 rule. The Brazilian TP52 will soon the leave the King Marine boatyard and head to the Victory Challenge base at the Valencia Marina where she will be outfitted in order to take her maiden sail before the end of the month. The future looks bright for the TP52 class!

We will have much more photos, stories and exclusive videos in the next couple of weeks from the final preparations as well as her first sail on the waters of Valencia, so stay tuned!

The hull of the brand new TP52 Phoenix in the final stages of completion at the King Marine boatyard. Valencia, 5 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

The hull of the brand new TP52 Phoenix in the final stages of completion at the King Marine boatyard. Valencia, 5 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

The hull of the brand new TP52 Phoenix in the final stages of completion at the King Marine boatyard. Valencia, 5 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

The hull of the brand new TP52 Phoenix in the final stages of completion at the King Marine boatyard. Valencia, 5 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

The hull of the brand new TP52 Phoenix in the final stages of completion at the King Marine boatyard. Valencia, 5 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

The hull of the brand new TP52 Phoenix in the final stages of completion at the King Marine boatyard. Valencia, 5 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

The hull of the brand new TP52 Phoenix in the final stages of completion at the King Marine boatyard. Valencia, 5 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

The hull of the brand new TP52 Phoenix in the final stages of completion at the King Marine boatyard. Valencia, 5 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

The hull of the brand new TP52 Phoenix in the final stages of completion at the King Marine boatyard. Valencia, 5 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

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New orders, new challenges for Future Fibres

Posted on 17 February 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Future Fibres] Three years into mast production and the 2014 order book reflects a diverse range of performance projects.

With the Perini 60m sloop fully assembled and awaiting stepping / sea trials and 3 of the largest furling booms in the world (26-30m long) nearing completion, the workshop is getting its teeth into some no less challenging but slightly more conventional sized projects.

The APC78 performance catamaran project has a fully optimised rotating mast with a significant number of custom features. The boat is currently in-build at Green Marine in the UK and the mast and rigging package are scheduled to leave Valencia in April. Also. just going into final stages of fitout are the mast and boom for a new Frers 60 daysailor. This boat, currently being built by Persico Marine, is a development on the stunning Ciao Gianni; all about aesthetic and performance, Future Fibres are building an ultra clean, high modulus mast and boom with carbon RDS lateral rigging.

The design team is equally busy with a really exciting new project: designing a new, fully optimised, grand prix mast, boom and carbon rigging package for the TP52 Provezza. This rig will be built to the new 2015 rule but sailing by May 2014. This gives us the opportunity to develop and fine tune a 2015 compliant package one year early. There are a number of TP52 teams with new boat builds scheduled for next winter and this project gives us the opportunity to demonstrate our superior build accuracy, performance and quality to provide a credible alternative to existing suppliers in this finely tuned class. The 2015 TP52 rule also allows composite lateral rigging for the first time and this is a perfect time to showcase our new fully continuous FlexC™ carbon rigging to create the ultimate TP52 package.

Sales Manager Jim Lotz sums up: “with the marine industry slowly emerging from the doldrums owners, project managers and designers are being more prudent with choices they make with rig packages. It has never been more important to differentiate positively the points that make our mast and rigging product stand out from the crowd. With our team pushing design, build quality and technology we are increasingly seeing customers making the correct informed choice to work with Future Fibres.”

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A remarkable breakthrough in sailing video?

Posted on 20 January 2014 by Valencia Sailing

With a simple drone and a GoPro camera, Quantum Racing’s Keith Brash flies over the TP52 practice race at Quantum Key West and produces what could very well be a game changer in the sport of sailing. The America’s Cup did indeed produce spectacular helicopter footage last September in San Francisco but this is the first time ever that we see stable footage from a drone during an actual race! Hopefully this technology will allow more regattas to have good-quality aerial video without having Larry Ellison’s pockets!

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Latest TP52 Phoenix building for the next generation

Posted on 02 January 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: 52 Super Series] The newest, latest generation TP52 which is set to bring new owner Mr Edward de Souza Ramos in to the 52 SUPER SERIES for the first time is taking shape at King Marine in Valencia, Spain and is on schedule to be launched in the middle of March 2014.

The new Botin Partners design, the first ever TP52 for the renowned Brazilian owner, is a development of the very successful 52 SUPER SERIES winners Azzurra, the Roemmers family’s 2012 championship winning boat, and Doug DeVos’ Quantum Racing which lifted the 52 SUPER SERIES title this year.

Mr de Souza Ramos’ new boat is set to make its debut at the Palma Vela regatta in April in Majorca, where the owner and his mainly South American crew will warm up for their first experience 52 SUPER SERIES season in Europe.

The construction of the new TP52, Phoenix, is well up to schedule at King Marine, the company which built Azzurra and eight previous TP52’s. The owners and crew of the 2012 winning boat are good friends with Mr de Souza Ramos and his crew and the two teams are expected to work closely together pre season.

Mr de Souza Ramos has enjoyed success in many different classes over the years, but he admits that the TP52 and the 52 SUPER SERIES has drawn him back into the heat of competitive sailing after he had effectively given up. He is very enthusiastic about his new project:

“I hope to test our new boat TP52/Phoenix in the last days of March in Valencia and the to participate at Palma Vela in April as training for the 52 Super Series Regattas. The TP52 and the 52 Super Series have always attracted a lot of my attention. It seems to be a boat of a good size and good technology, which means that sailing the boat is going to be a great pleasure. Despite it being a good sized boat , it brings with it the feeling of a small boat. I believe that the latest changes with increased spinnaker area, longer bowsprits and genoas will further enhance these qualities.”

The hull of the brand new TP52 Phoenix under construction at the King Marine boatyard in Valencia

He has a small core group of sailors who have been with Phoenix for years, but it will be an international group:

“Our group is new, only a few other sailors sailed with me for many years such as the Brazilians André Fonseca , Sergio Rocha and Ricardo Costa . The others sailors the we are looking for, well we first thought which language we wanted to talk on board and we chose Castilian and because of that our team has the Argentinian tactician Santiago Lange and we are now completing the other positions with some Spaniards, Brazilians and Argentines.”

Meantime reports from King Marine confirm that the new boat is on schedule and the company are enjoying the challenge presented by the precision build:

Gabriel Mariani of King Marine brings us up to date with how the build of Phoenix is going:

“The build is progressing well, it is on time and with no problems and that is very important for this kind of project. And so the build, commissioning and the test sailing program should be finished according to initial schedule.

Presently we are finishing the production of the different component parts, so the hull, the deck and structure and the custom deck gear and test sailing on March 20th 2014”

A development of 52 champions like Emirates Team New Zealand, Quantum Racing and Azzurra, Mariana explains the changes which represent progressions in the build:

“One of the biggest changes in this boat is the deck. The cockpit is bigger so the crew is more comfortable and can work more efficiently. The cabin top, and the design of the ‘piano’ – the pit area – is now much more efficient, removing a significant amount of weight. And of course with all the boats next season, we will see that the bowsprits are almost one metre longer to allow bigger and more powerful spinnakers to be set.”

And because the boat is being built towards the 2015 rule, the boat is being spec’d with carbon standing rigging but will sail with some corrector weights to be equalised with the existing boats in 2014m but it is about 200kgs lighter.”

The new Phoenix has seen all of the substantial resources of designers Botin Partners put to best effect, revisiting almost every possible area as they sought to find a range of performance improvements.

The hull of the brand new TP52 Phoenix under construction at the King Marine boatyard in Valencia

Botin Design Partners Adolfo Carrau explains some of the changes:

“ You will see some differences on the hull shape and more obviously on the deck layout with the new 2015 rule. Cockpit volume is not enforced anymore and we can be a bit more creative about winch placement and so on.”

“ I think we spent an awful lot of time with the structural engineers to find what is optimum because it really is very tempting to empty the cockpit completely. It has some structural disadvantages so we looked for the best trade offs. And we looked of course to just keep the boat as light as possible within the rules and as stiff as possible. But all in all we have made another big jump, a nice jump compared to previous boats compared to where we were. Amazingly after several generations we still make the boats faster and stiffer and also to comply with the ISO and GL scantlings. So a lot of refinement went into the deck and the structural layout.”

“ The other area of interest is the keel, it needs to be 200 kilos lighter. We did spend a lot of time working not just on the hydrodynamic shape but also the structure to see how we could make a keel which is lighter but we did not want to make it any smaller. And so now the keels are steel and composite so that was a big job. Another area of benefit is in the new mast, the high modulus carbon, the deflector and the composite rigging, that is a good decision by the class. The deflector especially is good but that in itself did create some issues for the internal structure as there is already a lot of rope running below and to run a system below decks has been a bit of a challenge, which we have just overcome recently.”

The 52 SUPER SERIES 2014 in Europe starts with Rolex Capri Sailing Week 18-24 May.

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Carkeek Design Partners offers regatta winning TP52 package

Posted on 02 November 2013 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Carkeek Design Partners] With an unrivalled series of grand prix race boat launches scheduled in coming weeks on three different continents and a number of exciting new designs beginning construction, Carkeek Design Partners is looking to build on recent successes by strengthening its range of race yacht projects.

Lynchpin of the imminent launches is the Carkeek C60 which is being billed as a serious contender for the upcoming Rolex Sydney-Hobart race. Matt Allen’s new Ichi Ban is due to go in the water in Sydney in mid November.

“The new C60 is a unique design, unlike any racing yacht of its size, due to its high performance and effectiveness as an all-round inshore and offshore platform,” said Carkeek.

In the meantime two Carkeek designed C47s are being readied. The first is en route to the USA where the American crew will work their new boat up prior to Key West regatta in January and the Caribbean 600. The second C47 is being launched soon in Dubai for owner Hannes Waimer whose company Premier Composite Technologies (PCT) build Carkeek’s C-range. His boat will compete on the Mediterranean circuit next year debuting at the Palma Vela regatta in Mallorca.

The build of the very first new semi custom Carkeek Design Partners C40 Mk2s has just started at PCT in Dubai. Following on from victories in all the major events under HPR and IRC they entered – including Key West, Miami, Block Island and Newport-Bermuda – the Mk2 Carkeek design extends the initial learning from the Mk1 design but benefits from further comprehensive hydrodynamic and aerodynamic research programmes which, the designers report, will result in a correspondingly faster, more exciting new generation series of race boats.

Carkeek Design Partners are now seeking to fully utilise their unprecedented recent work in the light high performance HPR/IRC arena and their winning track record in the class since its inception in Europe to develop a turnkey competitive TP52, aiming at success on the 52 SUPER SERIES.

“We are quite excited by the direction that the 52 rule has taken because it now allows us to really play to our unique strengths,” explains Shaun Carkeek. “For a variety of reasons, by necessity, development in the 52 Class has largely been limited to massaging existing hydro and aero concepts and in a largely typeformed design space over recent years. But now the new 2015 rule update will produce a slightly faster, more exciting TP52 that is closer in performance to the high performance designs that we have been fortunate to work on, like the C60, C47 and the C40 Mk1 and Mk2. In fact for example all our new designs for their length and displacement offer a proportionately better, faster all round performance and have effectively leapfrogged the 52s. But this new iteration of the 52 rule brings them up to date and closer to the arena we have been working in for the last three years.”

Carkeek’s experience and success in the class dates back six generations of TP52s but having been away for a few years also allows this successful design office to approach the new TP52 holding no prevailing prejudices or preferences but with a completely open mind.

“Our recent design programmes have opened up exciting new performance, new ideas and proven gains, revealing new insights into aero and hydro solutions and different hull concepts and set ups which are quite ambitious and aggressive with more radical appendages and rig developments. Now we are integrating these into successful TP52 campaigns for determined, committed owners.”

Carkeek Design Partners are at a very advanced stage in their TP52 Research and Development programme having spent months working on the CFD and VPP optimisation in combination with venue weather and race modelling.

“We are ready to go,” Carkeek emphasises. “We are keen to hear from owners or sailing teams who are looking to benefit not just from our unique design advances which we have been able to deliver whilst the 52 Class has been relatively stationary in design terms, but also from the high level of experience and support that is part of the whole Carkeek design package.”

Carkeek will take full advantage and build on the existing working alliance with Premier Composite Technologies to offer a two or three TP52s build series using common build features to lower costs.

“We have developed and perfected a unique design and production methodology utilising precision CNC capabilities and software from the automotive and aerospace design industries. This results in a process where all parts and systems are designed in relation to one another upfront thus delivering highest accuracy, control and precision and lowering the turnaround time and cost. The product is unlike anything seen before for its size.”

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Michele Galli’s B2, a TP52 from Italy, is the overall winner of the 34th Rolex Middle Sea Race

Posted on 23 October 2013 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Regatta News] B2 is the first Italian yacht to claim the Rolex Middle Sea Race Trophy since 2005, emerging victorious from the largest and one of the most competitive fleets in the race’s 45-year history. Expertly guided by tactician Francesco de Angelis, B2 completed the 606-nm course on Tuesday afternoon in a little over three days. She was the eighth boat to cross the finish line in Malta.

On corrected time B2 was propelled to the summit of the overall leaderboard and with the chasing fleet thwarted by extremely light conditions between Pantelleria and Lampedusa and unable to win their race against the clock, her triumph was confirmed at the Royal Malta Yacht Club on Wednesday afternoon.

Francesco de Angelis and the crew of race winner B2 (ITA) on the approach to Malta. Photo copyright Rolex / Kurt Arrigo

Success often tastes sweeter when it is hard fought. Not only did B2 see off the race’s record 99-strong international fleet, peppered with outstanding boats and dexterous sailors, she overcame several technical issues during the race. “We lost all of our electronics, I think due to water entering the boat during the second night,” explained navigator Nacho Postigo. “We tried everything to reboot the system, but it simply didn’t work, all the displays went black. We were really worried about the last night, and therefore found a solution: we had all the cartography on a cell phone, and my smartphone is waterproof with a compass app. We combined both and attached the smartphone to the pedestal. In the end, it worked quite well.” The impromptu solution forced the crew to rely more on their instinct, as Postigo closes: “We raced B2 like a dinghy and Francesco had to call the strategy almost completely blind – I don’t think he had more than two hours sleep!”

De Angelis preferred to reflect on the relentless effort of the crew composed of ten Italians and two Spaniards. “It was a difficult race, the first time this team has done a race this long together. To arrive ahead of almost 100 boats is a great achievement.” Sailing an all out racing boat like a TP52 is not necessarily the most relaxing way to experience the race. “We are very tired!,” admitted de Angelis, “comfort is not really associated with a TP52 and we experienced everything: light, medium and some strong wind. Technically and physically it was a very challenging race. The key was not losing ground in the difficult moments or getting blocked during periods of light air.”

At 15:30 CEST on Wednesday afternoon, 23 boats had completed the race, 75 were still sailing and there had been just one retirement.

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