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Artemis Racing arrives in Valencia

Posted on 04 July 2011 by Valencia Sailing

The first 3 containers of the 34th America’s Cup Challenger of Record arrived in Valencia on Monday afternoon. When we visitied the team’s base (the former Areva Challenge base during the 32nd America’s Cup) three containers were being offloaded from their trucks. It was not clear whether the AC45 yacht was inside the containers or whether more of them were on their way to the base from the commercial port. In fact, we don’t know precisely how many containers each teams requires in order to move all its equipment from one venue to another.

The Swedish challenger, to the best of our knowledge, is finally the only team to ship its equipment to Valencia from Auckland before transporting it onwards to Cascais, venue of the first America’s Cup World Series event, presumably on trucks. The team’s shore crew will now have their hands full, preparing the yacht for her first sailing sessions on European waters.

VSail.info will be in Marstrand, Sweden from Tuesday morning, for the 5th event of the 2011 World Match Racing Tour, until next Sunday, so we’ll miss the initial stage of Artemis Racing’s preparation Valencia. However, we will do our best to cover the sea trials next week. Stay tuned…

The first containers of Artemis Challenge arrive in the team base. Valencia, 4 July 2011. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

The first containers of Artemis Challenge arrive in the team base. Valencia, 4 July 2011. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

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Telefonica’s brand new VO70 arrives in Alicante

Posted on 27 April 2011 by Valencia Sailing

After a 12-hour trip from Alginet (Valencia) to Alicante, the new “Telefonica” arrived on Uesday night at the port of Alicante. The boat skippered by Olympic medalist Iker Martinez became the first boat to compete in the next Volvo Ocean Race that arrived in the port of Alicante.

After midnight the hull of Telefonica finally entered the base of the Spanish team after a delicate operation of unloading the truck that had transported her to the starting port of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Since Wednesday morning, The team’s shore crew, led by skipper Iker Martínez and technical director Horacio Carabelli, is already working on the hull of Telefonica fitting her out and making her ready for her launch and first sail as soon as possible.

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America’s Cup Race Management to ship boats and equipment to Valencia

Posted on 25 March 2011 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: America’s Cup] As teams in New Zealand are focused on their AC45 test programs, the America’s Cup Race Management operations team is already looking a step ahead to moving all the boats and equipment from New Zealand to a launch pad in the Mediterranean.

Once sailing in New Zealand is complete, ACRM has organized for the AC45 catamarans and their wing sails, team containers and equipment to be shipped together to Europe. The plan is to assemble all equipment in Valencia, Spain before the 2011 “road show” starts.

“In an effort to help teams manage their logistics costs, ACRM is sourcing shipping so that we can move the teams together from venue to venue,” said Andy Hindley, ACRM Chief Operations Officer.

“Our on-the-water team is preparing a temporary base in Valencia to organize event support boats and other equipment for the racing season. Valencia is a port we are all familiar with and offers great shipping options so it’s a good place to launch from.”

ACRM issued a Regatta Notice to Competitors advising of the opportunity to participate in the shared shipping program.

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Team Iberdrola to enter the 34th America’s Cup?

Posted on 13 February 2011 by Valencia Sailing

According to reliable information, high-level meetings have been held in Valencia between Iberdrola’s CEO and local authorities for the creation of Spanish challenger for the 34th America’s Cup.

It appears that last week, José Ignacio Sánchez Galán, CEO of Iberdrola, met with Rita Barberá, mayor of Valencia, and Francisco Camps, president of the Valencia region, in the Iberdrola base. If the head of the Spanish group, the world’s fourth largest utility, has a serious intention to back a Spanish syndicate it wouldn’t come as a surprise that he held talks with the city’s and region’s authorities. It would be absolutely logical for any serious Spanish effort to be based in Valencia.

However, what came as total surprise was the presence of Manuel Chirivella and Gerardo Pombo in those meetings! For anyone interested in the America’s Cup and living under a rock for the last 4 years, we remind that Chirivella and Pombo are, respectively, the former vice president and current president of the Spanish Sailing Federation and, most importantly, creators of the infamous Club Nautico Español de Vela (CNEV), the botched Challenger of Record for the 33rd America’s Cup.

If this information is confirmed, it’s beyond my understanding how Chirivella and Pombo are allowed to be even remotely involved with yet another Spanish America’s Cup campaign! I really hope they have learnt their lesson well and opt to represent a real yacht club. There are hundreds of them in Spain!

Desafío Español beats Emirates Team New Zealand in race 6 of the Louis Vuitton Cup semifinals. Valencia, 20 May 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / VSail.info

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Adios Valencia…

Posted on 20 December 2010 by Valencia Sailing

I never had the slightest doubt this would be taking place, I only thought it would have been in 2011 instead of 2010. As one can observe from the photo, I’m referring to BMW Oracle, the America’s Cup defender, permanently leaving its base in Valencia. After more than 5 years in the Spanish city, the holders of the world’s oldest sports trophy are packing up in order to leave by January 1st, 2011. When Valencia Sailing visited the base earlier on Monday morning, the most visible sign was the crew stripping the base of any BMW Oracle branding, starting with the giant poster of USA17.

The personnel will only be working a couple of days this week and then definitely leave, handing the base to the crews that will dismantle it. Although this information has not been confirmed, we understand BMW Oracle will be based in Auckland for the next few months.

An era ends now in the America’s Cup. After seven years and one month, Valencia ceases to be the “world’s sailing capital” and another city will take over. However, with only eleven days left until their deadline, of which 4 are holidays, BMW Oracle would rather hurry up and announce the venue of the 34th America’s Cup.

Crews striping all BMW Oracle branding from the base. Valencia, 20 December 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Meanwhile in Valencia… James Spithill and Torvar Mirsky train on SM40′s

Posted on 20 October 2010 by Valencia Sailing

If only I could get closer… It’s not every day that you have the final of the Australian Match Racing Championship a few hundred meters off the Malvarosa beach, especially when it’s the youngest ever skipper to win the America’s Cup, James Spithill, facing one of the young up-and-comers, Torvar Mirsky.

Mirsky and Spithill are in Valencia practicing match racing on SM40’s. Mirsky certainly needs some lessons from the world’s best match racer as his performance so far this year in the World Match Racing Tour has been substandard while Spithill can always use some monohull training ahead of the upcoming Louis Vuitton regatta in Dubai.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t get any closer to the action so I had to rely on photos from the breakwater. The entire Mirsky Racing Team crew is here in Valencia while on the BMW Oracle boat I could spot, in addition to Spithill, Dirk de Ridder and Pieter van Nieuwenhuyzen. The umpire boat was driven by Richard Slater while Philippe Presti was coaching the team(s?).

Does this joint training session mean anything for the 34th America’s Cup? Kyle Langford, Mirsky’s mainsail trimmer, is also a member of the “17” RC44 crew since a couple of events now. Langford was in Puerto Calero last week when 17, helmed by Spithill in match racing, was crowned RC44 World Champion

I know it’s too far but trust me, the final of the Australian match racing championship was taking place on Wednesday afternoon off the Malvarosa beach. Valencia, 20 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Red hot day for Synergy at the TP52 World Championship

Posted on 05 October 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: TP52 World Championship] Two back to back wins sees the Russian boat Synergy leading the TP52 World Championships after three excellent races in a building sea breeze off Valencia today.

The crew are no strangers to winning races on the Audi MedCup Circuit and were podium challengers ten days ago in Sardinia, but today was the first time they had ever won two consecutive races at this level. They did so with a new helmsman, top Russian match racer Eugeniy Neugodnikov steering his first ever top level TP52 Series races, having only had a couple of days practice.

In a near perfect sea breeze which built from an early eight to 11 knots for the first race and peaked during an exciting third windward-leeward contest at 22 knots, the Russian crew which has a cosmopolitan afterguard in the shape of Kiwi regular tactician Rod Dawson and Italian navigator Francesco Mongelli opened with a modest fifth in the first race before their back to back bullets.

Terry Hutchinson and the Quantum Racing crew, with Farr 40 world championship winning owner Jim Richardson riding shotgun, won the first race and then posted a pair of third places, leaving the 2008 World Champions locked on the same points aggregate as the Russian regatta leaders.

Quantum Racing won the first race leading from the first windward mark to extend on each leg to cross ahead of Jochen Schuemann’s Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER) took second in the perfect sea breeze conditions of 8-10 kts.

Quantum Racing (USA) started well mid line and were well placed to steal the early jump on the fleet when they first gained with extra wind pressure and a small left shift early in the first beat. Defending world champions Matador (ARG) were not so fortunate starting off the pin end of the start line and had a little less breeze over the early part of the first beat, losing out on third to Artemis (SWE).

Synergy won the second race of the day in the brisker 15 to 18 kts sea breeze.
Although Quantum Racing lead at the first windward mark Synergy took the right side down the first run with a bear away set at the first top mark. The Russian team showing the good downwind speed that the Reichel Pugh design has often shown, leading at the leeward gate and were not challenged again. Matador took second with Quantum Racing third.

Synergy’s second win of the day, with the breeze built more, was almost a carbon copy of their previous victory, again starting mid line alongside and under Quantum Racing. This time it was Artemis which lead comfortably around the top mark, but Synergy were matching them through the leeward gate and went on to win, with Artemis second and Quantum Racing third.

TP52 World Championship – After Day 1
1. Synergy (RUS) – Eugeni Neugodnikov (RUS), 5+1+1= 7 points
2. Quantum Racing (USA) – Terry Hutchinson (USA), 1+3+3= 7
3. Artemis (SWE) – Torbjorn Tornqvist (SWE), 3+5+2= 10
4. Matador (ARG) – Alberto Roemmers (ARG), 4+2+5= 11
5. Cristabella (GBR) – John Cutler (NZL), 6+4+4= 14
6. Bigamist 7 (POR) – Afonso Domingos (POR), 7+6+6= 19
7. Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER) – Jochen Schuemann (GER), 2+10(DSQ)+8= 20
8. Pace (GBR) – Johnny Vincent (GBR), 9+8+7= 24
9. Weapon of Choice (GBR) – Tony Langley (GBR), 8+7+9= 24

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Video: No waves, 22 knots of wind, 20 knots of boatspeed downwind

Posted on 04 October 2010 by Valencia Sailing

As we said earlier today, Monday was just a perfect day in Valencia for the TP52’s that took advantage of the excellent conditions to carry out their last training session before the serious racing on Tuesday. Our friend, Spanish photographer Jesús Renedo, was onboard Portugal’s Bigamist 7 and sent us this video. No waves, 22 knots of wind, 20 knots of boatspeed downwind. Who can ask for anything more?

Bigamist 7 trains on the eve of the TP52 World Championship. Valencia, 4 October 2010. Video copyright copyright Jesús Renedo

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