Yachting News 14th June

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Alastair Callender, of Callender Designs, has developed a radical 58m, rigid-wing superyacht concept, which will be powered from wind, solar and Hybrid Marine Power (HMP) technology from Solar Sailor Holdings Ltd.

Initially aimed at an owner of an eco-friendly stance, with a non-sailing background, Soliloquy shall push the boundaries of yacht design convention as we know it today, and points to the future of clean, luxury yachting.

Efficient sailing propulsion is possible due to the patented technology and automation of Solar Sailor Holdings Ltd’s solarsail pivot. This technology has received a development grant from the US Navy for unmanned ocean vehicles and is currently used on a series of ferries.

This will allow Soliloquy’s three solarsails to independently rotate through 360 degrees, and be coupled with the optimized rigid-wing design to add propulsion efficiency.

The hull’s highly efficient length-to-beam ratio has enabled a relatively low power requirement to reach competitive cruising speeds under sail and/or electric motor.

Soliloquy’s innovative design solution will be presented in full by her designer, Alastair Callender, at the 4th Annual Future of Superyachts Conference, taking place on 22nd and 23rd June 2009, Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

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JAN KEESS LAMPE WINS OSTAR 2009

At 0510 hrs UT this morning, Dutchman Jankees Lampe sailed into Newport, Rhode Island, and was officially announced the Winner of OSTAR 2009 in just 17 days, 17 hours and 40 mins. He broke the previous record for a 40’ boat set by Simon Van Hagen in “Seatalk” in 1992 of 19 days, 11 hours and 19 minutes.

JanKees, 40, is a happily married father of three young children and an entrepreneur from Amsterdam in Holland. He is a passionate sailor and loves to be out at sea. He believes the that The Royal Western Yacht Club OSTAR has it all – a mostly heavy start, sailing through at least three depressions, and the challenge of thick fog and lighter winds during the last part of the race.  He finished fourth overall in the classic Royal Western Yacht Club Round Britain & Ireland Race in 2006 and took line honours in the Azores and Back Race 2007.

The remaining 24 competitors are still battling their way to the finish line with British Rob Craigie, skippering ‘JBellino’ is expected next into Newport. Following him is Roberto Westerman, Italian, skippering ‘Spinning Wheel’, and Geoff Alcorn, from Northern Ireland, skippering ‘Wind of Lorne’ is at the rear of the group with 1,500 nautical miles still to sail.

The competitors had a very tough first few days with gale force winds as a result of which several retired including the two trimarans. This was followed by strong reaching winds. The final 1,000 nautical miles became a tactical battle with calms, headwinds, an adverse Gulf Stream, ice and dense fog.

Although Jankees Lampe will be crowned the overall winner other prizes will be awarded to competitors based on corrected time in each class*. There will also be a prize for the overall IRC** handicap winner on corrected time.

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Quantum build momentum, ETNZ solid


Lighter winds are expected as the Marseille Trophy race fleets for the GP42 Series and the TP52 Series move to a different race area today, the north rade arena.

A return to gentler breezes today means back to finesse sailing rather than high octane downwind runs and boat and sail handling tests. For the first time here in Marseille the race area is being moved on to the Rade Nord, or the north area, which means a whole new set of conditions and influences to be learned.

It’s already very warm this morning with clear skies and so there will be every chance that the thermal sea breeze will build, but there is also a remainder of the NW’ly mistral direction this morning.

Emirates Team New Zealand lead the overall standings in the TP52 Series at this Marseille Trophy regatta with a twelve points lead as Quantum Racing start to build a momentum, scoring 3,1,1 from their last three starts.

There is a possibility that the race committee will go for three races today for both TP 52 Series and GP42 Series fleets, but two today and two tomorrow, Sunday, are more likely.

Nat Ives (GBR) Cristabella’s navigator summarises his outlook for today:

” We have the remainder of the NW’ly, Mistral gradient and then we obviously have got a nice, hot day, sea breeze, so there are two possibilities. These two winds will fight with a shut down then the sea breeze will come in. Quite likely, then, medium light 8-10-12 knots, or to a more westerly sea breeze combination of the two.”

” Since we are on the more northerly race course, for the first time, that might be more likely to see a more general build from the west, maybe even 16 knots.”

” We will be closer to the mainland proper so we are in the ‘drainage’ Mistral breeze which has more of an effect. We have the smaller islands which were upwind of us, now on the left and potentially a different effect, and slightly flatter water. It has been pretty choppy these past few days.”

” I think when we get out there it will be clear, once they have set the race course and we will see which of these two options is happening. And when it is in it will tend to stay. If it is from the SSW, I don’t think it will build as much as if it comes in from the west when we might see 14 towards the end of the day.”

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Dubois Lovers, Check this out

2009 Dubois Cup – Images by Cory Silken

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My Song regains lead in Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2009

On the third and penultimate day of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, Pierluigi Loro Piana’s My Song has taken her second victory out of three races. Marco Vogele’s Gliss took second place while Charles Dunstone’s 35.7 metre Hamilton II came in third. The overall classification for the event, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) in collaboration with Boat International Media, now sees the Reichel-Pugh designed My Song move into the lead with the 32 metre Gliss in second place. The Dubois-designed Moonbird, which led the fleet after yesterday’s Race Two, has moved back to third place overall. Only four points separate the top three yachts and with just one more race to run and no discards, all is still to play for and no one can afford to make mistakes tomorrow.

Racing, scheduled to start at 12 midday today, was delayed for two hours this morning as the YCCS Race Committee waited for the 30 knots of Mistral wind to calm, as per this morning’s forecast. By the first starting signal at 1pm the prevailing north westerly wind had fallen to 16 knots from 290° and the fleet set off on a 29 mile course through the islands of the La Maddalena archipelago.

“It was fresh but not frightening!” was the comment of PRO Peter Reggio which summed up today’s conditions.

After crossing the start line off Porto Cervo the fleet sailed south to round the islands of Mortorio and Soffi before turning north and heading to Monaci island. After leaving Monaci to port the fleet turned back towards Porto Cervo and the finish line just in front of the entrance to the Marina.

Once again Wally Yachts held the top three spots in elapsed time with Saudade, Indio and Open Season respectively setting the pace today.

The fourth and final race of the event is scheduled to start at 12 midday tomorrow and the forecast gives more mistral wind of approximately 16 knots accompanied by clear blue skies and very high temperatures.

Following yesterday’s sumptuous beach party at the Romazzino Hotel, title sponsor Loro Piana has organized no less than two social events for this evening. Owners and guests will be attending a gala dinner at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda Clubhouse while crews will be attending an open air party.

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2009 Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta – Images by Cory Silken

Photos Carlo Borlenghi and Guido Trombett Day 3 of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2009

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Points, prizes, rules and regulations

With the Chilean duo of Felipe Cubillos and José Muñoz crossing the Leg 5 Scoring Gate at 2122 UTC on Thursday, Desafio Cabo de Hornos took the maximum gate score of two points, bringing their overall total for the circumnavigation to 41 points (the scoring system and individual team scores for Legs 1-5 are listed below).

For the German team of Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme on board Beluga Racer, second place at the scoring gate crossed at 1800 UTC on Friday (12/06) supplies 1.5 points, bringing Herrmann and Oehme’s total pre-finish line to 47.1 points. In effect, as long as Beluga Racer now complete Leg 5 in first, second or third place or are even scored DNF (Did Not Finish) in the double-handed fleet, the German team have won the inaugural Portimão Global Ocean Race overall.

However, the threat of the damaged upper port spreader on the blue, German Class 40 has been a concern, although both Herrmann and Oehme are supremely confident that the lashings they have fitted and prudent sailing will get them across the North Atlantic to Portimão. Until the scoring gate there was, though, one threat to an overall victory by Beluga Racer.

The rules of the Portimão Global Ocean Race are very specific regarding a DNF boat. The event’s  Notice of Race (NOR) supplies the information in NOR 14.3 ‘The time limit at a finishing line (not a scoring gate) will be 12 days after the first boat has finished, after which time any yacht not finished or retired will be scored DNF (changes RRS 35).’ Effectively, if the damage became worse and Herrmann and Oehme are forced to fit a jury rig or make a pitstop for repairs in the Azores, they would have to finish within 12 days of the first boat to arrive in Portimão.

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Sailing Was Made for HD TV. Ericsson Shows Us Why.

June 12, 2009 by admin

People thought that the Volvo Ocean Race were crazy embedding camera men on boats with HD cameras. Here is the result. I don’t care what brand you are – this is an incredible platform. Enjoy.

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From Ed Botterell: “I was passing through Bellville, Ontario the other day and stopped cold when I saw this wall painting.” Maybe somebody will take all the court docurments that have been filed since the 32nd America’s Cup in July 2007 and wallpaper a building with the caption, “America’s Cup delayed… all because of an illegal challenger from Spain and some shoddy race rules.”

Dalton, keeping the Kiwi team together

Grant Dalton has a strong affinity with Marseille. The CEO of Emirates Team New Zealand was welcomed here in March 2001 when he brought the giant catamaran Club Med in to Marseille to win The Race. He built two Amer Sports round the world boats along the coast at La Ciotat. A year ago his visit here on the final day of the Marseille Trophy was enough to confirm that the Audi MedCup Circuit’s TP52 Series was the only direction open to Emirates Team New Zealand while the America’s Cup remained in such disarray.

Audi MedCup: What was your assessment after Alicante?
Grant Dalton: “ Like all the teams, we should do better. I hope so. We are still learning to sail the boat. It has just even felt easier here, the first days of practice here have been easier than Alicante. That is really no surprise as we get used to the boat. But we felt we let ourselves down in Alicante. We felt we were in a position to win it and we blew it. But you don’t have to make much of a mistake around here and you are punished.”
“So the report card for us for Alicante was: ‘must do better’ or, at least ‘must try and do better’ We need to try and combine better as a unit. In general terms we felt we did not sail particularly well. We put the odd good race together, but they were rare as opposed to normal. And, to be consistent, you just don’t want the clunkers. The clunkers are what will hurt you.”

AM: Why the Audi MedCup Circuit for Emirates Team New Zealand then, what are the opportunities and the goals it presents:
GD: “ It is a good class and it is a development class which allows us to bring all the elements of our Cup team in each field, so sail design, mast design, boat design and boat builders, Cooksons, and then with 15 people on board that covers most of our sailing crew, so it is not a stop gap as such, I think we would have done it anyway, even if there had been a Cup this year, we would have come last year if there had been a Cup this year but it just helps us stay together as a unit where most of the Cup teams have long gone.”

AM: What does it represent by way of a challenge to the budgets for Emirates Team New Zealand?
GD: “ It is a shocker. It is way too expensive for what it is is. If you amortise it over the life of the five regattas it is about €600,000 per regatta if you are amortising the boat at the same time. That is a ridiculous sum and we are doing it probably quite cheap, but in terms of a new programme that is too expensive, that is unsustainable in the sport.”
“ But it works for us because it allows us to employ our guys. On one hand it is unsustainable but on the other it suits us. The boats are very expensive. Anything which encourages weight saving for stability is expensive. If you are measuring righting moment then you encourage expense, and of course that is being addressed when the rule changes. With 15 professional crew that is a big expense as well.”

AM: So what would you change then to reduce costs?
GD: “ I actually don’t know what the answer is, we’d be cutting our own arm if you cut it. And the advantage of the big crew is it allows guys to bring their owners, so you get nothing for nothing. But, then it is very close racing. It is great racing. The venues are  great. Obviously the Audi sponsorship is critical in differentiating it from other regattas.”

AM: Has there been an audience at home for the Audi MedCup Circuit in New Zealand and how do you expect to build it?
GD: “ There was no following at all, until we built this boat and there is little so far, but we are trying to increase that and create the following for Emirates Team New Zealand. And so we are bringing TV and will bring reporters and will continue to do so. We have another network company here today.”

AM: What do you see as the lifespan of this boat with Emirates Team New Zealand?
GD: “ This one? Well I see it as this season only, we may or may not sell the boat. We are not desperately looking to try and sell the boat, because we don’t know whether we will need it. If there is a Cup in 2011 then we will probably need this boat next year. So while we are taking it that it is expensive now we have a boat, but I just don’t know at the moment what we will do.”

AM: What’s your role on the boat and how are you enjoying the fleet racing after so long America’s Cup match racing?
GD: “ On the boat I do the mast. I love the fleet racing. That is where we all came from. The match racing is actually quite new. And they are great venues. Alicante was fantastic. And this is obviously going to be a neat venue. I have sailed a lot here and used to live here. Straight after Club Med I moved to La Ciotat to build two round the world boats. And I came back here last year which is when we decided to build the boat.”

AM: Was this the only direction then that you could see for the team, and how tough was it to find the money?
GD: “ This is the class which allowed us to put all our elements in one place, of the team. And frankly it is the only class in the world which does. And we had to find the money to do it. It was hard. Unless it is absorbed within a big team structure, like say Desafio, it is completely unsustainable from a commercial point of view. There is no way you can see commercial value to the level of the price of running one of these things, its impossible and that is why it needs to be absorbed within a bigger budget. And we have significant private backing.”

“ He loves the team. He is happy with the Circuit as something that we needed to do to stay together. So it is not for the TP52 per se.”

AM: What would you prefer here for breeze?
GD: “ I think we will take whatever we get in terms of breeze. Hopefully we will go a little better than in the light, but really we were not making the critical decisions. But you get what you get. But we have not been up range with the boat yet, but looking at it you’d suspect it will be OK.”

AM: And is the policy to stick with the same sailing team all the way through the season?
GD: “ This is our sailing team. That’s it. There is no reason to be making changes.”

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