In this issue:
Wild Days Rum tasting at Waiheke Island Golf Club,
Watch the Louis Vuitton Trophy in Dubai here,
Nathalie Colloud Photography,
Tom’s YRA Awards Party Surprise,
Kevin Shoebridge, COO of Team Camper talks to Valencia Sailing,
Scuttlebutt Europe – latest issue here,
Rob Douglas – Fastest Sailor in the World!
I sat, glued to the helm for hours, as the sun when down, the moon came up and then traversed the sky, blotting out the stars as it went. All the while I was flying down the waves, leaving a perfectly smooth, frothy wake that glinted in the moonlight and appeared to stretch back for miles, light a highway at night viewed from above. As the gusts came in the bow would dip like a truffeling pig and then shoulder the waves aside and become ghostly light on the helm as the speedo wound round into the early twenties. I had stacked the gennaker bag and the other spinnaker bag on the deck in front of me as a wave break and as the foam rushed back from the bow these rose up like a Mexican Wave in a stadium before I too was buried in spume. The water was blood warm and rushed past my bare feet before being reunited with the sea below.
Wild Days Rum tasting at Waiheke Island Golf Club; Saturday 20th November 4pm
Tom’s YRA Awards Party Surprise
Some of what Tom did address were the course that might be run, including Bay Tours that might mimic the 3 Bridge Fiasco, covering ground from Treasure Island, to Blackaller Buoy out toward Red Rocks and back to Treasure Island is one scenario. Setting a mark outside the Gate will address a need for a longer course, as well as take advantage of the natural amphitheater setting the Marin Headlands and the Golden Gate Bridge itself would provide.
Tom queried the audience on their feeling about a cat vs monohull and the crowd seem evenly split, with the older members leaning towards the mono. He then went on to a more pro Cat pitch, emphasizing the multi’s hulls advantages, including the obvious speed, the room for various camera angles, ability to reach area of the Bay to shallow for conventional mono.
Tom also spoke of the need to work with local and federal agencies, including the Coast Guard, FAA, shipping companies, ferry outfits on down to immigration and naturalization officials on the multitude of details to pull the Cup off. No small items seem overlooked.
Tom late chatted about the City Front and the various options for the hosting sites. The boats will be primarily secured at the southernmost piers, either 50 or 80 and tied up to the public piers in the mornings where more public viewing and social /media activities would occur. Towed to race course, race then return to the media/social docks and finally back to the storage docks later in the day.
Team members Joe Newton and Dirk de Ridder inspect the dhow
Looking strikingly similar to a Dubai dhow, BMWOracle crewmembers were seen inspecting the sleek wooden craft, which is built of teak and may only be coated in varnish.
In truth, the dhows are in Dubai for tomorrow’s Heritage Day regatta. Dhow owners for the first time have invited non-Arab sailors – crews competing in the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai – to race aboard the 60-foot yachts. There are no motors aboard these vessels; all power comes from human muscle, which burns when hoisting the nearly 90-foot boom fore boom to the top of the masthead.
Kevin Shoebridge, COO of Team Camper, updates on his team
It was a very interesting two days in Alicante and I had the chance to meet a great number of stakeholders (organization, teams, stopovers, sponsors and partners) in the Volvo Ocean Race and talk about the racing, commercial and marketing aspects of the premiere round-the-world race. These interviews will be published in several installments over the next few days.
The first interview is actually a short update Kevin Shoebridge, COO of Team Camper, gave me on the Emirates Team NZ project, bankrolled by Spanish footwear company Camper. According to Shoebridge the build and design program are well advanced and the hull and deck of the new VO70 yachts are now complete. The launch is scheduled for mid-April while shorter term, the crew will be announced on December 15th.
Valencia Sailing: Can you give us an update on the Camper Volvo Ocean Race campaign?
Kevin Shoebridge: We are well advanced with our design and build program in Auckland. In fact as of last week we have a completed hull and a completed deck. The build is done at Cookson Boats which built all our boats. They built the TP52 and about 8 America’s Cup yachts. We are really happy with how it’s going, we are right on schedule, and the launch should take place around mid-April. Don’t forget that the VO70’s are very complicated yachts and there is a huge amount of work required on the design front to keep up with the build. That’s where are pretty much focused on right now, to make sure Cookson have enough information so that the build is carried out on schedule.