Chris Draper led his Luna Rossa crew to a thrilling win in the final fleet race in Naples, Italy, collecting 50 points for his efforts to vault up the leaderboard and win the AC World Series Naples Fleet Racing Championship.
Naples proved to be the perfect venue for the debut of 'Wind and Wings', the new exhibition created and curated by Louis Vuitton, which illustrates the story of the America's Cup.
The teeming crowds in the event Race Village meant the exhibition was widely appreciated, the Neapolitan people taking advantage of an opportunity to engage in the story of the America's Cup.
With beautiful, iconic photos and descriptions of the major milestones in the 160+ year history of the America's Cup, 'Wind and Wings' is another example of the benefit of Louis Vuitton's long partnership with the Cup. Here, lovingly told, is the story of the oldest trophy in international sport.
"Louis Vuitton has been involved with the Cup for nearly 30 years now," says Bruno Trouble, a former America's Cup skipper for France who has been a key link between Louis Vuitton and the Cup for the full length of their relationship.
"The America's Cup is always changing and since 1983 - with the very first Louis Vuitton Cup challenger selection series - it has changed hands five times, moving to different countries, evolving new rules and inspiring the creation of new boats. But Louis Vuitton has been one constant over that period of time. As such, we take our role in this partnership very seriously and feel we can provide an element of storytelling and emotion to bringing alive the rich history and tradition of the Cup to all of its fans."
The 'Wind and Wings' exhibition is unique for its format. The photos and texts are displayed on inflatable rectangular panels, which makes it easy to transport, and adaptable to a variety of venues.
"One of the challenges we had was to create something we could take to the AC World Series venues, all of which are different in size and configuration. We needed something that would work outside or inside, that could fit along a long, narrow path, or in a square, and that could be transported easily. This solution works very well," Trouble says.
And at the end of the event, it all packs down into a 20-foot shipping container, also essential for a traveling roadshow.
'Wind and Wings' can next be seen in May at the Race Village in Venice, Italy, a city that already has its own chapter in the America's Cup story. The exhibition then moves stateside to Newport, Rhode Island, in June, to another city that has countless Cup stories of its own to tell.
The latest in the MOD70 series Oman Sail was launched today Thursday, April 12 in front of a very excited, expectant team.Less than eight months from the commitment of the Sultanate of Oman to the Multi One Championship to the actual launch of their new one-design trimaran today, at the helm is Sidney Gavignet, one of the most international of French sailors! The team took ownership of OMAN SAIL, their MOD70 today, setting out on the first stage of learning and training process which over the coming weeks will lead to the inaugural event of the 2012 championship season, the KRYS OCEAN RACE, which starts in less than three months.
Behind the name, OMAN SAIL pulls together a large, comprehensive project implemented under the leadership of the Sultanate of Oman, which aims to develop tourism and to highlight and expand the historic maritime tradition.
The one-design trimaran OMAN SAIL is a key aspect of this project: taking on international competition on different seas. Complementing, this, closer to home sailing schools are emerging throughout the territory.
Sidney Gavignet, skipper of the MOD70 OMAN SAIL, comments : "The OMAN SAIL project is very close to my heart and the support itself is a real honor. The idea of the Sultanate is to create a sailing industry which works in parallel to the business of tourism to develop jobs. Within our team, there are Omani sailors who are opening up to the challenges of the maritime world. Today our story continues with the launch of OMAN SAIL and here together I see in the eyes of my teammates a whole lot of emotion. This is a first for us all, a touching, important moment in our history together."
On the sporting front, the crew of the MOD70 OMAN SAIL will use the coming weeks to train, learning how to to take control of their trimaran and at the same time to continue the selection of the crew who will participate in the KRYS OCEAN RACE. However, Sidney and his crew are not starting with a completely blank page as they have already taken the opportunity to complete two sessions of workouts aboard another MOD70, Race For Water.
Sidney Gavignet : "OMAN SAIL is undoubtedly the new kid of this fleet as it is the latest and newest boat to be launched before the KRYS OCEAN RACE. We still actually only have a little less than three months of preparation. However, we sailed in Race for Water completed a short apprenticeship, learning the ropes recent weeks. We will now continue this learning aboard OMAN SAIL. Soon we plan to be training from Port La Forêt with Foncia and Edmond de Rothschild Group in two weeks and then to follow up a training week off comprising some night sails, all the time logging crucial performance data. Certainly, other teams at the moment are more experienced but our OMAN SAIL crew are good. Our goal for this first race is to finish it and do our best to be in the best possible place. "
After 4 years in build by McConaghy boats in Zhuhai China, the fuel efficient 42.5 m Trimaran Adastra has been lanched into the Pearl River.
"Adastra" is the result of more than 5 years of design and discussion with the owners, to build a yacht that meets the needs of a very experienced ocean voyaging couple and their family, and to provide the level of comfort and style that would be expected in a yacht of this class and size.
No effort has been spared in the challenge to produce a beautiful yacht that will have low fuel consumption and yet provide excellent sea keeping qualities and luxurious accommodation. "Adastra" takes the power trimaran concept further than has ever been attempted before, previous vessels like "Earthrace" and "Cable and Wireless" were stripped out record breaking machines. The challenge of turning this concept into a viable luxury yacht has led us to further research and to develop new thinking on stability and comfort at sea for this type of craft.
Extensive tank testing and radio controlled model tests in waves have been carried out to analyze stability and performance. Outrigger height has been optimized for ease of motion at sea, and a new outrigger shape has been developed to increase stability in waves. We have undertaken a state of the art structural analysis of all the major components in the yacht in order to achieve the light weight required for very low fuel consumption. All this has resulted in the exceptional vessel that recently been launched in China.
Adastra's 16 metre beam creates a spacious saloon area on the main deck which offers superb views through a panoramic window and accommodates a lounge area, dining table, and navigation station. A forward facing door through the saloon window gives easy access to a large sunbed on the foredeck.
The aft deck has a sofa and bar area to port and a dining area to starboard, further aft of this there is space for a 4.9 metre tender and directly below is a garage which can store a 3.1 metre tender. The garage door has been designed to fold out and create a large dive platform. Extra space has been created below deck by slightly flaring the central hull just above the waterline. This area has been split into two sections with a full-width master cabin located aft with access from the deck saloon, and two further guest cabins, accommodation for the crew, and the galley located forward of the engine compartment. Adastra offers comfortable accommodation for nine guests and up to six crew members.
The main helm station, which has seating for two, is positioned in a raised pilot house situated between the aft deck and the saloon area and forms part of the cross beam structure.
LOA - 42.5 m
Beam - 16 m
Hull Draft - 1.12 m (1.6m to tip of rudder)
Main engine - 1x Caterpillar C18 -1150 hp @ 2300 rpm
Outrigger engines - 2x Yanmar 110hp @ 3200 rpm
Generators - 2 x 36 kw custom in the outriggers linked to 110 Hp Yanmar engines, and 1x 26 kw Northern lights in Main engine room
Owner and Guests - 9
Crew - 5-6
Tenders - 4.9m stored on the aft deck and a 3.1m stored in the garage
Freshwater Capacity - 2x 800 gph fresh water makers - 2700 litres water
Displacement light - Fully equipped and full stores and crew, no fuel and no water - 49 tonnes
Displacement cruising max - (normal operational load) 15000 litres fuel - 64.8 tonnes
Displacement ocean passage max - (only for occasional long ocean passages) 32000 litres fuel - 77 tonnes
Speed max - 22.5 knots
Range at 17 knots - 4000 miles
Fuel consumption at 13 knots - 90 litres per hour.
Fuel consumption at 17 knots - 120 litres per hour
Exterior Styling - John Shuttleworth Yacht Designs Ltd. and Orion Shuttleworth Design Ltd.
Naval Architecture - John Shuttleworth Yacht Designs Ltd.
Structural Design - John Shuttleworth Yacht Designs Ltd. & Applied Structural Analysis Ltd.
Interior Design - Jepsen Designs, Hong Kong
Builder - McConaghy Boats, Zhuhai, China
Photos: courtersy of John Shuttleworth Yacht Designs Ltd
Over 60 boats are registered for this years edition, up fromwith a large number of returning entries, proof that the regatta has filled the need for spirited competition towards the end of the winter season a time when tourism typically begins to wind down in the Caribbean. Though that was hard to tell yesterday, at the islands tiny airport, as the steady stream of small commuter planes landing were filled with a duffle bag-wielding collection of sailors from the ranks of the Americas Cup, round-the-world-ocean races, and Olympic competition, that included Gavin Brady (Vesper), Scott Vogel (Rambler), Bouwe Bekking (Nilaya), Cam Lewis (Paradox), Charlie McKee and Ross MacDonald (Mayhem), Tony Rey, Jeff Madrigali, and Nacho Postigo (Powerplay), and Dee Smith (Decision).
But its not just the professionals that flock to Les Voiles de St. Barth, the regattas program and mix of courses also appeals to a competitive group of amateur and family racers that hone their skills on the growing circuit of Caribbean regattas that take advantage of this sailing paradise.
While not the easiest of destinations to reach some U.S. west coast sailors logged 16+ hours in transit, while others from Europe only slightly less the island of St Barths itself is a welcome reward at the end of the road: a turquoise blue, crystal-clear sea, pristine white sand beaches, and an array of fabulous restaurants just payoff for a long days journey.
Francesco Mongelli, navigator onboard Jim Swartz IRC52 Vesper, is here racing in St Barths for the first time. The Italian sailor, who sails primarily in Europe, has been racing with the Vesper crew since last October, and was clearly keen to have touched down in this French paradise, Its a mix of all the best sailing places, together with perfect weather and good food. Having spent the afternoon in a tender carefully checking out the coastline and charted (and uncharted) rock outcroppings, Mongelli added, Its pretty similar to Porto Cervo, the difference is that there you more or less know where everything is, and the charts are accurate. You cannot take the same risk here that wed take in Porto Cervo.
Racing will run from Tuesday, April 3 Saturday, April 7 and will feature a mix of Olympic triangles, short coastal courses, and a 20-30 nautical mile round-the island race. The fleet will be split into seven classes: Maxi (> 21 meters), IRC52 (former TP52s that have been optimized for the IRC rule), Spinnaker I + II, Non-Spinnaker (racer/cruiser), Classic (vintage/traditional), and Multihull. Thursday is a layday at Nikki Beach, with lunch and a full afternoon of activities, including a paddleboard competition.
New this year, Les Voiles will offer real-time race tracking with 2D visualization via the internet. Waypoint-Tracking (www.waypoint-tracking.com) developed the system in close collaboration with ISAF. The site will allow enthusiasts to follow the daily racing action live or to replay at a later time.
Many of the competing boats are moored stern-to at the Quai General de Gaulle, site of the Race Village, where all of the daily breakfast and post-race activities and music take place. This evening, skippers and tacticians were on hand for the Skippers Briefing led by Loic Ponceau, Race Committee Chairman, and organizers Francois Tolede, Luc Poupon, and Annelisa Gee. Following that was Les Voiles St. Barth Opening Ceremony, where Bruno Magras, President of the Collectivit of St. Barth, welcomed more than 500 sailors to the weeklong event.
A regular and enthusiastic competitor in the Caribbean, Sir Peter Harrison was named the godfather or patron of this years Les Voiles. Harrison, owner of the 115-foot Farr-designed Sojana, told the crowd, As a visitor from England to this beautiful French island, one of the most beautiful in the West Indies, Im thrilled to be asked to the patron of Les Voiles. Bon vent Les Voiles de St. Barth, and good luck, everyone!
Also sailing on Sojana is Lionel Pan, who is also back for his third Les Voiles. He said, Obviously there are plenty of good reasons to be here, and to come back every year with the same enthusiasm: this place is made for sailing. In a very short time, Les Voiles de St. Barth has become the place to be, very much like Saint Tropez in the Mediterranean. And the word is spreading around. Shortly there will be a waiting list to be a part of the event!
The weather forecast for the next few days calls for light winds, though the breeze is expected to increase throughout the week. Racing is scheduled to start tomorrow, Tuesday, April 3, two miles northwest of Sugarloaf Rock off Gustavia; one race is scheduled with a start time of 12noon.
EKKA Yachts S.A., a leading Yacht Dealership, Yacht Brokerage and Yacht Maintenance company with offices in Athens and Limassol, has announced the launching of an innovative short-term charter service for boats sized 15 to 20 meters.
The new service will be called Sensation Cruises and will mainly focus on operating day-cruises in the Aegean and Ionian Seas, with a view to expand to other markets in the future. The company will act both as an owner and an operator, sourcing a fleet of self-owned inventory as well as others owned by its customer-base of 30+ years in boat and yacht Sales.
"The new venture stems from our interest to create a rental market for smaller sized boats out of the growing high-end tourism sector that visits the Greek islands. We plan to create this market by achieving five-star onboard service, an impressive fleet of premium, young and versatile boats, and carefully designed itineraries that will reveal Greece's "hidden treasures" not accessible by big Yachts, road, air, or ferry" read a statement released by the company.
Sensation Cruises operated successfully in Myconos, through a pilot program, last summer. Two Riva Boats operated day-cruises to secluded beaches and neighboring Islands, weekly island-hopping trips and transportation services to islands that are inefficiently covered by public transportation. In the summer of 2012 the company expects to operate five vessels, in three different regions of the Greek waters, serviced by rigorously trained crew members. A dedicated concierge service has also been established to complement the service with a variety of activities that promote the local history, culture and traditions.
Pantaenius becomes a member of the Superyacht Racing Association. The SuperYacht Racing Association (SYRA) is a non-profit organization established in 2011.