Un nuevo IMOCA 60 para Nicolas Troussel, diseño del argentino Juan Kouyoumdjian.


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An eighth new IMOCA being built: some great news from Nicolas Troussel

There will be at least eight new generation IMOCAs lining up at the start of the 2020 Vendée Globe. The latest announcement comes from Nicolas Troussel, who in a year from now will be launching his Corum l’Epargne, a Kouyoumdjian designed boat fitted with foils. Twice winner of the Solitaire du Figaro and the Transat AG2R sailing double-handed with Armel Le Cléac’h, the skipper from Morlaix is turning a dream he has had for a long time into reality by joining the IMOCA circuit and competing in the non-stop solo round the world race. We met up with him to find out more.

When you were young, you used to sail with Armel Le Cléac’h and Jérémie Beyou in Morlaix Bay. Since then, your two old friends have each taken part three times in the Vendée Globe. You have been dreaming of joining them for quite some time…
“Yes I had to wait a while to get there. I was quite close to Armel and Jérémie in terms of how we were progressing. Then we started to advance at different speeds as we moved ahead. I’m well aware now that I’m joining them in that small group of sailors that is lucky enough to compete in the next Vendée Globe. My desire to take part in this race has been with me for some time. I really felt I was capable after winning the Solitaire du Figaro (in 2006 and 2008). I intended to take part as a competitor that would be a serious contender and not just take part to complete the round the world voyage.”

Last year, Corum was your partner in Class40. How did you manage to convince your sponsor to take part with you in the IMOCA circuit, after you were forced to retire from the Route du Rhum?
“The heads of Corum wanted to make sure that sailing was a good means of communication to build up their reputation. The Class40 project enabled them to see how much media feedback there was in such a sailing project. The 2018 season waspositive with successful PR operations and good results in the preparatory races. Unfortunately the Route du Rhum ended earlier than planned, but they understood that sailing was a mechanical sport and that damage is part of the game. They also understood that if you want to make a name for yourself in the world of ocean racing, you have to look at the long term. The IMOCA project was set up very quickly between the end of the Route du Rhum and the festive season.”

You’ll be getting a brand new IMOCA. For the 2020 Vendée Globe, four designers are involved. Why did you choose Juan Kouyoumdjian?
“We studied all the options, including the purchase of a good performing second-hand boat. Safran and Hugo Boss were still on the market. We wanted a boat that would be competitive right up until the end of the project in 2022. That’s why we decided to build a brand new IMOCA, which also means our qualification for the Vendée Globe is more secure, even if I will have to complete a solo transatlantic crossing on the boat to qualify . We studied the various possibilities and in the end decided to work with Juan Kouyoumdjian. I had already been in contact with him and we got on well together. He is ready to give it his all to win the Vendée Globe.”

The management of the project has been awarded to Mer Agitée, Michel Desjoyeaux’s technical team. Why did you choose them?
“To take advantage of Michel’s experience, as he has taken part twice in the Vendée Globe… and has won twice. He also worked with François Gabart when he won the 2012-2013 race. He knows all the problems in this race, both in terms of the technology and the sailor. It’s a real bonus having him in this project. He will in particular be helping us a lot with ensuring the reliability of the boat.”

What experience do you have of IMOCAs?
“I did a lot of sailing with Armel Le Cléac’h on Brit Air, in particular taking part on two occasions in the Transat Jacques Vabre in 2007 (7th) and 2009 (retired). I also went out with Jérémie Beyou and was able to see just how physically demanding these boats are. I know what I’m in for, but I’m not making a mountain of it, even if the foils change things a lot. I’m going to have to learn how to sail at very high speed. That’s probably going to be the hardest part.”

Your boat will be launched between December 2019 and January 2020, or in other words less than a year before the start of the Vendée Globe. Is getting the timing right going to be key?
“Ideally we’d like to launch the boat as early as possible. But we will have the advantage of getting some feedback from the other new IMOCAs and the problems they have encountered. We will try to plan ahead as much as we can to avoid as many problems as possible after the launch.”

On what boats will you be sailing this year as you wait for your new boat to be launched?

“I’m currently planning my race programme and will be announcing it shortly. I can’t say any more for the moment, apart from the fact that the Transat Jacques Vabre is one of my goals…”

52 Super Series, Bronenosec vuelve en el 2019 con barco nuevo y cambios en la tripulación.


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Bronenosec, un regreso de altas expectativas

VALENCIA. (7 de diciembre de 2019) – La gran novedad de la temporada 2019 de 52 SUPER SERIES es el regreso al circuito de regatas más importante del mundo para barcos monocascos del Bronenosec. El proyecto liderado por el armador ruso Vladimir Liubomirov y el regatista italiano Alberto Barovier ha estado una temporada en el dique seco, pero regresa con mucha fuerza ya que han armado una gran tripulación y, además, están ya construyendo un nuevo TP52 con diseño de Botín que esperan lanzar al agua a finales de abril.

Haber conseguido mantener la estructura de la tripulación con algunas novedades de calado como son Sime Fantela y Morgan Larson y el hecho de tener el barco más avanzado de la flota pueden ser sus armas para luchar por el triunfo en la competición la próxima temporada. Las expectativas son altas y ya sueñan con el regreso en mayo en Mahón:

“No hemos vuelto todavía, pero estamos trabajando en ello. Estamos en el astillero Longitud Cero donde ya ha comenzado la laminación del barco. Todos estamos empujando duro para que todo esté preparado a tiempo y pensamos que vamos bien”.

En un principio se barajó la posibilidad de quedarse con el velero del Luna Rossa que la pasada temporada ganó dos de las pruebas del circuito, pero al final se ha optado por construir un nuevo velero en las instalaciones del astillero Longitud Cero en Castellón bajo la supervisión por parte del equipo de Francesco Binelli y de Paulo Ribeiro. Alberto Barovier explica la decisión:

“Ha sido una situación en la que hemos optado por ir hacia la opción de construir un barco nuevo porque recibimos una serie de nuevas ideas de diseño de apéndices desde el equipo de diseño de Botín que nos decían que lo más inteligente era construir un barco nuevo con lo que teníamos una serie de ventajas sobre el resto de la flota. Y aquí estamos intentando construir un barco rápido y bueno y que pueda estar en Mahón en mayo al menos en las mismas condiciones de velocidad que el resto de la flota”.

El velero se está construido sobre el molde en el que el año pasado se desarrollaron los cascos del Quantum Racing y del Alegre en el mismo astillero. O sea, que se trabaja sobre el modelo del barco que ganó tres de las cinco regatas de la pasada temporada y que, además, fue el vencedor final del circuito: Quantum. Toda una garantía.

“Un barco nuevo siempre es una ventaja, pero miramos a los pequeños detalles para ser optimistas. Tendremos un bulbo de nuevo diseño, también un timón y, aunque sabemos que los demás también van a mejorar. A lo mejor también hacen bulbos y timones nuevos, pero un barco nuevo es siempre un barco nuevo. Si somos capaces de llegar a Mahón en igualdad de condiciones esteremos muy contentos”.

Barovier, tras el año de parón, ha tenido que ajustar la tripulación. Él mismo es el primero que muta. Pasa de la proa a la popa, se cruza el barco, se va al lugar donde se toman las decisiones y desde donde va a aportar toda su experiencia en el circuito.

“Hay mucha gente de la anterior tripulación, pero también hay gente nueva como Curtis Blewett en la proa, Sime Fantela en la estrategia, medalla de oro en 470 en Río de Janeiro, y Morgan Larson en la táctica. Hemos intentado mantener el grupo. El equipo es muy fuerte y estamos expectantes de poder ya navegar con esta gente porque va a ser divertido y vamos a hacer un barco competitivo. Creo que el hecho de tener una tripulación con mezcla de experiencia y gente joven -dice el italiano- nos va a dar una ventaja y espero que podamos ser competitivos desde el primer evento y estar al mismo nivel que el resto. Nuestro armador, Vladimir Liubomirov, volverá a estar en la caña las cinco regatas y está muy centrado y trabajando muy duro para estar en la mejor forma para el campeonato”.

Los planes de Bronenosec son los de botar el barco a finales de abril en su base de Valencia donde tendrán una semana de entrenamientos. Posteriormente irán a la PalmaVela y de ahí ya directos a Mahón donde el 21 de mayo se alza el telón de otra apasionante temporada de 52 SUPER SERIES.

IC37, primeros pasos de la nueva clase del NYYC.

NEXT GENERATION CORINTHIAN COMPETITION

The strict one-design class will provide simple, fun, competitive racing for the Corinthian sailors of the world.

Melges IC37 Class Rules require crew to be World Sailing Group 1 (amateur) sailors, incentivize youth sailors onboard, and mandate that each team has at least one woman, two if the team has eight or more people.

Melges IC37, regata inaugural para la nueva clase del NYYC.


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Press Release – For Immediate Release

Inaugural IC37 Regatta Offers Glimpse Of Great One-Design Racing to Come

NEWPORT, R.I. – After a summer of commissioning work, sea trials and the occasional weeknight PHRF race, the New York Yacht Club’s first three IC37s lined up for two days of one-design racing on Narragansett Bay on the first weekend of autumn. While the fleet was small—especially compared to the pack of 20 or more boats that will charge the starting line at each IC37 regatta next summer—it was nonetheless a revelation to see this slick 37-footer in its natural environment, namely racing boat-for-boat with full amateur crews.

“We have something special here,” says New York Yacht Club Rear Commodore Chris Culver, who led his team to victory in the event over those skippered by Commodore Phil Lotz and Paul Zabetakis, who chairs the Club’s IC37 subcommittee. “It will be a rewarding sight when we have 20 of these racing thoroughbreds on the line next spring.”

It has been approximately 16 months since Commodore Lotz announced to the membership the Club’s intention to build a fleet of 20 one-design yachts for use in the Club’s flagship event, the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, and for race charter by members. Mark Mills was chosen to design the yacht with Westerly Marine in Santa Ana, Calif., selected as the primary builder. Melges Performance Sailboats will lead the worldwide marketing of the boat and the development of the class. Overwhelming interest from the sailing world led to the addition of a second builder, FIBRE Mechanics, in Lymington, Great Britain, this summer. North Sails will build the class’s one-design sails. Class rules require that all crew be World Sailing Group 1 (amateur) sailors and that each team has at least one woman, two if the team has eight or more people.

The first boat arrived in Newport in April and has been sailed extensively in the time since as numerous industry professionals worked to optimize the deck layout, sail and rig tune and crew mechanics.

“After this weekend, we can safely say that the IC37 has met, and in many cases, exceeded our design specifications of two years ago,” says Zabetakis. “We asked for a modern race boat incorporating the latest hull and rig design with a deck layout planned for maximum efficiency for around-the-buoys racing and that’s exactly what we have. The boat is stable both upwind and down, maneuvers extremely well in tight spaces and accelerates quickly. The time we spent in defining what we wanted, and, as importantly, what we did not want, has clearly paid off.”

Chafee Emory is a longtime member of Zabetakis’ Impetuous sailing team. She trimmed jib and spinnaker last weekend.

“The IC37 is an interesting blend of a technical, high-performance boat with a pure one-design,” says Emory. “As each boat had the exact same equipment, the regatta was a true test of which crew could better use the available tools. It was extremely fun and challenging to be on such a level playing field. Crew work is very important. One blown maneuver can be very costly.”

Westerly Marine and FIBRE Mechanics are on track to deliver the Club’s fleet of 20 boats by early spring. Once the two companies have fulfilled the that order they will start delivering boats to private customers on both sides of the Atlantic and elsewhere around the world. The Melges IC37 Class Association is drawing strong interest from sailors hungry for a larger one-design that delivers exceptional performance while keeping expenses to a reasonable level.

“We’ve thought through every aspect when it comes to building a sustainable class association and strong community centered around this new one-design class,” says Harry Melges III, CEO of Melges Performance Sailboats. “This is a powerful, game-changing step forward for the sport because it’s a cost-controlled class that still delivers world-class racing performance. All around the world, sailors are placing private orders to join.”

The 2019 racing calendar includes a number of regattas based out of the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court in Newport, R.I.

Time for Oceans, el nuevo IMOCA 60 de Stéphane Le Diraison.


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TIME FOR OCEANS, LE NOUVEAU PROJET IMOCA DE STÉPHANE LE DIRAISON

. TIME FOR OCEANS est le nouveau projet IMOCA du skipper Stéphane Le Diraison. Un programme d’une durée de trois ans allant jusqu’au Vendée Globe 2020 et dédié à une cause universelle et fédératrice : la nécessaire protection des océans.
. Bouygues Construction, Suez et la Ville de Boulogne-Billancourt, déjà fortement sensibilisés à cette cause, sont les trois premiers partenaires, privés et publics, qui soutiennent Stéphane et s’associent au programme TIME FOR OCEANS.
. Mi-septembre, le 60 pieds TIME FOR OCEANS de Stéphane Le Diraison (un plan Finot-Conq de 2007) naviguera sous ses nouvelles couleurs. Il prendra le départ de la prestigieuse Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe, le 4 novembre à Saint-Malo.

UN SKIPPER ET TROIS PARTENAIRES S’UNISSENT POUR SENSIBILISER LE GRAND PUBLIC À LA PRÉSERVATION DES OCÉANS

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