Noticias y fotos del Soto 30 en construcción


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Foto copyright Longitude Yachts

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The Soto 30 is getting closer to completion and looking pretty in black. New boats will be heading for Perth and Argentina from late August. The Soto 40 One Design Class Management have almost completed the One Design rules for the new class which will specify a 450 kg crew limit and only 5 sails. Get your Soto 30 fix at www.longitudeyachts.com

Un catamarán para el Río de la Plata



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Eslora de cascos: 13.80 m
Manga de cascos: 1.10 m
Manga máxima: 7.40 m
Relacion eslora/manga: 14.6
Bruce Number: 1.54
Casco y cubierta construidos a partir de matrices en sándwich y resina epoxi con el método de infusión.
Timones y orzas de perfil asimétrico construidas en fibra de carbono.
Todos los muebles y paneles no estructurales estarán construidos en sándwich para ahorrar pesos.

El barco esta siendo cotizado en estos momentos por un astillero, y se prevee un plazo de 18 meses para su terminación.
Un abrazo.

Fabian Conte

VOR, primeras pruebas para Groupama 4


Foto copyright Yvan Zedda

Foto copyright Yvan Zedda

Foto copyright Yvan Zedda

Foto copyright Yvan Zedda

Foto copyright Yvan Zedda


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Groupama Sailing team
Initial sea trials on Groupama 4: the crew’s reactions

Since her launch on 14 May, Groupama 4 has revealed an additional element of her potential with every training session that passes. During her fifth outing last Thursday, Franck Cammas and his crew headed out for a 24 hour sea trial in some fairly rough conditions. It proved to be a great opportunity for everyone to see what the new Groupama monohull was made of.

Back from the first offshore sea trial, the smiles and enthusiasm were etched on the faces of the eleven crew. However, the course for this particular outing certainly didn’t go easy on them: 150 miles of close-hauled sailing with the wind reaching 30 knots over the course of the night, with a five metre swell generated by a depression off Ireland. Heading due West, the sailors were subjected to twelve hours of upwind sailing before turning back for home, which amounted to less than 6 hours, downwind.
Franck Cammas: “Upwind is the point of sail which puts the boat, the structure, the keel and the mast under the most duress. These twelve hours of sailing enabled us to test the boat’s structure. Even though we’re going to have to look in detail at her to see if she’s held up, from the outside we don’t appear to have encountered any problems.”

These on-the-water training sessions are an opportunity for the crew and the skipper of Groupama 4 to take the boat in hand and gain in confidence. “Our ability to be able to exploit the boat’s true potential is a gradual process”, explains Franck Cammas. “We don’t want to push her to her maximum straightaway, even though the speeds reached are quickly greater than 25 knots downwind. Naturally there’s nothing extraordinary about that and you always feel like you’re going fast when you’re sailing alone, without fellow competitors. However, it’s the boat’s attitude above all else which you can observe in such instances, because it’s the kind of wind and sea conditions we’ll see a lot of during the Volvo Ocean Race.”

Thomas Coville, for whom this was the first offshore session aboard the Volvo Open 70 Groupama, couldn’t conceal his delight: “It’s really enjoyable to sail on a boat of Groupama 4′s calibre. I think everyone was apprehending this lively sea trial and anxious to see what she was made of. Today, we feel a deep sense of satisfaction and we’re extremely proud to see that after just a matter of days, we’re capable of pushing the boat in the way we did for twenty-four hours.”

From the Morbihan region in SW Brittany, the sailor has a feel for the right formula and admits that “even though it’s very wet, even though it might seem crazy from the outside, I didn’t make a mistake, it really is exactly what I wanted to do!”

Back in port, the sailors draw up their assessment with the shore team, noting the innovations which have been validated and the points to be improved on. “There are a multitude of details to be checked, as is always the case on a boat: you could spend your whole life on such things!” said Thomas Coville ironically. In order to optimise the new monohull, which only came out of the yard about a fortnight ago, she has been lifted out onto the hard and had her mast unstepped. Groupama Sailing Team will also benefit from this spell out of the water to carry out a complete scrutineering session, which involves measuring all the boat’s specifications: length, draught and weight… so as to get as close as possible to the limits set by the rule.

From Wednesday, the monohull in the colours of Groupama will once again be afloat before being christened on Saturday 11 June 2011 at 1400 GMT in Lorient. Groupama 4 will then head off to do her 2,000 mile qualifier before taking part in her first race, the Fastnet Race (14 – 16 August 2011), where she will come face to face with another Volvo Open 70.

Un nuevo 40 pies va al agua


Foto copyright McConaghy Boats

Foto copyright McConaghy Boats

Foto copyright McConaghy Boats

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McConaghy Ker 40 jumping onto the World’s stage

The Ker 40 Keronimo has had her maiden sail. This boat’s sea trials on the Solent in the UK is especially important, as she is the first of the new IRC Racers to come out of the McConaghy Boats factory.

Certainly something that was always going to redefine the 40-foot performance benchmark was to be much anticipated, so in ideal sailing conditions, just a few got to see Jonathan Goring’s sensational, all-white wonder take flight. All were impressed with Jason Ker’s latest design and she is set to campaign hard in all of the major attractions during the Northern Summer.

You would hope that a skipper with a new boat would be thrilled; Jonathan was not only thrilled but incredibly excited and very complimentary of his new vessel. ‘Keronimo hits incredible upwind numbers for a 40 footer. She reaches a solid eight knots once powered up and then simply lights up once you head downwind. Keronimo tracks incredibly well with her crew’s weight on the rail and there’s also the added benefit that the crew hikes well aft, for a much dryer ride. Honestly though, our bowman isn’t used to hiking behind the helmsman downwind! She goes like a train.

She’s just excellent!’

The Ker 40 is the first boat out from the latest range of high performance racing yachts to be built by McConaghy Boats. In addition to performing above expectations out on the water, back at the dock, she looks simply magnificent, displaying all of the characteristics the market expects from a McConaghy built vessel. Given that Keronimo is a production yacht, this is a remarkable achievement and testament to the efforts of the McConaghy team, in terms of her planning and production. Little wonder then that one critical dockside observer merely commented, ‘It is a work of art!’

Jonathan Goring then went on to add, ‘The build quality is just superb. We stress tested the boat in up to 30 knots of wind today and both the hull and Hall Spar rig stood up well.’
Joint Managing Director of McConaghy Boats, Mark Evans said, ‘We’re very excited about the launch of the first Ker 40 IRC Racer. Our team have been working diligently on developing this new breed of boat for over 12 months now and it’s just fantastic to see the first boat on the water. Witnessing her exceeding expectations in performance and quality is really very satisfying.’

Jason Ker and Simon Schofield from Ker Yacht Design visited the McConaghy factory earlier in the month, before heading to Hamble and Keronimo’s sea trials. They were very impressed with the new boat’s build quality and on the water performance, where her rating came out slightly under the anticipated figures, which is very good news indeed. Both Jason and Simon commented, ‘We’re very excited by the potential of this yacht.’

The 4800kg boat has been delivered on target design weight. The second hull is leaving the factory now bound for Singapore, with the Sydney based owner of Boat 3 in the McConaghy factory today, inspecting progress on his boat. Boat 4 is in the mould presently and will be on her way to her Japanese owner soon. Boats 5 and 6 are following closely behind.

‘The orders keep coming in’, said a delighted Evans. Mark has been based full time at the 10,000m² Australian owned factory in China since it was set up over six years ago, which employs over 220 people. For the globally recognised expert in composite construction, this latest project also highlights the knowledge transfer that has occurred from the Sydney, Australia facility. Indeed, around 15 expatriates are also in China full time, working on everything from the Mach 2’s and Elliott 6m’s, to the Ker 40, MC 38 and the 148-foot power trimaran. Another item in the stable and due to start next month is the first of two MC260 catamarans that have been sold.

So if you’re excited by this news and want to jump in to the most exciting 40 footer around, go to McConaghy Boats or call +61 2 999 777 22.