Groupama 4: A great sense of pride
Groupama in the Volvo Ocean Race
Today, Saturday 14 May, Groupama 4, the first Volvo 70 built in France, was launched at 1400 GMT, opposite Groupama Sailing Team’s base in Lorient. Groupama’s representatives, the sailors, the members of the shore team and an enthusiastic crowd attended this important stage of the project led by skipper Franck Cammas.
Lined faces betrayed the fatigue amassed over recent days. After nearly 50,000 man hours, the monohull Groupama 4 is now ready to traverse the globe’s seas.
Australian Ben Wright, head of the shore team with five Volvo Open 70 build projects already under his belt, seems particularly satisfied with the work achieved by the team. “It’s a big day… in a long series of big days! We still have a few miles to cover with Groupama Sailing Team. However, at least now we’re done with the sketches: the boat is here in front of us. We’re tired but that’s par for the course after all these man hours. We’ve worked hard but we’re not stopping here! It’s only just begun in fact!”
The sense of pleasure is palpable and the event brings everyone together. After all the difficulties that have to be surmounted during a project of this scale, Groupama 4 is now floating in the port of Lorient. As such Franck Cammas and his men have taken another step in the history of the Groupama Sailing Team: “In the construction of a yacht, the further you push the thought processes, the better you understand things, but the more difficult it becomes to make choices. You’re always keen to go into things deeply but there’s a deadline where you have to stop thinking and concentrate on making ideas a reality. Today, a new side to the work begins in the form of sail trials. And for the all those involved in the project, now is the moment of truth”.
In sailing, the competition begins well before the warning signals for the race start. It’s in the minds of the men behind the boat’s design, in the gestures of the boat builders and all those taking part in the project, that a victory is built.
When you decide to take part in a project of this size, you’re never sheltered from obstacles. Franck Cammas: “You encounter difficulties everyday. When you have to make choices, you’re bound to have to overcome obstacles. As was the case during construction of the first three Groupama boats, we encountered problems here too: it was inevitable that there were differences to the original schedule… There were a few timings which weren’t adhered to, some adhesion processes which had to be redone and parts that had to be rebuilt… That’s another reason why I’m proud of the work my team has done. Thank you to them, thanks to Juan Koujoumdjian, our architect, and thanks to Groupama, without whom we wouldn’t be here! “
Jean-Luc Baucherel, President of Groupama, travelled to Lorient with around fifty representatives from Groupama Loire Bretagne: “It’s an important day for Groupama as our first monohull has been launched. Five years of new adventures lay in store. We’ll be able to weigh up our performance against the best Anglo-Saxon crews during the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race. This is a whole new concept for Groupama but we are in no doubt about the abilities of Franck Cammas and his crew to be up there with the frontrunners. We’re taking over from a great sailor called Eric Tabarly and we hope we can be worthy of him and carry France’s colours high. We were familiar with the multihull and, today, we’re ready for a new series of competitions aboard a monohull. It is with great enthusiasm and pride that we are competing in this new competition”.
Although the phase in the yard is over for the members of the shore crew, sail trials are set to begin on Tuesday 17 May for the sailing crew. The next major stages which will punctuate the life of Groupama Sailing Team between now and the start of the Volvo Ocean Race will be the christening of Groupama 4 on 11 June in Lorient, then the Fastnet Race in the UK on 14 August. In the latter, Franck Cammas and his crew will, for the very first time, be able to see how Groupama 4 fairs in relation to her future rivals.
NÁUTICA NORTE se suma al Team S 33OD
La familia S 33 OD se agranda! Sumando voluntades y continuando con el crecimiento de la clase se suman a la labor de Martinoli Marine y de la Asociación Internacional de Dueños de S33OD, como representantes comerciales Karen Greniuk y Cristian Jacquet, Brókers de Náutica Norte. Los mismos ya están en dialogo con gente de Uruguay, Brasil y Chile interesados en la embarcación y en la concepción ideológica de la clase. El barco actualmente ya esta en proceso de laminado del primer casco, cumpliendo con las fechas pactadas al inicio del proyecto. Pronto tendremos mas novedades importantes.
Foto copyright Juan Pablo Cadario
Foto copyright Juan Pablo Cadario
Foto copyright Juan Pablo Cadario
CHEMINÉES POUJOULAT GOÛTE À L’EAU SALÉE
La première mise à l’eau d’un bateau est toujours un moment chargé d’émotion. Toute l’équipe de Bernard Stamm n’a pas dérogé à la règle. Les sourires en disaient long et les yeux étaient chargés d’admiration du travail de chacun. Car, cette aventure, portée par un skipper emblématique, est avant tout une histoire collective.
Le 60 pieds Imoca Cheminées Poujoulat a pris son envol ce matin à La Ciotat. Bien accroché à une grue impressionnante, il a rejoint lentement son élément sous les applaudissements de bon nombre de ceux qui ont œuvré à la construction de cet « avion de chasse ».
Honneur au « patron », c’est Bernard qui a foulé le pont le premier et a pu savourer :
Une sensation : le bateau en léger mouvement sous les pieds.
Un bruit : le clapotis de l’eau qui tape et résonne contre la coque.
Une image : une ligne puissante et racée délicatement posée sur l’eau.
Un bonheur à partager : accolades, poignées de main et coups de téléphone, Bernard a remercié chaleureusement chaque acteur du projet.
« C’est un grand moment, une bonne étape. Le bateau quitte enfin son environnement de chantier pour rejoindre la mer et c’est là qu’il doit être. C’est une phase importante avec une petite interrogation : comment va t-il flotter ? C’est la confirmation physique de la théorie ».
Verdict ? « C’est juste nickel ! Et ça fait plaisir pour tous les gars qui ont bossé sur ce projet. Nous avons crée quelque chose. Aujourd’hui, c’est une belle récompense »
Demain matin, le bateau sera soumis au test de retournement avant d’accueillir son mât dans la foulée. Une nouvelle journée pour de nouvelles étapes.
Fuente info Synergy
The Russian team immediately started practicing and testing the boat in an effort to prapare for the opening Audi MedCup-2011 event. Portugal Trophy will be staged on 16-22 May in Cascais, Portugal.
Meanwhile Synergy will participate in RC44 Austria Trophy, the second regatta of RC44 Championship Tour-2011. This event is going to take place in Gmunden on 11-15 May.
Team Aqua launches a new RC 44
The RC 44 Austria Cup – 10 – 15 May – will be a special occasion for Team Aqua as they race in their new boat for the first time.
Chris Bake’s Team Aqua has been a leading force on the RC44 circuit since its launch in 2007. The team won the RC 44 Championship Tour in 2007, and finished first in the match race ranking in 2010 with pro sailor Cameron Appleton at the helm. Team Aqua was however sailing on the oldest boat in the fleet up until now, and decided that to maintain the momentum a new boat would be invested in for the 2011 season.
“The RC 44 boat and concept are a winner”, says Bake. “Dynamic one design boat, ease of transport, varied locations, competitive, huge support from the class and ultimately fun. I absolutely love it and I am determined to carrying on competing at the highest level. The fact of acquiring a new boat is a testimony to the quality of this Class. We hope many other teams will join in in the near future.”
Boat captain Nigel King has been working closely with RC 44 boat builders Pauger to make sure that the new boat is ready and raring to go by the time racing commences at the RC 44 Austria Cup on Lake Traunsee. He explained: “Chris Bake is a massive supporter of the class and committed for the long-term so the team felt it was the right time to invest in a new boat to see Aqua through the next few years.”
“Nigel King, Karl Funk and Chris Noble have done a great job at preparing the boat”, said Cameron Appleton, the team’s project manager, match race helmsman and fleet race tactician. “Thanks to their hard work we will have a race-ready boat for the next race on Lake Traunsee. We are all looking forward to this; those are exciting times for our team.”
Besides being one of the principal contenders of the Tour, Team Aqua uses its boat as a platform to promote an eco-friendly message. The team supports the World Land Trust and “2041”, an organisation founded by polar explorer, environmental leader and public speaker Robert Swan, OBE, the first person in history to walk to both the North and South poles, and dedicated to the protection of the poles. Team Aqua offsets its carbon footprint and promotes sustainable development.
Team Aqua is an international sailing team owned by Dubai based businessman Chris Bake. Kiwi sailor Cameron Appleton is the team’s pro skipper; crewmembers are Matt Cassidy, Andrew Estcourt, Ben Graham, Chris Noble, Nigel King, Christian Kamp, Jimmy Maloney and Karl Funk. Chris is a passionate sailor who grew up in Spain, sailed through school in England and University in America. “Aqua”, the Spanish word for water, is a reference to his kids’ names. The team’s objective is to be competitive, to always look for solutions to enhance its performance and to ensure that it functions as a team.