VOR, primeras pruebas para Groupama 4

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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

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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.

VOR, Camper prepara modificaciones luego de las 2.000 millas de calificación logradas

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Volvo Ocean race: Camper refits ahead of Fiji race

The 2011/12 Volvo Ocean race entry, CAMPER is back at the Emirates Team New Zealand Auckland base after three weeks at sea. The yacht has been stripped and the shore team will start a re-fit ahead of the next event in the calendar, the Auckland to Fiji race.

Skipper Chris Nicholson said the shore and sailing teams have had an extensive debrief. ‘We have a good job list ahead of us. The boat will be lifted out of the water for a re-fit before the team can start sea trials again.’

Just seven days after leaving the builder’s shed, CAMPER sailed from Auckland on a 10-day tour of New Zealand, followed by a 2000-mile qualification voyage.

Covering five cities on the east coast, the tour was an opportunity for CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand to meet the public and share the campaign before the boat is shipped to Europe for the start of the Volvo Ocean Race in November.
Emirates Team New Zealand managing director Grant Dalton said: ‘We have always had an amazing level of support for the team in New Zealand, and we were keen to revive the tradition of taking round-the-world yachts to as many ports as possible.

‘It’s one thing to see pictures and video of the boat but to actually get on board and see what the boat looks like, and to experience the power of a Volvo Open 70 when it’s sailing is a rare opportunity.’

For skipper Chris Nicholson it was the first chance to really see how CAMPER would perform.

‘The conditions between ports were full on for a newly commissioned boat but I’m really pleased how it went. We put CAMPER through its paces under race conditions and it came out the other side relatively unscathed.

‘The reaction of the public was amazing. So many people come out to see us, even in the pouring rain. We must have had more than 1000 people in Christchurch alone. So all in all it was a great success because in-between ports we ticked off many items on the boat work list.’

by Emirates Team NZ Media

VOR, el equipo Telefónica inicia sus pruebas oceánicas

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Alicante, 17 de mayo de 2011 – Hoy martes, el nuevo “Telefónica” ha comenzado sus pruebas oceánicas de cara a su preparación para la Volvo Ocean Race que comenzará el 29 de octubre en Alicante con la disputa de la primera regata costera, justo una semana antes de la salida de la primera etapa hacia Ciudad del Cabo (Sudáfrica) el próximo 5 de noviembre.

Tras 20 días de preparación en su base de Alicante desde que el casco del “Telefónica” salía a la luz de su astillero en Valencia, hoy comienza una nueva fase del proyecto español que nos es otra que la de optimizar al máximo el rendimiento de nuevo barco. Iker Martínez, patrón del “Telefónica” comentaba antes de soltar amarras que “yendo para atrás en el tiempo, la construcción ha durado prácticamente nueve meses así que todo el mundo está con muchas ganas de poder salir y poder navegar y ver qué tal funciona todo”.

El bimedallista y campeón olímpico, que hace pocas semanas se proclamó subcampeón de la Barcelona World Race, comentó cómo fueron los primeros pasos del “Telefónica” en Alicante: “Esta semana hemos estado navegando un poco en Alicante y la verdad es que es un sitio muy bueno para poder empezar a hacer esos primeros tests de navegaciones. Son navegaciones en las que se va con mucho cuidadito para que no se estropee nada y en las que se ve qué es lo que no funciona y lo que va bien. Ahora que nos empezamos a sentir más a gusto dentro del barco ya nos planteamos esa navegación oceánica hasta Canarias, que son más de mil millas y es una cosa más seria”. El patrón del nuevo barco español para la Volvo Ocean Race finalizó exclamando: “¡Ahora empieza la preparación! ¡Ahí vamos!”

De Alicante a Marina Rubicón en Lanzarote

Además de realizar sus primeros tests oceánicos, el barco español intentará completar a su vez las 2.000 millas sin tocar tierra que las reglas de la Volvo Ocean Race indican como obligatorias para conseguir la calificación. “Ahora vamos a Lanzarote para intentar aprovechar las estupendas condiciones que hay de viento” afirmaba el patrón del “Telefónica”, quien continuaba: “Es una temporada en la que realmente vamos a intentar romper todo lo que se tenga que romper, aunque suene así de ridículo, para que luego no haya problemas en la regata y a la vez aprender nosotros del barco: cómo navegarlo con condiciones duras de viento y con condiciones medias de viento”.

Xabi Fernández, trimmer del “Telefónica”, recalcaba que “el objetivo va a ser seguir probando el barco, empezar a apretar un poquito los materiales e intentar hacer las 2.000 millas de calificación que bueno, es obvio que este verano habrá muchos entrenamientos en los que superaremos esas 2.000 millas pero bueno, siempre es bueno quitártelas, si podemos, cuanto antes”.

Pruebas de velas, mástil, barco…

Acerca del plan de trabajo en estos primeras pruebas, Xabi Fernández detalló las intenciones de a bordo: “Va a ser una semanita de primera navegación con el barco en la que espero que vaya todo bien. Intentaremos usar el máximo de velas que tenemos ya preparadas, seguir probando el mástil y el barco en sí. En seguida saldremos del Mediterráneo hacia el Atlántico y estoy seguro de que tendremos condiciones duras que luego se repetirán en la regata. Hay que empezar a conocer el barco. Para casi todos en la tripulación es la primera vez que navegamos en un barco de ‘Juan K’ y realmente tenemos muchas ganas, sobre todo después de ver el rendimiento que han dado en las dos últimas Volvo Ocean Race. Estamos seguros de que va a ser todo un éxito”.

Test de inversión para el nuevo Imoca 60 de Bernard Stamm

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New Juan K IMOCA 60 completes inversion test

Bernard Stamm’s new Cheminees Poujoulat is righted in La Ciotat

Friday May 13th 2011, Author: James Boyd, Location: France
Yesterday in La Ciotat, Bernard Stamm’s new Juan K-designed IMOCA 60 was launched and this morning she underwent her mandatory 180deg inversion test as required by class rules. Also revealed in this process was the boat’s new paintjob in the colours, as was Stamm’s previous Open 60, of Cheminees Poujoulat.

For an IMOCA 60 the 180deg inversion test is no small undertaking. First the hull, sans mast, must be capsized with the use of a crane – to emulate the boat being capsized and dismasted (as befell several Open 60s in the 1990s – hence the introduction of the rule). It is then up to the skipper to right the boat without external help, by canting the keel. This morning the Swiss double Velux 5 Oceans winner successfully passed this test.

“It’s a bit stressful,” admitted Stamm. “Inside the boat it’s dark and you can hear the thumps. But this test is a good lesson for a skipper, of what it would be like if his boat capsized. It was also an opportunity to check the watertightness of the deck. There were very small leaks and we now know where they are. From here we continue with the program: to step the rig, test everything and then go sailing! The first sailing is important because this is a complicated machine.”

The boat’s one objective is the Vendee Globe, but before then there is a big program this summer – first the Tour of Europe in July, followed by the Rolex Fastnet Race in August and the Transat Jacques Vabre in October.

Botado el Volvo 70 Groupama 4, diseño del argentino Juan K

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Franck Cammas, skipper del barco francés

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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.