VOR 2017-18. Mapfre anuncia a “Ñeti” Cuervas-Mons en su equipo.


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2 de marzo 2017
EL MAPFRE ANUNCIA A SU ‘MACGYVER’: ÑETI CUERVAS-MONS

El MAPFRE ha anunciado este jueves su tercer fichaje para la Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18: Ñeti Cuervas-Mons.

El regatista cántabro, de 35 años, afronta este nuevo reto con la experiencia que le dan las tres Volvo Ocean Race que lleva ya a sus espaldas, que le han aportado una madurez y una experiencia impagables.

Ñeti Cuervas Mons, que suele hacer las funciones de proa a bordo, será también el capitán del barco dentro de la tripulación debido a su exhaustivo conocimiento de todos los secretos del Volvo Ocean 65. Tanto es así, que el actual patrón del MAPFRE, Xabi Fernández, le definía como “un MacGyver afianzado” durante la pasada edición. “Ñeti es además el capitán del barco y el que se encarga de todos los repuestos y reparaciones. Empezó en la vela oceánica hace tres ediciones, siendo más joven. Valía y vale para todo, y está muy afianzado”, afirma el guipuzcoano.

Ñeti afronta este reto con unas ganas enormes de completar un buen papel. “El objetivo ahora será empezar a preparar el barco, formar al resto de la tripulación y llegar a la salida el día 22 de octubre con el barco en las mejores condiciones”, afirma el cántabro, que conoce perfectamente las dificultades de la Volvo Ocean Race. “El objetivo del equipo es estar siempre en puesto de podio porque sabemos perfectamente, ya que lo hemos vivido, que un pinchazo en una etapa se paga muy caro. Cada parte del planeta tiene sus complicaciones, y si a eso le sumas que todos los barcos vamos a estar muy juntos, se convierte en una situación de estrés bastante fuerte que acaba sumando en la dureza del día a día”.

AC35. Artemis Racing presenta “Magic Blue”, su catamarán para la Copa America.


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Artemis Racing launch their America’s Cup Class Yacht

Artemis Racing, the Swedish challengers for the 35th America’s Cup, launched their America’s Cup Class (ACC) yacht today at a ceremony at their team base in Morgan’s Point, Bermuda. The boat was officially christened Magic Blue by Natalia Törnqvist and was lowered into the water for the very first time in front of a crowd of invited guests and the team’s family, friends, boat builders, designers, sailors and shore crew.

Torbjörn Törnqvist, owner of Artemis Racing, was on hand at the event to see the hard work and thousands of hours of design and build culminate in the launch of the team’s ACC boat and said: “This is a great day. It’s very exciting to see the result of so much hard work in design, engineering and construction finally here. It feels good and the boat looks fabulous.

“We have reached this point after years of work, all starting with the rules. All the teams’ boats might look, to the untrained eye, more or less identical , but under the surface there is a lot of work in design and theory that differentiates them and which has to be tested on computer systems and on the water, so there really are many thousands of hours involved in this, getting us to this point.

“However, now, with less than 100 days to go, we are on the home stretch. The focus goes from design and development to trying to sail the boat the best we can, and extract the maximum from it.

“We feel we have a good boat, but so do the others. We’ve all been keeping an eye on each other so we all know where the strengths of each team are, but I think the conclusion so far is that you cannot predict anything.

”Next to talk about Magic Blue was Artemis Racing Skipper Nathan Outteridge. “It’s very exciting, rolling out the boat today. It’s been a long time coming! We’ve had two development boats over the last couple of years, testing various foils and systems, and what we’ve launched today is the result of everything we’ve learnt. We’ll get to go sailing on it very soon and then we’ll be racing it for real in a few months.

“I’ve been watching the boat come together over the last few months here in Bermuda and as that build takes place, as members of the sailing team, you want to get in, see the boat and help everyone put it together, but we know that’s not really our job. But finally it’s handed over to us today and now it’s our turn to see what it’s capable of. We have a very exciting couple of weeks ahead, finding out what this boat is really capable of, and that’s obviously very exciting.

“Now we have a few months before racing begins so we have to get out there and start pushing the boat, finding out how quick it is, and improving it. It’s not a simple job of just wheeling it out today and racing it – the shore crew and the designers have done an amazing job to give us this craft, but we’re all aware there’s going to be more development to come in the next few months, so the sooner we get it out there the sooner we can create job lists to really start learning about it.”

With the wraps now off Artemis Racing’s boat, that brings to four the number of America’s Cup team ACC boats that have now been launched. Land Rover BAR, ORACLE TEAM USA and Emirates Team New Zealand have all unveiled the incredible foiling catamarans that they will be racing on Bermuda’s Great Sound in May and June 2017, leaving only SoftBank Team Japan and Groupama Team France to show the world what they will be racing in their challenge to win the 35th America’s Cup.

VOR 2017-18. Xabi Fernandez será el skipper del equipo Mapfre.


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Xabi Fernández, patrón del MAPFRE en la Volvo Ocean Race

El regatista vasco atesora un exitoso y frenético palmarés en los últimos 12 años con tres participaciones en Juegos Olímpicos, cinco Vueltas al Mundo (4 Volvo Ocean Race y 1 Barcelona World Race) y dos America’s Cup.

Sanxenxo (Pontevedra), 17 de febrero de 2017

El regatista vasco Xabi Fernández será nuevamente el patrón del V065 MAPFRE en la Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, responsabilidad que ya ejerció en la pasada edición compartiendo el cargo con el también guipuzcoano, Iker Martínez.

Xabi, nacido en Ibarra (Guipúzcoa) en 1976, tiene tras de sí una dilata carrera profesional como deportista de élite y un excelente palmarés en los principales eventos de vela del mundo. Cuenta con dos medallas olímpicas (oro en Atenas 2004 y plata en Pekín 2008) en la clase 49er, categoría en la también consiguió tres títulos mundiales; además de cuatro participaciones en la Volvo Ocean Race (Movistar 2005-06 / Telefónica Azul 2008-09 / Telefónica 2011-12 y MAPFRE 2014-15) y una vuelta al mundo a dos sin escalas ni asistencia: la Barcelona World Race 2010-11, en la que a bordo del IMOCA 60 MAPFRE y junto a Iker Martínez terminaba en un meriotorio segundo puesto. Asimismo ha formado parte de dos equipos de America’s Cup (Luna Rossa -San Francisco 2013- y Land Rover BAR -Bermudas 2017-).

“La Volvo Ocean Race siempre ha sido un desafío al alcance de muy pocos equipos por la enorme dificultad que supone como reto humano, deportivo, técnico, logístico y de comunicación”, ha afirmado el patrón del MAPFRE.

“Tener la suerte de poder estar de nuevo en la línea de salida, con posibilidades de ir a por el triunfo, es algo que nos enorgullece y que tenemos que agradecer a MAPFRE, por creer en un proyecto que comenzó a rodar en 2014. Esperemos que en junio de 2018 podamos festejar, en primer lugar, el completar de nuevo una circunnavegación al planeta sin ningún percance importante y, en segundo, el alcanzar un resultado que nos satisfaga como equipo”.

Xabi ha querido matizar que “los objetivos a corto plazo son, primero, terminar los trabajos en el barco y sacarlo de astillero de Lisboa a final de mes. Posteriormente iremos confirmando el resto de la tripulación con los entrenamientos que comenzarán en Sanxenxo a mediados de marzo” y ha finalizado diciendo que “nos quedan ocho meses por delante de duro trabajo y optimización, no sólo del barco sino de todo el equipo, para llegar al 22 de octubre [fecha de la salida de la Volvo Ocean Race en Alicante] con la posibilidad de cruzar la línea de salida con opciones de ganar”.

Antonio Huertas, presidente de MAPFRE, ha mostrado su satisfacción afirmando que “Xabi es un grandísimo patrón, además de estar comprometido con MAPFRE y compartir nuestros valores. Estamos convencidos de que su incorporación al equipo es una magnífica noticia. Sabemos que llevará con orgullo el nombre de MAPFRE alrededor del mundo”.

Por su parte, Pedro Campos, director general del equipo, ha destacado las virtudes de Xabi como patrón: “No hay tripulante en el mundo que no respete a Xabi por su talento, experiencia y tesón. La pasada campaña demostró su capacidad de organización y liderazgo, cosechando numerosos éxitos como la victoria en Auckland, Nueva Zelanda, lo que sumado a un conocimiento absoluto del barco hacen de Xabi el mejor patrón posible para el MAPFRE”.

AC35, el “pelotón” Kiwi se viene con todo. Botadura oficial del nuevo catamarán de ETNZ.


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16th February 2017

EMIRATES TEAM NEW ZEALAND LAUNCHES THEIR RACE BOAT FOR THE 35th AMERICA’S CUP

Just 100 days out from the first race of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers, Emirates Team New Zealand accomplishes the most significant milestone of its challenge for the 35th Americas Cup by christening their America’s Cup Class catamaran that will begin racing in Bermuda in May.

In the presence of the team, their families, the Sponsors and the official suppliers, the boat was christened at the Beaumont Street base in Auckland by Tina Symmans – member of the Board of Directors of Emirates Team New Zealand – and blessed by Ngati Whatua.

“This is a really proud day for the team collectively.” said CEO Grant Dalton. “The campaign always just gets real when you launch the actual boat that you hope will be the one to win the America’s Cup back for New Zealand. It’s when things get exciting, and despite the long hard hours everyone has been putting in there is definitely an added edge to the team now this is in the water.”

The AC Class catamaran, which is 15 meters long (49.2 feet) and has a 25-metre wing, is the result of the team working six- and seven-day weeks since July last year. All the boat’s components were built in New Zealand involving works at Southern Spars, Cookson Boats and C Tech, with the meticulous fit out process being done at the team base since prior to Christmas.

The rule for the America’s Cup Class required certain elements of the boats to be one design (hulls, beams, central pod and wing shape), so designers were mainly focused on control systems and daggerboards where the Protocol allows more flexibility. Even if the AC Class catamarans are 20-feet shorter and have a 15-metres smaller wing than the AC72s, they are expected to be around 20% faster around the race track than in 2013 in San Francisco.

“The guys have just been working so incredibly hard to get to this point. Some guys have been working 12+ hour days everyday without a day off since the 3rd of January. The fact we are the first team to go sailing on the race boat, considering how late we were compared to the other teams is an unbelievable testament to the drive, focus and determination this very special team has collectively.” said Shore Team Manager Sean Regan.

“There is a true belief that this team can take on the five other Goliath’s and win this thing.”

Although not the most significant, but certainly the most evident innovation of the Emirates Team New Zealand racing boat is represented by the cycling grinding system the team is using to produce the energy to power the hydraulic systems throughout the boat.

Emirates Team New Zealand Design Coordinator Dan Bernasconi:
“When we sat down to think about the overall design of this boat three years ago the benefits of cycling opposed to regular grinding were obvious, but certainly not without issues and difficulty with functionality, and this is what we have been working incredibly hard on overcoming for the past three years.”

Bernasconi continues: “Winning the next America’s Cup is all about maintaining a stable flight on the entire race course and that’s the reason why this boat contains some of the most innovative and powerful technology ever used in this competition in its systems, electronics, hydraulics and foil designs.”

The emphasis of the campaign now moves from inside the confines of the boat shed to the open water of the Hauraki Gulf, led by Skipper and Sailing Team Director Glenn Ashby.
“It’s been a challenge to get to this point, and the first sailing has been a very special moment for the entire team.” said Ashby. “The next few months of sailing and development with our race boat will be some of the most important in this America’s Cup. We’ll do a month of intensive testing here in Auckland then we will suspend the test programme and move to Bermuda where we will resume our training until racing starts, on May 26th.”

“In the 30-year history of Emirates Team New Zealand it has always been at the forefront of international sailing. From its beginning with Plastic Fantastic in 1987 to the introduction of foils in San Francisco the team has always reshaped the America’s Cup and the boat we are christening today is introducing revolutionary concepts once again.” concluded Grant Dalton.

“I wish to thank the Sponsors and the official suppliers that have believed once again in our challenge, but I also want to congratulate all the team, and in particular shore and design teams, who have worked relentlessly for months, allowing us to comply with the deadlines we had set.”

The AC Class catamaran in numbers:
2332-2432 kg: boat weight
60 meters: optical fibres
49.2 feet: hull length
25 meters: height of wing above water
over 46 knots: top speed
6: crew members
87.5 kg: average crew weight
90: Emirates Team New Zealand’s members

The 35th America’s Cup Schedule
The 35th America’s Cup will be held in Bermuda in 2017. The event will consist of a Challengers selection series, divided into Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers & Challenger Playoffs (27th May – 13th June 2017), and the America’s Cup Match (18-19th & 25-28th June) where the winner of the selection series will face the Defender Oracle Team USA.*
* The dates are based on New Zealand Time. The Race Schedule it’s
available here

AC35. Land Rover BAR y Ben Ainslie botan el R-1, un barco para hacer historia.


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Sir Ben Ainslie’s British America’s Cup team, Land Rover BAR launch race boat in Bermuda

- Twenty-first time a British team has challenged for sports oldest international trophy in 166 year
- No British team has ever won the America’s Cup
- Best of British technology and innovation will help the team in their goal to win the Cup
- 1200m of electronic and electrical cabling connecting 190 sensors and four video cameras – all in a 15m boat
107 days until racing for the America’s Cup begins
- Georgie and Bellatrix Ainslie christen the race boat
- Wendy Schmidt, Co-Founder of 11th Hour Racing opens the 11th Hour Racing Exploration Zone at the team’s base in Bermuda

The ambitions of Land Rover BAR to win the 35th America’s Cup – and finally bring the trophy back home to Britain after 166 years – took solid form today, with the launch and christening of their America’s Cup Class race boat in Bermuda.

The menacing, matt black boat represents the combined efforts across three years of the now 120-strong team and their partners. After the launch of four test boats, 85,000 hours of design and build, on the water testing and painstaking construction, the team has seen its efforts crystallised into the boat code-named R1.

Sir Ben Ainslie’s wife Georgie and baby daughter Bellatrix appropriately smashed a bottle of English sparkling Nyetimber wine to christen Land Rover BAR’s America’s Cup Class race boat Rita – the name carried by all 19 of Ben’s previous Olympic and world championship winning boats. With just 107 days to the start of racing, the team will continue with their intensive testing and development programme, which will now include ‘in-house’ racing against their test boat ‘T3′.

The America’s Cup has changed beyond all recognition in its 166 year history as both a sporting and design contest. In the first race, back in 1851 a fleet of big, traditional yachts sailed all the way around the Isle of Wight at speeds in single digit nautical miles per hour, crewed by dozens of men with nothing more technical than a compass, thousands of metres of rope, and the trusty block and tackle.

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