Professional and recreational sailors will face off against each other last Monday 23 March from 12:02 UTC in Virtual Regatta's The Great Escape, a virtual race from La Rochelle to Curaçao in the Caribbean. Professional sailors such as Sam Davies, Armel Le Cleac'h, Boris Hermann and Jeremie Beyou will participate in the race and millions more will have the opportunity to race against them. eSailors will be able to choose from one of four well known offshore boats - the Ultim, IMOCA, Class 40 and the Figaro 3. The weather conditions within the game will replicate the real-life conditions across the route and the estimated time of arrival for the first boat is 31 March. Virtual Regatta, the leading digital sailing platform, has offered all players the VIP status. This will grant the eSailors with extended weather trajectory forecasts over 120 hours, the ability to display 100 friendly boats instead of 50 and customisation of the base map. Head to Virtual Regatta Offshore to register - www.virtualregatta.com/en/offshore-game/ Virtual Regatta started in 2010 as a small team of passionate designers, engineers, and entrepreneurs gathered around the idea that virtual sailing sports games can mix with real races and real skippers. Virtual Regatta is an online strategy game for those passionate about offshore sailing and real time regattas!
New for sale just refitted, ready to race Ker 11.3 Built by Vision Yachts and designed by Jason Ker she hit the water in 2003. Since then she was enjoyed by 4 owners who sailed her succesfully on the European waters. Now berthed in Denmark. Current owner: She is a very fast and nice boat to race, both upwind and in surf planing conditions downwind. Especially fast in lighter conditions and easy to handle with the A set up. Perfectly balanced as always on Ker designs. Potential race winner. She is fully optimized and had a full refit in 2019 She has always been well maintained but owner refitted boat and equipment in 2019. Here an overview: New upgraded/optimized design bow and stern, no structural changes 2019 Hull paint 2019 Underwater hull renewed 2019 Keel and rudder dismantled serviced and mounted 2019 Pushpit OD new 2019 One design carbon mast base for instruments 2019 Bowsprit re-designed and new Bobstay lines x 2 2019 Carbon plates fitted on deck to protect 2019 Boom painted 2019 Carbo racing headfoil new 8/2019 Diverse halyards and sheets new 2019 Sails new 2019 Pump for toilet new 2019 etc.
MC38 2020 Australian Championship Australian Champs fleet on Sydney Harbour - MC38 2020 Australian Championship © Tilly Lock Media Shaun Lane and Quentin Stewart's MC38 Lazy Dog from Middle Harbour out-ran the pack at the class' 2020 reduced national title on Sydney Harbour, posting a low-scoring 13 points that included five wins from eight starts. The hours Lazy Dog's crew has banked in their campaign translated to top-notch boat work and handling, which in turn delivered the worthy winners their first Australian Championship. "The same guys have been sailing with us for a long time, the same team did the Sydney to Hobart Race on Maverick (Stewart's Infiniti 46r keelboat), and last weekend we used the Sydney Harbour Regatta as training. We put the hours in," Lane said. Australian Champs gnarly Sydney Harbour - MC38 2020 Australian Championship - photo © Tilly Lock Media The combination of Stewart/Lane and Co. have also put time into identifying any areas that might let them down. "This regatta we went downhill better than we normally do, that was a weak part of our sailing," Lane added. Next on the MC38 Australian Championship scoresheet was John Bacon's Dark Star from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, with 26 points. Dark Star also finished bridesmaid in 2019. Sarah Parker, who looks after the runners on the Pittwater MC38, said at the conclusion: "We had a mixed day, but we were also consistent at times. There are a few things we need to clean up, especially around the corners. It was really good racing, really close and lots of lead changes. My shoes are definitely wet!" she added, referring to the chop and regular showers that dampened the seven challengers on Sunday March 15. Third overall was Steve Barlow's Lightspeed, the 2018 Australian champion. Australian Champs Lazy Dog - MC38 2020 Australian Championship - photo © Tilly Lock Media With Saturday March 14 blown out due to a high-pressure system extending a ridge along the New South Wales coastline and creating S-SSW winds 30 knots plus on closed waters, the MC38 Australian Championship finished up an eight-race, two-day series. Middle Harbour Yacht Club ran the pinnacle class title for the MC38 group and race officer Steve Tucker summed up the long weekend perfectly: "Friday was nice and balmy with nor'easters, Saturday was written off, and today it blew solidly from the south, 15-20 knots, showers and grey skies. The umpires were pretty busy at both the top and bottom marks," he added. Australian Champs 2nd Dark Star - MC38 2020 Australian Championship - photo © Tilly Lock Media Lane is also the MC38 Australian class president and keen to tighten up the one-design fleet's processes. Two on-water umpires and a recap of the rules, plus boat inspections prior to racing at the nationals are all part of a general class tidy up, he says. by https://www.sail-world.com/news/227538/?source=email
TP Azzurra has won the first event in the 52 Super Series 2020, the Odazla Discovery Camp 52 Super Series V&A Waterfront. Weather conditions in Table Bay were not on the racing fleet’s side. The first day saw strong winds, while the second day was dead calm. At 14:40 local time the Race Committee raised the AP over A flags, cancelling racing due to a lack of wind and ending the event. As the fleet headed back to port the overall results remained the same, with Azzurra in the lead with a handy seven point margin over Phoenix 11 and Quantum who were tied for second place and came in second and third respectively.Azzurra has been the star of the week with consistent placements in the various races. Guillermo Parada, skipper: “We are very happy today. The decisions that we made and the work that we did over the winter are giving the results we had hoped for, we have better boat speed and thanks to that we can sail a little more conservatively. I think that conservative sailing has been fundamental for winning this event and I’m happy because it has been a great debut for Michele in his role as our new tactician. “We want to dedicate this win to our team member Alejandro Colla who couldn’t be here with us because he had an operation yesterday. The surgery went well and we’re expecting him back for the World Championship at the end of the month. A special thank you goes to the boat Captain Pedro Rossi for taking Alejandro’s place and substituting him so well.” The new tactician Michele Paoletti has become an integral and important part of the crew playing an important role in achieving this victory.Michele Paoletti, tactician: “This win is the icing on the cake of an excellent week with consistent placements, but we’re keeping our eye on the season’s victory overall. If we keep on scoring consistently high without worrying about winning single events we can defend our title successfully.“Still, this win is something to celebrate, especially for me it has been a real pleasure earned by starting each day focused and concentrated. No racing today made winning easier, but it’s always a pleasure to compete.” The next event in this highly competitive Class will be the Rolex TP52 World Championship. Also held in Cape Town from 31 March to 4 April, it will count both as an event in the 52 Super Series and as the World Championship for the TP52 Class. 52superseries.com
(Monday 2nd March, Cape Town) – Racing on their own home waters, Hasso Plattner’s Phoenix 11 made a dream start to the Odzala Discovery Camps 52 SUPER SERIES V&A Waterfront – Cape Town regatta, the first event of six that comprise the 2020 52 SUPER SERIES. Local knowledge and a protracted spell of training late last year and before this season’s curtain raiser played its part as Phoenix completed a textbook first race that they won comfortably. Then, after a less than perfect start to the second contest, Phoenix battled from the bottom third of the fleet to deliver a valuable third place finish. Plattner’s crew lead the regatta by two points from the 2019 champions Azzurra who returned a fourth and a second, a solid debut day for new tactician Michele Paoletti. In the south westerly breeze, which picked up to 16kts for the second start and averaged 10-13 kts for the day, conditions were not easy to read – consistency proving particularly elusive. Phoenix 11, the newer of the two Plattner family TP52s, were undoubtedly the class act delivering for the home support. Along with veteran Plattner on the tiller, the day’s leading crew has a potent mix of local South African sailors on board such as main trimmer Paul Willcox, navigator Shane Elliott and grinder Shaun Pammenter, working with America’s Cup winner Peter Holmberg, who joined the crew this season as tactician and the hugely experienced Andy Horton also adding to the afterguard strengths. Phoenix 11 stuck to their pre race strategy, starting smartly off the pin end of the start line to establish an early lead that allowed them to own the left, inshore side of the first upwind. Building their margin to over 90 metres, they could keep Bronenosec and Sled in check to the finish line. Bronenosec, with double Olympic medalist Jonathan McKee calling tactics for helm Morgan Larson, finished second with winners Sled in third. Sled have Murray Jones steering. World Champions and 2019 runners up for the season Platoon were over the start line and had to re-cross and finished ninth. While Quantum Racing had the best start to the second race they had to take a penalty on the first beat and then, as others did today, had to slow to remove kelp from their foils, resulting in an eighth place. Andy Soriano’s Alegre, which has Ado Stead and Nic Asher as afterguard, were able to capitalise from their own solid start to lead all the way round the second course, emulating the gun to gun win of Phoenix 11. Race 2 – Alegre Take Early Season Bullet Andy Soriano’s Alegre team take an early season bullet, Mr Soriano’s fifth consecutive event with a race win. More information will follow shortly. For full results, visit: http://bit.ly/39dxQKs
The Botin 65 "High Spirit" has been built by King Marine (Valencia) and launched at the end of 2015. It's a near sistership to CARO Built by the composite artisans at King Marine at the end of 2015, High Spirit is equipped for sale with an inventory that would flatter a superyacht of twice the size. Every thing about the yacht is to the highest spec imaginable: high-modulus spars and bowsprit, carbon 3Di sails and an electronics and hydraulics inventory powerful enough to launch a satellite. And every single element of this boat is today as good as (or better than) new. ‘One of the coolest things we’ve ever done’ is how Adolfo Carrau of designers Botín & Partners recalls the Botín 65 racer-cruiser High Spirit High Spirit features an all-carbon hull and structure, with a Nomexcored deck to keep the centre of gravity low and sailing stability high, finished off with a beautiful teak deck. Then there is a hydraulic lifting keel to get you in close to the sand plus a state-of-the-art hydraulic drive train to silently but speedily spin the latest Harken performance winches. Sailing electronics are by B&G, hydraulic management and power by Cariboni, lines and cordage are all by Armare, with a second North Sails delivery wardrobe to keep the 3Di race sails pristine. As we said, the best of the best wherever you look. === LOA:20.0 m / Beam:5.2 m / Displacement:16700 kg / Draft:3.0/4.8 m Upwind Sail Area:250 m2 / Downwind Sail Area:575 m2 === Comment owner: Boat is perfectly controlled in the wind, and very easy to maneuver. In a downwind we easily moved at a speed of 20-22 knot with wind at 25-27. All systems are set up perfectly. She was built using the best materials: High Modulus Mast with Deflectors, EC6+ standing rigging, a full range of locks and Hybrid Modulus Boom with Reefs locks from Southern Spars (used only once in a race and three times for delivery, mainly under the engine) North Sails 3Di sails only used in one race Carbon hull with lifting keel system and two Volvo D2, D3 engines. Cariboni racing hydraulics with a PLC control system Harken winches, autopilot servos, and other best deck equipment and so on and so forth
Peter Cunningham's MOD70 PowerPlay (CAY), skippered by Ned Collier-Wakefield has taken Multihull Line Honours in the 2020 RORC Caribbean 600 just four minutes ahead of Jason Carroll's MOD70 Argo (USA). Giovanni Soldini's Maserati Multi70 (ITA) was third. A nail-biting finish rounded off an epic light airs tactical battle between three of the world's fastest ocean-going multihulls. During the 600-mile race, the lead changed at least seven times. Maserati fought tooth and nail, but their T-Foil rudders were more of a hindrance than an enhancement in the unusually light conditions. Despite the disadvantage, Maserati came back time and time again to challenge for the lead. PowerPlay and Argo had a full-on 46-hour match race from start to finish and it all came down to the final leg from Redonda to Antigua. Giovanni Soldini's Maserati Multi70 set the race record last year (30 hours 49 mins). This year's light air race keeps that record safe, but Maserati's fully foiling design was a handicap this year. "Our record is safe for another year, but the conditions were too light for us this time. We have a speed problem against the other boats in under 13 knots," commented Giovanni Soldini. "It was a very good race with three boats fighting a lot. Even though we were slower, we were able to catch them three times. We did well at Guadeloupe going very close to the land, they came to cover us and we were all near the beach, but we kept the inside lane, then the wind died for 20 minutes. We then went south of Marie-Galante because we had to try something different, but the easterly lift did not come for one hour." Seventy teams are still racing in the RORC Caribbean 600. Rankings and boat positions are available on the YB Tracker page Follow all the action online: caribbean600.rorc.org/ Track the fleet: caribbean600.rorc.org/Race-Information/Tracking/
The MC50 is the first of a range of catamarans developed for McConaghy Boats. It is developed to create optimum balance of lifestyle, performance and comfort. She is built largely from carbon fibre. When Jason Ker designed the McConaghy MC50 CAT, his primary focus was to deliver a light, high performance multihull with more space and accommodation … that goes very, very fast! The globally impressive MC50 was a collaboration between Ker, a team of experienced owners and sailors and McConaghy’s 50 years of building yachts. The luxurious MC range also has Bureau Veritas classification for blue water sailing – the highest global rating. The key design features: The large interior saloon space can become outdoor space, due to huge sliding side windows and bifold aft doors. The sailing cockpit is entirely on the flybridge so does not obstruct the space and views of from the saloon. The flybridge is a space visually and socially connected to the interior, but with its own 360 degree views. Considerable weight has been saved through advanced engineering and use of carbon fibre composites, so the yacht can spend much more time sailing instead of motoring. Take a 360 degree tour around the MC50 Exterior - Speed, Safety and Comfort Advanced composite materials are used throughout. You’ll be on top of the world in the built-in helm station on the flybridge – and enjoy a commanding 360-degree view of your cruising area. Great visibility means manoeuvring and marina berthing are a breeze. Descend the stairway from the flybridge to a spacious cockpit with plenty of seating and sun lounging space for rest and relaxation. Select the optional hydraulic swim platform and create your own private terrace with easy access to the water for swimming and water sports. Spacious uncluttered non-slip decks provide safe, easy access to the foredeck area and composite carbon longeron – an impressive statement of this multihull’s prowess. Interior - Your apartment on the water Access the spacious saloon via electric lifting doors and enter a stylish haven which is designed with relaxation and entertainment in mind. Light modern timbers and soft fabric finishings ooze style and sophistication. The galley provides ample space for even the most discerning chef. All accommodation options are bright, light airy spaces with fine lines and designer touches, ensuring you get a great night’s sleep wherever you are moored up. And the MC50 CAT, whilst being comprehensively equipped as standard, has numerous choices for optional extras so you can customise your own boat so that it is perfectly suited to your specific needs and budget. SPECIFICATIONS
We have visited the Maxi 82 by Farr Yacht Design in Portugal. Longobarda was a breakthrough IOR maxi that set a new standard in the class during 1989 until the early 1990s. She was the product of a successful combination of Bruce Farr design talent, SAI Ambrosini (Italy) build quality and a no-expense-spared budget, courtesy of her owner, Italian yachtsman Gianni Varasi (who had previously owned Raul Gardini's earlier yacht, Il Moro di Venezia II). Now refitted into a fast performance cruiser The reportage you can find via this link: https://tinyurl.com/vax7nlz