(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
The new MC38 Australian Champion - Steve Barlow's Lightspeed, Maserati 2nd, Ginger 3rd, Hooligan 4th Middle Harbour Yacht Club, Mosman NSW, Australia: The MC38s are back at it and the new season began with fireworks, Lightspeed struck hard by Lazy Dog in a port/starboard incident in fresh conditions on Saturday February 1 and unable to finish the day, but ultimately returning to claim top regatta honours. It was the one time the class opted not to use on-water umpires; a decision Australian president Shaun Lane says is a test case that won't be repeated. With owner Steve Barlow out with a shoulder injury, Lightspeed was helmed by James Mayo, best known as crew on the champion Etchells called Magpie, the current Australian titleholders and runners-up at the class' world championship in 2019. Mayo's had his eye on the MC38 class for a while and jumped at the chance to drive. "We trained on Friday in 26 knots which was a good learning curve. Over the course of the series I had to make sure I really focused on what the others, who know the boats best, were saying, and not let my instincts take over." According to the protest outcome, Shaun Lane and Quentin Stewart's Lazy Dog, nicknamed 'naughty dog' after the Middle Harbour Yacht Club-run first act, failed to keep clear in a port/starboard and broke rules 10 and 14. They completed their turn at time but the jury imposed a much harsher penalty in the room, disqualification from race two. "The bow of Lazy Dog hit our port side just forward of the last stanchion which meant when they disconnected from us they took all the lifelines with them, including the bow rail," said crewman Daniel Turner of the incident. "It was quite a large impact as both boats were fully loaded. The Lightspeed shore crew worked in the scorching sun all afternoon and Sunday morning grinding carbon and getting the boat back together. The good thing about racing one design is there are usually parts available, so boats can keep racing." Lightspeed returned to the racetrack, The Sound area between North and South Head, on Sunday to complete three races under MHYC race officer Steve Tucker's direction. Their scores of 2, 4, 3, added to Saturday's 2 then average points for races two, three and four awarded by the protest committee, gave them the lowest score and the series win. The next time the MC38s meet will be on Sydney Harbour for the 2020 Australian Championship hosted by MHYC March 13-15. -- Lisa Ratcliff facebook.com/MC38Class/
In Cagliari, on the 27 January 2020 during a sea trial, the AC75 Luna Rossa dismasted a few miles off the coast from Marina di Capitana. According to the team, no-one was injured in the incident. The mast, sails and rig were immediately recovered by the sailors onboard, with the help of the shore crew on the support ribs. “It’s a new boat and something like this can happen,” commented the Luna Rossa team. “If you don’t push hard you will never know your limits.” The whole team is already at work to return on the water as soon as possible and resume the training sessions in preparation for the America’s Cup World Series that will take place from April 23 to 26.
The one month countdown is on until SailGP returns to Sydney Harbour on 28-29 February. Following a heart-pumping inaugural season, which saw Olympic hero Slingsby helm the Australia SailGP Team to victory over five other national teams to take home the trophy and historic US$1 million championship prize, the Australia team returns to defend its title in front of a home crowd. With the Sydney event set to kick off Season 2 of SailGP, Australians will be the first to witness the fruits of the league’s exciting off season expansion. Denmark and Spain join the nation versus nation global racing league, taking the total number of teams to seven with returnees Australia, France, Great Britain, Japan and the United States. Marking the one month countdown to Sydney SailGP, the Australia SailGP Team also announced that its championship-winning roster will remain unchanged for 2020, as some of Australian sports’ most celebrated athletes return for Season 2. SailGP CEO Sir Russell Coutts said he was excited to see the competition return to Sydney next month, with the iconic harbor set to dazzle international audiences: “Sydney SailGP was a huge success in 2019, setting the bar for every other race that followed. With Australia defending the title in 2020 and two new teams in Denmark and Spain joining the competition, we’re expecting to see some great battles and a fantastic turn out.”