Aug 22, 2008

BMW Oracle beast revealed!

New boat unveiled in Anacortes.
BMW ORACLE Racing said today it was very pleased to confirm that after nine months of intense activity its team in Anacortes is in the final stages of preparing its new 90-foot multihull yacht for sailing.
The carbon fiber trimaran emerged from under wraps at its purpose-built construction shed here for the first time today. The trimaran is the third yacht constructed for the team in this waterfront community 100 miles north of Seattle, and is an outstanding achievement by its designers and builders, the team’s CEO and skipper, Russell Coutts said.

Aug 14, 2008

Code Zero: Now Mitch discards the controversial sail

Due to change of weather forecast Mitch Booth decided to finally race with a traditional Tornado Spi.
He always pointed that weather forecast was key for their final decision.

As the dutch team presented two different sails (code zero and standard one) they we were able to make a final minute call.

USA team presented two code zeros so they didn´t had Mitch´s options.
People is talking about treason.....???
The only "questionable" action could come from USA for not allowing theirselfs a 2nd choice if wind blows as expected over 11knots.

And now with more wind potentially coming, also benefits Booth´s aspirations as he perform much better in these conditions.

So don´t cry for the USA team, as for sure they know what they are doing, and if the wind gods does not allow more wind in days to come, we will see a "solo" walk to the gold medal and the ones blaming theirselfs for LIFE will be the Dutchs!

50-50% gamble, lets see who took the right decision after the medal race is over!

Aug 11, 2008

Code Zero: Approved and stamped!

On Monday, August-11 the revolutionary Tornado-sailing of Mitch Booth and Pim Nieuwenhuis (NED) was finally approved for the Olympic Games.
That means that the Dutch upwind gennaker may be used during the Olympic regatta in Qingdao.
In doing so, Booth and Nieuwenhuis have an advantage up to 11 knots of wind, especially upwind.

"It can go on", said Pim Nieuwenhuis after returning from a training session with the US team.
We have the stamps, so the gennaker is now officially approved by the officials.
Booth adds: I now bike from the boat park, where the Argentinians are also working with such a sail.
Espinola and Lange won bronze in Athens and are formidable opponents.
They work with North Sails, which has also designed the sail for the Italians and British teams.
The Italians are already measured, but the Argentinians have not.
Who knows, maybe there will be more upwind gennakers. These are interesting Games.
Booth is not afraid of this latest development: They are very late, so I wish them a lot of luck.

Diana Bogaards | 11-08-08

Mitch Booth's Code Zero could be Legal

Last Games for the Tornado, and the class continues with high controversy after being ejected from the Olympics by the ISAF.
Being the last opportunity to many to have their gold, the so criticized Tornado super high tech development has put the class in a not so good position before the sailing community.

Is simple, if you permit development don´t cry. If you build 50 sets of sails and someone came with a different design, that you´ve never ever think off, you have to blame only yourself.

Mitch Booth is playing within the class rules, he just make a smaller and flatter sail!!

The whole "One Design" spirit is not being broken by Mitch, the Tornado class has allowed with its own rules this "ackward" situation.

If Mitch Code Cero gets through measurement, protests against should be discarded.
He developed better than the others, he respected the Tornado Class rules and the status quo (is standard for the class to test more than 10?20? sail sets each year)

If you want different results, just make something really different from what you are trying over and over...

Although we all prefer a One Design race, Mitch is not the guy to blame... he did better homework, that´s all.

Aug 8, 2008

F18 Worlds : Franck Cammas videos, day 4

Series of videos published by Franck Cammas team during Nigran worlds, now published on youtube

Aug 4, 2008

Alinghi clinch second iShares Cup win

04 August 2008

• Alinghi victorious at the UK round of the iShares Cup at Skandia Cowes Week
• TEAMORIGIN fight back to second place — holding on to the overall lead in the 2008 iShares Cup Extreme 40 Sailing Series
• At the halfway stage in the iShares Cup European circuit – only 1 point now separates TEAMORIGIN from Alinghi
• The final day produced continued drama that saw both Franck Cammas’ BMW ORACLE Racing and JPMorgan Asset Management capsize in the first race of the day. A quick righting by Cammas’ team enabled them to keep on racing, but JPMorgan Asset Management’s rig was broken.
• This event has produced all the drama that the Extreme 40s were created for!
• Next stop Kiel (Germany) for the penultimate round over 29th-31st August

America’s Cup Defenders Alinghi opened today in front, but it was another America’s Cup team, the third placed BMW ORACLE Racing skippered by James Spithill, which got things off to a flying start today by taking the first four race wins – was the scoreboard set for another shake up?

Alinghi's day got off to a slow start in race one when they found themselves without a clear lane on the approach to the committee boat end of the start line. Then the leading team were back in the pack on the first lap of races two and three — getting stuck in a slow tack on the approach to the first mark in race two, and eventually rounding back in 9th position. But they kept a cool head to pick off several boats downwind in each race, scoring consistent fourth, fifth and sixth places to keep their nose in front overall.

As expected TEAMORIGIN were putting in a spirited fight, splitting to the opposite sides of the racecourse to their Alinghi rivals and scoring a string of second and third places to take second overall and eat away at Alinghi’s lead — at one point there were just four points in it.

Elsewhere in the fleet iShares has a terrific second race to finish fourth, while Oman Sail got a great start to race three, rounding the first buoy alongside eventual winners BMW ORACLE Racing Spithill. But the two teams each struggled in the last with gear failure — both Oman Sail and iShares doggedly completing much of the last race of the regatta without a working jib. Holmatro were also consistently near the front of the fleet, scoring three third places today to eventually finish in third overall.

Alinghi came back strongly in the penultimate race — taking a brave port tack approach to the start line they led the race from start to finish, extending their advantage on the leaderboard.

The windward mark took two more scalps today, with JPMorgan Asset Management first to come to grief in race two. Skippered by Paul Campbell-James for the day, the team were right on the pace in the leading pack when they capsized dramatically during the bear away, the boat rapidly inverting and breaking the rig. On the next round of the second lap it was Franck Cammas’s turn to flip, turning over BMW ORACLE Racing — for the second time in this regatta — at the bear away. This time the crew were able to quickly right the boat and rejoin the day’s racing.

Ed Baird:
“We’re thrilled,” said skipper Ed Baird on the dock after racing. “These kind of conditions were a bit beyond what we’ve experienced before and so we’ve been learning in every race trying to figure it out, it was pretty hairy! All the teams were having their moments where they had a little trouble, but these guys did great and I’m really excited that we were able to hang in there and get the points we needed.

“It’s been a tough series. It’s been a lot of fun — and it’s a lot more fun when you come out in front — but we really learned a lot today. We were definitely taking it easy, trying to be as conservative as we could.“

Ishares Cup: Cowes Day 2

Event 3Cowes, UK

Alinghi 2 7 3 1 2 1 2 1 1 5 5 6 4 5 1 149
Team Origin 4 5 1 dnf
3 2 1 6 2 2 2 2 3 3 4 142
Holmatro 3 4 4 2 6 3 5 2 4 4 3 3 5 4 7 136
BMW OR Cammas 1 1 2 dnf 4 4 3 4 3 3 6 dnf 2 2 3 131
BMW OR Spithill 9 2 7 dnf 1 8 8 5 5 1 1 1 1 1 2 130
iShares 6 6 9 5 8 7 9 8 7 6 4 4 7 6 dnf 90
BT 10 9 8 rdg
7 5 4 3 7 dsq
8 7 9 8 8 82
Volvo Ocean Race RAF 8 10 6 dsq
9 6 7 6 8 9 8 8 7 5 72
Oman Sail 5 3 5 4 dnf

dns dns dns 10 5 6 9 6 64
JP Morgan Asset Management 8 10 6 3 5 6 7 dnf 9 7 7 dnf
dns dns

Aug 3, 2008

Ishares Cup: Cowes Day 1

Event 3Cowes, UK

Alinghi 2 6 3 1 40
Holmatro 3 4 4 2 39
BMW ORACLE Racing Cammas 1 1 2 dnf 35
Oman Sail 5 3 5 4 35
Team Origin 4 5 1 dnf
JP Morgan Asset Management 8 10 6 3 25
iShares 6 7 9 5 25
BMW ORACLE Racing Spithill 9 2 7 dnf 21
Volvo Ocean Race RAF 8 10 6 15
BT 10 9 8 dnf 12
Team Aqua 7 11 dns dns 8
Tommy Hilfiger dnc dnc dnc dnc 0

Aug 2, 2008

iShares Cup Cowes Day 1: “Like being in a pinball machine!”

02 August 2008
The America’s Cup teams stole the show on the first day of the iShares Cup, but with mixed fortunes in a full-on day at Skandia Cowes Week.

Franck Cammas, the offshore multihull specialist, got things off to a flying start by winning his very first iShares Cup race from America’s Cup defenders Alinghi after he got a great lift up the first mark, and took a lead which he held all the way around.

Cammas followed up to make it a double victory in race two, followed home by his BMW ORACLE Racing team mate James Spithill. Current series leaders TEAMORIGIN were right on the pace in the first race, but had a slow top mark rounding in the second, recovering well to take fifth.

iShares Cup: Training in Cowes with Windsurfers

Aug 1, 2008

F18: Sudestada Rio de la Plata (South East Wind 25knots)

F18 going hard in extreme conditions at Rio de la Plata, Buenos Aires,Arg.
"Sudestada" are Southeast strongest winds in the area. Time to go windsurfing and Kiteboarding... now you can go sailing an F18 too...!

BMWOracle & GGYC appeals latest America’s Cup decision

Valencia, Spain, 1 August 2008: The Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) said today it has lodged an appeal against this week’s decision of the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court.
“We believe the Challenger of Record has to be a real yacht club. It cannot be something that is manufactured with a defender to set up a one-sided event. This decision would set an absurd precedent,” Tom Ehman, the club’s spokesman said.
“We believe we have an excellent case for winning on appeal.”
Because it was a split decision among five judges the club has an automatic right of appeal.
Ehman said the club looked forward to obtaining a result that will end any further legal dispute.