Feb 23, 2009

Tybee500 2009

2009 Race Dates : May 11 - May 17

Pic: www.velocitysailing.com www.adventureOnline.tv

20 teams already registered fot the 2009 Tybee500, several F18s among the I20s.
100% participants growth from last year race.


Gitana joins 2009 Ishares Cup circuit

Gitana team is following Groupama's calendar, records and events.
Ishares VX40 circuit is growing and attracting top teams, as F1 racecars teams like Honda, BMW and Renault are out for 2009 due to economic crisis.
Good news for multihull racing as VX40 racing is becoming the F1 Circus of sailing events.

As Juan K says "Multihull racing is the F1 of sailing"
AC right now is sadly going down....

In 2009, the Gitana Team will rank among the crews participating in the European circuit of the iShares Cup. Contested on 40 foot one-design catamarans – Extreme 40s – the racing will begin in May and end in October. The season's schedule will only be fully finalised over the coming weeks, though we already know that five events will see the 2009 participants racing in Italy, France, UK, Germany and Holland.

Yann Guichard, a regular in the Gitana Team since 2004, is joining the stable's ranks as a skipper-helm aboard the Extreme 40 Gitana. This young 34 year old sailor is just as much at ease racing around the cans, as a result of his Olympic career, as he is sailing offshore using his transatlantic experience. As such he will now have to show what he's made of on this new medium, which is tailor-made for his talent. Indeed, it's worth remembering that Yann Guichard is a grand specialist on these sports catamarans as his three Olympic preparations on the Tornado, as well as his 4th place in the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000 bear witness.


Feb 15, 2009

New Hobie F18: Closer look at the Wildcat

Mitch Booth sailing the Wildcat, nice hull colors, although they have a drawback,

Grey absorves to much sun light and it simply cooks the inside, fiberglass does not get hurted but it creates too much condesation. I know for a fact as we paint our F18 and RC 16 with same colors 2 years ago, went back to white.

Think it looks really nice.

Also check rudder castings and system, like AHPC old style.

Now Mitch has a fine and updated machine for 2009 Worlds in Belgium, and with Caroljin (confirmed) and Darren (to be confirmed) on Wildcats, Hobie will reclaim F18 World title again. Infusion reign may be too short, but of course we'll have to wait until July... One thing´s for sure, Hobie is ready to rumble...again.

Take a look at stbrd bow (the hull is planning or about to) and specially transom wake/track/spray.....

Wildcat Public price: 19,700Euros

Cammas and Groupama 3: 2009 Season Calendar

After losing an ama and capzising sailing off New Zealand last season, Groupama 3 is back on water getting ready for a series of records attemps.
Cammas will also participate in the Ishares Cup circuit.
2009 Groupama 3 Calendar of records Atetmps:

-From 6th MayTime to beat: Mediterranean crossing record
From Marseilles to Carthage - Tunisia (458 nm)17 hours 56 minutes and 33 seconds
-From 7th JulyTime to beat: North Atlantic crossing record
From New York to Lizard Point (2,925 nm)4 days 03 hours 57 minutes and 54 seconds
-From 1st NovemberTime to beat: Jules Verne Trophy
Crewed round the world via the three capes50 days 16 hours 20 minutes and 4 seconds

Feb 10, 2009

Americas Cup last court Hearings

The CAT fight is not over yet, Oracle has one more chance, and all catsailors are waiting for the DoG cat fight to take place.

From Alinghi Press mail:

Nautique de Genève's statement following today's oral hearing at the New York Court of Appeals
New York, USA - (2009-02-10)
Following today's oral hearing at the New York Court of Appeals, this is the statement by Lucien Masmejan, Société Nautique de Genève legal counsel:“Today's hearing marked the last step in this long legal journey instigated by the Golden Gate Yacht Club. We are confident that the Court of Appeals will render a final decision which will permit the Defender Alinghi, the legitimate Challenger of Record Club Náutico Español de Vela, and the 17 other challengers from 11 countries to move forward with the 33rd America's Cup.It's finally time to get the America's Cup back on the water, where victory is pursued and not in the courtroom. We have demonstrated to the court that the America's Cup community is united through a democratic process that has established rules and has created a new class of race yacht. We expect the Court of Appeals to reaffirm the previous decision that favours an exciting and competitive multi-challenge America's Cup with 19 competitors in 2009 and 2010, instead of forcing a multi-hull match between just two competitors.”