Jan 2, 2019

Beachcat Atlantic Crossing: Dakar-Guadeloupe by Team Ocean Cat




Photos by Andrea Falcon / Ocean Cat.  - Team Ocean Cat will try to break the record established in 2017 by Team Malingri. Ocean Cat will be using the same platform designed by Balance Arquitectura Naval with some updates.
The team is also gathering financial support through sportfunder.com/oceancat

Below report sent by Alessandro Mei / Ocean Cat Press.
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TULLIO PICCIOLINI AND GIAMMARCO SARDI IN SEARCH OF THE RECORD OF ATLANTIC CROSSING WITH THE ITALIAN SAILING FEDERATION PATRONAGE

Tullio Picciolini and Giammarco Sardi are now in Dakar, from where they will take off in mid-January towards Guadeloupe on board the 6-meter “Ocean Cat” non-habitable sport catamaran, which for the occasion will hoist the FIV (Italian Sailing Federation) flag, to try to beat the Atlantic crossing record without assistance from the coast of Senegal to Guadeloupe (2551 nautical miles, equal to 4724 km).

Dakar-Guadeloupe is the route approved by the Speed ​​Record Council of World Sailing, the International Sailing Federation, for the Atlantic crossing record, without assistance, of a crew of two people aboard a non-habitable 20 foot sport catamaran (6 meters).

According to statistics and weather analysis, the best conditions for departure should occur around 15 th January. In front of the coast of Dakar will be placed the starting line where a judge appointed by World Sailing will decree the beginning of the attempt to break the Atlantic crossing record of 11 days, 1 hour, 9 minutes and 30 seconds set by Vittorio and Nico Malingri in the April 2017

Picciolini and Sardi have more than 70 thousand nautical miles on their backs, 50 thousand the first and 20 thousand the second, crossed between the Mediterranean, the Atlantic and the Pacific.

The 20 foot (6 meter) ocean catamaran on which they will race was designed specifically for the record by Studio Balance Arquitectura Naval from the Aviles Ramos Site, and is built entirely of carbon. It is a very solid boat, fast and made unsinkable by its 14 watertight compartments that during the crossing will also be used for stowing food for 16 days and technical material. With this same boat, Vittorio and Nico Malingri have conquered the Atlantic crossing record in 2017. It has been controlled and optimized for the new crossing, with the collaboration of the designer and with the support of a C-Catamarans shipyard.

During the crossing from Dakar to Guadeloupe, Ocean Cat will be equipped with two Solbian AllInOne solar panels with back contact technology that allows a strong cell yield, higher than 22%, which consequently improves the performance of the solar panel, necessary to maintain efficient on-board instrumentation such as compass, wind, speed and safety systems.

Tullio Picciolini commented : “This week we will need for the clearance of the boat, which is already in Dakar for ten days, the assembly and acclimatization before the start for the record. A week of hard work is waiting for the development of this small boat, we have to test the instrumentation on board and the connections with the operating room that will follow us from Rome and connected to the Operative Room of the Italian Coast Guard “.

The company of the two Italian sailors will be able to be followed on the www.oceancat.it website, thanks to the SmartTrack satellite tracking system which, through the SGS Tracking LiveTrack software, will allow the vessel’s position in real time to be viewed along the web. route Dakar-Guadeloupe. The contents will also be published on the Facebook, Instagram and YouTube pages dedicated to the event.

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