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Fastnet Insights – Onboard Banque Populaire

Digby Fox filmed aboard the record breaking Banque Populaire V in this year’s Rolex Fastnet Race.

Video-Update on Vestas Sailrocket 2

Team Leader Paul Larsen gives you an update on the progress of his Vestas Sailrocket II.

Murtic 52 – I’m in Love

… what a beauty

Category: A Ocean
Engine: Yanmar 4JH4 Turbo Diesel
Engine Power: 55 kW / 75KS
Length overall: 15.99 m
Beam: 4.65 m
Draught (keel down): 3.30 m
Draught (keel up): 2.7 m
Fuel: 300 l
Water: 400 l
Hot water: 40 l
Shore Power: 230 V 25 A
DC Power: 12 V 250 Ah
Ballast: 4600 kg
Displacement (light): 10700 kg
Displacement (loaded): 13000 kg

Rig and sail:
I: 20.1 m
J: 6.13 m
P: 20.8 m
E: 7.3 m
SPL: 7.53 m
ISP: 22.4 m
Sail areas:
Fore triangle: 66.3 m2
Main sail: 91.5 m2
Spinnaker: 281 m2

The Killing Machine!

Designer Steve Killing is talking about his new international 14 construction!

McConaghy’s All In for ALL4ONE

It was all hands on deck at McConaghy Boats in Sydney when they were commissioned to build the brand new TP 52 for Jochen Schümann and Stephane Kandler’s ALL4ONE syndicate. Powered by the sponsorship from Audi this latest yacht to be built will compete in the 2011 Audi MedCup.

The yacht was masterly crafted by McConaghy Boats in record time taking an amazing 72 days to build! The order for the Rolf Vrolijk designed yacht was received in late November 2010.

Hull construction begun on January 5th and the yacht was finished on the 8th March 2011.

Jochen Schümann commented overnight:

“We are very proud of the excellent work and coordinated effort of the build team at McConaghy. They have proven that it has been the right decision for a European team to build their new Race boat down under.”

Boat Captain, Paolo Bassani commented whilst observing his brand new craft leaving the McConaghy facility:

“There has been a lot of effort that has gone into this yacht. It has been an incredible experience working closely with McConaghy’s; they have a great team of skilled craftsmen that worked very hard and long hours to finish this boat in time.

Nothing has been compromised in the build, under enormous time constraints; they have done a superior job.

We believe it will be a great boat, now it is up to us as a sailing team to make it fast on the race course!”

The normal build time for such a race boat is more like 5-6 months. General Manager of McConaghy’s Richard Stanning said:

“It has been a very concerted effort by all of us here, it is a great achievement to build a boat in this amount time and still maintain our high standards that will be required for a race boat of this calibre. That only occurs when you have a good supply of design drawings and a capable team to implement it”.

McConaghy’s Managing Director, Jono Morris added:

The sailing team, design team and build team have done a remarkable job on this project, it’s a credit to everyone involved. We are looking forward to following the success of the Audi all4One team in the Audi MedCup over the next 3 seasons.”
The clock is still ticking as the first race of the Audi MedCup starts on May 11th in Cascais, Portugal.

The sleek red hull, with the Audi logo emblazoned down the topsides, was carefully loaded onto a road transporter and then left in the early hours of the morning through Sydney to Port Botany, where it will be shipped to Valencia, Spain, for commissioning.

MOD 70 launched! The new Offshore OneDesign Trimaran

The MOD70 Race for Water, the first of the new series of oceanic one-design multihulls, will be christened tonight as of 9 pm, by French actress Anne Richard in Lorient. A week full of great events has gone by: the launch of the boat, an educational day with the children of Lorient schools, the organization of a Forum «Ocean racing, a platform for sustainability?» attended by several specialists, Catherine Chabaud, Roland Jourdain and Vincent Lauriot-Prevost. Multi One Attitude Foundation’s ambassador boat, the MOD70 nr. 1, skipped by Stève Ravussin, will participate this year in two races and in a fleet test match.

“I am committed to fight hard with my new boat, the MOD70 Race for Water, to obtain the best results; I will do my best to promote our message: the preservation of water!” says Stève Ravussin, just a few hours before the christening of his new racing machine. “We have already a good racing program this year, with two mythical races, the Stockholm Round Gotland Race in Sweden in July and the Fastnet Race in Great Britain in August, followed by the test match this autumn, where all the teams participating in the circuit will try to win on an equal footing!

And tonight, the skippers, namely Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia), Roland Jourdain (Veolia Environnement) and Sébastien Josse (Gitana Team), will stand by Stève’s side for the christening of the first MOD70 Race for Water. Anne Richard, the French actress, a long time friend, has been chosen by Stève to represent the children, the actual godfathers and godmothers of the boat. She will say a few words before the traditional champagne bottle’s breaking. The actress writes and tells children’s stories, and her CD’s are loved by the small ones. She will be assisted by Malo and Ambre, both 10 years old, who will also take part in the ceremony, just after the giant technology 4D show, projected on the Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly for the public.

Anne-Cecile Turner, Multi One Attitude Foundation Director, says: “It is magic to see the “Race for Water” in the sea. It is the result of a hard work. She is now ready to carry our message around Europe and around the world.”

Marco Simeoni, Multi One Design and Multi One Attitude Foundation President: “This has been a fantastic week. The Foundation has launched the first actions aiming to increase public awareness about water preservation, both with the children and with the nautical industry community. ” He continues: “The MOD70 Race for Water is not only the ambassador of the Foundation, but also the ambassador of the entire MOD70 series. Already 4 teams are registered and we will announce the 5th team in April. We are confident that 12 boats will be on the start of the first Ocean World Tour».


The new Quantum TP52

New Vestas Sailrocket

Vestas Sailrocket 2 from Richard Langdon on Vimeo.

The SailRocket Team launched its second-generation speed sailing boat from East Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Vestas SailRocket 2 is designed to be significantly faster than its predecessor, with the ultimate aim of breaking the ‘Outright World Speed Sailing Record’.

Sailrocket vs. Hydroptère

Sailrocket vs. Hydroptère from science TV on Vimeo.

North Sails Insights

North Sails from Richard Langdon on Vimeo.