• What’s Up 1431

    Så, vad händer den här veckan i seglingsvärlden?

    SM i Express på Marstrand 1-3 augusti. 57 anmälda varav 35 svenska. VM i H-båt i Varberg. 44 båtar varav 18 svenska. Och så klart Hermanö Runt!

    I Kiel inleds VM i ORCi och i Cowes är det Comes Week med EM i J/111.

    Nåt annat?

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  • J/97 Evolution


    Precis som J/122 så får nu också J/97 en liten facelift.

    Originally launched in 2009, the J/97 needs little introduction. In 2013 the J/97 won its class at the UK IRC Nationals, Cowes Week, Plymouth Week, the South West IRC Nationals, Dartmouth Week, West Highland Week, Brighton Marina Yacht Cub Regatta and Abersoch Keelboat Week. A J/97 was also declared overall winner of the Scottish Series – three different J/97s have taken this title for the last three years.

    To broaden her appeal to both racers and cruisers, the J/97 has had a mini remodel and evolved to become the new J/97E, shown in the gallery above.

    The most significant alteration is in the deck layout where the traveller has been moved half a metre aft and is now on the cockpit sole. This move provides 50% more working cockpit space and with the primary winches also moving aft the crew have an increased operating space. A factory fit wheel is now available with a Jefa ‘drag link’ steering system combined with JP3 self aligning bearings to give a beautifully light feel to the helm. The rudder has the same tiller pivot point so the tiller steered option has an under deck mechanism ensuring the helmsman is still behind the traveller.

    Notable enhancements to the interior include increased headroom in the aft cabin as the cockpit sole has been raised making her even more comfortable for cruising and the new J/111 window style profile and optional hull windows add to the feeling of light and space in the cabin with her six foot standing headroom.

    Fancy taking a look at the Evolution yourself? Please don’t hesitate to contact us as the J/97E is here in Hamble ready to sail!

    The J/97 is the first J in over two decades under 32’ to combine 6’ headroom and family cruising accommodations in a high performance, easily driven hull.With the handling ease of an asymmetric spinnaker and non-overlapping headsails, the J/97 fits the needs of today’s sailing families, both young and old alike.

    The key to creating a versatile sailboat is staying focused on the quality of the sailing experience, a trait shared by all J designs. Boats that are easily driven, easily handled, and genuinely fun to sail provide greater long-term “sailing value” to their owners than designs driven by the latest rating rule (remember….rules change) or designs that are over-compromised to meet the latest styling trends. Form usually follows function in good sailboat design, and the J/97 is no exception.

    Like its larger siblings, the J/109 and J/122, the J/97 is all about delivering a fun and satisfying sailing experience, whether daysailing, single-handing, cruising or racing. The cockpit features full length seats with back rests, tiller steering, and a unique, partially open transom that incorporates life-raft storage. All the key controls are within reach of the helmsperson. A retractable bow sprit with masthead asymmetric spinnaker allows great all-around performance without the need for numerous skilled crew. The low VCG keel provides exceptional upwind stability while being cruising friendly with a swept back leading edge (to avoid snagging buoys) and moderate draft.

    The interior layout is laid out for one or two couple cruising and includes a spacious main cabin with two settees, galley, forward-facing navigation station; plus an enclosed aft head, V-berth, and aft owner’s cabin. Cruising stowage includes a large “garage” aft of the head (accessed through the cockpit seat locker).


    LOA: 31.66 ft – 9.65 m
    LWL: 25.57 ft – 8.10 m
    BEAM: 10.99 ft – 3.35 m
    DRAFT: 1.90 ft – 6.24 m
    BALLAST: 2,985 lbs – 1,350 kg
    DISPLACEMENT: 8,619 lbs – 3900 kg
    SAIL AREA: 592 sq.ft – 55 m²
    SPINNAKER AREA: 970 sq ft – 90 m
    ENGINE: 20 hp
    RCDC Category: A




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  • Sjysst cockpit

    Sjysst cocpit på Spindrift 2. Full bildstorlek här.

    130-foteren ligger i Newport och väntar på rätt väder för att slå rekordet över Atlanten. Håll koll på dem här.

    After a month on standby in Newport (Rhode Island), there has still been no launch window. Spindrift racing remains on the starting blocks, all set to attack the New York to Lizard Point record of 3d 15h 25m. The weather conditions, however, are delaying the start, forcing the team to be patient, despite their desire to set sail. As Yann Guichard explains, these accomplished sailors have no choice but to accept the wait, unusual as it may be for an elite sportsman.

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  • Commodores’ Cup 2014

    Alltid intressant att se vilka team och båtar som gör bra ifrån sig i Commodores’ Cup. Intressant också att titta i resultatlistan då en del båtar haft lite oflyt på havsracet. Kanske kan det finnas lite input här för diskussionen om snabba kryss/länsbåtar mellan 35 och 40 fot.

    Återigen tog Irland hem det. Hela resultatlistan här.

    (sorterad på enskilda båtar)
    Ker 40 Catapult Ireland 1.210 73
    Ker 40 Cutting Edge GBR Red 1.199 83,5
    A40 Goa France Blue 1.088 85,5
    Swan 45 Eala Of Rhu Scotland 1.181 93,5
    Grand Soleil 43 Quokka 8 Ireland 1.100 97
    Ker 39 Antix Ireland 1.131 98
    A13 Teasing Machine France Green 1.174 113
    First 40.7 Pen Koent France Red 1.047 132
    King 40 Cobra GBR Red 1.118 133,5
    Grand Soleil 44 R Eleuthera France Red 1.111 148,5
    First 40 Zephyr Scotland 1.092 152,5
    A35R Chenapan3 France Green 1.042 153,5
    J/109 Yeoman of Wight GBR Blue 1.028 155,5
    Grand Soleil 40 Beelzebuth 3 France Red 1.061 161
    Ker 40 Hooligan VII GBR White 1.192 164
    Grand Soleil 43 Codiam France Blue 1.102 173
    Mills 39 Localletterbox Zero II GBR White 1.117 180
    A35 Dunkerque Plaisance – Gill Racing Team France White 1.030 180,5
    Corby 36 INO GBR White 1.081 182
    First 40 Dusty P GBR Blue 1.079 185,5
    Ker 39 Inis Mor France Blue 1.123 188
    Farr 30 Motivé France Green 1.056 190
    Corby 37 Aurora Scotland 1.094 211
    Grand Soleil 37 MUSIX France White 1.026 216
    J/109 Diamond Jem GBR Blue 1.025 216,5
    J/122 Nutmeg Sparkling Charter France White 1.077 216,5
    X 37 Fatjax GBR Red 1.037 231

    Throughout this Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup the racing has been blessed with Mediterranean conditions – scorching temperatures and generally light to moderate winds. This has favoured the big boats which have cleaned up in the windward-leewards and Monday’s offshore race. But today this all changed.

    The Race Committee stuck to the schedule and sent the nine 3-boat teams on a course anti-clockwise around the Isle of Wight. The start was at 09:30 BST from the Royal Yacht Squadron line, and the Blair family’s King 40 Cobra in GBR Red and Jamie McGarry’s Swan 45 Eala of Rhu in GBR Scotland were called OCS and had to return.

    There were two schools of thought among the boats heading west down the Solent and it was the group closer to the mainland shore which prevailed, including the five `fast boats’ – the three Ker 40s, the new A13, Teasing Machine, and Swan 45, Eala of Rhu, over the boats closer to the island shore. American Marc Glimcher’s turboed Ker 40 Catapult pulled ahead on the water in the Solent leading around the South West Shingles buoy off the Needles.

    The northeasterly breeze held on the southeast side of the island, the boats able to lay St Catherine’s but edging closer to the shore as the foul tide began affecting them.
    While the rich got richer, in particular Catapult, which was doing a `horizon job’, they rounded St Catherine’s Point into no wind and a building adverse tide, forcing boats to rock hop along the shore line or to kedge to prevent themselves drifting backwards. Several boats touched sand or worse, rocks, the worst affected being the star of the Irish team, Anthony O’Leary’s Ker 39 Antix, which upon arriving in Cowes tonight has had to be hauled out for repairs.

    This park-up allowed the smaller boats to sail in with the breeze causing the form in this year’s Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup to be upturned with the lowest rated boats taking the lead on corrected time. With the course shortened, finishing at Bembridge Ledge, there wasn’t enough track left for the big boats to recover and the `fast five’ became the `last five’ on corrected with the smallest boats topping the results.

    The star performer was David Aisher’s J/109 Yeoman of Wight. Having been one of the southerly losers coming down the Solent, and then seeing the leaders disappear on the leg to St Catherine’s, as Aisher put it: “When we went around the corner at St Catherine’s, it was `oh, hello!’ – everyone had parked up. Then it was a case of finding the gusts. We clouted a rock, but not badly because we were only doing 0.5 knots through the water, but Antix hit the bricks hard.”

    In the subsequent battle of the small boats, Yeoman was fighting with GBR Blue team mate and sistership Robert Stiles’ Diamond Jem and Iain Kirkpatrick’s X-37 Fatjax for the overall lead. Aisher continued: “In the last three miles they took a tack out too far, while we saw the wind kicking in from the left. Thanks to that we gained maybe 30 minutes on them. Considering we only won by two minutes, it made all the difference.”

    French boats came out well today with seven in the top 10. Benoit D’Halluin’s A35, Dunkerque Plaisance-Gill Racing Team, in France White, finished third behind Emmanuel le Men’s First 40.7 Pen Koent in France Red.

    “This time it was a race for the small boats after the difficult round the cans and windward-leeward races,” said a delighted D’Halluin. “We did well at St Catherine’s where all the boats stopped – we had very good speed for us and caught up with all the big boats. We saw two boats hitting the rocks. We were okay but there was a lot of tacking. A lot of boats anchored, but we kept going. After that we had less than 5 knots from the northeast and it was difficult to be in the right place. We didn’t do very well.”
    Eric Basset’s Motivé. Credit: Rick Tomlinson/www.rick-tomlinson.comIt is rare to see a Farr 30 One Design competing under IRC, but Eric Basset’s Motivé, the smallest boat in the regatta and racing in France Green, was one of the boats that had pulled into the lead under IRC during the park-up. They ended the race in ninth place, their best result of the regatta.

    “Going around the island was a fantastic moment,” said Anglo-French crewman, Jean-Charles Scale, who was sailing this course for the first time, despite heralding originally from Fareham. “Conditions were pretty good for us during the first part of the race. Then after the Needles it was difficult because we are the smallest boat and we were tight reaching and we were not fast enough. But then all the boats parked up and stalled and we got to within about half a mile of the big boats.”

    Once again on this occasion it paid not to kedge and Scale said they managed to keep moving, just, while other boats around them chose to anchor. “We went in close to the beach after St Catherine’s – it was pretty dodgy and four or five boats touched but fortunately we managed to avoid that.”

    After that he admitted it was difficult to know whether to go inshore or offshore, but they had chosen the former. Ultimately they ended up finishing in ninth place. Their result, and that of Gilles Caminade’s A35R Chenapan3, has caused them to relieve GBR Red of second place overall in the team rankings. Despite a poor result today – their highest placed finishers being Michael Boyd and Niall Dowling’s Grand Soleil 43, Quokka 8, coming home a lowly 13th, Ireland has retained the majority of their lead and goes into tomorrow’s double points scoring final race with a comfortable 94.5 margin over the French. Even though nothing is certain in this regatta, if all three of the Irish boats sail their worst result to date in this event, they will still claim the Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup by a 10 points.

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  • Hermanö Runt 2/8 | dags att anmäla sig

    Idag vid lunch 28 anmälda till ett av kustens trevligaste race, vilket är något färre än samma tid föprra året. Men det lär bli 60-70 båtar till start om inte alltför många bestämmer sig för att stanna i naturhamnen…

    Nytt för i år är att Sail Racing är sponsorer. Det kommer att innebära fina priser och dessutom 20% rabatt i nya butiken på Käringön 2/8. Det är också ny regi för puben i Hälleviksstrand. Den heter numera Erwings Junkfood (kul story bokom konceptet).

    All info här.

    Anmälan till hans.abrahamsson@gknaerospace.com eller 0709-743334.

    1 Marieholm MS20 Pampita Lars Pamp 0,864 std
    2 Drake s/y Signe Urban Lang 1,072 std
    3 707 nano David Christoffersson 1,076 E4821
    4 NF Mats Andersson 1,103 std
    5 Maxi Racer Gillis Wendt 1,127 std
    6 Maxi Racer Eldvatten David Selvert 1,127 std
    7 Optima 101 Jan Augustsson 1,148 E4456
    8 CB66 Racer Erik (Stellan) Larsson 1,178 std
    9 CB66 Racer Magnus René 1,178 std
    10 Smaragd Ariel Stephan Wilck 1,188 std
    11 J/70 Christer Lundwall 1,197 std
    12 J/70 Christer Holmen 1,197 std
    13 J/97 Jesus for life Ulf Jacobsson 1,227 E4169
    14 J/92s Ninja Peter Amundin 1,235 E5080
    15 Dehler 33 cr Vildvittra Ola Sandahl 1,238 E5533
    16 X-99 Xstream Anders Kellström 1,25 std
    17 XP33 Coquette IV Anders Kuikka 1,263 E5311
    18 XP33 Ulrik Svensson 1,263 prel !!!
    19 First 36.7 CAJO Lars-Gunnar Gydemo 1,266 E4552
    20 Diva 38 Team Rados Annika Lyrén 1,27 prel !!!
    21 SwedeStar 370 Stella Stefan Möller 1,271 E4530
    22 First 36.7 Raccoon Lars Niklasson 1,271 E5072
    23 First 35 Rebellion Carl Fjällman 1,272 E4812
    24 First 35 Elusive Krister Gustafson 1,284 E4901
    25 Mumm 36 Aero Roger Ahlqvist 1,339 E4213
    26 Finn Flyer 36 Zlatan Lars Wikander 1,344 E4704
    27 Arcona 410 UK Syversen Anders Nordström 1,378 E5120
    28 J/111 Blur Peter Gustafsson 1,386 E4528

    Kul med både en ny Xp33 och en Diva 38.

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  • Inför Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

    En del intressanta jämförelsen för de som är intresserade av de maxi-fleeten i Medelhavet.


    Owned and helmed by individuals accustomed to success outside of sport, sailed by outstanding professional talent and designed by architectural visionaries, the world’s most impressive monohull yachts – known in the sailing community as Maxis – are admired for their speed, power and elegance.

    The ultimate testing ground and showcase for Maxis, their owners, sailors and designers is the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, held annually in Porto Cervo, Sardinia and open only to yachts over 18.29m (60-ft) in length. With a fierce level of competition, challenging and complex racecourses, the event provides a stern examination of a Maxi yacht’s capabilities.

    The 2014 edition of the competition will take place from 31 August – 6 September. Like spring’s Baselworld for the watch industry, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is an unmissable rendezvous for those captivated by, and at the forefront of, the most cutting-edge developments in their industry.


    From aluminium to carbon

    Established in 1980, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup was born of a desire to provide the large, powerful yachts with an opportunity to engage in a direct competition, in a suitably challenging environment. Organized by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, the event has been the jewel of Rolex’s international yachting portfolio since 1985. The near thirty-year partnership between the event, yacht club and Title Sponsor is one of the longest and most significant relationships in the world of sailing. Its enduring nature reflects shared values and the common pursuit of excellence and advancing innovation.

    In the 1980s hulls were made of glass fibre, aluminium, sometimes even wood. Masts and rigging were constructed using metal; lines controlling sails were made of wire. Heavy and not particularly fast, loads were high, manoeuvres ponderous and safety margins slim. A far cry from the sleek, carbon fibre-built designs of today that benefit from aerospace technology, making them fast and agile. In the right hands some appear to be sailed like dinghies.

    “Initially, Maxis were heavy displacement, fixed keel boats with a fairly shallow draft,” explains Jim Pugh of the San Diego-based Reichel/Pugh studio, the visionary behind several of the world’s great Maxi yachts from Wild Oats XI to Esimit Europa 2. The Maxis now racing in Porto Cervo are unrecognisable from their predecessors – rules, materials and knowledge have all changed over the intervening years expanding the opportunities considerably. “Some of the Maxi boats now weigh 26 metric tonnes whereas 30 years ago they weighed 75 tonnes – a huge difference. The rigs are probably twice the size and due to a much longer waterline, they are more powerful, probably going three times the speed they did thirty years ago.”

    Rolf Vrolijk of German studio Judel/Vrolijk, inspiration behind all-conquering Mini Maxis such as Niklas Zennström’s Rán 2 (and Zennstrom’s latest Rán launched earlier this year and now poised for its first Porto Cervo appearance) and Hap Fauth’s Bella Mente points to a number of factors affecting why and how design has evolved: “A lot of the changes have been influenced by rating rules which have determined how boats are built.” Other developments have occurred following improvements in a different area, for example “sail development in terms of cloth and design has occurred parallel to improvements in mast design.”

    Continued research into the possibilities offered by the latest construction materials has enabled different sizes and types of boat to emerge. The landscape has broadened immensely: from all-out racing Mini Maxis between 60 and 72 feet to imperious Supermaxis measuring in excess of 165 ft (50m); from boats designed to both race and cruise to those with speed as their single purpose. All reflect a continuing desire to break boundaries in terms of power and elegance. The differences between an all out racing Mini Maxi (Bella Mente) and a Supermaxi (defending Class champion Nilaya), designed primarily to cruise, are outlined in an accompanying infographic.


    A collaborative process

    With the range of concepts and solutions on display, it is little surprise that many projects are born at or inspired by the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. “Coming to an event like this you see so many different styles of boat,” explains Pugh. “It is definitely very stimulating in terms of creativity.”

    Pugh confirms that the design process is categorized by several key steps starting with the owner’s brief: “You will discuss what the owner wants to do, how he wants the boat to perform, gaining an idea about where the boat has to sail, where it has to have its strong points to meet his vision.”

    Some briefs can be truly specific, as designer Mark Mills reveals for the recently launched 72-ft Mini Maxi Alegre: “More than a perfect testing ground, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is the boat’s raison d’être. The boat’s design, everything about it, is about coming here and doing our best. It is the template around which Alegre was designed.”

    Once commissioned, an exhaustive research and development (R&D) process begins. “So much of this sort of boat design is driven by R&D,” explains Mills. “The first thing you do is set up a weather model, agree on the right conditions and let 80 or 90 hull shapes run through that model. The hull shape and parameters of the boat come out of R&D work. To that end it is the child of the research process.”

    “Sometimes we will tank test, other times we will test computationally,” explains Pugh. “Then we will develop a number of other designs that are slightly different, varying parameters of the baseline such as beam and displacement and different styles of hull shapes so we can run those computationally. It is a fairly long process, taking somewhere between four to seven months.”

    Once the design concept and testing is finalised, the complex build process is set in motion, a collaboration involving composite structural engineers, together with sail and mast makers, and specialists in almost every conceivable aspect of a sailing boat.

    Once constructed the crew begin a further testing process through extensive sea trials and then sailing the boat at competitive events. It can take a while for a new launch to reach her full potential. “Everyone hopes to be right on target out of the blocks,” explains Mills, “but the size of these boats and level of complexity involved, including a crew of around 22, means it usually takes a year to get a boat fully working.” This is the position Alegre now finds herself in. She is aiming to better last year’s second place and claim her first Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship.

    Technology enables crews to crunch an amazing amount of data from cameras recording sail shape to sensors noting backstay and forestay tension. Of course, the data is nothing without skilled human interpretation. The sailors at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup are a who’s who in this regard, nearly all with a skill beyond simply knowing how to sail.

    Larger and lighter

    Development is not confined to pure race boats. The Wally Cento is one of the latest concepts in dual purpose yachts required to both cruise and perform on the racecourse. Hamilton was the first iteration, launched in 2012, and Reichel/Pugh delivered the second in Magic Carpet 3 in early 2013. The response to another owner taking advantage of evolution in stronger, lighter materials to improve speed. “It is a very exciting project,” continues Pugh, “It is not an absolute race design and has to reach the class rules of considerable accommodation. This is an even bigger challenge than doing a stripped out racing boat.”

    Magic Carpet 3’s owner, Sir Lindsay Owen Jones, explains his concern throughout the process was whether his new yacht would be fast. The answer he says emphatically is yes: “It’s much faster. It is much more fun, much more exciting. Paradoxically, it is a much better cruising boat because of its extra width, which gives people air and space and makes it a very stable cruising platform. When you feel it accelerating it really is an exciting feeling. It feels like a racing boat and that’s what we wanted.”


    Evolution not revolution

    What can we expect to see over the coming years in terms of Maxi yacht design? “There are parameters that limit you so you are not going to see a revolution in design,” warns Pugh. “But you may see a continuing evolution in hull design in terms of performance, sail plans and in rigs.”

    “The possibilities are always there,” adds Vrolijk “and a desire to push the boundaries of speed will always be prevalent. For every generation of boats, the new ones have to be faster.”

    Just like the Maxi world with which it has been closely associated with for nearly thirty years, Rolex has championed innovation in its field from the very beginning, adapting to dynamic, changing lifestyles and pioneering the development of the wristwatch as early as 1905. The brand is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism introduced in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. The parallels with the continued developments in the Maxi world are clear: the desire to create something which is enduring and aesthetically spectacular; precise and innovative; robust and functional; admired and recognised for its excellence.

    The developments witnessed each year at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup are significant for many reasons: they push the design envelope at the pinnacle end of the sport; the demand for, and availability of, high-tech material filters down to all aspects of sailing; Maxi yacht owners make a substantial investment to push the perceived boundaries of speed; and the desire for increased comfort onboard propels the sport’s continued evolution. Among the innovations anticipated for the future are consequential changes to the underwater profile and foils to increase speed.

    As certain as Maxis will continue to break boundaries, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup will forever be the proving ground for the world’s greatest and fastest yachts. 2014 promises to be no exception.

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