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the dutch are coming

Today, under the leadership of Simeon Tienpont, the initiator of Team The Netherlands, the symbolic opening of his Team Base took place in the Topsportcentrum Scheveningen. This in preparation for a Dutch participation in the 36th America's Cup. The America's Cup is now 167 years old and is the first time that the Netherlands participates. Simeon Tienpont is the first to take the floor and tells us that the timing is perfect for a Dutch project in the America's Cup. Technical knowledge and various lines of research become the building blocks for this syndicate. The construction of the AC75 sailboat and the process of the team during the run-up to the World Series will generate a huge amount of information that is also of high social value. It is a great opportunity for BV Nederland. Read on thanks to clubracer....

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earth

Vilamoura,  in the south of Portugal more and more know, by the "Olympic Sailing Mecca" as most of the Olympic teams are trainning there aiming Tokyo 2020, receive the 3rd Act of the Algarve Dragon Winter Cup, another Great event organized by Vilamoura Sailing. Among some of the best sailors of the class (George Leonchuk , Lars Hendriksen and Pedro Andrade) we had  a special participation of  Greig City Academy,  an inner city London secondary school who run a sailing project called Scaramouche. After 3 days and 9 races of sailing with winds between 8 to 14kts,  Pedro Andrade and  team got the event after battling neck and neck against Ivan Badbury from GBR  and Swedish team of  Karl-Gustaf Lohr got 3rd. 8D Sailing  provided again a VIP service where the   Dragon Sailors had the opportunity  of having a new Petticrows V6 fully equipped and tuned ready to race, which allows the sailors to arrive at any venue having a boat launched in perfect racing conditions ready to go out. Next and penultimate Act of the series is 7th to 9th of February with already 14 entries from 7 countries,  among the favorites  are Lawrie Smith , Dimitri Samokin , Pedro Andrade....

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winter wonder

Over the past weekend, the Olympic speed classes had their tune-up races in view of the forthcoming Miami Worldcup event as well, and most of the top teams participated. First in the 49ers were Diego Botin/Iago Marr ESP 16 points ahead of Benjamin Bildstein/David Hussl AUT. Meggendorfer/Spranger GER finished 3rd. In the 49ersFX, the Olympic Champions Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA were the clear winners ahead of Stephanie Roble/Maggie Shea USA and Odile Van Aanholt/Marieke Jongens NED. Favorites were in front in the Nacras 17 as well with John Gimson/Anna Burnett GBR ahead of Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS and Santiago Lange/Cecilia Carranza ARG. All ranking lists....

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glitter and gold

A Rare insight into cruising mutltihull evolution By Chris Museler With Clint Clemens, conceiver of the Bañuls 53 Trimaran FINN It’s hard to top a sunny fall day sailing a Dyer Dhow with your boppy seven-year-old granddaughter. But Clint Clemens is never satisfied with an exceptional experience. He’s always looking to have more fun, and take his friends along for the ride. Clint had a beer, loaded young Emmy, her best friend and me into his truck, and raced the sunset to Third Beach. We piled a grocery cart-load of food into a floppy inflatable and zipped out to his custom Trimaran, FINN, as 25 knots blew a mist of light, stinging sand from the dunes across our legs. The air temperature was sliding down into the low 40s when we tucked under the arching, crimson-striped “power blister” and went below. Phew! A complete pressure cooker pasta meal, some rum, juice and bedtime stories under the LED lights illuminating a carbon-clad band around the cabin ended our day. Knowing Clint, the next day was going to be at least as great, if not better. We were asleep before our heads hit the pillow. FINN is what you get when a young, wild entrepreneurial artist discovers the ultimate freedom of wind, speed and fun with an original Windsurfer in 1978, and has 40 years to perfect this sensation. A hugely successful advertising photographer with an appetite for fast cars and heart thumping experiences, Clint has spent his adult life razor focused on two things: his career and having as much fun and adventure with his family and friends as physically possible. How FINN was conceived, built and sailed between Maine and the Caribbean for the past four years is as much a dissertation on the dominant virtues of multihulls, particularly trimarans,...

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more rigs, no rigs….

Does this Laser/Olympic shit show ever end? ILCA is aware that photos and videos of some developmental rigs for use with the Laser hull as well as portions of a recent media release from Laser Performance have led to quite a bit of questioning, speculation, and information (as well as misinformation) swirling around the internet. ILCA would like to share with our members the class perspective on some of these matters First, ILCA has no plans to replace or remove any of our existing classes. The 4.7, Radial and Standard classes will continue as always with controlled, incremental evolution and development aimed at improving longevity, increasing the ease of use and reducing the cost of ownership. Second, any new rigs that are in development are not proposed for inclusion in the Olympic reevaluation or sea trials. It is the existing Standard and Radial rigs that ILCA is working to have retained for the Olympic Games. The one proposed change at this time is a new composite Radial lower mast that is in development with an introduction planned so as not to conflict with the 2020 Olympics. The composite Radial lower mast is intended to eliminate any permanent bending issues seen in some aluminum masts and therefore reduce the cost of owning, maintaining and racing the Laser Radial. Third, consistent with ILCA’s past practice, any new rigs for the Laser hull will only become class legal equipment after thorough testing and widespread evaluation in conjunction with the ILCA Technical Officer, the ILCA Technical and Measurement Committee and with the approval of World Sailing.   Read on....

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flock

A nice week with 82 snipes Brazilian championship, on the water you have 9 world titles among others medalists. Brazil will held the World Cup, Snipe, next year at Ilhabela. Beach close to São Paulo, and about 300 km from Rio. - Anarchist Henrique...

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hey!

We are working through some bugs - duh - but just a quick reminder to check out the daily Sailing News feature on the upper right, remember that the three articles on the top are all clickable, and always scroll down to see what else we have created. Thanks y'all!  ...

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doing it again

Ronan Lucas, team manager and skipper Armel Le Cléac'h Team Banque Populaire. | THOMAS BRÉGARDIS The racing team off Popular Bank, based in Lorient, today confirmed the construction of a new maxi-trimaran Ultimate, following the loss of Popular Bank IX, skippered by Armel Le Cléac'h, November 6 last in the Route du Rhum. For Ouest-France, Ronan Lucas, Team Director, discusses the causes of the capsizing and details the new project that leads the skipper and his team until 2024. The racing team off Banque Populaire installed in Lorient, announced the construction of a new maxi-trimaran Ultimate after capsizing and loss of sailboat racing Banque Populaire IX. Interview with Ronan Lucas, the team director who returns to the capsizing of the boat, and the project team. Ronan Lucas, what can you remove as explanations of what capsize November 6? It is not obvious to know. If we knew exactly what happened, it would be almost easy. Today, we know that we put in work to make it not happen again. For 15 years that we are on the circuit, there has never been a major break, this is the first damage to that order. We, when we built a boat like this, we used two structure of firms. The entire boat passes in the mill computers and then all the sensitive points are independently reviewed by another firm of calculation, to see if there is no inconsistency. We spent all our boats, from Banque Populaire V in these belays, and I think it is one of the few racing teams to do so. Our goal is to never take a risk to the marine and boating. And on Banque Populaire IX, we were extremely confident about the strength of the boat. After the first capsize? No, upstream in the building. Then...

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