Since November 2013 we are able to produce a new, amazing quality of model boat sails. We use Contender Maxikote sailcloth, the best available quality of spinnaker sailcloth.
Maxikote spinnaker fabric is woven with polyester yarns and finished with our very stable and durable polyurethane coating. The result is that Maxikote has very little elasticity and is very form stable due to its low stretch. The stability and the range of weights of the Maxikote series are designed to achieve the best strength/weight ratio.
Maxikote is especially designed to meet the specific performance requirements of asymmetrical spinnakers on the latest generation light displacement yachts, dinghies and catamarans.
The lightest material we use for model boat sails we can print in a very good way is named Superlite 40. It´s only 31g light and ideal for model boat gennakers and sails for small model boats. The nylon material is coated with PU and has superior sailing abilities. The polyurethane coating guarantees high stability, low weight, no porosity and highly hydrophobically.
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On February 21 and 22, which is next week, the very first International Marine Publishing Summit will be taking place in Bremen – a meeting of media pros from the marine industry.
Journalists, writers, publishers, photographers, bloggers, PR and marketing pros gather in Bremen for two days for intensive discussions, to exchange ideas and views and to take with them new impulses.
In short: Two days of stimulation, debate and discussion with colleagues and speakers. There will be time for making new contacts between and after the talks, during the breaks and two evening parties.
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The boat has a perfekt and reliable working gennaker system. Our biggest and most fascinating innovation ever. We trust the system and tested it on the open beach of St. Peter Ording. No chance to get the boat back in case of failures. 3 hours sailing without problems.
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Amsterdam – December 3, 2013 - Dutch sailor Bouwe Bekking will return for a record-equalling seventh bid for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, the world’s leading crewed offshore race, as skipper of a new campaign launched by Brunel on Tuesday in Amsterdam.
For both sailor and sponsor, it is a case of “unfinished business”. Bekking, 50, has competed in the event twice as skipper without winning and Team Brunel will be having their third crack at ocean sailing’s most prestigious crown on the new one-design Volvo Ocean 65.
Team Brunel is the fourth campaign to announce its participation in the 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race which starts with the Alicante in-port race on October 4, 2014 before setting off for the near nine-month, 39,379-nautical mile marathon a week later.
For Bekking, this latest challenge from one of the world’s leading nautical nations is a chance to put the record straight having twice finished runner-up in an event that is part of Dutch sailing heritage having had three winners over the event’s 40 years.
He will match the achievement of Swede Roger Nilson as the only man to have competed seven times in the race, nearly 30 years after his first attempt in 1985-86.
“A Dutch-speaking team in the Volvo Ocean Race again – we owe this to our heritage and the future sailing generations to come. But above all it’s the best sailing in the world,” said a delighted Bekking who takes the helm on a Dutch boat with a real chance of adding to the country’s success story.
“Our nation is known around the world as the country of windmills, dykes, tulips, cheese, wooden clogs – and the Volvo Ocean Race. The race is just in our blood.”
Referring to his partnership with Brunel, the global project management, recruitment and consultancy company, Bekking added: “It is a great opportunity to reinforce to the world what Brunel stands for: diverse, international and dynamic. The Volvo Ocean Race is the perfect vehicle to showcase this message.”
Brunel CEO Jan Arie van Barneveld stated: “We are really happy that Brunel has again its own team and own sailing machine in the most exiting and prestigious sailing regatta in the world.”
“The formula of the race has been improved significantly: the boats are identical so it’s the teams that make the difference. It is about the quality and cooperation between the people. That is Brunel! We go for the people, the sport and the victory,” he added.
The team joins all-female campaign Team SCA, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and the Chinese challenge Team Dongfeng in the 2014-15 line-up announced so far.
The Dutch have a glorious heritage in the race, starting when it was known as the Whitbread Round the World Race in the 1977-78 edition which was won by the legendary skipper Conny van Rietschoten on board Flyer. He triumphed again in 1981-82 and remains the only skipper to have won the Volvo Ocean Race twice.
Brunel made its debut in the 1997-98 race as BrunelSunergy and the company returned in 2005-06 in a race that was won by rival Dutch challenger, ABN AMRO ONE.
Three-time race veteran and Chairman of Sailing Holland, Gideon Messink, is delighted to see all the hard preparation work putting together the latest Dutch challenge paying off.
“Our goal is to enter a professional winning team in the Volvo Ocean Race. The Volvo Ocean 65 high-tech, one-design boat is a great improvement. It’s now all about sport and teamwork.
“We are very happy that we found the golden team to do this with miles and miles of experience in every aspect. We have one of the best sailors and skippers in the world in Bouwe Bekking and twice-Volvo Ocean Race participant and great team player Gerd-Jan Poortman already named in our crew.
“Brunel is an ambitious sponsor with its roots in sailing sports. Our organisation is based on expertise and experience in sailing, both business-wise and on the water. Last but certainly not least, we have the support of the Dutch people.”
Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad added: “This announcement is great news all round. Brunel is a sponsor coming back to the race for the third time and feels like part of the Volvo Ocean Race family. They are here to win. They’re a fantastic sponsor.
“Bouwe is a great sailor and totally experienced skipper. He’s come close to winning many times – I’m sure he has some unfinished business with the event. This will be a real Dutch team and will create a real buzz in a country that knows the race so well. They will start training very soon – it’s all coming together.”
The campaign’s secondary sponsors will be Moduleo®, a division of the IVC Group which is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of vinyl floor coverings.
Brunel International N.V. is an international service provider specialising in the flexible deployment of knowledge and capacity in the fields of Engineering, Oil & Gas, Aerospace, Automotive, ICT, Finance, Legal and Insurance & Banking.
Services are provided in the form of Project Management, Secondment and Consultancy. Incorporated in 1975, Brunel has since become a global company with over 11,000 employees and an annual revenue of €1.2 billion (2012). The company is listed at Euronext Amsterdam N.V. For more information on Brunel International N.V. Visit www.brunel.net
Brunel's sponsorship in the race
1997-98 BrunelSunergy (8th overall position)&
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During the 7th unofficial german championships in the model boat classes 3x1, AC60, fortune, seawind, VO60 happens quite a lot of fuckups. Enjoy the video.
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It´s really big fun to sail the boat! No water inside, very good control.
We have to make some fine-tuning:
- Weight (electronics) some centimeter to the front.
- Mast less rake, the boat is a little bit weather helm.
Saturday: 0-1 Beaufort, light wind sails, river elbe
Sunday: 4-5 Beaufort, heavy wind sails, baltic see (Kiel)
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23.11. Our Prototyp of the new VOLVO OCEAN RACER 65 (VO65) hit the open water first time - on river Elbe in front of Teufelsbrück.
Due to some hours of overtime of Jörg we are able to test the boat at the weekend 23.11/24.11. On sunday should be more wind.
The boot ist well balanced, perhaps a little bit weather helm - if it´s the same with some more wind, we will reduce the rake of the mast. Inside and outside works the reliable technic of our 3x1 racer. Top
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Fewer sails and easier manoeuvres make the Volvo Ocean 65 safer for the sailors. Hoisting sails, taking them down, folding them - a lot of the boat handling happens at the bow. But the pointy end of the boat is not a place you want to spend too much time at in the Volvo Ocean Race.
"When we discussed what the Volvo Ocean 65 was going to be designed for, a big factor was how dangerous it was becoming for the guys to be on the foredeck," said Jack Lloyd, who with the design team and consultants including sailors, focused on improving conditions onboard.
"First, all sails are now furling except the J1, which is locked on a permanent forestay, and the mainsail. This allows us to avoid some of the sail handling issues we've had before when folding and packing sails on the foredeck.
"We also kept the same freeboard forward than on the Volvo Open 70s, which is about 1.5 metre out of the water."
Being able to furl the sails from the cockpit instead of hoisting them on the foredeck itself is a crucial safety factor, and a high freeboard, the distance between the waterline and the deck, is a well-tested protective feature.
Eight sails will be allowed onboard at race time and a total of 12 can be purchased for the entire duration of the race. All sails are one-design and built by North Sails, starting in Nevada, USA before being finished in sail lofts in France and Spain.
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As the RC44’s cruised out of Puerto Calero Marina, past the SCA team base and some of the Mini Transat fleet limping in for repairs, Race Officer Peter ‘Luigi’ Reggio was not hopeful the wind gods were going to play ball on the opening day of the Calero Marina’s RC44 World Championships. The wind fluctuated between 4-10 knots throughout the day, but the race team did a great job slotting in two good races. David Murphy’s Ironbound proved to be the most consistent player and there were race wins for Russia’s Bronenosec and Team CEEREF.
A fight for the pin end of the line in the opening race saw three boats, Nika, MAG Racing and Peninsula Petroleum, called over early. Krill Podolsky on his newly branded Gazprom Youth Challenge won the pin and headed left, along with them Brosenosec and Ironbound. The shift favoured the trio who rounded with Brosenosec leading, Gazprom second and Ironbound third. An early gybe by Krill Podolsky didn’t pay, letting Ironbound into second by the leeward gate. With no further place changes in the top three, Vladimir Liubomirov’s Brosenosec took their first RC44 race win since joining the class in June.
After an hour’s delay waiting for the wind to reappear, race two started in 8 knots. The 15-strong fleet managed one general recall before getting away cleanly. Ironbound looked strong in the middle of the fleet up the first beat, but it was Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF, coming in from the right, who crossed ahead of the American’s to take the lead. A tight mark rounding saw Peninsula Petroleum and Katusha both penalised for trying to fit into a space they maybe shouldn’t have.
At the bottom of the run Team CEEREF took the left hand gate allowing Ironbound to close, a tight cross at the top of the second beat saw the Slovenian team tack on top of Ironbound to take control. The battle for third was equally tight between Nika and Artemis Racing, Vladimir Prosikhin held off the Swedish team for the first lap, only to succumb on the second windward leg. Finishing positions Team CEEREF, Ironbound, Artemis Racing, Nika.
Igor Lah has returned to the fleet for the first time since May for the World Championships, and they are definitely in it to win it. “The World Championships are only once a year so it is a big challenge, there are several teams here that could win it, but we are also one of them.”
With two second places Ironbound sits at the top of the overnight leaderboard on four-points, Team CEEREF and Artemis Racing tied with eight-points in second and third. David Murphy couldn’t have been happier with the team’s performance. “Yesterday we were the goats and today we are the kings, two seconds feels pretty good. It’s great having tactician Paul (Goodison) onboard, he’s patient, has good insight and makes good decisions all the way around the course. Our challenge is to stay in the pack, we want to be top five top six every race and if we can do that when we get to the end of the regatta we will be in the hunt.”
Daniel and Jose Juan Calero have re-joined the fleet after an 18-month break. Jose Juan won the battle of the brothers, a tenth and seventh place leaves them in tenth overall. “It’s amazing to have the fleet back, the class gives a lot of life to the Marina and for us it’s a tradition now. I’m really happy with the team and motivated after our second race finish, especially in such a competitive class. Anything can happen in any race and if you make even the smallest mistake you lose three or four places. I think the race committee did an extremely good job; Peter Reggio really knows Puerto Calero and picked the two best moments of the day to race.”
Racing continues at the Calero Marina World Championships through to Sunday 24th November. Follow the racing on the live blog – www.rc44.com. The wind is due to pick up for the next three days, with Sunday forecast to be fresh to frightening.
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Yes, that´s the first prototype. Unfortunately we have to chance the moulds in some aspects, the boat is too complicated to produce. Our carbon artist Terry is not satisfied, but lucky about we will using this first hull for testing. Top
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