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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
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Der VOLVO OCEAN 65 - model boat with gennaker >>
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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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This year’s World Yacht Racing Forum saw discussion on new media, host cities, sustainable development, the America’s Cup and even the Olympic Games, which reached the same conclusion: we are in a period of transition and we need to adapt.
Keynote speaker Loïck Peyron, veteran global ocean racer & multihull skipper, summed it up: “Sailing is like the Himalayas, there are many 8000 summits: the Cup, the Vendée Globe, the Olympic Games… All of them are difficult to achieve and very different from each other. The America’s Cup is the perfect illustration following last springs’ schism: we all share the same God but not the same religion.”
In order to grow – if not just survive – yacht racing needs to find cost effective strategies to grow new audiences via TV and new media. “We are coming out of a recession. Advertising has decreased; people watch more pay TV and less terrestrial television”, explained Michel Masquelier, President of IMG Media. “The platforms have exploded, with internet, mobile phones and hundreds of channels now available. The key question is what content to produce, and on which platform to show it.”
Maria Ferreras, Head of Partnerships for YouTube, commented: online television. “35 hours of content are uploaded on YouTube every minute”, she explained. “Two million videos are watched every day and 50% of them are rated or commented, which shows that people watch actively, they don’t just have the TV on in the kitchen.”
YouTube on its own, however is not enough and the key to good media coverage lies in the multiplication of channels. “On top of this, you need to promote your productions through social networks, Twitter, Facebook etc…” says Media & Communications Consultant Marcus Hutchinson. “You must tell people that you have produced a video and where they can watch it.”
“Depending on who you are, means you will watch the content on a different tool”, confirms Masquelier. “The good news is you have more outlets. The bad one is you don’t have more time. So you need to target your distribution perfectly. But remember that only 100,000 people watched the last America’s Cup online with a hundred million people watching on TV.”
Whilst sailing remains a small sport from a media perspective, it offers a huge potential to cities who want to develop their landscape and waterfront. Today’s second debate, entitled “How are major cities and venues benefiting from hosting sailing events?” highlighted this potential. “Our events are bigger and more professional”, declared Mark Turner, Executive Chairman, OC ThirdPole. “We need public. And cash. There are different models but obviously the venues play an important role. Les Sables d’Olonne or Le Havre in France have massively benefited from the Vendée Globe and the Transat Jacques Vabre. Barcelona decided to link its name with a sailing event. Auckland and Valencia are different cities since they’ve hosted the Cup. Sailing can be a catalyst for major real estate developments and our sport offers amazing opportunities.”
Weymouth, host of the next Olympic Games’ sailing events, is currently going through this change thanks to the sport of sailing. Despite being a small sport from a commercial perspective, sailing is an important part of the Olympic program. But for how long and under what conditions? Pierre Ducrey, Head of Sports Operations at the IOC, warns: “All the disciplines are being reviewed every four years. You need to constantly reinvent yourselve, and create a product that is appealing to the media, the sport and the sponsors. There is always a threat and it is your responsibility to carry on growing. The key word is “added value”. That’s what sailing needs to provide to the Olympic Games.”
“Foiling moths with wing masts and kite surfs are the answer”, answered Jerôme Pels, Secretary General, ISAF, to everyone’s surprise. “But we are asked by the IOC to touch many nations. The Laser brings 48 nations to the games. I’m not sure the foiling Moths would.”
So what’s the future of Olympic Sailing and which Classes will be chosen at the next ISAF meeting? “As a sailor, I used to dread the Class selection meetings”, remembers double Olympic champion Shirley Robertson. "There didn’t seem to be a strategy. Now I see things from a different perspective and I think the sport needs to look more exciting, the disciplines need to be different.”
The sport is changing, and so is our planet. Can sailing be promoted as an environmentally friendly sport? The question was debated during a session chaired by Andrew Pindar OBE, Board Director, Earth Watch. Whilst everyone agrees that a big effort needs to be made, the debate on how to achieve it is open. “What seems obvious isn’t necessarily efficient”, analyses Dimitri Caudrelier, Project Development Director, Quantis. “For example, we came to the conclusion that on a Vendée Globe campaign, it is counterproductive to put solar panels on a boat because it costs a lot, the construction has a big impact and there isn’t enough sun over the course. It is very important to measure your theoretical environmental footprint before acting, because it is easy to go wrong. I’ll give you an example: Is it better to drink from a plastic or a glass bottle? Well, plastic pollutes more; however the weight of the glass balances this pollution and you will actually make more damage with a glass bottle.”
Head of Sponsorship at Veolia, Isabelle Jahlan considers that it is dangerous to communicate too much about sustainable development and that many people tend to abuse the system. “As a sponsor, you can’t say that you invest in sailing because it is a green sport, as it is not true. You need to have a serious compensation system in place, and to achieve great results in order to be heard. Roland Jourdain having just won the Route du Rhum is now in a prime position to promote sustainable development.”
The Forum traditionally closes with the America’s Cup session. Last year’s edition brought together Brad Butterworth and Russell Coutts for the first time in public since the beginning of the bitter legal dispute. This year’s Forum gave the audience the opportunity to discover the Cup’s new senior management, thanks to presentations by Iain Murray and Richard Worth.
The presentations didn’t bring fundamentally new elements, they confirmed the Defender’s commitment to organise an event that fits with its time, is ambitious and visionary. They also highlighted the difficulties currently faced by both the Defender in organising an event and the challengers in raising enough funds to participate. “The European Cup of football was invented in France some fifty years ago”, pleaded Richard Worth. “It has taken some time but now we see what it has become! The America’s Cup won’t ever draw the same audience but it has a huge potential to grow.”
Held alongside the World Yacht Racing Forum, the second edition of the Yacht Racing Design and Technology Symposium reassembled more speakers and delegates and focused on a greater variety of topics than last year. Chaired by Dobbs Davis, the event consisted of 7 plenary sessions and 2 presentations. It showcased the industry’s latest technological developments and innovations, and was indirectly influenced by the America’s Cup’s new format.
Bill Pearson, of North Technology Group, made an exclusive presentation of the thin ply technology; a method initially developed for sails but now also applied to the construction of masts and wings. Other key moments of the Symposium included a lively debate on the merits of ORC and IRC rating systems, in the light of recent news about the impending merger of ORC and RORC into a unified rating authority. One world – one rule: an old, ongoing debate!
The discussion on the application of ISO standards to yacht design also progressed, whilst delegates enjoyed two keynote speeches by Bruno Finzi, Chairman of ORC and Eric Hall, CEO of Hall Spars & Rigging.
“There were also some great debates about the latest innovations in multihull design – in relation with the new AC Class – and wing masts”, declares Dobbs Davis. Andrew Macfarlan, the Head of Composites at Red Bull Technologies also made a very interesting presentation about Formula 1 technology and its possible application to racing yachts. "The feedback I have received is excellent. People want more!” Top
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Gilles Martin-Raget, Top photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget presents this gallery of images of the dhow racing staged on the lay day of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - providing the top monohull racing crews with a taste of centuries old sailing culture in boats built of Indian teak and capable of sailing almost at the speed of the wind....
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Suffering from strong chest pains, nausea and extreme fatigue, Bernard Quentin (Cote d'Or II) was evacuated from his trimaran this morning by the Spanish navy who transferred him to the charge of the medical team at Burela.
Meantime Franck Cammas on the giant trimararan Groupama has taken the lead in the Ultimate class since early on Tuesday morning, continuing to set a fierce pace as his southern routing takes him under the critical Azores high pressure system.
Dr Jean-Yves Chauve, the race doctor, in consultation with the Maritime Medical Consultation Centre of Toulouse, and race director Jean Maurel, asked the ill skipper of Cote d'Or II, to activate his distress beacon. Bernard Quentin had complained at 0830hrs on Tuesday morning of nausea, disturbed vision, strong chest pains and extreme fatigue which he had been experiencing since 01:00hrs. The MRCC at Griz Nez, who coordinate rescues relating to the race, passed responsibility to MRCC Madrid for evacuating the skipper off Cote d'Or II, sailing approximately 70 miles to the north of the Spanish port of Ribadeo.
At 11:40 the Spanish navy's helicopter lifted Quentin off his trimaran and passed him immediately to the Spanish medical team. A Spanish team is currently trying to recover the abandoned trimaran which had all sails up.
Two days into the 2010 Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale and Franck Cammas is continuing his wholesale gains in the south. After taking the lead early this morning, Groupama 3 has continued to make huge strides south, consistently 10 knots faster than Cammas' rivals. Already 65 miles clear of second placed Sodebo, Thomas Coville now slowed as he tries to skirt around the north of the Azores high pressue, Groupama 3's gains look set to increase to more than 100 miles by this evening.
Tuesday afternoon Cammas was already south of the centre of the high pressure system, sailing downwind 450 miles SEE of the Azores in around 15 knots of breeze. Francis Joyon (Idec) and Yann Guichard (Gitana 11) are taking the same southern routing, in fourth and fifth, 160 and 205 miles behind the leader respectively. With the most northerly routing Sidney Gavignet (Oman Air Majan) lies third.
Clearly impressed with the swift southerly departure executed by Cammas is Michel Desjoyeaux, following albeit slower paced southerly routing on Foncia in the IMOCA Open 60 class. "I watched the 0400hrs positions every day and can really appreciate that Mr Cammas has done the disappearing act on his rivals. Which is not a big surprise, Now he has the motorway south and the trade winds in front of him. He has already passed the high pressure and is on the fast route."
Proving the IMOCA Open 60 is as competitive as ever, Armel Le Cléac'h remains the fourth skipper in the fleet of nine boats to have taken the lead on this race. After being first to tack up to the north at around midnight on Monday. While the majority of the leading group are between 150 and 210 miles north west of Cape Finisterre, Michel Desjoyeaux and Arnaud Boissières continue to make favorable progress just 60 miles off the Portuguese coast, on the more south easterly routing. But it will be some days before it si possible to say which option will pay the best dividend.
Armel Le Cléac'h and Roland Jourdain (Veolia Environnement) were the first to work to the north west, towards the rhumb line route to Guadeloupe and have benefited, while Christopher Pratt (DCNS 1000) shows an attack which belies his lack of solo racing experience on an IMOCA Open 60. The 29 year old Open 60 rookie still holds third just 11 miles behind Le Cléac'h, runner up in the 2008-9 Vendée Globe and double winner of the Figaro Solitaire.
The duel continues in Class 40 where Thomas Ruyant (Destination Dunkerque) leads Bernard Stamm (Cheminées Poujoulat) by a small margin now, while Nicolas Troussel (CMB) lies third but has made the almost singular choice to go for the southerly routing. After two days of racing the top ten comprises a mix of the pre-race favourites and the unexpected, but they are within 26 miles of each other in terms of distance to the finish, nothing at all on a course of 3550 miles to Guadeloupe.
Samuel Manuard (Vector Plus), Eric Defert (Drekan Terralia Energy-Group), the German Jorg Riechers (Mare.de), Damien Grimont (Monbana), Yvan Noblet (Appart City), Jean-Edouard Criquioche (Picoty Group) all hustle but they still have work to do to catch Ruyant and Stamm, who already has two round the world race wins on his extensive CV.
Kiwi Conrad Colman on the Owen-Clarke designed 40 Degrees is making solid progress in 22nd place, whilst Britons Richard Tolkien (ICAP Orca) and Pete Goss (DMS) are in 26th and 29th respectively.
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