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    New imoca boats

  2. He is a pro, but he couldn't get from one boat to another in 8-10 knots? His boss created a dangerous situation? Were all of the other crew injured or was the owner just negligent in Kenny's case? He got injured doing what everyone else was able to do easily, and what many of us have done many times, but this was the owner's negligence. Right. +1 Also, this is a question; Wouldn't his own "I'm a professional sailor" insurance cover this?
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    New imoca boats

    There are different organizers for (most) all the IMOCA races. OSM selects which ones go on the IMOCA calendar and thus far they have only ever organized one, the NY-BCN in 2014. I just find it strange that OSM chose to organize a different race, rather than validate the Transat as part of the IMOCA calendar. There's obviously a reason I am missing, perhaps some teams found the Transat too early and needed more time this winter to get ready.
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    New imoca boats

    Didn't realize its not recognized by OSM. That's a shame.
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    New imoca boats

    Absolutely amazed that this Italian skipper Andrea Mura who's building a NEW IMOCA didn't make the IMOCA Ocean Masters News page. Here's a translation of his press release that hit the IMOCA Facebook page in French a week ago...... http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=auto&langpair=auto|en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fus8.campaign-archive2.com%2F%3Fu%3Debe888a9a323f90ac31c88a2a%26id%3D19ecde2f38%26e%3De0db2615d9 If it doesn't work, here it is in French, http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=ebe888a9a323f90ac31c88a2a&id=19ecde2f38&e=e0db2615d9 Basically he's from Sardinia, he's doing the Route du Rhum next month on his open 50 (that he won his class with in the 2010 Route du Rhum), he's got private backing and is having a new open 60 built at Persico. So this is boat #6 brand new for the VG2016.
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    New imoca boats

    Nice loc for more solar panels, cleans up the back end, safer in capsize... discuss better for stacking
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    New imoca boats

    I thought MARE was his family's company, non? It was asked and answered in my interview with Alex last month. No. Mare is a German maritime publication owned by a guy who has supported Jorg's sailing for years but he's not a family member. He has always supported Jorg moving to IMOCA but he was clear from the start that he does not have the money to fund a full IMOCA program. Jorg was looking for a co-sponsor but he hadn't yet been successful. Don't know what happened last week for things to come to this. The Class 40 has been sold and the IMOCA (ex Foncia VG2008 winner) has just finished having the new bow put on it. Its for sale. As for Alex Thomson Racing, they own the Juan K Black and White boat which is out of the water in LA and actively for sale. They also own the Farr that Alex raced in the last Vendee Globe. They have loaned this boat to the FNOB and they are preparing it for Spanish skipper Guillermo Altaldi for the New York to Barcelona race in June, plus the Barcelona World Race. In return, the FNOB have lent Alex the ex-VP3. This boat has been rebranded as Hugo Boss and had a bit of a refit. They are getting ready for the New York to Barcelona and the Barcelona World Race that Alex will race with Spanish skipper Pepe Ribes (4 VOR, 2 AC etc etc). ATR and the FNOB will return the swap after the end of the BWR.
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    New imoca boats

    Anyone know what the story is with spirit of Hungary? Designer etc Skipper NĂ¡ndor Fa is designer.http://spiritofhungary.hu/the-boat/ He have raced several times around the world. 2 vendees and other ocean races. We saw him at the Paris boatshow, he is building his boat and aiming for VG 2016.