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The MOD 70's were overshadowed in Newport, but they'll be the stars in New York. Fleet is a few hours from the finish. Speed trials in NYC on the 5th, Transat start on the 7th.

 

Race tracker here

 

Attached is a pic of Spindrift sending it at the start. More photos at www.aqua-images.net and photos from onboard Oman Sail here

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Does anybody know the schedule for July 5th in NYC. I understand there will be speed trails. Does anybody know when they start.

The MOD 70's were overshadowed in Newport, but they'll be the stars in New York. Fleet is a few hours from the finish. Speed trials in NYC on the 5th, Transat start on the 7th.

 

Race tracker here

 

Attached is a pic of Spindrift sending it at the start. More photos at www.aqua-images.net and photos from onboard Oman Sail here

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Thursday 5th July

NEW YORK SPEED MATCH races 3 to 5 PM – New York

Saturday 7th July

KRYS OCEAN RACE start 11 AM – New York

 

Boats will be at North Cove Marina. Speed trials likely to be in the Hudson near North Cove, or out by Statue of Liberty, depending on wind direction. Would plan for it being out in the harbor

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NEWS FLASH • 3 July 2012

Race For Water wins

the KRYS OCEAN RACE prologue

Steve Ravussin and crew of the MOD70 Race for Water won the 'race to New York’, KRYS OCEAN RACE prologue from Newport to New York when they passed Groupe Edmond de Rothschild in the final half mile to the finish line.

 

 

Ravussin, one of the founders of the MOD70 class, could not contain his delight as he hugged his crew, which included class President Marco Simeoni.

 

In very light winds, Ravussin and his team looked to have slowed badly on the Coney Island shore, snared in a big calm zone. But when they extracted themselves they were able to sail a more direct course, accelerating past the race leader to steal a morale boosting first gun, just ahead of Seb Josse's team which lead out of Newport last night.

 

Race For Water completed the course in 12 hours, 53 minutes and 20 seconds, just 2 minutes and 30 seconds ahead of Groupe Edmond de Rothschild. Spindrift racing skippered by Yann Guichard closed in on 3rd with FONCIA right behind. Musandam-Oman Sail brings to a conclusion the prologue from Newport to New York after sixteen hours of racing.

 

The fleet completes the race with a parade sail up the Hudson River to their base at North Cove Marina in on the South of Manhattan, where the trimarans will be based until the start of the KRYS OCEAN RACE on Saturday 7th July.

 

KRYS OCEAN RACE provisional results

1) Race For Water ( Stève Ravussin) finised at 12h53’20’’ (CET)

2) Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (Sébastien Josse) finished at 12h55’50’’ (CET)

3) Spindrift racing (Yann Guichard) finished at 13h35’08’’ (CET)

4) FONCIA (Michel Desjoyeaux) finished at 13h38’44’’ (CET)

5) Musandam-Oman Sail (Sidney Gavignet) finised at 14h04’01’’ (CET)

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Of course, according to Juan K this is just a marketing exercise and those legendary French sailors are not really in a Grand Prix event ;)

 

Actually, it is still a very French class, would be bice to see more nationalities involved. In fact one boat has the most nationalities. Oman Sail has the 2 Omanis, plus Ryan Breimeier and Brian THompson

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Of course, according to Juan K this is just a marketing exercise and those legendary French sailors are not really in a Grand Prix event ;)

 

Actually, it is still a very French class, would be bice to see more nationalities involved. In fact one boat has the most nationalities. Oman Sail has the 2 Omanis, plus Ryan Breimeier and Brian THompson

 

Damian Foxall wrote in the Irish Times today that he is going to be sailing on an MOD 70 as his next project. Didn't say which one but wouldn't surprise me if it was Paprec - Virbac.

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Webcam of the north cove marina here

 

I understand from MichDesj interview that it was not easy to get in, it should be intersesting to watch them with the maneuvers on their way out for the speed match races

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Of course, according to Juan K this is just a marketing exercise and those legendary French sailors are not really in a Grand Prix event ;)

 

Ha!

 

But there are very real problems at MOD right now. What last year looked like a certain 9-boat commitment now looks more like 5. Veolia, which was the most well set-up of all of the "one-design" boats, was for sale for months at a good price, with no takers at all. MOD bought her back two weeks ago, and we're not sure why other than the bad PR from having a brand new MOD for sale for so long. Shame, because we love the concept and the boat.

 

But this was always one of the big dangers of having something be too Franco-centric: As goes France, so goes the MOD circuit.

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KRYS OCEAN RACE prologue is finished...Saturday, the Krys Ocean Race will start !

I will take part in official virtual race on LiveSkipper. I hope weather will be good :D

 

A lot of prizes to win :D

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I will take part in official virtual race on LiveSkipper. I hope weather will be good :D

 

A lot of prizes to win :D

 

I was going to register for that as well... then saw that the App to play the game is $4.99. :huh: Seriously? :rolleyes:

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Webcam of the north cove marina here

 

I understand from MichDesj interview that it was not easy to get in, it should be intersesting to watch them with the maneuvers on their way out for the speed match races

 

I was at North Cove yesterday (July 4) and watched Oman go out with some very lucky guests on board without any real issues. Its tight but okay. Oman looked fantastic under sail just tacking around the end of the Hudson. Very impressive to see the 5 boats. They look amazing. Tillers right out at the extreme sides of the cockpit look very cool if somewhat exposed. Lots of very cool little details. OD or not these are great race boats. Compared to Sodeb'O, IDEC or especially GA3 they are much smaller but look truly fast. Will go watch the in-port today. The trans-Atlantic will be great fun to follow may try to catch the start on the water.

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one of the other Class 40 skippers was one of those lucky guys who was on Oman yesterday. He said it was a pretty amazing ride.

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I was going to register for that as well... then saw that the App to play the game is $4.99. :huh: Seriously? :rolleyes:

 

You can play on the website LiveSkipper...it's free ^^

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Went down to the docks last night to check out the boats.

 

 

Remarkable machines. I was surprised at how straight forward the rigging layout was. The chord in the wing mast is amazing - I am betting you can get some serious speed even without the main up.

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Quick is an understatement. Remember this one from November? 37.7 knots in 14...

 

Pretty fast for a marketing exercise. :P

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we are leaving tomorrow at 11:00, if there is some wind it should be a spectacular start, it will be just south of manhattan Island just to the north of the statue of liberty.

 

Railmeat, what class 40 skipper was out for a sail?

 

Quick is an understatement. Remember this one from November? 37.7 knots in 14...

 

Pretty fast for a marketing exercise. :P

 

this was actually the first day of the Krys Match last year, the puffs were more like 25, but impressive nonetheless.

 

we delivered the boat to newport from lorient, did 3300 miles in 8 days, which is 420 miles a day average. our best day though was 25knots average, so right around 600 miles. (and we weren't pushing that hard on delivery. The routings for the race are showing between 5.5 and 6.5 days with good southwesterlies blowing..

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we are leaving tomorrow at 11:00, if there is some wind it should be a spectacular start, it will be just south of manhattan Island just to the north of the statue of liberty.

 

Railmeat, what class 40 skipper was out for a sail?

 

Quick is an understatement. Remember this one from November? 37.7 knots in 14...

 

Pretty fast for a marketing exercise. :P

 

this was actually the first day of the Krys Match last year, the puffs were more like 25, but impressive nonetheless.

 

we delivered the boat to newport from lorient, did 3300 miles in 8 days, which is 420 miles a day average. our best day though was 25knots average, so right around 600 miles. (and we weren't pushing that hard on delivery. The routings for the race are showing between 5.5 and 6.5 days with good southwesterlies blowing..

 

Eric LeCoq.

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..was it really 37.7 knots in 14...knots of wind??!!...just asking ;)

 

If you put it on HD you can actually see the wind speed in the instrument pod. I think the biggest puff on the instruments (and I don't know how accurate they were) was 15 and a half knots of TWS. Astounding shit, and Ryan's nonchalant 800 NM day on delivery is good evidence of how specially quick they are.

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Daggerboard damage for Race for Water

At around 0515hrs UTC this morning, during the first night of the KRYS OCEAN RACE, whilst leading the fleet Stève Ravussin’s Race for Water reported that they had hit a container in the water and badly damaged their daggerboard. Three of the crew, lead by composite specialist Yvan Ravussin, are undertaking a repair. A full check of the MOD70 was made and no other damage was reported. Race for Water has been sailing without the daggerboard making speeds of around 4-5 knots less than their rivals.

 

 

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Daggerboard damage for Race for Water

At around 0515hrs UTC this morning, during the first night of the KRYS OCEAN RACE, whilst leading the fleet Stève Ravussin's Race for Water reported that they had hit a container in the water and badly damaged their daggerboard. Three of the crew, lead by composite specialist Yvan Ravussin, are undertaking a repair. A full check of the MOD70 was made and no other damage was reported. Race for Water has been sailing without the daggerboard making speeds of around 4-5 knots less than their rivals.

 

 

 

Catching up is going to be hard now

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Just wondering if anyone has a good diagram of how the sheets for the gennaker are arranged? It looks like a good system that spreads the load while allowing good control of sail shape. It has a block for purchase that goes through the sheet block and down to the slide then back to a winch which is straightforward. But there are also two lines that head off to the float one looks to adjust the port/starboard positioning of the sail and the other the vertical positioning?

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Musandam going slow (22knots) since last night compared to the other boats at 30 knots..... something's up.....

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Musandam going slow (22knots) since last night compared to the other boats at 30 knots..... something's up.....

 

Broke foil. They say they didn't think they hit anything.Major bummer

 

Musandam-Oman Sail, the Omani Multi One Design 70, was lying in fourth place in the Krys Ocean Race fleet alongside Michel Desjoyeaux’ Foncia and Sebastian Josse’ Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, 1,000 miles into the race from New York to Brest when shortly before midnight (UTC) on Sunday July 8th, the port foil, which adds extra speed by lifting the hull out of the water, failed.

“We were going between 30 and 32 knots in about 25 knots of breeze when we noticed the boat had slowed down and the bow was digging in deeper than usual,” explained skipper Sidney Gavignet.

It is not clear why the equipment failed but it was removed and put down below. Further investigations will take place when the boat gets to land.

“We didn’t feel anything and couldn’t see any reason why it did happen. It is not good news - we are now sailing at 70% of our potential – the other boats are going at 30 knots but we are at around 25 which is disappointing but there is nothing we can do until we get the boat to Brest and have a look. Until then, we will just keep going.”

The crew are all safe, Gavignet added though naturally they were all disappointed after making a good start to the race where they were leading in the first 24 hours.

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Gitana with a 640 NM 24 hour run. That's faster than any monohull has ever gone in a day...and this is on their first real outing. Now if they can just get their heads out of their asses and run this more like the Volvo and less like the Route Du Rhum, we could actually see an amazing and successful international event. 'Cause at the moment, it seems like just another underfunded French event with some amazing stars - the boats.

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Gitana with a 640 NM 24 hour run. That's faster than any monohull has ever gone in a day...and this is on their first real outing. Now if they can just get their heads out of their asses and run this more like the Volvo and less like the Route Du Rhum, we could actually see an amazing and successful international event. 'Cause at the moment, it seems like just another underfunded French event with some amazing stars - the boats.

 

Oman Sail averaged 29.97 for 24hrs, over 700 miles before things went sideways. Commentary is spot on. The boats have media stations, and pretty kick ass camera mounted in the antenna pod. They need MCM's who aren't the sailing crew and a better content delivery system. There are plenty of people stars, if the marketing and storytelling is done right

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There are plenty of people stars, if the marketing and storytelling is done right

 

Absolutely.

 

The MOD org is pretty damned weak out of the blocks.

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There are plenty of people stars, if the marketing and storytelling is done right

 

Absolutely.

 

The MOD org is pretty damned weak out of the blocks.

 

Paying the Race for Water bills is draining the budget........... Guest racers from NPT to NYC was a good start. I would have raced to France for free as a MCM. Just saying........

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Race For Water PLUS the old Veolia

 

They clearly don't mind spending money, but they seemingly forgot that, to succeed in a commercial event, you have to actually promote and share it with the people that spend money on potential sponsors' products. Oops.

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Race For Water PLUS the old Veolia

 

They clearly don't mind spending money, but they seemingly forgot that, to succeed in a commercial event, you have to actually promote and share it with the people that spend money on potential sponsors' products. Oops.

 

Actually just one boat "Foncia" is "commercially" sponsored !!

 

For the general french public, race-sponsor Krys gets exposure through a sponsored 5mn report on 3rd TV Channel.

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Ryan O I totally agree that MCM's are a great thing but can you honestly say there's a room for another guy onboard? You've sailed on the boat.... below is not big as you know and with only two bunks and six guys hard at work...

 

On Musandam Brian Thompson has been nominated to do all the communication, videos photos etc.

 

I think to have one guy dedicated to the job and have a brief before they leave of what they should send back per day is sufficient. As long as they do do it!

 

Clean. Agree ENTIRELY that they need to make MUCH more of a push in communicating in English and not Engrish :)

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Nevertheless those boats are proof that OD can be state of the art (from the site) :

Spindrift racing claims the greatest distance covered with 711.9 miles, followed by FONCIA at 710.7 miles and Groupe Edmond de Rothschild with 708.6 miles.

And gitana has clocked 40.7 knots.

Surfing a wave, I pressume, but still ....

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Race For Water PLUS the old Veolia

 

They clearly don't mind spending money, but they seemingly forgot that, to succeed in a commercial event, you have to actually promote and share it with the people that spend money on potential sponsors' products. Oops.

 

Actually just one boat "Foncia" is "commercially" sponsored !!

 

For the general french public, race-sponsor Krys gets exposure through a sponsored 5mn report on 3rd TV Channel.

 

Pretty sure Musandam is funded by some maritime-tourism-seeking sultanate. What's it called again?

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Nevertheless those boats are proof that OD can be state of the art (from the site) :

Spindrift racing claims the greatest distance covered with 711.9 miles, followed by FONCIA at 710.7 miles and Groupe Edmond de Rothschild with 708.6 miles.

And gitana has clocked 40.7 knots.

Surfing a wave, I pressume, but still ....

 

As posted above, they can easily hit 37 in flat water and no doubt more. In big waves, it's more like careening than surfing.

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As a matter of fact the last VOR raised the bar very very high in terms of PR...me i was glued to my laptop, it was really amazing to watch.

 

Were previous editions that good?? were there already mediamen on board??

 

All the other race organisations will have to raise their game from now on...starting with the Krys. The difference is pretty stark indeed. And yes they have to change the guy making the comments in english..."Ze Krys ocean race will start frrrom Nou York...ze boats arre so spectaculerrr..":lol: come on...

and also more boats please...from different countries...Nicholson??( he hinted during the VOR he was interested by trimarans)

 

but i'm pretty optimistic, the concept is really promising...

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Nevertheless those boats are proof that OD can be state of the art (from the site) :

Spindrift racing claims the greatest distance covered with 711.9 miles, followed by FONCIA at 710.7 miles and Groupe Edmond de Rothschild with 708.6 miles.

And gitana has clocked 40.7 knots.

Surfing a wave, I pressume, but still ....

And they've proved that 1D need not be sn obstacle to compelling ocean racing.

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Ryan O I totally agree that MCM's are a great thing but can you honestly say there's a room for another guy onboard? You've sailed on the boat.... below is not big as you know and with only two bunks and six guys hard at work...

 

On Musandam Brian Thompson has been nominated to do all the communication, videos photos etc.

 

I think to have one guy dedicated to the job and have a brief before they leave of what they should send back per day is sufficient. As long as they do do it!

 

Clean. Agree ENTIRELY that they need to make MUCH more of a push in communicating in English and not Engrish :)

 

That's my pont. When it's all on and windy, that's the action we want to experience. The world's fastest man is going to be prioritizing making the boat go fast and not flipping over, not sending cool video and pics. a 3rd pipe cot could be installed. It's not going to be comfortable, but when you can bang out 650 mile days, who cares?

 

The standard for offshore media is the VOR these days. While interesting, this doesn't quite cut it yet.

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They don't need an MCM. They can have a few remotely controlled cameras and that "Oh Shit" button by the helm that will save the last ten minutes of digital feed. When the data is looking good back at the base have one or two really strong commentators and a few techs put together the clips and get them out on the website. They are doing it on the AC45's. There should be no reason they can't do it on the MOD70's.

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Speaking of media organisation, what do you guys think of how the news reports are written in English? I looked at these just out of curiosity, wondering how the race was reported in English, and found them a bit heavy in terms of writing style. Is it the case or should I go practice my english a bit more before landing stupid critics?

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It's taken Volvo how many years to get where they are today ? MOD is bloody brilliant, and it will get better. How many knots and miles in a day? Brilliant . It makes the Volvo look ridiculous.

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Race For Water PLUS the old Veolia

 

They clearly don't mind spending money, but they seemingly forgot that, to succeed in a commercial event, you have to actually promote and share it with the people that spend money on potential sponsors' products. Oops.

 

Actually just one boat "Foncia" is "commercially" sponsored !!

 

For the general french public, race-sponsor Krys gets exposure through a sponsored 5mn report on 3rd TV Channel.

 

Pretty sure Musandam is funded by some maritime-tourism-seeking sultanate. What's it called again?

 

Oman, yes ! but out of the larger Oman sail government funded Offshor-Challenge run program besides ESS, Lasers and Tour de France à la Voile.

So it's the cheik (ruler)signing the check on a long term goal, just as Baron Rothschild is signing checks on a status minded goal, not exactly the same attitude as a company's marketing manager.

Or..so I believe.

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Race For Water PLUS the old Veolia

 

They clearly don't mind spending money, but they seemingly forgot that, to succeed in a commercial event, you have to actually promote and share it with the people that spend money on potential sponsors' products. Oops.

 

Actually just one boat "Foncia" is "commercially" sponsored !!

 

For the general french public, race-sponsor Krys gets exposure through a sponsored 5mn report on 3rd TV Channel.

 

Pretty sure Musandam is funded by some maritime-tourism-seeking sultanate. What's it called again?

 

Oman, yes ! but out of the larger Oman sail government funded Offshor-Challenge run program besides ESS, Lasers and Tour de France à la Voile.

So it's the cheik (ruler)signing the check on a long term goal, just as Baron Rothschild is signing checks on a status minded goal, not exactly the same attitude as a company's marketing manager.

Or..so I believe.

 

Slight hijack here, but I actually think Oman Sail's mission is worth mentioning and quite admirable

Oman Sail is a national initiative established in 2008 to contribute to the development of Oman and Omanis through the sport of sailing. The equal opportunity project runs sailing programmes for thousands of young Omani men and women, inspiring a new generation to discover sailing. It encompasses a national sailing squad and high achieving inshore and offshore racing teams, all of which benefit from world-class coaching and whose ultimate objective is to win an Olympic medal for Oman. The programme has pledged to teach 30,000 Omani children to sail by 2015 at seven sailing schools to be built along the coast. The goal is to rekindle Oman’s maritime heritage while raising the country’s regional and international profile as a high-end tourist and foreign investment destination, through competitive sailing at home and abroad. Oman Sail seeks to instil confidence and to teach valuable, transferable life skills to a generation of Omanis.

 

Having had the shane to sail with a few of the Omanis brought through the program, they are quite bright, don't complain, and do their job with pride. based on this morning's FP rant, it seems that's in short supply!

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They don't need an MCM. They can have a few remotely controlled cameras and that "Oh Shit" button by the helm that will save the last ten minutes of digital feed. When the data is looking good back at the base have one or two really strong commentators and a few techs put together the clips and get them out on the website. They are doing it on the AC45's. There should be no reason they can't do it on the MOD70's.

 

No they can't. Remote cameras never cut it. It works on AC45s because they are so small, with everyone stuck together. A MOD is 70' by 60'...

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Oman, yes ! but out of the larger Oman sail government funded Offshor-Challenge run program besides ESS, Lasers and Tour de France à la Voile.

So it's the cheik (ruler)signing the check on a long term goal, just as Baron Rothschild is signing checks on a status minded goal, not exactly the same attitude as a company's marketing manager.

Or..so I believe.

 

Oman's Ministry of Tourism is a very real commercial sponsor, they are demanding and very aggressively using sailing to get the word out about the great sailing and fishing in Oman's waters.

 

Exactly the opposite of the Gitana program.

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Oman, yes ! but out of the larger Oman sail government funded Offshor-Challenge run program besides ESS, Lasers and Tour de France à la Voile.

So it's the cheik (ruler)signing the check on a long term goal, just as Baron Rothschild is signing checks on a status minded goal, not exactly the same attitude as a company's marketing manager.

Or..so I believe.

 

Oman's Ministry of Tourism is a very real commercial sponsor, they are demanding and very aggressively using sailing to get the word out about the great sailing and fishing in Oman's waters.

 

Exactly the opposite of the Gitana program.

 

Thanks for the heads-up, was a misperception on my side.

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They don't need an MCM. They can have a few remotely controlled cameras and that "Oh Shit" button by the helm that will save the last ten minutes of digital feed. When the data is looking good back at the base have one or two really strong commentators and a few techs put together the clips and get them out on the website. They are doing it on the AC45's. There should be no reason they can't do it on the MOD70's.

 

No they can't. Remote cameras never cut it. It works on AC45s because they are so small, with everyone stuck together. A MOD is 70' by 60'...

 

Another problem would be who controls the remote 1000 miles off-shore. The MCM ?

As pointed by Volvo when discussing live stream for the last leg, satellite video streaming is very expensive, remote controled cameras via satellite to have the MCM at land does not seem a viable option.

They are doing it on the AC45's, but not using satelites.

A few strategically positioned cameras and an "Oh Shit" button seems nice, but I wonder if anyone will remember or find the time to press it in an "Oh Shit" situation.

But it will produce some more video and would be interesting if the cameras survive the experience. The MOD70 doesn't seem to be less wet than the VO70, and are going faster.

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I thought INMAR was moving toward a new satelite system that would allow for near continuous video feed on demand for the next addition of the Volvo. I understand that it would prohibitively expensive today. But, the technology is available and will become more affordable.

 

As for the "Oh Shit" button, if the cameras are continuously caputuring video and storing it to RAM that gets rewritten over in say 20 minute loops, then anyone on the crew could push the button within 10 minutes after the event and still get the event stored to the hard drive or up linked.

 

Clean actually the action areas on a trimaran are smaller than on a VO70. Most of the crew are in the cockpit. With roller furling for all the head sails the crew don't go forward nearly as often as on a VO70. And, the driver is the only one out near the amas at the driving stations. So, with four permanantly mounted cameras with panning capability and a hand held that any member of the crew can use when the time is available, there's no reason you couldn't get some real great footage.

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I get 1 Press Release per day. Here is this morning's

 

PRESS RELEASE • 12 July 2012

Scilly gains?

Gains by the chasing duo Groupe Edmond de Rothschild and FONCIA which were revealed when the leading MOD70 Spindrift racing reappeared last night from undercover ‘ghost mode’ may continue through the first part of today but Spindrift’s

Pascal Bidégorry seemed confident that their crew have enough in hand in an improving forecast to cross first at the Petit Minou finish line this afternoon.

 

 

But the finish of the first KRYS OCEAN RACE will be closer than it was anticipated yesterday.

 

Before disappearing into ghost mode yesterday Spindrift racing had 69.2 miles of a lead over the second placed Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, but this morning that had been cut to just 35.9 miles.

 

As all three MOD70 teams passed the longitude of Fastnet Rock, off the southern tip of Ireland in the small hours of the this morning - sailing roughly the same track - Yann Guichard and the Spindrift Racing crew had a lead of 1 hour and 25 min ahead of Seb Josse’s Groupe Edmond de Rothschild with Michel Desjoyeaux in third with his FONCIA crew at only 30 minutes behind them.

 

Bidégorry, racing in the lightest wind since leaving New York Sunday, 12kts, said

“ Once we round the Scilly Isles, we should pick up the southwest breeze that will come in stronger and be more stable for the approach to Ushant. Now we are just ahead of the low and had to get over a small ridge, which means the others have managed to catch up on us. For now we should be pretty much on a direct route from now on though.”

 

The leaders were around 50 miles from the Scilly Isles gate at 0630hrs UTC, after which they have around 120 miles to sail to the finish line.

 

This morning Spindrift Racing had temporarily outrun the leading edge of the front which has propelled them at high speeds all the way across the Atlantic, and so were in much lighter breezes when Bidégorry spoke to the early morning radio call with KRYS OCEAN RACE. But after squeezing through a small light airs ridge, they should be caught again by the stronger winds for a high speed finale, close reaching to the finish.

 

After finishing the MOD70’s will remain offshore before making a grand entrance into the Tonnerres de Brest festival tomorrow afternoon.

 

Pascal Bidégorry, Spindrift racing:

“The wind has dropped down to 12 knots over night. Once we round the Scilly Isles, we should pick up the southwest breeze that will come in stronger and be more stable for the approach to Ushant. Now we are just ahead of the low andhad to get over a small ridge, which means the others have managed to catch up on us. For now we should be pretty much on a direct route from now on though.

 

I look at the weather too with Yann as well as being at the helm, this is still a boat and we have to sail it! Sometimes you are at the helm on a one and a half hour watch and the last fifteen minutes can be really tough. It is not easy keeping your eyes open with the bucket loads of water constantly spaying in your face. My eyes are knackered!

 

There are not that many boats this size that can cross the Atlantic in so few days.

It is really nice to get the feeling of the old 60 footers, I think we had all forgotten just how wet it is on board and that we live en up living like dogs on board, there are not comforts. Now we are a bit drier, we all had to get changed after two days because it started to smell. It was like a mouldy smell, not just from the foul weather kit but also from the boat itself. Not very nice!

 

We should get to the finish this afternoon, hard to put a time on it because it is not until we get passed the Scilly Isles that we will know for sure, but anytime from 2pm onwards to say four in the afternoon. There should be a wind rotation and then there are a few rocks to deal with too…

 

It is dawn and not all that much to eat on board…we have really rummaged around and can’t find anything. But then we just get on with the sailing and grab whatever is going.”

 

Latest from Oman Sail:

Musandam-Oman Sail is 400 miles from the finish of the 2012 KRYS OCEAN RACE at the Tonnerres de Brest having reached speeds overnight of around of 40 knots.

Sidney Gavignet’s crew are approaching the end of their 2950nm roller coaster ride across the Atlantic from New York to Brest and are counting their blessings for the conditions they have encountered following the foil failure early on in the race.

“We are going along at 33 knots but we were doing 40 knots last night which was much too quick for me,” said Gavignet who was in high spirits.

“Fahad was driving and I think he was a little surprised. We were all a bit surprised I think. It is very wet – we are soaked to the skin – but it is amazing. The weather has been kind to us because it is very rare that you do almost everything on the same tack for this time and since our problem with the foil on Sunday we have been lucky. We could be doing around 26 knots when we get to Brest. I have really enjoyed the race very much – I feel fortunate and very proud.”

Among the Omani crew of Fahad al Hasni and Mohsin al Busaidi, the breathtaking speeds took some getting used to in their first race across the Atlantic.

“It has been very exciting and sometimes a little scary,” admitted Mohsin al Busaidi.

“When you are going at those speeds, you have to react very quickly and always you are very wet. But it is exciting and sometimes, it is as if you are waiting for something to happen. I have really enjoyed the trip but am looking forward to getting to Brest.”

Musandam-Oman Sail is expected to pass the Scilly Isles at 17.30 UTC with an estimated arrival time in Brest of midnight tonight. The leading boats are expected in early this afternoon following a close contest for line honours.

The official arrival into the Tonnerres de Brest will take place on 13 July.

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Quote from the race boat:

Good morning,

Another great dark night is behind us. Great speeds, although a bit scary sometimes to hit 34 knots in the pitch black. After my job at the helm, I offered Fahad to have a go. I could feel he wasn’t too confident but he accepted it. No problem, he was doing the job great, I was standing by the roof, watching his first miles at high speed in the night. Suddenly we hit something with the main rudder, it came up… Luckily, we already had had this adventure twice during the delivery towards the US. Things went smoothly. Furling the 2 jibs, changing the broken rod for a new one, going head to wind in 30 knots of breeze, dropping the repaired rudder …

Just another small adventure along the way and a good experience for all of us, especially Fahad.

We should be at 17.30 at the Scilly Island.

Ciao. Sid

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For the latest videos off the boat, please go to:

http://gomusandam.com/en/media/video-gallery

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I thought INMAR was moving toward a new satelite system that would allow for near continuous video feed on demand for the next addition of the Volvo. I understand that it would prohibitively expensive today. But, the technology is available and will become more affordable.

 

As for the "Oh Shit" button, if the cameras are continuously caputuring video and storing it to RAM that gets rewritten over in say 20 minute loops, then anyone on the crew could push the button within 10 minutes after the event and still get the event stored to the hard drive or up linked.

 

Clean actually the action areas on a trimaran are smaller than on a VO70. Most of the crew are in the cockpit. With roller furling for all the head sails the crew don't go forward nearly as often as on a VO70. And, the driver is the only one out near the amas at the driving stations. So, with four permanantly mounted cameras with panning capability and a hand held that any member of the crew can use when the time is available, there's no reason you couldn't get some real great footage.

 

I'm not saying you couldn't get some great footage. What I'm saying is that someone needs to either hold, or otherwise direct, the cameras. And if the mainsail needs reefing in a 30 knot squall, that dude is going to be too busy to shoot. Anyone who's spent any time trying to capture footage as a member of a race crew will agree...hence the existence of the MCM program. I predict that the MOD (especially after this joke of a race coverage) will go to more dedicated media people for the next event.

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Really impressive. These boats are FAST!

 

 

NEWS FLASH • 12 July 2012

Spindrift racing win the KRYS OCEAN RACE,

New York to Brest in under 5 days

Yann Guichard and his crew of five crossed the finish line on Thursday July 12 at 12hrs 08m 37s UTC (14hrs 08m 37s) to take overall victory in the inaugural KRYS OCEAN RACE transatlantic race in an elapsed time four days 21 hours 08 minutes 37s, an average of 25.03 kts on this 2950 miles race course.

 

 

In this first ocean race for the new MOD70 one design multihull class, Spindrift racing finished about an hour and a half ahead of Sébastien Josse’s Groupe Edmond de Rothschild and FONCIA, who were about a quarter of an hour behind second, after a great race across the Atlantic from New York to Brest in winds which is rarely dropped below twenty knots ...

 

This is the first great ocean racing victory for Yann Guichard.

At 38, this former Olympic Tornado catamaran sailor, who finished fourth in the Sydney Olympics in 2000, has amassed considerable multihull experience offshore with Marc Guillemot, Bruno Peyron and Franck Cammas, racing solo across the Atlantic in 2010, but also on the Swiss lakes in the D35 and M-2 multihulls.

He has also raced inshore as helm in the America’s Cup World Series and the Extreme 40 series.

 

Launched in January this year, Spindrift racing is MOD70 hull number 5, and has been taken on by his crew, which includes Pascal Bidégorry, Jean-Baptiste Le Vaillant, Jacques Guichard, Leo Lucet and Kevin Escoffier.

 

Bidégorry, Escoffier and Le Vaillant are among those who set the existing outright Atlantic record in 2009.

 

Spindrift racing sailed an actual 3284 miles on the water at an average of 28.04 knots.

 

Programme:

 

Thursday 12th July at 16hrs local time (14h UTC) in the village of the KRYS OCEAN RACE with the first three crews to have finished.

Audio and video files will be uploaded and available for download from the media section: http://www.krys-oceanrace.com/en/press-centre.html

 

Friday 13th July at 1400h, the MOD70 fleet arrive into Brest harbour taking centre stage in the Tonnerres de Brest maritime festival.

 

 

Check latest position reports at:

http://www.krys-oceanrace.com/en/race-data.html

 

Latest photos:

http://www.krys-oceanrace.com/en/pictures.html

 

Latest videos:

http://www.krys-oceanrace.com/en/videos.html

 

Latest audio files:

http://www.krys-oceanrace.com/en/audio.html

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My Impression is...FAST !!!...and looks like a mini BPV...looks really small even coparing with VOR 70...:unsure:...I want one :P

 

You can stretch out your arms and touch both walls in the main hull.....

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I still miss the old INSANE ORMA 60'.

Those boats where such a "grab your balls" way of sailing

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Marketing exercize, Juan K said !

 

And fully right he was: after crossing the finish line, the boats were sent to a hidden mooring spot far away, with some ferrying ashore I understand.

 

Brest-town funded part of the race, with taxpayers money, as an added attraction to the sea-festival they organize this week-end; problem the boats were too fast or organizers planned wrong: so the "official" arrival at the port shall be this afternoon (24 hours -20% of the actual racing time! - after the finish)

 

Ridiculous. :ph34r:

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Not ridiculous in my opinion. Its only fair to the town, and festival organizers to have the official arrival of the boats today, first day of the show. It would have also been a logistical and media nightmare....

 

No big deal to the teams, at least not what I have heard or seen.

 

At least they let the boats stop rather than extend the course to make them only cross the line today.

 

 

They had exceptional conditions and its the first time these boats have ever raced across the atlantic, give the organizers a break.

 

The race village is superb. The boats will be joining in the parades on the 15th and 19th and doing inshore racing on the 16th morning and afternoon, should be good to watch.

 

It just needs to stop raining dry.gif

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Not ridiculous in my opinion. Its only fair to the town, and festival organizers to have the official arrival of the boats today, first day of the show. It would have also been a logistical and media nightmare....

 

No big deal to the teams, at least not what I have heard or seen.

 

At least they let the boats stop rather than extend the course to make them only cross the line today.

 

 

They had exceptional conditions and its the first time these boats have ever raced across the atlantic, give the organizers a break.

 

The race village is superb. The boats will be joining in the parades on the 15th and 19th and doing inshore racing on the 16th morning and afternoon, should be good to watch.

 

It just needs to stop raining dry.gif

 

I take a number of your points, although I don't see the media nightmare as there are already full results and reports in today's dailies.

I also think that the start could have been one day later, and/or am not at all against a 500 miles further loop.

 

Not being bitter here, but I can't resist thinking that this reduces sailing to an other merry-go-round in the center of Disneyland.

 

Imagine this forum's reaction, had Lorient done the same thing when boats out-sped the program and popped into port in working-hours of a week-day. They gallantly took the challenge and it worked.

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Good news for the MOD 70 world today:

 

Virbac Paprec, loyal sponsors in the sailing world launch the 7th MOD70 and move from the CDK Technologies yard in Lorient today to another yard for the winter. Skipper, Jean Pierre Dick will leave the boat to winter whilst he continues his IMOCA 60 commitments that conclude in the upcoming 2012 Vendee Globe race. Jean Pierre Dick, originally from Nice, will join the MOD70 sailors next season for the MOD70 European and Ocean World Tour.

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Good news for the MOD 70 world today:

 

Virbac Paprec, loyal sponsors in the sailing world launch the 7th MOD70 and move from the CDK Technologies yard in Lorient today to another yard for the winter. Skipper, Jean Pierre Dick will leave the boat to winter whilst he continues his IMOCA 60 commitments that conclude in the upcoming 2012 Vendee Globe race. Jean Pierre Dick, originally from Nice, will join the MOD70 sailors next season for the MOD70 European and Ocean World Tour.

 

 

Hey Ryan - did you get my text?

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Then bad news today: Foncia abandon ship...

 

http://www.lequipe.fr/Voile/Actualites/Desjoyeaux-et-foncia-c-est-bientot-fini/306598

 

Short story: Foncia to stop sponsoring MichDej at the end of the year, instead of 2014 as previously considered. After Jourdain / Veolia, that another quite significant blow to the offshore / MOD70 scene.

 

M - and that sucks, big time :(

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That could be disastrous for the class, if they don't manage to get sponsors back onboard quickly the class could find the others bailing

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Would never have had much interest in multis before. However, These machines are something else

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Yann Guichard is as fast on his MOD70 as he is on an AC45! He is still leading the fleet and Mich Desj can't seem to make up any ground... But a split is starting to expand in the neck of the Channel, let's see how this will play out.

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The talent in the fleet is amazing. Franck Cammas is on Race For Water, but they are running out of room to catch Spindrift. Dublin anarchists, the boats should be in around 10-midnight tonight. Good excuse for a craic at the national

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The talent in the fleet is amazing.

 

It is indeed !!!

 

Race For Water : Stève Ravussin (SUI), Yvan Ravussin (SUI), Franck Cammas (FRA), Thomas Coville (FRA), François Morvan (FRA), Loïc Forestier (SUI), Tanguy Cariou (FRA), Nicolas Heintz (FRA), Gurvan Bontemps (FRA), Benoît Lequin (FRA)

 

FONCIA : Michel Desjoyeaux (FRA), Antoine Carraz (FRA), Thierry Chabagny (FRA), Charles Caudrelier (FRA), Emmanuel Leborgne (FRA), Xavier Revil (FRA), Sébastien Col (FRA), Alban Rosselin (FRA), Nicolas Texier (FRA), Julien Falxa (FRA)

 

Groupe Edmond de Rothschild : Sébastien Josse (FRA), David Boileau (FRA), Florent Chastel (FRA), Cyril Dardashti (FRA), Olivier Douillard (FRA), Christophe Espagnon (FRA), Antoine Koch (FRA), Thomas Rouxel (FRA)

 

Spindrift racing : Yann Guichard (FRA), Léo Lucet (FRA), Pascal Bidégorry (FRA), Jacques Guichard (FRA), Jean-Baptiste Levaillant (FRA),Yann Eliès (FRA), Kevin Escoffier (FRA), Devan Le Bihan (FRA)

 

Musandam-Oman Sail : Sidney Gavignet (FRA), Fahad Al Hasni (OMA) Moshin Al Busaidi (OMA) Khamis Al Amburi (OMA) Brian Thompson (GBR) Jean-François Cuzon (FRA) Thomas Le Breton (FRA) Michi Mueller (GER)

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Foncia have crept into the lead (just) over Spindrift Racing. The top three boats are within 1nm of each other. 5.3nm to go now Foncia is .3nm in the lead and Edmond De Rothschild have closed up a little on the top two MOD's

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Final winning margin of Foncia 32 seconds over Spindrift! 77 seconds between first and third.

 

http://www.mod70-europeantour.com/en/news/news/480/foncia-wins-at-the-wire.html

 

Foncia wins at the wire

 

From an incredibly close finish which saw all three top teams arrive at the Dun Laoghaire, Dublin line within 77 seconds of each other, it was Michel Desjoyeaux and his crew of FONCIA which stole victory on the MOD70 European Tour first leg of the from Kiel to Dublin.

 

Desjoyeaux and his crew of FONCIA which stole victory on the MOD70 European Tour first leg of the from Kiel to Dublin.

 

In a heart stopping race to the line in very gentle breezes the winners were no more than 200 metres ahead of second placed Yann Guichard and crew on Spindrift racing with Sebastien Josse and the crew of Groupe Edmond de Rothschild no more than 300 metres behind.

 

The 1238 miles leg which started Sunday afternoon in Kiel was decided almost on the finish line.

 

FONCIA finally seized the lead with less than 15 miles to the finish, overhauling Guichard’s Spindrift racing which had lead consistently since last Monday morning when they passed Desjoyeaux’s crew on the NW Danish coast. In the final hours the two leaders were only 3-500 metres apart, with FONCIA only just holding on to win.

 

Finish times Dun Laoghaire

1-Michel Desjoyeaux (FONCIA) 23h 19m 09s Wed 5th September

2-Yann Guichard (Spindrift racing) 23h 19m 41s Wed 5th September

3-Sébastien Josse (Groupe Edmond de Rothschild) 23h 20m 26s 5th September

 

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Great racing. It's inexcusable to see the lack of coverage on the FP here and most anyplace else. The crews are as good as the Volvo, and the fleet is so evenly split that any leg is anyone's game. I really wish they'd hire some media people (hint hint)

 

Anyone who loves Ocean Racing ought to be glued to this

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Will be drunk out of my tree in DL this time tomorrow night. Anyone up to help me rob spindrift?

 

Why? Ask nicely and you can get a tour or a ride. These guys are much more accessible than the VOR. Everyone should go down and say hello

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Great racing. It's inexcusable to see the lack of coverage on the FP here and most anyplace else. The crews are as good as the Volvo, and the fleet is so evenly split that any leg is anyone's game. I really wish they'd hire some media people (hint hint)

 

Anyone who loves Ocean Racing ought to be glued to this

 

+10

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Will be drunk out of my tree in DL this time tomorrow night. Anyone up to help me rob spindrift?

 

 

:)

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