May 11, 2012Loïck Peyron's Sexy New America's CupAfter a few events away, Loïck Peyron steps back onto the helm of the Energy Team AC45. However, the team's primary focus is on securing the necessary sponsorship to build an AC72.
December 18, 2012No Down Time Down UnderWhen it comes to multihulls, few, if any, have the résumé to match that of Pete Melvin. He's designed some of the world's fastest boats, and won some of the toughest multihull championships. Now he's trying to help Emirates Team New Zealand win the America's Cup.
July 10, 2012Extreme Sailing Series: Act 4 (Porto)Leigh McMillan's team The Wave, Muscat performed brilliantly on the tight racecourse of the Douro river, winning first place in 10 of the 32 races and extending his overall series lead. Red Bull Sailing Team came in second in Porto, with Oman Air claiming the final podium spot in third.
Photo Credit: Roy Riley/Lloyd Images and Joao Ferrand
March 29, 2013Cam's MOD70The first MOD70 campaign sets up shop in the United States. Orion Racing, with Cam Lewis, plans to train in San Francisco this summer.
January 27, 2012Cool CatThe little sister of the still-to-come AC72 turned all heads during its 14-day dress rehearsal on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour. "Tech Review" from our March 2011 issue.
December 11, 2012Motive 25RBoat of the Year Nominee
Photos by Walter Cooper
The slick Motive 25R was a showstopper at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis (and the Newport International Boatshow where it was named best-in-show). In the BOTY fleet, it was certainly the most unique and most intriguing. According to Motive Trimaran founder Pete Ansel, a special-effects-specialist-turned-boatbuilder, the concept of the Motive 25R is based on the popularity of "raiding" (adventure racing/camping) in Europe, the desire to have something with the performance of a Weta Trimaran and trampoline space on which to sleep.
Ansel also says the design emphasis was on "easy performance," so to achieve this there’s no boom to have to deal with, it has simple sail-control systems, and a clever way to remove the amas for trailering. The judges, however, couldn’t overlook two serious construction issues that appeared during the test sail: The center hull’s deck wasn’t cored so it flexed underfoot and creased beneath the gennaker winch when it was loaded (preventing them from flying the screecher), and the four synthetic cables between the main hull and the amas regularly dragged through the water (the angle of these, said designer Jeremy Wurmfeld, would be adjusted).
The judges also felt that the rig (which did not have a mast rotator, which is important on multihulls) was too short, and as a result, the boat was underpowered. “This is one of those boats that’s great in concept but needs a lot more time in development and workup,” said Greg Stewart. “It wasn’t ready.”
We hope to see a finished version for BOTY 2014 because the potential for something very cool is there in the waiting.
May 20, 2013Luna Rossa Goes for a FoilIn what can only been seen as a poke in the eye of the folks in charge of the America's Cup, Luna Rossa went out for a sail just two days after the review panel asked all teams to refrain from sailing for about a week while it convened to look into the death of Artemis crewmember Andrew Simpson. Photos by Carlo Borlenghi/Luna Rossa Challenge
July 5, 2012Krys Ocean Race: PrologueThe Prologue of the Krys Ocean Race took five MOD 70 teams from Newport, R.I., to the Big Apple. Stève Ravussin's Race for Water came out with the win. Photos: Billy Black/Krys Ocean Race
March 12, 2013Extreme Sailing Series 2013Photos from the first act of the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series in Muscat, Oman.
Photos: OC Events and Sabine König for Chili Sports Communication
Extreme Sailing Series 2013 Act 1, Muscat, Oman results
Position / Team / Points
1st The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan, Ed Smyth, Pete Greenhalgh, Musab Al Hadi, Hashim Al Rashdi 232 points.
2nd Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Matthew Adams, Pierre Le Clainche, Graeme Spence 226 points.
3rd Alinghi (SUI) Ernesto Bertarelli, Morgan Larson, Pierre Yves Jorand, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 218 points.
4th Team Duqm Oman (OMA) Robert Greenhalgh, Bleddyn Mon, Will Howden, Andrew Walsh, Nasser Al Mashari 185 points.
5th Team Korea (KOR) Peter Burling, Blair Tuke, Mark Bulkeley, Sungwok Kim, Matt Cornwell 173 points.
6th GAC Pindar (NZL) Will Tiller, Brad Farrand, Stewart Dodson, Harry Thurston, Shaun Mason 164 points.
7th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Kostner, Pete Cumming, Mikkel Røssberg, Nicolai Sehested 153 points.
8th Realteam (SUI) Jerome Clerc, Bryan Mettraux, Arnaud Psarofaghis, Cédric Schmidt, Thierry Wasem 147 points.
November 20, 2012Recovery Drink: Carbon Lemonade and Red BullWhile it won't get them on the water any sooner, Shannon Falcone's Oracle Team USA-sponsored entry into the Red Bull Flugtag, using recycled parts of the team's demolished AC72 wing, helped lift morale and point the team toward brighter days.