Racing yachts

Racing yachts

  Racing yachts try to reduce the wetted surface area (which creates drag) by keeping the hull light whilst having a deep and heavy bulb keel, allowing them to support a tall mast with a great sail area. Modern designs tend to have a very wide beam, with a flat bottom, to provide buoyancy preventing an excessive heel angle. Speeds of up to 40 mph can be obtained in good conditions.

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Following a four year programme of racing across Europe, on Monday the first day of racing in the Louis Vuitton Cup was scheduled. For the first time, the challengers were sailing for their lives, with elimination looming after two Round Robins. But the weather didn’t fully cooperate. For the more than 50 thousand spectators in the AC Park on a holiday Monday, it was a beautiful, warm, sunny day; the first for weeks. But on the water, the wind needed for fair racing never materialised with (...)
Source: www.americascup.com
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Russian adventurer-sailor Fedor Konyukhov is confirmed as the first competitor in the Antarctica Cup Yacht Race (ACYR). Starting in December 2007, Fedor will attempt to sail his 88.58 ft. boat "Alye Parusa" around the challenging 14,500 nautical mile Antarctica Cup Racetrack and in doing so claim the inaugural world record for sailing solo, non-stop, around the Antarctica Cup Racetrack and become the first ocean racing sailor to circumnavigate Antarctica in the Southern Ocean. (...)
Source: www.antarcticacup.com
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For the first time since dismasting during Valencia Louis Vuitton Act 13, Italy’s +39 Challenge has taken to the waters off Valencia. The team has stepped an old ‘version 4’ mast it has acquired, and made adjustments to its sails and equipment so that they fit with the mast. Friday the team went sailing to test the equipment. In the meantime, the team is working feverishly to repair its broken "version 5" mast. 12 to 14 people are working around the clock to carry out the (...)
Source: www.americascup.com
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City firms are set to battle it out on the water in the 2007 BMW City Challenge, the popular Docklands-based summer yacht racing series, which takes place from May-September. Following the success of the 2006 event, title sponsor, BMW has agreed to add a fifth series, allowing more companies the chance to take to the water and defend their hard-fought city reputations. Staged in the Royal Victoria Dock, the event attracts leading institutions from throughout the capital including (...)
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So here we sit in the container downloading data after a monumental day. We went for it today in winds averaging around 18 knots. Plenty of spectators and all cameras rolling. Everything was working. Everything was in place. I could feel the extra load on the knot as I slipped from the restraining anchor. Once into the wind Sailrocket lifted out and the next moments were perhaps the scariest I’ve ever had. Once again she headed for the beach like a horse to the barn. I knew from our first (...)
Source: www.sailrocket.com
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On Saturday 14th April, Port America’s Cup will celebrate one of its most long-awaited moments, the official opening Boat Parade for the 32nd America’s Cup. The final stages of the event will begin two days later with the first racing of the Louis Vuitton Cup. The winner will face Alinghi in the 32nd America’s Cup Match starting on 23rd June. The Boat Parade represents the true countdown to the America’s Cup Match, a contest for the oldest sporting trophy in the world, held in Europe for the (...)
Source: www.americascup.com
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This weekend, April 14-15, the teams and drivers of the XLR8 Home Loans Australian F1 Superboat Series will return to Toukley’s Lake Budgewoi for Round Two of the 2007 Championship. The F1 powerboats easily exceed the speed of 107 kn in the straights and keep up 86-97 kn in the narrowest turns around the buoy. The acceleration from standstill allows them to reach 53 kn in 3.5 seconds because of the amazing weight/power ratio closing on a horse power per kilogram. These power catamarans (...)
Source: www.f1boat.com.au
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The fleet racing of Valencia Louis Vuitton Act 13 was the opening act of the decisive year of the 32nd America’s Cup. Beginning with the fleet ‘unveiling’ and continuing with seven races, Act 13 marked the opening of the season, the debut of the final configuration of Port America’s Cup and a chance to set the scene for the climax to come. Ashore, Port America’s Cup was bustling with activity. Nearly 230 000 visitors came to the Port to enjoy the racing, sample the new restaurants and cafés, (...)
Source: www.americascup.com
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The Superyacht Cup in Palma is attracting some of the finest sailing yachts in the world. All the leading yacht designers and top shipyards will be represented in the fleet of up to 60 yachts and Wally will have 5 of their individually unique performance cruising yachts taking part. The latest entries to confirm this week are Tiketitan, Dark Shadow, J One and Open Season and the latest Wally, Y3K which is launching this week will also be heading to Palma. Wally is the world-leading (...)
Source: palma2007.thesuperyachtcup.com
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It was another difficult day to be racing on the waters off Valencia. The wind was strong, but still very shifty, and no lead was safe until the finish line had been crossed. But in these very difficult conditions, it was the Defender of the America’s Cup, Alinghi, who excelled, earning two race victories to vault into the overall lead. Behind them, the mixed up results mean five boats are within two points of second place, with BMW ORACLE Racing and Emirates Team New Zealand a shade ahead (...)
Source: www.americascup.com

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