Neues und Aktuelles Februar 2006

18 HT Racing Calender 2006

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European-Racing Calender 2006 (PDF-Datei) of the International 18HT Catamaran Association.

Neue Speed Sailing-Veranstaltung

Am 15. Juni wird in San Francisco einen neue Veranstaltunsserie installiert, "The San Francisco Speed Sailing Event". Er soll es in erster Linie den amerikanischen Windsurfern, Kitesurfern, Skiff-Seglern und allen anderen Geschwindigkeits-Fans ermöglichen, sich offiziell Rekordfahrten bestätigen zu lassen.

Das Konzept dazu ist einfach: Einen Bojenkreis mit 500 m Durchmesser so schnell wie möglich mit Windkraft zu durchqueren. Position des Ganzen - in der berühmten San Francisco Bay, die vor allem Nachmittags mit kräftigem Wind aufwarten kann. In Kombination mit der hereinkommenden Tide sind auch die Wellen flach, was Rekordfahrten begünstigt.

Weitere Infos dazu auf der

Visionarry Testsegeln (austral. Fahrtenproa)

Einige neue Bilder von der anderen Globushälfte. Hier geht "harryproa" zügig weiter damit voran, die einseitigen Ausleger in die normalen Fahrtenmultis einzureihen. Von den derzeit vier im Bau befindlichen Booten hier einige Bilder vom Testsegeln der australischen 15 m Proa.


Beeindruckend, die Ruderaktion

Alle Reports diese Bootes mit weiteren Bildern:

Multihull Cup 60 Circuit

The Multi Cup 60' will get underway in London on 8 May this year with the start of the first of the season's six events. At French Yacht Club headquarters in Paris today, ORMA chairman Gilles Cambournac and French Sailing Federation chairman Jean-Pierre Champion unveiled the full programme for the first edition of this new crewed multihull championship.

Following 9th December's announcement on the creation of the Multi Cup 60', ORMA was keen to put together an innovative calendar. The firmly European nature of the circuit is symbolic of the desire to open up the class internationally, starting with a spectacular and highly original rendezvous on the banks of the Thames. The programme also meets the sporting concerns of the skippers, who wish to be able to combine crewed events with solo training with a view towards the next Route du Rhum.

On 8 May the competitors will set out on the season's Multi Cup ocean race on an unusual course: London - Alpes Maritimes. The boats are expected at the finish between 15 and 19 May. The Alpes Maritimes Conseil Général (County Council) is renewing its commitment to ORMA by accommodating the finish of this event in a town to be finalised at a later date. There will be 5 such events this season.

Alpes Maritimes Conseil Général is also becoming the partner of the first coastal event of the season, the Alpes Maritimes Trophy, to be contested in the form of two coastal events on 20 and 21 May.

For the remainder of the programme, the class will benefit from the support of historic partners such as Marseilles and Port de Fécamp, which have been playing host to the multihulls for 5 and 12 years respectively, together with some totally new destinations which will see the crews explore the waters of Trapani in Sicily and Portimao in Portugal.

The calendar:
London - Alpes Maritimes: start 8 May
Alpes Maritimes Trophy from 20 to 21 May
Italy Grand Prix - Trapani, from 1 to 4 June
Grand Prix de Marseille, from 22 to 25 June
Portugal Grand Prix - Portimao, from 13 to 16 July
Grand Prix du Port de Fécamp, from 7 to 10 September

Key features of the Multi Cup 60'.

  • A circuit spread over 4 years so as to offer a secure future to the professional teams and their owners
  • An international circuit, initially through the competition venues and eventually via the new format
  • An exclusively crewed circuit
  • A competition aimed at the general public with changes to the way the events are organised.
  • A circuit that is compatible with and complementary to the top single and double-handed ocean meetings (Transat Jacques Vabre, Route du Rhum, etc.).
  • Boats entered in the Multi Cup 60' have to take part in all 6 events on the programme.
  • At the end of the season, the title of Multi Cup Champion will be awarded.

The organisation and the new Multi Cup partner will be presented at a press conference in March 2006. -- Bénédicte Etienne, Havas Sports


Hinweis von Markus, der ein tolles Video entdeckt hat:

Ein Katamaran mit Kite-Antrieb ist zwar nicht komfortabel zu bedienen, aber auch nicht im Bereich des Unmöglichen. Dieser Speed fasziniert doch oder? Hier der Link aus Hawaii zum Video-Clip:

Und nächstes Jahr soll das erste Frachtschiff mit einem vom Skysails(TM) Antrieb über die Weltmeere kreuzen. Ein entsprechender Kaufvertrag wurde just gestern zwischen der Bremer Reederei Beluga Shipping GmbH und der SkySails GmbH & Co. KG unterzeichnet. Siehe dazu auch auf der Homepage von Skysails


Today saw the fulfilment of a longstanding dream for quadriplegic skipper Russell Vollmer when he managed to complete the Heineken Cape to Bahia race on his catamaran Omnimed Seague earlier today. Vollmer, who is also the commodore of Royal Cape Yacht Club, gathered a crack crew of six and special modifications were done for the 3380-mile ocean crossing.

This race saw Vollmer's second attempt at a South Atlantic crossing as he sailed in the 2000 Cape to Rio race, but did not manage to finish before the official cut-off time. This time he took to the seas in a fast cruising catamaran that suited him ideally as the Chris White designed Atlantic 55 provides ample space to accommodate his wheelchair. The configuration of the yacht also gave him the opportunity to be more independent and the ability to contribute more to the physical aspects of sailing.

Gawie Fagan and his crew on Suidoos 2 is still 177 miles out of Salvador, but are currently experiencing good breezes and maintaining an average boat speed of almost seven knots. If they can keep their speed up, they should finish on Thursday morning and are likely to shuffle the handicap leader board significantly. Although they are currently in 10th place on handicap, a finish time of less than 23 days could see Suidoos 2 usurping Polo Sport Gumption current position of runner-up on handicap.

For the two mini-Transats Crean and Federico, the race is still far from over. The small 6.5 metre yachts are being sailed single-handed by Brit Richard Smurthwaite and Argentinian Rodrico Cella and still have 776 and 998 miles to go respectively before they hit Salvador. Both are currently making good progress at speeds just under 7 knots. The two mini-Transants are the smallest yachts ever to participate in the South Atlantic race.

Ronelda Visser

Aus 'Multihull Yacht Services' wird
'Windspeed Yachts'

Die australische Multihullwerft, die nach dem Windspeed 40 jetzt an der Fertigstellung des ersten 50 Fuss-Bootes arbeitet, hat umfirmiert. Aus 'Multihull Yacht Services' wurde 'Windspeed Yachts' mit der Anschrift: Windspeed Yachts
Postal Address: PO Box 10 Beachmere 4510
Ph: (07) 5495 1174 Fax: (07) 5495 2214

Nicht zuletzt aufgrund des oft günstigen Wechselkurses und natürlich wegen des sehr großen Angebotes bei den Multis, sollten alle Eigner in spe den Kontinent auf der anderen Seite im Auge behalten.