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Semaine de Porquerolles

Since we where talking about it regarding that M.A.T., let's see some good action and nice boats on that regatta. A tip: on both movies on the first !/3 they are just waiting for the wind, the action starts then.



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And some days ago on the med, near Capri on the Rolex Capri, nice boats and great images:

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JPK 10.10, M.A.T. 10.10, an interesting comparison:

There are many common points between these boats and also some differences.

As common points these boats are pointed to the same market segment, the ones that want a 33ft able to win at top level and also a boat that can plan and be fun to sail while cruising with the family.

The boats have almost the same length and beam even if looking at the boats the JPK seems more beamier:






That's because hulls are very different having the JPK max beam much more aft and a complete different transom. Also in what regards rocker and the aft part of hull the JPK has a much more soft line.







The picture of the JPK hull shows it on its IRC dress, not the most efficient but the one more able to win on handicap. For pure performance or for the ones that want to sail or race the boat solo it comes with two rudders and a torpedo keel (some that race regattas prefere it also that way anyhow).

Solo sailing and racing is in what regards comparing it with the MAT the most important difference : The JPK makes the miracle to be able to be top competitive in crew racing and top competitive in solo racing, with major victories on both sides. Very few boats can do that. jacques Valer is really a master in the art of making a boat stable enough downwind to be sailed fast solo on autopilot and also able to be good enough upwind or downwind with a crew to be a top regatta boat: CHAPEAU!!!

here you can find it on the last Giraglia going downwind at 24K




and here, on one of the nicest sailing movies ever, you can see it (1.38) eating alive, close upwind, a X35 and the x35 is a very fast and very good upwind boat ( besides that is 2 feet bigger):



the X35 is a one design boat and among the faster X yachts. It is pointed at the same market and it is also a great and very fast boat, specially upwind:



http://www.x-yachts.com/seeems/18049.asp


and solo, here have one finishing first in real time the last Transquadra (2th in compensated by 7s after a transat).






Regarding the MAT there are more similitude in what regards low weight and a big B/D ratio. The JPK weights less (3700kg to 4250kg) and has a B/D ratio of 41% (51% for the MAT) with a draft of 1.95m (2.10 for the MAT). Regarding sail area the JPK has 58m2 and the the MAT 66.7m2.

Probably the MAT is faster upwind and the JPK will smoke it downwind. On a race like the Sydney-Hobart the MAT will be faster, on a Transat the JPK will be much faster. Around the boys, upwind and downwind they would be very close even if the JPK has a much better race record, so it should have an edge.

But most of all for cruising or short crew sailing the JPK would be a much better boat. Why? The Mat has a hull and transom designed to take advantage of all that B/D ratio and that means heel. The boat is designed to sail with a lot of heel and the hull and transom is designed to allow that without minimum additional drag.

The JPK is designed to sail with a lot less heel and that hull will resist big angles of heel. This going downwind is like the JPK being a bicycle with two smaller wheels om the back that prevent and stops rolling making the boat much easier to sail.

Sure, the MAT can go almost as fast downwind but on that hull and transom, that allows big heeling angles without much resistance, it is the crew that have to maintain the boat on its wheels and prevent it to roll. That bigger B/D ratio needs heeling to be effective and heeling is a bad thing while going fast downwind. It is a more difficult boat to sail demanding a good crew to go fast downwind.





Regarding interior, it will be a match, both boats have very nice interiors for these type of boats, even if the JPK has a "decent" stove. Both boats have offsore capability but would need to add tankage if extensive cruising is intended. Nothing difficult anyway.




This is a boat that is used by most of their owners for top racing and occasionally family cruising. That boat would be a great choice also for someone that cruises mostly alone and truly loves and enjoys fast sailing while cruising. It would also be a boat that would allow to sail almost all the time, with a very good offshore capability. The engine would be there mostly to charge the batteries

A great dual purpose boat in my opinion

JPK

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Portuguese entry for the C-Class trophy (formerly known as the Little Americas’ Cup)

Never posted about a Portuguese sailing boat, at least a modern one, so the first one will be really a modern one:



Designed by the Portuguese NA Tony Castro and being built in Cascais on a high tech firm. The boat will be sailed by Portuguese sailors on the "Little America's cup". It should also be like that on the big America's cup, I mean a boat designed by American's, built in America and sailed by Americans (the same with the other entries), much more fun and meaning that way.

The competition will be among the Portuguese team, US, UK, Canada, Switzerland, Italy and France teams.

Here you have a good history of the Trophy, called popularly by "Little America's cup".

Team Invictus - C Class History

It is going one since 1961 and was where the wing sails were developed here, at least at an amateur level.

The rules:

Team Invictus - Challenge


The trophy is in Canadian hands and this year's edition will be in Falmouth UK during the week 21st-28th.

Last edition can give you an idea of the boat performances (with light winds they can do go 2.5 times faster than the wind):






21-28 Sept: International C Class Catamaran Championship

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Finot/Conq 110



The boat is almost om the water:











and I am very curious about the sailboat performances: What will happen when this giant will race against other luxury giants of more conventional design on this race (wally, Maltese Falcon abd company)?



Will Finot be right and this boat will be faster with a much reduced crew?

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James Burwick, his family and Anasazi girl, their home:

I have already posted on this thread some photos of his family on their "home" but I wanted to make a good post about them and now that I am almost leaving for my cruising season, it seems a good time.

Like Brian, our permanent cruiser that lives with the family in a Catalina 400, they are sea gypsies but at a scale that drafts the wanderings of Brian and in a boat that Brian would find completely unsuited to cruise much less to live aboard, a true racing boat, not even particularly modified for cruising, a racing 40 Open racer Pogo. Near this one a cruising Pogo 12.50 looks like a luxury boat.



Who are they and what are they doing? James Burwick seems to be an old guy (he looks over 60) that felled in love with a younger girl and made not only the impossible dream to start a family at that age but also to live the dream to voyage in a sailboat around the world with them. He was for all his live an outdoor man used to live in tents, his wife was a refugee, also used to lack of comfort so probably this explains the choice of the boat: The best in what regards price, efficiency and safety (for that size) but certainly not the more comfortable, to say the least










It seems to suit them well as their camping tent around the world. The girl, now a women transformed herself in a remarkable photographer:

Please don't miss somira photos and if you like you can even buy some. They really are that good. DON'T MISS THIS:

Flickr: somirasao's Photostream

Somira Sao

After looking at those photos what seemed like a crazy idea and an impossible lifestyle suddenly seems not so crazy after all. When we can see beauty and happiness everywhere we ask ourselves what is really life all about

About them:

Anasazi Racing is James Burwick, Somira Sao and their three small children Tormentina, Raivo Max, and Pearl (ages 4, 2, & 4 months old).

They are a family of five, making long distance ocean passages on a 40' performance sailboat.

They started their voyage in Portland, Maine (USA) and proceeded to sail trans-Atlantic to Cherbourg, France; then trans-equatorial to Cape Town, South Africa; across the Southern Ocean to Fremantle, Western Australia; through the Australian Bight & Bass Strait to Melbourne; and across the Tasman Sea over North Island New Zealand to Auckland.

The sailing vessel, Anasazi Girl, is an Open 40 designed by Finot-Conq. She is a high tech carbon rocket-ship able to make fast long ocean passages similar to alpine climbers who climb light and fast.

JAMES is a professional climber & sailor with a vast foundation of experience in extreme environments. He has sailed 30,000 miles solo around the world, was an alpine mountain guide for 32 years (6000+ meter peaks), trained & worked search & rescue dogs (cadavers/explosives), did avalanche rescue & recovery, and developed handicap adaptive sports programs in Colorado and Norway.

SOMIRA was born in a Khmer Rouge work camp during the Pol Pot regime. She escaped & immigrated with her parents to the United States at age 4 as a Cambodian refugee. She worked in Cambodia with AUSAID & Australian Red Cross to document their landmine survivors program. She is a professional photographer, adventurer, glass artist and mother of three.

TORMENTINA and RAIVO are world travelers. Tormentina has been to 20 different countries and Raivo to 12. They have sailed over 19,000 ocean miles; descended Argentina's Rio Santa Cruz (400km from the Patagonian ice cap to the sea); cycle toured Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego, the Atacama Desert, & Southern Iceland; and horse-packed through the rainforests of the Cocahomó River Valley in Chile.

The kids have spent the first years of their lives surrounded by a tribe of world class athletes – alpinists, rock climbers, skiers, base jumpers, high-liners & pro sailors. They have never lived regularly in a house. Their gypsy homes have been expedition tents, cargo vans, cargo trailers, hotel rooms, and now a carbon-fibre composite racing boat.

PEARL was born in Auckland, New Zealand on December 20, 2012. In the womb, she made passages through the Southern Ocean, Australian Bight, Bass Strait, and the Tasman Sea. She moved onto the boat when she was less than a day old.


Anasazi Racing

an interesting interview:

TZ: Why are you sailing around the world with your kids, and what does the rest of your route look like?

JB: We are not really sailing around the world. That is not the goal or the plan. We are giving the gift of the sea to the children. We are spending the formative years with them 24/7. We're doing a program of experiential education. We like very much the Southern Hemisphere so we have been sailing in the westerlies downwind. We are in New Zealand awaiting the birth of our third child, due Dec 22. We have no plans at present. This is a real gift for us.

TZ: How have you dealt with questions of safety for the young ones, and what sort of rules and procedures have you put in place?

JB: It is all about risk management. On deck, full body harness, no life jacket. Make the clip [to the safety line] or take the ride [into the sea]. We clip in. No compromising at this time. I sometimes demand crew confined to their berths. The kids know why this is happening, and it is cool with them as this means either story time, book reading, or movies.

TZ: How do your children feel about your voyage?

JB: They are are bit young to ask. Raivo is two and T-bird is four. She was asked upon arrival in Auckland how the passage from Melbourne was. She replied, "It was short, just 10 days."

Are they aware that they are doing something unusual? Yes, they are. They see the other life experience, the rooms with toys and houses with things, and at the end of the day, they want to go back to the boat where it is simpler.


Tim Zimmermann Speaks With James Burwick on Anasazi Girl about Life Aboard | Sailing World











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Youth America's cup: Fantastic movie:

And on this youth series the America's cup is between nations, I mean all the sailors of a team have to be citizens of the country they represent. Maybe a future formula for the America's cup?

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Re: Interesting Sailboats

Very kind of you to post about our atypical cruising life on the Finot-Conq Open 40. Sad that the Class 40 market took over and no more of these Open 40 designs were built. So we feel very lucky to have this special boat to go wave surfing on.

It may not be the most comfortable vessel to live on in port, but it is the safest boat I could imagine crossing an ocean in, especially in the roaring 40s!

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