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Re: VOR / SCA Racing

So, you might remember that we were speculating about what the future might hold for Justine Mettraux, the phenomenal Swiss Mini 6.50 sailor who finished second in the Series class behind Aymeric Belloir.

Her sponsor, TeamWork, announced they would be launching an IMOCA 60 program for a future Vendée Globe, and there was some question whether Justine might be tapped for the skipper slot.

But now we see that she has been added to the Team SCA Volvo Ocean Race team! What a terrific and well-deserved opportunity. Not only will she gain tremendous experience, she will get to race alongside some of the best sailors in the world (male or female). No doubt she will have a very promising career ahead of her.

Chapeau, Justine!

Volvo Ocean Race | SCA's all-female crew: meet the team
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Meanwhile chapeau also to Lionel that managed to save his boat that seem to be in good shape after having been 10 days capsized (with him inside).

He only arrived to Brazil now and they say that his first words when he stepped "terra firma" was " FINALLY"

They are trying to repair the boat in time to "La route du Rhum"

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New top racer for America:Zing 3

In this case South America, Brazil:









But I would say I am a bit surprised with the overall design. Sure the boat looks great and I am sure it will be fast but one thing is fast other is competitively fast and competitive in what kind of racing?

The choice of the NA cabinet does not say much since they are not specialists in any kind of racing, having a limited experience in what regards racing boats (Langan Design Partners). In fact they don't help also in what regards the design criteria and the type of racing the boat points to. They simply say about Zing 3:

"Designed for a brazilian yachtsman Zing 3 is designed to go fast. An all carbon boat she boasts a canting keel, trim and ballast tanks, curved dagger-boards and a sparse interior."

Length, hull ........16.75 m
Length waterline..16.72 m
Beam, maximum....4.80 m
Naval Architecture:.Langan Design Partners
Design:.................Langan Design Partners

It does not look like an IRC racer since the transom design does look like for maximizing RM at heeling, looking like the one of a solo racer but the beam is not the one of a solo racer (relatively narrow).

A racing boat not designed as a solo racer should imply a big B/D ratio and a boat designed to sail upwind with a lot of heel but the hull design seems not to be designed for that. Well, they don't give the ballast ratio and I am just judging by what is usual in the different types of offshore racing boats. The hull looks like a crossover between a TP52 (in what regards beam and overall shape) and a solo racer in what regards the use of chines to limit heeling and design transom. It is also the only race boat that I know off that has seats in front of the wheel, with back support and all

Maybe they will have discovered something new even if it seems odd to me given their background in top racing. Another odd thing is on a top racing boat is not having a winch pedestal and only winches. It is a solo boat?

Maybe our Brazilian and South American contributors can shed some light on the brief design of the boat: Sure it will be fast and given the naked interior it is a racer....but what type of racing the owner will do with it: Transats and Ocean racing? IRC racing? ORC Regattas?

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Another winch option

Forget to mention a system that is used on some main market boats: There are no winches, or a single winch over the cabin and all the winches (four) are on the cockpit, two of them aft, near the wheels. That's the solution that has been increasingly used by Hanse and that offers more flexibility than two winches near the wheel and two over the cabin.

On the case all winches are on the cockpit it means that the rigging is done in a way that all maneuvers are made from there and even if the second pair of winches is not near the wheel they are certainly closer to than on the top of the cabin.

Also more flexibility because you can use the existent winches for more uses, being on the other case the ones over the cabin limited to reefing work or in some cases to move the traveler with strong winds since in most cases the front sail sheets are brought back.

Here the new Hanse 505 that has that system:



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Premier 45 : Boat test

Yachting monthly boat test to the boat that was my WOW!!! boat of the 2013 Dusseldorf boat show.





Take into consideration that the tester is a conservative one even if competent (like the magazine) :

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Take into consideration that the tester is a conservative one even if competent (like the magazine) :
You know, Chris (the tester) almost never smiles during these boat reviews, but at the end of this one he is smiling from ear to ear, sitting at the helm and driving along at good speed. It's clear, notwithstanding his typically restrained manner, that he really loves this boat.

And what's not to love? Truly a gorgeous design, albeit not for traditionalists. Only thing I would change, I think, is the navigation station arrangement - I really do prefer a more conventional dedicated chart table with forward-facing seating. I realize it forces you to give up some space in the cabin, but for longer offshore voyages I would be spending a lot of time there, I imagine.

Otherwise, I really like the design and it's definitely a performance-oriented performance cruiser.

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Beautiful boat but why the chamferred deck edge?
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I would change some things on the interior regarding color schemes and I would add more light without changing the boat profile or basic looks.

The exterior is perfect with the exception of the toe-rail that is useful. A nice rounded carbon piece all around would be nice

But I would not mind to have it like it is

25º to the wind at 7K!!! WOW!!!!
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Beautiful boat but why the chamferred deck edge?
Bob - I think Chris (the YM tester) mentioned in the video something about the way the carbon deck is joined to the hull, then hand-sanded to give it that chamfer. Can't recall the exact details, but assume it's partly aesthetic and partly a function of the deck-hull join design.

Agree with Paulo that it needs a toe rail, speaking as a life-long bowman. On the other hand, if I owned such a boat I'd hire a professional bowman to go forward in inclement weather to deal with anything foredeck related.
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Re: Interesting Sailboats

If it were to make joining the hull to deck eaier I would think a radius would be even better. Granted it's better than a hard corner but no corner would be better than two corners. I like the look.

I've raced boats with no rteo rail back in the day when that was legal. Hiking is comfy. It's not a problem most of the time but it creates problems when you are breaking down three speed winches for servicing. " Have you seen that round,,,,,,,?

But in that first photo of the 505 I think I see a low "bulwark" shadow line. I can't imagine you would be compliant with any modern safety rules with no toe rail or bulwark at all. At least from the mast foirward.
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