Sunday, August 3, 2014

ALMA'S LOGBOOK

As promised some more information about our voyage and as a picture says much more than words, it will be mainly pictures with some information.

We left Agios Nikolaos at 27 bound to a small beach on the East Coast of Crete (Vai) to stay for the night and to cross in the morning to Karpathos Island.
We made some friends on Agios Nikolaos that are travelling with us now, a couple (Yvonne and Arnaud) from Saint Malo (France) on a little First 30: Good sailors as it was to be expected from cruisers from the old Brittany Corsaire city.
We made it to Karpathos and next day we made it to Rhodes Island, more precisely to Lindos, sailing nicely upwind, first close to the wind (7K) than at 60º (over 8K).

Lindos is a gem that not even the tourist crowds, that come in bus and day trippers, manage to spoil. It is almost too perfect to be true: A good and very nice anchorage (not crowded) a nice old typical Greek village, a medieval castle and a Greek/Micenian Agora.

No cars in the town, but lots of "Taxis", I mean donkey taxis :-)

Sorry about the non edited pictures, they could be better if worked out but I have no time now, I am enjoying myself at Rhodes old city waiting a break on the wind to make it to Simi, a tiny but very nice Island were Yvonne's brother is building a house. And that's all for now. 




Saturday, August 2, 2014

A JPK SAILED BY JPK WON THE FIRST LEG ON THE TRANSQUADRA

Nice!!!! that's a double for JPK: JPK sailed by JPK :-). The boat is the all new JPK 10.80 sailed by his builder JPK (Jean Pierre Kelbert and Hervé Perroud). They had all the way a huge fight with the also new Sun Fast 3600 (with a top crew) and managed to overtake them on the last night arriving 14 minutes earlier. Solo the first one is a A35 and on compensated time a JPK 10.10 is probably the winner. The third in real time was another JPK 10.80. As usual JPK made the best overall performance, this time with JPK, the MAN, coming first on one of his boats.

Some images of this very interesting Transat for amateurs with more than 40 years of age, a favorite race of mine ;-)



Départ de St Nazaire por overlapprod
Arrivée 1er 204 3D DÉVELOPPEURS IMMOBILIER por overlapprod

Monday, July 28, 2014

TOUR DE FRANCE (SAIL ): THE VICTORY GOES TO SOUBEN AND AMAZING NEWS!!

Cammas arrived late (to the team) to recover the advance Souben and team Dunkerque had over Groupama, specially after a leg cancelled due to bad weather. Several victories were not enough. But the great achievement from Daniel Souvent risk to lose importance face to the big news: Next year the Tour de France will be raced on multihulls.

It seems that the guys don't find the M34 fast enough :-). It will be raced on this baby:

It is going to be fast, very wet and very physical,specially on the long legs. For sure it will provide some amazing movies. I cannot wait ;-)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

GIANCARLO PEDOTE

He deserves this post! Look at the advance he has! Nobody is going to steal this victory from him on the secretary....and it is not (only) the boat since there is another similar boat racing and a more modern one. Italy has a champion in solo racing and that is good. Now great solo racers are not only French, but also German, Swiss and Italian. Solo sailing is on the rise and I like it :-)
http://lessables-lesacores.com/
Here Pedote this year on another race:

Thursday, July 24, 2014

LES SABLES, LES AÇORES, LES SABLES

For the ones that don't know this is one of the most famous races from the mini-racers circuit and from the ones that don't know what a mini racer is, well, it is just that, about the smallest ocean racer there is, with just 6.5m. The races are normally solo (like this one) and have two categories: prototypes and series boats. This one starts at Sables d'Olonne and (France) go to Açores and back to Les Sables. Quite a race ;-)

This year the Italian Giancarlo Pedote, after having losing, with a lot of bad luck, the last Transat, seems that will not give a change to anynobody and with his odd looking but effective bath tube bow racer, is well ahead.

You can follow the race almost in direct here:
http://lessables-lesacores.com/

Monday, July 21, 2014

FROM PORTUGAL (TAVIRA) KIDS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD SAILING AND HAVING FUN

2014 ISAF Youth Worlds, biggest international participation ever: it is a pleasure to see the future of sailing on all those nice boys and girls. Cheers to them!!!

COMET 46 EX

Comar, the shipyard that makes the Comet has been very active on the last year: After the development of two new catamarans (that you can find on this blog) now they propose a bluewater boat, the kind of boat suited for a circumnavigation or to sail on high latitudes.

Better to say it in first place: I don't like it for the simple reason I find it very ugly.
Being a bluewater boat is no reason to make an ugly boat and Comet is known to make beautiful boats. Too much freeboard, huge port hulls and an ugly cabin are the main reasons for my dislike. The boat is even uglier then the one made by Garcia for Jimmy Cornell.


Certainly the boat has qualities: I can see that the winches are well set up for solo sailing, that the hull has a nice shape, that the boat is light (11500kg) has a big B/D ratio, with a ballast of 4800kg and a variable draft (swing keel 1.60/3.50m). It has a cutter configuration with enough sail area and it is strong, with a clever structure, made with infusion of vinilester resins, Kevlar and carbon with a crash box at the bow. Has a big tankage (680l diesel, 440L water) and a big carrying load (4.500kg)......
But it has to be so ugly????


The design team is a big one: Pierpaolo Ballarini, H3O, studio Arcore, Smar Azur for the rig and sails, STYachts with Doug Schckler e Davide Tagliapietra for the keel and rudder; Comar Yacht for the interior.... I wonder why the hell they did not command it to Marc Lombard, that has experience with this type of boats (RM) and has designed for Comar the two beautiful catamarans, has never made an ugly boat and contrary to Pierpaolo Ballarini has a long list of successful designs?