Season Opening at Trofeo Noli / Mallorca.

Sailing is a complex thing. Every adjustable screw has its relevants and on such a boat of the ORC Class, there are many screws. If every screw is running you will have a perfect match. But if there is just one screw not really running you will have a major problem. In that race weekend we had that one screw which was not running. Our underwater hull was full of shells and vegetable cover. We don´t thought that this could be so hard after a few weeks, but on the other hand the boat was laying there since november at least. Perhaps SAYONARA had a few trips, but that was to less. What can we do? We try to do it with a carpet around the hull, but that wasn´t a hack. We did the race with all the natural cover. That was hard to see that we didn´t get the target speed. As always we also had a few mistakes in tactic and maneuvers; that means minute by minute loss.

Farr 40 RCNP HighTide Segelblog Farr 40 RCNP HighTide Segelblog

Farr 40 RCNP HighTide Segelblog Farr 40 RCNP HighTide Segelblog

Nevermind, it was a perfect kick-off for the season 2019. The crew was brillant as always. The mood was impressive and the Conditions on Mallorca are brilliant. Perfect surrounding within the Real Club Nautico Palma and the city of palma. At least the crew dinner in the evening is one reason to be part of Sayonara Racing Squadron.

Farr 40 RCNP HighTide Segelblog Mallorca Farr 40 RCNP HighTide Segelblog

Farr 40 RCNP HighTide Segelblog Tactic Meeting

In the meantime the hull get´s cleaned and SAYONARA LIGHT is prepared for the next race. Stay tuned to get all the reviews of a race season on Mallorca at the Real Club Nautico Palma. In the meantime I really feel like home there. It is always a good Feeling to walk into the club and smell that typical artificial odor HERMES in the insight of the RCNO ambience.

Farr 40 RCNP HighTide Segelblog Farr 40 RCNP HighTide Segelblog

Where to stay?

At that time I found a very cosy and stylo Hotel not far away from the RCNP. At least maximum 10min away from the yacht harbour by foot. The Hotel is called Palau Sa Font and is located in the heart of Palma. The rooms are pleasant and the bathroom is stunning, quite new and modern. The service is excellent. We came always quite late and we get a warm welcome. The breakfast is a good standard, especially with the newspapers.

BOOT Düsseldorf / eMobility meets #GentleSailing

eMob is one of the hot topics at the boat fair in DüDo. No wonder that Nautors Swan adopt that topic sovereign with style at the premier of the SWAN 36. Maybe the right move to make eMob to a force on the water.

At the end it´s a TriOperation. BMW i supplies the batteries, Torqeedo builts the eMotor and both parts will find their place in the race yacht itself. The premier will take place in May, direct in racing.

Nautors swan Club Swan 36 Boot Düsseldorf Battery Pack Torqeedo Boot Düsseldorf

The innovative electrified drive of the ClubSwan 36 race yacht is to be powered by the latest generation of lithium ion batteries by BMW i. The zero-emissions drive system in the new model will incorporate the specialist skills of BMW i, the electric boat drive manufacturer Torqeedo and the Finnish yacht maker Nautor’s Swan.

Nautors swan Club Swan 36 Boot Düsseldorf  ClubSwan 36 Boot Düsseldorf

The ClubSwan 36 as a one-design carbon race yacht that combines all the advantages of dinghy and keelboat sailing. For this particular project, Torqeedo enhanced their Cruise 10.0 electric drive to incorporate BMW i battery technology.

The high-performance batteries that power the BMW i3 and i8, are already an established component of Torqeedo’s DEEP BLUE motor systems. The underwater propeller acts as a hydro generator while the yacht is sailing but disappears into the hull during regattas. That´s sounds strange to me. OK I get the Idea. You will always have strange feeling when the prop is out? It´s just performing in racing when the prop is in? Ok, at a normal sailing boat the prop is always out, which makes it slower; it´s the feeling, you know. If you can put it in, I will always sail without the propeller. 

Nautors swan Club Swan 36 Boot Düsseldorf Nautors swan Club Swan 36 Boot Düsseldorf

We will see. After May we will have the first results how it works. After that the Club Swan 36 will be at the Rolex Cup in St Tropez in June, and the Copa del Rey in Palma de Mallorca in July. Mallorca will also host the first one-design regatta with five boats of this type in October of this year.

Copyright for all pix by Nautor´s Swan.

 

 

 

Recap BOOT Düsseldorf / Inspiring Walkaround

3 days are much to less for a visit a the boat show in Düsseldorf. It´s OK when you don´t have appointments, than you run across the halls and get a catch everywhere. That was my experience years ago. Nowadays it´s quite difficult to look every booth of your choice in detail.

Nevertheless I will show you today my drive-by perspectives of the fair. At the end there is so much more to see. That year for example I haven´t been on any speech in one of the panels in the specific halls. That´s a must for next year.

Sunbeam Yachts Sunseeker Yachts BOOT Düsseldorf

Sarch Boot Düsseldorf Sarch Boot Düsseldorf

The SARCH S6 is a one-of Daysailer which is eye catching. It has all the elements you are searching for. The Fat-Head, wavepiercer bow, modern cockpit and gennaker. All in all it looks quite economical and rought. At the end, maybe the boat the mass will have for the weekend. Whereas Sunseeker is not something for the mass but at least fascinating.

Drachen BOOT Düsseldorf Dragon Fly Catamaran Boot Düsseldorf

DSV new Logo Boot Düsseldorf DSV new Logo Boot Düsseldorf

On Saturday we had the logo launch of the Deutscher Segel Verband (DSV). That was quite free of emotions but there was at least a yummy cake. Do you see the difference to the previous logo?

Teakdeck Boot Düsseldorf Dehler Yachts Design Boot Düsseldorf

Wood is always a topic in boat design. There are so many kinds of wooden deck possibilities. That´s really amazing. What do you think about the round design of the new Dehler interior design? I like the outside of the yachts very much, but the inside is not so mine.

be Foil 16 Foiler catamaran boot düsseldorf Dehler 25 Refit Boot Düsseldorf

Yeah, that´s a plastic foiler for sailing schools, which is easy to foil and everything of the boat is very solid. Good idea. I like it. It´s also interesting for family-foiling at the weekend with kids. That´s the idea. The concrete opposite of foiling is the Dehler 25. The construction is around 30 years old and it was my dream when I was a child. In the 80ies it was also promoted as a family boat. Now the YACHT Magazine made a refit with high-tec materials and put it into the now. The result is amazing and the idea was outstanding for a conservatice print magazine.

Jeanneau Coffee Boot Düsseldorf Beneteau Figarp 3 Foiler Boot düsseldorf

BOOT Düsseldorf / The Foiling Dinghy

Foiling and eMob on the water are two major topics at the fair that year. When we were cruising across Hall 15 I saw in the corner of my eye a fat-head North Sail on a dinghy and I had to stop. The lines were amazing. Like a LASER in 2019. Just a little bit smaller. The Design is outstanding. A Wavepiercer Bow, a fat T-Foil rudder and one foiler on each side. Both parts are made out of carbon fibre. The orange of the foils are made for me. I like those coloured gadgets. It´s called THE FOILING DINGHY, short TFD. That´s also the name in the North sail.

The Foiling Dinghy The Foiling Dinghy

I met Catarina who invented that boat together with her love, the A-Cat Pro-Sailor Thilo Keller. They are very enthusiastic and I can understand it. The boat is stunning and with a price of around 12.000 EUR fine. Think about that technology. It´s a sexy foiler, state of the art in sailing. Much better than a Laser and cheaper than a MELGES 14. OK both are bigger, but at the end, all of them are small boats for singel-handed sailing. Perfect. If I will be critical, yeah, the finish of the hull and the deck is not perfect, but we will see how the first „TFDs“ will do their job.

The Foiling Dinghy The Foiling Dinghy

I think it´s the right boat at the right time. I still think about a new olympic class when I see it. Above that it is easy to handle and fast to sail if needed. I will keep an eye on it and in season 2019 the first boats will be available at Steinlechner / Ammersee; my lake. Hopefully I will have the chance to get a ride with it.

Copa Del Rey – sailing between the king and the world league.

Copa Del Rey is one of the most prestigious regattas in the Mediterranean yachting calendar. A Pinnacle event in sailing year by year in the bay of Palma, Mallorca.

It sounds quite cool when Sascha asked me if I want to be part of his „Sayonar Light Race Team“ for the Copa del Rey in 2018. That sounds great to me and with my experience from the Palmavela last year I said yep, for sure. Especially cause Sascha knows how to handle boats, races and a crew of soldiers of fortune.

 

 

The main actors of the regatta are the beautiful Island of Mallorca, his Majesty King Felipe VI, an nearly 200 boats and their amazing owners and crews. Some of them you will know from the FORBES list, but´s that´s another story.

 

 

It all began and how could it be otherwise at the „Ballermann“ in El Arenal. There we pick up of the first crew member. As expected he was still in another galaxy, which was quite good, cause that´s the reason why he is still alive. You know, drunk people always have a guardian angel. But more about this later on.

In El Arenal we get on the boat to bring it to Palma. Unfortunately we stopped after 2min very unsoft, cause we grounded in the marina. That was a pity but with our draught of 2,60m not so abnormal. Max, remember our first crew member, wasn´t fast enough to absorb the sudden stop. Perhaps he was still absorbed by the Ballermann Experienced. He had really big luck. Max stands in the middle of the cockpit and made a backflip down the gangway, where he landed on his head. The muscle relaxant of drunk people is really outstanding. After that shock and unnecessary first experience we started with a drink an get the boat to Real Club Nautico Palma.

 

 

 

The upcoming race days were quite similar day by day. In total it was physically quite hard. We get up in our stunning city loft in palma, had breakfast at about 09 am. After that delicious part we prepared the boat, looked around in the yacht club an we enjoyed the feeling there, which is amazing.

Our tacticians get their infos in the briefing and we went out to the starting line. Don´t underestimate the time you need to be at that point. It needs at least an hour.

 

 

We were registrated in ORC 1 and most of the time we had a few other starting groups before us. That was cool, cause we can see the start of the ClubSwan50, or the Maxi Racers, which is really stunning. The sound of the winches ist awesome when they get on course. It sounds like the buzz of a dinosaur.

The course itself was classic, up and down, two rounds and two races a day. Above that there is one long distance race. In total we had eleven races. The windspeed were about 8 to 13kn every day and 37° everyday. Perfect conditions. Don´t forget to drink enough. I don´t know how many litres water we drunk at sea. Enough I think and the funny thing, in that conditions you don´t have to pee the whole day. It is so hot and you will transpire everything.

 

 

Within the regatta I often pinched myself. Is it really me, racing between King Felipe VI and the enormous maxi yachts like MOMO or Protheus. Above you will see there the leading champs steering the TP52, the GC32, or the Club Swan fleets. At the end we were not compatible against all that pros with their unbelievable machines. Don´t be the last in our class, was our task. At least we get that in every leg. Just in the last race we had a difficulties at the windward mark. We hoist the gennaker, it gets twisted and we had to jibe. It don´t came over and it was catched by a damaged sail batten in the jib and in a second the whole gennaker was split into two pieces. The only thing which we could do was a call to the race control; Sayonar Light 47 is retired. That was really a sad moment.

The whole week was a stunning experience in a awesome setting. Above that it was quite cool to get on track with the pros. With just one day of training and not with our material we had great results, an outstanding team spirit and a wonderful time on that beautiful island of Mallorca.

 

BMW will participate a challenging Project.

BMW Yachtsport: #TeamMalizia will take the chance to get the victory in the Vendée Globe 2020. BMW is partnering the Campaign of the Yacht Club of Monaco (YCM). Within that partnership Boris Herrmann from Hamburg/GER will be at the helm of the IMOCA OPEN 60 at that single handed sailing race around the globe.

IMOCA Fighting the Elements BMW i8 Boris Herrmann

Boris is very experienced in extreme sailing, a strong character and very personable. These are good skills to get such a racer around the globe, which don´t any mistakes.

#TeamMalizia is sailing to success under the flag of the Yacht Club of Monaco, which was founded by Pierre Casiraghi. The youngest son of Princess Caroline von Monaco. Both guys are sailing a lot together to get a feeling for the „RoadToVendee. That´s a long way, there´s a lot to do. Not just races, there ist also a record attempt next week. They will get the best time from Marseille (FRA) to Cartagena (ESP).

IMOCA OPEN 60 IMOCA Elements Cockpit

BMW announced their partnership that days in Munich. They will start with support in technology and want to be a reliable partner,  also in stormy times. Sounds great. For BMW as a mobility provider and car manufacturer is that a real challenge and a source of new initiatives. BMW ist active in sailing since 2002. In the noughties they invented the very successful BMW Sailing Cup, which was a very professional amateur sailing race serie. 2010 was a highlight in their sailing history. Together with ORACLE they won the America´s Cup with a stunning Trimaran. That was really a great show. Seven Years later in 2017 they lost against the unbeatable Team of New Zealand. We will see if BMW will participate at the upcoming America´s Cup Challenge in 2021. Right now we have no statement of BMW regarding a attendance.

IMOCA OPEN 60 SALOON IMOCA 60 Deck

Above that we know that HUGO BOSS also takes part at the Vendée Globe in 2021 with their skipper Alex Thomson. It remains to be seen, if Mercedes will support Alex Thomson Racing. If they do, we have an automotive battle on the oceans. stay tuned.

Bavarian Partnering on international Playground.

Zukünftig zieht ein BMW X5 das Bundesliga Team des BYC zu den Regatten. Pünktlich zur Saison präsentierte BMW und der BYC deren Zusammenarbeit im Clubhaus in Starnberg.
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Das ist eine starke Geschichte und eine gute Kombi. Beide erhoffen sich natürlich Synergien. Macht durchaus Sinn. Die BMW Dichte im BYC ist sicherlich hoch, das Publikum gibt es her. Andererseits ist der BYC als topp Segelclub natürlich auch für BMW hilfreich; sei´s als Türöffner für zukünftiges Segelengagement und natürlich auch um BMW als reliable Partner im Segelsport zu pushen.

BYC Steiner Hochapfel BYC Clubraum

Wie wichtig diese Kooperation für beide Parteien ist, sah man am Abend selbst. Der Clubraum war packed und seitens BMW waren vom Koop.Team über die Niederlassung München bis hin zum Finanzvorstand der BMW AG alle vor Ort. Letzterer nahm sich sogar die Zeit, obwohl am gleichen Tag die Bilanzpressekonferenz der BMW Group stattgefunden hat. Das ist schon ein starkes Zeichen.

BMW Vorstand BYC BYC Clubraum

Bin gespannt, was seitens BMW noch alles kommen wird? Derzeit sind wir natürlich alle gespannt, wie es mit einem BMW Engagement beim America´s Cup weitergehen wird. Was ist Eure Vermutung? Hierzu werde ich die Tage noch eine Umfrage auf Insta starten, Eure Meinung interessiert mich sehr.

BYC Clubstander BYC Hydrometer

Spannend sind natürlich auch alle anderen Engagements von BMW, die am Abend präsentiert wurden.  Da tut sich wirklich einiges. Klassisch natürlich das Partnering bei Voiles di St. Tropez, den Mittelmeerregatten wie Palmavela oder Copa del Rey.  Bissl outstanding und neu ist das Foilerthema. Das kann zum starken Thema werden. Segeln ist eben in der Masse eher uninteressant, in der Szene aber ein Ding, gerade für BMW als Zielgruppe. Die Jugend geht oft verloren. Mit den 49ern oder Nacra17 a bissl spannend, in der Segel Bundesliga mit der J/70 ein Thema, auch hinsichtlich Teamgeist. Foiling aber kickt, auch eben einen 16jährigen. Dort anzusetzen ist sinnvoll. Daher engangiert sich BMW hier, um das Thema zu pushen. Zumal auch an diesem Abend am Publikum deutlich sichtbar war, dass Jugendarbeit notwendig ist. Alleine schick im BYC zu sitzen reicht nicht aus, um Segeln als Sport zu erhalten. Vielleicht ist das auch der Vorteil für den BYC sich hierüber auch zu verjüngern #GettingYouthfull

Extreme Sailing Series – back in Hamburg.

The America´s Cup is quite over, but we are all keen for the next challenge. We will be in New Zealand, but nobody  knows on which boats we will race than. I think it will be foiling catamarans again. On the other hand there are a few sailors which expects foiling monohulls. That days the America´s Cup legend Dennis Conner was talking abouzt 90ft monohulls. We will see. Let´s go back in the harbor of Hamburg where the EXTREME SAILING SERIES takes place for the third time. It is a great chance for the the young guns to be on one of that high performance foilers. The GC32 Class is the entrance for the international racing circus and the chance to get a member at one of the America´s Cup Syndicate.

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In 2016 we had enough wind in Hamburg for sailing. At least the catamarans just need about 6kn to get the lift out of the water. Unfortunately in August 2017 we just had gusts with 6kn but a lot of rain. The typical Hamburg Conditions. In that conditions it was really good, that Land Rover is the supporter of the Extreme Sailing Series, cause they had a big on-site set-up. You can get there a feeling of the off-road capability of the whole Land Rover range or you get a test-drive with one of the Land Rover Fleet. Unfortunately the time of the Defender is over. The world is crying. That´s really a pity. The next which will fate this fate will be the Mercedes G-Modell. His military licence will also expire and that´s it. But that´s another story, back to the test-drive. I drove the brand new VELAR and all I can say; that´s the car you´re waited for. Soon you will get more experience about it on my blog.

  

 

Back to sailing. It was still raining and there was still no wind. Therefore we enjoyed the delicious food and had a look at the guests, the sailors and VIPs. On Tuesday for example the senator for sports of Hamburg came and had a look what´s going up in the harbor. Above that we had a lot of 49er Racers and young guns who had a look at the race.

 

Last not least a fun fact makes the round at the paddock. Just that week they made the comparison between the The NACRA17 with the standard dagger board and the foils. The result is surprising. The foils are slower! But the pros in Hamburg are the opinion that will be changing when the skippers will get more experience.

 

 

We will see what the foiling generation will bring us in the near future. What do you think? Just tell me via comment. Right now we are talking about monohull Foilers?

 

Where to stay:

I was located near the dock in the Hafencity in the SIR NIKOLA Hotel which was one of my best hotel experiences ever. Here you will finde the link to my Hotel Experience in detail.

Palmavela – Being Part of it.

There are a few races around the world which are really awesome. The Palmavela Regatta in Palma is one of that legends. In 2017 I got the chance for it. Our Race-Skipper Sascha Jäger called me a few month ago and told me about his vision, getting part of the Palmavela. He found a way to get a race yacht which is based in bay of Palma. I need no second to say yes to him. I knew the boat, I read about it in the last years. She was built for racing. SIEMENS MOBILE sponsered it in their high point and JOT was the fastest yacht in the bay.  That´s years ago. In the meantime Oliver Ochse does it´s trainings on that boat and we get it for the PalmaVela.

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palmavela stopper deck  palmavela wally harbour rcnp

 

That´s a cool move, cause at least it´s a race boat, an old one and marked by the years. She´s really not a beauty and everything is kind of broken. We had a broken backstay, lots of backlash in the rudder, but the dacron sails with the impressive number ESP7000 were brilliant. We had a fast mainsail and two foresails. One for more and one for less wind and also two spinnakers. Unfortunately we destroyed one in the training. That´s a pity.

 segelsack working

Palmavela skipper steering downwind

The Crew of Sascha was a brilliant mix of sailing soldiers with a highly developed sense of celebrations. We had a triad aboard:

  1. The most smashed racer
  2. The booziest crew
  3. …and the best atmo&performance.

crew mannschaft palmavela regatta palmavela startboot

In total we had three days of training and 3 racing days. The first training day was the hardest. Evreyone has to find it´s position on the boat. We had to organise the processes and manoeuvres aboard. We really get better on the second day. The weather conditions were awesome. Plenty of sunshine and enough wind. Above that it was fascinating to see all the WALLYs on the water, which also do their training exercises.

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At the 3rd day we were quite good on the water. That´s amazing, cause in the meantime we had the 2nd night in the Bierkönig, Ballermann and Mega Park. Yeah we had the Mallorca full contact programm. From the Royal Yacht Club (RCNP) to the sediment of mankind and I have to say, everything of it has it´s charm.

steering palmavela wally palmavela

palmavela gill helly hansen palmavela marked

unter deck, palmavela segel tacking kante palmavela

The first race day was coming and we were all very excited. Particulary cause of our new spinnake, which we will hoist for the very first time, cause we broke the other in the last training day. At least it´s just another Spi, therefore we managed it quite good, instead of our whole race. We don´t get the speed in the first race. Don´t know why, it was not our day. For this we were better the next two days and in total we were better than expected. We had a top speed with „JOT“ of about 14,8kn and in total we finished in the last third. Which is quite cool, cause we were the punks and the only crew which was not paid for it. If there should be a ranking for amateurs, we were first, for sure.That´s a move for underdogs. We were part of the PalmaVela. That cries for new challenges.

In total it was a lifetime experience and we had a perfect crew of different yachties.

palmavela boatshoes sperry mastwalk mast palmavela

yachts palmavela anchoring wally palmavela

palmavela wally yachts palmavela racing regatta

 

Where to stay.

We stayed in Palma in the LAS ARENAS, which was fine for our mission. It was quite cheap and we had breakfast and dinner. Both was not delicious. We go out for dinner every evening. There are so many good restaurants and tappas bars along the coast. All of them were awesome. In the Hotel we just took the breakfast and there the basics. Eggs, Toast and Fruit. Everything else there is not constitute a recommendation. In a Nutshell, the location is quite good and very closed to PURO BEACH. The rooms are clean and OK for sleeping. We had the „all incl.“ and therefore it was cool to get a few drinks between the shower and the nightlife.

BOOT Düsseldorf 2017 / CLUBSWAN 50

In 2016 SWAN celebrated its 50th anniversary. For that reason the Fins launched a outstanding yacht; the ClubSwan50. The 4th one-design-class in the history of Natur´s Swan.

The yacht is a revolution in pure and powerful sailing without loosing the pleasure in style. This boat is a hell of a yacht. Powerfull enough for an ambitious crew and a dynamic performance cruiser for a easy crew of two.

When I came on the Swan booth at the BOOT I was impressed by the yacht. You approach the ClubSwan50 from an angle and your eyes get lost at this massive keel. Your pulse get´s higher and than you will recognize the wavepiercer bow and the fat stern with the double rudder. Each of them has markes at the end like a samurai sword. It´s all for the hydrodynamic and it is a pity that you cannot see it all the time.

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The Rigg is very modern and inspired by the VOR65 Racers. The mast is quite in the middle of the boat with an extreme rake to the back. In combination with the boom, which is longer than the end of the yacht it is spectacular. It´s a kind of a PS4 optic. You know that design from rc yachts. I like that, it´s so excessive and WOW.

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The deck is huge and clean. Everything is at its place and reduced to the max. It´s all a question of the weight. You see that also in the cabin. It´s not the typical look of a swan, but you feel the Swan DNA. It´s all about weight. There are everywhere options to reduce more. In the inside there are also a few options which you can choose. E.g. the galley could be placed in the front. Whatever you like.

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At the end it is a real beauty and state of the art in yacht engineering. A kind of little TP52 which can also be sailed by a sporty family. The only weakness for me is the low freeboard with that open stern. Both looks great and sexy, but I cannot imagine that this combination is helpful for a amateur crew in heavy weather.  From my point of view a Swan must always be ready for the ocean.