NEWSOffshore racing assessment partnership15/12/2022Save articleMarineShift360, a marine industry specific lifecycle assessment tool and the International Monohull Open Class Association have agreed a formal partnership focused on understanding the environmental impacts of high-performance offshore racing.SHOW FULLSCREENMarineShift360 is to become an official sustainability partner to the IMOCA ClassAs part of the agreement, MarineShift360 will become an official sustainability partner to the IMOCA, facilitating the Class in analysing and understanding their full lifecycle impacts.The partnership follows on from the MarineShift360 development period, where IMOCA was a pilot partner.The Class will continue to run a lifecycle assessment involving all competing teams with the aim of the partnership being to understand the true environmental impact of building and campaigning the IMOCA Open 60.The organisations have already started collecting data from new IMOCA builds and compiling the results.Long-term the organisations hope to introduce rules and regulations that will reduce the environmental impacts of high-performance boat building and racing, not just within the IMOCA but across the wider offshore racing community.These could include specifying low impact construction process or using 100% recyclable moulds.A key benefit of the partnership will be to utilise learnings from IMOCA, which operate at the leading edge of marine technology development, to share across the wider marine industry, explained Imogen Dinham-Price, IMOCA Sustainability Manager.The tool is backed by MarineShift360’s founding sponsor, 11th Hour Racing and developed and managed by sustainability consultancy Anthesis.MarineShift360 won a DAME Category Award in 2022.
NEWS New 40mm blocks 02/12/2022 Save article Ronstan has introduced a new 40mm block range, featuring 23 configurations for leading dynamic and static load ratings. SHOW FULLSCREEN Ronstan’s new Series 40 Block features 23 configurations The block is made of lightweight and strong toughened glass fibre reinforced nylon cheeks combined with a two-stage bearing system for better performance. The maximum working loads for the new Series 40 Orbit Blocks range from 400kg to 1000kg (HHL versions). The new blocks feature a wider sheave profile able to accommodate lines up to 10mm. The increased working loads in the range make the blocks suitable for applications on larger boats. The blocks are suitable for mainsheet systems and spinnaker sheets on dinghies, off-the-beach catamarans, and sportsboats to 8m (26ft); halyard, vang and backstay applications on boats to 9m (30ft) and control line applications on larger yachts. Multiple sheave configurations allow users to create up to a 12:1 purchase mainsheet system for performance multihulls. Topics BlockDeck Hardwaremainsheet systemRonstan
NEWS Sailing record smashed 12/12/2022 Save article Emirates Team New Zealand with pilot Glenn Ashby have broken the land speed sailing record, clocking 222.4km/h on board their speed craft, Horonuku. SHOW FULLSCREEN Emirates Team New Zealand with pilot Glenn Ashby have broken the land speed record The record, in 22 knots of windspeed, took place on Lake Gairdner in South Australia. “The team and I are obviously buzzing to have sailed Horonuku at a speed faster than anyone has ever before – powered only by the wind,” said Glenn. “But in saying that we know Horonuku has a lot more speed in it when we get more wind and better conditions.” And he said the team would continue to push to go even faster. The record has yet to be ratified by the international governing body FISLY – Federation Internationale de Sand et Land Yachting. Data from onboard Horonuku must be submitted to FISLY within 48-hours of the attempt. The craft is fitted with an approved GPS which records survey grade, differential GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) data which provides 21 data points over the two second record period. Each of the data points supplies a position estimate accurate to around 10mm which will deliver an average speed over two seconds. The previous record was 202.9km/h recorded by Richard Jenkins on March 29th 2009. “The land speed project has been a new opportunity to push the boundaries in aerodynamics, structural forces, construction methods and materials fields.” said Emirates Team New Zealand principal Matteo de Nora. “What is often underestimated is that the technologies we explore in challenges like this – or in an America’s Cup campaign – are ultimately the foundation of tomorrow’s technology.” Topics America’s CupIndustry Newsland speed record
NEWS Mervyn Cook passes away 06/12/2022 Save article Mervyn Cook designer of the iconic Magnum series which won 8 Worlds, 10 Europeans, 19 UK National Championships, has died after a long illness. SHOW FULLSCREEN Mervyn Cook has died after a long illness, Photo courtesy Jacque Cook Mervyn had a long interest in sailing boats with his first boat being a British Moth dinghy which he sailed on the River Thames in the late 1950s. Having raced different Moths, he soon began designing his own, convinced that relatively high rocker displacement boats, generally the norm in development classes, were not the fastest way to go. In the early 1970s, his brother-in-law, John Claridge, had just set up a business building racing dinghies and so Mervyn designed a new boat for him, a new departure for the class, which became the first of his famous Magnum line of designs. Over the years, Mervyn’s rethinking of dinghy design caused changes to the Portsmouth Yardstick ratings for handicap racing. He also designed to the National 12 and International 14 dinghy class rules and served on the International Yacht Racing Union technical committee – now the World Sailing Governing Body – and was an official measurer for the Moth class as well as contributing to ideas for Moth sail area measurement rules. He became interested in sailing International One Metre sailboats and applied to be an official measurer for this and the 7ft model A class in 2007, actively sailing both classes from Gosport. Speed on water was always his objective and more recently, he enjoyed the excitement of Mini40 multihull racing and the new design challenges. As well as enjoying the racing at Gosport, Mervyn repaid the club by becoming the Commodore in 2013. Mervyn is survived by his wife Jacque. Topics BoatbuildingIndustry NewsMagnumYacht designer
NEWSNew Code Zero furler02/12/2022Save articleSwedish mast and deck hardware manufacturer, Seldén Mast has expanded its range of electronically driven sail handling products with the launch of the CXe45.SHOW FULLSCREENThe CXe45 runs on SEL-Bus and a Power Supply UnitDesigned for yachts in the 45-55ft range, the CXe45 is a two-speed electric Code Zero furler controlled with the push of a button.It can be integrated into a bow or bowsprit with a through-deck installation or, attached to a pad-eye, it can be used as an on-deck unit.“The furling Code 0 was originally developed for long distance racing but is now a given addition to a cruising sailor’s headsail wardrobe,” explains Mats-Uno Fredrikson, Seldén’s director of marketing.“Combine it with a furling jib and you have the ultimate set up from broad reaching to beating upwind, all without leaving the cockpit. Now, with the use of push button control instead of a furling line it becomes even easier and safer.”The CXe45 runs on SEL-Bus and a Power Supply Unit converting 12V or 24V to 42V. SEL-Bus is a can-bus system with software that combines intelligence and power on board to sense and adapt loads for maximum efficiency and safety.TopicsMasts, spars, sails & rigging