Please select your home edition
Edition
Mackay Boats

Bella Mente Racing prepares for ambitious new year campaign

by Kirsten Ferguson on 20 Dec 2012
Bella Mente, with owner Hap Fauth at the helm, during the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2012 where the team won the Mini Maxi World Championship. Tim Wright
Bella Mente Racing, under owner/driver Hap Fauth’s (Minneapolis, Minn./Naples, Fla.) leadership, is gearing up for an ambitious 2013 sailing schedule and a second season competing aboard its namesake 72-foot Judel/Vrolijk design that was launched in April 2012.

Bella Mente Racing, which consists of 26 sailors and shore crew representing six countries and nine states across the U.S., warmed up this December with a first-to-finish performance at the Annual Wirth M. Munroe Fort Lauderdale to Palm Beach Yacht Race and a second-place finish at the 2012 Sailfish Club Ocean Challenge in Palm Beach, Fla. The team plans to move right on to Quantum Key West Race Week in January and the RORC Caribbean 600 in February before Bella Mente ships to Europe for the Palma Vela, Giraglia Rolex Cup, Rolex Fastnet Race, Cowes Week and Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. Next year’s campaign grand finale will be 'Down Under' for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

'You are only as good as the team that surrounds you,' said Fauth, who purchased his first Bella Mente (a Judel/Vrolijk 66 built in 2002) in late 2005 and still has many members of the original team sailing with him today.

'We won the Newport Bermuda Race in 2006 on the original Bella Mente and the 2011 Transpac on the second Bella Mente (a modified Reichel/Pugh 69 built in 2009). This year we captured the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship with the current Bella Mente, and in 2013 we plan to defend that title at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in September and also go after the Rolex Fastnet and the Rolex Sydney Hobart with a vengeance. They are on my bucket list of ‘man-beater’ races. If you have the machinery and heart, then you are in the game!'

When he is not competing on the water, Fauth runs a number of businesses that span many industries – from agriculture to aerospace – and brings many of the same principles and tactics that he uses in the boardroom to the development of his sailing campaign. Bella Mente Racing is constantly changing and adapting in an attempt to rise above its competition on the water. Because of this, some have even given Bella Mente the nickname Experimenté. In fact, before Bella Mente was built, Fauth spent two weeks tank testing and experimenting with different models.


'Technology is what affects us every day, probably every minute of every day, so the idea is to get ahead of that curve instead of being behind it. I do not accept status quo. That is a principle under which I’ve always run this program,' said Fauth, adding that he was convinced the boat could be engineered to be successful around the buoys with one setup, and with a few configuration changes, it could transform into an 'offshore machine.'

'The team has spent 2012 racing and practicing to work out any potential issues, and now we are very confident; we look forward to getting out on the starting line,' said Fauth, who has high hopes that in years to come the team will compete not only in the U.S., Europe and Australia but also in Asia and South Africa. 'We want to take this boat farther than any of the other Bella Mente yachts that have gone before it. We look forward to what the new year will Bella Mente Racing website

North Technology - Southern SparsProtector - 660 x 82Zhik Isotak Ocean 660x82

Related Articles

EFG Bank Monaco sets sights on rivals in EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour
French sailing star Thierry Douillard says his EFG Bank Monaco (MON) crew will focus firmly on defending their title French sailing star Thierry Douillard says his EFG Bank Monaco (MON) crew will focus firmly on defending their title from arch rivals Team Al Mouj Muscat (OMA) as the Arabian classic approaches its climax.
Posted today at 9:50 am
JJ Giltinan 18fters - 26 skiffs enter championship starting Saturday
The Invitation Race for the 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship has been sailed ahead of the start of the series The Invitation Race for the 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship has been sailed ahead of the start of the Championship proper on Saturday - which has drawn a fleet of 26 skiffs from around the world. First race in the seven series is on Saturday. Little as to the form of the countries competing could be deduced from the Invitation Race - which suffered from a lack of wind.
Posted today at 3:48 am
Vendee Globe - Last night at sea for CrazyKiwi Superhero Conrad Colman
At the latest position report at 0430UTC dismasted solo sailor Conrad Colman is 67nm from the finish at Les Sables At the latest position report at 0430UTC dismasted solo sailor Conrad Colman is 67nm from the finish at Les Sables d'Olonne and looks set to complete one of the most inspiring race finishes in sailing history. After latching into a more favourable weather system, Colman's speed has tripled to around 6.7kts and he is expected to finish in 10hrs or 1430hrs UTC.
Posted today at 3:11 am
Annapolis-to-Newport Race Seminar - Electronics
This presentation will cover Electronics Requirements sections of US Sailing Safety Equipment list as specified in NoR. This presentation will cover the Electronics Requirements sections of the US Sailing Safety Equipment list as specified in the Notice of Race. Emphasis will be placed on the practical application and impact of these rules from industry professionals with experience installing, maintaining, and using these systems.
Posted today at 2:57 am
Registration is now open for the 2017 Queen's Cup Race
The on-line entry is now open and available to register for the 2017 Queen’s Cup Race hosted by South Shore Yacht Club. The on-line entry is now open and available to register for the 2017 Queen’s Cup Race hosted by South Shore Yacht Club. The Queen’s Cup race has a great history and competition. Race for one of the oldest trophies in yacht racing. On-line entry, entry form, NoR and other race documents can be found at www.ssyc.org under the Queen’s Cup tab.
Posted today at 2:08 am
Vendée Globe – ETAs becoming clearer for Attanasio and Colman
Conrad Colman is only 163 miles from the finish, and although under jury rig is making 6.8 knots towards the finish. Conrad Colman (Foresight Natural Energy) is only 163 miles from the finish, and although under jury rig is making 6.8 knots towards the finish. Eve though the NW’ly wind will continue to veer northerly during the night and become lighter at times later in the day tomorrow, the Crazy Kiwi hopes to arrive on Friday night.
Posted on 23 Feb
Vendée Globe – The best of Didac Costa
Didac Costa's welcome back was big. At the heart of it were the men and women of the Les Sables d'Olonne fire service. Didac Costa's welcome back to Les Sables d'Olonne was big. And at the heart of it were the men and women of the Les Sables d'Olonne fire service.
Posted on 23 Feb
The 51st Governor’s Cup at Balboa Yacht Club requests applicants
The 2017 Governor’s Cup will be sailed July 17- 22, 2017, at Balboa Yacht Club in Corona del Mar, California The 2017 Governor’s Cup will be sailed July 17- 22, 2017, at the Balboa Yacht Club in Corona del Mar, California in Governor’s Cup 22’s. This event is for sailors who will not turn 23 before July 23, 2017. Skippers will be invited based on resume. Requests for Invitation will be available on the Balboa Yacht Club website under “Youth Sailing” and are due by May 12, 2017.
Posted on 23 Feb
RORC Caribbean 600 – Epic win for Bella Mente
Bella Mente counted 85 sail changes and at one point, both yachts were way-over canvassed, smoking along at 30 knots The lead in the Maxi72s changed hands on seven occasions during the race. Bella Mente counted 85 sail changes and at one point, both yachts were way-over canvassed, smoking along at 30 knots in a gigantic squall.
Posted on 23 Feb
Volvo Ocean Race - 10 young sailors who made an impact on race history
Age is just a number, right? Well, yes – according to some of the sailors who've tackled the world's toughest ocean test Age is just a number, right? Well, yes – according to some of the sailors who've tackled the world's toughest ocean test. They say 'if you're good enough, you're old enough', and this lot certainly proved that. Here, we look back at some of the most iconic young sailors in the Volvo Ocean Race and its predecessor, the Whitbread Round the World Race's four-and-a-half decade history.
Posted on 23 Feb