sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Vendée Globe welcomes Gamesa after winter refit
Vendée Globe welcomes Gamesa after winter refit

'Gamesa Team Photo - Vendée Globe 2012'    Gamesa Sailing Team

Vendée Globe will be welcoming Gamesa after a winter refit, and the shore team is preparing her for a summer of offshore training and corporate sailing. Here, Mike gives us an update on what’s been going on these past few weeks and the plan in the buildup to the event.

Even after the technical success for the modified boat on the transat races last year it’s still been a busy winter for our shore team. Many onboard systems have been revised or renewed including a completely new main engine, so the team have had lots to keep them fully occupied.

We are now back into full sailing mode but this week are waiting for the weather (which is foul) to provide us with the opportunity to start sailing more seriously. Initially we’ll be doing a mix of day-sailing out of Southampton, then overnights, before heading out further offshore into the Atlantic. The sailing team on the boat will comprise of Gringo, Mikey and me. Mucky (our Composite Engineer) claims to be a ‘non-sailor’ but we leverage him out when we can and I have even seen him enjoying himself (even smiling at times) on board – something he would flatly deny!

These initial trials look inwardly at the boat’s various systems and also the boat’s basic performance and setup. Later we will get into seeing if we can improve on the numbers and then into the Vendée training proper where I will sail alone or perhaps with just one other onboard for safety.

Every sail from here on should have some solid purpose and goals attached to it. Each outing will have a clear set of objectives and a list of areas to go through, for example, drills of sail changes, manoeuvres, testing the various electrical/computer systems, the autopilots, the engine and charging systems. We are also constantly revising the boat’s performance; this data in turn helps improve the accuracy and reliability of the weather routing software. In essence we aim to leave no stone unturned in the hunt for optimal performance and reliability.

And so whilst the focus is on preparing Gamesa and me for performing well – we are also working on developing how to communicate and illustrate the story during the race. The boat is already equipped with a number of different satellite communications systems. Primarily, and for simple voice communications, we use the Iridium satellite system and have both fixed and portable handsets for emergency use. We can use this same system to go online or send small attachments but faster or bigger data movements require something more sophisticated.

Therefore for faster connections (needed to move large weather files or video or images) we currently have an Inmarsat Fleet 250 broadband. However the race organisers, in collaboration with Iridium, have recently provided a new Iridium Open Port system which should enable both the cheaper voice calls and a reasonably fast BB connection all in one package. Altogether these various systems are vital to provide the output we want to send news to those following us back home.

Supporting this we have an onboard media system with cameras dotted around the boat, which I can switch between, to provide interesting and varied views of the action on board in either recorded files which I can transmit, after editing, or live via a link to a TV station ashore.

This update is coming from Brazil, as I finish my tour of Gamesa plant facilities around the world. I’ve met the team in Salvador, Brazil, and then headed south to another facility in Sao Paolo. I know Salvador reasonably well having been there three or four times it used to be the end port for the Transat Jacques Vabre.

On my return from Brazil we will reach the countdown for the first of the ‘Race Ready’ deadlines we have set during the year to keep the team focused and practiced. The goal is that the boat must be in a full race ready state as if we were heading out into the Vendée Globe race. I then aim to head out with Gamesa to validate our systems and its general readiness.

In June we head to London for the RenewableUK Global Offshore Wind exhibition at ExCeL and then plan a trip north to Edinburgh in Scotland.

Please join us on the journey to the Vendée Globe by following us on our website. All the team is inspired by your support.'

Getting to know ….. Mike

Favourite thing/favourite place:
Chilling and snorkelling in the Maldives with Andrea and Soren, away from it all.

Favourite drink:
Red wine, Spanish or South American.

Favourite film, how many times have you seen it, and would you watch it again:
The Crimson Tide with Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington. I’ve watched it at least five times and could and probably will watch it five more!

If I wasn’t a professional sailor I’d like to have been: a pilot, flying something interesting, not the ‘bus driving’.

Mike Golding website


by Mike Golding

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=96629

9:25 AM Sat 28 Apr 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Related News Stories:

14 Sep 2012  Dominique Wavre presents Vendee Globe project in Geneva
22 Jul 2012  Vendée Globe - Check-up time for Kito de Pavant's Groupe Bel
07 Jul 2012  Vendée Globe – Sam Davis aims for podium finish
01 Jul 2012  Vendée Globe - Sam Davies delighted with first solo experience
21 Jun 2012  Vendée Globe - Interview with Jérémie Beyou
19 Jun 2012  Vendée Globe - Samantha Davies' qualifying phase underway
12 Jun 2012  Vendée Globe entrants list unveiled
16 May 2012  Vendée Globe to inspire an unforgettable film
27 Apr 2012  Europa Warm-Up Race - Final major event before Vendée Globe start
10 Apr 2012  Vendée Globe - Intense preparation for Safran Sailing Team
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World















































Formula Windsurfing Youth and Master Worlds overall by International Windsurfing Association,












Bakewell-White supermaxi designed to take Transpac's Barn Door Trophy *Feature by Richard Gladwell Ssail-World.com/nz,








Nacra 17 European Championships - No action on day 1
ISAF Youth Worlds - 29er and SL16 sailors prepare for battle + Video
Volvo Ocean Race: Eight new crew members named by teams
Volvo Ocean Race: New additions to Spanish team announced
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Phuket Island is ready to host
PWA Awaza World Cup - Cyril Moussilmani and Delphine Cousin on top
Foiling Week - Moth Class Italian Open Championship Day 2
America's Cup: Luna Rossa foiling in AC45s at their Italian base
Star World Championship - Germans claim dramatic win in Malcesine
PWA Awaza World Cup - Down to the wire in Turkmenistan
Route Halifax Saint-Pierre - Off to France!
Nacra 17 Europeans - La Grande Motte back in Olympic classes arena
Stena Match Cup Sweden - Hansen hat trick in Marstrand + Video
Route Halifax Saint-Pierre Race keeps an eye on Arthur
World Match Racing Tour: See the Finals replay at the Stena Match Cup
Newport International Boat Show unveils exciting 'At The Helm' Program
Stena Match Cup Sweden - First blood to Hansen over Canfield + Video
Star World Championship - Americans claim race win in Malcesine
PWA Awaza World Cup - Weather halts action on day 4
Clipper Race - Henri Lloyd wins OneDLL Cup into Den Helder
Clipper Race - Close match racing in closing stages of the OneDLL Cup   
Volvo Ocean Race: Spanish play catch-up with under 100 days to go   
World Match Racing Tour: Catch the live action at the Stena Match Cup   
Finn Junior Worlds - Battle for the Jorge Bruder Silver Cup   
Mobiles drive traffic - 72% increase in Sail-World.com page view *Feature   
British Open Dragon Championship finale at Royal Lymington preview   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Phuket is ready to host   
PWA Awaza World Cup - Valerie Ghibaudo hits back on day 3   
Star World Championship - Hard fought win on day 4 + Video   
Stena Match Cup Sweden - Action-packed match racing + Video   
Oceans of Hope yacht arrives in Portsmouth   
Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race - Registration details   
RORC Transatlantic Race - Polishing up the silver   
Vic-Maui International Yacht Race - First start to lead off busy day   
Anna Tunnicliffe competing at the CrossFit Mid-Atlantics + Video   
18ft Skiff Europeans: Winning days at Lake Garda   
Clipper Race - Choppy conditions as fleet closes in on Den Helder   
Lightning Youth World Championship - Final day   
2014 Star Class World Championship - Day 3   
America's Cup: Dean Barker interviewed on the current state of the Cup   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT