sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Golding explains preparations underway on Gamsea + Video

Golding explains preparations underway on Gamsea + Video

'Gamesa go to sea'    Lloyd Images ©    Click Here to view large photo

Gamesa Sailing Team skipper Mike Golding tells of the preparations being made for the upcoming Transat Jacques Vabre and the dedication of Gamsea by HRH The Princess Royal.

Dear Supporter,

Sometimes I wonder whether there is more stress attached to getting a boat build or refit project to completion than there is in the middle of a big ocean race! Calms, Trade Winds or storms, the strain is always with you.

Just as you make strategic decisions out there on the race course which directly affect your finish, so too on land as you plan and execute a new project there are dozens of choices and decisions you make which will impact on how we finish on the race course.

Long hours write a new story: So it has been a very intense three months with some very long days for everyone. The final two weeks before Gamesa came out of the Green Marine yard in Hythe were round the clock. With so many opportunities to improve still further on what we have done in the past, it is especially exciting to have this feeling: like a completely fresh start.

We have a new sponsor, a new brand to promote and the boat has a very different technical set up which should improve speed and reliability. And each decision has been informed by the huge databank of knowledge and experience that we have all accumulated over the last 15 or so years.

28th September 2011: The Yacht 'Gamesa' being 90degree tested at Ocean Village in Southampton. The IMOCA Open 60 is skippered by Mike Golding. -  Lloyd Images?nid=89347_©   Click Here to view large photo

The newly modified and freshly minted Gamesa was revealed at Green Marine just two weeks ago. Even though I have seen three of my IMOCA Open 60s launched and many more re-launched when big re-fits are completed, it is still an exciting and emotional time when the boat goes into the water for the first time.

At Green Marine there were just centimetres of lateral clearance when the boat came out the shed, so we were especially keen not to damage the paintwork!

Gamesa has a brand new rig which has been designed and built by Future Fibres in Spain. We have a long relationship with the company and with the very experienced and talented David Barnaby who is there.

We have finally moved away from the wing rig type of configuration. On paper the reliability of the classic rig is better. We are utilising a continuously wound carbon rigging system which means this rig does not have as many terminations as a conventional classic rig. And the rig is lighter. Because of the way the IMOCA rule is configured now, boats which are choosing to use a wing rig are choosing to take a bigger risk, because their masts have to be built with a lower factor of safety. We feel that we will have a rig with a higher factor of safety with the goal of finishing races.



Enter the dragon: As you will see the boat is substantially modified. We have simplified the cockpit to reduce weight, making it more dedicated towards solo sailing, and we have this new coach roof style and I have abandoned steering wheels and gone for twin tillers. That’s a big change for me. I always preferred looking forwards and not sailing twisted for hours. But the new coach roof offers much, much more protection and the tillers mean I can steer with the canopy covering me with forward vision through the ‘eye’ window. The coach roof shape is unique and has already been compared to a komodo dragon, or a frog. I prefer to align myself with the ferocity of a komodo dragon!

The mainsheet track is moved forward so the whole working cockpit is more compact and more protected. We have done away with the aft pedestal grinder, dieting from seven winches to three and from two pedestals to one. That’s a very significant weight saving but it will be pretty tight for Bruno Dubois (my co-skipper on the forthcoming Transat Jacques Vabre) and I working twos up!

All of this working area looks exactly as we would have designed it if we had started from scratch with a design more dedicated to solo sailing.

It really is the start of a new story with chapters to complete as we go and Tuesday 20 September marked a very special day.

20th September 2011: The Naming of 'Gamesa' by HRH Princess Anne at the PSP Southampton Boat Show 2011. The IMOCA Open 60 is skippered by Mike Golding -  Lloyd Images?nid=89347_©   Click Here to view large photo

A royal affair: When HRH The Princess Royal made her dedication of the freshly modified and updated Gamesa at the PSP Southampton International Boat Show, it was the perfect recognition that we were ready to move directly on to the next stage: on the water preparation for the Transat Jacques Vabre two handed transatlantic race.



It might have taken two goes to get the bottle of Champagne Mumm cracked over her bow, but that provided a bit of light relief! Now we have time to be on the water for key testing, tuning and training, knowing we need to be in Le Havre, men and machine fighting fit, for 21 October, ready to count down to the race start on 30 October. All in all I feel this is such an exciting phase of my ocean racing career.

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=89347

10:30 PM Thu 6 Oct 2011 GMT






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


News - USA and the World









Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part III) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,


Audi Melges 20 World Championship - ‘Samba Pa Ti’ crowned champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Final race to decide champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do by Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,




Volvo Ocean Race: Update from Team Vestas Wind in images by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,








Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2 by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,
























Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads
Volvo Ocean Race: Call of Duty comes first for Team Alvimedica
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini
Helping boaters understand weather basics
PWA Alacati World Cup - Exciting finish on day 2
Match 40s find the surface again + Video
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Max Ranchi
Clagett Regatta names first Executive Director
Transatlantic Race - Fleet expanded for 2015 edition
IFDS World Championship overall
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi finishes second - Extreme Sailing Series
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 2
2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship - It's go time in Garda
2nd Annual Keith Dinsmoor Regatta September 13-14
Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing
PWA Alacati World Cup - First blood to Van Der Steen and Offringa
Oakcliff Sailing hosts the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Nationals + Video
International 18ft Skiff Regatta underway on San Francisco Bay
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Quality fleet for Maxi Classic
Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club?
Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta   
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay   
International 14 World Championships 2015: Not just for boys   
Rio de Janeiro achieves 50% treatment of sewage outflow *Feature   
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Event memorable videos   
2014 18' Skiff Int Regatta: Day 1 at San Francisco - Reversal on beach   
Emirates Team NZ: Last race boost cannot save team from table bottom   
PWA Alacati World Cup - Furious slalom is upon us   
J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe!   
J/24 US National Championship - Victory for Will Welles’ Cougar   
Extreme Sailing Series: View the Final Day's action - Replay   
NYYC Grandmasters Team Race - Reign continues for Noroton Yacht Club   
WSSR announces new World Record Around Britain and Ireland   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final day photos by Tim Wilkes   
2014 Detroit Cup - Morvan wins   
Newport Bucket Regatta 2014 -Images by George Bekris   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final report: USA qualifies for Rio 2016   
Extreme Sailing Series: Absent With-Out Leave – Ben Ainslie Racing   
2014 IFDS World Championship - New champions claim medals   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Sunday’s race images by Tim Wilkes   


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