Tuesday, 11 November 2014

On the road again!

Having spent the summer in Kiel, Baltic Sea, we started our way going south to Lorient, France, mid September in order to work on NIVEA's performance.
5 busy weeks after we left again, this time heading even further south: Palma de Mallorca. 
Boat and Crew will spend some training time in the Med until coming back home in spring.

Crew in good mood, passing Ile de Groix (Anna, Thomas, Karine)

Cabo San Vicente, Portugal

Tarifa at night  (Estrecho de Gibraltar)

Blue Boat - Blue Bar ! ...somewhere in Spain.

Et voilĂ  - our new home for winter 2014/15 :)

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Routage "Match"

Having been measured and tested in Lorient, NIVEA was delivered to Kiel together with Karine Fauconnier and Thomas Ruyant. 
After quick (!) stops in Dunkerque (eating delicious Tajine made by Thomas' mother), Vlieland and Cuxhaven, Karine and me arrived - as predicted by our "World Cup Routening" on Sunday, 13th of July at the entrance of the Kiel Canal. We were obliged to put the throttle down in order to arrive in time for THE MATCH, Germany - Argentina.
NIVEA got tied up at 20:30 at Knierim Boatyacht, the taxi was already waiting for us and we arrived just in time for the kick-off!!! The after show party was solid.

Huge thanks are going to Thomas' family for their very nice welcome in Dunkerque!

(C) O. Schwall

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

NIVEA got her CLASS40 Measurement ! ! !

Having been splashed about two weeks ago, Class40 # 138  NIVEA  underwent the measurement today in Lorient. We are very happy about the result - the boat is (on the spot!) fulfilling all class requirements and is now officially considered as a Class40.
A huge THANK YOU, BOYS ! ! ! to Thomas, Phil, Erwan, Philippe and cranedriver Bernard for their help!

Monday, 30 June 2014

Oman’s Musandam-Oman Sail MOD70 breaks Kiel Week Welcome Race Record

Oman’s flagship MOD70 campaign, Musandam-Oman Sail, smashed the Kiel Week Welcome Race record from Kiel to Eckernforde on Saturday, completing the 27.5 nautical mile sprint in one hour 47 minutes and 22 seconds beating the previous record held by SAP Extreme 40 which was two hours six minutes 50 seconds. The 70ft multihull lined up against an impressive 127-strong fleet on the start line this morning in Kiel in a light 10-knot breeze that built to a stonking 20 to 25-knot northwesterly as the fleet raced away from the crowds lining the dock in Kiel, into the Outer Fjord and up the coast to the finish line in Eckernforde.
The mixed European and Omani team onboard the Sultanate’s flagship, led by Irish offshore sailor Damian Foxall, were delighted with the result, “It was full on out there, great fun and great to break the record,” said Damian. “The start line was very busy with not only a lot of race boats but a giant ferry to contend with as well, it was a lot of fun and plenty challenging, the wind flow was very unsteady with the north westerlies and the squall lines made it tricky.”
Aside from Damian, the team racing the Kiel Week opening regatta is relatively new to the MOD70, Mohsin Al Busaidi returns to the multihull for the first time since the 2012 European Tour, while his fellow Omani sailors Yassir Al Rahbi and Sami Al Shukaili have come from the Oman Sail M34 campaign and this record was only the third time they have raced the boat. The team also had some local knowledge onboard with well-known German sailors Timmy Kroger and Anna-Maria Renken both applying their ample knowledge to the challenge. France’s Loik Gallon completed the crew, sailing with Mohsin again for the first time since they sailed around the world together in 2009.
“Timmy Kroger and Anna Maria Renken did a great job, it’s not easy to step on to a boat like this and go straight into a race,” said Damian. “This is not our normal race team and the new guys Sami and Yassir have really stepped up to the challenge. Having Mohsin back onboard as well is a big help, he fits back in seamlessly and the team has gelled very nicely in a very short period of time,” said Damian.
Mohsin Al Busaidi, who set his first record when he became the first Arab to sail around the world in 2009, added: “The nice thing about a record is that it lasts a little bit longer than just a result! Breaking the record with an almost 50% Omani crew on the MOD was very special. We had a really good race,” he said.
Shoreside, the Oman tourism exhibition pavilion opened its doors to the German public for the first time this year and immediately proved a popular stop off. The young henna artist was in demand with a queue forming and the dates and traditional coffee were providing a special treat. Visitors flocked to the exhibition to learn more about the country and enrol in the annual raffle to visit the Sultanate of Oman and experience the country’s rich culture first hand.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Being afloat soon!

It´s now 5 month ago since Class40 Pogo S3 No. 3 has been signed at Structures in Bretagne, France.

Being in charge with the entire project management, we are now inpatient and very excited to go for the final sprint of the construction period in order to splash the boat mid June 2014.

Class40 number 138 will fly the German flag and will be ready to face each challenge the owner will take her up for.