Do you know what this is? It is the death of “clean” sailing

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sabotage-next-37The phrase “fair play” first appeared in 1601. It was contained in the five-act tragedy “Troilus and Cressida” composed by British playwright William Shakespeare.

The Next 37 Audi Quattro (photo Andrea Carloni)

THE “DUMPLING” ON THE KEEL OF THE NEXT 37
Evidently they have not read Shakespeare the “smart guys” who sabotaged the brand new Salona Next 37 Audi Quattro at the ORC European Championships in Valencia. When Finnish team skipper Jani Lehti winged the boat after the race (which finished in a more than decent eighth place overall) he found himself A strange object attached to the keel, near the rudder. A kind of “dumpling” (as boat designer Maurizio Cossutti called it on his Facebook profile) of a material similar to plastic or epoxy resin. And from the photo, you can see there was another one next to it, probably detached in navigation. A clear sign of sabotage.

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The TP52 Hurakan

ALSO SABOTAGED HURAKAN
The same fate befell Hurakan, Marco Serafini’s TP52 (fourth overall) 2013 World Champion. It is also read on Cossutti’s facebook page,“In Hurakan they dropped the tack lead and then going inside the boat they tied knots on the retriever and mainsail control.”

The “bandits” had better get away with it. Better for them, of course. Otherwise, going back to Shakespeare, the international sailing community will make him experience a tragedy.

sternWHAT A BOAT IS THE NEXT 37

The new Next 37 is a collaboration between Cossutti Yacht Design and the Salona Italia shipyard. The designs born of Maurizio Cossutti’s talented flair do not hide the desire to race and try to win the 2014 ORC World Championship in Kiel (sabotage permitting). The hull is made of basalt fiber and epoxy, construction materials that not only ensure environmental friendliness but also provide excellent structural rigidity critical to producing outstanding performance. This fast eleven-footer was built in the Monfalcone (Gorizia) factories.


NEXT 37’S MEASUREMENTS

Length 11.30 m
Width 3.60 m
Draught 2.00 m
Displacement 5,100 kg
Ballast 2,300 kg
Mainsail 44 sqm
Flake (105%) 35 sq. m.
Gennaker ORC 105 sqm

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