Kuka Light vince la Lombardini Cup
Vincere la Lombardini Cup è per noi motivo di grande gioia, specialmente per la motivazione con la quale è stata a noi assegnata. La giuria composta dall’inossidabile Cino Ricci, dal giornalista Rai Giulio Guazzini e dall’Ing. Luigi Aldini, ideatore della Lombardini Cup ha deciso di assegnare la coppa a noi con la seguente motivazione:
Per aver avuto il coraggio di osare e sperimentare, in un momento in cui il diffuso adeguamento agli standard limita creatività e progresso.Per aver ideato e realizzato il progetto di una imbarcazione innovativa, tecnologicamente all’avanguardia, libera dai limiti costruttivi imposti dalle regole di stazza, ma ricercando con perseveranza, la massima velocità, leggerezza ed affidabilità
Per aver interpretato e condiviso i valori propri della Lombardini Cup come la passione per il mare ed il rispetto delle sue regole, la costante ricerca della massima performance in considerazione del proprio ambiente, la determinazione nella sperimentazione ed innovazione nel perseguire il proprio obiettivo.”
Palermo Montecarlo: the first regatta of Kuka Light.
Just to be in the starting line of the regatta was a victory for us.
As any Sailing Anarchy reader knows in the end of June we broke the mast, so in a very short time we needed to understand the problem that caused this failure and built a new half mast. Our friends in Sweden at Marstrom worked in shifts to be able to finish the masttop in time.
Under the ligurian sun we glued the mast together and sailed to Palermo, I will not tell about all other small issues we faced before the regatta, all typical things which happen to a new boat, especially when it is so different as Kuka-Light is.
Palermo-Montecarlo was a strange regatta as there was wind only in the first 6 hours of race. After it we never had more than six knots, often zero knots for hours with hot sun.
Nevertheless the boat performed really fine and in the first hours of race showed its true potential.
We finished third, with the first three boats sailing on completely different routes. So it is not possible to have any real comparison. We hope that in the next regattas we will have more information about our potential compared to other boats.
Kuka-light withdraws from Rolex-Giraglia
Kuka-Light is a real lady. As she did not have the right dress and the make-up was not perfect she decided not to make her entry in the high society of sailing. With a bit more of time we are sure that she will be able to participate to the next appointement, the race Palermo Montecarlo.
First sea trials of Kuka
The whole week we sailed with Kuka-light. As Kuka-Light is a prototype we had a lot of small things to fix, but we had no major issue. We tested the canting keel system and the electronics, validate the sails, and tried to understand the potential of the boat, but in this matter only a race will tell the truth. What I liked is that the boat feels a bit like a catamaran in downwind sailing.
Kuka-light go to the sea
The main work on Kuka Light is finished and the boat is transported from Alfonsine to Marina di Ravenna, on the coast to finish some paintwork and be launched into the sea.
During 6 months of hard work our “Playmobil” boat is taking shape at Soleri yard near Ravenna.
Another milestone: the carbon keel fin out of the autoclave at marstrom boat yard in sweden.
A dream taking shape
ST yacht receiving their Christmas present: to project a boat whitout any limits outer than the dimensions.
So a lightweight, canting keel, rotating mast all carbon boat WAS BORN!!!