bluboats - New blu30 on the Lake of Neuchâtel
Last week bluboats launched a new blu30 on the Swiss Lake of Neuchatel and delivered her to her customer. The third blu30 day-sailor comes with the usual eye-catching teak deck, a carbon rig with a park avenue boom, an elctro-hydraulic trim system and a state –of-the-art electric saildrive. The smart deck layout in combination with a gennaker chute system and electric winch allow for single handed sailing. This latest version of the blu30 is also equipped with a comfortable backrest and a removable stern box. During the first test sail we’ve made these first pictures of the elegant new 9 meter yacht.
blu26 - Volvo Match Race Cup 2013
The second season of the Volvo Match Race Cup started beginning of April with the first event in Zürich. With the event last weekend in Romanshorn on lake Constance the qualification period ended. The best match racers with now race against each others mid-August during the final of the Cup and Swiss Championship in Geneva. Here some impressions from the racing from our event Photographer Jürg Kaufmann.
More information about the Volvo Match Race Cup under: www.volvomatchracecup.ch
blu26 - New blu’s on the water
Two weeks ago, just in time for the Sportboot Cup in Kreuzlingen, the two brand new Swiss blu26 Giachen Duas (SUI 40) and celeste blu (SUI 45) had been delivered to their owners. During these days in Germany GER 42 has been delivered at the Tegernsee and GER 44 in Berlin. We wish everybody and wonderful and windy season.
blu26 - Victory for Giachen Duas at the Sportbootcup
Skipper Tom Rüegge (SVK)took the victory at the Sportbootcup on Lake Constance together with his team on the brand new SUI 40 Giachen Duas. In secend place finished Adrian Maier-Ring and team (SSCK) on ancora blu just ahead of Adrian Huber and team (YCRo) on Volvo-Göteborg in third place.
The conditions on Saturday were almost perfect. Bright sunshine and a moderate west wind of around 15 knots let to a perfect season start and happy faces allover.
After the 4 sailed races team Giachen Duas took the lead ahead of team Maier-Ring and team Huber in the third place.
Because of the lack of wind on Sunday the ranking did not change anymore.
More under: http://www.svk-kreuzlingen.ch/sportbootcup2013.htm
blu26 -Regatta clinic on Lake Garda
The 4th edition of the blu26 winter regatta training was again held on Lake Garda in Acquafresca. The training, coached by Christian Scherrer and Stephan Eder, was attended by 7 teams from Germany and Switzerland. For the first time a all female team, lead by Corinne Meyer stood their ground among the majority of male teams.
The very strong winds, up to 35 knots on the first day, demanded the full skill of all of the participants.
Various trainings sessions were sailed, where the boat handling and the boat settings could be tested under the eagle eyes of Christian and Stephan and later analyzed by video.
Besides all the time on the water, also the fine food of the region could be discovered on different occasions during the social events.
The Bluboats / Sailingcenter Team would like to thank all participants and is looking forward to next year!
The racing season of theblu26class starts – after the regatta clinic in March - in mid April with the Sportboot Cup on Lake Constance.
The blu26class regatta calendar 2013 counts ten events in Switzerland, Germany and Italy. After the last years successful launch of the class championship (CC) in Zug the next edition will be held in Bayern on Lake Tegernsee form the 21th to the 22th of September 2013.
The Bluboats Cup (BBC), the yearly overall class championship, does count five regattas. Besides the legendary regattas in Brunnen and Zug the Silber Cup in Romanshorn is a novelty in the 2013’s calendar.
Also in this year the St. Moritz Cup is, as a special event, part of the calendar. The successful format with its short and intense races will again be organized by the blu26class which provides the boats and is the first time open to all sailors.
For the Bluboats Cup 4 out of 5 results will be counted, the result of the class championship in Bayern can't be discarded.
For all the dates and further information please visit theblu26 class website.
Winter clinic Lake Garda
blu26 Cup Zug
Silber Cup Romanshorn
St. Moritz Cup
Clinic Lake Tegernsee
Tegernsee GER (BBC/CC)
bluboats - Suisse Nautic in Bern
The Suisse Nautic boat show takes place in Bern from the 16th until 24th of February. In time for the upcoming sailing season, we are happy to present a sporty blu26 Volvo Marche Race Cup Version.
In Addition we have an elegant blu26 with teak deck. We are located in Hall 3.2, Booth B001. The Suisse Nautic is the biggest boat exhibition in Switzerland. Over 200 exhibitors are going to present their boats an equipement and transform bern into the nautical hotspot of switzerland.
The bluboats Team around Christian Scherrer is looking forward to meet you.
blu26 -Wintertraining Lake Garda March 14th to 17th
The first highlight on the water this year will be held from March 14th to 17th. For the fourth time Bluboats will be organizing a blu26 regatta clinic on Lake Garda, in cooperation with the sailingcenter Tegernsee. During four days we will be practicing and learning on the water and in the class room, lead by professional sailor Christian Scherrer and Stephan Eder. In addition to the on-the-water training, the video analysis, and the theoretical part of the clinic, the social and culinary aspects will also be kept in mind. For more information click here.
blu26 -Ranking 2012: Victory for Voodoo Child
Third place at the last regatta on this year's blu26 regatta calendar, at the autumn regatta (Herbstpreis) of the Zurich Yacht Club, was good enough for the Voodoo Child Team with Skipper Dani Lucchini and David Menti to bring home the victory in this year's overall ranking of the blu26 Class.
For the overall ranking the best four results out of the five regattas are counted. The five regattas were held on Lake Constance, Lake Zug, Lake Lucerne, Lake Tegern, and Lake Zurich.
The Voodoo Child Team was the clear winner of this year's overall ranking and received the Bluboats Cup Trophy on Sunday. On 2nd place was the Giachen Racing Team from the Engadin with skipper Stephan Hawranke, and on 3rd place was the women's team Romano & Christen with skipper Christa Kuster.
In total there were 23 blu26s competing for the Blueboats Cup 2012.
bluboats -Interboot in Friedrichshafen
The Interboot boat show in Friedrichshafen (GER) will take place from the 22nd to the 30th of September 2012. Bluboats will be present on it's own booth - A3/200 - and one on the "IBN Aktionfläche". There you can also enjoy presentations and talks by Christian Scherrer and Christian Bolinger, and profit from their expertise. Christian Scherrer will represent bluboats from the 22nd until the 27th and Christian Bolinger from the 28th until the 30th.
blu26 -King of the Mountain
After a crazy week with all possible weather conditions (including snow), Keith Swinton was crowned King of the Mountains at the St. Moritz Match Race. The Swiss teams skippered by Jerome Clerc and Eric Monnin finished 9th and 10th.
bluboats -Launch of the new blu30 from bluboats
A week ago the new blu30 by bluboats was launched on the Swiss Lake of Lucerne and delivered to her customer. The day-sailor comes with an eye-chatching teak deck, a carbon rig and a park avenue boom, an electro-hydraulic trim system and a state-of-the-art electric saildrive. The smart deck layout in combination with a gennaker chute system allow for single handed or small crew sailing. During the first successfull sail test we've been able to take some first pictures of the elegant nine meter yacht.
After a great season start on Lake Garda with the regatta clinic early march, the blu26 class will now start it's racing season mid april with the Sportboot Cup on Lake Constance. The blu26 class regatta calendar 2012 counts seven events in Switzerland, Germany and Italy. For the first time a class championship is part of the calendar. It will be held in Zug form the 26th to the 28th of may 2012.
The bluboats cup, the yearly overall class championship, does count five regattas. One regatta result can be discarded, only the results of the class championship in Zug can't be discarded.
blu26 -Regatta clinic on Lake Garda
Seven teams showed up for the blu26 winter regatta clinic which was held for the third time in Acqufresca on Lake Garda. The 28 sailors from Germany and Switzerland were coached by Christian Scherrer, Stephan Eder, and Florian Hornsteiner. With wind conditions ranging from light to medium, various training sessions were sailed. In addition, both boat handling and settings were analyzed using the video footage of the day. As in previous years, the clinic was also a good opportunity to connect with other blu26 sailors and enjoy the delicious italian cuisine. The Bluboats / Sailingcenter Team would like to thank all participants and is looking forward to next year!
pictures by Tom Gonisor
blu30 -New blu30 from bluboats
Bluboats is currently building a brand new blu30 semi custom yacht. The day-sailor comes with an eye-catching teak deck, a carbon rig and park avenue boom, an electro-hydraulic trim system and a state-of-the-art electric saildrive. A smart deck layout in combination with a gennaker chute system allow for single handed or small crew sailing. The elegant nine meter yacht will be delivered this may at the Swiss Lake Lucerne.
bluboats -Boot Düsseldorf
From January 21 to 29 the 43rd boot Düsseldorf will take place, and Bluboats will be on site with the brand new NED 30. This boat is the first Bluboat produced by the dutch builder Winner Yachts. You can find us in hall 16 at booth no. A41.
We are looking forward to your visit!
blu26 -Wintertraining Lake Garda March 1st to 4th
The first highlight on the water this year will be held from March 1 to 4. For the third time Bluboats will be organizing a blu26 regatta clinic on Lake Garda, in cooperation with the sailingcenter Tegernsee. During four days we will be practicing and learning on the water and in the class room, lead by professional sailor Christian Scherrer and Stephan Eder. In addition to the on-the-water training, the video analysis, and the theoretical part of the clinic, the social and culinary aspects will also be kept in mind. For more information click here.
bluboats -Merry Christmas and best winds for 2012
We wish you all a Merry Christmas and best winds for the coming year. We are looking forward to see you soon again at the boot in Düsseldorf (21.-29. January 2012), the Wintertraining on lake Garda (1.-4. March 2012) or the class season kick-off regatta (14.-15. April 2012) on Lake Constance.
blu26 -First blu26 in Montenegro
On Friday 16th of December the first of three blu26 was launched at Porto Montenegro Marina in Tivat. A wonderful place and a great new home for the newest blu26 fleet. The boats will be used for regattas, events and charter organized by the Porto Montenegro Yacht Club. More news about the place and marina under: www.portomontenegro.com
pictures by Christian Scherrer
blu26 -NED 30 fresh out of the mold
The hull of boat number 30 came alive early this week at Winner Yachts in Enkhuizen. This is the first dutch blu26. The boat will be finished for Düsseldorf boat-show starting 21. of January and will be on display on the bluboats booth (16/A41).
See you there...
blu26 -Yearly ranking 2011: Close victory for blunote
After having sailed the Bluboats Cups in Constance (GER) the yearly ranking of the blu26 Class has been decided. For this ranking, the best three results out of the four regattas were counted. The four regattas were Lake Zug, Lake Tegern, Lake Zurich, and Lake Constance.
Beat Müller (ZYC) on "blunote" is taking home the challenge trophy (a half model of a blu26). Second in the ranking, and only 0.7 points behind, is the team of "Voodoo Child" with skippers Dani Lucchini and David Menti, followed by Markus Bohren and his team, who won the last regatta in Constance (GER).
blu26 -Bluboats Cup 2011: Markus Bohren wins on blutwo
Skipper Markus Bohren from the Yacht Club Zug secures the victory at the Bluboats Cup 2011 on Lake Constance together with his team on "blutwo". Second were Beat Müller and team from the Zurich Yacht Club on "blunote" and Matias Bühlerand team on "Voodoo Child".
The Student’s Sailing Club Constance (Schüler Segel Club Konstanz, SSCK), the youth section of the Constance Yacht Club, together with the “Jugend Regatta Förderverein” have organized the first blu26 regatta on Lake Constance, on the weekend of November 12 and 13, 2011. Thirteen blu26s were on the starting line and sailed five races in light winds.
On Saturday the weather was excellent with blue sky and sunshine. The wind was coming from an easterly direction with almost 5 knots. Race officer Felix Somm made the best out of the conditions, and three decent races were sailed in the bay of Constance.
With a bullet in the first race the team on "Voodoo Child" showed what it came to Constance for. The next two races were won by "blutwo" from the Yacht Club Zug. The teams on "blunote" from Zurich and "bluone" with skipper Remco Sol from the Royal Dutch Yacht Club also showed a solid performance, with top three scores in all three races. With these four boats still in a position to win, the fleet returned to the harbor for some Glühwein and an Apéro, followed by a relaxed dinner in the club house of the Constance Yacht Club.
On Sunday a maximum of two races were possible. The first race was won by team "Voodoo Child”. The second race was started immediately after the first. The wind did not seem to be too stable, so the race committee shortened the race. Luckily, the wind stayed long enough to finish that race. It was won by "blutwo" who also won the regatta. Congratulations!
blu26 -Bluboats Cup in Constance (GER)
On the weekend of November 12 and 13, the Bluboats Cup will be held in Constance (GER).
On this occasion the general assembly of the blu26 Class Association will be held, on the evening of Friday November 11.
blu26 -"Herbstpreis" regatta on Lake Zurich (SUI)
Just one week after the Bavaria Cup, the next blu26 was held in Zurich: the "Herbstpreis" regatta.
In contrast to the conditions one week before in Bavaria, the weather was wet, cold, and there was only very little wind.
In spite of the the bad weather, seven boats showed up for the regatta. After four races, Nathalie Keller on "Romano & Christen" was able to claim victory, followed by Beat Müller on "blunote" und Wim Rossel on "Badrutt`s Palace".
blu26 -Bavaria Cup on Lake Tegern (GER)
From September 30 to October 2, 2011 the first Bavaria Cup was sailed on Lake Tegern. Nine teams from Germany and Switzerland were there for an exciting regatta weekend.
After seven races in beautiful weather and excellent wind conditions, Mitja Meyer and her Alster Matchrace Team won the regatta. Congratulations! 2nd and 3rd were the Swiss teams of Beat Müller and David Menti.
blu26 -Interboot in Friedrichshafen
The 50th Interboot boat show in Friedrichshafen (GER) will be open from September 17 to 25, 2011. Bluboats will be present with two blu26's. One you can find at our booth (no. A3/203), the other one on the "IBN Aktionfläche". There you can also enjoy presentations and talks by Christian Scherrer and Christian Bolinger, and profit from their expertise.
We're looking forward to your visit!
blu26 - King of the Mountain
During an almost perfect week of sailing, 12 teams battled it out at the St. Moritz Match Race. The level was high and the races exciting. Unfortunately the wind picked up too late on the last day, so the finals had to be cancelled.
Torvar Mirsky and his team were the winners of this year's St. Moritz Match Race.
blu26 - St. Moritz Match Race
The prestigious St. Mortiz Match Race starts on wednesday with the first Round Robin. The event unites the best Match Race Sailors and takes place from August 31st to September 4th. The skippers compete on six provided blu26 boats for points in the Match Racing World Championship and a total purse of 150,000 Swiss francs.
Action will be guaranteed!
blu26 - 4th place for Voodoo Child at the Uristier regatta (Udligenswil, June 20th, 2011)
Three blu26 teams showed up at the Marina Fallenbach to participate in this year's edition of the legendary Uristier regatta. The "Racer 2" fleet was quite impressive, with 25 boats competing.
In good wind conditions two races were sailed on Saturday. Team "Vodoo Child" with Dani Lucchini was the best blu26 finishing 2nd and 3rd.
On Sunday Lake Uri was at its best with good weather and an excellent breeze. After four general recalls two more races were sailed. After a bad race in race three "Vodoo Child" was able to get the gun in the last race!
Congratulations to Dani Lucchini and his team who finished 4th in the overall ranking!
Christa Kuster finished 12th, and Oliver Hausmann 24th.
blu26 - Markus Bohren brings home the blu26 Zugersee Cup (Udligenswil June 13th, 2011)
On the weekend after the Swiss Match Race nationals, 22 teams were on the starting line off Immensee to sail the 2011 Goldschäkel regatta. Among them were nine blu26 teams.
At the first mark Markus Bohren on SUI 02 already had a clear lead, followed by Peter Müller on his Corbeau. Chasing them was a group of blu26`s with "Romano & Christen", "Blu(t)druck" and "Vodoo Child". Even though Bohren was passed before the finish and had to therefore leave line honors to Peter Müller, he won the Goldschäkel trophy convincingly after time correction. Second blu26 was "Romano & Christen" with Oli Wolfensberger followed by Christian Bolinger on "Blu(t)druck" and David Menti on "Vodoo Child".
The long distance race counts double for the blu26 Zugersee Cup ranking.
On sunday, the first up-and-down race was started just before noon. Markus Bohren won ahead of "Vodoo Child" and "Romano & Christen". With a little less wind one more race was sailed and won by Christian Bolinger with Hans Klenk on "Blu(t)druck".
In the overall ranking, Markus Bohren (SUI 02) won the blu26 Zugersee Cup, followed by Christian Bolinger (GER 23) and Oli Wolfensberger (SUI 21).
The blu26 team would like to thank all the volunteers and participants!
It is especially worth mentioning that some participants had to come a long way, from Lake Constance, Germany, or even the Netherlands.
blu26 - Jérôme Clerc is the new Swiss match race champions
Jérôme Clerc and his team from the Geneva Regatta Training Centre (Centre d’Entraînement à la Régate - CER) have won the Swiss champion title during the Volvo Match Race Cup Zug. Thanks to this result, they are directly qualified for St. Moritz Match Race, the World Match Race Tour Swiss stopover.
Zug, June 6, 2011 – The final of the Volvo Match Race Cup took place last week-end in Zug. The event saw the victory of Jérôme Clerc’s team, ahead of Alain Stettler Eric Monnin and Marcel Walser.
The final took place in light conditions. Jérôme Clerc and his team (Bryan Mettraux, Elodie-Jane Mettraux and Denis Girardet) took the best start and controlled their opponent throughout the race, winning the title convincingly.
“We stared really badly”, commented Jérôme Clerc. “We lost our first three matches and had to win everything after this. That’s what we did! The semi-finale against Eric Monnin’s team was really intense. We won 2-0 and were very pleased with this. Then we competed in the final and kept one boat length ahead of our opponent throughout the race. It was very tense!”
The team from the CER started the season in style, winning events in the Decision 35 Class. They now confirm their talent on other supports. Thanks to this victory, they will compete this summer in St. Moritz Match Race (August 30 – September 4), the Swiss stopover of the World Match Racing Tour, against the world’s best specialists.
Volvo Match Race Cup Zug and Swiss Match Race championship final results :
1. Jérôme Clerc, Bryan Mettraux, Elodie Jane, Mettraux und Denis Girardet (SNG)
2. Alain Stettler, Bruno Zeltner, Chris Rast und Danielle Gamache (Regattaclub Oberhofen)
3. Eric Monnin, Marc Monnin, Julien Falxa und Jean-Claude Monnin (Yacht Club Immensee)
4. Marcel Walser, Fabio Müller, Beat Müller und Rico Hasler (Zürcher Yacht Club)
5. Roger Stocker, Robert Hürlimann, Mark Griesmeier und Olivier Lüthold (Zürcher Yacht Club)
6. Natalie Keller, Livia Naef, Lea Tschudi und Theresa Lager (Zürcher Yacht Club)
7. Lorenz Müller, Robert Hartmann, Matthew Hall und Martin Calmon (Bieler Yacht Club)
8. Lukas Erni, Christian Sprecher, Pascal Abegg und Stephan Rupp (Regattaclub Oberhofen)
pictrues by Jürg Kaufmann
blu26 - blu26 class launches website
The blu26 International Class Association has been founded in January 2010. The goal of the class association is to support and foster national and international activities in the blu26 class.
With the launch of its own website at www.blu26.org, an important step has been made to ensure efficient communication among its members and friends.
In addition to the website, the blu26 presence on Facebook has been renewed. The new page "blu26 - bluboats" will be maintained and used both by the class and bluboats Ltd.
blu26 - Volvo Match Race Cup-Kreuzlingen
Lukas Erni and his team wins the final of Volvo Match Race Cup held in Kreuzlingen 29.4. to 1.5.2011 against the EFG Team of Alain Stettler. Both teams there fore qualify for the final of the Volvo Match Race Cup in Zug, the official Swiss Match Racing Championship of Swiss Sailing 2. to 5. of June 2011. The Printus Team from lake Constance with Tino Ellegast moved in to third place defeating the all female team of Nathalie Keller.
blu26 - SUI 25 launched on Lake Zurich
On April 1, in Zurich, the blu26 with the hull number 25 was handed over to it`s owners.
Straight after, in perfect weather conditions, the boat was christened.
The SUI 25 sails under the name "hazel".
The Bluboats Team wishes "hazel" and its owners every sucess and best winds.
pictures by bluboats
blu26 - Class Racing Clinic on Lake Garda
This year the second annual blu26 Class Racing Clinic took place on Lake Garda. Six teams from Germany and Switzerland were participating, coached by Christian „Blumi“ Scherrer and the team from the “Sailingcenter Tegernsee” with Stephan Eder and Florian Hornsteiner. Even though Lake Garda was not up to its best, the boats were out every day, and the sailors have therefore been able to make good use of their time in Aquafresca. Thanks to the training, video analysis, and various classroom sessions, all teams were able to improve their sailing skills significantly.
In the evenings everybody was enjoying the excellent Italian food and discussing the day’s highlights over a good glass of wine.
The Bluboats Team would like to thank all participants and is looking forward to next year!
bluboats - GA blu26 International Class Association
At the 11.02.11 the general assembly of the blu26 International Class Association was held. It took place in the Yacht Club of Zug. The directorate with its president Daniel Lucchini was elected for one more year and beneath the standard topics the blu26 Class Rules where provisorily accepted whilst the race plan 2011 was adopted. Four races will now count for the credit championship. Out of those the best three will be taken for the final results. The Bluboats Cup will still be forming the closure of the season and will be counted with a factor of 1.5.
Lake of Garda
blu26 Zugersee Cup
blu26 Tegernsee Cup
Bad Wiesee (PM)
The new shipyard "Dynamic Element" was presented by the bluboats GmbH, while the executive of the shipyard, Alex Berg, was attending the assembly. Last but not least the GA took a leave of its long standing bluboats Team member Mark Griesmeier and welcomed as a replacement Fabio Müller to the team.
bluboats - Suisse Nautic in Bern
The Suisse Nautic boat show takes place in Bern from the 12th until 20th of February. In time for the upcoming sailing season, we are happy to present our elegant and sporty blu26 in Hall 220, Booth B013.
The bluboats Team around Christian Scherrer is looking forward to meet you.
In addition we are delighted to invite you on Sunday 13th of February at 16.00 to our Aperitif which we offer in cooperation with St. Moritz Match Race at Booth B013 and B031.
We are looking forward to see you in Bern!
blu26 - Wintertraining at lake Garda March 9th to 13th
Bluboats organizes for the second time a winter-regattatraining at lake garda in collaboration with sailingcenter Tegernsee. During four days there will be a coaching by professional sailor Christian Scherrer and Stephan Eder. For more information click here.
blu26 - Bluboats Cup 2010: Victory for Vaucher
On the weekend of the 6th and 7th of November 2010 twelve blu26 gathered for the annual Bluboats Cup in Hilfterfingen on Lake Thun. On Saturday 5 races where sailed in light breezes and with wonderful fall weather. On Sunday the wind increased from the West to 25 knots and another 3 fast and action filled races where held.
The team of Michel Vaucher with SUI 16 came out on top at the end of the series.
Final results after 8 races without discard:
1. SUI 16 Michel Vaucher 16pts
2. SUI 02 Markus Bohren 26pts
3. SUI 05 Felix Somm 32pts
4. SUI 21 Marcel Walser 34pts
5. SUI 03 Matthias Keller 47pts
6. SUI 08 Thomas Ruchti 53pts
7. SUI 01 Phillip Koch 55pts
8. SUI 19 Giorgia Hauser 56pts
9. SUI 06 Gianpietro Cerletti 78pts
10. SUI 04 Andreas Etter 81pts
11. SUI 07 Thomas Grob 82pts
12. SUI 09 Michael Gerber 83pts
The event was held, like in the previous years, by Bluboats in cooperation with Archimedes Bootbau. As well as the fast and competitive sailing, the post race social activities where enjoyed by all the participants. The blu26 class is looking forward to an exciting season 2011.
Pictures by Michael Hilti
blu26 - German Match Race Championship 2010
(Bad Wiessee, 29.09.10)
The best German Match Racers meet from the 1th to the 3rd of October at the Tegernsee for the German Match Race Championship 2010. The competitors will race on 6 blu26 yachts for the title of the German Match Race Champion. The Championship is organized by the Yacht Club Bad Wiessee in cooperation with the Sailingcenter am Tegernsee the South German Bluboats partner.
bluboats - Interboot in Friedrichshafen
We are looking forward to meet you at the Interboot boat show in Friedrichshafen from the 18th to the 26th of September. You will find us in hall A3 at booth 202.
Together with our partners from the sailingcenter Tegernsee and Dynamic Elements we will display a brand new blu26 with a teak deck at our booth.
blu26 - St. Moritz Match Race
The prestigious St. Mortiz Match Race starts tomorrow with the first Round Robin. The event unites the best Match Race Sailors and takes place from September 1st to 5th. The skippers compete on six provided blu26 boats for points in the Match Racing World Championship and a total purse of 150,000 Swiss francs.
Action will be guaranteed!
blu26 - Match Race Training in Altnau
(Udligenswil, 21.07.2010) The Youth Racing Association organized a Match Race training in Altnau from July 16th to 18th. The sixteen participants were taught the basics of the duels on the water by competent experts Christian Scherrer and Felix Somm. Superb weather and wind conditions on Friday and Saturday enabled the participants to spend instructive hours on the water. As there was no wind on the Sunday, the taken video footage was analyzed. For further information (only in german) and photos please refer to the links.
Pictures by C. Somm
blu26 - Christening SUI 19 in St. Moritz
(St. Moritz, 02.07.2010) On Friday July 2nd, SUI 19 was delivered and handed over to the Badrutt’s Palace Hotel and the Sailing Club St. Moritz. The boat, named „Badrutt’s Palace“ shall be at the use of guests of the Hotel, sailing students and racing affine members of the Club. Furthermore, the boat shall be used to take sail with guests during the St. Moritz Match Race.
Bluboats team is thrilled to have a boat on one of the most attractive lakes in Europe and wishes the new owners fair winds at all times.
blu26 - VOLVO Match Race Zug 2010
The annual Match Race Zug was held as a qualification event for the top class St. Moritz Match Race and was sailed on blu26. Amongst the ten invited skippers were thoroughly established match racers, as well as well known names from the Swiss sailing scene, including olympic sailors Flavio Marrazzi und Nathalie Brugger. Despite lousy weather, a complete round robin could be sailed in varying conditions. Eric Monin and his team therein defeated Jerome Clerc, hence qualifying for the St. Moritz Match Race.
blu26 - blu26 Zugersee Cup 2010
On the weekend of May 22nd / 23rd six blu26 competed at the blu26 Zugersee Cup. On Saturday the participants sailed a long distance race in sunny weather but difficult and shifty wind conditions, fighting for the 'Goldschäkel' trophy. Conditions were superb on Sunday and enabled five races. At the top of the fleet Markus Bohren and Thomas Grob were fighting for victory. Markus Bohren and his team of youth sailors won the event by two points.
final results after 7 races (1 long-distance race (counting double), 5 Up-and-Down), one discard:
1. SUI 02 Markus Bohren, YCZ, 11pts
2. SUI 07 Thomas Grob, YCZ, 13pts
3. SUI 03 Beat Müller/Alexa Bezel, ZYC, 18pts
4. SUI 05 Nathalie Keller, ZYC, 22pts
5. SUI 04 Christa Kuster, SCOZ, 24pts
6. SUI 06 Wicki Apholt, YCZ, 28pts
blu26 - Ebler wins the Match Race Europeans in Hard, AUT
After a busy week in Hard, Mads Ebler and Eric Monnin faced each other in the finals for the european title in Match Racing. After five thrilling races, Mads Ebler from Denmark defeated Monnin with 3 wins. The feedback from the competitors on the blu26 boats was very positive, even in the sometimes light air conditions.
blu26 - Match Race European Championship, Hard, AUT
The Match Race European Championship is currently taking place in Hard, Austria. Twelve teams are fighting for the title in mostly light and shifty winds. The races are sailed on blu26 and will continue until Saturday. Daily news updates regarding the racing and photos can be found on the website of the organising club.
blu26 - Racing calendar and activities 2010
For the season of 2010 the blu26 Class Association has planed the following races:
May 22nd / 23rd: blu26 Zugersee Cup, Zug
June 3rd / 4th: Uristier Cup, Flüelen
June 19th / 20th: Tag & Nachtregatta, Zurich
October 9th / 10th: Herbstpreis, Zurich
November 6th / 7th: Bluboats Cup, Hilterfingen
Besides these fleet racing activities, part of the blu26 fleet will be participating in various Match Races throughout the year.
The following events promise excitement for sailors and visitor/viewers:
May 12th - 15th: Match Race European Championship, Hard, Austria
May 27th - 30th: VOLVO Match Race Zug (qualification event for St. Moritz Match Race)
September 1st - 5th: St. Moritz Match Race, Lake St. Moritz
October 1st – 3rd: German Match Race Championship, Tegernsee, Germany
blu26 - New construction yard and distributor
(Zürich, 04.04.10) Bluboats is happy to announce its new partnership with Dynamic Elements. Located in North Germany near Kiel, this yard has been producing several sailing yacht classes to highest German standards. Apart from producing the blu26 it will act as distributor for Bluboats within the region of North Germany. The first blu26 to leave the new yard will be launched in early May 2010.
“The collaboration with the managers and skilled regatta sailors Jan Duken and Alexander Berg proves the potential we have in this new setup. We believe that we will continue to produce blu26 yachts to highest quality standards and bring the class and its size in new dimensions with this team”, says Bluboats Designer Christian Bolinger.
blu26 - Wintertraining Lake Garda
The blu26 Wintertraining took place at lake garda during four days. Intensive training sessions were held by professionals Christian Scherrer, Eric Monnin and Stephan Eder in perfect conditions with a lot of sunshine and great winds. The positive Feedback and the good atmosphere among the five teams present will lead to a continuance in 2011.
Pictures by Stephan Eder / sailingcenter.de
blu26 - Foundation of the blu26 International Class Association
On Tuesday the 19th of January 2010 at the Yacht Club Zug a group of enthusiastic blu26 sailors have founded the blu26 International Class Association.
The association has the goal to promote the blu26 class, to organise regattas and to unite owners and crews. Daniel Lucchini has been elected as the president of the class, Joëlle Müller as the treasurer and Mark Griesmaier as the secretary. Christian Bolinger and Christian Scherrer will lead the technical commission.
blu26 - Wintertraining at lake Garda February 24. to 28.
Bluboats organizes a winter-regattatraining at lake garda in collaboration with sailingcenter Tegernsee. During four days there will be a coaching by professional sailor Christian Scherrer, Stephan Eder and Eric Monnin. The course will be held in german.
For more information, click here.
blu26 -German 'Yacht' Magazine tests the blu26 (Udligenswil, 23.12.09)
The german yachting magazine 'yacht' takes a close look at the blu26 in their latest volume coming out today. Read the test here (sorry, but only available in german).
For any further information concerning the yacht magazine click here.
Visit us at the Düsseldorf Boatshow taking place January 23. to 31.
You will find us in hall 17 at booth Nr. C04.
We are looking forward to your visit!
For any further information click here.
bluboats -Merry Christmas! (Udligenswil, 20.12.09)
The Bluboats team wishes you a merry christmas and best winds for 2010.
blu26 -Bluboats Cup 2009 (Udligenswil, 28.10.09)
After a great weekend of sailing at the automn regatta in Zurich, the Bluboats Cup in Hilterfingen on lake thun is coming up. The weekend of 7th/8th November, between ten and twelve blu26 will take place in this season end regatta.
The team of bluboats and Archimedes Bootbau is looking forward to a great event and competitive racing.
If you like to follow the regattas on a motorboat or if you need any further information, please contact us here.
Bluboats Cup, Hilterfingen 7./8. November
blu26 -Automn Regatta in Zurich (Udligenswil, 05.10.09)
Eight blu26 raced in the Automn Regatta at the Yacht Club Zurich the last weekend. Franz Buhmann and his team even took the journey from Germany to race in Zuerich.
Two races in shifty and difficult conditions could be sailed with a lot of sunshine on Saturday. Stronger winds from the north-west on Sunday enabled the fleet of eight blu26 to sail another 3 races.
The blu26 fleet proofed to be very competitive and only the last race on Sunday decided the winner. With a win in the last race, the team of Christian Scherrer with Aaron Teuscher, Rico Hasler and Martin Rosenberger took victory in the series with their SUI 05 'cinque blu'. The team of Markus Bohren finished second in front of Thomas Grob.
Results after 5 Races with one discard:
1. SUI 05 - Christian Scherrer SCStM, cinque, 6 Punkte
2. SUI 01 - Markus Bohren YCZ, bluone, 9 Punkte
3. SUI 07 - Thomas Grob YCZ, blustar, 14 Punkte
4. GER 12 - Franz Buhmann LSC, sailingcenter tegernsee,
5. SUI 04 - Daniel Lucchini SCPF, betty blu, 16 Punkte
6. SUI 03 - Beat Müller ZYC, blunote, 20 Punkte
7. SUI 10 - Christian Bolinger SKM, Romano & Christen, 22 Punkte
8. SUI 09 - Michael Gerber ZYC, Eloise, 23 Punkte
After a successful automn regatta, the blu26 class is looking forward to their end of season event Bluboats Cup in Hilterfingen on November 7th/8th.
Pictures by Regula Vogel / ZYC
bluboats - Interboot
in Friedrichshafen (Udligenswil 09.09.09)
We are looking forward to meet you at the Interboot boat show in Friedrichshafen from the 19th to the 27th September. You will find us in hall A3 at booth 104A.
Besides the brand new blu26 with a teak deck at our booth, we will display on the open air grounds one of the boats which have participated in the St. Moritz Match Race.
blu26 - Adam Minoprio wins the St. Moritz Match Race (Udligenswil, 07.09.09) The New Zealander Adam Minoprio and his team win this years edition of the St. Moritz Matchrace ahead of the Mirsky Racing Team from Australia and are crowned King of the Mountain.
Minoprio triumphed in the first to score two point final. Ian Williams defeated Phillippe Presti in the small final with a 2-0 win.
During the six days of sailing on the lake of St. Moritz, the sailors faced different conditions in which they proofed to be convinced by the blu26.
blu26 - St. Moritz Match Race
The prestigious St. Moritz Match Race once more united the world’s best in the Engadine Valley from the 1st to the 6th of September 2009.
The skippers competed for points in the Match Racing World Championship and a total purse of 150,000 Swiss francs. The blu26 was the official boat for the event and six of them were there for the contest. There was live commentary during the racing, which could easily be followed as it takes place close to the shore.
Great sporting action was guaranteed!
Apart from the Match Racing Boats another two blu26 were on site for guest sailing and trails.
blu26 – Sailing Center Tegernsee (Udligenswil, 04.08.09)
The Sailing Center on the Tegernsee in southern Germany recently opened their doors under the management of Stefan Eder and Florian Hornsteiner.
Since the beginning of July, the Sailing Center has used its two new blu26, GER11 and GER12. Apart from a sailing school, the center organizes events and is the official bluboats distributor for the blu26 in southern Germany.
The bluboats team is very happy to have the sailing center as a new partner.
For more than a week in July, the blu26 SUI10 sailed intensively on Lake Lucerne under the auspices of the Lucerne-based architectural office of Romano&Christen.
In addition to racing, the proud sponsor of the latest blu26 in Switzerland is using its yacht apart for hospitality sailing with their clients. The elegant black hull and teak deck give this blu26 a particularly stylish look.
blu26 -SUI Match Race Tour in Zug (Zug, 05.07.09) The participants in the second tour stop of the SUI Match Race Tour were confronted with extremely diverse conditions; they fought against lulls, storm warnings, and shifting winds. With a bit of luck, the round robin could be finished on Sunday afternoon.
Eric Monnin and his team gave a strong performance and won 5 of 6 matches, which gave them the win ahead of Team Stettler. The newcomer team of Thomas Kristiansen placed third.
blu26 - blu26 Zugerseecup 2009 (Zug, 31.05.09) The first blu26 regatta of the season took place at the end of May on the Lake of Zug. On Saturday, seven blu26 boats competed in the long distance race Goldschäkel organized by the Immensee Yacht Club. Sunday saw them in six fleet races on the water in front of the Yacht Club Zug. Both days were marked by brilliant sunshine and good wind, which allowed all the teams to thoroughly enjoy themselves.
The long distance race on Saturday was narrowly won by Team blunote SUI 03 skippered by Fabio Müller. Second place was taken by SUI 02 with Nick Zumbühl at the helm, followed by Thomas Grob on SUI 07 in third. In the overall ranking of the group of 30 boats, Fabio Müller with the blu26 was the winner, and Bruno Imhof on an Esse 850 was second.
The fleet races on Sunday started at 10:00 and thanks to very favorable winds, six races could be held by 15:00. The day was clearly dominated by skipper Philip Peikert and his crew of Monnin, Pieper and Gschwend, who won four races. The blunote team gave Peikert and the “local matador” Monnin a good run for their money.
With the distance race counting double, plus the six races on Sunday, the final rankings for the blu26 Zugerseecup 2009 are as follows:
1. SUI 01 - Philipp Peikert, bluone
2. SUI 03 - Fabio Müller, blunote
3. SUI 02 - Nick Zumbühl / Markus Bohren, blutwo
4. SUI 07 - Urs Oldani / Thomas Grob
5. SUI 04 - Stephan Eder
6. SUI 06 - Wiki Apholt / Gianpietro Cerletti
7. SUI 10 - Benjamin Flückiger, Romano & Christen
blu26 - Christening of SUI 10 (Udligenswil 03.05.09)
The first blu26 showing a stylish teak deck was christened on the 1st of May 2009 in the small village of Udilgenswil above Lake Lucerne. For this, Neptun left his waters to come up into the hills of central Switzerland and named the blu26 SUI 10 by the name of “Kraftraum” – meaning as much as “power room” in German. The name lies in connection to the activity of the sponsor: Romano & Christen is a well known, successful architecture company based in Lucerne.
The christening was followed by a short speech from bluboats designer Christian Bolinger and a heaving party with a life band until the early morning of the May the 2nd.
blu26 - Team Morinho wins the Match Race Swiss Championships (Udligenswil 20.04.09) The favorits lost their semi-finals that is why the final of the SUI Match Race Tour 2008 was an unexpected one between Portugal and the United States. Alvaro Marinho (POR) has won against Sally Barkow (USA).
After abort of the Round Robin at the end of yesterday’s racing, Eric Monnin (SUI), Ian Ainsli (RSA), Alvaro Marinho (POR) and Sally Barkow (USA) started the semi-finals at the Circolo Velico Lago di Lugano this morning having good weather conditions. As pick of the bunch from Round Robin, the Swiss Eric Monnin could choose the one he’d wish to sail the semi-final, which were executed again in blu26 boats.
Surprisingly, he decided to challenge Sally Barkow, even though he had lost against her in Round Robin. Likewise surprisingly, the ladies won this semi-final, which meant that Monnin had to be content with the petite final. Ian Ainslie, the predominant favorit, lost his semi-final, too, against the Portugese Alvaro Morinho.
The final between Barkow und Morinho had to be cancelled after two races due to a lack of wind with a standing of 0 – 2. Therewith the crew of Alvaro Morinho won the final of the SUI Match Race Tour 2008.
Winning Team Morinho and their replacement crew Linda Valenti
blu26 - Match Race Swiss ChampionshipsLugano (Udligenswil 16.04.09)
The finals of the SUI Match Race Tour 2008 take place in Lugano the following days. Twelve teams will fight for the title of the Swiss Match Race Champion on six blu26 boats. Beside the four qualifying teams of the last years' tour, four international teams and four other swiss teams complete the entry list.
Ian Ainslie, RSA, 12
Eric Monnin, SUI, 20
Alvaro Marinho, POR, 30
Michele Perris, MON, 43
Matthias Renker, SUI, 97
Roger Stocker, SUI, 101
Nicolas Dénervaud, SUI, 200
Etienne Huter, SUI, 216
Marcel Walser, SUI, 272
Sacha De Micheli, SUI, 285
Markus Bohren, SUI, 295
Sally Barkow, USA, 504 / 9
blu26 - Romano und Christen (Udligenswil 09.04.09)
The architecture office Romano & Christen which is based in Lucerne, will be christening a new blu26 on May the 1st 2009. To reflect upon the aesthetics of their work, the boat will be finished in black, smoothly combined with a teak deck. The style of Romano & Christen harmonises well with the elegance of the blus, designed by Bolinger. Therefore a future collaboration of these stakeholders shall bring further projects onto the water and land. As start this black beauty will be sailed on Lake Lucerne and other Swiss lakes over the next years by a bluboats Team. www.romanochristen.ch
blu26 -SUI 05 wins the winterchallenge on Lake Geneva (Udligenswil 07.04.09)
The winterchallenge on Lake Geneva is organised by Cercle de la Voile de Vidy (CVV). It started on the 1st of November and ended on Sunday the 5th of April. Five regattas were sailed in total. The blu26 SUI 05 was sailed by the Voiles Gautier around Christoph Peclard. In a tight race between the blu26and the Esse 850 SUI100, the blu26 team was able to secure the over all win in the last race. We are proud of this result and congratulate the team for their great work.
1. SUI 05 Bluboats, blu26, Christoph Peclard
2. SUI 100 Chantier Naval Vidy, Esse 850, Eric Meyer
3. SUI 1620 Hiva-Oa, Bavaria 35, Patrick Megroz www.cvvidy.ch www.voiles.ch
Picture by Beat Müller
bluboats - Lugano Nautica (Udligenswil,
Following the Suisse Nautic, Bluboats will greet the spring in the Ticino. In cooperation with the Cicolo Velico Lago di Lugano (CVLL), we will be presenting our yachts at the Lugano Nautica boat show. From April 2nd to 5th, a blu26 will be exhibited at the CVLL stand, and a second blu26 will be ready in the fair’s harbor for test sails. Christian Scherrer, Christian Bolinger and Massimiliano Marafon will be awaiting you in Lugano at stand no. F72-78 and in the harbor.
Sign up for trial sails directly with Christian Scherrer (+41794216217).
We are looking forward to your visit!
Match Race Swiss Championship in Lugano
From April 16th to 19th the best Swiss match racers who qualified in 2008 for the SUI Match Race Tour will compete against each other for the Swiss championship title. In addition to the Swiss experts, foreign teams will also be allowed to compete. This regatta is being organized by the CVLL. And as at the Tour stops in 2008 in Zurich and Zug, a fleet of blu26 will be on the water in Lugano. This event is part of the qualification series for the World Match Racing Tour; in addition to the title of Swiss Champion, the winner will receive and invitation to the prestigious St. Moritz Match Race.
Zug Match 21
More Match Race activities with the blu26 fleet will take place in the summer on the Lake of Zug. The Yacht Club Zug will host the ZugMatch21 on the weekend of July 4th – 5th. This event is part of the SUI Match Race Tour and will be sailed on a fleet of blu26. As of this spring, Yacht Club Zug will have four blu26 yachts in the harbor, and is therefore an important base for the fleet.
St. Moritz Match Race
The crowning conclusion of the blu26 Match Race activities in 2009 will be, as last year, the St. Moritz Match Race in the Engadine. This unique event is part of the World Match Racing Tour and therefore counts towards the world championship of Match Racing of the International Sailing Federation. Big names in sailing will be out competing on the Lake of St. Mortiz on blu26 boats; besides last year’s winner, Mathieu Richard (FRA), the double world champion Ian Williams (GBR) and Alinghi skipper Ed Baird (USA) will also be at the start.
blu26 Class Regattas
Following the huge success of the Bluboats Cup on the Lake of Thun in the fall of 2008, owners of blu26 boats will meet on various Swiss lakes for a short series of class regattas:
Goldschäkelregatta + blu26 Cup lake of Zug, 30./31. May 2009
Herbstpreis, Zürcher Yacht Club, 4./5. Oktober 2009 Bluboats Cup lake of Thun, November 2009
In addition to these class regattas, the the Romano & Christen Sailing Team will compete in all the long-distance regattas on the Lake of Lucerne in their brand-new SUI 10.
Representation in Southern Germany
We are especially pleased to introduce here our new representative for Southern Germany: Florian Hornsteiner and Stephan Eder’s “sailingcenter – Segelsport am Tegernsee” will be taking care of our Southern German customers beginning immediately. As of May ’09, the sailingcenter will have two new blu26’s and is planning several exciting match racing events. We are looking forward to a successful collaboration with our new partners.
Test sailing blu26 and blu30
Besides all the various activities and events listed above, we are always at your disposal for test sails on a blu26 or blu30. There are also usually crew positions available at certain regattas and races. Let us know if you are interested in either of these possibilities or charter a blu26 for you and your crew. We are more than happy to arrange an appointment with you.Contact us here.
bluboats - Suisse Nautic in Berne (Udligenswil,
Suisse Nautic takes place from February 14 - 22, 2009 in Bern.
In time for the upcoming start of the sailing season, we are happy to present to you our elegant and sporty yachts. The bluboats Team, around Christian Scherrer, Christian Bolinger and Mark Griesmaier, is looking forward to welcoming you in Booth B013 in Hall 220. In the booth we will be showing a blu26, in the outer area a blu30 and yet another blu26.
Christophe Peclard and his team are currently participating in the Winter Challenge in Vidy, Lake Geneva, on a blu26. The racing series consists of 6 middle- to long leg courses, being sailed on six Saturdays from November through to April. So far two races have been sailed, in which Christophe Peclard demonstrated the potential of the blu26, finishing 2nd and 1st.
blu26 - Baltic Sea Trials (Udligenswil,
Despite freezing temperatures, Team Claus Nehrig together with Christian Scherrer enjoyed a few windy, pre christmas manouvers on the blu26 in the Baltic Sea.
Pictures by Maike ter Jung
Cup - Victory
for Michel Vaucher (Hilterfingen
After the five races of yesterday, two
other races had been sailed today sunday. Michel Vaucher from the
Club Nautique Morgien extended his lead by winning both races in
a light northerly breeze. Team Bohren of Zug Sailing secured it’s
second place and the team from the Yacht Club of Zürich with
skipper Beat Müller moved up to thrid place by finishing second
in both races.
After a short Prizegiving bluboats
honoured the effort of the Bluboats
Cup event partners, espacially the Sailing
School Berner Oberland, Paraloc, Kaenon and ZugSailing. Final Results after 7 races:
1. SUI 05 Michel Vaucher
2. SUI 02 Markus Bohren
3. SUI 03 Beat Müller
4. SUI 04 Dani Schenker
5. SUI 07 Claus Nehrig
6. SUI 01 Dominik Peikert
7. SUI 00 Hans v. Berg
8. SUI 08 Thomas Ruchti
9. SUI 06 Dan Mrskos
by Beat Müller
Cup - Day
The first day of the Bluboats Cup
was hold on a lovely late autumn day. After a short welcoming and
the skipper meeting by the two company owners Christian “Blumi”
Scherrer and Christian Bolinger the fleet of nine blu26
headed off to sail five races in a steady 1-2 Beaufort breeze. Michel
Vaucher and his sailing team of the Club Nautique Morgien dominated
the fleet and are in a comfortable lead with 6 points. Followed
by the Team Bohren of Zugsailing with 11 points and the crew of
Claus Nehrig who came down all the way from Kiel DE.
Provisional results after 5 races:
1. SUI 05 Michel Vaucher
2. SUI 02 Markus Bohren
3. SUI 07 Claus Nehrig
4. SUI 03 Beat Müller
5. SUI 04 Dani Schenker
6. SUI 01 Dominik Peikert
7. SUI 00 Hans v. Berg
8. SUI 06 Dan Mrskos
9. SUI 08 Thomas Ruchti
by Beat Müller
Picture by Beat Müller
bluboats - Bluboats Cup 2008 (Zürich
The first Bluboats Cup will take place in Hilterfingen
this coming weekend (8/9.11.2008). The event will be held by Bluboats
and Sailingschool Berner Oberland. All eight boats, which were produced
this year and the prototype of last year will take part in this
very first blu26
one design regatta. Exciting racing is to be sure! Furthermore the
be out on the water, following the racing and available for test
blu26 - Zug Match 21
part of the Swiss Sailing Match Race Tour the Zug Match 21 took
place on four blu26 in the Yachtclub Zug on the weekend of October 26 and 27. Eight
skippers sailed nearly a full round robin on saturday in light but
steady conditions. On Sunday the breeze died and no more races could
be sailed. The team of the Monnin brothers, this time together with
Enrico de Maria and Simon Brügger, remained unbeaten and won
the event in front of Team Aloha and Team Bohren.
foggy automn conditions at the Zug Match 21
Picture by ZugSailing / zugsailing.ch
blu26 - Kaenon Match Race Zürich (Zürich 20.10.08)
In light wind conditions and gloriously sunny
automn weather local matador Marcel Walser and his team won the
Kaenon Match Race Zurich against seven other teams without loosing
any races. Thus, Walser and his team qualified for the swiss championship
in Match Racing. Team Brauchli ranked 2nd ahead of Team Renker
in 3rd place.
Team Brauchli (SUI05) racing against Team Aloha (SUI06)
Picture by Cornelia Geiger / bildblick.ch
bluboats - blu26 at the Interboot
are looking forward to meeting you at our booth at the Interboot
Fair in Friedrichshafen taking place from September 20 to 28. You
will find us in hall A3 at booth no. 106.
The bluboats Team around Christian Scherrer and Christian Bolinger
will be welcoming you at the Bluboats’ Booth. We are looking
forward to your visit!
Matthieu Richard wins the St. Moritz Match Race 2008 (St.
Matthieu Richard and his team win the St. Moritz
With two convincing wins in light wind conditions, the vice-champion
of last year’s World Match Racing Tour took the victory in
the 2008 edition of the St. Moritz Match Race. Ian Williams, the
winner of last year’s World Match Racing Tour was defeated
only in the finals and finished 2nd. Philippe Presti and his team
During the week the twelve competing teams were fighting for victory
on the blu26
in the St. Moritz Match Race, which was again part of the World
Match Racing Tour. The sailors proofed to be convinced by the functional
decklayout, the maneuvreability and the speed of the blu26.
Col against Paolo Cian on the blu26.
by Loris von Siebenthal / myimage.ch
- St. Moritz
Match Race 2008 02.-07.09.2008 (Udligenswil
/ St. Moritz 20.08.08)
the first week of September the world’s best Match Race skippers
will meet for the sixth time in the Engadine Valley. These skippers
will compete for points in the Match Racing World Championship and
a total purse of 150,000 Swiss francs. The blu26
is the new offical boat for the event and six of them are ready
for the contest. There will be live commentary during the racing,
which can easily be followed as it takes place close to the shore.
Great sporting action is guaranteed!
For those who want to try sailing a blu26
for themselves, you can book a trial session by contacting Christian
Bolinger. See you there!
For further information about the Match Race see www.stmoritz-matchrace.ch
- Boat christening in Zug
The two blu26
boats owned by ZugSailing have been named at a ceremony in Zug harbour.
ZugSailing has been running a succesful sailing school with these
two boats since June and bluboats
wishes ZugSailing every success and fair winds.
- SUI 03 launched on Lake Zürich
SUI 03 has been delivered to its new owner, Beat Müller. The
maiden voyage was completed on Lake Zurich with a light breeze and
sunshine. Also aboard was Christian ‘Blumi’ Scherrer,
Partner of bluboats and Joëlle the daughter of the owner.
- SUI 01 and 02 are sailing on Lake Zug
The first two boats of the blu26
series have been handed over to ZugSailing and are already in use.
ZugSailing runs a sailing school, Corporate Sailing, and events.
You can find out more about ZugSailing and its activities from their
- SUI 01 Test sailing in the Baltic Sea
SUI 01, the first series produced blu26
has been tested for four days in the Baltic Sea. During testing,
construction and sailing team found the yacht's high quality and
excellent sailing features very convincing. The
minor changes, which have been concluded from the prototype to boat
number 01, proofed to be very positive. Bluboats
is already looking forward to launching boat number 1 & 2 at
the lake of Zug.
SUI 01 during sailing test in the Baltic Sea.
- The official boat for the 2008 St. Moritz Match Race
(St. Moritz / Udligenswil, 15.4.08)
The 6th St. Moritz Match Race, which takes place from 2-7 September
this year, will be competed for using the new blu26
boats, a decision recently reached by the event’s organising
committee. The bluboats
team are delighted about this selection and will deliver six blu26
one-design yachts for this high-level event in the Swiss mountains
in which the world’s best sailors from the America’s
Cup and the match racing scene participate.
The 4-man boat has been especially developed by bluboats
for match- and fleet-racing, and has been designed with Switzerland’s
particular wind and weather conditions in mind. The result is a
highly developed and refined racing yacht, which is ideally suited
for racing on Lake St Moritz. In fact, the blu26
was trialled here during last year’s Match Race event.
The St. Moritz Match Race Regatta offers the highest prize money
in Switzerland, and not only does it form part of the World Match
Racing Tour, but it also counts towards the ISAF World Match Racing
Championship. This status guarantees very competitive racing with
the world’s best in the Engadin valley... this year on the
- Snow, sun and gentle spring breeze on Lake Zurich
during a photo session for the Swiss Tages-Anzeiger Newspaper.
- Sail testing on lake Zurich
comes to lake Zurich. From the 26th to the 6th of April you’ll
be able to visit and test sail this elegant Daysailer.
Please contact Christian Scherrer directly
for an appointment (+41 79 421 62 17).
- Production is launched !
is proud to announce that the series production of the blu26
started in early January, with the first four boats ready for delivery
in Switzerland in the first half of the coming season.
is an 8-metre sportsboat, designed and developed by bluboats
for recreational sailing as well as for Match and Fleet Racing in
One of the new clients is Zug Sailing, a newly established sailing
school on Lake Zug. With two blu26
boats, Zug Sailing will be abe to offer a unique platform not only
for regular sailing school activities, but also for special courses,
corporate events and other sailing events such as Match Racing.
can be purchased for CHF 55'000.-
(ex. sails, ex. VAT).
blu26- Ian Williams
Ian Williams - No 1 world macht racing (ISAF), winner of St.Moritz
Match Race 07:
"The blu26 is a lively and responsive boat ideally suited to
lake sailing. We had great fun sailing it."
blu26- visits Match Racing elite in St.Moritz
August 15-19 the world’s top Match Race skippers will be competing
in the fifth St. Moritz Match Race in the Engadine Valley. At the
same time bluboats
will be present with its blu26
prototype, offering professional sailors, VIP’s and potential
customers an opportunity to test sail the new blu.
Sailing the blu26
can round up your stay in St. Moritz by combining active sailing
and watching a first class Match Race event.
can already be sailed during the Race of Champions from August 10-12.
Booking and contact in St.Moritz: Nils Kretschmer +41 (0)79 551
blu26- at Uristier-Race
- at SuisseNautic in Bern (Udligenswil,
new yachts from bluboats,
and the blu30,
will be presented at the national Swiss Boat and Watersport Show
(Hall 220 / A013) in Bern 17. – 25.02.07.
stand to welcome you will be: Christian Scherrer, Andrea Wiedemann,
Christian Hayner, Mark Griesmaier and Patrick ‘Tosh’
Huguenin. Tosh strengthens the bluboats
team, taking on responsibility for the French-speaking part of Switzerland
and Europe. As an experienced regatta sailor he brings particular
expertise to the company.
Scherrer will return from Valencia especially to be at the show
for the first weekend along with Patrick Huguenin. On Saturday 17,
Christian Scherrer will be giving two presentations on the official
show stage of the Suisse Nautic Center, the first will be on Match
Racing (12.00) and the second will be looking forwards to the 32nd
America’s Cup in Valencia (16.00).
We hope to see you in Bern.
- Testlab completed with success (Nottwil,
the past four weeks the blu26
prototype has been thoroughly tested by Christian Scherrer and his
team on lake Sempach. The result has been that the blu26
has successfully completed all it’s trials. This 8-metre match
and fleet racing sportsboat, a collaborative venture between Naval
Design and bluboats,
has been developed specifically for the Swiss market.
are happy with the prototype and are looking forward to incorporating
what we have learnt from these trials into the production boat“,
was the positive conclusion from America’s Cup Sailor and
Match Race World Champion Scherrer.
team, together with a group of the best Swiss sailors, have tested
in almost all conditions, from light airs to heavy winds. Their
conclusions show that the designers have achieved their goal.
"I don’t think there is such a thing as the perfect boat
for match racing, but if there should be one, it would be the blu26
! The boat convinces with it’s clear lines and it’s
simple, but at the same time demanding, handling. It all comes down
to the crew – a great success for match and fleet racing on
our lakes.“ Eric Monnin (Bestranked Swiss Match Racer ISAF WR 15)
design is a excellent development for a match race boat. She demand
the crew to work perfectly together. The various trimming possibilities
will bring a crew closer to the match race elite, as the boat excuses
no mistakes. This is the right impulse to bring the Swiss match
race scene to the next level.” Flavio Marazzi (Swiss Olympic Starboat Sailor)
boat for match racing and the youth; the concept of the blu26
is simple and clear. The trails with the prototype have attracted
the interest of the best sailors in Switzerland. With this new design,
have developed an ideal platform which will allow young sailors
to become the talents of tomorrow.“ Julien di Biase (Crew Russel Coutts RC44)
not only looks good, but is also great to sail. On one hand she’s
just like a dinghy, reacts fast, accelerates well and sensitive
to the trim of the sails. On the other hand she handles like a bigger
yacht. Especially pleasant is the well thought out deck layout which
allows efficient and fast manoeuvring.” Nils
Frei (Trimmer Team Alinghi)
Scherrer, Frei and Marazzi have returned to Valenica, Dubai and
Miami to continue with the training for their campaigns, the bluboats
technicians prepare the blu26
for her next appearance. This will be together with here big sister
at the national boat show 'SuisseNautic' in Bern from the 17th to
the 25th of February 2007.
- Santa first to sail the new blu26(Nottwil, 22.12.06)
icy temperatures, Santa, together with America’s Cup sailor
Christian Scherrer, took the first blu26
out for its maiden sail on Lake Sempach today. The
blu26 is an 8-metre Sportboat, which has been
designed by NAVAL DESIGN in collaboration with bluboats
for both Match Racing and Fleet Racing in Switzerland.
the coming month, Santa will be replaced by Swiss top sailors. The
team have invited Alinghi crew members Nils Frei and Yves Detrey,
Olympic Star sailor Flavio Marrazzi and the highest ranked Swiss
match racer Eric Monnin to test the boat.
aim is to give the prototype the best possible trial and to get
feedback. The bluboats-team
sees the prototype as a great test lab. The blu26
not only profits from the know-how of Scherrer, who won this year’s
World Match Racing Championship with Peter Gilmour, but also from
other top sailors. “We don’t want to reinvent the wheel,”
sails Scherrer before the first test sail. “Our aim, together
with the best Swiss sailors, is to produce a great boat for the
Swiss sailing community.”
trials, the completed boat will be presented to the public at the
National Boatshow ‘Suisse Nautic’ in February in Bern.
wishes you a Merry Christmas and a happy 2007!
- launched (Steckborn, 08.07.06)
Christian “Blumi” Scherrer took the blu30
for her first test sail together with her happy client. In a light
breeze out of Steckborn the blu30
responded quickly and accelerated well. She
fulfilled all her expectations regarding speed and handling. Here
deck layout, focused on single and short handed sailing worked well,
her keel and rudder could be altered in draught as desired. In the
mean time she has been sail in up to 4 Bf, were she still reacts
immediately to any steering corrections and allows for easy but
extremely fun sailing – with or without crew.
With satisfaction wish to congratulate all involved partners to
this great success!