lunes, 30 de agosto de 2010
View from13th Man today, Morris Adant!
Produced by Keith Brash for Quantum T.V
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The Kiwis seemed to have sailed an almost blemish free regatta, consistent across the broad wind range through the event, emerging triumphant at the dockside with a comfortable cushion on second placed Matador, but the jury subsequently disqualified them from the second race of the day for infringing Quantum Racing at the first windward mark.
The protest outcome cut the Kiwi winning margin to 10 points over Matador (ARG) but the reigning Audi MedCup title holders head to next month’s season’s finale in Sardinia with a lead of 46.5 points, just ahead of the target that the Dean Barker skippered crew had considered their realistic target.
After winning in Cascais, Portugal in May this is the New Zealanders second regatta triumph of the season with skipper Dean Barker – who skippered Bribon to win in 2008 – unbeaten in the class at this venue.
The protest decision may have smudged their copybook but on the water the Kiwis maintained their regular scores through the regatta. TeamOrigin (GBR) seemed to have the measure of them at times in the light to moderate wind conditions and flat water, but the British crew were recalled for starting too early in the final race of the day, finishing ninth.
Added to their 11th in Saturday’s coastal race that left TeamOrigin, who lead early in the event, third overall.
Ben Ainslie and team will take some satisfaction not only from their first podium finish of the season and also the positive progress they are making on the season’s leaderboard, but they may look back and wonder else - other than those two ' majors' what they could have done to make good the tantalising 1.5 points deficit they fell short of second placed Matador.
On the overall standings Quantum Racing (USA) lie second on 179.5pts, but third placed Matador and TeamOrigin are separated by just one point, on 199pts and 200pts.
Racing in 9-13 knots of easterly breeze and blissful Mediterranean sunshine Alberto Roemmers’ world champions Matador won the first race of the day when Vasco Vascotto (ITA) and Francesco Bruni (ITA) combined to read the first run well, gaining five places on the downwind to take the race win ahead of Emirates Team New Zealand who had lead at the WW1 mark.
TeamOrigin were in contention at the first windward mark but slid to 11th on the first run, recovering to seventh.
In the second race TeamOrigin started sharply to win the preferred left side of the first upwind leg, rounding the windward mark first and going on to their third winning gun of the regatta.
Emirates Team New Zealand finished with a flourish winning the final race with Matador back in seventh, TeamOrigin in ninth and the Franco-German team on Audi A1 powered by TeamAll4ONE leaving Murcia with a measure of renewed confidence from their second place.
Despite the obvious increase in the overall standard at the top of the TP52 Series, the defending title holders will travel to Cagliari for September’s Region of Sardinia Trophy with a margin only 5.5 points less than they did at the same point in 2009.
Two in a row for Madrid - Caser Seguros
The racing in the GP42’s was never closer, with everyone taking turns leading and following in each of today’s three races.
And even though they won only one race in nine sailed, it was the consistency of Madrid-Caser Seguros (ESP) led by skipper Jose Maria van der Ploeg (ESP) and helmsman Paolo Cian (ITA) which was key to their second regatta win in a row. Their triumph here follows up on victory in Barcelona in July and sees them take an eight points overall lead on the Audi MedCup Circuit.
But the remaining places in this class were decided only on tie-breaks.
The fight for second was especially vigorous, decided by only a metre at the finish of the last race.
In a dramatic reversal of their first two day’s mediocre results that put them solidly in last place going into today, Iberdrola (ESP) led by Laureano Wizner (ESP) came back to win the day on scores of 1-1-2, and vaulted up into the runner-up spot on the podium.
Sliding back one place from this morning’s standings, third-placed John Bassadone (GBR) and his Peninsula Petroleum (GBR) team was still very pleased with their podium finish, their first-ever in the 2010 Audi MedCup.
Quotes of the day
Dean Barker (NZL), skipper Emirates New Zealand (NZL):
“We sailed much better here than we did in Barcelona. We didn't have any bad races. I think we sailed better in Barcelona than we had done earlier in the year, and today it was really a good day.”
“There was still three races to go, so anything could have happened and we managed to sail a very good consistent day.
Cartagena has been good for me, I've been here three times now and had three victories, the first one with Bribón. It's a difficult venue, I don't think you ever really quite understand it, there's big currents, a lot happening out there, so you have to take it one day at a time, and see what you figure out.”
Ben Ainslie (GRB), skipper TeamOrigin (GBR):
“We had really great moments and some bad moments. It's been a tough event for us again, we had some really great races, and we had a really bad offshore race when our forestay broke, we weren't having a great race anyway but that last place has certainly hurt us a lot, but probably a better result for us overall and hopefully we can keep improving into the final regatta of the series. We struggled at the beginning of the season, we are learning about the fleet, the boat, and have been improving a lot which is nice. It'd be nice for the final event if we could try and take it a step further. Cartagena is really good, it's been tricky cause there's quite a bit of current out there so it's made it more interesting racing I think more than a normal Mediterranean regatta”.
Vasco Vascotto (ITA), strategist Matador (ARG):
“We are happy cause we've fine tuned some details in the way we sail, but the truth is that ETNZ are a step beyond us all. Sometimes we tend to forget that and try to fight them but they are far better than us, and we have to learn from them to improve ourselves. We are like little children, but talented. We have many great moments, and many not that good. I hope we can improve and keep consistent”.
Paolo Cian (ITA), skipper Madrid-Caser (ESP):
“The Audi MedCup is always tough, but this week has been even tougher. We had to race making points but trying to make as few mistakes as possible, in order not to lose any thus benefiting Islas Canarias Puerto Calero. And that's not easy, conditions were very difficult as well, that's why I'm so happy about the job the crew's done, about the boat's speed in all conditions, and I'm optimistic with regard to Cagliari. The one who makes the least mistakes wins; yesterday we made quite a few but the others, luckily, also.”
Laureano Wizner (ESP), skipper Iberdrola (ESP):
“A second place isn't bad at all, specially after this week's two first days, and the bad overall results in the circuit. So we leave with a good taste in the mouth. It's more than clear by now that the level of the fleet has increased a lot, and you can't relax for a minute. In the last days there's some aspects we've improved internally, racingwise, but also concerning the attitude onboard, which has helped us be at the front”.
Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy
Final after 10 races
1. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), 4+2+5+4+3+1+1,5+2+12(DSQ)+1= 35,5 points
2. Matador (ARG), 1+4+1+5+8+5+6+1+7+7= 45
3. TeamOrigin (GBR), 3+1+3+2+1+3+16,5+7+1+9= 46,5
4. Quantum Racing (USA), 9+5+6+3+7+2+7,5+6+5+3= 53,5
5. Artemis (SWE), 5+6+2+10+4+6+3+9+9+10= 64
6. Synergy (RUS), 8+3+7+11+6+7+10,5+10+2+4= 68,5
7. Luna Rossa (ITA), 2+7+9+6+2+9+15+3+8+8= 69
8. Bribón (ESP), 7+11+4+1+10+4+12+11+4+6= 70
9. Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER), 6+8+11+8+9+10+9+5+10+2= 79
10. Bigamist 7 (POR), 11+9+8+9+11+11+4,5+4+6+5= 78,5
11. Cristabella (GBR), 10+10+10+7+5+8+13,5+8+3+11= 85,5
Final after nine races
1. Madrid – Caser Seguros (ESP), 2+3+1+5+3+2+3+2+2= 23 points
2. Iberdrola (ESP), 4+4+3+4+4+3+1+1+2= 27
3. Península Petroleum (GBR), 1+5+2+2+2+4+2+5+4= 27
4. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP), 3+1+5+1+5+5+4+4+1= 29
5. AIRISESSENTIAL (ITA), 5+2+4+3+1+1+5+3+5= 29
Volvo Open 70, Groupama, crossed the Royal Yacht Squadron Line to claim line honours in the 2010 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race.
Groupama completed the 1802 mile course in 5 Days 21 Hours 26 minutes and 55 seconds, smashing the course record by 14 hours 3 minutes and 8 seconds.
There were emotional scenes on board as Franck Cammas and his crew crossed the finish line. It was a triumphant finale for Groupama in sharp contrast to the star, when they were the last boat to cross the line, after they had been damaged on their mooring.
"I definitely preferred the finish to the start," smiled Franck Cammas, surrounded by the media dockside after the finish. "It was difficult for us to give away five miles to Teléfonica, but very nice for all of the boats to see us charging through them in the Solent. This race has been so helpful to Groupama. The course is like a mini Volvo Ocean Race. It has all of the different conditions that we will encounter and it has been really good to race against Teléfonica. The crew has really got to know each other well and we have made some fantastic progress in our development over the last few days. Best wishes to everyone who will finish the race, it is a great achievement."
Sunday 29 August 16:38:09 - Volvo Open 70 Teléfonica Azul crossed the Royal Yacht Squadron Line to claim second place in the 2010 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. Teléfonica Azul finished the race well inside the old record. They started the race like a bat out of hell, screaming down the Solent at over 25 knots, but a rigging problem meant that they were overtaken by Groupama and they never managed to catch them. Teléfonica Azul crewman, Neal McDonald, describes the turning point in the race:
"The low point was having a fitting break at the top of Scotland that prevented us using our heavy weather jib for 10 hours. This allowed Groupama to get from 20 miles behind to 30 miles in front – heart breaking from a racing point of view but the sort of price you pay in these type of racing boats when things break. When the failure occurred it was pitch black (as it always is when things go wrong!) and blowing 35 knots in a horrific seaway. But after that, it was fantastic sailing in flat water, something I’ve never experienced before around Scotland. The fastest part was just off the back of the Isle of Wight and these boats are great to sail, they’re just a big skiff. The Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland was a really fantastic race."
viernes, 27 de agosto de 2010
At 13:00 BST, Iker Martinez's Teléfonica Azul were in hot pursuit of their prey, Franck Cammas' Groupama. The Spanish Open Volvo 70 has shifted up a gear and is currently surfing down the west of Ireland, quicker than their French rivals, blasting along at up to 20 knots of boat speed. Groupama still lead the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, but the gap has shrunk to 18 miles. The forecast going into tonight is for some big breeze to arrive on the west coast of Ireland. A perfect wind angle for the two speed machines to cut loose and hit top speed. With just over 500 miles to go, the winner of this duel is highly likely to break the race record. Groupama are looking like the favourites.
Jonny Malbon's IMOCA 60, Artemis Ocean Racing finally got into the breeze and they are surfing down the west coast of Ireland at some pace. There will be some high spirits on the British Keelboat Academy's TP52, John Merricks II. The young guns have been averaging over 15 knots for the past two hours, speeding down Atlantic rollers in excess of 20 knots and are now three miles ahead of arch rival Tonnerre de Breskens, Piet Vroon's Ker 46. But the Dutch boat still holds the overall lead under IRC.
Where and how the lead change took place - Neal McDonald spells it out clearly as usual.
Neal McDonald for The Independent. 26th August 2010. Received at 14:57 GMT
Sorry about the delay in any reports - it has been a rather full on three days. This is really the first time I've been dry enough to use the computer!
Day three and we have already had just about every wind speed from every direction and more incredibly completed over half the race. Everyone on Telefónica Blue is exhausted and a little sore. We have had some incredible sailing although as I write this we are almost stationary in the water.
Groupama has had the better of us latterly and is some 20 miles ahead -but there is plenty of time left for things to change. The high point so far for me was leaving the Solent in a mass of spray planning like a dinghy at speeds of between 20 and 30 knots- just great sailing - all the more enjoyable as we lead the fleet not just out the Solent but basically all the way to the south of Scotland.
The low point was having a fitting break at the top of Scotland that prevented us using our heavy weather jib for 10 hours. This allowed Groupama to get from 20 miles behind to 30 miles in front - heart breaking from a racing point of view but the sort of price you pay in these type of racing boats when things break. When the failure occurred it was pitch black (as it always is when things go wrong!) and blowing 35 knots in a horrific seaway.
To get the sail down we had to go down hill for 20 minutes (rapidly giving away hard earned windward miles) with all hands on deck wrestling the thing down below. It then took about an hour to sort out the mess and get the rather under powered storm jib up and back on our way again. Very disappointing but we are still fighting hard to get back at them. First light this morning we saw them for the first time since Dover but they since crept out of sight again. For us it is really a two horse race as we are in a division of our own so I have not even heard how the other boats are going but I can only imagine they are having the same hard slog as us!
The water is flat and I'm almost dry so I'm going to see if I can get some sleep - although I guess I'll be awoken shortly for another sail change!
At the last position check, Telefonica was only 17nm adrift (but almost 5 knots faster) as they round the south western tip of Ireland before the downhill dash to the finish. Anything can happen, especially with the big breeze predicted!
While Sailing Anarchy and other report on the likely outcome of Multihulls for the next cup, we still await our decision. Seems that BMW Oracle are clear on where their priorities lie and heading in that direction will definately give them a jump on the pack - but not sure if the pack will want to follow? Is Marc Turner still running the Barcelona World Race, and if so when does he become available?
Well, the day has come: Rumors from both inside the major teams and out are confirming that the 34th America's Cup will indeed be in wing-sailed cats. Sources in Spain and England agree that Mark Turner, the OC Events chief and the organizer of a portfolio of big events and series - most recently, the Extreme 40 series - will be named head of the new America's Cup Management group, some Defender lobbying is said to have gotten ETNZ excited by the prospect, and Newport is literally crawling with designers from every corner of AC land, including much of the team that designed USA17's wing (remember meeting them on this Cocktail Hour?) And they're here on the company clock.
So while another month will tick by before the official announcement, it's safe to say that a brave new world at the top of the sport is about to emerge, and the cards are about to get shuffled in a big way. Let's just hope they do it right, and in the process, get millions excited by the art of designing and racing sailboats.
|Jimmy and Glenn approach a windward mark|
|Alpha, to windward, and Canaan race downwind|
|Glenn and Jimmy work upwind, note the curvature of the hull|
|Canaan sails on a tight reach, note the curvature of the hull|
|Alpha chases Canaan downwind|
jueves, 26 de agosto de 2010
The speeds are impressive when being filmed from a high speed RIB.
Fred Eaton and Magnus Clarke training in the C Class Catamaran Alpha, winner of the 2007 International C Class Catamaran Championships, aka, "Little America's Cup"
Note the great port tack start by Glenn Ashby and James Spithill on AUS 1 - the breeze was up and there were a few casualties on day 1.
A SAMPLE OF DAY 1 ACTION AT THE 2010 LITTLE AMERICAS CUP, OTW ANARCHY
SHOT AND EDITED BY
PETER CRAWFORD AND ALEX ZUSTRA
If you werent tired of the first few vids - Oil tanker in the TP52 fleet in Cartagena! The video doesnt really show how close it was!
These few videos will keep some interest as the Spanish heat keeps the wind away - racing cancelled for the day.
Produced by Keith Brash for Quantum T.V
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More cool stuff from the same source - Dockside in Cartagena! Video made from 1637 photographs
Produced by Keith Brash for Quantum T.V
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miércoles, 25 de agosto de 2010
martes, 24 de agosto de 2010
lunes, 23 de agosto de 2010
The 2010 edition of the TP52 World Championship will be held off Valencia from Tuesday October 5 to Saturday October 9. This was confirmed today by World Sailing Management, organizer of the event along with the City of Valencia, Consorcio Valencia 2007 and the Real Club Nutico de Valencia, with the support of the TP52 Class, the Spanish Sailing Federation (RFEV) and the Valencian Sailing Federation (FVV).
The base for the 2010 TP52 Worlds will be the Marina Real Juan Carlos I at the heart of the port of Valencia, and the competing TP52 fleet will be docked in front of the iconic Veles e Vents building.
The competition program will consist of a maximum of ten races, including up to nine windward/leewards and one Coastal Race of between 20 and 30 miles scheduled for Thursday, October 7. The Coastal Race will have a coefficient of 1.25.
A maximum of three races are scheduled for each windward-leeward day and the Championship becomes valid after minimum of three races have been sailed. The programme starts on the Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th of October for measurement, inspection and registration.
The social programme of the 2010 TP52 World Championship will include a welcome cocktail on Tuesday 5th October, a team dinner on October the 7th, the TP52 Class annual meeting on Friday 8th October and the final prizegiving at 1800h on Saturday October 9th.
The 2009 TP52 World Championship was held in Palma de Mallorca in October last year, involving 10 teams from nine countries and the winner was Alberto Roemmers Matador (ARG).
Nacho Postigo, Technical Director of World Sailing Management: "Even after two previous editions in Spanish waters, the TP52 Class wanted to organize the 2010 Worlds outside of Spain, but the desires of the city of Valencia to hold the event was too strong an appeal. The sailors who compete in the TP52 Class are among the best in the world, and many have lived in Valencia at least two years of their lives during the 32nd America's Cup, so for the final decision was carried by both the great sailing conditions of Valencia and the desire of the sailors for a homecoming to Valencia."
Jorge Gisbert, General Director Consorcio Valencia 2007: "We want to promote the destination of Valencia for top-level international events through the Consorcio 2007. We are therefore very pleased to be hosting the TP52 World Championship, one of the most prestigious classes in the world of high-level competitive sailing. We have already proven our organisational capacity in Valencia over the past two editions of the America's Cup and we would like that the good profile the city has projected continue to remain a focus for the aficionados and professionals the world over. The Consorcio Valencia 2007 thank the Ayuntamiento de Valencia (town hall), the Real Club Nutico de Valencia and the Spanish and Valencian sailing federations for their support in this project and would like to thank World Sailing Management and the TP52 Class for choosing Valencia as host city for the 2010 TP52 World Championship."
Manuel Pons, president of the Real Club Nutico de Valencia: "We are delighted be able to contirbute to holding the championship of one of the most outstanding professional world sailing classes here in Valencia Without any doubt, this event will have very positive effects for both the development of high-level water sports in the Marina Real Juan Carlos I and the city of Valencia in general. At the Real Club Nutico de Valencia, we feel honoured and proud to serve the city, the City Hall and other institutions to ensure that Valencia will become home for the sailing competitions of the highest level. "
miércoles, 18 de agosto de 2010
lunes, 16 de agosto de 2010
The merger will create a combined entity with over 350 staff that will be better equipped to compete on the world stage, supplying a comprehensive range of high quality carbon fibre masts, booms and carbon rigging to meet the demands of all market sectors. Taking effect from 19 July 2010, the merger is a timely combination of two highly regarded mast companies that have operated in different geographic and market sectors.
David Glen, Group General Manager, comments “At Southern Spars we have been looking for some time to both increase our presence and commitment to the European market, and expand our product offering in carbon masts and carbon rigging. Southern Spars is a market leader with innovative mast and carbon rigging concepts for the grand prix race, ocean racing, and performance superyacht markets. We now will have the opportunity to collaborate with the team at Nordic Mast who have considerable experience and presence in the European smaller race boat, performance cruiser, and production cruiser markets.”
Southern Spars has strong design technology and tools developed through its involvement in America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race and other international race boat programmes. “Southern’s design software, Rig Calc, has the added advantage of integrating into the North Sails design software to produce an optimum rig /sail package, and this technology will now be available and of benefit to all customers of yachts from the foiling Moth and Olympic classes through to production cruising yachts, race boats, grand prix race boats and superyachts” says Mr Glen.
Nordic Mast also has extensive experience in manufacturing quality carbon masts for comparatively smaller race boats, performance cruisers, and cruising yachts in Europe. The existing Nordic Mast premises and all staff will be retained, and the operation will continue to be managed by Lars Netterstrøm, who will also assume a wider Group role.
Nordic Mast’s Lars Netterstrøm comments “We are proud to have the opportunity to join with Southern Spars and to expand our business, ultimately bringing even better carbon masts and booms to our clients in Europe. The expansion into carbon rigging products will also be new for Nordic. It is very exciting for our team at Nordic Mast to become part of a truly global sparmaking and rigging group, and benefit from all the design and technological resources available within Southern Spars.”
The new venture, Future Spars, opens its doors for business this July in a new factory next door to Future Fibres’ rigging facility in Valencia. It will include a 50m autoclave. Founder of Future Fibres, Tom Hutchinson, explained the plans for the new venture. “At Future Fibres we have built a strong reputation for producing the lightest, strongest, most proven and reliable composite rigging in the market, and now we plan to bring that same scientific, evidence-based approach to the design and construction of masts for customers at the top end of the market.”
Future Fibres is going into the new venture with Bergamo-based mould specialist Persico, with over 40 years of experience in moulds, composites and engineering from the aerospace, automotive and marine sectors. CEO of Future Fibres, Ewan McLellan, believes Persico is the perfect partner for this new business. “We wanted a technical partner who could bring in new ideas from outside of the marine industry, and Persico brings a wealth of experience from the automotive and aerospace world.
“I think the marine industry can learn a lot from other sectors, and it’s that wider perspective that we’re looking to bring to Future Spars. Moulds are one of the biggest costs and yet biggest quality and design constraints in mast making. With Persico´s deep understanding of what’s required from their moulds, resulting from their co-design approach in automotive and aerospace, it means that they have a lot of composite experience to bring to Future Spars.”
Pierino Persico, the founder and managing director of Persico, became fascinated with the grand prix racing scene when Luna Rossa commissioned the company to construct its two Version 5 yachts for the 32nd America’s Cup in Valencia 2007. “Pierino enjoyed the Luna Rossa project a lot. He has a passion for design and innovation, and that’s going to be an important part of the Future Spars business.” said Hutchinson.
From Persico´s perspective, Future Fibres provides the grand prix race pedigree they were looking for to develop their marine division. Marcello Persico, Persico´s Business Development Director, explains: “Future Fibres have already proven they have the knowledge, technical skills, drive and determination to shape a market. Their commitment to technical excellence, quality and service is wholly in line with our own philosophy.”
In technical terms, McLellan says Persico’s experience with high-quality moulds will make it possible to design and build carbon masts that are more easily customised to an individual client’s specification. “We have been listening carefully to our customers and what they are looking for when commissioning a composite rig,” he said. “They want to be involved in the design process as partners and our design flexibility will enable us to fulfill their needs.”
Future Spars has spent the last six months attracting some of the most experienced, respected names in the industry to ensure the new business hits the ground running this summer. At the forefront of Future Spars are, Tom Hutchinson, David Barnaby, Tim Meldrum, Mark Webster, and Mark Somerville, supported by, amongst others, Dave Hurley and Bruce Thompson.
Future Spars will be producing its first spar for a leading grand prix race team during the summer. Considering that we are in August, we should be seeing some results real soon.
The recent opening of the facility in Valencia represents a giant step forward for King Composite. This will allow us to be much closer to our clients, cutting down the transport costs and delivery times significantly. The location on the Mediterranean, will also make it much easier for the Project Managers to visit us during the construction of their masts, allowing for a fluent communication and project follow up. After sales service in the Mediterranean area will also be greatly enhanced by having a complete building team available close to the sailing area.
The plant counts on a 45m long autoclave with 1,8 m diameter. This is the largest autoclave built en Spain and on of the largest in Europe. The power demand of the autoclave has required a dedicated medium voltage power transformer, since the load exceeds the possibilities of the low voltage network.
Plant Manager Guillermo Ponzinibbio will be please to receive your visit, and to show you the new facility.
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Before taking the gun off the squadron lawn...
And around the back of the island...
Stretching away downwind...
Australia went home laden with gold after an astonishing week of racing in Weymouth Bay – the 2012 Olympic venue. The Aussies picked up gold in four classes; Nicky Souter, Nina Curtis and Olivia Price in the Women’s Match Racing, the Skud-18 was won by Daniel Fitzgibbon and Rachael Cox on Friday, Tom Slingsby took gold in the Laser Men, and Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen made up the top quartet with a win in the 49er class.
The French team pushed Australia all the way, with three gold medals – Pierre Leboucher and Vincent Garos winning the 470 Men, Charline Picon took gold home in the RS:X Women, and in the 2.4mR, it was Damien Seguin who did the business for France. The Dutch team then edged the home nation out of the gold medal table with wins in two classes, Marit Bouwmeester in the Laser Radial and Udo Hessels, Marcel van de Veen and Mischa Rossen in the Sonar. While Team Skandia GBR were left with a single gold - Giles Scott in the Finn. The consolation for the most successful Olympic sailing nation of the last three Olympiads was a hatful of the lesser shades, two silver and four bronze medals.
The venue, Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, is the 2012 Olympic venue and it threw everything at the competitors this week – saving the best for last, with a medal race day that was vintage British summer; wind, rain, near calms and even a little sunshine right at the end. The huge entry of 975 sailors from 57 nations, spread across 712 boats in 13 classes, will go home having learned to expect the unexpected in August 2012.
The medal race action kicked off with the Men’s Laser fleet - Australia’s Tom Slingsby had to fend off the challenge of Britain’s 2008 Olympic gold medallist, Paul Goodison. Goodison had an eight point deficit, and the easiest way for Slingsby to win was to ensure that both sailors ended up at the back of the ten-boat medal race fleet. He did it particularly effectively, inflicting a penalty on Goodison that put the Brit to the back and into silver. Canada’s Michael Leigh picked up the bronze, while his compatriot, David Wright had the consolation of winning the medal race.
The Laser Radial Women have been locked in a war of attrition all week, with long days on the water and precious few races to show for it on occasions, as these highly competitive teams struggled to get good starts. No such problems in the ten-boat medal race however, and the Netherland’s Marit Bouwmeester finally clinched the gold medal that she has had at least one hand on all week. Finland’s Sari Multala completed a remarkable comeback – the 2010 World Champion wasn’t even qualifying for the medal race at the start of Friday’s racing, but she ended up with silver. New Zealand’s Sara Winther took the bronze.
The Women’s Match Racing was sailed concurrently with the early medal races, where the newly crowned French ISAF Sailing World Cup Champions, Claire Leroy, Marie Riou and Elodie Bertrand took on Australia’s Nicky Souter, Nina Curtis and Olivia Price for the gold medal. The Australian’s took the first two races, before Leroy fought back to win the third. But saving three successive match points was too much for Leroy and her team, and they lost the fourth race to cede the gold medal to Souter, Curtis and Price. The Dutch team of Renee Groeneveld, Annemieke Bes and Brechtje van der Werf beat the USA’s Anna Tunicliffe, Molly Vandemer and Debbie Capozzi for bronze.
The action was coming thick and fast on the two main harbour courses, where the medal races were alternating to supply a constant, almost dizzying sequence of action for the gathered crowds – both virtual and real. In the 470 Men, Pierre Leboucher and Vincent Garos have spent the week swopping the top spot with the newly crowned world and ISAF Sailing World Cup champions, Australians Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page. In the end it was France that took the gold, pushing Belcher and Page into silver. The bronze was taken by the British team of Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell.
The Women’s 470 fleet has been ultra competitive, with several leaders during the week. But it was the Japanese pair of Ai Kondo and Wakako Tabata that had control going into the medal race. But they had to hold off a challenge from the Spanish team of Tara Pacheco and Berta Betanzos, who crossed the finish line right behind the Dutch World Champions, Westerhof and Berkhout. But Kondo and Tabata were third, more than enough to record a comfortable win overall and take gold, with Spain in silver and the American team of Erin Maxwell and Isabelle Kinsolving dropping from second overall going in, to take bronze.
The 49er class always produces some outstanding action. Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen converted a relatively comfortable 12 point lead over the chasing pack into a gold medal in smooth style, but all around them it was desperate stuff, with 3 points separating second from fourth place going in to the medal race. It was the Danish team of Peter Kruger Andersen and Nicolai Thorsell that came away with silver; and the Brits, Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes got the bronze by just a point from the early leaders of the regatta, France’s Manu Dyen and Stephane Christidis.
In the RS:X Women’s fleet, Spain’s Blanca Manchon – and last year’s Skandia Sail for Gold winner - went in to the race guaranteed silver or better. It was silver that she got, as her closest challenger, Charline Picon of France won the medal race with Manchon back in seventh. Britain’s Bryony Shaw finished the race second behind Picon, but had to settle for bronze overall, the colour she got at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The RS:X Men also had some British interest in the 2009 World Champion and Athens Bronze medallist, Nick Dempsey. Dempsey went into the final day even on points with France’s Julian Bontemps, and the Netherland’s Dorian Van Rijsselberge just one point adrift of the leading pair. But it was Portugal’s Joao Rodrigues that took gold, after grabbing second in an intense final race. Van Rijsselberge got past Dempsey for silver, leaving the Brit in bronze and Julian Bontemps with nothing.
The big guns of the Star fleet had been put in the shade all week by the Irish team of Peter O’Leary and Frithjof Kleen. The Sydney 2000 Olympic Finn bronze medalist, Freddy Loof and his crew Johan Tillander (SWE) had just edged ahead of the Irish yesterday, but O’Leary and Kleen were not to be denied. They sailed a very collected race to come third, and with Loof and Tillander back in ninth, the Irish were golden. Poland’s Matuesz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki went home with bronze, fending off the former Laser superstar, Brazil’s Robert Scheidt and his crew Bruno Prada.
And so we’ll end as we began, with what was probably the biggest story of the week – there’s nothing like burying your lead. Ben Ainslie’s much touted return to the Finn fleet that he had so completely dominated for so long had fizzled and sparked all week. A brilliant performance on Friday had put him up into second place this morning. But gold was virtually out of reach and in the pocket of Giles Scott, the young Brit who would be King. But Scott looked unsettled down the final run - only just doing enough for gold with an eighth place finish. Ainslie didn’t start well, but pulled back to finish third with a familiar relentlessness. Unfortunately, the two boats still ahead of him were France’s Jonathan Lobert and Croatia’s Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic. And that result dumped Ainslie into fourth, leaving France with gold and Croatia silver. There will be a lot more to be written on that story as the next two years unfold.
ISAF Sailing World Cup 2009-2010 – Overall Winners Prize Giving
Laser – Men’s One Person Dinghy
1 Javier Hernandez Spain
2 Nick Thompson GBR
3 Michael Leigh Canada
Laser Radial – Women’s One Person Dinghy
1 Marit Bouwmeester Netherlands
2 Veronika Fenclová Czech Republic
3 Paige Railey USA
470 Men – Men’s Two Person Dinghy
1 Matt Belcher & Malcolm Page Australia
2 Pierre Leboucher & Vincent Garos France
3 Anton Dahlberg & Sebastian Ostling Sweden
470 Women – Women’s Two Person Dinghy
1 Ingrid Petitjean & Nadege Douroux France
2 Emmanuelle Rol & Helene Defrance France
3 Henriette Koch & Lene Sommer Denmark
49er – Men’s Skiff
1 Nico Delle-Karth & Nikolaus Resch Austria
2 Emmanuel Dyen & Stephane Christidis France
3 Allan Norregaard & Peter Lang Denmark
RS:X Women – Women’s Windsurfer
1 Blanca Manchon Spain
2 Bryony Shaw GBR
3 Laura Linares Italy
RS:X Men – Men’s Windsurfer
1 Julien Bontemps FRA
2 Nimrod Mashich Israel
3 Ivan Pastor Spain
Finn – Men’s One Person Dinghy (Heavy)
1 Ed Wright Great Britain
2 Jonathan Lobert France
3 Rafael Trujillo Spain
ED Ben Ainslie slipped to 4th spot, with another Brit Giles Scott winning the week!
Star – Men’s Keelboat
1 Eivind Melleby & Petter Morland Pedersen Norway
2 Andy Horton & James Lyne USA
3 Guillaume Florent & Pascal Rambeau FRA
Women’s Match Racing
1 Claire Leroy, Marie Riou & Elodie Bertrand France
2 Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer & Debbie Capozzi USA
3 Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush & Kate Macgregor Great Britain
1 Wang Hansen, Kristiansen and Solberg Per Eugen Norway
2 Robertson, Thomas and Stodel Great Britain
3 Cohen, Efrati and Vexler Israel
1st Rickham and Birell Great Britain
2nd McRoberts and Hopkin Canada
3rd Fitzgibbon and Cox Australia
1 Schmitter Netherlands
2 Tingley Canada
3 Kol Netherlands
Overall Winning Nation: France
RACE 7 -- BMW ORACLE Racing wins
BMW ORACLE Racing has tied The 1851 Cup at 4 points by winning Race 7 over TEAMORIGIN. The British crew had a nice pre-start, nearly stuffing BMW ORACLE Racing into the “coffin corner,” the lower left part of the start box outside the layline to the pin end. But both crews were early for the line and when BMW ORACLE Racing luffed up from leeward, they were able to get back within the pin end lay. The two crews took a split tack start onto the racecourse, BMW ORACLE on starboard at the pin end and TEAMORIGIN port about mid-line.
On the racecourse BMW ORACLE Racing held starboard for about 1 minute before tacking to port, while TEAMORIGIN held starboard for about 2 minutes before coming over to starboard. BMW ORACLE Racing won the first meeting of the yachts when it took port across the bow of TEAMORIGIN in a slim cross. BMW ORACLE controlled the match up the beat protecting the starboard advantage, which it would need at the top of the leg.
The two crews were nearly bow-to-bow at the windward mark, with BMW ORACLE Racing coming in on starboard. TEAMORIGIN has shown a lot of aggression in the series with regards to the rules, and the British tried to duck inside between BMW ORACLE and the mark. They then tried to get a penalty on the American crew for shutting them out, but the on-water umpires green-flagged the incident. The British crew didn’t agree with the call and vociferously objected to the umpires’ decision with strong language. The umps then penalized TEAMORIGIN for “dissent.”
From there BMW ORACLE Racing maintained its lead around the course to tie the series on points. TEAMORIGIN still leads on the water 4-2, but with wins today worth 3 points the two teams are tied with 4 points.
RACE 8 -- TEAMORIGIN Wins
TEAMORIGIN regained the lead in The 1851 Cup against BMW ORACLE Racing by winning Race 8 when the American yacht was saddled with a penalty. After trailing by 7 seconds at the windward mark, BMW ORACLE Racing was penalized on the first run when it didn’t keep clear of the leeward TEAMORIGIN while overtaking to windward. BMW ORACLE eventually sailed over the top and led at the leeward gate by 12 seconds. The American yacht extended that lead to 18 seconds at the second windward mark.
On the run to the finish BMW ORACLE Racing slowed the match down and eventually luffed TEAMORIGIN, both teams lowering their spinnakers. Both crews were luffing head to wind, but BMW ORACLE Racing never got its 270-degree penalty turn completed before TEAMORIGIN broke free from the engagement.
TEAMORIGIN earned 3 points for the win and now leads the standings 7-4. The next race is also worth 3 points. If BMW ORACLE Racing can win and tie the score, the two crews would sail Race 3 left over from Tuesday when 22-knot winds forced the cancellation of racing. That race would be worth 1 point and the winner would win The 1851 Cup.
RACE 9 -- TEAMORIGIN Wins
TEAMORIGIN won Race 9 of The 1851 Cup and now leads the series against BMW ORACLE Racing by 6 points. The British crew dominated the pre-start of the race, holding BMW ORACLE Racing outside the committee boat end of the line at the start gun. TEAMORIGIN calmly held the match almost head to wind before crossing the start line almost 55 seconds late. BMW ORACLE Racing crossed the line about two boatlengths in arrears.
The British then controlled the match around the first lap. At the top of the second windward leg BMW ORACLE Racing narrowed its deficit to about one boatlenth, but then mishandled the spinnaker set. The chute went over the bow and TEAMORIGIN sailed away while the American crew regrouped, but the fight was over on the short course that was about than 5 nautical miles in length. TEAMORIGIN won the match by 24 seconds.
BMW ORACLE Racing 0-0-0-1-3-0-0 – 4
TEAMORIGIN 1-1-1-1-0-0-3-3 – 10
Russell Coutts, CEO of BMW ORACLE Racing, came to Cowes, birthplace of the America’s Cup, to update potential teams about plans for the 34th America’s Cup, scheduled for 2013 or 2014.
He met skippers, sponsors and team owners competing in the Extreme Sailing Series for 40-foot catamarans. “Since winning the 33rd America’s Cup in February we have had ongoing dialogue with interested parties,” commented Coutts.
Independent rule writers are currently simultaneously creating a new class of monohull and multihull boats. Though different in type, the two concepts share common characteristics: high speed and capability across the wind range; 22 meters overall length; logistical simplicity; and designed from the outset to incorporate innovative camera, audio and data systems to generate the best-ever television of America’s Cup racing.
Coutts’ briefing to the multihull meeting was warmly welcomed. “The multihull sailors, designers and team owners have a voice in this debate. So do the commercial partners and the venue candidates. And so does television. That’s why we are talking and listening,” he added.
Asked if the monohull or multihull choice would affect the number of teams in the next Cup, Coutts said, “I think there are solid potential teams who are intent on excelling no matter what type of boat is raced. The question is which choice will result in the best America’s Cup? That is why we are holding these workshops with both monohull and multihull stakeholders.”
Protocol rule: published by August 31
Design rules: published by September 30
Venue & Year: confirmed by December 31
Challenges accepted: October 1 – January 31, 2011
So we only have until the end of the month to see if BMW meet the first deadline!
lunes, 2 de agosto de 2010
Australian Jimmy Spithill, aged 30 last February, became the youngest skipper to winthe “Auld Mug” when he led BMW ORACLE Racing to victory in the 33rdAmerica’s CupMatch.Now 31, Spithill also has won the Melges 24 World Championship and Match RacingWorld Championship, both in 2005. In honor of the success, he was selected theAustralian Yachtsman of the Year (2005-06).Team Origin’s Ben Ainslie, 33, is a triple Olympic gold medalist and has been namedISAF World Sailor of the Year an equal number of times.Both helmsmen are highly skilled and diverse. Spithill won the America’s Cup aboard the 90-foot trimaran USA, which featured a towering wing mast 223 feet (68m) tall, and his world championships have come in fleet and match racing disciplines.The two helmsmen were once teammates in the OneWorld America’s Cup Challenge from 2003, but haven’t raced each other much over the past few years.Although the 1851 Cup is more of an international friendly than test match, it featurestwo teams that could cross each other’s paths frequently over the coming years.“We’re pretty similar,” said Spithill. “He wants to win as much as I do, which is saying something. We’re both very intense about our work. I certainly have huge respect forhim.”BMW ORACLE Racing has lent one of its two V5 America’s Cup Class sloops, USA 87,to TEAMORIGIN for the competition.
Joining Spithill aboard USA 98 are team mates Rodney Daniel (runners), Dirk de Ridder(mainsheet), Shannon Falcone (mast), Ross Halcrow (upwind trimmer), Murray Jones(traveler), John Kostecki (tactician), Jono MacBeth (grinder), Brian MacInnes (grinder),Matt Mason (pit), Ian Moore (navigator), Joe Newton (downwind trimmer), Gillo Nobili(grinder), Joe Spooner (grinder), Simeon Tienpont (grinder), Piet van Nieuwenhuyzen(bow) and Brad Webb (mid-bow).
Racing begins tomorrow afternoon with three races planned on the Solent. The firstwarning signal isn’t expected before 3:30 pm BST. The highlight of the regatta isThursday’s race around the Isle of Wight, retracing the famous 53-nautical-mile courseof 1851 that created the legend that is the America’s Cup
Team Aqua leads Artemis during the last race of the RC 44 Valencia Cup.
Bake, a Canadian living in the U.A.E., and crew Cameron Appleton, Jeff Brock, Matt Cassidy, Andrew Estcourt, Ben Graham, Nigel King, Rome Kirby and Chris Noble completed the feat today with a 3-point win in the fleet racing portion of the regatta.
Team Aqua entered the final day with a 4-point lead over Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis of Sweden. After today’s first race Artemis looked set to shoot into first when it whittled that lead to 2 points by placing third in Race 9 to Aqua’s fifth.
“We were 45 seconds late off the line in that race,” said Bake, who described his team as “boxed out and going backwards” when the start gun fired. Aqua had been shut out by No Way Back at the committee boat end of the line.
Bake and crew, however, got a much better start in the 10th and final race, and then covered Artemis like a blanket to secure the clean sweep with a three-boatlength win.
In celebration Bake may have sacrificed his cell phone when he was pushed into the water by class founder Russell Coutts upon returning to the dock.
“Russell sacrificed my phone for me,” said Bake. “Everyone is a worthy competitor in this class. A tiny set up change or a good wave can make the difference between winning and losing.”
Tornqvist and his Artemis crew Noel Drennan, Andy Fethers, Terry Hutchinson, Dave Munday, Ivan Peute, Mark Towill, Morgan Trubovich and Chris Welch also pulled a treble. They placed second in the match racing, fleet racing and overall.
“Congratulations to the Aqua crew,” said Tornqvist. “They won the match racing and fleet racing and not by coincidence. They sail well and have a quick boat. Well done to them.”
Aqua’s win also creates a log jam at the top of the championship leaderboard. Larry Ellison’s BMW ORACLE Racing, which Coutts helmed in the match racing, is the new leader with 6 points. Although Russian Maxim Logutenko drove for the fleet racing, the crew placed fifth in the fleet racing and third in the match racing for fifth overall.
The next three teams – Aqua, Artemis and Pieter Heerema’s No Way Back – are just 1 point behind.
“This class is always tight and it won’t get easier,” said Bake. “But this afternoon it feels good to have a clean sweep.”
The RC 44 2010 Championship Tour resumes in October with the RC 44 World Championship Puerto Calero Islas Canarias Cup, scheduled Oct. 11-16 in the Canary Islands.
RC 44 VALENCIA CUP FLEET RACE
1. Team Aqua / Chris Bake (UAE) 2-3-5-4-3-1-1-4-5-1, 29 points
2. Artemis / Torbjorn Tornqvist (SWE) 5-7-2-6-1-3-2-1-3-2, 32 points
3. 17 / Anders Myralf (USA) 1-4-1-1-5-4-5-10-2-3, 37 points*
4. No Way Back / Pieter Heerema (NED) 8-2-7-5-2-8-9-2-1-6, 50 points
5. BMW ORACLE Racing / Maxim Logutenko (USA) 10-6-4-2-4-6-6-5-10-7, 60 points
6. Katusha / Guennadi Timtchenko (RUS) 9-1-8-3-10-9-3-6-7-9, 65 points
7. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero / Daniel Calero (ESP) 3-9-9-10-6-5-8-8-4-4, 66 points
8. Team Sea Dubai / Harm Mueller-Speer (UAE) 7-8-11-9-7-2-7-3-8-5, 67 points
9. Ceeref / Igor Lah (SLO) 6-11-3-7-8-10-4-7-6-8, 70 points
10. AEZ RC44 Sailing Team / Rene Mangold (AUT) 4-10-10-8-11-7-11-9-9-12, 91 points
11. Mascalzone Latino Audi Team / Vincenzo Onorato (ITA) 11-5-6-11-9-11-10-11-11-10, 95 points
(* includes 1 point penalty by International Jury)
RC 44 VALENCIA CUP OVERALL
(Final results, match racing, fleet racing, overall)
1. Team Aqua / Chris Bake (UAE) 1-1 – 2 points
2. Artemis / Torbjorn Tornqvist (SWE) 2-2 – 4 points
3. 17 / James Spithill (USA) 5-3 – 8 points
4. BMW ORACLE Racing / Larry Ellison (USA) 3-5 – 8 points
5. No Way Back / Pieter Heerema (NED) 7-4 – 11 points
6. Katusha / Guennadi Timtchenko (RUS) 6-6 – 12 points
7. Team Sea Dubai / Harm Mueller-Speer (UAE) 4-8 – 12 points
8. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero / Daniel Calero (ESP) 9-7 – 16 points
9. Ceeref / Igor Lah (SLO) 8-9 – 17 points
10. AEZ RC44 Sailing Team / Rene Mangold (AUT) 11-10 – 21 points
11. Mascalzone Latino Audi Team / Vincenzo Onorato (ITA) 10-11 – 21 points
RC 44 2010 SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP
(After four of six regattas, one discard)
1. BMW ORACLE Racing, 6 points
2. Team Aqua, 7 points
3. Artemis, 7 points
4. No Way Back, 7 points
5. 17, 11 points
6. Team Sea Dubai, 13 points
7. Katusha, 17 points
8. Ceeref, 19 points
9. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero, 24 points
10. AEZ RC 44 Sailing Team, 28 points
11. Mascalzone Latino, 34 points