Saturday, August 1, 2015

Bronenosec Wins RC44 Marstrand Cup

Further impeccable sailing from Vladimir Liubomirov and the crew of his light blue RC44 saw Bronenosec Sailing Team claim the RC44 Marstrand Cup for the second year running. This came after a challenging fourth day of fleet racing off Marstrand Island on Sweden's west coast with a light 10 knot wind and a 'boat disappearing' sized swell that dropped off during today's final three races.
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Bronenosec's overall victory was helped by their winning the day's second race, thanks to an excellent start. This left them six points clear of arch-rivals Vladimir Prosikhin's Team Nika in second with Nico Poons' Charisma a further two points back in third. For the last race the strategy was clear, as Italian tactician Michele Ivaldi explained: "We needed to be in the same piece of water at Nika and Charisma. Luckily we managed to do that."
Bronenosec crew celebrate Photo: © Martinez Studio.es
In the final race Bronenosec came home sixth with Charisma fifth and Team Nika seventh, enabling Bronenosec to win by seven points.
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"I am very happy. It is our second win in Marstrand and my third time here. I like this place, the people and the organisation. Many thanks to Stena for their hospitality. Now it is a good time to drink something," said a beaming Vladimir Liubomirov.
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"It wasn't an easy last race because the wind was very light and shifty and it was very stressful. This has been the 'week of the team'. The speed guys, Flipper [Paul Westlake], Cicco [Maciel Cichetti] and Vladimir, did a great job, Alby [Alberto Barovier] put us on the line really well and the guys did the manoeuvres very well. We made very few mistakes," Ivaldi said.
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Team Nika and Charisma claimed the remaining podium steps, tied on points, with Nika coming second on countback. However as a consolation prize for Vladimir Prosikhin, Team Nika has now moved into pole position in 2015 RC44 Championship and can claim the leader's golden steering wheel.
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The first race of the day was won by Chris Bake's Team Aqua on which Swede Richard Goransson has been helming for this regatta. The oldest team on the RC44 circuit has been building up steam slowly. After a slow start to their fleet racing, this morning's result followed a win in yesterday's final race and they were today's top performing boat posting a 1-3-3. However this only bumped the team up a single place, to fifth, one point ahead of John Bassadone's Peninsula Petroleum.
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For the Swedish regatta on the RC44 Championship Tour, the final race's results could not have been staged better. At the first top mark rounding there was the unfamiliar sight of Gustaf Lidvall's Artemis Racing Youth rounding first, immediately ahead of Torbjörn Törnqvist's Artemis Racing.
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The Youth team line-up includes four up and coming Swedish sailors, but also two Olympic gold medallists, Paul Goodison and Swede Freddie Lööf.
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"It is an excellent boat and it starts ripping when it is windy. And it is quite tweaky - it is not easy. The whole crew needs to be involved in the racing, it is challenging for the whole group which is what makes it exciting," said Lööf of the RC44, who won gold in the Star keelboat at London 2012.

Sadly Artemis Racing Youth's five minutes of fame was not to last and the seniors' team pulled ahead on the first run and held this position for the next lap and on to win at the spectacular finish among the rocks in Marstrand Fjord.

"It was exactly what I planned. It has been a good regatta, even though we didn't make it to the podium which was due to two marginal penalties. We have made many improvements just in this regatta. We feel we have the speed and the whole package is working better than it has done for quite some time." said Artemis Racing's Torbjörn Törnqvist.

As host, Törnqvist was pleased with the way the event had gone. "It is really popular. We are not coming back next year, but that doesn't mean we are never coming back. We have now been here five years in a row which is more than any other place."

Bringing up the rear today was the Polish crew on MAG Racing, who clearly weren't enjoying the giant swell and the lightest wind of the week. Their Croatian tactician Tomislav Basic admitted: "I did a really bad job, but it was hard conditions for everyone. The rest of the week I am satisfied, because we improved some things like our boat speed and now we feel a lot more comfortable and the owner is getting more experience."

MAG Racing has joint owners and here Artur Kasner was helming. As a Basic put it: "This is only his tenth racing day in his life!"

RC44 Marstrand Cup Results
Pos Boat R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 Tot

1. Bronenosec Sailing Team (RUS 18) 3 3 5 1 3 3 6 2 2 5 1 6 40
2. Team Nika (RUS 10) 5 1 1 2 2 8 1 4 8 6 2 7 47
3. Charisma (MON 69) 2 2 4 10 1 5 4 1 7 2 4 5 47
4. Artemis Racing (SWE44) 1 5 2 3 9 2 3 5 10 3 5 1 49
5. Team Aqua (GBR 2041) 10 10 3 6 7 4 5 6 1 1 3 3 59
6. Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team (GBR 1) 4 6 6 5 5 1 2 3 5 8 6 9 60
7. Katusha (RUS 21) 6 8 11 9 6 6 8 7 3 7 8 2 81
8. Artemis Racing Youth (SWE 4) 7 4 7 4 8 9 7 10 4 9 9 4 82
9. RUS - 7 Anywayanyday (RUS 7) 8 9 8 7 4 7 11 9 9 4 7 8 91
10. MAG Racing (POL 44) 9 7 9 8 10 10 9 8 6 10 10 10 106

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Friday, July 31, 2015

RC44 Action Heats Up in Marstrand

With one day of racing left at the RC44 Marstrand Cup on Sweden's west coast, the two Vladimirs' teams are vying for the lead. This morning Vladimir Liubomirov's Bronenosec Sailing Team was ahead by a point but an opening race win for Vladimir Prosikhin caused his Team Nika to regain first place.
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They held on to it until disaster struck towards the end of the last race, where Liubomirov recovered first. Currently Bronenosec leads Team Nika by four points and with three races scheduled tomorrow any of the top six boats could win.
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Coming ashore Prosikhin was feeling conflicting emotions. In the first race Team Nika just managed to sneak in on port tack at the weather mark as the competition bore down on her on starboard with rights, a move that had resulted in a penalty when Prosikhin had tried it yesterday. Today he was successful and Team Nika went on to take the win.
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After finishing fourth in today's second race, Team Nika set up for a podium finish in race three until the last run towards the finish line in the Marstrand Fjord, when a series of disasters hit. A genniker twist developed during a gybe and with a boat immediately to leeward Team Nika was unable to bear away to unwind it. Eventually they sorted it out, but Prosikhin then gybed in front of Peninsula Petroleum and bore away too early resulting in the two boats touching.
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"So we got an expensive downwind penalty, had to drop [the spinnaker] and we came into the harbour last. But we fought and gained two places back, which I am proud of," Prosikhin said.
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Charisma got her second bullet of the series in race two. This largely came about through a good fast start by the committee boat. 
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"Straight away we were a length ahead of the fleet. From there it is a lot easier. We just tried to keep it really simple and let the boat do its job. We sailed clean all the way around the track, but life's a lot easier when you are in front," said tactician Ray Davies.
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Like Team Nika, Charisma's final race was disappointing, finishing seventh after a broach on the second to last gybe as the westerly wind built to 20 knots. The last race today went to Chris Bake's Team Aqua with Swede Richard Goransson on the helm.
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"We did a good first beat and overtook Team Nika on the downwind. After the rounding, we managed to keep our distance and once we were ahead at the top mark we were pretty much fine, but it got scary at the end because the boats behind were all coming in with a lot of breeze whereas our breeze was dying," Goransson said.
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"We are learning every day, getting better by increments. Downwind we have been fine mostly, although we had a wipe-out in a gybe in the second race today. It is nice to see finally what it is like to be ahead," he added.

"The beats were hugely difficult - the breeze had gone right and on port you were across the waves and on starboard you were straight into them and then they kicked up really steep," said Aqua's tactician Cameron Appleton.

"It was great fun - very nice weather, difficult conditions, lots of wind. We've been improving every day thanks to a great team and a great effort," said Russian RC44 newbie Alexander Novoselov on Katusha.

With Andy Horton off on paternity leave, tactician this week is British America's Cup helmsman Chris Draper, sailing in his first ever RC44 regatta.

"Everybody is super smart. If you bleed a few lengths, then you're history. As a whole, the standard is insanely high. The guys at the front, drive the boats bloody well - anybody would struggle to beat them," Draper said.

"Alex [Novoselov] is doing an awesome job downwind, he's a downwind machine. We're getting ourselves back in there. It was good in the last race, to put a start and a first beat together and keep it simple from there," he added.

RC44 Marstrand Cup Results
Pos Boat R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Total

1. Bronenosec Sailing Team (RUS 18) 3 3 5 1 3 3 6 2 2 28
2. Team Nika (RUS 10) 5 1 1 2 2 8 1 4 8 32
3. Charisma (MON 69) 2 2 4 10 1 5 4 1 7 36
4. Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team (GBR 1) 4 6 6 5 5 1 2 3 5 37
5 Artemis Racing (SWE44) 1 5 2 3 9 2 3 5 10 40
6. Team Aqua (GBR 2041) 10 10 3 6 7 4 5 6 1 52
7. Artemis Racing Youth (SWE 4) 7 4 7 4 8 9 7 10 4 60
8. Katusha (RUS 21) 6 8 11 9 6 6 8 7 3 64
9. RUS - 7 Anywayanyday (RUS 7) 8 9 8 7 4 7 11 9 9 72
10. MAG Racing (POL 44) 9 7 9 8 10 10 9 8 6 76

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Consistency Delivers The Goods For Bronenosec at RC44 Cup in Marstrand

Sweden lived up to the tourist brochures on day two of fleet racing at the RC44 Marstrand Cup. The boats headed out to the west of Marstrand Island where they were treated to three races in a 8-14 knot northwesterly, less tide,  a flatter sea state, sunshine and warm temperatures.
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However the wind remained shifty and it was day that severely tested a tactician's risk versus reward decisions. Today the only team not to put in a 'big' result was Vladimir Liubomirov's Bronenosec Sailing Team, with a 1-3-3 scoreline, causing her to prise the overall lead off Team Nika in the final race.
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"We were very conservative. This is the goal for this event for us to never to take risks. These conditions were good; sunny, windy and not too wavy. Of course the wind was shifty and it was very difficult to get the proper direction, but most importantly for us is that we were consistent," Liubomirov said.
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The problem is that in this 10 strong fleet, all the crews feel the same. And so, not surprisingly, today there were three different winners, bringing the total number of winners up to five from six races.
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After winning Tuesday's match racing, Bronenosec has only finished off the podium in one fleet race, which Italian tactician Michele Ivaldi puts down to a combination of going the right way, his skipper steering well and good boat speed, thanks to trimmers Paul Westlake and Maciel Cicchetti. 
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"They did a fantastic job - we had clean starts, clean lanes upwind and the speed did most of it. We got a few good shifts and all the manoeuvres were done flawlessly from the crew," Ivaldi said.
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They won the first race after tacking away following a mediocre start and sailing all the way out to the starboard layline, then controlling for the rest of the race.

Trailing Bronenosec in the overall results are Team Nika, Artemis Racing and Charisma, all of whom had one big score today.Nico Poons' Charisma for example finished last in the first race, but won the second. Their first race result was largely due to a penalty.

"We hardly knew for what. We had to make a turn going into the last downwind leg, so it was hard to recover," as Poons put it. However lying fourth, just six points off the lead and with two days of racing ahead of him, equalling or bettering Charisma's second place here last year is still more than possible. "You have to keep away from shockers like tenth places - that's the name of the game," Poons said.

However lying fourth, just six points off the lead and with two days of racing ahead of him, equalling or bettering Charisma's second place here last year is still more than possible. The penalty in the first race was for tacking too close near the top of the second beat. In the second race Charisma went hard right out of the start and  stayed away from all the other boats.

After an uncharacteristically average start to this regatta's fleet racing, Peninsula Petroleum finally upped its game to claim today's final race with the biggest margin seem so far here in Marstrand.

"It was a great feeling to finally have a good race. We haven't been sailing so well over the last couple of days, so it's definitely lifted the spirits. It's very close, the competition is fierce." said skipper John Bassadone.

He said that they had been struggling for speed during the first race but had made a few changes afterwards only to be over early in the second. Even so, the tuning had made all the difference and from being last, they picked up to fifth. In the final race they put it all together and after a good pin end start headed to the port layline, to lead at the top mark and from then on. Peninsula Petroleum led the ten RC44s on a spectacular run back into Marstrand Fjord where a special finish line had been set up immediately off the island.

On Artemis Racing, local host Torbjörn Törnqvist had a 3-2, sandwiching a ninth, caused by the Swedish RC44 starting prematurely. 

"We never recovered from that, never really got into phase again. But that is the way it is. It doesn't take much and you are down there," Törnqvist said.

Racing continues tomorrow at 11:30 CET with day three of fleet racing.

RC44 Marstrand Cup Results

Pos Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Tot

1. Bronenosec Sailing Team (RUS 18) 3 3 5 1 3 3 18
2. Team Nika (RUS 10) 5 1 1 2 2 8 19
3. Artemis Racing (SWE44) 1 5 2 3 9 2 22
4. Charisma (MON 69) 2 2 4 10 1 5 24
5. Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team (GBR 1) 4 6 6 5 5 1 27
6. Artemis Racing Youth (SWE 4) 7 4 7 4 8 9 39
7. Team Aqua (GBR 2041) 10 10 3 6 7 4 40
8. RUS - 7 Anywayanyday (RUS 7) 8 9 8 7 4 7 43
9. Katusha (RUS 21) 6 8 11 9 6 6 46
10. MAG Racing (POL 44) 9 7 9 8 10 10 53

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Team Nika Dominates Fleet Racing at RC44 Marstrand Cup

Just one point separates the top three teams after the opening day of fleet racing at the RC44 Marstrand Cup. Three races were held today in 10 -15 knots winds with grey overcast conditions in the morning giving way to a summery afternoon, similar to yesterday, only with an uncomfortable lumpy sea state. At the close of play Team Nika leads on seven points, ahead of Artemis Racing and Charisma both on eight points.
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For Team Nika, it was a classic tale of 'pulling victory from the jaws of defeat' after what Russian skipper Vladimir Prosikhin described as his worst match race day ever yesterday and beginning today with one of his worst fleet racing starts.
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"We rounded the first upwind mark second last and it seemed to be going like yesterday and we had this depressing feeling. But finally we picked up especially downwind. It became a bit easier and when it is easier it is encouraging, you pass a couple of boats, you feel like you are a better sailor, so you are more confident, more focussed and the team started working together. And finally we finished fifth," Prosikhin said.
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From there Team Nika went on to win the second and third of today's three races. But both were hard fought, come-from-behind affairs.In Marstrand, Team Nika is sailing with Match Racing, Etchells and Melges 20 World Champion, American Bill Hardesty. This is Hardesty's first time racing the RC44 and he is impressed.
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"They are great boats, with lots of power and good balance and they can really get going, but they can catch you off. And the class is nice. Having the umpires out there really helps," Hardesty said.
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Hardesty really earned his keep today, playing the shifts to perfection. In race two Team Nika managed to edge her way ahead of Bronenosec Sailing Team and Charisma and into the lead on the final metres of the second beat. In race three it was a close tussle between her and Artemis Racing, with the Swedish boat leading around the top mark and once again Team Nika only managed to get ahead in the final tacks of the second beat.
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The other star performer of the day was the RC44 Marstrand Cup's host Artemis Racing
Torbjörn Törnqvist's team won the first race after the bold call was made to go right off the line, a move that paid handsomely.

"Then it was really simple. It is easy when you are on top and you can control the fleet. It is great to be here in Sweden and do well. This is the first day, of course, but it is nice. It was a good day, the crew worked well in a calm way in terms of boat handling and tactically," Törnqvist said.

Let down by a fifth in the second race, Artemis Racing started well and worked hard to gain the lead on the first beat of the day's third and final race only to lose to Team Nika.

"It was a much better day - we enjoyed it though it was quite a cloud-driven day. Everyone did a good job and Torbjörn was driving the boat well. It was a nice day out." said Artemis Racing tactician Iain Percy.

For Nico Poons and the crew of his Monaco-flagged Charisma it was disappointing not being able to convert their good sailing into race wins, but with a 2-2-4 scoreline they were the most consistent team today.

"It was pretty shifty conditions, a tricky race track, but it was ideal for these boats with a few nice surfing waves downwind. The teams that sailed well as a group came out on top today - crew work was really important, working the boat downwind, dealing with the waves and the different modes you had to sail from one gybe to the other. There were some nice gains to be made downwind," said Charisma's tactician Ray Davies.

Matters might have been different had Charisma not picked up a penalty in the final race for tacking too close to another competitor.

"That dropped us back into about sixth and then we got back to fourth. Nico [Poons] is doing well. In these tricky conditions at times with the waves, you have to be very precise with the helming and he is doing a really good job with it," Davies added.

RC44 Marstrand Cup Results Pos Boat R1 R2 R3 Tot

1. Team Nika (RUS 10) 5 1 1 7
2. Artemis Racing (SWE44) 1 5 2 8
3. Charisma (MON 69) 2 2 4 8
4. Bronenosec Sailing Team (RUS 18) 3 3 5 11
5. Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team (GBR 1) 4 6 6 16
6. Artemis Racing Youth (SWE 4) 7 4 7 18
7. Team Aqua (GBR 2041) 10 10 3 23
8. Katusha (RUS 21) 6 8 11 25
9. MAG Racing (POL 44) 9 7 9 25
10. RUS - 7 Anywayanyday (RUS 7) 8 9 8 25

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Bronenosec Fights Hard To Win Match Racing at RC44 Marstrand Cup

Bronenosec Sailing Team once again demonstrated its boat-on-boat skills, enabling the Russian team to consolidate its lead in the 2015 RC44 Match Racing Championship on the first day of competition at the RC44 Marstrand Cup.
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A chilly overcast morning with light winds turned into a brilliant summer's afternoon with 15 knots for the racing, held off the popular holiday island of Marstrand on Sweden's west coast. As usual the regatta started with a day of match racing, continuing this year's RC44 Match Racing Championship that rolls from event to event across the season's five regattas.
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Today's standout performers were Bronenosec Sailing Team and Team Aqua, which both posted a 6-1 win-loss. This confirmed the Russian team's position at the top of the 2015 RC44 Match Racing Championship leaderboard, now two points ahead of second placed Artemis Racing.
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"We feel very comfortable: No rushing, no yelling, just sailing for fun. The goal is to do the same in the fleet racing so this is our secret weapon. We came here to win and for sure we will try," Bronenosec skipper Vladimir Luibomirov said.
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Team Aqua got off to a slow start. Chris Bake's team, on which Swede Richard Göransson is helming for this regatta, were over early in the first flight against Artur Kasner's MAG Racing and were unable to recover.
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"We just got a little too excited, it being the first race of the day. We had a really tight race with Artemis Racing, Charisma and Peninsula Petroleum. And with Bronenosec we had a really close tussle too. There was little bit of yelling, a little friendly rivalry. But it was nice to get one up on them," said tactician Cameron Appleton.
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"The key was pushing hard, having a good game plan and just adapting to some of the small shifts and where the start line favour was and trying to think one move ahead. Richard [Göransson] was really good at listening and understanding what we were trying to do and the guys did a fantastic job, just getting all the basics done really well," he added.
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Today's result elevated Team Aqua from fourth to third overall in the RC44 Match Racing Championship.
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Nico Poons' Charisma got off to the best start, unbeaten in the first five of the seven flights that Principal Race Officer Peter Reggio laid out. This performance elevated the Monaco-based RC44 from seventh to fourth in the overall standings.
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Artemis Racing, the RC44 Marstrand Cup's co-hosts with sponsor Stena, also scored five wins and two losses. In contrast to Nico Poons' Charisma, the Swedish team dropped its first two races, but then won the next five. 

"Unfortunately these things happen. There are so many good boats out there, I am quite happy. There were nice sailing conditions and there was no rain – as promised," said Artemis Racing Team Principal, Torbjörn Törnqvist.

While Törnqvist is based in Geneva, he enjoys returning to his home country. 

"It is always nice to come back here. It is special for me to be able to sail here. Overall I felt good. There were interesting and fun situations and we got the best out of most of them," he said.

He singled out the final race of the day against Team Nika and skipper Vladimir Prosikhin, a very close tactical race that had seen them get into a luffing match on the first beat, culminating in their opponent picking up a penalty. 

"It was good quality racing, with good crew work and good communication and most of it went our way," Törnqvist added.

Nico Poons' Charisma got off to the best start, unbeaten in the first five of the seven flights that Principal Race Officer Peter Reggio laid on. This performance elevated the Monaco-based RC44 from seventh to fourth in the overall standings.

Another team punching above their weight today was Kirill Podolsky's RUS - 7 Anywayanyday. To date this year the Russian team has recorded just two wins at each of the match racing days and today doubled that.

"We are quite happy, but during the third race we broke one of our winches and had to do without it for the rest of the day. That's why it was very difficult to hoist the gennaker and do the manoeuvres. It was a challenge. Without this problem we could have maybe won another two races. Otherwise it was a good day and we are happy," said tactician Serguei Chevtsov.

Four days of fleet racing at the RC44 Marstrand Cup start tomorrow at 11:30 CET.

Overall 2015 RC44 Championship Tour Match Racing Results (after three events)
Pos Team Valletta Cup Audi RC44 Porto Cervo Cup Marstrand Cup Tot

1. Bronenosec Sailing Team (RUS 18) 4 4 6 14
2. Artemis Racing (SWE44) 3 4 5 12
3. Team Aqua (GBR 2041) 2 3 6 11
4. Charisma (MON 69) 4 1 5 10
5. Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team (GBR 1) 4 3 3 10
6. RUS - 7 Anywayanyday (RUS 7) 2 2 4 8
7. Team Nika (RUS 10) 4 1 2 7
8. TEAM CEEREF (SLO 11) 2 3 0 5
9. Katusha (RUS 21) 2 2 1 5
10. MAG Racing (POL 44) 0 3 2 5
11. Aleph Racing (FRA 17) 0 3 0 3
12. Artemis Racing Youth (SWE 4) -2 0 1 -1

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Wave, Muscat Claims Victory in Act 5, Hamburg - Extreme Sailing Series

The Wave, Muscat sailed an outstanding final day in Germany, at Act 4 of the Extreme Sailing Series. Three race wins and two podium finishes saw Britain’s Leigh McMillan clinch his third 2015 Act title after four spectacular days of racing in the heart of the city that extended his lead at the top of the overall Series leaderboard.
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“We do enjoy the pressure of a final day. We got out of the blocks well with a win in race one and that set the tone. It was an amazing performance by the team. Everyone was so fired up this morning and it really showed on the water.” ” said McMillan as he stepped off the boat after winning the day with an average 9.14 points per race* according to the SAP Analytics.
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But this wasn’t a case of The Wave, Muscat running away with the regatta. Pushing them all the way were Gazprom Team Russia who went into the final day of an outstanding event with fire in their eyes.
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Helm Phil Robertson’s determination on the dock was unquestionable: “We’re going to go out there like a pack of hungry dogs,” he promised and his team did not disappoint.
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Duelling with Danish crew SAP Extreme Sailing Team all the way through the last metres of the final double points race to take second overall, their best result to date, the young Russian crew picked up the Land Rover Above and Beyond Award for their effort.
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The Danes, co-skippered by Jes Gram-Hansen and Rasmus Køstner, were third overall after being pushed down the rankings in the final race of the day by some tactical sailing by McMillan’s crew. This allowed Team Turx and Lino Sonego Team Italia to finish the Act on a high with a first and second place respectively.
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“I wasn’t particularly comfortable pushing them out of the final race but you just have to look at the overall Series leaderboard, and they are a major threat. We have to take whatever opportunity we can," McMillan explained.

But Køstner seemed unfazed: “The Wave, Muscat are afraid of losing points to us, so we take it as a compliment. They are scared of racing us later in the season."

New to the Series for 2015 Hamburg, Germany delivered perfect Stadium Racing conditions that saw the fleet of nine elite level Extreme 40s race in everything from 8–30knots in blue skies to rumbling thunderstorms. With crowds of over 44,000 lining the HafenCity waterfront to watch, there was no shortage of drama.

After their dramatic capsize on Saturday, SAP Extreme Sailing Team continued to entertain with a crash on the start line today when their hull landed on top of GAC Pindar. Fortunately there was no serious damage or injuries to the sailors on either boat but GAC Pindar were forced to retire for the day with a broken bowsprit.

The young crew on-board Team Extreme Germany struggled to get to grips with the high performance catamarans but improved steadily throughout the weekend much to the delight of local fans.

With an eye firmly on the overall 2015 Series championship and three Acts remaining, The Wave, Muscat lead by a slim three-point margin over SAP Extreme Sailing Team. Red Bull Sailing Team round up the overall podium three points adrift in third.

The eight Act global Series will now move on to Russia for the Extreme Sailing Series Act 6, Saint Petersburg presented by SAP from the 20- 23 August.

Extreme Sailing Series™ 2015 overall standings
Position / Team / Points

1st The Wave, Muscat (OMA) 47 points.
2nd SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 44 points.
3rd Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 41 points.
4th Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) 33 points.
5th Oman Air (OMA) 29 points.
6th Team Turx (TUR) 24 points.
7th GAC Pindar (GBR) 24 points.
8th Lino Sonego Team Italia (ITA) 18 points.

Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 5, Hamburg presented by Land Rover standings after Day 4, 26 races (26.07.15)
Position / Team / Points

1.The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan, Sarah Ayton, Pete Greenhalgh, Ed Smyth, Nasser Al Mashari 200 points.
2. Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) Igor Lisovenko, Phil Robertson, Garth Ellingham, Alexander Bozhko, Aleksey Kulakov 190 points.
3. SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Hervé Cunningham, Mads Emil Stephensen, Nicolai Sehested 183 points.
4. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Hans-Peter Steinacher, Jason Waterhouse, Jérémy Bachelin, Shaun Mason, Stewart Dodson 182 points.
5. Oman Air (OMA) Stevie Morrison, Nic Asher, Ted Hackney, Ed Powys, Ali Al Balashi 178 points.
6. Team Turx (TUR) Edhem Dirvana, Mitch Booth, Selim Kakış, Diogo Cayolla, Pedro Andrade/Can Bayülken 171 points.
7. Lino Sonego Team Italia (ITA) Lorenzo Bressani, Enrico Zennaro, Stefano Ciampalini, Stefano Rizzi, Manuel Modena 156 points.
8. GAC Pindar (GBR) Seve Jarvin, Adam Minoprio, Marcus Ashley-Jones, James Corrie, James Wierzbowski 134 points.
9. Team Extreme Germany (GER) Paul Kohlhoff, Philip Kasueske, Johann Kohlhoff, Peter Kohlhoff, Max Kohlhoff 78 points.

*Score in points: Winner scores 10 points, second scores 9 points etc.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Ainslie Grabs The Lead at Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series - Portsmouth - Day 1

Ben Ainslie, the most decorated Olympic sailor of all time who is leading the British challenge for the America’s Cup, holds a narrow lead after the first day of racing at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth.
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Ainslie led his team to a win and a second place finish in the two races held on Saturday afternoon on the waters off Portsmouth. Nearly 50,000 fans were cheering him on from the venue ashore (with many more stacked on the shoreline outside the ticketed venue). Over 15,000 fans on 2,000 boats were ringing the race course area.
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“You couldn’t ask for anything better. Fantastic conditions, so many people coming out to support the teams. I’m so happy for Portsmouth and for our team. We have so many people on shore working on our behalf and cheering us on. For them to see this level of support is brilliant,” Ainslie said
Photo: © ACEA 2015 / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR team leads Emirates Team New Zealand by a single point, the Kiwis posting a win and a third place finish. Rookie helmsman Peter Burling was pleased with the result.
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“It was a great day for us to be able to put together a good start and a run in both races and be in the lead at the bottom mark in both races. We’re pretty green in these foiling boats so we’re happy to come out of the day in the shape we’re in,” Burling said.
Photo: © ACEA 2015 / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
The man he replaced at Team New Zealand, Dean Barker, is now the CEO and skipper of SoftBank Team Japan. Barker says the new team, sailing together for the first time in Portsmouth, is undergoing a learning process. Today saw the team finish on equal points for fourth place with Groupama Team France.
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“We’re working hard to improve but it takes a certain amount of time,” Barker said. “These other teams have been doing a lot of sailing together in different boats, so we have to work hard on making improvement and eliminating mistakes to get closer to the front of the fleet.”
Photo: © ACEA 2015 / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
Oracle Team USA, the defending champion, had a challenging day, ending the afternoon in third position, with second and fourth place scores on the day. Artemis Racing struggled to a fifth and sixth place
Photo: © ACEA 2015 / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
Saturday delivered glamour conditions on the Solent, to mark the return of America’s Cup racing for the first time in nearly 165-years. Sunshine returned after a day of heavy rains. Wind conditions of 10 to 14 knots allowed the teams to demonstrate their skill on the new foiling class of catamaran, the one-design AC45.
Photo: © ACEA 2015 / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
Racing continues on Sunday, with double points on offer for the two races. First start is 1340 local time in Portsmouth.
Photo: © ACEA 2015 / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
Provisional Standings after two races:

1. Land Rover BAR - 19 points
2. Emirates Team New Zealand - 18 points
3. Oracle Team USA - 16 points
4. Groupama Team France - 13 points
5. SoftBank Team Japan - 13 points
6. Artemis Racing - 11 points

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