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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

What The Sailors Said - 52 Super Series - Day 1 - Porto Cervo

Cameron Dunn (NZL), Tactician Sorcha (GBR):
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“It was a fun day. We are really happy. There are lots of things to work on but we are really pleased with how things are going. We made improvements through the day and in fact in the second race we sailed the boat better. I made a few mistakes. We had a good feel for the breeze in the first one and it worked out.”

Tony Rey (USA), Tactician Provezza (TUR):
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“We were able to stay in the top three in both races and that always feels good. But as everyone was quick to remind me on the way back in there are eight more races. I felt good for ten seconds and now we are just thinking about tomorrow. There were some ups and downs today and it is all about not having the big bad results.”

Doug DeVos (USA), Owner-Driver Quantum Racing (USA):
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“No matter what you do you can’t ever get a feel in practice for what it is like in a real race. With the closeness of the racing, with boats around you, just trying to do manoeuvres then the dynamic is different. And you are trying to think through things rather than just trying to feel it. After some coaching after the first race, I felt better in the second. I would have loved to have had the practice race.”


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What The Sailors Said - Day 1 - Porto Cervo

Cameron Dunn (NZL), Tactician Sorcha (GBR):
Photo: © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
“It was a fun day. We are really happy. There are lots of things to work on but we are really pleased with how things are going. We made improvements through the day and in fact in the second race we sailed the boat better. I made a few mistakes. We had a good feel for the breeze in the first one and it worked out.”

Tony Rey (USA), Tactician Provezza (TUR):
Photo: © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
“We were able to stay in the top three in both races and that always feels good. But as everyone was quick to remind me on the way back in there are eight more races. I felt good for ten seconds and now we are just thinking about tomorrow. There were some ups and downs today and it is all about not having the big bad results.”

Doug DeVos (USA), Owner-Driver Quantum Racing (USA):
Photo: © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
“No matter what you do you can’t ever get a feel in practice for what it is like in a real race. With the closeness of the racing, with boats around you, just trying to do manoeuvres then the dynamic is different. And you are trying to think through things rather than just trying to feel it. After some coaching after the first race, I felt better in the second. I would have loved to have had the practice race.”


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Provezza’s Triple Threat - Day 1 - 52 Super Series - Porto Cervo

Provezza finished last month’s Scarlino Cup regatta under a cloud. On the last run of the last race they slid down the leaderboard from a respectable fourth to a disappointing eighth. 
Ergin Imre’s team bounced right back today opening the Audi Settimana delle Bocche regatta with a nice pair of solid third places to lead the regatta, the second of the 2016 52 Super Series season.
Provezza Photo: © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
“The only way to approach this today was to say Scarlino never happened. We de-briefed it to death. And we went out today with a plan and we executed and the plan was about right,” said Provezza's tactician Tony Rey.
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After two good races where Porto Cervo delivered a consistent 9-11 knots of NNW’ly breeze and warm sunshine, Provezza leads Rán Racing by two points. Niklas Zennström’s crew finished second behind Bronenosec in the first race and sixth in the second race that was won by Quantum Racing.
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Monday’s practice race had to be cancelled because the Mistral wind was blowing too strongly, which did nothing to help owners Doug DeVos and Peter Harrison. DeVos was back on the helm of Quantum Racing for the first time since January in Key West while newcomer Harrison was steering his first ever races in the 52 Super Series with Sorcha, on the well optimised and prepared four year old, former Synergy.
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Their fortunes contrasted only slightly. Sorcha started Race 1 well, tactician Cameron Dunn taking them to the favoured right side of the course. Quantum Racing were not quite so good, slightly slowed off the start line, they finished ninth. But Sorcha had slotted smartly into the tight first windward mark line up, tacking under the bow of Rán Racing to round third and finish in a very respectable fourth.
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It was Vladimir Liubomirov’s Bronenosec which won the first race. They led a group of four to the right side, into a better lifted pressure, to round the first mark with a small lead with Provezza in second. Rán Racing passed Sorcha and Provezza on successive legs, finishing second. 


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After debriefing Race 1 swiftly with tactician Terry Hutchinson, strategist Ed Baird and navigator Ian Moore; DeVos nailed the second start better and Quantum Racing were able to hold a good lane out to the left. They lead at the windward mark and were never really challenged, Harm Müller Spree’s Platoon taking second. 
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Bronenosec sadly suffered one of the those “Penthouse to Outhouse” kind of days. From winning the first race they dropped their kite over the back of the boat and spent many minutes trying to recover it, resulting in an 11th place.
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“Well it was a tale of two races. The first race was hard to get back into. The second we lead wire to wire. What a great day with awesome competition. It was just great to be out there on the water,” said Doug DeVos, owner-driver, Quantum Racing

52 Super Series – Audi Settimana delle Bocche



1. Provezza, TUR (Ergin Imre TUR) (3,3) 6pts

2. Rán Racing, SWE (Niklas Zennström SWE) (2,6) 8pts

3. Platoon, GER (Harm Müller-Spreer GER) (7,2) 9pts

4. Quantum Racing, USA (Doug DeVos USA) (9,1) 10pts

5. Bronenosec, RUS (Vladimir Liubomirov RUS) (1,11) 12pts

6. Azzurra, ITA (Pablo/Alberto Roemmers ARG) (8,4) 12pts

7. Sorcha GBR (Peter Harrison GBR) (4,9) 13pts

8. Gladiator, GBR (Tony Langley GBR) (5,8) 13pts

9. Alegre, GBR (Andres Soriano USA) (10,5) 15pts

10. Sled, USA (Takashi Okura USA) (11,7) 18pts

11. Xio/Hurakan, ITA (Guiseppe Parodi ITA) (6 DNS/13) 19pts

12. Paprec FRA (Jean-Luc Petithuguenin FRA) (12,10) 22pts

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Magic Carpet Cubed Takes Line Honours in Giraglia Rolex Cup

Lindsay Owen-Jones 100-ft Maxi Magic Carpet Cubed (GBR) has claimed line honours at the 2016 Giraglia Rolex Cup.
Photo: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi;
Crossing the finish line in Genoa at 15:02:56 CEST today (Thursday), Magic Carpet Cubed completed the offshore race from Saint-Tropez, France in 26 hours, 48 minutes and 56 seconds.
Photo: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi;
The time is someway off the 14 hour, 56 minute and 16 second race record set by Esimit Europa 2 in 2012. Magic Carpet Cubed celebrates a second line honours victory at the Giraglia Rolex Cup. The first was in 2013, and was followed up last year with an overall win on corrected time. Whether this year’s performance is good enough to secure overall victory for a second time remains to be seen.
Photo: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi;
“We’re delighted. We knew before the race we had a good chance at line honours. I have to say we sailed a far better race than 2013. Marcel (Van Triest) and Ian (Walker) made the right choices. Every single move we made happened to take us to where there was wind, maximizing the speed of the boat,” said Owen-Jones.
Photo: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi;
“We made a risky start. We took the pin end and everyone else was at the committee boat, but there was a massive windshift and we were about half a mile ahead after the first mile and a half of the race," said Ian Walker, Tactician.

“We’re a big heavy boat and if we stop it takes a while to get going. Marcel did a great job to keep us out of trouble. After that it was a questioning of defending Jethou. We knew that whoever was first to the rock would win so that was great.”

“Yesterday morning’s change to shorten the course to avoid the military exercise opened the possibility to come across from the Giraglia to the finish in the south-easterly. This made the last section pretty straight-forward," Marcel van Triest, Navigator said.

“It was unfortunately light coming into the rock so we lost a few hours relative to the weather and we were slower to the finish than hoped, but overall it was a good race,” he added.

Second on the water, and 38-nm from the finish, is Sir Peter Ogden’s Maxi 72 Jethou. 16 yachts have rounded the Giraglia, with Magic Carpet Cubed the first at 08.16 this morning.

268 yachts started to the 64th Giraglia Rolex Cup offshore race on Wednesday, 15 June. The prize giving will be held on Saturday, 18 June at the Yacht Club Italiano clubhouse in Genoa.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

RQYS Olympic Team Members - Update - World Sailing Cup - Weymouth & Portland, UK

Foggy, light conditions made for a mixed day of racing at Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland overnight. While the breeze started at around 10-12 knots, this dropped to 5-6 knots as the day progressed, and a shroud of fog created difficult sailing conditions.
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
In the Men’s 470 event, RQYS members Mat Belcher and Will Ryan are currently third overall, after they too had a mixed day of racing. The Aussies crossed the finish line with a 7th and 14th in the first two races of the day, but came back in the final race to win.
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
“It was a pretty tricky day. We had 5-8 knots at times, really shifty and a lot of fog in the morning, making the visibility really low. We just tried to get a free lane and stay out of everyone’s way. We won the last race, which was really good and I think as the day went on we certainly adjusted pretty well and we had good speed at the end,” Belcher said.
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
“For us it’s not so much about the result, it’s always been about our performance. We are just trying to race as well as we can and get ourselves into good racing shape,” added.
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
In the Finn class, RQYS member Jake Lilley is currently lying seventh overall, after posting 9, 2, 10 in today’s three races.
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
“It was looking pretty promising this morning, with a lot of fog and a fair bit of wind, but by the time we got out there the wind had dissipated and we were left with a lot of sea-state and light winds. The top six or seven guys who are here are of a really high standard and definitely players in terms of the Olympic Games. So, the quality of racing is super high,” Lilley said.
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
Australia’s 470 Women, Carrie Smith and Jaime Ryan (RQYS) are currently in eighth overall, after posting results of 9, 13, 4 in today’s three races. With only 15 competitors in their event, scoring is quite close amongst the top crews.
Photo: Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
In the Laser Radial event, Ashley Stoddart is currently lying 29th overall, after posting 34, 28, 18 today.

Racing is planned for tomorrow through until Sunday 12 June when Medal Races will be held. These will be broadcast live on the World Sailing TV YouTube Channel - http://www.youtube.com/worldsailingtv

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Mixed Day For Aussies at World Sailing Cup - Weymouth & Portland

Foggy, light conditions made for a mixed day of racing at Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland overnight. While the breeze started at around 10-12 knots, this dropped to 5-6 knots as the day progressed, and a shroud of fog created difficult sailing conditions.
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
The Aussies had mixed results in the conditions, with Tom Burton leading the way for the Aussies in the Laser Fleet. Burton is currently first overall, after coming second and first in the day’s first two races, then a tougher third race saw him cross the finish line in 17th.
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
“There was a lot of fog and some breeze when we arrived at the venue this morning,” said Burton at the conclusion of racing. “We started out with around 10 knots but this dropped as we got out to the race course, and the last race of the day we sailed in around 5 knots. Most of the top guys are here, so competition is high.”
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
In the Men’s 470 event, Mat Belcher and Will Ryan are currently third overall, after they too had a mixed day of racing. The Aussies crossed the finish line with a 7th and 14thin the first two races of the day, but came back in the final race to win.
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
“It was a pretty tricky day,” said Belcher as he came off the water. “We had 5-8 knots at times, really shifty and a lot of fog in the morning, making the visibility really low. We just tried to get a free lane and stay out of everyone’s way. We won the last race, which was really good and I think as the day went on we certainly adjusted pretty well and we had good speed at the end.
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
“For us it’s not so much about the result, it’s always been about our performance. We are just trying to race as well as we can and get ourselves into good racing shape.”
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
In the Finn class, Queensland’s Jake Lilley is currently lying seventh overall, after posting 9, 2, 10 in today’s three races.

“It was looking pretty promising this morning, with a lot of fog and a fair bit of wind, but by the time we got out there the wind had dissipated and we were left with a lot of sea-state and light winds,” said Lilley at the end of the day. “The top six or seven guys who are here are of a really high standard and definitely players in terms of the Olympic Games. So, the quality of racing is super high.”
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
Australia’s 470 Women, Carrie Smith and Jaime Ryan are currently in eighth overall, after posting results of 9, 13, 4 in today’s three races. With only 15 competitors in their event, scoring is quite close amongst the top crews.
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
In the Nacra 17 class, Sydney-siders Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin are lying ninth overall. Their fleet finished four races today, with the Aussies scoring 9, 6, 6, 8. The Canadian team of Luke Ramsay and Nikola Girke is currently leading that class.
Photo: Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
In the 49er FX Olivia Price and Eliza Solly are currently in tenth position overall. Their fleet sailed four races today, and an incident in the first race saw them carry a ‘discretionary penalty imposed’ result of 11.8; however they came back to finish with 14, 4, 11 in the final three races of the day.
Photo: Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
In the Laser Radial event, Ashley Stoddart is currently lying 29th overall, after posting 34, 28, 18 today. In the 49er Men, Australia’s Sam Gilmour and Cameron Seagreen are 22nd overall, having scored 4, 24, 24, 23 today.

Racing is planned for tomorrow through until Sunday 12 June when Medal Races will be held. These will be broadcast live on the World Sailing TV YouTube Channel - http://www.youtube.com/worldsailingtv

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Dockside Banter - 52 Super Series - Scarlino Cup - Day 5

Terry Hutchinson (USA) tactician Quantum Racing (USA):
Photo: © Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series / Scarlino Cup
“That last race, well you cannot say too many nice things about the way Alegre have sailed this entire regatta. We are getting better. There is still a lot of stuff for us to do. All the little subtle things that you have to do are there but we have a new challenge as Doug (DeVos) will come and steer the boat for the next two regattas.
Photo: © Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series / Scarlino Cup
"That is a new afterguard loop then as Ed Baird will sail as strategist and help with the boat speed loop. And so the good thing is we always have areas to work on, to gain. From Palma Vela to here (two weeks ago they won the Palma Vela training regatta) we are night and day better. But in terms of where we have to get to we are only laying the base line.
Photo: © Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series / Scarlino Cup
"I am still mad about the three points we gave up in the coastal race. I am a hard taskmaster, yes, but that is the expectation. The standard of the fleet is so high. I raced the boat in Copa del Rey and if the standard then was a 10, that now would be a ten. That is how much the fleet has gone on.”
Photo: © Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series / Scarlino Cup
Nick Asher (GBR) tactician Alegre (GBR):
Photo: © Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series / Scarlino Cup
“We spent a lot of time in Valencia training and we are happy with where we are. But we know this is all about improving now and working hard between events. We have to work hard to stay up there. I have come from Olympic Sailing and so to step into this arena with Rán was a great experience but then joining Alegre has been great. 
Photo: © Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series / Scarlino Cup
"To now get a result after the hard work we have all put in over the winter has been satisfying. You have to just make no mistakes. Make a mistake and you are punished. Hard. Quantum Racing are the benchmark in consistency. But we have great team on board."
Photo: © Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series / Scarlino Cup
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