Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Watch out Loki, Limit, Baby Oats... RAN has Arrived

RAN Arrives at Sydney City Marine

Look who showed up in Sydney this morning at 2:00am looking as fresh as a daisy. There was no fanfare or media frenzy when Niklas Zennstrom's 72 footer, designed by Judel-Vrolijk, was unwrapped after making the long journey from the Northern Hemisphere. This wicked weapon has danger written all over her and sights firmly set on winning the Tattersalls Cup, the coveted silverware for winning the overall handicap honours in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Classic.
The whisper on the water is she won't be making any friends with the other kids by racing in any of the lead up events that culminate in the 1:00 PM start on Boxing Day,  December 26, 2010. The crew arrive on the 21st. Bring it on.

Lulu Roseman

Monday, November 29, 2010

Outteridge Leads ZHIK 49er Nats

The first two days of the Zhik Australian 49er Championships has tested both the competitors and race committee.
The 25 knot  breeze on Saturday created plenty of drama on the race course. Several boats capsized, tempers flared, there was plenty of colourful language at the marks and some major injuries. One competitor was rushed to hospital with a dislocated shoulder, while another suffered torn ankle tendons.

On Sunday the light shifty breeze started from the north-east, turned into a nor'wester, before it shifted to the north and reverted back to a north-easter. The sailors were kept on their toes with postponements, course changes,  a shortened course and some races abandoned. The Kiwi team of  Peter Burling and Blair Tuke sailed hard,  maximised their opportunities and were rewarded with a two point lead over the leading Australians, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen.

Flukey conditions continued today and tested the fleet. Outteridge and Jensen were within 50 metres of the finish line in the first race before a sudden wind shift favoured three other yachts and the the Kiwis who got the gun the line. But they dusted themselves of, recovered their form in the following races and managed to steal the New Zealander's thunder and regain their position on the top of the leader board.

Current Standings after nine races

1 AUS2 AUS2 N Outteridge I Jensen NSW 17
2 NZL1103 NZL1103 P Burling B Tuke NZ 19
3 AUS1140 AUS1140 S Thomas N Browie WA 25
4 AUS1192 Suit UP T Johnson R Mara WA 36
5 AUS1134 AUS1134 E Lazich S Phillips Vic 51
6 AUS1142 AUS1142 P Kendall T Koerner NSW 52
7 AUS768 AUS768 A Lahey J Restall Qld 57
8 AUS612 Aqua Joy B Waters P Valpiani NSW 64
9 AUS1063 AUS1063 R Gibbs P Kelly WA 68
10 AUS931 AUS931 N Littlewood A Waterson NSW 74
11 AUS1139 AUS1139 P Peters M Brooman NSW 86
12 AUS10 AUS10 W Rooklyn T Austin NSW 102
13 AUS1069 AUS1069 A Van de List C Flynn 104
14 AUS224 AUS224 B Smith B Smith NSW 117
15 AUS875 AUS875 G Holdaway R Kodet NSW 133
16 AUS1143 AUS1143 C Robinson D Robinson NSW 136

For complete race results please visit:  http://www.yachting.org.au/site/yachting/results/wangirslasc/2010/events/49er2010/series.htm

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Farr 40s at SSORC - Silver Lining for White Cloud, Winners Trophy for Kokomo

The lighter conditions delivered a mixed bag of results for the Farr 40 fleet's final two windward leeward races today sailed off Sydney Heads.
Lang Walker's Kokomo continued their consistent form getting the bullet in the first race of the day followed by Estate Master and Edake.

In the day's final race, Estate Master were forced to pull out due to a crew injury. Apparently their bow woman fell on a staucheon so not wanting to take any chances, she was immediately rushed to hospital with suspected broken ribs.
There action was thick and fast on the start line with Easy Tiger II boxing out Kokomo and then forcing White Cloud to take the committee end of the line, to secure the favoured pin end. It paid off to some extent but they lost ground downwind and had a battle with Kokomo. But it was the Kiwi boat that prevailed to get the bullet at the top mark after the course was shortened.
Easy Tiger II clocked a second place, their best result of the weekend and Kokomo placed third.

Lulu Roseman

Final Results

1 Kokomo Lang Walker YCCS 9
2 White Cloud Brett Neill RNZYS 17
3 Estate Master Lisa & Martin Hill MHYC 19
4 Twin Edake Jeff Carter MHYC 24
5 Easy Tiger II Chris Way RPAYC 29
6 Impi Ivan Resnekov SASC 29

Corinthian Division winner – Twin Edake Jeff Carter MHYC

Saturday, November 27, 2010

34th America's Cup announces partnership with Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Cup - Once Again the Challenger Series for the America's Cup

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 27 November 2010 – In the next major step in realising its new vision, the America’s Cup Event Authority today introduced its first partner, Louis Vuitton. A continuation of its 27-year long association with the America’s Cup, the Paris-based fashion house will present the prize, the Louis Vuitton Cup, to the winner of the America’s Cup Challenger Series, as well as serve as Official Timing for the 34th America’s Cup.

“We are thrilled to announce today the continuation of our 30-year partnership with the America’s Cup. Having met with the team several times, we believe that the 34th edition will be the best America’s Cup yet,” said Yves Carcelle, Chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton Malletier.

In 2013, the Challenger Series will be staged with the winner earning the right to compete in the America’s Cup Finals. The Challenger series will be once again called the Louis Vuitton Cup, recognizing the brand’s long partnership with the America’s Cup. In addition, Louis Vuitton will be Official Timing for the America’s Cup World Series competitions, promoting its watch collection.
“We are extremely privileged that our vision for the next America’s Cup has attracted the return of Louis Vuitton,” said Richard Worth, Chairman, America’s Cup Event Authority. “The 34th America’s Cup will culminate in 2013, marking the 30th anniversary of Louis Vuitton’s support, so we could not be more proud to see this great partnership continue and strengthen.”

Since 1983, the Louis Vuitton Cup Challenger Series has been held whenever there has been more than one challenger teams for the America’s Cup. Its role is twofold – to select the best challenger team from the teams presented and, to prepare the winner for success against the Defender in the following America’s Cup Finals.

“I have competed for the Louis Vuitton Cup three times in the past, so I know how important it is to the Challengers' success. We welcome the return of Louis Vuitton and look forward to racing the winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup in 2013,” said Russell Coutts, CEO, BMW ORACLE Racing.

The Louis Vuitton Cup will be held in the summer of 2013, with the America’s Cup Finals in early Autumn. The events will feature the AC72 wing-masted catamaran, a ground-breaking new boat designed to deliver unparalleled racing competition and on-the-water excitement.

"Louis Vuitton is a House that cherishes the art of travel and the spirit of adventure. As a long-time partner, we are very happy to be able to accompany the future of the America's Cup," said Pietro Beccari, Senior Vice-President of Louis Vuitton.

Louis Vuitton Final Dubai - Race Reports

Race One, Emirates Team New Zealand def BMW Oracle Racing, 00:17 –

New Zealand’s Dean Barker landed the opening punch in his race with James Spithill. Just over two minutes before the start, with both boats almost stalled in a dialup, Barker turned sharply away. The Kiwi boat’s stern struck the side of the BMWOR boat. Spithill was penalized for failing to keep clear. The American boat went up the right side of the course, shutting out New Zealand attacks until the weather mark where Barker turned inside and drew almost level. The Kiwis kept the pressure on all the way down the run but made a slow mark rounding with their spinnaker momentarily in the water. On the beat, New Zealand went out to the port layline while the Americans worked the shifts up the middle of the course. With a 150 metre lead, Spithill unwound his penalty but left the door open for Barker to again get inside at the top mark and claim the right side of the course on the run to the finish. The Americans had it won until the Kiwis gybed into a shift and more pressure to overtake and win.

Race Two, Emirates Team New Zealand def BMW Oracle Racing, 01:37 – 

The Kiwis claimed the pin end of the start and had a small lead up most of the course but Oracle enjoyed the benefit of the right side and overtook to lead by 11 seconds at the top mark. However, they lost ground when their spinnaker was stuck in the hatch for vital seconds during the hoist. Barker was able to get right on the run and stalked the Americans, helped further when they had to shed a ripped spinnaker in a gybe peel. With better pressure on the right, Barker kept closing on the run and crossed clear ahead on port tack just before the leeward mark. New Zealand covered their opponent and worked the shifts for the next two legs to finish 350 meters in front. Their victory confirmed Emirates Team New Zealand as the winners of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai.

The Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai is under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, the principal sponsor of the event.

Kiwi's take the Crown at Louis Vuitton in Dubai

Emirates Team New Zealand won the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai today, defeating the USA's BMW Oracle Racing in two straight races.
Today’s victory concluded an incredible performance by the Kiwi team who have won four of five Louis Vuitton Trophy events and finished second in the other over the the past two years.

Dean Barker and his crew came from behind to win their last four races in Dubai, including the two today against BMW Oracle Racing, to be the outstanding performer over the past two weeks of match racing.

Today also saw the announcement that Louis Vuitton Malletier will continue its sponsorship of the America’s Cup and challengers for the Cup.

“We are thrilled to announce today the continuation of our 30-year partnership with the America’s Cup. Having met with the organizing team several times, we believe that the 34th edition will be the best America’s Cup yet,” said Yves Carcelle, Chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton Malletier.
The finish gun today signalled the end of 20 years of competition in the America’s Cup, Louis Vuitton Cup and Louis Vuitton Trophy for the International America’s Cup Class. Introduced 20 years ago, the boats competed in five America’s Cup events.

Serenaded by boat horns and sirens the Kiwi crew were hugging, cheering and high-fiving 90 seconds before the American boat finished skippered by Australia's James Spithill.

As Yves Carcelle boarded their boat with the obligatory celebratory magnums and jeroboams of Mo√ęt & Chandon champagne, the Kiwis hoisted their national flag.
“It’s been a tough couple of weeks,” said Grant Dalton, Managing Director of Emirates Team New Zealand who also races on the boat.

“We kinda saved our best ‘til last. Oracle have been the form boat for this whole regatta. We came out today with determination knowing that on our day we are good enough but we would really need to produce. The guys in the back of the boat did a real nice job today. The Oracle guys are a class act and they sailed really well.

“It was shifty today. Both times we got the side we wanted and bless me, it went the other way. It happens a bit that way. We launched in that first race straight into a great big right shift. It wasn’t our intention. But we never let go. It’s a hallmark of this side.”
When asked about the secret to his team’s success, Dalton said: “It’s a team that lives on the smell of an oily rag. Everyone buys into the culture and the way we operate. We’re not frivolous at all. You can’t spend a hundred dollars without a requisition order for me. And in a funny sort of way that helps to build our culture.

“We’re proud that we represent New Zealand and we’re good mates. We’ve built that over the years. It takes a long time to get those combinations. Its jelling for us now. In the new era if we can hold onto that culture, and we will and we can, we can take it into our new projects.”

“We’re obviously disappointed. Ripping a spinnaker and having a problem when it didn’t hoist, helped put us on the back foot. But full credit to Team New Zealand. They did a good job and all we can do is take our hats off to them,” said James Spithill.

Kokomo is Smoking Hot at SSORC

Kokomo was the boat to beat today in the Farr 40 division at the SSORC sailed off Manly Circle in Sydney. The sun shone and the breeze came up.
The day started in a 7 knot nor'easterly winds that built steadily to 15 knots during the afternoon. Race Officer Dennis Thompson squeezed four races in and while Lang Walker and his crew were on fire with a flawless display of teamwork and consistent results, it was Brett Neill's White Cloud that stepped up to mantle finishing second in the first two races of the day ahead of Martin and Lisa Hill's Estate Master.
The pressure to perform may may have been weighing too heavily on tactician Tom Slingsby's shoulders since winning Rolex ISAF Yachtsman of the Year, but Estate Master finally got into the groove winning race three ahead of Kokomo and Impi, who had their best result ever with a third place.

The last race of the day belonged to Kokomo with Jeff Carter's Edake in second followed by Estate Master.

Lulu Roseman

Friday, November 26, 2010

Farr 40's Set for A Showdown

Six Farr 40's will line up this weekend  to compete in the Sydney Short Ocean Racing Series to be raced over two days. Chris Way's Easy Tiger II, with Morgan White on the bow and an enthusiastic, talented young crew,  are out for blood and contrary to popular belief, these guys are not entering the corinthian division at the Farr 40 Worlds in Sydney in February 2011.
Easy Tiger II go for the mark
Steve McConaghy is campaigning hard on White Cloud and after missing the last event in late October on Pittwater, Lang Walker's Kokomo is back out on the water. Recently crowned Rolex ISAF Yachtsman of the Year, Tom Slingsby is calling the shifts for Estate Master. Missing from the fleet will be Transfusion. 
Arch Rivals: Transfusion leads  Estate Master
Jeff Carter's Twin Edake from the host club MHYC, continues to improve their performance.

Lulu Roseman

Aussie and Kiwi Skippers Will Fight Tooth and Nail

New Zealand and the USA will meet in the finals of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai tomorrow after each team won their semi-final contests 2-0 today in close racing on inshore waters off the Dubai International Marine Club.
BMW Oracle Racing beat the French/German team All40ne while Emirates Team New Zealand defeated Italy's Mascalzone Latino Audi. Races were close and hard-fought with both All4One and Mascalzone losing races on penalty calls.

Tomorrow the USA's BMW Oracle Racing, winner of the 33rd America’s Cup will face off in a best-of-three race series against the Kiwi team that won the Louis Vuitton Cup in Valencia in 2007.
Asked about his last big race against Emirates Team New Zealand, BMWOR’s skipper Australian James Spithill said it was during the Louis Vuitton Cup in Valencia when he was helmsman on Luna Rosa.
Spithill’s team spent much of the intervening years in the legal limbo that followed the 2007 Cup and preparing for and winning their catamaran challenge for the 33rd America’s Cup. The Americans have been major supporters of the Louis Vuitton Trophy competition, racing in several events, but without much success.

“I feel we’re back at the level that’s required now,” Spithill said. “Obviously these Kiwi guys have been sailing monohulls and racing together for a long time. It’s been a big push from us to go back to work and get back to this level. I’m happy with how the guys have really taken the challenge on.
“We’ve put ourselves into the position now where we can win the regatta. It’s just going to come down to tomorrow and I think it will be a pretty tough series. Dean is a fantastic sailor, calm and with a good temperament. He and I have had some great racing over the years. I don’t expect tomorrow to be any different.”

Barker and the Kiwis had to come from behind today in both their races against Gavin Brady and the Mascalzone Latino Audi team. In their second race Barker caught the Italian boat at the weather mark and forced a penalty that became the Kiwi’s ticket to the finals.
“It was hard out there today, trying to pick the right side of the course,” Barker said. It’s not easy. Mascalzone led both times at the top marks but fortunately we were able to keep the racing close enough. The guys sailed really well all round the course, keeping it close and taking advantage of the opportunities.”

Barker was cautiously optimistic, looking forward to tomorrow’s finals. “There have been five Louis Vuitton Trophy events and we’ve been in the final of all of them,” he said. “Oracle was at La Maddalena and they were ninth. Here they’ve been the form team and we’ll have to sail well tomorrow to beat them.”
In the first race tomorrow BMW Oracle Racing will enter the start box from the favoured starboard side. Emirates Team New Zealand will sail NZL 92, the newest of the Kiwi boats. BMWOR will sail NZL 84.

Louis Vuitton Semi Finals - Race Reports

Racing got under way at 2:00 pm local time in a light westerly breeze that was forecast to increase late in the afternoon. There was a short, low swell. The Semi-Finals will be decided by the first boats in each pairing to win two races. The winners will race in the Finals of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai tomorrow.

BMW Oracle vs All4One
Race One, BMW Oracle Racing def All4One, 00:18 –

Using his starboard entry advantage, James Spithill chased All4One’s Sebastien Col all around the start box, cornering him below the committee boat. The skipper of the French/German boat attempted to gybe across the bows of BMW Oracle Racing, the Americans’ protest flag went up and Col was penalized for failing to keep clear. Col kept it close around the course but finished second with the penalty still outstanding.
Race Two, BMW Oracle Racing def All4One, 00:51 – 

After swapping boats and swapping ends, both boats started on starboard tack. All4One claimed the committee boat end while BMW Oracle Racing started at speed at the pin with a small lead over their slower starting opponent. BMWOR’s Spithill ducked the French/German boat on the first cross to get to the right and control the rest of the beat. The USA boat led by eight seconds at the top mark, extended to 26 seconds at the leeward mark and continued sailing away, barely faltering as they peeled a slightly ripped spinnaker on the last leg.

Emirates Team New Zealand vs Mascalzone Latino Audi
Race One, Emirates Team New Zealand def Mascalzone Latino Audi, 00:28 –

A long dialup culminated in a split start with Dean Barker taking ETNZ out to the favored right side on port. Gavin Brady and the Italians enjoyed better conditions at the top of the course and led by 22 seconds at the first mark. On the run, the Kiwis soaked down to sail into the leeward gate together with the Italians. Barker took the left-hand gate and seized control of the right as Mascalzone had an untidy drop and trailed by four seconds. Brady kept it close and Barker let the Italians get right closing the top mark. It was a good call as the Kiwis sailed into a lift and more pressure on the left. The ETNZ lead was 13 seconds, which they extended to 120 meters at the finish.
Race Two, Emirates Team New Zealand Mascalzone Latino Audi, 00:22 –

Gavin Brady and his Mascalzone Latino Audi team claimed the right at the start and were leading approaching the top mark but let Dean Barker get out to the right and use the starboard tack advantage while sailing into the mark. Brady attempted to tack but the Kiwis were between him and the mark and forcing him away. The Italians were penalized for failing to keep clear as Barker bore off and led around fthe mark with a 14 second lead. Brady kept it close but finished second, still carrying the penalty.

AC 34 Update - From the media ’roundtable’ in Dubai

Among the latest revelations:

  • Delivery for the first AC45 will be in January. Competitors will be assigned sailing slots for sea trials in New Zealand in advance of receiving their own boats, as previously scheduled. The race management team will take the opportunity of the NZ sea trials to run dress rehearsals for their regatta operations as well.
  • There will be up to five America’s Cup World Series events in 2011, beginning in late June/early July. 
  • Venues are expected to be confirmed beginning early in the new year.
  • Work on revised racing rules for racing America’s Cup multihulls is now in an advanced draft stage. The updated racing rules will be published early next year.

Both Iain Murray and Richard Worth explained they’ve had to begin their operations from a standing start, and the process of building the event organizing team is continuing at pace.

“It’s been a very busy period of time for us. We’re working on all aspects of what we need to do and there is no doubt this is a very big job, but one that has been quite exciting,” Murray said. “We’re working on the events, on shipping arrangements, on boats, on assembling all the equipment we’ll need for on-the-water activities and on shore facilities, and team bases etc. Beginning in January, we’ll be announcing the format of the World Series events. So we’re making a good deal of forward progress on our regatta deliverables.”

Worth agreed, telling the media: “We’ve started from a shared vision with Russell Coutts and Larry Ellison for what the 34th America’s Cup could be. Our team has been challenged with translating this vision into action, and we’ve been working quite intensely over the past several months to realize that vision, which has been good fun. With the new technology and commercial opportunities, the opportunity and the ambition is there for this America’s Cup to reach great heights.”

And that work continues unabated. Many of those on the AC34 team are staying in Dubai this  weekend, continuing meetings on a less formal basis as the Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta wraps up.

Pssssttt........Rumour Mill about Yendys

The grapevine is awash with a rumour that the new Yendys will be a Laser given that the crew will be easier to manage.
Fit as a fiddle, Geoff Ross, who has campiagned all his previous Yendys yachts seriously over the last 15 years,  is planning on sailing solo and getting back to grass roots sailing as are many big boat skippers are. Christmas lunch is back on the agenda again this year now that he won't be lining up for the Sydney to Hobart having sold his RP 55 to Queenslander Bill Wild, who has retained a few of the old crew and renamed the boat Rodd & Gunn Wedgetail.

Stay tuned for further developments.

Interesting times that's for sure.

Lulu Roseman

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Louis Vuitton Fleet Racing - Race Reports

Race One
Gavin Brady and his Mascalzone Latino Audi pulled off a perfect start at the leeward end of the line, taking command of the left side. ETNZ made a good start to weather of the Italians but were squeezed out by Synergy Russian Sailing Team which was bow forward and right on top of the Kiwis. In the early minutes the Kiwis were squeezed out the back and tacked away to port only to have All4One, the right hand boat, tack on top of them leaving them in last place. The Italian team played the shifts well and extended. Dean Barker and the Kiwis sailed a good tactical race to pull up to second but finished 01:06 behind Brady.

Race Points and Overall Points
1. Mascalzone Latino Audi, 1 pt
2. Emirates Team New Zealand, 2 pts
3. All4One, 3 pts
4. Synergy Russian Sailing, 4 pts

Race Two
New Zealand’s Dean Barker got the best start, bow out on BMW Oracle Racing to leeward and ahead of Sweden’s Artemis Racing and France/Germany’s All4One, both to weather. Sebastien Col and All4One tacked away to the right while ETNZ spearheaded the group going left. They converged below the weather mark with Col forcing all three port tack boats to duck behind him. They rounded overlapped with All4One shooting the mark, Artemis second and the Kiwis third. The Americans trailed. The fleet stretched out on the run, rounding in the same order. They retained the same order on the beat as BMWOR closed up on the New Zealanders and then gybed away. Positions had not changed at the finish although the Americans brought wind into the finish and almost caught New Zealand.

Race Points
1. All4One, 1 pt
2. Artemis Racing, 2 pts
3. Emirates Team New Zealand, 3 pts
4. BMW Oracle Racing, 4 pts

Race Three
With dusk approaching fast, the course was shortened to two legs. BMW Oracle Racing claimed the pin end of the line at the start while. Mascalzone circled before the gun and started on port tack, ducking the fleet. Artemis tacked and followed but continued out to the extreme right when Gavin Brady and his Italian crew chose to go up the middle of the course. The Swedish team found themselves badly overstood in a big shift but still did better than the boats on the left. Mascalzone rounded the top mark first, followed by Artemis, then Synergy, with BMWOR last. They finished in that order as the sun set.

Race Points
1. Mascalzone Latino Audi, 1 pt
2. Artemis Racing, 2 pts
3. Synergy Russian Sailing, 3 pts
4. BMW Oracle Racing, 4, pts

Overall Provisional Points
1. Mascalzone Latino Audi, 1-1, 2 pt
=2. Artemis Racing, 2-2, 4 pts
=2. All4One, 3-1, 4 pts
4. Emirates Team New Zealand, 2-3, 5 pts
5. Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 4-3, 7 pts
6. BMW Oracle Racing Team, 4-4, 8 pts

Italians Do it in Style at Louis Vuitton - Fleet Racing

Italy’s Mascalzone Latino Audi won the day with skipper Gavin Brady scoring two first places. The French/German team All4One and Sweden’s Artemis Racing were second equal, while Emirates Team New Zealand placed third.
Saeed Hareb, CEO of the Dubai International Marine Club, presented the fleet race trophy to Gavin Brady and presented commemorative medals to Brady and all his crew.

The Emirates Team New Zealand crew raced today wearing black arm bands and with their ensign at half mast in a somber reminder of the Pike River coal mine explosion in New Zealand that claimed 29 lives. The team is planning a brief on-water ceremony tomorrow morning to pay their respects to the lost miners.
Skippers of the four semi-finalists chose their starting positions and their boats tonight. BMW Oracle Racing chose to race fourth-seeded All4One while Emirates Team New Zealand will start against Synergy Russian Sailing Team.

“We chose All4One simply for the fact that they finished in fourth place,” said James Spithill, skipper of BMW Oracle Racing. “It’s never an easy decision but at the end of the day you have to go out there and beat them. It’s going to be a tough race. They’re not an easy team to race against.”

In the semi-finals the winners will be the first boats to win two races. The winners will race the finals on Saturday in a best of five series.
In today’s fleet racing, each of the four teams raced twice over the course of three races.

Brady’s finishes have been uneven over the past two weeks of racing in Dubai but today he and his afterguard of tactician Morgan Larson, navigator Steve Hayles, and masthead wind spotter Cameron Dunn, made no mistakes on flat water in a very shifty five to seven knot north westerly breeze.
In his first race Brady claimed the pin end of the line and pulled out to an early lead that increased as the race wore on. In his second race, Brady went for a port tack start behind the fleet before going up the middle of the course. He emerged at the weather mark with a commanding lead that he held until the finish.

“We wanted the left in the first race,” Brady said. “In these light air races you can’t be conservative. You have to really go for it so we went for a pretty aggressive start down at the pin end. For the second race we wanted to start to the right. We didn’t want to sacrifice a tack to get the right so we decided to do something that no-one else has done here and start on port tack and take the stern of all the boats at full speed.”

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Rolex Sydney to Hobart Update

At the Rolex Sydney to Hobart press conference yesterday the focus was all about Wild Oats XI and their quest to win their fifth line honours victory. American yacht, Dawn Star, an IRC racer cruiser, Baltic 46, is lining up for the first time and the owner's son, William N Hubbard IV, recently sailed the boat from San Diego. They are among a third of the this year's feet that are entering the 628 ocean race for the first time.
William N Hubbard IV of Dawn Star is ready to race
The biggest, fastest boat where the owner has the biggest chequebook to grab the headlines might capture the imagination of the the general public but the real action in this year's race will be the fight between the 50-63 footers for the Tattersalls Cup. awarded to the winner for overall handicap honours.

The glamour 72 foot mini-maxi, RAN owned by Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom, which has won every major event on the European circuit this year and consider this race unfinished business, is back for another stab at the only event that has eluded them so far. They will do anything to get their hands on that cup.

After campaigning successfully in the Pacific and North America, Alan Brierty's RP62 Limit is back with a gun crew including America's Cup Sailor David Brooke, Darren "Twirler" Jones, Matt Van Kretschmar, Rodney Keenan and Andrew "Hips" Harry, to challenge Loki's dominance of the major  IRC events in 2010.

These guys are preparing for war out on the water.

Lulu Roseman

Race Reports -Day Nine

Flight One, Race One, Emirates Team New Zealand def Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 00:47 –
The Kiwis came from behind to win. Both boats were early, head to wind, before the start as ETNZ split away to the committee while the Russians went for the pin. Francesco Bruni and his Russian team got off the line going to the left and found more pressure to lead by nine seconds at the top mark. Dean Barker and the Kiwis made up ground on the run and trailed by just three seconds at the bottom gate. They split on the beat with Barker claiming the left and making dramatic gains. Benefitting from a shift and more pressure, ETNZ led by 1:12 at the top mark and coasted home to consolidate their second overall place. The Kiwi victory eliminated from the semi-finals the team that finished second at the Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena.

Flight One, Race Two, BMW Oracle Racing def Mascalzone Latino Audi, 00:15 –
In the pre-start, America’s Cup champion skipper James Spithill delivered a master class in starting to his rival Gavin Brady. Two minutes before the gun and with both boats almost stationary after a dialup BMWOR claimed and got a penalty as Mascalzone turned to get clear. “It was a good time to come away,” said Ian Moore, navigator for the American boat. “They tried to tack with us but they were slow so we were able to point right at them and claim the penalty." The Italian boat extricated itself and went right. It led for most of the first leg until Oracle spurted ahead in new breeze at the top of the first beat and never looked back. “We could have been more aggressive in the pre-start but a penalty for hard contact would have costs us points and we’re already into the semi-finals,” said Mascalzone Latino tactician Morgan Larson.

Flight Two, Race One, All4One def Artemis Racing, 00:22 –

The stakes were high with both boats facing the prospect of elimination. All4One used the advantage of the starboard entry to claim the right side of the course in a soft, shifty westerly breeze. They started in tandem on starboard with Sweden’s Artemis Racing to leeward. Sebastien Col immediately tacked the French/German boat to port, ceding the early going to Artemis’ Cameron Appleton. Three minutes later, Col crossed clear ahead by a boat length and a half to lead for the rest of the race and scupper Artemis' hopes for the semi-finals.

Flight Two, Race Two, Emirates Team New Zealand def All4One, 00:45 –

This final match of the Round Robin would have no impact on the final standings, which was just as well for All4One. The race was decided at the start when Emirates Team New Zealand elected to take the left side. Shortly after the start gun fired, a big left shift rumbled down the course giving the Kiwis a massive lead at the top mark. Game over

Provisional Results after Day Four of RR2:

1. BMW ORACLE Racing, 13-2, 17 pts
2. Emirates Team New Zealand, 9-6, 12.5 pts
3. Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, 6-9, 8 pts *
4. All4One, 6-9, 8 pts
5. Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 6-9, 6 pts *
6. Artemis Racing, 5-10, 5 pts

* A scoring penalty has been assessed by the umpires

Semi-Finalists Named at Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai

Sailing teams from the USA, New Zealand, Italy and France will contest the semi-finals of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai starting Friday.

The final places were set in stone when the Synergy Russian Sailing Team and Sweden’s Artemis Racing were eliminated in competition today in waters off the Dubai International Marine Club.

The USA’s BMW Oracle Racing and Emirates Team New Zealand, seeded first and second after ten days of round robin racing, each consolidated their positions with victories in their respective races.

The New Zealanders denied Synergy a place in the semi-finals in a sharp contrast with the Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena when the Russian team finished second, losing to the Kiwi team only after a closely-fought 3-2 series.

“We’re pretty happy with our performance today,” said Ray Davies, tactician for Emirates Team New Zealand. “Against Synergy and against All4One it was pretty light and shifty and it’s so important to get that first shift off the start line.

“We have had a patchy regatta to date but we’ve still qualified second. BMOR have been the stand-out so far but with these events, you gotta win the last race and not the first one. It’s important of course to keep improving and we think we’ve done that.”

The second race today saw BMW Oracle Racing, holders of the America’s Cup, win against Italy’s Mascalzone Latino Audi team, the challenger of record for the next America’s Cup in 2013.

James Spithill, skipper of the American boat, adroitly finished this race before it started, landing a penalty on Mascalzone’s Gavin Brady in a tense pre-start maneuvering stand-off.

The loss could have been fatal for the Italians who were trailing on the leaderboard earlier in the regatta. However two inspired performances on Monday had boosted their points and their chances.

The French/German boat All4One eliminated Artemis Racing in their race today to clinch their place in the final four, a result that might have taken the sting out of a loss to Emirates Team New Zealand in the final race of the day.

“We could start the last race today quite relaxed,” said Jochen Schumann, All4One’s skipper. “It’s important to get to the next round and we made it! We sailed quite well as a team and we generally lost by quite small margins. The competition is very even. Now we have a new chance in the semi-finals.”

Tomorrow is a lay day for the sailing crews and a maintenance day for the shore crews. On Thursday, the teams will compete in a one-day fleet-race series. The semi-finals and finals will be raced on Friday and Saturday.

Artemis Update from Cameron Appleton

Louis Vuitton Trophy - Dubai - Round Robin 2 Wrap Up

Well, it came down to the crunch today. We needed three pieces of the puzzle to go our way, one of which was completely within our control.
In the first race today, Emirates Team New Zealand came from behind to overtake Synergy (RUS), that was the first piece of the puzzle.

The second piece was our race against ALL4ONE. It was a must win. We had to win to have any chance of continuing through to the semi-finals. The third piece was to have been Emirates Team New Zealand's win over ALL4ONE in the last race of the day.
The breeze was light and shifty and we were up against the French/German team in the first race of the second flight. We wanted the left side of the course and to be tight to leeward at the start. We got both. Perfect. But we made the wrong call regarding the course. I think ALL4ONE must have wanted the right side. They chose it and were off. From there they comfortably crossed us at the first meet and despite our best efforts we just couldn't get to them.
We sailed a really good race considering our bad call at the start. We tried to go out there to have a fun day and enjoy it. And we thought we would enjoy it by winning! But when it comes down to it, we've had a tough series and a tough week. That said, the guys have really stuck with it. It has been frustrating on a bunch of levels because we felt like we were nearly there and are just catching ourselves out on a few things around the course.
Overall, it is extremely disappointing but in many ways satisfying. Satisfying because the guys gave it everything and we never gave up once.

But it's disappointing to finish at the bottom of the table, that is for sure.


Aquamarin en Las Tardes de Pedro Riba

Aquamarin en Las Tardes de Pedro Riba

Aquamarin en Las Tardes de Pedro Riba

Monday, November 22, 2010

Italians Find their Mojo

Two come-from-behind victories boosted the fortunes of Italy’s Mascalzone Latino Audi today at the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai.
Racing in a light northerly breeze on a soft, late autumn day, Kiwi skipper Gavin Brady guided the Italian team to a comfortable victory against Sweden’s Artemis Racing after overtaking them a few minutes into the first beat.

Brady’s second match proved tougher after he conceded a start to the Synergy Russian Sailing team and then fought for more than half the race to gain the upper hand.

Their performance today lifted Mascalzone Latino Audi, the challenger of record for the next America’s Cup, from a distant fifth-equal place to third.
The Italian team is only half a point away from overtaking second-placed Emirates Team New Zealand which lost today after botching a spinnaker takedown and flying the giant sail like a flag from the top of their mast.

Hosted by the Dubai International Marine Club the 14-day-long regatta is being sailed close to the shore in waters between the fan-shaped man-made islands of the Palm Jumeirah and the southern entrance to Dubai Creek.

Today was the penultimate day of the second round robin with each win worth two points and any penalties carrying a two point deduction. Only the top four teams will go through to the semi-finals which start on Friday.
“We’d done the math and we knew we had to win those two races today to keep control of our own destiny,” Brady said. “We had a race where we led comfortably and one where we had to come from behind.

“I messed up the end of that second start. We had full control of Synergy. I had 20 decisions to make in that pre-start and dropped the ball. I made 19 good ones and messed up the last one. And that was the one that counted.

“From there, our tactician Morgan Larson did a really good job and called some good shifts on the run that got us to the leeward gate with a chance.”
The two boats at the top of the leaderboard raced today and the USA’s BMW Oracle Racing, skippered by America’s Cup winner James Spithill, took control at the start and fended off attacks from his Kiwi rival Dean Barker.

New Zealand’s chances of a victory plummeted when a messy takedown saw them flying their spinnaker like a giant out-of-control flag from the top of their mast before they were able to cut it free.
“It was a disappointing loss,” said Ray Davies, tactician for the New Zealand boat. “It was a very close race and we made nice gains down the run. We gybed for the right-hand gate, feeling pretty comfortable but then the breeze lifted 15 degrees. It changed the bottom mark rounding for us and we ended up with a very difficult rounding because we had to change the call for the bowman. It was a pretty bad situation for us. When we let the spinnaker go it got caught inside the mast so we had to cut it free.”

Four matches tomorrow will wrap up the round robin and confirm the four semi-finalists. BMW Oracle Racing, Emirates Team New Zealand and Mascalzone Latino are all poised to go through to the semis but, with all races counting for two points and the possibility two penalty point deductions for infractions or collisions, nothing is certain.

Artemis Update from Cameron Appleton - Day 8 Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai

Louis Vuitton Trophy - Dubai - Day 8

It was a disappointing day. All the races are important, but we needed to win this one against Mascalzone Latino to ensure a place in the semi-finals.
We controlled most of the pre-start, but struggled a bit in the dial up bailout. This in turn meant that we were a bit rushed for the start and did not get the side of the course that we wanted. So, it was a split tack start with the Italians taking the left side of the course, while we went right. Mascalzone Latino took advantage of the shift at the top of the course and were off. They just extended their lead from there to win.
In the other matches, Synergy beat ALL4ONE, BMW ORACLE Racing defeated Emirates Team New Zealand and Mascalzone Latino also won over Synergy.

It was a good day for the Italians who moved into third place on the leader board, while ALL4ONE and Synergy are now tied for fourth.

Tomorrow, we will race ALL4ONE. A win in that race gives us a chance to get through to the semis.