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Monday, May 30, 2011

Round-up of the final day of racing and highlights of Act 3 at Istanbul

Hutch's Update On Winning -Extremes Istanbul


29 May 2011
Extreme Sailing Series - Istanbul
Photo: © Lloyd Images
43 races. That is four and a half years of Key West Race Week packed into five days of sailing and as fate would have it, it came down to the last run of the last race.

Going into the double points race we had a slim lead over Gitana and ETNZ. With one-minute to go before the start we made an aggressive call to start on port and go for the port tack cross of the fleet. It did not work but a crisp tack underneath Gitana kept Artemis with her nose poked and still in the hunt. ETNZ benefited from a slight right shift as the fleet extended left and would quickly extend out to a commanding lead.

We rounded the weather mark 4th comfortably ahead of Alinghi who copped a penalty for hitting the weather mark. At this moment the points were in favor of ETNZ. We needed a "break"! As fate would have it, our break came with Pindar sailing the wrong course as we rounded the last top mark for the run to the finish.

Did we get a break from somebody else's mental mistake? Yep. Were we lucky? Probably, but I can also look at about 50 other opportunities that we were equally unlucky so in the world of swings and roundabouts I would say we were fairly even. Either way we kept ourselves in the hunt the entire regatta, no quitting, just determination from a great group. My hat's off to Julien, Rodney, Morgan, Dog, Nick and Brad for the great effort in getting Artemis Racing around the race course. It was a great "team" win.

I also extend my congratulations to ETNZ and Gitana great competitors as always in an unbelievable competition. Off for a quiet celebration and then bed.

Standing by in Istanbul.

Terry Hutchinson
Helmsman

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Winners Are Grinners - Artemis Take Turkey

It was a jubilant Terry Hutchinson who stepped onto the podium with his Team Artemis crew to claim Act 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series in Istanbul today.
Photo: © Lloyd Images
It was an incredible finish going into the final race worth double points with three teams in contention for the win: Artemis Racing, Emirates Team New Zealand and Groupe Edmond de Rothschild.

ETNZ's Dean Barker was under the pump but held his nerve to lead the Kiwis to a convincing race win however it wasn't enough and Artemis Racing moved into third place on the final gybe of the final downwind leg to win Act 3 by just one point. 
Photo: © Lloyd Images
“We knew around the last lap that we had one opportunity and we needed to pass one boat to win the regatta and we passed one boat. I jumped up to the first spreader when I heard Seb say that we had won the regatta,” said an ecstatic Terry Hutchinson. 

“I can’t say enough about how great the guys are on the job. I’m over the top about how we sailed and how we handled ourselves on the boat in really tough conditions. I hate losing with an absolute passion but these moments make it all worth it.” 

Ten races were staged today with Emirates Team New Zealand keeping their grip at the top of the overall rankings while Artemis Racing and Groupe Edmond de Rothschild fought hard to stay in the game. The tables turned in the eighth race when Artemis Racing grabbed the overall lead but they nearly lost it in that last race. 

The Wave, Muscat with the youngest helmsman on the circuit, Australian Torvar Mirsky, battled it out with Luna Rossa to place fourth.

Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 Istanbul
Current overall standings after Day 5 (29.5.11)

Position / Team / Skipper & crew / Points

1st Artemis Racing (SWE), Terry Hutchinson / Rodney Ardern / Morgan Trubovich / Julien Cressant 307 points
2nd Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Dean Barker / Glenn Ashby / James Dagg / Jeremy Lomas 306 points
3rd Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA), Pierre Pennec / Christophe Espagnon / Thierry Fouchier / Hervé Cunningham 296 points
4th The Wave, Muscat (OMA), Torvar Mirsky / Kyle Langford / Nick Hutton / Khamis Al Anbouri 274 points
5th Luna Rossa (ITA), Max Sirena / Paul Campbell-James / Alister Richardson / Manuel Modena 272 points
6th Red Bull Extreme Sailing (AUT), Roman Hagara / Hans Peter Steinacher / Will Howden / Craig Monk 254 points
7th Alinghi (SUI), Tanguy Cariou / Yann Guichard / Nils Frei / Yves Detrey 245 points (ahead on countback)
8th Oman Air (OMA), Sidney Gavignet / Kinley Fowler / David Carr / Nasser Al Mashari 245 points
9th Team GAC Pindar (GBR), Ian Williams / Mark Ivey / Mischa Heemskerk / Jono Macbeth 237 points
10th Niceforyou (ITA), Alberto Barovier / Mark Bulkeley / Daniele de Luca Simone de Mari 212 points
11th Team Extreme (EUR), Roland Gaebler / Bruno Dubois / Sebbe Godefroid / Nicholas Heintz 188 points

Lulu Roseman

Nail Biting Win For Artemis at Extreme Sailing Series Istanbul

Photo: © Lloyd Images
In what was the closet finish in the history of this class, Artemis Racing have nailed Act 3 in Istanbul by just one point.

Going into the final day with ten races to sail, Emirates Team New Zealand were in an ideal position however several other teams including The Wave, Muscat with a couple of Australians onboard, Torvar Mirsky and Kyle Langford, and the French team, Groupe Edmond de Rothschild posed a real threat to Dean Barker getting his hands on the silverware.

Lulu Roseman

Artemis Smoke Kiwis in Thriller

Photo: © Lloyd Images
Artemis Racing have won Act 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series in Istanbul after a thrilling result in the final race of the day.

The Kiwi's trailed Artemis by just five points in the overall point score coming into the last race of the day. Unfortunately a win across the line wasn't enough for Dean Barker and Emirates Team New Zealand and a third place for Artemis behind Niceforyou was enough to secure the regatta for Terry Hutchinson and his Artemis crew.

Lulu Roseman

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Act 3, Istanbul - Day 4 - Close Shave

Video - Round-up of all the action from day 4 at Act 3 in Istanbul


Kiwi's Lead The Charge in Istanbul but the Aussie's Are Coming

ETNZ Photo: © Lloyd Images
Dean Barker and Emirates Team New Zealand have leapt to the top of the ladder ahead of Artemis at the Extreme Sailing Series in Istanbul after another tough at the office. But nipping at his heels is Australia's Torvar Mirksy, Skipper of The Wave, Muscat who has moved into third position.
ETNZ getting some air  Photo: © Lloyd Images
The excitement kicked off early as the teams faced off in two one-on-one speed duals in ten knots of breeze followed by eight fleet races in what turned into a dying wind.
The Wave, Muscat Photo: © Lloyd Images
In the tenth and final race of the day Emirates Team New Zealand and Artemis Racing were tied on 217 points with Groupe Edmond de Rothschild behind on 214. The Kiwi's led from start to finish while Artemis only managed a fifth and Pierre Pennec’s men a ninth after copping a penalty on the first upwind beat. Luna Rossa entered the final race on equal points with The Wave, Muscat but it all went pear shaped when they picked the wrong end of the start line. Mirsky cleverly took advantage of the Italian's woes to finishing in third place catapulting his position to third in the overall rankings.
Photo: © Lloyd Images
In the tenth and final race of the day Emirates Team New Zealand and Artemis Racing were tied on 217 points with Groupe Edmond de Rothschild behind on 214. The Kiwi's led from start to finish while Artemis only managed a fifth and Pierre Pennec’s men a ninth after copping a penalty on the first upwind beat. Luna Rossa entered the final race on equal points with The Wave, Muscat but it all went pear shaped when they picked the wrong end of the start line. Mirsky cleverly took advantage of the Italian's woes to finishing in third place catapulting his position to third in the overall rankings.

One day of racing remains and five teams are in real contention for overall victory with just 13 points separating them. “Everything can change,” Dean Barker said. “It’s nice to be leading going into the final day but you're only as good as your next race. With another seven to eight races tomorrow anything can happen.”

Other possible contenders for a podium finish include Roman Hagara’s Red Bull Extreme Sailing on 187 and Team Extreme with points for redress (compensation for their crash) on 177.6 (they get 5.2 points per race). Oman Air is on 170 after a mixed day of results, Alinghi on 161 followed by Team GAC Pindar on 160 who had some great moments and has held off Niceforyou on 153 points.

Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 Istanbul
Current overall standings after Day 4 (28.5.11)

Position / Team / Skipper & crew / Points

1st Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Dean Barker / Glenn Ashby / James Dagg / Jeremy Lomas 228 points
2nd Artemis Racing (SWE), Terry Hutchinson / Rodney Ardern / Morgan Trubovich / Julien Cressant 224 points
3rd The Wave, Muscat (OMA), Torvar Mirsky / Kyle Langford / Nick Hutton / Khamis Al Anbouri 218 points
4th Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA), Pierre Pennec / Christophe Espagnon / Thierry Fouchier / Hervé Cunningham 217 points
5th Luna Rossa (ITA), Max Sirena / Paul Campbell-James / Alister Richardson / Manuel Modena 215 points
6th Red Bull Extreme Sailing (AUT), Roman Hagara / Hans Peter Steinacher / Will Howden / Craig Monk 187 points
7th Team Extreme (EUR), Roland Gaebler / Bruno Dubois / Sebbe Godefroid / Nicholas Heintz 177.6 points
8th Oman Air (OMA), Sidney Gavignet / Kinley Fowler / David Carr / Nasser Al Mashari 170 points
9th Alinghi (SUI), Tanguy Cariou / Yann Guichard / Nils Frei / Yves Detrey 161 points
10th Team GAC Pindar (GBR), Ian Williams / Mark Ivey / Mischa Heemskerk / Jono Macbeth 160 points
11th Niceforyou (ITA), Alberto Barovier / Mark Bulkeley / Daniele de Luca Simone de Mari 153 points

Lulu Roseman

Sebastien Destremau talks to Artemis Racing coach Nick Moloney on Day 3 in Istanbul

Extreme Sailing Series - Act 3, Istanbul - Day 3 - Onboard with Dean Barker, ETNZ

Friday, May 27, 2011

Boom, Crash, Bang at Extreme Sailing Series Istanbul - Day 3

Photo: © Lloyd Images
In Alinghi misjudged their approach at the top mark and rammed into Team Extreme in the fourth race of the day in what was a classic port/starboard incident.

Alinghi tried to bear away behind Team Extreme but didn't make it and instead accelerated into the stern of Roland Gaebler’s (Germany) Team Extreme hurling crew into the water.
Damage caused to Team Extreme Photo: © Lloyd Images
“It was a massive and very loud crash,” said Gaebler. “It was scary, its 1.2 tons of boat crashing into each other. It’s so loud you cannot imagine. It’s like driving a car going from 200km/h to zero, the boat stopped in a second.”
Photo: © Lloyd Images
Alinghi's Yves Detrey sustained an arm injury and was taken ashore.

“We started the day under pressure after two bad races,” said Alinghi's Skipper Tanguy Cariou. 

“We tried to bear away, we lost control of the boat and had a big collision. I fell in the water and the bowman hit the winch. We are of course disappointed and sorry for Team Extreme but its part of the game.” 

Both yachts are expected back on the start line tomorrow.

With a big gash in the port hull, Team Extreme was kept afloat by a support RIB before being towed to the technical area and craned out. Both Alinghi, with bowsprit damage, and Team Extreme were out of the game for the rest of the day. A busy night lays ahead for the support teams in order to get the boats repaired and back racing tomorrow.
Photo: © Lloyd Images
There was plenty of bump and grind during the nine races today held in  the Stadium Sailing format. Alinghi copped a blow at the start of the first race by Emirates Team New Zealand (not their fault) and again by Artemis Racing (their fault).
Alinghi damage © Lloyd Images
Artemis Racing were leading this morning but after losing and regaining the lead several times, they are now in second place behind France’s Groupe Edmond de Rothschild who ut in a strong performance with two firsts and two second places followed by Team New Zealand in third.

“Each day is like a regatta, if you’re in the top four at the end of the day then you have a chance of winning,” said Ray Davies, Emirates Team New Zealand Coach.

Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 Istanbul
Current overall standings after Day 3 (27.5.11)

Position / Team / Skipper & crew / Points
1st Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA), Pierre Pennec / Christophe Espagnon / Thierry Fouchier / Hervé Cunningham 171 points
2nd Artemis Racing (SWE), Terry Hutchinson / Rodney Ardern / Morgan Trubovich / Julien Cressant 170 points
3rd Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Dean Barker / Glenn Ashby / James Dagg / Jeremy Lomas 163 points
4th Luna Rossa (ITA), Max Sirena / Paul Campbell-James / Alister Richardson / Manuel Modena 156 points
5th The Wave, Muscat (OMA), Torvar Mirsky / Kyle Langford / Nick Hutton / Khamis Al Anbouri 153 points
6th Red Bull Extreme Sailing (AUT), Roman Hagara / Hans Peter Steinacher / Will Howden / Craig Monk 140 points
7th Team GAC Pindar (GBR), Ian Williams / Mark Ivey / Mischa Heemskerk / Jono Macbeth 121 points
8th Niceforyou (ITA), Alberto Barovier / Mark Bulkeley / Daniele de Luca Simone de Mari 112 points
9th Oman Air (OMA), Sidney Gavignet / Kinley Fowler / David Carr / Nasser Al Mashari 112 points
10th Alinghi (SUI), Tanguy Cariou / Yann Guichard / Nils Frei / Yves Detrey 111 points
11th Team Extreme (EUR), Roland Gaebler / Bruno Dubois / Sebbe Godefroid / Nicholas Heintz 88 points

Lulu Roseman

Hutch's Update - Extreme 40s Istanbul

Photo: © Lloyd Images
27 May 2011
Extreme Sailing Series - Istanbul

Tough day today on Artemis Racing. Tough only because we did not continue with our starting in the manner that we had in the previous two days. It did not change anything but we just did not have the breaks go our way. Inevitably, when you are parked at 5 of the 7 starts you can't expect much.

That said Rodney, Julien and Truby did really good work and we had some great positions at the first top marks but really got zero love from the wind gods. As we know, that is sailboat racing. Hats off to the Gitana guys for a great day to take over the pole position by a point on the leaderboard. For us tomorrow is a new day and we need to continue with the "consistent approach". Other than the actual points, our boat handling consistency was solid. As I said yesterday these days are hard and so we have to be mentally tough and take the good days with the bad. A highlight on the day was the good demeanor onboard, but that still does not ease the frustration.

For tomorrow, nothing will change. We will start our day with Dog's debrief analyzing the things we did well and poorly. Then we'll face the day with the same determination that we have the previous three days. For now just looking for some plates to throw against the wall.

Standing by in Istanbul.

Terry Hutchinson
Helmsman

The biggest crash of 2011 - Alinghi hit Team Extreme in Istanbul

Leading after day 2.... What do the sailors think of Terry Hutchinson?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Act 3, Istanbul - Day 2 in 60 Seconds


Artemis Take Turkey to the Extreme

The Halic Estuary in Istanbul provided plenty of thrills and spills in Act 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series today. Conditions might have only been  7-10 knots but the fierce gusts meant sailors had their work cut out for them over seven races on a short sharp two-lap course that is over in as little as twelve minutes flat.
Photo © Lloyd Images
Artemis Racing, have further increased their lead by 19 points followed by Alinghi who are on equal points with Emirates Team New Zealand.
 Alinghi Photo: © Lloyd Images
There were a few stacks and several close calls. Luna Rossa was craned out tonight to check for damage after smashing into Team GAC Pindar’s rear beam, and later knocking with Artemis Racing inflicting some damage to the aft port hull. Even though the Italians have dropped from 2nd to 4th place overall they will be back on the water  along with Team GAC Pindar.
Emirates Team New Zealand Photo: © Lloyd Images
“The racing is pretty brutal out there but we keep improving,” said Dean Barker, ETNZ Skipper. “We had a couple of shockers, but you know, you need to deal with what you get and try do do things a little bit better each time, and make less mistakes. Of course there's a lot we can do better, but we jump on every opportunity we can and try to make the best out it.”
The Wave, Muscat Photo: © Lloyd Images
Photo: © Lloyd Images
Photo: © Lloyd Images
Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 Istanbul
Current overall standings after Day 2 (26.5.11)

Position / Team / Skipper & crew / Points

1st Artemis Racing (SWE), Terry Hutchinson / Rodney Ardern / Morgan Trubovich / Julien Cressant 116 points
2nd Alinghi (SUI), Tanguy Cariou / Yann Guichard / Nils Frei / Yves Detrey 97 points
3rd Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Dean Barker / Glenn Ashby / James Dagg / Jeremy Lomas 97 points
4th Luna Rossa (ITA), Max Sirena / Paul Campbell-James / Alister Richardson / Manuel Modena 95 points
5th Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA), Pierre Pennec / Christophe Espagnon / Thierry Fouchier / Hervé Cunningham 95 points
6th The Wave, Muscat (OMA), Torvar Mirsky / Kyle Langford / Nick Hutton / Khamis Al Anbouri 87 points
7th Red Bull Extreme Sailing (AUT), Roman Hagara / Hans Peter Steinacher / Will Howden / Craig Monk 78 points
8th Oman Air (OMA), Sidney Gavignet / Kinley Fowler / David Carr / Nasser Al Mashari 76 points
9th Team Extreme (EUR), Roland Gaebler / Bruno Dubois / Sebbe Godefroid / Nicholas Heintz 64 points
10th Niceforyou (ITA), Alberto Barovier / Mark Bulkeley / Daniele de Luca Simone de Mari 64 points
11th Team GAC Pindar (GBR), Ian Williams / Mark Ivey / Mischa Heemskerk / Jono Macbeth 55 points

Lulu Roseman

Day 2 skipper snippets from Act 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series, Istanbul

Line Honours For Alegre In Rolex Volcano Race

Photos: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi
Alegre, the stunning Mills 68 owned by Andres Soriano has won the inaugural Rolex Volcano Race, the offshore race for the maxi and mini maxi yachts at Rolex Capri Sailing Week.
Photos: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi
The finish has been set off the island of Alicudi, the most westerly of the Aeolian Islands. The course was shortened by the race committee due to a lack of wind in the southern Tyrrhenian Sea.

Alegre's afterguard includes Kiwi Simon Main, Britain's Simon Fisher and Francesco de Angelis, who  Skippered Luna Rossa in the America’s Cup.  Born and bred in Naples, De Angelis was  over the moon.

“We understand the reason why the race has been shortened, it would have been too long a race for the other teams. Technically it has been a tricky race with many difficult points and decisions to make but it has been enjoyable," De Angelis said by satellite phone, after Alegre crossed the finish line.

"The team has sailed well and everybody on board Alegre is very happy. I had the honour of sailing with Alegre at last year’s Rolex Capri Sailing Week and I was very happy to have the opportunity to sail with the team again. It is a great group of sailors that Andres Soriano has put together. We have pushed hard on the boat but also we have enjoyed our time together. Andres Soriano has steered throughout his watch and was helming the boat as we crossed the finish line, as he did at the start.”

An epic battle continues for second place between Wild Joe, the Hungarian canting keel 60 footer, skippered by Marton Josza and Danilo Salsi’s Swan 90, DSK Pioneer Investments. These two have been match racing since passing Capri. This morning, Wild Joe pulled ahead of DSK Pioneer Investments for the first time in the race and they are both expected to finish by sunset tonight.

Lulu Roseman

Terry Hutchinson's Update from the Extreme Sailing Series in Istanbul - Day 2

26 May 2011
Extreme Sailing Series - Istanbul
Photo: © Lloyd Images, 
Well the day delivered as promised....an absolute whipping but good conditions, shifty, puffy and lots of up and down. We managed a pretty solid day as the aim has been to just try and be consistent in really inconsistent conditions. In what seems like a blur we went 4,4,4,2,1,1,4. Hard to really say why as all the races blend together. In fact as I sit and write I can't really remember too much other then the bad start that we had in the last race. Somewhat a casualty of getting too close to the line and then a collision to leeward which prevented us from speed building. All in all though a good day and definitely looking forward to a solid night's sleep.

On a different note can't say enough about the effort that the entire team is putting in. Nick, Dog and Brad ashore and Julien, Rodney and Truby on the boat. These regattas are an absolute frenzy from the word go and it is great group. Overall results, well I know we are in the lead but much beyond that I have not looked at the exact points.

There are still 21 races to go and plenty of opportunity for all the competitors. So I think for the time being, we will just keep chipping along.

Standing by in Istanbul.

Terry Hutchinson
Helmsman
Artemis Racing

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Interview with Ian Williams Skipper, Team GAC Pindar

Artemis Are Rocking The Kasbah in Istanbul

Photos: © Lloyd Images
Artemis Racing came out of the blocks on fire today at the Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 in Istanbul and after seven races are leading Luna Rossa by a point followed by Alinghi.

The 11 crews had their work cut out for them as they carved up short, sharp racecourses in shifty wind conditions that tested their pure muscle power and physical fitness. 
Photos: © Lloyd Images
“It’s beautiful to sail here, the conditions are good with a tricky wind which is good for us,” said Luna Rossa skipper, Maxi Sirena.

Apart from Luna Rossa who grabbed two gun finishes, a different team crossed the finish line first in each race. The victors included Alinghi, Emirates Team New Zealand, The Wave Muscat, Groupe Edmond de Rothschild and Team GAC Pindar. But it was Terry Hutchinson’s consistency on Artemis Racing that won the day and has them leading the point score. 
Photos: © Lloyd Images
“I think one of the best things that we did was not get too flustered by some of the bad cards that were dealt to us, the last race was a perfect example of hanging in during the race and waiting until there was an opportunity presented to us to make our move,” Hutchinson said.

“When a nice little shift came down the course we went for it with an early gybe, I think we passed three boats in the one move which was really, really good.”
Photos: © Lloyd Images
Extreme Sailing Series – Act 3, Istanbul
Current overall standings after Day 1

Position / Team / Skipper & crew / Points
1st Artemis Racing (SWE), Terry Hutchinson / Rodney Ardern / Morgan Trubovich / Julien Cressant 52 points
2nd Luna Rossa (ITA), Max Sirena / Paul Campbell-James / Alister Richardson / Manuel Modena 51 points
3rd Alinghi (SUI), Tanguy Cariou / Yann Guichard / Nils Frei / Yves Detrey 47 points
4th Oman Air (OMA), Sidney Gavignet / Kinley Fowler / David Carr / Nasser Al Mashari 46 points
5th Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Dean Barker / Glenn Ashby / James Dagg / Jeremy Lomas 45 points
6th The Wave, Muscat (OMA), Torvar Mirsky / Kyle Langford / Nick Hutton / Khamis Al Anbouri 44 points
7th Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA), Pierre Pennec / Christophe Espagnon / Thierry Fouchier / Hervé Cunningham 44 points
8th Team Extreme (EUR), Roland Gaebler / Bruno Dubois / Sebbe Godefroid / Nicholas Heintz 41 points
9th Red Bull Extreme Sailing (AUT), Roman Hagara / Hans Peter Steinacher / Will Howden / Craig Monk 34 points
10th Team GAC Pindar (GBR), Ian Williams / Mark Ivey / Mischa Heemskerk / Jono Macbeth 29 points
11th Niceforyou (ITA), Alberto Barovier / Mark Bulkeley / Daniele de Luca Simone de Mari 29 points

Lulu Roseman

Terry Hutchinson Sends An Update From Extreme 40s - Istanbul

25 May 2011
Extreme Sailing Series - Istanbul
Photo: © Lloyd Images
It was a long day today in Istanbul. We spent the first couple of days here waiting for the gear to arrive and what could have been an absolute logistical nightmare was somehow pulled off by the organizers and shippers.

The boats were rigged yesterday and we went out this morning for a training session before getting into the regatta. The crew members sailing here are Rodney Ardern, Julien Cressant and Morgan Trubovich. This is the first time this group has sailed together and we are sticking with our long range of plan of developing the relationships within our team as best we can around some of these regattas. Ultimately, the AC 45 only has five crew and the Extreme 40 has four crew, so we take the opportunities where we can get them to mix and match.

The venue itself is tricky. One of those places where you are never really out of it until the race is over. You fight for every point because you know they are so valuable. We had seven races between 1400 and 1700 hours and I can tell you I am completely knackered and I have the somewhat easy job on the boat.

Rodney, Julien and Truby at any given moment are running around the boat furling, unfurling, kite up. You get the point.....it's a fire storm pretty much all the time. We ended the day at the top of the leader-board and really that is about as good as the paper it is written on; 28 more races and plenty of opportunity. For now we will focus on us as that is about all we can control.

Terry Hutchinson
Helmsman
Artemis Racing

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Extreme 40 - Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 Kicks Off Today in Istanbul

Expect action aplently as these pro teams go hell for leather on these high tech 40 foot catamarans in Istanbul this week.
The Italians are out to repeat their performance in China
Can Luna Rossa hold off the Kiwi's by repeating their success in China in April? Or will Dean Barker and his ETNZ boys be out to settle some scores? Terry Hutchinson on Artemis is ready for battle and eager to show off his newly acquired multi-hull prowess.
The Wave, Muscat
The Wave, Muscat has been repaired after that spectacular stack in China with Australia's Torvar Mirsky on the helm.
Red Bull Extreme Sailing
Add Alinghi and Ian Williams leading Team GAC Pindar to the mix and this week's event should be a wild ride featuring some of the world's top match racing and America's Cup talent.

Light north, north easterly conditions of 8-10 knots are expected and should build to 16 knots by Saturday. All set against a backdrop of one of the world's most spectacular ancient Ottoman empires.

Lulu Roseman

Monday, May 23, 2011

Paul Cayard's Wrap Up of Artemis Racing from D35 Switzerland

22 May 2011

Realstone Cup – Wrap up
Crans, Switzerland

A pessimistic forecast gave way to the best day of wind here in Crans for the Realstone Cup. Foncia, who finished 8th I believe in the first event two weeks ago, won this event easily.

Four races were held today in winds varying from South to North and 3 knots to 15 knots. That's racing on these lakes.

Onboard Artemis Racing our finishes for the weekend were 5, 5, 6, 3, 4. Very consistent but just not high enough up for the win. We finished 4th equal with Alinghi but lost the tie breaker to finish 5th overall. The placings were very tight at the end. At one point, just prior to the 3rd race, the wind came up to a solid 15 16 knots. I got my first taste of being scared in this boat. Bearing away is a scary moment as the leeward bow wants to dig in and cartwheel the boat. We avoided that but it was "hot" as the French onboard say.

We are continuing to get to know our boat, SWE 12, and the class. We have a little problem upwind against the fleet but we are very fast downwind. We will work to improve our upwind speed.

For complete results go to www.vulcaintrophy.com

Back to San Francisco tomorrow morning for some meetings with ACRM and the other AC competitors.

Paul

Video Highlights - Day 5 - Audi MedCup Cascais Trophy 2011

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Azzurra Settles for Third at Cascais Trophy

Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
Audi Azzurra Sailing Team have placed third at the first event of the 2011 Audi MedCup Circuit.
Container were second just one point ahead and Quantum Racing ran away with the winner's trophy.

While Azzurra, who represent the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, showed a fighting spirit they paid a high price for their mistakes. Today they suffered two major technical problems.
Photo: Nico Martinez/Audi MedCup
A float from a fishing net got caught on the rudder during the leeward leg of the first race and the crew were forced to battle it out with Synergy and ALL4ONE for sixth place after floundering at the back of the fleet for most of the race. 

In the day's second race, the final of the Cascais Trophy, Azzurra lead Quantum who sat right on the Italian's tail as they rounded the windward mark together and sprinted on the downwind run. Spectators witnessed an exciting match-race in over 20 knots of breeze before disaster struck Azzurra at the gate  when the retriever line for the spinnaker became entangled in the sock. 
Photo: Nico Martinez/Audi MedCup
Azzurra dropped back to fifth place but managed to pass their closest rival, Container, at the finish line. A fourth place wasn't enough and they missed out on taking second place overall by just one point.

"It's a third place that leaves us a little bitter. We are aware that we could have done better both during the week and today. My congratulations go to Quantum, who raced perfectly, but in Marseille we will be even more combative and determined," said Azzurra's strategist Vasco Vascotto.
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
"Over the week we experienced minor problems in most areas," tactician Francesco Bruni explained. "But that means we can avoid repeating the same mistakes in Marseille. What really stood out here was Quantum's superiority, but this is only the start of the season and we shouldn't jump to any hasty conclusions."

Skipper Guillermo Parada concluded: "We had a negative day today, despite having led the fleet at certain points, we know we have a long way to go to catch up with deserving winners Quantum and we are fully concentrated on our objectives for the season. We will come out fighting in Marseille."

Overall results after nine races:

1. Quantum Racing p.19
2. Container p.31.5
3. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team p.32.5
4. Synergy p.37
5. Ran p.40.5
6. Bribon p.47.5
7. Audi All4One p.58 

Lulu Roseman

Sailors Wrap Up at Audi Med Cup Cascais Trophy

Ed Baird (USA), skipper, Quantum Racing (USA):
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
”It was a very exciting week of racing, terrific, I never imagined that these boats could be that exciting going downwind. The guys have done a great job figuring out how to make this boat go and obviously it worked out pretty nicely. We have a lot to talk about now and find a way to sail faster, there are plenty of things to do before the next event. We don´t know how the boat is going to act in light weather conditions, we haven’t experienced them and we don´t know how the rest of the boats are going to sail in such conditions, we´ll have to learn how to handle the boat as quick as we can. When it´s windy like that you have to be in the hunt at the first top mark, you have to be going fast down there, the other boats showed over and over again that of you got tangled up with other boats downwind, someone is going to come down from behind. It´s important to find that lane Adrian and Kevin Hall did great guiding us in the racecourse, gave us great confidence and it worked out great.”

Adrian Stead (GBR), tactician, Quantum Racing (USA):
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
“It was a fantastic event for us, phenomenal, we are very pleased with how things have been going so far. At the beginning of the week our goal was to stay in touch because we were a little behind in our preparation. We´ve learned every day, improved our sailing and found the chemistry that made the team work very well. Technically, we´ve been trying to work in every area of the boat, in our communication, trying to understand everything that´s happening out there in the water, with the current, with the breeze… I think that we made the best we could out of the wind. We sailed quite well upwind, it´s very easy to not be in the front row at the top mark, in this fleet you need every inch and we maximized that.”

Vasco Vascotto (ITA), skipper, Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA):
Photo: Guido Trombetta_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“We sailed poorly, and with this fleet, if you make mistakes you pay. Now we have to rest a bit in order to be in the best possible shape in Marseille, that´s the key for us now. The result is not bad, but we leave with a bittersweet feeling. We got tangled up with a fisherman´s buoy in the first race, but we were behind and the result would´ve been the same if we didn´t. In the second one, we had a bit of bad luck, because the gennaker´s bag got tangled up in the spinnaker´s retriever system and we couldn´t bring down the gennaker downwind. We have to congratulate Quantum Racing, next time we´ll try to be stronger.”

Marc Lagesse (SOU), navigator, Container (GER):
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
“It´s been a very tricky venue and the rest of the boats are all tough, but we delivered. The level´s so high that we could easily be last at the next regatta. We are very happy with how the boat sails in strong wind. Consistency´s been the key for us. We didn´t want to start very aggressively and we sailed in a conservative way, staying with the fleet. We didn´t win a race, most teams did and we still got a second place, so we are very happy.”

Audi MedCup Media Team

Quantum Racing Conquer Cascais

Winners Quantum Racing Photo: Stefano Gattini/Audi MedCup
This week Cascais lived up to it's reputation as a favoured yacht racing venue by organisers and sailors alike. Sunshine, strong northerly breezes and the wild blue Atlantic delivered the goods for the opening event of the 2011 Audi MedCup Circuit.

Winning the Cascais Trophy in their newly launched Botin Partners designed boat couldn't be a better result for new Quantum Racing helmsman Ed Baird and his crew who won five races from nine starts.

The crew got the boat pumping upwind and powered around the windward-leeward track that clearly favoured one side of the course.
Quantum Racing Celebrate Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
“The guys have done a great job figuring out how to make this boat go and obviously it worked out pretty nicely. We have a lot to talk about now and find a way to sail faster, there are plenty of things to do before the next event. We don´t know how the boat is going to act in light weather conditions, we haven’t experienced them and we don´t know how the rest of the boats are going to sail in such conditions, we´ll have to learn how to handle the boat as quick as we can," Baird said.

"When it´s windy like that you have to be in the hunt at the first top mark, you have to be going fast down there, the other boats showed over and over again that of you got tangled up with other boats downwind, someone is going to come down from behind. It´s important to find that lane Adrian Stead and Kevin Hall did great guiding us in the racecourse, gave us great confidence and it worked out great."

The team at the back of the boat including world championship winners Kevin Hall (USA), navigator, Ado Stead (GBR), tactician and mainsail trimmer Skip Baxter (NZL) provided valuable support to Baird, whose confidence grew noticeably throughout the regatta.

Cascais Trophy
52 Series
Final results
1.Quantum Racing (USA), 3+3+5+1+1+1+3+1+1= 19 points
2. Container (GER), 2+2+4+3+3+3+7,5+2+5= 31,5 points
3. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA), 5+1+2+2+6+2+4,5+6+4= 32,5 points
4. Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS), 1+6+3+4+4+6+6+5+2= 37 points
5. Ràn (SUE), 6+4+6+5+7+5+1,5+3+3= 40,5 points
6. Bribón (ESP), 4+7+1+6+2+7+10,5+4+6= 47,5 points
7. Audi Sailing Team Powered by All4One (EUR), 7+5+7+7+5+4+9+7+7= 58 points
8. Gladiator (GBR), 9DNC+9DNC+9DNC+9DNC+9DNC+9DNC+13,5 DNC+9DNC+9DNC=85,5 points

Owner driver trophy: RÀN

Lulu Roseman

Quantum Quash All To Grab Audi MedCup Cascais Trophy

Quantum Racing Celebrate Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
Quantum Racing racked up their fifth win in the last race in the final day of competition to take home the Audi MedCup Cascais Trophy.
Photo: Stefano Gattini/Audi MedCup
Quantum Racing were on fire today as Cascais delivered consistently strong winds, peaking again at 22 knots which provided fun surfing conditions for the crews.
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
Ed Baird guided Quantum Racing to victory in the first race of the day where they led all the way from the first windward mark. Ditto in the second race. Unfortunately their nearest challengers Audi Azzurra Sailing Team lost their gennaker in the water and we forced to to cut it free.
Azzurra Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
Synergy crossed the line in second place followed by Ran, Azzurra, Container, Bribon and ALL4ONE.
Container Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
Despite losing out on the finish line to Azzurra, Container finished in second place overall in their first Audi MedCup Circuit regatta.

Lulu Roseman

Quantum Win And Final Race Underway Now

 Quantum Racing Photo: Nico Martinez/Audi MedCup
Today's first race was won by Quantum Racing which leaves the current TP52 world champions with a 8.5 point advantage going into the last race of the Cascais Trophy.

Quantum Racing grabbed the lead as soon as they managed to cross the fleet on the approach to the right side of the course and from there stayed in control.

Container mounted a challenged during the first run but had to settle for second place. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team appeared to lose boat speed to finish in sixth which now sees Container rise to second overall with a one point margin over the Italians.

Lulu Roseman