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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Video Highlights - RC44 Cagliari Day 2


Paul Cayard's Update from RC44's in Cagliari

RC44 Cagliari Cup
30 June 2011

Another great day for Artemis Racing/Katusha. It was a full 25 knot mistral on the race course and two races of the planned three races were held as most of the newer boats in the fleet suffered some sort of damage. The fleet has now grown to 15 boats which makes for very interesting and exciting racing.
Photo: Nico Martinez/RC44
Katusha, with owner Gennadi Timchenko driving for the first time since last October, had a 2, 6 in the windy conditions. After a great start at the committee boat, we were actually leading for a short time in the first race. TeamAqua sailed very well and passed us up the second windward leg. Still, we were very happy with the second place.
Photo: Nico Martinez/RC44
In the second race Katusha got to the first windward mark in 5th place but our bowsprit broke on the first run and we lost a few boats. Up the second windward leg, we passed two boats back while our crew jury rigged our bowsprit. We hung on down the final run to finish 6th. Very good job by our crew.

Artemis Racing meanwhile sailed very consistently finishing 4, 3. Torbjorn Tornqvist is very experienced at sailing in the strong winds of Cagliari and it showed today.
Photo: Nico Martinez/RC44
TeamAqua's performance of 1, 4 showed that keeping the team together for so many years is valuable. Danny Calero sailed his Puerto Calero very fast as well, getting a 3, 2 and ending the day tied with TeamAqua for the top spot.

The forecast for tomorrow is continued mistral. Hopefully, it won't be too strong. Racing continues through Sunday.

For complete results go to www.rc44.com

Paul

Day 2 - RC44 Cagliari Cup - Wind Whips Fleet

After yesterday’s light start to the event the action kicked in today with a shifty building breezes throughout the day that turned into a mini Mistral by the afternoon with gusts measuring up to 32 knots
Photo: Nico Martinez/RC44
In race one, series leaders Oracle Racing wanted the left, won the pin end of the line, but rounded the first windward mark in 11th place.  Islas Canarias Puerto Calero got it right.

“In the first race we went right which was a good side, helped by good team work, new sails that are working very well in the strong wind,” said tactician Jose Maria Ponce
Photo: Nico Martinez/RC44
But near disaster struck the Spanish team as they neared the leeward gate, a ripped spinnaker left them sailing with just their jib, and Team Aqua (GBR) and Katusha (RUS) snuck through. The top three places didn’t change from then on and Team Aqua that took the gun followed by Katusha and a relieved Islas Canarias Puerto Calero in third. Oracle Racing fought to get back in the pack, gaining three places to finish eighth.
With the wind increasing the call was made by the race committee to go for small kites in race two. On the start line Katusha fought for the committee boat end of the line and nailed it while Team Aqua opted for the middle, with Islas Canarias Puerto Calero and Oracle at the pin end.
Photo: Nico Martinez/RC44
This time the left paid off as Islas Canarias Puerto Calero rounded the windward mark first again. A great downwind leg by Howe/Coutts saw Oracle Racing take the lead and pull away from the fleet.

Behind the leaders the fleet were fighting tooth and nail as  the breeze increased. John Bassadone (GBR) and his Spanish team on Peninsula Petroluem moved from fourth to second, closely followed by Islas Canarias Puerto Calero, Artemis and Team Aqua. With the finish line within their sights Peninsula Petroleum broached in one of the monster gusts and dropped to fifth.

The unluckiest boat of the day was David Murphy’s Ironbound (USA), who broke their steering gear on the final leg of race two, sending the boat into an uncontrollable broach.  “We broached, it was a crew mistake and we threw a chain off one of our gears, so lost all steering,” Murphy said after racing.

Team Aqua leads the standings with two races sailed, on equal points with Islas Canarias Puerto Calero. “Defiantly making it round safely. We’re doing well and I think what it comes down to is everyone onboard knowing what they are doing and going steadily through manoeuvres. It was great sailing though, really exhilarating,” said Team Aqua's owner Chris Bake.

Artemis Racing, with Torbjorn Tornqvist at the helm, racked up fourth and third place to sit two points off the leaders in third place.

Lulu Roseman

Video Highlights - RC44s Cagliari - Day 1


RC44's Smoking Start in Sardinia

It was plain sailing today in light conditions for the the 15 teams competing in the RC44 Cagliari Cup in Cagliari in southern Sardinia. Today's match racing schedule saw the fleet race six flights with four teams coming away undefeated; Team CEEREF, Oracle Racing, Katusha and Team Aqua.
Photo: Nico Martinez/RC44
Team Aqua cruised to victory in each of their four races. Leading the match race ranking coming into Cagliari, their form today cemented their place at the top of the leaderboard, two points ahead of Paul Cayard on Katusha and Russell Coutts steering Oracle Racing.

Oracle Racing remain undefeated despite an action packed day.
Photo: Nico Martinez/RC44
“The first race we lost one of our crew members overboard (Matt Coutts) at the windward mark and had to circle round and go back for him. Our second race was really close with No Way Back, they were ahead of us but we managed to pass them. There was some good racing out there,”  Russell Coutts said after racing.
Photo: Nico Martinez/RC44
On a day where the professional skippers steered, Igor Lah, helmed his own boat, Team CEEREF, and achieved three straight wins from Ironbound (USA), Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP ) and Aleph (FRA) helmed by 2010 World Match Racing runner up, Mathieu Richard.

Team CEEREF are fourth overall in the match racing on nine points, after three events. On equal points is Artemis Racing who had good fortune on their side in their match against David Murphy’s Ironbound (USA). 
Photo: Nico Martinez/RC44
“We had an interesting race with Ironbound where we both went around the mark the wrong way. We managed to unwind ourselves, so even though they beat us on the water they didn't sail the correct course, so didn’t get a result. Torbjorn (Tornqvist owner of Artemis) was the only one on the boat that noticed the mistake which was key to us doing well,” Morgan Larson said.

The two new teams who join the tour in Cagliari also added points to their scoreline with Poland’s MAG Racing winning two out of their four races with team tactician Piotr Przybylski, at the helm. 
Photo: Nico Martinez/RC44
“We are very happy with our performance today. We finished with good results in my debut on the helm and although I have sailed on these boats for a few years before it has always been in different positions from front trim to back trim but never on the helm, so for me it was a really great day. It was so important for us to have won two races; it allows us to push forward for the future,” Przybylski said.

RUS 7 Racing team powered by anywayanyday.com picked up their only race win against fellow Russian’s Team Nika, whose owner Vladimir Prosikhin described their day as “Unlucky, but very enjoyable”.

Tomorrow the fleet racing begins.

Lulu Roseman

Paul Cayard Checks in From RC44 Cagliari Cup

RC44 Cagliari Cup
29 June 2011

Great day for Artemis Racing. Both Artemis and Katusha won all their matches today, four wins for Katusha and three for Artemis. This puts Katusha in a tie with TeamAqua for first place at this event and Artemis in a tie with ORACLE for third place. Not sure at this time how the ties will be broken.

The are now 15 boats in the fleet, so five boats sit out any given flight of races while ten battle.

The wind today was a mild Southeasterly that never built over 12 knots and softened in the afternoon. Nothing too spectacular to report. We were a little rusty on Katusha in the first match but were lucky enough to win and get better as the day went on.

Tomorrow a Mistral is forecast to arrive and last for three days. The Mistral brings 20-30 knots of wind from the Northwest. This should make for exciting sailing with 15 of these RC44s on a short course.

For complete results go to www.rc44.com

Paul

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

RC44's in Cagliari

Round three of the RC44 Championship Tour kicks off today in Cagliari with one day of match racing followed by four days of fleet racing.
Photo: Nico Martinez/RC44
Located on Sardinia’s south coast, the 15 teams challenging for the RC44 Cagliari Cup will race on Cagliari Bay renowned for its strong and consistent breezes.

Two new teams, MAG Racing from Poland and RUS-7 Sail Racing Team powered by AnyWayAnyDay.com have joined the RC44 Tour. Although they will not be challenging for the 2011 title as all six events of the Tour count towards the overall title, they are preparing for their 2012 assault.
Photo: Nico Martinez/RC44
In the overall Tour standings ORACLE Racing (USA) leads the title race after two events, following their victory at the RC44 Austria Cup in May. But they will need to keep an eye on Chris Bake’sTeam Aqua (GBR), who launched their brand new RC44 on Lake Traunsee in Austria last month. Team Aqua also lead the Match Race rankings and are just two points off the leaders in the fleet race standings. Katusha (RUS) skippered by Paul Cayard are two further points behind in third.

Lulu Roseman

Friday, June 24, 2011

Now That's Foxy - Giraglia Rolex Cup

The 37ft-Foxy Lady (FRA) has emerged as the surprise overall winner of the 59th Giraglia Rolex Cup.
Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Co-skippered by brothers Dominique and Michel Heyraud, Foxy Lady finished the race in just 48 hours and four minutes, at 12:08 CEST today, and has won on corrected time by 11 minutes, 30 seconds ahead of a fellow 37-footer Jeminy (FRA) with Calima (ESP), overall winners in 2009, finishing in third place.

“It’s an absolutely great feeling because we did not expect it at all. It is a very prestigious race that counts a lot in the Mediterranean. We felt that we managed the race quite well, that we sailed properly, and also that we were lucky in some situations regarding our decisions. It was a very interesting and challenging race,” said a surprised Dominique Heyraud.

Lulu Roseman

Giraglia Rolex Cup Fleet Arrive in Genoa

Another 41 yachts had followed Esimit Europa 2 into Genoa, completing the 243-nautical mile adventure from Saint Tropez.
Alegre Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Alegre crossed the finish line second ahead of Jethou, who both maintained their standings for most of the race. There was a six hour separation between the first and second finishers.

“It was a very stop start race, whenever we thought we could get going, we had to stop again,” said Nat Ives, navigator on Jethou.
Jethou Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
The first Italian boat to finish was the Baltic-65 Stig, who completed the course in 41 hours, 20 minutes, 58 seconds.
Stig Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Caol Ila (USA) owner Alexander Schaerer, whose crew finished around 20 minutes after Stig reflected on the race: “It was great even if there was not enough wind, at least on one stretch. In a way it helped us as our tacticians positioned us way north so we got the wind first and a better angle to get into the Giraglia as we passed some of the racing boats, before a nice run back to Genoa.”
Caol Ila Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
The order of arrival for the first ten boats was as follows:

1. Esimit Europa 2 (SLO) 33.48.20
2. Alegre (GBR) 39.41.23
3. Jethou (GBR) 40.50.15
4. Stig (ITA) 41.20.58
5. DSK Pioneer Investments (ITA) 41.27.05
6. Caol Ila (USA) 41.40.42
7. Aegir 2 (GBR) 41.42.57
8. Near Miss (SUI) 41.43.16
9. Pace (GBR) 41.45.35
10. Paprec Recyclage (FRA) 42.05.50

Lulu Roseman

Esimit Europa 2 Take Line Honours in Giraglia Rolex Cup

ESIMIT EUROPA 2 RETAINS LINE HONOURS TITLE
Esimit Europa 2 Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Esimit Europa 2 crossed the finish line in Genoa to claim line honours at the Giraglia Rolex Cup At 22:33.20 CET.

The Slovenian flagged yacht completed the course in 33 hours 45 minutes and 20 seconds and retains the title they claimed in 2010, when the event finished in San Remo.

Owner Igor Simcic was presented on arrival with a Rolex Yacht-Master Rolesium.
Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
“This Giraglia was different from last year, we had all the time this light wind and for the boat it is very important to not stop. We looked all the time how to keep it running and had to keep our attention focused on everything. The whole team made their contribution to this success,“ Simcic said about his crew.
Jochen Schuemann and Igor Simcic Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
As Esimit crossed the line in Liguria, Alegre was the closest yacht some 44-nautical miles behind in what will be a long night at sea for the rest of the fleet. The clock is ticking for the overall corrected-time victory.

Lulu Roseman

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Esimit Europa 2 Charges Ahead in Giraglia Rolex Cup

The situation has changed quite dramatically at the 2011 Giraglia Rolex Cup as Esimit Europa 2 has pulled away from the rest of the fleet, transforming what at one stage looked like a tight line honours battle into a one-horse race.
Esimit Europa 2 rounding the Rock Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
In the time that Esimit has racked up 50-nautical miles over their nearest rivals Alegre (GBR), Jethou (GBR) and Stig (ITA) had managed only ten. Esimit were the only yacht at 17:00 CEST to have made the turn away from the Giraglia rock, having done so at 13:13 CEST. On passing this key landmark in the race they benefitted from a south-easterly breeze and accelerated away from the fleet, hitting an average speed of just over 13 knots at one point.
Esimit Europa 2 Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Esimit is currently 45 nautical miles from Genoa and the south-easterly that helped the bid for freedom is tracking round to the west and expected to soften before building from the north in the early hours of Friday morning.
Disk Pioneer Investments Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
“We’ve done three nautical miles in three hours. It’s very tedious and extremely crowded around the rock. The yacht is currently travelling at around four knots and at the moment it’s difficult to imagine we will arrive before tomorrow morning, even if it should be more straight forward after the Giraglia,” said Andrea Casale, Sailing Master of the Swan 90 DSK Pioneer Investments (ITA).

Lulu Roseman

Giraglia Rolex Cup Fleet Parked

The 190 yachts competing in the Giraglia Rolex Cup endured a frustrating night at sea as light winds ensured relatively little progress was made during the evening hours.
Alegre Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
The breeze is expected to increase during the course of today as the yachts head towards Genoa however the arrival time of the first boat is currently predicted for the early hours of Friday morning.
Esimit Europa 2 Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
At 11:15 CEST on Thursday morning, leading yacht Esimit Europa 2 (SLO) confirmed that they were one hour and twenty minutes from the Giraglia rock, travelling at 8.9 knots and some 95.5- nautical miles from Genoa. Esimit are being followed in close pursuit by Alegre (GBR), some 10.1-nautical miles behind, and Jethou (GBR), a further 3.1-nautical miles after Alegre. These three yachts have held the leading positions for well over twelve hours.
Sagamore Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
According to the tracker, the following yachts are leading on handicap: Sagamore (USA), Mistral-Loisirs (FRA), Flying Cloud (ITA), Chestress 2 (ITA), followed by 2009’s ORC corrected time winner, Aurora (ITA).

America's Cup Competitors welcomed to the City of San Francisco

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Giraglia Rolex Cup - ESIMIT EUROPA 2 LEAD FLEET

Esimit Europa 2  is leading the pack, followed by Alegre (GBR), Jethou (GBR) and DSK Pioneer Investments (ITA) and). Esimit are currently182.5-nautical miles from Genoa.
Esimit Europa 2 Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Esimit were the first yacht to pass the La Fourmigue at around 15:02 CEST, at which point Simcic confirmed that the yacht was travelling at 11.5 knots with a wind speed of 8.5 knots. The crew are expecting to arrive at the Giraglia rock, the race’s legendary turning point, at between 04:00 – 07:00 CEST. The already light conditions set to become even more benign.
Fleet at the start Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
The staggered start times, with the small yachts going first, ensured that the racecourse was fairly bottlenecked during the early stages. Even so impressive starts were made by X-Trifix (ITA), Tchin Tchin (FRA) and Javier Pujol’s Calima (ESP), the overall winners in 2009.

Alegre (GBR) were the second yacht to round La Fourmigue, and tactician Chris Main confirmed via satellite phone that the crew were on course with their pre-race expectations.

“We’re very happy with how things are going, the conditions are good and will most likely favour some of the smaller boats,” Main said. He predicts that the yacht should arrive at the Giraglia rock around 05:00 CEST.

According to the tracker, the leading three on IRC handicap at 19:00 CEST are the 81-ft maxi, Sagamore (USA), Pace (GBR) a TP52, and Thierry Bouchard’s Class 40 Mistral-Loisirs (FRA).

Lulu Roseman

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Juan Villa Gunning for Victory in Giraglia

World class navigator, Juan Vila might have sailed around the world numerous times, won the America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race and raced in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, but the historic Giraglia Rolex Cup is missing from his proud sailing résumé. This year he plans to change that as a member of the afterguard onboard the100-ft Esimit Europa 2 (SLO).
Esimit Europa 2 Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
“The Giraglia is one of the mythical races in the Mediterranean. I’ve been looking forward to ticking this off as it is a race I’ve always wanted to do,” Villa said

"We are expecting light air and some frustrating times at the beginning on the way to the Giraglia. Fortunately, after which a south easterly breeze should start to develop on the eastern side of Corsica, of around 10-15 knots, allowing us to sail in medium conditions to Genoa. We will try to get as quickly as we can to the stronger breeze.

“This is a fast boat even in light conditions so we have to anticipate everything in a boat with these characteristics, planning ahead and giving the team the time to go through the manoeuvres."

Joining Vila are renowned sailors Jochen Schümann, Sidney Gavignet and Grant Simmer. After claiming the line honours title at the Giraglia Rolex Cup last year, Esimit’s 28-man crew is looking unbeatable this time around.

“The collaboration is going very well,” Vila added. 

“I’ve sailed with Jochen many times and now for the first time with Grant and Sydney - we all seem to be on the same page.” This evening the crew will make their final preparations before their departure. “We will keep checking the weather, and get as much sleep and rest as possible before the race."

Lulu Roseman

Giraglia Rolex Cup Offshore Fleet Get Ready

Now that the inshore race series is over,  almost 200 crews competing in the offshore race are busy making their final preparations for tomorrow’s start.
Bay of St Tropez Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Regular Giraglia Rolex Cup offshore race competitor, Lucio Crispo, owner of the 60-ft Mini Maxi, Maya (ITA), has plenty of experience preparing for this race.

“I am here for the ninth time and looking forward to this great competition. We’re focused on the adventure and enjoying ourselves. This regatta has its own appeal, especially for me as I arrived late to the world of sailing,” Crispo said.

“We’re busy putting together the finishing touches to the boat and also removing what we don’t need. The prediction of light winds may be a problem but you never know how things will change.”

Sergey Grishin, owner of the Vrolijk 57, Pheonix (RUS), is hoping for better luck in this year’s race after he and his crew was forced to retire last year. He is hoping that wife Olga will be his good luck charm as she joins the team as navigator. 

“I led her into sailing,” Grishin said. “She joined me for several regattas before becoming a navigator, a very difficult position to fill. My crew were put together two years ago and consists of both professionals and amateurs. We’re introducing a brand new generation of Russian sailors.”

For Olga, the transition to sailing came naturally. 

“Sailing is in my blood as my grandfather was an Admiral. I love analysing and processing information, and communicating the weather patterns with the afterguard. And of course, I couldn’t miss the chance to compete on board with my husband,” she said.

Cedric Pouligny is calling tactics onboard Hans-Juergen Riegel’s Marten 49, Speedy (GER), who is vying for her second Giraglia Rolex Cup.

“Conditions seem to be soft at the moment, but hopefully we can have a good race and aim to come in the top ten in our category. The crew are busy preparing this evening with the logistics including putting the food on board. We will be taking on lots of energy bars and coffee,” Pouligny said.

Lulu Roseman

Alegre On A Roll In St Tropez

Alegre excelled in another day of light conditions at the Giraglia Rolex Cup.
Alegre Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
The fleet repeated yesterday’s 17.1-nautical mile course for the final day of the inshore series.
Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
There was no stopping Alegre (GBR) who dominated her opposition.

“Conditions today in a way were easier than yesterday except for one section of the race,” said Owner/Skipper Andres Soriano. “We are very pleased with the crew work in these light conditions. It is important that everyone is in tune with the boat and that the crew gave their all under hot and uncomfortable conditions,” Soriano added.
Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
“We had a really good race today, the wind played into the leader's hands as it shifted and followed us around. Last year we dominated the inshore series and finished second in the long race and we are now hoping to go one better this year,” said Alegre's Tactician Chris Main.

Today’s winners were: Alegre (GBR) in Group 0 IRC, Imagine (GER) in Group A IRC, Tchin Tchin (FRA) in Group B IRC and Manida (ITA) in Group B ORC.

After two races, Alegre (GBR) won their class in Group 0 IRC, Early Bird (GER) were winners of Group A IRC and a Rolex Submariner, Tchin Tchin (FRA) took Group B IRC and Manida (ITA), Group B ORC.

Lulu Roseman

Monday, June 20, 2011

Australia's Joey Newton on TV in San Francisco - Winging it!

James Spithill - Nice Ink in The Sydney Morning Herald

http://www.smh.com.au/sport/cup-dream-takes-wing-for-the-pitbull-from-pittwater-20110617-1g7re.html#ixzz1Pdgkmhhb

Russell Coutts/James Spithill Talk - ORACLE Racing Capsizes

Alegre Shine in Sunny St Tropez

After yesterday’s strong mistral, relatively calm conditions returned to Saint Tropez today as the Giraglia Rolex Cup race committee sent competitors on a 17.1-nautical mile course around the Tourelle de la Rabiou and the Bouée de la Moutte in 5-7 knots of breeze which gradually built.
Photo: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi
Today’s winners were: Alegre (GBR) in Group 0 IRC, Cuordileone (ITA) in Group A IRC, Tchin Tchin (FRA) in Group B IRC and Manida (ITA) in Group B ORC.

Andres Soriano's Alegre took out both line honours and handicap on corrected time.

“It is incredible how strong the wind can be one day and light the next. The wind was light out there but it was a nice race, there weren’t many shifts and we sailed well and fast. It was good to go through some manoeuvres and to sharpen up together ahead of the offshore race,” said Francesco de Angelis, a member of of Alegre's afterguard.

The 59th Giraglia Rolex Cup 243-nautical mile offshore race commences on Wednesday.

Lulu Roseman

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Inshore Racing Cancelled in St Tropez

Photo: Rolex / Carlo BorlenghiCarlo
The strong, boisterous mistral breeze that consumed Saint-Tropez this morning hadn't eased by early afternoon forcing the race committee to raise the A underneath the AP flag signal at 14:24 CEST and confirm the cancellation of today’s inshore racing at the Giraglia Rolex Cup. 

With gusts peaking at a maximum of 40 knots today, calmer winds are predicted for tomorrow’s inshore racing, which should ensure that the crews have the opportunity to finalise their preparation for the start of the offshore race on Wednesday.

Lulu Roseman

What The Winners Said at Audi MedCup

Photo: Stefano Gattini_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
Markus Wieser (GER) skipper-helm Container (GER): 
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
“When we started sailing in Cascais we said a top three, podium result would be great for us and we got second. We came here to Marseille and we also thought a top three would be great, so winning is a great surprise for us. We are new to the class and I sailed the boat for the first time in Cascais, but it all comes down to the great team and the owner. He gave me the chance to sail with the guys I wanted to sail with. We have a great tactician, we have Hartwell Jordan who is running the boat, the sail programme so we are set up very well. And so it really comes down to the team. We all won together, and it is great victory for us and for Germany. We have a nice combination. I have known Hamish for many, many years. We sailed together on the match-race circuit and with Hartwell the mainsail trimmer we sailed together for many years, so it is a nice combination. I picked the guys to fit nicely together and we have fun sailing together. If you have fun you can sail very well together. 

"On the long distance race yesterday we had a fight coming from behind. And we won the race because we were just fighting all the time and it is just nice sailing with these guys. After the second day we were in sixth position but the gap between us was just six points and so we always knew that if we can have a good day we would be back in the game. Consistency is so very important, even with eight boats you have to fight for every place and never give up. So our fighting mentality helped us come back. 

"Our team is working very well in the light stuff and the strong breeze so the next regatta in Cagliari will be good. I think that Quantum, us and Audi Azzurra Sailing Team have a slight advantage. There was not much between us an Quantum. We did beat Quantum five races in a row and so we played the shifts a little better. But if you are on the up you feel strong and if you are not doing so well it is hard to fight back. If one team is on a high it is really hard to beat them. We have been on a high the last three days so it was difficult for Quantum to catch us. Out boat speed became better and better. We are learning every day and we are still catching up. I think it is very level between us, Quantum and Azzurra.”

Hamish Pepper (NZL) tactician Container (GER):
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
“It is a bit of a shame we did not get to sail today. We would have had an exciting race with Quantum Racing and the other boats would have been fighting it out for third I'm sure. We are thrilled. We are new to the Circuit and so it is great to get a win. We are getting to know the boat better and learning the modes, targets and speeds. The boat seems to be very good downwind, we gained a lot downwind when the breeze got up downwind. Markus and the guys did a great job trimming. And we managed to get the pressure at the right time.

"It is always important to win regattas, it is a nice feeling. The shore team put so much time into the boat, they work very long hours and so for us to go on the water and be able to pull it off is great. And for Udo to be here it is great.

"The level is always good. Quantum Racing is a good boat, Azzurra is good and Synergy, and RAN have a good crew. Even Gladiator won a couple of races and showed they are a good boat and a good team. It is always tricky. It is tough, always tough.

"This is a totally different venue to Cascais. It is a tactical venue. There are lots of things going on with pressure, lots of opportunities, shifts and geographical effects. It is a tough regatta to do well in.
We are here having fun and we enjoy going sailing. There are a lot of friends on board and that is fun sailing. When you are having fun sailing it seems to go well. It is fun sailing with Markus.
I was a bit tired after the Olympic regatta so it is nice to get the body back in order here."

Ed Baird (USA), Skipper, Quantum Racing (USA):
Photo: Stefano Gattini_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“We are disappointed because we would´ve liked to have a chance to go out there today and get some points back, but the weather is the weather. Container sailed really well this week, especially in the last three or four races, they deserved to win. Basically, we stretched our lead from a lot of the teams and only lost to them. We are happy so far. Now we have to wait for the next opportunity to race everybody in Italy.”

Ed Reynolds (USA) project manager Quantum Racing (USA):
Photo: Francesco Ferri_Borlenghi Studio/Audi MedCup
“The important thing is that we only lost 1.5 points in the overall since Cascais, that is all. This was like last year where the Kiwis dominated in Cascais and came here and got fourth. This was a really tough, tough regatta and Container did a really good job to end up where they did. I am really proud of our guys too, it was amazingly tough. We felt we survived and it could easily, easily have been ten points worse off. Debrief? We think that marginal surfing conditions are maybe not really a strong point of the boat, or whether we need more technique. We had never sailed in these conditions so there was a lot of learning going on. We are going to make some more changes.

"I think our boat is very strong upwind. There are some areas downwind; it could be the sail choice, could be the technique. That is one of the things we will work on for next time. Container – I don’t want to take away from the skill of the crew – have it figured out but the boat looks really quick downwind. We are hoping for steadier breeze in Cagliari and just to get some time to let the big horse get out and run for a while. We won in Cagliari three years ago, had a really bad regatta two years and we were in the hunt last time.

"It is very different dynamic without Terry (Hutchinson). This is good working through an adversity together. It has been fun because it has been pointed and the discussions are good and so I do think we will come away from here as a stronger team. For everybody here it is a change. This event everyone was so close together.

"For us we never come to a regatta to win it, it is always about the series. And so from that standpoint each event is a race in a regatta, in the big scheme of things. We were not naïve enough to think we were going to come here and run the table. This is the closest the series has been since I have been doing the MedCup. We just got on a roll in Cascais and the expectations were high and pretty big, but I don’t think anyone on our team was believing that.”

Tony Langley (GBR) owner-driver Gladiator (GBR):
Photo: Stefano Gattini_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup 
“We exceeded all our expectations this time out. It was fantastic. I made a few changes after Palma Vela and signed Chris Main a week ago and his experience has been invaluable, that was a late thing. And that was the missing ingredient. He asked me what I wanted him to and I said I want you to roll the dice. He said to be prepared to be last in every race. I said that if we are going to be a last in every race then just make sure it's not a procession to the last. I said roll the dice and if we come out in the top half then don’t roll it again, and if we come out in the bottom half then roll it again if you can.

"It is all a challenge. For me it is all about steering the boat myself. We had a very long coastal race. The first hour and a half we were the second boat and then the third boat, then fourth and after an hour and half I was pretty pleased with that. And I don’t think it is any coincidence that the two last boats were owner-drivers, in uprange conditions. I can drive at a reasonable level at 12-14 knots, but uprange is where the pros are still driving at 98% after four hours and I am down to 80%."

Audi MedCup Media Team

Container Crowned Marseille Champions - Audi MedCup

Despite missing out on the last day of racing due to the strong nor'westerly Mistral wind kicking up wild seas on the course area  the crew of Container were ecstatic about winning their first Audi MedCup regatta.
Container celebrate Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
An impressive performance given the team only made their MedCup Series debut last month in Cascais where they finished second overall behind Quantum Racing thanks to their consistent results

They are the first German flagged team to win a regatta on the Audi MedCup Circuit, an incredible victory for owner Udo Schuetz, who won the 1993 Admiral’s Cup with a three boat German team. 

During the eight races sailed in the past week they defeated the world champions and Cascais Trophy winners, Quantum Racing, five times on the run. Yesterday's coastal race victory and first ever win in the class, was crucial in the scheme of things as they emerged 1.5 points ahead of Quantum overall who finished third over the line behind Audi Azzurra.

But Quantum Racing weren't crying in their pretzels today having survived a frustrating and tactical regatta where the winds proved extremely difficult to read. Marseille’s wind strengths ranged from 6-26 knots with shifts of 15-30 degrees, extreme variations in pressure and different breezes on either side of the windward-leeward race tracks.

Marseille Trophy
52 Series
Final Results after 8 races

1. Container (GER), 7+3+4+6+2+3+2+1,5= 28,5 points
2. Quantum Racing (USA), 4+1+1+8+3+4+3+6= 30
3. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA), 1+7+3+7+5+5+6+3= 37
4. Bribón (ESP), 3+2+6+5+8+1+4+9= 38
5. Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS), 2+4+7+2+6+6+5+7,5= 39,5
6. Ràn (SUE), 5+5+2+4+4+2+9 (DSQ)+10,5= 41,5 points
7. Audi Sailing Team Powered by All4One (EUR), 6+6+8+3+7+8+1+4,5= 43,5
8. Gladiator (GBR), 8+8+5+1+1+7+9 (DNF)+12=47

Lulu Roseman

Video Highlights - Coastal Race Marseille Trophy - Day 4

Container Conquer Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy

In what has to be one of the biggest disappointments of the week, racing was cancelled today in Marseille, handing the Marseille Trophy to the German team Container.
Photo: Stefano Gattini_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
The stage was set for what was expected to be a thrilling showdown between Quantum Racing and Container who were separated by just one and a half points. But the weather had other ideas and at 2:21pm this afternoon all racing was officially cancelled. The north westerly Mistral kicked in and gusts of over 25 knots were recorded deeming it unsafe to resume the competition.

Marseille Trophy
52 Series
Final Results after 8 races

1. Container (GER), 7+3+4+6+2+3+2+1,5= 28,5 points
2. Quantum Racing (USA), 4+1+1+8+3+4+3+6= 30
3. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA), 1+7+3+7+5+5+6+3= 37
4. Bribón (ESP), 3+2+6+5+8+1+4+9= 38
5. Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS), 2+4+7+2+6+6+5+7,5= 39,5
6. Ràn (SUE), 5+5+2+4+4+2+9 (DSQ)+10,5= 41,5 points
7. Audi Sailing Team Powered by All4One (EUR), 6+6+8+3+7+8+1+4,5= 43,5
8. Gladiator (GBR), 8+8+5+1+1+7+9 (DNF)+12=47

Lulu Roseman

Paul Cayard's Update from D35's in Geneva

18 June 2011

D35 Bol d'Or
Geneva, Switzerland
Photo: © C Schmid/eyeimage/Artemis Racing
It was a pretty fast race this year as a strong Southwesterly breeze pushed the fastest boats, the D35s, down to the East end of the lake in 2.5 hours, right on record time. However, the way back was slower as the wind died in a few spots.

Over 500 boats started this classic Lake Geneva race on four different staring lines.

Alinghi led the D35 Class early and won the race while being challenged by Foncia most of the way. There was a bit of shuffling, but not huge parking lots.

Onboard Artemis Racing we did not do well, beating just one boat in our Class. We did not sail particularly fast, nor the right way, in a few key moments.

At the East end of the Lake the wind came up to 22 knots and the waves were about 1 meter high. That is a difficult seaway in these light air machines. We dug the bow in pretty hard a couple of times.

Now there is a summer break for the D35 racing and the last two regattas of the season will be in the South of France, the first one the first weekend of September.

For complete results go to www.vulcaintrophy.com

Paul

Saturday, June 18, 2011

MedCup Sailors Speak Their Mind after Coastal Race in Marseille

Víctor Marino (ESP), strategist, Container (GER):
Photo: Stefano Gattini_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“Overall, it´s been a really complicated coastal race, with really shifty winds. We hoped for it to be more stable, but it didn´t happen. The truth is that we sailed consistently in the middle of the fleet, and got close to the leading pack because our boat was going really fast. We trusted the fact that we were going to be fast with strong winds and it happened that way. We didn´t make any mistakes maneuvering and that´s important. The secret was to get close to the leading boats and use the opportunity that they gave us to pick the favored side. Coming back we chose to sail in the middle, avoiding the sides. Once we were first we covered our position well. It´s been a great job, we improve with windy conditions. The forecast says that tomorrow will be a tough day. We are all quite close and Quantum is a very strong boat. We´ll pay for any mistake we make”.

Philippe Mourniac (FRA) navigator Audi Sailing Team powered by All4ONE :
Photo: Ian Roman/Audo MedCup
"We were second on the run with the kite to Cassis but we caught a fish of a metre and a half with the rudder. We had to drop the spinnaker and go backwards because after ten minutes we still hadn't got rid of it. So we were last. After Cassis we had already decided we were going to go offshore hoping to have more stable wind than along the coast. It meant no risk cause we thought the wind was going to shift to the left: that wasn't the case, but we've had more stable wind than on the offshore side. There's plenty of things that we still can't do on this new boat: we aren't in control of everything but the potential of all4one is there. We have to learn and progress"

Ed Baird (USA), Skipper, Quantum Racing (USA):
Photo: Stefano Gattini_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“We had a pretty good start but it´s been a little disappointing because we picked the wrong side in the first leg. We managed to get back to the group down the run. It seems that we picked the wrong way underneath the island downwind a little bit, lost everybody at one point. Then we broke our spinnaker and had to catch up from there. It was long and crazy but we got back into the group. We were third and then the red boat came from their position and crossed us by two lengths. That´s the point that made the difference in the overall standings. We have one more race tomorrow and we hope to have a good opportunity to do a good job.”

Markus Wieser (GER) skipper-helm Container (GER): 
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
“I always said we would win a race soon so it is good to get one under our belts. We sailed well with good upwind speed, just all the time learning to sail the boat better and better.”

Marc Lagesse (RSA) navigator Container (GER):
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
“It was great to win. We have had a few second places, so to get a win is great. It was not an easy race at all. The first beat we ended up on the wrong side of the shift, so we rounded quite badly but in true Container style we just kept chipping away, one boat at a time. The guys sailed really well and it was literally just one boat at a time. We had a good run, there were veins of pressure and Hamish did a good job of keeping us in the pressure, and we got to the bottom mark in third place and then it was just a long slog home. It was case that we could sail our way and were able to put ourselves in the pressure, so it helped us, the rich getting richer upwind. We were happy too with Audi All4ONE’s comeback because it gives us a few more points on the board on Quantum Racing. They were taking a bit of flyer, but only tacked once and we will have tacked ten times so that is at least ten boat lengths of gain already. Ours is not much of a lead for the Audi MedCup but we will see what tomorrow brings.”

Kevin Hall (USA) navigator Quantum Racing (USA): 
Photo: Francesco Ferri_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“It was not our best race ever, but we had a lot of good moments and a few frustrating moments to be disappointed in. Container sailed a really nice race. Before the scoring gate we were right alongside them and chose to peel to the A4 but did not have the smoothest peel, and then actually we were looking at making gains in the low lane all the way across and we were worried about getting up to the mark, so if we had taken a little more risk against the fleet we might have played right around them, but we lost a lot of our gain in the lighter pressure to get up to the mark, but maybe if we had lived with it and said ‘ok we have to put the job up to get there’ it would have been different. The score was about what it should have been given how the top two boats sailed today. We would have liked to have gone into tomorrow at least tied, but Audi Red played a little spoiler out on the outside, good on them for making it work. And so tomorrow now we need to get a good start and find a boat to put between us.”

Audi MedCup Media Team