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Monday, July 25, 2011

Mirsky's America's Cup Dream Up In The Air

Looks like Australia's Torvar Mirsky has lost his America's Cup gig after today's announcement that Venezia Challenge have pulled out of the competition. Mirsky's appointment as Helmsman was only announced in June.
Photo: Courtesy of Venezia Challenge
The official line is that the Italian consortium defaulted on meeting the necessary requirements to compete in both the America’s Cup World Series and the 34th America’s Cup. Lack of funding is at the core of the team's withdrawal.

The first America’s Cup World Series regatta kicks off in Cascais, Portugal is less than two weeks.

The talented Mirsky has a pretty full dance card competing in the World Match Racing Tour and Extreme Sailing Series. The question now is which America's Cup team will snap him up now he is back on the market?

Lulu Roseman

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Video Highlights Day 5 Audi MedCup Cagliari


MedCup Sailors Shoot The Breeze

Jochen Schuemann (GER), Skipper, Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE (FRA-GER):
Photo: Nico Martinez/Audi MedCup
“First event win ever for this Audi team. Last year we finished second twice, so this is quite special for us. We´ve sailed really solid these last days. Today, we broke the spinnaker in the first race while hoisting, that was quite stupid and could´ve put us at risk but the second race was great. It feels good to win, not more not less, it will be hard next time. We had a good lead but we had three boats really close behind us for a while. It´s a very close competition and we are looking forward for the next regatta in Cartagena.”

Sébastien Col, Tactician, Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE (FRA-GER):
Photo: Guido Trombetta_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“ It feels good to finally win a regatta. At the beginning of the race we didn't expect it. We wanted to do things well. This is a victory we will enjoy. In Marseille we knew already that that the potential was there and we've finally found the key points the get the boat sailing well, which gives us confidence for the upcoming regattas. In the next one we should find similar conditions but with a bit bigger seas. We will still learn things from the boat and we'll still discuss with the designers and our coach in order to get the maximum out of it. I believe we were at the maximum during the last two days, what's really satisfying".

Ed Reynolds (USA) project manager Quantum Racing (USA): 
Photo: Guido Trombetta_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“Over the years I don’t think we have had a breakdown, or done circles (penalty turns) and we end up with both on the same day. We came in and tacked too close to Synergy, it was not a cheap foul, it was one of those things. 

"You load these boats up so hard and although we check these things meticulously, it was the top terminal where it goes around the eye went. The guys sorted it really quickly. It is the first time we have had a major breakdown in the Audi MedCup Circuit. Container did not have the week they wanted, but the two Audi boats did a great job here.”

Vasco Vascotto (ITA), strategist Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA):
Photo: Guido Trombetta_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“In the bad moments we always stick together and never give up. We finished second at this event it is almost a miracle. I am very proud of our shore crew we had some good meetings during the bad moments and that is the key, to keep working for the future. We are finally smiling. It’s a big move from last to second in two days, and gives us lot of hopes for the future. It’s also a message for the other teams: even if sometimes we are on the ropes we come back.”

ALL4ONE Win MedCup In Cagliari

Despite finishing sixth in the day's first race and second in the final race of the day ALL4One have won the Trophy of Sardinia, their first Audi MedCup Regatta.
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
The Mistral winds delivered and Container repeated the strategy that clinched them the first race of the regatta by smoking past Audi Azzurra on the left in the final run in better wind pressure.
Photo: Guido Trombetta_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
But the Italians were keen to redeem themselves in the second race and thanks to excellent tactics, boat handling and speed they snared the gun ahead of Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE.
Photo: Guido Trombetta_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
Region of Sardinia Trophy
52 Series
Final results after nine races:
1. Audi Sailing Team Powered by All4One (GER/FR), 4+1+3+3+1+5+1,5+6+2=26,5 points
2. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA), 5+3+6+7+5+2+4,5+2+1=35,5 points
3. Bribón (ESP), 7+4+5+2+2+4+6+3+4=37 points
4. Container (GER), 1+2+7+4+7+1+9+1+6=38 points
5. Quantum Racing (USA), 6+6+2+1+3+6+3+8 (DNF)+7=42 points
6. RÁN (SUE), 2+5+4+6+6+3+10,5+4+3=43,5 points
7. Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS), 3+7+1+5+4+7+7,5+5+5=44,5 points
8. Gladiator (GBR), 9(DNC)+9(DNC)+9(DNC)+9(DNC)+9(DNC)+9(DNC)+13,5+9(DNC)+9(DNC)+9(DNC) = 85,5points

Lulu Roseman

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Video Highlights Day 4 Audi MedCup Cagliari


ALL4ONE Joins The A LIst

After winning today’s coastal race Audi Sailing Team Powered by ALL4ONE are the overall leaders in the Region of Sardinia Trophy.
Photo: Guido Trombetta_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
ALL4ONE's Skipper-Helmsman, Jochen Schuemann, a four-time Olympic medallist said that not only is he happy with the boat speed of their new Aussie built boat, but today he felt they have an edge upwind and on tight reaches.
Photo: Guido Trombetta_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
It was a good day for Audi Azzurra Sailing Team who performed well in the powerful 23-28 knot winds to finish second second in an opening windward-leeward contest and a  third place in the coastal challenge.
Photo: Guido Trombetta_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
It was a full on day as organisers were keen to make up yesterday's windward-leeward race which was postponed due to light breeze.

The day's first race, a windward-leeward,  held in around 12-16 knots was all Container who after a good start increased their comfortable lead as the breeze strengthened.
Photo: Ian RomanAudi MedCup
Audi Azzurra Sailing Team hooked into a strong right hand shift, close to the Cagliari shore on the second beat of the race and were able to round the final windward turn in second which they held to the finish.
Photo: Ian Roman Audi MedCup
The breeze built for the coastal race. Synergy got the best start and crossed the fleet to get on the left but were gunned down by Audi ALL4ONE who were slicker and faster at the kite hoist, before accelerating ahead downwind. That first leap was enough of a margin for the Franco-German boat to profiteer and  hold off Quantum Racing who stayed hot on their heels for the entire race.

Region of Sardinia Trophy
52 Series

Results after seven races:
1. Audi Sailing Team Powered by All4One (GER/FR), 4+1+3+3+1+5+1,5=18,5 points
2. Quantum Racing (USA), 6+6+2+1+3+6+3=27 points
3. Bribón (ESP), 7+4+5+2+2+4+6=30 points
4. Container (GER), 1+2+7+4+7+1+9=31 points
5. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA), 5+3+6+7+5+2+4,5=32,5 points
6. Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS), 3+7+1+5+4+7+7,5=34,5 points
7. RÁN (SUE), 2+5+4+6+6+3+10,5=36,5 points
8. Gladiator (GBR), 9(DNC)+9(DNC)+9(DNC)+9(DNC)+9(DNC)+9(DNC)+13,5= 67,5points

What The Sailors Had To Say After Racing

Seb Col, tactician, Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER):
Photo: Guido Trombetta_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“In general we like coastal races, and sailing here in Cagliari is a real pleasure The race's been very interesting because Ed Baird and the guys of Quantum have been pushing us so hard throughout the whole course. Luckily we were fast, especially upwind but also reaching. We haven't been able to open a gap on Quantum, they were always very close so we couldn't afford the smallest mistake. I think we've only been able to make the difference five to 10 minutes before the finish when they've started to look behind in order to control Azzurra which was coming back on the right hand side, it's been then when we've been able to get away. The key point was to be at the front as early as possible, and to keep solid in spite of Quantum's attacks. Also it was a great last upwind."

Jochen Schuemann (GER), Skipper-Helm, Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE:
Photo: Guido Trombetta_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“It was a tough race, and, I think, a well deserved win. We found some boat speed in the heavier airs and we are definitely not slower than the competition when it is windy, if anything a little faster upwind, which is a good sign as that was part of our struggle after the first three events. Ideally with the Mistral tomorrow we are not scared of anything tomorrow.

"We wanted to go left. Synergy crossed the fleet quite early, they got very nice right hand shift and we were second at the windward mark. We were a little stronger downwind took the lead and from there on we lead all the way. I think that tight reaching and upwind we were a little stronger than Quantum Racing who were second all the way. I think there was never a chance for them to get past us.

"I think it was a great coastal race for all of us. The fleet was very close and I think that os the beauty of this circuit. We have been coming to regattas and getting last and second last and now here we have a chance to win the regatta. That is how close these regattas are. We love it here, we finished second here last year.”

Ed Baird (USA), Skipper, Quantum Racing (USA):
Photo: Guido Trombetta_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“The day ended up at the very top end in what we can do with these boats. Early in the day, in the first race, it was great, a bit shifty, but in the coastal race it got really windy it built up. It was 25-27 knots and that´s a lot of windspeed for any boat, everybody could feel it. It was interesting for a long race, people saw different opportunities to use their spinnakers, people that had smaller ones kept them up for longer, and those with bigger ones couldn´t use them as long. Tough choices had to be made. It was certainly interesting to see what was going on. We are thinking about the season not just about the race. Obviously, we didn´t like finishing sixth in the first one, but we are not looking at any position or any particular boat at this event. For the season ALL4ONE has moved forward, but we´ve also moved forward from the people who were close to us on the scoreboard.”

Nacho Braquehais (ESP), Mainsail Trimmer, Bribón (ESP): 
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
"It's been a hard day, more than we expected. In the coastal the start has been very important, the first part has been crucial to find the right position. Things went well for us cause we were caught in a pack where there was a lot going on, I think we could have passed some more boats but in the end we are very happy with the result. Tomorrow we have to give it all, we are third but very close to second place. The forecast says we'll have a lot of wind, but we must trust the crew's work and bet for it and give it all and block our rivals, The truth is that throughout this whole event I have a very good feeling with Gonzalo and Ignasi, the trimming is very active and works well, we are improving day by day and learning. We are happy".

Vasco Vascotto (ITA) Strategist, Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA): 
Photo: Guido Trombetta_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“Finally a good day for us coming back to the dock without have to dry our tears. We sailed with the right approach, we passed a crisis moment. For us usually when the avalanche starts to come down we keep rolling down with it. But the teams that have the "balls" can stop it before it takes them away. We were the best boat today, so it was perfect.”

Audi MedCup Media Team

ALL4One Rock The Coastal Race

The breeze picked up and the Mistral delivered 23-24 knots for the start of today's coastal race. The fleet got off to clear start as Synergy and Audi All4One cross ahead at the pin end of the line.
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
ALL40NE lead the first beat on the left hand side while the rest of the fleet sailed on the right.

At the windward mark ALL4ONE took the lead, trailed by Synergy, Quantum Racing, RÁN, Container, Bribón and Azzurra.
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
ALL4ONE retained their lead while the rest of the fleet fought it out and jostled for position with Quantum 2nd, Azzurra 3rd, Synergy 4th, RÁN 5th, Bribón 6th, Container 7th.

ALL4ONE sailed the last beat in first, then Quantum just 70 meters behind them followed by Bribón in third, Azzurra and Synergy.

It was another sweet victory for All4One who got the gun, followed by Quantum Racing, Audi Azzurra, and Bribón.

Lulu Roseman

Container Pip Azzurra

Container have won the day's first race, a windward leeward catch up race from yesterday that was postponed due to lack of wind.
Photo: NIco Martinez/Audi MedCup
Azzurra finish in second followed by RÁN in third, Bribón fourth, ALL4ONE fifth, Quantum Racing in sixth and Synergy last.

Lulu Roseman

Friday, July 22, 2011

Turning of The Tides

It was another good day for ALL4ONE and despite a four hour delay meant only one race was held they scored their second bullet of the regatta.
Photo: Nico Martinez/Audi MedCup
In light 6-9 knots sou'easterly conditions racing finally was underway just shy of 17:00 hours.

After duelling and being outgunned by RAN at the pin end of the start line, Audi ALL4ONE tacked and ducked five sterns to get over to the right early in the beat and lead at the windward mark. Bribon also profited on the right early and tracked all the way around the course in second.
Photo: Nico Martinez/Audi MedCup
Audi ALL4ONE’s tactician Seb Col later admitted that there had been some extended discussion between their afterguard as to whether the left or right was preferable and their initial call was for the left, offshore side of the track.
Photo: Nico Martinez/Audi MedCup
“Rán did a really good job off the pin end of the line and when we had to get out of there then I could see pressure on the right side of the course and we went for that. That gave us a nice lead” Col said.

“For sure there is a good feeling on the boat now, a nice ambience. We have some speed now, we are not the quickest but now we are starting to be able to do what we want to do, not what we have to do.” 
Photo: Nico Martinez/Audi MedCup
Quantum had a better day and racked up a third place which sees them back in the top three overall ahead of Synergy and RAN.

Region of Sardinia Trophy
52 Series

Results after five races:

1. Audi Sailing Team Powered by All4One (GER/FR), 4+1+3+3+1=12 points
2. Quantum Racing (USA), 6+6+2+1+3=18 points
3. Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS), 3+7+1+5+4=20 points
4. Bribón (ESP), 7+4+5+2+2=20 points
5. Container (GER), 1+2+7+4+7=21 points
6. RÁN (SUE), 2+5+4+6+6=23 points
7. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA), 5+3+6+7+5=26 points
8. Gladiator (GBR), 9(DNC)+9(DNC)+9(DNC)+9(DNC)+9(DNC)=45 points

Lulu Roseman

Video Highlights Day 3 Audi MedCup Cagliari


Day 3 Audi MedCup - What The Sailors Said

Jochen Schuemann (GER), skipper-helm Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE (GER):
Photo: Nico Martinez/Audi MedCup
“I think that today we´ve been quite lucky. When we saw that things were not going well on the left side we said ‘OK, let´s try the right one then’ and we were lucky enough to go well and pass the rest of the boats really close. There was a strong breeze building there and it helped us stretch the lead from the fleet and we sailed there right until the end. Nothing´s really changed, it´s going to be difficult in the future but we are going to try to hold the lead for as long as we can. We have two more days here, let´s see how that goes for us. We have at least three more races and a lot of things can happen, we know how eager the rest of the boats are to come back, let´s see what happens.”

Gonzalo Araujo (ESP), Skipper, Bribón (ESP):
Photo: Nico Martinez/Audi MedCup
“It´s gone well. The truth is that we were lucky, our tactician and our navigator have anticipated really well what was going to happen, and it was perfect. We tried to reach Audi ALL4ONE, who got ahead at the beginning, we were close to them the whole time but we were two boatlengths of a boat short. We´ve sailed all sorts of races so far, more or less like all the rest of the teams but ALL4ONE, who has not missed yet. The rest of us have had our ups and downs, so everything´s still open.”

Aussie Built ALL4One Racks Up Another Win

It was a frustrating start to the third day of racing at Audi MedCup in Cagliari as the fleet endured a four hour delay before the sea breeze settled down and the first race got underway. ALL4ONE won their second race of the Region of Sardinia Trophy
Photo: NIco Martinez/Audi MedCup
In the light 6-9 knots sou'easterly breeze the Franco-German team of Audi ALL4ONE ducked four sterns to get to the right early in the beat and were rewarded with a good lead at the windward mark. Bribon also gained on the right early and tracked around the course in second.
Photo: NIco Martinez/Audi MedCup
ALL4ONE currently lead the standings overall while Quantum Racing's third place today sees them rise to second overall on the scoreborad.
Photo: NIco Martinez/Audi MedCup
All4One's edge just might be the fact their new "Aussie" boat, built by McConaghy Yachts in Sydney and launched at the 2011 circuit's first regatta in Cascais, is hitting her stride.

Lulu Roseman

MIstral is MIA at MedCup

The AP flag is up while organisers wait for the breeze to fill in before racing can get underway at Audi MedCup in Cagliari today.
Photo: Stefano Gattini_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
Conditions are shifty.

The strong Mistral nor'west breeze which has prevailed throughout the first two days of racing on Sardinia’s Gulf of Cagliari has switched to a southerly sea breeze.

The forecast is for wind later this afternoon up to 20 knots. A light 8-12 knot sou’easterly thermal breeze is expected first to allow racing to get under way.

Lulu Roseman

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Highlights from Day 2 Audi MedCup - Cagliari 2011


ALL4One Seize The Day at Audi MedCup

Jochen Schuemann, Sebastien Col and the crew of Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4One were on fire today with a pair of solid, well earned third places to seize the overall lead of the 52 Series at the Region of Sardinia Trophy.
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
Today the Franco-German team finished the second day of racing with a lead of three points over Markus Wieser and the team on Container who dropped to second today.
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
After yesterday’s 6,6 by the TP52 World Champions Quantum Racing were back on track as Ed Baird steered the green and black Botin Partners design to a second in the first race, behind Russia’s Synergy Team. They followed this up with a victory in the second race.
Photo: Stefano Gattini_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
The Russians bounced back unleashing their excellent boat speed upwind in the 13-16 knots Mistral direction breeze after a good start they lead from the windward mark. Container couldn't get back into the race after a poor first beat and finished seventh.
Photo: Stefano Gattini_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
The offshore breeze picked up slightly for the second race of the day and Quantum Racing’s tactician Adrian Stead was able to stay on top of the big shift in wind direction which spread from the left side of the race track.
Photo: Stefano Gattini_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
The split in the breeze was read smartly by Ross MacDonald on Bribón, allowing the Spanish boat a sudden jump to second at the second windward turn, sliding inside the jostling pack at the turning buoy, they were able to hold on to a useful second place.

After four races ALL4One lead the regatta by three points, while only four points separates second placed Container from sixth placed Bribón.

Region of Sardinia Trophy
52 Series
Results after four races:

1. Audi Sailing Team Powered by All4One (EUR), 4+1+3+3=11 points
2. Container (GER), 1+2+7+4=14 points
3. Quantum Racing (USA), 6+6+2+1=15 points
4. Syn
5. RÁN (SUE), 2+5+4+6=17 points
6. Bribón (ESP), 7+4+5+2=18 points
7. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA), 5+3+6+7=21 points
8. Gladiator (GBR), 9(DNC)+9(DNC)+9(DNC)+9(DNC)=36 points

Lulu Roseman

Sailors Speak After Day 2 Audi MedCup Cagliari

Thierry Fouchier (Fra), Mainsail Trimmer Audi Sailing Team powered by All4One:
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
"We've managed to improve our downwind speed. The differences between boats are minimal and the mark roundings are very interesting. It's easier for us here because we understand better this race area than the one of Marseille. The boat is very powerful and we've finally found the key points to sail it well. These results are very encouraging for what remains of the season, and we are in good spirits."

Jochen Schuemann (GER) Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4One: 
Photo: Stefano Gattini_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“I would say this is us back to normal, I hope. We always believed that we had not mis-learned sailing completely after all the mistakes that we have made, and did not sail as well as we should have.
The result of today is not because we sailed brilliantly, but we took advantage of the mistakes of others.
There are certainly small differences in the way we sail the boat. Our boat is very wide and very powerful, you need to load it hard and early as possible and still create the same heel as other boats, which the boat does not want to do because it is stiffer. 

"We are trimming harder and adapting the heel. We are by far not the leading boat for speed. I think Quantum Racing, Container and the Russians are the fastest boats. We are going better and have recut all our spinnaker inventory because we had problems downwind and that used to be a strength of ours as last year we were one of the fastest downwind boats. We are much better than we were in Cascais, but still very average and it is hard to win races.

"We are not youngsters so we are not overrating being at the top of the leaderboard, but it is good for everyone at home, our friends, families and sponsors will like it but it is only after two days, and we are all aware there is a long way to go.”

Adrian Stead (GBR), Tactician Quantum Racing (USA): 
Photo: Nico Martinez/Audi MedCup
“Yesterday we were not as precise as we should´ve been, with my strategy and a few things on the boat. We had two very good starts, the boat was lined up very well and we executed things very well. I´m really pleased with how we got back into it today, it went quite well. We didn´t talk much about yesterday before the race, just a small headstay issue that we had to fix, that´s why we went out there early, to check it, so it was in the right place. It was a complete different day, I´m happy with how we sailed downwind today.”

Francesco Bruni (ITA), tactician of Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA):
Photo: Stefano Gattini_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
"Lot of mistakes, we didn't do well in all the roles: manoeuvres, speed, tactics. But I think we paid too many points for our bad day, the vote of everybody on board was we sailed a 5/10, but the teacher gave as a 2.”

Ignasi Triay (ESP), trimmer, Bribón (ESP):
Photo: Guido Trombetta_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“Overall, today it´s been a day where we didn´t do great at the start line, we were just average, even poor. We had to recover from the beginning. In the first one we reached the leading pack, but going downwind at the end we lost some places and finished fifth. In the second one, more of the same, a bad start, but we managed to go to the favored side and attacked from there, that got us with the top teams.

"Then we had a problem with our overdrive at the end of the first beat upwind and it broke. That meant that we didn´t have enough speed to hoist the spinnaker or gybe well, so we were going slow. We had to try to survive and attack a little if possible. David Vela did a great job to fix it, because in that leg there was a lot at stake for us. We manage to place ourselves behind Quantum, stayed there and finished a few inches behind them.”

Audi MedCup Media Team

Quantum Too Quick

Quantum Racing racked up a second and first place in today's two exciting and hardly fought races on the Gulf of Cagliari.
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
Quantum Racing lead from the first windward mark in the second race, contested in a 15-18 knot nor'westerly Mistral to promote themselves to third place overall in the Region of Sardinia Trophy.
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
While the American flagged team were today's best performers, a third place in the first race of the day and a third in the second for Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4One sees the Franco-German team elevated to top the overall regatta leaderboard.

Lulu Roseman

Lighter Air For Day Two Audi MedCup Cagliari

A Mistral type nor'westerly gradient wind has blanketed Cagliari this morning however the puffs are expected to be lighter than yesterday at under 20 knots.
Photo: Stefano Gattini_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup,
With two races penciled in for the 52 Series the wind direction forecast is for 310 and 340 degrees, moving right by ten degrees later this afternoon. The sea breeze is expected to blow from the  south west and possibly build enough to influence the gradient in the middle to late afternoon.

The pressure is on Container to maintain their momentum after scoring a first and second yesterday while Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE are off to a good start after getting the bullet in yesterday's second race.

Ran is nipping at their heels, the Italians are out to prove themselves and Quantum are determined to redeem themselves. It's on for young and old.

Results:
Region of Sardinia Trophy
52 Series
Results after two races:
1. Container (GER), 1+2=3 points
2. Audi Sailing Team Powered by All4One (EUR), 4+1=5 points
3. RÀN (SWE), 2+5= 7 points
4. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA), 5+3=8 points
5. Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS), 3+7=10 points
6. Bribón (ESP), 7+4=11 points
7. Quantum Racing (USA), 6+6=12 points
8. Gladiator (GBR), 9(DNC)+9(DNC)=18 points

Lulu Roseman

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Container Creaming It After Two Races in Cagliari

Container have kicked off their quest to win the Audi Med Cup Region of Sardinia Trophy Regatta by clocking up a first and second on the first day to lead the overall standings by two points.
Photo: Stefano Gattini_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
The recipe of a Kiwi tactician in Hamish Pepper with a sprinkling of consistency and little bit of luck in Cagliari’s blustery, offshore Mistral breezes is working out nicely.

It was a tough day at the office as the mighty 25 knot plus winds funnelled down the long flat valley to the north of the race area and then kept everyone on their toes with lighter 15-17 knot breezes and wind directions that were all over the shop.
Photo: Stefano Gattini_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
Quantum Racing had a shocker with two uncharacteristic sixth places.

The first race was a dual between the Vrolijk designed sister-ships Container and Ràn. Niklas Zennstrom’s Ràn lead at the first windward mark, but Container pushed down the right hand side of the first run and squeezed round the leeward gate in first place ahead of Quantum Racing. On the second run the Americans gybed away to the left and lost three vital places.
Photo: Stefano Gattini_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
As the wind peaked at 24 knots Audi Azzurra Sailing Team ripped their kite as they approach the leeward gate. With the remnants flying from the masthead like a demented pennant, the kite touched two rigs before breaking free to become an unwanted addition to Bribon’s upwind sail plan. Azzurra Scopped a penalty but fought back to take fifth on the final run.
Photo: Stefano Gattini_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
In the second windward-leeward contest ALL4One, lead by helm Jochen Schuemann, smoked it on the left side of the first beat after a great start off the left hand pin end of the start line. Sister-ship Azzurra challenged them at the leeward gate but the crew couldn't tame their spinnaker fast enough after a late drop, and finished third behind Container who scored a second.

Container weren't looking too crash hot and were last at the first turn but Pepper read the shifts and pressure well to gain 20 seconds and pick off three places on the first run. 

They shot past Synergy on the final run to finish second, while the Russian team copped a penalty on the finish line. 

Results:
Region of Sardinia Trophy
52 Series
Results after two races:
1. Container (GER), 1+2=3 points
2. Audi Sailing Team Powered by All4One (EUR), 4+1=5 points
3. RÀN (SWE), 2+5= 7 points
4. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA), 5+3=8 points
5. Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS), 3+7=10 points
6. Bribón (ESP), 7+4=11 points
7. Quantum Racing (USA), 6+6=12 points
8. Gladiator (GBR), 9(DNC)+9(DNC)=18 points

Lulu Roseman

Sailors Speak at Audi MedCup Cagliari

Jochen Schumann (GER), Skipper, Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE (FRA-GER):
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“Cagliari seems to be a good venue for us. Last year we finished second here and at the moment we are also second. We won one race today, there are things that we need to do better, but we are quite happy and satisfied. In the first race we were not fast enough going downwind, I hope that we can improve that because it will help us repeat what we did in the second race. I think it´ll be windy the next days. The boat goes well in these conditions but we have to remember that we had these type of conditions in Cascais and we finished last. That means that we´ve learnt a lot about how to sail the boat, a lot better that at the beginning, which is a big improvement”.

Hamish Pepper (NZL), Tactician, Container (GER): 
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"It was an excellent day for us when the cards just seemed to fall in our favour. We had a really good first race, third at the top mark with a really good layline to the bottom gate and got the lead. The boat is really humming downwind and Markus was doing such a great job steering. 

"A lot of this is about confidence, we have confidence in our boat. We know the boat performs well downwind and so we know that if we get to the top mark in reasonable shape the boat is good. In the second race we were last at the top mark first time up and we still got back into it, it is just so close in this class. We sailed well down that first run because we had the opportunity to gybe first and take the shift back to the left, then it shifted back to the left for us and we took that with pressure and we were back in it. The cards just fell for us, that is sailing sometimes. 

"Quantum Racing were a bit surprising because they are normally such a consistent team, but it is one of those things. Patience seemed to be key today. Good boat handling was important, keeping the boat up to speed and not making any mistakes, getting round the marks smoothly was important. We had a rip in the mainsail which we nursed up the final beat."

Ed Reynolds (USA) Project Manager Quantum Racing (USA): 
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“Obviously we made a couple of tactical decisions that if we could re-run them we would not choose to do again, first time in the first race. Second race I was surprised because at 200 metres from the top mark I thought we were going to round second or third, we rounded fifth. So it was certainly not the day we wanted to have. The Cagliari Mistral has never been kind to the Quantum Racing Team here. I don’t know why that is. The guys on the edges seem to come out best today. We have always sailed working the percentages, there were a couple of times if the leg was 300 metres longer or shorter it would have been different, but our general mode of sailing, over the years, has not translated well. So, tomorrow a nice little sea-breeze, pointing the boat in the other direction, would be nice. 

"I don’t think anyone is too down. Some heads will be down and a few are angry for sure, but that is because they are professionals and care about what they do. But we have to just stay the course. The formula – good boat speed and relatively low risk manoeuvres has served us well over the years.

Vasco Vascotto (ITA), strategist, Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA):
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"Everything was very bad today: in the first race we got a penalty and from a possible second place, we finished fifth. But you can't always just be strong and push hard to do well, you can also use the head. But today we sailed very badly, even if the boat was going better. We could have finished the day with two very good results, instead of the usualresults that we had. I repeat, today we sailed very bad! The results of Container are not a problem, we are worried just by ourselves: the others can make whatever they want, we have to think about us, trying to sail as we know we can

Niklas Zennstrom (SWE), Skipper, RÀN (SWE):
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“It was a tough day, really windy, full-on. It was also quite shifty, we were leading at the top mark in the first race and finished second but we are still happy about that. In the second race we didn´t get the right shifts in the beginning, we started well but didn´t get the right shifts. It was interesting to see how some boats like Audi ALL4ONE, who had struggled in the beginning, are so strong now. Then you have someone like Quantum who was very strong first and didn´t do so well today. This shows that the fleet is really close and getting more even every day.”

Federico Giovanelli (ITA), grinder, Bribón (ESP):
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“Today´s evaluation is positive with such windy conditions. We had a problem in the first race, Azzurra left us a “present”, a piece of their kite, which got tangled up at the top of our mast. We had to raise our bowman up there downwind to take it out, so we lost speed and concentration. We´ve done good things upwind and downwind. The boat goes great downwind and our Skipper, Gonzalo Araujo, is very brave and knows what he´s doing. We did good considering these conditions, they honestly made it hard to sail here. It´s hard not to make mistakes when you´re going 25-27 knots. We´ve talked about all this and tomorrows we´ll try to improve what we did well.”

Audi MedCup Media Team