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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Taylor Canfield Crowned 2013 Alpari World Match Racing Tour Champion

Taylor Canfield today lifted the Alpari World Match Racing Tour trophy at the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia.
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The 24 year old rookie, originally from the US Virgin Isles and now living in Chicago, USA only finished 3rd in the Monsoon Cup and had to wait to the finals between Great Britain's Ian Williams and New Zealand's Phil Robertson.
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He could only win the world title if Robertson beat Williams in the final, which he did by dominating from the start with a 3-0 win over the 2012 World Champion Williams.
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Sailors Set To Sizzle At Sail Melbourne

Temperatures are set to soar in Melbourne this week where many of the world's leading sailors will takeover Sandringham Yacht Club for the ISAF Sail Melbourne World Cup Regatta, the final event of the circuit this year.

Olympians, World Champions and emerging talent with rub shoulders with

ISAF Rolex sailor of the Year, Mat Belcher and his crew Will Ryan will be trying to continue their unstoppable run in 470 class with their boat, recently launched at Middle Harbour Yacht Club.

The Nacra 17 action is set to heat up with the inclusion of the new team of Darren Bundock and Tornado

Transfusion Leads Farr 40 One Design Trophy - Sydney

Olympic Gold Medallist and America’s Cup winning strategist Tom Slingsby worked his magic on day one of the Aberdeen Asset Management Farr 40 One Design Trophy as tactician on Guido Belgiorno-Nettis’ Transfusion.
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This evening, Saturday November 30th, Transfusion holds a slender lead over Lloyd Clark’s Voodoo Chile after four races.
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Transfusion’s innings opener was a little shakey. They narrowly avoided a collision with Martin and Lisa Hill’s Estate Master and made sure the race officials on the start boat were fully awake at the start of the maiden race of the two-day series.

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“The crew had to fend off to stop us hitting the start boat,” said Belgiorno-Nettis. “We did our penalty turn and started last; to come back to second in that race was quite an achievement. Tom [Slingsby] applied his magic, he found us the right lifts and knocks and we got back in synch.”

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It’s been years since Belgiorno-Nettis and Slingsby paired up. Slingsby’s Olympic and big boat campaigns have kept him pretty busy in the last couple of years. The last time he was on a Farr 40 was for the 2011 Rolex Farr 40 Worlds in Sydney sailing on Estate Master.
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“That was my last time sailing with a spinnaker pole,” Slingsby said dockside this afternoon at host club, Middle Harbour Yacht Club. “It was excellent to get back in the class today; there are lots of familiar faces and friends”.
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With oodles of experience, a cool head, and an uncanny ability to read the wind are fundamental to Slingsby’s brilliance. He reckoned patience won today. “It was a tricky day. Racing in a southerly up to Watsons Bay top mark you had to really stay patient. It was a case of ‘my turn your turn’. The ones who did well were the ones who waited for the shifts”.

Belgiorno-Nettis also paid tribute to trimmer Joe Turner, a champion Moth sailor who grew up with Slingsby and has added his name to Transfusion’s crew list aiming for next year’s Worlds in San Francisco.

“The visitors have come and tomorrow we will give our nemesis, the ‘Tasmaniacs’ a good run for their money,” the Australian Farr 40 Class President warned.

‘Tasmaniacs’ is the term Belgiorno-Nettis ueses of endearment for the Voodoo Chile crew who are sitting in second place by one point. Given the tight margin, the young component of the crew have been instructed not to hit the town tonight by the older, more sensible heads. “They don’t usually take any notice so I can’t guarantee anything,” laughed owner Lloyd Clark.

“We are pretty happy with our results,” he added. “The conditions were difficult but our crew did a fantastic job. It was a very difficult for the tacticians, the wind was shifting and changing direction quite often.”

On taking on the strong Sydney contingent on their home ground Clark says, “We learn something every time we race against them”.

Voodoo Chile is Lang Walker’s second Kokomo on charter to the Taswegians. Clark is wondering whether they might be asked to swap boats. A second Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania crew, Stephen Boyes’ Wired, has the third spot on the point score and a fair gap to close if they are planning to derail the frontrunners.

Walker’s Kokomo is in fourth, on par with Estate Master’s 16 points which has them sitting in fifth.

Racing is due to start at 11:00am inshore tomorrow, Sunday 1 December 2013, with two or three races completing the Farr 40 weekend regatta. Light south-west to south-easterly breezes are expected to turn east to south-easterly 10-15 knots by late morning.

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Lisa Ratcliff

EXCLUSIVE: What Tom Slingsby Said

Australian yachtsman Tom Slingsby, a four time Laser World Champion and Olympic Gold Medallist - Laser, has added an America's Cup win to his swag of medals and achievements. Pretty impressive given he is still only 27 years old. Here he opens up about being a part of the biggest comeback in yacht racing history.
Photo: Andrea Francolini
"When we won, I was ecstatic and just so happy that we had pulled it off, to have achieved that comeback. The adrenalin over the previous few days had been pretty intense leading up to that final race. It was a huge achievement to comeback like that.

"Every day we were just trying to figure out how to sail the boat better; how to tack, gybe and mode the boat better upwind. In every race we were learning to get the most out of the boat that we possibly could.

Sailing with Sir Ben Ainslie:
Photo: Guilain Grenier/Oracle Team USA
"As the strategist my role was to work with the tactician. When Ben replaced John (Kostecki), he wanted constant talking and that was pretty natural for me. It’s an easy job for me to feed that information to Ben about the wind, the current and what was happening on the boat, telling him everything that I was seeing on the boat and around the boat. I provided as much of the information to him that I could see.

"Each day we made small technical changes to the boat to help make it perform better upwind. I am pretty superstitious and not many off us shaved during the series."

The Comeback:
Photo: Guilain Grenier/Oracle Team USA
"When were down four races I was pretty sceptical about using the postponement card because it left us quite vulnerable if we had any future breakages.

"When the Kiwis were on match point in Race 13 I remember talking to the boys and we just all agreed to just go out there sail well, have a really good race and show everyone that we are a really good sailing team. Then we started winning a few races and getting faster and faster until the point when we were quicker than ETNZ upwind. All of a sudden they knew they had to do something to stop us.

"We were handed a huge get out-of-jail-free card when they were unable to finish that Race 13 within the prescribed 40 minute time limit. We had luck on our side that day for sure."

Career Future:
Photo: © ACEA / Photo Abner Kingman
"I would like to take on a more senior role next time. I came into OTUSA after my Olympic campaign was over 12 months ago and that was quite late. I’d like to part of it from the beginning and also be associated with a team that has a good chance of winning. A team that has good people and is well funded that ticks all the boxes.

"Oracle Team USA is a truly international professional sailing team with plenty of Italians, Aussies, Kiwis, Dutch and Americans and while the ANZAC humour is evident there is not one dominant nationality. I was very fortunate to be a part of it."

Motivation:

"Kinley Fowler was in the mix to be on the racing crew for the AC finals but a month before the regatta started he fractured a vertebrae in his back and wasn’t able to race. He would make a speech each day before we headed out onto the boat. He’d ease the tension by making a few jokes and he gave us plenty to laugh about."

Location:

"San Francisco was the perfect venue to host the Cup as nowhere in the world is such a natural amphitheatre that suits these boats more. The breeze comes up in the afternoon and it worked perfectly in sync with the television schedule and that is something we shouldn’t go back from now. Sailing is enjoying a high profile right now and to see hundreds of thousands of people lining the shore to watch the races was quite a sight.

"Sydney would also be an awesome venue but it lacks a solid breeze every day and that would make it very tricky to host a Cup that would work with a television schedule."

Looking Ahead to AC35

"Finances will play a huge role in the next Cup because in order to have more teams and more boats the budget needs to be smaller. It is possible to have a smaller boat, for example a 60 foot version of an AC72 boat that can be just as quick. We’ve learnt so much from these boats and that will continue."

Lulu Roseman

Postscript: Slingsby has re-signed with Oracle Team USA for AC35 and will compete aboard Loyal in this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

The Big Fella Set To Lead Team Australia

Iain Murray, who has competed in the America’s Cup three times during his decorated sailing career, has been named the Chief Executive Officer of Team Australia, the Hamilton Island Yacht Club (HIYC) challenge for the 35th America’s Cup.
Nathan Outteridge with Iain Murray Photo: © Gilles Martin-Raget / America’s Cup
Bob Oatley, who filed the challenge on behalf of HIYC to become Challenger of Record shortly after Oracle Team USA won the 34th America’s Cup in September, said Murray was the only man for the job.
Photo: © Gilles Martin-Raget / America’s Cup
“Iain knows what it takes to win an America’s Cup, having competed in three Cup’s over the years including Australia’s victorious 1983 win. We’ve had the great pleasure of being able to work closely with him over the last three decades, and have found him to be a consummate professional and also now a dear friend. I have a huge amount of respect for him, and we’re overjoyed to be able to officially announce his appointment as leader of our great challenge.”

“I have long been an avid supporter and ally of Bob Oatley,” Murray said. “When I received the invitation to lead Australia back into the America’s Cup for the first time since 2000 on behalf of their Hamilton Island Yacht Club, there was only ever going to be one answer.”

Murray held the role of Regatta Director for the 34th America’s Cup. Now, he is responsible for building a top Australian team and, as Challenger of Record, for working on the rules of the next event with the defender.

“This is good news for the Australian challenge,” said Russell Coutts, the CEO of Oracle Team USA, the current champion and the defender of the America’s Cup. “In hiring Iain Murray, the Oatleys have a man of great ability and character to lead their team. We look forward to working with Iain and the Oatleys in developing the rules and format for the 35th America’s Cup.”

With over forty-five years of sailing experience, Murray has competed in three America’s Cups (1983, 1987, 1992). He is a champion 18ft Skiff skipper with a record six consecutive world titles under his belt from 1977 to 1982 and has represented Australia in the Olympic Games. He has also been a regular on the Oatley’s Wild Oats for the famed Sydney-Hobart race, racking up six line honors wins as well as the race record.

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Yachting Australia's President Matt Allen Launches his New Carkeek 60 Ichi Ban

Monday, November 25, 2013

Team CEEREF Crowned RC44 World Champions in Lanzarote

In a thrilling end to the RC44 season, three races saw the leaderboard at the Calero Marinas RC44 World Championships turn inside out. Going into the final day Ironbound and Team Aqua had occupied the top of the leaderboard.
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Just nine points separated first from sixth, but after some exhilarating racing from the 15 strong RC44 fleet it was Team CEEREF who were crowned World Champions in Lanzarote. Peninsula Petroleum leapt from sixth to second. Team Aqua finished third and were crowned RC44 Championship Tour winners for the third consecutive year.
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Synergy’s Tactician Ed Baird described the conditions in Lanzarote as, “the most difficult venue on the tour” and “just crazy”. The teams were tested with different conditions in each race, a building breeze reached 15 knots by the series decider. Team Aqua had all but won the 2013 RC44 Championship Tour going into the final day, but they were aiming for the treble; the Match Racing Trophy, Fleet Racing Trophy and the World Championships, a feat not achieved in the RC44 fleet to date.
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The first race kicked off on time. Synergy wanted the right and it paid. Artemis Racing were over at the start and also headed right up the first beat, pulling their way back through the fleet. Gazprom Youth Challenge were also over early, but made a massive comeback. Overnight leaders Ironbound and Team Aqua were alone on the left side of the course, it didn’t pay and the pair trailed the fleet at the top mark. Synergy made no mistakes, leading from start to finish, moving Valentin Zavadnikov’s team into contention for the world title.

Slovenia’s Team CEEREF followed their third place in race one with a win in the second. Leading from the start, they fended off a late charge by Team Italia who banged the right hand corner on the second windward leg to pull up to second. Peninsula Petroleum slotted in a third place leaving the points going into the series decider incredibly tight. The Slovenian team now had a two-point lead over Team Aqua, everyone down to sixth placed Peninsula Petroleum still in with a chance of lifting the trophy.

With the fleet bunched at the committee boat, Team Aqua and Peninsula Petroleum got the best starts. Michele Ivaldi made the call for CEEREF to tack straight off to the right, Peninsula playing the left whilst Aqua stayed safe in the middle. At the top mark Peninsula lead, Aqua fourth with the Slovenian team back in thirteenth. CEEREF made gains on the next two legs to round in front of Chris Bake’s team at the final windward mark, Aqua made the early gybe in search of places, but it didn’t pay. Team CEEREF’s sixth place was enough to hand Igor Lah’s team the World Championship title. Vasco Vascotto kept owner John Bassadone in front of the fleet, to take the final race win, and with it second place in Lanzarote for Peninsula Petroleum.

Igor Lah has missed the last two RC44 events due to work commitments, the World Championship win, was a great return to the class. “It’s what we were aiming for! To become World Champions is not a small thing. I am very proud of my team and of all the guys that did a great job to make it happen. We knew we were well prepared, so today was a matter of everything finally counting at the same time.”

In the overall 2013 RC44 Championship Tour, Team Aqua were again crowned Champions for the third successive year. Synergy Russian Sailing team finished their season in second, with Katusha third.

Tour winners, Team Aqua, have again proved themselves to be the most consistent team on the RC44 Circuit, but were clearly disappointed not to win the World’s. “We’ve had a great season again but it would have been nice to crown it off with the Worlds, they continue to be elusive for another year so maybe next year we will come back and fight again. We knew it was going to be tough and we knew that we had to go out and sail well and frankly we didn’t sail well enough to win. All things considered it’s a good result it just would have been nice to crown it.” Chris Bake, owner, Team Aqua.

The RC44 season will start in the Caribbean next February, where the class will be welcomed by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Virgin Gorda. The full RC44 calendar will be announced by the end of November.

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Rabbitohs-Kenwood Dominate Race 6 - 3-Buoys Challenge Series, Race 6 - 18ft Skiffs on Sydney Harbour

18ft Skiffs
3-Buoys Challenge Series, Race 6
Sunday, 25 November 2013
Sydney Harbour
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
The Rabbitohs-Kenwood team of Brett Van Munster, Joel Castle and Kurt Fatouris dominated the fleet for an easy victory in Race 6 of the 3-Buoys Challenge Series on Sydney Harbour today. Brett and his team sailed a brilliant second windward leg to grab the lead and were never in danger of defeat as they raced away for a 1m56s win.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
 Marcus Ashley Jones, James Dorron and Jeronimo Harrison finished strongly to take second place, with Mojo Wine (Chris Nicholson, Mike McKensey and Greg Dixon) a further 1m3s back third.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Michael Coxon’s Thurlow Fisher Lawyers sailed a strong race from the back mark and has also taken a narrow lead in the series with just two more races to be sailed. Fisher & Paykel (Grant Rollerson) was fifth, followed by Yandoo (John Winning), Smeg (Nick Press) and Haier Appliances (Rick Peacock).
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
After an unusually bad weather start to the season, the fleet was greeted with a 12-15-knot ESE breeze, which gave the teams a chance to bring out the big #1 rigs. The race to the first set of windward marks was a great battle for the lead between Mojo Wine, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers and Gotta Love It 7 (Seve Jarvin).
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Lumix (Jonathan Whitty), Rabbitohs-Kenwood and Haier Appliances were also just behind the three leaders and challenging strongly. Mojo Wine was first to reach her blue buoy but Rabbitohs-Kenwood had the advantage of a red-buoy rounding to join Mojo in the lead.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
The long spinnaker run back to the bottom mark near the start saw Mojo Wine in the lead from Lumix, Thurlow Fisher, Rabbitohs-Kenwood, Fisher & Paykel and Haier Appliances. Spinnaker halyard problems on Gotta Love It 7 as she approached the rounding mark saw the team drop towards the back of the fleet and out of contention.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
When Rabbitohs-Kenwood established her winning lead at the second set of windward buoys, the race for the minor placings took full interest of the spectators. Thurlow Fisher Lawyers led a tightly bunched group down the next spinnaker run.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Fisher & Paykel was third, followed by Mojo Wine, Asko Appliances, The Kitchen Maker (James Francis), Smeg and Yandoo. With the leading team sailing a faultless race Rabbitohs-Kenwood increased her lead for a well deserved victory.

Frank Quealey

Beau Geste Blow Shogun V Out Of The Water at TP52 Southern Cross Cup in Sydney

Two bullets and a second capped off Team Beau Geste’s Sydney City Marine TP52 Southern Cross Cup Round Three victory and series hat trick, with one stage remaining.
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Having experienced four seasons in three days, Sydney put its best foot forward for finals day; cool 10-12 knot sou’east breezes and picture postcard conditions for the deciding three windward/leewards on a short course from Taylors Bay, Mosman to a top mark off Shark Island.
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Karl Kwok’s Hong Kong registered 52-footer, Team Beau Geste, sailed a quiet and classy series. They came to this Sydney round with a cherry-picked mostly Kiwi crew and impeccably prepared boat, strategically picked the nearest TP52 in terms of calibre and made sure that boat was jammed up at the start, then stayed between them and the finish line.
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For round three Rob Hanna’s Shogun V from Geelong was fair game. Prior to this edition Marcus Blackmore’s Hooligan, now in transit to a new owner in Newport Rhode Island, was the marked boat.
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Long-time Beau Geste helmsman Gavin Brady “almost wrote the book on port approach at the start,” acknowledged Hanna back at the host club, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. “You have to beat Gavin at the start otherwise you make it hard. We had our moments this series, but Beau Geste had more of them.”
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Shogun’s impressive rear-guard of winning America's Cup wing trimmer Kyle Langford, tactician Stu Bannatyne and strategist Ben Lamb wasn’t enough to tackle the might of Brady’s bunch, though they did take two wins off them to finish second overall with 11 points, three points off the gun boat.
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“We knew from the first race Shogun V was going to put up a fight,” said the New Zealand helmsman of Team Beau Geste. On today’s conditions Brady added, “That shifty stuff is awesome; the combination of short courses, flat water and shifts is a great equaliser”.

Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s Principal Race Officer Rob Ridley shortened the leg length in the final race to just 0.6nm, a move applauded by Brady.

“It sometimes surprises yacht clubs when semi-professionals can sail half mile legs. The TPs might be big, but it doesn’t mean you can’t throw them around short courses.”

Brady says to win the series, with no discards allowed, crews need the platform of a reliable boat.

“Karl runs his business like his boats, and there’s a lesson there he has instilled in us. Each item of equipment on the boat has its hours of use recorded so we know when to service and when to replace. It’s preventative maintenance, and we haven’t broken anything yet.”

It wasn’t all expensive champagne and back-slapping for the winning crew once berthed at the RSYS this afternoon. Brady plus four of the TBG crew were made to swallow pungent marinated duck eggs, called 100 year-old eggs. Kwok keeps the Chinese delicacy handy to initiate the newcomers on the boat, and for anyone who makes a mistake.

Third overall on 18 points after six races was Connel McLaren’s Vamos (formerly Shogun IV) making its racing and TP52 series debut for the new Kiwi owner. Vamos shone today, Sunday 24th November thanks to snappy crew work and some intelligent calls by tactician Laurie Dury that had them leading the fleet in race four and second at the finish both on line honours and IRC results.

“It was important for us to be at this regatta to benchmark against the other crews,” said McLaren. “The highlight for me is always the start and it was cool beating Shogun across the line today in the first race. There was no lane for them, and I didn’t feel obliged to give them room,” he conceded with a smile.

On the class camaraderie McLaren had this to say, “All the other crews were really helpful for our first regatta, particularly with the manoeuvres we were struggling with”.

PHS winner Mick Martin was voted “MVP” (most valuable player) by TBG crewman Rob Salthouse and Brady. The Corinthian crew on Martin’s Frantic get a real kick out of TP52 class racing when really the boat’s set up for long ocean races.

Trophies were presented to the placegetters at the host club and the winning skipper’s weight in Coopers 62 awarded to Kwok before interstate and international crews headed home.

Yesterday it was the gargantuan Perpetual Loyal that caught the eye of TP52 sailors on the harbour, today it was Matt Allen’s glossy Carkeek 60 Ichi Ban, straight out its wrapping paper and readying for this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart.

The closing stage of the inaugural four-part TP52 Southern Cross Cup will be hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on Sydney’s northern beaches December 13th-15th, 2013. The class is hoping for a boosted final round of up to seven starters.

TP52 Southern Cross Cup 2013 Round 3, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron


Lisa Ratcliff

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Ironbound and Team Aqua Tied At RCC44 Worlds

The wind gods played ball on the penultimate day of racing at the Calero Marinas RC44 World Championships. An 8-13 knots breeze graced the course throughout the day, allowing the race committee slot in four races. Consistency was key and the on form boats were Ironbound and Team Aqua, who sit on equal points at the top of the leaderboard going into the final day of racing.
Photo: MartinezStudio.es
It was another day where big gains and losses were made on every leg and mark roundings were incredibly tight. After one general recall the fleet got away. Synergy Russian Sailing Team led round the first lap having popped out of the right on the first beat. Rounding the leeward gate in third Peninsula Petroleum tactician Vasco Vascotto chose the left gate, jumping John Bassadone’s team into the lead. The Gibraltar based team held off the competition down the final run to take their first race win in Lanzarote, Synergy dropping back to sixth.
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Valentin Zavadnikov at the helm of Synergy bounced back in the next race to win by a comfortable margin, if there is such a thing in RC44 racing. Behind them it was a photo finish for second place between five boats, all crossing the line simultaneously. Race one winner, Peninsula Petroleum taking second and Katusha third.
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Race three was equally as tight, although David Murphy led from start to finish it was not an easy win. Rounding the final windward mark the American team were overlapped with Team Aqua. Chris Bake opted for the early gybe, losing four boats on the final run that saw the fleet compress, Team Nika take second and Team Italia third.
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The wind increased for the final race of the day touching 13 knots at times. Gazprom Youth Challenge had been slotting in the most consistent results all day, their 4,5,4 scoreline saw them placed at the top of the leader board going into the final race of the day. Heading to the first windward mark Kirill Podolosky with young tactician – Olympic Laser sailor, Igor Lisovenko – had taken control of the race. But a mistake trying to squeeze round cost them dearly, a penalty put them back in last position, the Russian team could only recover to 13th by the end of the race.
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Team Aqua reversed the cards with Ironbound in the final race of the day. Ironbound lead round the first lap, but a call by Aqua’s tactician Cameron Appleton to go hard left on the second beat paid massive dividends. The current RC44 Tour Champions rounded the final windward mark with a 20 boat length lead and emphatically took the win. Ironbound lost three places down the run, their fourth place enough to put them back in the overall lead, on equal points with Chris Bake’s Team Aqua. Gazprom Youth Challenge sits five-points adrift in third.
Photo: MartinezStudio.es
Although many of the owners in the RC44 fleet are firm friends off the water, rivalry is fierce within the class, as David Murphy made clear at the prospect of stopping Team Aqua doing the treble this year. “It would make my regatta to finally beat Chris (Bake), we’ve finished ahead of him before but he’s always up there so if we get a chance to beat him it would be very sweet. This is a World Championships so it would be a shame for Aqua to win the Worlds too, it might be a little too much for everyone to handle."

Chris Bake was diplomatic as ever on the subject of beating his old friend Murphy. “We both want to beat each other a lot, but you know were friends and we respect each other but we will still be trying pretty hard to beat each other tomorrow.”

Calero Marinas RC44 World Championship Ranking(after seven races)

1. Ironbound 2 2 12 8 7 1 4-36
2. Team Aqua 6 5 7 2 9 6 1-36
3. Gazprom Youth Challenge 3 6 6 4 5 4 13-41
4. Synergy Russian Sailing Team 8 8 13 6 1 7 2-45
5. Team CEEREF 7 1 10 3 4 8 12-45
6. Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team 12 9 3 1 2 12 8-47
7. Aleph Racing 4 11 2 9 6 10 5-47
8. Team Nika 11 4 5 13 12 2 9-56
9. Puerto Calero Residence Club Black 10 7 8 12 8 5 10-60
10. Artemis Racing 5 3 11 10 11 11 11-62
11. Bronenosec Sailing Team 1 13 1 11 15 16DNF 6-63
12. Katusha 13 14 14 7 3 9 3 (1)-64
13. Team Italia 9 12 9 15 13 3 7 (1) -69
14. MAG Racing 14 10 4 14 10 13 15-80
15. Puerto Calero Residence Club Grey 15 15 15 5 14 14 14-92

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Rain, Sunshine and Blue Skies for Second Day of TP52 Southern Cross Cup - Round 3

Ripped sails and ripping runs on a white-capped Sydney Harbour yesterday, November 22nd, contrasted with a day two lottery that had the TP52 tacticians scratching their heads. Zero to 15 knots of wind, lightning and pelting rain in the morning eventually cleared to warm spring sunshine and a classic Sydney nor’east sea breeze.
Team Beau Geste Photo: Bob Fowler
Karl Kwok’s Team Beau Geste, representing Hong Kong and boasting a bevy of international yachting stars, is inching towards a trifecta of victories. Team Beau Geste won round one and two at Melbourne’s Sandringham Yacht Club earlier in the year. Two bullets from three starts this long weekend has them poised to triumph in round three, sponsored by Sydney City Marine.
Shogun V Photo: Bob Fowler
On today’s race Kwok said, “All the other boats made the start interesting. Gavin’s [Brady] match racing skills came into play before we cleared away from Shogun V. The level of racing is so high here the other crews can smell the wind; however once you develop a gap it’s difficult to catch up [to the lead boat].
Vamos Photo: Bob Fowler
“The whole harbour filled up, it’s similar to sailing in Hong Kong, but even more boats. Everyone knows the rules, it’s very polite and I haven’t seen any collisions yet,” Kwok added.
Frantic Photo: Bob Fowler
He praised the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s race committee for their professionalism given today’s weather vagaries, which forced a postponed start and a new start line off Shark Island.

The successful Chinese businessman will be back for round four of the inaugural TP52 series next month then again at Christmas for the iconic Rolex Sydney Hobart yacht race with his newly built Carkeek 80, also called Beau Geste.

Four TP52s contested today’s 20 nautical mile inshore passage race, each in search of lucky breaks. Off Nielsen Park on Sydney Harbour’s eastern shore, both Shogun and TBG’s bowmen were hoisted up the mast to scout for breeze when the fleet was stuck in the doldrums.

Finally the clouds burnt off and a nor’easter trickled down from Manly, and built to 8-10 knots.

Sydney Harbour was abuzz with boats. Foiling Moths, old and new 18-footers, Lasers, Manly juniors and Hobart hopefuls shared the tight space.

When the TP52 fleet met the MJs at the Manly mark there were some anxious moments on both sides. The 52 footers nimbly weaved through the sport’s next generation, giving the bug-eyed youngsters some words of encouragement as they rounded the top mark and accelerated away.

There’s already a bunch of high profile professional sailors among the Southern Cross Cup crews, then Anthony Bell’s 100ft supermaxi Perpetual Loyal snaked through the racing fleets on a Sydney Hobart training outing. Olympic gold medallist, winning America’s Cup strategist and sailing’s favourite redhead, Tom Slingsby, was at the helm.

Mick Martin’s Frantic was back amongst the action today and nailed the start, beating the three newer generation TP52s off the line. “It was a good day at the office,” said Martin. “It’s just great to be part of this competition; we are really an offshore boat racing with inshore boats.”

Tomorrow’s first windward/leeward race is scheduled for a 945hrs kick-off. The class is aiming to get three away and an early finish so the international and interstate crews can fly out for the start of the working week.

South-westerly 10-15 knots turning to a 10 knot southerly in the middle of the day then increasing to 15 to 20 knots in the early afternoon is the scenario for tomorrow’s competition closer.

TP52 Southern Cross Cup 2013 Round 3

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Lisa Ratcliff

Friday, November 22, 2013

Video TP52's Southern Cross Cup - Round 3 - Day 1 - Sydney Harbour

RC44 Fleet Play Game Of Cat and Mouse - Day 2 Fleet Racing in Lanzarote

Light winds caused more headaches for the RC44 race committee at the Calero Marinas RC44 World Championships in Lanzarote. The fleet were held ashore for an hour to wait for the breeze to put in an appearance.
Photo: MartinezStudio.es
Racing eventually got underway at 1400, after a promising start the wind died as the fleet approached the top mark and the race was abandoned. Not willing to give up, PRO Peter ‘Luigi’ Reggio went in search of breeze closer to the entrance of Puerto Calero Marina. His perseverance paid off with eight knots of breeze filling in, allowing the 15-strong fleet to race.
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The only race of the day saw place changes throughout. Team Aqua didn’t get off the blocks well, being shut out at the committee boat end of the line. Overnight leaders Ironbound headed right, but it didn’t pay as the America’s rounded the windward mark last. Team Italia popped out of the middle of the course to lead from Russia’s Bronenosec and Peninsula Petroleum at the top mark.
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Aleph Racing was climbing up the ladder, gaining three places down the run, rounding the leeward gate in third. Team Italia picked the right hand gate; Peninsula Petroleum in fourth place opted for the left and made a big gain. Heading into the final windward mark, a good layline call by Vasco Vascotto saw Peninsula sneak inside Bronenosec and gybe set, Tommaso Chieffi, Bronenosec’s tactician, didn’t opt for the early gybe. Team Aqua rounded the third, making a massive comeback up the final beat, Cameron Appleton also called for the gybe set.
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Down the final run, the breeze filled in from behind, those who stayed on starboard gybe got richer. The losers included John Bassadone’s Penninsula Petroleum, falling from first to third and Chris Bake’s Team Aqua dropping from third to seventh, but Bronenosec stayed in the breeze to take their second victory of the event. France’s Aleph Racing climbed the ladder to second. MAGRacing gained six places on the final run to finish fourth.
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After three races, Vladimir Liubomirov’s Bronenosec moves to the top of the leader board, with fellow Russian Krill Podolsky’s Gazprom Youth Challenge on equal points in second. David Murphy’s Ironbound has dropped down to third, but just one-point off the lead. Only five points separate the top eight boats, with no discard at the RC44 events and four races planned tomorrow, consistency is going to be key for the final two days of racing.

Match Race expert Mathieu Richard, played the game of snakes and ladders throughout the race today onboard Aleph Racing and described racing in the RC44 class: “It’s always very close in the RC44 fleet on the ranking and during the races, it’s something I love in the class, all the boats are very equal the delivery is very high. One day you can win some races and the next finish last for all the boats. It’s very exciting, that’s why I love it.”
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Calero Marinas RC44 World Championship Ranking
(After three races)

1. Bronenosec Sailing Team 1 13 1-15
2. Gazprom Youth Challenge 3 6 6-15
3. Ironbound 2 2 12-16
4. Aleph Racing 4 11 2-17
5. Team CEEREF 7 1 10-18
6. Team Aqua 6 5 7-18
7. Artemis Racing 5 3 11-19
8. Team Nika 11 4 5-20
9. Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team 12 9 3-24
10. Puerto Calero Residence Club Black 10 7 8-25
11. MAG Racing 14 10 4-28
12.Synergy Russian Sailing Team 8 8 13-29
13. Team Italia 9 12 9-30
14. Katusha 13 14 14 (1)-42
15. Puerto Calero Residence Club Grey 15 15 15-45

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Erwan Le Roux and Yann Elies (FenêtréA-Cardinal) win the Transat Jacques Vabre in the Multi 50 Class

Itajai, Brasil Friday 0540hrs UTC Detail Erwan Le Roux and Yann Elies crossed the finish line of the Transat Jacques Vabre double handed race from Le Havre to Itajaí, Brasil at 03h 40min 15s local time, (05h 40m 15s UTC / GMT) early this Friday morning to win the Multi50 class.
Photo: Jean Marie Llot / DPPI / TJV
FenêtréA-Cardinal’s elapsed time since leaving Le Havre on Thursday 7th November is 14d 17h 40min 15s. Their average speed on the theoretical course of 5,450 miles is 15.3kts. They actually sailed 5872 miles on the water at an average speed of 16.6kts.
Photo: Jean Marie Llot / DPPI / TJV
The French duo finished at pace, covering the final miles into the finish line off the city in southern Brasil at around 20kts to close out a well earned victory. Le Roux and Elies have lead their fleet since 12th November – except for one day on 16th November when their rivals seized the lead for a matter of hours.
Photo: Jean Marie Llot / DPPI / TJV
In a thrilling final head to head match race down the Brasilian coast they kept their only real challengers in check. Second placed Actual, sailed by Yves Le Blevec and Kito de Pavant, were within 16 miles of the class winners yesterday morning (Thursday). Actual were around making 12-13 kts at 80 miles from the finish line as the winners crossed.

Le Roux and Elies were jubilant as they touched the dock in Itajaí’s race village for the Transat Jacques Vabre. They arrived with their Multi50 completely intact, recalling how unsettled they were when rivals Arkema Region Aquitaine capsized 12 days ago and how they battled hard to stay ahead of nearest rivals Actual in a head to head dogfight down the Brazilian coast to Itajaí. Even last night Yves Le Blévec and Kito de Pavant were only 15 miles, less than one hour behind, and, they revealed this morning saw one of their two hairiest moments, coming close to capsizing.

For Le Roux, victory with the 2009 launched Multi 50 which was the former Crepes Wahou!, on the longest course yet for the Transat Jacques Vabre more than makes up for narrowly missing out on the overall win in this summer’s Route des Princes fully crewed race around Europe.

It is the second time Le Roux has won the class, the first time as skipper. Winning today follows up on his victory as co-skipper with Franck Yves Escoffier when they won this race on Crepes Wahou! In 2009 into Costa Rica. ‘Winning as skipper is all the sweeter’ was Le Roux’s conclusion this morning.

And for Elies, winning on his first major double handed multihull ocean race caps a remarkable season after making history this summer becoming the first sailor ever to win back to back solo Solitaire du Figaro races, adding an incredible comeback overall victory to his win of last year. Elies’ appetite for multihull racing is clearly whetted.

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