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Monday, February 29, 2016

Ainslie and his BAR Boys Clean Up In Oman - Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series

Ben Ainslie, the most decorated Olympic sailor in history, led his Land Rover BAR team to victory at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Oman this weekend.
Photo: © 2016 ACEA/ Photo Ricardo Pinto
Ainslie beat his former skipper, Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Team USA, by two points, with the winning margin secured on a late charge in the final race.
Photo: © 2016 ACEA/ Photo Ricardo Pinto
Ainslie says winning the event in Oman was an important measuring stick for the team, which hadn’t won since securing victory on home waters in Portsmouth last summer.
Photo: © 2016 ACEA/ Photo Ricardo Pinto
“We kept fighting through today. Compared to the teams with established track records, we need to prove we can compete at the top of the fleet and I think we are getting back to doing that. We have a big team of designers, boat builders and support staff back at home working very hard for us and they want to know that we can win this thing,” he said.
Photo: © 2016 ACEA/ Photo Ricardo Pinto
For Oracle Team USA the second place result was a fourth consecutive podium finish in a Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series regatta. But for all that, the team has yet to win.
Photo: © 2016 ACEA/ Photo Ricardo Pinto
“We’ve made some good steps forward, but we need to get going. It’s good to be on the podium. We’re one of only two teams to have been on the podium at each event. But we want to win. There’s no two ways about it,” Spithill said after racing
Photo: © 2016 ACEA/ Photo Ricardo Pinto
With a third place result in Oman, Emirates Team New Zealand retains its place atop the overall Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series leaderboard, but Oracle Team USA, in second place, has closed the gap to just six points.
Photo: © 2016 ACEA/ Photo Ricardo Pinto
“The last race was a little bit disappointing for us. But to come away from any event still holding the overall lead is a good thing. At the end of the day that’s what counts,” said skipper Glenn Ashby, referring to a fifth place finish.
Photo: © 2016 ACEA/ Photo Ricardo Pinto
Ashby is right. The leader at the conclusion of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series will carry two bonus points forward into the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers in May 2017 in Bermuda. The second place team earns one bonus point.
Photo: © 2016 ACEA/ Photo Ricardo Pinto
A popular result on Sunday came from Groupama Team France, who finished strongly with a second place finish followed by a victory. With Adam Minoprio replacing the injured Franck Cammas on the helm this weekend, the team converted two strong start line performances into top finishes.
Photo: © 2016 ACEA/ Photo Ricardo Pinto
“We were pretty stoked on board. You could see the excitement on the guys faces,” Minoprio said. “We didn’t have the strongest start to the regatta but we’re happy to have been improving through the weekend and finishing with a win.”
Photo: © 2016 ACEA/ Photo Ricardo Pinto
Both SoftBank Team Japan and Artemis Racing continued to show moments of promised but fell back in the fleet over the course of the day; bad breaks combined with poor decisions or handling errors to put the pair at the bottom of the table.
Photo: © 2016 ACEA/ Photo Ricardo Pinto
The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Oman marked the first America’s Cup sailing in the Middle East and was a milestone event for the host, Oman Sail.
Photo: © 2016 ACEA/ Photo Ricardo Pinto
“This was a fantastic weekend for us,” said David Graham, the CEO of Oman Sail. “Promoting Oman through the America’s Cup broadcast was a fantastic opportunity for us.
Photo: © 2016 ACEA/ Photo Ricardo Pinto
“It was also tremendous to see the integration of our youth sailing programs with AC Endeavour. And I think perhaps most significant for me was how the Omanis on our team led the charge and delivered a fantastic event," he added.
Photo: © 2016 ACEA/ Photo Ricardo Pinto
Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Oman – Final Leaderboard. Full results here>>>

1. Land Rover BAR - 8, 10, 10, 18, 14, 16 - 76 points
2. ORACLE TEAM USA - 9, 6, 9, 12, 20, 18 - 74 points
3. Emirates Team New Zealand - 10, 7, 5, 20, 16, 12 - 70 points
4. Groupama Team France - 5, 8, 7, 10, 18, 20 - 68 points
5. SoftBank Team Japan - 6, 9, 6, 16, 10, 14 - 61 points
6. Artemis Racing - 7, 5, 8, 14, 12, 10 - 56 points

America's Cup Media

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Jimmy and The Boys Finish Second in Oman - America's Cup World Series

Oracle Team USA stepped back on the podium after finishing second overall at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Oman on Sunday. Skipper Jimmy Spithill and crew bounced back from a slow start to hold on to second at the event, and the team remains second in the overall series standings.
Photo: Oracle Team USA / Ricardo Pinto
“It’s great to be on the podium again. Ourselves and Emirates Team New Zealand are the only teams that have podiumed at every event. We’re closer to Team New Zealand in the overall, still holding second, and it was just a fantastic event in the Middle East," Spithill said
Photo: Oracle Team USA / Sam Greenfield
“We bounced back well after the first race. That was obviously not the best way to start the day. But, I feel like we took another step forward in performance today,” he added.
Photo: Oracle Team USA / Sam Greenfield
Oracle Team USA started the day in second place behind Land Rover BAR after Saturday's three races.
Photo: Oracle Team USA / Sam Greenfield
In the first of three double-point races on Super Sunday, they found themselves at the back of the fleet after being forced to dip behind Artemis Racing and Groupama Team France at the third gate. On the last leg, they moved up one spot to finish fifth, while Emirates Team New Zealand took the win.

Race 5 was won off the start for Oracle Team USA, as they took an early lead they never relinquished. “It’s all about trying to get a clean break off the line,” said Spithill after the win. “Once you do, it’s a much nicer race.”

For the sixth and final race of the regatta, Oracle Team USA finished second after Groupama edged ahead on the third of four legs in the race.

“Sailing in light air is all about finesse and making adjustments,” said wing trimmer Kyle Langford. “Our team historically has been good at getting the boat around the course in the stronger breezes. We’re not so refined in the lighter air. So, we really focused on our trimming, making sure we were accurate, and also on smoother body movements on the boat.

“We made some big steps and we feel more confident in our boat speed and handling in light air, so it was a big step forward for us,” Langford said.

Oracle Team USA closed out the weekend in Oman with 74 total points, two points behind winner Land Rover BAR (76). Emirates Team New Zealand was third with 70 points. Find complete results here>>>.

After three events in 2015 and this first event of the new year, the team remains in second in the overall Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series standings with 186 points. Emirates Team New Zealand continues to hold the top slot with 192 points.

“It’s a bit of a whirlwind to come here for four days and go straight into racing,” Langford said. “Now, we’ll go back to Bermuda and right into the development program. It can be hard to shift focus from racing to development, but we’ll think about racing again in the lead-up to New York.

Oracle Team USA returns to Bermuda tomorrow to resume their development program and two-boat testing. For the next event on the race schedule, they will head to the US for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series New York, running May 7-8.

Oracle Team USA Media

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Ainslie Blitzes The Fleet in Oman - America's Cup World Series - Day 1

The 2016 Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series (ACWS) opened in Oman with a solid performance from the Land Rover BAR team. A third place finish in the opening race was followed up by consecutive wins in the second and third races, leaving them four points clear – and at the top of the leader-board in Muscat.
Photo: © Lloyd Images
There was no shortage of action despite the light wind conditions with multiple passes, penalties and lead changes. Land Rover BAR were pushed over the line by Groupama Team France in the first race, and had to take a penalty, but with fast boat speed and good tactical decisions they recovered to place third.
Photo: © Lloyd Images
The second race saw a flawless start give the team a big lead at the first mark, that they then built on to win comfortably. But they saved the best for last, lying fourth at the first mark, they passed Emirates Team New Zealand, Softbank Team Japan and finally the holder of the America's Cup, Oracle Team USA, to score their second bullet of the day.
Photo: © Lloyd Images
There is still plenty to play for though, with three double points races scheduled for tomorrow. All the Super Sunday action can be watched in Australia on Fox 5 at 21:00 AEST
Photo: © Lloyd Images
What The Crew Said:

Ben Ainslie, Skipper/Team Principal

"A really big day for the Tacticians. Giles Scott did an awesome job for us, getting us going in the right direction and making the right choices on the modes that we sailed the boat, and the sails that we used.

"The team work was the key to the day in these conditions, you need good starts, and you need to go the right way, but the crew work has to be perfect. If you miss a manoeuvre it costs you hundreds of metres; they [the crew] did a really good job today."

Giles Scott, Tactician

"We're really pleased with that [second] race, it was a case of keeping it simple. The manoeuvres are so costly, so you have to get a good start, we did that then it was a question of getting to the bottom gate and staying clean from there.

"We had a little chat about the start [of the second race], and we thought the line was reasonably even with a slight preference to the leeward end. Normally it's really congested down there, but Ben did a great job of owning that end, it was a really good start and we came good from there."

Paul 'CJ' Campbell James

"Day one of Oman was as expected with light winds, we have done a lot of training in these conditions back home and it really paid off today. We are moving forward through the fleet which always feels good. And especially in the last race we seemed to have good speed, good boat handling and good tactics, and that won us the race so everyone is really happy with race day one in Muscat."

Racing continues tomorrow (Sunday) at 1400 local time (GMT+4) with three races scheduled.

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Oman Leaderboard after 3 races:

1. Land Rover BAR - 8, 10, 10 - 28 points
2. Oracle Team USA - 9, 6, 9 - 24 points
3. Emirates Team NZ - 10, 7, 5 - 22 points
4. SoftBank Team Japan - 6, 9, 6 - 21 points
5. Artemis Racing - 7, 5, 8- 20 points
6. Groupama Team France - 5, 8, 7 - 20 points

BAR Media

Thursday, February 25, 2016

It's Game On for Oracle Team USA in Oman

Oracle Team USA transitions from training in Bermuda to racing in Oman this week with the start of the 2016 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series season. Three races featuring six teams will be held both Saturday and Sunday, February 27-28, on the Sea of Oman.
Photo: ACEA/ Sam Greenfield
“We shift into race mode this week. We’ve been really focused on our development program. But, the racing is what you look forward to. We’re fortunate to be able to do both and we’re really excited for this weekend in Oman,” said skipper Jimmy Spithill.

OTUSA currently sits second in the overall Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series standings with 112 points, 10 points behind Emirates Team New Zealand, after three events last year. The focus this weekend is on improving.

“Everyone here has the same gear, the same boats, the crews are all the same weight. So, it comes down to the best teams. With the format now in the World Series and the fact that you go into Sunday with three races for double points, it really means it’s not over until the last race. This will be a hard fight,” Spithill added.

In addition to Spithill, the Oracle Team USA sailing crew for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Oman includes Tom Slingsby, Kinley Fowler, Kyle Langford, Sam Newton and Matt Cassidy.

Sailing in the Sultanate of Oman will be familiar territory for Fowler, who spent time training and racing in the region. Fowler was on the crew for the Portsmouth event in 2015 and now returns to the lineup.

“It’s exciting to be back on the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series team, We’ve been running through video and trying to get back into that mindset. In our gym, ‘Oscar’ [Craig McFarlane], our trainer, did a really good job with setting up a circuit for us before Oman. It has helped us get back into that really high heart rate, top handle, running across the net movement, and reorienting ourselves,” Fowler said.

In addition preparing to race the AC45F again, Oracle Team USA will also be adjusting to the light wind conditions expected this weekend.

“We’re looking forward to getting back out on the race course. It’s a challenging venue, and sailing in lighter conditions requires a lot more finesse, treading carefully and smooth movements.We just want to put in a good performance and sail as well as we can. I think if we do that, we’ll have a good result,” Tom Slingsby said.

The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Oman marks the first time America’s Cup racing has come to the Middle East. Racing begins at 14:00 local on both Saturday and Sunday, with three races scheduled per day. The race course runs along the Al Mouj Golf Course in Muscat, along 2.5 km of unspoiled Arabian coastline.

Oracle Team USA Media

Light Winds Set To Challenge Ben and His Boys

The 2016 Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series (ACWS) kicks off in Oman on Saturday with the first event of the season. Land Rover BAR begin the year in third place, three points behind Oracle Team USA and 13 points behind Emirates Team New Zealand.
Photo: © Lloyd Images
The team have been preparing their AC45F over the past few days and yesterday was their first opportunity to get out on the water. A full practice session is scheduled for Friday, with three races a day on Saturday and Sunday.

Ben Ainslie, Skipper and Team Principal: 
Photo: © Lloyd Images
"2016 is going to be a really exciting year for us. We are heavily into our testing phase back home in Portsmouth, with our second testing boat, T2 back out on the water after our capsize at the end of 2015. There's a great line up in the America's Cup World Series with a full schedule of events. There's a lot to do for the team but we are happy with the progress going forward.
Photo: © Lloyd Images
"I think for a new team – as we are – we felt happy with our third place position after the 2015 season, but we absolutely want to be moving up now. We want to be performing at the top of this America's Cup fleet.
Photo: © Harry KH / Land Rover BAR
"Oman looks set to be a great event, some of the team have raced here before, including myself and we like it. It's been four months since Bermuda and we are looking forward to getting back out."

Giles Scott, Tactician: 

"We are all really excited to be racing again. After Bermuda we felt like we had things to build on, we need to manage the number of tacks and gybes – every manoeuvre has to be really thought about, so not to lose boat lengths.

"We know it will be light conditions, we're expecting 6-10 knots, so it will all be about sailing well and light wind technique. But you've really got to keep your eyes open for the pressure [wind] – if you get an extra two knots of wind come through then the boat speed increase could be huge."

Jono Macbeth, Sailing Team Manager: 

"We are really looking forward to getting back out on the race course this week. We ended the 2015 season feeling a little frustrated, but overall we feel in a good position with where we are heading into 2016, and everything we learnt from the three 2015 ACWS events.

"Since the last event in Bermuda [in October] we've been out training on T2 – our second test boat – on the Solent, and have also returned to Bermuda for a training camp at the start of the year. So we've been making some good gains where we can, and hope to see them put into play in Muscat. Every race this weekend will be an opportunity to learn more, and we will continue to give it everything on the race course to get some solid results in this season."

David 'Freddie' Carr, Runner:

"In these light conditions, you just have to treat things a little more softly on the boat, not putting maximum body weight on anything as you don't want to shake the boat - so you're kind of a 'cat in silk slippers' as we call it. It's going to be a tough event, a racing cauldron in this heat and the short course racing will be hard - you've got to keep a cool head, keep chipping away and take your opportunities as they come."

Friday has official practice racing followed by the Opening Ceremony. Racing takes place on Saturday and Sunday - with each race on Sunday counting as double points - beginning at 14:00local time (GMT+4) each day.

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Leaderboard after three events:

1. Emirates Team New Zealand 122
2. Oracle Team USA 112
3. Land Rover BAR 109
4. Artemis Racing 105
5. SoftBank Team Japan 100
6. Groupama Team France 82

Land Rover BAR Media

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Smeg Wins 2016 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship - Sydney Harbour

The Smeg team of Lee Knapton, Ricky Bridge and Mike McKensey are the world’s top 18ft Skiff team following the team’s victory appliancesonline.com.au-sponsored 2016 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Champions, which concluded on Sydney Harbour today.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Smeg finished the championship with a total of 18 points to take the title by just one point from New Zealand’s Yamaha (David Mc Diarmid, Matthew Steven, Bradley Collins).
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Third place went to appliancesonline.com.au (David Witt, Tom Clout, Tom Anderson) on 24 ahead of defending champion Gotta Love It 7 (Seve Jarvin, John Winning Jr., Nick Catley), on countback, after also finishing on 24 points.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon, Trent Barnabas, Dave O’Connor) was fifth on 25 points and Peroni (Nick Daly, John Walton, Steve Thomas) sixth on 47. Today’s race began in a seven knot easterly breeze with interest centered on the battle between Smeg and appliancesonline.com.au, the only two teams possible of becoming the champions.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Appliancesonline is a noted heavy weather team and the day’s conditions were heavily in favour of the Smeg team, which had a handy discard up the sleeve for the tricky wind. From the outset Yamaha’s boat speed was unmatched by the opposition and the team’s crew work was faultless as it approached the first windward mark in Rose Bay.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
With a 35 second lead over Alcatel One Touch (Stephen Quigley), and a one minute break over third placed Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, Yamaha was in a commanding position as the fleet made its way to the wing mark off Clarke Island.
Photo: Lulu Roseman
Gotta Love It 7 had been in fourth place at the windward mark but lost all hope when forced to sail up into the lee of Shark Island. Triple M (John Sweeny) and Asko Appliances were next followed by the bulk of the fleet.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
In a light, unpredictable wind over the lengthy course, the leading group maintained the advantage with Yamaha taking line honours by 1m21s from Peroni, with Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, just 2s back in third place.
Photo: Lulu Roseman
Alcatel One Touch finished fourth, with Triple M fifth and Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones) in sixth place. Compassmarkets.com (Keagan York) came from well back early to finish seventh.
Frank Quealey

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Kiwi's Create Some Magic in Race 6 of 2016 JJ Giltinan Championship - 18ft Skiffs on Sydney Harbour

New Zealand’s Yamaha became the fifth different winner from the six races sailed so far in the 2016 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, when David McDiarmid, Matthew Steven and Bradley Collins scored a come from behind win on Sydney Harbour today.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
The Kiwi team have shown glimpses of their quality throughout the regatta but it wasn’t until today that the potential was realised and the team recorded a 34s win over the early race leader Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon, Trent Barnabas, Dave O’Connor).
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
The young Noakes Youth Team (Ash Rooklyn, Daniel Nixon, Rhys Mara) produced another top performance to score their second consecutive podium finish when the team finished third, 52 seconds behind Thurlow Fisher.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Another New Zealand team, AON, skippered by Will Tiller finished fourth, ahead of championship leader Smeg, skippered by Lee Knapton, and Gotta Love It 7, skippered by defending champion Seve Jarvin.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
As we go into the final race of the championship tomorrow, only two teams can win the 2016 title. Smeg leads, after discards, on 13 points, followed by appliancesonline.com.au (David Witt) on 15 points. Third placed, after discards, is Gotta Love It 7 on 18 points, along with Yamaha, also on 18 points., then Thurlow Fisher Lawyers on 22 points.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Noakes Youth has now moved up into sixth place with a total of 38 points. Appliancesonline.com.au is the only team capable of taking the lead away from Smeg, but must finish no worse than third tomorrow and beat Smeg by two placings in the race.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Today’s race was sailed in a dying Southerly breeze, which was predominantly South-East, and all teams suffered when they were all rigged with their #2 sails. Thurlow Fisher Lawyers brilliantly won the start and grabbed the lead from Gotta Love It 7 at the Clarke Island mark after a short windward leg.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
The two leaders, and later Noakes Youth, were the only teams able to carry their spinnakers past Bradley's Head and into Taylor Bay, which enabled them to establish a good break over most of the fleet.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
With so much SE direction in the wind, a full spinnaker run was an impossibility and there was mainly two-sail reaching on the run to Obelisk.The windward ‘work’ back to the Rose Bay mark was little better as the fleet made the mark in one long leg.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Thurlow Fisher Lawyers held a 45 second advantage over Gotta Love It 7 at Rose Bay, with AON in third place, ahead of Yamaha, Noakes Youth, Knight Frank (Riley Dean) and Smeg, which was more than two minutes behind the leader.
Noakesailing (Sean Langman), Peroni (Nick Daly). Ilve (Oliver Hartas) and appliancesonline.com.au were behind Smeg. Thurlow Fisher Lawyers continued to hold the lead over the next four legs of the course until the fleet was back at the Rose Bay mark and only one downwind and one windward leg were left to sail.
As Thurlow Fisher Lawyers set their spinnaker for the run back to the bottom mark they were hampered by a large cruise boat and were forced to gybe away. This put them off the normal line and into more traffic and the speedy Yamaha proved to be too much to contain as the kiwi team grabbed the lead and headed for home.

Not a race with a lot of speed or actions but a critical ‘race of points’ amongst the leading group as they battled to stay in contention for the title. This exciting championship will now go down right to the wire tomorrow.

Frank Quealey

Friday, February 19, 2016

Plenty Wins the 2016 Rolex Farr 40 Worlds

Entering the final race with a fragile two-point margin over their closest rival, Alex Roeper’s crew of the American yacht Plenty kept calm, held their nerve and executed a race plan that put them ahead of Transfusion to win the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds for a second time.
Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo
“It’s a dream come true. We battled very hard last year and came up short. This year we battled just as hard and put it all together very consistently. Huge credit to all our competitors particularly Transfusion. It was full on for four days. Everyday was different, and this team showed it can cope with it all,” Roepers said.
Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo
Ahead of today’s racing, three teams were in contention for the main prize. Plenty led Transfusion and fellow Americans Flash Gordon by four points. With two races scheduled the game was firmly on. Any error would be exploited.
Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo
In the first race of the day, it was Flash Gordon that lowered their guard and in an effort to get the perfect start committed the cardinal error of crossing the start line ahead of the gun. The start is regarded as a fundamentally important element of any Farr 40 race.
Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo
A good start means you can choose your position on the course and execute your own strategy. A bad start means playing catch up. In a tight fleet having to restart is often terminal. Flash Gordon would eventually finish in tenth place ending hopes of repeating their 2012 World Championship victory.
Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo
“A great event, super close and came down to the final race. I knew it was going to be a challenge. I knew all the teams were going to be strong and even the ones that would like to be stronger were capable of having their moments. You have to watch out for everybody and work hard all the time,” said Flash Gordon's tactician, Ed Baird.
Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo
One contender down. Transfusion, winners of the 2011 Rolex Farr 40 Worlds last time the event was in Australia, by contrast, had made the perfect start and led this, the penultimate race from start to finish, executing precisely its own perfectly-formed strategy. Plenty sailed a competent race finishing in third place.
Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo
Unable to dislodge Martin and Lisa Hill’s Estate Master from second or challenge for the lead, Roepers and tactician Terry Hutchinson did the next best thing and kept the loss of points as low as possible. It was better to go into the last race with a two-point cushion than potentially throwing it away on a wild throw of the dice.
Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo
“Last year we went into the final race one point ahead and came out losing. We knew that if we went out this time and executed the rest of it would take care of itself. In that last race we had to get the race we wanted. We wanted to start to leeward of Transfusion. Alex and Skip Baxter (mainsail trimmer) got the boat going on time and we managed to get our bow out in front. Ideally I would have liked half a length more,” said Hutchinson.
Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo
Unbeknown to Hutchinson the fatal blow had in fact been dealt. Shortly after the start Transfusion found herself struggling to match the speed and line of Plenty. Something had to be done.

In these small moments races are won or lost. Attempting to find clear air Transfusion got into a tangle with the boats to windward and was forced into taking a penalty turn. Catastrophe. Transfusion had been put on the back foot by Plenty’s exemplary start. She was now deeper in trouble.

Ultimately, despite storming around the racecourse she could not make up the lost ground. Recovering to fourth place was not enough. Plenty did what they had done all series and sailed to their plan. Concentrating on holding position ahead of Transfusion, German entrant Struntje Light was allowed to run away with the final race win no threat to overall victory.

“We are only as smart as we are fast. I can’t say enough about the speed team of Morgan Trubovich (upwind trimmer), Skip and Alex and the work they did to keep the boat going in all circumstances. On the first day it was our downwind speed and on the second day it was our ability to bounce back from a premature start. Yesterday we battled back from being eighth at the first mark to get a third and actually I think that was the moment we won the regatta.”

Farr 40 Worlds Media