Monthly archives for August, 2011
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Ian Williams continued his rich vein of form in the opening Qualifying Session at the St. Moritz Match Race winning all five matches to take a joint overnight lead alongside Johnie Berntsson. It was a telling display from the in-form Team GAC Pindar at the start of the sixth stage of the World Match Racing Tour, while defending ‘King of the Mountain’ Mathieu Richard fell to four defeats from five.
Double match racing World Champion Williams came into St. Moritz following back-to-back wins in Portugal and Sweden. Key scalps for his team today included early wins over Pierre Antoine Morvan (FRA) Extreme Team Morbihan and Eric Monnin (SUI) Oklays Corum Sailing Team. Those points set the tone for his day with further big wins over the French Match Racing Team duo of Richard and Damien Iehl.
Iehl went into his match with Williams also unbeaten and it was far from a routine victory for the British team. Iehl pulled out an early lead which Williams reined in, forcing the French team to defend from Williams on the downward run. Williams eventually took the lead but also earned a penalty after an intense luffing match. On the final run he had built a 20 second lead which proved enough to take both the penalty and the win, but only just.
A 4-0 scoreline soon became 5-0 after a resounding win in his final race against Jesper Radich (DEN) Adrian Lee & Partners. Reflecting on the opening day, when the Maloja wind brought gusts of 25 knots, Williams said: “In St. Moritz you need a little bit of luck and things went our way today. The conditions are always tricky and shifty here and all of our races have been a bit touch and go but we’ve managed to stay loose and to roll with the punches.
Artemis International 14 World Championships will be held at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) from 3rd to 18th September. The International 14 Class is revving up for the 2011 edition of their most important regatta on the global circuit. Photo Christophe Favreau. Sail World has the story here.
The prez is on the stick and he’s sporting a Hussong’s shirt!. Turns out he loves beat up old catamarans…who knew?
Watch Hannah White down at the dock talking to the crews before they head out for racing.
Explaining one of the most common pre-start maneuvers in match racing – the dial up
Eoghan Coyle, crew member on board Derry-Londonderry, talks splicing during the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. The first boats are currently making their way into Rio for the end of Race 2.
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Conrad Humphrey talks about his experience in the 2011 Solitaire du Figaro. The Vendee Globe skipper and associate of the Artemis Offshore Academy was taking part in his first ever month-long, 4-leg, Figaro race.
Macatawa Bay Yacht Club’s team Heritage has beat the Chicago Match Racing Center’s Convexity to win the Canada’s Cup defender trials. On last Sunday, Heritage won the 6th and final race in the defender trials series bringing the total counts to Heritage 5, Convexity 1 and closing out the best of 9 series. Heritage will go on to face the Canadian challenger Vincere for the cup in next week’s championship! Follow the racing at Canada’s Cup 2011.
Check out the haps, spills and thrills at the Internatonal Moth Italian Open Championship regatta. If you are not at the office turn up the volume for some good tunes too! To follow the action in Italian go to the website by clicking HERE.
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With the announcement that Euro City Napier, Hawke’s Bay’s home of Audi, Volkswagen and Skoda is now helping to drive the OptiWorlds New Zealand championship sailing event for youth sailors forward, we thought it appropriate to post this cool Opti Pram video of the 2009 Toyota Optimist Championship.
The OptiWorlds, to be hosted by Napier Sailing Club in December and January this year, will be attended by at least 200 young sailors from around the world, and many people from within the local community. Euro City Managing Director Terry Elmsly says that the event is the highlight of the year for those attending, and he’s pleased that his company, which was named the 2010 Audi Dealer of the Year, is able to show its support for an event that benefits tourism in Hawke’s Bay.
“Some of these sailors will be the stars of the future – the event is going to be great for Napier, and we are very much looking forward to our association with the sailing fraternity,” he says. “The local community has supported us in the last six years, and this is an excellent method of giving back.”
Four months out from racing, entries have been received from teams from 39 nations, including many from Europe, South America and Asia.
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On the eve of the 2011 St. Moritz Match Race, Mathieu Richard and his French Match Racing Team find themselves in a very different situation to last season when they entered the sixth stage of the World Match Racing Tour with a commanding Championship lead. A disappointing season so far leaves them languishing in eighth place, forcing them to reassess their goals: “Mathematically it is still possible for us to win but we are realistic about things. Our aim now is to get closer to the leaders to try and achieve a podium finish overall.”
It will be a difficult week for Richard with seven of the nine Tour Card Holders competing in St. Moritz, a group headed by Tour leader Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing. Richard though is in a bullish mood and believes it is Bruni who carries the most pressure: “Last year we were obviously under a lot more pressure than we are now – the leader always feels it more. We are naturally very competitive so I’d prefer to be on top and under the pressure that I know Francesco will be feeling now.”
Aside from less pressure, Richard has every reason to be confident. The conditions on Lake St. Moritz are traditionally challenging but it’s a venue that he seems to tune into well: “Racing here really suits our team’s style, we have won twice and we like it very much. The small boats and shifty conditions are a great challenge and it can make it very tricky with tactics and trimming but that’s what we like.”
While Richard may feel his chance to win the 2011 Championship has passed, Jesper Radich (DEN) Adrian Lee & Partners is only 22 points adrift of Bruni and has prepared well for what is not only his St. Moritz debut but also an event that could determine his title chances: “We’ve had a couple of days to practice and I’ve also spent two and a half weeks sailing in another light boat to prepare for these [Blu26] boats here.”
“We will need to achieve top results at the remaining events to beat the top guys. There are enough points yet to be won and lost. It’s really how you end your season that counts, the teams who pick up their game now will be the ones that win.”
The first Qualifying Session will kick off tomorrow and feature Tour leader Francesco Bruni and title contenders Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat and Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team in the first flight.
One of two people rescued from a sailboat, right, uses a line to make their way onto the beach on Willoughby Spit in Norfolk, Va., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, after they and another person were rescued from the boat that foundered in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. A rescuer, left, waits for s second person to exit the boat. Photo Bill Tiernan. Source – sailboatowners.com.
There are now just two months to go before the start of the race on October 29 in Alicante, Spain. With the clock ticking down, here’s our latest team by team round-up of the state of preparations.
Clipper Round the World Skipper Skipper Richard Hewson reports that his crew achieved “fantastic speeds” in “beautiful conditions” overnight with bright stars and bioluminescence streaming behind “Gold Coast Australia” as she planed downwind at speeds over 20 knots heading for the Rio de Janeiro coast. More here.
Teng “Tiger” Jiang He has his sights set on inspiring a nation after being chosen by Team Sanya to be the first Chinese sailor to contest the Volvo Ocean Race after a five-week trial.
She has a 40 Meter mast and the highest clearance was 9 meters – what to do? Lay it down…
Interview with Wang Chaoyong, Chairman of the China team, a 34th America’s Cup challenger.
The Global Ocean Race will start on Sunday the 25th of September. The course takes in some of the roughest waters on the planet. Starting in Mallorca, Spain the race stops in Cape Town, South Africa; Wellington, New Zealand; Punta del Este, Uruguay and Charleston, USA before finishing back in Mallorca, a total of approximately 30,000 nautical miles.
On the last and decisive day of the Tornado World Championships on Lake Biel, the wind gave the 37 Tornados reported from eleven nations, a extravagant, yet challenging final.
The anticipated cold front brought fresh westerly wind of four to six Beaufort. Shortly after ten clock, there was no holding back on the start line. Two false starts were the result. The teams then sailed three races in quick succession. The favourite was impressed by neither wind nor whitecaps and pulled away again. The Australian Brett Burvill Duffield and Ryan (AUS 327) won against the European champions from Greece, Iordanis Paschalidis and Konstantinos Trigonis (GRE 7) and the German reigning World Champion pair of Roland Gaebler and Nahid (GER 1).
In the second race of the day, the Greeks took victory but were OCS and the race was not counted for them. The mixed team of Roland and Nahid Gaebler took victory against the Australians. The native Jean-Marc Cuanillon and Michael Gloor (SUI 232) reached fourth place.
The wind picked up, and capsizes were the result. There have never been so many capsizes in a World Championships, Roland Gaebler said later, he and his wife were affected, they reached the third race of the day but still finished eighth.
The field pulled apart, another 18 boats lined up for the third race of the day. The victory came for the Greeks. In the intermediate standings after four races in total, they were slipped because of a jump start, despite two wins to seventh. Team Gaebler were in the lead before the Australians and Cuanillon / Gloor. The Swiss couple Martin and Julia Rusterholz was ranked 18, they were not able to finish the fourth race.
After a rest on land, the race committee sent the competitors out at 3 o’clock to the last, decisive and very exciting course. The west wind blew with up to force five Beaufort which was mixed with heavy rain. 22 Tornados took off and 20 of them finished. The race was won by the team Gaebler, followed by the Greeks. Thus, the championship was decided by a single point on the Germans, the Greeks brought the title.
This was the first time in Switzerland for the German team and they had not known what conditions they would have to reckon with. To win the title was, however, their goal, Nahid said, after the regatta. Gaebler was delighted at the title in the mixed category, which they brought against the Austrians Nicole and Dietmar Salzmann (AUT 3) and the Rusterholz paring.
The ten who had traveled as Mixed teams are hoping that the Tornado is in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 as the Mixed Multihull for the Olympics.
There is now time for the competitors to rest ahead of the Tornado European Championships on Lake Como, Italy from the 8th – 11th September.
In under three months’ time, the AC World Series San Diego event will take place inside San Diego Bay, with numerous waterfront viewing locations that will allow spectators to see the on-the-water action up close. In addition to a full race schedule, the series stop will feature the all-ages AC Village at Harbor Drive which encompasses activities on Broadway Pier and the U.S.S. Midway with spectator grandstands, interactive displays, concession booths and a nightly entertainment schedule, while the stylish AC Experience at Harbor Island will provide a more lavish setting for patrons. More here.
Audi MedCup highlights from Day 5 of Medcup in Cartagena. Jose Cusi’s Bribon crew won the 2011 Audi MedCup Circuit’s fourth regatta of the season, the Region of Murcia-Cartagena.
Highlights and news from day one of the Tornado World Championships sponsored by MCM and Zhik. 38 teams from 11 nations are sailing to be the 2011 Tornado World Champions.