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AC NEWS – Here is some great footage of some practice racing between ORACLE and Artemis by John Navas. Notice the wing designs? The Artemis wing looks to have her area lower and wider than ORACLE.
Seems that ORACLE is faster but with some bursts of speed, especially upwind, by Artemis. ORACLE pulls off good foil to foil jibes showing her improvement in that area. Overall, ORACLE looks to be the better boat and would easily beat Artemis on the race course. But it’s still early in the game. Artemis still has time to improve.
After viewing this video, who do you think will win the AC? Does ORACLE still look slower than Team NZ? Go to the XS Poll on the right and tell us who will win the AC in September today!
RC SAILING – Some of the best heavy air RC racing at the MYA IOM British National Championships way back in 2010. Check it out!
NOOD SAILING – Video highlights from the final day of racing at the 2013 Sperry Top-Sider Marblehead.
COPA DEL REY MAPFRE – Today the field of play in the Bay of Palma has seen an intense second round on the 32nd Copa del Rey MAPFRE. The wind today decided to cooperate with the show, so all the fleets managed to sail all races schedule and to return to the Real Club Nautico de Palma with four complete scores. Tomorrow, the entries in the different Hublot IRC classes will sail a coastal race.
The second day of competition gathered the most international fleet in the history of the Copa del Rey MAPFRE for an intense share of racing in the three race courses in the Bay of Palma. This time, the wind at the start of the first race went from 7 to 13 knots, depending on the race course. The race committee was able to accomplish its program: three races in all classes except in Mahou J80 and La Caixa X-35, who sailed two races. Now all classes have four races sailed.
The provisional leaders after two days of racing are: “Jethou” in the class Hublot IRC 0, “B2” in Hublot IRC 1, “Quantum Racing” in Gaastra IRC 52, “Rats on Fire” in G.H. Mumm ORC 1, “Movistar” in G.H. Mumm ORC 2, “Mitsubishi Motors” in Nespresso Soto 40, “Margeritha” in La Caixa X-35 and “Turismo do Algarve” in Mahou J80.
Hublot IRC 0 and IRC 1
Sir Peter Ogden’s British “Jethou” is still leading the provisional results in the class IRC Hublot 0 despite finishing fourth in the last race of the day. Today, the best of the class was Alessandro Rombelli’s Italian “Stig”, with two victories (1-3-1).
In Hublot IRC 1, Michele Galli’s “B2” signed an almost perfect score (2-1-1) which allows him to escape to the front of the overall results with a nine point cushion over German “Speedy”, winner of the first race of the day. Third is Swiss “Team Vision Future”, one point behind “Speedy”.
Gaastra IRC 52
Today Niklas Zennström’s “Rán” and Ed Baird’s “Quantum Racing” fought a magnificent duel in the Gaastra IRC 52 class. The Swedish boat won today’s first two races, but a mistake at the start of the third race prevented him from finishing a perfect day. Zennström managed to climb back to literally cross the finish line at the same time as American “Interlodge”, so they each received 5.5 points. Ed Baird scored the victory in the last race and is the new class leader, but only half a point ahead of “Rán”.
Terry Hutchinson (USA), tactician onboard Quantum Racing (USA): “We did quite a good work today, Ed (Baird), Warwick (Fleury), Jonesy (Brett Jones) and Lorenzo (Mazza) had the boat going really nicely through the water. The middle race was a bit of a disappointment because we had a 50 meter lead at the last top mark but lost it to Rán Racing – who have just been on fire – on the last run. But we sailed a nice bounce back race then, the guys nailed the start and we stuck to our guns. Everyone kept taking a step out to the right to the pressure line, but we were happy with the middle and the upper left and low and behold it worked. We had a nice lead at the top.
It is hard to stay focused on a long hot day like that, that is the most challenging part of the day. Some of us are straight off a Farr 40 regatta in the USA and we might be feeling a little bit of jet lag at this stage but in the same breath there is so much to play for, then it is not that hard to stay focused. The nice thing about sailing with really good people is they keep cracking the whip on you.”
G. H. Mumm ORC 1 and ORC 2
Today the best among the 36 teams in G.H. Mumm ORC 1 was Rafael Carbonell’s “Rats on Fire”. The Swan 45 scored two bullets and a third allowing him to lead the provisional overall with a difference of six points over his nearest rival, “Grupo Clínico Dr. Luis Senís” skippered by Axel Rodger, who won the last race of the day.
In G.H. Mumm ORC 2, Pedro Campos’ “Movistar” has completed an excellent second day, scoring 2-1-1 and leading its class, three points ahead of arch-rival, Iñaki Castañer’s “X-Spain” (3-3-2). Joan Cabrer’s “Airlan-Aermec” completes the provisional podium, which won the first race of the day and finished the other two races with a fifth and a fourth.
Nespresso Soto 40
Chilean “Mitsubishi Motors”, skippered by Juan Reid, confirmed his excellent form scoring a first, second and third place which allowed him to return to the RCNP as new leader of the Nespresso Soto 40 class. Only “Antares” overshadowed him today, winning the last two races, but the fifth place in the first race made him drop to second overall. Pichu Torcida’s “Vamos Spain” is now third (3-5-3), tied up at 12 points with “Antares”.
La Caixa X-35
In the La Caixa X-35 class, the Italian-Spanish fight promises a thrilling duel until the end of the 32nd Copa del Rey MAPFRE, which is also the X-35 European Championship. Roberto Mazzucato’s Italian “Margeritha” defended today its leadership achieved yesterday (scored 3-6), but is now tied up on points with Palma`s “Red Eléctrica de España” skippered by Ignacio Camino (1-3), who made an excellent work in the water. Alessandro Sollerio’s “Lelagain”, winner of the second race of the day, stands only two points behind both of them. There are three boats within only two points.
Hugo Rocha’s ruthless “Turismo do Algarve” seems to have the Mahou J80 fleet measured up. The 2013 world champion finished with a perfect score winning four out of four races, even after an OCS in the first race of the day and having to climb from the back of the pack. Carlos Martinez’s “Deltastone” (2-2) and José María Van der Ploeg’s “Factor Energía” (4-3) are second and third in the provisional overall with a thrilling tie at 11 points.
Tomorrow, coastal race for the Hublot IRC classes
The 32nd Copa del Rey MAPFRE will continue tomorrow at 13h00. All classes are scheduled to sail two windward/leeward races except Hublot IRC 0, Hublot IRC 1 and Hublot IRC 52, which will sail a coastal race around the bay of Palma.
G.H. Mumm Awards and My Nespresso Brunch at the RCNP
DJ Fonsi Nieto, who entertained with his music last night’s opening of the public Village, visited this morning the My Nespresso Brunch at the RCNP, where he was able to contemplate the atmosphere of the 32nd Copa del Rey MAPFRE. In the afternoon, the yacht club hosted the G.H. Mumm awards to the provisional leaders of the eight classes after two days of racing. Tonight, the entertainment in the Village comes from the hand of DJ Nacho “Gran Reserva” and the band “P-Brothers”.
Provisional results, on Results
AC NEWS – Nathan Outteridge (Artemis helmsman) decided to take an extra on board his moth for a Wangi Sailing Club race. He hit 30 knots! Perfect conditions: solid 20kts from the NE. If he sails an AC72 like he does a Moth…watch out Team NZ!
BIC TECHNO SAILING – First it was little light, little wet and little cold. But soon it became pretty windy so all had to concentrate on sailing. It is not easy here in Sopot with offshore winds and it was quite a challenge for all. After little dramatic start of the first race all went as planned and all fleets sailed 2 races each. After lunch break one more race for all and later in the afternoon even a sun and blue sky. Great day to start a championship.
WINDSURFING – A beautiful morning of surfing and SUP at Punta San Carlos it was time to get the contest rolling. Head Judge Keith Teboul made the call for a 1:30pm start at the Point for the Amateur division with heat lengths set at 16-minutes.
Amateur Highlights: With the new competition bracket system in place winners of the first round were rewarded with an automatic advancement to round 3 while the second and third place finishers would have to battle it out in round 2 to stay alive in the contest.
Winners from round 1 included Fiona Wylde, Jordan Reid, Ruben Lemmens, MacRae Wylde, Ian Stokes, Steve Roy, Roberto Torkildsen and Marc Bitoun. All these riders were ripping and made the most of the set waves that showed up in their heats.
Round 2 (the “second chance” round) had more pressure on it, as only two riders from these four man heats would advance, with the losers being eliminated from the competition. The wind was up and wave continued to pump through. Winning these heats were Jay Watermeyer, Tanya Saleh, Mike Colee and Marty Rosse, while also advancing as second place finishers are Tom Soltysiak, Pete DeKay, Eric Sinclair and Tony Litke.
Masters Highlights: Round 1 of the Masters saw some great action from these over-45 age riders (and some Grand Masters who are also mixed in with this group). Advancing to round 3 by winning their heat were Steve Roy, Norm Roediger, MacRae Wylde and Ferdinando Loffreda. Look for all others to get their “second chance” today to get back into the winning side of the competition.
Youth Highlights: With two youth riders entering the competition we’ll be running several heats over the duration of the competition. Round 1 saw Fiona Wylde catching some nice waves and landing a sick aerial to take the heat. Alex McKirgan made it close with some nice turns on some bigger set waves. Both these young riders are really ripping.
52 SUPER SERIES – With a victory in the third and final race of the day for the 52 SUPER SERIES at the 32nd Copa del Rey on the Bay of Palma when Rán Racing’s unbeaten sequence was halted by a sixth place, Quantum Racing seize the overall regatta lead by a single point.
Niklas Zennström’s team had already completed one very impressive recovery – getting back from an OCS at the start of the second race to win in its last 100 metres after rounding the first top mark ninth and hold on to their winning sequence. But they were unable to climb through the fleet as efficiently in the subsequent contest and so the American flagged team, which has already won overall in Barcelona and Ibiza, now top the Palma regatta leaderboard.
It was a very long, hot day on the water as the race officers brought the regatta back to schedule by setting three races to take advantage of the return to Palma’s usual sea breeze conditions.
While the SSW’ly held out long enough there were sufficient shifts and changes in pressure to ensure that the track was far from the ‘one way’ route that this popular venue has a reputation for, and there were ample opportunities to exploit a differing range of tactics.
Quantum Racing’s 2,2,1 was the strongest aggregate for the day, but after seeing Rán Racing’s first two wins today, the 52 SUPER SERIES leaders might have considered the gods were minded to side with the World Champions, not least when Zennström’s team rallied from ninth at the first top mark of the second race today, to pass the leeward gate second hard, on the heels of Azzurra, before going on to win at the death.
By comparison Rán Racing’s first win today was relatively conventional, leading off the start line to be able to keep Rio and Rán Racing in check all the way around the course. Azzurra fought back from being OCS to finish fourth while Quantum Racing just eased past Manouch Moshayedi’s Rio on the second beat for second.
Azzurra lead the second race but dropped to third as they engaged with Quantum Racing on the last run and left the door ajar for Rán Racing to squeeze in for their second win of the day.
Quantum Racing stuck with their convictions to the left of the first beat in the final race today and were rewarded with a handy lead ahead of Tony Langley’s Gladiator, while Rio picked up their second third place of the day to lie fourth, just one point behind Azzurra, the defending 2012 52 SUPER SERIES champions.
29ER RACING – A challenging day for competitors and race committee alike on Kaløvig Bay! A morning race was held in 8 knots for all courses with the Race Committee holding a watchful eye on the radar with an approaching thunderstorm. The impending storm cell hovered south of Aarhus before bringing wind and rain at the finish of the race, sweeping across the edge of Kaløvig Bay.
Thomas Jorgensen, IRO commented “We have had a long day for the 4 Race Management teams on the water. We started at the scheduled time at 12:00 but we had heavy rain with thunder at the finish and displayed AP on all courses and waited for better conditions. But another cell was behind it and we made the decision to send all fleets ashore for safety reasons. After 2 hours on shore, the wind arrived again from the southwest and we had 12 knots with 2 fine races to complete the qualifying series.”
With the fleet now split into gold, silver, bronze and emerald fleets, the final push is on to determine the 29er World Champion. Leaders in the gold fleet are Lucas Rual and Emile Amoros (FRA) who remain in the lead. Charlie Wyatt and Tom Siganto (AUS) had a stellar day moving back to second and American brother duo Quinn and Dane Wilson sit third overall. Ragna and Maia Agerup of Norway continue to be the top female team and are 17th overall.
Aarhus Sailing and Kaløvig Sailing Club are host to the event and have enlisted the many parents as volunteers to help with the launch and retrieval and trolly sorting as well as distributing the daily after race snack to all competitors.
Twenty-five nations are representing all continents with 213 entries in this highly competitive fleet.
The finals begin on Wednesday, July 31 followed by two more days of the final series. The prizegiving will be held on Friday, August 2. Live reports and daily results: www.29erworlds.org; Facebook: Int 29er Class.
COPA DEL REY MAPFRE RACING – Today was the first day of competition in the 32nd Copa del Rey MAPFRE. The wind has blown unevenly in the three race courses throughout the Bay of Palma, but allowed all classes to debut. “Jethou”, “B2”, “Rán”, “Natalia”, “X-Spain”, “Vamos Spain”, “Margherita” and “Turismo do Algarve” are the first leaders of the week. On shore, the attention has focused on the opening of the public Village at Sa Feixina. Tomorrow, the competition returns at 13h00.
A north-easterly wind of 10-12 knots received the fleet in the Bay of Palma in order to race the opening day of the 32nd Copa del Rey MAPFRE. Conditions have been uneven in the three race courses, but all classes were able to sail at least one race. The Alpha race course was the most favoured, where the X-35 and J80 were the only two fleets that managed to sail two races.
The first leaders of the week are: British “Jethou” in the Hublot IRC 0 class, Italian “B2” in Hublot IRC 1, Swedish “Rán” in Gaastra IRC 52, Romanian “Natalia” in G.H. Mumm ORC 1, Spanish “X-Spain” in G.H. Mumm ORC 2, Spanish “Vamos Spain” in Nespresso Soto 40, Italian “Margherita” in La Caixa X-35 and Spanish “Turismo do Algarve” in Mahou J80.
KITE RACING – It has been a great week so far at the Hang Loose Beach and the 2013 European Kite Racing Championships have seen 4 days of strong competition and phenomenal conditions. But everything comes down to the top 10 men and women competing in the medal series where they must each sail four races to determine the winner of the 2013 European Championships.
The courses were shorter, which brought the fleet closer together and saw the riders fighting hard to improve their standings. First to go racing were the women’s fleet and it was going to be a battle between the top two on the overall leaderboard, the British Steph Bridge and Holland’s Katja Roose.
Roose had a great start to the day and after a crash from Kalinina at the windward mark she managed to take the lead and scored her third bullet in this championship. Bridge finished in third place and had to come back with a good result in the next race to protect her place on the leaderboard. And she made it! Giving a dynamic performance in the second race of the day she managed to round on top at the bottom gate and keep her lead ahead of second placed Kalinina, leaving Roose in third. After another 2 races in lighter conditions Bridge kept her top spot on the podium winning the Championship. Roose came a close second and in third was Germany’s Christine Boenniger.
Agnieszka Grzymska secured fourth place overall and Spain’s Nuria Goma finished the championship in fifth position.
Then it was time for the men to hit the water. Ahead of racing Britain’s Oliver Bridge had a safe lead from the Italian Leccese who was second overall. But it was Russia’s Doronin that had a great start and managed to keep his lead throughout the first race of the day with Leccese in second. Bridge was in third but had no worries about losing his top spot on the leaderboard. Leccese went on to win the second race of the day, distancing himself from the rest of the riders and finishing in second place overall for the championship. After the final two races of the day France’s Maxime Nocher bagged the last podium spot finishing in third place, followed by Rolf Van Der Vlugt in fourth and Russia’s Ivan Doronin finishing in fifth place overall.
So Oliver Bridge is crowned the new Kite Racing European champion for 2013 and it would be a hard record to beat, winning the Europeans at his young age of only 15 years old.
It was to be two Bridges on top at this years championships after an amazing finale in the women’s racing too. Steph Bridge dominated the competition taking the top spot, with Holland’s Roose in second place ..
All of the riders gathered to receive their trophies during a memorable closing ceremony. Mother and son could not be happier to have accomplished something not often seen in sports like kite racing, where fitness and experience are key factors.
The warmth and hospitality of the Hang Loose Beach made for a successful and thoroughly enjoyable championship that has left it’s mark on all of the athletes competing here. It was a memorable week with splendid conditions that could not have been better for the final day of racing.
Full Results Men:
Full Results Women: http://sailwave.com/results/2013KiteracingEuropeansOpeningWomen.html <http://sailwave.com/results/2013KiteracingEuropeansOpeningWomen.html>
AC HISTORY – Here is a very strange but entertaining accounting of how the USA won the 100 Guinea’s Cup which became the America’s Cup.
COOL BOAT DESIGNS – Rumor has it the the new XS-35 catamaran, with the help of MM Design, may be flying soon on AC foils. With all the small daysailing cats converting to foils and doubling their top-end speed, why not coastal offshore racing multihills like the XS-35? All catamarans were born to fly! If interested in flying in an offshore multihull contact XS Cats at 800-366-8584 or email them at [email protected]
52 SUPER SERIES – On the first day of the 32nd Copa del Rey Mapfre on the Bay of Palma, the challenges came in different forms for some of the top 52’s, but it was Niklas Zennström’s crew on Rán Racing which won the one and only race for the Gaastra IRC Class. Check out the video above for on the water action. For full results for Click Here
PIC OF THE DAY – Here is a great picture of ORACLE Team USA sailing around looking bad–ass as they prepare to sail against the winner of the LV Cup. What is different about the two boats? Check out the daggerboard foil angle. Do you think ORACLE will win? Vote on our XS Poll to the right of the page today! Photo by Guilian Grenier.
AC NEWS– On Tuesday afternoon at 3:00pm, tickets for reserved grandstand seating at the America’s Cup Village at Marina Green will go on sale for the Semi Finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup at www.americascup.com.
The Semi Final pits Italy’s Luna Rossa Challenge against Sweden’s resurgent Artemis Racing in a best-of-seven format beginning August 6.
Tickets for the Semi Final will be available in the East Grandstands and The Deck, positioned directly opposite the start line and the first mark of the racecourse where the boats approach the first turn of the race at maximum speeds near 50 mph.
“It’s become clear that the America’s Cup Village at Marina Green is the place to be for the start of the races,” said Stephen Barclay, the CEO of the America’s Cup Event Authority. “These seats will provide unbeatable views of not just the start of the races, but the top two-thirds of the race course.”
Construction of the grandstands begins today.
The release of additional tickets was made possible by Sunday’s confirmation that Artemis Racing was targeting a return to racing for the Semi Final. This, after Emirates Team New Zealand elected to advance directly to the Final which set up the Semi Final pairing of Luna Rossa vs. Artemis Racing.
Tickets for the Louis Vuitton Cup Finals (Emirates Team New Zealand vs. the winner of the Semi Final) and America’s Cup Finals (ORACLE TEAM USA vs. the winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup) are already on sale.
“We’ve had great support from all the teams and it’s nice that everyone has recognized the effort our team has made to get on the water…” Artemis Racing skipper Iain Percy said on Sunday. “At the end of the process we’ll be good to get out there and race. We’re really looking forward to it.”
Ahead of Sunday’s press conference with the skippers of the three challengers, Barclay also paid tribute to the response from the public in San Francisco to the opening weeks of preliminary racing in the Louis Vuitton Cup, America’s Cup Challenger Series.
“Over these opening weeks, we’ve had nearly 175,000 visitors at America’s Cup Park (on the Embarcadero at Piers 27/29) and over 25,000 at the America’s Cup Village (at Marina Green). That’s around 200,000 for the first three weeks which exceeds our expectations,” Barclay said. “So a big thank you from us to San Francisco for the way you’ve supported the early stages of the event.”
In electing to advance directly to the Louis Vuitton Cup Final, Emirates Team New Zealand also confirmed it would put its boat into the shed for modifications immediately, meaning the team will not race Tuesday’s match against Artemis Racing.
But Luna Rossa Challenge has indicated it plans to race on Thursday, when it is expected to sail the course alone in the last race of the Louis Vuitton Cup Round Robin.
Louis Vuitton Cup Round Robin Standings
- Emirates Team New Zealand 9-0 – 9 points (1 race remaining)
- Luna Rossa Challenge 4-5 – 4 points (1 race remaining)
- Artemis Racing 0-8 – 0 points (2 races remaining)
SPEEDDREAM DEMO – Yandex-SpeedDream will be based on the Isle of Wight at Cowes Yacht Haven and will be demo-sailing during Cowes Week. The skipper is world-renowned sailor Cam Lewis who was the only American on board Commodore Explorer when they became the first boat in history to circumnavigate the world in less than 80 days. He has also participated in the America’s Cup and has won numerous world championships in dinghies.
“SpeedDream is one of the most unique and interesting boats I have ever sailed,” Cam said. “Vlad’s mantra that a multihull has to become a monohull before it really starts to pick up speed is right and I think of SpeedDream in a similar way. The boat can be seen as a catamaran with the hull itself as the leeward hull, and the flying keel as the windward hull. No drag and a high righting moment means that the boat really flies.”
Joining Cam as co-skipper is Vladimir “Kuli” Kulinichenko, considered Russia’s top offshore sailor. Press is invited to contact SpeedDream media for a demo sail. Public will be able to see the boat flying its keel from the Esplanade and The Green to the west of the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes.
For more info go to: http://speeddreamblog.blogspot.com
EXTREME SAILING SERIES – For four days the Extreme Sailing Series world tour entertained the crowds in Porto, battling in the heart of the city on one of the most challenging Stadium Racecourses the fleet have ever sailed on.
Eight teams including two wildcard entries ROFF Cascais Sailing Team and Team Tilt went head to head, and after 30 hard fought races it went right down to the final race to decide the winner. The Wave, Muscat accelerated off the start line while Alinghi found themselves stuck in the traffic jam and going nowhere – they could only watch as the Omani team sailed to victory. Watch the highlights here then go to the websight for all the details at extremesailingseries.com
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EXTREME SAILING SERIES – Act 5 of the Extreme Sailing Series™ in Porto has delivered the ultimate challenge in Stadium Racing for the eight international teams competing this week, with a narrow river, high walls, strong tides, big rocks and gusty winds to contend with. After 30 races it came down to the wire between The Wave, Muscat and Alinghi in the final double pointer with just three points separating two of the most experienced teams on the circuit. Impeccable boat handling from McMillan and a win in the final race – their tenth of the Act – ultimately saw the Omani flagged team claim a deserved win who have been unflappable this week having led the charge since race eight.
Porto is third Act win this season for McMillan and his crew Peter Greenhalgh, Hashim al Rashidi, Musab al Hadi and Ed Smyth following victories in Oman and Qingdao which significantly leaves them tied on points with Alinghi at the top of the overall Series leaderboard. An ecstatic McMillan, whose celebratory cheers could be heard from the shore, talked through his race winning tactics: “Alinghi were right there behind us on the first lap. We had the conversation as to whether we should just cover them the whole race, but we saw the pressure was looking better, we let them split and it worked out better for us and we extended our lead, and from there on we didn’t have to worry about them for the rest of the race. We managed to get a good start, managed to get our noses out and that’s what it came down to in that last race.”
Morgan Larson, who has taken the helm from regular skipper and owner Ernesto Bertarelli this week, kept the pressure on The Wave, Muscat until the end, and although understandably disappointed not to have won the Act, Larson has already shifted his focus to the next stop of the global tour in Cardiff, Wales. “We like putting pressure on The Wave, Muscat and unfortunately it didn’t pay off for us here in Porto. It’s been a great place to sail and the team have worked really well together, I can’t ask any more from what the guys are doing. Alinghi are a great team and it’s really nice to be part of it. It really could have gone either way today. In Cardiff we will have to do a better job.”
Always in contention and pushing the top teams hard was Pierre Pennec, who returned to the Series at the helm of Realteam for this Act. Pennec – who is known to be one of the most daring sailors in the Series – has lost none of his edge, and pushed the Realteam Extreme 40 hard around the course to help the team to their first ever podium position. “Our objective for this event was to reach the podium, so it was a great result for the team! The most important factor is the crew engagement, good communication onboard and technically we progressed a lot over the week which is really good looking ahead to the future of the team. It’s great to be back racing in the circuit, and from today anything is possible!”.
The battle mid-fleet was equally as tense between SAP Extreme Sailing Team and Red Bull Sailing Team who went into the final double-pointer tied on points. The Danish managed to muster a third place in the final race where the Austrians couldn’t do better then eighth, leaving SAP Extreme Sailing Team in fourth overall, as Jes Gram Hansen, the team’s co-skipper and helm explained: “We have been more or less tied up with Red Bull Sailing Team all week. It’s tough to be consistent on this racecourse so we are happy that we can battle with Red Bull who are very experienced on this circuit and that we can beat them. It has been a really challenging week – you can have a game plan here in Porto but you need to be able to make some quick changes to it! We really like this racecourse.”
The fresh faces on the circuit ROFF Cascais Sailing Team and Team Tilt have had the ultimate Stadium Racing baptism of fire in Porto, with both teams steadily improving throughout the week and showing that at times they can mix it up with the more experienced players in the top half of the fleet. The local boys ROFF Cascais Sailing Team were spurred on by the home support today and have relished their first Extreme 40 foray, with skipper Antonio Mello saying after racing: “It was an amazing experience with really great racing and we just enjoyed it a lot. It will be difficult to go back to our normal sailing now! We are really happy with the performance we gave here. We had some very good starts throughout the whole day and although conditions were difficult at times, we still finished races in the top three and in the double points race we finished second which was very good for us and also for our home crowd.”
The Kiwi contingent on GAC Pindar took a while to find their feet in the challenging Portuguese stadium, but saved their best to last managing a win in the final day, wrapping up the Act in sixth place.
Porto has earned itself a reputation as a stadium like no other with challenging sailing, crowds and the competitors of the NeilPryde Racing Series keeping the on-water action coming. With four Acts complete and four Acts to go, the Series is at its halfway stage and next heads to the Welsh capital Cardiff over the August bank holiday weekend where they will be hosted by the Cardiff Harbour Festival, 23-26 August.
Extreme Sailing Series 2013 Act 5, Porto standings after Day 4, 30 races (28.7.13)
Position / Team / Points
1st The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan, Ed Smyth, Pete Greenhalgh, Musab Al Hadi, Hashim Al Rashdi 248 points.
2nd Alinghi (SUI) Morgan Larson, Ben Lezin, Pierre Yves Jorand, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 235 points.
3rd Realteam (SUI) Pierre Pennec, Bryan Mettraux, Nils Palmieri, Cédric Schmidt, Thierry Wassem 223 points.
4th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Pete Cumming, Mikkel Røssberg, Nicolai Sehested 214 points.
5th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Matthew Adams, Simon Cooke, Graeme Spence 204 points.
6th GAC Pindar (NZL) Will Tiller, Brad Farrand, Stewart Dodson, Harry Thurston, Shaun Mason 173 points.
7th ROFF Cascais Sailing Team (POR) António Mello, Bernardo Freitas, João Mello, Ricardo Schedel, João Matos Rosa 156 points.
8th Team Tilt (SUI) Lucien Cujean, Jocelyn Keller, Jeremy Bachelin, Thomas Mermod, Lionel Vaucher 156 points.
Extreme Sailing Series 2013 overall standings after Act 5, Porto
Position / Team / Points
1st The Wave, Muscat (OMA) 36 points.
2nd Alinghi (SUI) 36 points.
3rd Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 30 points.
4th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 27 points.
5th Realteam (SUI) 22 points.
6th GAC Pindar (NZL) 21 points.
7th Team X Invitational 17 points.
8th Team Korea (KOR) 16 points.
THE VIDEO REPLAY IS POSTED BELOW IN OUR SUNDAY’S POSTS.
AC NEWS – Actor Tom Cruise and his son Connor visited the America’s Cup Summer of Racing today, watching the fastest racing yachts in the world compete on San Francisco Bay.
The two Cruises were the guests of Emirates Team New Zealand for its Louis Vuitton Cup race against Luna Rossa Challenge. They watched the Kiwis’ victorious race from the team’s VIP vessel, Imagine, and afterwards the Hollywood star and his adopted son suited up in full sailing gear and jumped aboard the team’s race boat, Aotearoa.
The Cruises joined the 11-man crew and joined in the sailing the 72-foot racing machine, grinding the winches that trim the rig and sails. They even took the wheel from skipper Dean Barker for a spell steering the boat.
The AC72s are the leading class of racing yachts in the world. So named for their 72-foot length, they are powered by 130-foot (40m) tall wing sails, the equivalent of a 13-story building, and capable of speeds of 44 knots (50 mph).
“We were very fortunate to have Tom Cruise and his son jump on board for a ride around San Francisco Bay. They had an absolute ball,” said Barker. “We had a nice reach back under the Bay Bridge, so Tom jumped on the handle bars (steering wheel) and did a better job than I did. He had a competition with his son to get the top speed. It was a real boost for the team to have someone like him come along.”
29ER RACING – Morning rain and a dead calm greeted the sailors upon arrival at the Kaløvig Sailing Club in Aarhus, Denmark for the 2013 World Championship yesterday. After a bit of a postponement on the water, the wind slowly built from nothing to 19 knots and 3 races were held on the 4 courses set on Kaløvig Bay.
After some close racing and a quick ride back to the shore, the sailors downunder and across the pond stand in the top 3 positions. Charlie Wyatt and Tom Siganto of Australia sit in first with 1-3-1 followed by New Zealanders Markus Somerville and Jack Simpson with 5-3-1. American brothers Dane and Quinn Wilson sit in third overall posting a 2-1-7. Dane WIlson, crew of the US boat commented on the day, “it was shifty in all conditions, but we sailed well.” When asked about coming from the Youth Worlds, “we’re really practiced and we sailed against the best; coming here there’s more depth.”
ISAF Youth World champions Lucas Rual and Emile Amoros of France sit in 4th overall. The top female team of sisters Ragna and Maia Agerup of Norway who finished 11th in the Youth Worlds and were the only all-female team, currently are the top female team in the Worlds sitting 11th overall. Denmark’s top team of Frederik Just Melson and Markus Oliver Nielsen are 21st overall in the standings and also came straight from the ISAF Youth Worlds.
Twenty-five nations are representing all continents with 213 entries in this highly competitive fleet.
Racing continues on today, July 29 with two more days of the qualifying series followed by three days of the final series. The prizegiving will be held on Friday, August 2. Live reports and daily results:www.29erworlds.org; Facebook: Int 29er Class.
NEWS FROM TEAM NZ – Team New Zealand has exercised its option to skip the Louis Vuitton Cup semi-finals and go straight to the final. The option was available to the team by virtue of its top position on the round robins leaderboard.
The team’s decision ensures a semi-final match between the Italian Luna Rossa and Swedish team Artemis Racing.
Artemis is back sailing an AC72 on San Francisco Bay following a fatal training accident in May and has yet to start, but has said it intends to compete in the semi-finals.
Skipper Dean Barker told a press conference at San Francisco today that the team had thought about how to use the time between the end of the round robins and the final.
“We weighed up whether to race the semi-finals and get more race practice on the course but not knowing if Artemis would be ready to start, against spending more time on developing the boat.”
Without going into any detail, Barker said a number of subtle changes – some cosmetic –and improvements in various components, which should “make us significantly faster around the course.”
Barker said the team would not race against Artemis on Tuesday – the team’s last scheduled round robin race – and would use the time to work on the boat.
AC NEWS – Team NZ wins by 3 minutes, 21 seconds. Luna Rossa had a chance to win the start but bore away too late to the start line allowing Team NZ to roll over her and sail to the first mark first. The rest of the race was ‘follow the leader’ all the way to the finish line with Team NZ gaining about 20 to 30 seconds a leg on each leg.
Luna Rossa did close the delta from the last race showing improvement overall but still is way off the pace of Team NZ. A new foil package is in the works for Luna Rossa…they need it if they want to be competitive.
To watch the entire race check out the replay below!
AC SUNDAY – Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge square off today in their final round robin meeting of the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series.
The Kiwis have dominated the Italians in forging a 4-0 lead in head-to-head meetings. In fact, Luna Rossa Challenge has been scored a finisher in only one of the races, which it lost by 2 minutes, 19 seconds on July 21. The Italians have an alphabet soup of finishes in the other three heats, counting one DNS and two DNFs for failing to finish within 5 minutes.
After his team’s race on Thursday, Luna Rossa skipper Max Sirena hinted more changes could be coming for the team’s AC72.
“It’s a learning process,” said Sirena. “We’ll have a few changes by Sunday. We want to make sure we always improve the performance of the boat. We won’t give up until the last race.”
Emirates Team New Zealand took note of its training partner’s ambitions.
“Everyone’s always improving, so you never know what goes on behind closed doors and what they might come out with,” said Emirates Team New Zealand bowman/strategist Adam Beashel. “We have to make sure we’re ready to hit the track racing at 100 percent, and that’s what we’ll be aiming to do. If we can get around the race track and get another win, we’ll be happy with that.”
The more interesting moment might come after the race. Emirates Team New Zealand will announce in a press conference its decision regarding the Louis Vuitton Cup Final. Emirates Team New Zealand has clinched the round robin portion of racing, which gives the team the right to chose whether it advances to the Louis Vuitton Cup Final or its opponent in the semifinal round.
EXTREME SAILING – Watch the live coverage starting at 9 am PST then the replay at 10:15!
KITE RACING – The penultimate day of racing at the 2013 Kiteracing European Championships was a critical one with the top riders having to perform at their best in order to make it through to the platinum fleet tomorrow.
Four races for the men and two for the women with everything at stake – all the riders were fully focused. The Bridge family has reserved the two top spots at the leaderboard with Steph having a clear lead from second; Roose and Steph’s son Oliver had a great performance yesterday extending even further his point difference from Russia’s Doronin who lies in second.
Even though he is only 15 years old, Bridge showed great maturity today and with solid results in the top 5 managed to keep his lead and go into the medal series tomorrow with a safe lead from Leccese who is now in second place, after a very bad day for Doronin who dropped in 5th . A great performance today from Holland’s van der Vlugt managed to climb him into 4th overall scoring three top 5 races.
In the women’s fleet everyone was waiting to see if the young Russian Kalinina who managed to score 4 straight bullets yesterday, would made it to the top 10 and continue racing tomorrow as well. With only two races on today’s schedule it would be a true challenge for her. Meanwhile Bridge had to keep in front of Roose in order to hold on to her top spot. But star of the day was again Kalinina – she scored another two bullets and marginally made it to the top ten with 6 first finishes and 8 disqualifications, not a frequent sight. Bridge managed to stay close behind her and score two second finishes and extended even further her lead from Roose who scored two thirds.
With Bridge on the lead and Poland’s Janiak completing the top 10 in the men’s fleet it is all about tomorrow with four races in schedule and everything possible. The small number of riders doesn’t allow many opportunities for covering the lost ground and it’s going to be hard for those that already have built a safe lead to lose their place.
Same schedule for the women as well, and it remains for another day to see if mother and son will achieve the remarkable and be crowned European Champions for 2013 in men and women.
As we go into the final day tomorrow the championship is climaxing and all eyes are turned to Hang Loose Beach. A massive 14 races for the womens fleet and 15 for the two mens flights have been completed.
Event coverage tomorrow will include live streaming. Watch it here tomorrow on XS Sailing!
NACRA 17 WORLDS – On Saturday July 27 2013 at 15:30 hours it was finally clear that Billy Besson and Marie Riou from France were the first ever World Champions Nacra 17. After another long day of waiting, the thunderstorm left The Hague without any breeze and the Race Committee had no choice but cancelling the decisive Medal Race. The British pairing of Ben Saxton and Hannah Diamond takes silver, followed by Matías Bühler and Nathalie Brugger from Switzerland.
This morning, the weather looked promising with a nice breeze, but the radar showed a different picture. A thunderstorm with strong winds was approaching The Hague, so all sailors had to stay ashore. After the rain and squalls, it cleared up a bit, but the breeze died completely.
The latest starting time according to the Sailing Instructions was 16 hours and boats needed at least thirty minutes to get there, so the practical cut time was 15:30 hours. That was when Billy Besson knew he had won his second World title within one month. Now he is not only world’s best F18 helm of 2013, but also in the new Olympic mixed multihull class. ‘Wow, that feels good”, he said. ‘This week was very complicated with light winds and a strong current. It was difficult for everybody.” The French duo lost some points yesterday, which closed the gap between them and the Britons to three poins. However, Besson and Riou were ready for the golden battle. Besson: ‘We worked out a strategy.” They both start laughing: ‘Marie was a world champion match racing before, so our plan was simple. We were very focused and confident.”
Silver for Ben Saxton and Hannah Diamond
Ben Saxton and Hannah Diamond from Team GBR already secured a silver medal and had needed to beat Besson/Riou with two boats between them to take gold. They did not get the chance. Saxton admitting to ‘chomping at the bit’ to go racing on Saturday, to try and overcome the narrow three-point margin that the French had. ‘I’m massively pleased at winning a medal. The sport’s all about winning medals in a few years’ time in Rio, so to prove we can get a medal here is pretty cool,” said the 23-year-old helmsman Saxton.
Diamond: ‘We’ve had conditions that we weren’t really expecting – a lot of tide, and lighter winds than maybe we were all expecting but it’s really helpful for it to be something similar to Rio. We know we’ve got a lot of work to do, but this is definitely a good step on the way. The fleet’s improving so fast so just keeping moving forwards is going to be the most important thing.”
Bronze for Matias Buhler and Nathalie Brugger
They have an Olympic class sailing background in the 470 and Laser Radial, teamed up on the Nacra 17 at the beginning of this year and immediately bring home the bronze medal. Buhler: ‘This feels very nice. It has been a long time since I had such a good result in sailing. I cannot even remember. We have a long way to go from here to Rio, but we are looking forward to keep working and improving.”
‘We were not lucky with the weather, but we cannot control that. We are all sailors and like to race, but we have been waiting a lot this week. It was for sure tough on the mind, but we are happy with the result.”
The cancellation of the Medal Race was especially disappointing for Renee Groeneveld and Carel Begemann from the Netherlands, who where not far from a podium finish. Now they remain fourth overall, one point behind the Swiss team. Groeneveld: ‘That is annoying. We haven’t shown our best sailing this week. It was fighting and waiting. Especially in the beginning we missed some points, due to small mistakes. Fortunately we were still close to the top. In the end the wind was so shifty that the entire gold fleet scored fluctuating results. You just had to keep going and never give up. Eventually, we could not catch the front runners, but we did not have very bad scorings either. When we came off the water yesterday, we saw that we were still fifth overall and after the protest hearings fourth with a good chance of winning bronze. So, we would have really liked to race today.’
Top ten 2013 Nacra 17 Worlds in The Hague:
1. FRA 43 – Besson/Riou, 20 points
2. GBR 60 – Saxton/Diamond, 23 points
3. SUI 41 – Buhler/Brugger, 43 points
4. NED 44 – Groeneveld/Begemann, 44 points
5. FRA 65 – Vaireaux/Audinet, 48 points
6. AUS 36 – Waterhouse/Darmanin, 50 points
7. NED 46 – Delnooz/De Koning, 51 points
8. ITA 37 – Bissaro/Sicouri, 52 points
9. NZL 102 – Jones/Saunders, 56 points
10. AUT 35 – Zajac/Frank, 58 points
Top five silver fleet after eight races, including one discard:
1. ITA 55 – Salva/Bianchi, 56 points
2. DEN 17 – Christensen/Gaebler, 72 points
3. ESP 20 – Llaargues Masachs/Escude Lavit, 75 points
4. USA 172 – Daniel/Straeter, 89 points
5. AUS 57 – McKnight/Curtis, 103 points
The Nacra 17 World Championships are organized by the Foundation Nacra Events, The Dutch Sailing Federation (Watersportverbond) and Sailing Management International with support of (partners) City of The Hague, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and Nacra Sailing International.
For more information about the Nacra 17 Worlds 2013 and the results, see www.nacra17worlds.com
FARR 40 RACING – EDGARTOWN, MASS., MARTHA’S VINEYARD (July 27, 2013) – Nico Poons (Monaco) and his mostly Dutch crew aboard Charisma sealed their deal today, winning the Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship in Martha’s Vineyard with only two finishes worse than second in a 10-race series. The event, which began on Wednesday (July 24) and hosted 11 teams from six nations, had seen Charisma top the scoreboard at the end of each of three prior race days, and going into today, with seven races in its score line, the team had a rare-for-the-class ten points on its closest competitor, Jim Richardson’s (Boston, Mass.) Barking Mad. In contrast, Alberto Rossi’s (Ancona, Italy) Enfant Terrible was only five points behind Barking Mad, which put into play a most intriguing game of chess on the game board that was the flat, sunshine-soaked sea off the Vineyard’s northeast shore.
As it did yesterday, Enfant Terrible (with Roberto Strappiti filling in for owner/driver Rossi who was absent for medical reasons) “won the day,” starting off in light breeze to win the first of three races held, while Barking Mad finished second and Charisma settled for eighth after a bad start forced the team to tack and cross behind the entire fleet. In the second race, it was Barking Mad’s turn to misstep: the team chose the wrong side of the course after rounding the first downwind gate. Charisma, in the same way it had done several times before in this regatta, rounded the top mark and second windward mark in first; however, on the run to the finish, a jibing dual with Enfant Terrible ensued, and the latter team prevailed, crossing the finish line two boat lengths ahead of Charisma to win its second race of the day. (Barking Mad finished seventh.)
Day Four, Final Results
1. Charisma, Nico Poons, Monaco, MONACO – 2, 1, 1, 2, 2, 1, 4, 8, 2, 2, ; 25
2. Barking Mad, James Richardson, Boston, Mass., USA – 7, 2, 3, 1, 3, 5, 2, 2, 7, 1, ; 33
3. Enfant Terrible, Alberto Rossi, Ancona, ITALY – 5, 5, 4, 6, 4, 3, 1, 1, 1, 7, ; 37
4. Groovederci, John Demourkas, Santa Barbara, Calif., USA – 3, 6, 5, 4, 8/ZFP, 6, 3, 9, 5, 5, ; 54
5. Nightshift, Kevin McNeil, Annapolis, Md., USA – 4, 3, 8, 7, 8, 2, 5, 10, 8, 3, ; 58
6. PLENTY, Alexander Roepers, New York, N.Y., USA – 6, 4, 7, 3, 9, 8, 6, 4, 9, 4, ; 60
7. Struntje light, Wolfgang Schaefer, Lueneburg, GERMANY – 1, 8, 2, 10, 7, 4, 7, 7, 6, 12/DSQ, ; 64
8. Flash Gordon 6, Helmut Jahn, Chicago, Ill., USA – 9, 12/DSQ, 10, 5, 1, 9, 9, 5, 4, 8, ; 72
9. Flojito y Cooperando, Bernardo Minkow/Julian Fernandez , Distrito Federal, MEXICO – 12/DNF, 9, 9, 9, 5, 7, 8, 3, 10, 6, ; 78
10. Asterisk Uno, Hasip Gencer, Istanbul, TURKEY – 8, 7, 6, 8, 10, 10, 10, 6, 3, 10, ; 78
11. Oakcliff Farr 40, Oakcliff Sailing, Oyster Bay, N.Y., USA – 10, 10, 11, 11, 11, 12/DNC, 12/DNC, 11, 11, 9, ; 108
PIC OF THE DAY – Have aliens landed in San Francisco? Well, in a way, yes…it’s Team NZ in their AC72! Great photo of Team NZ.
EXTREME SAILING – Watch it live on XS sailing today at 9am PST! Day 3 in Porto. If you miss it ‘live’ watch the replay soon after the event ends.
TRANSPAC – Here is Maserati finishing the 2013 Transpac and demonstrating just how far yacht design has come in sailing fast!
TRANSPAC – Here is Dorade finishing the 2013 Transpac demonstrating just how fun and fast sailing a classic yacht can sail fast and kick butt on the new by winning 1st overall!
FARR 40 RACING – A third day of racing at the Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship was delayed due to 30 knots of breeze at the scheduled start time of 12:30. The Race Committee rescheduled for 1:30, but when the international fleet of 11 boats journeyed to the race course on the somewhat protected Cow Bay, off Town Beach on the northeast side of Martha’s Vineyard, the seas proved too unfriendly and the sailors were instructed to return to safe harbor. Finally, after seas lessened and winds dampened down to 15-20 knots, a second try was successful, resulting in two late afternoon races.
Right off the bat, Nico Poons’ (Monaco) Charisma showed how seriously it wants this championship title, leading smartly to the top mark after what Poons called a “reasonably good start.” With clear air and control of its position, the team maintained its lead over the remaining three legs of the six-mile course. “In the second race, we were also first at the top mark but couldn’t hold the position,” said Poons, who wound up fourth in that. “We were second boat of the day as far as overall performance (Alberto Rossi’s Italian entry Enfant Terrible being first), but otherwise it was not a bad day today at all.”
Charisma now leads Jim Richardson’s (Boston, Mass.) Barking Mad (in second overall) by ten points and Enfant Terrible (in third) by 15. Barking Mad started prematurely in the first race but regrouped nicely to restart and eventually finish fifth. Then the team followed up with a second place in race two, overtaking Charisma on the way down to the first gate but succumbing toEnfant Terrible after that team rounded the opposite gate and legged out five boat lengths on them to win.
Enfant’s main trimmer Giovanni Cassinari (Lake Garda, Italy) said his team was fifth at the top mark in the second race but played the shifts and pressure well to close the gap on the top boats by the first gate. Only Enfant and one other boat rounded the port gate to play the right side of the course. “We stayed on the right and there was a right shift, while Barking Mad played hard to the left extreme. When we crossed (on the second upwind leg) we were ahead, in first, and we stretched our lead on the last downind leg to the finish.”
Cassinari added that his team was happy with both its finishes today. (It posted a third in race one.) “The races were both quite shifty, in the rain, with the puffs always coming,” he said. “We didn’t have good starts but managed to sail well on the first beats, so we were always close to the top boats.” He gave credit to tactician Vasco Vascotto for excellent calls and thanked the boat’s owner/driver Alberto Rossi for allowing the boat to compete without him. (Enfant was steered by the team’s pit man Roberto Strappiti, a class-approved driver for this event in Rossi’s absence for medical reasons.)
“We tried to sail our own race as best as possible, but we are tied on points with Barking Madfor the U.S. Circuit, so obviously we are watching them and trying to put as many boats as possible between us,” said Cassinari. They have a bit of advantage on us, but tomorrow we hope to play out three races. It’s not finished yet.”
Tomorrow’s race schedule has been moved up to 10:00, with the intention that three races will be held. The Rolex Awards Party, where the Rolex North American Champion will be crowned and awarded a coveted Rolex Submariner timepiece, will follow racing at Edgartown Yacht Club, co-host for the event with the Farr 40 class.
NACRA 17 RACING – The battle for medals at the 2013 Nacra 17 World Championship in The Hague is full on for tomorrow’s concluding Medal Race. The Gold Fleet managed to complete two races on Friday July 26, which was necessary to start the Medal Race scheduled on Saturday July 27. Billy Besson and Marie Riou from France are still leading, but the British Ben Saxton and Hannah Diamond closed the gap to three points. They both guaranteed a medal already. The Swiss team of Matias Buhler and Nathalie Brugger took over the bronze position, after Bissaro and Sicouri lost their protest.
Billy Besson and Marie Riou scored another bullet this morning, after a fierce fight with the Italians Vittorio Bissaro and Sylvia Sicouri. Sicouri: ‘We had a very good start and we had decided to go to the right side of the course. It was the best choice, because the wind turned to the right. When we saw that the fleet was behind, we went back to the left to cover it. We arrived first at the top mark with a 100 meters lead. The French were second and they are really quick both upwind and downwind. We tried to stay first, but they have low points, so it is fine to finish second. We are happy about it.”
‘Our goal was to finish top ten. We didn’t expect to do so well here. There are a lot of really good teams and it has been a long time since we raced against France and the Netherlands. They were not in Kiel and we weren’t in Medemblik, so we didn’t know what to expect from the speed. Obviously, these are not the usual Dutch conditions and generally we are a bit more confident with more wind, so we are pleased with our performance in the light breeze.” Ben Saxton and Hannah Diamond finished third.
Italy again in the front
After a break to let a thunderstorm passing by, the Gold fleet returned to the water for the last (third in the final series) race of the day in a light breeze. The Italian teams Vincenzo Sorriento/Barbara Rinauro and Francesco Porro/Caterina Marianna Banti got off the line really well and played the cat-and-mouse game. Barbara Rinauro: ‘It was very exciting, being first, second, first, second. It was so close until the second part of the race.”
Vincenzo Sorrientino: ‘The right side of the course was the better option on the first upwind. That was different in the second beat. Mathias Buhler and Nathalie Brugger were maybe 10th on the downwind, went to the left and were second at the second top mark. We stayed on the right, so the gap was closed.” He laughs: ‘Today is an Italian day. We won this race and ITA 37 finished second this morning.” Buhler and Brugger from Switzerland finished second, followed by the French Ogereau and Vandame.
Switzerland going for a medal
Their second place in the last race helped the Swiss Mathias Buhler and Nathalie Brugger entering the top five with fair chances to win a medal. They are fourth overall, only two points behind the Italians. Brugger: ‘The sailing conditions were difficult with a patchy wind. That was hard on the mind. Upwind was super tricky. This morning we were not so lucky and lost some boats on the last downwind. We finished thirteenth.”
‘This afternoon I was already confident with the left side of the course, but it did not pay in the first beat. Then I saw a little bit of pressure on the left again and we had to try something, so went left again.” That turned out to be the golden choice, which brought them back in the front. ‘Our goal was top ten, so we are very happy so far and we will see what we can do with the Medal Race.”
France and Italy losing protests
Bissaro and Sicouri finished fifteenth in the last race, which was enough to hold on to their bronze position. However, Lucy Macgregor and Tom Phipps protested them. Sicouri explains: ‘The British protested us, because we started on port in the last race and she said she had to bear away to avoid contact. We did not hear the protest word, so we didn’t know she was going to protest us. We found that out when we came here to sign in. We had a witness close to us, who did not hear the word either, but in case of a port/starboard situation you really have to prove that you gave enough water to pass. Our hope was that the protest would be invalid, because they did not say that word. Once it was valid, it was hard for us.” They lost and dropped to the eight place on the leader board.
‘Despite the disqualification, I am happy that we are still in the top ten of the world. I even concentrate more on tomorrowand want to kick some arse. I am good and I am going to show that on the water and not in the protest room.”
The French duo Ogereau and Vandame lost their protests against ARG 142 and NZL 102 and dropped from the sixth to the sixteenth place.
Exciting Medal Race
Besson and Riou finished twelfth in today’s final race, so they lost some points to the British Saxton and Diamond, who crossed the line in sixth position. With a three point difference between gold and silver, these first Nacra 17 Worlds are far from decided. The Swiss are no thread for the top two positions anymore, so they both guarantee a medal and will most likely matchrace each other. The battle for bronze is even bigger with number three till ten chasing the last medal.
Tomorrow’s Medal Race is scheduled at 14:30 hours. The Silver fleet will sail their final fleet race at 11 hours and the numbers 11 to 25 of the Gold fleet at 12:30 hours.
Top ten Medal Race:
- FRA 43 – Besson/Riou, 20 points
- GBR 60 – Saxton/Diamond, 23 points
- SUI 41 – Buhler/Brugger, 43 points
- NED 44 – Groeneveld/Begemann, 44 points
- FRA 65 – Vaireaux/Audinet, 48 points
- AUS 36 – Waterhouse/Darmanin, 50 points
- NED 46 – Delnooz/De Koning, 51 points
- ITA 37 – Bissaro/Sicouri, 52 points
- NZL 102 – Jones/Saunders, 56 points
- AUT 35 – Zajac/Frank
Silver fleet: three bullets for Salva/Bianchi
The silver fleet caught up on the schedule, by completing three races. All bullets went to Frederika Salva and Francesco Bianchi from Italy. They are going into tomorrow’s last race with a sixteen points lead over the Danish duo Allan Christensen and Nahid Gaebler
Top five silver fleet after eight races, including one discard:
- ITA 55 – Salva/Bianchi, 56 points
- DEN 17 – Christensen/Gaebler, 72 points
- ESP 20 – Llaargues Masachs/Escude Lavit, 75 points
- USA 172 – Daniel/Straeter, 89 points
- AUS 57 – McKnight/Curtis, 103 points
The Nacra 17 World Championships are organized by the Foundation Nacra Events, The Dutch Sailing Federation (Watersportverbond) and Sailing Management International with support of (partners) City of The Hague, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and Nacra Sailing International.
For more information about the Nacra 17 Worlds 2013 and the results, see www.nacra17worlds.com
AC NEWS – Here is a complete race plus pre-race practice in Artemis ‘Big Blue’ by John Navas back on Thursday. Great footage of Big Blue and Prada still working the bugs out.
The Italians on the race course getting better but still not as smooth as Team NZ. At 9:04 in the video, the rudder hits an object in the water and throws the bows of Luna Rossa up in the air. Check out the raw footage above.