LASER SAILING – We’ve posted this video before…. but we love this video! Check out how fast you can sail in a 14-foot NON-FOILING sailboat … aka … a Laser!
Monthly archives for August, 2014
LASER ON STEROIDS – Now take an already great boat like the Laser and add foils! Foiling is a fantastic experience, which has not previously been available to everyone. The Glide Free Foiling Kit offers a new dimension to your sailing experience with unique versatility! No boat required! Lasers are ubiquitous, available in just about every sailing club or backyard.
Old or new doesn’t matter, just pick one up from a friend or off the beach and go foiling! You probably already have a Laser, so why buy a new boat to go foiling, it only creates extra cost, storage and transport issues. Simply take your foiling kit along in the back of the car and connect it to your boat or a friend’s for fun foiling or the of competing against others. Retrofit & remain class legal!
You can retrofit Glide Free Foils with no screws or attachments. The boat remains Laser class legal for racing as soon as you remove the foils. So there is no need to have a second boat or even have permanently attached foiling equipment. A simple toggle pin holds the centre-case insert in place.
No other fixings are required. Glide Free – Versatile foiling kit Glide Free Foils travel anywhere! Foiling kit is very practical. You flat pack them and can take them on a plane anywhere in the world as sporting goods. Turn up at your next regatta with a set of your own foils. Fly on your foils before or after the hard racing, just for fun!
TACTICS – Who wins this start? Cats like to start different than monos – Who gets off the line the best? Let us know at [email protected]
MELGES 20 WORLDS – John Kilroy wins the worlds! – The video above is not the best but it does have some great fast footage of the M20 sailing. Check out the results HERE – Check out the Trophy presentation video HERE.
Riva Del Garda, Italy – After one final race, John Kilroy at the helm of Samba Pa Ti, tactician Paul Goodison and crew Jeff Reynolds proved they were more than deserving of the 2014 Audi Melges 20 World Champion title. Four days of racing and no worse than a fourteenth in a fleet of fifty-seven entries, the Samba Pa Ti team excelled in almost every condition and under a wide variety of pressure.
“All we wanted to do for the start of the race today was to control Mascalzone as they were the only ones that could possibly win the event other than us. So, we did a little match racing on the start,” commented a very happy Kilroy. “Things just went our way. Everything just went right for us. We’ve trained a lot and we have a great team.”
Kilroy attributes much of this week’s success to the training he has been doing in his home town of San Francisco, California with his son, 11-year old Liam Kilroy who helms Wildman. “The training we did against and with Wildman made me a much better small boat driver. We did a lot of match racing, practiced straight-line speed work and crew kinetics so, hats off to Wildman as they really made us a better team.”
In second overall is Achille Onorato helming Mascalzone Latino, Jr. with tactician Malcolm Page and Stefano Campialini as crew. Rounding out the top three is Guido Miani on Monaco Racing Fleet with tactician Gabriele Benussi and crew member Massimo Gherarducci who are the only other team other than Samba Pa Ti to hold three race wins in Riva.
In the all-amatuer Corinthian division (all ISAF Group 1 on board), Marco Gambarella’s Chimera edged out American John Brown’s Blind Squirrel for the overall title. From Canada, Paul Currie’s Wild Deuces finished third.
For now the World Championship title remains in the hands of the Americans.
A huge congratulations to the 2014 Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series Champion Miani. Over the last few months, since the start of the Series in Naples, which then traveled onward to Porto Ercole, Talamone and Riva Del Garda, Miani has been challenged by Dario Levi’s Fremito D’Arja all season long – until today. Onorato placed second in the series, while Levi finished in third overall. Pasquale Orofino’s Raffica and Mirko De Falco’s Peccere completed the Series in fourth and fifth respectively.
In 2015, the next World Championship will take place in San Francisco, California hosted by the San Francisco Yacht Club on September 30-October 3.
A VERY SPECIAL THANKS
The 2014 World Championship was not only the largest ever in International Class history, it has been one of the most incredible events ever. The venue, conditions, competition, shore-side atmosphere and camaraderie have been nothing short of world class. It has been the absolute best. This is in great gratitude to Sailing Series and circuit title sponsor Audi, the entire B.Plan Sport&Events staff, Melges Europe, and host Yacht Club Fraglia Della Vela Riva and their league of volunteers, race committee and management. Most especially to all the participants that traveled from eleven different countries, made this Championship fantastic.
Thanks to everyone who joined the fleet this past week on the Official Audi Melges 20 Facebook Page. Be sure to follow the fleet on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Re-live the Worlds through a collection of race reports, photos and video online at melges20.com.
TOP TEN RESULTS (FINAL – After Ten Races, One Discard)
1.) John Kilroy/Paul Goodison, Samba Pa Ti; 13-4-4-2-1-2--12-1-1 = 40
2.) Achille Onorate/Malcolm Page, Mascalzone Latino, Jr.; -9-3-4-8-9-6-1-4-12 = 56
3.) Guido Miani/Gabriele Benussi, Monaco Racing Fleet; 27-5-17-1-3-1-1--3-2 = 60
4.) Naofumi Kamei/Manu Weiller, Mamma Aiuto!; 17-21--13-11-5-13-8-2-7 = 97
5.) Russ Lucas/Harry Melges III, Shimmer; 5-6-16-12-17-15--3-11-35 = 107
6.) Dario Levi/Niccolo Bianchi, Fremito D’Arja; 6-17-8-3-4-6-21-15-30- = 110
7.) Paul Reilly/Andy Burdick, Red Sky Sailing Team; 12-22--9-5-8-8-14-24-21 = 123
8.) John Taylor/Bill Hardesty, Ninkasi; 8-8--35-10-10-4-20-5-25 = 125
9.) Wes Whitmyer/Max Fraser, Slingshot; -24-9-14-12-13-16-18-7-16 = 129
10.) Alessandro Rombelli/Daniele Cassinari, STIG; 11-1-2-23-9--10-41-14-20 = 131
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SAFETY AT SEA – The Coast Guard is searching for two people aboard a 27-foot 1976 Almond Hunter sailing vessel near St. Petersburg, Florida, Friday.
Missing are Bogdan Makowski, 69, and Elizabeth Makowski, 61, of Hudson, Florida.
A friend of the Makowski’s contacted Coast Guard Station Sand Key, Florida, at 9:51 a.m., because she had not heard from the couple since Aug. 24 and had expected them back Aug. 26.
The couple were last known to be sailing with a disabled engine in the vicinity of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, St. Petersburg, heading to Skeletion Key Marina in Hudson, Florida on Aug. 24.
A C-130 Hercules aircraft rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida, is searching for the couple.
If you or someone you know has any information regarding the wherabouts of Bogdan Makowski and Elizabeth Makowski, please contact Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders at 727-824-7506.
MATCH RACING – Check out this good match race and proves again to ALWAYS cover your competition when leading! Good wind conditions on Manhasset Bay allowed ten teams to complete the Round Robin of this years Knickerbocker Cup. With a 7-0 lead it’s Switerlands Eric Monnin SUI leading the fleet. In second with a score of 5-1 Pierre-Antoine Morvan of France. Follow the action and results with the live tracker at the event website.
POLAR SAILOR – In November 2014, The Outer Edge Polar Challenge, Ride for Leukemia aims to break records, educate and raise funds. The goals are:
- To travel unsupported from the edge of the Antarctic polar plateau to the geographic South Pole, then returning via the Pole of In-accessibility back – a distance of approximately 4500 kilometres.
- To prove that snow/ ice sailing and wind powered travel is a viable and environmentally friendly means of travel and transportation in Antarctica.
- To raise funds to support the Leukaemia Foundation.
- To challenge the current world ice sailing speed record.
- To challenge the current world record for distance covered unassisted and wind powered in a 24 hour period in Antarctica.
From Working with a talented group of designers and artisans, we have been able to design and manufacture a unique snow/ ice sailer to ensure our success on this mission. The chassis has been custom designed and strengthened with structural cross beams. Full suspension has been added to all three points of contact and a variable undercarriage has been added. This means that when we are on ice, we can use hard and sharp ice skates for speed; and when on snow we can utilise our Rossignol snowboards to help maintain speed and momentum.
To keep us safe and away from the elements, we will be surrounded by a Lexan Poly Carbonate canopy which will help to keep us warmer during the days and away from the wind chill factors (which can be as great as another -40C).
To carry all our equipment and supplies to ensure this mission is unaided, we are utilising Yakima Skyboxes as storage pods. These will sit on the sides of the cockpit and help with stabilisation of the sailer.
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MELGES 20 WORLDS – Check out the action above! Then check out the results HERE!
ORACLE TEAM USA NEWS – Following a remarkable America’s Cup victory just under a year ago, ORACLE TEAM USA sailors have spent much of 2014 competing individually at various events around the world, looking to keep their skills sharp against top-flight competition.
The results have been impressive.
“We made a conscious decision to encourage our guys to get out there on the various circuits and compete as much as possible this year,” said skipper Jimmy Spithill. “We knew there would be limited opportunity to race as a team, so we decided to push the guys to race on their own instead.”
“The idea has been to spend time in different classes, sail with a different group of people and come back to our team refreshed and with new ideas and new skills.
“I’ve been really pleased to see the results the guys have been posting.”
Over the past several weeks, ORACLE TEAM USA sailors could be found on the podium and among the leaders at regattas around the world.
Rome Kirby, example, was on Rambler when it won the Block Island distance race.
Other achievements include:
RC 44 World Championships, Marstrand:
Tom Slingsby – 2nd place
Kyle Langford – 2nd place
Matt Cassidy – 3rd place
Melges 32 US National Championships, Newport:
Jimmy Spithill – 2nd place
52SuperSeries – Copa del Rey:
Matt Cassidy – 1st place
Joe Spooner – 4th place
Tom Slingsby – 4th place
The sailing team will get together again as a group in November for another foiling camp, a bit like this one we posted back in July but worth another look:
VOR – DOCK TALK – “A Volvo Ocean Race sailor should be a team player, determined in mind with a strong body. This is the person I want to become” – Black, Dongfeng Race Team
They’ve been welcomed back to Lorient, and they’re welcoming new crew members from the Orient – their fifth and sixth Chinese sailors, Kong and Black.
Ironically, both new guys had previously been selected by Team Director, Bruno, but found the training so tough that they decided not to take up the opportunity.
The lure of the ocean is strong, though, and it was a decision that they both came to regret – contacting Bruno to ask for another chance.
“I felt seasick. It was difficult for me,” admits Kong, recalling his first transatlantic crossing. “I felt to live is no better than to die at some point.”
Now though, they couldn’t be happier. As they pulled on their boxing gloves for a hardcore team workout in the ring this week, both described the chance to represent their country, as an ‘honour’.
In China, there’s an ancient saying – ‘if you join the team, and then decide it’s not for you, but then quickly realise that you made a mistake, call Bruno.’
“I’m allergic to some ropes. That’s a bit strange for a sailor” – Gerd-Jan Poortman, Team Brunel
Having arrived at Volvo Ocean Race HQ to rapturous welcome on Friday night, the Dutch crew kicked back amongst the local beach club‘s palm trees and sandy beaches – before flying to the slightly less tropical climes of Newcastle to take the sea survival safety course.
And there’s good news for fans of extreme footage and epic photos, because Bouwe’s boys have announced that the talented Stefan Coppers will be their Onboard Reporter.
“In 2006 the race came to Rotterdam,” recalls Stefan. “On the dock I met the PR manager of Team ABN AMRO.”
“I told him that he could always call me in case he was looking for an Onboard Reporter. At that time it was just a dream.”
“We’re busy getting our sea legs back. Things are suddenly getting very real!” – Team Vestas Wind Facebook
So… team name? Check – Team Vestas Wind. Skipper? Check – Chris Nicholson. Boat checks? Um, check.
They’ve done all of the boring stuff, and they were finally allowed to take their new Volvo Ocean 65 for a spin in the Solent last weekend. Now, it’s all about the sailing.
Well, not all about the sailing. After that, it was back on dry land, as they joined Brunel in the northeast for the safety training – another massive step on their journey to Alicante.
And, don’t forget, when you’ve got an incredible, eye-catching boat, you need a similarly outstanding crew to sail it.
The Danish were late to announce their arrival in the race, but they’re quickly making up for lost time – and they’re set to reveal their final line-up in the next few days. Watch this space.
“She is a great role model and inspiration to women” – Dee Caffari, Team SCA
The girls swapped rigging for royalty this week, as they welcomed Swedish Crown Princess Victoria to their base in Stockholm.
But it wasn’t all curtsy and chit chat – in the hour-long visit they even got the Princess on the grinding machine.
“It was great to give her an insight into our world and have the opportunity to meet with her in person,” adds Dee.
“And it’s fantastic to have her as our Godmother during the race.”
“We are ready to fight for this Volvo Ocean Race” – Xabi Fernández, Team España
After ranking second in the Round Britain and Ireland race, the Spaniards are back at their base in Sanxenxo – the tongue-twisting capital of the world.
And, despite not having their final line-up confirmed, Xabi reckons that his colleagues have reason to be confident.
“We make a strong team,” he says. “The idea is to make the crew a bit more extensive than in the last edition, and to rotate in a way we didn’t do last time. It could be beneficial for us.”
And Iker Martínez’s guys should keep their eyes peeled, as they might just spot a rival boat on their anti-clockwise voyage to the Costa Blanca…
“Next stop: Spain!” – Team Alvimedica Twitter
Yep – having left the UK under the cover of darkness in the early hours of Tuesday morning, Rhode Island’s Team Alvimedica boat is chalking up the miles as they head for Spanish waters.
And with the October start date looming, their newest and final crew member Matt Noble revealed his excitement for the first leg journey to Africa.
“Looking at the course, the two legs that I’m most looking forward to are Alicante to Cape Town,” he says, “and also, Auckland to Itajaí – not many people get to do the whole Southern Ocean thing!”
“It’s all for a very good cause” – Ian Walker, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
Their boat is en route to Alicante, and should arrive anytime now – so the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing boys have taken advantage of a little downtime, and headed home for a short break.
Before going their separate ways though, the sailors found time for a little competitive banter – all in the name of charity, of course.
Parko and his skipper, Ian, took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – the teeth-chattering, goosebump-gathering craze that’s been sweeping the world of late.
And as he prepared to meet his icy fate, Ian had a few words for his old friend, Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut – ‘you’ve got 24 hours!’
“I’m up for it!” – Knut Frostad, Volvo Ocean Race
Now, Knut isn’t one to turn down a challenge. In fact, just moments before filming his response to the Emirati skipper, he’d sailed out into the black of night, to meet a hungry Team Brunel with a midnight delivery of freshly made pizza.
And how did the new arrivals repay that act of cheesy kindness? By happily dumping gallons of sub-zero water all over him, right in the middle of the race village.
Nice, guys. Nice. Welcome to Alicante.
Estimated ETAs into Alicante:
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing: 29th Aug
Team Alvimedica: 2nd Sept
Dongfeng Race Team: 2nd – 4th Sept
Team España: 2nd – 4th Sept
Team SCA: 6th Sept
Team Vestas Wind: 8th Sept
Team Brunel: Arrived 22nd Aug
BRIDGE TO BRIDGE RACE – In a year that saw 30 knots of breeze on top of a 4.5 knot ebb in San Francisco’s Bridge to Bridge race, just making it out to the start was a victory of sorts. Only two of the eight 18’s footers that were rigged and ready to go, braved the “sure to break gear, and no good can come of it” conditions. In the end, the foiling kites were the weapon of choice, and Johnny Heineken claims yet another B2B title…finishing in 15 minutes and 01 second, compared to last year flood conditions with the record of 11 minutes and change. For more pics and story CLICK HERE!
WINDSURFING – ALACATI PWA WORLD CUP Day 2: The wind fills in late to produce an exciting finish as Julien Quentel and Sarah-Quita Offringa claim victories. Check out the video action above. Like what the AC guys are trying to do, with better video production and audio, windsurfing could be like NASCAR too!
After teasing the competitors for the majority of the afternoon the wind finally filled in just after 4pm on day two of the Pegasus Airlines Alacati PWA World Cup. The second elimination of both the men’s and women’s fleets were completed – in 7-18 knots – as Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde) secured his first bullet of, not only the week, but also the season, whilst Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Mystic) made it two wins out of two with another fine display of sailing.
MELGES 20 WORLDS – Here is the first day of racing in Riva del Garda, Italy. Check out the action above! Racing continues at USA leads the leaderboard on Day 2 after 6 races. Go here for current results. Full report soon!
AC NEWS – The America’s Cup organizers have appointed Dr. Harvey Schiller as Commercial Commissioner for the 35th America’s Cup. The role of Commercial Commissioner is new to the America’s Cup. Dr. Schiller will be responsible for supervising, managing and protecting the commercial interests of the America’s Cup. He will work closely with all of the competitors, the Regatta Director and the America’s Cup Event Authority.
“This is an exciting time to be involved in the America’s Cup,” Dr. Schiller said. “Following the thrilling event we saw last summer, when ORACLE TEAM USA came from behind to win the Cup, interest in the event is as high as it’s ever been. Our job now is to translate those opportunities into growth of the event for the benefit of all participants. As such, I’m extremely gratified to see how the teams have started working together with such a high level of cooperation over the past few months.”
Schiller has had one of the most legendary careers in public service and sports business, having served as Commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, the Executive Director of the US Olympic Committee and President of Turner Sports as well as Chairman and CEO of YankeeNets and President of the International Baseball Federation.
His personal accomplishments away from sport include a Distinguished Flying Cross for his service in the United States Air Force (where he retired as Brigadier General), and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Michigan. He also currently serves on the board of the World Baseball Classic and the Baseball Hall of Fame. Dr. Schiller has also served on the America’s Cup Advisory Board since 2010.
Dr. Schiller starts the role with immediate effect. Items on the to-do list include finalizing the America’s Cup World Series schedule, format and venues, and securing international broadcast agreements.
VOR – Sometimes making it to the start of the Volvo Ocean Race can be just as hard as the real thing. Ask LT. Christopher Branning – a U.S. Coast Guard rescue helicopter pilot who wrestles between the ultimate day job and the opportunity of a lifetime. CHECK OUT HIS STORY ABOVE!
MELGES 20 WORLDS – Alessandro Rombelli on STIG leads the Audi Melges 20 Worlds after three races and one day of racing. Seated second and third, the Kilroy’s round out the podium — family style. CHECK OUT FULL STANDING HERE: http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=1189
RECORD BREAKERS – On Friday August 22nd, as night fell over the mid-Atlantic, midway between Newport and La Trinité-sur-Mer, Spindrift 2’s starboard float rudder broke in two under the hull. The maxi-trimaran hit what appears to have been a container drifting in the middle of the ocean. Following the collision with a container, Spindrift 2’s adventure continues. Find out what Spindrift racing’s onshore team is doing to provide the necessary technical assistance for Yann Guichard and his men, who are currently on a stopover in the Azores. Check out the video reports Part 1 and Part 2 above!
COOL VIDEO – Yes, we know it’s not about sailing but this was just too cool not to post. Sailors, Skiers, Surfers, we are all the same… we love the water. Check it out!
KITE BOATING – BY TOM COURT – After speaking with Peter Renssen, the brains behind the Kite Tender project a few months ago and talking about the great sailing around the Isle of Wight and Cowes week, he threw the boat on the roof of his car and drove from Holland to my home spot on the IOW.
This little clip is us putting the Kite Tender boat through its paces, taking it out to pit it against boats much larger to see how it performs. Getting speeds on 21knots and averaging 17knots, this little two man kite powered dingy is a formidable sailing machine that has an interesting future.
If you are skeptical about it now, I dare you to have a go in one as even if you can’t Kiteboard, this is a great training tool and could help to bridge the gap between sailing an Kiteboarding into the future.
Could this be the worlds first commercial kite boat? Check out http://www.kitetender.nl/ for more information on the project.
MATCH RACING – Don’t mess with Canfield… Check out this smooth move like a boxer pinning his opponent against the ropes. Watch as Canfield puts the knock out punch at the start of race #3 at the Chicago Grand Slam last week.
INTERNATIONAL 14 SAILING – International 14 World Championships 2015: Not just for the boys, a female class leader coming to Geelong
English skipper Katie Nurton has just joined the growing number of registrations for the 36th International 14 World Championship to be held at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club in Australia from 3rd to 17th January 2015.
Nurton is a member of both the strong overseas contingent to contest the event being conducted by Royal Geelong Yacht Club on Corio Bay in Geelong, and the growing group of women who sail these progressive boats.
This will be Nurton’s sixth World Championship after starting her I14 sailing career just over 13 years ago. She previously reached the World Championship podium in 2011, and placed a respectable sixth in 2013.
“My first Worlds was at Beer in 2000 in a borrowed boat. I can’t remember where we came, but it was a disaster. Then I bought my own boat and teamed up with the legendary Nigel Ash, who was recommended by his brother. He had done lots of windsurfing, but no sailing, and I couldn’t even trapeze. So it was a slow start. We finished 52nd at the New Zealand Worlds in 2005 and have gradually improved since then.
“Getting a new boat in 2006 was a big step forward. Before the Weymouth worlds, I quit my 90-hour-a-week banking job and started working more normal hours. Not being exhausted at the weekends and spending a bit more time on sailing and boat maintenance has made a big difference. We finished third at the Weymouth worlds in 2011 and sixth in Canada last year,” Nurton said.
The 40-year-old Nurton has been on the water since she was six-years-old. Her parents had a cruising boat and encouraged Nurton and her brother to take up dinghy sailing.
“My brother and I got an International Cadet when I was 12 and he was 10. We were both at boarding school and only sailed in the school holidays, so we always came last. Then when I was 17 my school bought a 420. Imagine being at a girls boarding school and never allowed out. Suddenly, a friend and I were allowed to go to 420 Youth Squad winter training weekends at miserable reservoirs where there were pubs and boys. I suppose that’s when I got really keen on sailing.”
From dinghies Nurton progressed to the 470 class and the pursuit of qualification for the Olympic Games. She was unsuccessful and disappointed. Her then house-mates convinced her to take up I14 sailing for a bit of excitement.
As the skipper in her dinghy days sailing with her brother, Nurton decided early on that crewing was for someone else. “I am completely useless crew. I was the big sister, so even when I was young I never crewed and now it’s far too late to learn. We had Crew’s race earlier this year at Itchenor. Incredibly, we were leading on the first leg, but it was all over when I tried to get the spinnaker up,” Nurton quipped. She will race in 2015 World Championships with long-time crew, Nigel Ash.
Her success in the I14 class has come about through not only her talent, but also through her fitness and her passion for the class. Nurton believes the class is physically demanding for the women as well as for the men. “It’s a lot easier now, but you still need to be generally fit and conquer your nerves.
“The people who really deserve the respect are the female crews. There are quite a few of them and they are very hard core. I don’t know how they do it. I think the boat maintenance puts some women off, but I secretly, or maybe not so secretly, like that part.
“Now that girls are sailing 49er FXs, I imagine we’ll start to see more of them in 14s,”Nurton added.
Her passion for the I14s comes from being involved in a class where there has been a long history of high performance and the challenge of being a part of a development class. And there is also the people who stay with the class for a long time. “I’ve made lots of really great friends, from all over the world, and the competition is always tough, but friendly.”
Standard Entries for the 2015 World Championships close on 14th November 2014. Late entries may be accepted after this time with a late entry administration fee of $AUD100 applying, until the close of entries on 12th December 2014.
Notice of Race available at: http://www.i14worlds2015.com/regatta-documents/
Enter here: http://www.i14worlds2015.com/online-entry/
WETA RACING – The 2014 Wine & Roses sounds like it was a whole lot of fun! Check out the video above then read all about it here http://www.wetamarine.com/
EXTREME SAILING – Cardiff Bay saved the best for last for the 11-boat Extreme 40 fleet, where Alinghi, The Wave, Muscat and J.P. Morgan BAR battled it out until the bitter end for the top positions, in one of the closest – and most exciting – three-horse fights seen in the Series, which resulted in a three way collision and three consecutive penalties too boot in the final race. You couldn’t have scripted a better final, with the three leaders leaning on each other hard as they tried to gain the upper hand and The Wave, Muscat took advantage of the tussle to sail away with the win at Act 5 presented by Land Rover – and importantly homing in on Alinghi on the overall 2014 Series leaderboard as a relieved McMillan commented: “We’re on track this season, there’s nothing more we can do that’s for sure. The competition is very tight and Alinghi have been really slick this year and have brought in some unbelievable performances. To get one over on them here kind of brings it back down by a point and if we are going to keep pushing them hard, and they do the same to us it’s going to go down to the crunch.”
That left Ben Ainslie and Morgan Larson in a straight shoot out for second, but the British skipper couldn’t break the domination of Switzerland’s Alinghi, with Larson snatching it from the grasps of J.P. Morgan BAR. Alinghi’s Olympic champion tactician Anna Tunnicliffe talked through the final race: “We were waiting for Leigh to tack and he drove us right into the boats rounding the mark and boats started coming at us head first. We ended up above the mark so we couldn’t bear away and at the same time, Ben (Ainslie) was coming round into the side of us and it all turned into a mess. All three boats were tangled on each other. It’s very frustrating, but hopefully we can learn from our mistakes, we’re still on top which is good – the damage could have been worse. We need to move on to Istanbul and refocus for that event.”
Ben Ainslie’s J.P. Morgan BAR were on fire and threatening all day, posting a steady stream of consistent results and slowly chipping away at the leading pack to put themselves in the running. Despite just missing out on second place, the team’s four-times Olympic champion skipper Ainslie was satisfied with the final position, who this week were joined by local lad, Bleddyn Mon. “It has been a great improvement to see us on the podium and great to challenge with the top teams today. It’s a big step forwards and hopefully we can continue this for the rest of the Series. Sailing with Paul Campbell-James was fantastic, he has taught us a lot about these boats and Bleddyn was a great addition, he worked incredibly hard. We are looking forward to sailing with Paul Goodison in Istanbul and as we develop further in the event.”
In traditional UK Bank Holiday style, the day started with an onslaught of rain, before the clouds lifted, the breeze picked up and the fleet played out the final races in a beautiful 15 knots of breeze, with lots of ducking and weaving, hitting top speeds of 20 knots. In a programme of eight races on the final day, Red Bull Sailing Team made a late surge with their best results of the week, including a pair of wins on the tight racecourse, to upgrade their overnight position from eighth, to fourth at the close of play. Their double Olympic champion skipper Roman Hagara commented: “We found out how to start well on the racecourse which was key. We had good boat work and were good at approaching the marks; we did almost everything right. We finished the Act in fourth so that’s a really good result for us, and looking ahead to Istanbul, we need to start the first day as we finished it here.”
A further four points back in fifth place is the Swiss Realteam – and significantly for them, a disappointing 11th place for Emirates Team New Zealand, has seen Jerome Clerc and his Swiss team leapfrog up the Series leaderboard, to third place.
The battle in the bottom half of the leaderboard was just as fierce, with only three points separating eighth placed Gazprom Team Russia to 11th placed Emirates Team New Zealand – and with Act 6, Istanbul less than three weeks away, you can bet that the there will be some stern locker room debriefs, before the teams meet again.
Cardiff has once again delivered an outstanding event, with 90,000 spectators getting front row seats to the action, as part of the Cardiff Harbour Festival. Act 6 Istanbul takes place from the 11-14 September, and with news of a local team entry in the coming days, it will be a packed startline of 12 teams, as the fleet head to the city where East meets West.
Cardiff Harbour Festival hosts Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 5 Cardiff, presented by Land Rover standings after Day 4, 33 races
Position / Team / Points
1st The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan, Sarah Ayton, Pete Greenhalgh, Kinley Fowler, Nasser Al Mashari 210 points.
2nd Alinghi (SUI) Morgan Larson, Anna Tunnicliffe, Pierre-Yves Jorand, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 205 points.
3rd J.P. Morgan BAR (GBR) Ben Ainslie, Nick Hutton, Paul Campbell-James, Bleddyn Mon, Matt Cornwell 203 points.
4th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans-Peter Steinacher, Mark Bulkeley, Shaun Mason, Stewart Dodson 186 points.
5th Realteam by Realstone (SUI) Jérôme Clerc, Arnaud Psarofaghis, Bruno Barbarin, Bryan Mettraux, Thierry Wassem 182 points.
6th Oman Air (OMA) Rob Greenhalgh, Ted Hackney, Kyle Langford, Hashim Al Rashdi, Musab Al Hadi 175 points.
7th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Thierry Douillard, Jonas Hviid-Nielsen, Brad Farrand, Nicolai Sehested 174 points.
8th Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) Igor Lisovenko, Phil Robertson, Matt Adams, Pete Cumming, Aleksey Kulakov 154 points.
9th Groupama sailing team (FRA) Franck Cammas, Romain Motteau, Tanguy Cariou, Thierry Fouchier, Devan Le Bihan 154 points.
10th GAC Pindar (AUS) Nathan Wilmot, Hugh Styles, Ed Smyth, Seve Jarvin, James Wierzbowski 153 points.
11th Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) Dean Barker, Ray Davies, James Dagg, Jeremy Lomas, Edwin Delaat 151 points.
Extreme Sailing Series™ 2014 overall standings
Position / Team / Points
1st Alinghi (SUI) 47 points.
2nd The Wave, Muscat (OMA) 45 points.
3rd Realteam by Realstone (SUI) 34 points.
4th Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) 33 points.
5th J.P. Morgan BAR (GBR) 25 points.
6th Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) 22 points.
7th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 20 points.
8th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 18 points.
9th Oman Air (OMA) 16 points.
10th Groupama sailing team (FRA) 15 points.
11th GAC Pindar (AUS) 5 points.
505 WORLDS – Again, congratulations to Mike Holt and Rob Woelfel to an outstanding week that was crowned by the World Championship title. We covered the event last week and for those of you who missed it here is the video highlights!
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A-CLASS SAILING – One of these boats gets to the weather mark first after a great start. Which boat is it? Enlarge the video to full screen to read the sail numbers. One of the boats to leeward smokes the fleet. Which sail number is it? Can you predict who has the best position and best speed? Check out the post below to see who rounds the mark first!
A-CLASS SAILING #2 – It’s 007! Enlarge the video to check out the out of control foiling too! Top mark rounding by Mischa Heemskerk, Sjoerd Hoekstra and Chris Field during race2 on the second day of the 2014 Dutch Nationals. Mischa, with a comfortable lead, sails with little pressure, Sjoerd and Chris are chasing.
AC NEWS – Kyle Langford, the wing trimmer on Oracle Team USA when it won the America’s Cup in 2013, is mainsail trimmer on Oman Air at the Extreme Series in Cardiff. In an exclusive interview with mysailing, he talked about the Extreme 40s and Oracle’s progress towards defending the Cup in 2017. FOR THE REST OF THE STORY CLICK HERE!
EXTREME SAILING – Day 3 – Catch the action ‘live’ above! The Wave Muscat takes the lead on the leaderboard over Alinghi and Big Ben’s JP Morgan/Bar. After the ‘live’ action get the final results by clicking HERE or watch the Replay above.
AC NEWS – The Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) sailing team will look for a new title sponsor for its inaugural 2017 America’s Cup campaign after the incumbent, financial services company JP Morgan, decided not to continue past 2014. For the rest of the story click here!
MELGES 20 SAILING – After an overcast, light and tough Day Two, the skies cleared allowing for a sunny, 10-15 knots of breeze from the Northeast for the final two races of the 2014 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship hosted by Sail Newport. The team on Portobello consisting of owner/helm Cesar Gomes Neto, tactician Andre Forseca and John Bowden wasted no time in putting a stamp on this event to become the first non-U.S. team to claim the prestigious Audi Melges 20 National title. “I only got into the fleet about a year-and-a-half ago and it has been amazing to be a part of,” said the Miami-based Gomes Neto at the awards ceremony. “Many thanks to everyone who has helped us and supported us, most especially my crew.”
Making the long trek for the third and final day of racing north of the Newport Bridge to Halfway Rock, the fleet arrived and made their preparations for Race Seven in a series of Eight. PRO Bill Canfield started on time with the fleet splitting both right and left.
With the shifty Northeast breeze in pay, several teams were able to get in phase and sail fast to take control. Morgan Kiss on Baciami showed her college sailing prowess by leading at the top mark followed closely Gomes Neto on Portobello and Jason Michas’ Midnight Blue. While the Kiss did her best to hold off Gomes Neto, it was to no avail as they quickly overtook the lead on the first run and going on to win the race. Morgan digressed further with her father Michael catching up only to challenge her at the finish line. The Baciami team never let up taking second ahead of Bacio in third.
For the final race of the championship, the breeze ticked up slightly in the 11-15 range. Once again the fleet split left and right, and immediately after the start, it looked like the unthinkable might happen with Gomes Neto called OCS and having to re-round. With the fleet darting to the windward mark, Gomes Neto was deep, but just as he did throughout the Series, his consistent speed and solid tactics enabled him to claw back into the race passing boats at will to put the nail in the coffin with yet another bullet.
Once teams got their boats ‘trailer ready’, Sail Newport hosted a great awards presentation with yet another solid spread of food and beverages. The Audi Melges 20 fleet and Sail Newport is proud to have hosted such a high-level, quality National Championship. Newly crowned National Champion Cesar Gomes Neto and his Portobello team were all smiles, and their title will be put to the test as they are planning on attending all North American events this fall in Toronto and San Francisco. Viva Brazilia!!!
A VERY SPECIAL MANY THANKS
Regattas don’t just happen on their own. A wide range of individuals, partners and teams are involved on so many levels. The International Audi Melges 20 Class wishes to extend thanks to every team that participated at the 2014 Nationals, Melges USA, our championship venue host Sail Newport – specifically Kim Cooper and Chris Jensen who never stopped the hustle, PRO Bill Canfield and his race management team, and beer sponsor Heineken for quenching the thirst of many Audi Melges 20 sailors over the weekend. A very, very special thank you goes to Sam Rogers who provided a unique insider’s comment for press and media releases each day. This insight enabled the Audi Melges 20 Class to bring you not only the overall perspective of racing each day, but also what it was like looking from the inside out – invaluable information. Thank you Sam!
And lastly, but certainly not least – a very special thanks to Tovi Kiss on Lip Service, who shuttled us around the course bringing you amazing images of racing in the Audi Melges 20 and enabled us to bring you real time reporting via Facebook and Instagram.
AT THE OPENING PRECIPICE OF WORLDS – 57 ENTRIES NOW ON THE LINE
Beginning August 25, racing commences for the second running of the 2014 World Championship, hosted by Fraglia Vela Riva in Riva Del Garda, Italy. A record-breaking fifty-seven teams have enrolled for the event of their life! The action runs from Wednesday through Saturday, August 30.
Substantial media coverage will be provided, so if you were unable to join the fleet in person, there will be an opportunity for you to follow the action. Complete racing updates will be posted online at the Official Audi Melges 20 Facebook Page as it happens. Be sure to also follow the fleet on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Tune in for the latest racing information, results, video interviews, and photos. Race reports, press releases and photos will be available online each day post racing at melges20.com.
And, it doesn’t stop there. The Audi Melges 20 fleet is proud to present the Canadian Nationals on September 19-21, the Pacific Coast Championship on September 27-28 and the pinnacle intercontinental event of the season – the 2014 North American Championship on October 3-5 in San Francisco! Registration is open for all events, so teams from across the continent and around the world should plan to race.
TOP FIVE RESULTS (FINAL – After Eight Races, One Discard)
1.) Cesar Gomes Neto/Andre Forseca, Portobello; -2-3-2-2-2-1-1 = 13
2.) Drew Weirda/Scott Nixon, W; 6-4-2-1-3--6-7 = 29
3.) Marc Hollerbach/Jonathan McKee, Fu; 1-1-8-6-5--4-5 = 30
4.) Jason Michas/Mark Mendelblatt, Midnight Blue; 3--10-3-9-1-5-3 = 34
5.) Jim Wilson/Sam Rogers, Oleander; 5-3-1--11-3-8-9 = 40
EXTREME SAILING – The grudge match on Cardiff Bay continued today, where there was no quarter given and no margin for error as a colossal 10 races were sailed, plus a knock out round at Act 5 of the Extreme Sailing Series™ presented by Land Rover. With an average of 10 knots of breeze and gusts up to 18 knots rolling across the course, the fleet tore around the tight track travelling at up to 24 knots, and Morgan Larson and Alinghi kept it cool under the pressure, with two race wins enough to elevate themselves to the top of the leaderboard – despite missing out on the gold final in the knock out round. The team’s Olympic champion tactician Anna Tunnicliffe explained the Swiss teams approach: “We have figured out a good strategy that works for us, which means keeping it clean and consistent, staying out of trouble and doing what we want to do. Today it was crazy and we had to be full on with the boat handling. Personally, Cardiff is one of my favourite venues for sailing. It keeps us on our toes all the time.”
With races lasting just six minutes, manouvres had to be executed quickly and with precision, with rapid deploys of the gennakers, before gybing and furling all in less than 20 seconds. As the breeze built throughout the day, Leigh McMillan and the team on The Wave, Muscat looked relaxed and in control, slowly chipping away at the leaderboard throughout the day, with two race wins enough to upgrade their overnight position from fourth to second. McMillan commented: “I like pacing myself and it takes time to get everything clicking. For us it’s about getting details right. It’s largely down to the starts still but towards the end of the day we were getting it right. We are on the up and hopefully that gave other people something to worry about.”
It was a mixed day for both J.P. Morgan BAR and SAP Extreme Sailing team, who were first and second respectively coming into today. Neither could quite follow up on their storming first day, the Brits now in third and the Danish in fourth – but still very much in contact with the lead. Paul Campbell-James, who is sailing with Ben Ainslie for the first time this week, commented: “It was a tricky day today, we were really punching off the start line. Yesterday we were controlling things from the front but today was pretty different, we weren’t really performing as well on the starts which means that you are fighting your way within the pack but the mood is still pretty good on the boat. We are still moving forwards in the fleet whether we are at the front or the back; it is all pretty encouraging.”
The Wave, Muscat’s stablemates on Oman Air were also impressive today, as were Realteam, both slowly clocking up the points, and making this a real six horse race halfway through the Act. Oman Air’s skipper Rob Greenhalgh remarked: “We had a bunch of good races and had some good starts. We are finally getting some time in the boat with the same people and its really making a difference. The communication and split second decisions are critical. It’s very competitive out on the start and everyone is fighting for every inch. The decision you make two minutes from the start has a big impact on the whole race. It’s about fighting boat on boat.”
With the boats hitting top speeds of 24 knots, and with a racecourse just 300 metres wide in places, the fleet went shoulder-to-shoulder on the congested startline and even closer during the mark roundings. Emirates Team New Zealand found out just how tight the course is in race 14, when SAP Extreme Sailing team careered into the back of them, knocking out their rudders, leaving the Kiwis without steering, headed for the beach and out of the following two races while on water repairs were made. The jury will decide tomorrow if a redress is applicable.
Red Bull Sailing Team showed a marked improvement today, with two much needed race wins giving the team a boost up the leaderboard to seventh place, as well as morale. Their double Olympic gold medal-winning skipper Roman Hagara was pleased with his team’s performance: “We had some good starts, and tried not to make any mistakes around the racetrack. If you can get ahead of the fleet then you’re in a good position. It’s really important to get good starts, and today we managed a few, but we still have to work on them. It’s always good racing here in Cardiff with lots of spectators to watch the racing.”
Gazprom Team Russia also had a better day today with a string of results in the top half of the fleet – despite being a little trigger happy off the start, as helmsman Phil Robertson elaborated: “We had a really good day off the line today. We kept it as consistent as we could to keep the routine going and it worked, so we stuck with it and it paid off most of the time. I pulled the trigger a little early in some races and we had three races over the line. We were possibly pushing the starts really hard and that’s the result: you either get in front and get a great start or you are over the line and you have to drop back. The start is everything.”
Groupama sailing team were unable to make the overnight repairs needed following yesterdays collision with GAC Pindar, but will be back on the water for tomorrow and will be awarded average points for the races they have missed, making it a full fleet of 11 boats for the penultimate day’s racing at the Cardiff Harbour Festival.
Cardiff Harbour Festival hosts Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 5 Cardiff, presented by Land Rover standings after Day 2, 20 races (23.08.14)
Position / Team / Points
1st Alinghi (SUI) Morgan Larson, Anna Tunnicliffe, Pierre-Yves Jorand, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 141 points.
2nd The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan, Sarah Ayton, Pete Greenhalgh, Kinley Fowler, Nasser Al Mashari 139 points.
3rd J.P. Morgan BAR (GBR) Ben Ainslie, Nick Hutton, Paul Campbell-James, Bleddyn Mon, Matt Cornwell 131 points.
4th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Thierry Douillard, Jonas Hviid-Nielsen, Brad Farrand, Nicolai Sehested 120 points.
5th Realteam by Realstone (SUI) Jérôme Clerc, Arnaud Psarofaghis, Bruno Barbarin, Bryan Mettraux, Thierry Wassem 113 points.
6th Oman Air (OMA) Rob Greenhalgh, Ted Hackney, Kyle Langford, Hashim Al Rashdi, Musab Al Hadi 106 points.
7th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans-Peter Steinacher, Mark Bulkeley, Shaun Mason, Stewart Dodson 91 points.
8th Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) Igor Lisovenko, Phil Robertson, Matt Adams, Pete Cumming, Aleksey Kulakov 87 points.
9th Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) Dean Barker, Ray Davies, James Dagg, Jeremy Lomas, Edwin Delaat 75 points.
10th GAC Pindar (AUS) Nathan Wilmot, Hugh Styles, Ed Smyth, Seve Jarvin, James Wierzbowski 67 points.
11th Groupama sailing team (FRA) Franck Cammas, Romain Motteau, Tanguy Cariou, Thierry Fouchier, Devan Le Bihan 33 points.
HOME MOVIES – Here is Varuna, a Ker 51. She was the winner of the Round Britain and Ireland race 2014. Check out her winning sailing style while having a lot of fun!
MELGES 20 – While the majority of the fleet struggled with tricky, variable conditions on the inside race course in Newport Harbor, Cesar Gomez Neto on Portobello from Brazil had no trouble posting three second place finishes to take the overall lead after six races. What appeared to be straightforward racing prior to each start, things quickly turned inside out as big oscillations descended on the course rewarding those who were able to sniff out correct side early in the race.
Sometimes in sailboat racing you have to be behind to get in front. In the first race of the day, four boats were called OCS including Drew Wierda’s W and Jason Michas’ Midnight Blue. As they restarted and hunted for clear air, they both extended to the left side, found nice pressure and were able to come in on a nice leftie, rounding within the top three then lead just behind newcomer Cary Siegler’s Heathen team.
There were plenty of head scratching moments throughout the race with Wierda taking the win, and Gomez charging hard to nab a well earned second place. And, just when the fleet thought it had seen it all, the bottom five boats all ran out of breeze, condensed into a small pack and drifted across the line for a photo finish.
After a brief wait, PRO Bill Canfield started another race, and instead of a big left shift, this time the boats that tacked right after the start and were patient stepped into a nice righty and pressure. Michael Kiss on Bacio regained his championship form to grab the lead and never looked back, again with the Neto on his heels and Weirda following suit. Despite the tricky conditions the cream continued to rise for Neto and his team comprised of Andre Forseca and John Bowden.
The last race of the day saw the steadiest conditions with a 130 wind angle at 8 kts. Shortly after the gun, the fleet split left, center and right, and each team seemed to be searching in the dark for any advantage as the pressured looked consistent across the course. Leading through the middle left, Michas was able to sail smart and get around in first. Charging in from the right was Gomez around in second. Shaking off two tough races to start the day, overnight regatta leader Jim Wilson’s Oleander fought hard on the first down wind to finish third, behind Michas and Gomez.
Once again, the fleet was treated to some cold beverages and solid appetizers to help sort out the confusion from a very tough day of sailing. Two final races are scheduled to decide who will be the Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Champion.
MEDIA AND RACING COVERAGE
As with other Audi Melges 20 events around the world, racing updates will be posted online at the Official Audi Melges 20 Facebook Page. Be sure to also follow the fleet on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Tune in for the latest racing information, results, video interviews, and photos. Race reports, press releases and photos will be available online each day post racing at melges20.com.
TOP FIVE RESULTS (After Six Races, One Discard)
1.) Cesar Gomes Neto/Andre Forseca, Portobello; -2-3-2-2-2 = 11
2.) Drew Weirda/Scott Nixon, W; -4-2-1-3-8 = 16
3.) Marc Hollerbach/Jonathan McKee, Fu; 1-1-8-6-5- = 21
4.) Jim Wilson/Sam Rogers, Oleander; 5-3-1--11-3 = 23
5.) Jason Michas/Mark Mendelblatt, Midnight Blue; 3--10-3-9-1 = 26
EXTREME SAILING – The towering masts of the Extreme Sailing Series™ fleet dominated the Cardiff Bay skyline today, as the best of the sailing world took to the water under bright skies and tactically demanding winds, that ended with the home team J.P. Morgan BAR in pole position – but a night of repairs in the pitlane for three teams, ahead of the event officially opening to the public tomorrow as part of the Cardiff Harbour Festival.
Today’s series of nine races came in thick and fast, each lasting less than 10 minutes, leaving the sailors muscling the huge sails at the front of the boat physically exhausted, and the tacticians and helms at back mentally drained. The new combination on J.P. Morgan BAR of Paul Campbell-James and Ben Ainslie – helped by some expert coaching from the legendary Kiwi Simon Daubney of the America’s Cup hall of fame – were unstoppable, timing the starts perfectly as the fastest boat off the startline according to the SAP sailing analytics, leaving the rest of the fleet in their wake. Ainslie, who hasn’t competed in the UK since winning gold at London 2012, elaborated:
“It was a very physical day for our guys and we have been working very hard on the fitness and it is beginning to pay off. We love racing in front of the home fans, we don’t often get the opportunity in the UK to race at home, and this is a great venue, so it is very special. It is a tricky course. You really need to get a good start with the shifty conditions.” Looking ahead to the rest of the Act Ainslie said: “The goal is more of the same tomorrow. It is one day at a time, a lot happens at times during this Series, it is very tight racing; all the teams are very strong so we just need to keep our heads down and keep working hard to be in the mix for the final day.”
By the ninth and final race of the day, the breeze was up and Race Management made the decision to remove guest sailors. Shortly after at the top of the track, GAC Pindar couldn’t hold back the pace during a tight mark rounding to keep clear of Groupama sailing team, careering into the side of the French boat on port, going from 10 knots to a standstill in seconds as shown by the SAP analytics, leaving both with a long night ahead as they fight to get back on the water tomorrow. The Olympic gold medallist at the helm of GAC Pindar, Nathan Wilmot, explained what happened:
“There was a group of around five boats coming into the top mark, we tried to go around Groupama sailing team with a few boats to leeward of us and we didn’t quite get far enough and we went through the side of them. We have a little damage to our port bow and snapped our pole, so not too bad: just a little bit of a repair to get done. Groupama sailing team had half a bow in the side of their boat so they’ve got a little more on than us unfortunately.”
Groupama sailing team skipper Franck Cammas added: “When we realised that GAC Pindar was trying to pass behind us bearing away, we knew that they were going to crash into us. The damage on the boat is quite substantial, which is a real shame. We are going to do our best to fix the boat on time but we are not sure whether we will be able to race tomorrow.”
Nine races saw six different race winners, two of which went to SAP Extreme Sailing Team who were the model of consistency, having perhaps their best day of the year so far and showing the return to form expected from the Danish, to finish the day in second place, eight points behind the Brits. Co-Skipper Rasmus Kostner was thrilled with his team’s performance: “We had a good day and we managed to read the pre-start very nicely and came off the line in a good spot. It becomes very difficult if you don’t get that part right as it’s so difficult to overtake in this racecourse. You just go from one manoeuvre to the next, so everything worked really well for us today.”
The Danish are one point ahead of current Series leaders Alinghi, in third place, who showed a momentary uncharacteristic chink in their amour today with three race finishes at the bottom half of the pack.
The Wave, Muscat are a further two points back, with Realteam – who were picked out by commentator and Extreme 40 veteran Nick Moloney as the team to watch this week – in fifth place, but with a night of repairs to a delaminated hull, after a scrap with Gazprom Team Russia. Oman Air, who came out of the blocks scoring a bullet in the opening race in Cardiff, are just behind the Realteam in sixth place with 44 points.
With a start line just 300 metres wide and set just off the shore, the pre-start strategy was essential, with 11 boats jostling to find the best spot, hunt out clean air and trying to stay clear of the dog fight mid fleet. Emirates Team New Zealand found themselves deeper in the pack then they would have wanted for most of the day, but a late surge and a race win in race seven salvaged some valuable points. “It was tough today and I felt a little rusty as I haven’t raced in the Series since Oman so I can see some of the other teams are at a really high level”, admitted skipper Dean Barker. “As a team we’ve got to eliminate some of the mistakes. We didn’t get off of the start line as well as we’d have liked in a couple of the races, and just made a few little mistakes around the course which adds up at the end of the day. We found ourselves as a bit of a deficit to the leading group but it’s early days so there’s still a lot of opportunity to gain back.”
With gusts of up to 20 knots forecast for tomorrow’s racing, the Extreme 40 teams and are bracing themselves for an action-packed, hull flyer of a day, with plenty more races to be sailed, and plenty more work to do. Online fans can watch the racing live from 1530 BST / 1430 GMT, at www.extremesailingseries.com.
Cardiff Harbour Festival hosts Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 5 Cardiff, presented by Land Rover standings after Day 1, 9 races (22.08.14)
Position / Team / Points
1st J.P. Morgan BAR (GBR) Ben Ainslie, Nick Hutton, Paul Campbell-James, Bleddyn Mon, Matt Cornwell 70 points.
2nd SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Thierry Douillard, Jonas Hviid-Nielsen, Brad Farrand, Nicolai Sehested 62 points.
3rd Alinghi (SUI) Morgan Larson, Anna Tunnicliffe, Pierre-Yves Jorand, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 61 points.
4th The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan, Sarah Ayton, Pete Greenhalgh, Kinley Fowler, Nasser Al Mashari 58 points.
5th Realteam by Realstone (SUI) Jérôme Clerc, Arnaud Psarofaghis, Bruno Barbarin, Bryan Mettraux, Thierry Wassem 56 points.
6th Oman Air (OMA) Rob Greenhalgh, Ted Hackney, Kyle Langford, Hashim Al Rashdi, Musab Al Hadi 44 points.
7th Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) Dean Barker, Ray Davies, James Dagg, Jeremy Lomas, Edwin Delaat 37 points.
8th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans-Peter Steinacher, Mark Bulkeley, Shaun Mason, Stewart Dodson 33 points.
9th Groupama sailing team (FRA) Franck Cammas, Romain Motteau, Tanguy Cariou, Thierry Fouchier, Devan Le Bihan 33 points.
10th Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) Igor Lisovenko, Phil Robertson, Matt Adams, Pete Cumming, Aleksey Kulakov 26 points.
11th GAC Pindar (AUS) Nathan Wilmot, Hugh Styles, Ed Smyth, Seve Jarvin, James Wierzbowski 21 points.
505 WORLDS – The pressure was rising for the final race of the SAP 505 World Championships in Kiel, with the prospect of the trophy going either to the USA, Great Britain, Australia or Germany. Check out yesterday’s action above then read the latest update below! USA wins!
Holt’s 25-year dream finally comes true
Mike Holt has been competing for the world title for a quarter of a century, and together with Rob Woelfel has now won the SAP 505 World Championships in Kiel….
Mike Holt has spent most of his life dreaming about becoming world champion and today it came true with victory in the final race of the SAP 505 World Championship in Kiel. Together with crew Rob Woelfel, Holt went into today’s showdown as one of six teams with a chance of winning the title. The British-born resident of Santa Cruz in California had twice gone into the final day of a 505 Worlds only to finish runner-up. “I don’t think we’ve ever had anything like this though,” said Holt before racing. “Six teams gunning for the title says how competitive it has been this year.”
The key decision all week has been when to exit the gate start. The young Australians, Pete Nicholas and Luke Payne, have opted for an early start nearly every race and today did the same. They were joined by Holt, while the other world title contenders waited a few minutes as the pathfinder sailed out to the right-hand side of the course. The two British teams still in title contention, Andy Smith/ Tim Needham along with Ian Pinnell/ Dave Shelton, started late and found themselves on the wrong side of the first shift. The early starters were doing well out on the left, with Holt and the Australians moving into the lead towards the top mark.
For the next three and a half laps of the 75-minute race, Holt and Nicholas were engaged in a tight boatspeed duel in medium to strong winds, the Australian boat overtaking downwind but the Americans bouncing back on each upwind leg with slightly superior pace. Holt later commented: “We felt we were the same pace as the Aussies downwind but we were playing it safe. We didn’t want to push it in the waves. All week we’ve been looking to keep it simple, just do the important things well.”
Rob Woelfel commented: “Our main focus was to finish in the top three today, because we knew if we did that we’d win. On the last beat we didn’t care if the Aussies won the race. As it turned out, because we were sailing hard, we got them just at the finish, by about half a boatlength.” The Aussies had one more tack to cross the line and by the time they had completed their turn, the Americans had taken the winner’s gun by just two seconds. Holt and Woelfel hugged each other, the culmination of a brilliantly executed campaign that made the most of their high-wind expertise. “I’ve been doing this a long time, it’s been an ambition for a long time,” said a jubilant Holt. “There are so many good guys that sail Five-Ohs, it’s very competitive, so very pleased to have done it, and Rob is just amazing.”
There was no disappointment in the Aussie camp. They acknowledged Holt and Woelfel as the worthy winners. “We were aiming for a top 10, and anything more than that a bonus,” said Luke Payne. “Very excited to get 2nd. We were improving the whole regatta and managed to find some really good speed by the end. Now we’ve got to see if we can a world title!” Considering they’re in their mid-20s and this was only their third time at a 505 World Championship, Nicholas and Payne can surely expect to win a world title in years to come.
The battle for 3rd place was the closest, with Smith and Needham making a late charge through the fleet to almost steal the final podium place from the Germans, but Wolfgang Hunger and Julien Kleiner’s 3rd place across the finish was sufficient to finish on equal points with the Brits but win the tie-break due to their higher finishing positions during the regatta. Hunger had missed his chance at a record sixth world title in the 505, but another podium finish was a respectable result for a team that has done very little practice this season.
With 173 entries, this was the third largest world championship in the 60-year history of the class. To look back through the winning moves you can browse through the SAP Sailing Analytics, and watch recordings of the live coverage of the regatta, all to be found at the official website: http://www.sap505worlds.com
Photos: © Christophe Favreau/ SAP
Story by Andy Rice, www.sailingintelligence.com
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MELGES 20 – Newport, RI – With a brief on-shore postponement by PRO Bill Canfield and his legion of volunteers from Sail Newport, the deep Audi Melges 20 fleet headed North of the Newport Harbor Bridge to kick off the sixth edition of the U.S. National Championship yesterday. With past champions, fleet veterans, and several talented newcomers in attendance, what the fleet lacked in size was quickly made up through talent and tight racing.
Once the breeze settled in at 8 knots from the Southwest, Canfield wasted no time getting a race started. North American Fleet President Rob Wilbur on Cinghiale darted out to a nice lead nailing the right side of the course staving off several hard chargers for the left side. What seemed to be a steady, stable breeze quickly faded as the fleet inverted on the downwind. Wilbur was able to maintain a lead, but Marc Hollerbach on Fu and Drew Friedes on Pacific Yankee made huge gains on the run to get in the hunt. Hollerbach would eventually take the bullet after a fierce battle with Wilbur.
With a slight uptick in pressure for the start of Race Two, Hollerbach was back to the front of the fleet to take the lead at the first mark. On the next upwind however, it was Cesar Gomez Neto on Portobello who hit the left side hard out of the leeward gates to get the attention of the leaders. Hollerbach did a nice job of battling back from the right side and taking advantage of some small shifts at the top of the course to maintain a narrow lead and keep the bullet, followed by Gomez and Wilson’s Oleander.
In the best breeze of the day that saw pulses to 10 kts, a clean start saw the fleet fighting for the ability to get to the left side of the course. After a few minutes of racing, those who had struggled to keep their lanes had to bail and give up on the left which ended up paying big. Again, Wilbur started with style and was able to cross the fleet on port tack, however Morgan Kiss on Baciami and Wilson were able to follow closely on Wilbur’s tail at the top mark.
After an intense downwind battle, many tight crosses and ducks and a windward mark layline missed by some of the lead boats, Wilson took the bullet in his brand new Audi Melges 20 straight from the factory. “Our team arrived yesterday morning, put the boat together for the first time and were able to set it up and have a great day of racing,” said Jim Wilson. Drew Wierda on W nabbed second place followed by Gomez’s team on Portobello.
Once back to the dock, Audi Melges 20 teams were treated to cold beer, and a bevy of appetizers put on by the staff at Sail Newport. The Audi Melges 20 fleet hunkered down and relaxed after a challenging, yet fun day on the water. The forecast is similar for Day Two, and with the compact, talented fleet the scores from top to bottom are anything but secure. An additional three races are scheduled. With the completion of race number six, a discard of each teams worst score will go into effect.
MEDIA AND RACING COVERAGE
As with other Audi Melges 20 events around the world, racing updates will be posted online at the Official Audi Melges 20 Facebook Page. Be sure to also follow the fleet on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Tune in for the latest racing information, results, video interviews, and photos. Race reports, press releases and photos will be available online each day post racing at melges20.com.
TOP FIVE RESULTS (After Three Races)
1.) Jim Wilson/Sam Rogers, Oleander; 5-3-1 = 9
2.) Marc Hollerbach/Jonathan McKee, Fu; 1-1-8 = 10
3.) Drew Weirda/Scott Nixon, W; 6-4-2 = 12
4.) Cesar Gomes Neto/Andre Forseca, Portobello; 13-2-3 = 18
5.) Rob Wilber/Anthony Kotoun, Cinghiale; 2-9-7 = 18
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505 WORLDS – Mike Holt and Rob Woelfel have moved to the top of the leaderboard of the SAP 505 World Championship after winning a breezy race in Kiel, Germany, today. They sit just two points ahead of their training partners, the British duo of Andy Smith and Tim Needham who pushed the Americans all the way around the windy and wavy race course.