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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
Media enquiries: [email protected]
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AC NEWS – A day late but it’s now official – Six teams have entered the race for the 35th America’s Cup:
“It’s exciting to look at the roster of teams who are lining up against us,” said Jimmy Spithill, the skipper of ORACLE TEAM USA, the winner of the last two America’s Cup matches. “We’re facing five strong challengers who have a lot of resources, talent and experience.
“But our team is very competitive. We love challenges – the bigger, the better. It’s very easy to get motivated when you see what we’re going to be facing.”
The 35th America’s Cup begins in 2015 and 2016 with the America’s Cup World Series, raced in venues around the world. This feeds into the main events in 2017, which will narrow the field to just two: the top challenger and the defender, ORACLE TEAM USA, who will then face each other in the America’s Cup Match.
Teams will be given the opportunity to host America’s Cup World Series events at a venue of their choosing, while the final venue for the 35th America’s Cup will be either Bermuda or San Diego, with the selection to be made before the end of the year.
Under the rules of the event, late entries may be accepted at the discretion of the America’s Cup organizers.
Quotes from the challenging teams:
Iain Percy, Artemis Racing: “We are not only in this competition to win the 35th America’s Cup, but to dominate the America’s Cup arena for the next decade. I’m also passionate that Artemis Racing is about more than simply winning; it’s about producing a legacy and winning in a certain way.”
Ben Ainslie, Ben Ainslie Racing: “We are delighted that Royal Yacht Squadron Racing’s challenge for the 35th America’s Cup has been officially accepted. The America’s Cup originates from the Squadron and it is our goal to return the Cup to where it belongs.”
Dean Barker, Emirates Team New Zealand: “New Zealand has a long and proud history in the America’s Cup. We see some formidable opposition taking shape in the 35th America’s Cup and we have no illusions about the job ahead. We have been working quietly behind the scenes towards this day almost since the last day of the 34th America’s Cup. Now the real work begins.”
Max Sirena, Luna Rossa Challenge: “This is Luna Rossa’s fifth challenge to the America’s Cup, an historic record. Not only does it underline the attachment of our team to the America’s Cup, but it also shows our determination to bring the Cup to Italy. This edition will be very competitive and our team has already been preparing for several months now in view of a challenge that promises to be spectacular and exciting right from its preliminary events, the America’s Cup World Series, that will take place next year.”
Franck Cammas, Team France: “Team France is very proud to be a challenger for the 35th America’s Cup. We are taking the first step of a journey that we know will be very difficult. With Olivier de Kersauson, Michel Desjoyeaux and our team, we are determined to represent France at the highest level from a sporting and technological point of view. I thank all of our partners and supporters, as without you, we would not even see the beginning of our journey, much less the road ahead.”
The teams for the 35th America’s Cup will be introduced at a press conference in London, England on September 9.
CORK – The Sail Canada Senior Nationals wrapped up today at CORK OCR after 5 days of racing in the Kingston harbour. Racing took place for all fleets despite being plagued by more light wind.
It was show time on the skiff course as the 49er & FX fleets moved to the stadium course for theater style racing. These races are fast paced and tight, with a target time of only 10 minutes. In 49er racing CST members David Mori & Justin Barnes (RCYC) kept the lead they had going into the day and came out first overall. Michael Brodeur & Dan Inkpen held on to second and John & Arthur Ferguson (RCYC) finished third.
The final set of races were much tighter on the FX course, with final placing being determined on the last downwind leg of the last race. In the end Arielle Morgan & Heather Myatt (RSTLYC) held on to their lead and took first place by two points. Erin Berry & Ingrid Merry (RCYC/RVicYC) finished second, followed by Erin Rafuse & Danielle Boyd (RNSYS/KYC) in third.
The final day of racing was tight on the Radial course. Leader Brenda Bowskill (RCYC) was able to maintain a narrow lead overConnor Blouin (DIYC) through the first two races of the day, putting the pressure on for the final race. In the end Blouin was forced over the line in the final start and was scored OCS, allowing Bowskill to secure her place on top of the podium. Final results areBrenda Bowskill (RCYC), Connor Blouin (DIYC) and Claire Merry (RCYC). Bowskill and Merry are both Canadian Sailing Team members.
In the Laser fleet the winner was decided earlier in the day with Cy Thompson (St. Thomas YC) securing his win after the first of the three race sailed. CST members Robert Davis (RCYC) and Tom Ramshaw (SLYC) finish second and third.
There was tight racing all week in the Finn fleet between Canadian Team sailors Greg Douglas (RCYC) and Martin Robitaille(RCYC/CVL). Douglas held his lead and finished on top of the podium, followed by Robitaille and training partner Kyle Martin(RVanYC).
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CLIPPER RACE – The world’s longest ocean race, uniquely for amateur sailors – the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is now 70% full for the 2015-16 edition, following a surge of crew sign-ups.
The 40,000 mile, eleven month long event, known as one of the planets toughest endurance challenges will be the bi-annual events 10th Anniversary series and the second circumnavigation for the Clipper 70 fleet.
Over 400 crew are now signed up from 28 nationalities, including the UK, Australia, Canada, USA, New Zealand, Germany, Finland, Sweden and more. The race will also welcome its first ever crew members from South Korea, Colombia, Latvia and Bulgaria.
The Clipper Race is the only event of its kind which allows non-sailors the chance to complete an ocean circumnavigation. A vast and varied number of crew occupations already include; Police Officers, Pilots, Teachers, Students, Nurses/Medical Professionals, Psychologists, Entrepreneurs, Firefighters, Pilots, Farmers, Engineers, a Travel Agent, a Soldier, a Pathologist, a Landscape Gardner, a Hotelier and a Cirque du Soleil Automation Manager, among many others.
With Level 1 and 2 training already well in process, the adventure is fast becoming a reality for the future crew.
Elaine Hargreaves, 42, an Engagement Manager for Microsoft from St Albans, Hertfordshire starts her Level 1 training this weekend. She has signed up to be a 15-16 round the world crew member and explained the reason behind her decision. “It was a combination of factors – the death of my stepdad last August prompted me to think in a different way about what I wanted to do next in my life. I really want to live for the moment.
“In the past I have climbed mountains, raised money for charity or taken on challenges that lasted weeks or months and wanted to do something different – I searched on the internet and up came the Clipper Race. I must admit that I hadn’t previously heard of it and started to read about it.”
Asked what she is most looking forward to, Elaine said: “I’d like to meet Mother Nature face to face and then be able to tell the tales of the difficult times and the most fun times too. I think the race experience begins the moment you decide to sign up and are accepted.”
Aaron Lomas, 39, an IT Manager from London, is signed up for Legs 5, 6, 7 and 8. He will be undergoing Level 2 training in October and explained: “I’m pretty active, have sport hobbies and have done a decent amount of travelling. So while I’m working in London I need to have regular breaks and travel experiences in order to keep me sane.
“What I am looking forward to on the race is the satisfaction of becoming a competent sailor – I hadn’t sailed before my Clipper Race training started. Also finding out more about what sort of person I am when times are tough, the anticipation before race starts, the exhilaration of racing a yacht at speed, creating memories that will always stay with you and forging bonds with people with whom you’ve gone through a lot together.
One crew member who knows exactly what the challenge will be like is Sascha Bonus, 45, an Office Manager from Vancouver, Canada. Sascha completed Legs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8 on Old Pulteney in the 2013-14 race and is now signing up to do Legs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 8 for 15-16.
She explained: “In the Clipper Race questionnaire it asks what do you think the hardest part of the race will be. I said, the end. Having to get off the boat. This has definitely proven to be true for me. Working and living together as a team was such a great experience. When I got home I knew right away that my Clipper Race experience wasn’t over. I wanted to do it again! Hands down this has been the best experience of my life.”
If you are still considering joining the Clipper 2015-16 Race next summer, places are still available but are filling up fast. Click here for more information and to book an interview to start the journey for the Race of Your Life. You can also speak to the Crew Team directly on 02392 526 000.
Crew members must be 18 or over – there is no upper age limit. You can sign up for individual legs or the whole, eleven month circumnavigation. No previous sailing experience is required – training is included – but you do need a strong sense of adventure and a desire to take on Mother Nature’s toughest conditions.
See www.clipperroundtheworld.com for more information.
THE BEST OF 3 REGATTA - The event that pits windsurfer, kitesurfer and moth sailor against each other. It all takes place on beautiful lake Silvaplana, St Moritz, a mecca for skiers in winter and at 1,800 meters above sea level, a stunning crystal clear blue lake that attracts world class sailing, windsurfing events and now kites. Check out the video above!
MELGES 20 SAILING - In Riva Del Garda, Italy, in less than two weeks, the commencement of the second Audi Melges 20 World Championship will take place with a record-breaking entry of 55 teams expected to participate in the four-day racing affair. The Italian fleet is the largest in attendance with additional representation from Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Monaco, Russia and the United States.
As of late, Riva del Garda has been the center of International Melges Class racing. The Audi Melges 20 held its fourth act of the 2014 Audi-Tron Sailing Series in Riva during late July. The World Championship is organized by B.Plan Sports&Events and Fraglia Vela Riva, with the full support and coordination of Melges Europe and the International Audi Melges 20 Class Association (IAM20CA). It will serve as the fifth and final event of the Melges 20 Audi-Tron Sailing Series in 2014.
With a quick review of the entry roster, who will be the next World Champion is difficult to predict. The winner of a World Championship by definition is one who defies conventional logic and dynamics, handles intense concentration and management of psychological pressure to deliver consistency in performance. These factors make anything possible, and for certain will add new stories to the already prestigious, on-going legacy that is the Audi Melges 20.
However, there are the standouts and among them are reigning World Champion John Taylor on Ninkasi, current World Ranking leader Wes Whitmyer on Slingshot, current European Ranking leader and International Class Chairman Manfredi Vianini Tolomei on Maolca, and North American Ranking leader Richard Davies on Section 16. Other potential teams to beat (but certainly not limited to) include Guido Miani’s Monaco Racing Fleet in pole position who won Sailing Series Act No. 4 last month in Riva, Audi-Tron Series leader and former Gold Cup Champion Dario Levi on Fremito D’Arja, Pasquale Orofino’s Raffica, and Achille Onorato on Mascalzone Latino Jr.
And, then there are the great underdogs who are more than worth cheering for. Russ Lucas on Shimmer, Paul Reilly on Red Sky, 2014 Russian Open Champion Valentin Zavadnikov on Synergy, Alexandr Ezhkov’s Pirogovo Sailing, Mirko de Falco’s Peccere, Francesco Farnetti on ITA-157 and Alessandro Rombelli’s STIG all have the potential to be the next World Champion of the Audi Melges 20 Class.
Another exciting notable as the championship draws close is the attendance of 11-year-old Liam Kilroy. Earlier in 2014, the North American fleet welcomed the young son of 2013 U.S. National Champion John Kilroy, to the competitive ring. He will race his Audi Melges 20 Wildman in his first World Championship ever.
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.
AC NEWS – Come’on Larry… get it together! Surprise everyone by picking a venue by the weekend and please announce the teams as promised today… August 20th, as your press release stated back on Aug 9th. Stay tuned to XS Sailing later today to see just how many boats have ‘legally’ entered. Will they announce the entries or will there be silence? Leave a comment with your opinion if the ORACLE will speak?
AC NEWS – Today, Artemis Racing officially launched its challenge to win the 35th America’s Cup at an inspirational event in Sweden’s capital. Guests were treated to a rare chance of seeing the America’s Cup trophy first hand at the Moderna Museet, on Skeppsholmen Island at the heart of Stockholm’s proud maritime history.
Torbjörn Törnqvist, Team Principal of Artemis Racing said: “Sailing is my passion, and I’m very proud to once again represent Sweden in the America’s Cup. Given our experience from the 34th America’s Cup, what the team went through and achieved, we have an incredibly strong culture, a belonging to the team. Building on our core group from the last campaign, we have been able to secure talent across all areas, and I strongly believe that Artemis Racing is a team capable of winning the 35th America’s Cup”.
Artemis Racing will again challenge alongside Kungliga Svenska Segel Sällskapet (KSSS), the Royal Swedish Yacht Club, for what will be their second campaign together in the pursuit of winning the oldest competition in sport.
“The America’s Cup is the pinnacle of international sailing. KSSS is proud to be a challenger once again through Torbjörn Törnqvist’s Artemis Racing team. We are also very excited by the prospect of involving Swedish sailors in various ways in the project. We want to extend our gratitude to Torbjörn Törnqvist for making this possible” commented Staffan Salén, KSSS Commodore.
New team members were announced, including Swedish Olympic champions, Fredrik Lööf and Max Salminen, as well as America’s Cup veteran Rod Davis.
Lööf is one of the most successful Swedish sailors of all times and a long-time friend and competitor of Team Manager Iain Percy. With a wealth of experience, he has participated in an incredible six Olympic campaigns, winning a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics and bronze medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the Star class, and at the Sydney 2000 Olympics in the Finn class. Lööf’s career highlights also include three Finn World Championships, two Star World titles and a third place finish in the 2001-2002 Volvo Ocean Race.
On joining the team Fredrik said “I’ve been fascinated by the way sailing has been evolving over the last few years, with these new foiling boats and incredible TV production. I was really inspired by Artemis’ last campaign and having a Swedish boat on the start line again, and being part of it this time, is very exciting. Winning the America’s Cup and bringing it to Sweden for the first time would be something very special”.
One of the most promising talents in Swedish sailing, Max Salminen, still just 24, struck gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games alongside Fredrik Lööf in the Star class.
Artemis Racing also welcomed Sailing Coach Rod Davis. In his extraordinary America’s Cup career –now his 9th campaign – Davis brings an unparalleled wealth of experience to the team, having covered a variety of roles from bowman to mainsail trimmer, skipper, and more recently coach of Emirates Team New Zealand. Rod won a gold medal in the Soling class at the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984, and Olympic silver in the Star class in Barcelona 1992. His track record also includes winning the Admiral’s Cup and the Sardinia Cup several times, as well as seven World Champion titles.
The Team has already amassed an incredible 61 America’s Cup Campaigns between its members, including 14 victories. Team members (including two designers) have competed in 21 Olympic Games, winning 11 medals, including seven Gold medals.
“Where some teams may have one Olympic gold medallist, we have six of them, however the focus is very much on the team, and there is no individual bigger than the group. We are not only in this competition to win the 35th America’s Cup, but to dominate the America’s Cup arena for the next decade.” Said Team Manager and Tactician Iain Percy. “I’m also passionate that Artemis Racing is more than simply winning, it’s about producing a legacy and winning in a certain way”.
Harnessing fresh talent and inspiring younger team members is at the core of Artemis Racing’s new challenge, and the Team launched an internship programme which will give top Swedish students a chance to become directly involved in the key areas that make up a successful America’s Cup Team, spending up to 12 weeks working in the team base in Alameda, CA, USA, across different departments.
Artemis Racing also aspires to be the most sustainable and responsible team in the America’s Cup, announcing a number of initiatives including plans to ‘up-cycle’ or, ‘re-purpose’, their future base at the 35th America’s Cup venue.
The Team also announced partnerships with Pelle P, as the official clothing supplier and Cosworth Group, as technical supplier.
CORK – Day three of CORK OCR started off with an unstable easterly breeze in the Kingston harbour. After some waiting the wind switched to the South West and first races started just before 2pm.
This is the final day of racing for the Viper, F18, I14, Kona, RS:X and Bic 293 fleets. Michael Easton & Tripp Burd (NENSA) walk away with first place in the F18 Canadian Championship, Sandra Tartaglino & Alex Shafer (NENSA) and Anthony Boueilh &Maxime Loiselle (BDB) follow in second and third. The Vipers finish their event (Canadian & Great Lakes Championship) with 9 races. Steve Conger (CSYC) takes first place, only one point ahead of Steve Champman (BYC) in second. Darren Gilbert (FYC) takes third.
The boards were held ashore before heading to the racecourse as the wind filled in. Title of North American Kona Champion goes to Nevin Sayre (Vineyard Haven YC) with 8 bullets in 9 races. Second place goes to Andree Gauthier (TWC), followed by Rick Collins (BYC) in third. Jack Feder wins the Silver fleet and Anthony Swaelens (CVDM) raced as the only Bic 293 on the roster.
Competitors in the I14 Canadian Championship finish their event with 11 races on the scorecard. Ian Struthers & Dan Cunningham (RCYC) finished first overall, winning 7 of their 11 races. Jason Lemieux & Lauren Laventure (RCYC) and Greg Loffree & Ryan Gareth (RCYC) finished in second and third respectively. In the RS:X 8.5 fleet Laurence Bonneau-Charland(Multivoile) finishes first, followed by Fannie De Alcala (CVDM) who takes title of Canadian Youth Champion & Top Female and Caroline Emmanu De Alcala (CVDM). In the RS:X 9.5 fleet Gabriel Verner Paquette (CVDM) takes the top spot and Canadian Youth Champion title. Jean Sebastien Fugere (Multivoile) and Moahmed Elsafty finish second and third.
With two days of racing to go CST members lead on the single-handed course. In the Brenda Bowskill (RCYC) leads Radial fleet. In the Finn fleet CST sailor Martin Robitaille (RCYC/CVL) is in the lead. Cy Thompson (ISV) is leading the Lasers.
In skiff action CST members David Mori & Justin Barnes (RCYC) continue to Lead the 49er fleet, while teammates Arielle Morgan & Heather Myatt (RSTLYC) move into first in the FX fleet. Both fleets have two days of racing remaining.
505 WORLDS – Everyone can follow the 5O5 World Championship from wherever they are. You simply go to 505worlds2014.sapsailing.com to take a look at the live tracking and know who is leading the race. Sailors can analyze their performance on the water and commentators covering the regatta gets more insights than ever before. Check out how it’s done above! Or go to the 505 Worlds website HERE.
MELGES 32 – Congratulations are in full order for the youngest helm in the fleet – Dalton DeVos aboard Delta, along with Jonathan McKee as tactician and crew comprised of Morgan Reeser, Zach Hurst, his father Doug, John Wallace, Linda Lindquist-Bishop and Cody Schlub as they are the new Melges 32 U.S. National Champions. In second overall, one point behind is Ryan DeVos on Volpe. Double National Champ Jason Carroll aboard Argo finished out the podium in third.
The final day of racing was a solid down-to-the-wire occasion. Prior to the start, Ryan was ahead by three with Dalton in second and Carroll in third. With two final races scheduled, the fight for the trophy was on.
In Race Seven of an eight part series, Richard Goransson’s Inga From Sweden pulled to the front of the pack to lead the fleet around the track from start to finish. Goransson commented post racing, that in comparison to yesterday, he felt that they had great boat speed, hence why they excelled in the final two heats. Right behind, a serious battle for position between Dalton, Rob Wilber on Cinghiale, John Kilroy on Samba Pa Ti and Carroll ensued. Dalton, right at the line took the second place spot from Wilber who finished third, and Carroll pulled up to finish fourth. Kilroy was fifth, Ryan took sixth and Chris Wientjes’ Stormvogel had their best finish yet in seventh.
The set-up for the final race of the championship could not have been more intense. Dalton and Ryan now stood first and second with thirteen points each. Just after one o’clock, teams went racing for the final time with Dalton getting a great start off the pin end with Wientjes and Kilroy alongside. Proving that the left side paid big, Kilroy was first around the windward mark, followed by Dalton and Wientjes. At the gate, Dalton took over with Goransson in second, Kilroy third. Back upwind with a steady 10-15 knots of breeze, Kilroy regained the lead. Goransson was looking fast coming second when he rounded up on the hoist for a disastrous set for the final run to the finish. Kilroy was first across the line for his only race win of the series. Dalton won the championship coming second, followed by Ryan in third.
Awards were held post racing, publicly recognizing the crowning of the new champion. “This was such a great weekend.” commented Dalton. “This was one of the best events we’ve had. The racing conditions were great, the competition was intense and overall it was so much fun!”
WHAT’S UP NEXT?
The 2014 racing schedule carries on to the next destination – Miami. The Coconut Grove Sailing Club Cup happens on October 17-19, the Gold Cup takes place on November 7-9 and the Worlds happens on December 3-7.
TOP FIVE RESULTS (FINAL – After Eight Races, One Discard)
1.) Dalton DeVos/Jonathan McKee, Delta; 4--2-1-1-3-2-2 = 15
2.) Ryan DeVos/James Spithill, Volpe; 5-1-1-2-2-2--3 = 16
3.) Jason Carroll/Anthony Kotoun, Argo; 1-2-[10/DSQ]-4-7-4-4-4 = 26
4.) Richard Goransson/Morgan Larson, Inga From Sweden; 3-3-4-3--6-1-6 = 26
5.) Rob Wilber/Mike Buckley, Cinghiale; 6--3-5-3-1-3-5 = 26
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505 WORLDS – The first day of the SAP 505 World Championship finished with tricky conditions and strong winds out on the race course. Morten Bogacki and Lars Dehne reached the finish line as first team in the first race, second race of the day was won by Mike Hold and Rob Woelfel.
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