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RC 44 – Cagliari

Apr 26, 2009 4 Comments by


BMW ORACLE Racing wins the fleet race event

and the overall Cagliari RC 44 Cup

Photo: Copyright Nico Martinez / RC 44 Class:

Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts, winners of the Cagliari RC 44 Cup

PRESS RELEASE – RC44 Championship Tour – Cagliari RC 44 Cup

There were no races in Cagliari today due to the lack of wind. Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts’ BMW ORACLE Racing are the grand winners of the event, ahead of Chris Bake’s Team Aqua and Igor Lah’s Ceeref.

April 26, 2009 – The wind carried on playing tricks with the Cagliari Cup organisers today. Despite a good forecast and some promising moments, Peter “Luigi” Reggio had no other option but to send all the teams back to port at 2:30 PM.
Winner of the fleet regatta, Larry Ellison’s BMW ORACLE Racing also grabs the Cagliari RC 44 Cup – the combined fleet & match race ranking – ahead of Chris Bake’s Team Aqua and Igor Lah’s Ceeref. Aqua, Ceeref and Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis finish the event on a tie, with seven points each; however the fleet race results are taken into account to separate the teams on equal points, hence offering the silver to Bake and the bronze to Lah.
The Cagliari RC 44 Cup has not offered a wide range of sailing conditions to the teams. Indeed, all the races have taken place in less than 12 knots of wind, and often in very light conditions. Nevertheless, the races have been exciting and the teams seem to be closer than ever. Also interesting to note that the results are very different from the last regatta in Puerto Calero, proving that the Class’s one-design concept gives equal chances to all the teams and that the newcomers have the opportunity to get excellent results, as shown this week by the Calero brothers and their team on board “Islas Canarias Puerto Calero”.
The next regatta will take place in Lake Traunsee, a mountain lake located in Austria, on May 27 – 31.

They said:

Larry Ellison, helmsman, BMW ORACLE Racing: “I am very happy, because it was really tough behind the wheel this week. The sailing conditions were tricky, but it was the same for all of us. The level in this Class is very tough, and the other owners are very experienced. The team did a great job, and Russell is a fantastic tactician.”

Russell Coutts, tactician, BMW ORACLE Racing: “The standard of the fleet is getting higher. Most of the teams have similar sails, and they use similar settings, which keeps all the boats very close from each other. This regatta was very difficult for the helmsmen, because of the waves and the light breeze. It is also an event that rewards the teams who work well together; those who manage to constantly adapt their settings to the mode required by the situation. I am absolutely convinced that the next regatta, on smooth water, will open opportunities to other teams.”

Chris Bake, helmsman, Team Aqua: “We were on good form and this is a nice follow through from the last event in Lanzarote. I am really happy with our team: everyone is very focused and cooperative; it’s a strong team, and we also have a very good time together. Cameron Appleton is the pillar of this team, he does a great job.”

René Mangold, helmsman, Team Austria: “The result is kind of what we expected for our first regatta. But I saw good signs and I know what we have done wrong. I am very happy that we have joined this circuit. Everyone has been helping us, all the teams are friendly; it is really great.”

Karol Jablonski, tactician, Organika: “We are quite happy with our result in the match race, because we are getting closer and closer to the best teams. We are definitely there. We still have some work to do in the fleet regatta, but we are coming together; we just need a little bit more time.”

Cagliari Cup, final results:

(Ranking, Name of team, match race, fleet race, total points)

1) BMW ORACLE Racing, 4, 1 – 5 points
2) Team Aqua, 5, 2 – 7 points
3) Ceeref, 3, 4 – 7 points
4) Artemis, 1, 6 – 7 points
5) Islas Canarias Puerto Calero, 6, 3 – 9 points
6) No Way Back, 2, 7 – 9 points
7) Team Sea Dubai, 8, 5, – 13 points
8) Team Organika, 7, 8 – 15 points
9) Team Austria, 9, 9 – 18 points

Fleet race, final results after four races:

(Ranking, name of team, helmsman, results, points)

1) BMW ORACLE Racing, Larry Ellison, 3, 1, 4, 1 – 9 points
2) Team Aqua, Chris Bake, 1, 4, 1, 3 – 9 points
3) Islas Canarias Puerto Calero, José Juan Calero, 2, 3, 5, 4 – 14 points
4) Team Ceeref, Igor Lah, 4, 2, 7, 2 – 15 points
5) Team Sea Dubai, Yousef Lahej, 5, 5, 2, 7 – 19 points
6) Artemis, Torbjorn Tornqvist, 7, 6, 3, 5 – 21 points
7) No Way Back, Pieter Heerema, 6, 9, 6, 8 – 29 points
8) Team Organika, Maciej Nawrocki, 9, 7, 9, 6 – 31 points
9) Team Austria, René Mangold, 7, 8, 8, 9 – 32 points

Match-race, final results after 9 flights:

1) Artemis, Dean Barker, 9/0, 9 points
2) No Way Back, Philippe Presti, 6/3, 1 penalty, 5 points
3) Ceeref, Sébastien Col, 6/3, 1 penalty, 5 points
4) BMW ORACLE Racing, Larry Ellison, 5/4, 5 points
5) Team Aqua, Cameron Appleton, 4/5, 4 points
6) Puerto Calero Islas Canarias, José Juan Calero, 2/7, 2 points
7) Team Organika, Karol Jablonski, 2/7, 2 points
8) Team Sea Dubai, Markus Wieser, 2/7, 2 points
9) Team Austria, Christian Binder, 1/8, 1 point

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Photos: Copyright Roberto Marci / RC 44 Class Association


PRESS RELEASE – RC44 Championship Tour – Cagliari RC 44 Cup

Team Aqua joins BMW ORACLE Racing on top of the Cagliari RC 44 fleet regatta

Two more difficult races were completed today. Thanks to a first and a third, Chris Bake and his team climbs up the top of the provisional leader board, alongside Larry Ellison and the BMW ORACLE Racing boys and ahead of the brilliant Spaniards from Puerto Calero Islas Canarias.

April 25, 2009 – The conditions were once again very difficult in Cagliari today, with a light and unstable breeze coupled with a strong chop. Team Aqua – who was second after day one – scored the best results with a first and a third, rejoining BMW ORACLE Racing on top of the provisional leader board. The juniors from Yacht Club Cagliari, who were the guest stars on board the RC 44’s, had a privileged view on what it feels like to sail a forty four footer in chop and light wind: tough for the nerves, very technical and unforgiving.
The first race of the day took place on the Eastern side of the gulf of Salinas and off the famous “Sella del Diavolo”, an impressive rock that looks – according to the locals – like the Devil’s saddle. The conditions were indeed diabolical for the helmsmen, sail trimmers and for the chief Race Officer Peter Reggio.
Chris Bake and his Team Aqua took a perfect start at the pin end of the line and carried on to the left of the course, tacking towards the windward mark in a controlling position. Artemis and Team Sea Dubai fought for the second place throughout the race. Showing great nerves against the “rock stars”, Sea Dubai’s Yousef Lahej managed to overtake Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis during the last downwind leg, grabbing a stunning second place. The RC 44’s remained very close throughout the race, swapping positions at every mark rounding. Despite an excellent start, Pieter Heerema’s No Way Back lost ground to finish sixth. The last four boats crossed the arrival line within ten seconds!
The breeze then died and the teams had to wait two hours until the next start, after motoring back to the usual racing area off Cagliari.
BMW ORACLE Racing chose the pin end of the line and sailed towards Cagliari’s impressive cliffs range, benefiting from a nice right shift and good pressure to take the lead ahead of Puerto Calero Islas Canarias and Aqua. Despite promising signs that led some of the teams to choose a smaller jib, the wind started to drop once again. It then suddenly shifted massively to the right during the last leg, increasing to 12-15 knots and making it difficult for some of the teams to cross the line under their asymmetrical spinnakers without broaching. Luckily the shift didn’t have any effect on the ranking. BMW ORACLE won the race ahead of Ceeref, Team Aqua and Puerto Calero.
The Race Committee then bravely tried to launch a third regatta, moving the course again and again before announcing the inevitable return to the harbour.
Tomorrow’s races will start one hour earlier than today. The plan is to sail two normal courses and the coastal race DHL Trophy. According to PredictWind, the conditions should be better than today. However all weather models have had difficulties to predict the local breezes.

They said:

José Juan Calero, helmsman, Puerto Calero Islas Canarias: “It was harder today than yesterday. But I am very happy because we were eighth of the first race after our awful start and we managed to climb back up to fifth. We then had a good second race. I found it very difficult to drive the boat today and I am happy that we managed to maintain our third place overall.”

Torbjorn Tornqvist, helmsman, Artemis: “I didn’t think that the steering was too difficult despite the waves and light wind. I think the main issue was tactical. I am not entirely satisfied with my day. We had a good first race, following an excellent start. But then we struggled to find the favoured side of the course.”

Pieter Heerema, helmsman, Team No Way Back: “We took two good starts and our speed was good, but we went in the wrong direction. It was very difficult to read the course and we obviously got it wrong. We also had a small jib in the second race, so we were completely underpowered. The good news is that we are much faster than we were in Lanzarote, and that we are getting more confident with the boat.”

Noel Drennan, trimmer, BMW ORACLE Racing: “It was a very difficult day for the trimmers and the helmsmen but it worked out very well between Daniel Fong, Larry Ellison and myself; we had a good combination. I was watching out of the boat, looking out for big waves and wind shifts. We also took very good starts, which obviously helped.
We kept an eye on team Aqua and Ceeref throughout the day, but the conditions made it difficult to control properly.”

Fleet race, provisional results after four races:

(Ranking, name of team, helmsman, results, points)

1)    BMW ORACLE Racing, Larry Ellison, 3, 1, 4, 1 – 9 points
2)    Team Aqua, Chris Bake, 1, 4, 1, 3 – 9 points
3)    Puerto Calero Islas Canarias, José Juan Calero, 2, 3, 5, 4 – 14 points
4)    Team Ceeref, Igor Lah, 4, 2, 7, 2 – 15 points
5)    Team Sea Dubai, Yousef Lahej, 5, 5, 2, 7 – 19 points
6)    Artemis, Torbjorn Tornqvist, 7, 6, 3, 5 – 21 points
7)    No Way Back, Pieter Heerema, 6, 9, 6, 8 – 29 points
8)    Team Organika, Maciej Nawrocki, 9, 7, 9, 6 – 31 points
9)    Team Austria, René Mangold, 7, 8, 8, 9 – 32 points

Photos: Copyright Roberto Marci / RC 44 Class:

PRESS RELEASE – RC44 Championship Tour – Cagliari RC 44 Cup

Dean Baker and Artemis undefeated in the Cagliari RC 44 match race contest

Team Artemis scores an impressive 9 / 0 and wins the match race event ahead of No Way Back, Ceeref and BMW ORACLE Racing; all three on a tie with five points each.

April 23, 2009 – Showing great mastery of the tricky air conditions, and superb boat handling, Dean Barker and his crew on board Artemis have exploded out of the blocks, winning all of their matches and the overall ranking ahead of Philippe Presti and Sébastien Col.
Today will be remembered as the longest, and certainly one of the hardest match-racing days in the RC 44 Championship Tour history. The racing started on schedule, under a blue sunshine and with a very light breeze. It finished eight hours later under a stunning red sky and with a lovely 10-12 knots breeze. Race Officer Peter Reggio had to postpone racing on several occasions, re-establishing the course according to the wind variations. Luckily it all finished well, with fantastic sailing conditions and great matches.
On great form, Dean Barker managed to win the first start – and match – of the day despite being dominated by Cameron Appleton’s Team Aqua in the pre-start. Reacting one second too late at the crucial moment, Appleton let his fellow citizen escape and win the race.
All other teams opposed to Barker and his “fab-seven” were to suffer the same fate later on in the day, succumbing to Barker’s aggressiveness, perfect positioning and great tactics. The best example was the match between Artemis and Ceeref. The Slovenian team, with Seb Col at the helm, was in the lead but Barker and his team kept pushing harder and harder until Ceeref made a first mistake, touching the windward mark, before getting a second “killing” penalty a few minutes later.
Also well inspired however unable to beat Artemis, Team Puerto Calero bravely tempted everything against Artemis during the fifth flight but could only humbly congratulate their opponent past the arrival line: there was nothing to do against this team today.
The racing became really interesting in the middle of the afternoon, once the breeze had established itself. At this stage, four teams were in a position to grab the second overall spot: Ceeref (Sébastien Col), No Way Back (Philippe Presti), Team Aqua (Cameron Appleton) and BMW ORACLE Racing (Larry Ellison). As the day went by, the sailors’ muscles started to hurt and concentration and focus became the deciding factors for victory. Team Aqua, who was struggling to adapt to the new Class rule regarding bowsprit management – and its consequences on crew work – struggled in the end of the day and let the three others fight for the podium. Both No Way Back and Ceeref had the best run, winning one more match then BMW ORACLE Racing; they were however both penalised for a light touch against one of their opponents. As a consequence, they finished on a tie with the American team. Ceeref had beaten Oracle, who had beaten No Way Back, who had beaten Ceeref whilst the three teams had been beaten by Aqua… It took the Jury a while to listen to – and reject – Ceeref’s request for redress, and announce that No Way Back was second overall, ahead of Ceeref and BMW ORACLE Racing.
Many other extraordinary matches took place today. Team Austria won its first ever match race, against Puerto Calero. This is with no doubt only the start for this promising team. Team Sea Dubai also had its moment of glory, beating BMW ORACLE Racing and Team Austria. As for the craziest match of the day, it was with no doubt the one between No Way Back and Organika; a fabulous fight that looked more like a boxing match than a regatta.
Organika, team Sea Dubai and Puerto Calero also finished the day on a tie, illustrating how close racing is in the RC 44 Class.
The fleet regatta starts tomorrow morning. It promises to be another fantastic event.

They said:

Dean Barker, helmsman, Artemis: “I am really pleased. We worked really hard on our speed and crew work. It takes time, but it has paid off and it is great for the team. We had some really close races today, but we tried to always keep the pressure. It was a long day, with bits of waiting in the middle which made it hard to keep the focus.”

Philippe Presti, helmsman, No Way Back: “This was a very long day and very hard mentally, but I am extremely pleased with the way it went. The team was great, and everyone remained focus all along, showing a great desire to win. We have made enormous progress as a team. We sailed in many different configurations today, sometimes at the contact and sometimes just trying to make our best out of the conditions. The team showed a great capacity to adapt to those different situations.”

Daniel Fong, jib trimmer, BMW ORACLE Racing: “The wind was changing a lot today, which made it sometimes hard to find the right sail for the right race. We also had to constantly adapt our trimming, which was tough; we had to constantly keep an eye out of the boat. But we did pretty well. There is just one match, against Team Sea Dubai, which we should have won. Other than this, we are quite happy with our day.”

Ben Graham, grinder, Team Aqua: “Today was tough physically. It wasn’t too windy but the boats were fully powered, and finesse in trimming was essential. We needed to adapt constantly.”

Match-race, final results after 9 flights:

1) Artemis, Dean Barker, 2/0, 2 points
2) No Way Back, Philippe Presti, 6/3, 1 penalty, 5 points
3) Ceeref, Sébastien Col, 6/3, 1 penalty, 5 points
4) BMW ORACLE Racing, Larry Ellison, 5/4, 5 points
5) Team Aqua, Cameron Appleton 4/5, 4 points
6) Puerto Calero Islas Canarias, José Juan Calero, 2/7, 2 points
7) Team Organika, Karol Jablonski 2/7, 2 points
8) Team Sea Dubai, Markus Wieser, 2/7, 2 points
9) Team Austria, Christian Binder, 1/8, 1 point

PRESS RELEASE – RC44 Championship Tour – Cagliari RC 44 Cup

Tricky conditions on day one of the Cagliari RC 44 match race contest

Two flights could be completed on day one of the Cagliari Cup match race event. The winners of the day are Team Puerto Calero Islas Canarias, undefeated, and No Way Back, who managed to beat the match race champion Ceeref. Team Aqua, Artemis and BMW ORACLE Racing are also unbeaten.

April 22, 2009 – The first day of the Cagliari RC 44 Cup proved to be tricky for the navigators as well as the race organiser’s nerves. Indeed, big black clouds started building up over Cagliari early in the afternoon, forcing Race Officer Peter Reggio to send everyone home after the two first flights. The nine RC 44’s then sailed back out once the shower and thunder were gone, but only for a short time as the next threatening weather system was arriving fast.

The first flight saw fairly easy victories from Team Aqua, BMW ORACLE Racing and Puerto Calero against respectively Team Sea Dubai, Team Austria and Team Organika. The most interesting match was the one opposing Team No Way Back and Artemis. The two teams kept in contact all along, showing how much the Dutch have improved since the last regatta. Both boats arrived together at the last windward mark, and went into a spectacular dial up that turned out to Dean Barker’s advantage. Despite loosing the race, Philippe Presti and his crew onboard No Way Back got the proof that their long training session in Lanzarote had paid off. They would soon have another confirmation of their progress.

Indeed, sailing in the second flight against the favourite of the match race contest, Ceeref, with Sébastien Col at the helm, No Way Back managed to control most of the regatta, loosing the lead shortly during the second beat but regaining it in the last downwind leg to win the race. Not many RC 44 teams can say that they have beaten Ceeref in a match; No Way Back’s owner Pieter Heerema can tick this one in his list of achievements.

Team Puerto Calero, Artemis and Aqua are unbeaten after two races. BMW ORACLE Racing is also unbeaten; however after sailing only one match, against Team Austria.

Seven flights remain for the 9 teams assembled for this second event of the RC 44 Championship Tour. Peter Reggio will certainly impose an intense rhythm tomorrow. The racing is due to start at 11:30.

They said:

Pieter Heerema, owner, No Way Back: “I am happy because we seem to be more in the race than before. We trained very hard after the last regatta and it has paid off. We had a good session in Lanzarote with Team Puerto Calero; we tuned up together and progressed a lot. We will do the same n16ext month with the Austrians. It is an apprenticeship for all of us. We are learning a lot. At this stage, I am convinced that it is more important for us to spend a week sailing than to buy new sails.”

José Maria Ponce, helmsman, Team Puerto Calero Islas Canarias: “We took very good starts and managed to control the rest of the two races against Organika and Sea Dubai. We had a good speed, which is partly the result of our training session with No Way Back. We tested some trimmings, sails, configurations etc. It was extremely useful.”

Christian Binder, helmsman, Team Austria: “I have been trying to play it too safely today. We took good starts, but just a little bit behind our opponents; then we tried to hunt but our speed wasn’t very good in this light wind. We also had problems with our drop line. We will make a big debriefing tonight to see what we can improve.”

Match-race, provisional results after 2 flights (out of 9):

(Name of team, helmsman, No of victories / defeats, points)

1) Puerto Calero Islas Canarias, José Juan Calero, 2/0, 2 points
1) Team Aqua, Cameron Appleton 2/0, 2 points
1) Artemis, Dean Barker, 2/0, 2 points
4) BMW ORACLE Racing, Larry Ellison, 1/0, 1 point
5) No Way Back, Philippe Presti, 1/1, 1 point
6) Ceeref, Sébastien Col, 0/1, 0 point
7) Team Organika, Karol Jablonski 0/2, 0 point
7) Team Sea Dubai, Markus Wieser, 0/2, 0 point
9) Team Austria, Christian Binder, 0/2, 0 point
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