Yachting News 8th August 2009

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By Daphne Morgan Barnicoat

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(Photo credit: Carlo Borlenghi / Alinghi)

Hundreds of people came to bid farewell to Alinghi 5 as it was lifted off Lake Geneva by the giant Russian Mil Mi26 helicopter at 09:15 this morning, destination Genoa, Italy, for the next chapter of the Alinghi training programme towards the 33rd America’s Cup.

The mast and boat were flown the 270 kilometres down the Rhone Valley and across the Great Saint Bernard Pass into Italy; where the Mil Mi26 helicopter set Alinghi 5 down to refuel in Biella, before continuing on to Genoa where it landed at 14:30 outside the Yacht Club Italiano.

The Swiss team has completed several weeks of successful trials on its home waters and will continue training in Genoa for a period starting mid-August before travelling to Ras al-Khaimah, the America’s Cup Match Venue in the United Arab Emirates.

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(Photo credit: Carlo Borlenghi / Alinghi)

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Sydney to Hobart – SS Brindabella Package

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THE RACE:

Often included as one of the must do 10 things in people’s lives. Rated as one of the worlds most challenging yacht races. What a buzz on the dock at the CYCA with friends, family and media all in awe of you the offshore racing challenger. The start of the race provides a magnificent spectacle with media helicopters, hundreds of spectator boats and an estimated 600,000 people watching. Down the harbour and out the heads is a real rush. Having settled in, there will be a long haul down the east coast of Australia towards Eden, known as the jump off spot to cross the infamous 200nm Bass Strait. Onward down the east coast of Tasmania towards Storm Bay and then the fluky Derwent river finish. Over 600nm of fantastic competition.

DATES:

* Training starts on the 18th of December 2009 out of the CYCA at Rushcutters Bay on Sydney Harbour. The training will be for 5 days, which will also include an overnighter.
* Xmas eve and Xmas day are lay days.
* Race start 26th December 1300hours
* Race finish 28th December (approx)
* Party in Hobart 29 Dec – 2 Jan
* Return voyage to Sydney start 2 Jan (optional)
* ETA Sydney 6th Jan (optional)

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Cowes Week entries entries are slightly down, but despite the squeeze on sailors’ pockets, about 850 boats carrying up to 8,500 crew will still take part in around 300 races, contested by 40 different classes.

The Fastnet Race has attracted a fleet of big-boat contenders from overseas, most notably Beau Geste, the new Farr-designed IRC 80 built earlier this year for Hong Kong businessman Karl Kwok, with New Zealander Gavin Brady helming, and the Italian Luna Rossa, Patrizio Bertelli’s STP65 which will boast a selection of America’s Cup sailors.

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The Audi MedCup Circuit through the eyes of the sponsor

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Lothar Korn is the Head of Marketing Communications, AUDI AG. He is the direct contact for the German brand in sponsorship, and therefore, with the Audi MedCup Circuit.

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Some might say that being a car manufacturer and sponsoring sailing doesn’t make a lot of sense, but Korn knows the huge potential of this relationship between Audi and the world’s leading regatta Circuit.

Audi MedCup- How did the relationship between Audi and the MedCup Circuit start?
Lothar Korn- “The relationship between Audi and the MedCup started for us with a ‘training’ year when it was still the Breitling MedCup, when Audi supported as co-sponsor. Then we stepped in as the main sponsor, and made from the MedCup the Audi MedCup, which is now celebrating its second year.”

AM- What does sailing add to the image of Audi?
LK- “Sailing has a lot in parallel with the image of Audi. It can strengthen some aspects of our brand: if you look at the dynamism, at the elegance and the design of the boats, if you look at the technology… Audi is ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ –‘Lead through Technology’-, and technology is also very important for the MedCup too, it is a high-tech sports environment. Light weight plays an important role for the boats, they make good use of carbon, and so light weight is also one of Audi’s main strengths, so there are a lot of parallel elements.”

AM- Are you a sailor yourself?
LK- “I’m not a sailor, but I used to be a windsurfer, so I know a lot about the wind, the power of wind, the dynamism, about tactics a little bit, and I am very keen on sailing too.”

AM- Which aspects of sailing attract you the most, apart from speed?
LK- “Well, it’s the elegance and technology, in parallel with the design and technology approach of Audi, and of course it is the competition itself. We are a sporty brand and therefore we like sports where you have the competitive aspect as well.”

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NZL wins Women’s 420 World Champs

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New Zealand’s latest sailing World Champions are Alexandra Maloney and Bianca Barbrich-Bacher who have just won the Women’s 420 World Championship in Italy. (Image by Gianni Tommasoni)

New Zealand won silver in the Open 420 World Championship with Francisco Lardies and Finn Drummond finishing in second place behind the new title holders from Greece.

The 2009 Open and Women’s 420 World Championships have just concluded in Riva del Garda, Italy.

Maloney (17 years old) and Barbarich-Bacher (16 years old) clinched the Women’s title on the final day of racing having started the day lying second overall. A win, a 4th and a 16th in the three races sailed on the final day of the regatta was enough to put them nine points clear of Camilla Marino and Claudia Soricelli from Italy.
Alexandra Maloney and Bianca Barbarich-Bacher have twice represented New Zealand in the 420 class at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships. In both 2008 [29er class] and 2009 [420 class] they finished in 4th place. The pair represents the Murrays Bay Sailing Club on Auckland’s North Shore.

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Stars Line Up For EUROSAF European Match Racing Championship In Denmark
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EUROSAF European Match Racing Championships 2009
Middelfart, Denmark

On the eve of the EUROSAF European Match Racing Championships 2009, the scale of this regatta is becoming very clear.
With 32 of the best men’s and women’s teams from the highly competitive match racing world, there are 160 sailors before you even start counting the army of organising and administrative staff who are making this event happen in Middelfart, site of the world’s biggest purpose-built match racing venue, Match Race Denmark.

“We’ve got 18 umpires for this event,” says regatta chief Soren LAUGESEN. “We need them because I believe this is the biggest match racing event ever hosted. That’s what I’ve been told. We have worked hard to make sure that we have 12 boats in top condition, equally matched, and with a spare boat in each fleet. We are ready.”

The men’s teams will compete in DS37 Match Racers and the women in the smaller “match 28” keelboats. Competition is likely to be fierce. Indeed it was fierce even in practice today when two of the men’s teams lost their damage deposit after a collision. With 19 flights of races scheduled over the next two days of round robin competition, the race committee will have their work cut out keeping the regatta on track. However the men’s principal race officer Andreas KUCHLER didn’t anticipate any major problems. “They are all sailors of a high standard, so they will help us do our job as well as they can,” he said. He was more concerned about keeping the same weather as today. “If it could be like it was in practice then it would be perfect.” It was hot, sunny, and most importantly, blowing a pleasant Force 2-3.

The competitors from 20 nations are beginning to get the sense that not only is this event well organised but it is also going to be a lot of fun. LAUGESEN is expecting 10,000 spectators to watch the racing over the next four days, attracted to one of the most scenic parts of Denmark, and also to the Middelfart Jazz Fezztival which is taking place in the town nearby. “The racing will be very close to the shore, there’ll be live race commentary aimed at people who know nothing about sailing, there’ll be live GPS tracking and a jazz band playing, so we think people are going to have a good time here,” said LAUGESEN.

Nearly all the sailors and organizers are being accommodated in Hindsgavl Slot, a castle dating back to the 13th century but which today has been converted into a beautiful hotel. After a buffet meal, the competitors and organizers went to an open ceremony in the hotel grounds, where a four-cannon salute pronounced the EUROSAF European Match Racing Championship 2009 officially open.

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