Yachting News 12th September 2009

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Greetings yachties

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World Match Racing Tour – Denmark,

BlackMatch,

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Trophée Clairefontaine 2009,

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup,

Rolex Big Boat Series – Melges 32,

Dame Ellen MacArthur Round Britian Voyage,

Robin Lee Graham,

Challenge JuliusBaer 2009,

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Genova, 11/09/2009 Alinghi Young Sailors visiting Alinghi base in Genova
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Twenty youth sailors from the Yacht Club Italiano visited Alinghi’s temporary base at the Amico boatyard in Genoa,Italy, yesterday.

The young athletes were accompanied by Edoardo Bianchi, a two-time Olympic competitor in the Tornado class, and their coaches Gigi Audizio, Anna Barabino and Alessandro Saettone. The kids visited the base and watched Alinghi 5 in action. “Seeing Alinghi 5 sailing and taking a close look at how a team like this works was really exiting and interesting; for many of us the America’s Cup is a secret dream,” said one of the guests.

The Swiss Defender has almost completed six-weeks of sea trials in Genoa with its giant catamaran, Alinghi 5, and next week the boat will be loaded on a cargo ship bound for Ras al-Khaimah in the UAE, host to the 33rd America’s Cup.

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Friday, September 11, 2009
What a week. From the highs of departing Mooloolaba, my home port, with family, friends and media waving me off, to the incredible turn of events soon after.

I think it’s fair to say that there aren’t many people left that haven’t heard about the incident on Tuesday night. Basically, Ella’s Pink Lady was hit by a 225 meter long bulk carrier just before 2:00am causing damage to the hull, breaking the mast in two and destroying the rigging. Ella’s Pink Lady was running navigation lights and collision avoidance equipment, but I can’t go into further details as we currently have three different departments investigating the collision.

The big thing is that I’m safe and well and that although Ella’s Pink Lady has suffered some pretty bad damage, it’s all repairable.

I won’t play it down. It was a pretty scary and dangerous incident. The sound of Ella’s Pink Lady being scraped along the hull of a 63,000 tonne ship isn’t something that I’m likely to ever forget. But at the same time I’m proud of the way the whole team handled the situation. From my first call back to base everything was under control, and looking back it was amazing to see years of planning for such an emergency click into place.

Up to this point I had only ever been able to read about and discuss what to do in such a situation. So in many ways it was really comforting to know that I was able to keep a completely cool head and instinctively know what needed to be done.

After we separated, there was quite a bit of work clearing the deck, which looked a lot like war zone, before starting up the engine and motoring into the nearest port, Southport.

Has it put me off? Well no, I’m as determined as ever, and to be honest if an incident like this had put me off I can’t have been very serious about it to begin with. More than anything it taught us all an amazing amount about how tight the team is and just how prepared I am.

The media and public interest over the collision has been overwhelming. When the news got out (very quickly) I had choppers following me all day, a fleet of boats to escort me in and hundreds of people standing on the break waters. Thank you to everyone who came out to support me.

Although I did not require assistance, the Rescue Coordination Centre (in Canberra) was very supportive and the Gold Coast Water Police did an amazing job of helping me through the mayhem of media and spectator boats to the marina.

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Sunshine Coast skipper Jessica Watson, 16, limps into the Gold Coast Seaway to repair her yacht after colliding with a bulk carrier off North Stradbroke Island. September 9, 2009. Jessica enters the Seaway with a crowd waiting to see her.

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Jessica Watson survives collision, still wants to sail around the world alone

September 11, 2009 |  4:29 pm

JessAustralian sailor Jessica Watson stated today on her blog: “I think it’s fair to say that there aren’t many people left that haven’t heard about the incident on Tuesday night.”

In case you missed it, Watson, aboard a 34-foot yacht on which she hopes to sail around the world, was involved in a collision with a 700-foot cargo freighter during what was supposed to be a 10-day test-run from Mooloolaba, Australia, to Sydney, Australia.

Fortunately, the 16-year-old, who aspires to become the youngest person to sail around the planet alone, was not injured. However, her vessel, Ella’s Pink Lady, suffered damage to its rigging and hull and a broken mast. That is likely to delay her planned late-September departure.

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THE WAITING GAME

Competitors had a long wait before suitable conditions allowed for racing to get underway today in Aarhus, Denmark

Aarhus, Denmark, 11 September 2009 – Conditions off Aarhus took an even more extreme turn for the second day of the Danish Open, organised by the Royal Danish Yacht Club. While competitors awoke to dense fog off Marselisborg Havn, this was burning off by the time battle commenced mid-morning.

The surprise race in flight nine of the round robin was when America’s Cup and match racing veteran Peter Gilmour and his YANMAR Racing team were dispatched by 49er Olympic gold medallist, match racing newbie, Jonas Warrer.

“He did a very good job,” admitted Gilmour. “He was very early for the start and did a very good job of slowing down in the light conditions and thumped us off the start line. So we were seven or eight boat lengths behind to start with. Then wherever he went it was good for him and wherever we went it wasn’t good for us. So that lead extended and it wasn’t until the end of the race that we started to get back close enough to him. But they held off very nicely, congratulations to them. He sailed very coolly for someone new into match racing. It wasn’t intimidated at all, it was very nice to see.”

Unfortunately after this one flight was sailed the wind shut down, the northwesterly gradient wind fighting the southeast sea breeze. The crews waited. All the boats came in and there was more waiting. Lunch time in the tent overlooking the race area was accompanied by no wind, the air so still that you could hear a pin drop on the opposite side of the marina. More waiting. It was not until 6pm local time, just as the crews were considering heading back to the hotel the entire Danish Open entourage is staying in, that finally the gradient northwesterly re-established and the signal came to get afloat again.

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Hi all from BlackMatch,

When the fog eventually lifted on a cold morning here in Aarhus a light offshore breeze only lasted long enough for the race committee to get away one flight, before completely shutting down for the day. A long wait ensued, and just as the teams were ready to take advantage of the free bar, the light offshore returned and the teams were sent out on the water at 6pm. The race committee managed to get away three more flights in difficult conditions, and we were involved in the final two.

Our first was against current Olympic 49er Gold medallist Jonas Warrer, who despite not having a lot of match racing experience has managed to take victories from some of the top teams here. After our day to forget yesterday we knew we couldn’t afford any more mistakes and sailed well to take a much needed victory.

Our second race was against Peter Gilmour, and after some extremely close racing last week in St Moritz against the old timer, today proved to be no different. After an even prestart small gains up the beginning of the first beat saw us achieve a small advantage, however with the top mark very close to the marina breakwater keeping any lead was very difficult. Gilmour managed to close the gap to within a boat length on the final run, before he gybed away for the boat end of the finish line. We had chosen the pin as the favoured end, and continued that way; fortunately we were correct and held on to take a narrow victory.

Our score card now stands at three wins, four losses, but we still have a lot of work to do tomorrow to stand any chance of making the semi finals. However if we continue to sail like we did today we have every opportunity to still be racing on Sunday.

Thanks again to FedEx and Emirates Team New Zealand and also the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, who are represented by two teams this week, the second being Waka Racing helmed by Phil Robertson.

BlackMatch is Adam Minoprio, David Swete, Nick Blackman, Tom Powrie, and this week local talent Mads Elber, standing in for the injured Dan Mclean.

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Loïck Peyron has won seven times the Trophée Clairefontaine and is back this year to race his nineteenth trophée of twenty editions.
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La Grande Motte, Thursday 10 September – Stéphan Rossignol, Mayor of La Grande Motte and Jean-Marie Nusse (CEO of Les Papeteries de Clairefontaine), welcomed today at noon the eight champions and their crew of this twentieth Trophée Clairefontaine which will be held for the first time in this natural Sailing Stadium, on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th of September. Two training days are scheduled for the eight sailing stars. Free training sessions this afternoon and the Warm-up Rhodia tomorrow at 2.30pm, with eight legs scheduled in 120 minutes, are organised in order for all of them to rehearse for the official show starting on Saturday at 11.00am.

The four major French oceanic sailing stars are here. The quality of the show will be as highly expected for this twentieth edition. One more time, the only regatta in the world mixing sailors from the different sailing disciplines, on equal footing on a spectacular catamaran, will be full of suspense.

Pascal Bidégorry, invited at La Grande Motte for his swift Atlantic crossing (3 days 15 hours and 25 minutes) and the 24-hour record he demolished at the same time (908 nautical miles) at the helm of the maxi tri Banque Populaire V, arrived early this morning. Also arriving from Nantes, in the same plane, Loïck Peyron, seven-time winner of the Trophée Clairefontaine and third of the 2008 edition, arrived at La Grande Motte Yacht Club to take part in his nineteen trophée out of twenty organised.

Franck Cammas, our third tenor, former holder of the Atlantic crossing record onboard the giant tri Groupama 3 and double winner of the Trophée Clairefontaine, met the rest of the troop a bit later in the morning.

Our fourth tenor, Michel Desjoyeaux, crossed the finish line of the second leg of the Istanbul Europa Race at the helm of Foncia while the rest of the troop was arriving at La Grande Motte. With a second victory in the Vendée Globe this year, Michel Desjoyeaux could not say no to the challenge of a fifth Trophée Clairefontaine title to be added to his record of achievement.

The four tenors will be accompanied by a talented choir. Four skilled soloists who will certinly show what they are capable of.

On the Olympic sailing side, the most recent Tornado Gold medallist, Spaniard Fernando Echavarri, last summer%u2019s winner in China on his Olympic catamaran is here to make his premiere as vocalist at the Trophée Clairefontaine. Nicolas Charbonnier, invited last year in Spain for his Silver medal in 470 at the Beijing Olympic Games, and finished second of the trophée which was quite an achievement as he did not know the support at all. He is back this year with even more ambition to beat his last record.

Yann Eliès and his classmates from the Figaro Bénéteau Class: Nicolas Troussel, winner of La Solitaire du Figaro 2008 and Nicolas Bérenger, who lives in La Grande-Motte, are also here with lots of rhythm.

German Boris Herrmann, who won the first edition of the Portimão Global Ocean Race around-the-world race through the three capes onboard a Class40 racing yacht (12.20m), will discover this funny regatta of less than ten minutes which makes the Trophée Clairefontaine so different from other sailing competitions.

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WAITING AND WATCHING

September 11, 2009

The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2009 heads into its final day with the division leaders poised to take their place on the victory podium. Velsheda (GBR) in Cruising/Spirit of Tradition has locked out the opposition and is unbeatable. Whisper (IRL) in Mini Maxi Racing/Cruising put one foot wrong today, but still looks to be secure. Y3K (GER) in Wally is another looking purposefully forward rather than nervously behind, while Alfa Romeo (NZL) and Bella Mente (USA) in Mini Maxi Racing (Owner/Driver) know there is all to play for. Roma (ITA) in Racing/Cruising approached the precipice of despair today and will have to have better luck tomorrow if she is not to topple over.

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The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup fleet were divided into two main groups today. One batch undertook a coastal course, whilst the other some short course racing. Most of the overnight leaders put in good or reasonable performances and even those that had difficult days did enough to maintain their positions at the head of their standings. Only in Mini Maxi Racing 00 do we have a new leader in the form of Ràn (GBR).

Cruising/Spirit of Tradition, Racing & Racing Cruising and Mini Maxi Racing/Cruising embarked on a 25-mile lap that took the yachts to a windward mark, before bearing off towards Monaci. A spinnaker run down into the channel and the turn at Secca di tre Monti was followed by a reach through Passo delle Bisce, which widened as the yachts headed on to the bottom mark of the course at Mortoriotto allowing the adventurous to set their spinnakers a second time. The final leg was a fetch back to the finish off Porto Cervo with the usual hitch into Pevero just before the line. Conditions were blissful. Bright sun, reasonable breeze that held through the majority of the course; all sailed on a chop that kept the foredeck crews nimble on their toes.

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There were a number of vantage points to catch the fleet engaged on the coastal course. One of the best was certainly the rocky outcrop that is Isola dei Monaci just as the Cruising/Spirit of Tradition Class thundered past trying hard to avoid flattening the Mini Maxi Racing/Cruising, which had the fortune or misfortune, depending upon one’s viewpoint, to arrive at the same time. From a spectator’s standpoint it was just a wonderful spectacle, well worth the hassle of a flying leap from a bucking rib onto the abrasive granite piercing through the waves. Given it was lunchtime too; the timing was perfect for twenty minutes or so of entertainment.

Possibly, though, the next location was the best. At first all you see is the house pennant poking above the rock, moving as if some child is running across the uneven cliff top with a flag in hand. Slowly at first, but with gathering pace an expanse of khaki Kevlar starts to appear. Then you sense the noise, initially just the groaning strain of an easing sheet followed the sound of water being pushed dismissively aside. This is the approach of the J Class Velsheda to Capo Faro, the southern edge of the Passo delle Bisce. The highest point of Capo Ferro is 46 metres; Velsheda’s mast is 56 metres, so no contest on the height front. Except from a rib it takes a while to assimilate the information rushing towards you and to register the size of yacht involved.

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In Racing & Racing/Cruising, Karl Kwok’s 80-foot Beau Geste (HKG) was first to round Monaci. She ate the course to day as if it were no more filling than an antipasti. This is a boat that flies, completing the 25 nautical mile course in 10 minutes under the two-hour mark. Beau Geste is an awe-inspiring sight from the water. On the boat it has the feeling of a powerboat, and the sensation of speed is real and enjoyable, as Francesco de Angelis, tactician onboard, explains; “I’ve sailed for many years on different, heavier boats. This is a lot of fun. She is a big boat but you sail like it’s a small one because you need the weight in the proper place and you need to manoeuvre well. But she is user-friendly and speed is your friend with this yacht. She is as surefooted as an all-wheel drive. You permanently feel under control.” Interestingly, de Angelis says the crew are still getting accustomed to her ways and how hard to push her. He does not think we have seen all of Beau Geste’s potential just yet.

Amongst the Racing/Cruising yachts, Roma-Aniene still leads the standings, after a day that saw her lose her mainsail immediately after the start. Sailing the course under storm trysail might be different, but it relegated her to the role of walking wounded and into last place in the day’s race results. DSK Pioneer Investments (ITA) took the bullet and is now level on points with Roma, but with a discard coming into play tomorrow it will take another disastrous day on Roma to deny her the title. Andrea Casale, the tactician on DSK, acknowledges the unlikelihood of securing victory, but is pleased to be putting up a fight, “we’ve had our best, cleanest and steadiest day. We had an easy life because of the problem to Roma’s mainsail just after the starting line. It’s good to go into the last race with a little chance. It is good motivation for the crew to think they could win.” In his closing remarks, Casale revealed the sporting nature of the contest this week commenting that if results do not go their way tomorrow he would be happy to see the crew of Roma win.

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In the Cruising/Spirit of Tradition it was Ronald de Waal and Velsheda’s day yet again. They have wrapped up this division and have no need to sail tomorrow to win. But they will and we will be treated to another enthralling chance to watch a historic yacht charge at full tilt around the Porto Cervo racing grounds. Charles Dunstone’s Hamilton II (GBR) took second on handicap, and lies in second overnight on equal points with Hasso Plattner’s Visione (GER), which finished third. Bouwe Bekking, a six-times round the world racer in the Whitbread and Volvo is onboard Visione for the week and gave a brief insight to the differences racing a boat over twice the length of his usual steed, “first and foremost it’s a beautiful boat below and on-deck, so we have to be very careful with the sail-handling. In general, because it’s bigger we take a lot longer with manoeuvres. The biggest spinnaker is 1500 square metres and takes two-minutes to hoist and then you have to get the sock off. Dropping the spinnaker can take three-minutes. Otherwise, the boat has seven metres draft so with all the rocks it is a little nerve-racking. You do not cut any corners and take a wide berth of every rock around the course.”

Mick Cotter’s Whisper has all but sewn up Mini Maxi Racing/Cruising despite a fifth place today. Her closets rival Aegir (GBR) is five points behind and when the throw out comes into play tomorrow it will take a bigger implosion on the part of Cotter and his crew to lose their hard fought lead. Brian Benjamin, owner of Aegir, is more than satisfied though, “we’ve been coming here for four years and had our first second-place in a race on Tuesday and today bettered that with our first first-place finish. Our best overall result has been fourth, so being in second at this stage is fantastic.” Aegir will have to sail smart tomorrow. She is locked on 13-points with OPS 5 (ITA) going into the last race.

The Mini Maxi Racing Division took on two more windward/leeward courses of 10.8 miles each. The wind was northerly and around 12 knots for the first race, dropping as low as 8 knots for the second. It was a tricky day, complicated by a 1.5 metre choppy sea-state. With the breeze favouring the right side of the course and a significant current influencing the left, the strategic-planning departments at the back of each boat were on a heightened state of alert for opportunities to gain and possibilities to lose. Keeping two steps ahead was a necessary part of the game. Ràn ran away with the ball in the Overall Mini Maxi 00 Division posting two wins to Alfa Romeo’s 2, 6 score line and Niklas Zennstrom holds a three-point advantage, with a discard already in play. Robert Scheidt, Torben Grael and Nacho Postigo on Luna Rossa (ITA) made amends for yesterday’s car-crash, scoring 5, 2 to lock themselves in third place. Hap Fauth and Bella Mente lie in fourth place in 00, but in second in the all-important Owner/Driver Classification, only one-point adrift of Alfa Romeo, which had a run in with Andres Soriano’s Alegre (GBR) during the second of today’s races.

The Wally division twice took on the same windward/leeward course. Lindsay Owen Jones’ Magic Carpet (GBR) with an afterguard triumvirate of Tony Rey, Tom Whidden and Marcel van Triest put in a commanding performance to take two victories. Not enough to put her in contention for the overall prize, where Y3K’s dominance remains. Claus Peter Offen’s latest yacht looks to be as competitive as his previous and holds a five-point lead over Thomas Bscher’s Open Season (GER). Rey admitted they were turning it around a little late, but the crew were pleased with the effort, “today played to our strengths and we had two really nice results. I had a lot of confidence in the crew to get the sails up and down, so we could sail the boat assertively. We’re always looking for podium finish every time we go racing and could make the top three. Magic carpet has always had a bit of magic to it when she comes racing here and guys are all pumped to go racing tomorrow.” So watch out J One.

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Friday, September 11, 2009

I have just sailed the first two days as tactician on the TP 52 Flash. We won the day in our class today with a 3, 1 which puts us in second place overall in IRC A. Vincitore with Chris Dickson steering got a 2, 4 today and is in first overall by 3 points in our class. Samba Pa Ti, our Trans Pac rival, is in 3rd in our class.

I am flying to Spain tonight to join the crew of Artemis for the last event in the Audi Med Cup circuit. This event is going to be raced in Cartagena Spain the original port of the Spanish fleet.

It was a lot of fun for me to race in the Rolex Big Boat Series in my home town. I rarely get to sail in this event as I am usually in Europe at this time of year. I love to sail on the bay. It is still the best sailing stadium in the world!! Bar none!

So good luck to my Flash teammates for the remaining 3 races.

I will start writing from Cartagena in a few days.

Spectacular Day Of Melges 32 Racing Unfolds In San Francisco

At 2009 U.S. National Championship

San Francisco, Calif. (September 10) – It just doesn’t get much better than this. Moderate breeze, flat water, nice temps and some really competitive, high-powered one-design racing on San Francisco Bay, that is the 2009 Rolex Big Boat Series | Melges 32 U.S. National Championship hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club. Five incredible teams hit the course to vie for yet another major regatta title. Leading the charge is Andy Lovell (New Orleans, La.) on USA-136 Rougarou.

Racing kicked off on time under beautiful conditions. Out of the gate with what appeared to be an almost immediate lead, Lovell was quick to tack to the right with Stephen Pugh (Sausalito, Calif.) on USA-158 Taboo alongside. On the left, but not for long was recently crowned North American Champion Don Jesberg (San Francisco, Calif.) on USA-162 Viva alongside of Philippe Kahn (San Francisco, Calif.) on USA-166 Pegasus 32 and fleet newcomer Pat Hughes (Davenport, Minn.) on USA-125 Melvin. Jesberg was quick to split to the right while Hughes and Kahn tried to figure out the city front. For first-time charterer Hughes, Melges 32 racing is far different than anything he has ever sailed before. “We had a lot of fun. It took the first race to get up to speed, but we were better in the second race.” said Hughes with a huge smile. “I’m really used to sailing Scows and obviously this boat is a lot heavier with a lot more load on the tiller. Which means you have to hold it straight to go fast. I’m definitely looking forward to more tomorrow.”

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Throughout American history, many people who found success at a young age were the result of parents supporting their goals. Such was the case with Robin Lee Graham, a 16-year-old boy who dreamed of sailing around the world in 1965. “At first, he hoped to find a companion to share the adventure, but few schoolboys have parents as lenient as were Robin’s mother and father. Then he made up his mind to do it alone, just as had Captain Slocum back in 1895-1898. But where Slocum had made his voyage at the end of a long career at sea, Robin would be doing it at the beginning of his, and if successful he would become the youngest person ever to sail alone around the world.” [from Don Holm’s The Circumnavigators, chapter 34.]

Growing up in Morro Bay, California, Robin was no stranger to sailing. He first learned how to sail an 8-foot dinghy at age 10. When he was 13, Robin’s dad sold his home and construction business to take the family on a 13-month sailing trip through the South Pacific aboard their 36-foot ketch, Golden Hind. No classroom could ever come close to imparting the skills, knowledge, and self-confidence that Robin gained from that experience. “During that cruise, his father had taught him seamanship, celestial navigation, shipboard maintenance, and all the other skills so vital to bluewater voyaging. Robin was a good student, and along with his lessons, he acquired a deep love for the sea and sailing.” [Holm, chapter 34.]

Robin had already been restless at school and bored by traditional book-learning. After taking a year off during his family’s excursion, those feelings intensified and sailing became an obsession. He yearned to see the world and get away from the regimented society in which he lived. Robin wanted to do something different, special, and totally his own. When Robin dropped out of school and attempted to run away from home, his father said, “I figured if I didn’t help him to do it right, he’d do it on his own in a leaky boat.” So Robin’s dad purchased and outfitted a 24-foot sloop, Dove, for his son.

Robin’s father had once dreamed of undertaking an around-the-world voyage himself, so he understood how his son felt. Robin’s mother, on the other hand, wasn’t quite so keen on the idea. Single-handed sailing is hard enough, but sailing alone around the world? The goal is simple, and yet it’s a difficult ordeal of at least 21,000 miles and many months. While circumnavigating the globe is one of the oldest challenges of all time, it has cost even some of the most experienced sailors their lives. More adventurers have actually traveled into space than sailed solo around the earth, and only a handful of people have done it under the age of 20.

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06.09.2009 – Hp Cup

Okalys-Corum, plus que jamais dans la course au titre, remporte la HP Cup La Réserve

Encore un week-end idyllique pour les onze Décision 35 sur le Lac Léman. En réalisant huit manches en deux jours, la Hp Cup La Réserve a tenu toutes ses promesses. Avant-dernière étape du Challenge Julius Baer, la régate était cruciale pour le classement final.

Bellevue, le 6 septembre 2009 – Alors qu’elle semblait capricieuse, la bise a tenu tout le week-end et a permis au Comité de Course d’envoyer huit manches dans de magnifiques conditions. La régate a été disputée jusqu’à la fin et peu de points séparent les différents équipages. Aujourd’hui, il fallait être attentif aux zones de pression ainsi qu’aux effets de côtes extrêmement importants au large de la Pointe à la Bise.

Okalys-Corum de Nicolas Grange qui a toujours été proche d’Alinghi SUI 1 durant la saison, passe devant et consolide sa position dangereuse face à son principal concurrent. En évitant les erreurs et grâce à leur régularité, Loïck Peyron sur Okalys – Corum remporte la HP Cup La Réserve. Loïck Peyron:”« Le team a fait preuve d’un travail régulier. Durant tout le week-end le team s’est profilé parmi les trois premiers au classement avec de très bons départs de course. La dernière manche a été la plus intense, un véritable moment de match racing en multicoque entre Okalys-Corum et Alinghi SUI 1 qui nous a donné l’avantage sur la course. ».

Alinghi SUI 1 d’Ernesto Bertarelli prend la deuxième place. Alors que samedi leur suprématie semblait incontestable, dimanche, Alinghi SUI 1 a buté sur quelques difficultés. Tanguy Cariou: “Nous perdons des points importants hier et aujourd’hui sur des erreurs que nous devions éviter. Aujourd’hui, le constat était simple, nous devions finir dans les six et devant Okalys-Corum. A partir de là, nous savions qu’il revenait à deux points au Challenge Julius Baer. Dans deux semaines, nous devrons être aussi bons, voire meilleurs”.

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