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PRESS RELEASE – RC44 Championship Tour – Bank Sarasin RC 44 Portoroz Cup
New teams join the RC 44 fleet for the Bank Sarasin RC 44 Portoroz Cup
Two new teams will join the RC 44 fleet in Slovenia at the end of the month for the Bank Sarasin RC 44 Portoroz Cup, bringing the total number of entries to eleven.
September 15, 2009 – Team Katusha (RUS) and Team Blue Grove Miss Slovenia (SLO) will participate in the Bank Sarasin RC 44 Portoroz Cup.
Team Katusha joins the Championship Tour with ambition, having hired Paul Cayard as skipper. Cayard already competed with the RC 44 Class in Lugano in 2008 as well as in the Austria Cup last June.
Team Blue Grove Miss Slovenia was one of the first teams to join the Championship Tour back in 2006, under the name Ekipa 44. The team that will sail in the Portoroz Cup 2009 is very similar to the initial one; it is mainly made up of Olympic and dinghy sailors, with Gasper Vincec at the helm for the match race and Michael Reardon steering the fleet series. This team finished 3rd of their last regatta, in Trieste in 2007, proving the depth of their talent. Team Blue Grove Miss Slovenia is now headed by Michael Reardon and it will sail on its home waters with a strong desire to perform.
With also Dean Barker, Markus Wieser, Jose Maria Ponce, Karol Jablonski, Cameron Appleton, Russell Coutts, Ray Davies, Christian Binder and Sébastien Col, the RC 44 Class is now clearly established as one of the most competitive series in the world.
The Bank Sarasin RC 44 Portoroz Cup begins on Monday September 28 with the practice Race and media day. The match race event will take place on Tuesday September 29 and Wednesday 30 whilst the fleet regatta will take place from Thursday October 1 till Saturday 3.
The teams involved:
(Name of team, owner, pro sailor)
Team Aqua, Chris Bake / Cameron Appleton
Team CEEREF, Igor Lah / Sébastien Col
Sea Dubai, Yousef Lahej, DIMC / Markus Wieser
BMW ORACLE Racing, Larry Ellison / Russell Coutts
Team Organika, Maciej Nawrocki / Karol Jablonski
Islas Canarias Puerto Calero, Jose Juan Calero / Jose Maria Ponce
Artemis, Torbjorn Tornqvist / Dean Barker
No Way Back, Pieter Heerema / Ray Davies
Team Austria, René Mangold / Christian Binder
Team Katusha, Paul Cayard
Team Blue Grove Miss Slovenia, Michael Reardon / Gasper Vincec
Sponsorship and Talent Don’t Always Go Together.
Torvar Mirsky and his Mirsky Racing Team (MRT) reached their second consecutive final in the World Match Racing Tour yesterday and as a result went to the top of the World Championship points table. That this young team from Western Australia has achieved the top spot is not surprising, what is worth noting is that the team has no sponsorship.
Your Ad Here – MRT now lead the World Match Racing Tour.
MRT are not the only talented sailing team to find it hard to attract corporate backing. Even well established national teams at the very top of the sport are finding that 12 months on from the collapse of Lehman Brothers and a sharp econoic downturn, sport sponsorship is still a tough sell.
Grant Dalton, head of the NZ team competing in the Med Cup and planning to race in the newly announced Louis Vuitton Series said last week that long time sponsor Emirates have not made a decision to keep backing the team:
2009 Soling Worlds Underway
Soling World Championship 2009
The 2009 Soling World Championship, hosted by the Etobicoke Yacht Club in Toronto, Canada is underway.
Solings started to arrive during the past week, especially local Canadian ones, but by Sunday morning many US boats started to arrive, and more are expected for Monday and Tuesday, the last two days of measurement. Past World Champions expected include George Nehm and Marcos Ribeiro, who are also the current South American Champions, and from Germany Roman Koch, Maxl Koch and Gregor Bornemann, who currently hold the European title. They will be facing the finest Canada has to offer including Billy Abbott sailing with Paul Davis (NOR) and Peter Hall with Phillip Kerrigan and Gavin Flinn and another past world champion Hans Fogh, Roger Cheer and Gord Devrie. From USA comes Peter Galloway and Charlie Kamps, not forgetting the legendary US sailor Stuart Walker, who at age of 86, will come with Austrian reinforcement from former Olympic sailor Georg Stadler and Volker Moser.
2009 US Tour wrap up
By Tom | Published: September 14, 2009
Hello to all,
Well, today wasn’t our day. We lost the quarter finals 2-1 which was disappointing because it was within our grasp but a small mistake cost us dearly. The semi finalists are; Keith Swinton, Laurie Jury, Phil Robertson and Anna Tunnacliffe. We will be cheering loudly for our fellow kiwi counterparts!
Overall, our tour of the USA has been a success in terms of development of the team, ourselves as individuals and of course new contacts have been made for future endeavours. We finished the tour with two 8th places and a 1st, providing a good platform to build on for our next regatta. Due to our victory in the Knickerbocker we have earned a place on one of the ten annual World Tour events, the Bermuda Gold Cup, October 5-10. The team now has a couple of weeks off before preparations begin for this great event, by far our toughest yet.
The team would like to make special thanks to the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron who have stood by us and backed us in our endeavours for this short tour. Thank you!
To all our supporters who send encouraging comments, thank you too! It is much appreciated.
Signing out for now,
Black Sheep Racing, more here
September 14, 2009
We started racing today at the Sail for Gold regatta in Weymouth, England. This is the last stage of the ISAF World Cup series.
We did three races today and finished with a 2-1 record in our group. There are 24 teams, which are divided into the three groups of eight. Each group did three flights of races to start the round. At the end of the round, the top two boats advance to the next round and the next three go to the repecharge. There were many teams with a 2-1 in all the groups, and a couple of teams won all their three races. The conditions today were tricky with shifty winds and choppy seas.
Our first race, we had a great pre-start, but called the last layline into the start slightly wrong and ended up trailing in on port. We quickly initiated a tacking dual and got around our opponent and controlled the race from there. Our second race, we again sailed a great pre-start drawing a penalty on the other boat. They had much better speed than us on the upwind leg and passed us upwind. We caught up on the last leg as they burned their penalty. The last leg was very exciting. We rolled over them to take the lead on the last leg. We had one more gybe back to the finish line, where they got a slight jump on us. We went for the luff a couple times, and apparently luffed a bit too fast and drew a penalty ourselves.
The Race Committee boat from Yacht Club Italiano was out to follow Alinghi 5
Italian friends, fans, VIP’s and media follow Alinghi 5 during the last days testing in Genoa
(Photo credit: George Johns / Alinghi)
Yesterday, more than one hundred people went out on the water aboard the ferryboat “Suprema” to watch the last Alinghi 5 training day in Genoa, Italy. The sunny weather and a gentle breeze, propelled the giant catamaran to fly on one hull, reaching speeds over 20 knots, giving all the Alinghi guests an incredible show.
“Today was an exciting day. Photos and videos don’t do justice to Alinghi 5.
I’m sure in February I’ll be cheering for Alinghi” said a guest, on shore.
After being at sea, the guests were welcomed by Yacht Club Italiano for a farewell cocktail and dinner in the presence of Ernesto Bertarelli and other Alinghi team members. The friendly and informal atmosphere gave the guests the possibility to talk with the team about the 33rd America’s Cup.
On Wednesday 16th , Alinghi 5 will put to sea en route to Ras al-Khaimah, in UAE, where the team will continue with their development of Alinghi 5
Francisco Lobato sur son Pogo 2 – DR
Undoubtedly, the first 24 hours ran at express speed should begin to tire the 85 sailors’ bodies and souls. As different routing programs augured the Minis cross the Gulf of Biscay at full speed, driven by a strong Northeast flow. The fleet randomly met problems and breakage and soon the first returns to the port occurred for the unfortunate ones, while the head of the fleet is battling hard. Because of the fatigue, the race’s strategies are pushier. In the lead, the best prepared sailboats with the most sharp skippers at the helm, are determined to enjoy these moments when race comes into heads and bodies are not fully manned or tuned with the elements. Francisco Lobato (Roff Tmn No. 607) and Xavier Macaire (Masoco Bay No. 472) in series, Henri-Paul Schipman (Maison de l’avenir Urbatys No. 716) and Thomas Ruyant (Faber France No. 667) in prototypes perfectly illustrate this state of mind. At the helm under spinnaker, they constantly flirt with 12-13 knots, and settle pressure on the rest of the fleet.
Francisco Lobato sur son Pogo 2 – DR
HP as High Performances
At over 10 knots average speed, the 6.50 prototypes sailed downwind across the Bay of Biscay. “HP” Schipman, 1st since the middle of the night, gives the tone and the tempo of this first stage without showing any sign of weakness. Stuck to the helm, he attacks, leaving the control of his Lombard to the autopilot only for a coffee and an energy bar. Shifted slightly windward, Thomas Ruyant is credited with the first nice piece of bravery for the beginnings of the race with a thundering night come back from the depths of the rankings where his error had initially plunged him. Forced to pass the buoy again he was nearly an hour late. At over 12 knots in speed, he is about to win the lead. Shifted south of the direct route, Stéphane Le Diraison (Cultisol – Marins sans frontières), has Remi Auburn (AT Children’s Project) in his wake, and makes the most of his route. More than 30 miles north from him ideally placed to anticipate a future wind rotation to the North. The Delesne, Caracci, Boidevezi, Bourgues, Riechers are all about 25 miles of the leader “HP”
Delphia expands in Sweden
By IBI Magazine/Lars-Åke Redéen
Delphia Yachts AB has expanded its dealer network with the appointment of Blåkusten Marin in Valdemarsvik, Sweden. Located just south of Stockholm, Blåkusten will sell Delphia yachts on the southern part of Sweden’s east coast and on the island of Gotland.
“Our argument for choosing Delphia is simple,” says Marcus Peterson of Blåkusten Marin. “The boats have a unique combination of high quality and comfort in everything from sailing performance to installations.”
Delphia has been sold by Malmoe-based Delphia Yachts AB for almost five years.
“Interest in Sweden has never been bigger,” says Delphia’s Axel Billquist. “This year has started well with several boats on order. Delphia has grown fast and is a well established brand on the market today. We have sold almost 100 boats over the latest four years, something we’re very happy about and look upon as an evidence that our boats have a good combination of price, quality and comfort.”
The world’s first full-scale floating wind turbine, Hywind pilot is operational in the North Sea from September 08. Hywind pilot of StatoilHydro comprises a 2.3 megawatt wind turbine operating from a float used for applications like oil production platforms and offshore loading. Siemens Wind Power company in Denmark has manufactured the turbine, France’s Technip has built the float and Nexans has laid the power cable to land.
La troisième étape de l’Istanbul Europa Race entre Barcelone et Brest, lancée hier sur les coups de midi, a débuté de la plus belle manière dans les eaux troubles de la Méditerranée : au large du cap de la Nao qui marque la sortie de la baie de Valence, la bataille fait rage dans des conditions de vent très variables et propices aux retournements dans les classements. Orages, grains, violentes bourrasques, la nuit a été blanche et agitée pour les équipages sommés de multiplier les manœuvres. De quoi néanmoins faire les bonnes affaires de l’équipage de Veolia Environnement (Roland Jourdain) pointé en tête au petit jour. Il affiche 3 milles d’avance sur Foncia (Michel Desjoyeaux) et 5,5 milles sur 1876 (Guillermo Altadill)…