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Yachting News 18th September 2009

Sep 18, 2009 1 Comment by


Greatings yachties,

The Flying Kiwis,


Cayard Report,

Istanbul Europa,


Transat 650,

X 41 Worlds – Day 2,

Jessica Watson – update,

The Americas Cup in the UAE – New Perspectives For All,

Enjoy, more later, I’ve got to go real life yachting soon, later folks 🙂


The Flying Kiwis


race 1

race 2

Caja Mediterraneo Region of Murcia Trophy, 17 09 2009 © Ian Roman/Audi MedCup

While Emirates Team New Zealand have their hands on the Audi MedCup for the TP52 Series after two great wins today, the young crew on Islas Canarias Puerto Calero were equally at home in the strong winds and big waves to post a 1-2 and lead the regatta and the Circuit.

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Caja Mediterraneo Region of Murcia Trophy, 17 09 2009 © Ian Roman/Audi MedCup

As if to display exactly why they are the champions-in-waiting of the 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit TP52 Series, Emirates Team New Zealand produced a flawless display across two very challenging big breeze races today to set themselves off on the perfect footing as the Caja Mediterraneo Region of Murcia Trophy finally got under way.

While other teams were found wanting, some struggling in the short, steep seas off Cartagena and the gusty, shifty SW’ly wind which peaked at 27 knots, Emirates Team New Zealand took flight, revelling in the robust conditions.

Most of all their wins today proved the virtue of their many years of top level racing together as a crew, but – as other teams suffered equipment failures and shredded sails – their triumphs are testament to their exceptional high standards of preparation.

“Our biggest worry was breaking something and you do all you can to prevent that, but on the other hand you can’t sail slow. It was fantastic crew work all round. Years sailing together make that difference which is as well because a lot of the time it is just about impossible to communicate.” Grinned ETNZ’s relieved Ray Davies, who revealed that, after calling tactics today, his secondary role in the high speed, wet, bumpy, surfing conditions was keeping helmsman Dean Barker wedged inside the boat as they ploughed through the walls of white water.

He warned that the 2009 title may be all but theirs, but:
“We’ll be keeping the hammer down to win this regatta now.”

If Emirates Team New Zealand had a memorable red letter day, it was a dark afternoon for Matador (ARG). A sequence of mishaps and breakages conspired to drop the Argentinian boat from second to fourth overall on the Circuit. Their problems started with a broken aft stanchion and went on to include a broken spinnaker pole, jockey pole, slipping halyard clutches, a shredded gennaker and another broken stanchion.

While Artemis (SWE) added a second place to their seventh in the first race and promoted themselves to second on the Circuit, rivals Quantum Racing (USA) tore three spinnakers as well as catching Bigamist 7’s discarded kite around their rudder and keel which required them to stop for several minutes to disentangle themselves from the sail debris.

Italy’s Riccardo Simoneschi and his team on Audi Q8 (ITA) proved one of the most consistent teams in the big waves, posting a second and third for the day. They lost one spinnaker, but sailed two tight, steady races to lie second overall in the TP52 Series regatta, three points up on José Cusi’s Bribón (ESP).

While there has been days with more breeze over the last couple of years on the Audi MedCup Circuit, and indeed venues with bigger waves, the action today was most spectacular as both the TP52’s and GP42’s surfed downwind, cascading into the back of the wave in front to erupt in spumes of spray.

Ray Davies (NZL), tactician Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL):
“It was a great day. I’m sure it was even more fun than it looked. I had to adopt a position I have never had to before, facing aft with my feet wedged against the runner winch with my back to Dean to stop him sliding aft. I was the human wedge.”
“We had a few moments where we were all sliding aft just with the amount of white water coming across the deck. The crew work was flawless. We just had a nice start and went to the left which was really favoured. From there downwind was about crew-work, time on the boat, sailing together as a team really helps. The same group have been sailing together for a long time. “
“The second race we just had to pass Artemis and we did that on the run when we picked a very good lay-line. It was just one gybe and into the bottom mark.”
“We covered them up the second beat and they wiped out a couple of times on the run. And we kept it upright, it was pretty much survival out there.”

Race 1 & 2 with narration 🙂

Mark Mendelblatt (USA), strategist Quantum Racing (USA):
“We rounded the right hand gate looking downwind and then ran over Bigamist’s spinnaker. They dropped it and cut it loose. We had to park the boat and it took us a couple of attempts to get it off. So that cost us huge.”
“It was a really good test. Massive waves, biggest waves and wind we have probably sailed in the last two seasons. It was a really good test to see if you could sail round the course today. We did not do a good job today”

Francisco Díaz (ESP), pitman Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP)
“Today’s races were about surviving. It was about handling as little and as safe as possible, I think the boats are not ready for these conditions, for us it’s been good fun, probably not that fun for the boatowner since we’ve broken the main sail and some other things. Iberdrola have been the best, downwind we’ve all gybed without spinnaker because in the gybe we dropped ours in the water, others tore it and Iberdrola got it right and could gybe with it, the ony one. We are fighting for the Audi MedCup title with Roma and we wanted to keep an eye on them, in the first leg they broke the spinnaker in the second downwind when they were ahead , so we won but beacause they broke”

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Caja Mediterraneo Region of Murcia Trophy, 17 09 2009 © Ian Roman/Audi MedCup

GP42 Races 1 and 2

The going was tough, but the tough got going today in the GP42’s, with those that minimized damage and keeping the boat under the sails coming prevailing.. Sailed by a young energetic team who hail from a place where such conditions are commonplace, Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP) posted a 1-2 for the day, which now places them with a 5-point buffer over series rival Roma 2 (ITA), who struggled through the day on 4-4.

“Today’s races were all about surviving,” said Islas Canarias pitman Francisco Díaz (ESP). “It was about handling things as little and as safely as possible. For us it’s been good fun, but probably not that fun for our owner Danny [Calero] since we’ve broken the mainsail and some other things. But we are fighting for the Audi MedCup title with Roma, so we wanted to keep an eye on them. In the first race they broke the spinnaker when they were ahead, so we won but it was because they broke.”

“It was Code Red out there, we felt like a submarine,” said mid-bowman Pat Shaughnessy (USA) as he helped pump hundreds of litres of seawater out of Roma when back at the quay. Shaughnessy who is President of Farr Yacht Design, the designers of Roma, said “We had everyone aft in the boat but just couldn’t keep that bow up.”

But their travails were not as bad as those on Turismo Madrid (ESP). The Spanish team had a similar experience in the first race as Roma did in the second, but it they also had a man overboard to retrieve as well. Trimmer Robin Imaz (ESP) went overboard while trying to assist skipper Jose Maria van der Ploeg (ESP) at the helm. Madrid fouled a line around their propeller and was therefore limited in their manoeuvrability. Airis (ITA) sailed close by to assist in the rescue, a testament to their sportsmanship and to the nature of the conditions.

But the Madrid team quickly affected repairs and got back into the game after a late start in the second race, managing an impressive 3rd place despite never flying a spinnaker at all in that race. Tactician Philippe Presti (FRA) took this in stride, saying, “Of course we won the “non-spinnaker division, we have two Star boat champions on the boat!” referring to he and skipper Jose Maria van der Ploeg.

more here


Audi MedCup ~ Cartagena ’09

TP52 – Audi MedCup – Cartagena

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Good day on Artemis today. We started the day in 4th place for the season and we are now in second.

It was a tough day out there with plenty of carnage. Fortunately we did not break anything and while our 7, 2 scores were not perfect, they were better than Quantum Racing and Matador.

With the wind reaching 32 knots and a very rough sea, Team New Zealand was in a class of their own winning both races. Audi Q8 had a good day scoring 2, 3 for second and Bribon had a 2, 6 for third. We are fourth.

Racing was stopped after the second race due to the damage that some of the boats incurred. Boats like Synergy and Matador broke 2 or 3 gennakers each! No collisions though.

Forecast for tomorrow is more of the same.

Paul Cayard


Another look at the Team Origin video




Since the end of the day yesterday the first boat of the Istanbul
Europa Race fleet has entered the Atlantic, leaving the Mediterranean
in its wake. One by one, on the same single tack, the crews have
followed in the tracks of leader Michel Desjoyeaux, who has been
leading the way towards Brest for more than the last 24 hours. Though
all are making modest speeds, the passage of the Straits of Gibraltar
has mixed up the competition on this third leg more than ever,
particularly among the boats vying closest to take on the leader.
Veolia Environnement and Groupe Bel have been having quite a battle,
which Paprec Virbac 2 is doing its utmost to join. Further back, the
Spaniards aboard 1876 have been contending with a mast problem which has slowed them down, while the Mediterranean has yet to finish with the men of DCNS…

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Days after days… are not alike. The wind continues to come from behind, but failing at the approach of the target. North wind is blowing strongly, in the north – the Atlantic coast of Spain and Portugal – runs north and north-west and falls next to the archipelago of Madeira, at the end of the first stage The Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6,50. So, it is important not to slow down, or to… rest. The pressure remains behind at the moment and the fleet slides back to the front, where the leaders are sailing into a less powerful airstream. The wind blows from 25 knots north to 15 knots south… It is at a frantic speed that the fleer will have to remain in the wake of the best sailors that are the unavoidable Francisco Lobato (ROFF TMN) in series and HP Schipman (Maisons de l’avenir-Urbatys). And if the Portuguese can “rest” thanks to a comfortable advance of more than 60 miles on the second Charlie Dalin (Cherche and 90 miles on the Italian Ricardo Apolloni (Ma vie pour Mapei), this is not the same atmosphere for HP which sees on his side Bertrand Delesne (Entreprendre durablement)) 12 miles behind and Thomas Ruyant (Faber France) 26 miles.

more here



Day 2

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X-41 World Championship 2009

Marina di Scarlino, Italy

The X-41 World Championship, organised by the Yacht Club Italiano and Club Nautico Scarlino in collaboration with X-Yachts Italy, started on Wednesday in Marina di Scarlino, in Tuscany.
The weather in the morning was stormy with strong and changeable breezes. At 15:00 the fleet of 14 boats from six countries left the moorings sailing towards open sea. The southeast breeze stabilised nicely building to 15 knots which allowed the allowing the start of the first race of the day, a windward-leeward of just more than 6 miles. The race started at 16:20 with breeze was gradually increasing, peppered with gusts up to 20 knots.

Gianclaudio Bassetti’s WB Five made a strong start, with Alberto Signorini at the helm and Tommaso Chieffi as tactician having chosen to start on the committee boat end of the line.

The competition was close and tough from the gun, especially amongst the leading group. But after he strong opening , WB Five lost the lead to Pier Vettor Grimani’s Sideracordis who held on for three-quarters of the course, only to be finally overtaken again by WB Five on the last downwind.

The race which lasted a bit longer than once hour, saw WB Five winning, followed by Siderarcordis, with MurizioPavesi’s Le Coq Hardi in third with Aurelio Dalla Vecchia at the helm and Francesco De Angelis as tactician.

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Official Progress Report – Repairs on Schedule

Repairs to Ella’s Pink Lady are progressing better than expected largely to the support of all the team at Gold Coast City Marina (GCCM) and Australian Marine Enterprises (AME).

The team have repaired the damage to the hull, deck and chain plate and have just completed re-painting of the damaged areas. They have also replaced and repaired the damaged stanchions, lifelines, bow roller and replaced damaged navigation lights.

Whilst repairs to the vessel are on track, the re-building of a new mast and damaged rigging, courtesy of David Lambourne, has commenced and is on track for delivery possibly as early as next week. David and his team have rearranged their schedule and several other rig builds specifically to assist Jessica and get the rig back in the boat as fast as possible.

The team estimate works to the vessel could be finished in another week. Jessica will then be performing a series of “sea trials” off the Gold Coast to ensure all of Ella’s Pink Lady’s systems and equipment are in perfect working order prior to her trek down the coast to Sydney.

“I am so grateful for the support of everyone here at Gold Coast City Marina. We have a wonderful team working around the clock to ensure Ella’s Pink Lady is in perfect condition when she hits the water again. Hopefully in a week or so we can do some final test sails, before heading down to Sydney”, said Jessica.

Despite the slight setback, Jessica remains buoyant and focused on her upcoming around the world voyage.

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The Americas Cup in the UAE – New Perspectives For All.

Like many people involved in sailing, we knew nothing about Ras al Khaimah (RAK) until Alinghi announced it as their prefferred venue for the 33rd Edition of the America’s Cup. With four and a bit months to run until the event – this edition of the America’s Cup seems to be intent of being the most non-traditional ever. Plenty of pundits, including ourselves, have been scrambling to understand just what an America’s Cup in the UAE will be like.

News from RAK itself is pretty thin. A couple of ‘user generated’ videos have turned up on YouTube showing the proposed venue as a construction site, a far cry from the lush green landscaping of Alinghi’s flash artist impressions of the venue, but as the date grows closer, opportunities are being seized.

It’s one thing to sit in Florida and guess at the goings on in the UAE, surrounded by 10 years of anti-middle-east propaganda in mainstream press – it’s quite another to be there. An old competition holding an historic regatta in the young country of the Emirates warrants the establishment of a site that has America’s Cup news from a UAE perspective.

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