Yachting News 19th September 2009

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TP52 – Cartagena  Cup

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TeamOrigin,

Istanbul Europa,

Transat – Mini650,

Clipper Round The World Race – Leg 1,

Kites,

MYMBC,

Global Ocean Race,

ISAF,

Italia Vela,

World Yacht Racing Forum,

Audi Medcup photos,

Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah,

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3,2,1 Countdown to the Finale

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Caja Mediterraneo Region of Murcia Trophy, 18 09 2009 © Ian Roman/Audi MedCup

Emirates Team New Zealand’s 3,2,1 today leaves them poised to win in Cartagena, while Roma Mk 2 eased two points clear in the GP42 regatta and the Series standings.

Three different boats won races on this penultimate day of the Audi MedCup Circuit season’s TP52 Series but it is Emirates Team New Zealand who look set to extend their unprecedented record, setting up to win four of this season’s five regattas.

While conditions were not as tough as Thursday’s, the breezes in each successive race proved different, hard to read, and a over the three contests a comprehensive test for tacticians and crews in both TP52 and GP 42 Series. Consistency across the three heats was keynote and it was Emirates Team New Zealand whose 3,2,1 proved telling as they stretched nine points clear of Portugal’s Bigamist 7.

If concerns exist that the razor sharp Kiwi team have set the bar high this season consider the Portuguese crew. Under Olympic Star helm Afonso Domingos (POR), the team which comprise 40% amateurs with a well prepared 2008 Judel/Vrolijk boat, bought through the winter, are seriously challenging the 2007 MedCup Champions for third overall on the series, lie second overall at this regatta and are gunning hard into the final day to better their three fourth place finishes in Marseille, Cagliari and Portimao.

The New Zealand crew may be past the finishing post in terms of the Circuit title, but the tussle for second and third will go to the wire.
Only eight points now separate Quantum Racing (USA), current tenants of second place from fifth placed Matador (ARG) whose painful slide down the series rankings this regatta could not be checked today, particularly with their eighth in the third race when they twisted their gennaker around the keel.

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Quantum Racing won the first race of the day ahead of ETNZ. A crisp start from Terry Hutchinson (USA) and the afterguard of the reigning champions laid the foundation in the 11-14 knots of breeze.

In the second race there was a pronounced split in the breeze, especially where it was influenced by the high, rocky promontory near the top of the windward leg. This time there were some major gains and losses to be made. Emirates Team New Zealand had lead to the leeward gate with Bríbon giving chase. Both tracked left into the building breeze after the gate, but Matador, Bigamist and Artemis (SWE) struck it rich on the right and crossed the leaders on the top third of the beat. As the wind flicked back at the windward mark Bigamist were able to slip inside Matador and Artemis, as the pair, who were both all but stalled by the sudden change. While Bigamist took the winning gun, Emirates Team New Zealand gained four places on the run and surged to finish just four seconds behind.

The Kiwi machine was at full revs in the final race when the wind piped up to 22 knots and the seas kicked up again. While Bríbon hung tight and took a good second, there were problems among the fleet. Quantum Racing split another kite, but Cristabella’s season looks to have finished early after the top metre and a half of the mast snapped off.

Roma takes back the lead
Today’s three races in the GP42 fleet were critical for determining the overall Series champion, as Roma 2 (ITA) were able to extricate themselves from yesterday’s carnage to take back a 2-point series lead from archrivals Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP).
But it wasn’t easy: At some point in today, nearly every team had their time at the top of the pack, including Iberdrola (ESP), who are sailing their first and only MedCup event, and Airis (ITA) who have had some tough luck in the last few stages in the series.

Success came for some in having clever positioning and tactics, always important in this small but competitive group, as the first two races in particular were sailed in some very tricky conditions, with the breeze being on and off extremes of 8 to 14 knots. Match race expert Paolo Cian (ITA) and his Roma team seemed particularly adept at this.

But for others raw speed and maybe a little luck were the keys, and in this regard the Islas Canarias team excelled early in the afternoon, but then Turismo Madrid (ESP) came on later to take their first-ever MedCup win. In this race there was a return to large, towering seas and a stiff breeze, maybe turned down just a notch from the “Red Zone” conditions of yesterday, and thus infinitely more fun.

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There were still mishaps, with the big waves making tight layline calls very precarious. Nearly everyone had their share of close encounters with the top mark, with Caser-Endesa (ESP), Islas Canarias and Airis all having to do penalty turns. When Iberdrola had their turn to shoot the mark in the last race, overlapped with Caser-Endesa, they fell off on to port tack and therefore had not one but two turns to complete.

But all will be forgotten tomorrow when the final showdown between the two leaders determines who takes the overall GP42 Series Audi MedCup title. The class will afford some spectators with unique access to all the action: tomorrow each GP42 will compete with a guest on board, a new and exciting innovation for the Audi MedCup.

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TP52 – Audi MedCup – Cartagena

Friday, September 18, 2009

Not a great day for us, but all is not lost. We had a 7,6,7 and slipped into third in the season standings and 5th for this regatta.

We made a big mistake in each of the three races; over the start line early in the first, fouled a competitor in the second and did our penalty turns and in the last race we hit the windward mark.

In the last race, the mark was a rib and it was motoring forward, trying to hold its position. The real mark drifted away. The rib was adjusting it’s throttle, we believe, and so went from laying the mark to having to shoot head to wind but we could not avoid the rib.

The wind started out pretty mild and tricky in the first race. At one point, we had gotten back to third place before getting tangled up in a pack near the finish.

At the end of the day, the wind was up to 21 knots and extremely rough conditions.

We are 5 points behind Quantum for second place for the season and just 1.5 ahead of Bigimist who is in fourth.

So it will be a big day tomorrow.

Paul Cayard

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Following the announcement yesterday that Britain’s Team Origin will be stepping
up their sailing activities again, there has been confirmation that the team
plan to compete on next year’s Audi MedCup Circuit. Team Origin’s lead designer
Juan Kouyoumdjian (ARG) was in Cartagena yesterday at the Caja Mediterraneo
Region of Murcia Trophy. “We have to make the decision whether to buy an
existing boat and make it fast or build to the new rule and so we are going
through that process just now,” said Team Director Mike Sanderson.

“We would love to do a new boat. We have to make the decision very soon but it
ticks all the boxes, utilizing more of our team, our design capability. But the
flip side of that is that we have to believe it will be competitive in the
future. It appears this season that the three new boats have a slight edge and
so we really want to be able to at least reach that pace. At the moment we are
just inside that window (to build new) and so we would have to go at it full
noise to get there, we are just deciding just now what the best way will be.
Juan (Kouyoumdjian) is working on it just now. He’s looking at it. But to build
new, if it makes sense, is our first choice because it uses so many aspects of
our team’s abilities,” Sanderson concluded.

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All equal in the anticyclone!

The big anticyclone extends over the archipelago of Madeira, focusing on right above the finish line of The Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6,50’s first stage. Still overwhelmed by 5 days of unbridled rush in the Portuguese trade winds, the protagonists of the great Classe Mini’s transatlantic, had one after the other collided with a bizarre quiet, when sky and sea combined into a gray amorphous, uniform, lack of wind. The residual swell adds of the solo sailors punishment. The race has changed, the pursuit of wind replacing the management of wind, the tired sailors trying to orientate their sails in an increasingly asthmatic northwest gust. The uncertainty of the rankings and positions, exclusive to this Transat enhance spice and drama to this crucial trial, when the proximity of arrival is palpable and that protagonists routes converge. Six men are ahead. Six men are digging in their last resources to win a mile or a bow. The winner and the hour of arrival are still matters to speculation. Exciting isn’t it?

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Line honours in the first race of Clipper 09-10 go to Team Finland as a drama-filled Race 1 draws to a conclusion. The Finnish skipper, Eero Lehtinen, and his team led for much of the last two days of a fast race from The Humber to La Rochelle, successfully holding off the chasing pack and watching the drama unfold in their wake as the Race Committee considered whether to protest two of the teams pushing hard for a first podium place.

Arriving in the Bassin des Chalutiers, La Rochelle, a jubilant Eero said, “It was a good warm up. It hasn’t quite sunk in yet that we’ve actually started the race and that it’s actually happening. It was almost too easy to be honest; we didn’t tack once on the way from the Humber to La Rochelle. We did 740 miles averaging more than 10 knots, so it was pretty good sailing.

“Of course it’s a confidence boost for everybody, at the same time putting a bit more pressure on us because I think we started as a bit of a favourite after the training races in the summer. But it didn’t distract us, so it’s all good.”

Team Finland will have to wait until later this week for confirmation that they have won the race. The results are provisional until all the teams have made their declarations and the Race Committee rules on their decision to protest two of the yachts, Hull & Humber and Cork, for an apparent infringement of the sailing instructions.

Orla Mellett from Galway, Ireland, a crew member on Cork, said, “We’re just hoping we don’t get too much of a penalty to take away from our second place. I don’t think we really touched on the TSS too much so we hope it won’t take away from our position. Either way, if it comes down to us losing our position we did really well, we sailed really hard and we’ve come into a fantastic port and great welcome.”

Cork was second across the finish line in La Rochelle after a tight battle which had raged at the head of the fleet for the last three days.

Orla explained, “We could see Team Finland all the time, we were chasing them all the way. Hull & Humber and Spirit of Australia in the last 24 to 36 hours were right on us so you’d wake up and come on your watch and you could just see their lights coming at you, especially during the night watches. It’s serious motivation when you can see them coming up behind you!”

Perhaps the most nail biting finish was between Hull & Humber and Spirit of Australia. Just 40 seconds separated the two boats at the finish of Race 1.

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If the recession is getting you down, jump in the car join the gang at the MYMBC, located at the Onehunga end of the Manukau Harbour. Racing is all year round, with the Winter series currently under way. Check out the events calender for the next race day and start times, there is generally someone looking for a crew.

We also have a bunch of indestructable optimists for the kids, with regular training days also on the calender. Either way, pop down for a beer and a few stories, the boys will fill you in on the latest and if you are in the market for a boat, they probably can help.

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Hartley 16

The Hartley 16 is proudly Kiwi designed and well suited for the Manukau.At just over 16 feet long and 356kgs, the boat is easly towed and fits in most garages. Maintenance is minimal, unless you get reckless on the start line and a new set of sails will set you back (main and jib) for around $2k. Boats range in value from $1,500 to $6,000 and be purchased all over the country. Trademe has been a popular source for the older ones and with a bit of TLC and a chainsaw are very competive on the race course.

The larger fleets are currently found on the Manukau Harbour, New Plymouth, Napier and Gisbourne yacht clubs. They also race competively with most trailer Sailer classes up to 22 feet and are popular choice for the kiwi camping holiday.

If you come accross a good one, give your local club a ring and someone will generally be able to fill you in on its pedegree.

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In line with a commitment to assist their entries as much as possible, Organisers of the Global Ocean Race 2011-12 today announced that they have secured the support of renowned insurance brokers Fastnet Marine Insurance Services to offer marine insurance solutions to their competitors.

Fastnet Marine arranged insurance cover for a number of entries in the 2008-09 Portimão Global Ocean Race and this new arrangement means that all 2011-12 entrants can now apply for reliable insurance cover for both the Global Ocean Race and the period between now and the race start as they qualify and train.

“We fully understand that Third Party and Hull insurance are extremely important considerations for our skippers and we are very pleased to have Fastnet Marine Insurance onboard to help everyone secure the correct levels of cover,” explains Race Director, Josh Hall. “Fastnet Marine Insurance has a solid reputation for arranging reliable, appropriate marine insurance and for providing a five star service to their clients. We recommend that all our 2011-12 entries – and indeed anyone who owns a boat – contact them directly for a quote.”

Richard Power, Director at Fastnet Marine Services, was closely involved with the first edition of the race. “Clearly we were impressed by the performance of the boats that competed in 2008-09 and by the safety measures that the race organisers have put in place, so we are very pleased to provide this service for the Global Ocean Race 2011-12,” he comments.

The company are impeccable partners for an ocean race: “Fastnet Marine Insurance Services Ltd. are brokers specialising in yacht insurance, and in particular, the arrangement of insurance for yachtsman undertaking long distance ocean racing or cruising in remote areas, whether solo, short-handed or fully crewed,” continues Power. “With this sort of background, we understand the needs of Global Ocean Race competitors, and were closely involved with nearly all the fleet in the last race.”

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Volvo Sign On As Sponsors To India International Regatta

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A packed race village at the start of leg three of the Volvo Ocean Race

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India International Regatta 2009
Chennai, India

Volvo, one of the leading supplier of producers of trucks, buses and construction equipment and leaders in the fields of marine and industrial power systems and aircraft engine components has signed on as the exclusive corporate sponsor of India International Regatta, scheduled at Chennai during 1-8 November 2009.
Volvo Buses and Volvo Penta on behalf of the Volvo Group in India, concluded the understanding with Yachting Association of India, the governing body for the sport of sailing in India, which is traditionally headed by the Chief of Naval Staff, Indian Navy since its formation in 1959.

The regatta to be sailed off Chennai is expected to see more than 150 sailors from across the world racing in the Optimist and the 29er class of boats, which have been recently procured with the assistance of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India.

Commenting on the deal, Marketing Head with Volvo, Sohanjeet Randhawa said, “We have seen a great synergy between our brand and sailing, and the growing popularity of sailing in India makes this a great opportunity for us to partner. We now have a special connect with Chennai city and sailing in India. Volvo Buses with a 100 bus order from Chennai City will soon be part of the city’s development landscape. Volvo Penta on the other hand is one of the most preferred Global brand in the boating industry and as well as in marine commercial and industrial segments. On land, air or on sea Volvo seeks to create value in consonance with its core values of environment care, safety and quality”.

The world’s most followed and toughest ocean race is sponsored by Volvo and the yachts made a stopover at Kochi in December 2008, during its last edition. The next Volvo Ocean Race is scheduled to start from Alicante, Spain in mid/end 2011.

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Porto Cervo, in arrivo i Melges 20
Sono piccoli, scattanti e sono stati concepiti per volare sull’acqua in velocità. Sono gli ultracompetitivi Melges 20, che da domani si sfideranno sulle acque di Porto Cervo in occasione dell’ultima tappa di Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series 2009 (18-20 settembre), organizzato dallo Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. Dopo Lerici, Scarlino, Malcesine e Cagliari, l’evento chiuderà il circuito di quest’anno e decreterà il campione 2009 per la classe. 14 gli scafi allineati sulla linea di partenza del campo di regata, tutti di nazionalità italiana e che, a partire da domani, saranno chiamati a disputare fino a tre prove a bastone al giorno, per un massimo di 6 per la serie.

Il regolamento prevede che gli equipaggi siano composti da 3 a 4 persone senza limiti di peso. Tra i team in gara anche Value Team di Benedetto Giallogno, Presidente europeo della classe Melges 20 e primo classificato in ciascuna delle tappe precedenti. Il netto vantaggio guadagnato finora lo rende il candidato ideale alla vittoria di questa finale. Presente alla tappa di Porto Cervo anche Mefisto di Luca Domenici e Turnover di Renato Vallivero, rispettivamente secondo e terzo posto nella classifica overall provvisoria. Novità di questa tappa la presenza di Calvi Network di Carlo Alberini, già conosciuto nel circuito Farr 40 e vincitore di Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series di quest’anno. Occhi inevitabilmente puntati anche sull’equipaggio tutto al femminile di Trouble Makers. Tra gli sportivi che prenderanno parte alla competizione anche Flavio Grassi, in Coppa America nel 2003 nel 2007 su Mascalzone Latino e in questa occasione a bordo di Bitipì, dell’armatore Savino Formentini.

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World Yacht Racing Forum 2009 Announces Speaker Line-Up. #WYRF

For better or worse, depending on where you sit, sport is now business. Big business. All sports are having to come to terms with the realities of the economics and business models of sports – whether it be professional events or grass-roots development.

Most would agree that the business of yacht racing is confused and fragmented. Even at the top level, many teams are not run as a business with gaps in revenue filled by wealthy owners out of their own pocket. It seems that anyone can announce a new series or a new event or a new class – irrespective of the impact it might have on the sport as a whole.

The only way that the sport of sailing will compete for share of media, sponsorship dollars and talent is to come together and talk through some of the issues facing the sport, and to that end the World Yacht Racing Forum is a must for anyone who is in the business of yacht racing.

The first forum, held in Monaco in 2009 attracted over  300 delegates from 37 countries, the second edition of the Forum returns to Monaco this 9-10th December, 2009. The topics promise to address some of the most pressing issues facing the sport – with sessions for debate including:

* Yachting Sponsorship – can Sailing deliver real value for money?
* Leveraging a Sponsorship Deal – How do we maximise the investment?
* Can Yacht Racing deliver economic returns for host cities and ports?
* Tapping into new Media audiences – The Future of Sailing on the Web and Television
* How can event costs be trimmed for today’s economic climate?
* Governing the Sport – What Can Sailing Learn from other Sports?
* What space is there for Multihull Racing in the international calendar?
* Americas Cup: How do the Challengers see the future of their event?

Over 60 speakers will address these issues, not just from the sailing world, but from Formula 1, Tennis and other sports that arguably do it much better than sailing does it.

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TP52 DAY 4 – Matador
Caja Mediterraneo Region of Murcia Trophy, 18 09 2009 © Ian Roman/Audi MedCup

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GP42 DAY 3 – Caser-Endesa
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GP42 DAY 3 – Turismo Madrid
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TP52 DAY 4 – Emirates Team New Zealand
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GP42 DAY 3
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TP52 DAY 4 – Valars
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GP42 DAY 3 – Roma
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GP42 Day 2 – Iberdrola
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TP52 Day 3 – Emirates Team New Zealand
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TP52 Day 3 – Audi Sailing team Powered by Q8
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GP42 Day 2 – Iberdrola
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TP52 Day 3 – Quantum Racing
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RAK Crown Prince Gives Inside Story on Winning America’s Cup Venue

A wide-ranging interview by the Khaleej Times with the Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah reveals many details about the choice of RAK as the venue for the 33rd America’s Cup and insights as to what this means to the emirate and to the UAE.

First some description and then excerpts from the interview.

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Shaikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, was quite specific about one thing.

That the America’s Cup will benefit not just Ras Al Khaimah but all of the UAE and the entire Arab World. Swiss-based Alinghi named RAK, as everyone calls the northern emirate, as hosts for the defence of the world’s oldest trophy. The three-race event against American yacht Oracle will be held off the coast of Al Hamra Village in Ras Al Khaimah from February 8, 2010.

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