Yachting News 20th September 2009

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Audi MedCup Circuit 2009 Prizegiving

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Daniel Calero from Islas Canarias Puero Calero, winner GP42 Series Audi MedCup Circuit 2009 and Dean Barker from Emirates Team New Zealand, winner TP52 Series Audi MedCup Circuit 2009.
Caja Mediterraneo Region of Murcia Trophy, 19 09 2009 © Ian Roman/Audi MedCup

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Grant Dalton and Dean Barker from Emirates Team New Zealand, winner TP52 Series Audi MedCup Circuit 2009.
Caja Mediterraneo Region of Murcia Trophy, 19 09 2009 © Ian Roman/Audi MedCup

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Grant Dalton and Dean Barker from Emirates Team New Zealand, winner TP52 Series Audi MedCup Circuit 2009. Caja Mediterraneo Region of Murcia Trophy, 19 09 2009 © Ian Roman/Audi MedCup

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Dean Barker, Emirates Team New Zealand, winner TP52 Series Audi MedCup Circuit 2009
Caja Mediterraneo Region of Murcia Trophy, 19 09 2009 © Richard Walch/Audi MedCup

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Emirates Team New Zealand wins the Tp52 series of the Caja Mediterraneo Region of Murcia Trophy, presented by Pedro Alberto Cruz, Consejero de Cultura, Deporte y Turismo de la Regi�n de Murcia. Caja Mediterraneo Region of Murcia Trophy, 19 09 2009 © Nico Martinez/Audi MedCup

Islas Canarias won today to clinch the Audi MedCup for the GP42 Series, whilst Emirates Team New Zealand won their fourth regatta on the trot and are Audi MedCup 2009 TP52 champions.

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Islas Canarias Puerto Calero celebrates their victory of the GP42 Series of the Audi MedCup Circuit. Caja Mediterraneo Region of Murcia Trophy, 19 09 2009 © Nico Martinez/Audi MedCup

Immaculate team work, consistently strong tactics and perfect reliability underpinned a comprehensive overall victory for Emirates Team New Zealand who lifted the 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit Trophy today in Cartagena, Murcia, Spain.

The young crew from the Canary Islands, Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP) won the title for the GP42 Series by winning the last race of the season

Kept on ice for two days since the Kiwi team clinched the Circuit title after building an arithmetically untenable margin by Thursday evening, the champagne flowed after they docked in front of the welcoming crowd lining Cartagena’s Aphonso XII promenade.

Lead by skipper Dean Barker (NZL), the New Zealand team won four of this season’s five regattas culminating in their dominant performance at this Caja Mediterraneo Region of Murcia regatta. With a second place today they won by 13 points over Portugal’s Bigamist 7, while Quantum Racing (USA), the outgoing champions, finished third in the regatta and secured the runners-up on the season standings 78 points behind the Kiwi team.

After missing out on victory in Alicante because of one error on the final run of the last race, Emirates Team New Zealand set about ensuring they improved at every successive regatta. In Murcia this week they were invincible in the big breeze, a class apart, and convincing in all other conditions. Of the six races which could be raced here they won six, completing a tally of 14 wins from 43 starts. The Kiwi team had no gear or sail failures through all five regattas, never had to re-start and only once took penalty turns, in Marseille.

The freshly crowned 2009 champions have at their core a number of sailors with essential MedCup and TP52 experience. Tactician Ray Davies won overall in 2006 with Mean Machine (MON), Dean Barker, who has steered TP52’s every year since the Circuit started in 2005 and navigator Kevin Hall (USA) were on second placed Warpath (USA) that year. But their team skills and spirit has also been hard wired at America’s Cup level, winning – and losing – together.

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Emirates Team New Zealand with the TP52 fleet. Caja Mediterraneo Region of Murcia Trophy, 19 09 2009 © Richard Walch/Audi MedCup

After a long wait for the breeze to settle to a sailable, solid direction today it was the Russian team on Synergy who went on to win, just as they did in the final race in Portimao.

So the Kiwi team lead the celebrations tonight, looking to make a small impact on the red labelled ‘Great Wall’, a season’s worth of untouched beers from their sponsor.
The Audi MedCup Circuit returns in 2010 with the first event beginning on May 11th. The TP52 Class convene in Palma, Mallorca for the TP52 World Championships (6-11 Oct).

GP42 Series, Down to the wire, Islas Canarias win
The assembled crowd was awaiting a display of match race mastery from GP42 Series leader Paolo Cian (ITA) and his Roma 2 (ITA) team, the same skill that has found him success on the World Match Racing Tour. Going into today’s final race, Roma led runner-up Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP) by two points, but with 13 firsts in the 39-race series to 11 for Roma, the Italians had to either beat or finish directly behind the young Canarias team to win the overall prize. So everyone was expecting a fight.

Yet the Roma team did not engage in pre-start combat, electing instead to do what they’ve done best throughout this season: get a fabulous start on the line and take an early lead. They used this lead to force Canarias to the right, but unfortunately this was appearing to be the favored side, and once Iberdrola (ESP) got into the mix as well, Roma found themselves behind and unable to catch up.

Even on the first downwind leg, Roma gybed close on the Canarias team, protecting the path to the bottom gate, but it was Iberdrola acting as the spoiler, forcing Roma outside the mark at the rounding and forcing the Italians back into the pack. The battle then shifted to that for the lead between Canarias and Iberdrola, and the bright green team led by last year’s class season champion Laureano Wizner and his Desafio alumnists were ahead for a while, putting Roma back in contention for the series.

But the Canarias team were smooth and fast, the breeze was increasing from 10 to 14 knots, and so they took the lead around the top mark and even split back to the right side on the run when Roma so jealously guarded the left. It was a shift, favorable current, and a course change that all conspired to make the right pay off, vaulting not only Canarias and Iberdrola ahead, but Caser-Endesa (ESP) as well.

So congratulations go to Daniel Calero (ESP) and his home-grown team from Islas Canarias for a hard-fought and well-earned victory in the GP42 Series.

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Islas Canarias Puerto Calero wins the Gp42 series of the Caja Mediterraneo Region of Murcia Trophy, presented by Pilar Barreiro <br /> majoress of Cartagena. Caja Mediterraneo Region of Murcia Trophy, 19 09 2009 © Nico Martinez/Audi MedCup

Next stop for the GP42’s will be in Lanzarote, Islas Canarias for their GP42 Global Cup over 13-17 October, where 10 teams are expected to compete.

Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy
Overall – Final

TP52 Series
1. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), 1+1+3+2+1+2= 10 points
2. Bigamist 7 (POR), 6+4+2+1+4+6= 23 points
3. Quantum Racing (USA), 8+6+1+3+5+4= 27 points
4. Synergy (ESP), 9+7+8+4+3+1= 32 points
5. Artemis (SWE), 7+2+7+6+6+5= 33 points

GP42 Series
1. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP), 1+2+3+3+6+1= 16 points
2. Iberdrola (ESP), 3+1+1+6+4+2= 17 points
3. Roma (ITA), 4+4+2+1+2+4= 17 points
4. Turismo Madrid (ESP), 7(DNF)+3+5+2+1+5= 23 points
5. Caser-Endesa (ESP), 2+5+6+5+3+3= 24 points

Audi MedCup Circuit 2009
Overall – Final

TP52 Series
1. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), 38+27,5+28+25+10= 128,5 points
2. Quantum Racing (USA), 40+41,5+65+29+27= 202,5 points
3. Artemis (SWE), 37+62,5+49,5+26,5+33= 208,5 points
4. Matador (ARG), 36+47,5+42,5+44,5+39= 209,5 points
5. Bigamist (POR), 46+55,5+57+30,5+23= 212 points

GP42 Series
1. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP), 20+23+23+16+16= 98 points
2. Roma (ITA), 22+17+30+13+17= 99 points
3. Caser-Endesa (ESP), 33+27+26+24= 123 points
4. Airis (ITA), 21+38+28+25+30= 142 points
5. Turismo Madrid (ESP), 35+35+43+23+23= 159 points

Complete results

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Emirates Team new Zealand celebrates their victory of the TP52 Series of the Audi MedCup Circuit.
Caja Mediterraneo Region of Murcia Trophy, 19 09 2009 © Richard Walch/Audi MedCup

Quotes

Dean Barker (NZL), skipper Emirates Team New Zealand:
“We came here looking to win so that we finished the season feeling like we were sailing the best we have all season, and so I think this has been our best event all season. We have really enjoyed this year’s Audi MedCup season and now we are going to do everything we can to come back next season. It has been lot of fun. It couldn’t have gone better this week. We had a great start in the big breeze. It has been incredible and as the week has gone on it has been awesome sailing.”

Grant Dalton (NZL), mast-man and CEO Emirates Team New Zealand:
“We wanted to improve incrementally as the season. That was in the objective. I think if we had had a breakdown today would not feel so good. We sail well today even after having got a bad start. This regatta was probably our strongest. We weren’t super happy after Alicante. In Alicante we should have done better, we kind of coughed up. We should have won. You could argue it was a blessing, but I don’t think so, you go there to win, not to get better by losing. So we talked about making incremental gains rather than trying to cover it all. And so after that we just tried to get consistent and just cut out those really deep, deep ones, 9ths or 10ths. That was the key lesson from Alicante. We sailed well, then had a shocker, sailed well and then had a shocker. So we tried to lose the shockers.”

“The whole reliability thing was a big for us the other day after 2003. After that reliability has always been a key issue for this team. Reliability is not hard to build into these boats, much easier than into a Cup boat, but that is what we have been trying to achieve.”

Pepe Ponce (Esp), skipper Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP)
“ Today we had to win the race and get a boat between us and Roma, and we knew they could come, look for us and stick to us. But I think we faced up to that in the right way and got away and everything then worked out perfectly. We even got two boats in between, cause they went to look for a shift that didn’t arrive. That’s why we are here now. The crew has done a great job throughout the season and I want to thank the Calero family for trusting us.”

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Emirates Team new Zealand celebrates their victory of the TP52 Series of the Audi MedCup Circuit.
Caja Mediterraneo Region of Murcia Trophy, 19 09 2009 © Richard Walch/Audi MedCup

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From 16th to 20th September 2009, the world’s most beautiful classic yachts will be moored along the quays of Port Hercule, scene of the great 20th century innovations, to celebrate the 100 years of Tuiga, the flagship of the Yacht Club de Monaco.

For the occasion, the Yacht Club de Monaco in collaboration with its official timekeeper Hublot, and the participation of Moët Hennessy, Credit Suisse and Lancia, plans to turn back the clock and recreate the atmosphere on Quai Antoine 1er as it was 100 years ago in 1909.

This is an invitation to travel through time and discover the maritime history of the Principality between 1909 and 2009.

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TeamOrigin Add the Audi Med Cup to their 2010 Campaign List.

It’s been a busy week for TeamOrigin – the UK sailing team backed by Sir Keith Mills. So busy in fact, that the news of partnering with the Carbon Trust to create an environmental evangelist program from sailing overshadowed the announcement that the team would compete in the 2010 Audi Med Cup (as well as the Louis Vuitton World Series).

The team went into survival mode in 2009, trying to keep the core group of talent together while Larry Ellison and Ernesto Bertarelli sidelined all-comers for the America’s Cup. The team helped Richard Branson out with his trans-Atlantic record crossinng in ‘Speedboat’ (renamed Virgin Money for the occasion), and Ben Ainslie competed in a couple of World Match Racing Tour Events.

Now with the new environmental evangelism behind them, TeamOrigin will once again become a ’superteam’ – maximising their sponsors returns by competing in multiple Big-Boat events in 2010 and beyond.

TeamOrigin Team Director, Mike Sanderson confirmed that the team are working hard on their plans to join the Audi MedCup Circuit for next season. The entry of the UK team may convince Emirates Team New Zealand to return to the TP52 series for 2010. The chance for both teams to benchmark against each other may justify the NZ team’s continued involvement in the series, despite their winning 2009 boat being up for sale.

Sanderson said:

” We are definitely going to do it unless anything changes. We are basing that decision on what we know of the circuit for next year. I have spoken to just about everyone I can who is on the Circuit and they sound committed to going ahead next season.”

“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.”

” We would love to do a new boat. We have to make the decision very soon but it ticks all the boxes, utilising 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.”

” We are definitely very excited about being on the MedCup Circuit next year. For sure.”

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