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On fire, Rod Davis conquers the Sea Dubai Gold Cup match race and offers the season title to Ceeref
The Slovenian team Ceeref, with Rod Davis at the helm for this regatta, wins the Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup match race ahead of the fantastic Spaniards on board Islas Canarias Puerto Calero. Ceeref also conquers the season title ahead of a disappointed Dean Barker, on board Artemis, ninth of the event.
November 26, 2009 – The Sea Dubai match race took place today in a light and fairly stable sea breeze. Due to the cancellation of the races yesterday and in order to save time, the fleet got split into two groups of five boats, resulting in two parallel rankings. The wind unfortunately didn’t allow for a Grand Finale; the event is nevertheless valid, with five flights completed and a proper ranking.
Sailing for the season title, Artemis, with Dean Barker at the helm, suffered from a steering failure during the pre-start of the first regatta against Team Sea Dubai. Markus Wieser, who was steering the local team, immediately saw the benefit he could get from this situation and inflicted a penalty to his opponent before the start, winning the race and an important point although Barker and his team remained a serious threat until the arrival line. However, Dean’s steering position, squatting in the cockpit during the entire race – holding the spare tiller – made a come back impossible.
The RC 44 technical team managed to repair the failure but the crew on board Artemis suffered throughout the day, sailing way below their usual level and finishing a disappointing ninth overall. A result that allows Ceeref to grab the annual Championship Tour match race title.
The irony of the story is that Artemis’ main opponent today was no other than their own coach: Rod Davis, steering Ceeref exceptionally today as a substitute to their usual helmsman Sébastien Col, who was not available this week.
Davis was on fire, beating Team Aqua in the first flight after a fantastic match race lesson that included a dial up at the windward mark, fake jibes and many more of the “dirty tricks” available in the match race encyclopaedia. Ceeref then went on to beat Team Austria, Organika and BMW ORACLE Racing, finishing the contest unbeaten.
The situation was tighter in the second group, with Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (José Maria Ponce) winning ahead of No Way Back (Ray Davies) to grab the second place overall.
There were many penalties today, and the overall ranking is deeply affected by the nervousness of some of the teams. Indeed, Team Aqua – who was third overall in the match race ranking before this regatta – finishes the Gold Cup at an unbelievable last place and ends up seventh in the yearly ranking. Artemis, who was leading, finishes fourth… On the other hand, Ceeref is the season winner ahead of No Way Back and Karol Jablonski’s Organika, definitely on great form after their performance last week in Nice.
The fleet regatta starts tomorrow. Artemis leads the season ranking, two points ahead of Team Aqua and five points ahead of BMW ORACLE Racing and No Way Back. Artemis dominated last month’s event in Portoroz and is the favourite of this contest. However, as the match race event proved, nothing’s ever acquired until the last race!
Rod Davis, helmsman, CEEREF: “CEEREF is a very easy team to fit in. It is a slick and very well run operation. All I had to do is take the helm and concentrate on my steering: the manoeuvres were perfect and Michele Ivaldi was giving me great strategic advice. I had a big pressure because I am usually sitting on the coach boat: if I loose, people will say “who are you to give advice…” I focused on remaining calm and trying to identify the issues and find the right answers.”
Jose Maria Ponce, helmsman, Islas Canarias Puerto Calero: “We knew in the morning that it would be a very difficult day, with a light breeze. Our first race against Paul Cayard went really well; we managed to give him a penalty before the start and won nicely. It gave the entire team a great boost of confidence and we carried on sailing very well. The mental is very important in those races, and when you start well it gives you a huge motivation.”
Dean Barker, helmsman, Artemis: “I am extremely disappointed. We had this steering failure during the first race and it affected our entire day. We just didn’t get back into it, and sailed very average. It is frustrating that we are loosing the title due to a gear failure.”
Ray Davies, helmsman, No Way Back: “I am very happy with our day, especially the second part of it as we finished very strong. We should also have won the first race against the Spaniards but we were called back at the start and didn’t manage to get back. There was obviously a strong pressure today because it is the end of the season and the points become very important. We salvaged a good day.”
Match Race Tour leaders to clash at Australia Cup
The final, crucial round of the World Match Racing Tour, the Monsoon Cup, is being sailed in Malaysia from 1-6 December, but first is the premier international match racing event on the Australian calendar, the Sunseeker Australia Cup.
Monsoon Cup 2008. Credit Sander Van Der Borch / SubZero Images
Once, the weeks before this major event provided time for the match racing crews to recharge their batteries, but not any more.
In 2008 young Perth match racer Torvar Mirsky cheekily issued personal invitations to the World Match Racing Tour champion Ian Williams and the then third placed Mathieu Richard, to come to Perth to train with him on the Swan River, in Foundation 36 match racing boats. The issued invitation was for practice racing before the Monsoon Cup, which is also sailed in Foundation 36s.
The pre-event preparation yielded results with Mirsky making it to the Monsoon Cup semi-finals. Williams also made it through, giving Williams the points to take the overall 2008 World Match Racing Tour crown.
A year later and 23-year-old Mirsky and his New Zealand rival 24-year-old Adam Minoprio are the top two on the World Match Racing Tour leader board. This year, just a week before the Monsoon Cup, they will be two of the crews participating in the premier international match racing event on the Australian calendar, the Sunseeker Australia Cup.
The Australia Cup was first held in January 1982 at the Royal Perth Yacht Club. The inaugural winner John Bertrand, went on to win the 1983 America’s Cup in Newport, Rhode Island onboard Australia II. Since the last series in 2002, the Australia Cup has remained in the Trophy cabinet at the Royal Perth Yacht Club.
Sir Keith Mills: Successful Sponsorship is About Sustainability.
Yacht Racing was well represented at the European Sponsorship Association (ESA) ‘Future of Sponsorship’ conference and awards in London yesterday. Speakers included Karin Bäcklund – Director, Global Sponsorship & Brand Partnership, Public Affairs, Volvo Car Corporation, Rod Carr OBE – Chief Executive, Royal Yachting Association and Sir Keith Mills, Team Principal of the British America’s Cup challenger TEAMORIGIN.
TeamOrigin’s Race for Change initiative has received a fair bit of scrutiny since it was announced. Despite the obvious ‘powered by the wind’ claims, the team has to reconcile extensive air travel and use of exotic materials including carbon fibre with their green message.
Sir Keith Mills speech to the Future Sponsorship Conference in London wasn’t just about TeamOrigin. Sir Keith, who also holds the posts of Deputy-Chairman of LOCOG and Non-Executive Director of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, set out several ways in which his current sporting projects are already making an impact on climate change and outlined his pattern for future sponsorship in a world of increasingly environmentally conscious business and marketing agendas.
With the world’s political leaders, NGOs and global companies set to focus on core sustainability issues in the run up to the Copenhagen Climate Conference in December, Sir Keith highlighted the fact that sport can be used to align companies with the CSR issues that resonate with consumers. Sir Keith stated:
“The current financial crisis I believe has fundamentally changed our values, both corporately and in terms of consumer behaviour, and this will inevitably impact on the sponsorship market…Future sponsorship needs to be relevant and it needs to be socially responsible.”
The Racing Rules of Sailing 2009-2012 Amendments Effective 1 January 2010
The Racing Rules of Sailing
The International Sailing Federation has published amendments to The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2009-2012 (RRS) following the adoption by Council of recommendations made by the Racing Rules Committee during the Annual Conference in Korea. The amendments are effective from 1 January 2010.
The Changes are shown in detail below and can be downloaded from the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing page.
Words deleted from a rule are shown struck through and new words added are shown in bold and underlined.
(c) When a boat is required to give mark-room by rule 18.2(b), she shall continue to do so even if later an overlap is broken or a new overlap begins. However, if either boat passes head to wind or if the boat entitled to mark-room passes head to wind or leaves the zone, rule 18.2(b) ceases to apply.
Rule 18.2(c) will be changed to prohibit a newly discovered and potentially dangerous tactic that was an unintended consequence of the current wording of this rule. The revised rule will no longer permit a boat to tack just before she reaches a mark and, as a result of her tack, become entitled to mark-room from boats that had been clear ahead of her when they reached the zone. A parallel change in rule B3.1(c) outlaws a similar tactic in a sailboard race.
Photo Raffaello Bastiani / RC44 Class Association
Team Aqua, Team Austria and BMW ORACLE Racing on great form
The Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup practice race took place in spectacular conditions this afternoon. Making the best of the big surf, Team Aqua, Team Austria and BMW ORACLE Racing dominated the opposition.
November 24, 2009 – The RC 44 Championship Tour final event started today with the practice race. The conditions were absolutely perfect, with 15 knots of breeze and a big swell. “This particular wind is very rare in Dubai”, commented the Regatta Chief Executive Saeed Harib during the event’s opening press conference this morning. “It was blowing last time the RC 44’s were in Dubai, and it is there again today. I think the Class has taken a subscription.”
Starting perfectly at the Committee boat end of the line and tacking immediately to the right of the course, Team Austria – helmed by René Mangold – dominated most of the race, giving the victory away to Team Aqua and BMW ORACLE Racing in the last gibe. The Team from the UAE chose not to cross the line, letting the Americans win the regatta. Unfortunately, the forecast for the coming days isn’t as good and the usual sea breeze should be back.
Ten RC 44 one-designs representing nine nations are competing this week for the Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup and the season’s overall trophies. Organised by Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC), the event starts tomorrow and Thursday with a full match race round robin and carries on until Sunday with the fleet regatta. The points will count for double.
Talking about their strategy for the event, both Dean Barker and Cameron Appleton – skippers of the two leading teams – said that they would sail their race without looking too much at their opponent. “We will sail this race like any other race”, commented Appleton. Barker replied: “We hope to be as lucky as we were last time.”
Skipper of the local entry Team Sea Dubai, Markus Wieser explained that his team had been training hard over the past few days and that he expects a good results, at least in the top five. “The pressure is on”, he concluded.
The teams involved:
(Name of team, owner, pro sailor)
Team Aqua, Chris Bake / Cameron Appleton
Team Ceeref, Igor Lah / Rod Davis
Team Sea Dubai, Yousef Lahej, DIMC / Markus Wieser
BMW ORACLE Racing, Neville Crichton / Ian Vickers
Team Organika, Maciej Nawrocki / Karol Jablonski
Puerto Calero Islas Canarias, Daniel 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 / Bob Little
We had a good day today on Katusha. The forecast was for fresh winds and big seas, so most teams stayed at the dock until 1300. Since our boat is still relatively new, we took the opportunity to get out early, on our own, to check our boat and rig thoroughly from structural point of view. All was good and we had a nice sail from 1100 to 1230.
We came back to the dock, made a few changes to a new mainsail, ate lunch and headed out at 1330 with the other RC 44s for the practice race. As the seaway was large outside the harbor….2 meter waves, Peter Reggio the Race Committee Chairman, decided to have three practice starts inside. What does “inside” mean? It means between The Palm and the shore, so hidden a bit from the waves. This was also a great idea because we were sailing right under all those big buildings I sent you pictures of yesterday. Good spectating and good PR for our sport!
We had Bob Little (“Peaches” as he was nicknamed by his mother) on the helm. Bob is a very good sailor who decided to get a real job a number of years ago. As the fleet racing is an amateur driver competition, Bob enjoyed the opportunity to get some starting practice in. He did a great job working with our bowman Morgan Gutenkunst getting their time-on-distance judgment down.
Then we went outside for the practice race. We had a good start, but struggled to find the groove in the big waves. We got better as the race went on. Downwind was a lot of fun as the boats were surfing the big waves and it was easy to gain and lose a lot of ground downwind. We did not do that well in the end, 6th I think. We have a debrief every day after sailing and we have been very positive about our training whether we win or lose. The key is to keep building our strength as a team. We will learn the tricks of these boats.
We had a nice welcome cocktail tonight and tomorrow is the first day of match racing. The format is a single round robin and since there are 10 teams here each team will have 9 matches. The winner of this part of the competition will be the team with the most points. We should be getting underway with the first flight around 1130 wind permitting. Unfortunately, the forecast is for the wind to lighten up substantially so let’s hope it doesn’t all go away. As you know, we have been sailing in plenty of light air recently.
We crossed back into the southern hemisphere this evening, its nice to be back home! I said a quick hi to Neptune and thanked him for the fish! Still no sign of the big red line though, I’m starting to think that all this water must have washed it away?!
More of a quiet day out here, nothing too exciting just keeping up with all the ins and outs, doing a little school work, reading and napping. Mostly we’ve made great progress and have had some light squalls come through. The squalls didn’t give us any more than gusts of 20 knots of wind but that was just enough to make conditions just a little too wet to have the hatches open, making life pretty hot and sticky. Did I mention I’m looking forward to some cooler weather?
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
It hasn’t been the most amazing out here today, overcast, squally and the seas been a bit of a mess, it must be a lot like the inside of a washing machine! Bob predicted that the swell would become a little uncomfortable with an east going current clashing with the south easterly wind and believe me, he was right! I have to admit my mood was reflecting the grey sky for a while this afternoon so I had to give myself a good talking to, it didn’t take much and I’m right back to feeling 100% positive again. No point in wasting a single minute of my time out here feeling miserable! I really don’t have anything to complain about because even though the sun hasn’t been shining we’ve made great (and slightly bouncy!) progress south. Oh and even when things were looking a little blue I still couldn’t think of anything I’d rather be doing, I’m sure that there’s not many people who can say that so I’m a pretty lucky girl!
‘Pamir’ approaches Wellington Harbour – July 21 1941. © 1998 Jim Bolland
Finland, New Zealand and Germany share a common memory with the history of the four-masted barque Pamir.
This grand ship of yesteryear was built by Blohm and Voss of Hamburg and launched into the River Elbe on 29 July 1905 for F. Laeisz’s ‘Flying P Line’, also based in Hamburg.
Pamir’s yard number was 180 and she was the eleventh ship constructed for Laeisz, by Blohm and Voss and as a powerful Cape Horn vessel, she carried nitrate cargoes from Chile to European ports. In the 1930’s she flew the flag of Gustaf Erikson, of Mariehamm in the Finnish Aland Islands and was mainly employed carrying grain from Spoth Australian ports to Europe, again via Cape Horn.
On July 29 1941 Pamir sailed into Wellington Harbour, with a cargo of fertilizer, from the Seychelles Islands. Five days later, Pamir was seized, as a prize of war by the New Zealand Government.