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In this issue:
Des Top News
Thundercats @ Whitianga
Antigua Sailing Week 2010
RC 44 Austria Cup
TP52 & GP42 – The Portugal Trophy
Maxi Banque Populaire V – Mediterranean Cruise
St Moritz Matching
French Olympic Sailing Week
Ady Gil RIP
Figaro Transat – wind at last
MATCH60 of IPL 2010 between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings
Antigua Sailing Week 2010 – Tom & Dot Hill’s RP75, TItan 15 takes on Niklas Zennstrom’s JV72, Rán
Ten teams and ten favourites ready to compete for the RC 44 Austria Cup
The RC 44 Austria Cup will take place on April 29 – May 4. The level of the Tour is such that it is impossible to name a favourite.
April 27, 2010 – The second regatta of the RC 44 Championship Tour 2010 will begin on Thursday, April 29, on Lake Traunsee, in Austria. James Spithill, Russell Coutts and Larry Ellison make their come back on the circuit; they will sail against Ray Davies, Paul Cayard, Rod Davis, Markus Wieser, Terry Hutchinson, Cameron Appleton, Christian Binder and many more of the world’s best sailors… Tough job for the bookmakers!
Recent winner of the America’s Cup at the helm of BMW ORACLE Racing, James « Jimmy » Spithill is the skipper of a new team called RC 44 Challenge. His crew is made up of a combination of America’s Cup sailors – such as John Kostecki – and genuine amateurs, as required by the Class rules. RC 44 Challenge will with no doubt immediately become one of the favourites of the event. “I am really looking forward to returning to the RC 44 Class”, says Spithill. “It attracts the world’s best sailors from both match racing and fleet racing, plus the boats are incredibly rewarding to sail and certainly one of the reasons I’m back. We have a fantastic team. John Kostecki will be tactician and Joey Newton trimming, both who raced on the BOR 90 trimaran.”
Other new faces involved in the RC 44 Austria Cup include Harm Müller Spreer, who will be Team Sea Dubai’s fleet race helmsman. Owner of the well known TP 52 Platoon, Harm Müller Spreer is a successful Dragon sailor; he became European champion in 2004, finished second at the 2005 worlds and is a triple Gold Cup winner.
Russell Coutts is also back on the circuit for the first time since last year’s Portoroz Cup. Larry Ellison will steer BMW ORACLE Racing during the fleet races whilst Coutts will be at the helm on Thursday and Friday for the match race.
Finally, Team Austria, the local team headed by René Mangold, will be keen to perform in front of its public. The Austrians managed to win two fleet races in Dubai earlier in the season. “We have improved a lot but we need more continuity”, comments Christian Binder, the team’s match race helmsman and tactician.
The teams involved in the RC 44 Austria Cup (fleet race / match race helmsman):
Team No Way Back, Pieter Heerema, Ray Davies,
Artemis, Torbjorn Tornqvist, Terry Hutchinson,
CEEREF, Igor Lah, Rod Davis,
BMW ORACLE Racing, Larry Ellison, Russell Coutts,
Team Aqua, Chris Bake, Cameron Appleton,
Team Islas Canarias Puerto Calero, Daniel Calero, José Maria Ponce,
Katusha, Paul Cayard,
Team Sea Dubai, Harm Muller Spreer, Markus Wieser,
Team Austria, René Mangold, Christian Binder,
RC 44 Challenge, Ian Vickers, James Spithill,
2010ís OPENING EVENT: AN EXTRA INCENTIVE
The Portugal Trophy will be the first of the five events which comprise the Audi MedCup Circuit this season. As the curtain raiser for for the 2010 season, Cascais will be the first venue to feature the modified TP52, which has undergone key changes which were designed to enhance the performance of this already exciting, demanding class.
Emirates Team New Zealand (TP52) and Islas Canarias Puerto Calero ( GP42), the Audi MedCup 2009 winners, will try to carry on their winning momentum into the new season, starting in Cascais:
Nacho Postigo (ESP) Audi MedCup Circuit director commented: “We are seeing a rise in the level of the competition and the quality this year, particularly due to the three new America’s Cup entries. Cascais is getting the sailors nervous, many know the race area from previous events and realise that they will need to very agile to control the boat. The boats are more powerful with the modifications that have been introduced since last year. The changes have made the boats faster and that is what you have to control with one less crew member. It is guaranteed to be quite a spectacle and I encourage all the people in the region of Lisbon to come and enjoy all this in Cascais.”
“Last year’s fleet was difficult to beat. The teams improved race by race. In 2010, three new teams, TeamORIGIN, ALL4ONE and Luna Rossa,will make things even more difficult for us. We didn’t have much time to train on our modified NZL380 and we are looking forward to coming to Cascais, so that we can test our performance level with the rest of the fleet”, says Grant Dalton, CEO of Emirates Team New Zealand.
Maxi Banque Populaire V
For seven days the Maxi Banque Populaire V cast off its home port of Lorient. An intense week which showed many positive points, as reported by Pascal Bidégorry few minutes after setting foot in the Mediterranean port pontoon: A week of sailing, it was good! It is really nice to have been sail off! was, I believe, a true liberation for all the crew! We really enjoyed browsing the Maxi Banque Populaire V. It is a reflection that is returned often during the ferry: “c ‘ is an exceptional boat. “We knew this already, but here we have an efficient boat on which we are safe, it is perfectly suited to our program, it meets all our expectations, we can not dream of anything better.”
St. Moritz Match Race welcomes Volvo as co-sponsor
Volvo joins main partner AFG Arbonia-Forster-Holding and Badrutt’s Palace Hotel as co-sponsor. Volvo also becomes title partner of the Swiss qualifying regatta Volvo Match Race Zug.
Glattbrugg, April 26, 2010 – Volvo cars Switzerland supports match racing in Switzerland, and becomes a co-sponsor of the prestigious St.Moritz Match Race. Volvo also becomes the title-partner of the Volvo Match Race Zoug, a qualifying regatta that will give the opportunity to a Swiss team to qualify directly for St.Moritz Match Race. The eighth edition of St Moritz match Race will take place on August 31 – September 5 and the Volvo Match Race Zug on May 28 – 30.
Volvo has been supporting the sport of sailing for over a decade. Its main involvement is with the Volvo Ocean Race, the race around the world for crews with stopovers.
Volvo Cars Switzerland now also supports match racing in Switzerland Through St. Moritz Match Race and Volvo Match Race Zug. “We are pleased to support these events at the highest level”, commented Anouk Poelmann, the President of Volvo Cars Switzerland. “The possibility given to a Swiss team to qualify directly for St. Moritz Match Race gives us the opportunity to also support the sport on a national scale.”
Highlights from last year;
French Olympic Sailing Week – Aleh and Powrie open well
By Yachting New Zealand
After a second day of light winds in Hyeres, France all fleets with kiwi representatives now have racing underway at 2010 French Olympic Sailing Week.
The best placed of the twelve New Zealand entries are currently Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie in the Women’s 470 event. In their opening race of the series the pair crossed the finish in second place behind Israel’s Cohen and Mamriav, and with just one race completed the kiwis have second place overall at this early stage.
Andrew Murdoch is in 10th place in the Lasers. The split fleet which boasts a huge 94 entries in total, added just one race to the scorecard overnight in the light conditions. Murdoch was fourth which sees him move up the standings from 15th into tenth.
Josh Junior’s stellar start in the opening race was followed up with a 27th in last night’s race, and the young Wellingtonian now sits 23rd in the standings.
Sara Winther made a decent start in the Laser Radial event kicking things off with a fourth place in race one. She went on to record a 13th in the second race and holds 13th overall in the 80 boat fleet.
Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders are in the Men’s 470 line-up, and they sum up their frustrations on day two of French Olympic Sailing Week so far beset by light fluky winds.
“There was little wind for the first race, we had good speed but just couldn’t recover after missing a big right shift moments after the start,” comments the pair. “Our start was front row and we maintained our lane, this is a big improvement in comparison to our starts in Marseilles.”
Over in the Women’s Match Race event Samantha Osborne, Raynor Smeal and Jenna Hansen didn’t hit the water on day two with Group C – their round robin group – held off the water while Group’s A and B completed their round robin racing.
Well we had a busy day……. and not much yachting.
The conditions were similar to yesterday with the breeze not filling in till just after lunch.
The race committee did a great job in firing the races away and making the most of the breeze we had this afternoon.
Pool A and B finished their round robin and there were quite a few upsets…. check out the results on the regatta website.
Pool C jumped into the boats at around 6pm. Unfortunately the breeze died and we were unable to race.
We followed each of the races today from a mixture of viewing spots. We watched the action from a shore and once ready for a close up view we got comfortable in the coach boat and zipped out to the course.
This means we are first up tomorrow. We ready and amped….. bring it on!
Samantha Osborne, Raynor Smeal and Jenna Hansen
When Bentleys craftsmen and women begin this summer to create the very first production examples of the new Mulsannes beautiful cabin, it will represent the culmination of an extraordinary four-year journey for the Crewe-based company. While Bentley is long renowned for its handcrafted interiors, it was decided at the earliest stages of concept planning that even higher standards of quality and luxury would be required for the new Mulsanne, the companys new flagship Grand Tourer.
Today is a great day at the factory… The M34 n°1 has just received her fitted deck;
All the staff is here, watching at the baby, nobody breaths.
The work we have to do right now is to check and survey if all parts works properly together,
But we are meeting for the very first time our M34. After some silences, faces start smiling. Guys start to chat and seem to be satisfied.
No doubt, she‘s nothing but a great, pure, incredible racer,
We can see here a fantastic design, showing, pure lines, super well-balanced and powerful boat.
Next step: completions on deck and interiors
Full Match Replay for MATCH60 of IPL 2010 between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings played on Apr-25-2010 at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai.