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Media, the poor cousins of the 34th America’s Cup?
With just one left until BMW Oracle presents in Valencia the final Protocol of the 34th America’s Cup, the type of boat as well as the year of celebration of the event, the San Francisco Examiner is increasing the content dedicated to the America’s Cup in general and the city’s efforts to lure Larry Ellison in particular.
Last Friday we were told that on Thursday, the Mayor and his staff held a meeting with Larry Ellison where they showed him a Powerpoint slideshow with their vision about the event. According to the newspaper, “a soaring webbed structure that evokes a sail” will provide cover over the “public heart” of the village, located at Pier 30-32. Pier 28 will host the media center, Brannan Street Wharf will host the superyachts that carry the racing yachts from their points of origin to the race, Pier 48 the administration, as well as Pier 50 the team bases, and Seawalls 330 and 337 for entertainment and media
MAXI YACHT ROLEX CUP SETS UP TO LEAVE LASTING IMPRESSION
Sum up the 2010 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in one word and ‘big’ is probably the shortest, but most emphatic. ‘Impressive’ might be better if one is trying to convey a little more of the visual impact. ‘Astounding’, when you learn that the majority of the twenty-four yachts competing in the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship have been lifted and weighed as part of the measurement process.
Racing at the 21st edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup gets underway tomorrow, Monday, 6 September. A record fleet of forty-nine yachts are registered. Aside from the burgeoning Mini Maxi Division comprising yachts between 18 and 24-metres, there are twenty-five of yachts in excess of 24-metres, with sixteen over 30-metres in length featuring Albert Buell’s Saudade (MLT) as the grand-daddy, slipping in the ring at a whopping 45.19-metres, a whisker under 150-feet. Salperton IV (CAY) has grounds to be aggrieved; she misses out on top spot by a mere 19-centimetres. Some comfort will be her maximum beam, which at 9.34-metres is the biggest in the fleet. That is an awful lot of deck, even if Usain Bolt could cover it in under a second.
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Boat Found Adrift In Atlantic Flying Foreign Flag
Fla. — A large sailboat was found on Thursday adrift in the rough seas stirred up by Hurricane Earl.
Coast Guard officials were working to determine where the boat came from. They said it didn’t appear that the boat broke its moorings and drifted away, but they said there have been no reports of a missing boat either.
The boat was tossed in 9- to 12-foot seas stirred up by Earl and was found about five miles off Cocoa Beach and towed to Port Canaveral by the Coast Guard cutter Shrike.
The boat’s sail was shredded, and authorities said that was part of the mystery. A boat that was moored would have had its sails stowed, but this one appeared to have its sails rigged for sailing. However, nobody was aboard.
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Mathieu Richard Wins the ‘King of the Mountain’ Title in Spectacular Style
St. Moritz, Switzerland – 5 September 2010 – Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team won the ‘King of the Mountain’ title today in spectacular style, taking a huge stride towards his quest to become the 2010 ISAF Match Racing World Champion.
Having toyed with the teams all week at the St. Moritz Match Race, it was on the final day that the Maloja wind truly kicked in, bringing with it a supreme display of match racing for which the ISAF World Match Racing Tour is renowned. Richard, despite not always being on top of his game throughout the week, knuckled down when it mattered most, grinding out a series of hard-fought victories against his nearest rivals today.
When the two British skippers, triple Olympic gold medalist Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAMORIGIN and double ISAF Match Racing World Champion Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar won their first semi-final matches, the prospects looked good for an all-British final. However, Richard had no intention of playing second fiddle and led Ainslie all the way round the course in their next race to level the score.
It was standing room only in the packed grandstands and with everything hanging on the final race of both semi-final matches, the crowds of spectators were in for a treat. A dogfight before each of the starts characterized the races. With a penalty to his name in his deciding semi-final battle against Ainslie, it appeared Richard’s only option as they approached the final mark was a brutal one – to pin a penalty on Ainslie. Fortunately for Richard, his Blu26 found a gust, giving him enough time to complete his penalty turn and dispense with the Brit.
Meanwhile, in the Williams vs Minoprio bout Williams took the first match, but Minoprio responded in the second with a move at the windward mark, where Williams collected two penalties in rapid succession, allowing Minoprio to take a decisive victory. Williams though regained his composure for the final race of his dual with the New Zealander, with just enough control over Minoprio to maintain a slim lead to the finish and a place in the final.
The scene was set for a fitting British-French finale, with the title going to the first team to win two races. This was sailing’s version of ‘Le Crunch’. At times, both played underdog, exchanging glances and penalties. It was one all after two races and in the deciding race, it seemed only right that the wind, so unpredictable and challenging all week, should have the final say. Richard, playing a string of gusts and shifts to perfection, pulling five lengths clear, a lead he maintained to take the ‘King of the Mountain’ crown and CHF36,000 in prize money.
Richard, reflected: “I wasn’t happy after losing the first race against Ian in the finals. I was too excited, made mistakes and didn’t have a positive feeling. So, we picked ourselves up, changed our mood and took the match to them. We go to Denmark with a healthy lead however we know there is still all to play for. For now though, we’re overjoyed.”
As the Tour heads to the island of Bornholm, Denmark, next week, it is possible that the next few weeks will determine not just the outcome of this year’s World Match Racing Tour but also shape the future of match racing with the America’s Cup announcements that have been a hot topic all week in St. Moritz. Whatever the outcome, Richard and his rivals will remain focused on their endeavours to take the World Match Racing Tour title.
Overall Standings the 2010 St. Moritz Match Race:
1 Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team 25
2 Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar 20
3 Adam Minoprio (NZL) BlackMatch Racing 15
4 Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAMORIGIN 12
5 Bertrand Pace (FRA) Aleph Sailing Team 10
6 Björn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Global Team 8
7 Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team 6
8 Francesco Bruni (ITA) Azzurra 4
9 Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team
10 Eric Monnin (SUI) Swiss Match Race Team
11 Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team
12 Jerome Clerc (SUI) Team CER Geneve
For fans around the world, the St. Moritz Match Race will be featured in a TV highlights programme called The St Moritz Match Race. Featuring all the action from Lake St. Moritz, it will premiere on Eurosport at 21.35 on 6 October and also show on Eurosport Asia Pacific at 13.45 on 13 October. The programme will be screened on Sky Sports 3 at 18.00 on 22 October.
The St. Moritz Match Race highlights show will be broadcast on channels across the globe including CNBC, Setanta, Showtime, Sky NZ, Sevenload, Yacht and Sail International, America One, ESPN Star Sports, PCTV Mexico, Melita Cable, Bands Sports Brazil as well as local Swiss broadcaster Teleclub. The latest TV schedule for all the races can be viewed here
*Note: times are subject to change without notification
2010 ISAF World Match Racing Tour Standings
(After Stage 6 of 9)
1. Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team 96 Points
2. Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar 72 Points
3. Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing 69 Points
4. Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team 60 Points
5. Ben Ainslie (GBR) TEAMORIGIN 57 Points
6. Francesco Bruni (ITA) Azzurra 45 Points
7. Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing 43 Points
8. Jesper Radich (DEN) Radich Racing Team 40 Points
9. Magnus Holmberg (SWE) Sigma Racing Team 29 Points
10. Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Global Team 23 Points