Monthly Archives: May 2014

Campbell-James closing the gap on the leaders

 

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Photos © Sander van der Borch

 

 

GC32 European Tour Austria Cup at Gmunden, Austria

 

 

The GC32 Sailors showed they won’t let light, unstable wind conditions or rain dampen their spirits on day two of the inaugural GC32 Austria Cup on Lake Traunsee.

With four boats and eight teams in attendance, existing GC32 owners are sharing their carbon-fiber rocketships with newcomers; Laurent Lenne, creator of the GC32 Class and skipper of Spax Solutions, explained.

“It can be worrying to see your boat race in tight situations, but the bonus is that you can learn a lot from the way some of these top sailors set up your boat – as long as they don’t mess with it before swapping out to keep you from finding out their secrets!”

The standout performer on Thursday wasTeam C3R, with former Luna Rossa skipper Paul Campbell-James taking 3 wins on the day. Revelling in the light, unstable conditions in the morning and charging down the course in the breezier, full-foiling afternoon, even a late start in race 13 couldn’t slow ‘CJ’ down.

“Tom [Slingsby] got stuck in a bit of a hole at the gate and left just a little too much room to the mark; we flew in and passed him before he could do a thing about it,” said Campbell – James. The UK-based team would turn that decisive move into the most convincing victory of the young series; a 90-second trouncing.

After near-perfect performances on Wednesday, both AEZ Sailing and Luna Rossa were dealt a mixed bag on day 2. Whilst Slingsby’s AEZ team got off to a convincing start by winning the first two races of the day, C3R’s come-from-behind drubbing may have rattled the America’s Cup winners; they didn’t win a single race afterwards. Luna Rossa sailed a solid day, making few mistakes, but when they came, they were costly, and the Italian team’s failure to protect the heavily-favoured left side led to a loss for skipper Chris Draper against his old teammate, Campbell-James.

 

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Coming back strong after a lacklustre first day, Swiss owner/driver Flavio Marazzi and his Armin Strom Sailing Team came back fighting, with a solid performance on the day. This included a monster pass ‘around the outside’, when former Olympian Marazzi put the bow down and rumbled past Luna Rossa on the final leg to the finish.

Jes Gram-Hamsen and Team Sail Racing along with Laurent Lenne and Spax Solution Team were perhaps a bit too eager to show their speed, with an OCS in race 1 for the Dane and the same for Lenne in race 2. Whilst Spax Solutions struggled to rejoin the leaders on the race course, Team Sail Racing managed to sail around the fleet to get in front of AEZ Sailing, following it up with the first true tacking duel we’ve seen from the foiling GC32 fleet.

Thursday might not have been a day of glory for Frenchman Sebastian Col and his Seb Col Racing Team or Zsolt Kalocsai’s RSM DTM Hungary Sailing, but for the first-ever outing for these foiling racers going head to head against America’s Cup superstars, they performed admirably. The boats are new, they are quick to foil, and almost a complete unknown; meanwhile, these sailors are improving race by race and already competing with some of the world’s best sailors.

No position is safe and with 3 more days of racing to go and 10 races scheduled each day, the first Great Cup in Austria is wide open.

 

Current Standings

 

GC32 D2 results

 

By GC32Racing, www.thegreatcup.com

 

 

First sight of foiling GC32’s

 

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Tom Slingsby  wins 2 out of 2 on AEZ – Photos c Sander van der Borch/ GC32 Great Cup

 

 

 

GC32 European Tour Austria Cup at Gmunden, Austria 

 

 

The first day of full on foiling action at the GC32 Great Cup got underway at Lake Traunsee in very shifty 8 – 12 knots of breeze with some big puffs coming off the mountains causing some hairy moments on the race course.

Eight boats have come to the first leg of this European Tour for the now fully foiling cats with a lot of interest from current and past America’s Cup teams. Luna Rossa have joined the circuit with Chris Draper at the helm and Francesco Bruni calling tactics. Tom Slingsby has joined the series on behalf of Oracle Racing and Iain Percy and Loick Peyron from Artemis Racing are observing the action from the shore.

 

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The eight boats were split into two fleets of four and Tom Slingsby’s AEZ took two wins in as many races in his group, whilst Luna Rossa took two wins out of three races in their group. Paul Campbell-James scored the other bullet.

Racing was full on with big shifts causing some overlaying of marks and rapid crew manoeuvres onboard all teams. Racing continues until the weekend and live video coverage is available via the website: www.thegreatcup.com

 

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Azzurra victorious in Capri

 

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Photos © Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series

 

 

Barclays 52 Super Series at Rolex Capri Sailing Week

 

 

 

On the Barclays 52 Super Series’ first visit to the island of Capri it was the Italian team on Azzurra which came away with top honours, clinching the first regatta title of the 2014 European TP52 season with an impressive second and a first place from the two difficult races on the final day.

Theirs was a hard won overall victory, one which is attributable as much to their hard work and preparation put pre regatta in readiness for the light, unsettled breezes of Capri, as it is to their consistency and guile on the race course.

While the crew which sails for the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda were at their imperious best in today’s light and unsettled breezes, able to hold off the challenge from the American crew of Vesper in both races to roll out winners by four clear points, Jim Swartz’s US crew which had started the final day level with Azzurra had to settle for second overall just ahead of Quantum Racing, the defending 2013 52 Super Series Champions.

Consistency proved elusive for some but Azzurra only finished out of the top three once and delivered a 1,2,1 salvo from the final three races. The team skippered by Guillermo Parada were the only one to win two races, four different boats, Vesper, Quantum Racing, Rán Racing and Phoenix, winning the other contests.

Capri lived up to its longstanding reputation for light airs. The coastal race and one day of windward leeward races were lost to calm or unsettled breezes, but the last day of racing was blessed with 7-10kts of breeze from the SE for the finale.

 

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Niklas Zennström’s Rán Racing won the penultimate race, leading from half way up the first beat. Azzurra rounded the top mark with Vesper second and Azzurra very close behind in third.

On the second run the two top title rivals were still locked together. Azzurra feigned a dummy gybe, Vesper – whether they bought it or not – gybed away and Azzurra were able to hold on to take second across the line behind Rán Racing.

In the second race, sailed in a lighter wind with big differences between left and right, Azzurra’s Vasco Vascotto proved most adept at reading the conflicting breezes, picking the best path up the middle of the course to earn the lead around the first turning mark. With Eduardo de Souza Ramos’ Brazilian Phoenix in close contention, it proved an uphill task for Vesper in third, though keeping their American compatriots Quantum Racing behind them on the overall standings will be a source of satisfaction to Swartz’s team on their first visit to Europe to race.

The Azzurra team were elated at their victory while Quantum Racing’s visibly disappointed tactician Terry Hutchinson promised that the 2013 champions would harness their disappointment and be back stronger in two weeks time in Porto Cervo, Sardinia for the second regatta, the 52 World Championships.

Winning tactician Vasco Vascotto smiled: “It is important for us as a team to win because we did not sail well at the last couple of events we did, so we sailed in a good way here. We worked hard to improve our speed here, especially for the light air. Ours is not a boat for light airs and so I think everyone did a great job on and off the water. Guillermo had not steered at the start for many, many regattas and he was good off the start line and I am happy with the way we sailed.

This sport never gives you the chance to feel that you are unbeatable. Every day is a different and next time it will be tough again.”

 

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Overall Results:

1. Azzurra, ITA, (Alberto Roemmers ARG) (3,3,7,1,2,1) 17pts
2. Vesper, USA, (Jim Swartz USA) (5,2,1,6,3,4) 21pts
3. Quantum Racing, USA, (Doug De Vos USA) (4,1,6,4,5,3) 23pts
4. Rán Racing, SWE, (Niklas Zennström SWE) (2,8,2,5,1,6) 24pts
5. Phoenix, BRA, (Eduardo de Souza Ramos BRA) (1,7,3,8,9,2) 30pts
6. Gladiator, GBR, (Tony Langley GBR) (9,6,5,3,6,5) 34pts
7. Provezza 7, TUR, (Ergin Imre TUR) (6,4,8,2,8,7) 35pts
8. Paprec, FRA, (Jean Luc Petithugenin FRA) (7,5,9,7,4,8) 40pts
9. B2, ITA, (Michele Galli ITA) (8,9,4,9,7,9) 46pts

 

Quotes:

Gavin Brady (NZL) tactician Vesper (USA): “I was always saying that if they try a dummy gybe we go anyway. It was a match, they had nothing to lose and if we all start doing dummy gybes then the boat behind is only going to get through. It was safe option for us, we were going to commit and go. In the first race of what was to be a three race day we were just playing the percentages and trying to do the right thing. It did not pan out, nine times out of ten it would have been fine but not today. The story of the day was about who could keep putting in the top three scores. We did not ever get stuck here, we did not get bogged down with where we are on points or anything, we just went out and raced. I’d be shocked now if you didn’t see Jim Swartz and Vesper back for another round here, it wont be this year because of other commitments, but we will see Vesper back on the circuit I am sure. It has been a really positive experience for us and our owner Jim Swartz is feeling fantastic about it because we have been able to keep a 2008 boat on the pace, which is full credit to the class too and future of the 52 Super Series.”

Santi Lange (ARG) tactician Phoenix (BRA): “It was a really good experience for us. You always want more but we are a new boat and a new team we are happy with we finished. There is a lot to learn before Sardinia where the conditions will be very different. We need to start better. Here we had three good starts and got three good results, and three bad starts for three bad results. So that is one thing.”

 

By 52 Super Series media, www.52superseries.om

 

 

 

 

 

Eight thrilling medal races conclude Delta Lloyd Regatta

 

 

DLR 470 fleet

Photo © Guilain Grenier

 

 

Delta Lloyd Regatta – Medemblik

 

 

The 2014 Delta Lloyd Regatta came to a thrilling conclusion on Saturday with all classes completing their series, including eight medal races.

Already on Friday evening, Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign (GBR) had taken the gold in the 49er class after three exciting theatre style medal races just off from the harbour mouth.

On Saturday there were eight more medal races, nine final races for the remaining boats, six races for the Paralympic fleets, four races for the Moth class and the full round robin series for Kites. It was a very busy day in Medemblik with the wind changing from a nice 12-14 knots early on, to cloudy day with light winds and finally a nice breeze and sunshine to finish the day

First up, the Polish windsurfers, who have been making headlines all week, dominated the RS:X medal races, finishing top three in each and also filling both podiums. Pawel Tarnowski (POL) won the RS:X men and Zofia Klepacka (POL) the RS X women.

In the Laser races Sam Meech (NZL) overturned the form for the week to snatch gold, while Marit Bouwmeester (NED) secured Laser Radial gold. The 470s were next up with home team Michelle Broekhuizen and Marieke Jongens (NED) taking gold in the women’s 470. Then Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson (RSA) took a popular and historic win in the men’s 470, their first ever win together.

Phillip Kasueske (GER) took gold in the Finn after a very close medal race with Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) and finally Billy Besson and Marie Riou (FRA) took the Nacra 17 gold.

In the Paralympic classes, Megan Pascoe (GBR) closed out the 2.4 mR gold with a race to spare while Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell (GBR) wrapped up gold after tight week in Skud 18. Bruno Jourdren, Eric Flageul and Nicolas Vimont-Vicary (FRA) didn’t have the best day in the Sonar, but did enough to claim the gold.

In the two demonstration classes, Chris Rashley (GBR) won the Moth event while Oliver Bridge (GBR) took a very close win in the Kitesurfers.

 

For full results for each class see: results.deltalloydregatta.org

 

By Delta Lloyd Regatta press

 

 

More schedule disruption before Fletcher & Sign take 49er gold

 

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49er winners Fletcher and Sign (GBR) – Photo © Sander van der Borch

 

 

Delta Lloyd Regatta at Medemblik

 

 

On the fourth and penultimate day at the Delta Lloyd Regatta the schedules took a battering with very light wind and passing rain clouds causing all starts to be postponed from around 11.00 hrs onwards. Only the 49ers, Skud and Sonar classes got in a single race in the morning before all fleets were sent ashore to wait until the wind returned.

Postponement followed postponement, with eventually the 49ers called off for the day so they could prepare for their medal race at 18.00 hrs. The Nacras were sent out early afternoon, and then the Lasers for a second time, but to no avail and these classes were later abandoned for the day, as well as the two 470 classes, the Kites and the Moths.

As the evening approached, finally the skies cleared and a stable wind was recorded on the course areas and the Finn, the RS:X and the Paralympic classes were sent out for starts at 18.00 hrs. Against all the odd the wind increased to 9 -10 knots by start time and was near perfect for racing, albeit late in the day.

Apart from the 49er, all the other Olympic classes had no racing and the results from Thursday stood to decide who went into the medal race.

Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign (GBR) made sure of the 49er gold medal, while Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) won the Finn race to take the lead for the first time this week. Megan Pascoe (GBR) won her third race in a row in the 2.4 mR to build a sizeable lead, Alexandra Rickham and Niki Burrell (GBR) continue the lead in the Skud, as do Bruno Jourdren, Eric Flageul and Nicolas Vimont-Vicary (FRA) in the Sonar.

The RS:X fleets managed two races, with Pawel Tarnowski (POL) tied at the top of the men’s with Louis Giard (FRA), and Zofia Klepacka (POL) extending her lead in the women’s fleet.

The Delta Lloyd Regatta closes on Saturday with the rest of the medal races for the Olympic classes, the final races for the Paralympic classes, the Kites and the Moths.

 

For full results see: results.deltalloydregatta.org

 

 

Will the underdogs have their day?

 

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Photo © Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series

 

 

Barclays 52 Super Series at Rolex Capri Sailing Week

 

 

There was no further racing on Friday for the Barclays 52 Super Series fleet in Capri due to the lack of a settled, suitable breeze. But on the strength of a promising outlook for Saturday, the scheduled final day, the race officers have moved the start time forward by one hour (to 1100hrs local warning) and will attempt to squeeze in as many windward-leeward contests as possible.

The fleet of nine boats were held ashore at Capri’s Marina Grande before they were brought out to the race area around 1330hrs. The conflicting winds battled for supremacy and although there were some promising periods, the boats were sent back to the dock. One more attempt was made but ultimately all efforts were thwarted by the fickle, changeable light winds.

The finale set for Saturday sees Vesper and Azzurra locked on the same points tally, only one point ahead of Quantum Racing. The American team of Jim Swartz are relishing their role as the perceived underdogs, ready to take on the past 52 Super Series  and MedCup champion crews. While both Azzurra and Quantum Racing have a history stretching back more than five seasons, this is Vesper’s first ever event in Europe.

Vesper’s tactician Gavin Brady promises they will give it their best tomorrow, with nothing to lose:

“On paper we are probably the underdogs to the teams around us. I think we go out tomorrow and swing for the fence. We will enjoy the position as underdogs. It’s our first event in Europe and we have the oldest boat here. We are very, very pleased to be in the position we are in. We will just go out there and have a good crack at it.” “You have to be ready for days like this and just deal with them, and not get frustrated. You have always to be ready to race. The big thing is to keep the crew focused, to not start thinking we wont race or thinking we should be going back to the dock. You have to be in race mode all day. That is quite hard, always thinking ‘if we race now were would you go?’. Tomorrow will be a real test for the teams. On team Vesper we have nothing to lose. The only pressure we have tomorrow will be what we put on ourselves.”

 

Results after Day 4: (four races)

1st Vesper, USA, (Jim Swartz USA) (5,2,1,6) 14pts
2nd Azzurra, ITA, (Alberto Roemmers ARG) (3,3,7,1) 14pts
3rd Quantum Racing, USA, (Doug De Vos USA) (4,1,6,4) 15pts
4th Rán Racing, SWE, (Niklas Zennström SWE) (2,8,2,5) 17pts
5th Phoenix, BRA, (Eduardo de Souza Ramos BRA) (1,7,3,8) 19pts
6th Provezza 7, TUR, (Ergin Imre TUR) (6,4,8,2) 20pts
7th Gladiator, GBR, (Tony Langley GBR) (9,6,5,3) 23pts
8th Paprec, FRA, (Jean Luc Petithugenin FRA) (7,5,9,7) 28pts
9th B2, ITA, (Michele Galli ITA) (8,9,4,9) 30pts

 

By 52 Super Series

 

 

Glamour weather but tricky winds

 

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Photos c Guilain Grenier, www.grenierguilain.com

 

 

Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik

 

 

Glamour weather and tricky winds dominated the third day of racing at the Delta Lloyd Regatta. The day looked perfect for sailing, but the word from the sailors coming shore was of shifty, gusty winds that kept everyone on their toes through the day.

Forecasts of a significant drop in the wind in the afternoon were luckily wrong, and while the wind did decrease from the 15 -18 knots in the morning there was still a healthy breeze late in the afternoon when the Moths were finishing their final race of the day. And the sun shone down on the 350 sailors from 49 nations all day long. It was a great day to be sailing.

 

 

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Megan Pascoe (GBR) had a perfect day in the 2.4 mR with two race wins. Michelle Broekhuizen and Marieke Jongens (NED) in the women’s 470, Nicholas Heiner (NED) in the Laser, Marit Bouwmeester (NED) in the Laser Radial, Phillip Kasueske (GER) in the Finn, Zofia Klepacka (POL) in RS:X women, Alexandra Rickham and Niki Burrell (GBR) in the Skud 18 and Bruno Jourdren, Eric Flageul and Nicolas Vimont-Vicary (FRA) in the Sonar all maintained their leads.

There were new leaders in the men’s 470 with Onan Barreiros Rodriguez and Juan Curbelo Cabrera (ESP), in the 49er with Pavle Kostov and Petar Cupac (CRO), in the Nacra with Billy Besson and Marie Riou (FRA), in the RS:X men’s with Louis Giard (FRA).

Today was also the first day for the two demonstration events, the Kitesurfers and the Moths. Both fleets enjoyed showing off what they could in waters off Medemblik.

 

Delta Lloyd Regatta 2014 © Sander van der Borch

 

 

Racing for continues Friday at 10.00 hrs

 

For full results for each class see: results.deltalloydregatta.org

 

 

 

 

Coastal race falls victim to Capri calms

 

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Photo © Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series

 

 

Barclays 52 Super Series at Rolex Capri Sailing Week

 

 

The coastal race for the Barclays 52 Super Series at Rolex Capri Sailing Week had to be abandoned before the fleet had reached the first turning mark this afternoon when the light breeze shut down and left the crews all but becalmed.

The leaders, Tony Langley’s Gladiator and Jim Swartz’s Vesper¸ were ghosting gently towards the windward mark off the rocky Faraglioni pinnacles at Capri’s SE corner – when the race committee announced their decision, based as much on the fact that there was no wind at all for their return into the Bay of Naples.

Vesper, with Gavin Brady calling tactics, had made the best start off the pin end of the line and were looking good early on as the leaders tacked upwind in the gentle SE’ly breeze. They were first to run out of the breeze, close in under the spectacular cliffs, which allowed Gladiator to pass.

After erring slightly to the west on the beat – in fact only a very small distance to windward – Azzurra, Paprec and B2 became separated from the fleet in a different breeze. At one point they were under gennakers pointing in the same direction.

The decision received general approval all levels of the fleet.

 

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Racing returns to windward-leewards Friday and Saturday.

Vesper’s tactician Gavin Brady reported:
“You come to Capri then you have to expect this, just like if you go to San Francisco you have to be ready for lots of tide and lots of wind. If you come here to Capri you just have to be ready for it, to be work through these light spots. We were ready for this three months ago when our owner Jim Swartz said he wanted to come here. We did not feel too bad when the race got banged off. You win some you lose some.”

“We were joking at the start of the day that whoever was leading at the last mark would likely be last across the finish. We were not holding our breath.”

 

By 52 Super Series media, www.52superseries.com

 

 

 

Light winds disrupt the schedule

 

 

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Photos © Guilain Grenier

 

 

Delta Lloyd Regatta – Medemblik

 

 

An almost complete programme of races was completed on the second day of the Delta Lloyd Regatta despite the best intentions of the fickle weather to disrupt proceedings. After Tuesday’s near perfect start to the regatta, Wednesday didn’t quite go to plan with light winds delaying racing by five hours.

The first fleets were released from shore at 10.15 hrs, but they were all back within an hour as what wind there was, failed to stabilise enough to allow racing. A long wait ensued before they were again sent out at 14.00 hrs in an attempt to keep to the schedule, with the wind finally filling in at around 8-9 knots. The fleets for the second set of starts were released from the shore at 16.00 hrs while the first fleets were completing their final races. The last fleet, the 2.4mR, came shore at 20.30 having completed their two races.

 

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It was a great day for the Polish sailors who continued to dominate with wins in the RS:X men and women’s fleets and in the 49er. Nicholas Heiner (NED) extended his lead in the Laser, while Marit Bouwmeester (NED) took the lead in the Laser Radial. The young German Finn sailors carried on sailing well with Eike Martens (GER) winning one of the two races sailed, while Franck Cammas and Sophie de Turckheim (FRA) won two races in the highly competitive Nacra 17 fleet to take the overall lead. In the Skud 18, Alexandra Rickhaam and Niki Burrell (GBR) sailed a perfect day with two bullets to maintain their lead.

At one point today, any quality racing looked quite unlikely, but in the end only a few races were lost, and the races that were held were of a very good quality with a stable wind of between 6 and 10 knots for most races.

 

Racing for all fleets continues Thursday at 10am local time.

Keep up to date on all the day’s news, results and photos by going to www.deltalloydregatta.org.

 

 

By Delta Lloyd Regatta press

 

 

Azzurra and Vesper tied at the top

 

 

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 Photos © Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series

 

 

 

Barclays 52 Super Series at Rolex Capri Sailing Week

 

 

After two days of windward-leeward races off Capri, Italy the first Barclays 52 Super Series regatta of the season has fallen very much in line with predictions that this would be a very open event with no one boat able to dominate in the light winds. Four different winners from four starts endorse this view as Jim Swartz’s American crew on Vesper and Alberto Rommers’ Azzurra today added their names to the winners roster so far, both excelling in the challenging gentle airs.

But while winning races is important in the grand scheme of things, so too is the hard grind of gaining points from a deep position to convert a high score to something less harmful. And in that regard Vasco Vascotto, the charismatic Italian tactician of Azzurra was as pleased to have come back from last place during today’s first race which they converted to a seventh in the fleet of nine 52s from seven different nations.

Those two saved points ensure they share the same points tally as Vesper. Indeed it is only on the nominal strength of a better countback that the American boat are credited with the regatta lead.

The race committee did an excellent job in moving the course area and axis slightly further offshore into the channel, negating some of the advantage on the left side of the track which had prevailed on Day 1. Gavin Brady appeared to read that nicely for the Vesper and they popped out of the pack as leaders midway up the first beat before building a lead of just over 100 metres by the first downwind, a seemingly statutory right here afforded to the team which gets in front. Able to sail the pressure and shifts Vesper were well ahead by the leeward gate while Niklas Zennström’s Rán Racing pipped Michele Galli’s B2 on the finish line to regain the second place they had at Mark 1.

 

 

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The second race was sailed in the lightest breeze yet, just five knots at times. Azzurra made a great start with skipper-helm Guillermo Parada working nicely with Vascotto on their final speed build which just gave them the early advantage. Tony Rey and the Provezza crew worked well on the left of the second beat, recognising some extra, local pressure which helped them to squeeze just ahead of Gladiator at the final turn. Ergin Imre’s Provezza took second with Gladiator third.

Vascotto was not just pleased with their results today, but that the optimisation that they have for Capri’s lighter airs seem to have worked and they are equipped with the speed to compete: “Light conditions, for our boat as everyone knows, it is not fantastic but I think we have made some nice steps forwards in terms of speed upwind and downwind.” The tactician from Trieste explained, “We feel we can compete and that is the best news. If you are not sailing fast it is a little more difficult. The new sailors on board are making a very good job. In the first race we just sailed into a hole and we could not get back. It is very difficult if there is a boat like Quantum Racing which is tacking on you two or three times. But I felt they make a little mistake because I feel if they sailed their own race they could make more points rather than watching us. We are happy.”

Meanwhile tactician Gavin Brady is taking little store from their share of the best tally on the points table but is more pleased that the Vesper crew are ahead of expectations and have given themselves a healthy confidence boost:

“Getting the win is really important for the team, coming from Miami at the US 52 Super Series we did not feel like we sailed to our potential and I think like today when you go out there and have a good race, everyone does their job to the best of their abilities, we all walk away feeling like we can compete at this level. And that is really important, something we feel we can build on.”

And for Australia’s Olympic gold medallist and America’s Cup winning strategist Tom Slingsby, if his first day on the Barclays 52 Super Series proved a bit of a disappointing baptism of fire, this evening he is happier to see steady upwards progress, finishing third in Race 4.

Thursday is scheduled to see coastal race for the Barclays 52 Super Series fleet.

 

Overall results after 4 races:

1. Vesper, USA, (Jim Swartz USA) (5,2,1,6) 14pts
1. Azzurra, ITA, (Alberto Roemmers ARG) (3,3,7,1) 14pts
2. Quantum Racing, USA, (Doug De Vos USA) (4,1,6,4) 15pts
3. Rán Racing, SWE, (Niklas Zennström SWE) (2,8,2,5) 17pts
4. Phoenix, BRA, (Eduardo de Souza Ramos BRA) (1,7,3,8) 19pts
5. Provezza 7, TUR, (Ergin Imre TUR) (6,4,8,2) 20pts
6. Gladiator, GBR, (Tony Langley GBR) (9,6,5,3) 23pts
7. Paprec, FRA, (Jean Luc Petithugenin FRA) (7,5,9,7) 28pts
8. B2, ITA, (Michele Galli ITA) (8,9,4,9) 30pts

 

 

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Quotes from the teams:

Steve Hayles (GBR) navigator Rán Racing (SWE): “It was another tricky day with nothing really over ten knots. We were a bit up and down, the first race was good, the second we were lying third and then lost a couple of boats going up the second beat. It is very, very close and it is already proving a high scoring regatta like we thought it would be, we actually scored well today, we were disappointed with the second race. The breeze had been up to its maximum and was fading which was as per the forecast and the left hand side of the course was very strong yesterday and it was again in the second race then. But up until then there had been many more opportunities on the right. It looked light on the left, under the land in the second race, but two boats got in there and around the top and then there were very few opportunities after that. It is so important to get off the start line, we had a one way race track on the first day and today was more open. Today threw in a completely different look. It is actually really interesting racing. It is keeping the afterguards busy and thinking and it is all about knowing what is happening weatherwise. I think the race committee are doing a great job here, today they moved it just enough to make the left not quite so dominant. It was just a little lighter on the left this time but so too it was important that the left was a big part of it at the top of the beat. It made it such an interesting day.”

Gavin Brady (NZL) tactician Vesper (USA): “The fleet are getting used to the conditions and the current here is a consideration, it has a bigger effect than we all thought. The current is wrapping around the island and it obviously changes at high and low tide with quite a dramatic change. It kind of sneaks up on you. We are out in the middle but there are quite defined current lines. In the second race it had a big effect there was more wind on the right but more tide out there and we went out and paid the price. It is light but there are a lot of passing lanes. Getting the win is really important for the team, coming from Miami at the US 52 SUPER SERIES we did not feel like we sailed to our potential and I think like today when you go out there and have a good race, everyone does their job to the best of their abilities, we all walk away feeling like we can compete at this level. And that is really important, something we feel we can build on. And we are really looking forwards to the coastal race tomorrow, some straight line sailing a real test for the trimmers, the navigators and the tacticians, it will be a real boatspeed day.”

Tom Slingsby (AUS) tactician Gladiator (GBR): “Yesterday, Day 1, we just did not get off the line well and on a one way, left hand track we were fighting to get there and never quite made it. It was better today, we are getting there slowly, we are going in the right direction. It takes time for a tactician to get on board into a team, to learn the team and the owner, with Tony I am just learning how he likes to sail, but we are learning but hopefully better tomorrow again and better the next day. We need to get better starts. We are getting into nice positions but it is getting that last acceleration right, we seem to be right there, beside the boats that win but just not getting acceleration. But it is a little bit better today and our results are better every time. The second race the breeze was a bit flicky and it was not a one way track and so we were able to get a nice right hander and we were in the fleet, with the top guys and from there we did well, we were in second but just lose one place. It is tough, I knew it would be tough, but I definitely think you will see us right up there.”

Vasco Vascotto (ITA) tactician Azzurra (ITA): “It is a very nice position to be in and we are pleased to be leading. We are also happy about how we managed in the first race which was important as we were last and we managed to pull back a couple of places, which was important. We are happy with the day. The second race was easier because once we were ahead it is easy to choose the breeze. Light conditions, for our boat as everyone knows, it is not fantastic but I think we have made some nice steps forwards in terms of speed upwind and downwind. We feel we can compete and that is the best news. If you are not sailing fast it is a little more difficult. The new sailors on board are making a very good job. In the first race we just sailed into a hole and we could not get back. It is very difficult if there is a boat like Quantum Racing which is tacking on you two or three times. But I felt they make a little mistake because I feel if they sailed their own race they could make more points rather than watching us. We are happy.”

 

By 52 Super Series, www.52superseries.com