Monthly Archives: June 2015

‘Whooper’ wins the Gold Roman Bowl 

 

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Whooper – Photo © Patrick Eden

 

J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race 2015

 

 

Giovanni Belgrano’s 38ft classic yacht Whooper has been revealed as winner of the main prize, the Gold Roman Bowl, presented to the overall handicap winner on IRC.

In sparkling summer conditions a 1,584-strong fleet competed in the  2015 J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club in Cowes.

 

 

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MOD 70 Team Consice – Photo © Paul Wyeth PWP Pictures

 

Selected highlights

 

The MOD70 trimaran Concise 10 took line honours, finishing at 1040 hrs, with an elapsed time of 3 hours, 30 minutes and 24 seconds. This puts her 38 minutes outside the multihull race record set by Sir Ben Ainslie in 2013.

The four GC32 foiling catamarans crossed the line just after 1100 hrs, led by Sultanate of Oman and Alinghi, after a close race that saw the boats separated by less than six minutes at the finish.

 

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GC32  Sultanate of Oman – Photo © Sander van der Borch

 

 

Mike Slade’s 100ft Leopard finished at 1140 hrs to take monohull line honours, but was outside the record time he set two years ago.

Sir Keith Mills’ Ker 40 Invictus is winner of IRC Group 0, with Tony Langley’s TP52 Gladiator second and Steward Whitehead and Jeff Blue’s Carkeek 40 Rebellion third.

 

For full results go to: rtir.me/results

 

The 2016 J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race will take place on July 2nd.

 

 

 

 

RS:X European Open Championship title for Bryony Shaw

 

RSXW Euros D3 fleet

Photo © Salvatore Lopez

 

 

 

RS:X European Open Championship in Sicily

 

 

Bryony Shaw (GBR) won gold at the RS:X European Championships which drew to a close on Saturday in Sicily, Italy. The world number one ranked-Shaw won the final Medal Race to seal European victory. Second was Malgorzata Bialecka and third Zofia Noceti-Klepacka, both of Poland.

“I am really happy, it is something that has always eluded me, I have finished second a number of times and now all the hard physical and technical work has really paid off.”

This result should confirm Shaw’s place in the British Sailing team for the Rio test event in August.

Winner of the men’s Open European title was Pawel Tarnowski of Poland with Dorian van Rijsselberge second of Holland second and Louis Giard of France third.

 

RS:X Women – European Open Championship top 6

1 GBR-94 Bryony Shaw 34 pts
2 POL-21 Malgorzata Bialecka 41 pts
3 POL-8 Zofia Noceti-Klepacka 42 pts
4 POL-7 Maja Dziarnowska 47 pts
5 FRA-4 Charline Picon 50 pts
6 RUS-271 Stefania Elfutina 50 pts

 

RS:X Men – European Open Championship top 6

1 POL-182 Pawel Tarnowski 33 pts
2 NED-8 Dorian van Rijsselberge 41 pts
3 FRA-1 Louis Giard 43 pts
4 FRA-6 Julien Bontemps 54 pts
5 KOR-141 Wonwoo Cho 58 pts
6 GRE-8 Byron Kokkalanis 59 pts

 

For full results see www.rsxclass.com/europeans2015

 

 

Armin Strom Sailing Team blitzes final

 

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Photos © Sander van der Borch

 

Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour Cowes Cup – Overall

 

 

Westerly breeze pumping in at 20 knots and a lively sea on the Western Solent brought racing alive for the final day of competition at the Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour’s Cowes Cup.

In the conditions, the five GC32s were able to foil not only on the downwind legs, but occasionally upwind too. Blasting off down the reaching leg after the starts and on to the runs, boat speeds on the one design flying machines at times reached the high 30s.

Most teams had hair-raising moments, the boats either launching or burying if they unintentionally came off their foils. However the Martin Fischer-designed catamarans looked after their crews and, despite the lively conditions, there were no un-toward incidents.

While the racing was close over the first two days of competition, Armin Strom Sailing Team was the form boat. Swiss Olympic Star sailor Flavio Marazzi and his crew relished the big conditions, winning four of the day’s five races, aiding Armin Strom Sailing Team to win the Bullitt GC32 Cowes Cup by nine points.

“It was very nice – much more fun than sailing in under five knots!” observed Marazzi, who has also won windy GC32 regattas in Marseille and Key West.

 

GC32s Cowes fleet sdb

 

In his role as GC32 Class President, Marazzi was pleased with the Cowes Cup, the second stage of the inaugural Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour. “The owners had fun on the water in perfect conditions and the hospitality boat was always full of guests.” The event was the first time corporate guests in the UK, including those from the GC32 circuit’s Reading-based sponsor Bullitt Group, were able to experience first hand what it is like to race on a state of the art catamaran, similar to those used in the America’s Cup, that foil and can sail at nearly 40 knots.

Sultanate of Oman relinquished its grip on the regatta’s lead, partly due to skipper Leigh McMillan breaking his hand in the previous day’s final race. Taking his place was another two time Extreme Sailing Series winner, Paul Campbell-James, currently with the Ben Ainslie Racing America’s Cup challenge.

‘C-J’ approached the GC32 as if it were an AC45 and attempted to sail the smaller one design foiling catamaran in the big conditions without a gennaker. “It was a bit frustrating for us,” admitted mainsheet trimmer Peter Greenhalgh. “To make that work you had to go really quick, which is fairly brutal on the crew…and it is not as stable without the kite.” Sultanate of Oman at one point hit 36 knots.

For the third race the gennaker was being used again, but it wasn’t properly set up and in the third race Sultanate of Oman had been comfortably leading when, as Greenhalgh put it, they were “anihilated’ after they furled the large downwind sail prematurely, dropping them to fourth. By the last race, they had lost touch with Armin Strom Sailing Team and a problem with a winch forced them to retire.

Going into the final race all that was left to be decided was the final spot on the podium with Ernesto Bertarelli’s Alinghi and Seb Rogues’ Engie tied on points. Ultimately the two time America’s Cup winner prevailed, Bertarelli stepping ashore still pumped from a vigorous day on the water.

Nonetheless Rogues was pleased with his team’s performance. “It was really good fun. The conditions were strong and it was the first time for me to do a race in that sort of wind. I was happy because we didn’t capsize!” The Frenchman only transferring to the GC32 class from the shorthanded offshore Class40 monohull in September and he still considers himself a multihull newbie. “These aren’t cruising catamarans – it is a crazy horse!” he declared of the GC32s.

Conditions took their toll on Engie with some minor breakages such as the outhaul on the mainsail that caused them to be slow out of the start on one race. “And when something like that happens in this class – you lose! But I am happy because the team progressed well and quickly,” Rogues concluded.

 

Overall Results:

Pos Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 Tot
1 Armin Strom Sailing Team 3 5 1 2 3 1 3 3 1 2 1 3 1 3 1 1 1 35
2 Sultanate of Oman 1 2 5 1 4 4 2 1 2 1 2 2 4 1 4 2 DNS 44
3 Alinghi 2 1 3 4 2 2 4 2 3 5 4 4 3 2 3 3 2 49
4 Team ENGIE 4 4 2 3 1 3 1 5 4 3 3 1 2 5 2 4 3 50
5 Team Argo 32 5 3 4 5 5 5 5 4 5 4 5 5 5 4 5 5 4 78

 

 

By Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour

 

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Groupama Team France launches AC campaign

 

Team France launch

Photos © Yvan Zedda / Groupama Team France

 

With two years until the 35th edition of the America’s Cup, Franck Cammas, Michel Desjoyeaux and Olivier de Kersauson have formalised the launch of Groupama Team France, the French bid to win the oldest sports trophy in the world. Gathered together in the Hôtel de la Marine, the three sailors, in the presence of Thierry Martel, CEO of Groupama, title partner to the French challenge, presented the Groupama Team France project to the press and its guests, with the support of Jean-Yves Le Drian, Defence Minister and Patrick Kanner, Minister for Cities, Youth and Sports.

A land of sailors par excellence, France has won the majority of the competitions spanning the globe’s seas, and yet one prize is missing from its haul: the America’s Cup. Groupama Team France wishes to set the record straight in this regard and get the French campaigning for the oldest yachting trophy in the world.

It is with this culture of excellence that three exceptional sailors, Franck Cammas, Michel Desjoyeaux and Olivier de Kersauson, have come together to form Groupama Team France. Individually, they have won it all, in crewed and single-handed configuration and in the media; together they have everything required to carry this project off: the desire, the talent, the ingenuity and the popularity.

Patrick Kanner, Minister for Cities, Youth and Sports expresses genuine enthusiasm for this adventure, which aims to bring the French population together around a sense of national pride: “Groupama Team France is about hunting down and bringing back to France the oldest of the sporting trophies, in what is one of the most top-flight sailing competitions on the planet. However, it’s also synonymous with its contribution to the development of an entire technological network, a showcase for France’s expertise and excellence in sailing. The State will naturally work alongside this project for all to share and to support the development of various sporting and economic channels”.

Together with Groupama, his partner since 1998, Franck Cammas has built up a unique track record, notably winning the Route du Rhum, the Jules Verne Trophy and the Volvo Ocean Race. True to its commitment, ambitious in its programme and proud of the performances achieved over what amounts to nearly eighteen years, this time Groupama is committing to a project to bring about national unity.

“It’s a great day for our team. Together with Michel and Olivier, we’ve been working for the past two years to bring this project to a successful conclusion. Groupama Team France is now in full working order to attack the Cup and its competitors, who rank among the best in the world. What drives us is winning the toughest competition, going from one stage to the next and the striving for excellence. In sailing, the apex is the Cup,” admits Franck Cammas, skipper of Groupama Team France.

Today, the America’s Cup has shown itself to be the world cup for the best teams rather than the richest teams. The very latest developments in the America’s Cup format have put a whole new light on all the challengers in this competition, which will group together a single crew per country. Faster and just as spectacular, the switch from the AC72s to the AC48s translates as 25% of the original budget. This strategy initiated by the current American cup holders aims to gather together more challengers and harmonise the chances of victory.

All its technical modifications put the human at the heart of the challenge. Transcending one’s own capabilities and solidarity will be essential qualities in the success of this project. In this way, the presence of the Minister for Defence, through the French Navy, was naturally a must.

For the Minister of Defence, Jean-Yves Le Drian, the primary support for the project from the beginning, the creation of Groupama Team France is a genuine opportunity for our country: “France is the second largest maritime region in the world and yet a French crew has never won the America’s Cup. That has to change! By joining forces, Franck, Michel and Olivier are opening up a new way forward that involves solidarity, excellence and sharing. I also spare a thought for Brittany and its famous Sailing Valley, and to the skills developed here, which we can all be proud of. It’s by approaching this as a group that we will win the Cup and the French Navy will have played a part”.

Grouping together to win, such is the determination initiated by this Groupama Team France project. France can pride itself on the fact that in terms of sailing it trains up the top French engineers, at the forefront of all the major international teams. It is with the desire to promote “Made In France” excellence that Groupama Team France wishes to be the vehicle for garnering this expertise for the beauty of the sport and the pride of France.

Double champion of the Vendée Globe as well as the first of Franck’s co-skippers aboard Groupama on a Figaro in the Transat Lorient Saint Barth 1998, Michel Desjoyeaux makes no secret of his ambition: “On a technological level sailing is a very complex sport, because we’re at the interface between the air and the water. In France, we have the knowledge as well as the culture to develop and sail foiling catamarans propelled by a wing. You just have to look at the number of French architects, engineers and sailors, who make up the overseas teams to understand that. It’s down to us, within Groupama Team France, to unite this talent”.

Beyond the world of sailing, the Groupama group wishes to combine a whole ecosystem of ambassadors around this project, carrying in its wake both partners and SMEs from our regions. “Through this human, sporting and technological commitment at the highest global level, Groupama, whose history is intertwined with that of our regions, wants to show its confidence in a winning France,” adds Thierry Martel, CEO of Groupama.

 

By Groupama Team France, www.groupamateamfrance.fr

 

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Land Rover joins Ben Ainslie Racing’s as Title Partner

 

 

The complete Land Rover BAR team at their new home in Portsmouth

The complete Land Rover BAR team at their new home in Portsmouth

Photo © Nick Dimbleby

 

 

Land Rover BAR is the team to ‘bring the Cup home’

 

Ben Ainslie Racing, the British Challenger for the 35th America’s Cup, is delighted to announce a new global partnership with Land Rover. As Title and Exclusive Innovation Partner, Jaguar Land Rover’s engineers and designers will work closely with the team to provide race winning technology.

The new team, renamed Land Rover BAR, was announced at their new 74,000sqft purpose-built, sustainable (BREEAM Excellent) home in Portsmouth, UK, days after the facility became fully operational.

Jaguar Land Rover’s Advanced Engineering Team has already started work on a number of design challenges where they can contribute their unique knowledge. The British automotive manufacturer will become a core member of the team’s Technical Innovation Group (TIG), powered by PA Consulting. The TIG will bring together the best of British design, technology and innovation to contribute to this unique technical and sporting challenge, with the ultimate aim of bringing the Cup home. The America’s Cup is the oldest international trophy in sport, it started here, and Britain has never won it.

Mark Cameron, Jaguar Land Rover Global Experiential Marketing Director said: “At Land Rover we have a long history in sailing. This incredible partnership with BAR has given us the opportunity to showcase our world class expertise in advanced engineering and innovative technologies which lie at the heart of everything Land Rover does. Yes, we make cars, but we will make a real difference to the performance of the Land Rover BAR team and we will help create the fastest boat possible in the hope of bringing the America’s Cup to the UK for the first time.”

Ben Ainslie, Team Principal of Land Rover BAR said: “We are delighted to have Land Rover as our Title and Exclusive Innovation Partner. A great British brand, but also a fantastic engineering and technology company who will work hand in hand with our design and engineering team, and our Technical Innovation Group. Together we will develop race-winning technology for our America’s Cup Class boat.”

Land Rover BAR will start their challenge – representing Royal Yacht Squadron Racing – for the America’s Cup at home in Portsmouth in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth, in a month’s time. Over 90,000 tickets have already been sold for the four days, 23rd to the 26th July 2015. The last few tickets are still available to come and support Land Rover BAR as they start racing for the 35th America’s Cup.

 

By Land Rover BAR team

 

 

Mission accomplished for Ian Walker

 

June 22, 2015.  Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing winners of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15.

June 22, 2015. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing winners of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15.

Photo c Matt Knighton / ADOR

 

Volvo Ocean Race 2014 – 2015 – The End

 

Ian Walker, freshly crowned winning skipper of the Volvo Ocean Race, woke up in the morning with the familiar feeling to all sailors in the nine-month offshore marathon: How on earth do I follow that?

That’s a particularly tough challenge for the 45-year-old Briton, who has spent the last eight years of his life focusing on climbing and winning the Volvo Ocean Race.

First up, on Sunday (June 28) following Saturday’s Inmarsat In-Port Race Gothenburg is a trip back to the UAE to celebrate Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s triumph to celebrate with the backers who made it all possible.

Then, unlike many of his rival competitors who are rushing straight into a series of other sailing challenges, he plans some long overdue rest and relaxation at home with his family.

“I think my next appointment is rescue boat duty at Junior Fortnight sailing with my kids,” he told a post-finish press conference yesterday after his fifth place finish in Leg 9 to Gothenburg sealed the 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race.

“I’m going home for the summer – my kids want their daddy back.”

He said it with a smile on his face, but makes a serious point. This event demands huge commitments from its participants, at sea and on land, and to win demands an almost obsessive focus.

Walker, a twice-Olympic silver medallist, is well known within sailing for eschewing sleep in his drive for victory while onboard.

His journey to become the 11th man to win the 41-year-old pinnacle of offshore racing, formerly the Whitbread Round the World Race, has been long and hard – a lesser man would have been excused for quitting long before Monday’s moment of glory.

He was asked, almost out of the blue, to skipper a joint Chinese/Irish venture, Green Dragon, in the 2008-09 race, but the boat under-performed from the off and Walker and his crew were never a threat to Torsten Grael’s (BRA) eventual champions, Ericsson 4.

Walker looked likely to fare better in 2011-12 onboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s Volvo Open 70, Azzam, but she too, proved to be an under-performer and a broken mast on the very fast night of the race set the scene for a campaign littered with disappointments, lifted only by the odd bright moment.

Walker refused to give up on his dream. He arrived in Alicante pre-race in October 2014, relaxed and confident, after the perfect build-up in a one-design Volvo Ocean 65, which he could be sure, was the equal of any of his rival’s.

He also assembled an eight-strong crew of tried and tested professionals such as navigator Simon Fisher (GBR), Justin Slattery (IRE), Daryl Wislang (NZL) and Phil Harmer (AUS).

“Our game plan is simple,” he told reporters on the eve of the opening skirmishes in Alicante. “If we can be on the podium for every leg, we will not be far away from winning this thing.”

It was a strategy that worked to perfection. The new Azzam had accrued two victories – achieved in the testing Leg 1 from Alicante to Cape Town and then the epic Leg 5 through the Southern Ocean – by the time they had finished the sixth stage.

Just as importantly, they were solidly on the podium in all the others, with three of them in runner-up spot.

Until Leg 5, though, Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/FRA) looked capable of scuppering Walker’s well-laid plans, especially after winning their ‘home’ stage into Sanya on Leg 3.

But a broken mast forced the Chinese team out of Leg 5 and with it eight, costly, points were added to their total. Suddenly, the race was Walker’s to lose.

To their credit, Walker and his vastly experienced crew never looked likely to drop their golden opportunity, despite fifth places in Legs 7 and 9.

“It’s an amazing feeling, so much hard work goes into it,” he recalled for the press conference on Monday.

“My whole relationship with the Whitbread started as a kid with pictures of the boats on the wall.

“I did my first Volvo Ocean Race two editions ago and I really wasn’t sure if I’d be up to it. I wondered what the Southern Ocean would be like, lots of self-doubt, and it’s been a long, old road.

“We’ve made a lot of mistakes and we’ve learned a lot of lessons and this time round we threw all that experience in place, surrounded myself with good guys and it worked.”

His hope now is that the achievement will further popularise a sport that is continuing to gain traction in Abu Dhabi and elsewhere in the Gulf region.

“It’s a big deal. A big part of what we’re trying to do is try to popularise the sport there and get young Emiratis sailing.

“The best way we could do that was to win the race.”

Mission accomplished.

 

By Volvo Ocean Race

 

 

Leg victory for Alvimedica and glory for Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing 

 

 

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Photo © Victor Fraile / Volvo Ocean Race

 

 

Volvo Ocean Race finish in Gothenburg

 

Team Alvimedica’s ninth leg victory ensures six out of seven boats are triumphant in a stage

Team Brunel and Dongfeng Race Team complete overall podium finishers

 

Team Alvimedica’s skipper Charlie Enright won the final offshore battle of the Volvo Ocean Race here today, but the overall trophy belonged firmly with his rival from Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Ian Walker.

The Turkish/American boat led the tightly packed fleet home to crowded docks in the final stopover in Gothenburg, Sweden, to bring to a close 38,739 nautical miles (nm) and nine months of some of the closest racing ever witnessed in the 41-year-old offshore marathon.

The Team Alvimedica victory underlined, once more, the incredibly close nature of competition in the first event raced with strictly one-design Volvo Ocean 65 boats.

Only one team, Team Vestas Wind (Chris Nicholson/AUS), have failed to win a leg – and they missed five because of a boat rebuild.

Behind Enright, in fifth, Walker’s boat, Azzam, slipped almost quietly into port, but the mile-wide smiles on all the crews’ faces told their own story: We are the Champions!

It seals one of the greatest global sporting triumphs for the Gulf region and makes Walker the first British skipper to win the overall trophy.

“I said at the start of the race that I was confident, but there are 100 ways to lose this race but only one way to win it. And it just all came together for us perfectly,” a jubilant Walker told reporters on dockside.

Leg 9 was the last and in many ways most exciting of all the stages since the fleet set out on October 11 from Alicante, Spain, full of hopes and expectations.

Team Alvimedica led the 1,000nm stage, almost from the start last Tuesday in Lorient, France, but their lead was never totally secure despite entering the halfway stage in The Hague last Friday with a 91-minute lead over Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/FRA).

Lighter breezes and a front last night compressed the fleet following their departure from the Dutch port on Saturday.

 

 

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Photo © Ainhoa Sanchez / Volvo Ocean Race

 

 

The Chinese boat Dongfeng was forced to relinquish their hoped-for second place in the leg to Team Brunel (Bouwe Bekking/NED), whose finish secured the runners-up spot in the overall standings.

Despite not being able to hold off Spanish challengers, MAPFRE (Iker Martínez/ESP), for third position, Charles Caudrelier’s crew still took the final place on the podium in third place overall – an incredible result with four Chinese rookie sailors in their ranks.

Fourth place overall, though, will have to be decided in the final act of the 2014-15 edition, Saturday’s (June 27) Inmarsat In-Port Race Gothenburg, when Team Alvimedica and MAPFRE, tied on 34 points, will duel to break the deadlock.

Following in behind the champions, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, sixth-placed Team Vestas Wind had their own cause for celebration in finishing a race that they looked irrevocably out of, having collided with an Indian Ocean reef in Leg 2 last November.

Their sponsors, crew and shore team never gave up hope of returning, however, and the second-placed finish of the blue Danish boat in Leg 8 to Lorient from Lisbon, will remain one of the 12th edition’s most cherished memories.

Finally, the all-women’s crew of Team SCA (Sam Davies/GBR) completed the fleet’s arrivals in Gothenburg. As ever, they were competitive and right on the heels of their male rivals.

They had, however, already made their point in what has been the sole preserve of male sailing since 2001-02.

Their victory in Lorient in the leg from Lisbon proved that women can be – and are – competitive in the world’s toughest offshore sailing event.

With the huge following that Sam Davies’s team attracted and their legacy of leg-by-leg improvements, we surely will not have to wait another 12 years for another female crew to take their place in a Volvo Ocean Race fleet.

 

Overall Results:

1st Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing 24pts
2nd Team Brunel (Netherlands) 29pts
3rd Dongfeng Race Team (China) 33pts
4th= Team Alvimedica (Turkey/USA) 34pts
4th= MAPFRE (Spain) 34pts
6th Team SCA (Sweden) 51pts
7th Team Vestas Wind (Denmark) 60pts

 

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Standby for take off as Lake Garda will soon be full of flying boats

 

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Photo c Martina Orsini

 

The Foiling Week tm at Malcesine Lake Garda – 1 – 5 July, 2015

 

 

Dozens of foiling craft are preparing for take off at Malcesine, on Lake Garda, to take part in the second edition of The Foiling Week from Wednesday 1st to Sunday 5th July.

Foiling Week 2015 unveils a full programme of foiling activities. A year ago Foiling Week made its debut with a new format of sailing event that brings together the theory and practice of the art of foiling.

During the five days there will be three separate one-design racing regattas, two long distance races, a technical forum and an exhibition of boats and accessories. The event is open to the public, anyone can attend the conferences at the Forum, see, touch and try the flying boats.

 

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Photo c Flying Phantom class

 

 

One-Design Foiling Regattas

 

The spectacle of the races on the water will be exciting and compelling. The Flying Phantom catamarans and Moth International monohulls have chosen Foiling Week to compete in a stage of their respective circuits of international regattas.

The FoilKite involves an invitational race in which the best riders in the world are invited to participate in order to win prize money up for grabs from Funivie Malcesine Monte Baldo

Flying boats of any kind will race during the final weekend of two ‘Long Distance Races’ on a course to include the venues, Malcesine, Campione and Ponale, Malcesine.

 

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Photo c Martina Orsini

 

The TFW Long Distance Ora and Peler edition

The race course of 25 nautical miles will involve all the wind and wave conditions that Lake Garda may serve up: The impetuous Peler wind from the north when sailing in the morning, the steep waves of central lake and the powerful gusts of Ora wind from the south in the afternoon at Ponale.

All flying boats can participate in TFW Long Distance Race, the classes racing in their circuit regattas on previous days will join prototypes and other flying boats to compete in what aims to become a classic race on the lake, the TFW Long Distance Race.

 

 

Solent Whisper 5.9m cat

Photo c OnEdition

 

 

TFW Forums

programme: www.foilingweek.com/about/the-tfw-forum/

 

At the Forum designers and builders meet the sailors to share their ideas, projects and achievements. A meeting to exchange ideas, evaluate, compare solutions and develop concepts.

The programme of the forum will take place during the first three days, with current flying boat news, launches and developments, presented by their protagonists, followed by round tables to allow the audience to interact with the presenters, discuss comparisons, understand guidelines that will lead to more amazing developments in the near future.

Topics include the designers of foils applied to IMOCA oceanic monohulls, who will clearly explain the theory of operation of this incredible innovation in ocean navigation.

The designers and builders of modern production flying boats will explain the philosophy that has guided their projects to be used by the average sailor with the same confidence as with sports boats. The Flying Phantom, Wazp, Gunboat G4 will be explained by the voice of their creators, manufacturers and testers.

The secrets of Emirates Team New Zealand foils; the experience of two C Class teams; the creators of new prototypes, the Vampire project, the Whisper and Rave V; renowned designers and engineers in this key technology will share their knowledge and entertain audiences of TFW Forum.

The base of the Foiling Week is Malcesine, at the Fraglia della Vela. The experience of the Fraglia team will support and safely manage the ambitious programme of racing, Fraglia provides the perfect setting for the display of boats and the venue for the Forum. The FVM has been the key partner in the success of Foiling Week since the first edition.

Funivia Malcesine Monte Baldo is the official sponsor of KiteFoil Invitational, the best riders in the world will compete on a course specifically designed for KiteFoil. The Malcesine Monte Baldo KiteFoil Invitational will be the fireworks show of Foiling Week. The KiteFoil are fast and acrobatic. In the TFW Long Distance Races, the KiteFoil with their boards and extremely efficient kites will challenge flying hulls moved by sails and wings.

Carrera is a technical partner of Foiling Week, and will provide helmets and glasses specifically designed for fast and extreme flying boats.

Gac Pindar provides for the second year the logistic support to the event:the company is trusted for the exceptional service and dedication and is the logistic provider of choice for other world renowned sailing events like the Extreme Sailing Series and the Volvo Ocean Race.

Moses HT is the first company in Italy to have invested in the development of foils for kiteboards. Their products are available for testing in water and their experts will give valuable information to fans who will intervene.

The town of Malcesine and the Hotel Association Malcesine will welcome all who wish to attend and participate in Foiling Week 2015. Prize giving and social events during the week will be freshened by fine wines of Drei Donà Tenuta La Palazza Vineyard.

 

Anyone wishing to try the boats and KiteFoil can book by filling the contact form available on the page www.foilingweek.com/about/entry-forms/

 

 

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Team Aqua regains her golden wheels

 

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Team Aqua – Photos © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio

 

 

Audi RC44 Porto Cervo Cup at Costa Smeralda, Sardinia

 

 

Chris Bake’s Team Aqua, on this occasion with Jim Richardson steering, proved that she has lost none of her winning ways, when she claimed the Audi RC44 Porto Cervo Cup albeit by a mere point, after a final day of three races, held in near perfect conditions off Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda.

The race committee boat departed mid-morning into a mill pond, but after an extra hour’s wait ashore, the fleet was invited out to Porto Cervo’s famous ‘Bomb Alley’ and a steady 10 knot northeasterly.

Starting the day with a five point lead over second placed Peninsula Petroleum, Team Aqua made a strong statement of intent, convincingly winning the first race.

“I said to the guys that if we just go out and win races, the maths take care of themselves,” explained their Kiwi tactician Cameron Appleton. While that was a good first step, unfortunately in the second race Team Aqua got boxed in and as Appleton put it “was very quickly spat out the back.” On the leaderboard this set them back to square one, five points ahead of second. Then in the third race the aim was to cover second place. “We kind of blew that a little bit, but we caught back up and there was just a boat between us, but then I did something silly on the run and went the opposite way when I should have followed. So we put ourselves under some pressure.”

Ultimately an eighth place to Peninsula Petroleum’s fourth in the final race was enough for Team Aqua to win by a point.

American helmsman Jim Richardson was elated. Although a three time Farr 40 World Champion and one of the world’s most highly regarded ‘amateur’ helms, this was his first ever RC44 regatta. “It is totally unexpected to me. It is a great crew and they have been on the boat for a long time and they know what they are doing. This is a really tough fleet – the depth is outstanding.”

Richardson is keen to return to the RC44 in the future. “It is such a great boat and such a great class. It is so well organised and they go to good places and that is what sailing is all about to me. And I love Porto Cervo – it is the sailing Mecca. We had light winds here this week, but these boats don’t need a lot of wind.”

One of the strangest aspects of this regatta was how high scoring it was with every team picking up poor results along the way. And yet it nonetheless remained impressively close with the top two a point apart and with Slovenian Igor Lah’s Team Ceeref only two points adrift in third.

 

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Team Ceeref – Photos © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio

 

In fact the podium finishers were also today’s three winners. The most spectacular start came in the second race when Peninsula Petroleum successfully ‘port tacked’ the fleet, crossing in front of the bows of 11 other fast moving RC44s coming at her with rights. Italian tactician Vasco Vascotto spotted that the pin end was heavily favoured, while the crew executed the manoeuvre to perfection, tacking at maximum speed; crossing the line exactly at the gun.

As owner John Bassadone recounted: “The good thing was that it was actually planned as opposed to it just being a fluke! And it was a fantastic race – not that I saw much of it, because I was looking forward through all of it!”

So once again, Peninsula Petroleum and Team Aqua are fighting for the top spot as they were throughout 2014. “It’s fantastic to be sailing well again, being up at the top of the leaderboard,” said Bassadone, referring to their disappointing result at the first RC44 Championship regatta of the season in Malta. “This class is even more competitive now than it has been over the past few years.”

The third win of the day was equally convincing, claimed by past RC44 World Champion Igor Lah’s Team Ceeref, sailing with British tactician Adrian Stead. “Coming third is brilliant and winning the race was extremely important for us, for our confidence that we can really do it,” said Lah.

Team Aqua’s victory at the Audi RC44 Porto Cervo Cup sees her regain the RC44’s coveted overall championship leader’s ‘golden wheels’, currently on board Nico Poons’ Charisma. As Cameron Appleton put it: “They haven’t strayed very far from our boat, so we are excited to get those back. I think they match our boat nicely…”

 

Overall Porto Cervo Cup Results:

 

Pos Boat name (sail no) R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Pts
1 Team Aqua (GBR 2041) 1 3 6 7 6 2 5 1 7 8 46
2 Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team (GBR 1) 4 7 4 2 2 7 9 7 1 4 47
3 Team Ceeref (SLO 11) 2 5 11 3 5 4 8 4 6 1 49
4 Team Nika (RUS 10) 8 1 9 1 7 12 1 5 5 3 52
5 Aleph Racing (FRA 17) 9 6 2 4 12 1 3 2 8 5 52
6 Bronenosec Sailing Team (RUS 18) 6 2 1 10 4 5 12 6 2 7 55
7 Artemis Racing (SWE44) 3 10 3 6 11 3 2 12 10 2 62
8 Charisma (MON 69) 5 4 7 12 3 9 4 3 9 9 65
9 Katusha (RUS 21) 7 8 10 5 1 6 10 11 3 11 72
10 RUS ‑ 7 Anywayanyday (RUS 7) 12 12 12 8 8 11 7 8 4 6 88
11 Artemis Racing Youth (SWE 4) 11 9 8 9 10 8 6 10 11 12 94
12 MAG Racing (POL 44) 10 11 5 11 9 10 11 9 12 10 98

 

Championship Tour Results so far:

 

Pos Team Valletta Porto Cervo Points
1 Team Aqua (GBR 2041) 4 1 5
2 Team Nika (RUS 10) 2 4 6
3 TEAM CEEREF (SLO 11) 5 3 8
4 Charisma (MON 69) 1 8 9
5 Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team (GBR 1) 7 2 9
6 Bronenosec Sailing Team (RUS 18) 3 6 9
7 Katusha (RUS 21) 6 9 15
8 Artemis Racing (SWE44) 9 7 16
9 Aleph Racing (FRA 17) 13 5 18
10 RUS ‑ 7 Anywayanyday (RUS 7) 8 10 18
11 Artemis Racing Youth (SWE 4) 10 11 21
12 MAG Racing (POL 44) 11 12 23

 

By RC44 Class media

 

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Team Nika from zero to hero – Photo © Nico Martinez / MartinezStudio

 

 

Audi RC44 Porto Cervo Cup at Costa Smeralda, Sardinia

 

 

Conditions off Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda were the most consistent yet at the Audi RC44 Porto Cervo Cup. The 7-10 knot north-northeasterly allowed the race committee on this, the event’s penultimate day, to hold four races, compensating for windless Thursday’s loss to the schedule.

Despite the best conditions yet, the day was a high scoring one with consistency noticeably absent from the performance of even several experienced teams.

Hugues Lepic’s Aleph Racing was last in Saturday’s second race when she was penalised and had to carry out a penalty turn for preventing Artemis Racing from crossing the finish line, but went on to win the next race.

Similarly, yesterday’s star performer, Vladimir Liubomirov’s Bronenosec Sailing Team, had a disappointing day posting a 10th and 12th, causing this morning’s overall leader to plummet to 7th overall. But the biggest ‘hero to zero to hero’ was Team Nika which won the first race, came last in the third and won the fourth.

“I have mixed feelings – ups and downs,” said Team Nika owner Vladimir Prosikhin, after he and his crew had finishing mutually dowsing each other in champagne. The last place in today’s third race occurred because, as they attempted to roll Peninsula Petroleum while rounding the top mark, they failed to keep clear causing John Bassadone’s RC44 to touch their genniker. As a result Team Nika was penalised and had to carry out a penalty turn.

“If I hadn’t touched Peninsula I would be second, so that is quite painful,” continued Prosikhin, otherwise elated from today’s two wins. Instead, the penalty turn cost them five places and they ended the day sixth overall.

“I think we’ll definitely get a prize for being most inconsistent,” said Team Nika’s tactician, America’s Cup skipper Dean Barker.

The fourth win today went to Katusha, on which new co-owner Alexander Novoselov is racing his first RC44 regatta. “It was a great day and for me it was a complete surprise,” admitted the Geneva-based Russian, who has previously raced Melges 20s. “I put 99% of the victory down to the team, who are nice and professional. I was proud of us. It is very exciting, not easy, but really enjoyable.”

Katusha’s American tactician Andy Horton said of Novoselov: “I’m SO proud of him! This is his first RC44 regatta and normally we might be fourth or fifth up the first beat and then lose places, but instead we were fighting and going forwards. It was a great, great day – it’s good to be back!” The race they won came from sailing to the generally slightly windier left side of the course and then finding themselves able to cross once they tacked.

Back at the top of the leaderboard are the familiar teams from 2014 – Team Aqua and Peninsula Petroleum, both of whom scored 20 points today, as did third placed Aleph Racing. However Team Aqua now leads by five points.

“Today was good and bad, but generally a step in the right direction to where we think we should be sailing,” said Peninsula Petroleum owner John Bassadone, whose team posted a 2-2-7-9 today. “It was very tricky and tough, and quite shifty and in the last race we changed to the no2 headsail and the wind dropped and we didn’t change back. But we are very happy, although there are six boats within five points of each other which shows the high standard.”

The day had its share of drama. In today’s first race, Nico Poons’ Charisma managed to hook the starboard leeward gate mark. “We were a boat width off it and all of a sudden the mark sucked in towards us – a huge loop in the anchor warp had got caught around our bulb. We couldn’t get it off by backing down and it damaged the trim tab, so we eventually had to cut the loop to get away.”

Tomorrow is the final day of fleet racing at the Audi RC44 Porto Cervo Cup and, astonishingly, any of the top nine boats is still in with a chance of winning.

Conditions off Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda were the most consistent yet at the Audi RC44 Porto Cervo Cup. The 7-10 knot north-northeasterly allowed the race committee on this, the event’s penultimate day, to hold four races, compensating for windless Thursday’s loss to the schedule.

Despite the best conditions yet, the day was a high scoring one with consistency noticeably absent from the performance of even several experienced teams.

Hugues Lepic’s Aleph Racing was last in today’s second race when she was penalised and had to carry out a penalty turn for preventing Artemis Racing from crossing the finish line, but went on to win the next race.

Similarly, yesterday’s star performer, Vladimir Liubomirov’s Bronenosec Sailing Team, had a disappointing day posting a 10th and 12th, causing this morning’s overall leader to plummet to 7th overall. But the biggest ‘hero to zero to hero’ was Team Nika which won the first race, came last in the third and won the last.

“I have mixed feelings – ups and downs,” said Team Nika owner Vladimir Prosikhin, after he and his crew had finishing mutually dowsing each other in champagne. The last place in today’s third race occurred because, as they attempted to roll Peninsula Petroleum while rounding the top mark, they failed to keep clear causing John Bassadone’s RC44 to touch their genniker. As a result Team Nika was penalised and had to carry out a penalty turn.

“If I hadn’t touched Peninsula I would be second, so that is quite painful,” continued Prosikhin, otherwise elated from today’s two wins. Instead, the penalty turn cost them five places and they ended the day sixth overall.

“I think we’ll definitely get a prize for being most inconsistent,” said Team Nika’s tactician, America’s Cup skipper Dean Barker.

The fourth win today went to Katusha, on which new co-owner Alexander Novoselov is racing his first RC44 regatta. “It was a great day and for me it was a complete surprise,” admitted the Geneva-based Russian, who has previously raced Melges 20s. “I put 99% of the victory down to the team, who are nice and professional. I was proud of us. It is very exciting, not easy, but really enjoyable.”

Katusha’s American tactician Andy Horton said of Novoselov: “I’m SO proud of him! This is his first RC44 regatta and normally we might be fourth or fifth up the first beat and then lose places, but instead we were fighting and going forwards. It was great, great day – it’s good to be back!” The race they won came from sailing to the generally slightly windier left side of the course and then finding themselves able to cross once they tacked.

Back at the top of the leaderboard are the familiar teams from 2014 – Team Aqua and Peninsula Petroleum, both of whom scored 20 points today, as did third placed Aleph Racing. However Team Aqua now leads by five points.

“Today was good and bad, but generally a step in the right direction to where we think we should be sailing,” said Peninsula Petroleum owner John Bassadone, whose team posted a 2-2-7-9 today. “It was very tricky and tough, and quite shifty and in the last race we changed to the no2 headsail and the wind dropped and we didn’t change back. But we are very happy, although there are six boats within five points of each other which shows the high standard.”

The day had its share of drama. In today’s first race, Nico Poons’ Charisma managed to hook the starboard leeward gate mark. Tactician Ray Davies explained: “We were a boat width off it and all of a sudden the mark sucked in towards us – a huge loop in the anchor warp had got caught around our bulb. We couldn’t get it off by backing down and it damaged the trim tab, so we eventually had to cut the loop to get away.”

Tomorrow is the final day of fleet racing at the Audi RC44 Porto Cervo Cup and, astonishingly, any of the top nine boats is still in with a chance of winning.

 

Results after day 4

Pos Boat (Sail no) R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Pts
1 Team Aqua (GBR 2041) 1 3 6 7 6 2 5 30
2 Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team (GBR 1) 4 7 4 2 2 7 9 35
3 Aleph Racing (FRA 17) 9 6 2 4 12 1 3 37
4 Artemis Racing (SWE44) 3 10 3 6 11 3 2 38
5 TEAM Ceeref (SLO 11) 2 5 11 3 5 4 8 38
6 Team Nika (RUS 10) 8 1 9 1 7 12 1 39
7 Bronenosec Sailing Team (RUS 18) 6 2 1 10 4 5 12 40
8 Charisma (MON 69) 5 4 7 12 3 9 4 44
9 Katusha (RUS 21) 7 8 10 5 1 6 10 47
10 Artemis Racing Youth (SWE 4) 11 9 8 9 10 8 6 61
11 MAG Racing (POL 44) 10 11 5 11 9 10 11 67
12 Anywayanyday (RUS 7) 12 12 12 8 8 11 7 70

 

 

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