Friday, June 30, 2006

LVC ACT 12: Alinghi back in to the game

Alinghi wins 2-0
Alinghi proved its mettle on this day, showing why the defender of the America’s Cup must still be considered the team to beat. The Swiss swept past Luna Rossa Challenge with two consecutive victories to qualify for the final. In the first match, Alinghi took a small lead on Luna Rossa early on, but down both runs the Italians were looking very fast, making this a close race.
The second contest appeared to be well in hand for Luna Rossa when Alinghi started prematurely, but the Swiss closed the game up and on the final run, the Italians allowed the Swiss to separate to the other side of the race course. Alinghi found a favourable wind shift and when the boats converged just in front of the finish line, Alinghi skipper Brad Butterworth had the lead – a tremendous win for the defender.

Series square 1-1
After the start the Americans found good breeze on the right to get back on level terms with New Zealand. There were a number of close crosses until the Kiwis looked to tack straight back at the Americans in a very aggressive move to control the right. A luffing match ensued but USA 87 started moving much quicker than NZL 84. The Kiwis kept the match tight for a while, but lost ground on the final run and finished 33 seconds behind. In the second contest, BMW ORACLE Racing found a nice left shift after the start to take a small lead around the top, but Emirates Team New Zealand made a passing move on the second upwind leg when they found better wind on the right side of the course. The final run was tense, with BMW ORACLE closing right up, but Kiwi skipper Dean Barker protected his position well and conserved the win.

Series square 1-1
Shosholoza won its first match over Desafío Español on the final run after initially losing the lead. A poor gybe aboard RSA 83 had allowed the Spanish to cruise past their opponents who were slow to get the gennaker setting. However, Tommaso Chieffi steered the South African boat very deep inside the Spanish line, and when it was time to gybe for the finish RSA 83 was ready to pounce. South Africa rolled over the top of the Spanish and took the match by just 4 seconds. The South Africans initially held the lead after the start in the second match but Desafío Español found a nice shift on the right which allowed them to lead at the first mark, and converted the early advantage into a win.

Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia Team wins 2-0 * protest pending
Victory Challenge was in trouble in both the pre-starts and never recovered. In the first start, they were shut outside the Race Committee boat and by the time they started, Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia was well ahead. In the second match, the Swedes were over the start line early allowing the Italians to build a lead they would never relinquish. Victory Challenge has lodged a protest that will be heard this evening.

Areva Challenge wins 2-0
The French Areva Challenge swept past China Team, who has yet to win a match race this season. But China Team skipper Pierre Mas made life difficult for his counterpart Thierry Peponnet, clearly winning the start in the second race and leading up much of the first beat. But in the end, the class of the French team shone through; they advance to the final where they’ll meet +39 Challenge.

+39 Challenge wins 2-0
Iain Percy’s +39 Challenge won both matches over United Internet Team Germany without too much bother to advance to the final. The Germans narrowly won the first start, but that advantage was soon overcome. In the second match, +39 picked its way up the first beat well, finding all the right windshifts to take a handy lead that was never threatened.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Nations Cup Regional Final in Izola begins

source by: Aleš Božnik

For the past 2 days ISAF Match Racing Clinic has been takin place in Izola, Slovenia just before Regional Final for Group 2. Unfortunately only five teams managed to at least partially attend the Match Race Clinic, led by Chief Umpire Jean-Piere Cordonier, and then take advantage of the afternoon for official practice. The French and Croatian Women and Polish Open teams arrived too late, when the wind has already died.
Today the first round robin matches of ISAF Nationas Cup Regional Final start!
Stay with us for more news

Hard day for Alinghi

Photo © Ivo Rovira
Photo © Ivo Rovira


The breeze was up, but the warning from the weather team was for shifty and unpredictable conditions, for the battle at the top of the leaderboard. The Alinghi Vs ETNZ match, postponed from yesterday, was rolled over to today and got underway on time on the North course.

Read Alinghi's comment of today

LVC ACT 12 - Emirates Team New Zealand selects BMW Oracle Racing for its semi-final opponent

The three division winning skippers have chosen their opponents for the semi-finals of Louis Vuitton Act 12, allowing a complete provisional pairing list to be drafted.

At a press conference in the Port America’s Cup Media Centre following racing, round robin winning skipper Dean Barker, of Emirates Team New Zealand, announced his team would choose to race BMW ORACLE Racing in its semi-final. That leaves Alinghi and Luna Rossa to race in the other pair in the top division.

Read more about the semifinal paring

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Cecarelli on the new +39 boat ITA 85

Giovanni Ceccarelli - head of design, +39 Challenge

Soaking up 58 000 hours of research, involving 11 people for 24 months, ITA 85 is not only the pride and joy of the Italian +39 Challenge, but the product of a long and detailed research programme. Chief designer Giovanni Ceccarelli describes the new boat, which was christened at the team base in Port America’s Cup on Saturday night, as highly innovative.

What makes ITA 85 stand out?
"We tested 110 hull shapes and 210 keel and appendage configurations. It was important for us to validate the every aspect and not just rely on the ideas from the minds of the design team.

"We wanted an innovative hull. We started by reading the America's Cup Class rule and saw that there was not enough space on the structural side to develop a significant advantage so we went down the route of the shape of the canoe body and the appendages. This is where our research focussed.”

Read more about the new boat in the Team section

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Russell Coutts about the Cup

"Luna Rossa is very dangerous and I see them winning the challengers final".
The very experienced cup campaigner, who skippered Alinghi to the Cup three years ago, sees Luna Rossa's James Spithill as a dominant factor in series which starts off Valencia on June 2007.
"Luna Rossa can rely on very good sailors and especially on James Spithill, one of the most talented helmsman of his generation", he said. "It's a very experimented team which retained the lessons learned during the last Cup in New Zealand".
Nevertheless, Russell Coutts has predicted the cup will be successfully defended by its former syndicate.
"Alinghi is the favourite", said the New Zealander. "It's a very strong syndicate with a design team combining the best in every field".
"It must be remembered that the final is a best of nine race series", he added. "Do you really think Alinghi will loss five races ?".
"I'm sure that Alinghi will win the Cup", he concluded before he added : "Deep in my heart I think Team New Zealand have not yet spoken its last word".

LVC ACT 12: Team New Zealand in a strong lead

With two more wins today, Emirates Team New Zealand is now at the top of the rankings in Act 12 of the America’s Cup pre-regattas.
With eight wins from eight races, NZL 84 is now a point clear of the other “big four” of the America’s Cup Class fleet, Alinghi, BMW Oracle and Luna Rossa, each of which has a 7-1 record.
Grant Dalton said, “We still have three round-robin matches to sail – against Shosholoza, and Alinghi on Tuesday and BMW Oracle on Wednesday. So we’re not expecting an easy time through to the semi-finals. Only an extreme optimist would expect to get through this regatta unscathed.”
Valencia put on another sunny day today but the breeze, unlike previous days, built to 16 to 18 knots before fading later in the afternoon.
Grant Dalton: “We had two good results today. We were expecting a tough race against Desafio Espanol. They have a new boat that looks good, they have a good crew and they’ve been working hard.”
“Today, even though they have been sailing the new boat for only three weeks, they made us work hard.
The deltas: NZL 84 won the start by 2sec, at the top mark the boats were level (but ESP 88 incurred a penalty at that time), at the second mark NZL 84 was 36sec ahead, at the third 28sec ahead and 43sec at the finish.
In the first match of the day NZL 84 comfortably beat the United Internet Team Germany by 1min 59sec. NZL 84 won the start, took the right of the course and controlled the race from there.
NZL 84’s deltas tell the story: 2s at the start, 59s at the first mark, 1.19 at the second mark, 1.39 at the third and 1.59 at the finish.

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Monday, June 26, 2006

Nations Cup in Slovenia all ready to go

ISAF Nations Cup Regional Final - Group 2 that starts on Wednesday will not see the crews from Sweden and Moldavia which did not confirm their participation in Izola's event. Therefore only 5 open crews and 6 women crews will take part in the Regional Final of Group 2.

Entry list as for 25 June:
1. Matteo Simoncelli - ITA
2. Dario Cliba - CRO
3. Przemyslaw Tarnacki - POL
4. Jure Orel - SLO
5. Alvaro Marinho - POR

1. Claire Leroy - FRA
2. Silke Hahlbrock - GER
3. Giulia Conti - ITA
4. Maja Czarniawska - POL
5. Petra Kliba-Schmidt - CRO
6. Andreja Rener - SLO

Saturday, June 24, 2006

LVC ACT 12: A big day on the race course

Today marks the first of the ‘marquee’ match ups in Louis Vuitton Act 12 as the top four teams in the 32nd America’s Cup face each other on the race course.

Flight Five features BMW ORACLE Racing against Alinghi. With yesterday marking the ‘one year to go’ milestone to the first race of the America’s Cup Match, this is a possible preview.

Of course, there are several challengers who fancy themselves as candidates to emerge to face Alinghi in 2007 and later in Flight five two of those teams, Luna Rossa Challenge and Emirates Team New Zealand, will do battle.

Going in today’s racing the ‘big four’ all have perfect 4-0 records. That will change on the waters off Valencia this afternoon

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Cup: Act12 results after 2 days

The final competition of the 2006 America’s Cup season began with two full flights of racing in Valencia. Louis Vuitton Act 12 is a match racing regatta, complete with round robin, semi finals and final. In this sense, it mimics the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger selection series, which will identify the ultimate challenger to face Alinghi in the 32nd America’s Cup Match.

It was a tense day on the water for the Spanish team who are alone among the 12 competitors in racing a new boat, ESP 88. Desafío Español earned two wins from two starts, but was behind in the second race until the Umpires assessed three penalties to Areva Challenge for a flagrant foul. The jury is still out on the speed potential of the new boat.

Making his 2006 racing debut for Luna Rossa Challenge was Torben Grael, aboard as tactician. The ‘Brazilian magician’ lived up to his moniker early as Luna Rossa was able to throw two penalties onto Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia during the first pre-start; Grael showing no signs of fatigue after completing a round-the-world race just this past weekend.

Conditions were perfect for racing on Thursday with sunny skies generating a good sea breeze. By race time there was a 10 knot Easterly on the two race areas and this held for the two flights of racing.

Current standing after 2 days/ 2 fligts:

1 SUI 75 4
1 USA 87 4
1 NZL 84 4
1 ITA 86 4
5 ESP 88 2
5 ITA 77 2
7 ITA 59 1
7 RSA 83 1
7 FRA 60 1
7 SWE 63 1
11 GER 72 0
11 CHN 79 0

See the results of the 2 flights

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

ISAF Nations Cup Regional Final - Izola, Slovenia

Nations Cup in Finland is over and now it's time to face another Regional Final that will take place in Izola, Slovenia from 28 June to 2 July.
The participants will use J-24 boats. First racing day is scheduled on Thursday 29 June. Second in Europe ISAF Nations Cup Regional Final will be accompanied by ISAF Match Racing Clinic that takes place at 28-29 June.
The list of entries for 20 June is as follows:

1. Matteo Simoncelli - ITA
2. Dario Cliba - CRO
3. Przemyslaw Tarnacki - POL
4. Jure Orel - SLO
5. Alvaro Marinho - POR
6. team from MDA to be confirmed

1. Claire Leroy - FRA
2. team from SWE to be confirmed
3. Silke Hahlbrock - GER
4. Giulia Conti - ITA
5. Maja Czarniawska - POL
6. Petra Kliba-Schmidt - CRO
7. Andreja Rener - SLO

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Nations Cup in Finland - News from Peter Wibroe

Sunday News

Neugodnikov won the finals, 2-0. I beleive that Angsell won both of the starts, one of them Neugodnikov was too early and with a penalty, but Angsell could only keep the lead for the first upwind. The russians had better speed, good downwinds and better tactics, so he was able to take two points.

That's all from Helsinki!


Saturday Evening News

We have sailed the semis today. It was best to 3, and Staffan Lindberg, FIN as the winner of the double round Robin chose to sail against Martin Angsell, SWE.
In the other semi-final it was us against Neugodnikov, RUS. Lindberg and Angsell had some pretty close races, and Angsell won 3-2. The races between us and Neugodnikov where even more exciting, Neugodnikov won 3-1. But not without a fight!
We had some very close races with a lot of intense situations. Unfortunately it was up to the umpire calls to decide the winner of
2 of the races, and those calls didn't come to our advantage. I guess that's one of the toughest lessons in match race; to learn to think as an umpire, know his positions, and knowing his his strengths.
After one hour of debriefing, I learned a bit more of that lesson.

Sunday Angsell and Neugodnikov will race against each other, and Lindberg took home today so there will be no petit-final.


Peter Wibroe

Friday, June 16, 2006

Nations Cup in Finland

There are hardly any news available about the nations cup currently ongoing in Helsinki Finland.

Here is an SMS from Staffan Lindberg:
Another good day and we are now at 10-2 already qualified for the semi. The semis are the deciders since 2 qualify for the Nations Cup.

And the entry list is:

Eugeniy Neugodnikov RUS
Staffan Lindberg FIN
Peter Wibroe DEN
Jelle Roos NED
Geir Victor SWE
Norge Marcus Schneeberger NOR
Mihkel Kosk EST
Martin Angsell SWE

The Event in Heliski is probably the one with the top ranked skippers.
Let's see who else get's in the semis beside Staffan: Wibroe and Eugeniy would expect it, but who of the others?

New Team from Germany

Welcome to the team site, some of them are well known, some will be famous in the future lets help the new teams.

A few days ago we got an email from Trung skipper of a new match race team in Germany from the Alster location of the European championship this year.

Welcome on MATCHRACE.CH "Team ASV", as you already have a webpage now you just need to go racing and climbing the ranking list.

Good luck

Dear sailors,

I am Trung from Germany, skipper of the "ASV Matchrace Team Hamburg" (short form: "Team ASV").
We started matchracing this year and have lots of fun. With our homepage we want to introduce ourselves to the scene.


Trung Huynh
ASV Matchrace Team Hamburg

Thursday, June 15, 2006

New ranking is out


Even before the victory at the ISAF Grade 1 Match Race Germany, Peter GILMOUR (AUS) had already ensured that he would take his third consecutive World Match Racing Tour Championship and along with it claim the title of ISAF Match Racing World Champion for the fourth time.

Just behind GILMOUR is fellow Australian and 2005 ISAF Match Racing World Champion James SPITHILL (AUS) of Luna Rossa, whilst Italy’s Paolo CIAN (ITA) moves up two places to third after a second place finish at the ISAF Grade 1 Roberto Trombini Challenge Trophy.

Meanwhile Russell COUTTS’ (NZL) break from the match racing circuit has him falling back from 4 to 8, and a similar story sees Alinghi helm Ed BAIRD (USA) drop from 3 to 6. As well as CIAN, Sébastien COL (FRA) and Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) are the main beneficiaries, moving to fourth and fifth in the Rankings respectively. Björn HANSEN (SWE) is the sole new entry into the top ten, with victory at the ISAF Grade 2 F I M Match Cup in Finland and third at the Roberto Trombini Challenge seeing him move up one place to 10.

Read more in the Team Section

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Some moments of the Trofeo Trombini 2006

The Italian photographer Stefania Pilan has given us some pictures from the 12th Trofeo Trombini.

Thank you Stefania

(c) Stefania Pilan

Tro2 608

Tro2 588

Tro2 215

See more pictures of the 12th Trofeo Trombini in a slide show

Sails of White Nights - Russian Final


While being focused on ISAF Grade 1 XII Roberto Trombini Challenge Trophy 2006, ISAF Grade 2 event Sails of White Nights took place on the waters of St.Petersburg.
The final racing day that was held on Sunday, June 11, saw an all Russian final in which Eugeniy Neugodnikov defeated Maxim Taranov and took the title.

Sails of White Nights Final Standings

2. Maxim TARANOV (RUS)
3. Andrew CORNAH (GBR)
4. Sergey MUSIKHIN (RUS)
5. Pierre-Antoine MORVAN (FRA)
9. Johnny ISDAHL (SWE)
12. Rasmus VILTOFT (DEN)

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Trofeo Trombini - Chris Dickson takes the "Trofeo" to Valencia


This morning after the long party and the “Montefusco Challenge” who went to the KIWIRUS team after a tight final against the Nordic Team where sailed the semi-finals:

C. Dickson / M. Richard 3/0
B. Hansen / P. Cian 0 /3

Right after a tasty plate of Italian pasta on the spectator boat where started the finals and the petite final

P. Ciao / C. Dickson 1/3
B. Hansen / M Richard 2/0

The final was intense with taff manoeuvres at the marks and a few dial downs C. Dickson could beat P. Cian in the final.
Cian had an excellent boat speed but Dickson could compensate this with better manoeuvres a tactical choices.

It was once again an excellent event comment B. Hansen, he hopes that the event will join again the World Match Race Tour.

See more pictures from the Trombini Match Race


Trofeo Trombini - Semifinalist are choosen


After an intense quarter final with a good breeze the semifinalists are choosen:
-Chris Dickson
-Bjoern Hansen
-Paolo Cian
-Mathieu Richard

Quartefinal results are:
M. Richard / L. Nordbjerg 3/1
C. Dickson / M. Angsell 3/0
B. Hansen / D. Iehl 3/0
P. Cian / Wibrowe 3/1

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Grade 1 in Ravenna - Day 2

Only 3 flights due to very light wind took place on the second day of the XII Roberto Trombini Challenge Trophy. Chris Dickson is still in the lead after 11 flights
We are still waiting for the results from the remaining round robins that took place today.

Round Robin results after 11 flights

1. Chris Dickson (NZ) 8-1
2. Paolo Cian (IT) 7-1
3. Lars Nordbjaerg (DK) 6-3
4. Mathieu Richard (FR) 5-3
5. Bjorn Hansen (SE) 5-3
6. Matteo Simoncelli (IT) 4-4
7. Damien Iehl (FR) 4-5
8. Martin Angsell (SE) 4-5
9. Peter Wibroe (DK) 4-5
10. Simon Minoprio (NZ) 3-6
11. Tino Ellegast (DE) 1-8
12. Andrew Arbuzov (RU) 1-8

Read more in Match Race Events section. Those of you who still did not listen to the interview I warmly encourage to do that

Trombini Challenge - latest news from Ravenna


Latest news from the Ravenna, Bjoern Hansen, Greg from Team Richard and Philippe from Team Wibrowe talking about the event, races and the famous Montefusco Challenge.

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See some pictures from the Trombini Match Race

Friday, June 09, 2006

XII Roberto Trombini Challenge - Cian vs. Dickson


Perfect weather conditions, sun, fresh temperatures and constant thermal winds of 8 knots accompined the first day of XII Roberto Trombini Challenge Trophy. There were all of 40 matches on two courses thereby completing 8 qualifying flights.
The most exciting match of the day was between Paolo Cian and Chris Dickson . The Italian started in the lead but was penalized in the incident at leeward mark and Dickson was forced to be entangled with the mark anchor line.
Cian got several red flags from the umpires, as normally happens when it appears that a helm has caused an obstacle to his rival, until Dickson managed to get free. The challenge continued with Cian taking another two penalties and he decided to pull out without reproach.

Round Robin results after 8 flights

1. Chris Dickson (NZ) 6-1
2. Paolo Cian (IT) 5-1
3. Mathieu Richard (FR) 5-1
4. Bjorn Hansen (SE) 5-2
5. Matteo Simoncelli (IT) 4-3
6. Lars Norbjaerg (DK) 4-3
7. Damien Iehl (FR) 3-4
8. Martin Angsell (SE) 2-4
9. Peter Wibroe (DK) 2-4
10. Simon Minoprio (NZ) 2-5
11. Tino Ellegast (DE) 1-6
12. Andrew Arbuzov (RU) 1-6

Today another 5 flights are on the way... Stay with us for more news

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

XII Roberto Trombini Challenge Match Race 2006

Tommorow the offcial opening ceremony of the XII edition of the Roberto Trombini Challenge Trophy, the 1st Italian ISAF Grade 1 world event will take place in Marina di Ravenna with the presentation of the 12 participating skippers among which are some of the helms of International yachting and the America’s Cup.
MATCHRACE.CH will be on site in Ravenna and write on a daily base about the event from tomorrow onwards.

The list of competitors:
1. Mathieu Richard - FRA
2. Paolo Cian - ITA
3. Matteo Simoncelli - ITA
4. Bjorn Hansen - SWE
5. Peter Wibroe - DEN
6. Andrew Arbuzov - RUS
7. Martin Angsell - SWE
8. Simon Minoprio - NZL
9. Lars Nordbjærg - DEN
10. Chris Dickson - NZL
11. Tino Ellegast - GER
12. Damien Iehl - FRA

First races on Thursday...

Match Race Germany - Gilmour takes the title for the 3rd time

photo by: Richard Walch

Peter Gilmour and the PST crew defeated Jesper Bank’s United Internet Team Germany crew 2-1 in a final shortened by lack of wind. This victory of Gilmour secured his third consecutive championship at Match Race Germany, Stage 7 of the 2005-’06 World Match Racing Tour.

(2) Peter Gilmour (PST), 2
(1) Jesper Bank (DEN), 1

(3) Ian Williams (GBR), 2
(4) Staffan Lindberg (FIN), 1

Read more in the Match Race Events section

Monday, June 05, 2006

Kurt Jablonski passed away...

Kurt Jablonski, the father of Desafio Espanol skipper Karol Jablonski, passed away on Friday. Whole life Kurt was involved with polish ice-sailing and raised up two sons Hubert and Karol who is now one of the best match race sailors in the world.

Kurt was also well-known ice-sailing race officer and was the PRO during DN Ice-sailing World Championship in 1994. The funeral will take place tommorow in Mrągowo, Poland.

From our side we would like to offer our condolences to Karol Jablonski and his family.
Niech spoczywa w spokoju - Let Kurt Jablonski rest in peace.

Gilmour secured his titles...


Peter Gilmour clinched his third consecutive World Match Racing Tour Championship and fourth ISAF Match Racing World Championship by advancing to the Final Round of Match Race Germany, Stage 7 of 8 in the 2005-’06 season.

If Gilmour wins Match Race Germany it would be his 10th career World Tour victory and his third consecutive MRG championship.

Stay with us for the final results of Match Race Germany 2006 coming up today

BoatU.S Santa Maria Cup - Spithill takes the gold!

photo by: Walter Cooper

Australia’s Katie SPITHILL won the ISAF Grade 1 BoatU.S. Santa Maria Cup in Annapolis, USA yesterday beating Giulia CONTI (ITA) in a tough final fight.

BoatU.S. Santa Maria Cup Results

Katie SPITHILL (AUS) - Giulia CONTI (ITA), 3-2

Liz BAYLIS (USA) - Christelle PHILIPPE (FRA), 2-1

Katie SPITHILL (AUS) - Liz BAYLIS (USA), 2-0
Giulia CONTI (ITA) - Christelle PHILIPPE (FRA), 2-0

Read more about the exciting final in the Match Race Events section

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Blurimini - Some moments

The firs days of the Blurimini where raff and sunny, the photographer Roberto Ghidoni captured a few moments with his camera...

See more pictures from the Blurimini Sailing Event

Match Race Germany - Quarter-finals

photo by: Richard Walch

Good wind conditions allowed the organizers to move to the quarter-finals stage planned for tommorow. Eight crews qualified for the round after the completion of the Groups A1, A2 and B round robins. Three crews advanced from A1 and A2 and another two moved on after the Group B repechage round.

Round Robin Standings
(Top two in each group advance to quarter-finals)

Group A1

1. Peter GILMOUR (AUS), PST, 4-1
2. Jesper BANK (DEN), United Internet Team Germany, 3-2
3. Evgeniy NEUGODNIKOV (RUS), Lord of Sail, 2-3
4. Tino ELLEGAST (GER), 2-3
5. Björn HANSEN (SWE), Team, 2-3
6. Michael HESTBEK (DEN), United Internet Team Germany, 2-3

Group A2

1. Mathieu RICHARD (FRA), Saba Sailing Team, 4-1
2. Sten MOHR (DEN), BMW ORACLE Racing, 4-1
3. Ian WILLIAMS (GBR), Williams Sail Racing, 2-3
4. Staffan LINDBERG (FIN), Alandia Sailing Team, 2-3
5. Ian AINSLIE (RSA), Team Shosholoza, 2-3
5. Eric MONNIN (SUI), 1-4

Group B - Repechage Round
(Top two advance to quarter-finals)

1. Staffan LINDBERG (FIN), 5-0
2. Ian AINSLIE (RSA), 4-1
3. Michael HESTBEK (DEN), 2-3
4. Eric MONNIN (SUI), 2-3
5. Bjorn HANSEN (SWE), 2-3
6. Tino ELLEGAST (GER), 0-5

No races yesterday for BoatU.S Santa Maria Cup

photo by: Walter Cooper

Bad luck caught the participants of ISAF Women's Grade 1 Event BoatU.S Santa Maria Cup. Yesterday mother nature was not in a mood to provide enough wind to finish the second round robin. Therefore, the second round robin was ended with four flights to go.
Stay with us for more news from today's racing where BAYLIS take on SPITHILL whilst PHILIPPE lines up to do battle against CONTI.

Round Robin Standings

1. Liz BAYLIS (USA), 11-3
2. Christelle PHILIPPE (FRA), 10-4
3. Giulia CONTI (ITA), 9-5
4. Katie SPITHILL (AUS), 9-5
5. Katy PILLEY-LOVELL (USA), 9-5
6. Carol CRONIN (USA), 7-7
7. Deb CAPOZZI (USA), 6-8
8. Jo Ann FISHER (USA), 5-9
9. Lorenza MARIANI (ITA), 3-11
10. Jen PROVAN (CAN), 1-13

Blurimini - Jesper Felt wins 2:0 against Simoncelli

After 3 days with strong winds, today the wind dropped and the racing started agian.
After 2 flights the race commitee decided go go directly in to final with the winners of the 2 group A and B Felt and Simoncelli who sailed for the first place. Jesper Feldt won 2:0 against Simoncelli.
Jure Orel takes the 3rd place with 2 wins against Giovanni Segnini finishing 4th.

Final results of the Blurimini 2006
1 Jesper Feldt
2 Matteo Simoncelli
3 Jure Orel
4 Giovanni Segnini
5 Dario Kliba
6 Vincent Barnies
7 Michel Cohen
8 Simone Ferrarese
9 Dimitri Dereulle
10 Alpo Kaakinen
11 Max Gurgel

Friday, June 02, 2006

Blurimini - The Bora wind keeps the boats in the harbour

Kitesurf in Rimini

Photo (c) Andrea Carloni

Today due too the strong bora wind blowing across the Adriatic sea building up big waves, the Blurimini organisation didn't send out any boat on the water.

The forcast for tomorrow is similar as today, despite the raff conditions the teams are looking forward to go sailing the remaining races to start the semi and the finals.

Current standing:
1: Jesper Feldt 4/4
2: M. Simoncelli 3/3
3: Dario Kliba 3/4
4: Deruelle & Orel 2/4

Tough fight in Langenargen

source by: Sean McNeill

Jesper BANK (DEN) and Mathieu RICHARD (FRA) are the early leaders at the cold and windy ISAF Grade 1 Match Race Germany, stage seven of the 2005-2006 World Match Racing Tour.
Each is tied with another skipper, but owns the tiebreaker to hold the lead after four of five flights in each group. They survived chilly conditions that saw the temperature in the high 40s and winds anywhere from four to 20 knots, with intermittent rain. The wind was blowing west/southwest, off the snow capped Alps, which made it so cold.

Racing continues today. The top three from each group will advance to the quarter-finals and bottom three to a repechage round, from which the top two advance to the quarters.

Match Race Germany Results

Round Robin Standings

Group A1
(After 4 of 5 scheduled flights)

1. Jesper BANK (DEN), United Internet Team Germany, 3-1
2. Peter GILMOUR (AUS), PST, 3-1
3. Evgeniy NEUGODNIKOV (RUS), Lord of Sail, 2-2
4. Björn HANSEN (SWE), Team, 2-2
5. Tino ELLEGAST (GER), 1-3
6. Michael HESTBEK (DEN), United Internet Team Germany, 1-3

Group A2
(After 4 of 5 scheduled flights),

1. Mathieu RICHARD (FRA), Saba Sailing Team, 3-1
2. Sten MOHR (DEN), BMW ORACLE Racing, 3-1
3. Ian WILLIAMS (GBR), Williams Sail Racing, 2-2
4. Ian AINSLIE (RSA), Team Shosholoza, 2-2
5. Staffan LINDBERG (FIN), Alandia Sailing Team, 1-3
5. Eric MONNIN (SUI), 1-3

BoatU.S Santa Maria Cup - Baylis on the lead

After two days American Elizabeth Baylis keeps the lead of ISAF Grade 1 BoatU.S Santa Maria Cup. The day started out with a light southerly, that built through out. Only three flights were necessary to finish off the first round robin, and these were knocked off quickly by PRO Mark Murphy and his team.

Round Robin Standings(After 14 of 18 flights)

1. Liz BAYLIS (USA), 11-3
2. Giulia CONTI (ITA), 10-4
3. Christelle PHILIPPE (FRA), 9-5
3. Katy PILLEY-LOVELL (USA), 9-5
3. Katie SPITHILL (AUS), 9-5
6. Carol CRONIN (USA), 7-7
7. Deb CAPOZZI (USA), 6-8
8. Jo Ann FISHER (USA), 5-9
9. Lorenza MARIANI (ITA), 3-11
10. Jen PROVAN (CAN), 1-13

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Match Race Germany 2006 ready to go

source by: Sean Mcneill

Today ISAF Grade 1 Match Race Germany will see the first matches. This event is the seventh stage of World Match Racing Tour. Leading the line up is Tour leader and defending champion Peter Gilmour (AUS), although last year’s finalist and local favourite Jesper Bank (DEN) is sure to receive plenty of home support.

Lake Constance will host twelve of the world’s top match racers, with five of the top eight skippers on the World Tour lining up. Gilmour will be aiming for his third consecutive Match Race Germany title but I guess that after ACI Adris Cup he knows it's a tough fight coming up.

More news from Germany in due course

Santa Maria Cup - American tie

photo by: Walter Cooper

6 flights of Round Robin 1 of BoatU.S Santa Maria Cup have been completed yesterday. So far Americans Elizabeth Baylis and Katy Pilley-Lovell stay in a tie. Both skippers won 5 matches and lost 1 and await the match between each other which is scheduled for today.
Philippe, Cronti and Spithill are one point behind.

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