Wednesday, May 30, 2007

RC 44: The Oeiras Cup promises to be intense

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Six RC 44’s will compete for the Oeiras Cup, the third stage of the RC 44 Championship Tour. Current joint leaders after two regattas, Chris Bake’s Team Aqua and Miroslav Reljanovic’s Cro-A-Sail are the logical favourites of the event.

Oeiras (POR), 29 May 2007 – The third stage of the RC 44 Championship Tour – the Oeiras Cup - will be held in Portugal between May 31 and June 1. Oeiras is a little town located half way between Lisbon and Cascais, and a great sailing venue. Six teams will compete for the trophy, as well as for some more points on the RC 44 Championship Tour.

Current joint leaders of the annual contest after two regattas, Chris Bake’s Team Aqua (UAE) and Miroslav Reljanovic’s Cro-A-Sail (CRO) are the logical favourites of the event. However, Team Omega, with Russell Coutts (at the helm for the match races) and Nicholas Verwilghen (steering during the fleet regattas) will do their best to get back to the top. Also competing for victory, Isao Mita’s Beecom (JPN) and the Italian team Magia Alikè will certainly seriously challenge the current leaders of the championship.

One new team joins the fleet for the first time in Oeiras: Team V1 Racing (UAE), sailing onboard the first RC 44 built by V1 in Dubai. Rasmus Kostner is expected on board, possibly with some more America’s Cup sailors. The RC 44 is an owner-driver class, but professional sailors are involved in all the teams, making the RC 44 Championship Tour a high standard sailing event. Indeed, Cameron Appleton, Tomislav Basic, Russell Coutts, Morten Henrikson and many more top professional sailors guarantee the highest possible level of competition.

As usually, the competition will start and finish with fleet races, whilst match-races will be held on Friday and Saturday.

According to the sailors already in Lisbon, the course is located in a splendid area. The sailing conditions are perfect, with a fairly strong breeze and a little chop. The show promises to be great.


Friday, May 25, 2007

MATCH RACE GERMANY, Monnin and Col in the lead


The first day of the 10th Jubilee Match Race Germany, Stage 7 of the World Match Racing Tour 2006 - 07 season saw 12 crews from 9 countries take to the water on Lake Constance in South West Germany. Group A1 began the day with three flights and Group A2 flights were abandoned due to failing wind.
After a trying day beset by light winds America's Cup skipper Sebastien Col
(FRA) of Areva Challenge showed his strengths as a match racer and finished the day with a 3-0 record. Eric Monnin (SUI) faired well to match Col's winning streak and is tied in first place in Group A1's standings.
Second ranked World Tour Skipper Mathieu Richard (FRA) of Saba Sailing came away with a 2-1 result. "It was a very hard day. The wind was light and it was difficult to finish in such conditions." said Richard.
Organisers Eberhard Magg and Harold Thierer are happy to be celebrating the 10th Jubilee of Match Race Germany and will be joined by 35,000 visitors during the course of the long weekend. "The last 10 years have been tough but wonderful years. We have been through highs and lows but have always been motivated by our competitors, spectators and partners. Match Race Germany has evolved and is stronger than ever and we look forward as we move into our 2nd decade". Said Magg
Racing is scheduled to resume tomorrow morning around 9:00 a.m., weather permitting.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Open Match Race Cup Hard 2007: Ian Ainslie beaten by Monnin in a dramatic final

(c) Wolfgang M. Beck

The “Binnenbecken” is a small enclosure of Lake of Constance in Hard, Austria that provides a perfect arena for matchracing. Just big enough to set a course, so the spectators can watch from all around the bay.
In the Final Monnin won the first race. After the boat change Ainslie could beat him twice. Then boats were changed again and the fourth race went to Monnin, so that the final fifth heat decided everything. Ainslie could clearly win the start. He reacted to Monnin’s tacking attacks and they provided a fascinating duel for the spectators at the beach. In a slight wind change Monnin got in front and he succeeded in defending his lead over the following three legs.
At the price giving ceremony Eric Monnin addressed the audience: “We have been dreaming of winning a Grade Two Event for the last four years. Now we have succeeded”. And a great victory it was, seeing all the famous names behind him.

Final result Open Matchracecup Hard 2007

1 Eric Monnin, Swizzerland
2 Ian Ainslie, South Africa
3 Mads Ebler, Denmark
4 Max Gurgel, Germany
5 Matteo Simoncelli, Italy
6 Tino Ellegast, Germany
7 Staffan Lindberg, Finland
8 Andrew Cornah, United Kingdom
9 Jure Orel, Slovenia
10 Marek Stanczyk, Poland
11 Heinz Doppelmayr, Austria
12 Verena Wagner, Austria


Monday, May 21, 2007

Another victory by Desafio Espanol - Luna Rossa in the final

photo: Magdalena Lasocka

What a day we had yesterday at LVC in Valencia! Luna Rossa beat BMW Oracle Racing 5:1 and became the first team in the final of LVC. Emirates Team NZ did not have such a successful day as Italians and were beaten by Desafio Espanol. The present score is 4:2 for Kiwis but the game is not over yet. Tommorow we are going to face another tough match between the Spaniards and Dean Barker's team.
Karol Jablonski, helmsman of Desafio Espanol, was not hiding his happiness:" Today's race will get to the history of Spanish sailing. Victory over Kiwi after the tough fight showed that we are closer than further as summed up Spanish King Juan Carlos. It's 4:2 and we can easly say that whatever happens now Desafio Espanol is a big winner of this event. Nobody gave us a single chance especially in the wind conditions as today. That was one of the best race I sailed in this regatta. The team did an excellent job, grinders were crying after the finish as they gave all they could from theirselves during tacks and maneuvers."

Tommorow we face another semi final match between Karol Jablonski and Dean Barker. Stay tuned with

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Desafio Espanol beats Emirates TNZ


Yesterday all sailing channels, portals and other media got crazy. Desafio Espanol managed to beat Emirates Team NZ. Everyone started wondering if this can be big breakpoint in the LVC semi finals. Dean Barker lost a match with Karol Jablonski who sailed better game yesterday and even caught Kiwi on penalty during pre-start maneouvres.

"Team New Zealand was the only team with which we haven't won yet. After two painful defeats we needed that victory. We knew that we are able to beat Kiwis and we were aware that it would be difficult task but for sure not impossible one! I sailed the pre-start very agressively and though we got into the box from the left hand unfavourable side I gained control over my opponent after two gybes. While approching the line to start, at around 50 second to the gun, Dean Barker made a gybe and forced me to make an immediate change of course. And for this Kiwi got a penalty what gave us advantage before the start that we kept until the finish. Now whole Spain is celebrating this great victory. 2:1 is better than 3:0." - summed up Karol Jablonski, skipper of Desafio Espanol.

More on LVC semi finals to come tommorow. Stay with us.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Crazy Day

Photo (c) Chris Cameron

What a Crazy day, big wind shifts up to almost 70 degrees. The racing area in fron of Valencia is challenging for the remaining fours.

Results of the day:
Team New Zealand 1
Desafio Espanol o

Luna Rossa 1
BMW Oracle Racing 0

It seems to be in Hauraki gulf with this kind of wind. The big surprise of today is the way BMW Oracle lost against Luna Rossa. This is the second loss from Larry's guys; all the eyes are on them now to see how they go ahead.

The match between ETNZ and Desafio was close until the end this keeps the race interesting.
Do Karol will be able to beat Dean, he is a strong helmsman and is performing well under pressure. Let's see what's happening tomorrow.

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Valencia: Pre semifinal talk

Dean Barker, Skipper, Emirates Team New Zealand, on the dangers of choosing:
“It’s always tough in any match racing event when you have the opportunity to choose, because the top four teams are there because they’re fast. You choose your poison, and we’ve made the choice to race Spain.”

Chris Dickson, Skipper, BMW ORACLE Racing, on whether winning the Round Robins was worth fighting for: “I think it’s certainly worth fighting for. That’s why Emirates Team New Zealand were out there, and that’s why we were out there. The bad news is we lost a boat race, the bad news is we don’t get to choose our poison. The good news is we don’t have to choose.”

Francesco de Angelis, Skipper, Luna Rossa, on the value of proper racing compared with in-house racing: “With due respect to my team mates, when you race another team it is more valid, because you have things at stake. When you race your own team, if you make a mistake you can restart the exercise. When you race a team officially, you have one chance and that’s it. It’s a totally different game, and I’m sure that in racing you always learn and grow. I am not surprised at the set-up for these Semi Finals, and I’m sure that the guy who comes out of this will be a stronger competitor.”

Karol Jablonski, Skipper, Desafio Espanol 2007, on being chosen by New Zealand:
“There is no easy choice, and those teams are very strong, sometimes you choose the team that you are comfortable against but then you lose against them. Dean made the right choice. It gives us the opportunity to pay them back, so I thank you now for choosing us. It’s great for us to race New Zealand. We are really looking forward to race.”

Semifinals: ETNZ choose Desafio

Photo (c) Chris Cameron ETNZ

Emirates Team New Zealand finished Round Robin Two of the Louis Vuitton Cup at the top of the table, with a win over BMW ORACLE Racing capping an unbeaten run in the second round. By finishing as the top challenger, the Kiwi team now has the right to choose its opponent for the Semi Finals.
BMW ORACLE Racing, Luna Rossa Challenge, and Desafio Espanol 2007 are the other Semi Finalists. The Semi Final portion of the Louis Vuitton Cup begins on Monday, 14 May.
* Skipper Dean Barker, representing the Round Robin leading Emirates Team New Zealand, has elected to race against Desafio Espanol 2007 in the Semi Finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup. That means BMW ORACLE Racing will face Luna Rossa Challenge in the other pairing.
"It's great for us to race Emirates Team New Zealand," said Desafio Espanol skipper Karol Jablonski. "We are working on a few specific things to make the boat a bit faster and also on our strategy. But what you haven't done in two and half years, you're not going to do in the next two days."
The Semi Finals are a 'first to five' head-to-head series for each pairing.
A race win is worth one point, and the first team in each pairing to earn five points goes through to the Louis Vuitton Cup Final. No scoring is carried forward from previous stages of the event.


Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Desafio Espanol in the semi finals of LVC!

4th team for the LVC semi final decided! Desafio Espanol will join BMW Oracle Racing, Luna Rossa and Emirates Team NZ in the fight for the Challenger title.
After the tight match between Victory Challenge and Emirates TNZ, Kiwi managed to beat Swedes and deprive it of the semi final hope.
Spaniards lost the match with BMW Oracle today but Victory Challenge defeat was enough to secure Desafio's place in the top four.

Now the game will become more and more exicting.
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Monday, May 07, 2007

Valencia: Is Desafio the nr. 4 ?

Photo (c) Nico Martinez

Three teams are now secure in their position on the leaderboard at the Louis Vuitton Cup. On Saturday, BMW Oracle Racing and Luna Rossa Challenge earned enough points to ensure the fifth place team couldn’t overhaul them. With its win on Sunday, Emirates Team New Zealand did the same. The fourth and final Semi Final spot is currently occupied by Desafío Español 2007, who earned a great win in front of a large weekend
spectator fleet on Sunday.

The Spanish have won six of their seven Round Robin Two matches to build a five point cushion over Victory Challenge, which is the only remaining challenger with a mathematical chance to beat them. The Swedish team has three matches left, with six points available. If the Swedes lose one more race, or the Spanish team earns another victory, Desafío Español will have the coveted Semi-final berth. That doesn’t mean the remaining matches for the top teams are meaningless. Just two points separate first from third and the top finisher has the right to choose its opponent for the head to head Semi Final portion of the Louis Vuitton Cup. Flight 9 is scheduled for Monday.

Flight 9
1. +39 Challenge vs. Team Shosholoza
2. China Team vs. Areva Challenge
4. Mascalzone Latino - Capitalia Team vs. BMW Oracle Racing
5. Victory Challenge vs. Desafío Español 2007
6. Luna Rossa Challenge vs. Emirates Team New Zealand

Provisional Leaders (RR1 pts - Matches Sailed RR2 - Matches Won - Total Pts)
1. BMW Oracle Racing (USA 98) 21-7-6-33
2. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL 92) 18-7-7-32
3. Luna Rossa Challenge (ITA 94) 19-7-6-31
4. Desafío Español 2007 (ESP 97) 17-7-6-29
5. Victory Challenge (SWE 96) 14-7-5-24
6. Mascalzone Latino-Capitalia (ITA 99) 14-7-3-20
7. Team Shosholoza (RSA 83) 12-8-3-18
8. Areva Challenge (FRA 93) 9-7-2-13
9. +39 Challenge (ITA 85) 6-7-0-6
10. United Internet Team Germany (GER 89) 3-8-1-5
11. China Team (CHN 95) 1-8-1-3

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Sunday, May 06, 2007

Desafio Espanol fighting for the semi final!


Desafio Espanol, Spanish syndicate to AC, lead by Polish skipper Karol Jablonski is not stopping to surprise. Desafio continues to collect victories over their opponents in Louis Vuitton Cup and enforce their place in semi finals.
Today they managed to beat United Team Germany and added two more points in the ranking with the total of 29 points.

After yesterday's races which were quite exusting we sailed very focused in our match with United Team Germany today. We had to stay mistakeless to win this race. At the start I controled my rival and forced him to start from less favorable end of the starting line and with far less speed. We gained advantage at the first crossing and enlarge it until the finish. I guess it was one of the most quiet matches, with not too much stress. Tommorow we face Swedish team who has to win all matches to be in the semi final. As it is possible we have to give our best not to let that happen - sail Polish skipper Karol Jablonski.

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

UBS Alinghi Swiss Tour Lugano 2007

Photo (c) Juerg Kaufmann

After an intense final Marcel Walser could qualify his team against Roger Stocker for the Swiss National Championship.

A full round robin and semifinal where sailed in Lugano this weekend during the UBS Alinghi Swiss Tour event.

Next event will be in Romanshorn from the 11th . 13th May 2007
1. Walser.
2. Stocker.
3. De Micheli.
4. Bohren.
5. Hofer.
6. Zanardi.
7. Eberhard.
8. Wullschleger.

Photo (c) Juerg Kaufmann

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Valencia: Agian surprises

It was a day of close racing and surprise finishes at the Louis Vuitton Cup where the bottom ranked China Team earned its first win of the competition over the leader, BMW ORACLE Racing, when the American team lost its headsail on the first upwind leg.
That wasn't the only upset of the form guide however. The French Areva Challenge, disappointed with its Round Robin One performance, went out and won its first two matches of Round Robin Two, while +39 Challenge suffered two devastating losses in matches that were desperately close right up until the finishing line.
Conditions on Monday were excellent for racing, with sea breezes of up to
15 knots on both race courses. The wind eased later in the day, but never dropped below 9 knots.

Ranking after LVC RR2 Flight 2
1. BMW ORACLE Racing, 23 points
1. Luna Rossa Challenge, 23
3. Emirates Team New Zealand, 20
4. Desafio Espanol, 19
5. Victory Challenge, 16
6. Mascalzone Latino - Capitalia Team, 14
6. Team Shosholoza, 14
8. Areva Challenge, 13
9. +39 Challenge 6
10. United Internet Team Germany 3
10. China Team 3

Tuesday's Schedule:
Desafio Espanol vs. AREVA Challenge
+39 Challenge (ITA 85) vs. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL 92)
United Internet Team Germany (GER 89) vs. Luna Rossa Challenge (ITA 94)
China Team (CHN 95) vs. Victory Challenge (SWE 96)
Team Shosholoza (RSA 83) vs. BMW Oracle Racing (USA 98)

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Slovenia Match Race Qualifier concluded successfully, Tomislav Bašič wins and qualifies for the main event in June

1. Tomislav Bašič Stjepan Vitaljič, Marin Lovrovič, Antoniao Arapovič.
2. Jure Orel Davor Glavina, Aleš Božnik, Karlo Hmeljak
3. Jacopo Pasini Carlo Mazzini, Enrico Stella, Lorenzo Percic
4. Przemek Tarnacki Marcin Banaszek, Przemek Plociennik, Lukasz Wosinski
5. Victor Lanier Nicolas Dore, Julien Falxa, Jeremie Raymond
6. Sergey Musikhin Kiril Luzin, Maxim Taranov, Iztok Knafelc
7. Orkun Soyer Cagatay Soyer, Ismail Inan, Burcu Algon
8. Gašper Vinčec Gregor Lisjak, Luke Verzel, Julijan Višnjevec
9. Jon Brecelj Uroš Pečaver, Martin Starič, Jure Dolenc
10. Marek Stanczyk Dominik Niskiewicz, Zbigniew Gutkowski, M. Kolosinski