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First Blood To Britain's Cristabella
Three different TP52's won the first three races of the new 2010 Audi MedCup Circuit season today off Cascais, Portugal, but it is Britain's much improved Cristabella which leads the TP52 Series. John Bassadone's Peninsula Petroleum won the practice race for the GP42 Series.
Cristabella, the British flagged TP52 shrugged off any sailing superstitions that it may be unlucky to win a regatta's practice race when they emerged from a challenging first day of the new 2010 Audi MedCup Circuit season with a very slender lead of just one point over 2008 champions Quantum Racing.
Cristabella, owned by John Cook, skippered by John Cutler and steered by Tim Powell scored a second, eighth and a third from the three races on the bay of Cascais which were contested in moderate wind conditions which were never easy or consistent.
Underlining the strength and depth of the fleet this season, the 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit TP52 Series champions Emirates Team New Zealand could only muster a modest start to their defence, posting a sixth and an 11th before regaining their winning ways, victorious in Race 3 by 49 seconds over Britain's debutants TeamOrigin.
GP42 Series official training race for Peninsula Petroleum
But they had a strong start in the 12-14 knot conditions to allow them an early lead in the race, only to get reined in by another owner/driver, Roberto Monti on AIRISESSENTIAL (ITA), who rounded the last top mark in the lead to the finish. But this lead too was not safe, as World Tour match race veteran Paolo Cian (ITA) steering Madrid - Caser Seguros (ESP) just metres astern, drove Monti and team into the corner whilst the remainder of the class gybed away back towards the favored side.
Long Day Afloat For Just One Race at Finn Europeans
YC Labud, Split, Croatia: Despite attempts to get the racing back on track, the Finn Open Senior and Junior Europeans Championships was again saddled with uncooperative and unusual weather conditions with the wind playing games with the race officer and the sailors all day. More than 10 starts were attempted, two races were abandoned, and one race stood, with the win going to Finn newcomer Mate Arapov (CRO) from Split.
In the first start in 12-15 knots, Rafa Trujillo (ESP) led from the middle right on the first upwind to build a commanding lead downwind. Then the wind shifted 130 degrees and switched off.
More than an hour later another start was attempted in a very shifty and patchy northerly breeze. There was a big left shift half way up with Arapov rounding the top mark ahead of Bjorn Allansson (SWE), Trujillo, Deniss Karpak (EST), Peer Moberg (NOR) and Vasiliy Zbogar (SLO).
Arapov was followed over the finish line by Moberg, Karpak, Allansson and Zbogar. Ed Wright (GBR) had moved up to third, but a yellow flag in the final 100 metres dropped him to 10th.
Arapov is new to the Finn. "I sailed Split Olympic Week this year and was second, and have maybe sailed 20 times since." He sailed in the Sydney and Athens Olympics in the Laser and is now beginning a Star campaign for London, but said, "The Finn is nice. I am now 92 kg so it's good for me. I have bought a boat, but we will see."
After another hour wait for the wind to stabilise, race two got away at the third attempt but the massive pressure variation on the first beat was a hint of things to come, and it was finally abandoned at the end of the first downwind.
The first (abandoned) race raised some interesting points about unlimited pumping, which several sailors and coaches discussed with the jury on the water after the abandonment. When Oscar flag is up and the race committee permits pumping, rocking and ooching (except on a beat to windward) and the wind shifts....., at what point do you have to stop pumping?
The answer from the jury is that when the wind shifts so that the boat's proper course to the mark is close-hauled, the boats will be 'on a beat to windward' and the regular rule 42 applies. Until the judges are certain that the boats are on a beat to windward, they will allow pumping while Oscar is flying.
In the same way, when boats are sailing on a beat to windward and have overstood so that they are sailing free to the mark - they will no longer be 'on a beat to windward'. It is worth noting though that until the judges are certain that the boat's proper course to the mark is below close-hauled, they will continue to consider that pumping breaks rule 42.
In a change to the schedule, three races per day are planned for the next three days, starting each day at 11.00. The medal race tales place on Sunday 16th with the final race for the rest of the fleet sailed afterwards.
Top 10 after one race
1. Mate Arapov, CRO
Bainbridge International Proudly Supports Jessica Watson
Australian Jessica, born 18th May 1993, is setting out to become the youngest person to sail solo non-stop and unassisted around the world and is expected to complete her historic voyage, arriving back in Sydney to a hero's welcome, on Saturday 15th May.
It is anticipated that Jessica will cross the finish line at Sydney Heads at approximately 11:30am and will arrive at the Sydney Opera House around 12.30pm, the first time she will have set foot on land in almost seven months - Jessica left Sydney on 18th October 2009 and has been on the receiving end of 50 knot winds and has had to battle monster seas.
Sailing her S&S 34, 'Ella's Pink Lady', a classic design from the famous Sparkman & Stephens commonly entered in the notorious Sydney to Hobart race, it is well known for its seaworthiness and robustness. It is a boat capable of consistent speeds and one that Jessica has handled easily.
Bainbridge International is proud to be an official supplier to Jessica on her inspirational journey, having supplied a full inventory of sailcloth and hardware, including our Ocean woven sailcloth, Code Zero and Force 9 nylon.
Among Series, Robert Rosen Jacobson is still ahead even if Xavier Macaire is getting closer and closer... Robert offered us a beautiful performance on water ahead of Conrad Colman that slipped just before Xavier. The all three are almost in contact, nothing is done for the moment. Jean-Marc Allaire and Amaury Francois that are fourth and fifth, 7 nm from the leader.
Thursday's Meteo Consult forecast:
Top five series aboats at 2200 GMT 12 May:
Top five protos
ISAF Publish Olympic Commission Draft Report
Phil Jones, Chairman of the Olympic Commission, explains what the draft Report addresses:
"The IOC analyses the strengths and weaknesses of the sports on the Olympic Program and what value they add at the Olympic Games. We have looked at how we are performing, both against the evaluation criteria that the IOC has adopted and against other sports. In some areas we get big ticks and others we have considerable work to do. Our aim must be to strengthen the position of sailing in the Olympic Games."
The Commission has set out to put forward the best solutions to the issues identified. We have considered 5 key areas that need to be addressed, and made recommendations about the changes required in each area. The Report looks at: Increasing Universality, Expanding Qualification Opportunities, Building Popularity, Improving Event Structure and Enhancing the Olympic Games.
Olympic Commission Members:
Phil Jones (AUS) - Chairman
The following timetable has been established for 2010:
6-9 May 2010: Council and Events Committee received a presentation from the Olympic Commission.
Olympic Commission Draft Report:
Royal Thames Yacht Club's Cumberland Cup
London, England: The international battle for the honour of winning the world's oldest yachting trophy - dating back to 1775 and established some 76 years before the America's Cup - will be hosted by the Royal Thames Yacht Club on May 12-16. The Cumberland Cup is the UK's only regularly-held international two-boat team racing event in keelboats, and the only event to take place in the capital.
This year the event is supported by the Royal Thames Yacht Club corporate partner, the luxury Swiss watch manufacturer Audemars Piguet, and has attracted entries from clubs as far afield as Australia, Germany, Ireland, Monaco, New Zealand, USA as well as the UK.
Held every two years, the 2010 race takes place at Queen Mary Sailing Club, which is situated on one of London's largest reservoirs, conveniently close to London's Heathrow Airport for the arrival of the international crews.
The eight teams - representing the Royal Perth Yacht Club of Western Australia; a combined Norddeutsche Regatta Verein & Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee representing Germany; Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club of New Zealand; Royal St George Yacht Club, Ireland; Southern Yacht Club of New Orleans, USA; Yacht Club de Monaco, as well as a team from the host club, Royal Thames Yacht Club - will battle for the honour of winning the Cumberland Cup in the Royal Thames Yacht Club's fleet of identical J80s.
The Cumberland Cup was established in 1775 when the Duke of Cumberland, brother of George III, put up a silver cup for a race on the River Thames and formed the Cumberland Fleet. This remains the alternative name for the Royal Thames Yacht Club, which is based at Knightsbridge.
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America's Cup Hall Of Fame To Induct Exceptional Slate Of Nominees
Simon Daubney (New Zealand)
Warwick Fleury (New Zealand)
Murray Jones (New Zealand)
Dean Phipps (New Zealand)
Mike Drummond (New Zealand)
Halsey Herreshoff (United States)
Howarth & Townend Claim 2010 Fireball World Championship
One final race was held off Carlisle Bay in Barbados, West Indies, under sunny skies and winds ranging from 14 to 18 knots. The fleet was very aggressive on the start line today with it being the last chance for teams to secure their final spots on the results sheet. It took five attempts, three of them under a black flag, before the fleet finally got off to a clean start. With the delay in the day's first race, it was not possible to start a tenth and final race for the series since the start time limit had expired.
In the end, nine races were completed for this year's championship, allowing the competitors to discard their worst 2 races from the score sheet.
The final top ten are as follows:
1. Chips Howarth, Vyv Townend, GBR
Red Bull Join Forces With Two Double Olympic Gold Medallists
Double Olympic Gold Medallist Roman Hagara and his Olympic crew Hans-Peter Steinacher were a show-stopper on the Danube in Vienna yesterday when they formally announced their participation in the 2010 Extreme Sailing Series circuit, stopping the traffic and the passers-by as they craned to get a view of the dashing Red Bull Extreme 40.
The team sailed their Extreme 40 by the iconic United Nations City and the towering Donauturm TV Tower in the Austrian capital, flying a hull for the media gathered to take their turn onboard the 40-foot catamaran.
The European circuit isn't the first foray into Extreme 40 racing for the Red Bull team. They joined the inaugural Extreme Sailing Series Asia over the winter of 2009/2010 visiting Hong Kong, Singapore and Muscat, Oman, racing five other established Extreme 40 teams. The team finished a credible fifth overall despite a dramatic capsize in the penultimate day in Muscat that left Hagara requiring hospital treatment.
Racing with the only Austrian sportsmen to win Gold medals at the summer Olympics, will be David Vera (ESP) and Gabriele Olivo (ITA), both of whom have competed in the America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race onboard Telefonica.
In Sete, Red Bull Extreme Sailing will be joined by Downhill skiing legend and Dakar Rally driver Luc Alphand - a hugely popular sporting icon in France.
2010 Extreme Sailing Series Europe Calendar:
Sete, France 27-30 May
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