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Solitaire Du Figaro: The Decision From The Jury Alters Scoreboard
Elies got a 30 minutes penalty for breaking the engine seal plus an additional 1 and a half hour for infringing the propulsion rule, two hours in total. Going aground on the beach at Primel is costing dearly to the skipper from Saint-Brieuc: he goes down from second at 51 minutes and 58 seconds from leader Armel le Cleac'h to 19th distanced of nearly three hours in the general ranking after two legs.
As it happens in sail racing, for nearly every decision from the Jury, this will be judged too heavy or too light according to the profit anyone makes of it, but this one is without appeal and will have to be accepted as it is.
As a result the leader Armel Le Cleac'h (Brit Air) gains another 13 minutes on his immediate follower who is Francois Gabart (Skipper Macif 2010) at 1hour 04' and Thomas Rouxel (Credit Mutuel de Bretagne) jumps on the podium at 1hour 31 minutes from Le Cleac'h.
During today's meeting the Jury also inflicted a 20 minutes penalty to Sebastien Josse (Vendee) for breaking his engine seal following some issues in recharging his batteries.
Yann Elies (Generali Europ Assistance) comments the Jury's decision:
* Skippers and shore teams are giving the final touches to the 44 Figaro II that tomorrow at 14.00 will leave Brest for 349 miles of pure competition to Kinsale.
After leaving Brest and the bay of Camaret, the fleet will sail back up the Four channel which may prove difficult due to weak winds, swell and cross currents. The Molene archipelago and the isle of Ushant will have to be left to port side, the Four channel will be left off the reefs of the Portsall plateau leaving the cardinal mark west Grande Basse de Portsall to port side.
The second part of the leg will take the fleet across the Channel, approximately 90 miles to the Cornish coast, marked by Wolf Rock to be left imperatively to port side. The direct route will take the 44 skippers to sail between the Scilly Isles and Land's End. The 165-mile long sail up the Celtic sea will take the fleet to round the mythical Fastnet lighthouse, which will have to be left to starboard before heading East. The last stretch of around 45 nautical miles will surely be very hard for the tired sailors who will have to make use of their last energies to get to Kinsale, finish of leg 3, where the race has not returned to since its 28th edition in 1997.
According to the latest weather bulletin issued by Meteo France expert Sylvain Mondon the skippers will have to deal with a first part relatively good as far as wind is concerned, with a south westerly breeze of 10/14 knots that will accompany them to the Scilly. The wind will later strengthen due to a front hovering over the area and the sea state will be particularly hard to tackle.
Start of the 3rd leg: Monday 9th August
Team Origin Wins 1851 Cup
BMW ORACLE Racing awoke trailing the match race regatta against TEAMORIGIN 4-1. But with wins today worth 3 points, the American yacht quickly tied the series by winning the first race.
The British crew rebounded by winning the next two heats with excellent performances in the pre-start and won the series with a 6-point advantage, 10-4.
"Thanks to everyone involved who helped make this regatta happen," said said BMW ORACLE Racing skipper Jimmy Spithill of Australia. "I thought it was fantastic racing. TEAMORIGIN came out on top today and deserved to win, full credit to them. We look forward to the next match."
The five-day regatta saw the two crews complete four days of match racing on the Solent. Yesterday they sailed a race around the Isle of Wight in a recreation of the famous race from 1851 that gave rise to the America's Cup, sailing's most revered event.
BMW ORACLE Racing won the 53-nautical-mile race by 1 minute and 22 seconds. Coupled with its 2-0 win in the 33rd America's Cup Match last February, the American crew has sailed 132 nautical miles of original America's Cup racing in the past six months.
"I think just because of the history behind it, yesterday's race meant a lot to both teams," said Spithill. "There was no pulling any punches. Both teams wanted it pretty badly."
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Matador Dominates and Repeats Victory in the Copa Del Rey Audi MAPFRE
Palma de Mallorca, Spain: Ran, Matador, Rats on fire, Tanit and Lelagain are the brand new winners of the 29 Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre, whereas Iberostar clinches the X-41 trophy. The winners of this 29 Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre were decided after today's two races. Argentinean Matador won in considerable style thus repeating last year's victory. This is the third victory for Alberto Roemmers' TP52 in the Copa del Rey.
72 footer Ran of Nikklas Zennstrom pulled together an immaculate display clearly overcoming her rivals. In a constant 8 knots see breeze -known as Embat in the local argot- Zennstrom's Judel & Vrolijk design was able to win the first race of the day by more than a minute's advantage upon second classified. Alegre and Container started the day on their back foot and Bella Mente was able to pass them in the same race, which turned Ran into the virtual winner. Her crew celebrated it by not running the second race of the day, which was won by American Bella Mente. The owner-drive trophy also went to Ran, whereas Stig was the best boat among the cruisers.
Matador of Alberto Roemmers won her third Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre, second in a row, with a great performance reminiscent of their 2009 title winning form, and gave no chances to the rest of the fleet.
Regarding the RI 1 division, the winner was decided after the day's first race. I.Nova steered by Giancarlo Simeoli crossed the line in the first place thus threatening to push Itaca IX out of the podium. Rats on Fire of Rafael Carbonell managed a fourth place which crowned the Arenys the Mar flagged Swan 45 as the winner of the 29 Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre.
As far as the RI 2 are concerned, Tanit Medilevel of Maria Jose Vila, a boat belonging to the historical IMS 670 class, was the best scoring crew in this division.
Among the X-35s, Italian Legalain's consistency was her best weapon in order to win this Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre. Alessandro Solerio's X-35 became X-35 world champion last year, and the Italian crew showed her winning form throughout this week in the bay of Palma, in spite of the X-35 fleet's even level.
In the X-41 class, Iberostar of Javier Banderas wins her second Copa del Rey in a row, by also winning the only race her fleet run today.
Marinepool Melges 24 World Championship
Tallinn, EstoniaL Despite the best efforts of a determined Race Committee, an almost total absence of any meaningful wind meant that no racing was possible today at the 2010 Marinepool Melges 24 World Championship. By way of a first and a second in yesterday's opening two races, Italy's Lorenzo Bressani on Uka Uka Racing leads the Championship by four points from the Norwegian Corinthian Oyvind Peder Jahre on Storm Capital Sail Racing Team. Another Italian, Carlo Fracassoli on Gullisara, holds the remaining podium position at this stage, just points behind Jahre's.
Jahre's impressive performance yesterday means that he also leads the Corinthian Division by six points from Estonian Tiit Vihul on Rock City, with Austrian Christoph Skolaut on Franz Rocks a further two points adrift in third.
Even Melges 24 World Championships have to abide by the fundamental rule that if the wind doesn't blow, the boats won't go. Despite the Race Committee assembling the seventy-nine boat fleet out on the Baltic this morning in readiness for an on time start at midday, after several frustrating hours of chasing zephyrs around, they were eventually forced to send the fleet ashore just after two o'clock, to await further instructions. Around an hour later, a promising breeze began to develop and the committee boat led the fleet back to sea, in the hope of getting at least one race in before evening. It was all to no avail however, as after two aborted attempts to get the fleet away, the breeze evaporated for good and Principal Race Officer Lars Nyqvist had to bow to the inevitable and send the frustrated competitors back to shore.
Having lost two races today, Nyqvist and his race team will attempt to catch up with the schedule tomorrow and have brought forward the warning signal for the first race by one hour to 10.55. Opinions here are split on the forecast for tomorrow but organisers and competitors alike will have their collective fingers crossed for enough wind for some decent championship racing.
Provisional Overall Top Ten After Two Races
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The Eighth Edition of the St. Moritz Match Race
As in previous years, the Race will take place on the St. Moritz lake which turns into a real sailing stadium for the event. The tribunes, overlooking the water, offer spectators an exceptional view of the whole course. The Maloja; a thermal wind that blows across the Engadine in good weather and picks up around midday, usually guarantees quality racing and a unique spectacle.
Eight of the twelve teams, from seven nations, already held Tour Cards (giving access to all WMRT events) whereas two teams only obtained the 'golden key' at the qualifying regattas; they are the French skipper Damien Iehl, who won the Spanish Open, and the Swiss, Eric Monnin, who took the lead at the Volvo Match Race in Zug, last May.
Two participants still have to be announced before the beginning of the event. The 2009 winning trio, Adam Minoprio (NZL), Torvar Mirsky (AUS) and Ian Williams (GBR) will attend again this year. The current Tour leader, Frenchman Mathieu Richard, will compete against his compatriots Bertrand Pace and Damien Iehl. The British, fourth time Olympic medalist, Ben Ainslie (5th in the championships), is also registered to participate, and Sweden's Bjorn Hansen and the Italian, Francesco Bruni complete the impressive collection of seven of the top ten, Match Racing world specialists.
Eric Monnin, the local contender who has participated in every edition of the St. Moritz Match Race so far, and who performed poorly last year, plans to demonstrate that he is someone to be contended with at world class level. Monnin and his teammates were ranked 3rd in 2007.
Once again, the Blu26 (Blueboats) is the competing class in this year's St. Moritz Match Race.
Steve Clark Looks To Retake "Little America's Cup"
Newport, R.I. USA: Steve Clark has been dreaming of winning back the Little America's Cup for the USA ever since he lost it to Canada in 2007. In 1996, Clark's 25- foot C-Class Catamaran Cogito (pronounced with a soft g) had blown away designers and engineers with its mammoth wing sail and unmatchable speed, and with helmsman Duncan MacLane and crew Erich Chase it handily defeated Australia's defender Edge IV on Port Phillip Bay to win the International C-Class Catamaran Championship, fondly referred to as the Little America's Cup. Cogito became and remained the gold standard of C-Class Catamarans for the next eleven years, a place in C-Class cat history to which Clark wishes to return by entering his new boat, Aethon, launched earlier this year, in the 2010 Little America's Cup, set for August 22-28 off Newport.
The 2010 Little America's Cup, to be headquartered at the New York Yacht Club's on-the-water clubhouse Harbour Court, will host a total of four countries (US, Canada, England, France) and seven boats, including Alpha, the boat with which, in 2007, Canadian Fred Eaton wrested the Cup from Clark. Clark will skipper Aethon with crew Oliver Moore (Marion Mass.), while his second U.S. entry Cogito - yes, the same Cogito that held on to the Cup for 11 years - will be sailed by A-Class North American Champion Lars Guck and bronze medalist Andrew Gaynor (both Bristol, R.I.).
To say that a C-Class catamaran is an amazing boat is an understatement. "Everything about the C-Class is extraordinary" said Clark. "Just getting a boat to the regatta and competing is a significant achievement." There are few design restrictions on the class beyond length (25 feet), beam (14 feet) and sail area (300 square feet), and there is no weight minimum. The sail plans (hard wing sails) and blades are so efficient that once the C-Cats fly a hull, they can sail through patches of almost no wind at all by simply using their own apparent wind.
England's "Team Invictus" will be returning to the C-Class circuit after an unsuccessful first challenge in 2004 with Invictus I. The English, led by Norman Wijker, now have Invictus II, which features a new wing and a more polished program overall. Paul Larsen of Sail Rocket will take the helm of Invictus II while Gordon Kaiser remains as crew.
Representing continental Europe will be Antoine Koch and Jean Baptiste Levaillant of France. The French have chartered 1985 Cup defender and 2004 silver medalist Patient Lady VI from the Canadians and will be at the event primarily to get their feet wet as they plan a future campaign.
'Full Sail' Exhibit at the Falmouth Art Gallery
At the Pendennis Cup 2008 the internationally acclaimed artist, Alexander Creswell was out on a RIB when he had a 'eureka moment' and has been painting the great classic yachts alongside his famous architectural work since then.
"Chasing at 12 knots, I realized that much of what had driven me in architecture was here manifested in mahogany, canvas, and brass rather than in stone - supreme beauty and immense power animated by exuberant light. Not only that but with the adrenalin pumping this extreme sketching becomes a sport in itself. I can't wait to be back in at the Pendennis Cup in Cornish waters which are beautiful, unpredictable and the right colour!"
The crews of the great J Class and Classic yachts have become familiar with the bizarre sight of Creswell bombing along beside them sketching all the while, in Newport, the Caribbean, the Med and of course Cowes and Cornwall. Creswell will be out again following the Pendennis Cup next week with his patent carbon-fibre drawing machine strapped to his thigh! No other artist pursues theses boats armed with charcoal and chalk whatever the weather. The resulting watercolour paintings are extraordinarily beautiful with a true knowledge of the spirit of each yacht and the seas where they race.
Some of Creswell's paintings can be seen at 'FULL SAIL' a fabulous exhibition to celebrate the Pendennis Cup at Falmouth Art Gallery until 28th August.
- New paintings of the Big Class Classics and Falmouth
This is a great opportunity for all of us who love these majestic yachts to enjoy the exuberance of great action immortalised in wonderful paintings.
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