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Camper Regatta - Conde De Godo Trophy Barcelona
Paul Cayard (USA) and the crew of Torbjorn Tornqvist's (SWE) Artemis (SWE) won the Camper Regatta - Conde de Godo Trophy - Barcelona TP52 Series in considerable style, after a fantastic finale, coming from eighth at the first windward mark to finish second behind Bribon (ESP) on the finish line of the last race, to clinch the Swedish flagged team's first MedCup Circuit regatta win since 2007.
Leading into the one and only race of today by a single point, the odds looked suddenly to be stacked against an Artemis regatta win when they picked the wrong side of the first beat and rounded the top mark in eighth place, with their main rivals Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) in second.
But two electrifying downwind legs, twice gybing away for clear air and flatter water, diverging from the line taken by the pack, saw Cayard and crew gaining three places on each run to secure Barcelona's top trophy.
Emirates Team New Zealand at one stage seemed to be hanging on, just on target for their second regatta win of the season, with Luna Rossa (ITA) between them and their rival Artemis representing the 1-point margin that they needed to win, but in the end the Kiwi champions could do nothing to control the firepower of Artemis downwind.
On the final run Cayard, tactician Cameron Appleton and the Artemis crew gained 44 seconds, to cross just 16 seconds behind Jose Cusí's (ESP) Bribon who finished their regatta with a flourish to clinch a creditable fourth overall in owner Cusí's home city.
Artemis top the Camper Regatta - Conde de Godo Trophy - Barcelona TP52 fleet after a miserable Marseille, where they finished eighth overall. In Barcelona they have sailed with confidence and cohesion, bolting together all of the required components to win a testing 10 race series. -- Sabina Mollart-Rogerson
* The last race in the GP42 Series of the Audi MedCup's Camper Regatta - Conde de Godo Trophy - Barcelona saw the team that has dominated all week - Madrid-Caser Seguros (ESP) - win their sixth race in the nine race series, nearly from start to finish. This despite having lost tactician/skipper Jose Maria van der Ploeg (ESP) all week to an injury sustained just prior to the first race, and helmsman Paolo Cian (ITA) taking on these duties with the help of navigator Juan Luis Paez (ESP).
Sailing this week with Cian and Paez was Juan Castenada (ESP), Jose Luis Domec (ESP), Valentin Fernandez (ESP), David Madrazo (ESP), Angel Medina (ESP), Pietro Montanvani (ITA), Diego Terrado (ESP), and Eduardo Lacave (ESP).
With the breeze building up to 17 knots, the two B&C-designed sisterships - Madrid-Caser and Islas Canarias Puerto Calero - were able to put their speed to advantage and finish 1-2 on the day, despite a last-second charge to the line by the Iberdrola green machine that put them to within a couple of metres of taking the runner-up slot for themselves. The two are also now tied on 50 points each in the overall series, with Madrid-Caser now taking the lead on the tie-break.
The next GP42 Series event in the Audi MedCup will be 25-29 August at the Caja Mediterraneo Region of Murcia Trophy in Cartagena, Spain. -- Dobbs Davis
Audi MedCup Circuit 2010
Class40 World Championship
Asturias - Spain: Thierry Bouchard on Mistral Loisirs-Pole Sante Elior can be happy about his new Akilaria RC2 and his crew. He came to confront himself with the other Class40s and test the assets of his new boat; he ended up first on the last round of this World Championship, beating Jean-Edouard Criquioche's Groupe Picoty and Gonzalo Botin's Tales. Third today, the Spanish team stays on top of the podium and becomes the new champion. The French team on Mistral Loisirs-Pole Sante Elior is 2 points behind, and the title-holder Ned Collier-Wakefield is 9 points behind on Concise 2. Thomas Ruyant's Destination Dunkerque scores fourth in front of Vecteur Plus with Sam Manuard, fifth.
Five races including two coastal courses took place on the waters of Gijon during this championship. Five boats quickly took the lead and the consistency award goes to… Gonzalo Botin on Tales. He scored 3 seconds, 1 first and 1 third.
General Rankings - Mundial 40' Gijon after 5 races:
1. Tales, Gonzalo Botin, ESP, 10 points
* Editor: That's San Marino, I had to look it up. With just 30,000 citizens in a landlocked nation, it doesn't come up too often in regatta results.
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Laser Radial World Youth Championship
Largs, Scotland: After a highly charged day's racing on the Clyde in some of the trickiest conditions of the week, Giovanni Coccoluto (ITL) and Erika Reineke (USA) have been crowned the new Laser Radial World Youth Champions.
The upper reaches of the Clyde just to the north of Cumbrae, provided the perfect stage for the final two races of this very competitive and enjoyable series, allowing competitors to really push to their full potential.
In tricky, shifty, light to moderate winds reaching no more than 8-15kts, 16-year-old Reineke from Fort Lauderdale, FL won the event with a race to spare, which is exactly what she set out to do when she left the shore this morning.
Coccoluto, fresh from winning bronze at the recent ISAF Youth World Championship in Turkey, and winner of the 2009 Laser 4.7 European championship in Helsinki, bagged some consistently good results earlier this week which helped secure the overall title. He won the regatta by a margin of just two points over second placed Tadeusz Kubiak (POL). Kubiak who comes from Szczecin, Poland had a fifth in the first race of the day but not surprisingly, was controlled by Coccoluto in the final race of the series.
Boys Overall Results (after 10 races, 2 discards)
Girls Overall Results, after 11 races, 2 discards)
For full results go to the website: www.laserworlds2010.co.uk/radialyouth
America's Cup Television Trials
Over the past four days two high-performance monohulls and multihulls have been loaded with a plethora of cameras and microphones and put through match racing maneuvers to help find new camera angles and test surround sound format.
Racecourses were also modified by changing the percentages of upwind and downwind work to see if it helped keep the yachts engaged at close quarters.
One camera angle that got people's attention was at the top of the mast looking down on the yacht. In HD format, the picture jumped off the screen with clarity and crispness. Those angles combined with the surround sound format helped create an immersive experience.
The trials were also used to test monohulls versus multihulls and the excitement they lend to television. A new yacht design is being created for the 34th America's Cup, and concept papers have been issued to rule writers to create a monohull and multihull design.
The monohulls were the focus of the trials on Days 1 and 4, while the multihulls were featured on Days 2 and 3. Each design was sailed in light to strong winds during its time on the water.
Next month, positioning and performance data will be experimented with during the 1851 Cup in Cowes, England. The regatta features BMW ORACLE Racing and TeamOrigin of the U.K. in a series of match races aboard V5 America's Cup Class sloops off the Isle of Wight.
Daily rushes from the trials can be viewed on the 34th America's Cup YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/34thac . Viewers are encouraged to post comments on the America's Cup blog site at www.americascup.com/blogpage
Coors Light Island Double
This year's series of eight races - four inshore and four offshore - has a new sponsor and this Saturday , July 24 will see the start of the Coors Light Island Double from the Royal Yacht Squadron line at Cowes at around 7.30 am. It will be the fifth race of the main series and the second of the inshore series.
Boats will race in five classes - two IRC and two RSYC rated, plus a multihull MOCRA class. Tantalisingly, this year the race organisers have left the choice of a west about or east about course open to be decided on the day depending on the conditions at the start time. Whichever way the race is run, east or west, it will be a strongly tactical contest and there's likely to be a variety of challenges for the two-handed crews.
There are usually some boats to look out for in the race. This year amongst others we'll be keeping an eye on how new RYA Chief Executive, Sarah Treseder and her partner Juan Moreno fare on their Sigma 33 'Salamander'.
A trophy will be awarded to the fastest boat from any class built more than 20 years ago. A prize has also been offered to any boat that can beat the course record for this true circumnavigation: The monohull record time is 5h58m51s (2004) and the multihull record is 4h44m29s (1996).
There are also separate series prizes for the Inshore and Offshore Series as well as for the Series as a whole. The season concludes on Saturday, October 30 with a grand Double Handed Series prize giving evening when Neil Cox who started it all back in 1981 will present trophies for each of the races and each of the three Series.
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New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport Presented by Rolex
Newport, RI, USA: After four days of racing in a variety of conditions across a mix of around-the-buoys and distance, New York Yacht Club's seventh biennial Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex came to an end this afternoon. Light winds threatened to cancel the last day of racing for the 35 competing boats, but by 2pm Newport's classic southerly sea breeze filled in against a stubborn northerly and offered suitable conditions for racing. All classes raced on a four-leg windward/leeward course, and at the end of the day the Southern Cross 52 Vela Veloce was determined the best performing boat and was named the 2010 Rolex US-IRC National Champion.
The overall winner was calculated by comparing all entries based on a formula of average seconds per nautical mile. In determining the overall winner, the NYYC Sailing Office noted that the time separating winner Vela Veloce from the second-place overall was 13/100s of a second.
Winning the class wasn't enough; it was the overall performance that counted. Not much of a consolation to Steve Benjamin (South Norwalk, Conn.) and his team onboard his Tripp 41 Robotic Oncology, which won IRC Class 3 and finished in second place overall.
Vela Veloce won IRC Class 2 with an impressive score line of four first places and two seconds. In second place was Captivity, George Sakellaris's (Framingham, Mass.) Farr 60, 10 points back. Although Blair Brown's (Padanaram, Mass.) 55-foot Sforzando won today's final race, it wasn't enough to move up in the standings, and it finished in third.Robotic Oncology finished the regatta with five wins and one fifth-place finish in six races.
Top Three Class Winners
Class - IRC 2
Class - IRC 3
Class - IRC 4
Class - IRC 5
Mountain Bike Race... For Sailors
Max Ranchi, a yacht racing photographer, and Giorgio Martin the president of the Action Team, an association involved in yacht racing management, thought to have an event outside the usual regattas, as many professional sailors are involved other alpine sports from snowboard to mountainbike.
We planned a mountainbike race where sailors can have a couple of days of fun away from the "office". The dates are 13th and 14th August, a comfortable gap between races.
The location of choice, gracco, a very small village in the carnic alps, headquarter of the action team.
Contact the alpinbike organization and take the challenge !
All info on www.alpinbike.org (Information in Italian and English)
British Classic Yacht Club Panerai Cowes Regatta
Always forecast to be fickle at best, the wind disappeared almost completely at times towards the end of the race, making for a long and frustrating final day for many of the competitors. Two boats did however manage to make better progress than the rest. In Class 1, the Spirit 54 Sloop, Soufriere, finished over an hour ahead of the next boat, unsurprisingly giving her a comprehensive race win on corrected time. In Class 2, the one the water winning margin was even greater for the 1937 12 Metre, Wings, who also took the race win on corrected time. In Class 3, the crew of the 1929 International 30 Square Metre, Gluckauf, were left ruing a premature start which had earned them a three percent time penalty. Despite finishing well clear of the fleet their error effectively handed first place to the 1963 built St. David's Light on corrected time. In Class 4, the light conditions seemed to suit the 1897 Cork Harbour One-Design Gaff Cutter, Jap, which ghosted to a comfortable final race victory.
Despite having had such a slow day on the water, the entire fleet did make it back ashore in good time to prepare for the evening's regatta dinner and prizegiving at the nearby Royal Yacht Squadron. In the overall series standings, the Spirit Trophy for first place in Class 1 went to Soufriere. First in Class 2 and receiving the Lutine Cup was the 1957 Sloop, Cetewayo, who was also received the Moonbeam Trophy for overall victory in the long distance race. Overall winner of Class 3 was the 1904 Clyde 30 Linear, Mikado, who received the Corinthian Cup. Winner of the Class 4 series was Jap, who received the Commodores' Cup. In addition to the individual trophies, each of the class winners were delighted to receive a beautiful vintage Panerai Instrument.
The 1985 12 Metre, Italia, received the Sea Dragon Island Trophy for taking overall line honours in Wednesday's long distance race. The Lallow Cup for best-presented new entrant, went to the 1898 Gaff Cutter, Kismet. The International Metre Trophy for the highest placed Metre Boat, was awarded to Wings. The Brian Keelan Memorial Trophy for the highest placed Gaffer, went to Jap. The Universal 8 Cup for the highest placed 8 Metre was won by, If. The British Classic Yacht Club Panerai Cowes Regatta 2010 overall first prize went to Cetewayo. As overall winner of the long distance race and the overall regatta Cetewayo's owner, British Classic Yacht Club Commodore David Murrin, was presented with two spectacular Panerai watches. In a well-received gesture of generosity, David immediately announced that he would be donating one of the watches to his favourite charity, the Special Boat Service.
Full results are posted on the BCYC website: www.britishclassicyachtclub.org/regatta
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