Archive | July, 2006

Copa del Rey – Day 1: Siemens wins first race, Cristabella second

Posted on 31 July 2006 by Valencia Sailing

As ever in the very evenly matched white hot 20 boat TP52 fleet, starting in the front rank proved critical. A solid midline start from Siemens, which has Ian Walker steering and 1996 Star Gold medallist Vince Brun, sailing his first TP52 regatta, on tactics ensured the black hulled Reichel Pugh design was one of the first to profit as the left side of the course paid. Brun kept them working the left and they followed Cristabella in second around the first weather marks.

With the breeze over the Bay of Palma at a modest 6-9 knots for most of what proved to be the only race of the day, Siemens rounded the right hand gate mark at the leeward turn, quickly benefiting from a favourable windshift which was proved a passport to a lead of one and a half minutes at the final weather buoy.

While Eamon Coneelly’s Siemens ran out a comfortable winner, Cook’s Cristabella – with Dee Smith as tactician – finished second and the Roberto Bermudez de Castro skippered Caixa Galicia took third gun with five times Olympic medallist Torben Grael sailing as tactician. “ It was good start for Vince in his first ever TP52 race.” Smiled Walker, renewing a partnership which won the 1998 Melges World Championships along with trimmer Simon Fry,

“We have sailed together before so that makes it a little easier. We had a nice start, it wasn’t the best and some of it kind of fell for us after that. Vince went all the way to the left and that worked. And at the bottom of the second beat we came round with the wind all the way to the right and then that worked really well because we had a nice lane away from the spinnakers coming down, and then it just headed 25 degrees and it was all good from there. If only they were all that easy!”

“The second beat we just nailed the left and it was a soldier’s course once you were in front, a nice course to be leading on.” Observed Siemen’s trimmer and sail programme coordinator Fry of North Sails UK. “ There probably weren’t that many passing lanes after the first three or four minutes. We had a new superlight jib which was fine on the first beat and we have a new A 1.5 (spinnaker). It’s certainly nice to be leading overnight, we are happy.”

Siemens, winner of the first race of the 2006 Copa del Rey. Palma, 31 July 2006. Photo copyright: Nico Martinez

For Cristabella, which finished 16th at the Regata Breitling and never cracked a top five finish, a second is a useful start, but Brendan Darrer is not taking too much store from a single race: “It’s a nice way to start the regatta, but it is just one race. Dee did a good job and the whole team sailed well.” Commented boat captain and pit man Darrer.

“ It is a good start for us in a very important regatta that I want to do well in.” said Cristabella’s tactician Dee Smith, “ We had a good solid start and I just wanted to stay fast off the line and let’s get off to the left side from the line which was favoured right. There was one decision when Santa Ana came by on port tack and couldn’t quite cross and we waved them by. Maybe if they had forced us to tack then they might have been first to the weather mark.” “Tim (Powell) was driving downwind and John (Cook) steered the start and upwind and that seems to work well just now because John can stay very focused and Tim’s expertise downwind is valuable, driving on the Volvo (Ocean Race) and that is a good team right now.”

Part of the fleet downwind, with Siemens sporting their brand new spinnaker. Palma, 31 July 2006. Photo copyright: Richard Page

Torben Grael’s first serious race outing with Caixa Galicia proved a formidable one, finishing third: “We did a little sailing before the start and had worked out that the left was where we wanted to go. And that gave us a good cushion on the fleet.”

For series leaders Mutua Madrilena which has 2005 series winning Vasco Vascotto skipper back among the team, fourth place was is just the kind of foundations they were seeking, as navigator Wouter Verbraak observed:

“The forecasts we had were slightly conflicting and we did not want to be completely locked out if the right looked good, and so we decided to start safely in the middle of the start line. So we had a good start and found a nice lane quite quickly and at first the right did look quite good so we decided not to go too far left, and in the end we were quite happy to get round the weather mark in the top five because that was the main goal. And downwind it was very tricky because of the patchy wind, the seabreeze was not very well settled. But we learned from last week and the strategy of just going all the way to the layline which was good.”

Recalled Verbraak “Play conservative and keep the options open all the time. That is the important thing at this stage. Vasco helps us out with the general strategy, with opportunities and the general positioning, managing the fleet. But we leave it very much to Tom (Dodson) and Ray (Davies) to call the shots. And a top five finish is a good way to start any regatta.”

Artemis, ex-Bigamist VI, with Russell Coutts on the helm. Palma, 31 July 2006. Photo copyright: Jorge Andreu

Comments Off

Tags:

Copa del Rey – Day 1: Siemens wins first race, Cristabella second

Posted on 31 July 2006 by Valencia Sailing

As ever in the very evenly matched white hot 20 boat TP52 fleet, starting in the front rank proved critical. A solid midline start from Siemens, which has Ian Walker steering and 1996 Star Gold medallist Vince Brun, sailing his first TP52 regatta, on tactics ensured the black hulled Reichel Pugh design was one of the first to profit as the left side of the course paid. Brun kept them working the left and they followed Cristabella in second around the first weather marks.

With the breeze over the Bay of Palma at a modest 6-9 knots for most of what proved to be the only race of the day, Siemens rounded the right hand gate mark at the leeward turn, quickly benefiting from a favourable windshift which was proved a passport to a lead of one and a half minutes at the final weather buoy.

While Eamon Coneelly’s Siemens ran out a comfortable winner, Cook’s Cristabella – with Dee Smith as tactician – finished second and the Roberto Bermudez de Castro skippered Caixa Galicia took third gun with five times Olympic medallist Torben Grael sailing as tactician. “ It was good start for Vince in his first ever TP52 race.” Smiled Walker, renewing a partnership which won the 1998 Melges World Championships along with trimmer Simon Fry,

“We have sailed together before so that makes it a little easier. We had a nice start, it wasn’t the best and some of it kind of fell for us after that. Vince went all the way to the left and that worked. And at the bottom of the second beat we came round with the wind all the way to the right and then that worked really well because we had a nice lane away from the spinnakers coming down, and then it just headed 25 degrees and it was all good from there. If only they were all that easy!”

“The second beat we just nailed the left and it was a soldier’s course once you were in front, a nice course to be leading on.” Observed Siemen’s trimmer and sail programme coordinator Fry of North Sails UK. “ There probably weren’t that many passing lanes after the first three or four minutes. We had a new superlight jib which was fine on the first beat and we have a new A 1.5 (spinnaker). It’s certainly nice to be leading overnight, we are happy.”

Siemens, winner of the first race of the 2006 Copa del Rey. Palma, 31 July 2006. Photo copyright: Nico Martinez

For Cristabella, which finished 16th at the Regata Breitling and never cracked a top five finish, a second is a useful start, but Brendan Darrer is not taking too much store from a single race: “It’s a nice way to start the regatta, but it is just one race. Dee did a good job and the whole team sailed well.” Commented boat captain and pit man Darrer.

“ It is a good start for us in a very important regatta that I want to do well in.” said Cristabella’s tactician Dee Smith, “ We had a good solid start and I just wanted to stay fast off the line and let’s get off to the left side from the line which was favoured right. There was one decision when Santa Ana came by on port tack and couldn’t quite cross and we waved them by. Maybe if they had forced us to tack then they might have been first to the weather mark.” “Tim (Powell) was driving downwind and John (Cook) steered the start and upwind and that seems to work well just now because John can stay very focused and Tim’s expertise downwind is valuable, driving on the Volvo (Ocean Race) and that is a good team right now.”

Part of the fleet downwind, with Siemens sporting their brand new spinnaker. Palma, 31 July 2006. Photo copyright: Richard Page

Torben Grael’s first serious race outing with Caixa Galicia proved a formidable one, finishing third: “We did a little sailing before the start and had worked out that the left was where we wanted to go. And that gave us a good cushion on the fleet.”

For series leaders Mutua Madrilena which has 2005 series winning Vasco Vascotto skipper back among the team, fourth place was is just the kind of foundations they were seeking, as navigator Wouter Verbraak observed:

“The forecasts we had were slightly conflicting and we did not want to be completely locked out if the right looked good, and so we decided to start safely in the middle of the start line. So we had a good start and found a nice lane quite quickly and at first the right did look quite good so we decided not to go too far left, and in the end we were quite happy to get round the weather mark in the top five because that was the main goal. And downwind it was very tricky because of the patchy wind, the seabreeze was not very well settled. But we learned from last week and the strategy of just going all the way to the layline which was good.”

Recalled Verbraak “Play conservative and keep the options open all the time. That is the important thing at this stage. Vasco helps us out with the general strategy, with opportunities and the general positioning, managing the fleet. But we leave it very much to Tom (Dodson) and Ray (Davies) to call the shots. And a top five finish is a good way to start any regatta.”

Artemis, ex-Bigamist VI, with Russell Coutts on the helm. Palma, 31 July 2006. Photo copyright: Jorge Andreu

Comments Off

Copa del Rey – Day 1: Siemens wins opening race

Posted on 31 July 2006 by Valencia Sailing

A good start from Siemens with good pace off the line and finding a good lane proved advantageous for the Ian WalkerAfterguard of +39 Challenge


Click for more info
skippered boat. With Vince Brun calling tactics they played the left of the course on the first beat and, although not extreme on their choices, they had a good approach at the weather mark. On the second beat Siemens managed to get ahead of Cristabella by taking advantage of a windshift and from that point they were able to extend their lead.

Cristabella also had a good start about halfway up the start line. The boat’s owner and driver John Cook also managed a good lane which allowed them to get to the left of the course and take the early advantage. Santa Ana looked strong at the start and took the most extreme course but sadly this did not pay dividends and they finished ninth overall.

Siemens, winner of the first race of the 2006 Copa del Rey. Palma, 31 July 2006. Photo copyright: Richard Page

Comments Off

Tags:

Copa del Rey – Day 1: Siemens wins opening race

Posted on 31 July 2006 by Valencia Sailing

A good start from Siemens with good pace off the line and finding a good lane proved advantageous for the Ian WalkerAfterguard of +39 Challenge


Click for more info
skippered boat. With Vince Brun calling tactics they played the left of the course on the first beat and, although not extreme on their choices, they had a good approach at the weather mark. On the second beat Siemens managed to get ahead of Cristabella by taking advantage of a windshift and from that point they were able to extend their lead.

Cristabella also had a good start about halfway up the start line. The boat’s owner and driver John Cook also managed a good lane which allowed them to get to the left of the course and take the early advantage. Santa Ana looked strong at the start and took the most extreme course but sadly this did not pay dividends and they finished ninth overall.

Siemens, winner of the first race of the 2006 Copa del Rey. Palma, 31 July 2006. Photo copyright: Richard Page

Comments Off

The Copa del Rey starts on Monday with numerous America’s Cup sailors

Posted on 30 July 2006 by Valencia Sailing

Among the TP 52 high quality fleet with 20 units competing at the 25th Copa del Rey Trofeo Agua Brava – Camper, there are some remarkable America’s Cup names. The majority of syndicates have decided to compete at the regatta organised by Real Club Náutico de Palma during the short break of the America’s Cup acts.

A good example of America’s Cup presence in Palma is Warpath, with the main representatives of Emirates Team New Zealand, Dean BarkerHelmsman of Emirates Team New Zealand

Click for more info
at the helm, Terry HutchinsonAfterguard of Emirates Team New Zealand

Click for more info
, Kevin HallNavigator of Emirates Team New Zealand

Click for more info
, Don CowieTrimmer of Emirates Team New Zealand

Click for more info
, Matthew MasonMastman of Emirates Team New Zealand

Click for more info
, Jeremy LomasBowman of Emirates Team New Zealand

Click for more info
and Grant LoretzTrimmer of Emirates Team New Zealand

Click for more info
. Barker will have the chance to face Russell Coutts, who sails on board Artemis; although he does not participate in the Valencia edition, Coutts has three America’s Cup titles.

Furthermore, Mutua Madrileña, winner of the Breitling MedCup, has another group of members of the New Zealand team on board, such as Ray DaviesAfterguard of Emirates Team New Zealand

Click for more info
, Joe Allen, Stuart BettanyBowman of Emirates Team New Zealand

Click for more info
, Tony Rae, Jonathan MacbethGrinder of Emirates Team New Zealand

Click for more info
and Tom Dodson. In this team, Peter de Ridder at the helm is joined by Italian sailor Vasco Vascotto, the helm of Mascalzone Latino – Capitalia Team. South Africa’s Shosholoza is represented by its general manager, Dee Smith, who sails on board Cristabella, and its helmsman, Italian sailor Tomasso Chieffi, with the task of tactician on board US boat Rush.

On the other hand, the helmsman of Siemens will be Ian WalkerAfterguard of +39 Challenge


Click for more info
, the helm of +39 Challenge, together with Italian sailor Bruno ZirilliNavigator of +39 Challenge


Click for more info
as navigator, also a member of the Italian challenge. Caixa Galicia will have a luxury team on board with Robert Hopkins (Luna Rossa) and sailors from Valencia Nacho BraquehaisMain Trimmer of Luna Rossa Challenge

Click for more info
(also member of Luna Rossa) and Juan Messeguer (BMW Oracle).

John Coumantaros’s Bambakou has among its crew members Argentinean Olympic Tornado class bronze medallist Santiago LangeTraveller of Victory Challenge

Click for more info
, who is also part of the Swedish team Victory Challenge, and Spanish Challenge sailor Pablo Cadario. The Orlanda crew is formed by members from Luna Rossa, such as tactician Francesco BruniAfterguard of Luna Rossa Challenge

Click for more info
, Paolo BassaniBowman of Luna Rossa Challenge

Click for more info
, Massimo GherarducciGrinder of Luna Rossa Challenge

Click for more info
, Daniele BrescianoGrinder of Luna Rossa Challenge

Click for more info
and Stefano Gerardo.

The representation of the current winner of the America’s Cup, the Swiss Alinghi, is found in Mallorca sailor Jordi Calafat, who will sail on board Lexus, while the members of the no longer active GBR Challenge, with Adrian Stead at the lead, will sail on board Santa Ana.

From the Volvo to the MedCup

The best sailors of the Volvo Ocean Race did not want to miss either this opportunity to be present at the silver anniversary of the Copa del Rey Trofeo Agua Brava – Camper. In this way, TP 52 Bribón will count on the strategy of Bouwe Bekking, Movistar’s skipper at the Volvo, with sailor from Alicante Pepe Ribes and Dutch sailor Marcel Von Triest, navigator on board Brazil 1, third in the ocean race. Brazilian sailor Torben Grael also comes from this team and with five Olympic medals he will be part of Roberto Bermudez’s Caixa Galicia team as tactician; in fact, both coincided on board Brazil 1.

From the Spanish team at the Volvo Ocean Race we also find Stuart Bannatyne, Mike Howard and Mike Joubert that are sailing on board Bambakou. John Kostecki’s Ericsson team will compete on board Pinta, and Tim Powell on board Cristabella. Furthermore, Dirk De Ridder, member of Pirates of the Caribbean, will join Mutua Madrileña. The helm of this Volvo 70, and one of the great worldwide sailors, Paul Cayard, will also sail at the Copa del Rey, on board Lexus.

Comments (1)

Tags:

The Copa del Rey starts on Monday with numerous America’s Cup sailors

Posted on 30 July 2006 by Valencia Sailing

Among the TP 52 high quality fleet with 20 units competing at the 25th Copa del Rey Trofeo Agua Brava – Camper, there are some remarkable America’s Cup names. The majority of syndicates have decided to compete at the regatta organised by Real Club Náutico de Palma during the short break of the America’s Cup acts.

A good example of America’s Cup presence in Palma is Warpath, with the main representatives of Emirates Team New Zealand, Dean BarkerHelmsman of Emirates Team New Zealand

Click for more info
at the helm, Terry HutchinsonAfterguard of Emirates Team New Zealand

Click for more info
, Kevin HallNavigator of Emirates Team New Zealand

Click for more info
, Don CowieTrimmer of Emirates Team New Zealand

Click for more info
, Matthew MasonMastman of Emirates Team New Zealand

Click for more info
, Jeremy LomasBowman of Emirates Team New Zealand

Click for more info
and Grant LoretzTrimmer of Emirates Team New Zealand

Click for more info
. Barker will have the chance to face Russell Coutts, who sails on board Artemis; although he does not participate in the Valencia edition, Coutts has three America’s Cup titles.

Furthermore, Mutua Madrileña, winner of the Breitling MedCup, has another group of members of the New Zealand team on board, such as Ray DaviesAfterguard of Emirates Team New Zealand

Click for more info
, Joe Allen, Stuart BettanyBowman of Emirates Team New Zealand

Click for more info
, Tony Rae, Jonathan MacbethGrinder of Emirates Team New Zealand

Click for more info
and Tom Dodson. In this team, Peter de Ridder at the helm is joined by Italian sailor Vasco Vascotto, the helm of Mascalzone Latino – Capitalia Team. South Africa’s Shosholoza is represented by its general manager, Dee Smith, who sails on board Cristabella, and its helmsman, Italian sailor Tomasso Chieffi, with the task of tactician on board US boat Rush.

On the other hand, the helmsman of Siemens will be Ian WalkerAfterguard of +39 Challenge


Click for more info
, the helm of +39 Challenge, together with Italian sailor Bruno ZirilliNavigator of +39 Challenge


Click for more info
as navigator, also a member of the Italian challenge. Caixa Galicia will have a luxury team on board with Robert Hopkins (Luna Rossa) and sailors from Valencia Nacho BraquehaisMain Trimmer of Luna Rossa Challenge

Click for more info
(also member of Luna Rossa) and Juan Messeguer (BMW Oracle).

John Coumantaros’s Bambakou has among its crew members Argentinean Olympic Tornado class bronze medallist Santiago LangeTraveller of Victory Challenge

Click for more info
, who is also part of the Swedish team Victory Challenge, and Spanish Challenge sailor Pablo Cadario. The Orlanda crew is formed by members from Luna Rossa, such as tactician Francesco BruniAfterguard of Luna Rossa Challenge

Click for more info
, Paolo BassaniBowman of Luna Rossa Challenge

Click for more info
, Massimo GherarducciGrinder of Luna Rossa Challenge

Click for more info
, Daniele BrescianoGrinder of Luna Rossa Challenge

Click for more info
and Stefano Gerardo.

The representation of the current winner of the America’s Cup, the Swiss Alinghi, is found in Mallorca sailor Jordi Calafat, who will sail on board Lexus, while the members of the no longer active GBR Challenge, with Adrian Stead at the lead, will sail on board Santa Ana.

From the Volvo to the MedCup

The best sailors of the Volvo Ocean Race did not want to miss either this opportunity to be present at the silver anniversary of the Copa del Rey Trofeo Agua Brava – Camper. In this way, TP 52 Bribón will count on the strategy of Bouwe Bekking, Movistar’s skipper at the Volvo, with sailor from Alicante Pepe Ribes and Dutch sailor Marcel Von Triest, navigator on board Brazil 1, third in the ocean race. Brazilian sailor Torben Grael also comes from this team and with five Olympic medals he will be part of Roberto Bermudez’s Caixa Galicia team as tactician; in fact, both coincided on board Brazil 1.

From the Spanish team at the Volvo Ocean Race we also find Stuart Bannatyne, Mike Howard and Mike Joubert that are sailing on board Bambakou. John Kostecki’s Ericsson team will compete on board Pinta, and Tim Powell on board Cristabella. Furthermore, Dirk De Ridder, member of Pirates of the Caribbean, will join Mutua Madrileña. The helm of this Volvo 70, and one of the great worldwide sailors, Paul Cayard, will also sail at the Copa del Rey, on board Lexus.

Comments (1)

Valencia Sailing goes for a swim

Posted on 26 July 2006 by Valencia Sailing

From today, Wednesday 26 July till next Saturday, 29 July, Valencia Sailing goes for a swim, together with the rest of tens of millions of tourists in Spain’s beaches. Unless something extraordinary takes place in Valencia, there will probably be no updates.

The break will be short as from Sunday, 30 July, the sailing action in the Mediterranean sea will once again return to the island of Mallorca for the Copa del Rey. Valencia Sailing will be reporting from Palma beginning Tuesday, 1 August, for the fourth event of the 2006 Breitling MedCup. All of the 21 TP52′s of the Med fleet will be racing, promising great action.

The Malvarosa beach in Valencia with thousands of locals and tourists trying to escape from the heat. As a result of the heat, the seabreeze has been excellent in the last two weeks and all teams train non-stop.

Comments (1)

Tags:

Valencia Sailing goes for a swim

Posted on 26 July 2006 by Valencia Sailing

From today, Wednesday 26 July till next Saturday, 29 July, Valencia Sailing goes for a swim, together with the rest of tens of millions of tourists in Spain’s beaches. Unless something extraordinary takes place in Valencia, there will probably be no updates.

The break will be short as from Sunday, 30 July, the sailing action in the Mediterranean sea will once again return to the island of Mallorca for the Copa del Rey. Valencia Sailing will be reporting from Palma beginning Tuesday, 1 August, for the fourth event of the 2006 Breitling MedCup. All of the 21 TP52′s of the Med fleet will be racing, promising great action.

The Malvarosa beach in Valencia with thousands of locals and tourists trying to escape from the heat. As a result of the heat, the seabreeze has been excellent in the last two weeks and all teams train non-stop.

Comments (1)









 

Sailing Calendar