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Two +39 Challenge sailors among top ten at Finn European Championship 2006

Posted on 26 September 2006 by Valencia Sailing

After two days of racing in Palmarós, Spain the Italian America’s Cup challenger has two of its four crew members among the top ten. After a disappointing and erratic performance in the first day, the +39 Challenge duo raced considerably better today, especially in the second race of the day where they finished first and second. This allowed them to climb several positions and place themselves among the first ten.

Olympic medalist Rafael TrujilloTailer of +39 Challenge.


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continued his erratic performance, and similar to the first day of racing he sailed one disappointing first race followed by an excellent one.

On the other hand, his teamate from +39 Challenge, Anthony NossiterGrinder of +39 Challenge.


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with a more consistent perofrmance has been able to stay 10 points ahead of Turjillo.

On Monday one of the favorites of this Championship, Greek Emilios Papathanasiou, did not race after suffering knee injury. He abandoned the championship and after an initial check up at the Palmarós hospital he flew back to Athens.

Tomorrow Wednesday, only one race will take place, the fifth one so far, giving right to one discard.

Rafa Trujillo racing at the Finn European Championship 2006

Anthony Nossiter at the Finn European Championship 2006

Finn European Championship 2006
Provisional leaderboard after four races

1. Edgard Wright (GBR), 2-6-1-3, 12 points
2. Jonas Hog-Christensen (DEN), 4-2-8-4, 18 points
3. Marin Misura (CRO), 8-8-3-6, 25 points
4. Gasper Vincec (SLO), 5-3-6-12, 26 points
5. Guillaume Florent (FRA), 1-11-10-5, 27 points
6. Anthony Nossiter (+39 Challenge), 3-19-5-1, 28 points
7. Rafa Trujillo (+39 Challenge), 23-1-12-2, 38 points
8. Ismael Bruno (FRA), 6-16-20-9, 51 points
9. Ivan Kjakvic-Gaspic (CRO), 14-7-18-15, 54 points
10. Tapio Nirkko (FIN), 12-23-13-7, 55 points

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Two +39 Challenge sailors among top ten at Finn European Championship 2006

Posted on 26 September 2006 by Valencia Sailing

After two days of racing in Palmarós, Spain the Italian America’s Cup challenger has two of its four crew members among the top ten. After a disappointing and erratic performance in the first day, the +39 Challenge duo raced considerably better today, especially in the second race of the day where they finished first and second. This allowed them to climb several positions and place themselves among the first ten.

Olympic medalist Rafael TrujilloTailer of +39 Challenge.


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continued his erratic performance, and similar to the first day of racing he sailed one disappointing first race followed by an excellent one.

On the other hand, his teamate from +39 Challenge, Anthony NossiterGrinder of +39 Challenge.


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with a more consistent perofrmance has been able to stay 10 points ahead of Turjillo.

On Monday one of the favorites of this Championship, Greek Emilios Papathanasiou, did not race after suffering knee injury. He abandoned the championship and after an initial check up at the Palmarós hospital he flew back to Athens.

Tomorrow Wednesday, only one race will take place, the fifth one so far, giving right to one discard.

Rafa Trujillo racing at the Finn European Championship 2006

Anthony Nossiter at the Finn European Championship 2006

Finn European Championship 2006
Provisional leaderboard after four races

1. Edgard Wright (GBR), 2-6-1-3, 12 points
2. Jonas Hog-Christensen (DEN), 4-2-8-4, 18 points
3. Marin Misura (CRO), 8-8-3-6, 25 points
4. Gasper Vincec (SLO), 5-3-6-12, 26 points
5. Guillaume Florent (FRA), 1-11-10-5, 27 points
6. Anthony Nossiter (+39 Challenge), 3-19-5-1, 28 points
7. Rafa Trujillo (+39 Challenge), 23-1-12-2, 38 points
8. Ismael Bruno (FRA), 6-16-20-9, 51 points
9. Ivan Kjakvic-Gaspic (CRO), 14-7-18-15, 54 points
10. Tapio Nirkko (FIN), 12-23-13-7, 55 points

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Caixa Galicia to build new Botín-designed TP52 boat, sharing mould with new Mutua Madrileña

Posted on 25 September 2006 by Valencia Sailing

Caixa Galicia will be build their new TP52 boat in Castellón, Spain at the Longitud Cero boatyard.

The team lead by Vicente Tirado chooses Marcelino Botín as designer and will share the hull mould with Mutua Madrileña, winner of the 2006 Breitling MedCup circuit.

Caixa Galicia will compete in the 2007 Breitling Medcup circuit with a new TP52 boat. According to the team owner Vicente Tirado, they decided to appoint Marcelino Botín as designer and will build the yacht at the boatyard Longitud Cero, lead by Chimo López, in Castellón, where they will share the female mould with another leading project, the new TP52 boat of Mutua Madrileña, winner of the 2006 Breitling MedCup circuit.

A mere two days after the end of the 2006 Breitling Medcup, the first announcement about the construction of a new boat has just been made public. It is expected that an important number of similar announcements will be made in the following weeks, bringing the total number of teams participating in next year’s Breitling Medcup close to 30.

Caixa Galicia who was stripped of third place at the 2006 Breitling Medcup only during ththe season’s last day, has already taken the first steps towards the construction of the new boat. Although this option was already under consideration, the final decision was only taken a couple of days ago, during the Balearia Ibiza Trophy, when both the owner and his crew had to confront a tough dilemma: choose the designer and boatyard.

“It has been a very tough decision to take – confesses Vicente Tirado – because it will set the team’s framework for the next three years. We had excellent proposals from Marcelino Botín, Rolf Vrolijk and Bruce Farr (the designer of the current boat used in the last two seasons). Till the last moment we were leaning towards Rolf Vrolijk’s proposal. He is a great designer and the majority of boats that have been triumphal lately are his…”

“But on the other hand, Marcelino Botín has always been linked to our project and team as designer and at the end we decided to trust our future boat on his hands”. Construction will be done under the direct supervision of Toño Piris who has already supervised the construction of Caixa Galicia’s previous racing yachts.

In addition, Vicente Tirado confirmed that construction would take place in Spain, precisely at Longitud Cero, the boatyard managed by Chimo López, where the current ONO boat was also built (the former Pisco Sour, winner of the 2005 Breitling MedCup circuit) and the Baleària. More importantly, Longitud Cero will also build the new Mutua Madrileña boat, winner of the 2005 Breitling MedCup circuit.

The relation between Vicente Tirado and Longitud Cero of Chimo López isn’t either recent as they are good and old friends and partners. It is worht mentioning that Vicente Tirado’s first boat, Exagres, was built by Chimo López back in 1989.

“It is a circle that closes, we started with him and have now decided to return and put our trust on his boatyard and the excellent construction quality, trademarks of Chimo López”, recognized as one of the four best boatyards in the world as far as the TP52 class is concerned.

Construction of the boat will start immediately. During the next few days the project team will set up the definite framework for the design and construction planning.

“We want the boat to be on water at the end of next April in order to train with her and finetune her before the first event of the 2007 Breitling MedCup circuit, to take place in Castellón next June”.

The new Caixa Galicia will share the boatyard with Mutua Madrileña. “Both boats will be built on a female mould and will have the same hull made of carbon”.

Caixa Galicia will change boat after two years of racing. “The rule of this class guarantees a longer life for this type of boats because, unlike the IMS, they don’t lose their resale value. The life we had anticipated for this boat was three years but currently Caixa Galicia is the oldest one of the fleet, although it obtained excellent results this season. We have a very good boat but we realized it was necessary to evolve and advance. The boat we currently have sails very well under light winds and flat seas but performs worse at greater wind speeds. With the new design we will seek a boat able to perform in a wider range of wind speeds and seas”.

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Caixa Galicia to build new Botín-designed TP52 boat, sharing mould with new Mutua Madrileña

Posted on 25 September 2006 by Valencia Sailing

Caixa Galicia will be build their new TP52 boat in Castellón, Spain at the Longitud Cero boatyard.

The team lead by Vicente Tirado chooses Marcelino Botín as designer and will share the hull mould with Mutua Madrileña, winner of the 2006 Breitling MedCup circuit.

Caixa Galicia will compete in the 2007 Breitling Medcup circuit with a new TP52 boat. According to the team owner Vicente Tirado, they decided to appoint Marcelino Botín as designer and will build the yacht at the boatyard Longitud Cero, lead by Chimo López, in Castellón, where they will share the female mould with another leading project, the new TP52 boat of Mutua Madrileña, winner of the 2006 Breitling MedCup circuit.

A mere two days after the end of the 2006 Breitling Medcup, the first announcement about the construction of a new boat has just been made public. It is expected that an important number of similar announcements will be made in the following weeks, bringing the total number of teams participating in next year’s Breitling Medcup close to 30.

Caixa Galicia who was stripped of third place at the 2006 Breitling Medcup only during ththe season’s last day, has already taken the first steps towards the construction of the new boat. Although this option was already under consideration, the final decision was only taken a couple of days ago, during the Balearia Ibiza Trophy, when both the owner and his crew had to confront a tough dilemma: choose the designer and boatyard.

“It has been a very tough decision to take – confesses Vicente Tirado – because it will set the team’s framework for the next three years. We had excellent proposals from Marcelino Botín, Rolf Vrolijk and Bruce Farr (the designer of the current boat used in the last two seasons). Till the last moment we were leaning towards Rolf Vrolijk’s proposal. He is a great designer and the majority of boats that have been triumphal lately are his…”

“But on the other hand, Marcelino Botín has always been linked to our project and team as designer and at the end we decided to trust our future boat on his hands”. Construction will be done under the direct supervision of Toño Piris who has already supervised the construction of Caixa Galicia’s previous racing yachts.

In addition, Vicente Tirado confirmed that construction would take place in Spain, precisely at Longitud Cero, the boatyard managed by Chimo López, where the current ONO boat was also built (the former Pisco Sour, winner of the 2005 Breitling MedCup circuit) and the Baleària. More importantly, Longitud Cero will also build the new Mutua Madrileña boat, winner of the 2005 Breitling MedCup circuit.

The relation between Vicente Tirado and Longitud Cero of Chimo López isn’t either recent as they are good and old friends and partners. It is worht mentioning that Vicente Tirado’s first boat, Exagres, was built by Chimo López back in 1989.

“It is a circle that closes, we started with him and have now decided to return and put our trust on his boatyard and the excellent construction quality, trademarks of Chimo López”, recognized as one of the four best boatyards in the world as far as the TP52 class is concerned.

Construction of the boat will start immediately. During the next few days the project team will set up the definite framework for the design and construction planning.

“We want the boat to be on water at the end of next April in order to train with her and finetune her before the first event of the 2007 Breitling MedCup circuit, to take place in Castellón next June”.

The new Caixa Galicia will share the boatyard with Mutua Madrileña. “Both boats will be built on a female mould and will have the same hull made of carbon”.

Caixa Galicia will change boat after two years of racing. “The rule of this class guarantees a longer life for this type of boats because, unlike the IMS, they don’t lose their resale value. The life we had anticipated for this boat was three years but currently Caixa Galicia is the oldest one of the fleet, although it obtained excellent results this season. We have a very good boat but we realized it was necessary to evolve and advance. The boat we currently have sails very well under light winds and flat seas but performs worse at greater wind speeds. With the new design we will seek a boat able to perform in a wider range of wind speeds and seas”.

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Mutua Madrileña wins 2006 Breitling Medcup with two races left in Balearia Ibiza Trophy

Posted on 23 September 2006 by Valencia Sailing

The penultimate day of racing for the 2006 Breitling MedCup season served up drama, challenge, excitement, bitter disappointment and relief in equal measures for the crews of the 21 boats.

While the most talked about moment was a dramatic collision between Stuart Robinson’s Santa Ana Stay Calm and Jose Cusi’s Bribon, which had SM Don Juan Carlos aboard for his first race at this Trofeo Balearia Ibiza y Formentera, a consistent day for Eamon Conneely’s Siemens saw them take the overall lead in the regatta and a victory in the second race of the day clinched the overall 2006 Breitling MedCup TP52 Series for Peter de Ridder’s Mutua Madrilena.

Santa Ana struck Bribon at the windward mark of the first race. Making a port tack approach to the buoy the wind dropped slightly.

Santa Ana attempted to duck Bribon at the very last second after making a late call to dip low and try and find a space in the ranks of starboard tack boats. Santa Ana hit Bribon just forward of the shrouds, cracking Bribon’s topsides. The impact left a large hole in Santa Ana’s bow. Both are out of the regatta, effecting temporary repairs to make the crossing to Palma, Mallorca where their damage will be more fully assessed and properly repaired. Bribon will make a request for redress, seeking average points for the race and the remaining races of this regatta.

“The problem was as much the drop in wind pressure as we approached the mark as we slowed and nowhere to go. We should really have then just accepted that and tacked away. The frustrating thing for us is that we were sixth overall and had Lexus 20 points behind and now that is all gone.” Commented Santa Ana’s navigator Mark Chisnell.

With the wind swinging through the day, rising and falling in pressure across the course, and a difference in current which was significant in the lighter winds, it was a very challenging day.

After winning the coastal race yesterday John Cook’s Cristabella maintained their form into the first race today. Along with Rush they ventured to the right, inshore, off the start line where Rush was the first to pick up a favourable right hand wind shift. Tom Stark’s US boat rounded first with Cristabella second.

Cristabella’s choice of a gybe-set at the buoy proved critical and they went on to their second successive winning gun, with Dean Barker steering Warpath to second.

In the second race Peter de Ridder’s Mutua Madrilena executed the target required of them. With another good, but safe start they lead around the windward mark and were never passed, again working hard to fully utilise the shifts and the strands of better wind pressure downwind. As they crossed the finish they assumed an unbeatable position in the overall Breitling MedCup standings.

In defence of Siemens consistent attack on their position Caixa Galicia, skippered by Roberto Bermudez, shored up their challenge for third with a victory in the third race of the day.

“We didn’t sail well in the first two races. Adding the first race was bad but the second really added to it. We started really badly and weren’t able to recover. But in the last race we had a really good start and that meant we could get ahead. In 10 knots beating like this, this boat is very fast.” Explained Bermudez.

With just ten points now separating Siemens from third, skipper Ian Walker cautions that their main objective tomorrow is to win the Trofeo Balearia Ibiza y Formentera, anything else would be a bonus.

“It has been really hard sailing today, but I think we have has sailed as well as we have on Siemens all season, getting three top four results today was very difficult. Morgan (Larson) is doing a great job at his first regatta in this class here, and the crew got us out of trouble a couple of times. Leading overall is nice. I have always said that winning this regatta is what counts most for us. No-one will look back at this Breitling MedCup season and remember who was third, but if we win here we will have won half the regattas on the circuit this season and the worlds, which no one else will have.” Said Ian Walker.

With up to two races tomorrow (Saturday) Siemens leads Mutua Madrilena by one single point.

Mutua Madrilena’s crew looked relieved and content as they came ashore tonight and enjoyed a few well earned beers, but De Ridder insists the champagne remains on ice until tomorrow:

“It feels great, but at the moment I just feel tired and relieved. But we still have a regatta to win. We will have a few drinks tonight and no doubt will feel a little more dusty in the morning but this is still on. Every sailor here goes out to win regattas and we will be no different tomorrow. Siemens sail their boat extremely well.” Commented De Ridder.

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Mutua Madrileña wins 2006 Breitling Medcup with two races left in Balearia Ibiza Trophy

Posted on 23 September 2006 by Valencia Sailing

The penultimate day of racing for the 2006 Breitling MedCup season served up drama, challenge, excitement, bitter disappointment and relief in equal measures for the crews of the 21 boats.

While the most talked about moment was a dramatic collision between Stuart Robinson’s Santa Ana Stay Calm and Jose Cusi’s Bribon, which had SM Don Juan Carlos aboard for his first race at this Trofeo Balearia Ibiza y Formentera, a consistent day for Eamon Conneely’s Siemens saw them take the overall lead in the regatta and a victory in the second race of the day clinched the overall 2006 Breitling MedCup TP52 Series for Peter de Ridder’s Mutua Madrilena.

Santa Ana struck Bribon at the windward mark of the first race. Making a port tack approach to the buoy the wind dropped slightly.

Santa Ana attempted to duck Bribon at the very last second after making a late call to dip low and try and find a space in the ranks of starboard tack boats. Santa Ana hit Bribon just forward of the shrouds, cracking Bribon’s topsides. The impact left a large hole in Santa Ana’s bow. Both are out of the regatta, effecting temporary repairs to make the crossing to Palma, Mallorca where their damage will be more fully assessed and properly repaired. Bribon will make a request for redress, seeking average points for the race and the remaining races of this regatta.

“The problem was as much the drop in wind pressure as we approached the mark as we slowed and nowhere to go. We should really have then just accepted that and tacked away. The frustrating thing for us is that we were sixth overall and had Lexus 20 points behind and now that is all gone.” Commented Santa Ana’s navigator Mark Chisnell.

With the wind swinging through the day, rising and falling in pressure across the course, and a difference in current which was significant in the lighter winds, it was a very challenging day.

After winning the coastal race yesterday John Cook’s Cristabella maintained their form into the first race today. Along with Rush they ventured to the right, inshore, off the start line where Rush was the first to pick up a favourable right hand wind shift. Tom Stark’s US boat rounded first with Cristabella second.

Cristabella’s choice of a gybe-set at the buoy proved critical and they went on to their second successive winning gun, with Dean Barker steering Warpath to second.

In the second race Peter de Ridder’s Mutua Madrilena executed the target required of them. With another good, but safe start they lead around the windward mark and were never passed, again working hard to fully utilise the shifts and the strands of better wind pressure downwind. As they crossed the finish they assumed an unbeatable position in the overall Breitling MedCup standings.

In defence of Siemens consistent attack on their position Caixa Galicia, skippered by Roberto Bermudez, shored up their challenge for third with a victory in the third race of the day.

“We didn’t sail well in the first two races. Adding the first race was bad but the second really added to it. We started really badly and weren’t able to recover. But in the last race we had a really good start and that meant we could get ahead. In 10 knots beating like this, this boat is very fast.” Explained Bermudez.

With just ten points now separating Siemens from third, skipper Ian Walker cautions that their main objective tomorrow is to win the Trofeo Balearia Ibiza y Formentera, anything else would be a bonus.

“It has been really hard sailing today, but I think we have has sailed as well as we have on Siemens all season, getting three top four results today was very difficult. Morgan (Larson) is doing a great job at his first regatta in this class here, and the crew got us out of trouble a couple of times. Leading overall is nice. I have always said that winning this regatta is what counts most for us. No-one will look back at this Breitling MedCup season and remember who was third, but if we win here we will have won half the regattas on the circuit this season and the worlds, which no one else will have.” Said Ian Walker.

With up to two races tomorrow (Saturday) Siemens leads Mutua Madrilena by one single point.

Mutua Madrilena’s crew looked relieved and content as they came ashore tonight and enjoyed a few well earned beers, but De Ridder insists the champagne remains on ice until tomorrow:

“It feels great, but at the moment I just feel tired and relieved. But we still have a regatta to win. We will have a few drinks tonight and no doubt will feel a little more dusty in the morning but this is still on. Every sailor here goes out to win regattas and we will be no different tomorrow. Siemens sail their boat extremely well.” Commented De Ridder.

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Balearia Ibiza Trophy – Day 4 – Race 2:

Posted on 22 September 2006 by Valencia Sailing

The key factor was clearly Mutua Madrileña’s upwind speed. Starting mid-left, they went directly left and stayed ahead of the main pack there. On the downwind legs they worked the shifts more than anyone and were able to control the race once ahead.
Balearia was able to take advantage of Siemens penalty turn, after they converged with Orlanda and forced them around the back; and came through into second place on the second beat.

After their restart Pinta made a phenomenal recovery and consistently worked their way up to their eventual seventh place.

Mutua Madrileña are now in a very favourable position to win the Circuit.

Start of the day’s second race. Ibiza, 22 September 2006. Photo by Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Balearia Ibiza Trophy – Day 4 – Race 1:

Posted on 22 September 2006 by Valencia Sailing

Rush came off the line in dirty wind, kept going and picked up a fifteen degree shift to the right which totally worked in their favor. Cristabella who were further left on the start line and second behind rush were also well positioned to benefit from their situation on the race course.

At the first windward mark Rush did a straight conventional bear away set and Cristabella a gybe set which allowed them to get through and past them.

Warpath had a good race, working their way up to the front, obviously with a lot to prove, they eventually grabbed the second from Rush on the second downwind leg.

A good race, the breeze stayed up at 11-14knots but the seas were still choppy

The right-hand side proved clearly to be the best call.

Santa Ana and Bribon had to retire from the following a collision at the second windward mark.

The conditions at the time were about 13 knots in moderate seas. Santa Ana were making a port tack approach to the mark and tried to bear away but collided with Bribon.

Santa Ana has suffered extensive damage to her bow, while Bribon has a one metre gash on the port side of the boat.

Detail of the damaged bow of Santa Ana. Ibiza, 22 September 2006. Photo by Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The beauty of the Breitling Medcup can also lead to crashes like the one that took place today. Ten boats arrived at the bottom mark almost simultaneously. Ibiza, 22 September 2006. Photo by Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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