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Impressive lineup at Match Race Germany

Posted on 31 March 2008 by Valencia Sailing

Rectification: Our apologies for the error committed in reporting Sébastien Col’s America’s Cup team. The young French star sailor is a member of K-Challenge.

[Source: Match Race Germany] The top-10 of the world ranking list line up for a slot , America´s Cup helmsmen, international champions and the defending world champion head towards Lake Constance. The 11th edition of Match Race Germany (7th till 12th of May 2008) attracts yet again the world´s best skippers.

While, due to the pending Court Case, the America´s Cup sails through troubled waters, in contrary the World Match Racing Tour shines and has bigger success than ever. “We run out of slots for entries and have to select between the best match race skipper” states organisor Eberhard Magg, “we can already promise our fans and supporters a spectacular sailing show.”

A dozen professional teams will once again race Bavaria Yachts, not only for prize money but also for championship points towards the World Championship as well as prestige to recommend themselves for the 34th Cup edition – where and whenever this will take place. Amongst the skippers qualified through the feeder series of the World Match Racing Tour is Team Sea Dubai´s Markus Wieser (Germany) along with current World No 1 Frenchman Matthieu Richard, back to Lake Constance with a convincing win at Marseilles recently.

The entry list of Langenargen´s classic is a reflection of the coming generation of America´s Cup helmsmen, tacticians and crews. Let it be Matthieu Richard, defending World Champion Ian Williams or the furious Danes Jes Gram Hansen and Peter Wibroe – they will all find open doors to take over the helm of a future AC yacht. Five skippers will fly the colours of their challenges. Despite the Cup uncertainty they use the circuit to keep their claws sharp. Amongst them are defending champion of MRG 2007 Paolo Cian (ITA-Shosholoza), Sebastian Col (FRA-K-Challenge), Adam Minoprio (NZL-Emirates Team New Zealand); Jes Gram Hansen (DEN-Mascalzone Latino).

Entry list:

Matthieu Richard FRA Weltranglistenposition ISAF 1
Ian Williams GBR Amtierender Weltmeister ISAF 2
Paolo Cian ITA ISAF 3
Bjorn Hansen SWE ISAF 4
Sébastien Col FRA ISAF 5
Peter Wibroe DEN ISAF 9
Staffan Lindberg FIN ISAF 10
Eric Monin SUI ISAF 13 Qualifier Bodensee
Adam Minoprio NZL ISAF 25
Markus Wieser GER ISAF 55 Qualifier Berlin Match Race
Jes Gram Hansen DEN ISAF 109

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Impressive lineup at Match Race Germany

Posted on 31 March 2008 by Valencia Sailing

Rectification: Our apologies for the error committed in reporting Sébastien Col’s America’s Cup team. The young French star sailor is a member of K-Challenge.

[Source: Match Race Germany] The top-10 of the world ranking list line up for a slot , America´s Cup helmsmen, international champions and the defending world champion head towards Lake Constance. The 11th edition of Match Race Germany (7th till 12th of May 2008) attracts yet again the world´s best skippers.

While, due to the pending Court Case, the America´s Cup sails through troubled waters, in contrary the World Match Racing Tour shines and has bigger success than ever. “We run out of slots for entries and have to select between the best match race skipper” states organisor Eberhard Magg, “we can already promise our fans and supporters a spectacular sailing show.”

A dozen professional teams will once again race Bavaria Yachts, not only for prize money but also for championship points towards the World Championship as well as prestige to recommend themselves for the 34th Cup edition – where and whenever this will take place. Amongst the skippers qualified through the feeder series of the World Match Racing Tour is Team Sea Dubai´s Markus Wieser (Germany) along with current World No 1 Frenchman Matthieu Richard, back to Lake Constance with a convincing win at Marseilles recently.

The entry list of Langenargen´s classic is a reflection of the coming generation of America´s Cup helmsmen, tacticians and crews. Let it be Matthieu Richard, defending World Champion Ian Williams or the furious Danes Jes Gram Hansen and Peter Wibroe – they will all find open doors to take over the helm of a future AC yacht. Five skippers will fly the colours of their challenges. Despite the Cup uncertainty they use the circuit to keep their claws sharp. Amongst them are defending champion of MRG 2007 Paolo Cian (ITA-Shosholoza), Sebastian Col (FRA-K-Challenge), Adam Minoprio (NZL-Emirates Team New Zealand); Jes Gram Hansen (DEN-Mascalzone Latino).

Entry list:

Matthieu Richard FRA Weltranglistenposition ISAF 1
Ian Williams GBR Amtierender Weltmeister ISAF 2
Paolo Cian ITA ISAF 3
Bjorn Hansen SWE ISAF 4
Sébastien Col FRA ISAF 5
Peter Wibroe DEN ISAF 9
Staffan Lindberg FIN ISAF 10
Eric Monin SUI ISAF 13 Qualifier Bodensee
Adam Minoprio NZL ISAF 25
Markus Wieser GER ISAF 55 Qualifier Berlin Match Race
Jes Gram Hansen DEN ISAF 109

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Foncia capsizes off Lorient – Alinghi crew safe

Posted on 29 March 2008 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Alinghi] AT 11:30 this morning, in 20 plus knots and a lumpy Atlantic swell, the 60ft trimaran Foncia capsized off Lorient with Alinghi sailors onboard. Of the 10 crew onboard, Piet van Niekerk and Francesco Rapetti were airlifted to hospital, both are safe and with no serious injuries. The rest of the crew along with consultant Alain Gautier were involved in securing the boat and towing it ashore, the sailors are shaken but unhurt.

Ed Baird, who was onboard, provides some insight into what happened: “As we were bearing away, always the highest risk situation on a multi-hull, both the leeward and the central hull dug into the water and the rudders came out. From then it was out of our hands and we capsized forwards. As the mast hit the water, it broke, followed by the rear beam.” He continues: “The crew reacted very quickly in getting everyone back on board, doing a head count and checking injuries before calling for help and beginning to secure the boat.”

Foncia is currently being towed into the harbour upside down to be craned out and assessed for damage. “We have all been through crashes and capsizes before, this is all part of the sport,” says Ed Baird, adding “however this is a temporary situation with Foncia and is not our equipment, so it is even more disappointing to us that we are involved in damaging someone else’s gear. We have learned a valuable lesson here and now must get to work to fix things up for Alain [Gautier].”

Foncia capsizes. Lorient, 29 March 2008

Foncia capsizes. Lorient, 29 March 2008

Foncia capsizes. Lorient, 29 March 2008

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Foncia capsizes off Lorient – Alinghi crew safe

Posted on 29 March 2008 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Alinghi] AT 11:30 this morning, in 20 plus knots and a lumpy Atlantic swell, the 60ft trimaran Foncia capsized off Lorient with Alinghi sailors onboard. Of the 10 crew onboard, Piet van Niekerk and Francesco Rapetti were airlifted to hospital, both are safe and with no serious injuries. The rest of the crew along with consultant Alain Gautier were involved in securing the boat and towing it ashore, the sailors are shaken but unhurt.

Ed Baird, who was onboard, provides some insight into what happened: “As we were bearing away, always the highest risk situation on a multi-hull, both the leeward and the central hull dug into the water and the rudders came out. From then it was out of our hands and we capsized forwards. As the mast hit the water, it broke, followed by the rear beam.” He continues: “The crew reacted very quickly in getting everyone back on board, doing a head count and checking injuries before calling for help and beginning to secure the boat.”

Foncia is currently being towed into the harbour upside down to be craned out and assessed for damage. “We have all been through crashes and capsizes before, this is all part of the sport,” says Ed Baird, adding “however this is a temporary situation with Foncia and is not our equipment, so it is even more disappointing to us that we are involved in damaging someone else’s gear. We have learned a valuable lesson here and now must get to work to fix things up for Alain [Gautier].”

Foncia capsizes. Lorient, 29 March 2008

Foncia capsizes. Lorient, 29 March 2008

Foncia capsizes. Lorient, 29 March 2008

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Breaking news: Foncia trimaran capsizes in Lorient

Posted on 29 March 2008 by Valencia Sailing

Breaking news: There has been an incident involving the trimaran Foncia and members of the Alinghi sailing team during training off Lorient– all crew members are safe and without serious injury.

More info as we get it.

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Breaking news: Foncia trimaran capsizes in Lorient

Posted on 29 March 2008 by Valencia Sailing

Breaking news: There has been an incident involving the trimaran Foncia and members of the Alinghi sailing team during training off Lorient– all crew members are safe and without serious injury.

More info as we get it.

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Mean Machine update

Posted on 28 March 2008 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Mean Machine] Hello again everyone! Welcome to the fourth edition of the Mean Machine Newsletter. It’s been another eventful month in the Mean Machine camp (when is there one that isn’t!). We’ve had racing, building and lots and lots of preparation and training for the upcoming European TP 52 season. Here’s a summary of exactly what’s been going on…

MEAN MACHINE #22

The eagle hasn’t quite landed… but it’s finally on its way!

Yes, the moment all Machines had been waiting for came this month with the long awaited departure of the brand new Mean Machine TP 52 from the Salthouse shipyard in New Zealand.

The build was a success and build-manager Chris Reid was very pleased with the results: “I am very happy with the job that has been done and would happily go back for another boat. It is good to see what a small close-knit team can do when faced with such a large task.”

The boat that Peter de Ridder is looking to win the 2008 MedCup Circuit with was wrapped up in cotton-wool fashion for the transportation to Europe from Auckland by cargo ship. The new addition to the family will be unloaded at Antwerp in Belgium where she’ll then be taken by road down to Valencia, Spain.

We’ll keep you posted!

FARR 40 – ACURA MIAMI GRAND PRIX

You all know that we rarely take a rest here at the Mean Machine HQ… if we’re not racing we’re planning the next one…

Well, this month we were racing, but at the same time we were planning for the next one (and the one after that too…). March 6th saw the start of the world famous Acura Miami Grand Prix, and a new challenge for the Mean Machine Farr 40 crew. It was also an opportunity to get some training in for the forthcoming TP52 season.

The Mean Machine ‘classics’ Ray Davies, Jono Swain and Dirk de Ridder joined Peter de Ridder on the starting line for some fierce competition…and fierce it was. The Farr 40 class features incredibly close racing, and there’s no margin for error. Mean Machine found themselves experiencing the full impact of this as it became more and more difficult to climb up the results table.

The Machines didn’t give up and finished at the middle of the table, in fifteenth place, seventh overall in the combined scores from Key West and Acura Miami Grand Prix – not bad for the first season in the highly competitive class with 28 entries, but Mean Machine will be looking to improve on that on April for the Rolex World’s.

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Mean Machine update

Posted on 28 March 2008 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Mean Machine] Hello again everyone! Welcome to the fourth edition of the Mean Machine Newsletter. It’s been another eventful month in the Mean Machine camp (when is there one that isn’t!). We’ve had racing, building and lots and lots of preparation and training for the upcoming European TP 52 season. Here’s a summary of exactly what’s been going on…

MEAN MACHINE #22

The eagle hasn’t quite landed… but it’s finally on its way!

Yes, the moment all Machines had been waiting for came this month with the long awaited departure of the brand new Mean Machine TP 52 from the Salthouse shipyard in New Zealand.

The build was a success and build-manager Chris Reid was very pleased with the results: “I am very happy with the job that has been done and would happily go back for another boat. It is good to see what a small close-knit team can do when faced with such a large task.”

The boat that Peter de Ridder is looking to win the 2008 MedCup Circuit with was wrapped up in cotton-wool fashion for the transportation to Europe from Auckland by cargo ship. The new addition to the family will be unloaded at Antwerp in Belgium where she’ll then be taken by road down to Valencia, Spain.

We’ll keep you posted!

FARR 40 – ACURA MIAMI GRAND PRIX

You all know that we rarely take a rest here at the Mean Machine HQ… if we’re not racing we’re planning the next one…

Well, this month we were racing, but at the same time we were planning for the next one (and the one after that too…). March 6th saw the start of the world famous Acura Miami Grand Prix, and a new challenge for the Mean Machine Farr 40 crew. It was also an opportunity to get some training in for the forthcoming TP52 season.

The Mean Machine ‘classics’ Ray Davies, Jono Swain and Dirk de Ridder joined Peter de Ridder on the starting line for some fierce competition…and fierce it was. The Farr 40 class features incredibly close racing, and there’s no margin for error. Mean Machine found themselves experiencing the full impact of this as it became more and more difficult to climb up the results table.

The Machines didn’t give up and finished at the middle of the table, in fifteenth place, seventh overall in the combined scores from Key West and Acura Miami Grand Prix – not bad for the first season in the highly competitive class with 28 entries, but Mean Machine will be looking to improve on that on April for the Rolex World’s.

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