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Volvo Ocean Race: Fiji fading fast

Posted on 28 February 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Ericsson Racing Team] Now, it’s a drag race to the scoring gate.

The passage of Fiji last night served to split the fleet even farther on an east to west axis, with Ericsson 4 the most eastern boat, Puma the most western and approximately 100 nautical miles between the two.

While Ericsson 4 and Ericsson 3 both had to tack to starboard to clear to the east of Vanua Levu, which lies to the north/northeast of Fiji, Puma and Telefónica Blue short-tacked their way between the two islands. It was a high risk move that has paid immediate dividends as the two boats were among the top three today.

Ericsson 4 trailed Puma on the 1259 GMT leaderboard by 16 nautical miles, but the International crew has better leverage to the east.

Ericsson 4 break their furler. Fiji , 28 February 2009. Video copyright Ericsson Racing Team

“Highlights of life onboard today consist of seeing Fiji, seeing Ericsson 3 (first boat in nine days), Joca (Signorini) a.k.a. ‘The Doctor’ servicing the winches, running out of ‘train smash,’ otherwise known as tomato sauce, or Ketchup if you prefer, and finding out we might be short of toilet paper,” said Ericsson 4 trimmer Tony Mutter.

“Oh, and losing the lead to Puma and Telefónica Blue while we re-position further east,” Mutter said. “This last thing is just temporary. Fingers crossed.”

The Nordic crew on Ericsson 3 also sailed to the east of Fiji, and has taken up a route to leeward of its teammate some 20 miles behind. Incidentally, both Ericsson yachts have crossed to the west of the 180th meridian.

The scoring gate is the next objective, approximately 1,000 nautical miles or four to five days away. First boat through scores 4 points, and each boat thereafter a half point less.

The two boats to the west have a shorter distance to the gate, but Ericsson 4 has more east leverage which is better for the overall picture of the leg because Cape Horn lies to the east.

“They’re in pretty good shape, but a couple of things could go awry,” said team meteorologist Chris Bedford. “The forecast gets funny later on Monday with a low forming out to the east of them and moving southeast towards the first ice gate area (at 47S between 155 and 140 West longitude). I’m not sure how they’ll handle that. There’s also a light spot that shows up dead ahead of them, which is worse for the guys to the west.”

There’s never a dull moment in life at the extreme.

VOLVO OCEAN RACE LEG 5 LEADERBOARD
(Feb. 28, 2009, 1259 GMT)
1. Puma, 8,171 nautical miles to finish
2. Ericsson 4, +16 NM
3. Telefónica Blue, +26 NM
4. Ericsson 3, +36 NM
5. Green Dragon, +55 NM

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Volvo Ocean Race: Fiji fading fast

Posted on 28 February 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Ericsson Racing Team] Now, it’s a drag race to the scoring gate.

The passage of Fiji last night served to split the fleet even farther on an east to west axis, with Ericsson 4 the most eastern boat, Puma the most western and approximately 100 nautical miles between the two.

While Ericsson 4 and Ericsson 3 both had to tack to starboard to clear to the east of Vanua Levu, which lies to the north/northeast of Fiji, Puma and Telefónica Blue short-tacked their way between the two islands. It was a high risk move that has paid immediate dividends as the two boats were among the top three today.

Ericsson 4 trailed Puma on the 1259 GMT leaderboard by 16 nautical miles, but the International crew has better leverage to the east.

Ericsson 4 break their furler. Fiji , 28 February 2009. Video copyright Ericsson Racing Team

“Highlights of life onboard today consist of seeing Fiji, seeing Ericsson 3 (first boat in nine days), Joca (Signorini) a.k.a. ‘The Doctor’ servicing the winches, running out of ‘train smash,’ otherwise known as tomato sauce, or Ketchup if you prefer, and finding out we might be short of toilet paper,” said Ericsson 4 trimmer Tony Mutter.

“Oh, and losing the lead to Puma and Telefónica Blue while we re-position further east,” Mutter said. “This last thing is just temporary. Fingers crossed.”

The Nordic crew on Ericsson 3 also sailed to the east of Fiji, and has taken up a route to leeward of its teammate some 20 miles behind. Incidentally, both Ericsson yachts have crossed to the west of the 180th meridian.

The scoring gate is the next objective, approximately 1,000 nautical miles or four to five days away. First boat through scores 4 points, and each boat thereafter a half point less.

The two boats to the west have a shorter distance to the gate, but Ericsson 4 has more east leverage which is better for the overall picture of the leg because Cape Horn lies to the east.

“They’re in pretty good shape, but a couple of things could go awry,” said team meteorologist Chris Bedford. “The forecast gets funny later on Monday with a low forming out to the east of them and moving southeast towards the first ice gate area (at 47S between 155 and 140 West longitude). I’m not sure how they’ll handle that. There’s also a light spot that shows up dead ahead of them, which is worse for the guys to the west.”

There’s never a dull moment in life at the extreme.

VOLVO OCEAN RACE LEG 5 LEADERBOARD
(Feb. 28, 2009, 1259 GMT)
1. Puma, 8,171 nautical miles to finish
2. Ericsson 4, +16 NM
3. Telefónica Blue, +26 NM
4. Ericsson 3, +36 NM
5. Green Dragon, +55 NM

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Team Aqua dominates the day, wins the DHL Trophy and takes the lead of the RC44 fleet race event

Posted on 28 February 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: RC44] With two victories, a second and a third place, Chris Bake’s Team Aqua is the winner of the day. Also on great form, with two second and two fourth places, Torbjorn Tornqvist remains in Bakes’ wake in the overall ranking, whilst Maciej Nawrocki’s team Organika – with Karol Jablonski at the tactics – shows great signs of improvement.

It was another challenging day off Puerto Calero, with a changing weather and shifty wind that gave gray hairs to some of the tacticians. On great form, Chris Bake and his tactician Cameron Appleton got it all right, winning two races (including the DHL Trophy coastal race) and adding a second and a third to conclude the day with a small lead over Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis.

Highlights from the 4th day of racing. Puerto Calero, 28 February 2009. Video copyright RC44

The wind was blowing from the shore at 5-7 knots when Race Officer Peter Reggio launched the first race of the day, allowing the RC 44’s to glide on flat water. Starting in the middle of the line at full speed, Team Aqua rapidly took the lead, ahead of the local team Islas Canarias Puerto Calero 2. Just behind them, Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis kept pushing hard, making no mistakes whatsoever and getting closer to the Canaries crew after each manoeuvre before finally overtaking them during the second beat.

Penalised by a premature start, BMW ORACLE Racing and Ceeref slowly improved their positions, reaching the fifth and sixth spot respectively whilst Pieter Heerema’s No Way Back and Maciej Nawrocki’s Organika regularly lost ground to close the fleet.
Having dominated proceedings throughout the race, Chris Bake nearly let victory slip from his grasp when Artemis made the best of the shifts during the last downwind leg, only finishing a couple of meters behind Aqua. The two Spanish teams took the third and fourth spots, confirming their good results from the previous day.

The second race coincided with a change of weather that would influence the rest of the day. Big black clouds were starting to grow on the north of the Island, whilst the wind was increasing, inciting most teams – except Ceeref and Artemis – to opt for a jib no 2.

Recalled at the start, Pieter Heerema’s No Way Back tried to find some clear air on the right of the course and benefited from favourable wind strength to reach the windward mark in the lead, just ahead of the two Spanish boats. ESP 1 even briefly took the lead at the leeward mark, but got penalised for not respecting the two boats length priority rule and letting enough space to Artemis. A massive shift to the right then completely reshuffled the cards. Struggling to anticipate it, Russell Coutts and Karol Jablonski ended up trailing on the left of the course whilst the rest of the fleet was reaching at full speed towards the windward mark. Team Aqua even raised its spinnaker briefly, jibing the mark and heading for the arrival line behind No Way Back and Artemis, who remained untouchable.

Excellent performance by Team Organika. Puerto Calero, 28 February 2009. Photo copyright Nico Martinez

The configuration of race three was completely different, with the teams beating alongside the rugged coastline of Lanzarote, hesitating between potential land effects and a stronger offshore breeze. Choosing the latter option, team Organika reached the windward mark in front of Ceeref and Aqua, who had decided to follow the coast for as long as possible. The Polish team hang on to its lead throughout the race, resisting to Team Aqua’s come back to win its first regatta in the RC 44 Championship Tour, ahead of Aqua and Puerto Calero Islas Canarias 2, often inspired today thanks to Luis Doreste’s calls.

Rain jackets were out for the DHL long distance trophy, which consisted in three windward – leeward legs followed by a beat to the entrance of the harbour. The wind shifted to the right seconds before the start, pushing the boats over the line and leading to a general recall. The DHL regatta counts for double points and nobody wanted to be late on the line…

The second attempt proved to be the right one. Sailing a beautiful beat, Chris Bake’s Team Aqua led handsomely around the windward mark, ahead of Ceeref and Organika, definitely on great form. The Polish team then managed to overtake Ceeref, and to threaten Aqua until the last beat. But the team from the UAE remained untouchable, winning with a comfortable margin ahead of Organika. Sailing slightly over the lay line, BMW ORACLE Racing let Artemis slip below them, to grab the third place by no more than a few centimetres.

With one more day of fleet racing ahead, Team Aqua leads the overall ranking with 15 points, ahead of Artemis (18) and Ceeref (29).

Excellent performance by Team Organika. Puerto Calero, 28 February 2009. Photo copyright Nico Martinez

They said:

Chris Bake, helmsman, Team Aqua: “This is a good day; the team is on great form and we have managed to deal with some issues very well. We took excellent starts in all races, and tried to sail fast & smart. It was difficult to read the course. But our positioning and good speed made it easier.”

Kevin Kelble, pitman, Team Aqua: “Our on-board communication is good, and we talk a lot. Andrew Estcourt also plays a big role in our strategy; he is constantly exchanging views with Cam. We took great starts today, and had a good speed, which has helped us to keep all our options open.”

Maciej Nawrocki, helmsman, Organika: “This is our first victory in a fleet regatta, and we are very happy; it is definitely our best day since we joined the Class. Karol (Jablonski) did a great job, and he is definitely the key to our success. He made the right calls, and helps us to keep positive even when we have a hard time. I am also improving at the helm.

Pieter Heerema, helmsman, No Way Back: “We won a race today, but this was mainly through luck. In reality, we are still struggling for speed and we don’t seem to have the right setup. Our boat handling is good and I am happy with the boys. But altogether we are not doing well.”

Torbjorn Tornqvist, helmsman, Artemis: “We had ups and downs, but overall I think it was a good day. I am very impressed with the way Team Aqua sailed today, they did a great job. Personally, I am getting more confident at the helm. At the beginning, I was struggling to find the right angles downwind, but I am getting there.”

Start of the fleet race. Puerto Calero, 28 February 2009. Photo copyright Nico Martinez

Fleet-race, provisional results after 6 races including the DHL Trophy (double points):
(Ranking, name of team, helmsman, results, points)

1) Team Aqua, Chris Bake, 3, 6, 1, 3, 2, 1 – 15 points
2) Artemis, Torbjorn Tornqvist, 4, 2, 2, 2, 4, 3 – 18 points
3) Ceeref, Igor Lah, 2,3, 6, 4, 6, 5 – 29 points
4) Team Organika, Maciej Navrocki, 8, 5, 7, 7, 1, 2 – 30 points
5) BMW ORACLE Racing, Daniel Calero, 1, 4, 5, 8, 7, 4 – 31 points
6) Puerto Calero Islas Canarias 1, José Juan Calero, 5, 1,4, 5, 8, 6 – 33 points
7) Puerto Calero Islas Canarias 2, Carlo Morales, 6, 8, 3, 6, 3, 7 – 37 points
8) No Way Back, Pieter Heerema, 7, 7, 8, 1, 5, 8 – 42 points

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Team Aqua dominates the day, wins the DHL Trophy and takes the lead of the RC44 fleet race event

Posted on 28 February 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: RC44] With two victories, a second and a third place, Chris Bake’s Team Aqua is the winner of the day. Also on great form, with two second and two fourth places, Torbjorn Tornqvist remains in Bakes’ wake in the overall ranking, whilst Maciej Nawrocki’s team Organika – with Karol Jablonski at the tactics – shows great signs of improvement.

It was another challenging day off Puerto Calero, with a changing weather and shifty wind that gave gray hairs to some of the tacticians. On great form, Chris Bake and his tactician Cameron Appleton got it all right, winning two races (including the DHL Trophy coastal race) and adding a second and a third to conclude the day with a small lead over Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis.

Highlights from the 4th day of racing. Puerto Calero, 28 February 2009. Video copyright RC44

The wind was blowing from the shore at 5-7 knots when Race Officer Peter Reggio launched the first race of the day, allowing the RC 44’s to glide on flat water. Starting in the middle of the line at full speed, Team Aqua rapidly took the lead, ahead of the local team Islas Canarias Puerto Calero 2. Just behind them, Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis kept pushing hard, making no mistakes whatsoever and getting closer to the Canaries crew after each manoeuvre before finally overtaking them during the second beat.

Penalised by a premature start, BMW ORACLE Racing and Ceeref slowly improved their positions, reaching the fifth and sixth spot respectively whilst Pieter Heerema’s No Way Back and Maciej Nawrocki’s Organika regularly lost ground to close the fleet.
Having dominated proceedings throughout the race, Chris Bake nearly let victory slip from his grasp when Artemis made the best of the shifts during the last downwind leg, only finishing a couple of meters behind Aqua. The two Spanish teams took the third and fourth spots, confirming their good results from the previous day.

The second race coincided with a change of weather that would influence the rest of the day. Big black clouds were starting to grow on the north of the Island, whilst the wind was increasing, inciting most teams – except Ceeref and Artemis – to opt for a jib no 2.

Recalled at the start, Pieter Heerema’s No Way Back tried to find some clear air on the right of the course and benefited from favourable wind strength to reach the windward mark in the lead, just ahead of the two Spanish boats. ESP 1 even briefly took the lead at the leeward mark, but got penalised for not respecting the two boats length priority rule and letting enough space to Artemis. A massive shift to the right then completely reshuffled the cards. Struggling to anticipate it, Russell Coutts and Karol Jablonski ended up trailing on the left of the course whilst the rest of the fleet was reaching at full speed towards the windward mark. Team Aqua even raised its spinnaker briefly, jibing the mark and heading for the arrival line behind No Way Back and Artemis, who remained untouchable.

Excellent performance by Team Organika. Puerto Calero, 28 February 2009. Photo copyright Nico Martinez

The configuration of race three was completely different, with the teams beating alongside the rugged coastline of Lanzarote, hesitating between potential land effects and a stronger offshore breeze. Choosing the latter option, team Organika reached the windward mark in front of Ceeref and Aqua, who had decided to follow the coast for as long as possible. The Polish team hang on to its lead throughout the race, resisting to Team Aqua’s come back to win its first regatta in the RC 44 Championship Tour, ahead of Aqua and Puerto Calero Islas Canarias 2, often inspired today thanks to Luis Doreste’s calls.

Rain jackets were out for the DHL long distance trophy, which consisted in three windward – leeward legs followed by a beat to the entrance of the harbour. The wind shifted to the right seconds before the start, pushing the boats over the line and leading to a general recall. The DHL regatta counts for double points and nobody wanted to be late on the line…

The second attempt proved to be the right one. Sailing a beautiful beat, Chris Bake’s Team Aqua led handsomely around the windward mark, ahead of Ceeref and Organika, definitely on great form. The Polish team then managed to overtake Ceeref, and to threaten Aqua until the last beat. But the team from the UAE remained untouchable, winning with a comfortable margin ahead of Organika. Sailing slightly over the lay line, BMW ORACLE Racing let Artemis slip below them, to grab the third place by no more than a few centimetres.

With one more day of fleet racing ahead, Team Aqua leads the overall ranking with 15 points, ahead of Artemis (18) and Ceeref (29).

Excellent performance by Team Organika. Puerto Calero, 28 February 2009. Photo copyright Nico Martinez

They said:

Chris Bake, helmsman, Team Aqua: “This is a good day; the team is on great form and we have managed to deal with some issues very well. We took excellent starts in all races, and tried to sail fast & smart. It was difficult to read the course. But our positioning and good speed made it easier.”

Kevin Kelble, pitman, Team Aqua: “Our on-board communication is good, and we talk a lot. Andrew Estcourt also plays a big role in our strategy; he is constantly exchanging views with Cam. We took great starts today, and had a good speed, which has helped us to keep all our options open.”

Maciej Nawrocki, helmsman, Organika: “This is our first victory in a fleet regatta, and we are very happy; it is definitely our best day since we joined the Class. Karol (Jablonski) did a great job, and he is definitely the key to our success. He made the right calls, and helps us to keep positive even when we have a hard time. I am also improving at the helm.

Pieter Heerema, helmsman, No Way Back: “We won a race today, but this was mainly through luck. In reality, we are still struggling for speed and we don’t seem to have the right setup. Our boat handling is good and I am happy with the boys. But altogether we are not doing well.”

Torbjorn Tornqvist, helmsman, Artemis: “We had ups and downs, but overall I think it was a good day. I am very impressed with the way Team Aqua sailed today, they did a great job. Personally, I am getting more confident at the helm. At the beginning, I was struggling to find the right angles downwind, but I am getting there.”

Start of the fleet race. Puerto Calero, 28 February 2009. Photo copyright Nico Martinez

Fleet-race, provisional results after 6 races including the DHL Trophy (double points):
(Ranking, name of team, helmsman, results, points)

1) Team Aqua, Chris Bake, 3, 6, 1, 3, 2, 1 – 15 points
2) Artemis, Torbjorn Tornqvist, 4, 2, 2, 2, 4, 3 – 18 points
3) Ceeref, Igor Lah, 2,3, 6, 4, 6, 5 – 29 points
4) Team Organika, Maciej Navrocki, 8, 5, 7, 7, 1, 2 – 30 points
5) BMW ORACLE Racing, Daniel Calero, 1, 4, 5, 8, 7, 4 – 31 points
6) Puerto Calero Islas Canarias 1, José Juan Calero, 5, 1,4, 5, 8, 6 – 33 points
7) Puerto Calero Islas Canarias 2, Carlo Morales, 6, 8, 3, 6, 3, 7 – 37 points
8) No Way Back, Pieter Heerema, 7, 7, 8, 1, 5, 8 – 42 points

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Slow times, happy times

Posted on 28 February 2009 by Valencia Sailing

My apologies for not keeping Valencia Sailing, in the last few days, up to the standards you have been used to but my second son will be born today (Saturday) so it has been kind of hectic.

Valencia Sailing will be back ASAP with a very interesting interview from Franck Cammas. The French multihull guru talked to us about the first test sails aboard Groupama 3, his program for 2009 as well as BOR90, the BMW Oracle monster trimaran.

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Slow times, happy times

Posted on 28 February 2009 by Valencia Sailing

My apologies for not keeping Valencia Sailing, in the last few days, up to the standards you have been used to but my second son will be born today (Saturday) so it has been kind of hectic.

Valencia Sailing will be back ASAP with a very interesting interview from Franck Cammas. The French multihull guru talked to us about the first test sails aboard Groupama 3, his program for 2009 as well as BOR90, the BMW Oracle monster trimaran.

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The Calero brothers dominate day one of the RC44 fleet race event

Posted on 27 February 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: RC44] Sailed in very light winds, today’s races have been difficult for the crews, who struggled to find the favoured side of the course and get some speed because of the chop. Steering respectively BMW ORACLE Racing and Team Puerto Calero Islas Canarias 1, Daniel and José Juan Calero are the heroes of the day, with a victory for each of the local brothers.

This is one of the best days of their life: José Juan and Daniel Calero have both won a race today, one day one of the fleet racing event, beating some of the best teams in the world and achieving a dream.

Highlights from the 3rd day of racing. Puerto Calero, 27 February 2009. Video copyright RC44

The conditions were particularly difficult, with a light breeze and fairly strong chop. The first regatta started just after lunch time, under a gray sky and with 5-6 knots breeze. Team Ceeref took an excellent start, and extended its lead alongside BMW ORACLE Racing throughout the race. The Slovenian team made a rare mistake during the last downwind leg, letting the American boat – helmed by Daniel Calero – cross the arrival line first.

The second race started soon after, in similar conditions. Thanks to a great start and a perfect strategy, team Puerto Calero Islas Canarias 1 took an early lead, followed by Artemis and Ceeref. José Juan Calero kept concentrated at the helm, maintaining a small lead over Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis. Race Officer Peter Reggio made a wise decision to shorten the course after the second beat, as the wind was dying completely. The local team won the race ahead of Artemis and Ceeref to the great joy of helmsman José Juan Calero and the whole team.

Start of the RC44 fleet race. Puerto Calero, 27 February 2009. Photo copyright Nico Martinez

BMW ORACLE Racing and Ceeref share the lead with 5 points, ahead of Puerto Calero Islas Canarias 1 and Artemis (6 points). Two more days of fleet racing are scheduled.

They said:

Daniel Calero, helmsman, BMW ORACLE Racing: “This experience is absolutely unique for me. For anyone who loves sailing, this team is just one of the best in the world. When Russell asked me to steer the boat, I was very nervous and felt a big pressure. To win the first race today was just extraordinary. And then my brother wins the second regatta; it’s just extraordinary.”

José Juan Calero, helmsman, Team Islas Canarias Puerto Calero 1: “I couldn’t be happier because my brother and I have both won a race today. This is my first race and I am full of emotions. This is a gift! It also shows how great our team is, and that we can do it. The race was complicated, but José Maria Ponce gave me great advice. His strategic advice was just perfect.”

Daniel Calero helms the BMW Oracle to victory in the first race. Puerto Calero, 27 February 2009. Photo copyright Nico Martinez

Sébastien Col, tactician, Ceeref: “It was difficult to get the boat going because of the chop. The key factor was to establish a good communication between the helmsman and the trimmers. We also tried to keep clear from the other boats. The crew positioning is also very important in those conditions. Altogether, we weigh 680 kilos, so it is important to be centered, and positioned quite forward. I also think that it is essential to stabilize the heel, at approximately 15-18 degrees in this wind, so that the helmsman keeps a consistent feeling at the helm.”

Islas Canarias Puerto Calero sails to victory in the second race. Puerto Calero, 27 February 2009. Photo copyright Nico Martinez

Fleet-race, provisional results after two races:
(Ranking, name of team, helmsman, results, points)

1) BMW ORACLE Racing, Daniel Calero, 1, 4 – 5 points
2) Ceeref, Igor Lah, 2,3 – 5 points
3) Puerto Calero Islas Canarias 1, José Juan Calero, 5, 1 – 6 points
4) Artemis, Torbjorn Tornqvist, 4, 2 – 6 points
5) Team Aqua, Chris Bake, 3, 6 – 9 points
6) Team Organika, Maciej Navrocki, 8, 5 – 13 points
7) Puerto Calero Islas Canarias 2, Carlo Morales, 6, 8 – 14 points
8) No Way Back, Pieter Heerema, 7, 7 – 14 points

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The Calero brothers dominate day one of the RC44 fleet race event

Posted on 27 February 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: RC44] Sailed in very light winds, today’s races have been difficult for the crews, who struggled to find the favoured side of the course and get some speed because of the chop. Steering respectively BMW ORACLE Racing and Team Puerto Calero Islas Canarias 1, Daniel and José Juan Calero are the heroes of the day, with a victory for each of the local brothers.

This is one of the best days of their life: José Juan and Daniel Calero have both won a race today, one day one of the fleet racing event, beating some of the best teams in the world and achieving a dream.

Highlights from the 3rd day of racing. Puerto Calero, 27 February 2009. Video copyright RC44

The conditions were particularly difficult, with a light breeze and fairly strong chop. The first regatta started just after lunch time, under a gray sky and with 5-6 knots breeze. Team Ceeref took an excellent start, and extended its lead alongside BMW ORACLE Racing throughout the race. The Slovenian team made a rare mistake during the last downwind leg, letting the American boat – helmed by Daniel Calero – cross the arrival line first.

The second race started soon after, in similar conditions. Thanks to a great start and a perfect strategy, team Puerto Calero Islas Canarias 1 took an early lead, followed by Artemis and Ceeref. José Juan Calero kept concentrated at the helm, maintaining a small lead over Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis. Race Officer Peter Reggio made a wise decision to shorten the course after the second beat, as the wind was dying completely. The local team won the race ahead of Artemis and Ceeref to the great joy of helmsman José Juan Calero and the whole team.

Start of the RC44 fleet race. Puerto Calero, 27 February 2009. Photo copyright Nico Martinez

BMW ORACLE Racing and Ceeref share the lead with 5 points, ahead of Puerto Calero Islas Canarias 1 and Artemis (6 points). Two more days of fleet racing are scheduled.

They said:

Daniel Calero, helmsman, BMW ORACLE Racing: “This experience is absolutely unique for me. For anyone who loves sailing, this team is just one of the best in the world. When Russell asked me to steer the boat, I was very nervous and felt a big pressure. To win the first race today was just extraordinary. And then my brother wins the second regatta; it’s just extraordinary.”

José Juan Calero, helmsman, Team Islas Canarias Puerto Calero 1: “I couldn’t be happier because my brother and I have both won a race today. This is my first race and I am full of emotions. This is a gift! It also shows how great our team is, and that we can do it. The race was complicated, but José Maria Ponce gave me great advice. His strategic advice was just perfect.”

Daniel Calero helms the BMW Oracle to victory in the first race. Puerto Calero, 27 February 2009. Photo copyright Nico Martinez

Sébastien Col, tactician, Ceeref: “It was difficult to get the boat going because of the chop. The key factor was to establish a good communication between the helmsman and the trimmers. We also tried to keep clear from the other boats. The crew positioning is also very important in those conditions. Altogether, we weigh 680 kilos, so it is important to be centered, and positioned quite forward. I also think that it is essential to stabilize the heel, at approximately 15-18 degrees in this wind, so that the helmsman keeps a consistent feeling at the helm.”

Islas Canarias Puerto Calero sails to victory in the second race. Puerto Calero, 27 February 2009. Photo copyright Nico Martinez

Fleet-race, provisional results after two races:
(Ranking, name of team, helmsman, results, points)

1) BMW ORACLE Racing, Daniel Calero, 1, 4 – 5 points
2) Ceeref, Igor Lah, 2,3 – 5 points
3) Puerto Calero Islas Canarias 1, José Juan Calero, 5, 1 – 6 points
4) Artemis, Torbjorn Tornqvist, 4, 2 – 6 points
5) Team Aqua, Chris Bake, 3, 6 – 9 points
6) Team Organika, Maciej Navrocki, 8, 5 – 13 points
7) Puerto Calero Islas Canarias 2, Carlo Morales, 6, 8 – 14 points
8) No Way Back, Pieter Heerema, 7, 7 – 14 points

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