Archive | November, 2009

Alinghi announces WISeKey as team sponsor for the 33rd America’s Cup

Posted on 30 November 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Alinghi] Alinghi, Defender of the 33rd America’s Cup, is proud to announce Swiss digital security company WISeKey as a team sponsor for its defence of sport’s oldest trophy in 2010. This is the second of the team’s main partners to be signed since the launch of Alinghi 5 in July 2009.

WISeKey supported the Swiss Defender during its successful 32nd campaign and is renewing this winning partnership for the coming months. They will contribute to safeguarding vital competitive data that is key to a successful defence.

“We are delighted to welcome WISeKey as a sponsor of Alinghi for the 33rd America’s Cup. As a team we need to share and access confidential information, such as design data, so security is paramount in our campaign to try and win the America’s Cup again. Our partnership with WISeKey will ensure that we have the optimum protection,” said Ernesto Bertarelli, Alinghi team president.

Carlos Moreira, Founder and Chairman of WISeKey, added his reaction to today’s announcement: “We are proud to be named the sole provider of Alinghi’s electronic security solutions. WISeKey and Alinghi share many values. We both deeply believe in integrity, in excellence and above all in first rate technology. We also have a knack for building winning organisations in Switzerland.”

During this 33rd America’s Cup, WISeKey will be releasing a new generation of e-Security products such as the eKey+ adapted to the organisation and security of high level events.

Alinghi is currently training and testing its giant catamaran out of the team base in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.

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Video: Brad Butterworh comments on latest modifications on Alinghi 5

Posted on 30 November 2009 by Valencia Sailing

Brad Butterworh comments on latest modifications on Alinghi 5. Ras Al-Khaimah, 30 November 2009. Video copyright Alinghi

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Alinghi announces WISeKey as team sponsor for the 33rd America’s Cup

Posted on 30 November 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Alinghi] Alinghi, Defender of the 33rd America’s Cup, is proud to announce Swiss digital security company WISeKey as a team sponsor for its defence of sport’s oldest trophy in 2010. This is the second of the team’s main partners to be signed since the launch of Alinghi 5 in July 2009.

WISeKey supported the Swiss Defender during its successful 32nd campaign and is renewing this winning partnership for the coming months. They will contribute to safeguarding vital competitive data that is key to a successful defence.

“We are delighted to welcome WISeKey as a sponsor of Alinghi for the 33rd America’s Cup. As a team we need to share and access confidential information, such as design data, so security is paramount in our campaign to try and win the America’s Cup again. Our partnership with WISeKey will ensure that we have the optimum protection,” said Ernesto Bertarelli, Alinghi team president.

Carlos Moreira, Founder and Chairman of WISeKey, added his reaction to today’s announcement: “We are proud to be named the sole provider of Alinghi’s electronic security solutions. WISeKey and Alinghi share many values. We both deeply believe in integrity, in excellence and above all in first rate technology. We also have a knack for building winning organisations in Switzerland.”

During this 33rd America’s Cup, WISeKey will be releasing a new generation of e-Security products such as the eKey+ adapted to the organisation and security of high level events.

Alinghi is currently training and testing its giant catamaran out of the team base in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.

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Valencia Sailing goes to Kuala Terengganu for the Monsoon Cup

Posted on 29 November 2009 by Valencia Sailing

Starting Tuesday, Valencia Sailing will be in Kuala Terengganu in order to report live from the closing event of this year’s World Match Racing Tour. Twelve crews will compete in Malaysia, vying for the World Match Racing Champion title, and this year’s edition will surely be as exciting as possible, especially with Adam Minoprio and Torvar Mirsky separated by just 12 points.

Since Kuala Terengganu is quite a long way from Valencia, I will be flying for most of Monday and there might be some updates from the airport lounges. Just like we did with the Louis Vuitton Trophy a couple of weeks ago, we will have a dedicated player at the top of the website, streaming live the races. Stay tuned.

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Alinghi 5 back on the water with bigger bowsprit

Posted on 29 November 2009 by Valencia Sailing

According to a very brief statement on Alinghi’s website, Alinghi 5, the Defending catamaran for the 33rd America’s Cup, resumed her sailing activity on Sunday off the coast of Ras Al-Khaimah. Alinghi 5 spent a week in the shed and came out with some not-so-evident modifications and an evidently longer bowsprit.

Unfortunately, the one and only significant picture we could find doesn’t reveal anything extraordinary.

Alinghi 5 resumes sailing with a longer bowsprit. Ras al-Khaimah, 29 November 2009. Photo copyright Jose Delgado / Alinghi

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Mirsky Racing Team Wins 2009 Sunseeker Australia Cup

Posted on 29 November 2009 by Valencia Sailing

Great Britain’s most celebrated sailor Ben Ainslie faced Australian favourite and Perth local, Torvar Mirsky in the finals showdown at the 2009 Sunseeker Australia Cup.

Pride was on the line to return the Cup to Australian waters, after it was won by Peter Gilmore (an Australian skipper) for team USA when the Australia Cup was last contested in 2001.

Ainslie was part of Gilmore’s winning crew in 2001 and had every confidence of repeating the win – this time as the skipper. “I was looking forward to defending my title but failed and am extremely disappointed,” Ainslie said.

Torvar Mirsky sails to victory against Ben ainslie in the 2009 Sunseeker Australia Cup. Perth, 29 November 2009. Photo copyright Sail World Australia

The final was the best of three races with Mirsky overpowering the Great Britain team from the beginning winning the first two matches.

Mirsky led the first match and had good control throughout, playing the wind shifts like a true master and created a comfortable initial win.

In the second match, Ainslie won the start and controlled the race leading by 5 sec at the first mark. Mirsky won a penalty against Ainslie in a luffing dual at the bottom mark creating an opening for the Mirsky Racing Team.

Although Ainslie led around the bottom mark, Mirsky made some nice shifts to get his bow ahead to win by a boat length at the finishing line with the Ainslie yet to complete the penalty.

Mirsky said his team has taken the competition one step at a time. “For us it was not so much about winning but about perfecting our craft. We’re just lucky enough that those steps have taken us to the top,” he said.

“Holding the Australia Cup itself is a huge step forward for our team. There is a lot of personal pride invested in lifting the profile of the sport in our home town,” Mirsky said.

“We are extremely proud to win the Aust Cup because it means we are in top form racing against some of the best teams in the world. This gives us a lot of confidence heading into the Monsoon Cup World Tour Championships next week. I think Perth is a great contender for the official world tour, we have some of the best sailing conditions in the world. It’s about time an Australian city played host to the World Match Racing competition,” he said.

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Mirsky and Ainslie into the 2009 Sunseeker Australia Cup Finals

Posted on 29 November 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Sunseeker Australia Cup] Just a few days before the start of the Monsoon Cup in Terengganu, Malaysia, the final round of the World Match Racing titles, where seven of the Monsoon Cup field are racing, Torvar Mirsky and Ben Ainslie are heading towards a show down in Perth in the finals of the 2009 Sunseeker Australia Cup.

Yesterday Perth local Keith Swinton knocked Ian Williams, the winner of the last two World Match Racing Championships, out of this event in the quarter finals. While some expressed surprise, it was not a new situation for Swinton, he beat Williams during the round robin stage of the 2008 Monsoon Cup.

At the same time World Match Racing number two, Perth sailor Torvar Mirsky accounted for Francesco Bruni, who just a week ago won the Louis Vuitton Trophy in Nice, France.

Young gun Torvar Mirsky beats fellow countryman Keith Swinton and advances to the finals. Perth, 29 November 2009. Photo copyright Sail World Australia

In the first match of the Australia Cup semi-finals, Torvar Mirsky on the left was faster than Keith Swinton, who crossed behind his rival on the CBD shoreline edge and headed left. But the right paid, there was a big gain for Mirsky on that side of the course and he had a 25 seconds lead at the top mark. Torvar went on to win.

But Swinton was still fighting, while the Race 2 start was won by Mirsky who lead to the top mark, down the first run on port gybe Swinton managed to get clear ahead.

Luffing hard, Swinton forced Mirsky away from the mark, then headed back to the mark and rounded two lengths ahead. Up at the top mark still the same gap and Swinton held on to win.

Race three was all Mirsky, he lead from the start and was untroubled. Now it was 2-1.

With match point against him, Swinton took another aggression pill and hounded Mirsky around the start box. Swinton was in a commanding position from the start line in Race 4, but at the top mark there was a penalty against Swinton and Mirsky sailed through him and sailed to victory.

Torvar Mirsky commented after racing ‘This is the first time in eight years this event has been sailed, it’s an honor to represent Australia in the final.’

Ben Ainslie and Team Origin beat Adam Minorio and BlackMatch Racing in the semifinals. Perth, 29 November 2009. Photo copyright Sail World Australia

Now to the other pairing; off the start line Adam Minoprio was at least two lengths ahead of Ben Ainslie but as the two boats came back from the right hand shore, Ainslie gained the upper hand.

At the bottom mark Ainslie was 10 seconds ahead and committed to the right, extended to 60 seconds at the top mark and sailed to a emphatic win.

Disaster for Ainslie in his second match with Minoprio, an unforced error as Ainslie was about two seconds early on the start. He had to swing back and restart but meanwhile Minoprio was six lengths up the course.

At the end of the first lap, Minoprio still had the same six lengths lead and went on to win. Now it was 1-1.

In Match 3 Ben Ainslie was penalized in the dial up. Minoprio headed hard left, looking up the course there was a left shift coming. Minoprio did well up the first beat and down the run.

On the second beat it appeared the right was favoured and Ainslie was gaining but Minoprio powered away down the left hand side of the course with more pressure to lead 2-1.

The winds were lifting towards 18 knots and the sails were switched from genoas to jibs.

Racing has been suspended as the fleet relocates to Perth Water course above the Narrows Bridge.

Race 4 was all Ainslie, he won the start and cleared away from Minoprio. Now the score was 2-2

So it was a winner takes all fifth match.

An even start but in a luffing duel Minoprio was penalised for failing to give room to tack, although he had luffing rights. Ainsie was ahead, then in the soft conditions at the top mark there was a dial down and Minoprio incurred another penalty. It was all over

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BMW Oracle starts packing up in order to head to Valencia

Posted on 28 November 2009 by Valencia Sailing

The countdown to the 33rd America’s Cup has started, at least as far as BMW Oracle is concerned. The Challenger of Record started this Saturday morning their disassembly operations by taking the big wing off the BOR 90 yacht.

Tom Ehman, the team’s head of External Affairs and spokesman of the challenging yacht club, Golden Gate Yacht Club, was there, shooting the complex operation that required two cranes. According to Ehman, after the shore crew finishes packing up the yacht, they will ship her to Valencia, even if we still await the decision of the Appellate Division on whether Ras Al-Khaimah is a legitimate venue for a race in February.

BMW Oracle’s shore crew takes the wing off BOR90. San Diego, 28 November 2009. Video copyright Tom Ehman

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