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Mirsky Racing Team cruise into semifinals of Open de España

Posted on 30 April 2010 by Valencia Sailing

With fickle winds MRT hit the water this morning with 3 races remaining in the round robin. They dominated the prestart to win the first two races.

The third race of the day saw MRT face Frenchman Damien Iehl. MRT lost the prestart but attacked up the first windward leg to force a penalty on Iehl at the top mark. MRT remained on the Frenchman’s tail all around the course until Iehl luffed MRT around the finish mark, rather than sailing directly to the finish as required. An unorthodox call saw MRT awarded a penalty and the match was given to Iehl.

After the race with Iehl, MRT was placed 2nd in the round robin, meaning they would face Michele Perris of Monaco in the quarter final.

MRT regained their composure and went to defeat Perris 3-0 to advance to the semi final.

Tomorrow MRT will race the semi final against an opponent still to be decided.

Results:
MRT Torvar Mirsky def Michele Perris 3-0
Damien Iehl def. Ian Ainslie 3-1
PA Morvan def. Manu Weiller 3-1
Bjorn Hansen def. Peter Wibroe 3-1
9th Mads Ebler
10th Alvaro Marinho
11th William Tiller
12th Eugeny Neugodnikov

The day’s only glitch for Torvar Mirsky and his team. Damien Iehl gets them a penalty a few meters before the finish line of the last race of the round robins. Calpe, 30 April 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Mirsky Racing Team cruise into semifinals of Open de España

Posted on 30 April 2010 by Valencia Sailing

With fickle winds MRT hit the water this morning with 3 races remaining in the round robin. They dominated the prestart to win the first two races.

The third race of the day saw MRT face Frenchman Damien Iehl. MRT lost the prestart but attacked up the first windward leg to force a penalty on Iehl at the top mark. MRT remained on the Frenchman’s tail all around the course until Iehl luffed MRT around the finish mark, rather than sailing directly to the finish as required. An unorthodox call saw MRT awarded a penalty and the match was given to Iehl.

After the race with Iehl, MRT was placed 2nd in the round robin, meaning they would face Michele Perris of Monaco in the quarter final.

MRT regained their composure and went to defeat Perris 3-0 to advance to the semi final.

Tomorrow MRT will race the semi final against an opponent still to be decided.

Results:
MRT Torvar Mirsky def Michele Perris 3-0
Damien Iehl def. Ian Ainslie 3-1
PA Morvan def. Manu Weiller 3-1
Bjorn Hansen def. Peter Wibroe 3-1
9th Mads Ebler
10th Alvaro Marinho
11th William Tiller
12th Eugeny Neugodnikov

The day’s only glitch for Torvar Mirsky and his team. Damien Iehl gets them a penalty a few meters before the finish line of the last race of the round robins. Calpe, 30 April 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Unprecedented TV coverage for the 2010 AUDI Medcup

Posted on 30 April 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: AUDI Medcup] Year-on-year, season-by-season the Audi MedCup Circuit, through regular investment in cutting edge technology and innovation continues to improve access to the exciting action from each of the season’s regattas. In 2010, www.medcup.org will stream a daily 4 hours programme with live action from the battle field. The first Aui MedCup TV programme, to start on May the 12th.

The Circuit has been very successful to date in attracting a worldwide following. For the remote viewer, the investment in recent years has produced incremental improvements, first in 2006 with live mark by mark ticker text updates, then in 2008 and 2009 live, from the race course, audio commentary to support Virtual Eye real time tracking all setting new and consistently high standards.

Throughout the imminent 2010 Audi MedCup Circuit the live action images from the race tracks will be streamed direct to internet viewers, as part of 4 hours of daily programming, including dockside interviews, pre and post race analysis on www.medcup.org, through SailTV which will also stream to the most watched websites worldwide.


The live TV production is an extension of the established excellent output from Sunset+Vine|APP, who have created and distributed some of the most evocative, entertaining and informative TV packages for the Audi MedCup over the last three years.

Live action will be beamed from the stabilised camera on the TV catamaran which has unrivalled access to the fleets with continuous commentary in two languages and expert comment. There will wilso be specialised camera operators filming from on board the racing yachts in the thick of the action and from the air. The action will be mixed at the venue broadcast centre, cut with supporting Virtual Eye 3-D animation and tracking, including a replay facility and broadcast live.

To ensure a high level of interest is maintained, there will be regular short interviews and information, with highlights packages utilised when there are natural breaks in the racing.

“We are looking to really be able to drill into what is going on on the race course and highlight and explain in simple terms what is happening and why, what is interesting about each race.” Explains Andrew Preece, Sunset+Vine|APP Audi MedCup executive television producer, “It will be essentially a sporting programme, but we aim to unravel the action, so that the action become more easily understood and accessible to a new sailing audience.”

“We are excited about the Audi MedCup TV package. There is certainly already an established audience, but a lot of how the audience develops and grows will be about people getting used to and trusting the technology. And of course as more sailing becomes available on the internet, so the audience is growing all.” Says SailTV’s CEO Mark David, who says he is confident the audience for the Circuit will develop over time to ‘six figures’.

All this programming will be streamed live both on www.medcup.org and on the Public Village giant screen, for the visitors to follow the action as it happens.

The Portugal Trophy, Cascais (May, 11-16) will be the first event running this new, ambitious and exciting feature. The first Audi MedCup TV programme will start at 1250 CET on May the 12th.

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Video: Ken Read, Puma skipper, talks to Valencia Sailing

Posted on 30 April 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Ken Read, PUMA skipper, talks about the newly-announced crew and designer of Puma Ocean Racing, moments before boarding “Il Mostro” on the way to Newport, RI. Alicante, 29 April 2010. Video copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Unprecedented TV coverage for the 2010 AUDI Medcup

Posted on 30 April 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: AUDI Medcup] Year-on-year, season-by-season the Audi MedCup Circuit, through regular investment in cutting edge technology and innovation continues to improve access to the exciting action from each of the season’s regattas. In 2010, www.medcup.org will stream a daily 4 hours programme with live action from the battle field. The first Aui MedCup TV programme, to start on May the 12th.

The Circuit has been very successful to date in attracting a worldwide following. For the remote viewer, the investment in recent years has produced incremental improvements, first in 2006 with live mark by mark ticker text updates, then in 2008 and 2009 live, from the race course, audio commentary to support Virtual Eye real time tracking all setting new and consistently high standards.

Throughout the imminent 2010 Audi MedCup Circuit the live action images from the race tracks will be streamed direct to internet viewers, as part of 4 hours of daily programming, including dockside interviews, pre and post race analysis on www.medcup.org, through SailTV which will also stream to the most watched websites worldwide.


The live TV production is an extension of the established excellent output from Sunset+Vine|APP, who have created and distributed some of the most evocative, entertaining and informative TV packages for the Audi MedCup over the last three years.

Live action will be beamed from the stabilised camera on the TV catamaran which has unrivalled access to the fleets with continuous commentary in two languages and expert comment. There will wilso be specialised camera operators filming from on board the racing yachts in the thick of the action and from the air. The action will be mixed at the venue broadcast centre, cut with supporting Virtual Eye 3-D animation and tracking, including a replay facility and broadcast live.

To ensure a high level of interest is maintained, there will be regular short interviews and information, with highlights packages utilised when there are natural breaks in the racing.

“We are looking to really be able to drill into what is going on on the race course and highlight and explain in simple terms what is happening and why, what is interesting about each race.” Explains Andrew Preece, Sunset+Vine|APP Audi MedCup executive television producer, “It will be essentially a sporting programme, but we aim to unravel the action, so that the action become more easily understood and accessible to a new sailing audience.”

“We are excited about the Audi MedCup TV package. There is certainly already an established audience, but a lot of how the audience develops and grows will be about people getting used to and trusting the technology. And of course as more sailing becomes available on the internet, so the audience is growing all.” Says SailTV’s CEO Mark David, who says he is confident the audience for the Circuit will develop over time to ‘six figures’.

All this programming will be streamed live both on www.medcup.org and on the Public Village giant screen, for the visitors to follow the action as it happens.

The Portugal Trophy, Cascais (May, 11-16) will be the first event running this new, ambitious and exciting feature. The first Audi MedCup TV programme will start at 1250 CET on May the 12th.

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Puma Ocean Racing announces crew

Posted on 29 April 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Puma Ocean Racing] Today Ken Read, skipper of PUMA Ocean Racing, announced his core crew and management team for the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012. The team departs Alicante, Spain today to bring il mostro, PUMA Ocean Racing’s boat that secured a 2nd place finish in the last Volvo Ocean Race, back to Newport, Rhode Island where the team will immediately start training for the next race. il mostro will serve as the team’s training boat until a new boat, which will compete in the 2011-12 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, is completed.

PUMA has named Juan Yacht Design, of Valencia, Spain as the lead boat designer of the new PUMA Ocean Racing yacht. Juan Kouyoumdjian’s designs have a perfect record in the VOR since the inception of the Volvo Open 70 Rule. They are credited with designing the 2006 VOR winner, ABN AMRO 1 and the 2009 VOR winner, Ericsson 4.

“The decision to go with Juan to design PUMA’s new boat was a major step forward for the program, and set in motion a number of key hires that have formed the nucleus of the team,” said Skipper Ken Read.

Two new key members of the team include multiple Volvo Ocean Race winners, Brad Jackson and Tony Mutter. Each sailor was integral to the winning teams in both the 2006 and 2009 races. Jackson is a three-time winner of the VOR and will serve as design coordinator for PUMA Ocean Racing, mixing the sailing team’s input with Juan Kouyoumdjian’s creative and technical expertise. Mutter is a two-time VOR winner and will run the aero program, working closely with Steve Calder of North Sails and mast designer, Scott Ferguson. While sailing, Tony and Brad will also serve as watch captains. Returning from PUMA’s 2009 campaign is bowman and systems manager Casey Smith. “When the boat breaks offshore Casey has to fix it, so having him be part of design process with the build team early on will save us a lot with durability down the road,” explained Read. Rob Greenhalgh also rejoins the PUMA crew after being a late but welcomed addition in the last race. Returning shore-team members include: Kimo Worthington, General Manager, and Tim Hacket, who will serve as the Shore Team Manager.

New sailing team members include navigator Tom Addis (Telefonica Blue co-navigator), Jono Swain (Telefonica Blue watch captain) and Andrew Lewis (Rambler trimmer and ABN AMRO 2 tactician). “The decisions we make now are the ones that will create success in this race, and having this team of veterans involved early certainly increases our chances to make proper decisions,” said Read of the team assembled so far. “Not only do we have a team that can sail a boat fast, but we have a team that understands what it takes to compete in a race like the Volvo. Great attitudes, great skills, which hopefully increases our chances for success.”

Cumulatively, the management and sailing team for PUMA Ocean Racing shares a level of success difficult to match with 20 Volvo Ocean Race entries and 14 America’s Cup editions. Collectively, the core team holds eight 24-hour mono hull speed records.The Volvo Ocean Race begins October 2011 in Alicante, Spain and ends in Galway, Ireland in June 2012. The eight stopovers in between include: Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya (China), Auckland, Itajaí (Brazil), Miami, Lisbon and Lorient (France). PUMA continues to produce and expand their line of sailing performance gear and remains the first Sportlifestyle company to participate in a venture of this kind. PUMA will also be the official supplier of all Volvo Ocean Race merchandise.

Puma’s “Il Mostro” starts her journey to Newport, RI. Alicante, 29 April 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Puma Ocean Racing Sailing Team:

Ken Read, 48 (Rhode Island, United States)
Skipper
Considered to be one of the world’s most accomplished racers, Read was in charge of PUMA Ocean Racing and at the helm of PUMA’s il mostro throughout the entire Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009. The U.S.-born Read has twice helmed America’s Cup programs in 2000 and 2003 and was named “United States Rolex Yachtsman of the Year” twice and has 46 World, North American and National Championships to his credit.

Tom Addis, 40 (Sydney, Australia)
Navigator
Addis, a trained meteorologist, joins PUMA as a navigator after sailing with Telefonica Blue during the Volvo, taking two leg wins. Tom has sailed thousands of offshore miles onboard Maxi Alfa Romero, winning both Sydney-Hobart and Transpac races. Addis also sailed with America’s Cup Team New Zealand in 2007.

Rob Greenhalgh, 32 (Hamble, United Kingdom)
Helmsman & Trimmer
2009 18’ Skiff World Champion, Greenhalgh is back with PUMA after joining the crew during the 08/09 race. Greenhalgh was a vital part of PUMA’s last campaign and served as tactician for Ken Read during in port racing and watch captain offshore. Rob has sailed two previous Volvo Ocean Races and was part of the crew, along with Tony Mutter and Brad Jackson, who won the race with ABN AMRO 1 during the 05/06 edition of the race.

Brad Jackson: 42 (Auckland, New Zealand)
Design Coordinator & Watch Captain
Named New Zealand Sailor of the Year in 2009, Jackson has sailed the Volvo Ocean Race five times, numerous Sydney-Hobarts, Fastnets and Trans-Atlantics. Jackson was a member of the Ericsson 4 boat that won the VOR 2008-2009 and has been part of three 24-hour monohull speed records. In addition to his role as watch captain, Jackson will serve as design coordinator for the PUMA program, mixing the sailors’ input with Juan K’s creative and technical expertise.

Andrew “Junior” Lewis: 27 (Honolulu, United States)
Trimmer & Driver
Lewis will be one of the three under-30 sailors onboard PUMA’s new boat. Lewis has logged thousands of offshore miles, sailing onboard ABN AMRO 2 during the VOR 05/06 race and on Rambler during the record breaking Transatlantic Race and Middle Sea races. Lewis also has a long list of honors for inshore racing ranging from the Laser Class and America’s Cup. He was part of the monohull record-breaking crew of ABN AMRO 2 during the 05/06 race.

Tony Mutter, 41 (Auckland, New Zealand)
Aerodynamics Coordinator & Watch Captain
Mutter joins PUMA after sailing onboard Volvo Ocean Race 08/09 winner Ericsson 4. Mutter has sailed five Volvos, five Fastnet Races and five Maxi Worlds. He has been part of three Volvo crews where the 24-hour monohull record has been broken. As aerodynamics coordinator, he will work closely with North Sails to design the next generation of VO70 sails. Tony will sail onboard for PUMA as watch captain.

Casey Smith, 31 (Brisbane, Australia)
Systems Manager & Bowman
Smith joined the crew of PUMA’s il mostro for the Volvo Ocean Race 08/09 as one of the under 30’s. Smith was instrumental in repairing structural damages to il mostro during the last race. And was honored for the sportsmanship award for his efforts in replacing il mostro’s rudder during the Leg 7 Trans-Atlantic crossing. Smith has sailed the 08/09 Volvo Ocean Race and numerous Sydney-Hobart races and Trans-Atlantic crossings.

Jonathan “Jono” Swain, 43 (Durban, South Africa)
Helmsman & Trimmer
Jono Swain comes to PUMA with experience in four Volvo Ocean Races, most recently as watch captain onboard Telefonica Blue. Swain is considered an “all around sailor,” mixing offshore experience with an impressive inshore resume which includes and America’s Cup campaign, Louis Vuitton Series and trimming on Mean Machine.

PUMA Ocean Racing Shore Team Management:

Kimo Worthington, 50 (California, United States)
General Manager
Kimo Worthington has a rare combination of management expertise onshore and leadership on the water. His professional sailing career includes competing in six America’s Cups, including a win with America3 in 1992, and numerous offshore miles. In the 1997-98 Whitbread Round the World Race, Worthington was watch captain and sailing team manager for the winning EF Language team. In the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006 edition he served as General Manager for second place Pirates of the Caribbean and in the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009 he was general manager for PUMA Ocean Racing.

Tim Hacket, 38 (Sydney, Australia)
Shore Team Manager
Tim Hacket has been building racing yachts for over 20 years. A native Australian, Tim is now based in Newport, Rhode Island. Tim’s experience includes four America’s Cup boat builds and two Volvo Ocean Race shore teams, mostly recently as part of PUMA’s Volvo 2008/09 campaign.

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Torvar Mirsky sweeps Open de España Match Race

Posted on 29 April 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Mirsky Racing Team] MRT remain unbeaten on the second day of the Open de España Match Race, with a scorecard reading 8-0.

Racing got underway in a stable 10knot breeze. MRT got off to a rough start against Peter Wibroe of Denmark. MRT received a red flag penalty off the starting line, handing the lead to the Danes.

The team attacked hard around the course to close in on Wibroes lead, the final top mark saw MRT edge out Wibroe and narrowly pass and go on to take victory.

The remaining 5 races of the day saw MRT find their rhythm to go on and defeat their opponents comfortably.

“We had a momentum on our side today which was helpful, all of the races were close but we stuck to our game plan and managed to come out on top today” commented Torvar Mirsky.

Results after day 2
MRT – Torvar Mirsky AUS 8-0
French Match Racing Team – Damien Iehl FRA 8-0
Team Proximo – Ian Ainslie RSA 3-6
Team Onboard – Bjorn Hansen SWE 6-2
Team Synergy – E. Neugodnikov RUS 1-8
Seth Sailing Team – Alvaro Marinho POR 2-8
Wibroe Sailing Team – Peter Wibroe DEN 6-3
Dangerous But Fun – Michele Perris MON 4-5
Full Metal Jacket Racing – William Tiller NZL 2-8
Team Iberola – Manu Weiller ESP 4.5-5
Mads Ebler DEN 2-8
PA Morvan FRA 9-2

Mirsky Racing Team are unstoppable. Calpe, 29 April 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Update from Alicante and Calpe

Posted on 29 April 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Greetings from Calpe where Torvar Mirsky and Damien Iehl have been knocking their opponents down like flies in the 1st two days of Open de España Match Race, the sole World Match Racing tour qualifier event in Spain.

The young Australian and the less young French match racers are sharing the top spot of the round robins with a perfect 8-0 score so far. Friday promises to be interesting as the match between them will take place in the last flight, probably deciding who’s going to move to the quarter finals at the top. Unfortunately, I arrived late, and as a result, our report today will just be what Mirsky and his team are sending.

Nevertheless, it has been a very fruitful morning in Alicante with two quite interesting interviews. We first talked to Ken Read, Puma skipper, moments before he boarded “Il Mostro” for their trip back to Newport. Unfortunately, my video is embargoed as Ken talked about what will be officially announced from the team very soon, probably on Friday…. At least, there are a couple of shots.

The second interview was with Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, and touched all aspects of the world’s premier offshore race. It will be published on Sunday, after the end of Open de España.

Puma’s “Il Mostro” is ready for a 12-day trip back to Newport, Rhode Island. Alicante, 29 April 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Puma’s “Il Mostro” is ready for a 12-day trip back to Newport, Rhode Island. Alicante, 29 April 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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