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BMW Oracle celebrates 33rd America’s Cup win at the White House

Posted on 30 June 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: BMW Oracle] The BMW ORACLE Racing team celebrated their historic America’s Cup win at the White House with President Barack Obama on Tuesday. Led by team owner Larry Ellison (USA) and representing San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club, BMW ORACLE Racing won the America’s Cup in February – the first time an American team has won the Cup in 18 years.

“We are enormously proud to bring the America’s Cup back to the United States after a very long absence,” Ellison said. “This team represents what can be achieved when talented people pursue their dreams with a single-minded sense of purpose. The America’s Cup is the pinnacle of every sailor’s ambition; now that we’ve won, we will focus equally hard on successfully defending the oldest trophy in international sport.”

The America’s Cup represents one of the most demanding sporting and technological achievements in the world. The oldest trophy in international sport, it has been contested 33 times, and held by just six yacht clubs over its 159-year history.

President Barack Obama greets members of the America’s Cup Team in the East Room of the White House, June 29, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

Ellison’s BMW ORACLE Racing team is an international line-up of the best sailing, design, engineering and boatbuilding talent in the world. With 150 people from 17 nations, the team built an innovative 90-foot trimaran, powered by a towering wing sail – the largest wing of any type ever constructed – to prevail 2-0 over the Swiss defender, Alinghi in a match off Valencia, Spain in February.

The trimaran, USA 17, was a reflection of the American tradition of innovation and cutting-edge technology. USA 17 is the fastest and most technologically advanced Cup boat in history and, like several of Ellison’s previous America’s Cup boats, USA 17 was built in Anacortes, WA. The sailing team then spent over one year testing and refining the design at its training base in San Diego, CA.

The America’s Cup has been to the White House on one other occasion – President Reagan welcomed the iconic Cup skipper Dennis Conner to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue after his American team won the trophy back from Australia in 1987.

The visit to the White House marked the beginning of an East Coast tour for the BMW ORACLE Racing team and the America’s Cup.

On Wednesday, the team made an appearance on ‘The Early Show’ on CBS in New York City, before skipper Jimmy Spithill rang the opening bell of the NASDAQ exchange.

The tour continues on Thursday in Newport, Rhode Island, where the Cup will be on public display and the team will be featured at a Sail Newport luncheon and a special presentation for junior sailors at Fort Adams.

Engraving the Golden Gate Yacht Club on the America’s Cup. Video copyright BMW Oracle

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BMW Oracle celebrates 33rd America’s Cup win at the White House

Posted on 30 June 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: BMW Oracle] The BMW ORACLE Racing team celebrated their historic America’s Cup win at the White House with President Barack Obama on Tuesday. Led by team owner Larry Ellison (USA) and representing San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club, BMW ORACLE Racing won the America’s Cup in February – the first time an American team has won the Cup in 18 years.

“We are enormously proud to bring the America’s Cup back to the United States after a very long absence,” Ellison said. “This team represents what can be achieved when talented people pursue their dreams with a single-minded sense of purpose. The America’s Cup is the pinnacle of every sailor’s ambition; now that we’ve won, we will focus equally hard on successfully defending the oldest trophy in international sport.”

The America’s Cup represents one of the most demanding sporting and technological achievements in the world. The oldest trophy in international sport, it has been contested 33 times, and held by just six yacht clubs over its 159-year history.

President Barack Obama greets members of the America’s Cup Team in the East Room of the White House, June 29, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

Ellison’s BMW ORACLE Racing team is an international line-up of the best sailing, design, engineering and boatbuilding talent in the world. With 150 people from 17 nations, the team built an innovative 90-foot trimaran, powered by a towering wing sail – the largest wing of any type ever constructed – to prevail 2-0 over the Swiss defender, Alinghi in a match off Valencia, Spain in February.

The trimaran, USA 17, was a reflection of the American tradition of innovation and cutting-edge technology. USA 17 is the fastest and most technologically advanced Cup boat in history and, like several of Ellison’s previous America’s Cup boats, USA 17 was built in Anacortes, WA. The sailing team then spent over one year testing and refining the design at its training base in San Diego, CA.

The America’s Cup has been to the White House on one other occasion – President Reagan welcomed the iconic Cup skipper Dennis Conner to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue after his American team won the trophy back from Australia in 1987.

The visit to the White House marked the beginning of an East Coast tour for the BMW ORACLE Racing team and the America’s Cup.

On Wednesday, the team made an appearance on ‘The Early Show’ on CBS in New York City, before skipper Jimmy Spithill rang the opening bell of the NASDAQ exchange.

The tour continues on Thursday in Newport, Rhode Island, where the Cup will be on public display and the team will be featured at a Sail Newport luncheon and a special presentation for junior sailors at Fort Adams.

Engraving the Golden Gate Yacht Club on the America’s Cup. Video copyright BMW Oracle

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Portimao Match Cup: Portugal’s top sailing event

Posted on 29 June 2010 by Valencia Sailing

The Portimao Portugal Match Cup, stage 4 of the 2010 World Match Racing Tour, came to a successful end on Sunday when “old master” Peter Gilmour beat his “young apprentice” Torvar Mirsky in an all-Perth final. Valencia Sailing spoke with Justino de Sá Machado, promoter of what is one of the longest-standing events of the Tour, not only about Portugal’s premiere sailing event but also about his plan of developing match racing and sailing in Portimao.

Valencia Sailing: Let’s start briefly with the history of the event and how it evolved into Portugal’s premiere sailing event.
Justino de Sá Machado: The Portugal Match Cup started back in 2004, when the circuit was called Swedish Match Tour, with the financial backing of major Portuguese groups as well as Portugal Tourism, and until 2006 the event was held in Cascais.

In 2007 it moved to Troia, where one of Portugal’s biggest groups, Promodes, had developed a new tourist complex with a number of hotels and apartment buildings. They found in Portugal Match Cup and the World Match Racing Tour the ideal tool for the worldwide promotion of their development. Again together with the state tourist agency they wanted to promote Troia through the event in the world tourist market. Portugal Match Cup was held in Troia until last year and this year we moved for the first time to Portimao when the new marina, the city and the region of Algarve invited us to establish ourselves there.

Valencia Sailing: Apparently, the cities, regions and the state in Portugal use the sport of sailing for their tourist promotion.
Justino de Sá Machado: Indeed, this has been the case. As I said, their aim is to advertize the name of Portimao and Portugal as major tourist destinations and the WMRT is a very good vehicle. However, it’s not only the cities that used the event from their promotion. Portugal’s biggest energy group, EDP, and one of the largest in Europe, joined us this year as a sponsor with the intention to develop a marketing campaign through the Tour. They are active in Portugal, Spain, France, Brazil and the international nature of the Tour is a major appeal to them. This year their sponsorship was relatively small but the intention is to invest more in the future, not only in the event but in the development of the sport of sailing as a whole.

It is important to point out the event has the personal support of the president of the Portuguese republic, Cavaco Silva.

In the Portimao Portugal Match Cup racing takes place very close to the beach

Valencia Sailing: How difficult is it to find sponsorship for a sailing event in a small country like Portugal?
Justino de Sá Machado: For me it’s considerably easy to find suppliers, there is little problem in that. Just go to our website and you’ll see we have plenty of them. Finding cash sponsors is much more difficult, not only due to the crisis but also the fact Portugal is a small country and sailing is not very popular.

However, we are confident that match racing is better suited. Portimao used to hold another international regatta with bigger boats but racing was always taking place far away and it was impossible for spectators to watch from the shore. As you saw, this year, racing took place very close to the beach. More importantly, during this year’s event we launched the “Portimao Sun Sailing Academy”. We have 6 SM40 yachts and our aim is to provide the facilities and infrastructure for any high-level teams that want to train. In fact some of the teams that took part in the event came a few days earlier and trained, generating additional income for us.

Portimao offers very good conditions, throughout the year, with a bay situated off the river mouth. There is always good wind but hardly any waves. So, I think this can be excellent for crews from northern Europe that could train during the fall or winter. Unlike Troia, there is hardly any current either. Last but not least, Portimao is also considerably cheaper than many other venues, so financially as well it’s an interesting proposal.

Don’t forget that sailing in general is not a popular sport in this country. It’s difficult for young sailors to find sponsors and advance in the European and international circuits. Our best match racer is Alvaro Marinho and he’s one of the very few to have a corporate sponsor behind him. I also supported him by inviting him to this event and the previous events we had in Brazil, helping him as much as I could to retain his worldwide ranking. He’s the only truly professional Portuguese sailor right now. Portugal is a small country and there is no comparison at all to our European neighbors, such as Spain, or even Italy and France that are international “powers” in sailing.

Valencia Sailing: Being a WMRT event promoter for so many years what is your opinion on the new organization?
Justino de Sá Machado: I would say they are incredible and the change I saw from last year is amazing. For example, up to last year we used to have 7 people from the Tour coming to support our event, 5 for TV, one doing PR and the Tour director. This year we have more than twenty, ten of them just for TV production. The investment the new Malaysian owners are making is very big.

Valencia Sailing: How was the acceptance of the event by the public? Where there spectators?
Justino de Sá Machado: Portimao has, inherently, an advantage. There are more foreign tourists than locals during this period of the year. The Portuguese usually come here in August so in June there’s a majority of foreigners that, in general, are more interested in sailing and more knowledgeable. As a result, we had good numbers of British, French or even Spanish tourists that were watching the races or coming to the marina.

As a said earlier, with the match races held so close to the beach it’s always easier to have general interest. We had quite a number of people watching from the breakwater and the lighthouse and I can assure you it’s impossible to get any closer than that to the yachts. Even people that don’t understand much about sailing can follow the races, at least they can always tell who’s ahead and for that reason I think match race has more future.

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Eleven teams to battle in the RC 44 Valencia Cup

Posted on 29 June 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: RC44 Class Association] The outcome of RC 44 Championship Tour 2010 is more uncertain than ever, with five teams separated by six points after three events. Will the RC 44 Valencia Cup reshuffle the cards? The answer in a month.

The second half of the RC 44 Championship Tour 2010 will start in Valencia, Spain, on July 27. No less than eleven teams, including Vincenzo Onorato’s Mascalzone Latino and all the teams involved since the beginning of the season, will participate in the event.

The RC 44 Valencia Cup will be the fourth event of the Championship Tour 2010. It will most probably coincide with the return of summer sailing conditions following an interesting first three events this season. Indeed, the Tour started in February in Dubai in superb yet challenging conditions, with a lot of sand and dust in the air carried by a nearby storm; it carried on under the snow-capped mountains that surround the stunning Austrian Lake Traunsee, before last month’s strong breeze in Copenhagen.

The summer weather in Valencia should bring back the sun and the warmth, alongside the nice and stable sea breeze that traditionally blows in the Mediterranean during the summer. The regatta will begin on Tuesday July 27 with a match race event held over two days. The team owners will then take the helm on Thursday 29th for a fleet race practice day followed by three days of fleet regattas.

Valencia, the iconic sailing venue, home of the America’s Cup 2007 and 2010, is a great site for sailing in general and the Championship Tour in particular. The races will take place in front of Malvarrosa beach (weather permitting) whilst one of them, on Saturday, will finish inside the Dársena, next to the famous Veles e Vents building.

General Director of Consorcio Valencia 2007, Jorge Gisbert explains that “It is the first time ever that the Valencian waters will welcome the RC44 teams. We look forward to welcoming them for what we hope will become the first of many editions here, and to organise an event as successful as other events organised at the Marina Real Juan Carlos I, such as the America’s Cup or Formula 1. The Consorcio Valencia 2007 team is working hard to ensure all the elements of the event are set in place. We are grateful for the support of the Real Club Náutico de Valencia and the Spanish and the Valencian Sailing Federations.”

The RC 44 Championship Tour is one of the world’s top sailing events. With six regattas spread in the Middle-East, Europe and the United States, it involves up to twelve international teams that include last year’s winner Team No Way Back (Pieter Heerema / Ray Davies), Artemis (Torbjorn Tornqvist / Terry Hutchinson), CEEREF (Igor Lah / Rod Davis), BMW ORACLE Racing (Larry Ellison / Russell Coutts), Team Aqua (Chris Bake / Cameron Appleton), Team Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (José Juan and Daniel Calero / José Maria Ponce), Katusha (Guennadi Timtchenko / Paul Cayard), Team Sea Dubai (Harm Müller Spreer / Markus Wieser), RC 44 Challenge (James Spithill), Team Austria (René Mangold / Christian Binder) and Mascalzone Latino (Vincenzo Onorato).

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Eleven teams to battle in the RC 44 Valencia Cup

Posted on 29 June 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: RC44 Class Association] The outcome of RC 44 Championship Tour 2010 is more uncertain than ever, with five teams separated by six points after three events. Will the RC 44 Valencia Cup reshuffle the cards? The answer in a month.

The second half of the RC 44 Championship Tour 2010 will start in Valencia, Spain, on July 27. No less than eleven teams, including Vincenzo Onorato’s Mascalzone Latino and all the teams involved since the beginning of the season, will participate in the event.

The RC 44 Valencia Cup will be the fourth event of the Championship Tour 2010. It will most probably coincide with the return of summer sailing conditions following an interesting first three events this season. Indeed, the Tour started in February in Dubai in superb yet challenging conditions, with a lot of sand and dust in the air carried by a nearby storm; it carried on under the snow-capped mountains that surround the stunning Austrian Lake Traunsee, before last month’s strong breeze in Copenhagen.

The summer weather in Valencia should bring back the sun and the warmth, alongside the nice and stable sea breeze that traditionally blows in the Mediterranean during the summer. The regatta will begin on Tuesday July 27 with a match race event held over two days. The team owners will then take the helm on Thursday 29th for a fleet race practice day followed by three days of fleet regattas.

Valencia, the iconic sailing venue, home of the America’s Cup 2007 and 2010, is a great site for sailing in general and the Championship Tour in particular. The races will take place in front of Malvarrosa beach (weather permitting) whilst one of them, on Saturday, will finish inside the Dársena, next to the famous Veles e Vents building.

General Director of Consorcio Valencia 2007, Jorge Gisbert explains that “It is the first time ever that the Valencian waters will welcome the RC44 teams. We look forward to welcoming them for what we hope will become the first of many editions here, and to organise an event as successful as other events organised at the Marina Real Juan Carlos I, such as the America’s Cup or Formula 1. The Consorcio Valencia 2007 team is working hard to ensure all the elements of the event are set in place. We are grateful for the support of the Real Club Náutico de Valencia and the Spanish and the Valencian Sailing Federations.”

The RC 44 Championship Tour is one of the world’s top sailing events. With six regattas spread in the Middle-East, Europe and the United States, it involves up to twelve international teams that include last year’s winner Team No Way Back (Pieter Heerema / Ray Davies), Artemis (Torbjorn Tornqvist / Terry Hutchinson), CEEREF (Igor Lah / Rod Davis), BMW ORACLE Racing (Larry Ellison / Russell Coutts), Team Aqua (Chris Bake / Cameron Appleton), Team Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (José Juan and Daniel Calero / José Maria Ponce), Katusha (Guennadi Timtchenko / Paul Cayard), Team Sea Dubai (Harm Müller Spreer / Markus Wieser), RC 44 Challenge (James Spithill), Team Austria (René Mangold / Christian Binder) and Mascalzone Latino (Vincenzo Onorato).

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Sail Racing Partners with the ISAF World Match Racing Tour

Posted on 29 June 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: World Match Racing Tour] Swedish apparel manufacturer Sail Racing has been appointed as official clothing partner to the ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT). Sail Racing has signed a 3 year agreement with the WMRT and will provide branded team clothing onwards for the Tour from Stena Match Cup Sweden.

Newly appointed WMRT Chief Executive, Jim O’Toole, commented on the deal which will also see the new official apparel range made available to the general public via the Sail Racing online store, “This is a key new relationship for the Tour. Sail Racing’s brand concept fits perfectly with the plans we have for the ongoing development of the Tour brand. We share core values such as creativity and innovation and look forward to building our clothing business to mutual benefit”

Sail Racing has worked with some of the most successful sailing events in the world such as; the Volvo Ocean Race and Nokia Oops Cup. The specialist sports clothing brand has also been associated with the Swedish America’s Cup Victory Challenge Team, the Audi/Q8 Team racing a TP52 in the Audi Med Cup as well as Red Bull Extreme Sailing.

Torvar Mirsky wears the brand new WMRT jacket

Henric Wikestam, Managing Director at Sail Racing is pleased to have formed a partnership with the world’s leading professional racing series and noted the significance of this latest development for the company, “Partnering with such a successful sports brand is a very positive step for Sail Racing, we have watched the Tour’s recent growth under the new leadership team with keen interest and are ready to be part of the ambitious global expansion plans. We are very excited to provide the Tour team with a clothing range which we are convinced will appeal to all members of the WMRT community including officials, teams, media and fans”.

Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team, one of only 9 selected international 2010 WMRT Tour card holders, has also been signed up to wear the brand and will be endorsing the ‘Sail Racing 50 KTS Race Edition’ this season. Currently ranked 6th on the official ISAF World Match Racing Tour standings after finishing 2nd place overall at last year’s Tour, Mirsky is delighted with the partnership, “it’s great to be associated with a strong brand like Sail Racing, they have realized the future direction of sailing and are always one step ahead of the competition in terms of design, fashion and quality. It is the same direction in which our team is heading”.

Sail Racing also selected the esteemed Swedish racer, Magnus Holmberg (SWE) Victory Challenge, to help develop their technical lines since the inception of the company. Holmberg, who has been ranked No.1 in the World Match Race Tour standings and was crowned ISAF Match Racing World Champion from 2000-2001, is a key member of the Sail Racing clothing test team. The triple Olympian also has two America’s Cup campaigns under his belt and has been dedicated to match racing since 1991, this year he is again taking part in a number of the 2010 Tour Stages. This Tour veteran has initiated Sail Racing’s inclusion in a number of high profile sailing projects and is the important link between the World Match Racing and the leading sports clothing line.

The World Match Racing Tour line of Sail Racing Clothing will in the near future be available for purchase by the general public via the online store at www.sailracing.com

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Patrizio Bertelli: Luna Rossa will not enter the 34th America’s Cup

Posted on 29 June 2010 by Valencia Sailing

The news that came from Italy on Monday evening is certainly a big loss for the sport of sailing and the America’s Cup. Patrizio Bertelli, the owner of Luna Rossa, has decided not to take part in the 34th America’s Cup.

This sad decision was first reported on various Italian online media on Monday evening but was also officially confirmed by the team’s press officer this morning. The Louis Vuitton finalist of the 32nd America’s Cup will not take part in the current edition of the world’s oldest sailing trophy but the rest of its sailing program will continue as scheduled, in the AUDI Medcup circuit and the LV Trophy.

Luna Rossa sailing in the AUDI Medcup Marseille Trophy 2010. Valencia, 21 April 2010. Video copyright AUDI Medcup

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Management change at Artemis

Posted on 29 June 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Artemis] ARTEMIS announced today that Team Manager Jared Henderson will not continue to sail with the team following the decision by team Chairman Torbjorn Tornqvist to restructure the organisation.

Jared was the longest standing team member and instrumental in building the team, which now competes on the TP52 and RC44 circuits, as well as in the Louis Vuitton Trophy regattas.

Torbjorn Tornqvist and the team wish Jared every success in the future.

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