Emirates Team New Zealand struggle in light and tricky day; Team Origin excel

Posted on 27 August 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Friday in Cartagena, third day of racing for the TP52 fleet, was long, tricky and very hot. Emirates Team New Zealand struggled in the light winds in the first two races, finishing 5th and 4th, but managed to make an incredible comeback in the second beat of the last race to cross the finish line 3rd. Team Origin showed overall consistency throughout the day scoring a 3rd, a 2nd and a bullet. Still, not all is bleak for the kiwis. They are second in Cartagena, so far, but they have also managed to increase their overall lead in the circuit, given the disappointing performance so far by Quantum.

My report today is almost exclusively focused on Emirates Team New Zealand as I had the unique opportunity to be onboard their TP52 boat in the first and third race. Who would turn down the offer to be on the yacht of the world’s best monohull sailing team in two races the same day?

Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy – TP52 Series – Day 3
1. TeamOrigin (GBR), 3+1+3+2+1= 10 points
2. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), 4+2+5+4+3= 18
3. Matador (ARG), 1+4+1+5+8= 19
4. Luna Rossa (ITA), 2+7+9+6+2= 26
5. Artemis (SWE), 5+6+2+10+4= 27
6. Quantum Racing (USA), 9+5+6+3+7= 30
7. Bribón (ESP), 7+11+4+1+10= 33
8. Synergy (RUS), 8+3+7+11+6= 35
9. Cristabella (GBR), 10+10+10+7+5= 42
10. Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER), 6+8+11+8+9= 42
11. Bigamist 7 (POR), 11+9+8+9+11= 48

Race 1 Finishing in the middle of the fleet, certainly isn’t a performance the kiwis were looking forward. It took about an hour for the breeze to fill in to acceptable levels and the race committee fired the starting gun under a southwesterly between 6 and 8 knots. Emirates Team New Zealand simply didn’t have their mojo. They had a pretty average start, rounded the top mark fourth but slipped to fifth, after an incredible Matador passed them in the second beat. It becomes evident that NZL-380 is optimized for fresher breezes and struggles in the range we had in the first race.

Onboard Emirates Team New Zealand in the prestart of the race. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Excellent start for Matador and Team Origin. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Quantum in the first beat. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Tony Rae working hard on the runners in the first beat. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Luna Rossa had a mediocre first race, finishing 9th. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Emirates Team NZ and Matador at the approach to the top mark. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Emirates Team NZ round the top mark in fourth place. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Adam Beashel checking the race course in the first run. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Jules Salter checking the race course in the first run. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Onboard Emirates Team New Zealand in the second beat of the race. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Team Origin leads at the second top mark, followed by Matador and Artemis. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Tony Rae and Winston Macfarlane grind during a gybe in the last stretch of the race. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Emirates Team NZ head to the finish line while Matador and Artemis find a good puff at the committee boat side and push Team Origin to third place. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Race 3 After a fourth place in the second race, the final race of the day could have turned out to be a pitiful one hadn’t been for an incredible recovery in the second beat. Once again, the kiwis had an average start and struggled in the first beat, rounding the top mark eighth. Convinced a left shift would pay out handsomely in the first run, NZL-380 stayed on the left hand side, reaching a lateral separation from the rest of the fleet that had never been seen. The shift was there but not the pressure. It was almost straight line sailing to the leeward gate for NZL-380 but the gain was just one place. That’s where the cards turned around and Emirates Team New Zealand fired on all cylinders. The right side was definitely favored and with the fresher breeze NZL-380 powered ahead, rounding the top mark in third place, behind Team Origin and Luna Rossa, and finishing the race in the same order.

Prestart of the second race onboard Emirates Team NZ. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Videocopyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Start of the third race. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

This race as well would be average for Quantum. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Emirates Team NZ approaching the top mark. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Is this type of intense physical action at the mark roundings going to disappear in the 34th America’s Cup? Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Emirates Team NZ afterguard takes the decision to separate from the fleet and sty on the left side. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The entire fleet stays on the right in the first run. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The tactical play doesn’t pay while Team Origin start the second beat with a comfortable lead. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The right is definitely favored in the second beat and NZL-380 storms ahead. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Emirates Team NZ rounds the top mark in 3rd place. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Last gybe before the finish line. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Finally! A shot with more than 3 boats at the stern of NZL-380. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

3 Comments For This Post

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Nice coverage Pierre!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Great work Valencia Sailing.
    Keep it up.
    A shame we find people like WetHog using your great blog as a platform for venting his ridiculous,bias and cynical mind bursts (i wont credit him by calling his posts opinions).
    Anyway keep up the good work and thanks from the sailing community all over the world.

  3. WetHog Says:

    @10:58 AM

    But you'll credit me by referring to me by name? As for me being rediculous, bias, and cynical well how different am I from most that post on this site? Oh thats right, I use a name that makes it easy for those challenged by original thoughts to say naughty things about me.

    Mr. Pierre, or whoever approves the messages, has every right to deny my messages publication. So far they haven't. I respect Mr. Pierre's hard work and love his site. If he wishes me to no longer post comments on his site all he needs to do is ask and I will respect his wishes. :P

Emirates Team New Zealand struggle in light and tricky day; Team Origin excel

Posted on 27 August 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Friday in Cartagena, third day of racing for the TP52 fleet, was long, tricky and very hot. Emirates Team New Zealand struggled in the light winds in the first two races, finishing 5th and 4th, but managed to make an incredible comeback in the second beat of the last race to cross the finish line 3rd. Team Origin showed overall consistency throughout the day scoring a 3rd, a 2nd and a bullet. Still, not all is bleak for the kiwis. They are second in Cartagena, so far, but they have also managed to increase their overall lead in the circuit, given the disappointing performance so far by Quantum.

My report today is almost exclusively focused on Emirates Team New Zealand as I had the unique opportunity to be onboard their TP52 boat in the first and third race. Who would turn down the offer to be on the yacht of the world’s best monohull sailing team in two races the same day?

Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy – TP52 Series – Day 3
1. TeamOrigin (GBR), 3+1+3+2+1= 10 points
2. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), 4+2+5+4+3= 18
3. Matador (ARG), 1+4+1+5+8= 19
4. Luna Rossa (ITA), 2+7+9+6+2= 26
5. Artemis (SWE), 5+6+2+10+4= 27
6. Quantum Racing (USA), 9+5+6+3+7= 30
7. Bribón (ESP), 7+11+4+1+10= 33
8. Synergy (RUS), 8+3+7+11+6= 35
9. Cristabella (GBR), 10+10+10+7+5= 42
10. Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER), 6+8+11+8+9= 42
11. Bigamist 7 (POR), 11+9+8+9+11= 48

Race 1 Finishing in the middle of the fleet, certainly isn’t a performance the kiwis were looking forward. It took about an hour for the breeze to fill in to acceptable levels and the race committee fired the starting gun under a southwesterly between 6 and 8 knots. Emirates Team New Zealand simply didn’t have their mojo. They had a pretty average start, rounded the top mark fourth but slipped to fifth, after an incredible Matador passed them in the second beat. It becomes evident that NZL-380 is optimized for fresher breezes and struggles in the range we had in the first race.

Onboard Emirates Team New Zealand in the prestart of the race. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Excellent start for Matador and Team Origin. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Quantum in the first beat. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Tony Rae working hard on the runners in the first beat. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Luna Rossa had a mediocre first race, finishing 9th. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Emirates Team NZ and Matador at the approach to the top mark. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Emirates Team NZ round the top mark in fourth place. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Adam Beashel checking the race course in the first run. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Jules Salter checking the race course in the first run. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Onboard Emirates Team New Zealand in the second beat of the race. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Team Origin leads at the second top mark, followed by Matador and Artemis. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Tony Rae and Winston Macfarlane grind during a gybe in the last stretch of the race. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Emirates Team NZ head to the finish line while Matador and Artemis find a good puff at the committee boat side and push Team Origin to third place. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Race 3 After a fourth place in the second race, the final race of the day could have turned out to be a pitiful one hadn’t been for an incredible recovery in the second beat. Once again, the kiwis had an average start and struggled in the first beat, rounding the top mark eighth. Convinced a left shift would pay out handsomely in the first run, NZL-380 stayed on the left hand side, reaching a lateral separation from the rest of the fleet that had never been seen. The shift was there but not the pressure. It was almost straight line sailing to the leeward gate for NZL-380 but the gain was just one place. That’s where the cards turned around and Emirates Team New Zealand fired on all cylinders. The right side was definitely favored and with the fresher breeze NZL-380 powered ahead, rounding the top mark in third place, behind Team Origin and Luna Rossa, and finishing the race in the same order.

Prestart of the second race onboard Emirates Team NZ. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Videocopyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Start of the third race. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

This race as well would be average for Quantum. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Emirates Team NZ approaching the top mark. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Is this type of intense physical action at the mark roundings going to disappear in the 34th America’s Cup? Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Emirates Team NZ afterguard takes the decision to separate from the fleet and sty on the left side. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The entire fleet stays on the right in the first run. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The tactical play doesn’t pay while Team Origin start the second beat with a comfortable lead. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The right is definitely favored in the second beat and NZL-380 storms ahead. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Emirates Team NZ rounds the top mark in 3rd place. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Last gybe before the finish line. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Finally! A shot with more than 3 boats at the stern of NZL-380. Cartagena, 27 August 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

6 Comments For This Post

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Nice coverage Pierre!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Great work Valencia Sailing.
    Keep it up.
    A shame we find people like WetHog using your great blog as a platform for venting his ridiculous,bias and cynical mind bursts (i wont credit him by calling his posts opinions).
    Anyway keep up the good work and thanks from the sailing community all over the world.

  3. WetHog Says:

    @10:58 AM

    But you'll credit me by referring to me by name? As for me being rediculous, bias, and cynical well how different am I from most that post on this site? Oh thats right, I use a name that makes it easy for those challenged by original thoughts to say naughty things about me.

    Mr. Pierre, or whoever approves the messages, has every right to deny my messages publication. So far they haven't. I respect Mr. Pierre's hard work and love his site. If he wishes me to no longer post comments on his site all he needs to do is ask and I will respect his wishes. :P

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Nice coverage Pierre!

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Great work Valencia Sailing.
    Keep it up.
    A shame we find people like WetHog using your great blog as a platform for venting his ridiculous,bias and cynical mind bursts (i wont credit him by calling his posts opinions).
    Anyway keep up the good work and thanks from the sailing community all over the world.

  6. WetHog Says:

    @10:58 AM

    But you'll credit me by referring to me by name? As for me being rediculous, bias, and cynical well how different am I from most that post on this site? Oh thats right, I use a name that makes it easy for those challenged by original thoughts to say naughty things about me.

    Mr. Pierre, or whoever approves the messages, has every right to deny my messages publication. So far they haven't. I respect Mr. Pierre's hard work and love his site. If he wishes me to no longer post comments on his site all he needs to do is ask and I will respect his wishes. :P

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