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Team Tilt, Switzerland’s Youth America’s Cup team qualifies

Posted on 26 February 2013 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Team Tilt] The young Team Tilt sailors have qualified for the Red Bull America’s Cup that will be held from 1-4 September in San Francisco on the wing-masted AC45 catamarans.

The under 25-year-olds competed in a series of twelve races throughout the week in superb 15 knot northerly conditions to qualify.

“We are very happy with how this crazy week has gone,” said Team Tilt helmsman Lucien Cujean. “We have learnt a lot and this result is the accomplishment of three months of intense training. This is only the beginning though, we still have a lot of work to do and a long way to go in order to be competitive in September!”

Qualifying for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup was based on race results, team fitness and their potential performance and ability in handling the AC45 multihull. The team posted some very impressive results during the fitness test and have demonstrated excellent team spirit. Now they have also shown that they are competitive on the water.

Team Tilt’s crew celebrating their qualification to the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. Photo copyright Loris von Siebenthal / Team Tilt

“This result is absolutely fantastic,” said Jocelyn Keller, one of the young team members. “We gave it our all and we succeeded; it is a dream and we can’t wait to be back in September.”

Alex Schneiter, the man behind Team Tilt and the team manager said: “It is absolutely fantastic to have developed such a group in such a short time and to have qualified! I was surprised at the high level of the competition and at how quickly all the teams have progressed. Team Tilt showed a cool head and determination to get this far. We should be proud of this team and those that have supported them. The adventure is just beginning!”

On their return to Switzerland Team Tilt will plunge back into their Youth America’s Cup preparations by racing their D35 catamaran during the Vulcain Trophy. They will also race the TeamWork M2 Speed Tour and the Extreme 40 Sailing Series.

Team Tilt flies the Swiss flag and carries the colours of the Société Nautique de Genève. The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, which runs from the 1 to 4 September, will pit the five teams that have qualified this week against the America’s Cup junior teams from Oracle Team USA, Team New Zealand and Artemis.

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Swedish challenge for the 34th America’s Cup

Posted on 08 November 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Artemis Racing] Artemis Racing confirmed today the team’s entry as a Challenger for the 34th America’s Cup, which will include competing in the America’s Cup World Series in 2011-2012 and culminate with the Challenger Selection Series in 2013.

Speaking at today’s press conference Torbjörn Törnqvist, Chairman of Artemis Racing, shared his vision for the team and endorsed the new format for the America’s Cup. Torbjörn Törnqvist also spoke of the important role of the Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS) in the team’s challenge.

The Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS), one of the world’s oldest yacht clubs, has a longstanding history with the America’s Cup, having had three Challenges since the America’s Cup began in 1851. KSSS Commodore Jacob Wallenberg stated: “KSSS is honoured to be alongside Artemis Racing for the next America’s Cup. This is an important milestone for the Club and sailing in Sweden. It is also important for Swedish junior sailors, as a project of this magnitude will inspire them and provide excellent role models.”

Over the course of the next three years, Artemis Racing will be focused on designing and building two AC72 yachts, while also developing a strong sailing team to compete in the AC45 World Series and the Challenger Selection Series. The clear goal is to challenge Cup holders BMW ORACLE Racing for the America’s Cup in 2013.

“We have been orienting Artemis Racing toward the America’s Cup for more than a year. With much of the plan for the 34th America’s Cup now defined by the Defender, and an early start for the team, we have a tremendous opportunity to mount a winning campaign.” said Paul Cayard, CEO of Artemis Racing.

Paul Cayard announced that world champion sailor Terry Hutchinson (USA) will be the team’s helmsman and that the design team will be led by Juan Kouyoumdjian, well known for his success with winning designs in the Volvo Ocean Race such as ABN Amro and Ericsson.

Also speaking at today’s press conference about the new America’s Cup format was Richard Worth the recently appointed Chairman of the America’s Cup Event Authority. Worth said: “The challenger period has only just opened so we are delighted to welcome Artemis Racing to the 34th America’s Cup. They become the third team to officially join the event (after BMW ORACLE Racing and Challenger of Record – Mascalzone Latino) and we hope that, for the drama of a true sporting spectacle over the next three years, they will be the first of many. As we plan for new, exciting formats and boats it is great to have a team consisting of world class sailors under the leadership of Torbjörn Törnqvist and Paul Cayard.”

The next event for Artemis Racing is the Louis Vuitton Trophy – Dubai, which begins on 14 November. Looking ahead to 2011, Artemis Racing will continue to compete on the RC44 World Championship tour, while joining the Extreme 40 Circuit and the America’s Cup World Series, which will be raced in AC45s.

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Swedish challenge for the 34th America’s Cup

Posted on 08 November 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Artemis Racing] Artemis Racing confirmed today the team’s entry as a Challenger for the 34th America’s Cup, which will include competing in the America’s Cup World Series in 2011-2012 and culminate with the Challenger Selection Series in 2013.

Speaking at today’s press conference Torbjörn Törnqvist, Chairman of Artemis Racing, shared his vision for the team and endorsed the new format for the America’s Cup. Torbjörn Törnqvist also spoke of the important role of the Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS) in the team’s challenge.

The Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS), one of the world’s oldest yacht clubs, has a longstanding history with the America’s Cup, having had three Challenges since the America’s Cup began in 1851. KSSS Commodore Jacob Wallenberg stated: “KSSS is honoured to be alongside Artemis Racing for the next America’s Cup. This is an important milestone for the Club and sailing in Sweden. It is also important for Swedish junior sailors, as a project of this magnitude will inspire them and provide excellent role models.”

Over the course of the next three years, Artemis Racing will be focused on designing and building two AC72 yachts, while also developing a strong sailing team to compete in the AC45 World Series and the Challenger Selection Series. The clear goal is to challenge Cup holders BMW ORACLE Racing for the America’s Cup in 2013.

“We have been orienting Artemis Racing toward the America’s Cup for more than a year. With much of the plan for the 34th America’s Cup now defined by the Defender, and an early start for the team, we have a tremendous opportunity to mount a winning campaign.” said Paul Cayard, CEO of Artemis Racing.

Paul Cayard announced that world champion sailor Terry Hutchinson (USA) will be the team’s helmsman and that the design team will be led by Juan Kouyoumdjian, well known for his success with winning designs in the Volvo Ocean Race such as ABN Amro and Ericsson.

Also speaking at today’s press conference about the new America’s Cup format was Richard Worth the recently appointed Chairman of the America’s Cup Event Authority. Worth said: “The challenger period has only just opened so we are delighted to welcome Artemis Racing to the 34th America’s Cup. They become the third team to officially join the event (after BMW ORACLE Racing and Challenger of Record – Mascalzone Latino) and we hope that, for the drama of a true sporting spectacle over the next three years, they will be the first of many. As we plan for new, exciting formats and boats it is great to have a team consisting of world class sailors under the leadership of Torbjörn Törnqvist and Paul Cayard.”

The next event for Artemis Racing is the Louis Vuitton Trophy – Dubai, which begins on 14 November. Looking ahead to 2011, Artemis Racing will continue to compete on the RC44 World Championship tour, while joining the Extreme 40 Circuit and the America’s Cup World Series, which will be raced in AC45s.

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Emirates Team New Zealand is finalist at Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena

Posted on 04 June 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Louis Vuitton Trohpy] Emirates Team New Zealand is a finalist at the Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena after an extraordinary drawn-out day of light air sailing on the Golfo di Arzachena at the north east corner of Sardinia.

One race down and facing elimination, ETNZ came back and defeated Sweden’s Artemis 2-1. The Kiwis also led in a race that was abandoned when the wind died.

The other best-of-three semi-finals, between the French/German team All4One and the SYNERGY Russian Sailing Team, will be sailed tomorrow. Weather permitting, the first race of the finals may start tomorrow afternoon.

The America’s Cup trophy will be on public display at the Louis Vuitton Trophy race village at the Marina Arsenale in La Maddalena over the weekend. The Cup Defender, BMW Oracle Racing, is bringing the trophy to Sardinia and visitors to the village can view the 159-year-old trophy from 0900 to 1900 on Saturday and 0900 to 1800 on Sunday.

Dean Barker helms what is probably the best monohull sailing team in the world. La Maddalena, 4 June 2010. Photo copyright Chris Cameron / Emirates Team NZ

The day was fine but fickle winds forced a three and a half hour delay before Artemis, skippered by Paul Cayard and with Terry Hutchinson steering, seized the first race from ETNZ’s Dean Barker. A second race was abandoned when the wind died and the Kiwis led.

After a drawn-out wait, the second race started at 5:30 pm. Minutes into the race, on the ropes and facing elimination from the series, Barker boldly sailed across the advancing bow of the right-of-way Artemis with scant room to spare and leveled the series. The last race started at 6:30 pm in late afternoon sunlight. Hutchinson pulled out all the stops and made a superb start but Barker confidently split away 1.3 kilometers on the opposite tack and came in ahead to control at the weather mark.

Semi-final One, Race One: Artemis def Emirates Team New Zealand, 00:25 – A 25-degree windshift in light airs cost ETNZ any chance of winning. The Kiwis were substantially overstood on the port tack approaching the top mark and were powerless as Artemis on a matching port tack below them were able to muscle their way inside at the mark and hold them off before bearing away. The margin was only two seconds for the Swedish boat but Hutchinson exploited the advantage on the run to attain a solid lead. ETNZ tactician Ray Davies said: “We got the side of the course we wanted. We went out to the left and talked about tacking below the port layline just in case we got a left shift. We did tack just below our layline. Just as we tacked we got a 25 degree shift and from that point we were miles overstood. It went so far that Artemis could tack a long way to leeward of us and lay the mark.

Emirates Team NZ beat Artemis and advance to the semis. La Maddalena, 4 June 2010. Photo copyright Chris Cameron / Emirates Team NZ

Semi-final One, Race Two: Emirates Team New Zealand def Artemis, 01:01 – ETNZ’s bold port tack cross with only five metres to spare, across the advancing bow of the right-of-way Artemis, clinched the lead and the victory. The start line had a right hand bias but Barker on starboard on the left side forced Hutchinson to tack away just before the gun. Barker wound up and started at speed down the line, while Artemis tacked and made a downspeed start at the committee. Just minutes later with a 33 metre lead, Barker tacked, pulled off the port tack cross and claimed the advantaged right side. Jules Salter, ETNZ’s navigator commented: “The plan was to start to the left, go left and get the best pressure, which was what this race was all about. We keep to the same methods, make a good plan and execute it. Dean is doing a good job of starting.” An earlier attempt at completing this race was abandoned as the Kiwis were narrowly leading a drifting match in competing zephyrs at the bottom of the second beat.

Semi-final One, Race Three: Emirates Team New Zealand def. Artemis, 01:31 – Hutchinson pulled off a superb start right on the gun, at the pin and at full speed while forcing Barker off onto port. The Kiwis sailed away to the starboard layline in a split that extended out to 1.3 kilometers. When the two boats closed at the weather mark, the starboard tack ETNZ had right-of-way and led around the top mark. A ragged weather-side gennaker drop provided a short diversion for photographers at the leeward mark but never slowed the Kiwis who continued to sail away. Asked the secret to his team’s ability to bounce back, Barker said: “100% confidence in our ability. Everything we do, we back ourselves to win every race. You are going to lose, because we’re sailing against good teams, but in a series we back ourselves to come out on top.”

Terry Hutchinson and Paul Cayard try to catch Emirates Team NZ. La Maddalena, 4 June 2010. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / Artemis

Semi-final Provisional Results

Semi-final One: Emirates Team New Zealand def. Artemis 2-1

Round Robin Results

1. All4One, 6-3, 6 points

2. Artemis, 6-3, 6 points
3. Emirates Team New Zealand, 6-3, 6 points

4. Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, 6-3, 5 points *

5. SYNERGY Russian Sailing Team, 5-4, 5 points
6. Azzurra, 4-5, 4 points

7. TEAMORIGIN, 4-5, 4 points
8. Luna Rossa, 3-6, 3 points
9. BMW Oracle Racing Team, 3-6, 3 point
10. ALEPH Sailing Team, 2-7, -2 points *

* Penalties deducted by Jury/Umpires

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Video: Highlights from Day 11 of the Louis Vuitton Trophy la Maddalena

Posted on 02 June 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Highlights from Day 11 of the Louis Vuitton Trophy. La Maddalena, 1 June 2010. Video copyright Louis Vuitton Trophy

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Artemis leads and BMW Oracle Racing leaves

Posted on 01 June 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Louis Vuitton Trophy] Sweden’s Artemis climbed to the lead of the Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena today with a victory over Emirates Team New Zealand.

After six races in winds ranging from 15 to 20 knots the scoreboard now shows Artemis first with six points, and Emirates Team New Zealand and SYNERGY Russian Sailing Team equal second with five points. Only eight teams will qualify for the quarter finals.

With just four races remaining in the round robin, America’s BMW Oracle Racing and the French ALEPH Racing Team, with ninth and tenth places respectively, are on the outside, looking in.

James Spithill and Oracle, the winners of the America’s Cup, decisively won races today against Italy’s Mascalzone Latino and Azzurra, but the late improvement in form still left them in ninth place. With all their races complete the Americans are effectively eliminated.

Great performance by Artemis, sole leader of the score table. La Maddalena, 1 June 2010. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / Artemis

The mistral winds had eased and conditions were perfect for racing this morning under sunny skies. The first race of the day started in 15 knots of northwest wind after a short delay. The breeze continued to build but after Oracle beat Azzurra in winds that gusted over 20 knots, organizers ordered a delay until conditions eased.

Flight Nineteen, Race Two: BMW Oracle Racing def. Mascalzone Latino, 00:26 – James Spithill on Oracle pushed Mascalzone Latino below the committee on the starboard layline and landed two penalties in quick succession on Italy’s Gavin Brady as they circled tightly in 14 knots of wind. Oracle led across the line by nearly two boat lengths and left the Italian boat in their wake as Brady was forced to complete the first of his penalty turns. Mascalzone trailed by 180 metres as they set off in pursuit. The Italians still trailed by 26 seconds at the finish and the umpires waived the penalty turn to minimize wear and tear on the jib.

Flight Twenty, Race One: Mascalzone Latino def. ALEPH Sailing Team, 00:01 – Gavin Brady steering Mascalzone Latino snatched victory by one second from France’s ALEPH in the closing metres of an intense chase by the Italian boat. Bertrand Pacé dominated a split tack start and led by 18 metres as he started ten seconds after the gun. Brady kept it close through four legs. There was seldom more than one boat length between them. The Italians closed on ALEPH when the French boat botched the last gybe for the mark and conceded their lead.

Flight Fourteen, Race Two: Luna Rossa def ALEPH Sailing Team, 01:45 – Trailing at the first leeward mark, ALEPH sailed through the gate and below the committee boat as the French crew struggled to hoist the the jib and get the gennaker down. Bertrand Pacé had fought for the right at the start but a pin end bias conferred a 30 metre lead to Ed Baird and Luna Rossa.

Flight Thirteen, Race Two: BMW Oracle Racing def. Azzurra, 00:15 – Azzurra steered by Francesco Bruni gave this vital race away with a slow start, trailing by 114 metres off the line. Oracle’s James Spithill went for a pin end start on a heavily biased line and Bruni appeared to be lining up for a port tack start at the committee on port but ducked and tacked, losing valuable time before he crossed on starboard to follow.

Azzurra scored a significant victory against Team Origin. La Maddalena, 1 June 2010. Photo copyright Ian Roman / Team Origin

Flight Nineteen, Race One: Azzurra def. TEAMORIGIN , 01:03 – Great Britain’s Ben Ainslie took TEAMORIGIN aross the line first at the favored pin end, bow forward by 18 metres . Francesco Bruni in Azzurra gradually gained and tacked just to leeward of the British boat on the port layline as Ainslie called for water, close to the shoreline. From there Bruni gradually squeezed up on Ainslie for a 14 second lead at the top mark and extended from there.

Flight Three, Race Two: Artemis def. Emirates Team New Zealand, 00:18 – After a lively pre-start Terry Hutchinson and Artemis led back to the line, starting to leeward but bow-forward of ETNZ. They were level-pegging for the first third of the leg until Hutchinson forced Kiwi helmsman Dean Barker away. Coming into the weather mark the Swedish boat lost its gennaker pole overboard but retrieved it intact. Repeated protests from the Kiwi boat were green-flagged and the Swedish crew never looked back.

Emirates Team NZ are now second overall, behind Artemis. La Maddalena, 1 June 2010. Photo copyright Chris Cameron / Emirates Team NZ

Round Robin Provisional Results after Tuesday Racing

=1. Artemis, 6-2, 6 points
=2. Emirates Team New Zealand, 5-3, 5 points

=2. Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 5-4, 5 points
=4. Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, 5-2, 4 points *

=4. All4One, 4-3, 4 points

=4. Azzurra, 4-5, 4 points

=4. TEAMORIGIN, 4-3, 4 points
8. Luna Rossa, 3-6, 3 points
9. BMW Oracle Racing Team, 3-6, 3 point
=10. ALEPH Sailing Team, 2-6, -2 points *

* Penalties deducted by Jury/Umpires

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Video: Highlights from Day 8 of the Louis Vuitton Trophy la Maddalena

Posted on 30 May 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Highlights from Day 8 of the Louis Vuitton Trophy. La Maddalena, 29 May 2010. Video copyright Louis Vuitton Trophy

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Field closes up at Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena

Posted on 29 May 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Louis Vuitton Trophy] Just one point separates the top five boats at the Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena after an eventful program of five races sailed today in fresh breezes.

Russia’s SYNERGY Racing Team and the Swedish team Artemis share the top of the point’s table, each with five points. Emirates Team New Zealand, Britain’s TEAMORIGIN and the French/German team All4One are all equal third on four points.

The Artemis genaker pole goes overboard during the takedown, breaks and drags the genaker under the boat. La Maddalena, 29 May 2010. Photo copyright Paul Todd/outsideimages.co.nz/Louis Vuitton Trophy

With two days’ competition remaining in the round robin, the pressure began to tell in strong winds this afternoon as Sweden’s Artemis broke a gennaker pole and shredded a gennaker, and a jib began to self-destruct on Emirates Team New Zealand. Both top teams lost their respective races.

The Artemis breakdown was self-inflicted. The Swedish boat skippered by Paul Cayard was pushing to overtake the Russian boat when the pole went overboard, triggering a sequence that saw it trip and explode into pieces before dragging the sail under the boat. Artemis retired. On the Team New Zealand boat, racing All4One, the hapless Kiwis could only watch as the head of their jib began to split in 20 knot winds.

The Kiwis had more success off the water, at least temporarily when the Race Committee gave them a reprieve by ordering a resail of their race yesterday against BMW Oracle Racing. In another twist, the Jury tonight will hear an appeal by Oracle against the resail decision.

Emirates Team New Zealand jib starts to come apart on the first beat in their round robin match against All4One. La Maddalena, 29 May 2010. Photo copyright Chris Cameron / Emirates Team NZ

The dispute hinges on a safety order issued yesterday telling teams to maintain tension on forestays during spinnaker runs. After an umpires’ protest and a jury decision denied Team New Zealand any chance of a win in their match against Oracle, the organizers relented today, withdrew the safety order and ordered the resail.

Flight Seventeen, Race Two: TEAMORIGIN def. Luna Rossa, 00:37 – They started at speed on starboard with Britain’s TEAMORIGIN bow-out in the leeward berth. Ed Baird steering Luna Rossa was forced away early on port as Ben Ainslie on ORIGIN sailed into more pressure and continued to pull ahead.

Flight Six, Race Two: Azzurra def. SYNERGY Russian Sailing Team, 00:15 – Italy’s Francesco Bruni pulled off a breathtakingly close port cross on the first leg to defeat SYNERGY Russian Sailing Team. On the second beat there were 17 punishing tacks up the 1.2-mile leg but Synergy skipper Karol Jablonski, on the right, could never gain enough ground to get past Bruni.

Flight Twentythree, Race One: Artemis def. Azzurra, 00:15 – Saddled with a penalty in the pre-start Francesco Bruni and his Italian Azzurra team stayed on the attack and took the fight to the Swedish team Artemis around all four legs as the lead changed multiple times. However the Italians were trailing Terry Hutchinson and Artemis by 100 metres at the finish and they were still carrying the penalty.

Flight Eighteen, Race One: SYNERGY Russian Sailing Team def. Artemis, retired – A spinnaker pole overboard at the end of the second run dragged Artemis to oblivion, breaking the pole and shredding the Swedish boat’s spinnaker.

The Artemis genaker pole goes overboard during the takedown, breaks and drags the genaker under the boat. La Maddalena, 29 May 2010. Photo copyright Paul Todd/outsideimages.co.nz/Louis Vuitton Trophy

Flight Twenty, Race Two: All4One def. Emirates Team New Zealand, 00:21 – The French/German boat started ahead in the middle of the line on starboard, just ahead of the Kiwis on their weather hip. All4One helmsman Sébastien Col gradually inched ahead and his lead increased as the jib on ETNZ began to self-destruct.

Emirates Team New Zealand replace the torn jib with the backup jib on the first run in their round robin match against All4One . La Maddalena, 29 May 2010. Photo copyright Chris Cameron / Emirates Team NZ

Provisional win-loss leaderboard after Saturday racing:

=1. Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 5-4, 5 points
=1. Artemis, 5-2, 5 points
=3. Emirates Team New Zealand, 4-2, 4 points

=3. TEAMORIGIN, 4-3, 4 points
=3. All4One, 4-3, 4 points

=6. Azzurra, 3-4, 3 points

=6. Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, 4-1, 3 points *

=8. Luna Rossa, 2-6, 2 points
=9. BMW Oracle Racing Team, 1-5, 1 point
=10. ALEPH Sailing Team, 2-4, -2 points *

* Penalties deducted by Jury/Umpires

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