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Quantum Racing extends lead in Breitling Regatta

Posted on 25 July 2008 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: AUDI MedCup] Quantum Racing sit on the threshold of back-to-back regatta wins after a second and a first today on the Bay of Palma to go into Saturday’s two final races of the 14th Breitling Regatta with a lead of 14 points.

Reeling off 2,2,1,1,2,1 finishes since Wednesday morning the American boat, the only new Botin Carkeek TP52 design this season, may now have a 30 points overall lead on the 2008 Audi MedCup Circuit standings, but skipper Terry Hutchinson (USA) again pledged that he and the Quantum Racing crew will be relentless in their pursuit of improvement and the overall Circuit title.

“ Every day we just try to get better and it would be garbage now to think that we cannot improve, so I will be relentless in the pursuit of improvements, and I will impress that upon the guys strongly, and I think that everyone takes that approach.” emphasised Hutchinson again in the later afternoon sunshine on the buzzing dockside today in Puerto Portals.

Over another day of near perfect but challenging sea-breeze conditions, building from nine knots during the first contest to 15 knots in the second race, Quantum Racing finished second behind Guillermo Parada (ARG) and the 2007 King’s Cup wining team on Matador in the first race, and then triumphed in the second race ahead of the current MedCup champions Artemis (SWE), to extend their overall regatta and circuit leads.

On a course area which consistently yielded a benefit on the right side of the track, Hutchinson and crew worked hard and smartly, building from a pair of good starts, to reap that dividend.

At the top of the second beat on the first race they left just enough daylight in the lifting breeze as they lined up for the final turn for Matador to seize the inside boat advantage around the buoy, and they had to settle for a close second only five seconds behind the Argentinian boat.

Ricardo Simoneschi (ITA) and the Audi powered by Q8 (ITA) crew took third place for the second time this week.

Start of the race during the 4th day of the Breitling Regatta. Puerto Portals, 25 July 2008. Photo copyright Ian Roman / Pierre Orphanidis

While the race course was slightly one-sided, there were no shortage of opportunities in the form of stronger pressure and wind shifts to gain places, especially downwind.

After an eighth in the first race, John Kostecki (USA) helped guide Artemis on a valuable ascent from eighth to second, taking five places on the first run.

In the overall Breitling Regatta standings, the strong performance on their adopted home waters from Matador meant the team whose Marseille regatta was so badly marred by damage to their boat, hit their twin targets for the day: wresting second place in the regatta from Platoon powered by Team Gernany (GER) -now six points behind in third – and elevating themselves to fifth overall on the Audi MedCup Circuit standings.

The 30 points gap that Quantum Racing now has may look significant, but consider that Mean Machine (MON), the winners this season in Alicante and the 2006 champions, have unexpectedly landed 43 points from three races since Thursday morning, and so Quantum’s margin remains very tenable.

The TP52 fleet downwind during the 4th day of the Breitling Regatta. Puerto Portals, 25 July 2008. Photo copyright Ian Roman / Pierre Orphanidis

Terry Hutchinson (USA), Skipper-helmsman of Quantum Racing: “You can always get better! We led the first race but Matador were going well and we chose the deeper of our two jibs for that second beat and the breeze built a little which was a bit difficult then, Matador are fast down wind and slipped past us there, but always our mode is consistency and good sailing and we talked through the things we can do better- technically driving the boat downwind, communication: understand what the guy is saying, sail calls, bottom mark decision, little incremental improvements to work on.”

“I’m happy we are sailing well but I’m not relaxing either. I’m very respectful as always of our competitors so I just know we have to keep the whole thing moving forward.”

Chris Hosking (AUS), Boat captain, Artemis: “It is a lot tighter than it has been in previous years. There are any number of good boats out there, and you look at what happened to Mean Machine in Marseille and to them yesterday, that is an unfortunate day, but they are an excellent team and I know they will keep fighting through to the end of the year, but that is capable of happening to any boat in this fleet, it could be us tomorrow, it could be Quantum.”

Guilermo Parada (ARG), Skipper-helm of Matador (ARG): “The level on the race course is most definitely higher.. We have had the proof of that with our boat which is the same as last year, but we have had to raise our speed target since we are sailing faster and faster by the day. The boat is sailing at least three tenths of a knot faster upwind than last year which is about 4% faster; a huge difference in this kind of fleet. That makes the difference of whether you cross a boat or can get to the more favoured side. You can also see how the boats in the fleet that haven’t been able to do the whole circuit are paying the price for it, because being able to keep up the rhythm and spending hours on the water with these people is what makes it easier for us to keep bringing up our own level as well.”

Ray Davies (NZL), Mean Machine (MON): “We have to work on the starts and speed and not make silly mistakes, we are definitely in the top group for speed, get off the line in clean air, we are sometimes a bit conservative which takes us away from the favoured side. You have to weigh up if you go for the risky move or the safe option – sometimes when the course is so favoured the risky move is still the safe option! It’s a real tricky balance.”

Video highlights from the fourth day of the Breitling Regatta

Regatta standings after nine races

Place, Boat name, Nationality, (R1, R2, R3, R4, R5,R6, R7A, R7B, R8, R9 Total Points)

1. Quantum Racing USA (11,2,2,8,2,2,1,1,2,1, 32)

2. Matador ARG (3,1,3, 9, 7, 1,9,9,1,3, 46)

3. Platoon powered by Team Germany GER (7,4,6,7,6,6,2,2,7,5, 52)

4. Artemis SWE (4,11,5,5,10,3,3,3,8,2, 54)

5. Mean Machine MON (1,5,1, 2,1,7,15,14,14,6, 66)

6. Mutua Madrileña ESP (2,12,8, 4,5,5,7,5,10,10, 68)

7. Bribón ESP (5,10,4,1,11,12,12,6,9,4, 74)

8. Audi Q8 ITA (15,7,15,3,8,4,13,10,3,13, 91)

9. Rusal Synergy RUS (12,3,13,13,14,9,5,4,12,7, 92)

10. El Desafio ESP (14,13,14,6,3,14,6,11,4,9, 94)

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Quantum Racing extends lead in Breitling Regatta

Posted on 25 July 2008 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: AUDI MedCup] Quantum Racing sit on the threshold of back-to-back regatta wins after a second and a first today on the Bay of Palma to go into Saturday’s two final races of the 14th Breitling Regatta with a lead of 14 points.

Reeling off 2,2,1,1,2,1 finishes since Wednesday morning the American boat, the only new Botin Carkeek TP52 design this season, may now have a 30 points overall lead on the 2008 Audi MedCup Circuit standings, but skipper Terry Hutchinson (USA) again pledged that he and the Quantum Racing crew will be relentless in their pursuit of improvement and the overall Circuit title.

“ Every day we just try to get better and it would be garbage now to think that we cannot improve, so I will be relentless in the pursuit of improvements, and I will impress that upon the guys strongly, and I think that everyone takes that approach.” emphasised Hutchinson again in the later afternoon sunshine on the buzzing dockside today in Puerto Portals.

Over another day of near perfect but challenging sea-breeze conditions, building from nine knots during the first contest to 15 knots in the second race, Quantum Racing finished second behind Guillermo Parada (ARG) and the 2007 King’s Cup wining team on Matador in the first race, and then triumphed in the second race ahead of the current MedCup champions Artemis (SWE), to extend their overall regatta and circuit leads.

On a course area which consistently yielded a benefit on the right side of the track, Hutchinson and crew worked hard and smartly, building from a pair of good starts, to reap that dividend.

At the top of the second beat on the first race they left just enough daylight in the lifting breeze as they lined up for the final turn for Matador to seize the inside boat advantage around the buoy, and they had to settle for a close second only five seconds behind the Argentinian boat.

Ricardo Simoneschi (ITA) and the Audi powered by Q8 (ITA) crew took third place for the second time this week.

Start of the race during the 4th day of the Breitling Regatta. Puerto Portals, 25 July 2008. Photo copyright Ian Roman / Pierre Orphanidis

While the race course was slightly one-sided, there were no shortage of opportunities in the form of stronger pressure and wind shifts to gain places, especially downwind.

After an eighth in the first race, John Kostecki (USA) helped guide Artemis on a valuable ascent from eighth to second, taking five places on the first run.

In the overall Breitling Regatta standings, the strong performance on their adopted home waters from Matador meant the team whose Marseille regatta was so badly marred by damage to their boat, hit their twin targets for the day: wresting second place in the regatta from Platoon powered by Team Gernany (GER) -now six points behind in third – and elevating themselves to fifth overall on the Audi MedCup Circuit standings.

The 30 points gap that Quantum Racing now has may look significant, but consider that Mean Machine (MON), the winners this season in Alicante and the 2006 champions, have unexpectedly landed 43 points from three races since Thursday morning, and so Quantum’s margin remains very tenable.

The TP52 fleet downwind during the 4th day of the Breitling Regatta. Puerto Portals, 25 July 2008. Photo copyright Ian Roman / Pierre Orphanidis

Terry Hutchinson (USA), Skipper-helmsman of Quantum Racing: “You can always get better! We led the first race but Matador were going well and we chose the deeper of our two jibs for that second beat and the breeze built a little which was a bit difficult then, Matador are fast down wind and slipped past us there, but always our mode is consistency and good sailing and we talked through the things we can do better- technically driving the boat downwind, communication: understand what the guy is saying, sail calls, bottom mark decision, little incremental improvements to work on.”

“I’m happy we are sailing well but I’m not relaxing either. I’m very respectful as always of our competitors so I just know we have to keep the whole thing moving forward.”

Chris Hosking (AUS), Boat captain, Artemis: “It is a lot tighter than it has been in previous years. There are any number of good boats out there, and you look at what happened to Mean Machine in Marseille and to them yesterday, that is an unfortunate day, but they are an excellent team and I know they will keep fighting through to the end of the year, but that is capable of happening to any boat in this fleet, it could be us tomorrow, it could be Quantum.”

Guilermo Parada (ARG), Skipper-helm of Matador (ARG): “The level on the race course is most definitely higher.. We have had the proof of that with our boat which is the same as last year, but we have had to raise our speed target since we are sailing faster and faster by the day. The boat is sailing at least three tenths of a knot faster upwind than last year which is about 4% faster; a huge difference in this kind of fleet. That makes the difference of whether you cross a boat or can get to the more favoured side. You can also see how the boats in the fleet that haven’t been able to do the whole circuit are paying the price for it, because being able to keep up the rhythm and spending hours on the water with these people is what makes it easier for us to keep bringing up our own level as well.”

Ray Davies (NZL), Mean Machine (MON): “We have to work on the starts and speed and not make silly mistakes, we are definitely in the top group for speed, get off the line in clean air, we are sometimes a bit conservative which takes us away from the favoured side. You have to weigh up if you go for the risky move or the safe option – sometimes when the course is so favoured the risky move is still the safe option! It’s a real tricky balance.”

Video highlights from the fourth day of the Breitling Regatta

Regatta standings after nine races

Place, Boat name, Nationality, (R1, R2, R3, R4, R5,R6, R7A, R7B, R8, R9 Total Points)

1. Quantum Racing USA (11,2,2,8,2,2,1,1,2,1, 32)

2. Matador ARG (3,1,3, 9, 7, 1,9,9,1,3, 46)

3. Platoon powered by Team Germany GER (7,4,6,7,6,6,2,2,7,5, 52)

4. Artemis SWE (4,11,5,5,10,3,3,3,8,2, 54)

5. Mean Machine MON (1,5,1, 2,1,7,15,14,14,6, 66)

6. Mutua Madrileña ESP (2,12,8, 4,5,5,7,5,10,10, 68)

7. Bribón ESP (5,10,4,1,11,12,12,6,9,4, 74)

8. Audi Q8 ITA (15,7,15,3,8,4,13,10,3,13, 91)

9. Rusal Synergy RUS (12,3,13,13,14,9,5,4,12,7, 92)

10. El Desafio ESP (14,13,14,6,3,14,6,11,4,9, 94)

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Artemis on the verge of overall victory

Posted on 14 September 2007 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Breitling Medcup] Victory in both stages of today’s 23 mile coastal race around the Port Cros island off Hyères leaves Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis on the verge of winning the overall 2007 Breitling MedCup Trophy.

With a lead of 17 points in the 15 boat fleet and up to two windward leeward races scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday) Artemis need only a day of modest performances to secure the title for the Artemis crew and for skipper Russell Coutts in his third year on the circuit.

Artemis lead their nearest rivals Caixa Galicia around the windward mark after the 2.5 mile opening beat.

In five knots of easterly breeze with Juan Vila as navigator and Coutts calling the shots, Artemis came in on a perfect lay-line to the first turn, while Caixa Galicia had to tack to lay and to stay ahead of Patches and Stay Calm. From there the two leaders remained unchallenged on a long and, at times, slow parade around the beautiful Porquerolle island.

After a procession under Code sails and Gennakers up the outside of the island Artemis lead Caixa Galicia through the scoring gate at the west tip of the island, off Point Saint Anne. As a cloud sucked away the wind for the chasing pack, the leading duo escaped before the breeze started its first collapsing act.

While Artemis and Caixa Galicia disappeared towards the final turn, Vasco Vascotto and the crew of Mutua Madrilena took two places when they gybed off to gain more breeze, and when the fickle wind disappeared completely on the final reach to the finish, they and Anonimo were best placed to be gain as the easterly returned for one final rally.

Ricardo Simoneschi’s Anonimo rose from ninth to fourth between the scoring gate and the finish, while Mutua Madrilena gained from seventh to third.

In the quest for third overall on the circuit, consistency was key for Ian Walker and the crew of Patches and a fourth followed by a painful and hard earned fifth – emerging from a final park up having lost only Anonimo and Patches.

Their fourth and fifth, to Bribon’s eighth and ninth and Vallé Romano Mean Machine 12th and 13th leaves them to protect a 24 points cushion on the final day to be sure of third overall for the season.

Caixa Galicia’s second today regains their second in this Hyères Trophy regatta, but while Artemis as 17 points clear at the top of the event standings, only four points separate Caixa Galicia in second, Patches in third and Mutua Madrilena in fourth.

“It was a great race for us today.” Comments Artemis owner and helm Torbjorn Tornqvist, ” We did everything right except the start which was poor, we were blocked on the line but could tack away and we found free wind and seemed to gain, we seemed to have the speed today, manoeuvring was right and then it was smooth sailing and what can I say? It was one of those days. Of course we are happy where we are and this was the best outcome but CXG was very close a few boat lengths behind us for most of the race. They are a formidable crew, its not over for sure.”

” We thought we had edge in the strong wind but even in the light wind with our upwind code zero it looked like we were gaining on them even in the light. I think they we have gone better and better as things have been progressing all around us in the series. I think we have a sail programme which has improved over the course, the team is professional when it matters. I think it is the concept which works for us, and the boat- we handle it reasonably well.”

Robert Hopkins, CxG’s navigator summarised:

” Artemis is having a great week and has out-sailed us. They have beaten us in every race, we are trying our best. It was a fun day for the navigators, I think on CXG we saw everything that was going to happen except for a crazy left shift on the second beat, we sort of anticipated but so did Artemis and they were there every time, and then we had just good luck on the run. We stretched out from the rest of the fleet as they got caught under a cloud in a calm spot behind us and we sailed just at the leading edge of pressure, tripling our lead there. It was a relaxing race for us, well ahead of us and basically a parade following the other guys. It looks like we are back in second in the regatta, it was fun today. Sunny day and 23.4 miles, as long as the Americas Cup races used to be twenty years ago! We went around the island last night to have a look at it and it a pretty place.”

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Artemis on the verge of overall victory

Posted on 14 September 2007 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Breitling Medcup] Victory in both stages of today’s 23 mile coastal race around the Port Cros island off Hyères leaves Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis on the verge of winning the overall 2007 Breitling MedCup Trophy.

With a lead of 17 points in the 15 boat fleet and up to two windward leeward races scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday) Artemis need only a day of modest performances to secure the title for the Artemis crew and for skipper Russell Coutts in his third year on the circuit.

Artemis lead their nearest rivals Caixa Galicia around the windward mark after the 2.5 mile opening beat.

In five knots of easterly breeze with Juan Vila as navigator and Coutts calling the shots, Artemis came in on a perfect lay-line to the first turn, while Caixa Galicia had to tack to lay and to stay ahead of Patches and Stay Calm. From there the two leaders remained unchallenged on a long and, at times, slow parade around the beautiful Porquerolle island.

After a procession under Code sails and Gennakers up the outside of the island Artemis lead Caixa Galicia through the scoring gate at the west tip of the island, off Point Saint Anne. As a cloud sucked away the wind for the chasing pack, the leading duo escaped before the breeze started its first collapsing act.

While Artemis and Caixa Galicia disappeared towards the final turn, Vasco Vascotto and the crew of Mutua Madrilena took two places when they gybed off to gain more breeze, and when the fickle wind disappeared completely on the final reach to the finish, they and Anonimo were best placed to be gain as the easterly returned for one final rally.

Ricardo Simoneschi’s Anonimo rose from ninth to fourth between the scoring gate and the finish, while Mutua Madrilena gained from seventh to third.

In the quest for third overall on the circuit, consistency was key for Ian Walker and the crew of Patches and a fourth followed by a painful and hard earned fifth – emerging from a final park up having lost only Anonimo and Patches.

Their fourth and fifth, to Bribon’s eighth and ninth and Vallé Romano Mean Machine 12th and 13th leaves them to protect a 24 points cushion on the final day to be sure of third overall for the season.

Caixa Galicia’s second today regains their second in this Hyères Trophy regatta, but while Artemis as 17 points clear at the top of the event standings, only four points separate Caixa Galicia in second, Patches in third and Mutua Madrilena in fourth.

“It was a great race for us today.” Comments Artemis owner and helm Torbjorn Tornqvist, ” We did everything right except the start which was poor, we were blocked on the line but could tack away and we found free wind and seemed to gain, we seemed to have the speed today, manoeuvring was right and then it was smooth sailing and what can I say? It was one of those days. Of course we are happy where we are and this was the best outcome but CXG was very close a few boat lengths behind us for most of the race. They are a formidable crew, its not over for sure.”

” We thought we had edge in the strong wind but even in the light wind with our upwind code zero it looked like we were gaining on them even in the light. I think they we have gone better and better as things have been progressing all around us in the series. I think we have a sail programme which has improved over the course, the team is professional when it matters. I think it is the concept which works for us, and the boat- we handle it reasonably well.”

Robert Hopkins, CxG’s navigator summarised:

” Artemis is having a great week and has out-sailed us. They have beaten us in every race, we are trying our best. It was a fun day for the navigators, I think on CXG we saw everything that was going to happen except for a crazy left shift on the second beat, we sort of anticipated but so did Artemis and they were there every time, and then we had just good luck on the run. We stretched out from the rest of the fleet as they got caught under a cloud in a calm spot behind us and we sailed just at the leading edge of pressure, tripling our lead there. It was a relaxing race for us, well ahead of us and basically a parade following the other guys. It looks like we are back in second in the regatta, it was fun today. Sunny day and 23.4 miles, as long as the Americas Cup races used to be twenty years ago! We went around the island last night to have a look at it and it a pretty place.”

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Two bullets for TP52 Artemis on second day of Hyères Trophy

Posted on 12 September 2007 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Breitling Medcup] Artemis eased 11 points clear at the top of the Hyeres Trophy leaderboard and 12 points ahead on the 2007 Breitling MedCup standings after a fabulous three race day on the Bay of Hyères in brisk easterly winds and pleasant late summer sunshine.

With owner Torbjorn Tornqvist on the tiller of the 2007 Judel Vrolijk design and Russell Coutts making the tactical calls Artemis had her full afterburners lit on the spectacular downwind legs and was able to compose two back-to-back wins after an opening seventh today.

In the duel for the overall 2007 title Artemis’ team of ‘galacticos’ scarcely put a foot wrong over the three windward leewards. In the first race they took the opportunity to bounce their nearest rivals, Vicente Tirado’s Caixa Galicia down the fleet. Caixa Galicia’s 8,2,7 for the day dropped them to fourth overall in the regatta.

In windspeeds which topped 22-23 knots and a short, steep Mediterranean chop there was sad, premature end to the regatta and the Breitling MedCup season for Alberto Roemmers’ Copa del Rey winning Siemens Matador.

After a second and a third from the first two races it was early on the first beat of the day’s final race when their rig inexplicably broke into three pieces.

Artemis have a noted speed edge upwind but Coutts was able to build their wins from modest starts on both of the latter contests.
From being buried below four or five boats at the start of the third race, because the pack was so tightly formed on the line Artemis was very quickly able to duck sterns and pop out on the weather flank of the pack, before winding their speed up.

Although Jose Cusi’s Bribon won the first race quite comfortably, with Bouwe Bekking steering and Ross MacDonald calling tactics, they struggled badly in the second race and could only make 12th place.

Twice Artemis rose to triumph on the final run to the finish.
In the second race they overturned a 30seconds deficit to pass both Caixa Galicia and Siemens to win by 13seconds on the final, breeze sprint, and then in the third race only pipped Stuart Robinson’s Judel-Vrolijk sistership Stay Calm on the finish line to win take their fourth winning gun of the regatta by just one second.

In the end Stay Calm’s victory had a hollow ring to it.
After climbing to a provisional second on the leaderboard, a protest from their compatriots on Cristabella, saw them disqualified from Race , dropping to sixth overall. Artemis’ winning flourish gives them a comfortable cushion.

“It’s good to be first.” Reported Coutts with a wry grin, “Our game plan was to try to sail clean and not take any risks. In the first race we got mixed up with a few situations that we really did not want to be in, but really for us it was just important to beat Caixa Galicia in each race. Neither of our second two starts were that great but we were able to escape. In the third we hardly had to dip at all because the fleet was so tightly bunched and so we probably only lost a boat length. Usually in this fleet you do tend to find one or two back or late on the line, so we were quite lucky there.”

Of owner-driver Tornqvist, who is only in the first season in the TP52 class, and his second racing seriously, he is objective in his praise:

“He is just a very competitive guy and is really loving this. I am pretty hard on him all the time, that is the way he wants me to be, he likes me being critical. Certainly we are in a good position now, but this regatta is still only half way through. Our team has not really made any errors and we have boat speed, and that makes my job as tactician easy. We have good all round speed, good upwind and today I certainly felt we were good downwind.”

Roberto Bermudez de Castro, Caixa Galicia’s skipper summed up their three races:

“There are moments where we didn’t sail too well and you pay a price for that. We are still twelve points from Artemis in the overall standings, in this championship. But there are is still plenty of time. Hopefully we can improve our sailing when conditions are windier because we are just not as good as them (Artemis) with more wind. We are waiting to see if conditions will be a bit lighter in the next few days and we can even it up a little.

Artemis is sailing really well and is having a really good championship and it is proving to be difficult. If you look back they are the only team that is ahead that hasn’t won an event. Each of the leading teams has won their own regatta. We hope it won’t be the case but it seems that Artemis is also going out to win their own regatta as well! But until Saturday we are going to keep fighting….there is still time…..”

And tactician John Kostecki concurred:

“We are happy. We had a good race for our second place. That is the best result we have had in these windier conditions. Russell is just a little bit faster and in the first race he was able to force us a little bit down into the pack, but that almost hurt him. But at this stage ten (or 12) points is still nothing. We really are just happy to be so close at this stage and as we see here (Siemens’ broken mast) S**t happens, and we are only half way through the regatta.”

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Two bullets for TP52 Artemis on second day of Hyères Trophy

Posted on 12 September 2007 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Breitling Medcup] Artemis eased 11 points clear at the top of the Hyeres Trophy leaderboard and 12 points ahead on the 2007 Breitling MedCup standings after a fabulous three race day on the Bay of Hyères in brisk easterly winds and pleasant late summer sunshine.

With owner Torbjorn Tornqvist on the tiller of the 2007 Judel Vrolijk design and Russell Coutts making the tactical calls Artemis had her full afterburners lit on the spectacular downwind legs and was able to compose two back-to-back wins after an opening seventh today.

In the duel for the overall 2007 title Artemis’ team of ‘galacticos’ scarcely put a foot wrong over the three windward leewards. In the first race they took the opportunity to bounce their nearest rivals, Vicente Tirado’s Caixa Galicia down the fleet. Caixa Galicia’s 8,2,7 for the day dropped them to fourth overall in the regatta.

In windspeeds which topped 22-23 knots and a short, steep Mediterranean chop there was sad, premature end to the regatta and the Breitling MedCup season for Alberto Roemmers’ Copa del Rey winning Siemens Matador.

After a second and a third from the first two races it was early on the first beat of the day’s final race when their rig inexplicably broke into three pieces.

Artemis have a noted speed edge upwind but Coutts was able to build their wins from modest starts on both of the latter contests.
From being buried below four or five boats at the start of the third race, because the pack was so tightly formed on the line Artemis was very quickly able to duck sterns and pop out on the weather flank of the pack, before winding their speed up.

Although Jose Cusi’s Bribon won the first race quite comfortably, with Bouwe Bekking steering and Ross MacDonald calling tactics, they struggled badly in the second race and could only make 12th place.

Twice Artemis rose to triumph on the final run to the finish.
In the second race they overturned a 30seconds deficit to pass both Caixa Galicia and Siemens to win by 13seconds on the final, breeze sprint, and then in the third race only pipped Stuart Robinson’s Judel-Vrolijk sistership Stay Calm on the finish line to win take their fourth winning gun of the regatta by just one second.

In the end Stay Calm’s victory had a hollow ring to it.
After climbing to a provisional second on the leaderboard, a protest from their compatriots on Cristabella, saw them disqualified from Race , dropping to sixth overall. Artemis’ winning flourish gives them a comfortable cushion.

“It’s good to be first.” Reported Coutts with a wry grin, “Our game plan was to try to sail clean and not take any risks. In the first race we got mixed up with a few situations that we really did not want to be in, but really for us it was just important to beat Caixa Galicia in each race. Neither of our second two starts were that great but we were able to escape. In the third we hardly had to dip at all because the fleet was so tightly bunched and so we probably only lost a boat length. Usually in this fleet you do tend to find one or two back or late on the line, so we were quite lucky there.”

Of owner-driver Tornqvist, who is only in the first season in the TP52 class, and his second racing seriously, he is objective in his praise:

“He is just a very competitive guy and is really loving this. I am pretty hard on him all the time, that is the way he wants me to be, he likes me being critical. Certainly we are in a good position now, but this regatta is still only half way through. Our team has not really made any errors and we have boat speed, and that makes my job as tactician easy. We have good all round speed, good upwind and today I certainly felt we were good downwind.”

Roberto Bermudez de Castro, Caixa Galicia’s skipper summed up their three races:

“There are moments where we didn’t sail too well and you pay a price for that. We are still twelve points from Artemis in the overall standings, in this championship. But there are is still plenty of time. Hopefully we can improve our sailing when conditions are windier because we are just not as good as them (Artemis) with more wind. We are waiting to see if conditions will be a bit lighter in the next few days and we can even it up a little.

Artemis is sailing really well and is having a really good championship and it is proving to be difficult. If you look back they are the only team that is ahead that hasn’t won an event. Each of the leading teams has won their own regatta. We hope it won’t be the case but it seems that Artemis is also going out to win their own regatta as well! But until Saturday we are going to keep fighting….there is still time…..”

And tactician John Kostecki concurred:

“We are happy. We had a good race for our second place. That is the best result we have had in these windier conditions. Russell is just a little bit faster and in the first race he was able to force us a little bit down into the pack, but that almost hurt him. But at this stage ten (or 12) points is still nothing. We really are just happy to be so close at this stage and as we see here (Siemens’ broken mast) S**t happens, and we are only half way through the regatta.”

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Valle Romano Mean Machine wins Portugal Trophy after a windless final day

Posted on 25 August 2007 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Breitling Medcup] In like a lion, out like a lamb, racing for the Breitling MedCup TP52 circuit’s Portugal Trophy on the beautiful Algarve coast may have opened Tuesday with an invigorating blast of over 25 knots, but with insufficient wind Friday and Saturday, but it expired with barely a whimper today as the current Breitling MedCup 2006 champions, Peter de Ridder and his crew, emerged with their first overall regatta win this season.

Monaco based De Ridder and his crew – which includes six members of the Team New Zealand America’s Cup team – collect the Portugal Trophy, the Corinthian Trophy for the regatta’s top owner-helm, and the Santa Ana Trophy for winning the 25.18 miles coastal race.

Even the two days of too-quiet breezes and long hours sitting waiting for wind, and a few spots of rain -could not erase the memories of two great opening days of racing as the Circuit ventured out of the Mediterranean and on to Portugal’s Atlantic coast for the first time ever. The Bay of Lagos provided a challenging and interesting race course which was more than complemented by the excellent facilities ashore including a luxurious 1300 sq m crew’s chill out lounge.

After finishing second in Alicante at the 2007 season’s curtain raiser in June, Valle Romano Mean Machine’s Portuguese triumph is the first this season by a 2006 build boat. De Ridder’s crew, with Ray Davies calling tactics supported by Tom Dodson as strategist, won four of the six races including winning both stages of the coastal race.

Their final score of 17 points gave them a cushion of 15 points over Russell Coutts and his crew of Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis, while Ian Walker and the crew of Patches, Eamon Conneely’s Irish flagged Reichel Pugh designed boat earned their first podium place of the season, finishing third, ten points behind Artemis.

An exciting showdown is set for Hyeres, France where the five regatta Circuit concludes, starting on September 10th.

After leading since the Breitling Regatta last month Vicente Tirado’s CxG Caixa Galicia, skippered by Roberto Bermudez de Castro has been caught this week by Artemis.

Both now head to France locked at the summit of the leaderboard on an aggregate of 173 points after four regattas – Alicante, Portals, Copa del Rey and Portugal, already 13 points greater than De Ridder and team’s 2006 winning tally over the six 2006 regattas.


Winning owner-skipper Peter de Ridder summarised “We are certainly a bit sorry that we could not race today and yesterday because we need racing to get the extra discard but after it is all over now we are pretty happy with the result.”

“We started pretty confidently with a seventh and it grew from there. Getting four bullets (first place guns) from five starts we were really just happy to enjoy it, and it certainly feels good to be back.”

De Ridder is in the advanced stages of ordering a new boat for next season, asked if he might have second thoughts, given how well his 2006 Judel Vrolijk design, which was built in Wellington by Hakes Marine, has performed here, he responded:

“No, we are having a new boat. We certainly seem to get the best out of the old lady, but the fact is that her younger sisters – the 2007 generation boats – are a little bit quicker, but it is also interesting to note that already this season the leaders have more points after four regattas than we won the series with last year over six regattas.”

Strategist Tom Dodson remarked:

“After Palma we decided that we really needed to have a look at what we had. We don’t have a coach and we did really think that we would carry some of our speed that we had last year forward to this year, and by Palma it was clear that we were lacking. So we had to go back to school a bit and go out and have a look at what our competition was doing, taking notice in the practice races and learn something from the competition. We made a few small changes and it has made a difference.”

And on the idea of the circuit visiting more different venues, tactician Ray Davies added:

“It is good to come to new and challenging venues. We get a bit tired of Palma and the one sided tracks but it is refreshing to come to a new venue, it’s only a shame we didn’t get racing today and yesterday, but we have enjoyed Portugal and will be back.”

Having joined the Mean Machine team this season Jules Salter, Navigator, who finished second on his Volvo Race debut with Paul Cayard and the Pirates of the Caribbean gave an insight into how the winning team learned the new venue:

“We start by having really good weather forecasts to build up a picture – using Clouds (Roger Badham) but these guys on the boat really help and we usually discuss what we think is happening and apply what we think. It has been really challenging here, with the extremes it has been tough, but then when you get it right it fills you with confidence because you can start to believe in the theories.”

Said Roscoe Halcrow, Artemis’ trimmer:

“We had a good regatta. We really enjoyed sailing here. It is just a shame that the breeze that we had on the practice days and for the first races didn’t continue on, as it is was a lot of fun in the big breeze, sailing downwind, it was a real nice change after being in the Med. We did not do anything different to the boat for here. The boat is as the boat is, and we just put on some heaver sails as you would do.”

“We are pretty comfortable across the range, but it is a fun change sailing in the breeze. Against Caixa I think they maybe have a little bit of an edge under 10 knots, we are pretty even in that mid range in that 12-13 knots, and we have a slight edge above that. We could get a bit of everything in Hyeres, maybe even too much wind to sail with some Mistral action.”

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Valle Romano Mean Machine wins Portugal Trophy after a windless final day

Posted on 25 August 2007 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Breitling Medcup] In like a lion, out like a lamb, racing for the Breitling MedCup TP52 circuit’s Portugal Trophy on the beautiful Algarve coast may have opened Tuesday with an invigorating blast of over 25 knots, but with insufficient wind Friday and Saturday, but it expired with barely a whimper today as the current Breitling MedCup 2006 champions, Peter de Ridder and his crew, emerged with their first overall regatta win this season.

Monaco based De Ridder and his crew – which includes six members of the Team New Zealand America’s Cup team – collect the Portugal Trophy, the Corinthian Trophy for the regatta’s top owner-helm, and the Santa Ana Trophy for winning the 25.18 miles coastal race.

Even the two days of too-quiet breezes and long hours sitting waiting for wind, and a few spots of rain -could not erase the memories of two great opening days of racing as the Circuit ventured out of the Mediterranean and on to Portugal’s Atlantic coast for the first time ever. The Bay of Lagos provided a challenging and interesting race course which was more than complemented by the excellent facilities ashore including a luxurious 1300 sq m crew’s chill out lounge.

After finishing second in Alicante at the 2007 season’s curtain raiser in June, Valle Romano Mean Machine’s Portuguese triumph is the first this season by a 2006 build boat. De Ridder’s crew, with Ray Davies calling tactics supported by Tom Dodson as strategist, won four of the six races including winning both stages of the coastal race.

Their final score of 17 points gave them a cushion of 15 points over Russell Coutts and his crew of Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis, while Ian Walker and the crew of Patches, Eamon Conneely’s Irish flagged Reichel Pugh designed boat earned their first podium place of the season, finishing third, ten points behind Artemis.

An exciting showdown is set for Hyeres, France where the five regatta Circuit concludes, starting on September 10th.

After leading since the Breitling Regatta last month Vicente Tirado’s CxG Caixa Galicia, skippered by Roberto Bermudez de Castro has been caught this week by Artemis.

Both now head to France locked at the summit of the leaderboard on an aggregate of 173 points after four regattas – Alicante, Portals, Copa del Rey and Portugal, already 13 points greater than De Ridder and team’s 2006 winning tally over the six 2006 regattas.


Winning owner-skipper Peter de Ridder summarised “We are certainly a bit sorry that we could not race today and yesterday because we need racing to get the extra discard but after it is all over now we are pretty happy with the result.”

“We started pretty confidently with a seventh and it grew from there. Getting four bullets (first place guns) from five starts we were really just happy to enjoy it, and it certainly feels good to be back.”

De Ridder is in the advanced stages of ordering a new boat for next season, asked if he might have second thoughts, given how well his 2006 Judel Vrolijk design, which was built in Wellington by Hakes Marine, has performed here, he responded:

“No, we are having a new boat. We certainly seem to get the best out of the old lady, but the fact is that her younger sisters – the 2007 generation boats – are a little bit quicker, but it is also interesting to note that already this season the leaders have more points after four regattas than we won the series with last year over six regattas.”

Strategist Tom Dodson remarked:

“After Palma we decided that we really needed to have a look at what we had. We don’t have a coach and we did really think that we would carry some of our speed that we had last year forward to this year, and by Palma it was clear that we were lacking. So we had to go back to school a bit and go out and have a look at what our competition was doing, taking notice in the practice races and learn something from the competition. We made a few small changes and it has made a difference.”

And on the idea of the circuit visiting more different venues, tactician Ray Davies added:

“It is good to come to new and challenging venues. We get a bit tired of Palma and the one sided tracks but it is refreshing to come to a new venue, it’s only a shame we didn’t get racing today and yesterday, but we have enjoyed Portugal and will be back.”

Having joined the Mean Machine team this season Jules Salter, Navigator, who finished second on his Volvo Race debut with Paul Cayard and the Pirates of the Caribbean gave an insight into how the winning team learned the new venue:

“We start by having really good weather forecasts to build up a picture – using Clouds (Roger Badham) but these guys on the boat really help and we usually discuss what we think is happening and apply what we think. It has been really challenging here, with the extremes it has been tough, but then when you get it right it fills you with confidence because you can start to believe in the theories.”

Said Roscoe Halcrow, Artemis’ trimmer:

“We had a good regatta. We really enjoyed sailing here. It is just a shame that the breeze that we had on the practice days and for the first races didn’t continue on, as it is was a lot of fun in the big breeze, sailing downwind, it was a real nice change after being in the Med. We did not do anything different to the boat for here. The boat is as the boat is, and we just put on some heaver sails as you would do.”

“We are pretty comfortable across the range, but it is a fun change sailing in the breeze. Against Caixa I think they maybe have a little bit of an edge under 10 knots, we are pretty even in that mid range in that 12-13 knots, and we have a slight edge above that. We could get a bit of everything in Hyeres, maybe even too much wind to sail with some Mistral action.”

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