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AUDI Medcup – Cartagena Trophy – Day 2: Losing the waiting game again

Posted on 16 September 2009 by Valencia Sailing

The 10 TP52 yachts and 6 GP42 boats played the waiting game again today but unfortunately lost it. No racing took place for the second day in row due to the extremely shifty and unstable wind conditions. The cold front over eastern Spain is still affecting the Cartagena region and keeps putting roadblocks on the race committee.

Maria Torrijo, PRO of the event, tried as hard as she could to get at least one race going but it was impossible. After waiting until 2pm ashore, the GP42 and TP52 fleets were sent to the race course, hoping to get racing as soon as possible. Unfortunately, that was not to happen. The race committee tried twice to get the boats going but had to raise the postponement flag, again, a mere 10-15 seconds before the gun. The shifts were too big to have a decent race.

The 16 boats waited until 5:30 pm but the breeze kept shifting right and pressure kept dropping, letting the committee no option but send them back to port.

Thursday’s coastal race has now been moved to Friday and is replaced by 3 windward-leeward races.

Unfortunately, again, that was the only racing we got for the day. The race committee tried to start two races but it wasn’t possible. Cartagena, 16 September 2009. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Quote of the day:

Grant Dalton, CEO of Emirates Team New Zealand: The Race Committee is doing its job perfectly. They are absolutely trying to get the races away and the two races they took they called them 10 seconds before the start. You can’t ask for more than that and I haven’t heard anybody on our boat having anything other than praise for their job since the very first race in Alicante. In my view they have got only one race wrong in the season, something almost unheard of.

Of course you can always race but if you want the race to be a joke then you race. We got a 40-degree shift in the second race and there was nothing to do but cancel it. They got it absolutely right on the button. Nobody has complained on our boat, not because we are leading, but because nobody wants to go racing when it’s all crazy.

You could argue to a point that each abandoned race gets us closer to the championship but even if you drop the long race we still have 9 races to go. I don’t think we have done more than 10 in any regatta in any way and everybody obviously remembers the long windless days in Valencia in the America’s Cup without racing. Well, good luck to us for having gotten the points in the season so far but I think there isn’t a single yachtsman here that doesn’t accept that’s how the game plays out.

Highlights from the second day of the Cartagena Trophy. Cartagena, 16 September 2009. Video copyright AUDI Medcup

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AUDI MedCup – Alicante Trophy – Final Day: Everything is up for grabs

Posted on 17 May 2009 by Valencia Sailing

Good morning from sunny Alicante. The first event of the 2009 AUDI Medcup comes to its conclusion today and everything is up for grabs. Artemis and Emirates Team New Zealand are tied for first with 30 points. A single point behind them is Quantum Racing and a mere 2 points further back Matador. With 4 strong teams separated by only 3 points it is obvious that nothing should be taken for granted and the winner of the trophy will be decided in the last race.

Unfortunately, the forecast for today is not extremely promising and it looks that conditions this Sunday will be as tricky as yesterday. In order to have a shot at leadership all four teams must sail nicely, have a good start and, particularly, be in the right side of the course at the right moment.

Racing is scheduled to start at 1pm and no start can be given after 3:30pm. Given the expected light breeze it seems that 2 races will be sailed today.


@Nico Martinez / AUDI MedCup

Grant Dalton, Emirates Team New Zealand CEO: “Yesterday’s third race was just one of those races that we sailed incredibly badly. You know, after you had two good ones, you know in your head that you have to be really careful that you don’t relax or get complacent because that can happen. We got off the line not bad and then went left while we should have gone right. Then we went the wrong way down the first run, we went wrong up the second beat and we came down the last run the wrong way. We basically, completely stuffed it up.

The forecast for today is for light winds so it’s going to be another tricky day. We feel our boat starts to kick at about 8.5 knots and after that it starts to get very fast. Under that threshold I think it’s vulnerable. If it’s like that today we’ll be vulnerable but it doesn’t psychologically suck us, you have to get a good start and go the right way.

Artemis sailed really well yesterday, they were on a roll and it’s going to be hard to stop them today. You always need a little bit of luck but it’s obviously not a question of Russell Coutts being lucky. They just sailed really nicely and we only beat them in the first race. They were considerably fast downwind and had a good day.

We came to Alicante looking for a top three position in this regatta and we are now tied for first. Things are not that bad.”


@Quantum Racing

Ed Reynolds, Quantum Racing: “I think our performance so far has been fine. Yesterday we had a couple of extremely bad breaks. We rounded the weather mark in a great position into the last run. We had 4 knots of wind and everybody behind us was pushed in front and from second at that point we ended up seventh. But you know what? You can’t whine about that, it just happens.

This venue was exactly like that for us last year. When it’s light air, puffy, quite of random where you have to take big risks we haven’t scored well in those regattas. Last year we didn’t, this year we’re struggling. We kind of feel we haven’t gotten too many breaks and that will even out in the course of the year. After all, we’re just one point from winning the regatta.

Everything is up for grabs today and some times being in this position is better than trying to hold the lead. I’m really happy with that and in the only day of the regatta with strong and consistent winds I felt we were the dominant boat. As the season goes on and the breeze gets a little bit more consistent and with a more even race track, I think we are going to be very tough to beat.”

Wind Quest
With such tricky and difficult wind conditions, Quantum Racing’s shore crew goes the extra mile, on the top of Alicante’s castle and looks for better breeze.

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AUDI MedCup – Alicante Trophy: Day 4 – Preview

Posted on 16 May 2009 by Valencia Sailing

Good morning from sunny Alicante. After a spectacular 4th day, the 5th day of the Alicante Trophy is expected to provide similar thrills as the weather forecast calls for another good seabreeze day with the wind expected to top 15 knots.

Grant Dalton, Emirates Team NZ CEO: “It was an OK day for us and we didn’t think it was anything special. We didn’t do well in the second race but were still within striking distance. It’s an acceptable result but we certainly believe we can do much better. I’m not at all satisfied with our performance yesterday.”

Emirates Team NZ round the top mark in 6th place in the 2nd race. Alicante, 15 May 2009. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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AUDI MedCup – Alicante Trophy: Day 4 – Preview

Posted on 16 May 2009 by Valencia Sailing

Good morning from sunny Alicante. After a spectacular 4th day, the 5th day of the Alicante Trophy is expected to provide similar thrills as the weather forecast calls for another good seabreeze day with the wind expected to top 15 knots.

Grant Dalton, Emirates Team NZ CEO: “It was an OK day for us and we didn’t think it was anything special. We didn’t do well in the second race but were still within striking distance. It’s an acceptable result but we certainly believe we can do much better. I’m not at all satisfied with our performance yesterday.”

Emirates Team NZ round the top mark in 6th place in the 2nd race. Alicante, 15 May 2009. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Emirates Team NZ Newsletter: Grant Dalton’s update

Posted on 22 December 2008 by Valencia Sailing

Base is buzzing as we prepare for LVPS


Louis Vuitton Pacific Series

Boats launched January 15-19

Team practice starts January 24

Racing starts January 30 and continues until February 14

The base is buzzing again as preparations for the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series pick up pace.

On top of that, the team is also right into its TP52 project, with the build well-advanced at Cookson’s yard on the North Shore. The yacht will be launched a few days after the final of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series.

At the Viaduct Harbour base, boatbuilders, electronic and hydraulic engineers, riggers and sailmakers are working to re-commission the yachts and build the identifying spinnakers for each team. All this and the Christmas-New Year holiday season is approaching fast.

The BMW Oracle Racing yachts arrived from Spain a few days ago and shore crew are working on them.

The four yachts will be back in the water in the third week of January, ready for sea trials and the start of practice for participating teams on January 24.

There’s much more to this regatta than just the four racing yachts and 200 yachtsmen. Once again we have tapped into that special New Zealand spirit that just makes things happen. The regatta could not have been held without the willing help of dozens of people and organisations. Individuals are lending their boats, companies are donating product or heavily discounting products and services.

The Government and Auckland city and its agencies have given great support and practical help. We couldn’t have asked for better. Without their help, New Zealand and Auckland would have missed out on a great event.

One of BMW Oracle’s two yachts to be used in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series. Photo copyright Emirates Team NZ

Nothing has been too much trouble for the harbour master and police who have made it possible to run the races close in to the shore. Courses will be laid right across the approaches to the busy commercial port so that spectators on shore can share the action.

The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron is organising on-the-water activity. They have brought together a large number of volunteers to man the fleet needed for course and racing officials – the umpires, marshals, mark layers and the “ferries” to get race crews on and off the yachts.

It’s a big job but the Squadron, with a couple of Louis Vuitton Cups and America’s Cups behind it, is well-practiced at handling the logistics of a big regatta.

While all the on-the-water activities are being worked through, Louis Vuitton, Auckland City, the people at Viaduct Harbour Marine Village and SKYCITY are working to ensure the race village and on-shore entertainment becomes a reality.

And, because a large number of international journalists are expected to be in Auckland for the regatta, Tourism New Zealand and Tourism Auckland are working to ensure that we miss no opportunity to promote New Zealand and the region.

TP52 Programme

It’s good to see the TP 52 project coming together so well. We will campaign the TP 52 on the Med Cup circuit, one of the most competitive on the international racing calendar. Five regattas (in Spain, Portugal, France and Italy) are planned in 2009, the first in the third week of May.

Our yacht is due to be shipped to Europe in March after sea trials have been completed. A workshop container and chase boat will travel with it.

A TP 52 has a crew of 15. The regattas will give the core sailing crew the chance to sail together, an essential part of the buildup to the next America’s Cup.

The TP 52 project is being funded by Emirates and staunch supporter of the team Matteo de Nora.

Top: Emirates Team New Zealand boat builder Peter Ockleston and Colin Driver. Bottom: Some of the TP 52 build team: Ian McLean, Anthony Murray, Andy Howden and Mark Borley show off their handiwork. Photo copyright Emirates Team NZ

America’s Cup

Meanwhile the America’s Cup saga continues: Alinghi is proceeding to organise a multi-challenge America’s Cup for 2010 even though the Oracle appeal in the New York courts has still to be resolved.

Oracle’s Larry Ellison has told Alinghi that it would not enter the event by Alinghi’s December 15 deadline (and as a pre-condition withdraw its legal challenge) and would persevere with the appeal.

That leaves two possible outcomes: Oracle’s appeal is dismissed and the Spanish yacht club CNEV is confirmed as the challenger of record and a multi-challenge America’s Cup is back on track.

Oracle wins the appeal and a Deed-of-Gift challenge is sailed in the multihulls, in Oracle’s case a 90ft trimaran which the team has been trialing off San Diego. Alinghi’s multi-hull has yet to be seen in public.

The outcome is unlikely to be known for some months.

The team thanks our suppliers and sponsors for their patience and continued support. It’s comforting to know they’re behind us.

Season’s greetings to everyone.

Grant Dalton

Back in the sun … after more than a year in the shed, NZL 92 gets ready for racing. Photo copyright Emirates Team NZ

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Emirates Team NZ Newsletter: Grant Dalton’s update

Posted on 22 December 2008 by Valencia Sailing

Base is buzzing as we prepare for LVPS


Louis Vuitton Pacific Series

Boats launched January 15-19

Team practice starts January 24

Racing starts January 30 and continues until February 14

The base is buzzing again as preparations for the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series pick up pace.

On top of that, the team is also right into its TP52 project, with the build well-advanced at Cookson’s yard on the North Shore. The yacht will be launched a few days after the final of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series.

At the Viaduct Harbour base, boatbuilders, electronic and hydraulic engineers, riggers and sailmakers are working to re-commission the yachts and build the identifying spinnakers for each team. All this and the Christmas-New Year holiday season is approaching fast.

The BMW Oracle Racing yachts arrived from Spain a few days ago and shore crew are working on them.

The four yachts will be back in the water in the third week of January, ready for sea trials and the start of practice for participating teams on January 24.

There’s much more to this regatta than just the four racing yachts and 200 yachtsmen. Once again we have tapped into that special New Zealand spirit that just makes things happen. The regatta could not have been held without the willing help of dozens of people and organisations. Individuals are lending their boats, companies are donating product or heavily discounting products and services.

The Government and Auckland city and its agencies have given great support and practical help. We couldn’t have asked for better. Without their help, New Zealand and Auckland would have missed out on a great event.

One of BMW Oracle’s two yachts to be used in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series. Photo copyright Emirates Team NZ

Nothing has been too much trouble for the harbour master and police who have made it possible to run the races close in to the shore. Courses will be laid right across the approaches to the busy commercial port so that spectators on shore can share the action.

The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron is organising on-the-water activity. They have brought together a large number of volunteers to man the fleet needed for course and racing officials – the umpires, marshals, mark layers and the “ferries” to get race crews on and off the yachts.

It’s a big job but the Squadron, with a couple of Louis Vuitton Cups and America’s Cups behind it, is well-practiced at handling the logistics of a big regatta.

While all the on-the-water activities are being worked through, Louis Vuitton, Auckland City, the people at Viaduct Harbour Marine Village and SKYCITY are working to ensure the race village and on-shore entertainment becomes a reality.

And, because a large number of international journalists are expected to be in Auckland for the regatta, Tourism New Zealand and Tourism Auckland are working to ensure that we miss no opportunity to promote New Zealand and the region.

TP52 Programme

It’s good to see the TP 52 project coming together so well. We will campaign the TP 52 on the Med Cup circuit, one of the most competitive on the international racing calendar. Five regattas (in Spain, Portugal, France and Italy) are planned in 2009, the first in the third week of May.

Our yacht is due to be shipped to Europe in March after sea trials have been completed. A workshop container and chase boat will travel with it.

A TP 52 has a crew of 15. The regattas will give the core sailing crew the chance to sail together, an essential part of the buildup to the next America’s Cup.

The TP 52 project is being funded by Emirates and staunch supporter of the team Matteo de Nora.

Top: Emirates Team New Zealand boat builder Peter Ockleston and Colin Driver. Bottom: Some of the TP 52 build team: Ian McLean, Anthony Murray, Andy Howden and Mark Borley show off their handiwork. Photo copyright Emirates Team NZ

America’s Cup

Meanwhile the America’s Cup saga continues: Alinghi is proceeding to organise a multi-challenge America’s Cup for 2010 even though the Oracle appeal in the New York courts has still to be resolved.

Oracle’s Larry Ellison has told Alinghi that it would not enter the event by Alinghi’s December 15 deadline (and as a pre-condition withdraw its legal challenge) and would persevere with the appeal.

That leaves two possible outcomes: Oracle’s appeal is dismissed and the Spanish yacht club CNEV is confirmed as the challenger of record and a multi-challenge America’s Cup is back on track.

Oracle wins the appeal and a Deed-of-Gift challenge is sailed in the multihulls, in Oracle’s case a 90ft trimaran which the team has been trialing off San Diego. Alinghi’s multi-hull has yet to be seen in public.

The outcome is unlikely to be known for some months.

The team thanks our suppliers and sponsors for their patience and continued support. It’s comforting to know they’re behind us.

Season’s greetings to everyone.

Grant Dalton

Back in the sun … after more than a year in the shed, NZL 92 gets ready for racing. Photo copyright Emirates Team NZ

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Grant Dalton talks to Bloomberg TV

Posted on 17 June 2008 by Valencia Sailing

Grant Dalton, managing director of Emirates Team New Zealand, talked to Bloomberg television’s Night Talk program on Monday night. The legendary kiwi sailor mainly focused on the lawsuit his team has filed against Alinghi. The interview comes into three parts.

Dalton mentions an interesting number concerning the 32nd edition of the America’s Cup in Valencia, that is his team’s budget. According to him, Emirates Team New Zealand had a total budget of around 60 million euros, going on to state that they were about the 5th most funded team, out of 12. If these numbers are indeed true, they were by far the most efficient and achieved the best expenses to results ratio.

First part of Grant Dalton’s interview

Second part of Grant Dalton’s interview

Third part of Grant Dalton’s interview

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Grant Dalton talks to Bloomberg TV

Posted on 17 June 2008 by Valencia Sailing

Grant Dalton, managing director of Emirates Team New Zealand, talked to Bloomberg television’s Night Talk program on Monday night. The legendary kiwi sailor mainly focused on the lawsuit his team has filed against Alinghi. The interview comes into three parts.

Dalton mentions an interesting number concerning the 32nd edition of the America’s Cup in Valencia, that is his team’s budget. According to him, Emirates Team New Zealand had a total budget of around 60 million euros, going on to state that they were about the 5th most funded team, out of 12. If these numbers are indeed true, they were by far the most efficient and achieved the best expenses to results ratio.

First part of Grant Dalton’s interview

Second part of Grant Dalton’s interview

Third part of Grant Dalton’s interview

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