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The "Hand of God" in sailing

Posted on 30 July 2010 by Valencia Sailing

It’s been another long and exciting day in Valencia with the first four fleet races of the RC44 Valencia Cup, even if the breeze didn’t reach the levels we’ve been accustomed to during the last two weeks. Our full report with some beautiful pictures will be online in a couple of hours.

The undisputed leader of the day is “17″ with three bullets and a fourth. Still, the final race of the day had its bit of controversy and was resolved in the jury room after the Spanish team Islas Canarias Puerto Calero filed a protest against the American team.

For all those football-illeterate readers that wonder what relation the title of the article has with today’s races, it refers to Diego Maradona’s infamous goal in the 1986 World Cup when the Argentinean scored against the English, with an illegal, but unpenalised, handball. At the post-game press conference, Maradona claimed that the goal was scored “a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God”, coining the phrase “Hand of God”.

The “Hand of God” in the RC44′s took place in the prestart of the final race when James Spithill helped amateur helmsman Anders Myralf by taking the helm, something that under the RC44 Class rules is only allowed in emergency situations. As a result of Spithill taking the helm, the Spanish felt they were forced to cross early the starting line and protested. The Jury found “17″ in breach of the rule, as they judged there was no emergency situation while Anders Myralf is an experienced sailor. Finally, the Jury decided to penalize “17″ with one point since, in their view, the yacht didn’t gain any advantage in the race by Spithill’s action.

The “hand of God” in sailing. James Spithill takes the helm of “17″ during the prestart of the fleet race, something that is allowed only in emergency situations according to the RC44 Class rules. Valencia, 30 July 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The “hand of God” in sailing. James Spithill takes the helm of “17″ during the prestart of the fleet race, something that is allowed only in emergency situations according to the RC44 Class rules. Valencia, 30 July 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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The "Hand of God" in sailing

Posted on 30 July 2010 by Valencia Sailing

It’s been another long and exciting day in Valencia with the first four fleet races of the RC44 Valencia Cup, even if the breeze didn’t reach the levels we’ve been accustomed to during the last two weeks. Our full report with some beautiful pictures will be online in a couple of hours.

The undisputed leader of the day is “17″ with three bullets and a fourth. Still, the final race of the day had its bit of controversy and was resolved in the jury room after the Spanish team Islas Canarias Puerto Calero filed a protest against the American team.

For all those football-illeterate readers that wonder what relation the title of the article has with today’s races, it refers to Diego Maradona’s infamous goal in the 1986 World Cup when the Argentinean scored against the English, with an illegal, but unpenalised, handball. At the post-game press conference, Maradona claimed that the goal was scored “a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God”, coining the phrase “Hand of God”.

The “Hand of God” in the RC44′s took place in the prestart of the final race when James Spithill helped amateur helmsman Anders Myralf by taking the helm, something that under the RC44 Class rules is only allowed in emergency situations. As a result of Spithill taking the helm, the Spanish felt they were forced to cross early the starting line and protested. The Jury found “17″ in breach of the rule, as they judged there was no emergency situation while Anders Myralf is an experienced sailor. Finally, the Jury decided to penalize “17″ with one point since, in their view, the yacht didn’t gain any advantage in the race by Spithill’s action.

The “hand of God” in sailing. James Spithill takes the helm of “17″ during the prestart of the fleet race, something that is allowed only in emergency situations according to the RC44 Class rules. Valencia, 30 July 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The “hand of God” in sailing. James Spithill takes the helm of “17″ during the prestart of the fleet race, something that is allowed only in emergency situations according to the RC44 Class rules. Valencia, 30 July 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Racing cancelled due to the lack of wind on day one of the Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup

Posted on 25 November 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: RC44 Class Association] The RC 44 Championship Tour match race could unfortunately not begin today as expected due to the lack of wind. The strong “Shaman” that was blowing over the past few days is gone and the sea breeze is not established yet. Chief Race Officer Peter “Luigi” Reggio stayed out on the water all day, looking for the breeze and trying to find a solution. He waited until 4:00 PM to take the only possible decision as the night falls at 5:30 PM.

The match racing event will be held in one day tomorrow. The ten strong RC 44 fleet will be split in two groups, with every team completing a total of five flights. There will then be a final series between the first and second, third and fourth, fifth and sixth etc.

The racing will start according to the schedule at 11:30 AM.

No wind, no race. The Spanish crew of Puerto Calero Islas Canarias is waiting, in vain, for the breeze to appear. Dubai, 25 November 2009. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / Puerto Calero Islas Canarias

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Racing cancelled due to the lack of wind on day one of the Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup

Posted on 25 November 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: RC44 Class Association] The RC 44 Championship Tour match race could unfortunately not begin today as expected due to the lack of wind. The strong “Shaman” that was blowing over the past few days is gone and the sea breeze is not established yet. Chief Race Officer Peter “Luigi” Reggio stayed out on the water all day, looking for the breeze and trying to find a solution. He waited until 4:00 PM to take the only possible decision as the night falls at 5:30 PM.

The match racing event will be held in one day tomorrow. The ten strong RC 44 fleet will be split in two groups, with every team completing a total of five flights. There will then be a final series between the first and second, third and fourth, fifth and sixth etc.

The racing will start according to the schedule at 11:30 AM.

No wind, no race. The Spanish crew of Puerto Calero Islas Canarias is waiting, in vain, for the breeze to appear. Dubai, 25 November 2009. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / Puerto Calero Islas Canarias

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Wind to win, play with the RC44 fleet and win a trip with the Islas Canarias Puerto Calero team

Posted on 17 November 2009 by Valencia Sailing

The Canaries Tourism office has started a world wide campaign to support and sponsor the Islas Canarias RC 44 sailing team on their Sea Dubai RC44 Gold Cup regatta that starts next week, November 25.

In addition to sponsoring the team and under the motto “Wind To Win”, the Canaries Tourism office invites sailing enthusiasts to support their favorite team and prove that they who have the best fans, have the best wind.

Just by playing on www.windtowin.com and registering (it takes 30 seconds) you could be eligible to win a free trip with the Islas Canarias Sailing team to one of their international races in 2010. The winner of the game will be announced on the 28th of November.

All you have to do in order to play the game is to log on to www.windtowin.com and follow the instructions. The game consists of simply blowing into your computer microphone. If you don’t want your boss the find out you are playing during work, just click on the corresponding option and play with the “Space” key of your keyboard. The website will then translate this air into wind knots and make the boats move.

During the actual Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup, the wind generated by the game players will activate huge fans which are located in the port of Dubai and a huge screen will show the support messages that fans will leave on the website. This way, the teams will be able to literally feel and see the support that their fans have sent directly from their homes. And fans will be able to feel that they are not only on the virtual world but also on the real regatta.

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Wind to win, play with the RC44 fleet and win a trip with the Islas Canarias Puerto Calero team

Posted on 17 November 2009 by Valencia Sailing

The Canaries Tourism office has started a world wide campaign to support and sponsor the Islas Canarias RC 44 sailing team on their Sea Dubai RC44 Gold Cup regatta that starts next week, November 25.

In addition to sponsoring the team and under the motto “Wind To Win”, the Canaries Tourism office invites sailing enthusiasts to support their favorite team and prove that they who have the best fans, have the best wind.

Just by playing on www.windtowin.com and registering (it takes 30 seconds) you could be eligible to win a free trip with the Islas Canarias Sailing team to one of their international races in 2010. The winner of the game will be announced on the 28th of November.

All you have to do in order to play the game is to log on to www.windtowin.com and follow the instructions. The game consists of simply blowing into your computer microphone. If you don’t want your boss the find out you are playing during work, just click on the corresponding option and play with the “Space” key of your keyboard. The website will then translate this air into wind knots and make the boats move.

During the actual Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup, the wind generated by the game players will activate huge fans which are located in the port of Dubai and a huge screen will show the support messages that fans will leave on the website. This way, the teams will be able to literally feel and see the support that their fans have sent directly from their homes. And fans will be able to feel that they are not only on the virtual world but also on the real regatta.

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All set for the official GP42 Global Cup training day

Posted on 13 October 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: GP42 Global Cup] The GP42 Global Cup official programme of activities commences on Tuesday in Puerto Calero with the official training day. Racing will start in Lanzarote on Wednesday 14th and run through to Saturday 17th. On Monday afternoon the eight boats that have confirmed entry were all moored in the Puerto Calero marina.

The GP42 Global Cup, organised by Puerto Calero and World Sailing Management will take place in Lanzarote. Eight teams from five countries will take part in the event which is considered to be the World Championship for the GP42 Class.

Three Spanish teams, two Italians, one Portuguese, a Swedish and British team make up the fleet. The Spanish contingency is led by the 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit champion in the GP42 Series, Islas Canarias Puerto Calero, owned by José Antonio Calero (ESP) and skippered by José María Ponce (ESP); Caser Endesa (ESP) owned by Javier Goizueta (ESP), with Juanlu Páez (ESP) at the helm, and Turismo Madrid (ESP) owned by Olympic champion sailor, José María van der Ploeg (ESP).

Two teams sail under the Italy flag; Roma (ITA) owned by Filippo Farufini (ITA) and Airis (ITA) owned by Roberto Monti (ITA). The Portuguese entry, Quebramar Xacobeo 2010 (POR) owned by Gonçalo Esteves (POR) counts with the Spanish Felipe Regojo (ESP) at the helm.

Finally, two new campaigns make their debut in the GP42 fleet: the British entry, Península Petroleum (GBR) owned by John Bassadone (GBR), with Spanish sailing star Iñaki Castañer (ESP) on board and the Swedish Team Nordic (SWE), helmed by Magnus Olsson (SWE), a person familiar to Puerto Calero as Ericsson 3 Round the World Race helmsman.

The different teams have been training off the Lanzarote coastline today in preparation for the start of the competition. The Official Training Race is set to start from 14:00. Competition starts proper on Wednesday with windward-leeward courses. Racing in the GP42 Global Cup concludes next Saturday.

José María Calero, owner of Islas Canarias Puerto Calero explains today “we have been out trying in approximately 15 knots of breeze and had up to 17 knots. Since Cartagena we have sailed on another team boat, an RC44, but today we have really found out GP42 in shape. We are looking forward to competing once again and doing it at home as best we can.”

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All set for the official GP42 Global Cup training day

Posted on 13 October 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: GP42 Global Cup] The GP42 Global Cup official programme of activities commences on Tuesday in Puerto Calero with the official training day. Racing will start in Lanzarote on Wednesday 14th and run through to Saturday 17th. On Monday afternoon the eight boats that have confirmed entry were all moored in the Puerto Calero marina.

The GP42 Global Cup, organised by Puerto Calero and World Sailing Management will take place in Lanzarote. Eight teams from five countries will take part in the event which is considered to be the World Championship for the GP42 Class.

Three Spanish teams, two Italians, one Portuguese, a Swedish and British team make up the fleet. The Spanish contingency is led by the 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit champion in the GP42 Series, Islas Canarias Puerto Calero, owned by José Antonio Calero (ESP) and skippered by José María Ponce (ESP); Caser Endesa (ESP) owned by Javier Goizueta (ESP), with Juanlu Páez (ESP) at the helm, and Turismo Madrid (ESP) owned by Olympic champion sailor, José María van der Ploeg (ESP).

Two teams sail under the Italy flag; Roma (ITA) owned by Filippo Farufini (ITA) and Airis (ITA) owned by Roberto Monti (ITA). The Portuguese entry, Quebramar Xacobeo 2010 (POR) owned by Gonçalo Esteves (POR) counts with the Spanish Felipe Regojo (ESP) at the helm.

Finally, two new campaigns make their debut in the GP42 fleet: the British entry, Península Petroleum (GBR) owned by John Bassadone (GBR), with Spanish sailing star Iñaki Castañer (ESP) on board and the Swedish Team Nordic (SWE), helmed by Magnus Olsson (SWE), a person familiar to Puerto Calero as Ericsson 3 Round the World Race helmsman.

The different teams have been training off the Lanzarote coastline today in preparation for the start of the competition. The Official Training Race is set to start from 14:00. Competition starts proper on Wednesday with windward-leeward courses. Racing in the GP42 Global Cup concludes next Saturday.

José María Calero, owner of Islas Canarias Puerto Calero explains today “we have been out trying in approximately 15 knots of breeze and had up to 17 knots. Since Cartagena we have sailed on another team boat, an RC44, but today we have really found out GP42 in shape. We are looking forward to competing once again and doing it at home as best we can.”

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