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Argo Group Gold Cup survives Gonzalo

Posted on 19 October 2014 by Ivan Bidzilya

[Source: Argo Gold Cup] The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club has announced that the Argo Group Gold Cup is still set to sail, albeit on a compressed schedule, starting Wednesday, October 22. Using the one-day-delay plan announced last Wednesday, the Argo Group Gold Cup will be compressed to five days of racing and organizers will take advantage of the fine weather expected after Gonzalo. Winds predicted to be in the 20kt range each day will help get the full event completed for the competitors and spectators.

Stage 6 of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour had been threatened by the category 3 hurricane that struck Bermuda on Friday night [October 17] with predicted winds of over 130 mph. Saturday morning island officials were accessing the damage and later in the day reopened the causeway that links the Bermuda International Airport to the Hamilton end of the island, points South and West.

Past Commodore Brian Billings, Chairman Argo Group Gold Cup sent the following communication to the competitors today [Saturday]:
Commodore Kempe spoke with the Governor of Bermuda this morning who expressed his hope that the storm will not stand in the way of the Argo Group Gold going forward in true Bermuda style.

The Argo Group Gold Cup organizing committee met at 3:00 this afternoon to review our status and we are happy to report that we are proceeding as planned to host the Argo Group Gold Cup with practice on Tuesday and racing beginning on Wednesday October 22th .

The causeway to the airport is now open and flights are expected on schedule Sunday. British Airways has re-booked many of the people due in Saturday to Sunday’s flight.

There was minor roof damage at the club which will not impact our facilities. The terrace and our famous bar will be open for business as usual Monday.

We need 8 IOD’s [International One Design sailboats used for match racing]. We normally have two spares. One of our spare IODs was damaged and we working on a replacement. Our Race Committee boat Cleopatra was unharmed as were our fleet of inflatable umpire boats.

We are checking with all our hosts to ensure that they can accommodate the competitors. While some hosts have had damage and may be running on auxiliary power or candlelight almost all are ready to welcome our guests and backup arrangements are in progress where there is a problem.

We look forward to a fabulous hurricane party in the form of the 2014 Argo Group Gold Cup!

As previously announced the Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup will remain on its original schedule Oct. 23-26. The juniors sail up to 5 races a day in the Great Sound for three days. The final day they race one last race on Hamilton Harbour doing the halftime break in the Argo Group Gold Cup finals.

The Family Festival of Sail, the initial event of Argo Group Gold Cup Week, was originally scheduled for Sunday Oct 19 in Barr’s Bay Park adjacent to RBYC. The festival is rescheduled to October 26 and will be part of the finals day celebration.

Thirteen countries are represented in the 2014 Argo Group Gold Cup. The matches will be sailed with the same 20-team format used in 2013. This Argo Group Gold Cup format is unique on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. It allows for two 10-team groups. Skippers in each group are ranked and divided by Alpari World Match Racing Tour officials and the organizers at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.

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Team Ulrikkeholm new WIM Series champion

Posted on 16 October 2014 by Ivan Bidzilya

[Source: WIM] The only team to have won two out of five events on the 2014 WIM Series, is the new titleholder. With substitute skipper Trine Palludan finishing 4th in the Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race, Danish World # 1 Team Ulrikkeholm secures the Terry J Kohler Perpetual Trophy and the USD 25 000 prize check: “This was our main goal for the season, and we’re so happy to have reached it” says Palludan, with Camilla Ulrikkeholm herself cheering via Skype from Denmark: “I’m extremely happy that the girls performed so well in Busan. I knew they had the potential” says the regular skipper.

When the 2014 WIM Series concluded Thursday with the semis and the final of the Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race, bright sunshine from a clear blue sky, but somewhat wacky winds off the Haeundae Beach, characterized the racing. 2013 WIM Series champion Lucy Macgregor of Great Britain survived the difficult conditions incomparably. First she defeated Swedish World Champion Anna Kjellberg 3 – 1 in their very tight and exciting semi final: “Our starts got better and better, as we improved during the day” Macgregor comments.

In the final the British skipper then put up a fierce fight against Australian Katie Spithill, a fight that wasn’t decided until the very end: “It’s never over until it’s over, and it definitely wasn’t easy today”, Macgregor points out, giving an example from the last match: “All day we’ve been quite close to pushing Katie over the starting line too early, and finally we achieved it. When she had to turn back it gave us a little breathing room, but on the last run she came from behind and we didn’t know what the breeze would do next” she explains.

“We had first place within our grasp, but we’re happy with second. We made some silly mistakes towards the end of the day, and got some umpire calls against us” the Australian Champion Katie Spithill comments.

Anna Kjellberg faced Trine Palludan in the petite finale, and the Swede secured her podium place in Busan with two straight wins over the fellow Scandinavians of Team Ulrikkeholm: “After losing the semi final we recharged and told ourselves that we had to reach the podium” says Kjellberg, revealing her tactics: “All year we’ve been good at bringing experience from previous races, and so we did today too. In the petite finale we always tried to position ourselves between Trine and the gusts of wind, in order to get them first.”

“Not to win a single match on the final day of an event is always tiresome, especially since many of them were very tight” sighs Palludan.

Nevertheless, with her fourth place in the Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race, Trine Palludan secures the 2014 WIM Series Terry J Kohler Perpetual Trophy and a prize check of USD 25 000 to Danish World #1 Team Ulrikkeholm, with regular skipper Camilla Ulrikkeholm: “The WIM Series has been hard fought over five months with only one team winning more than one event, and by virtue of that stellar effort that team is our Series champion” says WIM Series Manager Liz Baylis.

World Champion Anna Kjellberg of Sweden gets a prize check of USD 15 000 for finishing runner-up in the 2014 WIM Series, just five points behind the Danes. USD 10 000 for third place in the WIM Series 2014 goes to Anne-Claire Le Berre, France. Altogether 26 teams with 150 sailors from 15 nations have participated in the 2014 WIM Series events in Ireland, France, Sweden, USA and Korea:  “We entered this week’s events with five teams vying for the podium places, and the Series podium places ultimately only being decided in these last two days by very few points” says Liz Baylis, continuing: “One point separated 3rd from 4th and the top two podium spots were only decided in the semi finals today. It couldn’t have been more exciting!”

Results in the final of the Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race:

Lucy Macgregor, GBR – Katie Spithill, AUS 3 – 2

Results in the petite finale:

Anna Kjellberg, SWE – Trine Palludan, DEN 2 – 0

Results in the semi final:

Katie Spithill, AUS – Trine Palludan, DEN 3 – 1

Lucy Macgregor, GBR – Anna Kjellberg, SWE 3 – 1

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Hurricane Gonzalo Delays Argo Group Gold Cup

Posted on 16 October 2014 by Ivan Bidzilya

[Source: Argo Gold Cup] In a meeting on Oct. 15th Argo Group Gold Cup organizers at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (RBYC) took a close look at Hurricane Gonzalo’s predicted track and intensity and decided to delay the event schedule by one day to allow crews the opportunity to reschedule flights to arrive after the storm has passed and the airport is reopened. Practice will now be held on Tuesday Oct 21 and racing will be scheduled to start Wednesday morning Oct 22.

Bermuda, host island to the Argo Group Gold Cup— stage 6 of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour— had a brush with Hurricane Fay last Sunday, Oct. 12. Now less than a week later Bermuda expects for a relatively direct hit from dangerous Hurricane Gonzalo. The Cat.4 storm is now predicted to pass within 42 miles to the west of Bermuda on Friday. All of Bermuda is hoping for the best, bracing for the worst.

Because of the one-day delay to the start of racing, the remainder of the schedule will be compressed and organizers will take advantage of the fine weather predicted after the storm to get the full event in for the competitors and spectators. The winner of the King Edward VII Gold Cup Trophy takes home $50,000 of the $100,000 prize purse.

Argo Group Gold Cup Chairman Brian Billings said, “We have three areas of concern. First, will the island open for business in time after the storm passes. Second, has the fleet of IOD’s come through the storm well so we have boats to sail. And third will the airport reopen quickly so the teams can get here on time. We will know the answers by Friday night or Saturday morning.”

The Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup will remain on its original schedule Oct. 23-26. The juniors sail up to 5 races a day in the Great Sound for three days. The final day they race one last race on Hamilton Harbour doing the halftime break in the Argo Group Gold Cup finals.

The Family Festival of Sail, the initial event of Argo Group Gold Cup Week , was originally scheduled for Sunday Oct 19 in Barr’s Bay Park adjacent to RBYC. The festival will be rescheduled to October 26 and be part of the finals celebration.

Thirteen countries are represented in the 2014 Argo Group Gold Cup. The matches will be sailed with the same 20-team format used in 2013. This Argo Group Gold Cup format is unique on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. It allows for two 10-team groups. Skippers in each group are ranked and divided by Alpari World Match Racing Tour officials and the organizers at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.

Rankings in the groups are based on AWMRT and ISAF rankings and other performance factors. Each group will sail a 10-team round-robin. Each group’s top four teams move directly to the Quarter Finals. Ranking are updated to Oct. 15

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Welcome to Match Racing DVD

Posted on 23 June 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Welcome to Match Racing DVD Available FREE this Summer at NorthU.com.

North U. is set to release a new match racing DVD called Welcome To Match Racing and will give away the first 1,000 copies free of charge. Hosted by three-time U.S. Match Racing Champion Dave Perry, who is the author of Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing and the coach of the U.S. Sailing Team AlphaGraphics Women’s Match Race Team, this DVD takes viewers through the basics of match racing from start to finish. With a release date set for the beginning of July, a generous donor who wants to expose match racing to as many people as possible in North America has funded the development and free distribution of the DVD.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to give away copies of Welcome to Match Racing,” said Bill Gladstone, Director of North U. “Dave Perry does an excellent job explaining the basics of match racing and introducing the sport to newcomers. After watching the DVD, viewers will have a better understanding of how to properly match race and how to get involved with match racing,” continued Gladstone. “Even for experienced match racers, this video is a great refresher and gives excellent examples of proper tactical decisions and the how’s and why’s of match racing.”

The Welcome to Match Racing DVD covers match racing from start to finish. It begins by covering the three parts of a match race start: entry and initial meeting; middle segment; and final approach. Next, viewers learn about upwind and downwind tactics for both leading and trailing boats, along with mark rounding tactics. Perry also covers the match race umpiring and delayed penalty system.

The curriculum of Welcome to Match Racing is derived from the Women’s International Match Racing Association (WIMRA)/North U. Introduction to Match Racing clinics which have been offered worldwide for the past three years. Welcome to Match Racing includes videos from championship match races and animations created by North U. Director Bill Gladstone.

To get a free copy, be one of the first 1,000 people to RSVP on the North U. Web site: www.NorthU.com

***Note: The Free DVD is available for shipping in North America Only.

For International Requests please visit www.NorthU.com for further instructions. The cost to receive the DVD internationally is US$20 which includes shipping.

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Giant leap in US match racing in the making?

Posted on 27 September 2009 by Valencia Sailing

A major shift appears to be taking place in US college sailing. College/University sailing in the US will likely be making a change next year, scrapping its sloops/keel boat championship and switching to match racing. The philosophy behind the change is that match racing ia big part of the future of sailing and it is the one aspect of the sport where US colleges do not produce experts straight out of school.

The ICSA (Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association of North America) produces just about all elite US sailors, including Ed Baird, Terry Hutchinson, and Anna Tunnicliffe,as well as the last several world team racing champions. If this change is made, one can expect the caliber of US produced match racers to grow rapidly.

In the ICSA board meeting that took place last January in Park City, Utah it was decided that a “Sloops Working Party” be created in order to investigate the future of college sloops, specifically looking at match racing. In the following meeting in San Francisco last May, Stanford University Coach John Vandemoer (husband of US Olympic Match Racing sailor Molly Vandemoer, who finished 3rd last week at Sail for Gold in the UK) presented his “Report of the Sloops Working Party”. The minutes of the ICSA board meetings can be accessed here.

Where this gets bigger is that the ICSA would like to work with US Sailing, to automatically get the winner of the new college match racing championship a berth to the US Match Racing Championship, as well as other Grade 2 or 1 events in the US. The ICSA hopes its sailors could rapidly overtake the current fleet of US Match Racers, since they already team race so well. The weakness for college sailors will be keel boat teamwork and boat handling skill, but that has not been hard to learn for other ex-college sailors.

Without any question this should help grow the sport. The US is about to really start focusing on match racing, which generally played a secondary role in the past. The fleets will get more competitive and more teams will be trying to get into events.

Terry Hutchinson, here at the helm of Quantum Racing, was College Sailor of the Year in 1989 and 1990. Cartagena, 14 September 2009. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Giant leap in US match racing in the making?

Posted on 27 September 2009 by Valencia Sailing

A major shift appears to be taking place in US college sailing. College/University sailing in the US will likely be making a change next year, scrapping its sloops/keel boat championship and switching to match racing. The philosophy behind the change is that match racing ia big part of the future of sailing and it is the one aspect of the sport where US colleges do not produce experts straight out of school.

The ICSA (Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association of North America) produces just about all elite US sailors, including Ed Baird, Terry Hutchinson, and Anna Tunnicliffe,as well as the last several world team racing champions. If this change is made, one can expect the caliber of US produced match racers to grow rapidly.

In the ICSA board meeting that took place last January in Park City, Utah it was decided that a “Sloops Working Party” be created in order to investigate the future of college sloops, specifically looking at match racing. In the following meeting in San Francisco last May, Stanford University Coach John Vandemoer (husband of US Olympic Match Racing sailor Molly Vandemoer, who finished 3rd last week at Sail for Gold in the UK) presented his “Report of the Sloops Working Party”. The minutes of the ICSA board meetings can be accessed here.

Where this gets bigger is that the ICSA would like to work with US Sailing, to automatically get the winner of the new college match racing championship a berth to the US Match Racing Championship, as well as other Grade 2 or 1 events in the US. The ICSA hopes its sailors could rapidly overtake the current fleet of US Match Racers, since they already team race so well. The weakness for college sailors will be keel boat teamwork and boat handling skill, but that has not been hard to learn for other ex-college sailors.

Without any question this should help grow the sport. The US is about to really start focusing on match racing, which generally played a secondary role in the past. The fleets will get more competitive and more teams will be trying to get into events.

Terry Hutchinson, here at the helm of Quantum Racing, was College Sailor of the Year in 1989 and 1990. Cartagena, 14 September 2009. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Francesco Bruni wins the Trieste Challenge after beating Paolo Cian

Posted on 21 October 2007 by Valencia Sailing

Francesco Bruni is the winner of the Trieste Challenge – La Sfida 2007. The Sicilian sailor’s Sailing Team Progetto Sicilia beat Team Shosholoza’s Paolo Cian 3-1 after a close and exciting final day.

Bruni started the best-of-five final with two straight victories where leadership went back and forth a couple of times, under light wind conditions. With the breeze picking up and reaching 20 knots, Paolo Cian, third in the ISAF world match racing rankings, demonstrated his skills in the third race and beat Bruni who was unable to escape from Cian’s close marking.

The fourth and decisive match could have easily been Cian’s and tied the series. Cian lead from the starting line and managed to increase his advantage to 3 boat lengths up to the last top mark, where a disastrous spinnaker hoist resulted in the spinnaker falling in the sea. Bruni took advantage of Cian’s error and won the race and event.

Francesco Bruni and Paolo Cian race in the Trieste Challenge 2007. Trieste, 21 October 2007. Photo copyright Ray Giubilo & Massimo Silvano

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Francesco Bruni wins the Trieste Challenge after beating Paolo Cian

Posted on 21 October 2007 by Valencia Sailing

Francesco Bruni is the winner of the Trieste Challenge – La Sfida 2007. The Sicilian sailor’s Sailing Team Progetto Sicilia beat Team Shosholoza’s Paolo Cian 3-1 after a close and exciting final day.

Bruni started the best-of-five final with two straight victories where leadership went back and forth a couple of times, under light wind conditions. With the breeze picking up and reaching 20 knots, Paolo Cian, third in the ISAF world match racing rankings, demonstrated his skills in the third race and beat Bruni who was unable to escape from Cian’s close marking.

The fourth and decisive match could have easily been Cian’s and tied the series. Cian lead from the starting line and managed to increase his advantage to 3 boat lengths up to the last top mark, where a disastrous spinnaker hoist resulted in the spinnaker falling in the sea. Bruni took advantage of Cian’s error and won the race and event.

Francesco Bruni and Paolo Cian race in the Trieste Challenge 2007. Trieste, 21 October 2007. Photo copyright Ray Giubilo & Massimo Silvano

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