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Mike Sanderson leaves Team Origin !!!

Posted on 18 May 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Team Origin] TEAMORIGIN announced today that Mike Sanderson has left the team following the decision by Sir Keith Mills, Team Principal, to restructure the organisation. This decision has been taken to ensure that the team functions as effectively and efficiently as possible, in order to improve the team’s performance and ultimately win the America’s Cup. Mike has been with the team since it was formed in 2007. He has made a huge contribution to establishing what has been a relatively new team and has worked hard to keep the team together over the last three years while the America’s Cup was in the courts. Sir Keith and the team wish Mike every success in the future.

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Emirates Team NZ and Team Origin gain first wins at LV Trophy in Nice

Posted on 07 November 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: LV Trophy] Half of the opening day’s scheduled matches at the Louis Vuitton Trophy Nice Côte d’Azur were completed in conditions that challenged race officials and tended to favour the leading yachts.

Emirates Team New Zealand and TeamOrigin share the top spot on the leaderboard after scoring triumphs in light and shifty winds. Team New Zealand defeated TFS – Pages Jaunes by 59 seconds and TeamOrigin won by 1 minute, 36 seconds over Russia Synergy.

The wind was light and shifty all day as an offshore breeze battled a gradient wind. It ranged in strength between 3 and 10 knots while shifting between the southwest and north/northwest.

Match 1: TeamOrigin d. Russia Synergy, 59 seconds

The key moment in the match came in the pre-start when TeamOrigin helmsman Ben Ainslie drew a penalty on Russia Synergy helmsman Karol Jablonski. Russia Synergy was penalized for not responding to a luff from TeamOrigin when both boats were overlapped. The on-water umpires made it a red-flag penalty because Russia Synergy got a controlling position from the incident. Russia Synergy had to perform its 270-degree penalty turn once on the racecourse, which allowed TeamOrigin to gain control of the match. TeamOrigin stretched its lead to more than 4 minutes at the third mark rounding and then had to sweat out the victory due to a 60-degree windshift near the finish.

Match 2: Emirates Team New Zealand d. TFS – Pages Jaunes, 1m:36s

A spirited pre-start resulted in a split tack start with Emirates Team New Zealand starting on starboard tack and TFS – Pages Jaunes on port tack. Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker held control of the match throughout, rarely giving his counterpart on TFS – Pages Jaunes, Bertrand Pacé, a chance to come back. Team New Zealand’s biggest lead was 1 minute, 39 seconds at the leeward gate.

Vodcast from the opening day of the Louis Vuitton Trophy. Nice, 7 November 2009. Video copyright Team Origin

Quotes

Mike Sanderson, TeamOrigin, General Manager: It got a little tense at the end. It was a little bit worrying because it got as light as 3 knots and we saw a 60-degree wind shift. It’s going to be a big part of this event, who can wriggle their way through those situations. Ben (Ainslie, skipper) did a nice job off the start line, getting the red-flag penalty. The rule’s pretty clear that they have to get out of there when we luff. They were lucky not to get two.

Dean Barker, Emirates Team New Zealand, Skipper: It was a very hard day. Adam (Beashel, strategist) was up the rig and having difficulty assessing which side was better. It was difficult because the wind never established a gradient flow. We preferred the left initially, then wanted the right but there was no clear pattern. We had 6 to 7 knots at the start. It was down to 3 to 4 knots at times and up to 8 to 9 knots. I think we were always in control, but it’s hard to close races out when you sail in those conditions.

Sunday’s schedule

Racing tomorrow begins with the combined French/German team ALL4ONE taking on Emirates Team New Zealand. Other scheduled matches include Artemis versus TFS – Pages Jaunes, BMW ORACLE Racing versus Russia Synergy and TeamOrigin versus Azzurra.

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Team Origin announce lineup for Louis Vuitton Trophy

Posted on 03 November 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Team Origin] TEAMORIGIN announced today the sailing team line-up for the forthcoming Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta in Nice, Côte d’Azur which commences at the weekend. The TEAMORIGIN sailing team line-up includes many of the familiar world class sailors…along with a few new names.

Leading the team is triple Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie, the team’s skipper and helmsman, backed up by Iain Percy as tactician, Ian Moore as navigator, Andrew Simpson as strategist and Robert Greenhalgh as strategist/traveller – an impressive all British line-up for the afterguard.

The team includes 8 sailors from Great Britain, 4 from New Zealand, 3 from Australia, and 1 each from France, Denmark and Poland.

Mike Sanderson, Team Director, commented: “TEAMORIGIN is ready to go and looking forward to racing here in Nice. It is especially good to see GBR-75, our ACC training yacht, here on the water and in great shape thanks to the work of our shore crew over the last few weeks. It promises to be a great event.”

Ben Ainslie, team Skipper and Helmsman, added “It is great to be back on the water with so many of the guys from the team squad that sailed together in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series in Auckland – and a few extras who will surely add their expertise and skill to our team for this event. We are looking forward to the racing starting on Saturday and should have plenty of exciting matches against some of the best teams in the world.”

Team Origin trains for the Louis Vuitton Trophy. Nice, 29 October 2009. Photo copyright Ian Roman / Team Origin

TEAMORIGIN SAILING TEAM for the LV Trophy Nice Côte d’Azur

Name Nationality Position
Matt Mitchell NZL Bowman
Julian Cressant FRA Mid Bowman
George Skuodas GBR Mastman
Craig Satterthwaite NZL Pit
Mark McTeague AUS Grinder
Pawel Bielecki POL Grinder
Chris Brittle GBR Grinder
Mike Mottl AUS Upwind Trimmer
Christian Kamp DEN Downwind Trimmer
Tony Mutter NZL Mainsail Trimmer
Robert Greenhalgh GBR Strategist/traveller
Ben Ainslie GBR Skipper & Helmsman
Iain Percy GBR Tactician
Ian Moore GBR Navigator
Andrew Simpson GBR Strategist
Mike Sanderson NZL Runners
Anthony Nossiter AUS Runners/pit assist
Garry Bainbridge GBR Backup Grinder

Team Origin trains for the Louis Vuitton Trophy. Nice, 29 October 2009. Photo copyright Ian Roman / Team Origin

Team Origin trains for the Louis Vuitton Trophy. Nice, 29 October 2009. Photo copyright Ian Roman / Team Origin

Team Origin trains for the Louis Vuitton Trophy. Nice, 29 October 2009. Photo copyright Ian Roman / Team Origin

Team Origin trains for the Louis Vuitton Trophy. Nice, 29 October 2009. Photo copyright Ian Roman / Team Origin

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Team Origin announce lineup for Louis Vuitton Trophy

Posted on 03 November 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Team Origin] TEAMORIGIN announced today the sailing team line-up for the forthcoming Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta in Nice, Côte d’Azur which commences at the weekend. The TEAMORIGIN sailing team line-up includes many of the familiar world class sailors…along with a few new names.

Leading the team is triple Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie, the team’s skipper and helmsman, backed up by Iain Percy as tactician, Ian Moore as navigator, Andrew Simpson as strategist and Robert Greenhalgh as strategist/traveller – an impressive all British line-up for the afterguard.

The team includes 8 sailors from Great Britain, 4 from New Zealand, 3 from Australia, and 1 each from France, Denmark and Poland.

Mike Sanderson, Team Director, commented: “TEAMORIGIN is ready to go and looking forward to racing here in Nice. It is especially good to see GBR-75, our ACC training yacht, here on the water and in great shape thanks to the work of our shore crew over the last few weeks. It promises to be a great event.”

Ben Ainslie, team Skipper and Helmsman, added “It is great to be back on the water with so many of the guys from the team squad that sailed together in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series in Auckland – and a few extras who will surely add their expertise and skill to our team for this event. We are looking forward to the racing starting on Saturday and should have plenty of exciting matches against some of the best teams in the world.”

Team Origin trains for the Louis Vuitton Trophy. Nice, 29 October 2009. Photo copyright Ian Roman / Team Origin

TEAMORIGIN SAILING TEAM for the LV Trophy Nice Côte d’Azur

Name Nationality Position
Matt Mitchell NZL Bowman
Julian Cressant FRA Mid Bowman
George Skuodas GBR Mastman
Craig Satterthwaite NZL Pit
Mark McTeague AUS Grinder
Pawel Bielecki POL Grinder
Chris Brittle GBR Grinder
Mike Mottl AUS Upwind Trimmer
Christian Kamp DEN Downwind Trimmer
Tony Mutter NZL Mainsail Trimmer
Robert Greenhalgh GBR Strategist/traveller
Ben Ainslie GBR Skipper & Helmsman
Iain Percy GBR Tactician
Ian Moore GBR Navigator
Andrew Simpson GBR Strategist
Mike Sanderson NZL Runners
Anthony Nossiter AUS Runners/pit assist
Garry Bainbridge GBR Backup Grinder

Team Origin trains for the Louis Vuitton Trophy. Nice, 29 October 2009. Photo copyright Ian Roman / Team Origin

Team Origin trains for the Louis Vuitton Trophy. Nice, 29 October 2009. Photo copyright Ian Roman / Team Origin

Team Origin trains for the Louis Vuitton Trophy. Nice, 29 October 2009. Photo copyright Ian Roman / Team Origin

Team Origin trains for the Louis Vuitton Trophy. Nice, 29 October 2009. Photo copyright Ian Roman / Team Origin

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