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The Quebramar GP42 Cup grand finale in Puerto Calero: who will win this year’s championship?

Posted on 02 October 2008 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Quebramar GP42 Cup] The international GP42 circuit is about to witness the last thrilling races of the 2008 season. Starting October 15th and until the 18th, the GP42 fleet will gather in Puerto Calero, on the beautiful Spanish island of Lanzarote, in order to race in the VII Trofeo César Manrique, the event that will also decide the winner of the Quebramar GP42 Cup.

Puerto Calero, 1 October 2008: Given Desafío’s 18-point advantage in the overall standings, it would be easy to assume that the boat helmed by Laureano Wizner and with Santi López-Vázquez calling tactics, will just have to remain as consistent as they have been in order to pocket this year’s Quebramar GP42 Cup. Yet, such a belief couldn’t be further from truth and the Spanish team will not be able to rest a moment, constantly keeping a watchful eye over its competitors.

Competitors that will not spare any single effort in order to reach or beat Desafío. First in the line is obviously AIRIS, second overall in the leaderboard. The Italian boat skippered by Sandro Montefusco has all it takes to threaten Desafío and has never hidden its ambition for leadership as neither has done Near Miss, the Swiss Farr-designed yacht helmed by French match race star Bertrand Pacé. Lagging AIRIS by just 2 points the Swiss will certainly make the Spanish and Italians sweat.

The fleet’s second Italian yacht, Roma GP42.2, owned by class president Filippo Faruffini and skippered by Italian match racing champion Paolo Cian, will not only have to fight against the top three for the podium but will also have on its back Canarias Puerto Calero, skippered by the young José Maria Ponce, and MADRID of Spanish Olympic champion José Maria Van der Ploeg.

Although far from the circuit’s podium, the two teams that lie at the bottom of the leaderboard will fight in order to reach a podium place in the event. Caser-Quum, helmed by Sergio Llorca, has clearly shown in the last two events that it has overcome the keel problems it suffered from earlier. Last but not least, for Bodegas Luis Alegre, with the fleet’s only helmswoman, Spanish Olympic champion Natalia Vía Dufresne, this will be the second event of the year.

Although it is still too early to make any weather predictions, all teams are getting prepared for medium/strong winds, close to 20 knots. This will be unchartered territory for everybody, given the fact we have barely had such conditions so far in the season’s races. Still, this is one challenge more that will make for a grand finale of the Quebramar GP42 Cup.

The Principal Race Officer will be Pete Craig, widely known for his expertise in the organization of prestigious events such as the Acura Key West. The International Jury will be chaired John Doer (GBR) and will include Neven Baran (CRO), Luiz Ferrándiz (ESP), David Lees (GRB), Ana S. del Campo (ESP) and Riccardo Antoni (ITA). The race area of the GP42 fleet will only be shared with the TP52 yachts.

The VII Trofeo César Manrique, is organized by the Club de Mar Puerto Calero, the Casino Club Náutico of Arrecife and the Spanish Sailing Federation, with the collaboration of Spanish Yacht Club Association, the Canarian Yacht Club Association and the Canarian Sailing Federation.

Racing will start on October 15th with the official practice race, and from Thursday the 16th until Saturday the 18th, a maximum of 9 windward/leeward races will take place, 3 per day.

According to Daniel Calero, owner of Canarias Puerto Calero and organizer of the VII Trofeo César Manrique, this year’s trophy will be special for various reasons. First of all, it’s the closing event of the Quebramar GP42 Cup, it will then overlap with the World Cup ORC 670 Islas Canarias and the TP52’s will use it in order to train for the TP52 World Championship Islas Canarias. Adding the fact this year coincides with the 25th anniversary since the creation of Puerto Calero, this will surely be an unforgettable event for all participants.

Organizers will also include the Virtual Eye technology in their rich offering, giving spectators the possibility to watch 3D simulations of the races both in the race village as well as online on www.trofeopuertocalero.com.

For the first time ever, an exceptional hospitality program will be put in place, boasting a race village of over 2,000 square meters that will house all events and shows related to the regatta. According to the organization, Puerto Calero will be host to more than 900 sailors and dozens of accredited media.

Quotes on the eve of the last event of the Quebramar GP42 Cup

Daniel Calero, owner Canarias Puerto Calero and organizer of the VII Trofeo César Manrique
“We have always supported the GP42 class in Puerto Calero because since its beginnings we saw a bright future for it and we decided to build a yacht in 2006 that was raced in the last two years. This is the first time the international GP42 circuit ends on our waters, and the second one for the Spanish circuit. Our aim, and what makes us different form other events, is to offer teams the highest level of support through our impeccable organization and logistics.
Concerning the organization ashore and offshore, including the sports and social aspects, the bar has been set very high but we are convinced that through our great efforts will be able to pass it. As a result, we feel confident that next year’s Quebramar GP42 Cup will once again close in Puerto Calero.”

Laureano Wizner, helmsman of Desafío
“Our main aim is to maintain our overall leadership in the circuit as well as win the Trofeo Cesar Manrique. In order to achieve it we will also count on the skills of Nano Negrin, expert local sailor. Normally we should expect strong winds, over 18 knots, something that we have rarely seen so far in the season, although we have observed that the 2008 boats perform better than us in stronger conditions. Nevertheless, it seems we are favoured by the fact the prevailing wind direction doesn’t create waves, something that otherwise considerably stalls us compared to the rest of the fleet. We are obviously satisfied with our performance in the latest regattas but we should never be caught off guard because the rest of the fleet has an extremely high level.”

Cesare Bressan, team manager of Airis
“For Airis, as for the rest of the top four teams of the circuit, this last event will not only be a simple event, always fun and thrilling, but also the culmination of a tremendous work our team started in June 2007. Our aim since the very beginning has been to constantly improve technically and climb in the leaderboard. We focused on the details, learning valuable lessons from our errors in the previous events and always trying to look ahead through a division of responsibilities, roles and experiences. In other words, improve as a team in its entirety.
The Puerto Calero event will be interesting due to the changes inside the AIRIS team and because the 18 points that separate from the leader are a lot, although at this high level everything is possible. Whichever way it goes, Near Miss and Roma are practically tied. In these reces the difference might be made by the teams further down the score table, due to their obvious performance improvements and the tight nature of the fleet, where consistency is the key to success.
I expect beautiful races where we can watch sport, professionalism and loyalty and I hope this season is followed by many others with more owners and fans.”

Paolo Cian, helmsman of Roma GP42.2
“I can say that in general we’ve had some difficulties in lighter winds and as a general trend we have raced in conditions that were lighter than expected. In any case, together with Farr Yacht Design we are working hard on sail development in order to further improve our performance.
I can only compliment Desafío that has shown it deserves its leadership, racing in a solid and consistent way, something that we lack in more than one occasion.
Puerto Calero should be a quite windy race course and in that case our yacht could show her true potential.
Regarding the GP42 class, I would say that this season showed that boats were really close and all races were very tight with just 1 minute distance between first and last. It seems to me that this is a demonstration this box rule works well and as a result it promises an interesting growth.”

José Maria Van der Ploeg, owner and skipper of MADRID
“Our objective for the last event of the circuit is to finish with a sweet taste in our mouth, to finish the season with the best result possible. Since some time now, my team has shown a great improvement, race after race we are achieving better team work and are fitting better to this class. The proof is that we are just a step from the podium and we have always been in the top part of the fleet. I would even say we are now in a position to finish among the best of the fleet. Being our first season, it allowed us to test this class and I think I can now affirm that we will be one of the favourites for next year and have real chances in winning any of the events.”

Javier Goizueta, owner of Caser-Quum
“We have high expectations for the upcoming regatta in Puerto Calero, we almost won it last year after four bullets and a second place, after an unfair protest. Our crew will now be complete since our tactician, Juan Luis Páez,will now be back with us, having finished his job in the TP52’s and the Telefonica VOR boat”

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The Quebramar GP42 Cup grand finale in Puerto Calero: who will win this year’s championship?

Posted on 02 October 2008 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Quebramar GP42 Cup] The international GP42 circuit is about to witness the last thrilling races of the 2008 season. Starting October 15th and until the 18th, the GP42 fleet will gather in Puerto Calero, on the beautiful Spanish island of Lanzarote, in order to race in the VII Trofeo César Manrique, the event that will also decide the winner of the Quebramar GP42 Cup.

Puerto Calero, 1 October 2008: Given Desafío’s 18-point advantage in the overall standings, it would be easy to assume that the boat helmed by Laureano Wizner and with Santi López-Vázquez calling tactics, will just have to remain as consistent as they have been in order to pocket this year’s Quebramar GP42 Cup. Yet, such a belief couldn’t be further from truth and the Spanish team will not be able to rest a moment, constantly keeping a watchful eye over its competitors.

Competitors that will not spare any single effort in order to reach or beat Desafío. First in the line is obviously AIRIS, second overall in the leaderboard. The Italian boat skippered by Sandro Montefusco has all it takes to threaten Desafío and has never hidden its ambition for leadership as neither has done Near Miss, the Swiss Farr-designed yacht helmed by French match race star Bertrand Pacé. Lagging AIRIS by just 2 points the Swiss will certainly make the Spanish and Italians sweat.

The fleet’s second Italian yacht, Roma GP42.2, owned by class president Filippo Faruffini and skippered by Italian match racing champion Paolo Cian, will not only have to fight against the top three for the podium but will also have on its back Canarias Puerto Calero, skippered by the young José Maria Ponce, and MADRID of Spanish Olympic champion José Maria Van der Ploeg.

Although far from the circuit’s podium, the two teams that lie at the bottom of the leaderboard will fight in order to reach a podium place in the event. Caser-Quum, helmed by Sergio Llorca, has clearly shown in the last two events that it has overcome the keel problems it suffered from earlier. Last but not least, for Bodegas Luis Alegre, with the fleet’s only helmswoman, Spanish Olympic champion Natalia Vía Dufresne, this will be the second event of the year.

Although it is still too early to make any weather predictions, all teams are getting prepared for medium/strong winds, close to 20 knots. This will be unchartered territory for everybody, given the fact we have barely had such conditions so far in the season’s races. Still, this is one challenge more that will make for a grand finale of the Quebramar GP42 Cup.

The Principal Race Officer will be Pete Craig, widely known for his expertise in the organization of prestigious events such as the Acura Key West. The International Jury will be chaired John Doer (GBR) and will include Neven Baran (CRO), Luiz Ferrándiz (ESP), David Lees (GRB), Ana S. del Campo (ESP) and Riccardo Antoni (ITA). The race area of the GP42 fleet will only be shared with the TP52 yachts.

The VII Trofeo César Manrique, is organized by the Club de Mar Puerto Calero, the Casino Club Náutico of Arrecife and the Spanish Sailing Federation, with the collaboration of Spanish Yacht Club Association, the Canarian Yacht Club Association and the Canarian Sailing Federation.

Racing will start on October 15th with the official practice race, and from Thursday the 16th until Saturday the 18th, a maximum of 9 windward/leeward races will take place, 3 per day.

According to Daniel Calero, owner of Canarias Puerto Calero and organizer of the VII Trofeo César Manrique, this year’s trophy will be special for various reasons. First of all, it’s the closing event of the Quebramar GP42 Cup, it will then overlap with the World Cup ORC 670 Islas Canarias and the TP52’s will use it in order to train for the TP52 World Championship Islas Canarias. Adding the fact this year coincides with the 25th anniversary since the creation of Puerto Calero, this will surely be an unforgettable event for all participants.

Organizers will also include the Virtual Eye technology in their rich offering, giving spectators the possibility to watch 3D simulations of the races both in the race village as well as online on www.trofeopuertocalero.com.

For the first time ever, an exceptional hospitality program will be put in place, boasting a race village of over 2,000 square meters that will house all events and shows related to the regatta. According to the organization, Puerto Calero will be host to more than 900 sailors and dozens of accredited media.

Quotes on the eve of the last event of the Quebramar GP42 Cup

Daniel Calero, owner Canarias Puerto Calero and organizer of the VII Trofeo César Manrique
“We have always supported the GP42 class in Puerto Calero because since its beginnings we saw a bright future for it and we decided to build a yacht in 2006 that was raced in the last two years. This is the first time the international GP42 circuit ends on our waters, and the second one for the Spanish circuit. Our aim, and what makes us different form other events, is to offer teams the highest level of support through our impeccable organization and logistics.
Concerning the organization ashore and offshore, including the sports and social aspects, the bar has been set very high but we are convinced that through our great efforts will be able to pass it. As a result, we feel confident that next year’s Quebramar GP42 Cup will once again close in Puerto Calero.”

Laureano Wizner, helmsman of Desafío
“Our main aim is to maintain our overall leadership in the circuit as well as win the Trofeo Cesar Manrique. In order to achieve it we will also count on the skills of Nano Negrin, expert local sailor. Normally we should expect strong winds, over 18 knots, something that we have rarely seen so far in the season, although we have observed that the 2008 boats perform better than us in stronger conditions. Nevertheless, it seems we are favoured by the fact the prevailing wind direction doesn’t create waves, something that otherwise considerably stalls us compared to the rest of the fleet. We are obviously satisfied with our performance in the latest regattas but we should never be caught off guard because the rest of the fleet has an extremely high level.”

Cesare Bressan, team manager of Airis
“For Airis, as for the rest of the top four teams of the circuit, this last event will not only be a simple event, always fun and thrilling, but also the culmination of a tremendous work our team started in June 2007. Our aim since the very beginning has been to constantly improve technically and climb in the leaderboard. We focused on the details, learning valuable lessons from our errors in the previous events and always trying to look ahead through a division of responsibilities, roles and experiences. In other words, improve as a team in its entirety.
The Puerto Calero event will be interesting due to the changes inside the AIRIS team and because the 18 points that separate from the leader are a lot, although at this high level everything is possible. Whichever way it goes, Near Miss and Roma are practically tied. In these reces the difference might be made by the teams further down the score table, due to their obvious performance improvements and the tight nature of the fleet, where consistency is the key to success.
I expect beautiful races where we can watch sport, professionalism and loyalty and I hope this season is followed by many others with more owners and fans.”

Paolo Cian, helmsman of Roma GP42.2
“I can say that in general we’ve had some difficulties in lighter winds and as a general trend we have raced in conditions that were lighter than expected. In any case, together with Farr Yacht Design we are working hard on sail development in order to further improve our performance.
I can only compliment Desafío that has shown it deserves its leadership, racing in a solid and consistent way, something that we lack in more than one occasion.
Puerto Calero should be a quite windy race course and in that case our yacht could show her true potential.
Regarding the GP42 class, I would say that this season showed that boats were really close and all races were very tight with just 1 minute distance between first and last. It seems to me that this is a demonstration this box rule works well and as a result it promises an interesting growth.”

José Maria Van der Ploeg, owner and skipper of MADRID
“Our objective for the last event of the circuit is to finish with a sweet taste in our mouth, to finish the season with the best result possible. Since some time now, my team has shown a great improvement, race after race we are achieving better team work and are fitting better to this class. The proof is that we are just a step from the podium and we have always been in the top part of the fleet. I would even say we are now in a position to finish among the best of the fleet. Being our first season, it allowed us to test this class and I think I can now affirm that we will be one of the favourites for next year and have real chances in winning any of the events.”

Javier Goizueta, owner of Caser-Quum
“We have high expectations for the upcoming regatta in Puerto Calero, we almost won it last year after four bullets and a second place, after an unfair protest. Our crew will now be complete since our tactician, Juan Luis Páez,will now be back with us, having finished his job in the TP52’s and the Telefonica VOR boat”

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QUEBRAMAR GP42 CUP: No racing in a windless and foggy day. Desafío wins Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler; AIRIS second, MADRID third

Posted on 30 August 2008 by Valencia Sailing

No racing took place during the closing day of the Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler. Desafío wins comfortably, with 4 bullets in 5 races. AIRIS is second while 3rd-placed MADRID achieves best ever result

Cascais, 30 August 2008: Unfortunately, the dense fog that covered the Cascais bay from the wee hours of the day didn’t dissipate early enough in order to allow racing to be held on the third and closing day of the 8th Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler. The race committee waited till the last second of the 3:30pm deadline but to no avail.

Desafío clearly wins this 5th event of the Quebramar Cup, with four victories in 5 races. To say that the Spanish team was consistent would be an understatement. Even after crossing the line early and making a penalty turn, the boat helmed by Laureano Wizner was able to win races.

Italian AIRIS was second, showing enough consistency reaching also second place in the overall Quebramar Cup leaderboard. On the other hand, MADRID, the Spanish boat skippered by Jose Maria van der Ploeg, achieved its best result ever this season by grabbing 3rd place. Gustavo Lima, the Portuguese sailor that called tactics in this event, proved to be an invaluable addition to the crew.

On the overall QUEBRAMAR Cup score table, Desafío managed to increase its lead and now has an 18-point advantage over 2nd placed AIRIS that is now clear of 3rd placed Near Miss.

The grand final of the Quebramar Cup will be the Trofeo Cesar Manrique, taking place in Puerto Calero, from October 16 to 18.

Video highlights from the Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler

Quotes

Santi López-Vázquez, tactician of Desafío, winner of Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler: Consistency and regularity was the key to winning this regatta. We had 4 victories and we were always within the top five at every mark. We clearly showed that under these light-medium conditions we are sufficiently fast and if we don’t commit errors we can be at the top. On the other hand, our competitors committed mistakes and we took advantage of them, especially in a day like yesterday. We have also further improved crew work and are able to successfully handle all situations, except maybe a couple of starts, but we were then able to recover our way through the race.

Cesare Bressan, team manager of AIRIS, 2nd placed: Desafío deserves its victory in this regatta and the overall leadership in the Quebramar Cup. We are obviously happy with the second place but we still are disappointed we failed to take advantage of our potential both in Valencia as well as in Palma. We will try to defend our overall position and why not win the last event of the season.

José Mª Van der Ploeg, owner of Madrid, 3rd placed: We are very happy with the result we achieved in this event. We get to learn the boat better every day, we are solving the speed problems and this makes us climb positions but we still have one remaining problem, that is consistency, a key for this class. We still have a long way to go, it’s a question of team work and self-confidence and we hope it will be solved when we feel surer about what we can achieve. It’s a gradual process that we hope to finish as soon as possible, as do our sponsors.

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QUEBRAMAR GP42 CUP: No racing in a windless and foggy day. Desafío wins Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler; AIRIS second, MADRID third

Posted on 30 August 2008 by Valencia Sailing

No racing took place during the closing day of the Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler. Desafío wins comfortably, with 4 bullets in 5 races. AIRIS is second while 3rd-placed MADRID achieves best ever result

Cascais, 30 August 2008: Unfortunately, the dense fog that covered the Cascais bay from the wee hours of the day didn’t dissipate early enough in order to allow racing to be held on the third and closing day of the 8th Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler. The race committee waited till the last second of the 3:30pm deadline but to no avail.

Desafío clearly wins this 5th event of the Quebramar Cup, with four victories in 5 races. To say that the Spanish team was consistent would be an understatement. Even after crossing the line early and making a penalty turn, the boat helmed by Laureano Wizner was able to win races.

Italian AIRIS was second, showing enough consistency reaching also second place in the overall Quebramar Cup leaderboard. On the other hand, MADRID, the Spanish boat skippered by Jose Maria van der Ploeg, achieved its best result ever this season by grabbing 3rd place. Gustavo Lima, the Portuguese sailor that called tactics in this event, proved to be an invaluable addition to the crew.

On the overall QUEBRAMAR Cup score table, Desafío managed to increase its lead and now has an 18-point advantage over 2nd placed AIRIS that is now clear of 3rd placed Near Miss.

The grand final of the Quebramar Cup will be the Trofeo Cesar Manrique, taking place in Puerto Calero, from October 16 to 18.

Video highlights from the Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler

Quotes

Santi López-Vázquez, tactician of Desafío, winner of Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler: Consistency and regularity was the key to winning this regatta. We had 4 victories and we were always within the top five at every mark. We clearly showed that under these light-medium conditions we are sufficiently fast and if we don’t commit errors we can be at the top. On the other hand, our competitors committed mistakes and we took advantage of them, especially in a day like yesterday. We have also further improved crew work and are able to successfully handle all situations, except maybe a couple of starts, but we were then able to recover our way through the race.

Cesare Bressan, team manager of AIRIS, 2nd placed: Desafío deserves its victory in this regatta and the overall leadership in the Quebramar Cup. We are obviously happy with the second place but we still are disappointed we failed to take advantage of our potential both in Valencia as well as in Palma. We will try to defend our overall position and why not win the last event of the season.

José Mª Van der Ploeg, owner of Madrid, 3rd placed: We are very happy with the result we achieved in this event. We get to learn the boat better every day, we are solving the speed problems and this makes us climb positions but we still have one remaining problem, that is consistency, a key for this class. We still have a long way to go, it’s a question of team work and self-confidence and we hope it will be solved when we feel surer about what we can achieve. It’s a gradual process that we hope to finish as soon as possible, as do our sponsors.

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Light winds in Cascais, two races and two bullets for Desafío

Posted on 29 August 2008 by Valencia Sailing

Desafío consolidates its leadership both in the event and the Quebramar Cup with two bullets in today’s races, marked by the very light conditions. AIRIS is two points ahead of Near Miss in the overall score table

Cascais, 29 August 2008: If yesterday it provided ideal sailing conditions, today the Bay of Cascais, has partially betrayed the GP42 fleet participating to the Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler. Since the early morning hours, the Portuguese village was embedded in a grey atmosphere and the sponsors’ and organizer’s flags hung limply from their poles.

Second day of racing at the Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler. Cascais, 29 August 2008. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Quebramar Cup

Desafío starts the day with a victory

After more than two hours waiting and having moved the race area closer to the coast, the Race Committee finally succeeded in firing the starting signal at around 15.30 local time, with a very light breeze of around 5/6 knots on a windward/leeward course, 1.4 miles long.
Despite the conditions the start was very tight, as usual for the Class, so much that the provisional scoreboard leader, Spanish Desafío were over the line. Not a big issue for them, though, because on the first upwind leg they soon could regain almost all the lost ground. At the mark they rounded in second place, just behind Madrid helmed by Olympic medallist José Maria Van der Ploeg helped by local sailor and tactician Gustavo Lima. A few seconds later it was Airis’ turn, then rounded Roma GP42.2 not exactly at ease today, followed by Canarias Puerto Calero, Near Miss, Bodegas Luis Alegre and Caser-Quum.

From the first mark on the race turned into a real nerve war and a stressful event for tacticians and navigators, who were obliged to keep an attentive eye on the slightest variation in wind pressure or direction. The Committee correctly opted for a course change and to shorten the leg to 1.2 miles in order to give them a chance to finish the race. Like yesterday, anyway, it was the right side of the course the favoured one. And Desafío went right to overtake Madrid, while Airis was trailing behind at short distance. On the finish line it was the green hull of Desafio to cross in first for the third consecutive time in two days. Second was Madrid, third Airis and then all the others.

Second day of racing at the Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler. Cascais, 29 August 2008. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Quebramar Cup

Second race for the fleet and second win for Desafío

As the wind has slightly increased to 7/8 knots, the organizers decided to go for a second race. The start was won by Madrid and Near Miss while Caser-Quum was over the line. The fleet sailed in a compact group to the top mark where Desafio stated his supremacy again, rounding first. A good upwind performance was shown by the Italians on Airis, really consistent today, who were distanced only by 23 seconds and by Near Miss at 45”.

Never endangered by their competitors or by the weather conditions, the sailors coming form the Spanish America’s Cup team, finally crossed the line in the lead, putting their signature on the Trofeu, being a healthy seven points ahead of Airis and a huge 13 points on Madrid and Near Miss. In fifth position is Roma GP42.2 (22), in sixth Canarias Puerto Calero (23) and then Caser-Quum and Bodegas Luis Alegre (both at 35).

With today’s double win Desafio also consolidated their leadership in the general provisional results of the QUEBRAMAR Cup circuit. Italian Airis is now second overall, 2 points ahead of 3rd placed Near Miss.

Second day of racing at the Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler. Cascais, 29 August 2008. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Quebramar Cup

Quotes

Cesare Bressan, mainsail on AIRIS: It was yet another nice day but a difficult one because the fleet is very compact and conditions were very variable, making it even tougher. I have to admit that we are impressed by Desafío’s consistency, speed boat and overall preparation, while in the rest of the fleet there is still a lot of irregularity and as a result, the score table is fluctuating. We were able to sail two good races point-wise and get a couple of points of advantage over Near Miss. Nevertheless, Desafío managed to further increase their lead over us. Tomorrow is another day, we hope we will able to sail three races and hopefully reduce Desafío’s advantage.

We still don’t know the boat thoroughly. We came here prepared for a stronger breeze but we actually have more Mediterranean conditions. We had to change the setup of the boat and this obviously made the difference. Without any doubt, the teams that have spent more hours sailing have an advantage over us, but what can we do, this is the way the regattas are made.

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Light winds in Cascais, two races and two bullets for Desafío

Posted on 29 August 2008 by Valencia Sailing

Desafío consolidates its leadership both in the event and the Quebramar Cup with two bullets in today’s races, marked by the very light conditions. AIRIS is two points ahead of Near Miss in the overall score table

Cascais, 29 August 2008: If yesterday it provided ideal sailing conditions, today the Bay of Cascais, has partially betrayed the GP42 fleet participating to the Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler. Since the early morning hours, the Portuguese village was embedded in a grey atmosphere and the sponsors’ and organizer’s flags hung limply from their poles.

Second day of racing at the Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler. Cascais, 29 August 2008. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Quebramar Cup

Desafío starts the day with a victory

After more than two hours waiting and having moved the race area closer to the coast, the Race Committee finally succeeded in firing the starting signal at around 15.30 local time, with a very light breeze of around 5/6 knots on a windward/leeward course, 1.4 miles long.
Despite the conditions the start was very tight, as usual for the Class, so much that the provisional scoreboard leader, Spanish Desafío were over the line. Not a big issue for them, though, because on the first upwind leg they soon could regain almost all the lost ground. At the mark they rounded in second place, just behind Madrid helmed by Olympic medallist José Maria Van der Ploeg helped by local sailor and tactician Gustavo Lima. A few seconds later it was Airis’ turn, then rounded Roma GP42.2 not exactly at ease today, followed by Canarias Puerto Calero, Near Miss, Bodegas Luis Alegre and Caser-Quum.

From the first mark on the race turned into a real nerve war and a stressful event for tacticians and navigators, who were obliged to keep an attentive eye on the slightest variation in wind pressure or direction. The Committee correctly opted for a course change and to shorten the leg to 1.2 miles in order to give them a chance to finish the race. Like yesterday, anyway, it was the right side of the course the favoured one. And Desafío went right to overtake Madrid, while Airis was trailing behind at short distance. On the finish line it was the green hull of Desafio to cross in first for the third consecutive time in two days. Second was Madrid, third Airis and then all the others.

Second day of racing at the Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler. Cascais, 29 August 2008. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Quebramar Cup

Second race for the fleet and second win for Desafío

As the wind has slightly increased to 7/8 knots, the organizers decided to go for a second race. The start was won by Madrid and Near Miss while Caser-Quum was over the line. The fleet sailed in a compact group to the top mark where Desafio stated his supremacy again, rounding first. A good upwind performance was shown by the Italians on Airis, really consistent today, who were distanced only by 23 seconds and by Near Miss at 45”.

Never endangered by their competitors or by the weather conditions, the sailors coming form the Spanish America’s Cup team, finally crossed the line in the lead, putting their signature on the Trofeu, being a healthy seven points ahead of Airis and a huge 13 points on Madrid and Near Miss. In fifth position is Roma GP42.2 (22), in sixth Canarias Puerto Calero (23) and then Caser-Quum and Bodegas Luis Alegre (both at 35).

With today’s double win Desafio also consolidated their leadership in the general provisional results of the QUEBRAMAR Cup circuit. Italian Airis is now second overall, 2 points ahead of 3rd placed Near Miss.

Second day of racing at the Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler. Cascais, 29 August 2008. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Quebramar Cup

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Cesare Bressan, mainsail on AIRIS: It was yet another nice day but a difficult one because the fleet is very compact and conditions were very variable, making it even tougher. I have to admit that we are impressed by Desafío’s consistency, speed boat and overall preparation, while in the rest of the fleet there is still a lot of irregularity and as a result, the score table is fluctuating. We were able to sail two good races point-wise and get a couple of points of advantage over Near Miss. Nevertheless, Desafío managed to further increase their lead over us. Tomorrow is another day, we hope we will able to sail three races and hopefully reduce Desafío’s advantage.

We still don’t know the boat thoroughly. We came here prepared for a stronger breeze but we actually have more Mediterranean conditions. We had to change the setup of the boat and this obviously made the difference. Without any doubt, the teams that have spent more hours sailing have an advantage over us, but what can we do, this is the way the regattas are made.

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Desafío leads opening day in Cascais; AIRIS now tied second with Near Miss in overall Quebramar Cup standings

Posted on 28 August 2008 by Valencia Sailing

Desafío clearly leads in opening day of Trofeu Quebramar-Chrsyler; AIRIS now tied second with Near Miss in Quebramar Cup

Cascais, 28 August 2008: Two bullets and a fourth place in three races were enough to put Desafío on top of the Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler and increase its leadership in the overall Quebramar Cup standings. A bad day for Near Miss, 6th in the event, not only helped Desafío but also gave AIRIS the chance to bridge the gap it had and lie now tied in second place.

The GP42 fleet races in the opening day of the Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler. Cascais, 28 August 2008. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler

Canarias Puerto Calero grabs victory in the first race

The opening race of the 8th Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler got under way under lighter conditions but fortunately not as weak as initially forecast. The race committee was able to fire the starting gun right on time under a north western breeze of around 10-12 knots.

The start was very tight and the key to the race was to opt for the right side of the course and go as close to the coast as possible. This is exactly the plan Canarias Puerto Calero and Roma GP42.2 had and they stuck to it. The Italian boat, helmed by match race champion Paolo Cian, led the fleet from the start, closely followed by the Spanish, helmed by José Maria Ponce. The Italians rounded the top mark in first place but the Spaniards read the wind better in the first downwind leg and managed to get ahead.

Canarias Puerto Calero rounded the leeward gate in first place, followed by Roma GP42.2 and Near Miss. The rest of the race turned into a duel between Ponce and Ciàn but the young Spanish crew kept their leadership. Under a breeze that built up to 15 knots, they crossed the finish line half a minute ahead of Roma GP42.2. Airis, the second Italian team, had an excellent run and finished third, ahead of Desafío and Near Miss.

The GP42 fleet races in the opening day of the Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler. Cascais, 28 August 2008. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler

Desafío wins second race, overtaking MADRID in the last 10 meters

With the breeze over 15 knots, the race committee didn’t waste a moment before giving the start for the day’s second race. Once again the fleet got off with a very close and tight start, with MADRID and Near Miss holding a slight advantage. Desafío had a quite average start but was able to work its way up the fleet during the first beat and get positioned in second place.

MADRID rounded the top mark 3 boathlenghts ahead of Desafío, with Near Miss, Airis and Roma GP42.2 close behind them. It seems the local knowledge brought by the team’s Portuguese tactician, Gustavo Lima, bore its fruit. The race turned into a fierce battle between MADRID and Desafío but the team sponsored by the Spanish capital not only stayed on top of the situation but managed to build its advantage. At the same time Near Miss and AIRIS were also holding their duel for third place.

The breeze was picking up and reached 20 knots in the last run, turning the MADRID-Desafío gybing duels into a nail biting photo finish. Finally, Desafío prevailed in the last stretch of the race and with a final push they crossed the finish line a mere second ahead of MADRID. Near Miss was third, half a minute behind the two Spanish yachts.

The GP42 fleet races in the opening day of the Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler. Cascais, 28 August 2008. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler

Second victory for Desafío in the third race

The 10-degree right shift was evident late in the afternoon and the race committee acted accordingly. The start was extremely tight and the whole fleet was packed up at the committee boat end of the starting line. Desafío and Roma GP42.2 had a very good start and led the fleet in the first beat. On the other hand, things were not as rosy for Near Miss that was penalized in an incident with Caser-Quum at the start line and had to perform a 360-degree turn.

Desafío clearly led the race despite the constant pressure by Roma GP42.2 that was also feeling the heat from MADRID and Airis, alternating second and third place in every rounding. The race was judged in its second half when the two leaders, Desafío and Roma GP42.2, managed to escape from the rest of the fleet. Still, Paolo Cian was unable to reach Laureano Wizner whose boat crossed the finish line 23 seconds ahead.

Although the breeze was constant in pressure, a slight left shift in the final beat allowed the boats that saw it to pick up some places. Airis finished third and Madrid 4th. Caser-Quum was able to overtake Near Miss, sending the Swiss to 6th place.

The GP42 fleet races in the opening day of the Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler. Cascais, 28 August 2008. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler

Quotes

Paolo Cian, helmsman on Roma GP42.2: I would say we had a good day. We sailed well, Alvaro Maurinho made good tactic calls but I probably made an error in the start of the second race, I got squeezed by Desafío and we reached the starting line late. Probably, without that error we could have done better in the second race as well. I think that we carried out our manoeuvres quite well and our boat speed is good.

Tactically, the right side pays off in Cascais, generally. Still, in the last leg we were able to recover a lot by going left. I have also noticed there is a lot of difference in wind pressure between the surface and the top of the mast. Wind is quite turbulent and this is not always obvious. We trust Alvaro and it appears it pays off.

Sandro Monefucso, helmsman on AIRIS: We didn’t have a great day today. It’s a pity that we started well in the first race but two boats squeezed in ahead of us because of the current. In the second race we started well but finished fourth. The last race turned bad, we made mistakes but finally managed to finish third. We paid the price of our errors and I hope we work better tomorrow.

In general lines, the right was the favoured side and as a result it wasn’t a difficult race. You had to calculate the correct layline because the current could take you higher. That was the biggest problem but again, both upwind and downwind, the right was the side to be

Santi López-Vázquez, tactician on Desafío: It’s been a good day for two reasons. Firstly, we won two races and that allowed us to grab leadership of the event. Even if it’s going to be difficult we obviously want to win this event. Second, Near Miss had a bad day and that increased our leadership in the overall Quebramar Cup standings. This makes our more confident in winning the championship for a second time, although it will be much more difficult.

The right side was clearly the favoured one and for that reason you had few tactical options to play. You had to go to the right but you also had to know when to tack because the current could make you go over the layline. Still, there was no doubt the right was clearly favoured, especially in the second and third race.

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Desafío leads opening day in Cascais; AIRIS now tied second with Near Miss in overall Quebramar Cup standings

Posted on 28 August 2008 by Valencia Sailing

Desafío clearly leads in opening day of Trofeu Quebramar-Chrsyler; AIRIS now tied second with Near Miss in Quebramar Cup

Cascais, 28 August 2008: Two bullets and a fourth place in three races were enough to put Desafío on top of the Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler and increase its leadership in the overall Quebramar Cup standings. A bad day for Near Miss, 6th in the event, not only helped Desafío but also gave AIRIS the chance to bridge the gap it had and lie now tied in second place.

The GP42 fleet races in the opening day of the Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler. Cascais, 28 August 2008. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler

Canarias Puerto Calero grabs victory in the first race

The opening race of the 8th Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler got under way under lighter conditions but fortunately not as weak as initially forecast. The race committee was able to fire the starting gun right on time under a north western breeze of around 10-12 knots.

The start was very tight and the key to the race was to opt for the right side of the course and go as close to the coast as possible. This is exactly the plan Canarias Puerto Calero and Roma GP42.2 had and they stuck to it. The Italian boat, helmed by match race champion Paolo Cian, led the fleet from the start, closely followed by the Spanish, helmed by José Maria Ponce. The Italians rounded the top mark in first place but the Spaniards read the wind better in the first downwind leg and managed to get ahead.

Canarias Puerto Calero rounded the leeward gate in first place, followed by Roma GP42.2 and Near Miss. The rest of the race turned into a duel between Ponce and Ciàn but the young Spanish crew kept their leadership. Under a breeze that built up to 15 knots, they crossed the finish line half a minute ahead of Roma GP42.2. Airis, the second Italian team, had an excellent run and finished third, ahead of Desafío and Near Miss.

The GP42 fleet races in the opening day of the Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler. Cascais, 28 August 2008. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler

Desafío wins second race, overtaking MADRID in the last 10 meters

With the breeze over 15 knots, the race committee didn’t waste a moment before giving the start for the day’s second race. Once again the fleet got off with a very close and tight start, with MADRID and Near Miss holding a slight advantage. Desafío had a quite average start but was able to work its way up the fleet during the first beat and get positioned in second place.

MADRID rounded the top mark 3 boathlenghts ahead of Desafío, with Near Miss, Airis and Roma GP42.2 close behind them. It seems the local knowledge brought by the team’s Portuguese tactician, Gustavo Lima, bore its fruit. The race turned into a fierce battle between MADRID and Desafío but the team sponsored by the Spanish capital not only stayed on top of the situation but managed to build its advantage. At the same time Near Miss and AIRIS were also holding their duel for third place.

The breeze was picking up and reached 20 knots in the last run, turning the MADRID-Desafío gybing duels into a nail biting photo finish. Finally, Desafío prevailed in the last stretch of the race and with a final push they crossed the finish line a mere second ahead of MADRID. Near Miss was third, half a minute behind the two Spanish yachts.

The GP42 fleet races in the opening day of the Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler. Cascais, 28 August 2008. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler

Second victory for Desafío in the third race

The 10-degree right shift was evident late in the afternoon and the race committee acted accordingly. The start was extremely tight and the whole fleet was packed up at the committee boat end of the starting line. Desafío and Roma GP42.2 had a very good start and led the fleet in the first beat. On the other hand, things were not as rosy for Near Miss that was penalized in an incident with Caser-Quum at the start line and had to perform a 360-degree turn.

Desafío clearly led the race despite the constant pressure by Roma GP42.2 that was also feeling the heat from MADRID and Airis, alternating second and third place in every rounding. The race was judged in its second half when the two leaders, Desafío and Roma GP42.2, managed to escape from the rest of the fleet. Still, Paolo Cian was unable to reach Laureano Wizner whose boat crossed the finish line 23 seconds ahead.

Although the breeze was constant in pressure, a slight left shift in the final beat allowed the boats that saw it to pick up some places. Airis finished third and Madrid 4th. Caser-Quum was able to overtake Near Miss, sending the Swiss to 6th place.

The GP42 fleet races in the opening day of the Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler. Cascais, 28 August 2008. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler

Quotes

Paolo Cian, helmsman on Roma GP42.2: I would say we had a good day. We sailed well, Alvaro Maurinho made good tactic calls but I probably made an error in the start of the second race, I got squeezed by Desafío and we reached the starting line late. Probably, without that error we could have done better in the second race as well. I think that we carried out our manoeuvres quite well and our boat speed is good.

Tactically, the right side pays off in Cascais, generally. Still, in the last leg we were able to recover a lot by going left. I have also noticed there is a lot of difference in wind pressure between the surface and the top of the mast. Wind is quite turbulent and this is not always obvious. We trust Alvaro and it appears it pays off.

Sandro Monefucso, helmsman on AIRIS: We didn’t have a great day today. It’s a pity that we started well in the first race but two boats squeezed in ahead of us because of the current. In the second race we started well but finished fourth. The last race turned bad, we made mistakes but finally managed to finish third. We paid the price of our errors and I hope we work better tomorrow.

In general lines, the right was the favoured side and as a result it wasn’t a difficult race. You had to calculate the correct layline because the current could take you higher. That was the biggest problem but again, both upwind and downwind, the right was the side to be

Santi López-Vázquez, tactician on Desafío: It’s been a good day for two reasons. Firstly, we won two races and that allowed us to grab leadership of the event. Even if it’s going to be difficult we obviously want to win this event. Second, Near Miss had a bad day and that increased our leadership in the overall Quebramar Cup standings. This makes our more confident in winning the championship for a second time, although it will be much more difficult.

The right side was clearly the favoured one and for that reason you had few tactical options to play. You had to go to the right but you also had to know when to tack because the current could make you go over the layline. Still, there was no doubt the right was clearly favoured, especially in the second and third race.

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