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RC44 Valencia Cup – Day 2: Preview

Posted on 28 July 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Greetings from sunny Valencia where another excellent sailing day is forecast. The 11-strong RC44 fleet will certainly be able to complete the scheduled 7 flights remaining in the match race round robin. The weather forecast is very similar to yesterday’s and the sea breeze has already been blowing from 10am. Today, I will be onboard Katusha and then Artemis.

The 11-strong RC44 fleet docked in front of the Veles e Vents building, ready for another splendid day of racing. Valencia, 28 July 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Video: Highlights from day 1 of the RC44 Valencia Cup

Posted on 28 July 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Highlights from day 1 of the RC44 Valencia Cup. Valencia, 27 July 2010. Video copyright RC44 Class Association

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Quantum leads TP52 Marseille Trophy with 2 bullets on opening day

Posted on 16 June 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: AUDI Medcup] It was a day of sharply contrasting fortunes for past and present Audi MedCup Champions on the Rade Sud today as the Marseille Trophy opened with three races which proved a very different test to last month’s breezy curtain raiser in Cascais, Portugal. Iberdrola won the GP42 Series Practice Race.

As 2008 champions Quantum Racing rekindled their winning mojo with back to back wins in Races 2 and 3 to lead the regatta at the end of the first day, the reigning champions came off the water in ninth of ten and 2007 circuit winners in tenth.

Breezes rarely topped ten knots but it was the changes in strength and direction which made life especially testing for afterguards. Taking the positive benefits of the bend generated by the steep, bluff Marseilleveyre mountains was usual key. But there was no simple strategy, there were many traps, zones of light winds which were best avoided.

Great performance by Terry Hutchinson and the Quantum crew. Marseille, 16 June 2010. Photo copyright Guido Trombetta / AUDI Medcup

With Morgan Larson (USA), who won as tactician for the 2008 champions, returned to the afterguard fold for this regatta, Quantum Racing’s starts were strong and their tactical sailing a good blend of pushing when they needed to and managing the risks in the patchy breezes.

They were able to hold off Synergy (RUS) by only 3 seconds in a thrilling finish to Race 2.

Winning, ahead of Audi A1 powered by All4One in the third race, sees Terry Hutchinson (USA) and the team end the day locked even on 10 points with the very consistent Matador (ARG) whose 3,3,4 for the day is a welcome tonic after their slightly disappointing Portugal Trophy regatta.

Emirates Team New Zealand unfortunately repeated that off-key start that they made to the season’s first races, tenth in the first contest which was won by Bribon.

This time, in the lighter conditions which are not the powerful Kiwi boat’s favourite, they failed to bounce back into the top tier of the fleet during the following two races, but so close are the points in this extremely tight class that they are only four points shy of the top half of the fleet.

Team Origin’s dreadful performance continued in the opening day of the Marseille Trophy. Marseille, 16 June 2010. Photo copyright Ian Roman / Team Origin

Quotes:

Terry Hutchinson, skipper Quantum Racing (USA): “It’s been a great day, actually one of the best days we’ve had in a lot on Quantum Racing. In the first race what happened is that it got a little light and funky, and everything we did was a little bit off, but we made it up in the next two. The wind was shifty, tricky and puffy, and very hard to read, actually that was the hardest part in the first race, was trying to see the wind. It was a tricky day.”

Guillermo Parada (ARG), helmsman Matador (ARG): “I think the clue today was to sail conservative, we could have done some gainings and passed some boats, but we’ve decided no to take any risks instead. But we are happy about the way we sailed, though this is only the beginning, but better to start like this than other ways.”

“ We had overall a good day, we had a first very good race and a second very good race and in the middle the second race didn’t go that well, it’s very shifty and tricky and in the second race we had a clear idea of what we wanted to do but at the end we didn’t do it and we ended up second last so it’s a good example on how close everything is so we had a second, a second last and a second over.”

Christian Scherrer (SWI), trimmer Audi A1 powered ALL4ONE (GER): “We had overall a good day, we had a first very good race and a second very good race and in the middle the second race didn’t go that well, it’s very shifty and tricky and in the second race we had a clear idea of what we wanted to do but at the end we didn’t do it and we ended up second last so it’s a good example on how close everything is so we had a second, a second last and a second overall good but we are a bit unhappy about the second race.”

Emirates Team New Zealand started the Marseille Trophy on a wrong foot. They couldn’t have sailed worse than that. Marseille, 16 June 2010. Photo copyright Ian Roman / Team Origin

Gonzalo Araujo (ESP), helmsman Bribón (ESP): “Today we had our ups and downs. Very good beginning, we had a very good start in the first one, we went towards the left, which was the good side and from there on the race has been quite easy, plus we had a good pace, although we had to watch Matador who was following close. In the second one we had an early start and the truth is that it has been a hard race from the beginning, there was a moment we could have catch up, but we didn’t and the last race the same, a bad start, and we were forced to the right so we had no chance to pass. We know that if we sail a perfectly we can win races, but it’s hard.”

Dean Barker (NZL), helmsman Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL): “It was shifty, puffy and big holes and we certainly did not sail particularly well. It is always hard to focus on any one thing we did wrong, but we did not get to the best side of the course at the right time. I think that basically the other boats sailed better than us today. There is nothing too much to get stressed about, we just need to have a good consistent day tomorrow, and get some consistency into it. If there is a weakness with the boat it is in this, light and lumpy.”

Marseille Trophy TP52 Series – Overall – Day 1

1. Quantum Racing (USA), 8+1+1=10 points
2. Matador (ARG), 3+3+4= 10
3. Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER), 2+9+2= 13
4. Cristabella (GBR), 6+4+3= 13
5. Bribón (ESP), 1+8+8= 17
6. Synergy (RUS), 9+2+6= 17
7. TeamOrigin (GBR), 4+7+7= 18
8. Luna Rossa (ITA), 5+5+10= 20
9. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), 10+6+5= 21
10. Artemis (SWE), 7+12(RAF)+9= 28
11. Bigamist 7 (POR), 12(DNC)+12(DNC)+12(DNC)= 36

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Artemis leads LV Trophy in Maddalena, undefeated

Posted on 26 May 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Louis Vuitton Trophy] The Swedish team Artemis, skippered by Paul Cayard and steered by Terry Hutchinson, won another race at the Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena today to preserve an unbroken record of four wins and no losses.

Their nearest competition after five days of competition between ten international teams is the French/German All4One. They have three points but with six races sailed, they also have three losses. Five teams are equal third, each with two points.

Superb sailing conditions on the Golfo di Arzachena off the Sardinian island of La Maddalena saw five races completed but, with half of the opening round robin now completed, many of the top names of America’s Cup competition remain at the bottom of a topsy-turvy results table.

The Terry Hutchinson – Paul Cayard duo is working wonders on Artemis. La Maddalena, 26 May 2010. Photo copyright Bob Grieser/ousideimages.co.nz/Louis Vuitton Trophy

“It’s only four races so far. These races are very, very difficult. They are tight and we’re working hard on keeping with the ‘winning by a boat-length theory’ which puts a lot of internal pressure on the boat but so far its still moving along,” said Artemis helmsman Terry Hutchinson, after defeating fellow American Ed Baird who is skippering and steering the Italian Luna Rossa.

“There is still a lot that we can do and a lot that I can do. Our learning curve with the team is still fairly vertical. Looking at the big picture, our goal is to be here in 12 days time on Sunday.”

In their race against Luna Rossa, Artemis got off the start line bow-forward with more speed.

“It was a really good job of boat handling on our boat,” Hutchinson said. “The guys in the middle of the boat and the bow did really nice choreographed work. I think Luna Rossa stalled a little bit in an effort to shut the door on us as they went for their speed build. We had really nice time and distance and when they stalled it made our slingshot pretty handy.”

Flight Three, Race One: Mascalzone Latino def Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 00:08– Mascalzone Latino earned a thrilling come-from-behind win in this match on the final run to the finish. Skipper Gavin Brady and his team did a masterful job of positioning their boat on the first gybe of the run and were able to roll over the top of Synergy. Karol Jablonski, the skipper on the Russian boat, was then too aggressive in attempting to protect his position and the Umpires penalised him for sailing above his proper course. Game over.

Flight Thirteen, Race One: Emirates Team New Zealand def Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 00:04– The Kiwis made a bold move out to the right hand side of the race course on the first beat while Synergy played the left. When they converged before the top mark, it was Emirates holding a narrow lead. With the boats nearly overlapped approaching the top mark, Kiwi skipper Dean Barker threw a hard luff at the trailing Synergy, gaining a few extra metres in the process.

Ray Davies, Emirates Team NZ tactician, briefly comments on the race today against Synergy. La Maddalena, 26 May 2010. Video copyright Emirates Team NZ

Emirates Team NZ sails to victory against Synergy. La Maddalena, 26 May 2010. Photo copyright Chris Cameron / Emirates Team NZ

Flight Seventeen, Race One: BMW Oracle Racing def All4One, 00:17 –Sébastien Col on All4One got the best of this start, bow out James Spithill steering Oracle. Spithill hung in and got an edge but Col took him all the way to the port layline and they rounded the top mark bow to stern with the French/German boat leading. One gybe on the run and Spithill rolled his opponent approaching the lee mark in a flurry of gybes and unanswered protest flags.

Flight Twentyone, Race One: Artemis def Luna Rossa, 00:35 – Terry Hutchinson pulled off a perfect start at speed but the Italian boat steered by Ed Baird went on the attack with 17 tacks up the short weather leg to round the top mark close astern, with a time difference of just five seconds. The next three legs were a minefield of shifts and holes but Artemis prevailed.

One more victory for BMW Oracle. La Maddalena, 26 May 2010. Photo copyright Bob Grieser/ousideimages.co.nz/Louis Vuitton Trophy

Flight Two, Race Two: All4One def Luna Rossa, 35 seconds – Sébastien Col driving All4One paid a heavy price to win the right hand side of the race course with two slow tacks near the starting line. But the wisdom of that sacrifice became clear two-thirds of the way up the race track when All4One, with starboard tack advantage, was just able to prevent Luna Rossa from crossing clear ahead.

The international jury will tonight hear a request for redress filed by All4One against the race committee. The French/German team is questioning the setup of the leeward mark in the race they lost to BMW Oracle Racing Team.

Provisional win-loss leaderboard after Wednesday racing
1. Artemis, 4-0, 4 points
=2. All4One, 3-3, 3 points

=3. Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, 3-1, 2 points *

=3. Emirates Team New Zealand, 2-1, 2 points

=3. Azzurra, 2-2, 2 points

=3. Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 2-2, 2 points
=3. TEAMORIGIN, 2-3, 2 points
=8. BMW Oracle Racing Team, 1-3, 1 point
=8. Luna Rossa, 1-5, 1 point

=10. ALEPH Sailing Team, 2-2, -2 points *

* Penalties deducted by Jury/Umpires

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Artemis leads LV Trophy in Maddalena, undefeated

Posted on 26 May 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Louis Vuitton Trophy] The Swedish team Artemis, skippered by Paul Cayard and steered by Terry Hutchinson, won another race at the Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena today to preserve an unbroken record of four wins and no losses.

Their nearest competition after five days of competition between ten international teams is the French/German All4One. They have three points but with six races sailed, they also have three losses. Five teams are equal third, each with two points.

Superb sailing conditions on the Golfo di Arzachena off the Sardinian island of La Maddalena saw five races completed but, with half of the opening round robin now completed, many of the top names of America’s Cup competition remain at the bottom of a topsy-turvy results table.

The Terry Hutchinson – Paul Cayard duo is working wonders on Artemis. La Maddalena, 26 May 2010. Photo copyright Bob Grieser/ousideimages.co.nz/Louis Vuitton Trophy

“It’s only four races so far. These races are very, very difficult. They are tight and we’re working hard on keeping with the ‘winning by a boat-length theory’ which puts a lot of internal pressure on the boat but so far its still moving along,” said Artemis helmsman Terry Hutchinson, after defeating fellow American Ed Baird who is skippering and steering the Italian Luna Rossa.

“There is still a lot that we can do and a lot that I can do. Our learning curve with the team is still fairly vertical. Looking at the big picture, our goal is to be here in 12 days time on Sunday.”

In their race against Luna Rossa, Artemis got off the start line bow-forward with more speed.

“It was a really good job of boat handling on our boat,” Hutchinson said. “The guys in the middle of the boat and the bow did really nice choreographed work. I think Luna Rossa stalled a little bit in an effort to shut the door on us as they went for their speed build. We had really nice time and distance and when they stalled it made our slingshot pretty handy.”

Flight Three, Race One: Mascalzone Latino def Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 00:08– Mascalzone Latino earned a thrilling come-from-behind win in this match on the final run to the finish. Skipper Gavin Brady and his team did a masterful job of positioning their boat on the first gybe of the run and were able to roll over the top of Synergy. Karol Jablonski, the skipper on the Russian boat, was then too aggressive in attempting to protect his position and the Umpires penalised him for sailing above his proper course. Game over.

Flight Thirteen, Race One: Emirates Team New Zealand def Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 00:04– The Kiwis made a bold move out to the right hand side of the race course on the first beat while Synergy played the left. When they converged before the top mark, it was Emirates holding a narrow lead. With the boats nearly overlapped approaching the top mark, Kiwi skipper Dean Barker threw a hard luff at the trailing Synergy, gaining a few extra metres in the process.

Ray Davies, Emirates Team NZ tactician, briefly comments on the race today against Synergy. La Maddalena, 26 May 2010. Video copyright Emirates Team NZ

Emirates Team NZ sails to victory against Synergy. La Maddalena, 26 May 2010. Photo copyright Chris Cameron / Emirates Team NZ

Flight Seventeen, Race One: BMW Oracle Racing def All4One, 00:17 –Sébastien Col on All4One got the best of this start, bow out James Spithill steering Oracle. Spithill hung in and got an edge but Col took him all the way to the port layline and they rounded the top mark bow to stern with the French/German boat leading. One gybe on the run and Spithill rolled his opponent approaching the lee mark in a flurry of gybes and unanswered protest flags.

Flight Twentyone, Race One: Artemis def Luna Rossa, 00:35 – Terry Hutchinson pulled off a perfect start at speed but the Italian boat steered by Ed Baird went on the attack with 17 tacks up the short weather leg to round the top mark close astern, with a time difference of just five seconds. The next three legs were a minefield of shifts and holes but Artemis prevailed.

One more victory for BMW Oracle. La Maddalena, 26 May 2010. Photo copyright Bob Grieser/ousideimages.co.nz/Louis Vuitton Trophy

Flight Two, Race Two: All4One def Luna Rossa, 35 seconds – Sébastien Col driving All4One paid a heavy price to win the right hand side of the race course with two slow tacks near the starting line. But the wisdom of that sacrifice became clear two-thirds of the way up the race track when All4One, with starboard tack advantage, was just able to prevent Luna Rossa from crossing clear ahead.

The international jury will tonight hear a request for redress filed by All4One against the race committee. The French/German team is questioning the setup of the leeward mark in the race they lost to BMW Oracle Racing Team.

Provisional win-loss leaderboard after Wednesday racing
1. Artemis, 4-0, 4 points
=2. All4One, 3-3, 3 points

=3. Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, 3-1, 2 points *

=3. Emirates Team New Zealand, 2-1, 2 points

=3. Azzurra, 2-2, 2 points

=3. Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 2-2, 2 points
=3. TEAMORIGIN, 2-3, 2 points
=8. BMW Oracle Racing Team, 1-3, 1 point
=8. Luna Rossa, 1-5, 1 point

=10. ALEPH Sailing Team, 2-2, -2 points *

* Penalties deducted by Jury/Umpires

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Tight at the top of the AUDI Medcup Portugal Trophy

Posted on 14 May 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: AUDI Medcup] TeamOrigin (GBR) go into Race 6 of the Portugal Trophy Cascais regatta with a lead of two points over Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) who are on equal points with Synergy (RUS). In the GP42 Series, Puerto Calero (ESP) leads after winning boath races on day 1.

Quantum Racing (USA) will still race today without skipper-helm Terry Hutchinson (USA) with tactician Adrian Stead (GBR) standing in as helm again. Hutchinson is under observation for his head knock which he sustained before racing yesterday but is expected to return for Saturday’s coastal race.

In the GP 42 class two wins yesterday for defending champions Puerto Calero (ESP) means they go into their third race with a two points lead.

The wind forecast for the day promises winds slightly lighter than yesterday, 13-20 knots from the North West.

Follow the leader… Cascais, 13 May 2010. Photo copyright Ainhoa Sanchez / AUDI Medcup

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Artemis wins the RC44 Al Maktoum Sailing Trophy

Posted on 27 February 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Artemis Racing] It was a consistent week on the water for Torbjorn Tornqvist’s team onboard RC44 ARTEMIS at the Al Maktoum Sailing Trophy in Dubai. Following on from ARTEMIS’ success in 2009, having won the fleet racing element of the RC44 Championship Tour, the team put in a solid performance in both the fleet and match racing this past week to win overall.

Having recently joined the team as helmsman, this was Terry Hutchinson’s (USA) first RC44 regatta with ARTEMIS. Hutchinson’s one design racing experience was evident as ARTEMIS lined up against eight top teams in the RC44 Class to tie for second with No Way Back (DEN) in the match racing.

Artemis to overall wins the RC44 Al Maktoum Sailing Trophy. Dubai, 27 February 2010. Photo copyright Nico Martinez

As the week went on and the fleet racing commenced, ARTEMIS continued to perform with owner Torbjorn Tornqvist at the helm and Hutchinson on tactics. Commenting on the conditions on day two of the fleet racing with winds gusting to 25 knots Tornqvist said: “The wind was strong but we were within the limits of the boat and I never worried. We had no failures and could concentrate entirely on our racing.”

On the final day of the Al Maktoum Trophy the conditions were challenging and ARTEMIS battled with Chris Bake’s Team Aqua who won the fleet racing, while ARTEMIS placed second, translating to an overall win of the regatta for the team.

“It is a solid start to the season for Artemis. Our hope was for a podium finish so to leave Dubai at the top of the podium is an extra bonus. That said, it is a long season and we need to focus on the big picture recognizing there are great teams competing and it will be the consistent ones that prevail. For now we are happy, but will show up at the next RC44 regatta in Austria focused on improving,” said Terry Hutchinson.

The crew onboard the RC44 ARTEMIS included: Torbjorn Tornqvist (Owner/Helmsman), Terry Hutchinson (Tactician), Kevin Hall (Navigator), Sean Clarkson (Main), Craig Monk (Grinder), Morgan Trubovich (Trimmer), Andrew Palfrey (Trimmer), Jared Hendersen (Pit), Andy Fethers (Bow) and Mark Newbrook (Floater).

Torbjorn Tornqvist helms Artemis to overall win in the RC44 Al Maktoum Sailing Trophy. Dubai, 27 February 2010. Photo copyright Nico Martinez

From Dubai, the team travels to Auckland for the Louis Vuitton Trophy where ARTEMIS will line up against seven of the world’s top teams for two weeks of match racing in America’s Cup Class boats. The next RC44 regatta for the team will be the Austria Cup from April 20 – May 4.

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Artemis wins the RC44 Al Maktoum Sailing Trophy

Posted on 27 February 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Artemis Racing] It was a consistent week on the water for Torbjorn Tornqvist’s team onboard RC44 ARTEMIS at the Al Maktoum Sailing Trophy in Dubai. Following on from ARTEMIS’ success in 2009, having won the fleet racing element of the RC44 Championship Tour, the team put in a solid performance in both the fleet and match racing this past week to win overall.

Having recently joined the team as helmsman, this was Terry Hutchinson’s (USA) first RC44 regatta with ARTEMIS. Hutchinson’s one design racing experience was evident as ARTEMIS lined up against eight top teams in the RC44 Class to tie for second with No Way Back (DEN) in the match racing.

Artemis to overall wins the RC44 Al Maktoum Sailing Trophy. Dubai, 27 February 2010. Photo copyright Nico Martinez

As the week went on and the fleet racing commenced, ARTEMIS continued to perform with owner Torbjorn Tornqvist at the helm and Hutchinson on tactics. Commenting on the conditions on day two of the fleet racing with winds gusting to 25 knots Tornqvist said: “The wind was strong but we were within the limits of the boat and I never worried. We had no failures and could concentrate entirely on our racing.”

On the final day of the Al Maktoum Trophy the conditions were challenging and ARTEMIS battled with Chris Bake’s Team Aqua who won the fleet racing, while ARTEMIS placed second, translating to an overall win of the regatta for the team.

“It is a solid start to the season for Artemis. Our hope was for a podium finish so to leave Dubai at the top of the podium is an extra bonus. That said, it is a long season and we need to focus on the big picture recognizing there are great teams competing and it will be the consistent ones that prevail. For now we are happy, but will show up at the next RC44 regatta in Austria focused on improving,” said Terry Hutchinson.

The crew onboard the RC44 ARTEMIS included: Torbjorn Tornqvist (Owner/Helmsman), Terry Hutchinson (Tactician), Kevin Hall (Navigator), Sean Clarkson (Main), Craig Monk (Grinder), Morgan Trubovich (Trimmer), Andrew Palfrey (Trimmer), Jared Hendersen (Pit), Andy Fethers (Bow) and Mark Newbrook (Floater).

Torbjorn Tornqvist helms Artemis to overall win in the RC44 Al Maktoum Sailing Trophy. Dubai, 27 February 2010. Photo copyright Nico Martinez

From Dubai, the team travels to Auckland for the Louis Vuitton Trophy where ARTEMIS will line up against seven of the world’s top teams for two weeks of match racing in America’s Cup Class boats. The next RC44 regatta for the team will be the Austria Cup from April 20 – May 4.

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