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Red hot day for Synergy at the TP52 World Championship

Posted on 05 October 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: TP52 World Championship] Two back to back wins sees the Russian boat Synergy leading the TP52 World Championships after three excellent races in a building sea breeze off Valencia today.

The crew are no strangers to winning races on the Audi MedCup Circuit and were podium challengers ten days ago in Sardinia, but today was the first time they had ever won two consecutive races at this level. They did so with a new helmsman, top Russian match racer Eugeniy Neugodnikov steering his first ever top level TP52 Series races, having only had a couple of days practice.

In a near perfect sea breeze which built from an early eight to 11 knots for the first race and peaked during an exciting third windward-leeward contest at 22 knots, the Russian crew which has a cosmopolitan afterguard in the shape of Kiwi regular tactician Rod Dawson and Italian navigator Francesco Mongelli opened with a modest fifth in the first race before their back to back bullets.

Terry Hutchinson and the Quantum Racing crew, with Farr 40 world championship winning owner Jim Richardson riding shotgun, won the first race and then posted a pair of third places, leaving the 2008 World Champions locked on the same points aggregate as the Russian regatta leaders.

Quantum Racing won the first race leading from the first windward mark to extend on each leg to cross ahead of Jochen Schuemann’s Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER) took second in the perfect sea breeze conditions of 8-10 kts.

Quantum Racing (USA) started well mid line and were well placed to steal the early jump on the fleet when they first gained with extra wind pressure and a small left shift early in the first beat. Defending world champions Matador (ARG) were not so fortunate starting off the pin end of the start line and had a little less breeze over the early part of the first beat, losing out on third to Artemis (SWE).

Synergy won the second race of the day in the brisker 15 to 18 kts sea breeze.
Although Quantum Racing lead at the first windward mark Synergy took the right side down the first run with a bear away set at the first top mark. The Russian team showing the good downwind speed that the Reichel Pugh design has often shown, leading at the leeward gate and were not challenged again. Matador took second with Quantum Racing third.

Synergy’s second win of the day, with the breeze built more, was almost a carbon copy of their previous victory, again starting mid line alongside and under Quantum Racing. This time it was Artemis which lead comfortably around the top mark, but Synergy were matching them through the leeward gate and went on to win, with Artemis second and Quantum Racing third.

TP52 World Championship – After Day 1
1. Synergy (RUS) – Eugeni Neugodnikov (RUS), 5+1+1= 7 points
2. Quantum Racing (USA) – Terry Hutchinson (USA), 1+3+3= 7
3. Artemis (SWE) – Torbjorn Tornqvist (SWE), 3+5+2= 10
4. Matador (ARG) – Alberto Roemmers (ARG), 4+2+5= 11
5. Cristabella (GBR) – John Cutler (NZL), 6+4+4= 14
6. Bigamist 7 (POR) – Afonso Domingos (POR), 7+6+6= 19
7. Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER) – Jochen Schuemann (GER), 2+10(DSQ)+8= 20
8. Pace (GBR) – Johnny Vincent (GBR), 9+8+7= 24
9. Weapon of Choice (GBR) – Tony Langley (GBR), 8+7+9= 24

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Red hot day for Synergy at the TP52 World Championship

Posted on 05 October 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: TP52 World Championship] Two back to back wins sees the Russian boat Synergy leading the TP52 World Championships after three excellent races in a building sea breeze off Valencia today.

The crew are no strangers to winning races on the Audi MedCup Circuit and were podium challengers ten days ago in Sardinia, but today was the first time they had ever won two consecutive races at this level. They did so with a new helmsman, top Russian match racer Eugeniy Neugodnikov steering his first ever top level TP52 Series races, having only had a couple of days practice.

In a near perfect sea breeze which built from an early eight to 11 knots for the first race and peaked during an exciting third windward-leeward contest at 22 knots, the Russian crew which has a cosmopolitan afterguard in the shape of Kiwi regular tactician Rod Dawson and Italian navigator Francesco Mongelli opened with a modest fifth in the first race before their back to back bullets.

Terry Hutchinson and the Quantum Racing crew, with Farr 40 world championship winning owner Jim Richardson riding shotgun, won the first race and then posted a pair of third places, leaving the 2008 World Champions locked on the same points aggregate as the Russian regatta leaders.

Quantum Racing won the first race leading from the first windward mark to extend on each leg to cross ahead of Jochen Schuemann’s Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER) took second in the perfect sea breeze conditions of 8-10 kts.

Quantum Racing (USA) started well mid line and were well placed to steal the early jump on the fleet when they first gained with extra wind pressure and a small left shift early in the first beat. Defending world champions Matador (ARG) were not so fortunate starting off the pin end of the start line and had a little less breeze over the early part of the first beat, losing out on third to Artemis (SWE).

Synergy won the second race of the day in the brisker 15 to 18 kts sea breeze.
Although Quantum Racing lead at the first windward mark Synergy took the right side down the first run with a bear away set at the first top mark. The Russian team showing the good downwind speed that the Reichel Pugh design has often shown, leading at the leeward gate and were not challenged again. Matador took second with Quantum Racing third.

Synergy’s second win of the day, with the breeze built more, was almost a carbon copy of their previous victory, again starting mid line alongside and under Quantum Racing. This time it was Artemis which lead comfortably around the top mark, but Synergy were matching them through the leeward gate and went on to win, with Artemis second and Quantum Racing third.

TP52 World Championship – After Day 1
1. Synergy (RUS) – Eugeni Neugodnikov (RUS), 5+1+1= 7 points
2. Quantum Racing (USA) – Terry Hutchinson (USA), 1+3+3= 7
3. Artemis (SWE) – Torbjorn Tornqvist (SWE), 3+5+2= 10
4. Matador (ARG) – Alberto Roemmers (ARG), 4+2+5= 11
5. Cristabella (GBR) – John Cutler (NZL), 6+4+4= 14
6. Bigamist 7 (POR) – Afonso Domingos (POR), 7+6+6= 19
7. Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER) – Jochen Schuemann (GER), 2+10(DSQ)+8= 20
8. Pace (GBR) – Johnny Vincent (GBR), 9+8+7= 24
9. Weapon of Choice (GBR) – Tony Langley (GBR), 8+7+9= 24

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TP52 World Championship starts tomorrow in Valencia

Posted on 04 October 2010 by Valencia Sailing

More than a century ago, the well-known American novelist Mark Twain, made his famous remark “The report of my death was an exaggeration”. I think that some similar reports were published recently concerning the death of the TP52 class and from what I judged this morning in front of the Veles e Vents building in Valencia, they couldn’t be further away from reality.

The TP52′s are currently holding their World Championship here with official racing starting tomorrow, Tuesday. A total of nine yachts are participating, some of them entirely professional teams that race in all the AUDI Medcup events while some others, owner-driven, do not have a full-fledged racing program. Gone are the glory days, obviously, of 2006 or 2007 when the TP52 class could assemble a fleet of more than 25 yachts, but then tell me of one yacht class that hasn’t suffered in the last couple of years?

However, the most important news isn’t about who’s taking part in the Worlds but rather who is joining the class for next year’s circuit. There are several big names, owners and teams, that will make their presence public in the following weeks and whose entry will certainly make it clear the TP52′s and the AUDI Medcup circuit are probably the only option for high-level monohull fleet racing. For sure not all multi-millionaires like multihulls and if they don’t, these yachts and their circuit probably delivers the best alternative. One could even argue that the absence of Emirates Team New Zealand has leveled the playing field and encouraged owners that were bystanders to jump in.

As far as the regatta is concerned, the very promising weather forecast will most probably deliver a great show. The photos tell today’s story. When I took them at 11am there was more than 20 knots blowing inside the port with 25 knots reported off the Malvarosa beach. Perfect conditions!

Nine TP52′s are ready to battle it out for the TP52 World Championship. There are only 8 yachts in the photos because Cristabella is still docked in the Victory Challenge base, just across the basin.Valencia, 4 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Nine TP52′s are ready to battle it out for the TP52 World Championship. There are only 8 yachts in the photos because Cristabella is still docked in the Victory Challenge base, just across the basin.Valencia, 4 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Nine TP52′s are ready to battle it out for the TP52 World Championship. There are only 8 yachts in the photos because Cristabella is still docked in the Victory Challenge base, just across the basin.Valencia, 4 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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TP52 World Championship starts tomorrow in Valencia

Posted on 04 October 2010 by Valencia Sailing

More than a century ago, the well-known American novelist Mark Twain, made his famous remark “The report of my death was an exaggeration”. I think that some similar reports were published recently concerning the death of the TP52 class and from what I judged this morning in front of the Veles e Vents building in Valencia, they couldn’t be further away from reality.

The TP52′s are currently holding their World Championship here with official racing starting tomorrow, Tuesday. A total of nine yachts are participating, some of them entirely professional teams that race in all the AUDI Medcup events while some others, owner-driven, do not have a full-fledged racing program. Gone are the glory days, obviously, of 2006 or 2007 when the TP52 class could assemble a fleet of more than 25 yachts, but then tell me of one yacht class that hasn’t suffered in the last couple of years?

However, the most important news isn’t about who’s taking part in the Worlds but rather who is joining the class for next year’s circuit. There are several big names, owners and teams, that will make their presence public in the following weeks and whose entry will certainly make it clear the TP52′s and the AUDI Medcup circuit are probably the only option for high-level monohull fleet racing. For sure not all multi-millionaires like multihulls and if they don’t, these yachts and their circuit probably delivers the best alternative. One could even argue that the absence of Emirates Team New Zealand has leveled the playing field and encouraged owners that were bystanders to jump in.

As far as the regatta is concerned, the very promising weather forecast will most probably deliver a great show. The photos tell today’s story. When I took them at 11am there was more than 20 knots blowing inside the port with 25 knots reported off the Malvarosa beach. Perfect conditions!

Nine TP52′s are ready to battle it out for the TP52 World Championship. There are only 8 yachts in the photos because Cristabella is still docked in the Victory Challenge base, just across the basin.Valencia, 4 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Nine TP52′s are ready to battle it out for the TP52 World Championship. There are only 8 yachts in the photos because Cristabella is still docked in the Victory Challenge base, just across the basin.Valencia, 4 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Nine TP52′s are ready to battle it out for the TP52 World Championship. There are only 8 yachts in the photos because Cristabella is still docked in the Victory Challenge base, just across the basin.Valencia, 4 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Video: Highlights from Day 3 of the Magic Marine BetPro D-One Gold Cup

Posted on 03 October 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Highlights from race 5 of the Magic Marine BetPro D-One Gold Cup opening day. Valencia, 3 October 2010. Video copyright Devoti Sailing

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Agustín Zabalúa wins the first edition of the Magic Marine BetPro D-One Gold Cup

Posted on 03 October 2010 by Valencia Sailing

A thrilling race in Valencia for the final day of the 1st Magic Marine BetPro D-One Gold Cup in Valencia. Thermal breeze between 6 and 8 knots for the first race won once again by Argentinean Agustin Zabalua. The sixth and final race carrying double points was abandoned on the second beat due to the complete lack of wind. Zabalua is the first Champion of the Magic Marine BetPro D-One Gold Cup that in 2011 will take place in Riva del Garda, Italy, at the end of July. Thirty helmsmen from 14 nations entered the event.

Valencia, Spain October 3nd 2010- Argentinean Augustin Zabalua is the first Champion of the Magic Marine BetPro D-One Gold Cup that wrapped up with a nail-biting race in Valencia on Sunday. The fifth race was held with a 6 to 8 knot thermal breeze from the southeast and Zabalua cut the finishing line first, thereby scoring his third victory. Italian Andrea Gancia was second over the line and the Hungarian Olympic Laser sailor Zsombor Berecz came in third. Zabalua was in the lead with a 4-point margin on the Hungarian and 6 on Croatian Ivan Gaspic. Nothing was yet decided though. There still was time to fire the gun for the sixth and final race that carried double points and could still shape the final scoreboard. The fleet cut the starting line with a six-knot breeze from 115 that slowly died down to nothing at all while competitors were working their way up the second beat. The excellent Real Club Nautico de Valencia Race Committee rightfully decided to abandon the race and sailors returned to shore where an enormous and delicious paella was awaiting them.

Final day of racing at the Magic Marine BetPro D-One Gold Cup. Valencia, 3 October 2010. Photo copyright Ignacio Baixauli

Agustin Zabalua won with the excellent results 4-2-1-1-1, with a 4-point lead on Hungarian Zsombor Berecz (1-6-2-3-3) and a 6-point margin on Croatian Ivan Gaspic (3-1-5-2-8), first among the six Olympic Finn athletes who took part in the Championship. British Ed Wright, who recently won the Finn Gold Cup, finished fourth overall (6-3-6-4-12) while Alberto Ferrari, the best of the Italians, finished is fifth (2-11-7-12-5).

In commenting the Championship, Luca Devoti stated, “We had three fantastic days and I am very satisfied with the fleet’s performance and with the way the event turned out. The weight equalization system proved to be a great intuition and success: all the best sailors between 72 and 95 kilos were vying for the lead. Our goal is to see the class continue to grow by working with the five national associations and collaborating with the International Class we created here in Valencia that has Philippe Rogge as its President. The Real Club Nautico de Valencia was perfect both on the water and on shore. The next edition of the Magic Marine BetPro D-One Gold Cup will take place in Riva del Garda, Italy, at the end of July 2011″

This concludes the first international event of the D-One Class that saw 30 helmsmen from 14 nations and 3 continents battle it out on Spanish waters.

The event is sponsored by Magic Marine and BetPro.it

Final day of racing at the Magic Marine BetPro D-One Gold Cup. Valencia, 3 October 2010. Photo copyright Ignacio Baixauli



MAGIC MARINE – BET PRO
D-ONE GOLD CUP

REAL CLUB NAUTICO DE VALENCIA

01 OCT 2010 – 03 OCT 2010

OVERALL LEADERBOARD Class : D-ONE Discards : 1

Pos Helmsman Country 1 2 3 4 5 TOTAL
1 AGUSTIN ZABALUA ARGENTINA 4 2 1 1 1 5
2 ZSOMBOR BERECZ HUNGARY 1 6 2 3 3 9
3 IVAN KLIAKOVIC GASPIC CROATIA 3 1 5 2 8 11
4 EDWARD WRIGHT GREAT BRITAIN 6 3 6 4 12 19
5 ALBERTO FERRARI ITALY 2 11 7 12 5 25
6 ANDREA GANCIA ITALY 11 20 8 5 2 26
7 JONATHAN LOBERT FRANCE 10 14 4 7 9 30
8 MATT COUTTS NEW ZELAND 22 9 9 6 7 31
9 ROMAN TEPLY CZECH REPUBLIC 13 8 10 8 6 32
10 ANDREA GIAMMARINI ITALY 5 4 11 16 31 36
11 MICHAEL MAIER CZECH REPUBLIC 8 10 16 18 4 38
12 FABIO TOCCOLI ITALY 12 5 21 9 15 41
13 ANDY TURTON AUSTRALIA 19 17 3 10 31 49
14 TIM GARVIN GREAT BRITAIN 9 12 17 11 17 49
15 PAOLO ROSSI ITALY 7 7 18 20 20 52
16 GUIDO FALCIOLA ITALY 23 21 12 14 14 61
17 GIOVANNI TRICARICO ITALY 20 22 14 19 13 66
18 PHILIPPE ROGGE BELGIUM 18 31 25 17 11 71
19 VICENTE IRANZO SPAIN 28 31 15 13 16 72
20 STEFFEN BOCK GERMANY 14 18 24 22 21 75
21 BRET PERRY AUSTRALIA 16 15 23 31 22 76
22 MATTHIAS GROTHUES-SPORK GERMANY 21 16 22 24 31 83
23 RALF BEHRENS GERMANY 24 19 27 23 18 84
24 STEFANO CARUSO ITALY 17 24 20 26 24 85
25 MICHELE TOGNOZZI ITALY 25 26 13 28 25 89
26 KEITH FEDI GREAT BRITAIN 15 13 31 31 31 90
27 WALTER RITSHCKA AUSTRIA 27 23 19 25 23 90
28 SUMIO SHIMOYAMA JAPAN 31 31 29 21 10 91
29 RAFAEL TRUJILLO SPAIN 31 31 26 15 19 91
30 GIANCARLO PRAGLIOLA ITALY 26 25 28 27 31 106

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Video: Highlights from Day 3 of the Magic Marine BetPro D-One Gold Cup

Posted on 03 October 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Highlights from race 5 of the Magic Marine BetPro D-One Gold Cup opening day. Valencia, 3 October 2010. Video copyright Devoti Sailing

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Agustín Zabalúa wins the first edition of the Magic Marine BetPro D-One Gold Cup

Posted on 03 October 2010 by Valencia Sailing

A thrilling race in Valencia for the final day of the 1st Magic Marine BetPro D-One Gold Cup in Valencia. Thermal breeze between 6 and 8 knots for the first race won once again by Argentinean Agustin Zabalua. The sixth and final race carrying double points was abandoned on the second beat due to the complete lack of wind. Zabalua is the first Champion of the Magic Marine BetPro D-One Gold Cup that in 2011 will take place in Riva del Garda, Italy, at the end of July. Thirty helmsmen from 14 nations entered the event.

Valencia, Spain October 3nd 2010- Argentinean Augustin Zabalua is the first Champion of the Magic Marine BetPro D-One Gold Cup that wrapped up with a nail-biting race in Valencia on Sunday. The fifth race was held with a 6 to 8 knot thermal breeze from the southeast and Zabalua cut the finishing line first, thereby scoring his third victory. Italian Andrea Gancia was second over the line and the Hungarian Olympic Laser sailor Zsombor Berecz came in third. Zabalua was in the lead with a 4-point margin on the Hungarian and 6 on Croatian Ivan Gaspic. Nothing was yet decided though. There still was time to fire the gun for the sixth and final race that carried double points and could still shape the final scoreboard. The fleet cut the starting line with a six-knot breeze from 115 that slowly died down to nothing at all while competitors were working their way up the second beat. The excellent Real Club Nautico de Valencia Race Committee rightfully decided to abandon the race and sailors returned to shore where an enormous and delicious paella was awaiting them.

Final day of racing at the Magic Marine BetPro D-One Gold Cup. Valencia, 3 October 2010. Photo copyright Ignacio Baixauli

Agustin Zabalua won with the excellent results 4-2-1-1-1, with a 4-point lead on Hungarian Zsombor Berecz (1-6-2-3-3) and a 6-point margin on Croatian Ivan Gaspic (3-1-5-2-8), first among the six Olympic Finn athletes who took part in the Championship. British Ed Wright, who recently won the Finn Gold Cup, finished fourth overall (6-3-6-4-12) while Alberto Ferrari, the best of the Italians, finished is fifth (2-11-7-12-5).

In commenting the Championship, Luca Devoti stated, “We had three fantastic days and I am very satisfied with the fleet’s performance and with the way the event turned out. The weight equalization system proved to be a great intuition and success: all the best sailors between 72 and 95 kilos were vying for the lead. Our goal is to see the class continue to grow by working with the five national associations and collaborating with the International Class we created here in Valencia that has Philippe Rogge as its President. The Real Club Nautico de Valencia was perfect both on the water and on shore. The next edition of the Magic Marine BetPro D-One Gold Cup will take place in Riva del Garda, Italy, at the end of July 2011″

This concludes the first international event of the D-One Class that saw 30 helmsmen from 14 nations and 3 continents battle it out on Spanish waters.

The event is sponsored by Magic Marine and BetPro.it

Final day of racing at the Magic Marine BetPro D-One Gold Cup. Valencia, 3 October 2010. Photo copyright Ignacio Baixauli



MAGIC MARINE – BET PRO
D-ONE GOLD CUP

REAL CLUB NAUTICO DE VALENCIA

01 OCT 2010 – 03 OCT 2010

OVERALL LEADERBOARD Class : D-ONE Discards : 1

Pos Helmsman Country 1 2 3 4 5 TOTAL
1 AGUSTIN ZABALUA ARGENTINA 4 2 1 1 1 5
2 ZSOMBOR BERECZ HUNGARY 1 6 2 3 3 9
3 IVAN KLIAKOVIC GASPIC CROATIA 3 1 5 2 8 11
4 EDWARD WRIGHT GREAT BRITAIN 6 3 6 4 12 19
5 ALBERTO FERRARI ITALY 2 11 7 12 5 25
6 ANDREA GANCIA ITALY 11 20 8 5 2 26
7 JONATHAN LOBERT FRANCE 10 14 4 7 9 30
8 MATT COUTTS NEW ZELAND 22 9 9 6 7 31
9 ROMAN TEPLY CZECH REPUBLIC 13 8 10 8 6 32
10 ANDREA GIAMMARINI ITALY 5 4 11 16 31 36
11 MICHAEL MAIER CZECH REPUBLIC 8 10 16 18 4 38
12 FABIO TOCCOLI ITALY 12 5 21 9 15 41
13 ANDY TURTON AUSTRALIA 19 17 3 10 31 49
14 TIM GARVIN GREAT BRITAIN 9 12 17 11 17 49
15 PAOLO ROSSI ITALY 7 7 18 20 20 52
16 GUIDO FALCIOLA ITALY 23 21 12 14 14 61
17 GIOVANNI TRICARICO ITALY 20 22 14 19 13 66
18 PHILIPPE ROGGE BELGIUM 18 31 25 17 11 71
19 VICENTE IRANZO SPAIN 28 31 15 13 16 72
20 STEFFEN BOCK GERMANY 14 18 24 22 21 75
21 BRET PERRY AUSTRALIA 16 15 23 31 22 76
22 MATTHIAS GROTHUES-SPORK GERMANY 21 16 22 24 31 83
23 RALF BEHRENS GERMANY 24 19 27 23 18 84
24 STEFANO CARUSO ITALY 17 24 20 26 24 85
25 MICHELE TOGNOZZI ITALY 25 26 13 28 25 89
26 KEITH FEDI GREAT BRITAIN 15 13 31 31 31 90
27 WALTER RITSHCKA AUSTRIA 27 23 19 25 23 90
28 SUMIO SHIMOYAMA JAPAN 31 31 29 21 10 91
29 RAFAEL TRUJILLO SPAIN 31 31 26 15 19 91
30 GIANCARLO PRAGLIOLA ITALY 26 25 28 27 31 106

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