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Terry Hutchinson reports from the Artemis Extreme 40 training camp in Miami

Posted on 11 November 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Greetings from Miami. It was another really great day with completely different conditions.

Today was light. Body weight in, no hull flying and LOTS of technique. Like any boat that you can muscle around and be physical in, the light air breeze presents lots of different challenges. You quickly pick up that any abrupt movement has a big impact on performance and feel on the boat. Figuring out how to prioritize the jobs and being smooth is critical.

Sounds simple but after about an hour of butchering our boat handling, coach Nick (Moloney), together with Freddy and Mark came along side. They were trying to be polite about how bad we were but soon put Sean and Andy in the chase boat and Mark and Freddy on the X40. Truby and I did a lap with Mark and Freddy onboard, while Andy and Sean watched closely from the chase boat.

The nine minute lap was worth it’s weight in gold as it quickly helped us prioritize on board. For the next two hours we did lap after lap, after lap. It was awesome! The day ended with 45 minutes of starting drills and then a 20 minute sail home rig-tuning.

All in all, a great day. Stand by for more comms. Another light air day is on tap tomorrow and we should be into more traditional sea breezes for the second half of the week.

Terry Hutchinson

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Santi Lange teaches Juan Kouyoumdjian the multihull basics

Posted on 03 October 2010 by Valencia Sailing

While the 30 D-One’s are racing in the first Magic Marine BetPro D-One Gold Cup guess who we bumped into in the Real Club Náutico Valencia?

The Argentinean duo Juan Kouyoumdjian and Santi Lange were busy preparing Lange’s Tornado, or better said Kouyoumdjian was learning from Lange the basics of Tornado and multihull sailing. Kouyoumdjian will certainly have one of the world’s best teachers since Lange won bronze medals in the Athens and Qingdao Olympics.

Kouyoumdjian is rumored to be, together with Tom Schnackenberg, the “grey matter” of the Artemis design team, one of the most plausible and serious potential America’s Cup challengers, at least for the moment. I asked him whether he thought it was possible to overcome the design and technological lead BMW Oracle have in winged catamarans and his reply was very straightforward: “If it weren’t possible we would certainly not be doing this!”

Santi Lange assembles his Tornado while Juan Kouyoumdjian is closely watching. Valencia, 3 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Santi Lange assembles his Tornado while Juan Kouyoumdjian is closely watching. Valencia, 3 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Santi Lange assembles his Tornado while Juan Kouyoumdjian is closely watching. Valencia, 3 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Sweden’s campaign in the 34th America’s Cup definitely has “Spanish” flavor. It starts in Valencia with Argentineans. Valencia, 3 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Sweden’s campaign in the 34th America’s Cup definitely has “Spanish” flavor. It starts in Valencia with Argentineans. Valencia, 3 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Video: Highlights from the day 2 of the RC44 Valencia Cup

Posted on 29 July 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Highlights from day 2 of the RC44 Valencia Cup. Valencia, 28 July 2010. Video copyright RC44 Class Association

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Artemis wins AUDI Medcup regatta in Barcelona

Posted on 25 July 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: AUDI Medcup] With everything to play for on the final day Artemis completed a great recovery to win the Camper Regatta – Conde de Godó Trophy Barcelona.

Paul Cayard (USA) and the crew of Torbjorn Tornqvist’s (SWE) Artemis (SWE) won the Camper Regatta – Conde de Godó Trophy – Barcelona TP52 Series in considerable style, after a fantastic finale, coming from eighth at the first windward mark to finish second behind Bribón (ESP) on the finish line of the last race, to clinch the Swedish flagged team’s first MedCup Circuit regatta win since 2007.

Leading into the one and only race of today by a single point, the odds looked suddenly to be stacked against an Artemis regatta win when they picked the wrong side of the first beat and rounded the top mark in eighth place, with their main rivals Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) in second.

But two electrifying downwind legs, twice gybing away for clear air and flatter water, diverging from the line taken by the pack, saw Cayard and crew gaining three places on each run to secure Barcelona’s top trophy.

Follow the leader. Artemis wins the AUDI Medcup Barcelona Trophy. Barcelona, 25 July 2010. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / Artemis

Emirates Team New Zealand at one stage seemed to be hanging on, just on target for their second regatta win of the season, with Luna Rossa (ITA) between them and their rival Artemis representing the 1-point margin that they needed to win, but in the end the Kiwi champions could do nothing to control the firepower of Artemis downwind.

On the final run Cayard, tactician Cameron Appleton and the Artemis crew gained 44 seconds, to cross just 16 seconds behind José Cusí’s (ESP) Bribón who finished their regatta with a flourish to clinch a creditable fourth overall in owner Cusí’s home city.

Artemis top the Camper Regatta – Conde de Godó Trophy – Barcelona TP52 fleet after a miserable Marseille, where they finished eighth overall. In Barcelona they have sailed with confidence and cohesion, bolting together all of the required components to win a testing 10 race series.

Third overall last season their overall win at the first of two Audi MedCup Circuit regattas in Spain this season, boosts Tornqvist’s team from sixth overall on the 2010 standings to third.

And, after Emirates Team New Zealand in Cascais, Quantum Racing (USA) in Marseille they become the third TP52 Series team to win an event this season.

Artemis last won a MedCup regatta in Hyeres, France in 2007 when Russell Coutts skippered the team to win the Circuit title. In that season five different boats won the five regattas.

Emirates Team New Zealand finish disappointed not to have won in Barcelona. They were hobbled for boat speed at times, citing a plastic bag that they caught around the rudder which left them lacking speed.

But the reigning title holders head to Cartagena for next month’s (August 24-29) fourth regatta of the 2010 season, the Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy having extended their overall lead by ten points at this regatta. They now lead Quantum Racing (USA) by 28.5 points.

Camper Regatta – Conde de Godó Trophy – Barcelona – Final Results

1. Artemis (SWE), 7+2+4+5+2+4+1+5+1+2= 33 points
2. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), 1+4+8+1+3+2+5+3+5+3= 35
3. Quantum Racing (USA), 5+5+2+11+1+1+9+2+5+6= 44
4. Bribón (ESP), 3+3+7+7+5+11+10+7+4+1= 58
5. Cristabella (GBR), 2+1+11+9+6+9+4+6+6+8= 62
6. TeamOrigin (GBR), 10+6+3+3+9+7+8+1+7+9= 63
7. Matador (ARG), 4+9+9+10+10+3+6+9+3+4= 67
8. Bigamist 7 (POR), 8+7+10+8+4+5+7+4+10+7= 70
9. Luna Rossa (ITA), 9+11+1+6+11+10+2+10+8+5= 73
10. Synergy (RUS), 6+10+6+2+7+8+3+8+11+12= 73
11. Audi A1 (FRA/GER), 12(DNC)+8+5+4+8+6+11+11+9+10= 84

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Management change at Artemis

Posted on 29 June 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Artemis] ARTEMIS announced today that Team Manager Jared Henderson will not continue to sail with the team following the decision by team Chairman Torbjorn Tornqvist to restructure the organisation.

Jared was the longest standing team member and instrumental in building the team, which now competes on the TP52 and RC44 circuits, as well as in the Louis Vuitton Trophy regattas.

Torbjorn Tornqvist and the team wish Jared every success in the future.

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Three seasons in one day in the RC 44 Copenhagen Cup

Posted on 12 June 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: RC44 Class] Except for the summer, the teams involved in the RC 44 Copenhagen Cup had to deal with very varied conditions today. Strong and light wind, sun, rain, chop… Pieter Heerema’s team No Way Back leads the provisional ranking ahead of Igor Lah’s Ceeref and Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis.

PRO Peter Reggio had no other choice but to postpone racing to a couple of hours after lunchtime due to the heavy rain and light wind this morning. The racing finally got underway by 2:30 PM, and lasted until 7:00 PM, with four beautiful races completed at the end of the day.

Only nine points separate the nine top teams in the provisional ranking, with Pieter Heerema’s No Way Back leading Igor Lah’s Ceeref by one point and Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis by two. Heerema probably didn’t think he would be leading the provisional ranking when he crossed the arrival line of the first race in last. On the other hand, Daniel Calero and his team Puerto Calero – who won this first regatta convincingly – were certainly hoping for a better provisional overall result than their ninth place.

Highlights from day 4 of the RC44 Copenhagen Cup. Copenhagen, 11 June 2010. Video copyright RC44 class

Those results summarise the day pretty well: varied weather, with rain and sunshine, some rain squalls, a lot of chop around the start line and flat water at the top mark… Uneven conditions that led to uneven results, with Katusha’s owner Guennadi Timtchenko managing to win the first ever regatta in his life (he only started sailing last month during the RC 44 Austria Cup) and experienced teams such as BMW ORACLE Racing or Team Aqua struggling to be consistent.

Thanks to two race victories and a fourth place, and despite the first race’s disappointment, Pieter Heerema and his team No way Back are the event’s provisional leaders. They are however far from being in a safe spot, with two more days of racing and up to eight more races to complete.

The weather forecast for tomorrow is much better with even, perhaps, the season missing so far on the menu…

They said:

Guennadi Timtchenko, owner, Katusha: “I need to thank the team for this victory. They really help me well, and make me feel confident. I can say that now I am starting to feel the boat, it gives me great emotions. I really think that sailing is the most exciting sport I know.”

Hartwell Jordan, crewmember, Team Sea Dubai: “It has been a great day, with four good races completed. We are working hard at improving our communication with our helmsman Harm Muller Spreer. Jes Gram Hansen does the tactics and it works pretty well.”

Fleet race on day 4 of the RC44 Copenhagen Cup. Copenhagen, 11 June 2010. Photo copyright Nico Martinez

Igor Lah, owner, Ceeref: “It was very shifty today and I found it hard to steer well and control the boat. But I am quite satisfied. We never won but we also never finished last. It was our goal to try to be as consistent as possible. I also hugely enjoyed the sailing. This morning I didn’t think we would be sailing at all.”

Daniel Calero, owner, Islas Canarias Puerto Calero: “We started the day really well with a first place. Then we made some wrong calls and didn’t do as well as we wanted, but it has been great. The level is tough, and everyone can win races. I found the shifts fairly easy to read, but the problem was the pressure. It was uneven and made it difficult to steer well.”

Fleet race, provisional results after four races:

1) Team No Way Back, Pieter Heerema, 10, 1, 4, 1 – 16 points
2) CEEREF, Igor Lah, 5, 2, 7, 3 – 17 points
3) Artemis, Torbjorn Tornqvist, 3, 5, 8, 2 – 18 points
4) Team Aqua, Chris Bake, 2, 3, 9, 5 – 19 points
5) BMW ORACLE Racing, Larry Ellison, 8, 6, 2, 4 – 20 points
6) Team Sea Dubai, Harm Muller Spreer, 7, 4, 3, 6 – 20 points
7) Katusha, Guennadi Timtchenko, 6, 8, 1, 8 – 23 points
8) 17, Anders Myralf 4, 7, 6, 7 – 24 points
9) Team Islas Canarias Puerto Calero, Daniel Calero, 1, 10, 5, 9 – 25 points
10) Team Austria, René Mangold, 9, 9, 10, 10 – 38 points

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Emirates Team New Zealand is finalist at Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena

Posted on 04 June 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Louis Vuitton Trohpy] Emirates Team New Zealand is a finalist at the Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena after an extraordinary drawn-out day of light air sailing on the Golfo di Arzachena at the north east corner of Sardinia.

One race down and facing elimination, ETNZ came back and defeated Sweden’s Artemis 2-1. The Kiwis also led in a race that was abandoned when the wind died.

The other best-of-three semi-finals, between the French/German team All4One and the SYNERGY Russian Sailing Team, will be sailed tomorrow. Weather permitting, the first race of the finals may start tomorrow afternoon.

The America’s Cup trophy will be on public display at the Louis Vuitton Trophy race village at the Marina Arsenale in La Maddalena over the weekend. The Cup Defender, BMW Oracle Racing, is bringing the trophy to Sardinia and visitors to the village can view the 159-year-old trophy from 0900 to 1900 on Saturday and 0900 to 1800 on Sunday.

Dean Barker helms what is probably the best monohull sailing team in the world. La Maddalena, 4 June 2010. Photo copyright Chris Cameron / Emirates Team NZ

The day was fine but fickle winds forced a three and a half hour delay before Artemis, skippered by Paul Cayard and with Terry Hutchinson steering, seized the first race from ETNZ’s Dean Barker. A second race was abandoned when the wind died and the Kiwis led.

After a drawn-out wait, the second race started at 5:30 pm. Minutes into the race, on the ropes and facing elimination from the series, Barker boldly sailed across the advancing bow of the right-of-way Artemis with scant room to spare and leveled the series. The last race started at 6:30 pm in late afternoon sunlight. Hutchinson pulled out all the stops and made a superb start but Barker confidently split away 1.3 kilometers on the opposite tack and came in ahead to control at the weather mark.

Semi-final One, Race One: Artemis def Emirates Team New Zealand, 00:25 – A 25-degree windshift in light airs cost ETNZ any chance of winning. The Kiwis were substantially overstood on the port tack approaching the top mark and were powerless as Artemis on a matching port tack below them were able to muscle their way inside at the mark and hold them off before bearing away. The margin was only two seconds for the Swedish boat but Hutchinson exploited the advantage on the run to attain a solid lead. ETNZ tactician Ray Davies said: “We got the side of the course we wanted. We went out to the left and talked about tacking below the port layline just in case we got a left shift. We did tack just below our layline. Just as we tacked we got a 25 degree shift and from that point we were miles overstood. It went so far that Artemis could tack a long way to leeward of us and lay the mark.

Emirates Team NZ beat Artemis and advance to the semis. La Maddalena, 4 June 2010. Photo copyright Chris Cameron / Emirates Team NZ

Semi-final One, Race Two: Emirates Team New Zealand def Artemis, 01:01 – ETNZ’s bold port tack cross with only five metres to spare, across the advancing bow of the right-of-way Artemis, clinched the lead and the victory. The start line had a right hand bias but Barker on starboard on the left side forced Hutchinson to tack away just before the gun. Barker wound up and started at speed down the line, while Artemis tacked and made a downspeed start at the committee. Just minutes later with a 33 metre lead, Barker tacked, pulled off the port tack cross and claimed the advantaged right side. Jules Salter, ETNZ’s navigator commented: “The plan was to start to the left, go left and get the best pressure, which was what this race was all about. We keep to the same methods, make a good plan and execute it. Dean is doing a good job of starting.” An earlier attempt at completing this race was abandoned as the Kiwis were narrowly leading a drifting match in competing zephyrs at the bottom of the second beat.

Semi-final One, Race Three: Emirates Team New Zealand def. Artemis, 01:31 – Hutchinson pulled off a superb start right on the gun, at the pin and at full speed while forcing Barker off onto port. The Kiwis sailed away to the starboard layline in a split that extended out to 1.3 kilometers. When the two boats closed at the weather mark, the starboard tack ETNZ had right-of-way and led around the top mark. A ragged weather-side gennaker drop provided a short diversion for photographers at the leeward mark but never slowed the Kiwis who continued to sail away. Asked the secret to his team’s ability to bounce back, Barker said: “100% confidence in our ability. Everything we do, we back ourselves to win every race. You are going to lose, because we’re sailing against good teams, but in a series we back ourselves to come out on top.”

Terry Hutchinson and Paul Cayard try to catch Emirates Team NZ. La Maddalena, 4 June 2010. Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / Artemis

Semi-final Provisional Results

Semi-final One: Emirates Team New Zealand def. Artemis 2-1

Round Robin Results

1. All4One, 6-3, 6 points

2. Artemis, 6-3, 6 points
3. Emirates Team New Zealand, 6-3, 6 points

4. Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, 6-3, 5 points *

5. SYNERGY Russian Sailing Team, 5-4, 5 points
6. Azzurra, 4-5, 4 points

7. TEAMORIGIN, 4-5, 4 points
8. Luna Rossa, 3-6, 3 points
9. BMW Oracle Racing Team, 3-6, 3 point
10. ALEPH Sailing Team, 2-7, -2 points *

* Penalties deducted by Jury/Umpires

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Semi finalists decided for Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena

Posted on 03 June 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Louis Vuitton Trophy] Five races confirmed four powerful semi-finalists today for the Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena. They are the French/German boat All4One, Sweden”s Artemis, Emirates Team New Zealand and SYNERGY Russian Sailing Team.

Match races over the next three days in Version 5 America’s Cup boats off the Sardinian island of La Maddalena will determine the outcome of the two-week series. Tomorrow, Artemis will meet Team New Zealand and All4One will race SYNERGY.

One quarter-final was decided today. Fifth-placed SYNERGY defeated fourth-placed Mascalzone Latino two races to one. The only races sailed in the shifty northwest breeze were the last two of the round robin and those of the single quarter-final.

The remaining three boats went through to the semi-finals based on their performances in the round robin. All4One, in fourth place on Tuesday, won the round robin today, after defeating Sweden’s Artemis which had led on points throughout the week. The Swedish boat finished the round second. Emirates Team New Zealand finished the round third after defeating Mascalzone Latino today.

All4One, a new team this season, finished the round with a 6-3 record, winning their last four races, handing defeats to top-seeds Artemis and Emirates Team New Zealand in the process.

“We’re a very small team,” said tactician John Cutler. “There are only 19 of us total in the whole team and so we enjoy sailing together. When we’ve been sailing well, which we have in this regatta, a win is a big thing. Artemis is a strong team and they were the top boat coming into this race. So any time you can beat a good boat you always feel pleased about it.”

It’s over before it started. Mascalzone is early over the line and has to recross. La Maddalena, 3 June 2010. Photo copyright Chris Cameron / Emirates Team New Zealand

Flight Eighteen, Race Two: Emirates Team New Zealand def. Mascalzone Latino, 01:05 – It was only four metres, and it was the race! Mascalzone Latino was over the line early and skipper Gavin Brady’s race against the Kiwi boat steered by Dean Barker was effectively over. Brady tacked and ducked back but after he restarted on port tack, ETNZ was already 200 metres ahead and covering in the 15 knot northwester. Before the gun, the pin end was favored and the boats approached it on starboard at speed with the Italians to weather. “Our timing was perfect and they were bow out and pushed over,” said Ray Davies, the Kiwi tactician. The margin was nearly 300 metres at the first mark and at the finish.

Flight Fifteen, Race One: All4One def. Artemis, 00:25 After two dialups, Terry Hutchinson and Artemis won a closely-contested start, starting on starboard, bow forward at the committee boat with All4One to leeward. Artemis led by 15 seconds at the top mark after one tack but Sébastien Col closed up on the run to round just eight seconds behind and then gained on the right on the second weather leg, overtaking before they reached the weather mark. “I made a mistake,” said Artemis skipper and tactician Paul Cayard. “Obviously the right was very powerful. There was more wind on the right. The shift stayed in the right. I gave them the right and I gave them the race.”

Quarter-final One, Race One: SYNERGY Russian Sailing Team def. Mascalzone Latino, 00:22 – Karol Jablonski jumped the Russian boat out to a small edge as both boats hit the line at speed right on the gun. Gavin Brady had Mascalzone Latino up next to the committee while Jablonski was midline. Brady sailed his opponent out beyond the port layline in a single tack but SYNERGY slowly lifted up on the Italian boat and was ahead when they tacked. The Russians were ahead by 16 seconds at the top mark and extended from there.

Quarter-final One, Race Two: Mascalzone Latino def. SYNERGY Russian Sailing, 00:35 – The second race start was a mirror of the first with the Italians making an excellent start at speed while the Russians were still coming up to speed. Jablonski, to leeward, tacked early to clear his air but Brady tacked ahead of him, making the most of a persistent right shift that allowed the Italians to extend.

Quarter-final One, Race Three: SYNERGY Russian Sailing Team def. Mascalzone Latino, 00:22 – Protests from both contestants were green-flagged in this rough and tumble start in 12-14 knots of wind. In the second, late in the prestart, Jablonski on starboard luffed Brady up, forcing him to tack. The Russian boat bore off to make a perfectly timed start at the pin while the Italians made two down-speed tacks to struggle off the line at the committee. The Russians were quickly out to a 105 metre lead, lifted up to the port tack layline on a big left shift and continued to sail away.

Round Robin Provisional Results after Thursday Racing

1. All4One, 6-3, 6 points

2. Artemis, 6-3, 6 points
3. Emirates Team New Zealand, 6-3, 6 points

4. Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, 6-3, 5 points *

5. SYNERGY Russian Sailing Team, 5-4, 5 points
6. Azzurra, 4-5, 4 points

7. TEAMORIGIN, 4-5, 4 points
8. Luna Rossa, 3-6, 3 points
9. BMW Oracle Racing Team, 3-6, 3 point
10. ALEPH Sailing Team, 2-7, -2 points *

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