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AUDI Medcup – Cartagena Trophy – Day 2: No racing due to lack of wind

Posted on 26 August 2010 by Valencia Sailing

It’s been a disappointing day in Cartagena as the most pessimistic weather forecasts became a reality. After holding the fleet ashore for almost two hours, the race committee tried to find, unfortunately in vain, a spot with some decent breeze in order to set a race course. The breeze never passed the 4-knot barrier and as a result they called off racing for the day.

Tomorrow Friday, the GP42′s will try to hold their first races while the TP52′s will drop their scheduled coastal race for more windward-leeward races. Unfortunately, that might not be an easy task as a heatwave originating from northern Africa is affecting Spain. In fact today was the hottest day of the year so far and it won’t get any cooler before next week.

Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy – Day 2
1. TeamOrigin (GBR), 3+1= 4 points
2. Matador (ARG), 1+4= 5
3. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), 4+2= 6
4. Luna Rossa (ITA), 2+7= 9
5. Synergy (RUS), 8+3= 11
6. Artemis (SWE), 5+6= 11
7. Quantum Racing (USA), 9+5= 14
8. Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER), 6+8= 14
9. Bribón (ESP), 7+11= 18
10. Bigamist 7 (POR), 11+9= 20
11. Cristabella (GBR), 10+10= 20

Quantum Racing’s Ed Reynolds. Cartagena, 26 August 2010. Sander van der Borch: Photo copyright Sander van der Borch / Artemis

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GP42′s adopt improvements for 2011

Posted on 24 July 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: International GP42 Association] The International GP42 Association announces today several innovations to the class rules that for the 2011 season and beyond will reduce operating costs while not compromising on the high-performance nature of the world’s fastest offshore-capable 42-footer. These include some structural changes to the boat as well as new limits on crew, sails, and outside assistance.

“We have been exploring ways to make cost-effective evolutionary changes to the GP42’s without compromising on performance,” says Javier Goizueta, President of the GP42 Class and owner of current Audi MedCup GP42 Series leader Madrid-Caser Seguros. “These boats are fantastic to sail, and the competition has been intense, but we want to attract new teams to join us yet not make the existing fleet uncompetitive. We think these changes strike the right balance.”

GP42 Class Manager, Paolo Massarini, talks to Zero Gradi Nord about the decision the class took to withdraw from the AUDI Medcup in 2011 and reestablish its own independent circuit. Barcelona, 24 July 2010. Video copyright Zero Gradi Nord

The changes for 2011 include the following:

1. Allowance of a removable bowsprit of a maximum length from 1.5 to 1.7 metres. The final length will be determined from a study of existing designs and optimization to sail design and rating rule parameters;

2. The change to bowsprits anticipates use of larger gennakers and a reduction of crew needed for downwind crew work. Therefore a lower crew weight limit will be imposed from 800 kg to 720 kg plus the addition of one mandatory on board guest. This reduces the number of crew onboard by one. The guest will be restricted to the stern section of the boat and not allowed to hike with legs outboard;

3. Sails will be limited to seven per year, down from the existing nine. These will be 1 mainsail, 3 jibs, 2 gennakers, and 1 staysail, plus one free sail of any type.

4. No outside assistance will be allowed before racing, except to transfer guests.

In addition to these approved changes, square-top mainsails may also be adapted, depending on the participation of teams who have already made this change to their boats and are currently racing outside the Audi MedCup. A change in bulb weight to compensate for the change in crew weight has been deemed unnecessary, given the addition of the onboard guest.

“These and other ideas have been in discussion for over a year now,” says GP42 Class Manager Paolo Massarini, “and we have received a lot of constructive input from designers and builders for the right solutions. So we feel these are evolutionary changes in line with the current design trends, and should help both attract new interest and enhance the current value of the boats and the class.”

Ximo Lopez from Longitud Cero in Spain and Vittorio Urbinati from Marine Composite in Italy, both experienced builders of GP42’s, have already assembled very attractive proposals for the construction of new boats based on these changes. Lopez has built the two newest GP42’s, last year’s Botin & Carkeek-designed GP42 Series Champion Islas Canarias Puerto Calero, and this year’s series leader, Madrid-Caser Seguros. Urbinati built and owns the Reichel/Pugh-designed Sea Wonder 007, a perennial winner of numerous regattas in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Assuming interest, these and other boatyards are even considering building new boats off the same mould…Lopez, for example, says he can build up to five more boats off tooling made from his last two hulls.

“These boats and the racing we enjoy is absolutely fantastic,” said Roberto Monti, owner/driver of AIRISESSENTIAL. “We want to use these changes and other incentives to attract more owners to our group, as we feel there are many others out there who can appreciate the value of close racing amongst truly high tech, high performance yachts.”

Once finalized, these changes are intended to remain unchanged until 2014, giving a measure of stability to the class and preserving the value of the existing designs.

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Quantum Racing win the Marseille Trophy

Posted on 20 June 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: AUDI Medcup] Quantum Racing and Iberdrola’s green revolution overtook the Marseille Trophy regatta, the second event of the 2010 Audi MedCup Circuit, as the two green-hulled Botin Carkeek designs lifted the respective top trophies for the TP52 series and GP42 series.

Quantum Racing’s (USA) victory in the TP52 Series fleet is their first event win overall since becoming 2008 TP52 World Champions in Puerto Calero, and their first Audi MedCup Circuit regatta triumph since they sealed the 2008 overall title winning the Portugal Trophy in September 2008.

It was the Mistral which prevailed on the final day of scheduled racing. Out on Marseille’s Rade race areas the notorious winds whipped spumes of spray and kicked up a nasty swell. With gusts close to 40 knots it always seemed unlikely that the Marseille Trophy fleet would leave the dock in the Vieux Port. For all that, the Quantum Racing team were never far from their boat and always poised to go and do whatever needed to be done.

Quantum Racing win the Marseille Torphy. Marseille, 20 June 2010. Photo copyright Carlo Borlenghi / AUDI Medcup

Skipper-helm Terry Hutchinson (USA) acknowledged the good work of his team, not least in the behind the scenes industry from their boat-builder, from Quantum Sails themselves and the designers Botin Carkeek, which have all contributed to the 2008 champions upping their game on last year. Winning two races and, for the second year in a row, the coastal race, formed the solid foundations for the Quantum Racing victory composed over just six races sailed.

Their win halts the Emirates Team New Zealand run at five successive regattas which they set off here in Marseille last year. The American crew finished 4.5 points clear of second placed Matador (ARG).

Keys to the Quantum Racing success have been consistently good starting, strong tactics and improved boat speed, whilst the reigning champions Emirates Team New Zealand will rue a high scoring opening day when they amassed 21 of their 31 points, finishing fourth overall, their worst finish ever on the Audi MedCup Circuit. But on the overall standings for the 2010 Audi MedCup Circuit, the Kiwis’ 20 points lead which they came to France with has only been eroded by 1.5 points.

When it comes to consistency the Franco-German team on Audi A1 powered by All4One have been the class act of the season so far. Second in Cascais, the team headed by Jochen Schuemann (GER) and Sebastien Col (FRA), took third place here and lie second overall on the 2010 Audi MedCup Circuit standings.

The Conde de Godó City of Barcelona Trophy is the next regatta of the Audi MedCup Circuit 20-25 July in the Catalan capital.

Quantum Racing sails in the Marseille Torphy. Marseille, 18 June 2010. Video copyright AUDI Medcup

Marseille Trophy – TP52 Series – Overall
1. Quantum Racing (USA), 8+1+1+5+6+1,5= 22,5 points
2. Matador (ARG), 3+3+4+1+10+6= 27
3. Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER), 2+9+2+10+2+4,5= 29,5
4. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), 10+6+5+4+3+3= 31
5. TeamOrigin (GBR), 4+7+7+3+1+9= 31
6. Synergy (RUS), 9+2+6+7+4+7,5= 35,5
7. Bribón (ESP), 1+8+8+2+7+15= 41
8. Cristabella (GBR), 6+4+3+8+9+13,5= 43,5
9. Luna Rossa (ITA), 5+5+10+9+5+10,5= 44,5
10. Artemis (SWE), 7+11(RAF)+9+6+8+12= 53
11. Bigamist 7 (POR), 12(DNC)+12(DNC)+12(DNC)+12(DNC)+12(DNC)+18(DNC)= 78

Audi MedCup 2010 – TP52 Series – After 2 events
1. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), 31,5+31= 62,5 points
2. Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER), 51,5+29,5= 81
3. Quantum Racing (USA), 59,5+22,5= 82
4. Matador (ARG), 60+27= 87
5. TeamOrigin (GBR), 59,5+31= 90,5
6. Synergy (RUS), 64+35,5= 99,5
7. Cristabella (GBR), 65+43,5= 108,5
8. Artemis (SWE), 57+53= 110
9. Luna Rossa (ITA), 77,5+44,5= 122
10. Bribón (ESP), 88+41= 123,5
11. Bigamist 7 (POR), 88+78= 166

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Two weeks to go to the AUDI Medcup Marseille Trophy

Posted on 02 June 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: AUDI Medcup] Preparations by the Audi MedCup GP42 and TP52 teams and by venue hosts are continuing as the second Audi MedCup event of the 2010 season looms on the horizon. The Marseille Trophy starts with the official practice race for the TP52 Series on Tuesday 15th June.

While Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) won the first regatta of the season last month in Cascais, there was a promising showing from Jochen Schuemann (GER), Sebastien Col (FRA) and the French-German team on AudiA1 powered by ALL4ONE who finished second. On ‘home’ waters they will be up for trying to go one better and break the Kiwi monopoly.

At the GP42 Series, defending champion, José María Ponce’s (ESP) Puerto Calero (ESP), leads by 10 points over Paolo Cian’s (ITA) Madrid-Caser Seguros (ESP). Their racing schedule starts on June 16, with the official practice race.

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Video: Highlights from the final day of the Portugal Trophy

Posted on 17 May 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Highlights from the final day of the Portugal Trophy. Cascais, 16 May 2010. Video copyright AUDI Medcup

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Emirates Team NZ and Puerto Calero win overall at Cascais Trophy

Posted on 16 May 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: AUDI Medcup] The current Audi MedCup champions proved they have lost nothing from their competitive edge as they both opened their respective 2010 season with resounding wins in the Portugal Trophy, Cascais.

After another day of muscular breezes which produced fantastic racing conditions off Sintra, just to the west of Cascais, Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) and Puerto Calero (ESP) had both set up unassailable regatta leads, clinching their respective trophies with a race to spare.

Through the five events of the 2010 Audi MedCup season, regatta trophies are a bonus, and this is Emirates Team New Zealand’s fifth successive regatta title in a row, but the dominant Kiwi crew will be even more content to leave Portugal with a comprehensive lead of 20 points over Franco-German Circuit newcomers AudiA1 powered by All4ONE.

Quantum Racing (USA) lead with Emirates Team New Zealand in second in race ten. Cascais, 16 May 2010. Photo copyright Chris Cameron / Emirates Team NZ

AudiA1 powered by All4ONE may have finished with a sixth in the final race of the regatta, but the team which is headed by four times Olympic Jochen Schuemann (GER), finished consistently in the top half of the fleet through the second half of the regatta to prove they have the talent and the tools to be podium contenders. It is Schuemann’s best podium finish on the Circuit, bettering his third in Puerto Portals in 2008 with Platoon Powered by Team Germany.

The tough conditions produced a typically bruising final day which placed big demands on crew work and equipment. Emirates Team New Zealand proved, once again, a cut above the rest in the breeze but there were gennakers shredded again today and several teams not managing to convert on the final day, due to mechanical or sail failures, whether or not they were the product of crewing errors.


The British America’s Cup crew lost their gennaker sheet under the boat during the first race to finish 10th. For some of the time today Ben Ainslie (GBR) and the TeamOrigin (GBR) crew looked like an truly exceptional unit, leading again during the first race of the day, but they still have a speed deficit downwind which needs rectifying.

And Artemis (SWE) who were challenging Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE for second overall damaged their bowsprit when they tussled with TeamOrigin (GBR) on the start line of the second race today and lost the use of their gennaker for some of the time.

For the local team on Pedro Mendonca’s (POR) Bigamist 7 (POR) there was a boost to their morale when they won the first race of the day, heading Emirates Team New Zealand across the finish line to win, Race 9, the Cacscais based team’s ninth Audi MedCup win since getting Bigamist 7 last year.

So, too, the 2008 Audi MedCup TP52 champions Quantum Racing (USA) leave Portugal with their belief restored that they can be serious contenders this season, not least by winning the last race of the regatta.

The absence on Thursday and Friday due to injury of skipper helm Terry Hutchinson (USA) tells its own story as Quantum Racing won Wednesday’s first and today’s last race of the regatta.

Without question Cascais on its first time on the AudiMed Cup Circuit has delivered as one of the best venues yet on the Audi MedCup Circuit offering a full programme of 10 races for the TP52 Series and nine races for the GP42 in winds which must have averaged over 15 knots.

Team Origin had an average start in their TP52 campaign. Cascais, 16 May 2010. Photo copyright Ian Roman / Team Origin

GP42 Puerto Calero wins first battle in the war
Showing yet another display of near-flawless sailing in stronger breezes, Puerto Calero (ESP) scored a first and second on the final day to win this first battle in the five regattas long war that is the 2010 GP42 Series.

Their consistency, speed and error-free sailing in the challenging 20-25 knot conditions seem suited to this Canarias-based team.

Puerto Calero’s wide-body 2009 Botin & Carkeek-designed hull design was perfectly suited to the fresh breeze.

Puerto Calero wins in the GP42 series. Cascais, 16 May 2010. Photo copyright Nico Martinez

Madrid-Caser Seguros (ESP) won the last race today and finished this regatta as runner-up.

The GP42 fleet was cut down by one in today’s racing by the unfortunate damage sustained by Peninsula Petroleum (GBR) when their masthead crane snapped within an hour prior to the start of the first race.

Nonetheless, the racing among the remaining four was still intense, with AIRISESSENTIAL (ITA) making great starts and progress upwind to always round the top marks in second, but then struggling a bit downwind in the fresh conditions, and the whole pack within seconds of each other at each turn.

The next regatta on the Audi MedCup Circuit is the Marseille Trophy from June 15th to 20th.

Portugal Trophy, Cascais – Overall

TP52 Series
1. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), 6+11+1+1+4+2+1+1.5+2+2= 31.5 points
2. Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER), 9+7+4+6+1+5+5+4.5+4+6= 51.5
3. Artemis (SWE), 3+6+7+8+3+7+2+6+6+10= 58
4. Quantum Racing (USA), 1+5+8+2+10+9+8+10.5+5+1= 59.5
5. TeamOrigin (GBR), 4+9+2+4+2+1+7+13.5+10+7= 59.5
6. Matador (ARG), 7+2+5+9+8+12(DSQ)+6+3+3+5= 60
7. Synergy (RUS), 8+1+6+3+5+8+3+15+11+4= 64
8. Cristabella (GBR), 2+8+3+5+9+6+10+12+7+3= 65
9. Luna Rossa (ITA), 5+3+9+10+6+3+9+16,5+8+8= 77,5
10. Bribón (ESP), 10+10+10+12(DNC)+7+4+4+7.5+9+11= 77.5
11. Bigamist 7 (POR), 11+4+11+7+11+10+12(DNF)+9+1+9= 85

GP42 Series
1. Puerto Calero (ESP), 1+1+2+1+2+3+1+1+2= 14 points
2. Madrid-Caser Seguros (ESP), 3+2+3+2+1+4+1+2+1= 20
3. Iberdrola (ESP), 2+5+1+3+3+1+5+3+3= 26
4. AIRISESSENTIAL (ITA), 5+4+5+4+6(DNF)+2+4+4+4= 38
5. Peninsula Petroleum (GBR), 4+3+4+5+4+5+3+6(DNF)+6(DNF)= 40

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GP42 Airis trains in Palma

Posted on 15 April 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Airis, one of the just two GP42 yachts that take part in the 2010 Hublot PalmaVela, carried out yesterday their last training session before today’s start of the races. Given the absence of a separate GP42 division, the Italian GP42 yacht will be racing in corrected time the RI division, together with a number of mainly local cruisers ranging from 25 to 50 feet.

Airis trains on the eve of Hublot PalmaVela. Palma, 14 April 2010. Photo copyright Max Ranchi

Airis trains on the eve of Hublot PalmaVela. Palma, 14 April 2010. Photo copyright Max Ranchi

Airis trains on the eve of Hublot PalmaVela. Palma, 14 April 2010. Photo copyright Max Ranchi

Airis trains on the eve of Hublot PalmaVela. Palma, 14 April 2010. Photo copyright Max Ranchi

Airis trains on the eve of Hublot PalmaVela. Palma, 14 April 2010. Photo copyright Max Ranchi

Airis trains on the eve of Hublot PalmaVela. Palma, 14 April 2010. Photo copyright Max Ranchi

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First sail for new GP42 team Peninsula Petroleum

Posted on 14 April 2010 by Valencia Sailing

John Bassadone’s (GBR) Peninsula Petroleum (GBR), a 2007 Botin-Carkeek design built as ex-Turismo Madrid, took her maiden sail on Saturday after having some keel reinforcements done over the winter at Longitud Zero, in Burriana, north of Valencia. The team whose project manager is Inaki Castañer is now in Palma in order to race in this year’s Palmavela that starts tomorrow.

Peninsula Petroleum crew for the 2010 AUDI Medcup

Bow: Javier Moner (Perti)
Mast: Pedro Imaz
Afterguard: Ricardo Bellot
Afterguard: Gonzalo Perez Guzman (Talo)
Grinder: Mikel Pasabant
Grinder: Pablo Geras
Genoa Trimmer: Robin Imaz
Spinnaker Trimmer: German Panei
Mainsail Trimmer: Oliver Góngora
Helm: John Bassadone
Tactics: Iñaki Castañer

Owner: John Bassadone
Sports Director: Iñaki Castañer
Technical Director: German Panei
Shore Crew: Pablo Geras

John Bassadone, owner and helmsman, at the first sail of the new GP42 team Peninsula Petroleum. Burriana, 10 April 2010. Photo copyright Ignacio Baixauli

First sail for new GP42 team Peninsula Petroleum. Burriana, 10 April 2010. Photo copyright Ignacio Baixauli

First sail for new GP42 team Peninsula Petroleum. Burriana, 10 April 2010. Photo copyright Ignacio Baixauli

First sail for new GP42 team Peninsula Petroleum. Burriana, 10 April 2010. Photo copyright Ignacio Baixauli

First sail for new GP42 team Peninsula Petroleum. Burriana, 10 April 2010. Photo copyright Ignacio Baixauli

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