Please select your home edition
Edition
Southern Spars

Dubai RC44 Cup, new leader day 3

by Event Media on 6 Mar 2008
Dubai RC44 Cup day 3. Team Hiroshi (Sebastien Col) crosses Team Sea Dubai (Marcus Weiser). Jacques Vapillon © www.vapillon.com

Fairly strong winds and big waves: the conditions could not have been better for the first day of the fleet racing event of the Dubai RC 44 Cup. Already a brilliant second of the match racing event, Armando Giulietti’s Team Hiroshi – Città di Milano leads the fleet race after four regattas.

With two bullets, a second and a fourth place, Armando Giulietti, the owner of Team Hiroshi – Città di Milano, can be satisfied: he did even better than his brilliant pro skipper Sébastien Col earlier in the week during the match-race event!

Held in 15-18 knots of wind, under a blazing sunshine and on big waves, the first day of the fleet-racing event will stay in the short RC 44 Class history as the funniest and best racing day to date.

Even before the start of the first race, as the teams were warming up under jib & main sail, speeds of up to 20 knots were reached whilst surfing the swell.

Those conditions didn’t in any way prompt the teams to start on the back foot. On the contrary, they were hot on the line, aggressive and pushing hard. Team Sea Dubai even pushed so hard that it closed the door on Team Aqua, who had no other option but to crash badly on the Committee boat, unfortunately pursuing its series of bad luck in this event. Luckily, thanks to the bow crash box, Team Aqua’s crewmembers could repair the damage quickly and join the fleet back for the third race.

Sailing fast and very well, Team Hiroshi-Città di Milano took the lead away from Sea Dubai on the first downwind leg, winning the race despite Patrick De Barros’s numerous attacks.

The scenario was similar on race two: Team Sea Dubai took a good start, sailed very well to the windward mark before being overtaken by Armando Giulietti on the run. As for Patrick De Barros’s Team ES Bankers Dubai, it suffered a jib tackle breakage during the first beat. The crew’s reaction was quick, allowing the team to finish fourth; a few points in the pocket that could well prove crucial at the end of the week considering how close the racing is.

With Russell Coutts’ advice, Patrick De Barros climbed back to the lead in races 3 and 4, winning respectively against Team Hiroshi – Citta di Milano and Igor Lah’s Team Ceeref. Sailing for the first time in these conditions, Lah improved throughout the day, going from fifth to second. His opponents will have to watch him tomorrow: the same conditions are forecast and the man learns fast!

Two more days of fleet racing are scheduled, including the DHL Trophy – a long distance course in Dubai’s Palm – on Friday.

They said:

Armando Giulietti, owner, Team Hiroshi – Città di Milano (1st):
“Our winter training gave us the results we wanted today. We were very well prepared and the crew did a fantastic job. It was very hard for them today… I enjoyed it a lot, particularly downwind as we were surfing the waves, it was great fun.”

Patrick de Barros, owner, Team ES Bankers Dubai (2nd): “I am very pleased that we won two races but upset because of our gear failure. The conditions were just great. They reminded me of Cascais, where it is like this every day. It is very hard when we sail upwind, but great downwind. We were regularly sailing at around 17-18 knots.”

Andy Plettner, helmsman, Team Sea Dubai (3rd): “It is the first time I sailed this boat in such conditions and it was quite hard, particularly downwind. I am not used to asymmetrical spinnakers, the angles are completely different and I have to learn this. Normally, I sail on 470s, FDs and Asso 99s. But I am very happy, it was great and we were fast upwind.”

Fleet-racing, provisional results (no discards)
1) Team Hiroshi (1, 1, 2, 4) 8 points
2) Team ES Bankers Dubai (3, 4, 1, 1) 9 points
3) Team Sea Dubai, (2, 2, 6, 3) 13 points
4) Team Ceeref (5, 3, 5, 2) 15 points
5) Cro-A-Sail (4, 5, 4, 5) 18 points
6) Team Aqua (DNF, DNF, 3, 6) 23 points

Wildwind 2016 660x82PredictWind.com 2014Mackay Boats

Related Articles

U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship winners crowned
The third and final day of the 2012 US Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship was dominated by light winds. The third and final day of the 2012 US Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship was dominated by light winds. The race committee attempted to get an early jump on the day to no avail, as the weather refused to cooperate. Yesterday’s leaders Allyson Donahue and Maddie Widmeier were crowned 2012 champs after finishing second last year.
Posted on 30 Jun 2012
Melges 24 Volvo Cup victory for Little Wing
The fifth round of the Melges 24 Volvo Cup 2011 has come to a thrilling conclusion. The fifth round of the Melges 24 Volvo Cup 2011 has come to a thrilling conclusion. Two races were sailed today totaling eight altogether. Apart from the first day, where there was no wind whatsoever, the three following days had identical weather conditions with the first race running under light winds of five to seven m/sec, and the course leaning to the left.
Posted on 11 Jul 2011
Guyader Grand Prix day 1 lead to Wieser
The fleet of the 77 Dragons registered with the Guyader Grand Prix entered the Bay of Douarnenez late this morning. The fleet of the 77 Dragons registered with the Guyader Grand Prix entered the Bay of Douarnenez late this morning for the first day of the Grand Prix Dragon.
Posted on 4 May 2011
ISAF Sailing World Cup Overall Standings after three regattas
After three regattas in the ISAF Sailing World Cup series, the world’s best sailors lead the way in Overall Standings. After three regattas in the ISAF Sailing World Cup series the world’s best sailors are leading the way in the Overall Standings.
Posted on 12 Apr 2011
Melges 24 Worlds momentum builds ahead of May showdown
2011 Melges 24 World Championship will be hosted by Corpus Christi Yacht Club from 16-21 May. 2011 Melges 24 World Championship will be hosted by Corpus Christi Yacht Club from 16-21 May. With two events now completed - Key West in January and the Miami Winter Regatta at Coconut Grove - Italy's Riccardo Simoneschi sailing Audi is leading the series overall.
Posted on 9 Mar 2011
ICAP Leopard leads Rolex Middle Sea after night of attrition
Currently, ICAP Leopard is the breakaway leader sitting pretty in the Rolex Middle Sea Race After a fast passage across to Capo Passero and the southern tip of Sicily yesterday afternoon, so the Rolex Middle Sea Race launched first the sting from its tail as darkness closed last night. Whilst the leaders closed fast on the Strait of Messina, the smaller slower yachts experienced a night of squalls and rain as the front pushed through earlier than expected.
Posted on 18 Oct 2009
Sydney maxi yacht tragedy - Saturday afternoon update from CYCA
This afternoon, Matt Allen, the Commodore of the CYCA held a press conference at the Club in Darling Point This afternoon, Matt Allen, the Commodore of the CYCA held a press conference at the Club in Darling Point, announcing that the owner/skipper of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Andrew Short and crew member Sally Gordon had perished when the 24.4 metre yacht hit rocks and ran aground at Flinders Islet at approximately 0255 hours this morning.
Posted on 11 Oct 2009
2009 Star World Championship - PRO Under pressure
2009 Star World Championship - PRO under pressure 2009 Star World Championship. H.P. Hylander, the PRO and Regatta Chairman, stood on the Race Committee boat with a Bluetooth phone in his ear, a radio in his hand, binoculars and a hockey puck draped around his neck. He had lots of helpers aboard the RC boat and wind scouts two miles to the south and to the west; the logical directions from which the wind would fill.
Posted on 8 Aug 2009
Elliott 6m debuts on the world stage at Kiel Week
New Olympic boat the Elliott 6m will finally make its debut at Kieler Woche in Germany in June The new Olympic boat the Elliott 6m will finally make its debut on the world stage in a couple of weeks during event six of the ISAF Sailing World Cup at Kieler Woche in Germany, which runs from 20 to 28 June. Twenty-four crews from nine different countries are expected to be fighting for the Kieler Woche trophies
Posted on 3 Jun 2009
Day 1 of the RC 44 Austria Cup fleet regatta
Crazy conditions on day one of the RC 44 Austria Cup fleet regatta The Slovenian team Ceeref, with Igor Lah at the helm and Paul Cayard at the tactics, makes the best of the massive shifts, strong gusts and rain and hailstones showers on day one of the fleet race event of the RC 44 Austria Cup
Posted on 30 May 2009