Please select your home edition
Edition
Wildwind 2016 728x90

Presti wins Bentley Geneva Match Race

by Alinghi media on 22 Oct 2008
Photo credit: bgmr.ch / JF Hervo. Copyright - Bentley Geneva Match Race 2008 . .
Philippe Presti wins the Bentley Geneva Match Race 3-1 against Alinghi.

Conditions on the lake were light to very light again today forcing organisers to drop the semi finals altogether and go straight into the finals between the top two teams; last year’s winner Philippe Presti and Alinghi…

Ed Baird, Rodney Ardern, Lorenzo Mazza and Curtis Blewett – fresh from a summer of multihull training and racing – were back on a monohull and match racing for the first time since winning the America’s Cup in July last year. Unfortunately for the eight teams – having had a fantastic first day on Friday with stunning 8-14knot conditions – the weather went downhill from there. Saturday saw a 3knot zephyr and just one race and there was hardly more today with a high of 5knots.

Alinghi won the first race against Philippe Presti, but lost the following three to the Frenchman and his team. Hear from Ed Baird, helmsman, about how the day went:

EdB: 'We had a very light morning with no semi finals, so we went straight into the finals with Philippe Presti, who was the second team out of the round robins. We got a race in just after 15:00 this afternoon and Presti was able to beat us three races to one; they sailed well and had a good day.'

Can you talk us through the racing?
EdB: 'It was very light and in nearly every race the boats went to opposite sides of the first windward leg and the boat that was ahead usually stayed there; there was no race where there was a lead change except once downwind to the finish and that was actually the race that we won. We split starts with Presti and each time, when we came back together he was able to be just ahead, they did a great job of getting the better side.'

Was it good to get back into some match racing after so many months of multihull fleet racing?
EdB: 'It’s great to be match racing again and the teams here this weekend have been very strong; we had beautiful conditions on Friday which was a lot of fun. It has been interesting and challenging; it didn’t go our way this time, but I definitely enjoyed it!'

Was this event part of preparing for all eventualities; both the multihull discipline and the monohull match racing discipline?
EdB: 'We certainly came here expecting to do well and hoping to win, but the reality is that we haven’t been training for it and if this is what we want to do more of, then we need to pay attention and we need to do more practice and that is why we are here.'

What comes next for you and the Alinghi sailing team?
EdB: 'We are working on a sailing schedule at the moment; we have a number of sailing opportunities for the winter which we have to choose between and some plans for next summer that we have to make firm. We are also obliged to continue building the DoG boat in Villeneuve for a possible DoG match.'

Congratulations to Philippe and his team.

Finals
Philippe Presti
Alinghi

Petite finals
Eric Monnin
Gian-Luca Perris

Alinghi team
Ed Baird, helmsman
Rodney Ardern, mainsail trimmer
Lorenzo Mazza, foresail trimmer
Curtis Blewett, bowman

http://www.alinghi.com/
Wildwind 2016 660x82InSunSport - NZZhik ZKG 660x82

Related Articles

America's Cup - TechTuesday - Data drives athlete performance
Gathering real-time data isn’t just important for our Americas Cup racing catamarans, but our athletes as well. Gathering real-time data isn’t just important for our Americas Cup racing catamarans, but our athletes as well. Find out from Oracle Team USA physical performance manager Craig McFarlane how the team are using Zephyr Performance Systems to monitor athletes on the water and in the gym.
Posted on 28 Sep
Legendary Mitch Booth to compete in St-Barth Cata Cup 2016
Sixty teams have already confirmed they will be competing in the event. As a triple world champion, Booth is no stranger to the F18. For this edition, he will be joined by Andy Dinsdale, a regular on the waters around St Barth.
Posted on 28 Sep
America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ gaining speed on the water + Video
There has been one predominant focus at Emirates Team NZ this past couple of months - gaining speed on the water There has been one predominant focus at Emirates Team New Zealand this past couple of months - gaining speed on the water. The team has been lying low, quietly chipping away and making gains on the water on their first in house designed and built AC45 test boat.
Posted on 28 Sep
RS Aerocup - Another magic day at Lake Garda - Day 2
Per Christian continued his domination with a string of firsts showing magical downwind speed through the waves. Per Christian of Norway continued his domination with a string of firsts showing magical downwind speed through the waves.
Posted on 25 Sep
2016 Star Sailors League Finals – Count down to Nassau
The reigning Star World Champion, Miami's Augie Diaz (USA) will be competing in Nassau but is yet to announce his crew. As always the top 12 skippers in the SSL Ranking for the year are invited to challenge and join 13 VIPs sailors selected for the successes achieved in their sailing career.
Posted on 22 Sep
Southern Spars en route to Monaco – Stand QSE2
It’s been another big year for the NZ based company, there's lots of exciting things to talk about the Monaco Yacht Show It’s been another big year for the New Zealand based company, giving us lots of exciting things to talk about at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show like our two big projects Adix and Aquijo. Adix, the three-masted 65-metre Dykstra schooner, has been transformed by a rig refit by Southern Spars and Future Fibres.
Posted on 22 Sep
America's Cup - Ken Read reflects on the recent World Series - Toulon
Commentator Ken Read on the recently completed round of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Toulon, France. North Sails President, Ken Read, doubles as a live commentator for the official TV feed from the America's Cup World Series. Here's his thoughts, from his blog on the North Sails website on the recently completed round of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Toulon, France. Read also looks ahead to the final round of the America's Cup World Series is Fukuoka, Japan and the strategies
Posted on 22 Sep
North Sails pays tribute to former owner Terry Kohler
Terry Kohler’s vision, leadership, and generosity will be felt within North Sails, and the sport for many years to come The North Sails Group is deeply saddened by the passing of Terry Kohler, owner of North Sails from 1984-2014. North Sails and all of its employees around the world would like to pass their condolences to the family Terry leaves behind, especially his wife Mary. Terry Kohler’s vision, leadership, and generosity will be felt within North Sails, and the sport for many years to come.
Posted on 22 Sep
America's Cup - CNN Mainsail goes inside the teams in Bermuda and UK
CNN goes inside four of the America's Cup teams in Bermuda and Portsmouth, UK for an insight into the design processes Double Olympic Gold medallist and presenter of the outstanding CNN Mainsail series, Shirley Robertson, goes inside four of the America's Cup teams in Bermuda and Portsmouth, UK for an insight into the design processes and angles being pursued by the teams. Then she goes on the water and sees the design teams and sailing teams working together.
Posted on 20 Sep
WIM Series moves on to the US
Next week will see the WIM Series midway event, the Buddy Melges Challenge in Sheboygan, USA. Next week will see the Women’s International Match Racing Series (WIM Series) midway event, the Buddy Melges Challenge in Sheboygan, USA.
Posted on 19 Sep