sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Barros and Coutts' team holds RC44 lead

Barros and Coutts' team holds RC44 lead

'Friuli Venezia Giulia RC44 Cup. Copyright: Guilain Grenier / RC 44'    RC44 Class Association ©    Click Here to view large photo

The sailors involved in the Friuli Venezia Giulia RC44 Cup finally had the opportunity to sail superb races today. Held in up to 25 knots of wind, the races confirmed Patrick de Barros and Russell Coutts’ leadership.

The famous northerly 'Bora' wind was finally back in Trieste today, allowing four stunning races to be completed. The wind blew up to 25 knots during the first regatta of the day, decreasing gradually over the afternoon to become a 'Boretta', (the real Bora blows up to 50 knots + and is feared by the locals). After three days of very light wind, it was a relief for all the sailors and everyone enjoyed surfing at high speeds.

The first race of the day was also the windiest. Artemis, with Sarah Roberts-Thomson at the helm and Dean Barker calling the shots, was the first to reach the top mark and start surfing downwind. At the other end of the pack, Ceeref and Banco Espirito Santo were slowly catching up after a bad start. All boats swapped positions throughout the race, Ceeref making it to the top of the fleet before tearing their spinnaker and letting Chris Bake’s Team Aqua win the race ahead of Artemis and Cro-A-Sail. Later on in the day, Ceeref would blow two more spinnakers before discovering a pair of scissors sticking out in the wrong place…

Race two confirmed Chris Bake’s great form. However, Armando Giulietti’s Team Hiroshi – Città di Milano proved to be un-beatable, sailing faster and better than its opponents to win the race with probably the biggest margin ever seen in an RC 44 regatta. Team Aqua finished second, ahead of Cro-A-Sail, on great form.

The wind started dropping for the third race. Determined to make it to the favoured right hand side of the course, Giulietti chose to start on port tack below the rest of the fleet. Going from zero to hero, Hiroshi tacked in the first shift to take the lead and sail away once again, beating Ceeref and Banco Espirito Santo on the arrival line.

Number one jibs were back on all boats for the last regatta of the day, allowing BMW ORACLE Racing – unhappy until then – to control the entire regatta and win its first race with Peter de Ridder at the helm. Very regular throughout the day, Patrick de Barros’ Banco Espirito Santo finished second ahead of Ceeref.

De Barros leads the provisional ranking ahead of Team Hiroshi – Città di Milano and Team Aqua. Tomorrow is the last racing day of the Friuli Venezia Giulia RC 44 Cup. The RC 44’s will sail the DHL long distance regatta, on a course similar to the Barcolana regatta. Most RC 44’s will the compete in the Barcolana on Sunday, against an extraordinary fleet of up to 1500 boats.

Friuli Venezia Giulia RC44 Cup. Copyright: Guilain Grenier / RC 44 -  RC44 Class?nid=49646 Association ©   Click Here to view large photo

Igor Lah, owner, Ceeref: 'We sailed very well but we were just terribly unlucky: we were breaking one spinnaker after the other; I was wondering if someone wanted to tell me something about the stock market… Then we discovered a pair of scissors.'

Patrick de Barros, owner, Team Banco Espirito Santo: 'It was a very difficult day; the wind was very shifty, and difficult to predict. We had to sail back on the starting line twice for premature starts. Luckily, Russell called all the shots right and we managed to get back well in the races.'

Chris Bake, owner, Team Aqua: 'We are very pleased to see that we are back in the game. Our team work was great and helped a lot. Generally speaking, I feel more at ease in the stronger breeze.'

Maciej Navrocki, owner, Team Organika: 'We had a very good day and I am very happy. I really feel that we have improved a lot. We now sail with both Philippe Presti and Mateusz Kusznierewicz. Mateusz is in charge of the tactics and he can fully concentrate on this whereas before he spent a lot of time helping me. Philippe also helps with the tactics and trims the main sail. Our team is much more efficient this way.'

Armando Giulietti, Team Hiroshi – Città di Milano: 'Our speed is very good and our tactics was excellent today. Our tactician is Lorenzo Bressani, from Trieste, who is a Melges 24 World Champion. He is 36 years old and on Sunday he will compete in the Barcolana regatta for the thirtieth time in his life!'

Provisional results after one race - (Ranking, name of team, helmsman, results, points)

1) Team Banco Espirito Santo, Patrick de Barros, 1, 4, 4, 3, 2 – 14 points
2) Team Hiroshi – Città di Milano, Armando Giulietti, 3, 5, 1, 1, 7 – 17 points
3) Team Aqua, Chris Bake, 7, 1, 2, 5, 4 – 19 points
4) BMW ORACLE Racing, Peter de Ridder, 2, 6, 8, 8, 1 – 25 points
5) Artemis, Sarah Roberts-Thomson, 4, 2, 7, 6, 6 – 25 points
6) Ceeref, Igor Lah, 5, 7, 9, 2, 3 – 26 points
7) Organika, Maciej Navrocki, 6, 9, 5, 4, 5 – 29 points
8) Cro-A-Sail, Miroslav Reljanovic, 10, 3, 3, 7, 8 – 31 points
9) ITA 7, Peter Heerema, 10, 8, 6, 9, 9 – 42 points

Friuli Venezia Giulia RC44 Cup. Copyright: Guilain Grenier / RC 44 -  RC44 Class?nid=49646 Association ©   Click Here to view large photo




by Bernard Schopfer

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=49646

9:53 PM Fri 10 Oct 2008 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on


Related News Stories:

29 Jun 2014  RC44 Puerto Sotogrande Cup - Kinky and quite difficult conditions
28 Jun 2014  RC44 Puerto Sotogrande Cup - Day 3
28 Jun 2014  RC44 Puerto Sotogrande Cup - Challenging conditions on day 3
27 Jun 2014  RC44 Puerto Sotogrande Cup - Tacticians have their work cut out
26 Jun 2014  RC44 Puerto Sotogrande - Team Aqua claims match racing lead + video
24 Jun 2014  RC44 Championship Tour - Fleet gear up to battle on Andalucian coast
27 Apr 2014  RC44 Cascais Cup - Change of leader going into Final Day
16 Feb 2014  RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup 2014 – Stunning day of Caribbean racing + Video
14 Feb 2014  RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup - Peninsula Petroleum emerges as early leader
13 Feb 2014  RC44 Virgin Gorda Cup - Perfect match race conditions on Day 1
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World



































































Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Light wind opener in Vannes
International Moth Worlds: Rashley ahead as Aussies close in
ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - American unbeatable on day 1
RS Feva World Championships - All set at Yacht Club de Carnac
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards - Nominations now open
BIC Techno 293 Worlds - Steady winds on day 2 + Video
29er North American Open Championship - Qualifying series wraps up
Opening ceremony O'pen Bic World Cup, Travemunde Week, Germany
Six Metre Europeans - Wind fails to make an appearance on day 2
Edgartown Race Weekend - Let the sailing (and good times) begin
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Action commences July 23
International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video
Spirits high as Team Alvimedica completes Transatlantic crossing
Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature
29er North American Championship - Day 1 in Kingston
Red Bull 49erFX: First look at the Olympic sailing venue at Rio
Fuerteventura Kiteboarding Grand Slam - Classic conditions on day 3
NYYC Race Week Part II images by Rolex/Daniel Forster
Drowning or electric shock? What you need to know to help save a life
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 1
Six Metre European Championship - Blazing sunshine on opening day   
National Sailing Hall of Fame to present Lifetime Achievement Award   
International Moth Worlds: Greenhalgh and Rashley tied at the top   
PWA Pozo World Cup - Fantastic finale determines winners   
Six Metre Class British Open Championship - Llanoria and Valhalla win   
Anna Tunnicliffe set to compete at the CrossFit Games   
America's Cup: Oracle Team USA holds foiling camp at Wangi SC   
Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi OR completes double Atlantic crossing   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team SCA has a 'pull through day' off the Canaries   
No tiller sailing - how to steer using just the sails + Video   
International Moth Worlds: Three bullets in a row for Greenhalgh   
U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship - Sophia Reineke wins   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 0 Opening   
Fuerteventura World Cup - Slalom action highlights day 2   
2014 Governor's Cup - Sam Gilmour of RFBYC victorious again   
Farr 40 West Coast Champ - Skipper Alberto Rossi leads Enfant Terrible   
Flying Dutchman World Championships - Magyars are the Masters   
Final day shakes up standings at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek   
2014 -15 Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica pushing towards Southampton   
NYYC Race Week - Saving the best for last   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT