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

 

Sail-World.com : RC44 Gold Cup: Artemis takes DHL Trophy

RC44 Gold Cup: Artemis takes DHL Trophy

'RC 44 Puerto Calero Gold Cup'    Gilles Martin-Raget/ RC 44    Click Here to view large photo

RC44 Gold Cup. Saturday saw the RC44 fleet compete for the DHL Trophy, the long distance race which on this occasion was a 15-mile race along the coast to Arrecife Airport and back to Puerto Calero. Dean Barker called some good wind shifts up the windward leg to the first turning mark near Puerto Calero, allowing Torbjorn Tornqvist to steer Artemis into a small lead ahead of the chasing pack.

However, Patrick de Barros is the proven master of the long distance format in the RC44 fleet, and gradually the Portuguese owner steered Banco Espirito Santo to within striking distance of Artemis on the final reach to the finish. Just as it looked like these two might be in for a photo finish, one of the Portuguese crew lost his footing and suddenly de Barros was forced to tack round and fish his man out of the Atlantic.

It was a quick man-overboard recovery, and no one was harmed, but it did allow Artemis to race home to an easy victory, with local boys on Islas Canarias Puerto Calero sweeping past to second place ahead of Banco. Daniel Calero was delighted after a frustrating week of gear breakdowns and poor crew work. Today his team showed real signs of improvement and they could well be a force to be reckoned with by the time the fleet returns next February for the first event of the 2009 RC44 season.

Even if Patrick de Barros was upset not to win the day, his third place at least secured him a comfortable overall season victory for the DHL Trophy. He also had a good outing in the two windward/leeward heats which took place before the long distance race.

In the first race it didn’t start at all well for de Barros as he was called back after breaking the line by little more than a second. Russell Coutts now had his work cut out as tactician, but managed to grind Banco back into the pack, eventually claiming third across the line. This race should have been Artemis’s for the taking, as Tornqvist led nicely into the leeward mark. Instead of rounding it, though, the Swedish boat smacked the mark, forcing Tornqvist into a penalty. In so doing, he failed to keep clear of BMW ORACLE Racing and by the time he had completed all his penalty turns the Swede was back in last place, although Artemis would eventually pull back to fourth at the finish.

Team Aqua was the boat to profit most from this leeward mark mayhem, with Chris Bake stealing the lead up the final beat and taking the winner’s gun ahead of Team Ceeref.

In the second race, Aqua had a brief spell at the front of the fleet on the first beat, but with the 18-knot wind flicking from side to side in dramatic fashion, the United Arab Emirates lead was shortlived. In fact Aqua would eventually slide to the back of the fleet through no major error other than falling out of phase with the wind shifts. It was Larry Ellison’s turn to lead around the windward mark as BMW ORACLE Racing surged down the run ahead of the pack. Towards the top of the final beat, however, Coutts had found some good shifts and Banco Espirito Santo sneaked around ahead of the Americans. De Barros did a gybe-set out to sea, Ellison continued shoreside, but the Portuguese move proved to be a winner. A good day for de Barros and his crew.

Not such a good day for Team Ceeref, with Igor Lah just turning in average set of scores. Fortunately for him, no one else has managed to find much consistency. So going into the final day of competition the Slovenian boat still holds a useful points advantage over a tight-knit bunch of three - Banco Espirito Santo, BMW ORACLE and Team Aqua.

Tomorrow the Puerto Calero RC44 Gold Cup concludes after the final three fleet races, with the prizegiving due to take place later in the afternoon.


Patrick de Barros, owner, Banco Espirito Santo: 'In the inshore racing we had a third and a first, we're very pleased. We were very fast downwind, the crew did a fantastic job downwind. On the long distance we lost one of our crew overboard. We tacked back and grabbed him, threw him back in the boat. We were racing with Artemis for the lead at the time.'

Igor Lah, owner, Team Ceeref: 'A tough day. The distance race is not our speciality. We tried to do our best but it didn't work out. I don't know why, something doesn't work. In the other races it was an average day. We didn't lose a lot, so everything is still open.'

Mark Mendelblatt, tactician, BMW ORACLE Racing: 'Apart from Ceeref, it's probably pretty darn close between us. Whoever does the best job is going to get second. We don't want anything horrible to happen to Ceeref, but anything's possible. Hopefully tomorrow we're going to come out blazing.'

Daniel Calero, owner, Islas Canarias Puerto Calero: 'I feel very good. The motivation was really high among the crew. That counts for a lot in a boat. In my opinion, 90% of the performance of a boat is motivation. After days of try and fail, try and fail, try and fail, finally we are getting somewhere. We didn't fail too much today. We really enjoyed the long distance race.'

Torbjorn Tornqvist, owner, Artemis: 'Good moments and bad moments. We had a good start in the first race, but we came too close to the leeward mark and hit it, and had to do a turn. It's not a fun thing to do, but these things happen. It's a new boat, our first regatta. Finally in the coastal race we got a good start, found the groove, we did a good race tactically, didn't make any mistakes. The RC44 - it's a fun boat to drive and I enjoy it a lot.'

Chris Bake, owner, Team Aqua: 'We got the first race right, crew work was good, we were back to our old selves. To do well in these boats, everything has to go right. If you’re slow off the start, or slip up at a mark, or get out of phase with the wind, then you're toast. In the second race our two upwinds were just sailed badly, going in the wrong direction for too long in the wrong breeze.'

DHL Trophy:

1) Artemis
2) Islas Canarias Puerto Calero
3) Banco Espirito Santo
4) Team Ceeref
5) Team Aqua
6) BMW ORACLE Racing

Fleet-race, provisional results after seven races (including the DHL Trophy):
(Name of team, helmsman, results, points)

1) Team Ceeref, Igor Lah, 1,1,2,1,2,4,4 - 15 points
2) Banco Espirito Santo, Patrick de Barros, 5,4,3,3,3,1,3 - 22 points
3) BMW ORACLE Racing, Larry Ellison, 4,3,1,2,5,2,6 - 23 points
4) Team Aqua, Chris Bake, 2,2,4,4,1,6,5 - 24 points
5) Artemis, Torbjorn Tornqvist, 3,7,7,7,4,3,1 - 32 points
6) Islas Canarias Puerto Calero, Daniel Calero, 6,5,5,5,6,5,2 - 34 points





by MaxComm Communications

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=51824

10:34 PM Sat 13 Dec 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

































470 Men and Women Worlds - Game on for Olympic Qualification by 470 International Association Class,












A complete recap of the most successful Melges 20 World Championship by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,




ISAF Santander - Upwards path for Austrian women's 470 crew + video by Luissa Smith, International 470 Class Association,


















ISAF Sailing World Championships: Hot conditions in Santander on day 4
Santander ISAF Sailing World Championships joins Bart’s Bash
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Grounded fishing boat creates problems
Marseille One Design - GC32 Armin Strom Sailing Team emerge victorious
Rolex Big Boat Series 2014 - Ready for another 50 years
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 4
2014 Rolex Swan Cup - Eleventh-hour victories
Extreme Sailing Series - Kiwis clinch Act win in Istanbul + Video
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Two long races today for the J70 fleet
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Impressive to sail out of the Golden Gate
Extreme Sailing Series - Istanbul delivers four days of great racing
Extreme Sailing Series: Emirates Team NZ bounces back for series win
Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds - Light winds and current test six classes
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Solid Day 3 for US Sailing Team
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Day 3 images by Jesus Renedo
Marseille One Design 2014 - GC32 Armin Strom blitzes final day
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Una Etapa 0 complicada para todos
Santander 49ers: Olympic Gold Medallist says two into 90 does not go!! *Feature
GBR aiming for first ever Nacra 17 Games berth at Santander Worlds
Volvo Ocean Race: Man and sail overboard as Leg 0 serves up drama
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander 2014 – Images by Dan Ibsen   
Santander Worlds – already a spectator success   
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander 2014 - Day 3 morning report   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Tales from the extreme   
Volvo Ocean Race: Latest starter wins opening race   
2014 J/70 World Championship - Healy, Abdullah, Becker and Borges win   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Full-blown, once again   
ISAF Worlds - Americans jump up Laser and Laser Radial leaderboard   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 3   
America's Cup: Luna Rossa sailing with two foiling AC45's + Video   
Extreme Sailing: Emirates Team NZ retain second overall   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio Olympic Laser spots snapped up   
Rolex Swan Cup - All set for final showdown   
Upper Midwest sailors need help to take it to the next level   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - RS:X action begins in Santander   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Americans rise in Laser and Radial   
Extreme Sailing Series - A remarkable penultimate day’s racing + Video   
Marseille One Design - GC32 GDF Suez unstoppable in the light   
Rolex Swan Cup - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Images of the leaders in Santander   


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