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

 

Sail-World.com : RC44 Cup San Diego day 2 tactics and speed from Oracle

RC44 Cup San Diego day 2 tactics and speed from Oracle

'Fleet Racing - Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego'    Nico Martinez / RC 44 Class Association ©    Click Here to view large photo

The Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego day 2 was classic, one design racing at its best – consistency was vital, but hard to come by...

After the excitement of yesterday’s match racing, the eleven boats with their owners at the helm were given an even tougher challenge. They started the first day of fleet racing on a line just metres from the end of Broadway Pier.


It meant that the fleet was compressed into a tight space before they had even lined up for the final approach to the line. There were plenty of oohs and ahhs from the spectators jostling for a view on the end of Broadway Pier as a result.

It was a day when good tactical management and consistent speed through the gears were the keys to a good performance. The breeze pulsed up and down between six to ten knots. It shifted left and right by up to 30-40 degrees around the mean westerly direction. The current swirled around the bay and then changed for the final fourth race to keep everyone on their toes right up to the end of the day.

Perhaps it was no surprise then, that it was the reigning class champions that led the way. Larry Ellison steered Oracle Racing to a win, a couple of seconds and a fifth. It put them into the overnight lead with a four point advantage over Katusha, steered by local Long Beach resident, Bob Little – who kept it tight with two thirds and two fourths.

David Murphy’s Ironbound found consistency a little harder to come by. This is the boat’s rookie year and they are having an eventful introduction to RC44 racing. At the end of day one, Ironbound’s scoreline read; 10, 2, 11, 1, for a sixth place overall. Owner and helmsman David Murphy reflected on a cascading series of events; ‘We made the mistake of leaving our protest flag behind today, and if we had it with us we would have had a fourth or fifth [rather than a tenth]. We got fouled at a mark rounding, and the judges didn’t acknowledge our protest, that led to another incident where we hit one of the boats and that knocked our bow off, so we were 43ft, rather than 44ft this afternoon.’ Still, Murphy can take consolation in scoring a first and a second despite being an RC43 for most of the day.

Ironbound was definitely not short of speed in the flat water and light to moderate breezes. When a couple of the pro sailors were asked who they thought was sailing fast, Artemis’s tactician Morgan Larson said, ‘I thought the American team Ironbound had some good pace when they got free and clear, they were really ripping. Katusha wasn’t slow either, and whenever we were close to the other Russian team, Synergy, they seemed to always have some wheels.’

Team Aqua’s tactician, Cameron Appleton agreed, ‘All the guys up the front were pretty quick. Ironbound seems to be fast at times, along with Katusha, Oracle Racing and us... we all had our moments.’ So while there’s one American team at the top of the standings, the new guys are also giving the locals plenty to cheer about on the end of Broadway Pier.

Fleet Racing

1 ORACLE Racing… 10
2 Katusha (RUS) 14
3 Artemis Racing… 16
4 Team Aqua (GBR) 19
5 RC44 TEAM CEEREF… 20
6 Ironbound (USA) 26
7 Peninsula Petroleum… 26
8 AEZ RC 44 Sailing… 29
9 Islas Canarias… 33
10 Synergy Russian… 34
11 No Way Back… 40



www.rc44.com




by RC44 Class

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=80973

7:19 AM Fri 4 Mar 2011 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



















America's Cup: Challenger calls Competitor Meeting ahead of deadline *Feature by Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,
















































Vestas Sailrocket 3 - Over the Horizon
Foiling Week - Italian Moth Championship - Final results
NYYC Race Week - Yachting history on display
Rescued sailors reach shore after dramatic ocean rescue
Half Ton Classics Cup: Swuzzlebubble out front on Day 1 + Video
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Yachting history on display
Volvo Cork Week - Thrilling conditions welcome international fleet
Nacra 17 Europeans: Success for Italy's Bissaro and Sicouri
America's Cup: 2017 venue short-list reduced to two Cities
Formula Windsurfing Youth and Master Worlds overall
49er and 49erFX Europeans: Pitfalls aplenty on day 1 + Video
ISAF Youth Worlds - Laser Radial sailors look to join list of legends
Coville soon to chase solo circumnavigation record in giant trimaran
Fierce competition at the Meanline Fins Slalom Challenge
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Brunel opt for experienced winner
Bakewell-White supermaxi designed to take Transpac's Barn Door Trophy *Feature
Crew rescued by navy patrol from J/111 racer after Mayday in storm
Team Alvimedica practice in Newport, RI - Photos
18 foot skiff European Championship (Open Europeans) - Final results
Nacra 17 European Championships - No action on day 1
ISAF Youth Worlds - 29er and SL16 sailors prepare for battle + Video   
Volvo Ocean Race: Eight new crew members named by teams   
Volvo Ocean Race: New additions to Spanish team announced   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Phuket Island is ready to host   
PWA Awaza World Cup - Cyril Moussilmani and Delphine Cousin on top   
Foiling Week - Moth Class Italian Open Championship Day 2   
America's Cup: Luna Rossa foiling in AC45s at their Italian base   
Star World Championship - Germans claim dramatic win in Malcesine   
PWA Awaza World Cup - Down to the wire in Turkmenistan   
Route Halifax Saint-Pierre - Off to France!   
Nacra 17 Europeans - La Grande Motte back in Olympic classes arena   
Stena Match Cup Sweden - Hansen hat trick in Marstrand + Video   
Route Halifax Saint-Pierre Race keeps an eye on Arthur   
World Match Racing Tour: See the Finals replay at the Stena Match Cup   
Newport International Boat Show unveils exciting 'At The Helm' Program   
Stena Match Cup Sweden - First blood to Hansen over Canfield + Video   
Star World Championship - Americans claim race win in Malcesine   
PWA Awaza World Cup - Weather halts action on day 4   
Clipper Race - Henri Lloyd wins OneDLL Cup into Den Helder   
Clipper Race - Close match racing in closing stages of the OneDLL Cup   


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