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GC32 Villasimius Cup in Sardinia - Day 2

by Sailing Intelligence 14 Sep 2018 11:51 PDT 13-16 September 2018

Tough conditions on the water for day two of the GC32 Villasimius Cup, resulted in a long wait before the wind filled in and built to 10+ knots albeit from an unforecast easterly/southeasterly direction. Against expectations this held, enabling four races to be sailed laterally across the Bay immediately off Marina di Villasimius, here in Sardinia's southeasternmost tip.

While the two America's Cup teams have been touted as favourites for this penultimate event of the 2018 GC32 Racing Tour - and indeed they share equal points in the top spots at the end of today – they have by no means had it all their own way. In the first race NORAUTO powered by Team France was called OCS, leaving Franck Cammas and his crew unable to finish better than sixth. Nonetheless the Volvo Ocean Race winning skipper subsequently went on to win today's second and fourth races. Their first victory came after a little contretemps just short of the windward gate with their British America's Cup counterparts, INEOS Team UK, skippered by Ben Ainslie.

"We were to leeward and pushed them. He didn't answer enough so he was in a tricky position," recounted Cammas. The British team picked up a penalty, but was still able to finish second. This followed their win in today's first race.

NORAUTO's second victory was in the final race, as the wind dipped below 10 knots and became patchy across the race course. In that Cammas said their pre-race strategy had paid off... to start with at least. "We wanted to start on port and sail one quarter on port and then do the rest on starboard because there had been a light spot on the left in the previous race. It worked well the first time but not on the second upwind leg..." Nonetheless the French team had already pulled out a sufficiently big lead for this not to matter.

After day two the French team leads overall, only on count-back from INEOS Team UK.

Of his day, Ben Ainslie said: "We had a good first race. The second was good, but we got wrapped up with Franck – they luffed us, because they were trying to break the overlap, but we got a penalty... The last two we just lost a couple of places not finding the breeze - it was a bit frustrating in the end. I'm still learning to sail with this new group and getting the communication going." This is only Ainslie's second ever event on the GC32 Racing Tour.

The owners of INEOS, the company backing the British America's Cup campaign, are in Villasimius this week, enjoying the GC32 Racing Tour's guest program and offering their support to the British team. "They are enjoying the event and the boats. Let's hope we get a couple of good days of foiling with some more breeze," concluded Ainslie.

As if to stand up for their own nation's America's Cup effort, today's third race went to Simon Hull and his crew of young New Zealanders on board Frank Racing. Hull was delighted but slightly mystified by the result. "I don't get to look around much - I have to keep my head down!" he said of his win. "We had one good one today and a couple of okays. It was very variable. The right way paid - but which was the right way??!"

The race the Kiwis won was also the most difficult of the day, compounded by the fleet all being some 30 seconds early for the start line, which resulted in two OCSes and two penalties. Then at the finish, as Frank Racing crossed the line, almost simultaneously Erik Maris' Zoulou came screaming across the opposite end of the line. "They were honking and we were struggling, but it was nice to get a gun," said Hull.

While NORAUTO won the final race, also delighted by their result in this was Federico Ferioli's Codigo Rojo Racing from Argentina, having finished third with all their crew to leeward, after overtaking INEOS Team UK just metres from the line.

Today's round of the ANONIMO Speed Challenge was claimed by the Swiss crew on Realteam.

Racing continues tomorrow starting at 1300 with five races scheduled.

The GC32 Villasimius Cup is taking place with support from: Comune di Villasimius, Regione Sardegna, Area Marina Protetta Capo Carbonara Villasimius, Consorzio Turistico Villasimius, Lega Navale Italiana Sezione Villasimius.

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Results after day 2:

PosTeamR1R2R3R4R5R6Tot
1NORAUTO14613116
2INEOS TEAM UK32124416
3Realteam51275222
4Frank Racing45431623
5Zoulou23542723
6Argo6DNF/8 357534
7Código Rojo Racing76766335

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