A PERFECT DAY FOR LADYCAT !
Dona Bertarelli’s crew had a fantastic sailing day today with two wins, a second and a third place. Ernesto Bertarelli on Alinghi has been close behind almost all the time, but Realstone Sailing continues to lead the dance.
Four races have been sailed in the Geneva harbor for the second day of the Grand Prix Facchinetti Automobiles. But sailors and spectators had to wait until 3.30 pm for the wind to start to blow and for the first race to be launched. Weather conditions have then only got better with the wind reaching 15 knots, to the delight of the competitors and the crowd of spectator boats that came to watch the races!
Tonight the standings still show the dominance of Realstone Sailing who remains at the top with 12 points. The youngsters from the Geneva Regatta Training Center, led by Jérôme Clerc – who have already won the championship – want to leave their mark on the championship ! The racing scene has been intense and exciting today.
Nicolas Grange and his Okalys Corum team have had a great day with a second place and a win. But Ladycat has been the real star today.
In the duel opposing de Rham Sotheby’s for the third step of the podium in the Vulcain Trophy, Dona Bertarelli’s team takes advantage tonight by standing at the 2nd place in the provisional ranking with 15 points, just ahead of his brother Ernesto Bertarelli on Alinghi (16 points). The crew benefits from the return of Yann Guichard at the tactics. Let’s remind that he has been absent in the fall to compete and win the Multi One Championship 2012 aboard his MOD70 Spindrift. Of course it is still not Philippe Cardis last word on de Rham Sotheby’s. Tomorrow, if conditions permit, six races may still be recorded and change the Vulcain Trophy final rankings!
Provisional ranking after the 2nd day of the Grand Prix Facchinetti Automobiles :
1. Realstone Sailing (12 pts)
2. Ladycat (15 pts)
3. Alinghi (16 pts)
4. Artemis (24 pts)
5. de Rham-Sothebys (28 pts)
6. Okalys (31 pts)
7. Zen Too (31 pts)
8. Nickel (42 pts)
9. Veltigroup (43 pts)
A photo gallery named “Archives 2004-2010″ is now available on the website, showing images of the epic D35 series since its start in 2004. The complete results also on www.vulcaintrophy.com
Vulcain Trophy: Second part of the Program 2012
Open de Versoix, Club Nautique de Versoix (CNV) – 8-9 September 2012
Open Grange & Cie, Yacht Club de Genève (YCG) – 22-23 September 2012
Grand Prix Facchinetti Automobiles, Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) – 12-14 October 2012
Note to the Editors:
Organized by the Association des Multicoques de Compétition (AMC), the VULCAIN TROPHY presented by Business & Decision is a racing circuit featuring the Decision 35 multihulls (D35). Strictly one-design, the catamarans are combining performance and high technology. Competing on equal terms, the teams can showcase their expertise and their tactics. The circuit involves local specialists of the Geneva Lake, but also skippers and sailors of international renown. The combination of strong local athletes and the attendance of teams of the highest international level give the Vulcain Trophy a unique feel.
More info: www.vulcaintrophy.com
For the second consecutive year, Vulcain takes pleasure and pride in being associated in this prestigious event where the greatest sailors are competing. The Vulcain Trophy marks the rhythm of a season in which the call of the sea will be a lifestyle as much as a philosophy for those adventurers of a new kind, for these passionate individuals that are looking for records and inventions, to conquer the seas of today.