Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, conferencia de prensa de todos los skippers.


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20 de octubre de 2017
Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18: Siete patrones y una meta. “Todos queremos ganar”

La Volvo Ocean Race, el desafío por equipos más duro del deporte, arranca este domingo desde Alicante con la batalla entre siete de los mejores equipos de vela del mundo por lograr el prestigioso trofeo.

La Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 pondrá a prueba a las tripulaciones en un recorrido de 45,000 millas náuticas a través de los más peligrosos del mundo, incluyendo más millas que nunca en la historia en el Océano Sur.

Este viernes, los siete patrones se han enfrentado a la Prensa internacional en la conferencia de prensa inaugural. Esto es lo que dijeron:

Xabi Fernández (MAPFRE): “Para nosotros no se trata de ser los favoritos. No es algo de lo que hablemos, pero nos damos cuenta de que la gente sí que piensa. Lo único que me hace pensar es que estamos listos. Tenemos que navegar lo más rápido que podamos. Creo que estamos preparados, pero sé que los otros equipos también estarán listos”.

“Con suerte, podemos ganar. No lo sé. Hemos estado cerca antes y no ha sucedido. Sabemos lo difícil y larga que se hace esta regata”.

Charles Caudrelier (Dongfeng Race Team): “La última vez, cuando comenzamos el proyecto, estábamos en China conociendo a regatistas chinos que nunca habían pasado una noche a bordo y enseñándoles cómo navegar. Esta vez comenzamos en Lisboa, con un equipo que ya conozco. Desde el principio, estamos 100% centrados en el rendimiento. Eso supone un gran cambio”

“¿Cuál es la diferencia entre hacer la regata como tripulante y patrón? El sueldo (risas). También existe la responsabilidad, por supuesto. Cuando hice la Volvo Ocean Race con Groupama, cuando llegaba a cada escala mi mente podía desconectar. Siendo patrón nunca paras, la presión nunca se detiene. Pero tengo un equipo fuerte a mi alrededor, así que creo que soy un patrón afortunado”.

Dee Caffari: ( Turn the Tide on Plastic): “La gran diferencia entre navegar por el mundo solo o con un equipo, es que tienes gente con quien compartirlo y más manos cuando algo pasa. En un equipo estás apretando el 100 por ciento todo el tiempo. Los rivales castigan cualquier error que cometas. Es esa intensidad lo que me atrae”

“Todos hablan de Turn the Tide on Plastic como un equipo inexperto. Muchos de mis tripulantes son principiantes, pero son grandes regatistas y pueden hacer que un barco vaya rápido. Solo debemos asegurarnos de no cometer ningún error.

“Nuestro objetivo es crear una oportunidad para que los jóvenes regatistas naveguen en la Volvo Ocean Race y puedan crecer. Es un gran privilegio, además de difundir un gran mensaje de sostenibilidad”.

David Witt: (Team Sun Hung Kai / Scallywag): “Es el mejor deporte de equipo en el mundo, creo. ¡Estoy aquí porque tuve una buena oferta y no pude encontrar una mejor forma de perder peso!

“Como se ha dicho, soy un lunático, pero creo que somos un grupo de lunáticos juntos. El niño (Ben Piggott) comenzó a navegar conmigo hace tres años y terminó aquí. Todavía está soñando”.

“En este momento, me resulta más difícil estar en tierra y no tener problemas. Siempre y cuando tengas buenas personas a tu alrededor, está bien, y el barco es más seguro que en cualquier otra regata en la que he estado. Tenemos un gran equipo de seguridad, ni siquiera sé cómo usar la mitad”.

Brad Jackson: (team AkzoNobel): “En lo que respecta al equipo, nos estamos enfocando en la regata. Básicamente, tenemos el mismo equipo que teníamos antes, excepto Simeon (Tienpont). Gracias a él tenemos el equipo que tenemos. No ha cambiado demasiado en términos de cómo vamos a trabajar a bordo o la moral de la tripulación. Los últimos días pudimos centrarnos en lo que vamos a hacer.

“Tuvimos suerte de que Rome Kirby estuviera disponible, calificado y listo para funcionar. Él es otro Under-30, por lo que tenemos hasta 5 Under-30 en el equipo. Es un equipo joven, pero Rome ha hecho la regata conmigo antes en PUMA y tiene mucha experiencia pese a su juventud”.

“Nunca ha sido mi sueño ser el patrón. No es algo que haya sentido la necesidad de hacer, pero la situación ha surgido y estoy feliz de hacerlo. No lo haría si no creyera que tengo todo el apoyo de mi equipo. Espero que me guste, espero que salga bien, pero no es algo por lo que haya estado presionando o salte, diciendo: ‘¡Eligeme!”.

Bouwe Bekking: (Team Brunel): ” Todos queremos ganar. Tenemos muchas posibilidades de ganar esta competición. Llegamos tarde, pero eso nos dio una oportunidad porque la Copa América acababa de terminar. Estaba navegando en la clase J y le encontré con Carlo Huisman, que había estado navegando en el New Zealand. A través de él entré en contacto con Pete Burling y lo siguiente que supe fue que teníamos al ‘golden boy’ fichado. Ganó los Juegos Olímpicos, ganó la Copa América y también tenemos a Kyle Langford, que ganó la Copa dos veces.

“Los regatistas de la Copa América se acercan a la regata de manera diferente a nosotros, los de la vieja escuela. Tienen una gran intensidad, y ponen mucho empeño todo lo relacionado con el rendimiento “.

Charlie Enright: (Vestas 11th Hour Racing: “Todavía somos un equipo joven y fresco. La última vez, la juventud fue nuestra principal característica. Ahora hemos acumulado muchas millas y tenemos un equipo con mucha experiencia. Mostramos una gran mejoría en la última regata desde el comienzo en Alicante hasta el final en Gotemburgo y queremos mantener esa trayectoria. Ganamos la última etapa de la última edición y queremos hacer lo mismo aquí “.

Sobre el cambio de reglas para 2017-18 incentivando la inclusión de mujeres:

Bouwe Bekking: “Es genial para navegar en general. Hubiera sido muy bueno elegir a nuestro propio equipo, pero tan pronto como salieron las reglas, dije que teníamos que tener 2 chicas a bordo. Tenemos las dos mejores chicas que podemos. Abby Ehler es la capitana del barco y Annie Lush dirige el departamento de vela. Son grandes regatistas con papeles importantes”.

Xabi Fernández: “Supongo que al igual que dice Bouwe, las nuevas reglas siempre dan un poco de respeto al principio, pero probamos a algunas personas. Tenemos a Sophie Ciszek, que navegó en el equipo SCA, que conoce muy bien el barco, es muy fuerte y muy completa. Y le hicimos a Támara unas pruebas muy duras. Tiene un gran talento y viene de los Juegos Olímpicos, después de haber ganado el oro en Londres. Para ella ha sido muy duro, pero estoy muy contento de que haya mejorado mucho y haya podido ganarse su lugar. Ahora es una de los nuestros”.

Charlie Enright: “Estaba emocionado al ver el cambio de reglas. Creo que la Volvo Ocean Race intridujo un aliciente para incentivarlo, en lugar de imponer el cambio. Hicimos dos cruces transatlánticos inmediatamente después de obtener el barco y fue evidente desde el princpio que iba a ser una ventaja competitiva”.

David Witt: “Siempre hemos tenido chicas en nuestro equipo durante los últimos 15 años, así que creo que tenemos una ventaja aquí. Hice algunos cálculos con Steve Hayles. Creemos que los barcos son lentos en algunas ocasiones y creemos que cuanto más ligero vayamos, mejor. En general, creemos que tendremos la ventaja de ser más ligeros. Hemos decidido ir con ocho regatistas a bordo. Navegar barco (con 7) no es difícil, pero es difícil realizar más de un rol (y apoyar al navegante). Annemieke Bes es una lunática más, como todos nosotros”.

Dee Caffari: “Me atrevería a decir que aquellos que eran reacios con la nueva regla ahora pueden decir que no es tan malo”.

La salida de la Volvo Ocean Race será a las 14:00 hora local (12:00 UTC) del domingo 22 de octubre. La primera etapa es una regata de 1.450 millas náuticas hasta Lisboa, llevando la flota a través del Estrecho de Gibraltar, pasando por la isla de Porto Santo, y luego a la línea de meta de Lisboa. El final está previsto para el sábado 28 de octubre.

El pronóstico para el domingo es perfecto para la hora de inicio, con unos 15 nudos en la bahía, que subirán a cerca de 20 nudos, lo que significa que la primera parte de la etapa, hastaa Gibraltar, debería ser rápida, en condiciones portantes.

World Cup Series Gamagori, día 4. En clase 49er FX, Travascio-Branz entran a las medal races (tres de puntaje simple) y pelearán por el título.


Travascio-Branz están terceras a 4 puntos del primer puesto. Mañana serán 3 medal races con puntaje simple entre las mejores diez.

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First set of sailors book Medal Race places at World Cup Series Japan

The line-up for the first set of Live Medal Races, on Saturday 21 October, were confirmed today at the World Cup Series Japan in Gamagori.

The day got off to an all too familiar start, for this week, with the wind once again largely absent. The northerly breeze picked up considerably though, and all eight Olympic sailing events made their way out to race just before midday.

For both the Men’s and Women’s Windsurfer (RS:X) and Men’s and Women’s Skiffs (49er/49erFX) fleets, today was the last opportunity to book their slots in Saturday’s Medal Races.

Saturday’s Medal Races will be available to watch live across the World Sailing Network. Please find the YouTube URL and embed code below:
URL – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlpiGsJG3TE
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It was Pawel Tarnowski who sailed the conditions the best in the Men’s RS:X, improving on his third place finish in the first race, with two firsts in the day’s other two races. His excellent day out on the water means he climbs to first place with a one point advantage over China’s Mengfan Gao.

Afterwards a cheery Tarnowski exclaimed, “Finally, we could get some good racing in, having waited for long periods of time this week.

“We had three very hard races with a lot of pumping, a lot of wind changes and gusts. It was really challenging but I was able to gain some nice points.”

When asked about contending with the nerves of competing in a Medal Race, Tarnowski explained, “For sure, Medal Races bring more pressure than the qualifying series.

“We will prepare well, like we always do, and hopefully we get some nice wind. I would love to have another day like today.”

The Women’s fleet also completed three races on their final qualifying day. It is Japanese sailors Fujiko Onishi and Megumi Komine at the summit of the leader board, who will be dreaming of winning medals on home waters. Hei Man H V Chan, of Hong Kong, is third.

The 49er and 49erFX fleets also have their Medal Races tomorrow, so competition was fierce, with sailors pushing as hard as they could to achieve the highest possible finishes.

Dylan Fletcher-Scott and Stu Bithell lead their British teammates James Peters and Fynn Sterritt by five points, with Polish duo, Lukasz Przybytek and Pawel Kolodzinski third.

In the Women’s fleet it is tight at the top, as just four points separate the top three pairings. France’s Lili Sebesi and Albane Dubois lead by three points. Sayoko Harada and Sera Nahamatsu (JPN) lie second with Victoria Travascio and Maria Branz from Argentina, third.

The other four Olympic sailing events will decide their Medal Race fates tomorrow, Saturday, on the final day of their qualifying racing.

Pavlos Kontides (CYP) currently leads in the Men’s One Person Dinghy (Laser) continuing his recent good form after winning the class World Championships earlier this summer. New Zealands’ Sam Meech trails by ten points and Lorenzo Brando Chiavarini (GBR) is a further 20 points behind, in third.

In the Women’s One Person Dinghy (Laser Radial), Vasileia Karachaliou (GRE) holds the overnight lead ahead of Josefin Olsson (SWE) and Emma Plasschaert (BEL).

Rio 2016 Men’s Two Person Dinghy (470) silver medallists Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) have dominated the fleet after six races. Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Wilcox (NZL) sit second with Tetsuya Isozaki and Akira Takayanagi (JPN) in third place.

The Women’s Two Person Dinghy (470) fleet managed two races on day four of the event. Agnieszka Skrzypulec and Irmina Mrózek Gliszczynska (POL) lead the pack. Linda Fahrni and Maja Siegenthaler (SUI) are currently second and Ai Kondo Yoshida and Miho Yoshioka are third.

The first set of Medal Races are scheduled to begin at 12:00 local time on Saturday 21 October.

There will be another four live Medal Races on Sunday 22 October bringing the week to a close before the series heads to Miami, USA.

By Ross Gale – World Sailing

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36 America´s Cup. Botin Partners Naval Architecture serán los diseñadores del NYYC Challenge.


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Botin Partners Signed as Exclusive Yacht Design Firm for NYYC America’s Cup Challenge

Bella Mente Quantum Racing (BMQR) is pleased to announce it has signed an exclusive agreement with Botin Partners Naval Architecture to design the yacht it will sail in the 36th America’s Cup competition, which is scheduled to take place in Auckland, New Zealand, in early 2021. The syndicate will represent the New York Yacht Club, which has returned to the America’s Cup arena after a 15-year absence.

Botin Partners is one of the world’s most reputable yacht design firms, with a unparalleled track record of success across many classes, particularly large monohulls. The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron announced just over a month ago that the next America’s Cup will be sailed in the AC75 monohull.

“Botin Partners has been the premiere monohull designer for the last decade,” said BMQR CEO/Skipper Terry Hutchinson. “We have had a great relationship with the Botin design office through five TP52s, and it just feels like a natural fit.”

BMQR is the combination of two successful American keelboat programs, Hap Fauth’s Bella Mente Maxi72 program and Doug DeVos’ Quantum Racing team. Over the past decade, Quantum Racing has sailed Botin Partners’ designs to five world championships in the TP52 class (above). Locking in the design team early allows BMQR the opportunity to begin development of its AC75.

“Any good team needs to learn how to communicate and understand each other,” said Hutchinson. “This takes time. The ability to start assembling this team now is critical as we have ground to make up against the established teams.”

Botin HeadshotMarcelino Botin, the founder and president of Botin Partners, has extensive experience in the America’s Cup having been the principle designer for Emirates Team New Zealand from 2004 to 2011, including the 32nd America’s Cup when ETNZ won the Louis Vuitton Cup and narrowly missed defeating Alinghi in the America’s Cup match.

“Our ambition is to win the America’s Cup, and BMQR, with the New York Yacht Club as challenging club, has in our view the best chance to achieve this goal,” said Botin (at right). “We have enjoyed a long relationship with many of the members of this team and feel very comfortable working with a group that has proven over the years to be extremely competitive.”

With just a rough outline of the rule currently available, Botin said his immediate focus is on finalizing his design team. The bulk of the design parameters for the AC75 monohull will be released at the end of November with the rule finalized by March 31, 2018. Botin is hopeful the defending Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, represented by Emirates Team New Zealand, creates an America’s Cup class that balances performance with maneuverability.

“One important factor is proximity,” said Botin. “The boats need to have similar speeds and be capable of engaging in typical match-race maneuvers. A fast boat is desirable, but it should also be reactive at lower speeds. We would like to see upwind starts with all the pre-start strategy that goes with it. A light displacement monohull would be the perfect platform for these situations.”

World Cup Series Gamagori, día 3. Sin regatas por falta de viento.

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Japanese sailing legacy born at World Cup Series

Another frustrating day at World Cup Series Japan, as the wind never really materialised meaning that no racing took place across any of the eight Olympic events present in Gamagori.

There was early hope when the Men’s Skiff, (49er), were sent out to race but after arriving at the racing area the conditions didn’t allow for competition.

Naturally, the scores remain the same from the end of racing, on day two, yesterday.

Click here to read the previous day’s report.

The wind has remained fickle since the series arrived in Japan, for the first time. The coastal city with a population of over 80,000 people is currently experiencing an extended period of uncharacteristically bad weather.

Local-born 49erFX sailor, Hiroka Itakura, said, “We are in between seasons here in Japan but it is usually warmer at this time of year in Gamagori. You can normally expect a good sea breeze, so the current conditions are quite strange.

“Gamagori is my home town and I was born here. This venue is very special to me and we would love to win a gold medal at this event.”

Itakura’s partner Chika Hatae expressed her delight at elite sailing competitions arriving in their home country, “We are so happy to invite top sailors from other countries to Japan.

“This is a start of many great opportunities to compete on Japanese waters before the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

“Our aim now is to be as consistent as we can be and achieve good results in the next three years.”

The new purpose-built and state-of-the-art sailing facility hosted the Tasar World Championships earlier this year from 30 July – 6 August 2017

It is intended that Gamagori will prove to be Japanese sailings’ legacy venue, even after the 2020 Olympic Games has been and gone in Enoshima.

The fact that it is the chosen sailing venue for the Asian Games in 2026 firmly points towards this being the case.

The continental Games are a quadrennial event that attracts huge interest in Asia, with many athletes valuing the competition almost as highly as the Olympics.

The last Asian Games were held in Inceon, South Korea in 2014.

Racing is scheduled to resume at 11:00 local time on Friday 20 October.

Live Medal Races on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October will bring the week to a close before the series heads to Miami, USA.

By Ross Gale – World Sailing

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image, ya podes votar por tu foto preferida.

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Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image: Discover the world’s best sailing pictures of the year!

The best sailing photographs taken in 2017 are now online and the public is invited to vote ! Click here to discover this year’s selection. The winning images and the world’s best marine and yacht racing photographers will be celebrated during the Yacht Racing Forum in Aarhus, Denmark, on November 28.
October 18, 2017 – The Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image international Jury has selected the top 80 yacht racing images taken this year throughout the world and the public is now invited to vote: Click here to see the images and make your choice!

No less than 134 pictures have been submitted by photographers spanning 27 countries: a record ! The competition will be tight once again this year, with extraordinary images from the America’s Cup, Vendée Globe, Mini Transat, Olympic sailing events and much more.

“We are very proud to once again link the name Mirabaud with the world’s best yacht racing images”, said Nicolas Mirabaud, member of the Executive Committee, Mirabaud & Cie SA and a member of the international jury. “The extraordinary variety of pictures submitted highlights the depth of the sport, from young future talents sailing onboard Optimists right through to Super-yachts and the America’s Cup. The pictures often reflect high performance, teamwork and technology: attributes that are dear to us at Mirabaud.”

The Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image is open to professional photographers from all over the world. The contest pays tribute to their work and provides them with a platform that contributes to the promotion of the sport of sailing to a wider audience.

Three prizes will be awarded on November 28, at the Yacht Racing Forum in Aarhus, Denmark:

The main prize is the ‘Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image’, selected by the international jury: Rob Kothe, founder of the Sail-World network, Daniel Allisy, sailing writer and founder of Voiles & Voiliers, Jean-Marie Liot, winner of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award 2016, Nicolas Mirabaud, member of the Executive Committee, Mirabaud & Cie SA, and pro sailor Sally Barkow.

The ‘Yacht Racing Forum Award’, decided by the 700 delegates of World Sailing’s Annual conference and the 300 delegates of the Yacht Racing Forum.

The ‘Public Award’ is based on the number of votes on Internet. This is a fun award, aimed at increasing the visibility of both the photographers and the entire contest. Photographers are encouraged to like and share pictures, and to do as much self-promotion as they like. This prizes recognizes the quality of the winning picture as well as the photographers’ network and the support he (she) can generate around him and his (her) photograph.

International financial services Group Mirabaud is the official title sponsor of the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award whilst Swiss luxury watch brand Hublot is the event’s official partner and timekeeper.

World Cup Series Gamagori, día 2. En 49er FX, las argentinas Travascio – Branz suben al tercer lugar.


Buena foto de Vicky Travascio y Sol Branz, terceras en clase 49er FX.

El chipriota Pavlos Kontides, lider en clase Laser

La uruguaya Dolores Moreira, 13va en la general de clase Laser Radial.

Francisco Guaragna, 41º en clase Laser.

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World Champions come to the forefront in Gamagori

Current World Champions in five Olympic sailing events are coming to the forefront and shining after two challenging days of light breeze at Sailing’s World Cup Series Japan in Gamagori.

Gamagori is welcoming the 2017 World Champions in the Men’s Skiff (49er), Men’s Windsurfer (RS:X), Men’s One Person Dinghy (Laser) and the Men’s and Women’s Two Person Dinghy (470).

Challenged by a 5-6 knot breeze over the first two days of the World Cup Series event, the champions have used all their experience to position themselves at the top of the pack or firmly in medal contention.

Poland’s Agnieszka Skrzypulec and Irmina Gliszczynska finished tenth at the Rio 2016 but their decision to compete in Gamagori and target Tokyo 2020 was made well before their final race in Rio.

“We made a decision during the Olympic Games in Rio 2016 that we want to prepare for the next Olympic Games. We then started to focus on the next Olympic Games right after Rio,” explained Skrzypulec.

The Polish sailors focused on the goal ahead of them and they achieved success almost immediately by claiming their first world title in July in Thessaloniki, Greece. They have transferred their display from Greece across to the World Cup Series in Japan and hold an early lead after three races.

“The training has helped us to adjust to the conditions and we are using the skills, which we have recently learnt, in our races,” continued Skrzypulec. “The main focus is to keep improving on the small detail and sailing tactics. We are pleased with our progress so far.”

Skrzypulec and Gliszczynska finished second in the only Women’s 470 race of the day and have a one point lead over Switzerland’s Linda Fahrni and Maja Siegenthaler.

Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) claimed the Men’s 470 world title for the fourth time as a team in alongside the Polish racers in Greece.

They held the overnight Gamagori lead but slipped to third after an 11th, which they discard, in the single race of the day. However, they are just two points off Tetsuya Isozaka and Akira Takayanagi (JPN) and Matteo Capurro and Matteo Puppo (ITA), who share the lead.

Split, Croatia hosted the Laser World Championships and Pavlos Kontides, Cyprus’ first ever Olympic medallist, claimed his first title. Less than one month from his triumph, Kontides continues to excel in the Laser and snapped up a third and second to take the initiative in the 50-boat fleet in Gamagori.

Kontides was locked in a three-way tie for top spot overnight but managed to put five points between himself and Lorenzo Chiavarini (GBR) from two races. Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallist Tom Burton (AUS) and bronze medallist Sam Meech (NZL) had mixed days, using up their discard one race and finishing at the front of the pack in the other. They are tied on 18 points in third.

Great Britain’s Dylan Fletcher and Stu Bithell beat their team mates James Peters and Fynn Sterritt to the 2017 49er world title in Matasinhos, Portugal at the start of September by just four points.

Their rivalry has transferred across to Gamagori and the teams occupy the top two spots after five races. Fletcher and Bithell hold a five-point advantage after taking two out of four wins from the day.

China’s Bing Ye won the Men’s RS:X World Championship in Enoshima, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic venue, 275 kilometres away from Gamagori. No racing was possible in the Men’s RS:X in Gamagori due to light winds but Ye occupies second overall, five points off Mateo Sanz Lanz (SUI) with plenty of racing remaining.

One race was held in the Women’s RS:X and Japan’s Fujiko Onishi took the race win to move into third overall. Megumi Komine (JPN) followed Onishi and as a result leads the fleet.

Japan’s Sayoko Harada and Sera Nagamatsu took the single Women’s Skiff (49erFX) race win and trail leaders Lili Sebesi and Albane Dubois (FRA) by a single point.

Denmark’s Anne-Marie Rindom remains at the summit of the Women’s One Person Dinghy (Laser Radial) after a mixed day. Greece’s Vasileia Karachaliou trails Rindom by one point and Emma Plasschaert (BEL) is a further two points back.

Racing is scheduled to resume at 11:00 local time on Thursday 19 October.

Live Medal Races on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October will bring the week to a close before the series heads to Miami, USA.

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