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From 5 to 12 October, sailing enthusiasts can try to fly on the water’s surface aboard a 69F together with the experts of the 69F Sailing Academy, the first and innovative foil monohull sailing academy, directed by Santi Lange.
From 5 to 12 October, sailing enthusiasts can try to fly on the water’s surface aboard a 69F together with the experts of the 69F Sailing Academy, the first and innovative foil monohull sailing academy, directed by Santi Lange. If you’re an expert sailor and want to participate, bring your waterproof sailing jacket and sign up following the instructions at www.barcolana.it/Fun or send an email to email@example.com. Sailors from the yacht clubs’ racing teams can participate in a speed race: they can choose the moment with the strongest wind according to the weather forecast, as well as race solo or with another person, and sail as fast as they can on the foils. Every day, those who will be able to reach the top sailing speed on the foils for 3 seconds will be at the top of a special ranking, that will then name the KING AND QUEEN OF SPEED in the Gulf of Trieste, a much desired title among the sailing, windsurf and kitesurf enthusiasts who compete against each other the whole year in both competitive and non-competitive races.
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Sunday, 15th September 2019
Alinghi claims GC32 Riva Cup by a whisker
While Alinghi has led at the end of every day of racing at the 2019 GC32 Riva Cup, the Swiss team was on the ropes this afternoon when their arch-rivals Oman Air, in seemingly unbeatable form, scored three back-to-back wins levelling the scoreline with them. As ever with the Dolomites forming the most spectacular of backdrops, racing today, hosted by the Fraglia Vela Riva, was held in a 14-16 knot Ora southerly.
In the fourth and penultimate race, the Omani team’s winning streak came to end, but it was not Alinghi but Red Bull Sailing Team that claimed the bullet. However, in this Oman Air’s second to Alinghi’s fourth, handed the Omanis a slender two-point lead going into the final race.
With Oman Air having had the upper hand all day, a chink finally appeared in their armour in the deciding race, allowing both Alinghi and Red Bull Sailing Team through. After a nailbiting final few minutes, where Oman Air desperately tried to catch up, these positions held at the finish line causing the two frontrunners to end the GC32 Riva Cup tied on points. Sadly for Oman Air after such a strong final day, GC32 Racing Tour tie breaks are decided on final race position, handing the GC32 Riva Cup to Alinghi.
This was the second win of the season for Ernesto Bertarelli’s team following their victory at the GC32 World Championship in Lagos, Portugal in June.
“Today we had really tight racing with Oman Air,” commented Alinghi helmsman Arnaud Psarofaghis. “They sailed really well and they put us in a bad situation, but we knew it wasn’t over until the last race when we got the better of them. They tried to be smarter, but they gybed too late and we could just overlap them on the downwind and pushed them back in the fleet. Then Red Bull did a good job to stay ahead of them.”
Oman Air’s skipper Adam Minoprio described the fateful moment: “Basically we lost the regatta at that first gybe – we just gave away ten lengths there. After that, we needed another team to make a huge mistake and unfortunately for us, Red Bull is a strong team and difficult to pass when you’re on layline to the top mark.”
In that race Oman Air once again had made a masterful start to leeward, gently luffing Alinghi out of their way to lead at the reaching mark. Then coming into the leeward gate Psarofaghis had managed to give Minoprio a dose of his own match racing medicine when he managed to shovel Oman Air out to the left.
Alinghi’s team manager Pierre-Yves Jorand observed: “Oman Air sailed very well especially today when they put a lot of pressure on us. On the reaching starts, they have the edge, but our team sailed very well on the course, choosing the right gate marks, proper modes and managed to fight and to come back in several races. So congratulation to Oman but also to our team.”
Alinghi didn’t start well in the first three races and on one occasion were even in last place but in all the races their recoveries were phenomenal.
Oman Air also showed formidable pace, foiling upwind into Riva del Garda’s famous cliff face and then foiling out very lifted to the weather mark, frequently managing speeds several knots faster than their opponents.
Minoprio praised his rival: “Full credit to Alinghi. They sailed well the whole week. We had a shocker on day one whereas they sailed well the whole week, but it was good to make sure that they didn’t sail away with too easily.”
Roman Hagara and Red Bull Sailing Team had a strong final day putting extra points between them and Erik Maris’ Zoulou, ensuring that they retained the final position on the podium. “We had some good racing, some tough fights with the others and we also got a race win and a couple of good places,” said Hagara. Even the race they won today, the Austrian team dropped off the foils on the run causing them to lose the lead, which they subsequently regained on the upwind. Otherwise, Hagara very much enjoyed racing on Lake Garda, close to his native Austria. “It is a great lake and a great facility here. It is really good for GC32s to race here.”
Erik Maris’ Zoulou won the owner-drivers trophy. “We are pretty pleased with what we achieved,” said mainsheet trimmer Thierry Fouchier. “We got closer to Red Bull and managed to be in the middle of the pack with Red Bull, Oman Air and Alinghi. That was good for us. Red Bull did a good last day and sailed very well. Fortunately, Erik is still happy.”
Jason Carroll’s Argo team from the USA scored two third-place finishes but their consistency was inadequate to make an impression on Zoulou in the owner-driver ranking. Meanwhile, ferocious fighting ahead of them ensured that Christian Zuerrer’s Black Star Sailing Team and Argentinean Federico Ferioli’s Codigo Rojo Racing had to make do with their own private competition.
Racing at the GC32 Riva Cup took place with the support of Garda Trentino, Riva del Garda Fierecongressi, Distilleria Marzadro and Omkafé. The 2019 GC32 Racing Tour will conclude in Muscat, Oman over 5-9 November, where we can expect another sleeves-rolled-up fistfight between the circuit’s two heavyweights to determine who will be this year’s champion.
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Saturday, 14th September 2019
Alinghi clings to narrow lead going into GC32 Riva Cup finale
Ernesto Bertarelli’s Alinghi started the day four points ahead of Oman Air and – after six races on two different courses, during which they lost the lead, then fought back hard to recover it – ended the day four points ahead of Oman Air. With five races scheduled for tomorrow, the last day of the GC32 Riva Cup hosted by Riva del Garda’s Fraglia Vela Riva, one or other is likely to take the event title. The fight is also on for third with Red Bull Sailing Team having today displaced Erik Maris’ Zoulou from this position, although the French team is just two points astern.
Today was literally a game of two halves, PRO Stuart Childerley sending the boats out early for a 08:30 start, holding three races in the magnificent Pelèr northerly. The fleet was sent ashore then returned mid-afternoon for three more races in the southerly Ora.
Both frontrunners had difficult moments. The Swiss GC32 World Champions were off form in today’s first two races, leaving them trailing Oman Air by two points. However showing their typical relentlessness, Alinghi won the next three races.
“We had a tricky morning, but it was still a really good day,” commented helmsman Arnaud Psarofaghis, who turned 31 today. “We had great racing today and a good fight with Oman Air and Red Bull.” Psarofaghis was especially pleased that this afternoon, when the wind’s orientation made the course slightly one-way, they had recovered positions.
The Swiss team set the pattern for this afternoon’s racing heading into the extreme right, until they could virtually kiss Riva del Garda’s famous cliff face, then so lifted that they were foiling upwind at 18 knots into the top mark. “If you tacked back too early you lost, so you needed to be over layline,” explained Psarofaghis, adding that this afternoon, when the wind was gusting to 20+ knots, they recorded 35 knots downwind.
Conversely Oman Air was on fire in this morning’s first two races until they were OCS in the third race and could only salvage a sixth. Early afternoon in the southerly, Oman Air also struggled, mainsheet trimmer Peter Greenhalgh explained: “We had the best starts and were launched but we chose the right mark and then we didn’t sail in the right mode – we were too high whereas we should have got the bow down and gone super-fast at them [Alinghi] when we probably could have kept them behind us. Instead they [Alinghi] sailed round us.”
Oman Air rounded off the day with a final bullet, winning the start and leading from there on. “We can recover very easily tomorrow, like we did this morning in two races. We’ll just go hard at them,” advised Greenhalgh.
The fight is closer for third. Roman Hagara’s Red Bull Sailing Team relieved Erik Maris’ Zoulou of this position today, but after 14 races two points separates the Austrian and French teams. Zoulou proved how you can succeed by just continually banging out third and fourth places and continues to lead the owner-driver competition, but Hagara’s team showed more moments of brilliance, even winning today’s third race.
“We’re getting quite consistent and we can almost match Oman Air and Alinghi in manoeuvres, and if we make good starts can stay in front of them,” commented Red Bull’s Hans-Peter Steinacher, adding that today they hit 37 knots on one of the runs. “Lake Garda is made for our boats, we can quickly reach our top speeds.”
As to their prospects, Oman Air is eight points ahead, which is hard to recover but not impossible. “If Alinghi and Oman Air cover each other and stay at the back of the fleet… we’ll see. We have to sail well, start well to get back to the fight,” said Steinacher.
A fight is also on between Codigo Rojo Racing of Federico Ferioli and Christian Zuerrer’s Black Star Sailing Team. Both have been showing marked improvement and in today’s second race were briefly leading. However, only the Swiss team managed to hang on, finishing third.
“It was a nice day, especially the morning,” said Zuerrer. Black Star’s helmsman, Australian match racer Keith Swinton agreed, feeling that they had become tired by the afternoon. “This morning we showed we can have good moments, we had all the manoeuvres right. If we put a good race together we can be really competitive.”
Codigo Rojo has only competed on one event this year but after a week’s training has shown far greater confidence. “We are improving slowly, but we are improving. Unfortunately, we haven’t done as many events as our competitors. I am glad we have been fighting to the end. We are happy to be here,” said Ferioli.
Tomorrow five races are scheduled to start in the southerly Ora wind at 13:00. Racing at the GC32 Riva Cup is taking place with the support of Garda Trentino, Riva del Garda Fierecongressi, Distilleria Marzadro and Omkafé.
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Oman Air fights back at GC32 Riva Cup
GC32 Racing Tour press release issued on 13/09/2019
Lago di Garda was not making it easy for race officials on day two of the GC32 Riva Cup, the penultimate event of the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour. The afternoon southerly Ora wind was late materialising and required three changes of race course and a frustrating two hour wait before the wind finally blasted in at 15+ knots some four kilometres south of Riva del Garda. After this three races with reaching starts were eventually held, the wind progressively dropping off as the afternoon wore on and holes in the race course began to appear close to the leeward gate and the boats were returned to the Fraglia Vela Riva marina. “Friday 13th” they muttered by way of explanation, but in Italy 13 is not unlucky.
There was some frustration evident at the first start when it did eventually happen. Both the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour leaders were called over early and had to drop back behind the fleet by way of a penalty. Meanwhile at the weather end of the line there was congestion with Federico Ferioli’s Codigo Rojo Racing shaving the transom of the race committee boat and just when you thought a closer shave wasn’t possible Erik Maris’ Zoulou cut it even closer booting the mark off the committee boat’s transom with a weight worthy of Zinedine Zidane.
Ultimately it was Jason Carroll’s Argo that won the first start and went on to hold the lead to the finish. “It is always easier when you have a nice start,” commented Argo’s flight controller/bowman Alister Richardson. In the second race Argo had a deeper start but were relieved to salvage a third, but then in the final race had a difficult situation coming into the leeward gate on port and, uncertain about whether or not they would cross Red Bull Sailng Team, ultimately crash gybed and stopped dead, leaving them underlaying. Ultimately they pulled out a sixth place finish.
Despite their footballing antics in the first start, Erik Maris’ Zoulou had another consistent day and a 3-4-4 today left the French team still holding third overall and leader in the GC32 Riva Cup owner-driver competition.
Unquestionably the stars of the day were Oman Air, who won the second and third races. This was fortunate for the 2019 GC32 Racing Tour leaders following their disappointing opening day here on Lake Garda. “Nothing went our way,” admitted helmsman/skipper Adam Minoprio of their initial showing yesterday. “There were a few issues and we didn’t deal with them well and just didn’t have a good day. It was a shame we only had three races today because things were going better for us.”
While the Omani team won races two and three today, most impressive was their second place in the opening race, despite being called OCS. “We had the timing wrong there which was a shame,” said Minoprio. “It was good that we could get back into the race.” The third race was also satisfying for Minoprio as the breeze was disappearing around the leeward gate and Oman Air made the best of it to hold a substantial lead at the finish.
A disappointing day for Red Bull Sailing Team saw them drop down the leaderboard, with Oman Air taking over their second place spot at this mid-way stage of the GC32 Riva Cup.
Still leading and still with a four point cushion to second is Alinghi, after the Swiss team posted a 4-2-2 today, making them second best scorer of the day. Alinghi’s French tactician Nicolas Charbonnier observed of the day: “I think our starts were pretty solid, but there were some opportunities we missed.” However the former Olympic 470 bronze medallist said he was relieved that they got in three races from the five scheduled. “Sometimes on days like this you have no races.”
Of the day Argo’s Alister Richardson observed: “It was changing so much. It was so difficult for the race committee, so they did the best with what they had and we got three races in.”
Racing at the GC32 Riva Cup is taking place with the support of Garda Trentino, Riva del Garda Fierecongressi, Distilleria Marzadro and Omkafé. Due to the lost races today, the aim is to start at 0830 tomorrow morning in the northerly Pelèr. This is due to fade away late morning and so racing is set to resume in the afternoon at around 1300 when the southerly Ora materialises.
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Results after day 2
Pos Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Tot
1 Alinghi 1 3 2 1 3 4 2 2 18
2 Oman Air 3 4 3 4 4 2 1 1 22
3 Zoulou 4 1 4 2 5 3 4 4 27
4 Red Bull Sailing Team 2 2 6 3 1 6 5 3 28
5 Argo 6 5 1 7 2 1 3 6 31
6 Black Star Sailing Team 5 6 5 6 6 5 6 5 44
7 Código Rojo Racing 7 7 7 5 7 7 7 7 54
2019 GC32 Racing Tour schedule
22.-26 May: GC32 Villasimius Cup / Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy
26-30 June: GC32 World Championship / Lagos, Portugal
31 July-4 August: 38 Copa del Rey MAPFRE / Palma de Mallorca, Spain
11-15 September: GC32 Riva Cup / Riva del Garda, Italy
6-10 Nov: GC32 Muscat Cup / Muscat, Oman
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Early lead for Alinghi at GC32 Riva Cup
GC32 Racing Tour press release issued on 12/09/2019
Ernesto Bertarelli’s Alinghi team showed some of their GC32 World Championship-winning form when they came out on top after the first of four days of racing at the GC32 Riva Cup, being held out of the Fraglia Vela Riva at the northern end of Italy’s Lake Garda.
In today’s five races, all held in the southerly Ora wind of 8 to 13 knots, the immaculate Swiss team never finished a race deeper than third and ended the day four points ahead of second-placed Red Bull Sailing Team.
Ciao Riva del Garda – Icarus Sports’ preview to the GC32 Racing Tour’s penultimate event
The race course off Riva del Garda is famous for the dramatic cliff face and 1km tall mountains on its west shore where typically there is good pressure and shift. However the lake was in much more fickle mood once racing started after a half hour delay just after 1330, leaving the tacticians on the one design foiling catamarans truly having to earn their money.
“It was tricky with the shifts, but it made the race course really interesting – nothing was over until the end,” said Alinghi helmsman Arnaud Psarofaghis. “The fleet is really compact so you need to be careful and push the boat really hard.”
Alinghi today claimed the first race after a head-to-head with Red Bull Sailing Team and then won race four effectively from the first upwind leg. “We got some good starts and Nico [Nicolas Charbonnier – tactician] picked up some good lanes upwind and from there it was almost over, but we kept focussed on the other boats and we tried to control the fleet,” continued Psarofaghis.
Perhaps helped by playing to what will be the nearest he comes to having a home crowd this year, Red Bull Sailing Team skipper Roman Hagara and his fellow Olympic Tornado legend Hans-Peter Steinacher, had an exceptional day off Riva del Garda. As Hagara explained: “There is a group coming and there are some old sailing friends who were here last week and decided to stay. And we’re close to Austria… so our fan club is here!”
Hagara says they improved at the last GC32 event, Copa del Rey MAPFRE, and have also benefitted from training here. “We had a good feeling today. The guys are doing a really good job onboard, so you can really do any manoeuvre you like and can place your boat wherever you want. I can rely on these guys.”
Thoughout the day almost all the teams had a taste of leading the fleet thanks to the shifts or one side of the course paying, occasionally launching the backmarkers into first place. But there was some science to it too: “It was not like a standard day on Lake Garda – the wind was so shifty and it wasn’t all on the right,” observed Argo’s exhausted-looking tactician Sebastien Col.
Jason Carroll’s US team Argo missed the last GC32 Racing Tour event but is back with a vengeance. The Argonauts won today’s third race and were runner-up in the last. “It was good, but very challenging for the crew,” Col continued. “The fleet seems to sail in a very small part of the race area so all the boats are close together and any mistakes make a big difference. It was good racing.” While there were some dramatic gains to be made on the runs, Argo won race three by picking a good lane of breeze on the second upwind.
Since last competing in the GC32 fleet at June’s Lagos World Championship, Col said the level in the GC32 fleet has increased with most boats now capable of winning races.
Coming off the water equally delighted was Zoulou’s Erik Maris, whose team was lying second overall going into the final race but finished the day third and leader of the Owner-Driver championship here. “The day was fantastic for everyone,” said Maris. “Conditions, the surroundings, the racing were perfect – seriously I can’t remember having enjoyed a sailing day as much as this one for a long, long time, plus we had some good results. All-in-all it was a wonderful day.”
Zoulou won today’s second race, helped by gaining a beneficial shift on the final run. “As always the boys did a fantastic job. Our tactician made some good calls. We were fast and probably we were very lucky as well,” Maris concluded.
Racing at the GC32 Riva Cup is taking place with the support of Garda Trentino, Riva del Garda Fierecongressi, Distilleria Marzadro and Omkafé and continues tomorrow with a first warning signal at 1300.
Results after day 1
Pos Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Tot
1 Alinghi 1 3 2 1 3 10
2 Red Bull Sailing Team 2 2 6 3 1 14
3 Zoulou 4 1 4 2 5 16
4 Oman Air 3 4 3 4 4 18
5 Argo 6 5 1 7 2 21
6 Black Star Sailing Team 5 6 5 6 6 28
7 Código Rojo Racing 7 7 7 5 7 33
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SailGP Season 2 set to kick off in Sydney, February 28-29
Global sports league to return to Sydney following successful maiden year;
Australia’s Tom Slingsby to defend home victory at 2020 season opener
SYDNEY – September 12, 2019 – Sydney was today announced as the season opener for SailGP in 2020. Following a hugely successful event earlier this year – when Sydney kicked-off the global league’s inaugural season – SailGP will return to the iconic Australian harbor on February 28 and 29 for the first event of SailGP Season 2. Tickets for Sydney SailGP will go on sale November 1.
SailGP, the annual global championship, currently features teams representing Australia, China, France, Japan, Great Britain and the United States.
SailGP’s 50-foot flying catamarans – the fastest sail racing boats in the world – are piloted by some of the world’s best sailors, including Australian Olympic gold medalist Tom Slingsby, who is currently leading the inaugural season heading into the Season 1 Grand Final next weekend in Marseille, France. Slingsby became the first-ever sailor to break 50 knots (100 kph) during an action-packed race last month at Cowes SailGP.
“Sailing in front of a home crowd was simply amazing, and something that I had never experienced before at this level,” said Slingsby. “There is nothing more special and motivating for an athlete to have the support of the home crowd, and I am extremely excited that we are returning to Sydney. It’s one of my favorite places to sail and to win this year was the perfect start to our season. We’ll be aiming to make it a repeat victory next year.”
“Sydney was a spectacular venue to launch SailGP earlier this year on every level – the iconic harbor backdrop, the competition, the fans – and we can’t wait to return,” said SailGP CEO Sir Russell Coutts. “The teams will be spending the winter testing new wing sails, and other exciting upgrades on the F50s. The boats are getting faster and the teams more competitive, and we expect Sydney will once again be a great natural amphitheater to showcase these incredible athletes and boats.”
More than 22,000 people representing 25 nations turned out to watch Slingsby and the Australia SailGP Team win the historic home event on Sydney Harbour in February 2019. Overall, the landmark event reached 96 million people worldwide.
Recognizing the benefit of the event – which saw US$21 million spent in relation to Sydney SailGP and a total economic impact of US$18 million – Tourism Australia is supporting SailGP for 2020. Sydney SailGP will help promote Australia as a tourist and major events destination, and drive visitor growth and expenditure.
“It’s fantastic that New South Wales continues to attract major sporting events and we are delighted to welcome SailGP back for the second time,” said Minister for Sport John Sidoti. “I encourage all fans to get out and see the Australia SailGP Team take on the world’s best sailors next February on Sydney Harbour.”
Next week, the SailGP Season 1 Grand Final will take place in Marseille, culminating with the season’s top two teams going head to head for the SailGP Championship trophy and a winner-takes-all US$1 million prize. Following Season 1 events in Sydney, San Francisco, New York and Cowes (UK), Slingsby leads the overall standings by four points ahead of fellow Australian Olympic gold medalist Nathan Outteridge, helm of the Japan SailGP Team. Tickets are available at SailGP.com/Marseille.