WMRT Newport. Cuarto día con condiciones ideales.


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16 Down to 8

10-15 knot winds off Fort Adams enabled the race organizers to pile in a full day of competition at the World Match Racing Tour Newport, to conclude the Super 16 Knockout round. The gusty conditions on Newport Harbour once again made for nail-biting racing with much hull flying and lead changes.

The busy Super 16s comprised eight first-to-three points matches, the seeding determined by the first two days of Qualifying with the result that a further eight skippers are today heading home.

A few of these series went 3-0: Dackhammar and his ESSIQ Racing Team winning the Swedish derby against Johnie Berntson’s FLUX Team; Ian Williams’ GAC Pindar taking out Matt Jerwood; Nicolai Sehested’s Trefor Match Racing beating Eric Monnin; Yann Guichard’s Spindrift racing coming out on top against Swedish Olympic silver medallist Hans Wallén; and Swede Stefan Rahm conquering Sally Barlow’s Team Magenta 32. But these definitive scorelines mostly didn’t reflect the closeness of the racing and the numerous spectacular moments that stirred the crowds gathered along the shoreline of Newport’s historic Fort Adams.

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WMRT Newport, día 3.


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Regata entre Canfield v Menninger (R16 Pair 8 Race 1)

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Living Another Day

The World Match Racing Tour Newport entered its match racing phase today. While Newport Harbour was fog-free and blessed with sun all day, there was a long pause mid-way through the Qualifying Group Sail-offs as the wind slowly veered from the north into the sea breeze direction of the southeast. But from there it built to a shifty 15 knots, more than enough for the nimble M32 catamarans to fly.

The Sail-off matches were held between the bottom two finishers from each of the four groups from the Qualifying round of the first two days. The winner of each of the four Sail-offs got to ‘live another day’ by going through to the next round, the Super 16 Knockout.
Among the first to two Sail-offs, it was only Steve Thomas and his RPM Racing team that were able to take out their opponent 2-0. In Thomas’ case this was fellow Perth match racer Keith Swinton’s Team Accure.

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WMRT Newport, día 2.


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Newport Turns It On

After yesterday’s torrential rain and pea soup fog that restricted visibility on the race course, today Mother Nature smiled upon Newport, Rhode Island. The early morning mist burned off, finally revealing Goat Island and downtown Newport (invisible all of yesterday) and the sun came out allowing a gusty sea breeze to build into the high teens.

Day two of the World Match Racing Tour Newport saw a continuation of the Qualifying fleet racing rounds, used to determine the seeding going into the Super 16 knock out match racing rounds. With the M32 teams divided into four groups of five for the Qualifying fleet racing, the aim for crews today was to get into the top three in their group, guaranteeing a Super 16 berth. The bottom two in each group will get to match race in the ‘Sail Offs’ first thing tomorrow morning, the winner of which will get one of the final Super 16 spots.

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WMRT Newport, día 1. La niebla, principal protagonista en el inicio de campeonato.


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Newport Fog Creates Testing Opener

In yacht racing, sailors are often at the mercy of the wind and occasionally too much of it or too little. However on the opening day of the World Match Racing Tour’s Newport stage, crews faced a fog so thick that at times it was hard to see the bows of their M32 catamarans, let alone marks of the course.

As the banks of fog rolled through Newport Harbour and the wind fluctuating from six to 16 knots, the race officials on the course off Fort Adams, had to shoehorn in racing as and when they could.

As usual with the modern-day WMRT race format, the first two days of this event are Qualifying fleet races to determine day three’s ‘Super 16’. Five high performance M32 catamarans are being used, so the 20-strong line-up has been divided into four groups and through patience the race committee was able complete all but two races of today’s full schedule.

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WMRT Copenhague. Triunfo para Taylor Canfield y su US One team, que vence a un increíble Team España de Iker Martinez.

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Canfield cashes in on Martinez mistake to conquer Copenhagen

Taylor Canfield (ISV), US One, has won World Match Racing Tour Copenhagen after beating Iker Martinez (ESP), Team Espana, in the most extraordinary circumstances. After taking straightforward wins in the first two matches of the final, in the third match Canfield found himself in a much tougher battle with the 2008 49er Olympic Champion who was improving by the race.

The early lead went to Canfield who always looked stronger at the start, but Martinez found a way past at the top of the beat. With the gusty wind pulsing hard, both boats nosedived badly on the downwind leg, and they regrouped in time to discover they were rapidly converging – collision course – on the same leeward gate mark. Martinez never gave Canfield mark room, forcing US One to ride over the top of the buoy and hooking it up underneath the trampoline.

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WMRT Copenhague. Iker Martinez se mete en semis y el campeón mundial Ian Williams eliminado.

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Friday the 13th lucky for Canfield but not for Williams

Sally Barkow (USA), Team Magenta 32, was seconds away from eliminating Taylor Canfield (USA), US One, from the World Match Racing Tour Copenhagen today in a thriller of a Quarter Final. But a gust from heaven dragged US One back into the game and gifted Canfield a last-gasp ticket to the Semi-Finals.

The match racing here has been characterised by the most unlikely and unpredictable lead changes. Winning the start used to be everything in traditional match racing. Here, it’s nice to have, but it guarantees nothing. The America’s Cup style boundaries are changing the game massively and when the sailors aren’t racing, they are avidly watching the other matches to learn whatever they can about this new format of gladiatorial combat.

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WMRT Copenhague día 4.

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Bjorn Again

Where to start on a day at World Match Racing Tour Copenhagen that brought so many surprises and upsets? On a sensational day’s racing to whittle the Super Sixteen teams down to the final eight for the Quarter Finals, the biggest surprise came at the end of the day when Bjorn Hansen (SWE), Nautiska Racing, came back from the dead against superior competition. The old underdogs turned around a 0-2 deficit to a 3-2 victory against the younger and much more highly rated Phil Robertson (NZL), WAKA Racing.

The 47-year-old Swede is a late and slightly reluctant convert to the M32 after being one of the top-rated keelboat match racers of the past 15 years or more. Winning Match Cup Sweden has been his speciality in the heavy DS37 keelboats, but the heavyweight Master of Marstrand was not expected to progress beyond the first round. Not only has he achieved that, but the Swede is learning how to master the flighty, lightweight M32 catamaran with remarkable speed.

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WMRT Copenhague día 3. Final de la etapa clasificatoria.


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Berntsson gets upper hand over Barkow in ding-dong battle

Sally Barkow (USA), Team Magenta 32, was pulled up yesterday for swearing live on camera at the World Match Racing Tour in Copenhagen, so she has resorted to an angry growl as her family-friendly alternative to letting off steam.

There was plenty of growling from the Team Magenta 32 skipper this afternoon, but plenty of grinning too in her ding-dong match against Johnie Berntsson (SWE), Flux Team. As the previous M32 Tour event in Fremantle proved a few weeks ago, the lead changes in a catamaran match race can be far in excess of what we saw on the old format Tour in monohull keelboats.

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