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Årets Royal Ocean Cup ble utsatt til 2014 ettersom få lag hadde meldt seg på 1 måned før regattaen skulle gå av stabelen. En kombinasjon av at man hadde lagt regattaen til Bornholm, samtidig som regattaen skulle holdes sent i sesongen fikk mye av skylden for den manglende oppslutningen.
Nå gjør KDY et nytt forsøk i 2014 og med kaiplasser rett utenfor sentrum av Køben, lemping på krav om en x-35 på laget og en litt tidligere dato burde det være mulig å samle en del lag?
Inaugural event to be in Tuborg Harbor, Copenhagen August 2014
The Royal Danish Yacht Club (KDY) is pleased to announce the dates, the location, and a revised Notice of Race have now been decided for the Royal Ocean Cup 2014. This offshore event featuring national teams will take place from 27-30 August 2014 and will be sailed on the waters outside Tuborg Harbor, a short distance to the north of the city of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Racing will be between three-boat teams, with the teams divided into two groups – one representing national teams and one representing teams that are formed by boats from different countries. Each team will consist of one boat in Class 1 (
The winner of the Royal Ocean Cup will be the national team with the lowest combined score, while the mixed national teams will race for the Copenhagen Trophy.
“The vision of KDY is to create an event that will – like the Admirals Cup in past decades – take place every second year from the same location,” said Lars Ive, Vice Commodore of KDY. “Our initial attempt to organize this event for September 2013 to be held at Nexoe Harbor on Bornholm was unsuccessful due to a variety of factors: the remote location and lack of easy access, timing that was too late in the season, guidelines for team selection that were too strict, and having a one-design boat on each team made participation difficult.
“We believe this new format will be much easier and attractive for teams to participate from throughout the Baltic region. And for the next event the idea is to hold the Royal Ocean Cup immediately after the 2016 ORC World Championship, which is proposed to also be held at Tuborg Harbor, since this year will mark the 150th anniversary of the Royal Danish Yacht Club.”
The new Notice of Race and preliminary team entry form are posted on the event website at www.royaloceancup.dk
Starseilerne har tatt seg en liten tur til paradis for finalen i den første Star Sailors League.
Den norske båten med Eivind Melleby og Mark Strube ligger på en foreløpig 5. plass og henger med i teten, mens Ed Wright og Petter Mørland Pedersen har en litt tyngre start med 15. plass etter første dag.
Denne uken i DesTopNews:
Before heading to Brazil to witness the Class40′s arrival , “The Sailing Updates” takes you to Guadeloupe for the Mini Transat – But first, from Malaysia the Young American Skipper Taylor Canfield secures his first World Title on the Match Racing Tour.
4. World Match Racing Tour — Terrenganu – Malaysia
5. Mini Transat — Pointe à Pitre — Guadeloup
6. Transat Jacques Vabre — Class40′s Finish
WOW! First day of the World Cup here in Melbourne and we are in the LEAD!! What a crazy day! We have had really fun sailing today and have finished the day with the scorings 1,5,2 We are very excited about that and will do our very best to maintain our position. Very tricky day on the water today with very shifting conditions, making it hard to make decisions. The wind was up and down the whole time during the day from very light wind up to 15 knots in the last race. And look at our beautiful new red kite .
Nederland stiller med en gammel kjenning til Volvo Ocean Race i form av Team Brunel som vil ledes av skipper Bouwe Bekking. Uten tvil et gledelig gjensyn i det som ser ut til å bli et utrolig spennende Volvo Ocean Race-felt!
Dutch sailor Bouwe Bekking will skipper a new campaign launched by Brunel on Tuesday in Amsterdam. This will be his seventh participation and the sponsor’s third involvement in the race – both Bekking and Brunel are back to win the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15.
For both sailor and sponsor, it is a case of “unfinished business”. Bekking, 50, has competed in the event twice as skipper without winning and Team Brunel will be having their third crack at the race on the new one-design Volvo Ocean 65.
Team Brunel is the fourth campaign to announce its participation in the 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. The team joins all-female campaign Team SCA, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and the Chinese challenge Team Dongfeng in the 2014-15 line-up announced so far.
For Bekking, this latest challenge from one of the world’s leading nautical nations is a chance to put the record straight having twice finished runner-up in an event that is part of Dutch sailing heritage having had three winners over the event’s 40 years.
He will match the achievement of Swede Roger Nilson as the only man to have competed seven times in the race, nearly 30 years after his first attempt in 1985-86.
“A Dutch-speaking team in the Volvo Ocean Race again – we owe this to our heritage and the future sailing generations to come. But above all it’s the best sailing in the world,” said a delighted Bekking.
“Our nation is known around the world as the country of windmills, dykes, tulips, cheese, wooden clogs – and the Volvo Ocean Race. The race is just in our blood.”
Referring to his partnership with Brunel, the global project management, recruitment and consultancy company, Bekking added: “It is a great opportunity to reinforce to the world what Brunel stands for: diverse, international and dynamic. The Volvo Ocean Race is the perfect vehicle to showcase this message.”
Brunel CEO Jan Arie van Barneveld stated: “We are really happy that Brunel has again its own team and own sailing machine in the most exiting and prestigious sailing regatta in the world.”
“The formula of the race has been improved significantly: the boats are identical so it’s the teams that make the difference. It is about the quality and cooperation between the people. That is Brunel! We go for the people, the sport and the victory,” he added.
The Dutch have a glorious heritage in the race, starting when it was known as the Whitbread Round the World Race in the 1977-78 edition which was won by the legendary skipper Conny van Rietschoten on board Flyer. He triumphed again in 1981-82 and remains the only skipper to have won the Volvo Ocean Race twice.
Brunel made its debut in the 1997-98 race as BrunelSunergy and the company returned in 2005-06 in a race that was won by rival Dutch challenger, ABN AMRO ONE.
Three-time race veteran and Chairman of Sailing Holland, Gideon Messink, is delighted to see all the hard preparation work putting together the latest Dutch challenge paying off.
“Our goal is to enter a professional winning team in the Volvo Ocean Race. The Volvo Ocean 65 high-tech, one-design boat is a great improvement. It’s now all about sport and teamwork.
“We are very happy that we found the golden team to do this with miles and miles of experience in every aspect. We have one of the best sailors and skippers in the world in Bouwe Bekking and twice-Volvo Ocean Race participant and great team player Gerd-Jan Poortman already named in our crew.
“Brunel is an ambitious sponsor with its roots in sailing sports. Our organisation is based on expertise and experience in sailing, both business-wise and on the water. Last but certainly not least, we have the support of the Dutch people.”
Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad added: “This announcement is great news all round. Brunel is a sponsor coming back to the race for the third time and feels like part of the Volvo Ocean Race family. They are here to win. They’re a fantastic sponsor.
“Bouwe is a great sailor and totally experienced skipper. He’s come close to winning many times – I’m sure he has some unfinished business with the event. This will be a real Dutch team and will create a real buzz in a country that knows the race so well. They will start training very soon – it’s all coming together.”
The campaign’s secondary sponsors will be Moduleo, a division of the IVC Group which is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of vinyl floor coverings.
Wolfpack Racing Team og Jotun inngår samarbeid for profilering, produktuvikling og lagbygging. Seiling klarer å tiltrekke seg samarbeidspartnere bare man har et godt nok produkt og Wolfpack leder an også på dette punktet:
Norske, internasjonale og et sterkt vinner instinkt. Det er tre verdier som kjennetegner både Jotun og Wolfpack Racing Team. Nå har de to inngått et strategisk samarbeid som skal styrke dem begge.
- Vi har fulgt Wolfpacks engasjement og utrolig profesjonelle måte å jobbe på i lang tid. Deres tilnærming til seiling og lagbygging passer veldig bra med hvordan vi i Jotun arbeider. Derfor har vi bestemt oss for å inngå et tettere samarbeid med Wolfpack, sier Caroline Skaalvold Engstrøm, Business Manager Yachting i Jotun AS.
Jotun går inn som partner i Wolfpack Racing Team for 2014 og skal bruke det strategiske samarbeidet til profilering, produktutvikling og intern lagbygging. Jotun er en sterk merkevare både nasjonalt og internasjonalt, og gjennom denne nye avtalen skal de bygge videre på den delen av virksomheten sin som retter seg mot fritidsbåter.
Grant Larsen i Wolfpack er veldig fornøyd med at de har fått med Jotun på laget som strategisk partner.
- Vi har samarbeidet med Jotun siden vi startet når det gjelder produkter. Rekordene våre i FjordSailing Shetland Race og Skagen var begge “smurt” med bunnstoff fra Jotun. Nå skal vi samarbeide enda tettere, sier Larsen.
Han er selv fra Sandefjord og ekstra fornøyd med å ha fått med seg et lokalt og samtidig internasjonalt konsern. Årets høydepunkt for Wolfpack blir verdensmesterskapet i ORCi i Kiel. Det er allerede 40 båter påmeldt og Wolfpack har blitt trukket frem som en av favorittene.
- Vi er veldig stolte av at vi kan være med på å profilere et norsk produkt på et helnorsk lag i et internasjonalt miljø. Dette samarbeidet passer veldig godt med våre verdier, sier Grant Larsen.
Det går hardt for seg når ting begynner å dra seg til i World Match Racing Tour, spesielt når man legger starten 50 meter fra brygga. Her bruker Ian Williams og Mathieu Richard bryggen for det den er verdt i kampen om posisjonene i prestarten..
Mer enn 1000 båter på startstreken skjer ikke så mange steder i verden, men i Barcolana starter man alt på samme startstrek uavhengig av type båt.
Her sjekker du en av verdens fremste fotografer, Carlo Borlenghi, sitt blikk på regattaen.
Ian Williams hadde mulighet til å avgjøre World Match Racing Tour om han vant finalen i Monsoon Cup, men Phil Robertson ville de anderledes. Med tre strake seiere i finalen viser styrke og er nok samtidig Taylor Canfield & CO sin nye bestevenn. Som resultat av Robertsons seier i finalen er Taylor Canfield ny verdensmester i World Match Racing Tour:
Taylor Canfield has won the Alpari Match Racing World Tour after a dramatic final day at the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia. Canfield has Phil Robertson to thank for his Tour victory after the WAKA Racing skipper swept to a 3-0 win over Ian Williams to take the Monsoon Cup.
After a week of frustratingly light winds, overnight some strong breeze hit Kuala Terengganu, even ripping big advertising hoardings out of their concrete mountings and strewing them across the road. Fortunately the strongest wind had abated by race time this morning, ready for the Semi Finals to begin.
With the wind blowing from the north east, principal race officer Dave Tallis set the start line up just 100 metres away from the sailing centre, the Ri-Yaz Heritage Marina Resort & Spa, setting up a perfect scenario for the spectators who had come to watch the final four teams do battle. In fact it was so close that in the Semi Final between Ian Williams and Mathieu Richard, the British and French skippers took their battle so close to the pontoons that Richard crashed his boat into the jetty, scarring the starboard side of his Foundation 36 keelboat. Four-time World Champion Williams sailed on to a straightforward 3-1 victory over the GEFCO Match Racing Team.
In the other Semi-Final, all Taylor Canfield had to do was dispatch Phil Robertson, book his place in the final of the Monsoon Cup and the World title would be his, regardless of whether or not he was beaten by Williams. After the way Canfield and USone have sailed this week – dominated every stage of the competition and returning as defending Monsoon Cup champions – most observers expected the US Virgin Islander to sail past the New Zealand team in the Semi Finals.
But Robertson saw things differently. “We’ve got nothing to lose, these guys have the pressure of a World Championship on the shoulders.” The WAKA Racing skipper made the most of his opportunity and outmanoeuvred Canfield at the starts, winning 3-1. In the deciding match, Robertson crossed the line just 15cm, 0.1 seconds, ahead of the US team.
For the first time this week, Canfield’s destiny was out of his hands. His enemy in the Semi Finals would now become his friend as he went up to the Alpari lounge on the top floor of the sailing centre for a grandstand view of the Final. Robertson’s biggest cheerleaders were the team Robertson had just defeated as Canfield’s crew willed the Kiwis to complete the same hatchet job on GAC Pindar that had just been done to them.
Things got off to a promising start in the first match when an aggressive luff by Williams at the leeward gate resulted in a penalty against GAC Pindar. Williams led Robertson down the final run but flapped his spinnaker and oversheeted the mainsail in a bid to slow down the contest and wrong-foot the Kiwis into a penalty before the finish. But Robertson refused to be suckered and snuck past Williams for the win.
In match two, Williams won the favoured right-hand side of the start and headed out to the paying side. But Robertson sensed something good might yet come from the shore side on the left and gambled on a big split. When they came back together near the windward mark, Robertson had made ground and went to bear away behind Williams’ transom as GAC Pindar went into a dial-down. In the ensuing luffing match, the penalty went against Williams again, and Robertson held on for another win. Match point to the Kiwis.
In the third match, Robertson secured a penalty against Williams in the pre-start and although the British led around the three-lap course, the gap was never big enough to shake off the penalty. Again Williams resorted to the big slow-down, but again Robertson avoided the trap and won the race – and the Monsoon Cup.
Kiwi celebrations on the water were more than matched by USone’s celebrations in the Alpari lounge. When Robertson came ashore, it was USone who raised the Kiwi skipper aloft on their shoulders, grateful that he could finish the job for them. In his first full year on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, the 24-year-old Canfield won at his first attempt. “It was our first year on the Tour, and we came in all fists swinging, hoping to put up a fight, and we did! Thanks go to my amazing team, they’re the real force here. Hopefully we’ll have many more years on the Tour.”
Winning the Monsoon Cup lifted Phil Robertson to third overall in the Tour behind Canfield and Williams. “We’re stoked,” said the 26-year-old. “It’s been a real long time time coming. The boys put in a massive effort in the bigger breeze, and everything went our way today. That’s what you need to happen in finals when the pressure’s on.”
Williams was clearly hurting from his defeat, missing out on an opportunity to win a record fifth world title. “The penalties killed us today. We normally try sail to keep the umpires out of it completely, but we didn’t manage to do that. In the heat of the moment we thought they [the penalty calls] were all wrong. One or two I would maybe still dispute – but we weren’t really getting it right today. This is the first time we have come with a real shot at winning and not closed it out. Disappointing not to do so, but credit to these guys. The Tour has never been decided in the Finals of the final event before, and I think it shows how tight the Tour is. We need to look at ourselves. The previous two years we’ve won in the Quarter Finals, this year we had to win the Finals, but these guys have caught us up. This shows we’re going to have to step up our game to win it again.”
It has been a phenomenal 12 months for Canfield, who has struck up a winning partnership with New Zealand tactician Rod Dawson. “We share the same birthday, 5 February, except Rod’s 20 years older,” said Canfield. “And this is Rod’s fourth world title, same as Williams.” Dawson won a hat trick with Peter Gilmour in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Next year Dawson will go into battle against Williams to see who can become the first sailor to win five match racing world titles.
Today was a big payday for the top teams, with Phil Robertson winning US$100,000 for his Monsoon Cup victory plus a Tour bonus of $70,000 for his 3rd overall. Williams won $65,000 as runner-up in Malaysia, plus $80,000 as runner-up in the Tour. Canfield won $48,000 for 3rd at the Monsoon Cup and a $100,000 Tour victory bonus.
James Pleasance, Executive Director of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour commented: “We couldn’t have seen a better finish to the Tour than what we witnessed today at the Monsoon Cup. There was so much at stake today, and although it was a pity for Ian Williams that he couldn’t take out his fifth world title, it’s been a great day for the new generation of match racers with Phil winning the Monsoon Cup and Taylor winning the Tour at his first attempt. We have seen six different winners from six events this year. It bodes well for a great season in 2014.”