martes, 2 de junio de 2009

Team No Way Back gana la regata de flota y Team Aqua la general de la RC44 Austria Cup

Sorprendente victoria de los holandeses No Way Back mientras que Team Aqua consigue la victoria general que suma la regata de match y flota.

Algunas de las opiniones de armadores y patrones fueron estas:

Pieter Heerema, owner, No Way Back: “We had a fantastic first race this morning; all worked out perfectly for us. We had such a lead that we had to stop before crossing the line to make sure that there was not too much time between us and the others. The other races this afternoon at Ebensee were fantastic. The last race was very close. We had technical problems that prevented us from starting where we wanted but ended up with our direct competitors and had a very close race.”

Torbjorn Tornqvist, owner, Artemis: “We deliberately chose to start all races at the pin end of the line because we thought it was favoured and it usually proved to be the case. Of course this sent us right to the mountainside with other boats just behind and to windward as we had to tack, but I wasn’t scared to sail so close from the cliffs; I am used to sail in the archipelago and we do this all the time. During the downwind legs we didn’t use the coastal effect enough and lost some ground. We should probably have protected our position better. All in all, it was a great and very interesting regatta.”

Cameron Appleton, tactician, Team Aqua: “I am very proud of our result. We fought until the last race and it was amazing to see the top three boats sailing so close from each other in this last regatta. We had control over the situation half way through, but then I didn’t manage to prevent Artemis’ come back.”

Russell Coutts, BMW ORACLE Racing:”This was a great event, and a huge success. We had our moments as a team, but I am quite happy with our fourth place. It wasn’t easy for our new helmsman to fit in, but he did a good job. It is great that No Way Back had such a good regatta; they worked very hard and sailed very consistently. It is interesting to note that the winning boat’s average place is approximately fourth and that five different teams have managed to win races. It says a lot about this Class.”
Islas Canarias Puerto Calero no tuvo una buena actuación, en buena parte debido a rotura del Trim Tap, parte de la quilla orientable que restaba ángulo de ceñida con respecto al resto de la flota.
La próxima regata del Circuito Mundial de RC 44 será Malcesine Cup en el Lago di Garda (Italia) y la próxima cita en la que participará el Islas Canarias Puerto Calero será con el GP 42 en la segunda regata del Circuito Audi MedCup en aguas de Marsella (Francia) del 9 al 14 de junio, en donde el equipo canario defiende el liderato del Circuito Audi MedCup, conseguido en Alicante hace dos semanas.

Fleet race, final results after nine races (no discard):

(Ranking, name of team, helmsman, results (in bold, double points for the DHL Trophy), points)

1) No Way Back, Pieter Heerema, 5, 3, 8, 2, 1, 1, 7, 2, 5 - 34 points
2) Artemis, Torbjorn Tornqvist, 1, 4, 2, 9, 7, 3, 1, 4, 3 – 34 points
3) Team Aqua, Chris Bake 8, 2, 6, 1, 4, 5, 4, 1, 4 - 35 points
4) BMW ORACLE Racing, Ian Vickers, 6, 6, 4, 5, 9, 2, 3, 8, 1 - 44 points
5) Team Sea Dubai, Stefan Linder, 11 (DNF), 11 (DNS), 0, 3, 5, 8, 2, 5, 2 - 47 points
6) Ceeref, Igor Lah, 2, 1, 12, 4, 2, 9, 6, 6, 7 – 49 points
7) Team Organika, Maciej Navrocki 3, 8, 10, 6, 3, 4, 8, 3, 8 - 53 points
8) Team Austria, René Mangold, 4, 5, 14, 7, 6, 6, 5, 7, 6 - 60 points
9) Puerto Calero Islas Canarias, Daniel Calero, 7, 7, 16, 8, 8, 7, 9, 9, 9 - 80 points

RC 44 Austria Cup overall ranking

(Ranking, team, owner, match race, fleet race, points)

1) Team Aqua, Chris Bake, 1, 3 - 4 points
2) Artemis, Torbjorn Tornqvist, 3, 2 – 5 points
3) No Way Back, Pieter Heerema, 6, 1 - 7 points
4) BMW ORACLE Racing, Russell Coutts, 5, 4 - 9 points
5) Team Organika, Maciej Navrocki 2, 7 – 9 points
6) Ceeref, Igor Lah, 4, 6 – 10 points
7) Team Sea Dubai, DIMC Markus Wieser, 7, 5 - 12 points
8) Team Austria, René Mangold, 9, 8 – 17 points
9) Puerto Calero Islas Canarias, Daniel Calero, 8, 9 – 17 points

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