TP52 World Championship presented in Valencia
The 2010 edition of the TP52 World Championship was officially launched at the Edificio Veles e Vents in Valencia today. The WorldÂ’s will take place on the AmericÂ’s Cup waters off the city between the 5th and 9th of October.
The official TP52 World Championship was presented by Cristóbal Grau, Sports Council for Valencia Town Hall; Jorge Gisbert, Director General of the Consorcio Valencia 2007; Rafael Chirivella, sports coordinator for the Real Club Náutico de Valencia; and Nacho Postigo, Technical Director of World Sailing Management.
Nine boats from eight countries have confirmed their entry for this 2010 edition which will comprise a maximum of 10 races, including a coastal race on Thursday 7th which will finish right in the central harbour of the Marina Real Juan Carlos I.
The competing teams have already started to muster in the iconic venue lining up in the pontoons where they will remain until the 9th of October, just at the foot of the famous Veles e Vents building.
Among the participating teams are the last three world champions: ArgentinaÂ’s Matador (2009), the American team on Quantum Racing (2008) and the Swedish Artemis (2007).
The 2010 TP52 World Championship will take place from 5th to 9th of October in Valencia and is organised by World Sailing Management, Valencia Town Hall, Consorcio Valencia 2007, the Real Club Náutico de Valencia, the TP52 Class, the Real Federación Española de Vela and the Federación Valenciana de Vela.
Cristobal Grau, Sport Councillor for Valencia Town Hall:
Â“We are all jointly responsible for hosting here in Valencia the TP52 World Championship and I must give special thanks to Nacho Postigo who has chosen the Valencian coastline and to everyone for the effort that has been put into making the event happen. All are aware of the position Valencia has built as a host venue for international sailing events, renowned all over the world. I invite you all to come and enjoy the show next week."
Jorge Gisbert, Director General of Consorcio Valencia 2007:
Â“We come to the close of a very busy season with the TP52 World Championships in the Marina Real Juan Carlos I that has also hosted the 33rd AmericaÂ’s Cup and an RC44 Circuit event."
Rafael Chirivella, Sport Coordinator for the Real Club Náutico de Valencia:
Â“We are really pleased to be able to collaborate with an event like the TP52 World Championship because it is being held in Valencia. Five years ago the TP52 Class was first launched in this Port where we first began 107 years ago on board the boat Maria Dariao just beneath the Edificio del Reloj.Â”
Nacho Postigo, director técnico de World Sailing Management:
Â“It is very special for many of the sailors to be able to return to Valencia and this is due to two particular reasons; firstly for the quality of the racing area and secondly for the special welcome we all received from the host institutions. Valencia Town Hall, the Consorcio Valencia 2007 and Marina Real Juan Carlos I, the RCN of Valencia and out official sponsors who have made it possible for the TP52 World Championships to take place in Valencia.Â”
Nacho Braquehais, Valencian sailor racing on Cristabella:
Â“This is a truly competitive championships and it is going to be a fight to get even the slighest edge. This is a spectacular and dynamic class and the fact that we sail close to the Malvarossa and Patacona beaches will give spectators a show. It is no coincidence that the sailors and owners come here, together with the institutions they will be able to sail on what is familiar waters for many.Â”
Provisional Entry List:
- Weapon of Choice (GBR)
- Cristabella (GBR)
- Synergy (RUS)
- Artemis (SWE)
- Bigamist (POR)
- Pace (GBR)
- Quantum Racing (USA)
- Matador (ARG)
- Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER)
05 Oct 2010
A red letter day for Russia's Synergy
Two back to back wins sees the Russian boat Synergy leading the TP52 World Championships after three excellent races in a building sea breeze off Valencia today.
The crew are no strangers to winning races on the Audi MedCup Circuit and were podium challengers ten days ago in Sardinia, but today was the first time they had ever won two consecutive races at this level. They did so with a new helmsman, top Russian match racer Eugeniy Neugodnikov steering his first ever top level TP52 Series races, having only had a couple of days practice.
In a near perfect sea breeze which built from an early eight to 11 knots for the first race and peaked during an exciting third windward-leeward contest at 22 knots, the Russian crew which has a cosmopolitan afterguard in the shape of Kiwi regular tactician Rod Dawson and Italian navigator Francesco Mongelli opened with a modest fifth in the first race before their back to back bullets.
Terry Hutchinson and the Quantum Racing crew, with Farr 40 world championship winning owner Jim Richardson riding shotgun, won the first race and then posted a pair of third places, leaving the 2008 World Champions locked on the same points aggregate as the Russian regatta leaders.
Quantum Racing won the first race leading from the first windward mark to extend on each leg to cross ahead of Jochen Schuemann's Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER) took second in the perfect sea breeze conditions of 8-10 kts.
Quantum Racing (USA) started well mid line and were well placed to steal the early jump on the fleet when they first gained with extra wind pressure and a small left shift early in the first beat. Defending world champions Matador (ARG) were not so fortunate starting off the pin end of the start line and had a little less breeze over the early part of the first beat, losing out on third to Artemis (SWE).
Synergy won the second race of the day in the brisker 15 to 18 kts sea breeze.
Although Quantum Racing lead at the first windward mark Synergy took the right side down the first run with a bear away set at the first top mark. The Russian team showing the good downwind speed that the Reichel Pugh design has often shown, leading at the leeward gate and were not challenged again. Matador took second with Quantum Racing third.
Synergyâ€™s second win of the day, with the breeze built more, was almost a carbon copy of their previous victory, again starting mid line alongside and under Quantum Racing. This time it was Artemis which lead comfortably around the top mark, but Synergy were matching them through the leeward gate and went on to win, with Artemis second and Quantum Racing third.
06 Oct 2010
Staying inside the green budget
Terry Hutchinson (USA) and the crew of Quantum Racing (USA) kept their challenge for a second TP52 World Championship firmly on target today.
Staying within their target points budget for the day’s two races, the 2008 champions’ fourth and first was joint best score of the day, and leaves them three points clear of 2007 title holder Artemis, whose day was the mirror image of Quantum Racing’s.
The start of the second race of the day proved the most telling, as Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis (SWE) jumped off the line to an early lead which they extended to nearly one minute, whilst overnight leader Synergy (RUS) made their poorest start of the regatta so far and had to work hard to recover to a seventh.
The America’s Cup waters off Valencia have so far spoiled the TP52 championship crews for choice.
Monday’s building sea-breeze was replaced by an altogether more benign, but equally testing 7-8 knots of thermal SE’ly today, and Thursday’s scheduled 25 miles coastal race is presently expecting at least 20 knots, maybe more.
That the sun has not stopped shining, boosting the daytime temperatures into the mid 20’s Celsius only is the double bonus payout.
Quantum Racing’s tactician Adrian Stead (GBR) returned to the Real Marina Juan Carlos dock pleased not only with their Race 4 victory, but of equal importance was that they recovered two places in the next race when the breeze offered more advantage to the right with a small right hand shift. They had started smartly off the pin, never felt the same benefit and were forced on to the back foot from there.
But they stuck with it, gaining two places on the second beat and one at the death of the final run, to lead Artemis overall by three points after five races, the theoretical half way point of the regatta. Stead and Hutchinson both started the regatta in the belief a race average of 3pts could be good enough to clinch the title, and they kept to their target average again today.
Race 4 started in the gentle SE’ly and the early tussle was between Quantum Racing and Synergy, but Quantum closed them out in the top third of the beat and they rounded first and second, with Terry Hutchinson’s crew going on to win by 37 seconds.
Artemis’ broke the Quantum and Synergy race winning run when they made the best start to Race 5 and were able to gain from a small increase in wind pressure and shift as it moved across from the right of the course.
With owner Tornqvist steering they were able to lead comfortably around the first turn, while Audi A1 powered by All4ONE (GER/FRA) and Bigamist (POR) who both went right early were able to round second and third, their final finishing positions.
Quantum Racing were starved of this initial advantage, rescuing a good fourth, but Synergy were not so good off the line and rounded the first mark in eighth and gained to seventh.
Tomorrow’s 25 miles coastal race will be a variation on a traditional Olympic triangle type course, with an opening two miles beat followed by a four miles downwind leg.
07 Oct 2010
The Kings of the Coastals
Matador lifted the top points today in the world championship Coastal Race
Victory came when they needed it today for the defending world champions Matador. A big win in the 1.5 points multiplier 28 miles ‘coastal’ race brings Alberto Roemmers’ team to within one point of Quantum Racing (USA), the 2008 champions.
With owner Roemmers on the helm, Matador were the first to break to the right off the start line, along with Bigamist (POR) and Cristabella (GBR) and they formed the leading trio at the first windward gate.
From there on through a circuit of windward-leeward, triangle, windward-leeward loops in 11 to 16 knots of NE’ly breeze on choppy waters, on to to a spectacular finish in front of the iconic Veles et Vents building, in the heart of the America’s Cup Marina Real Juan Carolos 1, Matador extended their lead, finishing 1 minute and 24 seconds ahead of Cristabella.
If it was a day to savour for the current world champions, their second big coastal race success in 14 days after winning the coastal at the final event of the Audi MedCup Circuit in Sardinia, bringing them sharply back into contention for this year’s title.
For the regatta leaders Quantum Racing it proved a much more frustrating day, spending their coastal contest chipping away through the fleet to a gain fifth place after they had rounded the windward gate in eighth. Other than rescuing three valuable points, Terry Hutchinson and crew would also have a small measure of satisfaction that it was Artemis (SWE), who were their main challenge going out this morning, who finished on their tail pipe.
Both Quantum Racing and Artemis were on the wrong side of the right shift on the first beat and were the only two who stood on to the right hand buoy at the windward gate and so were forced to play catch up from there on in.
In many respects the die was set on that first two miles upwind leg. Bigamist lost out on the first downwind first to Cristabella and then Audi A1 powered by All4ONE.
Audi A1 had made the best start and came round the first gate as the best of the group which went left.
The British Cristabella crew – with Roberto Bermudez (ESP) steering and John Cutler (GBR/NZL) calling tactics - had a spirited joust all the way through the ensuing legs, containing the Franco-Germans, surging in to the spectacular finish line with the red and white Audi logo’d boat hard on their heels.
Tomorrow’s schedule is for two more windward-leeward races from 1300hrs CET.
TP52 World Championship 2010
Day 3 - Coastal Race
1. Quantum Racing (USA) - Terry Hutchinson (USA), 1+3+3+1+4+7,5= 19,5 points
2. Matador (ARG) - Alberto Roemmers (ARG), 4+2+5+3+5+1,5= 20,5
3. Synergy (RUS) - Eugeni Neugodnikov (RUS), 5+1+1+2+7+6= 22
4. Artemis (SWE) - Torbjorn Tornqvist (SWE), 3+5+2+4+1+9= 24
5. Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER) - Jochen Schuemann (GER), 2+10(DSQ)+8+6+2+4,5= 32,5
6. Cristabella (GBR) - John Cutler (NZL), 6+4+4+7+9+3= 33
7. Bigamist 7 (POR) - Afonso Domingos (POR), 7+6+6+5+3+10,5= 37,5
8. Pace (GBR) - Johnny Vincent (GBR), 9+8+7+10(DSQ)+6+12= 52
9. Weapon of Choice (GBR) - Tom Wilson (GBR), 8+7+9+8+8+13,5= 53,5
Francesco Bruni (ITA), tactician onboard Matador (ITA)
“Today it wa special because we've made an almost perfect race, and the coastal races this year are now being good for us, we've broken a record never achieved in the TP52 class. So I'm very happy because the coastal races were a bit our weak point. We're sailing them much better. The 1,5 mutiplier for the coastal makes it more important than the rest of races, and so here we are taking advantage of that”.
Nacho Braquehais (ESP), strategist Cristabella (ESP):
“Just before the start it was pretty clear to all of us that the left was going to pay, and everyone was trying to start on that side. We tacked right after the start and got a clear lane in the middle of the pack. We got ourselves in a nice position, got more pressure on the right and that has helped us reach the mark in a comfortable third position, and right after rounding we were able to gybe and pass Bigamist which was second, and from then on the run was very good, we've stretched out.”
“And then on the second beat Audi A1 was coming back strong from behind and for the rest of the triangle, as well as the second beat and the run, we were fighting with them just four boat lengths ahead, and that's kept us busy. The fourth boat was further back and in the fourth beat we decided to cover our position. After the first half of the race we broke the starboard hand guard lines when we were about to finish the reach, and from then on we couldn't hike.”
Sebastien Col (FRA), tactician Audi A1 powered for All4One (GER/FRA):
“It was a choppy day, quite a lot of shifts, and a very long long race. It doesn't happen really often that we are doing all that, with those many runs and beats, so it was very interesting. We learned a few things today, specially how to sail the boat downwind, we were a litle bit slow at the beginning, so it was a good day for us. A very long race, downwind we had to pump and the guys did a great job pumping all the time, so it pays finishing third here, and finishing in the harbour was great. I thought it would be a little bit shiftier inside the harbour, but at the end it wasn't. Coming in with the spinnakers up, fighting for the second place was fun”.
Terry Hutchinson (USA), skipper-helm Quantum Racing (USA):
"It would have been good if the windward gate was square to the wind. It's over with. To get a fifth out of that was actually really good work. We came off the line with a nice start, the breeze went 13 degrees right. From there it was about the parade. We managed it as best as we could, making a little bit of something out of nothing. It was good."
08 Oct 2010
Down to the wire in Valencia
As the TP52 World Championship heads into the final day of racing Saturday, could it be the revenge of the countback bridesmaids? Last year in Palma both Quantum Racing and Synergy lost out on first and third respectively on countback to Matador and Artemis. This time they have the upper hand, but only just.
Quantum Racing took two small, but very positive steps closer to a second TP52 world championship title today off Valencia as their second and first place finishes in light, hazy sea breeze conditions allowed them to increase their lead over defending title holders Matador to three points.
The American team, who won their 2008 world title in breezy Lanzarote and tied on overall points with winners Matador in Palma last Autumn, just got the better of their rivals to win the key second race today.
After a nail-biting opening beat Matador had only just lead around the windward mark but Quantum split away on the run and were able to just squeeze in front of Matador when they converged on the approach to the first leeward gate.
“It is just great racing against them.” Said Quantum Racing’s tactician Adrian Stead (GBR) of the second, cliffhanger race: “ We have of course been racing against them all season and so we know them pretty well and they know us.”
Their 2,1 for the day against Matador’s 3,2 sees Quantum Racing go into the regatta’s final day with a small cushion, their reward for now only once finished outside the top three over the eight races to date.
In third place overall remain Russia’s Synergy team, who finished fourth last year, losing their claim to Artemis’ third on countback. This time the Russian crew, with Kiwi Rod Dawson doing sterling work as tactician, lead Artemis into the final day by a margin of just one point. But their day’s work today was marred by disqualification from Race 7 after a protest against them by Audi A1 powered by All4ONE (FRA/GER).
Noticeably today the pairs of duelling protagonists often stayed within the same stretch of water as the regatta nears its conclusion, with more protective rather than attacking tactics evident.
Racing concludes tomorrow with two scheduled windward-leeward races
It was John Cook’s Cristabella (GBR) which triumphed in the first race, the fifth boat to win a race at these 2010 World Championship. They started with speed off the pin end of the line and were able to gain leverage on the fleet out on the left side of the course. Quantum Racing finished second with Matador containing Audi A1 powered by All4ONE for third.
In 6-8 kts of sea later afternoon sea breeze Quantum Racing started mid-line and Matador at the committee boat end of the start line the duo tussled for the lead on the approach to the windward mark. Matador got round just a boat length ahead.
They went to the left down the run and made an initial gain but Quantum Racing found slightly more pressure and a small favourable shift in the dying breeze went slightly right and only just crossed ahead of their rivals.
As they rounded the leeward gate, Quantum Racing rounded the right hand gate mark and gained a small jump as the new breeze built more from the right, while Matador suffered a little.
TP52 World Championship 2010
1. Quantum Racing (USA) - Terry Hutchinson (USA), 1+3+3+1+4+7,5+2+1= 22,5 points
2. Matador (ARG) - Alberto Roemmers (ARG), 4+2+5+3+5+1,5+3+2= 25,5
3. Synergy (RUS) - Eugeni Neugodnikov (RUS), 5+1+1+2+7+6+10(DSQ)+4= 36
4. Artemis (SWE) - Torbjorn Tornqvist (SWE), 3+5+2+4+1+9+7+6= 37
5. Cristabella (GBR) - John Cutler (NZL), 6+4+4+7+9+3+1+5= 39
6. Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER) - Jochen Schuemann (GER), 2+10(DSQ)+8+6+2+4,5+4+3= 39,5
7. Bigamist 7 (POR) - Afonso Domingos (POR), 7+6+6+5+3+10,5+5+8= 50,5
8. Pace (GBR) - Johnny Vincent (GBR), 9+8+7+10(DSQ)+6+12+6+7= 65
9. Weapon of Choice (GBR) - Tom Wilson (GBR), 8+7+9+8+8+13,5+8+9= 70,5
Quotes of the day:
Adrian Stead (GBR), tactician Quantum Racing (GBR):
'Its going to go down to the last race I think. Matador sailed a very good day today and we sailed slightly better, we got some good starts we sailed the boat fast and I think the key was in the second race today getting past matador on the first downwind and that sort of made a little difference to the day.”
“But we were really pleased we got two races today, Maria and the team did great. Great team effort today, it was good to bounce back after a disappointing race yesterday. We are really pleased”.
On the key second race against Matador (ARG):
“At best we were even. (on the first beat) In terms of bearing there was not much in it. It was one of those where we could have closed them down, but in the end they got their tack in with a boat length to spare. They forced the decision on whether we go behind them and we then got them down the run.”
“ We were happy to split with them. They did well to start with but then they had to come back against the shift which just got us across. But it just goes to show how incredibly tight the racing is. That was probably decided by the result in that race which was effectively a two pointer, decided by a one degree shift. It could have gone either way, so it is great stuff.”
John Cutler (GBR/NZL), skipper Cristabella (GBR):
“It was surprinsingly good for us. We got a great start and we didn't go for very far and then the breeze went left and we tacked and we had more pressure than the fleet, so we went back across and were comfortable.
So it was quite exciting. We had a nice race, sailed on our own, so we are happy about that. Normally our races are really close and it was nice to just sail round five or six lengths in front. We were relaxed. I've sailed with Nacho Braquehais on this TP52 when it was Desafío and it's really helpful to have a local strategist, someone I know as well.
So there's a lot of talk about what's going to happen next so he's helping a lot and making our lives much easier”.
Rod Dawson (NZL), tactician Synergy (RUS):
“You have now got a few boats at the top of the fleet who are all very close, so everyone is tacking on each other, and trying to defend not only their place in the race but their position in the overall regatta so you can actually see people going to the side of the course more with their opposition, than where they think the wind is going to come from. In the end I think the top boats have come to the top and obviously Quantum and Matador are very fast boats in the light air and those two showed their ability.
But we are pretty happy with were we are. The light air we had today, 7 to 9 knots is not quite our optimum conditions for the boat so to come away from a day like that with two fours we are really happy”.
Francesco Bruni (ITA), tactician Matador (ITA):
“It was a good day today cause we made just an average start in the first race but managed to pass several boats thus finishing third, just one point behind Quantum, so we are really happy with that. In the next race Alberto did a great start, it was really the best of the championship up to now, the boat was going fast and we were first at the top mark and then we went for a jibe set but on the run there was a right shift of around 20º and Quantum passed us, it was a pitty, but it was a decision we made with the head, ans sometimes your are right and some you are not, and you have to live with that. Because the distance to Quantum was so small, we had to make a decision, we just couldn't keep chasing him”.