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Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai: Day 4, Kiwis One-Second Victory

November 17, 2010

Emirates Team New Zealand exposed the first cracks in the armor of the dominant BMW Oracle Racing team at the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai today.

The New Zealanders split race wins with the regatta leader, winning their second match by a nail-biting one-second margin over the fast advancing Americans.

Race day 4 BMW ORACLE RACING vs Emirates Team New Zealand - © Bob Grieserousideimages.comLouis Vuitton Trophy

Race day 4 BMW ORACLE RACING vs Emirates Team New Zealand - © Bob Grieserousideimages.comLouis Vuitton Trophy

Oracle skipper James Spithill had won the pair’s first match, preserving his team’s no-loss record after four days of racing off the host Dubai International Marine Club and putting the Kiwis on the back foot.

In an about-face, New Zealand’s Dean Barker grabbed control at the start of the second race and led the Americans around the course.

It was a must-win for the Kiwi team flying the flag of the United Arab Emirates. Down two races before today, and docked half a point for a collision on the opening day, they ideally needed two wins to put a dent in the winning performance of the team that holds the America’s Cup.

The scoreboard now has BMW Oracle Racing on seven points and Emirates Team New Zealand in second place with 3.5 points. Sweden’s Artemis Racing, Synergy Russian Sailing Team and the French/German team All4One are third-equal on three points. Italy’s Mascalzone Latino Audi team is sixth with two points.

Race day 4 Mascalzone Latino Audi Team vs Artemis Racing - © Bob Grieserousideimages.comLouis Vuitton Trophy

Race day 4 Mascalzone Latino Audi Team vs Artemis Racing - © Bob Grieserousideimages.comLouis Vuitton Trophy

Expectations were heightened at the end of the day when old Louis Vuitton Cup foes America and New Zealand lined up for their first start.  Oracle’s Spithill won the start and claimed the favored right hand side of the course. The Kiwi boat led early but better conditions on the right favored the Americans.

Barker kept it close and there were two confrontations at the top of the first leg with flogging sails, shouts and protest flags. The combatants narrowly avoided collisions and all the protests were green-flagged by the on-water umpires.

In the second race Barker was pinned by his rival in the pre-start but got out of jail with a minute remaining before the start gun. The right was favored and the Kiwi skipper grabbed it like a drowning man.

Barker exploited his edge all around the course, remaining a couple of boat lengths clear of the attacking Americans. However the Oracle team’s favorable gybe on the last leg almost robbed ETNZ of their sorely-needed point.

“It was another good close race,” said Emirates tactician Ray Davies. “Obviously we’re going to see a few more races like this so better get used to it. In the last race there was some favorable line bias and pretty much the reversal of what we saw in our first race. It was a bit tricky on that run to the finish but, very happy with the final result.”

At least a day’s racing remains in the First Round Robin.  All the teams each have two races still to sail.  ETNZ and Artemis have a third match, with the promise of a one-point advance on the score table for the winner.

Race day 4 ALL4ONE vs Synergy Russian Sailing Team - © Bob Grieserousideimages.comLouis Vuitton Trophy

Race day 4 ALL4ONE vs Synergy Russian Sailing Team - © Bob Grieserousideimages.comLouis Vuitton Trophy

Flight One, Race One, Synergy Russian Sailing def All4One, 00:08

 – Synergy Russian Sailing team earned a come from behind win with a pass on the first run. But they were given a scare on the short downwind sprint to the finish on the second lap of the course as All4One made a gain with a smoother rounding at the top mark, and some good crew work on their downwind gybes. Although the French-German team was able to pull into an overlapped position halfway down the run, Francesco Bruni and his Synergy crew held their nerve to earn a narrow victory.

Flight One, Race Two, Artemis def Mascalzone Latino Audi, 00:39

 – This match was all but over before it began as Gavin Brady, at the helm of the Italian boat, picked up a penalty one minute before the start. Attempting to dive down to leeward of Artemis, which was leading back towards the starting line, the bow of the Italian boat clipped the safety wands extending from the transom of the Swedes. Carrying the burden of his penalty all the way around the track, there was nothing Brady and his team could do to recover. An easy victory for Artemis.

Flight Two, Race One, All4One def Synergy Russia Sailing, 00:11

 – A good start by Seb Col on All4One saw him win the right hand side of the course with his nose forward of Synergy. Bruni, at the helm of the Russian boat, was forced to luff hard to clear the pin end of the starting line, handing the early lead to Col. A tacking duel ensued, with All4One always holding the advantage on the right, which translated into a seven-second lead at the top mark. On the run, Synergy was able to position itself well for the gybe towards the leeward gate and rumbled past All4One to an 11-second lead. But on the second beat, the duo of Seb Col and tactician John Cutler engineered a pass for All4One, successfully fending off a lee-bow tack by Synergy, allowing them to sail the Russian team out past the layline before leading back to the mark and holding on to the finish for an important win.



Flight Two, Race Two, Mascalzone Latino Audi def Artemis, 00:38

 – A nice timed run start by Mascalzone Latino saw them tight to leeward of Artemis and hitting the line with speed, forcing the Swedish boat to tack away. The Italian team rounded the top mark with a lead of just one length but gained on the run to have a comfortable margin the rest of the way around.

Flight Three, Race One, BMW Oracle Racing def Emirates Team New Zealand, 00:19 – James Spithill and BMWOR won the start, and the right side of the course. Dean Barker and the Kiwis split away to the left for an early advantage but more pressure on the right drove the American boat ahead. Racing was close, close enough for a dial down confrontation at the top of the first beat and a series of protest flags at the top mark, all green flagged. Barker stayed within two boat lengths on the run and attacked with a series of muscle-punishing tacks upwind but Spithill dominated and won comfortably.

Flight Three, Race Two, Emirates Team New Zealand def BMW Oracle Racing, 00:01 – James Spithill controlled the start until the last minute when Dean Barker got under his guard and pushed BMWOR away from the favored right hand side. The Kiwi boat controlled comfortably with a two boat lead until the final leg when a crucial gybe saw the Americans advancing to trail by just five metres at the finish.

Provisional Results:

   1.  BMW ORACLE Racing, 7-1, 7 pts
   2.  Emirates Team New Zealand, 4-3, 3.5 pts *
= 3.  Artemis Racing, 3-4, 3 pts
= 3.  Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 3-5, 3 pts
= 3.  All4One, 3-5, 3 pts
   6.  Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, 3-5, 2 pts *

* Scoring penalty deducted by Umpires

The Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai is under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, the principal sponsor of the event.

Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai: Day 3, BMW Oracle Racing Extends Dominance

November 16, 2010

James Spithill, the youngest skipper to win the America’s Cup, continued an unbroken record today at the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai as his BMW Oracle Racing team posted two more victories in close match racing.

Race day 3 BMW ORACLE Racing - © Bob Grieser ousideimages.com Louis Vuitton Trophy.

Race day 3 BMW ORACLE Racing - © Bob Grieser ousideimages.com Louis Vuitton Trophy.

Race day 3 BMW ORACLE Racing - © Bob Grieser ousideimages.com Louis Vuitton Trophy

Race day 3 BMW ORACLE Racing - © Bob Grieser ousideimages.com Louis Vuitton Trophy

The American team’s record is 6-0 and six points. Their nearest competition is Emirates Team New Zealand in second place with 3-2 and only 2.5 points after an jury penalty on Sunday.

Spithill was merciless in his opening match against Italian Francesco Bruni steering Synergy Russian Sailing. Spithill waited until the last minute of the pre-start before swooping in to attack.

Seconds later he’d grabbed a controlling position on Synergy’s port quarter and pushed the Russian boat above the start line as the gun went. The Russians had to go back and start property while Spithill increased his lead on every leg, finishing 300 metres ahead, the biggest margin of the day.

Race day 3 Synergy Russian Sailing Team vs BMW ORACLE Racing - © Bob Grieser ousideimages.com Louis Vuitton Trophy

Race day 3 Synergy Russian Sailing Team vs BMW ORACLE Racing - © Bob Grieser ousideimages.com Louis Vuitton Trophy

Spithill’s second race against the Russians was a different story. BMW Oracle Racing tactician John Kostecki described the race as “quite tight.” The Americans rounded the top mark first but Kostecki said the first beat was touch and go.

“We got to them just about at the layline,” Kostecki said. “They had to bail out and we were able to roll them. They had to do two tacks at the top mark. I think we played that right. It was real close though. It could have gone either way.”

Spithill finally got control of the race after a hair-raising leeward mark rounding when the Russian team came charging back into contention and rounded inside the American boat, claiming and getting an inside overlap.

“We managed to get them to tack away and incur a penalty,” Kostecki said. “Out of that we got the starboard advantage and got ahead on the last beat and ended up winning the race. It was a good race. It feels good to be 6-0.”

Emirates Team New Zealand only had one race, against the Swedish team Artemis Racing. Kiwi skipper Dean Barker claimed a small advantage at the start but Artemis skipper Cameron Appleton enjoyed the starboard side advantage and bounced ETNZ away every time they met in a series of tacks.

When Barker tried to duck his opponent and get right, Appleton bore off in a classic dial down. Barker tacked back and the boats narrowly avoided collision in a flurry of protest flags and shouting.

“We could have cut them in half,” said Grant Dalton, ETNZ CEO who also crews on the boat. “We wanted a red flag penalty but the umpires didn’t agree.”

Flight One, Race One, All4One def Mascalzone Latino Audi, 00:22 – Gavin Brady’s race with Sebastien Col was over before it started when  Mascalzone Latino Audi jumped the gun as she grazed past the race committee boat on port tack in a split tack start. Col, at the helm of the French/German boat All4One, set out with a 90 metre lead that turned into a 38 second advantage at the top mark. A messy spinnaker drop cost All4One valuable time at the leeward mark but she was still 100 metres in front at the finish gun.

Race day 3 ALL4ONE vs Mascalzone Latino Audi Team  - © Paul Todd ousideimages.com Louis Vuitton Trophy

Race day 3 ALL4ONE vs Mascalzone Latino Audi Team - © Paul Todd ousideimages.com Louis Vuitton Trophy

Flight One, Race Two, BMW Oracle Racing def Synergy Russian Sailing, 00:58 – At BMWOR’s helm, James Spithill swooped down on the Russian boat inside one minute to the start as both boats approached on starboard tack. Hooked by the American boat, Francesco Bruni was pushed over the line as the seconds ticked down and Synergy Russian Sailing was forced to return and start.

Flight Two, Race One, All4One def Mascalzone Latino Audi, 00:13 – Gavin Brady started the Italian boat at speed on starboard with a safe leeward on All4One. The French/German boat tacked away and Brady followed, taking them out to the starboard layline before leading at the top mark by a boat length. Half way down the run, the Italian spinnaker pole went in the water on a bad gybe. Sebastien Col seized the lead and held it to the finish.

Flight Two, Race Two, BMW Oracle Racing def Synergy Russian Sailing, 00:15 – Russia’s Francesco Bruni came close to wrecking James Spithill’s so-far perfect record in Dubai, overtaking the American boat on the inside at the leeward mark only to be penalized for failing to keep clear as they sailed away from the mark. Spithill had made a safe leeward start on starboard and controlled the race to the weather mark, leading by a boat length and opening the lead only to see it evaporate as Bruni closed at the end of the run, successfully claiming the inside overlap.

Flight Three, Race One, Artemis Racing def Emirates Team New Zealand, 00:21 – The Swedish boat skippered by Cameron Appleton claimed the right at the start and bounced Kiwi skipper Dean Barker back to the left on six successive tacks. When Barker bore off and attempted to duck his opponent, Appleton, on starboard, dialed down and forced Barker away before hardening up take a clear lead. Barker kept it close but the race was Appleton’s

Flight Three, Race Two, Mascalzone Latino Audi def Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 00:15 – On their third race of the day against the Russian team, Gavin Brady and Mascalzone Latino finally prevailed and put their first point on the board. Brady made a perfect start at speed at the pin end of the line and led by eight seconds at the top mark. Francesco Bruni and the Russians clawed back within two seconds as they rounded opposite ends of the leeward gate but Brady maintained control and the lead.

Results:
   1.  BMW ORACLE Racing, 6-0, 6 pts
   2.  Emirates Team New Zealand, 3-2, 2.5 pts *
= 3.  Artemis Racing, 2-3, 2 pts
= 3.  Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 2-3, 2 pts
= 3.  All4One, 2-4, 2 pts
   6.  Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, 2-4, 1 pts *

* Scoring penalty deducted by Umpires

The Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai is under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, the principal sponsor of the event.

Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai: Day 2, Russians and Kiwis Come From Behind

November 16, 2010

The Synergy Russian Sailing Team and Emirates Team New Zealand both featured in come-from-behind victories during close competition today at the Louis Vuitton Dubai.

Race day 2 BMW Oracle Racing rips their spinnaker going down wind against Artemis Racing.© Bob Grieserousideimages.comLouis Vuitton Trophy

Race day 2 BMW Oracle Racing rips their spinnaker going down wind against Artemis Racing.© Bob Grieserousideimages.comLouis Vuitton Trophy

Their efforts put the Kiwis and Russians second and third respectively in the standings after Day Two but it is James Spithill’s American team BMW Oracle Racing that enjoys first place with a perfect 4-0 score.

Weather played a role in curtailing racing, forcing the race committee to postpone one match until tomorrow.

The start of racing was delayed as the race committee waited for the sea breeze to fill in.  One hour before the scheduled start at noon there was barely a breath of wind as the temperature hit 30 deg. C on its way to a forecast high of 32 deg.

Racing got under way an hour and a half later in a building northerly breeze. Later in the afternoon a gusty, dusty breeze off the desert heralded an easterly wind shift and briefly postponed competition before racing restarted in 15-knot northeaster.

The Synergy team, which narrowly missed winning the Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena earlier this year, pulled out all the stops in their race against Mascalzone Latino Audi, the challenger-of-record for the 34th America’s Cup in 2013.

Synergy’s helmsman Francesco Bruni went for the jugular in the prestart, only to be penalized for hitting the safety wands on the stern of his opponent’s boat. Undaunted, he eked out a 120 metre lead by the top of the second windward leg and completed his penalty turn to round in company with Mascalzone.

Race day 2 Synergy Russian Sailing Team vs Mascalzone Latino Audi Team © Paul Todd/outsideimages.com/Louis Vuitton Trophy

Race day 2 Synergy Russian Sailing Team vs Mascalzone Latino Audi Team © Paul Todd/outsideimages.com/Louis Vuitton Trophy

Now the Italians led but only until their spinnaker parted company with its halyard and fell in the sea. Game set and match to the Russians.

“We had quite a mixed pre-start,” said Synergy tactician Rod Dawson, with masterful understatement. “Then we came off the start line with a small edge and capitalized on that. We extended up the beat and throughout the race. We were sailing really well.”

There were lead changes too in the contest between Emirates Team New Zealand and the French/German boat All4One.  Dean Barker won the start only to surrender the lead half way up the first beat as his opponent Sebastien Col pulled off a risky port tack cross.

Race day 2 Emirates Team New Zealand vs ALL4ONE start © Bob Grieserousideimages.comLouis Vuitton Trophy.

Race day 2 Emirates Team New Zealand vs ALL4ONE start © Bob Grieserousideimages.comLouis Vuitton Trophy.

Closing the leeward mark, the Kiwis rolled their opponents and grabbed an inside overlap plus the lead at the mark, despite an untidy spinnaker drop that threatened to put the brakes on their advance.

“It was a tricky little race,” said ETNZ tactician Ray Davies. “It was a very difficult course with quite big wind shifts and the game was changing all the time. It looked straightforward but it wasn’t.”

Flight One, Race One, Emirates Team New Zealand def All4One, 00:23 – At the gun, Dean Barker steered the Kiwi team to a perfect start to leeward of the French/German boat, eventually forcing Sebastien Col away. At the weather mark ETNZ led by 12 seconds but had to work hard to hold off the opponents nipping at their heels.

Flight One, Race Two, BMW Oracle Racing def Artemis Racing, 00:27 – Artemis tactician Iain Percy called for a pin end start, while Oracle was well up the line as they started together. At the top mark James Spithill had the American boat 17 seconds ahead but they went through the downwind gate side by side. Oracle shredded a spinnaker approaching the leeward gate and Artemis’ Cameron Appleton closed, only to be denied an inside overlap protest.

Flight Two, Race One, Emirates Team New Zealand def All4One, 00:17 – ETNZ enjoyed an early lead before Col pulled off a close port tack cross half way up the leg. All4One controlled the right and rounded the top mark 10 seconds in front. Closing the leeward mark the Kiwis rolled their opponents and went on to win.

Flight Two, Race Two, BMW Oracle Racing def Artemis Racing, 00:37 – Skipper James Spithill wanted the left and grabbed it after taking Cameron Appleton and Artemis out into the spectator fleet in a lively and noisy circling duel. Spithill led back and tacked onto port right at the pin end of the line. When Appleton eventually came back on starboard, the American boat was already 60 metres clear ahead and pulling away.

Flight Three, Race One, Synergy Russian Sailing Team def Mascalzone Latino Audi, 01:19 – Aggressive tactics before the start cost Synergy a penalty as Francesco Bruni attempted to hook Gavin Brady’s Mascalzone. Brady started at the committee and went right but Bruni got up on his hip and held the Italian boat above the starboard layline to lead at the next two marks. Synergy had a 120-metre edge as the breeze softened on the second beat. A penalty turn put the Russian boat back into contention but Mascalzone rounded the weather mark just three seconds in front. The Italian boat’s voyage to victory ended when the spinnaker came off the halyard and went in the water.

Provisional Results:

  1.  BMW ORACLE Racing, 4-0, 4 pts
  2.  Emirates Team New Zealand, 3-1, 2.5 pts *
  3.  Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 2-1, 2 pts
  4.  Artemis Racing, 1-3, 1 pt
=5.  Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, 1-2, 0 pts *
=5.  All4One, 0-4, 0 pts

* Scoring penalty deducted by Umpires

Note:  Racing will start tomorrow, Tuesday at 1:00 pm local time.

The Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai is under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, the principal sponsor of the event.

Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai: Day 1 America’s Cup Winner BMW Oracle Racing Leads

November 16, 2010

James Spithill, winner of the 33rd America’s Cup and defender of the 34th America’s Cup, topped the standings on the opening day of racing in the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai.

Race Day 1 Emirates Team New Zealand collides with Mascalzone Latino Audi Team. The Kiwi pole impaled through the Italian hull before breaking off. © Bob Grieserousideimages.comLouis Vuitton Trophy

Race Day 1 Emirates Team New Zealand collides with Mascalzone Latino Audi Team. The Kiwi pole impaled through the Italian hull before breaking off. © Bob Grieserousideimages.comLouis Vuitton Trophy

The young Australian skipper steered BMW Oracle Racing to a 2-0 record over the French/German boat All4One while the other four boats in the contest posted 1-1 records.

Racing was close and eventful on the short windward-leeward courses tucked into gulf waters between Dubai Creek and the palm-tree shaped man-made islands of The Palm Jumeirah.

There were two collisions, one serious, when Dean Barker’s Emirates Team New Zealand speared its spinnaker pole through the side of Mascalzone Latino Audi steered by Gavin Brady. No one was hurt but Brady was penalized twice in the incident and race officials asked Brady to withdraw to avoid further damage to the Kiwi boat.

Race Day 1 Repair work will be carried out overnight in order to have the boats ready to sail tomorrow © Paul Toddoutsideimages.comLouis Vuitton Trophy

Race Day 1 Repair work will be carried out overnight in order to have the boats ready to sail tomorrow © Paul Toddoutsideimages.comLouis Vuitton Trophy

Cameron Dunn from Mascalzone said his team was head to wind when the New Zealand boat tried to turn inside them and their spinnaker pole sliced into the brittle carbonfiber topsides of the Italian boat.

“It went straight through the carbonfiber,” Dunn said. “It’s not a very thick skin at that point. It’s not designed to take impacts on the side. We’re lucky it wasn’t much worse. It could have been considerably worse. I’m surprised the bow didn’t hit. Luckily it was just the spinnaker pole. No one was hurt. It was pretty exciting for the 18th man in the back, and the television cameraman.” 

Ray Davies, tactician on ETNZ said: “It was pretty dramatic. Obviously not what anyone wants. A lot of damage, a broken spinnaker pole and a big hole in a boat. It’s not a good way to start but the guys are working on repairs and it should be OK for tomorrow.”

Following a jury hearing into the collision, Mascalzone Latino Audi was docked one point while ETNZ lost half a point.  Before racing started, race officials had warned sailors about actions that might render boats incapable of racing.

In the other incident, young French helmsman Sebastien Col flicked the bow of his French/German boat All4One into the safety wands on the stern of BMW Oracle Racing. The contact earned him a penalty flag and he lost the race.

Dubai skies were clear, hot and sunny skies as racing got under way after a short delay. The sea breeze came in at 6-8 knots and built to 14 to 15 knots as the afternoon wore on. Boats raced twice around a windward-leeward course with a mid course start finish line that also served as a gate for all legs.

Flight One, Race One, Mascalzone Latino Audi def Emirates Team New Zealand, 00:27 – At the start ETNZ split away on port tack while Mascalzone bore off on starboard with an early lead. Gavin Brady, skippering the Italian boat seized the early advantage and controlled the race, leading at every mark and fending off the New Zealanders as they threatened to overtake at the leeward mark.

Flight One, Race Two, Artemis Racing def Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 00:30 – It was all over before the start gun as Cameron Appleton on Artemis threatened to push Synergy above the committee boat as they approached on starboard tack. Francesco Bruni elected to squeeze into the narrowing gap between his opponent and the committee to. Seconds later the umpires signaled a red flag penalty requiring an immediate penalty turn. The Swedish boat led comfortably and finished 122 metres ahead.

Race Day 1 Artemis Racing © Bob Grieser ousideimages.com Louis Vuitton Trophy

Race Day 1 Artemis Racing © Bob Grieser ousideimages.com Louis Vuitton Trophy

Flight Two, Race One, Emirates Team New Zealand def Mascalzone Latino Audi, ret – This race ended with a bang. Dean Barker carried Gavin Brady far above the wrong side of the weather mark before the boats collided after rounding. The Kiwi spinnaker pole speared through the side of the Italian boat leaving Brady with two penalties for the mark rounding scuffle. Minutes later Mascalzone Latino was asked to withdraw to avoid further damage. Barker sailed on to take the point.

Flight Two Race Two, Synergy Russian Sailing Team def Artemis Racing, 00:31 – Both boats wanted the right at the start but it was Artemis who controlled and split off on port to claim the right hand advantage. Half-way up the first leg, the Russian boat clawed back to take a narrow 11 second lead at the top mark before extending and protecting their lead for the rest of the race.

Flight Three, Race One, BMW Oracle Racing def All4One, 00:17 – James Spithill landed a penalty on the French/German boat and led it off the line with a 60-metre advantage after a spirited pre-start exchange. All4One helmsman Sebastien Col had attempted to duck below his opponent and hook him as they approached the line but as his bow pinged the safety wands on the American boat’s stern, the umpires’ flag went up. Col kept it close but the race belonged to Spithill.

Race day 1 BMW ORACLE Racing vs ALL4ONE © Paul Toddoutsideimages.comLouis Vuitton Trophy

Race day 1 BMW ORACLE Racing vs ALL4ONE © Paul Toddoutsideimages.comLouis Vuitton Trophy

Flight Four, Race One, BMW Oracle Racing def All4One, 00:24 – The Americans wanted the right and controlled the start but Sebastien Col started perfectly to leeward and the margin was seldom more than a metre either way as they sailed for three and a half minutes out to the layline. BMW Oracle rounded eight seconds ahead, gradually extended on the following legs and finished 85 metres ahead.

Results:

  1.   BMW ORACLE Racing, 2-0, 2 pts
=2.  Artemis Racing, 1-1, 1 pt
=2.  Synergy Russian Sailing Team, 1-1, 1 pt
  4.  Emirates Team New Zealand, 1-1, 0.5 pts *
  5.  Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, 1-1, 0 pts *
  6.  All4One, 0-2, 0 pts

* Scoring penalty deducted by Umpires

The Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai is under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, the principal sponsor of the event.

Velux 5 Oceans: Brad Van Liew wins first leg in Cape Town

November 16, 2010

American ocean racer Brad Van Liew sailed into Cape Town to claim victory in the first ocean sprint of the VELUX 5 OCEANS. Under clear blue skies and with a fresh south easterly breeze, the 42-year-old from Charleston, South Carolina, blasted across the finish line in Table Bay at 5.51pm local time (3.51pm UTC) doing 10-12 knots in a 15-knot wind.

Velux 5 Oceans: Brad Van Liew wins first leg in Cape Town

Velux 5 Oceans: Brad Van Liew wins first leg in Cape Town

 Brad, a past winner of the VELUX 5 OCEANS in 2002 and a veteran of two editions of the race, took 28 days, 1 hour and 51 minutes to race from La Rochelle in France to Cape Town. A small fleet of support boats sailed out to meet Brad and his 60ft Eco yacht Le Pingouin in Table Bay and welcome him in to Cape Town as the winner of the first of five ocean sprints that make up the 30,000-mile solo round the world race, known as The Ultimate Solo Challenge. During ocean sprint one Brad sailed 8,003 nautical miles at an average speed of 11.9 knots.

It was a frustrating day for Brad, who was battered by 45-knot winds just early this morning before becoming becalmed just ten nautical miles from the finish line. Finally the wind filled in and Brad crossed the finish line before berthing at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront to the cheers of the watching crowds.

There were emotional scenes on the dock as Brad was reunited on the dockside with his wife Meaghan and two children Tate, 7, and Wyatt, 6. Stepping off Le Pingouin for the first time since leaving La Rochelle on October 17, Brad said: “It feels great to be in Cape Town. Four weeks door to door is pretty good, as good as I could have hoped for. I had a real incentive – Gutek pushed me pretty hard. The weather forced my hand a few times too. I wasn’t sure when I left France exactly what my motivations were for doing this race but now I know – I’m having fun.”

Despite leading the VELUX 5 OCEANS fleet for the majority of the sprint from La Rochelle to Cape Town, it was by no means an easy victory for Brad. He has been chased hard by rival ocean racer Zbigniew ‘Gutek’ Gutkowski since day one, the 36-year-old Pole constantly challenging for the lead on Operon Racing.

Brad left La Rochelle feeling ill with flu and it was more than a week at sea before he started to feel better. Le Pingouin was then knocked flat just days into the leg while travelling at more than 20 knots when the yacht crash-gybed in strong winds.

However his luck came in crossing the Doldrums, the notorious area of low pressure either side of the Equator which can snare sailors for days, and he crossed relatively quickly. After the Doldrums Brad skirted the coast of Brazil, constantly hounded by Gutek, before taking on the St Helena High, a tricky weather system which sits in the South Atlantic. After making the left turn to Cape Town Brad was becalmed in light winds allowing Gutek to reduce Brad’s lead to just 0.2 nautical miles.

But the experienced solo sailor clung on to his lead and finished strongly, putting more than 600 nautical miles on Gutek in the past few days. Gutek is expected to arrive in Cape Town on Wednesday.

For his win Brad is awarded the maximum score of 12 points. He also takes home the first place prize of €24,000.

Statistics from 6pm UTC position report:

Skipper; distance to finish (nm); distance covered in last 24 hours (nm); average speed in last 24 hours (kts)

Brad Van Liew: Finished Sprint 1 – 28 days 1 hour 41 mins

Gutek: 627.5; 255.8; 10.7

Derek Hatfield: 1203.4; 276.4; 11.5

Chris Stanmore-Major: 1408.7; 260.5; 10.9

Christophe Bullens: 3840.9; 217.1; 9

Volvo Ocean Race sponsors World Yacht Racing Forum 2010

November 03, 2010

Organisers of the World Yacht Racing Forum are pleased to announce the addition of the Volvo Ocean Race as Platinum Partner of the 2010 edition of the Forum from 14-15 December in Estoril, Portugal. Members of the Volvo Ocean Race management and operations team will attend the Forum including CEO Knut Frostad, and Director of Television Adam Binns, both of whom will be participating in panel sessions during the conference.

The Volvo Ocean Race is supporting the World Yacht Racing Forum for the third consecutive year

The Volvo Ocean Race is supporting the World Yacht Racing Forum for the third consecutive year

The Volvo Ocean Race have supported the Forum since the first edition in 2008 and CEO Knut Frostad firmly believes the sport needs a platform such as the Forum to grow the value and appeal of the sport globally;

“The yachting industry needs more platforms to promote and share the growing sailing initiatives around the world. It is also important for us all to learn from each other and from other sports so we can increase the interest in sailing in general. This forum helps this process immensely and is a fantastic place to network.”

The 2010 World Yacht Racing Forum will take place over two days at the Estoril Congress Center in Estoril, approximately 30 minutes from Lisbon airport. Following the success of the 2009 edition in Monaco, over 400 participants are expected in Estoril to network, discuss and debate the current issues and opportunities the sport offers.

“The commercial world of yacht racing has developed significantly over the last few years” commented Event Director, James Pleasance. “Today’s new media and television technology has also helped the sport find new audiences and that has brought with it new international sponsors and venues to the sport. The Forum is an ideal opportunity for these sponsors and venues to learn more about the benefits of investing in the sport. The Volvo Ocean Race is the best known global ocean race and we are delighted to have their support at the World Yacht Racing Forum and to share many of their own initiatives in growing the sport.”

22nd Bodrum Cup International Wooden Yacht Regatta

November 03, 2010

Bodrum Cup International Wooden Yacht Regatta, one of the biggest naval organizations of Turkey, sponsored by Ant Yapi and MM Proje has started with ceremonies. 51 yachts, 10 of which bearing foreign flags are attending the regatta. Including the yachts attending the regatta as spectators and the ones working for the organization committee, the number of yachts that will be following the race course will exceed 80.

22nd Bodrum Cup

22nd Bodrum Cup

Participants and spectators of the race had a great time at Iskel Square with DJ’s, dance groups, band and animation shows.

After the briefing at the Azka Hotel, the participants were given a cocktail by Kule Bar Rock City.

Mayor of Bodrum, Mr. Mehmet Kocadon gave a speech to the participants, signifying the importance of sailing for Bodrum and wished them plenty of wind. Mr. Kocadon, also stating that they was were pleased to see the intense interest for the Bodrum Yacht Festival, which was held for the first time, started the regatta by ringing the starting bell with Mr. Erman Aras, chairman of Era Bodrum Sailing Club. They were accompanied by Gumusluk mayor Mehmet Tire, representative for Kalymnos municipality Vassilis Psarompas and famous Turkish sailor Sadun Boro.

The participants enjoyed the evening with the concert of Yeni Türkü, sponsored by Kule Bar.

First Day Excitement on 22nd Bodrum Cup

The participants of Bodrum Cup International Wooden Yacht Regatta, sponsored by Ant Yapi and MM Proje completed the MM Proje Course on the first day of the races. Departing from Bodrum, 51 yachts, 10 of which bearing foreign flags reached Didim, following a 26 NM course.

Start was given in delay, because lack of the wind. STS Bodrum became the first to complete the race in Traditional Yachts Bodrum Cup Mega Category, Montenegro in Bodrum Cup Traditional and Bodrum Cup Tirhandil Categories. Extasea was the first to cross the finish line in Performance Cruiser Wooden Yachts class and Swansong in guest yachts.

After the race, the participants enjoyed the evening with the concert of Äzmir Municipality Pop Orchestra.

MM Insaat, one of the main sponsors of the regatta, giving its name to the first course of the races, is one  leading companies in Turkish construction sector. MM Proje is the undertaking sector representative of Dervişoğlu Şirketler Grubu, Founded in Instanbul by Mr. Halit Öztürk, operating in Design, Construction, Undertaking, Consulting and Tourism sectors.

First Day of the 22nd Bodrum Cup

First Day of the 22nd Bodrum Cup

Second Course Completed at 22nd Bodrum Cup

The participants of Bodrum Cup International Wooden Yacht Regatta, sponsored by Ant Yapi and MM Proje raced on the 15 NM D-Marin Didim Triangular route, on CNR Eurasia Boat Show Course on the second day of the races.

Prior to the race, “Yoga Academy” made a workshop on breathing techniques for the participants. STS Bodrum became the first to complete the race in Traditional Yachts Bodrum Cup Mega Category as they were in the first day, Montenegro in Bodrum Cup Traditional Category and Tirhandil Categories. Extasea was the first to cross the finish line in Performance Cruiser Wooden Yachts class and Swansong in guest yachts.

According to the cumulative results of the first two days of the races, STS Bodrum ranks the first in Traditional Yachts Bodrum Cup Mega Category, Montenegro in Bodrum Cup Traditional Category and Tirhandil Categories. Extasea ranks the first  in Performance Cruiser Wooden Yachts class and Swansong in guest yachts.

The events for the evening awaiting the participants was the cocktail sponsored by D-Marin Didim, dress contest among the racing teams and the concert of Blue Notes Orchestra. Team Kaptan Yarkin won the “Fanciest Dressed team” prize with King Arthur and Knights of the Round Table outfits, Imrenim team won the jury’s special prize with hospital theme, Sami II won the “best dressed team” prize with yoga academy outfits and Buyuk Yunus won the jury’s special prize.

CNR Eurasia Boat Show, leading the trade in the sector and drawing great interest of sea lovers and media, is the second biggest ship and yacht fair in the world. It will be ready to give the captain’s salutation to its visitors between February 11-20, 2011 at CNR Expo Fair Center.

STS Bodrum Crew at the 22nd Bodrum Cup International Wooden Yacht Regatta

STS Bodrum Crew at the 22nd Bodrum Cup International Wooden Yacht Regatta

Third Course Completed at 22nd Bodrum Cup

The participants of Bodrum Cup International Wooden Yacht Regatta, sponsored by Ant Yapi and MM Proje raced on the 24,5 NM Ant Yapi Course and participating yachts arrived in Kalymnos Island, Greece.

Mayor of Kalymnos, Mr. George Raussos, inviting Bodrum Cup Organization to Kalymnos with the purpose of developing the cultural and sports relations between two countries stated that it was a great pleasure for them to see Turkish sailing fan competitors in their country and they wished to have increasing number of such organizations. The mayor of Kalymnos, Mr. George Raussos and the mayor of Bodrum, Mr. Mehmet Kocadon exchanged plaquettes and had picture of friendship taken together with the other members of protocol. Kalymnos bishop, Port Treasury officer Michalis Mboukis, Municipal tourism president Irini Halkiti, Kalymnos port authority Yiannis Athineos, Kalymna sailing club president Yorgos Karaiskos, and commodore Vassilis Kapadakis hosted the night in Kalymnos Cathedral square. Guests were very happy to arrive and they spent marvellous time visiting the island of divers and rock climbers.

People gathered around the sailors danced to Greek folk music, drinking local wine and tasting local bread.

At the Ant Yapi Course, STS Bodrum became the first to complete the race in Traditional Yachts Bodrum Cup Mega Category, Buyuk Yunus in Bodrum Cup Traditional Category and Dragon Fly in Bodrum Cup Tirhandil Category. Extasea was the first to cross the finish line in Performance Cruiser Wooden Yachts class and Swansong in guest yachts.

According to the cumulative results of the first two days of the races, STS Bodrum ranks the first in Traditional Yachts Bodrum Cup Mega Category with 3 points, Montenegro in Bodrum Cup Traditional Category with 6 points and in Bodrum Cup Tirhandil Category with 6 points. Extasea ranks the first to in Performance Cruiser Wooden Yachts class and Swansong in guest yachts with points.

Ant Yapi, giving its name to the third day of the regatta was established in 1991. Being one of the 70 biggest construction companies of the world, Ant Yapi is known with its assertive and prestigious projects.

22nd Bodrum Cup, Turkey

22nd Bodrum Cup, Turkey

LAST COURSES FINISHED AT THE 22nd BODRUM CUP! WINNERS BACK IN BODRUM

Participants of The Bodrum Cup, sponsored by Ant Yapi and MM Proje, started from Kalymnos island of Greece and arrived in Bodrum after an exciting race.

STS BODRUM Sail Training Ship was the first to arrive in the finish line, winning the Bodrum Cup in Mega Category. Montenegro won two cups in The Bodrum Cup Traditional and Tirhandil Categories. Extasea in Performance Cruiser, Swansong in Guest yachts won the first prizes.

In overall regatta trophy class, Montenegro won the Bodrum Municipality prize, and Swansong won the Fisherman of Halikarnas prize, becoming the first in all yachts.

22nd Bodrum Cup International Wooden Yacht Regatta

22nd Bodrum Cup International Wooden Yacht Regatta

Bodrum Cup Mega:
1- STS Bodrum
2- CIO
3- Si Yu
4- Aliko I
5- Golden Miss

 Bodrum Cup Traditional
1- Montenegro
2- Knidos
3- Dragonfly
4- Cocotte
5- Büyük Yunus

 Bodrum Cup Tirhandil
1- Montenegro
2- Knidos
3- Cocotte
4- Dragonfly
5- Aksona Mancorna

Performance Cruiser
1- Extasea
2- Nympha
3- Yol

 Guest yachts
1- Swansong
2- Zagora
3- Nikita
4- Anemos
5- Merlin

The ceremony started with the cocktail at Halikarnas The Club. Turkish and foreign guests tasted local food, enjoyed the concert by Oojami. The night continued with the prize giving ceremony.

Prize giving at the 22nd Bodrum Cup International Wooden Yacht Regatta

Prize giving at the 22nd Bodrum Cup International Wooden Yacht Regatta

Bodrum Mayor Mehmet Kocadon, Gümüşlük Mayor Mehmet Tire, Bodrum Chamber of Commerce chairman Mahmut Kocadon, Chamber of Shipping assistant chairman Askin Cambazoglu, Council to Ministry of Maritime Affairs Hasan NaiboÄŸlu, Regional manager to Ministry of Maritime affairs Hızır Reis Deniz , D-Marin marinas coordinator Ali Erkan Bezirgan, Bodrum Mariners Association and sponsors gave awards to the winners.

THE BODRUM CUP 22nd CROSSES THE FINISH LINE WITH WINNERS’ SHOOTOUT

After completing the Bodrum Cup, winners and first runner up of every category came up on a duel, the winners’ shootout. This was the first time ever Gulets meet in a match race in the world.

In category The Bodrum Cup Tirhandil Cocotte versus Knidos, Knidos won.

Category The Bodrum Cup Traditional Montenegro versus Dragonfly, Montenegro won.

Category The Bodrum Cup Mega Sts Bodrum versus SiYu, Sts Bodrum won.

Category The Bodrum Cup Gulets Ayaz versus Elele II, Elele II won.

Prize giving ceremony was held in Iskele square. Prior to that, a memorial plaquette was presented to the veteran captains and sailors of Bodrum. Then the governor and mayor of Bodrum presented awards to the winners of the shootout.

2010 ISAF Annual Conference

November 02, 2010

At the end of this week over 500 people from the world of sailing will come together in Athens, Greece, for the 2010 ISAF Annual Conference. ISAF Committee, Sub-committee and Commission members, all of them volunteers, will travel from around the world to Athens. They will be joined by representatives from ISAF Member National Authorities (MNAs), sailors, event organisers, Class Associations, manufacturers and many more.  All will be in Athens to discuss, debate, make recommendations and decisions on the issues and policies that will take the sport forward over the coming year and beyond.

2010 ISAF Annual Conference, Athens - Credit ISAF

2010 ISAF Annual Conference, Athens - Credit ISAF

This year the hot topic of debate will be the future direction of sailing in the Olympics and the effects this will have on events like the ISAF Sailing World Cup. Following the Olympic Commission report, much has to be debated and decided on how to make positive progress in this crucial area for the sport. Along with the ‘big’ issues, the conference is also a forum for moving forwards on all the day-to-day rules, administration and management policies of the sport that, while they do not grab the headlines, are important to ensure its success for everyone who takes part.

The conference is about much more than meetings and decision though. It is a unique gathering of the worldwide family of sailing. It is a chance to share ideas and best practice, discuss the future and share stories from the last twelve months.

On Sunday 7 November, ISAF are hosting the Connect to Sailing Seminar focusing on how ISAF’s training and development team are helping to build and develop grass roots sailing programmes around the world. It will include success stories from Iceland, Turkey, South Africa and the Netherlands and examine possible sources of funding.

The MNA Coffee morning on 9 November is chance for those looking to build sailing in their countries to meet and build networks with members of the ISAF team, race officials, representatives from other MNAs, Classes and boat manufactures.

ISAFs In-House Certification scheme has seen some significant growth during 2010, with manufacturers now spanning five countries across three continents and some 8500 certification stickers on equipment.  On 5 November, ISAF are running an ISAF In-House Certification seminar covering the latest developments and introducing those to new to the scheme to how it works, how to get involved and the positive impacts on Class Associations, MNAs, manufacturers and sailors.

Along side the business of sailing, the conference is also a time to celebrate sailing success at the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards, which this year takes place on Tuesday 9 November. This year’s nominees come from the around the world and all sailing disciplines with kiteboarding, windsurfing, Olympic sailing, keel boat, offshore and youth sailing all represented. It will be a truly spectacular night and a great demonstration of the depth and breadth of talent in world sailing.

Looking from the outside, the Conference can seem to be a complex process. In practice, it is a system that allows the sailing world to have a voice and impact on decision making through MNAs, class associations and the volunteers who give up their own time to support the sport. So how does the conference work and what is the decision making process.

Ahead of the Conference, submissions are sent to ISAF proposing changes to existing policies or regulations, or to introduce new ones. ISAF Member National Authorities, ISAF recognised Classes, Committee Chairmen, the Executive Committee and the ISAF President can all make Submissions. The Submissions are assigned to one or more Committees for review depending upon their subject matter.

During the first week of the Conference, all Submissions are discussed at a series of Committee meetings ranging from Audit to Windsurfing. Committees consider Submissions relevant to their area of expertise and pass their recommendations to the ISAF Council. At their meetings, Committees also consider other areas relevant to them, such as venue selection for future ISAF events and reports on recent events through to Race Official appointments.

At the end of the Conference, the ISAF Council hold their meeting over three days chaired by President, Göran Petersson. It is at this meeting that Council make the final decisions on all submissions. Along with the President, the Council is made up of seven Vice-Presidents, two Officers of Honour (non-voting), twenty-eight appointed members (representing each of the regional groups of sailing nations), and representatives of the Oceanic and Offshore Committee, ISAF Classes Committee and Women’s Forum. This ensures that the views of sailing worldwide are taken in to consideration in the decision making process. After reviewing and taking in to consideration all the Committee recommendations Council will decide whether each Submission is accepted, rejected or deferred for further consideration. It is then the job of the ISAF Executive Committee to put the decisions into practice working with the ISAF Secretariat team.

One week until 2010 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award Winners are named

November 02, 2010

In just one week from today, on Tuesday 9 November, Greece will play host to a spectacular ceremony and presentation where the male and female winners of the 2010 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards will be announced.

The ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards Trophy - Photo credit Carlo Borlenghi Rolex

The ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards Trophy - Photo credit Carlo Borlenghi Rolex

The Zappeion in Athens, Greece will be the venue for the 2010 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards Dinner and Presentation. It is a night to celebrate sailing, for sailors and by sailors. The evening will be hosted by Rolex Testimonee and gold medallist Sofia Bekatorou-Kosmatopoulos and renowned sailing presenter Richard Simmonds.

His Majesty King Constantine will announce the winners of this years Awards and present the unique marble and silver World Sailor Trophy and a personalized Rolex timepiece with His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Denmark and Arnaud Boetsch of Rolex SA.

This year four female and six male nominees have been shortlisted for the Award, based on their achievements during the qualifying period of 1 September 2009 to 31 August 2010.

The 2010 nominees are:

Female:
Kristin Boese(GER) – Nine-time Kitesurf World Champion
Siripon Kaewduang-Ngam(THA) – Youth Olympic Games gold medallist
Blanca Manchón (ESP) – RS:X World Champion & Double World Cup Winner
Lisa Westerhof & Lobke Berkhout (NED) – 470 World Champions

Male
Antoine Albeau(FRA) – Professional Windsurfing Association & Formula World Champion
Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS) – 470 World Champions and World Cup winners

Lorenzo Bressani (ITA) – Melges 24 and 32 Champion
Franck Cammas (FRA) – Record breaking offshore racer
Tom Slingsby (AUS) – Laser & Etchells World Champion
Ed Wright (GBR) – Finn World Champion and double World Cup Winner

The ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award is the highest award a sailor can receive in recognition of his/her outstanding achievements. The Awards are presented annually based on a worldwide selection process that incorporates an open invitation to nominations, followed by a vote amongst the 130 member nations of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF).

The Awards have been held every year since 1994 and past winners include Peter Blake (NZL), Ellen MacArthur (GBR), Robert Scheidt (BRA) and Russell Coutts (SUI). In 2009 the Awards were presented to Torben Grael (BRA) and Anna Tunnicliffe (USA).

Visit the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards microsite at: www.sailing.org/worldsailor

International Sailing Federation

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) is the world governing body for the sport of sailing. ISAF celebrated its Centenary year in 2007.

ISAF is made up of over 130 Member National Authorities (MNAs), who are its principal members, and is responsible for the decision making process that governs the sailing world.

There are currently more than 100 ISAF International, Recognized and Classic Yacht Classes, ranging from the small dinghy classes for young people to 60-foot ocean racers.

Sailing

Sailing is a lifetime sport enjoyed right across the world.

The sport encompasses a massive range of disciplines and events including Olympic sailing, offshore sailing, windsurfing, match racing, team racing, fleet racing and disabled sailing.

Sailing first joined the Olympic programme at the Paris 1900 Olympic Games. Sailing was back on the Olympic programme for the London 1908 Olympic Games and has been a part of every Olympic Games since

Gleistein Ropes team with PUMA Ocean Racing for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012

November 02, 2010

Gleistein Ropes sets sail for the 19th annual METS (Marine Equipment Trade Show) being held in Amsterdam from 16-18 November 2010. On the occasion of what is widely regarded as the world’s foremost trade fair for the marine equipment industry, Gleistein will celebrate the company’s continued involvement with PUMA Ocean Racing as “Official Rope Supplier” throughout the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012. Over three packed days during METS, visitors to the Gleistein stand will naturally also be able to check out the latest extensive range of rope solutions for the global yacht and super yacht markets. A team of specialists will be on hand at the Gleistein booth, which is located in hall 1, stand 226.

PUMA Ocean Racing and Gleistein Ropes team up again for 20112012 Volvo Ocean Race

PUMA Ocean Racing and Gleistein Ropes team up again for 20112012 Volvo Ocean Race

Considered the ultimate test of endurance in the world of professional ocean-going yacht racing, the Volvo Ocean Race puts competing crews and equipment through their paces – with only the best standing a chance of being competitive in this gruelling challenge. Leaders in their respective fields, Gleistein and PUMA Ocean Racing partner up for the 2011/2012 instalment of this legendary contest. Managing Director of Gleistein Ropes, Thomas Schlaetzer, is delighted: “This latest association with PUMA Ocean Racing confirms our place in the top league of running rigging for professional yachting. It substantiates our continual commitment to innovation and quality – which is what our customers particularly appreciate about us, as will the visitors to our stand at the METS trade show.”

As Official Rope Supplier of PUMA Ocean Racing, Gleistein Ropes will provide the entire running rigging for PUMA’s new Volvo Open 70. This latest sponsorship deal continues a partnership that commenced for the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009. “I’m thrilled that Gleistein is on board with us again,” comments PUMA Skipper, Ken Read. “Last time around we were also equipped with Gleistein’s latest state-of-the-art rigging. We are therefore confident to once more have an edge on our competition.” PUMA Ocean Racing General Manager, Kimo Worthington, agrees: “Having quality, high-tech equipment from Gleistein on board is a real advantage. In this race of endurance, reliability is the key – and Gleistein delivers. During the entire previous race, we didn’t record a single rope breakage!”

Throughout the METS trade show, Gleistein will be celebrating the fresh sponsorship deal.  Aside from festivities, visitors to the Gleistein booth can expect to learn about the latest rope innovations for the yachting industry, with solutions for weekend dinghies, racing vessels, super yachts – and everything in-between. A new line of pre-spliced and packaged ropes will also be on display.

The METS trade show runs from 16-18 November 2010 in Amsterdam. The Gleistein Ropes booth will be located in hall 1, stand 226.