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Port Louis Marina to host Oyster Caribbean Regatta in 2013

May 21, 2012

Written by zuzana

Camper & NicholsonsCaribbean flagship, Port Louis Marina in Grenada, is happy to announce that it has been chosen as the host venue for the Oyster Caribbean Regatta 2013 and the re-group stopover for the Oyster World Rally in 2014. After the success of the 2011 event, the prestigious UK-based builder Oyster Marine has chosen again Port Louis Marina as well as Grenada. The partnership is recognised as a natural pairing of two top brands firmly connected with a history of yachting excellence, superb quality as well as luxury lifestyle.

Oyster Regattas Grenada logo

Liz Whitman, PR & Marketing Director for Oyster Marine commented, “We are very excited to be returning to Port Louis Marina in Grenada for the 2013 regatta. They played a fantastic role as hosts in 2011 and both the organising team and competitors all received a very warm welcome.”

Scheduled for the 8th – 13th April 2013, the Caribbean Regatta will offer a full programme of events both ashore and afloat, while the Oyster World Rally Fleet will call into Grenada to re-group after their passage from Brazil in March 2014. Both events will allow for participants and their families to enjoy the delights of Grenada, the hospitality of the people, and serve to highlight Grenada’s position as the southern Caribbean’s home of yachting and a superb base for internationally renowned events.

Oyster Regatta 2011

Oyster Regatta 2011

Glynn Thomas, General Manager of Port Louis Marina added, “We are thrilled to have been asked to re-host the Oyster Regatta in 2013. We thoroughly enjoyed the 2011 event and the recognition of being re-selected by a brand like Oyster only further confirms that we have achieved what we set out to with Port Louis being recognized as a world-class marina. I am delighted that the hard work of Port Louis Marina and Le Phare Bleu alongside MAYAG (Marine & Yachting Association of Grenada) is being recognized at such a level.”

Port Louis Marina is a fully serviced, 160 berth, luxury superyacht marina, located south of the hurricane belt and only 5 miles from Maurice Bishop International Airport with direct international flights. Catering for yachts up to 90m, all berths are supplied with water, electricity, broadband internet and cable television and visitors can also benefit from duty-free shopping, swimming pool and bars and restaurants.

Oyster yachts competing in the Oyster Regatta 2011

Oyster yachts competing in the Oyster Regatta 2011

Rolex Volcano Race 2012: Heading to Capri

May 20, 2012

Written by zuzana

The Rolex Volcano Race 15-strong international fleet left the Italian mainland earlier today to start the first leg of the 400-nautical mile offshore race. The crews are heading to the famous Mediterranean island of Capri some 100-nautical miles from Gaeta.

Wally 100 superyacht Y3K Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

Wally 100 superyacht Y3K Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

With light conditions prevailing, today’s 15:00 CEST departure from Gaeta was delayed by some forty minutes. A sombre sky and winds of five to six knots welcomed the eventual start. Yesterday’s inshore race winners Jethou (GBR), a 60-ft Mini Maxi yacht, began strongly becoming the fastest yacht to reach the race’s first mark, followed closely by the event’s largest boat, the 112-ft luxury yacht Nilaya (BEL) and the 100-ft Wally superyacht Y3K (GER).

By 20:00 CEST, the fleet had already spread out with these three leading boats in the process of rounding the island of Ponza. Filip Balcaen’s Nilaya, travelling at 6.5 knots, held a narrow lead over Jethou and Y3K. These three are set for a cat and mouse tussle throughout the night with further calm conditions forecast. Stacked further behind is Marton Jozsa’s Mini Maxi Wild Joe (HUN), currently on the approach to Ponza along with the fastest Italian yach, the 65-ft Twin Soul 6.

Mini Maxi yacht Jethou Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

Mini Maxi yacht Jethou Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

The fifteen yachts competing in Leg One comprise ten different nationalities and some renowned international sailors including Brad Butterworth on Jethou, Nilaya’s Bouwe Bekking whilst the 67-ft sailing yacht Caol Ila (USA) can count on the experience of Rolex Sydney Hobart winners Gordon Maguire and John Hildebrand.

The fleet are set to arrive in Capri throughout the day tomorrow before berthing for the night. Leg Two of the race commences at 11:00 CEST on Tuesday 22 May and comprises a 300-nautical mile voyage around the Aeolian Islands, including the volcanic island of Stromboli, the symbol of another challenging offshore adventure, the Rolex Middle Sea Race.

The overall winner of Leg Two will receive the coveted Rolex Trophy and timepiece during the traditional Rolex party at the iconic La Canzone del Mare, held on Friday 25 May.

Venice AC World Series Winner Becomes Energy Team

May 20, 2012

Written by zuzana

Energy Team led by Loïck Peyron showcased its form, winning on the final day of Venice America’s Cup World Series racing. Showing an amazing command of the Grand Canal race area, Peyron and his French crew have remained on the top of the leaderboard all four days this week.

 

America's Cup World Series Venice 2012 - Final Race Day © ACEA 2012/ Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

America’s Cup World Series Venice 2012 – Final Race Day © ACEA 2012/ Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

 

“I think the lighter conditions were good for us,” Peyron, the veteran multihull sailor, said. “I’m used to this kind of tricky game, trying to be as cool as possible. The pressure was in the red zone, but it made for an exciting race for sure. This was a big victory for us. We are a small team, and hopefully this is just the beginning.”

Winds were exceptionally light on Sunday, turning the San Marco race course into perhaps the most challenging one the teams have faced in the World Series to date. The smallest puffs of wind were rewarded with dramatic bursts of speed, leading to teams quickly moving up and down the race leaderboard on the first lap of the course, the positions changing from minute to minute.

Early in the race, on the first long downwind leg, Peyron proved to be the best at finding a clear lane and escaped clear ahead of the fleet, with ORACLE TEAM USA Spithill following suit a few moments later.

While the French built what seemed to be an insurmountable lead, Spithill kept the pressure on, closing the gap right down to the point where the result wasn’t secure until the final gybe on the finishing line. As the horn sounded to signal victory, Peyron collapsed on the trampoline of his boat in dramatic relief, while his crew celebrated around him.

In contrast to the leaders, the bulk of the fleet had trouble separating themselves and at one point became trapped in a very slow pile-up at one of the turning marks, with too many boats trying to squeeze between the mark and the nearby shoreline at the same time.

Energy Team celebrating their victory

Energy Team celebrating their victory © ACEA 2012/ Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

Terry Hutchinson’s Artemis Racing popped out of that incident in third place, with Emirates Team New Zealand chasing them around the race course – even closing enough to incur a penalty for a slow motion collision – before Artemis regained the advantage to lead the Kiwis across the line.

Meanwhile the rest of the fleet was too far back to finish within the time limit and were scored as ‘did not finish’, earning no points on the day.

Earlier in the afternoon, and for the second consecutive event, Artemis Racing defeated Chris Draper’s Luna Rossa-Piranha to win the Match Racing Championship. In the light, shifty, and tricky conditions, Hutchinson and his crew won the start and protected a narrow lead early before stretching away in the middle of the race for a hard-earned victory.

“We’ve had a good result in Naples and now here, in quite different conditions,” Hutchinson said. “The nice thing about the match racing at these regattas is we’ve executed on our game plan. We’re starting to feel with the training in the boat that it’s paying off for us.”

The results in Venice see ORACLE TEAM USA Spithill gain some breathing room on the overall AC World Series leaderboard over Emirates Team New Zealand. The Kiwis will also now be looking over their shoulders, with Artemis Racing closing in as well, nine points further back.

“We came here with a one-point lead over Emirates Team New Zealand. We’re leaving with a four-point lead,” said Spithill as he looked ahead to Newport. “That’s the important thing. I’m happy with how the team did. Obviously we’ve got a lot to work on but there’s no question we’ll be ready for Newport.”

The final event of the 2011-12 AC World Series will take place next month in Newport, Rhode Island from June 26 through July 1, 2012. At the conclusion of racing in Newport, the 2011-12 AC World Series champion will be crowned.

2011-12 AC World Series Overall Championship Leaderboard (after five of six events)
1.    ORACLE TEAM USA Spithill…84 points
2.    Emirates Team New Zealand…80 points
3.    Artemis Racing…71 points
4.    Energy Team…65 points
5.    Team Korea…56 points
6.    ORACLE TEAM USA Bundock…53 points
7.    Luna Rossa Piranha…34 points
8.    China Team…31 points
9.    Luna Rossa Swordfish…21 points

AC World Series Venice Fleet Racing Championship – Final Leaderboard
1.    Energy Team…74 points
2.    ORACLE TEAM USA Spithill…58 points
3.    Emirates Team New Zealand…54 points
4.    Artemis Racing…52 points
5.    Luna Rossa Piranha…43 points
6.    Luna Rossa Swordfish…43 points
7.    Team Korea…37 points
8.    ORACLE TEAM USA Bundock…22 points
9.    China Team…18 points

AC World Series Venice Match Racing Championship
Final Match: Artemis Racing defeated Luna Rossa – Piranha; 1-0
1.    Artemis Racing
2.    Luna Rossa Piranha
3.    ORACLE TEAM USA Spithill
4.    Energy Team
5.    Emirates Team New Zealand
6.    Team Korea
7.    Luna Rossa Swordfish
8.    ORACLE TEAM USA Bundock
9.    China Team
*The losers of the Semi Final and Quarter Final matches have been assigned final finishing positions (3rd through 9th) in the Match Racing Championship as per the Sailing Instructions.

Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race: Race 11 – Day 6: A tactical gamble pays off for Visit Finland

May 20, 2012

Written by zuzana

Yet more challenging weather conditions waited for the 10 crews participating in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race over the last 24 hours, with sparse wind as well as intense heat influencing their position and mood.

Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race

Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race

However, for Visit Finland a tactical gamble overnight has seen the yacht regain its lead and secure first place in Race 11.

After entering into stealth mode overnight, which allows the team to hide its position from the rest of the fleet for a period of 24 hours, Visit Finland has regained its lead and is currently in first place, around 40 miles ahead of its nearest rival Gold Coast Australia.

With only three miles separating second place Gold Coast Australia and third place De Lage Landen, the Australian entry’s skipper Richard Hewson describes his tactical approach to catch even the smallest advantage to help reclaim the team’s former glory, “In the last 24 hours we have had no less than thirty sail changes as the wind picks up to a few knots, changes direction and then drops back off again.

“Changing between wind seeker, Yankee 1, Staysail and light weight spinnaker is a full time job throughout the watch, and the deck regularly resembles a the floor at the end of an Italian dinner party, covered in a spaghetti of sheets, lines, halyards and sails.”

Sailing Yacht Bronenosec’s consistent day at Leg One of the Rolex Volcano Race

May 20, 2012

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The second part of the Rolex Volcano Race started today, not long after 15:00 local time. The fleet, including sailing yacht Bronenosec of Saint Petersburg Yacht Club was tacking the Leg One of the regatta – a race of 100 miles from Gaeta to the island of Capri, passing through the Pontine Islands, Italy.

Sailing yacht Bronenosec - RUS - Photo By- Rolex  Kurt Arrigo

Sailing yacht Bronenosec - RUS - Photo By- Rolex Kurt Arrigo

As the fleet progress and approach the half-way mark the route thus far has been full of pitfalls and the tacticians have had their work cut out as the conditions have proved particularly tricky and the weather has been characterised by weak and unstable winds. This afternoon, in fact, the lack of wind delayed the race start by 40 minutes. The absence of the wind God, Aelous had the merit at least of being the same for all competitors; as the yachts now approach the Pontine Islands, they all have to deal with the calm conditions.

In addition to the unknown weather, Bronenosec will have to deal with some of the fastest and more established Maxi yachts on the international scene. However, the excellent steering of Vladimir Liubomirov also Commodore at the Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg, always committed to the helm, has pulled in a steady performance in the 5-6 knots and Bronenosec currently sits mid-fleet as night-time falls off the Italian coast.

As the breeze sets to build slightly overnight to 10-13 knots with little gust variation the Swan 60 yacht, engineered for performance with a hull designed solely for racing, will spend the night pursuing and recovering the miles on the leader whilst countering attacks by opponents before the fleet arrive in Capri tomorrow morning.

Venice AC World Series: Leaderboard closes up with one race to go in Venice

May 19, 2012

Written by zuzana

The spectators of the Venice AC World Series enjoyed very close, tight, as well as tactically difficult competing on Saturday afternoon. Cheering on the AC45 sailors from the Gran Canal, the Venetian crowds lined the waterfront.

America's Cup World Series Venice 2012 - Racing Day 3 © ACEA 2012/ Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

America's Cup World Series Venice 2012 - Racing Day 3 © ACEA 2012/ Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

Winds were light, but the race course was very short and demanding on the teams. Luna Rossa Swordfish pleased the local crowds by winning the first fleet race and momentarily grabbing the overall lead in the regatta. But the early heroes fell to the back of the fleet in race two, allowing Loick Peyron’s Energy Team to retain overall leadership heading into Sunday’s final race.

Artemis Racing had a very strong showing on Saturday, with skipper Terry Hutchinson grinding out a fifth place finish in the first contest before winning the second.

“It was hard work,” a relieved Hutchinson said following the race. “The guys on board today have done really good work. It was a tough night’s sleep last night because I knew I’d let us down yesterday, so it’s nice to get it right today. It was an absolute fight the entire time, but the guys did their work really well.”

Phil Robertson, at 25 the youngest skipper in the fleet, had a good day for China Team, with fourth and eighth place finishes. It was the first time in the event China Team was able to hold a good early position through to the race finish. And the day could have been better as Robertson and crew were in second place early in the second contest, before falling back to eighth.

Venice Ac World Series Day 3 © ACEA 2012/ Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

Venice Ac World Series Day 3 © ACEA 2012/ Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

Later in the afternoon, Artemis Racing and Luna Rossa – Piranha advanced to the Final of the Match Racing Championship. Both teams are now in position to ‘win the double’ if they can capture both the Fleet and Match Racing Championships on Sunday.

The AC500 Speed Trials are scheduled for 1350 CEST. Racing starts at 1440 CEST on Sunday with the Match Racing Final – a one race duel for the title, followed by the seventh and final fleet race (1510 CEST), where the winner earns a whopping 30 points, enough for anyone in the top seven in the standings to have a chance of winning the title.

“The way the points work in the fleet racing it’s all about tomorrow,” confirmed Team Korea’s Nathan Outteridge, currently in seventh place, but still with a chance winning overall on Sunday. “We’ve learned a lot this week and it’s all about going high risk tomorrow. I think everyone will have the same attitude. We haven’t been dialing up the risk enough yet. You dial it up, and you’re either going to get it right or wrong… that’s what we’ve got to do tomorrow.”

Fleet Racing Championship – Provisional Leaderboard (after six races)
1.    Energy Team…44 points
2.    Luna Rossa Piranha…43 points
3.    Luna Rossa Swordfish…43 points
4.    Emirates Team New Zealand…42 points
5.    ORACLE TEAM USA Spithill…38 points
6.    Artemis Racing…37 points
7.    Team Korea…37 points
8.    ORACLE TEAM USA Bundock…22 points
9.    China Team…18 points

Match Racing Championship – Semi Final Results
Semi Final 1: Artemis Racing defeated Energy Team; 2-0
Semi Final 2: Luna Rossa – Piranha defeated ORACLE TEAM USA – Spithill; 2-1

The losers of the Semi Final and Quarter Final matches have been assigned final finishing positions (3rd through 9th) in the Match Racing Championship as per the Sailing Instructions.

3. ORACLE TEAM USA – Spithill
4. Energy Team
5. Emirates Team New Zealand
6. Team Korea
7. Luna Rossa Swordfish
8. ORACLE TEAM USA Bundock
9. China Team

Rolex Volcano Race 2012: 60ft sailing yacht Mini Maxi Jethou wins today’s windward/leeward race

May 19, 2012

Written by zuzana

The winner of today’s windward/leeward race at the 2012 Rolex Volcano Race has become Sir Peter Ogden’s 60ft sailing yacht Mini Maxi Jethou (GBR). Taking place in Gaeta, Italy fourteen of the 19 entered Maxi yachts competed in the race which marked the first segment of this year’s event.

JETHOU yacht crosses in front of NILAYA superyacht during windward-leeward race Photo RolexKurt arrigo

JETHOU yacht crosses in front of NILAYA superyacht during windward-leeward race Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

Jethou yacht triumphed on handicap having finished second on the water to Claus-Peter Offen’s 100-ft superyacht Y3K (GER), who attacked the 8.8-nautical mile course in a time of one hour, five minutes and 39 seconds. Ian Budgen, longstanding part of the Jethou afterguard, was delighted at winning a highly competitive race, commenting: “It was lovely out there, nice and warm. We had 9-13 knots of breeze, so great sailing conditions. Over the last six months a lot of changes have been made to the boat and on a light air day like today the modifications make a big difference.”

Whilst Jethou will take confidence from today’s victory, the hard work begins tomorrow with the first leg of the 400-nautical mile offshore race, commencing at 15:00 CEST. Running from Gaeta to Capri, the initial 100-nautical mile leg serves as an enticing appetiser to the more significant 300-nautical mile Leg Two, starting from Capri on Tuesday 22 May and comprising a voyage around the UNESCO-protected Aeolian Islands, geological wonders in the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Today’s skipper’s briefing held at the Club Nautico Gaeta, attended by noted tacticians including Jethou’s Brad Butterworth sailing yacht Berenice Bis’s (ITA) Tiziano Nava and Tommaso Chieffi of the sole Russian entry Bronenosec yacht, provided the international crews with the latest information regarding the conditions forecast for the offshore race.

Ambiance in Gaeta Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

Ambiance in Gaeta Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

Official race meteorologist Filippo Petrucci predicts relatively rough conditions as the week develops, revealing: “Sunday evening will be characterised by a low pressure system which will arrive over the central western part of the Mediterranean so we expect rain and unsettling conditions for the conclusion of Leg One on Monday.”

Petrucci continued: “Regarding the outlook for the rest of the week the low pressure system will continue into Tuesday, with mostly cloudy skies and a risk of isolated thunderstorms bringing changeable winds. This may lead to very strong offshore winds between Tuesday and Wednesday of 25-30 knots with even stronger gusts.” In short, and compared to last year’s feeble conditions, the crews should be braced for a relatively quick dash around the majestic islands.

Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race: Race 11 – Day 5: Unstable wind continues

May 19, 2012

Written by zuzana

The ten-strong fleet competing in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race experienced another difficult day of racing. Today’s skipper reports to the Race Office are full of curses to the wind gods and a number of tactical gambles as each team tries to win over its closest rivals.

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

Visit Finland along with Geraldton Western Australia and Welcome to Yorkshire have entered Stealth Mode over the last 24 hours, which has allowed Gold Coast Australia to retake the lead of Race 11, a day after it claimed maximum points at the Scoring Gate.

Geraldton Western Australia skipper, Juan Coetzer, explains his team’s tactical decision. “Last night we saw that we were not going to make the Scoring Gate as one of the first three teams to cross. So we opted for a different tactic by playing our Stealth Mode card.

“The wind has been kind to us but we had to work rather hard to keep on moving through the wind holes.” Geraldton Western Australia’s position will be hidden from the Race Viewer and the rest of the fleet until 1400 UTC today, while Visit Finland’s and Welcome to Yorkshire’s positions will not be reported until 0000 UTC and 0600 UTC tomorrow respectively.

Stealth Mode allows the teams to hide their positions from the rest of the fleet for a period of 24 hours, enabling them to spring some tactical surprises. The Race Office still tracks their positions every hour.

Rolex Volcano Race 2012: Volcanic Contest Awaits International Fleet

May 19, 2012

Written by zuzana

The preparations for the Rolex Volcano Race 2012, held in the town of Gaeta, just north of Naples, are well underway. The scheduled windward/leeward yacht race will allow the 19 international crews to test tactics as well as hone preparations ahead of an intriguing two-part offshore race starting on Sunday 20 May.

Ambiance at the Yacht Club Gaeta Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

Ambiance at the Yacht Club Gaeta Photo by Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

Leg One of the offshore race comprises a 100-nautical mile journey through the Pontine Islands from Gaeta to Capri. There, the fleet will berth for the evening of Monday 21 May before, the following morning, tackling the most challenging and rewarding part of the event, the 300-nautical mile Leg Two around the volcanic Aeolian Islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea, beginning and ending in Capri.

“The event has grown considerably from the first edition (held in 2011) both in terms of the number and quality of entrants,” explains Luca Simeone, Vice President of the Yacht Club Gaeta. “There are a number of larger boats and a representation from twelve nations. The event is newborn and has immediately assumed an international character.”

“The fascination of this event come from the boats,” continues Simeone. “The very best technology, in terms of construction, materials and sails, is represented together with the great appeal of having crews from many nations who have gone to great lengths to prepare these Maxis.”

Race course chart

Race course chart

Yachts from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Portugal, Russia, Spain, the UK and the USA as well as seven entrants from Italy make up the fleet. Two impressive winners from last year’s Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the largest craft on show – Claus-Peter Offen’s 100-ft sailing yacht Y3K (GER) and Filip Balcaen’s 112-ft superyacht Nilaya (BEL) – are widely expected to be amongst the frontrunners.

“The forecast is quite different from last year when the race was characterised by light winds,” concludes Simeone. “We are expecting harder conditions, especially for Leg Two of the offshore race, an additional reason for celebrating the performance of these great yachts.”

The Rolex Volcano Race is organised by the International Maxi Association (IMA) and is open to Maxi yachts (measuring over 18.29 metres/60-ft in length). The overall winner of Leg Two will receive the coveted Rolex Trophy and timepiece during the traditional Rolex party at the iconic La Canzone del Mare, held on Friday 25 May.

Venice AC World Series: Local heroes lead the way

May 18, 2012

Written by zuzana

The Venice America’s Cup World Series hosted some of the best sailors competing on the Grand Canal of Venice on Friday. Pleasing the local spectators who gathered both on shore as well as on the water, each of the two Luna Rossa crews rose to the occasion, recording a race victory.

America's Cup World Series Venice 2012 - Racing Day 2 Credit: ACEA 2012/ Photo : Gilles Martin-Raget

America's Cup World Series Venice 2012 - Racing Day 2 Credit: ACEA 2012/ Photo : Gilles Martin-Raget

“Today has been a great day for us, with two victories,” said team skipper Max Sirena. “But we want to keep our feet on the ground and look ahead to the next two days. There are still many points to be gained and we need to approach it in the right way.”

While conditions were perfect for racing, with moderate 8-10 knot sea breezes, the challenge came from the narrow, restricted race course, which was shoe-horned into the canal. This forced the boats close together and the crews were obliged to execute an unprecedented number of tacks and gybes as they zigzagged up and down the track.

“The boats are so physically taxing on the guys, it is literally a flogging,” said Kiwi skipper Dean Barker, who agrees that the helmsman has the ‘easy’ job on board. His team sits in fourth place on a tight leaderboard. “You can’t but help but feel sorry for the other guys. At the end of the race their tongues are hanging out and they’re completely spent.”

Loick Peyron’s Energy Team retained their position at the top of the Fleet Racing leaderboard, but not without some nervous moments. The team was in last place at the first two marks of the second race, before making a spectacular comeback on the next leg of the course to round in second place, a position they protected all the way to the finish, maintaining their consistent finishes to date.

The race course, at its narrowest, was only 140 meters, meaning at times crews would barely have trimmed on a sail before they had to make another manoeuver. But the smaller field of play made for incredible spectator opportunities, with hundreds of boats lining the course, and thousands more taking in the action from the shore.

Venice America's Cup World Series - Day 2 ACEA 2012/ Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

Venice America's Cup World Series - Day 2 ACEA 2012/ Photo Gilles Martin-Raget

“The Italian people love sailing, they love the America’s Cup, and they love Luna Rossa,” Sirena said. “It was amazing how many people there were and how many boats we had on the water. And on Saturday there will be even more!”

Today’s Match Racing did not take place as scheduled. The Semi Finals are rescheduled to Saturday, and will take place following the Fleet Races 5 and 6.

Fleet Racing Championship – Provisional Leaderboard (after four races)
1.    Energy Team…35 points
2.    Luna Rossa Swordfish…31 points
3.    Luna Rossa Piranha…29 points
4.    Emirates Team New Zealand…29 points
5.    Team Korea…26 points
6.    ORACLE TEAM USA Spithill…21 points
7.    Artemis Racing…21 points
8.    ORACLE TEAM USA Bundock…16 points
9.    China Team…8 points

Match Racing Championship – Semi Final Results
The winners of the Quarter Finals advanced to the ‘best of three’ Semi Finals. No match races were sailed on Friday. The losers of the Quarter Final have been assigned final finishing positions (5th to 9th) in the Match Racing Championship as per the Sailing Instructions.

5. Emirates Team New Zealand
6. Team Korea
7. Luna Rossa Swordfish
8. ORACLE TEAM USA Bundock
9. China Team