Audi MedCup – Barcelona

Barcelona

The breeze was in from the East and the racing was on. Artemis had a good day with a 7, 2, 4. But it wasn’t without a lot of fighting with the other boats as the fleet is incredibly even.

Two boats flew protest flags against us in the first race so we will have to defend those if they come to fruition. The jury on the water did not whistle either of the incidents and they were within 2 boat lengths of both, so we felt confident we were ok. But you never know what will happen when you go to the room.

There was a big seaway because the wind had been blowing all night, so there was some technique involved in both upwind and downwind sailing. Our speed on average was very good in these conditions.

Three races are scheduled for tomorrow so another long day. In fact, three races will be scheduled each day as the race committee is trying to get 12 races in.

To watch the racing live, go to www.artemisracing.com and for results go to www.medcup.org

Paul

TP52 Barcelona

Barcelona

11 TP-52’s are here in Barcelona and were ready to get the first race of this series underway today. Unfortunately, the wind wasn’t so no races were held.

The forecast for tomorrow is a bit better so we are hopeful.

For more information go to www.medcup.org

Paul

Audi MedCup – Marseille

Marseille

No racing again today. There were 40 knots of wind in the Gulf de Lyon. Quantum Racing, with Terry Hutchinson at the helm, won the regatta based on their great performance in the first three days. In fact, they won 4 of the 5 races including Friday’s costal race.

Artemis finished last. This is definitely a low point for us. Never have we done this poorly. We were trying a new rudder but I honestly don’t think that had much to do with it. Will we use it in the next regatta? No. But really we have only ourselves to blame for this poor performance. We just simply did not sail well, nor particularly fast.

Anyway, that is history now and we have to look forward to the next event in Barcelona in four weeks time. Fortunately, we have the three weeks off from sailing so that will give the team a welcome rest.

I am in Geneva tonight and heading to Milan tomorrow for two meetings and a gala dinner for the 100 year celebration of Ermenegildo Zegna. I wear Zegna clothes a lot and have done so for 20 years. I love their fabrics and designs. Zegna have supported me and my teams, in various campaigns, over the years. Zegna is a classic brand in mens clothing and it will be an honor to be at their centennial tomorrow night.

Then early Tuesday, I will be on my way to SFO. Finally!

Paul

Audi MedCup – Marseille

No race today. The Mistral is in and looks set to stay tomorrow too. The start time for tomorrow has been brought forward to 1100 to give us a chance but in reality, the forecast makes it very unlikely that we will race again here. 30-45 knots tomorrow with 2-3 meter waves.

Audi MedCup – Marseille

Marseille

Today we had the coastal race. The course was beautiful, taking the fleet around several islands and down along the coast eastwards to a city called Cassis.

On Artemis we did not do much better than we have been doing all week. We finished 8th after blowing up 2 spinnakers during the race. We had an ok start but did not go very well up the first windward leg and ended up second to last at the first mark. We gybed first and made big gains on the fleet down the first run. But then our gennaker exploded and we lost it all.

The day was kind of like that so it was plenty frustrating. The conditions were 16-26 knots. The sea was pretty big at times. The bows of these boats are so narrow that they spend a fair amount of time with the bow under water going downwind in 25 knots of wind. We did well to make it down the run in 26 with our A2 (.5oz) kite up after we had shredded both of our heavy kites.

Quantum sailed really fast in the big breeze and won the race easily over Emirates Team New Zealand and All4One.

We are still in last place. We just have to forget the scores and try to have some good races tomorrow and Sunday. The forecast is for strong winds again this weekend.

For complete results go to www.medcup.org

Paul

Audi MedCup – Marseille

Marseille

Not the day we were imagining on Artemis. One positive of the day was that our speed seemed fine. We made a few adjustments and carded a more powerful jib so our speed appeared to be as good as any other boat on the track.

However, our 6, 8 finishes are not going to move us up to where we want to be by the end of the week. In the first race, we chose to start to the right side of the line, did not have a good start and got pushed out to the right even further. The race was all about the left. Still, we did a good job to get back into it and with our speed managed 6th.

Then for the second race, we wanted the left, including the left end of the line. There was a bit of a fight for that start but we got it. We were looking good 3/4’s of the way up the windward leg when Emirates Team New Zealand tacked on us and forced us back out to the left. That was not the moment to go out there and we went from the top 4 to second to last in one minute.

The wind was light (6-8 knots) and fickle (185-225) all day with disproportionately large seas like yesterday.

We made a bad move on the first run by gybing out to sea and lost the one boat we had been ahead of. Still, we hung tough and battled back to pass Matador and Cristabella on the last run.

There was plenty of weirdness out there, boats going from first to last and back to fourth.

Tomorrow is the “coastal race”. The forecast is for a bit more wind than today but not a hurricane. Then Saturday should have the beginning of a Mistral with 15-20 knots from the west-northwest. Sunday the forecast has 30-40 knots of Mistral. That would be too much to sail.

For complete results go to www.medcup.org and to watch the racing live visit www.artemisracing.com

Paul

Audi MedCup – Marseille

Tough day for Artemis in the light winds of Marseille. We did not have good speed upwind or downwind in the sloppy seaway.

With scores of 7, 10, 9 we are firmly in control of last place. In fact in the second race we will probably get another point of penalty for racing with a gennaker that wasn’t “carded”. The sail was measured but not declared and that is a technical violation. Apparently a mistake was made when loading the sails this morning.

Quantum racing won the last two races after posting an 8th in the first race. I imagine they are leading.

Team New Zealand finished last in the first race after winning the last regatta with a 20 point margin.

Anyway, tomorrow will be better.

Similar forecast for tomorrow wind wise. Not sure about the extra sloppy seaway.

For complete results go to www.medcup.org

TP52 Portugal Trophy

Cascais, Portugal

Race Day 4 – Not a fun day for Artemis but we managed to hold onto third place.

We had a decent race in the first one with a 6th but lost both Quantum and All4One on the final run to the finish. All4One was just 0.5 ahead of us in second place going into today. The Portugese on Bigimist won the first race with Team New Zealand in 2nd.

At the start of the second race we were too close to windward of TeamOrigin, in big waves and 20 knots of wind. We got slow and the bow blew off and our sprit hit TeamOrigin and broke. So we had to make a penalty turn and we had no sprit for the downwind legs.

We were well into last when the dust settled after the start and I thought about just retiring to save the wear and tear on the sails. But that would have cost us one point as the difference between a last and a DNF (Did Not Finish). Then Bribon had a problem with their gennaker too and went down the last run without a kite. We were able to set ours, tacked to the bow, and we managed to pass them and gain another point.

Quantum sailed well to win easily and Team New Zealand got another second showing a lot of consistency.

Team New Zealand won easily and All4One sailed well to get second. Behind Artemis in third, things were tight with TeamOrigin and Quantum tied for fourth just 1.5 points behind us.

Cascais proved to be a fantastic place to race and a beautiful city to boot. I am sure we will be back to race here next year.

For complete results go to www.medcup.org

TP52 Portugal Trophy

Cascais, Portugal

Race Day 4 – Today we had the coastal race. The winds were 15-25 knots from the NW. Team New Zealand led from start to finish. Matador put on their best race to finish second and Jochen Schuemann and his All4One team finished third and lie in 2nd overall due to TeamOrigin finishing 9th.

We clawed our way up to fourth and now lie in 3rd overall.

Tomorrow is the last two races. Still strong winds are forecast.

To watch the racing live go to www.artemisracing.com and for complete results go to www.medcup.org

TP52 Portugal Trophy

Cascais, Portugal

Race Day 3 – Two great races again today in 15-25 knots of wind from the Northwest. We had a bit of rain, but the wind really made the racing exciting with the boats planing at over 20 knots downwind.

Onboard ARTEMIS we had a good day and moved up in the standings from 7th to 4th. We did not have good starts in either race but made great comebacks by playing the very shifty wind to finish 7th and 2nd.

TeamOrigin won the first race but stumbled a bit in the second by fouling ALL4ONE at the first mark and the finished 7th. Emirates Team New Zealand had a great day with a 2, 1 and now lead the series with 26 points to TeamOrigin with 29. The Russian team, Synergy is third with 34 points just two ahead of ARTEMIS with 36. ALL4ONE is 5th with 37.

Tomorrow will be the coastal race down to Lisbon and back…about 25 miles. Good breeze is forecast so it should be a fairly quick race. The current will be tricky near Lisbon as there is a big river outlet to the ocean.

To watch the racing live go to www.artemisracing.com and for complete results go to www.medcup.org