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Day 5 - Maximum Carnage, Maximum Fun

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Starting this one early to make sure the link is live. It's gonna be a busy morning tomorrow...

 

Thank you all for checking out our live report today, and all week, sponsored by Ullman Sails.

 

Here's yesterday's report. Today is gonna be a lot bigger, I think.

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Morning Mr Clean..Mer,...whats the weather up to ??

 

sunny and windy ??

shark

 

from http://www.melges24worlds2008.com/

 

Live from the sea 05/06/2008

 

05/06/2008 - 09:50

 

Good morning. The competitors have been divided into the Gold and Silver divisions with 57 boats in each. The race committees are on station in the race area. Course A reports winds of 260 to 265 degrees at 16 to 18 knots. Course B reports wind of 270 degrees at 20 knots. The first race today will be race 7.

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Thanks 13o, we're on our way to the course right now. Sky is partly cloudy, some high haze, with the Mistral lulling a bit right now. When we woke up at 7 or so, dogs were flying through the air, but around 9:30 the wind calmed down to under 20 where it remains now. EXTREMELY puffy though, as I look around I see very dark patches all over the place. We will be spending all of our time with the Gold fleet I think. THere are too few races left to waste a half hour going back and forth between the courses, though we may try to get a little of the Silver fleet tomorrow if there are some good battles for the lead over there.

 

Considering how hot the battle is for top ten, we're going to be where the action is, of course.

 

That very hot Rachele, the Italian news editor I interviewed yesterday, told me last night her mother or mother-in-law or something called her to tell her that someone had called her "tasty" and put an interview on the web. At least no one wants to kill me like that dude in Puertoi Vallarta whose wife I called a MILF.

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Restaurant Review:

 

We went out to Orange last night - one of the tres chic restaurants overlooking the sea just a half mile from the Marina. The view and decor were awesome, the prices were nosebleed high, and the appetizers were wonderful, but the three main courses I tasted were bland and uninspiring.

 

One of the crews told me they had dinner for five in the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, the hosting club. 5 dudes, one dinner, 1700 Euros. A diet coke is 8 Euro I think.

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Dunno if Rachele has any kids, but she's damned hot.

 

Course 4 posted. 275 degrees, 2 miles. Long damn beats, but the sailors say that it's necessary or the first weather mark would be a lot worse than it is already.

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Warning horn just went off. Wind is steady 15-18. As a little aside, Bill and Simon were talking last night about how much help the Velocitek start line pinging thing has been. Bill said they tested in on the Farr 40, and the Vtek was more accurate and quicker updating than the Deckman, and the bow guy holds the velocitek for the start. When buried in the middle among two dozen other Melges, they've found it gives them last minute certainty and lets them punch through the midline sag.

 

This isn't a sponsor plug - in fact, the exact quote was "when it works, it's amazingly useful" and I think Sevenstar SLAM's crew will work with Vtek to make it better. Rockbox also has this feature, though I haven't tested it yet, and I will in a few weeks when we go to Detroit.

 

Luigi over the radio: "You guys who are over the line, get back where you belong so we can get this race off."

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Good strong start. Sweaty Betty over early, Eurovoiles as well. Hoochy Koochy wins the boat, just a bit late though. Top boats went left, the boat end was not very crowded.

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Here's the start. Had to jump off the bow to keep from getting doused. Wind is back up to 20ish.

 

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Top Rounding:

 

Terra Whatever

Riverstone (went up on rocks yesterday)

Gullisara

Altea

Marchingenio

Wolfpack

Uka Uka

Eta Beta

Westaway Sails

Sevenstar SLAM

Blu Moon

Pilot Italia

Alfa Spider

Brantolo

Alina Helly Hanson (event leader)

Monsoon

Joe Fly

 

 

Barbarians with a shocker - first a 350 and then had to gybe away from traffic, probably lost 15 boats on that rounding easy. Full Throttle also buried, my spotter tells me in twentieth. Pic uploading now and we're doing 30 knots to the leeward mark.

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Shorten course to 1.6 NM. They want to get the races in badly, and don't need to splkit the fleet so much.

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Hello Mr. Clean and all the others, it is gonna be a long day of racing today!

I want to thank a lot Mr Clean to do all this. This is the best way to follow a regatta in realt time from far away.

I think it must be rather difficult to send messages, pics, videos and look at the regatta in a boat in a rough and windy sea. I am wondering how you can do all that!

Ciao

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Top Corinthian boat Bourgyes Telecoms blew their spinnaker to bits at the set - it's on the video. ALso, Henri Samuel on ZigZag was in good position, and we didn't see him at the botom mark, though we saw him coming back to the start line under main alone.

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Hello Mr. Clean and all the others, it is gonna be a long day of racing today!

I want to thank a lot Mr Clean to do all this. This is the best way to follow a regatta in realt time from far away.

I think it must be rather difficult to send messages, pics, videos and look at the regatta in a boat in a rough and windy sea. I am wondering how you can do all that!

Ciao

It is not easy, but it is very fun. Glad you're enjoying it.

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Terra Whatever

Joe Fly (+15!!)

MRCHIngenio

Woldpack

Eta BEta

Alina Helly Hanson (360)

Gullisata

Algfa Spider

Westaway

Pilot ITalia

Riverstone

Sevenstar SLAM

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Bow 58 informs protest of full throttle, we saw them do a turn.

 

Shit, looks like Sevenstar went out to the right looking upwind - and got SCREWED.

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Awsome coverage!

 

Not getting much work done this morning.

 

Thanks!

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Finishes, Race 7:

 

Terra Norway, wire to wire, winning by just three seconds over

Joe Fly

Marchingenio

Wolfpack

Eta Beta

Alina Helly Hanson (under protest for an incident AFTER they already did a circle at the mark)

Gulisara

Westaway

Alfa Spider

Pilot Italia

Riverstone

Full Throttle

Rat Pack

NOT SURE, may be Uka Uka

Mellnose

Sevenstar SLAM (lost 6 boats going to the north)

Blue Moon

 

Major shakeups.

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Ma.gi..r lost their rig on the silver course, according to the official site. Hey sharky - PM me who you are. We hve a bet going. If any of you guys feel like cutting and pasting the RC's comments from the official site, that would be helpful. Cheers.

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Profil, Zigzag, and alfa spider going back. Sevenstar with a great start punched out in the middle. Big trafffic jam at the boat end.

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You mean this? (delete if not appropriate)

 

The results for race 7 have been posted. The wind speed has decreased to 15 to 18 knots on both courses and race 8 will start at 1220. Both courses will be sailing course 4 at a distance of 2 miles. The Gold fleet wind bearing is 275 degrees, the Silver fleet wind bearing is 270 degrees.

 

Joe Fly got noted first! http://www.melges24worlds2008.com/results08/m_24_g.htm

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Left side did not pay, Blu Moon (Go Ullman) is out front, with Uka Uka just to leeward. Those are your leaders halfway up the course.

 

A little word about sailmakers here - North absolutely dominates the numbers, though a good number of the top boats are sailing with Ullmans now. Hyde and Westaway each have a boat, and curiously, I don't think there is a single Quantum sail to be found. Q's are probably the second most common M-24 sails in the US fleet, but obviously they've not got it going here yet. Like we've seen in the states, when the wind gets up, the Ullmans tend to migrate to the front of the fleet.

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From the official results, it looks like Joe Fly DID take out the norwegians on the finish - driving over them just like they did to sevenstar slam the other day. Our angle sucked, but they are just so fast downwind it is no contest with almost every other team's speed in this breeze.

 

Thanks Steve!

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Wind is down a bit, but the top mark is consistently 4-5 knots stronger than the bottom. Boats coming up in here now.

 

Here's that busy top mark rounding from last race. Lots of penalty turns, lots of speed, lots of RIBs.

 

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Zig Zag is out of the race, blown up jib halyard or forestay or something. Roundings coming up.

 

Monsoon

Uka Uka

Eta Beta

Cotest darmour

blu Moon

Bourgyes Telecom

Marchingenio

Online SIM

Pilot Italia

Gazoo

Joe Fly

Poizon Rouge

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Bottom mark:

 

Uka Uka

Cotes Darmour

Eta Beta

Pilot Italia

Joe Fly

WEstaway

 

Sevenstar had a terrible downwind leg, first with a big wipeout at the top and then losing the tack line halfway down.

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damm, cannot post the results as an image and neither have acces to ftp here at 'work'

You can turn it into a PDF and post I think. If not, no worries, everyone can go there.

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Great stuff Clean.. something like this

 

Race1-7.jpg

 

update

hmm png is no good... photobucket reduces it to 800 x something...hmm.. will try something else

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Top Mark:

 

Uka Uka

Cotes Darmojur

Blu Moon

Eta Beta

Online Firebolt

Joe Fly

Brantolo

Bourgyes Telecom

Pilot ITalia

Monsoon

Gazoo

Euro-Voile

Woflpack

Poizon ROuge

Team Barbarians

Full Throttle

Gulisara

Rat Pack

Alina Helly Hanson

Sevenstar SLAM

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05/06/2008 - 13:28

In race 8 on the Gold course, the order at the first windward mark was 63, 27 and 86. At the leeward gate, the order was 27, 96 and 4. At the second windward mark the order was the same as at the previous mark. On the Gold course, the wind was about 18 knots.

On the Silver course, at the first mark the order was 6, 65 and 23. At the leeward gate the order was 6, 65 and 23. At the second windward mark the order was the same as the previous mark. On the Silver course the wind was gusting to 28 knots at the windward mark.

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Left side did not pay, Blu Moon (Go Ullman) is out front, with Uka Uka just to leeward. Those are your leaders halfway up the course.

 

A little word about sailmakers here - North absolutely dominates the numbers, though a good number of the top boats are sailing with Ullmans now. Hyde and Westaway each have a boat, and curiously, I don't think there is a single Quantum sail to be found. Q's are probably the second most common M-24 sails in the US fleet, but obviously they've not got it going here yet. Like we've seen in the states, when the wind gets up, the Ullmans tend to migrate to the front of the fleet.

 

I belive Norwegian TERRA- boat is using Quantum .

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Just got the report from our shoreside team.

 

The following boats are back on the dock!

 

Dave 3

Naftalina

Black Pearl (motoring back out now)

No limits

Zig Zag

Marina de Capitana

 

It is cold, windy, and bumpy, but this racing is just gorgeous to watch. We just saw one boat with his bow out of the water to the keel for about 40 seconds.

 

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Check out Hardesty staring at Mer in that pic of SEvenstar on her side. I'll get a hi-res close up of that later today. Billy was not happy.

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Finish of Race 8:

 

Uka Uka

Cotes Darmour

Blu Moon

Eta Beta

Online SIM

Joe Fly

Brantolo

Machingenio

Monsoon

Bourgyes Telecoms

Gulisarra

Pilot Italia

Wolf pack

Poizon Rouge

Full Throttle

Barbarians

Alina Helly Hanson

Saetta

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I belive Norwegian TERRA- boat is using Quantum .

We'll have a look, 305. Thanks for the update.

 

Going to our warning for the final race of the day...

 

Some excellent shaky vids coming up. FYI - image stabilization sucks for a little video camera. Causes epilepsy or something.

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Results are up: Uka Uka in first, ALina Helly Hanson drops all the way to fourth on that bad race. Joe Fly steadily moving up to within striking distance. One bad race and everything is up for grabs.

 

Final race is on, boats are on the beat.

 

 

 

Thanks magnum!

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05/06/2008 - 14:15

The results for race 8 have been posted. Race 9 is underway sailing course 4 for a distance of 2 miles. It is expected that the race committees will shorten the second windward leg to approximately 1.5 miles. The wind on the courses is approximately 270 degrees at 18 knots.

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Top Mark:

 

Blu Moon

Uka Uka

Pilot Italia

Online SIM

Alina Helly Hanson

Eta Beta

7star SLAM

Marchingenio

Eurovoile

Brantolo

 

 

 

 

 

Start Video

 

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05/06/2008 - 14:32

In race 9 at the first windward mark on the Gold course, bow number 4 led 27 and 75. On the silver course, bow number 23 led 44 and 67. The wind at the windward mark on both courses is 22 to 24 knots.

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Coming into the final windward mark! Wind is honking at 25++. whitecaps everywhere. Just a mile of fetch and we're in seriously big chop, I can't believe no rigs down on this course.

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05/06/2008 - 14:53

 

At the leeward gate in race 9, on the Gold course there was no change in position from the previous mark. On the Silver course bow number 44 led 23 and 63.

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Coming into the final windward mark! Wind is honking at 25++. whitecaps everywhere. Just a mile of fetch and we're in seriously big chop, I can't believe no rigs down on this course.

:o You jinxed it!

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Sevenstar tacks inside and can't lay the mark - loses SIX positions on that one.

 

Pics and vid of blown rig and more coming up. Guess I wasn't joking about the carnage.

 

BTW - one of the chicks on our boat's boyfriend called from Marseille - Big crashes in this same breeze over in Marseilles at the Medcup. Vasco Vascotta was launched in a collision caused by the russians, possibly off the boat.

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Live from the sea 05/06/2008

 

05/06/2008 - 15:06

 

After the second upwind leg in race 9, on the Gold course bow number 27 led 4 and 85. On the Silver course, bow number 44 led 23 and 6.

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Final Mark:

 

Uka Uka

Blu Moon

Alina HH overtakes

Pilot

Eta Beta

Online SIM

Joe Fly

Marchingenio

EuroVoile

Brantolo

Poizon Rouge

Sevenstar SLAM - who would have rounded ahead of JF if they'd ducked Online SIM, instead they lost five boats.

Alfa Spider

 

Just after the mark, Online SIM lost their rig.

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Here's the video - first is the rounding, including 7star's issue, then the mast problem.

 

 

 

 

BTW - I promised I'd say hello to Angie and to Kathy. Hiya girls!

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We are not going to make the finish - though the results will be up shortly. We're going to walk the docks right now to hear from the sailors. Thanks for tuning in, this was by far the best OTW Anarchy report day we've ever had, and we're beat. More work to do though.

 

Thanks also to Ullman Sails, and congrats for Blu Moon's great sailing today.

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Clean,

 

Another great job. And I think Mer just keeps getting better and better with her pictures.

 

MS

 

PS. And you posted some awesome side shots of Joe Fly like I asked. Yeah for me!! lol

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