Day 3, With Three Races On Call

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Here's my release for Sevenstar SLAM Racing:

MELGES 24 WORLDS OFF TO FRUSTRATING START FOR FLEET

 

PORTO CERVO, ITA (3 June 2008) - Days 1 and 2 of the Volvo Melges 24 World Championship suffered from fickle and even non-existent breeze, with two fluky races on Sunday and none yesterday. A local yacht captain gave the most common of comments from the course: "This is not normal conditions for here." It certainly wan't "normal" to see the fleet hoisting spinnakers to reach the weather mark, yet that's precisely what happened during one of Sunday's races.

 

"I think we were very lucky," said Stefano Ciampalini, trimmer aboard 'Pilot Italia', which is leading the fleet with a 2,1 scoreline. Luck certainly played a big factor, though Pilot Italia displayed more than just luck in their three-bullet performance in the Pre-Worlds. "A good start is the most important part of this race when the wind is shifty - you must have the ability to tack freely that only comes from a good start," commented Ciampalini.

 

Bizarre conditions on Sunday sent many of the top boats into the middle of the fleet, including GBR 592 - 'Sevenstar SLAM'. "We had two good starts, but getting on the wrong side of a couple of shifts lost us quite a few places," commented skipper Simon Strauss. "Still, that's two races of a 12-race series, so we're not getting down on ourselves." Strauss, with double World Champion Bill Hardesty calling tactics, lies in 38th place, and they have plenty of company, with top Melges 24 teams littering the middle of the leader board. Many competitors picked for a possible podium finish have already sailed their throwout race, with former World Champ Nicola Celon aboard MARCHINGENIO in 56th, Gabrio Zandona aboard Joe Fly in 45th, Gabrielle Benussi on Alfa Spider in 29th, top Corinthian competitor Bruce Ayres and Monsoon in 40th, and Laser SB3 European Champ Geoff Carveth on Code Zero in 34th. Both Alina Helly Henson (Luca Valerio) and Saetta (Nicolo Bianchi) scored first place finishes in one race on Monday only to finish in 27th and 30th place respectively in the other of the day's two races.

 

BETTER CONDITIONS LIKELY FOR REMAINDER OF WEEK

 

PRO Peter Reggio has already decided to shoot for three races on Tuesday to gain back time lost yesterday, and with more stable winds from the West already blowing across Marina Porto Cervo, more consistent racing looks likely for the fleet as they work to qualify for Gold fleet ahead of the fleet splits on Wednesday. Forecasts for the region differ though, with some calling for the establishment of a strong Mistral sometime late Wednesday. Regardless of the forecast, one thing is certain in this fleet: The competition will be heating up substantially going into the splits on Wednesday, with many of the top Melges 24 teams likely to be fighting not just for a top 10 finish, but also to qualify in the Gold Fleet.

I'm headed to the dock now to clean the bottom of the boat - back in an hour or two with all the action, live. Thanks for watching!

 

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We're just leaving the apartment now. We'll post the five videos I shot this morning when we get on the boat. Wind has picked up further, and we're currently looking at 12-15 knots of offshore breeze right now. Should be postcard perfect today, and we will get you tons of good info. Thanks for watching, and please be sure to send the link to the coverage to anyone you know who might find it interesting.

Also, thanks a ton to Ullman Sails for supporting On-The-Water Anarchy and bringing this coverage to you all, and to Joe Fly Sailing Team for the excellent technical support.

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First morning video - Jacques Clean-steau looks for the elusive speed-sucking barnacle.




Another Interview - not sure which one.




 

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Chicks rock. This is "Pearl," the only boat with three giirls on board. Good stuff. My mistake regarding female helms - there apparently is one german girl driving 008, and I'll talk to her later this week.




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White and Orange fleets are on our course B, with Hank Stuart, PRO. We are in going into the warning now.

 

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2 miles, 280 degrees, four legs. wind is steady at 12-15 knots, just in planing range for W/L racing. Should be damned exciting today.

 

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keep at it clean - you are a bit early in the am for the NA readers, but I am 3 hours ahead of you - and now the sheikhs brother has died (crashed his helicoptor - three days mourning - possibly no beer)

 

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And another general recall! Fun videos loading now. This RC is going to have a tough time getting in three if they can't get the fleet off cleanly.

 

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They shut that start down for a ten degree shift. New course is 290. Kinda confusing why they're restarting after that one.

 

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We're having a little issue with the other press boat...Luca, owner of Sailrev.tv, is pissed that we're getting too close to them. They're in a RIB, we're in a 42 foot cruiser...might makes right!

 
why to they have an aversion to going to straight black first start ??......everyone knows the score....oh yes and have ocs as a counter..LOL...you dont get many recalls that way

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