Wednesday, February 03, 2010

LIVE from the Race Committee boat

5:50pm Alinghi 5 crosses the finish line of the first official training race of the 33rd America's Cup in Valencia. With 7 knots of windspeed at the committee boat the Swiss boat is flying at 21 knots. It took them exactly 2:30 hours for a complete Deed-of-Gift upwind/return race. Harold Bennett, Principal Race Officer, the race committee and the race operations team had a very successful test despite the quite difficult conditions.

Alinghi 5 crosses the finish line. Valencia, 3 February 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Alinghi 5 is flying towards the finish line. Valencia, 3 February 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Job well done for Harold Bennett, the race committee and the race operations team. Valencia, 3 February 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

5:40pm Alinghi 5 is flying towards the Race Committee boat with the gennaker. It won't take long before we have the first "official" finish of the 33rd America's Cup in Valencia.

5:15pm Alinghi 5 has rounded the top mark and is now vaguely visible, coming downwind towards the finish line. It might take another 30 minutes before they cross the finish line.

4:45pm Alinghi 5 is now 2 miles from the weather mark. They are currently training on a full 20-mile-leg upwind/return race. Start was at 3:20pm and conditions are very shifty and unstable throughout the race course. We have around 4.5 knots at the committee boat.

3:20pm Second start for Alinghi with only 4 knots of breeze.

Second start for Alinghi 5. Valencia, 3 February 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Second start for Alinghi 5. Valencia, 3 February 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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2:55pm The starting gun has been fired and Alinghi 5 crosses the start line with just 3.5 knots of breeze. There is, of course, one only boat in this prestart procedure but still it's an impressive sight.

Alinghi 5 crosses the start line. Valencia, 3 February 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Alinghi 5 during the prestart procedure. Valencia, 3 February 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Alinghi 5 during the prestart procedure. Valencia, 3 February 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Alinghi 5 during the prestart procedure. Valencia, 3 February 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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2:25pm It's still VERY light, just 1.5 knots at the committee boat. Still, Alinghi will now practice prestarts. Even with such low breeze, these yachts sail... Ernesto Bertarelli is at the helm.

Alinghi ready to start practicing a few prestarts. Valencia, 3 February 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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1:20pm Alinghi 5 came to the Committee boat on tow and hoisted their mainsail and headsail. There is hardly any wind and throughout what could be the race area, there is between 0 and 2 knots of breeze.

Alinghi 5 start hoisting sails. Valencia, 3 February 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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12:30pm We are just drifting with 1.5 knots of wind. BMW Oracle's USA was sailing at a distance and got up to approximately 500 meters from the committee boat. Apparently they were shooting some promotional video or photos with a helicopter flying a few dozens meters above the yacht.

BMW Oracle's USA training. Valencia, 3 February 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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11:00am Greetings from sunny Valencia. For once, my live attempts seem to work. This is also a test for the actual 33rd America's Cup match that starts on Monday. Valencia Sailing will be reporting on today's training but I don't know the frequency of updates.

We are currently south of Valencia, approximately 7-8 miles from the port, with nice sunshine, flat seas and 6 knots of breeze.

The Race Operations fleet is getting in place for Wednesday's training. Valencia, 3 February 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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42 Comments:

At 11:36 AM, Blogger Jaume Soler Albertí said...

Muy bueno Pierre.

¡Enhorabuena!

 
At 11:42 AM, Anonymous Johan said...

Awesome Pierre !
Thanks for the efforts, hope the server can manage...

 
At 12:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess being in that Heli' is going to be the place to be.

Well Done Pierre, we look forward to your efforts, Thanks!

 
At 1:21 PM, Anonymous El Farero de La Malvarrosa said...

13:19 PM
el BMWOR esta en estos momentos en la playa de La Malvarrosa. Van solo con la mayor y despacio con un sequito de lanchas.

 
At 1:48 PM, Blogger Ramon said...

Great coverage, pierre. I'm on your blog several times a day...

 
At 2:04 PM, Blogger Phil said...

GREAT, PIERRE.

 
At 2:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, queria decir 1:19 PM.

 
At 3:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Extra cool that EB is driving.

cosa panache!

 
At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow 1 hull in the air at 3.5 kn of wind

 
At 3:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good to see the thing flying in such little air... What do you think now TE about the wind limit...Take it like a boy and man up.

 
At 3:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pierre,

good to see that there are no wind limits i guess they are showing the race committee and you that races will start in some very light air, good on Alinghi...

 
At 3:21 PM, Anonymous Peelman said...

Great Job, Pierre! You are light years ahead of those SAAC amateurs (especially the loud mouth CLEAN) ..... great job!

 
At 3:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Larry no tienes ... para conducir tu trimaran¡¡¡. Te lo estas perdiendo.

 
At 3:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

3:21 PM - Seems the Alinghi trolls are everywhere. Pretty childish creating sockpuppets all over the net. Guess some of EB's teaching has rubbed off. If you want to leave your real name we will see you in VLC.

Great work Pierre.

 
At 3:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Pierre for reporting those impressive moments ! Still not a race, but good to feel the power of these giants. What about the boat speed Pierre ?

 
At 4:06 PM, Blogger AL ing. HI said...

They definitely gonna beat USA 17 at the prestart, cause the A5 handling is much better.

 
At 5:02 PM, Anonymous Jesús Renedo said...

flanhSi, muy bien Pierre, que buena info!!

 
At 5:07 PM, Anonymous I wanna be clean said...

AC battle of the journos looks very much like the probable outcome of the AC:
Euro (Pierre) - WIN
UAS (SAAC amateurs) - FAIL

 
At 5:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one noticed evans had snuck onto the boat. Very sneaky indeed.

 
At 5:24 PM, Anonymous heckler said...

"3:21 PM - Seems the Alinghi trolls are everywhere. Pretty childish creating sockpuppets all over the net. Guess some of EB's teaching has rubbed off. If you want to leave your real name we will see you in VLC.

Great work Pierre."

Hahaha!

Alan Block-doing all he can for the sport of sailing

 
At 5:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

just wanted to drop a quick note thank you for the coverage

 
At 6:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

21 knots with 7 knots. In other post you reported 22 knots with also 7 knots of wind for the BOR. So it seems that USA17 is a bit faster.

 
At 6:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great! Awesome pix! I have a huge smile acorss my face thanks to you.
Keep on the good work

 
At 7:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ 6.33
Do you really think what you write? Let me share a vital info w you. A5 has been sailing today with a huge bucket attached to their boat, in order to slow it down, this is a relevant info for you

 
At 8:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pierre, thank you VERY MUCH for the effort. It made our day here. Just a comment: 2 hours and 30 minutes to cover 20 miles means an average speed of 8 knots. I'm starting to believe in the "huge bucket" theory.

 
At 9:11 PM, Anonymous don't fix it if it aint broke said...

@ I wanna be clean said

except that Cheesecountry neither has the Euro nor is part of the European Union

 
At 10:30 PM, Anonymous Mike said...

@8:02 PM...20 miles up and 20 miles down! and besides that, they are not sailing straight lines...pleaaaaase

 
At 10:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Mike.

 
At 11:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speed is not the most important than the angle with the wind

Joaquín

 
At 11:32 PM, Anonymous Dude said...

Those US made sails look great on that boat!

 
At 3:26 AM, Blogger WetHog said...

Those A5 sails sure look purdy. As an American I am very proad they were built in the good old U S of A.

 
At 8:50 AM, Blogger ATHENA's Travels said...

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_So4nXyDaWE0/S2m3DfQ8piI/AAAAAAAAAyU/0DZDW_q1zmE/s1600/100203_VLC10.jpg

got to beautiful!

 
At 9:21 AM, Anonymous Ugly Tom said...

Wethog, please ...
As a Swiss I'm very proud that 3dl sails have been invented by Swiss engineers and built in my +700 years old country and not in France !
And so what ? Where are we going ?
I'm tired of your useless comments about nationality and look forward to see some good sailing.
And BTW : I don't care who wins !

 
At 10:08 AM, Anonymous NVS said...

Glad someone is following me on this:

Yes these 3DL sails look brilliant and are probably made in US of A.

I think so far no American boat has ever won the Cup with 3DL sails; Russel did for NZ and SUI...
And this time Oracle use a wing ironically,...

I'm also glad someone mention that the 3DL process has been invented by 2 Swiss friend/engineers in a garage. North Sails (US) bought the idea...

US of A guy's you really want to win it Court?


Let's just sail these 2 Great Boats in a proper way they deserve it, and that the Best may win in 'all' wind and wave conditions, even if both boats seem longer than 90 feet.
Pity that it has to be decided on maximum 3 races.

A Belgian Sailing Fan

 
At 10:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wet hog. i think it would be interesting to hear what Dave Little and his team of BOR sailmakers thinks about your comment. If the BOR sailmakers agree that the sails are made in the USA then basically they are agreeing that all they do is put the cream on top of the cake aswell. I happen to know that the BOR sailmakers are very skilled guys so how shocking of their own team to belittle them so badly. Never mind guys. try and work for a different team next time where your skills are appreciated. Great team building skills Tom and Russell.

 
At 12:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brilliant coverage!
keep up the good work

 
At 4:41 PM, Anonymous JamieF said...

@10:14 AM anon

at least have the balls to put your name down if you claim to be an expert. Otherwise your are just one of the many wannabees...

 
At 5:13 PM, Blogger d'alba said...

Hey, WETHOG,
I am so pleased to let you know that as an Italian I am extremely proud that americans bought an italian hydraulic system, with the right to be copied and reproduced on US soil, with italian plans, italian instructions, and italian patent.
My guess is that the swiss feel the same about the swiss 3DL patented sails, bought by "not so smart" but rich americans.
Humm, and what about the germans, and their engines... most probably again the same scenario.
And as an american, are you proud to know that it is going to be a NZ skipper who is going to steer your "franco-american" trimaran?

Who was calling for fair rules? seems to me it is just about money, and ridiculous law practice.

 
At 12:28 PM, Anonymous Tell son said...

Ellison=Icare ;-)))

 
At 12:35 PM, Anonymous Tell son said...

BORAMA management is not able to sail, they will not be on BORAMA! Are they shy or uncapable? No they have anappiontement with their lawers!!

 
At 12:42 PM, Anonymous Tell son said...

BORAMA Link : http://www.vplp.fr/flash/index_vplp-3.html. This FRENCH Company build the best trimaran, I dont see any US knowhow mr Ellison, only a lot of mones and unfairness!

 
At 12:48 PM, Anonymous Tell son said...

BOR (new name BORAMA) / Alinghi AC
0 Zero! So Ellison you have nothing greats to tell us!

 

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