Racing has just finished on Day 1 of the Grand Prix SNG, the last and decisive regatta of the 2015 Championship. Heading into the competition, it would be all about Alinghi and Team Tilt, the two Swiss rivals who have been battling it out at the top of the leaderboard all season. With Tilt holding the lead, albeit a slender one, this regatta is a straight shootout. Whichever of the two teams finishes ahead of the other will takes the title. Which has made for an exhilarating Day 1 and, after today's racing, will make for a nerve-shredding finale! As befits a championship that is coming down to the wire, Friday's racing was extremely close. Wind conditions were good - between 10 and 15 knots - and the first sprint got off on time. Seven boats started on port, including both title contenders. It was an auspicious start for Ernesto Bertarelli's team, who, having gone past Tilt before the first mark perfectly timed their jibe on the last run to take first place from Ladycat, with Tilt down in 7th. Race 2 was equally good from Alinghi's persective, with the team making it two from two, although this time Tilt were right on their heels in second place. It wasn't to be three from three, however, with 7en taking the plaudits and with Tilt ahead of Alinghi. Race 4 made the overall picture even closer - Tilt took it, with Alinghi in 4th, having had a coming-to with Mobimo that saw the former break their starboard hiking ladder (fixed soon after) and incurring a penalty. Happily, Race 5 saw a return to winning ways. Having rounded the mark first, Alinghi maintained their lead to take three wins for the day. But then, fitting the script of intense competition, Tilt took the last race of the day just ahead of Bertarelli's team! It was truly a duel… Things could still not be closer - Alinghi's lead over Tilt is but two points! It promises to be hugely exciting tomorrow, so stay tuned to our twitter feed for live updates. ALLEZ ALINGHI!
With conditions as challenging as they have been for some time, huge credit must go to Realteam for their victory in the Grand Prix Alinghi, which was organised with typical brilliance by the Yacht Club de Crans. Despite having won the first race of the day – and this even having overcome a poor start on port – Alinghi had to settle for second overall, which was a great result and testament to their consistency. Second in this event moves Alinghi even closer to Championship leaders TeamTilt, with now just a single point separating the teams. It could not be tighter heading into the final weekend of racing in the D35 Championnat. As this weekend’s racing has proved, it can be anybody’s…
A combination of challenging winds, challenging starts, and challenging luck meant that it was a mixed bag for Alinghi in the first day of the Grand Prix that has been named after the team. The good news, however, was that it was a mixed bag for all of the teams, with no one dominating. Indeed, despite Ernesto Bertarelli’s team not recording a victory on the Lake, the fact that they were consistently in the top half of the field means that, heading into day two of the Grand Prix, Alinghi is sitting pretty in fourth place, only three points from leader Realteam. Crucially, Team Tilt – Alinghi’s main rival for the D35 Championnat – are five points back. All eyes, therefore, will be on the action on the Lake tomorrow. Roll it on!
A storming performance on Day 2 of racing on Lake Geneva - in good conditions - saw Alinghi take home the Open du Yacht Club Genève and move closer to the top of the overall leaderboard in the D35 Championnat. With three races sailed on Day 1, of which Ernesto Bertarelli's team won one, the final result was very much up in the air as the fleet gathered on the Lake on a fine Sunday, with winds of nine knots greeting the teams. The committee eventually called time on sailing after four races had been run and, nailing their roles, both individually and as a unit, Alinghi managed to win all but one. It was a fantastic day for the team, who were all delighted with the performance and with the fact that they are now breathing down Team Tilt's neck in the competition for the championship. Next week-end, the teams will meet again on the waters of Crans-près-Céligny for the Grand-Prix Alinghi where the atmosphere should be at the Rendez-vous on the water and on land with a concert of the Time Machine planed on Saturday evening under the tent built on purpose in front of the club! Allez Alinghi!
Today started with some delay due to the lack of wind. Finally three races were sailed. Alinghi winning the first one of them. Only four points behind Team Tilt tonight Alinghi will start racing again tomorrow at 11:30am in front of the shores of Cologny.
Alinghi finishes 3rd of the Trofeo di Roma in Civitavecchia and stays at the second place of the Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour. Next & last event of the season will take place in Marseille, France from the 30th of September to the 3rd of October. Pictures credit: Sander van der Borch/Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour
Six races were sailed today and Alinghi proved its consistency as soon as the wind was established in a proper way scoring three victories in a row in races 4, 5 and 6 of the day. The wind was rather shy when the first race was launched and the game pretty tricky for the five teams on the race course. But since race 3 nothing could stop Alinghi, with excellent starts, simple tactics and good lay-lines. Tonight Alinghi is second of the GC32 Trofeo di Roma in Civitavecchia, tight on points with Spindrift 3rd and only three points behind Sultanate of Oman. Forza Alinghi! Pictures credit: Sander van der Borch/Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour
Due to very light winds today, which never exceeded 5 knots of thermic breeze no races took place on this second day on the waters of Civitavecchia. It was nevertheless the opportunity for all the guests of the hospitality program to further discover the boats and for a lucky few to actively participate in some exhibition races with the crew. Let's hope that the winds will be with us tomorrow and that Alinghi will have the opportunity to take off in front of its numerous Italian Tifosi! Forza Alinghi! Pictures credit: Sander van der Borch/Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour
Today the breeze was better than expected, starts were great, but minor technical issues made the task harder than anticipated for the team. But let's bet that a 1st place in race 5 in lighter wind conditions has given the team confidence for tomorrow. Forza Alinghi!! Pictures credit: Sander van der Borch/Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour
Alinghi’s awesome day – when they won six out eight races on Friday – ultimately secured this victory in the Sailing Cup Kiel, the team’s first overall victory on the 2015 Bullitt GC32 circuit. But the team were consistent throughout and secured the win in the final day’s penultimate race, which they took amid the variable winds that had characterised Sunday’s racing and, indeed, which had delayed the start of Sunday’s competition in the first place. Given the events on the first day, Morgan Larson had every right to be delighted: “I haven’t forgotten about that practice race on Thursday where we capsized and almost broke the boat on the rocks and somehow escaped it all. I’d say about half way through that capsize, I said a very bad word, and that was because I knew about all the work that went into getting here, and that we probably weren’t going to be in the race. We’re lucky even to have been racing here. To win is a massive bonus.” This result in Germany has some repercussions for the GC32 tour because, after three events, the team’s performance has seen Alinghi move within just a point of Oman, who lead the overall rankings. With the team full of confidence and breathing down the leader’s neck, who can wait for the next run in Rome, starting on the 27thAugust? Pictures credit: Sander van der Borch/Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour