If you were to be told that 3 x 2 = 1, would you believe it? In pure maths, maybe not. But in sailing, it's possible! By clocking three second-place finishes today, Alinghi won the Grand Prix de Versoix ahead of Racing Django and Swisscom (for those interested, we also placed 4th, but from the four races validated, the worst score is discounted...click here for the ranking). Following the victory in the Genève-Rolle-Genève yesterday, Alinghi has therefore scored twice this weekend and added only two points in the overall standings of the D35 season. Mid-championship, the team leads the D35 Trophy by four points, ahead of Zen Too (16 points) and Ylliam Comptoir Immobilier (18 points) – click here for the full ranking. Pierre-Yves Jorand: "With no wind on Friday, this Grand Prix was sailed on one day, with four races today. The wind was unusual, and gave rise to a lot of overtaking. It was necessary to keep the head out of the boat and choose the right options. The left side, which was right upwind, was not necessarily the one going downwind. We've won the Grand Prix by only one point ahead of Racing Django and two on Swisscom. It was very tight, but we were the most consistent. This weekend sees the end to a busy period, what with GC32 worlds, travel and training. We'll now have three days of rest before the preparation for the Bol d'Or." João Cabeçadas, shore crew/rigger, said: "We made good starts and we were, practically, all the time on the right side around the marks, with good maneuvers. We controlled our opponents, when it was the right time to do so. From the outside it looks easy, like when you look at a young person who skates in a skate park. But there is a lot of work behind this apparent ease." The team looks forward to welcoming you on Saturday, June 9, from 10am for the starting gun of the 80th Bol d'Or Mirabaud. To find out more d35trophy.com Event hashtags #GoAlinghiGo // # D35Trophy To find out more about the race tracking system, the team composition and the circuit in general, find the event recap by clicking here. Photo credits ©Loris Von Siebenthal
Following on from the opening Grand Prix, Alinghi secured another 'Lac Leman' victory at the Open de Versoix. Over the regatta of ten races – sailed amid shifty wind, blowing five to 12 knots – the team won four and finished second three times. Nicolas Charbonnier, tactician, said: "Friday aside, we had great conditions for this Open de Versoix. The key to this event was to keep picking-up points and not to give-up, especially if we had set-backs. The fleet was packed and every mistake was seized upon. Once, we reached the top mark in third place, but ended up, because of a positioning error, in seventh. Another time, we lost our advantage because of a manoeuvre, first to a rival boat and then to most of the fleet. Everything comes down to the smallest detail. "For the coming Grand Prix, we'll have to keep paying attention to these details and continue to sail at the highest level. But I'm not going to say what we're looking to improve specifically, so as not to give our competitors our secrets!" Arnaud Psarofaghis, mainsail trimmer, also noted the increase in the general level of the competition: "The fleet is becoming way closer in terms of performance levels and it shows in the results – three boats finished on equal points! Looking ahead, one of the things we will look to work on is our decision-making at the gate (stage of the race where we can choose between two marks before starting the next leg). Essentially, if we are aiming for a particular side of the race area, we need to be able to accept the bad air and also the proximity of the other boats that have chosen the same mark to keep in touch with the fleet." Alinghi head to Lake Garda this Tuesday for the GC32 World Championship (24-27 May). The D35 resumes on June 1st and June 3rd, again in Versoix for the Grand Prix. The Genève-Rolle-Genève, the first Lac Leman classic, will take place on the 2nd of June. Click here for the general ranking of leg 2 after 10 races. To find out more d35trophy.com Event hashtags #GoAlinghiGo // #D35Trophy If you want to know more about how to follow the racing, about Alinghi's team, or just about this regatta in general, you will find all that you need in this news story. Credit for photos © Loris Von Siebenthal
From May the 19th to the 27th, Alinghi will be taking-on seven full days of racing over two events: > The second stage of the D35 Trophy takes place from Saturday the 19th to the 21st of May. Organised by the Versoix Yacht Club, it again will bring together the nine boats competing for the 2018 Championship. > Following its official recognition as a class by the international federation, World Sailing, last December, the very first GC32 World Championship will take place on the iconic Lake Garda between the 24th and 27th of May. Some 13 to 15 boats have responded to the invitation issued by Fraglia Vela Riva and the GC32 Class and will line-up against one another to compete for the ultimate title. Pierre-Yves Jorand, Alinghi's team director, said: "With these two regattas so close together we will have to know how to best stay focused day after day, and we will take advantage of every precious free moment so as to optimise our recovery phases. But, of course, we're delighted to be involved with both, as competition is what we live for. The GC32 World Championship will be magnificent, what with the teams taking part and the ideal setting for sailing that Lake Garda usually provides." Follow the action On Twitter @teamalinghi > Updates after each race, as well as photos and video clips On Facebook @teamalinghi and Instagram @alinghi > Interviews, videos and photos On our website > News and photos To find out more d35trophy.com // gc32worlds.com Event hashtags #GoAlinghiGo // #D35Trophy // #GC32worlds To find out more about how to follow the racing, the composition of the team and the D35 Trophy in general, find a recap of the competition by clicking here. Credit for photos © Lloyd Images
By winning the two races run today, Alinghi took the win in the Grand Prix Realstone, sailed around Versoix, the third such event of the season. The team’s performance meant it secured top position, four points ahead of its closest rival, Ylliam-Comptoir Immobilier, with Swisscom two further back. Afterwards, a smiling Ernesto Bertarelli said: "We are really happy with our result this Sunday, which has secured us the Grand Prix win, especially given that we were in third place on Friday. We’ve got a good lead in the D35 Trophy rankings, but we take absolutely nothing for granted. Our rivals are continuously improving and are serious competitors, so we must stay at the top of our game.” Nils Frei, trimmer, did little to hide his satisfaction after the last race: "It was two very classic races in a light 7-knots Séchard wind. We were just about able to fly a hull with the Code Zero upwind and the gennaker downwind. The race course was one sided but we handled it well. We are very happy.” Nicolas Charbonnier, tactician, was similarly delighted: "We have all done a good job; I think we will all sleep better tonight.” That’s a thought that probably references the oh-so tight finish in yesterday’s Genève-Rolle-Genève, where the team – agonisingly – had to settle for second at the last having been in the lead for most of the race. For Yves Detrey, these two heats were certainly a boon after that end to the Genève-Rolle-Genève, which had, for him, left a slightly bitter taste in the mouth: "These Grand Prix are definitely more fun and interesting than the big races; especially when we ended ahead. Today we’ve won both races, the event, and nailed down our lead in the D35 Trophy. Perfect scenario.” As he alludes, Alinghi has reasserted its position as overall Trophy leader, moving to eight points ahead of its closest rival, Ylliam-Comptoir Immobilier. Click here to sail on board D35 Alinghi (it was straight after crossing the finishing line) and listen to the crew! Next Saturday, the crew will take part in the classic Bol d'Or Mirabaud, which will see them and hundreds of others do the up-and-down along Lake Geneva: roughly 66 nautical miles (123km) if on the direct route between Geneva and Le Bouveret. This endurance event generally holds many surprises for the 500 or so competitors who will line-up to try to win this prestigious Cup. For its part, Alinghi will be going for its seventh victory. Grand Prix Realstone - General standings after 8 races (the worst score being discarded): 1st - Alinghi: 16 points 2nd - Ylliam-Comptoir Immobilier: 20 points 3rd - Swisscom: 22 points 4th - Racing Django: 28 points 5th - Zen too: 31 points Hashtags for the event #GoAlinghiGo // #D35Trophy To find out more www.d35trophy.com If you want to know more about how to follow the racing, about Alinghi’s team, or just about this regatta in general, you will find all that you need in this news story. Credit for photos Loris von Siebenthal & Cyril Neri/Vision Air
Alinghi finished the first day of the Realstone Grand Prix in third place, five points behind the leader Ylliam - Comptoir Immobilier. The race committee were successful in launching six races between 15:30 and 19:00, taking advantage of the western flow of 9 to 13 knots of wind. The team’s famous black, white and red multihull did not shine in quite the way that it had in the season’s previous races, with a premature start and tricky conditions being just two of the factors that the crew, who described the day as difficult, had to deal with. "Things were not easy," said Yves Detrey. "We had a bit of trouble finding the right trajectories, taking the right shifts (reading the wind), so it's not a memorable day in terms of performance. There is not much difference in points between us and the race leader, and we are third in the provisional standings tonight. We will have Sunday's races to fix things and to get back on track.” The schedule for Saturday is one that is absolutely synonymous with classic Lake Geneva racing, with a start time for 13:00 no matter which wind conditions. Asked about his view about the racing tomorrow - the Genève-Rolle-Genève, the first of the two major D35 Trophy races taking place - Alinghi's bowman pointed out that a capricious weather could be expected: "It's going to be a long race of light wind, but we're used to it." Follow this link to watch Yves's interview. General standings after 6 races (the worst score being discarded): 1st - Ylliam-Comptoir Immobilier : 2-2-2-6-2-1 = 9 points 2nd - Swisscom : 4-3-4-2-1-2 = 12 points 3rd - Alinghi : 1-5-3-4-3-3 = 14 points 4th - Realteam : 7-6-1-3-4-9 = 21 points 5th - Racing Django : 5-4-5-1-8-8 = 23 points Find all the results at: http://d35trophy.com Hashtags for the event #GoAlinghiGo // #D35Trophy If you want to know more about how to follow the racing, about Alinghi’s team, or just about this regatta in general, you will find all that you need in this news story. Credit for photos © Loris Von Siebenthal
Alinghi’s red-hot form in all formats continued today with another win in the D35 Trophy, making it two out of two in the championship’s first two events. Taken alongside the team’s impressive performances on their GC32 in the Extreme Sailing Series, the season has started very well indeed. Alinghi had built up a good lead heading into today’s final day, the third of the Open de Versoix. The wind remained patchy, but when it did blow, four races could be run. Having notched a third-place in the first, the team were unlucky not to secure a win in the second when, having led for much, they were pipped by Ylliam, who took the opposite side on the second beat and found the wind. Still, a second place increased the team’s lead overall, and in the next race, amid a breeze that was threatening to go to sleep and with big differences in pressure across the racing area, the team managed a fourth-place. That was followed, fittingly given the team’s overall performance, by a win in the last race of the day and of the Open de Versoix. Having been in the lead, the win was declared as Alinghi’s as the wind finally gave-up. Overall, a very satisfying performance in challenging conditions and a great way to continue the start of this 2017 racing season, with the team’s lead at the top of the D35 rankings assured. The focus is now on keeping this kind of level throughout the summer, with the D35s back in action on June 9th for the Grand Prix Realstone. Afterwards, Nils Frei was able to give an update on the injury that has kept him away from sailing for the past few events. Speaking in a video that is on the team’s facebook page, Nils confirmed that his foot is a lot better than it was, but that he is still two-to-three weeks away from being able to sail with the team again. His crew send him their best wishes for his continued recovered and look forward to welcoming him back so that he can help them to continue this great run. Final Results Alinghi: 15 points Zen Too: 31 points Ylliam Comptoir Immobilier: 32 points Mobimo: 33 points Racing Django: 36 points Swisscom: 36 points Okalys: 40 points Realteam: 41 points To find out more d35trophy.com Photo Credit © Loris von Siebenthal If you want to know more about how to follow the racing, about Alinghi's team, or just about this regatta in general, you will find all that you need in this news story. #GoAlinghiGo
Having won the opening round of the 2017 D35 Trophy, Alinghi headed into the Open de Versoix full of confidence. On Day 1, the wind had nearly refused to play ball, with the result that only one race could be run. In that race, however, the team managed to dominate. Having started on the port side and found the breeze before the rest of the fleet, Alinghi crossed all of their competitors and secured the win having been in front throughout. That form continued today on Day 2, with a display from which the team can take great pride and pleasure. The day’s first race, saw the team’s tactics pay off, securing a second win in a row. That was something – narrowly - not to be repeated in the next race, but a commendable second-place finish was followed by another first in the third race of the day. The only slight blot on the copybook was the last race of the day, in which the team made some mistakes. Nonetheless, it was a fantastic day for Alinghi, who lead the fleet conveniently heading into tomorrow’s final day of this Grand Prix and who will approach it looking to make it two victories from two. Allez Alinghi! Results after day 2 Alinghi: 5 points Mobimo: 11 points Zen Too: 15 points Ylliam Comptoir Immobilier : 16 points Okalys: 16 points Swisscom: 17 points Racing Django: 18 points Realteam: 24 points To find out more d35trophy.com If you want to know more about how to follow the racing, about Alinghi's team, or just about this regatta in general, you will find all that you need in this news story. #GoAlinghiGo
Once again, the wind – or relative lack of it - on Lake Geneva proved troublesome for the race committee today in the D35 Championship, but to their great credit two races were run once the breeze around Nyon picked-up. It was something of a fillip, given the rest of the weekend’s frustrations, that Alinghi stormed the first of the two races. Having led at the upper gate, the team maintained the first position until the finish line. Unfortunately, the second race, encumbered by a bad starting position, was less successful. This, combined with the other results from other days, put Alinghi in seventh position overall. The team will be looking to tak the form of race 1, rather than 2, to next weekend for the big one – the Bol d’Or. Check back here for updates on the epic race up the Lake – and back!
It was somewhat of a frustrating day on the lake at Versoix in the D35 Championship: frustrating for the fleet as a whole that a lack of wind meant only two races were sailed; and frustrating for Alinghi that when the wind did arrive - albeit with only five knots - unfortunate pockets of bad air prevented the team from making good on promising starts. With plenty of racing ahead for the weekend, starting with tomorrow's Geneve-Rolle-Geneve, there is plenty of time for the tables to turn.
Alinghi maintained their overnight position, securing second place in the Open de Versoix behind Team Tilt, last year's Champions. Amid decent wind that reached up to 16 knots, Ernesto Bertarelli's team notched two second place finishes in the day's four races, which, because of Tilt's two victories, was ultimately not enough to secure victory. It was very close, however, with only one point separating the two teams at the end of the day. Swisscom were two points further back in third. Next up it's the Geneve-Rolle-Geneve and Alinghi will be looking to build on this really encouraging and competitive performance as they look to go one better and take first place on the podium for the first time this Championship.