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
It would always be impossible to top – or even match – yesterday’s stellar performance and so it proved, but it was still a great day for Alinghi, who remain out in front at the top of the leaderboard ahead of tomorrow’s final day in the Kiel Cup. Honours were much more evenly spread today. With two victories Spindrift took the day, but with Oman and Armin Strom also winning races it meant that all teams have now tasted victory in the regatta. Six races were run in the Kieler Fjord under blue skies with a moderate northerly breeze. Each race saw places being swapped multiple times, especially as the wind picked up in the afternoon. Alinghi’s lead going into the final day is 11 points. With racing due to start at 11:00AM tomorrow, it looks like being an exciting finale! Pictures credit: Sander van der Borch/Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour
Was it their experience in the Extreme Sailing Series that provided the edge? Or was it just Alinghi’s day…? Either way, it’s hard to recall another occasion in recent memory when the team have performed as they did today in Kiel, dominating virtually from start to finish. After yesterday’s sailing had to be cancelled because of the adverse weather conditions, eight races were run on the imposing and tight Kieler Fjord. Somewhat incredibly, Alinghi won six of them, and even took a second and third place in the other two. This awesome performance has left Alinghi way out at the top of the leaderboard, but the team know that, with two days sailing to go, there is a long way to go. With that in mind, they are taking nothing for granted. Alinghi’s performance could be put down to a number of factors: the team working as one, expert reading of the gusts and lulls inside the Fjord, even a bit of luck. But if there was to be one defining element then perhaps it was how Alinghi – tactically – deployed and then got up on the foils. Waiting always and only for the opportune moment as they saw it, this sometimes saw Alinghi the last to deploy, but patience told. Roll on tomorrow! Pictures credit: Sander van der Borch/Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour