The GC32 Racing Tour has rolled into Marseille this week and the Mediterranean has seen fit to provide the teams with good conditions for racing. With winds picking up nicely before the gun was fired, the sailors had the opportunity to push their flying machines as they are meant to be pushed. Six races were run and it could not have gone much better for Ernesto Bertarelli's Alinghi, with the team recording four victories, leaving them in a great position atop the leaderboard heading into Day 2. It wasn't always clear sailing - literally. In Race 2, Alinghi were up on the foils, going at over 20 knots, when the door was shut by a rival, meaning that a collision with the Race Committee looked imminent. Morgan Larson and the team managed to pass clear - by millimeters - and, with the Umpire's call green, went onto to take the race, having been 4th at the mark. High drama, and let's hope for more tomorrow. Though perhaps not *so* close... ! Pictures credit: Sander van der Borch/Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour
In the end it was not to be for Alinghi, who were pipped to the post in the D35 Championship by Team Tilt. Having been close adversaries all season, Alinghi would like to send their congratulations to Tilt for a fantastic regatta and a fantastic season. The team also want to express their admiration for all of the teams that did battle on the Lake to make this the most memorable D35 Championship yet. Having gone into Day 2 just two points ahead of Tilt - and with the victor of the two taking the title - Alinghi's advantage was slender. Ultimately it could not be protected, with the two-point lead becoming a six-point deficit. Tilt took the Championship, with Alinghi second. It was a brilliant competition and - watch out Tilt - Alinghi will be gunning for the title next year!
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