mercredi 3 mars 2010

NEWS from Seb, John, Philippe, Jean-Marie, Christian and Gilles in the match racing event in Auckland after day 1

Hi everybody,

Some news about our MR team here in Auckland sailing the Omega Cup. First day of racing today, 12-18 knts, sunny, great sailing.

Took us more time than the others to get up to speed especially that all the guys leading in front of us had a 3 days training session last week, yesterday we discovered the boat during the practice session sailing with the genoa, today was jib up and we had to learn how to make this boat fast. At the end of the day we are happy about or speed, manoeuvers and starts.

We improved a lot our tacks, and have still some work to do in defense downwind.
Races are all very close, we won 3 matchs on 8 (Dickson, Holmberg, Mirsky), lost Bruni and Barker just on the finish line, and lost Jablonski and Minoprio because of penalty in the prestart. Ainslie is leading with 6 points.

This is a great opportunity for us and especially Philippe, John and me to have this experience together. We are facing a lot of situations we have to deal with in a very short time, and our decision making process will improve a lot this week, I'm sure.



Results after eight Flights
Ben Ainslie (GBR) 6-2
Dean Barker (NZL) 5-3
Adam Minoprio (NZL) 5-3
Bertrand Pace (FRA) 5-3
Karol Jablonski (POL) 4-4
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) 4-4
Chris Dickson (NZL) 3 / 5
Magnus Holmberg (SWE) 3 / 5
Sebastien Col (FRA) 3 / 5
Francesco Bruni (ITA) 2 / 6