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news - 34th America´s Cup: End of the AC World Series in Cascais

Aug 17 2011

The first event in the AC World Series in Cascais finished today with a final fleet race in which Energy Team had their worst result of the week, ending up in eighth place. This result was of course a disappointment for the competitors, but remains a positive experience for Energy Team, as after just a fortnight since the delivery of their boat and beginning their first training sessions, they have been out there facing the world’s top teams. In the end, the French team made it to the match racing quarter finals and finished up in the top 6 based on all of the week’s races.

Energy Team got off to a good start this week, showing signs of brilliance in the first races, often ending up in the top six and occasionally in the top 3. Bruno Peyron: "We have to look at this objectively. Our goal was to be present in Cascais, to attempt to be well placed in the rankings of the new teams and to see how far we had to go to get up there with the top teams. So our young team has achieved that goal, while remaining very upbeat and improving all the time. We’re where we deserve to be and can see how much work we have to do to be a threat to the leading players. Being able to compete against these top teams is not a matter of showing moments of brilliance, but is obtained through sheer determination and adopting a rigorous approach. You can’t expect a miracle in this standard of competition and that’s what makes it so exciting. From a strategic perspective, it was a wise decision to come out here. It was important to be there at the start of the competition and to begin training as soon as possible and above all face the American, New Zealand and Swedish teams, who clearly and logically are superior. Finally, the other positive aspect that we can mention is the arrival of our first partners including Corum, which means that Energy Team is able to take part for two seasons in the ACWS 2011/2012 and 2012/2013, which means that we will be able to make steady progress and focus on discussions with our headline partners in order to start work on the construction of our AC72 from January."

Loïck Peyron was not in Cascais today, but did give us his thoughts about how the week has gone: " Firstly, the machine and the new World Series format are very interesting, which is the first big surprise. In general the response has been very positive. This is a new event, and we are seeing a new way of doing things. We can see all the dreams, desires, everything that sailors, the general public and media look forward to, is gradually taking shape in this new event. Of course, it’s not all perfect and there are plenty of things to improve, but this is a huge revolution that is underway. We’re in the process of getting rid of the Establishment. And let’s not forget this isn’t the Cup yet. That will be in two years, so the atmosphere is really great. We simply had to be here and tough luck for those, who missed out on it."

Yann Guichard : "The result of today’s race was of course disappointing and we had a bit of a hard time of it. I knew they sailed well. We got left behind from the start getting away a bit late, so got stuck in the group behind. The four frontrunners made their getaway and the race did not go well for us after that. Today’s result shows that we need to train, and that’s no secret for anyone. What was tough for me was staying in the box, as we’re always tempted to head off to look for more wind, but you then have to change tack. You really need more practice than I’ve had on this boat. There’s a lot of work ahead, but it can be done. It will take a lot of training, which is what we need to do now."

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© Gilles Martin-Raget

© Gilles Martin-Raget

© Gilles Martin-Raget