Mar 20 2013
Oman Sail to kick off busy Multi One Design season with Round Ireland Record attempt
May 16 2012
America's Cup World Series 2012
Thursday, 10th May 2012
The next stage of the America's Cup World Series will be taking place in Venice from 15th to 20th May in front of the magnificent St. Mark’s Square. Aboard the French one-design boat, there will be a switchover between Yann Guichard and Loïck Peyron with the latter back at the helm of the Energy Team AC45. Loïck Peyron, who arrived in the City of Canals on Tuesday, will be in charge of the boat, while Yann Guichard takes over as coach. Since arriving in Venice, the French team has been based in the old Venice Yacht Club on St. George’s Island. As for the crew, the line-up will be as follows: Loïck Peyron (skipper-helmsman), Arnaud Psarofaghis (wing trimmer), Christophe André (Bowman), Devan Le Bihan (Midbow) and Arnaud Jarlegan (headsail trimmer). Loïck Peyron tells us more about what we can expect during the forthcoming week in Italy.
Loïck, how will Energy Team be working in Venice?
Loïck Peyron: "It will be more or less the reverse of what we saw in Naples: I’ll be at the helm and Yann will be with us at the start to offer his viewpoint. Exactly as we did in Naples, but with the roles reversed. This is what we had planned, as Yann has a schedule he needs to keep to with his MOD 70 and it’s a good idea to change things, as that means we always keep an open outlook. While we may not have the required funding for the moment, at least we have skilled sailors, who are able to adapt. For me, it is important to take the helm of the AC45 again, in order to continue to feel what it is like and keep up with the ideas. As for the organisation, our little shore team is already busy assembling the boat. I shall be arriving on Tuesday 8th and we will have a good week’s worth of training before racing begins."
There have been some changes to the programme in particular with the match race event...
LP: "Yes, the rules have changed and that’s a good thing. In Naples for example, it was all very sudden with elimination after just one duel. That gave rise to some strange results, with Spithill finishing seventh, for example. In Venice, from the quarter finals, it will be the best of three or in other words two wins if you prefer. To sum up, we shall be sailing much more. Another change is that the fleet race on Super Sunday now has a weighting of three instead of five. That means that the other races during the week will count more. This need for consistency is something that suits us."
What do you think about the line-up? Did you get a clearer picture from what you saw in Naples?
LP: "We really expected Prada to be a strong team... and they were even better than expected. Their skipper Chris Draper was previously at the helm of the Korean boat a few months back. And the Italian team managed to train with two boats. Even if they entered the circuit late, they have already sailed more than us. That is a good thing to open things up with stronger competition, even if it makes things tougher for us. Look at Nathan Outteridge, who came from the 49er and foiler moth circuits: he has done some great stuff, with all the enthusiasm you expect from a youngster… and that’s good too. It offers us even more proof that this Cup is going through a revolution in every sense of the term: there is a generational change, with the Cup no longer reserved just for those, who have come from match racing.”
What are the characteristics of the sailing area in Venice?
LP: “In Venice, anything can happen. I know a little about the waters here having raced aboard Oman Sail in an Extreme 40 event and because it was here that the Round Europe races started, when I raced on Fuji. These waters are extremely tricky, as there are so many different parameters and local effects. You really have to grab every opportunity. During the first two days, we’ll be racing outside off the Lido, but for the final three days and Sunday’s big race, we shall be inside just off St. Mark’s Square. This is going to be truly magnificent, even if we know that the race area is going to be complicated to deal with, as it is not very big at all. On an Extreme 40, the race area was already quite small, so on an AC45... But I enjoy this sort of challenge and in this legendary setting, it’s going to be a marvellous experience. Usually, the winds are quite light there and we may well have to fit the wing extensions."
So is Energy Team hoping for a place on the podium?
LP: "Yes of course. It’s always our goal to be up there on the podium. It has to be. Even if we are a bit behind in terms of training and the means at our disposal, that isn’t going to stop us from aiming high, as anything can happen in these races. We saw that clearly in Naples: the results are extremely close and the standard is getting higher and higher. The top teams and the others are now much closer, which is quite logical and only to be expected. The starts and the five minutes leading up to them are going to be crucial."
What is the crew line-up for Energy Team in this first event in Venice?
LP : “Skipper-helmsman: Loïck Peyron, Arnaud Psarofaghis on the wing, Devan Le Bihan mid-bow, Arnaud Jarlegan will be trimming the headsails and Christophe André out on the bow.”
May 11 2012
Apr 19 2012
The Bagad of Lann-Bihoué celebrates ist 60th anniversary!
Feb 14 2012
French victory in the first leg of Sailing Arabia – the Tour
The first leg of Sailing Arabia – the Tour concluded in darkness in Doha, Qatar, last night (13 February) with Daniel Souben’s Courrier Dunkerque claiming a leg one victory for the all-French team.
Souben’s crew led the nine-strong fleet from start to finish, rounding the windward top mark in clear air ahead of closest rivals Bertrand Pace on Team Commercial Bank (QATAR), and Cedric Pouligny, Team BAE Systems (OMA).
Souben continued to pile on the pressure in fast downwind sailing conditions and eventually crossed the finish line 31min 32sec ahead of Team BAE Systems with Team Commercial Bank finishing a close third.
The yachts started the first leg from Manama, Bahrain with a fresh 20 knot northerly promising an exciting downhill run all the way to Doha but with the wind forecast to ease throughout the race, early pace was the key and it was here Souben’s crew excelled.
Despite the gap between Souben and Pouligny at the finish the remainder of fleet remained tightly packed for most of the race with little opportunity for tactics or cunning to come into play. Souben commented:
“We’re very happy with the win and I am pleased with the way my crew sailed. Winning the start and getting around the top mark with clear wind was important and we achieved that. The downwind conditions were perfect and we were able to sail clear of the fleet and stay out in front.”
Souben says that despite the 31minute winning margin his crew remain wary of the potential of Team BAE Systems and Team Commercial Bank and will have to fight hard to maintain their record.
Cedric Pouligny, who is skippering the same Omani crew that finished fifth in the 2011 Tour du France a la Voile onboard Team BAE Systems, commented:
“It was a great start. Most of the racing was downwind all the way to the finish line so it was quick – I would say it was pretty perfect sailing conditions for the first leg”.
“There was a pretty close battle between us, Team Commercial Bank and Team Renaissance, so we are very happy to finish second. The three were fighting for a pretty long way. I think that is normal in these kind of conditions and as the boats are so evenly matched the level of racing was very good”
Another notable performance was that of Arabian sailor Ahmed Al Mamari and his all Omani crew on Team Renaissance which finished a credible fourth after holding onto second place for all but 20 miles of the 241 kilometre leg. Al Mamari says it was a good result for his crew and that things might have played out differently had they not had a brief encounter with a wayward fishing net.
“We were in second place and holding position against Team BAE Systems and Team Commercialbank when we ran into the net. Despite stalling for a few minutes while we cleared our keel I’m proud of the way my crew sailed and we’ll continue to improve as the race progresses.”
One spot back, the UK’s Dee Caffari’s all women-crew sailing Al Thuraya BankMuscat finished a close fifth and was amongst the front runners for most of the race. Commenting at the end of the leg, Caffari said her amateur Omani crew sailed the race of their lives and believes there is a lot more gas in the tank yet.
“The crew work onboard was pretty good but it will get better and I believe that we’re a real podium chance as our communications as a crew improve. It was a great downwind leg and valuable time for the girls sailing with a spinnaker from the top mark to the finish.”
The second leg of the race sails from The Pearl Marina, Doha south to Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club on Wednesday February 15 (1000 hours local time) and is the longest and most challenging of the tour covering 296 kilometres. Meanwhile the fleet will get valuable practice today (Tuesday) with a series of short in-shore races where they will sail with a extra non-professional guest onboard, giving a chance for VIP’s and media to be part of the action. These races do not count for points but will give the crews some valuable time on the water.
Over the course of 15 days of racing, the fleet will cover 1,408 kilometers, sailing from Bahrain, to Qatar, before heading to the UAE where they will visit Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah. They will then take in three stops in Omani waters – Musandam, Mussanah and the final port in Oman’s capital, Muscat.
All boats are fitted with on board tracking. You can follow the fleet at www.sailingarabiathetour.com
Results from first leg including finishing time
RANKING/FINSIH TIME/NAME OF TEAM
1 20.47.50 COURRIER DUNKERQUE
2 21.01.02 TEAM BAE SYSTEMS
3 21.04.45 TEAM COMMERCIAL BANK
4 21.06.21 TEAM RENAISSANCE
5 21.16.50 AL TURAYA BANKMUSCAT
6 21.27.23 TEAM KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA
7 21.27.25 TEAM BAHRAIN
8 21.39.05 MUSCAT 2012
9 21.50.46 TEAM RAS AL KAIHMAH
May 25 2011
Jan 27 2011
January 27, Düsseldorf (GER)
"boot" Düsseldorf - Marinepool launches offshore "Lederhosn"
The guys of Marinepool showed good sense of humor yesterday in launching the first ever offshore "Lederhosn". The company, headquartered in Munich and celebrating it´s 20th anniversary this year, underlines the Bavarian roots and introduced a waterproof, breathable and fully functional sailing Lederhosn (Bavarian for traditional leather trousers) at "boot".
Perfect style for offshore racing, alpine lakes and the Oktoberfest!
July 17 2010
"Flying Dutchman" wears Marinepool! Opera of the Tyrol Festival partners!
July 09 2010
49er Europeans: Chances for a podium finish for Marinepool Racing Team alive!
July 07 2010
Marinepool´s Richard team to beat at Stena Match Cup Sweden!
July 06 2010
Courrier Dunkerque on track to defend Tour de France á la Voile title!
June 11 2010
Kontides & Geritzer win medals
The Marinepool Racing Team shows world class
June 09 2010
Cangiano/Fendi on SNAV OSG are aiming at the next victory!
June 03 2010
May 24 2010
Apr 30 2010
Apr 28 2010
Apr 13 2010
Mar 15 2010
Best possible result for Bekatorou, GRE, in her first showing for the Marinepool team!
Feb 28 2010
Best result ever!!!!!
Feb 25 2010
Feb 23 2010
Feb 22 2010
Feb 19 2010
Feb 06 2010
Feb 01 2010
The French team of Dyen/Christidis won gold in the ISAF World Cup event in Miami, silver for Dellekarth/Resch (AUT), the second Marinepool team. Glückwunsch!
Jan 29 2010
Jan 28 2010
Jan 26 2010
Jan 23 2010
Jan 18 2010
Jan 17 2010
Jan 15 2010
Jan 01 2010
New start date for Atlantic Rowing Race 2009 (now 2010)
Dec 03 2009
Nov 29 2009
Aug 28 2009