Team BDA capsize on Lake Garda
Team BDA's fortunes did not go so well today after they capsized after the second raceat the GC32 Riva Cup on Lake Garda, in Italy. Fortunately, they were quickly righted with the generous help of the Argo's experienced support crew and the US team's tender.
The team also had a capsize last month in their practice GC32 in Bermuda.
Team BDA are now in 10th place with 71 points after 8 races scoring 8, 10, 8, 8, 11, 9, 10, 7. Realteam, the leaders, have 23.
Team Tilt are leading the crews bound for next month's Red Bull Youth America's Cup in Bermuda. They aresecond overall in the Riva Cup after scoring three bullets in a row in races 6, 7, and 8.
Two more rounds of the Anonimo Speed Challenge are scheduled for tomorrow, along with another four races – conditions permitting.
After yesterday's three way near-tie at the top, the Riva Cup has a stand-out leader going into its final day. Lake Garda was behaving today, the southerly Ora wind a constant 15-18 knots, although this cut down tactical options and in all today's four races it always seemed to pay to venture as close as one dared to the sheer vertical cliff face on the west side of the lake.
The Swiss Realteam, skippered by Jérôme Clerc, won the first race but as a result of her incredible consistency (in eight races she has scored five seconds), she has now pulled out a seven point lead.
This is the first time the Swiss team has led at the GC32 Racing Tour and their advantage tonight lines them up nicely to claim the GC32 Riva Cup tomorrow.
“Conditions were great and we put in a very good result in every race. We know that our boat is going very fast,” said Clerc. “Friday it was more about tactics. Saturday it was technique – flying, good manoeuvres and going fast all the time.” Realteam only joined the GC32 Racing Tour last year and missed the 2016 GC32 Riva Cup. Over the winter they benefitted from picking up several top crew from other teams like trimmer/tactician Lucien Cujean and trimmer Bryan Mettraux from Team Tilt and their “big guy”, bowman Christophe Carbonnieres from Team Engie.
“They have brought a lot,” Clerc said. “Lucien and Brian were too old to do the Red Bull Youth America's Cup so they have joined the ‘old' team! It is great because they know a lot about the boat, the flying technique, the trim, etc. With this kind of boat if you want to get to the top quickly you need to have experienced guys.”
While Realteam will be hard to beat, even if the full schedule of racing is held tomorrow, Today's boat of the day was unquestionably another Swiss campaign, Team Tilt. Sébastien Schneiter's team, who finished second on the 2016 GC32 Racing Tour was back on form today after a Friday they would prefer to forget. In fact following a second with three consecutive race wins today, their performance resembled that of Franck Cammas and Norauto, the immaculate overall 2016 winners. However even this outstanding performance has only elevated Team Tilt to second.
“Friday was a bit of a disaster for us,” Schneiter admitted. “Saturday we went for easier solutions at the gate and sailed like we used to sail. Even so, Friday we learned a lot – we had a good debrief and Saturday we were even better than usual.”
Schneiter felt they were sailing a lot better. “We made some really good manoeuvres, especially in the gybes. We were one of the few teams to do some foiling gybes. We made a lot of gains there.”
With two former Team Tilt sailors on Realteam, including Lucien Cujean, his Olympic 49er crew, Schneiter was pleased that some of his friends are leading overall, despite the two teams spending much of the day hounding each other with various protests behind hurled between the boats – although none stood up.
Team Tilt was deemed to be the innocent party in a collision for a second consecutive day. Yesterday's incident resulted in Pierre Casiraghi's Malizia – Yacht Club de Monaco receiving two penalty points. Today it was Team ENGIE's turn to lose out. Having led going into today, this penalty for Team ENGIE came in addition to their hooking a semi-submerged line in today's third race, spinning them into a crash tack. The French team has now dropped to third overall.
Elsewhere Team Argo had a disappointing day Saturday but continues to lead the owner-driver championship while
Two rounds of the Anonimo Speed Challenge were sailed Saturday but neither succeeded in surpassing Flavio Marazzi and Armin Strom Sailing Team's supersonic speed of 31.02 knots recorded Friday. Today's fastest time was that of Realteam, which managed 28.44 knots in the second round while Team Engie recorded 27.07 in today's first. Two more rounds of the Speed Challenge are scheduled for tomorrow, along with another four races – conditions permitting.