Over this weekend the Redline Racing boys have been in a small town in Poland called Kamien Pormorski competing in the Sopot World Match Racing Tour Qualifier Event. For the event the team was lucky enough to be joined by Australian Sailing Squad member and 49er crew extraordinaire Rhys Mara who sailed as trim for the event. The event was sailed on Tomm 28s, again boats the team had never sailed before. They are quite similar to a BW8 but a bit more manoeuvrable and a slightly smaller spinnaker.
The competition at the event was the strongest of any on our tour to date with all the other teams having had a fair bit of experience on the Tomm 28s as well as some on the world tour. This didn’t faze us though and we worked hard to learn the boats quickly and soon found our feet. This showed in our first race against the second ranked skipper at the event, Lindberg from Finland where we took him by surprise, putting a penalty on him and winning the race. We had a solid first day with 5 wins and two losses but we still were struggling to find speed when the wind was up.
The second day brought very similar conditions and some tough opponents. Some mistakes in the prestart meant the team received some costly penalties and finished the round robin on 5-5. This was enough to qualify us for the first to two point quarter finals where we were picked by world number 8 Tarnaki from Poland. His experience showed controlling us on the first prestart. We sailed hard though, managing to pass him on the last upwind but in the light patchy breeze he managed to roll us on the penultimate gybe to the finish meaning a lunge for the line on the final gybe where he took the race by less than half a boat length. In the next race again, a small error in the prestart meant a small advantage to him off the line. He managed to capitalise on it and even when we managed to close the race up to a single boat length he managed to hold us off to the finish. A disappointing end to a regatta which showed so much promise to the team. Even though then team feel we could have done better, we learnt many lessons and some new tricks acquired.
We would like to thank Rhys for taking the time to come and sail with us between his hectic 49er schedule. We wish him the best of luck in his trip to Rio in two days’ time where he will compete in the Olympic Test Event! Hopefully we can get him on the boat again sometime soon!
For now, the boys are off to Tallinn, Estonia for the Tallinn Open Cup which starts on the 25th of July. There we will meet up with Josh Marks from Sydney who will be sailing with us in a few more events over the summer here. Not to mention it is Patrick’s 21st birthday on Wednesday!
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Last week the boys from Redline Racing have been competing against some of the best match racing teams in Europe at the Grade 2 O.M. Ledro International in the beautiful Lake Ledro in Northern Italy. The wind over the three days was very temperamental with the wind being sucked through the valley as the mountains heated up and then shutting down as the clouds came over and cooled everything off. This made for a shorter format to the regatta but none the less, when the wind was in it was a beautiful 5-10 knots making for some tight and intense racing.
The first day started with a short wait for wind before getting into the racing. We had the first two flights off which allowed us to watch the other teams and see how the J22 yacht performed and get an idea of the dynamic of the racing. When our turn came, we got on the boat and won our first race comfortably. For our second race of the day we were up against world number 12, Aschenbrenner from Denmark. After a good start we got the first cross and kept extending to over a minutes lead at the last top mark. The wind then shut down on us and Aschenbrenner began to close at an alarming rate. As we crawled to the line he was coming in with speed from behind us, but we managed to take the win by the smallest of margins. As it turned out this was an incredibly valuable win for us, one which would later mean we would make it to the semi-finals. That was it for the wind for the day but it left us with a good start sitting on 2-0.
The second day brought nearly identical conditions with the wind filling in and only holding for 4 flights. We managed to win our first race of the day against Griffin and then had a tight race against last week’s Krefelder Match Cup finalist Korpershoek. A flag against us in the prestart meant we worked hard to extend to take our penalty on the upwind and went on to take the win. Our last race of our round robin pool was against world number 19, Ogeman from Sweden. An accumulation of errors including sailing to the wrong top mark meant our first loss of our tour and into second on count-back to Ogeman in our round robin pool. Again, the wind then shut down leaving us with a 4-1 record and putting us into the semi-finals on the last day.
The third and final day dawned and met us with again very similar conditions. The top two teams from each pool were then paired off for the semi-finals leaving the others to complete sail-offs for the minor placing. For our semi- final we were paired up against world number 7 and winner of the past two years of the O.M. Ledro International, Nicolai Sehested of Denmark. We out up a good fight but Nicolai’s experience eventually won out leaving us to face Ogeman in the petit final after Gilmour won out 2-1 in the other semi-final.
In the first race of the petit final we were behind by about 3-4 boat lengths the entire race up until the last top mark where we gybed away early into pressure. With some clever tactics and great spinnaker work by Pat and Alex we managed to pull the lead back to a matter of inches and then roll over the top of Ogeman on the last gybe to the finish. In the second race we were ahead of the start but by the top mark Ogeman was right on our hammer. A poor decision to slow the game down at the top with the hope to work a gap for ourselves for the tricky downwind meant we were over taken and we were unable to come back. This leveled the scores and this point the wind completely shut down leaving us in the horrible position where if no more racing was to be held we would lose 3rd and be 4th by virtue of a count-back as our opponent had home the last race completed. Luckily it was only 1pm and we waited for about an hour and then the sun came out, heating u the mountains behind us and brought some wind. Sehested won the final against Gilmour taking the regatta out for the third year running. In our final race, a mistake in the prestart meant we had a penalty but a tactical jib down luff put Ogeman in all kinds of trouble allowing to nicely win the start and extend to do our penalty before the first top mark and sail away to take third.
This is a massive achievement for the boys sailing boats that are a long way from what we are used to and racing against teams with much more experience than us. A third at the grade 2 will help our ever rising ranking take another jump when the rankings are next released.
Now the boys have got a couple of days to relax in Torbole on the shores of Lake Garda before heading to Poland where we will meet our trimmer for our next event, Australian Sailing Squad 49er crew Rhys Mara. The event, Kamien Pomorski will be sailed on Tomm 28 yachts and has added significance to the team as the winner gets an entry to the World Tour Event, Sopot Match Race in Poland later in the month!
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The boys from Redline Racing have safely had in to Lake Ledro in Northern Italy and have been spending the last couple of days exploring this beautiful part of the world. The team went mountain climbing and mountain biking yesterday leading to some of the best views we have ever had atop the mountain and off the cliffs overlooking Lake Garda. It was a great way to get some fitness training in between regattas!
Lake Ledro is a small freshwater lake surrounded by mountains situated just west of Lake Garda at an elevation of around 700m. The O.M. Ledro regatta is a Grade Two event and will be sailed in J22s which are small 3 man yachts much like a J24 but with less space!
Today was practice day with all the teams heading out on the water to learn as much about the boat as possible and figure out the tricky winds on the lake. With some teams having competed in the Uni Games here in the week prior, they will have a head start on others. The line-up for the regatta is hot, being a grade two it has attracted some of the best match racing teams in Europe. Three teams have come straight from Sweden where they had been competing in the Stena Match Cup, an event on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.
See entry list below.
Nicolai Sehested (DEN): 7th
Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN): 12th
Viktor Ogeman (SWE): 19th
Samuel Gilmour (AUS): 24th
Deian Presen (SLO): 37th
Lucas Lier (DEN): 41st
Dirk Jan Korpershoek (NED): 54th
Jeroen Den Boer (NED): 86th
Saverio Ramirez (ITA): 89th
Jay Griffin (AUS): 135th
Matthew Jerwood (AUS) 153rd
M. Mazzotti (ITA): TBA
Over the weekend the boys from Redline Racing were racing on the small lake of Elfrather See in Krefled Germany at the Grade 3 Krefelder Match Cup. Having arrived a few days early we were able to test out the B1 Yachts, sailing them on the tricky lake allowing us to get used to the tight surroundings and finding all the patches of sea grass that grows in the lake that once attached to the keel stopped the boat from sailing upwind! The competitors at the event included the German and Dutch national champions with Redline Racing entering ranked seventh amongst the teams.
On the first day of racing after a jittery start to the first race with an entry penalty the team got their act together and won all 8 races. Alex and Patrick did a fantastic job handling the Genekar and Matt managed to keep the team out of trouble in the prestarts. The day though was far from uneventful where at one point the team was fouled and pushed onto the top mark and was unable to get the mark free from the keel for some time. When the mark was eventually freed the team sailed on to win leaving the other team dizzy with multiple flags. As well as this incident, bowman Patrick got a bit warm through one of the gybes and decided to go for a swim. Luckily Alex reached down into the water and managed to grab a submerged Patrick like something off a movie and pull him back on board before the other team could get close enough to overtake. A mean feat considering we had the genekar up in around 13 knots at the time. At the end of the day, only 5 races of the round robin remained and with to be held the
Sunday brought similar conditions to the lake, highly variable wind from 1-18 knots provided very challenging conditions for all. The team went into the semi-finals undefeated giving us first pick of opponent. We chose Thijs Smit as our opponent and with some good prestarts and solid boat handling we showed him a clean pair of heels to take the semi 2-0. In the other semi-final, Dirk-Jan Korpershoek won 2-1 to set up a final in a shortened format due to the dying breeze of first to reach two points. In the first race, after a prestart mistake, we rounded the top mark a penalty down and behind but the boys worked hard and applied the pressure forcing a mistake at the bottom mark from our opponent, cancelling out our penalty. With some good strategy upwind, we got ahead and extended to take the win. In the second race, with a starboard entry we left Korpershoek stuck on the pin with two penalties and sailed away to take the win and the regatta! The boys are currently on their way to Lake Ledro in Trentino, Italy where they will compete in the Grade Two OM Ledro International on the J22 yachts. The team is looking forward to meeting up with our mates and training partners from Perth, Neptune Racing as well as enjoying some Italian Food and sunshine!