Posts Tagged ‘Sweden’
The first stage of the M32/World Match Racing Tour experiment wraps up today with a shock finale: Only one form guide favorite advancing to the semifinals of the million-dollar, winner-take-all World Championship in Marstrand, Sweden.
Taylor Canfield advances as the favorite, but loses tactician Chris Main to a shoulder injury going into the final day, and with 25 knots forecast, he’l lose weight and strength with GAC Pindar trimmer Garth Ellingham subbing in.
With Iker Martinez, Yann Guichard, and 6-time world champ Ian Williams all knocked out in the quarters, every skipper in the final four matchup is 30 or younger, and Hakan Svensson’s vision of providing a pathway to greatness for young sailors has been fulfilled.
The event itself is quite insane; I’ve never seen more gorgeous women in one place, and the event has set all kids of records for both daily attendance and digital viewership. We’ll have more on today’s action shortly, right here on the front page – head over to WMRT Facebook for live coverage of the skipper’s meeting and much, much more this morning; we’ll have the finals embedded right here from 1400 CET/0800 ET/0500 PT. Brian Carlin photography.
Here’s a video summary of yesterday’s insanity, and Nic the Sailor Girl grabbed some strong interviews with Williams after his knockout and his nemesis, young Chris Steele.
July 8th, 2016 by admin
We’ve had a lot of fun commentating and following the World Match Racing Tour this year, but things have just gotten a hell of a lot more serious at the World Championship Finale in stunning Marstrand. It’s not surprising – with 1.2 million on the line, including a single million-dollar cash bonus to the winning team, much of the camaraderie is gone, and it’s been replaced with determination and steely stares between both rivals and (former) friends.
The breeze is on (as it always is here), the bikinis are out, and you’ve got a front row seat for all the action as commentated by double match race World Champ Simon Shaw, Rolex US Sailor of the Year Steph Roble, and the big bald bastard himself. Get your match on!
July 4th, 2016 by admin
When the sailing community heard that French multihull phenom Yann Guichard was dating billionaire pharaceutical heiress Dona Bertarelli, plenty of jaded sailors smiled knowing smiles for the Frenchmen’s good luck. Six years, an engagement, and a hundred thousand miles or so later, we’ve all accepted that Dona ain’t just another ultra-rich swiss sailor, and in this 15-minute interview with Mr. Clean shot last week in Sweden, the fastest female sailor on the planet shows that she’s the real deal and then some.
The down-to-earth Dona talks about women in professional sailing and her LadyCat program (and whether we’ll see it on the M32 circuit), where the Spindrift name comes from, the great (and not so great) things about racing around the world with your lover, whether the World Match RAcing Tour will once again become the feeder for the America’s Cup, and just how likely it is to see a second Bertarelli and the first-ever female-owned team challenging for the America’s Cup. Clean’s obviously crushing on this amazing role model pretty hard; watch above and you might be too.
You can watch Dona’s soon-to-be husband racing all next week in the million dollar finale to the World Match Racing Tour in Marstrand, live (with Clean’s gravelly voice on the mic) from the 4th to the 9th. More here.
- Tags: dona bertarelli, guichard, M32, M32 Series, Marstrand, records, round-the-world, spindrift, Sweden, trimaran
July 1st, 2016 by admin
Dial-downs, slam dunks, lead changes, capsizes, and hot babes on the beach seemingly everywhere? Yeah, we’re cool with the new face of the previously ignored World Match Racing Tour. Will 6-time World Tour Champ Ian Williams and the GAC Pindar boys beat out 2014 M32 Series Scandinavia winner Hans Wallen and his WAR racing team? You’ll have to tune in to Clean and Shawzi on the microphones on finals day from Fremantle to find out.
March 6th, 2016 by admin
Whether it was a case of the girls doing way too good a job of delivering value for their sponsor or simply continuing fallout from the corporate perk scandal that claimed the scalps of numerous top SCA executives, the Swedish paper giant has officially turned over the keys of the Volvo 65 to Knut Frostad and ended their sailing sponsorship as of Friday. According to executives we spoke to, the program exceeded every ROI metric available, and with the new CEO a trimaran sailor and longtime SA reader, we hoped for more.
The girls have split into separate groups as they hunt for sponsorship for a host of different projects, and we hope and expect them to pop up at the Vendee Globe, the next VOR, the World Match Racing Tour, and possibly the Extreme Sailing Series, as well as scattered throughout the offshore fleet. Adios, girls, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for giving us – and tens of thousands of little girls around the world - something special to cheer for.
Here’s what they wrote on Facebook:
The whole team would like to thank each and everyone of you for the amazing support over the last three years. We couldn’t have done this without you. The squad will continue the momentum that Team SCA has started with the ultimate goal to find a new sponsor. Thank you for sharing this journey with us #weareteamsca #justthebeginning
Also, a fond farewell to SCA’s Team Doctor, Antonio Zoido, one of the nicest, smartest, and most helpful people we’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. He died suddenly on Sunday. RIP.
October 5th, 2015 by admin
Will Canfield continue to humiliate the Euros or will the Dark Hammer or Taco Matt climb their way over him to take the ultimate Scandinavian prize – a meter tall trophy and likely an instant invite to the million-dollar 2016 WMRT? Only one way to find out, and with 15 knots hitting Lake Malaren again, the final day of the M32 Battle of Stockholm is fucking ON!
September 13th, 2015 by admin
Catamaran crew Celina Burlin became the first chick in history (we think) to win a foiling regatta this weekend, and we salute her as the Sailor Chick of the Week, and we applaud the Red Bull Foiling Generation event that’s putting Flying Phantom foilers into the hands of 16-20 year olds to find out if any of them have a future in flight. We haven’t paid much attention to a Red Bull series that seems like more of a carnage hunt or PR stunt than real racing, but with sailors like Celine in the mix, we just might start.
Congrats to her and skipper Oscar Bengtson on their Malmö victory, and thanks to Mario and the RB boys for the note and Richard Ström for the shot.
August 10th, 2015 by admin
Björn Hansen and his Nautiska Racing Team once-again cemented his dominance over the World Match Race Tour fleet in Marstrand – the recent Sweden Match Cup Hall of Fame (yep, there is such a thing) inductee and the man known as “the Master of Marstand” swept Ian Williams to take his fifth Marstrand title on the 4th of July. With the 2016 Tour headed to the young man’s game that is the M32 catamaran, Hansen relished what will likely be his last win on the circuit.
In far bigger news, M32 builder Håkan Svensson announced on Friday that the winner of the 2016 Tour will be decided not in Malaysia but in Marstrand, and that said winning team of a truncated season will take home a shocking $1 million dollar prize – that’s over and above the usual event prize purse. In a sport where prize money is almost unheard of, a million clams is certainly an eye-opener, and signals the seriousness with which the new owner of the Tour is approaching his vision for the future. Taking Svensson at his word, this would be the biggest cash prize in the history of the sport, and if this doesn’t ignite what was, until this week, the least relevant series in the sport, nothing will.
The WMRT isn’t the first organizer to throw the M word around; Tracey Edwards tried it before with disastrous consequences. But despite the Tour’s previously shaky cash flow, we don’t see the 2016 champ waiting long for their check now that the new Tour owner is involved. Having gotten to know the Swedish entrepreneur well over the years we’ve covered his forays into the sport, we’ve learned that the man doesn’t think small, and he doesn’t think short-term, and he’d sooner lose his home than be known as someone who doesn’t pay his debts. Prospective millionaire cat skippers: It’s time to make the call.
In the above video, Nic Douglass chatted with the Stena Match Cup finalists at the end of the day, and her video has pretty much everything you need to know about the final time we’ll see professional match racing in quarter-century old modified Scandinavian cruising yachts.
July 5th, 2015 by admin
Mr. Clean’s final dock walk of the 2015 Volvo Ocean Race is a doozie. The king of Spain, the princess of Sweden, and plenty of last minute inside knowledge of the boats, the crews and what’s to play for on what is likely a very light air race in the land of the Vikings. Shot by the legend, Petey Crawford.
June 27th, 2015 by admin
Big Ben Ainslie popped over to Gothenburg for a short break from the business of foiling to receive the Mange Olsson Award (and give two more out to a pair of standout junior sailors), and we grabbed him to catch up on his new sponsorship deal, on Bermuda’s status as ‘home turf’ for Land Rover Team BAR, on multihulls and the next generation of sailing, and much, much more. Always a great chat with Sir Ben, and keep your eyes on this page for more interviews from the last day of the #volvooceanrace.
June 27th, 2015 by admin