Oakley’s Alinghi just two points ahead for the overall D35 season championship

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Oakley’s Alinghi had mixed results at the final day of the HP Cup La Reserve – finishing the regatta in second place behind Okalys-Corum helmed by fellow Alinghi team member Loïck Peyron.

The Alinghi D35 team still retains a two point lead in the overall season championship ranking. Alinghi.com talks to Pierre-Yves Jorand, SUI1 trimmer, about the day:

“It was another great day, the conditions were 8-14 northeasterly; so slightly more breeze than yesterday and a bit more shifty. We managed to get the full eight races in at La Reserve over the weekend, but today we had mixed results. In the first race of the day we got an 8th so not great, then the second and third races went well with a 3rd and a 2nd place, but in the meantime our closest rival and fellow team mate Loïck Peyron was going very well with two 1sts. The last race of the day turned into a match race between us and Okalys and they did a bit better than us and won the event!

“This means that the last event of the season, the GP Beau-Rivage Palace, from 18-20 September will be the decider, so very exciting!”
Alinghi SUI1 crew
Ernesto Bertarelli, helmsman
Pierre-Yves Jorand, mainsail trimmer and performance
Nils Frei, trimmer
Yves Detrey, bow/mastman and boat captain
Tanguy Cariou, tactician
Coraline Jonet, trimmer

*NB: Other Alinghi team members participating in this weekend’s regatta include Alain Gautier, helmsman on Foncia and Loïck Peyron, helmsman on Okalys-Corum.

Sunday was the last Alinghi 5 training day in Genoa, Italy. The sunny weather and a gentle breeze, propelled the giant catamaran to fly on one hull, reaching speeds over 20 knots, giving an incredible show. On Wednesday 16th, Alinghi 5 will put to sea en route to Ras al-Khaimah, in UAE, where the team will continue with their development of Alinghi 5.

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September 15, 2009