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2010年3月18日 (木)

Synergy bow out

                         Synergy bow out despite her brave fight.
                  Try again even harder and prepare to renew attack!
                       from a fervent Japanese fan of Russian team.
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ALEPH and Synergy bow out
Auckland has bid “haere ra” – Maori for goodbye – to the crews of Russian Synergy and the French ALEPH Sailing Team, who in return thanked the city for staging a fantastic Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta.

French skipper Bertrand Pacé, a former Auckland resident during his time with Emirates Team New Zealand, said his team had made a big step forward during a “great event”. Synergy’s skipper, Karol Jablonski, was grateful for all that his team learned on the Waitemata Harbour – especially in their final two races with ETNZ.  Both skippers lamented a lack of practice before the event which left their crews struggling against more experienced opponents.
Pacé said ALEPH had made a step forward from their last Louis Vuitton Trophy appearance in Nice, where as Team Spirit, they finished eighth of eight teams.
“For sure, I think we made a big improvement, in terms of sailing, communication, and using the boats in this regatta compared to Nice. But there is another step so you can sail against these guys. To do this step we need more practice and training, and at this stage we have no money for training. So that’s a big point for us,” he said.
“Now I will sail a few events - one match racing, one fleet racing - then I will schedule training on smaller boats to prepare the group for La Maddalena.”
Pacé was proud of the way his crew sailed the elimination race against Mascalzone Latino Audi, helmed by Gavin Brady, which they lost by 25s.
Definitely in the pre-start, Gavin made a better job than me. There was no position for us – just start behind him, so we tried to stay as close to him as we can. Then at the top mark I think the call to do a Zambucca gybe was the right call, because the pressure was there, but unfortunately for us, we saw straight away there was a hole in the kite,” he said. 
“It was a fantastic regatta. For us it was a great event.”

The Russians, who finished third in Nice, did not manage to notch up a win in Auckland, and Jablonski put it down to a distinct lack of match racing practice.

“The crew work was coming along, but obviously in these tough conditions 22-23 knots with current against you, you need more hours on the water together,” he said.  “During the event, we got stronger.
“Every race against Team New Zealand, is going to be a tough one for us, you’re racing against one of the best teams in the world.  That team has sailed together for a long long time. Just in a match with them you learn a lot. You do a small mistake, and you lose.
“This is a new team in the Louis Vuitton Trophy, we were a new team in Nice, and we had a great result there. We actually expected here to have maybe done better. But you have to know that if you race here, every small mistake can cost you a race.
“So to keep this thing together before La Maddalena, we are planning do some practice sessions. We have our lesson learned. You know we never have had a sponsor to support the team.  We need to practice more, do the TP52 circuit, keep the team as busy as we can. This is a long term project.”

Louis Vuitton Trophy website: 17 Mar 2010
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Louis Vuitton Trophy, Auckland, New Zealand from March 9th -21st, 2010-The America's Cup arrived in the early hours of the the morning to the New Zealand Maritime Museum. James Spithill and others were on hand to watch it removed from the Louis Vuitton case.Louis Vuitton Trophy, Auckland, New Zealand from March 9th -21st, 2010-Emirates Team New Zealand and Synergy are close together as they cross the start line.
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Louis Vuitton Trophy, Auckland, New Zealand from March 9th -21st, 2010-The America's Cup arrived in the early hours of the the morning to the New Zealand Maritime Museum. James Spithill and others were on hand to watch it removed from the Louis Vuitton case.Louis Vuitton Trophy, Auckland, New Zealand from March 9th -21st, 2010-Emirates Team New Zealand and Synergy are close together as they cross the start line.
© Paul Todd/outsideimages.co.nz | Louis Vuitton Trophy, Auckland - New Zealand.

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