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Realstone Racing claims regatta and D35 championship

Jérôme Clerc's team wins the 2012 Vulcain Trophy with a regatta to spare

Sunday September 23rd 2012, Author: Sandra Mudronja, Location: Switzerland

Realstone Sailing, skippered by Jérôme Clerc, won the Grand Prix Grange & Cie, ahead of Zen Too, the Decision 35 of Guy de Picciotto helmed by Fred Le Peutrec, and Alinghi, skippered by Ernesto Bertarelli. This weekend marks also the victory overall by Realstone Sailing in the 2012 Vulcain Trophy with a regatta to spare after an exceptional season for the young crew.

A weekend to remember at the Yacht Club de Genève: ten races held over the two days, with a lot of action witnessed by the gathered spectators in a friendly atmosphere. Okalys Corum skipper Nicolas Grange finished the regatta he backed with a victory in front of 'his' public: "It was a beautiful weekend and we are extremely happy," he said. "We won two times, we finished second twice and in third place once. We made a few mistakes, but we still had great moments. As for the event, and here I speak as a partner of Grange & Cie, I'm really delighted. I think the public had a lot of fun. The atmosphere was excellent during these two days and the public has seen so many races. "'

The races featured a few small incidents: a broken helm on the first day for Okalys Corum, two crewmembers overboard off of Alinghi, two days in a row, Artemis Racing missing a buoy after a reorientation of the course… but mostly significant changes in the result over the two days: in fact, six of the nine crews climbed at least once on the top step of the podium, and all but Ladycat, at some point finished last or second last overall. 

It was also a good weekend for Zen Too finishing second in the Grand Prix, with two first places today. Skipper Guy de Picciotto said: "We are very happy. It is true that the light winds suit us well. These are conditions that make us forget our lack of training... We can focus on strategy and tactics, rather than physical effort." As for the victory of the youngsters of the Geneva Regatta Training Center? "I'm really happy for them. They are strong, they are super trained and they really deserved this win!"

Alinghi finished third in the Grand Prix and occupies  second place overall in the D35's Vulcain Trophy presented by Business and Decision. However nothing is decided yet as Ladycat and De Rham Sotheby's, can also still reach the second place.

This weekend marks another victory of Realstone Sailing. This success allows the young team to already climb on the highest step of the podium of the Vulcain Trophy 2012. Jérôme Clerc and the entire crew of Realstone Sailing, coming from the Geneva Regatta Training Center received a big applause at the Prize Giving. Clerc said: "I want to thank all the owners of the D35 class for creating this fantastic series. I also want to thank the owner of our boat, Guy de Picciotto, which is really very supportive of the young generation and allowed us to participate in this great adventure. And finally, I also sincerely thank Esteban Garcia, president of Realstone, without whom our presence in this series would not have been possible!"

Concluding the 2012 season the D35s will gather again on 12-14 October at the Société Nautique de Genève for the final Grand Prix of the season, the Grand Prix Facchinetti Automobiles.,

Results Grand Prix Grange & Cie:
1. Realstone Sailing - Jérôme Clerc
2. Zen Too - Guy de Picciotto
3. Alinghi - Ernesto Bertarelli
4. De Rham Sotheby's - Philippe Cardis
5. Okalys Corum - Nicolas Grange
6. Ladycat - Dona Bertarelli
7. Artemis Racing - Torbjorn Tornqvist
8. Veltigroup - Marco Simeoni - Boris Lerch
9. Nickel - Fred Moura

Provisional results Vulcain Trophy 2012:
1. Realstone Sailing - Jérôme Clerc 7 pts
2. Alinghi - Ernesto Bertarelli 16 pts
3. De Rham Sotheby's - Philippe Cardis 21 pts
4. Ladycat - Dona Bertarelli 23 pts
5. Zen Too - Guy de Picciotto 30 pts
6. Artemis Racing - Torbjorn Tornqvist 30 pts
7. Okalys Corum - Nicolas Grange 37 pts
8. Veltigroup - Marco Simeoni - Boris Lerch 40 pts
9. Nickel - Fred Moura 41 pts

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