Aschenbrenner Racing Team gearing up for Bermuda

The King Edward VII Gold Cup is the oldest match-racing trophy in the world for competitions involving one-design yachts. It was given at the Tri-Centenary Regatta at Jamestown, Virginia, in 1907 by King Edward VII in commemoration of the 300th Anniversary of the first permanent settlement in America. The regatta will be sailed from the 6th -11th of October.
The boats used at the regatta were originally designed in 1936, which means they are a heavier and slower design compared to what the Danish team normally competes in.
This is the first time the Danes will sail in the IOD boats. There are some disadvantages to these boats, including the several hours it will take for the crew to tune in the new boat and the time it will take to obtain the maximum speed and acceleration angles. The official practice will be on Tuesday where a three hour session is allocated to each team. The team has been practicing in different boats to make sure all communication onboard is working before heading overseas. The last practice session was in Copenhagen from 07.00-09-00 in the morning, just before the plane departure to Bermuda.
After four regattas, Aschenbrenner and his team are currently ranked fourth in the World Match Racing Tour after finishing up in 6th place in Poland last month. To improve the ranking points, they will have to finish in a better position than 6th. The three best results will be continuing for the overall position. The teams will also be fighting for the total prize purse consisting of US $100.000.

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