Friday, July 31, 2009

Gold Fleet Start

Photo: ILCA website 2009
July 31, 2009
Karatsu, Japan

Today we enjoyed the first day of gold fleet racing here in Karatsu, Japan at the 2009 Laser Radial World Championships. We had good wind with a slightly smaller swell than the past few days, but it still made for some physical racing. I had a pretty good day finishing with a 2, 10 to lie second overall, one point behind Sari Mutala from Finland.

The racing today was slightly different than the last two days. We had a little more left angle on the upwind legs which meant that it wasn’t just a race to the right corner. I had much better starts today and had a clean lane to sail my boat fast. I rounded both top marks in the top seven each race, however, in the last race I found every hole downwind that I could possibly find and went very slowly, hence finishing 10th. But during the sail in, the sun finally came out and most people were happy that we had a good day. The race committee is doing a fantastic job of getting us racing on time and not sitting around too long. Every day we have finished and been sailing in by 14:30, which leaves plenty of time for the rest of the day to do touristy things and explore.
Tonight on my way to dinner, I am going to stop by a tea store to check out some Japanese teas with some of my fellow Americans. I’m looking forward to it and have heard about a special green tea which I’m keen to try. It’s a powered tea that is supposed to allow you to be alert and relax your mind for meditation, but I’m not sure if that’s from the caffeine, guess I’ll check it out and see.

Tomorrow we will have two more races before we have the final day of racing on Sunday. The racing is still tight and if we get ten races in, two races will be dropped from our scores, so things will shuffle around a little. You can check the results here at the regatta website.

I would like to thank my sponsor Carmeuse for their continued support of my campaign towards the 2012 Olympics in London. I would also like to thank US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics for their support.

Sail Hard,

Thursday, July 30, 2009

America's Cup: Today’s Court decision

Spokesperson, Golden Gate Yacht Club

San Diego, CA (July 30, 2009) – We are very pleased that today’s Court decision gives
us clarity regarding the design rules that will govern AC33. It is now crystal clear that racing rules 49 through 54 will not apply. However, without racing rules 49-54, SNG is breaking with the longstanding history and tradition in yacht racing that prohibited the use of non-manual power. For the first time in the Cup’s history, engines will be permitted to trim the sails, and computers can be used to control and steer the yachts. This, we believe, is a sad day for the America’s Cup.

While we are pleased with the design-rule certainty, we are disappointed that the Court has said that SNG can change the other racing rules at any time up to the start of the Match. We do not believe this is what the Deed says, nor what the donors intended, and are currently reviewing our options in this regard.

We are pleased that Justice Kornreich has ordered SNG to provide us the secret
agreement SNG entered into with ISAF. We look forward to the hearing on August 10th to clear the air on the CHR matter. We are confident we can demonstrate to the Court when it “would be practicable for [GGYC] to provide a CHR.”
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Onward to the front!

Blue boat and white track is from 2007 record. Green is there position today.
Franck Cammas and his nine crew are perfectly positioned on the transatlantic record route. At noon this Thursday after fourteen hours at sea, Groupama 3 was situated between Halifax (Nova Scotia) and Sable Island, maintaining an average speed since the start of over 32 knots. To reach Lizard Point in under 4 days 03 hours 57 minutes 54 seconds remains totally within their grasp...

Franck Cammas was in fine fettle this Thursday noon for the first radio link-up organised with the shore-based HQ in Lorient, at which point the green trimaran had already covered over 450 miles since setting out from New York on Wednesday at 20h 12' 16'' UT. "We're sailing downwind on flat seas with 20 to 25 knots of breeze. We've had to make a few sail changes since leaving the Ambrose Light, hoisting more sail aloft this morning as we set the gennaker. We're trying to go fast by heading up to accelerate.

The crew is well aware of the score during such record attempts and the conditions aren't overly difficult: we've been able to rest whilst maintaining a high average speed. Our watch system is in place at the moment (0930 hours UT) Fred Le Peutrec, Lionel Lemonchois and Ronan Le Goff are on deck; Steve Ravussin, Bernard Stamm and Olivier Mainguy are on stand-by; myself, Loïc Le Mignon and Bruno Jeanjean are resting. As for Stan Honey, he is off-watch so he can take up position at the chart table and help us on deck during manoeuvres.

The trajectory as far as Lizard Point isn't as clear as all that: after Newfoundland we're going to have to choose between a route which sees us heading up a bit or bearing away a little, which has repercussions on the sail configuration. We're going to take that decision after Cap Race... The crux of the matter still centres on the end of the course as the front looks to want to drag its heels as we approach the goal."

Sylvain Mondon from Météo France, Groupama 3's onshore router, also explained the reasoning behind this start time, as Pascal Bidégorry and his crew opted to set out from the Ambrose Light two and a half hours later (Wednesday 29th July at 22h 47' 42'' UT): "Last night, a line of squalls passed over New York generating fairly strong S'ly winds (25-30 knots), which enabled us to set off a little earlier than planned. This decision is supported by the fact that within a few hours of the departure time, the course time was the same: taking the start a little earlier enables us to have a little room for manoeuvre in relation to the depression system which will accompany the trimaran after Newfoundland. A cold front has formed over Canada and will traverse the Atlantic as far as the British mainland: Groupama 3 will catch up with it as she approaches the Labrador current and keep slightly away from the front. As such it will be easier to control the trajectory by staying a little closer to the great circle route (direct route). It's a very good weather window as it prevents us from extending the course whilst remaining on the same tack." - Find all the latest news from the Groupama trimarans at:

Radial World Championships - Day 3: Windy and Wavy!

The Reach Mark Photo: from ILCA Web Site
Karatsu, Japan - By Anna Tunnicliffe

It was a windy and wavy day for day three of the 2009 Radial World Championships here in Karatsu, Japan. With the swell already kicked up from yesterday, the overnight wind made the water choppier, so the sailing today was tough. We had conditions from 14-16kts with the waves and these made for a very physical day. We had two races, the final two from the qualifying rounds, and I finished with a 3, 6 to be lying 3rd overall, two points from first.

The racing was very simple in that you had to start near to the boat end, get a good lane and hike as hard as you could to the right hand corner. When you just about hit layline, you tacked and headed for the mark. It was tough if you didn’t have a good lane or a good start because you were playing catch up a lot, which was what I had to do. I gave it my all and was able to sail through the fleet up wind to get some decent results for the day. I was a little disappointed in my 6th as I ran out of energy and got passed by two boats on the last downwind leg. Luckily I caught back one on the last beat to the finish, but it was a silly point to loose.

Tomorrow's forecast is for a little lighter breeze, but still decent. I’m very much looking forward to tomorrow's racing. It will be the first time I have raced some of the girls here, since we haven’t met in the split fleets yet. The points are close in the top ten, so every point will matter from here on out to the finish of the event in three days time.

I fueled up on some excellent pizza tonight so I’ll be ready to go again tomorrow after a good night's sleep. We have found three good places to eat in Karatsu, and have been rotating between the three of them. One is the pizza place we went to tonight, one is an Italian restaurant, and the third one is the little restaurant in my hotel. Last night, I had a fantastic rice dish. It comes in a sizzling hot bowl, rice on the bottom and on top are raw vegetables, raw meat, and a raw egg. The idea is for you to stir it up and cook it in front of you. The first couple times my friends had it I was a little skeptical, and instead just had a noodle dish, but last night I was hungry so ventured for it, and it was delicious. I haven’t been too adventurous with Japanese food since I’ve been here, but I’ve found my dishes that work for me.

As I said, tomorrow is the first day of gold fleet racing and we have two races scheduled. Going into tomorrow, China’s Lijia Xu held on to her lead from yesterday finishing with a 5, 1 in today’s races, whilst Finland’s Sari Mutala moved up to second overall with a 1, 2 today. I am in third tied on points with Sari. You can check out the results on the regatta website.

I would like to thank Carmeuse for their continued support of my campaign for the 2012 Olympics in London. I would also like to thank US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics for their support.
Sail Hard,

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Groupama 3 attacks the North Atlantic

This Wednesday 29th July Groupama 3 is attacking the North Atlantic crossing (New York - Lizard Point), the oldest and fastest of all the oceanic records.

It is 20h12'16''UT, when the maxi-trimaran passes the Ambrose Light on her way out of New York harbour. As such the race against the clock begins with 2,925 miles ahead of the trimaran. The time to beat - 4 days 3 hours 57 minutes 54 seconds - resounds in everyone's minds. To stand a chance of beating her own reference time set on 24th July 2007, Groupama 3 will have to cross the finish line off Lizard Point, the South-West tip of Britain, prior to Monday 3rd August at 00h 09' 10'' UT.

After three weeks on standby in Gateway Marina to the south of Brooklyn, Franck Cammas and his men have today snatched what is a great opportunity to attack the North Atlantic record. Sylvain Mondon from Météo France, onshore router has this to say: "Groupama 3 set off this Wednesday evening in a 20 to 25 knot S'ly wind. A line of stormy squalls from the SW hit New York during the course of the afternoon and produced a considerable wind increase on its way through. This enabled us to take the start a little earlier than we initially planned."

The weather window opening ahead of Groupama 3 is forecast to see some stiff conditions and a steady rhythm, which will certainly appeal to Franck Cammas and his crew!

At 0900 hours UT tomorrow, listen to Franck Cammas and his crew live from onboard Groupama 3. For this all you have to do is visit

The ten men on the North Atlantic record :
Franck Cammas, skipper, watch leader and helm
Stève Ravussin (CH): Watch leader and helm
Frédéric Le Peutrec: Watch leader and helm
Loïc Le Mignon: Second helm
Lionel Lemonchois: Second helm
Bernard Stamm (CH): Second helm
Ronan Le Goff: Bowman
Bruno Jeanjean: Bowman
Olivier Mainguy: Bowman
Stan Honey (USA): Navigator
Not to mention
Sylvain Mondon: onshore weather advisor

Notable figures
• North Atlantic Crossing
• 2,925 miles between New York and Lizard Point
• Time to beat: 4 days 3 hours 57 minutes - Average speed: 29.26 knots
Record held by Franck Cammas, aboard Groupama 3, since 23rd July 2007.

Find all the latest news from the Groupama trimarans at:

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Sailing Alinghi 5 on the Lake has given us the chance to meet some old friends.

Code Green

Groupama 3 switches to code green to set off and beat her own Transatlantic record
On standby since 7th July in New York, the Groupama 3 trimaran skippered by Franck Cammas has just switched to code green. Barring a last minute change in the weather forecast, the fastest sailing boat in the world (WSSRC record), will set off on Wednesday night or Thursday morning (French time) on her bid to break her own Transatlantic Record. - Find all the latest news from the Groupama trimarans at:

A Storm Is Brewing

Photo CARLO BORLENGHI -Alinghi 5 Storm in the lake Geneve

Monday, July 27, 2009


Photographer: Gilles Martin-Raget
Mast # 3 = pushing 200ft tall. CLICK ON AN IMAGE TO ENLARGE

Photographer: Gilles Martin-Raget
Mainsail load at the clue 25 tons! Mainsail weight 1250 lbs. Takes 10 minutes to grind up.

Photographer: Gilles Martin-Raget
Sails off the wind at 3 times the wind speed. 10 knots wind = 30 knots boatspeed!

Photographer: Gilles Martin-Raget
Man vs. Machine?

Photographer: Gilles Martin-Raget
Wave piercing bow and deck shape help ama pop back to surface when trimaran heads off the wind.


Bumper Boats... San Francisco Golden Gate Cup

Golden Gate Yacht Club wins San Francisco Golden Gate Cup.
It was a San Francisco showdown in the final of the three-day Inter Yacht Club Challenge with challengers from four clubs competing for the coveted Golden Gate Cup trophy. This year, the Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) won 2-0 over neighbors St. Francis Yacht Club (StFYC). San Diego Yacht Club (SDYC) and Berkeley Yacht Club (BYC) also competed this weekend taking 3rd and 4th place finishes respectively in the all-California competition.

The Pro-Am event, which is a match racing program in identical 1D35 yachts, had many sailing luminaries participating, including, Russ Silvestri, Genny Tullock, Tom Ehman, Chris Perkins, Andrew “Meat” Taylor, Matt Gregory, Shawn Bennett, Holt Condon, Alex and Brian Camet among others.

Four BMW ORACLE Racing team members joined the GGYC crew including team chief financial officer and San Francisco sailor Chris Perkins (USA) who was helmsman for the regatta. BMW ORACLE Racing head of external affairs, Tom Ehman (USA), called tactics. Noel “Nitro” Drennan (IRL) and Andrew “Raw Meat” Taylor (NZL) beefed up the middle of the boat with Drennan trimming the main and Taylor working the pit.

Four Round Robins were raced over Friday and Saturday, with the final rounds being every bit as dramatic as one might expect when so much talent get’s behind such fast boats in big breeze conditions.

After a serious dust up between GGYC and StFYC, which resulted in a broken spinnaker pole and bruised egos, the round robin program went to Olympic hopeful Genny Tullock of StFYC. The victory, by one point, allowed them to choose who they would meet in the semi final round on Sunday.

Sunday Semi Final rounds would see StFYC and BYC and GGYC and SDYC in a best of three semi final to decide who would meet in the finals. StFYC would take their slot 2-0 as would GGYC against SDYC. SDYC would later go on to win the Third place spot 2-0 against BYC.

The Finals

At the start of the final round, GGYC and StFYC engaged in exciting dial-ups, enjoyed by the spectator fleet that had gathered to watch the action on the water. In Race One, Tullock and Sylvestri would gain the upper hand and win the start powering over the line to and significant early lead. Perkins and Ehman would be in close pursuit but had a hard time gaining on the StFYC yacht as they approached the lay line for the weather mark. StFYC would tack too early, losing their position as the strong San Francisco Bay flood current carried them to starboard of the weather mark. As they tacked to get back a dual ensued with GGYC coming out ahead at the weather mark by seconds.

StFYC would power back from behind but would not have enough gas to catch GGYC at the leeward gate. GGYC would round first and rocket to the city front to find current relief with StFYC close behind. A fierce tacking duel ensued, being StFYC’s only hope at eating away at GGYC’s lead. Instead, GGYC’s lead simply increased this time rounding the weather mark 30 seconds ahead. From there it was a drag race to the finish with GGYC winning Race One.

Race Two saw an even more aggressive prestart with both boats using the GGYC Race Committee boat as part of their defense. GGYC would be off the line first this time and she never looked back. With each leg she gained more and more speed and more and more distance from StFYC. GGYC won 2-0 in the finals.

In 2008, San Francisco Yacht Club won the Cup with local sailor Eliel Redstone and his 1D35 Yeofy.

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Alinghi 5 "Boat Parade"

Alinghi fans,

Here you have the schedule of this sailing event specially created to share our passion with all our fans.

On August 1st, we invite you to come and meet with the team in Ouchy from 10.30 CET to 12.00.
At noon, Alinghi 5 will departure on a "boat parade" that will take her to Morges (12.30), Rolle (13.00), Nyon (13.25), Versoix (13.50) and finally to Geneva (14.00).

It's a sailing event and the only stop scheduled is at the arrival in Geneva, where there'll be free tours departing from Port Noir in the afternoon for the public to go and see the boat.

We hope to meet all our Alinghi fans on the lake!

Please notice that this plan depends on the weather conditions of that day.

We post regular updates in our web pages for Alinghi Friends, so join for free here to have access to the last minute information and lots of special content:

Kind regards,


TP 52- Audi MedCup-Cagliari - Final

Photos Jürg Kaufmann
By Paul Cayard
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Three races today on the Gulfo di Cagliari in a Mistral of 15 to 27 knots. We had our worst day with a 9, 8, 6. Still we hung on to third place overall. Team New Zealand won the regatta although they did not win any of the races today.

Matador had a first in the first race then a last in the last race. It was all pretty mixed up.
The racing was very tight in the smooth water and the narrow tacking angles. We were just a few meters short of crossing starboard tack boats at the windward marks and had to duck them several times today. This added up to a lot of places.

Anyway, all in all, it was a very good week on the Artemis.

Next appointment is in Portimao, Portugal mid August.

Flying home to SF tomorrow and 505 training with Howie on Monday.
I'll keep you posted.

For complete results go to

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Coastal Race

Photos by Jürg Kaufmann
TP 52- Audi MedCup-Cagliari
Paul Cayard
Thursday, July 23, 2009
We had a great day on the Artemis today. It was the Coastal Race today, a 30 mile course around the Gulf of Cagliari and we managed to take the checkered flag.
Team New Zealand finished second and Matador 5th after leading around the first windward leeward. We are now second to TNZ by 3.5 points. The Coastal Races have a 1.5 factor on the finishing position.

After not a great start, we found a clear lane to the left which we thought may be the favored side. However, we decided to come back to the right a bit before Team New Zealand and Quantum who were winning the left side. This turned out to be a key move and the wind was better on the right. We crossed those that went right early and rounded the first windward mark third behind Matador and Bigimist.

Down the first run we managed to wiggle our way round the turning mark just ahead of Bigamist who then slowed down the fleet a bit as they were not ready with their masthead Genoa.

Matador, solidly in first, sailed a straight line to the next point of land while the rest of us were a bit leery of a possible hole right on the Cape, held high. Sure enough, Matador sailed into a hole and we took over the lead and never let it go.

We have been working every night analyzing our performance and trying to improve. Matador is the fastest of the fleet here in these lighter breezes and she is virtually a sistership to Artemis. I think we made a little improvement in the power we are getting out of the rig and sails and this helped us today. Going to the performance meeting now so I will know for sure then.

Five more races to go and tomorrow's forecast is quite light; 10 knots and under. These light races are very taxing as the wind is fluky and can't be read so easily. A lot of racing to go and many points can be quickly lost in this very competitive fleet.

For complete results go to

Cayard Sailing Website

Alinghi press conference video

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Alinghi, the Defender of the 33rd America’s Cup, held a press conference today in Le Bouveret, Switzerland, to present Alinghi 5, the Swiss team’s giant catamaran.

The boat was held ashore for the day as the weather turned foul on Lake Geneva, but the first trials held earlier this week were extremely successful: “Being able to sail Alinghi 5 on the Lake for the very first time and seeing it perform so well on its first day out is a real tribute to the team; first and foremost the designers – who have drawn from the multihull heritage and technology here in Switzerland as well as their own depth – but also the boat builders and the sailors who are now completely focused on making the boat go as fast as possible. Our first day out, flying a hull was, if not the best, certainly one of the best days of my life,” said team president, Ernesto Bertarelli.

Sailing and testing will continue apace over the coming days culminating in a public celebration on Lake Geneva on 1 August which will include a team presentation before a parade of sail from Lausanne to the defender’s club, Société Nautique de Genève. The boat will then be prepared for the heli-lift to Genoa, Italy, where training will continue.

“This project has been, and continues to be, about putting people in a position where they can socially and intellectually experience things that are unique. It’s not about who is winning in court; it’s about which is going to be the fastest boat on the water with the strongest team and the best technology. That is why we are here and we are proud of it,” concluded Bertarelli.

Ernesto Bertarelli was flanked by Grant Simmer, design team coordinator; Murray Jones, member of the sailing team who has been running the early trials and Patrick Aebischer, president of EPFL, Alinghi’s scientific advisor.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

TP52 Day 2 Race 5

TP 52- Audi MedCup-Cagliari
Paul Cayard

We had another good day on the Artemis. Two races were held on the Gulf of Cagliari in 10-12 knots of wind from the southeast.
Artemis scored a 3, 3 and we are still in third place. Matador won the day with a 1, 2 and is now just one point out of first. Team New Zealand had a 4, 5 and were coming from behind to get there. Amazing how fast things can change in this fleet.

The wind was forecast to build into a similar day as yesterday but it failed. As the windspeed got to 12 knots, it just retreated back down to 10. There was a bit of chop on the course from a stronger gradient wind out on the east side of Sardinia so that made sailing in 10 knots a bit more difficult.

One of my goals today was to work with Torben to get a bit more speed on the starting line. We achieved that and had two excellent starts. It is such a boost in this fleet to come off the line well.
We were in 1st place for a short time on the second windward leg of the first race, but never managed to get real control. All in all we sailed fast and smart, never taking big chances. We are in the consistency mode which I like.

Tomorrow is the Coastal Race which is a 25 mile races around the Gulf of Cagliari. The race counts 1.5 times an inshore race.

Off to the performance debrief, then dinner then a media dinner. I am pre-eating because the media dinner is likely to be served at 2300 and I will be gone by then.
For complete results go to

Cayard Sailing Website

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

TP 52- Audi MedCup-Cagliari

Day 1 - Race 2 Audi Sailing Team powered by Q8Autonomous Region of Sardinia Trophy, 21 07 2009 © Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
By Paul Cayard
Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Day 1 TP52 - We had a good day on the Artemis today. Three races were held on the Gulf of Cagliari, in 12-14 knots of wind from the southeast.

Artemis scored a 2, 2, 7 to put us in third place. Team New Zealand won all three races and Matador of Argentina is one point ahead of us with a 3, 3, 4.

The races were incredibly close and there wasn't much in it at the first windward mark of each race. We actually finished better than we rounded the first windward mark in each race, which is a good sign. Passing boats is an important trait to have. Everyone will get back in the pack at some point and the good ones will come through the fleet.

Our first two starts were ok and we had a bad one in the last race. We managed to get clear onto port early and the right was good. We almost snagged a 3rd at the top mark but could not quite get through and ended up 9th. That is how close it is. It is literally a matter of feet and inches in those final crosses at the top of the 2.2 mile windward legs.

The forecast for tomorrow is pretty much like today so it will be another long and tough day of sailing.

For complete results go to

Cayard Sailing Website

Alinghi 5 Day 2 Photos

Photo: Carlo Borlenghi/ALINGHI

Photo: Carlo Borlenghi/ALINGHI

Photo: Carlo Borlenghi/ALINGHI

Photo: Carlo Borlenghi/ALINGHI

Photos: Carlo Borlenghi/ALINGHI

GGYC Statement

Statement of Tom Ehman, GGYC Spokesman

New York, NY, July 21, 2009 – We are pleased that the Court will provide clarity on the rules before we complete our challenging vessel for America's Cup 33.

The Court reserved her decision whether an engine and moveable ballast can be used.
Justice Kornreich understood that we need to know the rules before we can complete our challenging vessel and then submit our Custom House Registry (CHR).

The Defender was compelled to turn over to the Court the secret agreement with International Sailing Federation (ISAF).

On questioning from the Court, Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) agreed to return to mediation, a process we have supported throughout our challenge.

We look forward to Justice Kornreich's decision in the next few weeks, and to racing for the America's Cup in February 2010.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Alinghi 5 sailing photos and video

Photos Carlo Borlenghi/Alinghi

Click here to launch video of Alinghi 5 sailing: Alinghi TV v3.0

The Swiss America’s Cup Defender, Alinghi, hoisted the sails on its giant new catamaran Alinghi 5 for the first time today on Lake Geneva, Switzerland. The 90ft multihull was cheered off the dock at midday by hundreds of spectators watching the maiden sail out of Le Bouveret.

Murray Jones, who is running the initial trials of the giant multihull that represents a first step in the development process towards the 33rd America’s Cup, gave his comments on a good first day on the water: “We went out this morning with a list of objectives to work through: testing the boat, checking the structure, doing some manoeuvres and seeing if the sails would all sheet and it went pretty well; we ticked off just about everything. There are a lot of systems on the boat that are complicated and new, but it was fantastic.
To fly the boat upwind and downwind with gennaker was awesome for the first day of sailing. The boat is a tribute to the designers and the boat builders. To deliver a boat of this complexity that works straight out of the box on the first day is impressive; really impressive.”

Grant Simmer, design team coordinator, was observing the trials from a RIB: “It’s been a good day, we had a list of things we wanted to do and we took it slowly and carefully and have finished the day achieving all those things. It was exciting to see the boat sailing for the first time after so much time designing, boat building, sail making and spar making; seeing all those bits come together and seeing the machine working is great! We’re looking forward to tomorrow.”

This multihull – the culmination of 100,000 man-hours – was launched on 9 July by helicopter and will continue to sail on the Lake over the coming weeks.

The weather today, courtesy of Météo Suisse, was a light 5-7 ESE ‘Vauderon’

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Snap...melges 32 cagliari

photos max ranchi