Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe 2018. Multi50 class, pocos barcos pero gran nivel.

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Erwan Le Roux on Fenetrea – Mix Buffet.

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Camus Vauchel on Thibaut Solidaires En Peloton – ARSEP.

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The Multi50 class: The little racing cars of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe

Press Release – 16.10.2018

There may not be many of them but the quality is certainly not lacking in the Multi50 class that will start the 2018 Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe solo transatlantic race from Saint Malo on November 4th.

Sailing their 15-metre foiling trimarans, the six competitors in this class all have their own points to prove as they make their way across the Atlantic on the 3,542-nautical mile course to the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.

In this division proven older boats will take on newer designs that represent the latest thinking in the class. For each of the sailor-boat combinations, whatever happens, it will be a full-on and highly competitive Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe because the Multi50s are wet and fickle racing machines that can achieve average distances of over 500 miles in 24 hours.

The Multi50 class brings together trimarans of up to 15 metres in length and 15 metres width, that are subject to a class rule that leaves some freedom to attract different designers. In its desire to embrace the latest technological developments, the class has now separated from its “vintage” era and in 2017 authorised the addition of foils for the first time.

Five of the six multihulls in the running – all except that of Gilles Lamiré – are therefore equipped with foils this time. Three of them added one-design foiling kits to old hulls, while the two newest trimarans, Ciela Village and Solidaires en Peloton Arsep, were designed from scratch around the new “flying” game.

The foils have boosted the speed of the boats by about 20% on a reach, with regular accelerations to over 35 knots. Thibaut Vauchel-Camus even surpassed the 40-knot mark during a delivery this year.

If the weather is favourable, the Multi50s could cross the finish line at Pointe à Pitre in the wake of the Ultimes, after as little as eight-10 days of racing. That would be an improvement of at least one day compared to the current reference time for the class of 11 days, five hours and 13 minutes.

These numbers give a good indication of ​​the fiery nature of the Multi50. “These are small boats on a human scale, but offshore they are a handful and compared to the Ultimes, we are hyper-exposed to the elements,” explains Erwan Le Roux (Window Mix-Buffet), winner in 2014 and President of the class.

“We have the highest power-to-weight ratio of all the fleets of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe,” adds his opponent Lalou Roucayrol (Arkema). “The boats are extremely wet and to go fast, you have to just do it without thinking about it too much.” It is perhaps therefore not surprising that routing is allowed in this category.

So who will follow Erwan Le Roux and win this time round?

Perhaps himself. The title-holder has all the attributes of a man to beat. His enormous understanding of a boat he built when he was working with Franck-Yves Escoffier, his intimidating track record, his high-level physical preparation – he is also a triathlete – and his habit of leaving nothing to chance, make him the ideal candidate for a double.

However, Erwan does not see himself dominating and knows that Lalou Roucayrol, a former competitor in the Orma class before joining the Multi50s 11 years ago, will be a real threat. On the boat he built, Lalou won the Transat Jacques Vabre 2017 and finished on the podium in every race that season.

Behind these two great favorites, the other players include Thibaut Vauchel Camus, the “youngster” of the group at 40 years of age who won this year’s Drheam Cup-Destination Cotentin, despite his limited experience in Multi50s. Another newcomer in the class is Armel Tripon (Chocolate Rite). Like Thibaut, he is one of those who has sailed the most this year.

Then there is Thierry Bouchard at the helm of a very light, latest-generation Multi50, even if a major project carried out after the Transat Jacques Vabre prevented this entrepreneur from sailing as much as he would have liked. Finally, do not underestimate Gilles Lamire (French Tech Rennes Saint-Malo). This regular competitor in the series is a tough guy who believes in his chances on the less “modern” trimaran of the fleet – but he knows his boat by heart.

The Multi50 class at a glance

Armel Tripon, Chocolate Rite, Verdier design 2009*

Erwan Le Roux, FenêtreA-Mix Buffet, VPLP 2009*

Gilles Lamiré, French Tech Rennes Saint-Malo, Irens/Cabaret 2009

Lalou Roucayrol, Arkema, Neyhousser 2013*

Thierry Bouchard, Ciela Village, VPLP 2017*

Thibaut Vauchel Camus, Solidaires in Peloton Arsep, VPLP 2018*

*Equipped with Foils

The winners of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe in Multi50s

2014: Erwan Le Roux/reference time 11 days, five hours and 13 minutes

2010: Lionel Lemonchois

2006: Franck-Yves Escoffier

2002: Franck-Yves Escoffier

Juegos Olímpicos de la Juventud Buenos Aires. Sofia Tomasoni (ITA) y Deury Corniel (DOM) se llevan el oro en Kiteboarding.

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Italy and the Dominican Republic claim final Sailing golds at the Youth Olympic Games

For immediate release: 10/14/2018
Issued on behalf of: World Sailing

Sofia Tomasoni (ITA) and Deury Corniel (DOM) won gold in the Kiteboarding on the last day of the Youth Olympic Sailing Competition at Club Nautico San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Two dramatic winner-takes-all finals saw a remarkable double silver medal awarded on both occasions, with racers in the Girl’s and Boy’s fleets both tying in second place.

An historic day also saw the Dominican Republic and the Philippines win their first Olympic medals in Sailing.

After mixed weather over the course of the week, both Girl’s and Boy’s Kiteboarding fleets were forced to use their reserve day to conclude the series.

With stronger winds expected in the morning of Sunday 14th October, racing began at the earlier time of 10:00 to allow the second semi finals, the B (Petit) Final and the A Final in both fleets to proceed in what turned out to be perfect conditions.

The four highest-ranked kiteboarders proceeded into the A Final. Making the cut in the Girl’s fleet was Alina Kornelli (GER), Sofia Tomasoni (ITA), Nina Font (ESP) and Poema Newland (FRA).

Kornelli was the favourite after winning five races from six, but in the Girl’s Final A she fell behind early on and could not recover her position.

Newland was first to cross the line, followed by Tomasoni, but as the French racer had accrued a two-point race penalty, she finished the race with three points in total instead of one.

Therefore it was Tomasoni, with two points from finishing second, who took gold, while third-placed Font finished with three points to sit in joint second overall with Newland.

“In the final race I started well and I was first at the first mark, but then at the end, I couldn’t jump the obstacle because I had too much wind,” Tomasoni explained.

“Because I was going downwind I had to go back, and then I was in third place.

“I managed to get second at the last tack, but the girl in front of me had two penalties and I won gold.

“I’ve been stressed the whole week and then before this race, the one that counted, I said to myself, ‘this will only happen once in my life, so enjoy it and just have fun.’ I had fun and I got my result.

“This gold is a dream. It is every effort, it is every session in the gym, every time I hit the water and every time I studied late at night. All of this led to this moment.

“I worked so hard and I think I deserved it. Also, the other girls did very well.”

Interestingly, Tomasoni is now eyeing a switch to a different fleet.

“I’m planning on sailing the Nacra 15 for a year and then going kite foiling, and then hoping to get to the Olympics – I’m looking forward to Paris 2024,” she explained.

Font was happy to claim Spain’s first Sailing medal of the Youth Olympic Games.

“I’m so happy with the result. Everybody’s been killing it out there – especially the German girl. Congratulations to everyone,” she said.

“The final race was pretty close. I think it was the tightest final I’d ever been in. At the end Italy and I were really close and we didn’t know who had won gold at the finish line.

“It’s something I never thought I would happen – it’s not sunk in yet. Maybe next week I’ll realise what I’ve done.”

Sealing France’s third Sailing medal of the Games was Newland, who was ranked fourth before marking Final A with her best race finish of the week.

“I can’t believe it. I’m so happy to be second. It’s an incredible feeling – I can’t describe it,” she said.

In the Boy’s fleet, Deury Corniel (DOM), Cameron Maramenides (USA), Toni Vodisek (SLO) and Christian Tio (PHI) all qualified for the A Final.

Corniel soared to yet another win to seal a well-deserved gold.

Following him across the line was Vodisek but, as the Slovenian had received a one-point race penalty, he ended up with a three-point total, meaning he shared silver with third-placed Tio.

Maramenides, who had started the day ranked second, missed out on a podium spot altogether.

An emotional Corniel hoped that his success could inspire others in his country.

“The conditions today were really perfect. I was over power on the 17 but I just put my head down and said ‘this is my future here, this is what I want’ and I made it,” he said.

“I woke up this morning with this in my head and I just went for it. I know I deserve this gold medal.

“For me it feels amazing to be here at the Olympics. I have to thank the Cabarete Kite Academy for supporting me with everything and helping to prepare me to be here.

“I hope to see more kids around and for more Dominicans to get this energy and make their dreams come true.

“This was one of my dreams, and my dream came true today with this gold medal.”

Vodisek was understandably delighted to claim Slovenia’s sixth medal of the Games.

“I’m really psyched to win the silver medal,” he said. “The competition was amazing and everyone was super good. It was hard fought, but at the end we are all champions.”

Tio was ranked fourth ahead of the A Final and raced well to finish ahead of Maramenides and pip him to a medal.

“Everyone fought hard. The wind conditions were strong when we came out – we didn’t think it would be that strong, so everyone was on big kites,” he said.

“I’m really, really happy and it feels so good to represent my country and win this medal.”

The B Final in each fleet confirmed the racers finishing from fifth to eighth. This was Ona Romari (ARG), Jingle Chen (CHI), Oliwia Hlobuczek (POL) and Maria Alvarez (VEN) in the Girl’s fleet, and Maxime Chabloz (SUI), Benoit Gomez (FRA), Tiger Tyson (ANT) and Geronimo Lutteral (ARG) in the Boy’s fleet.

Overall, over five events from three classes in Sailing, Italy topped the medal table with two golds and one silver, closely followed by France with three silvers.

By Liz Owen – World Sailing



Reporte de la FAY

Quinto puesto para Ona Romani y octavo para Gerónimo Lutteral en el cierre de la Vela de Buenos Aires 2018

(San Isidro – domingo 14 de octubre de 2018)

Luego de que ayer no se pudiera finalizar con la última jornada de Kitesurf masculino y femenino de Buenos Aires 2018, se utilizó el día de reserva y en un domingo a pleno sol y familias al pie del mástil del Club Náutico San Isidro quedaron conformados los podios para la disciplina TT:R, los dos últimos, de estos inolvidables Juegos Olímpicos de la Juventud Buenos Aires 2018.

En una ceremonia de premiación pasado el mediodía, en Kitesurf masculino se le entregó la medalla de oro al puertorriqueño Deury Corniel, a quien lo siguieron dos segundos y medalla de plata, producto de un empate: Toni Vodisek, de Eslovenia, y Christian Tío, de Filipinas. En esa disciplina el argentino Gerónimo Lutteral finalizó octavo.

En TT:R femenino el oro fue para la italiana Sofía Tomasoni, seguida por la española Nina Font y la francesa Poema Newland, también igualadas en la medalla plateada. La representante nacional Ona Romani tuvo un muy buen quinto puesto.

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GC32 TPM Med Cup, triunfo para INEOS Team UK de Sir Ben Ainslie. Norauto de Franck Cammas gana el circuito.

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Ainslie gana en Tolón y Cammas sentencia su segundo GC32 Racing Tour

Nota de prensa GC32 Racing Tour – 14/10/2018

La última prueba puntuable para el GC32 Racing Tour 2018 se despidió con jornada en blanco por el tamaño de las olas en la Rada de Tolón. La victoria en la GC32 TPM Med Cup correspondió al británico INEOS Team UK. El francés NORAUTO consiguió la corona de campeón del GC32 Racing Tour 2018, segunda para el equipo liderado por Franck Cammas.

La última jornada de la GC32 TPM Med Cup presentó condiciones demasiado duras para la seguridad de los catamaranes voladores. Los ocho GC32 salían al agua con la esperanza de una nueva sesión de espectáculo en un viento de 18-20 nudos, ideal para la navegación sobre foils, pero el tamaño de las olas en el campo de regatas de Tolón obligó a la flota a regresar a tierra sin puntuar.

La GC32 TPM Med Cup se cerraba con diez parciales en los casilleros y el primer triunfo de GC32 para el sindicato británico de America’s Cup, INEOS Team UK, que anotó en Tolón cinco victorias parciales y un tercero como peor resultado de la semana. El equipo liderado por Ben Ainsie aventajó a su inmediato perseguidor, el NORAUTO de Franck Cammas, por nada menos que 13 puntos, toda una demostración de poder teniendo en cuenta que es su primera temporada en el circuito.

“Hemos disfrutado de un magnífico evento en Tolón”, reconocería Ainslie. “Este era nuestro cuarto evento en el GC32 Racing Tour y hemos ido mejorando a lo largo de la temporada. Es bonito despedirse con una victoria. Este año hemos podido rotar un buen número de nuestros regatistas a bordo de este multicasco con foils, una estupenda preparación para nuestra campaña de America’s Cup”.

El triunfo en la GC32 TPM Med Cup permite al INEOS Team UK completar su primera campaña de GC32 en segunda posición final pese a haberse perdido el primer evento de la temporada, el mundial disputado en mayo en el italiano Lago de Garda.

Segunda corona para NORAUTO
La segunda posición firmada en Tolón bastó al NORAUTO para convertirse en campeón del GC32 Racing Tour 2018. Se trata del segundo título para el equipo liderado por Franck Cammas, que ya ganó el circuito en 2016. “Tuvimos un buen evento en Villasimius el pasado mes, y eso nos permitió liberarnos de algo de presión”, explicaría Cammas. “A lo largo del año hemos disfrutado de buenas batallas con los otros, y nunca ha sido fácil. Nosotros mejoramos un poco y tuvimos muy buenos oponentes”. El equipo francés logró el título merced a su regularidad: campeón en tres eventos y segundo clasificado en los otros dos.

El triunfo supone para Cammas llevarse el trofeo GC32 Racing Tour y un reloj Anonimo Nautilo Bronze Bicolor. “La competición es más igualada que antes; ahora incluso el último barco puede ganar mangas”, explica el patrón francés.

La victoria en la clasificación owner-driver (reservada a los equipos en los que el timonel es el armador) correspondió en Tolon al australiano .film Racing de Simon Delzoppo, que además terminó tercero de la general de la GC32 TPM Med-Cup. “Es muy emocionante: conseguir el título owner-driver y finalizar terceros, por detrás de dos equipos profesionales”, explica Delzoppo. “No podríamos haber pedido un mejor resultado”.

El título owner-driver absoluto en el GC32 Racing Tour 2018 correspondió al estadounidense Argo de Jason Carroll, que se impuso al francés Zoulou de Erik Maris por un solo punto. Tercero finalizaría el neozelandés Frank Racing de Simon Hull. “Esta temporada nos ha costado un poco más que la anterior”, confiesa Carroll. “Es algo en lo que tenemos que pensar durante el invierno. Erik Maris faltó en un evento, por lo demás ha navegado una temporada realmente buena”.

Récord 2018
Carroll y sus ‘Argonautas’ fueron los más rápidos en el ANONIMO Speed Challenge de la GC32 TPM Med Cup. Su velocidad media de 28,97 nudos, registrada el sábado, fue además la mejor marca de todo el año, superando el anterior récord, los 25,26 alcanzados por el Frank Racing de Simon Hull en Lagos (Portugal). Carroll gana un reloj ANONIMO Nautilo edición limitada GC32 Racing Tour, el segundo después del que consiguió en Calvi el pasado año, pero el primero llevando el timón. “Realmente no pareció que teníamos el control tanto como deberíamos, pero otros equipos sufrieron igual”, explicaba Carroll sobre la sesión de velocidad en la que consiguió el récord.

La entrega de premios final se celebró en el race village de la GC32 TPM Med Cup’, animada por gran cantidad de público e invitados a lo largo de la semana de competición. La GC32 TPM Med Cup fue posible gracias al apoyo de Toulon Provence Mediterranée y la ciudad de Tolón.

Juegos Olímpicos de la Juventud Buenos Aires, día 6. Dante Cittadini y Teresa Romairone, oro en clase Nacra 15.

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Argentina win Nacra 15 gold at home Youth Olympic Games

For immediate release: 10/13/2018
Issued on behalf of: World Sailing

Dante Cittadini and Teresa Romairone (ARG) won gold in the Mixed Nacra 15 fleet in front of a packed Club Nautico San Isidro at the Youth Olympic Sailing Competition, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

On home waters, and in a variety of conditions, the Argentinians sailed consistently throughout the week and led the fleet for the vast majority of the competition.

Already in first place ahead of the Medal Race, Cittadini and Romairone finished sixth, which was enough to hand them the gold medal with a seven-point advantage.

“It’s really exciting to see all the people on this river, which we’ve been sailing on for a long time, cheering for us – it’s amazing,” said Romairone.

“I’ve learned a lot of things this week, such as how to stay focused all the time and how to manage nerves. I never usually get nervous, but this time I did!”

The Athlete Role Models for Sailing are Argentineans Santiago Lange and Cecilia Carranza Saroli, who won gold in the Nacra 17 fleet at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

They have been present at the venue daily, and Romairone believes that gave herself and Cittadini extra inspiration throughout the week.

“They [Santi and Ceci] always give us encouragement and advice – they were a really big help,” she said.

“They are such good sailors, and just to see them in the club and be so close to them was very motivating.”

After going all out for the Youth Olympic Games, Romairone admitted she is unsure of their imminent plans, but expressed an interest in one day moving into the senior Nacra 17 boat.

“Our objective was always the Games. We didn’t project anything further, so at this moment I don’t know,” she added.

“Anything can happen. There are a lot of boats to sail in. It would be amazing [to sail the Nacra 17] – it’s a really cool boat.”

Titouan Petard and Kenza Coutard (FRA) claimed an impressive Medal Race win, which moved them from fourth place overall up to a silver medal position.

The French duo won the opening race of the competition and actually enjoyed more top-three results than their Argentinian opponents, but a discard of 14th and three further finishes outside the top five added extra points to their total.

However, they hit form just at the right time, winning the last race on Friday before their sublime victory in the Medal Race gave them France’s second silver in Sailing so far.

“It’s really amazing to win this medal – we didn’t know if it would be possible so we are very happy,” said Coutard.

“To take bronze or silver, all we had to do was attack in the final race, and we did that.

“After this we won’t continue to sail together – I have another helm and Titouan has another crew – but it’s been an incredible event.”

It meant Laila van der Meer and Bjarne Bouwer (NED), who started the day in the silver medal position, lost out by just one point after finishing fourth in the Medal Race.

But after narrowly missing out on a medal at the Youth Sailing World Championships in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA earlier this year, they were pleased to claim bronze and finish on the podium this time.

“It was so close and we were so afraid because we didn’t want to finish fourth again, but everything came together,” said Bouwer.

“We had a good start and then chose the right side. We lost our chance at winning silver in the last few metres, but we are so happy with bronze.

“This week, the boat-to-boat racing has been intense. With everybody so close, you have to be good at that, and you have to be so sharp because every point counts here.”

On their future ambitions, Bouwer added: “We are going into the Nacra 17 together, so we will now spend some time learning the boat.”

Elsewhere, Henri Demesmaeker and Frederique van Eupen (BEL), level on points with the Dutch sailors before the final race, could only finish eighth, which wasn’t enough for a medal.

The Kiteboarding class managed to complete the first of two semi finals in both the Boy’s and the Girl’s fleets, heading out onto the water shortly before 15:30.

They will use tomorrow’s reserve day to complete the second semi final, before racing the Petit final (which will determine fifth to eighth place) and the main winner-takes-all Final to crown the Youth Olympic champion.

Racing continues at 10:00 local time on Sunday 14th October – an earlier start for the Kiteboarders to take advantage of better wind conditions in the morning.

By Liz Owen – World Sailing



Reporte de la FAY


¡Dante Cittadini y Teresa Romairone son de oro!

(San Isidro – sábado 13 de octubre de 2018)

Dante Cittadini y Teresa Romairone obtuvieron la medalla de oro en la clase Nacra 15 de Vela en los Juegos Olímpicos de la Juventud Buenos Aires 2018 luego de quedar sextos en la regata definitoria de hoy y primeros en la clasificación general. Los argentinos acumularon 37 unidades, seguidos por los franceses y medalla de plata Titouan Petard y Kenza Coutard, con 44 puntos, siendo terceros los holandeses Laila van der Meer y Bjarne Bouwer, con un neto de 45 y el bronce en el cuello.

El Equipo Argentino Juvenil de Vela, auspiciado por Galicia Éminent, tuvo una destacada actuación en Nacra al obtener los puestos 2°, 1°, 4°, 2°, 4°, 1°, 7° (descartada) 6°, 2°, 4°, 1°, 4° y 6° en la regata definitoria, la decimotercera de los YOG 2018, en la cual mantuvieron esa posición en la salida de varias de las marcas de la cancha, colmada su entorno de embarcaciones que fueron a alentar a la dupla campeona olímpica y que este año además ganó el Youth Sailing World Championships y el European Championship. A la vuelta hubo caravana de navegantes y recepción inolvidable tanto en la rampa como en varias partes de las instalaciones del Club Náutico San Isidro, sede y testigo privilegiado de este oro juvenil. La ceremonia de premiación se realizó al pie del mástil y con gran cantidad de público y prensa.

“Con todo este equipo pudimos lograr el objetivo de la dorada, es un orgullo para toda Argentina”, dijo Dante en medio del festejo luego de tirarse al agua junto a su tripulante y abrazarse con ella y los entrenadores Nicolás Schargorodsky y Nicolás Aragonés. Luego hubo abrazo también con los medallistas de oro en Río de Janeiro 2016 en Nacra 17, Santiago Lange y

Cecilia Carranza. La historia olímpica se repite dos años después con los más chicos. Por su parte Teresa agradeció a “los entrenadores, los chicos que fueron parte de este proceso como Machi y Agus (Massimo Contessi y Agustina Castro Fau, otra excelente pareja que conforma el Equipo Argentino de Nacra 15 y con quienes se entrenaron fuerte) y todos los que estuvieron en el proyecto y la buena onda de todo el grupo de juveniles. También a la familia y amigos, que bancaron siempre”.

Hoy estaban programadas también las últimas regatas de Kitesurf pero la falta de viento hizo que no se terminaran las primeras competencias del día en cada clase y se utilizara la jornada de reserva estipulada para mañana. Gerónimo Lutteral figura octavo en la clasificación general, mientras que Ona Romani sexta.

La FAY felicita a Dante Cittadini y Teresa Romairone por la medalla de oro y quedar así en la historia de la Vela y el olimpismo. Asimismo, agradece el permanente apoyo de Galicia Éminent, main sponsor del Equipo Argentino Juvenil de Vela, como también el respaldo de Paradigma, Secretaría de Deportes de la Nación, Ente Nacional de Alto Rendimiento Deportivo (ENARD) Comité Olímpico Argentino (COA) y el fuerte trabajo del Club Náutico San Isidro, Yacht Club Argentino, Club Universitario Buenos Aires, autoridades de regatas y voluntarios, tanto de la Argentina como del resto de los países, quienes colaboraron intensamente para que los Juegos Olímpicos de la Juventud Buenos Aires 2018 fueran un éxito y coloquen a la vela argentina nuevamente en lo más alto.

Ezequiel del Valle (Mediakit – prensa oficial de la FAY)

GC32 TPM Med Cup, día 3.

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Cammas back on form at GC32 TPM Med Cup
GC32 Racing Tour press release issued on 13/10/2018

On the penultimate day of the GC32 TPM Med Cup, Franck Cammas’ NORAUTO powered by Team France fought back to second place overall after a disappointing Friday when they were crippled by a broken foil.

Today was supposed to be the lightest of the GC32 TPM Med Cup, taking place with support from Toulon Provence Mediterranée and the city of Toulon, but in fact the wind was frequently into the high teens, once again from the east and with an unusually large, confused seaway.

Cammas said that yesterday they hadn’t been able to foil downwind on one gybe. However overnight the French team replaced their broken foil with one borrowed from Erik Maris’ Zoulou team. Thanks to this, NORAUTO was back on their expected form, winning today’s first two races, concluding the day with two seconds.

Two races concluded with the two America’s Cup teams competing here – NORAUTO and overall leader, Sir Ben Ainslie’s INEOS Team UK – flying into the finish line neck and neck at 30+ knot speeds. Ainslie came out on top in one; Cammas in the other. “It was very tight. We separated from him at the end of the upwind, which was a good move, but I think downwind we both crashed down once or twice,” said Cammas of the last race.

Going into the final day, Cammas acknowledges that with their 13 point advantage over them INEOS Team UK will be difficult to catch, but his eye is on the bigger prize – winning the annual GC32 Racing Tour overall for a second time. Tomorrow they will not be taking risks.

While NORAUTO was on a charge, once again top performer of the day was INEOS TEAM UK, skippered by Ben Ainslie, winner of today’s final two races. “There was a bit more breeze – it was tough and tiring, but good fun,” said Giles Scott, the Rio 2016 Finn gold medallist, who calls tactics on board. “It was tight racing – a good little course with the wind in this direction.”

After their dramatic dismasting while leading yesterday’s first race, Realteam was back on the race course today after a sleepless night for the team’s shore crew, as they carried out repairwork to their carbon spar. “The technical guys did a good job – it is not very cosmetic, but it works,” said skipper Jérôme Clerc of the repair.

In fact the Swiss team, who are the GC32 Racing Tour’s defending champions were the third best-scoring boat today, even winning race three. “We had a good start with good tactics and just kept it simple,” recounted Clerc. “Conditions were good – we could push the boat, just not too much in the waves.”

The day started with a round of the ANONIMO Speed Challenge. Held in winds of 17-18 knots, this was won by American Jason Carroll’s Argo with an average speed of 28.97 knots over a course of 0.7 nautical miles. With this Carroll will be making extra space on his wrist for an ANONIMO Nautilo GC32 Racing Tour limited edition timepiece is likely to win. For Argo’s speed today was by far the highest of the year – the previous top run was at 25.26 knots average, recorded by Simon Hull’s Frank Racing in Lagos, Portugal.

“It is a perfect way to end the season – we’re in France, it is starting to be the fall here, it is windy and wavy – exactly what we were prepared for when we came here,” explained Argo’s Anthony Kotoun.

Argo’s third race today took an unexpected turn when owner-driver Jason Carroll fell overboard. He was picked up and deposited back on board and the US team went on to finish the race. “Luckily someone had grabbed the tiller and the whole safety protocol worked perfectly,” said Kotoun. “Jason was probably away from us for 45 seconds and in the water for just 25. All credit to [Chief Umpire] Bill O’Hara, who gets the Hasselhoff award!”

Meanwhile Argo is looking to hang on to the Owner-Driver championship for 2018. Going into this event they were two points clear of Zoulou and Frank Racing. But here in Toulon they are lying third place behind leader Simon Delzoppo’s .film Racing and Zoulou.

This being Saturday in Toulon, the local spectators were out in force in the race village Plagues du Mouillon’s Anse Tabarly where crowds were particularly cheering on their local team Métropole Toulon Provence Méditerranée, skippered by 23-year-old Robin Follin.
Tomorrow is the final day of the GC32 TPM Med Cup and due to the strong forecast the start has been brought forward to 1200 BEST.

Mundial de Star 2018. Triunfo de los brasileños Jorge Zarif y Guilherme de Almeida.

© Iscyra

Fuente info ISCYRA


This morning when the 62 teams arrived at the Tred Avon Yacht Club with two races scheduled, the discard coming in play after Race 5, and a very windy forecast, anything was possible. Jorge Zarif and crew Guilherme de Almeida had a comfortable eight point lead over the second place team Paul Cayard (USA) and Arthur Lopes (BRA), and even more over the third place Class President Hubert Merkelbach and Markus Koy (GER). After a DNF in Race 5 for Cayard / Lopes, and a discarded DSQ for 2017 World Champions Eivind Melleby (NOR) and Joshua Revkin (USA) the window of opportunity opened back up for either of the three teams to take the Championship title at the start of a thrilling Race 6.

Jorge Zarif and Guilherme de Almeida fought a tough battle, always sailing within top 10 boats, losing some points in the second upwind beat, then regaining them in the last downwind to finish fourth behind race winner Tomas Hornos and Pedro Trouche, just meters before Melleby / Revkin, Eric Doyle and Payson Infelise in third. The Brazilians narrowly clinched the fourth spot from George Szabo (USA) and Roger Cheer (CAN) by half boat length.

Olympic Finn sailor Jorge Zarif at 26 years old is the youngest World Champion since 1981 when Alex Hagen (GER) won as a skipper at the same age.

“I feel really happy! The Star is such a traditional Class full of good people – said Jorge Zarif – and good sailors. It feels really good to have the opportunity to put my name on that trophy.”

“It’s a wonderful experience to sail with Jorge – said crew Guilherme de Almeida – He is amazing. I started sailing with his father when I was 14. He took me to the club and he got me sailing Stars and now I am here winning with Jorge at the World Championship, which is a dream!”

Eivind Melleby and Joshua Revkin had a fantastic week that started with two wins in the first day, and they are among the best Star sailors of all time wining in 2017 in Denmark and as runner up this year.

“We wanted to defend the cup of course – said Eivind Melleby – so it is a bit disappointing that we finished in second. But we are pleased with the week because we had two 1st places and a 2nd and all top 10 finishes otherwise. So we are very happy with the results and the sailing. This was a very tough week to sail with light wind and then today with pressure that was up and down and very shifty.”

Paul Cayard sailed in his first Star World Championship 40 years ago as a crew in his hometown, San Francisco. He won the prestigious trophy back in 1988 in Buenos Aires, and since then he has engaged in many more adventures, winning some of the most epic challenges of our sport. Now he is back competing in the Star class with his Brazilian crew Arthur Lopes.

“We had great results and of course we hoped to win – said Paul Cayard, Vice President of the Star Class – But Arthur and I won a race and had a second, and 3rd is a great place overall. We are always excited to have the youth in the Class, Jorge is the son of a Star sailor and Josh [Revkin] and Arthur [Lopes] are both young. What we are most interested in is seeing the next generation coming along, so to see Jorge Zarif win the Star World Championship is fantastic. It says a lot for the Star Class.”

“This is my best result in the Star class and I am very happy – said Arthur ‘Tutu’ Lopes – It was great to sail with Paul, I learn a lot from him.”

The week has not been easy, with the weather being greatly affected by Hurricane Michael, but in the end we had an epic last day.

The highly anticipated final race day of the 2018 Star World Championship began early this morning in an effort to complete all scheduled races on time. The fleet embarked on the most challenging day of racing yet and battled 40 degree shifts, an 8-10 knot breeze that built to over 20 knots by the end of the day, and the heaviest current they have seen all week.

Race 5, originally scheduled to begin at 11:00 EDT (UTC -4), took over three hours to begin due to remnant unstable wind conditions. With a now 15-20+ knot north westerly breeze, a heavy ebb current on the course, and an aggressive fleet at the start, 9 teams were forced over the line early and earned a black flag penalty. Greek team Emilios Papathanasiou and Antonis Tsotras took a commanding lead early on but after two major right shifts and a hard fought effort downwind, Italians Diego Negri and Sergio Lambertenghi worked their way into first place and won Race 5. After Race 5 was completed, all teams dropped the worst finishing place from their scoreline and for many of the regatta leaders that was their Race 5 finish. The leaderboard and the point spread between them had officially become unclear and the fleet began the 6th and final race in the 2018 Star World Championship blind.

With the great unknown scoreboard in mind, the top teams took a conservative approach to Race 6, started at 16:00 EDT (UTC -4), and kept to the center of the race course. Tomas Hornos and Pedro Trouche took an early lead on the first weather leg with reigning Star World Champions Eivind Melleby and Josh Revkin hot on their trail. Race 6 was the ultimate showdown between Hornos/Trouche, Melleby/Revkin, and Szabo/Cheer fighting every inch around the race course with Jorge Zarif and Guilherme de Almeida tailing behind them. Tomas Hornos and Pedro Trouche took the final race win of the 2018 Star World Championship in a photo finish with Norwegian team Eivind Melleby and Josh Revkin. Jorge Zarif and Guilherme de Almeida finish in 3rd, narrowly beating American’s George Szabo and Roger Cheer across the line, and solidifying their 2018 Star World Championship win.

2018 Star World Championship top 10

1 – Jorge Zarif – Guilherme de Almeida BRA
2 – Eivind Melleby NOR – Joshua Revkin USA
3 – Paul Cayard USA – Arthur Lopes BRA
4 – Diego Negri – Sergio Lambertenghi ITA
5 – George Szabo USA – Roger Cheer CAN
6 – Jørgen Schönerr – Jan Eli Gravad DEN
7 – Tomas Horno – Pedro Trouche USA
8 – Hubert Merkelbach – Markus Koy GER
9 – Eric Doyle – Payson Infelise USA
10 – Peter Vessela – Phil Trinter USA

Full Results: 
2019 Star World Championship will be held in Porto Cervo, Italy, hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda from June 13th to 23rd.

Liga de Otoño AXA J80 en Baiona, Okofen lider parcial.

© Rosana Calvo

© Rosana Calvo

Fuente info MRCYB


El Okofen se coloca líder de la Liga de Otoño AXA J80 en su jornada inaugural

· El barco de Javier de la Gándara partía como favorito y no defraudó firmando un pleno de victorias en las tres regatas disputadas esta tarde en Baiona
· El Marías – Casas do Telhado del portugués Manuel María Cunha fue su rival más directo y se hizo con el segundo puesto de la clasificación provisional
· Las complicadas condiciones meteorológicas con mucha ola y un viento que llegó hasta los 25 nudos hizo que dos barcos se retirasen de la competición

Baiona, 13 de octubre de 2018 .- El Okofen se colocó este sábado líder de la Liga de Otoño AXA J80, la competición de monotipos del Monte Real Club de Yates que celebró esta tarde su jornada inaugural en Baiona.
La tripulación liderada por Javier de la Gándara, que partía como favorita, se colocó en cabeza de la clasificación firmando un pleno de victorias en las tres regatas disputadas con un viento que llegó hasta los 25 nudos, complicando la navegación de los veleros por momentos.
Con Víctor Robleda a los mandos, el comité de regata diseñó para los participantes un recorrido barlovento-sotavento de doble vuelta, con casi 3 millas en cada una de las tres mangas, con lo que los participantes completaron una distancia de cerca de 9 millas en esta primera jornada, que se inició puntual a las tres de la tarde.
Con tres primeros, el Okofen fue el claro vencedor tras superar en la disputa a su rival más directo, el Marías- Casas do Telhado del portugués Manuel María Cunha, que entró en la competición pisando fuerte y dispuesto a darle guerra a De la Gándara. Ambos lideraron en todo momento a la flota y fueron los primeros en cruzar la línea de llegada, pero la tripulación lusa tuvo que conformarse finalmente con tres segundos puestos en las tres pruebas disputadas y segunda posición del podio provisional de la Liga de Otoño AXA J80.
Entre el resto de barcos, más igualdad y poca diferencia de puntos en los siguientes puestos de la clasificación. Con 14 puntos, el Mondo de Bernardo Macedo y el Namasté de Luis de Mira ocupan el tercer y cuarto puesto respectivamente. Con 15 puntos, en los casilleros quinto y sexto, les siguen el Pazo de Cea de María Campos, que sufrió mucho con el viento en la primera prueba y no pudo acabarla; y el Luna Nueva de Juan Luis Tuero.
Algo más abajo, con 19 puntos, les sigue el Cunichán de Javier Martínez Valente; y el Cansino de Fernando Yáñez y el Cormorán II de Yago González-Robatto cierran la clasificación al haberse retirado de la competición en esta primera jornada.

La Liga de Otoño AXA J80 regresa dentro de 15 días con la segunda etapa de pruebas, que se disputarán el próximo 27 de octubre en el mismo escenario y con el mismo horario que la etapa de apertura celebrada hoy.


1. OKOFEN · Javier de la Gándara · 3 puntos
2. MARÍAS – CASAS DO TELHADO · Manuel María Cunha · 6 puntos
3. MONDO · Bernardo Macedo · 14 puntos
4. NAMASTE · Luis de Mira · 14 puntos
5. PAZO DE CEA · María Campos · 15 puntos

Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe 2018. Veinte IMOCA 60 presentes.

© Alex Thomson Racing
Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss.

© Yvan Zedda
Jeremie Beyou on Charal.

© Jean-Marie Liot/Newrest – Art & Fenêtres
Fabrice Amedeo on Newrest – Art & Fenêtres.

© Eloi Stichelbaut
Vincent Riou on PRB.

Fuente info Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe 2018.

The IMOCA class: A high-flying edition of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe
Press Release – 12.10.2018

With 20 skippers at the start in St Malo on November 4th, of which 10 are sailing boats equipped with foils, this edition of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe in the IMOCA class promises to be competitive and exciting.

In the space of four years, the IMOCA class has been revolutionsed with foil technology which makes the boats even faster than before and more spectacular. But behind the front line contenders, the old generation boats are certainly not dull. The best performers in this “vintage” match can even hope to compete for podium places in Pointe-à-Pitre.

There were nine IMOCAs in the race in 2014 and there have never been more than 13 in the 40-year history of the “Queen” of solo transatlantic races. The fleet of 20 competitors this year – consisting of 17 men and three women and made up of five nationalities – says a lot about the good health of the class.

In 2014, François Gabart – the winner in this category – took just 12 days, 4 hours and 38 minutes to complete the 3,452-nautical mile course and did so in a faster time than Laurent Bourgnon in 1998 on his trimaran. This time the recent technical development in the class means the record for what many skippers regard as a “long sprint” may well come down to 11 days.

Of the 10 foilers, six boats had these from launch – Valley Office, Charal, Hugo Boss, Malizia II-Monaco Yacht Club, Newrest-Art & Windows, UCAR-Saint Michel. The other four have had foils added as part of a performance upgrade package – Initiatives-Heart, La Fabrique, La Mie Câline-Artipôle, PRB.

The IMOCA monohulls are indeed, alongside the giant multihulls in the Ultime category, the most complex machines of this 11th Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe with foils, ballast tanks, wingmasts, canting keels and lifting rudders.

In St Malo at the start, the spotlight will be on the triple winner of the Solitaire du Figaro, Jérémie Beyou of France who is racing his new IMOCA, Charal. This boat – the very latest from the designers VPLP – represents the new generation in the class with its very large and angular foils. Beyou has posted some spectaculr video on social media of his new flying machine which looks exceptionally fast and a real handful to sail.

An interesting unknown will be the British skipper Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss which he sailed brilliantly to second place in the last Vendee Globe. Although Thomson is expecting a new boat next year, we do not know whether he has made modifications to the current Hugo Boss – it will be fascinating to see how he gets on against Beyou.

One thing is certain: this fleet will be fighting hard from the word go and it is likely to come right down to the wire off Point-à-Pitre. On paper, at least, six skippers are capable of winning including Vincent Riou (PRB) and also Britain’s Samantha Davies (Initiatives-Heart) who has shown in recent months that she is right on top of her foiling flyer.

Apart from SMA skippered by Paul Meilhat, it is difficult to see how the non-foilers will be able to keep pace with their more powerful sisters unless very tough weather in the opening stages plays a decisive hand.

But the battle between the older generation boats will be fascinating. There will be nine 60s originally launched for the 2008 Vendée Globe moored from October 24 in the Duguay-Trouin basin in St Malo. On board will be some very good sailors. Some may compete for the top overall placings, as demonstrated by Yannick Bestaven (Master CoQ) last year when finishing fifth in the Transat Jacques Vabre on his 2008 Farr design. In this group, it will be interesting to measure the performance impact of foils added to hulls this winter for example on La Mie Câline-Artipôle and La Fabrique.

New ambitions

In June 2018 the IMOCA class launched the Globe Series, a three-year solo and double-handed racing programme. The Vendée Globe 2020 is the highlight and these races are part of the selection process for that event. The highest points scorer on all eight events will be crowned World Champion in 2021. After the Monaco Globe Series held in June, the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe is the second race of the year. But the future of the IMOCA class is not just about solo and double-handed racing because the class has also been selected as the boats for the next race fully-crewed round-the-world race (the former-Volvo Ocean Race) in 2021-22.

The 20 competitors of the IMOCA category:

- Fabrice Amedeo (Newrest-Art & Windows), plan VPLP Verdier 2015

- Romain Attanasio (Pure-Family Mary), 2007 Farr Yacht Design Plan

- Alexia Barrier (4MyPlanet), 1998 Lombard map

- Yannick Bestaven (Master CoQ), plan Farr Yacht Design 2006

- Jérémie Beyou (Charal), plan VPLP 2018

- Arnaud Boissières (La Mie Câline-Artipôle), 2007 Owen Clarke Plan

- Louis Burton (Valley Office), plan VPLP Verdier 2015

- Manuel Cousin (Setin Group), 2007 Farr Yacht Design Plan

- Samantha Davies (Initiatives-Heart), plan VPLP Verdier 2010

- Yann Eliès (UCAR-Saint-Michel), plan VPLP Verdier 2015

- Boris Herrmann (Malizia II-Monaco Yacht Club), VPLP 2015 plan)

- Ari Huusela (Ariel II), 2007 Owen Clarke map

- Isabelle Joschke (Monin), VPLP Verdier 2007 plan

- Stéphane The Time for Oceans, plan Finot-Conq 2008

- Paul Meilhat (SMA), plan VPLP Verdier 2011

- Erik Nigon (Towards a world without AIDS), plan Farr Yacht Design 2006

- Vincent Riou (PRB), plan VPLP Verdier 2009

- Alan Roura (La Fabrique), plan Finot-Conq 2007

- Damien Seguin (APICIL Group), Finot-Conq plan 2008

- Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss), plan VPLP Verdier 2016