2019 Optiworlds. El italiano Marco Gradoni hace historia ganando su tercer título consecutivo.

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Italy’s Marco Gradoni becomes three-time Optimist World Champion
15 July 2019

Spain’s Maria Perello is once again top-performing girl

A RESOUNDING win for Italy’s Marco Gradoni brought the 2019 Optimist World Championship to an end on Monday as the 15-year-old claimed the winning title for an incredible third consecutive year.

Competitors battled it out on the water in Antigua amid high winds and a punishing current in an intense day that saw elation for some and disappointment for others.

A small craft advisory earlier in the day saw the bronze and emerald fleets – which included the host nation team – relegated to the sidelines. The Antigua Meteorological Office had predicted gusts as high as 28 knots and waves up to three metres, causing race chiefs to cancel races for the lower two fleets.

But the weather was no match for Gradoni whose “perfect performance” propelled him to an electrifying finish, almost 20 points clear of his closest competitor.

“There were good winds of about 15 knots and a lot of current; I got two good races,” he said.

“I am really happy – I think the realisation will hit me more in one or two days.”

Already 15, this year’s competition was Gradoni’s last in the Optimist class, but he added that he hoped to eventually make a career out of sailing.

Italy’s coach Marcello Meringolo said: “Today was difficult because there were many guys who were very strong but Marco performed perfectly.”

A few false starts had increased the tension among the young competitors.

“That made it hard but Marco started very easy and free. They were perfect conditions for him and he got to the finishing line fast,” Meringolo continued.

“This is the third time Marco has been World Champion so he has written history for the Optimist class; it will be very difficult to beat that record.

“I hope he will continue with the sport and go on to the Olympics.”

The championship was a particularly proud one for Meringolo with Team Italy also securing first place in last week’s team racing.

“This is a story not just for Marco as an individual but for the whole team,” the coach added.

Malta’s Richard Schultheis, who had been in the top spot for the first two days of fleet racing last week, finished second.

“Today was the final day so I just tried to keep my position and stay on the podium. I did not push too much and I sailed safe,” he said.

Forging new friendships with counterparts from other nations is a central tenet of Optimist sailing, which is open to youngsters up to the age of 15.

“It’s been a really nice event with beautiful conditions, and everyone always together and having fun,” Richard testified.

He may be only 14 but this year is likely to be the last event for Richard too.

“I have sailed in the Optimists for several years and now I would like to move on,” he said, adding he hoped to venture into faster WASZP foiling.

Delight at securing third spot was palpable from Spain’s Jaime Ayarza, 13.

“I am feeling great because I had really good results and I am really happy,” he said.

“My objective was to enter the top 30; I didn’t think I would get so high. It was quite windy and difficult today but I managed to finish well.”

Ayarza is now looking forward to next year’s championship which will take place in Italy’s Lake Garda.

“I hope to come next year and try my best and be in the top five. I think it would be really difficult to become a professional sailor but if I have the opportunity I will,” he added.

Spain saw additional success by claiming the top placed girl; Maria Perello, 14, finished in 25th position in the leader board. It was her third consecutive year out-performing all other girls. Second-placed girl was Argentina’s Amparo Stupenengo in 27th position, and Turkey’s Okyanus Arikan was 33rd.

In fourth place overall was Turkey’s Can Erturk, 15, with South Africa’s Ian Walker March, 14, in fifth.

Monday night’s prize-giving ceremony will see Gradoni presented with the Beacon Challenge Club. Gradoni and Perello, as top placed boy and girl, will receive the Helen Mary Wilkes Trophy and the Peter Barclay Trophy respectively, along with luxury Italian designer Locman watches as special gifts.

Gold, silver and bronze medals will also be given out, plus prizes for the first 20 sailors.


Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships, día 1.

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Youth Olympians shine at the Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships
For immediate release: 07/15/2019
Issued on behalf of: World Sailing

Nacra 15 Youth Olympians came to the forefront at the Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships on Monday as racing commenced in Gdynia, Poland.

After two days of preparation, boat work and practice, Monday signalled the start of the 49th edition of the Hempel Youth Worlds with 409 eager sailors from 66 nations ready to race across nine events.

The 21-boat Nacra 15 fleet, supplied by Nacra Sailing, features numerous sailors who recently competed at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Argentina. Of the competitors, Argentina’s Dante Cittadini, the 2018 Youth Worlds and Youth Olympic gold medallist with Teresa Romairone, came in as the favourite with his new crew Maylen Muscia.

However, in a shifting 5-8 knot breeze, the Argentineans had a mixed day, which has enabled Youth Olympians Silas Mühle (GER), sailing with Levke Möller, and Australia’s Will Cooley, partnered with Rebecca Hancock, to come to the forefront.

Cooley finished seventh at the Youth Olympic Games and used the experience gained to get off to a solid start in the Nacra 15 with Hancock. The pair claimed two seconds and a third which sees them tied with Mühle, fifth place finisher at YOG, and Möller who recorded a 1-(15)-3 scoreline.

“Overall we had a very consistent day,” commented Cooley. “The results came from really good teamwork and monitoring the clouds. The shifts saw big changes in positions.”

Hancock added, “We were really focused on giving it our best shot and having fun. We kept focused with a clear mind and it worked out. We’re looking to stay relaxed, have fun and so far, so good.”

Youth Olympians occupy all the medal spots in the Nacra 15 and France’s Titouan Petard, silver medallist in Buenos Aires, holds that final place at the early stages of the regatta. Sailing with Marion Declef, the French team won the final race of the day and lead Spain’s Iset Segura and Max Rondeau (ESP).

It was experience in big international events that saw early frontrunners emerge in the Nacra 15 but in the Girl’s Laser Radial, knowledge of the venue paid dividends.

In a light breeze, just one Laser Radial (supplied by Laser Performance / Maclaren) race was completed in both the boy’s and girl’s divisions.

Just one year ago, Italy’s Chiara Benini Floriani was sailing the Laser 4.7 in Gdynia at their World Championships. The Italian won the first race of that World Championships and later went on to win gold. She won the first Laser Radial Girl’s race at the Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships and was delighted with her start, “This is my first Youth Worlds. I’m using my experience from last year. I was able to understand a lot of things about this place last year and it’s certainly helped.

“Today was a little bit gusty and shifty. I started today’s race well and some boats headed to the right of the course. I stayed left and that paid off for me. It was between 7-8 knots with gusts up to 10 today. They’re my type of conditions. I like 11-12 knots normally.”

Whether she can go on and replicate her Laser 4.7 Worlds performance is a question that will be answered on Friday 19 July when racing concludes.

Manon Peyre (FRA) finished in second and 2017 Laser 4.7 World Championship silver medallist Simone Chen (SGP) came in third, also drawing upon her own experience of the Polish waters.

In the Laser Radial Boy’s fleet, Finland’s Otto Dahlberg claimed the win. He was followed by Connor Nelson (USA) and Polish hopeful Tytus Butowski.

The Boy’s and Girl’s 29er, provided by Ovington Boats, are sharing boats in Gdynia. The 28-boat Boy’s 29er were able to complete three races but the Girl’s 29er fleet were unable to race due to dying winds.

Finland’s Ville Korhonen and Edvard Bremer got off to a great start, posting a 1-(3)-3 scoreline. “We started well and had good speed,” said Bremer, “this put us in the top three all day. It was really shifty and there were a lot of holes in the wind. It built up but it was still challenging.”

Korhonen added, “The communication was good today so that helped us most. It’s been a great ever so far, really fun. We’re with the best in the world here.”

Spain’s Enrique Urios Salinas and Filippo Binetti Pozzi had a tough start to the competition, sailing their way to a 22nd and a 13th but a bullet in the final race propelled them up the leaderboard.

“We didn’t start as good as we thought we would,” commented the Spanish duo. “The conditions were not easy. The wind was really unstable and we couldn’t place where we wanted to place.

“We concentrated a bit more, spoke to our coach and after that we were more focused and did what we were supposed to do. We won the last leg. I think we did really well.”

The Spaniards are sixth overall. Defending champions Mathias Berthet and Alexander Franks-Penty (NOR) occupy second and Sweden’s Marius Westerlind and Olle Aronsson are third.

Much like the 29er fleets, the Boy’s and Girl’s 420 packs, supplied by Nautivela, are also sharing boats and just the Boy’s 420 were able to complete racing.

Consistency was at a premium in the Boy’s 420 which has resulted in a relatively tight leaderboard from their two races.

Achille Casco and Elliot Schick (SUI) posted a fifth and a fourth which gives them the lead. They are a point off New Zealand’s Seb Menzies and Blake McGlashan as just ten points separate the top 11 boats.

The wind speed did not increase suitably for the Boy’s and Girl’s RS:X fleets to head out onto the water. They will look to kick start their week of racing on Tuesday. The Girl’s 29er and Girl’s 420 will start before the boy’s divisions on Tuesday to begin their campaign.

Racing is scheduled to commence at 11:00 local time on Tuesday 16 July.


2019 Optiworlds team racing, triunfo para el equipo italiano.

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Italy triumph in 2019 Optiworlds team racing

13 JULY 2019

ITALY cemented their status as the team to watch at this year’s Optiworlds with a euphoric win over Thailand during Friday’s team racing finals.

The Italians sailed to victory in a nail-biting climax which saw their south-east Asian opponents battling to the end to defend their title as 2018’s team champs.

It meant additional elation for Team Italy whose Marco Gradoni currently occupies the top spot out of 255 participating sailors in the fleet racing’s leader board.

“I think we did good work because we are now the top team,” Marco, 15, said. “I want to say congratulations to Thailand. It’s a good feeling to win but we want an even better feeling when the championships finish.

“I want to maintain my position and will try to keep a clear mind,” he added.

Italy’s coach Marcello Meringolo described Friday’s animated races as a “fantastic experience”.

“We were very happy for the good wind,” he said.

There was a rollercoaster of emotions among the Thai competitors who lost their first race but secured a win in the second taking them through to a third.

The team’s Weka Bhanubandh also marked his 12th birthday on Friday and was presented with a cake upon arrival back into Nelson’s Dockyard.

“It was my best birthday ever,” he enthused. “The atmosphere on the water was tense but it was really fun and exciting. Congratulations to Italy; they did really well.”

Weka cited “miscommunication” among his team members as the reason for not winning. He adding that, although the youngsters were disappointed, they remained confident ahead of the next three days of fleet racing finals which kick off on Saturday morning.

The team racing is a popular midway feature of the annual Optimist World Championship, allowing the young competitors a chance to compete alongside their team mates in a series of quick-fire short sprints.

Host nation Antigua were knocked out on Thursday after losing first to Sweden and then to Japan, the latter on a scoring penalty.

Of the 16 nations which raced on Friday, Team Peru had also hoped to emerge triumphant but said they were proud to claim third place.

“We trained a lot in team racing in Peru. We also went to Uruguay to practice. I am happy with how we did but we really wanted to get to the final two,” said Sophie Zimmermann, 13.

Peru’s Alejandra Vega, 15, said the high winds had caused some difficulty.

“But we are planning to get a good start tomorrow and do what we trained for,” she added.

Meanwhile, competition is stiff at the top of the leader board. Gradoni – the two-time defending world champion – is just one point ahead of Malta’s Richard Schultheis who has seven points. South Africa’s Ian Walker March is currently in third position with eight points. Bermuda’s Sebastian Kempe is in fourth place with 17 points, followed by Spain’s Jaime Ayarza with 19.

The annual championship is one of few sporting contests worldwide where boys and girls compete together. The best performing girls so far are Spain’s Maria Perello, currently on 39 points and in 16th position. Team USA’s Samara Walshe is also going strong in 20th place with 42 points.

The event will draw to a close on Monday evening when the 2019 world champion is presented with the Beacon Challenge Cup. Gold, silver and bronze medals will also be given out, along with prizes for the first 20 sailors and the top three females.

The top girl will be awarded the Helen Mary Wilkes Trophy and the top boy will receive the Peter Barclay Trophy, both named in tribute to veterans of the championship’s governing body, the International Optimist Dingy Association (IODA).

Former IODA president Wilkes has been a familiar face on the sailing scene for four decades after first becoming involved as an ‘Opti-mum’ in the 1970s. Her strenuous work has earned her a number of awards including the gold medal of World Sailing in 2017 following 34 years of service to the sport.

Barclay is also a former IODA president. He handed over the reins to Kevin Whitcraft in 2017 after a decade in the seat.

America’s Cup World Series. Cagliari abre las series del 23 al 26 de abril de 2020.

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Defender y challengers reunidos en Newport.

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13th July 2019


The news that the first America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) regatta of the 36th America’s Cup cycle will take place in Cagliari, Sardinia from April 23 – 26, 2020 has been announced at an event hosted by the Challenger of Record for the 36th America’s Cup and presented by Prada at the New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court clubhouse in Newport, Rhode Island.

The four-day regatta in Sardinia next April will see the sun-drenched Italian Mediterranean island play host to the first ever competitive outing of the revolutionary AC75 Class foiling monohulls currently being developed by the competing teams – America’s Cup Defender Emirates Team New Zealand, Challenger of Record Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team (ITA), INEOS Team UK (GBR), American Magic (USA), and Stars + Stripes Team USA.

Representing the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team – which has its official team base in Cagliari – renowned Italian sailor Vasco Vascotto (ITA) said the venue would be perfect for the five teams to race their cutting-edge AC75s for the first time.

“Sardinia has a well-established reputation as a premiere yacht racing venue,” Vascotto said. “That’s one of the reasons we chose the island as the base for our challenge for the 36th America’s Cup. We are looking forward to welcoming the other teams and the America’s Cup World Series fans for what should be a spectacular opening event.”

Representing the Defender of the America’s Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand’s Chief Operating Officer Kevin Shoebridge (NZL) highlighted the importance of the ACWS event in Sardinia for all the teams.

“Like all regattas there will be teams that come away satisfied and those that don’t,” Shoebridge said. “The significant thing about this regatta is that it will give a very clear idea of where each of the teams are in their designs and preparations for the main events in 2021.

“However with only eight months between Sardinia and the start of the Prada Cup and 10 months until the America’s Cup Match, it gives very little time to make necessary changes for teams to make sure they are up to speed”.

Continuing on the design-theme, the Newport evening featured a panel discussion between nine-time America’s Cup competitor – and three-time winner – John Marshall (USA) and MIT graduate and American Magic design-team member Robyn Lesh (USA) in Newport, with Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team senior design-group members Horacio Carabelli (ESP) and Mario Caponnetto (ITA) beamed in as a ‘telepresence’ from the team’s base in Sardinia.

During the event, North Sails, a world leader in sail-making and high-performance sportswear, was announced as the Official Clothing Partner to the 36th America’s Cup. North Sails has been involved in the America’s Cup for almost four decades, with the brand’s sail technology having powered 12 boats to victory since 1980. As the sportswear division looks to grow internationally, North Sails will create an innovative America’s Cup range to celebrate the competition.

Vicente Castellano, North Sails Apparel Executive Chairman, said: “It is a very exciting time for North Sails as we continue to invest in the brand globally and the America’s Cup embodies values that resonate very closely with us. We look forward to launching an America’s Cup collection crafted entirely from recycled materials, inspired by this high-performance sport and our passion to protect the oceans for future generations. Many thanks to everyone at the America’s Cup and Prada for all their support.”

Also revealed was the new Prada Cup ocean sustainability initiative Ocean Attitude, which features a partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as part of its Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development programme which will be launched in 2021.

Speaking by video link, Julian Barbière of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission had this to say:

“Promoting ocean sustainability is not a choice: the very survival of this planet depends on the health of the ocean. Ocean science is key to inform decision-making and to promote sustainable innovation.

“The sailing world, thanks to the wide audience that it can reach, can offer a powerful platform to advocate, educate, promote innovative solutions, and engage with the private sector.

“This is the aim of the partnership between the Challenger of Record and the IOC of UNESCO: connecting the world of ocean science to the world of ocean education and ocean literacy to foster ocean action.”

Commenting on the Newport evening event Patrizio Bertelli – Chairman of Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team and CEO of the Prada Group – had this to say:

“It has been wonderful to see so many friends and past competitors of the America’s Cup here this evening. We have celebrated the incredible legacy of the event we are all so passionate about and got a glimpse of what the future holds for the 36th edition of the America’s Cup.

“It will be great to soon have the first generation of the AC75s out on the water sailing, as we look forward to April 2020 when the teams will race for the first time at the America’s Cup World Series in Cagliari, Sardinia.”

44Cup Marstrand Worlds. Título para Team Aqua, con el argentino Juanpa Marcos a bordo.

Felicitaciones para Juanpa Marcos (primero de la derecha), proel del equipo campeón.

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Team Aqua launched at 44Cup World Championship

Holding an eight point advantage going into the final day, and then doing enough to hang on, enabled Chris Bake’s Team Aqua to be crowned the 44Cup Marstrand World Champions for 2019. The team claimed this year’s title ahead of Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika and Torbjörn Törnqvist’s local heroes aboard Artemis Racing.

“I feel really good about it,” said Bake, still dripping from his victor’s plunge once Team Aqua was back at her berth on the Marstrand quayside. “Yesterday was a good day and the boat was going really well. Today was tough – shifty and really patchy.”

Today the teams had a long wait out on the water as the breeze faded, subsequently materialising just long enough to allow two races to be sailed before the 1500 cut-off.

In the first race Artemis Racing had a lengthy battle for the lead, including repeated place swapping with Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF. The Slovenian team was ahead going into the final run, but gybed early ultimately allowing Artemis Racing through to take the bullet.

“We had a clean start at the pin – that is very powerful here and if you won it you could basically make your own race all the way through,” described Artemis Racing’s Torbjörn Törnqvist. “It was great that we had that tacking duel with Team CEEREF at the top mark and we got closer and closer. Then they decided to gybe early and we carried on and were lucky and got ahead.”

Behind, Team Aqua managed to salvage a sixth place having at one point been last. As the team’s tactician Cameron Appleton put it: “We were in good shape, but we got into a situation where we were the ‘meat in the sandwich’ – at the top mark, we lost boats that came round under us and boats that came over the top of us. After that it boiled down to just being really steady and good with all of the manoeuvres.”

This left the overall leaders just four points ahead of second placed Team CEEREF going into the final race.

In race two some pre-start match racing enabled Team Aqua to get their bow beneath Team CEEREF and shovel her over the line early, thereby taking her out of contention. “We were underneath them and pushed them hard,” described Appleton. “They put themselves in that position, so we took the opportunity to give them a helping hand!”

Again Bake’s team struggled mid-fleet, but hanging on to fifth place was enough for them to win this World Championship by four points from Team Nika, with Artemis Racing a further fourth points astern. Both Team CEEREF and John Bassadone’s Peninsula Petroleum finished one point off the podium, with Team CEEREF claiming fourth overall on countback.

Further illustrating just how inconsistent some of the team’s scorelines have been in this event, Hugues Lepic’s Aleph Racing crossed the finish line mid-fleet in today’s first race but picked up a finish line penalty forcing them to carry out a turn before re-finishing, thereby dropping them to last. However they fought back and were leading for most of the final race before ultimately losing out to Team Nika.

While Artemis Racing scored a 1-3 today, Team Nika, the defending 44Cup World Champion had an equally good day scoring a 3-1. “We needed one more race! We were in a good rhythm. If we could have kept doing the same…” bemoaned Team Nika Vladimir Prosikhin. A minute later he had encouraged his old friend Chris Bake for a victor’s swim.

It was appropriate that Team Aqua and Chris Bake, one of the founders of the RC44 Class and who remains one of its chief supporters, should win this the tenth anniversary World Championship for the high performance one design monohulls.

“After the first race I was a little disappointed because it was really an unenforced error that had us in that spot – it was frustrating,” continued Bake. “We just knew that we still had some margin and if could keep it clean and just stay ahead of Ceeref… then they made it a little easier for us. I am really glad we were able to sail today – it felt really good that the breeze kicked in.”

Cameron Appleton added: “We have been in the situation before where we’ve been so close and haven’t made it, so this finally feels good. It felt like it was our time the last couple of days, that we were getting a groove on and the guys were doing a phenomenal job and we stayed patient. I think Chris was pretty nervous today, so it was great to finally nail it.”

Torbjörn Törnqvist was pleased with his third place but even more with the event, which he helped to put on. “I love this event and we’ll come back next year. It is so different from everywhere else we go to. It has been unusual this year with the light wind – normally we have too much wind. But then the wind came back today and we had two great races in.”

The 2019 44Cup now moves on to Cascais, Portugal over 2-6 October.


Puig Vela Clàssica Barcelona, día 3. Guía, Argos, Marigan, Fjord III y Moonbeam los ganadores.

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13 JULIO, 2019

- Las leyendas del mar se despiden un año más de uno de los circuitos de vela clásica más legendarios del Mediterráneo
- Además de la entrega de los premios de las distintas categorías en el Real Club Náutico de Barcelona (RCNB), se ha rendido tributo al V Centenario de la primera vuelta al mundo con la entrega del trofeo Elcano al Marigold (1892)

Este sábado se ha celebrado la última jornada de la XII regata Puig Vela Clàssica que reúne a la élite mundial de veleros clásicos en la que Guia, Argos, Marigan, Fjord III y Moonbeam of Fife se han proclamado vencedores. Más de 500 regatistas y 44 barcos de nueve nacionalidades distintas han competido desde el 11 de julio por uno de los trofeos más prestigiosos del mediterráneo.

Destreza, belleza y emoción hasta el final

Buen final de la XII regata Puig Vela Clàssica, pese al mal pronóstico de viento para el campo de regatas barcelonés, bien solventado por el comité de regatas. La lucha entre el Levante y el térmico del sur dejaba prácticamente encalmado el litoral barcelonés al filo de las 13:00 horas, momento programado para la salida. Con paciencia y un aplazamiento de casi dos horas esperando la entrada del viento térmico, pudo comenzar el procedimiento de salida para las cinco categorías, que compitieron recorridos entre balizas. Los seis nudos de intensidad inicial mejoraron hasta alcanzar 9-10 nudos, y permitir una prueba rápida, idónea para despejar las incógnitas de los vencedores finales.

Con 6 millas por delante, la salida de los Clásicos 1 ya mostró que había mucho en juego, cuando el Outlaw atacaba y el Guia se defendía, en un intento de penalizarle y tratar de enjuagar la diferencia de puntos con el que comenzaban la prueba decisiva. Sin mayores problemas, el líder Guia no cayó en la trampa, superó el acoso con éxito y marcó a su rival durante todo el recorrido. Su duelo particular fue aprovechado por un inspirado Yanira para anotarse el parcial, empatar con el Outlaw en la general y robarle el segundo puesto final gracias a sus mejores parciales.

Más tranquilas las cosas en los Clásicos 2, toda vez que el líder provisional Argos tenía suficiente ventaja para evitar sorpresas. Sólo debía evitar errores, y así lo ha hecho, logrando su tercera victoria parcial y demostrar ser el mejor conjunto barco/rating/tripulación. Hoy le secundaba el Madifra 2, que intentó arrebatarle la segunda posición final al Ojala II, que cuarto del día ha defendido el segundo peldaño del podio final.

Muy intensa esta prueba final de 5 millas para los Época Bermudianos. Los dos líderes, Cippino y Fjord II, se han desentendido del resto de la flota, buscándose en la salida y navegando solos la primera ceñida por el lado izquierdo, llegando por delante a la primera baliza el barco uruguayo y dejando muy descolgado al Cippino argentino. Tanto, que sumaba un sexto a su casillero parcial por un tercero del Fjord II, que le permitía para ganar la general. Mientras, el Mercury también aprovechaba la puerta abierta para colarse sin permiso y ganar la prueba, pudiendo así superar en la tabla definitiva al Argyll y ganar al tercer puesto final. Destacar el quinto puesto del 12 Metros italiano Emilia Prima y el séptimo del también 12 Metros La Spina, dos joyas construidas en 1933.

Pero la salida más técnica y bonita ha sido la de Época Cangreja, donde los Marigold, Marigan y Veronique comenzaban el día empatados a puntos en la provisional. El Marigan ha dado una lección táctica, cuando a pesar de su menor tamaño ha conseguido sacar fuera de línea al Veronique, que ha perdido unos valiosos segundos para rectificar su adelanto. Pero además le ha mantenido incómodo la primera media milla, hasta dejarlo empaquetado en el desvente del Freda. Llegando los tres protagonistas casi al unísono a la primera ceñida, el rating menor del Marigan le dejaba mandando en el duelo. Sin sorpresas en los siguientes tramos de rumbos directos para completar las 5 millas, se imponía en la compensación de tiempos y en la clasificación final. El Marigold, que astutamente ha dejado que en la salida se peleasen sus dos rivales, terminaba segundo el día y también la general, mientras el Veronique cerraba el disputadísimo podio.

El Moombean of Fife ha confirmado el liderato en la flota de Big Boats, logrando hoy su tercer triunfo parcial frente al Halloowen por sólo 1:24 minutos, mientras el Black Swan terminaba tercero muy retrasado. Idéntico orden en el podio final de esta categoría, que sigue aportando su majestuosidad e impresionantes esloras a la Puig Vela Clàssica.

La ceremonia de entrega de los premios: el broche final a tres apasionantes jornadas de competición

Esta tarde se ha hecho entrega de los premios de la XII edición de la regata en el Real Club Náutico de Barcelona (RCNB). Los vencedores por categorías de la XII Puig Vela Clàssica han sido Guia (Clásicos 1), Argos (Clásicos 2), Moonbeam of Fife (Big Boats), Marigan (Época Cangreja) y Fjord III (Marconi). Estas embarcaciones han recogido su galardón de manos de Marc Puig, presidente de Puig. Marigan y Guia han recibido también el trofeoEnrique Puig.

Asimismo, se ha hecho entrega del Trofeo San Sebastián Elcano al Marigold (1892), al tratarse del barco más antiguo de la competición. Un trofeo que se enmarca en los actos conmemorativos de la Armada Española para rendir tributo al V centenario de la primera vuelta al mundo en la historia de la navegación llevada a cabo por la expedición Magallanes-Elcano. Con este galardón la regata Puig Vela Clássica ha recordado esta gran hazaña y ha celebrado la efeméride.

Clasificaciones generales definitivas de la competición

División Época Bermudian

1. Fjord III (YC Uruguay), Scott Perry 6 puntos

2. Cippino (YC Argentino-AEBEC), Daniel Sielecki 8 puntos

3. Mercury (CM Mahon), Jordi Cabau 9 puntos

División Cangreja

1. Marigan (RCN Palma), Tim Liesenhoff 5 puntos

2. Marigold (RCN Barcelona), Jason Gouldstone 6 puntos

3. Veronique (RCN Barcelona), Alex Veccia 7 puntos

División Clásicos 1

1. Guia (RCNB), Jordi Costa 4 puntos

2. Yanira (RCNB), Andrés de León 8 puntos

3. Outlaw (YVV Dantibes), Jean-Claude Vau 8 puntos

División Clásicos 2

1. Argos (New York YC), Barbara Trilling 3 puntos

2. Ojala II (RORC), Michelle Frova 8 puntos

3. Madrifa 2 (Tecnomar Fiumicibno), Emiliano Parenti 10 puntos

División Big Boat

1. Moonbeam of Fife (SN Saint Tropez), Erwan Noblet 3 puntos

2. Halloween (Royal Irish YC), Mick Cotter 6 puntos

3. Black Swan (YC Porqueroles), Frederic Haoniesel 11 puntos

El premio Enrique Puig ha sido concedido en esta edición a España representada por los barcos Marigan y Guia.

Puig Vela Clàssica Barcelona, día 2. Dominio del Cippino, Guia, Argos y Moonbeam.

Fuente info Puig Vela Clàssica

Dominio del Cippino, Guia, Argos y Moonbeam en la segunda jornada de la regata Puig Vela Clàssica

12 julio, 2019

- La segunda prueba se ha caracterizado por el viento de Garbí en un recorrido desde la Barceloneta hasta la desembocadura del río Besós

- El esplendor de la vela clásica ha vuelto por segundo día a surcar las aguas barcelonesas para deleite de los turistas y habitantes de la ciudad condal

Barcelona, 12 de julio de 2019.- La segunda jornada de la XII regata Puig Vela Clàssica también comenzaba puntualmente a las 13:00 horas, en un campo de regatas que hoy presentaba un escenario distinto. El viento soplaba nuevamente de Garbí, pero hoy el efecto térmico era menor que ayer y no ha soplado con tanta generosidad. Muy irregular con altibajos de intensidad entre 8 y 12 nudos según la zona de competición, que hoy abarcaba el litoral desde la Barceloneta hasta la desembocadura del río Besos.

Asimismo, el comité de regatas ha optado por un recorrido costero más corto de 14 millas para para las flotas de Clásicos y Época y otra configuración para los Big Boats con 19 millas de distancia.

Guia, Argos, Moonbeam of Fife, Cippino y Marigan vencen en la segunda prueba

Los majestuosos Big Boats han ofrecido una interesante salida entre el Halloween y el Moonbeam of Fife, llegando el primero amurado a babor a la baliza del visor y mientras su rival lo hacía recorriendo la línea a estribor. Situación bien prevista por ambos, pero que ha dado una ventaja inicial al Halloween, cuando el Moonbeam viraba para cubrirle sin éxito, al poder escapar por sotavento gracias a su mayor arrancada.

Desde ahí, el Halloween ha podido mantenerse por delante durante toda la prueba, gracias en parte a que las condiciones de viento más suave mejoran sus prestaciones respecto al Moonbeam. No obstante, pese a finalizar la prueba con cinco minutos de ventaja, en la compensación de tiempos le han faltado nueve segundos para lograr la victoria. Con sus dos victorias acumuladas, el Moonbeam of Fife tiene prácticamente asegurada el triunfo final.

En la salida de Clásicos, la flota hoy ha estado más prudente y no se han repetido los fuera de línea de ayer. Entre los de mayor eslora, Clásicos 1, el duelo entre los Guia, Yanira y Outlaw ha sido muy apretado durante las 14 millas recorridas. Navegando bastante próximos entre sí, podían ir calculando su rendimiento en tiempo compensado y exprimiendo al máximo las prestaciones de barcos y tripulaciones. La incertidumbre se ha mantenido hasta la aplicación de los hándicaps, que han confirmado dicho orden con los tres barcos metidos en 28 segundos tras más de dos horas compitiendo. La clasificación general, acumulando la prueba de ayer y el resultado de hoy, confirma el liderato del Guia con sus dos victorias parciales y 2 puntos. Con 5 (2-3) puntos le sigue

el Outlaw, mientras el Yanira (5-2) con 7 puntos, el Disparate (4-4) con 8, el Emeraude (3-7) con 10 y el Samarkand (6-5) con 11mañana lucharán por subir al podio.

El Argos ha vuelto a imponer su ley en Clásicos 2, ganando de nuevo con un amplio margen sobre el Ojalá II y el Altamar. Asimismo, el barco de Barbara Trilling confirma el primer puesto en la general, con dos puntos sobre el Ojalá II, mientras el Madrifa con 8 puntos, el Altamar 9 y el Margarita también con 9 tendrán mañana un intenso duelo para ganar el tercer peldaño final de esta categoría.

Mucha regularidad en la flota de Época Bermudiana, donde los cinco primeros han repetido su clasificación de ayer. Sumando ambos parciales, lidera el Cippino con 2 puntos, seguido del Flord III con 4, del Argyll con 6, del Mercury con 8 y del Emilia Prima ya con 10. Por el contrario, máxima alternancia de resultados entre los Época Cangreja, con victoria hoy del Marigan que le permite también asumir el liderato de la general con idénticos 4 puntos que el Marigold y que el Veronique, prometiendo mañana un intenso duelo para dirimir el vencedor.

Resultados y clasificaciones al término de la segunda jornada

Clasificación de la jornada:

En Clásicos 1
1. Guia (España)
2. Yanira (España)
3. Outlaw (Francia)

En Clásicos 2
1. Argos (España)
2. Ojala II (Reino Unido)
3. Altamar (España)

Big Boats
1. Moonbeam of Fife (Francia)
2. Halloween (Irlanda)
3. Black Swan (Francia)

Categoría Época Bermudian
1. Cippino (Argentina)
2. Fjord III (Uruguay)
3. Argyll (Reino Unido)

Categoría Época Cangreja
1. Marigan (España)
2. Veronique (España)
3. Marigold (Reino Unido)

44Cup Marstrand Worlds, día 3. Team Aqua se pone al frente.

Fuente info 44 Cup

Team Aqua launched at 44Cup World Championship

After a marginal forecast left the nine strong 44Cup fleet parked at the dock until 1300, the Swedish wind gods came good allowing four races to be held in 8-12 knots on the penultimate day of the 44Cup Marstrand World Championship 2019. This helped the schedule recover following no races yesterday due to a lack of wind.

Stand-out performer today was Chris Bake’s Team Aqua, which, much like Hugues Lepic’s Aleph Racing on day one, scored no race worse than a fifth place. Her resounding 2-5-2-1 scoreline has left Bake’s team with a useful eight point advantage going into the final day.

“The boat felt quick and the team was working well together,” explained Bake. “I just think it was about not making mistakes. It was flat water so if you could get a clean lane and had your boat speed. All round, it just felt pretty good.”

Team Aqua’s tactician Cameron Appleton concurred that they were going fast which may have been due to their new sails. “We were very happy with our speed. The sails are phenomenal and that is a big part of it and having a few new gears. Then it was just a matter of high percentage plays and being steady and not trying to do much and being patient in situations.”

Over the course of the day the 8-10 knot westerly was clocking right and occasionally this made for a skewed race course that oddly evened itself up by the left to right-going current. “The wind was clocking right, but the left paid nearly every time due to the current,” continued Appleton.

Eight points is clearly a more welcome way to start the final day than not having it, but Appleton said that they in no way feel secure. “In this fleet it never seems to be enough and everyone is moving around. We’ve just got to restart tomorrow and try and keep the same philosophy.”

Team Aqua’s closest competitor today was Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF. The Slovenian team which was RC44 World Champion in 2016 and 2013 was the most improved team having started the day in lowly eighth place and ending it second. They starting the day well with a 1-2, the first race in particularly an ultra-close nip and tuck with Team Aqua in which they prevailed. “It was much better today,” said Lah. “Even two days ago it was not so bad, but we had two unlucky situations. Anything can happen here. We are in the game for tomorrow. Team Aqua was impressive today. I am very happy for Chris.”

Generally across the fleet there remains huge inconsistency. Impressively the seven races held so far have had seven different winners, while the last placed boat overall has only finished one race in last place. Conversely Vladimir Prosikhin’s defending World Champion, Team Nika, has finished last twice and yet lies third overall. Similarly Aleph Racing, which led going into today’s races by three points, trailed the fleet in in today’s final two races, also picking up a penalty point after she loped off Tavatuy Sailing Team’s masthead wand during one start. This has seen her plummet to seventh overall.

Torbjörn Törnqvist’s Artemis Racing similarly had two bad races today and two good ones, winning today’s third race. “We had a good start down by the pin and there was more pressure out on the left but with little less current on that one. We went to the left of everyone and got out and around we were able to pinch off Nika and then tacked on to port and crossed everyone and stayed ahead from there,” described the Swedish team’s American tactician Andy Horton of their winning race. But only two races before that they finished last when they were hooked at the start by Team Aqua.

The up and down results of the majority of the teams Horton attributes to the uniformly high calibre of the fleet: “We are going pretty well and we think we’re pretty good, but everyone is at the same high level. There is no one who is not fast and everyone is capable of winning races.” He cites the final race when they were third at the leeward mark, then missed a cross and got tacked on and tacked on… and ended up eighth. “But it is an awesome fight…”

Amid three deep results today for Kirill Frolov’s Bronenosec Sailing Team was a gleaming bullet in the second race. “That was the one where we had a good start!” said Frolov wryly. “We only made one tack, then there was a difficult situation at the bottom mark, but the current helped us and we had a good hoist and were able to control everything. But that was only one start from four…”

So given that tomorrow forecast is similar to today’s and the snakes and ladders that is going on across the majority of the fleet, Team Aqua’s lead is anything but safe, while Team CEEREF’s second place can only be described as tenuous with seven points (or one bad race result) separating her from eighth in this ultra-competitive nine boat fleet.