Puerto Portals, listo para recibir a la flota de élite de 52 SUPER SERIES
Los diez barcos que participan en la regata llegan a la cita en su máximo nivel de desarrollo. Provezza defiende título en Portals que cumple su cuarto año consecutivo como sede de la competición
PUERTO PORTALS. (17 de agosto de 2018.) – La Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week se ha presentado hoy en el emblemático puerto de Calviá. Diez equipos de siete nacionalidades diferentes competirán desde el lunes al sábado por el triunfo en la que es la cuarta prueba del ejercicio 2018 de las 52 SUPER SERIES, el circuito más importante del mundo para veleros monocascos. En el acto de presentación se puso en relieve el binomio que conforma la regata y el puerto que ha hecho que esta cita sea ya la más longeva de la competición al ser el cuarto año consecutivo que los TP52 recalan en Portals.
La relación entre Puerto Portals y la regata es tan duradera como fructífera. Tanto Corinna Graf, CEO de la marina, como Agustín Zulueta, director general del circuito, vinieron a coincidir en la presentación en que ambas partes están encantadas de mantener la relación que, además, se extenderá al menos un año más en 2019 cuando Portals volverá a acoger, como ya hizo en 2015, el Mundial Rolex de la clase TP52. Graf indicaba en el acto de presentación:
“Nuestra relación con las 52 SUPER SERIES está muy consolidada. La calidad de esta regata sitúa a Mallorca como punto estratégico de la vela internacional”.
Por su parte, Zulueta explicaba:
“Este es nuestro cuarto año consecutivo y ya hemos firmado un quinto. Está claro que el binomio Puerto Portals-52 SUPER SERIES es muy duradero. Estamos en casa. Gracias a Puerto Portals esta regata trae mucho retorno en muchos aspectos a la isla y beneficia a muchos sectores, no sólo el turístico”.
También se valoró muy positivamente durante la rueda de prensa, y ya entrando en materia deportiva, que esta cuarta cita del circuito 2018 de 52 SUPER SERIES va a ser la primera en la que los diez equipos van a presentarse en la línea de salida con los barcos ya completamente optimizados. Los veleros son todos nuevos de esta temporada, menos el Gladiator del armador Tony Langley que para esta cita incorpora en su tripulación al ganador de la Copa América y del Oro en los Juegos Olímpicos, el neozelandés Pete Burling. El barco inglés fue botado a principios de 2017 mientras que el resto de la flota es más reciente, todos fueron botados esta pasada primavera. La temporada hasta la fecha se ha caracterizado por la falta de consistencia en los resultados de la mayoría de los equipos, a excepción de Quantum y Sled. Se ha pagado caro el relevo del velero. Pero todos piensan que en Portals ya no habrá excusas y todos alcanzarán la máxima expresión en prestaciones.
Así se manifestaba ayer Pedro Más, proa del Platoon, durante el acto de presentación de la regata:
“Hasta Portals los equipos hemos llegado muy justos de preparación, pero creo que esta va a ser la primera regata del año en la que todos podemos ya ofrecer el 100% de nuestras posibilidades”.
La Bahía de Palma espera a la flota y también la flota espera llegar a Palma para redimirse de una temporada con demasiados altibajos. Así lo expresa Joan Fullana, proa del Provezza, equipo que defiende el triunfo que consiguió el año pasado en aguas de Portals:
“En Cascáis tuvimos algunos problemas, pero creo que nuestro barco está más enfocado a regatas como la que comienza el martes en Puerto Portals. Esperamos dar el máximo y aspirar a todo como ya hicimos el año pasado ganando la regata”.
Los dos regatistas mallorquines presentes en la rueda de prensa están en equipos que aún no han alcanzado su mejor grado de desarrollo del nuevo velero. Los dos son los únicos que navegan con un diseño de Rolf Vrolijk, mientras que los otros ocho barcos son diseños de Marcelino Botín. Platoon, con su armador Harm Müller-Spreer a la caña, ha empeorado sus resultados durante la temporada ya que comenzó el año haciendo un segundo puesto en Sibenik. Provezza, que tiene como armador a Ergin Imre, no ha podido esta temporada conseguir la estabilidad. Han tenido muchos problemas técnicos con el barco convarias roturas de material en plena regata y siempre han estado renqueando en las clasificaciones. Llegan a Portals para defender el título que obtuvieron la pasada temporada en la Bahía de Palma. El amplio conocimiento del área de regatas que tienen Tony Rey, táctico, y Nacho Postigo, navegante, les hace ser uno de los candidatos a la victoria. Postigo habla sobre lo que se pueden encontrar esta semana en aguas de su localidad de residencia:
“Ya sabemos que en la Bahía lo más importante es salir bien. SI no lo haces, ya tienes muchos problemas para recuperar la posición”.
Y sobre el campo de regatas dice:
“Puede haber varias opciones, pero depende de dónde el comité de regatas instale el campo de regatas. Por lo visto, pretenden colocarlo más hacia la mitad o hacia la derecha de la bahía y eso puede justo entre las dos brisas, por lo que puede variar mucho más. En la Copa del Rey de este año (hace dos semanas) en realidad fue muy diferente, a veces se balanceaba hacia la derecha y algunas veces hacia la izquierda, e incluso esto ocurría en mangas consecutivas de un mismo día, y por eso estaba muy abierto. Puede ser que esta semana tengamos lo mismo”.
En la general del circuito el líder es el Quantum Racing. El barco americano ha ganado dos de las tres regatas disputadas, Sibenik y Cascáis. Luna Rossa venció en aguas de Zadar. Los americanos han ganado cuando Dean Barker ha estado en la caña del velero mientras que en Zadar estuvo el propietario del proyecto, el armador Doug DeVos. Allí ganó Luna Rossa con Francesco Bruni a la caña. DeVos vuelve a subirse al barco en Portals dejando a Barker en la posición de estratega y buscando mejorar sus números que en la prueba de Croacia no fueron buenos.
También busca mejorar el Azzurra, actual defensor del título de 52 SUPER SERIES. El velero liderado por la nueva dupla Parada-Lange ya mostró en Cascáis una mejora y en Portals deberían sustanciarla para luchar por el podio de la temporada. En ese podio está actualmente muy bien posicionado el Sled del armador Takashi Okura. El velero del caña japonés cuenta con el ganador del Copa América Ray Davies en la táctica que se ha rodeado de un grupo de regatistas neozelandeses de primer orden.
La regata de entrenamiento oficial se celebra el lunes 20 y para el martes 21 ya están previstas las pruebas valederas para la Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week. Se espera poder completar hasta el sábado 25 diez mangas de barlovento-sotavento que serán las que decidan el nuevo ganador de Portals que se podría unir a los nombres de Azzurra (2015), Quantum (2016) y Provezza (2017).
La Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week podrá seguirse a través de nuestro web o de nuestra aplicación en realidad virtual con comentarios tanto desde el campo de regatas como desde el propio puerto. El streaming comenzará 15 minutos antes de comenzar la jornada. Está previsto que las regatas tengan su inicio a las 13 horas cada día.
Equipos participantes en Puerto Portals:
Alegre – Andy Soriano (USA/GBR), 2018 Botin
Azzurra – Roemmers Family (ARG/ITA), 2018 Botin
Gladiator – Tony Langley (GBR), 2017 Botin
Luna Rossa – Patrizio Bertelli (ITA), 2018 Botin
Onda – Eduardo de Souza Ramos (BRA), 2018 Botin
Phoenix – Hasso/Tina Plattner (RSA), 2018 Botin
Platoon – Harm Müller-Spreer (GER), 2018 Vrolijk
Provezza – Ergin Imre (TUR), 2018 Vrolijk
Quantum Racing – Racing Doug DeVos (USA), 2018 Botin
Sled – Takashi Okura (USA), 2018 Botin
Clasificación general tras tres regatas:
1. Quantum Racing (USA) (Doug DeVos) 96 p.
2. Sled (USA) (Takashi Okura) 115 p.
3. Azzurra (ARG/ITA) (Alberto and Pablo Roemmers) 125 p.
4. Luna Rossa (ITA) (Patrizio Bertelli) 126 p
5. Platoon (GER) (Harm Müller-Spreer) 129 p.
6. Alegre (USA/GBR) (Andrés Soriano) 133 p.
7. Phoenix (RSA) (Hasso/Tina Plattner) 147p.
8. Provezza (TUR) (Ergin Imre) 163 p.
9. Onda (BRA) (Eduardo de Souza Ramos) 184 p.
10. Gladiator (GBR) (Tony Langley) 218 p.
Puerto Sherry to host 2019 Para World Sailing Championships
For immediate release: 08/15/2018
Issued on behalf of: World Sailing
Puerto Sherry, El Puerto de Santa María, Cadiz, Spain has been selected by World Sailing to host the 2019 Para World Sailing Championships from 1-7 July 2019.
The Para World Sailing Championships showcases the best-of-the-best in Para World Sailing, creates sporting heroes and engages sailing and sports fans as well as sponsors and broadcasters.
World Sailing and Marina Puerto de Santa Maria will work collaboratively to deliver the Championships.
Massimo Dighe, Para World Sailing Manager, commented, “World Sailing is delighted that Puerto Sherry will be hosting the 2019 edition of the Para World Sailing Championships.
“The Marina has an outstanding track record of hosting major international sailing events. The facilities for Para World Sailing athletes are world class and we’re looking forward to working with the organisers to deliver a memorable event for all those involved.
“I am sure all the sailors’ attending will receive a warm welcome.”
Valle de la Riva, President of Club Náutico Puerto Sherry & Marina Puerto Santa Maria, said, “The sailors will be overwhelmed by the wind and sea conditions as well as the entertainment on land in Puerto Sherry. Sailors will have high hopes of the venue and we have a unique venue in every way that they will fall in love with.”
Rafael Martín-Prat, CEO of Puerto Sherry Para World Sailing Championships 2019 added, “Cadiz Bay is renowned for its wind and world class sailing. Alongside the on-water competition, the sailors will get to visit an ancient historic town steeped in history.
“Andalusia is a place out of this world and I encourage all the sailors to not just hear about it, but come and enjoy it. We will aim to deliver one of the best Championships in Para World Sailing history and we’re waiting for the competitors to come and discover it.”
Kiel, Germany hosted the most recent edition of the Para Worlds in 2017 and more than 80 sailors’ from 37 nations competed across the Open 2.4 Norlin OD, Men’s Hansa 303 and Women’s Hansa 303.
From 16-22 September 2018, the US Sailing Center of Sheboygan in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA will host the 2018 edition with racing to take place across the Open 2.4 Norlin OD, Men’s Hansa 303, Women’s Hansa 303 and the RS Venture Connect. New formats will be trialled in Sheboygan to ensure an exciting competition for the competitors and those watching locally and from afar.
Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2018 officially launched
Professional sailing photographers from all over the world are invited to join the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award 2018. Submission of the pictures open until September 12. Prize giving during the Yacht Racing Forum in Lorient, France, on October 23.
August 14, 2018 – Yacht Racing photographers from all over the world are invited to attend the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award 2018.
Started in 2010, this event is the world’s premier photography competition dedicated to the sport of sailing, celebrating the very best yacht racing image taken during the year, and which best represents the essence and excitement of the sport. Open to professional photographers, it provides an opportunity for yacht racing specialists to display their work and share their passion with a wide audience. More than two million people saw the pictures submitted for the last edition of the contest.
Submission of the pictures is open until September 12. In order to participate, photographers need to register and submit their best yacht racing image taken between October 13, 2017 and September 12, 2018, at the following address: http://www.yachtracingimage.com
Three world class sailing photographers / picture editors will pre-select the top eighty pictures which will be published on the event website and social networks on September 18, allowing the public and the international Jury to vote : Cory Silken, professional sailing photographer, Jesus Renedo, co-founder of Sailing Energy Photography, and Brice Lechevalier, founder and editor of Skippers, Voile & Océan and GMT magazines.
The top 80 pictures will be published on the event website and on the social networks on 18 September, allowing the public and the international jury to vote, the latter consisting of the three members mentioned above as well as Sofia Bekatorou, 2004 Olympic champion in 470, Nicolas Mirabaud, Limited Partner and member of the Executive Committee of Mirabaud & Cie SA, and Jean-Baptiste Epron, one of the most renowned boat graphic designers in the world.
The top twenty images selected by the International Jury will be exhibited on 22 and 23 October in Lorient during the Yacht Racing Forum. The winners will be celebrated in public on 23 October, in front of the sports’ leading personalities.
The winner will receive the prestigious Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award and share € 2’000 prize money. Two secondary prizes will be awarded : the Yacht Racing Forum Award, selected by the delegates of the Yacht Racing Forum, as well as the Public Award, determined by the number of votes on Internet / Facebook.
- The contest 2018 is officially open
- Photos must have been taken between October 13, 2017 and September 12, 2018.
- Photos must be submitted before September 12, 2018 at midnight.
- The 80 best images will be published on the event website on September 18.
- Public votes will be open between September 18 and October 10.
- The twenty best images chosen by the international jury will be exhibited at theYachtRacing Forum, in Lorient, France, on October 22-23, in front of the sports’ leading personalities from all around the world.
137 photographers representing 27 nations submitted an image for the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image 2017 competition. More than 20,000 people voted for their favourite image, while 2.2 million pages were viewed on the event’s website.
Denmark sets Olympic standard as Netherlands top medal table
For immediate release: 08/12/2018
Issued on behalf of: World Sailing
- Dutch complete double RS:X victory lap
- Picon the mother and medal, France on the rise
- “I spend more time with Kiran than my wife” – Van Rijsselberghe
- Great Britain qualifies for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in all ten classes
The Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 drew to a close on Sunday with the Netherlands on top, France on the rise and Denmark basking in accolades from around the world for setting new standards for hosting the biggest sailing event in the world.
“The city of Aarhus has really come alive over the last 11 days,” Kim Andersen, the president of World Sailing said. “Thousands of people have shown their support, enjoyed the sailing spectacle and the onshore activities.
“It’s been a truly fabulous event and as World Sailing President and a proud Dane, I could not be any happier.”
The greatest gift from the Danes and their 1,100 amazing volunteers was that they provided the perfect stage for the sailors to showcase their talents. New stars have emerged and old ones returned. The week has been graced by many great performances, from dramatic capsizes in the 49erFX and the rise of the Fantela brothers in the 49er, Zsombor Berecz’s tears as he crossed the line to win the Finn and Hungary’s first gold at a quadrennial World Championships and Emma Plasschaert winning Belgium’s first world championship gold in the Laser Radial and proving that Marit Bouwmeester is human.
The Netherlands topped the final medal table with three golds, two silvers and one bronze from the ten Olympic classes. On Sunday, they added a silver lining to their double victory lap in the windsurfing. Dorian Van Rijsselberghe, the double Olympic champion, and Lilian de Geus had made themselves mathematically uncatchable on Friday. Kiran Badloe, lying in second, kept his rivals behind him in the medal race to take another silver for the Dutch.
No one across any of the fleets has been more dominant than De Geus. She did not finish lower than ninth in their 12 races over the last two weeks. After dominating Friday, the 26-year-old De Geus, was 30 points clear of China’s Yunxiu Lu in second. This World Championships gold and the challenge it lays down to the rest of the fleet for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo (Enoshima), will have gone long way to making up for the dreaded fourth place in the Rio 2016 Olympics.
“I can party officially now,” De Geus said. “It’s a strange feeling because I was already world champion on Friday, so we partied on Friday.”
“I was so disappointed after Rio, so it’s an amazing feeling to be world champion. We trained a lot in these conditions and you could see the results on Friday – with two bullets. I could see every shift and every gust.”
Behind her, France’s 2016 Rio Olympic champion, Charline Picon, laid down her own marker with a magnificent medal race which seized the silver from Lu, who had started the medal race 10 points ahead. The 33-year-old is just making her comeback a year after having a baby – one of at least eight women in the women’s RS:X fleet who are mothers .
“I’m very happy with my performance, especially because I’ve just had a baby one year ago, and I’ve only been training for four months,” Picon said. “I’ve proved that you can still trust in me and my performance in big competitions. I hope to improve a lot more over the next few months.
“I think Lilian did great and I will be using her great performance to compare myself. This week has been hard. I’ve been racing then going back to the apartment to look after my baby. It’s not easy after a day of racing.”
It was another result that suggested that France will be a formidable host of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Likewise, Louis Giard holding onto bronze in the men’s RS:X just before. Add in France’s three medals from the kiteboarding classes, which have been included in Paris 2024 (the sailing will be in Marseille) and France ran the Netherlands close.
Lu just needed to finish fifth or better to be guaranteed silver. The wind softened to five-knot offshore westerlies for the women’s race, down from ten for the men, 40 minutes before. Picon was third to the top mark behind the leader Britain’s Emma Wilson, just 19 and only three points behind at the start of the race.
But Picon flew into the lead on the first downwind and never gave it up. Lu was seventh and stayed there for the whole race. But with the field so tightly bunched – with less than 100m between the ten boards – fluctuations were always possible and nothing was settled until the line. After dominating the class world championships, China’s men and women have found it tougher going here.
The men’s RS:X was more settled. Van Rijsselberghe has been a class apart among the windsurfers over the last two weeks. This is the third time he has won gold before the start of the medal race. The other two times were the London 2012 Olympics and the Rio 2016 Olympics. He does things his own way and he does not leave things to chance.
Like many of his would-be rivals, the 29-year-old double Olympic champion has only won two races, but his consistency was unmatched. Only once in the 12 races leading to this medal race did he finish out of the top 10.
Even his highly-rated fellow countryman, Badloe, 23, had not been able to keep close and lay 23 points behind.
“I’m super proud for my nation and myself, and also Kiran who secured silver,” Van Rijsselberghe said. “We train everywhere and anywhere. I spend more time with Kiran than my wife.”
France’s Giard, in third, was five points further behind. He had Poland’s Pawel Tarnowski just two points back in fourth and Greece’s Byron Kokkalanis is fifth, six points further back.
Badloe slipped to seventh at the bottom of the first downwind, but made up the ten-second gap on Giard on the second upwind, rounded in fifth and held. He could afford to look back to check on Giard’s position on the second and last downwind. And Giard could relax with pursuers safely behind him.
Sadly the wind had softened to 2-3 knots by the completion of the women’s RS:X and there was no possibility of running what had promised to the medal race of the day in the Nacra.
The top four boats in this mixed crew foiling cat class were separated by just six points. The pre-race favourites, Italy’s Ruggero Tita and Caterina Marianna Banti were just one point clear of the exciting newcomers, Australia’s brother and sister Team Outteridge, Nathan and Haylee. Argentina’s Rio 2016 Olympic champions, Santiago Lange and Cecilia Carranza Saroli, were two points further back. And that’s they finished.
Spare a thought for Denmark’s Lin Ea Cenholt and Christian Peter Lübeck in fourth – three points off the bronze.
What is the secret of the Dutch domination? For De Gues it is simple. “We medalled in almost the classes we went for,” she said. “We push each other to high standards. The secret? Hard work.”
Van Rijsselberghe, who is making a comeback to the sport this year after deciding to have a tilt at a third Olympic gold, the recipe is equally simple.
“The most important thing is to have more fun than anybody else, so we have that very high in our notes,” he said. “You just do the simple stuff really well as my coach (New Zealander, Aaron McIntosh) says and we end up there.
“We know that we need to beat each other and at the moment we’re pretty good, so you’ve got to try really hard to beat the other guy and it’s a supercool thing. We just wanted to end up first and second at the Worlds.
“How did I come back? First I needed a good ass-whipping. In Hyères this year I got beaten pretty badly, so that triggered me to step it up and make sure I was going to comeback strong.”
Badloe concurred. “Well, like Dorian said, I think we’re having more fun than anybody else,” he said. “We’re putting in the hard work but most of all keeping the fun in it, and that’s what has eventually got us up there.”
The men’s RS:X is one of those fleets that reinforces the fact that a world title is often harder to win than an Olympic one, with so many more talented sailors fighting for every point.
The medal races have riveting, played in front of packed stadium crowds.
“Having racing just off the front with a packed grandstand, coupled with big screens and digital applications such as the SAP Sailing Analytics has helped the audience to really understand what’s going on and dive deep into the action,” Andersen said.
“The City of Aarhus has really put on a world class show, which we always knew they would do.
“Worldwide, the media footprint of this event has been quite significant. We’ve broken previous broadcasting records and we’re on track to achieve more viewers of the sport at a World Championships than we’ve ever had before.”
Denmark’s ability to stage events of this scale has not gone unnoticed and Thomas Bach, the IOC president, noted it on his visit last Sunday.
“Denmark has really established it as one of the hubs for world-class sports organisation,” Bach said. “It’s something I’ve noticed. Just this year, Denmark is hosting three world championships. Aside from sailing, there’s been ice hockey and triathlon in Denmark and there’s more on the way.
“Denmark has proven to be a world-class organiser. No-one in the sporting world could have any doubts that Denmark could organise a fantastic Olympic Games, organisationally and logistically.”
Sustainability has also been at the core of these Championships and Bach said: “I think it’s remarkable that World Sailing, Aarhus and Denmark have built programmes with regard to sustainability. This is a benchmark project for these kind of World Championships.”
From small acorns these World Championships have grown strong through the kind of partnerships that bind sailors together across the clubs of Denmark. People and institutions have come to together for a greater purpose.
“These World Championships have been even better than we had hoped and prepared for,” Lars Lundov, CEO of Sport Event Denmark, said. “From the racing, to our incredible 1,100 volunteers, to the spectators lining the harbour wall, to the benchmark-setting sustainability programme, we are very proud that Denmark has delivered. The IOC president’s praise of Denmark’s organisational skills was very welcome. Great sporting events are all about partnerships. Sport Event Denmark, the City of Aarhus and the Danish Sailing Federation had a vision and made it a reality.”
Denmark and Aarhus 2018 hands on the flame to the Netherlands and The Hague 2022 in the strongest of health.
Lilian de Geus – Netherlands – women’s RS:X (gold)
“It’s a strange feeling because I was already world champion on Friday, so we partied on Friday, but I had the medal race to do so I couldn’t party too hard. It was a fun medal race, for second and third place was exciting.
“A few years ago, I found that my weakness was having a consistent form in competitions and I’ve been improving on that by mastering my tactics and strategy early in the competition. Since then I’ve noticed huge differences in my results and as you’ve seen this week, it has helped me win the Worlds.
“The Netherlands is a small country and there are not a lot of windsurfers, compared to China and Israel, but with the few in Netherlands we just help each other get to the top.”
Yunxiu Lu – China – women’s RS:X (bronze)
“Winning a medal here proves that our tough training, over the recent months, is paying off. My teammates made a few mistakes early in the regatta and I was the most consistent from them.
“All the top ten sailors here are the best in the world and it’s challenging trying to keep up but I managed bronze here, so I am very happy.”
Emma Wilson – Great Britain – Women’s RS:X (fourth)
“I had a pretty good race. I was first at the top beat, I just missed out, now it hurts but I’ll go away pretty happy with fourth. I’m pretty proud of how I approached it.”
Van Rijsselberghe – Netherlands – men’s RS:X (gold)
“Competing with Kieran is great because he keeps pushing me and together we get to a certain level that we would never exceed ourselves. We usually train in the Friesland canal, in the Netherlands. We thought it would be super fun and great experience to train there.
“Winning the Worlds is just the first step on the road to Tokyo and I’m happy with how it turned out.
“I wanted to perform at this competition and if you set your mind to certain things you can achieve it and that’s what I’ve done.”
Kiran Badloe – France – Men’s RS:X (silver)
“I’m relieved that I managed to do what I intended to do. I’m so happy that I’ll be sharing the podium with Dorian.
“It’s been a long week and I’m so happy I come away with a medal. Me and Dorian are one and two in the world so it’s an amazing feeling.
“We are good friends who constantly train and have fun. The more you add fun to it, the more you enjoy it and everything else just flows. We’re making the hard hours funs and that’s what’s paying off in the end.
“It’s pretty obvious that we both want to go to the Olympics and we’re in a unique situation where two really good windsurfers who are both capable of doing well at the Olympics, and only one of us can go. It’ll be a tough battle but, in the end, the best one will go.”
Louis Giard – France – Men’s RS:X (bronze)
“It was really close one, maybe my eyes were a bit too much on the Polish guy, last year maybe I lost the chance to be world champion, I started really well. I said to myself last night that I can’t lose the chance for a medal twice in a row.
“It feels great and I’m emotional. It’s my first world championship medal win so I’m so happy. Finally, after 11 podium places since January 2017, I’ve got a medal at the World Championships.
“It was a difficult race, as I expected. The offshore wind was really tricky, but I’ve achieved bronze, so I’m satisfied.
“We have a strong French team. They were not in medal race this time, but I know their potential and I know that they will comeback stronger. It was my goal to finally check this off my list. This is going to give me more confidence but now I can focus on my next goals.”
Ruggero Tita and Caterina Marianna Banti – Italia – Nacra 17 (gold)
Tita: “We’re so happy! It’s been an incredible season. We’ve won so many events. I personally really like the new foiling Nacra and I think Banti can say the same. The speed and new discoveries of sailing is really interesting and the more interest I have in the boat, the better I can sail it.
“It’s about training hard but most importantly, good communication between the team. You must be able to read each other.
Banti: “It was a long championship. We started really well but then we dropped out a couple of spots, but during the final series, we managed to come back on top. It’s a honour to the World Championship and it feels so good because of the hard work we have put in over the year.
“We have been sailing together for one and a half years now. Ruggero was sailing the 49er and I was sailing the old Nacra 17, and he wanted to try the new Nacra 17 foiling, and that’s when we decided to compete in it and now we have won the Worlds. We don’t regret it.”
Nathan and Haylee Outteridge – Australia – Nacra 17 (silver)
Nathan: “It’s a strange feeling not to do a medal race when you spend two days preparing for it. I think we can be really proud of what we’ve achieved in the last six months. It’s our third event, we were ninth at Kiel and ninth at the Europeans. It’s been a big jump up.”
Haylee: “I think we were a little bit disappointed. We didn’t have a whole lot to lose because we didn’t expect to be on the podium, so we were ready to go for it. But silver is still beyond our expectations.”
Santiago Lange – Argentina – Nacra 17 (bronze)
“It’s not so easy to be able to finish a world championship without the ability to fight for gold. Congratulations to the Italians, they’ve worked hard for this and they did an awesome job.
“We sail all week to win it and when I look back at my races, it was so close on points. We were a little behind at the start of the competition and we knew that today was our chance to get win it back. We’re fighters and we wanted to fight for gold, but we didn’t get the chance, it’s mother nature and it’s the beauty of our sport, we have to accept that.
“Next season is also a big season for us, so we hope to get better and just continue to improve.”
American Augie Diaz and Brazilian Bruno Prada are the winner of the Robbe&Berking Star European Championships 2018, tied to Lars Grael with Samuel Gonçalves (BRA) who are second. Bronze medal goes to Irish brothers Peter and Robert O’Leary.
This is the podium of the 2018 Star European Championship, where six of the seven races were sailed even though two of the four days of racing have been quite rough with very strong stormy winds. The PRO Claus Otto was excellent in deciding the right time to give the starts, postponing on Thursday and anticipating yesterday.
The winners of today’s races were two German team, the first bullet went to Star Class President Hubert Merkelbach with Marcus Koy, and the second one to Olympic Star skipper Robert Stanjek with crew Leif Bähr. But nothing could stop Augie Diaz and Bruno Prada, not even the early start they had in race 5, that cost them to go back and re-start. Not even one mistake by the runners-up was made, Lars Grael and Samuel Goncalves, who discard a seven and are tie to the winners. A Championship well played by the Irish brothers O’Leary, who proved to be excellent team on tough conditions, winning yesterday’s race with winds gusting up to over 30 knots.
“We had really some tough days of racing, we are happy we were eventually able to recover after the first early start.”
“The regatta was decided on the last downwind of the last race, we had to be fifth to win the race tied with Lars, and we just managed to finish one boat length ahead of Eivind Melleby who was sixth. So we are super happy and lucky for the last puff.”
Best junior team were the German Dominik and Simon Fallais
Best senior team in the Ü65 ranking were the Hungarians Tibor Tenke and Miklos. Bezereti.
Hubert Merklebach, ISCYRA President:
“It was really a Championship for the tough sailors, the only non stormy day was today with 15-16 knots of nice breeze. Flensburger Segel Club did a fantastic job to manage the event, they’re used to have international regattas, and proved it this week. Everything went well with a great program, even on the social side with dinner in the old Silver factory of the main sponsor, Robbe&Berking, amazing Championship”.
The Star sailors are not done for the summer with the Silver regattas, next week the North American will take place in Los Angeles, with probably very different conditions.
Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Deutz won a dramatic 49erFX medal race at the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 on Saturday after Austria pair of Tanja Frank and Lorena Abicht capsized in a huge wind shift.
The 49erFX was an unexpected third gold for the Netherlands – they have already won both the men’s and women’s RS:X before the medal races – who are leading the World Championships medal table. Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, the patron of the event and himself a keen sailor, chose the most dramatic day to visit and was on hand to give out the medals.
Denmark’s Bay of Aarhus has tested all its champions in the last week but perhaps saved the biggest challenge for the 49erFX and not for the first time these flying skiffs have seen an upset, again literally.
“We still can’t believe what just happened, it feels strange, but we are so happy,” Deutz said after they finally got to land – they saved their capsize for after they crossed the finish line. They have never won a world championship medal and were seventh in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Frank and Abicht had started the medal race 11 points clear of Britain’s Sophie Weguilen and Sophie Ainsworth and 14 ahead of the Dutch in third place. The equation was simple: the Austrians only needed to finish sixth or better to be guaranteed gold.
If Frank and Abicht were slightly slow out of the blocks they soon blasted their way through to round the top mark 40 seconds ahead of all their rivals for gold. They held that downwind but the whole race was upturned on the second beat.
The forecast low-pressure system came rolling over early a little early. The thousands of spectators on the harbour promenade could see the dark cloud and wind line moving rapidly across the water. The Dutch were one of three crews in the 10-boat field that spotted how to exploit, heading to the right of the course as a massive shift of over 40 degrees and wind speed leap from 6 to 18 knots swept across them.
“There were light winds in front of us and we decided to tack out and that’s when we noticed that the wind was building up,” Bekkering said. “After 20 seconds we saw so much pressure coming, so we decided to take the risk and stay away from the fleet. In the end, we didn’t know that the shift was so big, but it paid out big time.
“We’ve been saying together for five years. We won in Palma this year and now the World Championships – this is our year.”
The change was so great that the Dutch sailed 200-300 metres less than the boats on the left over the 1km beat. The Austrians could have absorbed that, but not a capsize. They went from first to last and ran out of track to fight back as the skiffs completed the last “downwind” without their spinnakers up, so severe was the shift.
“On the second upwind, there was a 180-degree shift hit us so hard that we capsized immediately,” Abicht said. “We were quite quick in getting back up and into the game but we lost eight boats.”
Weguelin and Ainsworth finished sixth to take bronze. The Rio 2016 Olympic champions, Martina Soffiatti Grael and Kahena Kunze, finished third in the race to take fourth overall. Grael’s disappointment will have been softened by the fact that she has only had 20 days of training after coming back from a year in the Volvo Ocean Race.
In the 49er medal race, 40 minutes before, the men had enjoyed steady 11-13 knot southerlies and the Croatian brothers, Šime & Mihovil Fantela made sure there were no surprises for the gold – the battle for silver was another matter entirely – as they controlled their opponents from start to finish.
“It’s been an amazing last year sailing with my brother,” Šime said. “It’s been a challenge some days coming from the 470, so winning the World Championships is beyond my dreams.”
The Fantelas went into their medal race 13 points clear of the young German pair, Tim Fischer and Fabian Graf, in second. Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel, the bronze medallists in Rio were third, 18 points behind. France’s Mathieu Frei and Noe Delpech in fourth were nine points further back. If bronze for the French looked tough, silver looked like a real stretch.
The first upwind was predictable. The Croatians shepherded both German crews all the way up and rounded the top mark fractionally ahead of both. Thereafter they did not have to worry as the German challenge went backwards fast as they took bigger and bigger risks to get back into contention. They finished a long way off the pace in ninth and tenth place respectively as the Frei and Delpech, in the lead group from the start, surged to front at the end of the final downwind to guarantee silver.
France have specialised in ambushes at these World Championships, having won the men’s 470 after starting a long way behind in bronze.
For the Fantelas this has been a fairytale start to the beginning of their new partnership. They have only been sailing the 49er together for 18 months and were eighth at the Test Event in Aarhus a year ago.
Šime, 32, has switched from an illustrious career in the men’s 470 – where he won two class world championships and the gold at the Rio 2016 Olympics – to partner his younger brother Mihovil, 28, an ex-windsurfer. Their form in 2018 did not point to gold here, but they have dominated the fleet.
“Our goal since I changed class was a medal in Tokyo (2020 Olympics),” Šime said. “We know how many more hours in the boat we have to spend – our boat name is “ten thousand”, which is a symbolic name for how many hours we need to spend in the boat if we want to win a medal because. I’ve been there once and I know how much hard work it takes to have even a chance to shoot for a medal.”
And for them being brothers has only been a help.
“Šime asked me if we could sail together in the 49er and we thought we would trial it for a bit,” Mihovil said. “It worked so well, and we make a good team.”
Šime agreed, “Probably we can say more to each other than the guys who are not so close, and of course later we can discuss it more easily than some other crews that have some borders.”
Gusts over 30 knots and thunder and lightning meant that the medal races for the men’s and women’s kiteboard – making their debut at the World Championships – was abandoned before starting. That brought three more medals for France. The men’s kite had promised to be tight with the top seven separated by 21 points, with 30 points up for grabs in the three medal race format.
Nicolas Parlier and Theo de Ramecourt took gold and bronze for France respectively, Britain’s Guy Bridge took silver.
The women’s kite had been clearer with the USA’s Daniela Moroz leading Russia’s Elena Kalinina by 13 points. France’s Alexia Francelli (14 points further back) took bronze.
The Nacra 17, and RS:X Men and Women will have their medal races tomorrow. You’ll be able to watch the races live here – aarhus2018.sailing.org/watch
Tanja Frank and Lorena Abicht – Austria – 49erFX (silver)
Abicht: “It was a frustrating moment for us and even more challenging trying to find our focus again. We were disappointed at that moment because we had the thought of winning the Championships, but we are so happy with silver. We’ve only been sailing in the FX for two years and we already have the World Championship silver medal.”
Frank: “That’s the sport, and we are going to have another chance, and next time we will be better.”
Abicht: “This is our first medal in a World Championships, so we are happy with our result.”
Sophie Weguilen and Sophie Ainsworth – Great Britain – 49erFX (bronze)
Ainsworth: “It’s been very hard for us and coming away with a medal is a blessing. We are so happy, especially after those challenging conditions.
“We remained consistent during the week and climbed our way up. The medal race went well for us and we’ve won bronze. We’ve been following our set processes like getting to that boat park at a certain time and practicing a certain way, and that was the key for our consistency.”
Mathieu Frei and Noe Delpech – France – 49er (silver)
Frei: “We don’t know what happened, we just tried to sail as well as could. We understood the wind shifts well and decided to take the right shift.
“We managed to take the lead on the last downwind, with a nice jibe in the middle of the last downwind.
“We had to keep things simple because they were four or five boats fighting for the bronze and silver medal. Our decision was to take the right side, as a classic race.
We are very happy but it’s going to hit us in a few hours once we call our families.”
Tim Fischer and Fabian Graf – Germany – 49er (bronze)
Fischer: “We took the wrong side of the course and quickly realised that we’d lose some places. We did our best to climb back up. Even though that was the case we are so happy to get a podium spot at the World Championships.
I recently had an injury on my ankle, and we were out for two months. From March to May, and it was hard to get back into things.”
Graf: “The week was almost perfect for us. We are on the podium and we are happy with that.”
Nicolas Parlier – France – Men’s Kiteboard (Gold)
“It feels awesome! This is great for the sport and it only shows a positive journey to the 2024 Olympics.”
“I’m happy with my performance in this competition, even with these difficult conditions. It hasn’t been easy this year, I’ve been studying and haven’t been focusing on my training as much. The top 10 points were so close and there was no room for mistakes.”
“There is a good future for kiting, and with more and more riders competing, it’s also going to get harder to stay at the top.”
Daniela Moroz – USA – Women’s Kiteboard (Gold)
“I’m so stoked! All the hard work has paid off. It’s been a great year thanks to my parents, friends and all those who supported me.”
“Competing in a championship like this is feels different. Winning here feels more significant and I think that is because we have all these other classes here too.”
Plasschaert and Kontides find gold in the Bay of Aarhus
For immediate release: 08/10/2018
Issued on behalf of: World Sailing
- First Laser Radial title for Belgium
- Kontides gold comes ten years after winning Youth Worlds in Aarhus
- Rindom roared to bronze by stadium crowd
Emma Plasschaert won Belgium’s first world championship gold in the Laser Radial at the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 on Friday. Along the way she proved that Marit Bouwmeester is human.
On a bright and breezy day in Denmark’s Bay of Aarhus, the gusty offshore WSW wind had dropped down to 17 knots from the 25 knots for the start of the men in the Laser 40 minutes before. Howling out through the buildings and trees the wind provided perfect stadium racing conditions close to shore for the thousands lining the harbour promenade.
Plasschaert had started the day 11 points clear and only needed to finish sixth or better in the 10-boat field to make gold hers. In the end, she was fifth, but Bouwmeester was fourth and had never been able to put enough boats between them.
“I knew Marit was so good in these conditions, so I was a little bit afraid she would jump over me,” Plasschaert said. “I’m feeling amazing and overwhelmed to win the World Championship. It’s my first big win, it’s my first gold in a championship.
“I thought it was too windy to go match racing and I’m not that good at it yet,”
For the 24-year-old Plasschaert it is a breakthrough win in a highly competitive field and reward for a week where she has been the best sailor, never finishing lower than 15th in the huge 60-boat fleets.
“The key to winning here was being consistent,” she said. “The conditions are so tricky, and I just needed to be up there every time. I was trying to have good starts and not be too extreme, but also stay attached to the front group.
“I think over the recent months I have just stepped up my mental game a lot and worked on my on-water strategies.”
For the whole of the Belgium sailing world and particularly, Evi Van Acker, their previous hero, who was in the TV commentary box in Aarhus, it was a moment to savour. Acker retired last year after finishing second to Bouwmeester in the class world championships last year for the second time.
There had been a glimmer of an upset at the top mark after the first upwind. Bouwmeester rounded in third and Plasschaert in eighth, 12 seconds later. The fleet was so compressed, with only 50 metres separating the top eight for large parts of the race, that there were always opportunities for big swings. But Bouwmeester needed to get away at the front and could never manage it.
On the second wind, Plasschaert had come back to sit right on her shoulder and she never let her get away again.
Bouwmeester, 30, clearly found it hard a one to swallow. She starts every regatta as the outstanding favourite. She won gold at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and at the 2011 World Championships in Perth, Australia and 2014 World Championships in Santander, Spain. She also won the class world championships last year. She made no excuses afterwards of being here as part of her Olympic training cycle. She was here to win.
“I left myself a lot to do, 11 points is a lot,” she said. “She (Plasschaert) has been very consistent. I think I underestimated how difficult it is sailing here and did not spend enough time training here.”
“I tried to get on the left side and obviously tried to get ahead. Then she came with me and I thought ok, as long we as bring it back to the pack hopefully I will get a chance if it gets busy or gusty, but unfortunately, it didn’t turn out my way. But to be honest I think this medal race was pretty difficult. I just performed below my own level at the beginning week. So, with all respect for the Belgian girl, I think it’s due to myself that I didn’t win this event.”
The battle for bronze was more intense with just six points separating four boats going into the medal race. Denmark’s Anne-Marie Rindom started in third, but watched her rivals line-up to take the bronze from her. Canada’s Sarah Douglas had it at the top mark, rounding first with Rindom in sixth. It got worse for the home crowd. Rindom was languishing in eighth after the first downwind and the USA’s Paige Railey was also ahead of her.
But as she had said on the slipway before they headed out into the strong wind, “my nickname is the bulldozer, so they better watch out.” She had hammered her way up to third by the second downwind and bulldozed on to bronze.
In the Laser, Cyprus’s Olympic hero, Pavlos Kontides, will always remember the Bay of Aarhus. He won gold yesterday a decade after he won the Youth World Championships here.
Victory had looked far from certain and Kontides, 28, looked in real trouble in the big winds at the top mark. The fleet were doing their best to keep the boats flat and as he rounded in ninth he healed over, taking on water. Australia’s Matt Wearn was sixth, 19 seconds ahead and looked like he might get away.
Wearn, 22, had trailed by just four points going into the medal race and just needed to put a boat between them. But the wind dropped down to 12 knots on the first downwind (from 25 at the start) and Kontides – who became the first-ever Olympic medallist for Cyprus (in any sport) with his silver at the London 2012 Olympics – kept chipping his way back. He was last at the bottom, but 13 seconds behind Wearn in eighth. The wind increased and by the second upwind the gap was just two seconds and they were into the match racing situation expected from the start. Wearn had Great Britain’s Michael Beckett just metres in front all the way to the line but could not get past him.
“I feel amazing,” Kontides said. “It’s hard having to keep someone like Matt Wearn behind you. The quality of this fleet is so high and so deep that you always have to be at the top of your game.”
Unlike Thursday, the medal races on Friday did not shuffle the deck. Germany’s Philipp Buhl was the only one to break to break into the top three, easily winning his battle with Britain’s Elliott Hanson.
Hanson was last round the first top mark and was already watching bronze slip away when he picked up penalty for rocking downwind. By the first bottom mark, he was 41 seconds behind Buhl and the bronze was gone.
Only three points separate first and third in the Nacra 17 fleet. It’s very close and all three medals are up for grabs. Ruggero Tita & Caterina Marianna Banti (ITA) lead in the pack, while Nathan & Haylee OuttEridge (AUS) sit in second with only one point separating them and the Italians. Santiago Lange & Cecilia Carranza Saroli (ARG) are third, with a point gap between them and the Australians.
No changes in the 49er leaderboard. Croatian brothers, Šime & Mihovil Fantela remain on top and go into the medal race 13 points clear of Tim Fischer and Fabian Graf (GER), who are second. Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel, also from Germany, are third.
Tanja Frank // Lorena Abicht (AUT) retain their lead in FX, ahead of Sophie Weguelin and Sophie Ainsworth (GBR) who are doing incredibly well to hold second place. Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Deutz follow closely in third.
The Men’s and Women’s Kiteboard had their layday today, so standings remain the same as yesterday. Click here to view full results.
Anne-Marie Rindom – Denmark – Laser Radial (bronze)
“I had to be right after Paige and I had to have one boat between me and Sarah Douglas (CAN) and the same with Monika Mikkola (FIN). I had to take that opportunity to do everything I could to at least get a medal.
“Before the Championship, I was ready to go all in and win gold because I’ve had a good season and prepared a lot. But the final (qualifying race – race 10) didn’t go the way that I wanted, especially the last race. Pretty disappointing for me.
“The nickname the ‘Bulldozer’ came from the Rio Olympics, when I got disqualified in the third race and the day after that, there was a lot of wind. One of the Finn guys from the Danish team said to me that I should just go out there and be a bulldozer and just cross everybody, and I did that on the day and came first and third in the two races. That nickname stuck to me ever since.”
Pavlos Kontides – Cyprus – Laser (gold)
“To win the Worlds, I had to match race Matt (Wearn), I could only lose to him. I couldn’t be over the starting line because Matt was giving a chance to Elliot Hanson. I was four points behind Matt and that meant that he had to put a boat in between us in order for him to win.
“This is like déjà vu because 10 years ago I won the Youth World Championships here, at the same venue and place (Aarhus). It’s amazing considering that this is the main event for everybody. It’s the Olympic qualifier and everybody is fully prepared.
“It’s hard to get to the top but it is much harder to stay at the top because everyone is chasing you and you have a lot to lose, which puts a lot of pressure on you.
“It was a tough race with tricky conditions. The wind was shifting a lot, which meant that there were plenty of opportunities around the course.
I think I had a good job at the start. It was bias towards the left and two of us started near the committee boats, so we were immediately at the back of the fleet.
“Matt was very fast in these conditions and at some stage he managed to pull away. At that moment, he was winning the race and I had to keep concentrating to the very end. I managed to come back and finish behind him, which was enough to win.”
Matt Wearn – Australia – Laser (silver)
“I just needed a boat between us to win. It looked like I did a job of that in the first upwind with a nice gap, and the possibility of passing a couple of boats in the second lap. The wind just shut off and that opportunity slipped away pretty quick. I got back into it and leading him down into a couple of other people, but they couldn’t get in the gap.
It was a tricky week, we’ve had all sorts of conditions, so you need to be an all-round sailor and the consistency showed again during the week. I’m happy with silver but slightly disappointed that I didn’t take the overall win.”
Philipp Buhl – Germany – Laser (bronze)
“I had a good chance to win bronze with only four points behind Elliot Hanson, who was in third. I know that this racecourse has westerly winds and can be crazy. When we sailed out, the conditions were stable, but as soon as the race stared, it was blowing a lot and shifting a lot and then the wind dropped. It was expected, and we knew the conditions would be tricky with a lot of changes possible.
“I was just hoping for a good start and get some boats in between myself and him, but at the same time stay in the middle of the fleet so no one can pass me.
In the end, it was an intense race with long upwinds, with strong to hardly any wind. I’m happy with my result.
“I had good consistently during the competition and that comes through experience. To be prepared every day and knowing what the conditions are going to be like, it all comes with time. I am not 100% happy with the week because I made a mistake twice, which led me to 19th and 16th in some races, which was too high to go for gold. However, coming back from seventh position, from 2 days ago, to bronze is a great feeling.”
La Argentina obtuvo su segunda plaza para Tokio 2020 de la mano de Lange y Carranza
(Viernes 10 de agosto de 2018)
Santiago Lange y Cecilia Carranza clasificaron a la Argentina en la clase Nacra 17 para los Juegos Olímpicos Tokio 2020 al quedar en el tercer puesto luego de trece regatas del HempelSailingWorldChampionships, el cual se desarrolla del 30 de julio al 12 de agosto en Aarhus, Dinamarca.
Los medallistas de oro en Río de Janeiro 2016 deberán correr la MedalRace para determinar si entran en un podio del mundial de vela en el país escandinavo. Mientras tanto, Santiago expresó en sus redes sociales: “Un gran paso hacia Tokio 2020, Argentina clasificada. Gracias y felicitaciones a todo el equipo y a todos los que nos acompañaron. Sin ellos no sería posible”.
Con un total de 72 unidades, el timonel de San Isidro y la tripulante de Rosario figuran en el podio detrás de los italianos Ruggero Tita y Caterina Marianna (acumulan 69 puntos) y los australianos Nathan y HayleeOutteridge (70 unidades).
La Argentina tiene 23 atletas representes en aguas danesas y la FAY felicita al equipo por su gran desempeño en el HempelSailingWorldChampionships.