Star Sailors League Finals, día 4. Seleccionados los mejores diez que siguen en regata.


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SCHEIDT/BOENING DEMOLISH OPPOSITION ON FINAL DAY OF STAR SAILORS LEAGUE FINALS QUALIFYING

While the star performers today certainly were Robert Scheidt/Henry Boening and Paul Cayard, significant to more competitors was what was happening mid-fleet. For today, Friday, the final Qualifier races were held at the Star Sailors League Finals in Nassau.

Crews finishing the Qualifier in third to tenth positions would progress on to the Quarter Finals. From here the top five would go to the Semi-Finals and meet the second placed Qualifer finisher. The top three Semi-Finalists would then meet the winner of the Qualifiers in the Final. All these stages are single race affairs taking place tomorrow, Saturday.

Sadly the 15 teams not making the top ten have been eliminated.

Four races were held today, on the same azure-coloured waters on the plateau off Montagu Bay as yesterday. Conditions with a 10-12 knot northeasterly and built to 15-18, shifting right for the fourth and final race.

Stand-out competitors were once again Olympic legend Robert Scheidt and Henry Boening. The Brazilian duo won three of today’s four races. In eight out of the 11 races held during the Qualifiers, Scheidt and Boening have finished on the podium. This consistency caused them to finish Qualifiers 22 points ahead of Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih, with Diego Negri and Frithjof Kleen in third.

“Yesterday we had a rig check and made a few adjustments,” said Scheidt. “The boat felt better and we were more confident with our speed. We had good starts too and picked the right spots, which put us in front right away. Then we had good speed – all those components together made a big difference. Henry did a great job in the manoeuvres and calling the wind. After we had two good races we felt confident and the rest of the day went really well.”

Paul Cayard and Brazilian Arthur Lopes found both an extra gear and a turbocharger today, posting a 2-1-3-14. “We made a little adjustment to the mast last night, which turned out to be quite important and really made a big difference,” explained the Whitbread Round the World Race and Louis Vuitton Cup winner. “We were fast upwind. Perhaps through the confidence we were fast downwind as well.”

Both Cayard/Lopes and the Brazilians did well playing the top left today. “In the northeasterly breeze, that almost always pays and you have current with you,” said Cayard, who has raced here for some 40 years. “And you expect a geographical shift around Rose Island [the low-lying Bahama Island to weather of today’s course] in the morning, when the current is stronger.” Later in the day when the current reverses and the wind goes right, the opposite side can pay.

Today’s score elevated Cayard/Lopes from lowly 14th place to seventh place and into the Quarter Finals. “I am delighted,” continued Cayard. “It was frustrating how hard we were struggling over the first few days. To be fast in all four races today gave me a lot of confidence that we have resolved the problem.”

Around the vital 10th placed slot there were ‘snakes and ladders’. Among those on ‘ladders’ today were Swedish London 2012 Star Olympic champion Freddie Lööf and Italian crew Edoardo Natucci. They started the day in 11th place but three results inside the top 10 left them eighth and with a berth in the Quarter Finals.

An OCS in today’s first race, caused Brazilian two time Olypmic medallist Lars Grael and Samuel Gonçalves, just to remain in the top 10. Not so lucky was Hungarian Finn Gold Cup winner Zsombor Berecz and his veteran Czech crew Michael Maier, who finished 11th despite being tied on points with Grael/Gonçalves.

Others packing their bags tonight include British three time Olympic medallist Iain Percy, racing here with Swedish Star bronze medallist, Anders Ekström. “It was very tiring, but really good fun,” said Percy.

11th hour business commitments sadly caused Percy to miss the first days of the regatta. Today they posted a 9-6-6-6. “I really enjoyed it, but we just turned up and were out of practice, but we didn’t find it frustrating which is nice. We were in the hunt and caught up when we were at the back. It feel great to be back in the boat, it keeps it real and keeps you sailing properly. I would love to come back next year.”

Others heading home include French 470 World Champion Kevin Peponnet, sailing this week with Star and America’s Cup veteran Mark Strube. “It is amazing to sail against these legends. They have shared a lot. I am really happy to be here and gain some knowledge of this boat.” However their performance today wasn’t ideal. “We broke the vang and the main sheet block.”

One of the great surprises has been the performance of Laser Radial Youth World and European Champion, Guido Gallinaro, and his German crew Kilian Weise. They finished the event 19th, their scoreline including an 8th yesterday – not bad for a 17-year-old. “It was a great experience for me,” said Gallinaro. “We had quite good races today. In one we were fourth at the top mark. It was a great week for us.”

Looking forward to tomorrow, Scheidt says they may have won the Qualifiers but now the competition starts afresh: “It doesn’t mean much. We are happy that we are in the Final, but we are going to sail against the best guys and we still have to win that race. It is going to be hard.”

1 Robert Scheidt (BRA) Henry Boening (BRA) 33
2 Mark Mendelblatt (USA Brian Fatih (USA) 55
3 Diego Negri (ITA) Diego Negri (ITA) 65.8
4 Jorge Zarif (BRA) Pedro Trouche (BRA) 68
5 Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL) Dominik Zycki (POL) 75
6 Eivind Melleby (NOR) Joshua Revkin (USA) 81
7 Paul Cayard (USA) Arthur Lopes (BRA) 94
8 Fredrik Loof (SWE) Edoardo Natucci (ITA) 97
9 Xavier Rohart (FRA) Pierre-Alexis Ponsot (FRA) 98
10 Lars Grael (BRA) Samuel Gonçalves (BRA) 99

Full results

52 Super Series, Bronenosec vuelve en el 2019 con barco nuevo y cambios en la tripulación.


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Bronenosec, un regreso de altas expectativas

VALENCIA. (7 de diciembre de 2019) – La gran novedad de la temporada 2019 de 52 SUPER SERIES es el regreso al circuito de regatas más importante del mundo para barcos monocascos del Bronenosec. El proyecto liderado por el armador ruso Vladimir Liubomirov y el regatista italiano Alberto Barovier ha estado una temporada en el dique seco, pero regresa con mucha fuerza ya que han armado una gran tripulación y, además, están ya construyendo un nuevo TP52 con diseño de Botín que esperan lanzar al agua a finales de abril.

Haber conseguido mantener la estructura de la tripulación con algunas novedades de calado como son Sime Fantela y Morgan Larson y el hecho de tener el barco más avanzado de la flota pueden ser sus armas para luchar por el triunfo en la competición la próxima temporada. Las expectativas son altas y ya sueñan con el regreso en mayo en Mahón:

“No hemos vuelto todavía, pero estamos trabajando en ello. Estamos en el astillero Longitud Cero donde ya ha comenzado la laminación del barco. Todos estamos empujando duro para que todo esté preparado a tiempo y pensamos que vamos bien”.

En un principio se barajó la posibilidad de quedarse con el velero del Luna Rossa que la pasada temporada ganó dos de las pruebas del circuito, pero al final se ha optado por construir un nuevo velero en las instalaciones del astillero Longitud Cero en Castellón bajo la supervisión por parte del equipo de Francesco Binelli y de Paulo Ribeiro. Alberto Barovier explica la decisión:

“Ha sido una situación en la que hemos optado por ir hacia la opción de construir un barco nuevo porque recibimos una serie de nuevas ideas de diseño de apéndices desde el equipo de diseño de Botín que nos decían que lo más inteligente era construir un barco nuevo con lo que teníamos una serie de ventajas sobre el resto de la flota. Y aquí estamos intentando construir un barco rápido y bueno y que pueda estar en Mahón en mayo al menos en las mismas condiciones de velocidad que el resto de la flota”.

El velero se está construido sobre el molde en el que el año pasado se desarrollaron los cascos del Quantum Racing y del Alegre en el mismo astillero. O sea, que se trabaja sobre el modelo del barco que ganó tres de las cinco regatas de la pasada temporada y que, además, fue el vencedor final del circuito: Quantum. Toda una garantía.

“Un barco nuevo siempre es una ventaja, pero miramos a los pequeños detalles para ser optimistas. Tendremos un bulbo de nuevo diseño, también un timón y, aunque sabemos que los demás también van a mejorar. A lo mejor también hacen bulbos y timones nuevos, pero un barco nuevo es siempre un barco nuevo. Si somos capaces de llegar a Mahón en igualdad de condiciones esteremos muy contentos”.

Barovier, tras el año de parón, ha tenido que ajustar la tripulación. Él mismo es el primero que muta. Pasa de la proa a la popa, se cruza el barco, se va al lugar donde se toman las decisiones y desde donde va a aportar toda su experiencia en el circuito.

“Hay mucha gente de la anterior tripulación, pero también hay gente nueva como Curtis Blewett en la proa, Sime Fantela en la estrategia, medalla de oro en 470 en Río de Janeiro, y Morgan Larson en la táctica. Hemos intentado mantener el grupo. El equipo es muy fuerte y estamos expectantes de poder ya navegar con esta gente porque va a ser divertido y vamos a hacer un barco competitivo. Creo que el hecho de tener una tripulación con mezcla de experiencia y gente joven -dice el italiano- nos va a dar una ventaja y espero que podamos ser competitivos desde el primer evento y estar al mismo nivel que el resto. Nuestro armador, Vladimir Liubomirov, volverá a estar en la caña las cinco regatas y está muy centrado y trabajando muy duro para estar en la mejor forma para el campeonato”.

Los planes de Bronenosec son los de botar el barco a finales de abril en su base de Valencia donde tendrán una semana de entrenamientos. Posteriormente irán a la PalmaVela y de ahí ya directos a Mahón donde el 21 de mayo se alza el telón de otra apasionante temporada de 52 SUPER SERIES.

XX Semana Olímpica Canaria de Vela, segundo día de regatas.


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COMIENZAN A AFIANZARSE LAS PRIMERAS POSICIONES DE LA SEMANA OLIMPICA DE VELA

Persisten las condiciones de vientos flojos en la Semana Olímpica Canaria de Vela, siendo el cambio más significativo la variación del viento de componente sureste a nordeste, estableciéndose en un rumbo 40 / 45 dando algo de esperanza a los comités de las tres áreas de competición, al haber menos ola que en la jornada de ayer, facilitando la satisfactoria conclusión casi al límite de las regatas con un rango de viento de 6 a 10 nudos.
Buenas noticias en la clase Láser para los regatistas locales representantes del RCNGC, pues los notables resultados realizados hoy, así como la entrada del descarte en las clasificaciones provisionales, han aupado a Joaquín blando a la 2o posición de la general absoluta de la Semana Olímpica (SOCV) por delante del bicampeón del mundo, el británico Nick Thompson que es tercero. Sigue primero el italiano Giovanni Coccoluto a seis puntos de Blanco, que sí lidera la clasificación del Campeonato de España.
En Láser Radial la representante lituana Viktorija Andrulyte ha obtenido mejores parciales en su grupo amarillo, consiguiendo diferenciarse de la griega Vasielia Karachaliou, siguiéndolas la británica Georgina Povall. La regatista Martina Reino ha tenido un gran día hoy, ganando dos regatas, escalando del puesto 15 hasta el cuarto de la general en esta última jornada clasificatoria, pues mañana, los Radial comienzan a navegar las finales, en los grupos oro y plata.
En la clasificación paralela del Campeonato de España de Radial, es primera Martina Reino (RCNGC) seguida del andaluz Antonio Coronilla y en tercer lugar el tinerfeño Alfonso Fernández que a su vez lidera la categoría sub-21 masculino, siendo María José Marichal (RCNGC) líder también en sub-21 femenino. En la clasificación sub-19 femenino, la andaluza Ana Moncada es primera de la provisional, seguida de María Mateo y Margarita Iess (RCNGC). En la categoría sub-19 masculino, el primer lugar es para el vasco Javier Amondarain seguido de los baleares Jordi Lladó y Javier Vilariño.
La clase olímpica RS:X el regatista Mateo Sanz que representa a Suiza, tras la tres regatas de hoy se situa por delante de los israelitas Cohen y Elimelech. Ángel Granda, regatista del RCNGC ganó la tercera regata de hoy, dando un salto hasta el cuarto puesto de la general provisional.
En el resto de clases, las regatas de hoy han permitido a los grancanarios Patri Reino / Isabel Laiseca en 420 y Yoel Hernández / Paula Barrio seguir liderando en las clases 420 y 29er respectivamente, al igual que Gustavo del Castillo, David Clemente, Eduardo Acevedo, en las clases Snipe, Techno y Tecno Plus, todos del Real Club Náutico de Gran Canaria.

Resultados parciales click acá

Star Sailors League Finals, día 3. Mendelblatt / Fatih, nuevos lideres.

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NEW LEADER AT THE STAR SAILORS LEAGUE FINALS

Bahamas conditions set in on day three of the Star Sailors League Finals with 12-18 knots winds from the prevailing northeast-easterly direction. With this wind direction the race committee moved the course out of Montagu Bay, where there were bigger waves, with limited protection from the full force of the Atlantic.

Despite being dominated by Olympic Finn sailors, the day ended with a new leader in Mark Mendelblatt and crew Brian Fatih, who now lead Robert Scheidt and Henry Boening by a mere point, going into the last day of the Qualifiers.

Fatih, who has sailed with Mendelblatt since they teamed up for London 2012, observed: “We’re fortunate to be in this position: Robert is an amazing sailor, the benchmark so if you can stay up with him, you’re happy.” However following their 15-4-4 score today, gaining the lead was a surprise. “It was a struggle – we didn’t feel great on the boat. We weren’t terrible, it just wasn’t as smooth as normal.” However while today’s first race became their discard, Scheidt and Boening had to count their 12th in race two.

It may also have been due to the more choppy conditions. “It was a battle trying to keep it in the groove downwind,” Fatih continued. “Usually from this direction the left is pretty solid, but it was back and forth with some light spots.”

Top scoring helm today was Finn sailor, was Jorge Zarif, the 2013 Finn Gold Cup winner and this year’s Star World Champion, and Pedro Trouche, scoring 4-1-2 today elevated the young Brazilians into third overall.

“In the free pumping conditions today – I am from the Finn and that is one of the most important things we do,” Zarif explained. “We tried to pump and rock as much as we could, although you have to play the waves and shifts as well.”

Their race win today came after taking the lead on the second beat after benefitting from a favourable shift on the left. “There was a huge shift there because of the geography,” said Zarif. “But in the third race there was a huge right. There weren’t any clouds saying that. Sometimes you have to follow your gut.”

Losing the race to Zarif was Kiwi-Anglo duo, Hamish Pepper and Steve Mitchell, who had done a fine job recovering from their dismasting in yesterday’s breezy last race. “It required a bit of effort to tidy up the boat and get rid of all the damage and to find a rig suitable,” admitted Pepper. “We finished it off this morning and our timing pretty good.”

Of their day Pepper, the 2006 Star World Champion, was pleased. “We had two good races – an 8th and a second.” Of race two: “On the second beat we played the middle because it was getting shifty. There were a lot of gains and losses. You couldn’t protect both sides and in the end it favoured the guys on the left.”

This year’s Finn Gold Cup winner, Hungarian Zsombor Berecz posted today’s second best score – 3-6-9 with Czech four time Finn Masters World Champion Michael Maier as crew, leaving them 10th overall. This was despite not finishing yesterday’s last race when they broke a spreader, turning their mast to spaghetti, requiring them to fit a replacement overnight. “On the water sometimes we had very good speed, but not always. We’ve only had five days on the boat …” said Berecz. “Downwind we were playing it quite safe. We didn’t put the mast forward enough, because we didn’t want to break it.”

Winner of today’s first race were Star veterans France’s Xavier Rohart and Pierre-Alexis Ponsot, who also benefitted from the left side of the first beat. They lead at the top mark and then were never challenged. “It is a good to have a good plan and to be able to run with it to the end, to play the shifts and be a little bit in front of the pack…it was really a text book race,” said Rohart.

While many found fortune on the top left of the course, in today’s final race Brazilian veteran Lars Grael and Samuel Gonçalves repeated their tactic from yesterday’s second race, by going hard right, with the same outcome – victory. This has raised them to seven overall.

Tomorrow is the final day of Qualifiers at the Star Sailors League Finals and the target is to finish within the top 10 to progress through to Saturday’s Quarter Final. As Zarif observed: “We have four races to go. It is a long way. Let’s see what happens tomorrow.” At present any of the top 22 teams could still make the cut.

The winner of the Qualifiers fast tracks directly to the Final Race, while second place heads directly to the Semi Final. Those that finish the Qualifiers in third to tenth places, get to race in the Quarter Finals. The top five Quarter Finallists progress through to the Semi Final. The top three from the Semi Finals join the winner of the Qualifiers in the Finals.
Winner of the Star Sailors League Finals receives US$ 40,000 from a prize pot of US$ 200,000.

1 Mark Mendelblatt (USA Brian Fatih (USA) 22
2 Robert Scheidt (BRA) Henry Boening (BRA) 23
3 Jorge Zarif (BRA) Pedro Trouche (BRA) 31
4 Diego Negri (ITA) Diego Negri (ITA) 32
5 Eivind Melleby (NOR) Joshua Revkin (USA) 39
6 Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL) Dominik Zycki (POL) 48
7 Lars Grael (BRA) Samuel Gonçalves (BRA) 51
8 Xavier Rohart (FRA) Pierre-Alexis Ponsot (FRA) 54
9 Augie Diaz (USA) Bruno Prada (BRA) 54
10 Zsombor Berecz (HUN) Michael Meier (CZE) 56

Full results

Foiling Week en Sidney, cierre de la temporada.


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One week to the beginning of the last 2018 Foiling Week event

From December 13th to 16th at Woollahra Sailing Club in Rose Bay, Sydney, start the 2019 season of Foiling Weeks. It is the second down-under Foiling Week, foiling is “on trend” with sailing, surfing, sup, kiteboarding and windsurfing. Foiling has added an exciting new dimension to each these water sports.

As for all Foiling Week events, the program is enriched with an Expo, Trial & Learn to Fly courses. In addition to the usual morning Forum program and the afternoon races, major foiling boat manufacturers will show and demonstrate their creations throughout the day.

FW Regatta (December 13th to 16th)

All Foiling classes will race at FW Regatta, as part of the FW Regatta, Moths run their NSW Moth State Championship 2018/19 and Windsurf Foil run their Oceanic Championship 2018-2019. Thanks to Marlow, there will be a long distance race for all the foiling boats, in an all against all showdown, to determine the fastest boat and the best foiling sailors on Sydney Harbour. The support of Marlow Ropes will provide the availability of three racing areas and organization.

Registration to the FW Regatta are open, this is the address for the Foiling Boats: woollahrasailingclub.org.au/racing/regattas/#foiling-week

and this for the Windsurf Foil: regattatoolbox.com/eventDetails?eventID=uu8ze8

FW Gurit Forum (December 14th to 15th)

The FW Gurit Forum will allow participants to meet the most advanced Australian designers, boat builders and sailors, sharing their experiences, ideas and future paths. Starting on the morning of Friday 14th, people like Andrew McDougall, Bertrand Castelnerac, Charles Viviani, Gerben Van Duyl, Jhon Illet, Peter Stephinson and others will present the latest development in foiling industry.

The forum is open to the public and the entry is free providing you register at: foilingweek.com/sydney-2018/

Sustainability is one of the Foiling Week’s core values, provisioning a conscious way of dealing with the sport of sailing which is ecological by its very nature.
There are habits of life that even sailors tend to underestimate. Avoiding waste by not using plastic bottles, conscious use of fresh water to wash boats and equipment and differentiating waste products are just some of the actions being introduced to improve life on our planet whilst participating in our favorite sport. With this theme the Foiling Week partner Torqeedo extends the opportunity to reduce pollution and carbon footprint by using electric engines on support media and guests boats at Foiling Week events.

Learn to Fly (December 14th to 16th)

Have your “First Flight” 90 minutes course with the opportunity to test sail, with professional coaches, Wazp foiling boats. All the team at the Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre (ASWC), are very excited to team up with Foiling Week from December 13th to 16th. We will be running foiling taster courses from the new Foil Training Scheme throughout three of the four days of Foiling Week. All tuition will be delivered by qualified Foiling Instructors with RYA taster certificates issued to all those who participate.

The ASWC team looking forward to showing how accessible foiling can be, offering sailors the opportunity to experience flying above the water along with the foiling community at Foiling Week this month.
Book your first flight today foilingweek.com/sydney-2018/

Foiling Week Trials (December 14th to 16th)

Foiling Week Trials are for all the experienced sailor that want to try foiling boats. It will be held at Woollahra Sailing Club from December 14th to 16th. The boats available for testing are the Ufo and Open Bic with Glide Free foiling Kit for the younger sailors. Each boat will be followed closely by a RIB with a coach that will guide the experience and ensure safety.
And it’s free! Get your application in today! foilingweek.com/sydney-2018/

On Saturday 15th December two date for surfer and for kiters

Foiling Week will be inviting Foiling Surfers and SUP’s to North Wanda Beach, Cronulla. Saturday 15th December @ 8.30am for a 2 hour Foiling Session, Proudly Sponsored by JP.

The meeting for Foiling Kiteboarders is at Botany Bay or Kurnell (depending on wind direction) always on Saturday 15th December @ 10am for a 3 hour Foiling Session sponsored by Cabrinha.

Enquiries: sydney@foilingweek.com

More info, entries for the races and booking for activities at
foilingweek.com/sydney2018/

36th America´s Cup. Malta Altus Challenge se convierte en el cuarto equipo desafiante.



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Malta Altus Challenge is the new entry of the 36th America’s Cup

7th December 2018

One week since the close of the 36th America’s Cup entry period, the Defender and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron have completed the required checks and accepted the Royal Malta Yacht Club challenge for the 36th America’s Cup.

The Malta Altus Challenge becomes the fourth Challenger for the America’s Cup in 2021, together with the Challenger of Record Luna Rossa (ITA), American Magic (USA) and INEOS Team UK (GBR).

The Royal Malta Yacht Club’s Notice of Challenge was the first of the eight late entries to be received by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron within the late entry deadline – 5.00 pm of the 30th November NZT- and therefore the first to be processed.

It’s the first time, in 167 years history of the trophy, that Malta challenges for the America’s Cup. Despite being one of the smallest countries in Europe – just 316 km² (122 sq mi) – Malta’s strategic position in the Mediterranean Sea has always made it a hub of maritime activity and a port of crucial importance throughout history.

The Royal Malta Yacht Club whose origins can be traced back to 1835, predating the America’s Cup’s existence, is indeed internationally renowned as the organizer of the 50 year old Middle Sea Race, the 606 miles regatta starting from La Valletta and sailed anti-clockwise around Sicily.

The Team Principal of the Malta Altus Challenge is Pasquale Cataldi, an Italian born businessman who is based in Malta, founder and CEO of the multinational real estate and development company, Altus. This is Cataldi’s first involvement in the America’s Cup but his intention is to pursue a long-term challenge:

“Our goal is to do three editions of the America’s Cup. If you want to build a strong team, then you need to commit to three America’s Cup cycles. I think everyone in this edition is in it for the long-term. We have a new class, so the game is level for everybody, and the differences are not so much,” explained Cataldi.

Grant Dalton, CEO of the Defender Emirates Team New Zealand said: “ We are happy to welcome the Royal Malta Yacht Club and the Malta Altus Challenge to the 36th America’s Cup. After New Zealand, they are now the smallest country to challenge for the America’s Cup. We know what it is like to be a small team facing long odds in taking on one of the biggest challenges in sport and we wish them the best.”

The Malta Altus Challenge will be led by experienced America’s Cup personnel and aims to develop local talent in Malta in the fields of design, engineering and boatbuilding.

“This is a massive opportunity for our club to promote Malta and the skills that exist in the marine industry on a global stage,” said Godwin Zammit, the Commodore of the Royal Malta Yacht Club.

“On behalf of the Club, I’d like to thank the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Emirates Team New Zealand for their assistance throughout the challenge process and we can’t wait to get down there and start racing in December 2020.”

The full team and further information regarding the challenge will be announced in Malta in the first quarter of 2019.

In the next few weeks other updates regarding the Notices of Challenge, received within the deadline, will be released.

XX Semana Olímpica Canaria de Vela, reporte del primer día de competición.


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VIENTOS SUAVES DEL SURESTE PARA EMPEZAR LA SEMANA OLIMPICA

Finaliza la primera jornada de competición donde los participantes han tenido unas condiciones complicadas de vientos flojos, que no han superado los 6 nudos y mucha ola.
A pesar de estar prevista la celebración de tres regatas para hoy, los comités de los campos Alfa, Bravo y Charlie en los que se ha dividido la flota, no han podido desarrollar todas las pruebas.
La clase olímpica Láser, la más numerosa en cuanto a participación de esta XX Semana Olímpica Canaria de Vela, sólo han podido disputar una regata, con la victoria de la lituana Viktorija Andrulyte en Radial, mientras que el italiano Giovanni Coccoluto hizo lo propio en Standard. En la clasificación del Cto. de España de esta clase que se está disputando paralelamente, lidera la clasificación de Radial, la mallorquina Fátima Reyes, mientras que el grancanario Joaquín Blanco, va en primera posición de Standard.
Las actuales subcampeonas del mundo de 420 del RCNGC Patri Reino / Isabel se sitúan primeras, tras una sola regata disputada, mientras que el grancanario Gustavo del Castillo que en esta ocasión está navegando con el conejero Gonzalo Morales, va ganando la clasificación de la clase Snipe, tras un ajustado duelo con Fernando León / Antonio del Castillo.
La vela adaptada también tiene su representación en esta Semana Olímpica Canaria de Vela y es el finlandés Janne Lainne el mejor en la clase monotipo 2.4 mR, mientras que Jaime Lang-Lenton es primero empatado a puntos con Luis Ley en Hansa 303.
Las rápidas embarcaciones 29er han sido la única clase que ha podido disputar 4 regatas válidas, al navegar en con la recién estrenada tripulación mixta Joel Hernández / Paula Barrio que a pesar de tener un retirado, los tres primeros puestos restantes conseguidos, les concede el liderato provisional.
Las tablas en la clase Techno 293, David Clemente del RCNGC no perdonó con tres incontestables primeros y Eduardo Acevedo hizo lo mismo en la categoría Techno Plus. En la división olímpica RS:X los regatistas israelitas coparon las primeras posiciones con Yoav Cohen primero, Yoav Omer tercero mientras que el regatista suizo Mateo Sanz, séptimo en el actual ranking mundial de esta clase, fue segundo.
Mañana viernes nueva jornada de competición, con la primera salida planificada a las 10:55 horas donde los 350 participantes tienen en principio una previsión de viento dirección Este con una intensidad de 9 nudos aproximadamente.
En esta jornada también está prevista la visita de la Presidente de la Real Federación Española de Vela, Julia Casanueva y el Vicepresidente Joaquín González Devesa.

Resultados parciales click acá

Star Sailors League Finals, día 2.


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SCHEIDT TAKES AN EARLY LEAD AFTER BOAT BREAKING FINAL RACE ON DAY TWO OF THE STAR SAILORS LEAGUE FINALS

Racing at this sixth edition of the Star Sailors League Finals got off to a dramatic first day of competition in Nassau, with four races held, four different winners and a last race in which a squall brought driving rain and 25 knot gusts that claimed one rig and caused one man overboard.

In a 10-12 knot northerly Brazil started strongly with Olympic legends Robert Scheidt and Henry Boening claiming the first race and Lars Grael and Samuel Gonçalves the second.

“We made a good choice starting at the race committee and tacking to the right – we had a very good puff on the right to cross the fleet,” explained double Olympic medallist Grael, who performance here is all the more remarkable as he has just one leg. “Once you are ahead you have a margin to protect and the sailing gets much easier, whereas if you get stuck in the crowd it is very tough.”

Mark Mendelblatt, historically the Star Sailors League Finals’ most successful helm, sailing with his regular crew Brian Fatih, relieved Poland’s Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Życki of the lead in race three. The American recounted his race: “We took the line bias, which was pin-favoured, and managed to get across the fleet pretty early. We got a little rightie at the end and rounded third and at the bottom we chose the right gate, which was the correct one. Then we were able to get to the right of Mateusz at the top of the second beat when the big rightie came in and that got us around him and we were able to hold on down the run. In this fleet when you get ahead, it makes the race a lot easier…”

A front had been forecast to arrive in the afternoon and this finally stuck half way through the final race, when the skies darkened, rain began plummeting and breeze kicking up a sharp chop. Despite this Miami’s Augie Diaz, this year’s Star European Champion, made it look easy.

“We kept thinking the right would come in like that,” Diaz explained. “We had a great start at the committee boat and were first boat off the line. We held for a little bit and then as soon as we felt we had a little phase to go right on, we went hard right and then it was a case of the rich getting richer. But Cayard went all the way left and he came in second at the top mark!”

As the squall hit, Diaz said they had had such a lead that played it safe by reaching downwind, a technique making it easier to gybe.

Meanwhile Grael admitted he was slightly surprised to have finished this race fifth. “We were in the worst position. We broached when we gybed, but then made a good run. It was very puffy and some moments we got a little bit scared about sinking the boat – but it was under control!”

Others were not so fortunate. On the last run the rig broke on Hamish Pepper and Steve Mitchell’s boat, meanwhile one of the race favourites fell out of his boat at the top mark: Diego Negri, sailing here with defending champion Frithjof Kleen as crew, received a penalty at the top mark and while carrying out their turn coincided a gust hit, causing Negri to be ejected from the cockpit. Fortunately the Italian Olympic veteran managed to hang to first the rudder and then the main, but by the time he had been hauled back on board, they had dropped to last place. Despite this they ended the day third overall.

After four races and with one discard applied, Robert Scheidt and Henry Boening lead the Star Sailors League Finals by two points, the Brazilians having won the first race.

“We started at the pin and chose the left side of the course and the shift went our way,” explained Scheidt of that race. “If you can go around the top mark in the top three, life gets a lot easier. It was a tough day. It was quite shifty with flat water and towards the end of the day we had the big right shift with the wind increasing.

“We managed to climb back from some bad situations, which was good, but we still need more boat speed upwind and we had bad starts in two races. The level is very high and it is difficult to do everything well. We are happy – we’ll keep chipping away, but with four races a day a lot of things can happen. You see guys breaking masts and it is very easy to start over early and risk too much at the start.”

The forecast for tomorrow is for the northeasterly wind to resume. “Hopefully we’ll get more waves which will make things more interesting, especially downwind,” concluded Scheidt.

Racing for the full fleet runs through the Qualifiers until Friday, followed on Saturday with the Quarter Final, Semi Final and Final Races. Winner of the Qualifiers fast tracks directly to the Final Race, while second place heads directly to the Semi Final. Those that finish the Qualifiers in third to tenth places, get to race in the Quarter Finals. The top five Quarter Finallists progress through to the Semi Final. The top three from the Semi Finals join the winner of the Qualifiers in the Finals.
Winner of the Star Sailors League Finals receives US$ 40,000 from a prize pot of US$ 200,000.

1 Robert Scheidt (BRA) Henry Boening (BRA) 6
2 Mark Mendelblatt (USA Brian Fatih (USA) 8
3 Diego Negri (ITA) Frithjof Kleen (GER) 13
4 Augie Diaz (USA) Bruno Prada (BRA) 15
5 Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL) Dominik Zycki (POL) 15
6 Eivind Melleby (NOR) Joshua Revkin (USA) 20
7 Lars Grael (BRA) Samuel Gonçalves (BRA) 22
8 Jorge Zarif (BRA) Pedro Trouche (BRA) 24
9 Fredrik Loof (SWE) Edoardo Natucci (ITA) 25
10 George Szabo (USA) Roger Cheer (CAN) 29

Full results here