VOR 2017-18. Durísimas condiciones sacuden a la flota.


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El Océano Sur saca el mazo

Vientos de más de 50 nudos sacuden a los barcos de la Volvo Ocean Race; una ola monstruosa golpea al MAPFRE y barre a Rob Greenhalgh del timón.

Vientos de más de 50 nudos sacuden a los barcos de la Volvo Ocean Race, que surfean olas montañosas a velocidades de espanto.

La mejor prueba nos ha venido este mediodía desde la popa del MAPFRE, cuando una brutal ola ha arrancado del timón al británico Rob Greenhalgh. El jefe de guardia del barco español estaba perfectamente amarrado con el arnés de seguridad, con lo que la situación se saldó son problemas y el MAPFRE siguió navegando a toda velocidad.

Previamente, la flota nos había ido enviando datos tremendos: 38 nudos de velocidad ha llegado marcar la corredera del Vestas 11th Racing durante las últimas horas de regata ante la sorpresa de su OBR, Sam Greenfield: “Yo creía que estos barcos tenían una velocidad máxima de 33 nudos, pero ya veo que no era así…”, relataba.

O 56 nudos que se llegaron a medir en el sensor del Dongfeng Race Team cuando Stu Bannatyne, un veterano que disfruta como un chiquillo cuando las cosas se ponen duras, llevaba la caña del líder de la flota.

Las sensaciones que transmitían los regatistas también advertían del escenario bélico, como la que nos llegaba de uno de los mejores cañas del mundo en estas condiciones, el jefe de guardia del MAPFRE Pablo Arrarte: “Hemos tenido rachas de casi 50 nudos y aún nos quedan tres días así”, advertía.

La enorme borrasca que se ha estado formando durante los últimos días ahora ha engullido a las siete tripulaciones, lo que les ha obligado a cambiar el chip de la competencia más despiadada a un modo más conservador.

A las 1300 UTC, el Dongfeng Race Team avanzaba en primera posición desde su posición más al sur, a sólo siete millas por encima de la zona de exclusión de hielo establecida por el control de regata.

Ocho millas al norte estaba el MAPFRE en una decidida persecución del barco chino-francés, con la aparición del Vestas 11th Hour Racing de Chuny Bermúdez de Castro unas 50 millas detrás de ellos.

“Las condiciones son espectaculares”, afirmaba el patrón del Vestas, Mark Towill, mientras el equipo informaba haber visto rachas de 53 nudos de viento durante la noche. “Son las condiciones típicas del Océano Sur, pero es muy divertido. Sabíamos lo que veníamos a encontrar aquí, y definitivamente lo hemos encontrado “.

Pese a ello, los problemas no se hicieron esperar en la flota. El team Akzonobel se vio obligado a pisar el freno después de sufrir daños en el carril que sujeta la vela mayor al mástil.

El navegante Jules Salter informó que el daño ocurrió cuando la tripulación navegaba con 35 nudos de viento y mar bastante gruesa.

“Durante una trasluchada de estribor a babor, el carril de la vela mayor en el mástil se dañó en dos lugares”, decía un comunicado del equipo. Los regatistas pudieron bajar la vela mayor y alejar el barco del límite de hielo y continúan compitiendo solo con las velas de proa.

“No hay informes de lesiones a bordo como resultado del daño y la tripulación se está comunicando con el personal de control de regata de la Volvo Ocean Race y el equipo de tierra para establecer qué opciones de reparación tienen”.

Etapa 3 – Parte de posiciones – jueves 14 de diciembre (día 5) – 13:00 UTC

Donfeng Race Team — distancia a la meta – 4,237.5 millas náuticas
MAPFRE +8.7
Vestas 11th Hour Racing +59.3
Team Brunel +105.1
team AkzoNobel +121.8
Turn the Tide on Plastic +153.6
Sun Hung Kai / Scallywag +185.2

2017 Youth Sailing World Championships Sanya, día 4. Italia se lleva el oro en clase 29er femenino..

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For immediate release: Thursday 14 December 2017
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Italians clinch first Sanya Youth Worlds gold

Italy’s Margherita Porro and Sofia Leoni claimed the first title at the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championships in Sanya, China, sealing gold in the Girl’s 29er with two races to spare.

The Italians carried a 26-point advantage into Thursday’s action and knew that it was possible for them to win gold. Sailing in another variable 6-12 knot easterly breeze, that all the 374 sailors from 60 nations had to contend with, the Italians picked up a seventh and third.

This was enough to give them an unassailable lead. The pressure was off in the final race and as they sailed through in tenth, the celebrations commenced. “We still can’t believe that we have won,” expressed Porro. “We feel incredible. It has been a fantastic week, in particular the first day because we gained three first places in all three races.

“We knew we won it after the second race today, this week and event has been so important for us.”

A single race will be held on Friday 15 December and there will be a fight for the final podium position with eight Girl’s 29er teams in the hunt for silver and bronze.

The quest for gold in the Boy’s 29er will go down to the final day and any one of three teams could win.

Théo Revil and Gautier Guevel (FRA) moved into first overall, dislodging overnight leaders Rok Verderber and Klemen Semelbauer (SLO), following a 2-2-10.

Norway’s Mathias Berthet and Alexander Franks-Penty were the stand out team on the water recording a 4-5-1 scoreline and they also overtook the Slovenians who slipped to third after a fifth, sixth and discarded 24th.

The French lead on 62 points, followed by the Norwegians and Slovenians on 63 and 69 points.

There have been plenty of ups and downs in the Nacra 15 competition and after three races on Thursday, the Dalton siblings, Shannon and Jayden, have moved into the overall lead following a 2-2-5.

“We had a pretty good day,” said Shannon. “It was consistent and we gained some good scores. It was quite close racing, lots of different people at the top. The conditions were shifty and tough and it was good racing.”

The Australians are on 49-points, three points clear of Switzerland’s Max Wallenberg and Amanda Bjork-Anastassov and seven points ahead of Belgium’s Lucas Claeyssens and Anne Vandenberghe. Friday’s final race will decide the podium places.

It’s tight at the top in the Boy’s and Girl’s RS:X after three races with continuous swings in momentum.

Italy’s Giorgia Speciale, Great Britain’s Emma Wilson and China’s Ting Yu have all guaranteed themselves a medal in the Girl’s RS:X.

The trio occupied the top three spots in all the day’s races with each competitor grabbing a race win. Speciale and Wilson were locked on 16 points overnight but the Italians 3-2-1 scoreline was one place better than Wilson’s 1-3-3 which gives her a one point lead.

China’s Yu has always been in contention for gold but did her chances the world of good after a 2-1-2. She is four points off the lead.

Israel’s Yoav Cohen put three points between himself and China’s Hao Chen after two race wins and a fourth. Chen finished in third in the two races Cohen won, to fall behind but a win in the last race of the day kept him in contention and he is three points off the Israeli.

Sil Hoekstra (NED) and Fernando Gonzalez de la Madrid Trueba (ESP) will fight it out for the final podium position as Cohen and Chen have guaranteed themselves a medal.

Twin sisters Carmen and Emma Cowles (USA) continued their fine form in the Girl’s 420, picking up another pair of seconds.

They are 12 points clear of Violette Dorange and Camille Orion (FRA), who finished third and first in both races on Thursday. The Americans have a disqualification, which they currently discard, hanging over their heads so they will have to tread carefully on the final day to ensure there are no slip ups. However, they will feel confident as the French also have a discarded disqualification.

Arianna Passamonti and Giulia Fava (ITA) and Linoy Korn and Yael Steigman (ISR), who are separated by three points, will fight for the final podium spot on Friday.

The lead in the Boy’s 420 continues to change hands but Thomas Rice and Trevor Bornarth will head into the final day in pole position.

Rice and Bornarth took a second and discard their tenth, which gives them a single point lead over Australia’s Otto Henry and Rome Featherstone, who went 1-11. Israel’s Ido Bilik and Noam Homri are four points off the leaders.

Charlotte Rose (USA) and Dolores Moreira Fraschini (URU) both had mixed days. Rose finished 25th in the first race of the day, which she discards, and followed up with a bullet. Fraschini came through in seventh first of all but then slipped to 15th, a score she discards, in the next.

Rose grabbed the lead and is two points ahead of the Uruguayan. Moreira Fraschini has the better discard so may look to cover Rose in the final race. No matter what happens, the pair will fly out of China with a Youth Worlds medal.

Four points split Luciana Cardozo (ARG), Daisy Collingridge (GBR) and Annabelle Rennie-Younger (NZL) who are all fighting for the final podium spot.

In the Boy’s Laser Radial, Daniil Krutskikh (RUS) guaranteed himself a medal and has given himself every chance of that medal being gold after a race win and a 16th, which he discards.

Krutskikh is eight points clear of early leader Guido Gallinaro (ITA) and nine ahead of Maor Ben Hrosh (ISR).

Hrosh leaped up into bronze medal position after a fifth and a second and after racing commented, “It was a great day for me, my start was good and I also had a good second race, in the second upwind. It’s a very nice regatta. I think the conditions are great and the environment around me is good.”

Racing resumes at 11:00 local time with a single race for every fleet.

Nations will also be battling for good positions in their respective fleets as they aim to boost their points total in the fight for the Nations’ Trophy.

By Daniel Smith – World Sailing

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VOR 2017-18. Team AkzoNobel baja el ritmo por problemas en su mástil.


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Damage aboard team AkzoNobel forces slow down

Some damage to the mast track and mainsail have forced team AkzoNobel to slow down to assess a repair strategy…
December 14, 2017 12:02 UTC
Team Statement

Damage to the track that attaches the mainsail to the back edge of the mast on team AkzoNobel’s Volvo Ocean 65 race boat has forced the crew to slow the boat down as the sailors assess the problem and try to identify potential repair options.

The damage, which was reported to Volvo Ocean Race control by email from team AkzoNobel navigator Jules Salter (GBR) this morning, happened as the crew was in fourth place, gybing along the Antarctic Ice Exclusion Zone (AIEZ) in 35 knots of wind and big seas.

During one gybe from starboard to port the mainsail track on the mast was damaged in two places. The sailors were able to lower the mainsail and turn the boat away from the AIEZ and are continuing to race using the boat’s forward sails only.

There are no reports of any injuries on board as a result of the damage and the crew is liaising with Volvo Ocean Race’s race control staff and the team’s land based technical shore crew to establish what repair options are available to them.

Standby for further updates as we get them.

2017 Youth Sailing World Championships Sanya, día 3. En Laser Radial, la argentina Luciana Cardozo es tercera.


Dolores Moreira, la uruguaya es segunda en Laser Radial.

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For immediate release: Wednesday 13 December 2017
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Blows traded on a tense third day in Sanya

Leading competitors in the nine fleets at the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championships were trading blows in a tense third day of racing in Sanya, China.

Those in contention for medals were fighting for every inch across the four course areas to put themselves in a good position ahead of the penultimate day.

In another variable 6-14 knot breeze from the east, Charlotte Rose (USA) and Dolores Moreira Fraschini (URU) went toe to toe in the Girl’s Laser Radial and Israel’s Yoav Cohen had a back and forth battle with China’s Hao Chen in the Boy’s RS:X.

After another two Girl’s Laser Radial races, Rose and Fraschini have opened a 20-point advantage over Luciana Cardozo (ARG) at the front of the pack.

Summarising the day Fraschini said, “Today I had a first and a fourth and she [Rose] had a fourth and a first so the level is good and the competition is super high.

“We are doing our best and now we are first and second and we have to try and keep our performance consistent for the coming races.”

Fraschini knows what it takes to perform on the major international stage having won the 2016 Youth Worlds, competed at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and claimed a silver at the 2015 Pan American Games.

Rose sits on eight points with Fraschini following on 12 with three races to go and the Uruguayan feels confident that she can overhaul the American, “I have a better discard than her so maybe I can play with that in the next races.

“I have more Championships than Charlotte and I think that helps but once you are on the water, anything can happen. It all depends on who has the better strategy.”

The Uruguayan currently discards a ninth and the American, a 17th. If it’s close after Thursday’s racing it could all come down to the final race and potentially, some match racing but Fraschini is playing her cards close to her chest, “The plan right now is to keep sailing as I am doing and keeping calm because if I get nervous I start to think about the points and it won’t help. I am trying to enjoy it and then we’ll see what happens.”

Russia’s Daniil Krutskikh is sailing consistently at the front of the Boy’s Laser Radial fleet and as a result has moved into the overall lead. A fourth and an 11th was enough to remove Guido Gallinaro (ITA) from top spot. The Russian is two points clear of the Italian.

It was another mixed day for New Zealand’s Josh Armit. After a 1-14 on day one, another 1-14 on day two, he picked up a fourth and a 20th. Despite an inconsistent scoreline he moves into third overall, two points clear of South Africa’s Calvin Gibbs.

Between Israel’s Cohen and China’s Chen, they have won all but one Boy’s RS:X race. Cohen managed to secure two out of three wins on Wednesday and dislodged Chen at the front of the pack to lead by two points.

Despite a language barrier between Cohen and Chen, there is a mutual respect between the pair and the Israeli is loving the competition, “I have never raced with Hao Chen before. We have a respectful relationship on the water, although there is a big language barrier.

“The Chinese are really good and with light winds they can perform well which means every minute I have try my best to win. The Chinese RS:X sailors come to events once a year and it’s always a surprise to see someone good.

“It’s pretty close racing but it’s good because it’s making it harder for me and I learn a lot from that.”

Sil Hoekstra (NED) removed Spain’s Fernando Gonzalez de la Madrid Trueba from third spot after a strong day of the racing. The day’s remaining race win went to Italy’s Luca Di Tomassi.

In the Girl’s RS:X, 2016 champion Emma Wilson (GBR) put the pressure on overnight leader Giorgia Speciale (ITA) by beating her in every race. Wilson’s 2-2-1 was enough to see her one place ahead of Speciale in each race and the pair are now locked on 16 points. The Italian leads thanks to her three race wins but the pressure is on for the front runners.

China’s Ting Yu is five points off in third.

Lucas Claeyssens and Anne Vandenberghe (BEL) thrived in the lighter breeze on the first two days but as the stronger breeze came in, they were unable to replicate their early form.

A 12th, second and discarded 15th saw them drop to second. By their own admission, the Belgians are light wind specialists and recognise the strength of their rivals in stronger breeze.

Switzerland’s Max Wallenberg and Amanda Bjork-Anastassov capitalised and put three good results together to grab the lead by a single point over the Belgian team.

Slovenia’s Rok Verderber and Klemen Semelbauer moved from fourth to first in the Boy’s 29er. The Slovenians remained consistent recording a 7-1-7 and lead Finland’s Ville Korhonen and Robin Berner by a single point. Théo Revil and Gautier Guevel (FRA) remaining in contention in third.

New Zealand’s Seb Lardies and Scott Mckenzie won two of the day’s races but they sandwiched a 17th putting them in sixth overall.

Italy’s Margherita Porro and Sofia Leoni extended their lead by a significant margin in the Girl’s 29er. A 3-5-2 gives them a 26-point advantage over Ismene Usman and Svea Karsenbarg (NED). With three races on Thursday, the Italians could seal gold with a day to spare.

Meanwhile there is a tight battle going on for silver and bronze with ten points splitting teams from second to tenth.

Otto Henry and Rome Featherstone (AUS) surrendered their Boy’s 420 lead after a contrasting day to their previous two. They started the week well, recording a 4-2-2-1 scoreline but in Wednesday’s racing, a discarded 15th and a 13th saw them slip.

Israel’s Ido Bikik and Noam Homri pounced, winning the first race of the day and taking a third in the next. They now have a six point advantage over the Australians. America’s Thomas Rice and Trevor Bornarth (USA) are tied on 22 points with Henry and Featherstone.

American twin sisters Carmen and Emma Cowles were in fine form once again in the Girl’s 420 and added a pair of seconds to hold on to their overnight lead.

They are now 12 points ahead of France’s Violette Dorange and Camille Orion who claimed a race win and 16 points ahead of Italy’s Arianna Passamonti and Giulia Fava who took the day’s other victory.

Racing resumes on Thursday at 11:00 local time. A full day of racing will be held for all classes ahead of a single race on Friday that will close the event.

By Daniel Smith – World Sailing

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La clase IMOCA confirma el calendario 2018-2020 y anuncia un circuito global.


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Press release
Wednesday, 13rd december 2017

The IMOCA General Meeting has determined the direction the class will be going in until 2020

The IMOCA General Meeting was held last week in Paris in the framework of the Paris Boat Show (the Nautic). The 2018-2020 calendar was confirmed and a Global Series created. Antoine Mermod, the President of the class looks back at the major decisions taken at this General Meeting.

Did the IMOCA General Meeting have the full support of the members of the class?

Antoine Mermod : “Yes, it clearly did. All of the projects that are currently up and running were represented by the skippers, team managers or sponsors. In all, there were around 65 people. All of the members feel concerned by what is going on in the class. For us, it was interesting to organise a General Meeting in December, as that enables us to look back at the season that has just ended and to look forward to next year.”

The post of president and the board of the IMOCA class were decided at the previous General Meeting on 26th April. What have been the major changes in the way the class has been run since then?

“The main change is to try to get more people involved in thinking things over and taking decisions. The IMOCA is an association, so the goal is to bring everyone together. We set up a race committee bringing together skippers and race directors. The aim of this committee is to settle purely race matters concerning the qualifying rules for races, for example. It is important to discuss these matters beforehand. That relieves the board, who can instead work on other subjects.”

Création of the Globe Series

There was a lot of talk about the calendar during the last General Meeting. What are the main features going to be?

“We fully understand that the Vendée Globe is our most popular event for the public and media. To mark a certain continuity, we need to create more links between races to build things up as we move towards the pinnacle event. That is why we have decided to reorganise out championship, which will be renamed the Globe Series, with a system of points and weightings over a four-year period. Details will follow. The idea is to organise two big events each year bringing together large fleets, along with other events, called exhibition races. In 2018, the two big events will include a new race organised in Monaco in early June (the name of which will be revealed early next year), then there will be the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe in November. In 2019, there will be the Barcelona World Race and the Transat Jacques Vabre. Then in 2020, a Vendée Globe year, the skippers in the class will take part in The Transat and the New York-Vendée. It is not impossible that other races will be added to this calendar. But we have already put in place a solid backbone, as it is vital to come up with a top class calendar to attract sailors and sponsors.”

You mentioned the brand new event to be organised in Monaco. More generally, the Mediterranean will have a place of honour in the spring of 2018…

“Seeing we are talking about taking an IMOCA fleet down to the Mediterranean, we wanted to come up with a complete programme. After the Guyader Grand Prix in Douarnenez, we will be organising a solo race to Cascais (Portugal), which will be a qualifier for the Route du Rhum. After the event in Monaco where we are expecting between ten and fifteen boats, we will be proposing that the organisers of the Giraglia (between Saint Tropez and Genoa) allow the IMOCA class to register. In our opinion, it is vital to throw the spotlight on the Mediterranean coast, as it offers exceptional sailing conditions in the spring. On top of that, the Mediterranean is an interesting market for the IMOCA class and race projects are being set up there.”

How are things looking for the next Barcelona World Race, which will start on 12th January 2019?

“A press conference is taking place in Barcelona today to present the outline of the next race. The political situation is complicated in Barcelona and it is a huge challenge for the FNOB to organise such a race. But the latest news is looking good. Some teams are really interested and we hope that ten or so IMOCAs will be lining up together.”

2017 Youth Sailing World Championships Sanya, día 2.

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For immediate release: Tuesday 12 December 2017
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Young Belgians hold firm on second day in Sanya

Belgium’s 14-year-old Nacra 15 helm Lucas Claeyssens and crew Anne Vandenberghe continue to impress at the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championships in Sanya, China by holding on to the overall lead in the 18-boat fleet.

Claeyssens is one of the youngest competitors at the Youth Worlds, an event open to sailors under 19 or born after 31 December 1998, and is showing experience beyond his years, both on the water and when faced with a deluge of cameras and media requests.

The wind was up and down again in Sanya with cloud cover once again present across the racing area. An 8-12 knot breeze was present throughout the day with an increase when the sun broke through the clouds later on in the day.

Out of the 374 sailors from 60 nations racing across nine fleets in Sanya, only three are younger than Belgium’s Claeyssens.

The Belgian team got off to a flyer on day one, winning two races and finishing second in the other. They solidified their position on Tuesday with a seventh, which they discard, as well as a fifth and third. Sitting on 12 points, they are four clear of Australia’s Shannon Dalton and Jayden Dalton.

“Today was a weird day,” explained Claeyssens. “We were last at points and then first. We were a bit lucky but we were trying to have a look around but it’s about the way you sail.

Vandenberghe added, “We are currently happy as we’re still in first place. I think Australia are a really good team but it’s going to be hard to be first and then stay first but we are trying.”

Sanya 2017 is the first Youth Worlds appearance for the young Belgian sailors and they are loving every moment of it, “We’ve got to know so many people from all over the world,” expressed Claeyssens, “It’s great to see so many nations here.”

Vandenberghe continued, “The people here are great. There are so many people here to help us and we even get free pasta so it’s very nice.”

Seven races remain in the Nacra 15 and it’s fair to say the Belgium team won’t get too carried away with their early success. The day’s race wins in the Nacra 15 went to Switzerland’s Max Wallenberg and Amanda Bjork-Anastassov, who are third, the fourth placed Silas Mühle and Romy Mackenbrock (GER) and Canada’s Helen Horangic and Theodora Horangic.

American sisters Carmen and Emma Cowles put their first race disqualification on the opening day behind them in the Girl’s 420 to claim two wins and a second from the following races.

This sees them hold a seven-point lead over Great Britain’s Hatty Morsley and Pippa Cropley and Argentina’s Maria Clara Vignati Garona and Emiliana Lopez.

After racing the sisters commented, “It feels great. We’re trying to keep a clear head, continue going, take every day as the next and keep sailing hard. It’s a long regatta with a lot of opportunities.”

As for the biggest challenge they’ve faced, “Trying to get adjusted to the food. It’s very different to the USA.

“But we’re really proud to be here. It’s our first Youth Worlds and we’re just looking up and up to try and get better every day.”

Otto Henry and Rome Featherstone (AUS) lead in the Boy’s 420 after a second and a race win. They are four points clear of Thomas Rice and Trevor Bornarth (USA). Overnight leaders, Ido Bilik and Noam Homri (ISR) drop down to third after a ninth and discarded 15th.

Margherita Porro and Sofia Leoni (ITA) consolidated their lead in the Girl’s 29er after a blistering start that featured three consecutive victories. Two eights and a first ensures they are seven points clear of Zoya Novikova and Diana Sabirova (RUS).

“The event is very good and like I expected,” expressed Leoni, “It’s awesome. I always wanted to be part of this. It’s beautiful.”

Emilie Andersen and Maren Edland (NOR) hold the final podium place after the second day.

In the Boy’s 29er, Mathias Berthet and Alexander Franks-Penty (NOR) remain in the lead on 19 points. France’s Théo Revil and Gautier Guevel follow on 22 points and Finland’s Ville Korhonen and Robin Berner are on 24.

Italy’s Giorgia Speciale had the biggest smile of the day in the boat park after a great day of racing in the Girl’s RS:X. Speaking on World Sailing’s Instagram Stories in the boat park, Speciale gave followers insight into her day, “I’m very happy to be here and I’m happy about today’s races as I got a first, first and a first.”
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That perfect scoreline hands her a three-point lead over 2016 winner Emma Wilson (GBR) who sailed consistently at the front of the fleet. Overnight leader Ting Yu (CHN) dropped down to third following two fifths and a second.

China’s Hao Chen and Israel’s Yoav Cohen traded blows in the Boy’s RS:X to open an eight-point gap over the trailing sailors at the top of the fleet.

From three races, Chen won two and finished second in the other. Cohen took the remaining race victory and secured a second and a fifth, which he discards.

Chen holds a one point lead over Cohen with seven races remaining.

A battle for third is developing between Fernando Gonzalez de la Madrid Trueba (ESP), Luca Di Tomassi (ITA) and Sil Hoekstra (NED) with three points splitting them.

Charlotte Rose (USA) made it three wins out of four in the Girl’s Laser Radial to hold on to top spot. She finished 18th in the day’s other race but discards the result to lead Dolores Moreira Fraschini (URU) by four points.

Valeriya Lomatchenko (RUS) won the only race Rose has yet to seal and is 11th overall.

Overnight Boy’s Laser Radial leader Guido Gallinaro (ITA) will wear the gold leader bib for another day even though he had two mixed results. He opened the day with a 21st but bounced back with a win. He discarded the 21st and is three points clear of Russia’s Daniil Krutskikh who sailed consistently, recording a 6-4.

It was Groundhog Day for Josh Armit (NZL) who picked up another race win and another 14th place. He occupies third overall.

Racing is scheduled to resume at 11:00 local time on Wednesday 13 December.

By Daniel Smith – World Sailing

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VOR 2017-18. La flota se prepara para afrontar la primera gran tormenta de la regata.

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11 de diciembre de 2017
Tras un inicio furioso, la flota toma aliento antes de entrar en el infierno

Joan Vila advierte la llegada de una fuerte borrasca con vientos de 45 nudos a partir del jueves.

Después de pasar dos semanas en la costa en Ciudad del Cabo recuperándose de los rigores de la Etapa 2, las primeras 24 horas de la Etapa 3 han demostrado ser un claro recordatorio para las tripulaciones de cómo es la vida llevada al extremo.

Un auténtico palizón de ceñida con vientos de 40 nudos durante la primera noche de competición ha dejado extenuados a los competidores, que ahora están podiendo tomar algo de aliento a su paso por una zona de vientos suaves antes de adentrarse en su particular infierno líquido.

Joan Vila, navegante del MAPFRE, avisaba este lunes del panorama que les viene por delante. ” A corto plazo, esperamos que el viento alcance los 20 nudos, pero los partes nos dan un temporal con vientos de 40 a 45 nudos y olas grandes entre el jueves y el viernes. Ahí el objetivo principal será mantener el barco en una sola pieza “, relata.

Durante las próximas dos semanas, los 63 regatistas y siete reporteros a bordo que navegan en la flota de la Volvo Ocean Race se enfrentarán a algunas de las peores condiciones meteorológicas del mundo, ya que se dirigirán hacia el este a través del Océano Sur, el único océano en el mundo cuyos vientos nunca se ven interrumpidos por ninguna zona de tierra firme.

Es famoso por sus monstruosas olas y vientos aullantes, provocados por un sinfín de violentas depresiones que rodean el planeta sin restricciones de ningún tipo.

Temido y respetado en igual medida, el Océano Austral es también una parte intrínseca de la Volvo Ocean Race, y en la presente edición de 2017-18, la 13ª, recorre el triple de millas en el Océano Sur que las últimas ediciones, en un claro guiño a los pioneros del evento.

En el parte de posiciones de las 1300 UTC, el Sun Hung Kai / Scallywag encabezaba la clasificación debido a su posición un poco más al este, pero es posible que MAPFRE, Dongfeng Race Team y el team AkzoNobel estén mejor posicionados tácticamente para ir al sur más rápido.

Las velocidades en toda la flota habían descendido a alrededor de 10 nudos, ya que una zona de viento más flojo frenaba su bajada hacia el sur.

El patrón del Dongfeng, Charles Caudrelier, explicaba la jugada “Estamos tratando de dejar la alta presión en su extremo sur para atrapar la baja presión a continuación, pero estas condiciones siempre son difíciles. El viento es muy furtivo, muy ligero. Aunque tenemos suerte porque el sistema se está moviendo en la dirección opuesta a nosotros “.

Los vientos más suaves son un alivio para las tripulaciones después de un agotador primer día en la Etapa 3, lo que les permite chequear sus embarcaciones en busca de daños, secar el equipo empapado y prepararse mental y físicamente para lo que viene.

Una enorme borrasca se está desarrollando actualmente al oeste de la flota, y en unos pocos días engullirá a los equipos con vientos de hasta 60 nudos.

“Hay mucha exageración sobre lo que sucederá dentro de unos días”, dijo Bleddyn Mon, haciendo su debut con Turn the Tide on Plastic en esta etapa. “Todos estamos esperando que llegue. Estoy esperando un poco de viento y algunas olas grandes “.

Se espera que la flota tarde alrededor de 14 días en completarla Etapa 3, con una ETA (fecha estimada de llegada) entre el 24 y el 26 de diciembre.

Etapa 3 – Parte de posiciones – Lunes, 11 de diciembre (Día 2) – 13:00 UTC

Sun Hun Kai / Scallywag — distancia a la meta– 5,542.5 millas náuticas
team AkzoNobel +1.2
MAPFRE +2.5
Dongfeng Race Team +3.5
Team Brunel +4.0
Vestas 11th Hour Racing +6.4
Turn the Tide on Plastic +6.9

2017 Youth Sailing World Championships Sanya, día 1.


Fuente info World Sailing

For immediate release: Monday 11 December 2017
Issued on behalf of World Sailing

Signals of intent put down in Sanya

USA’s Charlotte Rose put out a strong signal of intent at the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championships in Sanya, China by dominating the day in the Girl’s Laser Radial.

Racing in the 40-boat fleet, Rose won both races, sending out a message to the defending champion Dolores Moreira Fraschini (URU) and 2017 Youth Radial World Champion, Hannah Anderssohn (GER).

Monday 11 December was the first day of competition for 374 of the world’s best youth sailors, from 60 nations, racing across nine classes on Chinese waters.

Grey skies and a variable 6-12 knot easterly breeze were present across the four racing areas and sailors were looking to get off to a steady start.

Rose did more than this, she controlled the fleet sealing two convincing victories. The American finished third to Moreira Fraschini and Anderssohn at the 2017 Youth Radial World Championships in Medemblik, the Netherlands in August and although she was anxious about the scale of the event, she remains calmly focused and competitive.

“The Youth Worlds is the top sailors in every country from around the world so that gets me a little nervous,” commented Rose. “These sailors qualified to be here and deserve to be here as much as I am. Just knowing that puts a little of pressure on.

“But I’m also not scared of them. They’re still a threat to me but I deserve to win as much as they do. As long as I work harder and smarter than them, I can beat them.”

Moreira Fraschini, a Rio 2016 Olympian and defending champion, kept in sight of Rose and posted a 3-2 to sit within three points. Annabelle Rennie-Younger (NZL) and Luciana Cardozo (ARG) are tied on 15 points in third.

Germany’s Anderssohn received a scoring penalty in the opening race and followed with a 12th. She is currently 30th overall but the discard comes into after the third race so she will have opportunities to spring up the leaderboard.

Italy’s Guido Gallinaro holds the early lead in the 51-boat Boy’s Laser Radial fleet after a second and a seventh from two races.

New Zealand’s Josh Armit won the opening race and after racing said, “It’s a tough competition and great to be sailing against all these great guys. The second race I didn’t have that great of a start and struggled from there to work back through the pack.”

Armit finished 12th in the second race and occupies fifth overall. Yoshihiro Suzuki (JPN) also took a race win and is in fourth.

Norway’s Mathias Berthet and Alexander Franks-Penty stole the show in the 30-boat Boy’s 29er fleet.

They won two races and finished third in the other and were full of smiles ashore after racing, “We were very nervous at the start because we didn’t have a good feeling in the practice day. I think we managed this pretty well today,” explained a modest Franks-Penty.

“We hit the good shifts and that was pretty important. Our starts were very clean and good.

“All in all, it’s been a perfect day for us, it couldn’t have gone any better.”

Sweden’s Kasper Nordenram and Linus Berglund and France’s Théo Revil and Gautier Guevel follow in second and third.

Margherita Porro and Sofia Leoni (ITA) were more impressive in the 20-boat Girl’s 29er fleet, winning every single race. Zoya Novikova and Diana Sabirova (RUS) followed behind in the first two races but dropped to 12th in the final race of the day. They discard the 12th and are two points off the Italians.

Maiwenn Jacquin and Enora Percheron (FRA) complete the podium but it is still the early stage of the regatta.

There was plenty for the Chinese fans to cheer about in the Boy’s and Girl’s RS:X with Chinese sailors firmly placed within the leading bunch after three races.

Ting Yu (CHN) leads defending champion Emma Wilson (GBR) by one point in the Girl’s RS:X fleet following two race wins and a third. Giorgia Speciale (ITA) and Yarden Isaak (ISR) are in contention in third and fourth.

Hao Chen (CHN) is one point off leading Israeli sailor Yoav Cohen following three races in the Boy’s RS:X. Alongside a third, Cohen picked up two race wins. Chen took the final race win of the day.

Fernando Gonzalez de la Madrid Trueba (ESP) occupies the final podium position.

In the Boy’s 420, Ido Bil and Noam Homri (ISR) lead the pack after a race win and a second. Australia’s Otto Henry and Rome Featherstone follow in second and USA’s Thomas Rice and Trevor Bornarth are third. In the Girl’s division, Israel’s Linoy Korn and Yael Steigman lead Carmen Cowles and Emma Cowles by two points.

Belgium’s Lucas Claeyssens and Anne Vandenberghe (BEL) were in firm control in the Nacra 15 winning two races and picking up a second in the other. The Youth Worlds is open to competitors under 19 which makes the young teams form even more impressive as Claeyssens is just 13-years-old.

Belgium holds the record for the youngest competitor at the Youth Worlds. At just 11-years-old, Henri Demesmaeker sailed at the 2012 edition in the multihull. He went on to make three further appearances and won bronze in 2016.

If Claeyssens and Vandenberghe continue their form, the young helm could become the youngest medallist at the event.

Racing is scheduled to resume at 11:00 local time on Tuesday 12 December.

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By Daniel Smith – World Sailing