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.

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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

Regata 2 Bahías Santander, Chile. Resultados finales.

Fuente info Esteban Gomez

Regata 2 Bahías Santander: Apolonia, Caleuche Cape Horn, campeones.

Con los triunfos de Apolonia en Soto40, Caleuche en IRC y Cape Horn en Crucero, finalizó la Regata 2 Bahías Santander, que se desarrolló en Recreo, correspondiente a la cuarta fecha del Nacional Oceánico Santander.

La fecha de clausura de la competencia, antesala de la Regata de Chiloé, reunió a 19 barcos de las clases Soto 40, IRC y Crucero.

El barco de Jaime Charad se quedó con el triunfo en Soto 40, tras cuatro regatas luego de alcanzar el segundo lugar en la única prueba disputada, con escaso viento en la bahía porteña, sumando 11 unidades. Escoltado en un apretadísimo margen por Santander de Jorge Araneda, que obtuvo el cuarto lugar en la última competencia con 11,3 puntos. Tercero Itaú de Dag Von Appen, ganador de la regata final con 13,5.

En IRC, en tanto (cinco regatas, un descarte), el título para Caleuche de la Escuela Naval con 5,5 unidades, seguido por Aura de Óscar Ormeño, 8 y Chispezza de Andrés Hasbún, 12. Mismos ganadores en la clase IRC Chile.

Y en Crucero, tres travesías disputadas, todos los honores para Cape Horn de Bernardo Emhart, 4 puntos. La plata para Capi Tata de Alejandro Denham, 5 respectivamente.

VOR 2017-18. Comienzo de la tercera etapa (primera con puntaje doble) de Ciudad del Cabo a Melbourne.




© Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

© Pedro Martinez/Volvo Ocean Race

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10 de diciembre de 2017

El MAPFRE también sale líder desde Ciudad del Cabo

Unas condiciones imponentes despiden a la flota de la Volvo Ocean Race en su camino hacia el temido Océano Sur, por donde navegarán hasta Melbourne en la etapa 3

La tercera etapa de la Volvo Ocean Race arrancó este domingo desde Ciudad del Cabo con unas condiciones esplendorosas para la flota del desafío por equipos más duro del mundo del deporte.

Un viento imponente con picos superiores a los 25 nudos despidio a los siete barcos, que tienen por delante un maratíon de 6.500 millas hasta Melbourne (Australia), donde está previsto que llegue en unos 16 días.

Las primeras millas que completó la flota a las faldas de la espectacular Table Mountain sudafricana fueron una nueva demostración del genial momento a todos los niveles que atraviesa el MAPFRE, actual líder de la competición.

El equipo español, tras salir a la estela del Dongfeng, acertó al apostar por el J0, la única vela que se estrena en la presente edición de la regata, y se situó en primera posición con una cómoda ventaja al enfilar el temido Océano Sur.

Antes de adentrarse en la batalla oceánica, Xabi Fernández, patrón del MAPFRE, admitía que la escala en Ciudad del Cabo les dio una oportunidad muy necesaria para recargar energías.”Después de la primera etapa larga (Lisboa a Ciudad del Cabo), siempre es importante estar al frente de la tabla”, dijo. “Estamos felices como equipo. Tuvimos una buena parada. El barco está en excelente estado y el equipo también, así que estamos listos para partir”.

Xabi destaca la importancia de esta Etapa 3. “Esta tercera etapa va a ser importante. Todas lo son, pero ésta quizás lo sea todavía más. Puntúa doble, por lo que puede empezar a haber ya diferencias en la flota, y por otro lado vamos al océano Sur, donde sabemos que las cosas se complican”, comenzaba explicando el patrón. “Es importante intentar mantener el equilibrio entre apretar mucho para intentar ganar la etapa y mantener también el barco de una pieza. Anteriormente en las etapas del Sur es donde ha habido un mayor porcentaje de problemas, así que no hay que quedarse atrás porque luego es muy difícil recuperar, pero también hay que tener cuidado”.

Además, lo que está en juego es aún más importante, ya que es la primera etapa con doble puntuación. El ganador de la Etapa 3 acumulará 15 puntos (7 x 2 = 14 más una bonificación de 1 punto).

El navegante Joan Vila, por su parte, reconocía que hay posibilidades de que el MAPFRE pase tanto la Nochebuena como la Navidad en plena regata. “No sabemos si pasaremos la Navidad en el océano. Según nuestros cálculos de ahora mismo parece que la etapa durará unos 15 o 16 días, así que podríamos llegar a Australia el día de Navidad si todo va bien o un día después”, afirmaba Vila.

Desde las filas del Vestas 11th Hour Racing, el navegante Simon Fisher prevé una etapa muy dura. “Vamos a tener un inicio muy completo, con las condiciones duras típicas del Océano Sur; va a ser una etapa intensa en general”.

“Podría haber mucho viento durante la primera semana, tendremos velocidades muy altas”, coincidía Charles Caudrelier, patrón del Dongfeng Race Team. “Creo que va a ser una etapa fantástica”.

La ruta de la Etapa 3 va a llevar a la flota hasta los Cuarenta Rugientes,la zona al sur del paralelo 40 donde las borrascas rodean la Antártida, sin encontrar ningún tipo de obstáculos en tierra. Las olas imponentes, los vientos muy poderosos y las temperaturas heladas son una característica diaria en esta parte del globo terráqueo.

“Debemos recordar que el invierno acaba de pasar en el hemisferio sur, por lo que el agua todavía está muy fría”, recuerda el veterano Bouwe Bekking, patrón del Team Brunel.

“Creo que lo más aterrador es que las borrascas siguen siendo fortísimas… la fuerza que tienen los vientos es enorme. Y, por supuesto, las temperaturas del agua -con suerte con los límites del hielo no veremos icebergs-, que está solo unos grados por encima del punto de congelación. Lo hemos experimentado en el pasado… Cuando hicimos esta etapa en los viejos tiempos, esta era la etapa en la que aparecían los mayores daños en la flota. Los barcos de hoy son más fuertes que antes, pero aún así las cosas pueden romperse”.

Star Sailors League Finals 2017. Triunfo de foto finish para Paul Goodison y Frithjof Kleen.


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Photo finish decides

With racing taking place in a balmy, near perfect 15 knots on Nassau’s Montagu Bay, the ‘take no prisoners’ shoot out on the last day of the Star Sailors League Final saw the fleet narrow to seven teams after the Quarter Finals and to four after the Semis. Finally this left the finals being contested by France’s Xavier Rohart/Pierre-Alexis Ponsot, Britain’s Paul Goodison sailing with German Frithjof Kleen, Brazil’s Robert Scheidt/Henry Boening and the USA’s Mark Mendelblatt/Brian Fatih, the latter crew having ‘fast tracked’ straight through after decisively winning the qualifiers yesterday.

In the final race, Mendelblatt/Fatih led off the line and all the boats heading out to the left. Goodison/Kleen benefitted on the right and coming into the weather mark just squeaked in ahead of the Americans. At the second top mark rounding the Anglo-German duo looked marginally more secure but with veins of breeze coming down the course, the outcome was still far from decided. On the final approach to the finish line, Scheidt/Boening closed, rolling in with more pressure and on some good waves as Goodison/Kleen looked slow. However at the very last moment Goodison/Kleen picked up speed to win by a metre. It was a suitable ending to this ultimate ‘champion of champions’ regatta, where the winners gets to walk away with US$ 40,000 of a US$ 200,000 total prize purse.

Goodison described the final seconds: “I was desperate to soak low to come into towards the pin end [of the finish line] and Frida [Frithjof Kleen] was going ‘YOU’RE GOING TOO SLOW, YOU’RE GOING TOO SLOW – COME UP!’. So there was a little panic. It was a little too close for comfort.” Kleen added: “It is always super hard to protect yourself from Robert Scheidt because he is the best downwind sailor in the world and he caught us up quite well…”

In fact the two time Moth World Champion and his burly Star veteran crewman had become experts at photo finishes having had a similar experience in the Semi-Finals. On that occasion they were in a must-win battle against Germans Philipp Buhl and Markus Koy: The winner progressing to the final, the loser eliminated. Winning that particular race within a race had been especially important for Kleen. “I was working hard to catch the Germans in the Semi-Final! You could see the difference between us – we were rolling more and that helped us,” he observed.

Despite losing the final, Robert Scheidt said it had been a great race. “A lot happened – position changes, tacking on each other, penalties – and then we had a photo finish. We managed to do a good gybe on the inside and we got a little bit more pressure so that when we converged, I thought at one stage that we had got those guys. But in the end I couldn’t go low because I was blocked by the race committee boat. They deserved it and for us to be part of that was really exciting.”

It was interesting to note that three of the four finalists were former Laser sailors who competed at Athens Olympics in 2004. On that occasion Scheidt claimed gold, Goodison was fourth and Mendleblatt seventh. Throughout the Qualifiers this week, Mendelblatt and Fatih had been the stand-out crew but perhaps suffered from coming into the Finals cold whereas the other teams had already warmed up in the quarter finals and semis.

Goodison was delighted by the outcome: “I am over the moon – I didn’t expect this at all.” Given today’s slightly breezier conditions, the smart money had been on the Star veterans, rather than a newbie to the class like him. “This morning we had a look at the trophy and I saw Bart’s name on it [the late Andrew Simpson, who won Star Gold in Beijing 2008 as part of the British Olympic team with Goodison] and Frida mentioned that the top crew got the Andrew Simpson Trophy. Somewhere up there I am sure Bart was smiling on us and making us hike a little bit harder. It is a great honour to race against these guys and I feel so happy to have won and I feel so grateful to have had Frida who has been my mentor, my pain in the ass, my everything for the last 10 days.”

And what will he do with his share of the prize money? “Well, I have a new Moth being built, but I think my family might get some better Christmas presents this year!” concluded the two time Moth World Champion, Laser Olympic gold medallist and now Star Sailors League champion.

Tonight’s celebration will continue at the Nassau Yacht Club with a Gala Dinner, where Dennis Conner will hand out the prizes to the athletes – who will be wearing their Star Sailors League official blazers, kindly supplied by Think Pink.

The 6th edition of the Star Sailors League Finals will take place once again in Nassau, the Bahamas, from December 3rd to 8th 2018.

VOR 2017-18. Cambio a última hora para Dongfeng Race Team, por lesión de columna queda en tierra Daryl Wislang.

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Dongfeng Race Team makes last minute crew change for Leg 3

The experienced short-handed French sailor Fabien Delahaye is an 11th hour inclusion in Dongfeng Race Team for Volvo Ocean Race leg 3 from Cape Town to Melbourne which starts today, following an injury to watch captain Daryl Wislang.

Delahaye, 33, from Lorient in France is a designated reserve sailor for Dongfeng Race Team and has been working with the campaign as Performance Analyst. His inclusion in the nine-strong male and female crew follows a back injury to Wislang early this morning at the house in Cape Town where he and his family were staying.

“It was earlier this morning that I got out of bed and did the usual routine, helping the kids out,” said a bitterly disappointed Wislang, who is also one of Dongfeng Race Team’s top drivers. “A small movement twisted my back and I went down on the ground and it seized up completely.”

The New Zealander, who won the Volvo Ocean Race in 2014-15 as part of the crew on board Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, was assessed by a physiotherapist who concluded that he had damaged a disc.

Following the assessment, skipper Charles Caudrelier and Team Director Bruno Dubois took the decision to call up Delahaye who will sail as trimmer on Dongfeng while Caudrelier will take over the role of watch captain alongside New Zealander Stu Bannatyne.

“The physio confirmed that it was a disc problem rather than a muscular problem and with this it is not worth the risk to sail on this leg,” said Wislang

“Obviously it is a hard decision and one that I didn’t want to take,” he continued, “so Bruno and Charles made the call that it was better for me to stay on land for this one and get back on board in Melbourne after the rehab.”

Caudrelier commented: “For sure this is not good news for us or for Daryl and we have lost one of our best drivers but the Volvo Ocean Race is a team job and for Fabien it was his dream to sail and this is his opportunity.

“It was not easy for him being back-up sailor because he may not have had the chance to sail but he is going to realise his dream now and he is a fantastic driver who is famous from the Solitaire du Figaro for his speed downwind. I am sure this is a great opportunity for him and the team will be strong.”

Delahaye was born in Rouen in France but now lives and works out of Lorient where Dongfeng Race Team is based. Among his career achievements was being named as French champion of offshore racing in 2011, a year when he finished second in the Figaro. He also won the Class 40 title in the Transat Jacques Vabre in 2013 alongside Sébastien Rogues.

“I am happy to join the team and do the leg but I’m really sad for Daryl,” said Delahaye who had just a few hours to prepare for the Southern Ocean. “I think it was the right decision as we need Daryl for the rest of the race and I will do my job as well as I can.”

The full crew for Leg 3
Charles Caudrelier (FRA) skipper; Pascal Bidégorry (FRA) navigator, Stu Bannatyne (NZL) watch captain; Fabien Delahaye (FRA) trimmer; Jack Bouttell (GBR/AUS) bowman; Kevin Escoffier (FRA) bowman; Marie Riou (FRA) trimmer; Carolijn Brouwer (NED) trimmer; Lue Liu/Black (CHN) pitman.

Regata 2 Bahías Santander, Chile. Triple colisión en la Clase Soto 40.


© Benja Sans

Fuente info Esteban Gomez

Apolonia en Soto40; Caleuche en IRC y Cape Horn en Crucero comandan la Regata 2 BahíasSantander

De dulce y agraz resultó la segunda jornada de la Regata 2 BahíasSantander. Dulce para la flota IRC que logró finalizar los tres barlovento-sotavente en la bahía de Recreo, luego de un comienzo vacilante, tras tres horas y fracción de espera se pudo dar la largada a los 19 barcos participantes. La competencia se caracterizó por el viento de 17 nudos del surweste y por los cinco protestos presentados.

No tuvieron la misma suerte los Soto40, que solo pudieron cumplir dos regatas de las tres programadas, producto de una colisión que afectó a Itaú de dag Von Appen, Santander de Jorge Araneda y Estampa Delviento de Miguel González, los tres barcos tuvieron que abandonar la segunda regata. Así las cosas, luego de tres regatas, lidera Apolonia de Jaime Charad, 9 puntos, seguido por Itaú de Dag Von Appen y Mitsubishi de Horacio Pavez, con 12,5 puntos. Cuarto, Santander de Jorge Araneda, con 14

En IRC, tras cuatro regatas, Caleuche de Escuela Naval comanda la competencia, escoltado por Aura de Óscar Ormeño y Chispezza de Andrés Hasbún .

En Crucero,en tanto, Cape Horn de Bernardo Emhart sigue puntero, un punto más más atrás Capi Tata de Alejandro Denham.

Mañana, finaliza al competencia con las últimas regatas para Soto40, IRC y Crucero.

SSL Finals 2017, día 4. Seleccionados los diez mejores para la fase final.


Fuente info SSL

SSL Finals 2017
December 4th – 9th
Nassau, Bahamas

Bruni squeaks through to gain last Quarterfinals berth

After three more races today on Nassau’s Montagu Bay, the full 11 Qualifier races of the Star Sailors League Final were completed to determine which ten of the 25 teams would progress through to tomorrow’s final rounds, when the US$ 200,000 prize pot will be distributed.

There was upset in the first race when another of the Star newbies won, beating the old hands of the former Olympic keelboat class. British Nacra 17 World Champion Ben Saxton, sailing with former Star World Champion Steve Mitchell, managed to hang on to their lead after winning the pin at the start and then fending off a persistent challenge from overall leaders the USA’s Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih.

“We were one boat length ahead for the whole race,” said Saxton. “On the second beat we only crossed ahead of Mark and Brian by two metres – it was awesomely close racing. Then on the last run we had the Poles, Paul Goodison and Mark/Brian alongside of us and it could have gone any way. It was a pretty big celebration when we finished.”

Italian Star veterans Diego Negri and Sergio Lambertenghi claimed the second race, their first bullet of the Qualifiers. But significant to the points tally was four teams being called OCS. This start line error would ultimately contribute to Brazil’s Lars Grael/Samuel Goncalves and London 2012 Olympic gold medallist Freddie Lööf and Bruno Prada from making it past the Qualifiers.

After race two it was time for the teams to get their calculators out, to determine who would make it into the all-important top ten and would continuing and the 15 teams heading home. At this point 10th place was held by Italians Francesco Bruni/Nando Colaninno with France’s Xavier Rohart/Pierre-Alexis Ponsot seven points ahead of them, while a further five teams were all still in with a good chance, up to nine points behind. These included Lööf/Prada and Norwegian reigning Star World Champion, Eivind Melleby/Joshua Revkin.

The day had got off badly for Bruni/Colaninno, in the sixth when they got out of bed, but dropping to 10th going into the final race. “We couldn’t get our head around the shifts and we are not very fast downwind,” admitted Bruni, adding that with too many boats to cover they just had to sail their best. “On the final run we knew that Lööf was behind and Lars [Grael] wasn’t in the top three, so it would be pretty close between us and the Norwegians.” Finally on the last run it came together: “We just pushed hard and finally we had one good downwind where we passed four boats.” Melleby/Revkin’s sixth place to their eighth was enough and Bruni/Colaninno were able to hang on to tenth securing their place in tomorrow’s racing, albeit tied on points with Saxton/Mitchell. “We are very happy,” said a beaming Bruni.

The day became a British double win with Laser gold medallist and two time Moth World Champion Paul Goodison, sailing with German Star veteran Frithjof Kleen, claiming the final Qualifier race. This left them in fifth place overall.

Coming out on top is the class act of the 2017 Star Sailors League Finals – Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih. The American defending champions posted a 4-2-4 making them top scoring boat of the day and leaving them 19 points clear of early leaders Brazilian Olympic veteran Robert Scheidt and Henry Boening. Having won the Qualifiers Mendelblatt/Fatih are fast-tracked straight through to the Finals while Scheidt-Boening bypass the Quarter Finals and move directly to the Semi-Finals.

The remaining eight boats, from third placed Negri/Lambertenghi down, will compete in the single Quarter Finals race tomorrow, starting at 1100. Five then go through to join Scheidt/Boening in the Semi Finals. The top three from this join Mendelblatt/Fatih in the Finals, the winner of which will be crowned the 2017 Star Sailors League champion.

1 – Mark Mendelblatt/Brian Fatih — Straight to Finals

2 – Robert Scheidt/Henry Boening — bypass to Semi-Finals

3 – Diego Negri/Sergio Lambertenghi

4 – Paul Cayard/Phil Trinter

5 – Paul Goodison/Frithjof Kleen

6 – Xavier Rohart/Pierre-Alexis Ponsot

7 – Philipp Buhl/Markus Koy

8 – Mateusz Kusznierewicz

9 – Ben Saxton/Steve Mitchell

10 – Francesco Bruni/Nando Colaninno