Las aguas de Menorca desafían a las 52 SUPER SERIES en su estreno
Los once barcos amarrados en el Club Marítimo de Mahón prometen regatas muy igualadas en el campo de regatas más abierto de la temporada
MAHÓN. (20 de mayo de 2019) – Menorca abre mañana el telón de la octava temporada de 52 SUPER SERIES. La más igualada de la historia. Tras un invierno llenó de actividad en los astilleros y en los despachos llega el momento de la verdad, de ver dónde realmente esta cada uno de los proyectos. Once barcos compiten en aguas de la isla balear por ser el campeón del mejor circuito de regatas para monocascos del mundo.
Once barcos tan parejos que nadie se atreve a realizar un pronóstico de candidatos a la victoria. Y mucho menos en Mahón. El primer campo de regatas de la temporada es el más abierto al que se van a enfrentar los equipos esta temporada. Las aguas y el cielo de esta isla son capaces de dar un día 20 nudos de viento y olas de tres a cuatro metros y al siguiente mar plana y ligera brisa. Un campo que va a permitir a los equipos buscar estrategias arriesgadas para recuperar posiciones. La labor de los tácticos va a ser fundamental en su trabajo de olfatear el mejor sitio por el que navegar.
La regata de entrenamiento no fue lo que todos los barcos esperaban tras dos días anteriores de entrenamientos con vientos de hasta 20 nudos. La falta de viento y los roles que hubo durante los dos primeros tramos hicieron que algunos de los veleros abandonaran la prueba antes de la finalización. El primero que entró en meta fue el Gladiator que en Menorca lleva a la caña al ex de Provezza el inglés Andy Beadsworth y en el que el propietario Tony Langley hace ahora las veces de táctico.
Previo a la regata de entrenamiento de hoy se realizó en el Club Marítimo de Mahón la rueda de prensa de presentación del evento. En el acto participaron Antonio Hernández, presidente del Club; Maite Salord, vicepresidenta del Consell Insular de Menorca; Héctor Pons, concejal del Ayuntamiento de Mahón y Agustín Zulueta, director general de 52 SUPER SERIES.
Antonio Hernández comentó:
“Queremos agradecer a las 52 SUPER SERIES la confianza que han depositado con nosotros al venir a competir aquí por tercer año y esperamos que no sea el último. Es un gran orgullo ofrecer diferentes eventos náuticos, pero este tiene un gran nivel porque es de lo mejor que hay en todo mundo en lo que se refiere a las regatas”.
Maite Salord manifestó:
“Este es un evento muy importante para la isla que encaja con nuestra política de promoción turísticas buscando la desestacionalización y también con la diversificación de productos turísticos. El hecho de mostrar a Menorca como un lugar de actividades deportivas de primer nivel nos abre una vía para que la gente vea que se puede venir aquí para realizar actividad deportiva”.
Héctor Pons, dijo:
“Para el Ayuntamiento es una suerte inmensa el hecho de poder aprovechar lo que tenemos que es el mar. Hay que pensar que Mahón tiene un potencial importantísimo y debemos aprovecharlo para darlo a conocer gracias a un evento como las 52 SUPER SERIES que es como la Fórmula 1 de la náutica y que deja unas imágenes espectaculares”.
Agustín Zulueta sostuvo:
“Hay que poner en valor el gran esfuerzo de Menorca por dar a conocer la isla y su proyecto turístico que se está consolidando año a año. Las instituciones de Menorca y las 52 SUPER SERIES tenemos un binomio importante tanto a escala de competición como en el compromiso que tenemos todos en defensa de la sostenibilidad. Menorca es un referente al ser desde hace 25 años reserva de la Biosfera y nosotros siempre, desde nuestra creación como circuito en 2012, hemos estado muy comprometidos con la defensa del medio ambiente. Es el primer evento de la temporada y todo el mundo de la náutica está mirando a Menorca para ver qué novedades se aplican en esta competición que es un referente en cuanto a desarrollo de nuevas tecnologías aplicadas a la navegación”.
Para mañana se espera dar a partir de las 13 horas dos salidas de pruebas de barlovento sotavento. Será el inicio de la temporada con un pronóstico muy abierto. Las pruebas se pueden seguir en nuestra web www.52superseries.com en realidad virtual con comentarios en directo.
Alberto Barovier, project manager del Bronenosec, explica sobre el nuevo barco de la flota:
“Obviamente esperamos hacer los mejores resultados posibles. Tenemos las herramientas correctas que debe tener un equipo profesional para intentar hacerlo bien. Sime Fantella va a ser el caña en Menorca y es un plus que tenemos en esta regata porque es un medalla de oro olímpica y es uno de los mejores regatistas del mundo. Las expectativas son altas para nosotros. Vladimir y yo tenemos una gran relación y los dos pensamos que hay que hacer lo mejor para el equipo. Estamos convencidos de que el equipo va a dar el 150% para hacer los mejores resultaos posibles. El barco nuevo es fantástico. Estamos muy contentos con la velocidad del barco y vemos que cada vez es más rápido y sabemos que va a tener aún un margen de mejora”.
Nacho Postigo, navegante del Provezza, explica:
“La temporada que arranca con todos los barcos dando un salto adelante con cambios y refuerzos en las tripulaciones, cambios en los barcos con nuevas quillas, timones y bulbos y muchas optimizaciones. Y un entrenamiento multitudinario en Valencia y casi todos también en Palmavela y está todo tan igualado que un pequeño error te cuesta cinco puestos. Como siempre dentro de la igualdad democrática hay un trio que sobresale y Quantum, Azzurra y Platoon siguen siendo los barcos fuertes, pero vi muy bien a Sled en Palmavela. Bronenosec es un barco nuevo con buena tripulación. Todo el mundo con el cuchillo bien afilado. Por lo que respecta a Provezza en Valencia navegamos bien y estuvimos cómodos. En Palma acabamos atrás pero un par de buenos momentos buenos que tuvimos nos hace pensar que ir mal no fue cosa del barco sino errores nuestros. Estamos con buenas perspectivas. Los cambios en la popa tienen que llevarnos a comunicarnos mejor y eso es algo que se va a ir refinando toda la temporada. Va a ser un proceso largo. Menorca es espectacular porque es el campo de regatas más abierto en el que navegamos. Es muy difícil que la segunda ceñida pague igual que la primera. Pone mucha responsabilidad en las decisiones tácticas. Es tan abierto que una mala salida no es determinante. Siempre, si sabes seguir leyendo bien el campo de regatas, puedes recuperarte. La temporada promete porque vamos a un montón de sitios nuevos y sitios que conocemos pero que vamos fuera de la época que vamos habitualmente. Un año muy desafiante porque hay situaciones nuevas que leer por las novedades y por los cambios de fechas. Va a ser una temporada de 52 SUPER SERIES que va a ser con más viento del habitual. Aquí, Puerto Sherry, Cascáis y Porto Cervo en septiembre van a ser regatas con buen viento, más de lo que estamos habituados”.
Equipos participantes en Mahón
Alegre – Andy Soriano (USA/GBR), 2018 Botin
Azzurra – Roemmers Family (ARG/ITA), 2018 Botin
Bronenosec – Vladimir Liubomirov (RUS), 2019 Botin
Gladiator – Tony Langley (GBR), 2017 Botin
Phoenix 11 – Hasso/Tina Plattner (RSA), 2018 Botin
Phoenix 12 – Hasso/Tina Plattner (RSA), 2014 Botin
Platoon – Harm Müller-Spreer (GER), 2018 Judel/Vrolijk
Provezza – Ergin Imre (TUR), 2018 Judel/Vrolijk
Quantum Racing – Doug DeVos (USA), 2018 Botin
Sled – Takashi Okura (USA), 2018 Botin
Team Vision Future – Jean Jacques Chaubard (FRA), 2015 Botin
copyright Bermudes 1000 Race
El ganador, Sébastien Simon / Arkéa-Paprec
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What we have learnt from the Bermudes 1000 Race
There is still one competitor still at sea in the second edition of the Bermudes 1000 Race, the Belgian skipper, Denis Van Weynbergh, who is expected to finish on Thursday afternoon in Brest. The race was won on Friday by Sébastien Simon (in 7 days, 17 hours and 34 minutes) ahead of Yannick Bestaven and Giancarlo Pedote. This 2000-mile race which is on the IMOCA Globe Series calendar with a weighting of two, was very instructive for the 17 solo sailors competing, none of whom were forced to retire. We look back at the major lessons from this race, which took the skippers from Douarnenez to Brest via the Fastnet Rock and a virtual mark off the Azores.
Light airs, strong winds… conditions that were tactical at times and tough at others with transition zones, periods when they had to search hard to find the slightest puff of air, while at others they were drenched with water out on deck… The 2000 miles of the Bermudes 1000 Race were certainly extremely varied, which allowed the 17 competitors to learn a lot about solo sailing, and that was particularly the case for the six sailors, who were discovering what that is like aboard an IMOCA for the first time.
The favourites lived up to expectations
Sébastien Simon, who was one of the rookies gave a strong impression, leading the race from start to finish and finishing first in Brest more than three hours ahead of his nearest rivals. “It wasn’t all perfect, but in any case, we found the right trajectories,” commented Sébastien at the finish. “I did lose control a few times and I used up a lot of energy. It was a great experience. I’m not afraid of carrying out manoeuvres or trying to be a bit ambitious. This was my first and last race sailing solo on this boat. I think now I deserve my brand new IMOCA!”
Behind him, the battle was on for the other places on the podium, but the favourites were there. After more than a week of racing, the four skippers chasing Sébastien Simon completed the course with just six minutes between them. A nail-biting finish, which pleased Yannick Bestaven, who came second: “It was an incredible finish. Last night, there were lights everywhere and boats moving in from every direction. I was pulling my hair out! It was a pity we lost sight of Seb Simon, who quickly made his getaway. Behind him, however, we really had to fight it out.” Giancarlo Pedote took the remaining place on the podium, 2 minutes and 37 seconds ahead of Sam Davies. For a long time, Boris Herrmann looked like making it to the podium, but something hit his boat 24 hours from the finish damaging his hull and leading to an ingress of water. It was therefore at slow speed that the German skipper completed the course in sixth place. These racers took advantage of all their hard work during the preparation, having sailed a lot before the start of the Bermudes 1000 Race. Sam Davies was the exception, as she relaunched her IMOCA late, after her new foils were fitted. But the British sailor made up for that with the wealth of experience that she had already acquired.
Maxime Sorel and Clément Giraud: the two surprises in the race
Maxime Sorel and Clément Giraud both newcomers to the IMOCA class, performed exceptionally well. Finishing fifth, just 4 minutes off the podium, Maxime held out against the best foilers in his IMOCA with straight daggerboards. “I settled in quietly. Gradually, I put my foot down on the pedal. I soon found myself trying to compete. At the end, I even thought I might get third place. In any case, I never imagined I’d finish in the first five, so that is a nice surprise,” declared Maxime. As for Clément, he finished in a fine eighth place and felt at one with his IMOCA: “Whether in light airs or in stronger conditions, she behaves well. We have covered 7000 miles together in two and a half months, which is quite a lot, and I’m starting to appreciate when I’m pushing her too hard. It’s great to finish feeling in harmony with the boat.”
Everyone in their own battle
Apart from the incredible fight for those ranked between second and fifth place, there were tight battles throughout the fleet with the gaps down to a few minutes for some. Fabrice Amedeo (7th) finished two minutes ahead of Clément Giraud (8th). The two sailors were neck and neck when they rounded the Fastnet. The duel between Arnaud Boissières (9e) and Stéphane Le Diraison (10e) finished with just 35 minutes between them, while Damien Seguin (11th) finished just eleven minutes ahead of Manuel Cousin (12th). Damien Seguin’s climb up his mast after damage to his mainsail will remain one of the lasting memories of this race.
100 % of the competitors at the finish?
Out of the seventeen competitors that set sail, none have retired. Apart from the skippers already mentioned, three women and one other man have also completed the demanding Bermudes 1000 Race: Miranda Merron (13th), Alexia Barrier (14th), Pip Hare (15th) and Ari Huusela (16th). Having been very unlucky with the weather, Belgian skipper, Denis Van Weynbergh has been struggling in light winds since rounding the Azores waypoint. Based on the latest routing, he is expected to finish in Brest on Thursday. If he does manage to finish, all of the competitors will have completed the race. Things are looking very positive for the IMOCA class in terms of reliability, as all of those registered for the 2017 Transat Jacques Vabre (13/13) completed that race and that was also the case for the Monaco Globe Series in 2018 (9/9), while 75 % made it all the way in the 2018 Route du Rhum (15/20), in spite of some very tricky weather conditions.
Major changes in the Globe Series rankings
Winner of the 2018 Route du Rhum, Paul Meilhat remains at the top of the Globe Series, even though he did not take part in the Bermudes 1000 Race. But Boris Herrmann is now just four points behind him. Consistency is important, as Stéphane Le Diraison (5th in the Monaco Globe Series, 8th in the Route du Rhum and 10th in the Bermudes 1000 Race) is in third place in the provisional rankings in the championship. We can see too that Damien Seguin (5th) and Fabrice Amedeo (6th) have leapt up the rankings, which remain close, as there are only 14 points between third-placed Stéphane Le Diraison and tenth-placed Alan Roura. The next event in the Globe Series will be the Rolex Fastnet Race, which starts on 3rd August. Twenty-five double-handed IMOCA crews are due to compete in this event.
Rankings in the Bermudes 1000 Race:
1. Sébastien Simon (Arkéa Paprec) in 7 days 17 hrs 34 mins
2. Yannick Bestaven (Maître CoQ) 3 hrs 13 mins and 20 secs after the winner
3. Giancarlo Pedote (Prysmian Group) 3 hrs 15 mins and 45 secs after the winner
4. Samantha Davies (Initiatives Cœur) 3 hrs 18 mins and 22 secs after the winner
5. Maxime Sorel (VandB-Sailing Together) 3 hrs 19 mins and 45 secs after the winner’
6. Boris Herrmann (Malizia-Yacht Club de Monaco) 3 hrs 54 mins and 15 secs after the winner
7. Fabrice Amedeo (Newrest-Art & Fenêtres) 7 hrs 29 mins and 9 secs after the winner
8. Clément Giraud (Envol by Fortil) 7 hrs 31 mins and 36 secs after the winner
9. Arnaud Boissières (La Mie Câline-Artipôle) 8 hrs 38 mins and 49 secs after the winner
10. Stéphane Le Diraison (Time For Oceans) 9 hrs 13 mins and 11 secs after the winner
11. Damien Seguin (Groupe Apicil) 14 hrs 48 mins after the winner
12. Manuel Cousin (Groupe Sétin) 14 hrs 59 mins and 37 secs after the winner
13. Miranda Merron (Campagne de France) 1 day 5 hrs 31 mins and 47 secs after the winner
14. Alexia Barrier (4myplanet) 1 day 10 hrs 19 mins and 24 secs after the winner
15. Pip Hare (Superbigou) 1 day 22 hrs 13 mins and 48 secs after the winner
16. Ari Huusela (Ariel 2) 2 days 9 hrs 32 mins and 32 secs after the winner
17. Denis Van Weynbergh (Eyesea.be), still racing
The top 10 in the Globe Series:
1. Paul Meilhat : 98 points
2. Boris Herrmann : 94 points
3. Stéphane Le Diraison : 78 points
4. Yann Eliès : 76 points
5. Damien Seguin : 74 points
6. Fabrice Amedeo : 72 points
7. Alex Thomson : 72 points
8. Vincent Riou : 68 points
9. Arnaud Boissières : 66 points
10. Alan Roura : 64 points
Facundo Olezza y un magistral cuarto puesto, promesa de medalla para Tokio 2020.
Giles Scott, campeón europeo por tercera vez.
Mi amigo Joan Cardona, campeón europeo sub 23. Felicitaciones a la distancia.
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Giles Scott and Joan Cardona secure European titles, while USA and Greece secure Tokyo 2020 qualification
May 18, 2019 email@example.com
Giles Scott secured his third European Finn title in Athens today after holding off world champion Zsombor Berecz, from Hungary, on the final day of the Finn Open European Championship. Andy Maloney, from New Zealand, took second overall, while Berecz took third and European Silver. Fifth placed Nicholas Heiner, from the Netherlands, took the European bronze medal while Joan Cardona, from Spain, won the U23 European title.
It was the day of reckoning in Athens, with two European titles to decide and two places at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Despite the forecasts of wind in the morning, the sun beat down on a calm Saronic Gulf for most of the day. The cut-off for the warning signal for the Final Race was 15.00 and at 14.30, with signs of wind further offshore, the race team moved position and set a course with a start at 14.55.
Inevitably this was a general recall, which was quickly turned around with a new warning signal at 14.57, with just three minutes left. This start got away cleanly, with a left shift soon after the start.
After losing his Olympic trials on Friday, Pieter-Jan Postma, from The Netherlands, wanted to go out on a high, in his last race in the class, and, judging the port layline perfectly rounded in first and led all the way to claim the race victory, a fitting end to 14 years campaigning the Finn. It was a beautiful and poignant moment when he crossed the line, way ahead of the fleet, a supreme talent in the Finn class and one of the most popular sailors in the fleet.
Behind him the battle for the two places in Tokyo was heating up. Johanes Pettersson, from Sweden sailed a great race to cross in second, while 2016 Rio bronze medalist, Caleb Paine, crossed in third to secure a place for the USA in Tokyo.
Nils Theuninck crossed in ninth thinking he had secured a place for Switzerland in Tokyo but the elation turned to heartbreak when he was later disqualified after a mark rounding incident at the first windward mark. This meant that Ioannis Mitakis, who finished just behind in 12th, took the fourth place available here in Tokyo, for Greece.
So USA and Greece join Brazil and Norway as the four nations that qualified for Tokyo 2020 decided this week. Six more places are available from the continental qualifiers starting with the World Cup in Enoshima in August.
Paine said, “It was a challenging day with the points really close. We had nothing to gain and everything to lose. Fortunately I started in a good spot and it shifted in my direction.”
On the regatta, “I struggled on the first beats in this event. I couldn’t really catch a break but across the rest of the course definitely had good speed. Improving on that first best strategy is definitely something to work on.”
Now USA has qualified for Tokyo, “It’s nice to finally get the ball rolling in the right direction.”
For Mitakis, the relief at qualifying came after the jury decisions on Theuninck.
“I am really happy qualifying Greece, It was a big goal and nice to happen now so I have plenty of time to prepare myself, or whoever will go, as we have not had the national trials yet.”
“I am proud to qualify my country in Greece. It was hard because the wind was not what we expected and not what we are used to and also there was a bit more pressure for everyone as everyone wanted to qualify in Greece.”
The medal race started soon after with the possibility of a match race among the front-runners. Maloney escaped to the right soon after the start, which left Scott locked in combat with Berecz. Scott slowed him and inflicted some match racing moves and a penalty to drag them both to the back of the fleet. Berecz had to beat Scott by eight places to take the title, but the title was as good as Scott’s from the first mark as they rounded some way behind the fleet.
At the front, Maloney took advantage of this and was soon in the lead to take the race win from Facundo Olezza, from Argentina and Alican Kaynar, from Turkey. Kaynar made a great move at the end to move into third, but it wasn’t enough to take the Europeans bronze away from Heiner.
Scott said, “It wasn’t really the plan, but the medal race entailed me and Zsombor going at it a little bit, in a bit of match race which was good fun. Fortunately I managed to get the better of him after the first cross.”
“Zsombor was the only guy that could beat me, so I felt I had to go and be aggressive. It’s never nice sailing someone out of a position they had fought hard to be in but you have to work hard to protect your own position.”
But still friends afterwards. “Absolutely. The fleet is great like that. I like to think we are all good sportsmen and respect each other well, and I’ve also got a lot of respect for the week that Zsombor and Andy have put together. They are very deserving of the medals they got.”
On winning his third European title “It’s a great place to be. Winning a third title is amazing, but ultimately it’s all about what is happening in 18 months time. Every event and every training is trying to build towards that, so this is one little step along that journey to Tokyo.”
“It’s great to come here and great to win but always a lot of work to do.”
In the U23 European Championship, Joan Cardona took the title after sailing an excellent week and finished as top Spanish sailor, and just two places short of securing a Tokyo place. Second place went to Henry Wetherell, from Britain with Theuninck dropping to third.
It has been a fantastic European Championship in Athens, with great hospitality from everyone. Many of the sailors had been here training through the winter and in the weeks before the championship. The welcome from the Hellenic Sailing Federation and the local people has been amazing, and the sailing base at the Athens International Sailing Center is a perfect location for running a major regatta. It surely has a great future as a major regatta venue.
You can watch all the live converge again and follow the tracking through YouTube and SailRacer. All the links are on the event website 2019.finneuropeans.org.
Final results (medal race in brackets)
1 GBR 41 Giles SCOTT 48 (10)
2 NZL 61 Andy MALONEY 52 (1)
3 HUN 40 Zsombor BERECZ 61 (9)
4 ARG 48 Facundo OLEZZA 84 (2)
5 NED 89 Nicholas HEINER 97 (8)
6 TUR 21 Alican KAYNAR 98 (3)
7 BRA 109 Jorge ZARIF 111 (4)
8 NZL 24 Josh JUNIOR 111 (6)
9 NOR 1 Anders PEDERSEN 112 (5)
10 GBR 11 Edward WRIGHT 114 (7)
ROBERT SCHEIDT AND HENRY BOENING’S DOWNWIND PACE SEALS VICTORY BY SECONDS
The Brazilian pairing had been the dominant force for much of the week at the Star Sailors League Breeze Grand Slam and European Championship, but they did not have it all their own way
It was an incredibly tense final race at the end of a thrilling, and at times, heart stopping finals day in Riva del Garda, Italy. Victory came for the Brazilian in the last few meters of the last leg of the last race. “I was so tired at the end that [Henry] had to tell me that we had won I didn’t know we had. I was seeing black already, my heart rate was up that much,” explained an exhausted but elated Scheidt at the end of the day.
“We are really happy. It was a long week and after we were over the line in the week, it was quite tense from then on. Henry did great, he did a super job all through the week and he kept saying to me that we can still win and that gives you a lot of confidence.”
There is little that has not already been said about Scheidt’s mastery downwind, but when it mattered most today, in the closing stages, he was in another league turning a 30m deficit into victory through sheer skill and determination, it would not be hyperbole to call his performance sheer poetry.
It was an early start and a long day out on the water for some, with a single final qualifying race at 08:30 followed by two knockout races before the winner-takes-all final. Racing was once again held in the Peler wind, running from north to south down the lake and, as in the previous day, the cooler air funneling down two valleys created some significant shifts, particularly at the top end of the course where the breeze softened and the shifts increased in both size and frequency.
The qualifying series, quarter final, and semi final could scarcely have delivered a more mouthwatering final. Of those who made it through from the qualifying series, it was early showers for Eric Doyle (USA) and Payson Infelise (USA), Fredrik Lööf (SWE) and Brian Fatih (USA), and Hubert Merkelbach (GER) and Markus Koy (GER). They were soon followed home by Roberto Benamati (ITA) and Alberto Ambrosini, and Eivind Melleby (NOR) and Joshua Revkin (USA) and Diego Negri (ITA) with Frithjof Kleen (GER).
This left four teams who had been standout performers all week and it was hard to call who might walk away with the title. Of: Scheidt and Boening; Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL) and Frederico Melo (POR); Paul Cayard (USA) and Arthur Lopes (BRA); and Xavier Rohart (FRA) and Pierre Alexis Ponsot (FRA).
Rohart and Ponsot in particular had found incredible form at the tail end of the event, winning the final race of the penultimate day, then the first race this morning, before picking up another win and a second in the knockout stages.
It was Kusznierewicz and Melo, however, who finished qualifying in top spot, earning a free pass to the four-boat final. They may well wonder whether this was a blessing or a curse as they appeared to struggle to get fired up in their single final race and never really challenged for the win.
For his part Cayard, celebrating his 60th birthday out on the rainy Lake Garda, was also looking solid and his unparalled tactical skill was coming into its own as the fleet sizes reduced. “To win this, you will need a perfect start, be fast and then it will come down to some metres here or there at some point,” he predicted ahead of the start.
The American sailor, so revered here in Italy for skippering the Italian Il Moro di Venezia to Louis Vuitton Cup success back in 1992, barely put a foot wrong early on and led for the first lap of the final race. However, a split in the fleet saw Rohart and Scheidt, on the right of the second beat, sail past. By the final windward mark the French led Scheidt by a distance, with Cayard and Kusznierewicz further back still.
“We’ve tried really hard in the last few days to develop our downwind skills,” explained Rohart after racing. “And we said on that last upwind ‘okay, right we need to make a big gap here to prevent him coming back’, but Robert is such a specialist it was always going to be tough.”
With lighter winds and limited waves, Scheidt’s downwind speed advantage appeared reduced in the semi final, even with free pumping allowed and it was easy to believe the French had done enough by the final windward mark to take victory. What followed was a nail-biting race to the finish with Scheidt clawing in metres on the French team using all his skill to finally overhaul them right at the line. In winning, the Brazilian pairing claim the SSL Breeze Grand Slam title, European Championship title, and the biggest stake of the $100,000 prize purse. No doubt Scheidt will return to his home here in Garda a very tired, but happy man.
Despite a variable forecast and unusually wet weather, the first ever combined Star Sailor’s League Grand Slam Breeze and European Championship has been an outstanding success. Among the 92 boats competing where some of the finest sailors you will find anywhere in the world, but also taking part where any number of amateurs and weekend sailors going up against their heroes.
Most of the fleet will gather again in less than a month’s time in Porto Cervo, Italy, for the 2019 Star World Championship, where a fair amount of SSL Ranking points will be at stake and the World title, and then, the top 10 ranked with up to 15 VIPs will attend the SSL Finals 2019 in Nassau, The Bahamas, from December 2nd to the 7th.
1 BRA Robert Scheidt Henry Boening
2 FRA Xavier Rohart Pierre-Alexis Ponsot
3 USA Paul Cayard Arthur Lopes
4 POL Mateusz Kusznierewicz Frederico Melo
5 ITA Diego Negri Frithjof Kleen
6 NOR Eivind Melleby Joshua Revkin
7 ITA Roberto Benamati Alberto Ambrosini
8 GER Hubert Merkelbach Markus Koy
9 SWE Fredrik Lööf Brian Fatih
10 USA Eric Doyle Payson Infelise
49erFX: Brazil win, but Dutch survive pressure to win ticket to Tokyo
Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze won the Open European Championships, the Olympic Champions from Brazil in a different class this week in Weymouth. The greater interest for the Medal Race was which of the chasing pack would succeed in taking the silver and bronze. There were six teams in contention for the minor medals, but the team that needed to climb on to the podium more than any other were the reigning World Champions from the Netherlands, Annemieke Bekkering and Annette Duetz. On the back foot after their Dutch rivals won the previous regatta in Italy, the Hempel World Cup event in Genoa, Bekkering and Duetz need to pull out all their experience and ability to withstand pressure as they lined up on the Medal Race start line.
The Dutch won the pin end of the line and cruised off towards the left-hand side in the soft, 6 knot breezes. They reached the windward mark in first place and looked set for a straightforward win until they were beaten to the final windward mark by the Norwegian crew, Helene Næss and Marie Rønningen. The Norwegians held the lead on the last downwind leg and crossed the finish line ahead, sufficient to give the 2018 European Champions the bronze medal. The Dutch held their nerve to cross the line in second place, making them the European Champions (excluding the Brazilians) and earning them a place at next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. Grinning from ear to ear, Bekkering and Duetz hugged each other in relief at their double victory.
Alex Maloney and Molly Meech of New Zealand finished fourth, one place ahead of the big discovery of the regatta, the 2018 Junior World Champions from Sweden who have flourished at senior level in all conditions this week. Vilma Bobeck and Malin Tengstrom were really fast in the strong wind but getting better by the race in the light winds.
The 49erFX fleet have enjoyed all kinds of sea state and wind conditions that has been a true all-round test, one that will linger long in the memory of Bekkering and Duetz in particular.
Saxton and Bonniface ride light air role to pole position
With 6 boats all within 12 points of the gold medal, this Nacra 17 medal race was always going to be a difficult one to predict and a big battle on the water for all teams involved.
One postponed start meant the nerves and anticipation from all the sailors was rising whilst the wind swung from a steady South Westerly 5-6kts to a very shifty and patchy Northerly 4-6kt breeze. After an hour waiting around on the water the 10 boat medal race fleet finally got underway in some very light and difficult conditions.
Staying true to form in the light winds over the last few days it was Ben Saxton and Nikki Boniface who dominated the race from start to finish, coming off the middle of the line and managing to use their boat speed to control most of the fleet around them – everyone seemed keen on the left hand side of the track. A commanding lead at the top mark and keeping their cool throughout 3 Paris 2024 Equipment voted in:
Our leaders going into the day Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti (ITA) seemed to falter in their start, struggling to get off the line and being very heavily punished for a slow tack out in these light airs. Never managing to recover and coming in 9th meant it was up to the rest of the medal contenders to pounce – and pounce they did. John Gimson/Anna Burnett (GBR) headed intot he day in 3rd spot and with a 3rd place in the medal race pulled up into silver medal position over all. A fantastic result for this pair who have made significant strides this winter training down in South America with the current Olympic Champions Santi Lange/Cecilia Carranza (ARG).
The battle for bronze was a hard fought fight from Denmark’s Lin Cenholt and CP Lubeck battling past a couple of boats around the race course to take 4th in the race and sneak just in front of Tita/Banti for 3rd place over all.
An incredible weeks racing and a fantastic job by all the sailors here this week. Toughing it out through every type of wind condition from big wind and waves at the start of the week; to much lighter, flatter conditions towards the end. A real all round venue here at Weymouth and Portland and a great event put on by the club, sponsors and volunteers – Thank you all!
The Kiwis do their work while Brits battle
The final day of the 2019 Volvo European Championships began with one final Gold fleet race for the 49er Men, their 20th race of the week! After a short postponement, the fleet was off in a light Southwesterly in the inner harbour. GBR’s Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell, who’d moved up into 2nd on the penultimate day of racing, clearly wanted the pin and the left-hand side, (Catch the move here) and were rewarded for their local knowledge with a top spot at the top mark. The other two podium teams, NZL’s Burling/Tuke and ESP’s Botin/Marra were well deep at the top mark, with plenty of work to do to catch up during the race to stay in medal contention.
Back in the pack, the kiwis were able to do their work, climbing steadily throughout the race from a deep 22nd(which would have put Fletcher/Bithell into the overall lead), all the way back to 9th by the finish line, staying on top of the overall podium. Fletcher/Bithell won the race to maintain second overall, while last year’s World Championship bronze medallists, Germany’s Fisher/Graf, snagged a second second place in a row for the gold fleet racing, but it wasn’t enough to move them into the medal race, showing just how tight and close the racing this week has been.
A 5th place in this race for the other Brits Peters/Sterritt moved them into bronze position overall, as the Spaniards weren’t able to recover past 17th, and had to eat their previous throwout. The battle was then set for a final medal race showdown between these four teams: the kiwis in the lead, followed by the two Brits and the Spanish.As the last in the lineup for the medal races for the day though, it was not to be. They were sent out at 4pm after the FX and Nacra medal races, but the breeze died to nothing and ultimately, the scores from the morning remained. 2016 Gold Medallists, NZL’s Pete Burling/Blair Tuke, shortly upon return to the class have thus won the 49er European championship and the Open European title, with GBR’s Fletcher/Bithell chomping at their heels in second place and the first Europeans, and Peters/Sterritt coming away with bronze. The home country should be happy with their teams’ performance, and the battle is set for a good fight to see who wins British 49er Olympic selection.
Nacra 17 Top 5 – Full Results
1 GBR Ben Saxton, Nicola Boniface 61
2 GBR John Gimson, Anna Burnett 67
3 DEN Lin Cenholt, CP Lubeck 71
4 ITA Ruggero Tita, Caterina Banti 73
5 ARG Mateo Majdalani, Eugenia Bosco 76
49erFX Top 5 – Full Results
1 BRA Martine Grael, Kahena Kunze 76
2 NED Annemiek Bekkering, Annette Duetz 79
3 NOR Helene Næss, Marie Rønningen 83
4 NZL Alex Maloney, Molly Meech 90
5 SWE Vilma Bobeck, Malin Tengstrom 93
49er Top 5 – Full Results
1 NZL Peter Burling, Blair Tuke 72
2 GBR Dylan Fletcher, Stu Bithell 81
3 GBR James Peters, Fynn Sterritt 94
4 ESP Diego Botin, Iago Marra 97
5 GER Eric Heil, Thomas Ploessel 123
VILLALIA SPRING SERIES J70
- Los primeros de la jornada del domingo: “La Guardia & Moreira” y “Mercado Bonaerges”
- Los tres barcos orensanos en el top ten: “Abril Verde” (2º), “Bosch Service Solutions” (9º) y “Abril Rojo” (10º)
- Los barcos del Mediterráneo: “Patakín” (Mallorca) 5º, “Let it be” (Valencia) 8º, “Tenaz” (Barcelona) 13º
- El mejor de los J70 del norte gallego “Mercado Bonaerges” de Malalo Bermúdez de Castro quedó cuarto
- Final de las Villalia Spring Series con podio formado por “Noticia”, “LaGuardia&Moreira” y “Abril Verde”
“NOTICIA” DE TORCIDA-TABARES VENCEDOR DE LAS VILLALIA SPRING SERIES DE J70
“Noticia VIII” del Real Club Marítimo de Santander con Pichu Torcida y Rayco Tabares se proclamó este domingo en aguas de la ría de Vigo, vencedor absoluto de las Villalia Spring Series de J70, tras lograr unos registros espléndidos en el cuarto acto en el que también se impuso. La plata era para el “LaGuardia&Moreira” que patronéo Gonzalo Araújo y el bronce para el patrón orensano Luis Pérez Canal, que estuvo magnífico en las últimas mangas, hasta el punto que con su “Abril Verde” lograba vencer al patrón lucense en el acto de cierre, siendo solamente superado por el J70 cántabro-canario. Las Villalia las ha organizado la Flota nº1 de J70 de España, con el apoyo del Real Club Náutico de Vigo.
La jornada dominical solamente contaba con dos pruebas en el programa, que se pudieron realizar a pesar de las dificultades de viento, que comenzó del nordeste para rolar prácticamente ciento ochenta grados y ser en la segunda prueba del noroeste. La primera manga era para Gonzalo Araújo, que en la segunda hacía un segundo… que pese a estas magníficas puntuaciones era superado en el acto cuarto por “Abril Verde”, pero que le valían para asegurar la plata en la general absoluta tras las 28 mangas celebradas.
La otra victoria caía del lado de la flota coruñesa, pues Malalo Bermúdez de Castro se imponía tras haber hecho un cuarto en la primera manga. “Mercado Boanerges” consolidaba su cuarto puesto en la general final. Hay que hacer constar que el “Noticia” del Real Club Marítimo de Santander, el domingo hizo sexto y quinto, conocedor de que tenía asegurada la primera plaza del acto de cierre y la general. Pichu Torcida y Rayco Tabares en las nueve pruebas celebradas entre el viernes y el domingo, lograba: dos primeros, cuatro segundos, un tercero, un quinto y un sexto.
Quien no lograba aguantar su privilegiado cuarto lugar del sábado, era el “Sogacsa” de Páramo y Pablo Iglesias, al hacer octavo y noveno el domingo. Por el contrario el “Pazo de Cea” con Ramón Ojea a la caña hacía un segundo (su mejor puntuación del cuarto acto) y un sexto, y se metía con autoridad en el top ten final. Del que formaban parte, amén de los citados “Patakín” de Mallorca, “Let it be-Loewe” de Denia, “Bosch Service Solutions” de la promesa orensana Alejandro Pérez Canal y del veterano Jorge Pérez Canal con “Abril Rojo”.
Participaron también en este Selectivo para el Equipo Nacional de España en el Mundial 2019, “Enersys” de Guillermo Alonso, “Marnatura 1” de Luis Bugallo, “Marnatura 2” de José Luis Freire, “Tenaz” de Pablo Garriga, “Gextiom Group” de Laureano Wizner, “Oliver Design” de Eduardo Iglesias, “Valmy Atlántica” de Alberto Figueira, “Noticia VI” de Alberto Garcíay “Marolete” de Fran Edreira.
La ceremonia de clausura se celebraba a pie de pantalán solamente concluir las pruebas, que contaba con la presencia del Secretario de Deportes del ejecutivo gallego José Ramón Lete, el teniente alcalde vigués Carlos López Font, así como Julio Besada director general de Villalia y el presidente del Náutico de Vigo Rafael Tapias.
VILLALIA SPRING SERIES J70
ACTO 4 – CLASIF.FINAL
1, NOTICIA VIII (Torcida-Tabares)(RCM Santander) 18 puntos
2, ABRIL VERDE (Luis Pérez Canal)(RCN Vigo) 23
3, LAGUARDIA&MOREIRA (Gonzalo Araújo)(RCN Vigo) 25,
4, MERCADO BOANERGES (Malalo Bermúdez)(CNR Ares), 39
5, PATAKIN (Luis Albert Solana)(CM Mallorca), 44
6, SOGACSA (Paramo-Iglesias)(RCN Vigo), 48
7, PAZO DE CEA (Ojea-Cominges)(CM Canido), 54
8, LET IT BE-LOEWE (Juan Calvo Boronat)(RCN Denia), 60
9, BOSCH SERVICE SOLUTIONS (Alejandro Pérez Canal)(RCN Vigo), 60
10, ABRIL ROJO (Jorge Pérez Canal)(RCN Vigo), 64
CLASIFICACION GENERAL FINAL
1º Noticia VIII, 2º LaGuardia&Moreira, 3º Abril Verde, 4º Mercado Boanerges, 5º Patakín, 6º Gextiom Group, 7º Let it be-Loewe, 8º Pazo de Cea, 9º Sogacsa, 10º Abril Rojo, 11º Marnatura 1, 12º Bosch Service Solutions, 13º Enersys, 14º Marnatura 2, 15º Oliver Design, 16º Valmy Atlántica, 17º Marolete, 18º Tenaz, 19º Noticia VI
Fuente info 49er & Nacra 17 Sailing Nacra 17: Tightening up at the Top
A light and tricky final day of fleet racing has mixed up the Nacra 17 leader board and made it an out and out battle for the top spots going into the medal race. Only 12 points separate the top 6 boats meaning anyone of them could come away with the win, but equally come away missing the podium altogether.
An incredible late surge from Ben Saxton and Nicola Boniface (GBR), clearly loving the lighter winds at the tail end of this week’s competition, have brought them into contention for the medals having been hanging outside all week. They scored a 1,2 today winning the day and putting leapfrogging themselves into second, only 4 points behind the leaders Ruggero Tita and Catarina Banti (ITA), who struggled a little today in the really light conditions scoring a 23, 11 but still doing enough to stay at the top.
Further down the pack with a brilliant final day of a 4,5 and just scraping into the medal race in 10th is Olympic gold and silver medallist Nathan Outteridge, sailing with his sister Haylee Outteridge (AUS). Fairly new to the Nacra 17 fleet but clearly getting to grips with the boat quickly – we wouldn’t expect anything less from this pair. But they’ll need to start ramping things up quickly with a tough battle on their hands to qualify themselves for Tokyo 2020 as their rival, Australian team mates and Rio Olympic silver medallists, Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin – not here this week due to an injury for Jason – have managed to win the last 3 Nacra regattas they’ve sailed in, showing incredible form and consistency.
With the points so tight at the top, it’s going to be a nail biting medal race for the top 10 in the Nacra fleet. With Olympic Test Event spots up for grabs, a European title on the line and many teams wanting to stamp their authority on the fleet as we begin to look towards the final year to the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Tomorrow’s medal race will surely be a key indicator as to which of the 6 top teams can keep their nerve and perform under huge pressure when it really matters.
49erFX: Scandinavians deliver while leaders falter
On the penultimate day of gold fleet racing, after a brief postponement the 49erFX gold were up first in the harbour course, to battle in the light winds for positioning going into the medal race. It was a day for the Scandinavians to shine, with the Danes having led from the left to round in 1st and 3rd at the top mark and the Swedes in 2nd and 4th. The young Swedes dropped back to third by the finish, while the Poles moved through the fleet to second, and the Danish team of Schütt/Nielsby were able to stay on top and take the win. The top five from the overall leaderboard in the morning were all super-deep in the race, with most sailing their throwout in the first race.
Race 2 say the other Danes learn from their team mates and their own fourth position in race 1, to replicate the pin end and left side favour to round at the top mark in first and run away with the win. The young Swedes Bobeck/Tengstrom were again in the fight, finishing third while the Finnish climbed through the race up to 2nd place. Again many of the top boats were deep in the fleet, which allowed the Swedes to jump up from 6th in the morning to third overall heading into the medal race.
Regatta leaders, the Brazilians Grael and Kunze, followed their 11th in race one with a 21st in race two, but still lead overall by 19 points. Behind them the Dutch Bekkering/Duetz also had their worst day with a 23, 11 but still sit second overall. For them, it is all to play for tomorrow to stay top 3 overall, which they need to do if they’re to win the Olympic spot for the Netherlands qualification system, since their NED competitors are now out of the running for the medal race. The young Swedes, Bobeck and Tengström, have really proven they are a force to be reckoned with and rising stars in the fleet, nailing the light airs today as well as the breeze earlier this week to sit only 6 points back in third overall, but tied with the Norwegians on points. The Kiwis had a difficult day to drop to 5th, but still in the hunt for the medals along with Denmark’s Nielsen/Olsen, who won the day with their 4,1.
It was a huge day of shuffling on the scoreboard, and Sunday will be a contentious battle among all the fleets, particularly for the crowning of the ‘European’ Champions. Make sure in the 49erFX to keep an eye on NED’s Bekkering/Duetz battle for their Olympic spot, and on the rising young gun Swedes for whether they can perform when the pressure is really on.
49ers: Kiwis are mortal, but still hard to beat
The legendary New Zealanders, Pete Burling and Blair Tuke, displayed some chink of mortality in the last race of the day by finishing 19th. However, their other scores of 3,6 put them in a strong position going into the final day of 49er European Championship on Sunday. The reigning Olympic Champions hold a 17-point advantage with just one more gold fleet race scheduled on Sunday morning before the 10-boat Medal Race.
The south-westerly breeze was very light out in Weymouth Bay, with the sailors bending their knees for the first time this week, in what has been a predominantly windy regatta. Diego Botin and Iago Lopez Marra have been chasing the Kiwis hard all week, but looked out of sorts today. After a solid start to Saturday with a 6th place, the smiling Spaniards could only manage 15th and 16th in the next two heats. Dylan Fletcher and Stu Bithell had a somewhat lacklustre outing with 7,12,14, yet the British team have moved ahead of the Spanish to hold second place overall by a single point.
Another British crew, James Peter and Fynn Sterritt, were able to close the gap on the top three thanks in particular to a runaway victory in the second race of the afternoon. The Rio Olympic bronze medallists Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel must have dreamed of being able to move into podium contention after winning the first race of the day but could only follow up with two scores in the 20s, which leaves them in 6th overall, just one point behind their team mates and training partners, Justus Schmidt and Max Boeme.
Best performers of the day were Will and Sam Phillips who might have surprised even themselves with such a strong scoreline of 11,3,1. The Aussie brothers absolutely owned the final race as they sailed away to a victory of more than 200 metres. While they’ve always been strong in the strong winds, including some storming performances earlier this week out in the big waves, today the Southern Cross siblings proved they’re no one-trick ponies and are world-class contenders in the lighter breezes too.
Nacra 17 Top 5 – Full Results
1 ITA Ruggero Tita, Caterina Banti 55
2 GBR Ben Saxton, Nicola Boniface 59
3 GBR John Gimson, Anna Burnett 61
4 DEN Lin Cenholt, CP Lubeck 63
5 ARG Mateo Majdalani, Eugenia Bosco 64
49erFX Top 5 – Full Results
1 BRA Martine Grael, Kahena Kunze 56
2 NED Annemiek Bekkering, Annette Duetz 75
3 SWE Vilma Bobeck, Malin Tengstrom 81
4 NOR Helene Næss, Marie Rønningen 81
5 NZL Alex Maloney, Molly Meech 84
49er Top 5 – Full Results
1 NZL Peter Burling, Blair Tuke 63
2 GBR Dylan Fletcher, Stu Bithell 80
3 ESP Diego Botin, Iago Marra 81
4 GBR James Peters, Fynn Sterritt 89
5 GER Justus Schmidt, Max Boeme 112