Campeonato Fragata Libertad de Soto 33, día 1. Allegro lidera en Mar del Plata.

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Con la participación de siete barcos dio inicio hoy el Campeonato “Fragata Libertad “de Soto 33, fecha válida del Circuito Nacional de la máxima clase del Yachting. El Allegro, timoneado por Martín Ramos se impuso en las dos regatas disputadas al sudeste de la escollera Sur. Mañana correrán en el mismo sector, mientras que lunes y martes lo harán frente a Cabo Corrientes

Allegro, es timoneado por Martín Ramos y son sus tripulantes: Felipe Tombeur, Facundo De Achaval, Nicolás Grociani, Diego Dumais, Guillermo Arrondo y Cristian Frers.

Campeador, es timoneado por Martín Jenkins y son sus tripulantes: Domingo Contessi, Gabriel Marino, Alejandro Capizzano, Juan Ignacio Barrio, Tomás Rasilla y Rodrigo Benvenuto

Cinque, es timoneado por Francisco Haymes Biedma y son sus tripulantes: Jordan Rivas, Miguel Saubidet, Juan Grimaldi, Federico Caballero, Luis Couyet y Diego Longstaff.

Chino , es timoneado por Sergio Armesto y son sus tripulantes: Juan Benitez, Fernando Retegui, Mariano Rigodi, Diego Zavaleta, Sebastián Peri Brusa y Francisco Van Avermate.

XE, es timoneado por Fernando Landini y son sus tripulantes: Nicolás Sperman, Jerónimo Sperman, Nicolás Mirano, Patricio Guillan, Manuel Schmidt y Enrique Mieller

Repuestos, es timoneado por Augusto Basanetti y son sus tripulantes: Marcelo Fernández Zeni, Germán Panei, Ignacio Giamonna, Guido Giamonna, Leopoldo Van Avermaete y Guillermo Ullo.

Gaucho, es timoneado por Diego Codiroli y son sus tripulantes: Juan Manuel Salvatierra, Leandro Barreda, Adrián Criscione, Mauro Casetta, Javier Sposito, Alejandro Rocca y Johann Frezza.

Posiciones 1er día

1) Allegro 2) Cinque 3) Repuestos 4) Campeador y 5) Chino

Sudamericano de Laser Standard y 4.7. Alsogaray y Ginaid, líderes parciales.

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Alsogaray sigue en la cima

En la única regata que se pudo disputar en el día de hoy, el segundo del Campeonato Centro Sudamericano ILCA 2017, Julio Alsogaray obtuvo un segundo puesto y se mantiene en lo más alto de Standard, situación que también pudo lograr quedarse en la punta, a pesar de un décimo puesto, pero ahora comparte ese lugar con el sampedrino Iván Luppi

Las clasificaciones quedaron de la siguiente manera

Standard: 1) Julio Alsogaray (YCA) 2) Francisco Guaragna Rigonat (YCA-CNJ) 3) Agustín Vidal (YCC) 4) Tomás Pellejero ( YCR) 5) Ignacio Rodríguez (YCU)
Resultados completos click acá

4.7: 1) Odile Ginaid (ICES, Brasil) – Iván Luppi (CNSP) 3) Luis Pedro Carrero (YCPE) 4) Elizeu Silva ( Itaipú-Pana Di Nina) 5) Francisco de Marco (CVR)
Resultados completos click acá

Vendée Globe 2016-17. Heroica llegada del neocelandes Conrad Colman.

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Conrad Colman shares his thoughts
Friday 24 February 2017, 18h37

After finishing 16th in the Vendee Globe, crossing the finish line under the jury rig which had carried him the final 720 miles of his race since he was dismasted, Conrad Colman was greeted by a hero’s welcome into Les Sables d’Olone. The first New Zealander to complete the race sailing the first boat to use only natural energy, no fossil fuels, Colman shared his thoughts and memories of the race fluently in both French and his native English. Here are the some of the highlights of his pontoon arrival, his public reception and his press conference.

“I’m thankful that I had so many difficulties. Several times a problem with the pilot. Then, there was the fire. That normally would be a highlight in terms of problems, but as it is, that was almost nothing. So it was a progression of things, which allowed me not to be crushed when the mast came down, so now I’m stronger.”
“I feel like I have moved mountains to achieve what I did. I did the very best with what I had. You don’t win the race at sea. You lose it at sea. You win the race during the preparation, but my time to prepare was very short.”

“The wind gods are a fickle bunch. I got smacked several times. When I couldn’t escape from the big storm, I had sixty knots.”

“Mentally, it’s easier to sail with a jury rig, because when you have all the sails up, you are crazy. You go for it in the race. But with a small sail, you can relax. I spent time adjusting it, but there isn’t much you can do.”

“It’s harder sailing solo, especially mentally. There’s no one there to support you. I kept telling myself, there’s always a solution and I will find it. There’s a dialogue going on in your head all the time. I ended up talking to myself, so I’m not sure if it’s healthy. You have to find confidence. While remaining humble. You need to find the force within, rather than from outside.”

“Natural energy? It’s an extension of everything I have said. We can do it if we want to. I think it is impossible to sail three times around the world and see the natural environment without being affected. I think we need to change the way we live our lives. It has to come from politics, from industry and I’m a little afraid that there isn’t the political will, so I think what may drive this change is motivated individuals. That is why I wanted to grasp this opportunity. We can still do what we want and use the technology we want. I was handicapped by not being able to use all my solar panels. We have to diversify production and it’s the same thing on a boat.”

“Writing? It’s central for several reasons. I came into this sport as a fan. I was trying to figure what to do with my life. I really appreciated the stories, seeing Vincent Riou win in 2004. That was truly inspirational and led me to believe I could do the same. The lifestyle I lead is very interesting, technologically, the people I meet, the life I lead, and I feel that it’s almost an obligation to share that with those that don’t have the same chance as I do. I enjoy writing and enjoy the idea that I’m sharing that with others.”

“I’d like to give this race the respect it deserves. It’s not something you can throw together over a few months. That means more time preparing.”

(Involvement with charity for families who have suffered stillborn births)
“I know what it is like in families where something is missing. I lost my father when I was just a baby. My brother committed suicide two years ago. I thought a lot about that. And this was another motivation in my race.”

SAIL in Festival llega de nuevo a Bilbao.

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Alex Pella estará presente con toda la tripulación del IDEC.

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Bilbao se convertirá de nuevo en el epicentro mundial de la vela con la celebración de la cuarta edición del SAIL in Festival

- El Festival arranca el jueves 2 de marzo a las 19:30h con la presencia de la tripulación del IDEC Sports, incluyendo a Alex Pella, que vienen de pulverizar el récord de Vuelta al Mundo a vela en el Trofeo Julio Verne.
- Habrá una mirada especial a la participación de las mujeres en las grandes regatas oceánicas, con la presencia de leyendas como Tracy Edwards
- El ecléctico canadiense Mike Birch, leyenda viva de la vela, será el homenajeado de esta edición en la sesión de homenaje que tendrá lugar el sábado 4 de marzo por la tarde.
- Una sesión solidaria el domingo 5 de marzo dedicada a la crisis de refugiados en el Mediterráneo, y es que, como amantes del mar, no podemos ser ajenos a este drama.
- Vela en todas sus variantes, tanto competición y como aventura, a través de cine, exposiciones y coloquios.

SAIL in Festival llega de nuevo a Bilbao tras fondear en otros puertos como Madrid donde recientemente se presento esta cuarta edición y donde se proyectaron algunas de las mejores películas que se han proyectado en Bilbao en las tres ediciones anteriores del festival.

Y es que Bilbao vuelve a convertirse los días 2, 3, 4 y 5 de marzo en el punto de encuentro a nivel mundial entre amantes de la vela y los principales protagonistas internacionales de este sector.

¿El motivo? La IV edición del SAIL in Festival, un festival de cultura de vela que promueve y difunde el arte de navegar, con el deseo de emocionar, educar, inspirar y conectar personas a través de los fuertes valores que transmite esta manera de navegar: esfuerzo, superación, trabajo en equipo, convivencia con la naturaleza, libertad, aventura, etc.

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International Maxi Association, calendario temporada 2017.

© ROLEX / Carlo Borlenghi

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New 2017 events make for a full International Maxi Association calendar

International Maxi Association press release issued on 24th February 2017

Another busy year lies ahead for the International Maxi Association, the body which for more than 30 years has represented the interests of maxi boat owners from around the world. The 2017 calendar, open to owners of all maxi boats (ie 60+ft LOA), features two new events in the Mediterranean; a four race championship running through the season; another record turn-out for September’s Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup; the year concluding with a special running of the RORC Transatlantic Race.

The season kicks off with two IMA-endorsed events in the Caribbean. The RORC Caribbean 600 took place this week with Hap Fauth’s Maxi 72 and 2015 winner Bella Mente successfully fending off George Sakellaris’ Proteus, winner in 2016. Meanwhile George David’s Rambler 88 claimed monohull line honours for a third time. Rambler and the Maxi 72s now move on to Les Voiles de St Barths in April.

In early May, Maxi racing will fire up in the Mediterranean at Sail Racing PalmaVela, an event originally set up in 2003 just for Maxi yachts. As usual there were will be a strong turnout of IMA boats led by President Thomas Bscher and his Wally 107 Open Season, racing in the highly competitive Wally Yachts fleet: Last year among 11 boats, Jean-Charles Decaux’s Wally 77 J One won by a mere point ahead of Philippe Ligier’s Wally 80 Ryokan 2.

It will also be the first full fleet line-up for the Maxi 72s, where all eyes will be on the latest boat, Dario Ferrari’s Cannonball, the first Maxi 72 design from Botin Partners. Her crew will feature many who previously raced on the Maxi 72 Robertissima.

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Vendée Globe 2016-17. Romain Attanasio con Famille Mary-Etamine du Lys, terminan en el puesto 15º.

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Romain Attanasio takes 15th place
Friday 24 February 2017, 11h10

French skipper Romain Attanasio, sailing Famille Mary-Etamine du Lys, took 15th place in the Vendee Globe non stop solo race around the world this morning (Friday 24th February) when he crossed the finish line at 1006hrs UTC. The elapsed time for the French skipper who raced the 1998 launched IMOCA which was originally Catherine Chabaud’s Whirlpool is 109 days 22 hrs 4 minutes. He sailed 28,569 miles at an average speed of 10.83 knots.
Friday finish for Attanasio and Colman

Friday finish for Attanasio and Colman…

Celebration during Finish arrival of Romain Attanasio (FRA), skipper Famille Mary – Etamine du Lys, 15th of the sailing circumnavigation solo race Vendee Globe, in Les Sables d’Olonne, France, on February 24th, 2017 – Photo Olivier Blanchet / DPPI / Vendee GlobeArrivée de Romain Attanasio (FRA), skipper Famille Mary – Etamine du Lys, 15ème du Vendee Globe, aux Sables d’Olonne, France, le 24 Févr

For the 39 year old solo racer who has a diverse background in offshore and ocean racing, completing his first Vendee Globe is the culmination of a personal goal, stepping up from singlehanded racing in the Mini 6.50 and in the solo one design Figaro class, to take on the pinnacle solo ocean race around the world. Attanasio took over fifteenth place early on the final morning, passing Conrad Colman who had raced the final 715 miles of his Vendee Globe under jury rig. Since repairing his rudders in South Africa Attanasio raced a hard, intense duel with the Spanish skipper Didac Costa, the pair racing older boats which both have storied histories. Ultimately Costa, on the former Kingfisher of Ellen MacArthur managed to escape into better wind pressure on the transition out of the NE’ly trade winds and went on to take 14th place, just over 24 hours ahead of Attanasio.

A talented navigator in his own right who sailed on the ORMA multihull circuit with Franck Cammas world championship winning crew and on the Maxi catamaran Gitana XI, Attanasio is best known as a leading Figaro class sailor who twice finished in the top 10 of the French solo offshore championship. He raced twice across the Atlantic with his British partner Sam Davies – who herself has raced two Vendee Globes, finishing fourth in 2008-9 and who has been his project manager. As such he had never sailed more than 21 days solo before he started this race. “It’s a bit worrying, as I don’t know where I’m going. I’m keeping myself busy trying not to think about that too much. Otherwise, it would be terrifying,” he said pre-start.

His race was going well, increasing in confidence and among a competitive group of boats, just behind fellow rookie Eric Bellion, when in 18th place he hit an unidentified floating object at around 1130 UTC on Monday 5th December. He was around 470 miles south of Cape Town when his boat, Famille Mary – Etamine du Lys collided with the UFO, which damaged both his rudders. He took the decision to head for Cape Town to attempt to carry out repairs. Two days later on 7th December he reached Simonstown, to the south east of Cape Town at around 1800hrs UTC. After two days of hard work carrying out repairs, the French skipper managed to replace his port rudder and repair his starboard rudder without assistance. “If I’d known it was going to be like this I wouldn’t have come,” he laughed. “It was so hard. From detaching the rudders and then dragging them up onto the deck. I repaired one of the rudders and switched the other, which was an operation and a half. Crucially, I suffered delamination on the bottom of the hull over a 2-metre strip at the back. Repairing that took a huge amount of time.” When he set off again Attanasio had to sail upwind in a 25-30 knot breeze to rejoin the fleet in 21st place having lost 1200 miles on Bellion.

On January 2nd Attanasio told Race HQ in Paris: “It’s frustrating being at the rear. Those ahead have made their getaway, but at least I’m still racing and my boat is fine. I’m experiencing something incredible. Michel Desjoyeaux said that the Vendée Globe meant one problem each day and he was right. Today, I had a problem with my autopilot. A cable needed changing. Two days ago, it was my wind instruments. Yesterday, I repaired a batten and a halyard. I knew the Vendée Globe was tough, but not that tough.” But after the Spanish skipper Costa struggled with a storm and technical problems under Australia, Attanasio and Costa converged under New Zealand and by January 5th the duo were locked in a battle which was to last weeks, making both of their races.

When Attanasio rounded Cape Horn at 2043hrs UTC after 75 days 8 hours and 41 minutes of racing. He was around 100 miles ahead of Didac Costa. Through late January and early February, Attanasio and Costa continued their duel all the way up from Southern Brazil to the North Atlantic. He re-crossed the Equator at 0409hrs UTC after 92d, 16hrs, 7mins of racing. On 9th February, Attanasio broke his port daggerboard after colliding with an unidentified floating object. He noticed a small ingress of water in the housing and was no longer able to use this daggerboard. A long way west of the Canaries in the middle of the North Atlantic, Costa extended his lead over over Attanasio, who was left 400miles behind in trickier, light winds conditions.

First reactions at the finish

“It wasn’t the Vendée Globe I was aiming for or how I thought it would be. I knew I wouldn’t be fighting it out with the leaders, but I thought there was a group I could race against. That happened in the Atlantic, but down at the bottom of the South Atlantic, I hit something and there was a horrible noise as the carbon splintered. I thought it was over. I called Sam (Davies), then I repaired it and set off again. But by then the race had changed. The group I was in had made their getaway. So my aim was to finish and not be forced to retire. It’s horrible when you have to retire. That stays with you. There are some incredible memories. Highs and lows. The sword of Damocles hangs over you. You wonder what is going to happen all the time. I think Sam really needs to be here in 2020, so she can become the first female winner. She is really made for this race. This is a race like no other.”