Botin Y Lopez, ganadores en 49er.
Echavarri y Pacheco, triunfo en Nacra 17.
El francés Louis Giard, ganador en RS:X
Las campeonas olímpicas Grael y Kunze ganan en 49er FX.
Nicolas Parlier triunfa en IKA – Fórmula Kite.
Fuente info World Sailing
For immediate release: Saturday 29 April 2017
Issued on behalf of World Sailing
Hyères offers up perfection
Seven medals were confirmed today (Saturday) at Sailing’s World Cup Series in Hyères, France.
In the first of two live Medal Race days, France’s southern coast was blessed with glorious sunshine. Coupled with an 11-13 knot breeze from the west, the day was virtually perfect.
The skiffs, windsurfers, multihulls, foiling kiteboarders and the Para World Sailing 2.4 Norlin OD concluded racing.
As the Medal Races played out, there was also fighting for the top ten positions in the one person and two person dinghies ahead of Sunday’s live final day of racing.
Spain’s 49er team, Diego Botin and Iago Lopez, had the luxury of knowing that whatever happened in the Medal Race the gold medal was theirs. With an unassailable overnight lead, even with the double points on offer in the final race, they could not be beaten.
Reflecting on the impressive win, skipper Botin said, “It’s been a really good week for us. We hope every time we come in to a Championship that we will be in with a chance at the end of the regatta and this time around we were really surprised that we were top with a day to spare.”
Digging deeper to find their secret to success, Botin confirmed a simple fact of sport, “It was a lot of things. But it really came down to yesterday when we sailed well and everyone else didn’t.”
Holding on to silver was Dylan Fletcher-Scott and Stu Bithell (GBR) who finished third in the Medal Race. The bronze medal went to Sweden’s Carl Sylvan and Marcus Anjemark who just needed to stay ahead of nearest rivals Yago and Klaus Lange (ARG) which they did with ease as the Argentinean brothers fell to the back of the fleet finishing tenth.
In the 49erFX, Rio 2016 golden girls, Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) have done it again as they claim another Medal Race and 2017 World Cup Series win. Backing up the gold they took in Miami, USA in Round One, the Brazilian girls were just too good for the fleet.
“We have nailed the year now with Miami and now Hyères,” said a smiling Grael, “but we have to keep our feet on the ground as we know there will be big competition ahead.”
One of those big competition’s is the Final in Santander, Spain this coming June. So, could it be a clean sweep? “It would be awesome,” said Grael, “let’s see what happens. The FX is a tough competition.”
Germany’s Victoria Jurczok and Anika Lorenz win silver and the new 2017 pairing of Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey (GBR) claim their first World Cup Series medal with a bronze.
Whatever Grael and Kunze can do, France’s Louis Giard can do too. Just like the Brazilian FX sailors, the French windsurfer has also added the Hyères title to the Round One Miami gold.
Despite a nervy start, Giard has slowly but surely climbed the ladder to the top of the podium racing better and better throughout the regatta, as he explains, “It’s another win for me after Miami. It wasn’t an easy week of racing and I had to improve my level throughout the week. I did that so I am happy.”
One sailor in the Men’s RS:X not happy is Mateo Sanz Lanz (SUI). While Giard started slow and gained confidence, Sanz Lanz seemingly did the opposite. With a tenth place finish in the double point Medal Race, Sanz Lanz missed out on the medals altogether allowing Piotr Myszka (POL) to take silver and Kiran Badloe (NED) to sneak in to take bronze.
Taking the Women’s RS:X gold was Poland’s Zofia Noceti-Klepacka. It has been a mixed bag of results from the Polish windsurfer, but in the end a string of high finishes throughout the week was enough to claim the title, “Today I enjoyed the racing. It was stable conditions and great planing. Compare that to yesterday when it was very hard.
“Overall though I have sailed consistent. If you think I haven’t won a race but I have won gold. It was all about consistency.”
That consistency equated to a 23-point win over second placed Yunxiu Lu (CHN) who takes silver and a 32-point margin over third placed, and bronze medallist, Noga Geller (ISR).
If you are going to win a gold medal, you may as well win it with a first place in the Medal Race. That is what Fernando Echavarri and Tara Pacheco (ESP) did in the Nacra 17.
For the Spanish team it seems that Hyères has been a collection of puzzle pieces fitting to make one golden picture, as Echavarri explains, “It’s a good prize for a lot of things coming together. We are enjoying our sailing and have a solid base. We are putting everything we have learned in the last two years together and it is working well.”
French medal hopefuls Moana Vaireaux and Manon Audinet secured silver when they finished ahead of Lin Ea Cenholt and Christian Peter Lubeck (DEN). That meant the Danes had to settle for the bronze medal.
It would seem that the mechanical issue that kept Damien Seguin (FRA) out of day four action was well and truly fixed. The impressive Frenchman returned to action in style to claim all three bullets on offer and close out the 2.4 Norlin OD series.
Summing up the regatta Seguin said, “We had ten beautiful races, especially today with an east wind and big waves. I’m happy because I love this place.”
Seguin’s love has increased even more with a 17-point gap back to nearest rival Antonio Squizzato (ITA) in second. Xavier Dagault (FRA) claimed the bronze medal with 30 points.
If Seguin loves Hyères, just imagine how Nico Parlier (FRA) feels. The Frenchman has won all but one race in the Formula Foiling Kiteboarding, including the final three Medal Races.
Despite the dominance, Parlier still felt it was closer than the results suggest, “It’s been tough with really close racing. I’ve been really dialled in with my equipment though and had the wind I like so I am really happy with everything.”
Parlier’s compatriot, training partner and friend, Axel Mazella (FRA), has always been one step behind, but still secured the silver with room to spare ahead of Monaco’s Maxime Nocher.
Australia’s Mat Belcher and Will Ryan will have a Hyères gold medal around their neck in the Men’s 470 no matter where they finish in the final Medal Race. With two bullets from two races, they opened up a 24-point lead to second placed Carl-Fredrik Fock and Marcus Dackhammar (SWE).
In the Women’s 470, Afrodite Zegers and Annaloes van Veen (NED) and Linda Fahrni and Maja Siegenthaler (SUI) have been neck and neck all week. Not anymore. The Dutch team took two bullets compared to a tenth and 11th from the Swiss. Zegers and van Veen now hold a 19-point advantage.
With a 1-2 finish on day five, Alican Kayner (TUR) remains top of the Finn fleet going in to Sunday’s live Medal Race. Nicholas Heiner (NED) holds second and Ed Wright (GBR) third.
Six points separate the top two in the fight for Laser gold. Italy’s Francesco Marrai is the current leader on 53 points from a 2-9 day, bettering second placed Cypriot Pavlos Kontides who scored a 2-11. Australia’s Matt Wearn is in third.
Evi van Acker (BEL) has secured at least a silver medal ahead of the final Medal Race in the Laser Radial. Fighting the Belgian all the way will be second placed Tuula Tenkanen (FIN) who is 12 points behind.
Racing continues on Sunday 30 April at 12:05 local time as the final five Olympic classes race in the second and final day of Live Medal Races shown on the World Sailing YouTube Channel.
By Richard Aspland – World Sailing
Fuente info RC44 Sotogrande Cup
EL RC44 PENINSULA PETROLEUM SACA SU GENIO EN SOTOGRANDE
29 de Abril de 2017
Katusha de Alexander Novoselov, Peninsula Petroleum de John Bassadone y Bronenosec de Vladimir Liubomirov se hacen con los triunfos de la jornada.
El británico Team Aqua de Chris Blake, nuevo líder en la clasificación general de la RC44 Sotogrande Cup, desplazando al ruso Nika al segundo puesto de la clasificación. Tercero es el también ruso Bronenosec.
Pese las complicadas condiciones que siguen imperando en el litoral gaditano, con fuerte lluvia, viento y mar, la flota de RC44 abandonaba sus atraques en Puerto Sotogrande para disputar tres regatas desde las 11.30 horas.
Con lluvia muy persistente, viento del Nordeste-Este sobre los 15 nudos y mar de fondo consecuencia del temporal se ha desarrollado la tercera jornada de regatas de la RC44 Sotogrande Cup.
El temporal que el viernes azotó la costa andaluza e imposibilitó la celebración de las regatas del día ha remitido en parte, pudiéndose celebrar tres pruebas que a la postre han sido duras.
Las tres regatas de la jornada han recaído de nuevo en manos de tres equipos diferentes, hecho que deja claro el alto precio al que se cotiza una victoria en la RC44 Sotogrande Cup 2017.
Las tres embarcaciones que se han llevado el honor de la victoria en la jornada son el ruso Katusha de Alexander Novoselov y Andy Norton como táctico, el británico “local” de la zona Peninsula Petroleum de John Bassadone y con el 25 veces ganador de títulos mundiales Vasco Vascotto, y el también ruso Bronenosec de Vladimir Liubomirov con Cameron Dunn a la táctica.
MUCHO EN JUEGO PARA LA JORNADA FINAL DE LA RC44 SOTOGRANDE CUP
La cancelación de las pruebas el pasado jueves debido al fuerte viento y condiciones de mar han provocado una modificación en la planificación de la jornada final.
La intención del Comité de Regatas que preside el americano Peter Reggio es de adelantar el comienzo de las pruebas del domingo a las 11.00 horas con el fin de disputar cuatro regatas.
Con una primera mitad de la tabla de clasificaciones muy apretada son cuatro los equipos con mucho en juego y es que tan solo siete puntos separan al primer clasificado (Team Aqua) del cuarto (Peninsula Petroleum).
Un podio que sin duda se jugará mañana.
EL PENINSULA PETROLEUM SACA SU GENIO
El equipo de Bassadone y Vascotto salía al agua con ganas de plantar cara a los siete contrincantes contra los que lucha en esta RC44 Sotogrande Cup y que cuenta con el apoyo de Puerto Sotogrande, Sunseeker y La Reserva de Sotogrande.
El Peninsula Petroleum se enfrentaba a la primera regata del día con una navegación inteligente y agresiva que le aupaba al tercer escalón del podio y que remataría con un primer puesto en la siguiente regata. Pese al buen estado de forma del equipo en la jornada los nervios jugaron en contra de los de Bassadone, tomando la salida prematuramente en la prueba final y anotando un quinto puesto en la línea de llegada.
Una buena jornada del Peninsula Petroleum que les aupa a la cuarta plaza de la general.
Puesto, equipo, armador, táctico, puntos.
1. Team Aqua. Chris Blake. Cameron Appleton.6, 3, 1, 3, 2, 3, 4= 22
2. Team Nika. Vladimir Prosikhin. Terry Hutchinson. 2, 1, 4, 4, 4, 2, 8= 25 pts
3. Bronenosec. Vladimir Liubomirov. Cameron Dunn. 8, 4, 2, 2, 5, 4, 1= 26 pts
4. Peninsula Petroleum. John Bassadone. Vasco Vascotto. 3, 8, 8, 1, 3, 1, 5= 29 pts
5. Katusha. Alexander Novolesov. Andy Horton. 1, 6, 7, 5, 1, 5, 7= 32 pts
6. Ceeref. Igor Lah. Adrian Stead. 4, 7, 3, 7, 7, 6, 2= 32 pts
7. Artemis Racing. Torbjorn Tornqvist. Francesco Bruni. 7, 2, 5, 6, 8, 8, 3= 39 pts
8. Charisma. Nico Poons. Morgan Reeser. 5, 5, 6, 8, 6, 7, 6= 43 pts
Fuente info ETNZ
IMPORTANT FIRST DAY OF RACING IN BERMUDA FOR EMIRATES TEAM NEW ZEALAND
After less than one week since the first sail in Bermuda, Emirates Team New Zealand joined their opponents on the water for the last day of the latest round of the America’s Cup Class (ACC) practice racing.
All six America’s Cup teams, now based in Bermuda, took part in a series of match races in 8-10 knots of breeze, racing each other on the race course that the America’s Cup will take place starting next month.
“We learnt plenty today,” said Skipper Glenn Ashby. “But the main thing that sticks out is just how close all of the boats are in performance, and therefore how close the racing is going to be. It could very well come down to the finest design detail or smallest mistake on the water that is the difference between winning and losing at any stage of the competition.”
Helmsman Peter Burling said: “It was fantastic to finally have some other teams to race against and to feel the heat of competition one on one match racing. We would have loved to race everyone today, but we still managed to have some good line ups both upwind and downwind with the teams we didn’t race and there isn’t much in performance so manoeuvres and perfection in execution will be vital.”
Skipper Glenn Ashby is happy with what has been achieved to date but is under no illusion of the work that still needs to be done within the next month.
“The team has done an excellent job so far, still we need to make sure we keep pushing hard, as every other team will do the same. We have just under one month to maximise what we have in preparation for the racing with one more race period in that time to check in before it is all on.”
Emirates Team New Zealand raced Artemis Racing , SoftBank Team Japan and Groupama Team France taking two wins from the three races.
The competition for the 35th America’s Cup starts on the Great Sound at 5.00pm on Friday 26th May (8:00 am of Saturday 27th in New Zealand) then, from the day after, racing will start at 2:00 pm (5:00 am +1 in New Zealand).
Diego Botín y Iago Lopez de España, ganan por anticipado en clase 49er luego de un desastroso día para los ingleses hasta ayer lideres.
Los españoles Fernando Echávarri y Tara Pacheco, lideres en Nacra 17.
Linda foto de Mateo Majdalani y Eugenia Bosco, undecimos en la general. Afuera de la Medal por una posición pero a once puntos del décimo. Gran campaña de todas maneras de los argentinos en su segundo campeonato internacional.
Yago y Klaus Lange llegan 4tos a la Medal race y con chances de llegar a plata. Cruzemos los dedos y hagamos fuerza, se merecen el podio.
Vicky Travascio y Sol Branz entran sextas a la medal race pero sin chances de podio. Lo importante creo es poder seguir estando en esa “elite” de las diez mejores del mundo (¡que no es poca cosa!).
Fuente info World Sailing
For immediate release: Friday 28 April 2017
Issued on behalf of World Sailing
Chaos reigns in the Laser Radial
Sailors are always thrilled when they have a return of straight race victories. Then there are times when they are happy to come out in one piece, still within touching distance of the medals.
That was the case today at Sailing’s World Cup Series in Hyères, France as chaos reigned in the Laser Radial fleet.
The competition in Hyères reached a critical stage on Friday with Medal Races imminent.
Saturday’s racing will see the see the skiffs, windsurfers, multihulls and foiling kiteboarders fight for the medals after a day that saw all the competitors make a final dash to reach the top ten.
Fuente info ESS
Challenging Qingdao tests Extreme Sailing Series™ fleet in Act 2 Qingdao “Mazarin” Cup opener
Qingdao went from calm to classic in a matter of minutes today as Act 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series™ got off to an exciting start.
China’s Olympic Sailing City is renowned for its tricky weather conditions that can catch sailors off guard with sudden changes – and the opening day of Act 2 Qingdao “Mazarin Cup” was a prime example.
As the fleet of seven international crews hit the water the wind was down to just a couple of knots, delaying the start of racing for almost two hours.
But just when it looked like Race Director John Craig would have to give up hopes of running scoring racing on day one the weather gods woke up and, from nowhere, delivered an unexpected but welcome 15 knots to the race course outside of Fushan Bay.
The new wind was more than enough for the fleet of super-fast GC32 catamarans to ‘fly’ on their hydrofoils providing a stunning spectacle for the crowds that lined the shore.
As the Extreme Sailing Series’ well-established rivalries resumed it was Swiss crew Alinghi that emerged on top after three races in the challenging breeze.