44Cup Palma, día 2. Aleph lidera en el inicio de campeonato.

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Two bullet day for Charisma but Aleph leads 44Cup Palma

Racing in Palma in November was always going to be challenging not just for crews but especially for race officials more used to racing here in summer, in a sea breeze you can set your watch by.

Yesterday racing was canned with the breeze gusting to 40 knots. Today, despite a large residual swell, conditions appeared more sailable, but for almost two hours the wind failed to settle, its direction pulled around due to the giant clouds crossing the Bay of Palma race area. Although light to moderate, the wind randomly shifted between southwest and northwest and back before finally settling close to the former when, on their fifth attempt, the race committee was able to lay a course successfully.

From there the day improved and the hero was certainly 2018′s defending 44Cup champion, Nico Poons and his Charisma. The Dutchman’s team, which has had an up and down 2019 season, made most sense of the tricky conditions to win both of today’s first races. In the first they played the shifts in the centre of the race track and led around the top mark and were then aided by a left shift making the course more one way, thereby benefitting the leader. In the second it was initially harder when they followed Chris Bake’s Team Aqua and Bronenosec around at the top mark, but crossed ahead on the run.

“It was quite challenging, but it was okay because we were all in the same conditions. May the best team win!” said Poons, not yet contemplating a return to form for his team.

New on board Charisma for this event is Kiwi Hamish Pepper who is standing in for regular tactician John Kostecki. “It was a tough day. It was very shifty and puffy and we sailed well in the first two and got behind in the last one and when we just struggling a bit,” explained Pepper. “The boat was going pretty quick and is sailed well up and down – the guys did a good job with that and we got some lucky breaks and managed to say in front.”

The conditions did improve for race three. In this the arrival of a fresh set of clouds caused the wind to build into the high teens and there were at least three lead changes with Pavel Kuznetsov’s Tavatuy Sailing Team and John Bassadone’s Peninsula Petroleum fighting at the front on the first lap only for Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF to nose ahead going into the leeward gate. On the second beat Hugues Lepic’s Aleph Racing chose the favoured left and was ahead at the final top mark rounding before going on to take the bullet. This win enabled Lepic’s team, on which American Steve Howe was steering today, to come out on top, ending the day one point ahead of Charisma, thanks to an average result by Poons’ team in the last race.

“It was a really difficult day,” confessed Aleph Racing’s tactician Michele Ivaldi. “The wind was all over the place. There were big shifts of 30-40° and puffs coming from the sky. It was very difficult to read. Plus we were in the lee of the island and there were all of the rain clouds passing by. You definitely needed some luck…”

Meanwhile there is some concern for the two teams currently topping the 2019 44Cup overall leaderboard. Holding first place there is Chris Bake’s Team Aqua which is currently lying in last place after one day of racing, five points and three places behind their main rival for this year’s title, Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika. Team Aqua’s position was not helped by their spinnaker blowing up in the second run of race two.

On the dock at the event’s hosts, the Real Club Nautico de Palma there were some minor celebrations for the Tavatuy Sailing Team crew, after their third race when they had led at the top mark. “It was very difficult today,” admitted the Russian team’s towering tactician Evgeny Neugodnikov. “The third race as nice. We had a good start and we had good speed and were first to the top mark, but then we came third…”

Tomorrow conditions are forecast to be in the 8-10 knot range, fortunately with a much reduced sea state.


Campeonato Sudamericano de Star 2019, veinticinco equipos presentes en Buenos Aires.

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25 teams will start racing tomorrow at the South American Championship 2019 hosted in Buenos Aires by the Club Nautico Olivos. Seven flags are waving at the yacht club entrance, representing Germany, Argentina, Brasil, Chile, United States, Italy and Uruguay with their great sailors gathered here to claim the South American Silver Star and follow nothing less than five time Olympic medalist Robert Scheidt, who won it last year in Rio de Janeiro with Henry Boening.

In the entry list we read the names of Frithjof Kleen GER, Star Class World Champion and winner of the Star Sailor League Finals; coming from across the river the Uruguayan Ricardo Fabini a successful helmsman in the Snipe Class and IMS, who attended several Olympics and will attend to the SSL Finals for the first time next month; Tomas Hornos, who was born in Argentina, but is here representing the United States, he was the youngest Snipe World Champion when he won it at 19 years old. He is here with his brilliant crew Pedro Trouche from Brasil, an SSL Finals champion and winner, with Tomas, of the U30 Star World Championship in the category reserved to both skipper and crew under 30.

Among the local legends we find Torkel Borgstrom, Junior World Champion for Snipe, District and National winner in the Star Class and one of the favorites here with his excellent crew Pablo Engelhard. The Commodore of the Club Nautico Olivos is also racing, Julio Labandeira is a multiple time District and National Star Class champion, the Snipe South American is also in his palmares.

Racing will begin tomorrow, November 14th , on the Río de la Plata waters, and will resume on Monday the 18th, under close control of the Chairman and Star Class Legacy Foundation board member Alberto Zanetti, contributing with his experience to the success of the event.

Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre. En Class 40, triunfo para Crédit Mutuel de Ian Lipinsky y Adrien Hardy.

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14 Nov 2019  D+17
Crédit Mutuel wins the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre Class40

Ian Lipinsky and Adrien Hardy, on their 40ft monohull, Crédit Mutuel, have won the Class40 of the 14th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre after crossing the finish line in the Bay of All Saints in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 04:36:23 (UTC), 17 days, 16 hours 21 minutes and 23 seconds after leaving Le Havre, Normandy, France on Sunday, October 27 at 12:15 (UTC).

Crédit Mutuel covered the theoretical course of 4,350 nautical miles at an average speed of 10.25 knots but actually sailed 4,714.35 nautical miles at an average speed of 11.11 knots.

Leaving Le Havre, Crédit Mutuel was on everybody’s list of favourites. The big nose of the new Mini-inspired, David Raison-designed scow attracted a lot of attention on the pontoons of the Bassin Paul Vatine. They were a known unknown. “They’ve got two very good sailors and a new boat,” said Sam Goodchild (Leyton), destined to be their chief pursuer. “They’ve only been in the water for two months. We’ve been sailing with them and their times are a bit quicker; they haven’t blown us out of the water yet, but they’re not going to get worse.”

(Ian Lipinski explains his project here)

Prophetic words. Crédit Mutuel only got better as the race wore on. They sailed their own race and had the skills and boat to back it up. Reaching out of the Channel, their northerly strategy was immediately apparent and after the first night they were one of only two boats to stay north of the Ushant Traffic Separation Scheme.

On the third night, they tacked south in seventh, 35 miles behind. Aïna Enfance & Avenir, the narrowest of runners-up in 2017 and most people’s marginal favourite at the start, leading by three miles from Leyton.

By the fifth day, the fleet compressed in tricky upwind conditions with boats stuck in single figure boats speeds. “Our shift north? We still don’t know if it will be beneficial, but we think it’s not that bad,” Lipinski said. It wasn’t and a few hours later and five and a half days, on the latitude of southern Portugal, Crédit Mutuel took a lead they would never relinquish.

But it was far from plain sailing. They still led by only 9 miles from their formidable and proven pursuers as they approached the Canary Islands.

But by the ninth day, they had clearly begun to enjoy themselves and were sounding ominously confident. The four lead boats got through the ridge of high pressure around Gibraltar unscathed and in the north-east trade winds extended away from the rest of the fleet under spinnaker.

“We haven’t touched the helm since Ushant,” Lipinski said in what became a repeated refrain. “We’re as happy looking at our track on Adrena (routing software), as a skier looking back at his track after descending a slope.”

In the north-east trade winds they powered away remorsely 20 miles to the west and on the 11th day after planing past the Cape Verde islands they repeatedly broke the 24-hour speed record. They peaked at 415.86 miles at average speed of 17.3 knots over 24 hours between 03:30 on 4.11.19 and 03:30 on 5.11.19. That beat the old record of 377.7 miles at average speed of 15.7 knots by 2017 winners V and B, set in the last edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre. Despite the much less favourable conditions, they were only six hours outside V and B’s 2017 course record of 17 days 10 hours 44 minutes and 15 seconds.

“The boat is going on its own, we found the right sails, we’re monitoring it, but its going alone,” Lipinski said this morning. “We’re under medium spinnaker with 1 reef and 2 reefs in the mainsail. We’re getting around on all fours, the boat slams lot, we’re trying not to hurt ourselves. It’s a bit wet on deck, but I think it’s nothing compared to those behind us.”

Crédit Mutuel was 81 miles ahead of Leyton and 89 miles ahead of Aïna Enfance & Avenir. Both were regularly touching the old 24-hour record in their Manuard mach 3 boats but are losing miles at every ranking.

After that, it appeared that they just had to avoid being Charaled in the Doldrums to secure victory and they managed that with aplomb, never offering Leyton a genuine sniff.

There was always pressure, but Crédit Mutuel was always equal to it and they appeared to be enjoying their coast down north-east Brazil. “We think we’re going well, but we are still watching the rankings every hour,” Lipinski said

But if they were feeling the pressure on Crédit Mutuel, that was slightly undermined by their menu. “Yesterday, Adrien made bread and today he’s making a crumble,” Lipinski added.

They will have enjoyed that immensely on the final straight.

44Cup Palma, sin regatas en el inicio de campeonato.

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44Cup Palma 2019: No play on opening day

Winds gusting up to 40 knots and a heinous seastate out on the Bay of Palma, kept the 44Cup fleet at the dock on the opening day of the 44Cup Palma. The wind began veering and dropping mid-afternoon but the left-over sea state precluded the deciding round of the 2019 44Cup from getting underway.

“We had a steady 23-25 knots of wind, but the sea states was such, coming from various directions, that it was basically like a cauldron,” reported PRO Peter Reggio. “That combined with the velocity being at the upper end means it wouldn’t have been good racing at all. Fortunately the forecast for the next few days is looking better than it did this morning.”

Many of the owners spent the early afternoon enjoying the hospitality provided by the Real Club Nautico de Palma before the final decision not to race was made at 1430.

“I’m disappointed, but that is how it is,” said Igor Lah, whose Team CEEREF currently lies fourth in the 44Cup but whose Slovenian team led by Britain’s Adrian Stead was back to back winner in 2016 and 2017. “I like sailing in big wind but I am a bit afraid of big waves because of my knees. It is my first time racing in Palma. I like the city. The cathedral is amazing.” As to his team’s prospects Lah added: “We were a little unlucky at the last event. We started with some mistakes and then it accumulated. We are in better shape now.”

David Lenz, coach for Team CEEREF felt it was a good call not to sail today. “The sea state was driving it as much as the wind. The models were in the 20s gusting to 30 and, later on, going hard right and dropping. So would make it hard to set a race course. For the new few days, it looks pretty good, with 10-20 knots, maybe lighter at times and offshore, so fairly flat water, shifty with some rain around making it less stable. But we like that – it’ll be good fun.”

Bronenosec Sailing Team’s tactician Cameron Dunn agreed: “It was the right call. The wave state out there would have been very big for these boats and short. For the rest of the week, it is looking promising – offshore, shifty, puffy conditions, but we should get three good days of racing and at least nine good races in.”

Conditions are looking more reasonable for the remainder of the 44Cup Palma with a first warning signal tomorrow scheduled for 1200.

Mini-Transat La Boulangère. Inminente llegada del líder François Jambou (865) a Martinica.

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Wednesday 13 november 2019

Jambou and Beccaria poised to take the win imminently

The wait in Le Marin (Martinique) for the first competitor to complete the Mini-Transat La Boulangère is about to enter its final day. François Jambou is expected to make landfall tomorrow (from 18:00 UTC). Indeed, barring calamity, he’s set to take the win in the prototype category after a very fast race and a little over 12 days at sea. Axel Tréhin looks set to hold onto his 2nd place, whilst German sailor Morten Bogacki and Erwan Le Méné are duelling for the last remaining podium place in this second leg. In the production boat category, Italian Ambrogio Beccaria continues to reign supreme free of any threat and is due to cross the finish line on Friday (from 16:00 UTC).

Everything’s in place in Le Marin to welcome the sailors in style as they complete the second leg of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère, having sailed a remarkable race across the Atlantic, singlehanded on the smallest offshore racing boats in the world.

The front runners closing on Martinique, the back runners at the midway mark!

From the front to the back of the fleet, the festivities are sure to continue as each of the skippers make landfall, share their stories from the high seas, savour a job well done and make the most of the bikini climes of the Caribbean and the gathering of Mini soulmates. And though the first skippers are reckoning on an imminent arrival, the back runners still have a long way to go. Indeed, Georges Kick (529) and Jean Lorre (570) are only at the midway mark this evening, progressing slowly… but surely.

Prototypes: Jambou powering towards victory, Bogacki in fight mode!

Aboard the reigning champion prototype, François Jambou (865) moved up into the head of the fleet 48 hours after the start in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Since then he has been opening up a seemingly inexorable lead over his main rivals: Axel Tréhin (945), Erwan Le Méné (800) and Tanguy Bouroullec (969). According to the latest routing (to be taken with a pinch of salt as ever of course), François could well cross the finish line from 18:00 UTC, or 14:00 hours in Martinique this Thursday.

A fifth sailor has also joined the fray now. In fact, after finishing 11th in the first leg, Morten Bogacki (934) is sailing a very fine race in the second leg too. Now less than 500 miles from the finish, Morten is on the provisional podium, neck and neck with Erwan Le Méné. Indeed, the German sailor has really got to grips with his very fine prototype, a boat that compatriot Jörg Riechers secured 2nd place on in the Mini-Transat La Boulangère in 2017. Among the stellar performances of note in this particular fleet are that of Spaniard Pep Costa (431), who’s sailing one of this year’s oldest prototypes, launched back in 2003. In the space of three days, he’s gained six places, moving up from 15th to 9th place and will doubtless be ecstatic to learn he’s inside the Top 10.

Production boats: Beccaria two days from deliverance, podium impossible to call

Since the start of the second leg, Ambrogio Beccaria (943) has been leading at every position report, barring one exception (on 3 November at 03:00 UTC)! Suffice to say that the Italian skipper has stamped his mark on this race with impressive authority to relegate some very honed rivals a long way astern. He could well make Le Marin on Friday at around 16:00 UTC to complete the double with a win in both legs. Behind him, the 2nd and 3rd spots are still very much up for grabs and will likely go to the wire. This evening, Benjamin Ferré (902) and Nicolas d’Estais (905) are hanging on in there, but it’s still absolutely all to play for given how tightly bunched they are with 450 miles to go. Either way, as the finishers begin to flood across the line, it’ll be time to get out the calculators and work out the state of play in the overall ranking for this 22nd edition of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère in the production boat fleet.

Finally, it’s worth noting that Anne Beaugé (890) scaled her mast today and repaired her damaged spreader without assistance so she is now back out on the racetrack. The two sailors who dismasted, Russian Irina Gracheva (579) and Julien Berthélémé (742), are continuing to make headway towards the finish line, the latter skipper’s jury rig proving to be particularly effective. No longer officially racing after requesting assistance, Briton Joe Lacey is also gradually closing on Martinique on a course along the great circle route.


Ranking on Wednesday 13 November at 16:00 UTC


1- François Jambou (865 – Team BFR Marée Haute Jaune) 205.5 miles from the finish
2- Axel Tréhin (945 – Project Rescue Ocean) 106.1 miles behind the leader
3- Morten Bogacki (934 – Otg Lilienthal) 277.4 miles behind the leader


1- Ambrogio Beccaria (943 – Geomag) 355.6 miles from the finish
2- Benjamin Ferré (902 – Imago Incubateur D’aventures) 87.3 miles behind the leader
3- Nicolas D’Estais (905 – Cheminant – Ursuit) 88.2 miles behind the leader

Brest Atlantiques, Sébastien Josse analiza las condiciones de Rio a Ciudad del Cabo.

© Ronan Gladu / Actual Leader

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Press Release
Paris, Tuesday 12th November 2019
Sébastien Josse analyses the race – Heading for an upwind crossing from Rio to Cape Town

First question Seb, let’s look at the start of “Brest Atlantiques” and the descent into the Bay of Biscay, how did it go for the four trimarans?

As expected, they all sailed safely, leaving with one or two reefs in the main and no headsail; they didn’t have much choice. They knew that there were six tricky hours to come – and in tough conditions to boot. The difference with the Route du Rhum last year is that it was more open, so less demanding for the boats. However, they still set off at a fast pace, at an average speed of 28 knots. They remained bunched initially, but after four or five hours, MACIF unfurled its headsail and immediately gained 4-5 knots of boat speed. The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild was fast to follow, being the competitors they all are.

Then there were different routes to choose, why do you think that was?

Yes, well Maxi Edmond de Rothschild and Actual Leader chose to sail inside the TSS (traffic separation scheme), which wasn’t necessarily the best choice. The route taken by MACIF – to the west – was actually more favourable. I think that choosing this inside course was partly due to the sea’s state; it was a slightly safer choice.

After that, there was a gybing battle…

Yes, and in winds that were actually a lot more erratic than what was forecast. The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild gybed first, and then made two further gybes. I think they tried to escape from a squall which they got caught up in. Here again, they were heading in a more westerly direction, but the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild crossed in front, as the fastest boat in the fleet. They’re always able to keep a little extra in the tank: always a little faster, and a little lower. We saw this happen on the Route du Rhum and in training this year. Which is to be expected, because even though MACIF has had a refit to be more efficient, Gitana 17 is a newer and bigger boat. The MACIF trimaran is 2 metres shorter (30 metres compared to 32).

What about crossing the Doldrums?

I think they all took into account what happened on the Transat Jacques Vabre. Maxi Edmond de Rothschild did well. I think that when going at slower speeds, the damage to MACIF’s rudder has been a disadvantage, as it will have become more difficult to manoeuvre the boat. They may even have lost control at times and perhaps made some 360 turns. At high speeds however, above 25 knots, it’s actually an advantage to not have a central rudder, because it means there’s less drag.

Do you think that Maxi Edmond de Rothschild suffered as a result of the damage to their daggerboard?

Yes, I think that between the Doldrums and Bahia, they should have been going at an average speed of 35 knots or even higher. In reality, they rarely went above 30 knots.

Will these two technical stopovers create enough distance to favour Sodebo Ultim 3 and Actual?

It obviously depends on how long the stopovers take; but yes, of course. As these boats are sailing at over 25 knots at any given time, which means that a pitstop allows those behind to catch up quickly. So, Sodebo will be able to take the lead if they don’t end up having to make any stops. We know that this race will be full of surprises, and these pit stops are just a part of it.

How do you rate the track record of Sodebo Ultim 3 and Actual Leader so far?

We have always known that Actual Leader is a slower boat than the others, and this came to play a part at the start of the race, where she sailed further downwind compared to the others. Looking ahead to the rest of the course in the South Atlantic, it’s going to be a different story. If they make no stops – and everyone else does – they could win. As for Sodebo Ultim 3, we can see that it’s going a little slower than the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild and Trimaran MACIF at certain speeds. I remember hearing Thomas say two years ago that he’d designed this boat for the solo round-the-world attempt originally planned for the end of this year, and because of that, he preferred to have above all a reliable boat. For the time being, it’s proved to be a good decision, since he looks like he’s going to take the lead.

Let’s talk about the rest of the program: what’s the route to Cape Town in the South Atlantic looking like?

Complicated! For the moment, this route will see the boats having to contend with the St. Helena High. The best option will be to pass to the north of the high with upwind conditions for a while. For now, it looks like there’s going to be some upwind sailing between Rio and Cape Town.

And upwind sailing is not very pleasant…

Not necessarily. Today, when these boats are in flight mode, you can sail upwind at 28-30 knots offshore. They’re fitted with shock absorbers, so in terms of comfort, it’s actually not that unpleasant; the boats sail pretty flat. It will be less comfortable for Actual Leader, who doesn’t fly like the others. Otherwise, the disadvantage of upwind sailing is that it puts a little more strain on the boats.

44Cup, definición del circuito en Palma de Mallorca.

Copyright Nico Martínez.

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12 de noviembre de 2019

El circuito mundial de RC44 coronará a su campeón en el RCNP

Ocho equipos de seis países competirán en la Bahía de Palma desde el jueves hasta el sábado

El Real Club Náutico de Palma acogerá del 13 al 17 de noviembre el quinto y último evento de la temporada de la clase RC44, uno de los circuitos de regatas más importantes del mundo. La prueba reunirá a ocho equipos de primer nivel de Francia, Suecia, Rusia, Mónaco, Reino Unido y Eslovenia.

La prueba palmesana servirá para coronar al mejor de la temporada. La lucha estará entre el equipo británico Aqua, el ruso Nika y el esloveno CEEREF, que ya consiguió la victoria en la temporada 2017.

Hace más de una década que la clase RC44 puso en marcha su circuito de regatas. De hecho, el ganador de la Copa América Russell Coutts, diseñador de la clase, estuvo en el RCNP presentando el barco y la competición pero, por diferentes motivos, nunca llegó a navegar en aguas de la Bahía de Palma.

La jornada de mañana se destinará al registro de participantes tras el amarre de las embarcaciones en los pantalanes del Real Club Náutico de Palma. A las 10.30 horas se disputará una prueba de entrenamiento y la competición se iniciará el jueves a las 12.00 horas. Los participantes están convocados cada día, de jueves a sábado, a las 10.30, para participar en el briefing previo a la regata.

Los equipos participantes son Aleph Racing (FRA17), Artemis Racing (SWE44), Bronenosec Sailing Team (RUS18), Charisma (MON69), Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team (GBR1), Tavatuy Sailing Team (RUS21), Team CEEREF (SLO11), Team Nika (RUS10), Team Aqua (GBR2041).