Medemblik Regatta 2018, día 2.

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All kinds of wind condition test the sailors at the Medemblik Regatta

May 23th 2018, the Netherlands – The second day at the 34st Medemblik Regatta starts with light winds. During the day the wind builds and gives the day a strong finish. This kind of weather is difficult for most sailors, but some know how to handle these conditions and took their advantage.

It’s almost a copy of day one. With a morning filled with light winds, a little dip in the afternoon and then steady winds closing the day. All races have been sailed and competition is getting more and more exciting.

Postponed races in the Laser
In the morning the weather looked perfect for racing today. The Laser sailors gathered at the Laser park to set up their boat and get out onto the water; leaving the harbor to get ready for the first start at 10 AM. But then the wind just dropped and races were postponed. Elliot Hanson: “Today was a reasonable day, lot of waiting around. The first race was tricky for me, we saw a wind range of 120 to 130 degrees, and wind going from 3 to 12 knots. But I still managed to finish somewhere in the top 10. Last race I finished 3rd, so that’s good.” And leading the fleet with 18 points, Etienne le Pen (FRA) is in second place with 31 points and Maxime Mazard (FRA) in third place (33 points).

Van der Vaart happy with her day
In the morning Dutch Laser Radial sailor, Maxime Jonker, commented on the perfect conditions: “When the wind came in yesterday, the conditions were perfect. I think we have similar condition today, but hopefully the day is a bit shorter!” That shorter day didn’t work out as she had planned. Her teammate Daphne van der Vaart was happy with the conditions today. “I had a better day compared to yesterday. I don’t mind the light winds, gives me a chance to work on my personal goals. But it also makes a race more interesting. In the first race today everyone came together at the upper mark, there it gets exciting. Even when you’re a really fast sailor, you still have to work hard in such a close group.” Van der Vaart is leading the fleet now after two days, Croatian Elena Vorobeva is in second place and Polish Magdalena Kwasna is in third place.

Tricky conditions for RS:X surfers
The Polish Zofia Noceti Klepacka is leading the RS:X Women after the second day of racing with 18 points. Russian Stefania Elfutina comes in second with 23 points and Dutch Lilian de Geus is back in the top 3 after a difficult first day. The Polish Maja Dziarnowska started the day in the lead, but had a tough day. Here launches were good, but somehow she manages to finish somewhere outside the top 10. Dziarnowska stays positive, she still got 3 days of racing left.

In the RS:X Men two of the Dutch favorites are not in the place they would like to be. Kiran Badloe (in 6th place): “It was a tricky day, we’ve raced three races with light wind. Lot of pomping, overall I’m satisfied. Tomorrow the real racing starts!” Thursday more wind is predicted, those are the conditions Badloe is happy to race in. For his trainingspartner Dorian van Rijsselberghe it’s more about getting into the rythm again: “I’m happy racing over here, it’s going ok but we have difficult circumstances. But I’ve got my old feeling back on the board, that’s a good thing!”

The youth windsurfers are having a strong competitor in Fabien Pianazza (FRA), who is winning almost every race. His fellow France sailor Tom Garandeau is in a strong second place, finishing almost every race behind Pianazza. Dutch Jim van Someren is in a third place after two days of racing.

Looking forward to interesting week in Nacra 17
The foiling Nacra 17 didn’t start before 3.30 PM, but when they finally started some good races have been sailed. Spanish Fernando Echavarri Erasun and Tara Pacheco van Rijnsoever are racing a steady Regatta so far. “We’re doing really well so far in these tricky conditions. And the rest of the week is going to be interesting with the different conditions predicted at the moment.” The Spanish duo is leading with only seven points after 6 races. New Zealand’s Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders come in second place with 11 points, third place is for John Gimson and Anne Burnet (GBR).

Practicing starts in 49erFX
“Today was OK for us, bit of a tricky day”, Charlotte Dobson from Great Britain is sailing the 49erFX with Saskia Tidey. “We didn’t really have a strategy for today, we just handled the situation as it was presented. I feel like we got through it quite OK, it could have turned out really differently!” Dobson and Tidey didn’t mind the many general recalls today. “We wanted to practice starting, so with all those general recalls today, we are really getting everything out of this event we want.”

Last class from the water was the 49er, they had to wait a while before their last race of the day could start. It didn’t seem to impress France Lucas Rual and Emile Amoros, finishing either in first or second place throughout the regatta so far. Yago and Klaus Lange (ARG) are in a steady second place and Danish Jonas Warrer with Jakob Precht in third.

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GC32 World Championship Garda, regata de práctica.

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First GC32 World Championship bristling with World Champions

GC32 World Championship preview issued on 23 May 2018

While teams have been formally taking part in practice racing today, tomorrow flying catamaran competition starts in earnest out of the Fraglia Vela Riva in Riva del Garda at the first GC32 World Championship. The event will be a rare occasion when GC32 Racing Tour and Extreme Sailing Series teams get to lock horns.

The race area is one of the most spectacular in sailing with a 1,800m high mountain and vertical cliff face immediately to the west, the lake disappearing off into the distance to the south, with the Dolomites either side.

A first timer to the magnificent lake is Zoulou’s owner-driver Erik Maris: “The setting is just incredible. It is probably the perfect place for our foiling catamarans, provided we get sun and wind…” Typically the northerly Pelèr wind blows until the southerly Ora edges up the lake and overwhelms it.

Maris is no stranger to World Championships. In 2006 he claimed this title in the highly competitive Mumm 30 class. Of this week’s GC32 Worlds he says: “This will be a very special event – probably the best World Championship this year in sailing, certainly in big boats. When you look at the crew lists, everybody is here from America’s Cup sailors to young Olympic dinghy sailors – it is daunting and very inspiring, but that is the reason I am here: To sail against these guys and get my butt kicked! It is perfect, what I like.”

Across the 13 teams competing at the GC32 Worlds are numerous other past sailing World Champions in boats of all shapes and sizes. Jason Carroll and his Argo team won this title in the highly competitive Melges 32 in 2013 and 14. Ernesto Bertarelli is best known for successfully challenging and then defended the America’s Cup with his Alinghi team, present leader of the Extreme Sailing Series, but also helmed his boat to victory in the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship in 2001. NORAUTO skipper Franck Cammas is multiple World Champion in both the ORMA 60 trimaran and C-Class catamaran. In addition to his two Olympic gold medals, Red Bull Sailing Team skipper Roman Hagara won two Tornado World Championships. Even Principal Race Officer Stuart Childerley has multiple world titles to his name, notably two in the Etchells keelboat.

Joining Roman Hagara’s Red Bull Sailing Team this season as helmsman is former America’s Cup foiling catamaran helm and main trimmer Chris Draper, a double 49er skiff World Champion. “This is an awesome event with an incredible line up of people. There are not really any weak teams – everyone has been sailing these boats a lot and putting in mega-hours. It will be an awesome Championship.”

While the Austrian team’s main ambition is to gain position on the Extreme Sailing Series leaderboard, Draper admits that if they won this week “we’d be absolutely stoked. It is an honour to be here and to be able to drive. We want to do the team proud.”

The person who has won the most prize money from a single World Championship is Oman Air skipper Phil Robertson, who received the US$ 1 million prize when he became Match Racing World Champion in 2016. The Kiwi skipper, since dubbed ‘the Million Dollar Man’, is also the unofficial defending champion of this week’s event, having won the GC32 Championship held in Oman just over a year ago. SAP Extreme Sailing Team helmsman, fellow Kiwi Adam Minoprio was also Match Racing World Champion, only in 2013 when the prize money was more modest.

The sailor with the most World Championship titles in a single class is competing in the GC32 World Championship, aboard Sébastien Schneiter’s Team Tilt. Glenn Ashby is better known for skippering Emirates Team New Zealand to victory in last year’s America’s Cup, but in sailing circles is renowned for his incredible nine World Championship titles in the A-Class catamaran. This is in addition to his three World titles in the F18 and another three in the former Olympic Tornado catamaran.

“There is something about a World Championship which makes it different to other regattas,” says Ashby. “Aside from the Olympics, the Worlds are the pinnacle of any class and to have the GC32s all sailing around together it will be pretty busy. I am super excited about it and it will be great to see the class get bigger and bigger.” (Read our full interview with Glenn Ashby here).

The GC32 World Championship is taking place thanks to the organising authority, the Fraglia Vela Riva, the GC32 Int. Class Association and World Sailing. Host venue partners are the tourist boards Trentino and Garda Trentino, official clothing partner Marinepool – Spirit of the Ocean, official safety gear partner Forward WIP and time keeping partner Anonimo.

Racing at the GC32 World Championship is scheduled to start tomorrow at 1300 CET.

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Entry list

Team Owner/skipper Nat Helmsman
1 Alinghi Ernesto Bertarelli SUI Ernesto Bertarelli
2 Argo Jason Carroll USA Jason Carroll
3 .film Racing Simon Delzoppo AUS Simon Delzoppo
4 Frank Racing Simon Hull NZL Simon Hull
5 INEOS Rebels UK Will Alloway GBR Leigh McMillan
6 NORAUTO Franck Cammas FRA Franck Cammas
7 Oman Air Oman Sail OMA Phil Robertson
8 Realteam Esteban Garcia SUI Jérôme Clerc
9 Red Bull Sailing Team Hans-Peter Steinacher/Roman Hagara AUT Chris Draper
10 SAP Extreme Sailing Team Jes Gram-Hansen/Rasmus Køstner DEN Adam Minoprio
11 Team México Erik Brockmann MEX Chris Taylor
12 Team Tilt Alex Schneiter SUI Sebastien Schneiter
13 Zoulou Erik Maris FRA Erik Maris

52 Super Series Šibenik, día 1. Quantum Racing, primer líder de la temporada.

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Quantum y Platoon, estreno calcado

Los americanos y los alemanes comparten el liderato en la Šibenik 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week. Azzurra, actual campeón, pincha en la segunda manga

ŠIBENIK. (23 de mayo de 2018) – El Quantum Racing y el Platoon comparten el liderato tras la primera jornada de la Šibenik 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week que hoy ha comenzado en aguas de Croacia. Los dos equipos, que partían entre los favoritos a la victoria en la primera regata de 2018 de 52 SUPER SERIES, calcaron los resultados entre ellos con un primero y un cuarto. Los alemanes, con su armador Harm Müller-Spreer a la caña, ganaron la manga inaugural de la temporada, mientras que los americanos, con Dean Barker a la conducción, se hicieron con el triunfo en la segunda manga.

La primera prueba de la temporada se hizo esperar. María Torrijo, responsable del Comité de Regatas, izó el aplazamiento en tierra a primera hora de la mañana. Además, la primera salida tuvo que ser anulada por una llamada general a la flota, los nervios mandaban, y no fue hasta casi las dos de la tarde, con dos horas de retraso, cuando comenzó la que va a ser la mejor temporada de la historia de las 52 SUPER SERIES.

La primera ceñida de 2018 tuvo el protagonismo de los dos veleros que ha diseñado esta temporada Rolf Vrolijk. El Provezza de Peter Holmberg y con Ergin Imre como armador navegó a la perfección por el lado derecho del campo y llegó con una clara ventaja a la primera baliza de barlovento. Los alemanes le seguían con un Azzurra que era el primer boceto de Botín en pasar por esa boya. Pero un problema con una driza obligaba al barco turco a retrasarse y dejar la manga en manos del actual campeón del mundo. El velero más español de la flota, con cinco tripulantes españoles, se hacía con su primera victoria.

La segunda plaza fue para el Onda brasileño de Eduardo de Souza Ramos. El armador comenzó a beneficiarse de su buen proyecto y, sobre todo, de las llamadas tácticas del cinco veces medallista olímpico Robert Scheidt. La que les aupó a la segunda plaza fue su visión para ver un role a izquierdas en la segunda ceñida que les benefició. Azzurra, actual defensor del título, terminó tercero.

La segunda manga fue un monólogo del Quantum Racing. El tándem Barker-Hutchinson, hecho para ganar la Copa América 2021, hizo la regata perfecta en 52 SUPER SERIES. Dominaron la salida con una magistral actuación del neozelandés a la caña, para luego controlar una indefinida manga por los constantes roles de viento. Del principio al final hubo una desviación de 45 grados lo que marcó el devenir de la flota, pero que no afectó al Quantum Racing que difícilmente comete errores cuando va líder en una manga. La segunda posición fue para el Gladiator del armador Tony Langley con el americano Morgan Larson en la táctica. Tercero entró el Sled de Takashi Okura que en la primera manga había pinchado. La sólida cuarta plaza del Platoon les mantenía en la cabeza de la flota. Azzurra pinchó con un décimo.

El Luna Rossa de Francesco Bruni comenzó su andadura en las 52 SUPER SERIES con un séptimo y un quinto puesto que no les ponen en cabeza de la flota, pero tampoco les apartan de la lucha por los lugares preferentes. Sobre todo, tiene mérito su quinto puesto en la segunda manga tras recuperarse de un fuera de línea en la salida. A cada día que sumen a su preparación tardía, seguro que se les irá viendo su verdadero potencial.

Mañana jueves se disputa la segunda jornada de regatas con una prueba costera por el increíble paisaje de la costa adriática de 30 millas con una previsión de viento de unos diez nudos. Las regatas se pueden seguir en directo en modo virtual con comentarios desde el agua y desde tierra.

Guillermo Parada, caña del Azzurra, explica:

“Comenzó la temporada que todos estábamos esperando… Con el barco estamos conformes, va de acuerdo con lo esperado. Empezamos bien, veníamos liderando e íbamos en control, pero el viento se fue 15 grados y nos pasamos de layline. Un tercer puesto no está mal. La segunda se nublo el cielo y el viento nos perjudicó. Hicimos una buena salida y estábamos arriba desde la izquierda que es por donde quisimos salir, pero no vimos un role de casi 40 grados a la derecha que nos cogió mal y desde ahí ya no pudimos aprovechar las oportunidades que se nos dieron. No quisimos arriesgar más y luchamos puesto a puesto. No es preocupante el puesto, estamos bien y fuertes y sólo ha sido una manga en la que las cosas no se dieron. Vamos a seguir luchando”.

Harm Müller-Spreer, armador y caña del Platoon, sostiene:

“Ha sido un buen inicio en un magnifico campo de regatas con viento. No tuvimos suerte en la primera ceñida de la segunda manga con el role. Hicimos buenas recuperaciones en las dos popas por lo que estamos muy contentos. Me gustan más casi el cuarto de la segunda que la victoria de la primera. Todos los barcos están muy bien, no hay muchas diferencias, y estamos ante una temporada muy larga en la que casi todo puede pasar”.

Gonzalo Araujo, trimmer de mayor del Onda, afirma:

“Fue un día raro con viento difícil de predecir. En la primera prueba acertamos en la primera ceñida con el role yendo a la derecha, nos pusimos entre los de cabeza y aguantamos muy bien hasta el final. En la segunda, la salida fue complicada, aunque también buscamos la derecha. Estuvimos peleando en el medio de la flota. Nos viene muy bien navegar y competir porque llevamos poco tiempo juntos. La velocidad del barco ha estado correcta. Lo vemos como un día más dentro del proceso. Está muy bien ser terceros, pero estamos más en el proceso que en el resultado. Tampoco es un día para sacar conclusiones porque los roles lo han hecho muy complicado. No indica mucho…”

Clasificación tras la Primera regata:
1. Quantum Racing (USA) (Doug DeVos) (4,1) 5 p.
2. Platoon (GER) (Harm Müller-Spreer) (1,4) 5 p.
3. Onda (BRA) (Eduardo de Souza Ramos) (2,7) 9 p.
4. Luna Rossa (ITA) (Patrizio Bertelli) (7,5) 12 p.
5. Azzurra (ARG/ITA) (Alberto Roemmers) (3,10) 13 p.
6. Gladiator (GBR) (Tony Langley) (10(+2 PEN PTS),2) 14 p.
7. Provezza (TUR) (Ergin Imre) (5,9) 14 p.
8. Phoenix (RSA) (Hasso/Tina Plattner) (8,6) 14 p.
9. Sled (USA) (Takashi Okura) (12,3) 15 p.
10. Alegre (USA/GBR) (Andrés Soriano) (9,8) 17 p.
11. Paprec Recyclage (FRA) (Jean Luc Petithuguenin) (6,12) 18 p.
12. XIO Hurakan (ITA) (Marco Serafini) (11,11) 22p.

IKA TT:R Youth Worlds / YOG Qualifiers, resumen final.

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IKA TT:R Youth Worlds / YOG Qualifiers – Documentary

The victors of both the boys and girls titles at the TwinTip:Racing (TT:R) Slalom Youth World Champions sealed their wins with dominant performances that mirrored their progress through the enthralling event on China’s tropical Hainan Island.

The Dominican Republic’s Deuri Corniel was almost untouchable in the high-octane races, capturing the title with room to spare. He was so far ahead in the rankings, he was able to discard wins from earlier elimination round deciders.

If anything, Spain’s Nina Font Castells grabbed the girls’ title with a display that was even more consistent, taking four straight elimination deciders from the six that were squeezed into the three days of racing.

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) TT:R Youth Worlds staged on the sparkling waters of Asia Bay, Bo’ao, also doubled as the final qualification event for the upcoming Youth Olympic Games in Argentina. In landing their world titles, Corniel and Font Castells also earned their nations a coveted spot at the games in Buenos Aires in October when kiteboarding’s first Olympic medals will be awarded.

Three other slots each for boys and girls were also secured at the Youth Worlds. The boys’ places were won by China’s Haoran Zhang, Croatia’s Martin Dolenc, and France’s Benoit Gomez. But because each nation can take only one spot for boys and girls, the Dominican Republic’s Lorenzo Calcano had to be content with his third place on the podium behind Zhang. Italy’s Sofia Tomasoni forfeited her Youth World crown, but her second podium spot earned her country a YOG slot, as did China’s Kewen Li and France’s Poema Newland, who finished third and fourth respectively.

In the complex calculus of YOG qualification, Italy and China’s podium finishes in Asia Bay take precedence over earlier victories at continental qualifiers in Dakhla, Morocco, and Pranburi, Thailand. Italy and China now cede those places to Germany after Alina Kornelli posted a second in Dakhla, while Thailand will get a place at the YOG after Nichanan Rodthong took a third spot in Pranburi.

Medemblik Regatta 2018, día 1. Buen comienzo para los argentinos Yago y Klaus Lange en clase 49er.

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Medemblik Regatta starts in tricky conditions, ends in full power sailing

22 May 2018, The Netherlands – First day of racing is done in difficult conditions. Light winds caused some delay, but at the end all scheduled races were sailed.

The 34th Medemblik Regatta starts with lots of sun! Unfortunately the conditions on the water aren’t as good. First race scheduled in the morning was the RS:X men, but they got postponed. Principal Race officer Remco de Goederen: “The day started with a light, shifty wind, it made the conditions tricky for the sailors and race comité. The afternoon races also started with very light conditions, but around 3.30 pm there came more wind, enough to end the day pretty perfect.”

Argentinian duo starting day good
In the 49er class there’s a strong fleet competing in the Medemblik Regatta. The Argentinian Yago and Klaus Lange will start the second day in second position. Yago Lange: “It was a good day, specially for a first day at a regatta. There’s a strong competition with the Danish, Aussies and the Americans guys. The pre starts were really important today, left side was favorite, so got really crowded over there. But happy with our 3, 1 and 3 for the first day.”

The Australian team, with David Gilmour and Joel Turner, have been practicing in Medemblik for a few days before the regatta started. “The conditions over here are pretty nice, it’s good to see the sun out over here. I’ve seen that wind conditions will be better tomorrow. Really looking forward to the racing this week, it’s a big fleet so good practice for us. In Australia we don’t have many 49ers, here we are used to race with 15 boats. To have 52 49ers at the starting line is a good preparation for the coming events.”

Close racing in 49erFX
Dutch girls in the 49erFX Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz, are at the Medemblik Regatta to perform the best they can. “There is a strong competition in our fleet, some very good light wind sailors and some good heavy wind sailors. We just want to sail really well and perform the best as possible.” These Dutchies leading after this first day, their teammates Dewi Couvert and Jeske Kisters come in one point behind them and another point behind are British Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey. So it’s close racing in the top 3!

Younger guys in favor with light winds
The RS:X men were scheduled as the first class to start today, but due to a lack of wind, their first start was postponed. In the end they managed to race their 3 scheduled races, but conditions were difficult. Kiran Badloe is on seventh place: “After a first day, everything can still happen. Today we had light conditions, you notice the younger, smaller guys provide from that. They are working hard to prove themselves. Tomorrow there’s more wind predicted, let’s see how that goes!”

Boost for youth RS:X
The RS:X U19 is competing for the first time at the Medemblik Regatta. Fabien Pianazza (FRA) is making a strong impression finishing all 3 races in first place. Aleksander Przychodzeń (POL) is in second place and Max van der Zalm (NZL) is one point behind him in third. It was Dutch coach Aaron McIntosh (NZL) and his team that suggested to invite the youth: “It’s good for them to give them a boost. They never compete in big events like this. The Europeans and Worlds, that’s about it. But it’s good for them to get more practice with big events like this. For the Dutch ‘beloften’ (red: promise) team it’s close by home, for the women it means a bigger fleet and for the event it’s good to have more people at the event. Hopefully more events will add the RS:X U19 in their event.”

Close racing in the RS:X women, the Polish girls Maja Dziarnowska and Zofia Noceti Klepacka are leading the fleet, both with 11 points. In third place is Stefania Elfutina with 12 points after the first day.

Light winds for Nacra 17
In the Nacra 17 it was a long day on the water with races just finished in the target times due to the light winds. The Spanish Fernando Echvarri Erasun with Tara Pacheco van Rijnsoever finished a great day, leading the fleet into the second day. Gemma Jones & Jason Saunders (NZL) and John Gimson & Anna Burnet (GBR) are in second and third place. For Anne-Line Lyngsø Thomsen and Jakob Faarvang (DEN) it was a difficult day today. Their starts weren’t how they should be. Before the regatta started they mentioned to work on some tactics and strategies this week. “Some tactics and strategics are hard for us to practice at home since we don’t have many boats there. For tomorrow we have our fingers crossed for more wind and foiling conditions.”

Laser & Laser Radial
In the Laser Elliot Hanson (GBR) seems to give a great return after his surgery, leading the fleet with seven points. Dutch Yuri Hummel is in second place with 10 points and Eliot Merceron (SUI) is in third place 13 points.

Maxime Jonker (NED) starts a strong day with two first places. Croatian Elena Vorobeva is in second place with 6 points and another Dutch sailor is in third place with 6 points. Daphne van der Vaart was not very satisfied with her racing today, but she still managed to end in the top 3 after race day 1.

Results day 1
RS:X Men

ISR253 – Yoav Cohen
POL30 – Maciej Kluszcyński
DEN158 – Sebastian Fleisscher

RS:X Women

POL7 – Maja Dziarnowska
POL8 – Zofia Noceti Klepacka
RUS1 – Stefania Elfutina

RS:X U19

FRA312 – Fabien Pianazza
POL893 – Aleksander Przychodzeń
NZL128 – Max van der Zalm

Nacra 17

ESP028 – Fernando Echvarri Erasun/Tara Pacheco van Rijnsoever
NZL22 – Gemma Jones/Jason Saunders
GBR21 – John Gimson/Anna Burnet


GBR209134 – Elliot Hanson
NED212968 – Yuri Hummel
SUI2120211 – Eliot Merceron

Laser Radial

NED211391 – Maxime Jonker
CRO213363 – Elena Vorobeva
NED212980 – Daphne van der Vaart


FRA195 – Lucas Raul/Emile Amoros
ARG51 – Yago Lange/Klaus Lange
DEN30 – Jonas Warrer/Jakob Precht


NED66 – Annemiek Bekkering/Annette Duetz
NED69 – Dewi Couvert/Jeske Kisters
GBR44 – Charlotte Dobson/Saskia Tidey

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VOR 2017-18. Team Brunel lidera la flota rumbo a Cardiff.

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20 de mayo de 2018

El Team Brunel lidera la etapa 9 tras una espectacular salida de Newport

El equipo holandés encabeza la etapa más decisiva de la Volvo Ocean Race, que es la última que puntúa doble y llevará a la flota hasta Cardiff.

El Team Brunel, patroneado por un veterano Bouwe Bekking, que compite en su octava edición, sigue mostrando una excelente forma al liderar la salida de Newport. El barco holandés sigue recuperando posiciones en los últimos dos meses de regata y está ya instalado en el podio.

La etapa 9 es un cruce transatlántica de 3.300 millas náuticas y la tercera y última etapa de doble puntuación. Los resultados de este etapa serán importantísimos para determinar la general final en esta edición de la regata.

“Sabemos que tenemos que vencer a los barcos rojos”, dijo Bekking antes de la salida, refiriéndose al líder de la general, el MAPFRE español, y al Dongfeng Race Team, que ocupa el segundo lugar.

“Lo idea sería que ganemos la etapa y ellos acaben sexto y séptimo, pero no podemos controlar esa parte. Todo lo que podemos hacer es navegar lo mejor posible y trabajar para obtener un buen resultado”.

El domingo amaneció con una espesa niebla cubriendo el Race Village de Fort Adams y la zona de la salida. En los instantes previo a la carrera, la niebla aparecía y desaparecía constanmente, antes de que finalmente se dispara justo a tiempo para la salida.

Fue un inicio espectacular, con grandes multitudes a lo largo de la costa de Fort Adams y cientos de barcos de espectadores acompañando a la flota alrededor de la bahía de Narragansett.

“Ha sido una escala increíble gracias a todo el apoyo que hemos tenido”, dijo el patrón del Vestas 11th Hour Racing, Charlie Enright, en el último día de la escala de su ciudad natal. “Newport ha mostrado sus verdaderos colores esta semana, ha sido asombroso”.

Pablo Arrarte analizaba la situación para el MAPFRE. “Ahora mismo tenemos tres puntos sobre Dongfeng aunque el punto del tiempo invertido en toda la vuelta está a su favor, así que en realidad son dos puntos. Está ajustada la cosa, quedan muchísimos puntos hasta que acabe la vuelta así que el objetivo es ir poco a poco. Yo creo que tampoco hay que ser muy avariciosos, simplemente quedando delante de ellos ya es una victoria y serán unos cuantos puntos más de ventaja, así que hay que ir poco a poco y hacer nuestra regata”.

El pronóstico para la etapa es complejo, con varios sistemas meteorológicos en liza, así como la Corriente del Golfo. La duración prevista está entre ocho y nueve días.

“Es una etapa muy complicada”, dijo el patrón del Dongfeng Race Team, Charles Caudrelier. “Tenemos una decisión temprana que tomar, que podría ver una división en la flota. Podría ser la decisión clave de la etapa. Y después de eso tenemos fuertes vientos. Vamos a presionar y el peligro es presionar demasiado. Pero no tenemos otra opción, vamos a presionar al 100 por ciento y va a ser muy interesante porque vamos a ir rápido”.

Clasificación general de la Volvo Ocean Race

1- MAPFRE – 53 puntos

2- Dongfeng Race Team – 50 puntos

3- Team Brunel – 42 puntos

4- team AkzoNobel – 36 puntos

5- Vestas 11th Hour Racing – 28 puntos

6- Sun Hung Kai / Scallywag – 27 puntos

7- Turn the Tide on Plastic – 22 puntos

Rolex Capri Sailing Week, final de campeonato.

© Gianfranco Forza

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Runaway Cannonball
International Maxi Association press release from Rolex Capri Sailing Week
Issued on 18 May 2018

After a long wait for wind on the Bay of Naples today, Rolex Capri Sailing Week concluded with a windward-leeward/coastal race for the Maxi and Mylius classes, competing here with the support of the International Maxi Association. The course comprised a weather mark off Capri, a leeward gate directly off the Sorrento Peninsula, before returning to a finish off Capri’s Marina Grande. Ultimately the wind went light and the Race Committee wisely shortened course at the gate.

Among the Maxi Racers all initially went to form with Dario Ferrari’s Pepe Cannonball leading round the top mark ahead of Alex Schaerer’s Caol Ila R. However while the Italians carried out a conventional bear away set, Caol Ila R gybe set taking them directly away from Capri’s wind shadow. Pepe Cannonball gybed at the same time, but the damage was done and her perfect scoreline received its only blemish of the week.

“We noticed they were going to gybe set, but I thought they would park up at the mark or we could match them. It was my mistake,” admitted Pepe Cannonball tactician Tommaso Chieffi. Pepe Cannonball finished second on corrected but was able to discard this, maintaining their perfect score.

“Capri and the racing have been fantastic,” said Ferrari. “We won four races out of five, so I am very happy. We really enjoyed this week – now we are looking forward to the Worlds in Sardinia.”

Pepe Cannonball has showed superior upwind pace this week, but Ferrari was reserved regarding whether his boat is the new Maxi 72 benchmark: “Momo was not here and we still have to beat her.”

Caol Ila R’s owner Alex Schaerer was delighted to have finally relieved Pepe Cannonball of a bullet: “It would have been too much for them to have won five in a row. But they drop today’s second and still only have wins!”

Of where they had won today, Schaerer said they had spotted more wind offshore at the top mark: “Maybe Cannonball only went 50m more, but it was enough: When it is so light it is crucial that you stay in the wind. Then we just flew over them. So we started with a win and finished with a win!” he concluded, referring also to Caol Ila R’s Regatta dei Tre Golfi victory a week ago.

His tactician Cameron Dunn felt they had performed well. “It was nice to get one off Cannonball. They have sailed bloody well all week, but she should be beating us – she is a newer boat with lots of mods. We feel like we are getting better all of the time.”

Sir Peter Ogden’s newly turboed Jethou was third with American Bryon Ehrhart fourth in his first regatta aboard Hap Fauth’s former Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship winner, Bella Mente, now rechristened Lucky.

Once again Peter Dubens’ Spectre led the Maxi Racer Cruiser class. However immediately after rounding the weather mark, their spinnaker exploded causing them to relinquish the lead to Roberto Lacorte’s SuperNikka. “The tack of the spinnaker is zipped together to prevent it opening when you don’t want it to, but if you run the zip all the way to the end and don’t break the zip open, when the sail sets the zip doesn’t release and it tears a hole in the spinnaker in a highly loaded area…” explained tactician Nick Rogers.

This handed victory on the water to arch-rivals, SuperNikka, but ultimately it was Jean-Pierre Barjon’s Marseille-based Swan 601 Lorina 1895 that won the race and their first bullet at Rolex Capri Sailing Week. A second place for SuperNikka today was enough for Robert Lacorte’s team to claim overall victory by a slender point from Lorina 1895.

Lacorte observed: “This week we’ve always been close on corrected time to Lorina and on the water we were very close with Spectre in real time – it was a fun regatta”.

“I am happy because we discovered SuperNikka is fast after all the improvements we made this winter, but mainly because I enjoyed racing with the crew and they were are happy on board.” Lacorte is now looking forward to defending his title in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo in September, but before then has the 151 Miglia to sail as well as organise – since starting it nine years ago it has become Italy’s largest offshore race. Currently it has 212 entries including 21 Maxis.

Some of the closest racing this week has been between the Mylius yachts competing here for their annual championship. A final win today for Ars Una was enough to hand Vittorio Biscarini’s Mylius 50 overall victory. But it was close – just one point ahead of Aldo Parisotto’s 65 Oscar 3 and two in front of Vincenzo Addessi’s Mylius 18E35 Fra Diavolo.

“It was a wonderful week, with exceptional race conditions and social events,” said Addessi. “Today we made a wrong decision, although we had a very good start. We should have had a better result, but we had an OCS on day two which affected our overall result.”

Rolex Capri Sailing Week was organised by the Circolo del Remo and Vela Italia, the Yacht Club Italiano and Yacht Club Capri, supported by the International Maxi Association.

The next International Maxi Association-supported event is the 151 Miglia, starting from Livorno on 31 May, rounding Giraglia rock and finishing in Punta Ala.

Resultados finales click acá

VOR 2017-18. Team Brunel gana la regata costera de Newport.

© Jesus Renedo/Volvo Ocean Race

© Jesus Renedo/Volvo Ocean Race

© Jesus Renedo/Volvo Ocean Race

Fuente info VOR

19 de mayo de 2018

Contundente triunfo del Team Brunel en la Gurney’s Resorts In Port Race Newport

La segunda plaza del MAPFRE le permite conservar el liderato también en la general de las In Port Series, que servirán para desempatar en la general de las etapas

El Team Brunet de Bouwe Bekking logró una convicente victoria en la Gurney’s Resorts In Port Race Newport ganando la salida y estirando la ventaja paulatinamente hasta certificar su triunfo.

“Sabíamos que el comienzo iba a ser crucial”, dijo el caña del Brunel, Peter Burling, después de la regata. “Salimos muy bien y pudimos navegar limpio el resto de la regata y eso hizo nuestra vida bastante fácil”.

El segundo puesto del MAPFRE permitió al líder de las In Port Race Series ampliar aún más su ventaja en la general. Fue otra actuación impresionante del patrón Xabi Fernández y su equipo, que estaban en el quinto lugar al principio de la regata, pero fueron adelantando a varios rivales en la segunda mitad de la prueba. El equipo español llevó como invitada a bordo a la Infanta Elena.

El héroe local Charlie Enright llevó a su Vestas 11th Hour Racing a un buen tercer puesto en el podio, complaciendo a la afición local que salió a pesar de las bajas temperaturas y la lluvia.

El SHK / Scallywag de David Witt acabó en cuarto lugar, por delante del Dongfeng Race Team, que realizó una remontada tardía pero no pudo sobrepasar a los de Hong Kong antes de la línea de meta.

Mientras tanto, el team AkzoNobel fue capaz de superar al Turn the Tide on Plastic en la primera vuelta del recorrido para obtener el sexto lugar.

La etapa 9 de la Volvo Ocean Race comenzará a las 14:00 hora local (1800 UTC) del domingo por la tarde.

Se prevé un inicio rápido con vientos cercanos a 20 nudos. La etapa 9 es un cruce transatlántica de 3.300 millas náuticas hacia Cardiff (Gales), y la última etapa copn doble puntuación de la presente edición de la regata.

General de las In-Port Race Series de la Volvo Ocean Race

1- MAPFRE – 50 puntos

2- Dongfeng Race Team – 42 puntos

3- Team Brunel – 36 puntos

4- team AkzoNobel – 35 puntos

5- Vestas 11th Hour Racing – 23 puntos

6- Sun Hung Kai / Scallywag – 19 puntos

7- Turn the Tide on Plastic – 16 puntos