SSL Finals día 3.

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SSL Finals 2019
December 3rd- 7th
Nassau, Bahamas


A lighter 6-12 knot day on Nassau’s Montagu Bay brought a fresh set of winners among the 23 competing teams on day three of the SSL Finals, the event determining 2019’s ‘stars of the sailing world’.

Star of the day was Australian Torvar Mirsky, sailing with Ireland’s Robert O’Leary. With the wind due north, the 2017 Match Racing World Champion was unbeatable upwind, leading at the top mark in all three of today’s races. However it was only in the second when they converted this to their first bullet.

“It was a splendid day – I’m really stoked,” said a jubilant Mirsky once ashore at the Nassau Yacht Club. “We were struggling a little downwind, but we were at the front of the fleet, which was really cool. In the lighter conditions we could look around a bit so we were able to tack, play the fleet and the shifts a little bit. We held on to most of it…”

Of his first SSL Finals Mirsky commented: “It is spectacular – humbling to be among such a concentration of sailing legends.”

Tensions had clearly risen today with it taking three attempts to send off the first race. The final of these was under the U flag, and, disastrously, OCS with Ricardo Fabini and Federico Calegari, were Diego Negri and Frithjof Kleen, the stand-out leaders going into today. This cost them 24 points, which might not have done too much harm being their discard, but in the second race they only managed a 21st. Ultimately a dreadful 56 point day dropped them to third overall, 13 points behind overall leaders Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Bruno Prada, the Polish-Brazilian reigning Star World Champions.

The first race ended in a match race between US duo Eric Doyle and Payson Infelise and Brazilians, the young Snipe World Champion Henrique Haddad and Star veteran Henry Boening.

Doyle commented: “We didn’t have a great start, but we did well in a couple of shifts up the beat. It was a really good battle on the last run, because you had to gybe on every shift, and everyone was going for it really hard. It was great fun and we just squeaked out in front of the Brazilians.”

In the second race, Croats Tonči Stipanović and Tudor Bilić were called over early. As Stipanović explained: “After the first race we decided we had to push more, but at the start the Uruguayan guys pushed us over. When I saw our number on the board [OCS] I was really disappointed, we were pushing too much.” There was some consolation in the last race when the Rio 2016 Laser silver medallist finished fifth, his best result so far.

The third race saw the most contention for the lead with Olympic legends Iain Percy and Anders Ekström putting in their best result of the day – a second, which with their 5-13 earlier left them second overall, 10 points off the lead.

Despite it being ultra-close at the second top mark rounding with Percy-Ekström, Mirsky-O’Leary and France’s Xavier Rohart and Pierre-Alexis Ponsot, just nosing ahead were the Kiwi-Brazilian pair, Hamish Pepper and defending SSL Finals champion Pedro Trouche.

Pepper explained: “In the last race I was more confident in my game plan and could protect the right.” As to the end of the second upwind he added: “We were a bit lucky there – we tacked, got a bit of a header so we could sneak in front of Torvar and Iain.” Sadly for Pepper this win followed two 20th placed finishes leaving them in 11th overall.

Generally the lighter conditions favoured the youngsters. While Mirsky-O’Leary were the class act, scoring just one point more today were Scottish Laser European Champion Lorenzo Chiavarini and his German crew Kilian Weise, whose 3-3-6 left them in seventh (following yesterday’s two DNFs).

Also going well today were Brazilians Haddad and Boening who posted a 2-7-7, leaving them 10th. “For sure the light conditions were better for us, but we were really aggressive with our plan to stay on the right side on the upwinds, where the big puffs and shifts were coming from,” explained Haddad. As to beating the heroes of the sport he added: “It is something that we don’t think about on the water, but when we look at the results and are ahead of many of them, it is a great feeling.”

Another three races are scheduled tomorrow starting at 1100. These will be the last of the qualification round. After this the top 10 alone will be heading on to Saturday’s Finals rounds.

Top 10 results after eight races and one discard:

1 Mateusz Kusznierewicz POL Bruno Prada BRA 33
2 Iain Percy GBR Anders Ekström SWE 43
3 Diego Negri ITA Frithjof Kleen GER 46
4 Eivind Melleby NOR Josh Revkin USA 46
5 Xavier Rohart FRA Pierre-Alexis Ponsot FRA 51
6 Oskari Muhonen FIN Vitalii Kushnir UKR 52
7 Lorenzo Chiavarini GBR Kilian Weise GER 54
8 Paul Cayard USA Phil Trinter USA 55
9 Torvar Mirsky AUS Robert O’Leary IRE 57
10 Henrique Haddad BRA Henry Boening BRA 63

2019 Hyundai 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, día 3.

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DAY 3 – Hyundai 49er, 49erFX & Nacra 17 World Championships

The end of the Qualifying Series in any Olympic-class World Championship is always a fraught scramble to make it through to the Gold Fleet Finals. Scrape through to the final 25 and you live to fight another three days. Fail to make the cut – and the best you can finish is 26th overall.

Add to that the fact that qualification to the Olympic Games is also on the line for many teams at the Hyundai 49er, 49erFX & Nacra 17 World Championships in Auckland, and there is an awful lot at stake for this group of committed sailors. They dedicate their young lives to moments like these.

Go take a look at the results for yourself and you’ll see a fascinating web of hopes and dreams – along with missed opportunities.

49erFX update: Olympic Champions running away with the FX contest

The reigning Olympic Champions are beginning to run away with the 49erFX competition in Auckland. Discarding a 9th place at the end of qualification, the last four scores for Brazil’s Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze are 1,2,1,5. Eclipsing even those scores are a 2,1,2,1 which has propelled Helene Næss and Marie Rønningen into second overall. After a slow start with all their first four scores in double digits, the Norwegians have had a qualification of two halves.

On equal points with Norway and holding third overall are the Singapore team of Kimberly Lim and Cecilia Low, a stunning performance from a nation that’s not normally seen in contention for the podium of major championships. These two former Optimist World Champions are now being chased by another former Oppie World Champ, Tina Lutz from Germany. Along with her crew Susann Beucke, Lutz’s scores of 6,1,3,2 have rocketed the German boat into fourth overall, just two points in front of defending world champions from the Netherlands, Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz.

Other notables are Alex Maloney and Molly Meech, the local heroines who find themselves in seventh overall and will be looking to the Gold Fleet finals to lift themselves to the podium as they race in front of their home crowd. Meanwhile the top two teams from day one both slid down the rankings with a much poorer second day. Paris Henken and Anna Tobias sit in 9th place overall, the Americans on equal points with 10th placed Ida Marie Nielsen and Marie Olsen. Even worse for the young Swedes, Vilma Bobeck and Malin Tengstrom, however, who have tumbled out of the top 10 down to 41st overall, putting them well outside the top 25 for the Gold Fleet finals.

49er Update: Early Christmas for Snow?

Only one 49er team kept all its qualifying scores inside the top 10, and that’s Nevin Snow and Dane Wilson from the USA. That stunningly consistent performance sees the young Americans one step away from the podium as they move into their first ever Gold Fleet finals. Talk about performing under pressure, because this is the last chance for the USA to qualify its place for the Games.

With the discard taken into account, Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel of Germany hold top spot by a point from Pete Burling and Blair Tuke, the reigning Olympic Champions racing on home waters, with a 10-point gap back to third-placed Austrians, Benjamin Bildstein and David Hussl. Others who have managed to avoid the many pitfalls and landslides of qualifying are Dylan Scott and Stuart Bithell of Great Britain, the 2017 World Champions sitting in 5th place and one point in front of Logan Dunning Beck and Oscar Gunn of New Zealand.

Former European Champions Justus Schmidt and Max Boehme have just squeaked into the top 25 provided final protests don’t rejig the scores against them.

Nacra 17 Update: Gimson’s winning, but he doesn’t care

There are a number of civil wars going on for Olympic selection, with team mates fighting for national selection for that single Nacra 17 spot at Tokyo 2020. Three nations that each have two world-class teams vying for selection are Great Britain, Italy and Australia, and it’s these three nations that hold the top three places overall at the end of qualification in Auckland.

The two British teams went into the day neck and neck at the top of the leaderboard, but 2017 World Champion Ben Saxton and Nicola Boniface finished qualification with an uncharacteristic 16th place. With a U Flag start-line infringement from the previous day, Saxton and Boniface are forced to carry the 16th which tumbles them down to 6th overall, 14 points off the lead held by their arch rivals and compatriots, John Gimson and Anna Burnet.

“Quite a stressfull day with three whacky light races,” said Gimson. “But we managed to just about keep all the scores inside the top 10 with a couple of big comebacks, which i think will be important heading in to gold fleet – it only gets harder from here. Nice to finish the day with a second in the final race, which made the long postponement for it worth while. No idea how we are doing. I don’t follow the results during the regatta as no one is really winning until the end but so far so good in terms of how we are sailing.”

Not that Gimson is paying attention then, but he might be pleased to learn that all his scores have all been in the top 10. The only other team to have achieved such consistency is the Italian crew of Vittorio Bissaro and Maelle Frascari whose last-race victory puts them just 1 point behind the British leaders at the end of qualification. By stark contrast, the highest-performing team of the past three years – Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti – find themselves languishing back in 19th overall. The prospect of defending their 2018 world title looks very distant for the Italians right now.

Meanwhile a much closer battle ensues between the top two Australian crews, with 49er gold and silver medallist Nathan Outteridge – crewed by sister Haylee – holds third place and an 8-point advantage over the Rio Olympic silver medallists Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin.

Just a point behind the silver medallists are the Olympic gold medallists from Argentina – Santiago Lange and Cecilia Carranza Saroli – with no such worries about qualifying for Tokyo 2020. Now in his late 50s, Lange continues to prove that age is no barrier to performance in high-speed foiling catamarans.

Undone by a spreader

Spare a thought for Kevin Fischer and Yann Jauvin (FRA) who were leading the Worlds after three races with a 1, 4, 1 scoreline, setting themselves up for their best ever 49er Worlds placing. Overnight they had to replace their spreader as it was breaking, and then their new spreader also broke in the second race of day two leaving them with three DNF finishes and out of contention of the regatta.

Southern Spars, who supply all of the 49er and 49erFX masts were on site this morning to offer non-destructive testing for all teams that want it. The 49er Class has selected a new spar supplier starting after the Tokyo games.

Don’t cry (yet) for me, Argentina

The highest profile casualties of the 49er qualification series are Yago and Klaus Lange from Argentina. While their father Santiago Lange, the reigning Olympic Champion in the Nacra 17 is competing on the foiling catamaran course, the brothers could not harness the momentum from their 4th place finish in the Oceania Championships last week and finished in 32nd place. This leaves the Argentineans outside of Tokyo 2020 qualification. However, their fellow South Americans from Brazil, Marco Grael and Gabriel Borges have made gold fleet. By the way the continental qualification system works the Argentinians still have a shot. If the Brazilians finish in the top-four non-qualified countries, along with some other permutations that rely on the performance of the Australian crews, the Brazilians would end up grabbing a Games spot, which would throw open a continental spot to Argentina. The Brazilians are chasing an internal qualification criteria, so are equally motivated to perform well during the remaining three days.

Qualifying Hopefuls Take it to the Room

As two nations vying for one of the few Olympic qualifying spots on offer every little advantage had to be exploited. A port/starboard incident in race 5 resulted in the Irish team of Ryan Seaton and Seafra Guilfoyle protesting Diego Botin and Iago Marra (ESP). The result meant the Spanish were disqualified and discarding the result. But some double-digit scores now meant they have it all to do on the final day of qualifying to get into the gold fleet. With their compatriots from Spain, the Alonso brothers, also carrying a letter score (UFD) but with marginally better scores, Spain (a nation which has in the past won a 49er gold and silver medal at the Olympics) was looking in danger of not making it into Tokyo 2020 at all.

Responding to the Pressure

The three 49er fleets were all going into the final race of qualifying at similar times, and as always, the points were close. Spaniards Diego Botin and Iago Marra (ESP 97) were staring down the barrel of gold fleet defeat this morning. It was a massive upset when they didn’t make gold fleet in Aarhus last year, and to have missed gold fleet two World Championships in a row would have been a massive upset for such a high-performing team.

“I woke at 4am and looked over at Iago, I could see he was awake too,” said Diego.

A sleepless night has turned out all right, with the last four qualification scores of 2,1,3,4 rocketing the Spaniards up to 9th overall. The re-energised duo will look to secure an Olympic qualification berth over the next three days. “Now the regatta begins,” said Marra.

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The Ocean Race llegará a Auckland (Nueva Zelanda) durante la edición 2021-22

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5 – 12 – 2019

The Ocean Race anuncia su regreso a Auckland

The Ocean Race llegará a Auckland (Nueva Zelanda) durante la edición 2021-22 de la vuelta al mundo a vela.

Mientras The Ocean Race se acerca a su 50 aniversario, la regata ha confirmado su regreso a Nueva Zelanda por 12ª vez. En todas las ediciones anterior menos en una, Auckland, la ciudad de las velas, fue la elegida para efectuar la parada.

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“Para mí es un gran placer confirmar que The Ocean Race regresará a Auckland en 2021-22″, afirma Richard Brisius, presidente de The Ocean Race.

“Consideramos que Auckland es la cuna espiritual de la carrera, con un legado construido sobre las leyendas de exitosos navegantes de Nueva Zelanda como Sir Peter Blake y Grant Dalton, y que ahora abandera una generación más joven con Peter Burling, Blair Tuke y Bianca Cook”.

“Cada vez que venimos aquí, los aficionados kiwis celebran apasionadamente los increíbles esfuerzos que realizan los mejores navegantes del mundo para cumplir sus sueños y ambiciones en The Ocean Race y los tripulantes, a su vez, aprecian la cálida bienvenida y la hospitalidad que reciben aquí, antes de emprender uno de los mayores desafíos que afrontarán en alta mar: el Océano Sur”.

La escala de Auckland es la previa de una de las etapas más difíciles del evento, ya que la flota saldrá de las aguas protegidas del Golfo de Hauraki para sumergirse en el Océano Sur, navegando entre la Antártida y América del Sur mientras pasan por el famoso Cabo de Hornos.

Los regatistas kiwis han sido protagonistas durante mucho tiempo de la historia de las regatas en esta remota parte del mundo y esta vez no será una excepción. Bianca Cook, que compitió en la última edición de The Ocean Race a bordo del Turn the Tide on Plastic, lidera una campaña en la clase VO65 para la edición de 2021-22.

La edición 2021-22 de The Ocean Race contará con dos clases de embarcaciones: la innovadora clase IMOCA 60, con foils, y los monotipos VO65, que protagonizaron una igualadísima competición en la última regata.

“Es fantástico tener la confirmación de que The Ocean Race volverá a Auckland”, dijo Cook. “Es una gran noticia para nuestro equipo tener la certeza de que tendremos una escala en casa”.

Cook compró el VO65 en el que compitió en la anterior edición y lo transportó a Nueva Zelanda, donde se está renovando y preparando para dar de nuevo la vuelta al mundo.

“Han sido unos meses emocionantes y nuestro equipo está empezando a tomar forma ahora”, agregó. “Con la confirmación de que la regata llegará a Auckland, estamos trabajando para lanzar el barco al agua y comenzar nuestro entrenamiento en Nueva Zelanda muy pronto”.

Los exitosos Peter Burling y Blair Tuke compitieron en la última edición de la regata en equipos diferentes. Recién salidos de una victoria de la America’s Cup en Bermuda con el Emirates Team New Zealand, se convirtieron en rivales por primera vez en su carrera, y cada uno de ellos buscaba convertirse en el primer regatista de la historia en lograr la ‘triple corona’ al vencer en los Juegos Olímpicos, la America’s Cup y The Ocean Race. Pero al final ambos tuvieron que conformarse con un puesto en el podio con sus respectivos equipos, dejando una cuenta pendiente con The Ocean Race.

Ahora, haciendo malabarismos con su renovado compromiso de la Copa América y la campaña para defender su medalla de oro en la clase 49er en los Juegos Olímpicos de Tokio, Burling y Tuke expresaron su entusiasmo porque Auckland vuelva a organizar The Ocean Race en 2021-22.

“Para Blair y para mí, participar en la última edición de The Ocean Race fue una experiencia que nos cambió la vida”, dijo Burling.

“Las vela oceánica nos mejoró como regatistas y nos permitió experimentar la naturaleza de una forma que nunca antes habíamos experimentado. Nuestros días en el Océano Sur fueron uno de los motivos que nos inspiraron a crear nuestra nueva fundación, Live Ocean, que se dedica a proteger y restaurar nuestros océanos, algo que sabemos que The Ocean Race también respalda firmemente”.

“Es fantástico escuchar que The Ocean Race regresará a Auckland en su próxima edición, después de la Copa América. Aunque la Copa y los Juegos Olímpicos son nuestras prioridades inmediatas, a Blair y a mí nos encantaría volver a participar en la regata”.

La escala de Ocean Race en 2021-22 se ubicará en las instalaciones que se definirán después de la Copa América de 2021.

El alcalde de Auckland, Phil Goff, dio la bienvenida a la noticia.

“Auckland es un destino de clase mundial para la vela, y la ciudad cobra vida cada vez que los barcos nos visitan”, dijo. “Y que Bianca Cook confirme su participación como la primera patrona de Nueva Zelanda en esta regata es un valor añadido”.

“La inversión del Consejo de Auckland a través del departamento de Turismo, Eventos y Desarrollo Económico de Auckland (ATEED) ayuda a destacar la capacidad de nuestra región para organizar eventos de esta magnitud. La última vez que organizamos una escala de The Ocean Race tuvimos casi 500.000 visitantes en el Race Village, creando una gran sensación de vitalidad”.

“La inversión de 6 mil millones de dólares del gobierno local y central en la transformación del centro de la ciudad de Auckland, y la construcción de un nuevo recinto frente al mar para la 36ª America´s Cup, creará un legado duradero para Auckland y nos ayudará a cumplir nuestro papel como la ciudad más internacional de Nueva Zelanda”.

“Esta visita completará un increíble año de eventos internacionales para Auckland”, concluyó.

El ministro de Desarrollo Económico, Phil Twyford, dijo que el Gobierno se enorgullece de apoyar la edición 2021-22 de The Ocean Race dada la larga historia de Nueva Zelanda en el evento.

“La escala representa una oportunidad fantástica para atraer al público de Nueva Zelanda a la costa de Auckland para apoyar del evento, en la zona desarrollada para la 36ª America’s Cup. También estamos encantados de que un equipo de Nueva Zelanda sea capitaneado por una mujer, ya que aumentar la participación de las mujeres en el deporte es una prioridad para nosotros“.

The Ocean Race saldrá desde Alicante (España) en el cuarto trimestre de 2021 y finalizará en Génova (Italia) en junio de 2022. La ruta completa de la regata se confirmará en las próximas semanas. Ciudad del Cabo se une a Itajaí (Brasil), Aarhus (Dinamarca) y La Haya (Holanda) como sedes confirmadas, junto con Cabo Verde, que será la primera parada en África Occidental en la historia de la regata

SSL Finals día 2.

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December 3rd- 7th
Nassau, Bahamas


Big conditions for day two of the SSL Finals, the event which sets to determine the ‘stars of the sailing world’, once again largely benefitted the ‘old hands’. Competitors ventured out on to Nassau’s Montegu Bay with its shallow, warm, Bahamas Tourist Board turquoise water, but today this was being whipped up by brisk winds, at times approaching 20 knots, from a similar northwesterly direction to yesterday.

For a second day, the stand-out team was the Italian-German duo of Diego Negri and 2017 SSL Finals winning crew Frithjof Kleen whose 1-2-4 scoreline today has enabling them to pull out a lead of nine points after five races and one discard.

Of winning the first race, Kleen summarised simply: “We played the right side on the upwind, then we had a big lead and just had to bring it home.” Generally of their performance, he added: “We have awesome speed. Downwind we are at times struggling, and with boats coming from behind with the pressure it is tough to defend. We are working hard and have good rhythm. We are sailing constantly, not too aggressively.”

During the second race the wind dropped to around 10-12 knots and in this Anglo-Swedish duo, Star boat legends Iain Percy and Anders Ekström, played the shifts well to lead around the top mark. But Negri-Kleen were chasing them, although reassuringly they followed them around the starboard leeward gate mark. Despite Negri-Kleen’s superior downwind technique, Percy-Ekström hung to take their first win making amends for losing yesterday’s second race when they were pipped at the post by Hamish Pepper and Pedro Trouche.

For Percy-Ekström their win followed a rotten first race. Percy explained: “The wind was really strong and to be honest my muscles weren’t up to it! So we had big gust and I couldn’t pull the main on and we did a Chinese gybe – a first for me in a Star! Anders went for a swim, but he managed to hold on. It was a bad race, so it was good to bounce back.”

Sailing legend Paul Cayard is the oldest competitor here, yet looks the fittest and in a remarkable display of resilience, it was he and his Athens 2004 crew Phil Trinter who won the third race. In this, with the breeze back up into the high teens, the all-American duo gained the lead going into the leeward gate and then picking the favoured right side of the second beat. However Cayard maintained the hard work was done on the first beat: “It is very shifty out there and we decided to hit the right hard and for a while it wasn’t looking good, but then the wind went our way and we were able to get back and cross the whole fleet. That set us up to go around the weather mark second. If that doesn’t happen you are buried and the racing is so volatile with those puffs.”

A 4-14-1 with the middle result discarded elevated Cayard-Trinter to third overall, two points behind Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Bruno Prada. In addition to Negri-Kleen, the Polish-Brazilian reigning World Champions, were the only others to score single figure results, posting a 3-9-2 today. They led around the top mark in the opening race. “Today it was not about settings, it was more about the technique of driving the boat,” said Kusznierewicz. “But we also have a winning boat that is very well balanced boat with new sails.”

Among the newbie Star sailors here Finland’s Oskari Muhonen double Finn Silver Cup winner, sailing with the Ukraine’s Vitalii Kushnir, scored a 5-5 in today’s last two races and hold sixth place overall. However 25-years-olds, Scot Lorenzo Chiavarini and German Kilian Weise, were third in today’s last race. Of that Chiavarini said: “We struggled to get out in clean air, but we got into a decent place, then on the downwind we started to gain metres on the group in front.”

Unfortunately this came after two races where they were scored DNF after they twice broke their forestay and twice had to return to Nassau Yacht Club to effect a repair. Chiavarini said: “The shore team was exceptional and helped us to get to the next race twice. Both times it took us 10 minutes to get back out. It was cool to bounce back – it showed we were calm and did everything we could.”

Tomorrow another three races are scheduled to start again at 1100 local time, when the wind is expected to be lighter. The consensus is that this could create a fresh set of winners.

Top 10 results after five races:

1 Diego Negri ITA Frithjof Kleen GER 8
2 Mateusz Kusznierewicz POL Bruno Prada BRA 17
3 Paul Cayard USA Phil Trinter USA 19
4 Eivind Melleby NOR Josh Revkin USA 20
5 Iain Percy GBR Anders Ekström SWE 23
6 Oskari Muhonen FIN Vitalii Kushnir UKR 23
7 Hamish Pepper NZL Pedro Trouche BRA 24
8 Fredrik Lööf SWE Brian Fatih USA 29
9 Xavier Rohart FRA Pierre-Alexis Ponsot FRA 32
10 Eric Doyle USA Payson Infelise USA 37

2019 Hyundai 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships, día 2.

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The Battle of Britain is underway, while USA veteran finds her feet in the FX, Austria 1 point ahead of 49er legends…

Day two of the 2019 Hyundai 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships brought solid breezes across all courses, still with plenty of wind shift and surprise to keep the 400-odd competitors on their toes. After being held ashore on day one due to too much breeze, today was the first opportunity for the 49erFX and Nacra 17 sailors to put some scores on the board. For the 49er Men, some clarity is beginning to emerge on the leaderboard as qualifying passes the halfway stage.

Nacra 17 – the Battle of Britain

It has been a feature of the Nacra 17 fleet in Championships to date that the favourites rise to the challenge and begin the series strongly. None more so than the never-ending saga for British nomination to the Tokyo Olympics between Ben Saxton with Nicola Boniface and John Gimson with Anna Burnett. The two British teams fighting for the selection are lying first and second overall on the leaderboard, both with two dominant days to start the regatta. However there are four teams at the top, all within a point of each other. Along with the Brits are Riley Gibbs and Anna Weis (USA) in third overall, on the same points as Lin Cenholt and CP Lubeck (DEN). Best of the rest are the Italians, Vittorio Bissaro and Maelle Frascari in 5th overall. But those other Italians, the most dominant so far of this quad, Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti find themselves back in 23rd overall.

49erFX – some surprises at the top

On the other side, it has been a feature of the 49erFX fleet that the top guns stumble at least once carrying deep scores and setting up a high scoring championship in the women’s skiff. So far only two teams have scored top 10 finishes across all four races in the 49erFX and it is not a surprise to see Ida Nielsen with Marie Olsen (DEN) and Martine Grael with Kahena Kunze (BRA) showing consistent form so far. While Paris Henkin and Anna Tobias (USA) started their championship with a lowly 18th from their half of the qualifying draw, the Americans soon discovered their mojo, winning the next two heats and ending the day with a 5th. This places USA at the top of the scoreboard of a 49erFX World Championship for the first time in their careers. Denmark’s highly experienced team of Ida Marie Nielsen and Marie Olsen (DEN) kept all their scores in the top 10 and finished off the day with a race win. They’re tied on points with the Americans at the top of the scoreboard. There’s a three-way tie for third place, two of those teams being the arch rivals from Rio 2016 – the Olympic gold and silver medallists from Brazil and New Zealand respectively. However, placing ahead on countback ahead of Maloney/ Meech (NZL) and Grael/ Kunze (BRA) are the Singaporeans, Kimberley Lim/ Cecilia Low. Singapore won their third heat but finished the day with a 20th which they’re currently able to drop from their scores.

49er – Austria in the lead

In the 49er Men, Austria’s Benjamin Bildstein and David Hussl have been knocking on the door of greatness for some time. Could Auckland be their week? Along with the Swiss team in fifth overall, the Austrians are the only crew to have kept all their qualifying race scores inside the top 10. Today’s stellar results of 1,5,2,2 launch Austria to the top of the rankings, a single point ahead of local heroes and reigning Olympic Champions, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke.

We have one last day of qualifying to come. Each fleet will have another four races and for many sailors still aiming to qualify for the Olympic games, it will be the most critical sailing day of their careers. Qualifying for the Olympics will almost certainly require making the cut for gold fleet at the end of tomorrow’s racing. Saving their best for tomorrow will be vital.

Anna (Tunnicliffe) Tobias has her best ever day in a 49erFX

The 2008 Laser Radial Gold medallist Anna (Tunnicliffe) Tobias now crews for 2016 Olympian Paris Henken (USA). The duo have not been full-time sailors on the circuit. Paris is still attending university and Anna is competing at the very highest levels in Crossfit. Over recent months they have been gearing up for this Championship and with two bullets and a fifth-place today they must be very pleased with how their US trials are beginning.

Anna has raced the 49erFX on and off since 2013. While she has had occasional success over the years, today’s results with Paris are a significant improvement and their best ever day in the 49erFX.

Kim and Lim (SIN) in pole position for Olympic qualifying

Singapore’s Kim and Lim are no stranger to performing well at World Championships, as both are Optimist World Champions. However, Singaporean sailors are well known for receiving great support and funding at youth level. Success at Olympic level has to come from the efforts of the sailors themselves and it’s rare to see the Singapore flag at the front of the Olympic fleet. So far so good for Kim and Lim; they won a race and had two more top 10s to sit third overnight making a great start toward earning one of the six qualifying spots for Tokyo.

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Brest Atlantiques, triunfo para Franck Cammas y Charles Caudrelier con Maxi Edmond de Rothschild.

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Comunicado de Prensa
Brest, 05 diciembre 2019

¡Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, ganador de la Brest Atlantiques!

¡Está hecho! Tras 28 días 23 horas 24 minutos y 46 segundos de mar, Franck Cammas y Charles Caudrelier, acompañados por tripulante de prensa Yann Riou, ganaron este miércoles 4 de diciembre la Brest Atlantiques a las10:42:46 horas. La primera gran victoria oceánica para Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, que habrá recorrido un total de 17.084 millas, a un promedio real de 24.57 nudos.

Franck Cammas y Charles Caudrelier partieron de Brest el 5 de noviembre con condiciones duras, y llegaron este miércoles por la mañana con un tiempo bonancible (mar llana y brisa ligera del este), cruzando la meta como ganadores a las 10 horas, 42 minutos y 46 segundos, exactamente tras 28 días 23 horas 24 minutos y 46 segundos en el mar, después de haber encadenado bordadas ciñendo en las últimas horas de regata.

Habiendo llegado al timón de Maxi Edmond de Rothschild a finales de abril pasado, los dos patrones vencieron la Fastnet Race en agosto pasado, una regata que les permitió ganar confianza en su capacidad para liderar el trimarán volador Ultim. Una gran victoria en una regata larga de prestigio, que para ellos supuso un salto a lo desconocido.

Al final, esta victoria es indiscutible. Después de coger por primera vez el mando de la regata desde la segunda noche, a lo largo de la costa marroquí, Franck Cammas y Charles Caudrelier lo mantuvieron hasta su parada técnica del 12 noviembre en Salvador de Bahía. Una parada que duró 13 horas y 40 minutos, el tiempo que un pequeño equipo enviado por el equipo Gitana procedía a reparar la orza dañada justo antes de Cabo Verde. Luego, tardaron solo dos días para recuperar el liderato, el 14 de noviembre a las 20 h en Río de Janeiro, una primera posición que no han soltado desde entonces. ¡¡Han liderado la regata durante 25 de los casi 29 días!!

¿La receta para este éxito? Un barco botado el 17 de julio de 2017 que ahora es el barco a batir para la flota de Ultim, después de más de dos años de desarrollo: segundo en la Transat Jacques Vabre 2017, abandono en la Ruta del Ron 2018 por la pérdida parcial del flotador de estribor. Fue el primer Ultim diseñado específicamente para “volar”, por el arquitecto Guillaume Verdier y la oficina de diseño del equipo Gitana bajo la responsabilidad de Pierre Tissier. Y dos navegantes, Franck Cammas y Charles Caudrelier, quienes, a la edad de 46 y 45 años respectivamente, encontraron rápidamente los mandos de su máquina, gracias a su experiencia oceánica con trimaranes.

Además de sus victorias en monocasco (Solitaire du Figaro una vez cada uno, Volvo Ocean Race juntos en 2012 en Groupama 4, como patrón del Dongfeng Race Team en 2018 para Charles Caudrelier), han navegado mucho y ganado en trimaranes antes de unirse en abril al equipo de regatas oceánicas creado en 2000 por Ariane y Benjamin de Rothschild: Franck Cammas en Orma (tiene tres victorias en la Transat Jacques Vabre en la década 2000) y luego en el maxi Groupama 3 (Trofeo Jules Verne y Ruta del Ron en el mismo año 2010), Charles Caudrelier en MOD70 (victoria en la Transat Jacques Vabre 2013, ya bajo los colores del equipo Gitana).

Esta experiencia y su buena compenetración a bordo les permitió sacar el máximo potencial al Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, durante las 17.000 millas reales recorridas (la ruta directa es 13.752 millas), con un impresionante promedio de 24.8 nudos. Su mejor singladura fue

SSL Finals día 1. Eivind Melleby y Josh Revkin lideres parciales.

Fuente info SSL

SSL Finals 2019
December 3rd- 7th
Nassau, Bahamas


For the opening day of competition at the SSL Finals to determine 2019’s ‘star of the sailing world’, Nassau laid on perfect conditions with glorious sunshine, an ultra-shifty northwesterly and flat water out on Montagu Bay for the 23 crews from 22 nations.

Among the diverse fleet of former, current and future Olympic sailors plus many from other disciplines such as match racing, the Snipe and 5.5mR, day one’s two races belonged to last generation Olympic Star boat sailors.

A significant left shift on the start line in the opening race saw the full fleet quickly tack on to port. While American 2015 SSL Finals winner George Szabo and his Italian crew Edoardo Natucci were strongest among those on the left it was Diego Negri and Frithjof Kleen that got off the line best at the race committee boat and were most committed to the paying right. The Italian-German duo, Kleen being the 2017 SSL Finals winner as crew for Paul Goodison, were ahead when they tacked back, had pulled out a substantial lead at the top mark and were subsequently never threatened.

“It was great – we were reading the course well, because it was shifting a lot,” commented Negri. “The wind was dropping, but we stayed calm and in control and from there it was easy.”

Perhaps more impressive was how Negri and Kleen then dug themselves out having been buried at the start of the second race. In the latter half of the fleet at the first top mark rounding, by the second they had elevated themselves to fourth place and ultimately finished sixth, leaving them second overall at the end of day one.

After one general recall, race two also looked set to be another clear cut affair with two time Olympic champion Iain Percy, sailing with Swede Anders Ekström, winning the pin and committing to the left to lead at the top mark. The first run went less well with Roberto Bermúdez de Castro and Miguel Fernandez Vasco, Spain’s first representatives at the SSL Finals, drawing level, splitting at the leeward gate.

Percy and Ekström had regained the advantage at the second top mark rounding. Here Norwegian-US duo Eivind Melleby and Josh Revkin had pulled up to second ahead of the Spanish with the Kiwi-Brazilian team of Hamish Pepper and Pedro Trouche in fifth ahead of Swedish-US combo Freddy Lööf and Brian Fatih. On the final run most gybed early, but Pepper and Trouche alone remained on starboard, and separating from the masses found better pressure. Converging with Percy-Ekström on the finish line, they pipped them at the post.

Of their day Percy observed: “Generally today was a case of brushing the dust off. I think we had the reactions of a 90-year-old in the first race and by the second we had the reactions of a 70-year-old! Reactions were important today because you needed to be able to make quick decisions in response to the wind shifts because they were so big.” Otherwise Percy was happy with their speed: “We are pretty good downwind, although not like the old days. Upwind will come. Our set-up isn’t quite right, but that’s a matter of millimetres.”

Hamish Pepper, the sole New Zealand competitor, sailing with Trouche, the defending SSL Finals champion, was pleased with the outcome. “Pedro called to go straight on the run and I agreed with that. We got in a good lane and good pressure and it fell into place. I feel sorry for Iain [Percy] because he was leading from the get-go, but sometimes when you cover the field it doesn’t pay off. But we’ll take it!”

At the end of day one Melleby-Revkin lead by a point. “Being leader after the first day doesn’t mean that much, but it is nice to have confirmation you’re on the pace. Hopefully we can keep it together for the week,” said Melleby. “Today we had 30-40° shifts, sometimes 50. It was just a matter of getting off the starting line and playing the shifts immediately so you can get ahead. But the more shifty it is, the more we like it!”

If the London 2012 Star sailors hold most of top 10 positions, but with US duo Paul Cayard and Phil Trinter seventh and the youngest pairing of 25-year-olds Scot Lorenzo Chiavarini and Germany’s Kilian Weise in ninth, the greatest surprise is that third place is currently held by the youngest sailor in the fleet, Finland’s two time Finn Silver Cup winner Oskari Muhonen aged 22, sailing with Ukrainian Vitalii Kushnir.

“I like these tricky, shifty winds,” said Muhonen. “We were struggling with downwind speed because we haven’t trained much, but upwind was really good as were our tactics. We are getting better and better. The main thing was to stay on the lifting shift and to lay. I am really happy.”

Racing tomorrow begins at 1100 when four races are scheduled. Qualification racing continues until Friday with the final rounds taking place on Saturday.

Top 10 results after two races:

1 Eivind Melleby NOR Josh Revkin USA 6
2 Diego Negri ITA Frithjof Kleen GER 7
3 Oskari Muhonen FIN Vitalii Kushnir UKR 13
4 Fredrik Lööf SWE Brian Fatih USA 13
5 Hamish Pepper NZL Pedro Trouche BRA 14
6 Iain Percy GBR Anders Ekström SWE 14
7 Paul Cayard USA Phil Trinter USA 14
8 Mateusz Kusznierewicz POL Bruno Prada BRA 15
9 Lorenzo Chiavarini GBR Kilian Weise GER 15
10 Tonči Stipanović CRO Tudor Bilic CRO 24