SailGP Grand Final Marsella, a un mes de saber quién se lleva el millón de dólares.

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Billy Besson and Marie Riou to showcase world’s fastest sail racing in front of home crowds on 20-22 September.

Marseille (France), 20 August 2019 – On 20-22 September 2019, the Mediterranean city of Marseille will host the Grand Final of SailGP Season 1 – the new global championship aiming to redefine sailing. For the first time ever in France, the world’s fastest flying catamarans and top athletes will take centre stage, offering a unique and high speed maritime show in Marseille for the spectators expected.

This new annual event, launched at the end of 2018 by Sir Russell Coutts and Larry Ellison, co-founder of Oracle, pits nation versus nation in a series of short format racing in some of the most iconic harbours in the world.

Following four events in Sydney, San Francisco, New York and Cowes, UK, the six teams representing France, Australia, China, Great Britain, Japan and the United States will go head to head in Marseille for the season finale.

The penultimate event in Cowes saw a new F50 speed record broken, with Dylan Fletcher’s British team hitting 50 knots (nearly 60 mph / 100 kph) in training on the revolutionary catamaran, before overall leader Tom Slingsby and his Australian team went one better, to hit the incredible speed during racing for the first time. Marseille promises to be an equally intense and spectacular event.

Currently Australia’s Tom Slingsby is leading the charge at the top of the leaderboard but will have to fight off strong competition from fellow Olympic gold medallist Nathan Outteridge of Japan, Rome Kirby’s young United States team and the British team helmed by Dylan Fletcher. After two days racing in Marseille, the top two ranked teams from the whole season will do battle for glory and the $1 million prize.

The French Team, helmed by Billy Besson, will be looking to continue its success from Cowes SailGP, where they scored their best race position of the season, and hope that a home advantage will elevate them up the leaderboard.

“We are very excited to be racing at home, it brings us extra energy and motivation to do well. We accomplished some great performances in Cowes and will sail in Marseille with more confidence. A new speed record was established for the F50, of more than 52 knots, so depending on weather conditions during the event, it promises a high tension experience for this Grand Final, both for the teams and the fans.” -Billy Besson, helmsman of the France SailGP Team, four-time Nacra 17 world champion.

An exceptional facility to welcome sailing enthusiasts and high-performance sports fans

For the SailGP Grand Final, there will be a SailGP Fan Zone in front of the MuCem. Giant screens and live race commentary will enhance the fan experience. The offshore seawall has been completely redesigned, with the support of the harbor of Marseille, and hosts a large spectator stand and VIP area, placing fans right at the edge of the action. For French fans unable to get to the event, the races will be broadcasted live on Canal+ Group channels during the three days of the competition.

__SailGP ticketed experiences to enjoy the Grand Final __

Tickets on the seawall start at 25€/person for the ‘Seawall Standard’ offer and three types of ticket are available. All tickets allow access to the seawall by boat to get a front row seat to the racing without getting wet, as well as live commentary and big screens. The ‘Seawall Grandstand’ allows exclusive access to the Grandstand on the seawall. While those wishing to enjoy VIP access, SailGP has also developed a new ‘Seawall Gold’ offer, priced at 245€/person, which ensures a premium experience to the event with complimentary food and beverage and lounge seating for a front row view of the racing.

For fans wanting to share the water with the F50s, SailGP has exclusively partnered with Icard Maritime to provide two on-water experiences for families, individuals and corporate guests – SailGP Cruise Select and SailGP Cruise Premier. Starting from 85€/person for the ‘Cruise Select’ offer, spectator boats will have a designated area at the edge of the racecourse. The upgraded ‘Cruise Premier’ ticket includes complimentary food and beverages.

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TF35, la nueva generación de los catamaranes foileadores de Ginebra.

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© Loris Von Siebenthal

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TF35 boat zero hits the water

On Tuesday, 20 August, the next generation of high performance foiling catamaran was unveiled as the TF35 splashed on Lake Geneva for its first test sail.

Compared to its predecessors, the TF35 has been designed with the ambitious brief to offer top level foiling to a wider audience of sailors. With earlier take-off speeds, guaranteed foiling upwind and down and a fully automatic flight control system, the TF35 uses the latest in foiling technology, both to improve performance and simplify high speed foiling while making it easier to race.

Having lead the process of development to create the D35, Ernesto Bertarelli is once again one of the committed group of owners involved in the development of the TF35.

Bertarelli explains: “My hope for the new design is that it is not only as successful as the D35, but that it also becomes a competitive class internationally on open waters. The TF35 is one-design, very high performance and, most excitingly, is designed to foil upwind in light conditions.

“I love racing on the lake and the camaraderie of the owners we have involved in the project. Once all the boats are up and running successfully then racing on open water will bring a fresh challenge to the competition,” he adds.

A project 21 months in the making, the innovative TF35′s journey from first concept to first splash was spearheaded by an experienced design team. Gonzalo Redondo and his group at d3 Applied Technologies on the aero/hydrodynamic design and performance, Dirk Kramers (SDK Structures) on the structure design and engineering, Luc Dubois on design and flight control development, Marc Menec (IS&3D Eng) on design and 3D modelling and Adam May on design. With the addition of Jean-Marie Fragnière in charge of the production and build.

“What we have created is super innovative and totally new,” explains Menec. “Our brief was to create a boat that would fly in very light wind, to be driven by an owner driver and to have electronic stability. It has been a really exciting project for us as a design team as we have created this crazy high-spec racing machine but that will be raced by small teams.”

Having worked tirelessly to improve the weaker areas of the previous foiling catamaran design and further build on its strengths the TF35 design team have delivered a boat which will be fully foiling from 9 knots true wind speed upwind and 7 knots true wind speed downwind.

Key to the success of the boat is the one design flight regulation system, which fully automates the height and pitch of the foils, allowing for a smooth and stable flight and the sailors to fully focus on the racing.

Compared to other flying boats which demand the complete concentration of helm and trim, and coordination of the crew, the TF35′s automatic flight control maintains the TF35′s ride height, as boat zero helm Jerome Clerc explained after the first test sail: “Tuesday was amazing. Considering it was the first time the boat has touched the water, it is a real credit to the design team how impressively easy it was to foil so quickly. We have been testing the flight control system and the foil design on a development boat, a small cat, over the last couple of months so this was an early indicator we were on the right track.

“The boat felt very stable and the plan over the coming months is to learn and develop further the flight control systems to ensure we get it just right. In stronger winds we are confident that the boat will feel secure reaching 40 knots.”

TF35 class manager Bertrand Favre adds: “We have been very fortunate to have passionate and committed group of owners supporting the project.

“The last few weeks have been intense with the assembly of boat zero. Our first day of sailing went far beyond our expectation, in only nine knots of breeze we were comfortably foiling reaching 17 knots boat speed upwind and 23 knots downwind with a very stable flight.”

The TF35 will now undertake a period of on water testing before the boat is officially launched in September. From there the eight boats, currently in production, will be completed and launched over the winter period allowing the teams to train ahead of the 2020 season.

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Tokyo 2020 Test Event. Final de campeonato.

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Light winds mar final day of Ready Steady Tokyo

For immediate release: 08/22/2019
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Just one Medal Race could be sailed on Day 6 of Ready Steady Tokyo – Sailing, the official test event for Tokyo 2020 in Enoshima.

Only the 470 Women’s Medal Race went ahead, starting just after 16:00 local time, and it was French duo Camille Lecointre & Aloise Retornaz who clinched gold.

Other gold medals went to Hungary, Sweden, Belgium and Australia.

Wind speeds did not top 8 knots all day, with a dying 5-knot breeze present in the afternoon which began to decrease towards the end of the 470 Women’s race.

Racing in the Finns had already been abandoned for the day, while the Laser Radials managed to start a race but had to abandon it halfway through.

The Lasers and 470 Men went out onto the water with good intentions, but the decision was soon made to call off all racing for the day.

Ahead of the 470 Women’s Medal Race, Lecointre & Retornaz led Hannah Mills & Eilidh McIntyre (GBR) in a reverse scenario to the recent Hempel World Cup Series Final in Marseille.

Agnieszka Skrzypulec & Jolanta Ogar (POL) were 10 points off in third, with home favourites Ai Kondo Yoshida & Miho Yoshioka (JPN) and Silvia Mas & Patricia Cantero (ESP) still in with a chance of a medal.

With just a point between the French and the British, it all came down to the Medal Race – and it was the French who executed a perfect performance.

They won the race to extinguish any chance of losing gold, and the rest of the podium line-up remained unchanged, with silver and bronze going to Great Britain and Poland respectively.

“We are really happy to win here one year before the Olympics,” said Lecointre.

“It was a very tough situation; the points were tight and anything could happen.

“There was pressure for the Medal Race, but very quickly we got in front, and then we could breathe a bit more.”

“It was a long day; we wanted to go sailing and when we arrived on the water it was a new wind we didn’t know,” added Retornaz.

“We have a lot of training ahead of us – we know already what we want to work on.”

The Laser Radial Medal Race was also shaping up to be an interesting contest, with Emma Plasschaert (BEL) leading reigning Olympic champion Marit Bouwmeester (NED) by only three points and Maria Erdi (HUN) six behind in third.

A decision to abandon all racing came shortly after their Medal Race attempt was abandoned, confirming gold for Plasschaert.

“We went out but it was already quite marginal,” the Belgian explained.

“We started a race but throughout the downwind it started to die out, and we rounded the gate with no wind, so they made a fair call to abandon it.

“It’s a shame we couldn’t finish it because I was in a good position, but they made the right call.”

On her test event victory, she added: “I’m feeling really stoked – we’ve been working towards this event for the full year, so it’s nice to confirm we’re on the right track.

“I’ve never really been in a position where I’ve worn the yellow bib on the last few days, so for me it was a test to handle my nerves, and I’m happy with how I handled myself.”

Points were close in the Laser fleet, too; Jesper Stalheim (SWE) had a three-point lead over Rio 2016 gold medallist Tom Burton (AUS), with Hermann Tomasgaard (NOR) two points behind the Aussie, and Matt Wearn (AUS) and Sam Meech (NZL) also in with a shout.

Stalheim admitted he was fairly relieved about not risking losing the gold medal with a light-wind race.

“I didn’t really want to race in zero knots with four guys that could beat me, so it’s nice they called it off for me!” he joked.

“When they put the D flag up there was good wind.

“We weren’t waiting on the water for too long, but we saw quite soon that there wasn’t any wind for the Radials, and I was fairly certain they would call it up.

“I’m really happy. A medal is always the aim but I wanted to put on a good result more for myself.

“I was leading the Worlds for a couple of days but then I put in a couple of bad races, so it was nice to put one entire event together.”

The 470 Men was one of the more clear-cut medal scenarios, with only the top three having a realistic chance of a medal.

Mat Belcher & Will Ryan (AUS) were only two points ahead of Anton Dahlberg & Fredrik Bergström (SWE), with early fleet leaders Jordi Xammar & Nicolas Rodriguez (ESP) 11 points off second.

Gold for the Aussies, silver medallists at Rio 2016, meant they sealed their second consecutive title on these waters in a matter of weeks after their World Championship victory.

“It’s great to be able to win this event – it’s always pretty challenging to be able to put In a good performance on Olympic waters,” said Belcher.

“Will and I did our Worlds only two weeks ago, so to come to this event, continue our development and work on key areas was nice, and it was really special to win another medal here.

“We didn’t do much differently but we are trialling different things and did change a few things from the Worlds, so it’s been great to use this period to work on that.

“We are just enjoying the conditions here – this week was different to the Worlds and every day we are here during this period will be valuable in the long run.”

Zsombor Berecz (HUN) had already wrapped up gold in the Finn fleet, so the battle for silver between Nicholas Heiner (NED) and Giles Scott (GBR) was decided by AP over A, with the Dutchman taking second place ahead of the reigning Olympic champion.

“It’s great to win any regatta but the test event is special,” said 2018 world champion Berecz.

“We didn’t spend a lot of time here so it’s especially good – we had almost every kind of condition and I managed to perform every day.

“We have a lot of work ahead of us but I would say if we don’t make any mistakes in the next year and everything goes to plan, then I will be happy and prepared for the Games.

“I’m very happy with how we are doing and how we have been performing in the past few weeks.”

Following Ready Steady Tokyo – Sailing is the Hempel World Cup Series in Enoshima, with the sailors involved taking a few days’ break before Day Zero on Monday 26th August.

By Liz Owen – World Sailing


2019 J/70 UK Class National Championships, información previa.

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2019 J/70 UK Class National Championships
Saturday 24th – Monday 26th August 2019

Hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club, Torquay UK

35 teams will be racing at the open national championships with top British teams taking on a stellar international fleet from Australia, Brazil, Cyprus, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the USA. (Tim Wright/

The J/70 UK National Championship kicks off this Bank Holiday weekend hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club. The event precedes the Darwin Escapes 2019 World Championship (29 Aug – 06 Sept). However this weekend’s regatta is far more than a curtain raiser for the big event. 35 teams will be racing at the open national championships with top British teams taking on a stellar international fleet from Australia, Brazil, Cyprus, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the USA.

Entry List for 2019 J/70 UK National Championship

2018 J/70 UK National Champion, Doug Struth’s DSP, will be defending their title and will face stiff opposition from the best of British and Irish challenges to retain the trophy. Paul Ward’s Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat and Soak Racing, sailed by Ian Wilson and Marshall King, have been the top two teams in this year’s UK Grand Slam Series. Martin Dent’s Jelvis, Jeremy Thorp’s Phan, and Graham Clapp’s Jeepster will all be in the running, as will Calascione and Ripard’s Calypso, and Charles Thompson’s Brutus. Fiona Hampshire’s Royal Thames YC team will also be one to watch.

The J/70 UK National Championship will provide a taste of what is to come for the world class sailors. Perpetual trophies at the J/70 UK Nationals will be won by the top ranking teams, both Open and Corinthian from any nation. Past J/70 World Champions from the USA, Joel Ronning and Peter Duncan will be in action. From Italy, the reigning J/70 European Champion, Claudia Rossi’s Petite Terrible, and 2018 European Champion Alberto Rossi’s Enfant Terrible, will also racing. The international fleet is star-studded, with Gold medallist from the Olympic Games, winners of the America’s Cup, and multiple world championship winners.

Mixing it up with some of the world’s finest will be teams that include family members, and social gatherings after racing are very much part of the J/70 scene. Starting with the Commodore’s Welcome reception, and after every race day, there are casual parties to rub shoulders with all of the competitors. Family combinations at the J/70 UK Nationals include: Martin & Ruby Dent (Jelvis), Seb & Tommy Ripard (Calypso), Phil & Ben Rees (Bryn), Patrick & Freddie Liardet (Cosmic), David & Alex McLeman (Offbeat), Jonny & William Goldsberry (Warcanoe), and Jack, Freddie and Charlie Davies (Yeti).

Racing at the J/70 UK National Championship is set for Saturday 24th August with ten races scheduled over three days of red hot action in Tor Bay. Keep up to date with all the news from the J/70 UK National Championship at and via our facebook page at

Tokyo 2020 Test Event. Quinto puesto para Lange / Carranza en apretado final.

Ruggero Tita y Caterina Banti, imbatibles en Nacra 17.

Peter Burling y Blair Tuke, ganadores en 49er.

Podio de la clase 49er FX

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China dominate RS:X on Day 5 of Ready Steady Tokyo

For immediate release: 08/21/2019
Issued on behalf of: World Sailing

Five Medal Races took place on the fifth day of racing at Ready Steady Tokyo – Sailing, with the top three sailors of each fleet laying down the marker ahead of next year’s Games.

At the official test event for Tokyo 2020, Brazil, New Zealand and Italy all claimed a gold each, with Great Britain taking the most medals overall so far with four.

China, meanwhile, delivered a stunning week-long performance to take gold in both the RS:X Men and Women’s fleets.

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Regata Palermo – Montecarlo. El maxi Vera del argentino Miguel Galuccio, favorito en tiempo real.

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Miguel Galuccio’a maxi Vera is favourite for Palermo-Montecarlo line honours.

The Ambersail 2 team racing their VO65 would prefer a stronger forecast.

The fleet from the 15th Palermo-Montecarlo race sets sail from off Mondello and the Circolo della Vela Sicilia clubhouse

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Vera leads away on a challenging Palermo-Montecarlo race

Press release issued by the International Maxi Association
21 August 2019

Palermo-Montecarlo, the fifth and final event of the International Maxi Association’s Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge 2018-2019, set sail from Sicily at midday today with crews anticipating a long, tactical race north along the Sardinian and Corsica coasts to reach the Principality.

This is the 15th running of Palermo-Montecarlo, originally designed by the Monaco Consul and the City of Palermo Sports Council, to ‘unite two historically friendly cities through a yacht race’. Today the route takes competitors past Porto Cervo, where they are obliged to pass through a gate set by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda that works in association with the event’s main organising clubs, the Circolo della Vela Sicilia and the Yacht Club de Monaco. From there navigators have the choice of passing through the Strait of Bonifacio and up the west coast of Corsica to Monaco or, if conditions dictate, sailing the longer course east of Corsica.

Today Palermo-Montecarlo is one of the Mediterranean’s most up and coming offshore races, with 51 boats competing this year, ranging from 30 footers up to the Reichel/Pugh 83, Vera of Argentinean and Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge favourite, Miguel Galuccio.

Despite a light forecast for the start, the fleet got off at midday with a welcome northwesterly gradient/sea breeze of 10-12 knots making for a beat away from the Mondello beach and Palermo’s dramatically mountainous shore. The maxis started at the leeward end of the line and Vera rapidly edged out into the lead.

“It is a very interesting course,” observed Galuccio prior to leaving Palermo’s Marina di Villa Igiea this morning. “We did the 151 Miglia and the Rolex Giraglia and this is a bit longer. Having Bouwe on the team for this type of race will be interesting, a new experience for me,” he adds, referring to his tactician, round the world race veteran Bouwe Bekking.

Being the scratch boat is also a new experience for Galuccio with the pressure now on them to fend off challenges from the other maxis and even the competitive TP52 @robas2 of Frenchman Gérard Logel. “Of course it is a good thing that we could get line honours, but it will be competitive,” continues Galuccio, who is sailing his first Palermo-Montecarlo, as is Bekking.

The Dutch sailing legend was reluctant to make any predictions of what would happen in the race. “In this part of the world, you have forecasts, but it is more a case of what you see.

“I expect that we’ll go west to see if we can get around the little ridge. If we can, then there should be a light running breeze and we might make a little gain, but there will be a lot of snakes and ladders in this race. It is always tempting to sail the direct course, but that just looks like it will be too expensive in the long run.” As to the option of leaving Corsica to port, Bekking says “you would have to be very brave! Good luck to anyone who goes that way!”

At the time of writing Vera was making 11 knots, taking the most extreme westerly route in an attempt to remain in the breeze, albeit some 45° off course.

Hoping for more breeze than forecast was the crew on the VO65 Ambersail 2. The Lithuanian team competed in Palermo-Montecarlo two years ago on their VO60 and skipper Raimondas Šiugždinis admitted this morning: “This boat is not ideal for the forecast. We would prefer 30 knots! We will do the best we can.” The boat has a particularly intense racing program, campaigned by three crews and is fresh from competing in the Rolex Fastnet Race and is next heading to the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo over 1-7 September.

Another heavily campaigned boat taking part is the Marten 72 Aragon of Dutch joint owners Andreas Verder and Arco Van Nieuwland. They sail with a mix of family and pros including top French navigator Oliver Douillard – another Palermo-Montecarlo first timer. “It is a typical Mediterranean race. The forecast is very light so we have to be opportunistic and take what we can see,” Douillard advises. “A lot will depend on position and timing. It could be downwind to Porto Cervo. After that there could potentially be a northeast wind to the north of Corsica. We could sail direct…”

A smaller Marten 68, also largely with a family crew, is Cassiopeia. Hungarian Kristof Nobilis is racing with other family members Kornel and Barna while son Demeter is registered as skipper. The boat competed in the Palermo-Montecarlo two years ago and this time is only being sailed seven up, so everyone on board is “doing everything. It is fast and you don’t need a huge crew,” as one crew explained, adding their approach is more for pure enjoyment compared the other well known Hungarian maxi team, Márton Józsa’s Reichel Pugh 66 Wild Joe.

Having not quite managed to mount a campaign for this America’s Cup, Renato Azara is competing in the Davidson 69, Adelasia di Torres, better known as Pendragon VI. Azara, who has not done the race before, has onboard a mix of amateur sailors and pros, such as Slovenia grinder Iztok Knafelc and an international cast including Omani pro navigator Sami Al Shukaili. Azara’s campaign has a cause, similar to that of Oman Sail, in trying to get Sardinians, especially children, to rediscover their maritime heritage. Sardinia was a major Mediterranean seafaring nation as long ago as the Bronze Age. Plus “sailing is one of the best sports because it involves all the natural elements – the sun, the sea, the wind,” explains Azara. “It helps to build kids mentally and physically and help them learn to make choices.”

The competitors have a tricky race ahead of them to Monaco. At this early stage the entire fleet has chosen to err heavily to the left of the race course where there is believed to be better pressure tonight.

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Tokyo 2020 Test Event, día 4. Lange / Carranza llegan terceros a la medal race con chance de oro.

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Medal Race stakes high at Ready Steady Tokyo with Olympic qualification looming

For immediate release: 08/20/2019
Issued on behalf of: World Sailing

The pressure will be on tomorrow at Ready Steady Tokyo – Sailing, with fleet racing wrapped up in five Olympic events on Day 4.

The RS:X Men, RS:X Women, 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 fleets will all sail their Medal Race on Day 5 tomorrow, with all gold medals still yet to be decided.

For many nations and athletes, the test event has wider implications for Tokyo 2020 qualification.

One such example is Katy Spychakov (ISR) in the RS:X Women’s fleet.

She currently sits second overall, seven points behind leader Yunxiu Lu (CHN) and three ahead of Rio 2016 champion Charline Picon (FRA).

With an abundance of Israeli talent in this class, it will be a tough task for her to confirm her spot at the Games, but she can take a big step forward with a top-three finish tomorrow.

“For us, there are four important competitions – the Europeans in Palma earlier this year, this event, then the two upcoming Worlds in Garda and New Zealand,” Spychakov explained.

“Here, it’s only me who can get some points, but only if I get a medal.

“I had a good day today and the conditions were nice; we had a nice sea breeze picking up during the day and some nice planing in the downwinds. It was fun!

“I’m really happy with the way I’m sailing and I think it’s a pretty good sign for next year – I would like to be here.

“It’s tight between the top three, but I will do my best tomorrow.”

Lu and Spychakov took a win each today, as did Emma Wilson (GBR), who sits 11 points behind Picon in fourth.

Both Skiff Medal Races look to be interesting affairs for different reasons.

In the 49er fleet, Peter Burling & Blair Tuke (NZL) have sailed consistently all week, so much so that they are able to discard their only finish outside the top 10 from 12 races.

Claiming their third race win of the week today puts them 13 points ahead of nearest challengers, Lukasz Przybytek & Pawel Kolodzinski (POL).

Przybytek & Kolodzinski are then eight points ahead of Dylan Fletcher-Scott & Stuart Bithell (GBR) who, after a tricky start to the week, have powered back into the top three, winning the final fleet race.

The Poles are satisfied with how they have performed this week and, with nothing yet decided, will relish tomorrow’s showdown.

“Last year during the Europeans we were consistent but the Medal Race was difficult – this year we have been consistent and will fight until the end for a medal,” said Kolodzinski.

“Today we had shifty, gusty winds and it wasn’t easy to find good waves to the top mark,” said Przybytek.

“We will try to make a very good race tomorrow so we’ll see what happens.”

On the qualification process for Poland in the 49er, Kolodzinski added: “We need to qualify our country during the Worlds in Auckland in December, and at each Worlds and Europeans we collect points. Then the Polish Federation will make a decision in June.”

Mathieu Frei & Noe Delpech (FRA) collected the other race win.

And there will be a tasty battle in the 49erFX fleet, with seven points separating first and third going into the Medal Race.

Charlotte Dobson & Saskia Tidey (GBR) have maintained their lead throughout but they are only a single point ahead of nearest challengers Martine Grael & Kahena Kunze (BRA).

A solid week for Alexandra Maloney & Molly Meech (NZL) puts them six points behind the Brazilians, with a three-point gap between them and fourth-placed Helene Nass & Marie Ronningen (NOR).

No one in the top seven won a race today – Annemiek Bekkering & Annette Duetz (NED) got two bullets, with Albane Dubois & Lili Sebesi (FRA) claiming the other victory.

We’ll see another close Medal Race unfold in the Nacra 17 fleet, with just 10 points separating first and fifth and all able to claim gold.

Ruggero Tita & Caterina Banti (ITA) have led all week long, but they take a slender two-point advantage into tomorrow’s showdown.

John Gimson & Anna Burney (GBR) leapfrog Santiago Lange & Cecilia Carranza Saroli (ARG) into second, courtesy of a race win, but the Rio 2016 gold medallists are only five points behind them.

Vying for a podium spot are Jason Waterhouse & Lisa Darmanin (AUS), two points behind in fourth, and the other British team of Ben Saxon & Nikki Boniface (GBR), just a point adrift of the Aussies after winning the final race.

Taking the day’s other race win were Quentin Delapierre & Manon Audinet (FRA), which helped them confirm 10th place and qualify for the Medal Race.

And in the RS:X Men’s fleet, Mengfan Gao (CHN) has a 16-point lead over Thomas Goyard (FRA), helped by his third win of the week today, with Tom Squires (GBR) just three points behind the Frenchman.

Though Gao looks likely to wrap up gold tomorrow, there will be a fierce fight for a podium spot elsewhere as Mattia Camboni (ITA) sits level on points with Squires and the two Poles, Piotr Myszaka and Pawel Tarnowski, are one and six points behind the Italian respectively.

Angel Granada (ESP) and Piotr Myszka (POL) bagged the other two wins.

Elsewhere, fleet racing continues in the 470 Men and Women, Laser, Laser Radial and Finn classes tomorrow.

Zsombor Berecz (HUN) has a 16-point advantage over Giles Scott (GBR) in the Finns, with Nicholas Heiner (NED) in third, still ahead of Andy Maloney (NZL).

Mat Belcher & Will Ryan (AUS) stay in front in the 470 Men, with Anton Dahlberg & Fredrik Bergström (SWE) switching places with Jordi Xammar & Nicolas Rodriguez (ESP) in the top three.

In the 470 Women, leaders Ai Kondo Yoshida & Miho Yoshioka (JPN) dropped to third overall after receiving a disqualification in the final race of the day.

Camille Lecointre & Aloise Retornaz (FRA) now top the fleet, ahead of Hannah Mills & Eilidh McIntyre (GBR).

Jesper Stalheim (SWE) keeps his lead in the Laser fleet, with Matt Wearn (AUS) and Sam Meech (NZL) following.

And in the Laser Radial fleet, Marit Bouwmeester (NED) retakes second place, behind Emma Plasschaert (BEL) but in front of Maria Erdi (HUN).

The first Medal Race to take place is the 49erFX at 13:30 local time tomorrow.

Both the 49er and RS:X Women will follow at 14:30, with the RS:X Men and Nacra 17 fleets kicking off at 15:30.

Fleet racing for the other five events starts at around 12:00.

By Liz Owen – World Sailing


Rolex TP52 World Championship Puerto Portals.

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25-29 AUGUST

Press Release

Geneva, 20 August 2019 – Rolex is marking the third year of its partnership as Official Timepiece of the 52 SUPER SERIES and Title Sponsor of its pinnacle annual event, the Rolex TP52 World Championship. Following last year’s memorable gathering in Cascais, Portugal, the host venue for the 2019 edition from 25–29 August is Puerto Portals on the island of Mallorca, Spain. The relationship is one of the more recent in Rolex’s six-decade association with the sport of yachting, with the brand’s support for grand prix racing adding lustre to an impressive calendar of international sailing events.

The Rolex TP52 World Championship, and the associated season-long series, showcase the very best in inshore yacht racing, demanding benchmark levels of human and technical performance. Rolex Testimonee Robert Scheidt, a five-time Olympic medallist and twice Rolex World Sailor of the Year, is a former participant. For him, the involvement of Rolex in such a high-calibre contest is a natural fit: “Rolex stands for precision and excellence in everything it does. These are the characteristics found in the most successful TP52 crews, where teamwork and timing are essential elements. And, because Rolex reflects the values of the TP52 Class, it is the perfect partner, bringing an authenticity to the competition through its long-standing commitment to the sport.”

Rolex has always associated with activities driven by passion, excellence, precision and team spirit. It naturally gravitated towards the elite world of yachting six decades ago and today supports the most prestigious clubs, races and regattas. The brand is Title Sponsor of 15 major international events – from leading offshore races, such as the annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and the biennial Rolex Fastnet Race, to grand prix competition at the Rolex TP52 World Championship and spectacular gatherings at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Rolex Swan Cup. It also supports the exciting new SailGP series, where national teams race in supercharged F50 catamarans on some of the world’s most famous harbours. Rolex’s partnerships with the likes of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, New York Yacht Club and Royal Yacht Squadron are the foundation of its enduring relationship with this dynamic sport.

The TP52 are powerful carbon-fibre boats, representing the highest standards of monohull yacht design and build techniques, and are crewed by some of the world’s finest sailors. “The Rolex TP52 World Championship and the 52 SUPER SERIES have the ambition to be the best sailing platforms in the world,” explains Agustin Zulueta, CEO of the 52 SUPER SERIES. “Having Rolex, with its 60 years of history in the sport, as a main partner and title sponsor is one of the milestones in achieving our aims.”

Racing closely matched yachts means the talent and expertise of the individuals who prepare and crew the boats are critical. Like the art of fine watchmaking, every process needs to be perfectly executed to achieve success. Eleven teams will contest the title over five days of pulsating action, with a maximum of 10 races. The fleet includes the past five winners of the world crown and the three leading crews from the 2018 World Championship. The defending champion is Doug DeVos’s United States entry, Quantum Racing, for whom former Rolex World Sailor of the Year Ed Baird is the tactician. Among their opponents are two former world champions: Harm Müller-Spreer’s Platoon from Germany and Alberto and Pablo Roemmers’ Azzurra, from Italy, last year’s runner-up. Andy Soriano’s British-flagged Alegre finished third in Cascais, while Ergin Imre’s Turkish entry Provezza has made an impressive start to the 2019 season after three events.

Rolex’s support for the Rolex TP52 World Championship stems from the brand’s perpetual commitment to excellence in all its activities.

Rolex, a Swiss watch manufacture headquartered in Geneva, is recognized the world over for its expertise and the quality of its products. Its Oyster Perpetual and Cellini watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision, performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige. The word “Perpetual” is inscribed on every Rolex Oyster. But more than just a word on a dial, it is a philosophy that embodies the company’s vision and values. Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of the company, instilled a notion of perpetual excellence that would drive the company forward. This led Rolex to pioneer the development of the wristwatch and numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism, invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 500 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Furthermore, Rolex is actively involved in supporting the arts and culture, sport and exploration, as well as those who are devising solutions to preserve the planet.