Clase S33, Copa Challenger 2019 en Mar del Plata. Triunfo para Cinque.

Fuente info CNMP

CINQUE ganador de la Copa CHALLENGER 2019

Completadas las 6 regatas previstas del Campeonato Clausura para la clase Soto 33, el CINQUE se coronó campeón, quedándose asi con la Copa Challenger, como lo hiciera en el año 2015.

La embarcación del YCA timoneada por Federico Haymes Biedma y acompañado por Miguel Saubidet, Sebastian Peri Brusa, Hernan Marino, Gonzalo Miranda, Markus Berenhardt y Federico Kyburg logró sumar 10 puntos (1-3-1-1-2-2).

En 2do. lugar, con 15 puntos, se ubicó el CAMPEADOR, del CNMP (5-1-4-3-1-1), con Avedis Sahakian al timón, y también logró la segunda posición en la Copa Challenger, empatando en puntos con el CINQUE.

Felicitaciones a todos!!! Los esperamos el próximo año!!!


44Cup Montenegro, triunfo para team Ceeref. Mañana regata ProAm fuera de campeonato.

Fuente info 44CUP

Team CEEREF claims golden wheels at Porto Montenegro’s conclusion

The Bay of Tivat came good for the final day of the 44Cup Porto Montenegro with three races held and a most worthy winner in Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF. The Slovenian team led this first event of the 2019 44 Cup from the outset. Today neither they nor Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika won a race, but showed impeccable consistency, both enjoying a trio of podium place results, elevating Team Nika from fourth to second overall.

Today’s opening race got underway in light conditions, but eminently race-able by the nimble RC44s. In this Chris Bake’s Team Aqua won the pin and then match raced Team CEEREF for the duration, ultimately finishing ten boatlengths ahead.

“We missed doing another two of those,” said Chris Bake. “It was a little shifty, but the boat was set up well. A big rotation of team members required work this week, but they seemed to be doing pretty well. The venue is magnificent – phenomenal infrastructure-wise.”

On Thursday, Kirill Frolov on Bronenosec Sailing should have won the first race, holding a massive lead until their spinnaker exploded. The St Petersburg Yacht Club team made up for this in today’s second race. After a giant split left and right up the first beat, they chose the favoured left and followed Team CEEREF at the top mark. Then John Bassadone’s Peninsula Petroleum took the right side of the run to claim the lead. Finally on the next upwind Bronenosec edged ahead, led at the top mark and on to the finish.

“If you are not in the hunt you can sail a freer race and everyone else isn’t so worried about you,” said tactician Cameron Dunn. “Overall we sailed our best day of the regatta. We felt like we made some nice improvements to our speed and generally got off the start line better.”

It was the turn of Hugues Lepic’s Aleph Racing to win the third and what turned out to be the final race, held on a new axis course, the wind having veered into the west. In what tactician Michele Ivaldi admitted was their first good start of the week, the French RC44 won the pin but then, tacked over to cross the fleet. They benefitted on the right side of the course to lead at the top mark. From there the French RC44 was never challenged.

“It was great day but it was hard all the way through – that is what is so great about this class,” said Lepic. “For us it was great to be able to finish on a high. The team now is stable and very high quality and we are very pleased about our manoeuvres. We hope to get some better positions over the course of this season.”

Team CEEREF’s victory at the 44Cup Porto Montenegro was by seven points from second placed Team Nika, in turn two ahead of Team Aqua, with Peninsula Petroleum relegated to fourth after a disappointing final race. Incredibly even though Lah’s team won the seasons in both 2016 and 2017 and came close last year, the 44Cup Porto Montenegro is their first event win since the World Championship in Sotogrande three years ago.

However Lah was most proud to have won with his son Tine on board. “I feel proud that he’s sailed his first regatta and won it,” he said. “We had great starts. Everything was in place like it should be, and the team work was okay, especially since we only had one day of practice. I was really surprised, because I had a feeling we weren’t going to race at all and then we have got in nine races – Montenegro has been brilliant.”

Team CEEREF’s British tactician Adrian Stead added: “We said today ‘no matter how many races we have, just try and keep your nose clean and sail your own races’. But there were ‘moments’ in all three races…

“Igor’s concentration – particularly in the tight stuff, when he needed to put a tight leebow on someone or to tack in front of someone, he was very good at executing it. Plus we didn’t have a bad start all week. I am really pleased with how the team is, given we have three new people.

“Having Tine sailing with us is great. He is not very experienced, so it really made us think about our manoeuvres. By coaching him it makes you do your things in a slightly different way.”

While the fleet racing is over, tomorrow a Pro-Am race will be sailed on a long distance coastal course, the nine RC44 sailing more guests on board than usual.

From Montenegro the RC44s head up the Adriatic to Rovinj, Croatia for their second event of the season, the Adris 44Cup over 29 May to 2 June.


Monaco Swan One Design. Cuordileone (ClubSwan 50), Porron IX (Swan 45) y Far Star (ClubSwan 42), ganadores.

Fuente info Nautor´s Swan

Press Release, 13 April 2019

A sun-filled, blue-sky day at the Monaco Swan One Design, hosted by the Yacht Club de Monaco, failed to produce the wind the event so richly deserved at the close of a stop-start week. With no races undertaken, so yesterday’s class leaders became the regatta’s overall winners. Leonardo Ferragamo’s Italian entry, Cuordileone, won in ClubSwan 50, Luis Senis’ Spanish team on Porron IX took home the Swan 45 prize and Lorenzo Mondo’s Far Star from Italy carried top spot in ClubSwan 42. In the battle for The Nations Trophy, Cuordileone and Andrea Masi’s ClubSwan 50 Ulika combined to give victory to Italy.

The final prize giving remained the usual uplifting, celebratory affair for a Swan One Design event despite the number of races contested. The Nations Trophy Mediterranean League is more than simply competition on the water. Its personality is a reflection of the character of the owners, crews and organisation. Vice-President of Nautor’s Swan, Enrico Chieffi, addressed the assembled audience: “More than anything, I want to thank, you, the competitors. Regattas are made by the participants and it is great to see so many friends and familiar faces enjoying themselves.” Chieffi also took the opportunity to look ahead: “One year ago, when we started in Monaco, I never dreamt we would achieve so much. 14 boats here, 24 entered for Scarlino and then the Rolex Giraglia, some 40 expected at the Copa del Rey and as many as 45 at The Nations Trophy in October. This is an impressive ramp up and we are very proud. Thank you all!”

ClubSwan 50
Cuordileone’s success came by virtue of consistency rather than virtuoso victories. Ferragamo’s team, with Ken Read in the tactician’s role, scored two seconds and one third, beating Ulika by two points, despite Masi’s crew winning one of the three races. Skorpios, another race winner, was a further three points behind, the Russian crew’s otherwise impeccable scoreline let down by an uncharacteristically bad result in race two of the series.

Ferragamo was delighted with his win, but rather than dwell upon the manner it was achieved chose to reflect upon The Nations Trophy concept and how it continues to grow and develop. “The Nations Trophy has quickly become a unique event. It was founded on some special criteria,” Ferragamo enthused. “Real confrontation between countries, something I consider to be of paramount importance in the world of sailing. The gathering of large fleets of one design yachts to race together. Finally, the last important pillar, is the participants.” It goes without saying that a regatta is not a regatta without competitors, but Ferragamo was referring more to the atmosphere that surrounds the event. “Of course it is competitive, but the event is characterised by a gentleman-like spirit,” he continued. “This is wonderful to see. The friendship is seen on the sea and the land. The event is building in international dimension all the time.” Looking ahead, Ferragamo is also thrilled to be heading to Scarlino, where the competition will be wider and stronger.

Swan 45
Porron IX is the defending world champion in the Swan 45. Across the three races contested, the team once again proved their class. Hugo Rocha, the Portuguese 1996 Olympic bronze medallist from the 470 class, stepped into the tactician’s shoes due to a clash in the calendar for the regular role-player. It was not straight-forward given the conditions, but Rocha believes the boat-handling skills of the Porron crew made all the difference. “We have a very similar speed to the other Swan 45s, but in the manoeuvres these guys are very strong,” advises Rocha. “We win on small details. The races are very close and the points difference at the end of the event is often close too. The team has been together for two years. They know the boat. The communication is solid. It makes it easy for me to just concentrate on my job.”

While excited to have won, Luis Senis could not hide his disappointment at the number of races, such is his competitiveness. He likes the venue and yacht club, and could see the positives. “We did not have enough races, but the sailing we had was very interesting and challenging,” he explained. “I’m happy we have won. It is down to our practice. So, this is perfect.” Senis is another looking ahead to Scarlino: “There will be more boats and strong boats too. It will really prove where we are in the Swan 45 fleet. It is a new location for us, with new history and a new feel. This is exciting too. I always like to be in a place for the first time.” In the back of Senis’ mind, is unfinished business at the Copa del Rey at the end of July, and the in October a tilt at a third world championship title and, of course, The Nations Trophy itself.

ClubSwan 42
Lorenzo Mondo and Far Star won at the Monaco Swan One Design in 2018, and winning again brought a smile to Mondo’s face. Three wins from three left the other boats in class clutching at straws, but Mondo was gracious in victory. “It was not the big challenge we hoped for, but we are very happy to win here,” he said. “We expect in Scarlino the challenge will be much greater. There will be more boats and more fun. Maybe the wind will be more generous too!”

From the Prize Giving
Bernard d’Alessandri, Secretary-General of the Yacht Club de Monaco, paid special tribute to the volunteers who had helped put on the racing and worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure the organisation reached its high level. Ariane Mainemare, the Principal Race Officer, was congratulated for her perseverance in the face of testing conditions. D’Alessandri went on: “I would like to thank all the competitors for coming and racing here. I would like to thank Nautor’s Swan too for giving us the opportunity. We enjoyed having you and you are always very welcome.”

Enrico Chieffi, in turn, thanked the Yacht Club de Monaco for its professionalism and hospitality. “It’s always a pleasure to be here and we feel at home,” he said. “The club is magnificent, and while we all hoped for better wind, the organisation was top.” Chieffi went on to thank Banor, Marevivo and Sease for having supported the event, emphasising how important these partnerships are to the success of this event and the Mediterranean League as a whole.”

Racing in The Nations Trophy Mediterranean League 2019 continues with the Scarlino Swan One Design from 30 April to 4 May.

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Campeonato de Europa de RS:X, final de campeonato y noveno puesto para los españoles Iván Pastor y Blanca Manchón.

Fuente info RFEV

13 de abril de 2019

Manchón (RS:X femenino) y Pastor (RS:X masculino) finalizan novenos en el Campeonato de Europa de windsurf

La regatista andaluza Blanca Manchón se perfila como máxima candidata a representar a España en los Juegos Olímpicos de Tokio 2020.

Blanca Manchón e Iván Pastor, novenos en sus respectivas categorías, fueron los deportistas españoles más destacado del Campeonato de Europa de RS:X, prueba que se ha disputado esta semana en la Bahía de Palma de Mallorca bajo la organizaicón del Club Náutico Arenal y que ha contado con una participación de más de 300 windsurfistas de todo el mundo.

La andaluza Blanca Manchón aprovechó la última manga del Campeonato de Europa de RS:X para mejorar posiciones y finalizó en el decimosegundo puesto de la general y fue la novena mejor deportistas europea en categoría femenina absoluta.

Esta prueba era de suma importancia para las windsurfistas españolas pues servía para escoger a la representante nacional en los Juegos Olímpicos de Tokio 2020. Tras ganar la plaza de país en el mundial de Aarhus el pasado verano, el comité de preparación olímpica de la RFEV designo la Semana Olímpica Andaluza (disputada el pasado marzo) y el Campeonato de Europa de 2019 (que terminó hoy en Mallorca) como pruebas de selección y observación de cara a la cita olímpica del próximo verano.

En ambas regatas Blanca Manchón ha sido la mejor deportista nacional y ahora solo queda esperar a que el comité de preparación olímpica confirme que la windsurfista andaluza será la representante española del RS:X femenino en Tokio 2020.

“A partir de ahora ya puedo centrarme en cómo conseguir una medalla”, aseguró Manchón al terminar el campeonato. La andaluza recordó llevar “los dos últimos años trabajando con Tokio 2020 como principal objetivo” y se mostró “súper contenta” de estar una vez más muy cerca de competir en unos Juego Olímpicos.

En categoría masculina, el alicantino Iván Pastor fue el único español en disputar una medal race en el Campeonato de Europa de RS:X y lo hizo terminando en la quinta posición de esta regata final, lo que le valió para confirmar la novena posición en la clasificación general. El segundo mejor español en esta categoría fue el canario Ángel Granda, quien finalizó la competición en la decimoquinta posición general.

En cuanto a las clases juveniles, la mallorquina Andrea Torres (CN Arenal) fue la española más destacada: se hizo con la decimonovena posición de su clase y fue la tercera mejor regatista Sub 17 del campeonato. Por su parte, Naiara Fernández (CNA) terminó en la sexta posición Sub 17 con su hermana Zoe Fernández (CNA) en la octava plaza y Emma Vanrell (CM San Antonio de la Playa) en el noveno puesto.

El mejor windsurfista español en categoría juvenil masculina fue el balear Biel Lladó (RCN Palma), quien completó el campeonato en la vigesimosegunda posición de la general absoluta. En la clasificación Sub 17 destacaron Josep Estrany (CNA) y Xicu Ferrer (CNA), séptimo y octavo respectivamente.

La presidenta del CSD visita a los windsurfistas españoles

La jornada final del Campeonato de Europa de RS:X estuvo marcara por la visita de la presidenta del Consejo Superior de Deportes, María José Rienda, quien se acercó hasta la playa del Arenal en las horas previas al comienzo de las pruebas junto a la presidenta de la Rea Federación Española de Vela, Julia Casanueva, y el director de preparación olímpica de vela, Asier Fernández.

Rienda aprovechó la mañana para conversar con Iván Pastor y Blanca Manchón, entre otros deportistas nacionales, y desearles suerte antes de salir al mar. La presidenta del CSD se interesó también por cómo es la preparación olímpica de los windsurfistas españoles y quiso conocer de primera mano cómo es el material con el que navegan y qué tipo de condiciones son las que les esperan en la bahía de Enoshima, lugar en que se disputarán las pruebas de vela de Tokio 2020.

Tras su encuentro con los deportistas, María José Rienda se embarco para seguir desde el mar las útliams pruebas del Campeonato de Europa de windsurf olímpico que se ha disputado a lo largo de esta semana en Mallorca bajo la organizaicón del Club Náutico Arenal.


Sudamericano de Optimist en Algarrobo, Chile. En otra jornada sin regatas se coronan campeones Santino Marcatelli y Rafaela Salvatore.

Fuente Silvana González Mesina

Argentina, Brasil y Chile ocuparon el podio del Campeonato Sudamericano de Veleros Optimist en Algarrobo

En la Cofradía Náutica del Pacífico y entre 169 timoneles de 17 países, el trasandino Santino Marcatelli consiguió el bicampeonato regional, escoltado por Guilherme Menezes, mientras que la local Rafaela Salvatore consiguió el bronce y además el título femenino del subcontinente.

Algarrobo, abril 12 de 2019.-

Con podio para Argentina, Brasil y Chile concluyó este viernes el Campeonato Sudamericano de Veleros Optimist, que se desarrolló en la Cofradía Náutica del Pacífico (Algarrobo), con participación de 169 timoneles de 17 países.

Aunque la escasez de viento no permitió la disputa de regatas en los dos últimos días de competencia, igualmente se consiguió superar el mínimo de tres recorridos necesarios para validar el torneo. Así las cosas, con cuatro pruebas realizadas, la corona continental de la categoría para menores de hasta 15 años, quedó por segundo año consecutivo en manos del trasandino Santino Marcatelli, con tres triunfos parciales y 5 puntos negativos; seguido por el brasileño Guilherme Menezes, con 15 unidades, el mismo puntaje pero con mejores parciales que la chilena Rafaela Salvatore, quien ocupó el tercer puesto, transformándose en la mejor representante local y la Campeona Femenina del subcontinente.

Más atrás se ubicaron la trasandina Victoria Mackinnon, y el local Benjamín Guzmán, ambos con 17 tantos negativos, lo que da cuenta de lo estrecha que resultó la competencia. De hecho, entre el segundo y el décimo puesto, se registraron apenas 7 unidades de diferencia, con tres casos de igualdad de puntaje entre los Top Ten.

“Estoy muy contento porque incluso me penalizaron el martes y aun así pude ganar el campeonato. Más adelante todavía no he decidido en qué bote navegar. Pero me encantaría llegar a los Juegos Olímpicos”, dijo Marcatelli, del Club de Regatas San Nicolás, quien por edad todavía puede navegar el Sudamericano del próximo año, y aspirar al tricampeonato.

En tanto, Salvatore, navegante de la Cofradía Náutica del Pacífico y única mujer en el podio, señaló que: “este fue mi último Sudamericano y estuvo mucho mejor de lo que yo esperaba. Estoy muy, pero muy contenta. Y de mi paso por los Optimist lo mejor es la gran cantidad de amigos que he hecho… Sí, me gustaría seguir navegando, creo que en 29er; ya lo tengo conversado con una de mis amigas”.

La competencia por Equipos, en tanto, fue ganada por Argentina 1, team integrado por Máximo Videla, Victoria Mackinnon, Amparo Stupenengo, Tomás Atchabahian y Tadeo Funes de Rioja, que se impuso en el duelo final a Perú 1, mientras que el tercer puesto quedó en manos de Brasil 3.

En la Copa de las Naciones, reservada para los países que no forman parte de nuestro subcontinente, los aplausos fueron para el equipo Estados Unidos 2, formado por Thommie Grit, Gil Hackel, Clark Morris, Jackson Mcaliley y Jonathan Siegel.

Producto del carácter abierto del torneo, estaban habilitadas para participar delegaciones de todos los continentes, aunque el podio sudamericano se reserva a los mejores representantes de la región. Los países que participaron en el certamen, que hace ocho años no tenía sede en nuestro país, son: Antigua, Bermuda, Argentina, Australia, Brasil, Canadá, Chile, Ecuador, Estados Unidos, Islas Caimán, México, Nueva Zelandia, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Uruguay y US Islas Vírgenes.

El Optimist es una embarcación monoplaza (un solo tripulante), de gran presencia en todo el orbe, y reconocida como barco de iniciación a la navegación a vela, reservado a menores de 15 años. Además, tiene la particularidad de ser one-design. Esto significa que todos los botes son iguales y tienen el mismo potencial de velocidad, por lo tanto, en una competencia el que gana es el mejor timonel y no el mejor bote. Además, niños y niñas se enfrentan de igual a igual en la misma cancha de regatas.

Es un barco pequeño, que cuenta con flotadores internos, y una sola vela, es fácil de transportar (por ejemplo, sobre el techo de un auto), es seguro y simple de gobernar y de maniobrar, y tiene un aparejo sencillo, de fácil reconocimiento y uso para sus jóvenes tripulantes. Mide 2,31 mt. de eslora (largo del casco) y 1,13 mt. de manga (ancho), pesa 35 kilos y cuenta con una superficie vélica de 3,50 m². Es la clase de velero más numerosa del mundo, con presencia en los cinco continentes y en más de un centenar de países.


Ub. País Timonel Puntos

1 ARG Santino Marcatelli 5
2 BRA Guilherme Menezes 15
3 CHI Rafaela Salvatore 15
4 ARG Victoria Mackinnon 17
5 CHI Benjamín Guzmán 17
6 USA Thomas Sitzmann 17
7 USA Samara Walshe 18
8 ARG Máximo Videla 19
9 BRA Alex Kuhl 22
10 ARG Tadeo Funes De Rioja 22

Monaco Swan One Design, día 3.

Fuente info Nautor´s Swan

Press Release, 12 April 2019

Day three of the Monaco Swan One Design, hosted by the Yacht Club de Monaco, delivered two races of strikingly different conditions. The consistent 10 – 12 knots from the southwest in the first was in stark contrast to the decreasing, rapidly shifting, breeze in the second. What was unchanged between the two contests was the proximity of competition across the three classes. Mark roundings were tight, leads fiercely defended, mistakes costly and victories hard fought. At the end of the day, the leaders in class are: Leonardo Ferragamo’s ClubSwan 50 Cuordileone (ITA), Luis Senis’ Swan 45 Porron IX and Lorenzo Mondo’s ClubSwan 42 Far Star. And, in The Nations Trophy contest, Italy remains firmly in control.

Today’s individual race winners were Andrea Masi’s Ulika (ITA) and August Schram’s Stella Maris (AUT) in ClubSwan 50. In Swan 45 and ClubSwan 42, the respective class leaders – Porron IX and Far Star – scored double bullets.

ClubSwan 50
The first race of the day appeared to catch some off guard. Skorpios seemed to have nailed the start at the pin end only to find themselves over early, having to return and re-cross. In the ensuing game of catch up, early gains were thrown away on the final leg, with the Russian crew – winners of the first race of the regatta – finishing last.

Equally, Cuordileone, Stella Maris and Mathilde (Switzerland) initially looked behind the curve, virtually stuck the wrong side of the Committee Boat when the gun went for the start. It is to the credit and commitment of the crews, and the talents of their tacticians, in turn, Ken Read, Nico Delle Karth and Iker Martinez, that all three extricated themselves and were, respectively, third, fourth and fifth at the end.

Ulika and Stefan Heidenreich’s OneGroup (Germany), with Jochen Schumann on tactics, had the best of the start hitting the line at speed at the mid-point. OneGroup held an early advantage, only to lose it permanently at the first downwind mark as Ulika performed an audacious duck inside as both headed to the left-hand gate mark. Ulika would go on to win by 30 seconds.

For Ariane Mainemare, Principal Race Officer of The Nations Trophy Mediterranean League 2019, what looked like being a straight-forward day in the office, soon became a much tougher proposition. “The first race was quite easy with stable conditions. The second one was looking OK, but suddenly clouds started building from the north. The first nasty problem was the rain, which never normally helps the wind. The strength started to go down. We were able to shorten the course for the 45s and 42s, but the 50s were already heading downwind.” With the leaders approaching the finish line, the Race Committee decided to complete the race, despite the wind turning sharply towards the north. “It was not the cleanest decision to make,” admitted Mainemare, “But it was the one we took and, in the circumstances and after time to consider, it was certainly the least messy.”

The main beneficiary of the swing in the wind was Stella Maris, as Schram was quick to assert. “The second race was really shifty and we were a bit lucky. Initially we wanted to go out onto right side on the last downwind, then we wanted to go back into the middle, but were forced back out. In the end, we were able to head straight to the finish line.” It was a remarkable finish to watch. Skorpios and Ulika, out in front on the left, looked to have the first two places in the bag, but the closer they got to the finish the worse their position looked. The changing wind angle pushed them further and further off the direct course and when they eventually turned towards the finish they came to virtual standstills as the wind capriciously disappeared. All the two crews could do was watch in despair as their hard-gained positions dissolved as, first, Stella Maris and, then, Cuordileone crossed the line at speed in completely different breeze. At least their problems were not of their making. Mathilde was leading the race after the first downwind leg, but missed a course change announcement upwind, dropping from the lead to last.

Schram is a newcomer to The Nations Trophy Mediterranean League this year, and is thoroughly enjoying the experience and opportunity to improve in competition conditions: “We were very happy about the first race, with the regular wind and we are slowly getting where we want to be with the crew and the boat-handling,” advised Schram. “It is all still very new to us, but today we saw very good communication, good decisions and good boat speed. As for the event, it is very well-organised and we are very happy to here.”

Swan 45
Defending world champions, Porron IX are proving a tough nut to crack for the others in the class. Even so, the spirits are high among the other crews. Ange Transparent came in off the water with two second-places. Owner, Valter Pizzoli, a resident of Monaco, is appreciating racing on home waters despite the difficult conditions: “I am happy to be racing here, especially since I live in Monaco. It’s a beautiful place, the organisation is great and the ambiance is perfect. Unfortunately, the weather is terrible! I’m enjoying the racing. Our Spanish opposition, Porron IX, is very fast but we are more or less the same.”

Pizzoli’s tactician, Flavio Grassi, is also finding the challenge to his liking. “Today we had two difficult races. In the second one the wind died completely and the Committee shortened the race because there wasn’t enough wind to finish the regular course,” he explained. “The racing is very tight between all the Swan 45s. It’s fun and difficult at the same time. We are very happy with the competition because the boats are all one-design and go at the same speed. It’s high level racing and the organisation is very good and knowledgable to enable us to race in the conditions.”

ClubSwan 42
Lorenzo Mondo’s crew on Far Star have also proved unbeatable in class so far this event. Tactician Branko Brcin rejected the suggestion they were making it look easy. “No, no, no!” retorted Brcin. “It is by no means easy. Especially the last race. Tricky does not describe it. Changing winds, rain, nothing was easy.”

According to Brcin, it is concentration that can make the difference in these moments. “If you think you think about being on the final leg, it’s OK. However, if you start thinking you are better than the others then you will go slower and slower,” he explains. “You must always push and press, because you never know. The other guys are also good. So, concentrate right until the finish. This is important.”

When the wind starting to drop significantly on the second upwind leg, Brcin and his crewmates had to watch their competition sail towards them in better pressure. “We just crossed the line in front by, maybe, five seconds,” said Brcin. “It was incredible. For a tactician, it is scary to watch yourself lose, lose, lose and the others gain. You must stay calm. You cannot control the wind. By the finish the wind was almost stopped and like an elastic band the others came to us. We were just able to tack and cross the line in front.”

Tomorrow, is, as the saying goes, another day. Everyone will be thinking positively about more consistent winds to close out the 2019 Monaco Swan One Design on a high.

This evening, though, is a moment for the owners and guests to relax and enjoy the impressive ambiance of the Aquarama Riva Bar, on the upper deck of the Yacht Club de Monaco, on the occasion of the Owners Dinner courtesy of Banor. An international wealth management group focused on ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) factors, Banor is among the signatories of the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) with the aim of fostering a greater awareness of sustainability.

Racing at the Monaco Swan One Design concludes tomorrow, 13 April, with the first signal scheduled for 11.00 CEST.


Campeonato de Europa de RS:X, día 4. Mañana medal races.

Fuente info RFEV

12 de abril de 2019

Iván Pastor se clasifica para la medal race del Campeonato de Europa de RS:X

El alicantino ocupa la novena posición de la general. Blanca Manchón terminó el día en el puesto 13 de la clasificación femenina general y es décima europea

El Campeonato de Europa de RS:X, organizado por el Club Náutico Arenal, Mallorca, llegará mañana a su fin con la disputa de las medal race, regata final reservada a los diez mejores clasificados de cada clase. El alicantino Iván Pastor, noveno en RS:X masculino, será el único representante español. En windsurf femenino, la andaluza Blanca Manchón terminó la jornada en el puesto 13 de la general y es décima europea.

Iván Pastor competirá mañana en la medal race del Campeonato de Europa de RS:X tras conseguir hoy clasificarse en la novena posición de la general absoluta y europea. Con un total de diez mangas completadas, el windsurfista alicantino selló su pase a la regata final, reservada a los diez mejores clasificados, aunque lo hizo sin opciones de alcanzar el podio.

“Estoy contento de volver a estar entre los mejores”, aseveró Pastor al confirmarse su participación en la regata por las medallas. “Aquí ha habido nivel de campeonato del mundo más que de europeo y estar en la medal race no era nada fácil”, recordó el alicantino.

Por su parte, el canario Ángel Granda aprovechó la penúltima jornada de la competición para mejorar posiciones y ascendió hasta el puesto 16 de la general.

En RS:X femenino, Blanca Manchón completó la cuarta jornada de la competición en la decimotercera posición de la clasificación general y es la décima mejor deportista europea. Estas cifras dejan a Manchón fuera de la medal race de su clase pero mañana disputará una última manga, navegando con el resto de la flota de grupo oro, con la que podría mejorar su posición en la clasificación continental. En esta magna competirá junto a su compañera Pilar Lamadrid quien hoy se situó en la vigesimoquinta plaza de la general absoluta femenina.

Manchón, que reconoció no haber tenido una semana muy “inspirada”, hizo autocrítica al repasar sus resultados a lo largo del Campeonato de Europa: “No he estado fina. Me notaba bien físicamente y con buena velocidad pero cuando se te cruza un campeonato es difícil salir de allí”.

Aún así, la andaluza se mostró “feliz” por estar más cerca de conseguir la plaza nominal para Tokio 2020. “Es el objetivo que llevo persiguiendo estos dos últimos años y estoy muy contenta sabiendo que estoy muy cerca de volver a representar a mi país en unos Juegos Olímpicos, que es lo que me motiva ahora mismo”, aseguró.

En la clasificación juvenil masculina el mejor español fue Biel Lladó (Real Club Náutico de Palma), vigesimosegundo. En cuanto a la general Sub 17, Josep Estrany y Xicu Ferrer, regatistas del Club Náutico Arenal, se intercambiaron las posiciones que mantenían ayer, quedando Estrany en la sexta plaza y Ferrer en la séptima.

En las tablas juveniles femeninas, la mallorquina Andrea Torres (CNA) ocupa el puesto 21 de la general y es la cuarta mejor regatista Sub 17, categoría en la que también destacan Naiara Fernádnez (CNA), sexta, Zoe Fernández (CNA), séptima, y Emma Vanrell (Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa), novena.

En la jornada de mañana sábado, última del Campeonato de Europa de RS:X que se está disputando en Mallorca, está prevista la visita de la presidenta del Consejo Superior de Deportes, María José Rienda, quien estará acompañada por la presidenta de la Real Federación Española de Vela, Julia Casanueva, y el director de preparación olímpica de la RFEV, Asier Fernández.


44Cup Montenegro, día 3. Team Nika lidera por la mínima sobre Península Petroleum.

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German Panei (Peninsula Petroleum) y Juanpa Marcos (Team Aqua), argentinos en Montenegro.

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Team Nika wins penultimate day in Porto Montenegro

Dramatic cloud formations over the mountains surrounding the Bay of Tivat and an overcast sky suggested that 44Cup Porto Montenegro competitors would be in for another day of adrenalin-filled competition with winds in the high teens..

In the event the wind started dropping almost the moment the timing for the sequence was announced. As Andy Horton, tactician on Torbjörn Törnqvist’s Artemis Racing recounted: “We went out and there was that big black line to windward of us and we said ‘Torbjörn put on your boots we’ve seen it rain and hail here’. Because the breeze was up, we put up our J2s on and did our tune-up.”

But then it all changed: “With the pre-start a couple of minutes away, the cloud split and one part went down the right and one went down the left and all of a sudden the wind dropped out and it was a quick fluster for everyone to get their genoas on. We didn’t hoist ours until 3.5-4 minutes out and a few were later. So we were straight into genoas with no training.”

Artemis Racing won the pin but was held up from tacking by the boats above her. Nonetheless the left side seemed to pay off up until the very top of the beat when coming in from the right the new Russian 44Cup team, Pavel Kuznetsov’s Tavatuy Sailing Team scored a major coup rounding the weather mark first. Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika also slipping in relegating Artemis Racing to third.

With the wind going soft and left on the run, the course axis was adjusted and the course shortened for the next upwind. On this Tavatuy Sailing Team took the left as Artemis Racing and Team Nika went right. On this occasion the right paid with Team Nika slowly easing ahead. With the wind dropping to nothing across the bay, the race was shortened at the top mark. Team Nika and Artemis Racing ghosted across the line, the Russian team taking her second bullet of the 44Cup Porto Montenegro.

“When the wind is dying you have to keep moving,” explained Team Nika’s Vladimir Prosikhin. “We were pretty close to Artemis. They tacked and tried to leebow us, but in these conditions that was almost impossible. I had some boat speed and they had to go 5° lower just to accelerate to our speed for 10-15 seconds, so that created a gap and we were completely safe by the finish. For us it was a nice race. We didn’t make mistakes like we did in previous races.”

Yesterday was not the best for Team Nika – OCS in one start and picking up a penalty in another dropping them from a close second to a lowly fourth. Aside from their starting, Prosikhin attributed Thursday’s issues to bedding in the rig after having changing all their standing rigging. “We struggled with the speed a bit and the fleet is so equal that everyone comes together which shows the level of the fleet. Tiny differences can change your position from first to last. That is what makes this class so special.”

According to Andy Horton on Artemis Racing closing on the finish there wasn’t enough wind even to tack the mainsail’s battens. The situation was far worse for the boats astern many of whom stopped dead in the water for several minute before the lightest of winds finally filled in, albeit from the north, forcing the tailenders to finish the upwind leg under spinnaker.

After a pause the fleet was sent ashore, and after a patience wait, racing was concluded for the day. As Principal Race Officer Peter Reggio explained: “The breeze never really materialised until late in the afternoon. If we started them then the race would have turned out bad, plus the lights would have gone out. Tomorrow it will be catch-as-catch-can.” Que sera sera. However to make up for the loss in schedule the time for the last warning signal has been protracted to 1700 CET, the last time a warning signal can be made.

Today’s race has left Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF still leading but with John Bassadone’s Peninsula Petrolum now up to second ahead of Chris Bake’s Team Aqua. Fourth placed Team Nika has closed the gap on the podium down to three points.