Super Foiler Grand Final Sidney, Euroflex es el campeón del circuito.

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Published on 25 Mar 2018
Euroflex Secure SuperFoiler Championship Crown In Sydney

(Sydney) Euroflex has won the inaugural SuperFoiler Championship Crown sealing the Ben Lexcen Trophy after finishing with three wins on the final day of the Expr3ss! SuperFoiler Grand Final.

“We set out to win, we were made to work hard for it so we are going to really enjoy this,” said Euroflex’s victorious skipper Nathan Outteridge, “We have had lots of different people here and without the effort of the boat builders and all the guys it would have been really hard to achieve this.”

The star-studded sky-blue SuperFoiler with Olympic Gold medallist Nathan Outteridge, America’s Cup winner Glenn Ashby and Australian Sailing Team member Lachlan Gilmour had needed to keep Pavement and tech2 at bay to seal the prize and managed to clock in a clean sweep on the final day of racing in Sydney to secure the title by four points alongside the regatta win.

“I’m really pleased, it has been a big team effort to get to this point,” said the newly crowned SuperFoiler champion Glenn Ashby, ““My pistols are in need of a bit of servicing after this.”

It was a nervous start to the pinnacle event on the calendar with Phil Robertson’s Record Point and iD Intranet both capsizing before the start of action.

There was also serious concern for the series front-runner Euroflex after Lachlan Gilmour – the blue bolter’s third bowman in as many days – suffer an injury before the race-start, cutting his leg on the foil and requiring running repairs from the on-water paramedic.

But the injury was the furthest thing from his mind as he celebrated being a part of the first Champion of the SuperFoiler circuit with two of the world’s best sailors by his side.

“I’m just stoked to be sailing with these two legends of the sport,” said Euroflex’s bowman Lachlan Gilmour who was filling in for the team’s mainstay Olympic gold medallist Iain Jensen who missed the last event.

tech2 had looked like winning the final race and had a shot of stealing the Championship in the process, before Euroflex rolled over the top of them on the final leg to secure the Sydney Regatta and Championship win in the process. The red flyer’s skipper vowing to return to claim the top prize in the next instalment of the Australia-wide series.

“I think the boats are unreal. I enjoy every opportunity to get on the water in these things,” said Luke Parkinson who finished the series with tech2 in second overall.

Pavement secured third place on the championship podium in the race for the Ben Lexcen trophy.

“To finish strong on the final day of the series was a massive effort the for the entire way through. I couldn’t think of a better was to spend my summer,” said Pavement skipper Steve Thomas.

As well as the injury to Gilmour, the on-water paramedics also had to render assistance to the series fourth-placed finisher Record Point’s Sam Phillips, who headed to the hospital for scans on his foot following a clip with the board.

“That was carnage. I think being the Expr3ss Grand Final everyone wanted to push boundaries,” said Kleenmaid skipper Olivia Price, “It was action packed out here.”

“We couldn’t put a foot wrong yesterday and had the boat dialled in and today we couldn’t even warm up without pissing it in,” said Record Point skipper Phil Robertson.

“It was bloody tough but it has been wicked fun and a privilege to do it,” said Paul Campbell-James who steered iD Intranet to fifth in the series, “These are wicked boats to sail and I hope to be invited back to do it again.”

The crowning moment played out in front of a sold-out VIP pontoon and organisers have promised to bring the world’s best sailors back to Australian shores with a follow up instalment.

“We have demonstrated the machine and the racing entertainment model is word class. Having some of the world’s best sailors declaring the SuperFoiler to be the future is perhaps the most important litmus test,” said SuperFoiler CEO Bill Macartney, “To have sold out corporate hospitality on the last day of the Expr3ss! SuperFoiler Grand Final and such an excited viewing crowd was also a key indicator for us going forward.”

The series climax will be broadcast on the Channel 7 after the Commonwealth Games.

2018 Ben Lexcen Trophy (Final Series Standings)

Euroflex (31)
tech2 (27)
Pavement (24)
Record Point (18)
iD Intranet (15)
Kleenmaid (12)

Sydney Regatta Standings

Euroflex (61)
tech2 (55)
Pavement (49)
Record Point (34)
iD Intranet (29)
Kleenmaid (24)

Super Foiler Grand Final Sidney, día 2. Tech2 lidera la serie.

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Published on 24 Mar 2018
Phil Robertson Rockets Record Point into Championship Contention

(Sydney) World Match Racing Champion Phil Robertson has launched his run for the Ben Lexcen Trophy in perfect style – clinching two wins on the Saturday session of the Expr3ss! SuperFoiler Grand Prix on Sydney Harbour.

“We were stomping that one. We had some nice modes downwind and we know how to send it upwind,” said Record Point’s skipper Phil Robertson.

The New Zealand helmsman could have had a clean sweep of victories during the second day of racing. Record Point led the entire first race before stumbling with the finishing line in sight – a mistake that was fully exploited by tech2 who zoomed past to take the opening win.

“We were stoked, we were in the money and to get a sniff at the end was a chance to open up the throttle and the boys went for it they backed us in and we were over the moon when we got that,” said tech2’s skipper Luke Parkinson who sent the red flyer to the top of the Sydney Regatta leader board, “It was pretty loose but it was right up our alley.”

Record Point atoned for that disappointment in the next, breezing past Luke Parkinson to turn the previous result on its head – Phil Robertson adding Sydney to his list of SuperFoiler leg wins alongside Busselton.

“We were charging around out there, there were a lot of boats around which made it kind of tricky,” said Record Point’s Neil Hunter who after two wins and a second is now sitting in third on the regatta standings and eyeing off the overall win, “For sure that is in the back of our mind. This regatta being double points means it is all on the line for us tomorrow. We can really take it tomorrow.”

It was a difficult day for series leader Euroflex who surrendered crucial points to her nearest rivals, after regulars Nathan Outteridge and Glenn Ashby thrust together three third-placed finishes.

In many ways it was a remarkable effort from the three-time regatta champion Euroflex, who also had to contend with a knee injury to their bowman Harry Mighell in the second race which saw his crew scrambling to find a replacement.

The responsibility fell to 20-year old Connor Nicholas, who was only called into the Euroflex fold this week but fully embraced the challenge.

‘Nath pointed to me at the end of the second race and he said I was on and my heart rate went to about 200 instantly so it was a really cool experience for me to jump on board and learn,“ said the Perth-based Nacra17 specialist who is part of the Australian sailing squad, “I didn’t have time to get nervous, the race for me was just a total blur.”

“I think he almost wet his pants. He did a really good job considering the amount of training he had which was zero and he might be on with us tomorrow. We will have a think about it tonight and see what the plan is,”said Olympic Gold medallist Nathan Outteridge, “We nursed it home, it wasn’t our finest sailing but we got three threes so it was not bad considering the day.”

After Saturday’s racing just five points split tech2, Euroflex and Record Point in the battle for regatta supremacy in Sydney with Pavement, Kleenmaid, iD Intranet also still in calculation for the overall win.

The Ben Lexcen Trophy will be awarded to the winner of the SuperFoiler series, with the champion of the Expr3ss! SuperFoiler Grand Final – Sydney set to receive 12 points to their overall total.

The series climax will be livestreamed on on Sunday 25th of March 2018 at 2pm AEDT.

Regatta Standings after Day 1

tech2 (29)
Euroflex (25)
Record Point (24)
Pavement (21)
iD Intranet (17)
Kleenmaid (10)

Ben Lexcen Trophy (Series Standings)

Euroflex (19)
tech2 (17)
Pavement (16)
Record Point (12)
iD Intranet (11)
Kleenmaid (10)

Super Foiler Grand Final Sidney, día 1.

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All Square in Sydney as tech2 takes fight to Euroflex

(Sydney) The SuperFoiler title race is on after Euroflex, tech2 and Pavement finished level at the top on thirteen points lighting the fuse for the Expr3ss! SuperFoiler Grand Prix in Sydney.

“To be equal first after day one, we are happy with that,” said Euroflex skipper and Olympic gold medallist Nathan Outteridge who notched up two firsts and a last to finish level with tech2 after the opening day of hostilities, “We had some good battles with tech2.”

“We are peaking at the right time, we have rattle their (Eurfolex) feathers,” said tech2’s skipper and Volvo Ocean Race winner Luke Parkinson, “We are ready to get back in the ring for round two tomorrow.”

In the opening race of the day Euroflex edged out tech2 in an agonising crawl to the line. It was a frustrating finish for the red flyer who had led the entire race only to be overtaken by the series leader in the final metres.

“We have come into a new mantra throughout the series, you can’t win the regatta on day one you can lose it. We are just trying to put ourselves in a great position where we can win the regatta. It was a tough day, but tough for the entire fleet so we are just happy to be up there,” said tech2’s mainsheet hand Ayden Menzies who crossed ahead of iD Intranet skipper Paul Campbell-James in the race opener.

After race one was clinched by Euroflex, light and patchy breezes forced race two into a shortened course where Steve Thomas’s Pavement seized the prize ahead of tech2, who again had to settle for second.

“We had three good starts today but the first race we timed out because we were trying to foil, so to come away with the wind was nice because there was a bit of redemption on that,” said Pavement skipper Steve Thomas.

It was a satisfying victory for Rhys Mara and Dan Morris who were racing alongside Thomas for the first time since a massive wipe-out in Busselton.

“First day to be within one point, it is all good. At the moment we are just trying to have clean races, not take too many risks and just throw down a couple of keepers,” said Pavement bowman Dan Morris.

Race three belonged to Euroflex who crossed ahead of iD Intranet – Paul Campbell-James’ international hopefuls also in striking distance for the champion on eleven points.

“Obviously we are setting ourselves up for Sunday that is the main day, but you have to be consistent.” said Euroflex mainsheet hand and America’s Cup winner Glenn Ashby, “It was a tricky day, but at the same time a lot of fun, and when you get up and foiling and all the other boats aren’t you realise this is all right,”

The Expr3ss! SuperFoiler Grand Final – Sydney will be livestreamed on on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of March 2018.

GC32 Racing Tour 2018, la localidad portuguesa de Lagos completa el calendario.

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La localidad portuguesa de Lagos completa el GC32 Racing Tour 2018
Nota de prensa GC32 Racing Tour – 22/03/2018

Portugal se une a Italia, Francia y España para completar el listado de países que acogerán el GC32 Racing Tour 2018. La localidad de Lagos, en el Algarve, es la última de las cinco sedes europeas anunciadas para esta cuarta temporada del circuito de catamaranes voladores, que una vez más propone un atractivo listado de campos de regatas caracterizados por unas condiciones de navegación idóneas para el espectáculo GC32.
Lagos se encuentra al sur de Portugal, apenas a 10 kilómetros del punto más septentrional de Europa y en plena región del Algarve. Dotado de una historia marítima milenaria, el puerto fue hogar de Enrique de Portugal, apodado El Navegante, y durante los siglos XV y XVI, en la época dorada de los descubrimientos del país, vio partir a exploradores como Vasco da Gama.

Localizado cerca del Cabo de San Vicente, en el extremo suroeste de Portugal, Lagos también fue escenario de épicas batallas navales. Y volverá a serlo (aunque de naturaleza más amable) entre el 27 de junio y el 1 de julio cuando acoja la primera edición de la GC32 Lagos Cup. En esa época del año, las temperaturas en la zona del Algarve deberían ser lo suficientemente altas como para facilitar la creación de la brisa térmica local, denominada Nortada, que en la costa se traduce en una atractiva combinación de viento y mar llana, perfecta para navegar sobre foils.

El GC32 Racing Tour visita Portugal por primera vez gracias a los esfuerzos de la ciudad de Lagos, con el apoyo de Hugo Henriques, del astillero local Sopromar, de Martinho Fortunato, de Marina de Lagos, y del Clube de Vela de Lagos.

Según José Manuel Oliveira Dias, presidente del Clube de Vela de Lagos: “El GC32 Racing Tour es la oportunidad de traer un evento único a Lagos y de formar parte de los destinos náuticos más importantes de Europa. Con este evento, continuamos uniendo al club con la ciudad, involucrando a toda la comunidad”.

En su esperado regreso al GC32 Racing Tour esta temporada, Franck Cammas, patrón de NORAUTO, comenta: “Estamos muy contentos de ir a Portugal con el GC32 Racing Tour; la recepción y la atmósfera allí son siempre excelentes. Navegué frente a Portimao, en el Algarve, en 2006 a bordo del ORMA 60. Las condiciones en esta zona pueden ser variables, pero el mar es normalmente plano, ideal para los catamaranes voladores GC32”.

Cuatro países, cinco sedes
Lagos completa el mapa del GC32 Racing Tour 2018, añadiendo Portugal a la lista de países que acogerán el espectáculo de los GC32 este año junto a Italia, España y Francia.

El GC32 Racing Tour 2018 arrancará del 23 al 27 de mayo con el GC32 World Championship, el primer mundial oficial de GC32, que reunirá en Riva del Garda (Italia) a las flotas del GC32 Racing Tour y las Extreme Sailing Series en un evento extraordinario.

Desde Italia, el circuito se trasladará por primera vez a Portugal para disputar entre el 27 de junio y el 1 de julio la GC32 Lagos Cup.

De Portugal a España. Entre el 31 de julio y el 4 de agosto, el GC32 Racing Tour participará por tercer año consecutivo en la regata multiclase por excelencia del Mediterráneo, la Copa del Rey MAPFRE, en Palma. En este evento, los GC32 tendrán la oportunidad de desarrollar su espectáculo frente a los principales actores de la vela europea y mundial.

Desde Palma, el GC32 Racing Tour regresará a Italia para competir del 12 al 16 de septiembre en aguas de Villasimius. La segunda GC32 Villasimius Cup promete magníficas condiciones de navegación frente a la costa sureste de Cerdeña.

Una vez más, el GC32 Racing Tour despedirá la temporada en el sur de Francia. Del 10 al 14 de octubre, la GC32 TPM Med Cup llevará por primera vez a la flota GC32 a la localidad de Tolón, capital del departamento de Val, sede en 2016 de las America’s Cup World Series.

Christian Scherrer, director del GC32 Racing Tour, reconoce: “Llevo tiempo deseando organizar un evento en Portugal. En Lagos contamos con una sede maravillosa, y además con las condiciones, los socios y la gente perfecta para garantizar el éxito del evento. Estoy encantado de traer el GC32 Racing Tour a Lagos”.

El listado completo de equipos participantes en el GC32 Racing Tour 2018 será anunciado en las próximas semanas. Los equipos interesados en incorporarse al circuito pueden contactar con Christian Scherrer en para despejar cualquier duda sobre el GC32 Racing Tour y la disponibilidad de barcos para compra y alquiler.
Programa GC32 Racing Tour 2018

23-27 de mayo: GC32 World Championship / Riva del Garda, Italia
27 de junio – 1 julio: GC32 Lagos Cup / Lagos, Portugal
31 de julio – 4 de agosto: 37 Copa del Rey MAPFRE / Palma de Mallorca, España
12-16 de septiembre: GC32 Villasimius Cup / Villasimius, Sardinia, Italia
10-14 de octubre: GC32 TPM Med Cup / Toulon, Francia

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Super Foiler Grand Prix Busselton. Tech2 se lleva el título.

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Published on 04 Mar 2018
Locals Light Up Busselton Leg to Ignite Championship Challenge

(Busselton) Two West Australian skippers have steered their teams to the podium in their home regatta with Perth’s Luke Parkinson (tech2) and Steve Thomas (Pavement) climbing onto the Busselton dais alongside Kleenmaid.

tech2 secured a third victory of the regatta to claim the outright win by the slenderest of margins over Pavement.

“I loved the opportunity to be back sailing in WA over the weekend. We had a full range of conditions and this win puts us in great shape for the final in Sydney,” said Busselton’s victorious skipper Luke Parkinson – who thrust tech2 to the top for the very first time.

“It has been a pleasure to sail in such a beautiful location, extremely tight racing it went all the way to the last run of the last race. I am really excited for the Grand Final in Sydney,” said tech2′s mainsheet hand Ayden Menzies.

In what was the most hotly contested regatta to date Pavement finished four points behind in second.

“Pretty cool for WA to get on top at the home venue. I guess we had a lot of local knowledge,” said Pavement skipper and second on the podium Steve Thomas, “We were stoked to get second – it was a really close race between us and Kleenmaid.”

The regatta also witnessed the breakthrough podium for Olivia Price, Harry Morton and Josh McKnight – who missed out on claiming overall points by just one win.

“As a team we’ve been playing the long game, slowly developing our techniques with Sydney being the end goal so this was a really important regatta for us to peak at,” said Kleenmaid mainsheet hand Josh McKnight

The wash-up is Euroflex’s stranglehold on the championship has slipped after her last placed finish, although her star crew of Nathan Outteridge, Iain Jensen and Glenn Ashby still hold a two-point lead over tech2.

It sets up a thrilling climax to the opening series with the Expr3ss! SuperFoiler Grand Final – Sydney to decide the first winner of the Ben Lexcen Trophy.

Championship Standings following the Busselton Regatta

Euroflex (19)
Tech2 (17)
Pavement (16)
Record Point (12)
iD Intranet (11)
Kleenmaid (10)

Super Foiler Grand Prix Busselton. Tech2 es el nuevo líder.

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Published on 03 Mar 2018
Tech2 Triumphs Twice on Testy Geograph Bay Day

(Busselton) tech2 was the chief beneficiary of tricky conditions on the second day of racing, where three different winners were crowned during the SuperFoiler Grand Prix in Busselton.

tech2 twice tasted victory on Geograph Bay with Luke Parkinson, Ayden Menzies and Sam Newton surging to the top of the regatta leader board after two wins from the four races on offer.

“It was a bloody good day, we are happy to take away those results,” said tech2’s Bowman, America’s Cup winner, Sam Newton who celebrated his red flyer’s first win in four regattas, “It is Supercharged Sunday so anything can happen. All it does is put a bit of extra pressure on us if anything but we are happy to be leading.”

tech2 had the most to gain from Euroflex’s absence (the championship leader hasn’t raced in Western Australia after suffering board damage in training but is hoping to return tomorrow). Tech2 pressed home their advantage early.

“Euroflex look like they will be back on the water and it will be good to have them on the line, we will give it everything and see how we go” said Newton

The gong for most consistent performance belonged to Kleenmaid’s Olivia Price, who alongside world champions Josh McKnight and Harry Morton celebrated a strong showing in Busselton with a second and three third placed finishes.

“Super-stoked to be in second, I think it was the consistency that did it for us. It is the best we have got so far and hopefully we can continue with it and finish on a high,” said Kleenmaid’s Bowman Harry Morton – who will head into the final day in a tie for second just five adrift of tech2 and with their eyes firmly on a podium finish.

Pavement are level with Kleenmaid in second after Perth’s Steve Thomas secured a maiden SuperFoiler triumph on home waterways, less than 24 hours after injuring his thumb in an epic capsize and after his two usual team-mates flew out to Oman.

“I think Dan and Rhys will be bitterly disappointed it wasn’t them, but I guess it had to come at some point so I am happy,” said Pavement’s skipper Steve Thomas, “We will be looking forward to being more consistent tomorrow. It is Supercharged Sunday so there are plenty of points on the line so we will come out all guns blazing.”

iD Intranet was the fourth different winner in five races on Saturday and their skipper America’s Cup sailor Paul Campbell-James heads into the final day of racing on a high – “It is nice to end the day on a win, it was a good race as well,” said Campbell-James, “Everyone is in it. tech2 had a good day but it is all to play for everyone is close.”

Sunday’s racing will be livestreamed on with double points on offer across four scheduled races.

Super Foiler Grand Prix Busselton, día 1. Record Point aprovecha la ausencia de Euroflex y lidera.

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Rotura del Euroflex que le impidió participar del evento en Busselton

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Record Point Claim Busso Breakthrough as Speed Records and Sailors Tumble

(Busselton) Record Point has made the most of Euroflex’s absence – seizing the upper hand in dominant fashion – on a day where testing conditions resulted in twilight flight-time for the SuperFoilers and her sailors in Western Australia.

Phil Robertson became just the third skipper and the third different national to win a SuperFoiler Grand Prix race when the New Zealander claimed victory in the second skirmish on the Busselton programme.

“We are the first people after Euroflex to win a race and actually cross the finish line,” said the victorious World Match Racing Champion Phil Robertson.

Record Point crossed ahead of Pavement, tech2, Kleenmaid and iD Intranet to claim the spoils in race two.

Earlier Record Point was enjoying a comfortable lead in the opening race before Pavement capsized at speed sending her three crew skywards after their trapeze lines snapped.

“To be honest I didn’t have time for a thought. All I could hear was Rhys and Dan asking if I was okay. Usually it is me more worried about them – in this it was me that copped the wrath of it,” said Pavement’s skipper Steve Thomas who was nursing a cut on his hand.

The rainbow SuperFoiler had been rocketing along at a series record 37.5 knots (nearly 70km/h) before she crashed and went turtle.

“It was pretty wild. I definitely haven’t been that fast on a boat before, it was pretty cool,” said Thomas who needed ice and pain-killers after injuring his finger.

The position of Pavement’s capsize resulted in the abandonment of the opening race much to the annoyance of then race leader Phil Robertson and his crew aboard Record Point who, as it turned out, would have been eyeing off two wins from as many races in a wind delayed program.

“It is massively frustrating to be honest, I think we have gone completely the wrong side of abandoning races and we are calling them off for very lame reasons,” said Record Point’s winning skipper, “We can all avoid a boat that is upside down on a course, it is a real shame to be honest I thought it was a bit over the top.”

Series leader Euroflex was unable to make her way to the start line on Friday after damaging her starboard floatation in training, leaving her World Champion and Olympic gold medallist skipper frustrated by optimistic of a return this weekend.

“It was frustrating to be here just watching the racing. It looks like a lot of fun,” said Nathan Outteridge, “We are still hopeful that the boat builders will be able to put it back together. Initially it didn’t look possible but they have said they will do everything in their power to get us back on the water this weekend.”

Should tech2 or Pavement win this weekend’s regatta and if Euroflex fail to repair their SuperFoiler the front runner’s lead in the championship will by scythed to just two points heading into the Grand Final in Sydney.

The Western Australian regatta is free for spectators to watch – although VIP Hospitably packages for the solitary event on the West Coast are available with Busselton’s historic jetty hosting Leg Four of the season.

Saturday and Sunday’s racing will be livestreamed on while the series makes its television premiere on 7mate this Saturday and Sunday with the Adelaide leg debuting at 11.30am local.