Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. Triunfo para el equipo del Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.


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Sunday, 15th September 2019

Royal Sydney Shines on Challenging Final Day and Takes the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup Down Under

NEWPORT, R.I. – It all came down to the final race, as it should. Two teams of accomplished and motivated amateur sailors from opposite corners of the globe battling on a lumpy, windy Narragansett Bay for one of Corinthian sailing’s most-prized trophies, the 2019 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup.

Royal Sydney Yacht Club and San Diego Yacht Club started the 12th and final race separated by six points, which was anything but a safe margin in this competitive fleet. The Australian team had the edge in the overall standings, but skipper Guido Belgiorno-Nettis and his team put the regatta title right in play with a sub-par start while San Diego bolted to the head of the fleet and was, for a while, back in the virtual regatta lead.

As they for much of the regatta, the Royal Sydney used superior boatspeed and sterling tactical calls to grind back into the top 10 and then into the top five, leaving San Diego hoping for a miracle that wouldn’t come. The RSYS team was simply too polished. After 12 races through a full range of conditions, they sailed through the final finish line in fourth place to become the first Southern Hemisphere club to win the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Belgiorno-Nettis shortly after a dockside celebration with his team. “You can’t describe the feeling of coming all the way from Australia. to be able to put a team together who I love dearly, every one of them, starting with my wife, to actually win a championship like this. The New York Yacht Club Invitational is one of the great regattas in the world.”

The Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup is a biennial regatta hosted by the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court in Newport, R.I. Since the event was first run in 2009, it has attracted top amateur sailors from 43 of the world’s most prestigious yacht clubs from 21 countries. After five editions in the Swan 42 class, the 2019 event will be sailed in the IC37, designed by Mark Mills and built by Westerly Marine in Santa Ana, Calif., and FIBRE Mechanics in the United Kingdom. The strict one-design nature of this new, purpose-built class combined with the fact that all 20 boats are owned and maintained by the New York Yacht Club, will ensure a level playing field never before seen in amateur big-boat sailing. The regatta will run through September 14. A broadcast on Facebook Live and YouTube will allow fellow club members, friends, family and sailing fans from around the world follow the action as it happens. Twenty teams from 14 countries and five continents will compete in the 2019 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup.

Save for one bad race on the regatta’s third day, the San Diego Yacht Club team had sailed a nearly flawless regatta through nine races. Even though they carried a one-point lead into the final day, it was hard to bet against the youthful West Coast team. But then came the second windward mark rounding of today’s first race. With Royal Sydney rounding ahead in third place, San Diego tried to squeeze just too much out of a thin layline and ended up pasted to the windward mark while the bulk of the fleet sailed past. A certain top 10 finish became an 18th.

Now trailing first place by 13 points, SDYC skipper Tyler Sinks and crew showed remarkable resolve with a win in the second race while Belgiorno-Nettis and crew struggled to an eighth. That brought the title back into reach for the final race. With the pressure on, the Australians rose to the occasion.

“Luckily for us, we’re good in the [stronger winds] and there was quite a lot of wind in that last race, and we were able to get the boat rumbling,” said Belgiorno-Nettis. “Mike Dunstan, my main trimmer, and my other trimmer on jib, David Edwards, they just set up the boat so it was easy for me to sail. I could just punch the numbers out. It’s all about being consistent. So we were able to chip our way up from quite deep. We were in 12th at the start and ended up in fourth. That was pretty good. Occasionally I’d look around and see where people are…think to myself ‘oh how did that happen?’”

While most of the attention was focused on the battle for first, there were a number of developments lower in the standings. Anthony O’Leary and the Royal Cork Yacht Club once again showed they love to sail in heavy air. They went 5-2-1, won the day, and took advantage of a couple of tough races by the Royal Canadian Yacht Club to claim Royal Cork’s first Invitational Cup podium.

“We’re absolutely thrilled. This is our sixth visit, first time to make the podium, so it makes it very special,” said O’Leary. “We were eight points behind Canada [starting the day] which is a lot in one respect, but with three races anything is possible. We had one dreadful result on Thursday. You just got to wait and see how the cards fall. We had a five [in the first race today] and you’re thinking, ‘They’re maybe two more races, maybe one.’ Things seemed to go better and better for us. We’re delighted.”

Another team that spent the day on the up escalator was the crew representing the host New York Yacht Club, led by co-skippers Andy Fisher and Ray Wulff. After a very up-and-down regatta, the team found its groove on the final day. With three solid races, including a wire-to-wire win in the day’s first race, Fisher, Wulff and Co. moved from 10th to sixth in the overall standings.

“As a team, we just came together, and each day we were getting stronger and stronger,” said Wulff. “Today we just felt, ‘You know what, we’ve just got to go out there and sail as strong as we can.’ Representing the Club, we wanted to make sure we finished on a strong note.”

The regatta closed with a spectacular Rolex Awards Banquet on Harbour Court. Regardless of the finish, it was a time to celebrate a week of great sailing against friends old and new.

The next Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup will be sailed in September of 2021. The request for invitation process will begin before the end of the year. For U.S. yacht clubs, next September’s Resolute is the only path to securing an invitation to the big show in 2021. More information on that event can be found here.

2019 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup
New York Yacht Club Harbour Court
Newport, R.I. – Final Results

1. Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron (AUS), 55 points
2. San Diego (Calif.) Yacht Club, 59 points
3. Royal Cork Yacht Club (IRL), 70 points
4. Royal Canadian Yacht Club, 86 points
5. Southern Yacht Club (New Orleans, La.), 87 points
6. New York Yacht Club, 92 points
7. Royal Thames Yacht Club (GBR), 99 points
8. Japan Sailing Federation, 100 points
9. Yacht Club Italiano, 103 points
10. Royal Swedish Yacht Club, 112 points
11. Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (ITA), 114 points
12. Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, 124 points
13. Itchenor Sailing Club (GBR), 140 points
14. Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (GER), 156 points
15. Yacht Club Argentino, 165 points
16. Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, 173 points
17. Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club (AUS), 175 points
18. Real Club Náutico de Barcelona (ESP), 178 points
19. Royal Yacht Squadron (GBR), 195 points
20. Yacht Club de France, 241 points

GC32 Riva Cup, día 3. Alinghi llega líder a la última jornada.


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© Sailing Energy / GC32 Racing Tour.

© Sailing Energy / GC32 Racing Tour.

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Saturday, 14th September 2019

Alinghi clings to narrow lead going into GC32 Riva Cup finale

Ernesto Bertarelli’s Alinghi started the day four points ahead of Oman Air and – after six races on two different courses, during which they lost the lead, then fought back hard to recover it – ended the day four points ahead of Oman Air. With five races scheduled for tomorrow, the last day of the GC32 Riva Cup hosted by Riva del Garda’s Fraglia Vela Riva, one or other is likely to take the event title. The fight is also on for third with Red Bull Sailing Team having today displaced Erik Maris’ Zoulou from this position, although the French team is just two points astern.

Today was literally a game of two halves, PRO Stuart Childerley sending the boats out early for a 08:30 start, holding three races in the magnificent Pelèr northerly. The fleet was sent ashore then returned mid-afternoon for three more races in the southerly Ora.

Both frontrunners had difficult moments. The Swiss GC32 World Champions were off form in today’s first two races, leaving them trailing Oman Air by two points. However showing their typical relentlessness, Alinghi won the next three races.

“We had a tricky morning, but it was still a really good day,” commented helmsman Arnaud Psarofaghis, who turned 31 today. “We had great racing today and a good fight with Oman Air and Red Bull.” Psarofaghis was especially pleased that this afternoon, when the wind’s orientation made the course slightly one-way, they had recovered positions.

The Swiss team set the pattern for this afternoon’s racing heading into the extreme right, until they could virtually kiss Riva del Garda’s famous cliff face, then so lifted that they were foiling upwind at 18 knots into the top mark. “If you tacked back too early you lost, so you needed to be over layline,” explained Psarofaghis, adding that this afternoon, when the wind was gusting to 20+ knots, they recorded 35 knots downwind.

Conversely Oman Air was on fire in this morning’s first two races until they were OCS in the third race and could only salvage a sixth. Early afternoon in the southerly, Oman Air also struggled, mainsheet trimmer Peter Greenhalgh explained: “We had the best starts and were launched but we chose the right mark and then we didn’t sail in the right mode – we were too high whereas we should have got the bow down and gone super-fast at them [Alinghi] when we probably could have kept them behind us. Instead they [Alinghi] sailed round us.”

Oman Air rounded off the day with a final bullet, winning the start and leading from there on. “We can recover very easily tomorrow, like we did this morning in two races. We’ll just go hard at them,” advised Greenhalgh.

The fight is closer for third. Roman Hagara’s Red Bull Sailing Team relieved Erik Maris’ Zoulou of this position today, but after 14 races two points separates the Austrian and French teams. Zoulou proved how you can succeed by just continually banging out third and fourth places and continues to lead the owner-driver competition, but Hagara’s team showed more moments of brilliance, even winning today’s third race.

“We’re getting quite consistent and we can almost match Oman Air and Alinghi in manoeuvres, and if we make good starts can stay in front of them,” commented Red Bull’s Hans-Peter Steinacher, adding that today they hit 37 knots on one of the runs. “Lake Garda is made for our boats, we can quickly reach our top speeds.”

As to their prospects, Oman Air is eight points ahead, which is hard to recover but not impossible. “If Alinghi and Oman Air cover each other and stay at the back of the fleet… we’ll see. We have to sail well, start well to get back to the fight,” said Steinacher.

A fight is also on between Codigo Rojo Racing of Federico Ferioli and Christian Zuerrer’s Black Star Sailing Team. Both have been showing marked improvement and in today’s second race were briefly leading. However, only the Swiss team managed to hang on, finishing third.

“It was a nice day, especially the morning,” said Zuerrer. Black Star’s helmsman, Australian match racer Keith Swinton agreed, feeling that they had become tired by the afternoon. “This morning we showed we can have good moments, we had all the manoeuvres right. If we put a good race together we can be really competitive.”

Codigo Rojo has only competed on one event this year but after a week’s training has shown far greater confidence. “We are improving slowly, but we are improving. Unfortunately, we haven’t done as many events as our competitors. I am glad we have been fighting to the end. We are happy to be here,” said Ferioli.

Tomorrow five races are scheduled to start in the southerly Ora wind at 13:00. Racing at the GC32 Riva Cup is taking place with the support of Garda Trentino, Riva del Garda Fierecongressi, Distilleria Marzadro and Omkafé.

Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, día 3.





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Friday, 13th September 2019

Royally Strong Performance for Australian, Irish and Canadian Teams on Day 3 of Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup

NEWPORT, R.I. – The IC37 sailboat may be new to them, but the breezy and lumpy conditions on Rhode Island Sound for Day 3 of the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup were old hat for the teams from Australia’s Royal Sydney Yacht Club, Ireland’s Royal Cork Yacht Club and the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. Those three teams shined brightest on a gloomy, overcast day that saw many teams struggle to keep their feet and their keels under them. Among those licking their wounds this evening at the mid-regatta Lobster Bake were Day 2 leader San Diego Yacht Club, which blew apart their spinnaker on the first downwind leg of the day’s second race and struggled to a 17th place position without the crucial downwind horsepower. As a result, what was a developing blowout yesterday is now a very competitive regatta, San Diego still leads, but just by just three points, while only eight points separates first from fourth.

The Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup is a biennial regatta hosted by the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court in Newport, R.I. Since the event was first run in 2009, it has attracted top amateur sailors from 43 of the world’s most prestigious yacht clubs from 21 countries. After five editions in the Swan 42 class, the 2019 event will be sailed in the IC37, designed by Mark Mills and built by Westerly Marine in Santa Ana, Calif., and FIBRE Mechanics in the United Kingdom. The strict one-design nature of this new, purpose-built class combined with the fact that all 20 boats are owned and maintained by the New York Yacht Club, will ensure a level playing field never before seen in amateur big-boat sailing. The regatta will run through September 14. A broadcast on Facebook Live and YouTube will allow fellow club members, friends, family and sailing fans from around the world follow the action as it happens. Twenty teams from 14 countries and five continents will compete in the 2019 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup.

Anthony O’Leary represented the Royal Cork Yacht Club at the first Invitational Cup in 2009, winning two of the first three races sailed in this event. He’s been a fixture ever since, bringing along one or more of his three sons to each edition. For the sixth Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, Anthony O’Leary has sons Robert and Nicholas with him and the familial dynamic in heavy air was apparent as they were one of the fastest boats on the water all day.

“It was very enjoyable, plenty of breeze,” said the elder O’Leary. “It was a bit like our season at home: dull, the odd bit of rain and plenty of wind. We had a poor start to the first race because there was a lot going on and we were a bit late to get to the line. We didn’t do too badly overall, we pulled ourselves back very well to get to fifth because I think we were worse than 10th at the top mark. Second race we had a very good start and things just went right for us. We were able to sail our own race for most of it.”

On the final run of the day, the Royal Cork team (at left, with team mom Sally O’Leary in red) put on an impressive display of downwind power, turning a solid lead at the final mark into an overwhelming one by the finish. Unfortunately for the Royal Cork crew, there are no bonus points for the margin of victory in sailing. But the speed the team showed today, says O’Leary, is a good sign for the final two days.

“We’re getting used to the boat a bit more every day,” he said. “We’ve sailed similar boats, but we’ve not sailed the 37, other than one day at home. We’re getting the knack of it. There’s plenty of races left in this competition.”

Guido Belgiorno-Nettis’ team representing the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron didn’t have an emphatic win today, but the Squadron’s 3-2 scoreline won the day and significantly strengthened the team’s second-place position in the overall standings. Belgiorno-Nettis finished fourth in his first Invitational Cup in 2015 and second in 2017. His rather average start to this regatta – an 11th and ninth – seemed a bit out of character. Since then it’s been nothing but top-three finishes for the Aussie crew, and they can now see a clear path to the first overall victory in the regatta for a Southern Hemisphere club.

“This boat is quite an easy boat to handle in heavy air,” said Belgiorno-Nettis. “We’re comfortable with that and we just keep fiddling around with what makes the boat go faster. We have a great dynamic between the trimmers, main sheet and even our tactician who is working the runners, just trying to figure out what is the mode that the boat is going to go best in as the breeze builds. And we’ve just been able to find it. Our scoreline in the last few races in this heavier air indicates we’ve at least been as fast as the other teams and been able to get around the course.”

The third star of the day was the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, a two-time winner of the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, which won the first race by a strong margin. In Race 2, the Canadian crew ground back to fifth after a tangle at the pin end of the starting line in the second race left skipper Terry McLaughlin and his team staring at a lot of transoms on the first beat. The Canadians are currently third, four points behind the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and one point in front of the team from the Royal Cork Yacht Club. Rounding out the top five is Japan Sailing Federation, with 40 points.

Former champion Royal Thames Yacht Club, in sixth with 50.4 points, leads a knot of five teams within five points of one another, all with designs on cracking the top five or even making the podium.

Racing for the 2019 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup will continue through Saturday, September 14, with a live broadcast of each race via Facebook and YouTube. Racing is scheduled to start at 11 am each day.

1. San Diego Yacht Club, 26 points
2. Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, 29 points
3. Royal Canadian Yacht Club, 33 points
4. Royal Cork Yacht Club, 34 points
5. Japan Sailing Federation, 40 points
6. Royal Thames Yacht Club, 50.4 points
7. Southern Yacht Club, 51 points
8. Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, 52 points
9. Yacht Club Italiano, 53 points
10. Royal Swedish Yacht Club, 54 points
11. New York Yacht Club, 59 points
12. Royal New Zealand Yacht Club, 67 points
13. Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, 71 points
14. Yacht Club Argentino, 76 points
15. Itchenor Sailing Club, 80 points
16. Real Club Náutico de Barcelona, 85 points
17. Norddeutscher Regatta Verein, 85 points
18. Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, 92 points
19. Royal Yacht Squadron, 101 points
20. Yacht Club de France, 120 points

2019 Star Eastern Hemisphere Championship, titulo para Augie Diaz y Christian Nehammer.


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AUGIE DIAZ AND CHRISTIAN NEHAMMER ARE THE 2019 STAR EASTERN HEMISPHERE CHAMPIONSHIP

The Silver Star event was held in Attersee, Austria

The Eastern Hemisphere Championship has just dropped the curtains on Attersee, Austria, after staging a wonderful show with different conditions every day, so that the sailors had to adjust again and again to the wind, weather and waves and could not lower their attention. Wednesday was the “last summer day”; Thursday is the day between the seasons and Friday is called the “first autumn day” here in Attersee: winds from the north, up to 17 knots, 30 km / h, with big waves and the water almost ink black, proved the saying right.
The final ranking was decided only on the last day. The fleet was extremely nervous for the first start and as a result there were two general recalls before the committee hoisted the Black Flag that put the fleet in order. Third time was the charm and the last day was on.

Alexey Zhivotovskiy from Russia was the best at mastering the conditions on this last day. He was in the lead at the first windward mark, and kept the lead until the very end to win the race. Second place went to Peter O’Leary from Ireland, who kept improving over the week. The third place went to Christian Paucksch from Germany with his crew Vera Geck from Austria. She was the first woman on the podium in this series. The overall leader Augie Diaz closed the race with a 4th place and that was enough to ensure him the Eastern Hemisphere Championship title and he decided to not compete in the seventh race. Star Class President, Hubert Merkelbach from Germany, lost his last small chance to win the title with a 17th place finish.

“The Attersee is a beautiful lake and the sailing there is very good – said EHC Winner Augie Diaz – but, what makes the Attersee so special, is the people! The Club and organizers did a great job and they made us feel very welcome. I really enjoyed sailing with Christian Nehammer and the Attersee is his home so he knows the lake well- big advantage for us. The key for us was that we were fast and were able to be consistent”.

The start of the seventh and final race followed immediately afterwards. The big surprise at the first mark was Albert Sturm, a 77-year-old Austrian Star sailor, rounding first and heading downwind on his own. The winner of the 4th race, Piet Eckert, was able to take the win also in the last one, with Hubert Merkelbach getting back on track and securing a 2nd place finish, followed by Haico de Boer (NED), in third with crew Pedro Trouche.

The 2016 Star World Champion, Augie Diaz (USA), with his crew Christian Nehammer (UYC Attersee), earned another title for his rich collection. He didn’t manage to get a single bullet in the series, but with an absolutely consistent performance he is the 2019 Eastern Hemisphere Champion. He won the series with an 8 point margin and a great score sheet: 2, 2, 3, 6, 2, 4, DNC!! The 2nd place went to Peter O’Leary (IRL) with Joost Houweling, who registered solid improved throughout the week, (7, 11, 2, 18, 1, 2, 4), one of the surprises of Attersee, was undoubtedly Haico de Boer from The Netherlands with his Brazilian crew Pedro Trouche. He has never shown at a major international event, but we shall expect it from now on. Hubert Merkelbach was one of the favourites with crew Markus Koy, both German, but three not so strong finishes ruined their overall results. They managed to finish 4th overall with 13, 1, 1, 2, 14, 14, 2.

The second Silver Star at stake for September is the North American Championship, beginning tomorrow, the 10th, at Toms River Yacht Club, New Jersey USA, with the official Opening Ceremony.

Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championship. “Eat Sleep J Repeat” se corona campeón mundial.


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- Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships
- Thursday 29th August – Friday 6th September, 2019
- Hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club

Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships

Final – 06 September

Eat Sleep J Repeat & Soak Racing Crowned in Tor Bay
Last Day at the Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships

Two races were held on the final day of the Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships, 12 knots from the southwest provided a true wind for the start of racing but that moderate breeze shifted and built west to 20 knots, gusting 26, to produce a fantastic finale. A memorable world championship for both Open and Corinthian Classes was decided in the very last race.

2019 J/70 Open World Champions

Paul Ward’s Eat Sleep J Repeat has become the first British team to win the Open J/70 World Championship, holding off a strong challenge from Joel Ronning (USA) racing Catapult, Pichu Torcida (ESP) racing Noticia, and Alberto Rossi (ITA) racing Enfant Terrible. Claudia Rossi (ITA) racing Petite Terrible, was fourth and best Open Woman Helm in the championship.

Paul Ward (GBR) Eat Sleep J Repeat

“Very very pleased, it has been hard work and we have a very good team.We have sailed well all year and this has been a tough week but a lot of fun. We were just a few metres from the finish when we realised we had probably won, we worked hard right up to the end, the Americans and the Spanish pushed us really hard, it was full on. There were plenty of tough moments, but that is why we came to Torbay, this is a tricky and challenging place to race. I would also like to thank everyone at Key Yachting and especially Paul Heys who I would love to have a pint with tonight, but sadly he is no longer with us.”

2019 J/70 Corinthian World Champions
Eat Sleep J Repeat (GBR) Paul Ward, Charlie Cumbley, Ruairidh Scott, Mario Trindade

Soak Racing (IRL) Marshall King, Ian Wilson, Andrew Shorrock, Adam Brushett

Soak Racing won the J/70 Corinthian World Championship in dramatic style. In the last race, Soak Racing was four places ahead of Doug Struth (GBR) racing DSP. A tie on points for the series was settled by countback, a single place after 14 races gave Soak Racing victory. Denis Cherevatenko (RUS) racing Joyfull was third. Fiona Hampshire (GBR) racing Elizabeth was best Corinthian Woman Helm in the championship.

Ian Wilson (GBR) & Marshall King (IRL) Soak Racing

“Amazing, we have been trying to win this for six years, so it feels just amazing. Torbay has been exceptionally tricky, and we have had great competition at a really well organised regatta, and it is great to come away with the win. Today’s racing was really exciting, we were 10 points behind DSP going into the last two races. We had an excellent Race 13 and then it was about staying with DSP and making sure there were not too many boats between us. It all came down to the last 100 metres, and we did just enough.”

The Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships Awards Ceremony was held in the Event Marquee. Event Director Bob Penfold introduced Admiral of the Royal Torbay Yacht Club, Nigel Wollen to present the prizes and winners trophies. Darwin Escapes Chief Executive Anthony Esse described the event as a “complete triumph” and showing gratitude to Bob Penfold generously announced a free holiday at Darwin Escapes for Bob and his wife Sue. GAC Pindar represented by Andrew Pindar, who has been sponsoring sailing events for 39 years, was also invited to the stage and was full of praise for an amazing regatta.

The Royal Torbay Yacht Club and their dedicated volunteer support were roundly applauded by all of the J/70 sailors for producing a fantastic regatta. Stuart Childerley and the Race Management team received huge applause for providing high quality race courses in tricky conditions.

FULL RESULTS: https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=6149

The 2020 J/70 World Championships will be July 27 – August 02, hosted by the California Yacht Club, Marina Del Rey, California, USA.

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Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championship, día 4. El equipo argentino “El Ramón”, se mete en el top ten.




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- Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships
- Thursday 29th August – Friday 6th September, 2019
- Hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club

Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships

Day Four – 05 September

Big Finale Expected for J/70 Worlds

The penultimate day of the Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships was blessed with beautiful conditions in Tor Bay.With the breeze coming from the land once again, shifts and puffs of breeze made for tricky conditions with snakes and ladders right across the race course. Three windward leeward races were held in a shifting northerly breeze oscillating 45 degrees, the mean wind speed was about 12 knots with occasional 20 knot gusts.

In the Open Class, Paul Ward (GBR) Eat,Sleep,J,Repeat retains the lead having scored a 6-8-30 today. However, Pichu Torcida (ESP) racing Noticia, has shortened their odds on winning the worlds posting an 11-9-11, finishing the day just four points off the lead. Realistically these two teams will battle for the Open World Championship in a double-header of racing tomorrow. Still in with a chance of winning the title are Alberto Rossi (ITA) Enfant Terrible, Joel Ronning (USA) Catapult, and Claudia Rossi (ITA).

In the Corinthian Class, Doug Struth (GBR) racing DSP has regained the lead but only just, Denis Cherevatenko (RUS) racing Joyfull had a great day on the water and move up to second just 4 points off the lead. Yesterday’s leader King & Wilson Soak Racing (IRL) drop to third after three mid-fleet finishes. There were race wins today for Reg Lord (AUS) racing Juno, Enfant Terrible, and Luis Bugallo (ESP) Mar Naturna.

Provisional Results Link: https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=6149

Quotes from the Boats

Luis Bugallo (ESP) Mar Naturna

2018 J/70 Corinthian World Champion

“Today the conditions were a bit easier, especially as there was less chop but it was still difficult to work out which way to go. This is a difficult place to sail but it is the same for everybody. We are looking forward to the last day of the regatta, we have a lot of teams in front of us but we are a young team looking to improve, and just like every day, tomorrow there will be lessons that we can learn.”

Tom Grimes (AUS) Juno

2019 Youth Match Racing World Champion

“Today the shifts were shorter and more manageable and we had a much more enjoyable day. We just have to keep it together and avoid any big mistakes. It is a really big thing for us to come and race here, as we only have a few J/70s in Sydney Harbour, so to shake it up with this big competitive fleet is a lot of fun. Tor Bay is a lot like racing on Lake Macquarie where a lot of the crew grew up sailing.”

Ludovico Fassitelli (MON) Junda-Banca del Sempione

“We scored two podiums today so that was really good, Tor Bay is a big surprise for us, we were expecting big ocean waves but this is like sailing on a beautiful lake with very strong winds! We are in sixth position and tomorrow we want to stay in there and maybe get up the leaderboard. To race in this beautiful place with 80 boats is great, and we expect to have all of these boats in Monaco 2021for the J/70 World Championship.”

Racing at the Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championship will conclude tomorrow Friday 6th September with two races scheduled to decide the 2019 Open and Corinthian J/70 World Champions. Race Officer Stuart Childerley is expecting a return to big conditions with the potential for over 20 knots in Tor Bay.

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Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championship, día 3.




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- Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships
- Thursday 29th August – Friday 6th September, 2019
- Hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club

Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships

Day Three – 04 September

Big Wednesday

20 knots of breeze piping in from the north created full-on battle conditions for the 20 nation fleet on Day Three of the Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships. For the third consecutive day, the Open and Corinthian leaders have changed, with teams from nine nations occupying the top ten places. There were thrills and spills as the wind speed reached close to the top end of the wind speed for the class but with flat warm water it was a day to remember for the J/70 fleet.

In the Open Class, Paul Ward (GBR) Eat,Sleep,J,Repeat scored a 1-4-15 to take the overall lead. Pichu Torcida (ESP) racing Noticia has climbed to second after scoring a 5-17-6. Joel Ronning (USA) racing Catapult, drops to third after scoring 14-14-10. Yesterday’s leader Alberto Rossi (ITA) racing Enfant Terrible, started the day well posting 9-8 but a 28 in the last race after broaching out drops Enfant Terrible to fourth.

In the Corinthian Class, King & Wilson Soak Racing (IRL) is the new leader after posting 2-34-9 today. Doug Struth (GBR) racing DSP drops to second place. Denis Cherevatenko (RUS) racing Joyfull retains third but is under pressure from a top performance today by Charles Thompson (GBR) racing Brutus. There were race wins today for Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat, Henry Brauer (USA) Rascal, and Carlo Alberini (ITA) Calvi Network.

Provisional Results Link: https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=6149

The Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championship action from Day Three in Torbay.
Quotes from the Boats

Paul Ward GBR Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat

“The conditions today were exactly like we expected for Tor Bay – shifty, difficult to sail, and hard to find the right way to go. We managed okay and had an absolute blast out there. Leading the championship is terrifying, there are some really good sailors and we have a long way to go, and we will see how it all rolls tomorrow.”

Ian Wilson (GBR) Soak Racing

President J/70 International Class

“It is really difficult to track the boats in the Corinthian fleet because we are all out on one race course and we are racing against the pros and we can give them a really good run for their money but we do keep an eye out for our mates from Hamble, DSP, if we are in front of them, we know we are doing well. It was brilliant today, blowing 20 knots, wind all over the place, a great day out with boats hooning all over the place – just great fun. We are hoping for more of the same tomorrow, big breeze and great racing in Tor Bay.”

Carlo Alberini (ITA) Calvi Network

“We are very happy to be in Torquay but today we had a black cloud with the first race when we were just one second over the line before the start, and we were disqualified. We won the last race in the sunshine, so we were so happy. Today those conditions were good for us, we specialise in strong wind, I hope we will do better over the last five races.

Racing at the Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championship continues Thursday 5th September with three more high octane races scheduled.

The Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships, hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club, up to the minute coverage as the drama unfolds at  https://www.facebook.com/j70uk/

Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 Worlds Website: www.j70worlds2019.com

Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championship, día 2. Enfant Terrible de Alberto Rossi, toma el control.





Fuente info Louay Habib

- Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships
- Thursday 29th August – Friday 6th September, 2019
- Hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club

Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships

Day Two – 03 September

Alberto Rossi takes the lead in Tor Bay

20 nations are competing for the Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships, and teams from seven different countries occupy the top ten places after six races. The breeze for Day Two started with a stable 10 knots from the southwest, but backed south after the first race building to a 18 knots, with brilliant sunshine providing spectacular condition for the international fleet. With the wind direction and speed fluctuating, today’s results were far from stable.

After six races there are new leaders for both the Open and Corinthian classes. Alberto Rossi (ITA) racing Enfant Terrible, acknowledged as one of the best in Europe if not the world, moves up to pole position for the Open Class, after posting 1-16-2 today. Joel Ronning (USA) racing Catapult, drops to second, three points behind the leader. Boat of the day was Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat raced by Paul Ward (GBR) propelling the team to third just a point off second. Pichu Torcida (ESP) racing Noticia is only one point off the podium. In the Corinthian Class, Doug Struth (GBR) racing DSP, is the new leader. Wilson & King’s Soak Racing (IRL) discarded a Black Flag infringement in Race 5, to place second for the amateur status class, as did Denis Cherevatenko (RUS) racing Joyfull. All results are provisional pending protest decisions. There were race wins today for Alberto Rossi (ITA) Enfant Terrible, Andrey Malygin (RUS) Maria, and Peter Duncan (USA) Relative Obscurity.

Results https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=6149

Quotes from the Boats

Henry Brauer USA Rascal

Past President J/70 International Class and Vice Commodore Eastern YC hosts of the 2018 J/70 Worlds.

“The folks at the Royal Torbay YC, led by Bob Penfold, are doing a great job, this us a tough regatta to organise with a lot of volunteers and a lot of moving parts, and it has been seamless, they are doing a fantastic job. On Rascal we are getting it together, a bit better every day. The competition is world class and the sailing conditions are challenging, you have to keep your head out of the boat and keep on your toes. The last race today was the stand out, things didn’t work out upwind and we rounded the top mark pretty deep, but our tactician Brian Kamilar called for a quick gybe, and we got a great puff and moved up into the top ten, so it paid off in spades. Tomorrow the weather man says we will have more breeze, but Torquay seems to have its own micro-climate with its spectacular topography of climbing cliffs, I think Torquay does what Torquay wants to do!”

Doug Struth GBR DSP

2018 J/70 UK National Champions for both the Corinthian and Open Classes.

“So far it has ben very good but we have had tricky sailing conditions, unlike the conditions we normally get in the Solent. Everyone is having the same issues with the shifty wind and awkward chop but for us so far so good. The team has been together for nearly a year and a half, and it has always been the worlds that we have been building towards, and we have been refining our roles. As with all teams we have our moments but it is all beginning to click together. I think we are better than last year, and we are pretty happy with our results so far.”

Andrey Malygin (RUS) Maria

One of four Russian teams participating in the Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championship,

“I apologise for my small amount of English – great sailors, great competition especially at the start, great race management, great Torquay – Fantastic!

Racing at the Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championship continues Wednesday 4th September with three more high octane races scheduled in conditions predicted to be a solid 20 knots from the northwest.

The Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships, hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club, up to the minute coverage as the drama unfolds at  https://www.facebook.com/j70uk/

Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 Worlds Website: www.j70worlds2019.com