44Cup Marstrand Worlds. Título para Team Aqua, con el argentino Juanpa Marcos a bordo.

Felicitaciones para Juanpa Marcos (primero de la derecha), proel del equipo campeón.

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Team Aqua launched at 44Cup World Championship

Holding an eight point advantage going into the final day, and then doing enough to hang on, enabled Chris Bake’s Team Aqua to be crowned the 44Cup Marstrand World Champions for 2019. The team claimed this year’s title ahead of Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika and Torbjörn Törnqvist’s local heroes aboard Artemis Racing.

“I feel really good about it,” said Bake, still dripping from his victor’s plunge once Team Aqua was back at her berth on the Marstrand quayside. “Yesterday was a good day and the boat was going really well. Today was tough – shifty and really patchy.”

Today the teams had a long wait out on the water as the breeze faded, subsequently materialising just long enough to allow two races to be sailed before the 1500 cut-off.

In the first race Artemis Racing had a lengthy battle for the lead, including repeated place swapping with Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF. The Slovenian team was ahead going into the final run, but gybed early ultimately allowing Artemis Racing through to take the bullet.

“We had a clean start at the pin – that is very powerful here and if you won it you could basically make your own race all the way through,” described Artemis Racing’s Torbjörn Törnqvist. “It was great that we had that tacking duel with Team CEEREF at the top mark and we got closer and closer. Then they decided to gybe early and we carried on and were lucky and got ahead.”

Behind, Team Aqua managed to salvage a sixth place having at one point been last. As the team’s tactician Cameron Appleton put it: “We were in good shape, but we got into a situation where we were the ‘meat in the sandwich’ – at the top mark, we lost boats that came round under us and boats that came over the top of us. After that it boiled down to just being really steady and good with all of the manoeuvres.”

This left the overall leaders just four points ahead of second placed Team CEEREF going into the final race.

In race two some pre-start match racing enabled Team Aqua to get their bow beneath Team CEEREF and shovel her over the line early, thereby taking her out of contention. “We were underneath them and pushed them hard,” described Appleton. “They put themselves in that position, so we took the opportunity to give them a helping hand!”

Again Bake’s team struggled mid-fleet, but hanging on to fifth place was enough for them to win this World Championship by four points from Team Nika, with Artemis Racing a further fourth points astern. Both Team CEEREF and John Bassadone’s Peninsula Petroleum finished one point off the podium, with Team CEEREF claiming fourth overall on countback.

Further illustrating just how inconsistent some of the team’s scorelines have been in this event, Hugues Lepic’s Aleph Racing crossed the finish line mid-fleet in today’s first race but picked up a finish line penalty forcing them to carry out a turn before re-finishing, thereby dropping them to last. However they fought back and were leading for most of the final race before ultimately losing out to Team Nika.

While Artemis Racing scored a 1-3 today, Team Nika, the defending 44Cup World Champion had an equally good day scoring a 3-1. “We needed one more race! We were in a good rhythm. If we could have kept doing the same…” bemoaned Team Nika Vladimir Prosikhin. A minute later he had encouraged his old friend Chris Bake for a victor’s swim.

It was appropriate that Team Aqua and Chris Bake, one of the founders of the RC44 Class and who remains one of its chief supporters, should win this the tenth anniversary World Championship for the high performance one design monohulls.

“After the first race I was a little disappointed because it was really an unenforced error that had us in that spot – it was frustrating,” continued Bake. “We just knew that we still had some margin and if could keep it clean and just stay ahead of Ceeref… then they made it a little easier for us. I am really glad we were able to sail today – it felt really good that the breeze kicked in.”

Cameron Appleton added: “We have been in the situation before where we’ve been so close and haven’t made it, so this finally feels good. It felt like it was our time the last couple of days, that we were getting a groove on and the guys were doing a phenomenal job and we stayed patient. I think Chris was pretty nervous today, so it was great to finally nail it.”

Torbjörn Törnqvist was pleased with his third place but even more with the event, which he helped to put on. “I love this event and we’ll come back next year. It is so different from everywhere else we go to. It has been unusual this year with the light wind – normally we have too much wind. But then the wind came back today and we had two great races in.”

The 2019 44Cup now moves on to Cascais, Portugal over 2-6 October.


44Cup Marstrand Worlds, día 3. Team Aqua se pone al frente.

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Team Aqua launched at 44Cup World Championship

After a marginal forecast left the nine strong 44Cup fleet parked at the dock until 1300, the Swedish wind gods came good allowing four races to be held in 8-12 knots on the penultimate day of the 44Cup Marstrand World Championship 2019. This helped the schedule recover following no races yesterday due to a lack of wind.

Stand-out performer today was Chris Bake’s Team Aqua, which, much like Hugues Lepic’s Aleph Racing on day one, scored no race worse than a fifth place. Her resounding 2-5-2-1 scoreline has left Bake’s team with a useful eight point advantage going into the final day.

“The boat felt quick and the team was working well together,” explained Bake. “I just think it was about not making mistakes. It was flat water so if you could get a clean lane and had your boat speed. All round, it just felt pretty good.”

Team Aqua’s tactician Cameron Appleton concurred that they were going fast which may have been due to their new sails. “We were very happy with our speed. The sails are phenomenal and that is a big part of it and having a few new gears. Then it was just a matter of high percentage plays and being steady and not trying to do much and being patient in situations.”

Over the course of the day the 8-10 knot westerly was clocking right and occasionally this made for a skewed race course that oddly evened itself up by the left to right-going current. “The wind was clocking right, but the left paid nearly every time due to the current,” continued Appleton.

Eight points is clearly a more welcome way to start the final day than not having it, but Appleton said that they in no way feel secure. “In this fleet it never seems to be enough and everyone is moving around. We’ve just got to restart tomorrow and try and keep the same philosophy.”

Team Aqua’s closest competitor today was Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF. The Slovenian team which was RC44 World Champion in 2016 and 2013 was the most improved team having started the day in lowly eighth place and ending it second. They starting the day well with a 1-2, the first race in particularly an ultra-close nip and tuck with Team Aqua in which they prevailed. “It was much better today,” said Lah. “Even two days ago it was not so bad, but we had two unlucky situations. Anything can happen here. We are in the game for tomorrow. Team Aqua was impressive today. I am very happy for Chris.”

Generally across the fleet there remains huge inconsistency. Impressively the seven races held so far have had seven different winners, while the last placed boat overall has only finished one race in last place. Conversely Vladimir Prosikhin’s defending World Champion, Team Nika, has finished last twice and yet lies third overall. Similarly Aleph Racing, which led going into today’s races by three points, trailed the fleet in in today’s final two races, also picking up a penalty point after she loped off Tavatuy Sailing Team’s masthead wand during one start. This has seen her plummet to seventh overall.

Torbjörn Törnqvist’s Artemis Racing similarly had two bad races today and two good ones, winning today’s third race. “We had a good start down by the pin and there was more pressure out on the left but with little less current on that one. We went to the left of everyone and got out and around we were able to pinch off Nika and then tacked on to port and crossed everyone and stayed ahead from there,” described the Swedish team’s American tactician Andy Horton of their winning race. But only two races before that they finished last when they were hooked at the start by Team Aqua.

The up and down results of the majority of the teams Horton attributes to the uniformly high calibre of the fleet: “We are going pretty well and we think we’re pretty good, but everyone is at the same high level. There is no one who is not fast and everyone is capable of winning races.” He cites the final race when they were third at the leeward mark, then missed a cross and got tacked on and tacked on… and ended up eighth. “But it is an awesome fight…”

Amid three deep results today for Kirill Frolov’s Bronenosec Sailing Team was a gleaming bullet in the second race. “That was the one where we had a good start!” said Frolov wryly. “We only made one tack, then there was a difficult situation at the bottom mark, but the current helped us and we had a good hoist and were able to control everything. But that was only one start from four…”

So given that tomorrow forecast is similar to today’s and the snakes and ladders that is going on across the majority of the fleet, Team Aqua’s lead is anything but safe, while Team CEEREF’s second place can only be described as tenuous with seven points (or one bad race result) separating her from eighth in this ultra-competitive nine boat fleet.


2019 Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships, información previa.

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Anticipation building for 2019 Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships
For immediate release: 07/11/2019
Issued on behalf of: World Sailing

The 2019 edition of the Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships is just days away and anticipation is building as the sailors from 66 nations start to arrive in Gdynia, Poland.

More than 400 sailors are coming in to race across nine youth events including the Boy’s and Girl’s divisions of the 29er, 420, RS:X and Laser Radial as well as the Mixed Multihull, the Nacra 15.

The official arrival day is this Saturday (13 July) but sailors have been arriving all week long to acclimatise and ensure they are best prepared. Racing will commence on Monday 15 July and run through to Friday 19 July when nine new Hempel Youth World Champions will be crowned.

The Boy’s and Girl’s RS:X fleets feature a number of rising stars who have already racked up significant achievements in international competition. Fleets of 29 in the boy’s division and 20 in the girl’s will race in the RS:X.

France’s Fabien Pianazza is the only returning medallist in the Boy’s RS:X. The French racer sailed consistently at the front of the fleet in 2018 and was rewarded with a bronze medal. Pianazza experienced the top of the podium less than 12-months later at the RS:X European Championship in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

In a hotly fought contest between himself and Nicolo Renna (ITA), Pianazza clinched gold by just a single point. His success in Mallorca means he is considered one of the favourites for gold.

Great Britain’s Finn Hawkins also has experience of performing at major international youth events. Hawkins clinched a bronze medal at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina and will be looking to use that experience in Gdynia.

Returnees to the Youth Worlds include Leonidas Tsortanidis (GRE), who finished sixth, Batuhan Arslan (TUR), Roco Hrvoj (CRO), Guilherme Trainini Plentz (BRA) and Alfred Dixen (DEN).

There are no returning medallists in the Girl’s RS:X but international experience and success is not short in supply.

Russia’s Yana Reznikova will make her Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships debut in Gdynia. At the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games the Russian edged out Israel’s Naama Gazit in the final race of the series to claim bronze by a single point.

Gazit overcame her disappointment at the Youth Olympic Games and recently won the European Championship title. However, the Israeli representative in Gdynia will be Linoy Geva who finished second at the 2019 European Championship and ninth at last year’s Youth Worlds. The race for the podium went down to the final day in Mallorca and Geva finished second to move up the leaderboard and claim silver.

France’s Heloise Macquaert finished ninth in the final Youth Europeans race and dropped from the top spot, having to settle for bronze. She sailed at the 2018 Youth Worlds, finishing seventh and will return to race in Gdynia aiming to make amends for her disappointment earlier this year.

Australia’s Amelia Quinlan, Korea’s Jieun Seo and USA’s Dominique Slater all return to the Youth Worlds after racing in 2018.

The Boy’s and Girl’s Laser Radial are the largest fleets in Gdynia with 57 and 47 sailors making up each fleet.

In 2018, Juan Cardozo of Argentina and Zac Littlewood of Australia battled it out for the silver and bronze medals as New Zealand’s Josh Armit took a convincing gold medal.

It came down to the final race and as Cardozo sat in the middle of the pack, Littlewood was pushing at the front. Littlewood worked his way up to sixth but this was not enough as he missed out on silver by a single point.

Cardozo and Littlewood will both return to the 2019 edition of the Hempel Youth Worlds and with no Armit, they will be favourites for the podium.

Spain’s Jordi Lladó Durán will also come in with some form. He recently finished second at the Laser Radial Youth Boy European Championships in Greece.

In the Laser Radial Girl’s fleet, only one top ten finisher from 2018 returns – Matilda Nicholls of Great Britain. The fleet is lacking in Youth Worlds experience but not short of it internationally.

Spain’s Ana Moncada Sánchez comes into the event off the back of a gold medal performance at the Laser Radial Youth Girl European Championships. She defeated Eline Verstraelen (BEL) and Rosine Baudet (SUI) to the title. The Belgian and Swiss racers will both be in Gdynia.

Click here to find out who the runners and riders will be in the Boy’s and Girl’s divisions of the 29er and 420 as well as the Mixed Multihull, the Nacra 15.

The official arrival day for the sailors will be Saturday 13 July, where they will collect their equipment from Ovington Boats (29er), Nautivela (420), Laser Performance / Maclaren (Laser Radial) and Nacra Sailing (Nacra 15). The RS:X racers are all bringing their own equipment for 2019.

The Opening Ceremony on Sunday 14 July will officially welcome the sailors to the city before racing commences on Monday 15 July. A single race on Friday 19 July will bring the 2019 edition of the Hempel Youth Sailing World Championships to a close.

44Cup Marstrand Worlds. Aleph Racing lidera tras el primer día de regatas.

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Aleph Racing least inconsistent after day one of 44Cup Marstrand Worlds

The opening day of the 44Cup Marstrand World Championship 2019 was one of exceptional sailing conditions in 15 knot winds, under brilliant sunshine and usually on top of a short, sharp chop making for an exhilarating, if wet ride for the nine crews competing.

Despite the relatively stable conditions it was an unusually high scoring day for all but Hugues Lepic’s Aleph Racing. Winner of the last 2019 44Cup event in Rovinj, Croatia in May, the French team claimed the opening race after winning the start and making the most of the favourable left. However in the next two races they had to fight back from poor starts. With no score worse than a fifth, Aleph Racing leads the World Championship after day one.

“I found the conditions tough and I think like always in the class if you make a mistake you lose two or three points and we had our fair share of that,” observed Lepic, admitting that it didn’t feel like a day they deserved to end in front. “It is always better to be slightly ahead but I am not banking on anything. At this regatta nothing is going to be decided until the last race on the last day.”

For the owners the short sharp chop made it hard, especially sailing upwind on starboard and it was vital to choose the best place for manoeuvres. Aleph Racing’s tactician Michele Ivaldi observed: “You had to be patient. If you tacked in a flat spot rather than in the chop, you gained a lot.”

At the end of day one Aleph Racing holds a significant three point advantage over Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika after which it is very close on the leaderboard with just three points separating the next five.

Aside from Aleph Racing, everyone else had very mixed days. For example Team Nika was penalised in race two for a failing to give room coming into the finish line and was forced to carry out a penalty turn. “I thought we were going to cross Team Aqua and they gybed and surged on a wave and we got caught between two waves and lost a boat length really quickly so they got us,” admitted Team Nika’s tactician, Tom Slingsby. But in fact they were already down the pan: “We were third around the top and then had an issue with the hoist and then we got rolled and gybed on and gybed on. We went from third to last…”

However Team Nika redeemed herself in the final race, pulling out a significant advantage by the top mark then extending as the 44Cup fleet ended day one with a finish line inside Marstrand Fjord. “We didn’t have a good start and we tacked out early and we came back on a nice 10° shift to the right – pretty much the only shift to the right all day,” said Slingsby. “The good guys off the line all overlaid whereas we short tacked up the beat and came in on layline with everyone else behind us.”

It was a similar story for the overall 2019 44Cup leader, Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF. In the first race, while passing the inner mark, the Slovenian RC44′s mainsail clashed with the rig on Tavatuy Sailing Team, holing CEEREF’s main and causing her to pick up one penalty point. “The guys did a pretty good job of fixing it. We used every bit of tape we had!” admitted tactician Adrian Stead.

They had a similar deep result in race three when they were one of four boats pinned out to the left by Artemis Racing. Yet she sandwiched these deep results with a win in race two, when all came good, winning the pin and the favoured left side of the first beat – a duct tape-repaired mainsail clearly still fast.

Punching above her weight for a team that only raced on the 44Cup for the first time in Marstrand a year ago was Pavel Kuznetsov’s Tavatuy Sailing Team, ending the day third. She came home second in today’s second race, following similar ‘left is best’ tactics to Team CEEREF. The new Russian team also had to salvage some poor starts and this didn’t come worse than in race one when they were called over early. Standing in as mainsail trimmer and only non-Russian on board for this event, Croat Tomislav Bašić (who last sailed in the fleet as tactician for the Polish team MAG Racing) was impressed by the team on which Evgeny Neugodnikov calls tactics. “All the guys are very relaxed and think about it race by race and leg by leg. The crew is motivated, but not under high pressure.”

Similarly Bronenosec Sailing Team was second to Nika in the final race. Helmsman Kirill Frolov was delighted that the breeze was up today, following light wind events in Montenegro and Rovinj: “Today was great although it was a little bit choppy. Our starting wasn’t great but we were good otherwise.”

Three more races are scheduled tomorrow out to the west of Marstrand Island with a first warning signal at 11:30. Follow the racing live at www.44Cup.org.


Europeo femenino de Snipe, cuarto puesto para las argentinas Mariela Salerno y Florencia Buiatti.

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Lithuanian-American Team of Scheidt and Tocke win Snipe Women’s European
Championship in Antwerp.


Normally, a regatta on a tiny inland lake would not be considered a recipe for a successful international regatta, but this past weekend, the revival of the Snipe Women’s European Championship, held in Antwerp, Belgium proved that thinking outside the box, can bring about change in women’s sailing. The event attracted 42 sailors from 11
nations, with the Lithuanian/American team of Olympic medalist, Gintare Scheidt and Kathleen Tocke topping the podium.

The top half of the fleet included former Women’s Snipe World Champions and Vice Champions from Spain, Argentina, Norway, Portugal, and the United States, and countless current and former Olympic-class sailors from the Europe dinghy, Radial, and 470 Classes.

Over three days, eight races, plus a medal race were sailed on Galganweel, a lake so small, that the Class had to forgo regulations for championship course length. A special format was adopted for the championship, with two of the race days having races in the morning, followed by lunch ashore, and then races again in the late afternoon.
The format lessened exhaustion and allowed the competitors to enjoy great Belgian camaraderie and hospitality in the afternoons and evenings.

The short races, light winds, and very shifty conditions on days one and two made for tricky sailing. Winning required not only skill, but also luck. Still, the best teams prevailed. Scheidt and Tocke dominated the first half of the regatta with three straight bullets, only to falter as the wind lessened and shifts became one-sided. The Norwegian team of Anette Melsom Myhre and Anna Sofia Gregersson, sailed consistently in the top three, winning race four, but it was Portugal’s Mafalda Pires de Lima, sailing with Norwegian crew, Maj Kristin Hansen Borgen who
challenged Scheidt and Tocke for the lead, winning races five through seven.

Going into the Medal Race, Scheidt and Pires de Lima were tied, and the Norwegians almost secure for a place on the podium. The final race was a sight to be seen. Spectators lined the little lake and cheered for
the competitors. The sponsors, supplied with sun umbrellas and aperativos, watched the race from a large floating dock, placed just above the windward mark/finish line.

Melsom Myhre and Gregersson won the start and led the medal race from start to finish, moving them up to second place overall. In a dying breeze, Scheidt and Tocke barely crossed the finish line in second, just ahead of the Spanish team of Hernández and Franceschi. Pires de Lima and Hansen Borgen, struggled after a mediocre start, only to make their way to sixth place, dropping them to third overall.

Snipe women are now looking forward to the biannual Women’s World Championship in Sao Paolo, Brazil next year, where Scheidt will meet up with SSL #3 ranked Snipe skipper, Juliana Duque from Brazil and a number of other top American women skippers. The next edition of the Women’s Snipe European Championship will be held in Antwerp in 2021.

FINAL RESULTS, AFTER 9 RACES (1 discard and Medal Race)

1. LTU Gintare SCHEIDT & Kathleen TOCKE, 18
2. NOR Anette MELSOM MYHRE & Anna-Sofia GREGERSSON, 24
3. POR Mafalda PIRES de LIMA & Maj Kristin HANSEN BORGEN, 26
4. ARG Mariela SALERNO & Florencia BUIATTI, 42




Europeo de IRC San Remo, triunfo para el Farr 36 Absolutely II.

Fuente info Carla Anselmi

Press release – Sanremo, June 30, 2019

A glorious final day crowns IRC European champions

French Farr 36 Absolutely II, skippered by former Finn sailor Yves Ginoux, Union Nationale Course Au Large’s vice-president and flying the colours of CNTL Marseille, is the IRC Europeans overall winner. The championship, organised by Yacht Club Sanremo, that gathered over 40 crews from all over the continent for the week, ended in grand style on Saturday with three superb races, sailed in true “champagne conditions”.

If Friday the very light wind temporarily halted the event, forcing the organisers to cancel the coastal race, on Saturday the Gulf of Sanremo guaranteed perfect conditions to sail three, very tight races that crowned the new European champions. Undoubtedly a dayto remember.

A good morning westerly of around 8 knots that progressively increased to reach over 20 knots in the early afternoon, enabled the Race Committee to launch and complete three races on windward/leeward courses of 8.5 miles for the bigger boats’ group and 6.5 for the smaller ones. The much contested and physically tough races, in some classes consolidated the leaders’ position in other completely changed the scoreboard based n seven races with a discard.

The overall title, calculated on the accumulated points in all the classic, went to Absolutely II skippered by Yves Ginoux, that also won the Corinthian trophy and class IRC 3, scoring an impressive triple for an owner-driver and mostly familiar crew. The silver in the overall was awarded to another French team, GP42 Confluence Sopra skippered by Jean-Pierre Joly, whilst Italy’s Sarchiapone Fuoriserie, the Italia 998 owned by Gialuigi Dubbini jumped on the third step of the podium.

“It’s been a great week, we had the most varied conditions, breezy days like today and others with very light wind, when you have to stay focused and being consistent. The fleet was not that big, but the level was sure very high.” Said an elated Yves Ginoux. “I was in Sanremo before, but only for the Giraglia’s finishes, this was my first time here for a whole regatta, it’s a great sailing venue. We enjoyed it, had fun and look forward to be coming back soon.”

Class podiums:

IRC 0 – 6 entries
1° Team Vision Future – Jean-Jacques Chaubard – TP52 – France – YC de Toulon
2° Freccia Rossa – Vadim Yakimenko – TP52 – Russia – YC Mosca
3° Rowdy Too – Howard Dyer – TP52 – British Virgin Island YC

IRC 1 – 10 entries
1° Confluence Sopra – Jean-Piere Joly – GP 42 – France – S.N. Marseille
2° Bewild – Renzo Grottesi – Club Swan 42 – Italy – C.V. Portocivitanova
3° Ange Transparent – Valter Pizzoli – Swan 45 – Italy – Yacht Club de Monaco

IRC 2 – 5 entries
1° Sayann – Paolo Cavarocchi – First 40 – Italy – LNI Anzio
2° Obsession – Mario Rosselo – First 45 – Italy – LNI Savona
3° Vito 2 – Gian Marco Magrini – A40 – Italy – SNST

IRC 3 – 14 entries
1° Absolutely II – Yves Ginoux – Farr 36 – France – CNTL Marseille
2°Sarchiapone Fuoriserie – Gianluigi Dubbini – IY 998 – Italy -Yacht Club Sanremo
3° Chenapan 3 di Gilles Caminade – A35 – France – Union National Course au Large

IRC 4 – 7 entries
1° Alkaid – Christophe Heurtault – JPK 10.10 – France – CNTL Marseille
2° Faster 2 – Marcello Focosi – Italy – First 34.7 – CN San Vincenzo
3° Racing Dee – Jean-Luc Hamon – France – JPK 10.10 – Club Nautique de Toulon

Full results at this link