Mundial de Farr40 Porto Cervo, triunfo de Plenty.

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Porto Cervo, 13-16 July

Enfant Terrible and Flash Gordon are also on the podium. Pazza Idea wins the Corinthian Class

Porto Cervo, July 16, 2017. Plenty, owned by Alex Roepers with tactician Terry Hutchinson, the defending champions at the start of the event, are World Champions for the third time in the Farr 40 One Design Class. Theirs is the top spot on the podium at the 20th edition of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship organised in Porto Cervo by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda with the support of Title Sponsor Rolex and the Farr 40 Class Association.

Vice-Champion for 2017 is Alberto Rossi’s Enfant Terrible with tactician Vasco Vascotto, whose excellent performance today let her finish the event just three points behind Plenty. Flash Gordon (Jahn/Reeser) was also very close, so it was a fight to the finish for the title. Corinthian World Champion is Bresciani’s Pazza Idea with Matteo Ivaldi tactician and Claudia Rossi at the helm. At twenty-four years old, Rossi is the youngest person to win in the Farr 40 Class.

The final day of racing at the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds 2017 was unforgettable: excellent weather with north easterly breezes between 16 and 20 knots filling the fleet’s white spinnakers against a backdrop of blue skies and the island of Caprera. Excellent conditions and excellent sailing. Top-level competition between the teams: Plenty saw its comfortable lead eroded by Enfant Terrible and Flash Gordon in the day’s first three races. It was down to the fourth and last race at this World Championship: would Plenty be able to come back from her middling day’s results to beat Enfant Terrible that had placed 1 -2- 1 so far? Plenty’s team did what they had to do and defended their title.

It was right down to the wire in the Corinthian fleet too. At the start of the day Zen was leading MP30+10 and Pazza Idea by just one point. But Pazza Idea, helmed by Claudia Rossi, daughter of Enfant Terrible’s owner Alberto Rossi, did three excellent races and edged out Zen in the fourth and final race.

After nine hard fought races, the 20th Rolex Farr 40 World Championship concluded with a prize ceremony on the terrace of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. Commodore Riccardo Bonadeo opened with these words: “Celebrating the twentieth edition of a World Championship is not something that happens every day. Celebrating the twentieth year of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship on the year of the fiftieth anniversary of the YCCS fills me with pride. Part of our success is thanks to this beautiful part of Sardinia that offers such a wide range of wind conditions and sailing courses. Thanks to the Farr 40 Class for choosing us for the third time for their World Championship and thanks to Geoff Stagg who will retire after this event and pass the management of the Class on to his son Brady. Thanks to Rolex, who is partner both of the Farr 40 Class and of the YCCS. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all the owners and their teams for making this week of sailing so special. I also want to thank all of those who have made this event possible: the Race Committee, the International Jury and all the YCCS staff.”

Geoff Stagg, Farr 40 Class Manager echoed Bonadeo’s words: “It couldn’t have ended any better. The weather was perfect; the Race Committee was perfect. It was down to the last race as usual. I’m a very happy man. It’s time to move on now and yet the younger guys take control of things. This is a big moment, the 20th anniversary of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, the fiftieth anniversary of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda which is probably the best yacht club in the world. The racing today was absolutely spectacular, and I repeat spectacular! I’m happy, this is the best possible moment to begin my retirement, the best way to go out in style.”

Alex Roepers, owner/helmsman aboard Plenty: “Both Enfant and Flash sailed brilliantly today. We had a few small errors and in this Class if you make a mistake you get punished. We dug a hole for ourselves in race 1, we had a miscommunication at the start of race 2 and from last place fought back to fourth, and in the third race we had a small issue with a jib override and we ended up having to cut the jib sheet at the start because we couldn’t tack. So it was very exciting going into the fourth race. There we had a good start and did what we know how to do. We never got down on ourselves, we knew what the issues were, we were very focused on the fourth race and didn’t let it get to us that we had had three bad races. We did what we had to do in race 4. So this is the third Farr 40 World Championship that we have won. We won San Francisco in 2014, in 2015 we lost in the last leg of the last race by one point, but we got the title back in 2016. It’s very sweet to win this one at the YCCS, in Porto Cervo, in Sardinia, in Italy.”

Alberto Rossi, first runner-up, owner/helmsman of Enfant Terrible: “We’re happy to have ended the event after a good day of sailing. After yesterday we were a bit down, but we never give up and today were rewarded for it. We got excellent starts today and we sailed well. I think I did a good job at the helm, Vasco picked the best options and we were the boat of the day. But Plenty was strongest overall and deserved to win the Championship. I’m happy for my daughter Claudia who won in the Corinthians. She and her team staged an excellent comeback and I’m happy to announce that next year she will be helming my boat when I can’t get away from work.”

Claudia Rossi, Corinthian World Champion, helmsman on Pazza Idea: “The reality still has to sink in, I really wasn’t expecting this! It was great out there today, we stayed focused on the victory right to the end and we only managed to get it in the final race. Thanks to the whole team for making this dream come true.”

The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda’s sporting calendar continues with the Coppa Europa Smeralda 888 that will be held from July 21st to 23rd.

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M32 World Championship Marstrand, día 3.

© Anton Klock / M32 World

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Mother knows best, but Fast Phil marches on regardless

Phil Robertson ignored the good advice of his mother and rose from his sick bed to contest the third day of the M32 World Championship in Marstrand, Sweden. The Kiwi skipper of ChinaOne Ningbo is probably glad that he soldiered on through his illness because Robertson extended his overall lead after another solid performance across a long but fruitful five-race afternoon.

The sky was as blue as the waters of Marstrand and with a 10-knot breeze the 15 teams couldn’t have asked for better conditions. There were five different race winners today, including Robertson who got the bullet in race two. Robertson’s voice was sounding less hoarse than 24 hours earlier, the New Zealander perhaps mindful that his mother might be watching from the other side of the world.

“I think Mum saw that I was sick yesterday and told me I wasn’t allowed to go sailing today. But I didn’t write back, so… sorry Mum!” As for the racing, that went rather well for Robertson. “We started pretty strong in the light airs with a second and a first. We wobbled a bit in the middle but it’s a big boat, with 15 boats on a reaching start. If you don’t get off the line cleanly you’re battling away in the pack. We got a bit caught out, stuck in the middle in a couple of races. But we came good in the last one for another solid second.”

ChinaOne Ningbo now holds a nine-point lead over Denmark’s Jonas Warrer who sits in second place just a point in front of CFA Sport Racing skippered by Chris Steele from New Zealand. Topping the Corinthian owner-driver standings is Don Wilson, whose Convexity sits just four points off the podium, ready to pounce on any final-day errors by the pros.

Winner of today’s first race was Rasmus Rosengren and the young Artemis Racing Youth team representing the KSSS Yacht Club. It set the tone for a better day all round for the young Swedes who move up to fifth overall. “The difference from the other days was we started well and we were in the hunt from the beginning, so we could work our way to the top.” They crossed the finish line triumphant at winning a race but were put through a measurement check by the on-the-water jury, which revealed that two of the crew weren’t carrying safety knives on their buoyancy aids. They were docked a penalty point, although the race win still stands.

Safety issues are taken seriously, and with good reason. There were two man overboard incidents today but thankfully everyone was recovered safely.

Today’s other race winners were Convexity, 49er Olympic gold medallist Jonas Warrer, and Nicklas Dackhammar steering Essiq Racing Team. “These conditions today in Marstrand, breeze and sun, it’s excellent sailing,” said Dackhammar. “We struggled a bit in one race, we had an OCS. But otherwise we always gained boats all the time and we were fast. It’s always nice to have a race win, and that was because of a clean start and then we were leading the whole way round and just extending from the other boats. It feels really good.”

However Dackhammar and the rest of the fleet are expecting much stronger breeze for the final day. “We’re looking at some rain and a lot of wind. The forecast said it’s around 30 knots, so we will see. But these boats are fun to sail in strong winds so I think we’re going to have a fun day tomorrow.” Dutch Finn Olympian Pieter-Jan Postma is also looking forward to the strong winds. “We are struggling in the lighter breezes while we learn to mode the boat correctly, so we’re looking forward to more wind on Sunday.”

Robertson doesn’t mind too much what the weather brings, although he’d probably prefer another day like today. “We’ve had a glamour so far here. Sunny and breeze. Marstrand has been good to us, it’s been perfect. But tomorrow i think it’s going to throw everything at us. We’re expecting a lot of rain and a lot of wind. It could get pretty nasty out in the sound. It could be all on.”

This evening the sailors are invited to Spa Night at the Marstrand Havshotell, where they can relax in a jacuzzi on the terrace and enjoy a long, cool drink as the sun sets over the castle. Or they could go to bed early with a protein shake, because tomorrow they might need all the strength they can muster for the big breeze of the final day.

Report by Andy Rice


ChinaOne NINGBO (NZL) – Phil Robertson – 53 pts
WARRER RACING (DEN) – Jonas Warrer – 62 pts
CFA SPORT RACING (NZL) – Chris Steele – 65 pts
CONVEXITY (USA) – Don Wilson – 67 pts
KSSS (SWE) – Rasmus Rosengren – 99 pts
SAILING TEAM NL (NED) – Pieter-Jan Postma – 100 pts
ESSIQ RACING TEAM (SWE) – Nicklas Dackhammar – 100 pts
SECTION 16 (SUI) – Richard Davies – 104 pts
REDLINE RACING (AUS) – Matt Jerwood – 104 pts
GRAVE DIGGER (USA) – James Prendergast – 108 pts
GAZPROM TEAM RUSSIA (RUS) – Victor Serezhkin – 112 pts
GAC PINDAR – (GBR) – Ian Williams – 118 pts
FLUX TEAM (SWE) – Johnie Berntsson – 132 pts
CAPE CROW VIKINGS (SWE) – Håkan Svensson – 162 pts
MAGENTA ROBLINE (GBR) – Olivia Mackay – 169 pts

Cuarto Mundial de J80 para Rayco Tabares con Hotel Princesa Yaiza.

© Paul Wyeth

Fuente info Asociación Española de J80

14 de Julio de 2017

El regatista canario Rayco Tabares y su tripulación a bordo del “Hotel Princesa Yaiza” escriben de nuevo una página en el deporte de la vela al alzarse con su cuarto título mundial de la clase J80.

España brilla en este Mundial de J80 con sus cuatro representantes en el TOP 10. El catalán Jose María Van der Ploeg y su “VSA Comunicación” finaliza en cuarta posición a sólo dos puntos del podio, el balear Javier Chacártegui y su “HM Hotels” anota su mejor resultado internacional con una quinta plaza y el título mundial amateur, y los andaluces Pepequín Orbaneja y Juan Luis Paez, a bordo del “Hospital Cenyt Marbella Team”, son séptimos.

Los españoles hacen temblar a la clase J80. Líder indiscutible desde la primera regata disputada en aguas inglesas de Hamble (Gran Bretaña) el “Hotel Princesa Yaiza” ha revivido la contienda planteada por el equipo francés Courrier Junior (del francés Erik Brezellec) en el mundial 2016, en un duelo en el que el oro vuelve a recaer en el equipo de Tabares y la plata en el de Brezellec. Tabares se hace con el título con un colchón de nada más y nada menos que 18 puntos.

Lo ha vuelto a hacer. El canario Rayco Tabares ratifica por cuarta vez, y tercera consecutiva, un título mundial de una clase tan competitiva y reñida como es la de J80.
Si en 2016 Tabares pasaba a la historia en aguas de Sotogrande al ser el único regatista mundial capaz de hacerse con la “triple corona” – tres títulos mundiales-, el canario se ha superado a si mismo alcanzando la gloria con el que es su cuarto cetro mundial.

Líder desde el mismo comienzo del mundial, y sin dejar de serlo en ningún momento, los canarios del “Hotel Princesa Yaiza” han anotado cinco primeros puestos y cinco segundos en 14 regatas disputadas, dejando bien claro desde la primera regata que iban a por todas y con garantías.

En la última jornada los de Tabares tenían que salir a controlar a su máximo rival, el francés “Courrier Junior” y navegar como solo ellos saben. Justo antes de hacerse a la mar el canario se sinceraba: “Un año más llegamos al último día del mundial de J80 con opciones, pero independientemente de los resultados que hagamos hoy solo puedo decir que estoy muy orgulloso de mi equipo. Son unos máquinas, son mis amigos, ¡somos una familia!. Desde el “Hotel Princesa Yaiza Sailing Team deciros que: Gracias a todos por tanto apoyo y muestras de cariño hacia nuestro equipo durante esta semana. Y ahora… al agua”.

El equipo español daba otra demostración de buen hacer, pese a la presión de la jornada, y cerraban su participación en este mundial en aguas de Hamble anotando otros dos segundos puestos que solo hacían ratificar su poderío mundial.

“No tengo palabras, ha salido todo muy bien”, declaraba Rayco Tabares con su título mundial de J80 a sus pies, “Tengo un equipo muy fuerte y eso es clave. Hemos liderado desde el principio navegando como sabemos, a excepción de la jornada del jueves que decidimos ser más conservadores y en un campeonato de este nivel no se puede. Pichamos el jueves pero en la jornada final hemos navegado como sabemos y aquí está el resultado”.


La representación española ha realizado un papel que les hace mantener su hegemonía como dominadores de la clase J80.

El campeón olímpico y campeón del mundo de J80 José María Van der Ploeg afrontaba la última jornada con un bronce provisional pero las dos excelentes regatas del francés ArMenHabitat de Moriceau Simon, que anotaba dos primeros puestos en la jornada final, le daban el bronce al galo en detrimento del VSA Comunicación (cuarto a tan sólo dos puntos del podio).

El representante balear “HM Hotels” vuelve a España tras el mundial con una doble alegría. Por un lado el equipo de Chacartegui anota su mejor resultado internacional al hacer un quinto en este campeonato del mundo de J80 y por otro, se hace con el título mundial en categoría Corinthian (reservada a los equipos amateurs).

Séptimo se ha clasificado el equipo andaluz “Cenyt Hopital-Mabella Team” de Pepequín Orbaneja y con Juan Luis Páez al timón. Pese a su irregularidad los andaluces se han mantenido en el top-10 en 10 de las 14 regatas de las que ha constado este mundial de J80, algo que no es fácil con el medio centenar de participantes tomando parte en el mundial. Además, los andaluces se clasifican segundos en la categoría Corinthian de este campeonato del mundo de J80.

El Presidente de la Asociación Española de J80 España, Alex Díaz, se mostraba más que contento con la “cuádruple corona” del equipo canario que comanda Tabares: “Agradezco a los cuatro equipos españoles su defensa de los colores nacionales y mi enhorabuena especial a Rayco Tabares por su increíble victoria. La flota española de J80 sigue siendo una verdadera referencia mundial. Enhorabuena.”


1.Hotel Princesa Yaiza.Rayco Tabares.2, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 2, 8, 4, 1, 16, 18, 2, 2. 43pts
2.Courrier Junior. Erik Brezellec. 10, 7, 7, 49, 4, 3, 3, 1, 1, 7, 1, 2, 3, 12. 61 pts
3.ArMen Habitat.Moriceau Simon.11, 6, 8, 3, 1, 7, 13, 4, 7, 22, 9, 3, 1, 1.74 pts
4. VSA Comunicacion.Jose Maria Van Der Ploeg.3, 42, 5, 2, 5, 10, 10, 2, 8, 4, 11, 1, 12, 3. 76 pts
5.HM Hotels (Corinthian).Javier Chacártegui. 8, 2, 3, 12, 10, 2, 8, 13, 2, 10, 20, 9, 4, 4. 87 pts
6. Ryoko Meka. Luke Patience.5, 3, 2, 5, 15, 5, 1, 9, 49, 18, 7, 6, 7, 30. 113 pts
7.Cenyt Hospital Marbella Team (Corinthian).Pepequin Orbaneja.7,17,6,9,7,4,26,16,5,11,13,8,5,7.46 pts

Audi J/70 World Championship, record de 173 inscriptos.


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Porto Cervo, 12 – 16 September

A record fleet will be racing in Porto Cervo from September 12th to 16th
Porto Cervo, July 6, 2017. Registration has closed with a record breaking fleet of 173 teams from 25 different nations for the upcoming J/70 World Championship that will be organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda with the support of Title Sponsor Audi and Official Event Sailmaker Quantum Sails.

The chance of competing in one of the world’s most famous areas for yachting has been a contributing factor in the even-better-than-expected turnout for this popular One Design event. J/70s are increasingly popular thanks to the J/70 builder’s promotion and to the constant efforts on the part of the J/70 International Class Association and the single national J/70 associations.

These are the words of Edoardo Recchi YCCS Sporting Director: “We are very happy with the record number of registered participants, it’s the fruit of a project we began in 2015 when the YCCS bought a fleet of eight J/70s. We have gotten to know this One Design both in the water and on the shore. In 2016 we held ten regattas for J/70s, and this has given us a solid basis of experience that we will use to prepare for the arrival of a fleet that is more than double the size of the one that participated in last year’s World Championship in America.
The most challenging part of the event for the YCCS will be organizing the complicated logistics of the arrival, the checking and the measuring of such a large fleet. We want to meet the needs of all the teams that are arriving in Porto Cervo from twenty-five different nations in the best and most efficient way possible. We are planning carefully for this World Championship because we know it will be a demanding event for our Club, both on land and on the water. But for sure the size of the fleet that has registered to come and race here is already a success and it is guaranteed to be a thrill to see so many boats on the water. We have never seen a J/70 fleet this large.”

Amongst the many names present the current World Champion, Joel Ronning owner/helmsman of Catapult. Another name to watch is that of the current European Champion, the 24-year-old Claudia Rossi who will be helming her Petite Terrible.

See all the entry listevent programmeofficial documents from the regattas on our website and via social media using #yccs #yccs50.

Mundial de Star 2017, día 3. Los argentinos Olezza – Engelhard ganan la regata del día y ya son segundos en la general.

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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Star World Championship – Back on the water again
Star World Championship 2017 – Day 3

After yesterday’s cancellation of the sailing, due to strong winds, the majority of sailors were eager to race again.

In consideration of today’s weather forecast, with risk of winds like on the first race day, five crews decided to postpone their competing until the next race to protect their rigging and sails and did not start.

Today’s race was postponed for 2 hours, due to strong winds, but at 13.30 o’clock and after a restart, the race was on with 59 boats on the start line.

Despite wind conditions like in the previous race, there were no broken masts today.

Nine boats did not finish the race due to damages on sails or rigging and after a very challenging competition the final battle for stepping on the podium was between boats from Argentina, Germany and Norway.

The winners of race no. 2 are:

Crew Sail no. Nationality
1 Facundo Olezza Baza / Juan Pablo Engelhard 8502 Argentina
2 Reinhard Schmidt / Paul Sradnick 8427 Germany
3 Eivind Melleby / Joshua Revkin 8317 Norway


Aged 23 years old, today’s no. one winner Facundo Olezza Baza is the youngest helmsman of all in this World Championship, a very optimistic sign for the Star Class!!

Mundial de Star 2017, día 2. Jornada suspendida por exceso de viento.

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Monday, 3 July 2017

Star World Championship – A sailing day ashore

Because of the weather situation with heavy winds, the Race management decided to cancel all racing for today.

Heavy winds and rain, gave the sailors a well deserved break after yesterday’s tough sailing conditions with broken masts and spoiled sails ad libitum.

For many sailors, this unexpected break was a good opportunity “to heal the injured boats”.

The Event Manager Torsten Jacobsen took the opportunity to “break the bank” and pick up the VM Trophy for a photo session.

Meanwhile the sailors enjoyed themselves in the after sail party of the day in Race Village.

Mundial de Star 2017, día 1. Buen comienzo para los argentinos Olezza – Engelhard.

copyright Sonni K. Frederiksen

copyright Sonni K. Frederiksen

copyright Sonni K. Frederiksen

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Monday, 3 July 2017

Star World Championship 2017 First Racing Day One

The sailing conditions for the start of the first race day were excellent, with light clouds and winds between 12 to 16 knots, which according to the Principal Race Officer, Thomas Jørgensen is perfect Star boat conditions.

After a general recall of all boats, the black flag was raised to mark a new start, and all boats were heading upwind toward the top mark.

Lars Grael was leading the fleet rounding the top mark.

During the second upwind race, the wind raised to 16 to 20 knots average wind speed with boosts up to 24 knots and after three upwinds on the 2 sm. long race track, the load on the equipment was obvious, resulting in a number of broken masts etc.

One boat were losing its steering capability due to a rigging failure and the boat drifted to Langeland, from where it later were escorted back to Troense.

In total 18 boats did not finish the race due to rigging and sails damages, and the winners of day one race were:

1. Lars Grael, Brazil
2. Hubert Merkelbach, Germany
3. Reinhard Schmidt, Germany

While most of the sailors were joining the Aftersail Party, sponsored by Skechers and Tops, some sailors were busy repairing their boats to be ready for today’s sailing.


RC44 Porto Cervo. Katusha gana por primera vez.

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Day 4 RC44 Porto Cervo Cup – Deserved first time RC44 victory for Alexander Novoselov’s Katusha
Two years of dedication to the RC44 class paid off today for Russian Alexander Novoselov, his American tactician Andy Horton and the crew of Katusha, winning their first ever event on the RC44 Championship.

Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda has offered the full range of conditions for the nine teams competing at the RC44 Porto Cervo Cup this week from the very light to the very strong. Today was the latter. While Saturday was lost to the 30-40 knot winds of the Mistral, big conditions on Sunday continued but were just sailable, albeit at the very upper limit of what the RC44s and their crews can endure.

While they went into today’s three races with a two-point lead, Katusha immaculately consolidated her position by posting a 1-2 in today’s first two races. Baring their receipt of a penalty, this left the Russian RC44 winning the Porto Cervo with a race to spare – something that very rarely occurs in this hotly contested owner-driver fleet.

Following this event, hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, John Bassadone’s Peninsula Petroleum has taken the lead of the 2017 RC44 championship and with this has recovered the coveted ‘golden wheels’, the class’ equivalent of cycling’s yellow jersey.

From here the RC44 Championship moves on to its World Championship to be held in Marstrand, Sweden over 10-15th August.

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