Circuito de Farr 40 2018, Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club abre la temporada.

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Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club to host opening event of 2018 Farr 40 Circuit

Cabrillo Beach and Long Beach were two of the favorite stops for Farr 40 owners when California hosted the International Circuit in 2014 and 2015.

With the class returning to the United States for the 2018 season, those proven venues are back on the calendar by popular demand.

Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club will host the opening event of the 2018 circuit (March 21-24) while Long Beach Yacht Club will serve as site for the Farr 40 North American Championship (May 9-12), the Class announced.

“Our owners have always enjoyed racing off southern California with Cabrillo Beach and Long Beach among the best locales we’ve ever been,” Stagg said. “We have a strong West Coast fleet that will provide a solid foundation for those two regattas and most of the traveling boats have committed to competing.”

The California swing during the spring will give Farr 40 programs an opportunity to sharpen their skills in advance of two events being held out of Chicago. As always, the season will culminate with the Farr 40 World Championship, being held Oct. 3-9 and hosted by Chicago Yacht Club.

“We have a strong schedule of regattas this season with California and Chicago providing some diversity in terms of racing conditions,” Stagg said.

Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club will welcome the class to kick off the International Circuit later this month with two-time defending world champion Plenty heading a fleet that will compete for the West Coast Championship.

Owner-driver Alex Roepers returns the core of his crew that has captured a total of three world crowns with renowned tactician Terry Hutchinson leading the way. German skipper Wolfgang Schaefer and his Struntje Light team will also be on hand along with a strong contingent of local boats.

“We’ve always enjoyed having the traveling boats come to California. We had some great racing in the seasons they were here,” said Gordon Leon, president of the West Coast fleet. “There is no question the pro boats helped raise the performance level of the local boats. You saw the amateur teams become more competitive with each regatta.”

Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club, located in San Pedro on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, has hosted the Farr 40 class for numerous events over the years, including the Midwinter Championship in 2014 and the West Coast Championship in 2015.

Veteran principal race officer John Busch will oversee the on-water action with assistance from a strong committee comprised largely of CBYC members and led by regatta chairman Kenny Dair. Cabrillo Beach has earned the nickname of “Hurricane Gulch” and conditions should be spectacular later this month.

“Our racing venue usually delivers fairly heavy air at that time of the year,” said Leon, a longtime member of Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club and owner of Foil.

Leon and the Foil crew are competing in the West Coast Championship while fellow CBYC member Mick Shlens has entered Blade 2. Those two boats have been staples of the West Coast Fleet, which has about 10 active boats and annually contests a High Point series.

“We have a healthy fleet that I believe is growing,” said Leon, noting there are several Farr 40s in southern California that are tip-top condition and available for charter.
Class competition will shift about 10 miles down the Seaside Freeway to Long Beach Yacht Club two months later for the Midwinter Championships, which serves as the first of seven High Point events for the West Coast Fleet. Others include the CBYC Spring Regatta, Long Beach Race Week and Cal Race Week.

“In my mind, Long Beach is one of the finest sailing venues in the world. It delivers very reliable conditions and quality racing,” Leon said.

Long Beach previously hosted the Farr 40 North American Championship in 2011 and 2014. It also served as venue for the 2013 West Coast Championship. Bill Durant is the current commodore of Long Beach Yacht Club and is so excited about the class coming that he is chartering his former boat in order to compete.

Durant enjoyed much success sailing Viva La Vida for almost four years, finishing second in the West Coast Fleet High Point standings two years in a row behind Dark Star. Durant is particularly proud of winning the California Cup among other regattas along with placing fifth at the 2011 North American Championship.

“We campaigned the boat pretty hard for a stretch and I really enjoyed it,” Durant said. “I felt like we were pretty quick at one point and that opinion was backed up by the results we posted.”

Durant donated his Farr 40 to Orange Coast College and it was later bought by Sam Heck, who dry-sailed the boat out of Cabrillo Beach. Now Durant will get another shot at sailing Hull No. 40131, which began life as Goombay Smash and placed sixth at the 2011 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship off Sydney, Australia under original owner William Douglass.

“I have always loved the Farr 40 class. It is a great group of people and superb sailing,” Durant said. “I have missed racing the Farr 40 and am really looking forward to doing so again.”

Ernie Richau will serve as tactician while Sam Heck will trim the main on his own boat, which will be named Viva La Vida for this regatta. Top-notch bowman Mike Lowe will spearhead a group of Durant’s old crew that will rejoin their skipper for the North American Championship.

“I think our expectations are in line with reality. We just want to go out and have some fun,” Durant said. “It is always an honor to have a major event at our club and I thought it would be kind of neat to get the boys back together and compete in this one.”

Busch will serve as PRO for the North American Championship as well with capable assistance from the Long Beach Yacht Club race committee. Durant expects the fleet to find top-notch conditions during that time of the year.

“May is a great time for racing off Long Beach. That spring breeze tends to be a good prevailing westerly,” he said. “We saw 32 knots in one of the North Americans that was held here.”

2018 International Schedule

March 21 -24, Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club
May 9 – 12, North American Championship, Long Beach Yacht Club
August 9 – 12, Chicago Yacht Club Verve Cup
October 3-9, World Championship, Chicago Yacht Club

2018 Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta. Triunfos de Negri/Lambertenghi en clase Star y de Joel Ronning con “Catapult” en J70.

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Sunday, 11th March 2018


One concluding race for the Star Class today awarded victory to Italy’s Diego Negri / Sergio Lambertenghi, with top spot in the J/70 seized by Joel Ronning and his crew on ‘Catapult’ from two races.

An up and down breeze of 10-15 knots in a choppy sea and tropical temperatures on Biscayne Bay, Miami presented a whole new set of race conditions on the final day of the Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta 2018. It was another day of reading the windshifts or reacting to pressure to make the gains, and even top sailors get caught out when breeze spotting. Make one mistake and you pay.

The Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta and 91st Bacardi Cup came to an end late Saturday night, but not before huge celebrations for the Star and J/70 sailors who once again descended on Coral Reef Yacht Club for the final Bacardi experience at the Bacardi Cup Regatta Prize Giving dinner and closing ceremony. The final after party of superb Bacardi cocktails, dinner and socializing marked a tremendous finale to six days of racing presented by the eminent Bacardi brand.

In the seventy-six boat Star fleet, Diego Negri / Sergio Lambertenghi managed to maintain the lead they opened the day with, retaining pole position as the battle heated up behind, with three teams neck and neck on 14 points apiece.

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2018 Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta, día 4. Debut para los J70, con el ex campeón mundial Joel Ronning al frente.

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Friday, 9th March 2018

Bacardi Cup 2018 – Invitational Regatta

Race Day 4 at the Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta featured both the Star and J/70 fleets on the race track, in a breeze gusting up to 20 knots across Biscayne Bay, Miami.

The puffy conditions saw plenty of thrills and spills, although the heavier breeze eased to lighter shiftier conditions as the day progressed.

A packed day on the water was followed by downtime at the Bacardi Cup Happy Hour after-party at the Coral Reef Yacht Club. As the Bacardi Cup celebrates its 91st year, 2018 also marks the 56th year the event has been hosted at the Coral Reef Yacht Club.

Two races completed for the Star Class saw no change in the leader board top three, just an opening up of the points margins between series leaders Eivind Melleby / Joshua Revkin (NOR) over Diego Negri / Sergio Lambertenghi (ITA) and Robert Scheidt / Brian Fatih (BRA). Scheidt / Fatih won race 3 and closed the points gap, but followed up with a 15th to put them back where they were before.

“It was a bit of an up and down day for us,” reflected Brazilian sailing legend Scheidt. “The first race was really nice and we managed to lead the race from mark 1 until the finishing line with a nice gap. We were feeling very confident going into the second race, because we knew we had good speed, but we didn’t have a good start and got a bit out of pace with the shifts. And you know with this level of fleet, if you don’t get a good start it makes your life very hard”.

“We managed to catch up a little bit, but it wasn’t a good race for us.”Looking ahead to the final two races of the series, Scheidt continued, “You know we need to keep working on what we are doing, and keep doing the same things and hopefully we will get a little bit better starts and a top ten at least at the top mark. If we managed to be top ten, then we can use our downwind speed and catch up”.

A regular figure at the Bacardi Cup, Scheidt is a huge fan, commenting, “I think it is one of the most traditional regattas in the world. I mean, a regatta that has 91 years that is very special. I am very happy that I was able to come, as I enjoy it a lot and hopefully will have many more years of this great regatta ahead”.

Scheidt announced his retirement from Olympic sailing last year, after notching up one of the most successful Olympic careers in history, winning a total of five medals in the Laser and Star Classes – two gold, two silver and one bronze, as well as multiple World Championship titles.
Race 4 victory went to Jack Jennings / Frithjof Kleen fresh off a black flag penalty from race 3 to sit in 22nd overall.

Predicting the leader board gains likely tomorrow when the discard comes into play after race 5, the finger points to Lars Grael / Samuel Gonclaves (BRA). Aside from their opening race score of 37, the pair has remained consistent, taking out 4,4,5 to sit in 9th overall. More of the same, and the race discard will see them accelerate up the leader board. Grael / Gonclaves won the Bacardi Cup in both 2014 and 2015, so will be chasing for name back on the trophy. There is of course the small matter of the reigning Star Class World Champions Melleby / Revkin to overcome.

Star Class – Results after Race 4:
1. Eivind Melleby / Joshua Revkin (NOR) – 14 pts
2. Diego Negri / Sergio Lambertenghi (ITA) – 19 pts
3. Robert Scheidt / Brian Fatih (BRA) – 26 pts
4. Eric Doyle / Payson Infelise (USA) – 30 pts
5. Xavier Rohart / Sebastien Guidoux (FRA) – 35 pts
6. Peter O’Leary / Robert O’Leary (IRL) – 41 pts
7. Paul Cayard / Mark Strube (USA) – 42 pts
8. Arthur Anosov / David Caesar (USA) – 46 pts
9. Lars Grael / Samuel Gonclaves (BRA) – 50 pts
10. Peter Vessella / Phil Trinter (USA) – 51 pts

Three races and three different winners on day 1 for the forty-seven boat J/70 fleet. No surprise to see the top players jousting out front with 2016 J/70 World Champion Joel Ronning (USA) on Catapult, jostling 2017 J/70 Worlds silver medallist Brian Keane (USA) in second and 2017 J/70 World Champion Jud Smith in third.

Onboard dialogue is key between the four-person crew to get the right combination of speed, tactics and race strategy, and in his mix Ronning has the relentlessly talented John Kostecki. A sailor holding multiple World titles across numerous classes, Kostecki’s victories stretch back to 1982 when he won the Sunfish Worlds and most recently last year’s TP52 Worlds. In between World Championship titles, he has won the 2001 Volvo Ocean Race and the 2010 America’s Cup on BMW Oracle.

Smith did a horizon job in the opening race, winning with a massive margin, and following up with scores of 2,10, with Ronning taking out race two victory and Keane claiming race 3.
Big names at the front of the fleet and further down the pack too, as a new face to the J/70 was spotted in the form of two-time Olympian Paige Railey (USA), who found herself at the Bacardi Cup on the invitation of her long-time friend.

“Of course I said yes”, grinned Railey about the call from best friend Jessica Lombard. “Miami is actually one of my favourite locations to sail in the world. Out of all the World Cups I have always enjoyed coming to this one in the Olympic scene”, she said in reference to her usual Olympic programme in the Laser Radial.

Aside from multiple successes at the Laser Radial World Championships, Miami has been where Railey has secured most of her successes, winning here an epic six times at Sailing World Cup events. Still Olympic campaigning, for now Railey has turned her attention to supporting her pal Jessica on the J/70.

“When I have sailed here in Miami at the World Cup I have always known about all the guys that stay after and do the Bacardi Cup. So there has always been this ‘mystique’ to this event and it is a really prestige event because all the top sailors around the world come”, Railey continued. Despite her numerous successes around the world the Bacardi Cup remained on her ‘to do’ list.

“Of course when invited to come sail the Bacardi Cup, I jumped at the opportunity, because just to be a part of it and say that I did it is pretty cool in itself. The Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta has always been this famous event”.

“Growing up in the Olympic role is obviously very intense all the time, and the social aspect after the sailing is – not like this!” Railey laughed. “So to come in and you know the mood is really relaxed, you’re opening with talking about things, how you can improve and help each other, and then the social scene is the best. In intense sailing you can forget that sailing is really important, but also the aspect onshore too. The Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta is one of the best in the world for providing that.”

J/70 Class – Results after Race 4:
1. Joel Ronning / Christopher Stokey / Patrick Wilson / John Kosteki (USA) – 7 Pts
2. Brian Keane / Brian Keane / Thomas Barrows / Charles Swanson (USA) – 9 Pts
3. Jud Smith / Will Felder / Marc Gauthier / Cindy Smith / Lucas Calabrese (USA) – 13 Pts
4. John Brim / Collin Leon / Taylor Kenfield / Scott Ewing (USA) – 16 Pts
5. Peter Duncan / Victor Diaz Deleon / Willem Van Way / Massimo Bortoletto (USA) – 21 Pts
6. Vincenzo Onorato / Matteo Savelli / Flavio Favini / Paul Goodison / Giulia Elba Masotto (MON) – 25 Pts
7. Trey Sheehan / Wilson Stout / Lee Sacket / Brad Boston / Curtis Florence (USA) – 29 Pts
8. Thomas Bowen / Martin Kollman / Alex Shafer / Jacklyn Wetmore (USA) – 30 pts
9. Timothy Healy / Reed Baldrige / John Mollicone / Paul Abdullah (USA) – 31 pts
10. Renato Faria / Kadja Brandao / Alfredo Rovere / Henrique Pellicano / Caroline Atwood (BRA) – 34 pts

Racing on Friday March 9th features one race for the Star Class and three for the J/70.

Full results available at

RC44 Calero Marinas Cup. Charisma gana por un punto sobre Nika.

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Charisma secures victory as RC44 racing goes to the wire in Lanzarote

Nico Poons’ Charisma clung on to her lead from yesterday to win the RC44 Calero Marinas Cup, opening event of the 2018 RC44 championship. But it all came down to the last run of the last race when a last curved ball cut the Monaco-based team’s overall lead to just one point from arch-rival, Team Nika.

An elated Poons noted: “It proves you have to concentrate right to the very end. It is great sailing in this class – it is high performance, a high quality fleet with a level playing field and great value compared to other sailing projects of this kind.”

With no awkward frontal systems to complicate matters today, Lanzarote reverted to her usual summery self for the final day of competition. The 15-16 knots winds remained reliably southwesterly. With flat water and a scorching sun, it seemed like June in the Mediterranean. Until the final run…

Charisma tactician Ray Davies explained: “It was all on – there was a big wind shift and the wind increased to 23 knots with a pressed-up angle coming in. The boats were all surfing into the finish line. Any boat that had gybed early made a huge gain but a couple of us couldn’t quite lay it. Fortunately we did enough, despite finishing with a jib.”

Of Charisma’s performance overall Davies added: “We started really well today which was a big improvement on the beginning of the regatta. There are things we can work on. We are very happy for Nico to come away with a win – his second in four years. It is nice being up against the likes of Dean [Barker] and Vasco [Vascotto]. All the tacticians in this fleet are of the highest level, so there is always some pride on the line.”

Inevitably the team to benefit most from the giant shift was Team CEEREF. Having nailed a similar giant downwind shift to win Saturday’s first race, so Igor Lah’s team nearly pulled off a similar stunt today. Tactician Adrian Stead, who seems to have an uncanny nose for these shifts, explained: “It had gone a little bit right on the way into the top mark and then when we looked up we could see it all along the shore. It was opportunist, but we weren’t too far off taking it all the way to the finish.” Deep fifth at the last top mark rounding, the Slovenian RC44 managed to pull out a third.

Team CEEREF also won today’s opening race, leading it from start to finish. “This is our best first regatta of a year for ages, so it is great,” said Igor Lah. “It was a lot of fun, especially that last leg.”

Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika won race two. Early on the first beat she and John Bassadone’s Peninsula Petroleum opted for the right where they struck gold. The two boats were respectively first and second at the top mark, positions they maintained until the finish.

However playing on Prosikhin’s mind was challenging Charisma in the final race: “We had some major problems at the start – somehow we lost speed. After that we were between our two main competitors. If we tried to escape right, Charisma tacked on us, and if we tried to escape left then CEEREF tacked on us! We were like a pinball – blam, blam, blam. Like Rocky! Finally we escaped and were still ahead, but unfortunately Charisma finished right after us, which was not enough.”

Prosikhin also enjoyed the final downwind dash. “The wind came from behind and we were surviving – trying to push the boat as hard as we could, in danger of broaching all the time! The RC44 is great pleasure to sail and it is such a nice fleet. Today I had one of the best days of my racing career.”

Today’s outcome would also have been different for Team Nika were it not for a layline incident in today’s first race. “We had a bow to bow with Team CEEREF and had to gybe around – which was expensive,” admitted tactician Dean Barker.

The last race was also notable for Hugues Lepic’s Aleph Racing rounding the top mark in first place. However on the run Torbjörn Törnqvist’s Artemis Racing overhauled the French team to lead for the remainder of the race, despite the monster final shift.

Competition now moves to Portoroz, Slovenia, birthplace of the RC44 for the second event of the 2018 championship over 9-13 May.

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Trofeo SM El Rey- Copa de Andalucía de Snipe, triunfo de José María Guerrero y Andrés del Riego

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© Real Club Mediterráneo

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Guerrero y Del Riego sentencia el Trofeo SM El Rey- Copa de Andalucía de Snipe

José María Guerrero (RCM Motril) y Andrés del Riego (RC Mediterráneo) han sentenciado hoy su victoria en el Trofeo Su Majestad El Rey-76 Regata de Invierno y Copa de Andalucía para la clase Internacional Snipe, que hoy concluía en Málaga, organizado por el Real Club Mediterráneo y la Federación Andaluza de Vela, por delegación de la Consejería de Comercio, Turismo y Deporte de la Junta de Andalucía.

La tripulación mixta ganadora ha subido a lo más alto del podio a tenor de dos victorias parciales (una ayer y otra hoy), un tercer puesto y un sexto que han descartado. Le han seguido con la segunda plaza absoluta la tripulación del club anfitrión formada por Rafael Díaz y Rocío Fernández y terceros, del RCN de Motril, Ángel Carlos Ballesteros y Ángel Ballesteros.

El primer clasificado máster, también del RC Mediterráneo, ha sido el equipo formado por Francisco Ramírez y Álvaro Pérez; los primeros juveniles, Miguel Jiménez Kane y Álvaro Pérez (RC Mediterráneo) y primera patrona femenina, Victoria Merelo y primera tripulante, Rocío Fernández.

Asimismo, han logrado el Trofeo Diario SUR a la mejor embarcación sin descartes, José María Guerrero y Andrés del Riego; así como el Trofeo Memorial Martín Wizner al mejor tripulante para Del Riego.

Hoy domingo, segundo día de competición, ha sido una magnífica jornada de regata, con algo de ola y dos tipos de viento diferentes, que han permitido disputar las tres mangas previstas.

La primera para un viento del 220 de unos 8 nudos que acabó en el 190 y que se mantuvo hasta el fin de la manga. La segunda dio la bienvenida al viento de terral del 310 ofreciendo dos mangas con pequeños roles que daba oportunidades a las distintas tripulaciones.

Si en la manga de ayer sábado y en la primera de hoy la tripulación formada por Guerrero y Del Riego se mostraban intratables, la subida de intensidad y los roles han dado oportunidades a otras tripulaciones en las dos últimas mangas, que se anotaron respectivamente Rafael Díaz y Rocío Fernández, segundos en la general, y Ángel Carlos Ballesteros y Ángel Ballesteros, que les serviría para auparse al tercer escalón del podio.

Para Guerrero, patrón del Fertisac, es su tercera victoria en esta regata, la más antigua de España de vela ligera: “El primer día fue con mucha lluvia y muchas horas en el agua. Intentamos hacer una primera manga y ya en la primera ceñida roló el viento y tuvo que suspenderse. En el intento definitivo tuvieron que acortar la manga por la caída del viento y fue también muy complicado, aunque ganamos.

Hoy ha ido mucho mejor, con sol y unas mangas ajustadas y muy competidas y nos lo hemos pasado muy bien. Es la tercera vez que gano este trofeo y el objetivo es ganarlo cinco veces para poder llevármelo a casa.

En esta competición me ha favorecido los años que llevamos navegando y que he vuelto a navegar con Andrés, que nos conocemos desde hace años. Hemos ganado juntos campeonatos de España y un Europeo juvenil de Snipe y no hay nada que decirle, sabe que es lo que quiero en cada momento.

Para este año, tengo pensado ir a la Copa de España en Gijón y luego al Europeo en agosto, que se disputa en Finlandia”.

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RC44, Lanzarote abre la temporada 2018.

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RC44s hit the ground running in 2018

Intense one design competition resumes promptly for the RC44s in 2018. With no need to wait for the weather to improve in the Mediterranean, the RC44 Calero Marinas Cup fires up off Lanzarote in Canary Islands on 1 March with practice racing the previous day.

The 2017 season for the Russell Coutts-created one designs concluded off Lanzarote’s capital, Arrecife at the end of November, leaving just a three month break over the winter months. The short break means that less ‘cobwebs’ may have formed, with crews expected to have lost none of their competitive edge from last season, when Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF claimed the overall annual championship, but it was John Bassadone’s Gibraltar-based team Peninsula Petroleum that won the final event off Lanzarote.

“It is seven years the class has been coming here,” said Bassadone. “It is very good sailing and I can’t wait to come back. It is always so special to see the wonderful Calero family.” The Calero family, which runs Puerto Calero and Marina Lanzarote, from where the event is again being held next week, have not only hosted the RC44s in their marinas but in the past have also campaigned their own RC44.

As to racing in the RC44 at the moment, Bassadone observes: “The competition has definitely become tougher – it is a very competitive class. Now every boat has got a great crew and has the real possibility of winning. There is huge depth all the way through – which is good – and also makes it all the more special when you get a good result because it is so tough out there.” For 2018 there will be a couple of changes to the crew, but the team knows the new recruits well and they are already part of the Peninsula Petroleum family.

Peninsula’s tactician Vasco Vascotto added: “We sailed quite well last time. If there was a little more breeze Lanzarote is one of the favourite places for Peninsula.” Looking at the typical conditions for March Vascotto, who was recently signed up by the Luna Rossa America’s Cup challenger, said: “I think it will be nice, around 15-20 knots – very good conditions for sailing. I am looking forward to having some nice racing.”

Peninsula Petroleum will benefit from the local knowledge contributed by their Canarian team member Gonzalo Morales. The event enjoys support from the Canarian and Island governments, which together with the Real Club Náutico de Arrecife are delighted to see this level of sportsmanship in Lanzarote waters; serving as a source of inspiration for the island’s younger sailors and an exciting spectacle for the city.

Both Team CEEREF and Peninsula Petroleum will be back on the circuit for the 2018 season, while after a break from the class during 2017, another hot contender looks set to be Frenchman Hugues Lepic’s Aleph Racing.

“The RC44 class is the best inshore owner-driver class in the world,” enthuses Lepic. “It is highly competitive, very intense, fun and extremely well organised. I love the racing format, the boat and the group of owners. It is a real luxury to be able to race at such a high level when time is your scarce commodity. I am looking forward to re-joining this great class in 2018 after a ‘break’ year in 2017.”

Among Lepic’s crew, French ace Thierry Briend is back as a trimmer, Michele Ivaldi has been appointed the team’s tactician following his successful time in this role with Vladimir Liubomirov’s Bronenosec Sailing Team when they won the Match Racing competition and were second in the Fleet Racing in 2015. Ryan Godfrey and Greg Gendell have signed on with Aleph having been with Team Nika last year, while seasoned Bella Mente crewman Skip Baxter is on main sheet and young Italian 49er sailor Umberto Molineris has been recruited as floater.

Lepic continues: “Results only come with hard work and preparation, which is what we have been very busy doing over the winter. We have assembled a talented sailing team and shore crew and, most importantly, we are all very focused on the same goal which is to give ourselves the best possible shot out on the water. Now it is up to us to deliver.”

Michele Ivaldi added: “I have a very humble respect for the depth of talent in this class, but to be clear we are returning with every intention to fight for the top spot and Hugues has given us all the tools to achieve that goal.

“I have been involved with the RC44 class since its very first year, back in 2007, and I have really enjoyed every single regatta I’ve sailed. It’s a very technical boat, despite the one design rules, and it can be very challenging to sail fast. These boats reward good crew work and accurate tuning and that is what we will be focusing on as the season gets underway.”

Racing at the RC44 Calero Marinas Cup takes place over Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th March. Lying in the middle of the trade winds belt, average wind conditions for Lanzarote during March are 13 knots.

RC44 Championship Tour 2018 events schedule

28 February – 4 March – RC44 Calero Marinas Cup 2018 – Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain

9 – 13 May – RC44 Portorož Cup – Portorož, Slovenia

27 June – 1 July – RC44 Marstrand Cup – Marstrand, Sweden

26 – 30 September – RC44 Cascais World Championship – Cascais, Portugal

14 – 18 November – RC44 Valletta Cup – Valletta, Malta

Quinta serie del circuito invernal del Real Club Náutico de Barcelona, triunfos para Patakin y Bribón – Movistar.

Tripulación ganadora del J70 Bribón Movistar.

Tripulación ganadora del J80 Patakin.

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‘Patakin’ y ‘Bribón – Movistar’, vencedores

La Quinta jornada del circuito invernal del Real Club Náutico de Barcelona, ya tiene vencedores
Luminoso día en la mar frente a Barcelona; buena temperatura y sol, pero poco viento. Las flotas de J70 y J80 salieron de mañana al campo de regatas, donde reinaba un buen viento, pero cuando el Comité preparaba la primera prueba del día, éste desapareció, paralizando a la flota más de tres horas, hasta que se estableciera un modesto sureste que permitiría salvar el día. Dos pruebas completadas, que resultaron difíciles por lo inestable del elemento motor, tanto en intensidad como en dirección.
Pero al final siempre los mejores salen a flote, a pesar de lo competido que está resultando el Campeonato en ambas clases.
La pelea entre ‘Patakin’ y ‘Noticia’ ha centrado la atención en la clase J70, Ambos han firmado resultados idénticos y simétricos en la segunda jornada de la quinta Serie, primero y cuarto, con ‘Jeniale Eurosystem’ logrando los dos segundos puestos y ‘Rebuff’ los dos terceros.
No hay cambios en la general de J70, con el sólido liderazgo de ‘Pataquín’, del Club de Mar de Palma, patroneado por su armador Luis Albert Solana y que cuanta a bordo con el campeón de España de la clase olímpica Finn, Alejandro Muscat.
‘Noticia’, también patroneado por su armador Luis Martín Cabiedes y tiene entre sus tripulantes al varias veces campeón del mundo de diferentes Clases Rayco Tabares, es séptimo en la General, a pesar de sus cinco primeros puestos, dado que no participó en 13 de las pruebas disputadas hasta el momento.

Clasificación J70
Puesto Barco Patrón Pruebas (20 a 24) Puntos
1º Patakín Luis Albert Solana 1 – 2 – 1 – 1 – 4 44
2º Jeniale Eurosystem Massimo Rama 3 – 4 – 4 – 2 – 2 52
3º Rebuff David Marco 4 – 3 – 3 – 3 – 3 75

La primera prueba del día la ganó Nacex de Agustí Altadill, que superó a ‘Bribón Movistar’ de Marc de Antonio y se adjudicó su primer triunfo parcial, quedando cuarto de la General. ‘Bribón Movistar’ se impondría en la segunda y última del día, en este caso perseguido por ‘Akewele’ de Silvia Ravetllat. Ambos mantienen su lucha particular por el liderazgo de la clasificación general en la que manda ‘Bribón Movistar’ con cierta holgura.
Silvia Ravellat se mostraba contenta tras esta quinta Serie: “Hemos desfrutado en las dos jornadas de poco viento y estamos contentos con los resultados. La flota de J80 está muy competitiva.”

Clasificación J80
Puesto Barco Patrón Pruebas (20 a 24) Puntos
1º Bribón Movistar Marc de Antonio 1 – 1 – 1 – 2 – 1 28
2º Akewele Silvia Ravetllat 6 – 4 – 2 – 3 – 2 46
3º Mikaku Rosa Artigas 4 – 3 – 6 – 4 – 3 56