Star Sailors League Breeze Grand Slam and European Championship, triunfo para Robert Scheidt y Henry Boening.


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ROBERT SCHEIDT AND HENRY BOENING’S DOWNWIND PACE SEALS VICTORY BY SECONDS

The Brazilian pairing had been the dominant force for much of the week at the Star Sailors League Breeze Grand Slam and European Championship, but they did not have it all their own way

It was an incredibly tense final race at the end of a thrilling, and at times, heart stopping finals day in Riva del Garda, Italy. Victory came for the Brazilian in the last few meters of the last leg of the last race. “I was so tired at the end that [Henry] had to tell me that we had won I didn’t know we had. I was seeing black already, my heart rate was up that much,” explained an exhausted but elated Scheidt at the end of the day.

“We are really happy. It was a long week and after we were over the line in the week, it was quite tense from then on. Henry did great, he did a super job all through the week and he kept saying to me that we can still win and that gives you a lot of confidence.”

There is little that has not already been said about Scheidt’s mastery downwind, but when it mattered most today, in the closing stages, he was in another league turning a 30m deficit into victory through sheer skill and determination, it would not be hyperbole to call his performance sheer poetry.

It was an early start and a long day out on the water for some, with a single final qualifying race at 08:30 followed by two knockout races before the winner-takes-all final. Racing was once again held in the Peler wind, running from north to south down the lake and, as in the previous day, the cooler air funneling down two valleys created some significant shifts, particularly at the top end of the course where the breeze softened and the shifts increased in both size and frequency.

The qualifying series, quarter final, and semi final could scarcely have delivered a more mouthwatering final. Of those who made it through from the qualifying series, it was early showers for Eric Doyle (USA) and Payson Infelise (USA), Fredrik Lööf (SWE) and Brian Fatih (USA), and Hubert Merkelbach (GER) and Markus Koy (GER). They were soon followed home by Roberto Benamati (ITA) and Alberto Ambrosini, and Eivind Melleby (NOR) and Joshua Revkin (USA) and Diego Negri (ITA) with Frithjof Kleen (GER).

This left four teams who had been standout performers all week and it was hard to call who might walk away with the title. Of: Scheidt and Boening; Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL) and Frederico Melo (POR); Paul Cayard (USA) and Arthur Lopes (BRA); and Xavier Rohart (FRA) and Pierre Alexis Ponsot (FRA).

Rohart and Ponsot in particular had found incredible form at the tail end of the event, winning the final race of the penultimate day, then the first race this morning, before picking up another win and a second in the knockout stages.

It was Kusznierewicz and Melo, however, who finished qualifying in top spot, earning a free pass to the four-boat final. They may well wonder whether this was a blessing or a curse as they appeared to struggle to get fired up in their single final race and never really challenged for the win.

For his part Cayard, celebrating his 60th birthday out on the rainy Lake Garda, was also looking solid and his unparalled tactical skill was coming into its own as the fleet sizes reduced. “To win this, you will need a perfect start, be fast and then it will come down to some metres here or there at some point,” he predicted ahead of the start.

The American sailor, so revered here in Italy for skippering the Italian Il Moro di Venezia to Louis Vuitton Cup success back in 1992, barely put a foot wrong early on and led for the first lap of the final race. However, a split in the fleet saw Rohart and Scheidt, on the right of the second beat, sail past. By the final windward mark the French led Scheidt by a distance, with Cayard and Kusznierewicz further back still.

“We’ve tried really hard in the last few days to develop our downwind skills,” explained Rohart after racing. “And we said on that last upwind ‘okay, right we need to make a big gap here to prevent him coming back’, but Robert is such a specialist it was always going to be tough.”

With lighter winds and limited waves, Scheidt’s downwind speed advantage appeared reduced in the semi final, even with free pumping allowed and it was easy to believe the French had done enough by the final windward mark to take victory. What followed was a nail-biting race to the finish with Scheidt clawing in metres on the French team using all his skill to finally overhaul them right at the line. In winning, the Brazilian pairing claim the SSL Breeze Grand Slam title, European Championship title, and the biggest stake of the $100,000 prize purse. No doubt Scheidt will return to his home here in Garda a very tired, but happy man.

Despite a variable forecast and unusually wet weather, the first ever combined Star Sailor’s League Grand Slam Breeze and European Championship has been an outstanding success. Among the 92 boats competing where some of the finest sailors you will find anywhere in the world, but also taking part where any number of amateurs and weekend sailors going up against their heroes.

Most of the fleet will gather again in less than a month’s time in Porto Cervo, Italy, for the 2019 Star World Championship, where a fair amount of SSL Ranking points will be at stake and the World title, and then, the top 10 ranked with up to 15 VIPs will attend the SSL Finals 2019 in Nassau, The Bahamas, from December 2nd to the 7th.

1 BRA Robert Scheidt Henry Boening
2 FRA Xavier Rohart Pierre-Alexis Ponsot
3 USA Paul Cayard Arthur Lopes
4 POL Mateusz Kusznierewicz Frederico Melo
5 ITA Diego Negri Frithjof Kleen
6 NOR Eivind Melleby Joshua Revkin
7 ITA Roberto Benamati Alberto Ambrosini
8 GER Hubert Merkelbach Markus Koy
9 SWE Fredrik Lööf Brian Fatih
10 USA Eric Doyle Payson Infelise

Sail Racing PalmaVela. En TP52, triunfo para Quantum Racing y tercer puesto para Azzurra.




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LA MEJOR BAHÍA DE PALMA CORONA A LOS CAMPEONES

La 16ª Sail Racing PalmaVela se despidió con una espectacular jornada final de viento duro en la bahía de Palma. Todas las clases salían al agua con varios candidatos al título, y tuvo que completarse el programa de regatas para designar a los primeros campeones de la temporada 2019 de grandes regatas del Mediterráneo.

La última jornada presentó las mejores condiciones de navegación no sólo de la semana, sino en mucho tiempo. El viento colaboró desde la primera salida, y sólo resultó excesivo para los Hansa 303 de vela adaptada, obligados a regresar a tierra tras disputar dos de las cuatro pruebas programadas. Los demás disfrutaron de vientos por encima de los 20 nudos que hicieron las delicias de las tripulaciones y dejaron imágenes espectaculares. El amplio rango de condiciones que presentó la bahía de Palma a lo largo de los cuatro días de competición supone un mérito añadido para los ganadores, que tuvieron que demostrar su polivalencia para conseguir el título.

Completadas cuatro jornadas de competición, los campeones de la 16ª Sail Racing PalmaVela son: Quantum Racing (TP52), Vera (IRC), Arobas2 (Mallorca Sotheby’s ORC 0), Dralion (Mallorca Sotheby’s ORC 1), Shazam (Mallorca Sotheby’s ORC 2), Vértigo Dos Texia (Mallorca Sotheby’s ORC 3), Just the Job (Mallorca Sotheby’s ORC 4-5), Atila (J80), Meerblick (Dragon), Puffin (Flying Fifteen), Team RCNP (Viper), Marigan (Época/Clásicos), January Sails (Espíritu de Tradición), Fundación Alex (Hansa 303 Individual) y Team RCNP 1 (Hansa 303 Doble).

TP52: Quantum Racing gana en su mejor día
El título de clase TP52 se decidió en la batalla final. La flota más profesional de la 16ª Sail Racing PalmaVela se despidió con dos pruebas que fueron aprovechadas por el estadounidense Quantum Racing para desplegar su mejor navegación de la semana y rubricar su primera victoria del año. El barco patroneado por la leyenda de America’s Cup Ed Baird, y con la navegación del barcelonés Joan Vila, ganó la primera manga del día y fue tercero en la última del campeonato, ganada por el Sledp atroneado por Takashi Okura, que finalmente quedó fuera del podio lastrado por su ausencia en la segunda jornada de regatas. Segundo, a cinco puntos del campeón, finalizó el Platoon del alemán Harm Müller Spreer (2-7 hoy), empatado a puntos con el Azzurra del argentino Guillermo Parada (3-2). Los TP52 cumplieron su programa de ocho mangas en cuatro días.

IRC: Vera se impone en el duelo de gigantes
La clase IRC anunciaba un emocionante duelo final por el título entre el Vera y Magic Carpet 3, que llegaban empatados al último asalto. Pero la incomparecencia del Wallycento de Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones en la línea de salida de la costera programada para hoy brindó la victoria al Reichel Pugh de 25,3 metros armado y patroneado por el argentino Miguel Galuccio, que contó con la estrategia del holandés Bouwe Bekking. Vera completó su participación con tres victorias parciales de cinco posibles.

Mallorca Sotheby’s ORC: Cinco campeones
Las cinco divisiones de clase Mallorca Sotheby’s ORC cumplieron el programa de cinco mangas diseñadas por el Comité de Regata. Se despidieron en formato costero los ORC 0 y ORC 1, y con doble sesión de barlovento-sotavento los demás.

En ORC 0, el campeón fue el TP52 Arobas2 armado y patroneado por Gerard Logel, único barco que se despide de la 16ª Sail Racing PalmaVela sin conocer la derrota. Su impecable tarjeta de cinco victorias consecutivas brindó al equipo francés un merecido título absoluto, por delante del Synergy de Valentin Zavadnikov y el Anafesto de Mariusz Klupinski.

ORC 1, la clase más multitudinaria de laregata (21 barcos), realizó una costera de 26,5 millas que ganó el Nadir patroneado por Gonzalo Araujo, pero el título final correspondió al Dralion de Pit Finis, tercero en la prueba final. El Pez de Abril de José María Meseguer (que recibía una reparación tras un incidente con otro participante) finalizó segundo absoluto seguido por el Nadir, completando un podio copado por embarcaciones modelo Swan 42.

El campeón en clase ORC 2 fue el Mumm 30 Shazam de Phillip Seippel, que se despide de Palma con unos parciales de 1-4-1-4-1. Le acompañan en el podio el Modul de Augusto Sanguineti y el Viking IX de Erik Tejedor.

El título de clase ORC 3 correspondió al Vértigo Dos Texia de Antonio Guasch, patroneado por Jorge Martínez Doreste. El Salona 37 barcelonés ganó las dos mangas finales, rubricando una excelente tarjeta de cuatro victorias parciales sobre cinco pruebas disputadas. Segundo finalizó el Sirpi de José Matheu y tercero el Xalest de Bernat Rossiñol.

El campeón de ORC 4-5 no necesitó completar la última manga del día para llevarse el título. El J97 Just de Job del británico Scott Beattie ganó las cuatro pruebas anteriores y pudo descartar su DNF en la prueba final, que ganó el Mestral Fast de Jaime Morell, segundo absoluto. Tercero finalizó el Tres Mares de Juan Escandell.

Programa completo en clases monotipo
Viper, J80, Flying Fifteen y Dragon completaron el programa de nueve pruebas con una última jornada en la que sumaron tres parciales a sus marcadores.

El debut de clase Viper finalizó con excelentes noticias para el club anfitrión. El Team RCNP, patroneado por Pedro Marí y tripulado por una combinación de jóvenes componentes del equipo de regatas del RCNP, se proclamó campeón absoluto con una excelente tarjeta que incluyó cinco victorias parciales en nueve mangas. Tras un intenso duelo durante todo el campeonato con el Hissing Sid del británico Lawrence Crispin, el equipo local supo gestionar la presión del último día y llevarse un merecido título.

El campeón de clase J80fue el Atila patroneado por Helena Alegre, que completó una buena jornada final con parciales 1-1-3. Justo premio para el barco armado por Miquel Pujadas, que se mantuvo al frente de la provisional desde la primera manga y anotó seis victorias de nueve posibles. Segundo fue el Cooper Rigging y tercero el Nautipants.

La victoria en clase Flying Fifteen correspondió al Puffin de James Waugh, que no necesitó disputar la última prueba del campeonato para proclamarse campeón, por delante del Perfect Alibi y el Fuego Fatuo.

En clase Dragon, el Meerblick del alemán Otto Pohlmann realizó una jornada perfecta y se llevó el título por la mínima frente al Mercury del británico Eddie Owen, que finalizó cada una de las tres mangas del día por detrás de su rival. Tercero fue el Mr. Nova de Jorge Forteza.

La vela adaptada se despedía hoy con competición de Hansa 303 Doble, que sólo pudo disputar dos de las cuatro pruebas programadas por la fuerte intensidad del viento. La victoria correspondió al Team RCNP 1 formado por Ángel Vega y María del Carmen García. El ganador en categoría Hansa 303 Individual fue el Fundación Alex 3 de Sergio Roig.

El título de Época/Clásicos recayó en el barco más antiguo de la regata, el Marigan de Tim Liesenhoff, un Cutter Cangreja de 1898 que finalizó su participación con unos parciales de 2-1-2. En Espíritu de Tradición, triunfo del SHE 31 1.7 de 1973 January Sails, patroneado por Gabriel Catalá.

Primera prueba del Circuito Mediterráneo de Vela 2019
Los resultados de clases ORC de la 16ª Sail Racing PalmaVela puntúan para el recién creado Circuito Mediterráneo de Vela, del que también forman parte el 46º Trofeo de Vela Caixabank Conde de Godó (23-26 de mayo) y el XXI Trofeo S.M. La Reina (5-7 de julio).

Resultados finales click acá

Sail Racing PalmaVela día 2.




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PROGRAMA COMPLETO Y ESPECTÁCULO

La segunda jornada de competición de la 16ª Sail Racing PalmaVela reunió a un centenar de barcos de 13 clases en la bahía de Palma. La combinación de viento y ola permitió completar el intenso programa de competición, que alternó recorridos costeros con una nueva ración de pruebas tipo barlovento/sotavento.

Hoy se incorporaron 11 clases a las dos que estrenaron ayer los casilleros de la 16ª Sail Racing PalmaVela, reuniendo a 110 barcos en la bahía de Palma. El menú de la jornada planteaba pruebas costeras para los Mallorca Sotheby’s ORC 2, 3 y 4-5, Época/Clásicos y Espíritu de Tradición, y mangas tipo barlovento/sotavento para el resto de clases. El viento cumplió su compromiso con la flota, y estuvo acompañado por una ola corta que dejó espectaculares imágenes.

Los líderes al término de la segunda jornada de competición de la 16ª Sail Racing PalmaVela son: Phoenix (TP52), Magic Carpet 3 (IRC), Arobas2 (Mallorca Sotheby’s ORC 0), Dralion (Mallorca Sotheby’s ORC 1), Shazam (Mallorca Sotheby’s ORC 2), Sirpi (Mallorca Sotheby’s ORC 3), Just the Job (Mallorca Sotheby’s ORC 4-5), Atila (J80), Mercury (Dragon), Puffin (Flying Fifteen), Team RCNP (Viper), Seven Seas of Porto (Época/Clásicos) y January Sails (Espíritu de Tradición).

TP52: Phoenix, nuevo líder
El estadounidense Sled salía hoy al agua como líder de clase TP52, pero la indisposición de un tripulante obligaba al equipo de Takashi Okura a retirarse a tierra y perderse las dos mangas disputadas. La primera del día permitía al Quantumde Doug DeVos resarcirse de los discretos resultados de ayer (4-5) para anotarse su primera victoria parcial del año. En la segunda, el Phoenix de Kristina Plattner cruzaba la línea de llegada en primera posición para volver a tierra como nuevo líder de clase TP52 después de cuatro pruebas (1-7-4-1).

IRC: Reparto de victorias
Tras la costera de la jornada inaugural, el duelo de clase IRC pasaba a formato barlovento/sotavento, con dos mangas en las que ambos contendientes se repartieron las victorias parciales. La primera fue para el Magic Carpet 3 de Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones, que encajaba 24 segundos a su rival tras la compensación de tiempos. El Verade Miguel Galuccio se tomaba la revancha en la siguiente logrando una renta de 10 segundos sobre el Wallycento británico, que defiende liderato por la mínima de cara al tercer día.

Mallorca Sotheby’s ORC: Medio centenar en cinco clases
Las cinco divisiones de clase ORC Mallorca Sotheby’s reúnen a la flota más multitudinaria de la Sail Racing PalmaVela: 52 barcos. Hoy se estrenaban con pruebas tipo barlovento/sotavento para los participantes de categorías 0 y 1, y costeras para los 2, 3 y 4-5, que compitieron sobre un recorrido de 15,5 millas.

En ORC 0lidera la provisional el TP52 francés Arobas2 de Gerard Logel, ganador de las dos pruebas del día.

En ORC 1el mejor del día fue el Swan 42 Dralion de Pit Finis, que firmó un segundo y un primero, cediendo sólo un punto frente al también Swan 42 Pez de Abril de José María Meseguer, al que aventaja por la mínima en la provisional.

El Mumm 30 Shazam de Phillip Seippel ganó la costera y es el primer líder de ORC 2.

En ORC 3lidera el First 35 Sirpi de Jose Matheu, que invirtió justo dos horas y media en completar la costera y se impuso a sus rivales también en tiempo compensado.

También ganó tanto en tiempo real como en compensado el J97 británico Just the Job de Scott Beattie, que encabeza la provisional de ORC 4-5.

Viper: Team RCNP, primer líder
Los monotipos Viper iniciaban hoy su primera participación en la Sail Racing PalmaVela. 13 barcos disputaron tres emocionantes pruebas que supieron aprovechar el español Team RCNP (1-2-1) y el británico Hissing Sun (2-1-2) para mostrar su buen estado de forma y empezar a marcar distancias con sus rivales.

En claseJ80, el Atila de Miquel Pujadas comienza su participación con una tarjeta impecable de tres victorias de tres posibles, y ya aventaja por cuatro puntos al Cooper Rigging de Kristyn Gills (3-2-2 hoy).

También completó una jornada perfecta el Puffin de James Waugh, líder de clase Flying Fifteen.

Los Dragon se estrenaron con tres mangas en las que se repartieron las victorias parciales el líder Mercury, patroneado por Eddie Owen (1-2-1), y el Meerblick de Otto Pohlmann (2-1-2).

En Época/Clásicos, el ganador de la única prueba disputada fue el Seven Seas of Porto de Marcus Kemp, un 12 Metros de 1935. En Espíritu de Tradición, la victoria correspondió al January Sails de Gabriel Catalá, un SHE 31 1.7 de 1973.

Mañana compiten todos
Mañana, tercera jornada de competición, la flota de la 16ª Sail Racing PalmaVela se completa con la incorporación de los Hansa 303 de Vela Adaptada. Todas las clases realizarán pruebas tipo barlovento/sotavento salvo los IRC, Época/Clásicos y Espíritu de Tradición, que competirán en formato costero. La primera salida del día está programada a partir de las 12:00h.

Resultados completos click acá

Scarlino Swan One Design, día 3.



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CLOSE RACING AT ITS FINEST
Press Release, 3 May 2019

Verdicts in all three classes at Scarlino Swan One Design will go down to the wire following a captivating third day of racing at the second event of The Nations Trophy Mediterranean League 2019. Today’s two races were conducted under the competition’s most robust conditions, wind speeds averaging 18-23 knots, presenting the 24-strong fleet with a fresh set of challenges. Seven races over three days have now been completed, with the final decisive action scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday 4 May.

Following today’s races, the following yachts lead the standings:
ClubSwan 50: Niramo (Germany)
Swan 45: Porron IX (Spain)
ClubSwan 42: Mela (Italy)

ClubSwan 50
Heading into day three, five different yachts had claimed the regatta’s five races with a number of crews struggling for consistency. Racing in this class is ruthless. Slack starts, sluggish mark roundings, slow sail changes and tactical indecision are punished mercilessly by talented crews comprising some of the world’s leading tacticians. Across the racing there are no discards meaning a single bad race can have a profound impact on the overall standings.

Today’s ClubSwan 50 action literally blew the classification wide open. Race six heralded a new winner. Sönke Meier Sawatzki’s Niramo (Germany) controlling her opposition from the first upwind leg to finish 20 seconds ahead of Stella Maris (Austria), triumphant in yesterday’s final race. Niramo followed that performance with a second place ensuring she was top performer of today. A momentous day which sees her move into first place in the standings.

Niramo tactician Bouwe Bekking admitted that the stronger conditions favoured the crew. “We have struggled more in the light winds but made two good starts today and were very consistent. Our owner is from Kiel and is used to sailing in the strong breeze plus we have five guys onboard who have sailed the Volvo. Everyone in this class can win – it says something about how good the level is.”

Having never finished lower than fourth, Cuordileone (Italy) had been the most consistent of the fleet. However today a seventh and a tenth have compromised her position in the standings. She now sits in third. Likewise Mathilde (Switzerland), second this morning, could only muster two eighth places dropping to fourth. Earlybird (Germany), winner of today’s second race, is Niramo’s closest challenger. However, as today proved, expect the unexpected tomorrow.

Current Leaderboard (after seven races)
1. Niramo, Germany, 28 points
2. Earlybird, Germany, 29 points
3. Cuordileone, Italy, 32 points

Swan 45
Following a second and a first today, Luis Senis’s Porron IX (Spain) extends her advantage to seven points going into tomorrow’s final races. The World Champion has not had it entirely her own way given the excellent form of closest rivals Motions (Netherlands) and Blue Nights (Finland). Perhaps today, Paolo Leonardi’s Swing Cube (Italy), who registered both a first and a last place, best summarised a manic day on the racecourse. “It could have been a great day,” reflected Leonardi. “We basically led the first race the entire time. Unfortunately, we made a big mistake in the second race at the first mark when we were second. Tomorrow depends on the weather, if the wind is above 18 knots we can play our role.”

Current Leaderboard (after seven races)
1. Porron IX (Spain), 13 points
2. Blue Nights (Finland), 20 points
3. Motions (Netherlands), 23 points

ClubSwan 42
In a seven-strong competition, just five points separated the top five in standings this morning. Andrea Rossi’s Mela responded best to the conditions registering a third and a first. The leading three yachts are all Italian with Far Star, winner of The Nations Trophy Mediterranean League opener in Monaco, claiming today’s first race. However, Natalia Brailoiu’s Natalia (Romania) in fourth place is only two points off the leader, has great pedigree, and can count on the expertise of Roberto Bermúdez de Castro. “The racing is very close, yesterday especially was incredible,” explained the Spanish tactician. “Even on the finish lines it is sometimes hard to tell who crosses before who. We are happy as we wanted to arrive here with possibility of winning on the final day.”

Current Leaderboard (after seven races)
1. Mela (Italy), 20 points
2. Far Star (Italy), 21 points
3. Fantaghiro’ (Italy), 22 points
Tomorrow, Saturday 4 May, marks the final day of racing, organised by the Club Nautico Scarlino, where the Class winners at Scarlino Swan One Design will be confirmed.

For more information about the 2019 Scarlino Swan One Design, including the latest results, please click here. The event programme can be downloaded here.

Scarlino Swan One Design, día 2.



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ALL TO PLAY FOR IN SCARLINO
Press Release, 2 May 2019

Scarlino Swan One Design, the second juncture of The Nations Trophy Mediterranean League 2019, has reached its halfway point following five races over the first two days. In the true characteristics of Nautor’s Swan One Design competition, racing has been closely-fought, unpredictable, enthralling, and provided crews with the opportunity to test themselves on challenging courses.

As well as being an integral chapter of the racing season, Scarlino Swan One Design has another major, more long-term significance, as it marks Nautor’s Swan’s first sustainable regatta. With the support of partner Marevivo, Nautor’s Swan has launched a number of initiatives including providing all competitors with reusable materials and guidelines on eco-friendly practices. “Being one of the stakeholders of the world of sailing we have a responsibility to be part of this great process of sustainability in the seas,” explains the company’s Vice-President Enrico Chieffi. “At Swan we have a deep feeling for culture and sustainability is quite naturally part of it.”

Mr Chieffi highlights that the measures adopted this week, and at all future Nautor’s Swan regattas, are designed to make an impact beyond the timeframe of the events themselves. “These are great opportunities to make sustainability a reality not only on the racecourses and during regattas. We can also directly engage with people to physically make a difference. It is a great ‘training course’ in a way, as the sailors here this week will go to other events and places in the world with this in mind. They will spread the word so it becomes a virtuous circle growing quickly through the sailing community.” This commitment to sustainable practices unites all of Nautor’s Swan’s event partners: Banor, Ferrari Trento, SEASE and hosts of the regatta Marina di Scarlino.

Following a brief wait this afternoon for the wind to build, conditions proved stable for today’s two races, 6-7 knots at the start, later increasing to 10-11 knots. The Race Committee again provided the fleet with challenging windward/leeward courses built around a target time of an hour. After the second day of competition, the following yachts lead their respective standings:

ClubSwan 50: Cuordileone (Italy)
Swan 45: Porron IX (Spain)
ClubSwan 42: Far Star (Italy)

ClubSwan 50
Five races, five different winners. The competition’s open nature is one of the many reasons it has captured the imagination of those taking part. Triumphant in yesterday’s third and final race, Mathilde (Switzerland), had lost none of that momentum overnight making the best start to today’s opening race. Meanwhile, yesterday’s star performer, Earlybird (Germany), found herself uncharacteristically back of the pack, a position she never recovered from, finishing tenth. As the race evolved the decisive duel was defined: Italian yachts Cuordileone and Ulika (winner of yesterday’s second race) contested first place with Leonardo Ferragamo’s crew – overall winner of April’s Monaco Swan One Design – able to seal victory on the downwind leg to claim a first bullet of the season. Come race two, August Schram’s Stella Maris – who had not finished higher than sixth – crossed the finish line a mere second ahead of Mathilde to take the win.

A first and a fourth in today’s races ensure Cuordileone, top performer, leads the standings. Tactician Ken Read is pleased with the week so far. “It was our goal at the beginning of a long regatta, nine races, to be consistent and play the long game. It is working so far although there is still a long way to go. We’re one of the faster boats most of the time, which says a lot about our sail trimmers and Leonardo driving the boat.”

The closeness of the racing also had its impact. Yesterday Perhonen (Great Britain) was forced to abandon competition during the second race. Thanks to the efficient overnight service of the Nautor’s Swan Customer Care team at Scarlino Yacht Service, she was able to return to racing today. An incident involving Drifter Sail (Italy) and OneGroup (Germany) forced the two crews to return to the docks before completing the final race today. They too will hope for a similarly prompt return to action.

Current Leaderboard (after five races)
1. Cuordileone (Italy), 15 points
2. Mathilde (Switzerland),17 points
3. Earlybird (Germany), 23 points

Swan 45
Just three points separate the three leading yachts. Following a fifth place in today’s opening race, Lennard van Oeveren’s Motions (Netherlands) bounced back to win race two, her second victory of the Scarlino regatta. Tea Ekengren-Saurén’s Blue Nights (Finland) is the epitome of consistency, having registered four straight third places. Luis Senis’s World Champion Porron IX heads the standings having won two races and claimed two second places during the regatta. Her navigator Bruno Zirilli is enjoying the level of competition between the six-strong fleet, explaining: “Our boat speed was good today. We won the first race easily and then the second race was more even. The boats are almost equal, one day a boat can finish last and then first the next day. For the rest of the regatta, we need to continue to sail smart.” Fever (Germany) with two second places proved the top performer today.

Current Leaderboard (after five races)
1. Porron IX (Spain), 10 points
2. Motions (Netherlands),13 points
3. Blue Nights (Finland),13 points

ClubSwan 42
Following a tremendous day yesterday, Fantaghiro’ (Italy) registered a sixth and a third allowing Far Star, winner of today’s first race, and Natalia (Romania) to surpass her in the standings. Koyré – Spirit of Nerina (Italy), with a second and a first, was today’s best performer. Competition is incredibly well-poised with just five points separating the first five yachts. “Scarlino is a fine place to race, the hospitality is great,” explains Far Star tactician Branko Brcin. “It was not easy today, we started well controlling the first race. In the second race during the wind shifts we were not in a good position and lost ground. The crews are all very good. It is beautiful when there are so many boats close together.”

Current Leaderboard (after five races)
1. Far Star (Italy), 14 points
2. Natalia (Romania), 14 points
3. Fantaghiro’ (Italy),15 points
The third day of racing is scheduled for tomorrow, Friday 3 May. It will be followed at 17:30 by the eagerly-anticipated worldwide première of the ClubSwan 36. Racing concludes on Saturday 4 May.

Scarlino Swan One Design, primer día de regatas.




Fuente info Swan Class

COMPELLING START TO ACTION IN SCARLINO
Press Release, 1 May 2019

One of the most appealing facets of racing in The Nations Trophy Mediterranean League 2019 is the open nature of the competition. A quality emphatically demonstrated during today’s first day of racing at the Scarlino Swan One Design, the second event of the season and Nautor’s Swan first sustainable regatta.

Following three intense and approximately hour-long races for the 24-strong fleet across the three Classes – ClubSwan 50, Swan 45 and ClubSwan 42 – eight crews were able to savour victories: OneGroup (Germany), Ulika (Italy) and Mathilde (Switzerland) in ClubSwan 50; Blue Nights (Finland), Porron IX (Spain) and Motions (Netherlands) in Swan 45 and Far Star (Italy) and Fantaghiro’ (Italy, two race wins) in ClubSwan 42.

On top of the respective leaderboards after the first day of competition are: Earlybird (Germany, ClubSwan 50), Porron IX (Swan 45) and Fantaghiro’ (ClubSwan 42).
The first two races were played out under a consistent 11-12-knot breeze with the menacing rain shower developing over the Tuscan hills sparing the race course. The third race was impacted by lighter, shiftier breezes with the finish line for the Swan 45 and ClubSwan 42 fleets brought forward to the second upwind mark.

ClubSwan 50
Three races, three winners. Proof of the open nature across this fiercely-contested competition which demands full concentration and constant teamwork. Stefan Heidenreich’s World Champions OneGroup laid down an early statement of intent in winning the first race of the regatta, one she led from the approach to the first windward mark. However, the form book was turned on its head during race two with Andrea Masi’s Ulika recovering from eighth place in race one to take the plaudits. In the third race and in changing conditions, Mathilde found herself on the right side of the race course on the final leg to overtake Cuordileone (Italy) and claim victory.

The most consistent performer across the first day, and often a measure of who may go the distance, was Hendrik Brandis’s Earlybird, registering two second places and a third. “It was a great day, good race courses, everyone did a fantastic job getting sails up and down especially around the corners,” explained tactician Chris Larson. “Our set ups were good. It’s all about how you get off the line and stay out of traffic on the first leg to make sure you can get in the front pack.” OneGroup is second in the overall standings and Leonardo Ferragamo’s Cuordileone, third.

Swan 45
Having made a clean sweep of the season opener in Monaco, Luis Senis’s World Champion Porron IX (Spain) has become accustomed to winning. However, in today’s first race, Tea Ekengren-Saurén’s Blue Nights (Finland) proved that yesterday’s excellent performance in the practice race was a sign of things to come and that the level of competition has been raised a notch. Blue Nights claimed the first bullet of the regatta with Porron IX second and Swing Cube (Italy) third. Come race two Porron IX showed her class in claiming victory ahead of Motions. That second place was an injection of confidence for Lennard van Oeveren’s crew who then won the final race of the day. “We owe our performance to hard work,” revealed van Oeveren. “All the boats here are so fast. There were quite some wind shifts, many hard to predict. This is our first race after six months of not sailing so everyone is getting reacquainted with their roles.” On today’s evidence, they did so in impressive fashion.

ClubSwan 42
“Everything is on,” remarked Fantaghiro’s renowned Italian sailor Flavio Favini after a first day which saw Carlandrea Simonelli’s crew take bullets in races two and three. This after Far Star, triumphant in Monaco’s season opener, won the first race. “For us it was a very good day,” continued Favini. “We lost ground on the last mark in the first race when we were leading. However, in the last race we won after overtaking the leader going into the upwind mark finish. The regatta will be open until the very end.” A statement backed by the facts with four points separating the first four boats.
Swan sailors support sustainability

Marking the official launch of Nautor’s Swan sustainable regatta project, and in partnership with Marevivo, each of the 24 crews competing at Scarlino Swan One Design have been provided with reusable materials and sustainability guidelines. The initiative has been well received by those attending such as the crew of the ClubSwan 50 Perhonen (Great Britain) who have also adopted their own eco-friendly measures including the use of a water filter system to reduce reliance on plastic. “Especially on charters we were seeing that 75% of our rubbish was from plastic bottles and in the end we decided this was outrageous,” explained boat captain Edward Campbell. “The initiative to change comes from the owner and the crew. We’ve seen first hand the issues with pollution. The plastic you see in the ocean, bottles and bags, is substantial while the plastic you can’t see is an even bigger issue. The initiative put in place this week (including the provision of reusable aluminium water bottles to all crews) is great and massive. And it has been made easy to adopt. At events, we need to make it easier to recycle on the docks and not finish with 25 plastic bottles at the end of the day. People are becoming more conscious. With initiatives like this it could become the norm.”

For more information about the 2019 Scarlino Swan One Design, including today’s provisional results, please click here. The event programme can be downloaded here.

Campeonato de España de 29er para Yoel Hernández y Paula Barrio.


© RCNGC

Fuente info RCNGC

YOEL HERNÁNDEZ Y PAULA BARRIO BRILLANTES CAMPEONES DE ESPAÑA DE 29ER

Los grancanarios se adjudicaron el título en la penúltima regata gracias al impresionante campeonato disputado, donde no dieron tregua al resto de participantes, ganando nueve de las catorce regatas disputadas.

Ha sido un campeonato con diversas condiciones meteorológicas dando oportunidad a tripulaciones ligeras y también a pesadas. Pero los grancanarios aprovecharon la ventaja de navegar en casa, y demostraron que a pesar de llevar poco tiempo juntos o el corto periodo que ha tenido Paula de adaptarse a un trapecio de 29er (al navegar siempre como caña), no ha sido un contratiempo para esta tripulación mixta, que ha sabido superar la excelente técnica de los valencianos Quicorras Uriós y Filippo Binetti, subcampeones en este campeonato, quienes declaraban nada más llegar a tierra la calidad de sus contrincantes y mostraban su ilusión de cara a las próximas citas internacionales.

El tercer lugar del podio ha sido para los ibicencos Marc Barber / Patrick Juan quienes el descalificado con un BFD de la novena prueba, les alejó de los valencianos teniendo que defender el podio frente a las catalanas Alicia Fras / María González, cuartas en la general por delante de las cántabras Susana Hurtado / Carlota García, que cerraron la clasificación de los primeros cinco posiciones.
Con este campeonato, queda configurado el ranking final del equipo que representará a nuestro país en el próximo campeonato del mundo de Polonia y campeonato europeo del Lago di Garda (Italia) que estará compuesto por: Yoel Hernández / Paula Barrio, Quicorras Urios / Filippo Binetti y Alicia Fras / María González, estas dos últimas tripulaciones también participarán en el mundial de la ISAF.
Respecto al resto de regatistas canarios Jorge Cantero / Alejandro Cantero fueron finalmente séptimos con un punto de ventaja sobre sus compañeros Carlos Navas / Gonzalo Bonilla. Por su parte Pablo Quintana / Pepe Peña ocuparon la undécima posición a un punto también de las féminas Sara Cantero / Sara Ortega finalmente doce en la clasificación.

Una vez finalizada las regatas se procedió a la entrega de trofeos de este Campeonato de España que contó con la presencia de la recién nombrada Presidenta del Real Club Náutico de Gran Canaria, Maica López Galán quien agradeció el trabajo llevado a cabo por la organización, el Presidente de la Federación Canaria de Vela Joaquín Blanco, el Capitán de Fragata Antonio de Ugarte en representación de la Comisión Naval de Regatas de Canarias, el Comodoro del Náutico Fernando Juárez y el Vicecomodoro José Carlos Hernández.

Este campeonato ha sido organizado por el Real Club Náutico de Gran Canaria por delegación de la Real Federación Española de Vela, en colaboración de la Federación Canaria de Vela y la Asociación Española de la Clase 29er, con el patrocinio del Cabildo de Gran Canaria y el Ayuntamiento de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

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