GC32 World Championship, una semana para su inicio en el Lago di Garda.


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America’s Cup stars converge on Lake Garda for the GC32 World Championship

GC32 World Championship preview issued on 17 May 2018

One week from today the fleets of the GC32 Racing Tour and the Extreme Sailing Series will be locking horns in the initial races of the first ever GC32 World Championship. Held over 23-27 May, this event takes place in one of the world’s best venues for foiling catamaran racing – Riva del Garda on Lake Garda, renowned for its strong winds and flat water, ideal for the flying boats to achieve maximum 30+ knot speeds.

The line-up for the GC32 World Championship is one of the most international in big boat sailing. Competing teams herald from European countries, such as France, Britain, Austria and Switzerland, and from further afield – the USA, Oman, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.

Among the mix of fully professional and accomplished owner-driver campaigns are some of the best teams and best sailors in the world, all attracted by the opportunity to race state of the art, ultra-high speed flying race boats against other like-minded crews.

Next week the GC32 Racing Tour and Extreme Sailing Series teams will go head to head in the first GC32 World Championship. Follow the GC32 Class Youtube Channel here
In highest demand are crew with past experience on the flying catamarans of the last two America’s Cups. For example sailing with Team Tilt is Glenn Ashby, who skippered Emirates Team New Zealand to victory in the last America’s Cup. Then there’s Chris Draper who steered the Luna Rossa AC72 in San Francisco and now helms Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher’s Red Bull Sailing Team. Numerous crew competing at the GC32 World Championship sailed with America’s Cup teams in Bermuda and San Francisco.

Top of the pile is certainly Ernesto Bertarelli whose Alinghi team won the America’s Cup in 2003 and brought it back to Europe (for the first time since 1851) where they successfully defended it in 2007. While this event was in monohulls, Bertarelli personally has more than 25 years’ worth of experience helming racing catamarans on Lake Geneva where he is a multiple winner of Switzerland’s top annual sailing event, the Bol d’Or Mirabaud.

Bertarelli will be helming his Alinghi GC32 in Riva next week surrounded by his regular team, including Arnaud Psarofaghis, one of the most talented foiling sailors of his generation.

“We are looking forward to the strong competition,” says Alinghi’s coach Pierre-Yves Jorand, congratulating the GC32 International Class Association on getting the World Sailing recognition that has enabled it to hold its first official World Championship. “It will be great to see the two circuits sailing together. On both sides there is lots of experience – we know the Extreme Sailing Series teams very well and looking at the GC32 Racing Tour teams we know the level there is very high as well. The GC32 Racing Tour teams have been in Riva twice before, which we haven’t done. There are maybe ten teams that are really strong and will be fighting for the top spots.”

Alinghi has already been putting in time in Riva del Garda to acclimatise. “We’ve been practicing with other teams in great sailing conditions in Riva – a fantastic venue,” continues Jorand. “There was a northerly breeze of 15-18 knots and flat water so we were hitting amazing top speeds.”

France’s Franck Cammas skippered and helmed Team France in the last America’s Cup but this was just one line of his giant sailing CV that includes winning the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race, the 2010 Route du Rhum and holding the Jules Verne Trophy for the fastest non-stop passage around the world.

Cammas’ NORAUTO team has already been in Riva for two weeks of training, but this is mainly to get back up to speed with the GC32, which they haven’t sailed in anger since 2016 when they won the GC32 Racing Tour.

Looking forward to the GC32 World Championship, Cammas says: “It is very good to have the two fleets and longer, more steady courses – it makes for better races and for us to enjoy the conditions in Garda. The competition is at a high level and everyone is motivated. It is good for the GC32 Racing Tour teams to meet the Extreme Sailing Series because we sail less than them. They have already raced one event this year and have very strong teams like Alinghi and Oman Air.”

As to how his Norauto team will get on, Cammas says he can only be optimistic at this stage: “We won’t know until we start. It’s all very well being the ‘World Champion of training’ but in races it is not the same! Plus we haven’t done much sailing with the boat for the last two years so it is important to train. The crew I have are very strong and powerful – they know the boat very well already, but it is new configuration for me.”

Racing at the GC32 World Championship starts on Thursday 24 May out of Riva del Garda following an official training day on 23 May.

The GC32 World Championship is taking place thanks to the organising authority, the Fraglia Vela Riva, the GC32 Int. Class Association and World Sailing. Host venue partners are the tourist boards Trentino and Garda Trentino, official clothing partner Marinepool – Spirit of the Ocean and official safety gear partner Forward WIP.

Entry list

Team Owner/skipper Nat Helmsman
1 Alinghi Ernesto Bertarelli SUI Ernesto Bertarelli
2 Argo Jason Carroll USA Jason Carroll
3 .film Racing Simon Delzoppo AUS Simon Delzoppo
4 Frank Racing Simon Hull NZL Simon Hull
5 TBA TBA GBR TBA
6 NORAUTO Franck Cammas FRA Franck Cammas
7 Oman Air Oman Sail OMA Phil Robertson
8 Realteam Esteban Garcia SUI Jérôme Clerc
9 Red Bull Sailing Team Hans-Peter Steinacher/Roman Hagara AUT Chris Draper
10 SAP Extreme Sailing Team Jes Gram-Hansen/Rasmus Køstner DEN Adam Minoprio
11 Team México Erik Brockmann MEX Chris Taylor
12 Team Tilt Alex Schneiter SUI Sebastien Schneiter
13 Zoulou Erik Maris FRA Erik Maris
14 TBA
15 TBA

Campeonato de Europa de J70, Vigo se prepara para un gran evento.


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VIGO, CON ACENTO EUROPEO
15 de Mayo de 2018

El Real Club Náutico de Vigo y la Asociación Española de Propietarios de J70 organizan uno de los títulos continentales de mayor competitividad en la náutica.

Del 9 al 16 de junio se disputará en aguas gallegas uno de los Campeonatos de Europa de J70 con mayor afluencia de los últimos años.

La ciudad de Vigo será testigo de excepción de uno de los eventos deportivos náuticos de mayor relieve en el panorama internacional. El Real Club Náutico de Vigo y la Asociación de Propietarios de J70 ultiman los preparativos para la disputa del Campeonato de Europa de J70.

La popular clase internacional J70, embarcaciones monotipos de 7metros, inundará las aguas de la ría de Vigo entre el 9 y 16 de junio para la disputa de su título continental tanto en categoría absoluta como Corinthian (tripulación amateur).

OCHO DÍAS DE ACCIÓN DEPORTIVA DE MÁXIMO NIVEL

Comenzando el fin de semana del 9 y 10 de junio con los requerimientos de inscripción, control de embarcaciones y registro, y el lunes 11 con la prueba oficial de entrenamiento, la disputa por el título europeo se desarrollará entre el martes 12 y sábado 16 de junio que será cuando se conozca el nombre del equipo que alcanzará la gloria europea.

La organización no lo va a poner fácil y ha programado un máximo de 13 regatas en la ría de Vigo debido a la gran competitividad de la flota, que tan sólo podrá descartar uno de sus peores resultados de sus casilleros de puntuación. El Comité de Regatas de la prueba ha programado tres regatas diarias desde las 11.00 horas.

RETO LOGISTICO PARA EL REAL CLUB NÁUTICO DE VIGO

El Club Náutico de Vigo se enfrentará a un gran reto organizativo junto a la clase J70 España. Las instalaciones del club vigués están, a menos de un mes del arranque de la competición, en pleno proceso de adaptación organizativa.

Una de las instalaciones que sin duda más brillará será la recientemente remodelada dársena central del Real Club Náutico de Vigo, inaugurada por el Secretario de Estado para el Deporte, D. Jose Ramón Lete, el Presidente de la Autoridad Portuaria de Vigo, Enrique López Veiga y otras autoridades de la Comunidad Gallega.

LOS J70

La clase J70 fue constituida en el año 2012 y desde el primer momento ha tenido un gran éxito internacional. Los cuatro campeonatos del mundo organizados han mostrado una excelente convocatoria. El 7 metros de eslora es una embarcación de fácil manejo, rápida y diseñada para una tripulación de cuatro o cinco personas. Su aparejo de fibra de carbono y la altura de su francobordo le otorgan un excelente rendimiento y una gran estabilidad.

Video promocional Campeonato de Europa j70 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtIAc9XGIgw

Farr 40 North American Championship, contundente triunfo de Plenty.

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Roepers skippers Plenty to second Farr 40 North American Championship with command performance

LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA – Skipper Alex Roepers and his team on Plenty put forth one of the most impressive performances in the history of the Farr 40 North American Championship, posting a tremendous score line en route to a commanding victory.

Roeper steered Plenty to first place finishes in 10 of 11 races to finish with a remarkably low score of 11 points – 22 better than runner-up Struntje Light – to capture his second North American crown. Veteran professional Terry Hutchinson called tactics for Roepers, who has now won both his North American titles while racing off Long Beach.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the results,” said Roepers, whose second place finish in Race 2 marked the only time Plenty did not get the gun. “It was definitely a very rare and unusual score line in this class. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced anything quite like this.”

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RC44 Portoroz Cup, triunfo para Team Aqua.


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Come from behind victory for Team Aqua

It all came down to the final top mark rounding of the final race at the RC44 Portorož Cup: Team CEEREF of local host Igor Lah picked up a penalty and completing a mandatory turn dropped her to last place. Remarkably, considering that they came last in today’s first two races, Team Aqua’s second place in the last race allowed Chris Bake’s crew to clinch victory overall, just one point ahead of Team CEEREF. In fact the top four boats at this Slovenian stop of the 2018 RC44 circuit all finished within two points, with Aleph Racing and Peninsula Petroleum putting in strong final performances, leaving them tied on points in third and fourth respectively.

“It was planned to the end, executed with perfection!” said a grinning Chris Bake, after he emerged from the waters of Marina Portorož after his traditional victor’s dunking, adding more truthfully: “Unbelievable. It was fairly last minute! After the second race we thought we’d blown it – we were sailing the boat well but just couldn’t get in the right position. It was pretty tight. It is good to know that we can still do it from time to time, because it is getting tough.”

His tactician Cameron Appleton added: “I am proud of what we accomplished this week. We set ourselves some goals and worked hard. We sailed brilliantly but in race two I had an absolute shocker trying to keep guys behind me instead of looking ahead and I got out of phase. But we kept cool and stuck to our process and the results took care of themselves after that.”

Teams Aqua and CEEREF had started the day tied on points. Lah’s team had edged one point ahead after race one and had four between her and Team Aqua, with John Bassadone’s Peninsula Petroleum sandwiched in between going into the last race. At this point Team CEEREF was in good shape. Tactician Adrian Stead explained: “We did have a target on our back today. In the last race we went around the gate in fifth and played a couple of shifts, but didn’t quite convert at the top. We got headed and tried to tack on to port but we couldn’t quite get behind Nika and we got a flag for it, which was fair enough. But the race remained alive all the way to the finish.”

“It was one point, but a crucial point,” observed Igor Lah wryly. “It was unfortunate, but that is how it is. The event has been great with nice sailing. I’ve really enjoyed it. Of course I wanted to win on home waters and that didn’t work, but we have the World Championship ahead of us and the season. We will have to come back to put this right next year!”

Piran Bay laid on similarly light, bright, flat water conditions and an onshore breeze on this concluding day of the RC44 Portorož Cup, but with the wind out of the southwest.

Torbjörn Törnqvist’s Artemis Racing winning the opening race, meant all of the RC44 teams competing here have won races – proving once again how competitive is this Russell Coutts-inspired high performance one design circuit. In this race Nico Poons’ Charisma and John Bassadone’s Peninsula Petroleum were OCS, but both fought admirably to pull off second and third place finishes.

Aleph Racing followed up with a win in slightly lighter, more shifty, conditions, in race two. With the wind slowly building and backing, Artemis Racing, clearly now into her stride, claimed the last race too, resulting in her being Sunday’s best scoring boat.

“We finally were able to mix good starts with speed today,” explained Artemis Racing’s tactician Nathan Outteridge. “We could hold our lane going in the right direction and it was quite simple from there. We came out strong at the top while everyone else was fighting. It was nice to get two wins on the last day – we finished only five points off the lead!”

Despite losing the regatta in its last moments, there was some consolation for Igor Lah and Team CEEREF: A sixth placed finish overall here in Slovenia, caused Nico Poons’ Charisma to drop from top of the overall 2018 leaderboard to third. This propelled Team CEEREF into the lead overall with Team Aqua second, just one point behind.

Local organiser Mitja Margon said of the event: “We had a fantastic week and almost completed the whole program. The response I have had from teams, sailors, coaches and, hopefully, the class after the event, is positive, so I am happy. We hope to come back in 2019.”

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RC44 Portoroz Cup día 3.



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Two races, two more winners

Two new teams added their names to the list of race winners today at the RC44 Portorož Cup. So far in eight races, six teams have scored bullets.

Having been briefly held ashore, the RC44 fleet ventured out of Marina Portorož into a 6-8 knot, onshore westerly and a sea state of lake-like calm, starting 40 minutes delayed.

In the first race, Chris Bake’s Team Aqua successfully repeated yesterday’s tactic of ‘owning the left’ side of the course. Once again this helped them round the top mark in first, but with Hugues Lepic’s Aleph Racing hanging on to their coattails in second. The team of the London-based Frenchman split from Team Aqua at the leeward gate and sneaked ahead up the second beat.

As Aleph’s Italian tactician Michele Ivaldi explained: “We had a great start, a great launch from Hugues and a great call from Greg [Gendell] on the line. We were able to sail fast in a clear lane and rounded the top mark just behind Aqua. We decided early on to take the opposite gate to Aqua and then on the second beat we got a bit of pressure inshore and could bounce them off a couple of times.” From there they hung on to secure the first race of the day.

On day one Aleph Racing had led around the top mark in two races, only to lose the lead. Lepic was pleased to reverse this: “Every bullet in this class is very welcome. It felt hard all the way to the finish line, but we are very pleased with the outcome.”

The French team’s crew is mostly new this season but is already making a great difference. “You can see by the results that it is coming together. I am very pleased with how the crew is gelling – Michele is at the top of his game as is the whole crew,” concluded Lepic.

John Bassadone and the crew of Peninsula Petroleum have been getting to know their new tactician American Ed Baird, standing in for high octane Italian Vasco Vascotto this week.

In race two, Team Aqua once again claimed the left, this time with Peninsula Petroleum inside them. But, as Baird explained: “They couldn’t cross. When we tacked near layline, they matched us and from there the guys did a nice job to gain position and we led around the top mark by three lengths. Down the first run the wind was dying but at the gate we got around clean while the boats behind slowed each other down a lot.”

This enabled Peninsula Petroleum to extend and by the top mark she was 400m ahead. With the wind going light, PRO Peter Reggio had shortened the last run, but as the boats approached the finish line the wind disappeared altogether leaving kites hanging limply. Incredibly Team Aqua managed to hold the breeze for a few second longer enabling them to pull into the lead.

“How many times do you give away a 400m lead on on a 0.6nm run?” observed Baird. Eventually the front runners had to drop their kites and beat upwind to get to the line. “The wind filled in from about 120° to the right and all of a sudden we were upwind to the finish line. We were fortunate to be just close enough to the new breeze to get moving first.”

Peninsula Petroleum managed to maintain her lead, and crept across the finish line just ahead of Team Aqua. “Now it’s over it was a fantastic race, but it was pretty stressful!” admitted Bassadone. As to becoming the sixth team to win a race here, he added: “It is down to the race course a bit, but it definitely also says a lot about the quality of the fleet: There are seven boats here that can not only win races, but win regattas – and all have. You don’t get anything out here for free and that is also what makes it exciting. You are competing with the best so that when you do get a good result it feels even better.”

Ultimately Team Aqua had today’s top score – a 2-2 – while their competition, Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF, managed a 3-4. This has returned Chris Bake’s team on being tied with the local heroes – two of the oldest RC44 teams at the top going into the final day.

“We are suddenly establishing ourselves better again,” said Bake. “The boat is set up well and we are not struggling to find boat speed and with that we have got position on the course and on the mark which makes it easy.”

Racing continues tomorrow when the heavyweight bout between Teams Aqua and CEEREF will decide the winner and the remaining teams can fight it out for the final rung of the podium.

RC44 Portoroz Cup día 2.



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Tricky day on Piran Bay

Slovenia continued to deliver on day two of the RC44 Portorož Cup. With another light forecast, crews and race committee were relieved to arrive in Marina Portorož this morning to find a solid northeasterly. Anticipating that this welcome situation might not last, PRO Peter Reggio coaxed crews off the dock and got the first race underway 20 minutes early.

In 12 knot winds and lumpy sea, Nico Poons and Charisma claimed the first race, showing a repeat of the form that won the Monaco-based Dutchman’s team the RC44 Calero Marinas Cup in March.

“We had a good start – that makes all the difference especially in light weather,” explained Poons. Being left on the first beat also paid, said tactician Ray Davies: “We got better shifts. Then we came into the top mark from the left and the group ahead of us started fighting with each other and we wiggled through. Then we got away.”

There was a short pause afterwards to effect repairs. Prior to the start Aleph Racing had holed Team Nika’s transom with her bow. Both continued racing, but, as the Russian team’s tactician America’s Cup skipper Dean Barker, explained: “We salvaged a third, but the boat was filling up with water in the scoop. A big bit of carbon peeled off and was just stuck down, so every time we were on port we were really slow. We have more to work for tomorrow now…”

The most impressive victory today came from Chris Bake’s Team Aqua in race two. Winning the pin, they benefitted supremely out on the left side. Coming in on the port layline, Team Aqua rounded the top mark 80m ahead – the biggest lead seen recently in RC44 racing. Team Aqua became the first boat to claim two bullets here in Slovenia.

“The boat is going well, the boys have it set up well and it feels like we have a bit of pace,” said Bake, who is feeling some nostalgia for the venue. “The first time I sailed a RC44 was here…!”

As to their phenomenal win, tactician Cameron Appleton explained of that first beat: “We had enough separation on CEEREF and came straight out of the tack into the left shift – that got stronger and stronger and we got faster and faster and we just stretched from there.” However he warned: “We had to finish the race as fast as possible, because we were wondering about the big thunder cloud that was rolling over – there was a lot of thunder and lightning in the distance – we knew that something might happen and we wanted to take all of the chances out of the game.”

The giant rain cloud, complete with lightning display over the land, played havoc with the breeze which disappeared soon after race two. The fleet was sent ashore, but they didn’t stay there long as an easterly breeze filled in enabling a third race to held in lighter, flat conditions.

In this Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF led around the top mark, but a significant right shift enabled Torbjörn Törnqvist’s Artemis Racing to reach the leeward gate ahead. The race was then shortened at the top mark by which time Team CEEREF had regained the lead.

At this half way stage of the RC44 Portorož Cup Team CEEREF holds a three point lead overall.

Artemis Racing was joint best scoring boat today. “It was certainly better than yesterday!” said Törnqvist of their 4-3-2, leaving them one of four boats on 27 points. And why? “We changed the way we were sailing – we analysed it, we just improved all the way around – our speed was okay, our tactics were better and maybe we were lucky too.”

Artemis Racing also has a new tactician in their America’s Cup helmsman and 49er gold medallist Nathan Outteridge, for whom even the high performance RC44 is slow compared to his usual rides. As Törnqvist says: “He is so talented he picks it up very quickly. If we continue like this we can win races. At least we closed up today which was very good.”

Outteridge admits: “I’m just trying to get my head around it. It is a game of inches compared to what I’m used to, but I got the hang of it better today. The boats all go the same speed, so if you can be just a click better, it makes a big difference. The team knows exactly what to do and how to make the boat go. We had good starts yesterday, but we ended up on the wrong edge. Today our starts weren’t as good, but we got the shifts and our results were better. If we can combine our starts and speed then the second half will be better.”

RC44 Portoroz Cup, Ceeref domina en el inicio de campeonato.

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Day 1 RC44 Portoroz Cup – Tentative early lead for local favourites

With the added incentive of being both the local Slovenian team and holder of the 2016 and 2017 RC44 season championship titles, it came as little surprise that Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF came out on top after day one of the RC44 Portorož Cup.

The morning started with an unpromising forecast and the flags barely flickering in Marina Portorož. However after a delay of just 30 minutes, a west northwesterly wind filled in ultimately enabling PRO Peter Reggio to buck the odds and successfully complete three races on Piran Bay.

Despite Hugues Lepic’s Aleph Racing leading at the top mark in the first two races, it was Lah’s crew that lay down an early marker to win race one, while in race two it was the turn of Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika. This latter result made up for a last place finish in race one when they had suffered a problem with a badly knotted spinnaker sheet.

With the wind peaking at around eight knots, conditions finally started to go flukey in the third and final race of the day. In this Chris Bake’s Team Aqua led from start to finish.

Generally it was a high scoring day across the fleet with both Teams Nika and Aqua scoring first and last placed finishes and only Team CEEREF managed anything close to consistently good results.

Similarly light conditions are forecast for tomorrow when racing is due to resume at 1200 CET.

For full results visit: www.rc44.com/results

Star Eastern Hemisphere Championship 2018, triunfo para Diego Negri y Sergio Lambertenghi.



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2018 ISCYRA EASTERN HEMISPHERE CHAMPIONSHIP

DIEGO NEGRI AND SERGIO LAMBERTENGHI ARE THE WINNERS

Trieste, May 5th 2018

Two races were held today, the last very tough day of the Star Eastern Hemisphere Championship 2018. The winds were very shifty and the PRO had a very difficult time, but luckily a fifth race was finished and teams could discard their worst score and ensured a regular championship.

The winners of today’s two races are Marin Misura-Tonko Barac (CRO) and Christian Nehammer-Florian Urban (AUT), seventh and eighth respectively in the overall ranking.

The victory of the Star Eastern Hemisphere Championship 2018 goes to the italian team Diego Negri-Sergio Lambertenghi, (7-3 today’s standings) confirming a period of great form of the twoin this first half of the season, following the success in the Bacardi Cup in Miami two months ago.

Negri-Lambertenghi (1-2-4-7-3 with a final score of 10 pts) managed to stay 5 points ahead of the very strong team Augie Diaz-Bruno Prada (USA/BRA) winners of 2016 Star World Championship in Miami, with Prada who boasts two Olympic medals in this class, a silver and a bronze in 2008 and 2012 Games. The young team Thomas Allart-Killian Weise (NED/GER) is third after only one year racing together on a Star, they had a very great week with a total of 18 points (6-7-6-2-4).

“I am very happy for the result; luckily we managed to sail the right number of races to make this championship valid. The organization and the Yacht Club Adriaco deserved it – said Diego Negri – the weather conditions this week were extremely changeable and made the championship very tactical. We followed a rather conservative strategy and in the end, with great patience, we managed to clinch the top spot!”

Negri-Lambertenghi received the congratulations from Augie Diaz-Bruno Prada, second (2-5-3-5-9 places for a score of 15pts). “They deserved the victory with a consistent series of results – said Diaz, who added – personally, I am very happy with this second place. Every time you compete in an international championship, such as the Star Eastern Hemisphere, and you manage to step on the podium, it’s a success. The weather conditions have been really difficult, but the work and effort of the Race Committee and the Yacht Club Adriaco to make the championship valid has been appreciated by all competitors”.