44Cup Cascais, cómodo triunfo para Team Aqua.

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Team Aqua win 44Cup Cascais with a race to spare

Whether it is in big waves or small, gale force or sub-10 winds, Chris Bake’s Team Aqua has shone this week and as a result today won the 44Cup Cascais with a race to spare. Although this was common occurrence for Team Aqua during her glory years of 2011-13, winning with a race to spare is very rare these days, such is the level of competition in the high performance one design monohull class.

The final day of 44Cup racing off the Portuguese sailing mecca, where the event is being hosted by the Clube Naval de Cascais, provided even brisker conditions than yesterday. This was mainly due to the race committee setting up the start area further offshore, free from the protection of the headlands west of Cascais. As a result, with the wind regularly blowing 20+ knots, and a lumpy and at times random chop set up on top of the Atlantic swell, it was a perpetually wet ride for the crews on this high load, high stress deciding day.

A 4-3 today was enough to seal the deal for Team Aqua, already holder of the 44Cup’s golden wheels (indicating they currently top the leaderboard) and arriving in Cascais having been crowned RC44 World Champions in Marstrand in July.

Chris Bake described his victorious day: “We had phenomenal conditions and the boat was well set-up and we seemed to be well locked in and that played to our favour. With the wind in the last race we considered sitting it out, but instead we decided to sail it conservatively and have fun on the downwinds. Overall it’s been a phenomenal regatta, the boat is going great, the team is dialled in and we are feeling really good.”

Vladimir Prosikhin’s team, on which America’s Cup and SailGP winner Tom Slingsby calls tactics, had a spectacular end to the 44Cup Cascais winning both today’s first and last race, the latter by almost half a leg. A last place finish in today’s opening race, followed by a seventh for Nico Poons’ Charisma caused the Monaco-based Dutchman’s team to be displaced from second place overall by Team Nika, but ultimately they held on to the third step of the podium, three points behind.

“It’s becoming a pattern that we need one more day – we wake up too late,” admitted Vladimir Prosikhin. “It was a pity we didn’t win the second race today – it would have been much better to have had four firsts in a row. But we improved our position, so I am happy.”

After a strong start to the 44Cup Cascais, Nico Poons’ Charisma did well but couldn’t shine as brightly as the teams on the ascent in the last two days. However with a scoreline this season of 9-2-9 followed by a third today in Cascais, the Monaco-based Dutchman’s team is replicating his up and down season of 2018…which he ended up winning overall.

Also coming good for the final day of competition was Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF. Winner of the 44Cup Montenegro at the beginning of the year, the Slovenian team had a lacklustre start this week in Cascais but fought back in style today. They were leading in the first race until their kite ripped neatly in two from luff to leech at the start of the first run. However they turned this around in today’s second race by scoring their first bullet and fighting back to finish third in the final race – a fitting result considering: “It is my birthday – so that is why. I should have one each day!” quipped Lah. “We just sailed the way we know how to sail, only three days too late. We are happy we can still win.”

According to Team CEEREF’s British tactician Adrian Stead they had pressed the reset button after scoring deep results on the first two days. Today certainly they were showing the boat speed and tactical skills that won them back-to-back 44Cup season wins in 2016 and 2017. “Today with the breeze being quite far right we felt there were opportunities going up the middle,” said Stead. “It was shifting around and there were enough shifts and gusts that we picked our time to go out on port.”

The ‘oceanic’ conditions were tough on the salt water drenched crews and owner-drivers but was also exhilarating for them as the RC44s surfed down waves at 20+ knot speeds. Vladimir Prosikhin described it: “When the boat is in the groove and going faster than 20 knots for the whole run, it is like flying – a fantastic feeling.”

Other teams lacked consistency today, but most showed glimpses of brilliance – Torbjörn Törnqvist’s Artemis Racing coming home second in today’s first race and Peninsula Petroleum fourth in the final race, but generally not looking comfortable in the ‘big conditions’.

Team Aqua may be World Champion and current hold the 44Cup leader’s golden wheels, but Team Nika is just a point behind her overall in the 2019 44Cup. All will be decided at the final event of the season in Palma over 13-17 November.


Semana de Buenos Aires 2019, día 1.

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Hoy, 5 de octubre, comenzaron las regatas de la edición 2019 de la Semana de Buenos Aires, que se desarrolla en la Sede de Dársena Norte del Yacht Club Argentino. Este evento cuenta con el auspicio de Galicia Éminent, PSA, Arcor, Martecna, Galeno y Garibaldi Sails.

Tenemos 520 inscriptos repartidos en Optimist Timoneles, Optimist Principiantes, Match 30, F18, Laser Radial, Laser Standard, Laser 4.7, J70, Moth, Grumete, S33. Vienen de Argentina, Brasil, Canadá, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Francia, México, Paraguay, Perú, Trinidad Tobago y Uruguay.

Este fin de semana participaron todos excepto S33, Waszp y Moth.

Después de la reunión de timoneles en la carpa partieron todos prolijamente al agua para un día interesante de regatas.

El viento dio sus vueltas, pero todas las clases pudieron completar sus pruebas.

En Optimist Principiantes viene ganando Simón Acosta y en Timoneles , Tomás Dupetit. Tomás Fitte y Felipe Cosentino vienen liderando en 29er y Camila Barletta y Lucía Miranda en 420. En la clase F18 vienen ganando Pablo Völker y Sergio Mehl y en Grumete el Bahía de Horacio Tettamanti.
En J70 lidera el Bebeto de José Ignacio Arrondo y en Match 30 el Bandido de Nicolás Cafaro. Ivana Frezza tiene el primer lugar de Laser 4.7, Francisco Renna el de Laser Standard y Dolores Moreira el de Laser Radial.

Pueden encontrar los resultados completos en este link 

Cada participante recibió su botella reutilizable para reducir el uso del plástico y las cargaron con agua fría en los dispensers provistos por PSA. ¡Entre todos vamos a cuidar a nuestro río!

Quedense sintonizados para recibir todas las noticias importantes de este campeonatazo.

44Cup Cascais, día 2.

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Friday, 4th October 2019

Team Aqua shows her golden wheel form

At this halfway stage of the 44Cup Cascais, Chris Bake’s Team Aqua has joined Nico Poons’ Charisma at the top of the leaderboard with two days of racing to go off the Portuguese sailing mecca.

The second day of racing for the high-performance one-design monohulls, hosted by the Clube Naval de Cascais, was held in slightly more wind than yesterday, with 10-16 knots, the wind building slowly in the final race, but today remaining more firmly in the northwest. However, the height of the swell was notably larger, generated earlier in the week out in the mid-Atlantic by Hurricane Lorenzo. Thanks to the long-wavelength this wasn’t especially dramatic, however, it made holding a course especially difficult as boats disappeared in the troughs where crews also would experience a momentary lull. The swell also made spotting the marks especially hard.

In the first race, Hugues Lepic’s Aleph Racing nosed out in front after claiming the inside overlap on Torbjörn Törnqvist’s Artemis Racing rounding the top mark. From here the French team forged ahead to claim the first race of the day, just as they did yesterday (ultimately they would be top scoring boat of the day).

In the subsequent race, Team Nika attempted to pull off a similar manoeuvre on the inside at the top mark, but in their case were just too slow. This enabled Team Aqua to sail around the outside of them and go on to follow Aleph Racing in taking their second bullet of the regatta.

The most dramatic turnaround of fortune occurred in today’s third and final race. After coming last in the first two races, not helped by snagging a fishing pot in the first, the left finally came good for 44Cup newbies, Pavel Kuznetsov’s Tavatuy Sailing Team. Coming back from the left, the team from central Russia crossed ahead of the starboard tackers to lead comfortably around the top mark, where those astern of second-placed Team Aqua were held up by Bronenosec Sailing Team which had parked up coming into the mark. With Tavatuy Sailing Team cruising home to victory, for a third time today, the race was won by the boat that had won the pin end at the start, despite PRO Peter Reggio applying all the cunning he could to prevent this.

Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika had a better day posting a 2-3 in the final two races and holds fourth, but the leaderboard is looking particularly strange this regatta with three boats within two points of first place and, almost 20 points behind, four boats within two points of fifth place.

Racing continues tomorrow in a similar wind strength but with the swell forecast reduce.


Mini-Transat La Boulangère. Ahora sí, salida programada para el sábado 5 de octubre.

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Wednesday 2 october 2019

Cue the start of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère this Saturday at 10:30hrs!

The waiting game is over for the 87 sailors competing in the 22nd edition of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère. Initially scheduled for Sunday 22 September, the starting signal for the first leg (La Rochelle/Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) will finally sound on Saturday 5 October. Given the tide times on Saturday in La Rochelle, the Mini 6.50s will leave the Bassin des Chalutiers between 07:30 and 09:30 hours, for a scheduled start at 10:30 hours.

Jean Saucet, Technical Director for the Mini-Transat La Boulangère: “Conditions are set to improve in the Bay of Biscay. There’s an opening on Saturday so we’re going for it! The exit from the bay will be no picnic for the competitors, but the wind and swell will be reasonable.”

Mini-Transat La Boulangère. Panorama meteorológico complicado y probable salida el próximo miércoles.

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Friday 27 September 2019

No race start this weekend

The 22nd edition of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère will not now be able to set sail this weekend. The narrow weather window has closed and the expected forecast in the Bay of Biscay over the coming days is such that the huge fleet of Mini 6.50s cannot be safely released.

Denis Hugues, Race Director for the Mini-Transat La Boulangère explains the reasoning for this latest postponement: “We summoned the racers today because we really believed that there was an opportunity to set sail. If a weather window presented itself, it was important to snap it up. Unfortunately, conditions have deteriorated overnight and the front expected to roll through on Tuesday has become a lot more active. We’re expecting 30-knot winds, gusting to 40 knots, and waves of 3.5 to 4 metres.” Christian Dumard, the race’s meteorologist corroborates this viewpoint: “The front is sweeping across the whole of the Bay of Biscay and it’s not possible to dip to the South of it, even by putting in place waypoints.”

“Very complicated to set off before Wednesday”

So when can we envisage a new weather window so the 22nd edition can kick off? “It would seem very complicated to release the boats before Wednesday”, points out Denis Hugues. “We’re also keeping a close eye on the trajectory of Hurricane Lorenzo, which remains unsettled. Some models suggest it will have an impact on the Bay of Biscay late next week, whipping up winds in excess of 50 knots.” We’ll just have to wait and see…

Whatever happens, the stopover in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, together with the start date for the second leg (2 November), are not called into question.

More info at www.minitransat.fr

Mini-Transat La Boulangère. Sigue el mal tiempo y no habrá salida antes del viernes 27.

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No start before Friday, with a hopeful weather window at the end of the week!

The start date for the 22nd edition of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère is still an unknown, but there is one thing for sure: kick-off won’t be before Friday 27 September. In the meantime, the wind conditions and, above all, the sea state will be too boisterous in the Bay of Biscay and offshore of Cape Finisterre. A more favourable weather window might well open up (or not…) at the end of the week.

The information was passed on to the 87 racers in the Mini-Transat La Boulangère early afternoon this Monday: given the weather conditions, no start will be announced before Friday 27 September.

“Taking into account the disparity of speed”

“Various fronts are sweeping the Bay of Biscay and the sea state is deteriorating. Over the coming days, there might be up to a 5-metre swell in the middle of the Bay, with a short period of 8 to 10 seconds between the waves. And all of that will be in upwind conditions. The boats wouldn’t be able to handle such conditions,” explains Denis Hugues, Race Director, who is studying the evolution of the situation in close collaboration with Christian Dumard, the event’s meteorologist. “The decision made will take into account the diversity of the fleet and the disparities between the boats in terms of speed. All the racers, including those who are not so quick, need to be able to make Cape Finisterre in suitable conditions. That’s what makes the situation complex”, explains Jean Saucet, technical director of the Mini-Transat.

A favourable weather window at the end of the week?

Each day, a weather report will be sent to the skippers, who will receive at least 48 hours’ advance notice, so as to give those who have left La Rochelle the time to get back. “We’re monitoring a possible favourable weather window at the end of the week”, explains Denis Hugues. “However, we don’t yet have enough visibility as the various grib files are not in agreement. We’re continuing to keep a close watch.”

Mini-Transat La Boulangère, el prólogo se pospone para el viernes 20. La salida el domingo 22.

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The Mini spirit, the soul of the Mini-Transat

To note:

- Five days to go till the 22nd Mini-Transat La Boulangère
- The Prologue postponed until Friday
- The Mini-Transat, one big family

D-5! On Sunday 22 September, at 14:15 hours, the 87 entries in the Mini-Transat La Boulangère will set sail from La Rochelle on the first leg to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. In the meantime, they’ll be able to make the most of a warm-up lap during the Prologue, which has been switched to Friday (instead of Wednesday) due to the steady breeze announced tomorrow and Thursday in the bay of La Rochelle.

In the meantime, preparations are continuing and the Mini-Transat La Boulangère sailors are enjoying the rather heartwarming pre-race atmosphere. It’s the famous ‘Mini spirit’, a combination of mutual aid (on shore as well as at sea), of sharing, of fraternity and of conviviality… Some of the participants took some time out to respond to the vast question: “what does the Mini spirit represent”?

It’s a paradox: lots of sailors in the Mini-Transat La Boulangère have never enjoyed such an entourage and such support before signing up for this singlehanded offshore race. The ‘Mini sailors’ make up one big family, united around the same (all-consuming) passion and a common challenge: to cross the Atlantic on the smallest offshore racing boats in the world.

The key philosophy, mutual aid
“For me, the Mini spirit is a human bond between people who give the same energy to realising their dream. We’re all building a house of cards together, each in our own unique way, benefiting the community”, explains Guillaume Coupé (906). “The fact that we don’t have a shore team, forces us to turn to the others for help. We need them to mount our solo projects. In fact, our Mini sailor friends become our shore team”, explains Jean-Baptiste Ternon (880). “We want to get across to the other side, but we also want our mates to make it to Martinique. As such, when we have time to help the others with their preparation, we go for it without a moment’s thought” says Thibault Blanchet (774), who was securing his rudders with the help of his brother today after losing one in a previous race.

For some, the mutual aid has been key to realising their project. This is notably the case of Pierre Moizan (630). “Last year, I hit a UFLO in the Les Sables-Les Açores-Les Sables race and had to abandon the boat. I took a year to rebuild her. A lot of Mini sailors helped me out, including some former members of the circuit like Adrien Hardy. Without them, I wouldn’t be here now. Their support has carried me through. Receiving all this help without asking for it is very touching.” Interestingly, the name on her transom, one James Caird, refers to the epic rescue mission by boat that was undertaken by Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, from Elephant Island in Antarctica to South Georgia. It is surely one of the greatest small-boat journeys of all time – and another will be Pierre Moizan achieving his goal of reaching Martinique after an already epic journey to make the start line.

Brothers and sisters at sea

At sea, the spirit of solidarity is even more powerful. Racers within VHF range support one another, motivate one another and, if need be, offer assistance. “On the water, we are competing, but every competitor is a friend, a brother. Even the more competitive sailors don’t think twice about putting their race to one side and helping someone in difficulty”, explains the Italian sailor Daniele Nanni (659).

Belgian sailor Marie-Amélie Lenaerts (833), who is here with around seven other sailors from the Concarneau training cluster, echoes this sentiment: “We go to the ends of the earth to help one another out. During this year’s Transgascogne, I had an electronics issue. I put out a call over the VHF and lots of racers replied and gave me a hand, even those I don’t know so well. I was kind of towards the back of the fleet and yet even the leaders took time out to advise me.”

Memorable finishes…

The excellent atmosphere at the finishes is another trademark of the Mini-Transat, and indeed the Mini spirit as a whole, as 34-year-old Japanese sailor Masa Suzuki explained on the dock this Tuesday. “I have been so impressed by the help and the kindness shown to me and to everyone else within our Mini community. Equally striking is the fact that no matter what your result, everyone celebrates all the finishes, at whatever time of the day or night. I’ve never witnessed that before. In fact, I feel so welcome here that I’m considering living in France, if my wife will agree!” It’s little surprise then, that his friends and his wife have travelled all the way to La Rochelle from Japan to see what this Mini spirit is all about, offer their own support and see him safely on his way on Sunday.

In the Canaries as in Martinique, the festivities on shore match up to the level of difficulty encountered at sea. “The Mini spirit is also about ensuring you stay ‘hydrated’. Some aren’t quite so good at that side of things and we have a few worrying elements there”, jokes Christophe Brière de la Hosseraye (755), who goes on to explain that experiencing something so strong and intense brings you closer. “You can become great mates with a guy or girl who’s 10 years younger or older.”

Leaving the Mini circuit and its spirit can lead to a form of nostalgia. “Even though I’m preparing for it, the period after the Mini scares me a bit. I’m expecting to feel a massive void on an emotional and personal level”, Guillaume Coupé admits.


The Prologue postponed until Friday

Initially scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday 18 September, the Prologue for the 22nd Mini-Transat La Boulangère has been put back to Friday. Denis Hugues, race director, explains the reasoning behind his decision: “We’re putting the prologue back as we’re expecting 25 knots of NE’ly breeze, gusting to 30. The skippers are preparing for a singlehanded transatlantic race on 6.50-metre boats. As such, it’s essential that they don’t take any risks in this prologue, the idea being to have a dress rehearsal so that the competitors get a clear picture of the start zone. On Friday the wind is set to ease and become more stable at 10-13 knots.”

Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. Triunfo para el equipo del Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.

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Sunday, 15th September 2019

Royal Sydney Shines on Challenging Final Day and Takes the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup Down Under

NEWPORT, R.I. – It all came down to the final race, as it should. Two teams of accomplished and motivated amateur sailors from opposite corners of the globe battling on a lumpy, windy Narragansett Bay for one of Corinthian sailing’s most-prized trophies, the 2019 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup.

Royal Sydney Yacht Club and San Diego Yacht Club started the 12th and final race separated by six points, which was anything but a safe margin in this competitive fleet. The Australian team had the edge in the overall standings, but skipper Guido Belgiorno-Nettis and his team put the regatta title right in play with a sub-par start while San Diego bolted to the head of the fleet and was, for a while, back in the virtual regatta lead.

As they for much of the regatta, the Royal Sydney used superior boatspeed and sterling tactical calls to grind back into the top 10 and then into the top five, leaving San Diego hoping for a miracle that wouldn’t come. The RSYS team was simply too polished. After 12 races through a full range of conditions, they sailed through the final finish line in fourth place to become the first Southern Hemisphere club to win the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Belgiorno-Nettis shortly after a dockside celebration with his team. “You can’t describe the feeling of coming all the way from Australia. to be able to put a team together who I love dearly, every one of them, starting with my wife, to actually win a championship like this. The New York Yacht Club Invitational is one of the great regattas in the world.”

The Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup is a biennial regatta hosted by the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court in Newport, R.I. Since the event was first run in 2009, it has attracted top amateur sailors from 43 of the world’s most prestigious yacht clubs from 21 countries. After five editions in the Swan 42 class, the 2019 event will be sailed in the IC37, designed by Mark Mills and built by Westerly Marine in Santa Ana, Calif., and FIBRE Mechanics in the United Kingdom. The strict one-design nature of this new, purpose-built class combined with the fact that all 20 boats are owned and maintained by the New York Yacht Club, will ensure a level playing field never before seen in amateur big-boat sailing. The regatta will run through September 14. A broadcast on Facebook Live and YouTube will allow fellow club members, friends, family and sailing fans from around the world follow the action as it happens. Twenty teams from 14 countries and five continents will compete in the 2019 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup.

Save for one bad race on the regatta’s third day, the San Diego Yacht Club team had sailed a nearly flawless regatta through nine races. Even though they carried a one-point lead into the final day, it was hard to bet against the youthful West Coast team. But then came the second windward mark rounding of today’s first race. With Royal Sydney rounding ahead in third place, San Diego tried to squeeze just too much out of a thin layline and ended up pasted to the windward mark while the bulk of the fleet sailed past. A certain top 10 finish became an 18th.

Now trailing first place by 13 points, SDYC skipper Tyler Sinks and crew showed remarkable resolve with a win in the second race while Belgiorno-Nettis and crew struggled to an eighth. That brought the title back into reach for the final race. With the pressure on, the Australians rose to the occasion.

“Luckily for us, we’re good in the [stronger winds] and there was quite a lot of wind in that last race, and we were able to get the boat rumbling,” said Belgiorno-Nettis. “Mike Dunstan, my main trimmer, and my other trimmer on jib, David Edwards, they just set up the boat so it was easy for me to sail. I could just punch the numbers out. It’s all about being consistent. So we were able to chip our way up from quite deep. We were in 12th at the start and ended up in fourth. That was pretty good. Occasionally I’d look around and see where people are…think to myself ‘oh how did that happen?’”

While most of the attention was focused on the battle for first, there were a number of developments lower in the standings. Anthony O’Leary and the Royal Cork Yacht Club once again showed they love to sail in heavy air. They went 5-2-1, won the day, and took advantage of a couple of tough races by the Royal Canadian Yacht Club to claim Royal Cork’s first Invitational Cup podium.

“We’re absolutely thrilled. This is our sixth visit, first time to make the podium, so it makes it very special,” said O’Leary. “We were eight points behind Canada [starting the day] which is a lot in one respect, but with three races anything is possible. We had one dreadful result on Thursday. You just got to wait and see how the cards fall. We had a five [in the first race today] and you’re thinking, ‘They’re maybe two more races, maybe one.’ Things seemed to go better and better for us. We’re delighted.”

Another team that spent the day on the up escalator was the crew representing the host New York Yacht Club, led by co-skippers Andy Fisher and Ray Wulff. After a very up-and-down regatta, the team found its groove on the final day. With three solid races, including a wire-to-wire win in the day’s first race, Fisher, Wulff and Co. moved from 10th to sixth in the overall standings.

“As a team, we just came together, and each day we were getting stronger and stronger,” said Wulff. “Today we just felt, ‘You know what, we’ve just got to go out there and sail as strong as we can.’ Representing the Club, we wanted to make sure we finished on a strong note.”

The regatta closed with a spectacular Rolex Awards Banquet on Harbour Court. Regardless of the finish, it was a time to celebrate a week of great sailing against friends old and new.

The next Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup will be sailed in September of 2021. The request for invitation process will begin before the end of the year. For U.S. yacht clubs, next September’s Resolute is the only path to securing an invitation to the big show in 2021. More information on that event can be found here.

2019 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup
New York Yacht Club Harbour Court
Newport, R.I. – Final Results

1. Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron (AUS), 55 points
2. San Diego (Calif.) Yacht Club, 59 points
3. Royal Cork Yacht Club (IRL), 70 points
4. Royal Canadian Yacht Club, 86 points
5. Southern Yacht Club (New Orleans, La.), 87 points
6. New York Yacht Club, 92 points
7. Royal Thames Yacht Club (GBR), 99 points
8. Japan Sailing Federation, 100 points
9. Yacht Club Italiano, 103 points
10. Royal Swedish Yacht Club, 112 points
11. Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (ITA), 114 points
12. Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, 124 points
13. Itchenor Sailing Club (GBR), 140 points
14. Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (GER), 156 points
15. Yacht Club Argentino, 165 points
16. Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, 173 points
17. Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club (AUS), 175 points
18. Real Club Náutico de Barcelona (ESP), 178 points
19. Royal Yacht Squadron (GBR), 195 points
20. Yacht Club de France, 241 points