Histórico triunfo de velero chileno “Volvo” en Campeonato Sudamericano de Snipe
Embarcación de los bicampeones nacionales Matías y María Jesús Seguel consiguió el primer título regional para nuestro país, pasando del tercer al primer lugar en la última regata del torneo disputado en la Cofradía Náutica del Pacífico (Algarrobo), con participación de 32 duplas de seis países.
Algarrobo, abril 21 de 2019.-
Inédito y emocionante. Así resultó el triunfo del velero chileno “Volvo”, de Matías y María Jesús Seguel, en el Campeonato Sudamericano de Snipe, que se desarrolló en la Cofradía Náutica del Pacífico, con participación de 32 duplas de seis países: Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala y Uruguay.
En una remontada espectacular, en la última regata del torneo, los bicampeones nacionales de la categoría, superaron por siete puestos a los que venían como punteros de la competencia, los argentinos Luis Soubie y Brenda Quagliotti, conquistando el primer título subcontinental de la historia para nuestro país en este torneo.
Los hermanos Seguel acumularon 12 puntos negativos en las cuatro regatas disputadas, aventajando a los trasandinos, que sumaron 14 unidades. El tercer puesto fue para los brasileños Rafael Gagliotti y Henrique Wisniewski, con -18. Más atrás se ubicaron los también brasileños Juliana Duque y Rafael Martins (-20) y los argentinos Luciano Pesci y Bárbara Brotons (-24).
“Estamos felices. No fue una semana fácil, porque el viento estuvo bien esquivo, pero logramos dejar el título en casa, además de recibir lo mejor posible a los competidores que nos visitaron”, destacó Matías Seguel. “Es genial celebrar en casa, conseguir por primera vez para Chile esta Copa y que hayamos tenido tres botes chilenos entre los Top Ten”, agregó María Jesús, haciendo referencia al 7º puesto de Antonio Poncell con Carolina Martínez y al 10º lugar de Juan Esteban Sánchez y Juan Valenzuela.
Los tripulantes de Volvo añadieron que están viviendo una gran temporada, “obtuvimos el segundo lugar en el Norteamericano de Snipe, el oro en los Juegos Suramericanos de Playa de Rosario y ahora este triunfo que nos llena de orgullo… Ahora a entrenar duro para los Juegos Panamericanos”, detalló Matías.
Team CEEREF claims golden wheels at Porto Montenegro’s conclusion
The Bay of Tivat came good for the final day of the 44Cup Porto Montenegro with three races held and a most worthy winner in Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF. The Slovenian team led this first event of the 2019 44 Cup from the outset. Today neither they nor Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika won a race, but showed impeccable consistency, both enjoying a trio of podium place results, elevating Team Nika from fourth to second overall.
Today’s opening race got underway in light conditions, but eminently race-able by the nimble RC44s. In this Chris Bake’s Team Aqua won the pin and then match raced Team CEEREF for the duration, ultimately finishing ten boatlengths ahead.
“We missed doing another two of those,” said Chris Bake. “It was a little shifty, but the boat was set up well. A big rotation of team members required work this week, but they seemed to be doing pretty well. The venue is magnificent – phenomenal infrastructure-wise.”
On Thursday, Kirill Frolov on Bronenosec Sailing should have won the first race, holding a massive lead until their spinnaker exploded. The St Petersburg Yacht Club team made up for this in today’s second race. After a giant split left and right up the first beat, they chose the favoured left and followed Team CEEREF at the top mark. Then John Bassadone’s Peninsula Petroleum took the right side of the run to claim the lead. Finally on the next upwind Bronenosec edged ahead, led at the top mark and on to the finish.
“If you are not in the hunt you can sail a freer race and everyone else isn’t so worried about you,” said tactician Cameron Dunn. “Overall we sailed our best day of the regatta. We felt like we made some nice improvements to our speed and generally got off the start line better.”
It was the turn of Hugues Lepic’s Aleph Racing to win the third and what turned out to be the final race, held on a new axis course, the wind having veered into the west. In what tactician Michele Ivaldi admitted was their first good start of the week, the French RC44 won the pin but then, tacked over to cross the fleet. They benefitted on the right side of the course to lead at the top mark. From there the French RC44 was never challenged.
“It was great day but it was hard all the way through – that is what is so great about this class,” said Lepic. “For us it was great to be able to finish on a high. The team now is stable and very high quality and we are very pleased about our manoeuvres. We hope to get some better positions over the course of this season.”
Team CEEREF’s victory at the 44Cup Porto Montenegro was by seven points from second placed Team Nika, in turn two ahead of Team Aqua, with Peninsula Petroleum relegated to fourth after a disappointing final race. Incredibly even though Lah’s team won the seasons in both 2016 and 2017 and came close last year, the 44Cup Porto Montenegro is their first event win since the World Championship in Sotogrande three years ago.
However Lah was most proud to have won with his son Tine on board. “I feel proud that he’s sailed his first regatta and won it,” he said. “We had great starts. Everything was in place like it should be, and the team work was okay, especially since we only had one day of practice. I was really surprised, because I had a feeling we weren’t going to race at all and then we have got in nine races – Montenegro has been brilliant.”
Team CEEREF’s British tactician Adrian Stead added: “We said today ‘no matter how many races we have, just try and keep your nose clean and sail your own races’. But there were ‘moments’ in all three races…
“Igor’s concentration – particularly in the tight stuff, when he needed to put a tight leebow on someone or to tack in front of someone, he was very good at executing it. Plus we didn’t have a bad start all week. I am really pleased with how the team is, given we have three new people.
“Having Tine sailing with us is great. He is not very experienced, so it really made us think about our manoeuvres. By coaching him it makes you do your things in a slightly different way.”
While the fleet racing is over, tomorrow a Pro-Am race will be sailed on a long distance coastal course, the nine RC44 sailing more guests on board than usual.
From Montenegro the RC44s head up the Adriatic to Rovinj, Croatia for their second event of the season, the Adris 44Cup over 29 May to 2 June.
THE GOOD OUTWEIGHS THE NOT SO GOOD
Press Release, 12 April 2019
Day three of the Monaco Swan One Design, hosted by the Yacht Club de Monaco, delivered two races of strikingly different conditions. The consistent 10 – 12 knots from the southwest in the first was in stark contrast to the decreasing, rapidly shifting, breeze in the second. What was unchanged between the two contests was the proximity of competition across the three classes. Mark roundings were tight, leads fiercely defended, mistakes costly and victories hard fought. At the end of the day, the leaders in class are: Leonardo Ferragamo’s ClubSwan 50 Cuordileone (ITA), Luis Senis’ Swan 45 Porron IX and Lorenzo Mondo’s ClubSwan 42 Far Star. And, in The Nations Trophy contest, Italy remains firmly in control.
Today’s individual race winners were Andrea Masi’s Ulika (ITA) and August Schram’s Stella Maris (AUT) in ClubSwan 50. In Swan 45 and ClubSwan 42, the respective class leaders – Porron IX and Far Star – scored double bullets.
The first race of the day appeared to catch some off guard. Skorpios seemed to have nailed the start at the pin end only to find themselves over early, having to return and re-cross. In the ensuing game of catch up, early gains were thrown away on the final leg, with the Russian crew – winners of the first race of the regatta – finishing last.
Equally, Cuordileone, Stella Maris and Mathilde (Switzerland) initially looked behind the curve, virtually stuck the wrong side of the Committee Boat when the gun went for the start. It is to the credit and commitment of the crews, and the talents of their tacticians, in turn, Ken Read, Nico Delle Karth and Iker Martinez, that all three extricated themselves and were, respectively, third, fourth and fifth at the end.
Ulika and Stefan Heidenreich’s OneGroup (Germany), with Jochen Schumann on tactics, had the best of the start hitting the line at speed at the mid-point. OneGroup held an early advantage, only to lose it permanently at the first downwind mark as Ulika performed an audacious duck inside as both headed to the left-hand gate mark. Ulika would go on to win by 30 seconds.
For Ariane Mainemare, Principal Race Officer of The Nations Trophy Mediterranean League 2019, what looked like being a straight-forward day in the office, soon became a much tougher proposition. “The first race was quite easy with stable conditions. The second one was looking OK, but suddenly clouds started building from the north. The first nasty problem was the rain, which never normally helps the wind. The strength started to go down. We were able to shorten the course for the 45s and 42s, but the 50s were already heading downwind.” With the leaders approaching the finish line, the Race Committee decided to complete the race, despite the wind turning sharply towards the north. “It was not the cleanest decision to make,” admitted Mainemare, “But it was the one we took and, in the circumstances and after time to consider, it was certainly the least messy.”
The main beneficiary of the swing in the wind was Stella Maris, as Schram was quick to assert. “The second race was really shifty and we were a bit lucky. Initially we wanted to go out onto right side on the last downwind, then we wanted to go back into the middle, but were forced back out. In the end, we were able to head straight to the finish line.” It was a remarkable finish to watch. Skorpios and Ulika, out in front on the left, looked to have the first two places in the bag, but the closer they got to the finish the worse their position looked. The changing wind angle pushed them further and further off the direct course and when they eventually turned towards the finish they came to virtual standstills as the wind capriciously disappeared. All the two crews could do was watch in despair as their hard-gained positions dissolved as, first, Stella Maris and, then, Cuordileone crossed the line at speed in completely different breeze. At least their problems were not of their making. Mathilde was leading the race after the first downwind leg, but missed a course change announcement upwind, dropping from the lead to last.
Schram is a newcomer to The Nations Trophy Mediterranean League this year, and is thoroughly enjoying the experience and opportunity to improve in competition conditions: “We were very happy about the first race, with the regular wind and we are slowly getting where we want to be with the crew and the boat-handling,” advised Schram. “It is all still very new to us, but today we saw very good communication, good decisions and good boat speed. As for the event, it is very well-organised and we are very happy to here.”
Defending world champions, Porron IX are proving a tough nut to crack for the others in the class. Even so, the spirits are high among the other crews. Ange Transparent came in off the water with two second-places. Owner, Valter Pizzoli, a resident of Monaco, is appreciating racing on home waters despite the difficult conditions: “I am happy to be racing here, especially since I live in Monaco. It’s a beautiful place, the organisation is great and the ambiance is perfect. Unfortunately, the weather is terrible! I’m enjoying the racing. Our Spanish opposition, Porron IX, is very fast but we are more or less the same.”
Pizzoli’s tactician, Flavio Grassi, is also finding the challenge to his liking. “Today we had two difficult races. In the second one the wind died completely and the Committee shortened the race because there wasn’t enough wind to finish the regular course,” he explained. “The racing is very tight between all the Swan 45s. It’s fun and difficult at the same time. We are very happy with the competition because the boats are all one-design and go at the same speed. It’s high level racing and the organisation is very good and knowledgable to enable us to race in the conditions.”
Lorenzo Mondo’s crew on Far Star have also proved unbeatable in class so far this event. Tactician Branko Brcin rejected the suggestion they were making it look easy. “No, no, no!” retorted Brcin. “It is by no means easy. Especially the last race. Tricky does not describe it. Changing winds, rain, nothing was easy.”
According to Brcin, it is concentration that can make the difference in these moments. “If you think you think about being on the final leg, it’s OK. However, if you start thinking you are better than the others then you will go slower and slower,” he explains. “You must always push and press, because you never know. The other guys are also good. So, concentrate right until the finish. This is important.”
When the wind starting to drop significantly on the second upwind leg, Brcin and his crewmates had to watch their competition sail towards them in better pressure. “We just crossed the line in front by, maybe, five seconds,” said Brcin. “It was incredible. For a tactician, it is scary to watch yourself lose, lose, lose and the others gain. You must stay calm. You cannot control the wind. By the finish the wind was almost stopped and like an elastic band the others came to us. We were just able to tack and cross the line in front.”
Tomorrow, is, as the saying goes, another day. Everyone will be thinking positively about more consistent winds to close out the 2019 Monaco Swan One Design on a high.
This evening, though, is a moment for the owners and guests to relax and enjoy the impressive ambiance of the Aquarama Riva Bar, on the upper deck of the Yacht Club de Monaco, on the occasion of the Owners Dinner courtesy of Banor. An international wealth management group focused on ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) factors, Banor is among the signatories of the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) with the aim of fostering a greater awareness of sustainability.
Racing at the Monaco Swan One Design concludes tomorrow, 13 April, with the first signal scheduled for 11.00 CEST.
German Panei (Peninsula Petroleum) y Juanpa Marcos (Team Aqua), argentinos en Montenegro.
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Team Nika wins penultimate day in Porto Montenegro
Dramatic cloud formations over the mountains surrounding the Bay of Tivat and an overcast sky suggested that 44Cup Porto Montenegro competitors would be in for another day of adrenalin-filled competition with winds in the high teens..
In the event the wind started dropping almost the moment the timing for the sequence was announced. As Andy Horton, tactician on Torbjörn Törnqvist’s Artemis Racing recounted: “We went out and there was that big black line to windward of us and we said ‘Torbjörn put on your boots we’ve seen it rain and hail here’. Because the breeze was up, we put up our J2s on and did our tune-up.”
But then it all changed: “With the pre-start a couple of minutes away, the cloud split and one part went down the right and one went down the left and all of a sudden the wind dropped out and it was a quick fluster for everyone to get their genoas on. We didn’t hoist ours until 3.5-4 minutes out and a few were later. So we were straight into genoas with no training.”
Artemis Racing won the pin but was held up from tacking by the boats above her. Nonetheless the left side seemed to pay off up until the very top of the beat when coming in from the right the new Russian 44Cup team, Pavel Kuznetsov’s Tavatuy Sailing Team scored a major coup rounding the weather mark first. Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika also slipping in relegating Artemis Racing to third.
With the wind going soft and left on the run, the course axis was adjusted and the course shortened for the next upwind. On this Tavatuy Sailing Team took the left as Artemis Racing and Team Nika went right. On this occasion the right paid with Team Nika slowly easing ahead. With the wind dropping to nothing across the bay, the race was shortened at the top mark. Team Nika and Artemis Racing ghosted across the line, the Russian team taking her second bullet of the 44Cup Porto Montenegro.
“When the wind is dying you have to keep moving,” explained Team Nika’s Vladimir Prosikhin. “We were pretty close to Artemis. They tacked and tried to leebow us, but in these conditions that was almost impossible. I had some boat speed and they had to go 5° lower just to accelerate to our speed for 10-15 seconds, so that created a gap and we were completely safe by the finish. For us it was a nice race. We didn’t make mistakes like we did in previous races.”
Yesterday was not the best for Team Nika – OCS in one start and picking up a penalty in another dropping them from a close second to a lowly fourth. Aside from their starting, Prosikhin attributed Thursday’s issues to bedding in the rig after having changing all their standing rigging. “We struggled with the speed a bit and the fleet is so equal that everyone comes together which shows the level of the fleet. Tiny differences can change your position from first to last. That is what makes this class so special.”
According to Andy Horton on Artemis Racing closing on the finish there wasn’t enough wind even to tack the mainsail’s battens. The situation was far worse for the boats astern many of whom stopped dead in the water for several minute before the lightest of winds finally filled in, albeit from the north, forcing the tailenders to finish the upwind leg under spinnaker.
After a pause the fleet was sent ashore, and after a patience wait, racing was concluded for the day. As Principal Race Officer Peter Reggio explained: “The breeze never really materialised until late in the afternoon. If we started them then the race would have turned out bad, plus the lights would have gone out. Tomorrow it will be catch-as-catch-can.” Que sera sera. However to make up for the loss in schedule the time for the last warning signal has been protracted to 1700 CET, the last time a warning signal can be made.
Today’s race has left Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF still leading but with John Bassadone’s Peninsula Petrolum now up to second ahead of Chris Bake’s Team Aqua. Fourth placed Team Nika has closed the gap on the podium down to three points.
25 IMOCAs competing in the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race 2019: a record number of entrants
On Saturday 3rd August, 25 double-handed crews will set sail from Cowes (Isle of Wight) aboard IMOCAs for the start of the 48th Rolex Fastnet Race, an ocean racing classic which sees hundreds of boats competing every other year. There has never been such a huge number of IMOCAs sailing this 608-mile course to Plymouth via the Fastnet Rock.
Included in the Globe Series, the Rolex Fastnet Race will enable sailors to earn points in the championship and to clock up more miles to be selected for the Vendée Globe. We can look forward to some closely fought battles throughout the fleet. Who will follow in the footsteps of Paul Meilhat and Gwénolé Gahinet, the winners back in 2017? We’ll find out in early August
4 minutes and 37 seconds. That was how long it took on 7th January to fill up all 340 places available in the IRC fleet in the famous Rolex Fastnet Race. This number proves just how attractive this biennial event created in 1925 really is. The IMOCA class negotiated with the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) to obtain twenty places with the possibility for skippers to sign up until 15th February. There will in fact be 25 double-handed crews setting sail from Cowes on Saturday 3rd August. To ensure a fair playing field within the framework of the Globe Series, the boats will be measured and given a weighting and checks will be carried out on their safety gear. To avoid any risk of collision, these boats, which accelerate away so incredibly quickly, will have their own start time, setting sail before most of the fleet.
50 sailors with some top class duos and two brand new IMOCAs…
Practically all of the IMOCAs competing in the Transat Jacques Vabre will be competing in the Rolex Fastnet Race. In short, only a few brand new boats will be missing. The number of IMOCAs registered for the British classic is quite impressive. In comparison, there were nine in the previous edition in 2017. The fact that the event is part of the Globe Series, the class’s world championship, has a lot to do with this enthusiasm. The winner of this race given a weighting of two will earn themselves a precious 50 points. Sailors who are involved in the selection process for the Vendée Globe will want to complete the race to clock up some valuable qualifying miles for the Vendée Globe.
Everyone will be closely watching the performance of two brand new IMOCAs from the latest generation, as they will be taking part in their first race. Alex Thomson will be trying out his new Hugo Boss, which we imagine will be absolutely incredible, while the duo formed by Sébastien Simon/Vincent Riou will be competing aboard the brand new Arkea-Paprec. The Rolex Fastnet Race will also offer a baptism of fire in the IMOCA class to Kevin Escoffier (PRB) and Clarisse Crémer (Banque Populaire), who will be able to count on some precious support from Armel Le Cléac’h.
We won’t give you the names of everyone registered here, but there are certainlysome top class duos competing: Sam Davies/Paul Meilhat (Initiatives-Cœur), Jérémie Beyou/Christopher Pratt (Charal), Yannick Bestaven/Roland Jourdain (Maître CoQ), Isabelle Joschke/Morgan Lagravière (MACSF), Alan Roura/Sébastien Audigane (La Fabrique), Fabrice Amedeo/Eric Péron (Newrest-Art & Fenêtres)… Just to mention a few.
Getting used to double-handed sailing on a demanding course
In this closely fought contest, the outcome will be down to details. This strategic race means they have to deal well with the currents and local effects along the south coast of Britain. There is also an offshore phase, as they head up to the emblematic Fastnet Rock off the south of Ireland, where the wind and sea conditions can be quite nasty. This ocean sprint will offer no respite to the competitors. Two years ago, Paul Meilhat and Gwénolé Gahinet won the race after 2 days, 16 hours and 14 minutes after a hard fought battle.
With the solo Bermuda 1000 Race taking place in early May, the Rolex Fastnet Race will be the major double-handed event before the Transat Jacques Vabre. That is why Sylvie Viant, the Race Director for the transatlantic race between Le Havre and Salvador da Bahia, will be closely watching the British race: “We know that the sailors competing have a lot of experience, but the double-handed crews need to work well together and put up with each other. The Transat Jacques Vabre is a long and complicated race. We have already seen some pairs that just don’t get on and have thrown in the towel in Brest. It is very important that they have already sailed together before on shorter yet demanding courses. For some crews, the Rolex Fastnet Race will be their first reference race. This will be an important event for them, as will the Azimut Challenge in September. The more the double-handed crews sail before the Transat Jacques Vabre, the more likely they will do well and the better the race.”
Team Aqua top scorer on day two of 44Cup Porto Montenegro
While the sun was out and the rain held off, Porto Montenegro presented a challenging second day of 44Cup racing, starting in 10 knots and building to 20 by the close of play mid-afternoon. A light patch around the committee boat helped create nail-biting photo finishes in two of today’s three races.
Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF comfortably won race two and holds the lead overall by two points at this halfway stage of the 44Cup Porto Montenegro.
Kirill Frolov’s Bronenosec Sailing Team appeared to have the first race squared away, with a massive lead on the final run, only for her gennaker to blow up. Frolov explained: “It wasn’t a good hoist at the second top mark. We went higher than we should have done and we were left with some big holes in the genniker. It was fine on starboard but when we gybed it was terrible.” Anticipating there might be a problem, they were all set up to peel only to discover that the spinnaker halyard was jammed at the masthead.
As Bronenosec’s Kiwi tactician Cameron Dunn observed: “We got a massive header during the hoist, that caused the halyard jump the sheave. With the rips in the chute we thought we had a big enough lead to sail conservatively and do the run in one gybe. Unfortunately after we gybed it only lasted about 30 seconds…” The Russian team salvaged a fifth but then had to send a crew aloft to release the halyard and drop the head of the blown sail.
This left John Bassadone’s Peninsula Petroleum to win the lunge for the line ahead of Chris Bake’s Team Aqua.
“It was a little bit of the nature of here,” expounded Bassadone of his welcome victory. “Conditions are very shifty, very tricky so you have you stick with it and, as Ed [Baird – Peninsula Petroleum's new tactician] keeps telling us ‘be patient, be patient’. It was premeditated to delay gybing and we found more pressure but also more space to accelerate and managed to nip in ahead at the end.”
While Peninsula Petroleum is the only team so far with no result deeper than a fifth, today’s best score came from Chris Bake’s Team Aqua on which keelboat legend Peter Morton was helming, today being only his second ever in the high performance one design class. Team Aqua’s 2-4-1 made her best scoring boat, elevating her to second overall ahead of Peninsula Petroleum.
Morton, who aside from reigniting the Quarter Ton class and dominating the first two seasons in the FAST 40+ class has campaigned in most of the top one design and box rule classes over the last decades, observed of the 44Cup: “The racing is amazing. I haven’t steered a boat with a wheel for 12 years, apart from a couple of superyachts! The Team Aqua crew is fantastic and there lots of coaching, which is good.
“Today it wasn’t a case of anyone being particularly outstanding,” he continued. “You’d get a couple of little puffs but two boat lengths here can mean four or five boats. I enjoyed it. I’d love to do some more.” Tomorrow Chris Bake returns to steer.
Team Aqua tactician Cameron Appleton was also pleased with their performance. “It hasn’t been easy as the fleet is so tight. You get ahead and the others come down with new pressure. And the beats weren’t exactly straightforward, but we improved as the day went on. We had great starts over the last two days which has allowed us to do what we needed to do.”
In race three they won by prevailing in a three way photo finish alongside Hugues Lepic’s Aleph Racing and Tavatuy Sailing Team, who remain on a steep learning curve at this, their second ever 44Cup event.
“We all piled into the finish line together holding our breath to see who came out on top,” recounted Appleton.
As with Bronenosec in race one, so in the third race Aleph Racing saw victory slip through their fingers. Tactician Michele Ivaldi explained: “In these conditions you need a bit of luck. We had some in the first beat when we chose the better [right] side of the course. But downwind when you sail into less wind, it is tricky. We tried to defend. At the finish we could have been fourth but we managed to sneak a second.”
With two days of racing left, just three points separate the lead trio, but there is a now a significant seven point gap back to Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika, now holding fourth place after a disappointing day. To make matters worse Team Nika has both their two time Melges 32 World Championship winning compatriots on Tavatuy Sailing Team and Nico Poons’ Charisma nipping at their heels, within two points of them.
Conditions look equally promising tomorrow when racing is due to start at 11:30.
The second day of racing at the 2019 Monaco Swan One Design ended in disappointment for the competing crews, despite the best efforts of the Yacht Club de Monaco Race Committee; the sole race of the day abandoned just before the second windward mark. The YCM had kept everyone ashore while waiting for the breeze to fill in and a start was eventually organized at 14.45. Frustratingly, the stability of the already fragile wind deteriorated sufficiently during the race for the officials to call a halt and send the yachts home for the day. Racing is planned to resume tomorrow.
With no race today, the standings from the first day remain unchanged. Skorpios (RUS) leads ClubSwan 50, Porron IX (ESP) heads Swan 45 and Far Star the ClubSwan 42 division. Italy is top country in The Nations Trophy.
“It would have been nice to have completed the course today, but that’s the way it goes,” said Andrea Masi, owner of the ClubSwan 50 Ulika (Italy). “For me it is the first time racing here in Monaco, so it’s a new experience. The yacht club and atmosphere are wonderful. So, so far, so good.”
A former Swan 45 owner, Masi is finding the step up to the ClubSwan 50 class to be a high one, but he is entirely happy to have made it. “This is just the beginning. We plan to do all The Nations Trophy Mediterranean League calendar and The Nations Trophy in October. I raced the Swan 45 for 12 years and it is in my head, but this boat, the 50, is a real an evolution. I am very happy, it is fast and I enjoy using it for cruising too.”
Masi is looking forward to the next events on the calendar even if he has a small concern about the number of ClubSwan 50s expected in Palma for The Nations Trophy. “I think it will be too much!” he laughs, with no effort to conceal a huge grin. “When there are 19 boats on the start it will be really competitive, every error will be costly. It will be very difficult to recover from a bad position.” One suspects that secretly he relishes the prospect.
The country versus country competition is another aspect of The Nations Trophy Mediterranean League that attracts him. “I think this adds something to the contest, it is certainly a good idea.”
For Christophe Wargny, the owner of the ClubSwan 42 Zappy’s, this is not just the first time racing in Monaco, but the first serious one-design campaign he has embarked upon with his 42. “We decided to race one-design this year, which was a big decision since it meant a new suit of sails,” Wargny explained. “I am really, completely happy with the decision. Even, despite the loss of racing today. We cannot do anything about the weather!” Wargny is another planning to do the Mediterranean League with the trip to Scarlino coming up very shortly. “The organization that we have experienced so far is just perfect. We are very, very happy to have come to Monaco for the first time and we will certainly be back next year too. We will be in Scarlino, at the Rolex Giraglia and then in Palma for the Copa del Rey” continued Wargny.
Wargny sails with a mix of family, friends and others. “The core of five or six remains the same throughout the season and then we add family or friends to complete the crew,” he advises. “We have a really good tactician in Adrien de Belloy from Cogolin. Today is really annoying because we were beating everyone when the race was stopped!”
Ulika, Zappy’s and all the 12 other competing crews are hoping for a better day tomorrow. Certainly, from a social perspective, there is plenty to look forward to with the Owner’s Dinner on Friday, 12 April, at the Yacht Club de Monaco, The dinner is being supported by Banor, an international wealth management group focused on ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) factors. Banor is among the signatories of the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) with the aim of fostering a greater awareness of sustainability. During the evening, there will be an auction to support the projects promoted by Marevivo, a not-for-profit NGO with over 30 years’ commitment to the protection and enhancement of marine environments. Banor is honoured to be contributing to this event and, in turn, such a good cause. And, because being sustainable will be a core mission within the organisation and development of all Nautor’s Swan events going forward, the company is delighted that two of its partners have joined forces at the first event of The Nations Trophy Mediterranean League 2019.
Racing at the Monaco Swan One Design continues tomorrow, 12 April, with the first signal scheduled for 11.00 CEST.
Jueves, Abril 11, 2019 Murcia se hace con el nacional universitario
- El Real Club Náutico de Valencia ha acogido esta semana el Campeonato de España Universitario.
- La Universidad de Murcia se proclama vencedora, seguida de la Politècnica de Catalunya y con Vigo completando el podio.
Esta tarde ha concluido en aguas del Real Club Náutico de Valencia el Campeonato de España Universitario, organizado por la Universitat Politècnica de València en colaboración con el club, en el que han participado los equipos de regatas de quince facultades de todo el territorio nacional. Las pruebas en el mar dieron comienzo el pasado martes con las series clasificatorias y han concluido hoy con las series finales, en las que el suspense se ha mantenido hasta el último minuto.
Los equipos han medido fuerzas en igualdad de condiciones a bordo de embarcaciones idénticas modelo Tom28, primero durante la fase de liguilla o “round robin” y hoy jueves en las series finales, en las que los seis primeros clasificados han pasado a formar parte del grupo Oro y los seis segundos han competido en el grupo Plata.
Las condiciones meteorológicas han sido complicadas durante toda la competición, con un viento que soplaba de poniente el martes, se mostraba muy rolón el miércoles y hoy jueves ha comenzado soplando del sureste para rolar posteriormente estableciéndose en Levante.
Las series clasificatorias de las dos primeras jornadas daban como resultado un grupo Oro compuesto por las universidades de Murcia, Vigo, A Coruña, Islas Baleares y las Politécnicas de València y Cataluña. El grupo plata, por su parte, ha estado formado por la Universitat de València, la de Almería, la Católica San Antonio, la Internacional de Catalunya y la Politécnica de Cartagena.
El alto nivel de los participantes ha dado como resultado una jornada final muy intensa en la que el suspense se ha mantenido hasta el final, con un apasionante duelo entre Murcia y Vigo que se ha saldado finalmente a favor de los murcianos. Así, la primera manga del día era para Murcia, con Vigo en segunda posición y la Politècnica de Catalunya tercera. En la segunda prueba se repetía este resultado, lo que anticipaba una victoria final murciana a menos de Vigo venciera y Murcia llegara en quinta posición. Y efectivamente, en la prueba final Murcia entraba quinto y Vigo era el primero en atravesar la línea de llegada, pero era penalizado al tocar con su espí el barco del comité, quedando sexto en la prueba, con la primera plaza para la Politècnica de Catalunya, segunda para Illes Balears y tercera para Da Coruña.
Así, la clasificación final otorgaba el título de Campeón de España a Murcia, seguido de la Politècnica de Catalunya y con la tercera plaza para Vigo. En el grupo plata, la primera clasificada ha sido la Católica de San Antonio, seguida de Almería y Valencia.
La entrega de trofeos ha contado con la presencia del vicepresidente del RCN Valencia, Manuel Montánchez, el delegado de vela del club, Rafael de Tomás, el vicepresidente de la de Federación de Vela de la Comunitat Valenciana, Rafel Chirivella, el vicerrector de Alumnado, José Luis Cueto, la Jefa servicio deportes de la Universidad Politécnica de València, Alicia López Yeste, entre otros.