For immediate release: Friday 29 April 2016
World Sailing Fickle Friday breeze in Hyères
Sailing World Cup Hyères served up a light dose of wind for the third day of racing but big breeze is expected to follow on Saturday.
Sailors had a short wait for breeze in the morning but a 7-8 knot southerly veering to the west came through allowing a good number of races across the ten Olympic and two Paralympic fleets.
Looking further afield and the breeze that pushed sailors to their boundaries on the opening day is to return on Saturday leading through to Sunday’s Medal Races which will be broadcast live on the World Sailing TV YouTube Channel.
Men’s and Women’s 470
Fernanda Oliveira and Ana Luiza Barbachan (BRA) have learnt to love racing in Hyères in recent years, winning the 2013 and 2015 editions of the Sailing World Cup.
“For me it’s a little bit cold,” joked Oliveira. “I prefer Rio, in Brazil, but for me it is okay. I think it is very usual event in Europe and very famous. The regatta is always crowded with good sailors. We like it, but tomorrow I might tell you differently as the Mistral is coming back.”
Rested and recovered after yesterday’s lay-day, the Masters sailors returned to the water with an on-time start and steady southwest breeze that built to 12 knots during the two scheduled races (Race 7 and Race on Day 4 of racing.
The top three spots in the Apprentice fleet remain stable, with the two leaders – Scott Leith (NZL) and Jon Emmett (GBR) – trading 1-2 finishes. Ian Gregory remains in third, but had to use a double-digit finish today as his discard, and will have trouble catching the two leaders during the next two race days.
Carlos Eduardo Wanderley (BRA) still holds the lead in the Master division, but Richard Blakey (NZL) moved closer with 1-3 finishes today, trailing by only five points. Alessio Marinelli (ITA) remains in third, but is only 4 points out of second. The order could easily change.
Con su primer puesto parcial, Fernando Echávarri y Tara Pacheco están demostrando en el agua que serán unos muy buenos representantes españoles en Río 2016. Un selectivo polémico en el que Iker Martinez perdió todas sus chances al quedar lesionado en una rodilla tras un incidente en la Sailing World Cup de Miami que le impidió seguir compitiendo en las dos fases selectivas siguientes.
Fuente info World Sailing
For immediate release: Thursday 28 April 2016
Hyères, like sailing in Rio
From the French Mistral to a breeze that resembled Rio de Janeiro, Hyères turned things around for the second day of racing at the Sailing World Cup.
“Sailing in Hyères today was like sailing in Rio,” commented Swedish 49erFX leader Lisa Ericson, sailing with Hanna Klinga, “It’s shifty, it’s puffy and about having your head out of the boat.”
Rio aside, the famous Mistral that pushed sailors to their limits on Wednesday had completely died down for race day two, resulting in a wait for wind.
For immediate release: Wednesday 27 April 2016
Elements at force in Hyères with #100DaysToGo
To compete at Rio 2016, all the elements are essential, but to win, you must concentrate on one, gold.
Gold, or in its periodic table form, Au, is the one element sailors and Olympic athletes think about day and night. An Olympic gold medal is the end result of a lifetime of work but to get there, Sailing World Cup Hyères will play a key part as bragging rights, World Cup honours and national selections are on the line.
As the countdown to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games reached #100DaysToGo, the opening day of Sailing World Cup Hyères saw sailors turn their focus to the natural elements, wind and water.
Two more races completed (Race 5 & 6). Scott Leith (NZL) and Jon Emmett (GBR) continue to lead the Apprentice division with 1-2 finishes in today’s races, but Alejandro Rabago (MEX) dropped back to 6th place with a 12th in the second race. Ian Gregory (GBR) has claimed the number three spot.
Carlos Eduardo Wanderley (BRA) holds the lead in the Master division, discarding a 7th from the first race today, but Richard Blakey (NZL) has edged ahead of Alessio Marinelli (ITA).
The Laser Masters World Championship for Radials completed two more races today. Race Committee postponed while the afternoon thermals built, but started the first race at about 1330h, 30 minutes after the scheduled start time, in 7 knots of breeze. The wind built over the afternoon, to 13 knots, shifting left and requiring several adjustments to the alignment of the trapezoid course. With four races scored, sailors can now discard one race from their overall total.
El Comité de Clases Olímpicas elige Medemblik como regata única de selección para la clase 49er
25 de Abril de 2016
Madrid.- El Comité de Clases Olímpicas de la Real Federación Española de Vela ha elegido la Delta Lloyd Regatta, que se celebrará del 24 al 28 de mayo de 2016 en aguas de Medemblik (Holanda), como regata única de selección para la clase 49er para los Juegos Olímpicos de Río 2016.
Las dos tripulaciones designadas por la Junta Directiva del pasado 20 de abril de 2016 son las de Federico y Arturo Alonso Telechea y Diego Botín y Iago López Marra.
Ambas tripulaciones partirán con 0 puntos. La tripulación seleccionada será cuya embarcación quede clasificada en mejor posición en la clasificación general de la regata.
Solo en caso de no celebrarse la Delta Lloyd Regatta, se utilizará como regata clasificatoria para la selección olímpica la regata World Cup de Weymouth (Portland) del 6 al 12 de junio de 2016.
Carlos Palombo, tercero provisional en Master
Hector David, sexto en categoria Master.
Fuente info Icarus Sailing Media
Sunday 24 April 2016
Laser Masters World Championship 2016 – Day 1
24th April / Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
Clear skies and milder breeze inaugurated Day 1 of the Laser Master World Championship – Radial Division. The first race for the Apprentice & Masters division started just after the scheduled 1300h start time in 8-10 knots of a southerly breeze. The other two starts (Grand Masters, followed by Great Grand Masters and 75+) followed soon after.
The wind began to shift right as it built, and race committee set up on a SSW heading for the second race. The first fleet started cleanly, but the second fleet was a bit more aggressive and race committee used a black flag restriction after a general recall, and several sailors were disqualified for crossing the line early.
France’s Olympic hopefuls will be aiming to sign off before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with a bang on their home waters at Sailing World Cup Hyères.
Billy Besson and Marie Riou in the Nacra 17 and the RS:X racers, Pierre Le Coq and Charline Picon, have enjoyed significant success in the Rio 2016 quadrennial and are viewed as firm favourites at Rio 2016.
Besson and Riou have emerged as the masters of the Nacra 17, sailing faster than any of their rivals culminating in four consecutive world championships.