Hyères 2018 World Cup Series, día 1. Irregular arranque para los equipos argentinos.

Lucía Falasca y un buen comienzo en la dificil y numerosa clase Laser Radial.

Travascio – Branz con el ARG19, novenas en la general de 49erFX y mejor equipo argentino tras la primera jornada en Francia.

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Opening day in Hyères sets scene for enthralling week of competition
For immediate release: 04/24/2018
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The opening scene at the third round of Sailing’s World Cup Series in Hyères, France saw the 647 sailors from 46 nations remain cautious as they laid down markers to build on for a full week of competition.

In a variable 6-11 knot easterly breeze, the competitors looked to achieve good finish positions that would put them in a strong place on the leaderboard for the latter part of the week.

The early races have set the scene and with a light wind forecast ahead, it’s going to be a mesmerising week of competition with all the competitors expecting more close racing.

The 49er features 40 strong teams and Poland’s Dominik Buksak and Szymon Wierzbicki had the best of the day, recording a 3-(5)-1 scoreline. They are tied on four points at the top of the leaderboard with David Gilmour and Joel Turner (AUS).

“We started well and that was the key to winning today. Because the shifts weren’t very big, that allowed us to stay at the front from the beginning of the race,” explained Buksak on the secret to their consistent performance as those around them failed to do so.

“Our opponents were our biggest challenge,” continued Buksak. “We have some top sailors here and it’s a pleasure competing with them. Now that we are on the top, we will try our best to stay there and sail our best throughout the week.”

Although the Australians are tied with the Polish team, they picked up a 27th in the final race of the day, which they discard, meaning they’ll have to have a degree of caution for the rest of the week. “We started off pretty well in all our races,” said Gilmour, “but we found the wind to be quite tricky because weren’t sure of the wind speeds and shifts.

“In our last race, the wind speed just died, and it was tough competing in that. It was quite packed and highly competitive but that’s what makes World Sailing regattas different because you always get larger 49er fleets.”

Turner concluded, “Having a 40-boat fleet, it was tight racing and we couldn’t afford to make any mistakes.”

New Zealand’s Logan Dunning Beck and Oscar Gunn follow the leading duo in third.

In the 49erFX, just two races were completed. Denmark’s Ida Marie Nielsen and Marie Thusgaard Olsen snapped up both race victories to open up an early five point lead over Norway’s Helene Naess and Marie Rønningen.

In a bid to win his tenth title in the 2.4 Norlin OD in Hyères, Damien Seguin (FRA) could not have had a better start. The Frenchman won two out of two races and was pleased with his performance, “Today was a beautiful day and a great start to the competition.

“The first race was good, we had 8 knots, but the second race was quite hard because the wind speed dropped to 6 knots and it was a long race – about an hour.

“I would say that I am quite competitive, and I like to win. That kind of hunger makes me push myself and that is how I win most races.”

Seguin’s compatriots Bruno Jourdren and Xavier Dagault follow in second and third.

Sixty eight sailors are competing in the Laser fleet in Hyères with nine of the world’s top ten racers and the three Rio 2016 Olympic medallists spearheading the fleet.

In such a highly competitive fleet it’s uncommon for one racer to maintain consistency and dominate. The norm was smashed to bits by Rio 2016 silver medallist Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) who won both the day’s races by huge margins.

“On my first race, I was struggling at the start and kept my main focus in mind,” explained Stipanovic. “My plan was to reach the left side, which I did eventually, and then tack for the mark. It was a good plan and it paid off.

“The second race was good, but I struggled with speed but the guys on the right had more pressure, so I decided to tack and clear to the right side which put me back on top.”

If today wasn’t good enough for the Croatian, he concluded by putting out a further warning to his rivals, “I hope that tomorrow I will be faster.” Pavlos Kontides (CYP) and Lorenzo Chiavarini (GBR) follow in second and third.

Paige Railey (USA) imitated Stipanovic in the Laser Radial by taking another pair of victories. She is followed by Marit Bouwmeester (NED) and Viktorija Andrulyte (LTU).

The Finn fleet was the last to conclude racing as the breeze began to decrease towards the latter part of the day. Race victories went the way of Nicholas Heiner (NED) who is fifth overall and the second placed overall sailor, Jorge Zarif (BRA). Jonathan Lobert (FRA) sailed his way to a second and third which sees him lead.

Pierre Le Coq (FRA) was in fine form on his home waters in the Men’s RS:X fleet. The Frenchman, Rio 2016 bronze medallist, took two races wins and a fourth and holds a narrow lead over Mengfan Gao (CHN) who won the final race of the day.

Only Gao separates Le Coq from three of his compatriots, Thomas Goyard, Louis Giard and Oël Pouliquen who are firmly in the hunt in third, fourth and fifth respectively.

In the Women’s RS:X, Peina Chen (CHN) and Noga Geller (ISR) are locked on five points each at the top of the pack. Hei Man Chan (HKG) and Maya Morris (ISR) are joint third on eight points apiece.

China’s Mengxi Wei and Haiyan Gao grabbed the early advantage in the Women’s 470 and are two points clear of Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre (GBR). Camille Lecointre, Rio 2016 bronze medallist, making her first World Cup appearance with Aloise Retornaz (FRA), won the first race of the day and is third overall.

Anton Dahlberg and Fredrik Bergström (SWE) are top in the Men’s 470 fleet, two points ahead of Hao Lan and Bo Zhou (CHN). Race victories went to Paul Snow Hansen and Dan Wilcox (NZL) and Tetsuya Isozaki and Akira Takayanagi (JPN).

The single Nacra 17 race win went the way of Ben Saxton and Nicola Boniface (GBR). They were followed by Ruggero Tita and Caterina Marianna Banti (ITA) and Iker Martinez and Olga Masilvets (ESP).

Racing will resume on Wednesday 25 April at 11:00 local time.

By Daniel Smith – World Sailing

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Hyères 2018 World Cup Series, información completa con listado de participantes.

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The heat is on in Hyères
For immediate release: 04/22/2018
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Hyères will heat up in more ways than one this week with temperatures set to soar and a red-hot competition across the single Para World Sailing and ten Olympic sailing disciplines expected.

Sailors competing at the Hyères 2018 World Cup Series event include Olympic, Paralympic, World and Continental Champions. With the Hempel Sailing World Championships just a few months away, every race counts, making it a highly competitive week of sailing for all.

There is a high turnout in Hyères, France, for round 3 of the Series with over 830 sailors representing 46 nations. Registration commenced on 22 April with racing set to conclude on 29 April, prior to the Final in Marseille, France, in June.

Sailors will be racing in beautiful sunshine with temperatures ranging from 21 – 27°C but light wind speeds are forecasted.

Racing will commence at 11:00 local time on Tuesday 24 April. In the meantime, sailors have been practicing and testing their strategies.

Of those attending will be Croatian 49er brothers, Sime and Mihovil Fantela. Sime won gold in Rio 2016 and gold in the 2016 Hyères World Cup Series in the Men’s 470. This will be his 15th regatta on these waters and between them, the pair hold a lot of experience competing in Hyères.

“Hyères is a legendary place to sail for us, we love it a lot. This will be our 15th regatta here and it’s a great place to sail so we are looking forward to it,” expressed Sime.

“We always get a strong breeze whenever we’ve competed here, but we are quite surprised to see that it’s going to be light, which will make it interesting.”

The Fantela brothers will be in a 38-boat 49er fleet and shared his favourites for the week, “The British, Dylan and Stuart, current world champions are the ones to look out for. But also, the Spanish and Argentinians are also ones to watch this week.”

Damien Seguin (FRA) will be competing in the 2.4mR Norlin OD boat over the next week. The Rio 2016 Paralympic gold medallist won gold in the 2015 and 2017 editions of the Hyères World Cup Series.

“My first World Cup in Hyères was in 1988, sailing in the Tornado class and then I first sailed in the 2.4 in 2002. I’ve won nine times here and I’m going to try to win my tenth,” said Seguin.

Amongst the large crowd attending, two young sailors have proven what it takes to compete and succeed against the highly experienced sailors. Stefania Elfutina (RUS), RS:X Women’s Windsurfer and Dolores Moreira Fraschini (URU), Laser Radial sailor.

Elfutina won bronze in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and bronze in the 2017 World Cup Series Final in Santander, Spain. The Russian proved to be a strong contender at the Round 2 regatta in Miami and expects to do much better this time around.

“The RS:X class have some new equipment which we will be using in the Hempel Sailing World Championships in Aarhus. The new equipment includes new masts and fins. This means everyone will be learning more about the kit and that gives us all an opportunity to compete at a beginners level,” stated Elfutina.

Elfutina also shared her excitement for sailing with some of the best, “It’s great to sail here but I am looking forward to sailing with Charline Picon (FRA). She’s just had a baby and after winning gold at the Olympics, this will be her first event.”

Fraschini won silver at the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championships in Sanya, China, and finished with bronze at the 2017 World Cup Series Final.

The Uruguayan sailor shared her information on her expectations for the week ahead, “This is my second time competing in Hyères and the conditions these past few days have been nice – light wind and plenty of sun. We are expecting light winds throughout the week, but I would like some heavy sea breeze at some point.

“The best sailors are here, and it will be a tough week. I will need to work very hard because I didn’t do so well in Miami, this January, so I am hoping to climb back up with this event.”

Click here to view the full entry list.

The 2.4 Norlin OD, 49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17 and RS:X fleets will conclude racing on Saturday 28 with their Medal Races with the Men’s and Women’s 470, Laser, Laser Radial and Finn sailors’ bringing the regatta to a close on Sunday 29.

All Medal Races will be available to watch across the World Sailing Network from 12:00 local time - www.youtube.com/worldsailingtv.

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Europeo de 49er, 49erFX y Nacra 17 a realizarse en Gdynia, Polonia.

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Klaus y Yago Lange, recientes ganadores en Mallorca en clase 49er.

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2018 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 European Championships Awarded to Gdynia, Poland

The 49er and Nacra 17 Classes are excited to announce Gdynia, Poland as the venue for the 2018 European Championship. Up to 400 of the world’s best sailors will compete in Gdynia for the title of European Champion ahead of the 2018 World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark.

The event will be held at the Marina Gdynia from July 8-13, 2018. This is the second time the 49er Class has been hosted by Gdynia for the European Championship and the first time for the Nacra 17 Class.

Defending 49er Class European Champion, Dylan Fletcher, said “It’s really exciting to defend our European title for the first time, and we hope to be able to hold off the rest of the pack. Having been to Gdynia for the 2010 Europeans, I remember it as a great venue with many spectators and beach goers watching the racing. The setup is unique, with racing being conducted very close to shore and in full view of all the interested tourists, but also with a world class sailing facility to host us.”

Gdynia, Poland is also hosting the Laser 4.7 World Championships at the same time. Tomasz Chamera, President of the Polish Yachting Association, believes “this is a wonderful opportunity to showcase some of the best Olympic level sailing in front of some of the top youth sailors,” he said. “We have run many events in Gdynia over the years and we expect this to be a fantastic mix of youth and elite level sailing”. Together with our partners Ministry of Sport and Tourism, Municipality of Gdynia and Volvo Car Poland we have created unique sailing festival Volvo Gdynia Sailing Days of which 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 European Championship will be the most prestigious event.”

“I think it will be a busy time on the water with so much racing all at once. The venue is great for logistics, with the airport close and a huge beach so there is room enough for all. It’s been eight years now since we last got to race against all of our Olympic friends in home waters, so we are happy to have them coming back here,” said perennial 49er contender Lukasz Przybytek.

“These Classes represent the best mix of sailing, and sailing at its best. We have seen our champions move on to the upper echelons of professional sailing at all the World’s major sailing events, and these European Championships are the training ground for that greatness. We are excited for what will be an excellent event and, with the star power of the sailors it is sure to be followed by sailing fans around the world,” said Classes President, Marcus Spillane. “With the Aarhus World Championships right around the corner, in both time and geography, this championship should be very popular with sailors and fans around the world.”

For more information, please contact Polish Yachting Association Events Manager Kajetan Dzik on k.dzik@pya.org.pl or classes manager, Ben Remocker, at 9erinc@49er.org

The Event Websites are:
49er and 49erFX: http://49er.org/event/2018-european-championship/
Nacra 17: http://nacra17.org/events/2018-european-championship/

World Cup Series. Génova se suma en 2019 y 2020 al circuito anual de clases olímpicas.

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World Cup Series adds Italy, with Genoa hosting in 2019 and 2020
For immediate release: 04/11/2018
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Sailing’s World Cup Series, the annual circuit for Olympic sailing and Para World Sailing, will touch down in Genoa, Italy in 2019 and 2020 for the European stopover.

Organised by World Sailing in collaboration with the Federazione Italiana Vela and Yacht Club Italiano, the Fiera di Genova will host sailors in Spring 2019 and 2020. Set against a dramatic coastline, with racing areas perfectly positioned in front of Genoa’s seafront.

The 2019 Series will start at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic venue in Enoshima, Japan this September, before heading to Miami, USA in January. Genoa will be the final opportunity for sailors’ to qualify outright for the World Cup Finals, which will be held in Marseille, France, the venue for the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition.

Enoshima will also host the first event of the 2020 series in the autumn of 2019, with Miami following early in the New Year. Genoa will be one of the last big European Olympic class events before sailors’ head back to Enoshima for the 2020 World Cup Final; which will swiftly be followed by the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition.

The World Cup Series is the definitive guide to the best-of-the-best in Olympic sailing; with the clear objective to showcase and develop Olympic sailing. Close racing will be creating sporting heroes and engaging sports fans, as well as attracting sponsors and broadcasters.

The World Cup Series is a key touchpoint for fans and media to connect to the sport of sailing and develop support for athletes on their road to Tokyo 2020 and beyond. Over 2,000 of the world’s leading sailors, representing 75 nations, have competed in the World Cup Series since its inception in 2008.

“Genoa is a perfect fit for a World Cup venue,” commented World Sailing President Kim Andersen. “Excellent springtime sailing conditions and a world-class venue in a beautiful touristic city will ensure the competition lives long in the memory of the competitors, visitors, and an engaged local community.

“This is the first time Italy has hosted a World Cup Series event and we are delighted to be working with the Federazione Italiana Vela and Yacht Club Italiano to ensure the event is a success.”

Riccardo Simoneschi, Sport Director at the Yacht Club Italiano said, “I am delighted that World Sailing has selected to host a World Cup Series event at the Yacht Club in Genoa, my hometown.

“This has been made possible thanks to the foresight of the FIV President, Francesco Ettorre and the Yacht Club Italiano President, Nicolò Reggio with cooperation from the City of Genoa.

“We are excited to about hosting some of the world’s finest competitors on our home waters, where Italian Olympic sailing has thrived in the recent past.”

49 Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar. Los argentinos Yago y Klaus Lange ganan en clase 49er.

“Los hermanos sean unidos, porque esa es la ley primera”, párrafo del libro El gaucho Martín Fierro de José Hernandez.

Yago y Klaus Lange, brillantes vencedores en clase 49er.

Matthew Wearn, ganador en Laser.

Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan (470 M), ganadores absolutos del trofeo.

Giles Scott, ganador en Finn.

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Australia’s 470 Winners Belcher and Ryan Awarded Princess Sofia Trophy
7 April 2018

Australia’s world champions Mat Belcher and Will Ryan, outstanding winners of a strong, competitive 470 class, were awarded the Princesa Sofia Trophy, the top overall award at the biggest ever edition, as the 49th Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar concluded in light, hesitant breezes in Mallorca today. The regatta attracted 870 boats from 62 different and more than 1200 sailors.

The 2016 Olympic silver medallists won the tricky medal race today to cap an impressively consistent performance, counting all their results inside the top 10 in a high scoring regatta, to win by 39pts ahead of Turkey’s Deniz and Ates Cidar. Japan’s winners of the class last year at this Balearic showcase regatta Tetsuya Isozaki and Akira Takayanagi finished third.
For eight times world chammpin Belcher, winning the top overall award at a personal favourite regatta, one he has been coming to since the first time as a 19 year old in 2001,is a particular pleasure. He wins the class for the fourth time,
Belcher acknowledged: ” It is really special to win the overall, this a special event to me having first come here in 2001 and so it is a great credit to the place, here, and the organisers to have so many boats here. It is fantastic. We focus on what we need to do but it really is special to win the overall trophy and it sets high expectations for the season ahead. We love this event.”

Mixed Up Breeze
The clash between the offshore gradient breeze and the thermal sea breeze made for difficult medal racing conditions with big gains and losses made during the class showdowns.
The luxury of already having secured their Sofia titles before the Medal Races meant Giles Scott in the Finn, Belcher and Ryan in the 470, Dutch duo Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz in the FX, Italian Nacra 17 pair Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti and Laser Radial winner Anne Marie Rindom could afford a relatively relaxed approach to their final day.

Rindom cruised to sixth in the Radial medal race to win by 15pts ahead of Britain’s 2016 world champion. The Danish world champion of 2015 clinched the Sofia title after nine attempts, twice finishing third.
” It is not so much about winning here,” Rindom reported, “Just now it is about good training and making sure I have good technique. I was working a lot on speed through the winter. If you have speed everything else is easy. Light upwind I have been trying different things and it is coming together.”

Comeback from a Cruel Cut
The so called ‘leather medal’, fourth, is the cruellest finish. But Holland’s RS:X racer Lilian De Geus missed bronze in Rio by a single, solitary point. Haunted for the ensuing year by ‘what might have been’ she considers she has put the experience to bed and is looking forwards, training harder and smarter than ever. She proved the value of her year away from the board and her recent training when she won the RS:X class on the Bay of Palma for the first time. Third and second before she was delighted to start her season on the best note,

De Gues recalled, “I am going for a medal this time for sure. Every day I look back at that one point, what I could have done better. At first it was really hard and I thought about it every, more times a day, now it is less.”
“The year after the Olympics I was looking for any distractions, anything to take my mind of it. But I am a bit older and more mature and that helps.”

” At the Games there was one day when they decided to race inside. We had trained a lot but we had never trained in the conditions we got that day inside. One day we had totally different conditions and I had two results not even in the 20s that was my Olympics. Or the one person I should have passed on a downwind. These are the things that haunt you.”

She adds, “My motivation is so high and I have learned to train more effectively, better, more productive hours on the water.
I trained a lot here. We had a bike camp in the summer and Dutch squad sailors. My boyfriend lives here in the town.”

Laser Machine
The impressive Australian Laser medal machine seems well set to continue as past youth world champion Matthew Wearn topped a very strong fleet including all three Rio medallists. He went into the Medal Race with a 19pts lead and left New Zealand’s Sam Meech, New Zealand’s Laser bronze in Rio, to second and Croatia’s 2016 silver medallist Tonci Stipanovic to third. Australia’s Rio Olympic champion Tom Burton was sixth. Three of the Australian Laser sailors finished in the top eight.
“We have had a really solid block of training with our squad back home in the Australian summer, the squad have been working really hard together. Sometimes out there is was better to be lucky than good. We have had a few events at home and then we went to Miami so we have a really good amount of sailing under our belts.” Wearn, who is Burton’s long time training partner explained,
“The next regatta Tom can come out and do the same thing. That is the way it is in the Laser. It depends on the day. We have a good professional relationship. But we are two guys battling out to be first and second in the world. There are heated moments but we both know we need each other as much we do. To get the edge on the fleet come 2020 we need to work hard together. We have a strong thing going in Australia. We are always, always pushing. It is that competitive mind set. We all always want to beat each other.”

While Belcher and Ryan topped the Men’s 470 fleer Japan proved once again to be in good shape for the approaching home Olympics taking bronze in the Men’s fleet and winning the Women’s 470 in the shape of Ai Konda Yoshida and Miho Yoshioka. Britain’s Hannah Mills, gold medallist now sailing with Eilidh McIntyre took second.
“The conditions were difficult but we are quite fast. We have improved every day. We are looking to Aarhus and the world championship.” said Yoshida who was fifth in the class in Rio.

Argentina’s Lange brothers, Yago and Klaus, overshadowed world champions Dylan Fletcher-Scott and Stu Bithell to win the 49ers. The British pair were over the start line in the medal race and had to recover through the fleet, finshing three points adrift.

“It was super intense in the Medal Race but we did what we needed to do. It has been a great week for us. There were 90 boats and so the qualifiers were super hard and then in the Finals we had good races in the windy races, average when it was lighter and then today in the Medal Race we were good, getting first. Aarhus is the main goal, the hard work starts here and there is lots to do to keep improving. But right now we will enjoy the win.” Yago Lange said.
Poland’s Pawel Tarnowski made a successful defence of the Palma title he won here last year but he only secured it in the last leg of the Medal Race, passing three rivals in the dying seconds. He dedicated his second succesive Sofia win to his own Zofia, his sister whose birthday it is today.

“I told her I would dedicate it to her if I won and I would do my best. So this is for her, my Princess Zofia.” grinned the Polish sailor who missed Olympic selection last time by a few points.
Great Britain’s sailing team collected the biggest haul of medals with five, gold for Scott in the Finn and silvers in the 470 Women, 49er, Laser Radial and Nacra 17. The Netherlands won golds in the FX and RS:X and silver for Nick Heiner in the Finn, New Zealand lifted silvers in the FX and Laser and bronze in the Finn for Andy Maloney. Austrlia won two golds, in the 470 Men and the Laser.


49 Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar. Cinco tripulaciones argentinas se meten en las Medal Races, dos de ellas en Nacra 17.

Mathew BELCHER y William RYAN, otro soberbio campeonato de la dupla australiana de 470.

Gilles Scott, ganador anticipado en clase Finn. El argentino Olezza ira a la Medal Race en el 6to. puesto.

Travascio-Branz en 49er FX, cuartas en la general y con chances de medalla de plata.

Campeonatazo de los hermanos Yago y Klaus Lange, llegan segundos a la Medal Race con chance de triunfo, los unicos argentinos en condición de hacerlo.

Mateo MAJDALANI y Eugenia BOSCO, la mejor noticia de este campeonato porque la dupla campeona olímpica argentina de Lange – Carranza tiene una oposición (y futuro recambio generacional) de lujo en clase Nacra 17. Mateo fue coach de Lange/Carranza y además es un eximio timonel, que junto a Eugenia intentarán mejorar el 6to puesto con el que se meten en la Medal Race, dos puestos por delante de sus compatriotas.

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Five Titles Decided
5 April 2018

Overall victories in five of the ten Olympic classes at the 49th Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar have been decided before Saturday’s double points medal race is sailed. The strength and depth of competition at the biggest ever edition of Mallorca’s showcase regatta and the variety of testing, different breezes have conspired to deliver a high scoring regatta in most classes.

The Men’s 470, 49er FX, Finn, Laser Radial and the Nacra 17 were all settled during the last day of Finals racing. The offshore and cross-offshore breeze may have reached 17 or 18kts at times but it was peppered by big shifts and changes in pressure which made it all too easy to make a 20-plus point bogey race score which terminated title hopes in several classes.

Great Scott
The Men’s 470 and Finn followed the expected form book. Britain’s Olympic champion Giles Scott maybe matched his Sailing World Cup Miami performance in the sense he, again, won with a day to spare but the Bay of Palma this week offered a 73 boat fleet to the end, nearly three times the size of the world cup fleet. As if to prove just how difficult it was to read the shifty breeze Scott was caught out in the penultimate series race, his worst score of the week. His target consistency is to stay within a 5pts average per race and Scott accomplished that.

Scott explained ” I think I just concentrated on putting myself in positions where I could manage it with a bit less risk. It is tricky to know here when to take some leverage and try to make the big gain or when to try to be conservative. Either can land you in the crap. I have been able to play that game quite well this week. That is probably why I have not really had any real properly shiners of races but have been nicely consistent around that 5 mark which in these fleets of 70 odd boats is good. But this is such a different game to where ISAF is heading with 20-25 boat fleets.”

Experience is the key
Mat Belcher and Will Ryan had a long day on the water, their second 470 Men’s race seeming to take an age to be set off because the winds refused to cooperate and finally it was abandoned . But the Australians’ tally of 29 pts leaves them 35pts clear ahead of Turkey’s second placed Deniz and Atez Cinar. Belcher has been coming to the Trofeo Princesa Sofia for 16 years. This is the first major event he won, triumphing here with Malcolm Page in 2003.
“To win here again 15 years after winning our first big regatta is pretty special.” Belcher acknowledged.
This is his fifth 470 class win at the Princesa Sofia after 03, 2012, 2013 and last time in 2016. Key to their win, Belcher says, is being fresh and relaxed after their break from sailing. Although he has been coming to Mallorca for more than 15 years he reveals that for the first time he will now take two or three days to explore and relax in the north of the island before heading to Hyeres.
“It is a nice feeling to have it won already.” Mat Belcher smiled, “We just wanted to see where we are at and so we felt we raced pretty consistently this week. We had good speed but the break has helped and we are really relaxed here. We had no expectation and no pressure. We just tried to enjoy the racing. We have so much experience in these boats and I have been here so much you know the conditions. That all helps a lot.”
If Belcher and Ryan’s winning margin is comprehensive in the 470 their younger Australian compatriot Matthew Wearn fell just one point short. With a 19 points lead in the Laser he should have a relatively straightforward task to close out his first Sofia overall win.
But in the Laser Radials Denmark’s 2015 world champion Anne Marie Rindom has the job done, leaving 2016 world champion Alison Young and gold medallist Marit Bouwmeester with food for thought, more than 30 points adrift.

Italians Atone
A bitter disappointment in the final race of the 2017 world championships, when they erroneously hit Spain’s Iker Martinez and Olga Maslivets at the first windward mark approach, robbed the young Italian Nacra 17 crew Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti of their chance to win the world title. Their error has preyed on their minds and has been just one spur to work even harder at their Cagliari, Sardinia training base over the winter. So too the arrival in the Sardinian capital of the Luna Rossa America’s Cup program. The Italians have built an unassailable margin in the Nacra 17, often showing a downwind speed edge in the breeze.
“The accident was a motivation because we were so close to winning and it could have been avoided.” Tita commented, continuing, ” We are so happy to win the first event of the season. We have been in Cagliari for the whole winter with good partners and that was really important for our programme. Here we were really quick, mostly downwind. We have always been fast downwind in the strong winds but for the light winds days we were in trouble, so we did well today.”

Double Dutch?
The FX win for the Netherlands Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz was also conclusive. But with their Dutch counterparts Odile Van Aanhot and Marieke Jongens lying second there is evidence their squad rotation is working. After rotating each different viable combination of the nine FX squad sailors the two – who sailed together seventh in Rio – are back together again. This week they have been helped by Aaron McIntosh who coached thier double Olympic RS:X gold medallist Dorian Van Rijsselberge .
“He has been a great help. He emphasizes to keep it simple and don’t overcomplicate things. If you know it go for it.” Bekkering highlighted, “We have improved a lot since we won here in 2016, for sure.”

Of the squad rotation policy Duetz adds, ” It is very positive and you can see the level of the whole Dutch team has stepped up. We share our experience, everyone has different strengths but we are all pushing each other all the time in training. That is powerful. Every training is racing each other. We are friends on shore but as soon as we are all on the water we want to beat each other. But we all get all as friends. The nine of us are all different and that keeps it interesting. Now we are open to being different and doing our own things. ”
The Medal races start from 1100hrs local time Saturday


49 Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar, día 4. Los argentinos Olezza, Travascio/Branz, Lange/Lange y Lange/Carranza, en el top five de sus respectivas clases.

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Iker Martínez y Olga Maslivets se lucen con su Nacra 17 con foils y entran en el podio provisional del Sofía Iberostar
5 April 2018

La antepenúltima jornada del 49 Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar ha comprimido al máximo la flota, que mañana contará con la última oportunidad para certificar el pase a las medal race del sábado. A falta de dos días para cerrar esta histórica edición de la competición mallorquina, el doble medallista olímpico Iker Martínez y su compañera Olga Maslivets se han colocado en el podio provisional de la novedosa clase Nacra 17 con foils. También cuenta con opciones de medalla la sevillana Blanca Manchón, que es quinta de RS:X F.

El resto de españoles en el top ten del Sofía Iberostar cuentan con escasas opciones de entrar en posiciones de podio: Marina Alabau, séptima en RS:X femenino; Fernando Echávarri y Tara Pacheco, séptimos en Nacra 17; Alejandro Muscat, octavo en Finn; Jordi Xammar y Nicolás Rodríguez, octavos en 470 masculino; y Silvia Mas y Patricia Cantero, también octavas en 470 femenino.

El día ha empezado con aplazamiento en tierra por falta de viento, pero el famoso “embat”, la brisa térmica de la Bahía de Palma, ha animado la cuarta jornada del Sofía Iberostar con más de 15 nudos.

El equipo español formado por Iker Martínez y Olga Maslivets ha subido hasta la tercera posición de la clase Nacra 17 tras completar una jornada con dos segundos y un tercero en las mangas del día. Martínez/Maslivets ocupan el tercer cajón del podio con 66 puntos mientras que los italianos Ruggero Tita y Caterina Banti son primeros con 27. La segunda posición es para los británicos Ben Saxton y Nicola Boniface, con 34. “Estamos contentos, es la primera temporada con el nuevo barco y todo el mundo ha dado un paso adelante. Hay mucha igualdad en la flota y cada día aprendemos algo nuevo”, ha dicho Martínez. También en Nacra 17, Fernando Echávarri y Tara Pacheco descienden a la séptima posición lastrados por la primera regata del día, en que han sumado un 23, que se descartan.

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49 Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar, día 3. Buena jornada para los argentinos.

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La flota acelera en el Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar
4 April 2018

La flota del 49 Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar hoy ha empezado las series finales con un fuerte viento del oeste, que ha ofrecido una jornada intensa para los 1.215 regatistas de 62 países que se dan cita en la Bahía de Palma hasta este sábado. Vuelcos, saltos, roturas y alguna lesión han sido las consecuencias de esta dura tercera jornada de competición, tras la que la armada española tiene opciones de podio en al menos tres clases.

Blanca Manchón, en RS:X femenino, y el equipo de Silvia Mas y Patricia Cantero, en 470 femenino, cierran el día como las mejores tripulaciones españolas en la cuarta posición de sus clases. Además, también están en Top 10 los españoles Fernando Echávarri y Tara Pacheco, quintos en Nacra 17; Alejandro Muscat, séptimo en Finn; Marina Alabau, octava en tablas femeninas; y Joaquín Blanco, décimo en Laser Standard.

La tripulación catalano canaria formada por Silvia Mas y Patricia Cantero ha dado un importante salto en la general y se sitúa en cuarta posición, a tres puntos de entrar en el podio que lidera la dupla francesa de Camile Lecointre y Aloise Retornaz. Por su parte, Barbara Cornudella y Sara López suben al puesto 11 mientras que Sofía Toro, junto a Ángel Pumariega, cierra el día en vigésimo tercera posición.

La patrona Silvia Mas se ha mostrado muy contenta con sus resultados: “En la segunda manga han entrado 18 nudos de viento y Patricia y yo hemos navegado muy bien. Era uno de nuestros puntos débiles y ahora nos sentimos mejor cuando sopla viento fuerte”, ha dicho.

Las dos españolas que navegan en el grupo oro de la clase RS:X femenino han sacado provecho al viento que ha soplado en la Bahía de Palma para subir posiciones. Blanca Manchón es cuarta y Marina Alabau, séptima. Manchón está empatada a 21 puntos con la tercera clasificada, la china Yun Xiu Lu. Al frente de la flota se encuentra la holandesa Llilain De Geus con 12 puntos mientras que la segunda posición la ostenta la china Pei Na Chen, con 18.

Los Nacra 17 han protagonizado las imágenes más espectaculares del día con la flota foileando con vientos de más de 15 nudos. Con estas condiciones, el equipo gallego canario formado por Fernando Echávarri y Tara Pacheco se sitúa en quinta posición tras sumar un 8+23(descartado)+4. En la segunda manga, la tripulante Pacheco ha sufrido una caída y se ha hecho daño en el tobillo, aunque ha tenido tiempo para recuperarse porque la flota ha estado aplazado en tierra durante tres horas entre la segunda y la tercera manga.

Por otro lado, el equipo formado por el vasco Iker Martínez y su compañera Olga Maslivers, que hoy han añadido a su casillero DNC+20+10, baja al puesto 12 de la general. Una caída en un paso por boya en la primera manga ha impedido al equipo español terminar esta prueba, que se descartan. En esta incidencia “hemos roto una vela, por lo que en las dos siguientes mangas nos hemos visto lastrados”, ha señalado el patrón donostiarra. La flota de Nacra 17, con un total de nueve pruebas completadas, sigue liderada por el duo italiano Ruggero Tita y Caterina Banti.

El catalán Alex Muscat desciende hasta la séptima posición de la clase Finn tras completar una segunda manga muy complicada. “He volcado tres o cuatro veces y me ha sido muy difícil remontar”, ha explicad Muscat, quien aún así se mantiene a ocho puntos del podio. Por su parte, el británico Giles Scott se ha afianzado en lo más alto de la clasificación seguido por el finlandés Tapio Nirkko y el italiano Alessio Spadoni.

“No ha sido nuestro mejor día, pero en la última manga lo hemos arreglado con un segundo”, ha asegurado Federico Alonso, patrón del único 49er español en el grupo oro. Federico, junto a su hermano Arturo, hoy ha sumado un parcial de 11+15+2, lo que sitúa al equipo asturiano en undécima posición. El liderato de la clase lo mantiene el equipo británico de Dylan Feltcher-Scott y Stuart Bithell.

En Laser Standard, el canario Joaquín Blanco ha conseguido meterse hoy entre los diez mejores de su clase mientras que su compañero Joel Rodríguez se ha descolgado hasta el puesto 28 de la general. En lo más alto del podio provisional está el neozelandés Sam Meech, bronce en Río 2016.

Jordi Xammar y Nicolás Rodriguez suben diez posiciones y terminan la tercera jornada del Sofía Iberostar en el puesto 14 de la flota de 470 masculino. El equipo catalano gallego se ha valido de un tercer puesto en la primera manga del día, y de un 15 en la segunda, para remontar la competición y acercarse al top 10 de la clase. Sus compañeros, los canarios Onán Barreiros y Juan Curbelo, han corrido peor suerte y con unos parciales de 19+26 en el primer día navegando en el grupo oro, han bajado hasta el puesto 21 de la general provisional.

La flota de los RS:X ha sido de las últimas en salir al mar y se ha enfrentado a un viento de casi 20 nudos. Estas condiciones han empujado al francés Louis Giard hasta la primera posición del podio, con el polaco Pawel Tarnowski y el danés Sebastian Fleischer en segunda y tercera posición, respectivamente. Estas mismas condiciones han favorecido al alicantino Iván Pastor, quien ha pasado del puesto 22 al 14, siendo el español mejor clasificado en las tablas masculinas.

En Laser Radial, la holandesa Marit Bouweester mantiene el liderato aunque la danesa Anne-Marie Rindom ha apretado la clasificación colocándose a solo tres puntos de la primera plaza. El podio provisional lo cierra la británica Alison Young. Por su parte, Martina Reino, única española en el grupo oro, ocupa el puesto 43 de la general.

En 49er FX, las holandesas Annemiek Bekkering y Annette Duetz han sumado hoy su quinto primero en ocho pruebas y afianzan el liderato de la clase, con una ventaja de 14 puntos sobre las segundas clasificadas, las danesas Ida Marie Baad Nielsen y Marie Thusgaard Olsen. Las españolas Patricia Suarez y Julia Rita están en el puesto 20, mientras que Aura Miquel y Nuria Miró están una plaza por detrás. Ambas tripulaciones no han competido en la segunda prueba del día: Suarez ha sufrido una lesión de hombro y Miquel/Miró no han podido completar la última manga debido a las fuertes condiciones de viento.

El tercer día de competición del Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar, la regata de vela olímpica más grande de todo el mundo, se ha desarrollado con viento de casi 20 nudos del oeste. Para mañana, jueves 5 de abril, el parte meteorológico muestra poco viento a primer ahora de la mañana, por lo que la organización ha decidido retrasar el inicio de las pruebas a las 12.00h.

Organizado por el Club Nàutic S’Arenal, el Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa, el Real Club Náutico de Palma y las federaciones de vela balear y española, el 49 Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar está patrocinado por Iberostar y cuenta como colaboradores a Trasmediterranea, Marine Pool y Europcar, además del Govern de les Illes Balears a través de la Agencia de Turisme de Balears, el Ajuntament de Palma y el Ajuntament de Llucmajor.