El 50 Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar estrenará clase mixta en vistas a los Juegos de París 2024
1 February 2019
La regata mallorquina empieza a aplicar los requerimientos de igualdad de género que solicita el Comité Olímpico Internacional.
El Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar, una de las regatas de clases olímpicas más importantes del mundo, vuelve a marcar tendencia y se convierte en la primera competición náutica en aplicar los criterios de igualdad de género que reclama el Comité Olímpico Internacional. El primer paso se dará en la edición del 50º aniversario de la prueba balear, con la introducción de las tripulaciones mixtas en la clase doble 470.
Del 29 de marzo al 6 de abril unos mil deportistas de alrededor de 55 países se darán cita en aguas de la bahía de Palma, repartidos en las tradicionales diez flotas olímpicas. Pero a los 470 Masculino y Femenino se sumarán esta vez los 470 Mixto, tripulados por parejas formadas por un hombre y una mujer, pudiendo ser ambos tanto patrón como tripulante.
La nueva categoría, que en el Sofía Iberostar regateará con la flota de 470 Masculino, tendrá su debut mundial en competición en aguas mallorquinas. Será la primera prueba de fuego de cara a los Juegos Olímpicos de París 2024, donde será incluida en el programa olímpico por primera vez, siguiendo las directrices del COI para fomentar la igualdad de género en el deporte.
“Para el Sofía Iberostar es un honor y un orgullo ser una vez más pioneros, fruto de la relación cercana que tenemos con las clases y con los regatistas, y que ha dado pie a que se nos conozca como ‘la regata de los regatistas’ -señala el director general de la competición balear, Ferran Muniesa-. Ha sido la clase internacional 470 quien nos ha solicitado la introducción de esta novedad, con el objetivo de que las tripulaciones puedan empezar a probar en competición en vistas ya a París 2024”.
Así, las primeras tripulaciones mixtas de 470, regatistas juveniles en su mayoría y de países como Gran Bretaña, Suiza y España, entre otros, probarán suerte en la nueva categoría a seis años de la meta olímpica. En esta carrera deberán superar varios obstáculos, y el primero será encontrar el equilibrio a bordo con la nueva pareja.
“Con el Nacra 17, que también es mixto, ya se ha visto que no siempre es fácil formar tripulaciones de hombre y mujer, porque hay un componente psicológico importante, pero el COI está decidido a impulsar la igualdad de género en el deporte, y desde el Sofía Iberostar lo apoyamos, conscientes de la necesidad de configurar una sociedad más justa e igualitaria a todos los niveles”, añade Muniesa.
El Club Nàutic S’Arenal será la sede de los 470 en el 50 Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar, junto a los Finn, los 49er y 49er FX y, novedad este año, los RS:X masculino y femenino. El Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa (donde se ubicarán los Laser, Laser Radial y Nacra 17) y el Real Club Náutico de Palma (cruceros y monotipos) son también organizadores y sedes de la regata mallorquina, que celebrará medio siglo de vida en una edición histórica, en el terreno deportivo por la excepcional participación que se espera, tanto en cantidad como en calidad, y en el terreno social por la celebración de varios actos conmemorativos paralelos.
Hempel World Cup Series Miami a test of mental fortitude
For immediate release: 01/31/2019
Issued on behalf of: World Sailing
Today’s second race for the Finn class at the 2019 Hempel World Cup Series Miami was something of a microcosm of the regatta so far. It was all about surviving the storm and limiting the damage.
Only this wasn’t the traditional sort of storm, with the thrashing wind and the waves crashing over the deck. Rather, it was a sudden deluge of rain that sent the breeze into a game of hide and seek during the crucial first leg.
So far it’s been that sort of an event for the 29 sailors competing in the Finn. Light air limited the Finn sailors to just two races over the first two days. Today was better, but with the rain cells rolling through the second of three races, the regatta has been a test of mental fortitude more than physical strength.
“Today we were sailing in a little bit lighter breeze than we have expected and we had some dark rain clouds coming in over the course that were really hard to manage,” said Max Salminen (SWE). “Those races you have to somehow survive and wait for the more solid breeze that came in around noon, maybe, 1 p.m.”
Salminen, who won a gold medal as a Star class crew at London 2012 and finished sixth in the Finn at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, is tied on points for the overall lead with fellow Scandinavian sailor Tapio Nirkko (FIN). Jonathan Lobert (FRA), Nils Theunnick (SUI) and Luke Muller (USA) round out the top five.
“I’m super happy to have survived the light tricky races and to be going good in the breeze,” said Salminen.
Muller, who grew up dodging South Florida rain cells, took advantage of the adverse conditions in Race 2 to record his first win of the regatta.
“I applied a little of my storm-cell knowledge in the bay and that was kind of fun, bringing me back to my youth sailing days,” said Muller. “There was a massive storm cell. We had good pressure for the first half of the [first] upwind and then it started just dropping out of the sky and coming back up, and we were going through 40-plus-degree windshifts. I was really just focusing on staying in the pressure and that seemed to go alright.”
The Finn fleet is a little smaller than in previous years, but Salminen sees no drop off in the talent level.
“There’s a lot of the good guys that we’re expecting to sail the Olympics here,” he said. “And also the smaller fleet is perfect training for the Olympics where we are only 19 on the starting line.”
Most major Finn regattas can see fleets of 80 to 100 boats, and a starting line that might stretch the better part of a half a mile, which requires a different approach.
Charline Picon (FRA) is the defending Olympic champion in the Women’s RS:X. But she came into the Hempel World Series Cup Miami with some doubt about her current standing in the fleet. She is still building back her form after having a daughter less than two years ago.
“For me, going here, it was the beginning of the season so I have to see where I am in the fleet after the winter,” said Picon. “I didn’t train on the RS:X since the beginning of December. I did physical training; because of the pregnancy I have to work on that. I know the other girls did a lot of work [on the RS:X], I was a questioning myself a little bit about where I am in the fleet.”
Picon’s day didn’t start well at all. She felt a little under the weather leaving the dock and then she and the rest of the fleet had to wait out the rainstorm on the water. Once the rain passed, the wind filled in at 8 to 12 knots, right in her sweet spot. But the first race didn’t go as planned.
“It was not easy with the wind moving a lot, going to the right,” said Picon. “The first race I had a good start, but I couldn’t tack for the right, so I was on the wrong side. I did a bit mistake on the downwind because I wasn’t very focused. I do a jibe and [Lilian de Geus] was just there, so I had to do a penalty and I finished 12th or so. So not a good race, but after that I had to do my best and I managed two good races. I had good speed, good downwinds, very good starts, so I’m happy with my day and the form at the moment.”
The strong finish to the day put Picon into second place in the overall standings, after five races, two points behind Zofia Noceti-Kelpacka (POL) and four points in strong of Katy Spychakov (ISR) in third.
While Picon is gauging herself against the fleet as a whole, she’s also keeping a close eye on other French sailors. Last year, in Picon’s absence, Hélène Noesmoen (FRA) won this regatta. And Lucie Belbeoch (FRA) has shown potential as well.
“This year is the year for the selection and there is only one place [in Tokyo in 2020],” said Picon. “I am in front, but I have to be careful and I have to push myself every time to show I am the boss. We don’t know yet [the selection process], I think a committee of selection. I hope not a long selection process because you can lose a lot of energy. I hope to do a good job this season and [leave] no question for the committee.”
Four races today have the 49er class nearly back on schedule. In no fleet has consistency been more elusive. With a pair of race wins to close out the day—after a 17th and an eighth to start it—Rio 2016 bronze medalists Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel (GER) are now winning by just over six points. The pair was granted average points for their first race, which accounts for the fractional score. Dylan Fletcher-Scott and Stuart Bithell (GBR) are second with Sime Fantela and Mihovil Fantela (CRO) in third. While there’s a significant point spread between first and seventh, the gap between seventh and 14th is much tighter, which will set up a particularly fierce battle tomorrow as everyone aims for a place in the top 10 and a chance to compete in the Medal Race.
Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) held on to their lead in the 49erFX after a fifth and an 18th, which they discard, from two races. The Kiwis are five points clear of Great Britain’s Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey who claimed a first and a fifth. Ida Marie Baad Nielsen and Marie Thusgaard Olsen (DEN) took the other victory and they are 16th overall.
A pair of Polish sailors have taken command of the Men’s RS:X class. Radoslaw Furmanski (POL) was the top sailor of the day with a fifth, a first, and a second, lifting him 10 points clear of countryman Pawel Tarnowski (POL). Matteo Sanz Lanz (SUI) is third, currently on the wrong side of a tiebreaker with Tarnowski.
Fresher breezes meant lots of foiling for the Nacra 17 fleet, which ripped through four races today and is on track to complete its scheduled 12 before Saturday’s Medal Race. The increased also restored some normalcy to the standings after a lot of inconsistency over the first five races. The top two boats have started to edge away from the fleet. Samuel Albrecht and Gabriela Nicolino de Sá (BRA) maintain the overall lead, but have just four points over Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin (AUS). Third place, John Gimson and Anna Burnet (GBR) is 16 points further back.
The Men’s and Women’s 470 were unable to race on Wednesday but two good races today has seen their leaderboards take shape.
Agnieszka Skrzypulec and Jolanta Ogar (POL) won both races on Tuesday but did enough to hold on to their lead. They posted a fifth and a 22nd, which they discard. They are on seven points, three clear of Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre (GBR) who won the final race of the day. China’s Mengxi Wei and Yani Xu took the first win of the day and are down in 14th.
American favourites Stu McNay and Dave Hughes moved up to first overall in the Men’s 470, level on points with overnight leaders Anton Dahlberg and Fredrik Bergström (SWE).
The day’s race wins went to the fifth-placed Chinese team of Zangjun Xu and Chao Wang as well as Martin Wrigley and James Taylor (GBR) who are in 15th.
The Laser fleet got into the business end of their competition as Final Series racing commenced. Following two days of qualifying, featuring four races, the top 51-boats advanced to the gold fleet as the hunt for the podium commenced.
Three races were held but scoring for race seven was under review at 18:00 local time. But after race five and six, Norway’s Hermann Tomasgaard was the best performer, continuing his qualification series form in the gold fleet.
He finished fifth in the first race of the day and followed it up with a second. He has a provisional score of fifth in the third race. Tomasgaard’s fifth was his worst result so far and as a result, he discards it. Many of his rivals around him count high scores so the odds are stacked firmly in the young Norwegians favour at this point.
Race wins went the way of William De Smet (BEL), Lorenzo Chiavarini (GBR) and Juan Ignacio Maegli Aguero (GUA).
Consistency is hard to come by in the 59-boat Laser Radial fleet and the initiative is swinging back and forth.
Alison Young (GBR) advanced to first overall following a discarded 14th and a seventh. Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN) is second overall, a point off Young, following a win in the final race of the day. However, Rindom came 49th in the race prior and discards the score so will have to tread carefully over the coming days.
Lithuania’s Viktoriha Andrulyte snapped up the other race win and is third.
Racing resumes once again at the earlier time of 10:00. The 49er, 49erFX, Nacra and RS:X fleets will sail their final day of qualification ahead of Saturday’s Medal Races.
Strong starts converted into race wins at Hempel World Cup Series Miami
For immediate release: 01/30/2019
Issued on behalf of: World Sailing
It was a rich get richer sort of day at the 2019 Hempel World Cup Series Miami, and during each of the first two races for the Women’s 49erFX fleet, Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) found themselves in very liquid situations—financially speaking—converting strong starts into race wins with relative ease.
“Starts were really important today,” said Maloney. “In the first two races, we kind of got away, and it made a big difference for the first beat. The rest of the race was a lot easier. For the last race we were kind of back in the pack and decision-making and tight boat-on-boat situations were a lot harder. Just getting a little bit of a clear lane and away from the fleet in the first half of the first beat was pretty beneficial.”
Their result in today’s third race was a 10th, but with the throwout applied and yesterday’s second added to the total, the antipodean pair find themselves 11 points clear of second place after two days of racing. Sophie Weguelin and Sophie Ainsworth (GBR) and Stephanie Roble and Margaret Shea (USA) are tied with 15 points, with the British team technically in second due to the tie-breaking protocol.
“It was pretty light and shifty,” said Maloney, when asked about the conditions they faced on Day 2 of the second stop on the 2019 Hempel World Cup Series, “and you were always on your toes. You could be confident in one side, but it was kind of the day that you wanted to be protecting both sides when you were in the lead because there was a little bit of snakes and ladders out there. Overall it was a fun day and we’re happy to come away with our scoreboard.”
The 49erFX is one of two Olympic classes that debuted at the 2016 Rio Games and the fleet continues to evolve as the sailors who were there from the beginning grow more comfortable with the nuances of skiff sailing and other talented sailors are lured in by the boat’s easy speed and strict one-design class rules.
“The class is becoming a bit older and there’s more depth in the fleet,” said Maloney, the Rio 2016 silver medallist. “The racing is closer and you can’t get away with a few things you used to be able to get away with. There’s definitely more depth and anything under 14 knots, the boats are going pretty similar speeds and it’s more tactical. There’s more of speed differential as it gets windier. As a fleet we’re getting a lot sharper and more aggressive on the start line. Our low speed boathandling control is a lot better than it used to be. You used to see the girls set up away from the line and more sail into it but now we’re just the same as the guys crabbing and getting a little more aggressive on the start line.”
After three races yesterday, the 49er was able to squeeze in just a single race. Benjamin Bildstein and David Hussl (AUT) won that lone race, but a tough first day has them mired in 15th place. The big winners of the day were Nevin Snow and Mac Agnese (USA) who finished second in the race and jumped into the overall lead, with Day 1 leaders Sime Fantela and Mihovil Fantela (CRO) in second by a point and James Peters and Fynn Sterritt (GBR) in third, two points further back.
The Laser fleet finished its qualifying series with two more races and will start Gold and Silver Fleet racing tomorrow. Hermann Tamasgaard (NOR) added a first and a fourth to his scoreline and is currently winning by three points over Sam Meech (NZL) and seven points over William de Smet (BEL). But this fleet is particularly tightly packed with just five points separating defending OIympic gold medalist Tom Burton (AUS) in fifth with Jean Baptiste Bernaz (FRA) in 15th.
“The regatta really starts tomorrow with everyone in Gold Fleet,” said Chris Barnard (USA) who is currently seventh.
Monika Mikkola (FIN) won the only Laser Radial race and is leading the fleet with two races in the books. But it’s tight at the top. Mikkola is tied on points with Alison Young (GBR) and Zoe Thomson (AUS) is just a point behind that pair.
“I just got some pressure first and was able to make it simple,” said Mikkola of today’s race. “It was a bit of a combination of being in right place at the right time and a bit of luck. We’ve only done two races now, so it’s all open. And all the girls here are phenomenal. It’s going to be really hard. Tomorrow there’s supposed to be a bit more wind so you’ll probably see the more usual names at the top of the leaderboard.”
The light wind specialists in the Men’s and Women’s RS:X came to the forefront in challenging light breeze on Biscayne Bay.
Chinese racers have always been known to excel in light wind and Mengfan Gao was the personification of this statement out on the race track.
In a variable 5- to 8-knot breeze, Gao grabbed the lead on the first upwind and never relinquished it, finishing more than 20 seconds ahead of Poland’s Maciej Kluszczyński. The race win propels Gao up to first overall, one point ahead of Thomas Goyard (FRA) after three races.
London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Zofia Noceti Klepacka (POL) also led the single Women’s RS:X race from start to finish and moves up to second as a result. China also has a leader in the Women’s fleet in the shape of Yunxiu Lu, who is on a run of three consecutive bronze medal finishes at international events, after she finished third behind Klepacka and Bryony Shaw (GBR).
The 27-boat Finn fleet were only able to sail one race in 6-8 knots of breeze. The phrase, “snakes and ladders,” could not be more appropriate for the fleet as sailors shuffled throughout the race.
In the end, Anders Pedersen (NOR) took the race win to advance up to second overall. Tapio Nirkko (FIN) snapped up a second and holds top spot after two races.
The Finn fleet will sail three races on Thursday, starting at 10:00 local time, in a bid to catch up on races.
The Nacra 17 class was able to squeeze in two races toward the end of the day. The Brazilian team of Samuel Albrecht and Gabriela Nicolino de Sá (BRA) continued to control the fleet with a fourth and a first and now has an eight-point lead over defending regatta champions Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin (AUS) and Rio 2016 gold medalists Santiago Lange and Cecilia Carranza Saroli (ARG). Both teams have 15 points.
The Men’s and Women’s 470 were unable to get a race in today due to the light winds.
Racing continues on Thursday 31 January at 10:00 local time with another packed schedule in a bid to catch up on races lost.
Sailors put training into practice at Hempel World Cup Series Miami
For immediate release: 01/29/2019
Issued on behalf of: World Sailing
After nearly a month of training and competition on Biscayne Bay, many of the top sailors competing in the 2019 Hempel World Cup Series Miami have seen just about every wind condition Miami has to offer.
But that doesn’t make it any easier to race when the breeze is out of the west, a direction notorious for lower velocity and little consistency when it comes to the wind direction.
“The wind was constantly shifting to the right [side of the course],” says 49er skipper Sime Fantela (CRO), “but the pressure was staying left, so it was not an easy decision where to sail. The ones who managed to tack when they wanted and have their line, they were winning.”
Fantela speaks from first-hand experience. With a 3-13-2, Fantela, who sails with his younger brother Mihovil as a crew, emerged relatively unscathed from the opening day of the regatta and will carry a three-point lead over Diego Botín le Chever and Iago López Marra (ESP) in second and a seven-point advantage over James Peters and Fynn Sterritt (GBR) in third.
Of the three races today, Sime Fantela was most pleased with the second one. The short course format used by the 49er class made passing a challenge.
“The start was not that great, and we managed to come back,” he says. “We rounded [the first mark] I think in 23rd and managed to finish around 12 to 15. It’s quite tough with 40 boats on the start and the racecourse was a short course so not so many clear lanes. You have to dig your way through.”
Like the Fantela brothers, the team of Botín le Chever and López Marra also struggled in the second race, finishing 16th. But a win in the first race and a fourth in the final one more than balanced that one hiccup.
“Try to make a good start and then see what’s going on and try to catch the best shift,” said López Marra when asked about the key to a strong race today. “The seabreeze and the gradient wind [were fighting one another] and that’s why it was so shifty.”
As Spain was unable to qualify for a country berth in the 49er class at last summer’s Hempel Sailing World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark, the top priority for Botín le Chever and López Marra is to earn that berth this year at the world championships in New Zealand at the end of the year.
That’s one box that has been ticked by Sime and Mihovil Fantela. They are the defending world champions after a breakout performance in Aarhus and have punched their ticket to Tokyo. However, as they are relatively new to the class—Sime won a gold medal in the 470 in Rio 2016 while Mihovil sailed in the RS:X class until 2016—they are not letting that success go to their heads.
“We still have the same goal, the same focus, the same will to train and improve,” said Sime Fantela. “We missed some strong wind training [last year] so we’re trying to look this season for the strong wind places to go and train. Lots of training, lots of days out of home and looking forward to Tokyo.”
The 30-boat 49erFX fleet followed the 49ers later on in the afternoon and in a shifting and variable breeze, just one race could be completed.
Sophie Weguelin and Sophie Ainsworth (GBR) found some form and led the race from the top mark through to the finish. Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) and Germany’s defending champions Victoria Jurczok and Anika Lorenz (GER) followed.
American favourites Stu McNay and Dave Hughes avoided any major pitfalls on the water and stand in third place, of 37 boats, after two races in the Men’s 470.
“We rolled a third and a fifth today,” says McNay. “We did the big picture things right, but made a couple small errors. We did lose a couple of points. Dave and I have been sailing for a long time, we’ve raced in Miami for years. It’s a challenging venue, so we’re always glad when we walk away from a shifty day like this with scores we can carry forward.”
For Hughes, this regatta as close to a home event as he’ll ever get, something he tries not to take for granted.
“This is always a lovely event and always kind of the way to start the year for us,” he says. “I live in Miami, so it’s got a special meaning for that. It’s a bit of an added stress because it is a home event and we are always looking to be proper hosts to everybody who comes here, off the water, at least. But it’s wonderful because all of our international friends come to our home. It’s a treat and for us this is just a staple of our sailing and our Olympic careers.”
With a seventh at last summer’s Hempel Sailing World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark, McNay and Hughes qualified for the United States for the berth in the Men’s 470 class at the Tokyo 2020 regatta. Now they are focused on making sure they are the team to claim that berth. They’ve been down this road before, having sailed together in the Rio 2016 regatta — McNay sailed with a different partner in Beijing 2008 and London 2012 — but that doesn’t make it easy.
“We’re trying not to be distracted, trying to keep our priorities in line,” says McNay. “Not let one piece of equipment become distracting, not let one detail of a skill become distracting. Give our prioritization to each item, as it deserves, as it will help us most, which is a challenge because perspective is the easiest thing to lose when your head is this deep in something.”
Anton Dahlberg and Fredrik Bergström (SWE) hold the early advantage in the Men’s 470 on five points. They are two points clear of Italy’s Giacomo Ferrari and Giulio Calabrò and a further point ahead of the Americans.
The Italians took the first race win of the day and Japan’s fifth placed team of Tetsuya Isozaki and Akira Takayanagi sealed the second.
Among the fleets that got in two or more races, only the Women’s 470 duo of Agnieszka Skrzypulec and Jolanta Zohar (POL) had a perfect day, winning both races. They trailed around just two of 12 marks and currently have a six-point lead over Fabienne Oster and Anastasiya Winkel (GER) and a nine-point advantage over Benedetta di Salle and Alessandra Dubbini (ITA).
Spain’s Angel Granda-Roque and China’s Bing Ye are tied on nine points apiece in the Men’s RS:X after a tough day on the water. In light winds the sailors had to pump their sails hard to take the initiative. Granda-Roque took an eighth and a first with Ye securing a fifth and a fourth. The first victory of the event went to France’s Thomas Goyard but a blackflag in the second pushed him down to 29th overall.
Just one race was possible in the Women’s RS:X and China’s Yunxiu Lu took the win. She was followed by Italy’s Flavia Tartaglini and Israel’s Yarden Isaak.
Brazil’s Samuel Albrecht and Gabriela Nicolino de Sa shone in the Nacra 17, snapping up two out of three victories. The pair thrived in the 7-9 knot breeze on the Echo racing area and discard the seventh they picked up in race two.
2018 Miami gold medallists Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin (AUS) took the day’s other race win and are tied with Spain’s Iker Martinez and Olga Maslivets (ESP) for second on five points.
London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Jonathan Lobert (FRA) picked up the single race win in the 25-boat Finn fleet. The towering Frenchman fought hard against Croatia’s Josip Olujic throughout the race and the momentum swung back and forth. Lobert held the lead early on in the race but the Croatian hit back to claim it at the midway point. Lobert advanced on the final run and took the race win by just two seconds.
The Laser fleet is the largest in Miami with 101 boats registered to race. As a result, the first two days of competition are qualifying races before the top sailors move into the gold fleet to decide who qualifies for Sunday’s Medal Race.
The top ranked sailors were all aiming to get off to good starts and they did exactly that. In the yellow fleet, Rio 2016 bronze medallist Sam Meech (NZL) and World Cup Final medallist Hermann Tomasgaard (NOR) took a race win apiece with another single digit finish. Meech leads on three points with the Norwegian second on four. Matt Wearn (AUS) posted a 5-4 in the yellow fleet and is third.
In the blue fleet, consistency was at a premium. Joaquin Blanco (ESP) and Elliot Merceron (GBR) were the top performers and are fourth and fifth overall. Blue fleet victories went to William de Smet (BEL) who is 22nd and the 18th placed Yuri Hummel (NED).
The Laser Radial class was able to get in just a single race, which was won by Dongshuang Zhang (CHN) with Zoe Thomson (AUS) in second and Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN) in third.
Racing resumes on Wednesday 30 January at 10:30 local time. The fleets who were unable to complete a full schedule of racing on Tuesday will sail an additional race, minus the Men’s and Women’s RS:X.
Registration 35th edition of the Medemblik Regatta open
January 29th 2019, the Netherlands – The 35th edition of the Medemblik Regatta will be organized from Tuesday 21th to Saturday 25th of May 2019. Registration for the event opened Tuesday, January 29th. Over the years many Olympic- European- and World Champions have raced at the Regatta in Medemblik. And after the success of last year, the Youth Windsurfers are invited again as well.
The Medemblik Regatta is an annual event which is organized from the Regatta Center Medemblik. It’s the only Olympic sailing event in the Netherlands where the international top sailors are represented. Last year we welcomed Dutchies like Dorian van Rijsselberghe, Kiran Badloe, Lilian de Geus, Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz. Among the international top sailors that travelled to Medemblik, we saw: Yoav Cohen, Zofia Noceti-Klepacka, Charlotte Dobson with Saskia Tidey, Elliot Hanson and Echavarri Erasun with Pacheco van Rijnsoever.
An inspiration for RS:X Youth
After last year’s success, the RS:X U19 class is invited again at the Medemblik Regatta. It’s one of the few events that invite the youth, Dutch RS:X coach Aaron McIntosh: “By inviting the youth at the Medemblik Regatta, they have a chance to race in a big fleet with a high level of competition. And they’re also racing in the same event as the seniors, so hopefully, they can learn from them and get inspired. I hope more events will follow this example and invite the youth to participate, the only options they have now are mostly European and World Championships next to the Youth Olympic Games.”
Yoav Cohen, RS:X Men gold medal of last year, is looking forward to this season. “I never expected to win last year in Medemblik, it was my second championship in the senior fleet and a top 10 was my goal at the beginning of the week. I’ve learned a lot last year, in stronger winds I found it hard to compete. That’s what we’ve been working on this winter. Racing in strong winds and gaining some kilos and muscles. I hope to see my progression in the events this season.”
Spectacular Nacra 17
The Nacra 17 at the Medemblik Regatta is known for some close racing. Last year the battle for the podium wasn’t finished till the medal race. Top sailors like the New Zealand duo Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders are expected to race at the regatta again. Next to the many years of experience, we’ll welcome some new talents that switched from the Nacra 15. like the Dutch duo Laila van der Meer and Bjarne Bouwer, they’ve successfully raced in the Nacra 15 at the Yout Olympic Games last year. Now they’re ready for the senior fleet and will compete for the first time in the Nacra 17 at the Medemblik Regatta.
Back in Medemblik
This year the 470 class will be back at the Medemblik Regatta. With some new exciting duos in the female class. Lobke Berkhout, former Olympic 470 sailors, is back in the 470. She’s sailing with Afrodite Zegers, who formed a team with Anneloes van Veen till last season. Van Veen is now teaming up with Mandy Mulder, who we know from the Nacra 17 and Yngling class.
Medal race stays in boundaries
Next to these classes, the Laser, Laser Radial, Finn, 49er and 49erFX are invited as well. The sailors in these classes enjoyed the medal races in boundaries last year. Daphne van der Vaart, gold medallist in the Laser Radial class: “Racing with those boundaries made the races more exciting, at some points I wanted to keep on sailing a straight line, but then I had to tack because those boundaries were getting really close.” In the 49erFX class, Annette Duetz saw a big advantage for the spectators. “It’s pretty fun to race in those boundaries. It’s like a normal race, you just have to keep an extra eye out. And spectators can get really close to the racing area this way.” This year the boundaries will be part of the medal race again.
Hempel World Cup Series Miami the first test of 2019
For immediate release: 01/25/2019
Issued on behalf of: World Sailing
The world’s leading Olympic sailors, including 34 Olympic medallists, are preparing for the second round of the Hempel World Cup Series in Miami, Florida, USA.
More than 650 sailors from 60 nations are gearing up to race on the waters of Biscayne Bay for the first big event of 2019. Racing is scheduled to commence on Tuesday 29 January and run through two days of Medal Races on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 February.
The 2020 Olympic venue in Enoshima, Japan was the last big opportunity for the world’s top sailors to test themselves as the battle to Tokyo heats up. After a few months of rest, training and intense preparations, excitement for another busy year of Olympic class sailing is high, starting with the Hempel World Cup Series event in Miami.
Luke Patience and Chris Grube (GBR) dominated the Men’s 470 fleet last year in Miami and make a return to the waters in a bid to defend their title.
Home nation hopes will be pinned on Stu McNay and Dave Hughes (USA). McNay sailed with former crew Graham Biehl one year ago, finishing seventh, but is back in the boat with his regular partner. McNay and Hughes have tasted success on the Miami waters in the past having won gold in both 2016 and 2017. They will be joined by four additional American crews who are all aiming to put the pressure on them in the chase for a spot in Tokyo.
The Men’s 470 fleet will comprise of 37 strong teams. Hempel Sailing World Championships gold medallists Kevin Peponnet and Jeremie Mion (FRA) will join the Brits and Americans as favourites but further strength is evident in the five Japanese teams, Greece’s Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis and Sweden’s Anton Dahlberg and Fredrik Bergström.
In the Women’s 470, 31 crews will fight for supremacy on Biscayne Bay.
Slovenia’s Tina Mrak and Veronika Macarol controlled the pack in 2018 and are back in Miami in a bid to make it two golds in a row. They will face stiff competition from a strong fleet of competitors, including Japan’s Ai Kondo Yoshida and Miho Yoshioka.
The Japanese duo won gold at the Hempel Sailing World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark and finish third on the podium in Miami one year ago. After finishing second at the first 2019 Hempel World Cup Series event in Enoshima, Japan, they’ll be aiming for a similar high-level performance this time.
Afrodite Zegers and Anneloes van Veen (NED) picked up gold in Enoshima ahead of the Japanese and narrowly missed out on a medal in Miami last year. Zegers has a new partner for 2019 – London 2012 bronze medallist and multiple World Champion Lobke Berkhout (NED) – so they will be ones to watch out for during the early days of their partnership.
Rio 2016 gold medallist Hannah Mills, sailing with Eilidh McIntyre (GBR), will also be on the start line, as will the experienced Fernanda Oliveira and Ana Luiza Barbachan (BRA), Camille Lecointre and Aloise Retornaz (FRA) and Poland’s Agnieszka Skrzypulec and Jolanta Ogar.
American hopes will be pinned on two-time Youth Sailing World Champions Carmen and Emma Cowles.
The 27-boat Finn fleet will be spearheaded by American favourite and Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallist Caleb Paine, who snapped up a silver in 2018 as the accomplished Giles Scott (GBR) claimed a well-deserved title.
Paine finished a disappointing 12th at the Hempel Sailing World Championships, missing out on qualifying USA to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. He’ll have another shot at qualifying the nation at the Finn Gold Cup later this year but will be aiming to start off 2019 with another medal.
Scott won’t be in Miami to defend his title, but there is an abundance of top sailing talent who will contend for the podium. Jorge Zarif (BRA) has moved back into the Finn following his success at the Star Sailors League Final in the Bahamas and has a great pedigree racing in Miami. He has two gold medals to his name – in 2016 and 2017 – and will be targeting a third.
Further medal hopefuls in the Finn include Max Salminen (SWE), 2017 Finn Gold Cup winner, London 2012 bronze medallist Jonathan Lobert (FRA), Finland’s Tapio Nirkko and Canada’s Tom Ramshaw.
The leading lights in the Laser Radial will all be in Miami, making for one of the most competitive fights since the Hempel Sailing World Championships.
World Champion Emma Plasschaert (BEL), Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallist Marit Bouwmeester (NED) and returning Miami champion Alison Young (GBR) will all feature in the 68-boat pack.
The trio have raced competitively against each other throughout the Tokyo 2020 quadrennial and, as the clock ticks down to the Olympic Games, they will be looking for opportunities to demonstrate their abilities to perform on the biggest stage.
Although Plasschaert, Bouwmeester and Young have enjoyed the recent accolades, there are also plenty of stars who have what it takes to reach the top step of the podium.
Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN), Sweden’s Josefin Olsson and Greece’s Vasileia Karachaliou have been consistent performers over the last two years and will be aiming for a medal. Dolores Moreira Fraschini (URU), Sarah Douglas (CAN), Tuula Tenkanen (FIN), Maria Erdi (HUN) and Paige Railey (USA) will also be targeting a top finish.
The Laser will be the largest fleet in Miami with 105 entrants on the start line. Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallist Tom Burton (AUS) dominated the pack in 2018, winning with a day to spare. As of late, he has been locked in an intensive battle with compatriot Matt Wearn as the two fight for the single Tokyo 2020 spot for Australia. The battle will resume in Miami and is expected to be fiercer than ever.
The Laser pack does not feature Rolex World Sailor of the Year and 2017 and 2018 World Champion Pavlos Kontides (CYP) but there are numerous competitors all capable of claiming a medal.
After finishing a lowly 35th last year, Jean Baptiste Bernaz (FRA) will have his 2017 victory in mind as he aims to regain his form this time round. Nick Thompson (GBR) will be another contender; the Brit has secured five medals in Miami, two of those gold, and will be at the front of the pack once again.
Elsewhere, Elliot Hanson (GBR), Philipp Buhl (GER), Rio 2016 bronze medallist Sam Meech (NZL) and Charlie Buckingham (USA) will also be in the mix for a podium spot.
Racing is scheduled to commence on Tuesday 29 January and run through to Sunday 3 February.
CAMPEONATO ARGENTINO DE LASER 2018 – SAN CARLOS DE BARILOCHE
Una competencia inédita sirvió para ponerle un broche de oro a la intensa actividad deportiva de la ciudad en este 2018 que se va. Los días 28, 29 y 30 de Diciembre se desarrolló el Campeonato Argentino de Laser en el puerto de San Carlos de Bariloche. El escenario fue el lago Nahuel Huapi y la organización estuvo a cargo del Yacht Club Bariloche con el acompañamiento de la Subsecretaría de Deportes del Municipio, la Subsecretaría de Deportes y Cultura de Río Negro, Prefectura Naval Argentina, Parques Nacionales y diversos sponsors.
Participaron deportistas argentinos y chilenos. Competidores de Bariloche, Villa La Angostura, Córdoba, Buenos Aires, Bahía Blanca, Rada Tilly, Comodoro Rivadavia, Neuquén, La plata, Rosario, San Pedro, San Juan, Neuquén, Chile, que reunieron más de 80 embarcaciones. Espectacular marco para una competencia inédita en Bariloche y que hizo brillar el lago durante todo el desarrollo del evento.
Estos avatares son típicos de cualquier deporte que se rija bajo las reglas de la naturaleza.
El certamen comenzó con inscripciones y entrenamientos el miércoles 26. El viernes 28 se largó la competencia en aguas del Nahuel Huapi, con buenas condiciones que permitieron el desarrollo de tres regatas programadas en la primera jornada; un día soleado y buen viento de 22 nudos. Todo lo contrario fue el sábado, el clima no acompañó con un promedio de 35 nudos en la intensidad del viento, temperaturas muy bajas, olas de hasta 2 metros. Condiciones no favorables para correr, por lo cual las regatas programadas fueron suspendidas.
El domingo, en la tercera jornada del certamen, se pudo completar el cronograma aunque con condiciones difíciles. “Estuvo duro, estuvimos al límite”, explicó Bojan Magister, responsable de la organización. “El viento arriba de los 25 nudos. Estuvo difícil. Mucha ola, mucho viento”. Se pudieron correr tres regatas de standard, dos de radiales y los 4.7 no salieron y se quedaron con la puntuación del viernes. “No los sacamos al agua por seguridad. No dio la condición básicamente para la flota de 4.7”.
En la entrega de premios, realizada el domingo por la tarde, estuvieron presentes la ministra de Turismo, Cultura y Deporte, Arabela Carreras; Carlos Arrative, subsecretario de Deportes de la ciudad, las autoridades del club, las autoridades de la clase, los jueces de regatas y los participantes.
Bojan Magister, referente local en la coordinación y entrenador del Yacht Club Bariloche, contó que viene trabajando hace varios meses en el acondicionamiento de las playas céntricas y el Puerto San Carlos para brindar a este espectáculo deportivo el mejor de los marcos.
Las regatas se corrieron delante del Puerto hacia el oeste en una zona de 2 kilómetros. “El recorrido está establecido por boyas, una línea de largada en donde parten tres flotas diferentes con tres velas distintas: estándar masculina olímpica, radial femenina olímpica y la 4.7 que es la vela más chica de iniciación”, explicó el deportista.
Recorridos que toman entre 40 minutos y una hora —dependiendo del viento de cada jornada— y comprenden 5 piernas, siendo una pierna la distancia entre boya y boya.
El referente de la organización explicó que “es la primera vez que se hace en Bariloche y se ganó la fecha por votación dentro de la asamblea; toda la gente que corra vota y ganamos por mayoría”. Entre los exponentes de este deporte acuático que vinieron a correr, se encuentran los argentinos Lucía Falasca (olímpica femenina) y Julio Alsogaray (olímpico masculino), además de otros representantes argentinos que corren mundiales y copas del mundo, y barcos invitados de Chile y otros países.
“Es una buena forma de desarrollar la vela y hacer crecer el deporte en Bariloche —valoró Magister—, y además desde la costa se pudo ver perfectamente”. De esta manera, la competencia se convirtió en un atractivo espectáculo para disfrutar en familia.
Este Campeonato Argentino de Laser fue fecha única en el marco de los 7 campeonatos nacionales existentes, y dió puntos de ranking para selectivos de mundiales de esta disciplina olímpica.
Los organizadores destacaron además la experiencia de compartir con deportistas de todo el país. “Un clima muy bueno como campeonato, entre los competidores. A la gente de afuera le encantó la cancha, le encantó Bariloche para navegar. Pese al frío y al viento y a todo. Así que eso estuvo muy positivo. Nos falló un poquito el clima pero eso no se puede manejar. Pero salió todo redondo”, evaluó Bojan.
Desde la organización agradecen, por todo el apoyo brindado, al gobernador Alberto Wereltineck, al intendente Gustavo Genusso, a la Ministra de Turismo, Deporte y Cultura, Arabela Carreras, al Subsecretario de Deportes Juan Pablo Muena, al Subsecretario de Deportes Municipal Carlos Arrative y a todas las instituciones y personas que brindaron ayuda para que este campeonato haya podido llevarse a cabo.
Es realmente hermoso ver cuántos corredores se acercaron desde todo el país y desde nuestro vecino Chile. Muchísimas gracias a ellos!
Los ganadores fueron los siguientes:
1) Julio Alsogaray (Yatch Club Argentino), 2) Agustín Vidal Incatasciato (Yatch Club Corrientes) y 3) Clemente Seguel (Cofradía Náutica del Pacífico, Chile).
En esta categoría, el local Francisco Camelli, del Club Náutico Bariloche, salió en el 14° lugar.
1) Álvaro Vogt (Yatch Club Rosario), 2) Lucía Falasca (Yatch Club Argentino) y 3) Julián Duarte Argerich (Club Universitario Buenos Aires).
En esta categoría Igor Magister, del Yatch Club Bariloche, logró un meritorio cuarto lugar y su hermano Martín Magister (también YCB) salió sexto. Bautista Bolo Bolaño, compañero de ambos en la entidad náutica, quedó 20o, así como también Tomás Serenelli quien salió 24°. En el 21°, lugar llegó Sofía Clemente Arenas del Club Náutico Bariloche; de este mismo club Lola Fernández quedó en el puesto 25° e Ignacio Pittau quedo 26°.
1) Manuela Rodríguez (Yacht Club Rosario), 2) Teo Bertot (Club de Velas de Rosario) y 3) Francisco Strada (Yacht Club Rosario).
Los mejores barilochenses fueron en el 4° puesto Ignacio Buffa Danesi (Yacht Club Bariloche), Lucila Fernández (Club Náutico Bariloche) salió 5°; Dinko Bertoncelj (Yach Club Bariloche) 7°; Agustina Spinelli (Yacht Club Bariloche) 9°; 11° Valentina Sobrino (Club Náutico Bariloche) y en 13° lugar figuró Fausto Bufa Danesi, del Yacht Club Bariloche.
En 2013, un grupo de padres comenzó a darle forma al sueño de impulsar el deporte en Bariloche con la escuela de Optimist, Laser y windsurf, y al primer equipo de vela del club, con la participación de Martín Magister y su hermano, Bojan, que es el entrenador.
“El club lo fundamos el 6 de junio de 2013, y con la idea básicamente de que los chicos naveguen. Armar un semillero grande de chicos. Y, por eso, arrancamos un club de vela de los chicos y para los chicos. El club es de ellos”. Allí funciona la escuelita de optimist, Laser y windsurf. En optimist, la vela es un poco más chica que la 4.7, tiene 4 metros cuadrados aproximadamente, “empiezan desde los 7 años hasta los 15 y, después de eso, ya pasan al equipo”, explicó Martin Magister.
El viento ausente en la segunda jornada de la 43 Palamós Christmas Race
20 de Diciembre de 2018
La jornada del viernes se adelantará una hora para intentar celebrar cuatro pruebas
Palamós (Girona).- Tras una primera jornada de 43 Palamós Christmas Race espectacular, la segunda fue a la inversa debido a que el viento no hizo acto de presencia y no se ha podido celebrar ninguna prueba. Sobre las dos de la tarde la organización mandó a la flota al agua, ya que la previsión daba un mínimo de posibilidades de que entrara algo de viento, pero finalmente una hora más tarde se dio por finalizada la jornada.
Los dos Comités de Regata, Alpha (470 y 420) y Bravo (Laser Standard, Radial y Finn), estuvieron en el agua desde primera hora de la mañana, pero el viento apenas superó del 4 nudos de intensidad.
El director de la Christmas Race, Carles Palomares explicaba nada más anularse la jornada de hoy que: “Desafortunadamente no se han podido celebrar las pruebas previstas para hoy, pero parece que de cara a mañana viernes el viento parece que nos acompañará e intentaremos recuperar alguna de las pruebas que hoy no se han podido celebrar”.
Este jueves ha sido una jornada de impás, ya que las previsiones de viento de cara a mañana viernes son más optimistas y se espera una jornada con vientos del suroeste de unos 14-15 nudos y con rachas de 20, con lo que se espera que puedan celebrar las tres pruebas programadas, y si es posible intentar disputar una cuarta y recuperar una de las de hoy.