Europeo de 470 San Remo, día 5. Sin regatas por excesivo viento, los diez primeros pasan directo a la Medal race.

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Too much wind in Sanremo, leaders move straight to the medal races

No luck today for organizers and crews at the 470 Europeans, organised by local Yacht Club Sanremo and Marina degli Aregai, in co-operation with the national and international 470 class.

Since the early morning hours, and despite a sunny sky and a warm temperature, the wind conditions with a gusty breeze exceeding 40 knows, looked too tough to enable any racing for the men/mixed and women crews participating to the European championship.

Organizes and race officials constantly monitored the situation, but shortly before 6 p.m. had to give up and were forced to display the AP flag.

With six fleet races concluded, the top ten teams therefore move directly to the medal races. The first warning signal is scheduled for 11:00 for the women, followed by the men at 11.45.

It’s interesting to note that the standings are so close that almost all the crews have a chance to grab a medal, making it for a super exciting and dramatic medal race to the 470 Europeans.


Europeo de 470 San Remo, día 4.



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470 Europeans, testing conditions on Day 4

Tough conditions on Day 4 of the on Day 3 of the 470 Europeans, organised by local Yacht Club Sanremo and Marina degli Aregai, in co-operation with the national and international 470 class.

The men’s Gold and Silver fleets and the women had their first race of the day in the late morning in some 15 knots of wind that kept increasing and exceeded 25 knots, putting the crews to the test and causing several capsizes, including the one by the Swedish Dahlberg/Bergstrom, who were forced to abandon the race. Given the conditions, the Race Committee called a stop and the crews went back to the marina. After some waiting they headed out at for a 17:00 start. The fifteen/twenty knots of the beginning soon turned into over thirty knots, making it for a challenging race for everyone and causing some equipment failures, including a broken mast for the Spanish team of Xammar/Rodriguez, one of the most serious contenders for the podium.

Further to today’s races the overall standings have changed, but the top spot is still occupied by Australians Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan who scored a first and a seventh. Behind them Sweden’s Anton Dahlberg and Fredrik Bergstrom, with a discard and a second place, managed to stay on the second provisional step of the podium. In third place the Spaniards Jordi Xammar and Nicolas Rodriguez, who also discarded one race and got a fourth, whilst Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis from Greece are currently in fourth but very close to the top and, mostly, have taken over Austria’s David Bargher and Lukas Maehr, who scored a 6 and 28. New Zealanders Paul Snow- Hansen and Daniel Willcox recorded the strongest comeback with a win in the sixth race.

In the women’s fleet UK’s Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre showed good performances in today’s strong breeze bagging a third and a second place, going back to the top of the scoreboard, followed by France’s Camille Lecointre and Aloise Retornaz (6/1 today) and by Spanish Silvia Mas Depares and Patricia Cantero Reina (4/4 today), who keep a three-points margin on Afrodite Zegers and Lobke Berkhout from the Netherlands.
“It’s been very difficult conditions on the water, very strong winds, we had to be careful with the gusts and we are happy on how we raced. We had a good day, it was tough and also we tried not to capsize but we managed to stay upright and had two good races and up in the overall standings. We’re happy with our performance today.” Explained the Spanish crew.

Tomorrow, penultimate day of the Championship, the first start is scheduled for 12:00 with weather conditions very hard to predict.

The video highlights from Day 4 are available here.

 

The 470 European Championship is supported by Marina degli Aregai and Marina degli Aregai hotel & resort from the Cozzi Parodi Group, together with the Ligurian region and by the long-established partners of Yacht Club Sanremo.

 

Full results, news, live coverage and images at the official event website www.2019europeans.470.org.

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Europeo de 470 San Remo, día 3.



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470 Europeans, patience rewarded

Perseverance was needed, but patience was rewarded with exciting racing on Day 3 of the 470 Europeans, organised by local Yacht Club Sanremo and Marina degli Aregai, in co-operation with the national and international 470 class.
Several hours of waiting ashore for organisers and sailors , but then breeze picked up and at around 18:10 the Race Committee was able to launch the first and only race of the day for both the men/mixed and women fleets.
In a warm late afternoon light, with an easterly of 10 knots that progressively reached 15 knots the first group to start was the yellow, shortly followed by the blue and finally by the women. All in all racing was over in around 40 minutes.
Today’s race contributed to better shape the provisional standing, wrapping up the men’s /mixed teams’ qualification. All the crews proceed to the finals and have been divided into Gold and Silver fleets, with the top 35 fighting for the medal race scheduled for next Tuesday.

Reigning European champions Anton Dahlberg and Fredrik Bergstrom from Sweden move to second place thanks to a win in the blue group, while Australian stars Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan keep a solid margin in the overall Open standing (that includes the non-European teams) with a second place in the yellow group.
“My birthday was yesterday. Long waiting but once we got a race; the wind was on our side and I could celebrate belatedly. Super happy to come out with a win today. A day were the race was almost about waiting smart.” Declared an elated Swede Anton Dahlberg.
Despite a twelfth Austrians David Bargehr and Lukas Maehr maintain the third spot, tied at points with the Swedes. Spain’s Jordi Xammar/Nicolas Rodriguez and Greece’s Panagiotis Mantis with Pavlos Kagialis both scored a third that puts them in fourth and fifth position respectively.

The fourth race in the women’s fleet went to Poland’s Agnieszka Skrzpulec and Jolanda Ogar, who catch up some positions in the overall scoreboard led by Israel’s Gil Cohen and Noha Lasry, who scored a second today and have taken over British duo Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre, who finished in eight position . In third overall, try reason of very consistent results in the series so far, the French Camille Lecointre and Aloise Retornaz, just one point in front of Netherland’s Afrodite Zegers and Lobke Berkhout, serious contenders for a spot in the medal race like Spanish Silvia Mas Depares and Patricia Cantero Reina.
Tomorrow, Sunday May 12, the first signal is scheduled for 11:00 with a weather forecast for an intense east/northeasterly.

The video highlights from Day 3 are available at this link.

The 470 Europeans consist of a series of fleet races and a final medal race, if more than five qualifying races have been completed, for the top 10 teams in each fleet. The championship has an open format, that means that non-Europeans crews can compete but cannot run for the title.

The 470 European Championship is supported by Marina degli Aregai and Marina degli Aregai hotel & resort from the Cozzi Parodi Group, together with the Ligurian region and by the long-established partners of Yacht Club Sanremo.

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Europeo de 470 San Remo, día 2. Sin regatas por falta de viento.

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470 Europeans, no wind for the second day, racing cancelled

After a remarkable opening day at the opening day of the 470 Europeans, organised by local Yacht Club Sanremo and Marina degli Aregai, in co-operation with the national and international 470 class, wind was not on the organisers’ and sailors’ side on Day 2.
Despite a long wait, onshore and offshore, a decent breeze did not materialise and therefore the Race Committee decided to abandon racing for the day.

Ohran Tuker, class course representative, gives an explanation of what happened today in this video.

The scoreboard remains unchanged: in the women’s fleet the top spot is occupied by UK’s Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre, Israel’s Gil Cohen and Non Lasry in second and Camille Lecointre and Aloise Retornaz from France in third. Australian 470 stars Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan lead the Open men, with Austria’s David Bargher and Lukas Mahr in second, Spaniards Jordi Xammar and Nicolas Rodriguez in third, whilst Panagiotis Mantis teaming with Pavlos Kagialis from Greece and Hyppolyte Machetti and Sidoine Dantes from France are tied at points in fifth.

The video highlights from Day 1 are available at this link.

The Championship will resume tomorrow, with the first starting signal scheduled for 12:00, with up to two races for the men and three for the women.

The 470 Europeans consist of a series of fleet races and a final medal race, if more than five qualifying races have been completed, for the top 10 teams in each fleet. The championship has an open format, that means that non-Europeans crews can compete but cannot run for the title.

The 470 European Championship is supported by Marina degli Aregai and Marina degli Aregai hotel & resort from the Cozzi Parodi Group, together with the Ligurian region and by the long-established partners of Yacht Club Sanremo.

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Europeo de 470 San Remo, día 1.



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470 Europeans, Sanremo at its best

The gulf of Sanremo has lived up to its fame, delivering perfect conditions for the opening day of the 470 Europeans, organised by local Yacht Club Sanremo and Marina degli Aregai, in co-operation with the national and international 470 class.
Blue skies, a warm sun and an easterly exceeding 15 knots have welcomed the participating teams in a sailing location that confirms to be among the world’s best.

The crews, 70 men split in two groups and 40 women, reached the race area on time for a noon start, but were forced to wait a bit longer offshore for the wind to set in direction and intensity. After nearly two hours, the international Race Committee was able to fire the Europeans’ first signal for the women’s fleet, shortly followed by the two men’s groups. The first start was given under black flag for everyone, and unfortunately several crews were found over the line and disqualified.
The ideal sailing conditions enabled to wrap three races, shaping a first, very preliminary scoreboard for both the Europeans and the Open Championship.

UK’a Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre, scored two wins that put them on top of the Women’s table, in front of Israel’s Gil Cohen and Non Lasry, that grabbed a victory in the second race, with Camille Lecointre and Aloise Retornaz close the day in third overall. It’s interesting to note that the first ten female crews all come from Europe, whilst the first non-European team is Australia’s Nia Jeerwood and Monique Devries. The usually strong duo from China, Mengxi Wei and Haiyan Gao, didn’t look particularly at ease in today’s strong wind and are in fifteenth position.

In the Men’s fleet, Australian stars Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan bagged a clean score, with three bullets. But behind them the Europeans were in the spotlight with Austria’s David Bargher and Lukas Mahr leading on Spaniards Jordi Xammar and Nicolas Rodriguez and Panagiotis Mantis teaming with Pavlos Kagialis from Greece. The reigning European champions Anton Dahlberg and Fredrik Bergstrom from Sweden close the day in sixth place overall.

The weather forecast for Day 2 is for a south-westerly wind of around 8 to 10 knots in the morning, progressively increasing in the pm hours. First starting signal is scheduled for 11:00, and the Race Committee intends to have up to three races for the women and two races for the men.

The 470 Europeans consist of a series of fleet races and a final medal race, if more than five qualifying races have been completed, for the top 10 teams in each fleet. The racing will be on windward/leeward or trapezoid courses. The championship has an open format, that means that non-Europeans crews can compete but cannot run for the title.

The 470 European Championship is supported by Marina degli Aregai and Marina degli Aregai hotel & resort from the Cozzi Parodi Group, together with the Ligurian region and by the long-established partners of Yacht Club Sanremo.

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2019 Volvo European Championship, jornada de limpieza en la previa del campeonato.




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Chesil – the Most Famous Beach We Have Ever Cleaned

The 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 sailors assembled again ahead of the 2019 Volvo European Championship to spend some time cleaning up a local beach to the club we were at. Joined by our partners for the Europeans, the RYA and Volvo Car UK, our partners in sustainability Parley.tv and The Final Straw Solent, we got a chance to give back to the region we’re visiting and bond over taking care of the environment.

Chesil Beach is a unique ecosystem, with an estimated 180 BILLION fist size pebbles over 18 miles protecting the Dorset coast from the open Atlantic Ocean, it’s unlike any other beach. A brief lecture from the Chesil Beach center let us know the unique birds and pond life we might be helping. A lecture from The Final Straw showed us alternative products that are available to reduce use of plastic, like bamboo tooth brushes and even tooth paste that comes in a bar instead of a plastic tube. We then set out to collect all the rubbish we could in the blustery but sunny conditions.

As the class manager of 49er and Nacra 17 sailing, I am concerned about the environment, so was thrilled when Yago Lange (ARG) approached me with the initiative to start giving back ahead of all our events. He’s been the driving force behind the #Sailors4theSea movement, which is catching on quickly. I have to admit though, that I was a little bit cynical about whether we could make an impact, and it felt a little bit like if plastic is taken from a beach, but it wasn’t caught on Instagram, did it really happen?

Both in Palma and now in Weymouth, along with my fellow sailors, I headed out to lend a hand, and somewhat surprisingly, I’m hooked on the concept. Not only is there rubbish everywhere once you start looking for it, but it’s an extra hour to spend on a beach, which is always a good thing. It’s a chance to chat with friends in a relaxed but purposeful way. It’s a way to explore new areas, and look in detail at exactly where I’m standing. I really recommend trying it, as it’s almost therapeutic. No phones, no complexity, just walking and cleaning with the waves crashing and sun shining.

I know it’s not just me either. This is a voluntary initiative of the class, nobody is taking attendance or taking names. But as I looked around at World Champions, medalists, and newcomers all joining in together, it’s easy to see the fleet really cares about this. Earlier this week the 470 class and the Finn class also did their own beach cleans ahead of their Euros.

As a group we managed to collect a fair load of rubbish, which is both satisfying and frightening at the same time. There simply is so much to pick up, but Rome wasn’t built in a day, so we’ll continue these beach cleans and continue to encourage you all to join in when we’re in your neighborhood, and maybe some of you will take a walk down your local beach or car park to do the same.

Thanks to the RYA for using this beach clean to kick off their own sustainability programs. Thanks to Volvo for pledging to use 25% recycled plastic in their cars by 2025, which is very soon by automotive standards. Thanks to all the NGO’s out there fighting to protect our oceans from the plastic menace we’ve created. Parley help focus us on AIR – Avoid – Intercept – Redesign. We managed to do a little bit on all three fronts, and every little bit helps. #Sailors4theSea

Semaine Olympique Française en Hyères. En Laser Radial, décimo puesto para Lucía Falasca.

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Picon confirms golden comeback year in Hyères

France’s Charline Picon, the Rio 2016 Olympic Champion, made sure it was a golden finish for the hosts, winning the women’s RS:X windsurfing to close the 51st edition of the Semaine Olympique Française.
There could not have been a better concluding day as the Medal Races played out in perfect Côte d’Azur conditions with a golden sun, clear skies and 15-knot westerlies.
Leading by 14 points overnight, Picon finished the medal race today in third and confirm her expected victory. She spoke after of how pleased she was to win her first regatta after having a baby a year and a half ago. She outperformed a powerful and motivated China team and as in the Rio Olympics beat Peina Chen into second.

“A victory without pressure, that’s not bad for me,” Picon said “and especially as, this morning, I said to myself that it’s been a year since I made my comeback to competition here in Hyères. And here we are a year later, the first victory. It has been a lot of hard work for 12 months and there’s still some more to come.” Sigue leyendo

Semaine Olympique Française en Hyères, la argentina Lucía Falasca entra a la Medal race de Laser Radial.


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Camboni and Wearn take gold before Hyères medal races

Day 5

Consistent excellence over a full week in all conditions in Hyères has earned Mattia Camboni and Matthew Wearn the right to party on Friday night before Saturday’s medal race.
Blasted by 25-knot westerlies even Camboni and Wearn looked a bit windshocked as they arrived back to the harbour today. But in their different ways the two 23-year-olds have been dictating to their fleets from the book of Matthew all week.

Like many before them in the 50 previous years of the Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères, both may remember this week as a significant statement in their careers. But where Australia’s Wearn, and in fact everyone else, had no idea he had already won the Laser, Camboni knew he had won the men’s RS:X at the end of the second of the three races yesterday.

Camboni had finished third and his nearest rival both on the water and at home – Daniele Benedetti lives in the same building in Civitavecchia as his Italian team-mate – had trailed in 16th. Windsurfers like to give the impression of being super-chilled wave travellers, but that does not mean they cannot do maths on the fly.

Camboni’s worst finish in 14 races had been a 9th, which meant that he could discard anything worse in the final race – luckily, as that turned out to be a 17th – and that if he was 29 points ahead he could not be caught. He started the 15th race 34 points clear of Benedetti, so the celebrations had already begun. He finished the day 28 points clear.

“Of course, I have to party (laughs), it doesn’t happen every time that you win one day before,” Camboni said. “It’s feels really good. I didn’t expect a week like this. I had two good races and Daniele, who was closest on points to me had one good one and the second one was bad. So, to be sure I needed to be 29 points ahead after the second race and I had more (34 points). So, I knew (I’d won) at the end of the second race.”
“It’s strange, this have never happened to me (in a big event). Last year, at the European

Championship I got to the last day 18 points ahead, it was enough to get the gold. So, it’s a really big thing for me.”

In contrast, Wearn, who finished the day 23 points ahead of New Zealand’s Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallist, Sam Meech, was off the water so fast after a last race in “survival mode” in the Laser that the maths had to wait. Doubtless he will be allowing himself some small celebration tonight. Camboni was consistent but ‘only’ won 3 of the 15 races, Wearn has won 7 of his 11, including the last two races today after a third place in the first.

“It was survival mode at the end, kind of hanging-on on the upwinds,” Wearn said – and that’s coming from someone from Perth who won the race. “With past experiences here with this kind of direction of breeze it can get pretty gnarly. So, when it starts to pump in like that you know you’re on for a pretty wild race. It’s that ‘anything could happen’ feeling, if you read a puff at the wrong time and suddenly capsize.

“I’m definitely happy to sail in it, but obviously there is that side of it where you know you’re going to be hanging on for dear life. But it was a great day on the water, the last time I can remember regatta weather like this was here last year (laughs). I’ll have a look at points (tonight) and try and execute a good race and go out on a high. I think I put some points on him (Luke Elliott) in the last two races, I think he was inside the top 10, but enough to have a pretty handy buffer going into tomorrow.”

In the end it was a much handier buffer than Wearn thought.

Men’s RS:X
Italy’s Mattia Camboni is 28 points clear and uncatchable, but the battle for the other two medals has got even closer with France’s Thomas Goyard winning the last two races to jump into second place overall, just one point ahead of Italy’s Daniele Benedetti. Poland’s Piotr Myszka is six points further back in fourth.

They said:

Thomas Goyard (France, second place):“It was one hell of a day, we did three more rounds, so we did all the scheduled programme, which is pretty impressive. Today, I was 5-1-1, it’s a great day, it’s the best in the fleet. We had three very different races: a first with not very strong wind, a second where the wind began to turn away from the Mistral and the last one, where the Mistral returned at 30 knots, it was ultra strong, we had to be on the maximum settings to control the board, it was really amazing.
“Tomorrow is the medal race, the Italian, Mattia Camboni, who’s had a great week, already ahs gold, for me the goal will be to have a silver or bronze, we will see. I don’t know what wind we will have tomorrow but anything can happen.”

Women’s RS:X
Relaxed, confident and in home waters, France’s Rio 2016 Olympic Champion, Charline Picon, will be hard to catch tomorrow as she enters the medal race with a 14-point buffer over the woman she beat into silver in Rio, China’s Peina Chen. If Picon finishes 7th or better she will win gold.

As the wind grew too strong, their third race was cancelled. Picon had already had her toughest day, finishing 10th and 7th, having not been out of the top four in the previous 12 races, but Chen could not capitalise, finishing 6th and then 20th.

However, Chen may be able to attack more tomorrow as her greatest rival for China’s Olympic spot, Yunxiu Lu, also struggled finishing 12th and 14th to leave her 18 points behind Chen in third place. As Picon said yesterday, there is a lot more pressure to perform on the Chinese here – as for the British team, this event counts a lot in their Olympic programme – and you can see that on the faces with the twists and turns of each day.

They said:

Peina Chen (China, second place): “Not bad today. The last race was too windy for me. I haven’t thought about yesterday yet, I’ll just try and do my best. Yes, (there is pressure) because for us (the Chinese team) this is a very important competition so there is more pressure than on Charline, but for us the Olympic events have just started and we have a lot more coming. I think in the medal race everything is possible but there’s not a lot I can do, I’ll just do my best.”

Laser

Australia’s Matthew Wearn is 23 points clear and uncatchable going into tomorrow’s medal race. After an unusual stumble on Thursday, New Zealand’s Sam Meech was back on form today with a 2-2-3 in the three races to jump from fourth back into the silver medal position.

He is five points clear of Australia’s Luke Elliott, who struggled for the first time with finishes of 4-13-17. He was lucky to hold on to third as Tom Burton, Australia’s Rio 2016 Olympic champion, was having a magnificent day. He won the first, was third in the second and then his cunningham broke four minutes before the start of the last race and put him out. He is five points behind Elliott in fourth. Britain’s Elliott Hanson is a further six points back after another strong day, finishing second in the big-wind final race

Laser Radial

The closest of the all the fleets but Hungary’s 21-year-old rising star, Maria Erdi, extended her lead over the experienced, 28-year-old Finn, Tuula Tenkanen, to nine points from just one point the day before. Erdi finished 2-1-4 in the three races to Tenkanen’s 5-5-5. Erdi has more experience than her years suggest – she represented Hungary as an 18-year-old at the Rio 2016 Olympics – but she has never been in this position before, as the one leading a major regatta going into a medal race. If Erdi finishes fifth or better she will win gold. But it sounds like she might have her own private battle in the fleet after saying she is going to match race Tenkanen tomorrow.

One thing in Tenkanen’s favour is that she does not have to look behind her. Silver, at least, is safe. Emma Plasschaert, who became Belgium’s first ever laser world champion in 2018, will doubtless feel frustrated tomorrow. After an inconsistent week she had her best day in the big stuff and showed her class by finishing 1-2-2, to virtually guarantee bronze. But she is 19 points behind Tenkanen.

They said:

Maria Erdi (Hungary, leader):“I didn’t see Tuula in the first and second races and then in the last one I was close to her at the end of the second beat and I tacked on her. But otherwise I sailed my own race. We decided with my coach before the last race that I’m just going to try and have a good last race to make sure of silver – I don’t think I can lose that anymore. We were thinking whether to match race her or not. I think I’m going to match race her tomorrow.
“We’ve been practicing some match racing, with Ali Young (Great Britain), but you don’t get many opportunities to match race in a real regatta, so I think we’re going to do that because if it happens at the Olympics and you have to fight for a medal you have to be ready for it. I’ve never been a position where I’ve been match racing the other.
“In the second race I had a great lane off the line and I could just do my own thing and I was leading at the top mark by quite a lot, so that was quite an easy one. I could sail my own modes. If you were in a bunch you had to sail high and that was much slower. It was really choppy and if you could just go low and fast it really paid off. It was kind of the same for Emma (Plasschaert) in the first race. The last race was a little trickier and shiftier. We had to tack more.”

Tuula Tankenen (Finland, second place):“I had a consistent day but they (Maria and Emma) were better, they were just a bit faster. It might be (a match race) but I guess it depends on Maria because she is quite a lot of points in front of me.”

Full leaderboard

Day 1 – Monday’s report

Day 2 – Tuesday’s report

Day 3 – Wednesday’s report

Day 4 – Thursday report

Interview with Robert Scheidt