2019 Optiworlds. El italiano Marco Gradoni hace historia ganando su tercer título consecutivo.

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Italy’s Marco Gradoni becomes three-time Optimist World Champion
15 July 2019

Spain’s Maria Perello is once again top-performing girl

A RESOUNDING win for Italy’s Marco Gradoni brought the 2019 Optimist World Championship to an end on Monday as the 15-year-old claimed the winning title for an incredible third consecutive year.

Competitors battled it out on the water in Antigua amid high winds and a punishing current in an intense day that saw elation for some and disappointment for others.

A small craft advisory earlier in the day saw the bronze and emerald fleets – which included the host nation team – relegated to the sidelines. The Antigua Meteorological Office had predicted gusts as high as 28 knots and waves up to three metres, causing race chiefs to cancel races for the lower two fleets.

But the weather was no match for Gradoni whose “perfect performance” propelled him to an electrifying finish, almost 20 points clear of his closest competitor.

“There were good winds of about 15 knots and a lot of current; I got two good races,” he said.

“I am really happy – I think the realisation will hit me more in one or two days.”

Already 15, this year’s competition was Gradoni’s last in the Optimist class, but he added that he hoped to eventually make a career out of sailing.

Italy’s coach Marcello Meringolo said: “Today was difficult because there were many guys who were very strong but Marco performed perfectly.”

A few false starts had increased the tension among the young competitors.

“That made it hard but Marco started very easy and free. They were perfect conditions for him and he got to the finishing line fast,” Meringolo continued.

“This is the third time Marco has been World Champion so he has written history for the Optimist class; it will be very difficult to beat that record.

“I hope he will continue with the sport and go on to the Olympics.”

The championship was a particularly proud one for Meringolo with Team Italy also securing first place in last week’s team racing.

“This is a story not just for Marco as an individual but for the whole team,” the coach added.

Malta’s Richard Schultheis, who had been in the top spot for the first two days of fleet racing last week, finished second.

“Today was the final day so I just tried to keep my position and stay on the podium. I did not push too much and I sailed safe,” he said.

Forging new friendships with counterparts from other nations is a central tenet of Optimist sailing, which is open to youngsters up to the age of 15.

“It’s been a really nice event with beautiful conditions, and everyone always together and having fun,” Richard testified.

He may be only 14 but this year is likely to be the last event for Richard too.

“I have sailed in the Optimists for several years and now I would like to move on,” he said, adding he hoped to venture into faster WASZP foiling.

Delight at securing third spot was palpable from Spain’s Jaime Ayarza, 13.

“I am feeling great because I had really good results and I am really happy,” he said.

“My objective was to enter the top 30; I didn’t think I would get so high. It was quite windy and difficult today but I managed to finish well.”

Ayarza is now looking forward to next year’s championship which will take place in Italy’s Lake Garda.

“I hope to come next year and try my best and be in the top five. I think it would be really difficult to become a professional sailor but if I have the opportunity I will,” he added.

Spain saw additional success by claiming the top placed girl; Maria Perello, 14, finished in 25th position in the leader board. It was her third consecutive year out-performing all other girls. Second-placed girl was Argentina’s Amparo Stupenengo in 27th position, and Turkey’s Okyanus Arikan was 33rd.

In fourth place overall was Turkey’s Can Erturk, 15, with South Africa’s Ian Walker March, 14, in fifth.

Monday night’s prize-giving ceremony will see Gradoni presented with the Beacon Challenge Club. Gradoni and Perello, as top placed boy and girl, will receive the Helen Mary Wilkes Trophy and the Peter Barclay Trophy respectively, along with luxury Italian designer Locman watches as special gifts.

Gold, silver and bronze medals will also be given out, plus prizes for the first 20 sailors.


America’s Cup World Series. Cagliari abre las series del 23 al 26 de abril de 2020.

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Defender y challengers reunidos en Newport.

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13th July 2019


The news that the first America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) regatta of the 36th America’s Cup cycle will take place in Cagliari, Sardinia from April 23 – 26, 2020 has been announced at an event hosted by the Challenger of Record for the 36th America’s Cup and presented by Prada at the New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court clubhouse in Newport, Rhode Island.

The four-day regatta in Sardinia next April will see the sun-drenched Italian Mediterranean island play host to the first ever competitive outing of the revolutionary AC75 Class foiling monohulls currently being developed by the competing teams – America’s Cup Defender Emirates Team New Zealand, Challenger of Record Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team (ITA), INEOS Team UK (GBR), American Magic (USA), and Stars + Stripes Team USA.

Representing the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team – which has its official team base in Cagliari – renowned Italian sailor Vasco Vascotto (ITA) said the venue would be perfect for the five teams to race their cutting-edge AC75s for the first time.

“Sardinia has a well-established reputation as a premiere yacht racing venue,” Vascotto said. “That’s one of the reasons we chose the island as the base for our challenge for the 36th America’s Cup. We are looking forward to welcoming the other teams and the America’s Cup World Series fans for what should be a spectacular opening event.”

Representing the Defender of the America’s Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand’s Chief Operating Officer Kevin Shoebridge (NZL) highlighted the importance of the ACWS event in Sardinia for all the teams.

“Like all regattas there will be teams that come away satisfied and those that don’t,” Shoebridge said. “The significant thing about this regatta is that it will give a very clear idea of where each of the teams are in their designs and preparations for the main events in 2021.

“However with only eight months between Sardinia and the start of the Prada Cup and 10 months until the America’s Cup Match, it gives very little time to make necessary changes for teams to make sure they are up to speed”.

Continuing on the design-theme, the Newport evening featured a panel discussion between nine-time America’s Cup competitor – and three-time winner – John Marshall (USA) and MIT graduate and American Magic design-team member Robyn Lesh (USA) in Newport, with Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team senior design-group members Horacio Carabelli (ESP) and Mario Caponnetto (ITA) beamed in as a ‘telepresence’ from the team’s base in Sardinia.

During the event, North Sails, a world leader in sail-making and high-performance sportswear, was announced as the Official Clothing Partner to the 36th America’s Cup. North Sails has been involved in the America’s Cup for almost four decades, with the brand’s sail technology having powered 12 boats to victory since 1980. As the sportswear division looks to grow internationally, North Sails will create an innovative America’s Cup range to celebrate the competition.

Vicente Castellano, North Sails Apparel Executive Chairman, said: “It is a very exciting time for North Sails as we continue to invest in the brand globally and the America’s Cup embodies values that resonate very closely with us. We look forward to launching an America’s Cup collection crafted entirely from recycled materials, inspired by this high-performance sport and our passion to protect the oceans for future generations. Many thanks to everyone at the America’s Cup and Prada for all their support.”

Also revealed was the new Prada Cup ocean sustainability initiative Ocean Attitude, which features a partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as part of its Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development programme which will be launched in 2021.

Speaking by video link, Julian Barbière of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission had this to say:

“Promoting ocean sustainability is not a choice: the very survival of this planet depends on the health of the ocean. Ocean science is key to inform decision-making and to promote sustainable innovation.

“The sailing world, thanks to the wide audience that it can reach, can offer a powerful platform to advocate, educate, promote innovative solutions, and engage with the private sector.

“This is the aim of the partnership between the Challenger of Record and the IOC of UNESCO: connecting the world of ocean science to the world of ocean education and ocean literacy to foster ocean action.”

Commenting on the Newport evening event Patrizio Bertelli – Chairman of Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team and CEO of the Prada Group – had this to say:

“It has been wonderful to see so many friends and past competitors of the America’s Cup here this evening. We have celebrated the incredible legacy of the event we are all so passionate about and got a glimpse of what the future holds for the 36th edition of the America’s Cup.

“It will be great to soon have the first generation of the AC75s out on the water sailing, as we look forward to April 2020 when the teams will race for the first time at the America’s Cup World Series in Cagliari, Sardinia.”

Puig Vela Clàssica Barcelona, día 3. Guía, Argos, Marigan, Fjord III y Moonbeam los ganadores.

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13 JULIO, 2019

- Las leyendas del mar se despiden un año más de uno de los circuitos de vela clásica más legendarios del Mediterráneo
- Además de la entrega de los premios de las distintas categorías en el Real Club Náutico de Barcelona (RCNB), se ha rendido tributo al V Centenario de la primera vuelta al mundo con la entrega del trofeo Elcano al Marigold (1892)

Este sábado se ha celebrado la última jornada de la XII regata Puig Vela Clàssica que reúne a la élite mundial de veleros clásicos en la que Guia, Argos, Marigan, Fjord III y Moonbeam of Fife se han proclamado vencedores. Más de 500 regatistas y 44 barcos de nueve nacionalidades distintas han competido desde el 11 de julio por uno de los trofeos más prestigiosos del mediterráneo.

Destreza, belleza y emoción hasta el final

Buen final de la XII regata Puig Vela Clàssica, pese al mal pronóstico de viento para el campo de regatas barcelonés, bien solventado por el comité de regatas. La lucha entre el Levante y el térmico del sur dejaba prácticamente encalmado el litoral barcelonés al filo de las 13:00 horas, momento programado para la salida. Con paciencia y un aplazamiento de casi dos horas esperando la entrada del viento térmico, pudo comenzar el procedimiento de salida para las cinco categorías, que compitieron recorridos entre balizas. Los seis nudos de intensidad inicial mejoraron hasta alcanzar 9-10 nudos, y permitir una prueba rápida, idónea para despejar las incógnitas de los vencedores finales.

Con 6 millas por delante, la salida de los Clásicos 1 ya mostró que había mucho en juego, cuando el Outlaw atacaba y el Guia se defendía, en un intento de penalizarle y tratar de enjuagar la diferencia de puntos con el que comenzaban la prueba decisiva. Sin mayores problemas, el líder Guia no cayó en la trampa, superó el acoso con éxito y marcó a su rival durante todo el recorrido. Su duelo particular fue aprovechado por un inspirado Yanira para anotarse el parcial, empatar con el Outlaw en la general y robarle el segundo puesto final gracias a sus mejores parciales.

Más tranquilas las cosas en los Clásicos 2, toda vez que el líder provisional Argos tenía suficiente ventaja para evitar sorpresas. Sólo debía evitar errores, y así lo ha hecho, logrando su tercera victoria parcial y demostrar ser el mejor conjunto barco/rating/tripulación. Hoy le secundaba el Madifra 2, que intentó arrebatarle la segunda posición final al Ojala II, que cuarto del día ha defendido el segundo peldaño del podio final.

Muy intensa esta prueba final de 5 millas para los Época Bermudianos. Los dos líderes, Cippino y Fjord II, se han desentendido del resto de la flota, buscándose en la salida y navegando solos la primera ceñida por el lado izquierdo, llegando por delante a la primera baliza el barco uruguayo y dejando muy descolgado al Cippino argentino. Tanto, que sumaba un sexto a su casillero parcial por un tercero del Fjord II, que le permitía para ganar la general. Mientras, el Mercury también aprovechaba la puerta abierta para colarse sin permiso y ganar la prueba, pudiendo así superar en la tabla definitiva al Argyll y ganar al tercer puesto final. Destacar el quinto puesto del 12 Metros italiano Emilia Prima y el séptimo del también 12 Metros La Spina, dos joyas construidas en 1933.

Pero la salida más técnica y bonita ha sido la de Época Cangreja, donde los Marigold, Marigan y Veronique comenzaban el día empatados a puntos en la provisional. El Marigan ha dado una lección táctica, cuando a pesar de su menor tamaño ha conseguido sacar fuera de línea al Veronique, que ha perdido unos valiosos segundos para rectificar su adelanto. Pero además le ha mantenido incómodo la primera media milla, hasta dejarlo empaquetado en el desvente del Freda. Llegando los tres protagonistas casi al unísono a la primera ceñida, el rating menor del Marigan le dejaba mandando en el duelo. Sin sorpresas en los siguientes tramos de rumbos directos para completar las 5 millas, se imponía en la compensación de tiempos y en la clasificación final. El Marigold, que astutamente ha dejado que en la salida se peleasen sus dos rivales, terminaba segundo el día y también la general, mientras el Veronique cerraba el disputadísimo podio.

El Moombean of Fife ha confirmado el liderato en la flota de Big Boats, logrando hoy su tercer triunfo parcial frente al Halloowen por sólo 1:24 minutos, mientras el Black Swan terminaba tercero muy retrasado. Idéntico orden en el podio final de esta categoría, que sigue aportando su majestuosidad e impresionantes esloras a la Puig Vela Clàssica.

La ceremonia de entrega de los premios: el broche final a tres apasionantes jornadas de competición

Esta tarde se ha hecho entrega de los premios de la XII edición de la regata en el Real Club Náutico de Barcelona (RCNB). Los vencedores por categorías de la XII Puig Vela Clàssica han sido Guia (Clásicos 1), Argos (Clásicos 2), Moonbeam of Fife (Big Boats), Marigan (Época Cangreja) y Fjord III (Marconi). Estas embarcaciones han recogido su galardón de manos de Marc Puig, presidente de Puig. Marigan y Guia han recibido también el trofeoEnrique Puig.

Asimismo, se ha hecho entrega del Trofeo San Sebastián Elcano al Marigold (1892), al tratarse del barco más antiguo de la competición. Un trofeo que se enmarca en los actos conmemorativos de la Armada Española para rendir tributo al V centenario de la primera vuelta al mundo en la historia de la navegación llevada a cabo por la expedición Magallanes-Elcano. Con este galardón la regata Puig Vela Clássica ha recordado esta gran hazaña y ha celebrado la efeméride.

Clasificaciones generales definitivas de la competición

División Época Bermudian

1. Fjord III (YC Uruguay), Scott Perry 6 puntos

2. Cippino (YC Argentino-AEBEC), Daniel Sielecki 8 puntos

3. Mercury (CM Mahon), Jordi Cabau 9 puntos

División Cangreja

1. Marigan (RCN Palma), Tim Liesenhoff 5 puntos

2. Marigold (RCN Barcelona), Jason Gouldstone 6 puntos

3. Veronique (RCN Barcelona), Alex Veccia 7 puntos

División Clásicos 1

1. Guia (RCNB), Jordi Costa 4 puntos

2. Yanira (RCNB), Andrés de León 8 puntos

3. Outlaw (YVV Dantibes), Jean-Claude Vau 8 puntos

División Clásicos 2

1. Argos (New York YC), Barbara Trilling 3 puntos

2. Ojala II (RORC), Michelle Frova 8 puntos

3. Madrifa 2 (Tecnomar Fiumicibno), Emiliano Parenti 10 puntos

División Big Boat

1. Moonbeam of Fife (SN Saint Tropez), Erwan Noblet 3 puntos

2. Halloween (Royal Irish YC), Mick Cotter 6 puntos

3. Black Swan (YC Porqueroles), Frederic Haoniesel 11 puntos

El premio Enrique Puig ha sido concedido en esta edición a España representada por los barcos Marigan y Guia.

44Cup Marstrand Worlds, día 2. Sin regatas por falta de viento.

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Skunked on day two of the 44Cup Marstand World Championship

Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose and unfortunately today was the latter for day two of the 44Cup Marstrand World Championship 2019.

At the skippers briefing in the morning PRO Peter ‘Luigi’ Reggio kept the crews ashore. The race committee then took to the high seas to the west of Marstrand island to check out the conditions. They kept abreast of the situation, on the hour updating crews and owners with news as they waiting patiently in the 44Cup hospitality area on Marstrand’s quayside. However when there was still no wind at 1530, Reggio pulled the plug on racing for the day.

“Forecast was for 6-7 knots and we never saw over 4 – I don’t think at any given time did we have 20 minutes where we could have been sailing, let alone racing,” described Reggio. “The wind was flicking between 180° and 280° and there was no consistency in the puffs going right and the lulls going left or vica versa. Whatever the direction was, was what it wanted to be… It just wasn’t going to work.”

Down on the dock the sailors were making themselves useful as they patiently awaited the outcome. “There has been a bit of breeze in the harbour and I haven’t been out, but I trust Luigi to take the right decision,” said Michele Ivaldi, tactician on Hugues Lepic’s Aleph Racing, which currently leads the 44Cup Marstrand World Championship 2019 by three points. “It is true that it is light until 10pm but you have to draw the line somewhere.

“There was one 470 race I did in Kiel may years ago when we had a warning signal at 8pm. But this is a World Championship and it needs to be fair racing with decent breeze. Let’s hope the wind machine switches on tomorrow.”

As to why there was no breeze today, there was been much head scratching. The water temperature off Marstrand is cold while ashore it has been a hot day with brilliant sunshine – in theory the two components required for a sea breeze to develop. And yet it didn’t.

As to tomorrow, Peter Reggio remains optimistic: “It should be a little bit better than it was today.” Follow live at www.44Cup.org.

Buenos vientos viejo, es hora de navegar por aguas más calmas.

JUAN ALBERTO CADARIO, 1/6/1929 – 7/7/2019

El domingo 7 de julio pasado falleció mi padre Juan Alberto Cadario, arquitecto y maquetista, fundador de “Astillero de Modelos – Modelmakers”. Nacido en Gualeguay, Entre Ríos, paso toda su infancia y adolescencia en su ciudad y a orillas del río Gualeguay, para luego ya más grande trasladarse a La Plata a estudiar arquitectura. Ahi conoció a mi mamá Isabel y juntos, a base de mucho esfuerzo y trabajo lograron crecer y formar una familia con sus tres hijos, María Laura, Leticia y quién escribe. Egresado de la primer camada de arquitectos de la Facultad de Arquitectura de La Plata, empezó a desarrollar su carrera profesional progresivamente. Unos primeros pasos como dibujante en el Ministerio de Obras Publicas, para culminar como Director de Arquitectura de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, un cargo muy importante y significativo. Paralelamente y junto a su socio Rodolfo Ogando, construyeron numerosas casas y edificios principalmente en la ciudad de La Plata y terminales de omnibus y aeropuertos en algunas provincias de Argentina,
Más adelante, y cuando ya la arquitectura pasaba a un segundo plano, su hobbie de realizar maquetas se convertiría poco a poco en su actividad principal y en la que se destaco como artista y artesano.
Eximio dibujante, con una paciencia infinita para el trabajo y una habilidad manual única, de sus manos surgieron grandes trabajos entre los que se destacan todos los modelos completos de los Moro di Venezia, realizados para el empresario italiano Raul Gardini. Esos trabajos fueron realizados parte en Argentina y parte en Ravenna, Italia, adonde estuvo yendo durante dos años. Esas maquetas fueron sin duda su consagración como artista y el punto de partida para un reconocimiento mayor de su trabajo a nivel mundial. El estudio de diseño de German Frers, astilleros como Wally Yachts y Nautor Swan y clubes emblemáticos como el Yacht Club Argentino y el New York Yacht Club, son poseedores de sus trabajos, entre tantos otros.
Su relación con el deporte de la vela fue muy importante también a pesar de haberlo descubierto relativamente grande. Su primer barco fue un snipe llamado “Brujito”, y asi se llamó tambien su último barco. En el medio pasaron el “Chau”, “Eray”, “Quetal” y “Gusano”. Corrió infinidad de regatas en el Río de la Plata, un par de regatas a Río de Janeiro y la tormentosa experiencia de la regata a Mar del Plata con el “Filoso” de su mejor amigo Carlos “Becho” Galván, en la que llegaron a darlos por desaparecidos.
Fue también junto a otros pioneros y amigos, impulsor del deporte de la vela en la región, actividad desarrollada principalmente en el Club de Regatas La Plata y tambien por un breve periodo en el Circulo de la Vela, club creado a pulmón que supo organizar un Campeonato Argentino de Pengüin, la clase más popular de esa época.
Amante de los barcos y la naturaleza, logró tener una vida muy linda, haciendo lo que más le gustaba hacer, un privilegio que pocos se pueden dar hoy en día.
Buenos vientos viejo, es hora de navegar por aguas más calmas. Te quiero.


Europeo femenino de Snipe, cuarto puesto para las argentinas Mariela Salerno y Florencia Buiatti.

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Lithuanian-American Team of Scheidt and Tocke win Snipe Women’s European
Championship in Antwerp.


Normally, a regatta on a tiny inland lake would not be considered a recipe for a successful international regatta, but this past weekend, the revival of the Snipe Women’s European Championship, held in Antwerp, Belgium proved that thinking outside the box, can bring about change in women’s sailing. The event attracted 42 sailors from 11
nations, with the Lithuanian/American team of Olympic medalist, Gintare Scheidt and Kathleen Tocke topping the podium.

The top half of the fleet included former Women’s Snipe World Champions and Vice Champions from Spain, Argentina, Norway, Portugal, and the United States, and countless current and former Olympic-class sailors from the Europe dinghy, Radial, and 470 Classes.

Over three days, eight races, plus a medal race were sailed on Galganweel, a lake so small, that the Class had to forgo regulations for championship course length. A special format was adopted for the championship, with two of the race days having races in the morning, followed by lunch ashore, and then races again in the late afternoon.
The format lessened exhaustion and allowed the competitors to enjoy great Belgian camaraderie and hospitality in the afternoons and evenings.

The short races, light winds, and very shifty conditions on days one and two made for tricky sailing. Winning required not only skill, but also luck. Still, the best teams prevailed. Scheidt and Tocke dominated the first half of the regatta with three straight bullets, only to falter as the wind lessened and shifts became one-sided. The Norwegian team of Anette Melsom Myhre and Anna Sofia Gregersson, sailed consistently in the top three, winning race four, but it was Portugal’s Mafalda Pires de Lima, sailing with Norwegian crew, Maj Kristin Hansen Borgen who
challenged Scheidt and Tocke for the lead, winning races five through seven.

Going into the Medal Race, Scheidt and Pires de Lima were tied, and the Norwegians almost secure for a place on the podium. The final race was a sight to be seen. Spectators lined the little lake and cheered for
the competitors. The sponsors, supplied with sun umbrellas and aperativos, watched the race from a large floating dock, placed just above the windward mark/finish line.

Melsom Myhre and Gregersson won the start and led the medal race from start to finish, moving them up to second place overall. In a dying breeze, Scheidt and Tocke barely crossed the finish line in second, just ahead of the Spanish team of Hernández and Franceschi. Pires de Lima and Hansen Borgen, struggled after a mediocre start, only to make their way to sixth place, dropping them to third overall.

Snipe women are now looking forward to the biannual Women’s World Championship in Sao Paolo, Brazil next year, where Scheidt will meet up with SSL #3 ranked Snipe skipper, Juliana Duque from Brazil and a number of other top American women skippers. The next edition of the Women’s Snipe European Championship will be held in Antwerp in 2021.

FINAL RESULTS, AFTER 9 RACES (1 discard and Medal Race)

1. LTU Gintare SCHEIDT & Kathleen TOCKE, 18
2. NOR Anette MELSOM MYHRE & Anna-Sofia GREGERSSON, 24
3. POR Mafalda PIRES de LIMA & Maj Kristin HANSEN BORGEN, 26
4. ARG Mariela SALERNO & Florencia BUIATTI, 42




Rolex Fastnet Race 2019. A un mes del inicio, veintiún IMOCA inscriptos.

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A month to go: 21 IMOCAs registered for the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race

In just one month from now on Saturday 3rd August, 21 double-handed crews in the IMOCA category will line up off Cowes for the start of the 48th Rolex Fastnet Race, the classic biennial offshore race. Officially part of the IMOCA Globe Series (with a weighting of 2) and part of the selection process for the 2020 Vendée Globe, this 608 mile race takes the fleet via the Fastnet Rock to the finish in Plymouth and will be a good test for the double-handed crews preparing for the Transat Jacques Vabre. This is also an important race for a few boats from the latest IMOCA generation, as we will be able to see what they are capable of as they take part in their first race. Gwénolé Gahinet, the winner of the last edition in which he raced with Paul Meilhat, analyses the line-up and the race course for us.

All of the races on the official IMOCA calendar fill up quickly and smash all the records for the number of boats competing. The Rolex Fastnet Race is no exception, as 21 duos have registered with a month to go to the start. In comparison, there were just nine in the last edition back in 2017.

Not one, not two, but three shiny new IMOCAs
Everyone is looking forward to seeing the competitors sailing on boats that have just come out of the yards. That is particularly true in the case of Sébastien Simon and Vincent Riou, who will be taking part aboard Arkea-Paprec (a Kouyoumdjian design). If things go smoothly, Charlie Dalin and Yann Eliès will also be aboard their new monohull, Apivia (a Verdier design). We will also be able to admire Alex Thomson’s brand new Hugo Boss (a VPLP design). “For these competitors, the Fastnet Race will above all be a way to test the reliability of their new boats. If the weather cooperates, they will be able to get the most out of their machines. But if the wind gets up and the seas are rough, it will be more complicated for them,” explained Gwénolé Gahinet, winner of the race in 2017 with Paul Meilhat on the ex-SMA.

A top class line-up
Paul Meilhat racing with Sam Davies will in fact be one one of the favourites this time. These two excellent sailors will set off aboard Initiatives-Cœur, an IMOCA that has been updated with extremely powerful foils. We will also keep a close eye on Jérémie Beyou and Christopher Pratt, as Charal now seems to be reliable, and on Boris Herrmann (Malizia 2-Yacht Club de Monaco), who is currently in second place in the Globe Series.
There are pairings too in the Rolex Fastnet Race, who will be taking part in their first major race together on some very good boats. That is the case for Yannick Bestaven and Roland Jourdain (Maître CoQ), Kevin Escoffier and Nicolas Lunven (PRB), Isabelle Joschke and Morgan Lagravière (MACSF for the first time as a foiler), Louis Burton and Davy Beaudart (Bureau Vallée 2), Alan Roura and Sébastien Audigane (La Fabrique), and we must not forget Armel Le Cléac’h and Clarisse Crémer on Banque Populaire, an IMOCA that Gwénolé Gahinet knows well, as she is the former SMA. “This is the type of race where that boat is capable of winning, particularly as she sails well upwind,” he said. “Armel finished second on her sistership in the 2012-2013 Vendée Globe and will know how to sail her.”
Then, there are the crews that know each other well, such as Fabrice Amedeo and Eric Péron (Newrest-Art & Fenêtres), Damien Seguin and Yoann Richomme (Groupe Apicil) and Miranda Merron and Halvard Mabire (Campagne de France). For the latter pair, this is an occasion to adapt to the boat. “In general, I’d say that the standard is fairly even and I’m looking forward to a great contest,” explained Gwénolé Gahinet. “I’m pleased too that the line-up reflects the class’s move towards sustainable development, as this is a subject that is very important to me.”

A race that is worth watching
The race course, which is 608 miles long and part of the selection process for the Vendée Globe, is highly technical. The competitors will set off from Cowes, round the Fastnet lighthouse and then sail back down to Plymouth. “Even in the middle of summer, there are often very varied conditions and it can be rough,” analysed Gwénolé Gahinet. “In the Celtic Sea, you have to deal with the various weather systems, ridges of high pressure and the influence of low-pressure systems. It can in fact look like some of the legs in the Solitaire du Figaro race, as they have to tack along the coast making the most of local effects and currents. It’s fantastic to be able to take part in races like the Fastnet Race, where professionals and amateurs come together on small and big boats. It’s good too to be able to show off the IMOCAs to British sailing enthusiasts. This race is really worth watching.”

Entry list – Rolex Fastnet Race 2019 :

Ariel2 – Ari Huusela
Eyesea – Denis van Weynbergh & Lionel Règnier
Campagne de France – Miranda Merron & Halvard Mabire
Superbigou – Pip Hare
Time For Oceans – Stephane le Diraison
Groupe Setin – Manuel Cousin & Gildas Morvan
Pyrsmian – Giancarlo Pedote
Arkea Paprec – Sebastien Simon & Vincent Riou
Bureau Vallée 2 – Louis Burton & Davy Beaudart
Charal – Jeremie Beyou & Christopher Pratt
Hugo Boss – Alex Thomson
Initiatives Coeur – Sam Davies & Paul Meilhat
La Fabrique – Alan Roura & Sébastien Audigane
MACSF – Isabelle Joschke & Morgan Lagravière
Maitre Coq – Yannick Bestaven & Roland Jourdain
Malizia – Boris Herrmann
Newrest Art et Fenêtres – Fabrice Amedeo & Eric Peron
PRB – Kevin Escoffier & Nicolas Lunven
Banque Populaire – Clarisse Crémer & Armel Le Cléac’h
Groupe Apicil – Damien Seguin & Yoann Richomme
V And B – Maxime Sorel.

Campeonato europeo de J70 Malcesine. Petit Terrible de Claudia Rossi, campeón continental por tercera vez

Fuente info FVM

29 JUNE 2019

Malcesine, 28 June 2019 – Malcesine gives us another great sailing day and crowns Claudia Rossi, helm of Petite Terrible, the new J/70 European Champion. Claudia Rossi, in a third continental triumph, with a 4-6-2 series, dominated the final day of the championship, comfortably at ease in windy conditions, with the Sud-Est blowing roughly 15 knots. The title remains in the family, with his daughter who had already won titles in 2016 and 2017, taking the baton from father Alberto Rossi, winner in Vigo in 2018 with his Enfant Terrible.

Quote by Claudia Rossi, Helm of Petite Terrible
“I am so excited and overjoyed about how the regattas went during this championship. We were very consistent and this paid off in the end. Today we finally demonstrated how to navigate with the heart without making too many calculations and for this I want to thank all of my crew because we gave our best and kept on believing until the end. We got our victory and I could not wish for anything more!”
In the Corinthian division the Spanish crew of Abril Verde with skipper Luis Perez Canal finished first, followed by the Maltese crew of Calypso and the Swedish crew of Hilda. Closing out the top five are Douglas Struth and the Brits of DSP and the Italian crew of White Hawk, with Gianfranco Noè at the helm.
The crew of Abril Verde: Luiz Perez Canal, Carlos Sanmartin, Eduardo Reguera, Juan de Cominges Carballo, Luis Darocha.

Quote from Luis Perez Canal, Skipper of Abril Verde
“Thank you to the Race Committee and to all those who made this beautiful Championship possible. Our chemistry with this race field was excellent and this allowed us to race at our maximum, and remain in the top 15 of the fleet. In the end we won the Corinthian title, a success that we pursued since day one and that fills us with joy. We can’t wait to get back here to race again.”

Top 5 J/70 Europeans 2019
1. Petite Terrible – Claudia Rossi (ITA), 44 points
2. Mission Possible – Markus Wieser (GER), 59 points
3. Jcurve – Mauro Roversi (ITA), 65 points
4. Real Club Nautico De Granada – Gustavo Martinez Doreste (ESP), 65 points
5. L’elagain – Franco Solerio (ITA), 73 points

Top 5 J/70 Europeans 2019 : Corinthian Division
1. Abril Verde – Luis Perez Canal (ESP), 78 points
2. Calypso – Sebastian Ripard (MTL), 158 points
3. Hilda – Oscar Lundquist (SWE), 175 points
4. DSP – Douglas Struth (GBR), 175 points
5. White Hawk – Gianfranco Noè (ITA), 192 points

As for the Silver fleet, Stefano Nicolussi’s Vivace is the winner of the series, followed by Carlo Tomelleri’s Enjoy 1.0 and the Spanish crew of Patakin. The winners of the Corinthian division are the Russians of CompuTel, with Andrey Samoylov at the helm.
J/70 Italian Class is sponsored for the 2019 season by Henri Lloyd, Official Clothing Partner, and by Armare Ropes, Garmin, Key One, IMAC Technologies, Girmi, Serena Wines and Powerade.