Fuente info Brest Atlantiques
Paris, Tuesday 12th November 2019
Sébastien Josse analyses the race – Heading for an upwind crossing from Rio to Cape Town
First question Seb, let’s look at the start of “Brest Atlantiques” and the descent into the Bay of Biscay, how did it go for the four trimarans?
As expected, they all sailed safely, leaving with one or two reefs in the main and no headsail; they didn’t have much choice. They knew that there were six tricky hours to come – and in tough conditions to boot. The difference with the Route du Rhum last year is that it was more open, so less demanding for the boats. However, they still set off at a fast pace, at an average speed of 28 knots. They remained bunched initially, but after four or five hours, MACIF unfurled its headsail and immediately gained 4-5 knots of boat speed. The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild was fast to follow, being the competitors they all are.
Then there were different routes to choose, why do you think that was?
Yes, well Maxi Edmond de Rothschild and Actual Leader chose to sail inside the TSS (traffic separation scheme), which wasn’t necessarily the best choice. The route taken by MACIF – to the west – was actually more favourable. I think that choosing this inside course was partly due to the sea’s state; it was a slightly safer choice.
After that, there was a gybing battle…
Yes, and in winds that were actually a lot more erratic than what was forecast. The Maxi Edmond de Rothschild gybed first, and then made two further gybes. I think they tried to escape from a squall which they got caught up in. Here again, they were heading in a more westerly direction, but the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild crossed in front, as the fastest boat in the fleet. They’re always able to keep a little extra in the tank: always a little faster, and a little lower. We saw this happen on the Route du Rhum and in training this year. Which is to be expected, because even though MACIF has had a refit to be more efficient, Gitana 17 is a newer and bigger boat. The MACIF trimaran is 2 metres shorter (30 metres compared to 32).
What about crossing the Doldrums?
I think they all took into account what happened on the Transat Jacques Vabre. Maxi Edmond de Rothschild did well. I think that when going at slower speeds, the damage to MACIF’s rudder has been a disadvantage, as it will have become more difficult to manoeuvre the boat. They may even have lost control at times and perhaps made some 360 turns. At high speeds however, above 25 knots, it’s actually an advantage to not have a central rudder, because it means there’s less drag.
Do you think that Maxi Edmond de Rothschild suffered as a result of the damage to their daggerboard?
Yes, I think that between the Doldrums and Bahia, they should have been going at an average speed of 35 knots or even higher. In reality, they rarely went above 30 knots.
Will these two technical stopovers create enough distance to favour Sodebo Ultim 3 and Actual?
It obviously depends on how long the stopovers take; but yes, of course. As these boats are sailing at over 25 knots at any given time, which means that a pitstop allows those behind to catch up quickly. So, Sodebo will be able to take the lead if they don’t end up having to make any stops. We know that this race will be full of surprises, and these pit stops are just a part of it.
How do you rate the track record of Sodebo Ultim 3 and Actual Leader so far?
We have always known that Actual Leader is a slower boat than the others, and this came to play a part at the start of the race, where she sailed further downwind compared to the others. Looking ahead to the rest of the course in the South Atlantic, it’s going to be a different story. If they make no stops – and everyone else does – they could win. As for Sodebo Ultim 3, we can see that it’s going a little slower than the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild and Trimaran MACIF at certain speeds. I remember hearing Thomas say two years ago that he’d designed this boat for the solo round-the-world attempt originally planned for the end of this year, and because of that, he preferred to have above all a reliable boat. For the time being, it’s proved to be a good decision, since he looks like he’s going to take the lead.
Let’s talk about the rest of the program: what’s the route to Cape Town in the South Atlantic looking like?
Complicated! For the moment, this route will see the boats having to contend with the St. Helena High. The best option will be to pass to the north of the high with upwind conditions for a while. For now, it looks like there’s going to be some upwind sailing between Rio and Cape Town.
And upwind sailing is not very pleasant…
Not necessarily. Today, when these boats are in flight mode, you can sail upwind at 28-30 knots offshore. They’re fitted with shock absorbers, so in terms of comfort, it’s actually not that unpleasant; the boats sail pretty flat. It will be less comfortable for Actual Leader, who doesn’t fly like the others. Otherwise, the disadvantage of upwind sailing is that it puts a little more strain on the boats.
Fuente info China Cup International Regatta
Final Day, China Cup International Regatta, 13th edition
Spain secures first China Cup victory in Shenzhen
Sunday 10 November 2019, Shenzhen, China
Cheche Team conquered the Beneteau 40.7 one-design fleet at the China Cup International Regatta after a lack of wind meant no racing in Shenzhen on the final day of competition. The only fleet that managed a race on Sunday was in IRC A, with Phoenix winning the race and cementing her place at the top of the podium.
Cheche skipper Rayco Tabares Alvarez and his crew celebrated wildly afterwards, having won four of the seven races in the 40.7s over the past five days. “The best race in the China Cup was day three,” said Tabares. “We really enjoyed the long around the island race because we were ahead from quite early and we won by a good distance in the race.”
Even if there had been a race on the final day, the chances are Forever9 would have stayed in second spot, with a big buffer on either side of the scoreboard for Jono Rankine’s crew. “We kept a clean sheet this week,” said Rankine. “No big mistakes at the beginning, which meant we could sail a little more conservatively. We had a buffer today, but we would like to have finished on a high, have a good fun race, but it didn’t happen unfortunately.”
Fuente info TJV
Hugo Boss decides to cut keel as Doldrums loom for leaders
“The keel is now no longer attached to the boat.”
11th Hour Racing hunting the top two
Who can beat Crédit Mutuel?
Race time: 8 days 4 hours
Hugo Boss said today (Monday) that after exhausting all the options, they had decided to cut the keel off their 60ft monohull after damage forced them to withdraw from the 14 edition of the Transat Jacque Vabre Normandie Le Havre on Sunday.
“Last night Alex and Neal were both able to get some rest on board Hugo Boss,” Ross Daniel, Technical Director at Alex Thomson Racing, said. “In the early hours of this morning the skippers resumed their attempts to stabilise the keel.
“Despite their very best efforts, it became clear that keeping the keel attached would put the boat at great risk. With the keel attached only by the hydraulic ram, and in an unstable position, there was a serious risk of significant damage to the hull.
“We did everything that we could to preserve the keel but collectively we determined that it was far too dangerous to keep it in place.
“Therefore, with guidance from our team shore-side, Alex and Neal set about cutting the hydraulic ram to free the keel from the boat. After many hours, they were successful in their efforts and the keel is now no longer attached to the boat.”
Hugo Boss had completed just over a third of the 4,350-mile course of this biennial double-handed race to Salvador de Bahia, Brazil – the longest and toughest in the sailing calendar – when they informed the race office that they collided with an unknown object.
The newly-launched and much admired Hugo Boss is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and now about 460 miles southwest from Madeira and 400 miles northwest of the Canary Islands.
“Alex and Neal have filled the ballast tanks on board and fully extended the foils in order to keep the boat as stable as possible,” Daniel said. “They are currently in light winds and a slight sea state, and we are comfortable that there is no immediate risk to the boat or the skippers.
“The next step is for us to put together the best possible strategy to bring the boat slowly and safely to port. We are currently exploring various options and will provide an update in due course”.
The race: Leaders in charge
For the first day since the start of the race none of the three classes competing have experienced a change of leader. The Class40 are joining the others fleets in the trade winds, they are not a terrain with many overtaking options, they are more about positioning and looking for the best corridor through the Doldrums, which the leading Multi50 will reach at the end of the evening.
IMOCA: 11th Hour Racing on the charge
At the 15:00 UTC ranking, the fastest boat in the leading group was Charlie Enright (USA) / Pascal Bidegorry (FRA) on the 2015 foiler, 11th Hour Racing. Charal may be the most optimised of the new foilers, but they are feeling the heat from behind as they seek the best angle into the Doldrums.
Overnight 11th Hour Racing had moved up two places from fifth to third and at the 15:00 UTC they were just a mile behind the new foiler, Apivia. 11th Hour Racing covered 416 miles in the last 24 hours, 48 more than Apivia and 28 more than Charal, which is 71 miles ahead.
Angles and wind shadows are a feature of this course, where milestones can become millstones if skippers get the passage past (or through) Madeira, the Canary Island and Cape Verde wrong.
In what are proving to be particularly unstable trade winds, 11th Hour Racing benefitted from being further west, but they are undoubtedly fast and Enright, on debut, is looking for more than the third step of the podium.
Britain’s Samantha Davies has climbed back two places into sixth on Initiatives-Coeur, 162 miles behind the leader. She began her overnight message to the race office in confessional mode: “Eight days ago, on the first night of the TJV, in 30+ knots of wind, our big gennaker (or A3 in sailing terms) blew out,” she wrote. The good news is they may not need it again and the Doldrums offers a real chance of podium place.
Class40: Who can beat Crédit Mutuel
After entering the trade winds overnight, the four boats at the front of the fleet have lengthened their stride and taken significant advantage over the rest of the fleet. It is advantage which grew significantly during the day as the newer boats sped away under spinnaker. After a tough first week, they should now accelearate all the way to the Cape Verde islands. For all the efforts of Britain’s Sam Goodchild and his French co-skipper Fabien Delahaye on Leyton in second, the newly-launched Crédit Mutuel (Ian Lipinski and Adrien Hardy), clearly has the edge at the moment, and has shown it in a variety of different conditions over the past few days.
At the 15:00 UTC ranking, Crédit Mutuel had extended the lead over Leyton to 30 miles, after covering 20 more miles (290) in the last 24 hours. Aïna Enfance and Avenir was a further seven miles behind in third.
“We have 15 -18 knots and an easy sea,” Lipinski said this morning “This is the third idyllic night since the start. We haven’t touched the helm since Ushant (after the first night).
“The passage through the ridge went well, without any particular complication, and we’re as happy looking at our track on Adrena, as a skier looking back at his track after descending a slope.”
A little like in the IMOCA, small Class40 groups have formed and they are having their own races-within-the race. We will have to wait until the entire fleet has passed the Canaries to establish a reliable hierarchy within the fleet of 22 duos still en route to Salvador de Bahia.
Eärendil left Madeira this morning at the same time as Equipe Voile Parkinson was approaching the island to also make repairs.
- Groupe GCA Mille et un sourires tonight.
- Charal: Early in the overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday.
Fuente info Mini-Transat La Boulangère
Saturday 2 november 2019
Clean start for the second leg of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère!
This Saturday 2 November, the start of the second leg of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère was given at 14:33 UTC in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The fleet is bound for Le Marin, in Martinique. The race set sail in lovely conditions with a trade wind of around fifteen knots, which is due to build as the competitors get clear of the Canary Islands. The weather is forecast to be good, favouring a rapid passage throughout the 2,700 miles leading to Martinique. Axel Tréhin (prototype) and Ambrogio Beccaria (production) are leading the way at the end of the first leg, but there is little separating the chasing pack and this second act may completely reshuffle the cards.
Reactions from the sailors as they leave the pontoons:
Ambrogio Beccaria (production boat, winner of the first leg): “I’m a bit stressed as the weather is moving around a lot. It’s not easy to decide whether we need to head South or North. We’ll need to adapt to the situation rather than sticking to a ready-made strategy. However, that’s one thing I know how to do. Once we set sail, things will be a lot better. I think there will continue to be little separating us.”
Keni Piperol (production boat, 14th in the first leg): “The start of the race is going to be important. We’re going to have to put in some good tacks, position ourselves nicely and avoid having our passage blocked in the wind shadows created by the islands. We’ve been wanting to get back out sailing again for a while now. I’ve already completed the Mini-Transat but every passage is different. The boat isn’t the same and the conditions are different.”
Céline Sallès (production boat, 54th in the first leg): “It’s hard to find the words to describe what’s going on in my head, there’s a big mixture of emotions. So much has happened just to get to this stage, it’s almost a relief to be here. When we unroll the course chart, we realise that we’re pretty small on our little boats. I’m going to try to move up the leader board a few places, but I don’t feel any stress in that regard.”
Pierre Moizan (prototype, 12th in the first leg): “We’ve been preparing for this for a very long time, nearly three years in my case. It’s strange to be here on the big day itself. Yesterday, I felt very stressed but today things are better. After a three-week break, we’re really going to need to get back into the swing of things. A few hours on the boat and we’ll be able to get back into the rhythm. We may come across some friends from the Transat Jacques Vabre, which will be nice.”
Daniele Nanni (production boat, 55th in the first leg): “I feel happy, the weather is very good and the boat is ready. It’s going to be the perfect transatlantic. It’s the first time that I’ve really crossed the Atlantic singlehanded. It’s exciting and a bit stressful. I still find it a bit hard to grasp the fact that I’m going to take the start of the second leg of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère.”
Further information to follow over the course of the afternoon
Fuente info WS
Marco Gradoni becomes youngest Rolex World Sailor of the Year; Anne-Marie Rindom receives female honour
For immediate release: 10/30/2019
Issued on behalf of: World Sailing
Italy’s Marco Gradoni was crowned the 2019 male Rolex World Sailor of the Year on Tuesday 29 October in Bermuda, becoming the youngest ever recipient, at the World Sailing Awards. Anne-Marie Rindom of Denmark received the female accolade to follow in the footsteps of the all-time great sailors.
Gradoni, at 15 years old, was crowned Rolex World Sailor of the Year for his success in the Optimist class, having won three consecutive World Championship titles, the first sailor to ever achieve this result.
Rindom has dominated the Laser Radial over the last 12 months and found rhythm that was unrivalled as she secured her second world title, which has highlighted her as a favourite for Tokyo 2020 gold.
The World Sailing Awards celebrate outstanding achievement and exceptional contributions to the sport of sailing. It is the social highlight of World Sailing’s Annual Conference and recognises success throughout the sport.
Alongside the Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards, the F50 used in SailGP received the Goslings Boat of the Year Award, while Wizard won the Hempel Team of the Year Award following their success in offshore racing.
For setting a benchmark in sustainability, the RYA / The Green Blue received the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award.
The Beppe Croce Trophy was awarded posthumously to Jeff Martin, who dedicated his life to sailing through his involvement in the Laser class, and the President’s Development Award went to Oman Sail, for growing the sport in their nation and region.
Gradoni becomes the youngest recipient of the Rolex World Sailor of the Year
Italy’s Marco Gradoni is the most accomplished sailor of his age group and from September 2018 he won every single Optimist event he participated in, securing 14 gold medals.
He won the 2017 and 2018 editions of the Optimist World Championship and made history in 2019, winning the largest Optimist World Championship in Antigua. Facing 250 sailors from 65 nations, he excelled and also spearheaded the Italian team to the Optimist Team Racing Championship title.
Speaking at the Awards ceremony he commented, “It’s a dream come true to be sat here in Bermuda with the best sailors of the world. It is something really amazing for me. The list of previous winners are the most famous people of sailing and to be with them is unbelievable but I know that I have to stay focused on my goals because this is important. I’m speechless because this is a dream come true. It is such an honour for me.
“Since 2017 I have worked a lot and tried to stay focused. Every day I thought about where I had to improve and study and do things at my best level and it worked. From 2017 I won a lot and in the last 12 months I have won everything. I’d like to thank my mum for supporting me.”
Rindom’s dominance recognised with Rolex World Sailor of the Year honour
The road to an Olympic Games has its ups and downs and regular success is often hard to come by. Denmark’s Anne-Marie Rindom has found form at the right time ahead of Tokyo 2020 and has been the leading Laser Radial sailor in 2019.
She secured her second world title in 2019 and that success has not been isolated; throughout 2019 she has secured gold medals at four high-profile events.
Before she headed to Japan for the 2019 World Championship, Rindom secured gold at the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia Regatta in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. She then topped the standings at her second consecutive event after she won in light and challenging wind conditions at the Hempel World Cup Series event in Genoa, Italy. Just weeks later she made it three in a row by securing the European Championship title in Porto, Portugal, moving to World #1 as a result.
On her achievements, Rindom commented, “To become Rolex World Sailor of the Year and joining a list of legends is truly amazing. I’m so delighted to be on that list and it’s a great honour for me. It meant a lot to be nominated and I was very happy and excited to just be here but to win it is amazing. I have got my sister here with me. She’s come all this way and we’re only here for 50 hours so tonight we will celebrate and fly home tomorrow morning.
“This year has been the best year of my career so far so I’m very pleased with how it’s going. We are training for next year, the Olympic year, so it’s going to be an important year.”
RYA / The Green Blue set benchmark to win the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award
Throughout 2018 and 2019, the RYA / The Green Blue, a joint environmental programme, upped their sustainability efforts and reached significant numbers of individual sailors. For this, they secured the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award.
The Green Blue’s main objective is to empower boaters to take action on sustainability through providing clear training and guidance on key issues. They provide extensive advice to the British boating community in print and online, train instructors and deliver workshops with clubs and centres throughout the year.
Through industry events, club conferences and delivery through the RYA’s and British Marine’s training programmes, they continue to engage sailors within the nation.
Kate Fortnam, RYA Campaigns Manager at the RYA, received the Award from World Sailing Vice-President Jan Dawson and Jill Savery, Sustainability Director, 11th Hour Racing.
Savery commented, “Congratulations to the Royal Yachting Association / The Green Blue for rising to the top of a great pool of candidates for the 2019 World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award.
“I applaud their commitment to developing practical tools and resources to help the sailing community adopt sustainable solutions and operations. This work directly supports the World Sailing Agenda 2030 goals, and our mission at 11th Hour Racing to protect and restore the health of our ocean.”
Wizard claim Hempel Team of the Year
David and Peter Askew’s team on Wizard received the Hempel Team of the Year Award after a highly successful 2019 where they dominated the offshore circuit.
Wizard took the Award ahead of Alinghi, the Australian SailGP Team and Wild Oats XI.
Skippered by Charlie Enright, the team featured offshore veterans such as Will Oxley, Richard Clarke and Mark Towill and won the 2019 RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy, the West to East Transat Race and the Rolex Fastnet Race in 2019.
Stan Honey, leading oceanic sailor, received the award from World Sailing Vice-President Yann Rocherieux on behalf of the Askew brothers.
Supercharged F50 secures Goslings Boat of the Year Award
For its cutting-edge technology that has been carefully developed over the past ten years, the F50 beat the Sunfast 3300 and Ichi Ban to the Goslings Boat of the Year Award.
Launched for SailGP, the fan-centric grand prix racing circuit, the F50 is a high-tech, one design class and is powered by a 24-metre wingsail and flies above the water on hydrofoils which has produced a 15% performance gain in comparison to its predecessor, the AC50.
SailGP features a fleet of six F50s, three of which are complete new builds. Compared to the AC50, they have been extensively modified with new foils and board cases, new rudders and elevators, new hydraulics and electronics, a new cockpit layout for five crew, a new steering system, and a new flight control system operated by a joystick.
Sir Russell Coutts, CEO of SailGP, attended to receive the Award from World Sailing Vice-President Torben Grael on behalf of the F50.
Jeff Martin posthumously awarded the Beppe Croce Trophy
Jeff Martin was posthumously awarded the Beppe Croce Trophy after he sadly passed away in January this year. Angie Martin, Jeff’s wife, received the trophy from World Sailing President Kim Andersen and Vice-President, Gary Jobson.
Martin dedicated his life to sailing and more specifically, the Laser class. His engagement with sailors and members worldwide undoubtedly enabled more countries to compete internationally. This subsequently enabled more nations to participate in the Olympic Games and established a legacy for these nations from elite sailing to the grassroots.
In 1981, Jeff became an International Judge and an International Race Officer and Measurer in November 1998. His involvement in World Sailing started in 1991 and he served as Vice Chairman of the Classes Committee from 1991 to 1994 and again from 1999 to 2000. In 2001 he became Chairman of the Classes Committee and a Council representative and held the post through to 2016.
His work worldwide through the Laser saw friendships form with sailors, race officials and global sports administrators. He has left a true legacy to sailing and to all those who were lucky enough to cross his path.
Oman Sail’s development recognised
The President’s Development Award is awarded to those who strive to develop and grow the sport on a national or international basis.
World Sailing President Kim Andersen handed the award to Oman Sail in 2019 with CEO, David Graham, receiving the accolade on behalf of the organisation.
Commenting at the ceremony on Oman Sail, Andersen expressed, “Over the last ten year’s Oman Sail has taken a huge step forward in in growing the sport. They have grown from nothing to 200 people tirelessly working across multiple pillars of our sport including coaching, officiating, media, governance and event management.
“Their youth program has enabled youth sailors to move through the ranks and their sailors now have realistic goals of reaching Tokyo 2020. Furthermore, barriers to participation have been shattered and mixed sailing has become the norm in a previously passive nation.”
Graham thanked His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said for creating the vision for Oman Sail and enabling citizens to make a greater contribution as well as the staff delivering the programme of work.
Velista71 receives 2019 eSailing World Championship Trophy
Having won the eSailing World Championship Final earlier on in the day, Italy’s Velista71 received the 2019 eSailing World Championship Trophy from World Sailing President Kim Andersen.
Read more on the eSailing World Championship here and watch the live final back here.
By Daniel Smith – World Sailing
Fuente info TJV
Weather could be the great leveller for IMOCA’s futuristic foiling fleet
Five latest generation IMOCA on the startline, 11 more foilers A 14-15 day finish?
LE HAVRE, FRANCE – OCTOBER 23: Imoca 11th Hour Racing skippers Charlie Enright and Pascal Bidegorry are posing for exhibition portraits during pre-start of the Transat Jacques Vabre 2019, duo sailing race from Le Havre, France, to Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, on October 23, 2019 in Le Havre, France. (Photo by Jean-Louis Carli/Alea)
Sunday, November 27 will usher in a new dawn for sailing as the great ocean class for the last 30 years, the 60ft monohull IMOCA, makes a giant leap for the start the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre.
The latest generation foilers can almost fly but the weather forecast suggests the 14th edition of the bi-annual double-handed Route du Café will see the boats take baby steps. The disruptive technology jump means that they would be capable of a 10-day sprint along the 4,350 miles from Le Havre to Salvador de Bahia, but not this time.
14-15 day finish forecast
What looked like a 12-13 day finish for the longest and toughest transat in the racing calendar on Thursday had become 14-15 days on the routing by Friday with just 48 hours to the start.
The start looks clean and fast but a low-pressure system over the Azores has complicated the opening phase.
“The forecast has been consistent for a few days now and there are two scenarios,” Antoine Koch, co-skipper of the brand new Advens for Cybersecurity, said. “In one, you go a long way west and you try to around the low pressure that is slightly west of the Azores. If you want to go around that low it’s a really long way west and then a long way south, making a very long course. And there’s a bit of uncertainty because we don’t know exactly where the centre of the low is going to be in one week.
East is best?
“The other possibility is to stay along the coast and then you have a little bit of upwind, a little bit of downwind and then you have to cross a ridge (of high pressure) and then a second ridge, and a third, so that’s not an easy road. The tradewinds die with that low, but they normally come back from the east, so this eastern course may be safer than the western one.”
Alex Thomson, Hugo Boss, said his latest routing was saying, “These boats are capable of doing it in 10 days but the latest weather says 14-17 days, but it’s really changing a lot with every forecast. It looks like you have to make a choice at Ushant.”
The different capabilities of the boats may see some very different trajectories as illustrated by the fastest rookie in the west, Charlie Enright. (11th Hour Racing) “You can go west and hit some conditions that would really favour our boat, but could also break the boat in half,” the American skipper said. “Or you can go east, which doesn’t suit our boat as much, but has less risk. That front will come about 3-4 days in, but we’ll need to make the decision sooner as we get around Pointe de Corsen and the western most point of Brittany.”
Enright’s entry adds another dimension to this technological leap as his learning curve is with a view configuring a new boat for a team in the Ocean Race, which has announced the next edition will be in IMOCA.
This opening of a new chapter will see the bewildering array of architectural choices around their whiskers, new and old, face much more than a speed test.
Four years ago at the Transat Jacques Vabre five new foilers arrived and four did not finish. But the speed advantages were clear, the trend set and the foils bigger and wilder. Le Havre had shown the way and 15 months later three foiling boats were on the podium for the Vendée Globe.
The 16 foilers
Fast forward to 2019 and 16 of the 29 IMOCA have foils. Charal (Jérémie Beyou / Christopher Pratt) is the most successful and most people’s favourite having had more after launching last year – although it must be noted that it has never crossed the Atlantic.
Four new boats that launched at the end of summer will confront them: Advens for Cybersecurity (Thomas Ruyant, / Antoine Koch), Apivia (Charlie Dalin / Yann Elies), Hugo Boss (Alex Thomson, Neal McDonald) and Virbac Paprec (Sébastien Simon / Vincent Riou). Sadly, Virbac Paprec broke its port foil during the delivery to Le Havre, so will be flying with one wing.
Five boats, three different architects. After years of collaboration, VPLP and Verdier are now competitors. Charal and Hugo Boss went with VPLP. Apivia and Advens for Cyberscurity with Verdier while Arkea Paprec chose Juan Kouyoumdjian.
The variety of designers changes the situation of IMOCA, which has always worked in dominant waves (Finot-Conq, Farr Yacht Design then VPLP-Verdier). Foils in C, U, or L-shape are inventing a new alphabet. Who will be the first skipper to learn to read it?
In training, many of the other boats have experience Charal flying over the top of them in reaching conditions. Alex Thomson claims that |”Hugo Boss is running at 30 knots per 18 knots of wind.”
“The boats are much, much faster; the gains could be up to 10%, but they are much more demanding,” Koch, also a naval architect, said, adding that there is a lot of configuration work to do, especially in downwind conditions.
“These boats that have been virtual for a long time, existing only on papers and on video, in Le Havre we are finally discovering them,” Morgan Lagravière, co-skipper to Isabelle Joschke, on MACSF said. This 2007 IMOCA was revived with huge foils, as has been Initiatives-Coœr (Sam Davies / Paul Meilhat). That makes Kevin Escoffier (PRB, equipped with 2018 foils) say now you have “to talk not in generations of boats but in generations of foils.”
“The higher you fly high, the harder you fall.”
There is the theory and the practice. The boats have the structure and rigging that remain monotypes, calculated in 2013. And because the foilers crash back into the water as soon as the balance is broken, as there is a lack of support as the stern. The class rule forbids, for the moment, planing rudders. As Michel Desjoyeaux, winner of the IMOCA class in the 2007 Transat Jacques Vabre and twice a Vendee Globe winner) said, the IMOCA are “like stools with one leg missing.” And as Thomson said: “The higher you fly high, the harder you fall.” He should still be driest of the skippers. The cockpits of the latest generation are protected but Hugo Boss is only one to be fully enclosed with cameras giving him live feed of the sail trim.
Big waves and a confused sea state will be a big leveller at this stage of the learning curve though and the fastest older generation boats will fancy their chances. PRB (Kévin Escoffier / Nicolas Lunven) and 11th Hour Racing (Charlie Enright / Pascal Bidégorry) look the most dangerous of the previous generation. But in total 11 boats from previous generations have been upgraded with foils. Picking a winner has never been harder.
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Bermuda to host the 2019 eSailing World Championship Live Final on 29 October
For immediate release: 10/25/2019
Issued on behalf of: World Sailing
The top eight eSailors will battle it out to be crowned the 2019 eSailing World Champion at the Championship Final on Tuesday 29 October at the Southampton Fairmont Hotel, Bermuda.
The second edition of the eSailing World Championship comes following an extensive series that began in January. Held from 14:00 – 14:30 local time on 29 October, the final will be live streamed across World Sailing’s YouTube and Facebook.
Who made the final?
Five different nations will compete at the 2019 eSailing World Championship Final with Australia and the Netherlands represented live for the first time.
The first spot in the final was awarded to HAVUC from Turkey who currently holds 905 points in the worldwide ranking. Joining HAVUC in the 2019 eSailing World Championship Final are:
Bart Lambriex (NED)
SNPJ Luca 56124 (ITA)
At the inaugural eSailing World Championship Final in 2018, L1 of France was crowned the champion in a winner-takes-all final race. He returns to defend the title and comes in as the fifth best player in the world.
LaMerNoire, also from France, was world number one heading into the 2018 Final so will be looking to take the title this year.
2019 will see the youngest ever eSailor qualify for the final. At just 16-years-old Italy’s SNPJ Luca 56124 booked his ticket to Bermuda, highlighting how eSailing allows the entire sailing community to compete against each other throughout the season – regardless of age, location and sailing experience.
The intricacies of sailing are perfectly captured on the Virtual Regatta Inshore Game, the leading digital sailing platform that hosts the eSailing World Championship and real life, leading sailors regularly race. Bart Lambriex (NED), world #22 in the 49er, has also qualified. In 2019, the Dutch sailor has raced at Hempel World Cup Series events in Miami and Genoa as well as Kieler Woche. In 2018 he raced at the Aarhus Hempel Sailing World Championships and is touted as a future Olympian.
The 2019 season
Launched on 22 January 2019 at boot Düsseldorf in Germany, the 2019 season has encompassed over 121,000 races, with over 20,000 registered eSailors competing, with the aim of reaching the Finals Playoff to book a place in Bermuda.
Winter, Spring and Summer seasons brought together 100 Graded Digital Challenges lasting between one and five days. At the end of each season, Playoffs were held to decide who would qualify to the Finals Playoff. One hundred qualified from the Winter Season, 150 from Spring and 200 from Summer. Winners of each Digital Challenge automatically qualified with the remaining Finals Playoffs places decided via the eSailing World Championship ranking.
The September Finals Playoff decided who would qualify to the Bermuda Final. The top 1,000 eSailors competed over a two-week period in over 3,000 races. Those with the best scores on the leader board upon its conclusion qualified for a spot in the final and a chance at becoming the 2019 World Champion.
The top eight finalists will complete six preliminary races, in different boats and locations. A seventh race will be held in the live show, held in the Olympic skiff, the 49er, where San Francisco will be the virtual host.
Following this the top six competitors will advance to the double-points final which will be held in F50 boats in Sydney. Whoever comes out on top across the series will be crowned the 2019 Champion.
Alongside the honour of becoming the second eSailing World Champion, the winner will receive a $10,000 USD cheque, provided by Virtual Regatta.
The coveted eSailing World Championship Trophy will then be presented as part of the World Sailing Awards evening, which will take place later that evening.
How to play
The game can be played on desktop and via iOS and Android devices by following the links below:
Desktop – https://www.virtualregatta.com/en/index_vrinshore.php
iOS – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/virtual-regatta-inshore/id1182301199?mt=8
Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.virtualregatta.inshore&hl=en
By Deanna Jevans – World Sailing
Fuente info Mirabaud
Mirabaud Sailing Video Award – Votes are open!
What is the best sailing video produced this year? The Mirabaud Sailing Video Award has been created to celebrate the best filmmakers, video producers, cameramen, editors and producers. The public is invited to vote online until November 18.
October 25, 2019 – The Mirabaud Sailing Video Award invites the public to discover the best sailing videos produced this year, and to contribute to the selection of the best ones by voting online.
34 film makers or video producers spanning 10 countries submitted a video this year. Open to professional directors, editors or cameramen, as well as professional sailors who produce videos during international regattas, the Mirabaud Sailing Video Award aims to celebrate the very best sailing videos produced each year and their authors.
This year, impressive videos from the IMOCA class, the Ultime super-multihulls, Sail GP, Olympic classes or the Golden Globe Race have been submitted. Some prestigious sailors such as Franck Cammas, Sam Davies, Jérémie Beyou or Armel Le Cléac’h are featured in some of the videos submitted.
The winners of the Mirabaud Sailing Video award will be celebrated at an official prize giving ceremony held in Bilbao (ESP) on 25 November, during the gala evening of the Yacht Racing Forum, in front of the sports leading personalities from all over the world.
The main prize – the Mirabaud Sailing Video Award – will be determined by the six members of the international jury.
The Public Prize is based on the number of votes on the website, between October 25 and November 18. We kindly invite you to discover the best videos of the year, vote and select the best!