VOR 2017-18. Mapfre juega al límite con la zona de exclusión.

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23 de marzo de 2018
El MAPFRE se adueña del Océano Sur a base de trasluchadas

El sexto día de la Etapa 7 de la Volvo Ocean Race comenzó con una reorganización de la clasificación en la que MAPFRE y Dongfeng Race Team se lanzaron al frente de la flota.

Los dos temidos barcos rojos fueron recompensados ​​por elegir la opción más difícil, en la que tenían que hacer muchas más trasluchadas, mientras la flota bordea la Zona de Exclusión de Hielo, en las profundidades del Océano Sur.

Mientras que Team AkzoNobel y Vestas 11th Hour Racing, el dúo que dominaba hasta la fecha, ha maniobrado menos veces en las últimas 24 horas el, MAPFRE sumó hasta ocho trasluchadas mientras buscaban obtener el máximo beneficio de ser el barco más al sur.

Trasluchar en un Volvo Ocean 65 con viento fuerte y olas enormes no es tarea fácil, y requiere que todos los miembros de la tripulación estén despiertos y en cubierta para llevar a cabo la maniobra, extremadamente física.

Pero al igual que durante la Etapa 3, el patrón del MAPFRE, Xabi Fernández, y el del Dongfeng, Charles Caudrelier, demostraron que están dispuestos a llevar a sus tripulaciones al límite absoluto para alcanzar el primer puesto.

Y valió la pena, ya que MAPFRE resurgió como el nuevo líder de la Etapa 7 con Dongfeng a menos de nueve millas en segundo puesto.

Prudente como siempre, Xabi Fernández prefiere no poner demasiado énfasis en su nueva posición. “La pasada noche ha sido complicada, con bastante viento ya. El frente pasó con un role grande. Después de esta primera trasluchada creo que nos posicionamos muy bien, somos el barco de la flota más al Sur y al Este, liderando por el momento, lo que está muy bien, incluso sabiendo que todo está muy apretado”.

Xabi explicaba la escena. “Estamos navegando casi en paralelo a la zona de exclusión, a unas tres millas de ella, y creo que nos queda como una hora para estar listos de nuevo y trasluchar, que va a ser una trasluchada corta para luego volver a estar amurados a estribor durante más tiempo. Veremos cómo resulta todo esto y cómo evoluciona la flota después de esta noche”.

En el Dongfeng reconocen que el riesgo es evidente. “Las peores condiciones se dan en el sur: agua más fría, noches más oscuras, más viento y estás muy lejos de cualquier lugar si algo sale mal”, reconocía el proa Jack Bouttell.

“Todos tienen una mentalidad ligeramente diferente con las maniobras en el sur porque es mucho más peligroso. Llevarlas a cabo es un equilibrio entre hacerlos rápidamente para que estés en cubierta lo menos posible pero también teniendo más cuidado. Puedes lastimarte muy rápido”, remata.

El team AkzoNobel lamentaba haber perdido su ventaja después de más de 1,000 millas en el primer puesto.

“Dongfeng pasó por la proa de nuestro barco esta mañana, y desafortunadamente MAPFRE también estaba con ellos”, dijo Nicolai Sehested. “Anoche estuvieron detrás de nosotros y ahora nos han cruzado, así que no ha sido la mejor mañana. Sin embargo, todavía quedan 15 mañanas más, así que puede cambiar “.

El único equipo que se ha retrasado algo más es el Team Sun Hung Kai / Scallywag, que ha perdido 90 millas, pero con casi 5.000 millas (y el paso por Cabo de Hornos) aún por disputarse, el podio de la Etapa 7 está totalmente en el aire.

Europeo abierto de Finn 2018, día 5. Heiner y Wright se aseguran medalla en la previa de la Medal race.

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Heiner leads Finn fleet into Europeans medal race as Cádiz turns it up again
March 16, 2018 Admin News, Press Release

Both Nicholas Heiner, from the Netherlands, and Edward Wright, from Britain, are guaranteed medals at the Open and U23 Finn Europeans in Cadiz after the final day of the Opening Series on Friday. The conditions were again exceptional, with Briton, Ben Cornish, winning another race, while Swedish world champion, Max Salminen, moved up to third, with just the medal race to sail.

In the U23 championship, Nils Theuninck, from Switzerland, returns to the lead, holding a one-point lead over defending champion Henry Wetherell, from Britain. Third placed Ondrej Teply, from Czech Republic, is 34 points adrift.

The day started with heavy rain, and then a postponement as the skies cleared and the sun made a welcome appearance. Three races were scheduled but after the late start, and then a delay in starting the first race, it meant that only one race was added to the scoresheet – the re-sail of the abandoned Race 8 from Thursday.

Getting underway in 12-14 knots, the fleet rounded the top mark pretty tight with Victor Gorostegui, of Spain, leading round from Deniss Karpak, from Estonia and Alican Kaynar from Turkey. Karpak led at the gate but then it all changed again on the second upwind with USA’s Caleb Paine leading round from Nenad Bugarin, from Croatia and Tapio Nirkko, from Finland.

Cornish rounded fourth and passed all three downwind to record his third race win in a row. Paine crossed second with Bugarin third.

With the time limit set at 16.00, the race committee did a great job setting up fast and firing the first warning signal just after 15.45. However the fleet was too keen and two general recalls later, time had run out and the fleet was sent back to the harbour.

Cornish was philosophical about his win after the previous day’s race win had been scrubbed.

“It was nice to get out there and put right what went wrong yesterday. I was a bit disappointed that the race got thrown out yesterday. But it was nice to go out with a clear head and go and get another race win.”

He was about 20th round the first mark, but then, had “a good first downwind and I seemed to hit every shift up the second beat which gave me a good chance down the last run. I managed to slide my way down for the win.”

“It’s such a shame we didn’t get the last race in with such nice conditions. But as it comes to the end of the week everyone is desperate for something and just pushes harder and harder.”

Salminen also had mixed feelings about the abandoned race, where he placed sixth.

“It’s been an amazing last two days with really big waves and the sun finally came out with nice medium wind, and it’s been going good.”

“Yesterday we had some big rain clouds coming through that shifted things around a bit, but I am really happy with my speed and my performance overall. Then we had a little hairy second race yesterday that finally got kicked out and I placed sixth in that race, and that was bothering me last night. Then I came back today and actually scored better, at least compared to the guys around me on the scoreboard. So that feels really good.”

He placed seventh today and goes into the medal race in the bronze medal position, but he knows he still has a fight on his hands with four sailors capable of taking it away from him.

“It’s really pleasing to be up there. Unfortunately first and second is out of reach which is a shame but that didn’t happen today, that happened on the first two days. But I am pleased with my sailing towards the end.”

One of those who will challenge him in the medal race is the 2013 world champion, Jorge Zarif, from Brazil.

“I think this week has been a really good week. I had really bad starts but I played the right sides so I had consistent results, which has put me in sixth overall, and I hope I can do something well in the medal race tomorrow. I am really looking forward to it. I have to pass three guys but the maths is possible so let’s see.”

Nicholas Heiner has led from Day 1, and needs to be within two boats of Wright to secure his first Finn championship title.

He described the day, “Eventually the wind kicked in really quickly and it was another nice sailing day. It was really patchy for the first race and really tricky conditions. I didn’t have the speed upwind so I got buried a little bit, but luckily I had the speed downwind and I knew I had to put it down on the last run to secure points on Ed, who was in front of me, I was really happy to at least get one decent result in today and it’s all on tomorrow.”

But he won’t be happy with anything but gold.

“I have a five point lead and am guaranteed a medal, but I have been leading all week and we want to finish that way for sure. It’s another yacht race tomorrow and only ten boats and a massive forecast so I think it will be good fun and a lot of action.”

There will be two races going on inside the medal race. Gold and silver will go to Heiner or Wright, while five sailors are in the mix for the bronze. Seventh placed Cornish is only 13 points adrift and after his performance the last two days, who would write off a second Europeans bronze medal in a row.

The forecast is so bad for Saturday that the medal race has been brought forward to 09.30 in an attempt to get racing in before the wind really kicks in. Even then the forecast for 09.00 is for strong wind from 25-30 knots. The final race for the rest has been rescheduled for 10.30.

Results after eight races:

1 NED 89 Nicholas Heiner 42
2 GBR 11 Edward Wright 47
3 SWE 33 Max Salminen 67
4 USA 6 Caleb Paine 67
5 NZL 24 Josh Junior 71
6 BRA 109 Jorge Zarif 75
7 GBR 91 Ben Cornish 80
8 FRA 112 Jonathan Lobert 87
9 CRO 1 Josip Olujic 91
10 GRE 77 Ioannis Mitakis 94

Full results here.

VOR 2017-18, la flota se prepara para la etapa más dura.

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16 de marzo de 2018
El infernal Océano Sur espera de nuevo a la Volvo Ocean Race

El MAPFRE defiende el liderato en la general en la Etapa 7, la más dura y fría de la presente edición de la regata

Los siete equipos que componen la flota de la Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 afrontan este fin de semana la salida de una de las etapas más emblemáticas de la vela océanica, que les llevará desde Auckland (Nueva Zelanda) a Itajaí (Brasil).

Esta séptima etapa es un desafío mítico al Océano Sur; un maratón de 7,600 millas náuticas a través de los Cincuenta Aullantes, las inhóspitas y remotas aguas al sur de los 50 grados de latitud que circundan la Antártida, alrededor del temible Cabo de Hornos.

“Va a hacer mucho frío”, afirma Bouwe Bekking, el patrón del Team Brunel, que está dando su octava vuelta al mundo. “Probablemente sea la mejor navegación que puedas tener. Conocemos tan bien a los barcos en este momento de la regata que los apretaremos al 100 por ciento”.

“Y pasar por Cabo de Hornos es un gran estímulo psicológico, ya que sabes que has dejado atrás el Océano Sur, cada milla que vas hacia el norte hace más calor. Es algo divertido, habrá momentos en que lo odiarás, pero sabes que hay mejores momentos y cuando llegues a Brasil, te olvidarás de todo lo malo y te quedas con lo bueno”.

La etapa 7 tiene doble puntuación, con un punto extra adicional otorgado al primer barco que pase por Cabo de Hornos. Con tantos puntos en juego, esta clásica etapa del Océano Sur, un regreso a los orígenes de la regata, va a ser decisiva en la clasificación.

El MAPFRE es el líder de la general después de seis etapas, pero los demás equipos han demostrado que están mejorando sus prestaciones de forma evidente.

“Por supuesto que siento que se acercan cada vez más rápido, pero solo podemos hacer una cosa: sacar el máximo al barco, navegar bien y tratar de ganar esta etapa”, dice el patrón de MAPFRE, Xabi Fernández, que ha pasado ya en seis ocasiones por Cabo de Hornos. “Si podemos ganar esta etapa, será un gran paso adelante. No hay nada que cambiar, solo tenemos que navegar un poco mejor que los demás y seguir dándolo todo”.

Scallywag es uno de los equipos que viene de menos a más. El patrón David Witt fue conciso cuando se le preguntó sobre la etapa. “Vamos a ganar la etapa o a romper la jarcia. Esa es la mentalidad”, dijo Witt. “Esta es una gran oportunidad para que el Scallywag haga algo o retroceda hacia la parte posterior del grupo … No nos importa lo que salga mal o lo que se rompa… Simplemente vamos a por todas”.

Otro equipo que está subiendo en la clasificación es el team AkzoNobel. El patrón Simeon Tienpont llevó a su equipo a la victoria en la etapa de Auckland, y ahora está decidido a continuar apretando. “Siempre hay que mirar la regata como un todo y queda más del 50 por ciento de los puntos por adjudicarse. Hemos mejorado mucho con una gran curva de aprendizaje. Estamos trabajando increíblemente duro y queremos mantener el impulso. La victoria en la etapa en Auckland demostró que estamos en el camino correcto y nos dio algo de confianza”.

La Zona de Exclusión de Hielo para la Etapa 7 se encuentra muy al sur, en los 59 grados Sur. En teoría, esto acortará la distancia que los barcos necesitan hacer, y acelerará la etapa. Pero tiene un precio: un frío glacial, olas enormes y vientos durísimos.

“No puedes ignorar dónde nos metemos y la responsabilidad que recae sobre el patrón”, afirma Dee Caffari, patrona del Turn the Tide on Plastic. “Pero en la Etapa 3, desde Ciudad del Cabo hasta Melbourne, todo el mundo probó la humedad, el frío y el viento que puede haber. No descendemos a lo desconocido, lo que te da mucha más confianza”.

El patrón del Dongfeng, Charles Caudrelier, puede hablar de primera mano sobre lo desafiante que puede ser esta parte del mundo.

“Seguro que es una etapa difícil. A veces hay que olvidar la regata y cuidar el barco y la tripulación “, dijo. “Conozco esto muy bien. ¡He hecho esta etapa dos veces y nunca he terminado con el mástil entero! ¡Y Pascal (Bidégorry) hizo esto dos veces y nunca pasó del Cabo de Hornos! ¡Ese es uno de nuestros objetivos, pasar el Cabo de Hornos y terminar con el mástil!”.

El Vestas 11th Hour Racing regresa a la competición después de perderse las últimas dos etapas por los daños sufridos en una colisión cerca del final de la Etapa 4. El patrón Charlie Enright dice que su equipo está ansioso por competir nuevamente y seguir desafiando a los líderes.

“El equipo y el barco se han recuperado de forma genial”, dijo. “Hay 16 puntos para el ganador y para poner eso en contexto, tenemos 23 puntos ahora, por lo que va a ser un gran movimiento. Tuvimos una exitosa etapa en el Océano Sur la última vez y esperamos repetir esa actuación “.

La etapa 7 comenzará a las 14:00 hora local en Auckland, (01:00 UTC) del domingo 18 de marzo.

52 Super Series. Sled toma ventaja sustentado por un fuerte equipo neocelandés.

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Sled, el proyecto más madrugador y más kiwi

(13 de marzo de 2018) – El nuevo Sled del armador Takashi Okura ha tenido el honor de ser el primer barco de última generación de las 52 SUPER SERIES que ha tocado el agua. El velero diseñado por el estudio de Marcelino Botín y construido en Core Builders Composites (Nueva Zelanda) hizo sus pinitos en el mar de los antípodas el pasado 15 de febrero. Tras una productiva semana de entrenamientos el velero ya se encuentra en un carguero rumbo a Valencia.

Don Cowie, experto regatista de los desafíos kiwis en Copa América y también con una amplia experiencia en la clase TP52, ha sido uno de los líderes del equipo en el proceso de construcción del nuevo velero junto con el Project Manager, Brad Marsh. Los dos han trabajado en la supervisión del velero que han construido en Nueva Zelanda el astillero de Tim Smyth y Mark Turner. Tras su construcción y entrenamiento inicial en Auckland, Cowie está convencido de que el barco está listo ya para competir y se atreve a decir que es:

“El mejor TP52 que he visto en mi vida”.

La premura en la entrega y los primeros entrenamientos en Auckland con toda la tripulación les van a dar una pequeña ventaja. También cuentan para ir mejorando con unos entrenamientos que van a realizar en Valencia a principios de mayo junto a otros equipos y, finalmente, han confirmado su presencia en la PalmaVela con lo que todo este trabajo previo creen que les va a dar cierta ventaja en el estreno de la campaña el próximo 23 de mayo en Croacia en la temporada 2018 de 52 SUPER SERIES. Su pretemporada parece la más completa de la flota.

Mr. Okura es un armador de costumbres ya que todos sus barcos de competición se han construido en el país austral. El caña japonés, que acumula mucha experiencia en el circuito y no se pierde una regata, ha confiado en el equipo de Core para este nuevo TP52. En Core han estado trabajando últimamente en varios proyectos de Copa América y se han tomado el encargo del armador con total compromiso. No en vano es el primer TP52 de competición que construyen. Han puesto el máximo cuidado en el ahorro de peso, la fiabilidad y el esmero por cuidar los más pequeños detalles.

“El barco es impresionante, el mejor que yo jamás he visto. La actitud de los constructores de que cada gramo cuenta y el grado de afinar los detalles han sido dos aspectos que me han dejado impresionado”, dice emocionado Cowie.

Sled viene de hacer dos séptimos puestos en la clasificación final de las 52 SUPER SERIES en 2017 y 2016 mientras que en 2015 fue tercero. Okura quiere volver al podio y para ello ha fichado a algunos de los regatistas que han salido de la factoría del Team New Zealand en los últimos años, incluidos algunos que, juntos, ganaron el título de las TP52 MedCup dos veces con el Emirates Team New Zealand TP52.

Ray Davies, varias veces ganador de la Med Cup, vuelve al circuito como el táctico del Sled y con él llega una pléyade de grandes regatistas kiwis como son: Tony ‘Trae’ Rae, Robbie Naismith, Jeremy Lomas, Chris McAsey and Adam Beashel.

“Ha sido más una casualidad que hayamos podido fichar a todos estos grandes regatistas. Por ejemplo, ha ayudado que el proyecto Rán Racing ha dejado de competir… Hemos fichado a grandes regatistas que van a navegar en sus posiciones y que, además, todos ya han navegado antes juntos. Y hasta durante la construcción del barco hemos estado todos en Auckland viendo cómo iba haciéndose el barco”, dice un Cowie que ha estado controlando la fabricación desde principios de noviembre.

Después de haber ganado la Copa América con el Team New Zealand en 2017, Davies está encantado de regresar para competir en 52 SUPER SERIES:

“Este proyecto es casi como una reunión de regatistas del Team New Zealand. Mr. Okura tiene unas grandes expectativas esta temporada y todos hemos puesto mucho esfuerzo para que la temporada sea lo mejor posible. Los primeros entrenamientos han ido de maravilla y hemos comprobado que el barco tiene mucha calidad constructiva. Tuvimos días de buenas olas y viento lo que nos permitió poner el barco en algunas situaciones complicadas. Tener con nosotros a Southern Spars y North Sails ha sido muy beneficioso, también han querido navegar con nosotros la gente de Core que se sienten muy identificados con el proyecto”, dice Davies.

Por su parte, Don Cowie explica:

“Es fantástico haber comenzado tan pronto. Nuestros cinco días de entrenamiento en Auckland fueron muy beneficiosos. El medidor de la clase (el español Pablo Ferrer) ha venido dos veces a Auckland para medir, pesar y hacer la prueba de escora. Y ya podemos decir que estamos listos para competir.”

“Hemos planeado una semana de entrenamientos en Valencia antes de PalmaVela y contamos con que navegaremos con Alegre y con algún barco más que quiera sumarse a este entrenamiento. En estos momentos la tendencia general es que los equipos se unan para entrenar y para compartir información. Se ha demostrado que funciona bien esta fórmula y algunas alianzas se están formado actualmente”, mantiene el táctico kiwi.

“Los diseños de Botín, como el nuestro, parecen todos muy similares en las líneas del casco”, afirma Davies. “Hay algunas mejoras en el diseño, pero lo que marca la diferencia son los sistemas de a bordo. La mayoría de los equipos ha hecho cambios en las posiciones de los apéndices y los mástiles han cambiado con una mejora muy grande en la rigidez y en la posición de los deflectores, todos vamos en una dirección muy similar”, sostiene.

El neozelandés opina que todos los proyectos han trabajado en barcos que se muevan bien en rangos bajos de viento:

“Los eventos de este año en 52 SUPER SERIES son predominantemente de vientos ligeros en contraste con las últimas campañas en la que dominaron los intermedios”.

Para Davies las 52 SUPER SERIES son la mejor plataforma donde empezar a pensar en la defensa de la Copa América. En 2018 la calidad de la regata será la más alta de la historia con los mejores regatistas del mundo involucrados en diferentes proyectos, algunos de ellos emanados directamente de desafíos de Copa América.

“Las 52 SUPER SERIES es el lugar en el que hay que estar para seguir regateando a la espera de la próxima Copa América, el lugar donde mantenernos competitivos. Algunos se han ido a la Whitbread, otros están navegando en clases olímpicas, por eso todos buscamos un lugar en el que competir para no quedarnos parados mientras se escribe la regla” afirma el kiwi.

Para el Sled, el objetivo que se han marcado esta temporada es el de conseguir el título de caña no profesional, pero Davies quiere ir un paso más y emular sus triunfos en el Mediterráneo con los TP52.

“Para el proyecto nuestra misión es ayudar a Mr. Okura a ser el mejor caña no profesional, pero será muy duro. Esta temporada habrá muchos profesionales en las salidas y es complicado con estas circunstancias ser dominadores en las presalidas. Sin embargo, nuestro objetivo es ganar el título de caña-armador como ya hicimos antes con Peter de Ridder en la Med Cup”, mantiene el afamado táctico.


2018 Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta. Triunfos de Negri/Lambertenghi en clase Star y de Joel Ronning con “Catapult” en J70.

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Sunday, 11th March 2018


One concluding race for the Star Class today awarded victory to Italy’s Diego Negri / Sergio Lambertenghi, with top spot in the J/70 seized by Joel Ronning and his crew on ‘Catapult’ from two races.

An up and down breeze of 10-15 knots in a choppy sea and tropical temperatures on Biscayne Bay, Miami presented a whole new set of race conditions on the final day of the Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta 2018. It was another day of reading the windshifts or reacting to pressure to make the gains, and even top sailors get caught out when breeze spotting. Make one mistake and you pay.

The Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta and 91st Bacardi Cup came to an end late Saturday night, but not before huge celebrations for the Star and J/70 sailors who once again descended on Coral Reef Yacht Club for the final Bacardi experience at the Bacardi Cup Regatta Prize Giving dinner and closing ceremony. The final after party of superb Bacardi cocktails, dinner and socializing marked a tremendous finale to six days of racing presented by the eminent Bacardi brand.

In the seventy-six boat Star fleet, Diego Negri / Sergio Lambertenghi managed to maintain the lead they opened the day with, retaining pole position as the battle heated up behind, with three teams neck and neck on 14 points apiece.

Sigue leyendo

2018 Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta, día 5.

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Saturday, 10th March 2018


Race Day 5 at the Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta featured one race for the Star and three races for the J/70 fleets. Another day of perfect conditions, but a few upsets on the leader board as the overnight leaders in both fleets were knocked down the pegging.

So far, Biscayne Bay has thrown up a complete mix of weather conditions, pushing teams to deliver their best across light to strong breeze and under a scorching sun to cloud cover. No day has been the same and so far no one team has dominated.

Hubert Merkelbach from Germany, President of the International Star Class, reflected on the event so far, saying, “Biscayne Bay gives everyone a chance to familiarize with all kinds of weather and wind and wave conditions. The fleet of Star boats is proving that this place is unique so we are very happy to be here. This is one of the best places in the world to sail and I recommend everybody to come again next year for Bacardi Cup”.

The Bacardi party nights continue, as the focus today turns to giving thanks to the numerous volunteers who make the event possible. Following on from the traditional Bacardi Cup Happy Hour at Coral Reef Yacht Club, an appreciation party was hosted at Shake a Leg Miami for the Race Committee and all volunteers.

All change in the Star Class as Italy’s Diego Negri / Sergio Lambertenghi leap to the top of the leader board at the 91st Bacardi Cup. With the discard kicking in after race 5, their 11th place in race 3 is wiped out and scorecard boosted by a 2nd place in today’s race. The pair has overtaken defending World Champions Eivind Melleby / Joshua Revkin who drop to second overall, and sit neck and neck on a tiebreak of 14 points with Robert Scheidt / Brian Fatih in third and Lars Grael / Samuel Gonclaves in fourth. Nail bitingly close, as these renowned sailors dig deep to deliver their optimum performances.

The world’s best are racing in the Star Class, and today’s race track belonged to Lars Grael / Samuel Gonclaves, Bacardi Cup winners in 2014 and 2015, whose phenomenal boat speed pushed them to the first mark with massive gains over the rest of the fleet.

“Today was a very happy day for us in terms of results, because we managed to start on the windward side of the starting line, so we wanted to go right since the beginning”, commented Grael on the pair’s race strategy. “So we had a good start, we could clear very fast and after the start I think we had very good boat speed and were pointing very high, and we managed to get some good puffs from right and a few ones from the left. Once you are first at the first mark of course the race gets much easier, because you sail clean”.

The Italian partnership of Negri / Lambertenghi applied pressure to the Brazilians on the first downwind leg, and again attacked on the second downwind forcing the two teams into an upwind battle, with Negri / Lambertenghi tacking on the Brazilians at every opportunity.

Grael recounted the final stages of the race, saying, “At the end we got some pressure on the left, so of course once we were sailing in front the race gets much easier! We always try to win, but the problem is not only ourselves, but everyone is trying to. But we have to do the best race we can”, continued Grael in reference to Saturday’s decider, “But of course Diego is protecting a 4 point lead which is strategically good for him, and he has been sailing very consistent this regatta. Robert Scheidt and Eivind Melleby of course are big challengers for the title. We have to do our best considering we have a 37th in the first race, so we cannot afford to have too much risk so we fall too many positions”.

Of note, each of the wins from the five races has been claimed by a different team, as every partnership finds their particular groove in the varying conditions. In theory, going into Saturday’s podium deciding race, any of the top seven teams has a punt at the medals. In practice, it is likely to be a battle royal between the top four teams, as 2nd through to 4th are tied on points, with the leaders holding a narrow 4 point advantage.

Star Class – Results after Race 5:
1. Diego Negri / Sergio Lambertenghi (ITA) – 10 pts
2. Eivind Melleby (NOR) / Joshua Revkin (USA) – 14 pts
3. Robert Scheidt (BRA) / Brian Fatih (USA) – 14 pts
4. Lars Grael / Samuel Gonclaves (BRA) – 14 pts
5. Paul Cayard / Mark Strube (USA) – 21 pts
6. Eric Doyle / Payson Infelise (USA) – 23 pts
7. Xavier Rohart / Sebastien Guidoux (FRA) – 26 pts
8. Iain Percy / Andres Ekstrom (GBR) – 32 pts
9. Augie Diaz (USA) / Bruno Prada (BRA) – 36 pts
10. Peter O’Leary / Robert O’Leary (IRL) – 41 pts

Three races completed today to complete a total of six so far in the J/70 fleet, with one race discard. The leader board holds firm the same three top teams, just in a different order. 2017 J/70 World Championship silver medallist Brian Keane and his team on Africa now shift into the lead, with Jud Smith moving up to second, whilst overnight leader Joel Ronning drops to third. Just 4 points between these leading teams and plenty of talent super close behind.

Three races and three different winners, with Peter Duncan showing the fleet how to win with panache, as he walked it to the finish after amassing a massive gain on the pack in the day’s opening race. Keane took the win in the second race of the day, with Glenn Daren claiming victory in the third.

Two concluding races on Saturday March 10th and the title is wide open for the taking, with plenty of rivalries still to be settled.

J/70 Class – Results after Race 6:
1. Brian Keane / Brian Keane / Thomas Barrows / Charles Swanson (USA) – 12 Pts
2. Jud Smith / Will Felder / Marc Gauthier / Cindy Smith / Lucas Calabrese (USA) – 15 Pts
3. Joel Ronning / Christopher Stokey / Patrick Wilson / John Kosteki (USA) – 16 Pts
4. Peter Duncan / Victor Diaz Deleon / Willem Van Way / Massimo Bortoletto (USA) – 21 Pts
5. John Brim / Collin Leon / Taylor Kenfield / Scott Ewing (USA) – 29 Pts
6. Vincenzo Onorato / Matteo Savelli / Flavio Favini / Paul Goodison / Giulia Elba Masotto (MON) – 34 Pts
7. Thomas Bowen / Martin Kollman / Alex Shafer / Jacklyn Wetmore (USA) – 46 pts
8. Timothy Healy / Reed Baldrige / John Mollicone / Paul Abdullah (USA) – 47 pts
9. Renato Faria / Kadja Brandao / Alfredo Rovere / Henrique Pellicano / Caroline Atwood (BRA) – 50 pts
10. Heather Gregg / Stuart Johnston / Shawn Patrick Powell / Patrick Norris (USA) – 66 pts

Racing on Saturday March 10th features one race for the Star Class with a scheduled start of 10:55 hours and two for the J/70 getting underway at 11:55 hours.

Over one hundred and twenty teams from 20 nations are competing in the Star and J/70 fleets: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, Ukraine and United States.

A special thank you to this year’s event sponsors and supporters: North Sails, Coral Reef Sailing Apparel, Hatuey, S.Pellegrino, Gubinelli, Tuuci, Nautical Channel, Sun Orchard, Regatta Gingerbeer, Ocean Navigator, Jaguar therapeutics, Coco Walk and the City of Coconut Grove.

Full results available at https://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=4517

2018 Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta, día 2.

Fuente info Icarus Sports

Wednesday, 7th March 2018

Bacardi Cup 2018 – The Stars

A keen Star Class fleet pushed the starting line, forcing the Race Committee to signal two general recalls before race day 2 at the 91st Bacardi Cup got underway on Biscayne Bay today.

Superb weather conditions in a breeze up to 15 knots kept the frontrunners close together, with intense head to head fights concluding in a virtual photo finish between the leading three boats.

On the first upwind leg, the majority opted to take the left side of the track which paid off particularly well for Italy’s Diego Negri / Sergio Lambertenghi who claimed the mark rounding first, chased by a rowdy fleet crowding around the mark behind.

The Italians held their position in the leading pack for the next legs, almost keeping their advantage to the finish line, as a battle of wills unfolded. Three boats crossed within moments of each other with the advantage going to the Norwegian pair of Eivind Melleby / Joshua Revkin. A reversal of fortune compared to yesterday when they lost their lead in the final leg, but today they accelerated ahead of the Italians to take the win by half a boat length. A scorecard of 2,1 now puts Melleby/Revkin in the overall lead, sitting 2 points ahead of Negri/ Lambertenghi in second overall.

“It’s good to be here at the Bacardi Cup,” grinned Melleby, the reigning Star Class World Champion. “The Bacardi Cup 2018 is a great show here this year with all the best guys. We also have Iain Percy here and it will be great to race him again as I haven’t seen him in a Star for a while”.

“It’s tough to race out there with all these good guys, so you have to be really careful about your risk taking. With the long line and big fleet, you are running a lot of risk if you are out on the side and it is very hard to catch up if you make a mistake at the beginning. So that is what we are trying to focus on, cut down the risk a little bit and hopefully, we can be consistently up in the top ten. Hopefully, that will get us up to the podium and hopefully win in the end I guess!” concluded Melleby sharing his mission for the week.

“This early in the regatta it is impossible to say you are trying to cover or look after any one person,” added Revkin on their focus for the first half of the Bacardi Cup. “We are just trying to sail our fastest race and get single digit finishes.”
Diego Negri sealed the 2014 Star Class Worlds silver medal on the same waters, so is massively familiar with the weather characteristics of Biscayne Bay. Negri reflected on his day, “Today has been a great race. We were leading at the top mark, at the downwind mark we were leading again but just in front of Melleby, and it was a kind of photo finish at the end. He was crossing on starboard, we were on port so I had to pass behind him and on the finishing line, I think we were less than half a boat length behind”.

“But anyway, it was a good way to start and yesterday we were third in a light breeze and today medium breeze and we were second and it was very shifty. I feel confident when it is shifty like this and I am happy with the conditions and the results so far. We keep going like this and let’s see at the end who is the best! This is the Star fleet we have a lot of Champions -World, European, Olympic- and this is the Bacardi Cup with almost 80 boats on the starting line and long courses. This is the game and that’s what we like. We like to compete in a high level fleet and we like to sail our nice boats.”

Just behind, Robert Scheidt / Brian Fatih (BRA) wrapped up a third place finish, and moved up to third on the leaderboard.

Great Britain’s Iain Percy made his first appearance on the race track today with Anders Ekstrom, scoring an 8th place. Although set against not racing on day 1, the pair sits down the pegging in 44th. Percy knows extremely well what it takes to win, counting in his trophy cabinet Gold and Silver Olympic medals in the Star, Olympic Gold in the Finn Class as well as two Star Class World Championship titles and multiple silver and bronze medals – to name just a few titles. Maintain today’s form and when the race discard comes into play after race 5, we can expect to see this pair popping up to the front of the scoreboard.

Overnight leaders, Augie Diaz / Bruno Prada (USA) lost some pace today, finishing 10th and dropping down to fifth overall.

Race day 2’s after-party will be the renowned Bacardi Happy Hour hosted at Coral Reef Yacht Club, with a guaranteed fun-filled evening boosted by the renowned Bacardi cocktails, food and music.
Race 3 for the Star Class is scheduled to start at 10:55 hours on Wednesday, March 7th with a stronger breeze forecast.

The J/70 Class starts registration on Wednesday, March 7th ahead of racing getting underway on Thursday, March 8th with 9 races scheduled across 3 days.

Bacardi Cup – Results after Race 1
1. Eivind Melleby / Joshua Revkin (NOR) – 3 pts
2. Diego Negri / Sergio Lambertenghi (ITA) – 5 pts
3. Robert Scheidt / Brian Fatih (BRA) – 10 pts
4. Paul Cayard / Mark Strube (USA) – 10 pts
5. Augie Diaz / Bruno Prada (USA) – 11 pts
6. Eric Doyle / Payson Infelise (USA) – 16 pts
7. Arthur Anosov / David Caesar (USA) – 21 pts
8. Peter O’Leary / Robert O’Leary (IRL) – 26 pts
9. Xavier Rohart / Sebastien Guidoux (FRA) – 29 pts
10. Peter Vessella / Phil Trinter (USA) – 29 pts

Full results available at https://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=4517

Campeonato Sudamericano de RS:X Paracas, Perú. Triunfos para Mack Van Den Eerenbeemt de Aruba y Maria Belen Bazo de Perú.

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La ya clásica licra de LET que acompaña a nuestros deportistas olímpicos.

Fuente info RS:X Class

The RS:X Windsurfing and Techno South American Championships concluded on Sunday with four days of amazing sailing in near perfect conditions. Paracas, Peru, must be one of the new meccas for windsurfing after delivering sun and wind for the duration of the event, with some tired but very happy windsurfers hitting the beach at the end of the finals day racing. This event has been a perfect showcase for windsurfing at its best with super-fit athletes battling it out for the titles with tactical and high speed racing. Both Saturday and Sunday provided strong winds for both classes which allowed the RS:X fleets to complete their full schedule of 15 races and the Techno fleets to count 10 races.

Mack Van Den Eerenbeemt from Aruba won the event with an dominating performance with his scorecard counting no less than 9 race wins. However, this was a much closer affair than these races wins would indicate with Brazils Gabriel Bastos, who is the South American Champion, a close second but having a much better series of results with discards playing an important part of the win for Van Den Eerenbeemt. Argentina’s Bautista Subidet Birkner claimed third place with a very consistent scoreline with a costly OCS in six which potentially cost him the silver medal. In fourth was a very strong performance from American Geronimo Nores who as the youngest sailor in the fleet has a promising windsurfing career ahead of him.

Whilst all of the sailors would have had one eye on the overall title, the other eye would have been on making sure they qualified their country for the Pan American Games. Aruba, Brazil and Argentina are all through with Peru as host nation already qualified.

Van Den Eerenbeert commented on the win, “Coming from Aruba where its windy, I loved coming here and the conditions suited me perfectly. I really enjoyed having five races per day but I am really tired as its not what we normally do. It makes it more exciting and keeps the racing close but it is hard work for sure. Next I go back to Aruba and then head to Palma for my next regatta”.

If Van Den Eerenbeert dominated, the Peru’s Maria Belen Bazo German completely owned the women’s title virtually from day one, taking 14 race wins and only have a 2nd place in race 8 to blemish her perfect scoreline. Argentina’s Maria Celia Tejerina Mackern was the only sailor to take a race win and sailed equally consistently to secure a clear second place in the event. The third step on the podium was won by Bruna Mello from Brazil. The experience of this trio really shone through and will be a level that the rest of the fleet will have to aim for. German, a local sailor to Paracas talked about her win, “I am very happy to win here. Paracas is normally windy but this week was extra windy so it was really good for me. I am really looking forward to the Pan American Games coming to Peru next year and representing my home country”. Argentina and Brazil qualified through this event for those Games.

In the Youth fleet, it was the Argentinian duo of Marcos Quiroga and Martin Nores who traded blows throughout the series to fight for the gold. In the end it was very similar to the Men, where the discard really made the difference with Quiroga being the winner but with two races where he didn’t finish, the pressure was definitely on till the final race. Nores was the more consistent sailor counting only firsts and seconds but didn’t beat his compatriot enough times to take the title. Brazilian Bernardo Lobo came in third place.

RS:X Results: http://sa2018.internationalwindsurfing.com/results/rsx

In the Techno Junior fleet, where the RS:X had some clear winners, the competition was as equally fierce but the battle even closer! Strong winds throughout the week meant that the Techno fleets didn’t get as many races in but all of the racing was in planning conditions and the experience will serve these young apprentices well as they move up through the windsurfing pathway. Inspiration would also be in launching alongside their RS:X heroes and many sailors in the Techno fleet will be aiming for future Olympic Games.

Alexander Grahammer from Peru and Martin Reutemann from Argentina were tied on points after ten races and it all came down to the final race to determine the gold and silver medals. Grahammer won that race with Reutemann only managing fourth place, awarding the title to Grahammer. Another local sailor, De Las Casas, came in third in what was a very challenging week for all of the Techno sailors. The first girl in this fleet was Valentina Ovalle from Peru who sailed a fantastic regatta to narrowly beat Valentina Palma, also from Peru.

Peru also took both the boys and girls titles in the Techno Youth fleet with Alvaro De La Mellena taking the event with a race to spare, counting seven out of ten race wins. Rafael Llerena (Peru) came in second place ,taking the final race to give a comfortable second spot on the podium. Perus control of the Techno fleet was interrupted by Constanza Almenara, who put in a massive effort to claim first girl and third spot overall in the Techno Youth fleet which is a fantastic result for this up and coming sailor – one to watch for the future!

The IWA, Techno and RS:X associations would like to thank all of the sailors, volunteers and officials as well as the Peruvian Sailing Federation for their support in hosting what has been a perfect event to showcase all levels of windsurfing across the board. The Pan American Games will be a perfect follow up to this event and we wish all sailors taking part the very best next year.

Text: Bas Edmonds / RS:X Class