ROBERT SCHEIDT AND ARTHUR LOPES WIN THE 49TH STAR SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP IN RIO DE JANEIRO
Robert Scheidt and Arthur Lopes (BRA) are the 2018 South American champions of the Star class. The two-time Olympic champion won the first race on Sunday, last day of the event, at the Yacht Club in Rio de Janeiro, and finished second in the last, giving him the Championship. However, the duo Lars Grael / Samuel Gonçalves (BRA) obtained the same results on the last day of the competition, but reversed, and finished at equal points. The title was decided only on the third tiebreaker. They were equal in number of victories (two) and second places (one). The third position obtained on Saturday gave the cup to Scheidt / Lopes. It was quite thrilling!!
“It was a good Sunday in Rio de Janeiro, with strong wind and sunshine. Honestly, it feels so special for me to win this title. We started the last day far from the first place and I was pushing for a spot on the podium, more that the actual win. But it was a good day. I am happy and surprised on how we managed the last races. And it was also the first major win with Arthur ‘Tutu’ Lopes. We won the Paulista Championship together, but winning at the South Americans is important for us”, said the five-time Brazilian Olympic medalist, sponsored by Banco do Brasil and Rolex and supported by COB and CBVela.
Scheidt and Lopes won the Star class Brazilian title in April at the Yacht Club Santo Amaro in São Paulo. The Rio waters bring good memories to Robert. A year ago, he won the Royal Thames Cup, a competition played at the Yacht Club in Rio de Janeiro. At the time, his crew was Henry Boenning.
The weather did not help sailors in Rio de Janeiro in the early days of the South Americans. On the first day, Thursday the 8th of November, the races were canceled due to lack of wind. On Friday, although the weather remained difficult, there were three races. Scheidt and Lopes were improving performance throughout the day. They started with a ninth place, climbed to seventh in the next race and finished crossing the finish line in the lead in the last race. On Saturday, they kept in average with a third place and on Sunday they had their best performance with one victory and a second spot in the final.
Brazil dominated the South American Championship of Rio de Janeiro, which also had competitors from Europe. Among the 20 participating boats, 16 were Brazilians, two were Argentine, one Italian and one Dutch. On the podium with Robert Scheidt and Arthur Lopes, and runners up Lars Grael and Samuel Gonçalves, there was Star Class World Champion Jorginho Zarif with Ubiratan Matos. Overall, the top eight were Brazilians.
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Gabart on course to smash the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe record
Press Release – 10.11.2018
French sailing superstar, François Gabart has less than 800 nautical miles to go to the finish in Guadeloupe. Image credit: Vincent.Curutchet/ALeA/MACIF
With less than 800 nautical miles to sail to the finish of the 2018 Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe solo transatlantic race – from Saint Malo in Brittany to Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe – the French sailor François Gabart is on course not only to win the ULTIME class but to smash the outright race record.
After just six days at sea Gabart, at the helm of the maxi-trimaran MACIF, is now within a day-and-a-half of finishing the 3,542-nautical mile race and at his current pace he could break the existing seven-day, 15-hour record by as much as 10 hours.
Gabart is a sailing superstar in France – he has many victories to his name in single and double-handed ocean racing and has won the Vendée Globe solo round-the-world race and also set a new non-stop solo round-the-world record.
But the diminutive 35-year-old from La Forêt-Fouesnant in Brittany wants this win in the ULTIME class to follow his victory in this race four years ago in the IMOCA division. He knows that his fellow Frenchman Francis Joyon on IDEC Sport has been on his tail all the way across the Atlantic and that – at around 120 miles behind – Joyon is ready to pounce on any mistake.
“Francis never lets go, but that is normal and, if it were me, I’d be the same,” said Gabart today, as his boat continued heading west in the northeasterly trade winds. “Until the finish line is broken the game is open. You need to give it your all to the end.
“I will do everything to stay in first,” he continued. “This lead in these boats that do 30 knots of speed is nothing. And having Francis on my tail is pushing me hard but I am still managing the risk, all the time. I could gain a few knots here and there if I took more risk, but I am pushing as hard as I can – there is no more on the gas pedal.”
This race is being contested in six classes and while Gabart heads serenely on, hundreds of miles behind him there are intriguing battles going on in the smaller boats in the 123-strong field.
In the Multi50 class the early race leader Thibaut Vauchel-Camus (Solidaires En Peloton-Arsep) has now made a very quick and efficient pit-stop in the Azores where his shore team fixed his broken mast-track and mainsail.
He has now rejoined the race in second place behind the new leader, Armel Tripon in Réauté Chocolat who is nearly 200 miles ahead and a whopping 600 miles further south than Vauchel-Camus.
A nice sporting touch was that when Vauchel-Camus stopped in the Azores, the shore team of his other main rival in the class – Erwan Le Roux (FenêtréA-Mix Buffet) who made a pit-stop after him – helped the Solidaires team to dock his boat.
In the IMOCA monohull class the leading group is south and west of the Canary Islands and well into the trade winds with Alex Thomson now comfortably ahead on Hugo Boss, from Paul Meilhat on SMA and Vincent Riou on PRB.
Meilhat is sailing a 2011-vintage boat with a distinguished history but it does not have foils and is equipped with daggerboards. By rights the 36-year-old Frenchman should be further back in this fleet but he has held position against Thomson all the way through the bad weather in the opening stages and kept pace with Riou.
Marcus Hutchinson who managed the SMA project until Christmas last year says that if the wind angles in the trade winds over the next week see the boats reaching then it will be very hard for Meilhat to hang on in the top-three as the others get up on their foils and race away. However if the wind is further aft then Meilhat has a good chance of making the podium.
“Paul is sailing extremely well,” said Hutchinson. “He knows that boat inside out in its current configuration and he is a bloody good sailor – even in the tough weather in the early stages there has been no drama because he was very well prepared.”
In the Class40 fleet, the leading bunch is following the IMOCAs south towards the Canary Islands before the skippers turn west under the Azores High. Yoann Richomme on Veedol-AIC continues to set a fierce pace ahead of second-placed Phil Sharp on IMERYS CLEAN ENERGY who is around 70 miles behind.
Sharp is relieved to be out of the westerly storm track in the north Atlantic and settling into calmer conditions further south and says the routing predictions give him a 10-day passage to the finish.
“The good news is that the new Lombard Lift Veedol rocketship is now going slightly slower than me for the first time in the race,” quipped Sharp referring to Richomme’s boat. “He could well be in lighter winds at the moment, but it’s a relief to see that the boat can actually sail at less than 10 knots!…I have a lot of work to do to catch up but I am hungry for it.”
In the two amateur Rhum classes – divided between monohulls and multihulls – the boats are spread far and wide and there are still many skippers taking shelter from the rough weather in the Bay of Biscay who should begin re-joining the race tomorrow.
In the Rhum Multi division Pierre Antoine on Olmix remains the runaway leader. Behind him Loïck Peron on Happy, a sistership of the small trimaran that won the first Route du Rhum back in 1978, is now up to sixth place as he heads towards the latitude of Cape St Vincent.
In the Rhum Mono class, spare a thought for 58-year-old Dominique Dubois on the 50ft GHEO who has been battling three storm systems in the Biscay and has struggled to make headway south. His track from the start shows Dubois heading west, then north as he runs downwind from the worst of the weather, then back south, then north again and so on. After six days at sea, he is still 160 miles north of Cape Finisterre and remarkably still in seventh place in the class. What is more he is still in good spirits despite his trials and tribulations.
In a recent message to the race organisation he was sounding pleased to be finally heading south after five days of “hell” as he rode out the worst of the weather. “He sounded fine, a bit tired but on good form, but his aim was just to ride out the storms until he felt it was time to go south,” said a race official.
As the first finishers near Guadeloupe, OC Sport Pen Duick, the owner and organiser of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe, is delighted to announce a new commercial partnership with the world leading deckware and safety equipment manufacturer, Spinlock, which becomes Official Life Jacket Supplier to the race.
Spinlock is providing 50 of its award-winning lightweight lifejackets – the Deckvest LITE – to race staff and volunteers in Guadeloupe. They will be worn by local fisherman and other marine professionals, whose boats and crews are assisting the event management team with course marshalling, filming race finishers, ferrying race officials and hosting VIP spectators.
The partnership with Spinlock, which is based in Cowes in the UK, reflects the importance of safety for all the many staff and volunteers who help to make this four-yearly solo transatlantic race a success. Read the full story here.
Top three skippers in each category at 1545CET on Saturday, November 10
1 François Gabart (MACIF) 705.44 nautical miles (NM) to the finish
2 Francis Joyon (IDEC Sport) +121.23NM
3 Romain Pilliard (Remade – Use It Again) +2,376.55NM
1 Armel Tripon (Reaute Chocolat) 2,036.23NM to the finish
2 Thibaut Vauchel-Camus (Solidaires En Peloton-ARSEP) +196.82NM
3 Gilles Lamire (La French Tech Rennes Saint Malo) +210.13NM
1 Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) 2,059.22NM to the finish
2 Paul Meilhat (SMA) +76.37NM
3 Vincent Riou (PRB) + 93.20NM
1 Yoann Richomme (Veedol AIC) 2,406.79NM to the finish
2 Phil Sharp (IMERYS CLEAN ENERGY) +72.11
3 Ameryic Chappelier (AINA Enfance Avenir) +82.64
1 Pierre Antoine (OLMIX) 2,328NM to the finish
2 Jean-Francois Lilti (Ecole Diagonale Pour Citoyens du Monde) +368.59NM
3 Etienne Hochede (PIR2) +406.51NM
1 Sidney Gavignet (Café Joyeux) 2,468.42NM to the finish
2 Sébastien Destremau (ALCATRAZIT-FACEOCEAN) +276.45NM
3 Wilfrid Clerton (Cap Au Cape Location – SOS Villages D’Enfants) +426.84NM
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Gabart now more than halfway but another pasting to come for Class40s
Press Release – 08.11.2018
Way down south, more than 1,800 nautical miles southwest of Saint Malo, in the warmer climes and flatter seas west of the Canaries, François Gabart continues to blaze a trail to Guadeloupe chased by Francis Joyon.
But as the days and hours tick by in the 2018 Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe solo transatlantic race, Joyon has found it harder to stay in touch with his younger rival. The skipper of IDEC Sport is now trailing Gabart’s blue and white rocketship, MACIF, by over 120 nautical miles.
The two leading boats in the ULTIME class in this four-yearly 3,542-mile race are now more than halfway to Pointe-à-Pitre and the routing shows that Gabart should be able to add yet another victory to his glittering CV sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning. This means the seven-day, 15-hour record set by Loïck Peyron four years ago is very much under threat.
Gabart is now moving into the trade winds and the downwind phase of the race and he is enjoying himself. “Things aren’t going too badly – I’m pleased with what I managed to do during the night,” he said earlier today. “I’m well positioned in comparison to IDEC…I’m not easing off and I am giving it my all…I’m obviously going to keep it up until the finish, although I am not about to go crazy either.
“In theory there aren’t any tactical choices here in terms of my course,” he added. “It’s just about settling in the trade winds now, but I need to avoid getting too tired…I don’t know exactly when we’ll be in the real trade winds – but it shouldn’t be too far away now.”
In the Multi50 contest the huge geographical spread of the fleet is continuing with leader Thibaut Vauchel-Camus on Solidaires En Peloton-Arsep approaching the Azores, chased by second-placed Erwan Le Roux on FenêtréA-Mix Buffet. Third-placed Armel Tripon on Réauté Chocolat is 475 miles south-southeast of the leading pair as he glides past Madeira.
The front-running IMOCAs, meanwhile, are now out of the worst of the weather in the north Atlantic and heading towards the Canaries with Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss still leading around 145 miles west of Madeira. Behind him the German sailor Boris Herrmann on Malizia II-Yacht Club De Monaco is listed as second on the Tracker because he is further west than Thomson but he is also 400 miles north of the British sailor.
In reality the race for the podium in this highly competitive fleet still looks to be between Thomson, Paul Meilhat on SMA, Vincent Riou on PRB and fifth-placed Yann Eliès on UCAR-Saint Michel. The next challenge is to get through a light airs patch before they hook into the northeast trade winds that will propel them downwind to the Caribbean.
Herrmann has been looking at the endgame of this race as he prepares for the light-wind phase to come. “The high is a bit dangerous,” he said. “The others in the east are heading for a good trade winds situation but then after the trade winds they will be dead upwind of Guadeloupe. I am trying to position myself a bit more on the rhumb line so when I leave the trade winds, I have a better routing angle.”
Unfortunately for the slower monohulls, among them the Class40s, the next 48 hours will be dominated by another west and southwest gale when the already tired and cold skippers will have to beat into more big seas as they try to get west and south and out of the disturbed air in the north Atlantic.
Yoann Richome has continued to extend his lead on Veedol-AIC with Britain’s Phil Sharp on IMERYS CLEAN ENERGY in second place and Aymeric Chappellier third on Aina Enfance Et Avenir. Behind them and now in 8thplace 24-year-old Jack Trigger from Britain, on his first solo transatlantic, is sailing an impressive race on Concise 8, having climbed from the mid-20s to the top-10.
“It’s good,” he said in his first media contact since the start on Sunday. “It has been tough. Last night was particularly hard to the point where I saw four knots of boatspeed and 40 knots of wind. I am having problems with my autopilot but I think I have fixed that. I am happy with my race from the beginning – very conservative so far, just slowly ramping it up and still holding back as I have another big depression coming through tonight and tomorrow.”
Trigger is hoping that his radical Class40 design will fly once he gets south into the trades. “That was always the plan to keep the boat in one piece and to keep me in one piece, then get into the more downwind conditions that the boat is suited to. Then I will try and up the pace a bit. I feel good,” added Trigger who is a Type 1 diabetic and has to continually monitor his condition. “The race is not easy,” he said. “It takes a toll on your body. It is possible to get some sleep but it is quite squally, but I feel pretty good and ready to go for it.”
One hundred and fifty miles north of Concise 8, the 52-year-old American sailor Michael Hennessey on Dragon in 14th position is ready for one more big bash into tough autumn Atlantic weather. “Looking down the track, it seems as if the 580 miles between here and the Azores creates one more chance for a beating,” he reported. “The weather turns nasty again in the early hours of Friday and should stay that way until Sunday at which time I should be at, or approaching, the islands for a southern fly-by.”
In the Rhum Multi class the big news of the day is the dismasting of Fabrice Payen’s blue and white trimaran Team Vent Debout, 230 miles off the Portuguese coast after the starboard chainplate gave way. Payen, who lost a leg in a motorbike accident four years ago and represents a charity that helps hospitalised children get involved in sport, was holding second place when his race came to an end. He is now motoring towards the Iberian coast.
The class continues to be led Pierre Antoine on Olmix who is passing the latitude of Lisbon. He is more than 220 miles ahead of Étienne Hochedé in the trimaran PIR2 with Jean François Lilti on his home-built catamaran École Diagonale Pour Citoyens Du Monde up to third, a few miles back.
In eighth position, more than 450 miles off the lead, Loïck Peyron on the small yellow trimaran Happy is making steady progress around the northwestern corner of Spain after setting sail again from Gijón yesterday. In a survey conducted on the race by Odoxa-Groupama for RTL, Peyron emerged as the favourite competitor among the French public. The same survey revealed that more than 1.3 million spectators visited the race village in Saint Malo in the 10 days up to the start and that more than 13 million people in France were planning to follow the race online and in the media.
In the Rhum Mono class Sidney Gavignet is in a world of his own, nearly 200 miles ahead of his nearest pursuer as he also passes the latitude of Lisbon. “Last night was colder but soon we will be into the warmer stuff,” he reported from on board Café Joyeux.
“I’ve been dreaming a lot. I understand that many people ashore are inspired by what has been happening. It’s not easy to be completely immersed in the here and now out here. I’m trying to do that, just be in my bubble, and it’s enjoyable. But sometimes I talk to myself when my mind starts wandering into the future and say loudly ‘get a grip, Sid.’ And it’s good to use the vocal chords when you are alone.”
It is still not clear when the 20-30 or so skippers – mainly from Class40s, and the two Rhum classes – who have sought refuge in French and Spanish ports will re-emerge onto the racecourse. They will all be studying weather models for the Bay of Biscay which describe a very disturbed picture at least until Sunday, but then matters calm down on Monday.
Top three skippers in each category at 1600CET on Thursday, November 8
1 François Gabart (MACIF) 1,705 nautical miles (NM) to the finish
2 Francis Joyon (IDEC Sport) +114
3 Romain Pilliard (Remade – Use It Again) +1,483
1 Thibaut Vauchel-Camus (Solidaires En Peloton-ARSEP) 2,470 to the finish
2 Erwan Le Roux (FenetreA-Mix Buffet) +79
3 Armel Tripon (Reaute Chocolat) +133
1 Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) 2,499 to the finish
3 Boris Herrmann (Malizia II-Yacht Club de Monaco) +57
2 Paul Meilhat (SMA) +65
1 Yoann Richomme (Veedol AIC) 2,679NM to the finish
2 Phil Sharp (IMERYS CLEAN ENERGY) +29
3 Ameryic Chappelier (AINA Enfance Avenir) +39
1 Pierre Antoine (OLMIX) 2,670NM to the finish
2 Etienne Hochede (PIR2) +229
3 Jean-Francois Lilti (Ecole Diagonale Pour Citoyens du Monde) +246
1 Sidney Gavignet (Café Joyeaux) 2,760NM to the finish
2 Wilfred Clerton (Cap au Cap Location-SOS Village) +195
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End of Day 3 – things improving for some but more bad weather on the way
Press Release – 07.11.2018
With such a big fleet now spread over a large area of ocean, skippers in the solo transatlantic Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe are beginning to experience wide variations in weather conditions after three very challenging days at sea.
While there are still around 35 boats taking refuge on the French or Spanish coasts, out on the racecourse the leaders in the two fastest multihull fleets – the ULTIMES and Multi50s – and in the IMOCAs are starting to see easier conditions after the pasting everyone got on Tuesday.
But the weather picture looks very difficult for later in the week for the slower monohulls, especially the Class40s, which will be bashing into another full gale by late on Thursday. Those already exhausted skippers will be in tough racing conditions throughout the weekend before things ease down early in the week.
The question for many of the sailors who are currently in port remains when do they risk venturing out into the Bay of Biscay again as this second major weather system comes down the track? Some of them may well not reappear until late on Saturday or early Sunday and they will be delighted that the Race Director has extended the deadline for finishers in Pointe-à-Pitre by five days until December 7.
On the racecourse the battle at the front of the ULTIMES continues to be an absorbing affair between pace-setter François Gabart on MACIF and Francis Joyon still on his tail in IDEC Sport.
Gabart has revealed that he has incurred some damage to his mainsail battens but otherwise his passage into the northeast trade winds is unhindered and he should be into them by tomorrow.
“Now we are in the transition zone in the north winds which are not too strong, like 10-20 knots,” he reported from a position well to the west of Madeira. “They are quite unstable with a lot of trimming required. The sky is grey. We have one day (until) we catch the trade winds and go downwind. I have been able to check the boat and to make some repairs – I broke two battens in the main.”
The Multi50 battle is equally interesting with early leader Lalou Roucayrol on Arkema having now set sail from Porto on the Portuguese coast after taking shelter there. However Armel Tripon on Réauté Chocolat, who chose not to stop, is now around 240 miles ahead of him and in second place.
Ahead of him, Thibaut Vauchel-Camus on Solidaires En Peloton-Arsep is the current leader on the Tracker, but he is 350 miles north of Tripon. He is longing to get out of the cold and wet weather in the north Atlantic. “We are going to deserve these trade winds because this is the third front that I am dealing with in the west,” he said.
“It’s time to reach the heat! It’s too cold here, too wet and it’s very physical. During the day it’s fine, but at night I have to put on my survival suit to keep warm. I am looking forward to reaching the Azores where the sea will be warmer, flatter and where I can eat properly. I have only been able to eat one freeze-dried meal since the beginning of the race – the rest of my diet is based on energy bars and cereal bars.”
In the IMOCA fleet the longtime leader Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss is still making his more northerly and westerly option pay, with a margin of around 70 miles over Paul Meilhat on SMA who has now overtaken Vincent Riou on PRB to hold second place after a remarkable few days of tenacious racing from the SMA skipper. Behind them the 25-year-old Swiss sailor Alan Roura on La Fabrique is sailing an impressive race in seventh place, as is Boris Herrmann of Germany two places ahead of him on board Malizia II-Yacht Club De Monaco, the former Gitana.
Thomson looks as though he will hold onto stronger breeze for longer than those to the south of him and he could emerge with a useful lead once the top three boats settle into downwind conditions. Thomson has seen gusts of 50 knots and had some minor gear failure – he broke a lazy jack in his sail management system – but his main concern is that he doesn’t get trapped in light airs on his way past the Azores.
“The game is to get south, to the high pressure and the trade winds and the first person to do so will make the gain,” he said. “There is no doubt about that. There is a very strong possibility that all of us, or me, or the guys behind, are going to get stuck in the big ridge of high pressure, so that is a big thing at the moment – get south and try and pass the ridge.”
There were 12 IMOCAS on the racecourse today while in the smaller Class40s there were 35 out on the race track. The lead is still being held by Frenchman Yoann Richomme on Veedol AIC but there is an interesting north-south split in the top bunch with Richomme nearly 170 miles north-northwest of fifth-placed Kito de Pavant on Made in Midi.
Britain’s Phil Sharp in third place on IMERYS CLEAN ENERGY says the next few days are going to be challenging. “It was a tough night,” he said, reflecting on his second night at sea. “It was quite windy, there was quite a lot of swell and the boat was slamming pretty violently, so it was difficult to keep pushing the boat and it was difficult to try and find a compromise between safety and speed.
“My gut feeling is to get south,” he added. “Not just because it is warmer and sunnier and really nice, but because I don’t think it is going to work up north and it is looking like anti-cyclonic conditions will resume so yes, that is why I am going south.”
In the Rhum Multis there were just nine boats on the racecourse as most of the remainder continue to await improved conditions before venturing out. The first to re-join the race is Loïck Peyron who has now set sail on Happy from Gijón. The leader in that class, Pierre Antoine on Olmix, is now well south of the Spanish port of Vigo and making excellent progress.
In the Rhum Mono fleet eight boats are currently racing with the leader, Sidney Gavignet on Café Joyeux, now heading south about 270 miles west of Cape Finisterre.
After his capsize in the maxi-tri Banque Populaire IX on Wednesday, French sailor Armel Le Cléac’h, who is in good health, is on his way to Spain in a fishing boat which came to rescue him. His team, meanwhile, is working on plans to retrieve his stricken yacht which flipped over after its port hull broke away in big winds and seas.
Top three skippers in each category at 1600CET on Wednesday, November 7.
1 François Gabart (MACIF) 2,215 nautical miles (NM) to finish
2 Francis Joyon (IDEC Sport) + 46NM behind
3 Romain Pilliard (Remade – Use It Again) +926NM behind
1 Thibaut Vauchel-Camus (Solidaires En Peloton-ARSEP) 2,788NM to finish
2 Armel Tripon (Beaute Chocolat) +37NM behind
3 Gilles Lamire (La French Tech Rennes Saint Malo) +39NM behind
1 Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) 2,646NM to finish
3 Paul Meilhat (SMA) +80NM behind
2 Vincent Riou (PRB) +105NM behind
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THE 49TH STAR CLASS SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP IS OPENING TONIGHT
The 49th Star Class South American Championship will officially start tonight in Rio de Janeiro with the Opening Ceremony at the Iate Clube do Rio de Janeiro – ICRJ.
Racing will take place from tomorrow to Sunday November 11th with two races a day thru to Saturday and only one scheduled for the last day.
The Star Class South American Championship was first held in 1952 when the Star Class came to South America. The first event was organized by the ICRJ and was won by Roberto Bueno and his Star named “Xodo”, and it will be organized once again here after 49 years and after several legendary editions, like the one in 2009, when at the South American Championship at ICRJ in Rio a record of entries of 63 Stars from 14 nations was registered. The event was won by Flavio Marazzi with Enrico de Maria (SUI).
This year the entries are a little more than 20, but the level is super high.
Five times Olympic medallist Robert Scheidt from Brazil will sail with fellow Brazilian crew Arthur Lopes, former Star class President and 2015 Star World Champions Lars Grael with Samuel Gonçalves (BRA) will also be on the start line and along with them that year runners up Marcelo Fuchs with Ronals Seifert (BRA).
One of the youngest Star World Champion ever was crowned about a month ago in Oxford, MD, Brazilian Finn sailor Jorge Zarif won his first Gold star in the USA with Guilherme de Almeida, and he will join the Silver star event too in Rio de Janeiro, With him on the boat this time Ubiratan Matos.
Another young team will be competing in Rio de Janeiro: Marcelo Belloti and Mauricio Bueno (BRA) are here to defend the title of South American Champions.
Winning the South American Championship has often been a Brazilian affair, with the super star brother Torben and Lars Grael winning the event five times each and Gastao Brun wining it three times.
The race course will be those used at Rio 2016 Olympic Games with the first start scheduled tomorrow, November 8th at 12.00 local time (GMT -2).
Notice of Race can be found here.
And the full entry list is here.
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Capsize for Le Cléac’h on tough second day in the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe
Press Release – 06.11.2018
At the end of the second day of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe an Atlantic storm that had been forecast at the start has been making itself felt across the whole fleet with one boat capsized, two dismasted and many sailors electing to seek shelter in French and Spanish ports.
The most serious incident of an action-packed 24 hours, as the fleet continued west and south out of the Bay of Biscay into the Atlantic proper, was the capsize by French former Vendée Globe winner, Armel Le Cléac’h, on board Maxi Solo Banque Populaire IX.
The big blue and white trimaran was running in third place in the depleted ULTIME class when its port float snapped off in 30-35 knots of wind and five-metre waves. The boat then turned over but Le Cléac’h was reported to be safe inside his central hull about 340 nautical miles northeast of the Azores.
As the maritime rescue coordination centre (CROSS) at Griz Nez in northern France took control of the operation to rescue Le Cléac’h, Jacques Caraës, the Race Director, explained how Le Cléac’h’s second capsize this year in this boat unfolded – his first one came during a training sail off Morocco in April.
“We received a call from CROSS at 13.23hrs French time after Armel activated his distress beacon,” he said. “Ronan Lucas the Banque Populaire team manager informed us that the boat has capsized and that Armel is inside and safe in the central hull. He is gathering all his safety and survival equipment while he is waiting for rescue.
“He is 450 nautical miles from Lisbon and 320 nautical miles from Punta Delgada, so slightly closer to the Azores,” added Caraës. “It is too far away for a helicopter to go to the site, but we know via the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre that a plane is flying over to check out the situation. Armel is OK and is getting ready to be evacuated.”
Earlier in the day there were two dismastings. In the IMOCA division the Franco-German sailor Isabelle Joschke lost her rig when holding seventh position and had to turn back towards the French coast. Then the same fate befell the British skipper Sam Goodchild on board Narcos Mexico in the Class40 fleet.
Goodchild, one of the pre-start favourites in the 53-strong fleet of Class40s, was making up ground and had climbed to third place when the rig suddenly gave way in 30-35 knots of wind and big seas.
“I had just picked up a few places,” Goodchild reported. “I went down below and started to tidy up and then there was a big bang. I came up on deck and the whole rig was in the water and we were drifting over the top of it.”
Goodchild has now erected a jury rig using the boat’s boom and stormsail and is heading to the French port of Brest. “I’m massively disappointed,” he added. “My aim for the Route du Rhum was not to have any regrets and I honestly don’t think there was something I could have done differently in hindsight.”
While the majority of the 123 skippers continued blasting their way along the 3,542-mile course towards Point-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe, there were nearly 50 boats that were either seeking shelter along the French and Spanish coasts or heading back towards the French coast with technical issues that were preventing them from continuing at this stage.
These include three in the ULTIME class, six IMOCAS, 12 Class40s and a total of 27 in the combined Rhum Mono and Multi classes. Among them in the IMOCA fleet is the French skipper Jérémie Beyou whose brand new Charal has developed issues with its steering system and Beyou is heading for Lorient.
Racing wise the fleet continues to be led by François Gabart on MACIF in the ULTIME class who is now passing to the north of Madeira and is almost completely through the worst of the weather with around 2,600 miles to sail.
Gabart has been going fast but he has not been able to shake off his fellow countryman Francis Joyon on IDEC Sport who has been tracking his every move in an older boat and at 62 years of age is showing that he has not lost his competitive edge. Joyon was just over 40 miles behind MACIF after 48 hours of racing.
In the Multi50 fleet the early leader Lalou Roucayrol opted to take refuge in a port close to the Spanish-Portuguese border. Behind him Armel Tripon on Reaute Chocolat looked to be heading in too but as he got close to the coast he changed his mind and has now headed off out to sea. Currently fourth, this could be a potentially race-winning move for Tripon.
In the IMOCA class, whose skippers will be contending with more rough weather conditions overnight, the chess game at the front between the three leading boats continues to unfold, with leader Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss still prospering from his lone move to the north of the fleet.
Thomson is currently about 200 miles north of second-placed Vincent Riou in PRB and 30 miles ahead of him in terms of distance to the finish. Paul Meilhat in SMA continues to hold a very impressive third place, 15 miles behind PRB.
Like the IMOCAs, the Class40 skippers have got a lot of tough sailing ahead of them with gale force winds and big seas on the menu overnight. The leader continues to be Yoann Richomme of France on Veedol-AIC with Aymeric Chappelier on AINA Enfance Avenir now in second after trading places with Britain’s Phil Sharp on IMERYS CLEAN ENERGY who has also had to deal with a broken spinnaker halyard.
Sharp revealed today that he had to climb his mast to retrieve the halyard after it broke on Sunday night. “The sail dropped straight into the water, so I stopped the boat and caught it quickly before (I hope) any damage,” he reported.
“This halyard is essential for flying our most important foresails in this race – the small and medium spinnaker, so I had to find a solution, and quickly. The only option was to climb the mast, and with the wave height expected to increase significantly for the next few days I had to get the job done.”
The 52-year-old American sailor Michael Hennessey has been enjoying his first solo transatlantic race and is holding an excellent 21st position in the Class40 fleet on board Dragon.
“After yesterday’s transition through the ridge into the northerlies, then back into the southerlies, last night was a classic,” he said. “Winds built to sustained 35 knots and gusts to 40. Sea height was four metres and Dragon took flying lessons. And while her launch is pretty good, her landing needs some work.
“No damage,” he added, “but there was some clean-up to do this morning when the winds settled down a bit. I’m taking a short hitch south, then back west. Getting ready for another rough one tonight.”
In the amateur Rhum Multi class Pierre Antoine on Olmix is out on his own, 70 miles ahead of his nearest pursuer, Alain Delhumeau on Rayon Vert.
In the Rhum Mono division Sidney Gavignet on Café Joyeux has an even bigger lead of just over 100 miles on fellow Frenchman Wilfrid Clerton on the big monohull Cap Au Cap Location-SOS Villages D’Enfants.
Top three skippers in each category at 1600CET on Tuesday, November 6.
1 François Gabart (MACIF) 2,635 miles to the finish
2 Francis Joyon (IDEC Sport) +42 miles behind
3 Romain Pilliard (Remade – Use It Again) +473 miles behind
1 Thierry Bouchard (Ciela Village) 3,028 miles to finish
2 Thibaut Vauchel-Camus (Solidaires En Peloton-ARSEP) +6 miles behind
3 Gilles Lamire (La French Tech Rennes Saint Malo) +13 miles behind
1 Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) 2,893 miles to finish
2 Vincent Riou (PRB) +38 miles behind
3 Paul Meilhat (SMA) +54 miles behind
1 Yoann Richomme (Veedol AIC) 3,054 miles to finish
2 Ameryic Chappelier (AINA Enfance) +14 miles behind
3 Phil Sharp (IMERYS CLEAN ENERGY) +14 miles behind
1 Pierre Antoine (OLMIX) 3,059 miles to finish
2 Alain Delhumeau (Rayon Vert) +68 miles behind
3 Jean-François Lilti (Ecole Diagonal Pour Citoyens Du Monde) +76.81 miles behind
1 Sidney Gavignet (Café Joyeaux) 3082 miles to finish
2 Wilfred Clerton (Cap au Cap Location-SOS Village) +112 miles behind
3 Sébastien Destremau (ALCATRAZIT-FACOCEAN) +121 miles behind
@ María Muiña
Desde la izq.: Román Rodríguez, María José Rienda, la Infanta doña Elena, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, SM el Rey don Juan Carlos, Pedro Campos, Ignacio Horcada y Telmo Martín.
Fuente info RCNS
Galicia, sede del Europeo 2020 y Mundial 2021 de la clase 6 Metros
Por primera vez en la historia unas mismas aguas acogerán ambos campeonatos en años consecutivos
Santiago de Compostela, 31 de octubre de 2018
La Ciudad de la Cultura, en Santiago de Compostela, ha sido el escenario este miércoles, día 31, de la presentación de dos grandes eventos internacionales de vela que Galicia acogerá en los próximos tres años. Se trata de dos citas deportivas de primer orden que se celebrarán en aguas de Sanxenxo: el Campeonato de Europa 2020 y el Mundial 2021 de la clase 6 Metros. Por primera vez en la historia, una misma sede albergará ambos campeonatos en años sucesivos.
El acto ha contado con la asistencia, entre otros, de SM el Rey Don Juan Carlos; la Infanta Doña de Elena; el presidente de la Xunta de Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijóo; la Secretaria de Estado para el Deporte, María José Rienda; el Conselleiro de Cultura e Turismo, Román Rodríguez; el presidente de Portos de Galicia, Juan José Durán; la Secretaria Xeral para o Deporte, Marta Míguez; la Directora de Turismo de Galicia, Nava Castro; el vicealmirante Ignacio Horcada; el alcalde de Sanxenxo, Telmo Martín; y Pedro Campos, presidente del Real Club Náutico de Sanxenxo, además de otras muchas personalidades y regatistas gallegos de la clase 6 Metros.
Una candidatura fuerte apoyada por la ISMA
Sanxenxo presentaba su candidatura el pasado mes de abril durante el ISMA Spring Meeting, reunión de la Asociación Internacional de la clase 6 Metros (ISMA) que por primera vez se celebraba en España y a la que asistían representantes de países como Reino Unido, Alemania, Suiza, Canadá, Estados Unidos, Finlandia, Suecia, Portugal y Francia.
Cinco meses después, en la asamblea anual de la ISMA celebrada en La Trinité (Francia), se desvelaba que la localidad del Salnés ganaba la candidatura aunque ha sido hoy cuando se ha hecho oficial. “Hasta que ganamos el campeonato del mundo el año pasado ni se nos ocurría plantear algo así pero las victorias ayudan”, declaraba Pedro Campos.
El presidente del Real Club Náutico de Sanxenxo destacaba que “nunca se había conseguido hacer los dos campeonatos seguidos. Al ser consecutivos los barcos no tienen que moverse de un año para otro con lo cual la afluencia será mucho mayor”.
Si bien las fechas exactas de celebración tanto del Europeo 2020 como del Mundial 2021 están por definir, Campos afirmaba que sin duda no serán “en julio ni en agosto, para contribuir a la desestacionalización”.
Estas dos citas se reforzarán con campeonatos que comenzarán en 2019. “Hemos estipulado que durante tres años, y ya estamos fijando fechas, navegaremos de marzo a noviembre al menos una vez al mes, lo cual da un total de unos 29 campeonatos además del Europeo y el Mundial”, añadía.
“Con estas facilidades y más que intentaremos conseguir, sobre todo para la flota americana, creo que vamos a estar cerca de los 60 barcos e incluso podremos superarlos, lo cual será también un récord en cuanto a participación. Con tanto tiempo de presencia de la flota seguro que va haber muchos días con condiciones excelentes para navegar y eso puede atraer en un futuro a más navegantes”.
Por su parte, el alcalde de Sanxenxo Telmo Martín, no podía ocultar la satisfacción por acoger ambos campeonatos: “Estamos encantados. En Sanxenxo hemos sabido hacer infraestructuras, como el puerto deportivo, para poder acoger eventos de esta envergadura. Sanxenxo está preparado. Hoy es un día muy importante para nosotros”.
La tercera en intervenir fue la Secretaria de Estado para el Deporte, María José Rienda. Éste ha sido su primer acto oficial en Galicia desde su nombramiento y en él destacaba la presencia entre el público de su antecesor en el cargo, José Ramón Lete.
María José Rienda apuntó que “para el Estado son muy importantes los grandes eventos deportivos como los que presentamos hoy aquí, porque nos da ese impulso turístico, nos pone en el mapa y estamos haciendo un trabajo que nos coloca como referentes en la organización de grandes eventos deportivos de vela. Desde el Gobierno os ofrecemos todo nuestro apoyo y colaboración en todo lo que podamos. Sin duda va a ser todo un éxito”.
El presidente de la Xunta de Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, fue el encargado de cerrar el turno de intervenciones subrayando que “en los motivos que valoró la Asociación Internacional de la clase 6 Metros para designar a Galicia como organizadora de estos dos campeonatos está perfectamente reflejada nuestra comunidad. Infraestructuras, valores culturales, instalaciones portuarias y náuticas, gastronomía, modernidad y capacidad organizativa, sin olvidar la solidaridad, y se subraya el apoyo institucional de las administraciones gallegas al deporte. Además, Galicia ha contado con un embajador permanente y excepcional como es S.M. el Rey Juan Carlos, que ha decidido instalar su embajada en el mar de las rías gallegas. El Real Club Náutico de Sanxenxo, Sanxenxo y Galicia entera serán perfectos anfitriones de esta cita náutica única”.
Jorge Pérez Patiño, Enrique Rodríguez Castelli y Pablo Ferrari
Fuente info FAY
FAY Y UNQ Importante convenio para el desarrollo de la Escuela de Vela Adaptada
(Buenos Aires – martes 30 de octubre de 2018)
La Federación Argentina de Yachting, representada por su vicepresidente Enrique Rodríguez Castelli; la Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, representada por el Director de la carrera de Arquitectura Naval, Profesor Jorge Pérez Patiño, y el Club Náutico Quilmes, representado por el presidente Pablo Ferrari, firmaron un compromiso de colaboración para el desarrollo de la Escuela de Vela Adaptada, la cual funcionará en la Ciudad de Quilmes.
A través del apoyo a la escuela, la FAY continúa con su política de difundir y promover el deporte de la vela en sus distintas modalidades y capacidades físicas.