Star Sailors League Finals, día 3. Mendelblatt / Fatih, nuevos lideres.

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Bahamas conditions set in on day three of the Star Sailors League Finals with 12-18 knots winds from the prevailing northeast-easterly direction. With this wind direction the race committee moved the course out of Montagu Bay, where there were bigger waves, with limited protection from the full force of the Atlantic.

Despite being dominated by Olympic Finn sailors, the day ended with a new leader in Mark Mendelblatt and crew Brian Fatih, who now lead Robert Scheidt and Henry Boening by a mere point, going into the last day of the Qualifiers.

Fatih, who has sailed with Mendelblatt since they teamed up for London 2012, observed: “We’re fortunate to be in this position: Robert is an amazing sailor, the benchmark so if you can stay up with him, you’re happy.” However following their 15-4-4 score today, gaining the lead was a surprise. “It was a struggle – we didn’t feel great on the boat. We weren’t terrible, it just wasn’t as smooth as normal.” However while today’s first race became their discard, Scheidt and Boening had to count their 12th in race two.

It may also have been due to the more choppy conditions. “It was a battle trying to keep it in the groove downwind,” Fatih continued. “Usually from this direction the left is pretty solid, but it was back and forth with some light spots.”

Top scoring helm today was Finn sailor, was Jorge Zarif, the 2013 Finn Gold Cup winner and this year’s Star World Champion, and Pedro Trouche, scoring 4-1-2 today elevated the young Brazilians into third overall.

“In the free pumping conditions today – I am from the Finn and that is one of the most important things we do,” Zarif explained. “We tried to pump and rock as much as we could, although you have to play the waves and shifts as well.”

Their race win today came after taking the lead on the second beat after benefitting from a favourable shift on the left. “There was a huge shift there because of the geography,” said Zarif. “But in the third race there was a huge right. There weren’t any clouds saying that. Sometimes you have to follow your gut.”

Losing the race to Zarif was Kiwi-Anglo duo, Hamish Pepper and Steve Mitchell, who had done a fine job recovering from their dismasting in yesterday’s breezy last race. “It required a bit of effort to tidy up the boat and get rid of all the damage and to find a rig suitable,” admitted Pepper. “We finished it off this morning and our timing pretty good.”

Of their day Pepper, the 2006 Star World Champion, was pleased. “We had two good races – an 8th and a second.” Of race two: “On the second beat we played the middle because it was getting shifty. There were a lot of gains and losses. You couldn’t protect both sides and in the end it favoured the guys on the left.”

This year’s Finn Gold Cup winner, Hungarian Zsombor Berecz posted today’s second best score – 3-6-9 with Czech four time Finn Masters World Champion Michael Maier as crew, leaving them 10th overall. This was despite not finishing yesterday’s last race when they broke a spreader, turning their mast to spaghetti, requiring them to fit a replacement overnight. “On the water sometimes we had very good speed, but not always. We’ve only had five days on the boat …” said Berecz. “Downwind we were playing it quite safe. We didn’t put the mast forward enough, because we didn’t want to break it.”

Winner of today’s first race were Star veterans France’s Xavier Rohart and Pierre-Alexis Ponsot, who also benefitted from the left side of the first beat. They lead at the top mark and then were never challenged. “It is a good to have a good plan and to be able to run with it to the end, to play the shifts and be a little bit in front of the pack…it was really a text book race,” said Rohart.

While many found fortune on the top left of the course, in today’s final race Brazilian veteran Lars Grael and Samuel Gonçalves repeated their tactic from yesterday’s second race, by going hard right, with the same outcome – victory. This has raised them to seven overall.

Tomorrow is the final day of Qualifiers at the Star Sailors League Finals and the target is to finish within the top 10 to progress through to Saturday’s Quarter Final. As Zarif observed: “We have four races to go. It is a long way. Let’s see what happens tomorrow.” At present any of the top 22 teams could still make the cut.

The winner of the Qualifiers fast tracks directly to the Final Race, while second place heads directly to the Semi Final. Those that finish the Qualifiers in third to tenth places, get to race in the Quarter Finals. The top five Quarter Finallists progress through to the Semi Final. The top three from the Semi Finals join the winner of the Qualifiers in the Finals.
Winner of the Star Sailors League Finals receives US$ 40,000 from a prize pot of US$ 200,000.

1 Mark Mendelblatt (USA Brian Fatih (USA) 22
2 Robert Scheidt (BRA) Henry Boening (BRA) 23
3 Jorge Zarif (BRA) Pedro Trouche (BRA) 31
4 Diego Negri (ITA) Diego Negri (ITA) 32
5 Eivind Melleby (NOR) Joshua Revkin (USA) 39
6 Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL) Dominik Zycki (POL) 48
7 Lars Grael (BRA) Samuel Gonçalves (BRA) 51
8 Xavier Rohart (FRA) Pierre-Alexis Ponsot (FRA) 54
9 Augie Diaz (USA) Bruno Prada (BRA) 54
10 Zsombor Berecz (HUN) Michael Meier (CZE) 56

Full results

Foiling Week en Sidney, cierre de la temporada.


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One week to the beginning of the last 2018 Foiling Week event

From December 13th to 16th at Woollahra Sailing Club in Rose Bay, Sydney, start the 2019 season of Foiling Weeks. It is the second down-under Foiling Week, foiling is “on trend” with sailing, surfing, sup, kiteboarding and windsurfing. Foiling has added an exciting new dimension to each these water sports.

As for all Foiling Week events, the program is enriched with an Expo, Trial & Learn to Fly courses. In addition to the usual morning Forum program and the afternoon races, major foiling boat manufacturers will show and demonstrate their creations throughout the day.

FW Regatta (December 13th to 16th)

All Foiling classes will race at FW Regatta, as part of the FW Regatta, Moths run their NSW Moth State Championship 2018/19 and Windsurf Foil run their Oceanic Championship 2018-2019. Thanks to Marlow, there will be a long distance race for all the foiling boats, in an all against all showdown, to determine the fastest boat and the best foiling sailors on Sydney Harbour. The support of Marlow Ropes will provide the availability of three racing areas and organization.

Registration to the FW Regatta are open, this is the address for the Foiling Boats:

and this for the Windsurf Foil:

FW Gurit Forum (December 14th to 15th)

The FW Gurit Forum will allow participants to meet the most advanced Australian designers, boat builders and sailors, sharing their experiences, ideas and future paths. Starting on the morning of Friday 14th, people like Andrew McDougall, Bertrand Castelnerac, Charles Viviani, Gerben Van Duyl, Jhon Illet, Peter Stephinson and others will present the latest development in foiling industry.

The forum is open to the public and the entry is free providing you register at:

Sustainability is one of the Foiling Week’s core values, provisioning a conscious way of dealing with the sport of sailing which is ecological by its very nature.
There are habits of life that even sailors tend to underestimate. Avoiding waste by not using plastic bottles, conscious use of fresh water to wash boats and equipment and differentiating waste products are just some of the actions being introduced to improve life on our planet whilst participating in our favorite sport. With this theme the Foiling Week partner Torqeedo extends the opportunity to reduce pollution and carbon footprint by using electric engines on support media and guests boats at Foiling Week events.

Learn to Fly (December 14th to 16th)

Have your “First Flight” 90 minutes course with the opportunity to test sail, with professional coaches, Wazp foiling boats. All the team at the Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre (ASWC), are very excited to team up with Foiling Week from December 13th to 16th. We will be running foiling taster courses from the new Foil Training Scheme throughout three of the four days of Foiling Week. All tuition will be delivered by qualified Foiling Instructors with RYA taster certificates issued to all those who participate.

The ASWC team looking forward to showing how accessible foiling can be, offering sailors the opportunity to experience flying above the water along with the foiling community at Foiling Week this month.
Book your first flight today

Foiling Week Trials (December 14th to 16th)

Foiling Week Trials are for all the experienced sailor that want to try foiling boats. It will be held at Woollahra Sailing Club from December 14th to 16th. The boats available for testing are the Ufo and Open Bic with Glide Free foiling Kit for the younger sailors. Each boat will be followed closely by a RIB with a coach that will guide the experience and ensure safety.
And it’s free! Get your application in today!

On Saturday 15th December two date for surfer and for kiters

Foiling Week will be inviting Foiling Surfers and SUP’s to North Wanda Beach, Cronulla. Saturday 15th December @ 8.30am for a 2 hour Foiling Session, Proudly Sponsored by JP.

The meeting for Foiling Kiteboarders is at Botany Bay or Kurnell (depending on wind direction) always on Saturday 15th December @ 10am for a 3 hour Foiling Session sponsored by Cabrinha.


More info, entries for the races and booking for activities at

Extreme Sailing Series Los Cabos, día 2.

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Alinghi escala puestos en el penúltimo día de Extreme Sailing Series™ Los Cabos

Los suizos de Alinghi tienen sus ojos puestos en el trofeo de Extreme Sailing Series después de haberse hecho con las dos pruebas disputadas en el campo de regatas de Los Cabos bajo condiciones de viento muy ligero y rolón y a dos días del final del Acto y de la temporada 2018.

Los helvéticos logran escalar al segundo puesto a dos puntos de Oman Air, desplazando a Red Bull Sailing Team al tercer puesto.

“Nos sentimos bien en el agua hoy. Ganar cada prueba del día es una buena noticia. Esperamos que la brisa sea más estable el domingo y poder seguir con esta racha”, afirmó Arnaud Psarofaghis, co-patrón y caña de Alinghi.

La otra cara de la moneda la protagonizó SAP Extreme Sailing Team, quien tras un rendimiento inconsistente, terminaron en cuarta posición y vieron cómo se les escapaba el título del Acto y de las Series de las manos.

“Me siento como el hombre con menos suerte del campo de regatas ahora mismo, pero todavía nos queda un día. Esperamos tener mejor brisa y navegar mejor”, admitió Adam Minoprio, el caña de los daneses.

“Fue un día largo porque el viento tardó en llegar y al final conseguimos completar dos pruebas divertidas y con buen viento así que ojalá que este domingo logremos un buen cierre. Mañana es el cierre de la temporada así que trataremos de conseguir un primer puesto, como el año pasado cuando ganamos la última prueba del Acto”, dijo Erik Brockmann, patrón de Team México, que continúan en séptima posición de la clasificación general.

El día fue complicado para los equipos y también para el comité de regatas. El Director de Regata, John Craig, resumía así el reto que supone establecer el recorrido con viento inestable: “El viento rolaba tanto que nos resultó difícil fijar las boyas del recorrido y al final llegó del este pero no a la hora de comienzo prevista, por lo que hubo que retrasar el comienzo hasta las 1623″. La brisa se estabilizó a partir de entonces y los siete equipos internacionales de GC32 completaron dos pruebas.

La acción en el agua continuará el domingo a partir de las 1330 hora local (UTC-7) y será el día en que se coronará el campeón del Acto en Los Cabos, doble por doble puntuación, y de la temporada.

Para mayor información sobre las Extreme Sailing Series, puede visitar la web oficial o descargar la App.

Clasificación de Extreme Sailing Series™ 2018 Los Cabos, tras 3 jornadas y 8 pruebas (01.12.18)

Posición / Equipo / Puntos

1 º, Oman Air (OMA) Phil Robertson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Stewart Dodson, Nasser Al Mashari: 85 puntos

2 º, Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Bryan Mettraux, Yves Detrey: 83 pts

3 º, Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Dan Morris, Rhys Mara, Micah Wilkinson: 83 pts

4 º, SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Rasmus Køstner, Adam Minoprio, Julius Hallström, Pierluigi de Felice, Richard Mason: 71 pts

5 º, INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) Ben Ainslie, Giles Scott, Oli Greber, Mark Spearman, Joey Newton: 69 pts

6 º, US Team Extreme (USA) Taylor Canfield, Riley Gibbs, Matt Woodworth, Scott Ewing, Brian Porter: 59 pts

7 º, Team México (MEX) Erik Brockmann, Tom Buggy, Alex Higby, Tom Phipps, Yanic Gentry: 54 pts

Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe. Loïck Peyron completa una maratónica regata de más de 21 días.

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© Alexis Courcoux

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Peyron completes the fairytale aboard Happy
Press Release – 25.11.2018

On a perfect sunny Sunday afternoon off Pointe-à-Pitre, the French sailing hero Loïck Peyron completed his personal tribute to transatlantic racing pioneers Mike Birch and Eric Tabarly when he brought his small yellow trimaran, Happy, through the finish line of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe.

Forty years after Canadian Birch ignited the legend of the Route du Rhum when he won the inaugural race by just 98 seconds on the 12-metre yellow trimaran, Olympus, Peyron sailed his 37-year-old Olympus sistership, Happy, through the finish line to huge applause.

“It is perfect timing, coming in on a Sunday afternoon just after church. It is meant to be. What more could you want?” quipped 58-year-old Peyron who took fourth in the Multi Rhum class at the end of one of the most brutal transatlantics of recent years.

His time for the 3,542-nautical mile course was 21 days, three hours and 57 minutes which was well inside Birch’s 23-day effort in 1978, although Peyron was quick to point out that his time is not a record.

“Don’t forget she is for sale now,” Peyron told the crowds who lined the pontoons and breakwaters at Pointe-à-Pitre’s Memorial ACTe finish village.

“It was long and a bit tougher than I expected. I am glad it is over. That is the problem with small boats – you have to cross so many weather systems. I think I crossed five or six low pressure systems. But that is fine, that is for the memories. The thing is these small boats are so marvellous but really bouncy all the time, uncomfortable when you are racing with an alloy mast and dacron sails.”

His sailing honours compare with the greatest in the sport. Four solo transatlantic race victories, including a record-breaking win in the 2014 Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe on the maxi trimaran Banque Populaire; four round-the-worlds; runner-up twice in the Vendée Globe; a crewed round-the-world Trophée Jules Verne record; a two-handed Barcelona World race win and three consecutive America’s Cup challenges.

After 51 transatlantic passages since his first Mini Transat in 1979, Peyron sought to return to the simplicity and purity of sailing like the founders of the sport of solo ocean racing, men like Tabarly and Birch. Peyron remembers berthing alongside Birch’s boat as a 22-year-old in Pointe-à-Pitre after his first Route du Rhum. He still calls Birch his ‘Jedi Master’.

“My story over the last four years is to try to give a tribute to those guys like Mike Birch and Tabarly, the pioneers – Tabarly in the OSTAR and Mike Birch here in the Rhum. So I feel I have done that,” said a smiling Peyron. “The good thing is that I know there are not so many people who could do this, and be able to start this race as the winner of the last edition.”

Peyron’s back-to-basics approach meant no modern electronic aids on Happy, no routing software, no GPS, navigating by sextant and using traditional dacron sails with no furling gear to roll up the sails, and next to no communication with the outside world.

The brutal wind and sea conditions in the Bay of Biscay during the first few days meant Peyron chose to use modern 4G technology to download two sets of weather files to guarantee his safety. Even so he spent 40 or so hours sheltering along the north Spanish coast, trying to avoid the worst of the weather which buffeted the fleet. “I went out too early, it was super bad weather. I was seeing a good 50 knots and a big sea state because Finisterre is not the right place to be,” Peyron recalled.

He admits to pushing the little trimaran hard over recent days, seeking to break away from near-identical sistership Friends & Lovers, sailed by 36-year-old French businessman Jean-François Corre and trying to catch Jean-Pierre Balmes on Solveo Energie Nouvelle. He passed Balmes during last night to take fourth while Friends & Lovers was some 25 miles behind when Peyron finished.

The diminutive Frenchman is adamant that this was his last Rhum. “I am done. I have done eight and that is plenty,” he said. “The next challenge is a real one in La Solitaire in the new Figaro Beneteau 3; I have started each of the different iterations and I am looking forward to the new 3.”

Triste final para el maxi trimarán Banque Populaire IX.

© Javi Montenegro

© Javi Montenegro

© Javi Montenegro

© Javi Montenegro

© Javi Montenegro

© Javi Montenegro

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PUBLICATION : 23 nov. 2018

Depuis l’avarie qui a entrainé le chavirage du Maxi Banque Populaire IX le 6 novembre, l’assureur et le Team Banque Populaire ont travaillé sans relâche pour mettre en place une mission de récupération des éléments du trimaran. La localisation du bateau a été possible grâce à la balise Argos placée à l’intérieur du bateau et au repérage réalisé par satellite Pléiades avec le concours de la société Airbus. Ainsi, un navire était arrivé sur zone quelques jours après le chavirage sous le pilotage d’Adrien Hardy, missionné par l’assurance en raison de son expertise dans le domaine, afin de tenter de ramener à terre les éléments endommagés du bateau.

Après 10 jours de mer dans des conditions météorologiques difficiles, le remorqueur est arrivé à Vigo. Les premiers constats ont permis au Team Banque Populaire, arrivé sur place, d’observer que le Maxi Banque Populaire IX s’était fortement détérioré.

L’assureur va désormais pouvoir entamer ses travaux d’expertise.
Banque Populaire et son équipe travaillent depuis plusieurs jours pour étudier les différents rebonds possibles pour la Banque de la Voile, qui fêtera ses 30 ans en 2019.

Ronan Lucas, directeur du Team Banque Populaire :
« Malgré tous nos efforts, avec la tempête, le bateau est intégralement disloqué et en l’état sa reconstruction s’avère impossible. Nous sommes tous très tristes de cette issue lorsque l’on pense à toutes les personnes ayant contribué à ce fabuleux projet. Nous sommes à pied d’œuvre pour imaginer la suite de cette magnifique histoire avec Banque Populaire. »

RC 44 Cascais Cup día 4. Sin regatas por falta de viento, Charisma gana el evento y el anual.

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Zero to hero RC44 claims Cascais and Championship

Giant waves kicked up by an Atlantic gale oddly combined with no wind in the vicinity of Cascais resulted in racing being cancelled on the final day of the RC44 Cascais Cup. This made for a surprise, come-from-behind winner of both this last event of the 2018 season for the high performance, one design race boats and in the 2018 RC44 Championship ranking overall.

“The decision to race or not was made by the fact that we have no wind at all,” explained PRO Peter Reggio at noon. “On a day like this, with the water the way it is, we need more wind than normal to be able to race fairly.”

After day one here in Cascais, Nico Poons’ Charisma was dead last having posted a 7-8. Even newcomer to the fleet, Paulo Mirpuri and his Mirpuri Foundation, enjoying his first ever day racing in the RC44 fleet, were ahead. A 2-2-6-1 on day two saw the Monaco-based Dutchman’s team fight back to fourth place, still nine points from the lead. Yesterday, a welcome continuation of their winning streak saw them win both races in big winds and giant seas, coinciding with a most unfortunate day for day two’s leader, Team Nika. This propelled Charisma into the lead.

No racing today left Charisma hitting the jackpot, winning the RC44 Cascais Cup, with a three point advantage over Chris Bake’s Team Aqua, second on countback to Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF. Charisma also overhauled both Team Nika and Team CEEREF to claim the annual RC44 Championship for the first time.

“Our experience this year was that either we won or we had very bad results,” admitted Poons. “It has been quite amazing that we won the 2018 Championship. That out of five events this year, we have won three of them says something! Alongside the TP52, competition in the RC44s is the strongest, so I am proud to have won the season.”

This is not Poons’ first major championship victory – aboard previous Charismas, he won the Swan 45 World Championship in 2009 and constantly scored well in the Farr 40. But as he puts it: “The competition in the RC44 is so tough and the level is so high, that, when you win, it fills you with more pride than the other classes I’ve tried before.”

Pointing the way around the course on board was renowned Emirates Team New Zealand tactician Ray Davies. “It was a big surprise,” said Davies of their victory. “It was always going to be a very tall order, especially after the first day. My commiserations to Team Nika – they have sailed so well all season, but just had a lot of misfortune yesterday. Team CEEREF has also had a very good season. We were all basically tied on points and it came down to the last race yesterday. It is the nature of this fleet that the competition is very high and when you make a couple of mistakes, you get punished. So it was a huge relief for our team.”

Alongside Poons and Davies were the international cast of Chris Hosking, Ross Halcrow, Dimitri Simmons, Revelin Minehane, Eddie Klemets and Ivan Peute.

Having both led the 2018 RC44 Championship going into this event and having led this event comfortably after day two, their success going up in smoke in just one day came as a big blow to Vladimir Prosikhin and the Team Nika crew.

“It is very disappointing that we didn’t manage to handle it yesterday, because it was our weather and we had to perform well, but we didn’t,” commented Prosikhin. “Unfortunately we ended up with some disappointment, but that is the pleasure of sailing in this fleet, because there is no such thing as one boat always being best.”

Among the calamity, Team Nika was sinking as she finished yesterday’s second race – her ‘removable bow was missing and water was spraying in through the empty bolt holes in her bow. “When you have no bow, it makes a big fountain at front of the boat – beautiful but not pleasant!” Prosikhin observed. “The water was moving from side to side – it was a bit like swallowing something that lives its own life inside. It was obvious that we should just finish the race, but there was no way we could be competitive.” They just made it back to the Marina de Cascais where several tonnes of water were pumped out of the boat.

Prosikhin was impressed with the comeback of Charisma and his fellow Monaco-based friend Nico Poons. “It is a challenge, everyone takes risks. For example Charisma was starting centimetres from the line in the last two races. They took the challenge fully and were greatly rewarded. No one could predict after the first day that they would win this regatta. It looked like they were completely destroyed.”

In the 2018 RC44 Championship, Team Nika finished just one point behind Charisma, with Igor Lah’s defending champions on Team CEEREF tied on points with her, but in third on countback.

“I am a bit disappointed because we lost the whole season,” said Lah. “We were sailing really well, but maybe we made two or three stupid mistakes, which happens. We have to be much much better next year. You have to be one level above everyone to be confident to have everyone behind you.”

For its 2019 RC44 Championship, the fleet of one designs is set to be bolstered by two new teams when it makes its debut in Porto Montenegro next April, with the full event schedule to be announced shortly.

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RC 44 Cascais Cup, día 2. Intensa jornada con cuatro regatas.

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Four races, four different winners

To make up for yesterday’s missed race and with the prospect of a possibly ‘too big’ weekend ahead, four races were held on day two of the RC44 Cascais Cup, the final event of the 2018 championship for the high performance owner driver one designs.

As yesterday, conditions on the water were warm for mid-November, with the sun out and wind that started at 10-12 knots and dropped off to six, as forecast, as the afternoon wore on. Starting an hour early, the wind defied predictions, remaining just stable enough for PRO Peter Reggio to lay on one extra race to recover the schedule.

At this half way stage of the RC44 Cascais Cup, Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika is the stand-out leader. The 2018 World Champions, on which Dean Barker calls tactics, won the first race today, as she did yesterday, and remained star performer up until today’s final race. In this she was called OCS and, unlike yesterday, was unable to recover, causing her seven point lead to dwindle to four.

Behind Team Nika the leaderboard remains impossibly close with just five points separating second from sixth in the eight boat fleet.

As the wind off Marina de Cascais remained just south of east and with a swell from the west rolling in from the Atlantic, it was the turn of Torbjörn Törnqvist’s Artemis Racing to make the best job of the tough conditions to claim race two.

“It was very, very challenging today, because you had the swell from the back, against the wind, which made it hard to steer in – it throws the boat around and changes the heeling angle all of the time,” described Törnqvist. “But it was great fun, we had good sailing.”

Artemis Racing’s tactician, American RC44 veteran Andy Horton agreed that today’s conditions were tough: “It was crazy: Up and down, shifty, there was a big swell, etc. All day the wind kept ratcheting right. Once we’d figured out the waves upwind and downwind, the wind would shift 20° and you’d have to relearn everything. The swell was with you upwind on starboard and then on port!”

The race they won, Horton said was textbook stuff, getting off the line well, sailing a sound first beat, to round the top mark ahead and lead on from there.

The most dramatic race today was the third. In this, newcomers to the RC44 fleet Mirpuri Foundation took the starboard side of the second beat, tacked, and then enjoyed a monster lift that left them pointing directly at the weather mark. This elevated them from fifth to first which they held to the finish, Portugese helm Paulo Mirpuri scoring his ever RC44 race win, despite this being just his second day competing in the class.

“I’ve come here to learn about the boat and to be honest, I thought we would be last, because everyone is pushing to the limit this being the last event of the year. It was a great surprise to get a fifth place and then a first,” said Mirpuri. “We discussed in the team what tactics we should take for that third race and it played out well. We were happy with the decisions we made beforehand. Our tactician did a very good job and it played out well.”

Today’s fourth race had the day’s fourth winner in Nico Poons’ Charisma. Like Mirpuri Foundation’s victory, this also occurred in an unorthodox way. Tactician Ray Davies described it: “We were OCS and were heading downwind on port when the gun went! But that sent us out to the right hand side of the course. At that point we were coming last and we said ‘we just need a 20° shift here and we’ll be just fine’. And we got a 20° shift… The wind just kept going further and further right.”

Nico Poons was elated that Charisma’s 2-2-6-1 score made her by far the top performing boat of the day, despite the tricky conditions. This made up – slightly – for Charisma’s deep results on Thursday. “We had a good day, which compensates for yesterday,” said Poons.

With the RC44 Cascais Cup on schedule at this half way stage after two fine, if difficult, days of sailing, the rest of the regatta is up in the air with the most conservative weather models showing winds gusting to 30+ knots tomorrow afternoon and the prospect of lighter winds, but 3-5m waves on Sunday.

Sudamericano de Star para Robert Scheidt y Arthur Lopes.

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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.