Hempel World Cup Series Genova, día 2. Muy poco viento y regatas sólo para laser y 49er FX.

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Tomasgaard and Stipanovic snap up Laser wins at Hempel World Cup Series Genoa
For immediate release: 04/16/2019
Issued on behalf of: World Sailing

Norway’s Hermann Tomasgaard and Croatia’s Tonci Stipanovic picked up the first Laser wins on the second day of racing at Hempel World Cup Series Genoa.

Tomasgaard, winner at Hempel World Cup Series Miami, and Stipanovic, Rio 2016 silver medallist, took hard earned yellow and blue fleet victories respectively in the 111-boat Laser pack.

The Italian city was hit with a light 5-6 knot wind on the second day of competition which meant that the split Laser fleet could only complete one race apiece.

Across the eight Olympic events, that features 676 registered sailors from 58 nations, only the 49erFX blue fleet were able to complete a race alongside the Lasers. Denmark’s Ida Marie Baad Nielsen and Marie Thusgaard Olsen claimed the victory. The result has not yet been applied to the overall leaderboard as the 49erFX yellow fleetneed to complete their third race of the series.

The Laser fleet got racing underway immediately in front of the venue, Fiera di Genova, at 14:18 local time after a long morning wait for wind.

Stipanovic, sailing in the blue fleet, took a convincing victory and was full of praise for the race officials ashore after racing, “Compared to events I’ve been to recently, we had a Race Officer who could understand what was happening to the wind. He was changing the course nearly on every leg and the mark was always in the right place. It was a pleasure to be a part of the regatta today.”

A Race Officer’s job in light winds can quite often be a challenge with many factors to take into consideration when delivering a race. The Race Officer leads a team on the committee boat and mark layers who are on the course. They have a complete overview of what is happening around the entire race course and call the shots when it comes to the length of the course, duration of the race and postponing when conditions are unfavourable.

“It’s a tough job,” continued Stipanovic. “Some Race Officers are always pushing and they don’t want to wait or cancel the race if it’s unfair conditions. It’s a hard job but I like it when the Race Officer can feel what is happening and makes the right decisions. I’m going home happy today because we always knew what was happening and he was not pushing. He waited for wind and we had a fair race.

“I’ve always said, if I’m leading the race and it’s not fair I would be more than happy for the Race Officer to cancel the race and win a fair one instead.”

Stipanovic did indeed win a fair race in very challenging light conditions. He was followed by Dutch racer Duko Bos and Australia’s Luke Elliott.

Norway’s Tomasgaard also enjoyed the racing in the yellow fleet, snapping up the victory ahead of Sergey Komissarov (RUS) and Stefano Peschiera (PER). The Norwegian comes into Genoa off the back of an exceptional performance in Miami where he controlled the fleet and clinched gold with a day to spare.

He finished sixth at the recent Princesa Sofia Regatta in Palma, Mallorca and is aiming to recapture his Miami form.

“My starts were good in Miami but I had a tough time in Palma,” commented Tomasgaard. “They were not as good and today’s start was not perfect either. It’s difficult to say where it went wrong but if you’re a second late it can make a huge difference. I’ve not been as on it recently.

“Racing is the best practice for the start. Once you make the acceleration you’ve got to go for it and go full speed.”

Although he suffered a tough start, there was no issue with Tomasgaard’s performance throughout the rest of the race. He moved up from seventh at the first mark to clinch the victory. “In the beginning I thought I was going to get caught in the middle like you often do in light wind but the group of us found pressure and moved forward.”

After one race, Stipanovic and Tomasgaard share the lead and will be targeting a repeat performance on Wednesday.

Denmark’s Baad Nielsen and Olsen sealed the single 49erFX race in a 3-5 knot breeze. Sailing in the blue fleet, the Danes finished ahead of Italy’s Carlotta Omari and Matilda Distefano and Spain’s Tamara Echegoyen and Paul Barcelo Martin.

The yellow fleet were unable to race which means that the blue fleet race does not yet count. The result will come into play once the yellow fleet complete their third.

Competitors in the Men’s and Women’s 470, 49er, Finn and Nacra 17 remained ashore all day and did not race. The Laser Radial fleet briefly took to the water but conditions were not deemed appropriate.

Racing is scheduled to resume for the 49er, 49erFX, Laser and Nacra 17 at 11:00 on Wednesday 17 April. The remaining fleets all have an additional race scheduled as they aim to catch up on races missed on Tuesday.

By Daniel Smith – World Sailing


SSL Gold Cup, lanzamiento de una nueva competencia bi anual por países.

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The first 20 nations presented today at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne

A new era in competitive sailing dawned today with the official launch of the Star Sailors League Gold Cup. This will see each nation’s top sailing athletes team together into a single crew and then race against one another aboard high performance 47 foot long one design monohulls to establish ‘the world’s best sailing nation’. Boats are supplied to ensure that, as in the Olympics, it is the sailors who make the difference and not the boats. The SSL Gold Cup also aims to create household names of each nation’s top sailing heroes on the basis that sports fans are more likely to support their national teams than the club teams in their country

Designated by the sport’s governing body, World Sailing, as a ‘Special Event’, the SSL Gold Cup is the ultimate event conceived by some of international sailing’s most accomplished athletes and the Star Sailors League (SSL), the organisation that created the SSL Ranking, the SSL Grand Slams and the annual SSL Finals. The SSL Gold Cup is set to occur biennially, taking place for the first time in Switzerland during September and October 2021.

The best sailors in the world compete for significant prize money in Star Sailors League events. These have attracted top world champions and America’s Cup sailors, plus over 70 Olympians, with 17 gold medals, 16 silver medals and 18 bronze medals between them. These athletes will form the core of their national teams competing in the SSL Gold Cup.

Polish double Olympic Finn medallist Mateusz Kusznierewicz, who has been appointed Sports Director of the SSL Gold Cup, explains: “The whole concept of the SSL Gold Cup is that it will be very similar to the football World Cup, which starts with qualification stages and then progresses to quarter-finals, semi-finals and on to finals. That works well in other sports and we want to do the same in sailing.” This format has already been trialled and developed over the last five years at SSL Grand Slam events and the annual SSL Finals.

Specifically, the SSL Gold Cup format will comprise four knock-out qualifying rounds for 16 teams each, taking place out of SSL’s state of the art headquarters and training centre in Grandson on Lake Neuchâtel. Each of these 16 will be divided into four flights of four boats, the outcome of each based on up to five windward-leeward races.

The four boat fleet races have also been tested in the SSL Finals. “We sat down together with the likes of Craig Monk, Paul Cayard and Sime Fantela, and many more leading sailors, and discussed about how many boats would make it easiest for the spectators to understand the racing. We concluded that four boats was the easiest, also to keep the racing tight and give a chance to teams who are less experienced – without it being a match race,” says Kusznierewicz.

Teams will join the competition according to their pre-event seeding. This seeding will be based on a formula for how each nation ranks over a series of events spanning the breadth of sailing, both yachts and dinghies, internationally, the final calculations including both the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and the 36th America’s Cup in New Zealand in April 2021. The lowest seeded nations will start in the earliest qualifications for the SSL Gold Cup while more successful nations will join the competition subsequently. “It is similar in tennis where, for example, Roger Federer doesn’t play in the qualifiers, due to his previous success,” says Kusznierewicz.

After the qualification rounds, the SSL Gold Cup then moves from Lake Neuchâtel to Geneva for the final rounds. Here on Lake Geneva the top eight from the qualifying rounds join the top eight seeded teams in the quarter-finals. The top eight from this progress through semi-finals to determine the four finalists and ultimately the winner being crowned the SSL Gold Cup champion nation.

“The idea is to make it as simple as possible – so the quarter-finals and semi-finals will consist of five races, while the finals will be single race just like the SSL Finals,” continues Kusznierewicz. “We want to make it really easy for spectators to understand who is the winner and which team will be crowned the ‘best sailing nation’.”

The SSL Gold Cup is open to any nations of the 144 Member National Authorities recognised by World Sailing. As the chances for developed sailing nations will be significantly better than for emerging nations, the format has been designed to boost the chances for emerging nations. To achieve this, the SSL divides the world into three zones: Europe, Africa-Americas, Oceania-Asia. This is then reflected in the number of entries from each – so at each stage of the qualifying rounds the fresh influx of entries will comprise 50% from Europe and 25% each from Africa-Americas and Oceania-Asia.

Within the first three months after the entry period opened, and with six months to go until the entry deadline for the 2021 SSL Gold Cup, forty countries from all five continents confirmed their participation. A maximum of 48 teams will be able compete in this first edition of the SSL Gold Cup.

The make-up of the eleven sailors in each national team will be strictly controlled. Crew are obliged to be passport-carrying nationals in line with the nationality requirements of the Olympic Games.

For each team a ‘captain’ is selected. The captain is likely to sail on board, but that is not required. Among the captain’s responsibilities are to manage and co-ordinate the team, to act as ambassador for the team and to run the finances of the campaign.

The first group of nations has been revealed today:

BRAZIL – represented by Robert Scheidt
CANADA – represented by Richard Clarke (C)
CROATIA – represented by Igor Marenič on behalf of Sime Fantela (C)
ESTONIA – represented by Tõnu Tõniste (C), Tommas Tõniste and Andrus Poksi
GERMANY – represented by Frithjof Kleen (C), Jochen Schümann, Philipp Buhl
GREAT BRITAIN – represented by Matthew Cornwell on behalf of Ian Williams (C)
GREECE – represented by Sofia Bekatorou (C), Michail Pateniotis
HUNGARY – represented by Zsombor Berecz (C)
ITALY – represented by Vasco Vascotto (C) and Francesco Bruni
THE NETHERLANDS – represented by Roy Heiner (C)
NORWAY – represented by Eivind Melleby (C)
POLAND – represented by Mateusz Kusznierewicz (C)
PORTUGAL – represented by João Rodrigues (C) and Afonso Dominguez
SLOVENIA – represented by Vasilij Žbogar (C)
SPAIN – represented by Roberto Bermudez on behalf of Luis Doreste (C)
SWEDEN – represented by Freddy Lööf (C)
SWITZERLAND – represented by Eric Monnin (C)
TURKEY – represented by Aliçan Keynar (C)
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – represented by Paul Cayard (C)

Significantly it is the captain of each team who gets to choose five sailors, which, for example, might fill key roles on board such as tactician, bowman and pitman. Some have already made early selections. The Italian team has Vasco Vascotto as captain and leading America’s Cup sailor Francesco Bruni has already been signed up as helmsman. Similarly, Star sailor Frithjof Kleen is captain of the German team which includes Olympic legend and America’s Cup winner Jochen Schümann.

The other remaining sailors on board will be the four highest placed for that nation in the SSL Ranking.
The SSL Ranking system has been developed over the past five years, tested with the results from a single class of yacht. This will expand dramatically over the coming months. “Every week from now, you will see the new classes and new results being included,” says Kusznierewicz. “By the end of this year everyone from Optimists to Lasers to J/70s, to the Olympic classes, and all inshore racers will be included. That’s really exciting because it is the first time that sailors in one class will be able to compare themselves directly with those in another.” For the world of sailing, which has a large number of classes of yacht and dinghy, this represents both a ground-breaking and a significant development for the sport.

The SSL47 high performance keelboat to be used for the SSL Gold Cup will be supplied to teams for their use, and training time aboard the boat will be crucial. For this purpose the SSL has established a state of the art training centre at its new headquarters on the shore of Lake Neuchâtel in Switzerland. The world class facilities here include a private harbour, broadcast centre and TV studio, and a fitness centre, all housed within the grounds of a manor house set in a large private park. From here SSL Gold Cup teams will get the opportunity to learn to race the high performance one design SSL47 keelboats. Training will take place from April 2019 until August 2021 and its amount will vary according to the calibre of the teams. The most experienced teams will have the opportunity of training for 10 days per year; World Sailing ‘Emerging Nations’ getting 30 days. These training sessions will also provide an opportunity for teams to try out new crew.

While the first SSL Gold Cup will take place in 2021, the aim is for this competition to take place biennially after this. In the meantime, over the coming weeks there will be further announcements of new national teams and their captains.

Campeonato de Europa de RS:X, día 4. Mañana medal races.

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12 de abril de 2019

Iván Pastor se clasifica para la medal race del Campeonato de Europa de RS:X

El alicantino ocupa la novena posición de la general. Blanca Manchón terminó el día en el puesto 13 de la clasificación femenina general y es décima europea

El Campeonato de Europa de RS:X, organizado por el Club Náutico Arenal, Mallorca, llegará mañana a su fin con la disputa de las medal race, regata final reservada a los diez mejores clasificados de cada clase. El alicantino Iván Pastor, noveno en RS:X masculino, será el único representante español. En windsurf femenino, la andaluza Blanca Manchón terminó la jornada en el puesto 13 de la general y es décima europea.

Iván Pastor competirá mañana en la medal race del Campeonato de Europa de RS:X tras conseguir hoy clasificarse en la novena posición de la general absoluta y europea. Con un total de diez mangas completadas, el windsurfista alicantino selló su pase a la regata final, reservada a los diez mejores clasificados, aunque lo hizo sin opciones de alcanzar el podio.

“Estoy contento de volver a estar entre los mejores”, aseveró Pastor al confirmarse su participación en la regata por las medallas. “Aquí ha habido nivel de campeonato del mundo más que de europeo y estar en la medal race no era nada fácil”, recordó el alicantino.

Por su parte, el canario Ángel Granda aprovechó la penúltima jornada de la competición para mejorar posiciones y ascendió hasta el puesto 16 de la general.

En RS:X femenino, Blanca Manchón completó la cuarta jornada de la competición en la decimotercera posición de la clasificación general y es la décima mejor deportista europea. Estas cifras dejan a Manchón fuera de la medal race de su clase pero mañana disputará una última manga, navegando con el resto de la flota de grupo oro, con la que podría mejorar su posición en la clasificación continental. En esta magna competirá junto a su compañera Pilar Lamadrid quien hoy se situó en la vigesimoquinta plaza de la general absoluta femenina.

Manchón, que reconoció no haber tenido una semana muy “inspirada”, hizo autocrítica al repasar sus resultados a lo largo del Campeonato de Europa: “No he estado fina. Me notaba bien físicamente y con buena velocidad pero cuando se te cruza un campeonato es difícil salir de allí”.

Aún así, la andaluza se mostró “feliz” por estar más cerca de conseguir la plaza nominal para Tokio 2020. “Es el objetivo que llevo persiguiendo estos dos últimos años y estoy muy contenta sabiendo que estoy muy cerca de volver a representar a mi país en unos Juegos Olímpicos, que es lo que me motiva ahora mismo”, aseguró.

En la clasificación juvenil masculina el mejor español fue Biel Lladó (Real Club Náutico de Palma), vigesimosegundo. En cuanto a la general Sub 17, Josep Estrany y Xicu Ferrer, regatistas del Club Náutico Arenal, se intercambiaron las posiciones que mantenían ayer, quedando Estrany en la sexta plaza y Ferrer en la séptima.

En las tablas juveniles femeninas, la mallorquina Andrea Torres (CNA) ocupa el puesto 21 de la general y es la cuarta mejor regatista Sub 17, categoría en la que también destacan Naiara Fernádnez (CNA), sexta, Zoe Fernández (CNA), séptima, y Emma Vanrell (Club Marítimo San Antonio de la Playa), novena.

En la jornada de mañana sábado, última del Campeonato de Europa de RS:X que se está disputando en Mallorca, está prevista la visita de la presidenta del Consejo Superior de Deportes, María José Rienda, quien estará acompañada por la presidenta de la Real Federación Española de Vela, Julia Casanueva, y el director de preparación olímpica de la RFEV, Asier Fernández.


Hempel World Cup Series, Genova se prepara para una nueva cita olímpica.

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Genoa gearing up for Hempel World Cup Series debut
For immediate release: 04/11/2019
Issued on behalf of: World Sailing

The Italian city of Genoa is preparing to host over 700 sailors between 15-21 April 2019 for the first ever Hempel World Cup Series regatta to be held in the country.

The Fiera di Genova, which hosts the International Boat Show every year, will welcome world class sailors across eight of the ten Olympic events.

Racing in the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 will commence on Monday 15 April and conclude on the 20th. Meanwhile, the 470s, Laser, Laser Radial and Finn will start on Tuesday 16 April and wrap up on the final Sunday, the 21st.

Medal Races on the 20th and 21st will be streamed live on World Sailing’s YouTube Channel – www.youtube.com/worldsailingtv.

Home nation hopes will be firmly pinned on 2018 World Champions Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti who will spearhead a highly-competitive 49-boat Nacra 17 fleet.

Tita and Banti dominated 2018: they won gold at the European Championship and at the World Cup Final in Marseille, before heading to the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 where they clinched their first world title. At the recent Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar, however, the pair finished outside of the top three for the first time in 18 months. Proof that they can indeed be beaten to a podium spot – but they’ll surely be determined to put things right on their home waters.

Aiming to upset the favourites will be compatriots Vittorio Bissaro and Maelle Frascari (ITA). The duo took silver at the World Cup Final in Marseille and followed it up with bronze in Enoshima at the end of last year. Neither of the Italian crews were present in Miami but, with a silver medal at Trofeo Princesa Sofia under their belt, Bissaro and Frascari will be pushing their Italian team-mates all the way on their home patch.

Two British teams will also be eyeing success in Genoa. World #3 Ben Saxton and Nicola Boniface (GBR) and World #4 John Gimson and Anna Burnet (GBR) are consistently at the front of the fleet and will be targeting the podium.

Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin (AUS), gold medallists at the opening two rounds of the Hempel World Cup Series in Enoshima and Miami, will miss out on Genoa following an injury sustained on their way to victory at Trofeo Princesa Sofia.

The 49er and 49erFX fleets will feature 66 and 51 boats respectively and will be hotly-contested on the Genovese waters – with a familiar fight in the 49erFX.

Brazil’s Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze are on a run of five straight victories and are currently undefeated in the 2019 Hempel World Cup Series.

They clinched gold back in September on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic waters and swiftly followed up with another in January’s Miami sunshine. It wasn’t all smooth sailing in the US for the Brazilians, as they were initially off the pace against New Zealand’s Alex Maloney and Molly Meech, but they overcame a huge deficit in the Medal Race to upset the odds.

The Brazilian and New Zealand rivalry goes back to Rio 2016, where Grael and Kunze clinched gold by just two seconds in the Medal Race. On the road to Tokyo, there is very little separating the two teams, and Genoa will no doubt throw out another compelling narrative in the latest showdown between the Brazilians and the Kiwis.

In the 49er, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) make their first World Cup appearance for three years, having only returned to the 49er in January. The Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallists claimed America’s Cup glory together in 2017, then became rivals in The Ocean Race in 2017/18. They finished seventh at a fiercely-contested Trofeo Princesa Sofia and, as they continue to blow away the cobwebs, they’ll fancy their chances of a medal in Genoa.

2018 World Champions Sime and Mihovil Fantela (CRO) will be part of the fleet in Genoa, as will strong teams from Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the USA.

116 Laser sailors will line up to commence battle in Genoa. Always the best-attended fleet at any regatta – and quite often the most open – the pack contains several who have what it takes to claim a medal.

Pavlos Kontides (CYP) has dominated the Laser in recent years, winning back-to-back World Championship titles in 2017 and 2018, but he finished a disappointing 25th at Trofeo Princesa Sofia. The Cypriot will be hoping to put things right in Genoa, but he’ll be up against Rio 2016 silver medallist and good friend Tonci Stipanovic (CRO). The Croatian is a regular on the World Cup circuit and has amassed numerous World Cup medals throughout his career.

Wannes Van Laer (BEL), Karl Martin Rammo (EST), Finn Lynch (IRL), Hermann Tomasgaard (NOR) and Jesper Stalheim (SWE) will also be targeting the podium; Tomaasgaard being the most recent Hempel World Cup Series gold medallist with a stunning 47-point victory in Miami.

In the Laser Radial, Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN) will be the one to beat following her gold medal performance at Trofeo Princesa Sofia. Rising stars suchs as Greece’s Vasileia Karachaliou, Hungary’s Maria Erdi, Switzerland’s Maud Jayet and Uruguay’s Dolores Moreira Fraschini will also be hot contenders for the first ever Genoa Hempel World Cup Series podium.

Rio 2016 silver medallists Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) will spearhead the 43-boat Men’s 470 fleet. The Australians rarely finish off the podium so will be firm favourites for a medal. The gold medallists from Enoshima, Keiju Okada and Jumpei Hokazono (JPN) and Miami, Jordi Xammer Hernandez and Nicolás Rodriguez Garcia-Paz (ESP), will join the Australians in the fleet alongside a string of further leading lights.

In the Women’s 470, 37 teams will fight for gold and Italy’s own Benedetta di Salle and Alessandra Dubbini will be keen to impress on their home waters. The Italians showed their worth by securing bronze in Enoshima at the start of the 2019 series, and even though leading contenders such as France’s Olympic bronze medallst Camille Lecointre, sailing with Aloise Retornaz, and current World Champions Ai Kondo Yoshida and Miho Yoshioka (JPN) are within the fleet, they are certainly capable of taking gold.

21 competitors will face off in a relatively inexperienced Finn fleet. Jorge Zarif of Brazil is the only competitor in the world’s top 15 racers present and will be favourite for gold, but breathing down his neck will be the youthful Oskari Muhonen (FIN) who shone with silver in Miami.

The 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 will commence racing first of all on Monday 15 April at 11:00 local time, sailing in split fleets.

The remaining fleets will follow on Tuesday 16 April. The Laser and Laser Radial fleets will also sail in split fleets for the first two days of competition.

Medal Races will start on Saturday 20 April with the podium places to be decided in the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 first before the remaining fleets are decided the day after.

All races will be broadcast live on World Sailing’s YouTube Channel – www.youtube.com/worldsailingtv.  

44Cup Montenegro. Presencia argentina con German Panei (Peninsula Petroleum) y Juanpa Marcos (Team Aqua).

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Fresh face on the 44Cup

Racing gets underway tomorrow at the 44Cup Porto Montenegro, the opening event of the 2019 season for the high performance RC44 one designs. While the majority of the teams are repeat customers, this year almost all have crew changes, some even changing their vital tactician in this 100% owner-driver class.

The top three teams from the 2018 season – Nico Poons’ Charisma, Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika and Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF – have new personnel this year, with, for example, Dean Barker and Ray Davies temporarily departing to rejoin their respective America’s Cup teams. On the RC44 World Champion Team Nika, Barker has been replaced by American Laser Olympic gold medallist and former Oracle Team USA tactician Tom Slingsby, while the crew is also joined by a second Russian in former Synergy and Katusha pitman Nikolay Kornev. On the defending champion Charisma, the team’s American former coach, 470 Olympic silver medallist Morgan Reeser, steps into Davies’ sea boots.

“I sailed with him six years ago in the Farr 40 so I know Morgan very well. We have good faith in him,” says Nico Poons, whose Charisma won overall in 2018 by just a point from Team Nika and Team CEEREF.

Charisma starts the season with the RC44 leader’s golden wheels, however Poons is uncertain they will remain on board by the week’s end: “It is always better to leave them to someone else until the very end – like we did last year!”

Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF is the nearest to a ‘home team’ albeit heralding from Slovenia, at the opposite end of former Yugoslavia from Montenegro. Crew on the 2016 and 2017 RC44 champions has also changed this season with Lah’s 24-year-old son Tine joining. “He is a naval engineer,” says his father. “I’ve sailed with him on a J/70 but this is his first real sailing on the RC44. He has a job he has to do. We will yell at him if he doesn’t perform – he is part of the machine now!”

Also new to the CEEREF machine are Australian pitman/boat captain Silas Nolan and Dutch grinder Jelle Janzen.

Lah has been fortunate to retain the services of Dirk de Ridder and British tactician Adrian Stead. Of the new season Stead observes: “Everyone can win. If you look through last year’s results – everyone is capable of winning races and regattas. It is case of how you string it all together.”

Having won the RC44 World Championship in 2012 and been runner-up to Team Aqua in 2014, John Bassadone’s Peninsula Petroleum is hoping for more solid results. Long term tactician for the Gibraltar team, Vasco Vascotto, is being replaced this season by America’s Cup winning helmsman and repeated TP52 champion, Ed Baird.

Having sailed on the 44Cup extensively in the past on Russian boats and with Hugues Lepic’s Aleph Racing, Baird is very used to racing in crews who are not native English speakers: “It is a challenge, but it is really enjoyable because there are different ways of saying things and seeing the world and responding to situations.”

Like Chris Bake’s Team Aqua, joining Peninsula Petroleum is akin to joining with a family. “They have sailed together for a long time and they enjoy each other and are a great group of guys. Both John and Chris exemplify the long term owners in this class who have a lot of fun and enjoy being here.”

Baird admits he has a different style to the volatile Vascotto: “I kick things and jump and up and down too – I just do that inside my head. Vasco and I have competed against each other for years. We have great respect for each other.”

While Flavia Tomiselli is no longer sailing on Peninsula Petroleum, the sole woman now racing on the circuit is Lara Poljsak who is on Hugues Lepic’s Aleph Racing, where Italian Michele Ivaldi is again calling tactics.

For the first two days of the 44Cup Porto Montenegro, Team Aqua has multiple Quarter Tonner and FAST 40+ winner Peter Morton standing in for owner Chris Bake. Joining the sailing team for 2019 are Azzurra TP52 bowman Juan Marcos and British pitman James Dodd, who has graduated up from being an intern with the team in 2016.

Torbjörn Törnqvist’s Artemis Racing once again has Andy Horton calling tactics and the team’s America’s Cup skipper Iain Percy trimming main. The only crew change for Montenegro is the addition of legendary British bowman Matt Cornwall.

Once again Kirill Frolov is at the helm of Bronenosec Sailing Team with tactician Cameron Dunn but with the fresh addition to the crew of Russian Finn sailor Evgeny Deev.

The eight teams from 2018 are joined this year by Pavel Kuznetsov’s powerful Tavatuy Sailing Team, fresh from back to back World Championship victories in the highly competitive Melges 32 Class. Calling tactics on board with Kuznetsov is top Russian match racer Evgeny Neugodnikov, the 2008 European Match Racing Champion and former SB20 World Champion.

Racing takes place at the 44Cup Porto Montenegro over 10-13 April, with the Sunday reserved for Navigational and ProAm races on the magnificent Bay of Kotor.

44Cup Porto Montenegro – Crew list
Aleph Racing (FRA17)

Hugues Lepic (FRA) – Owner / Driver
Michele Ivaldi (ITA) – Tactician
Skip Baxter (NZL) – Main trimmer
Luigi De Felice (ITA) – Jib
Ryan Godfrey (AUS) – Pit
Matthew Barber – Grinder
Jaro Furlani (ITA) – Offside trimmer
Greg Gendell (USA) – Bow
Lara Poljsak – (wa s on Quantum)

Artemis Racing (SWE44)
Torbjörn Törnqvist (SWE) – Owner / Driver
Andy Horton (USA) – Tactician
Iain Percy (GBR) – Main trimmer
John Gunderson (USA) – Headsail Trimmer
Anders Ekstrom (SWE) – Offside Trimmer
Stu Bettany (NZL) – Pit
Julius Halstrom (SWE) – Grinder
Matt Cornwall (GBR) – Bow

Bronenosec Sailing Team (RUS18)
Kirill Frolov (RUS) Owner / Driver
Cameron Dunn (NZL) – Tactician
Alex Kulakov (RUS) – Bow
Evgenii Oeev (RUS) – Headsail Trimmer
Egor Ignatenko (RUS)
Alexandr Ekimov (RUS) – Main trimmer
Pietro Mantovani – Boat captain
Pavel Karachov (RUS) – Offside Trimmer

Charisma (MON69)
Nico Poons (NED) – Owner / Driver
Morgan Reeser (USA) – Tactician
Chris Hosking (AUS) – Main trimmer
Ross Halcrow (NZL) – Headsail Trimmer
Dimitri Simmons (NED) – Offside Trimmer
Alex Gough (AUS) – Pit
Eddie Klemets (SWE) – Grinder
Ivan Peute (NED) – Bow

Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team (GBR1)
John Bassadone (GBR) – Owner
Ed Baird (USA) – Tactician
Aureliano Negrin(ESP) – Main trimmer
German Panei (ESP) Robin Imaz (ESP) – Headsail Trimmer
Pablo Rosano (ESP) – Pit
Mikel Pasabant Quintian (ESP) – Grinder
Gonzalo Morales (ESP) – Bow
Jose Maria Lara (ESP) – Floater

Tavatuy Sailing Team (RUS21)
Pavel Kuznetsov (RUS) – Owner / Driver
Evgeny Neugodnikov (RUS) – Tactician
Konstantin Besputin (RUS) – Main trimmer
Anton Sergeev (RUS) – Headsail Trimmer
Maxim Sheremetyev (RUS) – Offside Trimmer
Valeriy Zatsarinskiy (RUS) – Pit
Oleg Krivov (RUS) – Grinder
Egor Larionov (RUS) – Bow

Igor Lah (SLO) – Owner / Driver
Adrian Stead (GBR) – Tactician
Dirk de Ridder (NED) – Main trimmer
Javier De La Plaza (ESP) – Headsail Trimmer
Tine Lah (SLO) – Offside Trimmer
Silas Nolan(AUS) – Boat captain
Matteo Auguardo (ITA) – Bow
Jelle Janzen (NED) – Grinder

Team Nika (RUS10)
Vladimir Prosikhin (RUS) – Owner / Driver
Tom Slingsby (AUS) – Tactician
Tomaz Copi (SLO) – Main trimmer
Zachary Hurst (NZL) – Headsail Trimmer
Mitja Margon (SLO) – Offside Trimmer
Nikolay Kornev (RUS) – Pit
Iztok Knafelc (SLO) – Grinder
Jeremy Lomas (NZL) – Bow

Team Aqua (GBR2041)
Chris Bake (NZL) – Owner
Peter Morton – Driver
Cameron Appleton (NZL) – Tactician
Andrew Estcourt (NZL) – Main trimmer
Christian Kamp (DEN) – Headsail Trimmer
Aaron Cooper (GBR) – Offside Trimmer
James Dodd (GBR) – Pit
Ben Graham (GBR) – Grinder
Juan Marcos (ARG) – Bow

Gran Trofeo Valencia de vela ligera, concluye una nueva edición.

copyright JOSE JORDAN

copyright JOSE JORDAN

copyright JOSE JORDAN

copyright JOSE JORDAN

Fuente info RCNV

Domingo, Abril 07, 2019
Concluye un intenso Gran Trofeo Valencia

- La regata de vela ligera más importante del RCN Valencia ha celebrado este fin de semana su 59ª edición.
- Más de 120 participantes entre embarcaciones y tablas.
- Los vientos fuertes han marcado una dura competición.

Esta tarde ha concluido en aguas del Real Club Náutico de Valencia la 59ª edición del Gran Trofeo Valencia de vela ligera, una de las regatas más emblemáticas del club, que ha sido puntuable para el Campeonato Autonómico de las clases 420, Láser Radial Masculino, Láser 4.7, Bic Techno 293, Raceboard y RS:X. La regata ha estado marcada por la intensidad y dureza de la competición, con vientos de entre 18 y 20 nudos de intensidad y, como es habitual, por el éxito de participación, con más de 120 deportistas inscritos entre embarcaciones y tablas.

Ayer sábado las condiciones meteorológicas solo permitieron disputar una de las tres pruebas previstas para embarcaciones – tres para las tablas- , con un viento del suroeste de entre 18 y 20 nudos de intensidad, que aumentó posteriormente hasta alcanzar los 28 nudos obligando al comité a suspender las dos pruebas siguientes. De nuevo el viento de entre 18 y 20 nudos ha hecho acto de presencia en la jornada de hoy, soplando primero de suroeste para rolar después a noroeste, lo que esta vez no ha impedido celebrar las tres pruebas del programa.

En 420, Carlos Balaguer y José de Pablo han firmado una muy buena actuación que les ha dado la victoria, con la segunda y tercera plaza general ocupadas por los polacos Mateusz Szweda y

Jacek Muszynski, y Aleksandra Roszkowska y Tomasz Santorowski, respectivamente. La primera pareja femenina clasificada ha sido la formada por Pilar Pérez de Lucía y Gabriela Corbalán, del RCN Valencia, sextas en la tabla general.

El alicantino José Vicent Gutiérrez, del RCR Alicante, ha sido el vencedor en Láser Estándar, mostrándose incontestable con todo primeros puestos en las cuatro pruebas celebradas. Completando el podio han estado Javier Muñoz Criado y David Rey, ambos de Marina Valencia Sailing Club.

En Láser Radial la victoria ha sido para Gonzalo Suárez Pérez, del CN Altea, con la segunda plaza para Carlos Sánchez Guillén del RCN Valencia y tercera posición para Enrique Moreno del CN Campello. La regatista del CN Altea, Carme Suárez Pérez se ha hecho con la victoria femenina.

Por su parte, Mariano Cebrián del CN Benidorm ha sido el vencedor en Láser 4.7, seguido de Marcos Altarriba del RCN Valencia y Manuel García, del CN Mar Menor, y con Lara Sabine Himmes campeona femenina.

Más de 30 tablas
El Gran Trofeo Valencia ha reunido también este fin de semana a más de una treintena de tablas en aguas valencianas, que han medido fuerzas en las categorías de RS:X, Techno Plus, y Techno Plus sub15 y sub17. Octavio Ramón del CN Jávea ha sido el vencedor en RS:X, mientras que Víctor Ruiz, del CW Hispano Francés ha hecho lo propio en Techno Plus con todo primeros puestos en las 6 pruebas disputadas por esta clase. Sus compañeros de club Pol Sauer y Rubén Martínez han sido segundo y tercer clasificados, respectivamente, con Sofía Boscarol, del CN Alicante Costa Blanca, cuarta clasificada y vencedora femenina.

El xabiense Jacobo Ramón se ha hecho con la victoria en Techno sub15 con una buena actuación, seguido de Carlos Marí, también del CN Javea, y Sofía Vedrune, del CW Hispano Francés, que también ha sido la vencedora femenina.

El CN Jávea también se ha llevado el trofeo en Techno sub17 de la mano de Alex Ortega, que ha estado brillante, seguido de Javier Clement, y Carlos Sánchez Pascual, ambos del CN Santa Pola. Natalia Blanquer, del CW Hispano francés ha sido la campeona femenina.

La entrega de trofeos ha contado con la presencia del delegado de vela del RCN Valencia, Rafael de Tomás y el director del club, Carlos de Beltrán, el vicepresidente del la Federación de Vela de la Comunitat Valenciana, Rafel Xirivella y la directora deportiva del Liceo Francés de Valencia.

Sobre el RCN Valencia
El Real Club Náutico de Valencia es una asociación deportiva y social fundada en 1903 con el propósito de fomentar la vela y los deportes náuticos. Cuenta con unas completas instalaciones a sólo 15 minutos del centro de Valencia y un amplio programa de actividades deportivas y sociales para todas las edades, centradas en actividades náuticas.

Campeonato de Cataluña clase J70, Noticia y Bribón ganan en la primera jornada.



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Noticia y Bribón ganan en la primera jornada

Noticia de Luis Martín Cabiedes y Bribón de Marc de Antonio han protagonizado la primera jornada del Campeonato de Cataluña para monotipos de la clase J70.

Bribón, en su primera incursión en J70 comenzó imponiéndose en la primera prueba, mientras que Noticia, segundo en la de inicio, ganaría las dos restantes para situarse como líder provisional con dos puntos de ventaja sobre Bribón.

Tercero es Forty Five con Luís Martínez Doreste a la caña, con un segundo como mejor parcial y cuarto el argentino Spirit of Anginet de Gabriel Mariani.

Esta primera jornada del Campeonato de Cataluña de J70, que organiza el Real Club Náutico de Barcelona, se ha disputado con viento racheado e inestable, especialmente durante la primera parte del día, para terminar estableciéndose en un suroeste de buena intensidad que llegaría a superar los 20 nudos, con lo que las tres pruebas completadas resultaron vistosas y competidas.

Para Sofía Bertrand tripulante de Bribón: “Con estas condiciones de viento las regatas siempre son divertidas. Estamos muy contentos ya que vamos a la cabeza de la flota en esta primera jornada en J70.

1º ESP – Noticia – RCNB – Luis Martín Cabiedes – 2 – 1 – 1 – 4 P
2º ESP – Bribón – RCNB – Marc de Antonio – 1 – 3 – 2 – 6 P
3º ESP – Forty Five – RCNGC – Luis Martínez Doreste-Ferran Teva – 4 – 2 – 4 – 10 P
4º ARG – Spirit of Alginet – YCA- Gabriel Mariani/King Marine – 3 – 6 – 3 – 12 P

The Medemblik Regatta 2019, habrá competencia para el barco paralímpico Hansa Class

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Para Sailing back at the Medemblik Regatta

April 5th 2019, the Netherlands – The Medemblik Regatta is happy to announce that the Hansa Class will be included in the Regatta. Sailing may not be included in the Paralympic Games anymore; World Sailing has said to continue to support the sailors as well as grow and promote Para World Sailing globally. With including the Hansa Class, the Medemblik Regatta will continue their support and promotion of Para Sailing.

The Medemblik Regatta has always been the biggest sailing event in the Netherlands for Olympic and Paralympic classes. In 2016 the Para World Sailing Championships were held in Medemblik during the Medemblik Regatta.

The decision of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to exclude sailing from the calendar starting 2020 was received as very disappointing news for the sport of sailing worldwide. Sailing provides unique opportunities for athletes with a disability to get involved with and participate in high performance sport through mainstream sport structures and to compete on a world-class and Paralympic level.

Hansa Class in Medemblik
World Sailing has lined out a strategic plan to help and promote para sailing throughout the world. The Dutch Watersport Federation and the Medemblik Regatta have discussed the possibilities to add para sailing to the regatta again. As a result, the Hansa Class will be racing in Medemblik from Tuesday 21st to Saturday 25th of May 2019.

Sailors can enter the competition in the following classes: Hansa Liberty Manually, Hansa Liberty Full Servo, the Hansa 303 singlehanded and Hansa 303 Doublehanded. The Notice of Race for the Hansa Class is published on the online notice board. Registration for the Hansa Class opens on Friday April 5th, 2019.