One ton cup 2019, triunfo para Rán de Niklas Zennstrom.

Rán crew: Niklas Zennstrom, Ellie Cumpsty, Toby Iles, Connor Banks, Hamish Macdonald, Ben Childerley Tim Powell, Adrian Stead, Steve Hayles, Mika Eid, Justin Slattery.

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Round 5 2019 FAST40+ Class Race Circuit
One Ton Cup
Wednesday 18th – Sunday 22nd September 2019
Le Havre, France

Rán lifts the One Ton Cup
One Ton Cup Day Final Report – 22 September 2019

Niklas Zennstrom’s Rán has retained the One Ton Cup, winning the prestigious trophy in Le Havre for the second time. It was never easy for Rán who won five of the ten races sailed, often by just a few seconds. In the 120-year history of the One Ton Cup, Great Britain, and now Sweden, have been the most successful nations winning the magnificent trophy 14 times. The final day of racing saw a change in conditions with a frontal system bringing unstable wind and rain. Filip Engelbert’s all-Swedish team racing Elvis, scored their first race win of the regatta. Peter Morton’s Girls on Film finished in fine style taking the gun in the final race.

“It was difficult to win as it was last year, but this time the whole fleet came together and we had to fight hard for it. This is a new venue and it has been fantastic to be in Le Havre. The race course has been really interesting and the yacht club has really taken care of us, it has been a real pleasure to be here. This is a team sport and everybody on the Rán team knows what their job is and everyone else allows each other to do the job without shouting at each other. Clarity is also a key; good communication is important. Last year we introduced young sailors to the team, and it has been a big learning curve for them, this year we are seeing the benefits in our investment in time for them. It is great to help others to be successful and it gives a really good ambience on board, and you get a lot of energy from being with younger people.” Niklas Zennstrom – Rán.

“Today summed up the whole regatta, Elvis scored a 1-7 and we scored a 6-2. In this fleet you can be in the penthouse of the outhouse. This is the fourth year for the class in the One Ton Cup and it is always tough. You have to sail well throughout the week to win it, and the best boat did win so that is all good. I did my first One Ton Cup 39 years ago and I have come second loads of times. The ‘ton cups’ were a big deal when I was growing up and they are a big deal now. The FAST40+ is a fantastic class, and the boats are good in IRC winning Cowes Week, the boats are exciting and the sailors have a lot of fun.” Peter Morton – Girls on Film.

“We went out this morning and decided to concentrate just on sailing our boat well and not thinking about what other boats were doing and what the points difference was. However, Elvis pulled a bullet out in Race 9 and that really put the pressure on us, we were just half a point ahead of them. It was really tight going into the last race. We knew we had to get ahead of them, which we managed to do. Congratulations to Rán who sailed a really good regatta, they deserved to win, and well done to Morty (Peter Morton) who was always on their heels. The rest of the fleet had a real competition for third, it has been a scrap. In the last race four boats could have got on the podium, and we are delighted that we held on to it.” Tony Dickin – Jubilee

2019 FAST40+ One Ton CupRESULTS 

Mini-Transat La Boulangère. Prólogo este domingo y postergación de la salida por malas condiciones climáticas.

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A fine prologue to warm-up… and kill some time!

To note:

- The Mini-Transat La Boulangère will not set sail before Wednesday
- The competitors will have at least 48 hours advance warning of the start
- Tomorrow, the 87 sailors will contest the event prologue: a 34-mile sprint around the bay of La Rochelle

The lively wind conditions and sea state in the Bay of Biscay and offshore of Cape Finisterre mean that it won’t be possible to reschedule the race start until this coming Wednesday at the earliest. Patience is key then for the 87 women and men competing in the Mini-Transat La Boulangère 2019. Inevitably eager to get going, the sailors will make the most of tomorrow’s warm-up lap with a 34-mile sprint around the bay of La Rochelle by way of a prologue. It is due to set sail from 14:15 hours and promises to be spectacular. From 10:00 hours to lunchtime, the local public will be able to witness the boats exiting the Bassin des Chalutiers.

It’s a very special situation for the sailors signed up for the Mini-Transat La Boulangère. In the grand scheme of things, they would normally have been taking the start of the first leg tomorrow, Sunday 22 September, but the weather has decided otherwise.

“Through till Wednesday, the weather window is bolted shut”
Renowned meteorologist Christian Dumard, presently working for the Mini-Transat La Boulangère, gives us the low-down: “Through till Wednesday, or even Thursday, there will be boisterous conditions in the Bay of Biscay with the competitors being forced to punch into strong winds and high waves over a short period. It’s a very complicated situation for the Mini 6.50. After that, there is some uncertainty about how things will evolve. Another low-pressure system is set to put in an appearance on Friday, but it’s too early to tell how it will progress. The aim is for the competitors to sail in manageable conditions as far as Cape Finisterre.” Denis Hugues, race director, supports this analysis. “We’re setting a maximum limit on the seas into which we won’t release the competitors. As long as the height of the waves is in excess of 3 metres, we won’t give the start. Through till Wednesday, the weather window is bolted shut. Conditions appear to improve considerably late next week, but if we can start the race before that, then that’s what we’ll do. We’re preparing to give the competitors 48 hours advance warning.”

A 34-mile prologue lined up in the bay of La Rochelle tomorrow
Though we’ll have to wait a while to witness the start of the first leg of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère, the show will still go on in La Rochelle tomorrow. Indeed, from 10:00 hours to lunchtime, the public will be able to witness the boats parading out of the Bassin des Chalutiers, together with the presentation of the skippers. Then at 14:15 hours, the 87 Mini 6.50s will set sail on the prologue. Starting and finishing in La Rochelle, the course will span 34 miles. Non-point-scoring, the race should be run in a W/SW’ly wind of 13 to 17 knots, gusting to 25 knots. “Conditions will be fairly bracing and the sailors will be allowed to sail with up to two crew members”, explains Denis Hugues.

SailGP, segunda temporada con inicio en Sidney.

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SailGP Season 2 set to kick off in Sydney, February 28-29

Global sports league to return to Sydney following successful maiden year;

Australia’s Tom Slingsby to defend home victory at 2020 season opener

SYDNEY – September 12, 2019 – Sydney was today announced as the season opener for SailGP in 2020. Following a hugely successful event earlier this year – when Sydney kicked-off the global league’s inaugural season – SailGP will return to the iconic Australian harbor on February 28 and 29 for the first event of SailGP Season 2. Tickets for Sydney SailGP will go on sale November 1.

SailGP, the annual global championship, currently features teams representing Australia, China, France, Japan, Great Britain and the United States.

SailGP’s 50-foot flying catamarans – the fastest sail racing boats in the world – are piloted by some of the world’s best sailors, including Australian Olympic gold medalist Tom Slingsby, who is currently leading the inaugural season heading into the Season 1 Grand Final next weekend in Marseille, France. Slingsby became the first-ever sailor to break 50 knots (100 kph) during an action-packed race last month at Cowes SailGP.

“Sailing in front of a home crowd was simply amazing, and something that I had never experienced before at this level,” said Slingsby. “There is nothing more special and motivating for an athlete to have the support of the home crowd, and I am extremely excited that we are returning to Sydney. It’s one of my favorite places to sail and to win this year was the perfect start to our season. We’ll be aiming to make it a repeat victory next year.”

“Sydney was a spectacular venue to launch SailGP earlier this year on every level – the iconic harbor backdrop, the competition, the fans – and we can’t wait to return,” said SailGP CEO Sir Russell Coutts. “The teams will be spending the winter testing new wing sails, and other exciting upgrades on the F50s. The boats are getting faster and the teams more competitive, and we expect Sydney will once again be a great natural amphitheater to showcase these incredible athletes and boats.”

More than 22,000 people representing 25 nations turned out to watch Slingsby and the Australia SailGP Team win the historic home event on Sydney Harbour in February 2019. Overall, the landmark event reached 96 million people worldwide.

Recognizing the benefit of the event – which saw US$21 million spent in relation to Sydney SailGP and a total economic impact of US$18 million – Tourism Australia is supporting SailGP for 2020. Sydney SailGP will help promote Australia as a tourist and major events destination, and drive visitor growth and expenditure.

“It’s fantastic that New South Wales continues to attract major sporting events and we are delighted to welcome SailGP back for the second time,” said Minister for Sport John Sidoti. “I encourage all fans to get out and see the Australia SailGP Team take on the world’s best sailors next February on Sydney Harbour.”

Next week, the SailGP Season 1 Grand Final will take place in Marseille, culminating with the season’s top two teams going head to head for the SailGP Championship trophy and a winner-takes-all US$1 million prize. Following Season 1 events in Sydney, San Francisco, New York and Cowes (UK), Slingsby leads the overall standings by four points ahead of fellow Australian Olympic gold medalist Nathan Outteridge, helm of the Japan SailGP Team. Tickets are available at

The Ocean Race llegará a Aarhus (Dinamarca) durante la primavera de 2022.

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Jena Hansen, from Vestas 11th Hour Racing, saluting her home crowd in Aarhus, Denmark during the final leg of the 2017-18 race.

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30 agosto 2019

Aarhus se confirma como sede de The Ocean Race 2021-22

The Ocean Race llegará a Aarhus (Dinamarca) durante la primavera de 2022, después del popular ‘Fly-By’ que se realizó en la ciudad durante el tramo final de la edición 2017-18 de la regata.

El éxito del Fly-By, en el que la flota navegó por la dársena interior del puerto de Aarhus y pasó por una baliza frente a decenas de miles de aficionados, consolidó la popularidad de The Ocean Race en Dinamarca e hizo de Aarhus una elección natural como la primera sede danesa de la historia para la próxima regata.

Richard Brisius y Johan Salén, copropietarios de The Ocean Race, ven oportunidades a largo plazo para todas las partes interesadas con la selección de Aarhus como sede.

“The Ocean Race ha tenido vínculos importantes con Dinamarca, con regatistas y patrocinadores de la regata y de varios equipos y, por supuesto, el exitoso Fly-By de la última regata”, dijo Richard Brisius. “Ahora tenemos la oportunidad de fortalecer esos lazos aún más en el futuro”.

“Aarhus es una ciudad moderna e innovadora, con fuertes vínculos con la navegación, como vimos cuando estas mismas instalaciones fueron sede del Campeonato Mundial de Vela el año pasado. Y a través del talento de grandes regatistas jóvenes como Nicolai Sehested y Jena Mai Hansen, que compitieron en la última regata, así como de veteranos de The Ocean Race como Jens Dolmer y Stig Westergaard, Dinamarca ha sido importante para la regata”.

“Como demuestra sin lugar a dudas su asociación con The Ocean Race, Aarhus ha logrado una posición absolutamente única como un escenario de talla mundial para eventos internacionales de vela”, dijo Jacob Bundsgaard, el alcalde de Aarhus. “Cuando The Ocean Race atraque en Aarhus en 2022, podemos esperar un evento deportivo épico para la Dinamarca marítima y una celebración fantástica en el paseo marítimo de Aarhus para todo el mundo”.

El responsable de Deportes, Cultura y Servicios a los Ciudadanos, Rabih Azad-Ahmad, se mostró de acuerdo y dijo: “Es absolutamente sorprendente que The Ocean Race llegue a Aarhus. Es un evento que se sigue en todo el mundo y es una gran oportunidad para mostrar nuestra hermosa ciudad y su bahía. Estoy seguro de que The Ocean Race preparará en Aarhus el escenario para una gran celebración marítima con experiencias emocionantes para los ciudadanos e invitados de la ciudad. Aprovecharemos la oportunidad para centrarnos en la sostenibilidad y aumentar la conciencia sobre este importante asunto”.

Lars Lundov, CEO de Sport Event Denmark, la organización nacional de eventos deportivos que se asocia con los principales eventos en Dinamarca, agregó: “Aarhus se ha establecido como la principal sede de Dinamarca para importantes eventos internacionales de vela. El verano pasado, el exitoso Campeonato Mundial de Vela para todas las clases olímpicas se celebró aquí, y ahora esperamos con ansias The Ocean Race en 2021-22, donde continuaremos enfocándonos en la sostenibilidad”.

Para The Ocean Race, la sostenibilidad ha sido durante mucho tiempo un valor fundamental y va a tener un protagonismo aún mayor en la próxima edición. En 2017-18, la regata ayudó a impulsar un movimiento global contra los deshechos plásticos, y una iniciativa integral de sostenibilidad que tiene como objetivo educar e inspirar a millones de personas en todo el mundo a realizar cambios positivos.

“En la anterior edición de la regata, nuestro innovador y galardonado Programa de Sostenibilidad estableció nuevos estándares sobre cómo un evento deportivo puede involucrar a sus aficionados y a todas las partes implicadas para atacar el problema de la contaminación por plásticos y restaurar la salud en los océanos”, continuó Johan Salén.

“Creo que trabajando mano a mano con nuestras ciudades sede como Aarhus, así como con todos nuestros patrocinadores y equipos, podremos poner el listón aún más alto para garantizar que nuestro deporte mantenga el liderazgo en esta crítica área”.

Aarhus se une al puerto de salida de Alicante (España) como sede confirmada de The Ocean Race 2021-22, y se harán más anuncios sobre la ruta de la regata en las próximas semanas.

Rolex TP52 World Championship Puerto Portals, once aspirantes al trono.

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Once aspirantes al trono

Todos los equipos de 52 SUPER SERIES participantes en el Rolex TP52 World Championship Puerto Portals creen que están en el Mundial más competido y en el mejor lugar para luchar por el título

PUERTO PORTALS. (23 de agosto de 2019) – Los once equipos que participan en el Rolex TP52 World Championship Puerto Portals coincidieron en remarcar que esta edición del Mundial va a ser la más competida y que se celebra en un lugar idílico como es la Marina de Calvià. Once representantes de los equipos de 52 SUPER SERIES estuvieron presentes en la multitudinaria rueda de prensa inaugural del campeonato que acoge a proyectos de ocho nacionalidades diferentes y que se disputa desde el domingo 25 al jueves 29 con un máximo de diez mangas en la Bahía de Palma.

La regata es la más importante dentro de la temporada de 52 SUPER SERIES ya que, además de contar para el título de la temporada, corona en Portals esta semana al barco que durante un año va a llevar el título de campeón del mundo de la clase TP52. Una distinción a la que está abonado el Quantum Racing. El barco del armador americano, Doug DeVos, lleva ganados seis de las doce ediciones del Mundial que se han disputado hasta la fecha. Y, además, defienden el título que lograron el año pasado en aguas de Cascáis.

Pero la historia no cuenta en 52 SUPER SERIES. La temporada 2019 de la competición es, sin duda, la más competida de todas sus ediciones. Tres ganadores distintos en las tres regatas disputadas (Platoon, Provezza y Quantum) y el líder del circuito es el Azzurra que pese a no haber ganado regatas si que ha hecho valer si máxima consistencia. Además, el barco de la Familia Roemmers ya sabe lo que es ganar un Mundial en aguas de Puerto Portals. Lo hicieron en 2015 con una exhibición en la que nos les hizo falta regatear la última manga. Esta vez no ocurrirá lo mismo.

La Consejera Delegada de Puerto Portals, Corinna Graf, dio la bienvenida en la rueda de prensa y expresó:

“Para nosotros es un orgullo poder traer a Mallorca un evento deportivo de tan alto nivel y acercarlo a todos los mallorquines. Y más teniendo en cuenta que ya es la quinta temporada que esta regata está con nosotros y que nuestra voluntad es que estemos otros cinco años más”.

Mañana se celebra la regata oficial de entrenamiento con los once barcos participantes y desde el domingo las regatas que decidirán el campeón del Mundo 2019 de la clase TP52.

Declaraciones de los protagonistas del Rolex TP52 World Championship Puerto Portals:

Ed Baird, caña del Quantum:

“La historia está de nuestro lado, pero ahora no cuenta mucho en esta competición. La realidad es que esta flota es muy fuerte e igualada y si observas esta temporada ves que hay tres diferentes ganadores en las tres regatas disputadas y en todas ellas ha habido que esperar al último minuto para saber el ganador”

Guillermo Parada, caña del Azzurra:

“Venimos a romper la racha y ganar el evento. Estamos contentos de estar en el Mundial, que es una motivación extra. Y tenemos muy buenos recuerdos de la última vez que estuvimos aquí en un mundial. Esperamos hacerlo tan bien como en 2015. Ojalá ganemos nuestro tercer mundial y no sea el último”.

Pedro Más, proa del Platoon:

“La presión por ser españoles no lo tenemos, pero sí que es un evento especial para los mallorquines y españoles que competimos que el Mundial sea en Mallorca. Siempre se nos ha dado buen navegar aquí. Nos encanta competir en Mallorca y Puerto Portals es un evento que me gusta mucho”

John Cutler, caña del Provezza:

“Esperamos hacerlo mejor que en Cascáis donde no estuvimos bien en las condiciones de viento fuerte. Aquí habrá menos viento y tenemos a Nacho Postigo en el barco, por lo que estamos confiados de que podemos hacer buenas cosas en Portals. Tenemos buenos recuerdos porque hace dos años ganamos nuestra primera regata en 52 SUPER SERIES”.

Alberto Barovier, skipper del Bronenosec:

“Me encanta navegar en Palma y estar en Puerto Portals. Me parece uno de los mejores sitios para navegar y las condiciones de Palma. Hace dos semanas en la Copa del Rey estuve navegando y parece que las condiciones van a ser muy parecidas esta semana por lo que espero que la experiencia de la Copa del Rey ayude”.

Andrés Soriano, armador y caña del Alegre:

“La competencia es muy dura este año y es una regata muy importante de la temporada. La bahía de Palma es un placer navegar y estar en Portals es siempre un gran honor. Para mi es especial venir a Portals porque ya estuve en la inauguración de este puerto”.

Adam Beashel, táctico del Sled:

“Este es un gran lugar para competir y donde pasarlo bien navegando. Las expectativas del tiempo son buenas y esperamos que haya unas grandes condiciones. Esperamos tener buenos resultados después de no haber estado en Cascáis”.

Tom Wilson, palo del Gladiator:

“Tony Langley lleva diez Mundiales y siempre tiene muchas ganas de competir. No hemos estado en los dos últimos eventos y venimos al Mundial con intención de hacer buenos resultados y de dar alguna sorpresa”.

Adrian Stead, táctico del Phoenix 11:

“Estamos encantados de estar aquí con estos once grandes barcos y navegando en la Bahía de Palma. Además, está Rolex como patrocinador. Todo es fantástico, pero va a ser una semana muy dura de competición de máxima rivalidad”.
Cameron Dunn, táctico del Phoenix 12: “En el agua no hay amistades y antes sí que trabajamos juntos los dos barcos de Phoenix, pero cuando competimos cada barco hace su competición”.

Mikael Mergui, caña del Team Vision:

“Estamos muy contentos de ser parte del Mundial en la flota de 52 SUPER SERIES. Nuestro objetivo es disfrutar y seguir subiendo en la curva del crecimiento que nos hemos planteado esta temporada. Es nuestra segunda regata en el circuito y esperamos hacer un buen papel”.

Equipos Participantes:
Alegre – Andy Soriano (USA/GBR), 2018 Botin
Azzurra – Roemmers Family (ARG/ITA), 2018 Botin
Bronenosec – Vladimir Liubomirov (RUS), 2019 Botin
Gladiator – Tony Langley (GBR), 2017 Botin
Phoenix 11 – Hasso/Tina Plattner (RSA), 2018 Botin
Phoenix 12 – Hasso/Tina Plattner (RSA), 2014 Botin
Platoon – Harm Müller-Spreer (GER), 2018 Judel/Vrolijk
Provezza – Ergin Imre (TUR), 2018 Judel/Vrolijk
Quantum Racing – Doug DeVos (USA), 2018 Botin
Sled – Takashi Okura (USA), 2018 Botin
Team Vision Future – Jean Jacques Chaubard (FRA), 2015 Botin

SailGP Grand Final Marsella, a un mes de saber quién se lleva el millón de dólares.

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Billy Besson and Marie Riou to showcase world’s fastest sail racing in front of home crowds on 20-22 September.

Marseille (France), 20 August 2019 – On 20-22 September 2019, the Mediterranean city of Marseille will host the Grand Final of SailGP Season 1 – the new global championship aiming to redefine sailing. For the first time ever in France, the world’s fastest flying catamarans and top athletes will take centre stage, offering a unique and high speed maritime show in Marseille for the spectators expected.

This new annual event, launched at the end of 2018 by Sir Russell Coutts and Larry Ellison, co-founder of Oracle, pits nation versus nation in a series of short format racing in some of the most iconic harbours in the world.

Following four events in Sydney, San Francisco, New York and Cowes, UK, the six teams representing France, Australia, China, Great Britain, Japan and the United States will go head to head in Marseille for the season finale.

The penultimate event in Cowes saw a new F50 speed record broken, with Dylan Fletcher’s British team hitting 50 knots (nearly 60 mph / 100 kph) in training on the revolutionary catamaran, before overall leader Tom Slingsby and his Australian team went one better, to hit the incredible speed during racing for the first time. Marseille promises to be an equally intense and spectacular event.

Currently Australia’s Tom Slingsby is leading the charge at the top of the leaderboard but will have to fight off strong competition from fellow Olympic gold medallist Nathan Outteridge of Japan, Rome Kirby’s young United States team and the British team helmed by Dylan Fletcher. After two days racing in Marseille, the top two ranked teams from the whole season will do battle for glory and the $1 million prize.

The French Team, helmed by Billy Besson, will be looking to continue its success from Cowes SailGP, where they scored their best race position of the season, and hope that a home advantage will elevate them up the leaderboard.

“We are very excited to be racing at home, it brings us extra energy and motivation to do well. We accomplished some great performances in Cowes and will sail in Marseille with more confidence. A new speed record was established for the F50, of more than 52 knots, so depending on weather conditions during the event, it promises a high tension experience for this Grand Final, both for the teams and the fans.” -Billy Besson, helmsman of the France SailGP Team, four-time Nacra 17 world champion.

An exceptional facility to welcome sailing enthusiasts and high-performance sports fans

For the SailGP Grand Final, there will be a SailGP Fan Zone in front of the MuCem. Giant screens and live race commentary will enhance the fan experience. The offshore seawall has been completely redesigned, with the support of the harbor of Marseille, and hosts a large spectator stand and VIP area, placing fans right at the edge of the action. For French fans unable to get to the event, the races will be broadcasted live on Canal+ Group channels during the three days of the competition.

__SailGP ticketed experiences to enjoy the Grand Final __

Tickets on the seawall start at 25€/person for the ‘Seawall Standard’ offer and three types of ticket are available. All tickets allow access to the seawall by boat to get a front row seat to the racing without getting wet, as well as live commentary and big screens. The ‘Seawall Grandstand’ allows exclusive access to the Grandstand on the seawall. While those wishing to enjoy VIP access, SailGP has also developed a new ‘Seawall Gold’ offer, priced at 245€/person, which ensures a premium experience to the event with complimentary food and beverage and lounge seating for a front row view of the racing.

For fans wanting to share the water with the F50s, SailGP has exclusively partnered with Icard Maritime to provide two on-water experiences for families, individuals and corporate guests – SailGP Cruise Select and SailGP Cruise Premier. Starting from 85€/person for the ‘Cruise Select’ offer, spectator boats will have a designated area at the edge of the racecourse. The upgraded ‘Cruise Premier’ ticket includes complimentary food and beverages.

For full ticket details visit

2019 J/70 UK Class National Championships, información previa.

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2019 J/70 UK Class National Championships
Saturday 24th – Monday 26th August 2019

Hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club, Torquay UK

35 teams will be racing at the open national championships with top British teams taking on a stellar international fleet from Australia, Brazil, Cyprus, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the USA. (Tim Wright/

The J/70 UK National Championship kicks off this Bank Holiday weekend hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club. The event precedes the Darwin Escapes 2019 World Championship (29 Aug – 06 Sept). However this weekend’s regatta is far more than a curtain raiser for the big event. 35 teams will be racing at the open national championships with top British teams taking on a stellar international fleet from Australia, Brazil, Cyprus, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the USA.

Entry List for 2019 J/70 UK National Championship

2018 J/70 UK National Champion, Doug Struth’s DSP, will be defending their title and will face stiff opposition from the best of British and Irish challenges to retain the trophy. Paul Ward’s Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat and Soak Racing, sailed by Ian Wilson and Marshall King, have been the top two teams in this year’s UK Grand Slam Series. Martin Dent’s Jelvis, Jeremy Thorp’s Phan, and Graham Clapp’s Jeepster will all be in the running, as will Calascione and Ripard’s Calypso, and Charles Thompson’s Brutus. Fiona Hampshire’s Royal Thames YC team will also be one to watch.

The J/70 UK National Championship will provide a taste of what is to come for the world class sailors. Perpetual trophies at the J/70 UK Nationals will be won by the top ranking teams, both Open and Corinthian from any nation. Past J/70 World Champions from the USA, Joel Ronning and Peter Duncan will be in action. From Italy, the reigning J/70 European Champion, Claudia Rossi’s Petite Terrible, and 2018 European Champion Alberto Rossi’s Enfant Terrible, will also racing. The international fleet is star-studded, with Gold medallist from the Olympic Games, winners of the America’s Cup, and multiple world championship winners.

Mixing it up with some of the world’s finest will be teams that include family members, and social gatherings after racing are very much part of the J/70 scene. Starting with the Commodore’s Welcome reception, and after every race day, there are casual parties to rub shoulders with all of the competitors. Family combinations at the J/70 UK Nationals include: Martin & Ruby Dent (Jelvis), Seb & Tommy Ripard (Calypso), Phil & Ben Rees (Bryn), Patrick & Freddie Liardet (Cosmic), David & Alex McLeman (Offbeat), Jonny & William Goldsberry (Warcanoe), and Jack, Freddie and Charlie Davies (Yeti).

Racing at the J/70 UK National Championship is set for Saturday 24th August with ten races scheduled over three days of red hot action in Tor Bay. Keep up to date with all the news from the J/70 UK National Championship at and via our facebook page at

Tokyo 2020 Test Event, día 3. Lange / Carranza ganan dos regatas y ya son segundos.

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Enoshima winds proving difficult to predict at Ready Steady Tokyo

For immediate release: 08/19/2019
Issued on behalf of: World Sailing

As Ready Steady Tokyo – Sailing, the official test event for Tokyo 2020, reaches its mid-way point, it’s fair to say that all 353 athletes here have been put through their paces so far.

Day 3 produced a different bout of weather to the previous two days, with shifting winds and tricky conditions shaking up the standings somewhat.

The variety of racing scenarios faced by the sailors will provide them with plenty of experience for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in one year’s time; the old regatta adage of “consistency is key” certainly applies here.

One team who have demonstrated this with a typically professional performance so far are reigning Nacra 17 Olympic champions, Santiago Lange and Cecilia Carranza Saroli (ARG).

They won two of today’s four races to move up into second place, also picking up a fourth and a 12th (discarded).

And though Lange was disappointed to finish the day with their worst result of the week, he believes they have both taken a lot out of a varied three days of racing.

“It was a really difficult day – really tiring for an old man!” he said.

“It’s a shame we ruined the day a bit in the last race, but overall we are happy; we sailed well with some really good racing.

“It seems like sailing in Japan is about getting used to difficult conditions and performing.

“Today we were expecting the wind to die to a sea breeze, but actually the last race was in some of the strongest winds.

“We need to be really focused to understand what the wind does every day, so we learn something for next year.”

Ruggero Tita & Caterina Banti (ITA) remain in front, despite also picking up their worst result of the week today (ninth). John Gimson & Anna Burnet (GBR) move into the top three with a race win, while Iker Martinez & Olga Maslivets (ESP) took the fourth win of the day.

There’s a new leader in the Laser fleet; Jesper Stalheim (SWE) has risen to the top with a string of consistent results.

Picking up two seconds and a third today, and with his discard a 15th from earlier in the week, he’s knocked Sam Meech (NZL) off top spot.

Assessing the week’s mixed conditions, and up against a strong fleet, Stalheim knows it will be difficult to maintain his good form so far.

“Apart from a bit of a shocker in the second race, I’ve had a really good week,” he said.

“We’ve had a bit of everything. Today we had a shifty offshore wind, whereas on the first day we had epic southwest winds and big waves.

“It looks like there will be two more light wind days coming up, so we’ll see what they get!

“Both of the Aussies and Sam [Meech] have been quite consistent so far. They’re really strong – they’ve been the strongest throughout this season.

“It will be hard to keep them behind me, but I’ll try my best!”

The Swede has a nine-point lead over Meech, who won one of today’s three races, with Matt Wearn (AUS) in third.

William De Smet (BEL) and Chris Barnard (USA) won the other two races of the day.

In the Laser Radial fleet, a 32nd-placed finish for Maria Erdi (HUN) sees her lose her lead, as she already has a discard of 35th from yesterday.

Emma Plasschaert (BEL) now leads the way, ahead of Sarah Douglas (CAN), who won one of today’s races to move up into second.

Marit Bouwmeester (NED) and Svenja Weger (GER) picked up the other race wins.

The 49ers got four races in, and Kiwis Peter Burling & Blair Tuke have regained top spot with two second places and a third.

Lukasz Przybytek & Pawel Kolodzinski (POL) move down into second, despite winning a race, while Benjamin Bildstein & David Hussl (AUT) keep third after picking up two wins today.

Mathieu Frei & Noe Delpech (FRA) bagged today’s other race win.

The 49erFX fleet now have nine races under their belt after also completing another four today, and Charlotte Dobson & Saskia Tidey (GBR) keep their lead, topping off with a win to build a 10-point advantage.

Martine Grael & Kahena Kunze (BRA) stay second, with Alexandra Maloney & Molly Meech moving into the top three having collected a race win today.

The day’s other two victories were taken by Helene Nass & Marie Ronningen (NOR) and Tamara Echegoyen & Paula Barcelo (ESP).

Elsewhere, Mat Belcher & Will Ryan (AUS) have taken top spot off Jordi Xammar & Nicolas Rodriguez (ESP) in the 470 Men, who took a win apiece today.

Anton Dahlberg & Fredrik Bergström (SWE) stay third, with the top three 16-points clear of the rest of the pack.

Paul Snow-Hansen & Daniel Willcox (NZL) claimed the day’s other race win.

It’s tight between the top two in the 470 Women’s fleet, with just a point separating Ai Kondo Yoshida & Miho Yoshioka (JPN), who won the final race of the day, and Hannah Mills & Eilidh McIntyre (GBR).

Camille Lecointre & Aloise Retornaz (FRA) are nine points behind the Brits in third, with Linda Fahrni & Maja Siegenthaler (SUI) and Haiyan Gao & Mengxi Wei (CHN) claiming the day’s other two victories.

In the RS:X Men’s fleet, Mengfan Gao (CHN) went from third to first, collecting a race win along the way.

Thomas Goyard (FRA) and Mattia Camboni (ITA) follow, with Piotr Myszka (POL) & Mateo Sanz Lanz (SUI) also winning races today.

Yunxiu Lu (CHN) continues to dominate in the RS:X Women, with a 12-point lead over second-placed Katy Spychakov (ISR), who won the last of three races.

Charline Picon (FRA) moves down into third, while Stefania Elfutina (RUS) took two victories today to move within a point of her in fourth.

And on Day 3 of racing in the Finn fleet, Zsombor Berecz (HUN) is back in front ahead of Giles Scott (GBR), with a race win taking him nine points clear of the Brit.

Andy Maloney (NZL) triumphed in the day’s other two races and he is now within two points of third-placed Nicholas Heiner (NED).

Racing continues tomorrow at around 12:00 for all fleets, apart from the Laser Radial, 470 Men and 49er who begin at 14:00.

By Liz Owen – World Sailing