Youth Sailing World Championships New Zealand. La uruguaya “Lola” Moreira gana en Laser Radial. En 420, tercer puesto para los argentinos Fausto Peralta y Martin Arroyo Verdi.

La representante charrúa Dolores “Lola” Moreira ganó en clase Laser Radial, confirmando una vez más su enorme talento.

Fausto Peralta y Martin Arroyo terminaron en el tercer puesto en clase 420, convirtiéndose en los mejores representantes argentinos. El país además quedó 10mo. en el Nations Trophy, siendo el mejor país sudamericano y delante de potencias como Alemania o España.

La peruana Maria Belen Bazo y un excelente 3er puesto final luego de un redress en la última regata.

Tremendo final con un 1-1 en las dos últimas regatas para las argentinas Camila Barletta y Micaela Del Pero, que les permitió terminar en el 5to. puesto en clase 420.

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For immediate release: Tuesday 20 December 2016
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Esctasy and despair at Aon Youth Worlds

Racing came to a thrilling climax in Auckland, New Zealand as all medals were confirmed in the finale of the 2016 Aon Youth World Sailing Championships.

Five gold medals had already been decided with a race to spare but there were still four golds on offer as well as silver and bronze to fight for in every fleet.

In the girl’s Laser Radial it was anyone’s guess who would claim the title. In contention was Germany’s 2015 Youth Worlds silver medallist Hannah Anderssohn, Uruguay’s Rio 2016 flag bearer, Dolores Moreira Fraschini and the reigning champion Maria Erdi (HUN). Sandra Luli (CRO) and Carolina Albano (ITA) were a little further back, but still in reach of a podium place.

Coming home in fifth ahead of her main rivals was Fraschini. The Uruguayan had completed her game plan, “I just knew I had to beat Germany, Hungary and Croatia. I was looking for them all through the race,” explained the new Youth Worlds champion.

When the win had sunk in Fraschini said, “I feel super happy. I had a good start but then a bad upwind, so I had to just focus on recovering. I kept gaining and then I crossed the line, it was like a dream come true.”

The dream was helped by Erdi finishing 13th and Anderssohn 19th. Those results also opened the door for Luli and Albano and dropped last year’s medallists off the podium altogether.

It was Albano who came out fighting and headed straight for the front of the pack to win the final race. The Italian had done all she could and just had to sit and wait to see where her rivals would finish. Luli came home in sixth to give her 45 points to tie with Albano. Luli was awarded silver on countback.

With a lead of 27 points, Australia’s Finnian Alexander just had to avoid a final day disaster to take the boy’s Laser Radial title.

A smiling Alexander returned to shore after finishing 20th, enough to secure him the gold, “It feels so good and such a sense of relief after skating on thin ice all week,” said Alexander.

That ‘thin ice’ was a disqualification from the very first race. A score that could have derailed his ambitions, “It took a lot to come back from that,” said the relieved Aussie, “but crucial that I did. It’s not the ideal start but it feels really good to know that I can carry myself through a regatta like I did from there.”

Italy’s Paolo Giargia had a seven point cushion over USA’s Carrson Pearce and Spain’s Ismael Iess Falcon. That cushion was enough in the end to give the Italian a silver medal as he crossed the line in 11th and Pearce ninth. Pearce took the bronze medal from Falcon as the Spanish sailor could only finish in 26th place.

Great Britain’s Crispin Beaumont and Tom Darling took gold in the boy’s 29er following a final race duel with France’s Gwendal Nael and Lilian Mercier.

Starting the day four points behind their French rivals, the British team had to come out with a game plan. Beaumont explained, “We wanted to stay close to them and try and bounce them to the wrong side of the course because we knew there was a favoured side when we started.”

Even with a plan, any sailor knows that they can change on the fly when it comes to race time, “Once we were out there though it was made up as we went along as there is so much that goes on that you can never fully plan.”

Made up or not, Beaumont and Darling finished in third and had to sit and wait to see where the French team would finish. They crossed the line in tenth and the gold was there’s.

Beaumont’s immediate reaction to claiming a Youth Worlds was relief, “We feel pretty good. We had so much catching up to do in that race and things went our way and it happened.”

With gold and silver confirmed it was down to Australia’s John Cooley and Simon Hoffman to complete the podium. With a comfortable lead over the fourth placed Finnish team, the Aussies crossed the line in fourth to rubber stamp their medal.

Australia’s Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot knew they had a gold medal in the girl’s 29er and it was down to Poland and New Zealand for silver and bronze.

Kiwi sisters Greta and Kate Stewart had to finish with two boats between them and Aleksandra Melzacka and Maja Micinska (POL) to move up in to second place, but it wasn’t to be. The Polish girls covered the Kiwis and crossed the line just behind the sixth placed sisters. Silver to Poland and the bronze for the New Zealand girls.

Poland’s Julia Szmit and Hanna Dzik successfully defended their girl’s 420 title. The Polish duo were top leading in to the final race and never looked like coming away with anything other than gold.

Winning for the second year in a row, the Polish girl’s felt they had something to show the world, “We proved that we are good. We won last year and this year helped to prove we are good,” Szmit said emphasizing her point.

Alexandra Stalder and Silvia Speri (ITA) claimed silver when they crossed in sixth and finished on 38 points. Although France’s Violette Dorange and Camille Orion finished above the Italians in fourth they could not overhaul the points deficit and had to settle for the bronze medal.

Israel and Argentina were fighting for silver in the boy’s 420 as USA’s Wiley Rogers and Jack Parkin already had the gold in the bag from the previous day. It was Ido Bilik and Ofek Shalgi (ISR) who took the silver in style from their Argentinean rivals Fausto Peralta and Martin Arroyo Verdi with a bullet in the final race. Peralta and Verdi had to settle for bronze.

Great Britain’s Emma Wilson and Israel’s Yoav Omer had already confirmed gold before the final race so left the rest of the potential medallists to fight it out for podium spots.

Sil Hoekstra (NED) knew that if he finished near the top of the fleet he would have a boy’s RS:X silver medal. The Dutch sailor duly obliged and finished fifth to secure second place. It was the fight for bronze that really was the story of the final race as China’s Chen Hao Chen took a bullet and had to sit and wait to see where Aruba’s Mack van den Eerenbeemt would come in behind him. Van den Eerenbeemt could only manage an 11th and was distraught as he crossed the line knowing he had slipped off the Youth Worlds podium.

In a carbon copy of the boy’s fleet, the girl’s RS:X had a fight for bronze as its centrepiece. Israel’s Katy Spychakov was this time looking for a top order finish and took silver with a third. For bronze it was between China’s Yue Tan and Peru’s Maria Belen Bazo. This time the Chinese sailor missed out as she was disqualified handing Peruvian Bazo the bronze medal.

With Tim Mourniac and Charles Dorange (FRA) comfortably winning gold with a race to spare it was down to Italy, USA and Belgium to battle for the podium.

Three in two doesn’t go and it was Gianluigi Ugolini and Maria Giubilei (ITA) who were the unfortunate ones. They finished 12th which dropped them from second overnight to out of the medals entirely. Romain Screve and Ian Brill (USA) finished 14th but discarded that result to leave them on 55 points. Henri Demesmaeker and Isaura Maenhaut finished on the same points tally with a fifth place finish. Both sitting on the same overall score, it was USA who took silver and Belgium bronze on countback.

Italy won the Nations Trophy for the third time and will collect the award along with all the medal winners at the closing ceremony at the Auckland University of Technology City campus.

By Richard Aspland – World Sailing

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Youth Sailing World Championships New Zealand, día 3.

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For immediate release: Sunday 18 December 2016
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Running away with the RS:X

There could be some early winners at the 2016 Aon Youth Sailing World Championships as Great Britain and Israel begin to run away with the RS:X gold medals on day three.

It was a day of opposites on the Hauraki Gulf as light north winds replaced the strong southerly winds that have been a feature of the first two race days, but that change didn’t seem to disrupt Israel’s Yaov Omer or Great Britain’s Emma Wilson as they continued to take a strangle hold on the Youth Worlds RS:X fleets in Auckland, New Zealand.

Extending his lead at the top of the boy’s competition, Yoav Omer knows that consistency is key when it comes to a top international regatta, “The most important thing is to be stable in your results and that’s what I have been doing the past few days, and I want that to continue.”

Omer certainly has been stable and that is evident as his day three results of 4-3-1 are his worst run of scores at this year’s Youth Worlds. Explaining why his results had dropped from previous day’s, Omer said, “It was light winds today and it was also from a different direction to the first two days. That was a little difficult for me. I think I have improved a lot though.”

With a lead of 19 points and with four races to go you could think that the gold is all but wrapped up for the Israeli windsurfer, but Omer knows better than that, “No. No way is it over. Everything is open at competitions like this. Conditions can change and it takes just one bad race you know. Focus is the main thing.”

The nearest competitor to Omer is Sil Hoekstra (NED) who scored two seconds and a third to move up to second overall. Third place is China’s Chen Hao Chen.

Over in the girl’s RS:X fleet the wins keep on coming for Great Britain’s Emma Wilson. The Briton took two bullets and a second on day three and there is one simple reason why the results keep flowing, “I really like these conditions,” said Wilson with a smile, “and I like this weather. I was really fast on the downwinds today.”

Despite being in a fleet of 18, Wilson is adamant that only one person can affect how she sails, and that is her, “I sail how I want to sail and won’t let anyone control me. I’m the only one that can dictate how I race.”

It’s that steely determination and focus that has given Wilson a 13 point lead over second placed Katy Spychakov (ISR), but the British windsurfer doesn’t always get it right, “We had the RS:X Youth Worlds in Cyprus recently and I was fifth. I want to rectify that here.”

Peruvian Maria Belen Bazo holds on to third behind Wilson and Spychakov with a 3-6-7 for the day.

Another team with daylight over the fleet are Tim Mourniac and Charles Dorange (FRA). Although the French duo are top after scoring a second and two thirds, they are now facing a comeback by Italy’s Gianluigi Ugolini and Maria Giubilei who took performance of the day with three bullets from three races. The Italians are in second, 15 points behind their European rivals.

There is a Trans-Tasman battle shaping up at the top of the girl’s 29er fleet as Australia and New Zealand move up to first and second respectively. Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot (AUS) are top but have Kiwi sisters, Greta and Kate Stewart, hunting them down. The Stewart sisters made the best of a day when their rivals were making mistakes around them to move up in to medal contention.

Gwendal Nael and Lilian Mercier (FRA) sit top of the boy’s 29er fleet despite a 12th place finish in the final race of the day. The French team discard that result to hold a five point lead over Crispin Beaumont and Tom Darling (GBR) who are second.

Poland’s 2015 Youth Worlds 420 champions Julia Szmit and Hanna Dzik moved themselves up in to a great position to defend their title. The Polish team are top thanks to their consistent form. On day three they bagged themselves a bullet before slipping to 15th, which they now discard. Italy’s Alexandra Stalder and Silvia Speri are their nearest rivals just four points back in second. Isabel Davies and Gemma Keers (GBR) are third.

A bullet and a discarded seventh keep USA’s Wiley Rogers and Jack Parkin at the top of the boy’s 420 fleet. The top three are close on points though as Israel’s Ido Bilik and Ofek Shalgi are just two points back. Italy’s Edoardo Ferraro and Francesco Orlando are three points behind the Americans.

Australia’s Finnian Alexander took two bullets to open up an 18 point gap back to Denmark’s Patrick Doepping and New Zealand’s George Gautrey who both have 33 in the boy’s Laser Radial. Alexander however will tread with caution in the coming days as he has a disqualification on his scorecard from the very first race of the Youth Worlds. So far, so good for the Aussie sailor since then though.

Sandra Luli (CRO) is still top of the girl’s Laser Radial, but Rio 2016 Olympian Dolores Moreira Fraschini (URU) is chasing hard. The Uruguayan took a bullet and a 10th compared to the sixth and discarded 20th Luli scored. The Croatian still leads by two points overall. Germany’s Hannah Anderssohn rounds out the podium in third.

Racing continues at the Youth Worlds and is scheduled to begin at 09:55 local time at the Torbay Sailing Club on Monday 19 December.

By Richard Aspland – World Sailing

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Youth Sailing World Championships New Zealand, día 1. Los argentinos Fausto Peralta y Martin Arroyo Verdi, líderes en 420.

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For immediate release: Friday 16 December 2016
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Dazzling debut for Nacra 15

It was a dazzling debut for the Nacra 15 at the 2016 Aon Youth Sailing World Championships as sailors got their feet, and everything else, wet on day one of racing in Auckland New Zealand.

With plenty of thrills and spills, the youth multihull sailors had to get to grips with the new class and had a baptism of fire on a gusty and shifty Hauraki Gulf on the north shores of Auckland. The 389 sailors from 65 nations racing across the nine fleets were greeted with winds in the high teens, sometimes touching 20 knots, coming in from the south west which tested all, especially the multihull novices.

After winning the 2015 SL16 gold medal, France’s Charles Dorange has had to change the class of boat and sailing partner. Now sailing with new helm, Tim Mourniac, Dorange is one of the most qualified in the Youth Worlds field and gave his assessment of the new multihull, “It was great,” he exclaimed, “and for us we are first in the class at the moment so we are very happy.”

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Kim Andersen es el nuevo presidente de World Sailing.

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Nota de prensa 13/11/2016
En nombre de World Sailing, la federación internacional de vela
Kim Andersen, elegido presidente de World Sailing

Kim Andersen ha sido elegido presidente de World Sailing durante la asamblea general reunida hoy en Barcelona, en el marco del congreso anual de la federación internacional de vela.

El presidente y siete vicepresidentes, entre los que debe haber al menos dos hombres y dos mujeres, han sido votados por las Autoridades Nacionales Miembro (MNA por sus siglas en inglés, o federaciones nacionales), con derecho a estar representadas en la asamblea general.

En la junta directiva de la federación, se suman al nuevo presidente los siguientes vicepresidentes elegidos:

Jan Dawson (NZL)
Torben Grael (BRA)
Gary Jobson (USA)
Quanhai Li (CHN)
W Scott Perry (URU)
Ana Sanchez (ESP)
Nadine Stegenwalner (GER)

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Congreso anual de World Sailing en Barcelona. Reunión del consejo y prioridades para el 2017.

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Nota de prensa 11/11/2016
En nombre de World Sailing, la federación internacional de vela
El consejo de World Sailing se reúne en Barcelona

El consejo de World Sailing se ha reunido hoy en Barcelona, en el marco del congreso anual de la federación internacional de vela, en una sesión de cinco horas en la que el presidente y los vicepresidentes del ente han presentado los informes de su trabajo.

La reunión del consejo de World Sailing continúa mañana, sábado, a partir de las nueve de la mañana. En el programa se incluyen varios informes y las propuestas de los comités, que se someterán a la votación de los miembros del consejo.

Los informes de la junta directiva han abarcado el comité de clases, el comité de match race, el programa de desarrollo de la vela en Asia, los oficiales de regata, la revisión de equipamiento en Río 2016, el programa de desarrollo y entrenamiento, la Copa América y los Juegos Paralímpicos, entre otros. Además, se ha tratado el exitoso programa de naciones emergentes, del cual se ha presentado el documental “Closing the gap”.

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Rolex World Sailor of the Year. Santiago Lange lo hizo, y es el mejor deportista del año entre los hombres. “We are a team and Cecilia Carranza should be here”, su primeras y justas palabras en el escenario.

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Santi Lange, feliz.

Las inglesas Hannah Mills y Saskia Clark, ganadoras entre las mujeres.

Hay equipo. Klaus, Theo, Santi, Ceci, Yago y Borja.

Impresionante lo de Santi, todo un orgullo para el país y sus amigos. Premio más que merecido, no sólo por la ultima medalla conseguida sino por todo lo que ha venido haciendo y hace por nuestro deporte. Un logro histórico para la Vela argentina, que no debe desaprovechar esta ocasión unica de hacer llegar el deporte a más gente. Mi abrazo enorme a la distancia para el flaco y también para Ceci que no logró el premio mayor pero el hecho de haber estado nominada la pone en un escalón altísimo de nuestro deporte.



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Press Release

Barcelona, Spain, 8 November 2016 – Once again the stories behind the Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards mark out sailing as a sport that encourages and rewards determination, precision and passion. It is never enough simply to possess talent, although there was plenty of that in clear evidence as the sailing world gathered in Barcelona to celebrate the achievements of some of its finest athletes; those individuals who have delivered outstanding performances throughout the past twelve months, all in the pursuit of excellence.

The winners of the 2016 Rolex World Sailors of the Year were announced at an impressive awards ceremony held at the 18th century Casa Llotja De Mar, in the presence of some 500 guests:


Santiago Lange provided Rio 2016 with the fairy tale storyline of the Olympic Games as he won gold with Cecilia Carranza Saroli in the Nacra 17. At 54-years-old, six-time Olympian and two-time bronze medal winner, Lange was the oldest sailor competing, but his story goes beyond his age. Just one year prior to the Games Lange was diagnosed with cancer and had to have a lung removed. Making the start line of the competition was an achievement in itself for the resilient Argentinean. Lange showed what is possible when passion is backed by courage and determination.

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World Sailing anuncia el plan estratégico para la vela adaptada.

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Nota de prensa 8/11/2016
World Sailing anuncia en Barcelona el plan estratégico para la vela adaptada

La federación internacional de vela, World Sailing, ha hecho público hoy el plan estratégico para la vela adaptada para el cuatrienio 2017-2020, en busca de la reintroducción de este deporte en el programa de los Juegos Paralímpicos para 2024.

Publicado hoy durante el Foro de Vela Adaptada en la conferencia anual de World Sailing en Barcelona, el plan estratégico define los objetivos y las líneas de acción que el ente regulador de la vela a nivel mundial seguirá hasta 2020.

Pincha aquí para consultar el Para World Sailing Strategic Plan 2017-2020 (en inglés).

El presidente de World Sailing, Carlo Croce, ha explicado: “La caída de la vela del programa deportivo de los Juegos Paralímpicos de Tokio 2020 en enero de 2015 nos entristeció mucho a toda la comunidad de la vela. Fue una gran pérdida para el deporte paralímpico en su conjunto, porque la vela paralímpica permite que multitud de discapacidades compitan juntas al mismo nivel”.

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Conferencia anual de World Sailing en Barcelona, del 4 al 13 de noviembre.

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For immediate release: Friday 1 April 2016
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World Sailing Annual Conference heading to Barcelona

World Sailing announced today that the 2016 World Sailing Annual Conference and General Assembly will be held in Barcelona, Spain.

The conference will take place at the Hotel Renaissance Barcelona Fira from 4 November to 13 November 2016.

The conference provides the opportunity for World Sailing Member National Authorities, Committees, Sub-committees, Commissions, Class Associations, Sailors, Event Organizers, Boat Manufacturers and Observers to discuss the future of sailing.

Over 500 delegates were in attendance at the 2015 Annual Conference, which took place in Sanya, China and up to 700 delegates are expected in Barcelona this year.

World Sailing CEO Andy Hunt said “We are delighted to be holding the conference in the city of Barcelona and we look forward to working with the Spanish Sailing Federation (Real Federación Española de Vela), the Catalan Tourist Board and the Hotel Renaissance in making the 2016 conference a great success for the future development of our sport”.