Sven Stadel y Suso del Toro revalidan el título en la Liga Match Race de la Comunitat Valenciana
Stadel y del Toro vencen en la final por 2-0 a los valencianos de Axel Rodger
El match por el tercer y cuarto puesto se lo adjudica Héctor Vilanova, tras ganar a los locales Rachel Graham
La tripulación del Real Club Náutico de Calpe, liderada por Sven Stadel y Suso del Toro han logrado revalidar el título de campeón de la Liga de Match Race de la Comunitat Valenciana. Una regata, organizada por la Federación de Vela de la Comunitat Valenciana, en colaboración con el RCN de Calpe, que cumple este año su vigesimosegundo aniversario, situándolo así como una de las más importantes de cuantas se celebran el litoral valenciano.
Long Beach, California, USA (10th April 2016): Taylor Canfield and his US One Sailing Team triumphed in the Congressional Cup, Stage Two of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), after five days of “unbelievable match racing” – making him the first skipper to win three Crimson Blazers back-to-back, in the 52-year history of the legendary regatta.
The five-day World Championship event had been beleaguered with unseasonable weather: light and shifty breezes, rain, and calms. That PRO Randy Smith and WMRT Racing Director Craig Mitchell were able to pull off the series, was a near miracle. The repechage was terminated; series were shortened to first-to-two.
Long Beach, California, USA (9th April 2016): Scott Dickson (USA), from Long Beach Yacht Club, beat the odds and booked his place in the Semi Finals of the Congressional Cup, Stage Two of the World Match Racing Tour, by knocking out on-form Kiwi Chris Steele (NZL) in a thrilling five match Quarter Final, taking the last three races back to back.
Congressional Cup defending champion Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One, dispatched Eric Monnin (SUI) Albert Riele Swiss Team, and Nicolai Sehested (DEN) Trefor Match Racing, eliminated Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Nautiska Racing one-two-three, in the early matches of the Quarter Finals here today. But it was a different story for Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing, who was placed number one, at the end of Qualifying yesterday.
Long Beach, California, USA (8th April 2016): Six-time Match Racing World Champion Ian Williams, GAC Pindar crashed out of the 2016 Congressional Cup, Stage Two of the World Match Racing Tour after finishing 12th and last in Qualifying. Exiting the regatta alongside Williams were Johnie Berntsson (SWE), Keith Swinton (AUS) and Sally Barkow (USA).
Despite three days of rain, light air, shifting breeze, drizzle, gusts, cross currents, and a drenching fog, LBYC PRO Randy Smith and his Race Committee pulled off 66 matches, to complete Qualifying.
The international field of racers willingly obliged, saying, “that’s sailing,” as the weird and wet weather system overtook Southern California.
But there was breeze. Wafting, light, but steady; from the south, but enough to complete the round.
Rain and Zephyrs Cut Short Day Two of Qualifying at Congressional Cup
Long Beach, California, USA (7th April 2016): Dismal conditions on the race course forced lengthy postponements, and ultimately curtailed racing, on the second day of Qualifying at the 52nd Congressional Cup regatta, the second stage of the 2016 World Match Racing Tour.
Despite rain and a light, shifty breeze, PRO Randy Smith was able to sneak in two flights, before winds deteriorated to nothing.
Long Beach, California, USA (6th April 2016): On the opening day of the 52nd Congressional Cup, Stage Two of the World Match Racing Tour, one-dozen of the world’s top ranked skippers scrapped on the waters off the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier. And nothing was predictable about today. Not the wind direction, nor velocity, nor the outcomes.
Johnie Berntsson, primed after three days of racing at the Ficker Cup Presented by Porsche, chased Keith Swinton’s tail in a masterful pre-start tacking duel that had spectators on their toes, in awe. Berntsson won that dog-eat-dog match, finishing the day 3-2.
Fremantle, WA (7th March 2016) Reigning World Champion Ian Williams swept aside Hans Wallén 3-0 to win the final of the World Match Racing Tour Fremantle, the opening event of the 2016 World Match Racing Tour season.
Even though the GAC Pindar skipper has won a record six world titles on the Tour in the days of slow keelboats, the level of his domination in high-speed M32 catamarans took even the British skipper by surprise.
CONQUERED CANFIELD BACKS SEHESTED TO GO ALL THE WAY
Fremantle, WA (6th March 2016): Nicolai Sehested today cast aside any idea that Taylor Canfield and US One were the event favourites, ruthlessly dispatching the American team 3-1 in their Quarter Final match at the World Match Racing Tour Fremantle.
The young Dane is showing no fear of any opponent, and nor should he, the way he is tearing around the track in the M32 multihull this week. To look at his crew’s devil-may-care attitude to throwing the boat around, you would never know the Viking raider was racing this challenging boat for the first time this week, with a team that have never sailed together before. Canfield on the other hand has been racing the M32 for more than a year but couldn’t match Sehested off the high-speed reaching starts, nor could the 2013 World Champion catch the great Dane around the race course.
Fremantle, WA (5th March 2016) The young guns from Australia were showing the more experienced teams the way round the race course today on day four of the World Match Racing Tour Fremantle. Sam Gilmour set the tone for an unpredictable day on Bather’s Bay when the local Australian sailor beat reigning World Champion Ian Williams from Great Britain in their opening match. That kind of upset didn’t happen very often in the keelboat era.
It was a blast from the past to see a Williams v Gilmour match, even if this Gilmour – Sam – is the less experienced son of the legendary Aussie match racer Peter Gilmour. The Gilmour v Williams match races of past decades were aggressive affairs in keelboats.