SSL Gold Cup, Argentina dice presente con Santiago Lange como capitán de equipo.

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In April the Star Sailors League, that culminates in the SSL Finals in Nassau every December to crown its annual ‘star of the sailing world’, announced a new giant international sailing competition: the SSL Gold Cup. Effectively the sailing equivalent of football’s FIFA World Cup is a simple but powerful concept: a competition to decide the ‘world’s best sailing nation.’ The first SSL Gold Cup will take place in Switzerland over September-October 2021 and will then be held biennially. It will be raced aboard one design 47ft monohulls, with the aim of ensuring it tests the sailors purely with no equipment advantage. It has already been deemed a World Sailing ‘Special Event’.

Since the announcement, the SSL Gold Cup now has its own ‘home’ located on the shore of Lake Neuchatel in Switzerland. This will serve as the organisational and media hub for the SSL Gold Cup as well as the training centre. Already this season training sessions in the one design monohull have taken place for eight teams.

In addition to the 24 teams that have already been signed up, this week another five have confirmed their participation.
One of the strongest participants will be Australia, top sailing nation at London 2012 and third at Rio 2016. SSL Team Australia Captain will be sailing legend John Bertrand, famously skipper of Australia II which became the first team in 132 years to prise the America’s Cup out of American hands. Team Australia’s skipper will be America’s Cup winner, SailGP winning skipper and Laser Olympic gold medallist Tom Slingsby.
Bertrand explains his interest in the SSL Gold Cup: “The World Cup and Olympic Games are the two global sporting events that capture the imagination of millions of people worldwide. Why? Because they are both nation versus nation at a supreme level. The longest running sporting event in modern history is the America’s Cup – again nation versus nation. The SSL Gold Cup has a wonderful opportunity of morphing into becoming the ‘Gold Cup’ of sailing: Again nation versus nation at the highest level.”

Team Captain for Argentina will be Santiago Lange, who in addition to his two Olympic Tornado bronze medals, famously won gold in the mixed Nacra 17 catamaran at Rio 2016, aged 54. This year he won the 52 Super Series as tactician for Italian-Argentine team Azzurra and is now focussing on defending his Olympic title at Tokyo 2020.
Of the SSL Gold Cup, Lange says: “I will approach it with a lot of enthusiasm and in a very professional way. Argentina has a lot of very talented sailors and is a great opportunity to show this to the world. I have many strong candidates for the team. From the Azzurra crew alone, you could make a team! But the challenge is to open the doors to new young talented sailors, to give them a good opportunity for their future.”

Ricardo Fabini will be Team Captain for neighbouring Uruguay. He is a former World Champion in the Snipe in which he has also won two silvers in the Pan American Games. He was the flag bearer for Uruguay during the opening ceremony at Barcelona 1992, where he campaigned a Soling. He currently campaigns an IMX40 out of Montevideo.
“The SSL Gold Cup concept was missing in sailing. Definitely it will inspire lots of people to follow their national team in this event,” says Fabini. As to his team’s potential, he adds: “We have Uruguayans sailing on TP52s, in the America’s Cup and also in Maxi yachts. Two weeks ago, one Uruguayan member of our club won their class at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Italy helming Nefertiti. Lots of members of our club crew on this maxi boat.”

Captain for Finland will be Thomas Johanson, Olympic Gold Medallist in the 49er class in Sydney 2000, he appointed Staffan Lindberg as team manager. For more than 20 years Lindberg has been his nation’s top skipper on the World Match Racing Tour, but now he mainly campaigns a J/70 sportsboat.
“The SSL Gold Cup is surely something that has been lacking in sailing. You have all the big regattas such as the America’s Cup but they are limited to very few people and countries. This is an opportunity for smaller countries to really show their talents at an international level.
“I plan to start to build a team next year and I already have a short-list of crew. As the boats and sails are one design it will come down to finding the boat speed, getting the crew working well together and tactically finding the best route around the race course. There’s no need to worry that the other guys have technology you haven’t. The SSL Gold Cup’s simple format will appeal to both the sailing community and non-sailing community alike.”

While her husband Robert may be the better known Olympic sailor, Gintare Scheidt has been campaigning the Europe and then the Laser Radial since 2000, and won Olympic Laser Radial silver in Beijing 2008. She will captain SSL Team Lithuania, working with Rokas Milevičius, who represented the Baltic state in the Laser at London 2012 and subsequently sailed the Volvo Ocean Race with Team Brunel.
“I really hope the SSL Gold Cup works well for both the sailor and spectators,” she says. “I have no experience in big boats, so I probably will not be in the boat. Rokas and I will try to gather the best team from people we know have a lot of experience. Our goal is to be competitive and to represent Lithuania well.”

The next stage with the SSL Gold Cup will take place on 10th November when the team captains will announce the first two crew from the five they themselves are allowed to select. The other five will come directly from the SSL Ranking – four from the skippers ranking and one from the crew.
A the same time the Star Sailors League Gold Cup Board is analyzing the future countries involved that will be announced soon, as the entries are still open.

Snipe World Championship 2019 Ilhabela, Brasil. Triunfo para Henrique Haddad y Gustavo Nascimento.

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Henrique Haddad and Gustavo Nascimento (BRA) are the 2019 Snipe World Champions after a very long and challenging nine race series, during which the leaders at the end of each of the five days of racing would always be a different team.

Even this morning, going onto the racecourse, the top teams were all very tight and at least five boats could win the 2019 Snipe World Championships. The first race was sailed in an Easterly breeze of 10 knots, that the forecast didn’t predict lasting as th Southerly would fill, and it did for the final thrilling race.

During race 8, the provisional leaders, Damian Borras and Jordi Triay, went to the wrong side of the course and finished 46th, jeopardizing their final result. Alexandre Paradeda with Gabriel Kieling (BRA), Juninho de Jesus with Gabriel Borges (BRA) and Luis Soubie with Diego Lipszyc (ARG) didn’t miss the chance to improve their ranking positions, and finished respectively first, second and third; but even Haddad/Nascimento did well with a sixth place.

Race 9 got underway after the Committee repositioned the course way south, towards the Escola de Vela Lars Grael, home to the event.
At the first windward mark, the Spanish team rounded second behind Nick Grael with Fabio Horta, trying to make up for the previous race. Paradeda/Kieling and Haddad/Nascimento were not among the leading pack, leaving some room for hope to the Spanish. Borras then was first at the downwind gate, with Grael following and Haddad getting closer. The order didn’t change until the finish, when Grael/Horta passed Borras/Triay and won the last race. The Spanish finished second and had to wait for the Brazilian teams chasing behind.
Ralph Rosa with Alfredo Rovere (BRA) were third and Haddad/Nascimento fourth, erasing the Spanish hope for victory. But it was now their turn in waiting for the final position of Paradeda/Kieling, who could still claim the overall leadership. They finished 13th, and by just one point, handed the 2019 Snipe Worlds to Haddad/Nascimento.

“We couldn’t believe we won, we just tried to get less points that we could today, fighting on every tack. We just can’t believe it, it’s an incredible feeling!” said Henrique Haddad back ashore. “Today was a very long day, we started with an East wind and then waited a lot for the South to come in, we didn’t know if it would be better to have a race or not, but then we just enjoyed the moment, and we are loving this day, we’re not going to have another day like this one!”
“A very long championship, long upwinds as well, but in the end everything is worth it. Today we just had to do our race and forget the math and we did it, it’s a great moment right now!” confirmed Gustavo Nascimento. “It is even better to win it here in Brazil with our families following the races!”

With them on the podium another Brazilian flag will be hoisted, the one for Alexandre Paradeda and Gabriel Kieling who claim the silver medal, and on the third step, the Spanish Damian Borras and Jordi Triay.

The prize for the best mixed team will be awarded to Mateus Tavares with Kathleen Tocke (BRA/USA), sixth overall. This is a new award named after legendary female Brazilian sailor Bibi Juetz, who always sailed as a mixed team and is the only female to win the Snipe World Masters.

The curtains of the 2019 Snipe World Championship will close tonight after the official prize giving ceremony, but the party won’t be over so soon, the Brazilians know how to celebrate a World title win!


The Nations Trophy. En ClubSwan 50 triunfo para Skorpios.

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Press Release, 12 October 2019

The final day of The Nations Trophy 2019 brought more drama as a building breeze compressed the action into a solitary race for all classes. While the individual race winners will have enjoyed their moment in the sun, it was the overall class winners and recipients of The Nations Trophy itself that celebrated the loudest.

Dmitry Rybolovlev’s Skorpios (RUS) proved worthy winners of the ClubSwan 50 World Championship and Klaus Diederichs’ Fever (GER) came out on top of an intensely close three-way tussle for the Swan 45 world title. The Italian ClubSwan 42 Mela took home the class’ European Championship, while Edoardo and Riccardo Ferragamo’s Thirty-Six (ITA) won the first ever regatta for the ClubSwan 36 class. Leonardo Ferragamo’s Cuordileone and Andrea Masi’s Ulika combined to deliver The Nations Trophy for Italy.

The Nations Trophy brings together a high-level fleet of skilled, passionate yacht owners and crew competing for both individual and national honour. Held from the 8 – 12 October in Palma de Mallorca, the second edition of the biennial contest attracted the largest ever gathering of one design yachts from the Finnish yacht builder, Nautor’s Swan: 41 boats, across four classes, representing 14 countries.

Ken Read, tactician on Cuordileone, raced in the 2017 Nations Trophy and was full of praise for what had been achieved: “It is a testament to a lot of people taking the event seriously.”

ClubSwan 50 World Championship
With 18 ClubSwan 50s on the start-line, Nautor’s Swan’s flagship one design model led the way. A group of determined owner/drivers had gathered together strong teams, many of whom had been together for the length of the Mediterranean season. With the likes of Bouwe Bekking (Niramo), Iker Martinez (Mathilde), Ken Read, Chris Larson (Earlybird), Jochen Schümann (OneGroup), Pietro D’Ali (Drifter Sail), Fernando Echávarri (Skorpios) and Cameron Dunn (Bronenosec), to name just a few featuring in the afterguards, the level of talent and commitment was evident.

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The Nations Trophy día 3.

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Press Release, 11 October 2019

After two, marginal light wind days, blue skies over the Bay of Palma on Friday turned up the heat and turned on the breeze that makes this such a renowned racing arena. In turn the action in the Swan One Design fleet hotted up, with a day of drama as fortunes twisted and turned over the course of three races. Boats of the day were Skorpios (Dmitry Rybolovlev, RUS) in ClubSwan 50, Blue Nights (Tea Ekengren-Sauren, FIN) in Swan 45, Mela (Andrea Rossi, ITA) in ClubSwan 42 and Thirty-Six (Riccardo Ferragamo, ITA) in ClubSwan 36. In battle for top country, and The Nations Trophy, Italy leads Germany by one point, with Russia only a further point behind.

In terms of the class standings, Skorpios’s score line of 1,3,1 thrust them into the lead by four points from Ross Warburton’s Perhonen (GBR), whose day started well (2nd place), tailed off in the middle (9) and, by their standards thus far, ended badly (12). In Swan 45, Blue Nights now heads the class from Motions (NED) and Porron IX (ESP) tied and one point behind. Mela continues to lead in ClubSwan 42, with Far Star (ITA) in second. Thirty-Six sits atop ClubSwan 36, one point ahead of Sease (Pier Luigi Loro Piana, ITA)

It was a day of spectacular racing conditions, dampened only by two unfortunate collisions in ClubSwan 50. One in the second race led to the retirement of Drifter Sail (ITA) and Regina 2.0 (SWE). The other, in the third race, led to the withdrawal of Tenaz (ESP) and Team Kolff/Boersma (NED).

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Snipe World Championship 2019 Ilhabela, Brasil. Día 4.

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The fourth day of the 2019 Snipe World Championship started out with bright sunshine, blue skies and the wind blowing at about 8 knots from the east, all great components for another brilliant day of sailing in Ilhabela, Brazil.

Only two races were completed today, and they were very similar to the three held yesterday, with an easterly breeze of about 12-13 knots and waves. These conditions are much appreciated by the Brazilians, who are used to sailing in heavy wind, but today they were not the only ones in the top of the fleet.

In today’s first race after the Brazilian duo Alexandre Paradeda and Gabriel Kieling, there were the Spaniards Damian Borras and Jordi Triay followed by the young Portuguese skipper Mafalda Pires de Lima with her brother Tomas.

At the end of race six, the wind proved to be less stable than yesterday and the Race Committee boat moved in search of a better spot. Once the course was set – 13 knots from East – a Brazilian team was once again leading the fleet, and this time it was Juninho de Jesus with crew Gabriel Borges, followed by another Spanish team Juan Deben with José Pardo and in third another female skipper, Juliana Duque with Rafael Martins (BRA).

Once the race was over long clouds covered the skies, and the wind dropped significantly. After an attempt to start ended with a general recall, the Committee sent everyone back ashore and will try for a two race day tomorrow starting at 11.

After seven races, with the discard coming into effect after race six, there is a Spanish team leading the provisional ranking: Damian Borras and Jodi Triay, who are ahead of the Brazilians by only one point. Henrique Haddad with Gustavo Nascimento (BRA) are in second followed by Juninho de Jesus with Gabriel Borges (BRA).

“The regatta is very balanced and our strategy is to stay in the middle, since we are not familiar with this racecourse. It has worked well so far and we are glad to be leading the ranking in such a difficult event”, said Damian Borras. “We are from Minorca, one of the Balearic islands, and the conditions are very similar to these, the only difference is the current, I just didn’t expect so much current in Brazil. That’s why we work in the middle of the fleet. Tomorrow we’ll go in the water to fight to be among the first teams in the last races and win the Snipe World Cup.”

Top 10 after 7 races:

1 ESP Damian Borras Jordi Triay
2 BRA Henrique Haddad Gustavo Nascimento
3 BRA Mario Jesus Gabriel Borges
4 BRA Mateus Tavares Kathleen Tocke
5 BRA Alexandre Paradeda Gabriel Kieling
6 ESP Gustavo Del Castillo Rafael Del Castillo
7 BRA Felipe Rondina Joao Oliveira
8 BRA Juliana Duque Rafael Martins
9 ARG Luis Soubie Diego Lipszyc
10 URU Ricardo Fabini Florencia Pamizari


The Nations Trophy día 2.

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Copyright Nautor Swan

Copyright Nautor Swan

Copyright Nautor Swan

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Press Release, 10 October 2019

The wind conditions on the Bay of Palma were more akin today to a mischievous nymph than a grand prix race track. Just as the Real Club Náutico de Palma Race Committee thought it had things under control, the wind would go off on a sudden frolic, demanding course changes and eventually leading to the abandonment of racing for all but the ClubSwan 50 World Championship fleet and the ClubSwan 36.

Aifos 500 (Jaime Rodriguez Toubes/SM Felipe de Borbon, ESP) pulled off a remarkable win in the ClubSwan 50 class, which was the cause of much celebration. Perhonen’s impressive second-place sees her retain pole position in the overall standings. The Croation Go Racing scored a first victory in the ClubSwan 36 and heads the leaderboard in this class after two races. With no races completed, there was no change in position in the Swan 45 and ClubSwan 42 classes. Italy leads The Nations Trophy, with United Kingdom and Russia tied in second only five points behind.

ClubSwan 50
After an aborted first attempt around midday to get a race away, the crews endured a near three hour wait for the situation to improve. Just before three o’clock, the course was set once again and the 18 ClubSwan 50s were swiftly into action in a light breeze. What looked a fairly straight-forward start, was anything but for two of the boats, Aifos 500 and Stella Maris (August Schram, AUT), both over early.

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Snipe World Championship 2019 Ilhabela, Brasil. Henrique Haddad y Gustavo Nascimento nuevos lideres.

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Three races won by three Carioca teams in windy conditions

A challenging three race day awaited the sailors at the Escola de Vela Lars Grael in Ilhabela, Brazil, for day three of the 2019 Snipe World Championship. After two very cloudy days with light winds, today’s conditions were typically Ilhabela with the wind coming from East getting stronger as the sun warmed the air.

The Brazilians, in the 70 boat fleet from 11 nations, mastered the wild, wavy conditions and are now right up on the top of the ranking: five of them in the top 10, with the first two leading the ranking. Henrique Haddad with Gustavo Nascimento (BRA) are on top after winning today’s last two races (6,1,1), they have a big margin on the second place team, Mario Jesus with Gabriel Borges (BRA) (8,2,7); in third the winners of yesterday’s only race, the Uruguayan Luis Soubie with Diego Lipszyc (2,16,23).

”There are still four races left and there’s still much that can happen, but we are confident, we are sailing very well and know our competitors well” said 470 Olympic sailor Haddad. ”We are very fast in strong wind. We didn’t have a great start in today’s first race, but we managed to do better in the following races and we claimed two bullets, so we are very happy!”

The day started off with an easterly breeze at about 8 knots, but the locals warned us it would increase if the sun stayed out. And so it did, the sun shone bright and the wind picked up to 16 knots, and the waves made it even more challenging for the sailors and more fascinating for the spectators.

Alexandre Paradeda with Gabriel Kieling (BRA) won the first windward-leeward race, followed by Soubie/Lipszyc amd Bruno Bethlem with Daniel Seixas (BRA). In the second race Haddad/Nascimento and Jesus/Borges were first and second, foreseeing today’s provisional overall ranking, and in third the winners of race 4, Paradeda/Kieling. The third race was a triangle first run followed by a windward-leeward with an upwind finish. The wind by now was really blowing at 16-18 knots and the fleet enjoyed blasting reaches!
Mateus Tavares (BRA) with Kathleen Tocke (USA) were second behind the unstoppable Haddad/Nascimento, and in third Juliana Duque with Rafael Martins (BRA).

Five races are finished, with the first drop figured in tomorrow after the 6th race. Four more races will be sailed in the next two days and on Saturday the 2019 Snipe World Champion will be crowned at the Marina Porto Ilhabela.

Tomorrow’s three races will begin at 11, to leave only one final and decisive race on Saturday morning.

Top 10 after 5 races:
1 BRA Henrique Haddad Gustavo Nascimento 27
2 BRA Mario Jesus Gabriel Borges 46
3 ARG Luis Soubie Diego Lipszyc 49
4 URU Ricardo Fabini Florencia Pamizari 50
5 USA Asher Zittrer Watt Duffy 65
6 BRA Mateus Tavares Kathleen Tocke 69
7 ESP Gustavo Del Castillo Rafael Del Castillo 71
8 ESP Damian Borras Jordi Triay 79
9 BRA Alexandre Paradeda Gabriel Kieling 88
10 BRA Bruno Bethlem Daniel Seixas 93


Snipe World Championship 2019 Ilhabela, Brasil. Primer día de regatas.

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The 2019 Snipe World Championship took off today in Ilhabela, Brazil, with the first and only race of the day. The 70 teams from 11 countries arrived at the Escola de Vela Lars Grael, in the morning to get the boats ready for the most important event of the year for SCIRA, the Snipe Class International Racing Association.

A little postponement ashore and then everyone was off on the water canal that stretches between the island of Ilhabela and the cost of São Sebastião in the South East of Brazil. The wind was coming from the South at about 7-8 knots with a very cloudy skies.
A couple of general recalls and then racing was on with two Japanese teams first and second at the windward mark, followed by the Americans Asher Zittrer and Watt Duffy. At the gate the Japanese duo, Naoki Inoue and Masataka Kojima, were still first followed by Zittrer/Duffy and by the Brazilian team Rafael Gagliotti and Henrique Wisniewski. The order stayed the same up to the final leg that goes from the bottom gate to the finish, where the young American skipper Asher Zittrer took over the Japanese and was the first one to cross the line, claiming the first bullet of the series.

“I have been working and training with Asher for a year, but he’s done a lot more different sailing on his own” says crew Watt Duffy, “We have great communication and when Asher helms like he did today, we’re on fire and it makes it look like it is so easy, but it’s not!”
“Yes, we have great communication onboard, a simple and easy vocabulary” confirmed 18 year old skipper from Texas, “it’s very easy to sail together, we’ve been doing it for a while. We also like these conditions and hopefully there’ll be more of this tomorrow”.

There was a 20 minute wait on the water at the end of Race 1, to see if the rain would stop and the wind fill in again, but it ended with the hoisting of the AP flag over Alpha and with the Committee sending the 70 teams ashore with no more racing scheduled for the day.

The forecast for tomorrow is for more light to moderate breeze and cloudy sky, the plan is to make up for today’s missed race, so three races are on the menu.