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Scene set for 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 Medal Races
For immediate release: 04/19/2019
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The scene has been set for the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 Medal Races at Hempel World Cup Series Genoa following the conclusion of fleet racing in the Italian city.
The fifth day of competition in Genoa saw a long awaited 6-9 knot steady western breeze arrive, ensuring that 41 of 42 races were completed.
Italy’s Carlotta Omari and Matilda Distefano will lead the home nations hopes as they take a narrow advantage into the 49erFX Medal Race. Australian brothers David and Lachy Gilmour have New Zealand’s hottest sailing properties, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, hot on their heels in the 49er and the advantage will be with Ben Saxton and Nicola Boniface (GBR) in the Nacra 17.
All Medal Races will be live on World Sailing’s YouTube Channel here - https://youtu.be/kyGGiRqiUdw.
The Men’s and Women’s 470, Laser Radial and Finn completed three good races and the only dampener on the day was in the Laser fleet who could not complete a final blue fleet race.
Italy’s Omari and Distefano advanced into pole position in the 49erFX after finding near perfect form on the race track. From four gold fleet races the Italians secured a 3-2-1-2 scoreline.
Their consistent performance has given them a four point lead over Ida Marie Baad Nielsen and Marie Thusgaard Olsen (DEN) heading into Saturday’s Medal Race. Overnight leaders Odile van Aanholt and Marieke Jongens (NED) dropped to third, eight points off the leaders after a mixed day.
In the hunt for selection for Tokyo 2020 at the first of two Dutch qualification events, van Aanholt and Jongens are seven places clear of compatriots Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz with just the Medal Race remaining.
Australia’s Gilmour brothers moved up to first overall after four gold fleet races in the 49er but the biggest movers were New Zealand Olympic champions and America’s Cup winners Burling and Tuke.
Burling and Tuke sailed their way to a 2-9-5-(22) scoreline which pushed them from tenth up into second and six points off the Australian leaders.
The points are tight across the board and as many as seven teams have a realistic chance of claiming a podium spot in Saturday’s Medal Race.
Four blue and four yellow fleet races brought fleet racing to a close in the Nacra 17 and Great Britain’s Saxton and Boniface will take a seven point lead into the Medal Race.
Saxton and Boniface picked up a (6)-1-4-3 in the yellow fleet and have some daylight over Iker Martinez and Olga Maslivets (ESP) who secured a (16)-1-3-6 in the blue fleet.
Thomas Zajac and Barbara Matz (AUT) sit third, three points off the Spaniards. Two Italian teams, Lorenzo Bressani and Cecilia Zorzi and 2018 World Champions Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti are fourth and fifth. They are firmly in contention for a medal.
The Men’s and Women’s 470 came into Friday having only completed one race, the least out of all eight events. There was eagerness to race in every competitor who queued at the launching ramp at 09:00 for the 10:00 start.
Although there was a delay on the water, both the Men’s and Women’s 470 completed three races with contenders for the medals emerging.
Consistency was at a premium on the water but a win in the first race of the day followed by a sixth and a discarded 30th positions Carl-Fredrik Fock and Marcus Dackhammar (SWE) at the top of the 44-boat fleet.
Dackhammar was surprised at taking the overall lead ashore after racing but his competitors also had mixed days with no one finding it easy. In terms of points accumulated, the 25 that Zangjun Xu and Chao Wang (CHN) gathered from a 12-12-1 scoreline was the highlight of the day.
“If you make one small mistake on the course, you would end up so far back,” commented Dackhammer. “A simple mistake such as not being as close to the line at the start, not pushing it that little bit extra at the start can make a difference.
“Today the wind came in from so many directions that you just have to trust your own sailing and believe in it.”
In light winds, the risk and reward ratio is slim and the Swedes benefited from that in their opening two races but not so much with their 30th. He concluded, “We’ve taken some risks but it is unavoidable sometimes. You can’t take too many though. It’s really tough out there because there are so many tight situations.”
Kazuto Doi and Naoya Kimura (JPN) sit second on 19 points and Switzerland’s Killian Wagen and Gregoire Siegwart are third on 23 points.
Consistency was found in the 35-boat Women’s 470 fleet with both Brazil’s Fernanda Oliveira and Ana Luiza Barbachan and Italy’s Benedetta di Salle and Alessandra Dubbini recording three single digit scores.
The Brazilians (5)-3-1 has given them the lead. “First of all, the breeze came today so it was a good day for everyone,” exclaimed Oliveira. “But for us, it was a really amazing day, even though the conditions were very difficult and shifty.”
Di Salle and Dubbini are eight points off the Brazilians in third with Gil Cohen and Noa Lasry (ISR) separating both teams.
There is a three way tie for the lead in the Laser Radial between Dongshuang Zhang (CHN), Vasileia Karachaliou (GRE) and Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN).
The trio are locked on five points after three races in the blue and yellow fleets. Zhang controlled the blue fleet, securing two race wins and a third. Meanwhile Karachaliou was close behind Zhang in both of her wins and took the final bullet of the day.
In the yellow fleet, Rio 2016 bronze medallist Rindom took a race win, a second and a third, which she discards. The remaining yellow fleet victories went to Isabella Bertold (CAN) who is sixth and the eighth placed Manami Doi (JPN).
2017 and 2018 Laser World Champion Pavlos Kontides (CYP) is the model of consistency in the 111-boat Laser fleet. The Cypriot is the only competitor that does not hold a double digit score and it has resulted in him grabbing the lead.
The Laser pack completed their opening series on Friday and will advance to gold and silver fleet racing on Saturday before Sunday’s Medal Race.
Kontides will carry a four point advantage over Jonatan Vadnai (HUN) in the gold fleet. Hempel World Cup Series Miami gold medallist Hermann Tomasgaard (NOR) is third overall but there is minimal separation at the top of the pack and with three races to follow, anything can happen.
Alex Muscat (ESP) put a dent in Oskari Muhonen’s (FIN) lead in the 20-boat Finn fleet following a 1-2-3 scoreline. Muhonen scored a second, a third and a ninth, which he discards, as his advantage was trimmed down to just two points. Three fleet races remain in the Finn.
Medal Races are scheduled to start at 10:00 local time on Saturday 20 April for the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17. The remaining fleets will continue fleet racing ahead of their Medal Races on Sunday 21 April.
By Daniel Smith – World Sailing
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Javier Ojeda, María Perelló, Pol Núnez y Nicola Sadler, nuevos campeones de España de Optimist
La última jornada del Nacional que se ha venido disputando desde el pasado martes en el RCN de Valencia se cierra sin poderse completar una prueba antes las adversas condiciones meteorológicas
Valencia, 19 de abril de 2019
La clase Optimist ya tiene a sus nuevos y flamantes campeones. Gran Canaria y Baleares copan los más de alto en los respectivo podios, gracias a los triunfo de Javier Ojeda en SUB16 y de Pol Núñez en SUB13, ambos del RCN Gran Canaria, mientras el CN S’Arenal también ha sido protagonista con sus dos féminas: Maria Perelló, SUB16, y Nicola Sadler en SUB13.
Una última jornada que ha vuelto a estar condicionada por las adversas condiciones meteorológicas. Tras adelantar una hora el top de salida, y con la decisión de sacar solo al grupo, las condiciones de viento y lluvia lo ponían muy difícil al comité y regatistas. Tras una de salida y con la flota navegando al paso por la baliza 1 el fuerte viento y la lluvia obligaba al comité a anular la prueba. La intensidad del viento iba en aumento por lo que la decisión final fue enviar a tierra a la flota y dar por concluido el campeonato de España.
Con la 7 pruebas completadas de las 12 previstas el podio en SUB16 Masculino queda cerrado con el canario Javier Ojeda (RCN Gran Canaria) sumando 9 puntos, seguido por el tinerfeño David Santacreu (RCN Tenerife) con 16 y Marc Mesquida (CN S’Arenal) que termina con 28. En féminas, Maria Perelló (CN S’Arenal) se hace el triunfo final con un total de 18 puntos, seguida de Nora García (CN Masnou) con 31 y Alejandra Pérez (RCN Gran Canaria) con 55 puntos.
En cuantos a los SUB13 Pol Núñez (RCN Gran Canaria) se hace con el cetro nacional tras sumar 44 puntos, mientras que Roberto Aguilar (CN Martítimo Benalmádena) es segundo con 82 puntos y Curro Pascual (CMSAP C’an Pastilla) tercero con 106. En féminas las tres plazas de podio son para Nicola Sadler (CN S’Arenal) con 65 puntos, seguida de Susana Bestard (RCN Palma) que suma 80, los mismo que ha obtenido la canaria Sara Día (RNC Gran Canaria).
La entrega de trofeos se ha celebrado en las instalaciones de la Base de Regata del RCN de Valencia, un acto que ha contado con la presencia de Alejandro Fliquete, presidente del RCN Valencia; Carlos Torrado, presidente de la FVCV y Francisco Sánchez, presidente de AECIO IODA España.
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First Laser Radial victories go to Høst (NOR) and Jayet (SUI)
For immediate release: 04/17/2019
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Laser Radial racing commenced on the third day of competition at Hempel World Cup Series Genoa and Line Flem Høst (NOR) and Switzerland’s Maud Jayet took the first race wins of the series to share an early lead.
The 67-boat fleet is split into blue and yellow for the qualification series and the Norwegian triumphed over Greek favourite Vasileia Karachaliou in the blue fleet with Jayet defeating Rio 2016 bronze medallist Anne-Marie Rindom in the yellow.
Only the Laser Radial and the 49er yellow fleet managed to complete a race on Wednesday as a consistent breeze failed to develop. A 3-4 knot south easterly breeze was just enough for the Laser Radial and 49er to sail. The 470s and Finn will have to wait another day to get their competition underway. Meanwhile the Nacra 17 remain on three qualification races, the 49erFX on five and the Laser on two.
The calibre of competitors in the Laser Radial is extremely high with numerous Olympic, World Championship and World Cup medallists.
Mistakes can be punished quickly but racing in the yellow fleet, Jayet was near faultless, leading at every mark. “I started quickly,” commented Jayet, “I got out of the pack to sail at the front of the race and managed to beat Anne-Marie.”
Long waits on the water for a sailable breeze to develop can make the mind wander and when racing does start, concentration levels have to rise as the Swiss racer explained, “It is hard to keep focused when everything is going slowly. You have to learn to be patient. As soon as you lose focus you would lose your speed. In days like this, whoever is the most patient will be in front.
“From the start, I try to relax. Instead of running after the gusts, I just wait until I get one. It was one of those days where you could see girls on the other side of the course had more wind but by the time you would get there, it would go. You have to wait your turn and eventually it will come.”
The secret to mastering the conditions and maintain focus is simple, as Jayet continued, “You have to force yourself to sail and train in these conditions. Whenever people see light winds they might not train. You have to train in really light sessions and learn how to stay calm. It’s important to get used to it. None of us can choose what we sail in so we have to try and be good in strong and light winds.”
And as a Swiss sailor from Lausanne, sailing out of Societe Nautique de Geneve, has training and sailing on famous Lake Geneva helped? “I don’t sail on the lake much anymore,” she laughed, “but on days like this, I wish I did more often.”
Jayet took the race win ahead of Rindom with Canadian Olympian Isabella Bertold and Daphne van der Vaart (NED) following.
In the blue fleet, Flem Høst was equally impressive, leading from start, “I managed to separate well from the fleet so I could get some private wind,” explained the Norwegian. “Then it was about staying on top of everyone which I managed to do.”
On keeping focus, the Norwegian had a similar mindset to Jayet, commenting, “It is hard to keep focused. You see everyone coming from behind so it’s important to focus on doing the basics right and keeping calm. I just focused on myself and tried to forget about everyone else.
“You can train the technique in lighter winds, speed, tacks and gybes so you have the right technique but then it’s about breathing right and keeping your cool.”
Greece’s Karachaliou followed Flem Høst in to the finish with the experienced Tatiana Drozdovskaya (BLR) and Carolina Albano (ITA) coming through in third and fourth respectively.
Just one 49er race was completed and Croatian World Champions Sime and Mihovil Fantela clinched it, securing their second race victory from three completed so far. Their remaining race result is a disqualification that they picked up in the opening race.
The blue race was the third of the series and does not yet count on the overall leaderboard as the yellow were unable to complete a race on the water. Once their third race is completed the scores will be combined.
Racing is scheduled to continue at 11:00 local time on Thursday 17 April with additional races planned for all fleets in a bid to catch up on those lost.
By Daniel Smith – World Sailing
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Entregado el primer MMW 33 de la versión optimizada MMW 33 Fast Cruiser
• Aymeric Chappellier debutará en la próxima regata Spi-Ouest con el Tiger 5
• El astillero está finalizando dos nuevas unidades del MMW 33 versión Fast Cruiser
Tarragona, Abril 2019
El astillero Mestral Marine Works ha entregado una nueva unidad de su MMW 33 en Lorient, Francia. Se trata de la nueva versión MMW 33 Fast Cruiser diseñado por Michele Molino, que ha sido optimizada para aprovechar sus virtudes de barco rápido y planeador para programas de crucero familiar, que también puede competir en regatas de IRC. Además de evolucionar algunos detalles técnicos, la nueva versión aumenta considerablemente a nivel de confort respecto a las dos primeras unidades fabricadas.
Para el esta tercera unidad, bautizada Tiger 5, se ha puesto especial atención en la construcción para lograr la máxima rigidez, resistencia y durabilidad. Este MMW 33 incorpora nuevos apéndices más eficientes, destacando el sistema de doble timón con caña. Los interiores cuentan con tres cabinas dobles, lo que es poco común para barcos de esta eslora y el conjunto aumenta un poco el peso final de sus predecesores, pero se compensa con mayor superficie vélica. El optimizado Tiger 5 para el máximo rendimiento en regatas lleva mástil y botavara Axxon de carbono, acastillaje Harken y Karver, y velas Incidence en DFI Fit.
El debutará en la próxima Spi-Ouest, considerada la regata de primavera más importante de Europa, que tendrá lugar en La Trinité sur Mer del 18 al 22 de abril. La tripulación del “Tiger 5” tendrá a la caña al vencedor de la Spi-Ouest 2016 Marc Menesguen. Entre otros le acompañarán Aymeric Chappellier (2º Transat Jacques Vabre 2017 y 2º Route du Rhum 2018 en su Class 40 AINA), Lulien Gressey y Nicolas Pauchet de la velería Incidence.
Justo al terminar la fabricación del Racing IRC Tiger 5, el astillero inició la construcción de dos nuevas unidades de esta versión actualizada, que combina las altas prestaciones de su diseño con interiores más habitables y sus más polivalentes. Ambas unidades han sido adquiridas por la empresa de barcos de libre-servicio SailEazy, que desde primavera los tendrá disponibles para sus abonados en sus bases de Marsella y La Rochelle.
Tras la entrega de estas tres unidades, las primeras de 2019, el astillero Mestral Marine Works producirá más unidades del modelo MMW 33 para entregas rápidas. Gracias a la experiencia del astillero, a sus modernas instalaciones y sus eficaces sistemas de fabricación, el calendario de producción le permite unos plazos de entrega razonablemente rápidos y seguros, que han despertado el interés de potenciales participantes en la próxima regata Transquadra.
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Germans off to the perfect start as Hempel World Cup Series Genoa opens
For immediate release: 04/15/2019
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Germany’s Tim Fischer and Fabian Graf got off to a perfect start in the Men’s Skiff – 49er as the first ever Hempel World Cup Series event in Italy commenced in Genoa with racing in the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17.
In a split 65-boat 49er pack, the Germans won both of the day’s races in the blue fleet and were the standout performers across the three Olympic events on the water. Meanwhile, in the yellow fleet, New Zealand’s Isaac McHardie and William McKenzie picked up a race win and a second to occupy the second podium spot in the early stages of the event.
Sweden’s Julia Gross and Hanna Klinga lead after two races in the Women’s Skiff – 49erFX and in the Mixed Multihull – Nacra 17, Ben Saxton and Nicola Boniface (GBR) and Italy’s Lorenzo Bressani and Cecilia Zorzi share top spot with a win apiece.
Following racing, World Sailing President Kim Andersen joined the Mayor of Genoa, President of FIV and other local officials in the famous Piazza De Ferrari to officially open the event.
Speaking at the ceremony, Andersen said, “To host the World Cup in Genoa, an iconic sailing city, is a very special feeling. The capital of Italy may be Rome, but Genoa is truly a sailing capital. And as we know, the port of Genoa is one of the biggest and most important, not to mention beautiful, in the Mediterranean, and has been for centuries.
“I would like to thank all you for being here this evening and showing your support for what will be a truly wonderful celebration of sailing.”
Genoa was bathed in sunshine throughout Monday and light winds, varying from 5-12 knots meant that sailors had to think about every move methodically in each race.
Germany’s 49er squad has been excelling recently. At Hempel World Cup Series Miami, four German teams made it to the Medal Race and Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel (GER) made it to the top step of the podium.
Fischer and Graf finished seventh in Miami and got off to a superb start in Genoa with a pair of victories. Tokyo 2020 is approaching fast and with many teams qualification events coming up, everyone is aiming to peak.
“We [the German 49er team] just keeping push each other,” explained Graf on their recent success, “and we are trying to be better than our team mates. We train a lot and have some good coaching. There are a lot of talented guys in this team and we just want to beat each other.”
When national squads are formed, it can be said that the ethos is to develop as a squad and achieve good, collective results. Whilst this is evident with the German team, Graf demonstrates a hunger to be the best within the squad and knows what he has to do to ensure both he and Fischer are at Tokyo 2020.
“We have three competitions,” he explained about the German Tokyo 2020 selection process. “The 2019 Worlds, the 2020 Worlds after that and then Princesa Sofia. So we just have to try and be the best team. The guys who achieve the most points from that will get the spot. We have an internal scoring system.
And does he fancy his chances? “For sure,” he smiled, “We are the youngsters. We feel no pressure at all. We just try to be good, like today, do it our own way and in the end we’ll see if it’s good for us or if we have to try again in 2024.”
Sailing in their first World Cup regatta since April 2016, Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallists and America’s Cup winners, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL), finished 14th and 15th in the blue fleet and are 31st overall.
Their compatriots, McHardie and McKenzie, continue to fly the Kiwi flag at the top of the leaderboard following a first and a second in the yellow fleet and Australian brothers David and Lachy Gilmour are in third.
Sweden’s Gross and Klinga top the 49erFX leaderboard on four points after a third and a first in the blue fleet. Fellow blue fleet racers, Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA), sailed their way to a second and a sixth which positions them in second. Helene Naess and Marie Rønningen (NOR) took the remaining blue fleet race win.
Wins in the yellow fleet went to Stephanie Roble and Margaret Shea (USA) and Tanja Frank and Lorena Abicht (AUT).
In the Nacra 17, the yellow fleet completed two races with one in the blue. Saxton and Boniface took the blue fleet win and Bressani and Zorzi the first yellow. The second yellow fleet race will apply once the blue race is completed on Tuesday. The race win in the second yellow fleet went to Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders (NZL).
The qualifying series in the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 continues on Tuesday at 11:00. The Men’s and Women’s 470, Laser, Laser Radial and the Finn will also start their opening series.
By Daniel Smith – World Sailing
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Team CEEREF claims golden wheels at Porto Montenegro’s conclusion
The Bay of Tivat came good for the final day of the 44Cup Porto Montenegro with three races held and a most worthy winner in Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF. The Slovenian team led this first event of the 2019 44 Cup from the outset. Today neither they nor Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika won a race, but showed impeccable consistency, both enjoying a trio of podium place results, elevating Team Nika from fourth to second overall.
Today’s opening race got underway in light conditions, but eminently race-able by the nimble RC44s. In this Chris Bake’s Team Aqua won the pin and then match raced Team CEEREF for the duration, ultimately finishing ten boatlengths ahead.
“We missed doing another two of those,” said Chris Bake. “It was a little shifty, but the boat was set up well. A big rotation of team members required work this week, but they seemed to be doing pretty well. The venue is magnificent – phenomenal infrastructure-wise.”
On Thursday, Kirill Frolov on Bronenosec Sailing should have won the first race, holding a massive lead until their spinnaker exploded. The St Petersburg Yacht Club team made up for this in today’s second race. After a giant split left and right up the first beat, they chose the favoured left and followed Team CEEREF at the top mark. Then John Bassadone’s Peninsula Petroleum took the right side of the run to claim the lead. Finally on the next upwind Bronenosec edged ahead, led at the top mark and on to the finish.
“If you are not in the hunt you can sail a freer race and everyone else isn’t so worried about you,” said tactician Cameron Dunn. “Overall we sailed our best day of the regatta. We felt like we made some nice improvements to our speed and generally got off the start line better.”
It was the turn of Hugues Lepic’s Aleph Racing to win the third and what turned out to be the final race, held on a new axis course, the wind having veered into the west. In what tactician Michele Ivaldi admitted was their first good start of the week, the French RC44 won the pin but then, tacked over to cross the fleet. They benefitted on the right side of the course to lead at the top mark. From there the French RC44 was never challenged.
“It was great day but it was hard all the way through – that is what is so great about this class,” said Lepic. “For us it was great to be able to finish on a high. The team now is stable and very high quality and we are very pleased about our manoeuvres. We hope to get some better positions over the course of this season.”
Team CEEREF’s victory at the 44Cup Porto Montenegro was by seven points from second placed Team Nika, in turn two ahead of Team Aqua, with Peninsula Petroleum relegated to fourth after a disappointing final race. Incredibly even though Lah’s team won the seasons in both 2016 and 2017 and came close last year, the 44Cup Porto Montenegro is their first event win since the World Championship in Sotogrande three years ago.
However Lah was most proud to have won with his son Tine on board. “I feel proud that he’s sailed his first regatta and won it,” he said. “We had great starts. Everything was in place like it should be, and the team work was okay, especially since we only had one day of practice. I was really surprised, because I had a feeling we weren’t going to race at all and then we have got in nine races – Montenegro has been brilliant.”
Team CEEREF’s British tactician Adrian Stead added: “We said today ‘no matter how many races we have, just try and keep your nose clean and sail your own races’. But there were ‘moments’ in all three races…
“Igor’s concentration – particularly in the tight stuff, when he needed to put a tight leebow on someone or to tack in front of someone, he was very good at executing it. Plus we didn’t have a bad start all week. I am really pleased with how the team is, given we have three new people.
“Having Tine sailing with us is great. He is not very experienced, so it really made us think about our manoeuvres. By coaching him it makes you do your things in a slightly different way.”
While the fleet racing is over, tomorrow a Pro-Am race will be sailed on a long distance coastal course, the nine RC44 sailing more guests on board than usual.
From Montenegro the RC44s head up the Adriatic to Rovinj, Croatia for their second event of the season, the Adris 44Cup over 29 May to 2 June.