New York SailGP, comienzan los entrenamientos en el Rio Hudson.

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Sea of color hits the Hudson

Teams test the waters for the first time as they prepare for the upcoming New York SailGP

SailGP Race Village will be free and open to the public during Friday and Saturday racing, VIP on-water tickets still available

NEW YORK – June 19, 2019 – New Yorkers got a sneak preview of what to expect when SailGP makes its highly anticipated debut on the lower Hudson River this weekend, as all six SailGP teams today hit the racecourse together.

Sailing in front of Manhattan’s iconic skyline, the six national teams, led by the home team helmed by Rome Kirby, got their first glimpse of what to expect on the Hudson. Hitting the water for the first time, the teams representing the United States, Australia, China, France, Great Britain and Japan also got the first glimpse of their competitors to see if the hard work studying the data and time on the simulator since the San Francisco event last month has paid off.

“We are planning to come out swinging here in New York,” said Kirby. “In San Francisco, we made massive improvements and were nipping at the heels of the leaders, leading in many of the races. We can’t wait to race for real on the Hudson River and put on a great show for our fans. It’s anyone’s race out there and we plan to give it our all.”

The showdown begins at 5 p.m. on both Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22. All six teams will compete in identical supercharged, hydrofoiling F50 catamarans, engineered to fly across the water at speeds never before seen in sailing competition.

Currently, the Australia SailGP Team helmed by sailing legend Tom Slingsby sits atop the rankings, after taking home wins in Sydney and again in San Francisco. The United States SailGP Team sits behind Japan and Great Britain.

Slingsby’s team is ready to show off for the crowd lining the waterfront at Battery Park City.

“I’m most excited to see the crowds here in New York,” he said. “The racing will be very close to the shoreline, and we’ll be able to hear the cheering.”

The New York SailGP Race Village, located at Brookfield Place in Battery Park City, will serve as the center of the festivities, an ideal place to take in the race action and cheer on the national teams. Visitors will be able feel the buzz and excitement around this new, global event, with access to big screens showing live race coverage and commentary, concessions, the official merchandise shop, entertainment (including the awards ceremony and athlete appearances), and other activities.

For fans who wish to ‘feel the spray’ from SailGP’s supercharged catamarans as they fly around the racecourse, SailGP is providing three premium ticketed on-water experiences. Limited tickets are still available at

SailGP is sailing redefined. Established in 2018 and headquartered in London and San Francisco, SailGP is an annual, global sports championship featuring bold, cutting-edge technology and awe-inspiring athleticism. The fan-centric, inshore racing takes place in some of the most iconic harbors around the globe and culminates with a $1 million winner-takes-all match race. Rival national teams from Australia, China, France, Great Britain, Japan and the United States battle it out in identical supercharged F50 catamarans, engineered for intense racing at electrifying speeds exceeding 50 knots (nearly 60 mph/100 kph). Visit for more information.

Mundial de Star 2019 Porto Cervo, día 3.

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Eivind Melleby e Joshua Revkin winner of the day

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Porto Cervo, 13 – 23 June 2019

Porto Cervo, June 19th, 2019. Today was the third day of racing at the Star Class World Championship organized by the YCCS in collaboration with the International Star Class Yacht Racing Association (ISCYRA) and the support of Main Partner Audi and Technical Partners Quantum Sails and Garmin Marine. The games are still open with the world class sailor Augie Diaz now in the lead followed by Eivind Melleby and Mateusz Kusznierewicz.

Again today the breeze took its time to kick in and the Race Committee kept the AP flag hoisted until 1 PM. An hour later, after a general recall, the Star sailors got the event’s third race underway. Breeze from the southeast was at 6 to 7 knots at first and in the end built gradually to 10 knots.

Skipper Eivind Melleby, winner of the 2017 Star Class World Championship, and his crew Joshua Revkin worked their way up through the fleet and finished in first place. This win brings them from fifth place in the provisional overall results to second. Second place today was won by Christian Paucksch with Melanie Bentele – one of just two women racing in the Championship- who have been a team to watch all through the event. The Italian Roberto Benamati, Star Class World Champion in 1991, who is sailing with Alberto Ambrosini, placed third today.

Augie Diaz and Henry Boening staged an excellent recovery and finished fourth today and thanks to this result they are currently in the lead overall, trailed by the Norwegian Eivind Melleby. Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Bruno Prada are currently in third place overall after placing eleventh today. Paul Cayard is inching up on the podium: after having finished the day in ninth place overall yesterday, he’s in fourth place overall today. So the games are still open with three races left on the calendar.

The Norwegian Eivind Melleby had these words: “It was a good race with pretty stable breeze and small shifts that were hard to play but it was for everyone. Downwind we had really good speed and I think that’s how we won the race. We expect to have pretty much the same conditions in the next couple of days then a bit windier on Saturday, so we’re half way through the Championship and we will give it our all.”

The German Christian Paucksch commented on his performance: “We had a good start on the far left near the pin and then we got every shift right up until the mark. We also had a good tactic for the first downwind run. We tried to control the fleet on the second beat and we managed to do it quite well, then on the last run the fleet split a little and we stayed with the ones going towards the shore. Eivind Melleby passed us just at the end which is too bad, but if I think that when my girlfriend and I started sailing the Star Championship together we said that we should always try to leave a boat behind. We should be very proud of ourselves today as we left quite a few behind.”

Tomorrow, June 20th, the forecast calls for light and shifty breeze. The first Warning Signal is scheduled for 12 noon.


Mundial de Star 2019 Porto Cervo, día 2.

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Porto Cervo, 13 – 23 June 2019

Porto Cervo, June 18th, 2019. Uncertain conditions at the beginning of the second day at the Star Class World Championship gave way to typical Sardinian breezes later on and the day’s racing got underway about an hour late. There are still four races to go, but after today’s race the provisional scoreboard has changed: the Polish team skippered by Mateusz Kusznierewicz is in the lead followed by the teams with Augie Diaz and Tom Lofstedt in second and third places. The Championship is organized by the YCCS in collaboration with the International Star Class Yacht Racing Association (ISCRYA) and the support of Main Partner Audi and Technical Partners Quantum Sails and Garmin Marine.

This morning the Race Committee hoisted the AP flag at noon and there was a wait of an hour before the breeze filled in. After a first start ended in a general recall, the fleet of 63 Stars from 20 nations set out on the second race of this event in breeze from the north/ northwest at 7-9 knots.

Augie Diaz, Star Class World Champion in 2016 and Henry Boening, the current European Champion after his win in Riva del Garda, lead the race and were concentrated and determined. After rounding the second upwind mark still in the lead they headed straight for the finish in first place. With this win the American Diaz is currently in second place behind the Pole Mateusz Kusznierewicz who was in the top ten all throughout the day. With his second place in today’s race along with his crew, the several time Olympic medalist Bruno Prada, is currently in the lead. Third place in today’s race for Haico de Boer and Pedro Trouche who rolled the YCCS member Ante Razmilovic and his crew Brian Hammersley, who were in the lead today for a good part of the race. Currently in third place overall are the Swedes Tom Lofstedt with Anders Ekstrom, who finished seventh yesterday and sixth today.

Mateusz Kusznierewicz, the skipper who is in the lead of the provisional results, had these words: “It’s too soon to talk about winning, there are still four races to go and the conditions could be shifty, but we’re happy to be at the top for now. Our lead is narrow so anything could happen, Star World Championships are always special events. I like sailing with Bruno and even though this is our first event sailing together we’re doing well. It doesn’t hurt that we’re in such a beautiful spot with such great conditions and with such a hospitable Club as hosts.”

Today’s winner Augie Diaz, commented on his day’s win: “I’m happy to have won this race for two reasons: the first is ‘Maguila’ (crew Henry Boening) this is his first win in a Star World Championship, and the second is for Bruno Prada finishing second after a great race, who is usually my crew and whom I consider like a son. Here he’s sailing with Mateusz Kusznierewicz and for now they’re leading the Championship.”

Tomorrow, June 19th will see the third race with the first Warning Signal scheduled for 12 noon. The forecast calls for light westerly breeze at 5-7 knots.


Bol d’Or Mirabaud, un chubasco de 50 nudos sorprende a la flota. Resumen final.

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© Loris von Siebenthal

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Published on 2019.06.17

The race as if you were there

Météo Suisse was forecasting it for 24 hours: a serious storm was going to descend on the Bol d’Or Mirabaud fleet around 17:00. This warning was precise and played out to the letter! After a start with light southwesterly breeze, followed by a pleasant afternoon, the sky fell on competitors’ heads with gusts of 50 knots, hail, no visibility… the apocalypse! Météo Suisse recorded peaks of 60 knots at the Bouveret: more than 110 km/h! The rest of the race was under light, irregular conditions, under beautiful sunshine and a nice thermal breeze for those finishing Sunday.

Bruised souls and calls of the apocalypse…

A fireworks display of distress flares: that’s what the lake looked like after 17:00.
Everybody likes precise statistics: crew members overboard, broken masts, sunken boats… these statistics don’t exist as sailors don’t always report their problems, minor or major. Boats with broken masts don’t always return to port yelling from the rooftops. What we know for certain is that there were 212 abandonments; rumors suggest 40 some broken masts and sailmakers can expect a lucrative season!
Several sailboats sunk, including Toucans Baloo and Ex-Psaros. Realtime, one of the race favorites lost its mast while five M2s capsized. Finally, the Libera Principessa flipped over and its crew recovered without injury.
Several crew members fell overboard. The safety teams, coordinated from the SNG and distributed over the lake, provided exceptional work and did all they could to assure crews’ safety.


Participants in the Bol d’Or Mirabaud overall showed their great seamanship, explaining the limited number of “human” incidents. As Rodolphe Gautier, president of the organizing committee explains, “Météo Suisse forecast the situation very precisely and the information was passed on to competitors. People were therefore ready when the strong winds hit and they managed the situation well. They followed instructions even in the most extreme situations. From his point of view, the safety system worked well and the volunteers in charge worked with determination, without being overloaded. Hats off to all of them.”

A solid partner

“Mirabaud addresses its congratulations to Ladycat Powered by Spindrift Racing for its splendid victory. We also congratulate all the competitors who confronted extreme weather conditions, particularly a storm of rare violence. This 81st edition of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud will remain in our memories. Bravo to the organizers and volunteers for their professionalism and their sense of responsibility,” declares Nicolas Mirabaud, manager partner of Mirabaud.

Ladycat Powered by Spindrift Racing emerges victorious from the storm

Ladycat Powered by Spindrift Racing led for most of the race, crossing the halfway mark as a leader. Yann Guichard and his team mastered the storm despite a mainsail blocked at the masthead. They then controlled their opponents until the finish line, crossed after 10h 36′ 21’’ of racing. Second of the race, Ylliam Comptoir Immobilier, helmed by Bertrand Demole, finished in 10h 39′ 38”, followed by Alinghi (Ernesto Bertarelli), in 10h 42′ 35”

Raffica, queen of monohulls

The Libera Raffica won a hard fight among monohulls after 15:33 of racing ahead of Psaros 40 Margherite Cashmere, helmed by François Bopp, and François Thorens’ TBS.
Leading at the Bouveret barge, the spectacular but fickle Hungarian monohull handled the storm for better or for worse. The sailboat ran from the wind with no sails, effecting a large unplanned detour in order to resist the elements without capsizing. Although coming from behind, she was able to close the gap and achieve a more than deserved victory.

Lorenz Kausche, winner of the largest class

With 101 Surprises on the starting line: we might as well say that the winner of this class is one of the major winners of the weekend; an honor that goes to Lorenz Kausche this year, aboard Moi Non Plus. The Bordée de Tribord member sailed in company of a predominately female crew. He beat Sandrine Weber’s Peps, and Malice, helmed by Edgar Lanz.

No surprise among the Grand Surprises

Among Grand Surprises, Bernard Borter’s Little Nemo II, a regular on the Grand Surprise podium, won after a difficult start against Bénédict Devaud’s Passe-Tout-Grain 6, executing a remarkable race. Third: Maurice Gay aboard Flash.

Handicapped ranking: revenge of the small

Lionel Maret, skipper of Modulo 93 Matière Grise, is the overall winner of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud in handicapped time (a coefficient that allows small vessels to compete with bigger, faster ones). He beat Bernard Bortel (Little Nemon II) and Michel Glaus (Yasha Samurai).
The list of winners by class (TCF 1 to 4) can be accessed on the Bol d’Or Mirabaud website.

Sailing school trophy: bravo to youngsters!

Benoit Deutsch, of the Versoix Sailing Club, led his junior crew to win the Sailing School Trophy. Congratulations to Alexander Ott, Matthias Amdahl, Antoine Bize and Robert Verhoest.

Best Female team

The feminine crew of WhitUBY, skippered by Emmanuelle d’Ortoli, won the best female crew trophy ahead of Caroline Cartier aboard Java.

Goodbye Décision 35s

After sixteen years of loyal service, the Décision 35s are retiring. Interesting anecdote: the last storm dating back to 2003 coincided with retirement of the Formule 40s making way for the D35s. Now the D35s are celebrating their last season on Lake Léman by showing how solid, reliable and fast they are. A big congratulations to Sébastien Schmidt of the Décision boatyard, and to all the valued crews who contributed to the great history of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud.


FAST40+ Race Circuit, round 2 para Ran.

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2019 Round 2 Fast 40+ Class Race Circuit

Organised by the Royal Motor Yacht Club, Poole, UK

FAST40+ Cannonball Run

Final Report
Sunday 16 June, 2019

It was all to play for for the final day of racing for Round 2 of the FAST40+ Race Circuit, despite the fact that the top two places had been decided with a race to spare. After two days of fast and furious windward leeward racing, Race Officer Stuart Childerley set a 25-mile coastal course from Poole Bay back to the Cowes in the Central Solent. After a two mile beat to a laid mark near Old Harry, the FAST40+ fleet pull the trigger, hooning downwind at top speed to North Head, which kept the fleet inshore with strategy and tactics in play. After passing through Hurst Narrows, the fleet lit the afterburners, propelled by 20 knots of wind over tide, it was a wet sleigh ride to the finish off Gurnard.

Peter Morton’s Girls on Film is firmly based in Cowes, and ‘Morty’ was delighted to lead his team back to their home port, having won the race in just over two hours of high speed racing. Girls on Film was second for the regatta, scoring all podium finishes.

“It was an epic, one of the all time good races, it’s not often you get to race from Poole to Gurnard in two hours!” laughed Peter Morton. “Rán are so quick upwind, but we are pretty even with them downwind. We caught them up all the way across Poole Bay, and we were just a couple of boat lengths behind them at Christchurch Bar. Rán broached and ripped their spinnaker, we did not do any damage and kept on going. These are quite physical boats, because they really light up, and we sail them in big conditions, which some classes don’t always do. We have a good team on board, and we can handle the boat when it gets tough, and it’s a lot of fun.”

Ed Fishwick’s Redshift, also based in Cowes, will be celebrating tonight, after finishing second place in the last race by under a minute from Girls on Film. The result put Redshift on the regatta podium. An amazing achievement in their second FAST40+ event.

“With three miles to go, we were as good as overlapped with Rán, and we were managing to match them for speed. Rán gybed away and we did not, we followed Girls on Film in front, and that worked very well,” commented Ed Fishwick. “The race result was great but to come third for the regatta is just amazing. We came into the class thinking we might be right at the back of this fleet, to be able to compete with such well sailed boats, is just fantastic. The Redshift team have done a lot of sailing on other boats but they keep telling me this is the best racing they have ever done, and we are all having a lot of laughs, which is also a big part of it.”

Niklas Zennstrom’s Rán had won the regatta with a race to spare, and came third in the last race. However, Rán had a big incentive to do well in the last race, as the team will not be competing in the next round, the boat will compete in the Gotland Runt in Sweden. The FAST40+ Race Circuit allows six races to be discarded, so every point is valuable to Rán, especially as they will miss Round 3.

The 2019 FAST40+ Race Circuit continues with Round 3 back in the Solent. Racing at the RORC IRC National Championship, the FAST40+ Class will be in action from the 5-7 July, 2019.

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Stay up to date with all the action through the FAST40+ Class Facebook page: and instagram: #fast40class.
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New York Yacht Club 165th Annual Regatta. Rush gana en la nueva clase Melges IC37.

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RUSH Skipper Tom Stark and Team Take on the New York Yacht Club 165th Annual Regatta Melges IC37 Style

NEWPORT, R.I. (June 14, 2019) — The Melges IC37 Fleet hit yet another milestone on Day 1 of the New York Yacht Club 165th Annual Regatta this afternoon, kicking off its second ever regatta since the Class’s inception.

Teams battled their way through the 20 nautical mile Around-the-Island Race in breeze ranging from 12 – 22 knots and a sea state varying from flat water to waves as high as 4ft — all amounting to the ultimate day on the water for the Melges IC37 fleet.

RUSH skipper Tom Stark and crew took on the day “Melges IC37 Style” with their eyes set on winning the start and mastering the conditions and the long and thrilling downwind leg. All new experiences come with growing pains, and according to Stark, “We are still getting our communication sorted out between the bow person, Drew [Freides, tactician], and myself and we managed to talk ourselves right over the line over early.”

The team regrouped quickly, dialed in their communication, kept a keen eye on their boat handling and sailed a near perfect first windward leg earning them a place in the top 5 around the first weather mark.

Team RUSH worked their way through the fleet pressing the boat as fast as it could go on the downwind leg and went on to win the Round-the-Island Race. “The boats are better than I imagined. We’ve been sailing the boats for two weeks and it’s been phenomenal. It was really fun ripping down wind today.”

Between the fun boats, stellar conditions, challenging racing, and crews made up of long-time friends, the Melges IC37 Class is the Joy of Racing Reimagined.

Day 1 was topped off with social event at the New York Yacht Club – Harbor Court before the remainder of the series begins Saturday morning.

For a taste of the Melges IC37 experience follow the daily media coverage published on the Melges IC37 Class Association website andFacebook page, as well as live action direct from the race course and social events on Instagram.

For more event information and results, visit

Quarter Ton Cup 2019, triunfo para Protis de Ian Southworth.

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Protis dominates Quarter Ton Cup to take well deserved win

Ian Southworth’s Protis today won the 15th edition of the revived Quarter Ton Cup, after dominating the regatta from start to finish.

A full quota of nine races were sailed over the course of the three-day event, and Southworth’s team, which includes Led Pritchard, Lincoln Redding, John Santy and Mike Stannard, only finished outside the top three once. The icing on the cake was picking up the Coutts Trophy as the boat which won the most races, thanks to their four conquests throughout the event.

Speaking after racing, Southworth was delighted to have have finally got his hands on the legendary Quarter Ton Cup. “It feels absolutely fantastic. We knew after the first race today that we had won it and there was a lot of relieved smiles on board. It feels very good. Even today anything could have happened. Fortunately, we had a good day which sealed the project. The last race stands out to me. We were mid fleet and we ended up second in the end so it ended the event very well.”

The battle for second place was fierce, with Sam Laidlaw’s BLT starting the day with a slim 2.5-point advantage over Louise Morton’s Bullet. An OCS in the days opening race for Laidlaw was followed by an OCS for Morton in the next race, with the pressure clearly showing. Two fifth place finishes today for Morton to Laidlaw’s 13th and 10th was more than enough for the two-times winner of the Quarter Ton Cup to take second place, and Morton’s crew which includes Nicky and Lucy Macgregor, Suzy Russell, Bethan Carden and Dave Lenz, ended up with a comfortable 10.5-point advantage over Laidlaw.

“The level of the competition has been amazingly tough. We knew that Protis would come out strong and we knew BLT was a new boat so we didn’t know how that would pan out. It turns out they are very quick,” explained Morton on the dock. “We went out today in a very solid third and thought we’d be content with that. Even though we were over the line in the last race we wriggled through so we are thrilled.”

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Rolex Giraglia 2019. Rambler 88 llega primero a Mónaco.

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7 – 15 JUNE 2019

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Monte-Carlo, 13 June 2019 – Line honours has been decided at the 2019 Rolex Giraglia, one of the Mediterranean’s most revered and historic sailing events, with which Rolex has enjoyed a longstanding partnership for over twenty years. Crossing the finish line off the Yacht Club de Monaco at 04:35.35 local time, George David’s Rambler was first home completing the 241 nautical mile course in 16 hours and 35 seconds. The 88-ft United States maxi came close to overturning the seven-year old race record, eventually finishing a little over an hour behind the time set by Esimit Europa 2 in 2012.

Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones’s Wallycento Magic Carpet Cubed was second over the line, finishing just under 35 minutes behind Rambler. Narrowly missing out on the race record, the efforts of the leading yachts to overcome the existing benchmark exemplifies the pursuit of excellence that Rolex so admires in the sport of sailing.

At 16:00 local time, 33 of the 243-strong fleet had finished the race. There had been 32 retirements.

A final review of the 2019 Rolex Giraglia, including details on the overall race winner, will be published on Saturday 15 June.

The latest results from the 2019 Rolex Giraglia, organised by the Yacht Club Italiano and the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez can be viewed here.