Moth Worlds 2019, día 2. Tom Slingsby líder parcial.





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Slingsby and Burton flex their muscle on final day of Moth Worlds qualifying
14 December 2019
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It was all to play for today at the 2019 Chandler Macleod Moth Worlds with positions very much up for grabs to make the cut for Gold fleet racing that kicks off after tomorrow’s lay day.

The fleets will be split for Monday’s finals racing allowing the first chance to see the best sailors all on the same course for the first time.

It will be the first time since the nationals that we will see some sailors on the same course, with Tom Slingsby (AUS) putting on a clinic on the Yellow course, while Tom Burton (AUS) and Kyle Langford (AUS) have been duking it out on the Blue course.

Slingsby solidified his position as the championship favourite after a stellar effort today that saw him claim three race wins from as many races, with plenty of daylight behind him in most instances.

His nearest competitors Francesco Bruni (ITA), Brad Funk (USA) and Matthew Chew (AUS) all had solid days as well, but were just unable to get near the current SailGP champion helm.

Funk said after the first race on the Blue course that Slingsby was just able to “put the hammer down” and muscle his way into commanding leads off the start.

“Every day is a little bit different, but this left side just keeps paying off in good pressure,” Funk said.

“But Tommy (Slingsby) just puts the hammer down and has his own race then it’s kind of between four other people for second through fifth.”

Funk said the race course wasn’t providing the pumping sea breezes that Perth was renowned for, and there were a few passing lanes up the top end of the course.

“At the top it’s not just solid pressure up there, you’ve got to get the first pressure so I went around a different gate and managed to get it so managed to come downwind and pass two boats.”

On the Blue course, Langford had some interesting moments minutes before the start of Race 6 when he was seen with the boat mounted on a RIB applying tape to the bowsprit of his Bieker Moth, however it didn’t seem to phase him as he comfortably took the chocolates from Burton to round out the day.

There were many sailors who found the course tricky as the late start and patchy sea breeze began to die out, making it a case of joining the dots and staying in the pressure.

This Worlds continues to show a particularly interesting narrative across the manufacturing landscape with different pieces of kit all able to win races and a range of very different setups all racing along at similar speeds.

Exocet, Bieker and MACH2 are taking plenty of wins and Francesco Bruni is also having some solid results on the Manta.

It’s a day off tomorrow with a lot of the sailors heading to Rottnest Island for the day, with the action picking back up on Monday with LIVE STREAMING of all the Gold Fleet finals racing on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to finish off this epic regatta.

The final three days of the event when the title will be decided is expected to see the famous Fremantle Doctor pump back in as Perth returns to some normality, after a number of weeks of scorching temperatures and fluky and challenging conditions.

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The event is supported by a number of great sponsors, including Chandler Macleod, the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, WGA, Skiff Gear Online and SLAM.

Moth Worlds 2019, día 1. Buen comienzo del argentino Machi Contessi.


Machi Contessi con el 111, peleando en el top 20 las 3 regatas del día, un arranque de primer nivel.






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Stars shine on opening day of 2019 Chandler Macleod Moth Worlds

The first day of the Moth Worlds saw absolutely scorching conditions in Perth with the mercury topping 40 degrees and a lot of waiting around for the sea breeze to finally come in.

Albeit a bit sweaty, the boat park was buzzing with competitors salivating at the opportunity to draw first blood in the 2019 Chandler Macleod Moth Worlds.

The key was to not put your boat under any tension and leave it in the sun as gear breakages were occurring before people even left the water with carbon parts not withstanding the heat – most competitors were hosing down their boats every 5mins to keep things cool.

On the race track the action was just as hot with both fleets racing simultaneously on different courses.

In the Yellow fleet it was Matt Chew from Brisbane, Australia who jumped out of the blocks for the first heat win of the event, however the story was Tom Slingsby, after being buried off the first two starts showed electrifying pace to claw his way back to second place and win the final two heats of the day.

Meanwhile on the Blue course, Kyle Langford was putting on his own masterclass with two heat wins to kick things off, followed by a second after being buried at the start line but working his way through the fleet in a building breeze.

He was on the chase behind Olympic gold medallist Tom Burton and class stalwart Les Thorpe, who enjoyed some of his best results at a major championship in a long time.

Burton was able to hold out a fast finishing Langford in the final race of the day with Scott Babbage coming through in third and Thorpe in fourth.

It was Australian domination on the first day with the exception of Brad Funk from the United States and Graeme Sutherland from New Zealand the only internationals in the top 10.

With three races scheduled for today and a late sea breeze forecast, we should see the qualification done and dusted and move into finals after a rest day tomorrow.

Stay tuned as the action continues to heat up at the 2019 Chandler Macleod Moth Worlds.

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Vuelve la Youth America’s Cup en 2020 y 2021 y con nuevo barco, el AC9F.

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Youth America’s Cup Announced

A reinvigorated Youth America’s Cup regatta is announced today which will be raced in a brand new class of foiling mono-hull, the AC9F, in 2020 and 2021.

The Youth America’s Cup is a joint initiative between the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS), the China Sports Industry Group (CSIG), and Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ). The multi-leg event will begin with a fleet racing seeding event in China in November 2020 and then a match racing event in Auckland from February 18th- 23rd 2021 with the finals held between March 8th- 12th 2021 right outside the RNZYS in the shadow of Auckland’s iconic Harbour Bridge.

In line with the original America’s Cup Deed of Gift it is designed to be a ‘friendly competition between yacht clubs of all nations’. Unlike previous editions, multiple entries from various countries will be allowed.

The age restriction for the crews is they must be between 18-24 years of age. To encourage diversity at this high level the teams will consist of a mixed crew of four sailors on each boat, including two females and two male sailors with a maximum crew weight of 311kgs.

“The Youth America’s Cup is something we have been eager to see established since we won the America’s Cup and also introduced foiling monohulls to the America’s Cup with the AC75. The Squadron has presented a concept that we believe will add something special to the 36th America’s Cup.” said Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton.

“Through the partnership between RNZYS, CSIG, and ourselves, it is really exciting to now be able to see it become a reality.”

“Probably the most important aspect of this is that through the establishment of the Youth America’s Cup event, in conjunction with the exciting AC9F boat, a pathway or vital stepping stone for the best young guys and girls from around the world has been created to progress one step closer to sailing on an AC75 in the future. It is hard to go past the evidence of our current team that is now made up of a number of crew members from the winning 2013 Youth AC team.”

The AC9F is a nine-metre foiling monohull which has been designed by New Zealand boat building company Yachting Developments (YDL) with valuable input from the Emirates Team New Zealand design team, Southern Spars, North Sails and significant support from the wider New Zealand Marine Industry highlighting the industries commitment to innovation. The fleet of one-design boats will be built primarily at YDL in Auckland.

RNZYS Commodore and Yachting Developments owner Ian Cook says the yachts are designed to be extremely exciting to watch and will provide a great challenge for the skilled youth sailors on board – “We are incredibly happy with the design of the AC9F. We believe they will generate great competition and an even playing field for all the teams involved, whilst also leading from the front in terms of modern yacht design, and importantly, creating a great product for fans around the world to observe.”

“We are very excited to introduce the Youth America’s Cup into China. ” Wang Weidong, Chairman of China Sports Industry Group said. “The America’s Cup has been the holy grail of the sport of sailing for over 160 years, and is a stage that all athletes dream of. China is set to participate in the America’s Cup, but has to recognize the patient process of achievement. From an overall perspective, it is vital we pay more attention to fostering the next generation of top-level racers, developing them from the more basic level. China has a plethora of athletes with the potential along with the required diligence and learning skills, but lacking experience at global professional competitions. We hope that Youth America’s Cup will be the first step for these young Chinese talents to take as they strive to catch up with their leading peers in the world.

“Cross-sector collaborations are vital to develop the advanced design and manufacturing technology that are behind the monohull foiling yacht used in the Youth America’s Cup. In the meantime, the manoeuvrers and performance of athletes require enormous data support. Its value chain includes not only the management of the race, team or club, but also naval architects and marine engineers, and other behind-the-scenes offices of law, media, meteorology, internet so the vibrant growth of an industry should be all-encompassing, as one department would thrive with another. We hope the Youth America’s Cup becomes a unique opportunity to encourage more Chinese to try and practice in this sport and inspire them to initiate the evolution of the Chinese sailing industry.”

The RNZYS celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2021 and Vice Commodore Aaron Young says they really wanted to bring an event to the table that will create a superb legacy for the Squadrons’ 150th celebrations and for the future of youth sailing

“We are extremely proud to present the Youth America’s Cup in 2021. We believe the format and boat that we have created encourages diversity and leaves an insurmountable legacy for our 150th year as well as for the future of youth sailing and a pathway for the future of the America’s Cup. The development of future talent is paramount to the success of yachting around the world and as the current America’s Cup trustee, we intend to have this event permanently embedded into future AC events. It is a good practice run for the main event for those aspiring to reach the pinnacle of our sport. We look forward to receiving entries and hosting what is guaranteed to be an enthralling event in 2021.”

An initial entry period for yacht clubs and youth crews is open from December 12th through to 29th February 2020.  The entry protocol is intentionally very similar to the America’s Cup Challenger series and match and an entry memorandum can be found here. A notice of race can be found here.

Expressions of interest can be sent to challenger@youthamericascup.com

More Youth America’s Cup information can be found online at www.youthamericascup.com

SailGP, presentación del nuevo equipo danes auspiciado por Rockwool.


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SailGP announces Denmark SailGP Team presented by ROCKWOOL to join world-class lineup for Season 2

ROCKWOOL’s involvement as presenting partner will see Denmark compete in the world’s most exciting sailing championship starting in 2020

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – December 11, 2019 – SailGP today announced the addition of the Denmark SailGP Team presented by ROCKWOOL ahead of the global championship’s second season. ROCKWOOL will serve as the team’s main partner, with multi-time around-the-world sailor Nicolai Sehested at the helm and Olympic silver medalist Jonas Høgh-Christensen as team manager. The Danes join six other national teams competing in the fastest sail racing in some of the world’s most iconic cities.

ROCKWOOL has agreed to a three-year partnership with SailGP, with option to extend for a further three seasons. With ROCKWOOL’s support, the Danish team will compete in the global league that kicks off in Sydney in February 2020, and continues to destinations in the United States, UK and other venues to be announced.

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SSL Finals, triunfo para Iain Percy y Anders Ekström.

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IAIN PERCY AND ANDERS EKSTRÖM WIN THE SSL FINALS 2019

SSL FINALS 2019

1 – IAN PERCY (GBR) – ANDERS EKSTRÖM (SWE)
2 – XAVIER ROHART – PIERRE-ALEXIS PONSOT (FRA)
3 – EIVIND MELLEBY (NOR) – JOSHUA REVKIN (USA)
4 – Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL) – Bruno Prada (BRA)
5 – Lorenzo Chiavarini (GBR) – Kilian Weise (GER)
6 – Diego Negri (ITA) – Frithjof Kleen (GER)
7 – Henrique Haddad – Henry Boening (BRA)
8 – Oskary Muhonen (FIN) – Vitalii Kushnir (UKR)
9 – Paul Cayard – Phil Trinter (USA)
10 – Eric Doyle – Payson Infelise (USA)

A complete press release will follow.

The Ocean Race llegará a Auckland (Nueva Zelanda) durante la edición 2021-22


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5 – 12 – 2019

The Ocean Race anuncia su regreso a Auckland

The Ocean Race llegará a Auckland (Nueva Zelanda) durante la edición 2021-22 de la vuelta al mundo a vela.

Mientras The Ocean Race se acerca a su 50 aniversario, la regata ha confirmado su regreso a Nueva Zelanda por 12ª vez. En todas las ediciones anterior menos en una, Auckland, la ciudad de las velas, fue la elegida para efectuar la parada.

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“Para mí es un gran placer confirmar que The Ocean Race regresará a Auckland en 2021-22″, afirma Richard Brisius, presidente de The Ocean Race.

“Consideramos que Auckland es la cuna espiritual de la carrera, con un legado construido sobre las leyendas de exitosos navegantes de Nueva Zelanda como Sir Peter Blake y Grant Dalton, y que ahora abandera una generación más joven con Peter Burling, Blair Tuke y Bianca Cook”.

“Cada vez que venimos aquí, los aficionados kiwis celebran apasionadamente los increíbles esfuerzos que realizan los mejores navegantes del mundo para cumplir sus sueños y ambiciones en The Ocean Race y los tripulantes, a su vez, aprecian la cálida bienvenida y la hospitalidad que reciben aquí, antes de emprender uno de los mayores desafíos que afrontarán en alta mar: el Océano Sur”.

La escala de Auckland es la previa de una de las etapas más difíciles del evento, ya que la flota saldrá de las aguas protegidas del Golfo de Hauraki para sumergirse en el Océano Sur, navegando entre la Antártida y América del Sur mientras pasan por el famoso Cabo de Hornos.

Los regatistas kiwis han sido protagonistas durante mucho tiempo de la historia de las regatas en esta remota parte del mundo y esta vez no será una excepción. Bianca Cook, que compitió en la última edición de The Ocean Race a bordo del Turn the Tide on Plastic, lidera una campaña en la clase VO65 para la edición de 2021-22.

La edición 2021-22 de The Ocean Race contará con dos clases de embarcaciones: la innovadora clase IMOCA 60, con foils, y los monotipos VO65, que protagonizaron una igualadísima competición en la última regata.

“Es fantástico tener la confirmación de que The Ocean Race volverá a Auckland”, dijo Cook. “Es una gran noticia para nuestro equipo tener la certeza de que tendremos una escala en casa”.

Cook compró el VO65 en el que compitió en la anterior edición y lo transportó a Nueva Zelanda, donde se está renovando y preparando para dar de nuevo la vuelta al mundo.

“Han sido unos meses emocionantes y nuestro equipo está empezando a tomar forma ahora”, agregó. “Con la confirmación de que la regata llegará a Auckland, estamos trabajando para lanzar el barco al agua y comenzar nuestro entrenamiento en Nueva Zelanda muy pronto”.

Los exitosos Peter Burling y Blair Tuke compitieron en la última edición de la regata en equipos diferentes. Recién salidos de una victoria de la America’s Cup en Bermuda con el Emirates Team New Zealand, se convirtieron en rivales por primera vez en su carrera, y cada uno de ellos buscaba convertirse en el primer regatista de la historia en lograr la ‘triple corona’ al vencer en los Juegos Olímpicos, la America’s Cup y The Ocean Race. Pero al final ambos tuvieron que conformarse con un puesto en el podio con sus respectivos equipos, dejando una cuenta pendiente con The Ocean Race.

Ahora, haciendo malabarismos con su renovado compromiso de la Copa América y la campaña para defender su medalla de oro en la clase 49er en los Juegos Olímpicos de Tokio, Burling y Tuke expresaron su entusiasmo porque Auckland vuelva a organizar The Ocean Race en 2021-22.

“Para Blair y para mí, participar en la última edición de The Ocean Race fue una experiencia que nos cambió la vida”, dijo Burling.

“Las vela oceánica nos mejoró como regatistas y nos permitió experimentar la naturaleza de una forma que nunca antes habíamos experimentado. Nuestros días en el Océano Sur fueron uno de los motivos que nos inspiraron a crear nuestra nueva fundación, Live Ocean, que se dedica a proteger y restaurar nuestros océanos, algo que sabemos que The Ocean Race también respalda firmemente”.

“Es fantástico escuchar que The Ocean Race regresará a Auckland en su próxima edición, después de la Copa América. Aunque la Copa y los Juegos Olímpicos son nuestras prioridades inmediatas, a Blair y a mí nos encantaría volver a participar en la regata”.

La escala de Ocean Race en 2021-22 se ubicará en las instalaciones que se definirán después de la Copa América de 2021.

El alcalde de Auckland, Phil Goff, dio la bienvenida a la noticia.

“Auckland es un destino de clase mundial para la vela, y la ciudad cobra vida cada vez que los barcos nos visitan”, dijo. “Y que Bianca Cook confirme su participación como la primera patrona de Nueva Zelanda en esta regata es un valor añadido”.

“La inversión del Consejo de Auckland a través del departamento de Turismo, Eventos y Desarrollo Económico de Auckland (ATEED) ayuda a destacar la capacidad de nuestra región para organizar eventos de esta magnitud. La última vez que organizamos una escala de The Ocean Race tuvimos casi 500.000 visitantes en el Race Village, creando una gran sensación de vitalidad”.

“La inversión de 6 mil millones de dólares del gobierno local y central en la transformación del centro de la ciudad de Auckland, y la construcción de un nuevo recinto frente al mar para la 36ª America´s Cup, creará un legado duradero para Auckland y nos ayudará a cumplir nuestro papel como la ciudad más internacional de Nueva Zelanda”.

“Esta visita completará un increíble año de eventos internacionales para Auckland”, concluyó.

El ministro de Desarrollo Económico, Phil Twyford, dijo que el Gobierno se enorgullece de apoyar la edición 2021-22 de The Ocean Race dada la larga historia de Nueva Zelanda en el evento.

“La escala representa una oportunidad fantástica para atraer al público de Nueva Zelanda a la costa de Auckland para apoyar del evento, en la zona desarrollada para la 36ª America’s Cup. También estamos encantados de que un equipo de Nueva Zelanda sea capitaneado por una mujer, ya que aumentar la participación de las mujeres en el deporte es una prioridad para nosotros“.

The Ocean Race saldrá desde Alicante (España) en el cuarto trimestre de 2021 y finalizará en Génova (Italia) en junio de 2022. La ruta completa de la regata se confirmará en las próximas semanas. Ciudad del Cabo se une a Itajaí (Brasil), Aarhus (Dinamarca) y La Haya (Holanda) como sedes confirmadas, junto con Cabo Verde, que será la primera parada en África Occidental en la historia de la regata

Brest Atlantiques, triunfo para Franck Cammas y Charles Caudrelier con Maxi Edmond de Rothschild.


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Comunicado de Prensa
Brest, 05 diciembre 2019

¡Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, ganador de la Brest Atlantiques!

¡Está hecho! Tras 28 días 23 horas 24 minutos y 46 segundos de mar, Franck Cammas y Charles Caudrelier, acompañados por tripulante de prensa Yann Riou, ganaron este miércoles 4 de diciembre la Brest Atlantiques a las10:42:46 horas. La primera gran victoria oceánica para Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, que habrá recorrido un total de 17.084 millas, a un promedio real de 24.57 nudos.

Franck Cammas y Charles Caudrelier partieron de Brest el 5 de noviembre con condiciones duras, y llegaron este miércoles por la mañana con un tiempo bonancible (mar llana y brisa ligera del este), cruzando la meta como ganadores a las 10 horas, 42 minutos y 46 segundos, exactamente tras 28 días 23 horas 24 minutos y 46 segundos en el mar, después de haber encadenado bordadas ciñendo en las últimas horas de regata.

Habiendo llegado al timón de Maxi Edmond de Rothschild a finales de abril pasado, los dos patrones vencieron la Fastnet Race en agosto pasado, una regata que les permitió ganar confianza en su capacidad para liderar el trimarán volador Ultim. Una gran victoria en una regata larga de prestigio, que para ellos supuso un salto a lo desconocido.

Al final, esta victoria es indiscutible. Después de coger por primera vez el mando de la regata desde la segunda noche, a lo largo de la costa marroquí, Franck Cammas y Charles Caudrelier lo mantuvieron hasta su parada técnica del 12 noviembre en Salvador de Bahía. Una parada que duró 13 horas y 40 minutos, el tiempo que un pequeño equipo enviado por el equipo Gitana procedía a reparar la orza dañada justo antes de Cabo Verde. Luego, tardaron solo dos días para recuperar el liderato, el 14 de noviembre a las 20 h en Río de Janeiro, una primera posición que no han soltado desde entonces. ¡¡Han liderado la regata durante 25 de los casi 29 días!!

¿La receta para este éxito? Un barco botado el 17 de julio de 2017 que ahora es el barco a batir para la flota de Ultim, después de más de dos años de desarrollo: segundo en la Transat Jacques Vabre 2017, abandono en la Ruta del Ron 2018 por la pérdida parcial del flotador de estribor. Fue el primer Ultim diseñado específicamente para “volar”, por el arquitecto Guillaume Verdier y la oficina de diseño del equipo Gitana bajo la responsabilidad de Pierre Tissier. Y dos navegantes, Franck Cammas y Charles Caudrelier, quienes, a la edad de 46 y 45 años respectivamente, encontraron rápidamente los mandos de su máquina, gracias a su experiencia oceánica con trimaranes.

Además de sus victorias en monocasco (Solitaire du Figaro una vez cada uno, Volvo Ocean Race juntos en 2012 en Groupama 4, como patrón del Dongfeng Race Team en 2018 para Charles Caudrelier), han navegado mucho y ganado en trimaranes antes de unirse en abril al equipo de regatas oceánicas creado en 2000 por Ariane y Benjamin de Rothschild: Franck Cammas en Orma (tiene tres victorias en la Transat Jacques Vabre en la década 2000) y luego en el maxi Groupama 3 (Trofeo Jules Verne y Ruta del Ron en el mismo año 2010), Charles Caudrelier en MOD70 (victoria en la Transat Jacques Vabre 2013, ya bajo los colores del equipo Gitana).

Esta experiencia y su buena compenetración a bordo les permitió sacar el máximo potencial al Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, durante las 17.000 millas reales recorridas (la ruta directa es 13.752 millas), con un impresionante promedio de 24.8 nudos. Su mejor singladura fue

SSL Finals día 1. Eivind Melleby y Josh Revkin lideres parciales.





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SSL Finals 2019
December 3rd- 7th
Nassau, Bahamas

EARLY SLENDER LEAD FOR EIVIND AND REVKIN AFTER DAY ONE

For the opening day of competition at the SSL Finals to determine 2019’s ‘star of the sailing world’, Nassau laid on perfect conditions with glorious sunshine, an ultra-shifty northwesterly and flat water out on Montagu Bay for the 23 crews from 22 nations.

Among the diverse fleet of former, current and future Olympic sailors plus many from other disciplines such as match racing, the Snipe and 5.5mR, day one’s two races belonged to last generation Olympic Star boat sailors.

A significant left shift on the start line in the opening race saw the full fleet quickly tack on to port. While American 2015 SSL Finals winner George Szabo and his Italian crew Edoardo Natucci were strongest among those on the left it was Diego Negri and Frithjof Kleen that got off the line best at the race committee boat and were most committed to the paying right. The Italian-German duo, Kleen being the 2017 SSL Finals winner as crew for Paul Goodison, were ahead when they tacked back, had pulled out a substantial lead at the top mark and were subsequently never threatened.

“It was great – we were reading the course well, because it was shifting a lot,” commented Negri. “The wind was dropping, but we stayed calm and in control and from there it was easy.”

Perhaps more impressive was how Negri and Kleen then dug themselves out having been buried at the start of the second race. In the latter half of the fleet at the first top mark rounding, by the second they had elevated themselves to fourth place and ultimately finished sixth, leaving them second overall at the end of day one.

After one general recall, race two also looked set to be another clear cut affair with two time Olympic champion Iain Percy, sailing with Swede Anders Ekström, winning the pin and committing to the left to lead at the top mark. The first run went less well with Roberto Bermúdez de Castro and Miguel Fernandez Vasco, Spain’s first representatives at the SSL Finals, drawing level, splitting at the leeward gate.

Percy and Ekström had regained the advantage at the second top mark rounding. Here Norwegian-US duo Eivind Melleby and Josh Revkin had pulled up to second ahead of the Spanish with the Kiwi-Brazilian team of Hamish Pepper and Pedro Trouche in fifth ahead of Swedish-US combo Freddy Lööf and Brian Fatih. On the final run most gybed early, but Pepper and Trouche alone remained on starboard, and separating from the masses found better pressure. Converging with Percy-Ekström on the finish line, they pipped them at the post.

Of their day Percy observed: “Generally today was a case of brushing the dust off. I think we had the reactions of a 90-year-old in the first race and by the second we had the reactions of a 70-year-old! Reactions were important today because you needed to be able to make quick decisions in response to the wind shifts because they were so big.” Otherwise Percy was happy with their speed: “We are pretty good downwind, although not like the old days. Upwind will come. Our set-up isn’t quite right, but that’s a matter of millimetres.”

Hamish Pepper, the sole New Zealand competitor, sailing with Trouche, the defending SSL Finals champion, was pleased with the outcome. “Pedro called to go straight on the run and I agreed with that. We got in a good lane and good pressure and it fell into place. I feel sorry for Iain [Percy] because he was leading from the get-go, but sometimes when you cover the field it doesn’t pay off. But we’ll take it!”

At the end of day one Melleby-Revkin lead by a point. “Being leader after the first day doesn’t mean that much, but it is nice to have confirmation you’re on the pace. Hopefully we can keep it together for the week,” said Melleby. “Today we had 30-40° shifts, sometimes 50. It was just a matter of getting off the starting line and playing the shifts immediately so you can get ahead. But the more shifty it is, the more we like it!”

If the London 2012 Star sailors hold most of top 10 positions, but with US duo Paul Cayard and Phil Trinter seventh and the youngest pairing of 25-year-olds Scot Lorenzo Chiavarini and Germany’s Kilian Weise in ninth, the greatest surprise is that third place is currently held by the youngest sailor in the fleet, Finland’s two time Finn Silver Cup winner Oskari Muhonen aged 22, sailing with Ukrainian Vitalii Kushnir.

“I like these tricky, shifty winds,” said Muhonen. “We were struggling with downwind speed because we haven’t trained much, but upwind was really good as were our tactics. We are getting better and better. The main thing was to stay on the lifting shift and to lay. I am really happy.”

Racing tomorrow begins at 1100 when four races are scheduled. Qualification racing continues until Friday with the final rounds taking place on Saturday.

Top 10 results after two races:

1 Eivind Melleby NOR Josh Revkin USA 6
2 Diego Negri ITA Frithjof Kleen GER 7
3 Oskari Muhonen FIN Vitalii Kushnir UKR 13
4 Fredrik Lööf SWE Brian Fatih USA 13
5 Hamish Pepper NZL Pedro Trouche BRA 14
6 Iain Percy GBR Anders Ekström SWE 14
7 Paul Cayard USA Phil Trinter USA 14
8 Mateusz Kusznierewicz POL Bruno Prada BRA 15
9 Lorenzo Chiavarini GBR Kilian Weise GER 15
10 Tonči Stipanović CRO Tudor Bilic CRO 24