One Ton Cup
Ownership by the Cercle de la Voile de Paris
Presented by Hamble Yacht Services
Organised by the Royal Southern Yacht Club
16-18th September 2016
The FAST40+ Class is the first class to have the honour of racing for the One Ton Cup since 2002. The hosting of One Ton Cup has been made possible with the agreement of the Cercle de la Voile de Paris (the “Paris Yacht Club”) owner of the Cup, the support of Hamble Yacht Services, who will be the presenting partner, and the Royal Southern Yacht Club, who will be hosting the event.
Peter Morton’s British Carkeek 40+ Girls on Film has won the inaugural FAST40+ Class at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week. Bill Coates’ Texan Ker 43 Otra Vez came from behind to win the last race of the series, securing second place overall, and the prestigious New York Yacht Club Challenge Cup. Sir Keith Mills’ British Ker40+ Invictus was third overall and was the winner of the Royal Thames 1840 Trophy.
“It has been a lovely week with good weather, but Cowes Week is a bit long for me at my age!” smiled Girls on Film’s Peter Morton. “The racing in the FAST40+ Class is getting better each time we go out, the competition is compressing. At the start of this season, there was a reasonable gap but as the guys have got used to their boats, it is now down to sailing. Jubilee sailed really well today and the whole class can have their moments. If they can sail well some of the time, they can sail well all of the time. You have got to get off the line, and avoid the odd mistake or gear failure, that is what it is all about – it’s as simple as that.
NEWSFLASH – Van Rijsselberghe and Dempsey claim first Rio 2016 Olympic sailing medals
Dorian van Rijsselberghe (NED) has won the gold medal in the Men’s Windsurfer (RS:X) and Nick Dempsey (GBR) has won the silver, both without having to contest the Medal Race on Sunday.
It’s a carbon copy repeat of London 2012 when the Dutchman took gold ahead of the Briton four years ago. The result is subject to protest, and both sailors will still have to sail the Medal Race, but van Rijsselberghe and Dempsey were already congratulating each other after crossing the finish line of the 12th race of their series.
These two athletes have dominated the Olympic competition, with van Rijsselberghe winning seven of the 12 races and Dempsey winning three. Sunday’s battle for bronze will still be close fought between Poland, France and Greece.
There was joy and pain in the FAST40+ Class on the sixth day of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week. Bill Coates was full of emotion as his Texan Ker 43 Otra Vez was in cruise control, crossing the finish line today. Leading for the entire race, to win one of Cowes Week most prestigious trophies; The Britannia Cup. In doing so it means that the trophy remains in American hands after Bella Mente’s win last year.
“Ed Peel sails on board Otra Vez and is a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron, tonight Ed will have dinner at the club and he has the honour of the trophy at his table.” smiled Bill Coates. “I see what that means to him and it makes me realise what an honour it is to win the Britannia Cup. The trophy was created to re-ignite yacht racing after the war, and that has a real parody with the FAST40+ Class. Today was just one of those days when everything went our way. We got the start right and got into lifting pressure, after that it was really just about staying clean and not making any errors.”
Johnny Vincent’s British Ker40+ Pace is now the fourth team to have claimed victory in the FAST40+ Class at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week after a tenacious comeback to win a tricky light airs race. A fast reaching send off, towards the Eastern Solent, added an extra spice at the start. Sir Keith Mills’ Ker40+ Invictus was called over the line at the start, and did not return to re-start correctly, and was therefore disqualified. Bill Coates Texan Ker 43 Otra Vez was second to Pace, by just 31 seconds on corrected time. Peter Morton’s British Carkeek 40+ Girls on Film was third and retains the lead for the regatta. Today’s race winner Pace moves up to second overall, Otra Vez to third and Invictus slips down to fourth.
Issued on behalf of World Sailing Zbogar makes sense of Sugarloaf lottery
Day two of the Olympic Sailing Competition produced lighter winds more expected at this time of year in Rio, and the south-easterly breezes were mostly around five to seven knots with only occasional moments in double figures. This made for a challenging opening day for the Finn sailors competing in the Heavyweight Men’s One Person Dinghy, who raced two heats on the notoriously fickle Pão de Açucar (Sugarloaf Mountain) race course.
Men’s Windsurfer – RS:X
Nick Dempsey (GBR) continues to lead the Men’s Windsurfer competition after another good day on the water, marred only by a 14th place in Race 6. Currently the London 2012 silver medallist leads by a point from the reigning Olympic Champion, Dorian van Rijsselberghe (NED), who has the added benefit of a fifth place as his discard, to Dempsey’s 14th. That could be a critical difference later on in the regatta.
Record fleets due at Rolex Regattas in Porto Cervo
Porto Cervo, Italy, 9th August 2016. Preparations are well underway for a record-breaking September at Porto Cervo’s Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS). Both the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup & Rolex Maxi 72 Worlds (4 – 10 September) and the Rolex Swan Cup & Swan 45 Worlds (11 – 18 September) have already registered unprecedented numbers of entries. Fifty-three yachts are enrolled for the highlight of the Maxi racing season, organised in collaboration with the International Maxi Association, while 121 Nautor’s Swan yachts from around the globe will flock to the Costa Smeralda to help the Finnish shipyard celebrate 50 years since its foundation. Originating in 1980, both of the events are classic appointments on the YCCS sporting calendar – and indeed on the world regatta scene – with the Maxi event held annually in Porto Cervo and the gathering of Swan yachts a biennial affair. In addition to exceptional fleets, the Maxi 72 and Swan 45 World Championships taking place within each of the respective regattas promise to add further spice to an already exciting programme.
After four days of racing at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, three FAST40+ boats have now claimed race wins, testament to the fierce competition within the thirteen-strong high performance class. Cowes Week delivered champagne conditions today but light airs in the tidal confines of the Solent produces a difficult weather conundrum. The shifting light northwesterly breeze, and the shallow areas of the Eastern Solent, produced a maze of possibilities where going the wrong way could put a team from hero to zero.
The race committee went for a bold reaching start towards East Bramble. Bill Coates Texan Ker 43 Otra Vez was determined to win the favoured side and battled with James Neville’s British JV42 INO XXX for corner. Both yachts hoisted Code Zeros but Otra Vez got the better of the duel. With the wind funnelling out of Southampton Water, it was no surprise to see boats fighting for the mainland side of the race course, that was the easy decision, but fighting for clear air on Ryde Bank was akin to a game of three dimensional chess.
FAST40+ Race Circuit: Round Three
Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week
6 – 12 August 2016
Morty’s Girls on Film, back on top, at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week.
The FAST40+ class had a change of scenery for the third day of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week and a change of leader. A 25-mile course in the Eastern Solent, as far out as the Nab Tower, proved a tactical test for the fleet. Lighter conditions prevailed with a northwesterly gradient breeze, but the calmer weather did nothing to satisfy the voracious appetite in the grand prix class. An adrenalin pumping start, with the battles all over the course continued for well over three hours. Bill Coates Texan Ker 43 Otra Vez powered into an early lead. However, Girls on Film overhauled the leader and extended for most of the course. Girls on Film experienced the foul tide first, which compressed the fleet, but the lead they had built up was enough to secure their second bullet of the regatta.