Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championship. “Eat Sleep J Repeat” se corona campeón mundial.

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- Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships
- Thursday 29th August – Friday 6th September, 2019
- Hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club

Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships

Final – 06 September

Eat Sleep J Repeat & Soak Racing Crowned in Tor Bay
Last Day at the Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships

Two races were held on the final day of the Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships, 12 knots from the southwest provided a true wind for the start of racing but that moderate breeze shifted and built west to 20 knots, gusting 26, to produce a fantastic finale. A memorable world championship for both Open and Corinthian Classes was decided in the very last race.

2019 J/70 Open World Champions

Paul Ward’s Eat Sleep J Repeat has become the first British team to win the Open J/70 World Championship, holding off a strong challenge from Joel Ronning (USA) racing Catapult, Pichu Torcida (ESP) racing Noticia, and Alberto Rossi (ITA) racing Enfant Terrible. Claudia Rossi (ITA) racing Petite Terrible, was fourth and best Open Woman Helm in the championship.

Paul Ward (GBR) Eat Sleep J Repeat

“Very very pleased, it has been hard work and we have a very good team.We have sailed well all year and this has been a tough week but a lot of fun. We were just a few metres from the finish when we realised we had probably won, we worked hard right up to the end, the Americans and the Spanish pushed us really hard, it was full on. There were plenty of tough moments, but that is why we came to Torbay, this is a tricky and challenging place to race. I would also like to thank everyone at Key Yachting and especially Paul Heys who I would love to have a pint with tonight, but sadly he is no longer with us.”

2019 J/70 Corinthian World Champions
Eat Sleep J Repeat (GBR) Paul Ward, Charlie Cumbley, Ruairidh Scott, Mario Trindade

Soak Racing (IRL) Marshall King, Ian Wilson, Andrew Shorrock, Adam Brushett

Soak Racing won the J/70 Corinthian World Championship in dramatic style. In the last race, Soak Racing was four places ahead of Doug Struth (GBR) racing DSP. A tie on points for the series was settled by countback, a single place after 14 races gave Soak Racing victory. Denis Cherevatenko (RUS) racing Joyfull was third. Fiona Hampshire (GBR) racing Elizabeth was best Corinthian Woman Helm in the championship.

Ian Wilson (GBR) & Marshall King (IRL) Soak Racing

“Amazing, we have been trying to win this for six years, so it feels just amazing. Torbay has been exceptionally tricky, and we have had great competition at a really well organised regatta, and it is great to come away with the win. Today’s racing was really exciting, we were 10 points behind DSP going into the last two races. We had an excellent Race 13 and then it was about staying with DSP and making sure there were not too many boats between us. It all came down to the last 100 metres, and we did just enough.”

The Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships Awards Ceremony was held in the Event Marquee. Event Director Bob Penfold introduced Admiral of the Royal Torbay Yacht Club, Nigel Wollen to present the prizes and winners trophies. Darwin Escapes Chief Executive Anthony Esse described the event as a “complete triumph” and showing gratitude to Bob Penfold generously announced a free holiday at Darwin Escapes for Bob and his wife Sue. GAC Pindar represented by Andrew Pindar, who has been sponsoring sailing events for 39 years, was also invited to the stage and was full of praise for an amazing regatta.

The Royal Torbay Yacht Club and their dedicated volunteer support were roundly applauded by all of the J/70 sailors for producing a fantastic regatta. Stuart Childerley and the Race Management team received huge applause for providing high quality race courses in tricky conditions.

FULL RESULTS: https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=6149

The 2020 J/70 World Championships will be July 27 – August 02, hosted by the California Yacht Club, Marina Del Rey, California, USA.

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Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championship, día 4. El equipo argentino “El Ramón”, se mete en el top ten.

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- Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships
- Thursday 29th August – Friday 6th September, 2019
- Hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club

Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships

Day Four – 05 September

Big Finale Expected for J/70 Worlds

The penultimate day of the Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships was blessed with beautiful conditions in Tor Bay.With the breeze coming from the land once again, shifts and puffs of breeze made for tricky conditions with snakes and ladders right across the race course. Three windward leeward races were held in a shifting northerly breeze oscillating 45 degrees, the mean wind speed was about 12 knots with occasional 20 knot gusts.

In the Open Class, Paul Ward (GBR) Eat,Sleep,J,Repeat retains the lead having scored a 6-8-30 today. However, Pichu Torcida (ESP) racing Noticia, has shortened their odds on winning the worlds posting an 11-9-11, finishing the day just four points off the lead. Realistically these two teams will battle for the Open World Championship in a double-header of racing tomorrow. Still in with a chance of winning the title are Alberto Rossi (ITA) Enfant Terrible, Joel Ronning (USA) Catapult, and Claudia Rossi (ITA).

In the Corinthian Class, Doug Struth (GBR) racing DSP has regained the lead but only just, Denis Cherevatenko (RUS) racing Joyfull had a great day on the water and move up to second just 4 points off the lead. Yesterday’s leader King & Wilson Soak Racing (IRL) drop to third after three mid-fleet finishes. There were race wins today for Reg Lord (AUS) racing Juno, Enfant Terrible, and Luis Bugallo (ESP) Mar Naturna.

Provisional Results Link: https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=6149

Quotes from the Boats

Luis Bugallo (ESP) Mar Naturna

2018 J/70 Corinthian World Champion

“Today the conditions were a bit easier, especially as there was less chop but it was still difficult to work out which way to go. This is a difficult place to sail but it is the same for everybody. We are looking forward to the last day of the regatta, we have a lot of teams in front of us but we are a young team looking to improve, and just like every day, tomorrow there will be lessons that we can learn.”

Tom Grimes (AUS) Juno

2019 Youth Match Racing World Champion

“Today the shifts were shorter and more manageable and we had a much more enjoyable day. We just have to keep it together and avoid any big mistakes. It is a really big thing for us to come and race here, as we only have a few J/70s in Sydney Harbour, so to shake it up with this big competitive fleet is a lot of fun. Tor Bay is a lot like racing on Lake Macquarie where a lot of the crew grew up sailing.”

Ludovico Fassitelli (MON) Junda-Banca del Sempione

“We scored two podiums today so that was really good, Tor Bay is a big surprise for us, we were expecting big ocean waves but this is like sailing on a beautiful lake with very strong winds! We are in sixth position and tomorrow we want to stay in there and maybe get up the leaderboard. To race in this beautiful place with 80 boats is great, and we expect to have all of these boats in Monaco 2021for the J/70 World Championship.”

Racing at the Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championship will conclude tomorrow Friday 6th September with two races scheduled to decide the 2019 Open and Corinthian J/70 World Champions. Race Officer Stuart Childerley is expecting a return to big conditions with the potential for over 20 knots in Tor Bay.

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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup Porto Cervo, día 3.

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Cannonball on a roll as Velsheda claws one back at Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

Press release issued by the International Maxi Association
4 September 2019

Modest 12 knot winds that dropped leaving a severely lumpy sea state, reminiscent to older sailors of the Kenwood Cup, put yet another complexion on the Costa Smeralda for day three of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. This year marks the 30th edition of maxi racing’s premier event, organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and the International Maxi Association, the World Sailing-recognised body representing maxi boats globally.

With the Wallys sailing windward-leewards, the rest tackled a coastal course clockwise around La Maddalena.

Dario Ferrari’s Maxi 72 Cannonball again won in Mini Maxi Racer 1. However Hap Fauth’s new Bella Mente made a magnificent pin end start and was able to tack and cross the fleet on port. Cannonball pulled ahead on the beat and it was then a case of containing Jethou, not easy with a five foot length deficit. “We were overlapped with them at Palau and then were 1.5 minutes in front,” recalled tactician Michele Ivaldi. “Sailing inside the archipelago you have big patches of nice breeze where you can stretch.”

However victory almost eluded Cannonball when she fell into a hole approaching the final turning mark. “We nearly lost everything,” admitted Ivaldi. “Vesper arrived with pace and got to within two lengths of us. But we then got out and we managed to make up our time again.”

The biggest loser here was Sir Peter Ogden’s Jethou which dropped to fourth while Peter Harrison’s Sorcha was third. “It is good fun,” said Harrison. “It was much closer racing than I expected and I was very happy to sail over the top of Bella Mente in the last three miles.”

Cannonball now leads Vesper by two points.

The tables turned in the heavyweight J Class bout in the Super Maxi class with Velsheda finally prising a point off Topaz. Despite these two being the largest, heaviest, oldest style of boat competing, they are sailed with all the verve and menace of the Maxi 72s. Even before the start today, Topaz was all over her rival. As helmsman Peter Holmberg described it: “We met with them at the start line and we crushed them and we decided to keep crushing them…”

A complex race saw Velsheda draw level down the run after Monaci as Topaz lost a spinnaker sheet only for the two to go into the mark at the bottom overlapped where Topaz was able to luff Velsheda to weather. However Ronald de Waal and his crew were able to get their own back at the top of Bomb Alley going inside an obstruction, effectively winning them the race. “The boys are pretty happy,” said Velsheda’s strategist Rod Dawson.

In the Maxi Racer class, it was a tricky day for George David’s Rambler 88 which took a long gybe out to the left of the run towards the entrance to Bomb Alley only to fall into a lull. This ultimately handed victory for a second day to Irvine Laidlaw’s Reichel/Pugh 82 Highland Fling XI.

Rambler 88 led down the back of La Maddalena but the Farr 100 Leopard was close behind finishing a respectable second under IRC. Mike Slade’s former steed is now Russian owned and chartered to another Russian this week with a crew including original skipper Chris Sherlock and fellow Aussies Mitch Booth and Torvar Mirsky. “This is our first regatta with our new guy who is simply looking at how he’d like to be involved in the sport,” says Booth.

After Rambler 88 lost out on the first run, Leopard led most of the way up Bomb Alley until David’s team forged ahead. As Booth observed: “We were very happy to be mixing it up with Rambler.”

In the Maxi Racer-Cruisers, it was again Miguel Galuccio’s Reichel/Pugh 84 Vera that prevailed. According tactician Bouwe Bekking, they won it on the first beat and were then never threatened. “One of the good things about this old boat is that in the light it is quite good because it is not as fat as the new generation boats. And Miguel is doing a very nice job. We’ve sailed a lot of miles now.”

In Mini Maxi Racer 2 SuperNikka’s winning streak came to an end with Peter Dubens’ Frers 60 Spectre taking the bullet. “We had a good start and Peter steered the boat really well. It was really wavy upwind and he found a nice groove,” said tactician Nick Rogers. They made the best up the left side of the first beat and then went all of the way into the cliffs on the run making further gains. “We managed to make the most of that massive bend into the strait [Bomb Alley] and that set us up. The boys did a super clean drop. We just did everything at the right time and it worked really well,” continued Rogers. For the smaller maxis the course was shortened at Monaci. Despite Spectre’s win, SuperNikka still leads overall.

Across the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, the closest racing remains among the Mini Maxi Racer-Cruisers where just three points separate the top five with Stephen Cucchiaro’s Swan 601 Flow still ahead of IMA President Benoît de Froidmont’s Wallyño. However today it was the turn of Jean-Pierre Barjon’s Swan 601 Lorina 1895. The winning move came when the French team picked a good lane on the left of Bomb Alley, passing La Maddalena.

There was also a new winner among the Mini Maxi Cruiser-Racers, with Mario Pesaresi’s immaculate 2002 Southern Wind 78 Kiwi coming out on top. Unusually the boat is Italian owned, has an Albanian captain and a largely Moldovan crew. “It was a very nice race today,” said helmsman Paolo Pesaresi. “The northeast wind was good at the start with big waves, unexpectedly. It was very nice day.” He felt that the big boats did well today due to the decreasing wind.

Meanwhile sailing windward-leewards in slightly more wind were the Wallys. Here defending champion Terry Hui’s Wally 78 Lyra scored a 1-2 and now leads by two points over David M. Leuschen’s Wallycento Galateia. Galateia and Sir Lindsay Owen Jones’ Magic Carpet Cubed had an altercation as they rounded the leeward gate mark together in the first race. As Galateia’s strategist, America’s Cup legend Murray Jones described it: “We were inside and we had to avoid hitting them. Our bowsprit looked like it was going to through somewhere forward of their wheels…”

Then in the second race Galateia finally managed a good start to leeward, then “we got the first shift pretty nicely,” continued Jones. “David sailed the boat well, despite the difficult conditions. There wasn’t that much breeze and quite some chop, but we managed to keep the boat going. And we held similar down the run. On the second beat we camped all over them and didn’t give them a chance.”

Tonight the hot ticket is for the International Maxi Association’s annual dinner at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda where the winner of the IMA’s Mediterranean Maxi Offshore challenge will be announced. Tomorrow is layday with racing resuming on Friday and concluding on Saturday.

by James Boyd / International Maxi Association

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Mini-Transat La Boulangère, record histórico de participantes.

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Tuesday 3 September 2019

90 sailors at the start of the 22nd Mini-Transat, an historic record participation!

To note:

- Start of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère on Sunday 22 September at 14:15 hours in La Rochelle
- A record participation for this 22nd edition: 90 skippers to take the start, including 8 women
- 13 nationalities, 12 ‘repeat offenders’, 78 rookies
- Exceptional patrons: the rugby players from the local Stade Rochelais

In less than three weeks, on Sunday 22 September at 14:15 hours local time, 90 sailors (including 8 women), will take the start in La Rochelle of the 22nd edition of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère with Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canaries) as the destination of the first leg. Festivities will kick off on Saturday 14 September with the opening of the event village in the Bassin des Chalutiers. Among the 90 entries, who represent 13 nationalities, 12 are ‘repeat offenders’, so the vast majority will be rookies setting out to take on the Atlantic. The second leg to Le Marin (Martinique) will set sail on 2 November.

The Mini-Transat is without doubt an exceptional race. Since 1977, the year it was created, its success has been undeniable! A school of offshore racing, an initiatory voyage, the adventure of a lifetime, a fierce competition… It has something for everyone! So much so that there is growing clamour for a ‘Mini ticket’. And before it even kicks off, the 2019 edition is already rewriting the history of the race. Indeed, the Mini-Transat has never gathered together a line-up such as this! The previous record participation dated back to 2007, with 89 skippers at the start. They are even more numerous for this 22nd edition since 90 women and men are registered for the event (22 on prototypes and 68 on production boats). The record speaks volumes about the passion and dynamism generated by the Mini-Transat some 42 years on from its creation.

An eclectic line-up

Tradition dictates that the Mini-Transat, run every two years since its creation in 1977, gathers together sailors with varied profiles. On the same start line are women and men of all ages and varying socio-professional categories. This year, the event has attracted sailors ranging from 18 (Violette Dorange) to 64 years of age (Georges Kick)!

Eight women are signed up. In addition to the youngest competitor of all, Violette Dorange, we’ll also see Marie Gendron, Amélie Grassi, Anne Beaugé, Céline Sallès, Axelle Pillain, Marie-Amélie Lénaerts and Irina Gracheva out on the racetrack. All of them will be making their event debut.

The 22nd Mini-Transat La Boulangère is also confirming its international appeal, since some 24 overseas skippers are signed up (a fairly stable figure compared with the last edition). In addition to France, 12 other countries will be represented with a number of Italian, Spanish, Belgian, Russian and Swiss entries, as well as one Greek, one Czech, one German, one Pole, one Japanese sailor, one Briton and one representative from the United Arab Emirates.

Finally, it’s important to note that among the 22 competing prototypes, two are equipped with foils: the 900 (Arkema 3) skippered by Raphaël Lutard and the 969 (Cerfrance) skippered by Tanguy Bouroullec.

Opening of the Village on 14 September in La Rochelle

The Bassin des Chalutiers will be brimming as the Mini-Transat La Boulangère Village opens its doors to the public from Saturday 14 September (at 10:00hrs). The following day, at 17:00hrs, the official presentation of the competing skippers will take place. Another high point will be the Prologue, scheduled for Wednesday 18 September. This non-point-scoring coastal course will enable the competitors to have one last shakedown out on the water to check that everything aboard is working properly with four days to go till the start of the first leg. So, it’s on 22 September, at 14:15 hours local time, that the massive fleet will set sail for Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The competitors will leave the basin between 10:00 hours and noon, which will give spectators an opportunity to cheer them on as many of the skippers take a big leap into the unknown and set off on the adventure of a lifetime.

Stade Rochelais’ rugby players supporting the 22nd edition

For several years, the Stade Rochelais has ranked among the top French rugby clubs, boasting some very fine results both nationally and across Europe. The organisers of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère are delighted that the players from this prestigious club will be the patrons of the 22nd edition.


The key events of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère 2019
- 14 September, 10:00hrs: Opening of the Event Village
- 15 September, 17:00hrs: Presentation of the skippers (on the Village stage)
- 22 September, 14:15hrs: start of the first leg (La Rochelle – Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
- 2 November, from 14:00hrs: start of the second leg (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – Le Marin)

Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championship, día 2. Enfant Terrible de Alberto Rossi, toma el control.

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- Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships
- Thursday 29th August – Friday 6th September, 2019
- Hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club

Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships

Day Two – 03 September

Alberto Rossi takes the lead in Tor Bay

20 nations are competing for the Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships, and teams from seven different countries occupy the top ten places after six races. The breeze for Day Two started with a stable 10 knots from the southwest, but backed south after the first race building to a 18 knots, with brilliant sunshine providing spectacular condition for the international fleet. With the wind direction and speed fluctuating, today’s results were far from stable.

After six races there are new leaders for both the Open and Corinthian classes. Alberto Rossi (ITA) racing Enfant Terrible, acknowledged as one of the best in Europe if not the world, moves up to pole position for the Open Class, after posting 1-16-2 today. Joel Ronning (USA) racing Catapult, drops to second, three points behind the leader. Boat of the day was Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat raced by Paul Ward (GBR) propelling the team to third just a point off second. Pichu Torcida (ESP) racing Noticia is only one point off the podium. In the Corinthian Class, Doug Struth (GBR) racing DSP, is the new leader. Wilson & King’s Soak Racing (IRL) discarded a Black Flag infringement in Race 5, to place second for the amateur status class, as did Denis Cherevatenko (RUS) racing Joyfull. All results are provisional pending protest decisions. There were race wins today for Alberto Rossi (ITA) Enfant Terrible, Andrey Malygin (RUS) Maria, and Peter Duncan (USA) Relative Obscurity.

Results https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=6149

Quotes from the Boats

Henry Brauer USA Rascal

Past President J/70 International Class and Vice Commodore Eastern YC hosts of the 2018 J/70 Worlds.

“The folks at the Royal Torbay YC, led by Bob Penfold, are doing a great job, this us a tough regatta to organise with a lot of volunteers and a lot of moving parts, and it has been seamless, they are doing a fantastic job. On Rascal we are getting it together, a bit better every day. The competition is world class and the sailing conditions are challenging, you have to keep your head out of the boat and keep on your toes. The last race today was the stand out, things didn’t work out upwind and we rounded the top mark pretty deep, but our tactician Brian Kamilar called for a quick gybe, and we got a great puff and moved up into the top ten, so it paid off in spades. Tomorrow the weather man says we will have more breeze, but Torquay seems to have its own micro-climate with its spectacular topography of climbing cliffs, I think Torquay does what Torquay wants to do!”

Doug Struth GBR DSP

2018 J/70 UK National Champions for both the Corinthian and Open Classes.

“So far it has ben very good but we have had tricky sailing conditions, unlike the conditions we normally get in the Solent. Everyone is having the same issues with the shifty wind and awkward chop but for us so far so good. The team has been together for nearly a year and a half, and it has always been the worlds that we have been building towards, and we have been refining our roles. As with all teams we have our moments but it is all beginning to click together. I think we are better than last year, and we are pretty happy with our results so far.”

Andrey Malygin (RUS) Maria

One of four Russian teams participating in the Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championship,

“I apologise for my small amount of English – great sailors, great competition especially at the start, great race management, great Torquay – Fantastic!

Racing at the Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championship continues Wednesday 4th September with three more high octane races scheduled in conditions predicted to be a solid 20 knots from the northwest.

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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup Porto Cervo, día 2.

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Leopard leads Highland Fling XI around Monaci.

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Kite drop on board Dario Ferrari’s Cannonball.

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A second bullet today maintained SuperNikka’s perfect scoreline in the Mini Maxi Racer 2 class.

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Older Swans show the way on lighter second day at Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

Press release issued by the International Maxi Association
3 September 2019

After a brisk Monday, day two of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup provided lighter 9-13 knot winds veering from west to north. A coastal course for most ultimately headed south around Isla Mortorio before returning to Porto Cervo.

This year is the 30th edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and the International Maxi Association, the World Sailing-recognised body representing maxi boats globally.

While the rest sailed the coastal, Mini Maxi Racer-Cruiser and Cruiser-Racer classes contested two windward-leewards. Among the Cruiser-Racers, Marietta Strasoldo’s Swan 651 Lunz Am Meer posted a 2-1 and now leads Tony Ball’s Swan 65 sloop Six Jaguar by six points – the largest margin in any class. Importantly they are ahead of perennial class winner Riccardo de Michele’s H20 – currently third overall after winning today’s opening race.

“We are really happy with all the hard work we’ve put in to get here,” said Strasoldo. Their secret weapon is tactician, former America’s Cup helmsman Paolo Cian. “To be honest, we know that the boat itself likes flat water and medium winds,” he said, adding that they started well and it was easier to find lanes on the upwinds, being among the lowest rated.

Among the Mini Maxi Racer-Cruisers Stephen Cucchiaro’s Swan 601 Flow won both races and now leads from Gerard Logel’s sistership @Robas, with IMA President Benoît de Froidmont’s Wallyño third.

Cucchiaro acquired his boat (formerly Leonardo Ferragamo’s own Cuordileone) last year and sails with a mainly US crew including navigator Larry Rosenfeld. “It was the quintessential perfect Porto Cervo conditions – a great day,” said Cucchiaro. “We got good starts, sailed clean and it worked out. We didn’t give the competition a chance to pass. Also it was good conditions for the boat – 10-12 knots, which Swan 601s like very much.”

The coastal initially took the boats upwind to Monaci and then into the entrance of Bomb Alley (Golf), before heading south and returning to the finish off Porto Cervo, the Mini Maxi Racers 1, Wally and Maxi Racer classes sailing a marginally longer course.

First away were the Mini Maxi Racers where the eagle-eyed afterguard on Dario Ferrari’s Cannonball were first to spot the sudden strength of the right. “Conditions changed very quickly after our strategy had been to win the left and go left,” explained tactician Ed Baird. Cannonball took transoms to get right where they found favourable shift and extra pressure. “Then it was a question of joining the dots on each leg because there was a significant shifts,” explained Baird. Cannonball now leads Jim Swartz’s Vesper by a point.

Among the Wallys there was a return to form for last year’s winner, Terry Hui’s Wally 78 Lyra. They lost heavily yesterday in the transition which they entered two minutes ahead and exited 50 minutes behind. “It was like a traffic jam!” explained Hui. “Today we had good weather and were lucky the wind picked up a bit.”

Hamish Pepper, Lyra’s tactician, explained today’s victory: “The guys sailed very well and did good peels and drops. Possibly the breeze favoured us and when it went light the others got stuck while we managed to sneak through.” Overall Magic Carpet Cubed still leads the Wally class, tied with the Wally 100 Y3K.

Among the Super Maxis there was another fierce battle between the Js Topaz and Ronald de Waal’s Velsheda, despite Velsheda being OCS. “We pushed hard to start at the pin but two other boats wanted it too and they were more manoeuvrable than us,” explained Velsheda’s tactician Tom Dodson.

Topaz’s helmsman Peter Holmberg gave his take: “It was a great race – three hours of full-on focus on tactics, speed, etc. They were OCS, but we also liked the right and got the right. We got a good lead but then coming into Golf it was patchy and they got one puff and came right into us again. Then we spent the next two hours fighting.” Ultimately Velsheda wasn’t quite able to recover, finishing 33 seconds behind under IRC.

The Maxi Racer class was today won by Irvine Laidlaw’s Reichel/Pugh 82 Highland Fling XI, which now leads overall, tied with George David’s Rambler 88. “It probably favoured us a little bit being slightly lighter wind in general,” explained tactician Cameron Appleton. “We are a bit lighter while the other boats are wider. We had a great start and a good first leg. Then on the first run, we were able to make a gain, gybing back in as the breeze went right and built. So we held our time in the early part of the race.”

After being beaten by the Southern Wind 90 All Smoke yesterday, today it was the Reichel/Pugh 84 Vera that prevailed. “It was better than yesterday, when we were not as good as we should have been in one or two manoeuvres,” said Argentinean owner Miguel Galuccio. “We did pretty well and it was a nice course and we sailed really well, always very close to All Smoke. We had a good start thanks to Michele [Regolo, Italy’s London 2012 Olympic Laser sailor]. The lighter wind probably favoured us because we have a lighter boat.”

Aside from Topaz, the only other boat still holding a perfect scoreline is Roberto Lacorte’s Vismara 62 RC SuperNikka in the Mini Maxi Racer 2 class which also sailed the coastal. “We had a good start and we managed the racing well in the conditions, which were quite stable today,” said Lacorte. “We were forced to defend our position approaching Mortorio, because Wild Joe is very fast downwind, but we stayed in touch and upwind we are a little faster.”

Racing continues until Saturday 7th September. Tomorrow it is the turn of the Wallys to sail windward-leewards.

by James Boyd / International Maxi Association

Full results - here

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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup Porto Cervo, día 1. Vesper lidera entre los Mini Maxis.

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Vesper enjoys beginner’s luck at 30th Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

Press release issued by the International Maxi Association
2 September 2019

For the 47 competitors, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup got off to a superb start today with a northwesterly that built to 20+ knots and a superb beat up the La Maddalena archipelago’s ‘Bomb Alley’. The 30th edition of the most prestigious maxi boat event, organised between the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and the International Maxi Association, the World Sailing-recognised body that representing maxi boats globally, runs out of Porto Cervo until Saturday 7th September.

There was upset in the Mini Maxi Racer 1 class with neither Sir Peter Ogden’s 77ft Jethou nor Dario Ferrari’s Cannonball nor Hap Fauth’s brand new Bella Mente prevailing, but new kids on the block – Jim Swartz’s Vesper (ex-Momo). A 1-3 in today left Vesper leading, one point ahead of Cannonball with Jethou winning race two.

“We had a very gratifying day,” said a beaming Swartz, who stepped on board for the first time this morning. “It is just a great horse and was set up well today in the conditions. I told the boys before we left that I had zero expectations – ‘go out there, learn the boat and have fun’. Somehow it all came together.”

Tactician Gavin Brady agreed: “It is like when you haven’t played golf for a long time and you have a really good first round, but then the next day reality bites. Today we had two reasonably good, safe conservative starts and then just sailed the boat on its numbers…”

The rest sailed coastal courses, the Wallys and Maxi Racers on the longest at 34.5 miles, up past La Maddalena and around Spargi where they made the most of the sizable swell rolling in through the Strait of Bonifacio. Here George David’s Rambler 88, was surfing down waves at 25+ knot speeds, ultimately winning under IRC despite being highest rated Maxi Racer. “It was nice at the top of the islands with good acceleration,” recounted navigator Jules Salter. “It came down to solid crew work: The sails go up when you need them up. Brad [Butterworth] did a good job of guiding us up Bomb Alley. It was a smooth day.”

Bizarrely, given their breakneck speeds downwind behind the islands, off Capo Ferro, in sight of the finish line, the breeze disappeared, replaced by a light southeasterly. In many classes this transition defined the results.

After the dominance of the smaller boats last year, today it was Sir Lindsay Owen Jones’ Wallycento Magic Carpet Cubed that won the Wally class, from David M Leuschen’s Wallycento Galateia. “We had a nice start, were well prepared because we’d got out there early,” recounted Magic Carpet’s captain, Danny Gallichan. They protected and led up through Bomb Alley but on the return journey Galateia gybed inside only to fall into a light spot whereas Magic Carpet stayed in the breeze, able to lay Monaci. They then slipped through the transition without stopping.

The other classes sailed a similar course, but not rounding Spargi.

The two Js came out on top in the Super Maxi class with Topaz winning from Ronald de Waal’s Velsheda. It was a phenomenal match with the longer, higher rated Topaz doing all she could to fend off her rival. Ultimately Topaz broke her spinnaker end, forcing to her to sail wing-on-wing. This kept them in the game while Velsheda passed, but then Topaz made a better job of the transition. “It was all smart, no luck whatsoever!” quipped Topaz’ helmsman Peter Holmberg. “We have a great stable mate in Velsheda – we love racing them. They are sharp, they’re good, they fast and a great benchmark for us.” Among the Maxi Racer-Cruisers, the Reichel/Pugh 90 All Smoke prevailed over class favourite, Vera.

In the Mini Maxi Racer 2 SuperNikka recovered from a start line touch with Peter Dubens’ Frers 60 Spectre to win the day, despite owner Roberto Lacorte having jetted straight in from the FIA World Endurance Championship in Silverstone. “We sailed well – the boat is fast and the crew work is good,” he said. “It was a perfect Costa Smeralda day with strong wind and flat sea. We touched 21 knots, which is the equivalent of 300km/h at Silverstone!”

One of the star performers was Márton Józsa’s Reichel Pugh 66 Wild Joe which after a few tactical and technical issues up Bomb Alley set off like a scalded cat once her kite was raised. “With the DSS foil and the new A2 spinnaker we were flying downwind,” recounted Wild Joe’s round the world race veteran Stu Bannatyne. “The top speed was 23-24 knots, but the main thing was a very high average. We came right back into the VO65 and ended up getting line honours.”

In the Mini Maxi Racer/Cruiser class Benoît de Froidmont’s Wally 60 Wallyño won from Vincenzo Addessi’s Mylius 18E35 Fra’ Diavolo. De Froidmont, who is President of the International Maxi Association, admitted that their win had come through the transition. “It was a bit of a robbery! We were behind coming into the transition and we could see where to go, so I apologise for winning,” he said, adding: “In our class the level is extremely high. Today was great day with perfect conditions.”

Among the Mini Maxi Cruiser/Racers it was also the lowest rated that won, in this case Tony Ball’s Six Jaguar, a 40-year-old Swan 65 sloop which Ball describes as “having more in common with the J Class than the Swan 651…apart from the running costs.” Victory came despite technical issues such as a jib getting stuck in her headfoil. Bell reckons they won on the penultimate downwind leg: “We were using jibtop and staysail and we were doing 12 knots.”

Tomorrow racing resumes at 1200 with the Mini Maxi Racer Cruiser and Cruiser Racer classes sailing windward-leewards and the rest coastals.

by James Boyd / International Maxi Association

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XVI Copa del Rey de Barcos de Época, final de campeonato. En clase Marconi, triunfo para el barco argentino Cippino.

Fuente info XVI Copa del Rey de Barcos de Época

31 de agosto de 2019

El clásico Argos, ganador absoluto de la Copa del Rey de Barcos de Época

Olympian (Época Cangreja), Cippino (Época Bermudiana) y Happy Forever (Espíritu de Tradición) completan el cuadro de honor de una regata marcada por la falta de viento.

El velero clásico Argos (1964) se proclamó hoy ganador absoluto de la XVI Copa del Rey de Barcos de Época tras la anulación de la última manga por falta de viento para tres de las cuatro clases participantes. La encalmada se cebó con la flota de la regata organizada por el Club Marítimo de Mahón, que sólo pudo disputar una prueba completa en tres días.

El viernes se suspendió la jornada sin que ni siquiera se pudiera dar la salida y hoy solo fue válida la regata para la clase Espíritu de Tradición. El Comité decidió anular la manga cuando el Happy Forever (2008), del armador Christian Oldendorff, ya había cruzado la línea de llegada, lo que se tradujo en la victoria final de esta embarcación en su categoría, después de que el el jurado aceptase su protesta.

La armadora Bárbara Trilling y su tripulación del Argos fueron los grandes protagonistas de una edición anómala, marcada por unas condiciones meterológicas poco habituales en los campos de regatas de Mahón. Su victoria en la primera regata de la Copa del Rey, disputada el jueves, determinó el triunfo de este diseño de Holman and Pye en la categoría de Clásicos (barcos botados entre 1950 y 1975), así como en el conjunto de la flota, ya que la suya fue la clase con mayor número de inscritos.

Los vencedores en la clase Época (barcos construidos antes de 1950) fueron el Olympian (1913), en Cangreja, y el Cippino (1949), en Bermudiana, mientras que el Happy Forever (1970) se impuso en Espíritu de Tradición.

Juan Paradela, responsable de clasificaciones, explicó que para otorgar el trofeo absoluto V Centenario, consistente en un busto de Juan Sebastián Elcano cedido por la comisión gubernamental que conmemora los 500 años de la primera circunnavegación, fue necesario deshacer el empate entre los ganadores de las tres clases que optaban al título: Época Cangreja, Época Bermudiana y Clásicos.

“En caso de que se hubiera disputado más de una prueba, el empate se habría resuelto en favor del barco con mayor número de primeros en las mangas parciales, pero en este caso se ha tenido que desempatar premiando al que competía en la clase con más participantes”, señaló Paradela.

El Argos celebró hoy otras dos victorias, además de las ya citadas: ganó la Copa de España de Clásicos y el Circuito Mare Nostrum, dos títulos a cuyo calendario puso el cierre la Copa del Rey de Barcos de Época. Esta ha sido, sin duda, la mejor temporada del Argos en su larguísima trayectoria, que incluye ya cinco triunfos en Mahón.

“Hemos tenido mucha suerte. Veníamos preparados para mucho viento, pero el deporte de la vela es imprevisible. Nos encanta Mahón y nuestra ilusión por estar delante en esta regata es siempre muy grande. Este año hemos estrenado velas, pero el éxito es fruto del trabajo de la tripulación. Llevamos muchos años compitiendo juntos y nos coordinamos con una cuerpo de ballet”, manifestó Barbara Trilling a su llegada al puerto, visiblemente emocionada.

El Olympian consiguió la victoria en Época Cangreja en su segunda participación en la Copa del Rey de Mahón. La embarcación francesa, con base en Marsella, compite prácticamente en tiempo real con el Chinook (1916), al que venció el primer día por dos minutos y cuarenta y seis segundos en compensado. El Marigan (1898), de Tim Liesenhoff, tuvo que conformarse con la tercera plaza en la clase que reúne a los barcos más antiguos y con aparejo trapezoidal. No obstante, el velero del Real Club Náutico de Palma hizo valer sus anteriores victorias en las regatas clasificatorias de Palma y Barcelona para adjudicarse el Trofeo Mare Nostrum y la Copa de España de Clásicos, en las que no estuvo presente el Olympian.

Guillaume Fetas, patrón del Olympian, se mostró muy satisfecho con el resultado. “Estamos contentos con nuestra victoria, pero al mismo tiempo un poco tristes, porque nos gusta competir”, señaló el marino francés, quien añadió: “Queríamos demostrar que podíamos ganar al Chinook otra vez, aunque la falta de viento nos lo ha impedido”.

El barco argentino Cippino II, armado por Daniel Sielecki, venció en la clase Época Bermudiana. Su renta en tiempo compensado sobre el segundo clasificado, el Sky Larck (1937), fue de poco más de tres minutos en la regata del jueves. El Comet (1946), armado por William Woodward Fisher, ocupó la tercera plaza. La victoria en Mahón fue el broche de oro a la temporada mediterránea de la tripulación liderada por Billoch, que se adjudicó también el Mare Nostrum y la Copa de España.

“Los que nos dedicamos a la vela sabemos que pasan cosas como esta. Quizás se podría haber intentado una regata barlovento-sotavento en la bocana del puerto, pero el Comité intentó hacer algo mejor. La intención siempre estuvo y por nuestra parte no hay ninguna queja. Estamos muy contentos por esta victoria, que es la tercera que conseguimos en la Copa del Rey”, afirmó Billoch, que agregó: “Habíamos estudiado el parte y salimos el primer día a darlo todo porque sabeamos que había posibilidades de que los dos últimos días no hubiera regata”.

En Espíritu de Tradición venció el Happy Forever, el único barco que terminó la regata de hoy. El reglamemento determina que si un barco ha cruzado la línea de llegada dentro del tiempo límite antes de la anulación de la prueba, se le asignará su posición y se considerará que los demás no han llegado. Así lo decidió el jurado de la Copa del Rey tras la protesta presentada por el equipo liderado por Christian Oldendorff, lo que relegó al Calima (vencedor de la primera regata) a la segunda posición.