ORC World Championship Croacia, día 3.


© Max Ranchi

© Max Ranchi

© Max Ranchi

© Max Ranchi

© Max Ranchi

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Big breeze in Day Four of D-Marin ORC World Championship

18-27 knots on the two course areas today challenged competitors and race managers alike

Sibenik, Croatia – As teams left the picturesque and protected harbor in Sibenik this morning, the fourth day of the 2019 D-Marin ORC World Championship looked like every other this week on this lovely Dalmatian coast: sunny, warm, slight breeze from the south just starting to rustle leaves on the olive trees. The forecast models seemed wrong, as the pressure at 0930 was 7 knots, 8 knots below the forecast trends, and it was hard to believe this was going to be a big breeze day.

Then getting outside the cut to the open Adriatic, reality confronted everyone: the building seas were steepening to over a meter as the breeze built into the high teens. On course area Alpha the race managers struggled with an errant starting pin mark that refused to stay put in the big seas and 50 meters depth, causing massive delays in getting races started in Classes A and C. Competitors were kept abreast of the situation by radio, and many took cover in the lee of a nearby islet rather than get soaked reaching back and forth at high speed while waiting.

In the end only one race could be started and completed before the breeze built to a steady 23 knots with gusts to 27 knots, and with plenty of carnage on the course the race managers called it a day.

In this one race, the cream rose again to the top, with the polished team on Marco Sarafino’s TP 52 XIO putting another bullet on the scoreboard in the 10.3-mile race, this time with a new runner-up close behind: Sandro Paniccia’s Scuderia 50 Altair 3 by only 29 seconds. XIO’s string of bullets on her scorecard is marred only by her second place finish in the series first long offshore race, once that cannot be discarded.

The Bravo course area had plenty of breeze and waves, but maybe not quite as extreme, with race managers completed two races with the intent for a third. High gusts in the mid-20′s and the concurrent travails on Course area Alpha convinced race managers to quit while ahead and send the fleet in before bad luck might overcome them too.

Andrea Rossi’s Swan 42 team on Mela continued to demonstrate their European one-design class Champion mastery with yet another two victories scored. This may seem easy, but its not, as the margins are extremely thin: in today’s first race over class rival and runner-up Digital Bravo owned by Alberto Franchi, victory was by 4 seconds, with Massimo De Campo’s Selene-Alifax only another 8 seconds back. The next two finishers, Pierluigi Bresciani’s modified Arya 415 Pazza Ida and Nicola de Gemmis’s GS 39 Morgan IV, were only another 30 seconds back so that the top five were all within 43 seconds in corrected time after an hour and 10 minutes of racing: this is competitive handicap racing at its best.

With the breeze and seas building even more in Race 5, the Swans once again dominated the top of the class, this time once again finishing in order of Mela, Digital Bravo and Selene. Its no wonder with such close competitive sailing that skirmishes would be inevitable, and a protest was being heard between Mela and Digital Bravo with Selene as a witness in Race 5, with the jury dismissing the claim. This also as significance because with the completion of Race 5 this class has completed all the minimum requirements needed for an ORC World Championship, with or without additional racing and potential discards in the scores.

Meanwhile back on the Alpha course area the conditions were more challenging for the smaller 35-40-footers in Class C, with numerous incidents of broaching and breakage to keep the sail repair and rigging teams busy tonight. Rising above the fray were the seasoned teams at the top of the leaderboard who enjoyed some close racing. Aivar Tuulberg’s custom Cossutti design Katariina II, the reigning ORC European Champion from Estonia, finally found the winner’s circle in this race but only by 33 seconds over the Czech team on Zdenek Jakoubek’s red-orange M37 Hebe V, the current series leader. Ott Kikkas’s Italia 11.98 Sugar 3 earned third in the race to stay in contention for the lead because if another inshore race is held and se does well, she will drop her 7th place from the first race yesterday and vault back to the top of the leaderboard.

Yet this will not happen tomorrow: race managers are planning to go forward with a 50-mile coastal race, even though the forecast is for very light air. Like Monday’s 114-mile long offshore course, this course will be an island tour where the race can be shortened to stay within reasonable time limits if needed. First start time is planned for 11:00.

For complete results from the long offshore race, visit the event’s results page at https://data.orc.org/public/WEV.dll?action=index&eventid=WORLDS19.

For more information, visit www.orcworlds2019.com.
More on ORC rating systems, ORC certificates and events can be found at www.orc.org.

ORC World Championship Croacia, día 2.


© Andrea Carloni

© Andrea Carloni

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Two inshore races today produce new series leaders at D-Marin ORC Worlds

Perfect conditions make for close inshore racing in all classes

Sibenik, Croatia – In postcard-perfect 13-17 knot southerly winds under sunny Croatian skies, the three classes of the 2019 D-Marin ORC World Championship today enjoyed close competition in two races now added to the series scoreboard. And in three races – yesterday’s long offshore and today’s two inshores – new leaders have emerged in the series.

Racing on the northern Bravo course area due west of the harbor at Sibenik, Class A’s fastest-rated boat – Marco Serafini’s 2011 Botin-designed TP 52 XIO – made it look easy with wins scored in both races. But a closer look at the detailed results tells a different story: their margins of victory were extremely close in the 1 hour of racing time, only 33 seconds in the first race over yesterday’s race winner, Roberto Monti’s Judel/Vrolik-designed TP 52 Air is Blue, and only 40 seconds in the second race over Giovanni Labini’s GS 46R Luduan Reloaded.

“There’s no margin for error at all,” says XIO navigator Ian Moore. “We cannot make any mistakes because we are not racing our rivals directly, we are racing the clock, and there’s plenty of talent in this class, especially in conditions like today,” referring to the moderate steady breeze, flat water, and relatively uncrowded open course area for the 13 teams competing in Class A.

Class B on course area Alpha to the south of Sibenik had what course area PRO Denis Marinov said were two “perfect” races. “The wind built slightly from the morning, but it was steady and stable, we started on time, there were no individual or general recalls, no course changes needed. There may have been a slight ½ knot current from the south, maybe this kept everyone back, but the line was really square, and everyone was on it with space at each starting signal. I was really surprised, but pleased because we got two great races done today.”

As in Class A, there was one team winning both races in Class B too: Andrea Rossi’s Swan 42 Mela. And like XIO in Class A, the margins were tight…in fact, very tight in the first race, with the runner-up – yesterday’s long race winner Massimo De Campo’s Swan 42 Selene-Alifax – overlapped at the finish and losing by a mere 9 seconds in corrected time.

“We sailed really well today, with strong starts and executing our game plan in each race,” said tactician Enrico Zennaro. “This was to go left, tack with a small margin to the layline, and cross everyone, and it worked.” The teamwork on Mela was also helped by their active participation and success in class one-design racing, where they earned their title as European Champions in last year’s class championship in Porto Cervo.

“The class racing pushes us to know the boats well, and they do well in ORC anyway, so its no surprise we are all three [Swan 42's] in the top rankings in this class,” said Zennaro. And despite their strong results today, the team’s 11th place in the non-discardable long race yesterday means they still trail rival Swan 42′s Selene-Alifax and Albert Franci’s Digital Bravo by several points in the standings.

“We still have a lot of work to do,” admitted Zennaro.

Class C on course area Alpha was not nearly as well-behaved as Class B, with race manager Ariane Mainemarie having to pull out the Black Flag to tame this largest crowd in the regatta with 50 boats. Former Olympian Lorenzo Bodini, tactician on Aivar Tuulberg’s custom Cossutti-designed 37-footer Katariina II, the reigning ORC European Champion, said the starts are really tough.

“If someone messes you up, you can protest, but what’s the point, you just need to get off the line clean because if you are not, the race is impossible to catch up,” he said.

Today’s leader in the class seemed to avoid this problem by having clean lanes to let the boat do the work and good tactical calls to emerge with an impressive score of 1-2 on the day. Zdenek Jakoubek’s red-orange M37 Hebe V may be hard to miss on the crowded start lines, but skipper Petr Fiala would also credit the windy conditions today for their success, which nonetheless was by a small 28-second margin in Race 1. In contrast, their loss to yesterday’s long race winner Ott Kikkas’s Italia 11.98 Sugar 3 in the second race was by 1:12 in over an hour of racing.

“We are very good in this breeze,” he said, “and the crew knows the boat well. We expect windy conditions again tomorrow, so we hope to have another good day.”

Tomorrow’s forecast suggests even windier southerlies of up to 20 knots, so race organizers have opted to schedule three inshore races for the day and push the next short coastal race to Friday, whose forecast at this stage is not so promising with very light wind predicted. A final buoy race will conclude the series on Saturday when the new World Champions will be crowned.

For complete results from the long offshore race, visit the event’s results page at https://data.orc.org/public/WEV.dll?action=index&eventid=WORLDS19.
For more information, visit www.orcworlds2019.com.
More on ORC rating systems, ORC certificates and events can be found at www.orc.org.

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, día 2.


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© Borlenghi

Fuente info YCCS

Porto Cervo, 3 – 8 June 2019
LORO PIANA SUPERYACHT REGATTA GLORIOUS SECOND DAY IN COSTA SMERALDA

Porto Cervo, Italy. 5 June 2019. The second day of racing at the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, an event organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, was characterised by ideal wind conditions for big boat racing. Winds of 18 to 23 knots from the southeast allowed the fleet to give their best on a regatta course that was nothing short of spectacular.

For the first time in a superyacht regatta, the boats in the Performance division tested – with resounding success and a lot of adrenaline – a fleet start with a windward offset mark, instead of the usual staggered start which remained in place for the Cruising division. Jim Pugh of the Reichel-Pugh Yacht Design studio was on board Magic Carpet 3 and commented: “The fleet start today was really beautiful with ten superyachts on the same line. We are very happy to be here at this event in Porto Cervo, it’s fantastic. When you have wind that intensifies from 18 knots up to 25 and you take on a course of approximately 30 nautical miles, you have all the elements for optimal racing conditions.”

The choice of the course by the Race Committee was indeed perfect, sending the Performance fleet to circumnavigate the islands of Caprera and La Maddalena counter clockwise, leaving a mark to port off the island of Barettinelli di Fuori before returning to Porto Cervo via Bomb Alley and the Bisce pass, covering a total distance of 30.5 miles.

The Cruising division sailed around Caprera and La Maddalena clockwise, leaving the islet of Barettini to port, a route of 24.3 miles. The spectacle of the two divisions coming together at the island of Spargi was unique, a dream scenario for anyone passionate about sailing. While the 50-metre Silencio, at the head of the Cruising fleet, rounded Punta Marginetto on La Maddalena, the gaff-rigged schooner Mariette of 1915, sailed with great skill ahead of Meteor and Q, met with the ultra-modern WallyCento Magic Carpet 3 leading the Performance fleet. On that section of the course the wind was blowing at 23 knots with gusts of 29 recorded at the top of the masts of the superyachts – a height of more than 50 metres.

Magic Carpet 3 repeated yesterday’s success, chalking up another convincing victory, this time in front of Switzerland’s 33-metre Inoui. Third place of the day went to the Wally Open Season, followed by Ribelle and Magic Blue, who finished on the same corrected time, a fairly rare occurrence which led to both being awarded the same average score. The provisional overall classification naturally sees Magic Carpet 3 in first place, followed by two more Wally yachts: Open Season and Magic Blue.

In the Cruising division the Perini Navi Silencio also gained her second win ahead of Mariette in second place. The 50-metre yachts Meteor and Q, who crossed the finish line in third and fourth place, treated spectators to an exciting battle of the giants throughout the race. Stephane Luca and Chris Main, respectively captain and tactician on board Inoui, commented: “For the first time the super-yachts started in the classic manner, on one line, and not individually as is usual, but it was a start that was completely safe for everyone. We started very well and this was the key for the day which, combined with perfect manoeuvres over the whole course, allowed us to get a great second place. We are happy with today’s result and to be here racing in Porto Cervo, a place we love coming back to.”

As regards the Southern Wind Trophy, the SW105 Kiboko Tres today led the SW82 Grande Orazio and the SW-RP 90 custom All Smoke. The provisional classification for the Trophy after two races sees a very even situation, with Kiboko Tres sharing the leadership with All Smoke and Grande Orazio. Jim Schmicker, vice president of Farr Yacht Design, who sailed on the SW105 Kiboko Tres said: “The boat is spectacular and always fast. The fleet start was very interesting, we are all professionals here, we know how to do a start and avoid potentially risky situations.”

A rest day is scheduled for tomorrow for the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, while the yachts from the Southern Wind shipyard will compete for their dedicated trophy with a fresh westerly wind forecast. The first warning signal is scheduled for 11.30 a.m.

For updates on social media follow the hashtags #yccs #loropianasyr.

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta. Primer día de regata en Porto Cervo.


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Magic Carpet 3, Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2019.

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LORO PIANA SUPERYACHT REGATTA MAGIC CARPET 3 AND SILENCIO LEADERS ON DAY 1

Porto Cervo, Italy. 4 June 2019. The first day of racing took place today at the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, an event now in its 12th edition and organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, which sees 20 boats ranging from 25 to 52 metres in length gathered in Porto Cervo. The forecast was for light winds and the Race Committee had the fleet wait at the docks before starting with sufficient wind two hours later than scheduled. The first yacht crossed the starting line at 1.30 p.m. with a southwesterly breeze which increased from an initial 8 knots to 10.

The chosen route covered 22.4 miles and saw the superyachts start from the waters off Porto Cervo headed for the islet of Soffi, in front of Cala di Volpe. They rounded the small island before making their way back to Porto Cervo in an anti-clockwise direction after having rounded two marks in the open sea and another in front of the Isole delle Bisce pass.

In the Performance division Magic Carpet 3 immediately took the reins and, being one of the fastest yachts in the fleet and therefore the penultimate in the starting sequence, quickly broke free to sail into clean air, taking the lead and crossing the finish line first. The results in corrected time confirmed performances on the water with the WallyCento owned by YCCS member Sir Lindsay Owen Jones triumphing ahead of the Wallys Magic Blue and Open Season. Jochen Schuemann, a legend in Olympic sailing, with 3 golds and one silver medal, is the tactician aboard Magic Carpet 3: “We made a couple of good decisions to control our position and get an early jump on the boats directly in front of us. We hoisted our Code 0 early past the windward mark and sailed a little bit below the next breakpoint but in clean air and a little faster than the others with just our jib: that was the essential step forward. We got clear air after that again and there you go, we were in the lead until the finish. It was fun, we enjoyed it very much, as always it’s very scenic here around Porto Cervo, I think this is the best venue for costal racing. I’m here for lots of events from the Loro Piana to the Maxi Worlds amongst others. It’s always good fun here and today’s conditions were great even though they’re predicted to be the lightest of the week. It’ll be a new start every day and we have to keep an eye on the end of the week when the forecast for Saturday says there could be Mistral.”

In the Cruising division, on a route shortened to 15.5 miles, the 50-metre Perini yacht Silencio took control ahead of the veteran of the fleet, Mariette, a gaff-rigged schooner from 1915. Third place went to Q, a 52-metre ketch and the largest boat competing in Porto Cervo.

All Smoke, a brand new 90-foot custom-designed yacht is making its racing debut at the Southern Wind Trophy, and finished ahead of the SW82 Grande Orazio and SW105 Kiboko Tres, the most recent yacht launched from the Cape Town shipyard. Mark Sadler, tactician aboard All Smoke, built by Southern Wind Shipyard and designed by Reichel/Pugh, had these words: “This was All Smoke’s regatta debut and I think it was a really good first race for her. It was good to start in lighter air because that way we can see the potential in the boat and see what we need to do to improve. But there’s huge amount of potential here and we’ll improve throughout the week as we learn the yacht.”

Racing resumes tomorrow with the first warning signal at 11.30. For the Cruising division the starts will be individual and staggered, a repeat of today, while the superyachts in the Performance will have a fleet start.

For updates on social media follow the hashtags #yccs #loropianasyr.

ORC World Championship Croacia. Comienzo de campeonato con la regata larga offshore.


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XIO and Air is Blue were leaders in Class A

© Fabio Taccola
Class C race winner Sugar 3 has three types of offwind sails: symmetric and asymmetric spinnakers and a headsail-set-flying

© Andrea Carloni
After a long battle, Selene-Alifax managed to vault ahead of Class B rivals in the last leg of the race.

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First points on the scoreboard at 2019 D-Marin ORC World Championship

Early leaders are Air is Blue, Selene and Sugar 3 as race winners in Class A, B and C in the long offshore race

Sibenik, Croatia – In elapsed times that ranged from 14 hours 45 Minutes to well over 25 hours, the 110-boat fleet at the 2019 D-Marin ORC World Championship has completed the 126-mile long offshore race today, earning their crews their first points on the event scoreboard. Two offshore and six inshore races are planned through Saturday 8 June, with ORC World Champion titles awarded in each of three classes.

In Class A, two Italian teams led throughout the race: Roberto Monti’s 2008 Judel/Vrolik-designed TP 52 Air is Blue and Marco Serafini’s newer and faster 2011 Botin-designed TP 52 XIO. Their rated difference in speed was not much using the Offshore scoring model – an average of 6.6 seconds/mile, or only 2 boatlengths per mile of course length – so the two seemed destined to be match race sailing.

Yet at the halfway point XIO had extended their lead by over two miles, so on the long final leg to the last turning mark Visovac Monti’s team decided to split with the leader, opting to go east of a string of small islands south of Zmajan while XIO stayed west. This helped close the gap, because XIO’s lead was cut in half when the two converged again north of the island, then reduced even further to only a few hundred meters at the gate at Kukuljari.

At about 11 PM, XIO rounded the final mark at Visovac with Air is Blue not far astern, a narrow margin they managed to keep until they both drifted to the finish line at Zlarin island at about 1:45 AM. Air is Blue’s winning margin in corrected time was 9:13 after almost 15 hours of racing.

The largest winning margin in corrected time was 34:38 after almost 20 hours of racing in Class B, with Massimo De Campo’s Swan 42 Selene-Alifax from Italy defeating another Italian Swan 42, Alberto Franchi’s Digital Bravo. The next two boats in the rankings, Michalis Belegris’s GS 42R Code Zero Mastihashop from Greece and Diego Zanco’s X 41 Nube from Croatia skippered by Mate Arapov, were within another 5 minutes of corrected time from Digital Bravo.

Like the leaders in Class A, Selene-Alifax and Digital Bravo were close most of the race, except in the last leg. “We had a narrow lead when the wind stopped after rounding at Visovac,” said De Campo, “and our tactician saw something on the water. We went for this patch and just sailed away from the others.”

In Class C the racing results were too close to call for most of the race, with Ott Kikkas’s mixed Estonian-Italian team on his new Italia 11.98 Sugar 3 winning by only an astounding 30 seconds after the Czech runner-up – Zdenek Jakoubek’s M 37 Hebe – sailed for over 23 hours. In third place 9 minutes back was Jose Maria Vila Valero’s GS 37 BC Tanit 4 – Medilevel from Spain.

Sugar 3 designer Matteo Polli reckoned their success came in part from about 2 hours of use of their headsail-set-flying sail tacked on the bowsprit, a masthead specialty sail legal for use in ORC that has a midgirth dimension of55%. This sail is designed and rated for use at close reaching angles between an asymmetric spinnaker and a non-overlapping jib.

“With this sail we were as fast as the Melges 32 [Holger Streckenbach's Old Jug by Imagine] in light air, so we feel it has paid for itself in this race because both offshore races are non-discardable,” he said. “Maybe we will see it again on Friday in the short offshore race.”

Inshore racing starts tomorrow at 11:00 with Classes A and C sailing windward-leeward courses on the Bravo area west of Sibenik, while Class B will race on the Alpha area to the south. Principal Race Officer Ariane Mainmarie says the current forecast looks promising for 10-15 knots of southerly wind, suitable for two races.

For complete results from the long offshore race, visit the event’s results page at https://data.orc.org/public/WEV.dll?action=index&eventid=WORLDS19.
For more information, visit www.orcworlds2019.com.
More on ORC rating systems, ORC certificates and events can be found at www.orc.org.

151 Miglia-Trofeo Cetilar, triunfos para Rambler 88 y Vera.


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Breakaway 151 Miglia-Trofeo Cetilar for Rambler 88 and Vera

Press release issued by the International Maxi Association
2 June 2019

One of the biggest ‘door closing on those behind’ moments in offshore sailing occurred on Thursday night and through the next 24 hours for competitors racing in the special 10th anniversary edition of the 151 Miglia-Trofeo Cetilar, between Livorno and Punta Ala, Italy.

The 151 Miglia-Trofeo Cetilar is organised by Yacht Club Punta Ala, Yacht Club Livorno and Yacht Club Repubblica Marinara di Pisa, in collaboration with Marina di Punta Ala, Marina di Pisa and the International Maxi Association (IMA). It is also the third event of the 2018-19 IMA Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge (MMOC).

The record-sized fleet of 220, in what has become the Mediterranean’s largest offshore race, left Livorno in around 10-12 knots at 1600 on Thursday, but that night parked at the Giraglia Rock, off northeast Corsica. First to arrive at around dusk, Rambler 88 saw her lead evaporate as the fleet compressed. The American maxi had to carry out almost a complete lap of Giraglia before escaping its clutches at around 2230. The Reichel-Pugh 86 Vera (ex-My Song) followed half an hour behind.

From there the two boats were able to sail almost straight towards the final turning mark at Formiche di Grosseto where Rambler 88 arrived here just after 0400, followed by Vera at 0540. They made equally fine progress north to the Punta Ala finish line where Rambler 88 arrived at 05:55:43, Vera at 07:15:03.

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Adris 44Cup Rovinj, dia 3.




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Leader change as Aleph Racing goes turbo at the Adris 44Cup Rovinj

While conditions seemed similar to yesterday with a light northwesterly, results on day three of the Adris 44Cup Rovinj demonstrated how fortunes between the slippery, high performance RC44 one design monohulls and their ultra-competitive crews can change in a heartbeat.

London-based Frenchman Hugues Lepic’s Aleph Racing was top scorer in yesterday’s three races, just. But today, the bit between her teeth, she was runaway leader.

In race one Torbjörn Törnqvist’s Artemis Racing, this week helmed by Sarah Gundersen, was a nose in front at the windward mark, but on the first run Aleph Racing benefitted from hanging on to starboard longer and by the leeward gate were in front. They maintained their position while Artemis Racing’s second propelled her in to the lead overall as Team CEEREF’s fortunes plummeted, coming home eighth.

Aleph Racing proved this was no fluke when in the second race they started well and made the most of the left this time taking the lead on the first beat. Once again they clung on, scoring their second bullet.

A couple of false starts and a temporary change in the wind situation caused a delay before the third race was sent off successfully. In this Aleph Racing again was strong up the first beat until John Bassadone’s Peninsula Petroleum nosed ahead, coming in from the right. As the breeze got progressively lighter, the Gibraltar team extended away in clear air to claim its first bullet of the regatta.

“Conditions have been pretty tough, but we just kept on fighting, fighting, every single moment, and managed to get some reward for it,” explained Bassadone. “Yesterday we didn’t sail badly, we just had some tough conditions, very tricky to read the shifts.”

Bassadone praised his new tactician for this season, Ed Baird. “Today’s second and the first were enjoyable, but even the first race too – at one point we were in trouble and Ed got us back to a very good fifth. It is stressful racing, but fantastic, a fantastic place, and it is all very close.” He was also pleased for Hugues Lepic and Aleph Racing knowing the excitement of winning here (Peninsula Petroleum claimed the RC44 World Championship in Rovinj in 2012).

Of the third race, Baird said: “We didn’t have the best start, but we escaped into a clear air. The wind had dropped and it had shifted back and forth 40°, so it was hard to know what was coming next. We just tried to stay clear and when it felt like a good time to go back, we did, and it proved better than expected.”

Today wind shifts were subtle and perhaps Baird’s credentials as a former Laser World Champion paid. “The shifts weren’t registering on the wind indicator so it was just feeling in the boat,” he said. “It seemed like we had a lot of breeze at the top of the mast, but just five on the sails. It was very hard to read.”

Yesterday’s leader, Team CEEREF was having a tougher time, yet still dug herself out of deep positions: A 3-4 in the final races have left her second overall.

Going into the last day of Adris 44Cup Rovinj Aleph Racing holds a five point lead over Team CEEREF. Significantly this is the first time the French team has ever led, or been in line to win, a 44Cup event.

Ashore at the VIP entertainment area within the Grand Park Hotel Rovinj, Hugues Lepic was jubilant, but not yet overly confident: “I take each race at a time. We’ll see what happens tomorrow. I hope for a good performance, but the racing is very competitive, everyone is good, everyone can win, but everyone can make mistakes too.

“The team is excellent – Michele [Ivaldi - tactician] is doing a fantastic job. Everybody’s gelling together really well and today we had some fantastic starts. Obviously when you are ahead it is much easier to stay ahead rather than battling in the background. We were very focussed and it was great to see how it works when everything goes well.”

Ivaldi also reckons it was the best day of his long 44Cup career. “My wife suggested that I eat the same breakfast as I had yesterday! You don’t often come home after three races with just five points.”

Aleph Racing seemed to do well being opportunistic. In the first race for example they had wanted to go right earlier but saw more pressure on the left further up the course, so decided to persevere.

Aleph Racing’s five point lead is still beatable, but the fight is closer behind with Artemis Racing, Peninsula Petroleum and Charisma all within three points of second placed Team CEEREF.

Another tight race is going on lower down the leaderboard were Team Aqua, Team Nika and Bronenosec Sailing Team are all within two points.

To make up the schedule and because the forecast indicates conditions may be lighter, racing has been rescheduled to start an hour earlier tomorrow. Meanwhile tonight the celebrations continue for the opening of Maistra’s Grand Park Hotel Rovinj and the adjacent ACI Marinas Rovinj superyacht marina.

For full results visit: www.44Cup.org/results

Adris 44Cup Rovinj, dia 2.



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Two bullet day for Charisma at Adris 44Cup Rovinj

After yesterday’s multi-faceted single race, conditions settled down with a 10-12 knot northwesterly allowing three races to be held on the second day of the Adris 44Cup Rovinj. With Rovinj’s picture postcard old town forming the backdrop, the sun out and a relatively stable breeze, the 2019 44Cup’s Croatian stopover lived up to tourist board promises.

Despite the much more stable conditions compared to yesterday, the racing served up some unusual results, although the sole constant is the resilient grip the local heroes from nearby Slovenia, Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF, hold on first place.

Glory boys of today were unquestionably Nico Poons’ Charisma, who managed to secure bullets in the first and last races. However these sandwiched a costly last place – the classic zero-to-hero way for which the Monaco-based Dutchman’s team is famous. “This is normal for us – I wish I knew why,” admitted Poons. “We need a bit more time to sail together, but the potential in the team is there. We are getting more stable and cutting out bad results.”

Clearly for Poons the relationship with his new America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race-winning tactician John Kostecki is working. In the first race Team Aqua and Team CEEREF were OCS, and the Russian Tavatuy Sailing Team led for the first three legs only to grind to halt head to wind coming into the top mark creating a similar scenario for Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika coming in from astern, also down speed following a port-starboard penalty immediately before.

“We got pretty good starts, went the right way and stayed out of trouble where a lot of people got into trouble especially in that first race. That sprung us out there,” explained Kostecki, who is still coming to terms with how different the RC44′s characteristics are to the TP52 he regularly sails. “If you look at all the other tacticians here – they have a lot more experience. I am still learning a lot and am making a lot of mistakes, but we’ll get better each day.”

Meanwhile Torbjörn Törnqvist’s Artemis Racing came to the fore today, winning race two. This, following a second in today’s first race, elevated the Swedish team to the same points as leader Team CEEREF going into the final race.

In race two Team CEEREF had been leading but on the second beat went left early, while Artemis Racing benefitted from a greater commitment to the right, popping them out in front. In fact going right in the northwesterly here seems to pay consistently. Artemis Racing’s tactician Andy Horton explained why: “The breeze was going left all day, but the current was less adverse on the right side upwind. We saw about 0.2 knot of difference between left and right. Later in the day there was more pressure in there too.” Artemis Racing was definitely looking faster too – Horton agreed: “The boat is going well – the boys made a couple of nice improvements on the set-up and now we are right back in the hunt.”

Surprisingly the lowest scoring boat of the day was most discreet. Aleph Racing of London-based Frenchman Hugues Lepic didn’t win a race today, and never was first to the weather mark, but fought her way through to finish among the top three in every race. This supreme consistency has propelled Lepic’s team from eighth place yesterday to a very-much-still-in-contact third at this mid-way point of the Adris 44Cup Rovinj.

“I think the crew is very confident and they’ve trained,” said Lepic. “This is an event I like because I have been here several times and at least the first time I came here it worked really well, so I have good memories of it. Our crew is in good shape. We are starting well and our manoeuvring is fine. We’ll take this, but it is only the second day.”

Tactician Michele Ivaldi explained their day: “The guys did a fantastic job and Hugues did very well. We had good starts apart from the first one. We always played the right side of the course, because there’s less current and a bit of a geographical bend in the wind, so you can make a big gain there.” He added that going into this event they have been practicing their starting and they are now reaping the rewards of this.

All credit must be given to Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF crew, who dug themselves out of several holes today, notably an OCS in the opening race. A fourth placed finish, compared to Artemis Racing’s sixth, in today’s final race saw Team CEEREF regain the lead by two points.

“The right was very strong,” said tactician Adrian Stead of that race. “We managed to get around in sixth at the top. Then at the gate we got past Artemis and into the fifth and then we got Peninsula on the last run. We made a few boat handling errors yesterday but we are really pleased. We could very easily have had a few more points, so to come off the water with just 10 is very nice.”

Tomorrow another full day of racing is forecast with a first warning signal once again at 1200.

For full results visit: www.44Cup.org/results