44Cup Montenegro, día 3. Team Nika lidera por la mínima sobre Península Petroleum.

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German Panei (Peninsula Petroleum) y Juanpa Marcos (Team Aqua), argentinos en Montenegro.

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Team Nika wins penultimate day in Porto Montenegro

Dramatic cloud formations over the mountains surrounding the Bay of Tivat and an overcast sky suggested that 44Cup Porto Montenegro competitors would be in for another day of adrenalin-filled competition with winds in the high teens..

In the event the wind started dropping almost the moment the timing for the sequence was announced. As Andy Horton, tactician on Torbjörn Törnqvist’s Artemis Racing recounted: “We went out and there was that big black line to windward of us and we said ‘Torbjörn put on your boots we’ve seen it rain and hail here’. Because the breeze was up, we put up our J2s on and did our tune-up.”

But then it all changed: “With the pre-start a couple of minutes away, the cloud split and one part went down the right and one went down the left and all of a sudden the wind dropped out and it was a quick fluster for everyone to get their genoas on. We didn’t hoist ours until 3.5-4 minutes out and a few were later. So we were straight into genoas with no training.”

Artemis Racing won the pin but was held up from tacking by the boats above her. Nonetheless the left side seemed to pay off up until the very top of the beat when coming in from the right the new Russian 44Cup team, Pavel Kuznetsov’s Tavatuy Sailing Team scored a major coup rounding the weather mark first. Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika also slipping in relegating Artemis Racing to third.

With the wind going soft and left on the run, the course axis was adjusted and the course shortened for the next upwind. On this Tavatuy Sailing Team took the left as Artemis Racing and Team Nika went right. On this occasion the right paid with Team Nika slowly easing ahead. With the wind dropping to nothing across the bay, the race was shortened at the top mark. Team Nika and Artemis Racing ghosted across the line, the Russian team taking her second bullet of the 44Cup Porto Montenegro.

“When the wind is dying you have to keep moving,” explained Team Nika’s Vladimir Prosikhin. “We were pretty close to Artemis. They tacked and tried to leebow us, but in these conditions that was almost impossible. I had some boat speed and they had to go 5° lower just to accelerate to our speed for 10-15 seconds, so that created a gap and we were completely safe by the finish. For us it was a nice race. We didn’t make mistakes like we did in previous races.”

Yesterday was not the best for Team Nika – OCS in one start and picking up a penalty in another dropping them from a close second to a lowly fourth. Aside from their starting, Prosikhin attributed Thursday’s issues to bedding in the rig after having changing all their standing rigging. “We struggled with the speed a bit and the fleet is so equal that everyone comes together which shows the level of the fleet. Tiny differences can change your position from first to last. That is what makes this class so special.”

According to Andy Horton on Artemis Racing closing on the finish there wasn’t enough wind even to tack the mainsail’s battens. The situation was far worse for the boats astern many of whom stopped dead in the water for several minute before the lightest of winds finally filled in, albeit from the north, forcing the tailenders to finish the upwind leg under spinnaker.

After a pause the fleet was sent ashore, and after a patience wait, racing was concluded for the day. As Principal Race Officer Peter Reggio explained: “The breeze never really materialised until late in the afternoon. If we started them then the race would have turned out bad, plus the lights would have gone out. Tomorrow it will be catch-as-catch-can.” Que sera sera. However to make up for the loss in schedule the time for the last warning signal has been protracted to 1700 CET, the last time a warning signal can be made.

Today’s race has left Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF still leading but with John Bassadone’s Peninsula Petrolum now up to second ahead of Chris Bake’s Team Aqua. Fourth placed Team Nika has closed the gap on the podium down to three points.


Rolex Fastnet Race 2019, veinticinco Imoca 60 presentes y debut para los nuevos Hugo Boss y Arkea-Paprec.

© Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

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25 IMOCAs competing in the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race 2019: a record number of entrants

On Saturday 3rd August, 25 double-handed crews will set sail from Cowes (Isle of Wight) aboard IMOCAs for the start of the 48th Rolex Fastnet Race, an ocean racing classic which sees hundreds of boats competing every other year. There has never been such a huge number of IMOCAs sailing this 608-mile course to Plymouth via the Fastnet Rock.
Included in the Globe Series, the Rolex Fastnet Race will enable sailors to earn points in the championship and to clock up more miles to be selected for the Vendée Globe. We can look forward to some closely fought battles throughout the fleet. Who will follow in the footsteps of Paul Meilhat and Gwénolé Gahinet, the winners back in 2017? We’ll find out in early August

4 minutes and 37 seconds. That was how long it took on 7th January to fill up all 340 places available in the IRC fleet in the famous Rolex Fastnet Race. This number proves just how attractive this biennial event created in 1925 really is. The IMOCA class negotiated with the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) to obtain twenty places with the possibility for skippers to sign up until 15th February. There will in fact be 25 double-handed crews setting sail from Cowes on Saturday 3rd August. To ensure a fair playing field within the framework of the Globe Series, the boats will be measured and given a weighting and checks will be carried out on their safety gear. To avoid any risk of collision, these boats, which accelerate away so incredibly quickly, will have their own start time, setting sail before most of the fleet.

50 sailors with some top class duos and two brand new IMOCAs…
Practically all of the IMOCAs competing in the Transat Jacques Vabre will be competing in the Rolex Fastnet Race. In short, only a few brand new boats will be missing. The number of IMOCAs registered for the British classic is quite impressive. In comparison, there were nine in the previous edition in 2017. The fact that the event is part of the Globe Series, the class’s world championship, has a lot to do with this enthusiasm. The winner of this race given a weighting of two will earn themselves a precious 50 points. Sailors who are involved in the selection process for the Vendée Globe will want to complete the race to clock up some valuable qualifying miles for the Vendée Globe.

Everyone will be closely watching the performance of two brand new IMOCAs from the latest generation, as they will be taking part in their first race. Alex Thomson will be trying out his new Hugo Boss, which we imagine will be absolutely incredible, while the duo formed by Sébastien Simon/Vincent Riou will be competing aboard the brand new Arkea-Paprec. The Rolex Fastnet Race will also offer a baptism of fire in the IMOCA class to Kevin Escoffier (PRB) and Clarisse Crémer (Banque Populaire), who will be able to count on some precious support from Armel Le Cléac’h.
We won’t give you the names of everyone registered here, but there are certainlysome top class duos competing: Sam Davies/Paul Meilhat (Initiatives-Cœur), Jérémie Beyou/Christopher Pratt (Charal), Yannick Bestaven/Roland Jourdain (Maître CoQ), Isabelle Joschke/Morgan Lagravière (MACSF), Alan Roura/Sébastien Audigane (La Fabrique), Fabrice Amedeo/Eric Péron (Newrest-Art & Fenêtres)… Just to mention a few.

Getting used to double-handed sailing on a demanding course
In this closely fought contest, the outcome will be down to details. This strategic race means they have to deal well with the currents and local effects along the south coast of Britain. There is also an offshore phase, as they head up to the emblematic Fastnet Rock off the south of Ireland, where the wind and sea conditions can be quite nasty. This ocean sprint will offer no respite to the competitors. Two years ago, Paul Meilhat and Gwénolé Gahinet won the race after 2 days, 16 hours and 14 minutes after a hard fought battle.

With the solo Bermuda 1000 Race taking place in early May, the Rolex Fastnet Race will be the major double-handed event before the Transat Jacques Vabre. That is why Sylvie Viant, the Race Director for the transatlantic race between Le Havre and Salvador da Bahia, will be closely watching the British race: “We know that the sailors competing have a lot of experience, but the double-handed crews need to work well together and put up with each other. The Transat Jacques Vabre is a long and complicated race. We have already seen some pairs that just don’t get on and have thrown in the towel in Brest. It is very important that they have already sailed together before on shorter yet demanding courses. For some crews, the Rolex Fastnet Race will be their first reference race. This will be an important event for them, as will the Azimut Challenge in September. The more the double-handed crews sail before the Transat Jacques Vabre, the more likely they will do well and the better the race.”

44Cup Montenegro, día 2. Team Aqua es el mejor del día y acecha a Team Ceeref.

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Team Aqua top scorer on day two of 44Cup Porto Montenegro

While the sun was out and the rain held off, Porto Montenegro presented a challenging second day of 44Cup racing, starting in 10 knots and building to 20 by the close of play mid-afternoon. A light patch around the committee boat helped create nail-biting photo finishes in two of today’s three races.

Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF comfortably won race two and holds the lead overall by two points at this halfway stage of the 44Cup Porto Montenegro.

Kirill Frolov’s Bronenosec Sailing Team appeared to have the first race squared away, with a massive lead on the final run, only for her gennaker to blow up. Frolov explained: “It wasn’t a good hoist at the second top mark. We went higher than we should have done and we were left with some big holes in the genniker. It was fine on starboard but when we gybed it was terrible.” Anticipating there might be a problem, they were all set up to peel only to discover that the spinnaker halyard was jammed at the masthead.

As Bronenosec’s Kiwi tactician Cameron Dunn observed: “We got a massive header during the hoist, that caused the halyard jump the sheave. With the rips in the chute we thought we had a big enough lead to sail conservatively and do the run in one gybe. Unfortunately after we gybed it only lasted about 30 seconds…” The Russian team salvaged a fifth but then had to send a crew aloft to release the halyard and drop the head of the blown sail.

This left John Bassadone’s Peninsula Petroleum to win the lunge for the line ahead of Chris Bake’s Team Aqua.

“It was a little bit of the nature of here,” expounded Bassadone of his welcome victory. “Conditions are very shifty, very tricky so you have you stick with it and, as Ed [Baird – Peninsula Petroleum's new tactician] keeps telling us ‘be patient, be patient’. It was premeditated to delay gybing and we found more pressure but also more space to accelerate and managed to nip in ahead at the end.”

While Peninsula Petroleum is the only team so far with no result deeper than a fifth, today’s best score came from Chris Bake’s Team Aqua on which keelboat legend Peter Morton was helming, today being only his second ever in the high performance one design class. Team Aqua’s 2-4-1 made her best scoring boat, elevating her to second overall ahead of Peninsula Petroleum.

Morton, who aside from reigniting the Quarter Ton class and dominating the first two seasons in the FAST 40+ class has campaigned in most of the top one design and box rule classes over the last decades, observed of the 44Cup: “The racing is amazing. I haven’t steered a boat with a wheel for 12 years, apart from a couple of superyachts! The Team Aqua crew is fantastic and there lots of coaching, which is good.

“Today it wasn’t a case of anyone being particularly outstanding,” he continued. “You’d get a couple of little puffs but two boat lengths here can mean four or five boats. I enjoyed it. I’d love to do some more.” Tomorrow Chris Bake returns to steer.

Team Aqua tactician Cameron Appleton was also pleased with their performance. “It hasn’t been easy as the fleet is so tight. You get ahead and the others come down with new pressure. And the beats weren’t exactly straightforward, but we improved as the day went on. We had great starts over the last two days which has allowed us to do what we needed to do.”

In race three they won by prevailing in a three way photo finish alongside Hugues Lepic’s Aleph Racing and Tavatuy Sailing Team, who remain on a steep learning curve at this, their second ever 44Cup event.

“We all piled into the finish line together holding our breath to see who came out on top,” recounted Appleton.

As with Bronenosec in race one, so in the third race Aleph Racing saw victory slip through their fingers. Tactician Michele Ivaldi explained: “In these conditions you need a bit of luck. We had some in the first beat when we chose the better [right] side of the course. But downwind when you sail into less wind, it is tricky. We tried to defend. At the finish we could have been fourth but we managed to sneak a second.”

With two days of racing left, just three points separate the lead trio, but there is a now a significant seven point gap back to Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika, now holding fourth place after a disappointing day. To make matters worse Team Nika has both their two time Melges 32 World Championship winning compatriots on Tavatuy Sailing Team and Nico Poons’ Charisma nipping at their heels, within two points of them.

Conditions look equally promising tomorrow when racing is due to start at 11:30.


Sudamericano de Optimist en Algarrobo, Chile. Sin regatas por falta de viento.

Fuente info Silvana González Mesina

Mañana se define el Campeonato Sudamericano de Veleros Optimist en Algarrobo

Sin regatas este jueves por ausencia de viento, los timoneles realizaron actividades recreativas y de camaradería. Este viernes se adelantó el horario de partida para las 11:00 horas, para la disputa de las últimas regatas individuales. Los punteros provisionales son Santino Marcatelli (Argentina), Guilherme Menezes (Brasil) y Rafaela Salvatore (Chile).

Algarrobo, abril 11 de 2019.-

Sin viento se vivió este jueves la cuarta y penúltima jornada del Campeonato Sudamericano de Veleros Optimist, que se está desarrollando en la Cofradía Náutica del Pacífico (Algarrobo), con participación de 169 timoneles de 17 países.
Las condiciones eólicas no permitieron disputar ninguna regata, aunque igualmente los niños (todos menores de 15 años) disfrutaron de una jornada con múltiples actividades recreativas, entre ellas, juegos colectivos y un aplaudido Challenge (Desafío) consistente en imitar el desplazamiento de los Pinguinos, especies famosas en la zona, pues junto al club sede se encuentra una isla con Pinguinos de Humboldt, zona protegida y de la que los chicos recibieron charlas educativas. En el desafío, que se mostró mediante un video en redes sociales, se involucraron navegantes de diversos países, entrenadores, team leaders, jueves y padres.
En lo competitivo, para este viernes la Comisión de Regatas decidió adelantar la hora de largada para las 11:00 horas (originalmente estaba fijada para el mediodía), para disputar la mayor cantidad posibles de las últimas regatas individuales, que definirán el título subcontinental.
Completadas cuatro pruebas, los punteros provisionales son el campeón defensor, el argentino Santino Marcatelli, con tres triunfos parciales y 5 puntos negativos; seguido por el brasileño Guilherme Menezes, con 15 unidades, mismo puntaje pero con mejores parciales que la chilena Rafaela Salvatore, quien ocupa el tercer puesto. Más atrás se ubican la trasandina Victoria Mackinnon, y el local Benjamín Guzmán, ambos con 17 tantos negativos, lo que da cuenta de lo estrecha que está la competencia.
Cabe señalar que, producto del carácter abierto del torneo, están habilitadas para participar delegaciones de todos los continentes, aunque el podio sudamericano se reserva a los mejores representantes de la región. Los países que participan en este certamen, que hace ocho años no tenía sede en nuestro país, son: Antigua, Bermuda, Argentina, Australia, Brasil, Canadá, Chile, Ecuador, Estados Unidos, Islas Caimán, México, Nueva Zelandia, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Uruguay y US Islas Vírgenes.

Campeonato de Europa de RS:X, día 3.

Fuente info RFEV

11 de abril de 2019

Pastor, séptimo, y Manchón, octava, continúan mejorando posiciones en el Campeonato de Europa de RS:X

Blanca Manchón e Iván Pastor continúan al frente de la representación española que está compitiendo en el Campeonato de Europa de RS:X que se está disputando en Mallorca bajo la organización del Club Náutico Arenal. La jornada de hoy fue la tercera de la competición por el título continental y mañana viernes se disputarán las últimas mangas clasificatorias para conseguir el pase a la medal race de este sábado, manga final destinada a los diez mejores windsurfistas de cada categoría.

El alicantino Iván Pastor continuó con su trayectoria ascendente y dio el salto hasta la séptima posición de la general absoluta y europea. Con solo dos pruebas, de tres previstas, completadas, el windsurfista español registró unos parciales de 11 y 4 para sumar 43 puntos netos, lo que le sitúa a siete puntos de la medalla de bronce. Los siguientes españoles en la general de RS:X masculino son Sergi Escandell (28) y Ángel Granda (29).

En categoría absoluta femenina, Blanca Manchón subió hoy hasta la octava posición de la clasificación europea. La windsurfista andaluza tuvo un inicio de jornada complicado con un 29, que se convierte en su descarte, pero salvó el resto del día con unos parciales de 10+14.

El día se antojó complicado para la andaluza Pilar Lamadrid, quien empezó con un quinto puesto pero sufrió en los últimos compases de la jornada con unos resultados de 22+38. Aún así, Lamadrid mejoró su posición y subió al decimosegundo puesto de la general europea, a solo cinco puntos del top 10.

El juvenil Biel Lladó (RCN Palma) se estrenó en el grupo oro de su categoría con unos parciales muy alejados de los resultados que obtuvo en las dos primeras jornadas. Con un 17 como mejor resultado del día, el balear descendió hasta la decimonovena posición de la general juvenil.

Por su parte, los regatistas Sub 17 Xicu Ferrer y Josep Estrany, ambos del Club Náutico Arenal, terminaron la tercera jornada del Campeonato de Europa de RS:X en sexta y séptima posición respectivamente.

En la clasificación femenina Sub 17 la mallorquina Andre Torres (CNA) sigue al frente de la representación española y se mantiene en la cuarta posición. Le acompañan en el top 10 Naiara Fernández (CNA), sexta, Zoe Fernández (CNA), octava, y Emma Vanrell (CM San Antonio de la Playa), novena.

Mañana, viernes 12 de abril, el Campeonato de Europa de RS:X vivirá su cuarta jornada, último día de regatas clasificatorias para conseguir el pase a la medal race de este sábado.


Monaco Swan One Design, día 2. Sin regatas por falta de viento.

Fuente info Nautor´s Swan

Press Release, 11 April 2019

The second day of racing at the 2019 Monaco Swan One Design ended in disappointment for the competing crews, despite the best efforts of the Yacht Club de Monaco Race Committee; the sole race of the day abandoned just before the second windward mark. The YCM had kept everyone ashore while waiting for the breeze to fill in and a start was eventually organized at 14.45. Frustratingly, the stability of the already fragile wind deteriorated sufficiently during the race for the officials to call a halt and send the yachts home for the day. Racing is planned to resume tomorrow.

With no race today, the standings from the first day remain unchanged. Skorpios (RUS) leads ClubSwan 50, Porron IX (ESP) heads Swan 45 and Far Star the ClubSwan 42 division. Italy is top country in The Nations Trophy.

“It would have been nice to have completed the course today, but that’s the way it goes,” said Andrea Masi, owner of the ClubSwan 50 Ulika (Italy). “For me it is the first time racing here in Monaco, so it’s a new experience. The yacht club and atmosphere are wonderful. So, so far, so good.”

A former Swan 45 owner, Masi is finding the step up to the ClubSwan 50 class to be a high one, but he is entirely happy to have made it. “This is just the beginning. We plan to do all The Nations Trophy Mediterranean League calendar and The Nations Trophy in October. I raced the Swan 45 for 12 years and it is in my head, but this boat, the 50, is a real an evolution. I am very happy, it is fast and I enjoy using it for cruising too.”

Masi is looking forward to the next events on the calendar even if he has a small concern about the number of ClubSwan 50s expected in Palma for The Nations Trophy. “I think it will be too much!” he laughs, with no effort to conceal a huge grin. “When there are 19 boats on the start it will be really competitive, every error will be costly. It will be very difficult to recover from a bad position.” One suspects that secretly he relishes the prospect.

The country versus country competition is another aspect of The Nations Trophy Mediterranean League that attracts him. “I think this adds something to the contest, it is certainly a good idea.”

For Christophe Wargny, the owner of the ClubSwan 42 Zappy’s, this is not just the first time racing in Monaco, but the first serious one-design campaign he has embarked upon with his 42. “We decided to race one-design this year, which was a big decision since it meant a new suit of sails,” Wargny explained. “I am really, completely happy with the decision. Even, despite the loss of racing today. We cannot do anything about the weather!” Wargny is another planning to do the Mediterranean League with the trip to Scarlino coming up very shortly. “The organization that we have experienced so far is just perfect. We are very, very happy to have come to Monaco for the first time and we will certainly be back next year too. We will be in Scarlino, at the Rolex Giraglia and then in Palma for the Copa del Rey” continued Wargny.

Wargny sails with a mix of family, friends and others. “The core of five or six remains the same throughout the season and then we add family or friends to complete the crew,” he advises. “We have a really good tactician in Adrien de Belloy from Cogolin. Today is really annoying because we were beating everyone when the race was stopped!”

Ulika, Zappy’s and all the 12 other competing crews are hoping for a better day tomorrow. Certainly, from a social perspective, there is plenty to look forward to with the Owner’s Dinner on Friday, 12 April, at the Yacht Club de Monaco, The dinner is being supported by Banor, an international wealth management group focused on ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) factors. Banor is among the signatories of the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) with the aim of fostering a greater awareness of sustainability. During the evening, there will be an auction to support the projects promoted by Marevivo, a not-for-profit NGO with over 30 years’ commitment to the protection and enhancement of marine environments. Banor is honoured to be contributing to this event and, in turn, such a good cause. And, because being sustainable will be a core mission within the organisation and development of all Nautor’s Swan events going forward, the company is delighted that two of its partners have joined forces at the first event of The Nations Trophy Mediterranean League 2019.

Racing at the Monaco Swan One Design continues tomorrow, 12 April, with the first signal scheduled for 11.00 CEST.

Transat Jacques Vabre, record de inscriptos con seis IMOCA 60 nuevos.

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Transat Jacques Vabre – Record number of skippers with seven months to the start

Forty-six competitors have already confirmed their entry for the 2019 Transat Jacques Vabre with seven months to the start in Le Havre. The 14th edition of the “Route du Café” promises to be an intense, full-bodied event worthy of a grand cru.

Entry for the race closes on July 12, 2019, but 46 competitors are already expected on the start line of the Transat Jacques Vabre on Sunday, October 27. In January, the race organisation estimated that around 55 boats representing the three selected classes (with about 30 Imoca and more than 20 Class40) would be in the Bassin Paul Vatine for the start – so, the race is on! Among those registered are 10 nationalities and skippers with great experience, who will rub shoulders with young sailors as they all focus on one objective: to brave the Atlantic double-handed to Brazil.

The Class40 out in force for another thrilling race

The Class40 is back again with more than 20 boats. In 2017, the competitors had a great race, full of suspense, fighting spirit and twists and turns all the way to the line in Salvador. Aymeric Chappellier, second in 2017, is back this year with the hunger to climb to the top of the podium. In 2019, the field has widened: new skippers will be at the Transat Jacques Vabre, like American Sam Fitzgerald and Anglo-French Luke Berry. Some are old favourites, like Catherine Pourre (fourth participation) and Louis Duc (fifth), who is hoping to find the budget to be on the start line with Aurélien Ducroz.

For Kito de Pavant, on the Class40 Made in Midi, it will be his 10th consecutive participation. “We like the Transat Jacques Vabre, it sets the rhythm for our programme,” he said. “We have our autumn quarters in Le Havre and our winter ones in Salvador de Bahia. There’s a good atmosphere and the event is less extravagant than the Vendée Globe or the Route du Rhum, and much more friendly, which I really appreciate. It’s more open in the Class40 – the competition is always formidable. I’ve had the chance to race in the IMOCA, ORMA and Multi50 on the Transat Jacques Vabre over the last 20 years. It will be my first in Class40. I’ve always been up there but never won it – my 10th will be a good one!”

For Halvard Mabire, president of the Class40: “The Transat Jacques Vabre is the flagship event of our 2019 calendar. The Class40 racing programme is very dense, competitive and exciting, but the Transat Jacques Vabre, over the years, has become a “Grand Classic” that has attracted the interest of the media and a wide audience. So, beyond being an original and technical transatlantic racecourse, which takes us across the Equator, it’s also a good opportunity to put a spotlight on the partners who support us throughout the year. Also, in the spirit of the Class40, the double-handed race allows well-prepared and seasoned amateurs to mix and measure themselves against the most recognised professional skippers.”

A field of 30 Imoca – with 6 new ones

In the Imoca, the forces have been set in motion with 30 boats expected in the Bassin Paul Vatine, including six new ones. All eyes will surely be on Charal – Jérémie Beyou and Christopher Pratt – now road-tested since its launch in August 2018 and ready to show its full potential on this Transat. “The Transat Jacques Vabre is a special race for me: it was my first win in a transat race (2011 with Jean-Pierre Dick),” Beyou said. “I’ve also had the chance to sail with exceptional sailors (Vincent Riou, Michel Desjoyeaux, Jean-Pierre Dick, Phil Legros and Christopher Pratt). I’m also happy to be returning to Salvador de Bahia like in 2003. This course is a classic.” There will also be much anticipation about Hugo Boss, Alex Thomson’s new monohull.

There are exciting pairings throughout the fleet, like that of Yannick Bestaven and Roland Jourdain, who have both won the Transat Jacques Vabre twice, and Nicolas Troussel and Jean Le Cam, and Samantha Davies and Paul Meilhat, who will be pushing at the front. As Davies said: “This Transat Jacques Vabre represents a triple ambition for me: win – I have the ideal teammate for that! Progress – I will learn a lot sailing with Paul, he has the experience of the Vendée Globe too, and my preparation for 2020 has begun. Save 30 new children – the Transat will be an opportunity to launch another 1 click = 1 heart campaign for Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque.” Vincent Riou will accompany Sébastien Simon in his first participation in the Transat Jacques Vabre, and the same for Clarisse Crémer with Armel Le Cléac’h. And in Alexia Barrier and Joan Mulloy, there is an all-female duo.

Antoine Mermod, president of the Imoca class, confirms: “This year is an important year for the Imoca class, as we will see six new boats in Le Havre and a field of around 30 Imoca, which is exceptional. The Transat Jacques Vabre is an exciting and challenging race both because it offers different weather conditions, and also in human terms because the double-handed format allows skippers to exchange ideas, work together and push the boats a little more than you can solo. And we salute the race organisation’s environmental commitment to ‘Ocean, a common good for humanity’ (OceanAsCommon.org), which we also support.”

The competition on the water will be very interesting and tough, whether at the front, middle or back of the rankings. Every skipper in every duo will also have a story to tell, one that will take them from Le Havre to Salvador de Bahia, through varied and complex weather zones, before crossing the finish line in the Bay of All Saints in Brazil.

The Transat Jacques Vabre confirms and reinforces its commitment to solidarity

Since 2007, the Transat Jacques Vabre has been a pioneering event in sustainable development after becoming the ADEME’s (French Environment & Energy Management Agency) reference model for eco-responsible events in 2009. Since then, the race organisation has continued to set new standards and put in place CSR, community and ecological initiatives, in a targeted way, with over 30 meaningful initiatives in each edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre.

In 2019, the race organisation wants to further develop its commitments and has signed the “Ocean, a common good for humanity” appeal (OceanAsCommon.org): “Few events have the credentials of the Transat Jacques Vabre for promoting a sustainable approach,” Gildas Gautier, the race organiser said. “We want this edition to emphasise our global commitments, support “Ocean As Common” and raise awareness about the preservation of the oceans.”

In parallel, an ambitious CSR programme will be set up in Le Havre and run during the race to reinforce the values of the eco-responsible event that the Transat Jacques Vabre has been establishing for 10 years.

To download : Entry List 2019

Sudamericano de Optimist en Algarrobo, Chile. Argentina campeón por equipos.

Fuente info Silvana González Mesina

Argentina Campeón Sudamericano por Equipos de Veleros Optimist

El primer team trasandino se quedó con la competencia colectiva en la bahía de Algarrobo. En tanto, en la Copa de las Naciones, para países que no forman parte de nuestro subcontinente, se impuso Estados Unidos 2.
Este jueves y viernes se disputarán las últimas regatas individuales del torneo, a partir del mediodía, en la Cofradía Náutica del Pacífico. Los punteros provisionales son Santino Marcatelli (Argentina), Guilherme Menezes (Brasil) y Rafaela Salvatore (Chile).

Algarrobo, abril 10 de 2019.-

Bajo intensas condiciones de viento y de oleaje, Argentina 1 se quedó con el título del Campeonato Sudamericano de Veleros Optimist por Equipos, disputado este miércoles en la Cofradía Náutica del Pacífico (Algarrobo).
El equipo trasandino, integrado por Máximo Videla, Victoria Mackinnon, Amparo Stupenengo, Tomás Atchabahian y Tadeo Funes de Rioja, se impuso en el duelo final a Perú 1, mientras que el tercer puesto quedó en manos de Brasil 3. Chile resultó eliminado en segunda ronda, y también participaron los representativos de Uruguay y Ecuador, totalizando 16 equipos.
Por otra parte, en la Copa de las Naciones, en la que participaron los países que no forman parte de nuestro subcontinente, los aplausos fueron para el equipo Estados Unidos 2, formado por Thommie Grit, Gil Hackel, Clark Morris, Jackson Mcaliley y Jonathan Siegel.
Este jueves se retoman las regatas individuales, que finalizarán el viernes, ambos días desde las 12:00 horas. Disputadas cuatro pruebas, los punteros provisionales son el campeón defensor, el argentino Santino Marcatelli, con tres triunfos parciales y 5 puntos negativos; seguido por el brasileño Guilherme Menezes, con 15 unidades, mismo puntaje pero con mejores parciales que la chilena Rafaela Salvatore, quien ocupa el tercer puesto.
Más atrás se ubican la trasandina Victoria Mackinnon, y el local Benjamín Guzmán, ambos con 17 tantos negativos, lo que da cuenta de lo estrecha que está la competencia.
Cabe señalar que, producto del carácter abierto del torneo, están habilitadas para participar delegaciones de todos los continentes, aunque el podio sudamericano se reserva a los mejores representantes de la región. Los países que participan en este certamen, que hace ocho años no tenía sede en nuestro país, son: Antigua, Bermuda, Argentina, Australia, Brasil, Canadá, Chile, Ecuador, Estados Unidos, Islas Caimán, México, Nueva Zelandia, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Uruguay y US Islas Vírgenes.