Hempel World Cup Series Genova, día 2. Muy poco viento y regatas sólo para laser y 49er FX.

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Tomasgaard and Stipanovic snap up Laser wins at Hempel World Cup Series Genoa
For immediate release: 04/16/2019
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Norway’s Hermann Tomasgaard and Croatia’s Tonci Stipanovic picked up the first Laser wins on the second day of racing at Hempel World Cup Series Genoa.

Tomasgaard, winner at Hempel World Cup Series Miami, and Stipanovic, Rio 2016 silver medallist, took hard earned yellow and blue fleet victories respectively in the 111-boat Laser pack.

The Italian city was hit with a light 5-6 knot wind on the second day of competition which meant that the split Laser fleet could only complete one race apiece.

Across the eight Olympic events, that features 676 registered sailors from 58 nations, only the 49erFX blue fleet were able to complete a race alongside the Lasers. Denmark’s Ida Marie Baad Nielsen and Marie Thusgaard Olsen claimed the victory. The result has not yet been applied to the overall leaderboard as the 49erFX yellow fleetneed to complete their third race of the series.

The Laser fleet got racing underway immediately in front of the venue, Fiera di Genova, at 14:18 local time after a long morning wait for wind.

Stipanovic, sailing in the blue fleet, took a convincing victory and was full of praise for the race officials ashore after racing, “Compared to events I’ve been to recently, we had a Race Officer who could understand what was happening to the wind. He was changing the course nearly on every leg and the mark was always in the right place. It was a pleasure to be a part of the regatta today.”

A Race Officer’s job in light winds can quite often be a challenge with many factors to take into consideration when delivering a race. The Race Officer leads a team on the committee boat and mark layers who are on the course. They have a complete overview of what is happening around the entire race course and call the shots when it comes to the length of the course, duration of the race and postponing when conditions are unfavourable.

“It’s a tough job,” continued Stipanovic. “Some Race Officers are always pushing and they don’t want to wait or cancel the race if it’s unfair conditions. It’s a hard job but I like it when the Race Officer can feel what is happening and makes the right decisions. I’m going home happy today because we always knew what was happening and he was not pushing. He waited for wind and we had a fair race.

“I’ve always said, if I’m leading the race and it’s not fair I would be more than happy for the Race Officer to cancel the race and win a fair one instead.”

Stipanovic did indeed win a fair race in very challenging light conditions. He was followed by Dutch racer Duko Bos and Australia’s Luke Elliott.

Norway’s Tomasgaard also enjoyed the racing in the yellow fleet, snapping up the victory ahead of Sergey Komissarov (RUS) and Stefano Peschiera (PER). The Norwegian comes into Genoa off the back of an exceptional performance in Miami where he controlled the fleet and clinched gold with a day to spare.

He finished sixth at the recent Princesa Sofia Regatta in Palma, Mallorca and is aiming to recapture his Miami form.

“My starts were good in Miami but I had a tough time in Palma,” commented Tomasgaard. “They were not as good and today’s start was not perfect either. It’s difficult to say where it went wrong but if you’re a second late it can make a huge difference. I’ve not been as on it recently.

“Racing is the best practice for the start. Once you make the acceleration you’ve got to go for it and go full speed.”

Although he suffered a tough start, there was no issue with Tomasgaard’s performance throughout the rest of the race. He moved up from seventh at the first mark to clinch the victory. “In the beginning I thought I was going to get caught in the middle like you often do in light wind but the group of us found pressure and moved forward.”

After one race, Stipanovic and Tomasgaard share the lead and will be targeting a repeat performance on Wednesday.

Denmark’s Baad Nielsen and Olsen sealed the single 49erFX race in a 3-5 knot breeze. Sailing in the blue fleet, the Danes finished ahead of Italy’s Carlotta Omari and Matilda Distefano and Spain’s Tamara Echegoyen and Paul Barcelo Martin.

The yellow fleet were unable to race which means that the blue fleet race does not yet count. The result will come into play once the yellow fleet complete their third.

Competitors in the Men’s and Women’s 470, 49er, Finn and Nacra 17 remained ashore all day and did not race. The Laser Radial fleet briefly took to the water but conditions were not deemed appropriate.

Racing is scheduled to resume for the 49er, 49erFX, Laser and Nacra 17 at 11:00 on Wednesday 17 April. The remaining fleets all have an additional race scheduled as they aim to catch up on races missed on Tuesday.

By Daniel Smith – World Sailing


San Isidro Labrador 2019, informe y resultados finales de las clase de quilla.

copyright Jorge Cousillas

copyright Jorge Cousillas

copyright Jorge Cousillas

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Las clases de Quilla y Foil finalizaron el SIL 2019

(San Isidro 14 de Abril de 2019).- Un año más del prestigioso Campeonato San Isidro Labrador, con la particularidad en esta edición, el desdoblamientos de las flotas. Los de Quilla Y Foil que finalizaron el día de hoy y los de Orza que correrán el 27 y 28 de Abril y el 4 y 5 de Mayo.

El SIL 2019 es organizado por el Club Náutico San Isidro, el auspicio de la Federación Argentina de Yachting, el apoyo de Galicia Éminent y la colaboración de la Municipalidad de San Isidro.

El campeonato tuvo condiciones metereológicas estables, vientos predominantes del sector N, entre 8-11 nudos y mucho sol.

Dialogando con el Chairman del SIL 2019, Javier Andrés Cagnoni Moreno nos comento “A lo largo del campeonato se dieron condiciones de otoño perfectas, donde toda la flota pudo competir. El Náutico hizo un gran esfuerzo para que todo salga bien, las instalaciones en perfectas condiciones para bienestar de los competidores, un nuevo edificio en la punta y el gran trabajo de un gran equipo”.

En la clase J70 primero en la general fue el barco con la vela (ARG 1270) tripulado por Guillermo Parrada, Pablo Despontín, Ezequiel Despontín y Sebastián Halpern representando al CNSI, CNC y CNMP. El primero en la Corinthian fue el barco (ARG 1191) tripulado por Paulo Cosentino, Paul Pruden, Cristian Frers y Lucas Carissimi.

En la clase Star el ganador fue el barco (vela 8211) tripulado por Torkel Borgstrom y Nicolás Guzmán del CON.

En la clase Grumete fue el barco (vela 218) tripulado por Juan Ignacio Ravazzi, Carlos Maffei y Diego Bermúdez Golinelli.

En la clase Moth primero fue Massimo Contessi del CNMP.

En la clase Kitefoil el mejor fue Nocolás Elustondo del CULP.

En la clase Waszp el ganador fue Santiago Bosco del CVR.

En la clase Soling el campeón fue el barco (vela 37) tripulado por Alejandro Chometowski, Estanislao Chometowski y Ernesto Bustos del Club Náutico San Isidro, quienes finalizaron el campeonato el domingo pasado.

Todos los resultados: http://www.cnsi.org.ar/sanisidrolabrador/resultados-grumete/

Hempel World Cup Series Genova, día 1.

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Germans off to the perfect start as Hempel World Cup Series Genoa opens
For immediate release: 04/15/2019
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Germany’s Tim Fischer and Fabian Graf got off to a perfect start in the Men’s Skiff – 49er as the first ever Hempel World Cup Series event in Italy commenced in Genoa with racing in the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17.

In a split 65-boat 49er pack, the Germans won both of the day’s races in the blue fleet and were the standout performers across the three Olympic events on the water. Meanwhile, in the yellow fleet, New Zealand’s Isaac McHardie and William McKenzie picked up a race win and a second to occupy the second podium spot in the early stages of the event.

Sweden’s Julia Gross and Hanna Klinga lead after two races in the Women’s Skiff – 49erFX and in the Mixed Multihull – Nacra 17, Ben Saxton and Nicola Boniface (GBR) and Italy’s Lorenzo Bressani and Cecilia Zorzi share top spot with a win apiece.

Following racing, World Sailing President Kim Andersen joined the Mayor of Genoa, President of FIV and other local officials in the famous Piazza De Ferrari to officially open the event.

Speaking at the ceremony, Andersen said, “To host the World Cup in Genoa, an iconic sailing city, is a very special feeling. The capital of Italy may be Rome, but Genoa is truly a sailing capital. And as we know, the port of Genoa is one of the biggest and most important, not to mention beautiful, in the Mediterranean, and has been for centuries.

“I would like to thank all you for being here this evening and showing your support for what will be a truly wonderful celebration of sailing.”

Genoa was bathed in sunshine throughout Monday and light winds, varying from 5-12 knots meant that sailors had to think about every move methodically in each race.

Germany’s 49er squad has been excelling recently. At Hempel World Cup Series Miami, four German teams made it to the Medal Race and Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel (GER) made it to the top step of the podium.

Fischer and Graf finished seventh in Miami and got off to a superb start in Genoa with a pair of victories. Tokyo 2020 is approaching fast and with many teams qualification events coming up, everyone is aiming to peak.

“We [the German 49er team] just keeping push each other,” explained Graf on their recent success, “and we are trying to be better than our team mates. We train a lot and have some good coaching. There are a lot of talented guys in this team and we just want to beat each other.”

When national squads are formed, it can be said that the ethos is to develop as a squad and achieve good, collective results. Whilst this is evident with the German team, Graf demonstrates a hunger to be the best within the squad and knows what he has to do to ensure both he and Fischer are at Tokyo 2020.

“We have three competitions,” he explained about the German Tokyo 2020 selection process. “The 2019 Worlds, the 2020 Worlds after that and then Princesa Sofia. So we just have to try and be the best team. The guys who achieve the most points from that will get the spot. We have an internal scoring system.

And does he fancy his chances? “For sure,” he smiled, “We are the youngsters. We feel no pressure at all. We just try to be good, like today, do it our own way and in the end we’ll see if it’s good for us or if we have to try again in 2024.”

Sailing in their first World Cup regatta since April 2016, Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallists and America’s Cup winners, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL), finished 14th and 15th in the blue fleet and are 31st overall.

Their compatriots, McHardie and McKenzie, continue to fly the Kiwi flag at the top of the leaderboard following a first and a second in the yellow fleet and Australian brothers David and Lachy Gilmour are in third.

Sweden’s Gross and Klinga top the 49erFX leaderboard on four points after a third and a first in the blue fleet. Fellow blue fleet racers, Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA), sailed their way to a second and a sixth which positions them in second. Helene Naess and Marie Rønningen (NOR) took the remaining blue fleet race win.

Wins in the yellow fleet went to Stephanie Roble and Margaret Shea (USA) and Tanja Frank and Lorena Abicht (AUT).

In the Nacra 17, the yellow fleet completed two races with one in the blue. Saxton and Boniface took the blue fleet win and Bressani and Zorzi the first yellow. The second yellow fleet race will apply once the blue race is completed on Tuesday. The race win in the second yellow fleet went to Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders (NZL).

The qualifying series in the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 continues on Tuesday at 11:00. The Men’s and Women’s 470, Laser, Laser Radial and the Finn will also start their opening series.

By Daniel Smith – World Sailing


SSL Gold Cup, lanzamiento de una nueva competencia bi anual por países.

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The first 20 nations presented today at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne

A new era in competitive sailing dawned today with the official launch of the Star Sailors League Gold Cup. This will see each nation’s top sailing athletes team together into a single crew and then race against one another aboard high performance 47 foot long one design monohulls to establish ‘the world’s best sailing nation’. Boats are supplied to ensure that, as in the Olympics, it is the sailors who make the difference and not the boats. The SSL Gold Cup also aims to create household names of each nation’s top sailing heroes on the basis that sports fans are more likely to support their national teams than the club teams in their country

Designated by the sport’s governing body, World Sailing, as a ‘Special Event’, the SSL Gold Cup is the ultimate event conceived by some of international sailing’s most accomplished athletes and the Star Sailors League (SSL), the organisation that created the SSL Ranking, the SSL Grand Slams and the annual SSL Finals. The SSL Gold Cup is set to occur biennially, taking place for the first time in Switzerland during September and October 2021.

The best sailors in the world compete for significant prize money in Star Sailors League events. These have attracted top world champions and America’s Cup sailors, plus over 70 Olympians, with 17 gold medals, 16 silver medals and 18 bronze medals between them. These athletes will form the core of their national teams competing in the SSL Gold Cup.

Polish double Olympic Finn medallist Mateusz Kusznierewicz, who has been appointed Sports Director of the SSL Gold Cup, explains: “The whole concept of the SSL Gold Cup is that it will be very similar to the football World Cup, which starts with qualification stages and then progresses to quarter-finals, semi-finals and on to finals. That works well in other sports and we want to do the same in sailing.” This format has already been trialled and developed over the last five years at SSL Grand Slam events and the annual SSL Finals.

Specifically, the SSL Gold Cup format will comprise four knock-out qualifying rounds for 16 teams each, taking place out of SSL’s state of the art headquarters and training centre in Grandson on Lake Neuchâtel. Each of these 16 will be divided into four flights of four boats, the outcome of each based on up to five windward-leeward races.

The four boat fleet races have also been tested in the SSL Finals. “We sat down together with the likes of Craig Monk, Paul Cayard and Sime Fantela, and many more leading sailors, and discussed about how many boats would make it easiest for the spectators to understand the racing. We concluded that four boats was the easiest, also to keep the racing tight and give a chance to teams who are less experienced – without it being a match race,” says Kusznierewicz.

Teams will join the competition according to their pre-event seeding. This seeding will be based on a formula for how each nation ranks over a series of events spanning the breadth of sailing, both yachts and dinghies, internationally, the final calculations including both the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and the 36th America’s Cup in New Zealand in April 2021. The lowest seeded nations will start in the earliest qualifications for the SSL Gold Cup while more successful nations will join the competition subsequently. “It is similar in tennis where, for example, Roger Federer doesn’t play in the qualifiers, due to his previous success,” says Kusznierewicz.

After the qualification rounds, the SSL Gold Cup then moves from Lake Neuchâtel to Geneva for the final rounds. Here on Lake Geneva the top eight from the qualifying rounds join the top eight seeded teams in the quarter-finals. The top eight from this progress through semi-finals to determine the four finalists and ultimately the winner being crowned the SSL Gold Cup champion nation.

“The idea is to make it as simple as possible – so the quarter-finals and semi-finals will consist of five races, while the finals will be single race just like the SSL Finals,” continues Kusznierewicz. “We want to make it really easy for spectators to understand who is the winner and which team will be crowned the ‘best sailing nation’.”

The SSL Gold Cup is open to any nations of the 144 Member National Authorities recognised by World Sailing. As the chances for developed sailing nations will be significantly better than for emerging nations, the format has been designed to boost the chances for emerging nations. To achieve this, the SSL divides the world into three zones: Europe, Africa-Americas, Oceania-Asia. This is then reflected in the number of entries from each – so at each stage of the qualifying rounds the fresh influx of entries will comprise 50% from Europe and 25% each from Africa-Americas and Oceania-Asia.

Within the first three months after the entry period opened, and with six months to go until the entry deadline for the 2021 SSL Gold Cup, forty countries from all five continents confirmed their participation. A maximum of 48 teams will be able compete in this first edition of the SSL Gold Cup.

The make-up of the eleven sailors in each national team will be strictly controlled. Crew are obliged to be passport-carrying nationals in line with the nationality requirements of the Olympic Games.

For each team a ‘captain’ is selected. The captain is likely to sail on board, but that is not required. Among the captain’s responsibilities are to manage and co-ordinate the team, to act as ambassador for the team and to run the finances of the campaign.

The first group of nations has been revealed today:

BRAZIL – represented by Robert Scheidt
CANADA – represented by Richard Clarke (C)
CROATIA – represented by Igor Marenič on behalf of Sime Fantela (C)
ESTONIA – represented by Tõnu Tõniste (C), Tommas Tõniste and Andrus Poksi
GERMANY – represented by Frithjof Kleen (C), Jochen Schümann, Philipp Buhl
GREAT BRITAIN – represented by Matthew Cornwell on behalf of Ian Williams (C)
GREECE – represented by Sofia Bekatorou (C), Michail Pateniotis
HUNGARY – represented by Zsombor Berecz (C)
ITALY – represented by Vasco Vascotto (C) and Francesco Bruni
THE NETHERLANDS – represented by Roy Heiner (C)
NORWAY – represented by Eivind Melleby (C)
POLAND – represented by Mateusz Kusznierewicz (C)
PORTUGAL – represented by João Rodrigues (C) and Afonso Dominguez
SLOVENIA – represented by Vasilij Žbogar (C)
SPAIN – represented by Roberto Bermudez on behalf of Luis Doreste (C)
SWEDEN – represented by Freddy Lööf (C)
SWITZERLAND – represented by Eric Monnin (C)
TURKEY – represented by Aliçan Keynar (C)
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – represented by Paul Cayard (C)

Significantly it is the captain of each team who gets to choose five sailors, which, for example, might fill key roles on board such as tactician, bowman and pitman. Some have already made early selections. The Italian team has Vasco Vascotto as captain and leading America’s Cup sailor Francesco Bruni has already been signed up as helmsman. Similarly, Star sailor Frithjof Kleen is captain of the German team which includes Olympic legend and America’s Cup winner Jochen Schümann.

The other remaining sailors on board will be the four highest placed for that nation in the SSL Ranking.
The SSL Ranking system has been developed over the past five years, tested with the results from a single class of yacht. This will expand dramatically over the coming months. “Every week from now, you will see the new classes and new results being included,” says Kusznierewicz. “By the end of this year everyone from Optimists to Lasers to J/70s, to the Olympic classes, and all inshore racers will be included. That’s really exciting because it is the first time that sailors in one class will be able to compare themselves directly with those in another.” For the world of sailing, which has a large number of classes of yacht and dinghy, this represents both a ground-breaking and a significant development for the sport.

The SSL47 high performance keelboat to be used for the SSL Gold Cup will be supplied to teams for their use, and training time aboard the boat will be crucial. For this purpose the SSL has established a state of the art training centre at its new headquarters on the shore of Lake Neuchâtel in Switzerland. The world class facilities here include a private harbour, broadcast centre and TV studio, and a fitness centre, all housed within the grounds of a manor house set in a large private park. From here SSL Gold Cup teams will get the opportunity to learn to race the high performance one design SSL47 keelboats. Training will take place from April 2019 until August 2021 and its amount will vary according to the calibre of the teams. The most experienced teams will have the opportunity of training for 10 days per year; World Sailing ‘Emerging Nations’ getting 30 days. These training sessions will also provide an opportunity for teams to try out new crew.

While the first SSL Gold Cup will take place in 2021, the aim is for this competition to take place biennially after this. In the meantime, over the coming weeks there will be further announcements of new national teams and their captains.

Clase S33, Copa Challenger 2019 en Mar del Plata. Triunfo para Cinque.

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CINQUE ganador de la Copa CHALLENGER 2019

Completadas las 6 regatas previstas del Campeonato Clausura para la clase Soto 33, el CINQUE se coronó campeón, quedándose asi con la Copa Challenger, como lo hiciera en el año 2015.

La embarcación del YCA timoneada por Federico Haymes Biedma y acompañado por Miguel Saubidet, Sebastian Peri Brusa, Hernan Marino, Gonzalo Miranda, Markus Berenhardt y Federico Kyburg logró sumar 10 puntos (1-3-1-1-2-2).

En 2do. lugar, con 15 puntos, se ubicó el CAMPEADOR, del CNMP (5-1-4-3-1-1), con Avedis Sahakian al timón, y también logró la segunda posición en la Copa Challenger, empatando en puntos con el CINQUE.

Felicitaciones a todos!!! Los esperamos el próximo año!!!


44Cup Montenegro, triunfo para team Ceeref. Mañana regata ProAm fuera de campeonato.

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Team CEEREF claims golden wheels at Porto Montenegro’s conclusion

The Bay of Tivat came good for the final day of the 44Cup Porto Montenegro with three races held and a most worthy winner in Igor Lah’s Team CEEREF. The Slovenian team led this first event of the 2019 44 Cup from the outset. Today neither they nor Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika won a race, but showed impeccable consistency, both enjoying a trio of podium place results, elevating Team Nika from fourth to second overall.

Today’s opening race got underway in light conditions, but eminently race-able by the nimble RC44s. In this Chris Bake’s Team Aqua won the pin and then match raced Team CEEREF for the duration, ultimately finishing ten boatlengths ahead.

“We missed doing another two of those,” said Chris Bake. “It was a little shifty, but the boat was set up well. A big rotation of team members required work this week, but they seemed to be doing pretty well. The venue is magnificent – phenomenal infrastructure-wise.”

On Thursday, Kirill Frolov on Bronenosec Sailing should have won the first race, holding a massive lead until their spinnaker exploded. The St Petersburg Yacht Club team made up for this in today’s second race. After a giant split left and right up the first beat, they chose the favoured left and followed Team CEEREF at the top mark. Then John Bassadone’s Peninsula Petroleum took the right side of the run to claim the lead. Finally on the next upwind Bronenosec edged ahead, led at the top mark and on to the finish.

“If you are not in the hunt you can sail a freer race and everyone else isn’t so worried about you,” said tactician Cameron Dunn. “Overall we sailed our best day of the regatta. We felt like we made some nice improvements to our speed and generally got off the start line better.”

It was the turn of Hugues Lepic’s Aleph Racing to win the third and what turned out to be the final race, held on a new axis course, the wind having veered into the west. In what tactician Michele Ivaldi admitted was their first good start of the week, the French RC44 won the pin but then, tacked over to cross the fleet. They benefitted on the right side of the course to lead at the top mark. From there the French RC44 was never challenged.

“It was great day but it was hard all the way through – that is what is so great about this class,” said Lepic. “For us it was great to be able to finish on a high. The team now is stable and very high quality and we are very pleased about our manoeuvres. We hope to get some better positions over the course of this season.”

Team CEEREF’s victory at the 44Cup Porto Montenegro was by seven points from second placed Team Nika, in turn two ahead of Team Aqua, with Peninsula Petroleum relegated to fourth after a disappointing final race. Incredibly even though Lah’s team won the seasons in both 2016 and 2017 and came close last year, the 44Cup Porto Montenegro is their first event win since the World Championship in Sotogrande three years ago.

However Lah was most proud to have won with his son Tine on board. “I feel proud that he’s sailed his first regatta and won it,” he said. “We had great starts. Everything was in place like it should be, and the team work was okay, especially since we only had one day of practice. I was really surprised, because I had a feeling we weren’t going to race at all and then we have got in nine races – Montenegro has been brilliant.”

Team CEEREF’s British tactician Adrian Stead added: “We said today ‘no matter how many races we have, just try and keep your nose clean and sail your own races’. But there were ‘moments’ in all three races…

“Igor’s concentration – particularly in the tight stuff, when he needed to put a tight leebow on someone or to tack in front of someone, he was very good at executing it. Plus we didn’t have a bad start all week. I am really pleased with how the team is, given we have three new people.

“Having Tine sailing with us is great. He is not very experienced, so it really made us think about our manoeuvres. By coaching him it makes you do your things in a slightly different way.”

While the fleet racing is over, tomorrow a Pro-Am race will be sailed on a long distance coastal course, the nine RC44 sailing more guests on board than usual.

From Montenegro the RC44s head up the Adriatic to Rovinj, Croatia for their second event of the season, the Adris 44Cup over 29 May to 2 June.


Monaco Swan One Design. Cuordileone (ClubSwan 50), Porron IX (Swan 45) y Far Star (ClubSwan 42), ganadores.

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Press Release, 13 April 2019

A sun-filled, blue-sky day at the Monaco Swan One Design, hosted by the Yacht Club de Monaco, failed to produce the wind the event so richly deserved at the close of a stop-start week. With no races undertaken, so yesterday’s class leaders became the regatta’s overall winners. Leonardo Ferragamo’s Italian entry, Cuordileone, won in ClubSwan 50, Luis Senis’ Spanish team on Porron IX took home the Swan 45 prize and Lorenzo Mondo’s Far Star from Italy carried top spot in ClubSwan 42. In the battle for The Nations Trophy, Cuordileone and Andrea Masi’s ClubSwan 50 Ulika combined to give victory to Italy.

The final prize giving remained the usual uplifting, celebratory affair for a Swan One Design event despite the number of races contested. The Nations Trophy Mediterranean League is more than simply competition on the water. Its personality is a reflection of the character of the owners, crews and organisation. Vice-President of Nautor’s Swan, Enrico Chieffi, addressed the assembled audience: “More than anything, I want to thank, you, the competitors. Regattas are made by the participants and it is great to see so many friends and familiar faces enjoying themselves.” Chieffi also took the opportunity to look ahead: “One year ago, when we started in Monaco, I never dreamt we would achieve so much. 14 boats here, 24 entered for Scarlino and then the Rolex Giraglia, some 40 expected at the Copa del Rey and as many as 45 at The Nations Trophy in October. This is an impressive ramp up and we are very proud. Thank you all!”

ClubSwan 50
Cuordileone’s success came by virtue of consistency rather than virtuoso victories. Ferragamo’s team, with Ken Read in the tactician’s role, scored two seconds and one third, beating Ulika by two points, despite Masi’s crew winning one of the three races. Skorpios, another race winner, was a further three points behind, the Russian crew’s otherwise impeccable scoreline let down by an uncharacteristically bad result in race two of the series.

Ferragamo was delighted with his win, but rather than dwell upon the manner it was achieved chose to reflect upon The Nations Trophy concept and how it continues to grow and develop. “The Nations Trophy has quickly become a unique event. It was founded on some special criteria,” Ferragamo enthused. “Real confrontation between countries, something I consider to be of paramount importance in the world of sailing. The gathering of large fleets of one design yachts to race together. Finally, the last important pillar, is the participants.” It goes without saying that a regatta is not a regatta without competitors, but Ferragamo was referring more to the atmosphere that surrounds the event. “Of course it is competitive, but the event is characterised by a gentleman-like spirit,” he continued. “This is wonderful to see. The friendship is seen on the sea and the land. The event is building in international dimension all the time.” Looking ahead, Ferragamo is also thrilled to be heading to Scarlino, where the competition will be wider and stronger.

Swan 45
Porron IX is the defending world champion in the Swan 45. Across the three races contested, the team once again proved their class. Hugo Rocha, the Portuguese 1996 Olympic bronze medallist from the 470 class, stepped into the tactician’s shoes due to a clash in the calendar for the regular role-player. It was not straight-forward given the conditions, but Rocha believes the boat-handling skills of the Porron crew made all the difference. “We have a very similar speed to the other Swan 45s, but in the manoeuvres these guys are very strong,” advises Rocha. “We win on small details. The races are very close and the points difference at the end of the event is often close too. The team has been together for two years. They know the boat. The communication is solid. It makes it easy for me to just concentrate on my job.”

While excited to have won, Luis Senis could not hide his disappointment at the number of races, such is his competitiveness. He likes the venue and yacht club, and could see the positives. “We did not have enough races, but the sailing we had was very interesting and challenging,” he explained. “I’m happy we have won. It is down to our practice. So, this is perfect.” Senis is another looking ahead to Scarlino: “There will be more boats and strong boats too. It will really prove where we are in the Swan 45 fleet. It is a new location for us, with new history and a new feel. This is exciting too. I always like to be in a place for the first time.” In the back of Senis’ mind, is unfinished business at the Copa del Rey at the end of July, and the in October a tilt at a third world championship title and, of course, The Nations Trophy itself.

ClubSwan 42
Lorenzo Mondo and Far Star won at the Monaco Swan One Design in 2018, and winning again brought a smile to Mondo’s face. Three wins from three left the other boats in class clutching at straws, but Mondo was gracious in victory. “It was not the big challenge we hoped for, but we are very happy to win here,” he said. “We expect in Scarlino the challenge will be much greater. There will be more boats and more fun. Maybe the wind will be more generous too!”

From the Prize Giving
Bernard d’Alessandri, Secretary-General of the Yacht Club de Monaco, paid special tribute to the volunteers who had helped put on the racing and worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure the organisation reached its high level. Ariane Mainemare, the Principal Race Officer, was congratulated for her perseverance in the face of testing conditions. D’Alessandri went on: “I would like to thank all the competitors for coming and racing here. I would like to thank Nautor’s Swan too for giving us the opportunity. We enjoyed having you and you are always very welcome.”

Enrico Chieffi, in turn, thanked the Yacht Club de Monaco for its professionalism and hospitality. “It’s always a pleasure to be here and we feel at home,” he said. “The club is magnificent, and while we all hoped for better wind, the organisation was top.” Chieffi went on to thank Banor, Marevivo and Sease for having supported the event, emphasising how important these partnerships are to the success of this event and the Mediterranean League as a whole.”

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Campeonato de Europa de RS:X, final de campeonato y noveno puesto para los españoles Iván Pastor y Blanca Manchón.

Fuente info RFEV

13 de abril de 2019

Manchón (RS:X femenino) y Pastor (RS:X masculino) finalizan novenos en el Campeonato de Europa de windsurf

La regatista andaluza Blanca Manchón se perfila como máxima candidata a representar a España en los Juegos Olímpicos de Tokio 2020.

Blanca Manchón e Iván Pastor, novenos en sus respectivas categorías, fueron los deportistas españoles más destacado del Campeonato de Europa de RS:X, prueba que se ha disputado esta semana en la Bahía de Palma de Mallorca bajo la organizaicón del Club Náutico Arenal y que ha contado con una participación de más de 300 windsurfistas de todo el mundo.

La andaluza Blanca Manchón aprovechó la última manga del Campeonato de Europa de RS:X para mejorar posiciones y finalizó en el decimosegundo puesto de la general y fue la novena mejor deportistas europea en categoría femenina absoluta.

Esta prueba era de suma importancia para las windsurfistas españolas pues servía para escoger a la representante nacional en los Juegos Olímpicos de Tokio 2020. Tras ganar la plaza de país en el mundial de Aarhus el pasado verano, el comité de preparación olímpica de la RFEV designo la Semana Olímpica Andaluza (disputada el pasado marzo) y el Campeonato de Europa de 2019 (que terminó hoy en Mallorca) como pruebas de selección y observación de cara a la cita olímpica del próximo verano.

En ambas regatas Blanca Manchón ha sido la mejor deportista nacional y ahora solo queda esperar a que el comité de preparación olímpica confirme que la windsurfista andaluza será la representante española del RS:X femenino en Tokio 2020.

“A partir de ahora ya puedo centrarme en cómo conseguir una medalla”, aseguró Manchón al terminar el campeonato. La andaluza recordó llevar “los dos últimos años trabajando con Tokio 2020 como principal objetivo” y se mostró “súper contenta” de estar una vez más muy cerca de competir en unos Juego Olímpicos.

En categoría masculina, el alicantino Iván Pastor fue el único español en disputar una medal race en el Campeonato de Europa de RS:X y lo hizo terminando en la quinta posición de esta regata final, lo que le valió para confirmar la novena posición en la clasificación general. El segundo mejor español en esta categoría fue el canario Ángel Granda, quien finalizó la competición en la decimoquinta posición general.

En cuanto a las clases juveniles, la mallorquina Andrea Torres (CN Arenal) fue la española más destacada: se hizo con la decimonovena posición de su clase y fue la tercera mejor regatista Sub 17 del campeonato. Por su parte, Naiara Fernández (CNA) terminó en la sexta posición Sub 17 con su hermana Zoe Fernández (CNA) en la octava plaza y Emma Vanrell (CM San Antonio de la Playa) en el noveno puesto.

El mejor windsurfista español en categoría juvenil masculina fue el balear Biel Lladó (RCN Palma), quien completó el campeonato en la vigesimosegunda posición de la general absoluta. En la clasificación Sub 17 destacaron Josep Estrany (CNA) y Xicu Ferrer (CNA), séptimo y octavo respectivamente.

La presidenta del CSD visita a los windsurfistas españoles

La jornada final del Campeonato de Europa de RS:X estuvo marcara por la visita de la presidenta del Consejo Superior de Deportes, María José Rienda, quien se acercó hasta la playa del Arenal en las horas previas al comienzo de las pruebas junto a la presidenta de la Rea Federación Española de Vela, Julia Casanueva, y el director de preparación olímpica de vela, Asier Fernández.

Rienda aprovechó la mañana para conversar con Iván Pastor y Blanca Manchón, entre otros deportistas nacionales, y desearles suerte antes de salir al mar. La presidenta del CSD se interesó también por cómo es la preparación olímpica de los windsurfistas españoles y quiso conocer de primera mano cómo es el material con el que navegan y qué tipo de condiciones son las que les esperan en la bahía de Enoshima, lugar en que se disputarán las pruebas de vela de Tokio 2020.

Tras su encuentro con los deportistas, María José Rienda se embarco para seguir desde el mar las útliams pruebas del Campeonato de Europa de windsurf olímpico que se ha disputado a lo largo de esta semana en Mallorca bajo la organizaicón del Club Náutico Arenal.