Juegos Olímpicos de la Juventud Buenos Aires, día 6. Alexandros Kalpogiannakis (GRE) y Giorgia Speciale (ITA) se llevan el oro en Windsurf.

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Greece and Italy claim Windsurfing gold at the Youth Olympic Games

For immediate release: 10/13/2018
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Alexandros Kalpogiannakis (GRE) and Giorgia Speciale (ITA) became the first sailors to take the title of 2018 Youth Olympic Champions at the Youth Olympic Sailing Competition, held out of Club Nautico San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The first Medal Races in Sailing were held in the Girl’s and Boy’s Windsurfing class, with both fleets completing 11 races in the series over the course of the competition.

A seventh-place finish in the Medal Race – his lowest fleet race score of the week – was enough for Kalpogiannakis to wrap up gold.

The Greek has performed consistently well throughout the competition, with five wins overall, and finished the final race far enough in front of nearest rival Nicolo Renna (ITA), whose 13th-placed finish was good for silver.

And the 16-year-old, who came second in the Youth Male category of the Techno 293+ World Championships in August, admitted that winning a medal was more than he originally hoped for.

“I’m very excited about winning gold – I didn’t expect it, but I’m happy to achieve it,” Kalpogiannakis said.

“The Youth Olympic Games have helped me learn to concentrate on every moment and to never give up.

“Next I have the Europeans in Greece, then I’ll take a holiday before training for next season.”

Finn Hawkins (GBR) finished third in the Medal Race to confirm his bronze medal; Tomer Vardimon (ISR) came second in the race but was too far behind points-wise to trouble the Brit.

In the Girl’s fleet, Speciale approached today’s Medal Race with a 17-point lead over second-placed Manon Pianazza (FRA). As long as she made a clean start and sailed a comfortable race, the gold medal was hers.

But she turned on the style, taking a huge lead early on and crossing the finish untroubled to claim her fifth victory of the week and seal her gold medal.

Pianazza finished second to confirm her silver medal, while the battle for bronze reached a thrilling conclusion as Yana Reznikova finished the race in third place to pip Naama Gazit (ISR), who came sixth, to the final podium spot by just one point.

With only one race result outside the top three, 18-year-old Speciale, who won bronze at the Youth Sailing World Championships in July and gold at the RS:X Youth European Championship in August, will now turn her attention to senior racing.

“This week was so hard and I’m so happy about this result,” she said.

“Preparation was the most important thing; we trained two years for this championship.

“Now I will have one week of rest before I start training again, because next year I will start racing in the senior RS:X fleet.”

Elsewhere, the Nacra 15 fleet sailed three races to complete their 12-race series ahead of their Medal Race tomorrow.

Home favourites Dante Cittadini and Teresa Romairone (ARG) remain in pole position for gold, leading the fleet by 10 points. With little separating the top four, all three medals are up for grabs tomorrow.

Behind the Argentinians in second place are Laila van der Meer and Bjarne Bouwer (NED) and Henri Demesmaeker and Frederique van Eupen (BEL), who are level on points, with early leaders Titouan Petard and Kenza Coutard (FRA) just two points off a podium place in fourth.

The Girl’s and Boy’s Kiteboard were unfortunately unable to race today, with wind conditions unsuitable. They will look to progress with their Final races tomorrow.

Racing continues at 12:00 local time on Saturday 13th October, as the Nacra 15s head out onto the water first to sail their Medal Race.

By Liz Owen – World Sailing


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Celina Saubidet obtuvo un muy buen sexto puesto y Cittadini-Romairone encaran su regata final en la punta

(San Isidro – viernes 12 de octubre de 2018)
El sexto día de Buenos Aires 2018 comenzó con la ansiedad lógica de las regatas definitorias en Windsurf femenino y masculino y con el Nacra 15 corriendo los últimos compromisos antes de su desafío final, mañana a partir de las 12.

En las canchas de regata el viento sur tuvo borneos, los cuales en algunos casos obligaron a postergar y hacer cambios de ubicación en las marcas, como ser dos minutos antes del top en el circuito de Techno 293+ mujeres. Allí luego hubo una llamada general y vuelta a partir, pero cuando se pudo comenzar definitivamente la italiana Giorgia Specialle demostró en el agua por qué estuvo puntera todo el campeonato, cruzando la línea de llegada con bastante anticipación con respecto a sus seguidoras y finalizando Buenos Aires 2018 con 21 puntos: cinco primeros puestos, dos segundos, cuatro terceros y apenas descartó el único cuarto sobre las 13 regatas. Su medalla de oro fue seguida por la plata de la francesa Manon Pianazza, quien sumó 39 unidades, siendo bronce la rusa Yana Reznikova, con un neto de 46. La argentina Celina Saubidet, de estable performance todo el campeonato, obtuvo un 11° en la regata definitoria y terminó los YOG con un muy buen sexto en la general, logrando un top 10 sobre 23 atletas.

En Windsurf masculino Belisario Kopp fue 20° en la regata final, concluyendo los juegos 12° en la general. El podio quedó compuesto por el griego y

puntero todo el campeonato, Kalpo Kalpogiannakis, colgándose el oro y 23 unidades; Plata para Nicolo Renna, con 36, y bronce para Finn Hawkins, con 46.

En Nacra 15 Dante Cittadini y Teresa Romairone lograron los puestos 4°, 2° 4° en las tres regatas del día, sumando 31 unidades netas, diez más que sus perseguidores de Holanda y Bélgica respectivamente: las duplas Laila van der Meer-Bjarne Bouwer y Henri Philippe B. Demesmaeker-Frederique van Eupen. Mañana a partir de las 12 encaran su regata definitoria con un buen margen, de cara a un muy probable podio.

El Equipo Argentino Juvenil de Vela, auspiciado por Galicia Éminent, tiene un día más de competencias dado que el Kitesurf utilizará el domingo de reserva para completar sus compromisos que no se realizaron por falta de viento. Allí Ona Romani figura sexta y Gerónimo Lutteral octavo en sus clasificaciones generales. La alemana Alina Kornelli es la primera entre las mujeres, mientras que el dominicano Deury Corniel hace punta en la disciplina masculino.

La ceremonia de premiación de Windsurf se realizó frente al mástil del Club Náutico San Isidro.

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GC32 TPM Med Cup, día 2. Ineos gana las tres regatas del día.

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Three bullet INEOS soars ahead at GC32 TPM Med Cup
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After the storms, torrential rain and general greyness of the last days, the Rade de Toulon was in an entirely different mood for day two of the GC32 TPM Med Cup, the final event of the GC32 Racing Tour, held with support from Toulon Provence Mediterranée and the city of Toulon.

A swell remained rolling in from the east, drummed up by the previous days’ strong winds, but it had decreased and conditions were otherwise those for which the Cote d’Azur is world famous, with 10-15 knot winds and the sun in a clear sky.

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Star of the day was unquestionably Ben Ainslie and his America’s Cup crew on board INEOS TEAM UK. The British team won three consecutive races of today’s five, coming second in the remaining two. This was despite being called over early in the first race – today’s only race held with a reaching start (due to a wind shift, the latter four races had upwind starts).

“We had a really good day,” said Ainslie, the most successful Olympic sailor in history, racing on board his black catamaran with two other Olympic gold medallists – Giles Scott (Finn, Rio 2016) and Australian Iain Jensen (49er, London 2012). “The guys did a great job sailing the boat well and the boat handling most of the time was really good. I’m pleased Giles is back, helping with some of the moding and tactical calls. It was one of those days when it clicked.”

And the British sailing legend was hardly playing it safe. In the third race he ‘port tacked the fleet’ at the start, crossing ahead of boats charging the British boat down, with starboard tack rights. “That was a bit high risk!” admitted Ainslie. “It actually wasn’t our plan – we meant to go behind the fleet and go out to the right, but a gap opened up so we went for it and made it work… thankfully.”

Ainslie’s outstanding performance was welcomed by Jim Ratcliffe, CEO of INEOS, who was watching the racing from the team’s support boat.

In today’s opening race there was some Swiss heart-ache and pain. Having made the best start, Realteam pulled into the lead only for her mast to break on the second downwind leg. “We just had to finish the race,” admitted skipper Jérôme Clerc with a sigh. No one was injured, but this sadly follows Realteam having broken their usual racing mast in training prior to the GC32 TPM Med Cup. The Swiss team will be burning the midnight oil tonight as they attempt to repair their first mast. “It was going very well. It will be hard for us to come back now,” concluded Clerc.

This race ended up being won by Erik Maris’ Zoulou. “We did benefit from our competitor’s attrition,” admitted Maris. “I hope Realteam will make it back to sail tomorrow.”

Pleasingly Zoulou shares the same points, but is technically ahead on countback, with the event favourite, Franck Cammas’ NORAUTO (many of Zoulou’s crew sailed with Cammas in the America’s Cup last year). “We would like to stay ahead of Franck!” said Maris. “Today we had our usual ups and downs. In the second race I made a terrible mistake fishing one of the marks. Then we broke one of the winches.” Nonetheless Zoulou ended the day in third place and technically top of the three French teams competing here.

Today’s final race was claimed by Simon Delzoppo’s .film Racing. According to the Aussie team’s French tactician, Sébastien Col, they started well, were fast and made it out to the favoured left side of the course. Here there was not only more pressure but an impressive turn-out, along the marina breakwater, of Toulon’s sailing fans.

.film then stuck to their ‘left is best’ strategy. “On the second upwind, several boats went right like INEOS and I was thinking we should cover them, but all of the guys said ‘no, no – there’s more breeze on the left…” said Col. The tactic worked for .film finished with a substantial lead.

Impressively, the Aussie owner-driver team now holds second overall, trailing INEOS by eight points.

Racing continues tomorrow with another five races scheduled but also with two rounds of the ANONIMO Speed Challenge. The team with the highest average speed in this will win an ANONIMO Nautilo GC32 Racing Tour limited edition timepiece at Sunday’s prize giving

Mundial de Star 2018. Jorge Zarif y Guilherme de Almeida, líderes provisionales.




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Day four of the 2018 Star World Championship in Oxford, Maryland, started with rain, a great 14 knot breeze from north east and choppy sea, all caused by hurricane Michael making its way up north. The flags of the 12 nations representing the 62 teams waved vigorously while the teams got dressed in their wet-weather gear and docked out towards the racecourse.
The mischievous breeze didn’t last through both of the races sailed today, and had died down to 6-8 knots by the second start of the day. Near the end of Race 4 the wind dropped even more on the last downwind leg after shifting of almost 180° and forced the competitors to finish going upwind. Today’s bullets go to Jorge Zarif with Guilherme de Almeida (BRA) conquering the windy third race of the series, and to Paul Cayard (USA) with Arthur Lopes (BRA) for the tricky fourth one.
Both names occupy the top spots of the provisional overall ranking, with Zarif/de Almeida leading, followed by Cayard/Lopes in second and Hubert Merkelbach and Markus Koy in third.

“We did a great job together setting up the boat for the conditions which we watched closely yesterday and today – declared Arthur Lopes – Knowing the wind was dropping all day today we focused on always tuning the boat for the changes and talking to each other about the other boats on the race course. I push Paul pretty hard to make sure I know what he wants to do and hear from me. We do a great job and we are always on the same page about what the next step is.”

Race three began with a frenzy and the fleet was eager to start in the newfound windy conditions, so eager that the Committee hoisted the black flag after two general recalls for the third start attempt. Augie Diaz (USA) with Bruno Prada (BRA) had a good start, were first to the weather mark, and then stayed on the left side of the course. They confidently rounded the left mark at the downwind gate in first place. Zarif/de Almeida followed close behind rounding the right one instead, then tacking to the left to grab the lead half way upwind. The Brazilian duo kept their lead to the finish and won their first bullet of the series. Behind them in second Eivind Melleby (NOR) and Joshua Revkin (USA) crossed the line followed by the Danish Jørgen Schönherr with Jan Eli Gravad in third. In this race the Norwegian/American team got DSQ by the jury after protesting the Brazilians Zarif/de Almeida for not avoiding a collision which resulted in damage (rule 14).

“We started with a good 12-14 knot breeze in the first race then slowly throughout the day the wind died more and more – said Jørgen Schönherr – in the second race today we were leading at the weather mark and we were top three around every single mark but on the last leg the wind died and shifted to the right and we lost about 20 boats then the wind died completely. We finished 3rd in the first race and we were happy with that. We have a good all around speed both up wind and down wind and we try hard to be conservative. Most of the time today the left was favored going upwind. On the last upwind we could see dark clouds near by and feel the weather changing so we decided to protect the right side a little more to be conservative. We work hard to get a free lane where you have clear air. That is the most important piece to us.”

With hurricane Michael in the picture, the second race of the day started off with very different conditions. Light breeze and strong currents pushed by the hurricane made their way into the bay. After a general recall, PRO Bill Stump immediately hoisted the black flag yet again. That didn’t stop the whole fleet from taking a risk and piling up all together in the pin end of the line then staying on the left side of the course. Some fresh faces showed up first at the upwind mark, like the locals Allan Terhune Jr with Ian Coleman (USA) and the Argentinian Fabian MacGowan with Ariel Simonet shortly behind the Danish Schönherr/Gravad. The three teams lead the fleet moments before the wind started to slowly die and shift on the racecourse. The first downwind leg was a bit of a gamble with a 25° right hand shift but Class President Hubert Merkelbach with crew Markus Koy played the shift right and took over the lead. A few course changes later and a tricky last downwind that actually finished with the fleet sailing upwind, Paul Cayard and Arthur Lopes crossed the line first with a respectable margin over Merkelbach/Koy in second, then Tomas Hornos with Pedro Trouche (USA) in third.

“In Race 4 we started in the middle part of the pin half of the line – Allan Terhune told us – Our whole goal was to start and be able to go straight as long as we could and it worked most of the time. Then the next step was to figure out how to line up for the pressure coming down the course. That strategy worked well even in the last run until we didn’t line ourselves up with the new pressure very well. We got into the most trouble when the wind died and shifted about 90 degrees on the last 1/4 of the leg. It was surely painful for us to watch but we still sailed a great race and we’re really happy. We were going much better than we were yesterday and for only our 5th day in the boat together this year we got about 9th in the first race and had the chance to win the second race so that’s great for us. Of course we’re bummed it didn’t work out in the end, but still a good day.”

The 2018 Star World Championship is now back on schedule with 4 races completed and the weather forecast is looking good for the next couple of days. The tail of hurricane Michael should hit the area overnight tonight and leave a nice wind to sail race five tomorrow with a scheduled start at 12:00. The Championship should end on Saturday October 13th with the sixth and final race.

Top ten teams in the provisional ranking after two races:

1 – Jorge Zarif – Guilherme de Almeida BRA

2 – Paul Cayard USA – Arthur Lopes BRA

3 – Hubert Merkelbach – Markus Koy GER

4 – George Szabo USA – Roger Cheer CAN

5 – Diego Negri – Sergio Lambertenghi ITA

6 – Jørgen Schönerr – Jan Eli Gravad DEN

7 – Peter Vessela – Phil Trinter USA

8 – Tomas Horno – Pedro Trouche USA

9 – Augie Diaz USA – Bruno Prada BRA

10 – Andy McDonald – Brian Nichol USA

Full Results:

Juegos Olímpicos de la Juventud Buenos Aires, día 5.

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Russian and Israeli windsurfers continue fight for medals at the Youth Olympic Games
For immediate release: 10/12/2018
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Ahead of Friday’s Medal Race, the battle to claim a spot on the podium amplified in the Windsurfing class at the Youth Olympic Sailing Competition at Club Nautico San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Shifting winds on the coldest day of the week so far brought new challenges for the Girl’s and Boy’s fleets, but both were able to complete three races each. However, Tuesday’s postponed slalom elimination race could not be finished, and will be abandoned.

And the podium places are by no means wrapped up yet. Both fleets have the prospect of two very different fights for a bronze medal. Boy’s windsurfer Tomer Vardimon (ISR) and girl’s windsurfer Yana Reznikova (RUS) both sit on the outskirts in their respective fleets in fourth place.

Reznikova won one of today’s three races in the Girl’s fleet and is now only two points behind third-placed Naama Gazit (ISR).

“It was cold but I enjoyed my day on the water, and I’m happy with my results,” she said.

“When I came here I just wanted to enjoy this amazing and wonderful experience – I didn’t think about medals.”

Vardimon has a tougher battle on his hands, as third-placed Finn Hawkins (GBR) is 11 points ahead of him, but he has accumulated more top-three finishes than his British opponent so far this week and will hope for a strong medal race tomorrow.

“Third place [Hawkins] has gained a few points on me, but I will try to catch him tomorrow,” said Vardimon.

“I can learn from every single race here. It would be great to win a medal.”

Both Alexandros Kalpogiannakis (GRE) and Giorgia Speciale (ITA) are in pole position to claim gold in their respective fleets.

Speciale is an astonishing 17 points ahead of Manon Pianazza (FRA) in second place – the Italian has only finished outside the top three once, a fourth place in Race 11 which she discards.

The gap between Kalpogiannakis and second-placed Nicolo Renna (ITA) is a smaller seven points, with the two exchanging firsts and seconds for most of the week.

Tomorrrow’s final windsurfing race is non-discardable and to claim gold Speciale needs to finish in the top 17 and Kalpogiannakis in the top seven.

Kiteboarding were able to complete one race, with the top three of both the Girl’s and the Boy’s fleet remaining the same. With their medal race scheduled for Saturday, plenty could change in tomorrow’s races.

In the Girl’s fleet, another win for Alina Kornelli (GER) gives her an eight-point lead, but the chase for the silver and bronze medals is much closer, with six athletes separated by just seven points.

Currently sitting second is Sofia Tomasoni (ITA), who is only a point ahead of Nina Font (ESP) in third.

“Today was pretty cold and I struggled with that; I had to race in the Final B, which I won, but I’m not so happy with my results,” said the Italian.

“I’m still second, so I can’t complain. You really have to be focused on what you’re doing and take a good kite size.”

The fight for gold is not quite as clear-cut in the Boy’s fleet; Deury Corniel (DOM) won today’s race, but he’s just five points ahead of Cameron Maramenides (USA) and six ahead of Toni Vodisek (SLO).

“There’s a lot of fierce competition and a high level of kiters, so I’m just trying to stay focused,” Maramenides said.

“It’s a pretty tight race between the three guys for gold and silver – I’ll be going for gold over the next two days.”

Racing continues at 12:00 local time on Friday 12th October. The Boy’s and Girl’s Windsurfing fleets will sail their medal races, while the Mixed Nacra 15 fleet will resume racing after today’s reserve day.

By Liz Owen – World Sailing

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Con Celina Saubidet quinta y Belisario Kopp décimo, mañana el Windsurf corre la regata final

(San Isidro – jueves 11 de octubre de 2018)
El quinto día de regatas tal vez no tuvo el color en tierra de los anteriores con el día gris y la falta de los Nacra 15, que tuvieron un día de descanso, bajando al agua. Sin embargo el marco de las tablas de Windsurf sí se dio y tanto mujeres como varones bajaron sus Techno 293+ para disputar sus compromisos. El Kitesurf, en tierra durante la espera para ir al agua, también aportó lo suyo.

Celina Saubidet tuvo un buen día al lograr los puestos 2°, 7° y 4° y quedar en la quinta ubicación de la clasificación general (cuatro escalones mejor que ayer). Belisario Koppescaló una posición, finalizando décimo, gracias a las regatas 18°, 12° y 4°. ElKitesurfpor su parte disputó hoy la regata número seis completa de Buenos Aires 2018, con OnaRomani sexta en la clasificación general y Gerónimo Lutteral octavo.

Mañana el Equipo Argentino Juvenil de Vela, auspiciado por Galicia Éminent, tiene como el compromiso destacado la regata definitoria de Windsurf. La misma es con todos los participantes de la tabla general, sin descarte y puntaje simple, a diferencia de las MedalRaceconvencionales. Nacra 15 correrá su último día de flota con el objetivo de mantener la punta la dupla Cittadini-Romairone, siendo la regata definitoria el sábado, al igual que la de Kitesurf.

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Juegos Olímpicos de la Juventud Buenos Aires, día 4.

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German kiteboarder continues dominance at the Youth Olympic Games

For immediate release: 10/10/2018
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A dazzling display on the water from Alina Kornelli (GER) ensured she remains top of the Girl’s Kiteboarding fleet at the Youth Olympic Sailing Competition at Club Nautico San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

With lighter windspeeds than the previous day, all three classes were able to race. Windsurfing reverted back to fleet racing, and though Kiteboarding was initially affected by a postponement which saw them return to shore, the wind picked up sufficiently for them to return to the water.

Kornelli has won four out of five races so far, including two wins today, and is five points ahead of Sofia Tomasoni (ITA) in second and six points ahead of Nina Font (ESP) who is third.

“The last A final was really close between me and Nina; at the beginning I was first, then she was first, but I won it in the end,” Kornelli explained.

“I’m really happy with my results in the competition. I will try and stay focused and really do my best.”

In the Boy’s fleet, Slovenian kiteboarder Toni Vodisek moved into the top three with a win in the last race of the day.

“The wind was pretty light today; we had the 17s, the biggest kites we have, and we finished a race from yesterday before doing two more,” he said.

“Yesterday I was unlucky as the equipment I took was too small, but today with the same equipment it went better.”

Deury Corniel (DOM) lost his 100% record with two sixth places but keeps the overall lead, two points ahead of Cameron Maramenides (USA).

In the Nacra 15 fleet, the Dutch duo Laila van der Meer and Bjarne Bouwer stormed into second place, taking two wins from four races.

They are now six points behind leaders Dante Cittadini and Teresa Romairone (ARG) who took a race win, a second, a sixth and one seventh, which they discard.

“The wind was really shifty and gusty; it was hard to predict what was going to happen,” explained van der Meer.

“The number three is always the tricky spot, so the number two feels good, but we’re still not there,” added Bouwer.

“The Olympics is so much more than a normal regatta. My roommate won a medal in rollerspeed skating and he was so happy. We are enjoying every second.”

In Girl’s and Boy’s Windsurfing, the overall leaders remained unchanged as Giorgia Speciale (ITA) and Alexandros Kalpogiannakis (GRE) kept up their excellent form on the water.

Speciale has yet to finish outside the top three during the competition and is 13 points ahead of second-placed Manon Pianazza (FRA).

Entering the top three for the first time is Naama Gazit (ISR) who is now level on points with her French opponent.

“I started the day not so good (7th, discarded) but my second race was better and in the last race I finished second,” she said.

“The wind was really shifty and the course kept changing so we spent a long time on the water, but I’m really happy to be in the top three.”

There’s a close fight between Kalpogiannakis and Nicolo Renna (ITA) in the Boy’s fleet. The pair are separated by six points, with third-placed Finn Hawkins (GBR) 15 points behind the Italian.

“It was a really tricky day today; a lot was happening and the wind was flicking about all over the place,” said Hawkins.

“You had to pick your spot, find your outwind and try and get some consistent results.”

Racing continues at 12:00 local time on Thursday 11th October. It will be a reserve day for the Nacra 15 fleet, meaning only Kiteboarding and Windsurfing will be competing.

By Liz Owen – World Sailing

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La Vela cumplió con la mitad del calendario olímpico y la Argentina se mantiene en puestos de definiciones

(San Isidro – miércoles 10 de octubre de 2018)

Promediando los Juegos Olímpicos de la Juventud para la disciplina Vela, el cuarto día de competencias tuvo muchos cambios de dirección e intensidad del viento en las canchas de regata, con sudeste, sudoeste y sur en diferentes momentos, de 6 a 11 nudos.

Dante Cittadini y Teresa Romairone comenzaron con un primer puesto y acrecentando así la diferencia con sus perseguidores en el 1-2 de la general hasta el día anterior, pero en la regata siguiente tuvieron un inesperado 7°, luego de largar muy bien, al verse retrasados por enganchar una bolsa plástica con el barco; descartaron así esa carrera, salieron sextos en la tercera, mientras que en la cuarta un segundo lugar los alejó en la punta, con 22 unidades. Seis puntos más tienen los holandeses, Laila van der Meer y Bjarne Bouwer, siendo terceros, con 29 de puntaje, los franceses Titouan Petard y Kenza Coutard.

El Windsurf tuvo regatas de flota y en masculino Belisario Kopp logró un 3° en su primera regata, completando con un 14° (descartada) y un 4°, figurando undécimo en la general. Celina Saubidet, en tanto, continúa novena producto de los puestos 21° (descartada) 6° y 4° de hoy.

En Kitesurf femenino Ona Romani finalizó el día cuarta en la clasificación general mientras que Gerónimo Lutteral está sexto en masculino.

Mañana el Equipo Argentino Juvenil de Vela, auspiciado por Galicia Éminent, continúa con más regatas pero la clase Nacra 15 tiene día de descanso. El viernes y sábado se disputan las medal race (regatas entre los diez mejores, con puntaje doble y más cortas) y la Argentina tiene chances de medalla en todas las clases participantes.

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Rolex Middle Sea Race 2018, video presentación de la edición 50.

On the year of its 50th anniversary, a record fleet of close to 150 yachts is set to contest the 2018 Rolex Middle Sea Race. First held in 1968, the race has developed from its humble, Corinthian origins into an international event of repute attracting yachts from some 30 different countries. The Rolex Middle Sea Race’s 606-nautical mile course is not only challenging but beautiful taking in active volcanoes, rugged islands and numerous encounters with wildlife. To mark this year’s occasion, race organisers Royal Malta Yacht Club have put in place a number of special events and celebrations. Triumphing at this year’s anniversary edition will hold an even greater appeal for competitors – from the challenge of breaking the 11-year old race record to overall victory on IRC handicap. Whoever claims the Rolex Middle Sea Trophy and Rolex timepiece as overall winner will prevail from the largest fleet in the race’s history. Rolex has been Title Sponsor of the race since 2002.

Mundial de Star 2018, primeras dos regatas de campeonato.



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A nice breeze finally made its appearance on the Choptank River on day three of the 2018 Star World Championship held in Oxford, Maryland, hosted by the Tred Avon Yacht Club. Two races were completed by the 62 boat fleet but only one can claim the traditional daily prizes: reigning World Champions Eivind Melleby (NOR) and Joshua Revkin (USA) took both bullets, and let everyone know they’re not ready to hand back one of the most prestigious trophies in sailing. Brazilian Olympic Finn sailor Jorge Zarif with crew Guilherme de Almeida are following the lead pair in the provisional ranking, and in third place, 1988 Star World Champion Paul Cayard (USA) with crew Arthur ‘Tutu’ Lopes (BRA).

“We have to keep doing more of what we did today and we should be pretty good,” said a very satisfied Eivind Melleby back ashore. “We like the race area, it’s nice and shifty. Today we had a little bit stronger wind than we expected and it was building throughout the day. It was a very tough first upwind in the last race. We thought we were going well off the starting line with no problems then we got caught in the middle of the race course when the others on the left hand side were having a big lefty that never made its way to us. We did most of the climbing back in the first run downwind by staying in the pressure in the middle and we were fast. It’s our downwind speed that keeps us out of trouble. We made all the gains downwind today.”

In Race one Melleby and Revkin, after a good start, were the first to round the weather mark followed by Argentinian Hector and Hugo Longarela and by the Brazilian Olympic Finn sailor Jorge Zarif with crew Guilherme de Almeida. They rounded in the same order at the downwind gate, however, in the second upwind, Danish Jørgen Schönerr and Jan Eli Gravad made their way into third by staying on the left side of the racecourse, which was the most favorable throughout the day. On the last long downwind of race one, the top three positions were confirmed and Melleby and Revkin could celebrate their first win. The happiest skipper of the three was 26 year old Brazilian Jorge Zarif, who finished second place his first race in a Star World Championship today even if he doesn’t get to sail the Star very often due to his Olympic campaign in the Finn class.

“We managed to have two decent starts and we did well” said Zarif. “Unfortunately we could not keep the lead in the second race but overall it was a good day and we are happy. The Star is great and the guys in the fleet are also great. It’s always nice to sail at this high level and its really fun. The Star World Championship is six races long and has a large fleet, so our strategy is to try to be consistent and finish in the top 5 to 10 in each race. I hope we have more wind like today for the rest of the week so I can continue to work the boat in the breeze because I feel more familiar with this condition.”

The second race started shortly after and the competitors had an extra element to take in consideration now: the current was flowing in the bay at a pace of 20 meters per minute. This is what tricked Diego Negri/Sergio Lambertenghi (ITA) and Jorge Zarif/Guilherme de Almeida (BRA) at the second upwind mark. While they were high on the lay line fighting the current which was perpendicular to the wind direction, Melleby/Revkin tacked early and could stay a little lower to take advantage of it. The Norwegian/American duo kept the lead through to the finish line and were followed by Paul Cayard (USA) with Arthur Lopes (BRA) in second, then the Brazilians Zarif/de Almeida in third place. The three teams are sitting first, third, and second respectively overall after two races.

“Finally the event got underway and it was nice to have some breeze. Everyone was getting a little antsy after a couple of days with no sailing,” said Paul Cayard. “For us it was nice to get the rudder sorted out yesterday, it was preventative maintenance and we weren’t sure it was going to break, but I think it was a prudent thing to do. We are happy with the day, our speed is pretty good, and we were fast up and down wind. We could have won the last race but ended up losing by a few meters to Eivind. But there’s still a long way to go and it’s certainly not over. We’ll try to stay consistent and keep our heads up as this is a very tricky place.”

Two races are scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday October 11th, with the first warning signal at 11,00.

Top ten teams in the provisional ranking after two races:

1 – Eivind Melleby NOR – Joshua Revkin USA
2 – Jorge Zarif – Guilherme de Almeida BRA
3 – Paul Cayard USA – Arthur Lopes BRA
4 – Diego Negri – Sergio Lambertenghi ITA
5 – Jørgen Schönerr – Jan Eli Gravad DEN
6 – George Szabo USA – Roger Cheer CAN
7 – Peter Vessela – Phil Trinter USA
8 – Andy McDonald – Brad Nichol USA
9 – Augie Diaz USA – Bruno Prada BRA
10 – Eric Doyle – Payson Infelise USA

Full Results: 

Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe 2018. Record absoluto para los Class 40 con 53 participantes.

Luke Berry con Lamotte Module Création.

© Jean Marie LIOT
Nicolas Troussel con Corum.

© Alain Colard
Jonas Gerckens con Volvo104.

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Class40s – An Atlantic Armada

Press Release – 10.10.2018

The largest fleet in the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe 2018 – the solo transatlantic race that starts from St Malo on November 4th – is the Class40 monohull division with 53 sailors taking part.

This record entry, that makes up almost half the total 123-strong fleet in this four-yearly classic, includes men and women from 10 nations sailing a variety of boats designed within the parameters of what has become an extremely successful class rule.

The Class40 record for the 3,542-nautical mile course to Guadeloupe in the French Caribbean was set by the Spanish yachtsman Alex Pella with a time of 16 days, 17 hours and 47 minutes in 2014. The best in the class this time will be looking to challenge that, though only the very latest designs sailed by experienced solo ocean racers are likely to do so.

With the exception of the Mini-Transat – a solo transatlantic race sailed in smaller boats – no single ocean race has seen so many entries in one class as this Class 40 fleet for this, the eleventh staging and 40th anniversary edition of the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe.

The 53 contenders who will take the same startline on November 4th, include no less than three former winners of La Solitaire du Figaro (Kito de Pavant, Nicolas Troussel, Yoann Richomme), not to mention sailors who have already participated in the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe (Sam Goodchild, Nicolas Jossier, Claire Pruvot, Halvard Mabire) or those who have raced in the Transat Jacques Vabre or The Transat (Maxime Sorel, Antoine Carpentier, Louis Duc, Arthur Le Vaillant, Aymeric Chapellier, Bertrand Delesne, Loic Fequet, Arthur Hubert, Hiroshi Kitada, Robin Swamp, Miranda Merron, Olivier Roussey, Phil Sharp).

Class40s have been taking part in the four-yearly Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe since 2006 when Britain’s Phil Sharp won the division in a time of 18 days, 10 hours. But since then advances in design have seen this course record come down by a day in each subsequent race. In 2010 Frenchman Thomas Ruyant reached Point-a-Pitre in Guadeloupe after 17days and 23 hours, while Alex Pella took another day off that in 2014.

Of course, the weather conditions in the English Channel, the Bay of Biscay and the north Atlantic in the days immediately after the start will have a significant impact on race time. But it is clear from recent races that the newest boats in the class are capable of going quicker still with daily distances of over 350 nautical miles now possible – quite something for 40-foot monohulls.

This reflects the increasingly radical design profiles of the newest boats which, despite conforming to class rules limiting sail area, displacement and draft (three metres), are looking more and more like the fastest IMOCA class boats – the 60-footers that race in the Vendée Globe solo round-the-world race.

Within this category at the head of the fleet are 15 skipper-boat combinations that are performing closer and closer to the 60s, even without the use foils or canting keels which are not permitted in the class rule. At the head of this group is the British sailor, Phil Sharp (Imerys Clean Energy) who not only won in 2006, but with his two-year-old Manuard-designed boat has been regularly on the podium and winning races including the Round Britain Race and the Normandy Channel Race.

Alongside him are two French sailors in brand new – and formidable-looking – Lombard designs: Louis Duc (Carac) and Yoann Richomme (Veedol). They are both highly experienced and their big and powerful hulls make them among the favourites to reach Guadeloupe first.

Then there is a group also sailing Samuel Manuard designs who will be contenders that include Nicolas Troussel (Corum), Maxime Sorel (V & B), Arthur Le Vaillant (Leyton France), Luke Berry (Lamotte-Module Creation) and Aymeric Chapellier (Aina-Childhood and Future). Other boats to watch out for will be those from the board of Guillaume Verdier ​​sailed by the likes of Kito de Pavant (Made in Midi) or Antoine Carpentier (Custo Pol). In short, this is going to be an extremely competitive division in which sailors in closely-matched boats will fight it out, hour-by-hour across the Atlantic.

The class includes three female sailors in the French women Morgane Ursault-Poupon (Fleury Michon Bio), Claire Pruvot, in an as yet unnamed boat, and the British veteran Miranda Merron (Campaign France). There are also three contenders from the Caribbean – Dominique Rivard (#Marie Galante), Carl Chipotel (Pep ‘Gwadeloup!) And Rodolphe Sepho (Dream wide).

Here are the thoughts of Emmanuel Le Roch who will sail Edenred: “Since I was a child, I wanted to participate in the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe. I nearly did it in 2006 in a multihull but then, a year ago, I had the opportunity to buy a Class40, a division where there is good competition for a reasonable budget. I got hold of a boat in good condition based in La Trinité where I work in a boat rental company. This is a 2010-vintage Pogo S2 that took part in the Rhum with Damien Grimont in 2014. Of course, I have no chances to actually win but I want to get to the other side with a decent performance. I have already done more than 5,000 miles at sea on Edenred and I have done quite a lot of solo sailing … “