Grand Prix Sailing

Foiling double coming to San Diego

 

photo © SDYC

 

Moth & A-Cat North American Championships at San Diego South Bay

 

For the first time ever, this autumn the San Diego Yacht Club (SDYC) will host the both the Moth and A-Cat North American Championships back-to-back. The events will feature high-speed sailing on South San Diego Bay, off the beaches of Coronado at Crown Cove, in one person International Moth Dinghies and A-Cat Catamarans.

The Moth North American Championship will occur first, with three full days of sailing from September 29-October 1. When looking at both registration lists, competitors will travel from as far as New Jersey, Florida, and Canada to race in these high-performance events.

Matthew Knowles from Newport, Rhode Island, has participated in six Moth North American Championships and plans to attend this year’s event in San Diego. “San Diego is the new hot spot for Moth sailing in the US. Matt Struble has done a great job growing the fleet, and we are thrilled to be racing North Americans in San Diego this fall. It is hard to think of a better spot to race some of the fastest boats around.”

Another Moth sailor, Bora Gulari, who has competed in 8 prior North American Championships, is eager to race this fall.

“I am excited to get back to San Diego on my Moth. It is a great location to sail and it has been a while since the fleet was there. With the local fleet coming back strong, it’s time for us to return. I look forward to coming to the event.”

This event will feature a high level of competition as two competitors on the registration list, Zack Downing from San Diego Yacht Club and Andrew Brazier from Royal Canadian Yacht Club, recently sailed in the 2017 Moth World Championship in Malcesine, Italy held in July.

Downing stated that racing in the Moth Worlds in Italy was a great learning experience.

“I’m hoping to employ everything I learned about Moth tactics and boat setup at the North Americans in September to put together complete races and improve my consistency. My boat just arrived from Worlds and I’m looking forward to getting out on the water as soon as possible to start preparing. I’ll be making a few changes to my boat before the event as well. The local fleet has sailed out of the racing venue a couple times and there are usually perfect Moth sailing conditions in South Bay.”

After the Moth North American Championship, the A-Cat North American Championship will follow with four days of action-packed sailing from October 5-8.

Clearwater, Florida resident Robbie Daniel sails in many A-Cat Championships, including the A-Cat Worlds in Key Largo, Florida in 2007. “Getting the chance to sail A-Cats are like mixing the fun aspect of beach cat racing, with the high level of Olympic sailing. I sailed in San Diego for the 2008 Olympic trials. Sailing the exciting foiling A-Cat here brings back all those great memories. These boats and this competition, at a legendary location like this, will make for an amazing event.”

Though the final format of the championship will depend on the daily conditions, race organizers have scheduled three races on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and two races on Sunday.

Matt Keenan, who sails out of the Sandy Hook Bay Catamaran Club in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, will also travel across the country this fall to compete. “Personally, I am looking forward to my second North Americans and first A-Class event on the West Coast. It will be exciting to see the whole class come together once again for some exciting and tight racing.”

Keenan also shares what he’s practicing on in the months leading up to the championship.

“With so much innovation in the class lately I have been focusing purely tuning and keeping the boat speed consistent on the foils, both up wind and downwind. The person who can find their groove and keep the boat high and dry on the foils, will likely be the next champion.”

Regatta Chairman Matt Struble, is not only organizing both of these events, but he has also won the A-Cat North Americans in 2015 and 2016.

“The Moth and A-Cat North Americans will be the high-performance events of 2017. The rich sailing history of San Diego Yacht Club is very helpful when organizing and running the North American Championships for boats that fly. San Diego South Bay is known as foiling heaven due to the lack of weeds, wind speeds between 10-15mph, small waves, and warmer water.”

SDYC Commodore John Reiter looks forward to hosting both events and propelling the modern style of sailing that these events will showcase.

“The sharp end of the development of our sport is with foiling boats, and we’re proud here at SDYC to help run great examples of this shift. Our membership has been on the bleeding edge of technology going back over one hundred years, with innovators designing and building some of the fastest racing designs and equipment of their time. While we’re not famous for flying boats, we are famous for pushing the limits of the sport and hosting incredible events. We welcome the athletes of all styles of sailing and hope their time here in America’s Finest City is productive, competitive, and most of all rewarding.”

The awards ceremonies will be held at the Loews Coronado Hotel after the completion of races on Sunday, October 1 and Sunday, October 8.

Eligible boats may enter online by paying the entry fee and completing and submitting the Official Registration and Entry Forms by September 20, 2017 (Moths) and September 27, 2017 (A-Cats).

SDYC would like to thank event sponsors; Harken, North Sails, Sailcloth Technology, Velocitek, and California State Parks.

by Emily Willhoft

 

 

Harry Mighell wins inaugural International WASZP Games

 

 

The International WASZP Games at Campione, Lake Garda

 

It was a fitting finale to the first International WASZP Games at Campione on Lake Garda. Harry Mighell from Sorrento in Victoria, Australia, did a horizon job on the fleet in light 7 – 10 knot marginal foiling conditions.

Race 9 started in a patchy light breeze from the South, that swung around the compass right from the start. The fleet of 53 WASZP’s packed the start line, low riding off on starboard tack. This time the shift further to true South forced the majority to take the left side of the course sailing low towards Malcesine on the East side of the Lake. A number of competitors fell into holes or off the foils stopping dead to let clusters of other WASZP’s past.

 

 

Harry Mighell – AUS

 

Rory Rose (GBR) from Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC in Scotland, led a group of the lighter youth sailors around lap 1, but the experience of Harry Mighell was enough for him to keep them in his sights. Harry rounded just behind Reed Baldridge (USA). Guillaume Rol, the 19 year old Swiss sailor and Stuart Appleby from WPNSA in the UK were up in the front pack.

Downwind, Harry Mighell pulled away leaving the young guns to try and defend their positions against the more experienced WASZP sailors. Back upwind for the second time and Mighell used the pressure in the middle section of the course to sail well clear, but the places were changing behind him as the breeze continued to oscillate.

 

Guillame Rol – SUI

 

Rory Rose held on to second and the kiwi Bruce Curson appeared to be reeling in the places just ahead of Joan Costa from Spain, his nearest rival overall. Reed Baldridge was slipping down the pack and his challenge for the overall title rapidly fading.

The last leg was a bit of a game changer, as the breeze begun to fade and the struggle to stay in pressure to foil becoming an absolute necessity.

Harry Mighell cruised across the finish line to win by a country mile. Harry was a key cog in the design and build team of the WASZP and it was a proud moment for him to win the inaugural International WASZP Games in the boat he was largely responsible for creating.

 

Reed Baldridge USA

 

Behind Harry, second to cross the line was a jubilant young Swiss youth sailor Guillaume Rol, enjoying his moment in the sun. Carving through the fleet for third was Kohei Kajimoto, one of the WASZP team who sails in Melbourne, Australia. In fourth was Joan Costa from Spain, who at only 17 years of age, sealed the Youth category. Behind Joan, another Spanish young gun, Ruben Booth, finished with his best performance of the championship. Reed Baldridge crept over in sixth to claim second overall in the championship.

Once the results were churned through the computer and the second discard taken into account, the finishing order for the top 10 looked like this:

 

Joan Costa ESP

 

 

Results (Top 10 after 9 races inc 2 discards) 

1 AUS 238 – Harold Mighell – 4,2,3,1,2,1,1,1,1 = 9pts

2 USA 2383 – Reed Baldridge – 1,1,2,3,3,3,2,3,5 = 15pts

3 AUS 2380 – Kohei Kajimoto – 9,6,5,2,4,2,6,2,ocs = 27pts

4 ESP 2167 – Joan Costa – 5,4,OCS,4,6,5,5,9,3 = 32pts

5 NZL 2382 – Bruce Curson – 11,8,6,5,8,6,4,5,7 = 41pts

6 FRA 44 – Pierre Leboucher – 6,9,7,6,12,7,7,7,9 = 49pts

7 AUS 2395 – Tristan Brown – 16,5,9,12,7,10,9,4,8 = 52pts

8 AUS 2390 – Dean Souter – 18,dnf,1,26,1,4,3,6,20 = 53pts

9 AUS 2389 – Gus Ekberg – 2,11,11,7,9,9,11,12,24 = 60pts

10 GBR 2078 – Stuart Appleby – 7,7,15,10,11,8,10.,8,13 = 61pts

 

NB: See below for full results

 

Mark Orams NZL

 

Category trophy winners

1st  Silver fleet (6.9m rig) – Nicolai Jacobsen (NOR)

1 Youth (-18 years) & first European – Joan Costa (ESP)

1 Female – Sara Winther (NZL)

1 Master (45 years+) – Mark Orams (NZL)

 

Speed Demon of the day was Mikel Vazquez from Spain with a speed of 18.3 knots in very light airs. Speed Freak of the Week was Bruce Curson on New Zealand with a top speed of 21.8 knots.

 

Stuart Appleby GBR

 

Before the final race of the WASZP Games, a Handicap Pursuit Race was staged whilst the wind was still too light to foil. Almost all competitors took part in this fun race and the format met with general approval.

David Lilburn from Royal Tay YC led throughout the first lap being chased by Sara Winther of New Zealand and Claudio Lenzi from Circulo Vela Bellano in Italy. As a faint breeze increased and some of the lighter sailors managed to briefly foil, the fleet condensed to an exciting finish. The winner was Stuart Appleby from Weymouth in the UK.

The WASZP team will be announcing further WASZP International Games events and a series of regional championship regattas in the near future. For more information please visit: www.waszp.com

 

Links: 

For more info on the class go to www.waszp.com 

facebook: WASZP Games

Photos credits: Martina Orsini

Videos by Oliver Hartas of Hartas Productions

Video links: https://www.facebook.com/waszpgames/

For more details email: Jonny Fullerton at regattaservices at gmail.com

 

WASZP wonderland on penultimate day in Garda

 

The International WASZP Games at Campione, Lake Garda

 

Day 3 of the International WASZP Games run by Univela Sailing Club at Campione, was blessed by perfect sailing conditions as the afternoon Ora filled in bang on time at around 1400 hrs.

In the morning the WASZP Games team trialled some new formats of racing with a short Slalom Course and some Drag Racing using reaching legs. As the wind was quite soft, marginal foiling conditions meant that the lighter sailors were quickest to get up on the foils and around the short course. Special mention goes out to two Swiss WASZP sailors, 19 year old, Guillaume Rol and 17 years old, Max Wallenberg, both from Société Nautique de Genève. They both gave the pros a run for their money.

After lunch the afternoon Ora kicked in bang on schedule for two more absolutely fantastic WASZP Championship Series races to leave the inaugural International WASZP Games title to be decided on the final day.

 

Race 7 of the championship started in fabulous foiling conditions, about 15 – 16 knots from 200 degrees for a two lap race. The majority of the 53 WASZP’s flew off the start line in a frenzy. This time regatta leader Harry Mighell from Australia tacked early at the committee boat end and quickly established a lead right in front of the Univela Sailing Club in Campione. But on lap 1, Dean Souter (AUS) rounded just in front of Harry and Reed Baldridge (USA) with one of the young Norwegian lads, Alexander Hogheim flying round in the top group.

Harry Mighell was able to soak downwind inside Dean Souter and gybe inside him to snatch the lead by the bottom mark. Back upwind Dean Souter dropped off the foils momentarily allowing Reed Baldridge to get past to challenge Harry Mighell. Mighell and Baldridge went head to head in a tacking dual at the final rounding of the windward mark. They rounded bow to stern and sped off downwind. Behind them, Bruce Curson from Wakatere BC in New Zealand was enjoying the windy conditions to move up to 4th and young Joan Costa from Spain in 5th.

 

On the last downwind the drama unfolded as Mighell again soaked low to maintain the inside track, but Baldridge suffered a bad gybe and found a wind hole to lose 2nd to Souter. Approaching the finish line Souter was rapidly closing in on Mighell with 50 metres to go when he face planted his WASZP into the lake. Despite being super quick to get his boat up he was low riding with Baldridge rapidly breathing down his neck. He got his boat up and accelerating but the awkward angle of the short finish line meant both sailors plunged their bows over the line capsizing simultaneously. Baldridge was judged to have just pipped Souter for 2nd. Bruce Curson and Joan Costa finished 4th and 5th a boat length apart. Some great speeds as the WASZP’s whistle past the committee boat.

 

 

The kiwis Marc Orams and Glen Sowry seemed to be enjoying a bit more breeze. As a master of the WASZP fleet and a very experienced sailor, we asked Glen what was the appeal of the WASZP for him:

“My passion has always been dinghy sailing, I was in the same year as Russell Coutts with P Class dinghy’s, then I did all the Olympic 470 stuff, right through to Americas Cup and Whitbread Round the World Races.”

“Interesting in NZ there are a lot of guys who are my contemporaries, who have been very good dinghy sailors back in the past, can still sail reasonably well and have been just captivated by the foiling gig. The idea of a one design foiling boat is just perfect for people like us.”

“We had the New Zealand WASZP Nationals earlier in the year and the top two sailors were outstanding youth sailors who adapted to the WASZP like a duck to water, but a lot of the other guys in the top 10 were guys in their 40’s and early 50’s who have been really good dinghy sailors.”

 

 

A short break, and back for the second and last race of the day at 1600 hrs in the glamour afternoon conditions. The race course crowded with a lot more support and spectator boats enjoying being on the water in the afternoon heat.

Dean Souter was well over at the pin end of the start and had to go back. Otherwise, it was a good start for the majority of the fleet, yet again wanting the right side of the course. Kohei Kajimoto who sails at Black Rock SC in Australia, went for the port tack start, ducking sterns on his way, to get to the shore first and tack for the top mark. Kohei led lap 1 from Harry Mighell weaving around downwind. Bruce Curson again up in the top group, Reed Baldridge going well and young Jack Abbott from Sorrento, Australia back to his best chasing fast.

Again a whole cluster of moths whistling downwind with smiles all over their faces. The back end of the fleet was concentrating really hard on they’re foiling gybes, most had only spent a few days in the boat before this regatta.

 

Down to the finish line for the second time, it was Harry Mighell attacking the leader, this time Kohei Kajimoto, by sailing lower angles. Yet again he pulled it off with the inside track at the final mark. It was now just a short downwind sprint to the finish, but alas more drama. A wind shift meant the last leg turned into a broad reach and Mighell came off the foils. Kajimoto glided past to windward but had to sail a high angle to maintain foiling. He took Reed Baldridge with him on a shy reach away from the finish line. Mighell remained lowriding until about 50 metres from the line when he popped back up on the foils to cut off the two reaching WASZP’s to regain the lead and take his second winning gun of the day.

In the scramble to the line, Kohei Kajimoto finished half a boat length ahead of Reed Baldridge. These three finished minutes ahead of the rest of the fleet after the big shift took effect. Tristan Brown from RFBYC in Perth, Australia floated across the finish line in fourth from Bruce Curson in fifth.

 

With only one more race scheduled for the final day, Harry Mighell extended his lead on 11 points. Reed Baldridge remains hot on his heels in second on 15 points. Third is Kohei Kajimoto on 27 points.

Sailing an excellent first WASZP regatta Joan Costa from Palamos in Spain is in fourth overall with 38 points and leads the under 18 year youth category. Joan believes his recent experience gained from sailing in the F18’s has come in handy at this regatta.

“I have only sailed the WASZP about 15 times before this regatta but I have raced cats. In the recent F18 Worlds I was second youth and 13th overall. The change from the F18 is only little for me, they are both fast boats. The main thing I like about the WASZP is it just fly’s!

Speaking of speed, the Speed Demon of the day was the flying kiwi Bruce Curson who registered 21,8 knots. Bruce finished with his best results of the championship, 4th and 5th to sit in fifth overall.

In the battle of the girls, there is a flutter of female WASZP’s in consecutive positions in the overall classification. Sara Winther from New Zealand is a few points ahead of Melissa Kalicin from Antigua and young Foss Fredrikke from Norway.

There are 7 sailors using the smaller 6.9m rig racing in the Championship Series. All 53 WASZP’s sail together but first of the smaller rigs is 15 year old Nicolai Jacobsen who is part of the Foiling Norway group. Nicolai is in 18th place overall.

There are a generous group of 10 Masters (45 years+), sailing the WASZP Games. This category is led by New Zealander, Marc Orams who is in 13th place overall.

Only one race is scheduled on the final day of racing to establish the first International WASZP Games champion. However, a second discard comes into play after the full 9 races are sailed so it is still all to play for. There will also be a Handicap Race on Saturday, which is not part of the Championship Series.

 

Results (Top 10 after 8 races inc 1 discard) 

1 AUS 238 – Harold Mighell – 4,2,3,1,2,1,1,1 = 11pts

2 USA 2383 – Reed Baldridge – 1,1,2,3,3,3,2,3 = 15pts

3 AUS 2380 – Kohei Kajimoto – 9,6,5,2,4,2,6,2 = 27pts

4 ESP 2167 – Joan Costa – 5,4,OCS,4,6,5,5,9 = 38pts

5 NZL 2382 – Bruce Curson – 11,8,6,5,8,6,4,5 = 42pts

6 FRA 44 – Pierre Leboucher – 6,9,7,6,12,7,7,7 = 49pts

7 AUS 2395 – Tristan Brown – 16,5,9,12,7,10,9,4 = 56pts

8 AUS 2390 – Dean Souter – 18,dnf,1,26,1,4,3,6 = 59pts

9 AUS 2389 – Gus Ekberg – 2,11,11,7,9,9,11,12 = 60pts

10 GBR 2078 – Stuart Appleby – 7,7,15,10,11,8,10.,8 = 61pts

 

Links: 

WASZP International Games website: http://bit.ly/WASZPGAMES17

For more info on the class go to www.waszp.com 

facebook: WASZP Games

Photos credits: Martina Orsini

Videos by Oliver Hartas of Hartas Productions

Video links: https://www.facebook.com/waszpgames/

For more details email: Jonny Fullerton at regattaservices at gmail.com

 

Close at the top after another superb day of racing

 

The International WASZP Games at Campione, Lake Garda

 

Day 2 of the International WASZP Games run by Univela Sailing Club at Campione, was blessed by perfect sailing conditions as the afternoon Ora filled in bang on time at around 1400 hrs.

The first race of the afternoon, race 4 of the Championship Series, was started around 1530 hrs in a light to moderate 12 – 14 knot breeze from the South. A three lap trapezoid course was set with the marks brought in a bit to create shorter laps. The majority of the 53 strong fleet crowded the committee boat end of the start in order to get up on the foils as the start gun went. Several of the top sailors managed to reach down the line before pushing the go button heading out into the middle of the lake. However most headed back to the mountain shore line for the breeze that sucks up the Western shore.

Three Australians lead a close pack around lap 1, Harry Mighell from Sorrento in Victoria, followed by Kohei Kajimoto from Black Rock SC in Victoria, and Dean Souter from Port Kembla SC in NSW. Bruce Curson from Wakatere BC in New Zealand was well up with the front runners as was championship leader Reed Baldridge (USA).

 

There were many place changes mid fleet as the skill sets are so varied and also several private battles taking place between groups of WASZP’s from the same nation or club.

At the front end, Harry Mighell gradually broke away on lap 2 and 3 to score his first bullet of the championship by quite a margin from Kohei Kajimoto and Reed Baldridge taking places to finish in third. Joan Costa (ESP) sailed a great race for fourth and Bruce Curson an excellent fifth.

The breeze just perked up a notch to an ideal 15 knots for race 5, still from a similar direction but with enough of a swing to challenge the leaders on their first upwind strategy. At the start another crowded committee boat end got caught out by at least two port tack flyers, taking off from the pin and crossing the fleet to sail straight for the Western shore, where the greatest pressure gathers along the cliff face. The starboard tackers on the start line reached down the line, started just before the pin, only to tack and port tack almost the same distance back again, ultimately losing out to the starters on port, even if they had to duck a number of transoms. One of the port tack starters, Dean Souter comfortably led lap 1, Reed Baldridge rounded the bottom mark in second but just dropped off the foils to allow Stefano Ferrighi of Italy through. The usual suspects, Kohei Kajimoto and Harry Mighell foiling past at good speeds.

 

 

 

 

On the final lap, Dean Souter held off a rapidly finishing Harry Mighell for the gun. A way back in third was Reed Baldridge with Kohei Kajimoto dropping to fourth. Stefano Ferrighi just squeezed over the finish line lowriding for fifth.

Race 6 was shortened to 2 laps as a number of the younger and older competitors started to find their energy sources running low. The WASZP is a technical boat and demanding to sail, but seriously good fun as Sara Winther, a former Olympic sailor from New Zealand explains.

“I got a WASZP primarily to learn the new skill of foiling and going fast and obviously it was single handed which made life pretty easy for me, and it is reasonably affordable, so I wanted to give it a whirl.”

“The fleet is awesome in New Zealand, a bit similar to the fleet here, that was part of the attraction. I was guaranteed good racing and lots of people to learn from.”

“Compared to the Laser Radial, it is quite a physical boat, it is the perfect boat for the Laser girls to move to a high performance foiling boat. I come from Lasers so I love the fact that it is one design.”

 

The breeze was still quite shifty across the course for the final race of the day. Another clear start and this time a number of port tackers try to duck sterns to copy the tactic employed by the winner of the last race. This time, however, Harry Mighell who started at the pin on starboard, played the shifts well to lead around lap 1 from Kohei Kajimoto, Reed Baldridge and Dean Souter (who went for the port tack start again).

The front three were never really challenged finishing in the same order, Dean Souter having a solid day with fourth and a close finish for fifth and sixth between Joan Costa from Club Vela Palamos and Bruce Curson from Wakatere.

The WASZP fleet run a similar system to the Moth fleet racing. When there is a 3 lap race and a competitor is lapped, the lapped sailor finishes their current lap to get a finish place. This system, sometimes called the grand prix system, after its use in F1 motor racing, is particularly good for a regatta with a diverse mix of ages, skills, and levels of sailing experience.

 

Some of the competitors at this inaugural WASZP Games are on in their teens and come directly from Optimists. One such competitor is Max Wallenburg from Switzerland who was Optimist World Champion in 2016 and a very promising future WASZP champion.

“I also sail a Nacra 15 competitively but this is my first regatta in a foiling monohull. To sail the WASZP you need to have a lot of technique, a lot of feeling if you don’t have that basically, you cannot foil.”

Max was only able to finish one race on day 1 of the championship due to a breakage but today he finished mid fleet and got a lot closer to some of the top riders.

The WASZP has two rigs to suit all ages and weights of the sailor. Both rigs sail in the same fleet and are scored together. One of the Optimist sailors from the Foiling Norway group, 15-year-old Nicolai Jacobsen, leads the smaller 6.9m rig group. Nicolai finished day 2 of the championship in 19th place overall.

With a discard coming in to play, Harry Mighell has taken the lead with a good score of 1,2,1 for the day, to sit one point ahead of Reed Baldridge (USA) on 10 points and Kohei Kajimoto in third on 19 points. The first of the young guns, Joan Costa, a 17-year-old from Club Vela Pelamos, sits in a very impressive 4th place overall and Stefano Ferrighi from Italy slips two places to 5th. Kiwi Bruce Curson sailed a great day to move up into sixth overall and Stuart Appleby from Weymouth also moved up into the top 10.

The GPS Speed Challenge winner of the day was French Olympic sailor Pierre Leboucher with a peak speed of 21 knots.

Every competitor came over the finish line with a wide smile on their face even when they were exhausted. Tonight’s party cannot come quick enough for most of the sailors.

The schedule for Friday is for some Slalom Racing in the morning followed by Championship Racing in the afternoon.

For full Results visit: https://admin.abc.sm/img/gallery/upload/4633/Provisional%20Results%20WASZP%20INTERNATIONAL%20GAMES.pdf

 

Links: 

WASZP International Games website: http://bit.ly/WASZPGAMES17

For more info on the class go to www.waszp.com 

facebook: WASZP Games

Photos credits: Martina Orsini

Videos by Oliver Hartas of Hartas Productions

Video link: web.facebook.com/waszpgames/videos/181807082359268/

For more details email: Jonny Fullerton at regattaservices at gmail.com

 

 

 

Reed Balridge takes an early lead at the WASZP International Games

 

The International WASZP Games at Campione, Lake Garda, Italy

 

The first day of racing at the International WASZP Games just happened to be one of the hottest days of the summer in the region of Lombardia this year. The heat and the haze kept the breeze still until late afternoon before the Championship Racing could get started.

To fill the morning the WASZP team arranged workshops to guide new WASZP owners through the building, rigging and tuning of their new boats. At midday, some sailors cooled down with a swim, an early lunch in the shade or just relaxed until the afternoon breeze cleared the stifling air.

 

Some eager WASZP sailors left the shore about 1600hrs but setting a course in the busy area of the lake off Campione was not easy with flocks of kites, other dinghies, pleasure boats and all the motor vessels that go out on the water in the middle of summer. The race committee set up for a trapezium type course of two laps flowing in a clockwise direction.

The afternoon Ora was very patchy for the first race and most of the fleet struggled to get up on the foils at the start. It took a couple of hundred metres before the lead boat popped up as the majority of the fleet hit the Western shore of the lake beneath the sheer cliffs.

 

Reed Baldrige from the College of Charleston Yacht Club in the USA sprung out in the lead and stayed there for the duration of the two laps crossing the finish line to take the first ever win in an International WASZP Games regatta. Gus Ekberg from Black Rock SC in Victoria, Australia was second to cross just ahead of Stefano Ferrighi, a local from Lake Garda. Moth guru Harry Mighell from Australia was fourth and Joan Costa, a young 17-year-old sailor who races with a team of WASZP sailors from Palamos in Spain, was fifth.

For the second race, the breeze swung left to be blowing straight down the lake from the South, just a hint of an Ora! It did mean a slight adjustment to the course resulting in a bit less tendency to tack straight after the start to hit the rocks on the shore before the long leg out to the windward mark. There was a big bunch at the committee boat end and a few sailors managed to get up on foils and reach down the line to get up to speed at the gun.

 

At the top of the course, it was the same smiling face of Reed Baldridge leading the fleet round. Reed won one of the first WASZP regattas ever held, the Atlantic Coast Championship, and has competed in the Youth Americas Cup so was a tip to be quick here in Lake Garda. Harry Mighell was the only sailor to really threaten Reed’s lead providing he stayed on the foils. He did so to take a second gun of the regatta and set tongues wagging. Again Stefano Ferrighi was in his consistent third spot and the young Spaniard Joan Costa in fourth. Another sailor to join the top end was Tristan Brown finishing fifth. Tristan is a previous Laser Radial World Champion sailing for Royal Freshwater Bay YC in Perth, Western Australia.

Keen to take advantage of the afternoon breeze the local Race Committee got race 3 started as the sun began to dip behind the mountains at 1800hrs. With a breeze still in the 12 – 14 knots range, it was another quick two lap race for the faster fleet. Another packed start at the committee boat end resulted in the majority of the fleet heading off on starboard tack for a hundred metres of so. The top group tacked quite early on to port to head for the mountain shore as per race 1.

 

On lap 1 a new face appeared at the front in the shape of Dean Souter from Sorrento in Australia who led Reed Baldridge who tried desperately to squeeze round the bottom mark falling off the foils momentarily allowing Harry Mighell to catch him. Stefano Ferrighi was in his customary top four positions. Dean Souter managed to hold onto his lead crossing a few seconds in front of Reed Balridge and Harry Mighell a few seconds back in third. Stefano Ferrighi finished a way back in 4th and Kohei Kajimoto in fifth.

So after day 1, Reed Baldridge (USA) has an impressive start to the championship with two wins and a 2nd. He leads Harry Mighell (AUS) by 5 points from Stefano Ferrighi (ITA) in third. Kohei Kajimoto (JPN/AUS) sits in 4th overall and the French former Olympic 470 sailor Pierre Leboucher had a good day with results of 7,9,7 to sit in fifth overall.

Reed summarises his day;

“It was good to get going once the breeze filled in, the boat felt really good today and I made minimal mistakes. I was keeping pace with a lot of the top guys.”

“I have had my boat for a little over a year and been racing a couple of times in Key Lago with the US fleet and we just finished up with the Atlantic Coast Championship which I won.”

Rory Rose a 17-year-old WASZP sailor from Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC in Scotland had an impressive day with 10,14,16 results, to sit in 10th place overall.

Erik Karlsen from Norway recorded the peak speed of the day at 20.2 knots and a 10 second average of 19.5 knots.  Erik is a 16-year-old WASZP sailor who weighs in at around 62 kilos.

A fleet of weary but happy WASZP sailors came ashore as the sun set for a stomach full of pasta, a long shower and an early sleep to get ready for day 2 of racing on Thursday.

Designer and builder of the WASZP, Andrew ‘Amac’ McDougall went out in a rib to video sailors and advise them on boat set – up and tips on making the boat go faster. He was reported to have a bit of a tear in his eye looking at over 50 of the most popular one design foilers in the world racing in their first ever international regatta.

 

Provisonal Results (Top 10 boats after 3 races)

1 USA 2383 Reed Baldridge – 1,1,2 = 4pts

2 AUS 238 Harry Mighell – 4,2,3 = 9pts

3 ITA 88 Stefano Ferrighi – 3,3,4 = 10pts

4 AUS 2380 Kohei Kajimoto – 11,6,5 = 22pts

5 FRA 44 Pierre Leboucher – 7,9,7 = 23pts

6 AUS 2389 Gus Ekberg – 2,11,11 = 24pts

7 NZL 2382 Bruce Curson – 14,8,6 = 28pts

8 GBR 2078 Stuart Appleby – 8,7,15 = 30pts

9 AUS 2395 Tristan Brown – 20,5,9 = 34pts

10 GBR 2242 Rory Rose – 10,14,16 = 40pts

Links: 

WASZP International Games website: http://bit.ly/WASZPGAMES17

For more info on the class go to www.waszp.com

facebook: WASZP Games

Photos credit Martina Orsini

For more details email: Jonny Fullerton at regattaservices at gmail.com

 

 

Let The Games Begin

 

The International WASZP Games at Campione, Lake Garda, Italy

 

The inaugural International WASZP Games take off on Wednesday 2 August with a packed schedule of racing formats, workshops, training and a bonanza of social activities. The first ever International WASZP Games champion will be crowned on Saturday 5 August.

Championship Racing for the International WASZP Games title will take place on trapezoid type courses over four days at Univela Sailing Club at the stunning venue of Lake Garda. There will also be a separate Slalom Competition, Handicap Grand Prix Racing and Speed Runs using GPS tracking devices.

 

There are 54 entrants from 17 nations ranging from age 12 years to 61 years. Sailors come from a wide range of abilities with a variety of goals. There are juniors from Optimist backgrounds through to Olympic Games competitors and seniors who have sailed previous TP52 campaigns, the America’s Cup and the original Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race.

Competition for the first WASZP Games title will be hot with a number of sailors crossing the lake having just competed in the 2017 Moth Worlds on Lake Garda last week. Of those Harry Mighell finished in 9th place in the gold fleet and will be the target to beat for a number of the young guns. Kohei Kajimoto from Japan, but living and working in Australia, finished 20th in the gold fleet. The two Italian brothers Gian and Stefano Ferrighi were the top two Youths at the Moth Worlds and two other Australians chasing the dream include Jack Abbott and Dean Souter.

 

Jack has sailed the WASZP on and off for about 8 months and is quite confident that he can be quite competitive. “I am really excited about the regatta. One of my aims is to pip off Harry (Mighell) and snake off a few races off some of the others. We are all in the same boat and what I really like is the fact that when you line up on the start line, the guy next to you has exactly the same kit.”

France has 5 WASZP’s entered including retired Olympic 470 campaigner Pierre Leboucher.

Pierre explains his move to foiling boats.

“Last year I was sailing in the Moth which was good practice for foiling but it is very difficult to sail. The WASZP is one design and the difference is the sailor.”

 

As part of the French team, Marc Babin is the grand master at the tender age of 61 years. Marc has been sailing a TP52 grand prix yacht in IRC division and has decided to go back to the roots of small dinghy sailing.

“I was racing last year on the TP52 and it was getting a bit too difficult for me so I had a choice whether to buy a Laser or a WASZP, but my favourite song is: ‘I believe I can fly’, so I got the WASZP and I hope there is a lot of good competition here in Lake Garda.

There is an impressive fleet of WASZP’s formed in Auckland, presently the second biggest fleet in the world. The WASZP National Championships were held earlier in the year with around 30 boats entered.

Marc Orams has a long list of Laser titles to his name and has competed in the Americas Cup and Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race. Another kiwi WASZP sailor with a long and experienced career involving the AC and offshore racing is Glen Sowry aged 55 years.

 

Sara Winther has been a regularly racing her Laser Radial on the Olympic circuit. Another former Laser Radial World Champion Tristan Brown is competing on behalf of Australia. Tristan is an Olympic class coach who has taken up WASZP sailing for fun between his coaching commitments. Another Olympic sailor comes in the shape of Tamás Szamódy, a former 470 and 49er sailor from Hungary.

Reed Baldridge (USA) who recently won the WASZP Atlantic Coast Championship and competed in the Youth Americas Cup is another name who may test the masters.

 

Spain has a pod of WASZP’s from Palamos who have been training together. Their lead coach and Spain’s WASZP ambassador is David Busch.

“We have had one training camp at Barcelona Sailing Centre and another in Palamos in the bay, we are used to a few more waves than here but we will see how it works. We have a number of sailors who want to sail in foiling classes. We want to sail more regattas and build the class in Spain and all over Europe.”

There is a number of young Optimist and Laser 4.7 sailors ranging from 12 years – 17 years making the fast track transition to a foiling one design.

One such training group has 7 competitors from Norway. There are around 25 WASZP’s that have been sailing for the last few months at two different venues, the Royal Norwegian Yacht Club in Oslo and Bergen.

Henrik Haarland who is age 15 years is one of the Norwegian team. This is the first regatta the group will race in an organized WASZP regatta. The competition between us is quite intense. Yesterday I just completed my first foiling gybe and that went good so now I plan to foil all around the course.

One of the girls on the Royal Norwegian YC team Fredrikke Foss.

“I got my WASZP in October but it was too cold to sail in Norway so now we have been sailing the boat every weekend since April. There is a real big difference between Oppi’s and Foiling, it was a new balance, it was really fun to learn, it took some time but now it paid off. It is my first regatta and I am still working on my foiling tacks and gybes but It would be cool to beat some of the guys at this regatta.

Richard Schultheis from Malta is the youngest competitor at 12 years of age. He is an Optimist of sailor who was the vice champion at the 2016 European Championship. “I came here three days ago and just started sailing the WASZP. Its is quite a bit bigger than the Optimist and there is a big speed difference. I am enjoying it, I was foiling on the first day!

Melissa Kalicin has lived onboard a Freedom 38 yacht in Antigua for the last 12 years. She has sailed keel boats but will be competing at her first ever dinghy regatta. She is a promotor of the Magenta Team Project.

She got hooked on the WASZP at Foiling Week in Newport and has been obsessed with carrying out her dream ever since.

“I want to learn as much as I can, I have been training independently so I want to get time on the water and advice from the work shops. I am pretty proficient at getting round the course but I am just working on my gybes and downwind foiling”.

Despite the difference in skill levels at the International WASZP Games, there are racing formats for all, as well as on-water training being provided by the WASZP Team.

Off the water the WASZP class is one of the few classes to offer full Workshops were the WASZP team assist all competitors with rigging, tuning and sailing the boat.

Other off the water activities not requiring the wind include Stand-up-Paddling and Canyoning at the Univela Sailing Club in Campione.

Social events run post racing each day starting with an opening ceremony and a WASZP Party, with a live band and sensational food and beverages to party the night away.

For more info on the class go to www.waszp.com

Also WASZP has a dedicated facebook page for the WASZP Games

 

Paul Goodison wins 2017 Moth Worlds title

 

 

Day 6 –  McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds 2017 

 

Paul Goodison (GBR) smashes it on the final day of racing at the 2017 McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds at Lake Garda against the hottest fleet of Moths ever assembled. Goody (to his friends), is the first foiling Moth sailor to win back to back world titles and the result is that much more special considering the high calibre of competition from the most recent top Americas Cup skippers and sailors with more Olympic medals round their necks than any other regatta with exception of the Olympic Games itself!

Going into the final day of racing Goodison begun the day with a 13 point cushion over Pete Burling (NZL) with Iain ‘Goobs’ Jensen with an outside chance of catching Burling.

The weather gods turned it on again for the final day of racing when a light ‘Ora’ started to build from the South around lunchtime and any fluffy little clouds dispersed to leave another fine sunny afternoon for racing.

 

 

The Gold fleet was sent out around 1330hrs to race on the South course to complete as many races as possible before the cut off time of 1600hrs. Race 9 of the championship started under the black flag in 12 – 14 knots of breeze with flat water. As usual, the aim was to charge to the Eastern shore and before hitting the rocks in front of the Fraglia Vela Malcesine clubhouse, tack and try to find a clean lane of pressure to get to the top of the course in good shape.

At the windward gates, the breeze was quite soft causing a number of boats to drop off the foils, especially if squeezing round the marks. On the first lap it was Scott Babbage (AUS) leading, followed by the young gun, Gian Ferrighi (ITA)  with most of the big names in the top 10. The downwind leg proved a bit more shifty and the pack shuffled. It was Tom Slingsby (AUS) who stayed in the best pressure to take the win from Nathan Outteridge (AUS) with Rob Greenhalgh (GBR) third, Burling 5th and Jensen 6th.

 

PRO Tim Hancock did a good job of setting up for race 10 under the same conditions. Started under a black flag it was a similar story with slightly different players. The breeze shifted a bit right and begun to drop at the top end causing some competitors to drop off the foils.

At the bottom gate, the action started to unfold, Jensen got round just in front of Slingsby but Slingers dropped off the foils bang in front of Outteridge and Babbage allowing Goodison to slide past inside avoiding the low riders. Burling was also in trouble rounding the opposite gate and dropping off the foils. Greenhalgh was also in a world of pain.

 

Coming into the finish it was Jensen who crossed the line with a massive lead and a big smile on his face as he closed up the points to second placed Burling to one point. Second was Goodison to all but seal the title. Many competitors had fallen off the foils in the soft patches around the course. Singsby crossed third but Burling was deep in the pack.

With time running out and the breeze getting a bit weak, the PRO announced that the third race of the day, race 11 of the world championship would be the last. The last race would be victory laps for Paul Goodison but the chase for second and third would be decided on the last race between Burling and Jensen.

 

The last race started in the same light to moderate breeze, 11 – 13 knots from 215 degrees. Again the fleet used the clubhouse shoreline for a flyby in front of the grandstand of supporters. This time it was Tom Slingsby who looked like he had made the right foil choice leading the world champion elect with some of the usual suspects struggling with foil selection. Slingsby cruised across the finish line for a second win of the day with the victorious Goodison crossing in second.

A good third for West Australian, Steve Thomas, Babbage finished a consistent 4th and Jensen in 5th finishing comfortably ahead of his skipper of so many years, Nathan Outteridge. As Burling crossed in a lowly 17th, supporters scrambled for their calculators to do the maths.

 

Agonisingly for Goobs Jensen he fell one point short of toppling the kiwi but was very happy with his third place overall. With Slingsby’s final day score of 1,3,1 he held on to 4th and Scott Babbage came back from the brink early in the regatta to snatch 5th off Nathan Outteridge.

The Youth category went down to the wire on the final day with a fine battle between the two Italian twins Gian Marie and Stefano Ferrighi. With an 8th in the final race on Saturday and a 9th today (Sunday), Stefano stole the title off his brother by 3 places. Stefano finished 23rd overall an excellent performance in a fleet of champions.

The Master’s category swung between Jason Belben (GBR) and Rob Gough (AUS) and a similar tussle played out. Rob Gough won this one finishing 25th overall to Jason Belben’s 28th.

 

First in the female category went to Irish Olympian Annalise Murphy who finished 51 in the Gold group.

The Silver group was won by John Clifton (GBR) and the Bronze group won by Maximilian Mage of Germany.

PRO Tim Hancock and his team did a great job getting through so many races for a fleet of 220 Moths, the biggest Moth regatta ever assembled.

A bit shout out to the two Moth workshops running the Moth hospital too keep sailors out there on the water doing what they do. The legend that is Simon Shaw and his team at event title sponsor, McDougall + McConaghy and Simon Maguire and his dad Tony did an amazing job behind the scenes.

Also a huge thank you to Fraglia Vela Malcesine, host club for their race management, hospitality and the pasta that has kept over 200 mothies racing for a week.

Of course, it goes without saying that the regatta only took place due to the support of great sponsors and suppliers such as McDougall + McConaghy, Veneri, Zhik and Negrinautica and a long list of Fraglia Vela Malcesine local sponsors.

The 2018 Moth Worlds will take place in Bermuda and we hope to see everybody there for more high octane action in this incredible class.

NB: There are more post race interviews available under the VNR link below.

 

Links:

Results: www.mothworlds.org/malcesine/results/

Event website: www.mothworlds.org/malcesine

Fraglia Vela Malcesine: www.fragliavela.org

Videos by Beau Outteridge Productions

Link to interview with Paul Goodison

https://youtu.be/5UAXSUoRLv8

Link to other videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/mothclass

Link to VNR: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B5HeUASOVtNhVWdRNEQxQ2RtUWs

For more info: Jonny Fullerton at regattaservices at gmail.com

 

 

Burling finds form but Goodison closes on a second world title 

 

Day 5 –  McDougall + McConaghy Moth Words 2017 

 

The final series of racing at the 2017 McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds got underway today in more glamorous conditions on Lake Garda. The Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets were released just after lunchtime for four races on two race courses.

The hottest Moth Gold fleet ever left the shore around 1300 hrs for 4 back to back races on the Southern course in a light to moderate breeze from the South. Consistent shifts and an over eager hungry fleet led to a string of U flags, black flags, postponements and one race cancellation when the breeze collapsed at the top end of the course.

Eventually two hours later a frustrated PRO managed to get the fleet to behave enough to sail a shortened version of the usual windward / leeward race track. The breeze settled in about 12 – 14 knots but at the top end, it was quite a lot weaker, nearer 8 knots and marginal foiling. From the start it was a mad sprint to hit the shore, right in front of the Fraglia Vela Malcesine club, again proving popular with spectators and the weekend diners out on the terrace. The leaders tacked up the shore line taking advantage of all the little bays where the breeze scalloped in puffs.

 

A number of boats overstood the top mark, Pete Burling (NZL) led Nathan Outteridge (AUS) and Rob Greenhalgh (GBR) third. The downwind dash was really quick, Burling crossed the finish line in around 15 minutes. Outteridge 2nd, Greenhalgh 3rd and Paul Goodison (GBR) in 4th, his worst position of the regatta to date!. Iain ‘Goobs’ Jensen up in the leaders again in 5th but Tom Slingsby (AUS), second at the start of the day, crossed in 7th.

A short turn around and race 2 started in similar conditions, however, the race course was extended a bit to make a longer race track. More general recalls and the black flag came out again. The first leg was again a mad sprint to the Eastern Lake shore. Again it was Burling leading the pack from Kohei Kajimoto, a Japanese Moth sailor who lives in Australia. Goodison was back in 6th position but gaining rapidly on Kohei downwind to the finish. Burling finished this one by a big margin, Kajimoto holding on for a really well deserved 2nd and Goodison settling for 3rd. Jensen consistently racing in for 4th and an excellent finish for Corinthian sailor Matthew Chew from Queensland in Australia.

 

PRO Tim Hancock didn’t hang about banging off the races, rolling straight into race 3 of the day. No real changes on the course again and all clear at the start this time. Goodison led this one from the flying kiwi, Burling with Jensen just behind. Scott Babbage (AUS) was back in the mix but Greenhalgh deep in the teens. On the last downwind Burling came in on a tight angle making use of the pressure that had started to build in the middle of the race track, (a regular occurrence at this time of day). However, Jensen and Babbage had judged the lay line to the finish to perfection, soaking past Burling. Goodison scored his first bullet of the day, Jensen 2nd, Babbage 3rd, Burling dropping to 4th. Josh McKnight came in for his best finish of the final series in 5th. Slingsby in his customary 7th was beginning to lose his grip on second overall.

The last Gold fleet race of the day, number 8 of the championship, was started in a patchy breeze as the sun was getting low in the sky. The sight of a fleet of Moths spread across the lake in the late evening sunlight was a photographers dream and fully appreciated by the onlookers sipping their Aperol aperitives under the club umbrellas. Some of the big names watching some racing included Russell Coutts and his lads, and Olympic Gold medallist Santiago Lange, another master getting used to foiling catamarans.

As the leaders surged up the middle of the course it was, of course, the current world champion Goodison fighting it out with 2015 world champion Burling. This time there was the sad sight of the other former world champion Outteridge, limping in to shore with a broken wing bar. The Brit and the kiwi were sprinting clear but the chase was on for the remaining podium place. Babbage was having another good race and the home Italian fans were pleased to see Francesco Bruni amongst the leaders.

Goodison glided down the final leg in the fading sunlight to take his second bullet of the day and keep a comfortable cushion between himself and Burling before the final day or racing. Burling crossed in second to pull himself up to second overall and Babbage took third to pull back into the top 6.

Going into the final day of racing, Paul Goodison has a handy 13 point cushion over Pete Burling on 26 points. Iain ‘Goobs’ Jensen had another excellent day to move into a comfortable 3rd position on 29 points.

 

 

Goody sums up his day,

“In the first race I overlaid the first mark a bit and it put me down the fleet after that I got it together, I had a little scare on the last run in the last race, I snapped the tip off the foil so I was sailing around with a bit of drag, but hung on in there and came good in the end so pretty pleased with today. 

Kiwi Pete was starting really well and going upwind really nicely so it made me pick up my game a bit later in the day.”

 

Pete Burling adds:

“I was a pretty long day on the water, I think we were out for about 5 and a half hours so most people will sleep pretty well tonight. I am just getting used to the boat and in that last race, I felt I had pretty good speed but a bit tired. Goody just kept hiking!”

Tom Slingsby slipped to 4th with a 7,8,7,8 for the day. Despite suffering more damage, Nathan Outteridge was saved by the fact a second discard comes into play after 8 final races are completed, so moves into 5th on 48 points.

Rob Greenhalgh drops down to 7th after another tough day on the water but Dave Hivey holds onto 10th spot. Also, the two Italian boats Francesca Bruni and Carlo de Paoli Ambrosi are just outside the top 10 in 11th and 12th respectively.

 

Gian Marie Ferrighi of Italy didn’t finish the last race of the day but remains top in the Youth category in an impressive 16th position. Rob Gough (AUS) overtakes Jason Belben (GBR) to the top Master spot. Annaslise Murphy (IRL), still with a constant smile on her face, remains the top female competitor.

The Silver fleet raced 4 races on the trot on the North course. John Clifton (GBR) continues to lead but David Holenweg from Switzerland has a good day to close the gap. In third is Olympic Laser sailor Philipp Buhl from Germany.

The Bronze fleet went out at lunchtime for 2 races then came back for a break before returning to the South course for 2 more races in the evening breeze. Grand Master, Hans Rasmussen from Denmark leads the fleet from Maximillian Mage from Germany and Youth category sailor, David Simmonds from the UK.

 

 

An exhausted cluster of mothies returned ashore for a rather exquisite aperitif and Marzadro Buffet at Fraglia Vela Malcesine supplied by event sponsor Zhik.

The final day of racing for all fleets on Sunday will not commence before 12 noon. Racing can be watched by the tracking website shown below.

 

Links:

Results: www.mothworlds.org/malcesine/results/

Event website: www.mothworlds.org/malcesine

Fraglia Vela Malcesine: www.fragliavela.org

Photos: credit Martina Orsini

Photos of the day: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BwW2TKsqKDUFXzYyODdZME9HNVE

Videos by Beau Outteridge Productions

Link to videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/mothclass

Link to VNR: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B5HeUASOVtNhVWdRNEQxQ2RtUWs

Tracking: http://www.u-track.it/index.php/moth-worlds-2017

For more info or media requests please contact:

Jonny Fullerton at regattaservices at gmail.com

 

 

Competition hots up in the Final Series

 

 

Day 4 –  McDougall + McConaghy Moth Words 2017 

 

The final series of racing at the 2017 McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds got underway today in glamorous conditions on Lake Garda. The Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets were released just after lunchtime for four races each on two racecourses.

The Gold fleet left the shore about 2 pm to sail on the South course in warm sunshine and a 12 – 14 knots breeze from 200 degrees. The two lap courses were short and sharp taking the lead boat about 25 minutes to complete.

77 boats shot off the start line on starboard tack to tack directly in front of the Fraglia Vela Malcesine club house, where spectators were able to get a bird’s eye view from the shore.

 

 

Some competitors got squeezed out at the pin end but the start was called clear and Nathan Outteridge (AUS) absolutely nailed it. But at the leeward gate on lap 1, current world champion, Paul Goodison (GBR) had a 30 metre lead from Scott Babbage (AUS), Rob Greenhalgh (GBR), Nathan Outteridge (AUS) and Pete Burling (NZL).

Goodison hugged the breeze on the shoreline to finish with another gun, followed by Babbage in second, having a much better day after all his breakages. Greenhalgh completed the podium, Burling just squeezed past Outteridge on the last gybe for the finish.

 

 

For race 2, the course was stretched out to 1.3nm as the breeze swung to 210 degrees. The second start was another packed line and again several competitors got squeezed out including Rob Greenhalgh and Josh Mcknight (AUS). Pete Burling rounded in the lead closely followed by Tom Slingsby (AUS) with Scott Babbage in third, Paul Goodison in fifth.

Burling extended on all legs to close out his first 2017 Moth Worlds race win, Slingsby took a well earned second and Paul Goodison clawed back to third. The two former 49er & AC team mates Iain ‘Goobs’ Jensen and Nathan Outteridge finished fourth and fifth.It was getting late in the afternoon by the time race 3 begun but conditions remained similar, with 12 – 14 knots of breeze and flat water but it had become more patchy with streaks down the middle of the course rather than along the Eastern lake shore.

 

 

Again Paul Goodison tussled for the lead, this time against Nathan Outteridge and Iain ‘Goobs’ Jensen. Disaster for Rob Greenhalgh as he suffers a broken mainsheet strop and has to retire. Positions stayed the same for the top three but a Corinthian sailor, Dave Hivey (GBR) snuck into fourth to break up the professionals. Pete Burling finished this one in fifth.

The lead contenders all piled down to the pin end for the start of race 4. Nathan Outteridge again nailed it with Tom Slingsby on his hip. Burling, Goodison and Babbage were all in the scrum but Rob Greenhalgh’s timing was just out forcing him wide to duck round to start behind the pack.

 

 

It was another mad dash to the shore to tack in front of the club house. Burling and Goodison met on opposite tacks at the top mark and it was Burling who ducked Goody to round just in the lead. Outteridge rounded third. The packed rounding forced a couple of leaders to go wide of the upwind gate.

Downwind the race became a three way battle between the three former world champions, Burling, Goodison and Outteridge. On the last leg, positions changed, Babbage came to the line on opposite tacks to Outteridge and just managed to cross his bows to take his first win of the championship, both sailors enjoying a much better day on the water. Goodison took third and Burling fourth and Slingsby 5th.

 

When the finals series results were added to the Qualification results the overall classification has Paul Goodison taking the lead on 8 points from arch rival Laser Gold medallist Tom Slingsby on 17 points and Iain Jensen moving up to third on 21 points. After finishing 15th in the Qualification series, Pete Burling has a much better day to pull up to 4th whilst Rob Greenhalgh as a day to forget discarding a DNF and counting a 17th. Both Nathan Outteridge and Scott Babbage are back in the top ten after their breakdowns in the Qualification series. Another top contender Ben ‘the Patonator’ Paton (GBR) suffered a re-reoccurrence of his arm injury forcing him out of the last two races.

Dave Hivey (GBR) stays top Corinthian sneaking into the top 10 and Jason Belben scores 20,19,19 to remain top Master in 24th position overall.

 

 

In the Silver fleet John Clifton (GBR) port tacked the entire fleet to win race 1 of the day by a country mile. He repeated in race 2 and scored a 7 and 4 to open a big lead over second placed David Holenweg (SUI) and Philipp Buhl (GER).

In the Bronze fleet, Hans Rasmussen (DEN) has a huge lead over Maximilian Mage (GER) and David Simmonds (GBR).

Weary sailors returned ashore early in the evening for a ‘Bruschetta and Ravioli’ spread as the sun set over the lake. The perfect ending to a perfect day.

Racing continues for all fleets tomorrow, (Saturday) for all fleets. The earliest start time will be 1300hrs (local time).

NB: For sailor interviews please see the link to VNR videos.

 

Links:

Results: www.mothworlds.org/malcesine/results/

Event website: www.mothworlds.org/malcesine

Fraglia Vela Malcesine: www.fragliavela.org

Photos: credit Martina Orsini

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BwW2TKsqKDUFUWVwREpxZE1selE

Videos by Beau Outteridge Productions

Link to videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/mothclass

Link to VNR: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B5HeUASOVtNhVWdRNEQxQ2RtUWs

Tracking: http://www.u-track.it/index.php/moth-worlds-2017

 

Garda’s breezes provide contrasting fortunes in qualification

 

 

Day 3 McDougall + McConaghy Moth Words 2017 

 

The early morning Peler from the North provided contrasting fortunes for the fleet of 220 Moths racing day 3 of the McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds 2017 hosted by Fraglia Vela Malcesine. After a lunchtime break to repair boats and refuel with more pasta, all fleets were sent back out for a much more sedate afternoon of racing, but again the Garda wind gods had other ideas. By 1600hrs the weak afternoon breeze shut down for the day determining the all important Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets for the Final series.

The Green and Blue fleets were sent out early for a 0830 hrs start but a number of competitors stayed ashore to make a late judgement as to whether to sit out the first race of the day.

The Blue fleet was sailing the Southernmost course off the picturesque medieval city of Malcesine. However, just the downwind dash to the race course proved too much for many. The Peler was honking a good 20 – 25 knots with some steep waves. After about an hour the PRO got racing started but only about 16 boats got off on time. Some others joined shortly after to complete one lap and get a score on the board. For the second race of the day, race 4 of the event, the breeze did soften into the teens but the conditions were still gnarly and difficult for the club level sailors.

 

 

Paul Goodison (GBR) took up from where he left off yesterday adding another two wins to keep a perfect scoreline. He was pushed hard but never really threatened by another Olympic medallist from GBR, Simon Hiscocks, who finished with two excellent seconds. Tom Offer from Rock Sailing Club in the UK was also rewarded for his persistence adding a 3,4 to his score. There were good performances for some of the master category sailors, Americas Cup team coach, Philippe Presti (FRA) finished the tough first race and took 5th in the second. Another Americas Cup sailor, Francesco Bruni (ITA) got round the course finishing 5th in the first race.

The Green fleet set up at the Northern course which is where the lake is at its narrowest with the mountains either side. The breeze was similar here with 20 – 25 knots and with nasty steep waves. A number of mothies reported boat speeds in the early thirties (knots), recorded on their instruments.

This group was randomly loaded with rock stars and proved to be the most dramatic of the day. Double world Moth champion and hot favourite, Nathan Outteridge (AUS) blitzed the first race but agonisingly suffered another major rig failure as his mast broke going at full speed.

 

 

“It was pretty fresh out there this morning, we were getting mid 20’s and bigger gusts. At the top of our course, it was quite flat but lumpy at the bottom.”

“I managed to win the first race but then in the second race I had a pitch pole in the middle of the bottom gate when I was in 2nd or 3rd, and snapped my mast, so that is two DNF’s in two days from two different things, so I am just running over the boat pretty closely now.”

Another top contender and long term Moth worlds podium finisher, Scott Babbage (AUS) also suffered further breakages with a vang failure. Even the unflappable current king of sailing, Pete Burling (NZL) suffered a number of stacks as he appeared to be suffering from control issues downwind. Pete finished 8 and 11 for the day.

 

 

Ben Paton (GBR) usually revels in the strong winds but having crossed the finish line in 3rd in the first race, he was leading race 2 when one of his ample biceps (arm muscles) caused him pain, forcing him to retire.

The standout sailor from the Yellow group was another 49er Gold medallist and AC sailor, Iain ‘Goobs’ Jensen who found form and speed in abundance to card 2,1 from the morning session.

“I was just getting around cleanly, the boat was working really nicely, it was definitely a survival day, there were big waves and gusts of up to 26 knots, so it was basically whoever didn’t swim was going to be in the top few.”

 

 

“A few guys had new foils on and we’re still just getting used to them, but I had the standard Exocet small foils on and they were going well. It was really good fun, awesome sailing, some guys who had the Velocitek’s on were recording top speeds of 32 knots.”

Also enjoying the heavy stuff was Arnaud Psarofaghis (SUI) scoring 6,2. Emma Spiers from Australia did well to finish both races upright with a respectable 19,23 and one of the lightest and smallest mothies, Josie Gliddon (GBR) finished 22,22 with her cut down rig proving a valuable asset. Around 25 boats finished both Green fleet races.

The Yellow and Red fleets left the shore around 1100hrs, by which time the breeze was beginning to drop down to a more manageable 12 – 15 knots, fading to 10 or less for their second race of the day. The waves had also dropped resulting in much less boat damage and capsizes.

 

 

There were 44 finishers in the first race and 50 finishers in the second for the Red fleet on the Northernmost course. The race track looked a bit more one sided with the fleets sailing straight off the start line to hit the steep Western shoreline of the Lake before mixing it up with the local ferries scuttling up the coast, totally mind boggled by what was happening around them!

At the front end former Moth world champion, Josh McKnight (AUS), sailing his own Moth design, shared top spot with Rob Greenhalgh (GBR) finishing with a 1,2 for the day.

Franco Greggi who is one of 5 boats from Buenos Aires in Argentina, was one of the outstanding performances of the day in the Red fleet, mixing it up with the leaders with a 3,5.

“It was a very difficult morning because you have to choose your mast and foils carefully, I chose the smallest foil I had and I am happy I did. My main idea was to start well where there were no boats and try to use my speed in order to get to the front. There are a lot of top sailors with a lot of speed so It was really good to be with the leaders. I am very happy I am in the top 30.”

Another of the Corinthian sailors, Dave Hivey (GBR) continued his good form with a 7,3 to keep in the top group overall.

The Yellow fleet was the last to start their races, sailing on the Southern course off Malcesine. By the time they started the Peler was all but gone and they raced in a much more sedate 10 – 15 knots with flatter water. Tom Slingsby (AUS) fired another bullet and a 7th to stay in the lead bunch overall.

Fellow Australian Laser Gold medallist, Tom Burton finished 4,2 and a third Aussie, Harold Mighell from Sydney, finished 2nd, but with a bad second race finish of 26th. Corinthian, Rory Fitzpatrick, one of a flutter of mothies from Ireland finished with an excellent 7 and 1 in the morning session.

The Yellow fleet was the first to be sent out for the afternoon session in a light 10 – 12 knots from the South and flat water however after a long wait the weather gods again foiled the race committee and racing had to be curtailed for the day.

With 4 qualification races completed per group, sailors can discard their worst score. So the points table at the end of qualifying shows Paul Goodison (GBR) with a string of bullets followed closely by Tom Slingsby (AUS), with three wins and a discarded 7. Rob Greenhalgh (GBR) sits in 3rd, Iain Jensen (AUS) 4th and Josh Mcknight (AUS) 5th. Pete Burling (NZL) sits in 15th and due to damage Nathan Outteridge (AUS) is down in 35th. For the same reason Scott Babbage (AUS) sits in 41. Some regular club mothies stack up in the top 20 which is a credit to them in such a high-class field as this.

Annalise Murphy (IRL) is the top female competitor, easily qualifying in the Gold group. There is a cluster of women who will race against each other in the Silver fleet. Emma Spiers (AUS) 102, Wakaka Tabata (JPN) 108, Josie Gliddon (GBR) 113 and Emma Gravar (SWE) 114.

Of the Masters, Jason Belben of Stokes Bay sits in an admirable 23rd, one place ahead of long time Moth campaigner Rob Gough from Tasmania, Australia. Phil Stevenson, the grand master of the fleet is comfortably in the Silver fleet in 133 spot.

The two Italian Ferrighi brothers lead the Youth category (under 23yrs), Gian Marie qualifies in 18th and Stefano in 44th.

The Final Series of racing begins tomorrow (Friday) for Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets with a first start scheduled for 1300hrs.

 

Links:

Results: www.mothworlds.org/malcesine/results/

Event website: www.mothworlds.org/malcesine

Fraglia Vela Malcesine: www.fragliavela.org

Photos: credit Martina Orsini

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BwW2TKsqKDUFUWVwREpxZE1selE

Videos by Beau Outteridge Productions

Link to videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/mothclass

Link to VNR: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B5HeUASOVtNhVWdRNEQxQ2RtUWs

Tracking: http://www.u-track.it/index.php/moth-worlds-2017

 

 

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