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Finn Focus on Brazil – the road to Rio

 

 

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Packed start at the Brazilian Nationaos = photo © Ale Socci / www.greenpixel.com.br

 

 

The approach of an Olympic Games normally has a positive influence on activities in the host country and this is proving to be especially true of the Finn class in Brazil.

Just over four years ago we reported on the joint initiative between Brazil, Pata Boats of Hungary and the International Finn Association to import a mould into Brazil to start building boats there for the first time in more than three decades.

The success story of that initiative continues and the class recently held its most successful National Championship in many decades. While numbers are still small compared to some European countries, it attracted 26 boats, out of a total of 36 Finns actively racing in the country, to three days of competition on the Guarapiranga Lake, in Sao Paulo.

The strength of the class was underlined by fact that most of the boats being raced were new boats built in Brazil on the back of the 2008 initiative. While there are still some imports from Europe, the sheer cost – in terms of duties and transport charges – and complexity of this has meant the unmitigated success of the home build project. Before 2008 the class had very little growth because the cost of importing a boat was almost the same as the cost of the boat itself.

The fleet at Guarapiranga included boats from the three centres of Finn sailing in Brazil. There were boats from Rio, Sao Paulo, and from the fledging fleet growing in the capital Brasilia.

There was a complete mix of conditions over the three days, but favourite, the 2012 Olympian Jorge Zarif, took the title from the returning Bruno Prada. Andre Mirsky ended up third after Prada sailed a great last day to snatch second place.

Zarif took six race wins out of the seven races (Prada took the other race win) to dominate the competitive and expanding fleet. Further growth is expected over the next three years as the country and the fleet prepare for the Olympics.

 

New boats

The man behind the 2008 project was Jorge Rodrigues, though most of the new boats were built by the local boatbuilder Holos under his guidance. Jorge is now the new National secretary of the class as well as being involved in ‘Apoio Rio 2016’, a training support organisation for sailors and federations wishing to locate in Rio.

After the first dozen of so boats were built Jorge felt that the boat could be improved, so set about designing and building a new boat. Because the cost of Holos doing the work was so high, he started work himself and the first boat has recently been launched.

“I started to work by myself to develop this new boat last year. It took me 10 months of hard work to complete the job, but right now I have a new set of moulds for this new model.”

“I built a single hull to test it as a prototype. The new boat was sent to sail in the windiest region in Rio for a good structural test, and the boat went without any problem and without a single drop of water inside the hull. I am right now working with the class to see how will we measure and approve the new boat to allow me to sell it to our market.”

“We also built a few masts here and we are still working to have a competitive mast for sailors in all weight ranges. We produced good masts for light or heavy sailors, but we still need to produce a mast with good numbers for the average sailors, from 90 to 100 kg.”

“The first mast built here was very soft and only performs well for light sailors and in light winds. The second mast, after some fine tuning, sanding some areas and reinforcing in others was very good, and this mast won a local regatta in Rio with four races and nine boats competing.”

“After this we went to Brasilia to race there and a local sailor, Juliando Camargo, liked the mast performance and decided to buy it. Some time ago Juliando also bought the first boat that we built and is the first helmsman to compete with both a boat and mast nationally built for a long time. He went to compete at our nationals and he got the best race position of all the boats we have built.”

“Unfortunately, on the last leg of the first race of our Nationals, a very strong wind caused many sailors to capsize or rip their sails, and Juliando lost his precious sail that was perfectly matched to his mast. He finished fifth in the race but the sail was not usable, though he had proved the mast was fast.”

Jorge says the mast project is a bit behind schedule, but a new mould is being planned, maybe built by Holos, and masts should be readily available in Brazil soon.

As for sails, one local sail builder tried to develop a sail but most sailors prefer to buy their sails from North Sails Argentina.

 

 

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New Brazilian boats built by Jorge Rodrigues – photo c Jorge Rodrigues

 

History

Brazil has a long history and tradition in the Finn class. Its most famous Finn sailor was Jorg Bruder who was tragically killed in a airplane crash in 1973 while travelling to Brest to defend his world title for the third time. The country has twice hosted the Finn Gold Cup, the last time in 2004 when Ben Ainslie famously equalled Bruder’s record of three consecutive wins that had stood for 30 years.

The current big name in the class is Jorge Zarif, and for anyone with aspirations to represent Brazil in the Finn class in 2016, Zarif is currently the one to beat.

The recent return of former Finn sailor and double Olympic Star medalist Bruna Prada has added a new ingredient to the mix, and though he won the opening race in January at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, has yet to make a final decision on a full campaign. Though the numbers were low, it was a competitive week that gave Zarif the bronze, while Prada finished in seventh. On their return to Brazil, Zarif was again dominant at the Brazilian Sailing Week in Rio, winning nine of the ten race series.

Zarif said on his performance in Miami, “It was good in general, and I was happy with the bronze. It was hard because I was always coming from behind, so you have to work harder in the free pumping to win positions. We always had the same guys in the front, one point was super important.”

“The downwind was nice, so I gained a few positions in critical moments, but the upwind was not so good. We are working to improve that for Palma.”

He has not been full time since the Olympics saying, “I had some surgery in my knee after the Olympics, so I have been training for just two months. The downwinds are much better than before.

“I am training with Bruno Prada and coach Rafa Trujiillo in Rio. It’s been great for us. Neither of us likes to lose so the training has been very hard. He has experience and he knows very well what you need to do to have good results, so I am trying to learn from him. We are having good times training and we are good friends. It helps a lot.”

Prada commented, “I am happy to be sailing the Finn again. After just starting to sail the Finn two months ago I am happy with my upwind, and very impressed with the free pumping downwind, but I need to train a lot.”

Since he last sailed a Finn at the 2004 Finn Gold Cup in Rio, he has only sailed Stars and big boats. Was it hard to come back? “I felt old…most of the sailors are at least 15 years younger. The biggest change has been the downwind free pumping for sure. A nightmare…”

While his Star helm Robert Scheidt has already been making his mark back in Lasers, was there an agreement between the two to try different classes for 2016? “Robert needs to eat a little bit more to become a Finn sailor…he is 80kg. He told me that he will try the Laser again. As I was nine years without sailing dinghies, my plan is to do one year of hard sailing, and then evaluate if I am able to go ahead.” However, of course, both are still hoping for another chance in the Star.

“Jorge and I are training together. He is a big, young, talented sailor and with a lot of motivation. It is very good training with him. Rafa Trujillo is coaching us. He is a great coach and he is helping a lot.”

 

Olympic training

To help sailors, both Brazilian and from overseas, familiarise themselves to the conditions both inside and outside Guanabara Bay, the class is running its next three National Championships in Rio.

Rodriques said, “The class decided that we will have the next three Brazilian Nationals in Rio de Janeiro as a way to encourage all Finn sailors to get to know the racing area for the Olympic Games of 2016, in Guanabara Bay.”

“We are also interested in hosting the 2015 Finn Gold Cup here in order to provide the Finn sailors some regattas and training for those who will compete in 2016. The idea would be to hold State Championships, Brazilian Nationals, South Americans and the Gold Cup in sequence, to provide various opportunities for sailing here.”

He is also involved, together with fellow Finn sailor Colin Reed, with the Apoio Rio 2016, (literally ‘Help Rio 2016’), initiative which offers help to sailors and national authorities looking to train in Rio prior to the Olympics. He said, “Apoio Rio 2016 has been set up to work in conjunction with FEVERJ (Rio de Janeiro Sailing Federation) and other established Brazilian sailing federations, to provide the operations side of team training support.”

Describing some of the problems they will face, “At present training facilities do not exist, but there are resources available. It will also be virtually impossible to find space for team containers on site in any of the host clubs. All clubs have very little spare space. It’s the one thing they don’t have.”

Logistics is the major problem but hopefully the solution is in sight, with Apoio Rio 2016 in negotiations to provide the required facilities. The initiative offers a wide range of services to visiting sailors and federations.

A full presentation document, including detailed Rio weather information and contact information, is available on the  Finn website.

 

By Robert Deaves, IFA

 

 

Standby for another keelboat bonanza in Miami

 

 

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The Star Fleet at Bacardi Miami Sailing Week 2012 – photo © Onne van der Val

 

86th Bacardi Cup Regatta headlines 4th Bacardi® Miami Sailing Week 

 

Counting down to the fourth annual running of Bacardi Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) presented by EFG Bank. A hot list of competitors, great race management and the impossible-to-top winter sailing destination of Biscayne Bay combine with the hospitality BMSW is known for to put on an outstanding event for one-design sailors from 13 nations who will compete in five classes (Audi Melges 20, Melges 24, Star, Viper 640 and J/70) from March 3-9, 2013.

Headlining the week-long regatta, headquartered in Coconut Grove, is the 86th Bacardi Cup. Among the 62 Star teams registered are some of the storied class’s most notable. Leading the lineup are 2012 Star World Champions Xavier Rohart and Pierre-Alexis Ponsot (FRA), who are also the Bacardi Cup defending champions. They will face, among others, 1992 Finn Silver medalist Brian Ledbetter (USA) who has teamed with Canadian 2012 Olympian Tyler Bjorn; 2009 Star World Champion George Szabo (USA) sailing with Miami’s Magnus Liljedahl, the 2000 world champion and Olympic Gold medalist; two-time Olympian Peter O’Leary (IRE) with Rodney Hagebols (AUS); Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Augie Diaz (USA); and two-time Tornado Olympic medalist Lars Grael (BRA).

Racing for the Star class gets underway on Monday, March 4. Starting on Thursday, March 7, the Stars will be joined on Biscayne Bay by sailors in the Viper 640, Audi Melges 20, and Melges 24 classes, along with the J/70 class which makes its event debut. Racing, for all classes, will conclude on Saturday, March 10.

Favorites in the 19-strong Melges 24 class are Riccardo Simoneschi (ITA) and Alan Field (USA), who placed second and fifth, respectively, in 2012, along with Argyle Campbell and Cary Siegler (USA) and Alec Cutler (BER).

Both the Audi Melges 20 and Viper 640 classes have seen a sizable increase in entries, and both will see the defending champions working to repeat their on-the-water success. In the 48-boat Audi Melges 20 fleet, three-time class national champion Michael Kiss (USA) might be hard to unseat, although Melges 32 World Champion John Kilroy (USA) will surely give him a run for the glory, as will Americans, Travis Weisleder, John Taylor and Paul Reilly.

In the 24-strong Viper 640 fleet, which will also be racing for their EFG Bank Pan-American Championship, defending champions Glyn Locke, David Chapman and Ian Nicholson (GBR), will face Joseph Healey (USA), Phil Lotz (USA), Audi Melges 32 2012 European Champion Jason Carroll (USA) and Audi Melges 32 2009 World Champion Pieter Taselaar from Newport RI.

More information on the Bacardi Miami Sailing Week and the 86th Bacardi Cup is available at www.MiamiSailingWeek.com and www.BacardiCup.com.

 

By Kirsten Ferguson as amended by Grand Prix Sailing

 

 

 

Tomasini Grinover come back win

 

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 Tomasini Grinover wins the series – photo c Joy Dunigan

 

OtterBox® Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series In Virgin Gorda – Overall

 

Congratulations go to Roberto Tomasini Grinover aboard Robertissima with tactician Vasco Vascotto and crew comprised of Gaetano Figlia di Granara, Giovanni Cassinari, Gunnar Bahr, Armin Raderbauer, Pablo Torrado and Nevio Sabadin as they are 2013 OtterBox® Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series, Event No. 1 Virgin Gorda champions!

In second overall is Alex Jackson’s Leenabarca and rounding out the top three, after a truly hard day of racing is Jason Carroll on Argo. Carroll won the last race of the day and the series earning third place on countback. Fourth place finisher Ryan DeVos on Volpe and Carroll shared an equal 32 points each. Richard Goransson’s Inga From Sweden was fifth overall.

The final day of racing in Virgin Gorda, hosted by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) was unequivocally the best racing the Melges 32 Class has seen in a long time. Teams perhaps have never worked harder as the ‘inside’ or North Sound racing proved to be not only tactically challenging, but it clearly put some of the world’s greatest tacticians on notice.

It was the ultimate brain test where each team was pushed to their limits regarding boat speed and handling. North Sound provided great match racing conditions. Combine that with glorious sunshine, a steady breeze out of 100 degrees, it was really all about where to go and most of all, when. Timing in the confined area of where air funneled in fast along the shoreline and choosing the best lane off the start and to the finish meant everything.

Race ten presented a seriously heated and intense battle for the lead between Carroll, Goransson and Dalton DeVos on Delta, Ryan’s younger cousin. Carroll grabbed the lead early, holding off Goransson and DeVos right up until the gate.

Gorannson powered up and challenged for the lead on the second beat winning the top mark and holding on right up until the last mark rounding. It was a fierce fight as Carroll refused to let Goransson keep the lead position.

Carroll barely took the lead at the mark, half-a-boat length in front of Goransson and DeVos on his hip. The three took it to the mark and back downwind for a screaming good finish.

Spectators held their breath as DeVos looked to be passing Goransson, while Carroll fired up his Melges 32 to maximium speed. In a couple of quick and simple jibes, Carroll took the win easily, with Goransson out-pacing DeVos for second. Dalton took third.

 

About the Series

The 2013 OtterBox® Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series consists of three events. The second event happens in conjunction with the International Rolex Regatta in the U.S. Virgin Islands on March 22-24, 2013. The grand finale of the Series, the 2013 Caribbean Championship happens in late April on Peter Island.

 

Top 3 Overall Results: (10 races, 1 discard)

1 Roberto Tomasini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto, Robertissima 1;    1-4-1-4-[8]-6-1-1-1-5 – 24pts
2 Alex Jackson/Paul Goodison, Leenabarca;    4-2-2-2-[7]-5-3-5-2-4 – 29pts
3 Ryan DeVos/Ed Baird, Volpe;    5-7-[8]-1-1-1-2-3-4-1 – 32pts

To see full results: View Full Results

 

By Joy Dunigan, International Melges 32 Class Association

 

 

Five teams selected for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup

 

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Portuguese team from Cascais qualify – photo c Gilles Martin-Paget

 

 Red Bull Youth Americas Cup – San Francisco

 

Five of the best youth sailing teams in the world have qualified for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup following a grueling two-week Selection Series in San Francisco. The 12 crews, from 11 countries, were pushed to the limit as they fought for the right to compete in September’s races.

National crews from Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Portugal and Switzerland, made the cut to advance to the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup where they will meet five crews supported by current America’s Cup teams.

Double Olympic Gold medalists Roman Hagara and Hans-Peter Steinacher, the Sports Directors for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, made the selections after closely monitoring the teams on and off the water during the two back-to-back selection weeks. With the high talent level and extreme motivation of the crews, there were hard choices to make.

“This has been very difficult,” Hagara said. “The level of each team is much higher than we could have hoped for, which is good. But only five of them are able to race with us in September so today’s decision wasn’t easy to make.”

Race results made up 60-percent of the selection criteria. Teams were also evaluated on professionalism on and off the water, as well as on the training programs they have set up to develop their skills further between now and September.

“We always said we were looking for the best of the best,” said Steinacher. “And that’s what we have now. I believe any of these five teams will be capable of winning in September.”

The teams proved their mettle in challenging winter conditions on San Francisco Bay, one of the most challenging race venues in the world. Cold and strong winter winds made taming the AC45 catamarans, with their towering wing sails, difficult. But the youth sailors, aged 19-24, were up to the task.

“We went into this with a plan not to let them sail in over 15 knots of wind and to keep the teams inside the Bay Bridge,” Steinacher said. “We broke both of those rules on the very first day! Fortunately, the teams have shown us they are able to handle the boats in conditions that are on the limit.”

The five teams selected today have now qualified to race in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup from September 1-4, in a fleet that includes five additional youth crews supported by current America’s Cup teams.

 

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In their own words:

Lucien Cujean (SUI), skipper, Team TILT: “It feels good, very good. It’s great news. Even though we won the racing portion of the selection series, that’s not the only criteria. So we were nervous about the selection.”

Bernardo Freitas (POR), skipper, ROFF/Cascais Sailing Team: “We’re excited for the announcement. Excited for September. I believed we’d have a chance. In the racing we showed we’re a good team and we have good skills on the water.”

Will Tiller (NZL), skipper, Full Metal Jacket Racing: “We’re pretty psyched. It’s about 5:00 in the morning (the team is in Oman training ahead of an X40 regatta) and we were all sitting around the phone, nervous. But we’re very happy to have made the selection. The opportunity to race the RBYAC is fantastic, but now the hard work begins. We have to put together a training program.

Philipp Buhl (GER), skipper, STG/NRV Youth Team: “It was a brilliant week. We didn’t expect to be first, but we stayed grounded through the week and kept improving. We really improved our maneuvers and team work. In the end, we learned not to talk so much. Everyone learned to do their job and just did it.”

Jason Waterhouse (AUS), skipper, Objective Australia: “It was a mind-blowing week. We learned so much. It’s our first time racing together as a crew, but we gelled well… Our preparation was sound.”

Jimmy Spithill, skipper, Oracle Team USA, and a driving force behind the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup: “My pathway to the America’s Cup was one of good luck. When I was a youth sailor there wasn’t a clear pathway to the Cup. But the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup gives these guys a great opportunity, and the game’s opened up to much wider participation. The level of organization from these teams is impressive.”

Russell Coutts, CEO, Oracle Team USA, and a driving force behind the creation of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup: “The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup is meant to be a way for youth sailors to show their talents and make it to the pro sailing ranks. This (on the AC45 wing sail catamaran) is some of the best and most fun racing I’ve done in years. I’m sure they’ll enjoy it too.”

 

Selection Series Teams advancing to Red Bull Youth America’s Cup:

  • Australia – Objective Australia
  • Germany – STG/NRV Youth Team
  • New Zealand – Full Metal Jacket Racing
  • Portugal – ROFF/Cascais Sailing Team
  • Switzerland – Team TILT

Youth crews supported by America’s Cup World Series Teams:

  • France – Energy Team/Name TBC
  • New Zealand – Emirates Team New Zealand/Name TBC
  • Sweden – Artemis Racing/Swedish Youth Challenge
  • USA – Oracle Team USA/American Youth Sailing Force (SFO)
  • USA – Oracle Team USA/USA45 Racing (USA)

 

By Red Bull Youth America’s Cup

 

 

Team AISM sail to victory in Sailing Arabia Tour

 

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This years tour endured a variety of conditions – photo c Mark Lloyd

 

 

EFG Bank Sailing Arabia – The Tour

 

A superb performance by Team AISM throughout the 15 days and 760 nautical miles of EFG Bank Sailing Arabia – The Tour has seen the Dubai based crew sail to victory in convincing fashion in the third edition of the region’s only long distance offshore race ahead of BAE Systems 2nd and EFG Bank (Monaco) 3rd.

Nine world-class crews including a host of elite sailors from the Middle East completed the unique sailing challenge and showcase endurance race around the coastline of four different countries, covering seven legs between Bahrain and Muscat.

The culmination of three year’s development of offshore racing in the region, this season delivered on its promise of being the most competitive and successful yet involving some of the world’s and region’s most accomplished sailors all competing in the ideal sailing conditions of the Arabian Gulf.

Today brisk downwind conditions, took the full fleet of nine Farr 30s home to The Wave, Muscat providing the perfect conclusion to this year’s EFG Bank Sailing Arabia – The Tour. The fleet leaving Mussanah Marina at dawn this morning was up to its full strength with the return of Adil Khaled and his Team Abu Dhabi, following their grounding and helicopter rescue on leg two.

A fitting end to the event was that honours on the leg should go to French America’s Cup helmsman Bertrand Pacé and the crew of AISM who have constantly dominated EFG Bank Sailing Arabia The Tour 2013. Over the last two and a half weeks they have won five of the seven offshore legs and set the tone for the in-ports when they claimed three out of three races in Doha. AISM won 2013 EFG Bank Sailing Arabia – The Tour by 10.25 points.

The pressure was fully on Cédric Pouligny and the crew of BAE Systems, going into this final leg just 0.5 points ahead of a hungry Sidney Gavignet and EFG Bank (Monaco) and with Bernard Pacé always one to aggressively defend his overall lead. In fact Pacé’s dirty work was done for him by Gavignet who attempted to luff BAE Systems off the course. However he never quite succeeded. In the end BAE Systems nosed ahead and although the two boats finished the leg in lowly seventh and eighth positions respectively, this was enough for them to take second and third places overall.

After knocking on the door of the podium throughout EFG Bank Sailing Arabia – The Tour, Mohsin al Busaidi and his Renaissance team finally came good on this leg taking third place behind Messe Frankfurt.

Starlets of the show, regardless of where in the GCC they visited, have been Dee Caffari’s all-female crew on Al-Thuraya Bank Muscat.

Caffari, the first woman to have sailed singlehanded around the world non-stop in both directions, said today’s leg was a fine conclusion to SATT, even though they just missed the podium.

 

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Dee Caffari’s all-female crew on Al-Thuraya Bank Muscat – photo c Mark Lloyd

Taking in four countries and eight ports of call, EFG Bank Sailing Arabia – The Tour is a showcase of everything that the Gulf has to offer in terms of state-of-the-art facilities and idyllic sailing conditions.

Leaving Manama on February 10th, EFG Bank Sailing Arabia – The Tour called at Doha, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, Dibba and Mussanah and ended on February 25th in Muscat.

 

For more details see; www.sailingarabiathetour.com

By Donatella Donatelli, Oman Sail as amended by Grand Prix Sailing

 

 

Gotta Love It 7 wraps up 2013 JJ Giltinan Championship

 

 

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Gotta Love It 7 pulls through on the final leg photo © Frank Quealey

 

Race 7 – Winning Group 64th JJ Giltinan Championship – Sydney Harbour

 

 

Race 7 sponsored by the Kitchen Maker

Gotta Love It 7’s Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage and Peter Harris became the 2013 champions when the took out Race 7 of the Winning Group JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.

Following Saturday’s wipe out in Race 6 of the championship it all came down to today’s final race in a strong North-East wind with Gotta Love It 7 and Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel level on a net 8 points.

Allowing for discards being introduced, Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney, David Witt and Mark Kennedy) had to finish within the first three placings today and ahead of Gotta Love It 7 to win the title.

 

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 Rags has to settle for 2nd after an early swim – photo c Frank Quealey

 

A great start by the ‘7’ crew saw the red flying machine quickly take the lead from the Rag as the fleet sped off towards Bradleys Head.

Gotta Love It 7 maintained her advantage over Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel, and when the latter team capsized near the Beashel Buoy the title was as good as won by ‘7’.

With their main challenger out of contention, the ‘7’ crew appeared to sail more conservatively (if you can sail an 18 conservatively in a 25-knot north east wind) as Thurlow Fisher Lawyers led the fleet down the spinnaker legs back to Clarke Island.

 

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 A solid series by Smeg secures 5th overall – photo c Frank Quealey

 

 

Spectators aboard the two club controlled ferries and others in a variety of vessels following the race were treated to some of the most spectacular action the 18s can provide.

 

Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon, Trent Barnabas, Dave O’Connor) led until the final rounding mark at Rose Bay but put on a performance to be remembered. They had capsized on the second windward leg but came back to lead the fleet home, before a spectacular capsize on the gybe as the crew ‘gunned’ it hard. 7’s crew saw the swim and quickly pulled their kite down for the run between the islands to the finish.

 

 

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 First overseas entry and 4th overall kiwi team C Tech skippered by Peter Burling – photo c Frank Quealey

 

New Zealand’s C-Tech (Alex Vallings, Josh McCormack and Peter Burling) finished 34s behind Gotta Love It 7, with Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel coming home another 3m15s back in third place.

The final placings in the championship gave Gotta Love It 7 (9 points) a two points victory over Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel, with Thurlow Fisher Lawyers third on 19 points. C-Tech also finished the series on 9 points but lost to Thurlow Fisher on a countback.

Smeg (Nick Press, Dan Phillips, Dave Ewings) was fifth on 21 points and Appliancesonline.com.au (Micah Lane, Paul Montague, Tom Anderson) sixth on 34 points.

The Australian 18 Footers League would like to thank all media and followers for their support of the championship.

 

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 Unlucky Thurlow Fisher Lawyers go for a face plant but recover to take 3rd on the podium – photo c Frank Quealey

 

 

Overall Results: (6 races, 1 discard)

1 Gotta love It 7, Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage, Peter Harris, 9pts
2 Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel, Jack Macartney, David Witt, Mark Kennedy, 11pts
3 Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, Michael Coxon, Dave O’Connor, Trent Barnabas, 19pts
4 C-Tech, Alex Vallings, Josh McCormack, Peter Burling, 19pts
5 Smeg, Nick Press, Dan Phillips, Dave Ewings, 21pts
6 Appliancesonline.com.au, Micah Lane, Paul Montague, Tom Anderson, 34pts
7 Pure Blonde, Tom Clout, Matthew Wark, Rob Bell, 39pts
8 Yamaha, David McDiarmid, Andrew Archibald, Mark Overington, 41pts
9 Yandoo, John Winning, Andrew Hay, Jim Beck, 46pts
10 CST Composites, Howie Hamlin, Matt McKinlay, Dave Gibson, 48pts
11 Pica, James Mears, Stewart Mears, Tristan Hutt, 55pts
12 Mojo Wine, James Dorron, Ricky Bridges, Mike McKensey, 61pts
13 The Kitchen Maker, Malcolm Page, Darren McKavanagh, Cameron McDonald, 61pts
14 Lumix, Jonathan Whitty, James Hozack, Aron Everett, 67pts
15 The Black Dog, Jarrod Simpson, Euan McNicol, Geoff Bauchop, 70pts
16 Rabbitohs-Kenwood, Brett Van Munster, Kieryn Cowan, Joel Castle, 70pts
17 De’Longhi-Rabbitohs, Simon Nearn, Keegan York, James Smithers, 74pts
18 Asko Appliances, Marcus Ashley-Jones, Ash Rooklyn, Jeronimo Harrison, 76pts
19 Events Clothing, Riley Dean, John Little, Scott Randell, 78pts
20 Team Daly, Nick Daly, John Walton, Peter Nicholson, 78pts
21 Fisher & Paykel, Andrew Chapman, Tim Baraclough, Ewan Duckworth, 89pts
22 Maersk Line, Graham Catley, Chris Dawson, Brad Collins, 97pts
23 Brisbane 18 Footers, Daniel Jack, Tristan Hamilton, Barry Flanagan, 97pts
24 ASCC, Murray England, Rowan Swanson, Matt Randell, 103pts
25 Winning Appliances, Shane Smith, Jake Restall, Shane Dickson, 121pts
26 Haier Appliances, Pedro Vozone, Sam Ellis, James Slee, 127pts
27 Lomax Financial Group, Alexandra South, Lizzi Rountree, Saskia Tidey, 127pts
28 Yamaha 2, Sam Marshall, Tom Peet, Ben Gladwell, 128pts
29 Southern Engineering Services, Katie Love, Christine Neville, C.C. Childers, 138pts
30 Bridge Marina Travelift, Kez Cameron, Adrian France, Stephen Jones, 138pts
31 Southern Cross, Oliver Hartas, Brad Greenrod, Olly Jones, 142pts

 

Race report and all photos by Frank Quealey

 

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Privateer wins RORC Caribbean 600

Just after dusk at 19:34:34 on Thursday, American Ron O’Hanley’s Cookson 50 Privateer finished the RORC Caribbean 600 taking over the lead on corrected time from Hap Fauth’s Mini Maxi Bella Mente by just over 22 minutes. The following morning only Adrian Lower’s vintage Swan 44 Selene had a mathematical chance of eclipsing Privateer’s corrected time, but needed to cover 200 miles in 10 hours, which was improbable.

Privateer was followed into Antigua, by the giant schooner Adela, skippered by Greg Perkins. Their IRC corrected time of 3 days 6 hours and 26 seconds secured them the win in the Spirit of Tradition Class, Superyacht Class and third overall in IRC.

Peter Harding’s Class40 40 Degrees crossed the finish line to win the class with Mike Thrower’s Jasmine Flyer just behind them to secure second place. Christof Petter’s Vaquita claimed third in a very close race.

Harding knew that they had won the class, but didn’t find out that 40 Degrees had broken the Class40 course record, set by Tony Lawson’s Concise2 in 2011, by 3 hours 17 mins and 15 secs.

In IRC One Simon de Pietro’s Briand 76 Lilla took line honours and the win after time correction. Colin Buffin’s Swan 62 Uxorious IV, finished just two minutes behind Lilla to take second in class for the second year running.

In IRC Two Scarlet Logic was the clear winner. Ross Applebey and Tim Thubron’s Oyster 48 took line honours and the class title for the second year running by over three hours. The Swan 53 Northern Child crossed the finish line two hours behind Scarlet Logic and Joseph Mele’s Swan 44 Triple Lindy was next. However on corrected Triple Lindy was second in class and Northern Child third.

Arthur Prat’s Guadeloupe Grand Large 11 won the battle of the Figaros, finishing two hours ahead of Baptiste Maillot.

In IRC Three, Jonty Layfield’s J/39 Sleeper VIII won the class title by a significant margin. Valerio Bardi’s Italian Swan 46 Milanto laid claim to the runner up position.

Full Results can be found here

 

 

Abu Dhabi returns for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15

 

Abu Dhabi will return to the Volvo Ocean Race in 2014-15 with a team once again skippered by Britain’s twice Olympic silver medallist Ian Walker and a stopover in the United Arab Emirates capital.

Monday’s double announcement gives the race a third confirmed team for 2014-15 more than 18 months before the start and sets up a massive challenge for the sailors on Leg 2, with the route from Recife in Brazil to Abu Dhabi set to take the teams and their brand new Volvo Ocean 65 racing yachts deep into the Southern Ocean.

 

 

J/22 Class celebrates 30th Anniversary with Worlds in Newport, Rhode Island

 

The J/22 Class will honour its 30th anniversary this year with a World Championship in the birthplace of the J/22—Newport, Rhode Island. From October 1-5, J/22 competitors from around the globe will convene for five days of racing in one of the most venerable keelboats worldwide to take place in the legendary sailing venue on Narragansett Bay. Sail Newport will serve as the Organizing Authority and host site for the World Championship event.

The Notice of Race has been issued, and registration opened at www.j22worlds.com. For more information on the International J/22 Class Association, visit www.j22.org. For more information on Sail Newport, Rhode Island’s Public Sailing Center, visit www.sailnewport.org.

 

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3 Bullets for Argo on day 2

 

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 Jason Carroll’s, Argo takes the overall lead – photo c Joy Dunigan

 

Day 2 – Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series 

 

The OtterBox Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series 2013 first event, hosted by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) in Virgin Gorda, continued to provide spectacular sailing condition on day two but the three-bullet performance by Jason Carroll’s Argo made Friday’s racing special.

Jason Carroll’s Argo got back on champion track in the first race of the day, hammering up the right side of the course for extra added pressure to take an early lead at the top mark. Downwind Alex Jackson’s Leenabarca charged ahead to take the lead at the gate heading right, while Carroll went left. Back upwind they traded positions again as Carroll had great boat speed, surging to regain the top spot and ultimately, taking the win. Jackson remained solid to finish second, and Ryan DeVos on Volpe did well to claim third.

Carroll went on to deliver an impressive, not one but two carbon copy performances in race two and three of the day.

 

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Leenabarca’s consistency share the lead – photo c Joy Dunigan

Race two was purely about an excellent start and great speed, the last race however, was all Richard Goransson’s Inga From Sweden right up until the final run. Carroll and his Argo Team over-powered Goransson, commanding an unbelievable coup d’état for the lead about half way to the finish, ultimately cleaning up the day with three bullets.

After two days and six races, discards are into effect. After Carroll’s astounding performance means he now sits atop the field of competitors, tied in points with second overall Jackson. Overnight leader Roberto Tomasini Grinover on Robertissima had a less than productive day slipping back to third, but are only one point away from the top two boats. Ryan DeVos had a good day coming up fourth and the BVI’s Mark Plaxton finished the day in fifth.

 

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Ryan DeVos keeps in the hunt on Volpe – photo c Joy Dunigan

 

Results after six races (one discard)

 

1 Jason Carroll, Argo; (15 points)

2 Alex Jackson, Leenabarca – 15 pts

3 Roberto Tomasini Grinover, Robertissima – 16 pts

4 Ryan DeVos, Volpe – 17 pts

5 James Mark Plaxton, Intac – 19 pts

6 Richard Goransson, Inga – 20 pts

7 Valentine Zavadnikov, Synergy – 24 pts

8 Dalton DeVos, Delta – 31 pts

9 Jaime Torres, Smile and Wave – 43 pts

 

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Robertissima holds on to third overall – photo c Joy Dunigan

 

For more info see:  OtterBox Melges 32 Virgin Islands Sailing Series website

By Joy Dunigan, International Melges 32 Association

 

 

34th Americas Cup update on the teams – end of Feb

 

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 Tune up on the bay  – photo c Guilain Grenier

 

 Artemis Racing lines up with Oracle Team USA

Artemis Racing had the opportunity to line up with defending champion Oracle in San Francisco during the latter half of February as the two racing teams continue their build-up towards September’s America´s Cup series.

‘It’s fantastic to be here in San Francisco and have the opportunity to line up with Oracle and to do it on the America’s Cup race course. We learned a lot from our sailing with them. We learned that we have a lot of improving to do so we are taking it on.

‘It’s going to be a full team effort. We have the shore team, the design team and everyone is enthusiastic and we are going to roll up our selves and get into it before we get back out on the track.’ explained CEO, Paul Cayard.

Sailing Team Director, Iain Percy explains the benefits and reality of sailing with Oracle. ‘With this new version no one really knows. We all have our ideas and when we get out there and first sail with the boat it become clear whether everything was right or wrong. We have a few modifications to make.

Everyone who has sailed Lasers at their club knows that sailing on your own is very tough. You don’t double the quality, you ten times the quality.’

 

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As a result of the trials its back to the drawing board for Artemis

 

Artemis Racing, has decided to suspend their sailing program in favour of boat modifications.

“When you’ve got two boats together, you can take the good points that you see from both,” Percy said. “You learn from each other and make improvements and that’s the power of sailing against another boat.” And for Artemis Racing, the lesson learned was that the team needs to make changes.

“It’s amazing to be out there with another boat,” Percy said. “You can learn heaps. Now, we have to look at a few things. We enjoyed being out there with them. We all know what one boat sailing is like, you go out and think you’re making improvements and then suddenly there’s another boat there and it’s huge (what you learn).”

“Both teams get to see where they are and more importantly they can react,” said Jimmy Spithill, the skipper of the American defender. “We lined up in pretty fresh conditions and I think for both teams it was a big step.”

The other teams sailing AC72s would seem to be on board with that assessment as Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge sailed against each other several times during training sessions before Christmas. But it wasn’t until this month that Artemis Racing and Oracle Team USA had their boats sailing at the same time.

Artemis Racing: http://artemis-racing.americascup.com

 

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The defenders on the gas – photo c Guilain Grenier

 

 

Chris Draper to helm Luna Rossa

 

Team Luna Rossa’s preparation and training for the 34th America’s Cup is still ongoing in Auckland, New Zealand.

Some important decisions have been made in the last couple of weeks on the afterguard of the AC72 Luna Ross catamaran, who will be participating in the Louis Vuitton Cup, America’s Cup Challenger Series in San Francisco, CA, starting from July 6th.

Chris Draper has been chosen as helmsman and Francesco Bruni will be the tactician, although he will still helm the AC45 Luna Rossa Swordfish catamaran during the upcoming ACWS event in Naples.

Luna Rossa skipper Max Sirena declared: “In all America’s Cup challenges you reach the point when this decision needs to be made. During these months Chris Draper has proved to be the best candidate to cover this role and I am convinced that his partnership with Francesco Bruni as a tactician will be one of our strengths. We may, for some races, decide to adopt a format in which Francesco Bruni will steer the boat in the pre-start, but this is a call that we will make from time to time, depending on the circumstances”.

Luna Rossa Challenge: http://luna-rossa-challenge-2013.americascup.com

 

 

Slingsby to skipper Oracle Team USA in Naples

 

When the America’s Cup World Series circuit resumes, Tom Slingsby will take the helm for Oracle Team USA. The Olympic gold medalist will skipper the team’s entry into the spring regatta, which runs April 16-21 in Naples, Italy.

“I’ve been in the tactician role, but now to steer in an America’s Cup World Series event, I can’t wait,” Slingsby said. “I saw my name on the wing the other day, and there was a realization that it’s going to happen. Having been the tactician and calling a lot of the shots on the water, it shouldn’t be too hard of a transition. Obviously our priority is the AC72 now, but hopefully we’ll get some good training time in.”

The Naples regatta will mark Slingsby’s first ACWS event as skipper. He served as tactician onboard the AC45 with Oracle Team USA Coutts for the ACWS San Francisco in October 2012, and he was in the same role at the 2012 ACWS in Naples and at the ACWS San Diego in November 2011.

Alongside Slingsby, the ORACLE TEAM USA crew in Naples will feature San Newton (wing trimmer), Kinley Fowler (jib trimmer), Rome Kirby (runner) and Piet van Nieuwenhuijzen (bowman). Newton, Kirby and van Nieuwenhuijzen were also members of COUTTS crew in San Francisco.

The city of Naples hosts the grand finale of the 2012-13 America’s Cup World Series. It marks the final regatta for the team prior to the 34th America’s Cup. Naples also hosted an ACWS in April 2012.

Oracle Team USA: http://oracle-team-usa.americascup.com

 

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Got a  bit on! the afterguard at full stretch on ETNZ – photo c Chris Cameron

 

Emirates Team New Zealand remodel their afterguard

 

The all important afterguard has traditionally been made up of up to 5 people in the America’s Cup on the IACC class of yacht. There is neither room nor time for such a luxury on the AC72’s. Things happen so quickly that everything has changed.

So ETNZ have been working on their afterguard selections. See the video on their blog for more.

View video on the ETNZ blog: http://etnzblog.com

 

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 Spray cam – photo c Chris Cameron

 

Race 6 canned leaving championship on a knife edge

 

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Winning Group 64th JJ Giltinan Championship – Sydney Harbour

 

All sailing on Sydney Harbour had been cancelled for the day, so officials of the Australian 18 Footers League left their decision as long as possible before deciding whether to race.

With Race 6 of the Winning Group 2013 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship holding so much importance, they were always trying to ‘make it happen’.

Despite the terrible conditions in Sydney, spectators were lining up at the club and having their names recorded for the spectator ferry just in case the race was going ahead.

Race officer Garry Linacre and his team were on the water and monitoring conditions as winds gusted to more than 30 knots.Crews were put on standby and it was decided that additional time would be given to try and achieve a start.

When conditions hadn’t improved by 5pm, Gary Linacre had no choice but to call the race off for the day.

Sunday’s race is the last, and deciding race of the championship and will start at 3pm.

 

Overall Standings after 5 Races (1 cancelled): (no discards)

1 Gotta Love It 7, 12pts
2 Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel, 14pts
3 Smeg, 26pts
4 Appliancesonline.com.au, 34pts
5 Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, 46pts
6 CST Composites, 48pts
7 Yamaha, 48pts
8 C-Tech, 49pts
9 Pure Blonde, 50pts
10 Pica, 55pts

 

To follow the championship:

Live Tracking: www.tractrac.com/index.php?page=eventpage&id=274

Video Coverage and ‘Pick-the-Podium’: www.jj18footerstv.com

For all official race results: www.18footers.com.au

 

By Frank Quealey

 

 

 

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