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Only Williams stands in the way of Canfield’s first World Title

 

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All photos © AWMRT / onEdition

 

 

Monsoon Cup at Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia – Quarter Finals

 

 

Ian Williams bounced off the ropes to keep his hopes of a fifth world title alive after scraping through a tense Quarter-Final in the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia.

Meanwhile, in the bigger battle to decide the 2013 winner of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, the 24-year-old Taylor Canfield is beginning to look like a World Champion in waiting after coming through his Quarter-Final 2-0 against Keith Swinton.

Only Williams remains in the way of Canfield’s first world title, although the US Virgin Islander must have been wondering if he could win the world championship a day earlier as he watched the final Quarter-Final match between Williams and Francesco Bruni play out. The Luna Rossa skipper had the GAC Pindar skipper on the ropes in the pre-start, as Williams acknowledged afterwards:

“We made a mistake in our timing in the pre-start. We were in big trouble up until 20 seconds to go. At that moment you wriggle as hard as you can and hope something works for you. He wriggled free in the previous race, and this time we managed to wriggle free. Normally we like to control a situation more than that, but of course we’ll take it however it comes. We got the penalty on Francesco, and we’re very relieved to get into the Semi-Final – still alive.”

The monsoon conditions in Kuala Terengganu played havoc with the schedule, with principal race officer David Tallis forced to cut the Quarter-Finals down from a ‘first to three points’ to a ‘first to two points’ contest for the eight teams. But no matter how unpredictable the weather or the schedule, Taylor Canfield continues to impress. He made his 2-0 victory over Keith Swinton look easy, although the US Virgin Islander is being careful to remain confident without being cocky or taking anything for granted.

“We just managed to get the better of the current and the situations on the race course,” he said. And although he might have become world champion today if Bruni had dispatched Williams, he carries the pressure of the situation well. “We’re ready to race to the end and we’re confident in the way the team is sailing.”

While 24-year-old Canfield is on the verge of winning his first world title, for the veteran Bjorn Hansen, aged 46, he will have to wait another year. The eWork Sailing Team shook hands the moment they crossed the finish of their final dramatic match against Mathieu Richard, but their dejection was plain to see. Utter devastation.

“Looking at it in the moment, you feel like you never want to come here again,” smiled the Swede philosophically. “But give us a few hours and I think we will regroup and work out how the old guys are going to take the title once and for all.”

Richard and his Gefco Match Racing Team have been quietly improving all regatta, although there were no words of praise from their coach, former world champion and America’s Cup legend, Bertrand Pacé. “When we finished, Bertrand said we had to discuss the starts because they’re not very good!”

The other semi-finalist is another steady improver, Phil Robertson, who dispatched fellow Kiwi Adam Minoprio 2-0 in their Quarter-Finals. The WAKA Racing skipper was feeling bullish about his prospects, even if he has been picked by Canfield for the Semi-Finals.

“Taylor and Ian have a World Championships to lose and we have nothing to lose, so we’re relaxed about tomorrow. We’re chilled out. One more day to go and we’ll throw everything at it.”

The concluding day of the Monsoon Cup will see the Semi-Finals determine which of these four teams, Canfield v Robertson and Williams v Richard, will race it out for the Finals tomorrow afternoon in Kuala Terengganu. The Finals will be televised live around the world via 18 broadcasters at 1500 to 1700 hours local time (GMT +8).

 

Quarter Final Results:

Taylor Canfield (ISV) USone – 2-0
Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar – 2-1
Mathieu Richard (FRA) GEFCO Match Racing Team – 2-1
Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing – 0-2

Semi Final, Petit Final & Final – Sat – 30 November – 1000hrs – 1700hrs (GMT+8)

 

By Alpari World Match Racing Tour

 

 

Prestigious Phuket Kings Cup coming soon

 

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Racing in the 2012 Phuket King’s Cup Regatta – Photo © Guy Nowell

 

 

Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2013 

 

 

Asia’s biggest and most popular regatta will welcome new teams to glorious Andaman sailing action

Recognised throughout the eastern hemisphere as the premier sailing event of its kind, the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta will host a week of incredibly close racing in the beautiful Andaman Seas off the cost of Southern Thailand from 1 – 6 December, 2013. The 27th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta sees a new Bareboat Charter division intended to address any disparities between professional and amateur teams in the class, making for a very open racing division this year. Additionally, the event will attract over 100 vessels comprising full-scale racers, international grand prix racing boats, racing catamarans and a vast fleet of diverse sailing, cruising and racing craft, all competing for Asia’s most coveted prize in competitive sailing.

The opening ceremony will be held at Kata Beach Resort & Spa (Phuket) on 1 December 2013, with the first day’s racing set to cast off the following morning. Racing for keelboats and multihulls is hosted over five days (2 – 6 December 2013) whilst racing in the dinghy class will be held from 1 to 4 December. Windsurfers will also be racing for the second year between 5-6 December.

The sail pass to celebrate His Majesty the King’s birthday will be on 5 December. The Royal Awards Ceremony is to be held on 6 December 2013. The five days of highly charged racing are complemented by six fantastic beachside parties hosted by some of Phuket’s most recognisable names in hospitality including host venue Kata Beach Resort & Spa, with close to 2,000 guests attending nightly.

 

About the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta

Inaugurated in 1987 to celebrate the 60th birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand, the event has been held every year since, during the first week of December.

Under Royal Patronage, the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is organized by the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta Organizing Committee under the auspices of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, in conjunction with the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, the Royal Thai Navy and the Province of Phuket.

 

By Tanyaporn Kanchanahoti, www.kingscup.com

 

 

New Kiteboard Race World Champions crowned

 

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IKA Kiteboard Course Race World Championship – Overall

 

 

Reigning women’s kiteboard racing world champion Erika Heineken (USA) ended an almost flawless series to take successive titles on the final day of the event in China.

But brother Johnny Heineken (USA) was deprived of a similar feat by the stellar racing of 19-year-old Florian Gruber (GER) who snatched to the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) course racing world title from the American’s grasp.

“I think I’m going to need a couple of days before it really sink in,” said a beaming Gruber. “My motto for the week was to go fast and stay safe from tangles. It really paid off for me. Initially when I saw the opening days’ conditions I though it wasn’t for me, but it worked out.”

The final day of event at Boao, Hainan, was characterized by extremely light and fickle winds that all but prevented racing and sealed the rankings as they stood at the end of day four, with the exception of one or two swapped places.

With the breeze filling in as the final cut off for racing fast approached, race officials decided to try got the top ten men in the platinum fleet on the water for the first of three scheduled races. But it was only possible to complete one race with the men flying their 17m and 19m kites.

In the difficult conditions Maxime Nocher (FRA) won over Gruber, with Johnny Heineken in third. Nocher’s victory advanced him one place in the overall standings, leap-frogging 16-year-old Olly Bridge (GBR) to give the Frenchman a podium finish.

But the breeze did not co-operate and died before the top ten women had their chance to get on the track, much to the relief of some of the competitors who felt the conditions too fickle and light for fair racing.

The failure to get any women’s races off left Steph Bridge (GBR) and sixteen-year-old Elena Kalinina (RUS) with the second and third spots on the podium, trailing Erika Heineken who had won 13 of her 14 races in the conditions that lightened towards the end of the event.

“I sailed so well in the rest of the event,” said Heineken, clearly elated with her back-to-back titles. “I lost one race. The girls are improving a lot, but I expected a bit more competition. I felt the lighter conditions at the end were not ideal for me. But I’ve been practising light-wind kiting and I’ve improved. I was happy to show the other girls that. Had it just been 10m weather, they’d have said ‘that’s why she won’.”

Yet the first three days of the event, which was organized and locally managed by Kite Tour Asia (KTA) and the resort development of King Bay, were staged in conditions of around 20kts that runner-up Bridge believed played Heineken’s strengths.

“With Erika Heineken, she’s living in the right venue for the conditions we found here,” said Bridge. “She’s able to train with her brother in San Francisco. It was great for her. Perhaps if we’d got another day of light winds like yesterday which suit me better, I’d have had a chance at the world title.”

 

By Icarus Sailing Media

 

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Riou & Le Cam on PRB win Open 60 class in the Transat Jacques Vabre

 

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  photos © Jean Marie Liot / DPPI / Transat Jacques Vabre 2013

 

 

Breaking the finish line on an overcast, humid morning in Southern Brasil, French duo Vincent Riou and Jean Le Cam won the IMOCA Open 60 class at 10h 41min 47 sec local time (12h 41m 47s UTC/GMT) completing the 5450 miles course to Itajaí from Le Havre.

The elapsed time for their race is 17d 0h 41mn 47sec‏, sailing at an average speed of 13.21 kts for the theoretical course. In fact they sailed 5771 miles on the water, at a real average speed of 14.12 kts.

When they finished, the second placed IMOCA Open 60 was around 50 miles behind in second.

It is the first major transoceanic race triumph for Riou since he won the Vendée Globe solo round the world race in 2005 and the biggest recent win for veteran Le Cam.

Appropriately as winner of the class in this 20th anniversary edition Riou was one of the competitors in the very first edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre in 1993 racing a multihull.

The duo win their class despite an express pit stop in Madeira to replace a damaged rudder blade.

“Rudders are broken now because of the pressure we put them under, whether ours or that of Macif” commented Le Cam prior to finishing, referring to near rivals who also made an early pit stop, in Portugal, to complete a similar repair.

The duel for second place was being played out as PRB finished, only a few miles separating second placed Safran (Marc Guillemot and Pascal Bidégorry) and Master CoQ (Jéremie Beyou and Christopher Pratt).

 

Safran second, Maitre CoQ third

Marc Guillemot and Pascal Bidégorry aboard Safran crossed the finish line of the Transat Jacques Vabre line in second place at 14h 43m 23s local time in Itajaí, Brazil (16:43.23 UTC). Their elapsed time for the course is 17d 04h 43min 23sec. Their average speed on the theoretical course 5,450 miles from Le Havre was 13.08kts. They sailed 5748miles on the water at an average speed of 13.93 kts‏.

Safran finished just 4 hours 01 minute and 36 seconds after the winner.

And then at 15hrs 05 mins 07secs local time (17:05:07 UTC/GMT) Jéremie Beyou and Christopher Pratt on Maitre Coq crossed the line to take third place and complete the podium for the IMOCA Open 60 Class. Their elapsed time for the course is 17d 5h 15mn 7sec‏ sailing the theoretical course at an average of 13.07kts. In reality Maitre CoQ sailed a course of 5746 miles at an average of 13.9kts. They finish 4 hours 33 mins and 20 seconds after the winner and 31mins and 44 secs after Safran.

 

Cheminees Poujoulat finish fourth

Crossing the finish line off Itajaí at 22hrs 14 mins 44 secs local time (00:14:44hrs UTC Monday am) on Sunday evening, Bernard Stamm (SUI) and Philippe Legros (FRA) sailed Cheminées Poujoulat to fourth place overall in the IMOCA Open 60 class in the Transat Jacques Vabre double handed race from Le Havre to Brasil.

Cheminées Poujoulat’s elapsed time for the 5450 miles course is 17 days 12 hours 19 mins 44 secs, sailing at a theoretical average of 12.85kts. They sailed an actual distance of 5752 miles at a real average of 13.68 kts.

They finished 11h 37m 57sec after the IMOCA Open 60 class winner PRB (Vincent Riou and Jean Le Cam).

 

By Transat Jacques Vabre 2013, www.transat-jacques-vabre.com/en

 

Team Ceeref crowned 2013 RC44 World Champions

 

RC44 WC final day fleet All photos © www.MartinezStudio.es

 

 

RC44 World Championship at Puerto Calero, Lanzarote – Overall

 

 

In a thrilling end to the RC44 season, three races saw the leaderboard at the Calero Marinas RC44 World Championships turn inside out. Going into the final day Ironbound and Team Aqua had occupied the top of the leaderboard. Just nine points separated first from sixth, but after some exhilarating racing from the 15 strong RC44 fleet it was Team Ceeref who were crowned World Champions in Lanzarote. Peninsula Petroleum leapt from sixth to second. Team Aqua finished third and were crowned RC44 Championship Tour winners for the third consecutive year.

Synergy’s Tactician Ed Baird described the conditions in Lanzarote as, “the most difficult venue on the tour” and “just crazy”. The teams were tested with different conditions in each race, a building breeze reached 15 knots by the series decider. Team Aqua had all but won the 2013 RC44 Championship Tour going into the final day, but they were aiming for the treble; the Match Racing Trophy, Fleet Racing Trophy and the World Championships, a feat not achieved in the RC44 fleet to date.

The first race kicked off on time. Synergy wanted the right and it paid. Artemis Racing were over at the start and also headed right up the first beat, pulling their way back through the fleet. Gazprom Youth Challenge were also over early, but made a massive comeback. Overnight leaders Ironbound and Team Aqua were alone on the left side of the course, it didn’t pay and the pair trailed the fleet at the top mark. Synergy made no mistakes, leading from start to finish, moving Valentin Zavadnikov’s team into contention for the world title.

Slovenia’s Team Ceeref followed their third place in race one with a win in the second. Leading from the start, they fended off a late charge by Team Italia who banged the right hand corner on the second windward leg to pull up to second. Peninsula Petroleum slotted in a third place leaving the points going into the series decider incredibly tight. The Slovenian team now had a two-point lead over Team Aqua, everyone down to sixth placed Peninsula Petroleum still in with a chance of lifting the trophy.

With the fleet bunched at the committee boat, Team Aqua and Peninsula Petroleum got the best starts. Michele Ivaldi made the call for Ceeref to tack straight off to the right, Peninsula playing the left whilst Aqua stayed safe in the middle. At the top mark Peninsula lead, Aqua fourth with the Slovenian team back in thirteenth. Ceeref made gains on the next two legs to round in front of Chris Bake’s team at the final windward mark, Aqua made the early gybe in search of places, but it didn’t pay. Team Ceeref’s sixth place was enough to hand Igor Lah’s team the World Championship title. Vasco Vascotto kept owner John Bassadone in front of the fleet, to take the final race win, and with it second place in Lanzarote for Peninsula Petroleum.

 

Igor Lah has missed the last two RC44 events due to work commitments, the World Championship win, was a great return to the class. “It’s what we were aiming for! To become World Champions is not a small thing. I am very proud of my team and of all the guys that did a great job to make it happen. We knew we were well prepared, so today was a matter of everything finally counting at the same time.”

 

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Team Aqua winners of 2013 Championship Tour – photos © www.MartinezStudio.es

 

 

Team Aqua win the 2013 Championship Tour

 

In the overall 2013 RC44 Championship Tour, Team Aqua were again crowned Champions for the third successive year. Synergy Russian Sailing team finished their season in second, with Katusha third.

Tour winners, Team Aqua, have again proved themselves to be the most consistent team on the RC44 Circuit, but were clearly disappointed not to win the World’s. “We’ve had a great season again but it would have been nice to crown it off with the Worlds, they continue to be elusive for another year so maybe next year we will come back and fight again. We knew it was going to be tough and we knew that we had to go out and sail well and frankly we didn’t sail well enough to win. All things considered it’s a good result it just would have been nice to crown it.” Chris Bake, owner, Team Aqua.

The RC44 season will start in the Caribbean next February, where the class will be welcomed by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Virgin Gorda. The full RC44 calendar will be announced by the end of November.

 

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Calero Marinas RC44 World Championship: (after 10 races)

1. Team Ceeref 7 1 10 3 4 8 12 3 1 6 – 55pts
2. Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team 12 9 3 1 2 12 8 7 3 1 – 58pts
3. Team Aqua 6 5 7 2 9 6 1 9 6 9 – 60pts
4. Synergy Russian Sailing Team 8 8 13 6 1 7 2 1 11 5 – 62pts
5. Gazprom Youth Challenge 3 6 6 4 5 4 13 6 7 11 – 65pts
6. Aleph Racing 4 11 2 9 6 10 5 12 4 3 – 66pts
7. Ironbound 2 2 12 8 7 1 4 8 10 13 – 67pts
8. Artemis Racing 5 3 11 10 11 11 11 4 5 8 – 79pts
9. Katusha 13 14 14 7 3 9 3 2 8 7 – 81pts
10. Team Italia 9 12 9 15 13 3 7 13 2 2 – 86pts
11. Puerto Calero Residence Club Black 10 7 8 12 8 5 10 14 13 4 – 91pts
12. Team Nika 11 4 5 13 12 2 9 10 14 16DNF – 96pts
13. Bronenosec Sailing Team 1 13 1 11 15 16DNF 6 15 12 12 – 102pts
14. MAG Racing 14 10 4 14 10 13 15 5 9 14 – 108pts
15. Puerto Calero Residence Club Grey 15 15 15 5 14 14 14 11 15 10 – 128pts

 

Overall Fleet Race Ranking: (after 5 events with 1 discard)

1. Team Aqua – 7pts
2. Synergy Russian Sailing Team – 12pts
3. Katusha – 16pts
4. Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team – 17pts
5. Artemis Racing – 21pts
6. Team Ceeref – 23pts
7. Ironbound – 25pts
8. Aleph Racing – 26pts
9. Team Nika – 31pts
10. Team Italia – 34pts
11. Gazprom Youth Sailing Challenge – 34pts
12. Aegir Racing – 39pts
13. Bronenosec Sailing Team – 52pts
14. Puerto Calero Residence Club Black – 54pts
15. MAG Racing – 54pts
16. Puerto Calero Residence Club Grey – 58pts

 

By RC44 Class Association, www.rc44.com

 

 

Great Britain win race 4 leg into Albany, Western Australia

Clipper CT to Albany

 WA – Photo © Clipper Ventures

Clipper Race 4 from Cape Town – Albany, WA

 

Great Britain crossed the finish line into Albany, Western Australia at 13:32:48 local time (UTC+8), just 27 minutes ahead of Henri Lloyd, to clinch its second consecutive win, following a dramatic and close fought 5000 mile race in a challenging leg through the Southern Ocean from Cape Town, South Africa in the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race. Great Britain Skipper Simon Talbot celebrated the win with his crew and will also be awarded the Kinjarling Cup by the City of Albany. He said:

 

“That was so emotional I had tears in my eyes as we crossed the finish line. We are absolutely delighted as it was such a tough race and we really didn’t expect to win.” “We had our fair share of dramas, particularly when we were knocked down by a big wave and crew morale took a hit, but we picked up the pace again. The crew is a winning crew and really knows how to perform. In the last 48 hours there has been just three miles between us and Henri Lloyd, and after a squall we did a double manoeuvre and overtook, and managed to stay ahead until the finish.”

 

The close finish followed a particularly brutal and dramatic Southern Ocean crossing. Early on in the race, two boats had to divert and medevac off injured crew after exceptionally strong wind speeds when gusts in excess of 90 miles per hour lashed the fleet, providing dramatic surfs and towering waves as it headed south through the Indian Ocean’s Agulhas Current into the Roaring Forties of the Southern Ocean.

 

Every two to three days, the yachts were hit by new low pressure systems which made for an epic and particularly challenging Leg. Henri Lloyd Skipper Eric Holden, who is defending his team’s position at the top of the overall leader board kept up the pressure to the very end, finishing at 13.59 local time. He commented:

 

“It’s been a very challenging but rewarding race. Everyone feels like they have achieved a real accomplishment. “It was a close battle with Great Britain, and when a squall hit and they gybed away, our kite got doused which slowed us down and they got away and we couldn’t catch them. To win, you risk equipment damage and we have none so are really happy.”

 

The third podium place goes to OneDLL, with Qingdao anticipated in the early hours of Tuesday morning local time. The remainder of the fleet will arrive in Albany Waterfront Marina over the next three days. Race 5 to Sydney will start on Tuesday, 3 December. The fleet’s progress can be tracked through the Clipper Race Viewer at www.clipperroundtheworld.com/raceviewer

 

Expected arrival times for the fleet are currently as follows: Team ETA Albany Waterfront Marina (Local time – UTC+8)

  • OneDLL, Mon 25 Nov – 1800 to 1900
  • Qingdao, Mon 25 Nov – 2300 to 0300
  • Invest Africa, Tues 26 Nov – Late morning
  • PSP Logistics, Tues 26 Nov – Afternoon
  • Switzerland, Tues 26 Nov – Evening
  • Jamaica Get All Right, Weds 27 Nov
  • Mission Performance, Weds 27 Nov
  • Old Pulteney, Weds 27 Nov
  • Derry~Londonderry~Doire, Weds 27 Nov
  • Team Garmin, Thurs 28 Nov

 

By Marina Thomas

 

 

Rabbitohs-Kenwood in dominant form

 

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 Rabbitohs-Kenwood shows her winning style on Sydney Harbour in race 6 of the 3-Buoys Challenge – photos © Frank Quealey

 

Race 6 – 18ft Skiff 3-Buoys Challenge in Sydney Harbour 

 

 

The Rabbitohs-Kenwood team of Brett Van Munster, Joel Castle and Kurt Fatouris dominated the fleet for an easy victory in Race 6 of the 3-Buoys Challenge Series on Sydney Harbour.

Brett and his team sailed a brilliant second windward leg to grab the lead and were never in danger of defeat as they raced away for a 1m 56s win.

Marcus Ashley Jones, James Dorron and Jeronimo Harrison finished strongly to take second place, with Mojo Wine (Chris Nicholson, Mike McKensey and Greg Dixon) a further 1m 3s back third.

Michael Coxon’s Thurlow Fisher Lawyers sailed a strong race from the back mark and has also taken a narrow lead in the series with just two more races to be sailed.

Fisher & Paykel (Grant Rollerson) was fifth, followed by Yandoo (John Winning), Smeg (Nick Press) and Haier Appliances (Rick Peacock).

After an unusually bad weather start to the season, the fleet was greeted with a 12-15-knot ESE breeze, which gave the teams a chance to bring out the big #1 rigs.

The race to the first set of windward marks was a great battle for the lead between Mojo Wine, Thurlow Fisher Lawyers and Gotta Love It 7 (Seve Jarvin).

Lumix (Jonathan Whitty), Rabbitohs-Kenwood and Haier Appliances were also just behind the three leaders and challenging strongly.

Mojo Wine was first to reach her blue buoy but Rabbitohs-Kenwood had the advantage of a red-buoy rounding to join Mojo in the lead.

The long spinnaker run back to the bottom mark near the start saw Mojo Wine in the lead from Lumix, Thurlow Fisher, Rabbitohs-Kenwood, Fisher & Paykel and Haier Appliances.

Spinnaker halyard problems on Gotta Love It 7 as she approached the rounding mark saw the team drop towards the back of the fleet and out of contention.

When Rabbitohs-Kenwood established her winning lead at the second set of windward buoys, the race for the minor placings took full interest of the spectators.

Thurlow Fisher Lawyers led a tightly bunched group down the next spinnaker run.

Fisher & Paykel was third, followed by Mojo Wine, Asko Appliances, The Kitchen Maker (James Francis), Smeg and Yandoo.

With the leading team sailing a faultless race Rabbitohs-Kenwood increased her lead for a well deserved victory.

 

By Frank Quealey, www.18footers.com.au

 

 

 

Team Beau Geste’s hat trick

 

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Shogun, Vamos & Team Beau Geste – All photos © Saltwater Images

 

 

TP52 Southern Cross Cup Round 3 in Sydney – Overall

 

 

Two bullets and a second capped off Team Beau Geste’s Sydney City Marine TP52 Southern Cross Cup round three victory and series hat trick, with one stage remaining.

Having experienced four seasons in three days, Sydney put its best foot forward for finals day with cool 10-12 knot sou’east breezes and picture postcard conditions for the deciding three windward/leewards on a short course from Taylors Bay, Mosman to a top mark off Shark Island.

Karl Kwok’s Hong Kong registered 52-footer, Team Beau Geste, sailed a quiet and classy series. They came to this Sydney round with a cherry-picked mostly Kiwi crew and impeccably prepared boat, strategically picked the nearest TP52 in terms of calibre and made sure that boat was jammed up at the start, then stayed between them and the finish line.

For round three Rob Hanna’s Shogun V from Geelong was fair game. Prior to this edition Marcus Blackmore’s Hooligan, now in transit to a new overseas owner, was the marked boat.

Long-time Beau Geste helmsman Gavin Brady “almost wrote the book on port approach at the start,” acknowledged Hanna back at the host club, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. “You have to beat Gavin at the start otherwise you make it hard. We had our moments this series, but Beau Geste had more of them.”

Shogun’s impressive rear-guard of winning AC mainsheet trimmer Kyle Langford, tactician Stu Bannatyne and strategist Ben Lamb wasn’t enough to tackle the might of Brady’s bunch, though they did take two wins off them to finish second overall with 11 points, three points off the gun boat.

“We knew from the first race Hanna was going to put up a fight,” said the New Zealand helmsman of Team Beau Geste. On today’s conditions Brady added, “That shifty stuff is awesome; the combination of short courses, flat water and shifts is a great equaliser”.

Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s Principal Race Officer Rob Ridley shortened the leg length in the final race to just 0.6nm, a move applauded by Brady.

“It sometimes surprises yacht clubs when semi-professionals can sail half mile legs. The TP’s might be big, but it doesn’t mean you can’t throw them around short courses.” Brady says to win the series, with no discards allowed, crews need the platform of a reliable boat.

“Karl runs his business like his boats, and there’s a lesson there he has instilled in us. Each item of equipment on the boat has its hours of use recorded so we know when to service and when to replace. It’s preventative maintenance, and we haven’t broken anything yet.”

Third overall on 18 points after six races was Connel McLaren’s Vamos (formerly Shogun IV) making its racing and TP52 series debut for the new Kiwi owner. Vamos shone today, thanks to snappy crew work and some intelligent calls by tactician Laurie Dury that had them leading the fleet in race four and second at the finish both on line honours and IRC results.

“It was important for us to be at this regatta to benchmark against the other crews,” said McLaren. “The highlight for me is always the start and it was cool beating Shogun across the line today in the first race. There was no lane for them, and I didn’t feel obliged to give them room,” he conceded with a smile.

On the class camaraderie McLaren had this to say, “All the other crews were really helpful for our first regatta, particularly with the manoeuvres we were struggling with”.

PHS winner Mick Martin was voted ‘MVP’ (most valuable player) by TBG crewman Rob Salthouse and Brady. The Corinthian crew on Martin’s Frantic get a real kick out of TP52 class racing when really the boat’s set up for long ocean races.

Trophies were presented to the place-getters at the host club and the winning skipper’s weight in Coopers 62 awarded to Kwok before interstate and international crews headed home.

The closing stage of the inaugural four-part TP52 Southern Cross Cup will be hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on Sydney’s northern beaches December 13-15, 2013. The class is hoping for a boosted final round of up to seven starters.

 

Overall Results:

 

Pos Sail No Boat Name Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1 IVB1997 TEAM BEAU GESTE Karl Kwok 2 1 1 1 1 2 8
2 AUS280 SHOGUN V Rob Hanna 1 2 2 3 2 1 11
3 AUS6952 VAMOS Connel McLaren 4 3 3 2 3 3 18
4 GBR5211L FRANTIC Michael Martin 6S 5F 4 4 4 4 27
5 52002 QUEST Bob Steel 3 6C 6C 6C 6C 6C 33

 

By Lisa Ratcliff, TP52SCC media

 

Too close to call

 

RC44 WC D3 fleet

Ironbound (USA1) leading the fleet – All photos © www.MartinezStudio.es

 

 

Day 3 – RC44 World Championship at Puerto Calero, Lanzarote 

 

The wind gods played ball on the penultimate day of racing at the Calero Marinas RC44 World Championships. An 8-13 knots breeze graced the course throughout the day, allowing the race committee to slot in four races. Consistency was key and the on form boats were Ironbound and Team Aqua, who sit on equal points at the top of the leaderboard going into the final day of racing.

It was another day where big gains and losses were made on every leg and mark roundings were incredibly tight. After one general recall the fleet got away. Synergy Russian Sailing Team led round the first lap having popped out of the right on the first beat. Rounding the leeward gate in third Peninsula Petroleum tactician Vasco Vascotto chose the left gate, jumping John Bassadone’s team into the lead. The Gibraltar based team held off the competition down the final run to take their first race win in Lanzarote, Synergy dropping back to sixth.

Valentin Zavadnikov at the helm of Synergy bounced back in the next race to win by a comfortable margin, if there is such a thing in RC44 racing. Behind them it was a photo finish for second place between five boats, all crossing the line simultaneously. Race one winner, Peninsula Petroleum taking second and Katusha third.

Race three was equally as tight, although David Murphy led from start to finish it was not an easy win. Rounding the final windward mark the American team were overlapped with Team Aqua. Chris Bake opted for the early gybe, losing four boats on the final run that saw the fleet compress, Team Nika take second and Team Italia third.

The wind increased for the final race of the day touching 13 knots at times. Gazprom Youth Challenge had been slotting in the most consistent results all day, their 4,5,4 scoreline saw them placed at the top of the leaderboard going into the final race of the day.

Heading to the first windward mark Kirill Podolosky with young tactician – Olympic Laser sailor, Igor Lisovenko – had taken control of the race. But a mistake trying to squeeze round cost them dearly, a penalty put them back in last position, the Russian team could only recover to 13th by the end of the race.

Team Aqua reversed the cards with Ironbound in the final race of the day. Ironbound lead round the first lap, but a call by Aqua’s tactician Cameron Appleton to go hard left on the second beat paid massive dividends. The current RC44 Tour Champions rounded the final windward mark with a 20 boat length lead and emphatically took the win. Ironbound lost three places down the run, their fourth place enough to put them back in the overall lead, on equal points with Chris Bake’s Team Aqua. Gazprom Youth Challenge sits five-points adrift in third.

Racing starts at the Calero Marinas RC44 World Championships at 11:00 (GMT) on Sunday. Four races are planned, follow the live blog to see who will lift the World’s trophy and be crowned 2013 RC44 Tour Champions – www.rc44.com.

 

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Calero Marinas RC44 World Championship Ranking: (after 7 races)

1. Ironbound 2 2 12 8 7 1 4 – 36pts
2. Team Aqua 6 5 7 2 9 6 1 – 36pts
3. Gazprom Youth Challenge 3 6 6 4 5 4 13 – 41pts
4. Synergy Russian Sailing Team 8 8 13 6 1 7 2 – 45pts
5. Team Ceeref 7 1 10 3 4 8 12 – 45pts
6. Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team 12 9 3 1 2 12 8 – 47pts
7. Aleph Racing 4 11 2 9 6 10 5 – 47pts
8. Team Nika 11 4 5 13 12 2 9 – 56pts
9. Puerto Calero Residence Club Black 10 7 8 12 8 5 10 – 60pts
10. Artemis Racing 5 3 11 10 11 11 11 – 62pts
11. Bronenosec Sailing Team 1 13 1 11 15 16/DNF 6 – 63pts
12. Katusha 13 14 14 7 3 9 3 – 64pts
13. Team Italia 9 12 9 15 13 3 7 – 69pts
14. MAG Racing 14 10 4 14 10 13 15 – 80pts
15. Puerto Calero Residence Club Grey 15 15 15 5 14 14 14 – 92pts

 

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Brazil’s Robert Scheidt crowned 2013 Laser World Champion in Oman

 

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2013 Laser Standard World Championship in Oman

 

Robert Scheidt was crowned 2013 Laser World Champion in Oman for the ninth time after winning the final race of the regatta then proclaimed this Laser World Championship title as his best so far.

The 40 year-old Brazilian sailor started the last race just one point ahead of rival Pavlos Kontides but put in a flawless performance to win by two boat lengths, raising the Brazilian flag as he crossed the line to a round of cheers and applause from spectators and other competitors.

“This feels more special than any of the other Laser Worlds I have won,” said Scheidt, who returned to the Lasers after nine years in the Star class to compete at an Olympic Games in his home waters in Rio de Janeiro.

“I am at a different stage of my life – being a dad and being away from Laser sailing all these years makes it more special.”

“I didn’t know what to expect when I came back into the Lasers but winning the Worlds after a tough seven days means a lot.”

“Rio is still a long way off and I shall have to see how my body holds up over the next few years but the next Olympic Games in Rio is definitely how I want to end my career.”

Had there been no racing at Mussanah Beach, his one point lead overnight would have earned him the championship and with ten minutes to go before the 3pm cut off time, there was no sign of any racing due to the light and shifty breeze.

But at 2.56pm the start gun was fired and Scheidt, Kontides and third-placed Tonci Stipanovic from Croatia all made good starts.

“Started in the middle and played the first shifts well which put me in the leading group at the top mark. I managed to get ahead and protected my position. It was a tense race because the breeze was very flukey going right and left and the race committee did well to wait for the breeze to stabilize. The moment we started we had the best breeze we’d had all day but it was still very shifty.”

Kontides finished the race in 13th place to take the silver medal, trailing Scheidt by 13 points and while paying tribute to the Brazilian said he felt the odds were against him continuing to dominate in the way he had in Oman.

“He sailed a perfect race so well done to him,” said the 23 year-old Cypriot who was completing his studies in Ship Science at the same time as preparing for the Worlds.

“But with some consistent training, I will be able to up my game and I know next season I will be much better. I am still learning and developing and Robert is at the peak of his game. Age wise he is 40 and at some stage will start to decline whereas I am 23 and on the up so the odds are against him.”

“I decided the conditions were too tricky for any tactics – we have seen all week how the conditions demand proper sailing and a respect for the oscillating shifts so I thought the best thing to do was to do my best.”

“I really wanted to taste the gold medal but I will be trying my hardest again next time.” Germany’s Phillip Buhl won the bronze medal after finishing 10th in the final race which put him level on points with Rutger Schaardenburg from the Nederlands. Better results over the week gave him the advantage but it was bouncing back from being BFD in the final race on Friday that gave him most pleasure.

“I had a bad day on Friday so I’m very surprised to finish third,” he said.

“I am not the best light winds sailor or at least I wasn’t but I’ve improved and I am better now in all conditions. Having Robert Scheidt back in the fleet is good fun – beating him is more fun than beating anyone else and we can learn a lot from him. He really deserved to win here.”

The prize-giving at the Al Mussanah Sports City where Scheidt, Kontides and Buhl were all presented with their medals, brought the curtain down on a tough but highly successful Laser World Championships, the first sailing championships to be hosted in Oman.

Full results and more information can be found at omanlaserworlds2013.com/eng

 

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