Monthly Archives: November 2013
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Day 2 – RC44 World Championship at Puerto Calero, Lanzarote
Light winds caused more headaches for the RC44 race committee at the Calero Marinas RC44 World Championships in Lanzarote. The fleet were held ashore for an hour to wait for the breeze to put in an appearance. Racing eventually got underway at 1400 hrs, after a promising start the wind died as the fleet approached the top mark and the race was abandoned. Not willing to give up, PRO Peter ‘Luigi’ Reggio went search for breeze close to the entrance of Puerto Calero Marina, his perseverance paid off with eight knots of breeze filling in, allowing the 15-strong fleet to race.
The only race of the day saw place changes throughout. Team Aqua didn’t get off the blocks well, being shut out at the committee boat. Overnight leaders Ironbound headed right, but it didn’t pay the America’s rounded the windward mark last. Team Italia popped out of the middle of the course to lead from Russia’s Bronenosec and Peninsula Petroleum at the top mark.
Aleph Racing was climbing up the ladder, gaining three places down the run, rounding the leeward gate in third. Team Italia picked the right hand gate; Peninsula Petroleum in fourth place opted for the left and made a big gain. Heading into the final windward mark, a good layline call by Vasco Vascotto saw Peninsula sneak inside Bronenosec and gybe set, Tommaso Chieffi, Bronenosec’s tactician, didn’t opt for the early gybe. Team Aqua rounded the third, making a massive comeback up the final beat, Cameron Appleton also called for the gybe set.
Down the final run, the breeze filled in from behind, those who stayed on starboard gybe got richer. The losers included John Bassadone’s Penninsula Petroleum, falling from first to third and Chris Bake’s Team Aqua dropping from third to seventh, but Bronenosec stayed in the breeze to take their second victory of the event. France’s Aleph Racing climbed the ladder to second. MAG Racing gained six places on the final run to finish fourth.
Only five points separate the top eight boats, with no discard at the RC44 events and four races, consistency is going to be key.
By RC44 Class Association, www.rc44.com.
Jesper Stalhein of Sweden – photos © Lloyd Images
Day 6 – 2013 Laser World Championships at Mussanah, Oman
A day of mistakes and mixed fortunes among the main contenders for the 2013 Laser Standard World Championship title has paved the way for a thrilling finale in Oman with the last two races on Saturday set to determine medals and futures.
Leader Robert Scheidt’s nine point lead over Pavlos Kontides from Cyprus shrank to a single point advantage after he made a poor start to the last race, prompted by frequent changes in both wind speed and direction, which he was unable to turn round despite climbing almost 20 places in the downwind leg.
Having won the first race, he finished 26th and while it is one of two results to be discarded, he will be under considerable pressure on the final day to avoid making any mistakes if he is to land his ninth World Championship title.
“I had a bad second race and kept seeing men from Cyprus being inspired. I could have had a better race but I didn’t blow it because I won the first race so my chances of winning the championships are still alive,” he said.
Pavlos Kontides closed the gap to one point – photos © Lloyd Images
Kontides posted a third followed by a sixth to claw back eight points on Scheidt and already he was looking ahead to the last day.
“My aim was to have my 16th from yesterday as a discard and I achieved that,” he said.
“It was a very difficult last race because the wind dropped and the current was strong. The last downwind leg was nerve-racking because they came in from all sides but at the end of the day, I am second and lying just one point behind Robert.”
Both Phillip Buhl of Germany and Nick Thompson fell foul of the rules, which in Thompson’s case has ended his campaign for a podium place. He once again proved he was one of the fastest in the fleet when he took second in the first race but then picked up his second yellow flag of the week, this time for a Rule 42 infringement.
“I am gutted because after my result in the first race, I was back up to 4th place overall which meant I was in with a chance of a medal,” he said afterwards.
Buhl was disqualified for being OCS on a black flag start in race 11 but is still in 5th place, 30 points behind Scheidt.
For full results see: www.omanlaserworlds2013.com
By Oman Sail
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Day 1 – RC44 World Championship at Puerto Calero, Lanzarote
As the RC44’s cruised out of Puerto Calero Marina, past the SCA team base and some of the Mini Transat fleet limping in for repairs, Race Officer Peter ‘Luigi’ Reggio was not hopeful the wind gods were going to play ball on the opening day of the Calero Marina’s RC44 World Championships. The wind fluctuated between 4-10 knots throughout the day, but the race team did a great job slotting in two good races. David Murphy’s Ironbound proved to be the most consistent player and there were race wins for Russia’s Bronenosec and Team Ceeref.
A fight for the pin end of the line in the opening race saw three boats, Nika, MAG Racing and Peninsula Petroleum, called over early. Krill Podolsky on his newly branded Gazprom Youth Challenge won the pin and headed left, along with them Brosenosec and Ironbound. The shift favoured the trio who rounded with Brosenosec leading, Gazprom second and Ironbound third. An early gybe by Krill Podolsky didn’t pay, letting Ironbound into second by the leeward gate. With no further place changes in the top three, Vladimir Liubomirov’s Brosenosec took their first RC44 race win since joining the class in June.
After an hour’s delay waiting for the wind to reappear, race two started in 8 knots. The 15-strong fleet managed one general recall before getting away cleanly. Ironbound looked strong in the middle of the fleet up the first beat, but it was Igor Lah’s Team Ceeref, coming in from the right, who crossed ahead of the American’s to take the lead. A tight mark rounding saw Peninsula Petroleum and Katusha both penalised for trying to fit into a space they maybe shouldn’t have.
At the bottom of the run Team Ceeref took the left hand gate allowing Ironbound to close, a tight cross at the top of the second beat saw the Slovenian team tack on top of Ironbound to take control. The battle for third was equally tight between Nika and Artemis Racing, Vladimir Prosikhin held off the Swedish team for the first lap, only to succumb on the second windward leg. Finishing positions Team Ceeref, Ironbound, Artemis Racing, Nika.
Igor Lah has returned to the fleet for the first time since May for the World Championships, and they are definitely in it to win it. “The World Championships are only once a year so it is a big challenge, there are several teams here that could win it, but we are also one of them.”
With two second places Ironbound sits at the top of the overnight leaderboard on four-points, Team Ceeref and Artemis Racing tied with eight-points in second and third. David Murphy couldn’t have been happier with the team’s performance.
“Yesterday we were the goats and today we are the kings, two seconds feels pretty good. It’s great having tactician Paul (Goodison) onboard, he’s patient, has good insight and makes good decisions all the way around the course. Our challenge is to stay in the pack, we want to be top five top six every race and if we can do that when we get to the end of the regatta we will be in the hunt.”
Daniel and Jose Juan Calero have re-joined the fleet after an 18-month break. Jose Juan won the battle of the brothers, a tenth and seventh place leaves them in tenth overall.
“It’s amazing to have the fleet back, the class gives a lot of life to the Marina and for us it’s a tradition now. I’m really happy with the team and motivated after our second race finish, especially in such a competitive class. Anything can happen in any race and if you make even the smallest mistake you lose three or four places. I think the race committee did an extremely good job; Peter Reggio really knows Puerto Calero and picked the two best moments of the day to race.”
Racing continues at the Calero Marina World Championships through to Sunday 24th November. Follow the racing on the live blog – www.rc44.com. The wind is due to pick up for the next three days, with Sunday forecast to be fresh to frightening.
Calero Marinas RC44 World Championship Ranking: (after 2 races)
1. Ironbound 2,2 – 4pts
2. Team Ceeref 7,1 – 8pts
3. Artemis Racing 5,3 – 8pts
4. Gazprom Youth Challenge 3,6 – 9pts
5. Team Aqua 6,5 – 11pts
6. Bronenosec Sailing Team 1,13 – 14pts
7. Team Nika 11,4 – 15pts
8. Aleph Sailing Team – 4,11 – 15pts
9. Synergy Russian Sailing Team – 8,8 – 16pts
10. Puerto Calero Residence Club Black 10,7 – 17pts
11. Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team 12,9 – 21pts
12. Team Italia 9,12 – 21pts
13. Mag Racing 14,10 – 24pts
14. Katusha 13,14 (1) – 28pts
15. Puerto Calero Residence Club Grey 15,15 – 30pts
Racing continues through to the 24th November in Puerto Calero, follow the action on the live blog at www.rc44.com
By RC44 Class Association
Philipp Buhl remians in the mix – All photos © Lloyd Images
Day 5 – 2013 Laser World Championships at Mussanah, Oman
Nick Thompson threw caution to the wind in the first of the Gold fleet races in Oman and landed his second outright win of 2013 Laser Standard World Championships as sailors start to refine tactics for the sharp end of the competition.
Light winds and big shifts once again kept both race officials and sailors on their toes with the forecast of a major storm during the afternoon putting time pressures on the course setters. But after one Gold fleet race and a shortened Silver fleet circuit, the fleet was sent back to shore as lightning started to strike at Musannah beach.
After a morning postponement lasting almost two hours, the Gold fleet were sent off with the wind speed hovering around the six knot mark and the shifts creating uncertainty on the start line.
Thompson made his decision to go right which proved the favoured side and moved into the lead while German sailor Philipp Buhl also plumped for the right and soon became locked in combat with his British rival in a battle that continued all the way round the course.
Choosing the left side proved to be a mistake that leader Robert Scheidt, Pavlos Kontides and Tonci Stipanovic all paid heavily for as a big separation quickly developed.
“It was a bit weird,” said Scheidt whose 12th place was still good enough to keep him at the top of the leaderboard.
“It was not a great day but I’m hanging on in there. In our race, we had the best wind of the day and at the start, I was thinking left but the right paid so I didn’t have a very good first beat. At this level, it is much hard to recover than it was in the qualifying series so getting a good start becomes even more important.”
“In around 70% of the races this week, the left side has paid but not today so Jesper and Tonci trusted the left and paid for it while Nick went right. By the top mark there was a big separation and everyone was sailing different races.”
Thompson’s win lifted him seven places in the leaderboard to 15th but served to highlight the price he paid for his errors earlier in the week.
“It was really pleasing to get another win but I’m just a bit frustrated that I’ve been silly in those other races and had those big scores with the DSQ and OCS,” he said.
“But it is good that I am back up there in the Gold fleet. I went out with a nothing to lose attitude and backed myself and that proved to make all the difference.”
“The others are in a different position to me – not so much throwing all the eggs in one basket so they are being more cautious and the conditions we had today did not favour that strategy.”
Gold fleet racing starts on day 5 – All photos © Lloyd Images
A delighted Buhl moved two places up in the rankings to fourth place and now lies 15 points behind Scheidt with five scheduled races remaining.
“Finally I was able to pull off a good start and if you have a good start, life gets so much easier in this fleet,” he said.
“I really enjoyed the fight with Nick Thompson but didn’t want to risk a yellow flag at the finish so eased off and decided second would be good enough.”
After a series of recalls and 13 disqualifications, Giovanni Coccoluto of Italy won the Silver fleet race, which was shortened when lightning started to strike the perimeters of the course while American Chris Barnard came second. Australian Jeremy O’Connell tops the Silver fleet leaderboard.
The stormy conditions in Musannah were a far cry from the entertainment laid on for the sailors and officials the previous evening by joint hosts Oman Sail and Oman’s Ministry of Sports Affairs. Local musicians, drummers and dancers performed ‘Bu zalaf’ routines steeped in ancient maritime history when communities would turn out to welcome back sailors from their long voyages.
A lavish fare of Omani dishes was also served up to more than 200 guests who received gifts of musar scarves and were given a taste of Omani desert life with camel rides along Musannah beach.
For full results see: www.omanlaserworlds2013.com
By Oman Sail
Photo © AWMRT
All to play for at the 2013 Alpari World Match Racing Tour Final
The world’s top match racing skippers are in full preparation for the season finale of the 2013 Alpari World Match Racing Tour in Malaysia – The Monsoon Cup from 25-30 November. Any one of the top six teams on the Tour leaderboard can still clinch the Championship with a $500,000 prize purse up for grabs at the event.
Taylor Canfield (ISV) and his USone team currently lead the Tour rankings into the last event with a 10 point lead over defending Tour Champion Ian Williams (GBR) and his GAC Pindar team. Williams made a brave move at the penultimate Tour Stage in Bermuda choosing to race Canfield in the Quarter Final to mitigate the USone teams’ championship advantage going into the last event. However, it was not to be and Canfield beat Williams to finish 3rd in Bermuda and now tops the Alpari Tour leaderboard with 92 points, 10 points ahead of Williams.’
Although Williams has Francesco Bruni (ITA) of America’s Cup team Luna Rossa to thank for limiting the damage in Bermuda, Williams is now in a familiar place having been second on the leader board at this point last year, and he knows the Quarter Finals in Malaysia will be key. If Canfield makes it to the Semi Finals, but not the Finals next week, then Williams will have to win the event to claim a record breaking fifth Alpari World Match Racing Tour and ISAF World Championship. If Canfield makes the Finals then the Championship is his.
But both skippers will have their work cut out for them in Malaysia as just 26 points separate the top 6 skippers on the leaderboard, all of whom are in contention for the title.
Live coverage from Wednesday 27th November at www.wmrt.com
By Alpari World Match Racing Tour
Team Aqua victorious again – All photos © www.MartinezStudio.es
2013 RC44 Match Racing Championship at Lanzarote
Returning to Lanzarote for the sixth time since the RC44 class was conceived in 2007, the final leg of the 2013 Championship Tour kicked off with season’s match racing finale in Puerto Calero. The competition was tight with just four points separating the top four teams. The race committee managed to squeeze nine flights into a squally 10-20 knots day, that saw some big names tumbled off the podium.
Team Aqua’s owner Chris Bake took the helm for the final match race day, Cameron Appleton calling the shots. After a slow start to the season the team had worked their way up the leaderboard, taking a two-point advantage over Katusha going into the final event.
The leaders didn’t get off to the best of starts losing their first match of the day to Peninsula Petroleum, overstanding the pin end layline at the start. But the British flagged team pulled straight back, winning their next four races, enough to hand Team Aqua the 2013 RC44 Match Race Championship, a title they last held in 2011.
Chris Bake has shared the match race helm with tactician Cameron Appleton throughout the season: “I’ve been trying to do a little bit more match racing because it helps to learn the boat and it’s a different dynamic, the fact that we’ve been able to hold off the competition and take the win is a really good feeling. The team makes it a lot easier for me, between Cameron (Appleton) and the rest of the boys, who keep telling me to focus only on the boat speed and it’s worked. You step onto the boat and it is as if the rest of the world doesn’t matter except the boat and the boat speed.”
Behind Team Aqua the points were tight. Synergy Russian Sailing Team, started the day in third place, one-point behind Katusha. Six races sailed and six wins, including an all important victory over Katusha, moved the defending champions up to second. Match race helm, Ed Baird was proud of the all-Russian team’s performance against a strong international field.
“Our day was fantastic the guys did a terrific job and we won all of our matches. I think it’s the best day we’ve ever had in match racing. You can look back at the season and see the point where we had a little bit of bad luck but you can also see we’ve had a couple of regattas where we’ve done really well and we’re fortunate to be on the podium and in the top of this competitive fleet of boats. I’m very proud and excited for the Synergy team.”
Artemis move up onto the podium
Another team enjoying the conditions in Lanzarote was Artemis Racing. With owner Torbjorn Tornqvist at the helm and double Olympic gold medallist Iain Percy calling tactics the Swedish team also won their six races, including a head to head with Team Aqua in their final race of the day. The team’s clean sheet moved them up into third place and onto the podium for the match race season.
Torbjorn Tornqvist clearly enjoyed his day in Lanzarote. “We had a great day today and I wish we had a few more like today throughout this season. It’s fantastic to be on the helm with excellent team work, conditions and starts. You could go on sailing forever on days like today. ”
This was the first match racing event Tornqvist has sailed with new tactician Iain Percy, the combination is clearly working well. “Iain is a great asset to have on any boat; this is our second regatta together so he’s getting a feel for the boat which is really starting to show now. I’m very confident in our team and look forward with a great deal of optimism for next year.”
Katusha had led the match race standings for the first three events of the season, heading into the final event they still had a shot at knocking Team Aqua off the top spot. Three wins and losses in Lanzarote was not enough to keep Andy Horton and the team on the podium, finishing the season a disappointing fourth overall.
The Calero Marinas RC44 World Championships now begins. Four days of fleet racing will see the 15 teams compete for the world championship trophy, and to see who will be crowned 2013 RC44 Champions. With one title already won, Team Aqua is now looking at the treble, as the classes’ most successful owner, Chris Bake said after racing.
“There is going to be some tight competition for the worlds, it’s something that has eluded us for the last couple of years. It would certainly be nice to try and win that title, but I don’t want to get too obsessive about it and spoil our luck, I’ve just got to let it happen.”
Racing continues through to the 24th November in Puerto Calero, follow the action on the live blog at www.rc44.com.
One to two local Puerto Calero teams competing in Lanzarote
RC44 Championship Tour Overall Match Race Ranking (after 5 events)
1. Team Aqua – 23
2. Synergy Russian Sailing Team – 22
3. Artemis Racing – 21
4. Katusha – 20
5. Aleph Sailing Team – 17
6. Gazprom Youth Sailing Team – 16
7. Team Nika – 12
8. Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team – 11
9. Team Italia – 9
10. Team Ceeref – 8
11. Aegir Racing – 7
12. Ironbound – 4
13. MAG Racing – 3
14. Bronenosec Sailing Team – 3
15. Puerto Calero Residence Club Black – 1
By RC44 media, www.rc44.com
Day 4 – 2013 Laser World Championships at Mussanah, Oman
The breeze turned light in Oman but it was the shifts that made the fourth day of the 2013 Laser Standard World Championships the most difficult yet for the sailors except for Robert Scheidt who by the end of the qualifying series had stretched his lead to five points.
After three days where the arrival of a sea breeze coincided with the start of racing, the conditions at Mussanah Beach changed and sailors had to wait for some gentle puffs to gather strength before they were let out on the water where they were then forced to make tricky choices on the course as shifts proved tricky to detect.
Pavlos Kontides and Robert Scheidt enjoyed the light airs as much as heavier breeze and recorded race wins in their fleets while Marco Gallo from Italy and Nicholas Heiner from Nederlands notched up wins in the Blue fleet.
Gallo’s day was one of extremes having finished 61st in the previous race, a result that was promptly discarded.
“It was a positive day from a confidence point of view because coming back with a win after second from last was a great result. Winning two races in a World Championships is not something that everyone achieves,” he said.
Guatemalan sailor Juan Maegli also had a day to remember with a 6th followed by a 3rd which could have been a second had he not had to do a penalty turn just meters from this finish after a port-starboard incident with Dutch sailor Rutger Schaardenburg.
It left him ruing a missed opportunity that could have elevated him above his overall 12th place after the eight qualifying races while Schaardenburg rose two places from seventh to fifth in the rankings.
“It was a good day overall for me with a 6th and a 3rd so in these shifty conditions I’ll take that but I was winning the race so it was a shame I wasn’t able to capitalize,” said Maegli afterwards.
It was a good day too for the Dutch sailors who excelled in the lighter airs with Heiner’s win added to a second for Schaardenburg and a third for Yuri Hummel.
“It was a bit of a Dutch day but we have trained a lot in these conditions,” said Heiner.
“Mussanah Race Week in March was like this every day so we prefer these conditions to the ones we had on the first three days,” he said.
For Scheidt, whose return to top billing in the Laser class at the age of 40 points to levels of talent, professionalism and commitment seldom seen in any sport, it was business as usual though it took him time to hit his straps, finishing 28th in Race 7.
“The wind in the first race was really unstable and I was surprised they started,” he said.
“But I got into a bad strategy when I went right and the wind went left so finished well down the fleet but I bounced back in the second race.”
“I made a good start, had a good first beat and managed to come away with a race win so I’m pretty happy with that. I hope we have a bit more wind tomorrow, not necessarily strength but in direction because it was very flukey today.”
Nick Thompson’s roller-coaster regatta continued with another day of mixed fortunes. After losing a protest on Tuesday night that saw him pick up a second disqualification for taking mark-room to which the boat was not entitled in Race 5, he posted a 24th followed by a 5th in the final race.
“The shifts were huge and it was very hard to see them coming which was reflected in the results,” Thompson said.
“It was a shame about the second DSQ and it has made it very hard for me now. If I nail all the remaining races, I can discard those two qualifying races but it means I cannot afford to make any more mistakes.”
With the qualifying series completed, Robert Scheidt now has a five point lead over Pavlos Kontides of Cyprus with Sweden’s Jesper Stalheim four points behind in third place.
On Thursday, the fleet is divided into Gold and Silver fleets with two races scheduled each day in both fleets.
For full results and live blogging see: www.omanlaserworlds2013.com
By Oman Sail
Kiteboard Course Racing Worlds 2012′ Alberto Foresti/Canon
The Kiteracing Oceanic Championships will create plenty of excitement when it takes over Leighton Beach in Fremantle, from 10 – 15 December 2013 with six days of kiteracing action and entertainment.
On the water there will be course racing and big air jumps that are sure to wow the crowds. As part of the action there will be a Freestyle competition during the week, with the finals taking place on Saturday 14 December. Also on Saturday the spectacular Lighthouse to Leighton, where competitors will race the 19km of Indian Ocean between Rottnest Island and Leighton Beach for the fourth successive year.
The Kiteracing Oceanic Championships consists of a series of qualifying races around a marked course. Results from this event will go towards a 12-month rolling world ranking calendar in the IKA World Course Racing Championship. The finals of the course racing and the trophy presentation will be held on Sunday 15th December.
Competitors will travel from around the world to compete. They include five top ten ranked male kite course racers, Riccardo Lecesse (Italy), Florian Gruber (Germany), Blazej Ozog (Poland), Alejandro Climent Hernandez (Spain) and Salir Alexander Cakir (Turkey), as well as three top five female course kite racers, Aga Gryzmska (Poland), Nuria Goma (Spain) and Ariane Imbert (France).
The event is run under the auspices of both the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). The State Government through Tourism WA is a proud supporter of the Championships.
Kiteracing Oceanic Championships – © Icarus Sailing Media
by Janine Pittaway
Jesper Stalhein scores a bullet on day 3 – photo © Lloyd Images
Day 3 – 2013 Laser World Championships at Mussanah, Oman
High stakes in the 2013 Laser Standard World Championships grew even higher in Oman after day 3 of close and merciless competition produced five winners in six races and added substance to Robert Scheidt’s tireless pursuit of another Olympic gold.
The 40 year-old Brazilian was not daunted or weakened by the three race endurance test in a stiff breeze though he wondered at the start whether he might struggle.
“I was thinking that three races in heavy air would be really demanding and whether I would survive,” he said.
“But I found a good rhythm and made some decent starts with good first beats so it turned out to be a really good day for me. I am very happy.”
After Monday’s shortened race programme due to the lack of wind, race officials were anxious to run three races if time and conditions allowed. The weather gods obliged and delivered another day of near perfect conditions with wind speed reaching around 15 knots and one metre waves taking those expecting flat water by surprise.
Despite a number of general recalls at the start of the Yellow fleet’s Race 4, there were no disqualifications and it was Swede Jesper Stalheim who crossed the finish line first ahead of Tom Saunders of New Zealand and Croatia’s Daniel Mihelic.
Scheidt meanwhile battled with Pavlos Kontides of Cyprus and Britain’s Nick Thompson, who was determined to put his disqualification on Monday behind him to stand any chance of winning his first championship title. Neither could slow him down and Scheidt took his second consecutive win.
He was beaten into second place in Race 5 by Rutger Schaardenburg of the Nederlands but made a clean and fast start in Race 6 and capitalized on the advantage with another flawless performance to record his second victory of the day which lifted him to the top of the leaderboard with a three point advantage over Croatia’s Tonci Stipanovic.
“It is very important to have a clear start because it opens up some options and gives you the chance to play the shifts. If you have a bad start, you are forced to do what is left to do,” said Scheidt.
Tonci Stipanovic the consistent Croat – photo © Lloyd Images
Kontides’s second left him in fourth place overall while Thompson’s third helped his rise up the rankings especially after the discards came into effect though a disappointing 40th place in Race 5 meant he continues to languish deeper in the fleet than he expected in 15th place overall.
“It was crucial to keep it clean in that breeze and not make any mistakes and I managed to do that so I am happy,” said Cypriot Kontides who won an Olympic silver medal at London 2012.
“I’m managing to stay consistent which is making me satisfied and I seem to have good speeds upwind and downwind. But with this pressure and the big waves, there can be a few knots difference because some boats will surf and others not but I had a nice battle with Robert.”
“I am trying not to feel too much emotion at the moment because there is a long way to go.”
The Yellow fleet saw the emergence of three different winners with Stalheim’s blistering pace being emulated by Marco Gallo of Italy in Race 5 and by Sam Meech of New Zealand who finished Race 6 more than 100m ahead of the rest of the fleet.
But the nip and tuck, cheek by jowl nature of most the racing reflects just how closely matched the leading Laser sailors are, which is placing extra pressure on all the World Championship contenders
“This fleet is extremely tough,” said Scheidt.
“A mistake can cost you five boat lengths and it is so compressed at the leeward gate you have to be 100% focused all the time.”
The final two qualifying races take place on Wednesday with the finals series starting on Thursday and the last two showdowns set for Saturday.
For full results see: www.omanlaserworlds2013.com
By Oman Sail
All photos c Martinez Studio
2013 RC44 World Championship at Puerto Calero, Lanzarote
Puerto Calero, Lanzarote will host the final leg of the 2013 RC44 Championship Tour from the 20 – 24 November. With three titles are up for grabs the 15 competing teams will be fighting it out to be crowned RC44 World Champion, with the RC44 Championship Tour and Match Racing titles still to be decided.
Chris Bake has shared the helm of Team Aqua with Cameron Appleton for the match racing this year. The rolling round robin raced on the first day of each RC44 event allows either owners or pro’s to drive. Heading into the final day of match racing in Lanzarote, Team Aqua hold a two point lead over Katusha, helmed by Star sailor Andy Horton. The defending match race champions, Synergy Russian Sailing Team, are one-point further adrift, America’s Cup winner Ed Baird at the wheel.
With the owners taking the helm again for the four days of fleet racing, Team Aqua are in pole position to win the RC44 Championship Tour for a third year in a row. They hold a three point lead over Gennadi Timchenko’s Katusha, with Valentin Zavadnikov’s Synergy in third place following their win at the penultimate event of the season in Cascais, Portugal. A top three position in Lanzarote will be enough for Chris Bake’s British flagged team to win their third title, but nothing is guaranteed in this tight one-design fleet.
After finished a disappointing fifth place in Cascais last month Team Aqua’s tactician Cameron Appleton knows they are going to have to be on form to win in Puerto Calero. “It’s going to be tough; this is a class with a very strong line of teams all with top sailors – some of the best in the world. We have to prepare well and sail smart, nothing is guaranteed! Lanzarote offers some very challenging conditions but the warm welcome the Calero family offer us all, makes it a very special place to race.”
The defending World Champions are Peninsula Petroleum, who won the 2012 title in Rovinj, Croatia. The Gibraltar based team sit fifth overall in the Championship Tour, owner John Bassadone and the team’s regular tactician Vasco Vascotto will be looking to end their year on a high once more. “We don’t have a plan to defend the Championship as such. I don’t think we can with the increasing high level in this class. Our plan will be to improve where we need to, work harder than ever and enjoy ourselves. We will then see where we end up.” explains Bassadone.
With the RC44 Tour is returning to Lanzarote for the sixth time, local brother’s Daniel and Jose Juan Calero are re-joining the circuit racing against one another with two separate all-Spanish crews.
Puerto Calero Residence Club Grey (newly refiited ex Hiroshi) will be skippered by Daniel Calero with Gran Canarian-born Spanish 470 Olympian Onán Barreiros and current Spanish Olympic team Laser sailor Javier Hernández from Tenerife part of the crew.
Puerto Calero Residence Club Black will be skippered by Jose Juan Calero with the regular crew including tactician Jose Maria Ponce.
Daniel Calero can’t wait. “It’s fantastic to have the RC44 Class back in Lanzarote for the World Championships. Puerto Calero is one of the best sailing venues in Southern Europe with sailors able to take full advantage of the NE Atlantic trade winds and glorious year round weather. We are looking forward to getting out on the water with the fleet again and hopefully beating a few of our old friends!”
The RC44 World Championships kicks off on Wednesday 20th November with the match racing followed by four days of fleet racing. The trophies will be handed out on Sunday 24th November.
RC44 Championship Tour Overall Match Race Ranking (After four events)
1. Team Aqua – 19
2. Katusha – 17
3. Synergy Russian Sailing Team – 16
4. Artemis Racing – 15
5. Team Cascais-Aleph Racing – 13
6. Gazprom2 – 11
7. Team Nika – 9
8. Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team – 8
9. Team Italia – 8
10. Aegir Racing – 7
11. RC44 Team Ceeref – 5
12. Ironbound – 4
13. MAG Racing – 2
14. Bronenosec Sailing Team – 1
RC44 Championship Tour Overall Fleet Race Ranking (After four events)
1. Team Aqua – 4
2. Katusha – 7
3. Synergy Russian Sailing Team -8
4. Artemis Racing – 13
5. Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team – 15
6. Ironbound – 18
7. Team Nika – 19
8. Aleph Racing – 20
9. Team Ceeref – 20
10. Aegir Racing – 22
11. Team Italia – 24
12. Gazprom 2 – 24
13. Bronenosec Sailing Team – 38
14. MAG Racing – 40
Teams competing in the RC44 World Championships 2013
Aleph Sailing Team (FRA17)
Hugues Lepic (FRA) / Mathieu Richard (FRA)
Artemis Racing (SWE44)
Torbjorn Tornqvist (SWE) / Iain Percy (GBR)
Bronenosec Sailing Team (RUS 18)
Vladimir Liubomirov (RUS) / Tommaso Chieffi (ITA)
Ironbound (USA 1)
David Murphy (USA) / Paul Goodison (GBR)
Katusha (RUS 007)
Gennadi Timchenko (RUS) / Andy Horton (USA)
MAG Racing (POL44)
Krzysztof Krempec (POL) / Piotr Przybylski (POL)
Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team (GBR 1)
John Bassadone (GBR) / Vasco Vascotto (ITA)
Puerto Calero Residence Club Black (ESP 1)
Jose Juan Calero (ESP) / Jose Maria Ponce (ESP)
Puerto Calero Residence Club Grey (ESP 2)
Daniel Calero (ESP)/ Onán Barreiros (ESP)
Team Ceeref (SLO11)
Igor Lah (SLO) / Michele Ivaldi (ITA)
Kirill Podolsky (RUS) / Serguei Chevtsov (RUS)
Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS 13)
Valentin Zavadnikov (RUS) / Ed Baird (USA)
Team Aqua (GBR 2041)
Chris Bake (GBR) / Cameron Appleton (NZL)
Team Italia (ITA7)
Massimo Barranco (ITA) / Bressani Lorenzo (ITA)
Team Nika (RUS 10)
Vladimir Prosikhin (RUS) / Tomislav Basic (CRO)
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