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Back to back tour wins for Canfield

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Alpari World Match Racing Tour – Dutch Match Cup at Lelystad

 

 

Taylor Canfield and US One have won the inaugural Dutch Match Cup after a thrilling final against arch-rival Ian Williams and GAC Pindar. The breeze was very light and patchy, creating multiple opportunities for lead changes. No race lead, however big, was ever safe.

Matches between the world’s top two match racing skippers are always aggressive affairs on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT). In the pre-start of the first match, Canfield stuck two penalties on Williams, leaving the British boat playing catch-up. However on the downwind leg, Williams found a sliver of stronger breeze by the harbour shore close to the cheering crowds in Lelystad. The British came close to rolling over the top of US One but failed to keep clear from a Canfield luff. Another penalty for Williams, then another penalty towards the leeward gate, and Canfield was uncatchable. 1-0.

In the second match, Williams got the slightly better start and converted that into a five-length lead by the first windward mark. Canfield sailed over to the shore on the second beat and used the cheers of the crowd to waft him closer to Williams. GAC Pindar was still in the lead at the final turning mark, but US One again went shoreside and managed to sneak ahead of their opponent just before the finish. 2-0, and the Dutch Match Cup went to Canfield.

In the Petit Final to determine 3rd overall, Mathieu Richard took the first match but David Gilmour bounced back to win the next two and secure his first podium finish at a Tour event.

 

 

Overall Results:

1 Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One
2 Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar
3 David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour
4 Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets
5 Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari
6 Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing
7 Arthur Herreman (FRA) Team Herreman
8 Björn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team
9 Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing Team
10 Dirk-Jan Korpershoek (NLD) Opportunity Team
11 Philip Bendon (IRL) Glenmar Racing Team
12 Klaartje Zuiderbaan (NLD) Team BSC

 

2014 Leaderboard Standings: (after Stage 5)

1 Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 94pts
2 Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One 88pts
3 Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets 76pts
4 Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing 63pts
5 Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX 58pts
6 Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing 56pts
7 David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 39pts
8 Francesco Bruni (ITA) Luna Rossa 20pts

 

By Alpari World Match Racing Tour

Italian Carlo Alberini takes the top prize on Calvi Network

 

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J70 European Championships at Fraglia Vela Riva, Lake Garda

 

 

On the last exciting day of competition the outstanding Rochas of Spain isn’t able to topple the leader. Fraglia Vela Riva is well satisfied in its organisation of the first championships of the J70 class with the maximum number of races completed, varied wind conditions and a large fleet of competitors of an excellent technical level.

It was a long last day of sailing for the the first European Championships of the new monotype J70 class, organised by Fraglia Vela Riva of Riva del Garda, Italy, with the best of 10 races. Racing started on Saturday morning on a clear day with winds from the north giving the fleet of 33 boats from 8 nations their first opportunity to race with the north wind which is usually present in the morning on Upper Garda. The previous 9 races had all been raced with the winds from the south. Racing started at around 8.45am after a general recall and the fleet was able to complete the ninth and penultimate race.

 

 

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A stiff breeze brought out the most prepared of the competitors who tactically played between the shore and the centre of the lake. The wind, however, soon dropped forcing the race committee, chaired by Ennio Pogliano, to hold off further racing until the wind changed, which it did at 12.30 hrs for the tenth and final race. Carlo Alberini and his crew managed to keep their cool despite Rochas of Spain closing in on them. After the morning race Rochas had come to within 4 points of Alberini, but in the last race Alberini left no doubt and won by a margin of 6 points to become European Champion over Olympic bronze medallist and World Open Sea Champion on the B ORC class, Hugo Rochas on New Territories.

In spite of a collision in regatta 9, Alessio Marinelli of Italy on Uji was able to hold on to third place overall due to an average of points awarded by the jury for the damage suffered and consequent withdrawal. Showing excellent form and climbing into 4th place was Charlie Esse of Great Britain on Baby J who also came first in the non-professional ‘Corinthian’ category. In second place in the same category was fellow Brit David Atkinson on Jawbreaker who placed fourteenth overall. Dropping into third place, however, was Italian Andrea Magni on ‘Pensavo Peggio’, who didn’t show up on the starting line this morning.

While the European J70 Championships were coming to an end, on the same Lake Garda Trentino, the International Optimist Team- Itas Trophy Regatta was getting under way, also organised by Fraglia Vela Riva. Ten determined teams completed the first session with winds from the south of 14-18 knots. The Italian National team are in front in an event that provides excellent training in preparation for the World Optimist Championships which are to be held in Argentina at the end of October.

 

For Overall Results & Corinthian Results

 

By Fraglia Vela Riva: www.fragliavelariva.it/regatta/1571/view

49erFX, 49er, Finn & Nacra 17 World Champs crowned

 

Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships

Photos c Sailing Energy

 

 

ISAF Sailing World Championships at Santander, Spain

 

 

Four more world champions were crowned at the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships as racing wrapped up in the Spanish City on a day blessed with glorious sunshine.

After a short racing delay in Santander a variable 6-11 knot breeze blew across the Duna race course with the 49erFX, 49er, Finn and Nacra 17 Medal Races entertaining a packed grandstand.

2,500 to 3,000 fans watched the action unfold as Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) took the 49erFX title in a dramatic Medal Race. Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) had 49er gold sealed ahead of the final day and stylishly showed what they’re all about by taking the bullet.

Giles Scott (GBR) wrapped up Finn gold with a solid race whilst Billy Besson and Marie Riou (FRA) walked away convincing winners in the Nacra 17, finishing 38 points clear of their rivals.

 

 

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In the top billing match up of the day, it was who beats who in the women’s skiff class.

Recent European Champions, Ida Nielsen & Marie Olsen (DEN) were just ahead of Martine Grael & Kahena Kunze (BRA). The day got off to a slow start as the breeze built and then the teams were called to the race area. “My heart was thumping in the pre-start,” said Martine Grael when asked about the significance of the moment.

It was an up and down race in about 6-8 knots of wind. The two leaders covered each other closely, and in the end the Brazilians emerged as world champions. They celebrated emphatically with big smiles, hugs, and some swimming for the crowd. This is their first world championship though they have been contenders at all of the major regattas this year.

It was disappointment for the Danes, who have been riding a high since July when they won both the Junior World Championship and the European Championship back to back. It is a tremendously competitive fleet, however, and it is unlikely we will see any team dominate for too long.

In third place were Giulia Conti and Francesca Clapcich (ITA) who were guaranteed their position so used the race to enjoy themselves. Conti has been sailing recently with a male team mate while Francesca was out injured, and was relieved to have her normal crew back and to make it on the podium.

 

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The Medal Race was just like the regatta, dominated by New Zealand. Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) had an insurmountable lead going into the final. They had a middling first beat, but then made their move with a gybeset on the first run. They got into the lead by the bottom marks and never looked back, taking a huge win in the Medal Race to cap their huge win in the regatta. The duo are winning regattas and races by margins never seen before in the 49er, and look unstoppable. Time will tell whether they can hold this kind of form all the way through to Rio.

The real fight in the Medal Race was for the silver medal in the battle of Olympic gold medallists. Jonas Warrer, the Beijing 2008 Gold medalist with Anders Thomsen (DEN) were only two points off the London 2012 Gold medallists, Nathan Outteridge & Iain Jensen (AUS).

Outteridge and Jensen got off to a good start and were third around the first top mark while the Danes were back in eighth. However, there were position changes on every leg of the race, and on the final upwind the Danes got past the Aussies to secure their silver medal, leaving the Aussies to settle for Bronze.

The crowds were so big that it was standing room only, and they reserved their biggest cheers for the Paz brothers from Spain, who get their highest ever worlds finish with a 10th place.

49er and 49erFX Reports courtesy of Ben Remocker, International 49er Class Association

 

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Giles Scott (GBR) made sure of the Finn World title, for the Finn Gold Cup, after leading early on in the race and finally crossing in fourth. All he had to do was finish cleanly, but wanted to make a good race of it as well as he explained, “I just went out and sailed my own race and kind of forgot what was going on with the other guys. You can try and get out of their way but I was racing as much as they were. I wanted to go out on a high, and I managed to almost do that.

“It’s a been a great season for me and I can’t really think of a better way to round it off that with the world title. It’s been a great event and I am really pleased with the way I have sailed, and there’s always a lot to learn from it, but I’m over the moon about it.”

On his dominance throughout the event, “I never really let myself think like that. But the event has gone really well. I have sailed well from day one and managed to keep it going through the regatta.”

The Medal Race was won by Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO), who took the lead on the first downwind and held it to the finish. Already in second overall, this win gave him the silver medal by a comfortable margin.

He said, “The week has been great for me, a really excellent performance. Today I knew I had to be relaxed and keep calm and I did exactly that and it put me right into the lead. Then I had really clear lanes through the race and really good moments. I sailed pretty consistently today, as I did all week, and it it turned out to be a winning combination for me.

“It’s an important event for me because after a couple of years of some general setbacks, I really made a great performance here, with all my team behind me. This really makes me happy and all of this proves that we are working in the right way and the progress is just going forwards and I hope in Rio it is going to be even better.”

Ed Wright (GBR) went into the Medal Race in fourth, just one point behind Jonathan Lobert (FRA). Initially Lobert had the upper hand, but that all changed on the second lap when Wright found better pressure on the left and moved up to third.

He said, “On the second beat I got a gust on the left hand side and moved up to third and held that all the way. It was a nail biting race and I really enjoyed sailing in it. It means a lot to me to get a medal at the worlds and I needed this medal, so really happy with that.”

“It’s been a hard week after I had a OCS early on and I’ve been struggling a bit with that. But it was all to play for today and it was a real fun race to be part of. I now just need to wind it up a bit more and try to catch Giles.”

Josh Junior (NZL) also sailed a great race to finish second, and moved up to fifth overall.

Finn Report courtesy of Robert Deaves, International Finn Class Association

 

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French team Billy Besson & Marie Riou were already assured of the first place before the start of the Medal Race. But from second to sixth there were a lot of possible changes. And Argentine team Santiago Lange & Cecilla Carranza Saroli raised from 5th to 2nd overall position with Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin (AUS) taking silver.

After a short postponement the sea breeze came up and stayed during the afternoon, which made it possible to start at 16:10. With thousands of sailing fans on the spectator Dune and a lot of spectator boats on the water it was an amazing finale to the ISAF Worlds.

Besson and Riou had sealed the deal before the Medal Race and enjoyed themselves on the race course taking a third which ensured the celebrations commenced.

Meanwhile the fight went on around them with plenty of permeatations.

After the start, racing was very close between Argentine team Lange & Carranza Saroli and the Swiss team Matias Buhler and Nathalie Brugger. At the first upwind mark Buhler and Brugger were leading the Argentines. But at the first downwind gate Lange took over to lead directly followed by the Swiss. Lange was sailing very strong but at the end of the third lap just before the finish the Swiss team were able to pass him and take first but Lange and Saroli still advanced up the leader board to take silver.

Lange was delighted after racing, “For us it is really a very special day. It was difficult sailing in the Medal Race in the harbour area. Tricky race and you have to stay very sharp all time. Only in the last minutes we lost some distance and Matias passed us. We are very happy with this result. Our next goal will be the Olympics. Still a long way to go, but with this result we are very motivated to reach our dream.”

Meanwhile the Swiss were happy with a Medal Race victory and sixth overall, “In Rio we won the Medal Race. This week in Santander we didn’t sailed our best races. Before starting this Medal Race we decided to go for the best and take some risks. We didn’t have anything to lose and wanted to try to show it was no coincidence we won in Rio. This race we sailed very well and are super happy we have won the medal race. This will give us a very good start for our new season.”

Australian team Waterhouse & Darmanin kept their third position in the overall result with a fifth in the Medal Race.

Nacra 17 Report courtesy of Edwin Lodder, International Nacra 17 Class Association

 

Full Results are available here.

 

By Santander Worlds, www.santander2014.com

 

 

 

 

Quantum Racing clinch 2014 Barclays 52 Super Series title

 

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Zenith Royal Cup Marina Ibiza – Barclays 52 Super Series

 

Quantum Racing secured the 2014 Barclays 52 Super Series title on Race 7 of the Zenith Royal Cup Marina Ibiza regatta and on the next race they did enough to also win the Ibiza event, their third regatta title of the season.

The American flagged team of Doug DeVos came to Ibiza with a healthy points lead in the four event circuit which attracted 12 TP52’s from ten different nations. They remained steadily consistent to close out their second 52 Super Series championship win in a row with a margin of 15 points over Azzurra and 19 points over Rán Racing.

Quantum Racing, skippered by America’s Cup winner Ed Baird with Terry Hutchinson as tactician also won the US 52 Super Series in the early Spring and were crowned TP52 World Champions in Sardinia in June.

Their 2014 title win reflects a high level of experience, their crew containing more America’s Cup winners than any other on the Circuit, but their continual drive for perfection was sometimes further spurred by disappointment or frustration. After winning in the USA they only managed third at the first regatta of the Barclays 52 Super Series in Capri, some six points behind regatta winners Azzurra.

But a comprehensive, soul-baring debrief followed and at the World Championship on Sardinia the next month they started out like lions and were ultimately unstoppable.

Similarly two days ago, with the season’s championship within touching distance, they faltered on the coastal course. They de-briefed and regrouped. Today, when they started the first race in light breezes, there was no mistaking their clarity of focus and purpose, going on to a decisive win. That was the race which put them on the top step of the 2014 podium, out of reach of nearest challengers Azzurra and Rán Racing.

Skipper Baird paid tribute to the team’s skill and fighting spirit:
“One of the super strengths of this team is that everyone on this team comes down here every day saying ‘how can I do it better today than yesterday ? ‘ When you fight with that kind of mentality on your side, you just never allow yourself to back up, to do your job any less well than before. When you start with great guys, you have that fighting instinct on your side through good and bad it is wonderful.”

Smiling on the Marina Ibiza dockside Hutchinson noted, “Every now and then we had a good thrashing and we had one again the other day on the coastal race. And it was good to bounce back from that in the first race today which we won, and it was good to bounce back from Capri and won the world championship and that started the ball rolling in the right direction again. But everyone here is so very good and we have the ultimate respect for them and so when they beat you you have to take a good look at what they did and what we did. We had a good evaluation after Capri and that helped us for sure.”

“One of our biggest strengths is that we sail the boat really well in compromised positions. And so when from a tactical point of view when we are not in the best spot then the boat is always going fast through the water.”

Azzurra, with Guillermo Parada skipper-helm and Vasco Vascotto as tactician, got the better of Rán Racing here with second overall at the regatta to finish runners up to Quantum Racing on the championship table again. Rán Racing won the final race of the season to squeeze Sled out of third place at the Zenith Royal Cup Marina Ibiza regatta. The middle of the fleet was much closer than ever before, only four points separating Rán Racing from fourth placed Sled and fifth placed Marc Blees and the Gaastra Pro team.

Vascotto concluded: “I feel very happy. I think that from a sports point of view the team which won deserved to win. I think we need to be happy about that. They did a very, very good job. And they are the dream team in the boat, but they are very good in preparation, speedwise, they are a fantastic benchmark. It is easy for us sometimes to try to copy them, what they did to close the gap with them. I think this week we changed a lot of things and we are a lot more competitive.”

 

2014 Barclays 52 Super Series Overall: (top 6, 4 regattas)

1. Quantum Racing, USA, (Doug De Vos USA) 81pts
2. Azzurra, ITA, (Alberto Roemmers ARG) 96pts
3. Rán Racing, SWE, (Niklas Zennström SWE) 100pts
4. Phoenix, BRA, (Eduardo de Souza Ramos BRA) 124pts
5. Gladiator, GBR, (Tony Langley GBR) 147pts
6. Provezza 7, TUR, (Ergin Imre TUR) 170pts

 

Zenith Royal Cup Marina Ibiza Overall: (8 races)

1. Quantum Racing, USA, (Doug DeVos USA) (1,2,3,2,1,6,1,7) 23pts
2. Azzurra, ITA, (Alberto Roemmers ARG) (3,5,2,1,6,2,4,3) 26pts
3. Rán Racing, SWE, (Niklas Zennström SWE) (2,4,4,4,5,7,7,1) 34pts
4. Sled, USA, (Takashi Okura USA) (4,1,6,3,4,DNF/9,3,6) 36pts
5. Gaastra Pro, NED (Marc Blees NED) (6,6,1,8,2,5,6,4) 38pts
6. Provezza 7, TUR, (Ergin Imre TUR) (7,3,7,6,7,3,5,2) 40pts
7. Gladiator, GBR, (Tony Langley GBR) (5,7,8,5,3,4,8,5) 45pts
8. Phoenix, BRA, (Eduardo de Souza Ramos BRA) (8,8,5,7,8,1,2,8) 47pts

 

By 52 Super Series, www.52superseries.com

Bart’s Bash set to smash Guinness World Record

 

 

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Iain Percy sails with Freddie Simpson in Bart’s Bash at Weymouth – Photo © Christopher Ison

 

 

Thousands of people from around the world took part on Sunday in Bart’s Bash, a sailing race that looks set to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Sailing Race (24 hours). Set up to remember Olympic gold medallist Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson and to inspire the next generation of sailors, Bart’s Bash attracted over 18,000 participants of all ages and abilities, taking part at more than 700 sailing clubs in 68 different countries.

The Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre, in Weymouth, UK, was buzzing with over 200 sailors taking part. Foundation Trustee Iain Percy, who won a gold and silver medal with Bart at the last two Olympic Games in Beijing and London, today sailed with the older of Andrew’s two sons, four-year-old Freddie. He said: “It has been an incredible day. It has never happened in any other sports that so many people have come together to remember one person; it’s very special. And it was special for Freddie and I to sail together here on these waters, for the first time after the Olympics. Today is a celebration of Bart but most importantly a celebration of our sport. It’s been such a success; many people today were inspired to sail for the first time. It has been a great fun race, and that’s why it will last into the future.”

 

 

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Barts Bash racing in Weymouth – Photo c Jak Bennett

 

The day has been a worldwide celebration of sailing, which has seen Olympic champions, professional teams, sailing enthusiasts as well as newcomers racing and having fun, truly reflecting Bart’s ability to bring people together.

Foundation Trustee Sir Ben Ainslie, who raced with his girlfriend Georgie at the Queen Mary Sailing Club, said: “The response has been unbelievable, almost overwhelming; a true testament to Bart’s popularity within the sailing community. Over 18,000 sailors from over 700 sailing clubs across 65 countries have taken part, from New Zealand to Newquay, from Hawaii to Heathrow, which is where I have been racing, at the Queen Mary Sailing Club. It was always going to be a special, fun and inspiring day and it has exceeded all expectations, thank you to everyone who has supported it and worked so hard to make it happen.”

The Wakatere Boating Club in New Zealand, the Nyack Boat Club in the United States, the Real Club Nautico de Calpe in Spain, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, Dar es Salaam Yacht Club in Tanzania, the Cagliari Yacht Club/Windsurfing Club Cagliari in Italy and many more had over 100 participants registered. Click the website link to see the number of participants in every club.

As well as getting people on the water and enjoying a day’s sailing, Bart’s Bash has so far raised more than £155,000 of donations for the organising charity, the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation which was set up last year by friends and family of Andrew to honour his life and legacy. All the funds will support the development and delivery of the Foundation’s charitable programmes nationally and internationally. These programmes, conceived with Bart’s and the Olympic values at their heart, are currently being developed and tested at the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre, which was opened on 9th May 2014 on the Olympic waters of Weymouth and Portland. Pilot programmes, designed to enhance sailing activities and encourage participation, are also being tested in Bermuda and South Africa.

“Inspired by Bart, this event has been driven by people all over the world,” said Event Director and Foundation Trustee Jez Payne, who has sailed today for the first time. “Alongside the many, many sailors, thousands of volunteers have also stepped up to enable this race to be delivered. We are overwhelmed and humbled by the way the sailing community has come together to create the legacy event in Bart’s name. It’s a magical day that befits this fantastic man.”

The results of the event are currently being received from all the race venues; the Foundation’s technical team, which has created a system capable of handicapping several hundreds of boat classes, expects to announce the provisional results in the coming weeks. Once the data has been submitted and processed, it will be validated by Guinness World Record before the end of the year.

Video provided from clubs and participants has been shared on facebook.com/bartsbash

 

www.bartsbash.co.uk

 

By Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation

 

 

Austrians & Australians secure 2014 470 World Championship Gold Medals

 

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ISAF Sailing World Championships at Santander, Spain

 

 

The air was thick with expectation as the 470 Men and Women teams prepared in the boat park under the eyes of hordes of spectators gathered and watching from the elevated Duna grandstand. A unique sight to witness as the 470 Medal Races took prime time today here in Santander as they got underway in a light 7-8 knot breeze.

 

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Going into the double-points medal race, Championship leaders Lara Vadlau/Jola Ogar (AUT) had to finish ahead of the 2012 Olympic gold medallists Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie (NZL) to secure the gold medal.With a text book perfect start, the Austrians claimed a clear lane, to put the lead in their hands and just over eighteen minutes later they crossed the finish line to become 2014 470 Women World Champions.

At the first upwind mark, it was Japan’s Ai Kondo Yoshida/Miho Yoshioka who were closest behind, rounding with just 4 seconds gap to the Austrians, but Vadlau/Ogar’s eyes were only on the Kiwis.

Downwind, the Austrians continued to extend their lead over the fleet, with only the British pair of Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark punching through the pack to move up to second place and put in a challenge. Despite pushing hard, there was no change in positions and the two teams crossed the finish line with just 5 seconds between them, and holding almost a minute margin over the next team, Slovenia’s Tina Mrak/Veronika Macarol.

So World Championship gold in the bag, to add to the 470 European title they won in July this year. Just two years ago at the 2012 Olympics, Vadlau finished in last place, with Aleh/Powrie winning Olympic gold and Mills/Clark sealing silver. Since, the Vadlau/Ogar partnership has delivered a meteoric climb upwards and today proved once again they have the courage, passion and a burning desire to be the best they can be.

“In the first upwind when we were close to the right layline and we saw this huge gust on the right side and I saw the Kiwis were left side and I said to Lara this is good because we have wind and they don’t,” said Ogar as she relived the race. “But we didn’t get too excited and only when we rounded the downwind mark did we realise we could have it. But we still stayed focused and remembered the times when we have been leading a race and then lost first place because we were too relaxed,”

“We never win medal races,” laughed Ogar. “Yes we won in Miami, but it was not such a strong fleet.”

“For this medal race I told Jola I will sail the wind and check the wind and you will keep your eyes on all the other boats,” said Vadlau. “Yes, this is always our plan,” added Ogar. “It works and if something is working, you shouldn’t change it!”

“It is amazing, we are World Champions,” grinned Vadlau. “You know I told Jola before the race that we must win it because I want to have a gold 470 on my mainsail,” she added referring to the right they have now earned themselves as World Champions.

“It is unbelievable. You know we had a training session together two years ago in Palma, and I knew from that moment on that Jola had to be in my boat,” said Vadlau. Celebrations may be put on hold as they will be driving back to Austria early tomorrow morning.

“I want to rest when we get back,” said Ogar as there has been so much pressure on us. “We will only have about a week at home, and then we go to Rio for all of October.” The pair will then head to the ISAF Sailing World Cup Grand final in Abu Dhabi, before returning to Rio.

For Aleh/Powrie it was effectively game over for gold within the first six minutes of the race, as they rounded the first mark in 7th and knew there was no hope of catching the Austrians. The 2013 World Champions’ race was now all about ensuring they didn’t let any more boats get between them and the British, to ensure they could keep hold of silver.

“From there, winning was out of the question. We just had to make sure we were close enough to the prints to make sure they couldn’t get us,” commented Aleh. “We just had to keep our composure on the next beat and take a few boats which we did, so that was some consolation.”

“It was a pretty tough race and the Austrians just did it really well. Good on them as they sailed a really good Worlds.

“We are getting there, but there is a lot to work on. I guess that’s what good about these regattas, when it doesn’t all go well we find more things to fix for next time. The Austrians are getting better and we all need to keep going. There is a lot we can do better,” Aleh concluded. A couple of weeks break at home, and Team Jolly will then be back in Rio in December 2014 for training.

The 2012 Olympic Silver medallist Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark sailed a perfect race, but were always too far behind on points to have a real shout at silver or gold. For them, securing the bronze medal was a pleasant surprise, as the pair still don’t feel in prime performance mode, after both having injury set-backs earlier in the year.

“This is the ISAF Worlds, it is only once every 4 years, so it is a big deal and to come here and perform we are really happy,” said Mills. “We put up a good fight all the way to the end with the Austrians, to try and clinch silver, but we just couldn’t quite get passed them. But as it turned out, it didn’t make a difference, because the Kiwi girls had managed to pull up enough to hold onto their silver. It was an exciting race all the way to the end.”

 

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470 Women – Top 10 Final Overall Results

1. Lara Vadlau/Jola Ogar (AUT 431) – 34 pts
2. Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie (NZL 75) – 45 pts
3. Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark (GBR 118) – 50 pts
4. Camille Lecointre/Hélène Defrance (FRA 9) – 64 pts
5. Tina Mrak/Veronika Macarol (SLO 64) – 71 pts
6. Michelle Broekhuizen/Marieke Jongens (NED 6) – 72 pts
7. Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha (USA 1712) – 75 pts
8. Ai Kondo Yoshida/Miho Yoshioka (JPN 1) – 88 pts
9. Christina Bassadone/Eilidh McIntyre (GBR 321) – 90 pts
10. Afrodite Kyranakou/Anneloes van Veen (NED 216) – 94 pts

 

 

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The gold medal was effectively a done deal going into today double-points medal race for defending World Champions Mat Belcher/Will Ryan from Australia. In theory Croatia’s Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic could get their hands on claim gold, but in practice the chances of that happening were remote as the Croatians would need to win the medal race and the Aussies finish last.

In front of a home team, the reigning 470 Junior World Champions Jordi Xammar/Joan Herp led to the first windward mark, and controlled the race from start to finish. Whilst the Spaniards had no chance of a podium spot, they knew a win would put them up the leaderboard, but even more special was to win a medal race in front of a home crowd, including the eyes of the Spanish President.

Onto the second upwind leg and the Spanish and Australians split, each choosing a separate side of the gate. Advantage to the Spanish, but not such a good choice for the Australians who dropped back to fifth overall, but this was no worry for the Australians. Belcher/Ryan clawed one boat back to finish the medal race in 4th place and successfully secure their second World Championship title together, but Mat’s fifth successive World Championship title.

Celebrating his 32nd Birthday today, Belcher gave himself one of his most memorable presents by becoming the only sailor in 470 history to win five successive World Championship titles.

“It is really cool. Amazing. Now I can really celebrate. It is a shame my wife and son can’t be here, but I will see them tomorrow. It is so cool and I didn’t think we would be in this position. It says a bit about our personality too, that we went through that winning streak of two years and to keep focused on what we are doing. It doesn’t really bother us or distract us. We are really just enjoying what we are doing and racing our competitors and having fun and that is the main thing to keep winning and keep performing,” said Belcher.

“It has been so up and down here. We are really happy with how we have performed and it is nice to come away on top.”

Marking where this win sits on their road to Rio, Mat continued, “It is important in the sense that for us and our partnership to know that in a pressured situation that we can perform when we need to. We are just really happy on ourselves and how we have performed and that is really the only thing that you can control. So I guess coming into Rio we are ticking all the right boxes and we are happy with how we are developing. I guess what I am really proud about is that this week as a team we really stepped up a level. I am looking forward to having a break and then getting back in the boat and keep working on ourselves and trying to get as good as we can.”

“It is two years since we teamed up and to now focus on one goal is what Victor [coach] wants, and it is what I want so we are working really hard to make that a reality,” said Belcher referring to no longer being involved in an America’s Cup campaign.

Responding to what his celebratory plans would include, Belcher said, “What we will do is have a few drinks tonight with our teammates. We have a great team in the Australian Sailing team led by Peter Conde and we will celebrate with them.”

Croatia’s Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic went into the medal race in silver medal position, but as they found themselves back in 8th place at the windward mark things were not looking so good and they had lost the silver medal to the Greek team of Panagiotis Mantis/Pavlos Kagialis who were in 5th. The Croatians resolutely fought back, chipping their way up through the fleet to finish in 6th place, with the Greeks in 5th, and seal silver by a 3 point margin, with bronze to Greece. The silver medal was the one colour missing from Fantela/Marenic’s haul of medals, so now they count, one 470 World Championship gold, one silver and three bronze medals.

“It was very close, but it ended up very well for us with our fifth medal in a row and the only medal that we missed in our collection. Gold, three bronzes and finally one silver. We are very happy,” said Fantela. “Today’s medal race was quite tough as Mat and Will were keeping an eye on us more than expected, because there was theoretically an opportunity that we might beat them. During the race he tacked on us more than a few times. This was hard for us as we had to control the Greeks, so it was very tough until the finish.

“Mat managed to do it well. I saw during the race he gave us some space as he saw that we could not win the race and he would not be last and we thank them for that,” concluded Fantela referring to the strategy Belcher/Ryan had no take in order to keep an eye on the Croatians to ensure gold, but also mindful not to impact the leaderboard behind.

Mantis/Kagialis also sailed an incredibly strong series with all top-10 finishes apart from one 15th place in race 6.

“Our plan was to stay close to the British to ensure we could secure the bronze medal,” said Mantis. “We had the option to get silver, we were close but I think everyone got what they deserved and we are all happy.”

Continued Kagialis, “Our first goal here was to get Greece’s qualification for the Olympics. Our second goal was to get a medal, so we are very happy and very proud about this. It is the second time to get a bronze medal, it is good for us. It was amazing to have so many people watching the sailing.”

Heading towards the finish, at the front of the pack the Spanish had to stay calm with the British and Americans hunting. But their lead was more than enough to win the race, with Luke Patience/Elliot Wilis (GBR) finishing in 2nd place and Stuart Mcnay/David Hughes (USA) in third. As this year’s 470 Junior World and Junior European Champions crossed the finish, the crowd on the Duna simply went wild, and Jordi held his head in disbelief at their achievement. Xammar/Herp couldn’t quite take in the applause as they sailed in front of the Duna grandstand, before coming ashore by rib and in true superstar style worked their way through the spectators to massive applause.

 

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470 Men – Top 10 Final Overall Results

1. Mat Belcher/Will Ryan (AUS 11) – 25.30 pts
2. Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic (CRO 83) – 44 pts
3. Panagiotis Mantis/Pavlos Kagialis (GRE 1) – 47 pts
4. Luke Patience/Elliot Willis (GBR 863) – 51 pts
5. Stuart Mcnay/David Hughes (USA 1713) – 74 pts
6. Tetsuya Matsunaga/Yugo Yoshida (JPN 12) – 74 pts
7. Jordi Xammar/Joan Herp (ESP 44) – 96 pts
8. Guillaume Pirouelle/Sipan Valentin (FRA 76) – 101 pts
9. Kazuto Doi/Kimihiki Imamura (JPN 11) – 101 pts
10. Pavel Sozykin/Denis Gribanov (RUS 5) – 104 pts

 

By 470 Class media

 

 

2014 title is waiting

ZENITH Royal Cup Marina de Ibiza

Photo © Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series

 

Barclays 52 Super Series at Zenith Royal Cup Marina Ibiza

 

The winds off Ibiza proved insufficient to allow racing on the penultimate day of the Barclays 52 Super Series at the Zenith Royal Cup Marina Ibiza. A long day waiting ashore in the hot September sunshine and then during the mid-afternoon on the water all finally proved to be in vain at 1600hrs local time when the race organising committee decided that there was no prospect of the light, fickle breeze filling in.

The plan is for a warning signal on Sunday at midday with the intention of delivering the maximum number of races.

With no further changes to the overall standings for the Zenith Royal Cup Marina Ibiza, Guillermo Parada and the Azzurra team still have an opportunity to finish their season off with a regatta win, just as they started 2014 in Europe when they triumphed in Capri in May. But they have a deficit of four points to make up to pass regatta leaders Quantum Racing. Meantime Rán Racing are looking to win back second place for the season, lying three points behind Azzurra.

The chase for the Barclays 52 Super Series title will be concluded tomorrow. Quantum Racing have a lead which really ranks them as champions elect, but for sure the American flagged crew of Doug DeVos will be gunning to finish 2014 on a high note. Rán Racing’s owner-driver Niklas Zennström was re-elected as President of the TP52 Class for a further two years.

 

Results after Day 3: (six races)

1 Quantum Racing, USA, (Doug De Vos USA) (1,2,3,2,1,6) 15pts
2 Azzurra, ITA, (Alberto Roemmers ARG) (3,5,2,1,6,2) 19pts
3 Rán Racing, SWE, (Niklas Zennström SWE) (2,4,4,4,5,7) 26pts
4 Sled, USA, (Takashi Okura JPN) (4,1,6,3,4,DNF/9) 27pts
5 Gaastra Pro, NED (Marc Blees NED) (6,6,1,8,2,5) 28pts
6 Gladiator, GBR, (Tony Langley GBR) (5,7,8,5,3,4) 32pts
7 Provezza 7, TUR, (Ergin Imre TUR) (7,3,7,6,7,3) 33pts
8 Phoenix, BRA, (Eduardo de Souza Ramos BRA) (8,8,5,7,8,1) 37pts

 

Barclays 52 Super Series Standings:

1 Quantum 67pts
2 Azzurra 89pts
3 Ran Racing 92pts
4 Phoenix 114pts
5 Gladiator 134pts
6 Provezza 163pts

Follow racing via live tracking & commentary on www.52superseries.com

 

By 52 Super Series media

F15 European Championship goes to Wells and Rigg

 

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Greg Wells and Richard Rigg from Hayling Island SC pull out all the stops to put in a miracle run & beat to recover from tenth at the first mark to cross the line in third, and successfully defend their European title. Steve Goacher and Phil Evans led throughout the final race to take second overall.

 

Flying 15 – 2014 European Championship (top 10)
1 GBR 4030 Greg Wells, Richard Rigg 6 1 2 3 1 1 2 1 3 20 14 pts
2 GBR 4021 Steve Goacher, Phil Evans 1 2 1 2 2 2 3 8 1 22 14 pts
3 GBR 4005 David McKee, Andy Weatherspoon 3 3 3 1 13 10 4 2 10 49 36 pts
4 GBR 3998 Alan Bax, Mark Darling 2 6 8 4 8 RAF 1 6 2 69 37 pts
5 GBR 4019 David Tabb, Chewey Sherrell 4 4 7 9 4 4 6 7 5 50 41 pts
6 GBR 3957 Charles Apthorp, Gavin Tappenaen 7 8 4 5 5 8 9 3 4 53 44 pts
7 IRL 4002 John Lavery, David o brien 16 5 5 13 3 7 8 5 8 70 54 pts
8 GBR 4016 Hamish Mackay Andrew, Lawson 12 15 11 7 7 14 7 9 7 89 74 pts
9 IRL 3864 Ian Mathews, Keith Poole 10 13 6 8 6 6 21 18 11 99 78 pts
10 GBR 4025 Chris Gorringe, Nadia Hosie 5 7 9 15 15 17 10 4 21 103 82 pts

 

By Sailweb.co.uk

 

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Action ramps up at Santander Worlds

 

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ISAF Sailing World Championships at Santander, Spain

 

 

Race action in the 470s, 49er, 49erFX, Finn and Nacra 17 ramped up at the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships with the end zone in sight.

It was another day of good breeze with an average of 15 knots across the race tracks that hosted the fleets.

The Medal Race places have been decided in the Men’s and Women’s 470 and the 49er, 49erFX, Finn and Nacra 17 leader boards have shaped up nicely heading into the penultimate day with plenty of equations still possible.
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49erFX

Today was a big day out for the 49erFX fleet as it was the first day of gold fleet and there were four races conducted in high winds. The boat park was decimated by the effort, both physical and emotional, to get through such an impactful day.

One team that thrived under the challenge was Ida Nielsen and Marie Olsen (DEN) who had all top 10 finishes today. “They are sailing with a lot of confidence right now, sailing smartly and quickly, and it’s working for them,” said their coach, Peter Hansen. The Danes have won both European Championships held in the 49erFX and are looking to add a World Title to their trophy cabinet.

Remaining in the hunt are Brazilians Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze, who started the day with a 2, 1 before falling back to a 13 and 10. Nobody has spent more time on podiums this season than the Rio natives, but the final step to top position has mostly eluded them. If they can do well in the final race of the series tomorrow they could have a chance to claim the title in the Medal Race on Sunday.

What is guaranteed at this stage is that there will be a new world Champion in 2014. 2013 Champions Alex Maloney have had an up and down regatta and sit just outside the medal race in 11th position. They will be looking to extend their regatta with a good final race so they can make the Medal Race, but it’s too much to ask at 51 points back for them to have a chance at the title.

The fight for the Olympic qualifying berths stretches back to the 15-19 group of Australia, Finland, and France. These teams just have one final race to see who can claim the 10th Olympic berth available in Santander.

 

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49er

Today was a relatively light day on the water for the 49er teams, with only two races held in breezy conditions. The podium picture became much clearer as the Olympic gold medallists in the fleet asserted themselves. London 2012 Gold medallists Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen won the day with a 2, 1 and moved into second overall. Beijing 2008 Gold medallist Jonas Warrer with Anders Thomsen had a great day too with a 3, 4, pulling them up into third place, with a 20 point gap to fourth.

Overall leaders Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) started out the day in typical form with another win, but then got tangled up at the leeward mark in race 2 with the collision resulting in a capsize. They got it back upright and managed a 14th, their drop race but they were later disqualified from the race and discarded the score. They maintain a 24 point lead and could secure the victory with a good race tomorrow prior to the Medal Race.

In the fight for Olympic berths, a few veteran teams will have grins tonight and will be hoping to have beaming smiles tomorrow. Nico Delle Karth & Niko Resch (AUT) and Jorge Lima & Jose Costa (POR) are both mathematically guaranteed to be in the Medal Race and secure Olympic berths for their nations. Ireland, Britain, Spain, and France have not yet secured the Medal Race but have secured themselves top 10 nation status. That leaves Italy with a healthy 23 point lead over Croatia for the final berth, with only one race to go.

49er and 49erFX Reports Courtesy of Ben Remocker, International 49er Class Association

 

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Finn

Giles Scott has moved into a 20 point lead in the Finn fleet after two more challenging races. Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) moved up to second with Jonathan Lobert (FRA) dropping one to third. Large pressure changes and wind bands funnelling down the course caused more than a few upsets with patience and calm decision making reaping benefits at the top mark. Some of the top 10 picked up some high scores.

Despite his worst scoring day so far, Scott still had the best day on the water with a third and a fourth. His nearest rival Kljakovic Gaspic placed fifth and sixth, giving the Brit a crucial points cushion going into Saturday’s two final gold fleet races. And with lighter winds forecast, it is a long way from being over. The gold fleet race wins today went to Ed Wright (GBR) and Alex Muscat (ESP).

Giorgio Poggi (ITA) now leads the silver fleet after trading first and second places with Martin Robitaille (CAN), who is now just one point behind.

Scott summed up the day, “It was a hard day. Shifty and random. I got a third and fourth which I am actually pretty happy with because that was really difficult sailing. There were big leftys and big rightys and they were long as well so you could easily get stuck on the wrong side. So I am pretty happy come away unscathed. But Bambi was only a couple behind me in each race so it’s not over yet.”

Finn Report Courtesy of Robert Deaves, International Finn Class Association

 

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Nacra 17

Today the Nacra 17 sailed their first day in the Gold Fleet and Silver Fleet. Four races per fleet were scheduled back to back. The day started with good stable wind (around 18 Knots) and during the day took off a little bit and became more & more shifty. Between 11:00 and 14:30 local time the gold fleet were able to sail three races under good wind conditions. During their fourth race the wind became more and more shifty.

After nine races in the gold fleet the French team of Billy Besson & Marie Riou are leading overall. With today’s results 1, 1, 12, 7 they have a very good starting point for the coming days.

After they day was done they said, “After four races hard sailing we are a bit tired. The wind was good and steady in the first 2 races. In races 3 & 4 it became more and more complicated with winds shifts. The fleet is sailing very close together which makes it very exciting and difficult. But we are happy with this day results and look forward to tomorrow.”

A big surprise in the daily and overall results comes from Argentina’s Santiago Lange & Cecilia Carranza Saroli. After a good day yesterday they are ascending in the overall results and are second overall now.

Lange explained his day, “Maybe we had a little bit of luck today, but we are very happy with the results from today (3, 3, 14, 6). Every day the sailing goes better & better. We have only sailed the Nacra 17 about 50-60 days and still are learning a lot. Before the Nacra 17 I sailed Laser, Tornado, America’s Cup and a lot of other boats. So we have a lot of sailing experience. But this boat is new and exciting. At 53 I am one of the oldest sailors in the fleet but I am feeling very good and look forward to the coming days.”

Pippa Wilson and John Grimson sit third overall following a 13, 8, 32, 5 scoreline.
Tomorrow, three more Gold Fleet races are scheduled before the Medal Race. In the overall results the top 15 teams are very close together, so tomorrow is going to be a very exciting and important day for the last qualification to be in the Medal Race.
Nacra 17 Report Courtesy of Edwin Lodder, International Nacra 17 Class Association

 

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Women’s 470

Saturday’s Medal Race will be a three-way battle for the World Championship gold medal between series leaders Lara Vadlau and Jola Ogar (AUT), Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (NZL) and Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (GBR).

Vadlau and Ogar attacked today’s two races with their usual spirit and burning desire to be in front. Sitting on a one point deficit behind the Kiwis going into the day, they advance to the double-points Medal Race with a one point advantage at the front of the leaderboard. Also in the bag are Austria’s ticket to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and they are guaranteed a 470 World Championship medal. Reverse back two years to the 2012 470 World Championships and Vadlau secured the last nation slot to the London 2012 Olympics. In Weymouth, Vadlau was the youngest helm and scored a race best result of 10th amongst the Olympic fleet. Since then, her success has been unwavering and regardless of the colour of the medal secured tomorrow, today marks a defining moment in Vadlau’s career.

“We are really happy with today,” grinned Vadlau. “It was really not such an easy wind, it was really shifty and anything could have happened. We achieved our first target for this Worlds, to get the ticket.

“It feels great, but our main target is in Rio. Everything that comes now is a nice gift. With Jola together we can achieve everything when we sail good. When we both do our jobs this is the outcome.”

London 2012 Olympic Gold medallists and defending World Champions, Aleh and Powrie have also guaranteed themselves a podium finish, regardless of where they finish in the Medal Race.

Race wins went to Brazil’s Renata Decnop and Isabel Swan and in a surprise end to their Championship, Great Britain’s Christina Bassadon and Eilidh McIntyre. Brought in as a last minute replacement, as Mcintyre’s usual helm Sophie Weguelin was injured, 2008 Olympian Bassadone stepped in to the 470 with just four hours of training, having last competed in a 470 four years ago .

Medal Race strategies will be intricately gone through tonight. Whilst the Austrians and Kiwis are guaranteed medals, behind them it is all open. Sitting 13 points behind the Kiwis, Great Britain’s Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark go into the Medal Race in third overall and have a shot to upgrade to silver, but will also be focused on holding on to bronze. Only two teams have a chance at knocking the British off the podium, with their closest rivals being world ranked #1 pair, Camille Lecointre and Helene Defrance of France who sit 10 points behind in fourth overall. An outside chance at bronze also goes to the USA’s Anne Haegar and Briana Provancha.

 

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Men’s 470

Australia’s Mat Belcher and Will Ryan made it four race wins in a row today, as they added victory in races 7 and 8, to yesterday’s wins in races 6 and 7. Great Britain’s Luke Patience and Elliott Willis sealed the race 9 win and now put themselves within reach of the bronze medal.

On the eve of his 32nd Birthday, Belcher sits on the verge of claiming his fifth successive 470 World Championship title. If he succeeds, it would mark an unprecedented achievement in the history of the 470 Class, and most likely in any Olympic Class.

“It was really shifty today and it was easy to find yourselves at the back,” explained Belcher. “It wasn’t easy to get the first shift, but we were fighting pretty hard to try and come back. There was plenty of opportunity out there, so we were able to come back really well and sail a great day.”

Commenting on the potential for another World title tomorrow, Belcher continued, “It is a pretty big deal. This year we have sailed really well and I am a firm believer that we deserve to be where we are. A lot can happen in a medal race and we have seen that before where we had an even bigger points gap, that at one stage we weren’t winning.”

The Australians go into Saturday’s double-points Medal Race with a 14.7 point advantage over Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic from Croatia, with Greece’s Panagotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis in third. Only the Croatians can wrestle gold from the Australians, but that would take a win for them and an improbable last place for the Australians.

The Croatians, Greeks and Great Britain’s Patience and Willis are all in the hunt for silver and bronze medals, so the stage is set for some thrilling racing on the grandstand Duna course on Saturday.

Several rising star 470 teams have forced the more experienced sailors to look over their shoulders through this Championship. Kazuto Doi and Kimihiki Imamura (JPN), Guillaume Pirouelle and Sipan Valentin (FRA) and the 2013/2014 470 Junior World Champions Jordi Xammar and Joan Herp (ESP) have all made it to the Medal Race, with the French and Spanish also earning the honour of securing their nation’s slots at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

470 Reports Courtesy of Luissa Smith, International 470 Class Association

Medal Races are scheduled to commence at 14:15 and 15:15 local time on Saturday 20 September.

The remaining fleets will commence at 13:00.

 

Schedule of Racing:

14-20 September, 470 Men and 470 Women
15-21 September, 49er, 49erFX, Finn and Nacra 17

 

Results are available here.

Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds Event Website http://www.santander2014.com/

 

 

Golden day for French RS:X racers

 

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Photos c Vicenzo Baglione

 

 

 

ISAF Sailing World Championships at Santander, Spain

 

 

There was double French gold in the RS:X fleets at the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships as Julien Bontemps claimed the men’s title and Charline Picon picked up the women’s.

Picon had sealed Women’s RS:X gold overnight whilst Bontemps had a comfortable lead in the men’s and needed a solid race to seal the deal.

With tough sailing conditions on the Duna Course that saw winds gust up to 25 knots there was plenty of shuffles in the pack as the action played out in front of a capacity crowd and a worldwide TV audience.

Przemyslaw Miarczynski (POL) took silver and Thomas Goyard (FRA) took bronze in the men’s fleet. The home crowd had something to cheer about in the women’s division as Spain’s Marina Alabau sealed silver ahead of Maayan Davidovich (ISR).

 

 

Men’s RS:X

 

It was a difficult start with the fleet split up into two groups with half lining up on starboard and the others crossing behind on port.

With tensions high and hearts pumping, the individual recall flag prompted medal contender Piotr Myszka (POL) to come back and restart but it was clear that others were also over the line at the start as the flag remained on the race committee boat.

Greece’s Byron Kokkalanis (GRE) rounded the windward mark first, followed by Louis Giard (FRA) and Le Coq (FRA) but the real battle was playing out behind the trio as all three were scored OCS.

With the race leaders out of contention, overnight leader Julien Bontemps (FRA) looking increasingly assured of the gold medal.  With the pack bunched up together, the left hand side of the course was the place to go upwind and downwind.  With choppy waves rebounding back off the Dune, unpredictability at the bottom gate caused Kokkalanis, Dorian van Rijsselberge (NED) and Kiran Badloe (NED) to lose control and drop their sails in the water to oos and aahs from the crowd.

On the final lap Thomas Goyard (FRA) showed impressive speed, climbing through the fleet to take the bullet and with it the bronze medal. An outstanding achievement for the young Frenchman whose best achievement in advance of Santander was a sixth at the recent RS:X European Championship in Alcati, Turkey. After racing he was super happy and couldn’t believe he won a medal.

Bontemps finished behind his compatriot and sealed his second RS:X world title and the celebrations commenced.

Miarczynski sailed conservatively throughout the race to protect his podium position. He came through in third to pick up silver and his fourth RS:X world championship medal.

Badloe, Dempsey and Van Rijsselberge finished fourth to sixth respectively.

Myszka walked away frustrated after he missed out on bronze following a pre-race equipment inspection penalty of two points. He ended up tied on 60 points with Goyard and lost out on bronze after he finished behind the young Frenchman in the Medal Race.

 

 

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Women’s RS:X

 

The Women’s RS:X started after the Men’s fleet in a comfortable but puffy 15-18 knots. The start was slightly delayed due to the big ship leaving the harbour.

There was a surprise on the start as all the girls started on starboard with a brilliant one for Flavia Tartaglini (ITA), Bryony Shaw (GBR) and Jiahui Wu (CHN). Charline Picon (FRA) had the medal in her pocket so didn’t take any risks and started a few seconds after the starting gun. Despite being a late starter Picon’s incredible speed and very smart sailing through the shifts saw her win the Medal Race.

Tartaglini had quite comfortable lead over Wu but a few late tacks dropped her to fifth at the finish and sixth overall. Santander 2014 didn’t come easy for Tartaglini who looks forward to a good rest and proper winter training.

Wu kept her second till the finish and jumped to fourth overall. Wu, who finished second at ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres this year, is aiming for a medal at the 2014 Worlds as she is pretty happy with her current speed.

The fight for silver between Maayan Davidovich (ISR) and Marina Alabau (ESP) played out to the finish with Alabau pipping the Israeli at the finish to take silver. The home nation sailor had an extremely good second half of the event and feels she is on the right track to reach the heights of Picon who has set very high standards.

Davidovich who has bronze from the 2012 RS:X Worlds felt quite comfortable and relaxed during the event and is happy with her sailing and is looking forward to improving the colour of her medal next time out.

 

Men’s and Women’s RS:X Reports Courtesy of Olga Maslivets, International RS:X Class Association

 

Results are available here.

 

 

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