Monthly Archives: December 2014
Tornado World Championships at Nedlands YC, Perth
Tuesday the 30th December saw the first day of the ISAF Tornado World Championships and Global Mixed Championships in Perth, Western Australia.
30 teams from 7 nations have made the trip to Nedlands Yacht Club to enjoy the sunshine and fantastic sailing conditions that Perth has to offer.
Since the 26th December the majority of boats have also been warming up, sailing in the Australian Championships. Team Redbull sailing their boat Glory & Drama won that event. 8 races were sailed over the two days in action packed conditions.
The first day of Tornado World Championships started with a practice race for the 7 boats who chose to take part. The warm Easterly breeze which kept building throughout the race put the sailors through their paces and provided some of the best sailing of the day.
As expected the Easterly breeze died out and the wind shifted to the West with the sea breeze coming in. The afternoon was very warm with temperatures of 41 degrees providing unstable winds from the South West between 8 and 14 knots.
The first race was won by Gavin Colby and Pete Dubbelaar (Australia) who led from the top mark. They managed to hold off many others in a close race to the finish with Team Redbull (Greece).
The second race of the day was a reverse of places with Iordanis Pachalidis and Konstantine Trigonis (Team Red Bull) taking the victory followed by Gavin Colby and Pete Dubblelaar.
On Wednesday three races are scheduled, two in the morning and one in the afternoon.
The evergreen Gaeblers – Photo c Martina Barnetova
Top 10 after 2 races:
1 GRE 07 Iordanis Paschalidis/Konstantine Trigonis, 3 pts
2 AUS 05 Gav Colby/Pete Dubbelaar, 3pts
3 AUS 333 Brett Burvill/Ryan Duffield, 10pts
4 AUS 331 James Clark/Ben Taylor, 10pts
5 AUS 330 Paul Peterson/Jared Eyles, 13pts
6 AUS 3251 Allan Gamble/Kim Nicholas, 13pts
7 GER 1 Roland Gaebler/Nahid Gaebler, 15pts
8 GER 2 Markus Betz/Nikolas Betz, 16pts
9 AUS 322 Matthew Punch/Chris Bateburg, 19pts
10 AUS 326 Paul Raymond/Brendan Smith, 23pts
For full results see: www.tornado-class.org
Photo © Daniel Forster / Rolex
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race
Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats XI has done it again, and in claiming Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race line honours for an eighth time at 15.03.26 hours in the time of two days two hours three minutes and 26 seconds, goes down in the race’s 70 year history as the only yacht to ever achieve this amazing feat.
Wild Oats XI has outdone the efforts of Morna/Kurrewa IV, the holder of seven line honours titles during the 1950’s and her last in 1960.
After a revealing start in which Comanche left the rest of the fleet in its wake, Mark Richards and his crew persevered to the end, Comanche chasing her and narrowing the gap to 10 nautical miles at Tasman Island, as Ken Read and the crew on the American yacht owned by Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze Clark did all they could to overtake the Mark Richards skippered Wild Oats XI.
At 2.10pm, an announcement over the loudspeaker in Hobart alerted locals that Wild Oats XI was in the River Derwent, the crowds gathering quickly to greet the nine year-old yacht that has proved almost infallible, even to the brand new American raider in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s 628 nautical mile race.
A riveting Sydney Harbour start to the race as Wild Oats XI chased Comanche, to an equally riveting finish where the roles were reversed as Mark ‘Ricko’ Richards and crew went into overdrive in the light airs of Bass Strait and overtook their quarry.
Despite reports of soft winds, Wild Oats XI made good time up the Derwent, her spinnaker full and boat speed between 12 and 16 knots, while Comanche was averaging 14-15 knots. Richards looked remarkably calm at the helm, he and the crew smiling and waving to the incredible spectator fleet, including the usually gruff Iain Murray.
A couple of gybes later, just prior to 3pm, the spinnaker was dropped as ‘The Oats’ two-sail reached towards the Castray Esplanade finish line, throwing in three more gybes before crossing the line four hours inside the 2 days 6hrs 6mins 27secs of last year, but well outside her 2012 race record of one day 18hrs 23mins 12secs.
Richards was all smiles as CYCA commodore John Cameron handed him the champagne and presented him with the J.H. Illingworth trophy. All thoughts of the start when he remarked “look at that thing go,” were forgotten.
“The boys did a wonderful job in overcoming Comanche which led for the first night. I can’t believe I’m standing here today,” Richards said.
“To win a Hobart is a great honour, but to win line honours for an eighth time – I’m so proud.”
You can’t deny the class of the Oatley boat. Even the purported ‘fastest super maxi in the world’, Rambler/Perpetual Loyal could not overcome her rival last year. Sadly, Anthony Bell’s yacht suffered hull damage and retired after a day at sea.
Bob Oatley was effusive dockside as his yacht was brought to the dock by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania escort vessel: “It’s a miracle – and we will be back next year, yes, we’ll definitely be back next year, a clearly emotional Oatley said. “She is the best boat in the world; she’s proved that.”
Commanche glides in for second – Photo c Daniel Forster / Volvo
And Ken Read and his crew on the new ‘aircraft carrier’, dubbed so because two of Wild Oats’ narrow stern could fit inside that of Comanche’s, found the same problem, unable to recover the ground it had lost in Bass Strait.
Dignified in defeat, Comanche’s owner, Jim Clark, said: “Wild Oats and Mark Richards ran one hell of a race and it’s a really excellent boat. Disappointed we got stuck in that high pressure system, but they managed to sneak through it. And you’ve got to give them credit, that’s the nature of that boat, they’ve got the balance.
Will he bring Comanche back to the race? “We’ll see if we’re back next year, not sure. We have a lot of big plans and I just don’t know whether we’ll make it back or not, we’ll have talk to the crew and see what they think.”
On board Wild Oats XI, Steve Jarvin, who works the main traveller on the yacht, was celebrating a record 13th line honours victory. They include the two treble wins scored by Bob Oatley’s yacht in 2005 and 2014 respectively. He was perhaps also reflecting on his son Seve, racing in competition to him aboard Perpetual Loyal, not making the finish line.
Wild Rose declared overall winner
Photo © Carlo Borlenghi / Rolex
Who could have known at any stage of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race that boats touched by Bob Oatley and both bearing the name ‘Wild’ in their title would take line honours and overall corrected time honours in the 70th edition of the race and the 70th anniversary of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia?
That is exactly what happened when Wild Rose, Bob Oatley’s first grand prix ocean racer, sailed into Hobart, her owner Roger Hickman having to wait to be declared overall winner of the race with the 29-year-old yacht.
“I feel lucky and privileged to have Bob Oatley’s boat,” Hickman said this morning.
“I sailed with Bob Oatley on this boat and with Hugh Treharne (America’s Cup winner 1983) and Rodney Pattison (English double Olympic gold medallist).
“I did three Hobarts with Bob on this boat. When I bought boat from him in 1991, he almost gave it to me,” a clearly emotional Hickman said.
“I was a young merchant navy officer then. I was honoured and privileged to sail with him and the others. Six years later when I went to buy the boat, I only had half the money, so I asked Bob if he could wait while I tried to raise the rest. He said to me, ‘Roger, you were the only guy to ever go to the bar and buy me a drink, don’t worry about the rest’.
Love & War (Simon Kurts) along with South Australian entry, Enchantress (John Willoughby), were among the handful in contention to win the race overall, but in the late stages, stopped to give assistance when a light plane crashed late yesterday near Cape Raoul.
“We felt we had enough distance, but not enough time on her. It’s not a pleasant feeling, waiting to be told whether you have won. The anxiety goes up. To win this race is difficult at the best of times, to deal with this waiting game now….
“I certainly feel empathy for Loki and others I’ve kept waiting; now I know what it feels like. I also feel sorry for Bruce Taylor – he’s had to wait around yet again,” he said of second overall placed Taylor with his Chutzpah.
For full finish positions see: www.rolexsydneyhobart.com
By Di Pearson, RSHYR Media
Photo c Carlo Borlenghi / Rolex
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race start
The brand new super maxi Comanche lived up to all the hype today when she lead the Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet out of the Harbour in one of the most spectacular, high speed starts in the race’s history.
Designed for fast broad reaching, the 15 knot plus south-easterly breeze on the harbour was made to order for the big red and black hulled yacht owned by American Jim Clark and his Australian wife, Kristy. After a brilliant start slightly ahead and to leeward of Wild Oats XI, Comanche swiftly unfurled her giant spinnaker and took off, quickly ‘rolling the Oats’, causing skipper Mark Richards to exclaim from the wheel of Wild Oats XI “She’s smoking – look at that thing go.”
As they raced down the harbour, Comanche, skippered by Ken Read, steadily widened the gap. In around five minutes they were rounding the first mark with Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats XI more than 30 seconds behind her. Then came Syd Fischer’s newly hulled Ragamuffin 100 and Anthony Bell’s Perpetual Loyal.
Photo Daniel Forster / Rolex
The sleigh ride was over. Down came the spinnakers, Wild Oats XI and Ragamuffin quickly reefed their giant mainsails, while Comanche just kept going as the frontrunners began to beat their way out to the seamark in a lumpy, uncomfortable sea that was fast being churned into full washing machine mode as the spectator boats cluttered around them.
With their sails hardened up, Wild Oats XI hung onto Comanche’s coat tails as they clawed their way to the mark. Just ten minutes into the race, the American passed the yellow buoy. There are no records, but unofficially no boat has left Sydney Harbour more quickly in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s 628 nautical mile race.
The two leading boats continued beating out to sea, as did the third placed Ragamuffin 100, but startlingly, Perpetual Loyal tacked around the mark and charged through the spectator fleet towards the cliffs at South Head, tacking again under the Macquarie Lighthouse to head offshore in slightly cleaner water as most of the spectator fleet followed Comanche and Wild Oats XI.
Photo c Carlo Borlenghi / Rolex
Next out to sea were the V70s Blackjack and Giacomo, already engaged in a fierce one on one duel that will not end until the reach Hobart, followed by Manouch Moshayedi’s Rio 100.
And behind them the remainder of this 117 strong fleet paraded between the Heads in a remarkably tight line, every single boat enjoying this amazingly swift start. Well placed were Ichi Ban, OneSails Racing and last year’s winner, Victoire. And one of the big unknown quantities in this race, the Botin 65 racer/cruiser Caro from the Cayman Islands has shown a very good turn of speed. Watch this space indeed.
Even Sean Langman’s 82 year old gaffer Maluka of Kermandie, the oldest and smallest boat in the fleet, had rounded the first mark inside 30 minutes. An unheard of time for the little 9 metre veteran that may, or then again may not, arrive in Hobart in time for New Year.
Sadly, not long after the start, two yachts were forced to retire: Tina of Melbourne with hull damage and Bear Necessity with a damaged rudder. Both are returning to Sydney.
By Jim Gale, RSHYR media
All photos c – Fred Hoffmann / CBVela
The second edition of Copa Brazil de Vela came to a close on Saturday on the beach of San Francisco, in Niterói where more than 160 sailors from 20 countries spent more time on the Rio 2016 Olympic courses over the seven day event. The regatta was also a selection series for the Brazilian Sailing Team and four classes have sailors who have secured spots for their sailing team at the home Olympics in 2016.
The first classes to go on the water were the 49er and 49er FX. As the wind took a while to fill in, the starts were over 2 hours late. With streaks of patchy breeze all over the course the girls made the fans suffer as the title swayed back and forth. In the end, the Dutch crew Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duelz won the race and the title of the competition. Local favourites Martine Grael and Kunze Kahena were 2nd in the race to take the silver medal. In the mens, another member of the Grael family, Marco Grael and Gabriel Borges, won the race and the title.
The following classes to hit the water were the RS: X men and Nacra 17.
Winner of the RS:X was Brit Nick Dempsey, silver medallist at London 2012. The two Poles Pawel Tarnowski and Piotr Myszka had to settle for silver and bronze.
In Nacra 17 class, the title went with the French world champions Billy Bresson and Marie Riou, who won the medal race in style to complete the job. Overnight leaders Vittorio Bissaro and Silvai Sicouri settled for silver with a 7th in the medal race.
Once these races were over, the wind dropped again and the sailors had to wait a little longer before the start of classes RS: X women and Finn.
In the girls RS:X, the champion was the Brit Bryony Shaw. Brazilian Patricia Freitas secured the silver medal by finishing fifth in the medal race.
In the heavyweight Finn, Britains Giles Scott had already secured the gold on Friday, but still wanted to sail on Saturday and also won the race medal. “The wind was not very good, but I was happy to win the medal race. Winning the two editions of the Brazil Sailing Cup and the test event in August, certainly made me more confident for the Olympics, “said the world champion.
Josh Junior (NZL) had improved all through the regatta to grab silver from USA’s Caleb Paine.
In the next two medal races also sailed in light winds came the first gold medal of Brazil. The Gauchos Fernanda Oliveira and Ana Barbachan rounded off their good performance during the week by winning the medal race.
“It was a very difficult championship, with different conditions. We managed to maintain a good average during the week and I think that led us to win the championship. It was a Father Christmas present, to end the year. Even more for being on the Olympic course, so it’s a great sign, “said Ana.
Fernanda Oliveira and Ana Barbachan, gold in the 470 – Fred Hoffmann / CBVela
Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie the current Olympic champions had been improving all week to take silver from Camille Lecointre and Helene Defrance in third.
Among the men’s 470, the winners were the world champions Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan. The duo, who also won the Test Event, returned back home feeling confident. “It was a tough day, we returned to the water at almost 1700 hrs, when we should have gone into the water at 1300 hrs. Training never hurts, though, its quite relaxed here, but the idea is to get used as much as possible with the courses of Rio de Janeiro, “Belcher said.
The last class to go on the water was the Lasers. In the males, Robert Scheidt has proven that it he is a living legend and, crossing the finish line in third place, securing another title in his career.
“It was a very complicated race, in the penultimate leg I had to make a difficult decision that paid off and I managed to pass the Dutchman Rutger Van Schaardenburg, who was fighting for the title. I’m relieved now. This year was pretty hard for me, I had exceptional results and to win here on the Olympic course is always a statement that I’m on the right track, “Scheidt said.
Fellow colleague Bruno Fontes secured second ahead of the current world champion Rutger Van Schaardenburg.
The girls were the hardest to be hit by the weak breeze. In the end, the title went to Evi Van Acker of Belgium. Josefin Olssen of Sweden picked up the silver.
The Brazilian Confederation of Sailing (CBVela) confirmed on Saturday during the Brazil Sailing Cup in Niterói, the first names scheduled for the Rio Olympics 2016. They are: Jorginho Zarif, the Finn class, Ricardo ‘Bimba’ Winicki, and Patricia Freitas, RS: X, and Martine Grael and Kunze Kahena, the 49er FX.
“It was a relief to receive confirmation. Now the goal is to get the Games with chance to fight for the medal, “said Martine, who, like Kahena, will make his debut in the Olympic Games.
All photos c – Fred Hoffmann / CBVela
Copa Brasil de Vela at Rio de Janeiro
The qualifying round ended on Friday for 160 sailors from 20 countries and medal races will be held on Saturday in San Francisco bay in Niteroi close to the public.
On Friday, the wind was light again on the bays outside Guanabara Bay. One happy local sailor was Fernanda Oliveira. On her birthday she took first place in the 470 class and moves into the medal race as a favourite for the title of Brazil Sailing Cup, which also acts as the Brazilian Class Championship. The Brazilians are however only one point ahead of Lara Vadlau and Jolanta Oger (AUT) who climb back onto the podium with a first and second on Friday. Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (NZL) join the Austrians on 32 pts and previous leaders Camille Lecointre and Helene Defrance drop to 4th in close contention with 34 pts. The medal race should be a close encounter.
Matt Belcher and Will Ryan of Australia have stretched to a 6 point lead in the 470 men with Stuart McNay and Dave Hughes (USA) lying in second 4 points ahead of Britains Luke Patience and Elliot Willis.
In the Finn, Britains Giles Scott, successor to Finn legend Sir Ben Ainslie, has sailed such a dominant regatta he has already secured the title with a huge gap of 24 points over second-placed Dutchman Pieter Jan Postma.
Giles Scott (GBR) – Fred Hoffmann / CBVela
In Laser Standard, the fight for gold is between two Brazilians. Robert Scheidt will go on the water on Saturday in first place, with Bruno Fontes second, seven points behind.
“The day was very complicated, with two races on the Sugarloaf course, with much hanging around for wind. I did not sail very well in the first race and was a little better in the second. Fortunately I managed to keep a good average, ranking among the top five. The score is tight with Bruno Fontes and the Dutch Rutger Van Schaardenburg, so the idea is to sail a good race and keep an eye on them, “Scheidt said.
Robert Scheidt – Fred Hoffmann / CBVela
In Laser Radial, the leader is the Swedish Josefin Olsson, followed by the Belgian Evi Van Acker a point behind.
Among girls the 49er FX, Martine Graele and Kahena Kunze (BRA) closed the day in second place, with Dutch crew Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duelz first. In the 49er, which has the lowest fleet numbers, the Brazilian duo Marco Grael and Gabriel Borges ended the day in first place with 4 points ahead of Dante Bianchi and Thomas Low Beer.
In the Nacra 17 the leaders are now the Italians Vittorio Bissaro and Silvia Sicouri after they scored three seconds, relegating former leaders Billy Besson and Marie Rio to second by 8 pts. Swiss crew Matias Buhler and Nathalie Brugger move up to third going into the medal race.
In the RS: X class, Brits lead both mens and womens divisions. Bryony Shaw has opened up a 9 pt lead over Brazils Patricia Freitas and in the men
Britains Nick Dempsey has taken top spot 8 points in front of Pawel Tarnowski with Brazils Ricardo Santos in third.
Three of the ten Olympic classes already have their Brazilian representatives defined for the Rio 2016 Games They will be announced by CBVela on Saturday after the award of the medal races.
For more information, as results and schedules of races, go www.copabrasildevela.com.br.
Every day will be made available high resolution photos on the link http://bit.ly/1yT6fUC. Credit is Fred Hoffmann / CBVela.
Photo © Jim Condon
28th Edition Quantum Key West Race Week
High-speed foiling catamarans, powerful 72-foot Maxi yachts, innovative High Performance Racing designs and large classes of exciting sport boats are heading to the Florida Keys. Quantum Key West Race Week 2015 will once again showcase the full spectrum of sailboat racing amid the beautiful setting of aqua-colored waters and warm sunshine.
Many of the world’s best sailors will come to the Conch Republic for the 28th edition of Key West Race Week. For the fourth consecutive year, Quantum Sail Design Group will serve as title sponsor of the iconic event, which is organized by Premiere Racing.
A touch of the America’s Cup will come to Key West for the first time with the addition of the GC 32 class. GC stands for ‘Great Cup’ and the state-of-the-art foiling catamarans mimic the larger models used in the most recent America’s Cup by providing an airborne racing experience.
The GC32 Racing Tour will be held from May through September out of such European sites as Austria, England, Germany, Italy and France. Key West will serve as somewhat of a training and tuneup event for the Argo program along with at least three others from Switzerland, the Netherlands and France.
From a spectator standpoint, the most majestic racing machines in Key West will be those racing in the Maxi 72 class, which typically requires a crew of 17 to race. Minneapolis-based skipper Hap Fauth and his crew aboard Bella Mente return after capturing class honors in 2014 and will do battle with a pair of familiar foes in Numbers and Shockwave (George Sakellaris).
Premiere Racing is very pleased to have a pair of J/Boat classes making one design debuts at Key West Race Week. To date , the J/111 has attracted seven boats while J/88 has six on the scratch sheet.
The Farr 280 will make their Key West debut next January. Four boats will battle for one design sub-class trophies within a larger PHRF class.
Regatta dates are January 18 – 23, 2015
For more go to: www.Premiere-Racing.com
All photos c Fred Hoffmann / CB Vela
Copa Brasil de Vela at Rio de Janeiro
The penultimate day of the qualifying round of the Brazil Sailing Cup was marked by weak winds in the bays outside the Guanabara Bay. Classes that were inside the bay enjoyed stronger winds and bright sunshine.
In a strong fleet of 470’s sailing on the Sugarloaf course, Brazilians Fernanda Oliveira and Ana Barbachan had an almost perfect day. The double gaucho added a second and a first place, rising to second place overall. The new leaders are the French crew Camille Lecointre and Hélène Defrance.
The men left the beach later and sailed to Ray Bridge, where the wind was stronger all day. Australians Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan, current world champions, took the lead with consecutive bulletts.
In the RS: X class, with three races held in laps at the Naval Academy, the results remain the same. Local sailor Patricia Freitas ranks second amongst the girls, with British Bryony Shaw in the first place. In the men, Ricardo ‘Bimba’ Winicki lies in fourth, with the Polish Pawel Tarnowski first.
Brit Giles Scott, the current world champion continues to dominate the Finn class opening up a 17 point lead over PJ Postma (NED) in second.
Weak winds outside the bay
The Nacra 17 class which sailed out of Guanabara Bay, had a long day. A flotilla of 23 boats took to the water shortly after noon and only returned after 1700 hrs. The three races were sailed in faint breeze not even enough to trapeze.
“The day was very complicated but we had two good races, This is my first time in Brazil and I am really enjoying it. The spirit of Rio, always smiling, is something incredible. And the weather and the place are also very good.” said the Italian Vittorio Bissaro who with Silvia Sicouri was fourth at the World Championships in September, and finished the day in second place, tied with double world champion Billy Bresson and Marie Riou from France.
The classes 49er and 49er FX, were scheduled to sail outside the bay but due to light winds came back to race on the Sugarloaf course. In the mens, Marco Grael and Gabriel Borges lead by one point.
The girls qualifying round ends on Friday with Dutch crew Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duelz first and locals Martine Grael and Kunze Kahena in second place.
On Friday two more races are scheduled for classes 470, Laser Standard, Laser Radial and Finn and three for the Nacra 17, 49er, 49er FX and RS: X. Later in the day, the top ten-ranked in classes with more than ten subscribers and the top five in classes with fewer than ten registered qualify for the medal race contest, which will be played on Saturday, in the cove of San Francisco, at Niterói . All final race results can not be discarded.
For more info, results and schedules go: www.copabrasildevela.com.br.
Every day will be made available high resolution photos on the link http://bit.ly/1yT6fUC. Credit is Fred Hoffmann / CBVela.
All Photos c Fred Hoffmann
Copa Brasil de Vela II at Rio de Janeiro
Day 2 of the Copa Brasil de Vela II in Rio delivered another day of light to moderate breezes and fine sunshine at the Praia de Sao Francisco in Niteroi.
Britain’s Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre in the lead of the women’s 470 by one point from current world champions Austria’s Lara Vladau and Jolanta Oge. The other British pair, Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark won the first race (race 4) but then missed the next two races, they are in eighth overall.
Austria’s Lara Vladau and Jolanta Oge
Americans Stuart McNay and Dave Hughes are leaders in the 470 Mens class. Matt Belcher and Will Ryan of Australia were the in-form crew with two wins and are in second. Britain’s Luke Patience and Elliott Willis improved their results on Wednesday, now in fourth after six races and ten points off the leaders
Giles Scott keeps his lead in the Finn, 11 points clear of Dutchman PJ Postma
Jorge Zharif (BRA)
Evi Van Acker of Belgium is the new leader in the women’s Radial, with Josefin Olsson of Sweden second and Holland’s Marit Bouwmeester taking two wins to move into third.
The Laser standard is a Brazilian one – two with Bruno Fontes leading Robert Scheidt by a single point.
In the men’s 49er Marco Grael and Gabriel Borges take over the lead from Dante Bianchi and Thomas Lowbeer, both Brazil.
In the women’s 49er FX the flying Dutch pair Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duelz have now scored 6 bullets in 6 races to lead by five points from Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze of Brazil.
In the Nacra 17 class, Billy Bresson and Marie Riou of France keep their lead ahead of Vittorio Bissaro and Silvai Sicouri of Italy.
In the men’s RS:X, Dempsey is tied on points with Tarnowski (POL), each winning a race with Piotr Myszka of Poland taking the other and third overall.
In the women’s RS:X, Bryony Shaw (GBR) took the lead but Patricia Freita of Brazil took two wins to lie second overall.
For results see: http://www.copabrasildevela.com.br
Zhik Mothapalooza™ set to be even more of a spectacle this year
The 2015 McDougall + McConaghy Moth World Championship is set to be even more of a spectacle this year, with the return of the Zhik ‘Mothapalooza’ which promises a potential head-to-head with teams of America’s Cup and Olympic sailors.
The event will take place alongside the Moth Worlds in Sorrento, on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, between 10-16 January 2015.
This year, the Zhik Mothapalooza has evolved into a unique two-event series for individuals and teams, all devised to test the competitors’ innovative foiling skills and boat handling to the extreme.
An individual event, ‘How Slow Can You Go’ is a test to find the ‘slowest foiler’ sailing between two points. You read that right – the slowest! Competitors will sail at 90 degrees to the wind over a straight 100 metre course.
Whichever sailor takes the longest time while still keeping their boat foiling at all times, without tacking or gybing, will be the winner! Anyone who has tried foiling for themselves will quickly recognise just how difficult this test will be.
The team event will be the World’s first foiling ‘Sailing Relay Race’. Teams of four, many of whom are Olympic and America’s Cup sailors will have to pick up, carry and deliver a baton to a floating bucket, then get out of the way so the next team mate can grab the baton and head back in the opposite direction.
Photo © www.go4image.com
Set to be an exciting event that will test all sailors’ ability to work as a team, we expect there will be some very close calls! Any Moth Worlds entrants can team up together to battle it out for overall honours and generous prizes awarded by Zhik.
With names including Tom Slingsby, Rome Kirby, Kyle Langford, as well as Dean Barker, Glenn Ashby, Ray Davies and Peter Burling, there is potential for another race off between Oracle Racing and Team New Zealand.
Other well-known names include defending world champion Nathan Outteridge, former world champion Bora Gulari, British Laser Olympic gold medallist Paul Goodison and 49er Olympic bronze medallist Chris Draper. Will we see ‘Moth Team Oracle’ or ‘Moth Artemis’, or even perhaps the Aussie Olympic medallists’ team up?
With $5000 worth of Zhik prizes up for grabs, this is an event not to be missed by competitors and public alike!
Photo © www.go4image.com
Mothapalooza promises some serious fun on the water and off!
Brian Connolly, founder and CEO of Zhik, said, “The Zhik Mothapalooza is an outstanding test of the sailors’ skills, and enormous fun for the spectators to watch too. We are delighted to be involved with this event. The Moth class is right at the forefront of dinghy sailing technology, and Zhik is right there with the sailors all the way.”
See more at: www.mothapalooza.com
Photos © Thierry Martinez / Sea & Co. / www.thmartinez.com
America’s Cup stars, Olympic medallists and world champions are among the record 150 plus sailors who will converge on Port Phillip in the New Year when the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club (SSCBC) in Victoria hosts the McDougall + McConaghy 2015 Moth World Championship from 9-16 January, 2015, on Port Phillip.
Defending Moth world champion and Artemis America’s Cup helm, Nathan Outteridge (AUS), heads the line-up. Like so many others, Outteridge, the 2012 Olympic 49er gold medallist, will take on fellow crew and rivals from the Olympics and the America’s Cup, among them his 49er medallist crew and fellow Artemis member, Iain ‘Goobs’ Jensen.
Other Artemis entries are Loick Peyron (FRA), who has four ORMA titles and a Transat win among his illustrious results, and 2008 Beijing Laser gold medallist Paul Goodison (GBR).
Intermingled with other big names are winning Oracle Team members Philippe Presti (FRA), Rome Kirby (USA) and Joey Newton (AUS), while Emirates Team New Zealand boats Glenn Ashby (AUS) and Kiwis Dean Barker, Ray Davies, and Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, the 2012 Olympic 49er silver medallists.
Burling and Tuke are Outteridge and Jensen’s rivals, and not just in the 49er, according to Tom Slingsby, who slates Burling as the biggest potential threat for the Moth world title.
“Peter Burling is the man to beat. I’ve been watching him, he’s sailing really well and improving all the time,” says Slingsby, the first Australian to be named ISAF World Sailor of the Year (2010) and Oracle strategist.
2014 World Champion Nathan Outteridge – Photos © Thierry Martinez / Sea & Co. / www.thmartinez.com
Slingsby is running himself ragged in the lead-up. Competing in the Moth class at Sail Sydney along with other Moth Worlds candidates, on Tuesday he will call tactics aboard Perpetual Loyal in the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge on Sydney Harbour and in the Rolex Sydney Hobart. In between, the 30 year-old will skipper Oman Air in the Extreme Sailing Series from 11-14 December, but insists he is enjoying every minute.
“I had a break from sailing – I needed it. But now I’m enjoying all the opportunities that are coming my way,” said Slingsby, a multiple world title holder in the Olympic Laser class and former Etchells world champion. “The Extreme is a great opportunity to sail with some of my Oracle crew and it will give me time on the water and practice for the Moth Worlds,” he said.
“Realistically, there are 10-15 people who could win the Worlds. People are coming up with new twists all the time. The Moth is developing all the time, as can be seen with the foiling,” explains the Terrigal sailor who with his Oracle team mates has been practicing on the home turf of Outteridge and Jensen at Wangi Wangi on the NSW Central Coast.
“I’m more local than they are now,” he says laughing. “The Oracle guys have spent a bit of time there because the conditions are perfect for Moth sailing – it’s quiet – there are no distractions, so we can concentrate on sailing.”
Tornado Olympic medallist Glenn Ashby owns more world championship trophies across a broad range of multihull classes than anyone else. Leaving the woes of losing the America’s Cup behind him, the Bendigo sailor commented: “it will be, without doubt, the single most high-performance regatta I’ve ever done.
“There’ll be at least eight Olympic medallists, three Moth world champions and 15 America’s Cup sailors,” added sailmaker Ashby, who is already in Sorrento practicing regularly with Emirates Team NZ crew.
Bora Gulari, the 2013 Moth world champion returns this year after taking a year off. Since his win in Hawaii, the American has been training with the Luna Rossa America’s Cup syndicate.
Missing in action will be America’s Cup winning skipper, Jimmy Spithill, who is having his elbow operated on, but another Spithill will take his place. Younger brother Tom will try his luck in this fast-paced high-level foiling class and has also been putting in practice.
In the younger set too is 2012 Moth world champion, Josh McKnight (AUS), who has to be considered a threat after winning the title at his first Worlds. He was also crowned the 2013 NSW Moth title and in July, won the Open Italian Moth Championship.
Women have thrown their hats in the ‘Moth sphere’ too, notably local sailor, Sam England. The 2011 Moth Worlds Women’s winner is training hard to bring the trophy home again. Multi-skilled Wakako Tabata, 470 Women’s Japanese representative at the 2012 Olympics, also competes in the Laser Radial and Mixed Nacra 17, while Annalise Murphy (IRE) finished fourth at the 2012 Olympics in the Laser Radial.
Japan, Great Britain, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, USA, South Africa, New Zealand, Austria, Hong Kong, France, Ireland, Sweden and Australia are all well represented.
It is not the first time that SSCBC, located in the pretty seaside holiday destination of Sorrento, has hosted a major event; numerous competitors are familiar with the waters having contested the 49er Worlds here in 2008.
“The Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club enjoys a first-class reputation for managing and running major sailing events,” Andrew Plympton, SSCBC’s Commodore commented. “And we’re looking forward to welcoming everyone here. Already Glenn Ashby and others from Emirates Team New Zealand are training here,” he said.
“The McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds will be the centre of attention during our typically busy January period and 10 days of sea breeze, sunshine and flat seas have been ordered.
“Planning with the Moth Association and our club started some two years ago,” he said of the event organised by SSCBC in conjunction with the International Moth Class Association.
Co-sponsor of the Moth Worlds, McConaghy’s Jono Morris said: “McConaghy Boats has had an enduring association with the Moth class. As foiling started to become the norm for the fleet, we started to work with Andrew McDougall on the Bladerider project when we set up in China in 2006. Between 2006 and 2008, we built around 300 Bladeriders together.
“In 2008 we launched the Mach2, which took everything we had learned collectively from the Bladerider and improved it in every respect. Today, we’ve built over 500 Mach 2’s, combined with 300 Bladeriders; that’s 800 hydrofoiling moths and counting,” he said.
McDougall is also a stalwart sailor of the class and will have his work cut out taking on the younger guns in the fleet. “I’m realistic. A top ten finish would make me proud. I no longer have a serious speed advantage over the fleet, because they’ve got the gear I developed, so it’s a more even playing field now.”
Spectators can catch a glimpse of what is to come when the SSCBC hosts a round of the Victorian Moth Grand Prix sponsored by KA Sails this weekend and the McDougall + McConaghy Moth Australian Championship ahead of the Worlds from 6-8 January. Those keen to go on the water to view the Worlds can register their interest with Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club.
See promo video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhtqAuRtWgM