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A kind of magic


Giraglia Magic Carpet Cubed cb

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Giraglia Rolex Cup



A record fleet of 240 international yachts contested the 2015 Giraglia Rolex Cup, an edition ultimately defined by victories for the fleet’s two largest yachts. Igor Simèiè’s 100-ft Maxi Esimit Europa 2 (SLO) sealed line honours while the Giraglia Rolex Cup trophy awarded to the overall race winner was claimed by Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones’s Wally Cento Magic Carpet Cubed (GBR).

Following line honours victory in 2013, Owen-Jones can add handicap success in the Mediterranean’s oldest offshore race to a proud list of sailing achievements. The Giraglia Rolex Cup has run each year since 1953, partnered by Rolex since 1998.

Crossing the finish line in Genoa at 18:32 CEST on Thursday evening, Magic Carpet Cubed arrived some 65 minutes behind Esimit Europa 2. On arrival, Owen-Jones’s thoughts focused on having narrowly lost out on line honours – the crew’s first objective.

“We knew before we started we had a faster boat than us this year (Esimit Europa 2), and therefore wanted a tactic which would separate us from them so we could get away and have a lucky shift from the wind or something like that,” revealed Owen-Jones. “They tried to cover us all of the way which I think they did quite successfully up until the Giraglia rock, then less successfully on the way back in (to Genoa).”

That impressive second leg from the Giraglia rock may have not been enough for Owen-Jones’s crew to overcome Esimit on the water but the time recovered gave her a 50-minute advantage on handicap. However, with a host of highly-competitive Maxi 72s in hot pursuit, it appeared Magic Carpet’s lead would only be a temporary one.

Effectively match racing into Genoa, four of the five Maxi 72s found themselves within 2-nm of each other with the city lights in sight. It was there that patience ran thin, as the notorious arrival into Genoa claimed some notable scalps. Roberto Tomasini Grinover’s Robertissima III (GBR) was left most frustrated, parking, and witnessing her rivals ghost past in the fading light. In this race within a race it was the oldest of the Maxi 72s, George Sakellaris’s Shockwave (USA) who saw off Caol Ila R (USA) and the brand new Momo (IVB), to finish third. Bragging rights for Shockwave but the benign conditions had thwarted any hope of handicap victory. A scenario which repeated for the some 230-strong fleet still at sea, despite the gallant efforts of some, including Adrien Follin’s Melges 32 Give Me Five (FRA), ultimately the closest to dethroning Magic Carpet.

Owen-Jones has an interesting history at the Giraglia Rolex Cup; line honours winner two years ago while in 2005, with his original Magic Carpet, he came agonisingly close to success only to lose out to North Sails Sportswear having led until 300 metres from the finish line. “I’ve been to quite a few Giraglias,” he noted, “one which took 72 hours when we were one of four boats that finished. As long as it’s not that bad it’s quite good! Arriving in Genoa is difficult. Often you get a good breeze coming in and think this time you are going to make the finish line in one go but you never do. There’s always a lull, a conflict of winds as you come into the port of Genoa and you usually end up changing your sail arrangement three times and asking crew to pack, unpack, repack.”

“This is a lovely, fun race to do, the crew all love it, you are all together for a long period. It’s full of unknowns, there’s always a part of luck in racing,” added a delighted Owen-Jones. “After so many years trying, we had almost given up one day winning this trophy!”

On Thursday, Esimit Europa 2 (SLO) confirmed her dominance of line honours at the Giraglia Rolex Cup finishing as the fastest boat for the fifth time in six years in an elapsed time of 29 hours, 11 minutes and 58 seconds, nearly 15 hours outside of her own race record. Esimit led from start to finish. “It means we still have a very fast boat and that everything went well,” said Simèiè. “We have confirmation that in the Mediterranean that this boat is unbeatable even with the arrival of newer boats. We won in strong wind in 2012, and in light wind this time. We have a very good boat and a crew which gives everything and this is the result.”

Surpassing the previous record of 220 entrants set in 2010, the Mediterranean’s oldest offshore race continues to enjoy a burgeoning reputation. “During the final prizegiving in Montecarlo last year, I referred to the Giraglia as like being the old lady of sailing. The race has a unique atmosphere and has seen everything over its 63-year history, from great champions and great personalities from around the world. Nothing can surprise the old lady anymore!,” explained Carlo Croce, President of both the Yacht Club Italiano and the International Sailing Federation (ISAF).

Nearly 280 yachts competed in the week’s three events; comprising the Sanremo-Saint Tropez race, three days of inshore competition in Saint-Tropez and the main event, the 243-nm offshore race from Saint-Tropez to Genoa.

Shortly ahead of today’s final prizegiving, 193 yachts of the 240 entrants had completed the race. The light winds which characterised the second day of the race made it challenging for the fleet still at sea. Among the arrivals was a sailor who made Giraglia Rolex Cup history. On Azuree (ITA) Pierpaolo Ballerini became the first solo sailor to complete the race, finishing after just over 50 hours at sea.

The final prizegiving, held at race organisers Yacht Club Italiano’s (YCI) base in Genoa, saw Magic Carpet Cubed and Esimit Europa 2 receive Rolex timepieces for their exploits on the water and the race winner the coveted Giraglia Rolex Cup trophy.


Giraglia Rolex Cup offshore race (243-nm) – IRC Overall:

1. Magic Carpet Cubed (GBR), Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones
2. Give Me Five (FRA), Adrien Follin
3. Esimit Europa 2 (SLO), Igor Simèiè

Line honours winner: Esimit Europa 2 (29 hours, 11 minutes and 58 seconds)


Giraglia Rolex Cup Inshore Series (Saint-Tropez):

IRC 0: Caol Ila R (USA), Alexander Schaerer
IRC A: B2 (ITA), Michele Galli
IRC B: Dare Dare (FRA), Christophe Bru
ORC A: Bewild (GBR), Renzo Grotteschi
ORC B: Overdose Bravo (FRA), Luc Baradat


Giraglia Rolex Cup Sanremo-Saint-Tropez (60-nm):

Overall IRC handicap winner: Jet Lag (FRA), Richard Burton


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Game of two halves




Audi RC44 Porto Cervo Cup

Audi RC44 Porto Cervo Cup

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Audi RC44 Porto Cervo Cup at Costa Smeralda, Sardinia



With a complex local weather system that proved challenging to the Race Committee, the second day of fleet racing at the Audi RC44 Porto Cervo Cup saw three races completed on two different race courses.

The day started regularly enough with the course set up directly off Porto Cervo with the breeze building to 12 knots from the east-south-east. Igor Lah’s Team Ceeref made the best of the beat to lead around the top mark ahead of Team Aqua, but it was Chris Bake’s boat, being helmed on this occasion by American Jim Richardson, that nosed her way ahead on the run and held the lead to the finish.

“It sort of felt like if you go golfing and you birdie the first hole, maybe you should go in right then because it isn’t going to get any better!” quipped Richardson, who won the 2009 Farr 40 World Championship on these waters against several crews he is racing against here. This includes Aleph Racing’s Hugues Lepic and his own tactician on Team Aqua, Cameron Appleton, of whom he said: “We have sailed against each other for a long time, this is the first time we have had the chance to sail together, so it is quite fun to be on his team for once.”

After this race, the wind began shifting wildly and PRO Peter Reggio made the decision to up sticks and move the course a few miles northwest to ‘Bomb Alley’, where the wind was a more stable 12 knots from the east-north-east.

The second race of the day saw Vladimir Prosikhin’s Team Nika, on which America’s Cup helmsman Dean Barker is calling tactics, do well out to the right of the first beat. She led around the top mark and never looked back. Sadly Nika sandwiched her win with an 8-9 leaving her in seventh place overall.

With time getting on, a third race was sailed as the wind was starting to develop some significant shifts, with the southeast and easterly breezes fighting each other. As Charisma’s Emirates Team New Zealand tactician Ray Davies described it: “On the first beat, a huge left hand shift came through before the start and half of the fleet hightailed it off to the leeward end of the line and were launched up the first beat. Then on the second beat the flip side happened and you had to go right, but the right only paid at the very end. So it was very tricky.”

In particular Team Ceeref and Team Aqua found themselves on the wrong side of the first beat to trail into the top mark. But the winning move came from Bronenosec Sailing Team, which, in fourth place at the time, bucked the trend and rounded the starboard leeward gate, heading right up the second beat. The Russian team subsequently reaped the rewards of both beneficial shift and pressure rounding the top mark with a massive advantage.

“The hero is Michele,” said Bronenosec’s owner Vladimir Luibomirov looking with admiration at his team’s Italian tactician, Michele Ivaldi. “He made brilliant tactics today and his decisions on the third race were absolutely brilliant.”

Ivaldi commented: “It was one of those days when it came together and we managed as a team to have good speed everywhere and to read the wind the correct way and had a bit of luck. I am very happy the way Vladimir drove and the way the guys trimmed the sails and did all the manoeuvres – it was fantastic team work.”

After three races, Bronenosec Sailing Team leads overall, but only by one point over Team Aqua.

Until the winning move on the second beat, Frenchman Hugues Lepic’s Aleph Racing had led around the first lap. “We were first at the top mark, which is always satisfying,” said Lepic, who is sailing with winning helmsman from the 32nd America’s Cup, Ed Baird, calling tactics for the first time on board and with legendary Kiwi America’s Cup mainsail trimmer Warwick Fleury having also joined the crew. “We are pleased. It is raising all of our games,” said Lepic.

Fleet racing continues on Saturday when the forecast is anticipating 7-10 knots from the north.


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Its not nornally like this


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Audi RC44 Porto Cervo Cup at Costa Smeralda, Sardinia



While the breeze was occasionally to day one when the full schedule of match racing was completed, a tricky wind combined with an annoying left-over swell caused a long wait out on the water, then a long wait ashore before the AP over A signal was hoisted over the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda marking the end of a fruitless opening day of fleet racing at the Audi RC44 Porto Cervo Cup.

The conditions caused anxiety for Peter Reggio, one of the world’s most experienced Principal Racing Officers, and his race management team.

“It was frustrating because it was teasing us the whole time – go, no go, go, no go, etc, but it is fine, that’s part of the deal,” he explained. “The velocity was up and down too much. It was sometimes 3.5 knots and the most we ever saw was seven at the top of the rigs, but it would come in for ten minutes and then it would go away and the direction was all over the place. We were having swings of 40-45 degrees and when it finally went right to 070 degrees towards the end, it started dying again.

“You’d look upwind and it might look okay and then you’d look to the right and it was horrible and you’d look to the left and it was even worse. You might have been able to run a race, but it wouldn’t have been a fair one – that is the biggest point.”

Today’s lack of wind brought the inevitable cries of ‘it’s not normally like this here’, but the owners in the RC44 Class are experienced enough to be prepared for this eventuality, participating in a sport that relies on mother nature’s co-operation. The plan on Friday is to start racing at the normal scheduled time of 1200 noon. Up to four races can be held per day. Reggio says that local forecasts are looking more favourable.


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Half the job done for Team Alvimedica


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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 9 – Pit-Stop in the Hague



Team Alvimedica (Charlie Enright/USA) made a triumphant entry into The Hague at 0134 local time/2334 UTC this morning and put themselves in pole position to win Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race.

The Turkish/American team still have 480 nautical miles (nm) of the final leg of the nine-month offshore marathon to negotiate to Gothenburg, Sweden, having sailed two days, eight hours and 34 minutes since leaving Lorient, France, on Tuesday.

That gave them a 26nm advantage over the second-placed boat, Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/FRA), which finished in second more than 1hr 45mins behind.

“It always feels good going into the locker room at halftime ahead, but that’s all it really is. It’s kind of like Cape Horn, no points but still a great accomplishment,” said Charlie Enright, shortly after crossing the line.

Enright, 30, the youngest skipper by far in the race, also led his team to the Cape Horn landmark ahead of the fleet on Leg 5, but relinquished that lead and eventually finished third.

If Team Alvimedica can complete the job and win in Gothenburg, they would be the sixth of seven boats in the competition to have won a leg in this 12th edition.

They have already shown their top form, winning the SCA In-Port Race Lorient at the weekend, for their second success of the in-port series.

“It sounds like there’s a fight (behind us). It’s nice to be watching it and over the line,” he added.

Enright talked through the ‘decision of the leg’ – whether to hug the English coastline or stick, as he did, to the French and Dutch shorelines to the south of the English Channel.

Initially, on Thursday, it looked as if north would pay, as Dongfeng Race Team, Mapfre (Iker Martínez/ESP) and Team Brunel (Bouwe Bekking/NED) seemed to be making gains in stronger winds midway through the day.

But Team Alvimedica stuck to their guns and eventually the tides and breezes turned to their advantage for an entrance into The Hague and across the finish line, chased by dozens of spectator boats.

They will head out of The Hague at 1200 local time (1000 UTC) on Saturday with their 1hr 46min 29sec advantage over Dongfeng Race Team and the rest of the fleet also taking their advantages and deficits over their rivals, in a staggered start.


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The seven boats are due to finish the leg in Gothenburg on Monday afternoon, according to the latest estimates.

If Team Alvimedica were to be first into port there too, they would need Team Vestas Wind (Chris Nicholson/AUS) and Team SCA (Sam Davies/GBR) to improve on their current sixth and seventh places and sandwich themselves between Enright’s crew, Dongfeng Race Team and Mapfre, to take an overall podium place.

Team Brunel were hoping to do better than fourth place sailing into their home port, but as Bekking said before the leg started, only the finishing positions in Gothenburg really matter.

Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/GBR) sailed serenely on to claim fifth place in The Hague, having avoided any major problems on the first half of Leg 9.

They have an unassailable eight-point advantage over Team Brunel at the top of the overall standings.

If the current positions stay as they are, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing would have 24 points, Team Brunel and Dongfeng Race Team 31 apiece, Mapfre and Team Alvimedica 34 each, Team SCA 51 and Team Vestas Wind 60.

That would leave the Inmarsat In-Port Race Gothenburg on Saturday, June 27, to split the ties between second and third and fourth and fifth: the perfect finale to one of the most closely contested races in 41 years of event history.


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Bronenosec shows match racing magic


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Audi RC44 Porto Cervo Cup at Costa Smeralda, Sardinia – Match Racing


A warm, summery Costa Smeralda, combined with a lazy, balmy wind, seemed distinctly at odds with the cut throat, razor’s edge match racing that took place on day one of the Audi RC44 Porto Cervo Cup.

Despite the wind shifting between the north, northwest and back and varying between 6 and 12 knots, PRO Peter Reggio roared through the full schedule, completing six flights. At the close of play, today’s winners were Bronenosec Sailing Team and Artemis Racing, both on four wins and one loss. However in the 2015 RC44 Match Racing Championship, that rolls from event to event, it is now the St Petersburg team that is a nose in front, on eight wins, albeit with Artemis Racing and Peninsula Petroleum close behind, each on seven.

Today Bronenosec Sailing Team lost just one race – to Nico Poons’ Charisma. “It was very good,” commented skipper Vladimir Liubomirov, of their success today. “We had good weather, but not enough wind, so it was a bit tough in the last few races. The team was a bit more nervous with this wind, but overall the day was excellent for us.”

Artemis Racing also dropped just one race to an ever improving RUS7 – Anywayanyday, with owner Kirill Podolsky helming throughout.

Artemis Racing’s skipper Torbjörn Törnqvist, whose crew includes three time Olympic medallist Iain Percy on tactics, commented: “We sailed well, we had good speed, so it felt good all through. We just carried on from the last event – good crew work, calm, making the right tactical decisions. Nothing to complain about.”

However for some it didn’t go to plan. In flight four Igor Lah and Team Ceeref fell to the hand of their old tactician – Michele Ivaldi, on board Bronenosec Sailing Team. Ivaldi, via helmsman Vladimir Liubomirov, managed to plant two pre-start penalties on the Slovenian team and then, after tying them up, comfortably led off the start line never to look back.

One of the most improved teams was Mag Racing on which Croatian match racer Tomislav Basic was sailing for the first time, calling tactics for skipper Artur Kasner, who said of his new recruit: “We rely on his skills and are eager to find out what he will bring to the team. I think he will be a great input.” Clearly Basic is making an impression, for after winning no matches at the first RC44 regatta of the season in Malta two months ago, the Poles today won three. This included probably the most aggressive match of day against Team Nika.

After some barging close to the pin prior to the start, with both boats early and ultimately setting off slowly, Mag Racing got away first and proceeded to lead Team Nika around the track. On the first run, Team Nika closed and was in with a chance to get ahead as the two boats reached the leeward gate together. However split seconds later there was a loud ‘bang’.


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As Team Nika skipper Vladimir Prosikhin admitted sheepishly afterwards: “We couldn’t cross in front of them at the downwind gate. What I had to do was to go around them and push them into the wind, but instead I pushed into their stern! It’s wasn’t hard, but the whole mood then went down. It was very unfortunate and we got a penalty.” In fact Team Nika was awarded two penalty points for the incident, causing her to plummet down the RC44 Match Racing Championship leaderboard.

While there was damage to Mag Racing’s transom and Team Nika’s sacrificial bow broke off (as it is supposed to at such moments) both boats will be back on the water tomorrow, but the downward spiral for the Russian team did not end there. “We were trying to change the bow – and it took so long that we were late for the next start and we got a penalty for that, so our next race was bad too,” admitted Prosikhin, who once ashore went to apologise to the Mag Racing crew.

Tomorrow is the first day of fleet racing at the Audi RC44 Porto Cervo Cup, with the first warning signal scheduled for 1200 CEST.


Match Racing Results (after two events):

1. Bronenosec Sailing Team 8 points
2. Artemis Racing  7 points
3. Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team  7 points
4. Team Aqua  5 points
5. Team Nika  5 points
6. Team Ceeref  5 points
7. Charisma  5 points
8. Katusha  4 points
9. Anywayanyday  4 points
10. Aleph Racing  3 points
11. Mag Racing  3 points
12. Artemis Racing Youth -2 points


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Bekking leads out fleet in race to Gothenburg via the Hague


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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 9 Start at Lorient



The Volvo Ocean Race fleet set off for Gothenburg, 960 nautical miles away from Lorient, via The Hague, in perfect sailing conditions on Tuesday with Team Brunel (Bouwe Bekking/NED) leading the chase to reach the Dutch pit stop first.

There was drama from the very first seconds with Leg 8 winners, Team SCA (Sam Davies/GBR), and Team Alvimedica (Charlie Enright/USA) both finding themselves on the wrong side of the line at the start and were forced back to cross for a second time.

Bouwe Bekking, in contrast, stormed away to the perfect start and was still narrowly ahead as he led the fleet out of a packed Lorient with all six boats in hot pursuit after five laps around the port.

Team Brunel, like three other boats, have podium positions to sail for in this final leg to Sweden after more than eight months at sea, despite Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/GBR) already having the overall title virtually sewn up with an unassailable eight-point lead.

The Dutch boat is currently in second place on 27 points after eight legs, two clear of Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier), and four ahead of Mapfre (Iker Martínez/ESP).

All have the chance of finishing in second if the last leg results go their way and even fifth-placed Team Alvimedica (Charlie Enright/USA) on 33 points could sneak in to grab the runners-up spot if they end up as leg winners and their rivals finish down the field.

Both Team SCA and Team Vestas Wind, first and second from Lisbon into Lorient last week, will be determined to put a spoke in all their wheels and repeat the previous stage’s somewhat surprising finish.

As Ian Walker put it, meanwhile, his tactics on board Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing are pretty simple on a stage which is full of exclusion zones, avoiding a busy shipping route skirted by rocks: “Don’t hit any rocks and avoid breaking any rules.”

Bekking would like nothing better than be first to reach The Hague in his home country, probably on Friday, a belated birthday present as he turns 52 years old tomorrow (June 17).

“We just have to beat them, it’s easy,” he said in an interview dockside before the action started at 1700 local time (1500 UTC).

“We have no strategy as such but, of course, we’re going to keep an eye on the guys. It will be massive to go home (The Hague) but we know it’s just a stop and it’s all about the finish in Gothenburg.”

Another birthday boy, Iker Martínez onboard Mapfre, who turns 38 today, said that the leg offers fairly unique challenges:

“There are lots of rocks involved, and our first priority is not to hit the rocks.

“There’s going to be lot of current, but it’s difficult to know where the key of the leg is going to be. We could arrive in Scheveningen and then the whole thing starts again. The best thing is to be in front in any case.”

Charlie Enright of Team Alvimedica agreed, adding: “We are in a really complicated situation – but at least we know it’s complicated.”

The boats will be precisely timed as they pass the interim line in Scheveningen, near The Hague, on Friday. No points will be awarded for how they finish there.

From 1200 local time onwards the following day, they will depart for Gothenburg with whatever advantage or deficit they took into the pit stop on their rivals.

They are expected to arrive in Gothenburg on Monday (June 22), or, possibly the following day.

The nine-month, 38,739nm, marathon event will finally come to a halt in the famous maritime Swedish city on Saturday, June 27, with the Inmarsat In-Port Race Gothenburg.


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Its a wrap in Weymouth with Rio qualification at stake


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ISAF Sailing World Cup at Weymouth & Portland



ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth and Portland wrapped up on Sunday with ten Medal Races deciding the podium finishers, Abu Dhabi World Cup Final qualifiers and prize money recipients.

The day started off light from a northerley direction with the Nacra 17 fleet getting the first racing in. Following a short postponement whilst the wind shifted the race action got going again and culminated in some tense Medal Race action.

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Giles Scott (GBR) kept Josh Junior (NZL) at bay in the Finn to extend his unbeaten run. There was just six points of separation in advance of the Medal Race and the Briton forced the Kiwi down the back of the pack in an intriguing race.

The pair were close throughout and both were penalised with penalty turns. With the pair at the rear of the fleet, Scott stayed on top of Junior to keep him at bay. Even though Junior came through in ninth compared to Scott’s tenth, it was enough for another Finn gold for Scott. Junior settled for silver with Andrew Murdoch (NZL) taking bronze.

“It feels good, I’m very relieved,” said a relaxed Scott, “It was a bit of a stressful race out there. Both Kiwis were right on my tail and I didn’t make it easy getting a yellow flag and a penalty turn.

“I thought I was in a good position up the first beat but then the jury came in and gave me a penalty, which really livened it up.

“It’s always a nice way to win to come out in a match race situation and come out on top but they can be a little bit stressful.”



Men’s 470

Stu McNay and Dave Hughes (USA) sealed gold in style in the Men’s 470. They took a comfortable Medal Race victory to finish 21 points ahead of Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS).

“It feels awesome and it is a good return for both of us and a great way to close it out,” commented Hughes.

McNay added, “We have been knocking on the door for a while and it is great when hard work pays off. We have been sailing a lot and working with each other a lot in this and other classes and it feels good to close out this regatta.”

The Americans have been consistently at the top of the pack throughout the week with only a 17th looking out of place from eight top five results.

Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) finished eighth in the Medal Race to take silver whilst Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis (GRE) advanced to third overall after Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic (CRO) finished tenth in the Medal Race.


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Women’s 470

The last time Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (GBR) and Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (NZL) did battle in a Women’s 470 Medal Race in Weymouth and Portland it was for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Aleh and Powrie came out victorious then but the roles were reversed at the ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta. Mills and Clark stayed ahead of the kiwis throughout the duration of the race and with their fourth, compared to the kiwis fifth, they sealed the deal.

“I think we still feel gutted after the [Olympic] Games that we basically lost control of that race and it was a bit passive and there was no race,” commented Clark.

“We were definitely up for a fight today and having a good race and a good battle. We were strict on ourselves about what we wanted to do and we managed to pull it off.”

Aleh and Powrie were forced to make do with silver whilst bronze went the way of Tina Mrak and Veronika Macarol (SLO) following a second in the Medal Race.


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Nacra 17

First up on the day, the Nacra 17 had to contend with some light breeze on a changing race course. It was a game of patience where calm heads were required.

Keeping their cool were overnight leaders Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin (AUS). The Aussies kept things tight and a third was enough for gold, “It’s been a pretty tricky week. We had pretty nice breeze for the first couple of days so that was fun but there were lots of shifts and big pressure lines out there.

“Today was a little bit of a change of pace, nice and slow but still just as stressful.”

Matias Buhler and Nathalie Brugger (SUI) were ready to pounce on the Aussies if they slipped up. Waiting in the wings they came through directly behind Waterhouse and Darmanin which handed them silver.

Darren Bundock and Nina Curtis (AUS) were in top form and came through in second. This was enough to promote them up into bronze medal position after Thomas Zajac and Tanja Frank (AUT), who occupied the final podium spot overnight, were on the course side at the start and penalised with 22 points added to their tally.


Women’s RS:X

Italy’s Flavia Tartaglini won gold in the Women’s RS:X after overnight leader Isobel Hamilton (GBR) sailed the wrong course.

Instead of heading to the leeward gate in advance of the finish she missed it and went straight to the finish line. Upon noticing her error she was forced to retire which dropped her out of the medals.

For the Italian, it was pure joy and a second behind race winner Bryony Shaw (GBR) gave her gold, “It was a really tough race and we were really close with points,” commented Tartaglini.

“We were all really close so it was all about the Medal Race. It was really exciting. The four people who could win were all together around the first mark so it was a straight race between the four of us.”

With Hamilton out of the equation, Shaw’s bullet handed her a silver medal. Tuuli Petaja (FIN) came through in bronze.



Men’s RS:X

Great Britain’s Nick Dempsey rounded off a solid week of action with a third in the Medal Race to seal gold. The Briton rarely finished out of the top two throughout the week and was rightly rewarded.

“For me the event has really gone to plan. It’s been six or seven weeks since the last World Cup in Hyeres and I didn’t do so well there so I wanted to get out on the water and perform again,” commented Dempsey, silver medallist at London 2012.

Dempsey’s compatriot Tom Squires (GBR) had a medal sewn up in advance of the Medal Race with the colour to be decided. A ninth kept him in silver medal position, 18 points off Dempsey.

The battle for bronze was far from straight forward. A number of competitors had the opportunity to seize it but Cho Wonwoo (KOR) managed to get the job done with a bullet. For Mattia Camboni (ITA) it was heartbreak as he finished on the same points as the Korean, missing out via countback.


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Laser Radial

The odds were heavily stacked in Marit Bouwmeester’s (NED) favour in the Laser Radial after a commanding week of racing.

She held a 15 point advantage over Evi Van Acker (BEL) and only a near disaster could have seen her knocked off her perch. She sailed well, finishing fourth which was more than enough for gold.

“It has been a really good week for me,” commented Bouwmeester. “I had some steady results and I was happy to take it in today during the Medal Race.

“I had five first places and two seconds and that was my best scorecard ever, so I am very pleased with that, that’s results wise but todays sailing was a little less brilliant and still a lot to work on.”

Van Acker took the Medal Race victory to confirm silver.

The race for bronze was little bit more tense with plenty of equations possible. Alison Young (GBR) held the spot overnight however a great performance from Anne-Marie Rindom catapulted her into bronze. Rindom’s second enabled her to remove Young who managed a seventh.




It was a tense finale in the Laser with toos and fros aplenty.

Anything was possible with a number of competitors mathematically in with a chance of taking the medals.

Germany’s Phillipp Buhl clinched gold in the nerve racking race. He finished in third but had Tom Burton (AUS) to thank for him taking gold after he finished in between Buhl and Matt Wearn (AUS). Wearn needed to make up one more spot to pick up gold but Burton held him off on the run to the finish ensuring he missed out by a single point, resulting in silver.

After racing Buhl said, “For myself, the discard in the second race [a 28] made it hard for me to get a medal but I managed to stay consistent through the week and in with a chance for the Medal Race. It turned out to be a gold one which is incredibly surprising.

“The World Cup in Weymouth has been better than ever of course for me. It’s been nice weather with sun and wind, and not too cold like other years. It’s been a good advert for the event and the venue.”

Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) had led overnight but struggled in the Medal Race, taking a seventh to complete the podium.

Pavlos Kontides (CYP) had work to do to push into the podium spots and could only sail his own game and rely on the results. He took the Medal Race victory but ended up three points shy of Stipanovic.



MR FX BRA win tt

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49er FX

Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) took a stylish gold in the 49er FX by taking the Medal Race victory.

The Brazilians, World #1 and 2014 ISAF Rolex World Sailors of the Year, trailed overnight leaders Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) heading into the Medal Race. They concentrated all their efforts on themselves, sailing their own race from the front.

Not worrying about the pack behind them they took the bullet by 39 seconds and had an anxious wait after they took the bullet. Victory was confirmed when Maloney and Meech crossed the line in ninth.

On the day Kunze said, “We could have finished anywhere from first to fourth today depending on the positions of the Medal Race. We thought we had to put about four or five boats between us and the Kiwis and we weren’t sure at the end if we had done it and we were just waiting for them to finish before we realised.

“Both us and the Kiwis had a good and pretty consistent week. We are really happy.”

Maloney and Meech picked up silver and Maloney was left frustrated after racing, “We just didn’t get the shift right today and we couldn’t stay with our competitors which was a bit of a mistake and we just let the Brazilians get away from us.

“It was a pretty nice week sailing in Weymouth, we got some pretty good races in but we had a disappointing Medal Race and we can learn lot from it.”

Spain’s Tamara Echegoyen and Berta Betanzos (ESP) completed the podium.


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Starting the day with an 18 point cushion, New Zealand’s Peter Burling and Blair Tuke had a number of options of how they could tactically approach the Medal Race.

The Kiwi’s decided that staying close to their nearest rivals was the best way to go as Burling explained, “We had a little bit to do, but we had a little bit of a points gap on second so the game plan was to try and stay close to them, and we managed to put together a relatively solid result.”

Their chosen tactics worked, and their closest rivals were fellow countrymen and training partners Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski who finished a place behind in seventh.

Burling was ‘stoked’ with the result and the gold medal, but was even happier that they had their mates standing next to them on the podium.

Taking the bullet and sealing bronze were Great Britain’s John Pink and Stuart Bithell.

Next up for the competitors is ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao which takes place from 14-20 September 2015.


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Team Alvimedica set up in-port series finale thriller


June 14, 2015. The SCA In-Port Race in Lorient; The fleet

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Volvo Ocean Race Lorient In-Port Race


Team Alvimedica claimed their second Volvo Ocean Race in-port race series victory in Lorient, France, on Sunday after leaving their rivals trailing following a delayed start due to lack of wind.

The victory, which follows their triumph in the opening in-port race in Alicante eight months ago, bolsters the hopes of Charlie Enright’s crew to claim a much-coveted final podium finish in the series that concludes in Gothenburg, Sweden, on June 27.

The SCA In-Port Race Lorient victory will also lift their chances of a top-three finish in the overall standings. The series also acts as a tie-breaker for the tightly contested second and third places in the offshore competition that also finishes in Gothenburg the week after next.

A lack of breeze on the race track kept the fans in Lorient waiting some 30 minutes before the action started, but there was drama aplenty from the off.

Mapfre (Iker Martínez/ESP) were forced to duck behind the rest of the seven-strong fleet as a premature start loomed and they immediately conceded seemingly costly ground on their rivals in such a key race.

Team Alvimedica had no such problems and led the boats on the windier right hand side of the course, giving them a good advantage in the chase to the first gate.

Team SCA (Sam Davies/GBR) and Team Vestas Wind (Chris Nicholson/AUS), first and second respectively in Leg 8 from Lisbon to Lorient, chose the left hand side of the course and that stored up problems for them as they approached the first mark.

Both were ordered to take penalty turns. The all-women’s crew for apparently failing to give Mapfre enough space (water) as they tacked around the mark, and Team Vestas Wind for commiting a similar offence against Team Brunel (Bouwe Bekking/NED).

The fleet split right and left on the next leg, while Team Alvimedica cruised untroubled away at the head of the fleet, building their lead to around 300 metres.

By the fourth leg, the young Turkish/American-backed crew continued to stretch away with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing heading the chasing pack and quite happy to consolidate their position at the top of the overall in-port race standings if they could.

The result now was in no doubt in terms of who would win, but Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Team Brunel and Dongfeng Race Team were still separated by only metres as the fifth leg continued.

As the leg finished, Azzam and no less than three other boats converged on the mark with Team Brunel, Mapfre and Dongfeng Race Team scrapping for second place with the Emirati boat



June 14, 2015. Lorient SCA In-Port Race: Fleet start

June 14, 2015. Lorient SCA In-Port Race: Fleet start

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Into the final leg, Mapfre steamed through in the closing stages with a perfect angle and extra wind to snatch second from Walker’s crew and Dongfeng Race Team also bypassed the Emirati boat as the line approached, leaving them fourth.

Team SCA then won a three-way showdown for fifth, just ahead of Team Brunel with Team Vestas Wind taking seventh.

The results leave the in-port standings perfectly poised for the final deciding race in Gothenburg on June 27.

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, the overall event winners elect, are still top on 25 points, six clear of Team Brunel (31), with Team Alvimedica (32), Team SCA (33), Mapfre (34) and Dongfeng Race Team (36) all with good chances of podium places.

Team Vestas Wind, who missed all the in-port races from Abu Dhabi to Newport, Rhode Island, because of their rebuild following a collision with a reef, are on 66 points.

Should Team Brunel win the final race in Gothenburg, they would lift the trophy at the expense of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing since they would have the most individual victories in the series.

Walker, who is already assured of the main offshore trophy as long as his crew do not pick up a batch of penalty points in the final leg from Lorient to Gothenburg, was satisfied with Sunday’s performance.

“It was a good result for us,” he told reporters. “We were just trying to cover Team Brunel and to get enough points to get the series won. We’ve not quite done that, but we’re in a pretty good position.”

Enright then summed up: “We had a really, really good start which made it pretty easy to execute our game plan. We need another good result in Gothenburg to close the deal.”


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New World Champions are the ‘Bunker Boys’


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The final day in La Rochelle began with an short delay to allow the wind to settle after an overnight front had seen rain move up from Bordeaux. This more or less prevented any chance of two races, so when the fleet eventually left the marina it would be just one final race to decide the champions.

Yevgen Braslavets, Aleksander Mirchuk and Sergiy Timokhov UAE as the new champions. Second were Dimitri Samokhin, Andrey Kirilyuk and Aleksey Bushuev RUS, and third Markus Wieser, Sergey Pugachev and Georgil Leonchuk UAE.

With an overnight lead of 10pts, Yevgen Braslavets, Aleksander Mirchuk and Sergiy Timokhov ‘Bunker Boys’ only had to keep a couple of boats in their sights to guarantee victory and that is exactly what they did.

The race started with a westerly breeze of around 10kts, boats that chose the right side of the course made out better than the left. However, go too far right and it was possible to over-stand the first mark and that is exactly what a large group of competitors did!  The three boats that sailed the first beat perfectly were UAE 7 Markus Wieser, RUS 27 Anatoly Loginov and GER 1123 Michael Zankel.  Although there were a few place changes throughout the race, this was the finishing order of the top three boats.

Meanwhile the ‘Bunker Boys’ made their way up through the fleet to finish 10th, RUS 76 had a fine race to make it to 8th place and take the Silver Medal spot, but GER 11 dropped back to 22nd and thus out of the top three overall. However, Markus Wieser’s excellent final race win, rewarded his team with the final podium position and the Bronze Medal at this fantastic Championship.

Winners of the Corinthian Fleet & the Master’s Trophy (new), was the fantastic team from Australia sailing AUS 225 ‘Dragonfly’, helmed by William Packer and crewed by Julian Harding and Denis Cullity. These guy’s had an amazing regatta, finishing 7th overall and are extremely happy. Many congratulations my friends for this unique and brilliant double.


Overall Results after 7 races (80 entries)

1st UAE 8 Bunker Boys, Yevgen Braslavets 26 pts
2nd RUS 76 Srange Little Girl, Dimitri Samokhin 45 pts
3rd UAE 7 Bunker Queen, Markus Wieser 47 pts
4th GER 11 BBXXL, Vincent Hoesch 48 pts
5th UAE 20 Desert Eagle, Hendrik Witzmann 75.00
6th DEN 138 Eva, Lars Hendriksen 77.00 pts
7th AUS 225 Dragonfly, William Packer 87 pts
8th RUS 27 Aaaapurna, Anatoly Loginov 89 pts
9th POR 66 Drago Jose Matoso 91 pts
10th SWE 358 Sweet Alice, Hans Liljeblas 96.00 pts


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Lumpy sea state & good breeze tests olympic contenders


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ISAF Sailing World Cup at Weymouth & Portland



The positions for Sunday’s live Medal Races have been decided following an intense day of competition at ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth and Portland.

After Friday only served up a race apiece for the Men’s RS:X and 470, Saturday was always going to be a hard day with an additional race for each fleet added.

A 13-17 knot breeze coupled with a lumpy sea state tested the competitors with the leader boards fully shaped for the live Medal Races.



Nacra 17

Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin (AUS) put together a consistent string of results to hold onto their lead in the Nacra 17. A 6-3-7-6 score line sees them lead on 41 points. Those around them were also equally impressive. Matias Buhler and Nathalie Brugger’s 8-8-9-2 keeps them in contention with only the Medal Race remaining.

Consistency is something all sailors strive for. A solid string of results can bring great rewards and the Australians have exactly that with only a 20th, which they discard, marring a run nine top seven finishes.

“Today we had an okay day,” explained a modest Darmanin. “Nothing too special but nothing went wrong. We were quite consistent and I think we gained on our lead by a little bit so we’re happy about that.

“We’ve got really good speed out there. The breeze is great and there are really good waves so we’ve been able to push it a bit this week and when we’ve been behind we’ve pushed it a little bit harder.”

On 41 points, Waterhouse and Darmanin are seven points clear of Buhler and Brugger. With no room for complacency Darmanin remains focused on the task at hand, “There’s lots to play for. Every point counts for double so you can’t mess up. It makes it a bit more tense and everybody is fighting for every point.

“We’ll have a look at who’s where and who we have to keep an eye on. I think we can’t go out too conservative. We’ve got to go out and hit it hard and make sure we get round that race track as fast as we can and then get in a position to defend our lead.”

The points are close behind the Australian and Swiss sailors. Thomas Zajac and Tanja Frank (AUT) and Darren Bundock and Nina Curtis (AUS) are tied for third on 53 points. John Gimson and Hannah Diamond (GBR) sit fifth on 55 and Italy’s Vittorio Bissaro and Silvia Sicouri are sixth on 59.


D5 Finn fleet rd

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Giles Scott (GBR) was on the money in the Finn class. The Briton posted double bullets and a second to give himself a six point cushion over Josh Junior (NZL) heading into the Medal Race.

Scott and Junior battled throughout the day with the Kiwi taking the opening race victory. Scott hit back in the second for the bullet and as he cruised to the Race 7 victory Junior came through in fourth, teeing up what could be an intriguing Medal Race, “I think Josh and I have a jump on the rest and so he will be close to my attention,” said Scott. “It will be an interesting one; it has been a while since I have had such a tight Medal Race so it will be good to do.”

Junior will need to put three boats in between himself and Scott to overthrow him. After racing Junior didn’t give too much away regarding his Medal Race approach, “Anything can still happen so I’ll just try to have a good race and see what happens.”

Andrew Murdoch (NZL) occupies the remaining podium position heading into the Medal Race and the Kiwi performance is something Junior was quick to praise, “I think we are now getting the gear right and are starting to go really fast. Doc [Murdoch] has been a great sailor for many years and I’ve sailed pretty well and we are both starting to move towards the front, so hopefully that continues and we can do this more regularly.”


Men’s and Women’s RS:X

Great Britain’s Isobel Hamilton takes a slender two point lead over Italy’s Flavia Tartaglini going into the Women’s RS:X Medal Race.

Hamilton had a steady day on the water putting together scores of 5-4-1 and she tops the leaderboard on 20 points with Tartaglini behind on 22 and Tuuli Petaja Siren (FIN) on 24.

“Flavia the Italian girl had a really good day – she won the first two races. Tuuli from Finland got two seconds so both of those were really fighting hard around the course,” explained Hamilton on the competition.

Hamilton is on the verge of taking her first ISAF titled event gold medal. She has two silver medals from the ISAF Youth Worlds under her belt and realises the impact a World Cup title could have, “All the World Cups are really important, and it’s really nice to have a good result on your home turf. I head to the Europeans just after this event finishes, so it should be a good confidence booster before that.”

Nick Dempsey (GBR) extended his lead in the Men’s RS:X to six points over Tom Squires (GBR) in the Men’s RS:X. From the day’s four races Dempsey took three bullets and a second.

Dempsey and Squires have guaranteed themselves a medal apiece but one final race will decide the colour.

Daniele Benedetti (ITA) advanced to third overall after a solid display that included a race victory. He sits on 41 points with Ricardo Santos (BRA) six behind.


49er and 49erFX

From the four 49erFX races, Tamara Echegoyen and Berta Betanzos (ESP) were a cut above the rest. The Spaniards recorded a 2-3-1-1 and as a result move up to third place.

Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) had a steady day on the water to retain first overall. They are five points clear of Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA).

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) were also in exceptional form in the 49er, taking a pair of wins and a pair of seconds. They have a an 18 point lead over their compatriots Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski who in turn have a ten point advantage over Victor Bergström and Victor Vasternas (SWE).

Only a disaster could halt Burling and Tuke on their journey to another ISAF Sailing World Cup gold medal and the continuation of their unbeaten run.


Men’s and Women’s 470

In the Women’s 470 New Zealand’s Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie stay ahead of Great Britain’s Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark with a bullet and two third place finishes.

The Briton’s took a bullet and second place from the three races, but also had a fifth place leaving them with 13 points compared to the New Zealander’s 11.

The other bullet of the day went to Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre (GBR), but that could not lift them above Tina Mrak and Veronika Macarol (SLO) who lay in third in the overall leader board on 20 points. The Britons are six points back on 26.

Stuart Mcnay and David Hughes (USA) lead the Men’s 470 on 20 points as they finished the day with a 5-4-2.

Trying to hunt them down are the Australian’s, Mat Belcher and Will Ryan who took a bullet, second and fourth to end the day on 27 points.

It was a good day for Croatia’s Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic who took two of the three bullets on offer and backed that up with a third place finish. They move to 44 points, just ahead of Greece’s Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis who sit just three points back on 47 points.


Laser and Laser Radial

Marit Bouwmeester (NED) has been head and shoulders above her 35 other rivals in the Laser Radial.

From seven races Bouwmeester counts five bullets and two seconds, an outstanding collection of results that has only been bettered by Great Britain’s Helena Lucas (GBR) in the Paralympic 2.4mR event.

Bouwmeester was unlucky not to make it a clean sweep of race victories on the penultimate day of racing. She took the first race victory with a certain degree of comfort, finishing 19 seconds ahead of Anne Marie Rindom (DEN).

In the next race she took an early lead but relinquished the spot to Annalise Murphy (IRL) who finished 19 seconds ahead. Bouwmeester led the third and final race of the day from the beginning but was passed by Evi Van Acker (BEL). Very little separated the pair as the race played out and the Belgian took the bullet by just seven seconds.

It’s tight at the top of the Laser with four points separating the leading trio of Tonci Stipanovic (CRO), Matt Wearn (AUS) and Philipp Buhl (GER).

Stipanovic leads on 29 points followed by Wearn on 30 and Buhl on 33. Jesper Stalheim (SWE) and Charlie Buckingham (USA) remain in the hunt on 37 and 38 points respectively.

The day’s race victories went the way of Sam Meech (NZL), Pavlos Kontides (CYP) and Stipanovic.


Sunday’s Medal race schedule – Live Course:

11:10 – Nacra 17
11:45 – Laser Radial
12:30 – Finn
13:10 – Women’s 470
13:50 – Laser
14:30 – 49er
15:05 – 49erFX


Sunday’s Medal race schedule – Non-live Course:

11:40 – Men’s 470
12:20 – Women’s RS:X
12:55 – Men’s RS:X
13:30 – Formula Kite


From 11:00 BST to 15:30 BST (10:00 UTC to 14:30 UTC) on Sunday 14 June, live Medal Races from ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth and Portland will bring the regatta to a close.


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