EuroSail News #4434 - 30 September
In This Issue
• Azzurra Secure Dream 2019 Title Triumph
• Melges IC37 U.S. National Championship
• Mirabaud Sailing Video Award: Join the party!
• Royal Cork Yacht Club: 'Where It All Began'
• Otto seals French Open victory
• RS:X World Championships
• What's in the Latest Edition Of Seahorse Magazine
• Francis Yacht Club win Global Team Racing Regatta
• Bosphorus Cup at its 18th Edition
• Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez: A 20-year love story!
• Featured Brokerage:
• • IMOCA 60 Austria One
• • Rapido 60
• • Botin-40- Black
• The Last Word: C. S. Lewis
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Azzurra Secure Dream 2019 Title Triumph
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Porto Cervo, Italy: Azzurra secured their fourth 52 SUPER SERIES championship title today as they played out a dream scenario. On their own home club's waters in the north of Sardinia on the last day of the closest and most competitive season in the eight year history of the world's leading grand prix monohull circuit the Roemmers' family's team, which races for the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, won the 2019 championship.
After a spirited head-to-head against Platoon, which spanned three, intense, three-race days, Azzurra clinched the 2019 title with one race to spare. Competing in perfect, champagne sailing conditions - 20 knots of northwesterly wind and sparkling September sunshine - a smart solo move on the final downwind of the second race today allowed them to finally put enough points on Harm Muller-Spreer's German-flagged rivals to finally render the emblematic YCCS crew uncatchable.
After five years on the circuit and three podium finishes, Takashi Okura's Sled also completed a dream finish to their 2019 season winning the Audi 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week Porto Cervo 2019 regatta title. Mr Okura's crew were in a class of their own showing remarkable speed round the whole race track, not least off the start line. They scored five back-to-back race wins over yesterday and today, a record not seen since Quantum Racing in 2013 when the level of the fleet was much lower.
Audi 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week Porto Cervo
1. Sled, Takashi Okura, USA, 16 points
2. Azzurra, Alberto/Pablo Roemmers, ARG/ITA, 35
3. Quantum Racing, Doug DeVos, USA, 37
4. Platoon, Harm Muller-Spreer, GER, 42
5. Bronenosec, Vladimir Liubomirov, RUS, 46
6. Phoenix 11, Tina Plattner, RSA, 47
7. Provezza, Ergin Imre, TUR, 58
8. Alegre, Andres Soriano, USA/GBR, 60
9. Gladiator, Tony Langley, GBR, 72
10. Team Vision Future, Jean Jacques Chaubard, FRA, 83
2019 52 SUPER SERIES
1. Azzurra, Alberto/Pablo Roemmers, ARG/ITA, 167
2. Platoon, Harm Muller-Spreer, GER, 179
3. Quantum Racing, Doug DeVos, USA, 181
4. Bronenosec, Vladimir Liubomirov, RUS, 193
5. Provezza, Ergin Imre, TUR, 213
6. Sled, Takashi Okura, USA, 218
7. Alegre, Andres Soriano, USA/GBR, 230
8. Phoenix 11, Tina Plattner, RSA, 248
Melges IC37 U.S. National Championship
Newport, R.I.: They won the first race and the last race, and the inaugural Melges IC37 National Championship, but it was far from routine regatta victory for the crew of the Members Only syndicate, which is led by New York Yacht Club members Jay Cross, Ben Kinney and Hannah Swett.
After an all-but-flawless start to the regatta-a first, two seconds and a third, respectively, in the first four races-the Members Only team hit a few speed bumps and found themselves with work to do in the final race, sailed earlier today on Rhode Island Sound under bright sun and unseasonable warm temperatures.
Members Only won the final race after leading around all three turning marks. Chris Lewis' team put in a strong effort in the final race, finishing fourth, which placed them solidly in second for the regatta.
The National Championship is the final event of the inaugural summer season for the Melges IC37 class. While a fleet of privately-owned boats will head south for a winter series in Fort Lauderdale, the New York Yacht Club's fleet of 20 boats will go into a shed at New England Boatworks in Portsmouth until spring time.
Final top ten:
1. Members Only, Jay Cross, Ben Kinney & Hannah Swett (Jamestown, R.I.) 25 points
2. Qubit, Chris Lewis (Seabrook, Texas) 27
3. Double Jointed, Andy Fisher & Ray Wulff (Annapolis, Md.) 34
4. RUSH, Tom Stark & Ben Wagner (Jupiter, Fla.) 38
5. Das Blau Max, Cory & Mark Sertl (Jamestown, R.I.) 41
6. Blazer II, Christopher Culver (Newport, R.I.) 43
7. Vigilant, John Hele (Newport, R.I.) 43
8. Arethusa, Phil Lotz (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 52
9. Old School, Ganson Evans (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) 53
10. Midnight Blue, Alexandros Michas (New York, N.Y.) 56
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Royal Cork Yacht Club: 'Where It All Began'
"Twenty-five individuals formed the Water Club of Cork on Haulbowline Island, now the RCYC, in 1720. One yacht club with 25 members," says the Royal Cork Yacht Club's present Admiral, Pat Farnan. "There are now thousands across the globe whose combined membership in clubs runs into millions, all with one thing in common, a love of yachting."
The oldest yacht club in the world will be a major focus of attention locally, nationally and even internationally this weekend when it announces the plans to celebrate its 300th anniversary - "a milestone event, a unique and special moment in the history of yachting," according to Colin Morehead, Chairman of the club's organising committee. He is currently RCYC Vice Admiral and will take over as Admiral for the commemorative year.
The Tricentenary has been given the banner slogan "Where it all began" and I have been talking to Colin Morehead about the commemorative plans which, he says, will be a great event for Cork Harbour, marking Ireland as an island nation with a maritime sport that should be seen as wanting to involve everyone.
Otto seals French Open victory
Otto (SUI 209, Bent Christian Wilhelmsen, Lasse Berthelsen, Luka Strahovnik) sealed victory at the 5.5 Metre French Open at the Regates Royales Cannes on Friday after two more race wins in further light winds. Shaolin (SUI 226, Cyrus Golchan, Hans von Werdt, Andreas Kindlimann) again had a good day to move up to second, while Prettynama (GER 79, Max Mueller, Wiebe de Witte, Kim Chabani) dropped to third.
It was another light wind day on Cannes bay and with the course area closer inshore than previously, it provided a minefield of shifts and changes under the lee of the island. The points were very close going into the day, so there was still everything to be won or lost.
However, Otto proved again to be the best boat on the water with two comfortable race wins to take the French Open by a five-point margin. After placing second for the past two years, this win marks Bent Christian Wilhelmsen's first ever regatta win in the class and he was understandably delighted.
Final top five results after eight races
1. Otto - Bent Christian Wilhelmsen, Lasse Berthelsen, Luka Strahovnik, SUI, 9
2. Shaolin - Cyrus Golchan, Hans von Werdt, Andreas Kindlimann, SUI, 14
3. Prettynama - Max Mueller, Wiebe de Witte, Kim Chabani, GER, 17
4. Ali Baba - Wolf-Eberhard Richter, Beala Kallkowski, Joachim Fluhrer, GER, 27
5. Oro Nero - Henning Ueck, Jesper Boskamp, Ilse Boskamp, GER, 34
RS:X World Championships
The final day of the 2019 RS:X World Championships being held in Torbole, Italy, looked to be heading out with a damp fizzle, but ended with a perfect finale for the medal races as the Ora finally decided to show up just before the time limit for the day.
Could the wind fill in before the 1600 CET deadline?
It did. Slowly at first. But it built gradually and by 1500 CET, the women's fleet were on the medal race course ready to race in a light 8-10 knot breeze. China's Yunxiu Lu was relatively comfortable with her lead with the real battle between silver and bronze, between Lilian de Geus and Katy Spychakov. Just two points or one board separated reigning World and European champion de Geus and the relative new-comer Spychakov.
Russian Stefania Elfutina won the race and was followed by Poland's Zofia Noceti-Klepacka in second and then Spychakov in third. Down the last reach to the finish line, Spychakov could be seen looking over her shoulder, trying to figure out where de Geus was. Fourth place crossed. Fifth place crossed with Lu. And then de Geus crossed in sixth place. Spychakov had done enough to elevate herself to silver and resign de Geus to bronze. Lu had done enough to keep her first place and is the 2019 RS:X World Champion.
Top ten, Men, gold fleet:
1. Kiran Badloe, NED, 34 points
2. Dorian van Rijsselberghe, NED, 41
3. Pierre Le Coq, FRA, 45
4. Byron Kokkalanis , GRE, 57
5. Piotr Myszka, POL, 68
6. Thomas Goyard, FRA, 81
7. Daniele Benedetti, ITA, 102
8. Tom Reuveny, ISR, 104
9. Wonwoo Cho, KOR, 117
10. Makoto Tomizawa, JPN, 124
Top ten, Women, gold fleet:
1. Yunxiu Lu, CHN, 56 points
2. Katy Spychakov, ISR, 60
3. Lilian De Geus , NED, 64
4. Stefania Elfutina, RUS, 76
5. Marta Maggetti, ITA, 82
6. Giorgia Speciale, ITA, 83
7. Peina Chen, CHN, 86
8. Zofia Noceti-Klepacka, POL, 87
9. Saskia Sills, KOR, GBR, 90
10. Hei-Man-H-V Chan, HKG, 96
Super Series - Still king of the hill
Twenty years later and the premier Grand Prix class is still exactly that. Andi Robertson
RORC news - Never a dull moment
And a trip across the water with a difference Eddie Warden-Owen
The field of play
The F50 cats are so astonishingly fast that SailGP needed to adopt new B&G technology across its chase boat and race management fleet to ensure reliable and accurate data to run the racing... at 50 knots
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Francis Yacht Club win Global Team Racing Regatta
In what can only be described as extreme conditions St Francis Yacht Club took first place in one of the most intensely fought matches in this the second edition of the Global Team Racing Regatta.
The regatta hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron and sailed in 12 matched J70's saw winds rarely less than 18 knots, but team racing at the highest of global standards. Twelve teams from around the world assembled at Cowes for the three days event.
Each day saw a similar pattern of fresh breeze mounting to gale force by early afternoon resulting in racing being abandoned. Despite this the race management team delivered a full round robin, not to mention some truly memorable social events ashore.
The Global Team Racing Regatta will now move in 2020 to Italy where it will be hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda.
Final Rank Order
1. St. Francis Yacht Club, USA
2. Royal Thames Yacht Club, GBR
3. New York Yacht Club, USA
4. Newport Harbor Yacht Club, USA
5. Royal Cork Yacht Club, IRL
6. Dutch Match and Team Race Association, NED
7. Royal Yacht Squadron, GBR
8. Bayerischer Yacht Club, GER
9. Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club, AUS
10. Yacht Club Argentino, ARG
11. Japanese Sailing Federation, JAP
12. Royal Bombay Yacht Club, IND
Bosphorus Cup at its 18th Edition
The first day of the Turkcell Platinum Bosphorus Cup has been another thrilling day in front of Istanbul citizens.
The race started in Besiktaş, very close to the Dolmabahce Palace and the boats went around the upwind mark in Anadolu Hisari, just between the two castles, built in 15th century prior to the conquest of Istanbul by the Ottomans. As usual sailors had a very joyful day.
The fierce competition was among the Farr 40 fleet, with İstanbul Cerrahi Cheese winning the first day overall ahead of Farrfara Bodrum Milta Marina and Shak Shuka.
IRC-1 was won by Akpa Chemicals (mat 1070), IRC-2 by Logo, IRC-3 (mat 1010) by Shell Alize, while IRC-4 was won by MSD Poseidon Yelken.
Around 55 boats sailed in good northerly winds, giving them enough speed to beat the heavy Black Sea current.
The prize giving ceremony for the day was held at Feriye Palace. Sunday will be the second and the last day for the 18th Edition of the Bosphorus Cup.
Racing will take place between Caddebostan and the famous Princess Islands of Istanbul.
Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez: A 20-year love story!
Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez is 20! That means it's already been two whole decades since the Societe Nautique de Saint-Tropez began offering those who love beautiful sails, a rare and unique moment each year, in the run-up to autumn, devoted to the many, many delights of high-quality regattas. Lasting one week, with 300 boats, Classic and Modern craft alike, over 4,000 sailors will once again celebrate the sea as only they know how, both on land and on the water, with the same spirit of sharing and sociability initiated by Patrice de Colmont, creator of the Nioulargue, of which Les Voiles is the modern-day heir.
Year on year, the event certainly enjoys its share of fresh encounters and newcomers. Alongside Ester (1901 Mellgren design), one of the year's great 'discoveries' will obviously be the face-to-face with Sumurun, a 1914 Fife design. This absolutely exceptional 35m Marconi yawl is one of the last large Fife cruising yachts still afloat. She's just completed a remarkable two-year restoration at the Guip yard in Brest and will be putting in her very first tacks in the bay of Saint Tropez during Les Voiles.
In the gaff rig category, this year's newcomer is an amazing 120-year-old ketch rig. She is none other than the imposing 34m Nicholson design Black Swan and she will be making her debut in the waters of Saint Tropez.
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