EuroSail News #4468 - 15 November
In This Issue
• Dragon Grand Prix Spain
• Francois Jambou: "This victory will change my life!"
• Last Call for Early Registration Reduced Entry Fee
• Brest Atlantiques... All Four Back in the Race
• SailGP to head back to the UK
• Latitude Kinsale 3D Chart Table Range
• 51st edition of the Solitaire du Figaro
• Reflex reaction - Harken
• 2020 Goodall Roofing Sonata National Championship
• Barcolana, The Guest Of Honour At The China City Sailing Festival
• Featured Brokerage:
• • Swan 90-708 Alix
• • Ker 41
• • First 40 - Sailplane
• The Last Word: Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Dragon Grand Prix Spain
Puerto Portals, Mallorca: The Dragon Grand Prix Spain participants remained ashore on the final day of the regatta. Strong winds, above 30 knots, and a big swell with waves of more than two meters in the race area off Puerto Portals, made it impossible to run the last day of racing.
The Club de Regatas Puerto Portals Race Committee, led by IDA Race Officer Nino Schmueli, went afloat at 10.30am to check the weather conditions. At that time, gusts of more than 20 knots were already registering and the forecast anticipated a further increase in wind speed. The committee continued to monitor the situation but by 1.30pm it was clear conditions were not moderating and the Race Committee made the decision that no further racing would take place.
With five races completed over the preceding three days, the winner of the 2019 Dragon Grand Prix Spain was confirmed as Troika, skippered by Dutch Vendee Globe veteran Pieter Heerema with three time Dragon European Champion Lars Hendriksen of Denmark and Ukrainian 49er Olympian and World Champion George Leonchuk as crew.
The Dragon Grand Prix European Cup Finals will be hosted by the Club de Regatas de Puerto Portals on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 November and further information about the event can be found at http://www.crpuertoportals.com
Dragon Grand Prix Spain 2019 - Top 10 Results
1. Troika - Pieter Heerema, NED, 15
2. Rocknrolla - Dmitry Samokhin, RUS, 17
3. Desert Holly - Stephan Link, GER, 21
4. Bunker Prince - Evegnii Braslavets, ITA, 23
5. Fever - Klaus Diederichs, GBR, 23
6. Ingrid - Dirk Pramann, GER, 27
7. Yred - Peter Gilmour, JPN, 28
8. Meerblick - Otto Pohlmann, GER, 30
9. Mars - Pedro Rebelo de Andrade, POR, 33
10. Cameleer - Marcus Brennecke, GER, 33
Dragon Grand Prix Series 2019 - Top 10 Results And Qualifiers For The Dragon Grand Prix European Cup Finals
1. Dmitry Samokhin, RUS, 7
2. Peter Heerema, NED, 7
3. Pedro Rebelo de Andrade, POR, 16
4. Stephan Link, GER, 17
5. Grant Gordon, GBR, 18
6. Marcus Brennecke, GER, 20
7. Otto Pohlmann, GER, 21
8. Peter Gilmour, JPN, 22
9. Anatoly Loginov, RUS, 22
10. Hugo Stenbeck, SUI, 23
Francois Jambou: "This victory will change my life!"
At 17:00 UTC this Thursday, Francois Jambou took the win (before the decisions of the jury) in the prototype category to complete the second leg of the Mini-Transat La Boulangere in Le Marin (Martinique) after 12 days, 02 hours, 27 minutes and 07 seconds of racing. Aboard the boat that is the reigning champion of the race, the 35-year-old sailor took control of the fleet after two days of racing and never let go from that moment on. As a result, Francois is the outright champion of this 22nd edition (before the decisions of the jury).
Axel Tréhin aboard Project Rescue Ocean, the second proto, crossed the finish line of the second stage of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère this Friday at 6H 51 min 54 seconds (metropolitan time) at Marin. His race time is 12 days, 15 hours, 18 minutes and 54 seconds. Its average speed from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is 8.83 knots (on the great circle). His cumulative race time on both stages is 21 days, 9 hours, 17 minutes and 22 seconds;
Thomas Gaschignard (539) was forced to abandon his Mini 6.50 following problems of saffron and autopilot. The 26-year-old navigator was picked up by the accompanying boat Yemanja. He is healthy and safe. Thomas was just over 800 miles from arrival at Marin when leaving his boat.
Last Call for Early Registration Reduced Entry Fee
Take advantage of our reduced entry fee for early registration. Sign up and pay now or before the end of November 2019 and you only pay US$90. After which the price goes up to US130. Great value for four days of sailing and six nights of parties, all on a tropical island in the Caribbean. Yachts from the UK, the USA, France, Austria, Sweden, Canada, Trinidad, Barbados, Martinique, Antigua and Grenada have already registered with all classes including CSA classes, J24's, Classic's and Carricou Sloops represented .
Island Water World Grenada Sailing Week established in 2013 is built on a long history of keelboat racing. Supported by passionate sailors and committed marine industry players this regatta is fortunate to be sponsored by those who understand the sport of sailing and how it can showcase the best of Grenada. We are excited to announce a new partnership with the stylish new Silversands Resort on the stunning Grand Anse Beach, Grenada. Silversands Grenada will be Tuesdays Race Day Sponsor for the 8TH edition of the week long event starting on 26 January 2020.
For the first three race days Silversands guests will have a birds eye view of the races as they take place off this beautiful coastline. Silversands will be awarding prizes to the winners of Tuesdays race day as part of the daily prize giving. Silversands Grenada is an unassuming stylish resort located on the sands of Grand Anse Beach offering guests and visitors endless sea views and outstanding service. To find out more visit https://www.silversandsgrenada.com
Brest Atlantiques... All Four Back in the Race
Actual Leader, in turn, passed Wednesday night at 18h18 at the virtual course mark located between the Cagarras and Ipanema Islands, before taking shelter in the east of Rio, like the trimaran MACIF and Sodebo Ultim 3.
With the passage of Actual Leader (Yves Le Blevec / Alex Pella) to the mark of course of Rio de Janeiro, between the islands Cagarras and Ipanema, this Thursday at 18h18 (French time) after 9 days 7 hours and 18 minutes of sea , the first section of the Brest Atlantiques course was crossed by the four trimarans, again all in the race. Three of them, Actual Leader, trimaran MACIF (François Gabart / Gwénolé Gahinet), who resumed the race at 17h10 after his stopover for the replacement of the central saffron, and Sodebo Ultim 3 (Thomas Coville / Jean-Luc Nélias) , who preferred to turn around, decided to take shelter between Rio and Cabo Frio, in the east, waiting for the passage of a strong depression that crosses the Atlantic and a swing of the wind at north, planned a priori Friday morning.
Only the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild (Franck Cammas / Charles Caudrelier) made the opposite choice to head south-east to Cape Town, which allowed him to take the lead in the ranking of 20h. "At this time, the forecasts on the road that we plan to use announce 3 meters of sea and a wind of about thirty knots, which remains passable. We remain vigilant, in the first place Franck and Charles on board, and of course their router Marcel Van Triest who scrutinizes the situation with the greatest attention, " said Cyril Dardashti, the director of Gitana Team.
SailGP to head back to the UK
Following its European debut event last year that resulted in some of the most dramatic moments of Season 1, SailGP is returning to the UK in Season 2. On August 14-15, the world's fastest sail racing boats will compete on the Solent, where sailing's elusive 50-knot speed barrier was eclipsed in the inaugural season. Cowes SailGP – the fourth stop of SailGP Season 2 – will take place during Cowes Week, and tickets will go on sale in March 2020.
The Great Britain SailGP Team will want to impress the home crowd in Cowes and win its first SailGP event title, as the team looks to fend off rivals from Australia, China, France, Japan and the United States, plus the possibility of an additional team during Season 2.
ast year's SailGP European debut delivered some of the most thrilling action of the inaugural season. Taking place a stone's throw away from the shore, Tom Slingsby's Australia SailGP Team made history by breaking the 50-knot speed barrier in the first race en route to winning the Cowes SailGP title.
Strong winds contributed to heartbreak for the British team, which had to retire from racing after sustaining damage during a dramatic nosedive. There was also excitement for Rome Kirby's U.S. team, which capsized during the first race but was able to recover and continue racing.
More than 24,000 spectators turned out to witness the action off Egypt Point in Season 1, at an event that delivered US$24 million in economic impact to the community, while reaching a total global audience of 231 million. For Season 2, SailGP is working closely with local partners Isle of Wight Council, Cowes Week Limited and ABP Southampton to deliver an incredible show in August 2020 that will include a ticketed spectator area at Egypt Point, as well as expanded hospitality opportunities.
Cowes will be the fourth event in SailGP Season 2, which debuts in Sydney, February 28-29, before heading to the U.S. for events in San Francisco in May and New York in June. The remainder of the Season 2 schedule will be announced in the coming months.
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51st edition of the Solitaire du Figaro
The start of the 51st edition of the Solitaire du Figaro will take place in the Bay of Saint-Brieuc on 30 August 2020.
After a highly successful stopover in 2018 and the Tour de Bretagne a la Voile in 2019, Saint-Brieuc Armor Agglomération and its partners have decided to pass an important milestone in 2020. Indeed, the race will set sail from the Côtes d'Armor department of northern Brittany next year. This decision has been made within the context of Ambition Nautique, a programme promoting sailing in the region, which notably includes the Optimist International Cup, the Trophée des Multicoques (Multihull Trophy) and the Figaros. In this way, the presence of the Figaro Beneteau 3s competing in the legendary Solitaire du Figaro will be eagerly awaited once again at Saint-Quay-Portrieux in late August.
As announced by OC Sport Pen Duick during the special soirée to wrap up the 50th edition of the event, the race dates are changing from 2020 in line with the season's event schedule. As such, the Solitaire du Figaro will now be held in August and September. In 2020, the date was revealed and the start of this latest edition will take place on Sunday 30 August 2020. The village, set up at Saint-Quay-Portrieux, will be open to the public from 26 to 30 August.
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2020 Goodall Roofing Sonata National Championship
After a gap of 18 years the hugely popular Sonata Class will return to Cowes at the end of August 2020 for the 44th edition of their National Championship. Hosted by the Island Sailing Club with racing taking place from the 23rd-26th August, the Nationals will be competed in the Solent featuring both windward leeward and longer distance 'orienteering' races. In recent years Cowes has seen the resurgence in this popular One Design class with the Solent offering some great conditions for the 23ft cruiser-racers to do battle.
Reigning National Champion Steve Goacher (Eric the Boat) commented: "It's many years since the last Sonata Nationals were held in Cowes and I am looking forward to joining the growing Cowes fleet for some great summer racing on the Solent".
The Nationals will take place just two weeks after the hugely popular Cowes Week regatta allowing the possibility for teams to take advantage of both events. 'We would like to extend our thanks to Goodall Roofing who have committed their support to this event" commented event organiser Chris Halewood (Kallista) "Having this support early on allows us to really deliver a great event, getting it into people's 2020 calendars early on, I hope we can encourage some teams from all over the country to come to the Solent.."
Ben Ferris Sailing Secretary from Island SC commented "We are looking forward to welcoming the Sonata fleet back to Cowes and delivering a great National Championship for the class – through our partnership with the clubs in Cowes we have managed to secure favourable rates for accommodation for most competitors and would urge any interested participants to get in touch for further information."
Luke Goodall, owner Goodall Roofing "Goodall Roofing is proud to be supporting the 2020 Sonata National Championships and partnering with another great event here on the Isle of Wight, I look forward to seeing how the Cowes fleet will stack up against the visitors and hope the race team can make good use of the Goodall Roofing racing mark out in the Solent."
Barcolana, The Guest Of Honour At The China City Sailing Festival
Trieste-Haikou, 14th November 2019 - On November 16, the Chairman of the Societa Velica di Barcola e Grignano will speak about the organization of the Barcolana at the 2019 China Sailing Annual Festival. Gialuz along with Kim Andersen, the President of World Sailing - the international governing body of sailing worldwide, will be the guests of honour. Attending the event will the presidents of the Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan yacht clubs, along with the representatives of Chinese yacht clubs which represent over thirty municipalities that have been identified as areas in which nautical sports will develop over the course of the next years in China.
It is a great tribute to the Barcolana to be present at this event. It is the result of the contacts made and the international initiatives that took place in July and during the 51th edition of the Barcolana this year. The annual Trieste event will be recognized as a case study for future events in China. It serves as a leading example for its ability to support the development of a nautical tradition, increase the sport of sailing while also promoting international tourism for Trieste and the region.
Haikou, the capital city of Hainan, was the Chinese city chosen for this event and during the assembly, an international regatta will be taking place. Gialuz will speak to the delegates on November 16 and will also have the honor of awarding the "sailor of the year" prize for the Chinese Sailing Hall of Fame at the 2019 Chinese Sailing Annual Award Ceremony.
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