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Semi Final Sweep for Monnin and Basic
Langenargen, Germany: Switzerland's Eric Monnin and Croatia's Tomislav Basic despatched their younger opponents Joachim Aschenbrenner and Matt Jerwood in todays Semi Finals at Match Race Germany, the second World Championship stage of the 2015/16 World Match Racing Tour. The 39yr old Swiss match racer will meet 40yr old Basic in tomorrow's finals.
Monnin, an experienced lake racer and Tour Card skipper for the 2015/16 season, posted a swift 3-0 score-line over fellow Tour Card Skipper Joachim Aschenbrenner from Denmark. The disappointed Dane, keen to put early points on the World Championship leader board from this event, was unable to shake off Monnin and his experienced Team SailBox who earlier today also posted a straight 3-0 score-line in the Quarter Finals against Mark Lees, GBR.
In the second semi-finals, 22yr old Matt Jerwood from Australia, competing in his first World Match Racing Tour event, won his first two races against event favourite Basic. Jerwood needed just one more race to secure their place in the finals. But Basic was not going quietly levelling the score at 2-2, with a 'winner take all' race for the final.
Following a boat pair swap requested by Jerwood, both teams built good pace off the startline with Basic to windward as they headed towards the harbour pier. Basic waited until the last moment to tack just metres from the pier, forcing Jerwood to tack second and trail Basic to the top mark. As Basic pulled away downwind, Jerwood was unable to close the gap and Basic led to the finish securing his place against Monnin in the Final.
Monnin and Basic will meet in the Finals of the 18th edition of Match Race Germany starting Monday with light wind conditions forecast.
Ford Vignale Valencia Sailing Week
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With Zennstrom steering and tactician Morgan Larson and strategist Adam Beashel they achieved the required balance between proactive attack and consolidation to convert this morning's six points margin to finish ahead of rivals Alegre, Andy Soriano's series debutants.
Valencia's Malvarrosa Beach race course delivered perfect conditions for the super Saturday showdown, one light seabreeze contest in 6-8kts and a breezier finale in 14-16kts to complete a maximum possible complement of 11 races.
Results: Ford Vignale Valencia Sailing Week
1. Ran Racing, Niklas Zennstrom, 45 points
2. Alegre, Andre Soriano, 48
3. Sled, Takashi Okura, 53
4. Azzurra, Pablo/Alberto Roemmers, 54
5. Bronenosec, Vladimir Liubomirov, 54
6. Quantum Racing, Dalton DeVos, 68
7. Platoon, Harm Muller-Spreer, 75
8. Provezza, Ergin Imre, 76
9. Interlodge, Austin/Gwen Fragoman, 79
10. Paprec, Jean-Luc Petithuguenin, 101
11. Gladiator, Tony Langley, 102
12. XIO, Guiseppe Parodi, 103
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We've read a lot lately about saving sailing, increasing regatta fleets, getting more participation and increasing yacht club sailing programs. I've heard from major players in the marine world and NMMA about how participation in sailing and boating in general is way down from the peaks it achieved years ago.
Of course, it's down. Sailing and boating are interests that use discretionary income. In a recession, discretionary spending is the first item that gets cut. My experience going back over forty years of professional boat design and writing about boats is that Wall Street should incorporate sailing and boating into their stock prediction models because marine businesses turn down about six months before Wall Street and all its tycoons realize we are entering a recession. It takes about nine months to a year after a recession ends for consumers to have enough faith in the economy to start spending on sailing and boating again.
How do we counter this trend? Obviously, we cannot counter discretionary spending issues in a recession but we can be creating future sailors and boaters. How?
1. First, catch 'em young. Get young people involved in sailing and boating before age ten. My sons sailed as soon as they were old enough to go afloat and both now own their own boats, both have sailed in major regattas and enjoy being afloat. Keep kids sailing beyond college by taking them on board keel boats. The Storm Trysail Club has pioneered this initiative. Making it national would be a big step forward...
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Bluesmile Wins ORC Sportboat European Championship
Lake Balaton, Hungary - Despite uncertain conditions where several boats took their turns in the lead of the final race, the Dutch team of Herman van Eijk and Jan-Willem Van den Hondel prevailed in the fourth and final race sailed today to win the ORC Sportboat European Championship, hosted by Balatonfured Yacht Club. Being ISAF Group 1 sailors, the pair racing their Smile 22 Bluesmile have also won the top prize for the Corinthian division.
Today's partly sunny skies were a welcome break from three days of rain, and a light and shifty 6-9 knot northerly breeze prompted race managers to set an alternate inshore course of 9 miles duration. This course consisted of a short windward leg of the shore at Balatonaracs, a long reach to a mark placed off the shore at Alsoors, another reach back to Balatonaracs, a long downwind leg to Tihany, then a beat back to the finish at Balatonaracs.
Already interest in future ORC Sportboat Championships is strong: representatives from Portodimare, Italy were attending this event as observers in anticipation to create their own bid to host the 2016 championship. Pending approval from ORC, they invited all to Chiaggio to race next year.
Final overall standings after Races 1-4:
1. Bluesmile (NED)* - Smile 22 , 5 points
2. Onedesign Ruffles (TUR) - Farr 25OD, 19
3. Neoprofil (POL)* - Cors T2, 20
4. Orion (HUN) - T-Jolle, 24
5. Kvartet (RUS)* - O-800, 24
6. Grijze Plaag (NED) - Smile 22, 33
7. Serafina (SUI) - Saphire 27, 33
8. Nomad (HUN)* - Elliott 770, 37
9. Yello (HUN)* - Nautic 220, 38
10. Aster (HUN)* - Elliott 770, 43
141 Yachts Set Sail For Eddystone
Photo by RORC/Paul Wyeth. Click on image to enlarge.
32 yachts are taking part in the 229 mile race Two Handed.
Three hours into the race, former RORC Commodore Mike Greville, racing his Ker 39, Erivale III, was the top performer leading the race overall. Mike Greville has a fine record for the Myth of Malham, winning the race outright in 2008. The battle for Line Honours is developing into a fascinating encounter between Piet Vroon's Dutch Ker 51, Tonnerre 4 and British IMOCA 60, Artemis Ocean Racing, skippered by Mikey Ferguson.
IRC Three had a highly competitive start, resulting in several yachts having to restart with some minor collisions as the 48 yachts tussled for the line.
In IRC Two, RORC Admiral, Andrew McIrvine's British First 40, La Reponse, got away to a flying start to lead the 36-yacht class out of the Solent and after time correction.
Tonight, the fleet are expected to be battling the current which will turn against the yachts at around 1900 BST. Weather forecasts tend to suggest a new easterly breeze of 10 knots arriving during the night, providing the next chapter to the 2015 Myth of Malham Race.
Classic Swan 65 Claims IMA Volcano Race
Andrew McIrvine awards Giuseppe Puttini the Volcano Race Overall Trophy. Photo by Gianluca Di Fazio. Click on image to enlarge.
After a delay waiting for the wind to fill in on Wednesday, the race committee chose to 'reverse the course', sending the fleet off from Gaeta on a 391 mile anti-clockwise lap of the Aeolian Islands to the north of Sicily. The boats first rounded Alicudi in the west, continuing on to Vulcano and Stromboli and its tiny neighbour, Strombolicchio, before returning north to Gaeta, leaving Capri to port.
Esimit Europa 2 eventually crossed the Gaeta finish line at 10:37:24 local time on Friday, first home in 1 day, 21 hours and 2 minutes.
The bulk of the fleet arrived back in Gaeta over the course of Friday with the Hungarian canting keeler Wild Joe second home at 16:26 local time, 19 minutes ahead of the brand new Southern Wind 82, Grand Orazio.
Overall victory in the 2015 Volcano Race went to the heavyweight Swan 65, Shirlaf, of Italian Giuseppe Puttini, which arrived in Gaeta at 02:17:11 local time on Saturday morning. After correction under IRC, the time of the classic Swan – with a crew including former America's Cup helmsman Paolo Cian - ended up a substantial two hours 19 minutes faster than the second-placed Wally 60 Good Job Guys of Enrico Gorziglia.
The International Maxi Association's 2015 season continues with Menorca Maxi taking place next week over 26th-31st May in Mahon for the Wally and Maxi72 classes.
Andy Claughton of BAR is happy to be working on the AC48, Terry Hutchinson is not quite as enamoured with the AC35 changes, Julian Everitt sums ‘things’ up and Blue Robinson talks to SCA’s Sophie Ciszek
Bol d’Or Mirabaud
And the first classic of the 2015 European season
Keeping it in proportion
Rob Weiland asks if the big regattas have not become too dependent upon sponsor largesse...
Less complex than we thought
Burns Fallow and the Emirates Team New Zealand aero team talk to Ivor Wilkins about AC wing design
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Normandy Channel Race
They're off! At 16:09pm local time Sunday, in a light 10-knot wind and a glorious Norman sunshine, the 16 Class40s competing in the 2015 vintage of the Normandy Channel Race set sail in front of a big crowd. Objective: 1,000 nautical miles taking in the English Channel and the Celtic Sea!
The coastal course offers up a fabulous spectacle offshore of Ouistreham on France's North coast and it's the Class40 Campagne 2 France skippered by Briton Miranda Merron and Norman Halvard Mabire, who puts on a brilliant demonstration with a faultless round-the-cans section to kick off the action. Ahead lies the Saint MarcoufIslands before the fleet switch due North towards the southern coast of England.
The fleet is set to round the first course mark (SaintMarcouf Islands) this evening at around 22:00pm local time before crossing the English Channel to make the Isle of Wight tomorrow.
Top ten: 25/05/2015 03:45 FR
1. Bretagne Credit Mutuel, Nicolas Troussel / Felix Pruvot
2. Team Work, Bertrand Delesne / David Raison
3. Concise 8, Ned Collier Wakefield / Wouter Verbraak
4. Le Conservateur, Yannick Bestaven / Pierre Brasseur
5. Campagne 2 France, Miranda Merron / Halvard Mabire
6. Solidaires En Peloton - Arsep, Thibaut Vauchel Camus / Victorien Erussard
7. Serenis Consulting, Jean Galfione / Alan Pennaneac'h
8. Carac - Advanced Energies, Louis Duc / Christophe Lebas
9. L'express, Pierre-Yves Lautrou / Jean-Christophe Caso
10. Colombre Xl, Massimo Juris / Pietro Luciani
Young Bermudian Sailors Get Preview Of Community Sailing Programme
Photo by Chris Burville / ACEA. Click on image to enlarge.
With the first building blocks of the programme - 8 Hobie Wave catamarans - arriving on the island this week, the opportunity to test sail the boats with 14 youth sailors was too good to pass up.
America's Cup sailors Jimmy Spithill, Tom Slingsby, Rome Kirby and Andrew Campbell from ORACLE TEAM USA were joined by newly appointed SoftBank Team Japan skipper Dean Barker, all of whom served as the crew on the Hobie Waves, with the youth sailors handling skippering duties.
Double Olympic gold-medalist Shirley Robertson, the host of the CNN Mainsail television program, took out another boat, as did five-time America's Cup winner Russell Coutts.
The Endeavour program will operate from bases on the eastern and western ends of the island of Bermuda, beginning late in the summer.
The Youth Sailing component will provide sailing experiences for kids aged 9 to 12 years old as well as access to tours of the ORACLE TEAM USA base in Dockyard, where they will be exposed to the incredible technology and innovation at the heart of a modern America's Cup team.
There is also a STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) themed around sailing and the America's Cup.
No Fremantle-Bali Record, But Indian Set To Take Line Honours
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However with Indian just 67nm from the finish, the Rolly Tasker Trophy for Fastest Time which commemorates the inaugural record set by Rolly Tasker and Siska in 1981 and had previously stood for 30 years, looks likely to be bettered by Indian by some hours.
Still to come for Indian though is the Bali approach and as Paul Eldrid co-helmsman on Indian can attest from his 2013 attempts to cross the finish line to become the eventual handicap winner on his yacht General Lee nothing can be taken for granted in the light winds and strong currents of the Lombok Straits.
To track the fleet on their progress to Bali follow the race via the Yellow Brick Trackers here: http://yb.tl/f2b2015
The Wonderful Indonesia Fremantle to Bali is a 1440 nautical mile ocean race which starts in the historic Port of Fremantle and finishes in exotic Bali. Presented by Fremantle Sailing Club with its naming sponsor the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia the spectacular biennial event is one of Australia's most exciting blue water yacht races. -- Les Valmadre
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