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Land Rover Bar First Team To Claim Second ACWS Win
Land Rover BAR win in Oman to become the only team to have won two America's Cup World Series events to date. A nail-biting final day saw the team come from behind in all three races to snatch victory by just two points from Oracle Team USA.
Super Sunday delivers double points for all three races and the tension was high - skippers were pulling the trigger early with multiple boats over the start line and twice Land Rover BAR was one of them.
The first race the team had a clean start but rounded first reach in sixth place, they fought their way through the pack to take second. The next race, the British team were one of three boats over the line, meaning another tough fight back, this time grabbing fourth in the final metres of the race.
The final double point race saw the team jump the start again, and this time the team were just able to claw their way back to third, right behind the America's Cup holders, Oracle Team USA (OTUSA) who were overtaken by Groupama Team France. It was enough to take the event by just two points from OTUSA, with Emirates Team New Zealand another four points back in third.
Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Oman - Final Leaderboard:
Land Rover BAR - 8, 10, 10, 18, 14, 16 - 76 points
ORACLE TEAM USA - 9, 6, 9, 12, 20, 18 - 74 points
Emirates Team New Zealand - 10, 7, 5, 20, 16, 12 - 70 points
Groupama Team France - 5, 8, 7, 10, 18, 20 - 68 points
SoftBank Team Japan - 6, 9, 6, 16, 10, 14 - 61 points
Artemis Racing - 7, 5, 8, 14, 12, 10 - 56 points
Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Overall Leaderboard:
Emirates Team New Zealand 192
ORACLE TEAM USA 186
Land Rover BAR 185
SoftBank Team Japan 161
Artemis Racing 161
Groupama Team France 150
Gold Medals To France and Croatia On Final Day at 470 Worlds
Club Nautico San Isidro, Argentina: In a medal race battle to the end, stepping away victorious with Gold medals are Camille Lecointre/Helene Defrance (FRA) and Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic (CRO).
A nail biting conclusion to the preceding five day of racing all came down to the medal races at the 2016 470 World Championship in Argentina.
In the 470 Women, any one of the top eight going into the medal race had a punt at a medal, whilst in the 470 Men the podium chancers were a bit more clear cut. Series leaders, Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic (CRO) were guaranteed a medal and fighting for gold with the Kiwis and Aussies. Whilst the French were in the hunt for silver or bronze.
After yesterday's storms, calms and in-betweens, medal race day was a much more sanguine schedule. The 470 Women got off first at 1100 hours for their short, sharp twenty-five minute windward/leeward race, followed by the 470 Men.
The scoreboard puts three-time World Champions Mat Belcher/Will Ryan (AUS) and Sofian Bouvet/Jeremie Mion (FRA) on tiebreak, from a redress decision due to a scoring error. Both teams were awarded third place, so in a unique situation they stepped up to the podium together to receive their medals and prizes.
470 Women - Final Top 10
1. Camille Lecointre / Helene Defrance, FRA
2. Jo Aleh / Polly Powrie, NZL
3. Lara Vadlau / Jolanta Ogar, AUT
4. Fernanda Oliveira / Ana Luiza Barbachan, BRA
5. Agnieszka / Irmina Orozek, POL
6. Anne Haeger / Briana Provancha, USA
7. Xiaoli Wang / Lizhu Huang, CHN
8. Sydney Bolger / Carly Shevitz, USA
9. Afrodite Zegers-Kyranakou / Anneloes Van Veen, NED
10. Barbara Cornudella Ravetllat / Sara Lopez Ravetllat, ESP
470 Men - Final Top 10
1. Sime Fantela / Igor Marenic, CRO
2. Paul Snow-Hansen / Daniel Willcox, NZL
= 3. Mathew Belcher / William Ryan, AUS
= 3. Sofian Bouvet / Jeremie Mion, FRA
5. Luke Patience / Chris Grube, GBR
6. Gabrio Zandona / Andrea Trani, ITA
7. Ferdinand Gerz / Oliver Szynmanski, GER
8. Panagiotis Mantis / Pavlos Kagialis, GRE
9. Anton Dahlberg / Fredrik Bergstrom, SWE
10. Onan Barreiros Rodríguez / Juan Curbelo Cabrera, ESP
Special Offer For A Fleet Of Six Blu26 One Design Yachts
All boats of the fleet are fully equipped, well maintained and come with a road trailer and plenty of spares. They are now stored in Ermatingen, Switzerland.
The fleet is for sale as a 6 boat lot or as pairs of boats.
RS:X World Windsurfing Championships: Polish Domination
Eilat, Israel: Last day of competition started with the Silver fleets races. Those were stopped as the wind almost stopped, and the fleets returned to shore, ending their part in the Championship.
Conditions improved and allowed a nice last race for the Gold fleets.
The Medal Races followed successfully also and were a nice finish for the Championships.
In the women's medal race the competition was fierce. Charline Picon crossed the finish line first, followed by Stefania Elfutina in second and Bryony Shaw in third. A World Championship win from a genius saw Malgorzata Bialecka claim her 1st RS:X World Championship. Silver to Bryony Shaw, and Lilian de Geus completing the podium with bronze.
Men, stampede off the starting line, saw them fast and furious on the first upwind leg. As Piotr Myszka already secured the title from the penultimate day, the battle for race remaining podium spots was well and truly on. Choosing the best side of the track, Shahar Zubari managed to control the medal race from early on. Really close behind him in 2nd was Dorian Van Rijsselberge and Mateo Sanz Lanz in third.
Nick Dempsey, after getting redress for an incident at the 6th final race and started the day from 2nd place, didn't manage to keep the Dutch windsurfers behind him by finally getting the 4th place of the championship. London's Gold Medalist Dorian Van Rijsselberge finally got the Silver with bronze going to his teammate Kiran Badloe, claiming the biggest win of his career.
Top five Men:
1. Piotr Myszka, POL, 21 points
2. Louis Giard, FRA, 32
3. Shahar Zubari, ISR, 32
4. Pawel Tarnowski, POL, 33
5. Nick Dempsey, GBR, 33
Top five Women
1. Malgorzata Bialecka, POL, 19
2. Lilian de Geus, NED, 20
3. Zofia Noceti-Klepacka, POL, 29
4. Marina Alabau Neira, ESP, 35
5. Bryony Shaw, GBR, 38
Full results: www.rsxclass.com/worlds2016/?page_id=188
Clipper Fleet Departs Vietnam For China In Race 8
The eighth contest in the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race has gotten underway as The Sailing City Qingdao Cup started today from Vietnam's coastal city Da Nang.
Visit Seattle was the first team over the line on Da Nang beach in blustery conditions, though was quickly overtaken. By the first mark LMAX Exchange was in the lead, followed by GREAT Britain, Mission Performance and Derry~Londonderry~Doire, and this order remained throughout the three mark round-the-can start before the fleet headed north-east to China.
The Sailing City - Qingdao Cup has the potential to be the most challenging of the 14-race global series so far as the teams face a long beat into the wind. Clipper Race Founder and Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston explains: "This is going to be a bash. You go up north of here and level with Taiwan and you'll be getting waves without anything behind them so the boat slams down."
"That's when you get winds and tides working against each other, but the winds tend to come from the north, right across northern Russia and Mongolia so they are very, very cold. There will be sleet and snow, crew really do need all the warm clothing they can find."
Race 8 from Da Nang, Vietnam to Qingdao, China is approximately 1700nM, but given the weather, tide and sea state conditions that lie in wait, the teams could end up recording a much higher mileage as they tack their way upwind and zig-zag against head winds and challenging currents.
The fleet due to arrive in Qingdao from around 10-13 March.
Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Cup
Twenty year old George Anyon representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron's Youth Training Programme, with his team of Logan Andresen, Josh Wijohn and Patrick Haybittle, have won the NESPRESSO Youth International Match Racing Cup.
Anyon defeated Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Murray Jones 2-1 in the best of three series. The Race Committee had to cut racing short today after no breeze forced the crews to stay at the docks until well after lunch. The racing between Jones and Anyon was very close all regatta and at the last start either team could of walked away with the win.
In the petite final or 'battle of the Wills', William Eastman of Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club won 3rd place from William Dargaville - Royal Price Alfred Yacht Club two races to one.
1. George Anyon - RNZYS YTP
2. Murray Jones - CYCA
3. William Eastman RPNTC
4. William Dargaville - RPAYC
5. Clare Costanzo - RPAYC
6. Matthew Hughes - RNZYS YTP
7. Cyril Fortin - CNC
8. Tom Picot - CNC
9. Stephanie Kirkman - RNZYS YTP
10. Zoe Bennett - RPNYC
11. Claudia Thackray - RSYS
Isabelle Joschke To Race In The Transat
The Franco-German sailor Isabelle Joschke, aged 39, will be racing the Class40, Generali Mixite, in the four-yearly 3,000-mile classic that sets sail for New York from Plymouth on May 2nd.
Joschke, a veteran of seven Solitaire Bompard - Le Figaro races, will be the third female skipper on the start line of The Transat, all of whom are racing in the highly competitive Class40 monohull fleet.
Helping her will be the French solo sailing legend and Vendee Globe winner Alain Gautier. "Throughout this year I will benefit from the advice and experience of Alain Gautier who became a sort of mentor to me two years ago," added Joschke. "He is a huge asset to my programme."
Joining Joschke on The Transat Class40 start line will be the veteran British skipper Miranda Merron at the helm of Campagne de France and the experienced German sailor Anna-Maria Renken on Nivea.
Jimmy Cornell Transits The North West Passage In Aventura IV
ARC founder and well-known cruising author Jimmy Cornell had a boat built specially for the North West Passage, but it took two attempts and some terrifying encounters with ice to do it
Since Roald Amundsen's successful transit in 1903-1906, a total of only 94 sailing boats have been able to follow his example.
In the history of maritime exploration no other part of the world has proved to be more difficult and has taken longer to conquer. The reason is quite simple: in spite of all the advances in boat design, technology and methods of navigation, the challenges faced by those sailing in the high Arctic have remained basically the same.
Climate change, the effects of which are more obvious in the Arctic than anywhere else in the world, has certainly played a role in making conditions for a successful transit somewhat easier but, as I found out myself on my first attempt, however well prepared you might be, Mother Nature still has the last word.
Read more www.yachtingworld.com
Shining (New) Stars
Participation and performance are two great measurement yardsticks. When we look at the participation, this was the most successful Youth World Championship to date, with 425 sailors from 76 nations attending to set a new record in Malaysia. The previous best was 67 nations at the 2014 edition in Tavira, Portugal.
And these numbers could have been even higher.
Exclusive Rob Coutts Fine Art Prints To Help The Finnteam
Rob Coutts has very generously provided the Finn class with exclusive access to five of his original oil paintings to offer authorised prints for sale through the Finnshop. All profits from the sale go to help the sailors in the FINNTEAM prepare for the Rio Olympics and then support them as they start to prepare for Tokyo in four years time. Rob is a long time Finn sailor who won the Grand Masters title at the Finn World Masters in 2012. He is still actively sailing Finns out of Waiheke Island in New Zealand and San Diego, USA.
Two members of the FINNTEAM, Alejandro Foglia (URU) and Facundo Olezza (ARG) have already qualfied for Rio
Rob Coutt's paintings are available as gilcee fine art prints in a range of sizes. They are available on both Fine Art Rag and Canvas. Other sizes can be printed on demand.
Prices start from £75 each
As well as the five originals there is also a letterbox compilation print showing four of the paintings.
You can read more about the FINNTEAM here:
1986 Kiwi Magic 12 meter. 295,000 USD. Located in Portsmouth, RI
KIWI MAGIC is for sale. World famous for being the last and best built of the three 'plastic fantastics" which were known as KZ 3, KZ 5 and this boat KZ 7. Updated winches, sails, deck hardware, there is not much left on this boat from her original days of blasting around in Perth Australia during the 1987 Americas Cup. Since that glorious time in sailing, she has had several loving owners that have spared no expense to keep her in a near perfect condition. In recent years she has spent much of her time stored in a heated shed in Rhode Island, but she was last sailed in the 2012 12 Meter North Americans, which she won handily. If one wants the very best and last composite built 12 meter in the world, KIWI MAGIC is seriously for sale. Call to be sent her full details and photos.
Please contact William Jenkins at 410-267-9419
2003 MC46. 240,000 EUR. Located in Italy
An excellent choice for a family to cruise and to race in the ORC and IRC.
Very seaworthy yacht, high-performance, easily to sail with small crew: the perfect combination between a competitive racer and an elegant cruiser.
The 'MC 46 Seawonder, designed by Ceccarelli Yacht Design, is the ideal boat for an owner sportsman, who want a fast boat and competitive for the race and comfortable and safe for cruising. Made entirely of carbon sandwich pre-impregnated core Corecell, this Cruiser Racer is the expression of the most 'high levels of construction. The extreme attention to detail and the pursuit of better performance is also reflected in the interior, entirely in carbon. The elegance and functionality find their best expression in the exposed carbon, lacquered or veneered with pear. In 2009, the MC 46 Seawonder returned at Marine Composite where significant changes and improvements were made to the boat.
A new bow and IRC/ORC keel were fitted in 2009. A new fin shell and revised ORC bulb we're fitted in 2014.
C&C30 OD - NEW BOAT
Twin backstays to allow a larger square-top main help to distinguish this foxy new addition to the 30ft market. The powerful C&C 30 promises electric performance and all at an affordable level of cost – around 20 boats have been sold to date
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