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Mirsky Is The New 'King of the Mountain'
In the end, a count back decided both the final and petit final on Lake St. Moritz. The Maloja breeze had arrived like clockwork all week however on the final day, heavy cloud cover and light rain created much lighter conditions and continual wind shifts that made racing impossible. After a series of race abandonments, the Race Committee decided to end racing with no races completed in either the final or petit final.
Mirsky's win is his first since the Portimao Portugal Match Cup in 2009 and gives his 2011 Championship quest a timely boost. Now sitting in third place overall, Mirsky said: "We'd have liked to race the final and win the proper way but we're happy to take the win so life is pretty good!
New Championship leader Williams looked in imperious form all week only to fall to a 3-0 whitewash against Morvan in the semi-finals.
For Hansen, the value of finishing fourth here and picking up 16 points is huge as he can scrap the 12th place and zero points he took from Match Race France from his current 5 best scores in the Championship, pushing him up into fifth place.
The race for the 2011 ISAF Match Racing World Championship continues at the Argo group Gold Cup which takes place in Bermuda from the 3 to 9 October. Last season the Championship was tightly poised at this stage and this year is no different, with only 17 points separating Williams in first and Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team in fifth.
Result from the Final:
Result from the Petit Final:
Overall Championship Standings - after 6 stages:
Cory Sertl Wins Rolex International Women's Keelboat
The first race got started in roughly eight knots of breeze and Sertl was in the lead by the weather mark; going on to handily win the race. Racing was postponed after storms in the area sucked away the breeze, and two general recalls took place before the Race Committee was able to start race 10 in roughly eight knots of breeze.
With only 30 minutes left before the 3:00 p.m. deadline after which no race could be started, the 11th and final race of the day began in 10-11 knots of breeze from the east. Sertl led for much of the race, but Barkow edged past her to cross the line first followed by Sertl's daughter, 17-year-old Katja Sertl, and Anna Tunnicliffe, before Cory Sertl heard the horn for her own third-place finish. Barkow's subsequent disqualification for an incident at the start not only added 37 points to her scoreline but also thwarted her from winning the championship. She finished third with 54 points, behind Anna Tunnicliffe with 44 points, and Cory Sertl with 39.
Sertl and her team - Amy Seymour Moran (Pittsford), Annemarie Cook (Rochester) and Jane Mastrandrea (Webster) - competed together at both the 2007 and 2009 Rolex Women's International Keelboat Championship. A two-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, Sertl has competed in the Rolex IWKC 11 out of the 14 times it has been held in the 26 years since its inception, winning twice previously: as crew for Betsy Alison at the first running of this event in 1985 at Ida Lewis Yacht Club in Newport, R.I.; and as skipper in 2001 when the event was held at Annapolis Yacht Club in Maryland.
Star European Championship
The Italians leaders were the 2006 European champions and overcame challenging post-frontal weather conditions that delivered 20-degree wind-shifts at times on an otherwise smooth race course off Seapoint on the south shore of Dublin Bay.
France's Guillaume Florent and Pascal Rambeau also had a consistent day with a second and third while the home fleet delivered a strong showing as Olympic veterans and contenders for London 2012 Peter O'Leary and David Burrows placed third and sixth to lie third overall on countback, ahead of France's Xavier Rohart Pierre and Alexis Ponsot at this early stage in the regatta.
A return to stormy conditions is expected for Tuesday with 40 knots forecast for the morning.
Top five (fleet of 27)
1. Diego Negri & Enrico Voltolini, ITA
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Mitsubishi/Gol Wins The Battle, But Negra Wins The War
On a beautiful sunny Sunday with perfect breeze, the Mitsubishi Sailing Cup 2011 concluded its third and final stage yesterday in Rio de Janeiro, with Brazil's sailing royal family - the Grael's - winning in their home waters on their Soto 40 Mitsubishi/Gol against a fleet of twelve teams in eight races held over 1-4 September. This Mitsubishi series has attracted the top sailing talent from not only all of South America, but also some imports from Europe and the US, to race what is quickly becoming the fastest-growing 40-foot one-design class in the world.
But even though skipper Torben, his son Marco, and the rest of the Grael's and their fellow crew showed great mastery of the sometimes tricky conditions in the entrance waters to Guanabara Bay under the shadow of Sugar Loaf mountain, the overall win after 23 races went to Argentine Juan Ball's Negra. This mostly Uruguayan team led by skipper Nicolas Gonzalez were not only winners of the last two stages of the series in Buzios and Ilhabela, but were the reigning champions from last year's series as well. Ironically, Torben's brother Lars was one Grael not on board with the clan, but left to replace Francesco Bruni as tactician for this event on Negra.
"This has been a fantastic season for the class," said Soto 40 class President Norberto Alvarez Vitale, who finished 4th place overall with his team on Patagonia. "Not only are we growing rapidly in the number of boats added to the fleet and getting recognition in Europe for racing in the Audi MedCup, we are really pleased to have just formed a 2012 season circuit of five events for next year which includes one event in Argentina, two in Brazil, and two in Chile. This is the first time ever to have a circuit that combines fleets on both coasts of South America." -- Dobbs Davis
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Mansfield Wins 1720 Corona Euro Championships
Denis Murphy from RCYC on Aquatack won the first race of the day and Gut Rot won the second while Nicholas O'Leary onboard T-Bone owned by Crosshaven duo Tom Durcan and Clive O'Shea won the final race in the series. Neil Angle from Brighton YC was the top UK boat finishing 8th.
Commenting on his win, Mark Mansfield said:
'It was a tremendous event with a very strong tough field sailed in ideal conditions and well organised by Baltimore Sailing Club. No quarter was given nor expected and I think everyone had great sailing over the three days. I have to pay special tribute to my part owner Terry English and the crew, Mike Budd, Joe Bruen and Bernard Fitzpatrick. It was a fantastic showpiece for the 1720 class which is building significantly in numbers'. -- Claire Bateman
1. Mansfield/Terry English, 17 points
For The Record
Record: Outright Around Britain and Ireland.
Comments: Previous record: "Oman Air Majan" Sidney Gavignet FRA, Aug 10, 4d 15h 9m 27s. Sidney Gavignet retains the singlehanded World Record for this course.
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Running the Rhumblines
When the Allen Southward skippered Torres Herald 11 sailed to victory on a special course set down by the then officials of the Whitsunday Sailing Club in 1976 her crew set a traditional event in place which is now known as The Great Whitsunday Fun Race.
During the past 35 years the Fun Race well known for attracting some internationally famed yachts including Australia's Americas Cup challenger Gretel, Sydney Hobart line honours champions Condor and Apollo and the American maxi Matador has continued to make a mark in Queensland sailing history.
The names of these famed ocean racing yachts remain engraved on what is regarded as the most worthless perpetual prize ever presented in Australia.
However the trophy crafted from a slab of Mackay rainforest cedar as a base to display a empty bottle of rum has continued to attract a widely diversified fleet of yachts from the 2010 line honours winner the Peter Millar skippered catamaran Cynophobe to the traditional gaff rigged ketch Pequot.
Whitsunday Sailing Club officials are expecting an entry of close to 100 with many more spectator craft decked with decorations from Palm Fronds to nautical flags to follow the fleet. This floating party atmosphere has become a traditional celebration however race officials encourage both skippers and crews to enjoy a fun time afloat while observing all the rules. Interest this year will again centre on the speed sailing catamaran Cynophobe when her crew sets up their personal challenge against the clock.
Hopefully the trade winds will remain to provide the Cynophobe cr ew to produce another fast course time while also filling the sails of the luggers and square riggers when they set sail.
While the slower luggers, gaffers and square riggers race over a shorter course with Pioneer Rocks set as the rounding mark the bulk of the fleet will test their speed over the traditional Fun Race course starting off Airlie Beach then rounding the Pioneer Rocks before setting spinnakers on the leg to Grimston Point then setting a course for the finish line off Airlie Beach.
All of the sailing action can be witnessed from the spacious deck at the Whitsunday Sailing Club where spectators are welcomed to enjoy both the racing and the post race party where the presentations to the 2011 winners of the Miss Figurehead and the Mr Six Pack always attract significant attention. -- Ian Grant
45 Maxis Racing In Porto Cervo For Five Days
The Mini Maxi fleet of 16 racing yachts competing for the title of World Champion includes current champion Ran 2, owned by Niklas Zennstrom, as well as veteran Maxi competitor Aleph - Aniene 1 Classe with Vasco Vascotto on tactics.
America's Cup Veteran Francesco De Angelis, sailing on the Mini Maxi Alegre, is looking forward to a challenging week: "It will certainly be a windy regatta if the forecast for Mistral all week is correct. There are a lot of boats in the championship and the racing here is always fantastic. Ràn 2 is definitely a strong opponent but our team works well and we will give it our all."
The remaining 29 Maxis will be divided into Racing, Racing/Cruising, Wally and Supermaxi divisions. The Wally fleet includes last year's division winner Indio, owned by Andrea Recordati, as well as IMA President Claus Peter Offen's Y3K. The largest yacht in the fleet measuring just over 45 metres is Saudade, owned by Albert Bull, which carries a crew of 24.
The Race Committee will set a long coastal course for all divisions, including the Mini Maxis, for Tuesday 6th September. The forecast is for approximately 25 knots of Mistral wind.
Live tracking will be available on www.yccs.com during the event.
Britain's West Kirby Teams Triumph at ISAF Team Worlds
Saturday's final day of racing in Schull Harbour, Ireland, began in light south-westerly winds which developed into a fresh north-westerly by late morning.
There was huge local anticipation and excitement entering the final with the host club facing the possibility of a World Youth title. However, they had a shaky start losing the first of the five races. This brought about a loss of composure and with a few penalty umpiring calls going against them, and deservedly so, they forfeited the second race also to a humbling 1, 2, 3, combination from the British team.
The final deciding race was contested with passion, commitment and skill in abundance, with the home team looking like they would just steal the march with a winning combination approaching the finish, but a finish line infringement cost them the race and the title.
So, West Kirby Youth (GBR3) are the World Youth Team Racing Champions 2011, a tribute to their skill, consistency and discipline throughout this World Championships.
The third place sail off between the Spanish team and Sevenoaks (GBRY2) resulted in a win for the Spanish who, together with the first and second placed youth teams, joined the five open qualifiers who made the cut, in the Open quarter finals.
This was sailed as a round robin, with the four top ranked teams from the USA and Great Britain making it to the semi- finals, namely, NCYC Team Extreme (USA1), Woonsocket Rockets (USA2), West Kirby Hawks (GBR1) and Wessex Exempt (GBR2). The placings meant that both USA and British semi – finalists were pitted against each other in the penultimate round ensuring a Britain v USA final.
At three races to one, the Championship was over with West Kirby Hawks taking the World Title Crown to match that of the Youth team mates.
Open World Championship:
1. West Kirby Hawks (GBR1)
2. NYYC Team Extreme (USA1)
3. Woonsocket Rockets (USA2)
Youth World Championship:
2. Schull Community College (IRLY3)
3. Spain (ESPY1)
Finding The Breeze In Thick Fog
The fog caused the race committee problems at the start and the RIB at the outer distance mark was invaluable in checking for OCS boats. The wind was westerly force 3 and the fleet were just able to carry their kites. Exiting the Solent to the East there were large holes in the wind to spot and avoid off Bembridge.
The light wind prevailed throughout the race and the first boat to finish was the Carroll Marine 60, Venomous, owned by Derek Saunders, which took over 14 hours to complete the 78 nautical mile course to win IRC Zero. Erivale, Mike Greville's Ker 39 took class honours in IRC One and IRC Overall finishing at 1026. David Ballantyne's J/133 Jings took second in both IRC One and IRC Overall finishing at 1057. She was followed by Class 40 winner Marc Lepesqueux sailing Les Conquerants de Normandie at 1134. Then there was a long wait until the rest of the fleet trickled into Cherbourg over the course of the afternoon.
Steven Anderson sailing his 40.7 Encore two-handed claimed a win in IRC Two, with Ed Broadway's First 40 Carpe Diem second and RORC Commodore Andrew McIrvine's La Reponse third.
In IRC Three Nikki Curwen triumphed in her J/105 Voador from sister ship Diablo-J sailed by Rear Commodore Nick Martin. Peter Olden's A35, Solan Goose piped Noel Racine's Foggy Dew to get third place by four minutes on corrected time.
Jean-Yves Chateau's Iromiguy won IRC Four by over two hours from Ian Braham's Enigma. Kirsteen Donaldson sailing her X332 Pyxis, took third place in IRC Four but was delighted to win the Two-Handed Class beating Steven Anderson's Encore by just four and a half minutes. The win meant all the more to Kirsteen after her disappointment at having to retire in the Rolex Fastnet Race with standing rigging failure.
The race proved a suitable end to a challenging Season. The Season's Point's and other Trophy winners will be announced within the next few days.
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