WINDSURFING -The 2014 RS:X European and Youth Championships and Open Trophy was hosted in the beautiful town of Cesme from 30th of June till 5th of July. The popularity and success of the Championship was proved from the number of athletes having competed. 39 nations were represented, with 81 men and 52 women in the senior division and 67 boys and 27 girls in the youth division – for a total of 227 competitors from all 6 continents. The racing series in a whole range of weather conditions was more than enough to determine very deserving Champions. CHECK IT OUT ABOVE!
AC NEWS – If America’s Cup challengers are to get on the same tack as defending champions Oracle Team USA heading into the next regatta, they will do so without Emirates Team New Zealand – at least for the time being.
It’s quite obvious the whole reason we’re having a meeting is we don’t agree on everything, especially everything that we as defender are proposing.
America’s Cup boss Russell Coutts said he told the Kiwis not to come to a meeting in London on Tuesday at which competitors would try to hash out differences after a week of bruising publicity.
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TORNADO SAILING - On day three of the European Tornado Championships, Roland and Nahid defended their 2nd place with 2 firsts and a 2nd place in conditions between 6 and 11 knots. The Greek duo hat trouble crossing the start line because of a speedboat crossing the line seconds into the first race. They had to veer away and restart again, rolling up the field from behind, ending 4th behind the The Czechs David and Adam, Martin and Marc.
The 2nd and 3rd races with a little more wind, downwind a flyer brought better results for Kostas and Dani nailing a 1st in the last race of the day. At 5pm the Trave Short Track races took place in front of 25,000 spectators!
The day began with strong rain showers and waiting for the competitors. By 10am it was clear that most probably we wouldn’t be sailing before 12, maybe not at all. At 11am Dani and Kostas decided to surprise us with an informal question and answer round, on tactics and any trouble shooting.
At 12am the waiting for racing was ended and 2014 had new European Champions. Dani & Kostas 1st, Nahid and Roland 2nd and Rusterholz and Baier 3rd. In Mixed, 1st place went to Nahid and Roland, 2nd to Maurer and Oldenburg and 3rd to Sarah and Jürgen Jentsch.
420 WORLDS - An impressive line-up of 111 teams from 27 nations in the Open event and 84 teams from 21 nations will be contesting the 2014 420 World and Ladies World Championships in Travemuende, Germany.
A celebration of sailors and nations was the tone of the 420 Worlds Opening Ceremony on Sunday 27 July, as teams from each of the 27 nations paraded in front of a crowd of supporters, to the accompaniment of their national anthem and thunderous applause. Two members of the 28 boat German team declared the Sailors’ Oath on behalf of all teams, before Nino Shmueli, President of the International 420 Class Association declared the Championship officially open.
2014 marks a great year for participation as the popularity of the 420 Class continues to grow and is reflected in the high entry numbers. Entry quotas limit the number of teams a nation can send to compete, with just 7 teams in each of the divisions, ensuring that the best teams in the world are on the start line. Many nations run national selection events to qualify their teams, with the quota places hotly contested.
Germany is fielding the largest team, with 14 teams, a right which is accorded to them as host nation. Nations across every continent are competing, from Angola to Korea, Chile to Turkey, Canada to Australia – to name just a few.
LASER RACING – We got to know the best from the best in Laser Radial. The representative of Poland Jonasz Stelmaszyk, sail number POL 205300. He was the leader from the very beginning and gained the title of World Champion.
After two final races, the sailors officially finished. All of them were invited to the closing ceremony, where the prize giving and a concert took place.
The World Championships closing ceremony was very spectacular. It started with the participating countries flags presentation, followed by raising three country flags of the best sailors and singing the winner’s national anthem.
The final ranking – CLICK HERE!
The organizers of the World Championships also gave special prizes to some of the sailors. The title of the nicest sailor of the championships, the regular visitor in the race office, one who has stolen our hearts was Mathieu de By from the Netherlands. The Dutch were also given the prize for the friendliest team. Last but not least, special prize for Jacques Osinski from France, the most ambitious sailor who for the first time sailed in such difficult conditions.
KITE SURFING – The ultimate day of the Kitesurf Tour Europe arrived and it was all to play for in the course racing division. With the Freestyle competition finished yesterday, all eyes turned to the top formula riders competing for the title. CHECK OUT THE ACTION ABOVE!
AC NEWS – Luna Rossa Challenge, which announced its team for the 35th America’s Cup team on June 12, is hard at work on a challenge capable of making a full-scale assault on the America’ s Cup in 2017.
From its training base in Cagliari, the team has been making design modifications to its AC45s so that they can foil and fly above the water, like the AC62 that the team will design and build to race in the challenger series in 2017.
The first of those boats was launched last month and team skipper Max Sirena is very pleased with the result.
“Everything is going very well with our training with the new foiling AC45,” he said. “The design team and the builders did a very nice job in designing and modifying it and now the sailors are learning more each day they are training about things we can feed back in for the design of the AC62.”
Meanwhile, team members are competing in events on the match racing tour, in big boat racing at various events around the world, the Moth World Championships and for Sirena himself, even winning the 12-meter world championship in Barcelona on board team principal Patrizio Bertelli’s Nyala.
“This is a transition period for Luna Rossa,” Sirena said. “In many ways it is like a brand new team with new people joining our core team from last time. It’s good to have smaller groups who go out and race in all sorts of events but then as a larger team we get together at our base in Cagliari and that is when we really grow as a team.”
Sirena says there is no comparison between this campaign and the last one, when the team was a late entry and operated a smaller program in an effort to stay current with the new foiling, wing sailed catamarans.
While the team has success on the water, reaching the challenger series final for the third time in four attempts and winning the 2012/13 AC World Series, the main objective was to create a base of knowledge and experience for this time around, when the goal isn’t to learn, but to win.
“Last time was an important part of the process. For us, the only way to take part seriously in this America’s Cup was to do what we did in the last Cup. To start from zero today would have been very, very hard. So even though last time we started late and only had one boat, it was a big building block for where we are today,” Sirena said.
And where are they today?
“Our aim is to win the America’s Cup,” Sirena says with conviction. “To do that, we will have to give our very best from the first day to the last day of the campaign. The main racing this time does not start until 2017, but if we are going to win in three years, we have to start with what we are doing right now.”
KITE SURFING – Let’s go fly a kite! Watch this video on how I fell in love with kitesurfing, and why I think it is the best sport in the world. I kitesurf every day on Necker and see it as a great way to get away from it all, as well as enjoy the thrill of the sport. Life is a lot more fun if you can make time for sport – I 100% recommend it.
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KITESURFING – Freestyler dominating day 2 of the KTE Italy the morning we started again with the Skippers’ meeting at 10 am. The wind was already stronger than the day before, so that we were able to start with Formula Racing at 11 am. Race Director Markus Schwendtner decided to start the day with three races and keep an eye on the increasing wind. Olly once again dominated the races winning 2 of the 3 races, and coming a close 2nd in the final race, due to hitting a plastic bag in the water just 10m from the line.
VOR – The reporting for the first VOR race has been slow considering it was the first time the three new VOR 65′s raced against each other – but better late than never.
Here is a look back on a great few days of sailing – and the perfect way to wet the appetite for the big race… Ladies and gentlemen: The boats are in… and it is Team Brunel who have come out on top in the first competitive test of the brand spanking new Volvo 65s.
Yep, some 57 hours and 39 minutes after departing Marina Rubicon to circumnavigate the Canary Islands, the first of the teams finally made it back to shore – and it was the Dutch who drew first blood in what is sure to be just the first battle of a long war.
“The race was really fun, with various conditions”, said a victorious Rokas Milevičius. “We had strong wind, light wind, no wind – and we sailed up and downwind”.
The course is a notoriously turbulent one – and Rokas reckons that six-time Volvo Ocean Race veteran Bouwe Bekking’s crew has their superior experience to thank for the win.
“We knew exactly what to expect, because Andrew ‘Capey’ Cape has done this race before”, added Rokas. “He did a great job in preparing the race. We knew where the wind would die, and where the wind would increase.”
It was that experience which saw Team Brunel wrestle back the lead from the Spanish team on Sunday morning and open up a two hour lead on the rest of the fleet – but despite finishing in second place, defeated skipper Iker Martínez is taking positives from the race.
“We came here to see where we’re at, and to establish a base upon which to start learning”, he said. “The truth is that we are much better off than we first thought. There’s still a lot of work to do, but it’s been a nice surprise.”
His fellow crew member, Rafa Trujillo, agreed – and noted that, considering they are way behind their rivals in terms of preparation, his team should keep their heads held high following their 59 hours and 41 minutes finish.
“It’s been an interesting race for us”, he added. “Navigating the boat with a full crew, and fighting hard against two good teams, has filled us with pride.”
In what was a race to the death for the runners up prize, Team SCA narrowly lost out to the Spaniards – arriving just 10 minutes after their opponents.
“This is what we’ve been training for the whole time – to race”, reasoned Abby Ehler. “We were tired, but we were able to hang in there and give the other boats a run for their money. I think we can be pretty happy with ourselves”.
“It was the first time we got to race against any other boats – and we have a long way to go”, added Sally Barkow. “It just highlights what is important in an offshore race, so I think everyone now has a better concept of what we need to get better at”.
A big pat on the back to Team Brunel then, but they won’t be popping champagne corks just yet – the race showed that with the playing field levelled by the new one-design boats, this could well be the closest edition in history.
“The speed of the three VO65’s was almost the same during the beginning of the race, we sailed close together”, admitted Rokas. “Luckily, we found the first wind.”
HAPPY HOUR FRIDAY – It’s summer time and after a hard week of work it’s time to party! - This right here is the most awesome keg for your party….THE WATERMELON KEG! The Tipsy Bartender is whipping up a watermelon punch, but the punch isn’t going in just any old punch bowl. CHECK IT OUT ABOVE!
AC NEWS FROM ORACLE – Here is the latest from ORACLE – seems everyone is happy again. See Challenger statement below:
Following the announcement of Team Australia – representative of the Hamilton Island Yacht Club, Challenger of Record of the 35th America’s Cup – of its intention to withdraw from the competition, the teams Luna Rossa Challenge, Artemis Racing, Ben Ainslie Racing and Team France – jointly with the yacht clubs they represent – confirm their full support to the event, regardless from the host venue that will be selected.
The four teams, who have so far made clear their involvement, also reiterate their commitment to co-operate in a constructive way with the Defender to the sporting and commercial success of the 35th America’s Cup, with the aim of bringing this event to the peak of the world’s professional sport in terms of media, show, public and the intense sporting competition which has always characterised the America’s Cup.
The teams look forward to establish a constant dialogue with the Defender Oracle Team USA with the intent to fully preserve the principle of “friendly competition between foreign countries“ – one of the core elements of the Deed of Gift that rules the America’s Cup – and to co-operate actively with the Defender to adapt the rules where need be and outline the America’s Cup World Series calendar, as well as the format of the Challengers’ Selection Series and of the America’s Cup finals.
Max Sirena, skipper of Luna Rossa Challenge, declared: “All the elements for the success of the event are there: after the 34th America’s Cup it is no longer questionable how spectacular the full foiling wing-sail catamarans are! Neither is questionable the excitement, intense competition and high-adrenaline this racing offers!”
Ben Ainslie, Team Principal of BAR, commented: “We are really focussed to help build a successful and sustainable America’s Cup for the future. The America’s Cup is about pushing the technical boundaries of the sport through continued innovation. The AC62 will again be incredibly exciting to watch, both on and off the water, all the ingredients you need for a great sporting event.”
Iain Percy, Team Manager of Artemis Racing, stated: “The next America’s Cup is likely to be the most competitive, exciting and sustainable ever. We cannot wait to compete.”
Franck Cammas, skipper of Team France, declared: “We believe that the format of the next America’s Cup will bring a friendly but fierce competition between the best sailors on the most spectacular machines the America’s Cup has ever seen. The 35th America’s Cup will confirm a new era for sailing, but also for the sport in general and the related technologies, with the most intense competition possible and Team France will be proud to be part of it!”
Cagliari, Portsmouth, Alameda, Paris, 25th of July 2014.
AC NEWS – (Reuters) – Four European teams promised on Friday to compete for the next America’s Cup, ensuring the event would be viable after official challenger Team Australia pulled out because of rising costs.
MOTH WORLDS – Nathan wins the Worlds – Here is Video highlights of Day 6 at the 2014 Moth Worlds in Hayling Island, UK. Interviews with British 49er sailor Dylan Fletcher(GBR), Chris Rashley(GBR) and America’s Cup helmsman, Nathan Outteridge(AUS). For full results CLICK HERE!
COOL BOAT DESIGNS – There are now eight Diam 24 One-Designs racing in its first year of production. This affordable boat (ready to race at $50,000 Euros) has been performing well and has been attracting some big names in racing. Check out the names… at the Grand Prix de l‘Ecole Navale, the first five places were occupied by Vincent Riou, Bruno Jourdren, Bernard Stamm, Lionel Lemonchois and Loïc Féquet. Check out the boat and the series by going to: www.diam24onedesign.com
ADVENTURERS – Check out these crazy sailors as they challenge freezing conditions, dragging the boat over ice and polar bears! Book your charter space today!
SAILING IN THE NEWS - Watch Steve Colgate, founder of Offshore Sailing School, talk with Gerri Willis from the Fox News Willis Report about the school’s courses — from Learn to Sail to advanced racing. Two Learn to Sail students discuss learning the language of sailing while aboard a Colgate 26 at Offshore Sailing School’s Pier 25 location in New York City’s Tribeca area. Does this report make sailing appealing to beginners? Leave a comment!