With 15 high-speed catamarans firing out of a reaching start, day one of the M32 World Championship was a big, fun learning curve for everyone in Marstrand, Sweden. Getting ahead of the pack was a key skill on such a busy start line, and one sailor who seems to have learned the knack quickly is Olympic Finn sailing veteran, Pieter-Jan Postma who steered Sailing Team NL to scores of 2,2,1,3. The Flying Dutchman was the only skipper to keep all his scores inside the top three, although he's tied on points with young Kiwi Chris Steele and CFA Sport Racing who scored 1,2,4,1. Postma hasn't long been racing the M32 catamaran but has got to grips with the high-performance demands of the boat very fast. "Today was a very awesome day, an amazing situation in Marstrand with 15 boats on the start line. It was very tight, very exciting and we had a good day. The reaching start is great. I see starting as an art, you hit the pace at the right moment, with the team all synced and the hull flying, it's a fantastic experience." Fellow New Zealander Hayden Goodrick is sailing with Chris Steele and is one of the most experienced M32 sailors around. Today though, was new territory for everyone. The 2008 Olympic Champion in the 49er skiff, Jonas Warrer, is also doing well in third overall, and the Danish skipper was the other race winner today. However the Corinthian owner-drivers are also faring well against the Olympic medallists and America's Cup sailors in the fleet. Leading the Corinthian battle is Don Wilson and Convexity in fourth overall, while Richard Davies and Section 16 are in sixth overal Friday promises more exhilarating conditions for day 2 of the M32 World Championship. -- Andy Rice 1. CFA Sport Racing, NZL, Chris Steele, 8 points2. Sailing Team Nl, NED, Pieter-Jan Postma, 83. Warrer Racing, DEN, Jonas Warrer, 134. Convexity, USA, Don Wilson, 195. Chinaone Ningbo, NZL, Phil Robertson, 196. Section 16, SUI, Richard Davies, 277. Redline Racing, AUS, Matt Jerwood, 308. KSSS, SWE, Rasmus Rosengren, 339. Grave Digger, USA, James Prendergast, 3810. Flux Team, SWE, Johnie Berntsson, 3911. Gazprom Team Russia, RUS, Victor Serezhkin, 4312. Gac Pindar, GBR, Ian Williams, 4513. Essiq Racing Team, SWE, Nicklas Dackhammar, 4814. Cape Crow Vikings, SWE, HAkan Svensson, 5215. Magenta Robline, GBR, Olivia Mackay, 59 m32world.com
Porto Cervo, Italy: Today there were three hard fought races in southwesterly breezes between 12 and 15 knots. It was the final day of two days of racing in the waters off Porto Cervo in the Rolex Farr 40 Pre-Worlds organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. After a total of six races in two days, victory went to Alex Roepers and his yacht, Plenty. Tactician Terry Hutchinson certainly contributed to today's first and second place finishes. Trailing Plenty were Enfant Terrible owned by Alberto Rossi, with tactician Vasco Vascotto. After winning today's first race, this team finished five points behind the leader. Plenty and Enfant Terrible have fought it out for the duration of the Pre-Worlds with spectacularly close duels from pre start to finish. The last downwind leg in today's second race saw the two teams battle to the very end in a tight and thrilling match race. Third place for Asterisk, the Turkish team headed by Hasip Gencer, with the Brit Nick Rogers as tactician. This team looks fast and competitive as does the team aboard the Australian Gordon Ketelbey's Zen. This team has David Chapman as tactician and won the Corinthian Division. Tomorrow is registration day and the briefing will be followed by a welcome cocktail on the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda's terrace, reserved for the teams competing in the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship that will begin on Thursday July 13th. prepare to participate next year and buy your Farr 40: https://www.racing-yachts.com/farr-40-249.html https://www.racing-yachts.com/farr-40-250.html com
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Marstrand, Sweden: After beating Pieter-Jan Postma's Sailing Team NL in this morning's semifinals, Phil Robertson and his CHINAone NINGBO crew went on win the final of GKSS Match Cup Sweden, dispatching Taylor Canfield's US One Sailing Team. This repeated the Kiwi team's victory on the Marstrand Arena in 2016, against the same opponent, but this time with a more emphatic 3-0 scoreline. Racing took place with the wind building into the mid-teens, causing the nimble M32 catamarans to light up. More stable conditions compared to yesterday resulted in more boundary-to-boundary racing, while picking the right marks to round was vital to ensure sailing in the best pressure. In today's final, Robertson's starting seemed in a different league. "We have trained in tight starting and it probably played into our hands a little bit. We were getting off the line pretty well and managed to keep our lead. But was close and tough - Taylor did a good job." Canfield and his US One Sailing Team had overcome Ian Williams and GAC Pindar team 3-1 in the semifinals to gain their berth in the final (while Williams went on to win the Petit Final against Postma). This he had achieved in such surgical fashion that many had him as favourite for winning overall. The M32s are now staying in Marstrand ready for next week's World Championship fleet racing when 17 of the one design catamarans will be competing on Marstrand Fjord. wmrt.com
Trieste, ITA -- In an exciting finale to a week of mostly light air sailing, overall class winners were not decided until the last race in all classes today at the ORC Worlds Trieste 2017. And the new World Champions in each class were surprises as well, none having been at the top of the leaderboard all week during the 6-day format of inshore and offshore racing. Race managers led by PRO Giancarlo Crevatin made a bold decision to hold as many races as the light air conditions would allow today, which was two on one course area and only one on another. This meant Classes A and C had two races to determine the podium finishers, while Class B had only one race...at least this would get to the seven needed to trigger a discard. It was tight at the top of Class A today - photo Max Ranchi In Class A the first race was won by Sandro Paniccia's Scuderia 50 Altair 3, repeating their race win yesterday. The early series leader - Maurizio Poser's Swan 42 Sheraa Yacht Club Hannibal - went off on the wrong side of the course in this race and thus had a mediocre result, putting them in a difficult position to retake the series lead and win Gold in the final race since there were too many other contenders too close in points. The points compression was made worse by having discards kick in which brought the big fast boats into contention. Besides, being one of the slowest rated boats in that class they could not tactically control any of these larger faster boats. Sheraa did what they could do by winning the final race, but the big boats scoring 2, 3 and 4 this brought their totals into within 3 points among the top four teams. Fortunately for Sheraa that last race win allowed them to win the tie break with Altair and keep them on the podium in the Bronze position. So on the strength of one race win and consistency with no finish worse that 4th place, Vincenzo Onerato and his Mascalzone Latino team racing his Cookson 50 have won the ORC World Championship for Class A, with last year's winner - Vadim Yakimenko's Russo-French team on Freccia Rossa - earning Silver medals. On Onerato's team were numerous top Italian sailors, including Andrea Ballico, Lorenzo Bressani, Leonardo Chiarugi, Stefano Ciampalini, Francesco Mongelli, Davide Scarpa, and Matteo Sivelli. In Class B the leader through most of the week was Diego Zanco's Croatian team on his X-41 Nube, and a discard of their 16th place in the second offshore race looked like it would keep them on top with a reasonable result in the last race. But disaster struck: a 17th place in the race made them keep their 16th and take them out of contention for a podium finish. Meanwhile a team that had never been in the top ranks due to a 38th place in the second offshore race but had been quietly collecting excellent scores of 2-1-1-2 in the inshore races, and a final 1st place in the last race, was now vaulted to the top with the discard. Renzo Grotessi's Swan 42 Be Wild and his CSQ2 Sailing Team are the new ORC World Champions in Class B. This team consists of Luigi Masturzo, Lorenzo Cantarini, Andrea Casale, Riccardo Cesini, Giuseppe Filippis, Gian, Luca Gennaro, Sandro Iesari, Aris Leandri, Nikolaos Mascoli, and Roberto Pellegrini. Winning silver medals in Class B was Massimo De Campo's Swan 42 Selene Alifax, and inning Bronze medals was Nadia Canalez's M45 Horus Tempus Fugit. Class C was similar to Class A, with many contenders, some large point discards and two races to determine the ultimate champions. At the beginning of the week in the offshore races some perennial and proven favorites at past ORC championship events looked strong, but as the inshore racing progressed other teams started rising to the top, and with some heavy point discards waiting until Race 7, these teams were poised to pounce today. And the team that not only rose quickly to the top but also eliminated any doubt by winning both of today's races was Cesare Bressan's modified Melges 32 Airis, the new ORC World Champions in Class C. This team has been on the podium at previous World Championships, namely being Bronze medal winners in 2012 in Helsinki sailing their GP 42 of the same name, but this is the first time they have been able to claim the top prize. Sailing on Airis with Bressan this week was helmsman Roberto Monti, Diogo Cayolla, Michele Gregoratto, Victor Marino, Glauco Turco Albatros, and Vittorio Zaoli. Silver medalists in Class C were the Loro Piana brothers Giacomo and Franco on their Farr 30 Sease, and winning Bronze medals was the team on Alessio Querin's Farr 30 Mummy One-Lab Met. All-amateur teams at this event qualified for Corinthian class trophies, and the top in Class A was in 9th place overall: Danilo Falzitti's TP 52 Zerocould. In Class B the Corinthian winner was 9th placed Ermanno Galeati's Grand Soleil 43R Reve de Vie, and in Class C it was 4th place finisher Andrea Bazzini's X-35 Extrema. Members of the Organizing Committee - photo Andrea Carloni "This was a tough championship, with many potential winners," said ORC Chairman Bruno Finzi. "No one clearly dominated any one phase of the competition, and not knowing the winners until the last race is proof how demanding this was. "There was also a wide diversity of boat types here, with many of these on the final podium, so we are pleased at how well the rule seems to be working in producing fair racing among this variety of boats. We applaud all the participants, thank the organization for the outstanding efforts they made all week to produce an excellent event, and congratulate all the winners for their high achievements." More info including live-streaming from the race courses, tracking from TracTrac, photos, videos and more at www.orcworlds2017.com. The Organizing Authority of ORC Worlds Trieste 2017 is led by Yacht Club Porto San Rocco and the Offshore Racing Congress along with Yacht Club Adriaco, Triestina della Vela, Circolo della Vela Muggia, Società Velica di Barcola e Grignano, TPK Circolo Nautico Triestino Sirena and Yachting Club Portoroz, Slovenia. The event is sponsored by Mureadritta, Porto San Rocco, Ingemar, Afi Curci, IronFX, Ocean Team, Montedoro, One Sails, Arimar, Paul Picot, and B&G. 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Trieste, Italy: In another light air day of flat water and breeze never exceeding 8 knots, inshore racing resumed for the second day at the ORC Worlds Trieste 2017. Only one race was held due to the light air, and yesterday's series leaders continued to show their prowess in these conditions and no net change in leadership at the top of Classes A, B and C. In Class A the top three teams are all Italian, with Vincenzo Onorato's Cookson 50 Mascalzone Latino earning their first win of the series to grab the runner-up position in the standings. Yet Maurizio Poser's Swan 42 Sheraa Yacht Club Hannibal is still dominating the class in corrected time with a 3rd today and a 9 point lead ahead of the pack of 17 boats in this class. On having finished 4th today, Sandro Paniccia's Scuderia 50 Altair 3 remains in third overall one point behind Onerato. In Class B, Nube, Diego Zanco's X-41 from Croatia remains firmly in the lead, but Renzo Grottesi's Swan 42 Bewild has reached second place and leaves behind their sistership Swan 42 Selene Alifax skippered by Massimo De Campo thanks to their first race win today. Among the Class C contenders, Alessio Querin's Farr 30 Mummy One Lab Met is still at the head of the standings, but behind then is Giacomo and Franco Loro Piana's fellow Farr 30 Sease, with Aivar Tuulberg's Arcona 340 Katariina II having come up on the lowest step of the podium. On the water, the easiest starts are in Class A, with 17 boats on the line, but in Class B it took three tries to tame the fleet of 49 boats on the line. Even for Class C, the Race Committee had to endure four attempts to finally make the start of a 50-strong fleet of boats from which Cesare Bressan's Melges 32 Airis was the winner for the second consecutive race. Friday is expected to be another day of light air and for this reason the Committee decided to postpone the start at 1:00 PM, trusting in the more reliable afternoon winds. FORE SALE FARR 30 https://www.racing-yachts.com/farr-30-mumm-30-221.html orcworlds2017.com
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Thursday, July 6th 2017 - The Offshore Sailing Worlds in The Hague, the Netherlands, will be held from 12 to 18 July 2018. Save this date to compete in the first combined IRC/ORC championship, an innovative solution to unite the two largest offshore racing fleets. Registration will open in September 2017.The week from 12 to 18 July fits perfectly in the IRC/ORC sailing calendar with the Kieler Woche, Commodores Cup, Cowes Week and the Copa del Rey. It also fits in the calendar of The Hague, directly after the finish of the Volvo Ocean Race and Optimist Europeans.In 2018 the city of The Hague will be all about sailing and a sailing showcase to the world. Over the years, Dutch ORC and IRC teams have enjoyed the hospitality of previous Worlds organizing countries. Attending events around the globe, the Dutch owe it to the offshore sailing community from all over the world to invite them to the low lands to experience the hospitality and the treasure called ‘North Sea’. Compact, accessible and attractiveThe Hague, with its charm, history and modern seaport is the perfect location to host the Offshore Sailing World Championships in 2018. The compact port is more than sufficient to accommodate all boats just a stone’s throw from the competition areas. The surrounding event grounds will complement the race village in addition to existing lively streets and boulevards offering a wide variety of restaurants, bars and shops.It’s all about teamworkEvery member of a team participating in the World Championships appreciates that sport requires teamwork, focus and dedication. To organise a World Championship requires the same dedication, focus and teamwork. The organising committee in the Netherlands looks forward to organise the ‘best-in-class’ event for all stakeholders and for participating sailors to leave with a big smile and life-long memories. Where sports drives technologyRating systems based on science and technology, continuously adapting and optimizing with the goal of ever more fair sailing competition. The Hague region’s scientific and economic roots are fueled with sports, innovation and technology which couldn’t be a better central theme for the World Championship: Where sports drives technology.Discover The HagueNot only the harbor will be centered around the Worlds, the whole city of The Hague will be captured in the event. Visitors, sailors, locals and shore crew are invited to discover the city and taste the local food.
Marstrand, Sweden: GKSS Match Cup Sweden is renowned for drawing out exceptional performances from local sailors, fired up by crowds cheering them on from the perimeter of Marstrand Arena and with assistance from the Nordic wind gods. This occurred today when Nicklas Dackhammar's ESSIQ Racing Team, 15th on the World Match Racing Tour leaderboard, overcame Australian Matt Jerwood's Redline Racing 5th placed team in a five race marathon. The southerly wind veered west mid-afternoon and there were large holes across the course, with wind speeds of 4- 14 knots. Aboard their high performance M32 catamarans, Dackhammar won race one, then in the second Jerwood prevailed after three lead changes. Jerwood planted a pre-start penalty on his opponent taking it to match point but then the young Swede bounced back the level the score. The final race seemed to all be over when Dackhammar copped another pre-start penalty. Advantage Australia. However "there were puffy conditions. It was getting quite light and we thought that would favour us, sailing upwind with the gennaker," explained Dackhammar. "We tried to avoid the light patches and make good manoeuvres sailing fast all the time." Swedish fans were euphoric when their underdogs eventually pulled ahead, to win the decider and a Quarter Finals place. Tomorrow the remainder of the Super 16 Knockout series will be sailed to determine the rest of the Quarter Finalists. Qualifying sail off - results Harry Price (AUS) Down Under Racing 2-0 Eric Monnin (SUI) Albert Riele Swiss Team Harry Price (AUS) Down Under Racing 2-0 Evan Walker (AUS) KA Match Super 16 knockout - results Yann Guichard (FRA) Spindrift racing 3-0 Sam Gilmour (AUS) Neptune Racing David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 3-0 Sally Barkow (USA) Magenta 32 Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) Sailing Team NL 3-1 Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team Nicklas Dackhammar (SWE) ESSIQ Racing 3-2 Matt Jerwood (AUS) Redline Racing Chris Steele (NZL) 36 Below Racing 3-0 Johnie Berntsson (SWE) FLUX Team wmrt.com
Marstrand, Sweden: Qualifying at GKSS Match Cup Sweden concluded in magnificent conditions on Marstrand Arena today with northwesterly winds gradually building to 15 knots by mid-afternoon. With the teams divided into three groups of six teams, all sailed five races and the stand-out performer was Ian Williams' Team GAC Pindar. The British six time World Match Racing Tour champion scored consecutive bullets in the first three races with no result off the podium. Elsewhere competition was much closer. In their group Australian Matt Jerwood came out on top, but tied on points with two time Tour champion Taylor Canfield from the US Virgin Islands. Jerwood enjoyed three race wins, but consistency failed them. The tightest group was the last to race and ended up topped by three antipodean teams - Phil Robertson, Chris Steele and Torvar Mirsky - all tied on points. Sailing Team NL sailed some good races with 2 times a 1 a 4, 5 and 6th place ending up at 4th position day 1. Wednesday and Thursday will be the first-to-three Super 16 elimination round, while the three bottom-ranked teams from Qualifying will race to decide the 16th team to go through: Harry Price will face Eric Monnin, the victor then lining up against Evan Walker. Qualifying - results Group 1 1. Phil Robertson, NZL, China One Ningbo, 14 2. Chris Steele, NZL, 36 Below Racing, 14 3. Torvar Mirsky, AUS, Mirsky Racing Team, 14 4. Pieter-Jan Postmam NED, Sailing Team NL, 17 5. Mans Holmberg, SWE, Team Sweden, 19 6. Evan Walker, AUS, KA Match, 27 Group 2 1. Matt Jerwood, AUS, Redline Racing, 11 2. Taylor Canfield, USVI, US One, 11 3. Sam Gilmour, AUS, Neptune Racing, 16 4. Sally Barkow, USA, Team Magenta 32, 20 5. Nevin Snow, USA, 13FIFTY Racing, 21 6. Harry Price, AUS, Down Under Racing, 28 Group 3 1. Ian Williams, GBR, GAC Pindar, 8 2. David Gilmour, AUS, Team Gilmour, 14 3. Yann Guichard, FRA, Spindrift Racing, 14 4. Johnie Berntsson, SWE, FLUX Team, 20 5. Nicklas Dackhammar, SWE, ESSIQ Racing Team, 22 6. Eric Monnin, SUI, Albert Riele Swiss Team, 27 Follow the races via: http://wmrt.com/live-feed/ wmrt.com