blue26 cup 20.08.2017


blue26 cup, 20.08.2017

Bavarian blaze: the Engadin winds payed off for blu26 team Sailing Center Racing

St. Moritz, 20 August 2017 – The exceptional mountainous setting of St. Moritz and mostly clear skies offered an exceptional arena for the 20 crews from Germany, Austria, Montenegro, and Switzerland to meet and compete against each other in this year’s 6th blu26 Fleet Race Battle in St. Moritz. However, it wasn’t the familiar Maloja that set the tone this weekend, but rather a volatile North wind that paved the way for team Sailing Center Racing from Bavaria, with skipper Julius Thomas, to win this year’s regatta – against all pre-race favorites. The winning team was closely followed by Giachen Ün, with skipper Marianne Weber, second and blunote, with skipper Reinhard Rigling, third.

A recording breaking entry list
Considering this year’s broad entry list, the traditional Friday evening gathering was a great way to socialize and reconnect in between the teams – and get to know participants that newly joined the blu26 class. As for the sailing, a fair grid was accommodated for the numerous crews to compete on the six blu26 boats made available by the organizing team. The race committee, around race officer Marc Knöpfel, has made a remarkable job in executing a fair rotation mode across the two racing days, assuring just racing conditions.


Clipperrace 23.08.2017

23 AUGUST 2017

As the fleet makes steady progress south past the UK and towards Northern France, Skippers and crew are focusing on the next challenge; the Bay of Biscay, notorious for violent storms and heavy seas.

Skipper of second placed Sanya Serenity Coast, Wendy Tuck, reports: “This morning we wake to a breeze still on the nose and we are about to start our passage across the Bay of Biscay.

“At the moment, it is being kind to us, but it does have a bit of a reputation of not being very nice.”

Ahead of the fleet, the weather is changing somewhat. A new low moving southeast across the race track should reach the Portuguese coast by the weekend. Whilst it does not look particularly strong, it will provide several tactical options for the twelve teams.

Over the last 24 hours, positions continued to change on the leader board and 98 nautical miles now separates first placed Unicef from Greenings, in twelfth place, who selected a more westerly route as it entered the Celtic Sea yesterday.

The front four leaders, who broke away with the strong flowing tides in the Irish Sea, remain close, with 18 nautical miles separating Unicef, Sanya Serenity Coast, Visit Seattle and Dare To Lead.

Skipper Nikki Henderson, on third placed Visit Seattle, said: “Well, the conclusion of the last 24 hours is that Wendo and Bob are really, really good at making their boats move approximately 1 knot faster than us.

“Definitely a frustrating night, but that’s racing for you!”

Not taking his lead for granted, Unicef Skipper, Bob Beggs, reports: “On the AIS we have a constant reminder of the competition with Visit Seattle, Sanya Serenity Coast and Dare To Lead helping to keep our competitive juices flowing.”

And the competitive spirit is very much present further down the fleet. and Liverpool 2018, in tenth and eleventh place respectively, are jostling for position and are “currently yo-yoing” according to the latter’s Skipper, Lance Shepherd.

Gaëtan Thomas, Skipper of Garmin, currently in seventh place said: “We are trying to catch up boat by boat, now we are nearly up with Qingdao and Nasdaq.”

Meanwhile, Rob Graham, Skipper of Nasdaq, says: “Our focus is on chasing down Dare To Lead, Visit Seattle, and Sanya Serenity Coast, whilst staying ahead of the group chasing us.”

NB: All positions were correct at time of publishing. For the latest positions visit the Race Viewer.


Segelnachrichten aktuell 22.08.2017


North Sails 3Di
„As a management team, we had to decide if we wanted to invest in the technology or not. The bet was about a 20 million dollar bet,“ said North Sails COO, Dan Neri, reflecting back on North’s decision to purchase an idea that eventually led to today’s most advanced sailmaking product: North Sails 3Di. Dan worked alongside lead sail designer, JB Braun, and many others among the North team to turn an idea into a game-changing sail technology. Feedback from clients and professional sailors was key to the development cycle. In this video we hear from Cameron Appleton, who speaks from experience using 3Di sails in a variety of sailing circles – from small boat one design to superyachts.

Only the Essentials
North Sails 3Di exemplifies outstanding value with industry leading shape holding and a longer service life compared to other sailmaking technologies. Proprietary engineering and construction methods allow 3Di sails to maintain their shape to an unprecedented level. Superyachts now use one set of 3Di sails for racing, cruising and deliveries. Volvo Ocean Race teams trust one mainsail for 35,000+ miles around the world; they formerly used two or three string laminate sails. Circumnavigators are using 3Di sails for multiple laps. Do the math, and you’ll find that 3Di sails have a lower cost of ownership than any other sails in the world.


Finnclass 22.08.2017


Nice points jump for Facundo Olezza after U23 Finn Worlds opener

The only young sailor at the U23 Finn World Championship in Balatonfured with Olympic experience, Facundo Olezza, from Argentina, made some sense of the chaotic wind conditions on the first day to build a 13 point margin after three very tricky races were sailed.

The British sailors, Henry Wetherell and Hector Simpson are second and third, though the points are very close. The race wins on the opening day went to Olezza, Ondra Teply from Czech Republic and Arkadiy Kistanov from Russia.

The wind on Lake Balaton today was kind of what everyone expected. But it still surprised with its variability, ranging from 2-15 knots and shifting 40-90 degrees at times. Several times the sailors were seen doing straight line tacks.

Defending champion Phillip Kasüske, from Germany, started his defence in the best possible way by leading round the first mark. However it was short lived with Olezza moving ahead downwind and controlling the fleet from the front to take the first race from Oskari Muhonen, from Finland, and Kasüske.

Teply made up for a capsize in the first race with a win in the second. He rounded the top mark in third behind Olezza and Simpson and the three extended on the fleet. Olezza still led around the final windward mark after a mind numbingly shifty second beat, but then both Teply and Simpson sailed round him for the top three.

Teply commented, “It was a very tricky and shifty day and also we had huge gaps sometimes we had 15 knots and sometimes 2, and it was hard to predict, and difficult to chose where to go.”

“I managed to win one race because I was on the good side and still in the wind, so it was easier then and I had a good last downwind so managed to pass two boats.”

“I made one good race but it was not a great day for me as I also had two 16th places. I think I could have done worse but I was hoping to make all the races top 10 and stay consistent, but I didn’t make it.”

If Race 2 was tough, Race 3 was about to get even tougher. With a huge split in the fleet on the first beat, the boats on the Tihany shore looked like they were pointing at the mark while on the opposite side Krzysztof Stromski was several hundred metres detached from the fleet. When he finally tacked, he crossed back ahead of the entire fleet to round in first from Fionn Lyden, of Ireland, and Kistanov. Oscar flag was raised at the top mark for the first time but predictably the wind died soon after and the fleet sailed the run in 2-3 knots with free pumping. Kistanov took the lead at the gate and pulled away nicely as the wind came back in from the left, leaving those on the right stranded. He held his nerve to win the race making up for a UFD and a 30th in the first two races.

Second overall after three races, Wetherell said of the day, “It was a really shifty, gusty day but that was expected. But when you are out there you get to see how shifty it really is so I am quite happy to come away with three counting results today. A lot of guys had some big scores, so I am just trying to keep in the game for now and keep it consistent.”

“You have to constantly look out of the boat. It’s not really a speed day. Just looking around and finding some pressure to get into. Some it is luck and some of it is skill.”

After a bronze medal last year Olezza has since put an Olympics under his belt and was clearly making good decisions today without taking too many risks. A lot of sailors picked up starting penalties, Rule 42 penalties or took too big a risk on the course and paid the price with a high score.

“Today was a hard day and very puffy, so it was essential to find the right pieces of wind that were coming through the land. I think I was just a little bit lucky that I was in the right spot.”

“I think this regatta will have a lot of big numbers in the end so I am just trying to go race by race and just focus on the gusts. It’s very hard. You don’t have a pattern to follow in this kind of place so you just try and be in the right spot and be very aware of what’s happening.”

“The youth Finn fleet is very strong and we have a pretty big number of sailors now so any small mistake can cost you some points.”

Three more races are scheduled for Wednesday, but anyone looking at the wind forecast for the rest of the week will see a lot of small numbers.

About the Finn Silver Cup
• 45 of the world’s best young Finn sailors are taking part in the U23 Finn World Championship for the Jorg Bruder Finn Silver Cup in Balatonfüred, Hungary.
• The ‚Jorg Bruder Silver Cup‘ was presented to the Finn Class in 2003, on the occasion of the Finn Gold Cup in Rio, by the Brazilian Olympic Committee as a memorial to the late great Finn sailor from Brazil.
• 13 races will be held over six days from Tuesday 22 August to Sunday 27 August.

How to follow the 2017 Finn Silver Cup

Results and entries will be posted on the event website:

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Tags: #fsc, #finnsilvercup, #finnclass, #finn

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Transat Jacques Vabre, 22.08.2017

With Karine Fauconnier injured, Lalou Roucayrol recruits Alex Pella to take her place on the Transat Jacques Vabre 2017

Press Release
Monday 21st August 2017

Karine Fauconnier suffered an injury during a training session on the Multi 50 Arkema in July. She will not be able to take part in the Transat Jacques Vabre race alongside Lalou Roucayrol, who therefore has had to find a new co-skipper to replace her at very short notice. And the choice fell on the highly experienced Spaniard Alex Pella. Lalou and Alex now have 80 days to get to know each other and become an effective team, ready to sail off from Le Havre on 5 November. Meanwhile, on land, Karine Fauconnier remains actively involved in the project, in charge of routing and weather strategy. In her words, “it’s now a threesome we’ll have to contend with”!

Changing a co-skipper less than three months before the start of a major event surely is not a comfortable situation. But Team Arkema Lalou Multi took the right course of action when Karine Fauconnier suffered an injury while training on the Multi 50. After setting off on a qualifying course despite being in pain, the skipper realized that she would not be able to take part in the Transat Jacques Vabre race under those conditions. “We’re very sorry about this situation as the Lalou and Karine pair had already put a lot into this. They were working very well, and now we have to start all over again. But this was the wisest and most reasonable decision when it comes to the health of a sailor and the performance of a boat”, explains Fabienne Baron-Roucayrol, team manager.

Once Karine Fauconnier had officially withdrawn from the race, there was no time to be wasted finding a replacement that would be able to fit in without delay to make up a new dream team and enable the Multi 50 Arkema to perform well in the Transat Jacques Vabre. Spaniard Alex Pella, who was up to this worthy challenge, was chosen. A highly experienced all-rounder, Alex has an impressive nautical CV and a superb record of achievements to his credit: three round-the-world races (one on a monohull, two on a multihull), joint holder of the Trophée Jules Verne with the IDEC Sport crew skippered by Francis Joyon, winner of the legendary Route du Rhum 2014 in Class40… “Alex is an excellent recruit, the best of the candidates given the very busy schedule”, continues Fabienne Baron-Roucayrol. “He’s a smart guy who is also approachable and friendly. We’re not too worried about things gelling with Lalou.” Despite her injury, Karine Fauconnier remains involved in the team with a key role as she will be looking after the routing and the weather strategy from land with Eric Mas.

Here are the reactions of the various protagonists following this change of co-skipper on the Multi 50 Arkema.

Karine Fauconnier, land-based routing manager: “My goal is for our team to win, with or without me on board…”
“I injured myself the day before we were due to set off on our qualifying course. Nevertheless we did set off for three days, and I was in pain despite pain relief medication. When we got back I took advice and decided with my physician’s and Lalou’s agreement to withdraw from the Jacques Vabre race. It’s a decision with heavy consequences. For me, as I’m putting my sailing career on the line. For Lalou and for Arkema who have placed their trust and confidence in me and have had to find a replacement at a time when our two-man crew was working so well.
I could of course still go, with shots of anti-inflammatory drugs, but then doing even more harm to my body and my health, but I have too much respect for the sea to tell myself that it can work like that and my ethics wouldn’t let me. You can’t win if you’re in pain. You tend to forget that these are competitive races and you’re racing extreme boats on seas that can be intimidating, and sailors have to remain humble. I also have respect for our competitors, and I may not be 100% fit physically, but they definitely will be.
My goal with this decision is also and above all for our team to win, with or without me on board. I’m delighted with the choice of new co-skipper: Alex Pella is a super guy, highly positive. As far as I’m concerned, I’ll do my utmost in other ways, I mean by helping the new twosome to perform by guiding them to keep on course and giving them advice from land. It’s a fine way to continue the story. I’m lucky to have had experience on the boat, to have won with it already, to know Lalou well and be familiar with this course which has no secret for me. So it’s now a threesome we’ll have to contend with.”

Lalou Roucayrol, skipper of the Multi50 Arkema: “Alex will soon get the hang of it!”
“We had got off to a good start. As a team, Karine and I complemented each other. We had trained well and had found our stride. After Karine got injured, we had to come up with an alternative solution. We selected various profiles, the aim being to stay focused on excellence. But there weren’t many sailors available by this time as most of them were already involved in the Transat Jacques Vabre or the Volvo Ocean Race (a round-the-world crewed race with stopovers (Editor’s note.)

Alex Pella’s name soon came up. I had met him on the Route du Rhum 2014 and I had got on with him straight away. Since then I have been following his achievements, and he was already on my short list of possible co-skippers before I selected Karine last winter. So we called him straight away and he was available! I like the man, he’s fun and friendly. Alex Pella is an international skipper with an eclectic profile. At sea he’s ruthless, very hard-working, He will go to any length and is very good at sailing and managing the boats. He’s a good all-rounder who sails a lot, on monohulls, on multihulls, on traditional boats… He’s not too familiar with the Multi 50, but I’m absolutely sure he will soon get the hang of it.
We have 80 days to sail together, get to know each other better, qualify, practise getting our bearings together, and sail the Multi 50 Arkema efficiently. I’m pleased that Karine is staying with us despite what’s happened. We have been working with her for the last two years and are happy with her work. Keeping her on the team will ease this stroke of bad luck.”

Alex Pella, new co-skipper of the Multi50 Arkema: “I’m going to give it my all!”
“When Lalou called me to ask me to join him in the Transat Jacques Vabre, I was both surprised and very honored. These offers don’t come up every day just a few months before the start of a race. I thought about it for a while as my schedule was very full already. But I freed up some time and agreed to take on the challenge. I’m happy on the water and I like meeting people. Sailing off on a new boat and with a new team is exciting.
Karine was very tied to the project, whereas it’s all new to me. I have yet to find out about the Multi 50, but this series has always appealed to me. I have been following the fate of Lalou and the Multi 50 Arkema for years. The Multi 50 are boats of a reasonable size, relatively straightforward, and no doubt a lot of fun, especially with the foils! I have sailed a lot on bigger multihulls in recent years: on the maxi trimaran IDEC Sport, on MOD 70, on the trimaran Prince de Bretagne… So I won’t be lost. Especially as I sail a lot. I’m always on the water.
I’m fit and in good shape and feel I’ll be able to get to grips with the boat in no time. The challenge is to catch up as quickly as possible to help Lalou run an excellent Transat Jacques Vabre race, if not win it. I’m certain we can achieve this. It’s a big challenge for me personally and from a sporting viewpoint. The competition is going to be tough and this is spurring me on even more. I’m going to give it my all!”

Finnclass 22.08.2017


2017 U23 Finn World Championship opened at Balatonfüred

The 2017 U23 Finn World Championship for the Finn Silver Cup at Balatonfüred was officially declared open tonight in a ceremony overlooking Lake Balaton. Over the coming week nearly 50 young sailors from 21 countries will be fighting to win the right to lift the Jorg Bruder Finn Silver Cup, a trophy gifted to the International Finn Association 13 years ago by the Brazilian Olympic Committee.

On stage were Dr Imre Molnar, Manager of the MVM SE sailing club, Dr Balazs Hajdu, President of the International Finn Association and Andras Holczhauser, Secretary General of the Hungarian Sailing Federation.

After Dr Molnar opening the evening and welcomed everyone to the event, Mr Holczhauser thanked those involved in putting the event together especially Réka Fluck who has worked tirelessly to bring everything together. He hoped the weather would be kind and allow enough wind to complete the regatta and wished all the sailors fair winds and fair racing.

Then Dr Hajdu welcomed everyone to his home lake and recognised the huge turnout. He then remembered the last Junior championship in which he competed back in 1996 when the winner, a young Mateusz Kusznierewicz, went on to win Olympic gold in Atlanta later that same year and hoped that some of the sailors here could go on to achieve the same.

Dr Hajdu also spoke about the history of the championship and the legacy of the cup remembering Jorg Bruder, the first ever three time Finn World Champion, who died in a plane crash on his way to defend his title in 1973.

The 2016 winner, Phillip Kasüske, was then called to the stage to hand the Finn Silver Cup to Dr Molnar for safekeeping until the end of the championship.

A lavish buffet, well received by the sailors and meeting traditional Finn standards, was then served in the tent overlooking the lake.

Earlier in the day around 25 sailors went out for the practice race. With winds varying from 5 to over 20 knots, it provided a slight taste of the challenges ahead with big shifts and pressure changes across the course. By the second top mark, the 2011 champion Arkadiy Kistanov was in front of the seven boats remaining in the race and led the fleet back to shore ready for the 10.00 scheduled start on Tuesday.

About the Finn Silver Cup
• 48 of the world’s best young Finn sailors are taking part in the U23 Finn World Championship for the Jorg Bruder Finn Silver Cup in Balatonfüred, Hungary.
• The ‚Jorg Bruder Silver Cup‘ was presented to the Finn Class in 2003, on the occasion of the Finn Gold Cup in Rio, by the Brazilian Olympic Committee as a memorial to the late great Finn sailor from Brazil.
• 13 races will be held over six days from Tuesday 22 August to Sunday 27 August.

How to follow the 2017 Finn Silver Cup

Results and entries will be posted on the event website:

Follow the event on the Finn Class social channels
Tags: #fsc, #finnsilvercup, #finnclass, #finn

Sign up to receive press releases and latest news here.

Photos for free of right editorial use will be available here:

Dail highlights will be posted on Facebook and on the Finn Class YouTube channel:
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Clipperrace 22.08.2017

22 AUGUST 2017

Strong tides running North have divided the fleet tactically overnight, with the front of the pack heading close inshore to seek faster routes.

Dale Smyth, Skipper of third placed team Dare To Lead, reported: “It was an interesting night with the front of the pack all deciding to head close inshore to Wales in order to escape the north flowing tide.”

The gap between first and last place has widened over the last 24 hours, with 68 nautical miles separating the teams and a group of four teams pulling away from the pack. At the top of the leader board is Unicef which has crept four nautical miles ahead of Visit Seattle this morning despite sitting in second place overnight.

Dare To Lead and Sanya Serenity Coast are just two nautical miles behind and with the top four still in eyesight of each other, it is a closely fought battle as the teams head towards Northern France.

Dale Smyth added: “The front four leaders all made a break away as the tide reversed.”

Despite fickle winds dominating the second day of racing for the Clipper Race fleet, good progress has been made as teams reach their first milestone of the race; bidding farewell to the Irish Sea until July 2018.

Roy Taylor, Skipper of PSP Logistics, currently in seventh position, reports: “At last we have broken free of the Irish sea and put it to our transom for a year.

“We are now making good progress towards the south west to intercept the westerlies that will give us a good passage across Biscay.”

For the team, however, tactical lessons were learnt as the front of the fleet pulled away. Skipper Conall Morrison reported: “Conditions in the Irish sea have been changeable so far and I’m pleased that we are now rounding St David’s Head in North Wales.

„In retrospect, I’m not sure that we have made the best tactical decisions, however each one remains a learning point. Onwards and upwards!”

The changeable conditions faced by the fleet mean that frequent sail changes are still required which is physically demanding for crew.

Crew members on board Greenings have had a busy night with the most sail changes of the fleet. In his report today, Skipper David Hartshorn said: “An interesting few watches have passed. We have gone from our lightweight kite (Code 1) to Windseeker. From Windseeker, we went to Yankee 1 this afternoon and changed down to Yankee 2.

“It cost us a place but there needs to be a special mention to Charlotte Hauser, our lead bow crew member, who doesn’t stop giving 100% or laughing. She is currently sporting a ‘headsail change hairdo’. Not sure it will catch on!”

Overnight, some teams were rewarded for their persistence when encountering a pod of dolphins swimming amongst phosphorescent plankton, creating one of nature’s most mesmerising light shows. Leg 1, the Atlantic Trade Winds Leg is 6,400nm long, the equivalent of ten Fastnet Races, and this morning, Skipper David Hartshorn was noting that they were just 1.7% of the way through the journey.

For the Clipper Race Skippers, embarking on the longest ever leg of the Clipper Race, a settled crew has provided chance to think about the adventure ahead.

Wendy Tuck, Skipper of Sanya Serenity Coast notes: I’m happy to be back out to sea, but sometimes it does seem a bit surreal that our next land fall will be Punta Del Este, Uruguay…”

NB: All positions were correct at time of publishing. For the latest positions visit the Race Viewer)