Regates Royale 29.09.2017

Press release, Friday, September 29

Consistency pays

Last racing day for the 44-boats strong Dragon fleet, that closed the event in style. UK’s Yvan Bradbury was declared the winner of the 39th Régates Royales de Cannes, with Russia’s Anatoly Loginov getting silver. Classic yachts had one more race on a triangular course, better defining the overall scoreboard, in view of tomorrow’s final round.

Even before the Dragons got on the race course, set east of the famous Palm Beach, there were few doubts that UK’s Yvan Bradbury on Blue Haze, was going to win the 39th edition of the Régates Royales, thanks to a solid margin on Anatoly Loginov on Annapurna. The British team only had to control the Russians to be on the safe side and take the trophy home with him, with France’s Jean Bréger on Ulysse and Germany’s Pedro Rebelo de Andrade on Pow Wow battling for bronze. At the end of the day, Bradbury and his crew managed to finish in 24th place and grab victory with a six-points advantage on the Russians.

The last race was crucial to define the remaining top spots. The course shortened due to an extremely light and shifty wind, it was German Pedro Rebelo de Andrade to finish second and make it to the third step of the podium.

Among the 5.5, Merk Holowesko from Bahamas on New Moon is still leading with an impressive series of six wins out of eight races, with Swiss Christian Bent Wilhemsen on Otto in second. In the Tofinou class France’s Patrice Riboud on Pitch snatched victory from England’s Edward Fort on Pippa.

The Classics benefitted from a light wind to complete a race on a triangular course, with Cambria and Mariska duelling for the leadership, the latter winning yet another race in corrected time. Olympian, totally at ease in light airs, succeeded in leaving behind his nearly sistership Chips, skippered by Bruno Troublé. Likewise Brendan Mc Carty’s NY-40 Rowdy and Q Class Leonore skippered by Italian Mauro Piani crossed in first and second respectively, whilst Argentinean Daniel Sielecki’s Cippino only managed to finish in eighth place today, losing several points in the overall. These three boats will have the last say tomorrow for overall victory in the regatta.

Among the smaller Marconi class, world-famous yacht designer German Frers, helming Fjord III, the boat designed by his father in 1947, scored a first and is now separated by just point from Angelo Mozzarella’s Carron II. Today’s slightly stronger air also favoured the One Tonner Ganbare skippered by Don Wood, with Italy’s Maxi Il Moro di Venezia owned by Massimiliano Ferruzzi closing in second.

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Serial sailors
Jacques Fauroux

They may be America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Mini Transat, offshore or Olympic sailors or maybe all of the above. Many can be seen on the dock in Cannes for the Régates Royales-Trophée Panerai.
Naval architect Jacques Fauroux is known internationally for his many winning boats, like the Quarter Ton Cup Bullit and Three Quarter Ton Cup Maligawa or the 8 Metre Gaulois

Jacques Fauroux, you’re an aficionado of the Régates Royales de Cannes, who are you sailing with this time?
“I helped restoring Azaïs, a 6 Metre designed by François Camatte in 1933 and built here in Cannes for the Swiss owner Armand Martin. She was almost completely re-built by the shipyard Phonem’s staff and François Ramoger, François Camatte’s grandson. It was a huge task, almost all the ribs, the structure around the mast foot, 20% of the hull and the rig were replaced because the boat lied abandoned in the Netherlands. The owners wanted to take the boat to her initial state and almost all the equipment is original.”

And you helped with the restoration?
“Yes, as far as the rig is concerned. Azaïs spent most part of her life in Switzerland because he was owned by a member of the local yacht club, the Société Nautique de Genève. He kept and cared for the boat until 1951, when he expired and later his son raced her before she passed hands to several other owners.”

You’ve been involved in the designed of a few 8 Metre, right?
“Yes, the first 8 Metre I’ve designed was Gaulois in 1983 for Gaston Schmalz: the hull was aluminium, that was a first for the class. I took part to the America’s Cup on France III between 1981 and 1983 in Newport, and that inspired me as far as materials were concerned because at the time there were no restrictions and the weight was to be similar to that of wooden boats. Later, in 1986 I designed Gitana Sixty to celebrate baron de Rothschild’s sixtieth birthday, with a wooden deck and an aluminium hull, and four other identical 8 Metres called the Pandoras: La Fayette, Dora, Aluette and another one that has never been completed. The youngest one is Fleur de Lys , that was built in 2001 and I designed together with my son Nicolas. »

Have the boats changed much, since the inception of the International Rule in 1907?
“The 8 Metre haven’t changed much because there are few new boats but, on the other hand, there are more and more racing in the Classic division.”

Technical specs of a 6 Metres like Azaïs:
Designer: François Camatte
Builder: Chiesa de Cannes (1933)
LOA: 11,00 m
LWL: 7,00 m
Beam: 1,85 m
Draft: 1,60 m
Displacement: 40 000 kg
Sail area: 43 sq. m

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Yacht Classique, métriques, Tofinou, 5.5 M JI
Boats and classes
The forerunners

The fist ever “box rule” in the history of yachting was conceived by two German yacht clubs, the Kaiserlicher Yacht-Club and the Norddeutscher Regatta Verein, that created a new sail-racing rating concept, with design and crew restrictions -women were not allowed on board- that can be considered as the forerunners of modern, big and powerful yachts.

Apparently the initial concept dates back to 1792, when the Builder’s Old Measurement rule was established and used to calculate fishing boats’ tonnage and therefore the taxes they should pay. The same rule was also adopted to measure leisure yachts in England up until 1855, when it was replaced by the Thames Measurement.

The Sonder Class was also the first “box rule”, having being conceived in 1898 and stated that the waterline length and the max draft total sum should not excess 9,75 metres with a maximum sail area of 51 sq. metres and a weight of 1,830 kilos. The crew should be made of three corinthian sailors, who needed to be member of a yacht club based in the country where the boat was built. Boats should also not cost more than 250 £ (that is 5,100 German marks) of the time. The first ever race reserved to the Sonder Class, the Emperor’s Cup, was held in 1900 during the Kiel Sailing Week and was a tribute to Wilhelm II of Prussia, with seventeen yachts taking part.

The Prince’s boat
Tilly was built for Prince Heinrich von Preussen, brother of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Prussia in 1912 and won the Kiel Week in the year of her launch. The prince owned, it seems, seventeen boats and they were all called Tilly and were all Sonderklasse. “Apart from some restoration works in 1996 in a shipyard in Munich, the boat is very much in her original state.” Says Jörg Mössnang, owner of Tilly XV.“The American crews have been coming to Germany since 2000, as it happened in the early 20th century when there was a friendly relationship between the Kaiser and the President of the USA, where the Sonder Class is still quite active.” At the time, it was the American presidents like Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson the Kaiser himself to award the winners.

Technical specs Tilly XV :
Designer: Wilhelm von Hacht
Builder: Wilhelm von Hacht (1912)
LOA: 12,00 m
LWL 6,00 m
Beam: 2,25 m
Draft: 1,50 m
Displacement: 1 870 kg
Upwind sail area: 51 m2

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Regates Royales 28.09.2017

Tight at the top
A good breeze of around twelve knots and flat seas made for an ideal setting of day 3 of the Régates Royales de Cannes – Trophée Panerai. Classics had their double-lap triangular course set in the Bay of La Napoule, with the overall scoreboard taking a more defined shape. In the Juan Gulf the air was lighter and shifter, forcing the Race Committee to wait until the early afternoon to be able to launch two races for the Dragons, the 5.5 and the Tofinous

The weather pattern was no different today – light in the morning, developing into a south-easterly, increasing to 12-14 knots later in the afternoon, the third episode of the Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai was characterized by a steadier and stronger wind, putting tacticians, navigators and sailors’ skills to the test.

It was Mariska to cross the finish line in first among the big boats, the 23 Metre Cambria and the others unable to keep her pace, piling up more valuable points and increasing her margin after three races. Similarly, other longer and more powerful boats, like the Italian Maxi Il Moro di Venezia showed that quality counts more than age. The two 12 Metre France and Chancegger seems to like stiffer winds better, as do the One Tonners Ganbare (1973), Resolute Salmon (1976) , Sagittarius (1974) and Galvana (1975).

Brazilian star Torben Grael, helming the NYYC30 Linnet shined among the gaff cutters, accumulating a solid margin on her immediate pursuers, the Marc Audineau’s P Class Olympian and the two New-Yorkers designed by Nathanaël Herreshoff, Jonathan Greenwood’s NYYC40 Chinook and the NYY50 Spartan skippered by Justin Burman. Despite a fourth place, Italian Luigi Pavese’s Samurai leads among the Classics on Jean-Pierre Sauvan’s Maria-Giovanna II, and French skipper Philippe Monnet on Lys winning today’s round.

In the Marconi class, Argentinean Daniel Sielecki’s Cippino got a win on Brendan Mc Carty on Rowdy with Leonore skippered by Mauro Piani in third on both the day’s and the overall results board. Angelo Mazzarella’s Carron II despite a second place in today’s race, won by German Frers’s Fjord III, is still on top of the smaller Marconi scoreboard.

Weather conditions are expected to further improve tomorrow, with slightly stronger winds.

A Russian-British duel

After some waiting, a light breeze also set on the Juan Gulf where the race course is set for the Dragons. Two crews were caught over the line with a black flag and were therefore disqualified: French Stéphane Baseden on Outlaw and Russia’s Vasily Senatorov on Even Better. The fight for victory was, once more, a thing between UK’s Yvan Bradbury on Blue Haze and Russian Anatoly Loginov on Annapurna. The day’s second W/L race further confirmed the leadership by the two crews, who will more than likely finish on the series’ podium, finishing tomorrow, while Germany’s Pedro Rebelo de Andrade on Pow Wow, France’s Jean Bréger on Ulysse, British female skipper Gavia Wilkinson-Cox on Jerboa and Russia’s Igor Goikmberg on Zenith can still aspire to the bronze.

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Serial sailors
Torben Grael: a family affair

They may be America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Mini Transat, offshore or Olympic sailors or maybe all of the above. Many can be seen on the dock in Cannes for the Régates Royales-Trophée Panerai.
Brazilian sailing star Torben Grael has done it all, and almost won it all. He says classic yachts are his fist-time love and explains how sailing is a true family affair for the Grael’s dinasty.

Is this your first time in Cannes?
“No, I raced here with by brother back in 2007, on Wright on White a 12 Metre, originally called New Zealand KZ3. This year I was invited to sail with Linnet. I love classic yachts, I own a 6 Metre from 1912 and being here is a nice opportunity to see so many wonderful boats.”

You are sailing with Linnet, that is Patrizio Bertelli’s boat right? Any news you can give us on the America’s Cup?
“There is nothing officially defined yet. I’ve been sailing with Prada Luna Rossa for ten years, I have a lot of friends working for the team. I like sailing with Patrizio and enjoying my time here in Cannes, we’ll be in Saint-Tropez next week racing together on Linnet.”

You’ve done the Games, The America’s Cup, the Volvo Ocean Race and now you’ve turned to classic yachting?
“No, actually I’ve learned to sail on this kind of boats, the one I have now used to be my grandfather’s and she won a silver medal in 1920 in Stockholm. She’s beautiful, a gaff cutter originally. It’s nice to come to Cannes and see so many gorgeous old yachts, we haven’t so many in Brazil. But for us is a family affair. My brother Lars (also an experienced sailor and an Olympic medallist) has a 6 Metre from 1933, and our uncles have one 5.5 and a Dragon. We also love cruising boats.”

Your daughter Martine also won a golden medal in Rio 2016 and she’s embarking for her first Volvo Ocean Race, it’s a real sailing dynasty…
“Well, she’s third generation. My uncles went to games in Acapulco and Kiel, in the Star and Soling class. My brother Lars and myself were on it from 1984 up to Athens 2004, and now is Martine, but my son Marco also sails a 49er and finished eleventh in Rio. It’s a nice thing to see.”

Do you think it will be harder for a girl?
“Yes it is quite tough but I think introducing the rule of having a maximum of seven male and two female crew members was very positive. It will help having more girls doing offshore top events.”

Boats and classes
From Cowes with love

At the eve of the 20th century, yachting becomes more popular in both the USA and in Europe and designers start creating boats specifically conceived for the local conditions. Concepts and crew skills differ hugely at a time when yachts start to be transported by rail from one country to the other. The Godinet rule, adopted in 1892 by the Union des Yachts Français (French Yachting Union) quickly spread all over Europe until 1901 when a more restrictive rating, the jauge Méran, was embraced. The Godinet rating rule was also used by the Cercle de la Voile de Paris in 1899 for the first championship reserved to One Tonners, Un Tonneau in French, that later became the famous One Ton Cup.

Bona fide
One of the aficionados of the Régates Royales de Cannes and one of the best example of yacht designed based on the Godinet rule, is gaff cutter Bona Fide, built on the Isle of Wight at Charles Sibbick & Co.’s shipyard in less than two months for owner J. Howard Taylor. A century later she underwent extensive restoration works at the Cantieri Navali Dell’Argentario on the Tuscan coast. The boat was conceived according to the Five Ton rating rule in 1899, and won gold at the Olympic Games in 1900,

Technical specs Bona Fide
Designer: Charles Sibbick
Year : 1899-Albert Yard (Cowes)
LOA: 13,62 m
LWL: 8,90 m
Beam: 2,57 m
Draft: 1,86 m
Displacement: 11,4 t
Upwind sail area: 144 sq.


RORC Transatlantic Race 28.09.2017


Start Leg 1 – RORC Transatlantic Race
Marina Lanzarote, Canary Islands to Port Louis, Grenada

Setting off on an epic Atlantic race on Saturday 25 November from Marina Lanzarote, the 4th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race is the lengthiest race in the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s offshore calendar. This year the westbound race, hosted by Calero Marinas forms the first leg of the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta (AAR) held in celebration of Hamburg-based Norddeutscher Regatta Verein’s (NRV) 150th anniversary in 2018 and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda’s 50th year (YCCS).

Destination Grenada
The joint jubilee celebration, in partnership with YCCS, originally had a scheduled finish in their British Virgin Islands base, but this has now proved impossible due to the devastation caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria in the region.

„It is extremely sad news that the recent natural disasters have decimated the Virgin Islands making it unviable to take the race to YCCS on Virgin Gorda, BVIs,“ explains RORC CEO, Eddie Warden Owen. „The RORC Committee in consultation with the YCCS and NRV have therefore decided to finish the race in Grenada and we look forward to returning to Camper and Nicholsons Port Louis Marina who have warmly welcomed competitors and our race team for the past three events.“

For those competing in the RORC Caribbean 600 – celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2018 – the first leg of the AAR acts as a challenging annual feeder race, as well as a great way to race across the Atlantic in company to take part in the Caribbean winter circuit. The Caribbean Sailing Association accentuates the importance of sailors continuing with plans to bring boats to race in the Caribbean regattas this season as it is the best way to help rebuild tourism and the lives of those affected.

Start from Marina Lanzarote’s city hub
Meanwhile, the team at Marina Lanzarote are gearing up for a fleet of up to 25 boats; the number boosted by several German entries competing in the AAR, the first regatta series to cross the Atlantic Ocean twice, in both directions.

José Juan Calero, Calero Marinas Managing Director is looking forward to welcoming the race again this year: „We are thrilled to be hosting such an international and celebratory event. It is a great pleasure to work alongside the Royal Ocean Racing Club and to be joined this time by the Norddeutscher Regatta Verein and Yacht Club Costa Smeralda for the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta, each marking such prestigious trajectories in yacht racing. It makes us feel extremely proud of what Lanzarote and Calero Marinas, together with our new shipyard can offer as a yachting destination to meet the calibre of such an exciting fleet.

„We are grateful as ever to the Canarian and Lanzarote governments, the Arrecife council and the Real Club Náutico de Arrecife for their support in these events and look forward to a spectacular start on 25th November.

Also commenting on the tragic circumstances in the BVIs, José Juan Calero continues: „The news of the devastating impact of the three hurricanes in the Caribbean has had a profound effect here amongst the island communities. Our hearts go out to those struggling to rebuild their homes and lives in the wake of such a catastrophic occurrence.“

Preparing for the crossing
Several boats have already made use of the excellent facilities at the busy Calero Marina set in the heart of the volcanic island’s capital city, Arrecife. These include RORC Vice Commodore, Steven Anderson who will return to Lanzarote before the start of the race as its newly appointed Commodore.
„We brought Gem (Gemervescence) to Marina Lanzarote early in preparation for the RORC Transatlantic Race,“ says Anderson. „We have had a very warm welcome from the marina and are only sorry that we have to head home and back to the office! We are looking forward to coming back before the start in November to prepare for the race and to have some work completed in the Calero boatyard.“

A serious contender for the race is Outsider owned by Tilmar Hansen, successful Admiral’s Cup campaigner and Transatlantic Race 2015 competitor. The boat has also arrived in Lanzarote in good time to prepare for the 2,995nm race and has already been lifted out of the water by the hoist in Marina Lanzarote’s shipyard before a spell on the hard where boat captain, Jan Dabelstein is preparing the boat for the race.

Like many of the boats in this year’s special edition, the NRV member’s New Zealand designed and built Elliott 52 Ss will complete the Atlantic circuit, racing eastbound in leg 2 of the AAR from Bermuda, bound for the finish in his Hamburg-based club, NRV on 7th July 2018.

Past winners return
Along with an international fleet from Holland, Germany, Belgium, Canada, USA and Great Britain, two previous winners of the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy will be back to defend their title in this special edition of the race. They include 2015 winner, the French Finot 100 Nomad IV and last year’s Dutch winner, Aragon. Chris Stanmore-Major’s Canadian entry, Challenger and from Belgium, Gerald Bibot’s Catamaran Ts42 Zed 6 will also be making their way to the Canary Islands for the start.

Owners of Aragon the Dutch Marten 72, Arco Van Nieuwland and Andries Verder have chartered the boat this time round, having raced last year with family and friends, but their core team skippered by Nicholas Lecarpentier with Wouter Roos and Rogier Van Overveld will be hoping to repeat their success:

„Competing in the RORC Transatlantic Race has been an amazing experience. We found that all the elements such as preparation; excellent boat; great team; great friendship and good sailing all combined to lead our team to a great result. This was all supported by fantastic organization by the RORC and an amazing Caribbean welcome from the Port Louis marina team when we reached Grenada,“ says Arco Van Nieuwland on behalf of the whole team who were declared overall and IRC Zero winners in 2016.

The entry list is still open for competitors interested in taking part in the RORC Transatlantic Race, run in association with the International Maxi Association, and is the first leg of the commemorative Atlantic Anniversary Regatta starting on 25th November 2017 from Lanzarote to Grenada.
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Regates Royales 27.09.2017

Press release, Wednesday, September 27


One lap for the classics, two for the big boats, three races for the 5.5 and the Tofinou, two for the Dragons: a lot of action on the Bay of Cannes today, despite a very light northerly, not exceeding eight knots. Mid-way through the Régates Royales de Cannes, in most classes, victory is still there to grab

Typical early autumn conditions on the Cote d’Azur, the day started with a cloudy sky and then, as hours went by, the sun came out and a light southerly built, before dying down again in the late afternoon. But the local organizers and the race officials, after a short postponement, opted for an almost windward/leeward course just off the beach of Cannes-La Bocca, with a long upwind leg towards, a mark turning and a downwind beat to La Napoule. The 15 Metre Mariska winning yet another duel with her bigger brother Cambria. In the other classes, the light wind conditions favoured those who managed to sail and manoeuvre well like Angelo Mazarella’s Carron II or Brendan Mc Carty’s Rowdy, that jumped on the top of the provisional scoreboard.

The one-design and small Metre classes – Dragons and Tofinou- had their course set on the golfe Juan, that proved to be an even more complicated, tactically tough race area with light air and an uncomfortable sea state. The first race went to Russian Annatoly Loginov on Annapurna who managed to sail past the finish line just seconds before UK’s Yvan Bradbury on Blue Haze. Behind them, four crews put up a fight for third place, with Germany’s Pedro Rebelo de Andrade on Pow Wow succeeding in crossing the line before his opponents Igor Goikmberg from Russia on Zenith and the two French team skippered by Jean Breger on Ulysse and Géry Trenteseaux on Courrier des Saints. The Race Committee was able to launch a third race: British crew profited from a wind shift, whilst the Russians were dragging in the back of the pack. A good chance for Pow Wow to bounce back, as did female skipper Gavia Wilkinson-Cox on Jerboa, who crossed in third. The next to days will be absolutely crucial for the overall win at the Régates Royales, with are no more than ten boats aspiring to a place on the podium, and Yvan Bradbury’s consistency could make a real difference.

Switzerland’s Christian Bent Wilhemsen on Otto got his second consecutive win in the 5.5 Metre class, in front of Bahamas’ Merk Holowesko New Moon, who later made a great comeback with two wins. Among the Tofinou, Edward Fort on Pippa managed to keep the leadership, despite attacks by French skipper Patrice Riboud on Pitch.
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Serial sailors
Bruno Troublé, the Cup is in my DNA

They may be America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Mini Transat, offshore or Olympic sailors or maybe all of the above. Many can be seen on the dock in Cannes for the Régates Royales-Trophée Panerai.
French skipper Bruno Troublé loves classic yachts, when he’s not busy with the America’s Cup… Here is an interview, with some interesting news about his future plans too.

Bruno Troublé, it’s a P-class boat this time
“Yes, that’s right. I’m racing on Chips, a boat designed by American Starling Burgess in 1913, the same architect who also signed Ranger, Rainbow and other famous America’s Cuppers. We race in the same class as Olympian by William Gardner but they are much faster than us in light air. I found both boats in a pretty bad state in the USA, had them restored. Funnily, they look very much like J Class boats, because they were conceived applying the same Universal Rule created by Nathanaël Herreshoff in 1903. In fact, there were many classes: the “P”, the “Q” like Jour de Fête and also a R-class Class-R, Aloha designed by Edson B. Shock in 1923. All in all there were some twenty P-class boats but today only seven or eight remain, two of which are based in Canada: I know where they all are…”

Pity, the class did not last long.
“Yes. You know, the rule was leaving a lot of creative room to designers, but unfortunately it only lasted a few years. Pity, because the yachts wherever light and fast, especially in light air. The Metre rule, on the other hand, was very strict and created boats that were pretty heavy. At the end of the day the P, Q and R classes produced as many boats as the Metre Rule, between 1920 and 1930, but then it all after before WWI, when the rule was progressively abandoned.”

Chips is not the boat’s original name, is it?
“No, when she was launched the boat was called Onda III, but a banker from New York got her in 1926 after a winning poker match, so she was called Chips… Today she’s owned by Sébastien Bazin while Olympian is owned by Philippe Oddo.”

You still have your own boat?
“I sail a lot on other people’s boats, that I helped restore, I have a cruiser in Greece. That is why I can race prestigious boats like Jour de Fête, Runa and now Chips…”

What are you plans for the future?
“I’ll be back to the America’s Cup, working with Grant Dalton, helping him organize the Prada Cup that will take over from the former Louis Vuitton Cup. I’ve been a huge supporter of the kiwis when they challenged the American defender because I didn’t like Russell Coutts’ version of the AC. I’m not a very big fan of video-games…”

Technical specs Chips:
Designer: Starling Burgess
Builder: W. Starling Burgess (1903)
LOA: 15,67 m
LWL: 10,70 m
Beam 3,17 m
Draft 2,25 m
Displacement: 16 000 kg
Sail area: 170 sq. m

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Boats and classes
The Metre masters

In 2017, the Cowes Royal Yacht Squadron celebrated the 110th anniversary of the International Metre Rule, a revolution in yacht-design that produced boats as famous as the 23 Metre Cambria or the 12 Metre class, used for the America’s Cup between 1958 and 1987, or the 6 and 8 Metre, still very popular today and with huge fleets worldwide, not to mention the 15 and 10 Metre boats, that still take centre stage at the Régates Royales de Cannes.

Despite their age, the boats from the Metre classes, designed with a rule created in 1907, are still racing at some of the world’s best events, including Cannes. At the beginning of the 20th century, leisure boating was becoming popular and the number of yacht clubs in the USA and Europe was steadily growing. Almost every country, or even every club, had its own rule: the French had the “Tonneaux” (1877-1899); the Swiss the “Godinet” (1892); “Sonderklasse” was applied in Germany (1899); the Americans used the “Universal Rule” (1903), “in-keels” were popular in Scandinavia as the “Second Linear Rating Rule” (1898) was in the UK. It was thus hard to make such different boats, based on such different design rules, race against each other. The new IMR gave birth to eight classes: the 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 15, 19 Metre classes, plus the America’s Cup inspired 23 Metre boats. They were also selected for several editions of the Olympic Games and for the AC. A huge success, suffice to say that, over the years, more than 150 8 Metre, 193 12 Metre and one thousand 6 Metres were built!

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Volvo Ocean Race 27.09.2017


Volvo Ocean Race – mehr Frauen an Bord

das Volvo Ocean Race gilt als eine der härtesten Segelregatten der Welt. In der 13. Auflage des Rennens starten die Teams in Alicante und werden mit Stopps in elf Häfen rund 45.000 Seemeilen zurücklegen, bevor sie im Sommer 2018 in Den Haag erwartet werden. In diesem Jahr werden auch gemischte Teams an den Start gehen, was zur Folge hat, dass mehr Seglerinnen als jemals zuvor an dem Rennen teilnehmen, das seit 43 Jahren Tradition hat.

Für die September-Ausgabe der CNN-Segelshow „Mainsail“ hat Olympiasiegerin Shirley Robertson einige der Teams bei ihren Vorbereitungen getroffen und über die neue Regelung gesprochen sowie deren Auswirkungen auf den Sport.

Annie Lush, Segeltrimmerin im Team Brunel, ist sich der Herausforderung durch das Rennen bewusst: „Physisch tötet es dich, psychisch ist es ein Marathon. Mir fällt nichts ein, was einen mehr herausfordert – es macht abhängig.“ Angesprochen auf die Teilnahme von Frauen bei der Regatta macht die englische Seglerin ihre Vorfreude deutlich, betont aber auch, dass man abwarten müsse, wie sich das Konzept entwickelt: „Es ist wirklich aufregend, dass Frauen in den Crews sind. Wie sich das auf den einzelnen Booten entwickelt und ob die Frauen die Möglichkeit haben, entscheidende Rollen zu übernehmen, wird sich zeigen.“

Denise ‚Dee‘ Caffari hat als erste weibliche Einhandseglerin die Welt in beide Richtungen umsegelt. Auch sie stellt sich aktuell ein Team für das 13. Volvo Ocean Race zusammen: „Ich habe mich offensichtlich lautstark für die Regeländerung eingesetzt. Das führte dazu, dass ich gefragt wurde, meinen Worten Taten folgen zu lassen und mit einer gemischten Crew zu starten: Fünf Männer und fünf Frauen. Ich hoffe, dass wir abliefern können. Es war hart. Ich werde nicht verleugnen, dass sich viel mehr Männer als Frauen bewerben. Dadurch sind die Auswahlmöglichkeiten begrenzter und ich habe kein Jahr Zeit, um mögliche Kandidaten zu trainieren. Ich brauche startbereite Segler.“

Auch die brasilianische Seglerin Martine Grael, die als Segeltrimmerin für das Team AkzoNobel an den Start geht, freut sich auf die Regeländerung: „Ich habe das Gefühl, dass es die richtige Zeit und der richtige Ort dafür ist. Es wird eine aufregende Tour.“

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Sailingchampions St.Petersburg 13.08.2017


Norddeutscher Regatta Verein gewinnt Act 1 der SAILING Champions League in St. Petersburg

Frederikshavn Sejlklub aus Dänemark auf Platz 2 vor dem Gastgeber Saint Petersburg Yacht Club

Am letzten Tag der SAILING Champions League Act 1 in St. Petersburg (11.- 13.8.2017) hat sich der Norddeutsche Regatta Verein (NRV) aus Deutschland mit einem ersten Platz im entscheidenden 46. Rennen den Gesamtsieg gesichert.

Bei drehenden, schwachen bis mäßigen Winden kam das Team vom NRV am besten mit den anspruchsvollen Bedingungen auf der Neva im Zentrum von St. Petersburg zurecht: Am Sonntag gewannen die Hamburger souverän drei der vier Qualifikations-Rennen und konnten damit an die guten Platzierungen der Vortage anknüpfen.

“Wir haben natürlich auf einen Podiumsplatz gehofft. Im Verlauf der Qualifikations-Rennen wurden wir immer entspannter und haben uns von den schwierigen Strömungsverhältnissen nicht verunsichern lassen”, freut sich Steuermann Johannes Polgar.

Mit dem Gesamtsieg bei Act 1 der SAILING Champions League in St. Petersburg hat der Olympia-Bewerber Johannes Polgar gezeigt, dass er hoch motiviert an seiner neuen Olympia-Kampagne arbeitet.

Der Frederikshavn Sejlklub (FS) aus Dänemark hat seine Tabellenführung vom Vortag an den NRV abgegeben. Steuermann Kris Houmann: ”Im entscheidenden Rennen mussten wir den NRV leider vorbeiziehen lassen und konnten ihn wegen der Winddreher danach nicht mehr kontrollieren. Wir sind trotzdem sehr zufrienden mit dem Ergebnis und freuen uns schon auf ein Wiedersehen in St. Petersburg.” Bereits Ende August nimmt das Team vom Frederikshavn Sejlklub am Nord Stream Race von Kiel nach St. Petersburg teil.

Im letzten Rennen des Tages wurde es noch einmal ganz knapp für den gastgebenden Saint Petersburg Yacht Club (SPBYC). “Es war einfach unglaublich. Ich hätte nicht gedacht, dass wir nach dem schlechten Start noch gewinnen. Ein ganz großes Dankeschön geht an mein wunderbares Team”, erklärt Anna Basalkina, Steuerfrau vom Saint Petersburg Yacht Club sichtlich erleichtert. Die russische Olympia-Seglerin Anna Basalkina segelte mit ihrem jungen Team verdient auf den dritten Platz in der Gesamtwertung und sicherte sich damit vor heimischem Publikum einen Platz auf dem Podium.

Bei den kurzen, publikumsnahen Rennen mit jeweils sieben Kielbooten der J/70 Einheitsklasse kämpften an diesem Wochenende 21 Teams aus ganz Europa vor der wunderbaren Kulisse der St. Petersburger Altstadt um den Einzug ins SAILING Champions League-Finale in Porto Cervo auf Sardinien.

Schon Anfang September geht es in der Schweiz weiter:

Vom 1. bis 3. September findet in St. Moritz der SAILING Champions League Act 2 statt. Dann kämpft die zweite Gruppe der besten internationalen Segelclubs um den Einzug ins SAILING Champions League -Finale in Porto Cervo, Italien.

In Porto Cervo segeln die besten Teams aus Act 1 und Act 2 um den Titel “Bester Europäischer Segelclub” und die begehrte silberne Meisterschale von Robbe & Berking.

Als Technologie-Partner der SAILING Champions League sorgt SAP für einen professionellen und spannenden Livestream. Auch am Sonntag wurden die Rennen live ab 11:00 im Internet gezeigt.

Wechselnde Segelexperten und ein Moderator führen die Zuschauer durch das Programm und machen die Rennen für jedermann verständlich. Alle Ergebnisse finden Sie hier:

SAILING Champions League 2017:

ACT 1: In St. Petersburg findet vom 11.- 13. August 2017 das erste Event der internationalen Meisterschaft der besten Segelclubs statt. Die erste Gruppe der besten Teams der nationalen Segelligen kämpft um die Qualifikation für das SAILING Champions League Finale.

ACT 2: In St. Moritz kämpft vom 1.- 3. September 2017 die zweite Gruppe der besten internationalen Segelclubs um den Einzug ins SAILING Champions League Finale in Porto Cervo, Italien.

Finale: Beim Finale in Porto Cervo vom 22. – 24. September 2017 treffen die besten 13 Teams der Qualifikations-Events aus St. Petersburg und St. Moritz aufeinander. Gemeinsam mit ihnen kämpfen der gastgebende Yacht Club Costa Smeralda und der Vorjahres-Gewinner Deutscher Touring Yacht-Club (DTYC) aus Deutschland um den Titel “Bester Europäischer Segelclub” und die begehrte silberne Meisterschale von Robbe & Berking.

Alle Ergebnisse finden Sie hier
SAILING Champions League
Gerald Gebhardt
Tel.: +49 40 226 316 4-64


Regates Royales 25.09.2017

A war of nerrves

So much that at mid-afternoon most of the fleet were still out on the water looking for the slightest puff of air to get to the finish, despite a shortened course.

Aeolus was not co-operating much today on the Bay of Cannes. A very light wind, a flimsy 3 to 5 knot-strong south-westerly was all the 80 plus classic yachts were given to complete a triangular coastal course. The original triangle thus became a V-shaped course, with an upwind beat and a downwind leg sailed under spinnaker. After a nerve-wracking race, patience paid off for the 23Metre Cambria, that was able to escape from the rest of the fleet on a shortened course and cross the line, positioned just off the Saint-Marc, in first. Behind them only the 15 Metre Mariska and a few other, whose patience paid off , who were able to sail around the first mark.

One race only
In the Golfe Juan weather conditions were similarly complicated, and the Dragon crews too had to rely on patience, with the Race Committee forced to launch several procedures and have several general recalls before getting a good start, with Estonians on Otium disqualified for being over the line with a black flag. The boats hardly moving, the RC opted to shorten the course. Once again it was a duel between Russian skipper Annatoly Loginov on Annapurna and UK’s Yvan Bradbury on Blue Haze, consolidating his overall leadership after three races, and France’s Alain Lathioor on Révolte. More races, and discards, will be needed to define the final scoreboard, but it looks like only the top fifteen boats can aspire to the podium.

The 5.5 and the Tofinou could also race one round today. It was Switzerland Andreas Dyhk Petersen on Otto to get the 5.5 series’ first win, while Régates Royales’ veteran Edward Fort on Pippa also scored a victory in the Tofinou 9.5 class.

Weather conditions are expected to improve tomorrow, with clearer skies and slightly stronger winds.

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Serial sailor – Alex Pella
The multi-talented Spaniard

They may be America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Mini Transat, offshore or Olympic sailors or maybe all of the above. Many can be seen on the dock in Cannes for the Régates Royales-Trophée Panerai, and one is the man-of-many-talents Alex Pella.

Alex you won the Route du Rhum on a Class40’, the Jules Verne Trophy with Francis Joyon, you’ve raced the Mini-Transat several times, how is it to be racing a classic yacht?
“It’s a family boat, an old racer-cruiser called Galvana. With my three brothers we often sail her, it’s a boat built in 1974 in Barcelona on a Sparkman & Stephens’s design. We cruise in the Med or we take part in regattas like the Régates Royales de Cannes. Since it is older than thirteen years, we can also do the classic yachts circuit, and with some good results too! I’m quite busy and I can’t go to all the events, I’ve saved some free time to be here and have some fun with my brothers.”

A family boat
“We did some works ourselves in 2003. It’s a very solid boat, built in the 70’s by a small shipyard that produced some 120 boats: Galvana is very good, with an American flavour but really comfortable. It crossed the Atlantic but didn’t race much because it’s really a racer-cruiser with a high freeboard. Anyway, it is quite fast compared to the new boats of the same size.”

Here in Cannes your race in the Bermudan Vintage class?
“Yes exactly, we race against other IOR boats like Ganbare, Resolute Salmon or the maxi Il Moro di Venezia, against the 12 Metre like France or Chancegger… We haven’t got the best rating but at least Galvana is very comfortable. We try to do like four races every year: I’ve done a short offshore race in Spain, we were in Mahon, we’re here for the Régates Royales, and we’ll close the season with the Voiles de Saint-Tropez… »

But then you’re starting for another transatlantic race!
“Right, I will not be in Saint-Tropez because I will join Lalou Roucayrol on his Multi50 for the Transat Jacques Vabre. As a fact, I’m taking over from Karine Fauconnier who hurt herself. It’s a new challenge for me because it’s only a month I sail with Lalou: it’s fun, the boat feels like a kart! It’s small, uncomfortable, but less physical than IDEC Sport and very fast with the new foils.”

Technical specs Galvana :
Design: Sparkman & Stephens
Shipyard: Astilleros Caravela (1975)
LOA: 16,65 m
LWL: 12,46 m
Beam: 4,33 m
Draft: 2,80 m
Displacement: 20 000 kg
Sail area: 110 sq. m
© Guido Cantini / Panerai

Boats and classes

A class on its own
When Nathanaël Herreshoff conceived the Universal Rule in 1903, it was immediately adopted by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC), giving birth to the majestic J-Classes that made history in the America’s Cup between 1930 and 1937. But the rule was also used to design nine other classes, such as the P-Class, that is represented at the Régates Royales de Cannes-Trophée Panerai by Olympian and Chips

This new international rule would soon take over from the Seawanhaka Rule adopted in 1883 by the NYYC and was, in fact, the answer by American architect Nathanaël Herreshoff to the existing America’s Cup rules. The designers were creating bigger and bigger boats in an effort to increase performances, as it happened for example with Reliance, the most extreme of all the Defenders, winner of the1903 edition on Sir Thomas Lipton’s Shamrock III , designed by William Fife. An extraordinary boat that also featured the first ever two-speed winches, measuring 61,26 meters overall (201’) but only 27,43 meters of waterline (90’)!

A classic format
The new Universal Rule by Nathanaël Herreshoff was intended to put a limit to the excesses of the early 20th century: it took into consideration the boat’s overall length, her beam, draft, freeboard, hull shape, the mast height and the total sail area. Herreshoff adapted the rule to create ten different categories among which the I, with an handicap lower than 88’, the J not exceeding 76’ but also the Q, set at 25’ or the P class having a rating inferior to 31’ like Chips and Olympian.

The American naval architect signed his first P-class in 1907 to defend the Canada’s Cup. Seneca owned by M.P. Pembroke was later bought by Royal Canadian’s Commodore Jarvis, thus being the leader of an eight-boats strong fleet based in Toronto. Whilst, only two boats flied the flag of Rochester Yacht Club, on the American coast of Lake Ontario: Olympian owned by Paul LaLonde and Alleode owned by Lorenzo Mabbett, who won the prestigious Fisher Cup in 1927.

Yet, Nathanaël Herreshoff was not the only one to design P-class boats. Chips was conceived by Starling Burgess, who also built her in 1913 at the shipyard bearing his name and based in Marblehead, that is the very same year William Gardner’s designed Olympian, which saw the light in Chicago and was built by Mc Clure. All in all, some twenty P-class yachts were created before their decline, due to the Metre Rule becoming more and more popular among European owners and being used for the Olympic Games.

Technical specs Chips (ex-Onda III) :

Designer: Starling Burgess
Builder: W. Starling Burgess (1903)
LOA: 15,67 m
Waterline length: 10,70 m
Beam: 3,17 m
Draft: 2,25 m
Displacement: 16 000 kg
Sail area: 170 sq. m