LVC 14.06.2017

TeamBDA light up Bermuda – 14.06.2017



Light winds again greeted the six international Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Pool B teams who returned to day two of Qualifiers fleet racing action on 13th June on Bermuda’s Great Sound. However, the wind speed did not stop the day producing huge tension, real drama and a fantastic story for Bermuda, home of the 35th America’s Cup with TeamBDA, the local favourites, booking their place in the Finals of the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup by securing the points they needed to progress in the second race of the day.

TeamBDA’s progression also means that, at the end of day two, the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup says goodbye to the Austrian Candidate Sailing Team and Carson Crain’s Next Generation USA.

In contrast, the TeamBDA story is remarkable, especially in the context of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup which is the platform for the next generation of sailing superstars to test their mettle on the same waters as the America’s Cup teams. Just over one and a half years before the start of the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, many of the Bermudian team had not sailed before, so to book their place in the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals, on their own home waters, is a truly special story.

On the water, in action on day two of the Qualifiers with TeamBDA was Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR), Spanish Impulse by IBEROSTAR (ESP), Candidate Sailing Team (AUT), Next Generation USA and NZL Sailing Team. The teams, all aged between 18 – 24 years, were racing on the final day of the Pool B 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Qualifiers, the precursor to the Finals which take place on the Great Sound on 20th / 21st June.

Having endured a mixed first day’s racing, reigning champions NZL Sailing Team made the perfect start on day two, taking victory in the first race, narrowly ahead of local heroes TeamBDA. Behind them Spanish Impulse by IBEROSTAR finished third, ahead of Austria’s Candidate Sailing Team, with Land Rover BAR Academy in fifth and Next Generation USA in sixth.

Race two was about to start, but then a windshift on the racecourse lead to America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM) abandoning the race shortly before it started so they could change the course to fit the new wind direction.

Soon, the second race of the day was back on and in what proved the closest-fought race yet involving all six teams, Jordi Xammar’s Spanish Impulse by IBEROSTAR crossed the finish line first, narrowly ahead of Land Rover BAR Academy and the much-improved Candidate Sailing Team. Behind the top three, Logan Dunning Beck’s NZL Sailing settled for fourth, with Next Generation USA fifth and TeamBDA in sixth.

In the final race of the Pool B Qualifiers it was NZL Sailing team who took the honours in first, followed by Land Rover BAR Academy in second. Behind them, Spanish Impulse by IBEROSTAR stole third place on the line from Team BDA, making the whole of Bermuda smile with fourth place, sealing their spot in the Finals. Next Generation USA had to settle for fifth while bringing up the rear were Candidate Sailing Team whose 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup adventure ended with sixth place.

Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Sports Directors Hans-Peter Steinacher and Roman Hagara gave their thoughts on the Pool B Qualifiers action, starting with Steinacher who said, “There were tricky conditions on both days for Pool B but the four teams who made it into the final have played the tactical game well and deserve to be in the Finals. There was a lot to play for until the last race and that shows just how high the performance levels are of the youth sailors taking part in the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.”

Picking up with his thoughts was Roman Hagara who added, “Even though we didn’t have the wind levels we’d prefer, we’re still extremely pleased with how the first two days of racing have gone. It’s crazy how many spectator boats have been out on the water today to support the teams, and especially TeamBDA. Now everyone on this beautiful island will be in the America’s Cup Village for the finals on 20th and 21st June!”

2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup – Pool B Qualifiers Race Results

Pool B, Race 4
1. NZL Sailing Team (10pts)
2. TeamBDA (9pts)
3. Spanish Impulse by IBEROSTAR (8pts)
4. Candidate Sailing Team (7pts)
5. Land Rover BAR Academy (6pts)
6. Next Generation USA (5pts)

Pool B, Race 5
1. Spanish Impulse by IBEROSTAR (10pts)
2. Land Rover BAR Academy (9pts)
3. Candidate Sailing Team (8pts)
4. NZL Sailing Team (7pts)
5. Next Generation USA (6pts)
6. TeamBDA (5pts)

Pool B, Race 6
1. NZL Sailing Team (10pts)
2. Land Rover BAR Academy (9pts)
3. Spanish Impulse by IBEROSTAR (8pts)
4. TeamBDA (7pts)
5. Next Generation USA (6pts)
6. Candidate Sailing Team (5pts)

2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Pool B Qualifiers – Final Standings
1. NZL Sailing Team 51pts
2. Land Rover BAR Academy 51pts
3. Spanish Impulse by IBEROSTAR 51pts
4. TeamBDA 45pts
5. Next Generation USA 36pts
6. Candidate Sailing Team 36pts

Watch the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Finals, live on Red Bull TV on June 20 and 21 at 2:00pm local Bermuda time/5:00pm UTC.

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Finnregatten vor klassischer Kulisse 2017

Lobert gewinnt Finn Europeans in Marseille


Jonathan Lobert seals first major Finn title after solid week in Marseille

After a fabulous finale to a challenging week, Jonathan Lobert of France won his first ever major title in the Finn class. Ed Wright and Ben Cornish of Great Britain, both survived the Semi-Final to meet Lobert in the Final and secured silver and bronze.

Henry Wetherell made it three medals for Great Britain by winning the U23 European Championship. Arkadiy Kistanov of Russia took silver and Oskari Muhonen of Finland won the bronze.

Like the rest of the week, it was a long day with three races to get in. It started windless and with a long postponement onshore before the final race of the Opening Series could be sailed. Despite the earlier light forecast, it turned out to be one of the best races of the week, with nice waves, 10-15 knots, and sunny skies. Though the regatta leaders had already qualified for the Final, they both elected to sail the race. Anders Pedersen of Norway led all the way round for a huge win, to take the overall lead, while Lobert struggled and dropped to second overall.

Nicholas Heiner from the Netherlands, finished second, which boosted him into the top 10, while Wetherall secured the U23 title with a seventh place finish to also make the top 10. This meant that two of the three Croatians, who had all sailed an excellent week, dropped out of the top 10.

Wetherell said, “It’s really good to win the under 23 European Championships. It’s been an up and down week. I started off well, had a little dip mid-week and then had a good last race today and just managed to squeak into the top ten.”

“It was a really close race with Arkadiy. Up at the top mark it was really close and the bottom of the run we were still close and rounded opposite marks and then I had a better beat.”

n the competition. “It’s really tough. There are a lot of older guys here so it’s a real experience. Everyone knows what they are doing and everyone is quick. It’s good fun because no one ever really takes a race off. Everyone is always on their game.”

After a short wait for protest time, the Semi-Final was sailed just off the harbour entrance in a reasonably steady 10-15 knots. Wright broke away out of the start and crossed back ahead of the fleet. However the next shift favoured the right again and Wetherell rounded first from Cornish and Heiner. Cornish took the lead on the downwind and was never headed, while Wright looked out of the race. However he recovered on the second beat and then drew level with Wetherell and Milan Vujasinovic of Croatia. It came down to the last few pumps to the finish line with Wright crossing second by less than a boatlength.

So Cornish and Wright proceeded to the Final. The wind dropped off for a while and it started to look doubtful a race could be started, but then the sequence got underway and the breeze returned to 10-12 knots at the top mark.

Pedersen was forced to tack away out of the start and was never again in contention as a big left-hander came in. The disaster struck Zsombor Berecz of Hungary when his halyard lock broke. He stopped to fix it but trailed at a distance for the rest of the race. Lobert owned the pin end of the line and was clear ahead when he tacked back, extending throughout the race for a big win. Wright was a clear second while Cornish held off Pedersen for third.

It’s interesting to note that the top four sailors all wore the yellow leader’s bib at some point during the week. However, the best sailor on points was Pedersen, and he was beaten by the format and went home empty handed.

Cornish said, “I came here with the intention of trying to win a medal, so that’s obviously a really good result. It’s nice to be going away from the first big event of the season with a bronze.”

He nearly didn’t even make the Finals. In the final fleet race, “I found myself trying to climb back through the fleet and ended up making my way into the Semi-Final. That was a good race for me, and then I progressed on to the Final with Ed. For me the priority switched and it was about winning a medal and so the risk management went down massively.”

On the fleet race Wright said, “There was a lot of pressure on the first race because I was in a position to be in the top three. I didn’t manage to beat the Hungarian in that race so I had to go into the Semi-Final sail-off.”

“The Semi-Final was just a pump off on the last run. On the last downwind I managed to pass Henry, which got me into the Final. That was a really exciting part of the race actually; he was a little bit ahead of me at the top mark.  I managed to try and cover him a little bit on the run and then to have the starboard advantage. Basically in the last 100-200 yards my winter’s fitness training paid off and I was able to really just push the limits on the line and just pip him. It was quite exciting, and quite exhausting.”

In the Final, “Halfway through the race I decided to cover Anders and let Cornish and the French guy get away and do whatever they needed to do, I just needed to be top three.  But I managed to end up with the silver medal luckily. A medal here is really exciting because it’s the first event back, apart from Hyeres which was a warm up event last week. I’m sailing probably better than I have done ever at the moment.  I’m fast upwind and downwind in all conditions and that’s really exciting. The winter has paid off.”

He paid tribute to Pedersen, “He’s had an amazing regatta, he was in the top ten every race, very consistent, sailed very well, and it’s seems such a shame.”

Lobert is the first French sailor to win the European title since Serge Maury won two titles in 1975 and 1976, and only the second French sailor to ever lift the title. He commented, “This morning I was not sure about sailing the final race, but then when I saw the weather forecast I was very uncertain. Then breeze kicked in and I was very tense and I knew I could lose everything from the work of the week.”

In the final, “I was really looking to have a line where I could keep on going if I wanted because I saw there was pressure coming but I was not sure if it was the right or left, so I want to make sure I could stay and wait the next shift, so that’s why I was really pushing to save the pin end and go on starboard as long I could. Then I got the shift and I was in front.”

“Winning the Europeans means a lot for me because, first, it’s in France, so I am very happy with this, and for once I am winning a championship. I have been many times second or third, so since I am on the top of the box I am very happy and the funny thing is I am in front of two British. So it’s nice as it’s always the British winning, so for once it’s someone else.”

The main conversation point this week has been the running of new format trials tested here this week. It was the second such test, with the first being in Palma earlier this year. It remains controversial and contested. Hopefully, following the survey that will be carried out next week the class will get a clearer insight into the feelings and thoughts of the class as it moves on to future regattas.

Results after Final
1  FRA  112 Jonathan LOBERT
2  GBR   11 Edward WRIGHT
3  GBR   91 Ben CORNISH
4  NOR   1 Anders PEDERSEN
5  HUN   40 Zsombor BERECZ

Results after Semi Final
6  GBR   71 Henry WETHERELL
8  GRE   77 Ioannis MITAKIS
9  TUR   21 Alican KAYNAR
10  NED   89 Nicholas HEINER

Travemünder Woche neue Regattastation


Regattastation in neum Glanz
LYC öffnet sein Schmuckstück an der Travepromenade

Travemünde kann ab sofort mit einem frisch polierten Schmuckstück an seiner Promenade auftrumpfen, der Lübecker YC hat eine neugestaltete Heimstätte mit multifunktionellen Einsatzmöglichkeiten, und die Travemünder Woche kann die Regatten im Sommer aus einer Schaltzentrale mit neuem Herz heraus organisieren. Am Freitag, 12. Mai, wurde der ehemalige Rettungsschuppen von Travemünde nach neunmonatiger Umbauzeit wieder offiziell seiner Bestimmung übergeben. Das historische Backstein-Gebäude mit den auffällig grünen Toren beheimatete einst ein Ruderrettungsboot der DGzRS und ist nunmehr seit über 20 Jahren der Standort für höchste Segelkompetenz. Mit der offiziellen Einweihung ist der Rettungsschuppen nun das „Clubhaus Leuchtenfeld“.

Die Geschichte des Gebäudes geht zurück auf eine Sturmflut am 11. November 1873. Damals wird der alte Rettungsschuppen zerstört, und die Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger (DGzRS) gibt einen Neubau in Auftrag. Auch dieser Bau verschwindet nach einigen Jahren, und so entsteht 1902 das heutige Gebäude. Seit über 140 Jahren ist der Standort zwischen Travepromenade und Leuchtenfeld daher fest verankert mit der maritimen Geschichte von Travemünde. Von den Rettern ging das zweigeschossige Gebäude indes in den 90er Jahren in die Hände der Segler über und ist seit rund zwei Jahren das offizielle Clubheim des LYC in Travemünde, nachdem das ehemalige Clubhaus (Restaurant „Marina“) verkauft worden ist. Mit dem Verkauf des „Marina“ wurden die Planungen für den Umbau des Rettungsschuppen angeschoben, und im Sommer 2016 ging es mit dem Abschluss der Travemünder Woche sofort an die Arbeiten, in die allein Vereinsmittel in Höhe von 250.000 Euro sowie weitere Fremdmittel in gleicher Höhe aus Spenden und Fördermitteln geflossen sind. Die Unterstützungen der Possehl-Stiftung, der gemeinnützigen Sparkassen-Stiftung zu Lübeck, der Sparkasse zu Lübeck, der Eberhard Wienholt-Stiftung sowie einer Zusage des Amtes für Denkmalpflege haben den Umbau erst möglich gemacht.
Nachdem das Gebäude komplett von seiner Einrichtung befreit und entkernt worden war, begann die Grundsanierung. Vor allem Dach und Gauben bedurften dringend einer Auffrischung, aber auch die weiteren Gebäudeteile. Allein die Grundsanierung verschlang einen Großteil der veranschlagten Mittel. In intensiver Abstimmung zwischen dem LYC-Schatzmeister Eberhard Lassen, dem LYC-Vize-Vorsitzenden Michael Tümmler, dem Geschäftsführer der Travemünder Woche gGmbH Frank Schärffe und dem Architekten Stefan Bruns wurde der Rettungsschuppen entkernt und sein ursprünglicher Charakter mit der vier Meter hohen Holzdecke und dem ursprünglichen roten Klinkermauerwerk wiederhergestellt. Der Fußboden wurde mit Holzbohlen ausgelegt, Heizkörper für eine ganzjährige Nutzung installiert. Ein behindertengerechter Sanitärwürfel wurde eingebaut und so gestaltet, dass er die großzügige Raumwirkung nicht zerstört. Außerdem ist ein mobiler Tresen mit Kücheneinrichtung verfügbar.

Das Nutzungskonzept bietet einen Multifunktionsraum mit mobilem Inventar. Der 89 m² große Raum im Erdgeschoss kann für 50 bis 60 Personen Sitzgelegenheiten bieten. Damit ist er für gesellige Anlässe ebenso geeignet wie für Seminare. Im Dachgeschoss sind Arbeitsplätze für Verwaltung, die Regatta-Auswertung, aber auch kleinere Schulungen. Die Travemünder Woche gGmbH bezieht dauerhaft zwei Büroräume im Obergeschoss und hat zur TW das ganze Gebäude zur Verfügung.
Die Begeisterung war zur Eröffnung allseits zu spüren. „Ich denke, wir sind uns einig, dass es wunderschön geworden ist“, sagte die LYC-Vorsitzende Andrea Varner-Tümmler und bedankte sich für die Leidenschaft, mit der die Hauptverantwortlichen Ideen eingebracht haben, die Finanzen im Blick hatten und den Bau schließlich umsetzten. Damit wurde der ehemalige Rettungsschuppen zu einem Hingucker in Travemünde, der auch die Stadtoberen begeistert. Bürgermeister Bernd Saxe, Senatorin Kathrin Weiher und Friedrich Thorn, Bereichsleiter Schule und Sport der Stadt Lübeck, waren zur Einweihung gekommen. „Ist es nicht toll, was der Yacht-Club aus dem ollen Schuppen gemacht hat“, staunte Saxe. Die Verbindung aus maritimem Flair und Hightech-Kern sei rundum gelungen: „Ein Hochtechnologie-Standort in einem schönen alten Gemäuer“, so der Bürgermeister: „Herzlichen Dank, dass sie ein schönes Stück Travemünde wiederbelebt haben.“

Ein großes Dankeschön kam auch von Uwe H. Dreier, Mitglied des Beschlussfassenden Gremiums der DGzRS, die vor über 30 Jahren den Beschluss gefasst hatte, das Gebäude zu verkaufen. „Wir dachten damals, wir brauchen es nicht mehr“, so Dreier, der jetzt mit Wehmut auf das Entstandene blickt: „Ich glaube, wir brauchen es doch.“ Als Travemünder wünschte er sich, dass der nun in „Clubhaus Leuchtenfeld“ umbenannte Rettungsschuppen ein Kleinod für die Ausbildung der Jugend werde.

Zum Abschluss der offiziellen Zeremonie gab noch Architekt Stefan Bruns einen Einblick in seine Arbeit und dokumentierte mit eindringlichen Worten, wie wichtig es ihm war, die Ausstrahlung dieses einfachen, aber doch eindrucksvollen Baus herauszuarbeiten. „Es liegt eine unglaubliche Ruhe und Kraft in diesem Gebäude mit vielen schönen Details.“ Dieses habe er durch das Herausarbeiten der Baumaterialien Backstein, Schiefer und Holz wieder hervorbringen wollen. Auch der Innenausbau richtete sich danach. Lediglich der Sanitärwürfel und die Beleuchtungseinrichtung setzten Kontrastpunkte, wobei die verspielten Lampen in ihrer Formgebung durchaus an Bojen erinnerten und damit den maritimen Bezug wieder aufgriffen.

Nach der offiziellen Übergabe des Gebäudes an den Club durch ein Typhon-Signal streiften die zahlreichen Gäste durch die Räume und bestaunten das neue Schmuckstück von Travemünde.

Mit der Einweihung der Regattastation ist auch der Startschuss für die Travemünder Woche 2017 erfolgt. Vom 21. bis 30. Juli werden folgende Klassen segeln:
Internationale Deutsche Jugend- und Jüngsten-Meisterschaften
24. – 29. Juli: Optimisten
24. – 29. Juli: O’pen Bic
24. – 29. Juli: Laser 4.7
24. – 29. Juli: Laser Radial
24. – 29. Juli: Europe
24. – 29. Juli: Teeny
24. – 29. Juli: Cadet
24. – 29. Juli: 29er
24. – 29. Juli: 420er
24. – 29. Juli: Pirat
24. – 29. Juli: Nacra15 (bei Zuerkennung des Status als offizielles Jugendmeisterschaftsklasse)
24. – 29. Juli: Bic Techno 293

German Open
28. – 30. Juli: J/22
21. – 23. Juli: 1. & 2. Segel-Bundesliga
22. – 25. Juli: Trias (40-jähriges TW-Jubiläum der Klasse)
28. – 30. Juli: Folkeboote
22. – 23. Juli: Mittelstrecke für OSC-Yachten
27. – 28. Juli: Hanse Race (Langstrecke) für OSC-Yachten
29. – 30. Juli: SAP Up&Down für OSC-Yachten

Extreme GC32 foilingtour

Extreme GC32 Sailing Tour 2017

Team ENGIE – 3rd season on the GC32 Racing Tour

The opening event of the 2017 GC32 Racing Tour, one of the most demanding circuits of foiling catamarans in the world, is just two days away. Now in their third season, Team ENGIE, led by Sébastien Rogues, are setting their sights higher, aiming for a place on the final podium. The tone is set and over the course of the five events on the circuit’s calendar, Team ENGIE will certainly be an opponent to watch.

Team ENGIE during training (©Jesus Renedo)
From Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th May, ten teams (three Swiss, one American, one Japanese, one Monegasque, one Argentinian, one from Bermuda and two French) will open the 2017 GC32 Racing Tour season on Lake Garda in Riva, Italy. Sébastien and his loyal team: Gurvan Bontemps, Jean Baptiste Gellée, Antoine Joubert and Benjamin Amiot, are all eager to get back on board. “We are really looking forward to the competition. Our upcoming season on this racing circuit starts in a few days but we’ve already had the incredible opportunity to sail with our ENGIE boat at two events in Oman this February and March for the GC32 Championship and Act 1 of the Extreme Sailing Series. We sailed a great deal and I must say that we could never have done this with the conditions we have in France over the winter period. Sailing a total of 43 races against the elite of the discipline and the best helmsmen in the world has provided us with a real advantage and an incredible source of learning. Thanks to all the hours we’ve spent on the water, I’m certain we’ve ramped up our level. We have a clear objective for 2017, we are aiming to finish on the overall podium with hopefully some great victories in the various events”, confided the skipper from La Baule.

With a consolidated sailing crew and efficient and meticulous onshore team, Team ENGIE will be the only professional French crew on the GC32 Racing Tour this year (Robin Follin’s Team France Jeune will only be competing in Riva to help prepare for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup), with Franck Cammas busy on another major challenge, the America’s Cup. If Sébastien Rogues is able to stay focused on his own race, the former offshore racer will no doubt do his best to perform well on the different legs: „It has been confirmed that we will be the only French representatives. I am not putting any pressure on myself, but it would be fantastic to represent ENGIE and France with flying colours. Returning to the team, everyone has worked very hard, either on his or her own or on the boat, which only came back from Oman 10 days ago. There is real group cohesion and even ashore, Julien Grancher has done an extraordinary job to provide us with the best possible platform for racing and getting good results“.

The 2017 season starts in Italy on Lake Garda and then heads to the south of Sardinia. The port of Villasimius will host the GC32 Racing Tour from Wednesday 28th June to Saturday 1st July. The competition will then head to Spain and Palma de Mallorca from Wednesday 2nd to Saturday 5th August for the third event. The fourth will be held in Calvi, Corsica, from Wednesday 13th to Saturday 16th September. Marseille will host the last event of the season from Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th October.
Sébastien Rogues, Gurvan Bontemps, Jean Baptiste Gellée, Antoine Joubert and Benjamin Amiot will have to demonstrate clear thinking in the first few races, because on this circuit the only way to reach the podium is through consistency at the highest level.

With a fifth place finish in 2016, 7 points short of the podium and valuable experience gained, Team ENGIE now has the cards in hand to make this new edition their year. This is their chance!

Team ENGIE at the Extreme Sailing Series in Oman (©Swathik Rushend)

2017 GC32 Racing Tour Calendar
1 – Riva, Lake Garda Italy from Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th May
2 – Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy, from Wednesday 28th June to Saturday 1st July
3 – Palma de Mallorca, Balearics, Spain, from Wednesday 2nd to Saturday 5th August
4 – Calvi, Corsica, France, from Wednesday 13th to Saturday 16th September
5 – Marseille, France, from Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th October

GC32 Riva Cup – Teams entered

Armin Strom Sailing Team – Switzerland
Realteam – Switzerland
Team Argo – USA
Mamma Aiuto! – Japan
Malizia – Yacht Club de Monaco – Monaco
Codigo Rojo Sailing Team – Argentina
Team ENGIE – France
Team France Jeune – France
Team BDA – Bermuda
Team Tilt – Switzerland
Plus one still to be announced

Finnclass Marseille 2017

Finnclass Marseille 2017

Light winds set back Finn Europeans but Ben Cornish takes lead

Ben Cornish from Great Britain has taken the lead at the Finn Europeans following a long day on the water after winning the only race possible on a day beset by light winds and abandoned races. Zsombor Berecz from Hungary moves up to second while Anders Pedersen from Norway remains third.
The mistral that has battered the regatta venue for the past two days finally dissipated overnight, and during the morning slowly faded away to leave a light 8-10 knots in place.

The first attempt at Race 3 was abandoned at the top mark after the wind dropped off with Karpak leading round with a nice lead. After a 90 minute wait, the fleet set off again but not before two general recalls, the second under black flag, which pulled out regatta leader Ed Wright, from Great Britain, as well as fourth overall Max Salminen, from Sweden.
When it finally got going, Karpak again led at the top from Pederson and Cornish. Cornish took the lead on the first downwind playing the pressure variations across the course well, and the extended hugely on the second beat to lead down to the finish.

In the chasing group, Berecz found the best pressure on the run to round the gate almost level with Karpak and then take second. Pederson crossed a close fourth
Soon after, Race 4 got away with a clean start with Ioannis Mitakis, from Greece, leading at the top from Cornish and Nenad Bugarin from Croatia. Mitakis held the lead at the gate, but the wind was down to well under 5 knots at times and soon after the Race Committee abandoned the race and sent the fleet ashore.
“It was the second hard day here. Today was the opposite to yesterday, up to 5 knots. Wind was hard enough but I was quite fast in both races. We made almost three races today and two of them were abandoned. And I was twice first boat at the top mark so I am happy with my speed.”
“I finished third in the first race after losing a few places to the good guys, but a nice day for me. I am quite fast in light winds but yesterday I was also quick upwind in the breeze and then struggling in 30 knots downwind.”

Cornish’s win keep the British flag flying at the top of the scoreboard.
“It was a long day on the water just for the one race. The one we got in was a long one. A long course in not a lot of breeze, but good for me as I managed to get the win, which was nice.”
“It was super tight with me Deniss and Anders, especially at the top mark and down the first run, and it started to spread out a bit on the last beat which made my life a bit easier in that light wind”
“It was reasonably tight at the leeward gate but I was quite confident with the numbers I was sailing and we had a reasonable idea where the pressure was coming from at he top right and as it played out it became quite straightforward half way up.”

On his good speed, “We are using some new sails here that we haven’t had much time to test so it’s good to see we are going all right in the breeze we have been targeting.”
“Tomorrow the wind is going back round offshore from the south-east and quite a lot more breeze. Fingers crossed, we’ll be stretching the legs again.”

This week is also the U23 European Championship, with Oskari Muhinen from Finland mixing it with the seniors in 12th overall, just one place and two points ahead of Henry Weatherall from Great Britain.
The sailors were on the water today for more than seven hours with only one race to show for it. The 10 race Opening Series concludes on Saturday morning, before the Semi-Final and Final on Saturday afternoon.

Results after three races
1  GBR   91 Ben CORNISH  12
2  HUN   40 Zsombor BERECZ  14
3  NOR   1 Anders PEDERSEN  14
4  FRA  112 Jonathan LOBERT  16
5  GRE   77 Ioannis MITAKIS  27
6  CRO   52 Nenad BUGARIN  31
7  EST   2 Deniss KARPAK  39
8  TUR   21 Alican KAYNAR  45
9  AUS  261 Oliver TWEDDELL  51
10  CRO   1 Josip OLUJIC  51

Finns in Marseille 2017

Finnclass Marseille 2017


British Finn sailors dominate Marseille’s bay of contrasts

Ed Wright, from Great Britain, has retaken the lead at the Finn European Championships in Marseille following another long day on the water after almost four full races were sailed. The ever consistent Norwegian, Anders Pedersen, is up to second while Jonathan Lobert, of France, is up to third.

The Bay of Marseille has been a bay of contrasts so far this week with yet another set of new conditions thrown at the competitors on the third day. The sailors are finding the bay both challenging and at times perplexing. Looking forward to a day of moderate to strong winds, the first two races were sailed in a building south-easterly wind with occasional rain, but the third race was abandoned as the wind died completely. The re-sail was eventually sailed in a light and patchy breeze after the Race Committee moved position.
Race 4 was a re-sail of the race abandoned on Tuesday with the lead changing at every mark. Tom Ramshaw, from Canada, led at the top after a shifty beat under the Point Rouge headland. Lobert had taken the lead by the gate but then Josip Olujic, of Croatia, found a shift on the left to pass everyone on the second beat. However the winner was Wright, who flew downwind to take the win from Lobert and Olujic.

In the increasing wind, Race 5 was a triangle course in slightly more wind with the rain easing as the fleet approached the top mark. Mikolaj Lahn, from Poland, led at the top and down the run, but it was Henry Wetherell, from Great Britain, leading round the next top mark and round the reaches to the finish from Lahn and regatta leader, Ben Cornish, from Great Britain.

Race 6 was where it started going wrong. With Oscar up at the start and a solid 15-18 knots everyone was set for another great race and for once an early finish. However it wasn’t to be with the wind already dropping out at the top mark and R flag up to restrict free pumping. The wind dropped to around 6 knots on the run and there were huge place changes downwind. Wetherall had led at the top and extended round the gate from Milan Vujasinovic, from Croatia and Cornish. Wetherell managed to extend his lead on the next beat as the wind dropped completely for those behind and though he had wind all the way, the race was abandoned when he was 200 metres from the finish line. Most of the fleet was stranded near the windward mark.

After a short wait, the Race Committee moved position and set up a short windward-leeward course further away from the hills to windward. Former European Champion, Ioannis Mitakis of Greece, led round the top mark from the Croatians Vujasinovic and Olujic. It was a short race and Mitakis led through the gate, but Vujasinovic was in the lead at the top and extended downwind for the win, from Olujic, while Wright came through after another blistering downwind for third.

After six races sailed Vujasinovic had broken the British Sailing Team run of five race wins by three different sailors.

After a short wait, the Race Committee moved position and set up a short windward-leeward course further away from the hills to windward. Former European Champion, Ioannis Mitakis of Greece, led round the top mark from the Croatians Vujasinovic and Olujic. It was a short race and Mitakis led through the gate, but Vujasinovic was in the lead at the top and extended downwind for the win, from Olujic, while Wright came through after another blistering downwind for third.

After six races sailed Vujasinovic had broken the British Sailing Team run of five race wins by three different sailors.

The day was won on the water by Pedersen who is piecing together an impressively consistent series with all top eight results.

“It’s been a good week being consistent in all my races. Unfortunately with the new format, if I can keep this up it doesn’t pay off that much. But I am happy with my sailing. I have been improving a lot especially downwind.

“It was shifty, and up and down so hard to get the right puffs. A frustrating day.”

Nicholas Heiner, from the Netherlands had a better day after a tough start to his first Finn major championship.

“I think today was another really tricky day. The race committee put us back underneath the mountain again so every time at the top mark it got really shifty and we had one race where there was no breeze at the top. So basically we sailed four races today, in some really challenging conditions from zero to 20 knots.”

“For myself I just needed to step it up a little bit. Keep my eyes out of the boat and set myself some priorities for today and I think in the end four top ten results, including one abandoned race, so pretty happy with the day.”

Wetherell is now the clear leader in the U23 European Championship after one of the best days on the water. He sits in eighth place overall, 40 points and nine places above Oskari Muhonen, from Finland. Evgenii Deiev, from Russia is in third place overall.

Wetherell commented, “The first two races went quite well with a seventh and a one, and the abandoned race I was winning that as well, but it got abandoned just before the finish, so would have been a great day, but in the fourth race I was in the mid-20s, so it was a good day but it could have been a lot better.“

“In the first two races the wind was quite a steadyish wind given that it was coming off the cliffs, but then gradually through the day the gust to lull got quite a bit bigger and got worse all day, so it was quite tricky.”

It was another long day on the water, but at least the championship is now back on schedule. Super strong winds have been forecast for Thursday, with the first warning signal delayed until 12.00 in the hope that the worst will have passed.

The key for the leading sailors now is to stay in the top 10 so they make the winner takes all finals on Saturday afternoon. A simplified format is being tested here of what was first tried in Palma. The top three boats in the opening series go straight to the five boat Final, while the next seven sail the Semi-Final, with the first two across the line advancing to the Final. It is intended to broadcast both the Semi-Final and Final through Facebook Live.

There are now just four Opening Series races left before the cut is made, with the last race scheduled for Saturday morning, before the Semi-Final and Final on Saturday afternoon.

Results after six races
1  GBR   11 Edward WRIGHT  23
2  NOR   1 Anders PEDERSEN  26
3  FRA  112 Jonathan LOBERT  28
4  GBR   91 Ben CORNISH  29
5  HUN   40 Zsombor BERECZ  38
6  GRE   77 Ioannis MITAKIS  42
7  CRO   69 Milan VUJASINOVIC  49
8  GBR   71 Henry WETHERELL  51
9  AUS  261 Oliver TWEDDELL  55
10  CRO   1 Josip OLUJIC  56