August 3, 2013
The second edition of the Palio di Anzio J/24 Regatta was won by Quartiere Lavinio Mare. The crew, skippered by Gianni Riccobono, wins for the second consecutive year. In second place from Anzio was Marco d’Aloisio sailing DON J, and third was Massimo Noons at the helm of JULIO CAESAR with a local crew from Anzio’s neighborhood sailing center. It was a beautiful and historic sailing event blessed by good winds, good race management and organized by the non-profit organization Palio Anzio. The event is a celebration of the history of the port of Anzio and the eight districts that make up the city surround the port. For some historical perspective, it was in 1761 that Cardinal Antonio Pignatelli of Naples was planning on joining the Conclave in Rome sailing by water. However, he was caught in a gale which forced him to take shelter in the Gulf of Anzio. Here the generous citizens of the town welcomed him for the time necessary to be able to return to the sea and reach Rome, carrying a promise that, if he became the Pope of the Catholic Church, that he would build the port of Anzio. That promise came true, as he was elected Pope Innocent XII. After a few months of living in Rome, he recalled the promise and returned to Anzio, this time by land, to lay the first stone of the new Port of Anzio near the ruins of the ancient port of Nero! Today, the crew of Anzio Lavinio, by winning the trophy for the second time may have the opportunity for a three-peat performance next year! For more J/24 Italy sailing information, visit http://www.j24.it/web/.
July 12, 2013
Twenty-five teams from the United Kingdom, Ireland and USA headed to Plymouth to contest the UK Nationals at the start of July. With 10 races scheduled over four days, the race committee wasted no time getting going with three rapid fire courses set on the first day to ensure the fleet completed a series given the patchy wind forecast. The following three days settled into a pattern with competitors enjoying lazy mornings in the balmy conditions whilst waiting for the sea breeze to fill, and then as the wind arrived reveling in the close quarters racing and tight calls at every start, mark rounding and finish. With a matter of boat lengths separating first to last on the water, this was one-design racing at its very best. Sail tracker units were carried on all the boats meaning friends and families could watch races unfold from shore, and over 1,300 visitors logged in to check on the action across the three days of racing. You can still view the feed via the SailRacer site. With an all-star cast, including the 2010 and 2011 European Champions, 2013 US National Champions, as well as multiple UK and Irish National titles shared between the teams, racing was always going to be tight, with six different teams taking race wins from the nine races contested, and consistency being the key to establishing a good series. Masters of this were Chris McLaughlin/Ian Southworth and their IL RICCIO team who, with every result inside the top five, put enough space between them and their closest rivals to be able to reclaim the UK National Championship crown last held by them in 2006. The UK National Championship Title goes to Chris McLaughlin/Ian Southworth sailing IL RICCIO with Mike Ingham’s HITCHHIKER from America taking second place and Rob Clark of JUJU taking third. The Westerly Trophy was also hotly contested and eventually went to the all girls team on NITRO skippered by Alison Young. Next up is the summer regatta season with a number of J/24s intending on heading to Yarmouth, IOW to join in with the fun at the Tattinger Regatta at the end of the month. For more J/24 UK Nationals sailing information, visit http://www.j24class.org.uk/.
July 8, 2013
As part of their 150th anniversary celebrating the founding of the city of Olivos in Argentina, the YC Olivos held the Copa Olivos Regatta in their fleet of J/24s. The J/24 sailors were blessed with absolutely gorgeous sailing conditions on the Rio de lat Plata off Buenos Aires. The races were impeccably managed by the YCO PRO Juan Gutierrez. On June 29, three races were run with very good wind offshore, with a steady oscillating breeze between 10 and 17 knots. Sunday’s sailing on June 30 was not so good, only managing to get in one race because of so little wind. In the end, MENDIETA skippered by Pancho Van Avermaete won the regatta overall with a strong 2-1-1-2 record for 6 points overall. They were followed by Sergio Pendola on CACIQUE sailing to a 1-2-2-3 tally for 8 points in second. And, the Rina Cubría family (with Nicolas Cubria steering) were third on RINA with a 5-3-3-1 for 12 points. The fleet welcomes the new owner of MAPUCHE (Hector Longarela). In their first regatta, they got a fourth overall. It was a very encouraging start for the crew of the CUBA MATACO Club that was led by Miguel Cutuli. TIGRE II was sailed by William Benchetrit and Claudio Monaco, showing excellent sportsmanship, speed and perhaps the most improved sailor of the group. For more J/24 Copa Olivos sailing information, visit http://j24arg.blogspot.com/.
July 1, 2013
Kieler Woche is promoted as the greatest sailing event in the world and the largest summer waterfront festival in northern Europe. With a nine-day program packed with over 2,000 events to entertain three million guests from all over the globe, their claim may not be far off the mark. This year’s 131st Kieler Woche, amongst the oldest sailing weeks in the world, enabled millions to experience the maritime atmosphere of “KIEL.SAILING.CITY”– the theme for an entire city. 5,000 yachtsmen and women, 50 countries, 2,000 yachts, dinghies and surfboards, almost 40 sailing events, and more than 400 planned regatta starts on eleven race courses. The “Who’s who” of sailing in Europe (if not top Olympic sailors) lined up at the starting lines for this year’s events. Plus, all the sailors and visitors experienced an endless forest of masts on the banks of the bay, with over one hundred windjammers and traditional sailing boats moored on the quayside. The J/24s saw a fleet of 43 boats participating with the German team of Peer Kock taking the gold with 39 points. Second was a combination of American J/24 champion Mike Ingham and a British and German crew, including class leader Marianne Schoke with 41 points. In third was German Jan Kahler with 43 points. Rounding out the top five were Tobias Feuerherdt in fourth and Frithjof Schade in fifth. Top Hungarian boat was Farkas Litkey in 9th; top Monaco boat was Dennis Frederiksen in 6th; top Swedish boat was Per-Hakan Persson in 15th; top Netherlands boat was Erik Jeuring in 16th; and top women skipper was Germany’s Stephanie Kopcke in 18th. For more Kieler Woche information, visit www.kieler-woche.de.
June 6, 2013
The IFDS Blind Sailing World and International Championships 2013, organized by Seabournia Yacht Club in Sagawa Bay, Miura Peninsula, Japan has come to a close.
Neither the sailors, nor the many volunteers are soon to forget such an exciting event. The Race Committee managed to complete 15 races over five days of competition, in winds varying from light to sufficiently strong to cancel racing.
After Classification into one of the three Vision Impaired Classes (B1, B2, B3) the 38 blind or vision impaired sailors and their 38 crewmembers set out for the competition. Amazed spectators and competent press photographers watched the scene, as the blind skippers helmed the boats with vocal guidance of the tactician, the sails being trimmed by the vision impaired crew on the mainsheet, and a sighted crew manning the jib.
The second day provided for some exciting racing as gusty winds and short steep waves made for tricky sailing. As the fleet prepared to start the last race of the day, boat 17 collided with another, but despite considerable damage was able to cross the start line, on its way to two more contacts. Approaching the windward mark the same boat collided with a boat coming downwind before getting T-boned by the following downwind boat.
After supplying 19 very balanced J 24s, the organizers even managed to provide another two boats to replace those that could not sail anymore, just one of the many examples of the dedication and quality of the Organizing Committee.
By day three, the International Jury had handled 20 protests, but after that, sailors managed to keep the competition on the water.
On the last day of racing and under sunny skies, Her Imperial Highness Hisako Takamado cheered the sailors from the bridge of the 57 foot Lagoon catamaran supplied by event sponsor Rivera Resort.
As the sailors came ashore, they were welcomed by the smiling Princess who chatted with them in perfect English, sharing an unexpected sense of humour.
Lovely stained glass trophies, made by persons with learning disabilities working in the small “People Factory’ in Tokyo rewarded the top sailors in each category.
In the B1 fleet, prizes went to teams headed by Sharon Grennan (GBR), Kylie Forth (AUS) and Matt Chao (USA).
B2 winners were Lucy Hodges (GBR) followed by David Allerton (NZL) and Keiko Ogura (JPN).
The B3 fleet was dominated respectively by Tony Holmes (NZL), Liam Cattermole (GBR) and Takahito Mochizuki (JPN).
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