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Womens Match Racing

Womens Match Racing sailing by Chris Davies / WMRT

Some of the world’s top female match racers have been sailing on the waters of Sweden’s Marstrand Fjord at an event known as the Stena Match Cup Sweden, the fifth stage of the World Match Racing Tour.

The women’s class racing kicked off the event with a showcase of skill and talent as the teams went head to head in the identical Elliot 6m yachts, the same boat that will be sailed at the London 2012 Olympics. The women’s division at Stena Match Cup Sweden provides the Olympic hopefuls with one of the most important opportunities to hone their skills in the run-up to the Olympic selection trials.

Today’s Semi Finals saw American Olympic gold medallist Anna Tunnicliffe overcome Great Britain’s world number one female match racer Lucy Macgregor 3-0 in tricky, shifting conditions.

“We had a great day of racing today,” Tunnicliffe said. “Conditions out there were pretty tough, racing was tight and a lot of fun. We have been sailing really well and we hope we can keep up our form going into the final tomorrow.”

Macgregor, who along with sister Kate and crew Annie Lush are currently the number one choice to represent Team GBR at the London Games, added: “It is disappointing to lose in the Semis to Anna but it is all great training for the Olympics. Everything is very much on course for London 2012.”

Tunnicliffe will face world number two Claire Leroy from France in the Final tomorrow, after Leroy defeated last year’s women’s division winner Ekaterina Skudina from Russia in the other Semi Final match.

Following the action from the women’s class it was time for the men’s teams to hit the water for a practice session ahead of the first qualifying session tomorrow. Fourteen teams – including all nine Tour Card Holders – will clash over 23 flights of four matches to determine which eight crews will progress through to the next stage of Stena Match Cup Sweden.

Having made the finals of the last three Tour events and with a 23-point buffer at the top of the World Match Racing Tour standings, Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing is among the favourites for glory in Marstrand. Bruni has been the standout skipper on the Tour so far this season with impressive consistency and strike rate. However, life at the top is by no means easy.

“With three good results under our belt I think there is now quite a bit of pressure on us to win here in Sweden,” Bruni admitted. “At the same time, the feeling that we are sailing well eases that pressure.  It’s a good feeling to be ahead in the Tour, it was our goal but we didn’t expect to be this far ahead. We’re really excited about racing here in Marstrand, we want to do well and we’re putting all our energy into it.”

Among those looking to upset Bruni’s crusade will undoubtedly be the Swedish contingent of Tour Card Holder Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing, Tour regular Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team and Matthias Rahm (SWE) Stena Bulk Sailing Team. Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar comes to Marstrand off the back of a win at the Portimao Portugal Match Cup but the double match racing world champion has had no time to rest, travelling straight to Sweden from the American stage of the Extreme Sailing Series.


Women’s class Semi Final results:
Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) Team Tunnicliffe beat Lucy Macgregor (GBR) Match Race Girls 3-0
Claire Leroy (FRA) Mermaid Sailing Team beat Ekatherina Skudina (RUS) Yacht Russia 3-2

Women’s class Qualifying results:
1 Ekatherina Skudina (RUS) Yacht Russia 7-2
2 Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) Team Tunnicliffe 7-2
3 Claire Leroy (FRA) Mermaid Sailing Team 6-3
4 Lucy Macgregor (GBR) Match Race Girls 6-3
5 Anna Kjellberg (SWE) Team Anna 5-4
6 Nicky Souter (AUS) 5-4
7 Mandy Mulder (NED) 5-4
8 Trine Abrahamsen (DEN) 2-7
9 Lotte Melgaard Pedersen (DEN) Match Race Team 2-9
10 Caroline Sylvan (SWE) 0-9



homemade sailboat

Homemade sailboat by storm crypt

Handmade sailboat on the beach at Pandan island’s northwest side. Pandan Island is a  private island with a small resort on the West coast of Occidental Mindoro, Central Philippines. After the island was ‘discovered’ and the resort established in 1986 by a French adventurer, this tropical island retreat has been voted time and again as one of the top resorts in the Philippines.

The mountains in the distance are from Palawan mainland, Philippines



With the great mosques of Istanbul providing the most dramatic of backdrops, the outcome of the 2010 Open 470 European Championships remained in the balance until the final leg of the men’s Medal Race.

Just five points separated the top six men’s 470 teams going into the Medal Race, and it was going to take an outstanding performance to secure gold. The Greeks were greeted with their favourite conditions – strong and gusty winds – and Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis took up the early running just ahead of Israel, represented by Gideon Kliger and Eran Sela.

Israel seized the advantage a short way into the three-lap windward/leeward course, although with the wind shifting wildly from side to side, no lead was every secure. On the final leg the Greeks pounced on a couple of small tactical errors by Israel and Mantis and Kagialis powered across the finish line just seconds ahead of Kliger and Sela.

Mantis explained his strategy after losing the early lead: “I focused on staying close, we got the lucky gust, and we moved to the front again.” Kliger, twice the runner-up in past European Championships, said he was “happy and disappointed” to have won a third silver in his long 470 career. “Gold was in my hands, so I’m a little bit disappointed, but I missed the layline at the last windward mark and gybed too late compared with the Greeks, we didn’t stay enough between him and the finish.”

Still, Kliger was happy to have come away with silver after a challenging week. “This is the hardest medal I ever won, you were never in control at any point in any race.” Istanbul marks the conclusion of a successful season sailing with his new crew Eran Sela. While for Kliger this was a bitter-sweet moment, for the younger and less experienced Sela it was unbridled joy. “My first senior medal in the 470, so I am very happy.”

The British team – Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell – had gone out with the gold spot on their mainsail, signifying them as the series leaders. They elected to start on port tack behind the fleet to be first into the middle of the race course, as Patience explained: “Before the start we’d been watching the wind, and it was always coming down the middle of the course, never at the edges. But then – sod’s law – the breeze died in the middle and we got wrapped round on either size, and before we knew it we were 9th or 10th, scraping the bottom of the barrel.”

>From sitting in gold medal position suddenly Patience and Bithell were facing the prospect of coming away with nothing. “But we kept our heads cool and just chipped away,” said Patience, whose climb to 5th place gave them the bronze medal. “We would like to have won but we’re still happy to come away with a medal.”

The women’s leaderboard may not have been as tight as the men’s, although there was still plenty of drama and uncertainty on the race course, with capsizes and boats hitting marks keeping the finishing order uncertain until the last. While the Danes had fallen out of medal contention after an unsteady outing the previous day, Henriette Koch and Lene Sommer gave themselves the consolation of winning the Medal Race. They nearly threw it away on an unforced error, hitting the final windward mark, but managed to take their 360 penalty turn in a strong gust and still stay ahead of the British boat sailed by Sophie Weguelin and Sophie Ainsworth.

Series leaders Emmanuelle Rol and Helene Defrance also struck a windward mark and took a penalty, but apart from that sailed a controlled race ahead of their chief medal rivals. In the end the French won gold by 18 points, a dominant performance for such a tricky week’s sailing. “The conditions were a little bit tough,” said Rol, “but we enjoy racing in these conditions. I don’t know if we understood the wind but we enjoyed it. Istanbul has been great. After Holland and Great Britain it’s nice to sail in a sunny place!”

Camille Lecointre and Mathilde Geron had been lying in silver medal position at the beginning of the day, but a poor first beat left them way back in last, and they only managed to overtake the Israeli team who retired after a prolonged capsize. This relegated the French team to 4th overall, with last year’s European Champions Giulia Conti and Giovanna Micol taking silver and another French duo, Ingrid Petitjean and Nadege Douroux taking bronze.

Conti, who had looked so furious the previous day after letting any serious prospect of gold slip away, was all smiles again today having at least salvaged a silver from Istanbul. “Finally some success again, after a couple of days of blackout,” she said. “It has been a really tough race course, very tricky, but the French seemed to sail perfectly. They deserved this win, they made fewer mistakes than the others, and they have won this event by far. For us the silver medal is a very good result after a very good season. We have finished in the top three in almost every event, and now we go home for the winter to work out what we need to improve on for next year.”

Earlier in the day the remainder of the 92 competing teams who had not qualified for the Medal Races, completed one final fleet race. Reigning Junior World and European Champions Sofian Bouvet and Jeremie Mion of France secured victory in the men’s Silver fleet.

This evening the prizegiving took place at Istanbul Sailing Club, before the sailors embarked on the long drive back to whichever corner of Europe they have come from. As for the new men’s 470 European Champion, Panagiotis Mantis predicted a night that would involve too much alcohol and not enough sleep. “And maybe when we get back to Greece we will break some plates!”

The 2010 Open 470 European Championships were organised by The Istanbul Sailing Club in co-operation with the International 470 Class Association and the Turkish Sailing Federation.



470 Men/Mixed – Final Top 10 (after 13 races)
Pos – SailNo – Crew

1. GRE 1 – Panagiotis MANTIS, Pavlos KAGIALIS
2. ISR 7 – Gideon KLIGER, Eran SELA
3. GBR 844 – Luke PATIENCE, Stuart BITHELL
4. GRE 165 – Panagiotis KAMPOURIDIS, Theodoros POLYCHRONIDIS
5. FRA 44 – Pierre LEBOUCHER, Vincent GAROS
6. CRO 83 – Sime FANTELA, Igor MARENIC
8. FRA 7 – Nicolas CHARBONNIER, Baptiste MEYER-DIEU
10. NED 77 – Steven LEFEVRE, Steven KROL

470 Women – Final Top 10 (after 13 races)
Pos – SailNo – Crew

1. FRA 12 – Emmanuelle ROL, Hélène DEFRANCE
2. ITA 23 – Giulia CONTI, Giovanna MICOL
3. FRA 4 – Ingrid PETITJEAN, Nadege DOUROUX
4. FRA 9 – Camille LECOINTRE, Mathilde GERON
5. DEN 143 – Henriette KOCH, Lene SOMMER
6. AUT 431 – Sylvia VOGL, Carolina FLATSCHER
7. EST 20 – Marjaliisa UMB, Elise UMB
8. GBR 840 – Sophie WEGUELIN, Sophie AINSWORTH
9. GBR 847 – Hannah MILLS, Claire CUMMING
10. ISR 311 – Gil COHEN, Dana MAMRIEV

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Sailing News: Ostar 2009

Sailing News: Ostar 2009

Sailing News from around the World – Singlehanded sailing across the Atlantic in the Ostar race, Sam Davies, Dee Caffari and the girls on standby for a sailing record attempt, tall ship arrives in Florida while a fleet of tall ships sail into Bermuda, racing Finn sailboats, disabled sailing news and more. A quick look at the world of yachting, and sailing news from around the world.

Roger Metherell reports on the Ostar 2009 singlehanded yacht race across the AtlanticThe sleigh ride is definitely over, Bart Booseman, De FRANSCHAM summed it up, “Terrible morning, again, no wind to speak of and what there was, was dead on the nose.” Rob Cragie, Jbellino, also with failed wind instruments, which now work only intermittently, is saving them for when he really needs them. “ Having set sails wind changes before I can throw myself on to my bunk,” sums up the frustration of no wind followed by little wind and from a constantly changing direction. Peter Bourke, RUBICON, felt it was necessary to explain his lack of progress as reported by his tracker. “I have been becalmed since last night.” Oscar Mead, KING of SHAVES, frustrated by instrument failure and spending the day searching unsuccessfully for the broken yellow wire which his friend Anthony (self steering) depends on, then had the decision to make; whether to go south or north to avoid the low expected on Sunday. Tempted to go to 46 degrees around the top of the low but very conscious of ice. So it’s ice or wind. Pip Hildesley, CAZENOVE CAPITAL, farther astern is also contemplating the same problem.   She thinks it very clever that she can access the internet in the middle of the Atlantic but recognises that is of no great practical value when the lack of wind she is experiencing may prevent her from moving sufficiently either to the north or south. Perhaps Katie Miller, BLUQUBE,   made the correct tactical decision a few days ago by heading south to become the most southerly boat at 42 degrees. The low tracking up the Eastern Seaboard is forecast to head east at about latitude 45 degrees with wind of 30+ knots; Marco Nannini is expecting, and maybe even hoping after the lack of wind, for a potential 40 knots

Dee Caffari, Sam Davies and the girls on standby. Dee saysI am eagerly waiting for the decision to go as I know we have a great group of girls together who will have a lot of fun as well as some good sailing.” Girls on standby for sailing record attempt

The 2008-9 college race schedule, which is administered in the U.S. by the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA), concluded this week at the ICSA Spring National Championships in San Francisco, CA where the Womens, Team Race, and Coed Dinghy events were held. At the close of the season, it is also when the individual awards get announced. Here were the big
winners this season:

Sailor of the Year: Charlie Buckingham ’11, Georgetown
Quantum Women’s Sailor of the Year: Jane Macky ’09, Yale University
Sportsman of the Year: Adam Roberts ’09, Boston College
A complete list for the Women’s All-Americans, Women’s Honorable Mentions, Coed All-Americans, Coed Honorable Mentions, Crew All-Americans, and finalists for the Quantum Women’s Sailor of the Year and the Everett B. Morris Trophy – Sailor of the Year is posted here:

The Juan Sebastián de Elcano tall ship arrived at the Port of Pensacola in Florida, visit boat

And Speaking of tall ships. Tall Ships from Europe, South America and the US sailed out from Vigo, Spain last month, competing in a sailing race called the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge. The tall ships are now sailing into Bermuda: Tall Ships in Bermuda

The leader board at the Finn World Masters now looks very different with Eiermann one point clear of Budzien who is one ahead of Hay. Last year Budzien had assured himself of the title before the final day, but there is now a real race on for the title in Friday’s final race. Finn World Masters

First quadriplegic man to sail around Britain solo talks about the first woman’s attempt, Hilary Lister:

Vincent Riou and Gildas Morvan Sailing SolOceans Sailboat. Vincent Riou about the sailboat: “To say the truth, it is a small 60 foot. The technology is less developed. The price and running costs are more affordable. The hull, its bottom and deck structure are good. They bet to sail without inertia ballast tanks and I must say it’s a success. I was agreeably surprised as it is a seaworthy boat on the wind in the breeze without ballast. SolOceans Sailboat

For the third event of the World Match Racing Tour, Peter Gilmour had a glamour day at the Korea Match Cup, and at
the end of day two his YANMAR Racing team looked set to be the only unbeaten team. With seven wins and no losses, all was looking good until the final flight when in a tight match that saw two lead changes in the dying breeze, he was finally beaten by Ben Ainslie and his Team Origin crew. Ainslie has now sailed all his races in the round robin finishing with eight wins in 11 matches. “We made mistakes,” said tactician and double Olympic Gold medallist, Iain Percy. “Things are getting better every day and slowly we are
learning the game between us. We have done all our races so we don’t have to get up tomorrow morning!” Gilmour still has three tough matches tomorrow (Friday). When asked about the plan for day 3, PRO David Tallis said “We aim to finish the Round Robin and get the quarter finals underway.”

Results after day two
Peter Gilmour, (AUS) YANMAR Racing, 7-1
Ben Ainslie, (GBR) Team Origin, 8-3
Torvar Mirsky, (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team, 4-1
Ian Williams, (GBR) Bahrain Team Pindar, 6-2
Mathieu Richard, (FRA) French Team, 4-4
Paolo Cian, (ITA) Team Shosholoza, 5-6
Adam Minoprio, (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing, 3-2
Bjorn Hansen, (SWE) Team Onboard, 5-3
Laurie Jury, (NZL) SLAM NZ, 3-5
Philippe Presti, (FRA) French Match Racing Team, 2-6
Sebastien Col, (FRA) French Team/K-Challenge, 1-4
Byeong Ki Park, (KOR) Geogi, 0-11

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Sailing News: Finn Sailboats

Sailing News: Finn Sailboats

Finn World Masters

Jurgen Eiermann goes into Friday’s deciding race in his first ever Finn World Masters with a one point margin over defending champion Andre Budzien of Germany. Laurent Hay of France who has led the regatta from the first race has dropped back to third, just one point behind Budzien. Friday’s race is going to be really exciting.

The final qualification race on day four in Maubuisson, France was sailed in a shifting 10-12 knot north-easterly breeze. After several attempts to get the fleet away the race officer moved the mark 20 degrees to port. On the third attempt, which still had a 10 degree port bias, regatta leader Laurent Hay appeared to change his mind and tacked back to the committee boat. But the left end paid off with more pressure in spite of a big temporary shift on the right. Marc Allain de Beauvais (FRA) having started at the pin was first around the top mark while those who started on the right were buried in the 40s.

By the downwind mark Hay had made it up to the mid 20s but lost places again on the final beat to finish 35th. Allain de Beauvais also lost out in the final few meters to the finish, which let the highly consistent Jürgen Eiermann (GER) through to win the race and move up to first overall. Second place went to Peter Bronke (GER) with Uwe Kinast (GER) making it a German top three. Allain des Beauvais finally finished fourth.

There was more drama on the other course as second placed overall Michael Maier (CZE) failed to finish the race, leaving Andre Budzien to claim his second race win and move up to second overall. Baas de Waal (NED) finished second with Stephane Alexis (FRA) in third.

The leader board now looks very different with Eiermann one point clear of Budzien who is one ahead of Hay. Last year Budzien had assured himself of the title before the final day, but there is now a real race on for the title in Friday’s final race.

Eiermann is the most consistent with top four placings every race except race five when he was 13th. Budzien has two wins, two seconds, a ninth and that black flag from Tuesday. Hay has three race wins, a second, an 11th and now a 35th. On Friday the fleet will be split into gold and silver divisions, so the top contenders will all be racing each other for the first time.The title is still wide open. It could be some showdown.

Finn World Masters Results after six races (top 30 out of 264 entries)
1 GER 8 Jürgen EIERMANN 14
2 GER 711 André BUDZIEN 15
3 FRA 75 Laurent HAY 16
4 CZE 1 Michael MAIER 26
5 FRA 7 Stephane ALEXIS 34
6 NED 29 Bas DE WAAL 34
7 BUL 24 Mihail KOPANOV 44
8 DEN 208 Jørgen LINDHARDTSEN 47
9 GER 13 Eckhard DREPHAL 56
10 NED 780 Jan Willem KOK 60

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Sailing in the Finn World Masters

The Finn World Masters are now sailing in Maubuisson, France. Laurent Hay couldn’t maintain his unbeaten record on day three, but has managed to has extend his lead to seven points after another sunny day on the very tricky race course on the Lac de Carcans-Hourtin.

Laurent Hay, spoke of the regatta so far. “This is my second world Masters. Last year I finished 11th. My three wins have been very different. The first one was because the guys in front raced the wrong course. The second I won from the second third of the last beat and the third I was in front from start to finish. Today I was 80th at the top mark after taking too many risks on the left hand side instead of sailing more safely in the middle. I passed 50 boats on the reaches and some more on the other legs to finish 11th. The last race I was 12th at the top mark and finished second.” Laurent is from Paris, France where he regularly races in his Laser every Saturday. He competes in just five events in the Finn each year. “At 82 kg, I can perform up to about 12 knots but when the breeze reaches 15 it becomes a bit harder!”

Sailing Finn Class Sailboats

Sailing Finn Class Sailboats

The light wind at the Finn World Masters are certainly finding favor with the ‘older’ sailors here. At this point in the regatta, Jørgen Lindhardtsen is dominating the Grand Grand Masters Category in sixth place overall, though he picked up a 65th in race five. His nearest opposition is Jiri Outrata in 29th. The Legend category is being totally dominated by Walter Mai of Germany. At a youthful 73 years old, he is compiling an impressive series to lie 16th after five races. Mai was winner of the Finn World Masters in 1984.

The sixth and final qualification heats will be sailed Thursday, before the fleet is split into gold and silver fleets for Friday’s final race.

Finn World Masters Results after five races (top 30 from 264 entries)
1 FRA 75 Laurent HAY 5
2 CZE 1 Michael MAIER 12
3 GER 8 Jürgen EIERMANN 13
4 GER 711 André BUDZIEN 14
5 NED 780 Jan Willem KOK 24
6 DEN 208 Jørgen LINDHARDTSEN 24
8 FRA 7 Stephane ALEXIS 31
9 BUL 24 Mihail KOPANOV 32
10 NED 29 Bas DE WAAL 32

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Sailing news from around the world:

  • Women’s Sailing Following Yale University’s win at the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association(ICSA) Women’s Dinghy National Championship, held May 25-27 on San Francisco, the 2009 Women’s All-American honors were announced. Leading the group, and earning the ICSA/Quantum Women’s Sailor of the Year was senior Jane Macky of Yale University, who won A Division to contribute to her school’s victory at nationals.   The next event of the ICSA championships is the APS Team Race National Championship on May 29-31, to be sailed in Flying Juniors at Treasure Island Sailing Center. The schools that have qualified are: GROUP 1: Georgetown, Yale, Harvard, UC/Irvine, Charleston, Michigan, Tulane. GROUP 2: Boston College, St. Mary’s, NY Maritime, Stanford, U/Washington, Wisconsin, South Florida. More College Sailing
  • Ben Ainslie speaks about sailing and the America’s Cup race. Candid interview: Ben Ainslie
  • Training for the Olympics in 2012 With a cold and blustery start on Wednesday for the 11 Olympic and Paralympic classes at the Delta Lloyd Regatta, the winds of change blew in today. While the temperatures remained cold, it was less about survival today and more about adapting to the very shifty winds which gradually increased from 8 to 15 knots during the day. For the fifth of the seven event International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Cup series, open racing will continue through Saturday, with the top ten in most classes advancing to the double points, non-discard medal race on Sunday. For the North American contingent, those currently holding top ten positions are Christopher Cook (6th-Finn) and Dave Wright (7th-Laser) for Canada, and Erin Maxwell/ Erin Kinsolving (4th-470 Women), Paige Railey (4th-Laser
    Radial), Zach Railey (5th-Finn), Mark Mendelblatt/ Mark Strube (4th-Star), and Andrew Campbell/ Brad Nichol (9th-Star) for the United States.  More at event website: Delta Lloyd Regatta
  • Sailing in the Ostar 2009 – Katie Miller reports from her sailboat bluQube: Katie Miller reports from the OSTAR
  • Sailing Around the Americas – On Sunday at noon, Captain Mark Schrader and his crew will set out from
    Shilshole Bay Marina in Seattle in the 64-foot steel boat Ocean Watch on a 24,000-nautical mile journey clockwise through the Northwest Passage, down the east coast, around Cape Horn and back to Seattle. Only about 100 ships have ever traversed the Northwest Passage, though the melting Arctic ice pack is making the trip increasingly accessible. The expedition is also ambitious in another way.
    Named “Around the Americas,” the sailing project aims to raise awareness about the troubling state of ocean health and mobilize people to help.

Sailing Photo of the Day: Ben Ainslie sailing in China



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