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Laser and Radial consolidate whilst RS:X racing commences at Santander

Posted on 13 September 2014 by Ivan Bidzilya

[Source: ISAF] In the current weather system it was no surprise that once again there was no wind in the morning at the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships but at least there was sun, initially. Fleets were held ashore for a brief spell before an 8 knot breeze set in for the first races of the day.

There was then a long postponement on the courses that hosted the Laser, Laser Radial and Men’s and Women’s RS:X before the second race as a small front passed through the course area but in summary it was a day of thunderstorms (off the course areas), shifts and showers.Laser

The men changed course areas to the area the women used the previous day which also gave them a stronger current to deal with. Defending World Champion Robert Scheidt (BRA), sailing in the last fleet to start, now heads the leader board after scoring the best results of the day, a first and third. Scheidt said, “I had good starts, free of the line and then everything gets a lot easier. Because there was a lot of current throwing you on the line it was it was very difficult. Your instinct is to hold back so timing is critical. I think I managed to get that right.”

In the first starting fleet Nick Heiner (NED) nearly matched Scheidt’s score with first and a fourth, “The last race was a bit short and skewed but overall I cannot complain,” said Heiner as he moves into the second position. His fellow countryman Rutger van Schaardenbug sailing in the middle fleet was not happy with his mixed day,“I got a first in the first race and then misjudged the current in the second race having a bad start and then I hit the first mark and could not clear myself.”

The top end of the fleet is starting to stabilise but there is still six more final races to go when the competition will get even stronger as the top third of the fleet combine to produce what will be a very competitive gold fleet.

Laser Results

Laser Radial

The women were also racing on a different course area further out to sea. They had a slightly better wind up to ten knots and started before the men after a shorter postponement. The first fleet were into their second race before it was abandoned due to a change in wind direction and the wind dying.

Veronica Fenclova (CZE) maintained her slender overall lead still on a tie break after a scoring a reasonable 12th place in the first race of day, which she discards, and then delivering a strong third. “Every race here is difficult,” exclaimed the Czech sailor. “The first race in my fleet was very light wind and the fleet split into two parts. I had an OK start and went left, got clear wind but it was still difficult. In the second race the wind was stronger and so I went left again which was better for me.”

Viktorija Andrulyte from Lithuania became the new challenger having scored the best results of the day, a first and fourth, to take second overall vacated by Min Gu (CHN) who slipped dramatically down the rankings to 25th scoring a 45 and 33.

Olympic silver medallist Marit Bouwmeester (NED) was pleased with her day’s results that moved her into third overall. She said, “In the first race my old sparring partner Evi Van Acker and I rounded the top mark together at the top end of the fleet with me just behind. We worked through the fleet to finish first and second with me still behind. The second race was short and the wind was banging right to left. The important thing is not lose too many positions.” She was happy with her seventh and third place overall.

Laser Radial Results

Laser and Laser Radial Reports courtesy of Jeff Martin, International Laser Class Association

Men’s RS:X

It was a day for France in the Men’s RS:X with three out of four races across two fleets going their way.

Pierre le Coq was rampant in the blue fleet taking double bullets whilst Louis Giard picked up the first victory in the yellow fleet. The remaining yellow fleet victory went to Ricardo Santos (BRA).

Le Coq is one of the in-form racers in the Men’s RS:X and was pleased with how things played out in Santander, “Today was really interesting because we had two different races. We went to Sardinero as expected and had 10-15 knots so it was nice conditions for us with planing. I had good speed but I was fighting with a lot of guys and finally I won the race.

“We then waited a lot as the wind was really changing today. We moved course for the last race and I won that too. It’s a good day to begin the worlds but there’s still a long way to go so we’ll see at the end. I hope to be a regular at the top throughout the rest of the days.”

Giard picked up a third in the second race and holds second overall. 2010 World Champion Piotr Myszka (POL) is third after a fourth and a second.

With a series consisting of 12 races there are plenty of points left to play for in both RS:X fleets.

Men’s RS:X Results

Women’s RS:X

Charline Picon (FRA) continued her strong run of form in the Women’s RS:X, putting together a strong score line from three blue fleet races.

Picon, 2014 European Champion, came out flying and took the opening race victory. She backed it up in the second race with a further bullet and consolidated her exceedingly good start with a fourth in the third race of the day. At the early stages of the competition the French racer, who also took gold at the Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta 2014, Rio Test Event, has a three point lead. The third blue fleet victory of the day went to Great Britain’s Bryony Shaw who is

In the blue fleet Demita Vega (MEX) took the first bullet and with a fourth and a discarded 17th she sits second overall. Eugenie Ricard (FRA) and Qiaoshan Weng (CHN) won the remaining blue fleet races. Ricard sits fourth and Weng is 13th.

Women’s RS:X Results

Schedule of Racing:

12-18 September, Laser and Laser Radial
13-19 September, RS:X Men and RS:X Women
14-20 September, 470 Men and 470 Women
15-21 September, 49er, 49erFX, Finn and Nacra 17

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Lucy MacGregor Wins ISAF Women’s Match Racing Worlds

Posted on 26 September 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: ISAF] It went down to the very final race at the 2010 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship with Lucy MacGregor (GBR) taking on double world champion Sally Barkow (USA). Lucy MacGregor took the final win to take the title for Great Britain for the first time.

If Lucy MacGregor and her British team felt pressure in her semi-finals match against Claire Leroy (FRA), it was nothing compared to the emotions she felt coming from behind to win her first ISAF Match Racing World Championship.

Macgregor defeated two-time world champion Leroy in the semi-final then faced the American team led by Sally Barkow, also a two-time world champion. Barkow led the British team 2-1 by consistently gaining the advantage to the right side of the course as the lead changed almost each leg.

The final two races Barkow was able to pull even but MacGregor was just a little faster and crisper on the beats. In the fourth race, the British team passed Barkow while giving the Americans a penalty they could not overcome.

“We were gaining all the time,” said a beaming MacGregor with her teammates Annie Lush, Kate Macgregor and Mary Rook. “We just wanted to keep it close.”

And close it was. But it was the final start that predicted gold for the British. “The time on distance was hard, and we were on our back foot the whole prestart,” said Kate Macgregor, Lucy’s sister. “With the current going up wind we just made it.” MacGregor’s team, coached by ISAF Match Racing World Champion Ian Williams, won the right side that paid so well for the Americans and kept the slimmest of leads all the way around the course.

For Barkow, though her team of Elizabeth Kratzig, Alana O’reilly and Susanne Leech, did not win, their second place qualifies them for the top level of funding for the US Sailing Team Alpha Graphics in 2011. They join only one other team in the U.S. with this distinction, Paige Railey in the Laser Radial.

Petit-Final

The petit-final match up to decide the bronze medal also went to the maximum, three races. Leroy won the first match against Nicky Souter and then her Australian team gave the French a foul in the second; it was enough to win the race.

In the third and final race, with the boats nearly overlapped all the way around the course, Souter received a penalty on the final run in a wild broach and luff. The Australian team came out ahead then was able to hook the French and sailed them upwind 200 yards until they were able to clear their penalty with a tack and perfect set to win the series.

This world championship will certainly go down as one of the most competitive in history and Barkow’s coach, national match race champion Dave Perry, put the state of women’s match racing in perspective. “This regatta indicates that anyone of eight or more teams can win a gold medal in Weymouth in 2012,” said Perry. “In the gold fleet round robin, four of the six teams were tied with three wins. All this shows is nobody has put it all together yet. There are no breakaways.”

The rest of the teams not sailing watching from the 100-foot schooner Meteor, teams cheered and watch pensively as the boats raced around as if they were tied to each other. Whether they won or finished the regatta in the repechage series, all the sailors were hungry to carry on with their campaigns and set their sites on the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.

The 2011 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Champion will be decided at the Perth2011 ISAF Sailing World Championship in Perth, Australia.

Final Results
1 Lucy MacGregor (GBR)
2 Sally Barkow (USA)
3 Nicky Souter (AUS)
4 Claire Leroy (FRA)
5 Genevieve Tulloch (USA)
6 Ekaterina Skudina (RUS)
7 Renee Groeneveld (NED
8 Katie Spithill (AUS)

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Lucy MacGregor Wins ISAF Women’s Match Racing Worlds

Posted on 26 September 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: ISAF] It went down to the very final race at the 2010 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship with Lucy MacGregor (GBR) taking on double world champion Sally Barkow (USA). Lucy MacGregor took the final win to take the title for Great Britain for the first time.

If Lucy MacGregor and her British team felt pressure in her semi-finals match against Claire Leroy (FRA), it was nothing compared to the emotions she felt coming from behind to win her first ISAF Match Racing World Championship.

Macgregor defeated two-time world champion Leroy in the semi-final then faced the American team led by Sally Barkow, also a two-time world champion. Barkow led the British team 2-1 by consistently gaining the advantage to the right side of the course as the lead changed almost each leg.

The final two races Barkow was able to pull even but MacGregor was just a little faster and crisper on the beats. In the fourth race, the British team passed Barkow while giving the Americans a penalty they could not overcome.

“We were gaining all the time,” said a beaming MacGregor with her teammates Annie Lush, Kate Macgregor and Mary Rook. “We just wanted to keep it close.”

And close it was. But it was the final start that predicted gold for the British. “The time on distance was hard, and we were on our back foot the whole prestart,” said Kate Macgregor, Lucy’s sister. “With the current going up wind we just made it.” MacGregor’s team, coached by ISAF Match Racing World Champion Ian Williams, won the right side that paid so well for the Americans and kept the slimmest of leads all the way around the course.

For Barkow, though her team of Elizabeth Kratzig, Alana O’reilly and Susanne Leech, did not win, their second place qualifies them for the top level of funding for the US Sailing Team Alpha Graphics in 2011. They join only one other team in the U.S. with this distinction, Paige Railey in the Laser Radial.

Petit-Final

The petit-final match up to decide the bronze medal also went to the maximum, three races. Leroy won the first match against Nicky Souter and then her Australian team gave the French a foul in the second; it was enough to win the race.

In the third and final race, with the boats nearly overlapped all the way around the course, Souter received a penalty on the final run in a wild broach and luff. The Australian team came out ahead then was able to hook the French and sailed them upwind 200 yards until they were able to clear their penalty with a tack and perfect set to win the series.

This world championship will certainly go down as one of the most competitive in history and Barkow’s coach, national match race champion Dave Perry, put the state of women’s match racing in perspective. “This regatta indicates that anyone of eight or more teams can win a gold medal in Weymouth in 2012,” said Perry. “In the gold fleet round robin, four of the six teams were tied with three wins. All this shows is nobody has put it all together yet. There are no breakaways.”

The rest of the teams not sailing watching from the 100-foot schooner Meteor, teams cheered and watch pensively as the boats raced around as if they were tied to each other. Whether they won or finished the regatta in the repechage series, all the sailors were hungry to carry on with their campaigns and set their sites on the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.

The 2011 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Champion will be decided at the Perth2011 ISAF Sailing World Championship in Perth, Australia.

Final Results
1 Lucy MacGregor (GBR)
2 Sally Barkow (USA)
3 Nicky Souter (AUS)
4 Claire Leroy (FRA)
5 Genevieve Tulloch (USA)
6 Ekaterina Skudina (RUS)
7 Renee Groeneveld (NED
8 Katie Spithill (AUS)

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Lucy Mcgregor undefeated in round robin of ISAF Women’s Match Race World Championship

Posted on 23 September 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: New York Yacht Club] It was not the spectacular sun lit day with a smoldering southerly that highlighted the second day of the ISAF Women’s Match Race World Championship at the New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court. Nor was it the multiples of surfing photo finishes. Instead, today the sailors illustrated the term they use to describe the pinnacle of match race maneuvering: surgical execution.

For the top seeded sailors after the nine flights of Stage 1, today was a day of comebacks and last minute passes. The precision with which Claire Le Roy used to up end a confident Ekaterina Skudina in broaching whitewater luff was inspiring as the two boats sailed within feet of each other in 17 knots of breeze and three-foot waves. All starts, roundings and finishes were within inches and penalties pushed the umpires to the limit.

Some of the competitors used today to settle into a winning routine. “It wasn’t just one thing,” said Finnish skipper Silja Lehtenin, “it was more like 20 things.” Lehtenin won most of her races this morning and said that her new team was finally clicking.

Though often sailing with a new team, American Sally Barkow is leading the blue group with a tie-breaker over Le Roy at eight wins. Nicky Souter is close behind with seven wins and Ekaterina Skudina and Anna Tunnicliffe both have six wins.

Tomorrow competitors are split into a gold fleet and repechage. The top two competitors from the repechage will meet the gold fleet of six for a quarter finals.

Another sunny day is forecast and as teams like the Finnish begin to hone their sailing on Narragansett Bay, the stakes will be getting higher.

Footage from the opening day of the ISAF Women’s Match Race World Championship. Newport, 21 September 2010. Video copyright New York Yacht Club

Gold Fleet for 9/23/10
(From Red Group with seed)
1 Lucy Mcgregor GBR
2 Katie Spithill AUS
3 Genny Tulloch USA

(From Blue Group with seed)
1 Sally Barkow USA
2 Claire Le Roy FRA
3 Nicky Souter AUS

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Lucy Mcgregor undefeated in round robin of ISAF Women’s Match Race World Championship

Posted on 23 September 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: New York Yacht Club] It was not the spectacular sun lit day with a smoldering southerly that highlighted the second day of the ISAF Women’s Match Race World Championship at the New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court. Nor was it the multiples of surfing photo finishes. Instead, today the sailors illustrated the term they use to describe the pinnacle of match race maneuvering: surgical execution.

For the top seeded sailors after the nine flights of Stage 1, today was a day of comebacks and last minute passes. The precision with which Claire Le Roy used to up end a confident Ekaterina Skudina in broaching whitewater luff was inspiring as the two boats sailed within feet of each other in 17 knots of breeze and three-foot waves. All starts, roundings and finishes were within inches and penalties pushed the umpires to the limit.

Some of the competitors used today to settle into a winning routine. “It wasn’t just one thing,” said Finnish skipper Silja Lehtenin, “it was more like 20 things.” Lehtenin won most of her races this morning and said that her new team was finally clicking.

Though often sailing with a new team, American Sally Barkow is leading the blue group with a tie-breaker over Le Roy at eight wins. Nicky Souter is close behind with seven wins and Ekaterina Skudina and Anna Tunnicliffe both have six wins.

Tomorrow competitors are split into a gold fleet and repechage. The top two competitors from the repechage will meet the gold fleet of six for a quarter finals.

Another sunny day is forecast and as teams like the Finnish begin to hone their sailing on Narragansett Bay, the stakes will be getting higher.

Footage from the opening day of the ISAF Women’s Match Race World Championship. Newport, 21 September 2010. Video copyright New York Yacht Club

Gold Fleet for 9/23/10
(From Red Group with seed)
1 Lucy Mcgregor GBR
2 Katie Spithill AUS
3 Genny Tulloch USA

(From Blue Group with seed)
1 Sally Barkow USA
2 Claire Le Roy FRA
3 Nicky Souter AUS

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ISAF Race Officials Committee Report On The 33rd America’s Cup Released

Posted on 28 May 2010 by Valencia Sailing

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ISAF Race Officials Committee Report On The 33rd America’s Cup

[Source: ISAF] On 15 April the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) referred to the ISAF Race Officials Committee (ROC) reports from the ISAF-appointed International Jury Chairman and the ISAF-appointed Principal Race Officer for the 33rd America’s Cup.
Yesterday 27 May, ISAF sent the Findings and Report of the ISAF Race Officials Committee with regard to the 33rd America’s Cup together with all attachments referred to in the Report to the Société Nautique de Genève and the Golden Gate Yacht Club.

The completion of Regatta Report Forms is a standard requirement of Principal Race Officers, International Jury Chairmen and Chief Umpires at international or major events.

The purpose of the report system is to provide an assessment of the ISAF appointed officials and to learn from incidents or exceptional situations that happened during an event. Several changes to The Racing Rules of Sailing and changes in the ISAF Race Official Manuals have been made as a result of situations described in Regatta Report Forms.

The report includes clear recommendations and the ISAF Executive Committee will appoint the necessary working parties to determine whether and what changes may be needed to be made to the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing and the ISAF Regulations in light of the findings of the report.

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ISAF Race Officials Committee Report On The 33rd America’s Cup Released

Posted on 28 May 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Related PDF documents

ISAF Race Officials Committee Report On The 33rd America’s Cup

[Source: ISAF] On 15 April the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) referred to the ISAF Race Officials Committee (ROC) reports from the ISAF-appointed International Jury Chairman and the ISAF-appointed Principal Race Officer for the 33rd America’s Cup.
Yesterday 27 May, ISAF sent the Findings and Report of the ISAF Race Officials Committee with regard to the 33rd America’s Cup together with all attachments referred to in the Report to the Société Nautique de Genève and the Golden Gate Yacht Club.

The completion of Regatta Report Forms is a standard requirement of Principal Race Officers, International Jury Chairmen and Chief Umpires at international or major events.

The purpose of the report system is to provide an assessment of the ISAF appointed officials and to learn from incidents or exceptional situations that happened during an event. Several changes to The Racing Rules of Sailing and changes in the ISAF Race Official Manuals have been made as a result of situations described in Regatta Report Forms.

The report includes clear recommendations and the ISAF Executive Committee will appoint the necessary working parties to determine whether and what changes may be needed to be made to the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing and the ISAF Regulations in light of the findings of the report.

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ISAF Confirms Receipt of 33rd America’s Cup Report Forms

Posted on 11 March 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: ISAF] The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) today confirmed the receipt of the Regatta Report Forms from the ISAF Race Officials appointed to the 33rd America’s Cup Match.

The Regatta Report Forms were received from the ISAF appointed Principal Race Officer Harold Bennett and the Chairman of the International Jury David Tillett. They will be sent to the ISAF Race Officials Committee who will review the contents and make recommendations if deemed necessary.

The completion of Regatta Report Forms is a standard requirement of Principal Race Officers, International Jury Chairman and Chief Umpires at international or major events.

The purpose of the report system is to provide an assessment of the ISAF appointed officials and to learn from incidents or exceptional situations that happened during an event. Several changes to The Racing Rules of Sailing and changes in the ISAF Race Official Manuals have been made as a result of situations described in Regatta Report Forms.

The 33rd America’s Cup Match was sailed last month off the coast of Valencia and decided in two matches between Société Nautique de Genève defending the Cup with team Alinghi against Golden Gate Yacht Club, and their racing team BMW Oracle Racing. Team BMW Oracle Racing won the Match 2–0.

ISAF appointed the Race Officials team to the 33rd America’s Cup Match to ensure fair play on the water.

ISAF thanks Principal Race Officer Harold Bennett for carrying out his duties under very difficult conditions; ISAF supports all his decisions, likewise the Jury under the chairmanship of David Tillett and the Umpire team led by Bill Edgerton. All those involved should be congratulated for maintaining their independence and the high ISAF standard of race management and adjudication.

ISAF congratulates Larry Ellison, Russell Coutts and the entire BMW Oracle Racing team from the Golden Gate Yacht Club in San Francisco, USA on winning the 33rd America’s Cup. ISAF looks forward to working with the Defender and the Challengers involved in the 34th America’s Cup.

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