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Perini Navi’s Perseus^3 to carry largest sail ever built

Posted on 29 July 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Perini Navi Group] Perini Navi Group, a leader in the design and construction of many of the world’s largest sailing and motor yachts, is proud to announce the successful completion of mast stepping aboard their most recent launch, Perseus^3, hull # 56 of the Perini Navi sailing fleet. The sloop rigged Perseus^3 boasts one of the world’s largest carbon fibre masts. Its was delivered by the spar maker Future Fibres and assembled at the Perini Navi facility in La Spezia.

The 75.8m carbon fibre mast stands among the 3 tallest rigs ever built in the world and in the words of Future Fibres “we have managed to produce a tube with a perfect exterior surface and a flawless Clearcote gloss Carbon finish with zero filler – which can add up to 3 per cent to the weight of a mast”. The mast weight is optimised at 16.4 tonnes.

The 23.4m carbon fibre furling boom has been manufactured using pre-preg carbon improving structural performance and weight, compared with standard wet–laminate construction. The boom features a new mandrel furling and locking system, as a result of extensive testing and prototyping.

Future Fibres standing rigging comprises Carbon fibre for the laterals, while the fore and aft stays are made of a combination of Carbon, PBO and Kevlar.

Perseus^3 will feature an exclusive Rig Load Monitoring System that through a series of strain gauges constantly detects the loads acting on the rig components.

The Sail wardrobe of Perseus^3, in the words of Robbie Doyle, founder of Doyle Sail Maker: “is one of the most unique and challenging ever created”.

The dimensions of the asymmetricals and the Code 0 are such that the fabric available on the market was not capable of providing the necessary characteristics of strength and lightness, therefore special new fabrics were created after extensive R&D activities.

The complete sail set exceeds 10,000 square metres, among which the A2 with its 2,602 square metres is the largest sail ever built.

For the handling and control of the impressive sailing system, Perseus^3 features the new generation of Perini Navi captive winches and furlers. The Jib winches pull a maximum load of 30 tonnes and have a maximum line speed of 40 metre per minute. Electric variable speed motors and furlers, duly synchronised and monitored by the Perini Navi Automated Sail Handling System, dramatically improve furling and deploy times while speeding the tacking and jibing time by over 75% compared to vessels of the previous generation.

Technical Features:
Mast: 75.8m Carbon Fibre by Future Fibres
Boom: 23.4m Carbon Fibre by Future Fibres
Standing rig: Lateral Rigging in Carbon Fibre Aft and Fore Stays in Carbon+PBO+Kevlar

Sail Inventory:
Main Sail 808 m2 The mast features 4 main sail locks: 1 full hoist + 3 reefs Batten car system Cunningham ram
Reacher 1,160 m2
Blade 706 m2 with carbon vertical battens
Staysail 370 m2 On soft hanks and removable torque cable
Code 0 1,804 m2 On the biggest torque cable TDF ever built by Future Fibres
A2 2,602 m2
A3 2,173 m2
Spinnaker Stay sail 721 m2

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Diam 24 a new boat for the Tour de France à la Voile

Posted on 27 July 2014 by Valencia Sailing

After the Ecume de Mer (1978), the First 30 (1979 to 1981), the Rush Royale (1982 and 1983), the Sélection 37 (1984 to 1991), the JOD 35 (1992 to 1998), the Farr 30 (1999 to 2010) and the M34 (2011 to 2014), from next summer 2105, the Diam 24 will be the new boat of the Tour de France à la Voile,

Like the previous boats, the Diam 24 is one-design boat. But the true revolution that A.S.O chose to establish lies in the fact that the Diam 24 is a 7.25m trimaran ! This sport boat was designed by VPLP and built in Port La Forêt (France) by Vianney Ancelin. Since its launch at the Paris Boat Show in December last year it has already seduced many renowned French sailors.

A circuit has also been created including various events like the Grand Prix Guyader, the Grand Prix de l’Ecole Navale, and the Raid Emeraude in Saint-Lunaire. Michel Desjoyeaux, François Gabart, Vincent Riou and Sidney Gavignet are just some of the the first people who have shown their interest in this multihull.

A controlled budget for easier access to the event

The Tour de France à la Voile needed a new breath of life. For a few months, A.S.O has led a large survey with stakeholders from the sailing industry (skippers, crew members, project managers, institutions, partners…). They had three priorities : firstly, to offer a boat that would make the participation to the event much cheaper. Secondly, to choose a one-design boat which also has a circuit, which means a boat that has a life outside of the Tour de France à la Voile.  « We wished to start from a blank page in order to have a maximum of opportunities, without closing any doors. The budget for taking part in the event quickly appeared to be the key point, as well as the desire of many competitors to move to multihull racing, for more speed and more spectacular show on the water. The Diam 24 costs about 55 000 euros ready to sail, which is one third of the cost of the M34, and it entirely fulfills the two objectives. It offers a perfect budget positioning, with the opportunity to attract a large range of teams, from the corinthian to the elite crew. For the top teams, it will be a complementary platform to their main projects, on an event that they enjoy, and that offers their partners great possibilities in multiple places, both on the race village and from an hospitality point of view, the Tour de France à la Voile being, through its format, a summer tour along the french coasts », declared Jean-Baptiste Durier this morning in Nice.

Closer to the public

The Diam 24 is a fun, fast and spectacular boat, and on top of that, it will sail closer to the public. It was one of A.S.O main objectives since they bought the Tour de France à la Voile in 2012. To reinforce the « show » aspect of the Tour de France à la Voile. The idea is to set an itinerary around France, with some iconic places of the French coast, like the « Château du Taureau », in Roscoff, or the island of Porquerolles near Hyères. « We will alternate two types of races in each stop. Some coastal races, on Day 1, that we can adapt depending of the weather conditions, and that will showcase the wonders of our coasts, and some inshore races, on Day 2 on a sailing stadium mode. Our will is to bring the show closer to the shore and the spectators, and to create an entertainment program on land so that the public can understand what’s going on on the water, with a very well thought out visual and audio background. People like multihull sailing because it can be very spectacular. That’s also what guided our choice », said the director of the Tour de France à la Voile (name ?) The Diam 24 will have 3 or 4 crew onboard and can be lifted out of the water and dismantled in an hour only. From a logistical point of view, it is a perfect format for the Tour.

A mix of top sailors and corinthian sailors, the essence of the Tour de France à la Voile

The teams of the Tour de France à la Voile have welcomed the Diam 24 announcement with enthusiasm. They know this is the opportunity to revive the sporting aspect of the event, following on from the large reorganisation operated on land for the last two years (increase of the Race Village, creation of a set of publicity cars and of an entertainment hub on the beaches). Some key sailing figures who haven’t taken part for many years could consider coming back along the french coasts , like Michel Desjoyeaux, François Gabart, or Vincent Riou, who won everything this year on the Diam 24 circuit. « The future of sailing, in general, is the multihull. I am absolutely sure of that », explained François Gabart.  And for Michel Desjoyeaux, « the objective is to have more boats and more sailors on the Tour de France à la Voile. The Diam 24 complies with the necessary flexibility on a mobile event along the French coasts, taking into account the timing priorities for the entertainment on land ! »

The Corinthians are also very by the new series that should keep developing this year. Paul Adam, President of the Ligue Haute Normandie who initiated the Normandy-Acerel M34 campaign, who just won the Corinthian ranking this year, is supporting the Tour’s evolution :« The Tour de France à la Voile needed to be rejunevated. We are heading torwards a more attractive type of sailing, that is also a show for the spectators. The lower financial conditions will encourage the smaller teams to come back to the event ». The new course will be revealed during the Nautic – Paris Boat Show in december, as well as a few competitors already involved for the next edition. The objective is to offer a diverse fleet, gathering various families of sailing, olympic sailors, offshore sailors, professionnal crew members, and corinthian teams. The Tour de France à la Voile is en route towards its future on three hulls !

Quotes from :

Michel Desjoyeaux skipper :
« The Tour is a model in french crew handed sailing. Many young sailors have grown to top level racing and became pro after sailing on the Tour. Multihull sailing is clearly part of the french sailing and technological culture, and now it is finally going international ! It’s great gather the two and revive this major event. The objective is to have more boats and more sailors. The Diam 24 complies with the necessary flexibility on a mobile event along the french coasts, taking into account the timing priorities for the entertainment on land ».

Vincent Riou, skipper of the 60’ monohull PRB :
« The Diam 24 is a light and fun sport boat. It’s full-on and it’s going to be a great show. I was looking for another boat on top of my 60 foot monohull. It’s an easy campaign to take on. The Diam 24 series has just started and it already attracts top people. And the Tour de France à la Voile is also an institution. I think the Diam 24 can rejunevate the event. It will be a great campaign to do the Tour on a multihull. I just love the idea ! »

Daniel Souben, skipper of Courrier Dunkerque 3 :
« We are at a time when the Tour has some difficulties despite the level of the competitors and the excellent media cover. We don’t have enough teams. So we can’t refuse the opportunity to rejunevate. The solution they found should allow attract many teams to the event and facilitate the mix of professionnals and corinthians. It will be a different format as we are going to lose the offshore legs. But it will bring some new competitors including a younger generation and some people from the multihull world. The Diam 24 in the Tour is a good thing, from a communication point of view, but also from the budget point of view. It’s definitely worth trying ».

Eric Hainneville, President of the Diam 24 class :
« The introduction of the Diam 24 as the new boat for the Tour de France à la Voile is a bit stressful for me, as a president of the Class. The bar is set high right from the start. We just want to be good enough so that no one is disappointed. As a sailor, it’s a fantastic project. I think it’s a recognition of the multihull as a proper racing platform. Sailing a multihull requires real sailing abilities. The America’s Cup helped a lot in this recognition. With Vianney Ancelin, we wanted a sensationnal boat, for a reasonnable price, simple and easily accessible. It was a real challenge. This boat will attract other types of sailors, both on the pro and on the corinthian side. It will give the Tour de France à la Voile a new dimension. I think it’s fantastic. There is a real mutual trust amongst us, the sailors, the class, and the race organisers ».

Nicolas Honor, project manager of Oman Sail :
« The fact that A.S.O is changing the boat is a good thing. Unfortunately today, the entries are decreasing every year on the Tour de France à la Voile. A.S.O had the courage to do something about it. Regarding Oman Sail, our project is more offshore sailing orientated, but we also have our MOD70 so the Diam 24 could be an interesting platform for us. We can readjust our omani sailors training program. We are more than 50% sure to do the Tour de France à la Voile again next year. But there are still some question marks because the Oman Sail program for next year hasn’t been established yet for the various circuits we are involved in. In brief, if we have an opportunity to do the Tour on a Diam 24, we will take it ».

Sidney Gavignet, skipper of Team Oman Sail :
« Moving to multihull is simply in the mood of our time. This change was necessary. To find a more affordable platform is logical considering the economic situation. I think the competition will be homogeneous. The big teams will prepare like big teams do and then we will have some sailors who don’t come from offshore sailing but from the sport multihull. I trust A.S.O to make the right choices ».

François Gabart, skipper of Macif :
« I did my first Tour in 2002 or 2003 and at the time I was sailing on Tornado. On the Tour I discovered offshore sailing, nightime racing, sailing with the tides and current… But I thought monohulls were a bit slow. AT the time I remember I told myself that it would be great to do it on small multihulls ! Therefore I think the evolution of the Tour de France à la Voile is very positive. And the future of sailing in general is multihulls. I bought a Diam 24 before even knowing it would be the new Tour boat. It’s an excellent boat, very accessible, both from a budget point of view and from a technical aspect. The Tour will be more popular, for the public and for the competitors. The mix has always been the Tour’s strength ! »

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Photo gallery: Day 2 of the Moth World Championship

Posted on 21 July 2014 by Valencia Sailing

Spectacular shots from the second day of racing at the Moth World Championship by top sailing photographer, Thierry Martinez:

Day 2 of the 2014 Moth Worlds. Hayling, 20 July 2014. Photo copyright Thierry Martinez

Day 2 of the 2014 Moth Worlds. Hayling, 20 July 2014. Photo copyright Thierry Martinez

Day 2 of the 2014 Moth Worlds. Hayling, 20 July 2014. Photo copyright Thierry Martinez

Day 2 of the 2014 Moth Worlds. Hayling, 20 July 2014. Photo copyright Thierry Martinez

Day 2 of the 2014 Moth Worlds. Hayling, 20 July 2014. Photo copyright Thierry Martinez

Day 2 of the 2014 Moth Worlds. Hayling, 20 July 2014. Photo copyright Thierry Martinez

Day 2 of the 2014 Moth Worlds. Hayling, 20 July 2014. Photo copyright Thierry Martinez

Day 2 of the 2014 Moth Worlds. Hayling, 20 July 2014. Photo copyright Thierry Martinez

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Three bullets in a row for Greenhalgh at the Moth Worlds

Posted on 21 July 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: International Moth World Championship] Racing started around 1pm after the Westerly sea breeze came in. Blue fleet made up for their lost race from Saturday and then sailed two more races in the best of the breeze.

Yellow fleet were too far East to get the full effect of this and only managed a single race in what was a long day on the water for them. The race team moved Yellow fleet further west once Blue fleet were sent ashore, but the gradient and sea breeze were cancelling each other out and racing was abandoned for the day.

Robert Greenhalgh (GBR) was the man in Blue fleet who managed to stay up on the foils more than anyone else. Only top Australian helms Nathan Outteridge and Scott Babbage were able to keep in touch at all with Greenhalgh in the first race of the day.

Robert said after the racing, “Confidence is high – that’s three wins in a row and I was leading the race which was abandoned at the end of the day. In the light airs today it was very important to get off the line and after that I was very happy with my speed.”

David Cambell-James on the leeward mark boat took particular note of Robert’s start in Blue race 3 particularly, “He started on port at the pin end and crossed the fleet comfortably. He was off.”

Chris Draper ended his day on a better note with two 5th places after pushing it a bit too hard in the early Blue fleet race, “I was pushing it a bit hard downwind and speared it in just before the finish. To make things worse Simon Hiscocks just got past me on the line.” Draper’s 12th in race 2 is currently his discard, with his other counting result being a 6th.

Stevie Morrison has been consistently getting results around 15th and was happy with his day on the water. After finishing 50th at the nationals, he had some setup advice from Nathan Outteridge which has helped his foiling stability immensely. Even so, Stevie said the top guys can pull a new piece of kit out of the bag to gain a bit more pace, or as Nathan jokingly said at the bar having a beer with Stevie, “You just need to spend to win in this fleet!”

With only 3 or 4 qualifying races completed so far, depending on which fleet each helm is in, qualifying has been extended into Monday with the reserve day on Tuesday now being used for Gold and Silver fleet racing. Sunday’s Yellow fleet will head out early to make up for their lost race.

The overall results to date are tricky to show with the fleets out of sync. Of the Brits, Robert Greenhalgh is looking good with 3 bullets and an 8th and Chris Rashley has 1,2,1 in his three races. The Antipodeans are also looking strong with Josh Mcknight scoring 3,1,3, Scott Babbage with 2,2,3,4 and Nathan Outteridge scoring 3,2,2 after his gear failure before race 1 of the series gave him a DNC.

There are a few more who’ve been knocking in results in the top ten such as Rob Gough (AUS), Ben Paton (GBR), Andrew McDougall (AUS), Tom Offer (GBR) & Christopher Rast (SUI). With the light winds set to continue into the week, this kind of consistency could well be key to getting a podium result.

The stunning weather does make the racing very watchable from the Hayling Island beach. Why not come down, bring a set of binoculars, some suntan lotion and ice cream money to enjoy the unique sight of 138 foiling Moths battle it out in UK waters.

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Robertissima Crowned 2014 Melges 32 European Champion

Posted on 21 July 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Melges 32] Unstable racing conditions did not allow for a final race at the 2014 Melges 32 European Championship making overnight leader Roberto Tomasini Grinover and his Robertissima team newly crowned 2014 European Champions! Aboard with Tomasini Grinover was tactician Vasco Vascotto and crew members Federico Michetti, Giovanni Cassinari, Gunnar Bahr, Simone Spangaro, Steafno Nicolussi and Armin Raderbauer.

“We are delighted with this outstanding results, special thanks to all the crew, the sails and the boat were just perfect,” said an elated Tomasini Grinover. “We won here, repeating our victory in Talamone against a really strong fleet. After nine races and gaining leadership on Day Two, then defending our position up until the very end, we are so proud of what we have achieved so far.”

A hard fought battle between Richard Goransson’s Helly Hansen Inga From Sweden and Valentin Zavadnikov’s Synergy GT team has also come to a close, respectively finishing second and third overall. Naofumi Kamei’s Mamma Aiuto! finished fourth and Alessandro Rombelli’s Azimut by STIG was fifth.

Racing in the fleet for the very first time ever, Claudia Rossi aboard Wilma finished an impressive sixth overall out of seventeen entries. “Sailing the Melges 32 was an amazing experience – a really fantastic boat to race between so many high level crews,” commented Rossi post racing. “I managed to grow a lot, even in the windy conditions and inside a close race course, I am fully satisfied with my first time sailing the boat. I only started sailing ten months ago. I will be back soon in the Melges 32 fleet.”

And with the close of the fourth act of the 2014 Audi-Tron Sailing Series, another examination of the overall Series Ranking is in order. Still on top is Zavadnikov, followed by Mauro Mocchegiani aboard Fratelli Giacomel Audi e-Tron in second, followed by Edoardo Lupi on Torpyone. With only one more event remaining (Genova), Zavadnikov maintains his significant lead, but points remain tight for second through fifth.

Roberto Tomasini Grinover is the brand new Melges 32 European Champion. Photo copyright Carlo Borlenghi

TOP TEN RESULTS (FINAL – After Ten Races, One Discard)
1.) Roberto Tomasini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto, Robertissima; 3-4-3-2-2-1-2-5-[6] = 22
2.) Richard Goransson/Morgan Larson, Helly Hansen Inga From Sweden; 5-[15]-1-9-1-3-1-[5/SCP]-2 = 27
3.) Valentin Zavadnikov/Michele Ivaldi, Synergy GT; 4-1-2-3-3-[13]-4-7-3 = 27
4.) Naofumi Kamei/Manu Weiller, Mamma Aiuto!; [12/SCP2]-10-6-1-7-7-6-1-1 = 39
5.) Alessandro Rombelli/Freddy Loof, Azimut by STIG; 10-8-4-[14]-10-2-5-4-7 = 50
6.) Claudia Rossi/Nicola Celon, Wilma; 2-5-7-10-[15]-5-14-6-4 = 53
7.) Roberto Mazzuccato/Gabriele Benussi, Margherita; 8-[13]-11-8-6-6-3-3-[15] = 58
8.) Aurturo Di Lorenzo/Matteo Ivaldi, Malafemmena; [16]-7-8-6-4-9-8-8-9 = 59
9.) Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio/Hugo Rocha, G Spot; 11-2-10-[15]-5-12-7-10-14 = 71
10.) Pavel Kuznetsov/Evgeniy Neugodnikov, Tavatuy; 9-11-15-11-8-4-[16]-11-5 = 74

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Tomasini Grinover Remains Atop Scoreboard of 2014 Melges 32 European Championship

Posted on 20 July 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Melges 32 European Championship] With only one more day of racing scheduled in Riva Del Garda at the 2014 Melges 32 European Championship, Roberto Tomasini Grinover’s Robertissima remains in first place overall, extending his lead by two more points. Enthralled in a seriously hot battle seated second and third respectively is Richard Goransson’s Helly Hansen Inga From Sweden and Valentin Zavadnikov’s Synergy GT, tied with 27 points each.

Three more races were conducted today with Tomasini Grinover very much holding his own. Goransson’s first-race-of-the-day win moved him up a notch to now sit second overall, sliding Zavadnikov to third on countback.

Japan’s Naofumi Kamei on Mamma Aiuto! had a smashing good day nailing two bullets in Race 8 and 9 moving him up from fifth overall to fourth. Alessandro Rombelli on Azimut by STIG celebrated a decent day moving him up to round out the top five.

One final race is scheduled for Sunday, the final day of racing – where the next Melges 32 European Champion will be crowned!

Robertissima now leads the Melges 32 European Championships

TOP TEN RESULTS (After Nine Races, One Discard)

1.) Roberto Tomasini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto, Robertissima; 3-4-3-2-2-1-2-5-[6] = 22
2.) Richard Goransson/Morgan Larson, Helly Hansen Inga From Sweden; 5-[15]-1-9-1-3-1-[5/SCP]-2 = 27
3.) Valentin Zavadnikov/Michele Ivaldi, Synergy GT; 4-1-2-3-3-[13]-4-7-3 = 27
4.) Naofumi Kamei/Manu Weiller, Mamma Aiuto!; [12/SCP2]-10-6-1-7-7-6-1-1 = 39
5.) Alessandro Rombelli/Freddy Loof, Azimut by STIG; 10-8-4-[14]-10-2-5-4-7 = 50
6.) Claudia Rossi/Nicola Celon, Wilma; 2-5-7-10-[15]-5-14-6-4 = 53
7.) Roberto Mazzuccato/Gabriele Benussi, Margherita; 8-[13]-11-8-6-6-3-3-[15] = 58
8.) Aurturo Di Lorenzo/Matteo Ivaldi, Malafemmena; [16]-7-8-6-4-9-8-8-9 = 59
9.) Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio/Hugo Rocha, G Spot; 11-2-10-[15]-5-12-7-10-14 = 71
10.) Pavel Kuznetsov/Evgeniy Neugodnikov, Tavatuy; 9-11-15-11-8-4-[16]-11-5 = 74

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Zavadnikov’s Russian ‘Synergy GT’ Prevails On Day 1 To Lead 2014 Melges 32 European Championship

Posted on 18 July 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Melges 32 European Championship] The first day of racing for the seventeen-strong Melges 32 fleet in Riva Del Garda was nothing short of spectacular. Three races under stunning conditions elevated overall leader Valentin Zavadnikov and his Synergy GT team to the top of the ranking charts, now ahead by three.

Talamone Champion Roberto Tomasini Grinover aboard Robertissima is seated in second, followed by the Melges 32 fleet’s first European lady helm Claudia Rossi at the helm of Wilma placing third.

The first race of the day got underway with nice and breezy, relatively flat water conditions and an anxious, powerful fleet punching the starting line for an aggressive commencement to the European Championship. Mauro Mocchegiani at the helm of Fratelli Giacomel Audi e-Tron took the big Race One win. Tomasini Grinover was in the hunt early finishing second, while Rossi showed no fear, unintimidated by this competitive fleet to take third.

Zavadnikov, with tactician Michele Ivaldi made all the right shifts to come up with the bullet in Race Two. Again, many were in pursuit of the top spot including Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio on G Spot, Rossi, Edoardo Lupi’s Torpyone and Tomasini Grinover all finishing respectively second through fifth.

The breeze built beautifully for the final race of the day on gorgeous Lake Garda. Richard Goransson’s Helly Hansen Inga From Sweden blasted off the line to take an early lead. Japan’s Naofumi Kamei on Mamma Aiuto! jumped the gun to be called OCS while the rest of the fleet raced to the top mark. Goransson extended to win, just ahead of Zavadnikov to finish in second. Alessandro Rombelli’s Azimut by STIG, Serena di Lapigio and Tomasini Grinover battled hard for position on the last leg. Ultimately Tomasini Grinover took third position, whlle Rombelli claimed fourth. Lupi rounded out the top five. Kamei recovered well to finish sixth.

Three more races are scheduled for Friday. If fully completed, a discard will go into play after Race Six, potentially shuffling the placement of teams positions on the scoreboard.

TOP TEN RESULTS (After Three Races)
1.) Valentin Zavadnikov/Michele Ivaldi, Synergy GT; 4-1-2 = 7
2.) Roberto Tomasini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto; Robertissima; 2-5-7 = 10
3.) Claudia Rossi/Nicola Celon, Wilma; 2-5-7 = 14
4.) Richard Goransson/Morgan Larson, Helly Hansen Inga From Sweden; 5-15-1 = 21
5.) Edoardo Lupi/Lorenzo Bressani, Torpyone; 14-3-5 = 22
6.) Alessandro Rombelli/Freddy Loof, Azimut by STIG; 10-8-4 = 22
7.) Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio/Hugo Rocha, G Spot; 11-2-10 = 23
8.) Mauro Mocchegiani/Branko Brcin, Fratelli Giacomel Audi e-Tron; 1-9-16 = 26
9.) Filippo Pacinoti/Gabrio Zandona, Brontolo HH; 6-6-14 = 26
10.) Naofumi Kamei/Manu Weiller, Mamma Aiuto!; 10/SCP-10-6 = 26

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Mike Lennon wins the International Moth UK National Championships 2014

Posted on 17 July 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: International Moth UK National Championships] The aim yesterday was to get three races in for the yellow and blue fleets. As it was, the PRO did a great job to manage 2 in the fluctuating breeze. The aim today was to make up for the lost race and then complete three more… sadly the breeze had other ideas.

The tide was ripping past Hayling Island Sailing Club and just getting to the start area was a slog. Some helms chose to just lift their boats and walk along the beach rather than battle the tide. As it was, at the 11am scheduled start time, there was only around 3 knots of breeze so the postponement flag was hoisted.

When the breeze did finally fill after midday, it was puffy 7-8 knots leading to marginal planing conditions. A good tack could lead to huge gains whilst a bad tack on the final approach was painful to say the least. Once again, the top sailors seemed to stay on the foils longer and nail more manoeuvres.

Yellow course finished as usual at the finish line but the blue fleet had a shortened course due to the dropping wind.

Mike Lennon in the Yellow fleet put in another solid performance with a first placing him top of the leader board, two points ahead of Scott Babbage who had a second. The Blue fleet was won by Christopher Rast which after a 15th and a DNC yesterday showed a marked improvement.

After a short deliberation, the AP over A appeared and everyone slowly went home.

The World Championships take place between 19-25 July.

Quotes:

Jason Belben: “Well the race today was pretty hard work – not physically, but mentally really because I was just trying to stay on the foils all the time because the pressure was so light.

“I came off the start line on the foils having circled one minute before on the foil. Unfortunately I hit some weed so came off the foil just after the start which was frustrating but managed to get back up again and round about 5th at the windward mark. I pretty much kept that position until the last beat when most people came off the foils when it became particularly light. Luckily I managed to pop it (get back foiling) just as I rounded the windward mark so I was one of the only ones apart from Mike (Lennon) who foiled downwind so I overtook them all on the last run but it was very hard work just keeping foiling all the time.”

Scott Babbage: “It was definitely a marginal foiling day, so staying up was the top priority. A lot of boats started flying from the pin on port rather than risk the congested takeoff on starboard. However, the left hand side had more wind, so the port-tackers were not the first around the top mark.

“Staying left of the pack on the next downwind and upwind put me into the lead, which I unfortunately lost just before the line… a touchdown during a gybe cost me 100 metres or so and that was it.”

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