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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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Day 1 of International Moth UK Nationals

Posted on 17 July 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: International Moth World Championship] The International Moth UK Nationals are underway at Hayling Island Sailing Club. The club is awash with the vast fleet getting set for the worlds and this morning saw sailors bimbling with their boats, talking about the wind (or lack of it) and many preparing for their first true racing at the worlds venue.

Tim Hancock’s thorough briefing assured competitors that the wind would come in and told the fleet to launch at 10.30am for a 11.30 start. His prediction proved correct and the fleet carried their boats into the water and foiled out to the race area.

There is a vast fleet of 116 helms for the UK Nationals with many international competitors using the event as a worlds warm-up. This has necessitated the fleet being broken up into yellow and blue fleets, racing on an inner and outer loop of the same course.

Race 1 started in 10-12 knots of wind with a little more at the windward mark. The yellow fleet raced on the outer course but the blue fleet were less lucky, suffering a complete failure of the wind after one lap, leading to the abandonment of their race.

Mike Lennon, who won the first race on the outside course, describes the final run, ” Chris (Rashley) gybed outside of me, further East and in better pressure. He nearly got me; there was three boat lengths in it at the finish – I’d lost about 100m. It was pretty scary at the end, when I gybed across I thought I might not stay on the foils, it was getting so light and fluffy.”

The wind was back up to 12 knots again for race 2 with the fleets swapping to yellow on the inner course and blue on the outer course. Chris Rashley turned the tables on Mike Lennon to take the race win in the Yellow fleet, while Scott Babbage took the win in the Blue fleet.

Mike Lennon describes his race; “I think the tide has slackened and was turning so I thought going offshore was better. The pressure felt good going left. Going up the beat I tacked simultaneously with Chris. We were pretty much holding station but Rob suddenly was way ahead. When I got within 50m of the windward mark I got this massive knock; I went down about 15 degrees – Chris didn’t get it! Suddenly from being in the hunt with those two, I was way off. Even when I tacked I had very little pressure to get back up on the foils. I was struggling a bit.

“It paid to the stay on the right (East) on the run to get the wind and nothing changed. Going up the next beat I’d sort of decided I’d pump it all the way out to the layline and overstand it slightly, so at least if the pressure dropped I could put the bow down and go in with some pace.

“Then the wind did exactly the same thing as before, but even more so. Rob was even worse off than me; he was off the foils for ages. Chris went round first and I went round second. Down the last run it was light and fluffy but nothing much changed. It was scary because you could see the wind going… and going. Luckily I stayed on the foils till the last 30 metres and that was it.”

Blue fleet then re-ran their abandoned first race with Josh McKnight taking the win ahead of of Jason Belben.

Overall there is a three-way tie at the top with Chris Rashley (GBR), Josh McKnight (AUS) & Mike Lennon (GBR) all on 3 points. The top 15 is packed with the top names in the class. The quality of the fleet is highlighted when you see names like Chris Draper, Luna Rossa’s America’s Cup helmsman, in 13th place after two races.

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Riva Del Garda Plays Host To Melges 32 European Championship, 2014 Audi Tron Sailing Series Act 4

Posted on 16 July 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: 2014 Audi Tron Sailing Series] This coming weekend seventeen Melges 32 teams will usher in the 2014 European Championship, hosted by Fraglia Del Riva, organized by B.Plan Sports & Events and Melges Europe. The very best in competition is anticipated as this location provides one of the most stunning yachting backdrops and a very tricky race course.

Racing commences on Thursday, 17 July and continues through until Sunday when the next Melges 32 European Champion will be crowned! A ten-race series is scheduled.

Front and center, at the tip top of the 2014 Audi-Tron Sailing Series overall ranking is Russia’s Valentin Zavadnikov/Leonid Lebodev’s Synergy GT ahead – but not by much. In second is Mauro Mocchegiani aboard his Fratelli Giacomel Audi e-Tron, and Edoardo Lupi’s Torpyone is third. View The Full 2014 Melges 32 Audi-Tron Sailing Series Ranking.

Among some of the strongest competitors that have guaranteed their participation are Filippo Pacinotti’s Brontolo, Alessandro Rombelli’s STIG, International Class Vice Chairman Richard Goransson’s Helly Hansen Inga From Sweden, Andrea Ferrari’s Spirit of Nerina, and Talamone Champion Roberto Tomasini Grinover on his famed Robertissima.

For the first time ever, the fleet is celebrating the presence of their very first European lady helm – Claudia Rossi, daughter of the three-time gold medal Alberto Racing with Enfant Terrible sailing aboard Wilma.

FULL ENTRY LIST
1.) Filippo Pacinotti/Gabrio Zandona, Brontolo H/H
2.) Andrea LaCorte/Andrea Fornaro, Celedrin/Vitamina
3.) Claudia Rossi/Nicola Celon, Wilma
4.) Edoardo Pavesio, FRA MARTINA
5.) Mauro Mocchegiani/Branko Brcin, Fratelli Giacomel Audi E-Tron
6.) Giangiacomo Serena di Lapagio/Hugo Rocha, G Point
7.) Richard Goransson/Morgan Larson, Helly Hansen Inga From Sweden
8.) Giovanni Arturo di Lorenzo/Matteo Ivaldi, Malafemenna
9.) Naofumi Kamei/Manu Weiller, Mamma Aiuto!
10.) Roberto Mazzucato/Gabriele Benussi, Margherita
11.) Roberto Tomasini Grinover/Vasco Vascotto, Robertissima
12.) Valerio Bartoleschi/Carlo Gugliemo Cattaneo, RYMIG
13.) Andrea Ferrari/Jesper Radich, Spirit of Nerina
14.) Alessandro Rombelli/Freddy Loof, STIG
15.) Valentin Zavadnikov/Michele Ivaldi, Synergy GT
16.) Pavel Kunetsov/Eugeniy Neugodnikov, Tavatuy
17.) Edoardo Lupi/Lorenzo Bressani, Torpyone

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