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Monday, July 21, 2014

Greenhalgh and Rashley Tied On Day 3 - 2014 Moth Worlds - Hayling Island, UK

The sweltering heat and lack of wind at Hayling  Island on Day 3 caused havoc for the record Moth fleet and headaches for the race committee who only managed to get two races away in for Yellow fleet and one for Blue fleet, bringing the Qualifying Series to a close after five races.
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Sunday's Yellow fleet were sent out first to play catch-up and completed qualifying Race 4 in around 10 knots that saw Chris Rashley hooning down the racetrack to eclipse early leaders Mike Lennon and Paul Goodison on the final run.
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"Solid day. Went out and raced the re-sailed race we didn't finish yesterday and ended up coming through to win. It was shifty offshore, but a reasonable 8-10 knots of pressure. I got past Mike by gybing at the final windward mark as we had a right shift and the pressure was running down the right hand side and sailed around Mike who went down through the middle. He wasn't to know the shift was coming when he rounded and it was very difficult conditions for him to defend in. If I hadn't gybed straight away I would have ended up fifth or sixth," Chris Rashley said.
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"You can't get much separation from the fleet and there are some really competent sailors out there who are going to put up a big fight in the finals. I think Rob Greenhalgh has got a very good chance of walking away with the trophy at the end of the week, so has Scott Babbage, Josh Mcknight and you can never write off Nathan Outteridge. He's the best dinghy sailor in the world and he will be up there at the end of the week," Rashling added of advancing to the Gold Fleet.
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Then it was on to Monday's Yellow and Blue fleet racing and Australian 49er Olympic Gold Medallist Nathan Outteridge grabbed the bullet ahead of Robert Greenhalgh (GBR)  to halt his successive wins.

"It was a good day. A lot of waiting around but we got a good race in and I finally got a bullet so happy with that. I haven't raced against Chris Rashley, or a lot of the other top guys, but I've raced Rob (Greenhalgh) every time and he's going pretty quick so it was nice to get one up on him today. I think there's about six or seven boats that can probably win the event because the points are pretty close," Outteridge said.
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"I think people are just putting a lot of time into their boats and understanding their equipment. Obviously the guys over here have been sailing a lot at this venue, but of course we've had very different weather with light and flat conditions. I think for the finals it's only going to get lighter. I'm quite happy. I've got big foils and a stiff rig, like what I was using in Hawaii, and it's getting me through at the moment," he added.
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On Tuesday the competition it set to intensify further when the fleets are split into Gold and Silver divisions andthe leading competitors will be pitched against each other head to head.

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Lulu Roseman

2014 Moth Worlds - Day 2

Robertissima Crowned 2014 Melges 32 European Champion

Riva Del Garda, Italy

Unstable racing conditions didn't allow for the final race to be sailed in the 2014 Melges 32 European Championship and therefore overnight leader Roberto Tomasini Grinover and his Robertissima team have been crowned the 2014 European Champions.
Photo: Carlo Borlenghi Studio
Aboard with Tomasini Grinover was tactician Vasco Vascotto and crew members Federico Michetti, Giovanni Cassinari, Gunnar Bahr, Simone Spangaro, Steafno Nicolussi and Armin Raderbauer.
Photo: Carlo Borlenghi Studio
"We are delighted with this outstanding results, special thanks to all the crew, the sails and the boat were just perfect. 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," said an elated Tomasini Grinover.
Photo: Carlo Borlenghi Studio
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.
Photo: Carlo Borlenghi Studio
Racing in the fleet for the very first time ever, Claudia Rossi aboard Wilma finished an impressive sixth overall out of seventeen entries. 
Photo: Carlo Borlenghi Studio
"Sailing the Melges 32 was an amazing experience - a really fantastic boat to race between so many high level crews. 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," Rossi said.
Photo: Carlo Borlenghi Studio
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.
Photo: Carlo Borlenghi Studio
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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Joy Dunigan

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Three Bullets In The Blue British Sky For Greenhalgh - 2014 Moth Worlds - Hayling Island, UK

Racing kicked off at the Moth Worlds at around 1:00 pm once the westerly sea breeze came in. The Blue fleet made up for their lost race on Saturday and then sailed two more races in the best of the breeze.
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The Yellow fleet were too far East to get the full effect of the conditions and only managed a single race in what was a long day at the office. After the Blue fleet were sent ashore, the race committee moved the Yellow fleet further west but the gradient and sea breeze were cancelling each other out and racing was eventually abandoned for the day.
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Robert Greenhalgh (GBR) was the man in Blue fleet who managed to stay up on the foils more than anyone else. Only top Australian sailors Nathan Outteridge and Scott Babbage were able to keep up with Greenhalgh in the day's first race.
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"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," Greenhalgh said.
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Chris Draper (GBR) ended his day on a better note with two fifth places after pushing it a bit too hard in the early Blue fleet race.
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"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 said.
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Draper's 12th in race two is currently his discard, with his other counting result being a sixth.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'.
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With only three or four qualifying races completed so far, depending on which fleet each helm is in, qualifying has been extended to Monday with the reserve day on Tuesday now allocated for Gold and Silver fleet racing. Sunday's Yellow fleet will head out early to make up for their lost race.
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The overall results to date are tricky to show with the fleets out of sync. The Brits are looking good after Robert Greenhalgh racked up three bullets and an eighth while Chris Rashley has scored 1,2,1 in his three races. The Australians are also very strong with Josh Mcknight scoring 3,1,3, Scott Babbage with 2,2,3,4 and Nathan Outteridge on 3,2,2 after his gear failure before race 1 of the series gave him a DNC.
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Others who have been performing well in the top ten such include Rob Gough (AUS), Ben Paton (GBR), Andrew McDougall (AUS), Tom Offer (GBR) and Christopher Rast (SUI). With the light winds set to continue for the rest of the week, this kind of consistency well be key to securing a podium position.



Mark Jardine

Rasley Leads Moth Worlds After Day One - Hayling Island, UK

After a single day's break following the UK Nationals, the International Moths started the World Championships in earnest. A record-breaking 138 helms from 18 countries are taking part in the event, so the fleet is split into two groups of 69 boats.
Chris Rashley Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com
The thunderstorms which have been plaguing the UK in recent days led to a 2 hour postponement ashore. The helms were released at midday with the first race started in 13 knots of wind at 13.15.
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Course setting was made very tricky with the wind swinging through around 90 degrees and ranging from 3 to 14 knots. Getting races away was proving nearly impossible, but still Yellow fleet have managed two races and Blue fleet have sailed one. A second race was started for Blue fleet, but no-one had reached the windward mark within the 20 minute time limit. The same happened for Yellow fleet's third race.
Nathan Outteridge Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com
Of the favourites, Nathan Outteridge (AUS) missed the first race due to gear failure on his way to the startline and had to return to shore to make the necessary repairs. He managed to get out just in time for the second Yellow fleet race and skilfully sailed his way through the fleet to finish third.
Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com
Hiroki Goto from Japan put in an excellent performance to finish fourth in Blue fleet's only race.
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The current overall leader is Chris Rashley (GBR) who finished with a  first and second in Yellow fleet's two races. The leader board is of course biased as Blue fleet have only completed the one race. Australia's Rob Gough (AUS) won Blue fleet's only race and Robert Greenhalgh won Yellow fleet's second race.
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The fleet returned to shore at 1615 hours in a dying breeze with just the three races completed between the two flights. No sooner had they crossed West Pole Sands, when a lovely force four filled in. The sailors were held on the beach with the possibility of going back out onto the racecourse, but there wasn't enough time to get the racing restarted.
Photo: Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com
Sunday will see Blue fleet heading out first to get a race in before both fleets race again to decide the split into Gold and Silver fleets for the remainder of the event. Here's hoping for better winds.

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Mark Jardine

Monday, July 14, 2014

Classics Finish In Stunning Style at New York Yacht Club Race Week in Newport

After sailing in fresh breezes Saturday, 26 pristine classic yachts, divided into four classes, were faced with challenging 20-25 knot winds on Sunday that determined their overall positions in Part I of New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex. The biennial event, in its ninth edition, is known for its split format whereby IRC, PHRF and One-Design Racing sailors will get their shot at the action during Part II, scheduled for this Wednesday through Saturday (July 16-19).
Photo: Daniel Foster/Rolex
Wrapping up Part I with impressive first-place finishes across the board were Gunther Buerman’s (Newport, R.I.) New Zealand (KZ-3) in 12 Metre Class and past New York Yacht Club Commodore Charles Townsend’s (Middletown, R.I.) Sparkman & Stephens 39 Fidelio in Classics Class 2 (Spinnaker).
Photo: Daniel Foster/Rolex
“I think that this was the breeziest two-day regatta that we’ve participated in, at least in a long time, but Fidelio likes the heavier winds, so this was our weekend,” said Townsend, adding that all classes on both days raced north of Newport’s Pell Bridge on Narragansett Bay.
Photo: Daniel Foster/Rolex
“I think the lighter-air boats were struggling more during this regatta, and the heavier-air boats were struggling less; however, all of us struggle when it gets over 20 knots like it did today! For the final race of the day, Fidelio was really on her ear; seldom does she heel over like that.”
Photo: Daniel Foster/Rolex
The S-Class, the oldest one-design class still actively racing and sailing in its original boats, certainly felt the power of the wind today, as five of the eight boats competing either did not finish or did not compete in the second and final race.
Photo: Daniel Foster/Rolex
“It was an interesting weekend with lots of ups and downs. Today was quite rough in terms of wind, but we worked as a team and hung in there. This is a great event to compete in. The New York Yacht Club Race Committee really runs some first-class racing,” said Walter Bopp (Greenwich, Conn.).
Photo: Daniel Foster/Rolex
His Mischief won the class overall, despite starting prematurely (and restarting) in two of the four series races.

Due to today’s brisk conditions, the Race Committee was able to make a seat-of-the-pants decision to send the Classics Class 1 (Non-Spinnaker) on an 18-mile course around Prudence Island. (The class had yesterday sailed two Navigator Courses, using government marks, while the others raced around-the-buoys.) Jed Pearsall’s (Newport, R.I.) 50-foot P Class Sloop Chips took first place in the race and claimed overall victory in the class, as well.

“We have never raced around Prudence Island before, so I think it was good, because nobody had a home-court advantage. What was great was that our entire fleet was so close in distance throughout the entire race. It made the competition really exciting; we have had a fantastic day and a fantastic weekend,” said Pearsall, a Race Week veteran.

Top-three Results Follow
Place, Yacht Name, Owner/Skipper, Hometown, Results, Total Points

Classics - Class 1 (non-spinnaker) (CRF - 5 Boats)
1. Chips, Jed Pearsall , USA - 1, 3, 1, ; 5
2. Angelita, Skelsey / Croll , USA - 2, 1, 2, ; 5
3. Black Watch, Trevor Fetter , USA - 3, 2, 6/DNF, ; 11

Classics - Class 2 (spinnaker) (CRF - 7 Boats)
1. Fidelio, Charles Townsend , USA - 1, 1, 1, 1, ; 4
2. Belle, Jonathan Loughborough , USA - 3, 2, 2, 3, ; 10
3. Vixen (spin), Andrew Norris , USA - 5, 5, 3, 2, ; 15

12 Metres (One Design - 5 Boats)
1. New Zealand (GP), Gunther Buerman , USA - 1, 1, 1, 1, ; 4
2. Victory 83, Dennis Williams , USA - 2, 2, 5, 4, ; 13
3. KZ5 Laura (GP), Kip Curren , USA - 6/OCS, 3, 4, 2, ; 15

Herreshoff S Class (One Design - 8 Boats)
1. Mischief, Walter Bopp , USA - 5, 2, 2, 2, ; 11
2. OSPREY, Michael McCaffrey , USA - 2, 3, 1, 9/DNF, ; 15
3. Aquila, Geoffrey Davis , USA - 3, 1, 3, 9/DNF, ; 16

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