Jun 17, 2018

Photos Lloyd Images. Report sent by Extreme Sailing Series / OC Sport extremesailingseries.com
17/06/18 - Barcelona brings second Act win for Alinghi following four days of strategic sailing in 2018 Extreme Sailing Series™It was success in Spain for three-time Extreme Sailing Series™ champions Alinghi, as they took their second Act win of the 2018 season today in Barcelona.

The four-day event saw the Swiss shine on the water under the Spanish sun, taking twelve race wins out of 26 in the third Act of the Series.

Strategic sailing from co-skipper Arnaud Psarofaghis and his crew - Nicolas Charbonnier, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey and Timothé Lapauw – saw match racing tactics used against rivals SAP Extreme Sailing Team, forcing their opponents further down the fleet.

"We did a good job of keeping the points safe today," Psarofaghis said, beaming as he stepped off the

Jun 16, 2018

Round Texel 2018

Photo: Niels Smit / www.bootinbeeld.nl / Ronde Texel Fb. Xander Pols & Collin van Vugt won the 2018 Round Texel blue ribbon. Boat is a Nacra F20FCS with Wings and Performance DS.
No live tracking, no results, no more info at the moment.

Official web roundtexel.com/
Fb: facebook.com/roundtexel/

Jun 15, 2018

A-Cat & F18 Spanish Cup 2018: Day 1

Day one for the 2018 Spanish Catamaran Cup. Organized by Club Ballena Alegre, which will host the 2018 F18 Europeans in coming weeks. This annual Spanish Cup gathers the F18 & A-Class each year. Mitch & Ruben Booth (Scorpion/1D) lead after 3 races. Followed by Jordi Sanchez & Alberto Torné (Wildcat/ 1D) and Fabián Migoya & Alexis Parcerisa.

In the A-Cats, Manolo Calavia leads, and surprisingly he has not dominate as he is used to. Manolo is one of the top 3 A-Cat riders in the World.

Top 5 for each class below, full resuls at cvballena-alegre

Pos Sail Crew Net Tots R1 R2 R3
1  ESP 1 Mitch BOOTH
4 4 1 2 1
2  ESP 21 Jordi SANCHEZ
Alberto TORNE
5 5 2 1 2
3  ESP 109 Fabián Manuel MIGOYA HERRERA
9 9 3 3 3
13 13 4 4 5
15 15 6 5 4

Pos Sail Crew Net Tot R1 R2 R3
1  ESP 11 Manuel CALAVIA 9 9 1 3 5
2  ESP 97 Iago LOPEZ MARRA 14 14 9 1 4
3  ESP 84 Santiago NIETO GUERRERO 14 14 2 6 6
4  ESP 74 Abdon IBAÑEZ MARTI 15 15 5 7 3
5  ESP 19 Juan Luis PÁEZ GUTIÉRREZ  16 16 4 2 10

Texel Dutch Open 2018

Grant & Adm Piggot (F18 Edge/Grant Piggot DS) led the 2018 Dutch Open, warm-up regatta for the annual Round Texel which will start tomorrow. Dutch Open held on a mixed Class fleet scored under the Texel Rating, Sunnucks & Self are racing the M20 Vampire. Texel offcial web: roundtexel.com/

No racing yesterday, and not more info today. Results as per Wednesday :

Jun 14, 2018

GC32 Extreme Series @Barcelona 2018: Day 1

Photos: Lloyd Images. - Report & pics sent by Extreme Sailing Series.
14/06/18  Big breeze gives boats a boost in 2018 Extreme Sailing Series™ Barcelona opener
The first day of the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 3, Barcelona did not disappoint, with big breeze propelling the high-speed GC32 catamarans around the course from the word go.

Incredible wind and boat speed throughout the day saw the teams fly towards each mark, using clever tactics to push past their competitors at each busy rounding. Foiling at full-pelt, hitting speeds of up to 26.2kts, these boys meant business.

Austrian challenger, Red Bull Sailing Team, shot straight into the limelight. Charging through the ranks, the crew demonstrated exemplary boat handling, clocking five podium finishes over the course of the day.

Red Bull Sailing Team Sport Director, Hans Peter Steinacher, was thrilled with today's results, the crew having suffered a few blows to the points in both Act 1, Muscat, Oman and the GC32 World Championship in Riva del Garda, Italy.

"The team is young and the sailors play on the playground out there," he said. "This is how you win Extreme Sailing Series events. They are focussed – you have to create your own mode but as a team, we are really strong."

"There's always more to work on though," added a cautious Roman Hagara, the team's skipper. "Still, if we keep doing what we're doing, we'll be fine."

The Austrian contingent hopes to improve on last year's result in Barcelona, where they eventually finished third after a tough battle with Oman Air.

Snapping at the heels of Red Bull Sailing Team, last year's Barcelona Act winners Oman Air also showed fighting form. Their GC32 foiled with finesse but a few poor decisions forced extra manoeuvres, wasting time and costing them several places in the rankings.

"The conditions were really tricky out there today," Skipper Phil Robertson explained. "Staying stable on the foils is difficult in a relatively big sea state. It was actually very hard to get the boat in a good mode and sail simply. We'll be working on that for tomorrow."

Current Series frontrunners SAP Extreme Sailing Team sailed true to form once again, finishing the day just behind Red Bull Sailing Team in second. However, it was all eyes on comeback kids Alinghi in the final races, following issues with their mainsail that caused a retirement from race three, and prevented their participation in race four. They were pulling no punches upon their return to the racecourse, snatching a win from Red Bull Sailing Team in the fifth race of the day.

Local boys Spanish Impulse showed sheer determination, scoring a string of fourth place finishes in three of the six races. Skipper Diego Botín was pleased with his team's performance:

"We are super happy with today's results; being able to fight it out with all these boats, and face these sailors, it has been a success for us."

The home team closed the day in sixth overall, just behind British-flagged INEOS Rebels UK. Team México round up the fleet.

Over on the Flying Phantom racecourse, it was Idreva Zephyr Foiling who took the top spot, finishing ahead of current leaders Team France Jeune.

Local sailors Jordi Booth and Joan Costa onboard Red Bull Sailing Team also grabbed a podium finish. Helm Jordi Booth commented on their third place finish.

"A great day for us. It was challenging for sure but overall we were pretty consistent with our results – it was a good start for us."

With hopes of continued breeze for tomorrow, the teams are already deep in the debrief after today's action. The Flying Phantoms are due to begin racing from 12:15 CEST, with the GC32s scheduled for 15:00. The free-to-enter public Race Village will be open from 10:00, offering food from the Van Van market and refreshing drinks from the public bar, both provided by Estrella Damm.

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Extreme Sailing Series™ 2018 Act 3, Barcelona standings after Day 1, 6 races (14.06.18)
Position / Team / Points

1st, Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Chris Taylor, Ed Powys, Neil Hunter, Dan Morris, Rhys Mara: 62 pts
2nd, SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Rasmus Køstner, Morgan Larson, Julius Hallström, Pierluigi de Felice, Richard Mason: 59 pts
3rd, Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey: 57 points
4th, Oman Air (OMA) Phil Robertson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Stewart Dodson, Nasser Al Mashari: 57 pts
5th, INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) Will Alloway, Leigh McMillan, Oli Greber, Adam Kay, Mark Spearman: 54 pts
6th, Spanish Impulse (ESP) Diego Botín, Joan Cardona, Luís Brito, Kevin Cabrera, Florian Trittel: 47 pts
7th, Team México (MEX) Erik Brockmann, Tom Buggy, Alex Higby, James Peters, Danel Belausteguigoitia Fierro: 42 pts

Flying Phantom Series Act 3, Barcelona standings after Day 1, 6 races (14.06.18)
Position / Team / Points
1st, Idreva Zephyr Foiling (FRA) Charles Hainneville, Thibault Julien: 113 pts
2nd, Team France Jeune 1 (FRA) Solune Robert, Antoine Rucard: 109 pts
3rd, Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Jordi Booth, Joan Costa: 104 pts
4th, Culture Foil (FRA) Nicolas Ferellec, Théo Constance: 103 pts
5th, Flying Frogs (FRA) Pierre Le Clainche, Arnaud Vasseur: 103 pts
6th, UON (POR) José Caldeira, Helder Basilio: 88 pts
7th, EVO Visian ICL (GER) Raphael Neuhann, Elias Neuhann: 85 pts
8th, Masterlan (CZE) David Krizek, Milan Harmacek: 77 pts

Jun 13, 2018

A-Class British Championships 2018: Adam May 1st

Photos Helena Darvelid / sailrocket.com.  Long time Moth & A-Cat sailor, Adam May was also head of Design at Artemis in past Americas Cup. Last weekend he grabbed another UK title winning the 2018 A-Cats British Nats at Weymouth sailing an Exploder D3/Brewin boomless DS.
Second place for Paul Larsen also racing a D3. Larsen is a sailing Legend already, for those who don't know who he is, read our interview here.

Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy will host the 2019 A-Class Worlds on August 25-30th. 2019 Worlds Official web: www.acatworlds2019.uk

British Nats 2018 full report & results by Gordon Upton: a-cat.org/?q=node/1247

Jun 12, 2018

Bol d'Or Mirabaud 2018: Vid by Phaedo 2

Video sent by Rachel Fallon-Langdon / Phaedo 2. Report & pics by Phaedo 2 were published here

Jun 9, 2018

Nacra 17s @Marseille 2018: Medal Race Live Stream

SAP Live Tracking here. First attempt abandoned due to a big wind shift.

Jun 8, 2018

Bol d'Or Mirabaud 2018: Live Stream

Follow the biggest inland Lake race in stream above. To review Start go back with video control slider.  More info at boldormirabaud.ch/en-ch

Live Tracking here

Nacra 17s @Marseille 2018: Day 3

Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing. No racing yesterday, but the fleet could complete 4 today. Tita & Banti extended their usual lead winning the four races, establishing a gap of 13 pts vs Gimson & Burnet. Third place overall for Bissaro-Frascari, the Italian crew continues to improve in each event, Vittorio is sailing now with Maelle Frascari, he parted ways with Silvia Sicouri who will be become a new Mom.

First day Lange & Carranza had a DNF & DNS, it was due to a top deck daggercase insert breaking while racing. The insert which retains and setups daggerboard rake came out loose, forcing the Arg crew to abandon the race and miss the next one.

High complains from Ceci Carranza on her Instagram on the boat reliability and the OD one builder mode, but that is nothing new for Nacra 17 sailors, and we have spoke plenty on the matter and how Nacra needs to put their customer service up to the Olympic level, it is the double sword edge of becoming an Olympic Class, you will have all the sales secured at any price but you will need to improve and mazimize your service to the sailors in every way.
Then, breakages will be always a part of the job, being OD one builder or many.

On Lange-Carranza comments,  just seems to be affecting more to  now thus they went pretty mad and vocal on the matter.

Top ten below, full results here.

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