Top News – Wednesday, April 14, 2021
470 - Warm-Up Regatta - Vilamoura POR - Day 3, Louisa Nordstrom/Trevor Bornarth defend lead in 470 Mixed
After rounding the Scilly Isles, the 21 team fleet is now on a reaching course racing back to France in a closing-up pack at the top with Pep Costa ESP/Will Harris GBR leading 1.2 miles ahead of Xavier Macaire/Morgan Lagravière FRA. Tanguy Le Turquais/Guillaume Pirouelle FRA follow 0.1 miles behind in third. ----- There are still 340 miles or about 2 days left to the finish. ----- The race-tracker and the daily report (fr.).
Top News – Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Finn - European Championship 2021 - Vilamoura POR - Day 1 - Excellent first Day of Tom Ramshaw CAN 2nd overall
This morning UTC, the fleet is already on the approach to Scilly Island, the northern waypoint of leg 2. Thanks to their more easterly course, the leading duo already in front yesterday was able to slightly pull away: Tanguy Le Turquais/Corentin Douget FRA lead 0.75 miles ahead of Pep Costa ESP/Will Harris GBR. Xavier Macaire/Morgan Lagravière FRA are 3rd with a backlog of 4.5 miles. Martin Le Pape/Yann Eliès FRA follow 5 miles behind in 4th. ----- The race-tracker, the daily report and the videos.
Top News – Monday, April 12, 2021
The practice race was held yesterday in Vilamoura in good conditions around 12kn - here the video. Today at 11h UTC, the start of the first of two scheduled races will take place. ----- 49 participants will compete, including Luke Muller USA and Tom Ramshaw CAN. It will be interesting to see whether the Olympic Champion Giles Scott GBR - after his involvement in the America's Cup - is already in sufficient shape again to keep up with the well-trained competitors. Many spent the whole winter on Tenerife. ----- The official preview introduces some of the favourites.
Yesterday late in the afternoon, the 21 two-person teams set off for the second and final leg of the Sardhina Cup in fresh winds around 20kn. The 775-mile leg is expected to last until Friday. Northerly winds make for a tactically challenging cross across the English Channel to the Scilly Isles, the return leg with astern winds should then be a speed race. This morning Pep Costa ESP/Will Harris GBR, holding close to the coast, were narrowly in the lead. Tanguy Le Turquais/Corentin Douget FRA are just 0.7 miles back in 2nd. ----- The race-tracker, the report and the videos.
Yesterday, the San Diego YC Etchells Midwinters West Regatta was concluded and the standings after 7 races have Jim Cunningham, San Francisco, CA, and his team on top, 3 points ahead of the former leader Chris Busch, San Diego, CA, who apparently lost the regatta after an early start disqualification in the last race. Thomas Carruthers, San Diego, CA, closely followed in 3rd just one point behind. ----- The results and the event website.
Various Classes - Charleston Race Week 2021 - Final results - Successful Sailboat Racing amidst a Pandemic
While the outcome on top of the J/70 and Melges 24 remained unchanged yesterday with clear winners, the situation in the third-largest class, the VX One, remained tight till the end. Please find here the overview on the top three in the largest fleets: ----- VX One (26 boats) Doug Clark , Mystic, CT, and his team coming strongly from behind moved on top in the final two races (ranks 2 and 1), relegating Christopher Alexander, Ocean Springs, MS, tied on 2nd. Michelle Warner, Boulder, CO followed in 3rd 2 points behind. ----- Melges 24 (35 boats) Travis Weisleder, Richmond, VA, USA, and his team remained the superior winners 6 points ahead. Swapping ranks 2 and 3, Laura Grondin, West Hartford, CT, best of the day new in 2nd, replaced Bora Gulari, Detroit, MI. ----- J/70 (29 boats) Outstanding victory of Bruno Pasquinelli, Dallas, TX, and his team, 16 points ahead Joel Ronning, Excelsior, MN. Another 3 points back, Michael Goldfarb, Seattle, WA, replaced John Heaton, Wilmette, IL, on the podium. ----- The results, the final report, and the event website.
Top News – Sunday, April 11, 2021
Finn - European Championship 2021 - Vilamoura POR - Today Practice Race, with participants from USA, CAN and MEX
The European Finn Championship, the last test before the 2021 World Championship in Porto POR beginning in two weeks, starts today in the south of Portugal with the training regatta. ----- 51 participants from 31 nations and 3 continents are on the entry list. The favorite Giles Scott GBR will be challenged by Nicholas Heiner NED, Beresz Zsombor HUN, Jack Lilley AUS, Alican Kaynar TUR or Max Salminen SWE to name but a few. ----- Tom Ramshaw CAN, Juan Ignacio Pérez MEX and Luke Muller USA are the North Americans competing. ----- The Olympian 1972 Gerardo Seeliger ESP, 73 years old, candidate for the presidency of World Sailing last November, will also be at the start. ----- The preview.
The start to the second leg of the Sardinha Cup, which leads over 800 miles to the Scilly Islands in the south of England and back, takes place today in St.Gilles. The fleet of 21 two-person teams is expected back in France on Friday. Given the small margins in the first stage - Xavier Macaire/Morgan Lagravière FRA won by just 5 minutes from Alexis Loison/Guillaume Pirouelle FRA - the final decision will be made in this leg. ----- The preview.
Cloudy skies allowed for a light easterly to predominate at the beginning of the day and made it difficult to set up the first race on Saturday. Fortunately, the sun broke through enabling the southerly sea breeze to build to 12-15kn, and four races could be completed. ----- Here the top ranks in the largest fleets: ----- Melges 24 (35 boats) Travis Weisleder, Richmond, VA, USA, and his team 9 points ahead of the best of the day (2-1-1-2) Bora Gulari, Detroit, MI. New in 3rd follows Laura Grondin, West Hartford, CT, another point back. ----- J/70 (29 boats) Bruno Pasquinelli, Dallas, TX, and his team, 5 points ahead Joel Ronning, Excelsior, MN, up in 2nd and John Heaton, Wilmette, IL, tied with Andrew Fisher, Miami, FL in 3rd with a 10 point backlog on rank 2. ---- VX One (26 boats) Christopher Alexander, Ocean Springs, MS, and his team, 6 points ahead of Marty Kullman, Mt Pleasant, SC, in 2nd, and another point behind Michelle Warner, Boulder, CO in 3rd. ----- The results, the report of day 2, and the event website.
Top News – Saturday, April 10, 2021
We already reported yesterday morning UTC about the victory of Xavier Macaire/Morgan Lagravière FRA in the first leg. The closely packed fleet reached the finish within 3 hours, and only Jonas Gerckens/Sophie Faguet FRA last lost over 7 hours. Tomorrow afternoon is the start of the second leg of 800nm. ----- The report with ranking list and the videos.
Various Classes - Charleston Race Week 2021 - Day one - Off to Rousing Start with Multiple Races Completed
178 boats split into 14 classes completed three or four races each on five different racing circles at Charleston Race Week 2021 in moderate to medium 8 to 15kn conditions. Leading in the largest fleets are: ----- Melges 24 (35 boats) Travis Weisleder, Richmond, VA, USA, and his team 2 points ahead of Harry Melges IV, Fontana, WI. Another point behind follows Brian Porter, Fontana, WI. ----- J/70 (29 boats) Bruno Pasquinelli, Dallas, TX, and his team, clearly leading 8 points in front of Brian Keane, Weston, MA, USA, followed 4 points back by David Jannetti, Miami Beach, FL, in 3rd, tied with Joel Ronning, Excelsior, MN, in 4t. ----- VX One (26 boats) Michelle/Austin/Reed, Boulder, CO, USA, also 8 points ahead of Jack Jorgensen, Manhattan Beach, CA, and Doug Clark, Mystic, CT, 9 points behind. The results, the Day 1 report, and the event website.
Three races were held on day one of the San Diego YC Midwinters West Regatta, event of the 2021 Etchells West Coast Spring Series, with Chris Busch/Ben Mitchell/Patrick Powell, San Diego, CA, as clear leaders 5, respectively 6 points ahead of the teams of Argyle Campbell, Huntington Beach, CA, and Chris Snow, San Diego, CA. ----- The results and the event website.