Saturday, 30 April 2011

America's Cup: On Board an AC45 during the Pre-Start with Simeon Tienpont (NED)

by Peter Rusch

ORACLE Racing bowman/grinder Simeon Tienpont is a perpetual motion machine in this video that captures one of Friday's pre-start sequences.

Simeon agreed to wear a GoPro camera strapped to the middle of his chest for the day. As you can see, he's in constant motion through the three minutes of pre-start action, only stopping at the end - to hike!

The sailors have been talking about how physical the AC45 catamarans are to sail and this is a very visual demonstration of what they mean.

The camera was on for the entire test match, and the footage for the duration of the 20-minute contest was very similar: Simeon was in constant motion, his movements interrupted only by short 15-20 second 'breaks' when he was hiking.

You can bet the AC45 crews are sleeping well this week!

America's Cup

America's Cup: Day 4 of AC45 Race Trials with Terry Hutchinson, Artemis Racing

Terry Hutchinson discusses crew rotation, rather than a fixed crew; the big "new" factor being the speed at which the boats go. "It's sharp, it's physical, it's intense," he says.

America's Cup

Audi Winter Series: Will Amon Ra Bring the Sun?

Audi Winter Series 2010 fleet near Middle Head. Image copyright Audi/Andrea Francolini.

by Jennifer Crooks

Owner Nicholas Jones will be hoping his yacht Amon Ra lives up to her namesake and brings the sun out on Sunday for the Great Veterans Race, conducted by the Cruising Yacht Club o Australia, marking the commencement of the Audi Winter Series 2011.

Amon Ra, the Egyptian sungod and is also the name given to Jones’ Farr 1104 that is still in itsoriginal 1978 configuration. The boat was campaigned in the 1997 Sydney Hobartwhere she placed 13th in the PHS Division, sailing under the race name of Globus Food Packaging. Today, Amon Ra is largely sailed inshore.

In today’s yachting world of carbon fibre masts and fibreglass hulls to have a yacht in its original configuration is rare. “Other than a few replacement sails, some cosmetic and structural repairs, the boat is as originally designed and built with the small fin keel, large fractional rig and IOR styling. In their day the 1104s were considered as radical and lightweight, but by today’s standards they are far(r) from it,” Jones said.

The non-spinnaker Great Veterans race marks the opening of the Audi Winter Series 2011 and is sailed in a relaxed but competitive environment for the historic Windward Trophy. The morning often starts at the CYCA clubhouse with many ‘old salt’ stories relived and friendships re-juvenated. Then it’s off to the start line, for a lively and noisy race with tactics being called from the helm and old rivalries coming to the surface.

Last year’s winner Nigel Stokes’ classic Knud Reimers designed Fidelis won’t be back this year to defend her title however, Mr Christian (David Salter) and Maris (Ian Kiernan and Tiare Tomaszewski) who placed second and third overall respectively will make their return. Other famous Sydney Hobart Veteran yachts include The Rum Consortium’s Davidson 42 Phillips Foote Witchdoctor, a veteran of 27 Hobarts, Chris Dawe’s Cole 43 Polaris of Belmont (26 Hobarts), Peter Stronach’s Mercedes IV, Simon Kurts’ Love & War and David Champtaloup’s Caprice of Huon.

Alex Whitworth, who was recently awarded the Blue Water Medal for his circumnavigation of the world via the Northwest Passage West to East by the Cruising Club of America, will compete in his Brolga 33 Berrimilla, in which he undertook the historic circumnavigation.

The opening Ladies Day race for the Jill McLay trophy will also be sailed on Sunday, with 60 entrants across four divisions – two spinnaker and two non-spinnaker. Stephen Ainsworth has entrusted the helm of his RP63 Loki to daughter Jessie for the day, with Pip Lavis in control of the flying toothpick known as UBS Wild Thing, and Sky Reidy, last year’s ladies day division A winner returns on Never A Dull Moment to defend her win in the spinnaker division.

Competing in the non-spinnaker division, Michele Colenso, who has completed in two Rolex Sydney Hobarts onboard the Oyster 55 Capriccio of Rhu to raise awareness of breast caner will helm the Murray 60 Sydney, with last year’s Division 1 runner-up Pam Messenger returning aboard Sydney 38 Utopia and Fenella Bastick will take the reigns of the Farr 34 MRX, owned by her husband Miles and Jon Short.

Racing commences at 11:30 hrs on Sunday 1 May with the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting south to south westerly winds of 10-15 knots with possible showers.

Competitors in the Audi Winter Series 2011 attended the launch cocktail party for theseries at the CYCA on Wednesday evening with three lucky competitors each winning an Audi to drive for the weekend.

The Audi Winter Series pointscore starts on Sunday 8 May with ten pointscore racesfor nine spinnaker, two non-spinnaker and a Sydney 38OD division. The point score series will consist of 10 races, with up to three drops allowed, if all ten races are completed. The opening and closing Ladies Day events do not count towards a yacht’s overall series pointscore.

Aswell as great Musto gear for the top three in each division, all divisional place getters go in the draw for the chance to drive a brand new luxury Audi A5 Sportback for the week.

Series block entries must be lodged prior to race four with casual entries being accepted throughout the season.

Audi Winter Series

Sara Winther: New Zealand's Golden Girl!!!

As she promised after winning Gold at the previous Sailing World Cup event, the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE in Palma, Mallorca, Kiwi Sara Winther repeated the feat in her Laser Radial at the Semaine Olympique Francaise - Toulon Provence Mediterranee Sailing World Cup event in Hyeres this week. Well done, Sara! Awesome work!!!

Sara Winther (NZL) strikes Gold in the Laser Radial at SOF-TPM Hyeres, France. Image copyright Guillaume Durand/DPPI/FFV.

by Zoe Hawkins

Sara Winther overtook two boats in the dying moments of the medal race overnight, to earn her second consecutive gold medal in the Laser Radial Class at a major European sailing regatta.

Five other members of the NZL Sailing Team finished in the top ten at French Olympic Sailing Week in Hyeres, France: Tom Ashley was fourth in the RS:X Men’s class, and Jon-Paul Tobin eighth. Mike Bullot also completed the Laser event in eighth position, and Dan Slater was ninth in the Finns, with Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders ninth in the Men’s 470.

“This event was very hard to win,” says Sara. “Sarah Steyeart from France had it all over me until the last fleet race where she finished 21st, giving me a seven point buffer going into today’s medal race.”

Of the medal race itself she says, “I had a terrible start and was battling at the back for most of the race. But I did have a fantastic last downwind passing two boats on the last wave into the finish line, and beating Sarah by just two points.”

“It has been a great regatta and I have had a great time here in Europe over the last six weeks. It has given me a lot of confidence in my program leading up to the other events in England later this year.”

Tom Ashley finished the medal race in second place, but needed to find four points on his top rivals to strike gold, and one point to earn bronze, even after seven podium finishes out of a possible eleven races. Jon-Paul Tobin was sixth in the medal race, finishing on 85 points, after securing eight top-ten race finishes in a very difficult regatta.

Mike Bullot was fifth in his doublepoints medal race, Dan Slater ninth, and Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders, placed sixth in theirs.

French Olympic Sailing Week is the fifth of seven regattas that make up the ISAF Sailing World Cup and attracted over 1,100 sailors from 60 countries, making it one of the most important events in the year before an Olympic Games.

New Zealand’s standings after the final day

Men’s RS:X (90 entries)
Tom Ashley (NZL Sailing Team) 4th (38 points)
Jon-Paul Tobin (NZL Sailing Team) 8th (85 points)
Antonio Cozzolino 20th (126 points)

Women’s RS:X
(75 entries)
Natalia Kosinska 21st (134 points, gold fleet)
Justina Sellers 39th (113 points)
Stefanie Williams 42nd (136 points)
Jazmine Lynch 51st (181 points)
Georgia Schofield 66th (234 points)

Laser (155 entries)
Mike Bullot (NZL Sailing Team) 8th (103 points)
Josh Junior (NZL Sailing Team) 12th (101 points)
Andy Maloney (NZL Sailing Team) 16th (121 points)
Andrew Murdoch (NZL Sailing Team) 23rd (139 points)
Sam Meech (NZL Sailing Team) 55th (124 points, silver fleet)

Laser Radial (98 entries)
Sara Winther (NZL Sailing Team) 1st (60 points)
Miranda Powrie 15th (129 points)
Rachel Basevi 44th (238 points)

Finn (81 entries)
Dan Slater (NZL Sailing Team) 9th (118 points)
Matt Coutts 31st (170 points)

Men’s 470 (106 entries)
Paul Snow-Hansen and Jason Saunders (NZL Sailing Team) 9th (106 points)

Women’s Match Racing
(24 entries)
Stephanie Hazard, Jenna Hansen and Susannah Pyatt (NZL Sailing Team) 13th

Yachting New Zealand
SOF-TPM Hyeres

Up Close and Personal with Cats: Awesome Images by Christophe Launay from Eurocat Carnac 2011

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Eurocat YC Carnac
Christophe Launay - SeaLaunay Twitter @sealaunay

Eurocat Carnac 2011

by YC Carnac media

First international test of the season in F18, the Eurocat is each year a general repetition for this class. For this 25th edition , nothing seems to break with the rule and the race will be exciting between all the star of the division. Darren Bundock, the record-man of the of the Eurocat's victories will be there with the C2 which this will be the second season. Second last year, the objective will be clearly to aim for the highest place of the podium.

Brothers' Bellet have been awarded two medals at the ISAF world catamaran competition for young will do their beginning in the F18's class, and in C2, with the objective to gain experience. In Hobie Cat, the seeded players of this shipwright who's story becomes confused with the one of the sporting catamaran, will be well represented with the mythical Mitch Booth, still faithful to this test and to his crew the Carnac Yacht Club, Moana Vaireaux and Romain Petit.

The Hobie Wild cat is now mature and is a reference as the Hobie Tiger at his time. After an excellent season 2010 and the French championship for François Morvan and Matthieu Vandamme, the Shockwaves of Loday-White would be able to get out while the going is good. Nacra should not be outdone with Dutch crews who had always been efficient. On the “team sail” side, world title holder, it seems that new F18 would make an appearance. Being the big ones, some of the members of this team as Olivier Barkès and Arnaud Jarlégan should be able to put everyone on the same wavelength in F18.

Finally, a large number of eyes will be looking at this last-born boat of Cirrus. This new boat, which breaks up the usual bombs has shown a strong potential, especially on the raids of the end of the season 2010, and , well lead, should cause a stir. Well lead, he should be if you believe the gossips about the that Mischa Heemskerk, Eurocat 2010 winner would be under the colours of Cirrus's authority.

Beyond all the headliners who do of the F18 one of the series of the dinghy sailing at the highest level, it is very important to remind that this class would not be what she is without all its enthusiasts and sail lovers who for the Eurocat's occasion to take their boat out again to contribute to give to this test a unique dimension. Of course, as organizers, we are delighted of seeing all this champions back each year in Carnac but all our efforts aim for too and above all to satisfy all this enthusiasts and sail lovers who have no other ambition than to enjoy a great moment afloat and ashore.

In 25 Eurocat editions, they always were there and without them, sporting multihull practise and especially of the F18 would not be what it is. At the time when the class is getting better and better, it is so important that through the event such as the Eurocat, it can reunify all those who made its history.

At the time when sporting catamaran's practise seems to know a new boost in France, it is in C1 and C3 categories that we should found again an other big part of those enthusiasts who will enjoy the school holidays to sail some days before the Eurocat in a convivial way. To pursue a movement who appeared quite a long time from now, the Vipers should be well represented in C1 category.

Coming from Australia, Brett Goodal, the son of the architect of this wonderful sporting catamaran will be there with the English couple Chris and Georgina Sproat often winners in Quiberon's bay.

Also the young mother Carolijn Brouwer will be there with Liz Wardley to defend their title at the 2010 Eurocat. They are, at this day, the only feminine crew of having win this test.

Affordable and very efficient, this boat is a great success in France and numbers of mixed crew should be in for it. The development of this boat should also motivate the “afficionados” of Matia and others Spitfire, which as the years go by, stay dynamic and want to show that they are credible alternative to the Viper.

Beyond these series strongly introduced and developed, the Eurocat in C1 category, it is still the occasion to see legend boats sailing such as the Tornado which gets a second wind in spite of its ousting of the Olympic Games. Finally, sailing sol, there is nothing unusual about seeing Class A at the Eurocat but also some Shadow leading by “Mister Catamaran”, Yves Loday or as well Hobie FX one.

This diversity of classes in C1 is a mark of the dynamism present in the practise of sporting catamaran. It reminds how the race is most importantly a game no matter which catamaran those sail lovers ride with. As a matter of fact, they will be numerous in the C3 category which holds all the myths of sporting catamaran which are the HC16 and the Dart 18. Those two series take their dynamism from another aspect that the dinghy sailing's development cannot ignore : the intergenerational dimension which has always been at the heart of the Eurocat.

Whether young and from sailing school or long time sailors especially in HC16 and even more in Dart 18, this generation melting pot is one of the strong values of the Eurocat. For this test, the Dart 18 “new kind of boat” should wear trendy customized decorations and “design” which put them forward on the sea. The typically young series (SL16, SL15,15 , tyka, Dragoon, Dart 16) should be heavily represented thanks to school holidays, before a selective race for the French championship and one week before the World young ISAF test's selection. A new generation exists and is ready to take over.

There is still time to join this unique event in the world of sporting catamaran. We are waiting for you !

YC Carnac

A look at the Vendée Globe with 18 months to go to the start

Start of the last Vendée Globe. Image copyright Vincent Curutchet/DPPI/Vendée Globe.

by Vendée Globe media

Since the publication of the 2012-2013 Vendée Globe Notice of Race last December at the Paris Boat Show, there have been a few new appointments made and some major changes within the organising team. Firstly, in terms of the management structure, the SAEM Vendée chaired by Bruno Retailleau, President of the Vendée Council, has appointed Guillaume Henry as the new Director-General. He replaces Sophie Vercelletto who occupied this position from 2004, but has now moved on to pastures new. Denis Horeau will once again be the Race Director for the 2012 race, the start of which has been brought forward by one day to Saturday 10th November. As for the skippers, the organisers of the Vendée Globe present the latest news on the line-up with eighteen months to go to the start.

Guillaume Henry, the new Director-General of the SAEM Vendée

The new director-general of the Vendée Globe is Guillaume Henry (43). Originally from the Sarthe area he later moved to Normandy. With a background in marketing and sales (with diplomas from the ISC, ESCP and a master’s in sports marketing from the ESSEC School), he has worked in Western France and has acquired eighteen years experience in marketing specialising in tourism and promoting the local area, and has managed various projects and teams. More recently he was Head of Eure Tourisme for nine years after running the Deauville Tourist Office. Among his main goals he would like to see the Vendée Globe become a truly global event with a greater number of foreign skippers taking part and wider international coverage.

Denis Horeau, Race Director

As for the race itself, after being at the helm of the Vendée Globe in 1989, 2004 and 2008 and currently in charge of the Barcelona World Race, Denis Horeau has once again been appointed as Race Director by the SAEM Vendée. His experience means he has built up an international reputation. He will be assisted by a team of four: Anne-Sophie Lefeuvre, assistant and coordinator of the Race Directors, Guillaume Evrard events assistant, along with an English speaker, who will be one of the two assistant Race Directors.

Start on Saturday 10th November 2012

For the first time, the start of the seventh Vendée Globe will take place on a Saturday (10th November 2012). The schedule for the school holidays and the tide times for November 2012 ruled out a start at noon (GMT) on Sunday. On top of that, as Sunday 11th November is a day of commemoration, it did not seem right to plan a start for that particular day. The SAEM Vendée has therefore decided to bring the start forward by 24 hours. That will allow the people of Vendée and the visitors that pour in to enjoy the start and everything on offer at the Race Village. We should remind everyone that the economic consequences are huge for the Vendée area, with the last edition bringing in 39 million euros.

Around twenty sailors already working towards the race

The SAEM Vendée is working in close collaboration with the IMOCA class to make everything as simple as possible for the skippers. While the economic crisis has meant that it is quite tricky to find sponsors, many projects are already underway or are in the process of being drawn up. The various contacts made during the Barcelona World Race have proved once again that the Vendée Globe represents the ultimate adventure and the event that sailors dream of taking part in.
Around twenty skippers have already expressed their intention to take part in the 2012-2013 Vendée Globe. They can be divided up in the following categories:

12 skippers already in the starting blocks

- Including two skippers, who have officially handed in their registration: Jean-Pierre Dick (Fr) – Virbac Paprec and Vincent Riou (Fr) – PRB

- Seven skippers have requested the pre-registration papers: Arnaud Boissières (Fr) – Akena Vérandas ; Kito de Pavant (Fr) – Groupe Bel ; Dominique Wavre (Switzerland) – Mirabaud ; Bernard Stamm (Switzerland) – Cheminées Poujoulat ; Armel le Cléac’h (Fr) – Banque Populaire ; Marc Emig (Fr) – who is currently looking for partners; Jérémie Béyou (Fr) – also looking for partners

- Three skippers have not yet picked up the paperwork, but have announced they want to take part and already have a partner: Alex Thomson-Hugo Boss (GB) ; Marc Guillemot - Safran (Fr) ; François Gabart - Macif (Fr)

Ten or so other skippers have announced they would like to take part and are currently looking for partners. Among them we find Mike Golding (GB) ; Dee Caffari (GB) ; Jean Le Cam (Fr) ; Samantha Davies (GB) ; Yann Eliès (Fr) ; Rich Wilson (USA)

It should be stressed that some other skippers remain determined to take part in the 2012-2013 Vendée Globe and that boats are still available and ready to race. So we can already look forward to seeing between 25 and 30 boats lining up at the start of the next Vendée Globe.

The Vendée Globe, a unique event

The Vendée Globe is a unique event for three main reasons:

- Its concept: one man, one boat for a non-stop race around the world without external assistance – the Everest of the Seas. The Vendée Globe is one of the world’s top three sailing events along with the America’s Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race.

- Its audience: The Vendée Globe is one of the races which attract the most people and media coverage: 1.68 million people attended the start and finish in 2008-2009. During the last edition, the media coverage included more than 466 hours of television, 300 hours of radio, 18,000 press articles and 213 million pages were viewed on Internet. The event is calculated to have brought in more than 39 million euros.

- Its organisation: Organised by the SAEM Vendée, the Vendée Globe is a sporting event that fits in perfectly with the identity of Vendée, which is home to the world’s biggest sailing boat manufacturer: Bénéteau-Jeanneau. In addition to that, the sea attracts almost 5 million visitors to Vendée each year. The race conveys the image of a department with a strong identity, which is open to the world, as could be seen with all the small businesses from Vendée that were present at the Paris Boat Show and which sell their products around the world.

In French:

Point sur le Vendée Globe à 18 mois du départ

Start of the last Vendée Globe. Image copyright Jean Marie Liot/DPPI/Vendée Globe.

Depuis la publication de l’avis de course du Vendée Globe 2012/2013 en décembre dernier au Salon Nautique de Paris, quelques nominations et changements importants sont intervenus au sein de l’organisation. Côté management, la SAEM Vendée présidée par Bruno Retailleau, Président du Conseil Général, a nommé Guillaume Henry nouveau directeur général, en remplacement de Sophie Vercelletto qui occupait cette fonction depuis 2004 et part naviguer sur d’autres projets. Denis Horeau sera à nouveau le directeur de course de l’édition 2012 dont le départ sera avancé d'un jour, soit le samedi 10 novembre. Côté skippers, l’organisation du Vendée Globe fait le point sur les protagonistes pressentis à un an et demi du départ.

Guillaume Henry, nouveau directeur général de la SAEM Vendée

Le nouveau directeur général du Vendée Globe est donc Guillaume Henry, 43 ans. Sarthois d’origine et Normand d’adoption, de formation supérieure marketing et commerciale (ISC, ESCP, mastère ESSEC en marketing sportif), cet homme du Grand Ouest dispose d’une expérience de 18 ans dans le marketing touristique et territorial, le management de projets et d’équipes. Il était précédemment directeur d’Eure Tourisme pendant neuf ans après avoir dirigé l’office du tourisme de Deauville. Parmi ses objectifs prioritaires prend place l’internationalisation du Vendée Globe, avec l’élargissement du plateau sportif à un plus grand nombre de skippers étrangers et une couverture médiatique optimisée à l'international.

Denis Horeau directeur de course

Côté course, déjà aux manettes du Vendée Globe en 1989, 2004 et 2008 et actuellement à la barre de la Barcelona World Race, Denis Horeau a été retenu une nouvelle fois par la SAEM Vendée. Son expérience fait autorité au niveau mondial. Il sera assisté de quatre personnes : Anne-Sophie Lefeuvre, assistante et coordinatrice de la direction de course, Guillaume Evrard assistant événementiel, ainsi que d’un directeur de course adjoint anglophone et d’un autre directeur adjoint.

Départ le samedi 10 novembre 2012

Pour la première fois, le départ du 7e Vendée Globe sera donné un samedi, le 10 novembre 2012. Le calendrier des vacances scolaires et l’horaire des marées de novembre 2012 ne permettait pas un départ le dimanche à 13 h. D’autre part, le dimanche 11 novembre étant jour de commémoration nationale, le départ ne pouvait raisonnablement se tenir précisément ce jour. La SAEM Vendée a donc fait le choix d’avancer le départ de 24 heures. Cela permettra au public vendéen et aux passionnés venus des quatre coins de France de mieux profiter du spectacle du départ et du village de la course. Rappelons que les retombées économiques sont considérables pour la Vendée, évaluées à 39 millions d’euros pour la dernière édition.

Une vingtaine de skippers déjà dans la course

La SAEM Vendée travaille en étroite collaboration avec la Classe IMOCA pour faciliter les démarches des skippers. Si la crise économique rend difficile la recherche de sponsors, de nombreux projets sont aujourd’hui finalisés ou en bonne voie de l’être. Les contacts établis à l’occasion de la Barcelona World Race ont permis de vérifier que le Vendée Globe constituait bien l'aventure ultime à laquelle les marins rêvent de participer.

Une vingtaine de skippers, pour le moment, ont manifesté à ce jour leur intention de courir le Vendée-Globe 2012/2013. Ils se répartissent comme suit :

12 skippers déjà dans les starting blocks

Parmi eux deux skippers ont déposé leur dossier officiellement : Jean-Pierre Dick (Fr) – Virbac Paprec et Vincent Riou (Fr) – PRB

Sept skippers ont demandé un dossier de préinscription : Arnaud Boissières (Fr) – Akena Vérandas ; Kito de Pavant (Fr) – Groupe Bel ; Dominique Wavre (Ch) – Mirabaud ; Bernard Stamm (Ch) – Cheminées Poujoulat ; Armel le Cléach (Fr) – Banque Populaire ; Marc Emig (Fr) – en recherche de partenaires ; Jérémie Béyou (Fr) – en recherche de partenaires

Trois skippers n’ont pas encore retiré leur dossier mais ont déclaré vouloir participer et ont un partenaire : Alex Thomson - Hugo Boss (Gb) ; Marc Guillemot - Safran (Fr) ; François Gabart - Macif (Fr)

Une dizaine d’autres ont déclaré vouloir faire la course et sont en recherche de partenaires. A noter parmi eux : Mike Golding (Gb) ; Dee Caffari (Gb) ; Jean Le Cam (Fr) ; Samantha Davies (Gb) ; Yann Eliès (Fr) ; Rich Wilson (USA)

A noter également que certains autres skippers restent très motivés pour participer au Vendée Globe 2012/2013 et que des bateaux sont encore disponibles et prêts à prendre le départ. On peut d’ores et déjà s’attendre à 25-30 bateaux sur la ligne de départ du prochain Vendée Globe !

Le Vendée Globe, un événement unique

Le Vendée Globe est un événement unique au monde pour trois raisons principales :

- Son concept : un homme, un bateau pour une course autour du monde sans escale et sans assistance, c’est l’Everest des mers. Le Vendée Globe fait partie du trio des plus grands événements nautiques au monde avec la Coupe de l’America et la Volvo Ocean Race.

- Son public : Le Vendée Globe est l’une des courses qui suscite le plus grand engouement du public et des médias : 1,680 millions de personnes ont assisté au départ et aux arrivées en 2008-2009 ! Lors de la dernière édition, la couverture médiatique a permis d’assurer plus de 466 heures de télévision, 300 heures de radio, 18 000 articles de presse et 213 millions de pages vues sur Internet. Les retombées économiques ont été évaluées à plus de 39 millions d’euros.

- Son organisation : Organisé par la SAEM Vendée, le Vendée Globe est un événement sportif en parfaite adéquation avec l’identité de la Vendée, qui abrite le plus grand chantier de plaisance au monde : Bénéteau-Jeanneau. En outre, la mer draine chaque été près de 5 millions de touristes en Vendée. La course véhicule l’image d’un département à forte identité mais aussi ouvert sur l’extérieur comme en atteste les nombreuses PME-PMI vendéennes présentes sur le Salon Nautique et qui développent leurs marchés dans le monde entier.

Vendée Globe

Ecological Europa (EU) Race Stops in the Environment Capital of Europe 2011

Start in Istanbul 2009. Image copyright Jacques Vapillon.

English Summary of the Main Points by SailRaceWin

On Wednesday, 3rd August 2011, eight to twelve high-tech. carbon IMOCA Open 60 yachts, will sail up the Elbe to Hamburg as part of the Europa Race, using wind energy alone, to tie up at the Hamburg Harbour at the Überseebrücke. The forty days, from 1st July until 10th August, highly talented teams will campaign from Istanbul to Barcelona, Brest and Hamburg, on the waters of the Bosporus to the Solent, with the forces of nature, wind and water. Amongst the skippers are Bernard Stamm (Rivages), Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss), Marc Guillemot (Safran) and Kito de Pavant (Groupe Bel).

In Hamburg the "Cap San Diego" is to be found. It is the largest heavy duty, civilian museum ship in the world, which serves as a promotion platform for the development of renewable energy sources. During the two day long stopover in Hamburg the 20m long racing yachts will lie in the shadow of the about 160m long goods freighter. Display, prizegivings and parties will take place on board the "Cap San Diego".

The Blankeneser Segel Club (Blankenser Sailing Club) has invited the yachts with the support of the Hamburger Segler Verbandes (Hamburg Sailing Organisation). "Never has an offshore race of this international calibre made a stop in Hamburg," said Dieter Tetzen, President of the BSC (Blankeneser Segel Club). "We are proud to be able to welcome the sailors to Hamburg."

Amongst others, the Swiss sailor Bernard Stamm will bring his newly developed boat, especially for the Vendée Globe 2012, the new Rivages, up the Elbe. For the Vendée Globe the sailors race singlehanded, so alone on board their 20m long Carbon Bullets around the world. For Stamm the Europa Race will be the first opportunity to properly test the race readiness of his new boat, which comes from the stable of Juan Kouyoumdjian.

The race brings with it to Hamburg approximately 150 yachtsman, organizers and a complete TV team, with transmission studio.

Ökologisch​e EU-Regatta stoppt in der Umwelthaup​tstadt Europa 2011

IMOCA 60 Foncia - Action an Bord. Image copyright Jacques Vapillon.

von Hans Gente

Wenn sich einige der berühmtesten Hochseesegler der Welt aufmachen, im Zeichen ökologischer Technologien an einer Regatta teilzunehmen, dann ist das etwas Besonderes. Wenn eine der Regatta-Zwischenstopps in Deutschland stattfindet, dann unterstreicht das die deutsche Kompetenz in Sachen Ökotechnologie. Wenn dieser Zwischenstopp dazu noch in Europas Umwelthauptstadt stattfindet, dann ist das ein Grund zum Feiern.

Am Mittwoch, den 3.8.2011 werden im Rahmen des Europa-Race acht bis zwölf Hightech Carbon IMOCA Open 60 Yachten nur mit Windenergie die Elbe stromauf nach Hamburg segeln, um an der Überseebrücke im Hamburger Hafen festzumachen. Denn vierzig Tage, vom 1. Juli bis zum 10. August 2011, kämpfen hochtalentierte Teams von Istanbul über Barcelona, Brest, Hamburg nach Codes auf den Wassern des Bosporus bis zum Solent mit den Kräften der Natur, dem Wind und dem Wasser. Unter den Skippern sind Bernard Stamm (Rivages), Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss), Marc Guillemot (Safran) und Kito de Pavant (Groupe Bel).

Start in Barcelona 2009. Image copyright Jacques Vapillon.

Die sportliche Öko-Tech-Herausforderung

Die große internationale Aufmerksamkeit dieser Regatta - 2009 betrug allein die TV-Berichterstattung über 150 Stunden - wird genutzt, um etwas für den Schutz unseres Planeten zu tun. Skipper und Teams unterzeichnen eine Umwelt-Charta, um verantwortliches Verhalten in Bezug auf Umweltschutz und Klima während der Veranstaltung zu gewährleisten.

Ankunft Sieger Team FONCIA in Brest, skipper Michel Desjoyeaux - The 2009 winning team, Foncia, arrives in Brest with skipper Michel Desjoyeaux. Image copyright Jacques Vapillon.

Über die Grenzen eines üblichen Sportereignisses hinaus, wird eine Plattform für Kommunikation, Kooperation und Austausch im Kampf gegen Klimawandel und die Bewerbung von erneuerbaren Energien etabliert. Eurokraten, Politiker, Skipper, Gaststädte, Partner, Akademiker, Physiker, Industrie, Forschungs- und Entwicklungseinrichtungen werden zusammengeführt, um durch gegenseitige Kooperationen ein ökologisches Forum in ganz Europa zu etablieren. Das politische Gewicht der ökologischen Mission des Europa-Rennens wird durch die Partnerschaften mit dem Schirmherren, der Europäischen Kommission und den Partner-Städten erreicht.

Die Regatta wird daher durch die EU gefördert und darf das EU-Logo tragen. Das Rennen steht unter den persönlichen Schirmherrschaften von Connie Hedegaard, EU-Klimakommissarin und Maria Damanaki, EU-Kommissarin für maritime Angelegenheiten und Fischerei. So schreibt Damanaki: "Wir wünschen dem Rennen den größtmöglichen Erfolg!". Auch das Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit unterstützt den deutschen Zwischenstopp: "Ich begrüße die Idee, eine Kampagne zum Klimaschutz und die Nutzung erneuerbarer Energie und anderer "grünen" Technologien im Rahmen der geplanten Regatta zu platzieren." lässt Minister Röttgen ausrichten. "Unsere Erfahrungen im Bundesumweltministerium zeigen, dass Sportveranstaltungen wichtige Umweltthemen einer breiten Öffentlichkeit vermitteln können."

Die Cap San Diego in Hamburg an der Überseebrücke - the Cap San Diego in Hamburg at the Überseebrücke (bridge). Image copyright Hans Genthe. [Note from SailRaceWin: the Alstersee, a lake, is at the heart of Hamburg.]

In Hamburg wird die "Cap San Diego", das größte fahrtüchtige, zivile Museumsschiff der Welt, als Promotion-Plattform für die Nutzung erneuerbarer Energiequellen dienen. Während des Zwischenstopps in Hamburg werden 2 Tage lang die 20m langen Regattayachten im Schatten des rund 160m langen Stückgutfrachters liegen. An Bord der "Cap San Diego" finden Ausstellungen, Preisverleihung und Feiern statt.

Der Blankeneser Segel Club hat die Yachten unter Unterstützung des Hamburger Segler Verbandes eingeladen. "Noch nie hat eine Hochseeregatta von dieser internationalen Bedeutung in Hamburg Station gemacht." Dieter Tetzen, Vorsitzender des BSC (Blankeneser Segel Club) ist begeistert. "Wir sind stolz, die Segler in Hamburg begrüßen zu dürfen." Unter anderem kommt der Schweizer Bernard Stamm mit seinem neuen, extra für die Vendée Globe 2012 entwickelten Boot, der neuen Cheminées Poujoulat, die Elbe hinauf. Im Rahmen der Vendée Globe jagen Segler einhand, also allein an Bord, auf ihren 20m langen Carbon-Geschossen rund um die Welt. Für Stamm wird das Europa Race damit die erste Möglichkeit sein, die Leistungsfähigkeit seines neuen Bootes aus der Feder von Juan Kouyoumdjian ausgiebig zu testen.

Eine Regatta im Einklang mit der Natur - A regatta at one with nature. Image copyright Veolia Environnement.

Die Teilnehmer des ersten Europa Race 2009 haben eine wichtige Erfahrung mitgenommen: das Segeln mit kompletter Crew ermöglicht es, dem eigenen Boot 100% der möglichen Leistung zu entlocken. Damit wird das Potenzial besser definiert und mögliche Schwachstellen erkannt. Neben den rein technischen Aspekten bietet das Europa Rennen den Skippern die Chance ihre gesamte Technik und Taktik, das Boot und sein Verhalten vor der großen Welt-Umrundung zu erproben. Mit diesen Erfahrungen können dann effizientere Lösungen und Techniken entwickelt werden. Segelmacher, Meteorologen und Experten für On-Bord-Computersysteme sind daher als Crew-Mitglieder sehr gefragt. Doch auch die Chemie zwischen den Crew-Mitgliedern muss stimmen, damit ein Team gewinnen kann und so sind neben den Fähigkeiten auch die Neigungen der einzelnen Mitglieder wichtig.

Im Rahmen des Rennens kommen rund 150 Segler, Organisatoren und ein komplettes Fernsehteam mit Übertragungsstudio nach Hamburg.

Europa Race

BWR: Cartoon of Loick Peyron and Jean-Pierre Dick by Fred Eagle

Cartoon in celebration of the new holders of the 24 hour monohull distance record, by Fred Eagle

Cartoon copyright Fred Eagle - see Loick Peyron's facebook page

Le Cafe de la Marine du Telegramme : Thomas Coville

Thomas Coville is interviewed in Lorient after his unsuccessful attempt (on Sodeb'O) to break the solo round the world record held by Francis Joyon (Idec). Tom moves to Groupama to sail the Volvo Ocean Race on board Groupama 4, skippered by Franck Cammas, before returning to his solo around the world record attempts with Sodeb'O.

Le Cafe de la Marine

Le Cafe de la Marine du Telegramme: Jean-Pierre Dick

Interview with Jean-Pierre Dick (aka le Gentleman Skipper ou le Big Blonde) en francais, avec Jimmy Pahun (compere), Pierre-Yves Lautrou et Gilbert Drean.

Discussion ranges from the Vendee Globe to Extreme 40s. JPD says that, at present, he is oriented on offshore racing, but "why not" one day for Extreme 40 racing...

Le Cafe de la Marine du Telegramme

The Origins of Women's Match Racing in the Olympics

Olympic Match Racing from Match Race Center on Vimeo.

Match Race Center, Chicago

IMOCA60: Vice-World Champion - Alex Pella, Estrella Damm

Subcampeones del mundo

Los patrones del Estrella Damm, reconocidos por el trabajo de dos años en la clase IMOCA

Alex Pella y Pepe Ribes, patrones del Estrella Damm, subcampeones del mundo 2010 en la clase IMOCA. Image copyright María Muiña.

by Daniel Ferrando

Con el fin de la Barcelona World Race se ha cerrado la clasificación del campeonato del mundo 2010 de la clase IMOCA. Jean Pierre Dick ha sido coronado como campeón del mundo por su impecable trayectoria en estos últimos dos años. Pero el absoluto dominio francés se ha roto con la irrupción de los españoles y otras nacionalidades.

En la clasificación hecha pública ayer por la tarde, Alex Pella aparece como subcampeón del mundo de la clase IMOCA. Este reconocimiento, sin embargo, como bien explica el propio patrón barcelonés, es compartido al cincuenta por ciento con Pepe Ribes (Benissa, Alicante) también patrón del Estrella Damm. Ambos han compartido responsabilidades a bordo en todas las competiciones disputadas en estos dos últimos años, los que se tienen en cuenta para la clasificación IMOCA 2010. "Mi nombre aparece porque sólo se puede inscribir uno como patrón, y en estas competiciones era yo el que constaba, aunque patrones somos ambos y yo siempre he navegado junto a Pepe en este barco", explica Pella.

Cada año, la clase IMOCA elabora su clasificación basada en los resultados de los dos años previos. La razón de esto es que la clase quiere tomar en consideración al menos una de las dos vueltas al mundo de cada ciclo de regatas de cuatro años, la Barcelona World Race o la Vendée Globe. De este modo, para la clasificación 2010 se tiene en cuenta la Istanbul Europa Race 2009, la Transat Jacques Vabre 2009, la Ruta del Ron 2010 y la Barcelona World Race 2010. Cada competición tiene un coeficiente, y los competidores suman un número de puntos basado en el número de inscritos en cada regata menos su posición final en la clasificación más uno. En otras palabras, en una regata con diez barcos, el ganador se lleva 10 puntos, el segundo 9, y así sucesivamente.

El Estrella Damm frente a las costas barcelonesas. Image copyright Jorge Andreu.

Así, Alex Pella representando el tándem con Pepe Ribes, suma 118 puntos, conseguidos entre la Transat Jacques Vabre 2009 y la Barcelona World Race 2010. "Es algo que me produce una gran alegría tras el gran trabajo realizado con Pepe y el resto del equipo durante estos dos años. El quinto puesto en la Transat Jacques Vabre y el cuarto en la Barcelona World Race son los que nos han dado este subcampeonato del mundo. Pero no me olvido tampoco del Récord Nueva York-Barcelona o del podio en la Vuelta a España, que no se incluyen en la clasificación y de los que también nos sentimos muy orgullosos. Hemos trabajado, navegado y competido mucho en los últimos dos años, y este subcampeonato es algo que nos llena de alegría", explica Pella.

Para Ribes se trata de una gran noticia: "Ser subcampeones del mundo en una clase con tanto nivel como la IMOCA es algo muy grande. Es el reflejo de dos años de trabajo duro, que culminaron con la Barcelona World Race. Además, somos los primeros españoles y es algo de lo que sentirse orgullosos. Felicitamos a Jean Pierre por sus increíbles resultados, y es una gran noticia que Pachi e Iker estén en el top cinco", en referencia a los españoles Pachi Rivero e Iker Martínez, tercero y cuarto en el ranking.

Clasificación campeonato del mundo IMOCA 2010

1 Jean-Pierre Dick, 144 pts
2 Alex Pella, 118 pts
3 Pachi Rivero, 114 pts
4 Iker Martinez, 104 pts
5 Dee Caffari, 93 pts
6 Ryan Breymaier, 80 pts
7 Roland Jourdain, 75 pts
8 Michel Desjoyeaux, 73 pts
9 Marc Guillemot, 70 pts
10 Wouter Verbraak, 64 pts

Estrella Damm Sailing Team

Friday, 29 April 2011

IMOCA60: Jean-Pierre Dick Crowned World Champion

Loick Peyron (FRA) with IMOCA World Champion Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA), winners of the Barcelona World Race. Image copyright Nico Martinez/Barcelona World Race.

by Marion Cardon

With the completion of the Barcelona World Race, the IMOCA World Championship rankings have now been established. Quite logically, it is Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac-Paprec 3) who is crowned after his faultless performance over the past two years. The weighting given to the Barcelona World Race also means that the Spanish racers make their entrance into the top ten, making it the most international line-up ever.

Each year, the IMOCA class draws up its rankings based on the results of the previous two years. The reason for this is simply that the class wishes to take into account at least one of the two round the world races scheduled in the four year cycle of events, the Barcelona World Race or the Vendée Globe. So for the 2010 rankings, the results of the 2009 Istanbul Europa Race, the 2009 Transat Jacques Vabre, the 2010 Route du Rhum and the 2010-2011 Barcelona World Race have been included. (Each competitor is awarded a number of points based on the number of entries in the race and the coefficient of the race)

A very international Top Ten

Three Spaniards, Alex Pella, Pachi Rivero and Iker Martinez, and one British sailor, Dee Caffari complete the top five. Alex and Pachi owe their position to their excellent results in the Barcelona World Race, but also in the Transat Jacques Vabre and come in ahead of Iker Martinez, who with his co-skipper, Xabi Fernandez, finished just behind Jean-Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron in the Barcelona World Race.

Anna Corbella (ESP) and Dee Caffari (GBR) at the end of the Barcelona World Race. Dee Caffari also did the Transat Jacques Vabre, and finishes 5th, and top woman, in the IMOCA60 2010 world rankings. Image copyright Maria Muina/Barcelona World Race.

Five nationalities are represented in the top 10, as Ryan Breymaier (United States) and Wouter Verbraak (Netherlands) also enter the rankings.

The 2011 rankings will be taking into account the results of the 2010 Route du Rhum, the Barcelona World Race, the Europa Race and the 2011 Transat Jacques Vabre. We can be sure that Jean-Pierre Dick, who has already announced he will be taking part in the double-handed transatlantic race would like to win the race again after his victories in 2003 and 2005. This would be an excellent way to ensure he keeps his title for another year.

Jean-Pierre Dick's reaction

"I am very moved, as this title rewards the strong performances of the whole team over the past few years. We have striven to approach our work in the same way ever since the project began and this is in many ways the reward for this consistency. I know how much I owe to my team and also to my partners, who have always remained faithful, never flinching since the outset.

"We must be careful now not to rest on our laurels. The Transat Jacques Vabre is coming up at the end of the year. Along with Loïck, we noted down a list of little technical modifications, which should mean the boat can offer an even better performance. We are going to set about doing that. The goal is now to try to keep our title for another year."

Ryan Breymaier (USA), left, and Boris Herrmann (GER) finishing the Barcelona World Race. Image copyright Maria Muina/Barcelona world Race.

IMOCA World Championship rankings

1 Jean-Pierre Dick, FRA, 144 pts
2 Alex Pella, ESP, 118 pts
3 Pachi Rivero, ESP, 114 pts
4 Iker Martinez, ESP, 104 pts
5 Dee Caffari, GBR, 93 pts
6 Ryan Breymaier, USA, 80 pts
7 Roland Jourdain, FRA, 75 pts
8 Michel Desjoyeaux, FRA, 73 pts
9 Marc Guillemot, FRA, 70 pts
10 Wouter Verbraak, NED, 64 pts

NB : The IMOCA rankings only include full members of the class. That is to say skippers, who are in possession of an IMOCA 60 or those, who can show they currently have a construction project underway.

Jean-Luc Nelias (FRA) receives no mention in the top ten, despite his Transat Jacques Vabre race with Roland Jourdain (FRA), who is in 7th place. Image copyright B. Stichelbaut.

Note from SailRaceWin: This means that, for example, Loick Peyron (FRA), Xabi Fernandez (ESP), Anna Corbella (ESP), Boris Herrmann (GER) and Andy Meiklejohn's (NZL) results in the Barcelona World Race did not provide them with any points for the IMOCA rankings, as Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA), Iker Martinez (ESP), Dee Caffari (GBR), Ryan Breymaier (USA) and Wouter Verbraak (NED), who replaced Alex Thomson (GBR) on HUGO BOSS, were taken as the "lead" skippers on their respective boats. This seems a little unfair to us, but we understand that the point is under discussion with the IMOCA60 class, with a view to a possible change being made to the rule in the future.

In French:

Jean-Pierre Dick, Champion du Monde IMOCA

Loick Peyron (left) and IMOCA World Champion Jean-Pierre Dick also established a 24 hour monohull distance record during the Barcelona World Race. Image copyright Jean-Pierre Dick/Virbac Paprec 3.

par Anne-Charlotte Meyer

Avec l’arrivée de la Barcelona World Race, le classement du Championnat du Monde IMOCA a pu être établi. Il couronne fort logiquement Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac-Paprec 3) auteur d’un parcours exemplaire au cours de ces deux dernières années. Le poids de la Barcelona World Race permet aussi l’arrivée en force des coureurs espagnols dans un top 10 qui n’aura jamais été aussi international.

Chaque année, l’IMOCA établit un classement basé sur les deux années écoulées. Cette logique découle de la volonté de la classe de prendre systématiquement en compte un des deux tours du monde programmés sur un cycle de quatre ans, la Barcelona World Race et le Vendée Globe. Pour ce classement 2010 ont donc été pris en compte les résultats de l’Istanbul Europa Race 2009, de la Transat Jacques Vabre 2009, de la Route du Rhum 2010 et de la Barcelona World Race 2010-2011. (Chaque concurrent est crédité d’un nombre de points fonction du nombre de partants et du coefficient de l’épreuve).

Wouter Verbraak (NED), with son Nicklas, and Andy Meiklejohn (NZL) at the end of the Barcelona World Race. Image copyright Manuel Medir/FNOB.

Jean-Pierre Dick sacré

Vainqueur de la Barcelona World Race, quatrième de la Route du Rhum, cinquième de l’Istanbul Europa Race, le skipper de Virbac-Paprec 3 accède pour la première fois de sa carrière au titre suprême. Une récompense somme toute logique au regard de la montée en puissance du navigateur depuis quelques années. Jean-Pierre a su passer du statut d’outsider à celui de favori déclaré en s’appuyant sur les méthodes qui font la force de son projet : une préparation minutieuse avec la volonté d’accumuler les milles, une équipe technique solide et stable et des partenaires fidèles depuis le premier engagement de Jean-Pierre dans le circuit IMOCA. Jean-Pierre succède à Marc Guillemot au palmarès.

Un top 10 très international

Trois Espagnols Alex Pella, Pachi Rivero et Iker Martinez et une Britannique Dee Caffari complètent le groupe des cinq premiers. Alex et Pachi doivent à leurs bons résultats sur la Barcelona World Race mais aussi sur la Transat Jacques Vabre de précéder Iker Martinez qui, avec son complice, Xabi Fernandez, a terminé sur les talons de Jean-Pierre Dick et Loïck Peyron lors de la Barcelona World Race.

Cinq nationalités sont représentées dans le top 10 puisque Ryan Breymaier (Etats-Unis) et Wouter Verbraak (Pays-Bas) entrent dans le classement.

Two who missed out in the top ten IMOCA rankings: Francois Gabart (FRA) and Kito de Pavant (FRA) did the Transat Jacques Vabre together. Image copyright Gilles Martin-Raget.

Le prochain classement prendra donc en compte les résultats de la Route du Rhum 2010, de la Barcelona World Race, de l’Europa Race et de la Transat Jacques Vabre 2011. Gageons que Jean-Pierre Dick qui a déjà annoncé sa participation à la transat en double ne serait pas mécontent d’y rééditer ses victoires de 2003 et 2005. Ce serait encore la meilleure des manières de conserver son titre un an de plus.

Réaction de Jean-Pierre Dick

« Je suis assez ému parce que ce titre récompense toute la montée en puissance de notre équipe depuis quelques années. On s’efforce de travailler dans le même sens depuis que ce projet est né et c’est, en quelque sorte, la récompense d’une certaine constance. Je sais tout ce que je dois à l’équipe qui m’entoure de même qu’à mes partenaires qui m’ont toujours apporté un soutien sans faille depuis le début.
Maintenant, il ne va pas falloir s’endormir sur ses lauriers. La Transat Jacques Vabre se profile à la fin de l’année. Avec Loïck, nous avons validé une foule de petiotes modifications techniques qui devraient rendre le bateau encore plus performant. Nous allons travailler dessus. L’objectif est maintenant d’essayer de garder ce titre encore un an. »

IMOCA sailing at its best (very wet!): Groupe Bel. Image copyright Gilles Martin-Raget/

Classement du Championnat du Monde IMOCA

1 Jean-Pierre Dick, FRA, 144 pts
2 Alex Pella, ESP, 118 pts
3 Pachi Rivero, ESP, 114 pts
4 Iker Martinez, ESP, 104 pts
5 Dee Caffari, GBR, 93 pts
6 Ryan Breymaier, USA, 80 pts
7 Roland Jourdain, FRA, 75 pts
8 Michel Desjoyeaux, FRA, 73 pts
9 Marc Guillemot, FRA, 70 pts
10 Wouter Verbraak, NED, 64 pts

NB : n’apparaissent dans le classement IMOCA que les membres actifs de la classe, c’est à dire les skippers en titre d’un IMOCA 60 ou ceux qui peuvent se prévaloir d’un projet en cours de construction.


America's Cup: ORACLE Racing versus Artemis Racing Match Race Pre-Start

with a cameo appearance by the leading Kiwi 49er duo, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke

America's Cup

BWR: Tribute to HUGO BOSS Boys Andy Meiklejohn (NZL) and Wouter Verbraak (NED) from Anna Corbella (ESP)

Anna Corbella
Barcelona World Race

NZ Toyota Optimist Nationals - Images from the Prizegiving

Dean Barker and Leonard Takahashi-Fry - First overall. Image copyright Christine Hansen.

Top five sailors to represent New Zealand at the Optimist World Championship to be held in Napier later this year. Image copyright Christine Hansen.

Overall Results

1st Leonard Takahashi-Fry
2nd Isaac McHardie
3rd Markus Somerville
4th William Mckenzie
5th Nathaniel Deverell

Dean Barker and Rory McCutheon - sportsmanship trophy. Image copyright Christine Hansen.

Dean Barker and Aiden Nicholas - Top placing for first time sailor in the Open fleet. Image copyright Christine Hansen.

Dean Barker and Isaac McHardie - second overall. Image copyright Christine Hansen.

Markus Somerville, third overall, with Dean Barker. Image copyright Christine Hansen.

Dean Barker and William McKenzie - fourth overall. Image copyright Christine Hansen.

Dean Barker and Nathaniel Deverall - fifth overall and top Northland sailor. Image copyright Christine Hansen.

Prizes. Image copyright Christine Hansen.

Wakatere Boating Club