Trieste: “Banco Espirito Santo” with Russell Coutts on tactics and boat owner, Patrick De Barros, at the helm, won the Trieste leg of the RC44 Circuit.
For almost all the regattas the crew wore Bistrow T-shirts and Hissar Bermuda shorts for the light wind and warm temperature conditions which characterised the days of the competition in the Gulf of Trieste; only on the penultimate day did the crew don the RC44 oilskin with both the Long John and the RC Spray Top against the fresher Bora winds which began blowing at around the 20 knot mark, and finally provided conditions for some spectacular trials.
Currently, Banco Espirito Santo is lying in second place in the overall rankings. The final event in the RC 44 Championship Tour will be held at Puerto Calero from 10th -14th December.
Annapolis Boat Shows, a premier event management company, has produced sterling in-water boat shows since 1970. Today, close to 130,000 attendees from around the world come to the Chesapeake Bay to experience these nautical extravaganzas.
The Newport International Boat Show encompasses 13 acres of Newport’s famed waterfront with all makes and models of powerboats and sailboats ranging from 16 ft. to 85 ft. - ready for boarding and review. On the land side, there’s a bountiful array of marine products and services to enhance the boating lifestyle. Domestic and international dealers and manufacturers will be on hand to provide you with valuable information and answers to all your questions. With numerous countries represented - it truly is an international event.
SLAM onboard Lino Sonego Team for 3rd leg Extreme Sailing Series, in Amburgo.
The TP52 fleet return to Puerto Portals, Mallorca for the first time since 2008 when a twelve boat fleet line up to fight for the TP52 World Championship title at the third regatta of the season long 2015 52 SUPER SERIES. SLAM is onboard Azzurra.
It may be a new and very different looking fleet of TP52s to the year 2008 when crews were competing at the 14th Breitling Regatta and arguably the 2015 worlds fleet is much more open, much harder to call a possible winner than back then, but certain teams have winning form which runs right back through the class history to those earlier days of the world’s leading grand prix monohull class.
In 2008 Quantum Racing won on the Bay of Palma, rolling in back to back regatta titles with their new boat and Terry Hutchinson as tactician. They were the ‘dominant force’ of that time. This year they return to the Bay of Palma not yet having won a 52 SUPER SERIES regatta this season with their new boat. With different helms in Valencia and Porto Cervo, Sardinia the super high level of winning consistency has eluded the 2014 World Champions and 52 SUPER SERIES title holders, so far.
And Azzurra come to Portals after winning the second regatta of the season, on their home waters of Costa Smeralda. Bruni describes them as the form boat of the season and their performance on the water confirms that. As Matador they won the TP52 world championship on the Bay of Palma in 2009, and were runners up to Quantum Racing in 2008 in Puerto Portals.
SLAM is Optimist Italia Official Supplier and in july will be in UK for the IODA EUropean Championships. Around 250 of the World’s top young sailors from over 45 countries will travel to North Wales for what is always one of the most fiercely contested events on the international junior racing calendar.
The Optimist class is widely regarded as the breeding ground for future international sailing success with four-time Olympic champion Sir Ben Ainslie and Wales’ own London 2012 470 class silver medalist, Hannah Mills, both Optimist graduates. In fact over 90% of sailors at London 2012 raced Optimists as juniors.
Pwllheli will stage the Optimist European Championship from 18-26 July 2015, and last week 64 youngsters from 11 nations, from as far afield as India, Hong Kong and Bermuda, put the venue to the test at the 2014 Optimist International Clinic (22-25 July) and Pwllheli International Optimist Regatta (26-27 July).
Bob Lowe, Chairman of the Events Committee in Pwllheli said: “We’re very much looking forward to hosting the Optimists in Pwllheli. Pwllheli is a special place where you are guaranteed a warm welcome. With the fabulous sailing waters of Cardigan Bay and a beautiful backdrop of the Snowdonia National Park everyone will have a memorable championships on and off the water."
The TP52 that is the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda's sporting symbol has won the 52 World Championship, third event in the 52 Super Series - where the most competitive sailing class races - held in the waters off Majorca. Azzurra's current winning streak is unprecedented in this event.
Azzurra had mathematically already won the 52 World Championship going into the last race in event before the conclusion. This thanks to her consistent results, always in the leading positions at the head of the fleet of twelve competing teams many of which include former Olympic and America's Cup sailors.
Azzurra started the day with a 14 point advantage over the second placed boat, Quantum Racing. Her fifth place finish just ahead of Quantum that placed sixth meant she was sure to win the Championship. As if to prove her state of grace, Azzurra got a sixth place in the last race when she had already technically won the title. This will give her an even greater advantage over her competitors in the upcoming events in the 52 Super Series as the Puerto Portals event was the third in the Series. Final results of the Series will be calculated at the end of the season based on performance overall in the single events.
Guillermo Parada, skipper: "It's a sweet moment for us. We had a dream week, one of those that you remember for a long time because everything worked perfectly. The sailing team, the shore team, our sail makers, one of whom lost his mother at the beginning of the week. We wanted to dedicate this regatta to him. I think that aside from that everything worked perfectly. The team worked perfectly: every tack, every gybe, every drop, every hoist was perfect and obviously Vasco did an excellent job and got us in a good position every time against the fleet. I think the result speaks for itself and we are really, really happy and proud because it was the whole package that worked well this week. We all deserve to be world champions. We have been waiting six years to get this victory again because the last time was 2009. We lost it twice for one point so we know how hard it is to loose and we have to celebrate properly and win again."
Alberto Roemmers, owner: "I'm very proud of this team that has shown what it's worth here at the 52 World Championships. After my first win in this event helming Matador today I taste victory again aboard Azzurra. This could really be our season, we have won three events out of four so far and I don't think we're going to stop now."
Grant Loretz, trimmer: "It has been a great week and a great experience sailing with the Azzurra team. I first sailed with the Argentinian guys on the Alexia a long time ago in 1998 so I've known them for all that time competing against them and this year I've joined them. We've sailed really, really well this week against some tough competition. I think the standard in the fleet has moved up so it was very difficult to win races. The boys have tried really hard and we've sailed consistently. We have a nice points lead, but we'll keep fighting."
Vasco Vascotto tactician: "I'm proud to be part of this group that has brought Azzurra to her 52 World Championship win. In the past it has always slipped away from us. This team has been through some tough times but has always stayed together. Today we are gathering the fruits of our labours. I prefer to celebrate this victory as the Azzurra team's rather than consider it my 25th title."
In La Rochelle (FRA) Notaro team rady for the j70 Worlds, SLAM onshore collection together!
Italian European and World team in Garda lake before the European Championships.
Nautor’s Swan and Royal Yacht Squadron Racing Limited are pleased to announce that the Gazprom Swan 45 World Championship will be held at Cowes, Isle of Wight from Monday 6th July to Friday 10th July 2015. The Organising Authority of the Gazprom Swan 45 World Championship wishes to remind all Swan Owners of the original aims of this Regatta. It is to provide enjoyable and competitive racing for all Swan 45 yachts, their owners, their families and friends and to provide a varied and entertaining social programme ashore.
Second place for Molo Longo in Maxi Open class at Rieka, Croatia.
Onshore collection onboard.
As the great British summer of sailing gets into full swing, the eight elite level Extreme 40s are preparing to descend on the Welsh capital for the Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 4, Cardiff presented by Land Rover, from the 18 – 21 June 2015. One of the narrowest city-centre stadium racecourses on the global tour, head to head battles and photo finishes will be the order of the day as the fleet race down the hourglass shaped track in the heart of Cardiff Bay.
Returning to Cardiff for the fourth consecutive year, the Extreme Sailing Series has captured the imagination of the public and drawn crowds of over 120,000 people to the free to enter Race Village, set in the shadow of iconic Welsh landmarks the Senedd and the Wales Millennium Centre. Fans who can’t make it to the public Race Village can watch the racing live online, with commentary from Land Rover Global Brand Ambassador Hannah White, alongside Extreme 40 expert and round the world sailor Nick Moloney, Friday 19-Sunday 21, 1530-1700 BST daily. -
SLAM is Lino SOnego Team onboard!
SLAM is official supplier and Official licensee of Argentario Sailing Week (18-21 june), organized by Yacht Club Porto Santo Stefano; the yachts will be divided in 5 categories:
Spirit of Tradition
Metric Classes and One Design
The last day of racing in the Settimana delle Bocche has sealed the victory for Azzurra, the TP52 heiress to the spirit of the first boat by that name that was the first Italian challenger in the America’s Cup back in 1983. The 2015 version of Azzurra is a state-of-the-art racer that competes in the 52 Super Series, the most competitive circuit for monohulls today.
With today’s results Azzurra has won the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda’s most historic regatta for the second time. The first Settimana delle Bocche was in 1972, and Azzurra won it already in 2013. There was a big celebration back at port and congratulations on all sides.
Riccardo Bonadeo, YCCS Commodore and President of the Consorzio Azzurra, had these words: “Winning in home waters is a double satisfaction, and this is the second time it has happened; I guess the Costa Smeralda brings Azzurra luck! The team was excellent and compact and beat their competitors in conditions where it's the team that makes the difference, both in skill and in tactics. Today there was no room for mistakes and these sailors have shown that they really know their stuff; in sport like in life the best man wins. They have to keep it up, keeping in mind that the competition is fierce and the road is still long. I am very happy with the new Azzurra, without this new boat all of this would be impossible. Azzurra is a wonderful and we have to thank, yet again, the Roemmers family for all that they have made possible.”
Quotes of the day:
Tactician Vasco Vascotto: “It was a great event. Yesterday I was hoping that we’d keep on sailing as well as we had been and today we did it. Bravissimi to all, it’s always wonderful to win at home and on top of that we’re first in the 52 Super Series. You couldn’t ask for more!”
Owner and helmsman Alberto Roemmers: “The guys are a really great team and today we just went for the win. We didn’t have an eye on anybody in particular, we just wanted to do a very clean and nice race. We had an excellent downwind leg. We are really very happy and the team was excellent."
Open the Mediterranean regatta season from June 2nd to 5th with the Gold Cup edition of the Ibiza Regatta.
Enjoy your favorite sport with friends and relations. Sail in idyllic nature and beats of the best music in world’s most dynamic location; IBIZA.
The ideal start of the Mediterranean regatta calendar and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of Ibiza.
The Gold Cup is a special edition for 10 to 20 prestigious yachts (65ft+). Participants race three days from bay to bay. Moor at the most astonishing locations. And enjoy a highly engaging and proven program. Everything is based on the successful ingredients of the Ibiza Regatta. An enthusiastic team professionally organizes exciting races and a surprising and unforgettable full board program at special venues. A very accessible atmosphere with great mood and group dynamics are guaranteed.
Experience turquoise waters, picturesque bays, breath-taking sunsets/sundowners, white beaches and a warm sea breeze. These elements combined with the best that Ibiza has to offer, form the most entertaining regatta conditions of the world. All this just around the corner from most European capitals.
Pleased to annouce SLAM UK sponsorship of the event at Weymouth & Portland. Returning to the London 2012 Olympic waters, ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth and Portland will take place between 8-14 June with the racing conducted over five days. SLAM is ISAF World Cup Weymouth official supplier.
Azzurra, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda’s sporting symbol, finished off the first event in the
52 Super Series with a fabulous double win. The second event on the calendar is the Settimana delle Bocche that will be held from June 9th to 13th in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.
Azzurra was the star of today’s races in the waters off Valencia, with two first place finishes that leave her just one point behind the third-placed boat and put her in very close competition with the other top-placed boats. In the 52 Super Series it’s the sum of the season’s points that decrees the overall winner so winning single events is not as important as consistently good scores in the over fifty races scheduled during the course of the Series.
Azzurra, the first runner up in last year’s edition, will be challenging a fleet that is even larger and more competitive than it was in 2014.
A fleet of twelve boats will compete in six scheduled races in the waters around Valencia for this first event, the Ford Vignale Valencia Sailing Week, that will be held from May 19th to 23rd.
The 52 Super Series is growing constantly both in terms of quality of the teams and technology of the builds. This latest edition, with twelve boats competing, will also see an increase in the number of participants. Nine of the twelve boats racing are new builds and Azzurra is one of them. The levels of competition and technology are very high and investments in this high-level event are only expected to grow.
Azzurra and SLAM together
One more victory in J70 Italian Trophy for Notaro team in Sanremo, 2nd leg of Circuit.