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.
Since 1985, the European elite are to be found in Monaco in February competing in the first major Mediterranean regatta of the season, organised by the Yacht Club de Monaco.
Regularly attracting 150+ boats over two weekends divided into nine classes (1,000 sailors), the Primo Cup – Trophée Credit Suisse has established itself as a classic for one-designs and IRC classes (since 2012).
For the 32nd edition the classes competing are:
– 1st weekend (5-7 February 2016): Smeralda 888, Surprise, Star, SB20 and IRC 1 to 4
– 2nd weekend (12-14 February 2016): J/70, Melges 20 and Diam 24od
While many come from as far afield as Eastern and Northern Europe to escape the cold and revel in the Principality’s milder winter conditions, the Monegasque race area is tactically demanding in all weather conditions. Note also that the ski slopes are just 90 minutes away from the Principality of Monaco!
SLAM clothes Top 3 of all podiums…
In a long established tradition special to the Yacht Club de Monaco for all its regattas, technical clothing specialist SLAM, a loyal YCM partner for over 30 years, presents crew members of the first three teams with garments form the company’s Advanced Technology line.
Taking full advantage since 2014 of its new Clubhouse and sailing facilities designed by Lord Norman Foster, the Yacht Club de Monaco has ramped up its winter regatta programme over the last two years. Its monthly Sportsboat Winter Series of regattas for the Melges 20 and J/70 classes (October to March) is attracting more and more sailors from northern Europe who make Monaco their winter training base. Act 4 of this Winter Series is the Primo Cup – Trophée Credit Suisse, a major regatta that for over 30 years has opened the Mediterranean race season.
With some 150 boats (800+ sailors, 14 nationalities) already registered over the two weekends in seven classes alongside the IRC classes 1 to 4 (since 2012); demos & free trials of the trimaran Diam 24od, competing for the first time; and an umpires course run in conjunction with World Sailing, the 32nd edition is set to live up to its reputation as a classic.
1st weekend (5th – 7th February): Surprise Europ’ Sailing Championship
At least 20 Surprises are expected in this loyal class to the Primo Cup which will also be Act 1 of their Europ’ Sailing Championship. A popular boat for lake sailing, it’s no surprise to see so many Swiss, Italians and French signed up.
Alongside will be the 88.8m Smeralda 888 (10 entrants) designed by German Frers, where the rule is that owners must be at the helm, and the Star, an Olympic class (15) and another Primo regular. International teams, including Ed Russo President of the SB20 World Council, are among the 15 lined up for the SB20 contest, while IRC classes 1-4 will be here in force with 25 expected.
2nd weekend (12th – 14th February): Act 4 of the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series
Alongside the Diam 24od class, competing for the first time at the Primo, the J/70 fleet of 35 entrants is even more international this year following the European Championship hosted by the Yacht Club last October, with boats coming from all over Europe. Motivated by Jacopo Carrain, President of the Monaco Class Association, the J/70 has grown rapidly as a class in the Principality with 18 boats now racing under the Yacht Club de Monaco flag.
The Primo Cup is also Act 4 of the five-act Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series for the J/70, as well as for the 27 Melges 20 boats registered. Instigated by Valentin Zavadnikov in 2013, this Winter Series offers a high level programme of monthly training regattas for one-designs throughout the winter for experienced teams wanting to train for the season’s big meetings.
Opportunity: to try out the Diam 24od one-design trimaran
New to the Primo Cup – Trophée Credit Suisse this year is the exciting one-design trimaran, the Diam 24od (7.25m), which rejuvenated the Tour de France à la Voile (sailing’s version of the cycle race) in 2015 and is set to do so again in 2016. As the season-opener in the Med the Primo offers this fleet an ideal opportunity to train in these waters alongside two other sporty classes, J/70 and Melges 20, on the second weekend (12th – 14th Feb).
The Diam 24od fleet will arrive the first weekend to give other sailors a chance to try them out. Sessions for three-four people are being organised on Saturday and Sunday (6th and 7th) and possibly Wednesday 10th (if a lot of interest) for groups of three-four people, who must have the French Sailing Federation (FFV) licence or equivalent and sailing experience. Those interested should register at the YCM.
Report Sydney Hobart 2015 by james Gair:
"I was onboard the TP52 Wot Eva for the big race to Hobart. We started with good downwind conditions until just after nightfall we hit a huge southerly change, conditions switched from a 20 knot NW'ly to rapidly change to a 40 plus knots Southerly. It bought driving rain like being hit with a fire hose and then with wave after wave across the deck.
I was testing a set of Slam force 9's. They did a fantastic job, kept me dry and warm. The built in knee and elbow pads were put to full use in the wild sea state.
Sadly due to a crew injury, (who is now patched up), we had to retire and return to Sydney but the Force 9's met the extreme conditions and did a fantastic job, thanks Slam".
The new slam shop in Russia! CC Zapadniy: Rublevskoye sh., 52А, Moskva, Russia
After five years competing with the Extreme Sailing Series™ The Wave, Muscat’s British helm Leigh McMillan has become a household name in multihull sailing.
But it hasn’t always come easy to the 35-year-old and McMillian knows all too well that in the world of Extreme Sailing it is never a ‘sure thing’ until the final finish line.
On the eve of the final Act of the 2015 season, to be played out in the spectacular setting of Sydney Harbour from the 10-13 December, McMillan is poised to enter the history books as the only skipper in the Series’ nine years to win three championship titles.
“Of course it’s important, not just as the last Act of the season but also the last time we will race an Extreme 40. I wouldn’t say I feel emotional about it,” said McMillan. “But it has made me reflect on the last four years and what an exceptional journey it has been with the Oman Sail team. I guess being in Oman last week it started to hit home that this is the end of an era,” he added.
After his two-year winning streak was broken in 2014 by Alinghi, who snatched victory away from McMillan in the final Sydney Act, The Wave, Muscat were expected to come back fighting in 2015. But despite being widely tipped as season favourites, McMillan surprised everyone at Act 1, Singapore when he only just scraped onto the podium in third place.
“We had a rocky start to 2015,” McMillan reflected. “I think it was probably the result of us doing so many seasons together back-to-back.
“You just need something fresh to get excited about and with Alinghi pulling out of the 2015 season, it was a real disappointment for me. The battles we had on the water over the years were certainly the key to both of our successes. We were driving each other forward and it was frustrating not to have that.”
But the announcement that the Extreme Sailing Series is moving to the hydro-foiling GC32 catamaran for 2016, and with McMillian and his right-hand-man Pete Greenhalgh also racing together on the current GC32 Bullit Tour, they had every incentive to get back into the game.
With a fresh approach and a new style of sailing, McMillan has led his crew to an incredible five Act wins out of a possible seven so far this season.
“Everyone is refreshed and hungry to get out on the water,” McMillan explained, speaking on the sunny pontoon at the Cruising Club of Australia ahead of practice racing.
“It would mean a huge amount for our team to win and finish on a high. We don’t want to scrape across the finish line or run the risk of throwing it away after working so hard for it this year.
“The focus is on taking a convincing win, whatever it takes. And once we finally get to that very clear end goal, then I think it will finally sink in what we have achieved,” he added.
Fans around the world can watch the final decider races of the 2015 season live on Fox Sports Australia and the official event website from the 11-13 December, at the following times:
11 December 1600-1730 (GMT+11)
12 December 1530-1700 (GMT+11)
13 December 1530-1700 (GMT+11)
- See more at: http://www.extremesailingseries.com/news/view/the-end-of-an-era-as-mcmillan-closes-in-on-an-historic-third-extreme-sailin#sthash.YsEMblgd.dpuf
On the occasion of METS in Amsterdam, exhibition dedicated to nautical leisure industry planned from November 17th to November 19th, the oceanic Force 9 oilskin will compete for the DAME (Design Award METS), the most prestigious international contest for the planning of new nautical gears and accessories, clothing category.
METS, AMTERDAM – HALL 1 01.610
Coastal, offshore, oceanic races where oilskins and high comfortable clothing are needed on board. Extreme conditions are faced with the best technology exploiting solutions that offer breathability and impermeability guaranteeing the necessary comfort.
The “Force” line
The flagship of oilskins is the oceanic Force 9, risen from Groupama victory at the Volvo Ocean Race: made of 3-layer fabric to face extreme weather conditions, as well as the ones in ocean or the ones particularly challenging. It’s the top range product that competes for the DAME Design Award. Among the main characteristics: full thermo-taped zip closure, sealed and hand warmer front pockets, elbows with inner pockets made of elastic mesh for foam protections insertion, inner and outer waist adjustments and concealed hood with high visibility Reflexite® insert. Inner 3 mm-neoprene cuffs and adjustable sleeves with reflective printing, emergency whistle, double collar with double closure and radar reflective bands on the shoulders; breathability for 24h with an index equal to 8000 G/m² and with a resistance to a 20000 mm water column. Nylon canvas back reinforcement. Inner fleece collar. Available in steel and sunny lime colours.
The offer of Force line is completed by Force 1, Force 2, Force 3 and Force 4 oilskins, whose characteristics are more and more technical, thought for those who sail one day near the coast, integrated with spray tops and trousers (Force 1 and Force 2), until those who face the most hostile conditions and those who sail for more days (Force 3 and 4). New the marine blue and white colours, whereas the woman model has got the newest vivid fuchsia.
Congratulation to Marco Flemma and Ricca d'Este crew: the new winner of 2015 Este 24 National Circuit.
The Race Committee, chaired by John Coveney assisted by PRO Thierry Leret, launched six races during the championship in widely varying conditions, with a steady wind filling in for the last races and light airs for the first, testing the seamanship of even the top sailors. The spectacle on the water, racing rules employed to the nth degree and the presence of an international ISAF jury led by Baran was essential. Of the 60 teams competing, representing 11 nations, any one of the first 25 boats could have claimed victory. It is not by chance that no team managed to pull off a string of race wins.
The Mexican World Champion Fernandez Neckelmann Julian (Flojito y cooperando) for example won the fourth race which was their best performance, evidence of how fierce the contests were. Not once did the team leading the pack to the first mark win the race, with the downwind legs proving as tactically difficult as the upwind legs. All the finishes on a reach saw some dramatic luffs with spinnakers flying, delighting spectators and getting the adrenaline pumping.
There was everything to play for among the top ten right up to the last race as the slightest mistake on the start putting them OCS risked any hope of being on the podium. For example the Bretons Quentin Delepierre and Mathieu Salomon (Chariot Plus – Vannes Utilitaires), J/80 European champions who came 3rd in the fifth race, will no doubt be regretting their performance in the sixth race and premature start in the first. This evening they are 8th.
The Italian Luca Domenici (Notaro Team), who is used to the Monaco race area having participated in the last Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series and Primo Cup-Trophée Credit Suisse, is the first ever J/70 European Champion ahead of his compatriot Franco Solerio (L’Elagain), winner of the 2015 Italian Championship. The Spaniard Hugo Rocha (New Territories), winner at Kiel Week completes the podium ahead of his compatriot Gonzalo Araoeja (Sailway).
Among the Monaco fleet, the objective was reached with a fine performance by Jacopo Carrain, the Monaco Class President and head of the 15-strong Monegasque fleet, all members of the Yacht Club de Monaco who comprise the largest training and competition base of these one-designs in Europe. He came in tied on 5th.
Leading the 18-strong German fleet was Moritz Bohnenberger (Touring Junior) who came 10th.
At the prize-giving, with SLAM Advanced Technology clothing, first prize for the Corinthian teams went to the one Swedish boat, which has a Provençal name, Fanny, led by Oscar Lundovist.
Thanks to the generosity of all the teams, the Championship raised 10,000 euros for the Lenval Foundation which supports sick children, with a cheque being presented to its president, Arnaud Pouillart. The money will be used to buy paediatric equipment to detect bacterial and viral infections in A&E or after an operation. Another donation will finance the Christmas show, Conte sur Moi at Le Patio nursery which has 36 toddlers.
Next up at the Yacht Club de Monaco is the arrival of the 50 boats taking part in the Grimaldi Trophy, an IRC cruise race which starts in San Remo, Italy.
More than half these J/70 European teams are leaving their boats here for the winter to take part in the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series, alongside the Melges 20, with their sights set on victory at the Primo Cup – Trophée Credit Suisse.
During the J/70 European Championship (11th - 16th October 2015), come and see what is on offer in the Yacht Club de Monaco Boutique’s temporary stand set up in collaboration with sportswear clothing manufacturer, SLAM.
A range of technical clothing and sportswear (for men and women) will be available in the Meeting Room (Quai Louis II).
Open from Sunday 11th October at 10.00am.
Information: Boutique: +377 93 10 65 03 +377 93 10 65 03 – email@example.com
Pour préparer la nouvelle saison de régate…
A l’occasion du Championnat d’Europe de J/70 (11-16 octobre 2015), venez découvrir la Boutique éphémère du Yacht Club de Monaco,
mise en place en collaboration avec l’équipementier SLAM. De nombreux articles techniques et sportswear (collection hommes et femmes)
seront présentés dans la Meeting Room (Quai Louis II).
Ouverture dès le dimanche 11 octobre à 10h00.
Information : La Boutique : +377 93 10 65 03 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Supernikka wins the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup cat. Mini maxi in Porto Cervo. Onshore and offshore SLAM collection onboard.
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.
The first podium in Extreme Sailing Series. SKiff collection onboard the italian Extreme 40.
SLAM is official supplier Optimist Italia.
The TP 52 that carries the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda’s burgee has continued to consolidate her lead in the 52 Super Series at the 34th Copa del Rey Mapfre and now has 35 points advantage in the overall standings. In the only race that was held today Azzurra placed fifth while Quantum won the race and the event.
Today Azzurra docked out from the Real Club Nautico de Palma with just one point’s advantage over Platoon and Quantum, while Bronenosec was trailing the other leaders by just two points. The final day of racing of the 34th Copa del Rey Mapfre was suspenseful, but Azzurra could concentrate on consolidating her comfortable lead in the overall 52 Super Series standings.
Today the breeze was never stronger than 11 knots and kicked in later than usual in the Palma Bay. The first race was called off just 10 seconds before the start and the fleet only began racing at 2:35 PM, too late for running the two races that were originally scheduled because the last race had to be called by 3:45 PM.
Azzurra went for and gained the left side of the course while other boats, Quantum included, chose to start off the Committee boat. It was hard to say which side would be better, the only good choices were radical, lateral ones to stay in clean air. During the first upwind leg the wind was better to the right so Quantum Racing won the race and the event, while Azzurra finished fifth. It was a tough day for both Platoon and Bronenosec and neither could repeat their earlier strong performances. Today’s poor placements put them third and fourth respectively in the Copa del Rey.
The next and final event in the 52 Super Series will be the Cascais Cup scheduled to be held in Cascais, Portugal from September 16th to 20th.
The Copa del Rey Mapfre prize ceremony was officiated by King Felipe VI, who personally presented the prizes to the winners of the eight Classes racing.
Alberto Roemmers, owner and helmsman: “No complaints at all about this second place; I think it was a very good week for us. Maybe we could have done a little bit better, but today we were going for the pin, got it and then it turned out that the right side would have been better. Quantum got it and the game was over. It was a good week anyway, good spirit, good work, good teamwork. Our advantage now is very high and I’m looking forward to the next event.”
SLAM onshore collection Azzurra Onboard.