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.
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.
The Verve Cup Offshore Regatta
In August 2015, Chicago Yacht Club will host the 23rd annual Verve Cup Offshore Regatta. The event features a three-day offshore regatta, as well as a one day Distance Race. As the largest course-racing regatta in North America, Verve Cup has developed as a world-class event, attracting national and international sailing competitors. This three-day event will attract 100 yachts to the beautiful Chicago lakefront. Participating yachts range in size from 25 feet up to 80 feet in length, and carry crew from 4 to 20 persons. During the regatta, Chicago Yacht Club will welcome more than 2,000 racers, spouses and guests at their Monroe harbor clubhouse. These participants are treated to three days of top quality racing, followed by food, entertainment and camaraderie.
Competitors participate in multiple races, and boats sail either with a rating handicap or a one design so that boats of different size and character can compete against one another in one of the 18 plus racing sections. Overall prizes are awarded to the top finishers in each section, with one offshore boat winning the perpetual Verve Cup Trophy. The Verve Cup trophy dates from 1893 and is Chicago Yacht Club’s oldest trophy. Overall prizes are awarded for each class of boat.
The Verve Cup Inshore Regatta
The Verve Cup Inshore Regatta is a spectacular sailing event. Hosted by the Chicago Yacht Club at Belmont Station each August, the Verve Cup is the most popular inshore regatta in Chicago. Identical One Design classes compete for two days to determine which boat has the best skipper and crew. Etchells, Shields, Luders 16, Rhodes 19, Solings, J/70s and J/24s were all part of the competition last year. Fleets only need five boats registered to participate, so mobilize your class and sign up for some great racing at Belmont this August!
This year, the Verve Cup was bigger than ever and is assured to be the best One Design sailing around. Featuring optimal late summer breezes, competitive racing, and the best race committee on the water, the Verve Cup delivers outstanding racing. Big name sponsors providing premium swag and generous free pours turn the party into a real blast. Get onboard for the 2015 Verve Cup Inshore, the best One Design Sailing event in the Midwest!
The Copa del Rey, a Palma classic, will see the TP 52 fleet fight to the finish of this, the fourth event in the 52 Super Series. Azzurra is currently in first place after having won the World Championship at the previous event in the series.
The 34th edition of the Copa del Rey will see a record fleet of 136 boats from 23 different nations competing. The fleet will be divided into eight different Classes. Some Classes will start racing today while the most eagerly awaited Class, the TP 52s, will start racing tomorrow and will finish on August 8th.
Just a couple of weeks ago in Majorca, Azzurra won the 52 World Championship, the third event in the 52 Super Series, held in Puerto Portals. The boat flying the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda’s burgee consolidated her lead in the 52 Super Series at this event and currently is 34 points ahead overall on the second placed boat, Sled, and is 38 points ahead of the third placed boat, Quantum.
Azzurra is heading into the 34th Copa del Rey in top form both in terms of her team and in terms of the boat’s tuning. But nothing can be left to chance. Azzurra’s competition is strong and determined, especially Quantum which will once again have Terry Hutchinson aboard. The 11 teams racing are all top level and there is a rookie to watch amongst them: Spookie (ex Interlodge) helmed by Steve Benjamin, former 470 Class LA Olympic silver medalist. Peter Holmberg is their tactician.
FRAPORITA Team won the Silver medal at the J/22 Worlds Championship that has been held in Travemunde, Germany, on 20-25 July 2015.
It has been attended by 44 boats from GER, FRA, NED, USA, CAN, and even the CAYman Islands. First place went to USA, so we can say that FRAPORITA is J/22 European Champion!
Some technical feedback on the gear we use:
> We have been super happy of the Force 4 Long John and Spray Top, they are really confortable for their transpiration, impermeability, confort of moving, and lightness
Name: FRAPORITA - NED1273
Owner: Giuseppe d'Aquino / Jean-Michel Lautier
Helmsman: Jean-Michel Lautier
- Worlds Silver medal 2015
- Dutch Campion 2013, 2014
- Dutch Ranking 1st in 2013 and 2014
- North Sea Regatta 1st in 2013 and 2015
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.
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!
Second place for Molo Longo in Maxi Open class at Rieka, Croatia.
Onshore collection onboard.
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."