Aalsmeer, The Netherlands. In conjunction with Westeinder sailingclub Nacra organized a youth multihull sailing clinic so monohull kids could try and taste multihull sailing. Unbelievable positive responses from the kids itself, parents and trainers. These clinics will be repeated as it is such a big succes. The Nacra 15, 16, 18 and F20 FCS were present. Have a look at this video and judge for yourself how this day went.
Winds of up to 12 knots offered ideal conditions for the exciting finals in the Nacra 17 European Championship. The event finished today after six days of competition in the Barcelona International Sailing Center (BISC). Ben Saxton, world champion in this class in 2013, and his current crew Nicola Groves took the European gold in Barcelona after finishing fifth in the Medal Race.
“It was a fun race and we did a good job – mentioned the English skipper – In the end we are champions, so we are very happy. The organization has done a great job”.
Second in the open championship, four points behind the winners, are Australians Darren Bundock and Nina Curtis, who add a total of three Olympic silver medals. Bundock, silver in Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2008, regretted losing positions in the Medal race: “It was a very strange race today, the positions changed a lot and we were first place for a while, but we finally lost [they finished sixth]. The British have done a great job. It was a great championship and I think everyone is happy. The setting was magnificent, with very good facilities, so we had a good race. ”
Three points behind the Australians, completing the podium of the open championship and claiming the European silver are Olympic medallist Allan Norregaard and his crew Annette Viborg, from Denmark. For this country the Nacra 17 Europeans was one of the events to qualify for the Olympic Games. Two Danish teams finished in the top ten: Lin Ea Cenholt and Christian Peter Lübeck, who last night won a protest against Spanish Iker Martinez and Julia Rita, won today the Medal race and finished seventh in the open championship.
For Annette Viborg: “The championship was amazing with a great organization, as well as giving us every facility which in Denmark we don’t have”. The Danish explained, “we still have to work hard this winter to achieve the goal of going to the Olympic Games”.
Italians Vittorio Bissaro and Silvia Sicouri finally took the European bronze. These sailors from the F18 catamaran finished ten points behind the Danish team. “It was a fun regatta- said Sicouri-, everything was open until the end, so we really enjoyed it. All the logistics of the championship were great. The centre is very big, with many facilities, such as the chill-out area where we could hang around until there were good conditions to start the race”.
This afternoon there were 12 knots of wind from the SW in the race course in Barcelona opposite the Parc del Forum. These conditions allowed to fulfil the program scheduled for today, both the Medal Race as well as the final race for the other teams, which finished before the big final for the medals.
Iker Martínez and Julia Rita (Movistar) won the final race for the teams who didn’t qualify for the Medal Race. They managed to lead the fleet from the first downwind leg until the end. The Spanish team fell from the top 10 last night after being disqualified due to a protest against a Danish team.
With the Nacra 17 Europeans, the Barcelona International Sailing Center closes the first of a series of Olympic sailing events which will host this season, in order to promote itself as a reference training centre for Olympic sailors. The event has been organized by the Sports Federation Union of Catalonia (UFEC) and the Catalan Sailing Federation, with the support of the Barcelona City Council, the Government of Catalonia, Barcelona Royal Yacht Club (RCNB) and the Royal Maritime Club of Barcelona (RCMB). 42 teams from 23 countries and three continents took part in the championship.
Press report on behalf of Nacra 17 class
For exact information please visit: http://www.nacra17class.com/europeans-2015-barcelona/
In the Netherlands the Eneco Luchterduinen Race 2015 was held on 15-16 August. This event is a two day event with a long distance race on Saturday and up-down wind races on Sunday. F18 Vice World Champions Oscar Zeekant and Charlie Begemann were on fire again and won the event. In second position Rik Duinmeijer and Corstiaan Alessie followed by Maarten van Klaveren and Mariëlle Zonneveld who ended in third position.
Saturday there were some tactical advantages in a 5 beaufort breeze. Almost a flat sea were perfect conditions for some high speed sailing. “From the start is was full trottle to the upwind mark. Every leg we extended our lead on the rest of the fleet and in the end we had an advantage of 4 minutes on the next Formula 18″, says Begemann.
Sunday started with almost 6 beaufort and ended with a nice 5 beaufort. Oscar Zeekant and Charlie Begemann again finshed almost every race 5 minutes before the rest of the field. Begemann: “Again we had a great day of sailing, we head towards the right side of the course every race and had a very good speed. It was a super nice weekend for sailing in the end, with more sun then was expected.” The next Dutch F18 class event will be in Noordwijk, followed by Open Dutch Championship in their sail mecca Medemblik.
Also the Dutch chairman Bas Paumen looks back at a great event: “We had some perfect sailing conditions with a typical Dutch North Sea swell of approx. 2 meters high, and a good 15-17 knots. Often it was like riding a sled downhill, with a cliff waiting for you in the form of the next wave. For crews, standing on the back of the boat looking into a deep valley of sometimes 6 meters..that’s awesome … as a helm you have other things on your mind at that moment … secure the landing! We love this type of sailing all boats came back to shore in one piece! Perfect sailing! In two weeks Bries in Noordwijk, which often offers similar conditions.”
By Martin Vanzulli/CATSAILING NEWS
Last year Gunnar and Fer won at Ireland racing against a reduced fleet of 50 boats, among the contenders were Glenn Ashby & Brett Goodall who gave away critical points on some dnc.
For 2015 at Kiel, the Nacra Team had the chance to show they were able to manage 170 boats and face Glenn & Brett again this time with no handicap, along other top crews.
Much at stake for them and the 2014 World Champs simply delivered one of the most brilliant performance I can remember since following F18 Worlds.
Defending the crown against another talented and super fast Dutch team like Oskar Zeekant & Charlie Begemann who put the champs against the ropes on the final stage scoring 2,3,1,4, & 1 , to give themselves a chance for the crown in the scheduled 12th and last race that was finally not completed (One start for R12 was cancelled) on a sudden wind increase over 30 knots.
In the 11th race, which was the final of the event at the end, Larsen-van West were in the +15th position towards the second windward mark, with Oskar & Charlie leading.
If things would have stayed like that it was going to be first overall for Zeekant as they were only 4 pts behind at the moment.
But Gunnar & Fer put pedal to the metal once more like yesterday, when it was needed the most, to finish in 3rd place.
It was like the Champs got an extra gear when it was a must to have, tremendous way to win a second World Title under pressure.
Hat off to the double F18 World Champs Gunnar Larsen & Fer van West , the current Nr 1 F18 & Open Multihull crew World Wide. If you wanna challenge the best sailors , double handed and no restrictions attached, you have the F18 as the ultimate proving ground.
Also high respect for Oskar Zeekant & Charlie Begemeann repeating the 2nd place from LA 2012 and always wanting for more , they were close an a 12th race could have been an Epic fight for the title with two speeding Infusions. I was amazed on the speed the Nacras got in 5 and 20 knots, a legacy of the breakthrough this 2006 design by Morelli & Melvin that keeps being a reference in the Class after almost ten years.
Third place for Glenn Ashby & Brett Goodall, in the C2, 4th for the talented US Youth Reiss-Whitehead in a C2 and 5th overall for Veenman-de Waard , Nacra Infusion.
6th Mitch & Ruben Booth (Hobie Wildcat), on them what to say additional to
French Youth Robert-Perron in 7th (Nacra Infusion) , Sach-Sach (Nacra Infusion) Ferrec-Delaplace & 10th overall for Manu Boulogne- David Fanouliere on the Cirrus R completing 3 French crews in the top ten.
6 NACRA INFUSION in the TOP TEN, all with Performance Sails equipped.
Larsen/Van West (Nacra Infusion/Performance Sails) 21 points
Zeekant/Begemann (Nacra Infusion/Performance Sails) 26 points
Ashby/Goodall (Goodal C2) 35 points
Reiss/Whitehead (Goodal C2) 49 points
Veenman/De Waard (Nacra Infusion/Performance Sails) 75 points
Booth/Booth (Hobie Wild Cat) 87 points
Robert/Perron (Nacra Infusion/Performance Sails) 101 points
Sach/Sach (Nacra Infusion/Performance Sails) 114 points
Ferrec/Delaplace (Nacra Infusion/Performance Sails) 118 points
Boulogne/David (Cirrus/Performance Sails) 120 points
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Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition
An update was given on the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition and the upcoming test event.
The Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2015 is the second of two Rio 2016 Olympic Test Events with the first being held in 2014. Rio will welcome sailors once again from 13-22 August 2015 with racing taking place inside and outside of Guanabara Bay.
The first phase of registration closed on 1 May with 340 sailors, in 238 boats from 50 nations all set to compete on Olympic waters in advance of the Olympic Sailing Competition.
The Test Event will allow ISAF the opportunity evaluate and make key decisions in advance of making the final decisions that will govern the main event. Pollution was also discussed and it was agreed that flexibility across race courses was key.
A world famous city, Rio is famous for Sugarloaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer, Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach.
Race courses in the shadow of Sugarloaf Mountain and in the watch of Christ the Redeemer will ensure these iconic features of the city and the athleticism and dedication of each Olympic sailor will be showcased side by side.
In terms of displaying the sport, Rio will certainly provide a perfect platform for the beauty of the sport to be promoted alongside natural and man-made wonders.
Plans to build an Olympic sailing marina in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic Games were abandoned earlier this year as the organizers changed the original blueprint to cut costs and to reduce the impact of the airport on live television coverage.
ISAF is working closely with Tokyo 2020 to finalise the venue decision.
Looking further afield, the first test event will take place in September 2018. The 2019 test event will take place in the same window as the 2020 Olympic Games.
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship Multihull
The Events Committee accepted the Equipment Committee recommendation on the Nacra 15 becoming the ISAF Youth Worlds multihull with the boat to be implemented and included as soon as possible. This submission goes to ISAF Council in November for final approval as a formality. But what is the Nacra 15? We caught up with Nacra Sailing’s Gunnar Larsen to find out a little bit more: For facebook page ISAF with video click here