26 June 2019

IRC EUROPEANS, SKUNKED IN SANREMO

The opening day of the IRC Europeans, hosted by Italy’s Yacht Club Sanremo, got underway under sunny skies, scorching temperatures but nearly no wind. The high-pressure bubble hovering over southern Europe blocking out any breeze from the race area. After the morning briefing, that gathered the crews from the over 40 participating teams on the Racing Village next to the Yacht Club, the Race Committee sent them out on the water to try and start a race. But, after some waiting the, the wind didn’t materialise and boats were sent back to the marina.  And finally after another long postponement, at around XX, the organisers had to give up hope and declare it a day. “We tried and tried. At one point we had some 6 to 8 knots from the east and launched a start procedure, but we had to abort it because the wind was too shifty and […]
21 June 2019

IRC Europeans in Sanremo, coming soon

  One of the key racing events in Europe is just a few days away. Organised by Yacht Club Sanremo in co-operation with Italy’s UVAI (Unione Vela d’Altura Italiana) and France’s UNCL (Union Nationale Course au Large) the IRC Europeans are in fact scheduled for next week, from 23 through 29 June. Around 50 boats have registered, with teams coming from Italy, France, Switzerland, the UK, Russia and from as far as the British Virgin Islands, with a high level of competition in all classes. Interesting to note that in Sanremo five TP52s, among the fastest and most spectacular boats of the international racing circuit, will be battling for the title: Howard Dyer’s Rowdy Too from the BVI, Russian flagged Freccia Rossa skippered by Vadim Yakimenko and representing the Moscow Yacht Club; Gianpiero Russo’s Macchia Mediterranea from Naples’ Reale YC Canottieri Savoia as well as the two French teams Gérard […]
15 May 2019

France and Sweden shine at the 470 Europeans

  Two medal races, sailed in perfect Mediterranean conditions, wrapped up the 470 Europeans, organised by local Yacht Club Sanremo and Marina degli Aregai, in co-operation with the national and international 470 class. At the eve of the grand finale, both the men’s and the women’s top ten standings were so close to give everyone a chance to grab a medal, adding expectation to the mix. Despite some hours’ waiting, shortly before 2 p.m. the wind set and enabled the Race Committee two launch the medal races on windward/leeward course, that were concluded in less than half an hour.   Ladies kicked-off first, in a nice westerly, with an intense start. France’s Camille Lecointre and Aloise Retornaz took the lead, carefully covering their closest rivals Afrodite Zegers/Lobke Berkhout from the Netherlands and Poland’s Agnieszka Skrzypulec and Jolanta Ogar, with British Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre trying to get free from […]
13 May 2019

470 Europeans, testing conditions on Day 4

  Tough conditions on Day 4 of the on Day 3 of the 470 Europeans, organised by local Yacht Club Sanremo and Marina degli Aregai, in co-operation with the national and international 470 class.   The men’s Gold and Silver fleets and the women had their first race of the day in the late morning in some 15 knots of wind that kept increasing and exceeded 25 knots, putting the crews to the test and causing several capsizes, including the one by the Swedish Dahlberg/Bergstrom, who were forced to abandon the race. Given the conditions, the Race Committee called a stop and the crews went back to the marina. After some waiting they headed out at for a 17:00 start. The fifteen/twenty knots of the beginning soon turned into over thirty knots, making it for a challenging race for everyone and causing some equipment failures, including a broken mast for […]
12 May 2019

470 Europeans, patience rewarded

Perseverance was needed, but patience was rewarded with exciting racing on Day 3 of the 470 Europeans, organised by local Yacht Club Sanremo and Marina degli Aregai, in co-operation with the national and international 470 class. Several hours of waiting ashore for organisers and sailors , but then breeze picked up and at around 18:10 the Race Committee was able to launch the first and only race of the day for both the men/mixed and women fleets. In a warm late afternoon light, with an easterly of 10 knots that progressively reached 15 knots the first group to start was the yellow, shortly followed by the blue and finally by the women. All in all racing was over in around 40 minutes. Today’s race contributed to better shape the provisional standing, wrapping up the men’s /mixed teams’ qualification. All the crews proceed to the finals and have been divided into […]
11 May 2019

470 Europeans, no wind for the second day, racing cancelled

After a remarkable opening day at the opening day of the 470 Europeans, organised by local Yacht Club Sanremo and Marina degli Aregai, in co-operation with the national and international 470 class, wind was not on the organisers’ and sailors’ side on Day 2. Despite a long wait, onshore and offshore, a decent breeze did not materialise and therefore the Race Committee decided to abandon racing for the day.   Ohran Tuker, class course representative, gives an explanation of what happened today in this video.   The scoreboard remains unchanged: in the women’s fleet the top spot is occupied by UK’s Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre, Israel’s Gil Cohen and Non Lasry in second and Camille Lecointre and Aloise Retornaz from France in third. Australian 470 stars Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan lead the Open men, with Austria’s David Bargher and Lukas Mahr in second, Spaniards Jordi Xammar and Nicolas […]
10 May 2019

470 Europeans, Sanremo at its best

  The gulf of Sanremo has lived up to its fame, delivering perfect conditions for the opening day of the 470 Europeans, organised by local Yacht Club Sanremo and Marina degli Aregai, in co-operation with the national and international 470 class. Blue skies, a warm sun and an easterly exceeding 15 knots have welcomed the participating teams in a sailing location that confirms to be among the world’s best.   The crews, 70 men split in two groups and 40 women, reached the race area on time for a noon start, but were forced to wait a bit longer offshore for the wind to set in direction and intensity. After nearly two hours, the international Race Committee was able to fire the Europeans’ first signal for the women’s fleet, shortly followed by the two men’s groups. The first start was given under black flag for everyone, and unfortunately several crews […]
3 May 2019

An exceptional line-up for the 470 Europeans in Marina degli Aregai, Italy

The 470 Europeans are just a few days away. From 6 to 14 May the race area just off Marina degli Aregai,in Santo Stefano al Mare on Italy’s Ligurian Riviera, will gather the very best of the world’s 470 sailors. Organised by Yacht Club Sanremo in co-operation with Yacht Club degli Aregai, the Italian and International 470 class, the championship can boast a truly world class line-up. Several teams are in fact coming from countries outside of Europe, some as far away as China, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, the USA, Argentina or Brazil for as many as 29 countries, and some true newcomers like the team from Malesia and India The championship is open to non-Europeans crews, who can use it as a qualifying event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but cannot compete for the title. Fleets will be split in two groups: one for women and one for men […]