Yacht Class n°26 (sept-oct-nov 2021)

In each issue, discover the latest news of all the yacht clubs around the world twinned with the Monegasque club.


Dragon did the show

Last May, the CNC hosted its 26th HM King Juan Carlos Trophy, the most emblematic Portuguese dragon class trophy, which gathered during three days fifteen boats from ten European countries. After seven races, the victory went to Andy Beadswsorth’s Provezza Dragon team, world champions in 2017 and 2018, followed by “1Quick1” & “Fever- Jupiter”. The last race of the championship that awarded the title of the Stavros trophy went to the Monegasque boat “Jeanie” of Jean Rathsack with Diogo Pereira and Micheal Lipp.

A catamaran for the Sailing Without Limits programme

It is the result of more than a year of work, but above all of years of commitment… The CNC has just acquired an Inclusion 6.5, a boat specifically designed to make sailing accessible to all. Without losing sight of stylistic beauty, this catamaran, conceived and built in Portugal by Inclusive Sailing, is designed to be simple, safe and comfortable, and with remarkable accessibility. To these attributes must be added another significant one: a maximum capacity of ten people, including four wheelchairs. This project was made possible thanks to a crowdfunding campaign launched in November 2019, which raised 60 000 €. Since its creation over ten years ago, the Sailing Without Limits programme, dedicated to people with disabilities, has become one of the essential pillars of the CNC’s mission. It has already registered thousands of sessions of adapted sailing, completely free of charge. The club also has a competition team that successfully wears the CNC colours in Portugal and abroad.

The Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team wins the first Ocean Race Europe.

A brand new competition has been launched at the end of May for the IMOCA and VO65 classes: the Ocean Race Europe. This inaugural edition saw twelve yachts travel from Lorient (France) to Genoa (Italy) in an unprecedented route of more than 2 000 miles, combining three offshore races (Lorient-Cascais, Cascais-Alicante and Alicante-Genoa) and two coastal races. Among the competitors, a crew from the Clube Naval de Cascais – the Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team – led by French helmsman Yoann Richomme, attended in the VO65 class. Nominated as favourite, the team showed an impressive performance from the start, leading most of the first leg between Lorient and Cascais, before unfortunately losing out at the end of the race because of light winds. This would be the only stage the CNC team did not win since, after their first victory in the coastal regatta in Cascais for the Mirpuri Foundation Trophy, the team scored maximum points in all the races, especially in the two offshore legs. After arriving in Genoa with a one-point lead in the overall standing before the final coastal race, they finally won ahead of Sailing Poland and AkzoNobel, tied for second.


The Copa ICS opened the regatta calendar

The first stage of the Copa ICS, the Volta da Ilha das Cabras regatta, opened in May the regatta calendar of the Iate Clube de Santos, after the cancellation of the Volta da Ilha dos Arvoredos in March, due to the worsening sanitary conditions. Attended by 21 boats of the ORC, RGS and Mini 6.5 classes, this stage started at 12:30 at Santos Bay with a time limit until 6:30 PM to cross the finish line. “Marking the return of the regattas in Santos, we had a significant number of participants, showing the repressed will to sail. It was a low-wind race, such that the race committee had to shorten the race, and with winds of variable intensity and whirls, requiring patience and technique, favoring the bigger boats,” says Jonas de Barros Penteado, Vice-Commodore of ICS and commander of Asbar IV. The ORC class was won by King while Bloody Bones and the H3+ won respectively the competition in the Mini 6.5 class and in RGS. The edition was marked by an important campaign to collect non-perishable food, an initiative of the Associação Brasileira de Veleiros de Oceano (ABVO) in partnership with the club and the Clube Internacional de Regatas (CIR). About 3.5 tons of food were collected and sent to the Guarujá City Hall Social Solidarity Fund and to the charity Projeto Tia Egle.

ICS completes 74 years of tradition and love for the sea

n this somewhat anxious context, some events are good for morale. Founded in June 1947 by a group of friends in search of calm waters to shelter their boats, the Iate Clube de Santos celebrated in June its 74th anniversary. 74 years of tradition and love for the sea that saw the club become one of the most important nautical institutions in Brazil. Today, it boasts three exceptional headquarters (São Paulo, Guarujá and Angra dos Reis) where more than 400 member families are introduced to nautical practices and awareness in relation to the marine environment. The creator of the traditional ocean races: Regata Santos-, Regata Volta da Ilha dos Arvoredos and Copa ICS de Regatas de Percurso, the club, led by Commodore Berardino Antonio Fanganiello for 20 years, is also recognized for its sailing tradition and has twinning agreements with more than 25 clubs, including national and international institutions, such as the traditional Yacht Club de Monaco.


The 48th Trofeo De Vela Conde De Godó opens the 2021 OCR season

After being held in July 2020 due to the pandemic, the emblematic Trofeo de vela Conde de Godó trophy goes back to its initial dates in May. This regatta, which opens the 2021 OCR season, is the first event scoring for the Mediterranean Sailing Circuit together with regattas Trofeo SM la Reina and PalmaVela. In total, 40 boats from 6 nations competed during four days that allowed five races in the ORC class and 8 in J/70. In category ORC 0-1-2, Rafael Carbonell’s Rats on Fire claimed, once again and for the ninth time in a row, the title. This was their twelfth Godó de vela Trophy, which makes them the boat with more victories in the regatta’s record. She was followed by two club members : TP52 Bluecarbon and Kajsa III. In ORC 3-4, Nicolás González’s Lady Mariline from YCU-RCNB finished ahead of the favourite boat from past editions, Alexadre Laplaza’s L’Immens-Laplaza Assessors. As for the J/70, the overall winner in J70 was Ricardo Terrades’s Autolica-Kahaway-Tropicfeel, followed by Let it Be and Gunter. Note that Marc de Antonio, the club’s commodore, announced that the next edition of the Trofeo de vela Conde de Godó will welcome the new ORC Double Handed class. The RCNB will thus take the first steps towards the organisation of the 2023 Double Handed European Championship allocated recently to the club by the ORC.

The Puig Vela Clàssica Barcelona Regatta returns in style

It is one of the most important and beautiful classic sailing regattas in Spain. After a one-year hiatus in 2020 due to the pandemic, the Puig Vela Clàssica Barcelona regatta was back in the Catalan capital last July for its 14th edition. In total, more than 25 traditional boats answered the call of the Real Club Nautico de Barcelona – including many of the winners of previous editions such as Alba, Yanira, Marigan, Malabar X and Marigold – accompanied by 200 sailors, including crews from Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany and even a Uruguayan boat. If the sanitary conditions did not allow the festivities to be held ashore, this 14th edition offered them three days of high-flying regattas under the best auspices thanks to excellent sea and wind conditions. The leader from day one, Scott Perry’s Uruguayan boat Fjord III (Germán Frers design, 1947) won the Epoque category, and Andrés León’s Yanira (Bjarnee Ass, 1954), a member of the Barcelona club, won the classic one.


A successful 82nd edition of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud

It is The annual flagship regatta of the Société Nautique de Genève! The Bol d’Or Mirabaud took place on the weekend of June 12-13th, 2021, and above all with no limitation on the number of participants. A daring gamble on the part of the organizers who launched the 82nd edition of this competition this spring, despite the complicated conditions due to the Covid-19. Without the support of the Geneva authorities and the event’s partners, but also of its loyal volunteers, this emblematic celebration of the lake could not have taken place. Of course, because of the Covid-19, this edition of the Bol was different and organized in compliance with the actual restrictions, which led to the cancellation of the festivities on land. But this 82nd edition, sponsored by Jean Le Cam, was a great success and offered to the many competitors (nearly 450 boats were lined up) sunshine, capricious airs, characteristic of this lake regatta, one of the most important in the world. The round-trip Geneva-Bouveret offered a race full of twists and turns. If, at midway, the M2 catamarans were ahead of the expected new TF35 foilers, the long-awaited breeze finally rustled up on the return journey, allowing the foilers to catch up. And it was actually for Ylliam XII Comptoir Immobilier that the cannon was first fire on the finish line of this 82nd Bol d’Or Mirabaud. And what a finish… The night approach to the Société Nautique de Genève, at more than 25 knots, was spectacular! The TF35 helmed by Bertrand Demole won in 12:49:27 ahead of its runner-up Zen Too. The first monohull, the Hungarian Libera Raffica, finished a little over an hour later, in 14:07:23 and thus won its 7th (!) Bol de Vermeil. As for the monohulls, the arrival of more than 80 colored spinnakers within such a short time on Sunday morning will remain one of the highlights of this 82nd edition. Finally, let’s note that the Melges 32 Gaston won the corrected time, one of the most coveted trophies of this regatta. Their recipe for success? It’s easy: a group of friends, a beautiful boat, rigor and a lot of manoeuvring.


The Young Azzurra pursues its path

Nothing can stop the young generation of the YCCS. After winning the first round of the Malcesine Grand Prix, the Young Azzura Team, composed of Ettore Botticini, Fedrico Colaninno, Francesca Bergamo and Erica Ratti, has just won the two Sardinian stages of the Persico 69 F Cup, organised at home in July. Thanks to these three victories in four stages, the team now leads the overall standings on this new championship and in this new class which already has its enthusiasts, since after only one year of existence, it already completed 12 events, 156 races, commissioned 25 new boats and introduced 237 new sailors. The competition will continue with the Grand Prix 3 and 4, also in two rounds, that will take place in September and October respectively in Torbole, Lake Garda, and in Puntaldia, Sardinia. But before that, the young sailors under 25 and their 69F will gather on the Lake Garda at the end of August for the second round of the Youth Foiling Gold.

Swan gathered at the YCCS

The dynamic Finnish Swan shipyard organizes many sporting events for its One Design family. This year, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda hosted its very first Swan Sardinia Challenge, organised in collaboration with Nautor’s Swan and ClubSwan Racing. The event brought together 34 yachts from twelve different nations in four classes. The ClubSwan 50 Hatari owned by Marcus Brennecke finished in first place in her Class ahead of Dmitry Rybolovlev and Andrey Konogorov’s Sparti and Leonardo Ferragamo’s Cuordileone. It was a close call in the ClubSwan 36 Class where there were just three points difference between the top three teams: Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio’s G-Spot followed by Andrea Lacorte’s Vitamina and Lorenzo Mondo’s Farstar. Pedro Vaquer Comas’ Nadir and Stefano Masi’s Ulika respectively won the ClubSwan 42 and Swan 45. The Swan Sardinia Challenge is also the second event in The Nations League, a circuit organized by Nautor’s Swan for their One Design racing boats. After two events run so far this season, Italy is currently ahead of Germany and Russia, that won this event.

Back to business!

Regatta season recommenced in style with the 14th Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta that took place early June at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. This annual competition, one of the leading superyacht events in the Mediterranean, brings together yachts of at least 90 feet in length, as well as Wallys and Southern Winds. This edition welcomed 16 boats, including, for the very first time, four multihull yachts, which competed under a compensated time system designed specifically for them – the ORCmh. The fleet also included nine Southern Wind yachts, gathered for the SW Rendezvous and Trophy, an event celebrating the 30th anniversary of the South-African yard. After four days of racing in ideal conditions, the 33-metre Missy, a newcomer finally took the win, followed by the Swan 115 Shamanna and the Wally Y3K. The multihull class saw Gunboat 68 Highland Fling, with tactician Cameron Appleton on board, won ahead of the HH66 R-Six and the Allegra, a 25 metre catamaran designed by Irens and Nauta Design.


A promising duo

They are currently the only Uruguayan team competing in 49er. Hernán Umpierre and Fernando Diz, aged 20 and 21, form the Olympic team called UD Sailing. This crew is already promising, since it has already earned important achievements: European Champions sub 21, a Bronze European Medal sub 23, Vice Champions in the Spanish Open (First Category – Adults) and, recently, they ranked third at the Junior World Championship, last July. Their story began a few years ago, as these two young sailors, formed at the Uruguayan club, started in Optimist at the YCPE´s Sailing School. They then became close friends and decided to team up and start sailing professionally. At first, in the 29er Class, then on the 49er. Both students in Spain, where they live to be close to where major events are held, they often come back to Punta del Este to train in Maldonado´s Bay, since it possesses ideal conditions for high performance training. After their bronze medal, one of their goals is to participate in the Middle East Open World Championship, next November, and of course the Olympic Games 2024 in Paris.


A very Italian edition for the “Queen of the Mediterranean”

Like many others, the 2020 Rolex Giraglia was impacted by the Covid-19. Cancelled for the first time since its creation in 1953, the “Queen of the Mediterranean” made its comeback last June, with an original format. The festivities usually held in Saint-Tropez during the days preceding the start of the offshore race and the three days of coastal regattas were replaced by two 60 nautical mile events (Genoa-Sanremo and Saint-Tropez-Sanremo), to allow the 138 crews to reach Sanremo, the starting point of this 68th edition. In total, it took 26 hours, 8 minutes and 10 seconds for the real time winner, the member of the Yacht Club de Monaco Guido Miani (Maxi Arca SGR) accompanied by his son, to cover the 243 nautical miles of the event, which took the competitors from Sanremo, off the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, via the Giraglia rock in Corsica, to finish in Genoa. This competition is organised by the Yacht Club Italiano, in partnership with the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez, the Yacht Club Sanremo and the Yacht Club de France, and is part of the International Maxi Association IMA, Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge 2021.

Written by Aurore Teodoro

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