Regatta champions are they: from Marseille to the Ocean, via Valencia


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Our column devoted to the week’s regattas is back, but this time we’re going to leave the national borders and go to Marseille, Valencia and….in the Ocean. We’ll talk about youth sailing, with the Nacra 15 Worlds in Marseille, then we’ll fly to Valencia where the Melges 32 Worlds were held, and then we’ll take a leap into the Ocean where there’s an “old guy” named Francis Joyon who on his trimaran idec Sport is going after another record.


The 49th edition of the Youth Sailing World Championships will see over 400 sailors from 66 nations. Gdynia, Poland is hosting the 2019 Youth Worlds from July 13-20, 2019.

Good news from Marseille where the Nacra 15 Class World Championships were held, Andrea Spagnolli (FV Malcesine) and Alice Cialfi (CV Ventotene) end the week with bronze overall and Under 19 silver medals around their necks .

We are very happy with how the championship went because we faced days with different conditions every day,” says Andrea Spagnolli from Marseille. From the first day we were in the third position, our goal was to hit a medal and we are very happy also because it was not easy at all, the opponents proved to be very strong and no one was making mistakes putting us to the test but thanks to great speed and good tactics we managed to hit our goal.”

Bowwoman Alice Cialfi’s comment:“For me it was a very positive championship where we had a lot of good cues and did a lot of things well even if something we did wrong, we are happy with how we were able to finish and that we achieved the goal we set for ourselves.”

The just-concluded world championship saw 80 crews from 17 nations on the starting line, and the weather conditions at the Stade Nautique du Roucas Blanc in front of Marseille changed from medium strong wind in the first few days to medium light and light wind in the last trials. A full championship with the blue team performing well by bringing three crews into the top 20 positions; Carlo Centrone with Diana Passoni (CV 3V) finished in 17th place and Nicolò Atzori with Roberta Cerciello (CV Windsurfing Club Cagliari) were 18th.
Gold medalists Ruben and Rita Booth (AUS) and silver for Germany’s Jesse Lindstadt and Lisa Rausch.


The Dangerous

German owner and helmsman Christian Schwoerer ‘s La Pericolosa is the new Melges 32 World Champion after a long four-day “match” played all in the light wind offered by the Valencia race course. La Pericolosa thus completes the work begun last Friday when the German team, with Britain’s Nick Asher at tactician, put on a real “show”: in the first five trials held before the final match, it had never come out of the top five in terms of its own partials.

Calvi Network

Silver in this rainbow challenge goes around the neck of the Italian crew of Calvi Network of Carlo Alberini in a world championship that has been steadily rising for this team until it came in the final behind the new World Champion by a four-point margin; the same gap as Lasse Pettersson’s Norwegian Pippa (with Simone Ferrarese as tactician), who took the third step on the podium. Fourth and fifth place respectively for Fritz Homann’s German Wilma and Caipirinha.


LA TRINITE SUR MER, FRANCE – OCTOBER 19: IDEC Sport maxi trimaran French skipper Francis Joyon begins his Asian Tour with “La Mauricienne” record breaking attempt from Port Louis, South Brittany, to Port Louis, Mauritius, on October 19, 2019, in La Trinite sur Mer, France. (Photo by Martin Coudriet/Alea)

But what is Francis Joyon, 62, up to with his trimaran Idec Sport, the same son on which he had won the Route du Rhum solo? He is trying a new record, from Port Louis (Brittany) to Port Louis (Mauritius). But who does he have to beat? Himself. In fact, the benchmark time is the one set by Joyon himself in 2009 with a time of 26 days, 4 hours 3 13 minutes. It left on October 19 and must arrive at its destination by November 14 at 13:24 UTC. At the moment Joyon has recently entered the southern hemisphere in the Atlantic, and has a fairly narrow lead on the benchmark time, just 39 miles. CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW HIS COURSE



And finally we return to Italian waters, the Adriatic in particular. The Cinquanta 2019 organized by the Circolo Nautico Santa Margherita in collaboration with Cantina Colli del Soligo, Antal, Astra Yacht, Darsena dell’Orologio and Marina 4 on the Caorle-Lignano-Grado route and return, was characterized by mostly breeze winds, consistently clear skies and pleasant temperatures, with postcard-perfect sunsets and sunrises. Along the coastal course, which proved to be accessible to all sixty boats from 6 to 25 meters, technical and not obvious thanks to the conformation of the coast with currents near the rivers and the fleet always on sight, there was no shortage of overtaking, match-racing and surprises in the final rankings. The first overall and XTutti-category boat to cross the finish line was New Zealand Endeavour, a historic winning ketch in the 1993-94 Whitbread Round the World Race, which arrived at 6:34 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, some 9 hours and 30 minutes after the start.
Line Honour X2 at City of Grisolera.
, Ferns 45 by Franco Daniele/Cesare Bressan, second overall at the finish line.

The ORC XTutti compensated time rankings deliver overall victory to Marco Ziliottotimonata’s Cattiva Compagniaby Roberto Scardellato, second place for Marco Bertozzi’s Super Atax and third for Mordilla, Stocco-Boffo’s Farr 30.
In the ORCX2 clear victory for Sonia, GS40R of Gianluca Celeprin/Enrico Stievano, followed by the ever-attacking “demons” Nicola Borgatello/Daniele Lombardo on Demon-X and Mr. Hyde of Marco Rusticali/Riccardo Rossi.
The absolute victory of the Caorle Trophy, best of at least three races in the CNSM offshore calendar that includes La Ottanta, La Duecento and La Cinquecento Trofeo Pellegrini, went this year in the category X2 to Skip Intro of Marco Romano paired with Paolo Favaro, who thus achieves the last consecration of the season after winning the Italian Offshore Championship.
The Caorle XTutti Trophy confirms the talent of the group led by “Captain” Marco Bertozzi, who wins with his IOR Super Atax and confirms himself among the greatest connoisseurs of the upper Adriatic waters.



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