Archive for the ‘Big Pimpin’’ Category
Mark “Splat” Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih lead a veritable who’s who in old school keelboat racing at the SSL Swiss Open after 7 races; this great shot from our old friend Christophe Launay. Livestream video racing with commentary here. Results here. Daily news here.
September 11th, 2015 by admin
Augie Diaz and big Arnis Baltins lead the Star Sailors League Swiss Open on Lake Neuchatal after one day of racing in the alpine breeze known as “La Bise”, and some of you found the long course, non-extreme sailing to be great fun to watch.
September 10th, 2015 by admin
Superstar racing commentator Mr. Clean is BACK behind the microphone and the breeze is ON here in the Northlands as the M32 Cat fleet readies for 8 days of shit hot racing over the next 12. So if you didn’t get your fill from some other series in Sweden last week, rest assured: Sailing Anarchy and the M32 Series got your back with young, hotshot crews, real nationalistic battles, tons of lead changes, and the most tech-advanced sailing coverage you’ll see anywhere in the world from now until the 14th.
First up? Today’s LIVE RACING ACTION in the most northerly metropolis in the world; get to know the black-haired, blue-eyed beauties and sweet breeze of the 300 islands of Helsinki. It all begins LIVE at 1400 EET/1200 UTC/0800 New York/0500 Cali. Series standings here.
Enjoy the teaser, above.
UPDATE: 5-Time World Match Race Tour Champ Ian Williams has jumped into the series with GAC/Pindar. Let’s see how the monohull veteran does this week against his old rivals on US-One.
September 2nd, 2015 by admin
The Melges 32 Class rebounds to a 22-boat fleet - deep as hell – for their 2015 Worlds this coming week. Longtime SA’er and pro trimmer Sam Rogers reports from Trapani:
Together with Audi-Tron, Torqeedo and Melges Europe, the 7th Edition of the Melges 32 World Championship welcomes 22 fiercely competitive teams to the heart of the Mediterranean in Trapani, Sicicly. Flanked by an arid backdrop with mountains jutting out from the sea, and crystal blue waters providing an idyllic race course, Trapani truly is a ‘bucket list’ venue and the perfect battlground for the 5th stop on the Audi-Tron Sailing Series, and the highly prestigious Melges 32 World Championship.
Although not the largest Melges 32 World Championship fleet, the 2015 edition is arguably the deepest with a roster boasting the world’s best helmsmen, amateur and professional sailors. With 3 different winners at the previous 4 stops on the 2015 Audi-Tron Series, picking a winner for the worlds is an arduous task. A team from the US could be a popular option as the ‘Stars and Stripes’ have claimed 5 of 6 World titles thus far, but with several crafty, world-class Italian tacticians at home on Mediterranean waters, it is truly anyone’s title to grab.
Looming large on the minds of the fleet is the presence of the current World Champ and first-ever back-to-back Melges 32 title holder Jason Carroll’s ARGO, with Cameron Appleton calling tactics. Securing titles in Porto Rotundo in 2013 and Miami last year, Jason and the Argonauts have returned to Italy with one mission in mind; to become the most dominant Melges 32 team in the history of the class.
Trying to slow down the force from USA are several well seasoned teams including ROBERTISSIMA helmed by Roberto Tomasini Grinover with the wiley Vasco Vascotto on tactics. Claiming the European Championship earlier this season, Robertissimo is looking to create triple crown of its own by securing the Audi-Tron Series title, and the prestigous World title all in the same calendar year.
Taking 2nd place in the 2014 Worlds, The colorful characters on TORPYONE skippered by Lorenzo Lupi with tactician and 2010 World Champ Lorenzo Bressani, won Act 2 of the Audi-Tron Sailing Series in a tight battle in Portovenere, and is looking to dance their way back on the podium in Trapani.
STIG helmed by Alessandro Rombelli comes in hot with two victories in four stages of Audi tron Sailing Series, overtaking current World-Champs Argo in Act 4 to grab the title in the final race. The ultimate weapon for STIG is the name of his tactician, the crafty Sicilian Francesco Bruni that has the capabilities to unlock the secrets of Trapani moreso than any other tactician.
The list of contenders continues and includes the reigning champion of the Audi-Tron Sailing Series 2014, the Russian team of Synergy GT of Valentin Zavadnikov with Andy Horton as tactician. From Sweden comes the challenge of INGA FROM SWEDEN Richard Goransson with Michael Buckley on tactics. And from the small Island of Bermuda, Hedgehog helmed by Alec Cutler with current Melges 24 World Champ Chris Rast on tactics relies on years of Melges 32 experience to boost its World Title hopes.
Looking to bring back another World title to North America, USA fleet has a few bullets in the chamber both hailing from the same extended family; VOLPE by Ryan Devos with tactician Mark Mendleblatt and DELTA helmed by Dalton Devos supported by the legend Jonathan McKee.
Longtime Melges 32 veterans and representing the flag of Japan, YASHA SAMURAI Yuschiro Ischida (tactician Hamish Pepper) and SWING Keisuke Suzuki (Nicolai Sehested) are ready to battle every race and can make a surge at anytime.
Hailing from Turkey and enjoying his first full season in the Melges 32, Turkish entrant Emet Eker continues his steep learning curve and is looking to apply lessons learned earlier this season to his World Championship bid.
Grabbing a 2nd place in Portovenere, G Spot helmed by Giangiacomo Serena Lapigio with Branko Brcin on tactics has a podium finish in their sights. The lone German entry on Wilma helmed by Frist Homann will rely on Italian tactician Nicola Celon to help improve their chances, and rounding out the Russian contingent, Pavel Kuznetsov and his Tavatuay team are always a challenge on the racecourse.
The Italian fleet is clearly the most numerous among the nine nations at the start and is highlighted by BRONTOLO Helly Hansen helmed by Filippo Pacinotti, the veteran of this class since the first world edition 2009. SPIRIT OF NERINA skippered by Andrea Ferrari, MARGHERITA of Roberto Mazzucato, AUDI E-TRON F.lli GIACOMEL by Mauro Mocchegiani, VITAMINA of Andrea La Corte, FRA MARTINA skipper by Edoardo and Vanni Pavesio, LEA helmed by Marco Cali are the other Italian teams lining up to dethrone Argo.
August 22nd, 2015 by admin
An army of Vikings has one thing on their collective minds: Let’s get Taylor. Can Canfield’s US-One continue to dominate the M32 Scandi Series as learning the boat begins to get really important? Watch here from 0730 EDT Thursday. Schedule, teams, program all over here. Title play on the other Copenhagen.
August 13th, 2015 by admin
Our friends at RS Sailboats are lighting things up with the ultra-light RS Aero singlehander. We’ll have more from them next week as their North Americans gets set to go off in the Gorge.
A year ago almost to the day, the first production RS Aero dipped its toe in the water just around the corner from RS HQ in Lymington, UK. And then the whirlwind began! A year gone by and an average of 2 RS Aeros have been sold every single day. As you read this, the 600th boat is in transit to South Korea with a further 150 boats on order. Alongside boats dispatched to Israel, Russia, Turkey and Bermuda, the RS Aero will have reached 39 countries and 4 continents around the world in just over a year.
Not yet established in Africa, Sailors in South Africa are eager not to miss out on the action with 3 competitors entered and chartering boats for the RS Aero Eurocup and Lift-Off Coaching taking place over the RS Tera Worlds in Bruinisse this Summer. The event will be the first official RS Aero International Championship and will immediately follow the RS Aero North American Championships, Oregon. Held in late July, both will set the precedent for a busy season on the International circuit. The RS Aero UK Nationals and International Open will take the baton a month later before handing over to the very first RS Aerocup to be held in Barcelona in October.
Now with 90 boats in the United States and over 40 in Australia, the Aero has well and truly taken flight. The UK remains the largest Aero nation with over 280 sailing at over 120 clubs, 19 of which have a fleet of 5 or more boats. Nations around the globe are hot on the chase; North America are ramping things up with 19 entries already in for the RS Aero North American Championships just weeks after entry opened, while Germany stakes claim to the second largest Aero Nation in Europe.
750 orders, 365 days, 39 countries, 4 continents, 4 awards, 1 big family doing what we love. It’s been one to remember, and we can’t wait for the next year of Aero! Learn more about the boat and the Class here.
July 15th, 2015 by admin
Penalty Box Productions’ Petey Crawford and Melges 24 Class President Jens Wathne take a short break from the action at the M24 Worlds in Middlefart, Denmark, where moth and 49er rivals Bora Gulari and Chris Rast have been battling it out all week. Rast capitalized on yet more mostly non-planing conditions to take three bullets today, with Bora losing positions to both the Rastaman and Italy’s Andrea Rachelli. Watch it live over here for a couple more days.
Petey’s got a bang-up gallery of beauty shots over here and be sure to check in on the front page for more great work from Petey during next week’s J/70 Worlds in La Rochelle, FRA.
July 2nd, 2015 by admin
M32 Hydra Sailing went from 12 knots to zero in less than a second yesterday on the penultimate day of the M32 Scandie Series in Gothenburg, proving yet again that even the most space-age autoclaved carbon fiber is no match for a big piece of steel. You can see the highlights from a day of light-air racing here, but if you really want entertainment, stand by for the final day of action, coming at 1400 CET today. 20 knots of cold breeze is pumping up the river and the final four/double-points format means it ain’t over til the hot blonde Swedish girl sings.
I did my part last night to keep things interesting on the course today, topping up the dominant US-One team’s champagne glasses until daybreak at the hottest club in town. Will a hangover make a difference to the results? Only one way to find out. Swedish AC and match race legend Magnus Holmberg will join me in the booth for the day’s call; click ‘play’ above and enjoy.
June 14th, 2015 by admin
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May 6th, 2015 by admin
Drizzle doesn’t dampen the mood for Charleston Race week. It didn’t stop the ridiculous Sperry/Sailing Anarchy party last night, and racing commenced on time and on pace today. Under dark morning clouds, an eight knot northwesterly greeted the inside fleet and held enough to get high quality racing in. And what’s Charleston Race Week without current. The ebb was flowing hard today, with teams jockeying for shallow water position all day. Who played it the best?
It’s not Cinco de Mayo yet, but the J/70 Mexican team Flojito Y Cooperando helmed by Julian Fernandez celebrated early with two bullets today to set themselves apart in this talent laden fleet. Elvind Astrup’s Norwegian Steam stayed consistent with a 1, 6, 5 to hold on to an early second. The top and only US team currently on the J/70 podium is Joel Ronning’s Catapult. Since there are 78 J/70s racing in four separate fleets, the points add up quick and the scores are really close with eight boats tied in one way or another in the top 15. The fleets will be reset tomorrow for more qualifying racing.
Continuing the south of the border but north of the fleet tone, the lone Brazilian Melges 20 entry, Portabello, led by Cesar Gomes Neto, threw down some spicy upwind skills to keep ahead of Bruce Golison’s Midlife Crisis by three points. Midnight Blue sailed well in today’s darker conditions to keep it tight on the podium, behind second by only one point. Only eight points separate the top six in this wide-open class.
Guy Mossman’s name is on the Melges 24 score sheet, but he’s mending a broken hand from a ‘being a nice guy’ moment. Lesson: Don’t punch a fighting pit bull in the head. In his place on Battle Rhythm is Will van Cleefe, who earned a four point lead today over Brent McKenzie on Ex-Kahn, followed closely by Bruce Ayres on Monsoon.
Watch the full replay of all the live racing action here, and if the wind ever fills in, we’ll have Saturday’s racing for you on this page.
Brian Carlin photo of the sexy C&C 30 and the rest of PHRF A offshore, and seriously big, badass galleries from Brian and Sander Van Der Borch are over here.
And the Team Vestas Wind award goes to Christian Koppernaes in the VX-One fleet, who took the ‘short tack the shore’ move a little too far. Sander Van Der Borch photo.
Results after day one here, and of course a huge thanks to our friends at Sperry for making SA’s extended coverage of Charleston’s action.
- Tags: charleston, charleston race week, J/111, J/70, melges, one-design, south carolina, sportboat, Viper, VX One
April 18th, 2015 by admin