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Posts Tagged ‘Lake Garda’

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We are frequently frustrated by the low-quality videos put out by ostensibly ‘world-class’ organizations (see the link in the BBS BS story below for a great example), so when someone does it ‘just right’, we notice.  And that’s what this is – a short but intense look at the people of the Melges 20 Class from their recent Lake Garda Worlds.  Doesn’t it make you want some?

 

September 15th, 2014 by admin

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We welcome our friends from the Melges 20 Class back to Sailing Anarchy, stepping up to make sure the biggest community of sailing freaks anywhere has complete coverage of one of the summer’s most exciting regattas; it’s the Melges 20 World Championship in the most exciting sailing town anywhere: Riva Del Garda in mountainous Trentino.  This piece of sailing paradise at the north end of the famous lake is loaded with big breeze, awesome views, and some of the best food in the region, and if you’ve ever been here, you know why 57 boats from 10 countries are on the entry list: Because it’s Garda.  Those who haven’t need to revise their bucket list, because for small boat racing, there is nowhere else like it.

Just under 60 boats are making the trip, including some great unfolding stories: Father against a very young son in the Samba Pa Ti boats, John Taylor trying to defend his title in a massively tough fleet, the young Onorato looking to see his name up in lights, the burgeoning Russians on Synergy due for a big win, and a strong US fleet up against the best that Italy can offer – on their home turf.

We think Taylor will have his work cut out for him, though we think a US Team is likely to take this one…but considering the ridiculous level of Olympic/Cup/World Champ talent spread throughout the owner/driver fleet, there are probably ten boats that could take the trophy.  Thumb through the crew list to see what we’re talking about.  we’re not going to list them here, but a quick look through the crew list will tell you what you need to know.

Racing begins Wednesday, and we’ll preview the fleet that morning.  The best place for our exclusive reports is right here on the Front Page, while the daily action will unfold on the M20 Facebook Page here.  Zerogradinord photo.

 

August 25th, 2014 by admin

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With the Sec General of the IODA demanding answers and more facts coming to light over the Opti dodge ‘em in Lake Garda, we were glad to see Brontolo skipper Filippo Pacinotti issue a public apology last night for his actions on the lake.  An unapologetic Marco De Antonio from Bribon gives a more defensive take on it and bitches about “an American blog” here.  But most laudable is the no-nonsense statement from Melges and the M32 Class.  From Class Prez Hank Stuart to the IODA and the world:

Thank you for your note expressing deep concern over the incident on Lake Garda this past weekend. Rest assure that the International Melges 32 Class Association (IM32CA) was equally upset by the video footage of the two Melges 32s racing through the Opti fleet on Saturday afternoon.

Needless to say, this footage has prompted us to proactively investigate further the actions of many including, but not limited to the Yacht Clubs (Circolo Vela Torbole and Fraglia Vela Riva), both event PROs, the members of the International Jury as well as all Melges 32 teams present.

Our findings thus far have revealed unfortunate circumstances in which were truly beyond our control. For example, despite our numerous complaints that specifically addressed safety if the race courses overlapped was completely ignored on multiple occasions. Additional concerns were also voiced by many of our owners as well as sponsor representatives, and they too were disregarded as unimportant.

Looking to the incident, the two teams highlighted in the video chose to navigate, what we now know was a dangerous path to the leeward gate. This combined with what we perceive as poor decision making in regards to where races were ran was where we have found the problem to be.

We realize that a higher level of situational awareness and a more conservative approach should have been exercised by several of the Melges 32 teams, honoring and giving right of way considering the breezy conditions. Do know that many of the competing teams did just that.

Since the incident, please know that both teams featured in the video have already, very sincerely issued public apologies regarding their actions on Facebook and through other media sources. We believe this is a step in the right direction on their part. The IM32CA is also reviewing internally what other measures may be taken to further correct the situation and prevent it from ever happening again.

We will be publishing their apologies along with this letter online at melges32.com.

You also mentioned that there were Melges 32 owners or crew that possibly spoke in disrespect to some of the young Opti sailors. Please know through our process to get to the bottom of just what exactly happened, we have not heard anything regarding this at all. Considering the caliber and league of sailor commonly found on a Melges 32, such behavior is highly unacceptable.

As we move forward, we hope that we can work with you collectively in resolving this matter peacefully and respectfully. All of our owners are regular contributors to youth foundations and sailing programs, and we know how important it is to emphasize the value of youth sailing and support the future of our sport. This is something that we hold with the highest regard.

We agree that best next step for our classʼ is to file a joint report to ISAF in accordance with rule 69.3 to see if any Melges 32 team breached rule 69.1(a) and that under The Racing Rules of Sailing, ISAF has the ability and authority to review this matter properly.

Kind regards,
Hank Stuart, President
International Melges 32 Class Association (IM32CA)

July 16th, 2013 by admin

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Is there anyone with a brain still defending the boneheaded moves by the Melges 32 Torbole fleet as they slashed and burned their way through the Optimist Pre-Worlds on Lake Garda this past weekend?

Yes, we know it was the last event in the prestigious Audi series.  We realize the cliffs over there have a sweet acceleration and 5 knots more breeze, and that was the fastest way to the mark.  We know no one got hurt or protested.  We can see they might have made it through without incident but for a puff or two.  We understand that Lake Garda can get crowded.  We realize your PRO could have re-set, abandoned, or finished when he saw the M32 fleet going through the Optis upwind.   We even understand the power struggle, dick-swinging machismo, and terrible communication level between the Circolo Vela Torbole (M32 Host) and the Fraglia Vela Riva (Opti hosts).

And you know what? None of that fucking matters.

Video, photo, and eyewitness reports all prove that the Melgi forced Optis to alter course all over the place.  At least one Opti had his burgee snapped off by your kites.  A couple more knots of breeze or a tiny bit more bad luck and it could have been a very, very bad day for sailing in Italy and the world.  Yet there were no exoneration turns, no apologies, not even an acknowledgment of what happened anywhere.

We’re told that some of the IODA folks have forwarded the matter up the food chain, and our understanding is that, while ISAF could institute Rule 69 proceedings, the FIV would be the most likely group to discipline the M32.

Raise your hand if you think that Italy is going to discipline some of Italy’s top M32 racers.

Photo from French coach “Seb” scavenged from the thread; already hundreds of posts and plenty of discussion on this hot topic here.

July 15th, 2013 by admin

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