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Posts Tagged ‘World Championship’

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The folks at Wakayama Sailing Center pulled in 23 Japanese teams together for their 2015 J/24 Nationals, which served as a dry run for next year’s Japan Worlds, which we would urge you to enter if we could find a website for it. Japanese Nationals report from Koji Matsuomoto, the new owner of the former Clear Air, Rossi Milev’s almost-world-champ several times over.

23 boats from all over Japan gathered a week before the racing to be sure their boats would measure thanks to IJCA Technical Committee Tim Winger. We had an unusual light wind ranging from 5-12kt throughout the 3-days regatta. Gekko (Tokuma TAKESUE) that finished 4th overall for the 2015 Worlds in Germany won the very close regatta with Gekko Diana (Tomomi HATAKEYAMA) in 2nd, and last year’s champions Siesta (Nobuyuki IMAI) on the 3rd. There were several new boats helmed by past J/24 and Snipe national champions, keeping the regatta exciting. The Siesta team has been organising sailing clinics at Wakayama regularly to help bring everyone’s knowledge of local winds and currents up to the same level, setting the stage for a very exciting and unique World Championshiop next year.


November 29th, 2015 by admin

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The Canadian Melges 24 contingent loves Miami seafood, but 4-time Canadian Olympian Richard Clarke got more than he bargained for when two fat Spanish Mackerel nearly took his head off last weekend in the Miami Melges 24 Invitational – the ‘test event’ for next year’s Worlds.  One fish landed in the cockpit, but it escaped beforethe Zingara crew could bust out the rigging knives and make sushi…results are here.

Photo copyright Petey Crawford, Penalty Box Productions.

November 23rd, 2015 by admin

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When the Grael family started their project to bring kids from the Brazilian favelas [translation: crime-ridden slums/ghettos] into sailing, Rio’s biggest yacht club boards bristled, wondering if the poor would soon be invading the club’s hallowed halls.  Instead of destroying the social fabric of yachting, the project became a pioneer in the now-accepted pursuit of at-risk youth sailing and a feather in the cap of Brazilian sailing. And with Lars Grael and favela-born program graduate Samuel Goncalves winning one of keelboat sailing’s most prestigious titles last week, the pioneering continues. Oh, and by the way, skipper Lars Grael?  He’s only got one leg.  Hear that, Dee Smith?

Check out the piece by rock star Brazilian sports journalist Eduardo Ohato on the victory, with thanks to Matias Cappizano for this great shot and the absolutely breathtaking galleries over here.

And keep your eyes out right here on the SA front page, where we’ll be bringing you every minute of live action with Lars, Samuel, and a couple dozen of the best traditional keelboat sailors in the world at the Star Sailors League finale in Nassau, with our own Mr. Clean helping to inject some fun into the broadcast team…


November 13th, 2015 by admin

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We’ve always maintained that the Melges 24 probably provides the most enjoyable one-design racing experience for the average sailor.  With the perfect blend of convenience, hard work, competition, adrenaline, and personality, the 20+ year-old class continues to fire on all cylinders, especially in Europe, where 100+ boat fleets are a common occurrence.  But the debacle of an Annapolis Worlds in 2009 set the US Class down a bad road – 0ne that it’s finally recovering from, and with a vengeance.  And with the appeal of a Worlds one of the best marketing tools of any class, organizers and sponsors behind the 2016 Melges 24 Worlds Miami have joined with Sailing Anarchy to bring you the coolest contest we have EVER run: It’s Pimp My Ride, Melges 24 Worlds Edition!  Here are the details:

Are you thinking about going to Miami for the 2016 Melges 24 Worlds but are worried that your older boat won’t be competitive?

- How often have you taped the cover of your jib sheets hoping to get a few more races out of them?

- How often does your spinnaker halyard slip through the cleat leaving you shrimping while the fleet passes you by?

- Do you find yourself tightening the same screws race after race?

- Have you ever rigged “old” spinnaker sheets because they are in way better condition than your “new” ones?

If any of the above sounds familiar, than we want to PIMP YOUR RIDE!

Now of course we aren’t going to install a pop-up flatscreen with XBOX controls to pop out of the deck.  Nor we will replace your corrector weights with 15″ subwoofers and a power amp.  But with the help of a great group of supporters in the world’s best one-design class, we are going to PIMP YOUR RIDE!

The organizers for the 2016 Worlds and the IMCA Class President Jens Wathne have come up with a concept to get your older boat tuned up, dialed in, ready to race on the Worlds starting line. And in the process, we’ll show the rest of you older Melges 24 racers how it is done right.

The lucky winner of the Miami Melges 24 Worlds PIMP MY RIDE Contest will have a complete makeover for their boat, with the work done by some of the most skilled folks in the Melges racing world.  We’re not talking a few sheet bags, folks – we’re talking tens of thousands of dollars in value for your prized speedster!  New sails, electronics, sheets, halyards, standard rigging, lifelines, stanchions, graphics, team gear, and more!  As the Donald would say, this is YUUUUUGE.

To qualify you MUST:

- Own (not charter) a 500 series Melges 24 or older.

- Join the OVER 65 HOT TEAMS ALREADY REGISTERED for the December 2016 event and PAY the 2016 Worlds entry fee before January 20, 2016 to qualify.

- Agree in writing to let us take your boat with us as it makes the journey into a modernized competitive state by going from vendor to vendor while we film every step of the way. *estimated 4 weeks total.

- Agree in writing to actually race your boat at Worlds, and if you are unable to race your boat, to allow a qualified and insured skipper and crew to race your boat if requested and provided by the organizer.

- Agree in writing to deliver your boat to Worlds a minimum of two days before Worlds.

- Agree to media appearances and several interviews during the event.
*additional rules may apply*

We will randomly select 1 winner during the awards ceremony of 2016 Quantum Key West Race Week (attendance not required).  We will then send over our team of experts to evaluate your boat, set up a work schedule, and PIMP YOUR RIDE!

We know it can be hard to keep up with the latest and greatest, and boat work may have slid down the priority list, but its never too late to bring a Melges 24 back up to competitive condition. Some of the oldest M24s are still blazing fast today, it just takes some PIMPIN’.  We’ll see you at the starting line.  REGISTER AND PAY TODAY OVER HERE.

Got burning questions?  Email the boss man at [email protected]

Sponsored By:

Quantum Racing, Melges USA, Velocitek, Raptor, Line Honors, GT3 Creative, Evolution Sailing, Torreson Marine, George Peet Sailing, Hutchinson Sports, New England Ropes, Sailing Anarchy and Penalty Box Productions.


October 20th, 2015 by admin

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Long before she was the CYC’s head of Comms, sailing cheerleader Morgan Kinney was sharing her passion with the Anarchists.  She continues with this great story from last weekend’s Chicago Yacht Club hosted IFDS Blind Sailing World & International Championship, presented by Wintrust. Here’s her report, with gorgeous shots from Zachary James Johnston, with more here.

Fourteen teams from as far as New Zealand came to town for four days of racing in hopes of winning the Squadron Cup for their country and being crowned the new World Champion. Each boat had visually-impaired skippers and main trimmers, and two sighted crew – one tactician and one jib trimmer. Teams were then divided into three classes dependent on the extent of their vision loss, ranging from completely blind (Blind 1) to legally unable to drive (Blind 3).

In true Chicago fashion, the fall weather was completely unpredictable and two days of racing were canceled due to no wind, storms, high winds and higher waves.

21385384612_3e2bb4fd76_oAfter no wind and looming storms canceled racing on Thursday, Friday’s course featured 22 knots of wind and six foot waves. Teams raced four to five races in their respective sections while I sat in awe, getting soaked onboard my 12′ photo boat. All I could think was how tough it was to just chase these yachts around the course; in the meantime, they were expertly sailing over, around, and through the huge waves. “It’s a lot about the feel of picking the bow up and knowing how to drive to that,” explained 2013 Blind Sailing Champion Lucy Hodges (GBR). “Downwind was a huge amount of fun. If you caught the wave just right and come off the top, you were surfing down to the finish.”

Dave Allerton (NZL), remarked, “That piece of sea out there is more than just a lake – you could fit the whole country of New Zealand in there.” When fellow Kiwi skipper, Russell Lowry heard that Saturday’s wind and waves were supposed to be heavier and higher, he declared, “Bring it on, Chicago!”

And that, the Windy City did… Eight foot waves and 30 knots of breeze from the northeast squashed all hopes of another big day of racing.

With only one day left in the competition, the pressure was on the Chicago Yacht Club Race Committee to make up for the two days lost. With calmed seas and a rotating breeze, RC started firing off races one after another until a fourth race was started and promptly abandoned due to a sudden 90 degree wind shift. As boats reached back to the start line, our watches read 1:15 P.M., and we were looking at a 2:00 P.M. cutoff. Race Committee attempted to save the race and run one more, but the wind had died.

20773551144_a4a459f910_oDuane Farrar (USA) was crowned the 2015 Blind Sailing World Champion. It wasn’t easy for Farrar, though, as Canadian David Brown was giving the American a run for his money. “The Canadians were very competitive, and we started the day in a virtual tie with them. Before we got enough races for a drop, we were just about a point apart,” said Farrar. “We  smoked the fleet in what turned out to be the last race of the day. We really needed that race to solidify our position.”

Despite earning top slot in two out of three classes, the US lost the Squadron Cup to Team GBR. This is the fourth time that Great Britain has won the Cup in 18 years. Hodges, who was on the team the last time they won in Japan, said, “It was a very close running this time around – USA put on a really great performance. It will be great to take this Cup to Houston for the next running of the Cup in 2017.”

September 17th, 2015 by admin

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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.

1271131_10152873394953756_8076457835770492826_oTaking 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.

More here.

August 22nd, 2015 by admin

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The Melges 24 Class ushered in a new way of thinking about one-design racing, and without it, we might never have the kind of big fleet sportboat action that’s one of the high points of the sport today.  Melges sailors – including our own Senior Editor – have been a big part of Sailing Anarchy since the beginning, and that’s why we’re so stoked to see the class continue to rebound after the lows of the past five years.  You wanna know how big a rebound?  How about an incredible 46 teams already registered (some 16 months early) for the Miami Worlds next December! Thanks to the support of Sperry and the Sailing Anarchy World Tour, Petey Crawford reports from the wild US Nationals at the Gorge.  His photos, too.

Over the past 2 months, I’ve attended the Melges 24 World Championship in Denmark and this past weekend’s US National Championship at the Gorge. My main focus on both of these trips was to get back in touch with my own Melges 24 roots while promoting  the 2016 Melges 24 World Championship in Miami. I’m glad to say that the positive trends in Melges 24 racing are evident, and that the entire Miami Worlds team will be working very hard to continue stoking the flames that are clearly burning in the Melges 24 class.IMG_3197

The most positive trend I’m referring to is the constantly increasing Corinthian participation numbers. The total entries at both events have been very high compared to previous years, and this is mainly due to non-pro teams getting on the line. 56 Corinthian teams showed up for the Worlds and 25 of the 36 teams at the Gorge were Corinthian as well.  While the AC and VOR guys get the headlines, it’s the average Joe or Josie and their family who’ve always made up the bulk of the fleet and have provided both the strength and the future of the class, and that’s what we are working so hard to promote.

I’ve been working on some exciting new ideas to promote the ’16 Worlds with IMCA Class President Jens Wathne, and have already begun plotting and scheming with new US Grand Poobah Steve Boho who took over just last week.  I can promise that we’ve got some stellar stuff in the pipeline, and of course you will see it here first.

Until then, there’s a gallery I shot at the Gorge here, and full results here.  We’ll have a Sperry/Sailing Anarchy video show from the Gorge for you as soon as my computer allows.

-The Rev (and 2016 Melges 24 Worlds Chairman) Petey Crawford – out….


August 12th, 2015 by admin

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When Sperry told us they wanted to support coverage of events we thought made a difference to the sport of sailing, we instantly thought of the J/70 Worlds.  Sure, there was a 95-boat Melges 24 Worlds two weeks ago in Denmark and a 100-boat SB20 Worlds in Lake Garda last week, but with nearly a thousand boats sold in three years, nothing comes close to the impact on racing made by the new and exploding class from the J0hnstones. And as evidenced by the 16-nation field in the boat’s second-ever Worlds in La Rochelle, the effect is spreading far, and fast.

So we put together a 6-man crew to bring live video of all the racing to you guys, and we didn’t skimp.  The live feed included commentary from SA’s Senior Editor and Adventures of a Sailor Girl’s Nic Douglass, along with daily highlight reels from Petey Crawford, and huge high-quality photo galleries from Sander Van Der Borch.  Why’d we go so big? Because we want to see more of the family-friendly, female-inclusive, youth-engaging vibe this little boat is giving to people all over the world, and the infrastructure J/boats have created to deliver well-built, good-looking, quick-ish little racers that are all damned similar to one another is something we admire.  And we felt privileged to be able to document it all.

Above you’ll find our final movie from last week’s Championship, and we really, really hope you’ll sit through it until the end.  And don’t be drinking coffee near the end.  If you laugh as much as we did, share the link with your friends. For the full interview with new World Champ Julian Fernandez, hit this link.  The full chat with Marty Kullman including the drama with North’s DNE request is in here.  You can grab any one of the dozen-plus interviews and highlight reels in our Vimeo index.

As always, huge thanks to Sperry for their support, and to J/Composites Europe for all their support on the ground and on the water.  More thanks at the end of the video.


July 17th, 2015 by admin

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Despite plenty of organizational touting of ‘a new world record’ fleet of nearly 200 F-18s for this week’s Kiel Worlds, the actual fleet fell far short, but you’ve gotta love the strength of a fleet that’s disappointed by ‘just’ 167 entries.

Meanwhile, it’s a real battle royale at the front between 7 different nations, but after 6 races, it’s the Spanish-flagged father/son team of Mitch and Ruben Booth leading reigning World Champ Gunnar Larsen on the tiebreak.  The Booths are on a fresh-from-the-factory Wildcat; if you’re looking for a fast fleet that allows out-of-the-box boats and decade-old designs to race competitively, this is the one.

There’s live tracking here, decent but low-res photos over on the event Facebook page, and some truly awful videos here.  Find our title inspiration over here, and if you have daddy issues, bring a tissue.

July 16th, 2015 by admin

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Just two races remain, and it’s all live thanks to Sperry and J/Composites France.  Breeze, waves, and fireworks on the starting line.  What more could you want?


July 11th, 2015 by admin

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