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Posts Tagged ‘YCCS’

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With only one race firing off before the Mistral shut down yesterday, the J/70 Worlds in Sardinia has been a frustrating look at too much breeze and not enough.  It doesn’t seem to be bothering Peter Duncan though – his main competition had deep results in the finicky race on Friday, and his Relative Obscurity – crewed by Victor Diaz, Creature Van Waay, and Jud Smith – has a ten point lead going into the final two or three races.

As long as they get two in before the wind dies off, one throwout will make its presence known, and with 81 boats in both Gold and Silver fleets, a hero can become a zero in one mark rounding.  Still if Duncan can hang on, that’ll make 3 out of 4 existing world champions all coming from the US of A – something the Italians won’t be happy about at all.

Watch it all live – from the boat with commentary from Clean on the J/70 Italian Class Page, and from the air with Zerogradinord’s drone over here.

 

September 15th, 2017 by admin

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Clean Report 

The most democratic of big one-design racing fleets gets underway tomorrow in Porto Cervo, just days after the most exclusive racers in the world go home.  And unlike the Maxis, you can’t just buy your championship with champagne and briefcases full of cash – not that some J/70 owners aren’t trying!  In fact a number of top boats failed to measure in during the Worlds measurement.  It’s nothing new for a J/70 Worlds, as there has been nasty chatter, cheaters called out, protests, and even measurement DSQs at every J/70 Worlds (who can forget the famous Greenwald carbon rudder in Newport?).  Never has it been at an event this big – at least not since the J/24 days and the infamous keels of a certain RI family…

With an astounding 175 boats from 24 countries on the entry list, the measurement issues at the YCCS are extreme, according to Italian sailing blog Adesso Vela, which writes that [paraphrased/translated] “almost no one will tell you about dozens of boats who disappeared after they found out boats were being failed at measurement, while others are replacing their keels completely in order to race at Worlds.

We dig the response of the Italian J/70 Class, which is not the organizer of Worlds but sure does seem pissed off about the cheaters.  And those cheaters may just include a past World Champion or two, some Olympians, and at least one of Italy’s most illustrious yachting families…

The Italian Class has immediately sought further investigation of the situation and has requested that the Organizing Authority and the International Jury express their opinion on the eligibility of all boats in question at the Audi J/70 World Championship. 

Regardless of whether the boats are accepted by the Worlds Organizers, the Italian J/70 Class reserves the right to take disciplinary actions against Italian Class Members responsible for illegal tampering with their boats.

Our own Senior Editor “Mr. Clean” just picked up a plane ticket for Sardinia, and he’s heading over there to report on the big drama at the biggest sportboat Worlds in history.  Live morning shows, live streaming commentary of the racing, interviews, and plenty of shots of gorgeous italian girls…follow along on this front page and on Facebook here. 

 

 

September 11th, 2017 by admin

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Big Pimpin’

Today the first-ever Melges 40 regatta began, and here’s a quick preview from our friends at Melges Europe.

Designed to race with maximum performance, everyone is quite curious and excited to check out the numbers produced by the Melges 40. Its initial performances in Dubai over the past few months show speeds very similar to that of a TP52.

For the first 2017 event and the only one to be held in Italy, there are four teams in Porto Cervo. Additional Melges 40s will be launched in the coming months.
Alessandro Rombelli’s STIG (Melges 32 and Melges 20 World Champion), Richard Goransson on INGA (2016 Melges 32 Series Champion), Valentin Zavadnikov’s SYNERGY GT (2014 Audi Sailing Series), and Hannes Waimer at the helm of NIGHTSHIFT from Dubai are the protagonists of the Melges 40 Grand Prix.

The current onboard configuration is a crew of nine, including the helm/owner. Tactics will be entrusted to Olympic Gold Medallist Jordi Calafat on STIG, multi-champion Vasco Vascotto for INGA, America’s Cup winner Ed Baird on SYNERGY GT, and former Volvo Ocean Race sailor Gordon Maguire for NIGHTSHIFT.

The Melges 40 Grand Prix is proudly supported by Helly Hansen, Garmin Marine and Barracuda Communication.

Check out the M40 Facebook Page for photos, videos, and updates!

 

June 16th, 2017 by admin

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