World Championships

  • Quantum Racing lift the TP 52 World Championships in Valencia

    Such was their points cushion this morning that only one of these two boats could win the world title. Quantum Racing had three points margin on Matador. After a long delay waiting for enough of a settled breeze to allow racing, Matador were immediately set on the back foot when they were over the start line. The Americans did a good job herding and covering their rival out to the port tack layline, and Quantum Racing rounded WW1 in eighth with Matador ninth. At the leeward gate Quantum Racing went to the right hand gate mark and Matador to the left. Alberto Roemmers Jr team managed to get first into a sharp left hand shift that got them right back to the Americans, but while they split at times down the final run, there was nothing else Matador could do and Quantum Racing crossed the line to take the title. TP52 World Championship 2010 Final Results 1. Quantum Racing (USA) - Terry Hutchinson (USA), 1+3+3+1+4+7,5+2+19= 31,5 points 2. Matador (ARG) - Alberto Roemmers (ARG), 4+2+5+3+5+1,5+3+2+8= 33,5 3. Synergy (RUS) - Eugeni Neugodnikov (RUS), 5+1+1+2+7+6+10(DSQ)+4+5= 41 4. Artemis (SWE) - Torbjorn Tornqvist (SWE), 3+5+2+4+1+9+7+6+4= 41 5. Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER) - Jochen Schuemann (GER), 2+10(DSQ)+8+6+2+4,5+4+3+2= 41,5 6. Cristabella (GBR) - John Cutler (NZL), 6+4+4+7+9+3+1+5+3= 42 7. Bigamist 7 (POR) - Afonso Domingos (POR), 7+6+6+5+3+10,5+5+8+1= 51,5 8. Pace (GBR) - Johnny Vincent (GBR), 9+8+7+10(DSQ)+6+12+6+7+7= 72 9. Weapon of Choice (GBR) - Tom Wilson (GBR), 8+7+9+8+8+13,5+8+9+6= 76,5

  • TP52 World Championships in Valencia - day 1

    Russian entry Synergy won 2 of the 3 races yesterday to take an early lead. The crew are no strangers to winning races on the Audi MedCup Circuit and were podium challengers ten days ago in Sardinia. Such is the organisation on the Russian boat that the new helmsman Eugeniy Neugodnikov had never raced a TP52 before, and this was only his 4th day on the boat! The Team is of course International with Kiwis Rod Dawson as tactician, Chris Main as trimmer, and Italian Francesco Mongelli as navigator. 1. Synergy (RUS) - Eugeni Neugodnikov (RUS), 5+1+1= 7 points 2. Quantum Racing (USA) - Terry Hutchinson (USA), 1+3+3= 7 points 3. Artemis (SWE) - Torbjorn Tornqvist (SWE), 3+5+2= 10 points 4. Matador (ARG) - Alberto Roemmers (ARG), 4+2+5= 11 points 5. Cristabella (GBR) - John Cutler (NZL), 6+4+4= 14 points 6. Bigamist 7 (POR) - Afonso Domingos (POR), 7+6+6= 19 points 7. Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER) - Jochen Schuemann (GER), 2+10(DSQ)+8= 20 points 8. Pace (GBR) - Johnny Vincent (GBR), 9+8+7= 24 points 9. Weapon of Choice (GBR) - Tony Langley (GBR), 8+7+9= 24 points

  • 3 Sad Old Blokes lift the Volvo Laser SB3 World Championships

    Lake Garda, Italy. After 14 races, with scores including 3, 5, 1, 4, 1, 11, 1, 1, 27, 18, 1, 2, 8, 9 Jerry Hill, Joe Lewellyn and Grant Rollerson (GBR) are World Champions in the Laser SB3 Class. Jerry Hill commented “We’ve been fast all week and we’ve sailed really well together. We’ve had 5 first and lots of other top 5 results. Our problem at previous World Championships has been carrying “big results”. I have to admit, I was in pieces this morning and I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to hold it together, I really didn’t think I could cope. But we sailed really well today, we didn’t have a great start to the first race today, we found ourselves quite deep, but we pulled back places and managed to get in front of Craig [Burlton]. Going into the last race we had 6 points on Craig [Burlton] and 8 points on Ian [Ainslie]. We sailed really well up wind and stayed with Ian [Ainslie] and Craig [Burlton]. At the leeward gate we saw the “T” flag, but also saw that nobody was going to the finish, so we headed up wind and tried to find the Sailing Instructions...they were soggy, but when we saw some of the back markers of the fleet sailing for the finish, we hoisted the chute. Our World Championship title rested on this decision. I am ecstatic that we were right and I am looking forward to celebrating tonight!”

  • Worse than a penalty shoot-out

    the Laser Radials at Largs end on a whimper with no racing at all. With no racing on the final two days of the Laser Radial World Championships at Largs Finland’s Sari Multala and Poland’s Marcin Rudawski became the womens and mens 2010 world champions. Both sailors successfully defended the championship titles they won last year at a breezy regatta in Japan. This time it has been all the more challenging not just for the variety of wind strength but for the difficult shifts in direction which made consistency all the harder to achieve. And perhaps a true reflection of the Clyde’s comprehensive test is that five of the top six women are current or past Laser Radial World Champions.

  • Fickle and shifty breezes make life difficult at Largs.

    Finland’s defending champion stepped further clear of the chasing pack today when she sailed to a well earned fifth place from another difficult race at the Laser Radial World Championships on the Clyde off Largs. Both Women’s and Men’s current title holders lead their championships. As the women’s fleet entered the Finals phase today there was little in the way of extra cooperation from the fickle and shifty breezes which finally thwarted all attempts to complete the scheduled two races when the easterly expired to nothing. Multala’s fifth gives her a seven points advantage over the young Dutch sailor Marit Bouwmeester who sailed to an eighth today. Local heroes: Charlotte Dobson is struggling down at 36th place overall while Alison Young is having a fair go lying in 12th.

  • Largs is hosting the Laser Radial Worlds next week.

    Ben Ainsley on Largs “Most of all you do tend to remember Largs for the scenery, but ashore it is a fairly typical British seaside town, with plenty to do. On a clear day it is stunning. On the water there are plenty of challenges and usually over the course of a championship you will race in different areas in different winds. It can be quite tidal and that needs to be a consideration.” Shirley Robertson “Largs is the perfect sailing venue. The spectacular scenery, good race management, shore entertainment, and of course, the infamous ice cream makes for a fun regatta, whatever the age.” Jim Saltonstall “I have lost count how many times I have been there. I personally believe that Largs is one of the best sailing venues in Great Britain, from a national and international point of view. There is very easy access to international airports and the facilities in Largs to host any major event are really excellent. “As with any venue there is a lot to be taken into consideration on the water. If it is near spring tides then there can be a lot of water rushing around, but studying the charts carefully and you can play the tide card to your advantage. As regards wind sea breezes can be there. If the Azores High is in the area you will be waiting for a thermal sea breeze. That can come from the SW or the NW depending on the gradient wind effects. But in the summer months you can usually expect a good variety of conditions.” “And ashore, the fish and chips and ice cream at Nardini’s are not to be missed.” Myself  "camping in the dinghy park was convenient after an evening in the bar. The sailing was terrific."

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