|The Dutch Match Racing Team with skipper Renée Groeneveld lead the 2017 WIM Series. Photo: Kim Wolf, 2016 Busan Cup.|
Crisp Autumn Sailing at Busan Women’s Match
–Busan welcomes all to the 3rd WIM Series event in Korea
The sailors were greeted by sunny conditions and warm hospitality which took the chill off the overnight cool temperatures as they practiced in the shadows of the Diamond Bridge near Dongbaek Island for the 10th edition of the Busan Cup Women's International Match Race. Beginning Tuesday, 60 sailors in twelve crews from nine countries will fight for valuable WIM Series points, as well as for a share of the 50 000 USD prize pool:
“With the support of the Metropolitan City of Busan and the Busan Sailing Federation, I am very proud to welcome the sailors to Busan for a tenth time” says Regatta Director Alfredo Ricci.
The 10th Anniversary edition of the Busan Cup Women's International Match Race will begin Tuesday with the round-robin, to be raced on the same waters outside Haeundae Beach as hosted the 1988 Olympic sailing competition:
“Since the beginning in 2008 when local match racing enthusiasts Mr Moon and Dr Sun met with Alfredo Ricci and conceived the idea, the Busan Cup has grown to be a star on the international calendar for women’s match racing, showcasing Busan’s ability to host world-class sailing events and shining a spotlight on the tremendous excitement of championship level women’s match racing. In those 10 years nearly 1 million U.S. dollars have been awarded in prize money to the sailors” says WIM Series Manager Liz Baylis.
The high level competition of the Women’s International Match Racing Series (WIM Series) – the only professional sailing series for women – attracts the world’s best women sailors. At every event Olympians, National Champions, World Champions and Volvo Ocean Race veterans fiercely compete alongside rising young stars for gold and glory:
“In Busan we have the top six skippers on the World Sailing ranking list competing as well as three teams that have not yet competed in previous WIM Series events, so we should have some great competition and exciting” Baylis comments.
“It is great to be back in Busan and the conditions today were nice. After a long break since Lysekil we are very keen to be back out racing and we are especially keen to have a chance to do better here than last year” the current leader of the 2017 WIM Series, Renée Groeneveld, commented after practice and remembering her less than stellar performance in the 2016 Busan Cup.
The weather forecast for the week may prove challenging as a low pressure system moves in later in the week bring with it gusts over 40 knots and cooler temperatures.
Skippers in the Busan Cup Women’s International Match Race, the 3rd event of the 2017 WIM Series, in Busan, South Korea (name, nationality, team name, world ranking October 18 2017):
Anna Östling, SWE, Team Anna, 1
Swedish match racing ace and Olympian Anna Östling is not only #1 on the World Sailing ranking, double World Champion and overall winner of the 2016 WIM Series. Last year she also managed to take her first triumph in Lysekil Women’s Match. To develop their sailing skills and have fun is the ambition of Team Anna.
Renée Groeneveld, NED, Matchrace Team Netherlands, 2
Renée Groeneveld took the World Championship bronze medal in the USA last year, and later she also won the WIM Series finale on US Virgin Islands. This year she won the silver in the Helsinki Worlds and followed that with a convincing win at the 2017 Lysekil Women’s Match to lead the 2017 WIM Series. In the 2012 Olympic Games in Weymouth, the Dutch sailing star reached the quarter finals. Groeneveld represents Haarlemsche Jachtclub close to Amsterdam, and looks after customer service and planning at Vopak when not sailing.
Caroline Sylvan, SWE, New Sweden Match Racing Team, 3
Östling’s fellow club member of the Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club, 28 years old Caroline Sylvan, finished 5th on the 2016 WIM Series. Currently she’s holding the same spot on the World Sailing ranking, close to Groeneveld. Sylvan participated in all the 2016 WIM Series events, and earlier in her career she sailed a large number of international championships in different dinghy classes.
Pauline Courtois, FRA, Match in Pink by Normandy Elite Team, 4
28 years old sport teacher Pauline Courtois from Brest started sailing at seven and racing at nine. She has been in match racing on different positions since 2011. In 2013 she finished runner-up when calling the tactics for Julie Bossard in the WIM Series event in Saint-Quay-Portrieux, and took a bronze medal in the French championships. Pauline finished 7th on the 2016 WIM Series and this year finished runner-up in Lysekil.
Trine Palludan, DEN, Team Kattnakken, 5
As a main trimmer and tactician in successful Team Ulrikkeholm, 38 years old Trine Palludan from famous sailing metropolis Hellerup has got three World Championship silver medals. And as helm this year Team Kattnakken won the bronze medal at the World Championship in Helsinki. Trine will again be helming the Danish team, as she did in Busan in 2014 and 2016. But steering the boat is not a new task for Trine, who in 2004 became both World and European Champion as an Yngling skipper. When not sailing Trine works as a chiropractor in Frederiksberg, in the Danish capital Copenhagen.
Marinella Laaksonen, FIN, L2 Match Racing Team, 6
25 years old mathematics student Marinella Laaksonen is not only the highest ranked female Finnish skipper on the World Sailing ranking, but she also has two straight National Championships in Women’s Match Racing. Before getting into match racing, Marinella sailed dinghy classes like Europe dinghy, Zoom 8 and 49er FX. She finished 5th in the World Championship on her home waters of Helsinki earlier this summer and made the quarterfinals in Lysekil.
Clare Costanzo, AUS, Team Costanzo, 10
Clare Costanzo, 20, is one of the latest match racing skippers to come from the Australian match racing “factory” known as the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. She began match racing as a skipper in 2014 and won the Australian Women’s Match Racing Nationals in 2016. Clare was one of two all-female teams competing in the 2017 Youth Match Racing World Championship and will be making her WIM Series debut at the 2017 Busan Cup.
Entries close on December 1 for the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta and so far a healthy international fleet of 25 yachtsranging in size and concentrated in the 40-50ft zone are starters for the race north and chance to compete in subsequent Queensland state championships as part of the annual Bartercard Sail Paradise Series.
There is still time to enter the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta here.
The 370 nautical mile coastal race, between Broken Bay and Southport on the Queensland Gold Coast starting at 1pm on January 2, 2018, is both an endurance and tactical test. Crews will dedicate every hour to covering the distance in the quickest time for the chance to be named the overall winner and highly contested IRC category winner, who will take home a striking new custom-made perpetual trophy.
Host club, The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, is delighted to announce that the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Race has been officially recognised by the World Sailing Speed Record Council and the 2018 line honours result will be recorded, and then be open to subsequent challenges.
Sailing manager Brendan Rourke says, “We encourage the likes of the TP52s and others of that size range not doing the Rolex Sydney Hobart to seriously consider such a rare opportunity in Australian waters, to be included in the WSSRC’s record books.”
Mick Martin’s TP52 Frantic and Bob Cox’s DK46 Nine Dragons out of Middle Harbour are both likely starters and in that case would be the leading contenders for a WSSRC listing, unless a bigger boat comes in over the top.
Among entries for the Club Marine sponsored long race setting off in the New Year are a number of first timers to the event and brand new boats including Mark Gorbatov and Mark Siebert’s fresh-out-of-the-box Beneteau First 40 called Blink.
Gorbatov is a Sydney based eye surgeon who came to the sport seven years ago crewing for another owner before jumping in with both feet and buying his first boat, which he called Out of Sight. Though Blink seems to run off the back of his profession it was actually Gorbatov’s ten year-old daughter who came up with the boat’s moniker, based on a Dr Who episode called ‘Don’t Blink’.
A beautiful spring day and 15 Alfred’s Teams participated in 4 Ball Ambrose Tournament at Bayview Golf Club.
The outright winner was team “Wild Oats X “ captained by Bob Johnson and their name will be inscribed on the magnificent Trophy provided by the Archives Volunteers and Rob Cole.
Second place went to the team “Alibi” captained by Jim Gaal and third place went to the “Pacesetter” team captained by Tony Doyle.
It was a close handicap finish with “Second Time Around” captained by John McConnaghy with the winning bunch.
“Wild Oats Ladies” captained by Val Oatley took out the Best Ladies team prize and “First Picasso” captained by Virginia McClelland won the Best Dressed Team prize.
Nearest the Pin went to Marlene McKewan from the “Wild Oats Ladies “ team and Straightest Drive went to Gavin Ward from the “Second Time Around” team
Peter Antill and the “Mirage” team were the winners of the prestigious Bradman prize.
Our thanks go to the BVGC for an excellently prepared course and an enjoyable luncheon
Tina Ernfridsson is once again supporting the Women's Twilight Series with vouchers for 1st Place and Division and Division 2.
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In October I was lucky enough to be invited to the Bermuda Opti Gold Cup. Only one sailor from the top 25 countries is invited to race against 15 Bermudan sailors. Fletcher Walters in action in Bermuda
I was also lucky to be billeted with the Kemps and they were a great family. Their son Sebastian and my Canadian mate Jack Grogan were in the same house which was sick.
Bermuda is a great place to sail. It blew hard all week and only backed off on the last day of racing. In fact, we didn’t get under 20 knots til day six, so there were plenty of sore bodies in the boat park.
The boat park was great fun as I got to catch up with sailors I'd met at the Worlds, North Americans and other events. There were two guys called Jose, so naturally we named them Hose A and Hose B to keep things simple. Hose B was from Argentina and was quick in the breeze and finished third overall. I had good event and was happy finishing 5th.
I did make one rookie error and forgot my gloves more than once. Big mistake as my hands were shredded by the forth day.
The event winner was Santi from Uruguay, Calle from Sweden was 2nd, Jose B from Argentina 3rd, and Richard from Malta 4th, I was 5th and William Pank from GBR was sixth.
The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club were top hosts and I learned a lot about putting a blowy regatta together. Lesson one, look after your body. Lesson 2, those gym sessions with Tana at RPAYC SailFit gym are gold!
Thanks again to RPAYC members. I really appreciate that the Club provides us all a great place to race and hang out. RPA is awesome.
Full results can be viewed here: https://www.juniorgoldcup.com/
Chris Way and his Easy Tiger racing team travelled to Thailand to compete in the 2017 Platu Cup at Ocean Marina. This is the Race Directors report on the event.
The wind forecast for the weekend was unprecedented in the Gulf of Thailand and Pattaya area. A front associated with a typhoon crossing south Vietnam with winds of 25 knots and gusts to 35 knots were forecast for the whole weekend.
In spite of this, five Platu crews headed for the racing area immediately north of the marina to take part in the practice day comprising three races which precedes the Platu Cup regatta. With the wind coming off the land it was possible to stay close in to shore in raceable conditions, but this did not prevent massive wind shifts and gusts of up to 25 knots coming through to provide tacticians with a very busy day. Three races were able to be completed before the wind strength had all competitors running for the safety of the marina.
The results showed that Rolf Heemskirk (Denmark living Malaysia) was able to master the conditions whereas Chris Way on Easy Tiger (RPAYC) was happy to be able to break in his mainly new crew before the event. Colin Simmonds (UK) and his Doolallie crew also had a good day coming in second. Grant Atkinson (Thailand) was brave enough to tackle some racing in spite of having two inexperienced crew onboard, while Tim Browne (Thailand) and the Weasel team used this practice regatta to get up to speed for the racing to follow.
Saturday brought wind speeds and gusts hardly ever seen here in Pattaya and certainly not the weather conditions the Platu was designed to race in. Racing was abandoned for the day with sustained wind speeds of 25-30kn. Sunday morning looked even more ominous and was complicated by a directive from the Marine Authorities of Thailand prohibiting any vessel from leaving the marina until further notice. However the wind abated sufficiently for the order to be lifted and racing was able to commence at 12:30.
Again, the wind direction changes were significant but with winds of 12 knots and gusts up to 20 knots this was within the safe zone for Platus. This did not make it any easier to race however and crews had to work extremely hard. The Easy Tiger crew had obviously learned from the practice races and demonstrated their speed by winning the first three races, followed by a second in the final double points race of the series. Tim Brown’s crew also sailed extremely well and finished just 15 seconds and then 2 seconds behind Easy Tiger for the first two races. Unfortunately for them the double point final race allowed Rolf’s win to lift him to second overall, one point ahead.
In spite of everything, the six competing crews finished the weekend with smiles on their faces and enjoyed the good food and the odd beer or two provided by the excellent staff of the Ocean Marina sailors bar.
Presentations followed with Chris Way winning the Platu Cup and along with it the overall Platu Championship of 2017. Rolf Heemskerk was second and also took second place for the Championship. Tim Browne and his Weasel Crew took third place on the weekend and third overall in the Championship.
This tops a great season for the Easy Tiger crew headed by Chris Way from the RPAYC, Australia who achieved a first in the Transworlds in March, followed by second in the Coronation Cup in May (losing on a countback), then 5th in the world championships in Sicily and finally this win in the Platu Cup and overall Asia Pacific circuit champion.
Many thanks to all the helpers who make these events possible.
The staff of the Ocean Marina Sailors bar
The marina staff who worked in very difficult conditions to lay the course marks and assisted on the committee boat (with special mention to K Chumron who worked tirelessly and never once lost the smile on his face).
And of course to Scott Finston, the Ocean Marina Harbourmaster, who has supported the Platu Racing for many years and provided the staff and equipment without which it would be impossible to race.
Also to the competitors, many of whom travel long distances to support the Platu racing in Asia.
Platu Asia News 6th November 2017
written by Kev Scott
Follow the RPAYC on Facebook and Instagram for regular updates on the 2017 HARKEN.
Harken are proud of our involvement of this event over the past 26 years, we believe youth sailing is one of the most important forms of our sport. We are heavily committed to youth sailing both here and overseas. The Harken family wish everyone taking part the best of luck in the regatta, may the best team win. – Grant Pellew, HARKEN Australia Managing Director
The 2017 Harken International Youth Match Racing Regatta will host the World’s best youth match racing talents, with competitors coming from across the globe including America, Japan, New Zealand, The Netherlands and interstate Australia. This year’s event is being managed by one of Australia’s best Race Management and International Umpire teams, setting it up to become one of the most prestigious Youth Match Racing Events in the world.
With 6 of 12 teams ranked within the world top 150 and four remaining competitors in the top 300, competition for this year’s Rockin’ Robin Trophy will be fierce.
Top ranked skipper Jelmer Van Beek is representing The Netherlands with his Team Dutch Wave. They are currently ranked 42nd in the ISAF Open Match Racing Rankings. Van Beek and his team have recently been competing across Europe in various match racing and keelboat events, gaining valuable experience and a competitive ranking as they work towards their goals of competing in the World Match Racing Tour.
Van Beek is closely followed by Leonard Takahashi, with a ranking of 43 reflecting his
Two RPAYC Centreboard sailors Olivia Williams and Cooper Bellingham recently represented the Club as part of the Australian Optimist Development Squad – AODS (made up of the top 8 sailors 12 years and under) in beautiful New Caledonia.
The Regatta annually hosted by SRC Noumea brings together the U12 years New Zealand team, the U12 years Australia team and local New Caledonia sailors resulting in tough competitive races.
The venue was amazing with warm crystal clear water and wind between 15-25 knots each day and an abundance of sealife - tropical fish, turtles, the occasional dolphin and all to regular sea snakes.
The team arrived early and undertook a 3 day training camp prior to the regatta exploring the local waters and getting familiar with the local conditions. The regatta was over 4 days with 17 races completed in building winds, our RPAYC sailors performed well with Olivia Williams finishing 5th (and 2nd girl) and Cooper Bellingham finishing 11th under the guidance of the AODS Coach Alison Dale.
Overall the Australian Team performed well up against some tough competition from New Caledonia and New Zealand with the locals taking the top two places on the podium and Eddy Reid from Tasmania taking 3rd.
Overall a great Regatta, great experience, awesome French food and a special place to sail with lots of learnings to take away for our next Regatta.
We were thrilled to proudly represent RPAYC and would like to thank the Club for their support along with our coach Tom Brewer from NB Sailsports.
- David Williams
America’s Cup-winning skipper Glenn Ashby and rising RPAYC stars Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot were named the nation’s top sailors for 2017 at the Australian Sailing Awards in Sydney on Friday night. CREDIT Andrea Francolini
Ashby was crowned Male Sailor of the Year and the duo of Bryant and Wilmot won Female Sailor of the Year at a festive ceremony which celebrated Australian Sailing’s diverse strengths. The Male and Female Sailor of the Year Award is the highest achievement an Australian Sailor can be honoured with and for the duo Bryant & Wilmot the endless hours on water with Coach Traks (Evan) Gordon, passion to excel and the goal of representing Australia at the Tokyo Oylmpics was recognised by their peers.
The awards were held in conjunction with Australian Sailing’s inaugural Hall of Fame Inductions which saw RPAYC Members Kay Cottee, Daniel Fitzgibbon & Liesl Tesch, Phil Smidmore and Colin Beashel recognised for their outstanding contributions and excellence in Sailing.
Ashby was rewarded Male Sailor of the Year for his expertise in guiding Emirates Team New Zealand to a comprehensive 7-1 series win over Oracle Team USA, skippered by RPAYC Member James Spithill in the 35th America’s Cup, in Bermuda in June. It was the latest and perhaps greatest of Ashby’s illustrious achievements, which include a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games and 15 World Championships across three multi-hull classes.
“It’s been a fantastic evening here in Sydney and I’m very humbled and honoured to receive the Australian Sailing Male Sailor of the Year,” Ashby said.
“There was a fantastic array of nominees. It’s been a big year in Australian sailing and it’s been very nice to catch up withf a lot of friends and our sailing community.”
Ashby was last month named as one of four finalists in the prestigious Rolex World Sailor of the Year, which will be announced at the World Sailing Awards Ceremony in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on Tuesday.
Bryant and Wilmot have it all ahead of them, but they were recognised for their outstanding performance in winning the Youth World Sailing Championship in the 29er class in New Zealand last December. In a remarkable display of dedication to representing Australia at a higher level, the duo later declared they would not defend their world title in China this year and moved into the Olympic class 49er in order to focus on securing a coveted place on the Australian Sailing Team for the Tokyo 2020 Games.
“We’re really honoured to be receiving this award and we’d really like to thank [2016 Olympic silver medallist] Lisa Darmanin for all that she’s done for us and all her mentoring,” Bryant said.
Wilmot thanked the many people she said had supported the pair, including their families and coach, Traks Gordon.
“Tonight has been amazing, being in this room with all these legends, it’s just so inspiring for the young generation out there,” she added.