Weekly Sailing Digest

Melges 20 U.S. National Championship

Drew Freides on Pacific Yankee was crowned the new U.S. National Champion in Melges 20 Class couple of days ago. Eight challenging races took place in Newport, R.I. during three days of the competition. Thanks to the consistent performance, Freides won the event by one point ahead of John Kilroy’s Samba Pa Ti, with a total sum of 15 points. Jason Michas’ Midnight Blue came third, Liam Kilroy’s Wildman was fourth and Jim Wilson’s Oleander rounded out the final top five standings.

Because of the weather conditions on the last day of the regatta, races were a bit postponed, but when the breeze built up and settled, the races started. On this final day, Freides made it clear that he aims for the win. During the last race, John Kilroy proved that his finish on the eighth place in Race 7 was just a fluke, and finished Race 8 first. It was his fourth victory in the regatta and that counted for an assured runner up position.

There are few events left for Melges 20 Class this season, the closest one is the Russian Open, which will be held on the Garda Lake in Italy on September 1-3. After that New York Yacht Club will host the World Championship on October 2-7.

More about the Melges 20 U.S. Nationals you can read here.

Top Five results of the Melges 20 World League, after ten events:

  1. Igor Rytov, RUSSIAN BOGATYRS = 116 pts.
  2. Vladimir Prosikhin, NIKA = 72 pts.
  3. Achille Onorato, MASCALZONE LATINO = 64 pts.
  4. Krzysztof Krempec, MAG TINY = 62 pts.
  5. Rodney Jones, AUDI SUNSHINE COAST; 58 pts.

Clipper race started in the UK

The Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race started on the 20th of August in Liverpool, UK. The fleet of twelve identical 70 feet Clipper yachts started one of the longest regattas in the world. The 40,000 nm course is divided into 13 individual races with the team having the best cumulative score winning the Clipper Race Trophy. Each team is led by a professional skipper with an all-amateur crew. The 2017-18 race has attracted 712 people representing 41 nationalities, making it the largest to date.

The start was exciting, especially in front of such a crowd, but now the endurance test awaits the crews. The first race is 6,400 nm from Liverpool to Punta del Este, Uruguay.

Legendary sailor and Clipper Race Chairman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo, non-stop around the planet almost 50 years ago, founded the race to allow anyone, regardless of experience, the chance to experience ocean racing. He said: “Over the next eleven months, our crew and Skippers will get to face everything Mother Nature can throw at them. Upon their return, they will have sailed across the world’s greatest oceans. Very few people get to say that.”

This opening leg of the eleven-month series will take approximately 35 days to complete and is the longest ever in the race’s 21-year history.

Read more about this regatta here.

Volvo Ocean Race Leg Zero completed

The amazing 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race starts already in a couple of months, on October 22, 2017, in Alicante, Spain with the final finish in The Hague, Netherlands on June 30, 2018. In total, the 11-leg race will visit 12 cities in six continents: Alicante, Lisbon, Cape Town, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Auckland, Itajaí, Newport, Cardiff, Gothenburg, and The Hague. A maximum of eight teams will compete. Before the race would officially start, the seven teams had to compete in four required qualification races, known as Leg Zero.

Spanish team MAPFRE won this stage, even though during the last race it was stuck in the no-wind zone. Dongfeng Race Team and MAPFRE both had an early start on their training for the upcoming race.

Now Dongfeng and MAPFRE will be training together to get even better. The two teams are heading to Spain, where they will take part in the first two-boat testing program ever organized for Volvo Ocean 65s.

Why these two teams, you might ask. Dongfeng simply accepted MAPFE’s invitation to train together for two weeks, and of course, they invited other teams to join them as well, but none of them were available.

More details on this matter you can read here.

Dynamiq is an official sponsor of the Malizia GC32 Team

One of the very famous premium yachting brands, the Dynamiq Yachts, recently became the official sponsor of the Monegasque Team Malizia. With Pierre Casiraghi at the helm, Malizia competes on super-fast catamarans GC32.

Dynamiq has a long history of successful partnerships not only in Monaco with Monaco Solar Boat Challenge, but also on the 35th America’s Cup and Russian team Synergy GT 40.

“Dynamiq always supported the innovations in the sailing world, both in Monte Carlo and all over the world. The Malizia Team sponsorship is one of the examples of our close relationships with Yacht Club of Monaco and Pierre Casiraghi, who, by the way, shares our passion for technical innovations in sailing,” says Sergey Dobroserdov from the Dynamiq Yachts Company.

You can find more details about the partnership here.

Sources: SailingScuttlebutt. com, ItBoat, Melges 20
Photo: Marina Semenova, Eloi Stichelbaut, www.sailingscuttlebutt.com, Double Shot Studios