Tuesday, January 31, 2012

ECC VIVIENDAS Leading Trofeo Bodegas Maximo Bolado

J/80 one-design sailboat- sailing off Santander, Spain(Santander, Spain)- One of the world's top J/80 fleets is at it again.  When the Santander J/80 fleet gets rolling in early January on the spectacular northern shores of Spain, it not only marks the start of the J/80 sailing season in Spain, it is also an opportunity for the newer J/80 teams to test themselves against some of the world's best sailors.

The first trophy event of the season for the Santander J/80s is the Trofeo Bodegas Maximo Bolado, an event that runs for over four weekends and attracts many of Spain's top J/80 sailors from other fleets- the depth of talent in the twenty-eight boat fleet is simply breath-taking!

The first weekend saw two very tough races sailed in beautiful spring weather.  The day started slowly with a postponement, but by 1500 hours the wind began to blow from the northwest about eight knots.  The race course was set south of the navigation channel in the area known as "The Moors", making for tough tactical decisions regarding both current and wind as the breeze kept  veering in an oscillating-persistent scenario further Northeast.

In the first race, the favored side of the line was the port "pin" end, but the wind shifted to the right so much that the entire fleet arrived in a very compact package at the first windward mark.  Setting the standard by leading at the first windward mark was Pichu Torcida's J/80 World Champion team on ECC VIVIENDAS followed by Paco Cospedal skippering WIND and OPTICA CENTRALE sailed by Julia Casanueva.  On the first downwind leg, ECC VIVIENDAS managed to escape clear and held first place throughout the race. It was a very tough fight behind them for the next few positions.  In the end, GO FIT sailed by David Madrazo finished 2nd, followed by Toño Piris' YATES Y COSAS in 3rd, FONESTAR (Jaime Piris) in 4th and OPTICA CENTRALE with Fernando Pereda at the helm in 5th. J/80 World Champion Ignacio Camino on NEXTEL ENGINEERING was 6th.

The second race was much more complicated.  It was a "black flag" start with three boats sent home!  The wind kept shifting and was full of holes, making for complex decisions related to current as well. In the end, A&G PRIVATE BANKING sailed by Tono Ribalaygua won their first race of the season.  FONESTAR was second, followed by GO FIT, ECC VIVIENDAS and MATRAKO to round out the top five.

The leading trio is very tight with ECC VIVIENDAS and GO FIT at the top of the standings with 5 points each and FONESTAR is third with one more.  Then, in a tie for fourth is YATES Y COSAS and Paco Cospedal's WIND with 13 points each.  For more Trofeo Bodegas Máximo Bolado sailing information

Monday, January 30, 2012

French J80s Prepare For Sailing Season And Worlds

J/80s sail trainingFirst England 2012, Then France 2013
(La Trinite Sur Mer, France)- As their Spanish counterparts are ramping up their sailing and training schedules, the French J/80 Class are doing the same in La Trinite, Lorient and other ports around the French coastline.  No question the top French teams have in their sights top 10 finishes (or better) at this year's J/80 Worlds in Dartmouth, England and later in the 2013 J/80 Worlds in France.

The first event called the ARNO SKIPPER is now also a Sport Boat Regatta in La Trinite sur Mer.  Leading up to the famous monster spring event called SPI Ouest Regatta, there will be five training weekends for any French J/80s wishing to participate. The dates are: January 28/29, then February 11/12 and 25/26, then 10/11 and 24/25 March.

These training programs are being organized on the following basis: on-the-water sailing, racing, speed-testing, boat-handling and so forth followed by a de-briefing in the evening with video, photos and questions/answers with the top sailors (tactical, strategy, weather, boat-settings, etc).  If you want to get your J/80 team up-to-speed very, very quickly, then participation in these training weekends will be the best investment of time and resources you can possibly make!

For further J/80 training/ sailing information, please contact- Arnaud Walter- ph- 06 69 58 21 21 or arnoskipper@yahoo.fr    For more J/80 France sailing information