4th Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series

9-11 December 2016: Melges 20 (Act III), J/70 (Act II), GC32 (Act II), M32 (Act I)

 

The Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series of regattas, organised from October to March by the Yacht Club de Monaco, in collaboration with clothing supplier SLAM and instigated by Valentin Zavadnikov, kicked-off on Friday 9th December. Two new classes, M32 and GC32, have joined event regulars, Melges 20 and J/70.

 

Cats have wind in their sails

At the end of the second day, the YCM’s own Guido Miani (Neverland) leads the spectacular one-design M32 catamaran fleet. Having won two of three races held, he dominates the provisional ranking ahead of Riccardo Simoneschi (Italia Sailing Team) and the Swedish team on Cape Crown Viking led by Patrick Sturesson.

 

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>> Results M32

 

The latest generation of foiling cats, the GC32s, also enjoyed back-to-back races in the light winds. After three races, the Swiss on Realteam helmed by Jérôme Clerc retain their lead at the top of the provisional ranking ahead of Pierre Casiraghi and his team on Malizia who won the event’s first race. Sébastien Rogues on Team Engie is lying 3rd.

 

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>> Results GC32

 

 

Foiling in the blood

On Saturday evening, sailing enthusiasts gathered for a conference organised by the YCM given by fluid mechanics and appendages specialist, Martin Fisher, who had been invited by Pierre Casiraghi. He’s the man behind the GC32 and Flying Phantom, and also heads the design team for the French America’s Cup Challenger.

The naval architect discussed latest foiling developments, a technology that has won over many sailors at the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series. “Boats today can fly upwind, which wasn’t possible before,” explained the designer who sees the future of sailing taking off (literally). “It’s all moving so quickly in this field. I think the future for sailing lies with a combination of foils and kites adapted to boats. The kite reduces heeling which helps you go faster. And the higher you go, the more wind you find…!” No need to say more – those who believe that one day they will fly won’t need to keep their feet on the ground.

 

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All four classes including the Melges 20s and J/70s will be out on the water tomorrow, Sunday, at 10.00am, for the final straight.

 

Programme :

Sunday 11th December:

10.00am: 1st warning signal

After racing: Prize-giving

4th Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series

9-11 December 2016: Melges 20 (Act III), J/70 (Act II), GC32 (Act II), M32 (Act I)

 

The Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series of regattas, organised from October to March by the Yacht Club de Monaco, in collaboration with clothing supplier SLAM and instigated by Valentin Zavadnikov, kicked-off on Friday 9th December. Two new classes, M32 and GC32, have joined event regulars, Melges 20 and J/70.

 

Cats have wind in their sails

At the end of the second day, the YCM’s own Guido Miani (Neverland) leads the spectacular one-design M32 catamaran fleet. Having won two of three races held, he dominates the provisional ranking ahead of Riccardo Simoneschi (Italia Sailing Team) and the Swedish team on Cape Crown Viking led by Patrick Sturesson.

 

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>> Results M32

 

The latest generation of foiling cats, the GC32s, also enjoyed back-to-back races in the light winds. After three races, the Swiss on Realteam helmed by Jérôme Clerc retain their lead at the top of the provisional ranking ahead of Pierre Casiraghi and his team on Malizia who won the event’s first race. Sébastien Rogues on Team Engie is lying 3rd.

 

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>> Results GC32

 

 

Foiling in the blood

On Saturday evening, sailing enthusiasts gathered for a conference organised by the YCM given by fluid mechanics and appendages specialist, Martin Fisher, who had been invited by Pierre Casiraghi. He’s the man behind the GC32 and Flying Phantom, and also heads the design team for the French America’s Cup Challenger.

The naval architect discussed latest foiling developments, a technology that has won over many sailors at the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series. “Boats today can fly upwind, which wasn’t possible before,” explained the designer who sees the future of sailing taking off (literally). “It’s all moving so quickly in this field. I think the future for sailing lies with a combination of foils and kites adapted to boats. The kite reduces heeling which helps you go faster. And the higher you go, the more wind you find…!” No need to say more – those who believe that one day they will fly won’t need to keep their feet on the ground.

 

msws2016act3sg_01591

 

All four classes including the Melges 20s and J/70s will be out on the water tomorrow, Sunday, at 10.00am, for the final straight.

 

Programme :

Sunday 11th December:

10.00am: 1st warning signal

After racing: Prize-giving