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  • S.R.: XmasRegatta: Day 1 - Chilly Start after Xmas
    First time published: 2018Dec28

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    Sunrise on the Stars copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriSunrise on the Stars
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    Winter arrived, Christmas gone, Hobart started and already finished (too fast…) New year is coming so it’s time for the 62nd Christmas Regatta in Nice for the Star Class (5th for who is writing and shooting).

    Unluckily, for many reasons, the number of boats is very low this year, only 27 at start.
    In any case we are full of great sailors, starting from the last year winner Xavier Rohart (FRA-8237) bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics and twice world champion, and Roberto Benamati (ITA-7488) ex Italian champion and 2 years ago winner.

    Christian Nehammer copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriChristian Nehammer
    copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriSandro Lacan copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriSandro Lacan
    copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri“New entries” we have the olympic sailor Christian Nehammer (AUT-8485); 505, dragon and FD Classes champion Jorgen Schönherr (DEN-8532); and Sandro Lacan the French talent of the Youth America's Cup french team and 3rd at the last French Tour Voile.

    Good Morning Alice Chiappori copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriGood Morning Alice Chiappori
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    We have also a special one: the young local ex French champion of Optimist class (and many good performances in others classes) Alice Chiappori, that back from the university, has jumped on a boat, this time to race, as crew, instead to support the organization or for practice.
    So in Italian we say “Pochi ma buoni” (n.d.t.: few but good).

    Roberto Benamati and Alberto Ambrosini (ITA-7488) copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriRoberto Benamati and Alberto Ambrosini (ITA-7488)
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    Weather is fine as you expect in this season here, 5[°C] early in the morning up to 15[°C] when the sun finally rise! The race has started at 07:45UTC with light northerly breeze, small gently waves. First procedure canceled, repeated, good start. The fleet has covered all the bay to reach the first mark, on the second one the battle was clear: all the bigs are on podium position, with Benamati dominant on the finish line. A small crash during the first downwind leg, without damage and injures in the middle of the group.
    Starting line copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriStarting line
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    Second race: the committee has been obliged to change position, the wind has started to disappear, but the Start has been good and the fleet is mostly on the pin.
    But the race has been shaken by an unexpected classic sail boat, which has crossed all the field just in front to all fleet (opsss).
    Invader copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriInvader
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    Benamati has reached and passed the left lay-line and decide to tack, but the French Lacan is just behind and has been obliged to tack and so has called “protest”.
    Benamati and Lacan are fighting on the layline copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriBenamati and Lacan are fighting on the layline
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    The field has become a tactical trap to find the right breeze, some try to go far east and falling in a big patch with nearly no wind; who has kept the west-centre zone (the best VMG was with left-tack) of the field has been able to “finish” the race. However the race has been controlled again by the Italian and followed by the others Greats.

    BBQ after race copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriBBQ after race
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    Another thing has also dominated the race: the change of wind, so the Race Committee has changed the course.
    Race Board copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriRace Board
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    This has generated some missed-understanding in the racers and the R.C. has been obliged to protest 12 boats and finally disqualified them. The only “happy” of this is Benamati, who has been found guilty (ITA-7488: 29=1;1->DSQ=28) and he’s still able to fight for the win! Just needs at least 2 races and others 2 first places.
    Tomorrow forecast are not better partly cloudy, but if today was a “cold” start, the next days will be on fire; Fingers crossed …e “FUOCO ALLE POLVERI"

    Results tables:
    General, Stage 1: 2 races
    FRA-8237 Rohart Xavier + Pulfer (4=2;2)
    DEN-8532 Schönherr Jürgen + Gravid (5=4;1)
    FRA-7778 Lacan Sandro + Giorgi (12=8;4)

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  • S.R.: LVST2019 day1+2+3 Precauzione prima dell’uso, Calma normalità prima della tempesta, La galleria del vento è rimasta aperta
    First time published: 2019Oct03
    Pandora splashing  before the start.
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    I’ve been a bit far from the keyboard to cover the actual event, but it can be good for the mind.
    The first day of the LVST was a déjà-vu (flash back) for many from last year, because based on forecast, the R.C. decided to delete the activities already before “le café et croissant”. In my opinion (and many others) it could be sail-able but was good in anyhow to have calm and time to work on the rush after Régates Royales. Some excitement there was on the big dam near the tower because as the reported, they started to record new episodes of the series “Riviera”.
    Riviera set preparations.
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    Second day finally with a “vento ballerino” with a lot of AP Flag on the fields, for the classic the wind was 90° to the line of the departure (n.d.a.: not in front!!!).
    This had probably pushed some to overshoot the start and so in one start it have had a collision between Marigold and Z-7, quite scary because all the crews of the last one was in the water. Our press-boat (driver) was not enough awake to close up, and Ingrid and Gianfranco were in place with great “portrait”. However from far I could shoot and finally analyse the situation:
    Z-7 into the water.
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    1. Ester and Z-7 were probably OCS;
    2. Marigold was already casting off the jibs;
    3. Ester has space to bear away in front to the black lady;
    4. Z-7 probably has thought to do the same, but less space and the Marigold’s bowsprit has “inforcato” the small 7m class;
    5. Z-7 Team jump or fall over theirs and the boat did a 180° turn and another 90° after Marigold passed.
    Luckily looks like all was fine later no damage or bad injures.

    Classic taking after the downwind leg.
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    Modern at the Mark.
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    Outside there was some nice match-racing situations as in classic as in the neighbours modern, in particular with TP-52 class.

    MARGA F-3 team watching the flags.
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    Third day, as forecast said, the huge wind storm arrived and before the press office opened, we already know that race was canceled.
    Flags totally stiff.
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    However an energetic moment there was: the underground services tunnel on the dock in front to all fashioninst restaurant has some kind of problem (short-cut?) and some fires/smoke/smell came of chemical electric cable so the fire-brigade arrived and dive inside.
    Docks of St Tropez and the fire-brigade.
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    Today day 4, the Modern Wally will race out while the rest can choose to challenge their enemy.

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    Day 1: asap but no races.
  • S.R.: RéRo Day 5 da Duri
    First time published: 2019Sept30

    Moonbeam IV 8 upwind to TUIGA D-3 copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriMoonbeam IV 8 upwind to TUIGA D-3.
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    “Che giornata”, last day of the Ré.Ro. has been very energetic.
    The weather conditions has been very extreme, and this has made the event one the most difficult for the sailors from beach condition to splash waves, the crews of Marga has reported gusts up to +35[kts] outside, and from the press-boat we could have later proof of this on the way back.
    MARGA F-3. copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriMARGA F-3.
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    With this conditions all departures has involved the R.C. boat, fews, like TUIGA D-3, have decided to go forward and start with less wind but more “safety”. The plan choice was the G3 so inside bay racetrack. However with the evolution of the weather the R.C. has been obliged to change and shorter the race.
    Unluckily also we have had a difficult day because at the last minute the driver had to change the big R.I.B. to the smaller for a problem, and  with 10 photographers this means less opportunity to move around (also if someone was screaming for waves…).
    Nonetheless I must do my compliments to our driver M. for the great (safety) work he made to allowed us to our work. Well Done Black Tenders!!! I’ve been 3 times in for 3 different events and always perfect.

    So we cannot say a lot about the race, but after, on the docks, I've could learn that on the far mark there have been many problems and some protest.
    Comet crews working to remove the the mast. copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriComet crews working to remove the the mast.
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    Comet has broken the second mast, someone has kick the back-side of Lady Trix (she has just made the 110th Anniversary in Monaco, so she was in perfect conditions).

    Lady Trix damage detail. copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriLady Trix damage detail.
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    Always on protest side, Pandora G-9, finally yesterday, could have hearing about the penalty they had for all races (the problem reported by the crew was about the rating of the gennaker that it’s not tri-radial), but they didn't had redrawn for  races.

    Team Vanessa I-6636 with Patrizio Bertelli&ie and Torben Grael copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri
    At the end the Prize Giving has been a great party
    "e tutti gli equipaggi hanno portato il loro rispetto ai vincitori"
    (n.d.t.: and all the crews brought their respect to the winners).
    Chinook NY-48 and Viola and MARGA F-3 teams. copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriChinook NY-48 and Viola and MARGA F-3 teams.
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    Resolute Salmon US20456 Skipper  copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri
    In conclusion, after one year from the lighting of the end of the Panerai we can “fare un bilancio” of the Classic races.
    As witness of 2+1 events (2 ex-Panerai+Monaco Classic Week) and having listened about the others, we have goods News:
    • All clubs has show the capacity to manage the regattas, even with small (better restricted) budgets
    • 90% percents of the boats are still there and their owners too, some are missing but newer arrived
    • The public in the sailing-field or not, have interest and passion into the regattas.
    • So the Classic regatta are on the earth to remain, they need only a good sponsor to make, again, the series with a Trophy! (n.d.a.: maybe a factory like Mercedes could think about, as BMW, AUDI, and VOLVO have already their places???)

    I cannot forget to thanks all people of the organizations to give us the possibility to shoot, to tell (testimony) to the rest of the world the story and beauty of the classic sailing.
    Grazie Mille!!!
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    Dragon Class

    1. ITA-77 BUNKER PRINCE Braslavets Evgenil (17=6;3;1;1;1;1;7;4)
    2. POR-85 NEPTUNE Pedro Andrade (28=2;2;6;19;3;5;4;6)
    3. RUS-27 ANAPURNA Anatoly Loginov (30=4;1;3;15;17;3;1;3)


    General Stage 4: 3 races last update 2019Sept27

    Groupe EPOQUE AURIQUE + 15mIJ

    1. NY-48 CHINOOK Andrew bates (5=3;1;1;?)
    2. F-3 MARGA Matteo Tacconi (8=2;4;2;?)
    3. P-14 OLYMPIAN Fetas Guillaume (11=6;2;3;?)
    4. MARIGOLD Ken ROEBUCK (7=1;6)

    Groupe EPOQUE AURIQUE - 15mIJ

    1. VIOLA Fabien Despres (3=1;1;1;?)
    2. ORIOLE Ignacio Eguiagaray (9=3;2;4;?)
    3. LADY TRIX Gerard Friess (11=4;5;2;?)
    4. K KISMET Richard Matthew (6=2;4)

    Groupe BIG BOAT

    1. D-3 TUIGA Daniel Pereira (3=1;1;1;?)
    2. 2 HALLOWE’EN Inigo Strez (7=2;DPI 3;2;?)
    3. 88 MOONBEAM OF FIFE Erwan Noblet (9=3;3;3;?)

    Groupe CLASSIC + 16 METRES

    1. ITA-17077 IL MORO DI VENEEZIA Massimiliano Ferruzzi (3=2;1;2;?)
    2. ENCOUNTER Bart Weauwer (9=6;2;1;?)
    3. ESP-1257 YANIRA Valerie Demarotte (9=1;5;3;?)
    4. FRANCE 1 Jacques Bureau (6=3;3)

    Groupe CLASSIC - 16 METRES

    1. I-6636 VANESSA Torben Grael (3=1;1;1;?)
    2. FRA6065 SAGITTARIUS Thierry Laffitte (9=DPI 4;2;3;?)
    3. PALYNODIE II Henri Ferbus (10=4;4;2;?)
    4. FRA-11 MEERBLICK…FUN Otto Pohlmann (7=2;5)

    Groupe EPOQUE MARCONI + 15

    1. NY-49 ROWDY Tim Goodbody (8=2;DPI 2;4;?) 
    2. ARG-66 CIPPINO II Martin Billoch (9=1;5;DPI 3;?)
    3. SEVEN SEAS OF PORTO Markus Kemp (13=6;DPI 5;2;?)
    4. AUS-77 BLITZEN Kade Jaques (10=7;DPI 3)

    Groupe EPOQUE MARCONI - 15

    1. 141 FJORD III Germain Frers (5=DPI 2;2;1;?)
    2. GER-15 ANNIE SOPHIE Joerg Moesshang (7=4;1;2)
    3. FRA-24 FRANCE Guy Reyniers (13=6;3;4;?)


    General Stage 4: 4 races

    1. USA-20456 RESOLUTE SALMON Valter Pizzoli(4=1;1;1;1;?)
    2. FRA-4869 MARIA GIOVANNA II Jean-pierre Sauvan(9=2;3;2;2;3;?)
    3. ITA-4702 OJALA II Michele Frova (12=3;2;3;4;4;’)


    1. GBR-2795L FAIRLIE Tom Fischer(3=1;1;1;?)
    2. ITA-7636 SANDRA Marco Carbonaro(7=3;2;2;?) 
    3. SUI-10 SCHERZO Laurent Schenk (9=2;3;4;?)