Talamone Winter Trophy - Day 1

Saturday, 05 December 2015 19:10

Talamone, December 5, 2015. One race sailed in light wind and current.

1. Filippo Perdisa & Marco Rinaldi

2. Antonio Bari & Andrea Piazza

3. Carlo De Paoli & Alice Anderboni

4. Francesco Scarselli & Enrico Fonda

5. Pietro Fantoni & Ilaria Rochelli

... full results ...

14 Questions to ... Felipe Rondina

Thursday, 03 December 2015 07:24

Felipe Rondina, from Brazil, was second at the Junior Worlds in Talamone, and he won a race at the Open Worlds.

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

My first time sailing was with my father and my brother when i was three years old, but by myself was in an Optimist when I was 7.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

My first time on a Snipe was when I was 8 years old with my friend Flavio Pimentel.

- 3) The most bizarre thing that happened in a regatta?

It was here in Brasília, when two boats crossed in opposite ways and both were with spinnaker.


14 Questions to ... Nicholas Grael

Saturday, 28 November 2015 17:32

A dynasty of sailors. Nicholas Grael, from Rio de Janeiro, is son of Lars and nephew of Torben. Nicholas wasn't lucky at the Junior Worlds in Talamone, he won three races, broke the gooseneck and finished the championship in fifth.

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

Maybe even before I was born, my family always sailed and I learned to sail since I was a baby, but I only began sailing Optis with 9 years old (2006).

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

In Brasilia, 2007, crewing for my friend Felipe Rondina, we were both 10 years old!

- 3) The most bizarre thing that happened in a regatta?

I was in an Optimist regatta in Ilhabela (near São Paulo) when suddenly I saw a penguin hitting my boat and trying to get on!


14 Questions to ... Antonio Lopez Montoya

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 07:39

Antonio Lopez Montoya, from Cartagena, Spain, is the 2015 Junior World Champion (with his crew Gregorio Belmonte Cuenca).

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

My first time in Optimist was in the summer of 2006.

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

Mmmmm, I think that two years and a half ago, during the summer too.

- 3) The most bizarre thing that happened in a regatta?

I remember one time in an Optimist race in Vigo. The wind was so light and the current was so strong that the boats could only move backwards in the upwind.

- 4) What is the thing that most angers you in a race/regatta?

When something related to my equipment breaks and you lose the race because of this.


The World Champion's Boat

Saturday, 21 November 2015 19:00

What boat did Mateus Tavares and Gustavo Carvalho use to become 2015 Snipe World Champions in Talamone?

... photo gallery ...

Scratching the Sailing Itch

Thursday, 19 November 2015 20:02

By Carol Cronin - From Where Books Meet Boats

(Photos courtesy of Thomas Fogh)

No matter what else happens this week, I'm going sailing.

On a global level it seems a bit frivolous, with everything else that's going on. But I can't fix the world, so instead I will join my friends in another celebration of our shared passion for one-design competition.

The occasion is the Florida State Championship, a Snipe regatta in St. Pete, FL. Because it's a qualifier for next year's Western Hemisphere & Orient Championship, we get three days of racing. And with 20 boats registered from various fleets, the competition will be great.


14 Questions to ... Gustavo Carvalho

Thursday, 19 November 2015 19:47

Gustavo Carvalho, from Salvador de Bahia, 2015 Snipe World Champion with his skipper Mateus Tavares

(Photo courtesy of Matias Capizzano)

- 1) Your first time on a sailing boat?

My first time on a sailing boat was when I began on Optimist, December of 2010

- 2) Your first time on a Snipe?

My first time on a Snipe was last year when I sailed with my brother, but we sailed just a little because we together weighed only 110kg. Really seriously, I began on a snipe in January.

- 3) The most bizarre thing that happened in a regatta?

i think nothing really bizarre has already happened to me.

- 4) What is the thing that most angers you in a race/regatta?

When i am doing well in a race and the wind just shifts like 40 degrees.


By Carol Cronin

Over the past several years, there has been a lot of discussion about how to provide good charter boats for international championships—and how to get them returned in equally good shape. It's a tough challenge, and an important one to solve if we want to encourage as many people as possible to attend distant events.

The 2015 Worlds in Talamone set a new high standard for charter boat quality and repair work. From 7-27 September, DB Marine had three people always on site—and at critical times like measurement and practice days, there were four or five. Before the regatta, Enrico and Daniela Michel and their team (Andrea Pribaz, Fulvio Levantini and Antonia Contin) rigged charter boats (and then if necessary re-rigged them to a sailor's specific needs). During the event, they made 85 boat repairs, both on their own charter boats and on other boats in the fleet. And they did it all with a smile and "yes we can" attitude. The only times I saw either one sitting down was for their daily coffee break—and the day's repairs were usually curing during that short rest.


Matias Capizzano Book on Snipe Worlds

Saturday, 31 October 2015 00:00

The compilation of photos from both Jr & Sr Worlds in Talamone, Italy this September.

Enjoy Matias' work!

By Antonio Espada, SCIRA Chief Measurer

I'd like to write down my thoughts regarding the measuring process in Talamone, following Pietro Fantoni's request.

The first thing I'd like to stand out is that the event that took place was a World Championship and not a weekend race. With that in mind everybody needed to be on the same page and agree that the measurement of such a Championship has certain conditions (3 pages in the Measurer's Manual) and also consider C.4.8 ERS from ISAF, which requires identification of every measured element.

Until a new procedure is established, there's no other way of doing it than the 3 day event that kept 7 measurers and a few staff members very busy, with all of them working hard.

The difference with previous measurements is that we have recorded every weight, daggerboard thickness, rudder weight, and taken notes of all irregularities.