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Written by Tristan Brown   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014

 Warnemunde Woche 2014

 After a long days travelling I finally arrived at Wanemunde, the venue for the German Europa Cup. I decided to attend this event as a warm up ahead of the World Laser Radial Championships in Poland in July.

 During the event, a festival is also held in Warnemunde to really make the place a spectacle from the 5th – 13th July. Our racing was held from the 5th – 8th July. Thousands of people descend on this small location, many who have just stepped off their luxurious cruise liner for the day!

 

Unfortunately I didn’t receive my charter boat until very late the night before the regatta started so I was frantically busy setting it up ready for racing and desperate to get out onto the race course to test everything out. I eventually got the chance to do this when finished setting the boat up at 7:15pm! I went out for 45 minutes and everything seemed in order.

 On the first scheduled day of racing we were postponed ashore all day due to a lack of wind. This had been all too common for European regattas this season with a similar situation having recently occurred at the Europeans in Croatia and Kiel Week in Germany. This cancellation gave me the chance to get out for a run to maintain some fitness.

 On Day Two we spent 7 hours on the water for two races.  Again these races were held in very light winds and I was happy to come away with a 3rd and a 5th place in the 52 boat fleet.

 

Day Three saw more wind from a different direction, which resulted in some nice waves to catch downwind. I sailed well in these conditions to claim 1,1,3 in the three races that day to move up into 2nd overall. I had some good battles this day with the Belgian sailor who lead overall.

 Day Four we all launched in an offshore wind, which was shifting quite a lot. After a long period sitting around out there waiting for the course to be laid, we started a race but this was eventually abandoned mid-way through. All racing was then cancelled for the day meaning that I would finish in 2nd overall one point off 1st!

 Congratulations to the other WA sailors competing on their results in the event: Brad Utting (6th Laser Radial) & Mark Spearman (5th Laser Standard & 2nd U21).

 This event was a great warm up event to get my mind back into bigger fleet and longer course racing and I look forward to using this to my advantage going forward towards the World Championships.

 Thank you to Fremantle Sailing Club, Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, the Ron Tough Yachting Foundation, WA Laser Association, Optimum Time and Monkeyfist Marine for their continued support!

 

Europa Cup Poland

Following Warnemunde Woche, Brad Utting and I travelled from Germany to Poland with Irish Laser coach Ben Lynch. This meant that we were travelling in a seven seated van with six lasers and coach boat behind! (see attached photo). In what we thought was going to be a relatively short journey, it ended up taking 5 ½ hours due to traffic and road conditions. Once arriving in Dziwnow, Poland the location for the upcoming Europa Cup and World Laser Radial Championships we quickly got settled in by collecting our charter boats and setting them up ready for racing. 

I took my boat for a short practice sail prior to the event starting on the 11th July and this was a great experience with the fun downwind rides on such big waves making up for the upwind slog required to enjoy them.

 

To get out to the racecourse you have to sail out of a small canal and then out onto the ocean (similar to sailing down the river out from the old Fremantle traffic bridge and then out onto the ocean).

 On Day One of racing the conditions were crazy, 25knots of wind with some of the biggest swell I have ever been sailing in. I managed to come out of this long, hard day leading with a 1,1,2 scorecard having many close battles with the three time Polish World Radial Champion Marcin Rudawski. My brand new mast top section unfortunately didn’t handle these conditions too well, resulting in a significant bend.

 Day Two of racing the conditions were slightly more moderate with 15-18knots for the first two races and 7-10 knots for the third race of the day. I again had a consistent day with a 2,1,2 scorecard to maintain my lead. Unfortunately in the first race of the day (when in a close battle with Marcin) I went to tack on his transom going around the top mark and my foot missed the hiking strap, resulting in a capsize and me losing my favourite sunglasses!

 The final day of the event was very different, with a totally different wind direction and a much shiftier, lighter wind. I had extremely poor starts in both races to find myself well back in the fleet on both first unwinds. However, I used my downwind speed to my advantage to claw my way back through the fleet to end up with a 15th and a 2nd in the two races for the day. Bouncing back in the second race meant that I had managed to win the Europa Cup on the World Championships waters. A great confidence boost ahead of the main event, the World Laser Radial Championships in one weeks time!

 Thank you to Fremantle Sailing Club, Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, the Ron Tough Yachting Foundation, WA Laser Association, Optimum Time and Monkeyfist Marine for their continued support!

Last Updated ( Sunday, 20 July 2014 )
 
Team Alpari at Stena Cup
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Written by Team Alpari   
Thursday, 10 July 2014

 Team Alpari FX 6th at Stena Match Cup Sweden
Team Alpari FX defeated by Bjorn Hansen in a hard fought quarterfinal at Stena Match Cup, Hansen goes on to win his 3rd straight Stena Match Cup Sweden. 

We arrived in Marstand on Sweden’s west coast with great form under our belt having finished 2nd at Match Race Germany and 1st at the Royal Southern Match Race. After a dominant first day of racing , we recorded 5 wins and no losses. From this point the regatta progressed slowly, however we continued to sail well finishing qualifying with 8 wins and 5 losses.  Having raced in a variety of conditions we felt comfortable with our progress, finishing the round robin in 4th position. Being unable to pick our opponent we were left with possibly the hardest match up, Bjorn Hansen, going for his third straight Stena Match Cup win.

The quarterfinals would be a hard fought affair. In match one we made a nice start to the right of Hansen, allowing us to tack across to the right of the course and make the most of more consistent wind. At the first cross, we were slightly ahead and being the starboard boat we tried to unsettle Hansen by dialing down and forcing Hansen to avoid us. Unfortunately on this occasion the umpires deemed fit to penalise us after the boats made contact. From this point we were behind and a penalty outstanding but we kept close and overtook the Swedes on the 2nd upwind. Being ahead we tried to slow down and force Hansen into a mistake but we couldn’t make it happen.

In race two we made a similar start to the first but this time managed to keep the advantage and lead at the top mark. We couldn’t get Hansen off our tail on the downwind and he managed to sail up past a lay-line to the bottom mark. This put us behind and on the back foot; Hansen went on to take the win.

2-0 down, we attached the third race desperate for a win. After making some nice backward maneuvering, we got ourselves into good shape, leading into the start with not much time to kill. Despite our good positioning we made the unforced error of being over the start early. Following a painful return to the start line we kept fighting and by the 2nd of 3 laps we were right back behind Hansen, to their dismay. From this point we had a real fight on our hands to overtake but just managed to squeak around Hansen at the finish mark and take an inspiring, unbelievable win!

Our fourth race with Hansen would prove to be the most disappointing, following what we thought was an even start the wind went hard left giving Hansen the advantage.  We had opportunities earlier to try and get across and keep it close but believed the wind would come back and give us a chance for the lead. Being a couple of lengths behind at the top mark would usually make a race but from this point it was a one-tack course for the final laps. Hansen took the win and we were out!

It was a very competitive series with Hansen and we were in with a chance every race. It was a hard loss to take especially having sailed well across all races. Defiantly some points for us to work on in the closer races, this will be helpful going forward. We are all optimistic about that and very hungry to improve again at the Sopot Match Race in Poland, in three weeks time. Thanks for your support and we look forward to bringing you news from Poland.

Keith Swinton, Ben Lamb, Ted Hackney, Tudur Owen and Ricky McGarvie

Last Updated ( Sunday, 20 July 2014 )
 
The New Wrap Job
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Written by The Doctor   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014

 Todd & Dubbo's new ride, check out the wrap job......

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 July 2014 )
 
Sunny Stena Match Cup Sweden wrap up
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Written by TG   
Tuesday, 08 July 2014

 Team Gilmour finishes 8th at Stena Match Cup Sweden

 

 

TG about to round inside Bjorn Hansen on day 4 of qualifying in 20+ knots (Photo credit, Dan Ljungsvik/ SMCS) 

David Gilmour, Will Mackenzie, Luke Payne, Peter Nicholas and Ed Powys

It has been a long week at our first Stena Match Cup Sweden, with Team Gilmour finishing a little disappointed in 8th place. We found it a little difficult to build momentum throughout the event and get used to the DS37 yachts. Despite the result we feel that we are still improving and learning from every race and really growing as a team. 

There were 14 teams competing in the event which made the qualifying round every important, we had a very slow day 1, only competing in one race. Day 2 was much better for us winning 4 races and loosing only 2, we managed to take wins which would turnout to be very important latter to make the quarter finals.
Day 3 was again a slow day with the ProAm race taking up most of the morning and with us sailing only in the afternoon, we managed a score of 1 win and 1 loss taking us to 5 wins and 4 losses, from this point every race was important on day 4. 
Day 4 the sun disappeared and the rain and wind arrived, we were excited to sailing in the gusty 20 knot conditions but probably more excited to don our new Gul Performance Apparel which proved to be fantastic! We had some really close races in the breeze with reefed mainsails and gusts up to 25 knots, we had a particularly close race against eventual regatta winner Bjorn Hansen and his Hansen Sailing Team.
The pressure was on and we had one last race of the round robin, this was a must win race which would get us into the quarter finals on a 4 way tie. We were against Taylor Canfield and his US One sailing team, the boys stepped it up and managed to take the win to cement our spot in the quarter finals.
Fransesco Bruni from Luna Rossa Challenge was second top qualifier after the round robin and chose to sail against us. Bruni had been sailing well throughout the round robin and it was going to be a tough best of five series. 
We had some nice starts against Bruni but he played the shifts well was able to win in 3 straight races. We felt like we had improved throughout the regatta but he just did a better job on the day and credit to his team. 
Stena Match Cup Sweden has been an amazing event and a big thanks must go out the the event organisers and the 120 volunteers who made it such a fun and enjoyable week on Masstrand!
Also a big congratulation to Bjorn Hansen and his Hansen Sailing Team for taking out their 3rd Stena Match Cup Sweden in a row! 
Stena Match Cup Sweden is an incredible event with the largest number of engaged spectators we have ever seen. We are looking forward to coming back next year!

Finals results:
1st Bjorn Hansen
2nd Ian Williams
3rd Taylor Canfield
4th Fancesco Bruni
5th Mathieu Richard
6th Keith Swinton
7th Joachim Ashenbrenner 
8th David Gilmour
9th Phil Robertson
10th Nicolai Sehested
11th Ed Baird
12th Magnus Holmberg
13th Johnie Berntsson 
14th Victor Ogeman 


 

Dave having a crack at the grinding comp. (Photo credit, Dan Ljungsvik/ SMCS)

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Or the bellow links for regular updates:
www.wmrt.com
stenamatchcupsweden.com

 Stay tuned to our Facebook page for regular updates

 

 

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 08 July 2014 )
 
Whale on Whale
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Written by The Doctor   
Tuesday, 08 July 2014

Well the video front has been very quite of late, so lets steal one from the SA website.

"Whale on Whale".

I'm sure En Solitaire will be better this Thursday!

WHALE ON WHALE - Sailing Anarchy Funnies from On The Water Anarchy on Vimeo.

 

 

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 08 July 2014 )
 
Todd & Dubbo's New Ride!
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Written by The Doctor   
Monday, 07 July 2014

 Todd & Dubbo's new ride for Sydney Hobart has left the Sunfast factory, and should arrive in Sydney next week.

Here's a few happy snappies......    

Last Updated ( Monday, 07 July 2014 )
 
Big Movie Night!
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Written by The Doctor   
Thursday, 03 July 2014

Put the evening of next Thursday 10th July in your diary, everyone is invited to a big movie night at RFBYC.

We'll be watching "En Solitaire" upstairs, bar service aviable, it will be just like a cabaret.

Watch the trailer here.

Please drop an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are coming along so we have an idea of numbers.

Brought to you by Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club & freodoctor.com.au

Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 July 2014 )
 
Sea Safety & Survival Course
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Written by The Doctor   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014

 The next SSSC is will be held over the weekend of 12-13 July at Royal Perth Yacht Club.

Book online via YWA using this link.

Photos from recent course are here.

Thanks to Sarah Ware for the happy snappies!

 

 
Rocko - Say it aint so!
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Written by The Doctor   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014

 

Rockingham 'No Hollywood' club shut

 

Rockingham Race weekend will never be the same again!

A Rockingham nightclub that celebrated a victory last month after a four-year legal battle with the Liquor Commission has been closed and the owner stripped of his liquor licence.

Kevin Mann, director of Zelda's Nightclub licensee Tocoan Pty Ltd and the club's manager, was found this week not to be a fit and proper person by the Liquor Commission after he trivialised several serious incidents at the club.

 https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/24362924/rockingham-no-hollywood-club-shut/

 

 

 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 July 2014 )
 
Team Gilmour all set for Stena Match Cup Sweden
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Written by Team Gilmour   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014

David Gilmour, Will Mackenzie, Luke Payne, Peter Nicholas and Ed Powys

 

Team Gilmour in Marstrand, Sweden for stage two of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Stena Match Cup Sweden


After a short break from the match racing to compete in some fleet racing in Kiel Week, Germany, the boys are back together and ready to take on Stena Match Cup Sweden on the beautiful island of Marstrand just north of Gothenburg.

We had our official training session yesterday and are feeling confident in the highly manoeuvrable DS 37 yachts. These are the same boats which the we sailed in the ISAF Nations Cup last year in Denmark and we are really enjoying being back in them. 

Marstrand has the perfect natural amphitheatre for match race sailing and thousands of spectators are expected to line the rocks above the race area to watch the racing. 

This year is the 20th edition of Stena Match Cup Sweden and the line up is as strong as ever, we are looking forward to getting out on the water later today for the start of the round robin qualifying session. 

Stena Match Cup Sweden 2014 skippers:

Ian Williams
Taylor Canfield
Keith Swinton
Mathieu Richard
Bjorn Hansen
Phil Robertson
Nicolia Sehested
David Gilmour
Joachim Ashenbrenner
Johnie Berntsson 
Viktor Ogeman
Francesco Bruni
Magnus Holmberg
Ed Baird


Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more regular updates!

Or the bellow links for regular updates:

www.wmrt.com
stenamatchcupsweden.com

 


Stay tuned to our Facebook page for regular updates

 

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 01 July 2014 )
 
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