sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Exciting competition awaits Bella Mente Racing
Exciting competition awaits Bella Mente Racing


'Bella Mente Racing during its most recent event, the Rolex Giraglia Cup'    © Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Bella Mente Racing will be fighting the elements along with some of the world’s top competitors when it takes on two of Europe’s premier racing events this month. From August 6th -8th, Hap Fauth’s 72’ Judel/Vrolijk designed Bella Mente will race in the Big Boat series of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week on the Isle of Wight in Cowes, England. Then it will switch gears for the Rolex Fastnet Race, which starts on August 11th in the same location and takes the team on a 608-nautical mile journey to Plymouth, Ireland, through the English Channel, over the Celtic Sea and past the iconic Fastnet Rock. Both events promise to challenge Bella Mente Racing with precarious weather, wind and sea conditions.

'We’ve got a few days of practice before our first event and are ‘full on’ as they say,' said Fauth (Minneapolis, Minn./Naples, Fla.), who not only owns Bella Mente but also helms for the Bella Mente Racing team, which consists of 22 sailors. The team is in the midst of a very ambitious 2013 racing campaign with four events already completed, including February’s RORC Caribbean 600, at which the team took first in IRC 0 and second in IRC overall, and May’s Gaastra PalmaVela, which the team won in the Mini Maxi Class.

Bella Mente Racing during its most recent event, the Rolex Giraglia Cup -  © Rolex-Carlo Borlenghi  
After Bella Mente Racing’s last event, the Rolex Giraglia Cup in June, the boat was shipped to Endeavour Quay Boatyard in Gosport, England to undergo preparations and change the boat to its offshore set-up for the two upcoming events.

'Cowes Week will get us back into competitive racing mode,' said Fauth. 'We will compete in three coastal races, and I think the biggest challenge for all of them will be racing on The Solent, which is a large body of water where we will have to combat the extremely strong currents in what is normally a ton of breeze.'

Fauth added that the adverse weather conditions will help the team prepare for the Rolex Fastnet Race, Europe’s oldest offshore race.

'The elements make the Fastnet Race what it is by reputation, and though this is my first time competing in the event, I have heard many people talk about it being multiple races in one,' said Fauth, 'because of all the components that come into play on the course, including the heavy tides and currents, drastic changes in wind and sea conditions and the extremely cold water in the North Atlantic Ocean.'

The level of competition will also be off the charts, with a record 380 yachts signed up to race. They include Niklas Zennström's Ran 2, back-to-back race winner in the Mini Maxi Class.

'Of all the races that we do, Fastnet will demand a 100 percent team effort to succeed. We have to be proficient and execute as a team to win this thing,' said Fauth, noting that the majority of the Bella Mente Racing crew has been involved in numerous Fastnet races.

'Every team that you sail with has a different dynamic and Hap has built around him a great combination of sailors,' said the team’s navigator Ian Moore (Cowes, England), a Volvo Ocean Race and America’s Cup veteran. 'The majority of us have been sailing together on Bella Mente for a couple of years, so when times get tough we have that trust in each other. It is a very mixed team in terms of nationality and personality, and it works incredibly well.

'In any offshore race you take on a lot of responsibility as the navigator, but the Fastnet is completely different than any of the other distance races we have done this year. It is as though you are racing an inshore buoy race for over 600 miles, because there is always something happening and you are always fine tuning.'

Following the Rolex Fastnet Race, Bella Mente Racing will round out the year in Porto Cervo, Italy with September’s Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship, which the team won in 2012.

'Each of these upcoming events is going to bring a slightly different set of challenges to the table,' added Moore, 'but for the Mini Maxi Worlds we are definitely keen on winning the trophy again.'

Bella Mente Racing


by Kirsten Ferguson

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=112752

6:28 PM Fri 2 Aug 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World















The first annual WetaFresh is a big success by Tim Wieringa, Muskegon, MI


















Techno 293 Worlds - France and Italy claim titles by International Windsurfing Association,














420 World Championship - Singapore and Spain out front by 420 International Class Association,




















2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup final qualification system published
Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac - Karma Sailing Group wins
Red Bull 49erFX: Easing into the Olympic scene at Rio
Kempe thrilled to invite himself to Gold Cup party
2014 420 World Championships - Singapore wins Day 2 race
Lightning strikes cut short CFJ Nationals
Etchells Invitational Cup - Girls on top in Cowes
National Sailing Hall of Fame reveals inductees
J/111 North American Championship - Wind Czar victorious
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race sets off August 10th
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau victorious on day 5
Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Championship headed for San Diego
WPA Championships - Kids race divisions offered
New Clever Pig launched by US Sailing
America's Cup: Group agrees to co-operate in London Meeting
Copa del Rey Mapfre - Build-up reveals some remarkable enthusiasm
Marblehead NOOD Regatta - Images by Leighton O'Connor
America's Cup: Two AC72 skippers discuss Foiling Moths and the Cup
RS Feva World Championship - Brilliant sailing on day 2
America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Race Week 2014 - Relishing a challenge   
Edgartown Race Weekend - BBBR and Round-the-Island Race winners named   
Etchells Invitational Cup - Aussies take early lead in Cowes   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau strikes back on day 4   
Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta - All set for test event   
ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 28 July 2014   
29er World Championship - All set in Kingston   
ORC World Championship - Third Course area opens for huge fleet   
Day one of the Allen RS Feva World Championships   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Final two days of the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games   
Joachim Aschenbrenner takes gold at ISAF Youth Match Race Worlds 2014   
Maxi Soh scores double wins in CMRC Summer Doubleheader   
29er World Championship opening ceremonies in Confederation Park   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Action resumes on day 3   
Vic-Maui Yacht Race - Polishing the silverware   
Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race Start 2014 VIDEO   
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship 2014- Final day   
2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins   
Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - Joint Statement is a curious note *Feature   
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Champ - Top four battle it out for final   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT