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ISAF SWC Hyeres - Nacra Silver medal debutantes continue to improve

'Bundock and Curtis, Nacra 17'    Thom Touw ©

The debut event for the newest Olympic class boat, the mixed multihull Nacra 17 was the 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup in Mallorca, when a 34 boat primarily European fleet sailed in the event.

72 boats in Mallorca 2014, now everyone who has any Rio aspirations is amongst the 77 boats here in Hyeres split into two fleets for qualifying rounds.


Darren Bundock - ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres 2014 -  Sail-World.com .  
Late into the Rio campaign have been two Australians with form - Dual Olympic Silver medallist and three times Olympian, Darren Bundock, who will be 45 years old come 2016, who has won an amazing 14 Worlds multihull championships going back to 1998, including seven Tornado World titles… alongside his crew, Nina Curtis, who was midboat in the 2012 Australian Women’s Match Racing Olympic Silver medal winning team.

The question is will experience count in this new class ahead of youth and strength.

Bundy thinks so... ‘the Nacra 17 is smaller than the previous Olympic multihull, the Tornado, and the loads are much lower so I can helm and that is where experience really counts. This is my fourth Olympic campaign and I know how to put it all together at the right moment, while a first Olympics for anyone is a huge learning curve, so we think we will be there when it counts.

The Nacra 17 debutantes Bundock with Curtis won their first up Nacra 17 regatta in Melbourne in December 2013 and then backed up in Miami with a sixth in a chartered boat, then followed that with a third in Palma and they have emerged from the five race qualifiers with a worst result fourth.

2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - GBR Ben Saxton/Hanna Diamand ( Nacra 17) -  Thom Touw_©  

Overall Ben Saxton and Hannah Diamond (GBR) now lead the regatta with two bullets today and a drop of five.

Second is yesterday’s series leader Billy Besson and Marie Riou (FRA), who today sailed a 1.5 with a drop of 19 yesterday , while the Australian duo Bundock and Curtis with a 2,1 and a drop of 4 are just a two points off the lead.
This afternoon Bundy was as relaxed as ever.

‘In Palma we came through in the heavier conditions and the very light stuff. We struggled in medium conditions and that’s what we have been working on since we got here to Hyeres and I think we have ticked a few boxes and so far so good in the medium stuff like.

‘Yesterday we had a little short sharp chop, 12 knots in the first race, 17 knots in second.

‘We had good pace and the potential to nose dive was high but we came thru OK, it was nice to win the first race yesterday and the last race today.

'A very pleasing day for us on day two overall... The wind was out of the east today. Still quite choppy but it was a little bit flatter today.

Nina Curtis - ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres 2014 -  Sail-World.com .  
'We probably started in about 15 knots of breeze and the breeze slowly dropped out through the day. We probably finished in just under 12 knots. Great placing for us to start off with a three and a two in the second race and won the last race.

‘We continually improved. We are happy with our speed but we are still a little bit sloppy in manoeuvres. The old guy down the back is still struggling a little bit in the gybes and the tacks but besides that very pleasing.’

Nina, ‘I said to Bundy going into the day it would be cool if we could still be dropping our fourth at the end of the day and we managed to pull that off which is pretty cool

‘We are looking forward to tomorrow as the fleet divides up into Gold and Silver fleets so looking forward to some Gold fleet racing.’

Bundy concluded, ‘We saw in Palma by the end of the regatta everyone was really desperate for their drop races so if you can start the first half of the regatta without using your drop race I think you will be in good shape at the end.

‘Ben Saxton and Hannah Diamond are going well and we are look forward to sailing against them every race now we are all in the Gold fleet and Billy and Marie are obviously sailing the boat really well at the moment.

‘You can see that they have put the time in and they won the World’s last year and I think since then it has given them more motivation and they have been training hard during the winter. Their crew work looks good and sailing the boat fast. Billy that have been around for years, he came onto the scene in 2001.’

Nacra 17, Billy Besson and Marie Riou - 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres, Day 1 -  Yvan Zedda ©   Click Here to view large photo

‘Billy has got the best of both worlds at the moment. He has got time on the boats and he has got experience with fleets and big regattas.

‘So for us, we just need more time in the boat and we seem to be making fair progress.'

‘Right now there is still plenty of time for us to make gains in the Nacra 17.

‘I started sailing Tornado in 1991 and sailing basically right through to 2008. Given that time in the boat, we knew it inside out, so there is still an enormous amount to learn with the Nacra 17.

‘So I am hoping that people with long experience in multihulls and big high pressure events should continue to make gains over the next two and a half years.’

Nacra 17 – Overall results

Pos

Nation

Sail Number

Crew

Race

Points

1

2

3

4

5

6

Total

Net

1

GBR

GBR60

Ben Saxton

Hannah Diamond

1

4

2

(5)

1

1

14.00

9.00

2

FRA

FRA 1

Billy Besson

Marie Riou

2

1

1

(19)

1

5

29.00

10.00

3

AUS

AUS64

Darren Bundock

Nina Curtis

1

(4)

4

3

2

1

15.00

11.00

4

SUI

SUI41

Matías Bühler

Nathalie Brugger

3

2

(10)

1

7

2

25.00

15.00

5

FRA

FRA65

Moana Vaireaux

Manon Audinet

(7)

3

5

1

3

3

22.00

15.00

6

AUT

AUT35

Thomas Zajac

Tanja Chiara Frank

4

5

1

6

(9)

2

27.00

18.00

7

GBR

GBR58

Pippa Wilson

John Gimson

7

1

2

3

6

(16)

35.00

19.00

8

ITA

ITA200

Vittorio Bissaro

Silvia Sicouri

5

(7)

7

2

3

6

30.00

23.00

9

GBR

GBR56

Lucy Macgregor

Andrew Walsh

(14)

2

4

8

5

4

37.00

23.00

10

NED

NED213

Renee Groeneveld

Steven Krol

4

6

6

(10)

4

4

34.00

24.00

11

FRA

FRA77

Franck Cammas

Sophie de Turckheim

3

9

8

4

2

(28)

54.00

26.00

12

AUS

AUS158

Euan McNicol

Lucinda Whitty

2

6

3

8

8

(15)

42.00

27.00

13

AUS

AUS133

Jason Waterhouse

Lisa Darmanin

(13)

8

3

2

8

12

46.00

33.00

14

ARG

ARG226

Santiago Lange

Cecilia Carranza Saroli

12

(14)

7

4

7

8

52.00

38.00

15

DEN

DEN17

Allan Norregaard

Line Just Emsvang

9

3

(13)

12

10

5

52.00

39.00

16

NED

NED214

Mandy Mulder

Coen de Koning

5

5

(40)
DNF

5

4

20

79.00

39.00

17

USA

USA31

Sarah Newberry

John Casey

10

10

9

6

(18)

10

63.00

45.00

18

FRA

FRA78

Flora Laugier

Valentin Bellet

9

15

9

7

6

(21)

67.00

46.00

19

NZL

NZL222

Gemma Jones

Jason Saunders

(14)

8

5

13

14

7

61.00

47.00

20

ITA

ITA219

Federica Salvà

Francesco Bianchi

6

14

(19)

7

9

11

66.00

47.00

21

FRA

FRA199

Ingrid Petitjean

Olivier Backes

6

7

(15)

12

13

10

63.00

48.00

22

DEN

DEN82

Lin Ea Cenholt Christiansen

Anders Thomsen

11

10

13

10

(15)

6

65.00

50.00

23

ITA

ITA32

Vincenzo Sorrentino

Giorgia Catarci

16

11

(18)

15

5

7

72.00

54.00

24

ITA

ITA87

Gabrio Zandonã

Giulia Zappacosta

8

(21)

6

9

13

20

77.00

56.00

25

ARG

ARG149

Esteban Blando

Eugenia Bosco

8

16

(19)

14

16

3

76.00

57.00

26

AUS

AUS67

Pip Pietromonaco

James Wierzbowski

13

9

8

(20)

19

8

77.00

57.00

27

AUS

AUS217

Evan Walker

Annalise Gilbert

10

22

12

(29)

12

9

94.00

65.00

28

ITA

ITA209

Lorenzo Bressani

Giovanna Micol

15

15

14

13

11

(22)

90.00

68.00

29

FRA

FRA63

Audrey Ogereau

Antoine Rucard

17

19

10

14

10

(40)
DNF

110.00

70.00

30

ARU

ARU212

Nicole van der Velden

Thijs Visser

19

12

11

11

(24)

19

96.00

72.00

31

GRE

GRE210

Sofia Bekatorou

Konstantinos Trigonis

16

11

23

(34)

12

13

109.00

75.00

32

CAN

CAN100

Luke Ramsay

Nikola Girke

18

(40)
UFD

14

9

18

17

116.00

76.00

33

ITA

ITA126

Francesco Porro

Caterina Marianna Banti

12

13

12

(34)

23

16

110.00

76.00

34

GBR

GBR182

Tom Phipps

Zennor Pascoe

19

16

(20)

18

15

9

97.00

77.00

35

SWE

SWE12

Tim Shuwalow

Celine van Dooren

11

17

(27)

18

16

15

104.00

77.00

36

GER

GER142

Paul Kohlhoff

Carolina Werner

(22)

18

11

19

14

18

102.00

80.00

37

ARG

ARG239

Lucas Gonzalez Smith

Moira Gonzalez Smith

15

13

14
RDG

16

22

(23)

103.00

80.00

38

RUS

RUS227

Maxim Semenov

Alina Shchetinkina

17

(30)

16

11

24

13

111.00

81.00

39

USA

USA169

Sarah Streater

Matthew Whitehead

(21)

18

18

17

19

11

104.00

83.00

40

GBR

GBR120

Rupert White

Nicola Boniface

(22)

20

17

16

21

12

108.00

86.00

41

ITA

ITA90

Ferdinando Trambaiolo

Carlotta Gianni

24

(27)

16

23

17

14

121.00

94.00

42

URU

URU147

Pablo Defazio Abella

Mariana Foglia

20

19

15

(24)

20

23

121.00

97.00

43

ITA

ITA166

Francesco Sabatini

Marcella Mamusa

24

12

(32)

20

25

18

131.00

99.00

44

RUS

RUS22

Sergey Dzhienbaev

Daria Ivanova

20

(40)
RET

29

22

11

19

141.00

101.00

45

BRA

BRA230

Clinio Marcelino de Freitas Neto

Claudia Swan de Freitas

23

20

(26)

15

26

22

132.00

106.00

46

GER

GER61

Finn Heeg

Merle Baars

27

26

(34)

21

22

14

144.00

110.00

47

FRA

FRA72

Charles Hainneville

Alizée Desbordes

25

(34)

17

17

25

26

144.00

110.00

48

GER

GER92

Jakob Lenz

Susann Brechlin

25

31

(32)

22

17

21

148.00

116.00

49

ITA

ITA89

David Bondì

Cristina Celli

(40)
DNF

24

20

21

21

30

156.00

116.00

50

ESP

ESP151

Sven Stadel

Sara Lujan Mora

26

25

24

(31)

27

17

150.00

119.00

51

VEN

VEN168

Yamil Saba

Andrea Saba

23

25

22

(28)

26

27

151.00

123.00

52

BRA

BRA117

Joao Siemsen Bulhoes

Juliana Poncioni Mota

21

(40)
DNF

21

29

23

31

165.00

125.00

53

GBR

GBR152

Alicia Clifford

Tom Bruton

26

21

23.5
RDG

25

(32)

30

157.50

125.50

54

DEN

DEN80

Anne-Line Lyngsø Thomsen

Søren Kristensen

18

26

23

32

27

(40)
UFD

166.00

126.00

55

FRA

FRA83

Vincent Domand

Fanny Merelle

36

23

22

24

(40)
UFD

24

169.00

129.00

56

SWE

SWE54

Sandra Sandqvist

Kalle Torlén

30

17

21

23

(40)
DNF

40
DNC

171.00

131.00

57

NZL

NZL229

Rachel Basevi

Tomer Simhony

28

(30)

27

26

29

25

165.00

135.00

58

BEL

BEL161

Morgan Good

Charlotte Heijstek

(31)

24

28

31

28

28

170.00

139.00

59

GER

GER150

Thomas Haupt

Johanna Hector

32

27

(33)

27

30

24

173.00

140.00

60

GER

GER45

Eckart Kaphengst

Tine-Marie Kaphengst

(34)

33

26

30

29

25

177.00

143.00

61

USA

USA38

Katelyn Flood

Keenan Madewell

31

23

(40)
DNF

26

35

29

184.00

144.00

62

NZL

NZL159

Geoffrey Woolley

Vicky Francis

32

(37)

24

25

34

31

183.00

146.00

63

RUS

RUS13

Anastasiya Kruchkova

Viatcheslav Sheludyakov

27

32

34

28

(36)

26

183.00

147.00

64

FRA

FRA203

Régis Bouyer

Milena Schoenahl

29

29

(40)
UFD

27

33

29

187.00

147.00

65

NOR

NOR196

Nicholas Fadler Martinsen

Martine Steller Mortensen

33

28

25

35

31

(40)
UFD

192.00

152.00

66

GBR

GBR162

Madeleine Anderson

Finbar Anderson

33

31

25

33

31

(40)
UFD

193.00

153.00

67

ESP

ESP207

Ascension Roca De Togores

Vernon Cerdan Ming

28

28

29

(40)
DNF

35

33

193.00

153.00

68

RUS

RUS 97

Alena Pankratova

Yury Artemiev

(34)

33

30

32

28

33

190.00

156.00

69

DEN

DEN187

Anette Viborg Andreasen

Nicolaj Bjørnholt

(40)
DNF

40
DNC

40
DNC

33

20

27

200.00

160.00

70

GER

GER197

Charlotte Müller

Thomas Mueller

(36)

35

30

30

32

34

197.00

161.00

71

HUN

HUN218

Flora Virag

Balázs Gecse

(40)
DNF

32

33

36

30

32

203.00

163.00

72

ITA

ITA 52

Elena Trevisan

Paolo Trevisan

(49)
DPI

35

31

35

33

32

215.00

166.00

73

ITA

ITA106

Pier Paolo Tocchio

Viola Monaci

29

22

(40)
DNF

40
DNF

40
DNC

40
DNC

211.00

171.00

74

GER

GER221

Katrin Brunner

Markus Enzensperger

37

36

31

(40)
DNF

34

34

212.00

172.00

75

FRA

FRA79

Michel Hardy

Marie Duvignac

35

34

28

(40)
RET

40
DNC

40
DNC

217.00

177.00

76

ITA

ITA165

Matteo Ferraglia

Germana Tognella

30

29

(40)
DNF

40
DNF

40
DNF

40
DNF

219.00

179.00

77

MON

MON7

Blandine Medecin Rodelato

Jean Rodelato

35

36

(40)
DNF

37

37

35

220.00

180.00


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Italy won two races (windward-leeward race (ninth race) and coastal race (11th race), Switzerland won the second race of the day (10th race) and Ireland the last one (12th race). A lot of tactics was required to make best use of the little wind. The first race (windward-leeward race, 0,8nm) started at four knots. A second start under black flag happened. ... [more]  

PredictWind have made significant improvements to the swell forecasting models and added new locations. Integrating the new 50km global wind forecast with ocean current data has created the most advanced swell modelling available online. By combining PredictWind forecast data with ocean current data, the effect of the wind on swells can be accounted for ... [more]  

The battle continues for the lead in the Volvo Ocean Race, with the front running being taken up by different competitors on a regular basis. With the first boats about to enter the Doldrums, anything can happen - with the outcome being decided by navigational skill and experience, rather than being resolved on a computer. ... [more]  

The Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup, now in its 12th year, is known around the world as an international championship of junior champions. It runs parallel to the penultimate event on the World Match Racing Tour, the Argo Group Gold Cup. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet charges the door of the Doldrums Casino *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
The Volvo Ocean Race has lifted intensity again on Day 9 with the fleet spread across 100nm of ocean and charging in a line for the turning point of Fernando de Noronha, 220nm off the Brazilian coast. ... [more]  

As expected the third day of the 2014 La Torche PWA Grand Slam proved to be a quiet affair with very light winds throughout the day. After a chilly and overcast start, the sun eventually broke through to produce another beautiful afternoon in La Torche. ... [more]  

The first eight days of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race have been filled with more excitement and tighter racing than anyone could have anticipated. Up until Saturday morning, Leg One has left the fleet with few tactical options and therefore has kept everyone tightly packed as one unit of seven boats. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. The sun’s out. It’s warm – not too hot, but warm enough for just a tee shirt. Ian Walker is stood at the helm of his Emirati boat, generous Atlantic trade winds whistling past his ears. 'We’re going straight through,' he claims, confidently. 'What Doldrums? - they’re going to say. Azzam isn’t even going to slow down.' ... [more]  

At 1700 CET in the Rolex Middle Sea Race, 113 yachts had rounded Stromboli, the active volcano that marks the most northerly point of the course. Race leader on the water, Esimit Europa 2, was less than 20 miles from Favignana and preparing to turn south with 289 miles to go and is expected to finish the race in the early hours of Wednesday 22 October, which would be well outside the course record ... [more]  

It is with great pleasure that the Star Sailors League announces that two more top Brazilian sailors will be joining the fleet of 20 super-champions taking part in the Star Sailors League Finals 2014 being held for the second consecutive year at Nassau Yacht Club in the Bahamas between December 1st and 7th. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica heads for the Doldrums
Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA, a crew on a mission
Thailand bids for 2016 IODA ‘Optimist’ World Championships
Farr 40 Worlds: Prizegiving images from the Final day in San Francisco
Bill Green - builder and sailor passes on
ISAF World Sailing Rankings – 20 October 2014
Farr 40 Worlds: Images from the Final day in San Francisco *Feature
Farr 40 Worlds: Images from Day 2 in San Francisco *Feature
Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014 - A hard day's night
34th Student Yachting World Cup 2014 - Second race day
Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng loses lead, anyone's race ahead of Doldrums *Feature
Flying Dreams 'An Ocean Story': The Movie
New super maxis gear up for Rolex Sydney Hobart
Volvo Ocean Race: Blogs from the Boats - Leg 1, Day 8 plus Videos *Feature
Linda Elias Memorial Women’s One Design Challenge - Youngerman wins
2014 Off Valparaíso Race - Santander team victorious
La Torche PWA Grand Slam - Waves continue to pound on day 2
Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng consolidates lead on Day 8 *Feature
RS:X Youth World Championships - All set for Clearwater action
Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014 - Slow road north
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 – Dongfeng Race Team - A risky call   
Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014 - Escaping the shroud of Mount Etna   
Farr 40 Worlds: Day 4 Image and Video gallery *Feature   
Australian 18 Footers League’s Major A. Frizelle Trophy   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Leader gambles on Island windshadow   
2014 Sailing World Cup Qingdao - Final day video highlights   
2014 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Plenty of time   
Coast Guard rescues two near Wachapreague   
2014 Off Valparaíso Race - Day 2   
La Torche PWA Grand Slam - Massive swell on day 1   
Volvo Ocean Race: Welcome to Al's Ocean Cafe   
Argo Group Gold Cup survives Hurricane Gonzalo   
Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng regains lead after incident packed Day 7 *Feature   
Volvo Ocean Race: Dramatic video of Dongfeng rudder replacement   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica bounces back   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA expecting the expected + Video   
Rolex Middle Sea Race - New record for Mediterranean classic   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao - Medallists decided across six fleets   
Volvo Ocean Race - Impressive turnaround for Dongfeng Race Team +Video   
Volvo Ocean Race: Race closer than leaderboard suggests - Leg 1, Day 6   


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