sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Menorca Maxi - Tango G and Lionheart claim wins on day 1
Menorca Maxi - Tango G and Lionheart claim wins on day 1

'2014 Menorca Maxi day 1'    © Jesus Renedo / Consell Insular de Menorca    Click Here to view large photo

The first edition of the Menorca Maxi got underway on Thursday with close and exciting racing. Tom Whidden, strategist on Magic Carpet 3 and Dennis Conner’s tactician in six America’s Cup campaigns, described it as some of the best sailing he has ever had.

The nine Wallys and three J Class yachts sailed one race off Mahón's bay under light-to-moderate conditions, with seven to 10 knots of breeze and a rolling swell. The right-hand side of the course, closer to the shore, proved to be the clear favorite and Tango G benefited the most after a start at the committee boat end of the line.

Legendary French sailor Marc Pajot, skipper and tactician onboard Tango G, downplayed the importance of today's victory: 'It's always easier when you win. We didn't have the impression onboard that tactics were difficult today and with the exception of a small manoeuvre at the mark, everything went smooth during the race.'

'The right-hand side of the course paid a big dividend and we were convinced about it. We were a bit surprised that we were just two boats to make that tactical decision. Our boat also has an edge in these conditions, plus crew work was good; overall it was a good day.'

2014 Menorca Maxi day 1 -  © Jesus Renedo / Consell Insular de Menorca   Click Here to view large photo

'However, nothing is certain in the sport of sailing. Every day is different and we start tomorrow with a clean sheet. The more experience you gain, the better you understand that in this sport and in this competitive fleet, you should never take anything for granted.'

A fierce and interesting match-race took place at the front of the fleet as the two WallyCentos, Magic Carpet 3 and Open Season fought for line honours. Magic Carpet 3 took the upper hand despite blowing their spinnaker on the first run.

Tom Whidden commented on the battle between the two WallyCentos: 'It was a great sailing today. Nobody can complain about the sailing conditions, they were just great and the race committee did a great job.'

'We had a nice plan and started at the front. We probably should have gone to the right. We wanted the pin end at the start and we would have liked to get across but we were never really able to cross Open Season. It was a good match-race and I like that. It makes our boat to sail better. We broke our spinnaker in the first run but we actually did a good job in rounding the bottom gate. We picked the more favored side and went to the left, that, on the second beat was better.'

'We had a good match-race up near the mark. We prevented them from rounding easily, so they had to tack twice and we got the lead we needed. We are fast downwind and it seems that the changes we made during the winter made us more competitive downwind.'

'Nevertheless, this is sailboat racing and tomorrow is another day!'

2014 Menorca Maxi day 1 -  © Jesus Renedo / Consell Insular de Menorca   Click Here to view large photo

There was close racing for the three J Class yachts, with place changing keeping the crews on their toes on the opening day of the Menorca Maxi event. Conditions for the J-Class were a challenging combination of relatively light south-westerly breezes and a rolling swell outside the harbour of Mahon.

Lionheart took today’s race win, followed by Ranger in second and Hanuman in third. Bouwe Bekking, skipper of Lionheart, was pleased to start his regatta with a win. 'It can’t be better than that!' he said on the dock after racing.

'It was petty light, but very sailable, with about 7-10 knots of breeze. And those were some pretty big waves out there, but the owner did a really great job on the helm, we were very pleased.'

Lionheart and Ranger had a close duel on the first upwind leg, until Lionheart nosed ahead to round the first mark in the lead. 'We were pretty close together over there, it was good,' added Bekking.

Hanuman, who had opted for the left-hand side of the beat after returning to clear the line following an OCS, rounded in second, while Ranger went into the downwind leg in third place. However, a neat gybe-set from Ranger saw them split away from Hanuman on the downwind leg, and when the two boats gybed back together it was Ranger in second place. The places remained unchanged until the finish as Lionheart went on to take the win.

2014 Menorca Maxi day 1 -  © Jesus Renedo / Consell Insular de Menorca   Click Here to view large photo

Two more windward/leeward races are scheduled for Friday, May 23rd, second day of the Menorca Maxi event.

Menorca Maxi 2014 - Results after one race

Wally Class

1 Tango G (FRA), 1 p
2 Galma (ESP), 2 p
3 Magic Blue (GBR), 3 p
4 J One (GBR), 4 p
5 Sensei (GBR), 5 p
6 Magic Carpet3 (GBR), 6 p
7 Ryocan 2 (GBR), 7 p
8 Open Season (GBR), 8 p
9 Kenora (BVI), 9 p

J Class
1 Lionheart (HOL), 1 p
2 Ranger (USA), 2 p
3 Hanuman (USA), 3 p

Menorca Maxi


by Pierre Orphanidis


  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=122419

6:46 PM Thu 22 May 2014GMT


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







News - USA and the World







































International Moth Worlds: Rashley ahead as Aussies close in by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,




















International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,




Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,




Red Bull 49erFX: First look at the Olympic sailing venue at Rio
Fuerteventura Kiteboarding Grand Slam - Classic conditions on day 3
NYYC Race Week Part II images by Rolex/Daniel Forster
Drowning or electric shock? What you need to know to help save a life
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 1
Six Metre European Championship - Blazing sunshine on opening day
National Sailing Hall of Fame to present Lifetime Achievement Award
International Moth Worlds: Greenhalgh and Rashley tied at the top
PWA Pozo World Cup - Fantastic finale determines winners
Six Metre Class British Open Championship - Llanoria and Valhalla win
Anna Tunnicliffe set to compete at the CrossFit Games
America's Cup: Oracle Team USA holds foiling camp at Wangi SC
Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi OR completes double Atlantic crossing
Volvo Ocean Race: Team SCA has a 'pull through day' off the Canaries
No tiller sailing - how to steer using just the sails + Video
International Moth Worlds: Three bullets in a row for Greenhalgh
U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship - Sophia Reineke wins
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 0 Opening
Fuerteventura World Cup - Slalom action highlights day 2
2014 Governor's Cup - Sam Gilmour of RFBYC victorious again
Farr 40 West Coast Champ - Skipper Alberto Rossi leads Enfant Terrible   
Flying Dutchman World Championships - Magyars are the Masters   
Final day shakes up standings at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek   
2014 -15 Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica pushing towards Southampton   
NYYC Race Week - Saving the best for last   
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander commands   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Waiting game on Day 3   
International Moth Worlds: Thunderstorms delay racing on Day 1   
Fuerteventura World Cup - Impressive tricks on day 1   
2014 Governor's Cup - Two former winners in the finals   
America's Cup: Iain Murray explains reasons for Australian withdrawal *Feature   
Wilson and Roble remain number one match racers in U.S.   
2014 ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Set to start   
PWA Pozo World Cup - Moreno twins dominate home spot   
ISAF Youth Worlds - Record breaking regatta in Tavira + Video   
Melges 32 European Championship - Robertissima remains out front   
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Italians take one-point lead   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi   
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Marstrom 32 fleet off to anxious start   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Max Ranchi   


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