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RS21 World Championship at JK Briva Biograd - Overall

by International RS21 Class Association 9 Nov 2022 08:23 PST 2-6 November 2022

The first-ever RS21 World Championship is officially completed. The week has been filled with sunshine, a great variety of light and strong wind conditions, close racing and lively debate on tactics ashore. On some days, the competitors were challenged with tricky conditions, which meant that success came down to focus and fine-tuning to stay at the front of the fleet.

The four days of racing gave the RS21 Class everything they could have hoped for in terms of showing off the key attributes of the RS21. Its one-design nature showcased an ability to perform in light and tricky conditions and handle a big breeze and waves whilst retaining the enjoyment and thrill factor. Culminating with three races on the final day added to the excitement with the added pressure that the discard would kick in and anything could happen to the results, every point counted. With the three final races close to the club, the breeze was coming off the land, making the shifts very hard to read, and a consistent performance was very hard to maintain. Most teams recorded big scores on the final day, but both Gianluca Grisoli and Hugh Watson and their crews did enough to earn their respective titles as Open and Corinthian World Champions.

In the eye of the class, the close friendships the RS21 sailors enjoyed on shore are almost as important as the close racing. The host club, JK Briva, working with the Ilirija Hotel Group, provided unparalleled facilities that meant no sooner were the sailors ashore they would find themselves stood at the bar, food in hand, debating the strategy of the day. While few of the teams had ever ventured to Croatia, let alone Biograd Na Moru, the playground they had for the class to enjoy the racing and how they welcomed the RS21 sailors into their family could not have been more fantastic. An army of local volunteers and a community focused on supporting sailing activity provided everything the sailors could have wanted. JK Briva is now firmly a destination of choice for the future.

Jack Fenwick, RS21 Class Activity Manager, commented, "While it's hard to know what to expect from a new venue, JK Briva delivered more than we could have ever asked for. Everyone involved in the club worked above and beyond to ensure everything went as smoothly as possible for the RS21 sailors. The stunning scenery along the Dalmatian coastline provided a backdrop to rival any championship venue worldwide. Couple that with a race management team who knew exactly how to get the best from their venue, and we had some amazing racing for our first World Championship. Having a ringside seat in the umpire rib allowed me to see how much the sailors enjoyed the racing and how hard they fought for every place. Watching racing happen in 30 knots, where the majority were revelling in the conditions rather than just surviving, reaffirmed to me just how great the design of the RS21 is for big-breeze sailing. If the rumours are true about Puntaldia, we're in for more of the same at next year's World Championship, and I, for one, cannot wait. The only change I might make is I'd like to go racing myself."

Michiel Geerling, RS Sailing Commercial Director, commented, "In Croatia, the RS21 Class have set the standard for future RS21 World Championships. Prioritising fantastic venues for good racing, we will not be shy to race in heavy conditions because the RS21 has proven that it can perform incredibly well, even in 30 knots of breeze. Regarding socials, JK Briva delivered Mediterranean food and drink with a Dalmation touch for our sailors to enjoy. Together, with a couple of key sponsors like Harken, MarkSetBot and North Sails, we will be building a longstanding International Class, inviting more nations to join our mission for more fantastic but also responsible racing. The use of MarkSetBots, reducing our use of plastic and fossil fuel will be just a small part of our mission towards zero-emissions sailing. Now it's up to the RS21 Italian Class to deliver in 2023, we can't wait."

True to it's Corinthian nature, the RS21 fleet continues to be a friendly and inclusive class, welcoming family team combinations and bringing together friends to enjoy an awesome time on the water and the opportunity to mix with like-minded sailors in a relaxed, enjoyable environment on shore. Given the efforts that the team at RS Sailing and MT Partners went to in providing charter boats to share the experience with as many sailors as possible, it was comforting to see that the tight one-design nature of the RS21 ensured equal racing, with charter boats placing 4th, 7th, and 8th overall. The first Annual General Meeting took place at the RS21 World Championship where a new International Committee for the RS21 International Class Association was appointed. Martin Reintjes will lead and create a sailing community that you want to be a part of for the rest of your life.

Congratulations to the inaugural RS21 Open World Champions ITA 225 with Gianluca Grisoli, Andrea Casale, Fabio Gridelli and Giorgio Tortarolo in first place, ITA244 with Giovanni Meloni, Niccolo Bianchi, Camilla Cordero and Pietro Negri in second place and third place ITA243 with Martin Reintjes, Francesco Rubagotti, Giulio Desiderato and Daniele Cassinari.

Also, congratulations to the inaugural RS21 Corinthian World Champions, GBR211 with Hugh Watson, Helen Watson, Emma McEwen and Susanna Peatsin, first place, POL213 with Wojtek Mysliwiec, Rafal Blaz?ejczyk, Marcin Panas, Adrian Kaczynski in second place, and third place team GER289 with Claudia Rossi, Matteo Morellina, Andrea Spagnolli and Francesco Rampazzo.

Alex Newton-Southon, CEO of Design and Technologies - RS Sailing, commented, "Congratulations to the new World Champions! I am so proud to have been a part of this event; thank you to everyone who made it possible. At RS, we always push to support the sport we love; the RS21 World Championship will certainly be a highlight for 2022. This is the beginning of something special, with much more racing in 2023, where we can expect more nations to join this great class that chooses excellent venues and fun socials. I am looking forward to this journey."

With thanks to the RS21 World Championship sponsors MarkSetBot, North Sails, Harken, Sangulin Group, Ilirija Hotel Group, JK Briva Sailing Club, Biograd Na Moru, Lifejacket Skin Protection and RS Sailing.

Overall Results:

PlsSail NoBowDivHelmCrew 1Crew 2Crew 3Crew 4ClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1ITA225225 Gianluca GrisoliAndrea CasaleFabio GridelliGiorgio Tortarolo CNAMA312‑1111118
2ITA244244 Giovanni MeloniNiccolo BianchiCamilla Cordero di MontezemoloPietro Negri CVT‑116129725
3ITA243243 Martin ReintjesFrancesco RubagottiGiulio DesideratoDaniele Cassinari FVD13513‑18426
4AUS2157 Robert DavisDavid ChapmanLuke DeeganCharlotte Graffunder RSYS6539‑15528
5ITA227227 Carlo BrencoCarlo FracassoliNicolas Dal ferroMatteo IvaldiOlga Fregni FVM811813‑1331
6ITA288288 Dario LeviFausto SuriniJas FarnetiGabriele BenussiPaola KirchmeyerCVT‑1597154641
7GBR2114CORHugh WatsonHelen WatsonEmma McEwenSusanna Peats ESC52183‑212149
8POL2132CORWojciech MyÅ›liwiecMarcin PanaÅ›Adrian KaczyÅ"skiRAFAL BLAZEJCZYK  ‑231612102949
9ITA239239 Davide Albertini PetroniSamuel NaldiDiego NegriMartino Tortarolo CNL(UFD)7144131149
10GER289289CORclaudia rossiMatteo MorellinaAndrea SpagnolliFrancesco Rampazzo  14‑30101710354
11ITA240240CORFederica ArchibugiIacopo LacerraMarco MancinelliGabriele Rosati d\'Amico SEFSA12‑2913851654
12ITA245245 Edoardo LupiLorenzo LupiStefano CiampaliniLorenzo Bressani  2214247(BFD)58
13GBR252252CORLiam WillisKeith WillisOscar CordonWilliam Homewood LTSC‑29276716258
14GBR222222CORPaul FiskRichard TuckerCaroline FiskPIPPA JUBB ESC9‑2517256865
15ITA260260 Stefano VisintinEnrico TurriniFrancesco DigiorgioAlvaro Marinho YCPP4122412‑331567
16ITA209209CORVincenzo LiberatiALESSIO marinelliStefano AngeloniMatteo Barison CNS21209211‑3172
17CRO2175 Luka SangulinSime MarkicTomislav BasicDuje Fržop JKBB(UFD)10111483073
18CZE2166 Michal KrystaOndrej BobekJan DvorakViktor Brejcha FST24‑31305191088
19BEL2128 Yannick LefebvreMaité CarlierTom PelsmaekersHans Luyckx Bryc71523‑29291791
20POL25011CORAleksander MichalskiJan KrasodomskiPaweÅ‚ LeksyckiTomasz Kochanowski RR10‑262523122494
21BEL265265 Michel LefebvreEric Van AudenrodeBruno BouwensWinnie Berteloot VYN278‑3228171999
22ITA193193CORPIETRO PARISIantonio gandiniCarlo ZerminiGian marco Venturi FVM3513191914(BFD)100
23ITA152242CORFlavio NappiManfredi NappiAntonio BraucciAlice Cialfi CRVI2517‑28162220100
24POL247247 Filip CiszkiewiczMarta GwiazdaKinga LobodaSebastian Haras SR26222718‑3214107
25NED246246CORMichiel GeerlingHilde van SusanteRichard RotMarieke Rot WVB‑281416272728112
26ITA2191CORMarco FrigerioMirko Bargoliniisacco girottoRoberto Caresani CSCL1919203026(BFD)114
27EST264264 Ants HaavelTriin SarapuuLiina KolkErki Teras SMS1718‑31263123115
28ITA237237 Claudio DuttoRiccardo VincenziTogni FilippoTorchio NicolaRiccardo Vincenzi (UFD)23DNC62025116
29IRL291291 Kenneth RumballJonathan SargentAndrew SmithSean Donnelly  1334(UFD)202822117
30ITA226226CORGiuseppe CavalliDiego FranchiniFabrizio AlbiniFabio Larcher CVG‑322815312529128
31LTU267267 Gediminas SirvydasAdomas ValaviciusEgle Abramauskaite KivisikkAndrius Ramonaitis  1824223534(BFD)133
32POL2149CORJarosÅ‚aw RadzkiRobert GoraKrystian KINASTOWSKIMariusz Klobucki YCS20‑3526342332135
33POL28012CORBarbara MrozowiczSzymon JabÅ‚kowskiKatarzyna HarcKacper Kowalski JKW164(DNC)32DNCDNC136
34GBR284284CORBen RolfeNigel RolfePeter ChaplinEmma Hivey LTSC30‑3921393512137
35GBR233233CORAlex Newton‑SouthonNoah ReesIan JubbThomas Jubb  34‑4029363018147
36CZE2103 Tereza SamsulovaMarek DudakVáclav BrabecMilan Šnajdr SSL3132(DNS)223826149
37ITA161161 Alexandra AgostiniLuigi MasturzoLuca PierdomenicoArmando Pierdomenico CVP2233(DNC)373627155
38CRO263263 Mladen PehardaVjeko OrlandiniVice UgrinicPetar Milun  3337(DNC)332433160
39ITA259259 Andrea de MatteisFrancesco ColumbanoLaura MurinedduFerdinand PalombaRiccardo Serra CDS3636(DNC)383735182
40ITA229229 Alessandro BalzanGiuseppe MarrasCostantino CossuPier Andrea NocellaGiorgio Nocella CDS3738(DNC)40DNC34191

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