Hvide Sande provides the ultimate test for the elite…

The 2019 Hvide Sande PWA World Cup couldn't have been much better with the world's best racers undergoing arguably their toughest test of the season as Denmark through every conceivable condition at them – from light winds and flat water to winds over 40 knots and extremely choppy – which truly tested the mettle of the sailors. After a calm opening day, Hvide Sande then provided five consecutive days of amazing racing conditions on its return to the world tour having been absent from the calendar in 2018.

Having not competed at a PWA Slalom World Cup for over 12 months there were some question marks about how Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) would fare in Denmark. However, after a slight mistake in the opening elimination Offringa then looked at her elusive best as she reminded everyone why she has won 4 Slalom world titles. The 28-year-old completed two hat-tricks in Denmark and finished the event as the worthy champion having won 7 out of the 11 eliminations completed!
Reigning world champion and current world tour leader – Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) – sailed another extremely consistent event with the 28-year-old only finishing outside the top 3 once in 11 races, however, she couldn't quite find a way to reel in Offringa, which brings Cousin Questel's winning streak to an end. Second place in Hvide Sande means that Cousin Questel will head into the final event of the year in New Caledonia in a commanding pole position – 300 points ahead of Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone).
Marion Mortefon remains second in the overall rankings after battling well in Denmark over the last 6 days. Mortefon bounced back from a minor blip in Eliminations 7 and 8 to recover and clinch the final place on the podium ahead of Jenna Gibson (Fanatic / Duotone) with Mortefon winning her first race of the week in the final race of the event.
Gibson may be slightly disappointed to miss out on a maiden podium having held third place for the majority of the event, but the Brit should still be very pleased with her best result yet – 4th.
Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins) was in the wars in the opening 5 eliminations with the Turk continuing being caught up in carnage at the first mark, which put Erdil on the back foot. However, the 30-year-old dug deep and recovered extremely well to climb back into 5th place, which may not be the result she wanted, but given the fact that she is still on her way back from injury, it still represents a solid result. Erdil showed in several races why she is usually a podium and title contender as she finished second on four occasions and if she was back to full fitness may have even converted those into bullets.
Fifth place in Denmark means Erdil will head into New Caledonia fourth in the overall rankings, but very much still in the hunt for a place on the prestigious podium as she is now just 200 points behind current world No.3 Maëlle Guilbaud (Patrik / LoftSails), who finished 6th in Denmark after an indifferent week.
Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne) walks away from Denmark not only as the event champion, but also the new world tour leader with one event to go after winning a thrilling battle against Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins), which saw the two heavyweights fighting it out until the final day. Iachino ended the week with an 88.9% qualifying record for winners' final having reached the top 8 in all but one of the 9 Eliminations completed. Iachino now leads the world title race on countback with both he and Mortefon on 30,400 points with an event to go.
After enjoying a perfect day on Day 4 it looked as though it may be Mortefon who would go on to win the event and take the world tour lead, but having won both eliminations on Day 4, Mortefon then only managed to qualify for one winners' finals out of the last 3 eliminations, which ultimately swung the event in Iachino's favour. A solid second place in Denmark means that the 30-year-old will head to New Caledonia with every chance of winning his first world title.
The 2019 Hvide Sande PWA World Cup is an event that will live long in the memory of Maciek Rutkowski (FMX Racing / Challenger Sails) after the Pole earned his first podium on the world tour and Rutkowski did it in the best style possible by winning the last elimination of the week, which was also his first bullet on the world tour. In the last couple of events, Rutkowski really looks to have taken his sailing to the next level both mentally and physically as even when things haven't gone his way he has remained calm and bounced back brilliantly. Rutkowski's third place here sees him climb into the overall top 10 for the first time this season.
Julien Quentel (Patrik / GUNSAILS) may have got off to a less than ideal start to the event after a 16th and a quarterfinal exit, but the 33-year-old then recovered excellently to earn his second consecutive 4th place on the world tour, which sees Quentel climb 4 places in the overall rankings – 8th to 4th.
After contracting a mystery virus in 2018, which eventually led to an early retirement for the season last year, it has been a long and hard road back for Marco Lang (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins). However, after the last 6 days, it seems like that come back may be complete with the Australian finishing in a superb 5th place, which is his best result since winning in Sylt 2017 and finishing 4th in New Caledonia. Lang qualified for the top 16 in 7 out of the 9 eliminations completed, while also qualifying for the winners' final on 3 occasions as he started to demonstrate the kind of form which he showed at the end of the 2017 season. Lang is now ranked 11th and has every chance of breaking into the overall top 10 in the season finale.
Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails) was in with a chance of the podium for much of the event, but eventually finished in 6th place after being disqualified in the semi-finals of the last elimination. The Brit raced superbly at the start of the event, but then just tailed off slightly towards the end. Williams still climbs one place in the overalls to 6th place after recording his best result of the season thus far.
Elsewhere, Antoine Questel (I-99 / S2Maui) gains three places in the overall rankings rising to 7th after a solid second place in Hvide Sande, while Tristan Algret (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins) walks away with his second top 10 result of the year – 8th – which keeps him in the hunt to break into the overall top 10 for the first time in his career – also currently 8th.
Damien Arnoux was just one of the fledgling young talents to catch the eye over the last 6 days. The young Frenchman had a week of firsts with the 21-year-old reaching the top 16 in an elimination for the first time on the opening day. Arnoux then won his first losers' finals before going one better and reaching his first winners' final – eventually finishing 5th in Elimination 7 – while finishing 9th overall – his first top 10 finish on the world tour. 20-year-old Martin Møller Hovda (Starboard / Severne) also qualified for his first winners' final.
Gunnar Asmussen (Starboard / Severne) completes the top 10 after going on a fantastic run, which saw the German qualify for 4 consecutive winners' finals between Eliminations 5-8, and was ranked as a high as 6th at one stage. However, a quarterfinal exit in the last elimination saw him lose a few places.
Elsewhere, Enrico Marotti (JP / NeilPryde) had a real mixed bag of results, but the Croat was understandably emotional after winning his first elimination on the world tour in Elimination 8, while a 6th place in the next ace saw Marotti recover to 13th in the overall rankings.
After a flying start, Ben van der Steen (Goya Windsurfing / GUNSAILS) just misses out on a place in the top 10 – 11th – but looked to be in much better form and deservedly walks away with his best result of the season.
Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde) and Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / Duotone) came into Denmark as the world No.1 and No.2, but both had weeks to forget after finishing 12th and 22nd respectively. That means Albeau drops to 3rd in the overall rankings, while losing valuable ground in the title race, while Vonk slips to 5th.
The top 16 is completed by Basile Jacquin (I-99 / Point-7), Ethan Westera (Tabou / GA Sails) and Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / GA Sails) – 14th-16th.
The last 6 days have certainly been memorable and we hope that you've enjoyed watching the world's best racers going head-to-head as much as we have. The PWA would like to extend their thanks to Katrine and her team for all of their hard work and also to the locals for their fantastic hospitality – we hope to return in 2019.
Result 2019 Hvide Sande PWA World Cup – Women's Slalom
1st Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU | Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)
2nd Delphine Cousin Questel (FRA | Starboard / S2Maui)
3rd Marion Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone)
4th Jenna Gibson (GBR | Fanatic / Duotone)
5th Lena Erdil (TUR | Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins)
6th Maëlle Guilbaud (FRA | Patrik / Loftsails)
7th Oda Brødholt (NOR | Starboard / Severne)
8th Fulya Ünlü (TUR | Starboard / Severne)
9th Océane Lescadieu (NC | S2Maui)
10th Marianne Rautelin (FIN | Patrik / Loftsails)
Result 2019 Hvide Sande PWA World Cup – Men's Slalom
1st Matteo Iachino (ITA | Starboard / Severne)
2nd Pierre Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins)
3rd Maciek Rutkowski (POL | FMX Racing / Challenger Sails)
4th Julien Quentel (SXM | Patrik / GUNSAILS)
5th Marco Lang (AUT | Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins)
6th Ross Williams (GBR | Tabou / GA Sails)
7th Antoine Questel (FRA | I-99 / S2Maui)
8th Tristan Algret (GPE | Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins)
9th Damien Arnoux (FRA | Simmer / Simmer Sails)
10th Gunnar Asmussen (GER | Starboard / Severne)
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SailGP enters esports arena in partnership with Virtual Regatta,…

SailGP – in partnership with Virtual Regatta and World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport – today entered the esports arena with the launch of eSailGP. A global gaming experience, eSailGP offers an accessible platform for sailors and non-sailors alike to experience the thrill of the world's fastest sail racing in a virtual environment. The eF50s are a digital representation of SailGP's catamarans that made history in August by crossing the 50-knot barrier – something never previously accomplished in sail racing. Virtually, the eF50s will match the look and performance of the real vessel, capable of breakneck speeds in the 50-knot range (60 mph/100 kph) on courses mirroring those used in SailGP.
"Our vision for SailGP is to bring sailing to the masses, and by entering the virtual realm, we're now offering our brand of high-flying action to anyone willing to take on the challenge of piloting a boat at unprecedented speeds," said SailGP CEO Sir Russell Coutts. "Esports are no longer the future, but rather the now, which is why we made it an immediate priority to engage this potentially massive audience. We hope both existing gamers and those new to esports will enjoy the unique combination of sport, nature, strategy and technology that sailing provides – both physically and virtually."
eSailGP is integrated into Virtual Regatta Inshore, and is now available to fans globally. Virtual Regatta is the largest sailing community in the world with more than 1.6 million players. In the virtual sphere, SailGP races are 5-6 minutes in duration with up to 10 players per game. It is free and available to play on computers, and iOS and Android devices.
"It's an honor for Virtual Regatta to welcome SailGP in the eSailing World Championship," said Virtual Regatta Founder/CEO Philippe Guigné. "Creating the virtual F50 has been really challenging and enjoyable for our team – this is what we love! Adding SailGP specifics such as boundaries and wind ladders dramatically increases the gaming experience, and we expect that tens of thousands of players will have as much fun as us while playing this fantastic game, both online and onsite at SailGP events."
eSailGP will also become part of the eSailing World Championship, jointly organized by World Sailing and Virtual Regatta. Launched in 2018, the eSailing World Championship is the ultimate virtual battle for world championship glory, featuring an eight-month season culminating with a Live Final and $10,000 prize offered by Virtual Regatta.
"The eSailing World Championship continues to increase in popularity with new challenges and improved gameplay almost on a weekly basis," commented World Sailing CEO Andy Hunt. "Established Olympic and internationally recognized classes have been the backbone of the gameplay but the introduction of eF50s will provide the hundreds of thousands of gamers with an exciting new discipline to play.
"The intricate details of sailing the F50 have been brought seamlessly into the virtual world enabling sailors and non-sailors alike to experience what it is like to sail the fastest boats in our sport."
eSailing attracted nearly 170,000 players from 74 nations over a six-month period last year. In 2019, following a playoff among the 1,000 best players in the world, the top eight will qualify for the Live Final that coincides with the World Sailing Annual Conference and Awards on October 29 in Bermuda.
Virtual Regatta and eSailGP are made up of Challenges that incorporate several races over a designated time period, up to multiple days. eSailGP will feature two types of Challenges – virtual and live – to coincide with each of SailGP's real life events. SailGP's inaugural season will culminate this weekend with the Season 1 Grand Final taking place in the iconic city of Marseille, France.
"eSailGP is a really fun way to race the fastest boats in the world without having to get wet," said Olympic silver medalist Stuart Bithell, flight controller for the Great Britain SailGP Team. "It represents the thrills of our high-speed racing very accurately, and I get to try things I wouldn't normally do on the water. You don't have to be a sailor to enjoy this game and after a bit of training, players could get a chance to race again some of the best real-life sailors in the world, including me!"
A series of three virtual challenges of increasing durations open to all players worldwide will take place this week to launch eSailGP. The first live event – 2019 Marseille eSailGP Live – will take place on September 21 in the Marseille SailGP Fan Zone, with the eFinal contested on stage immediately following Saturday racing (approximately 3:50 p.m. CEDT). The eQualifications will take place the same day from 1-3 p.m., and will feature up to 50 players.
SailGP Season 2 – set to kick off in Sydney on February 28-29, 2020 – will feature live events at each of the global sports league's iconic venues.
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Vials and Turner are the 2019 Flying Fifteen World…

Graham Vials and Chris Turner of Derwent Reservoir SC sealed world title number four in a fitting way by doing a horizon job on the fleet on the final day of the Sub-aru Flying Fifteen World Championship at Dun Laoghaire. The breeze was so light they literally had to drift across the finish line in a shortened 2 lap windward/leeward course.
The 72 boat fleet headed out for one final race in hazy sunshine and a light breeze that was always predicted to drop by lunchtime. Despite a few nervous last minute shifts racing got underway shortly after 11:00 in a very light 5 – 7 knot North Westerly.
The breeze ebbed and flowed in patches providing a real test of nerves for sailors trying to decide which side of the course to choose. As is now customary, Graham Vials and Chris Turner just coasted up the middle of the course playing the shifts to perfection.
They rounded the weather mark in fourth just behind some new faces amongst the leaders. David Heron and Chris Ducker (Royal Windermere YC) led the fleet from South African's Campbell Alexander and Dave Herridge and Australia's Chris Vila and Mark Holmes. The run was particularly slow and painful but Vials and Turner just floated off into the distance pulling away from the mixed crew of Justin Waples and Jackie McKellar who were proving that their 3rd yesterday was no fluke.
As the lead bunch crossed gybes trying to sniff out the breeze the world champions elect were rounding the gate for a shortened beat for the second and last time. Whilst the British crew sailed off into the hazy sunshine places 2 to 5 were still very much up for grabs. The second run was reduced to an absolute crawl in barely 2 – 3 knots of fickle breeze.
As Vials and Turner turned for home at the gate the majority of the fleet were crawling down the run with limp spinnakers. They had to tack several times to drift across the finish line to claim their 4th world title sailing as a team in their newly named boat 'Floaty McFloat Face'.
At one point it looked like the extended time limit of 30 minutes might cancel out a vast majority of the fleet but in the scramble to get across the finish line Justin Waples / Jackie McKellar drifted across to finish second. Third place was decided on the line when John Hassen and Kevin Griffiths of South of Perth YC had to give way to fellow Australians Chris Vila and Mark Holmes on the line. Fifth boat to cross was another Australian crew Mike Hart and Dean McAullay (RFBYC).
A number of the overall regatta leaders trailed in quite deep, Andy Mckee and Richard Jones (Dovestone SC) finished in 18th to claim second place overall and Richard Lovering and Matt Alvarado (Hayling Is SC) 12th to settle for third overall.
Australia's Mike Hart and Dean McAullay finished 4th overall splitting up the dominance of the British fleet. South Africans Campbell Alexander and Dave Herridge finished the last race in 9th to claim 15th overall, a good effort in this highly competitive fleet. Andy and Rory Martin became top Irish boat in 17th just ahead of the New Zealand crew, Hayden Percy and Scott Pedersen.
First of the Classic boat division is the oldest boat in the fleet GBR250 'Fighting Fit' sailed by Nick Heath and Pip Chapman from Cam Sailing Club.
Top 6 Overall of 72 boats
1 GBR4071 Floaty McFloat Face – Graham Vials / Chris Turner – 20.8 pts
2 GBR4005 Fiery Chariot – Andy McKee / Richard Jones – 38 pts
3 GBR4002 Hyderated – Richard Lovering / Matt Alvarado – 47 pts
4 AUS4063 Firefly – Mike Hart / Dean McAullay – 52 pts
5 GBR4070 Ovington Boats – Nathan Batchelor / Ricky Rigg – 59 pts
6 GBR3760 no name – Jeremy Davy / Martin Huett – 77 pts
7 GBR4030 Aatha – Greg Wells / Andrew Jameson – 77 pts
8 GBR3957 Fourwinds – Charles Apthorp / Alan Green – 80 pts
9 GBR4059 Puffa Fish – Hamish Mackay / Andrew Lawson – 92 pts
10 GR4065 Pondskater – David McKee / Mal Hartland – 95 pts
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World Sailing’s Council confirms Laser as Paris 2024 Men’s…

At World Sailing's 2019 Mid-Year Meeting in London, Great Britain, World Sailing's Council voted to retain the Equipment for the Men's and Women's One Person Dinghy for the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition. The World Sailing Board informed Council in May 2019 that it would only continue contractual discussions until 1 August 2019 with the selected Equipment.
The International Laser Class Association (ILCA) signed the required Olympic Classes Contract by this deadline and submitted additional information and clarification about the arrangements for the Class.
Following ILCA clarification, the Board recommended to World Sailing's Council to confirm the appointment of the Laser as the Equipment for the Men's and Women's One Person Dinghy under the normal arrangements for an electronic vote.
This was approved by Council (30 in favour, 0 against, 0 abstain – 30 participated).
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Corniel and Sol GKA Mauritius Freestyle Champions

Day four of the GKA Kite World Cup Mauritius, taking place in front of the Heritage Hotel's C-Beach Club and the Kite Globing centre, in Bel Ombre started at the quarter final stage for the Freestyle men's division, while the women had already progressed to the semis. The heats were packed with incredibly high trick scores throughout, but there was heartbreak. Long-term competitor, Stefan Spiessberger, re-dislocated his shoulder at the start of the second quarter final. Very out of character, reigning champion Carlos Mario also injured his knee during the warm-up for his semi-final.
Mario's sudden withdrawal offered the chance to this year's new tour leader, Maxime Chabloz, to really capitalise on points. Could he take advantage?
In the first men's semi-final Posito Martinez scored the day's joint highest trick score with a 9.9 for a heart attack 7, but the Dominican would finish in third, agonisingly just 0.27 off qualifying for the final.
Liam Whaley's 9.6 for a KGB7 on his penultimate trick had moved him into first, where he finished, just ahead of brave Valentin Rodrigues who was repeatedly landing incredible manoeuvres.
They both progressed to the final.
The second semi-final would have been the best heat of the event, had it not been for semi-final number 1. In the end Adeuri Corniel took it after a super close heat throughout, with the top three riders all finishing on 33 points, with the decimals making the difference. Adeuri beat Delmas by 0.3, while Maxime Chabloz was left to rue the chance to extend his lead at the top of the championship by missing a good take-off and getting a really low trick score on his final attempt, missing out on the final by 0.7 points!
Valentin Rodriguez / Nicolas Delmas / Liam Whaley / Adeuri Corniel
All four were all worthy finalists, and once again it came down to the last trick.
Adeuri had led the whole final up to the last trick when Rodriguez had slipped into the lead. Adeuri needed a straight 9 to win… and somehow he did it! Scoring a sweet 9 for a heart attack 7. He robbed the young Columbian of his first win, beating him by just 0.01! So close!
The women's event re-started from the semi final stage.
Rising star and probably most improved female this season, Spaniard Claudia Leon, led much of the heat, but on trick six she opened the door for Brazilian championship chaser Kajiya with a poor Hinterberger 5. Bruna capitalised with a superb front roll to wrapped to take first, but Leon followed her through to the final in second.
In the second semi final Mikaili Sol overcame a scare after finding herself on zero points after four tricks! She switched on and made her remaining three tricks count very highly, eventually going through alongside an on-form Rita Arnaus.
Mikaili Sol / Claudia Leon / Bruna Kajiya / Rita Arnaus

A different Mikaili came out for the final and she put on a flawless display of well timed hammer-blows to her opponents.
Bruna stayed with her for the first half of the heat before she crashed a crucial front blind mobe on trick four. Mikaili turned the screw with a neat and technical KGB, scoring 8.53. She went on to become uncatchable on trick six with a super cool slim 5, earning her a whopping 9.13 points.
Rita Arnaus continued to impress and what a day she had – cool and consistent but, above all, very clean with her kite low. The pocket-sized Spaniard dropped a very fluid heart attack, scoring 8.37, which meant she regained second place and pushed Bruna into third, with Leon fourth.
So, that's the Freestyle wrapped up, and we'll be back on Tuesday when the focus switches to the Kite-Surf wave discipline.
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup ends by looking ahead

The 30th edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup enhanced this famous regatta's reputation as a must do event on the international circuit, delivering a week of pulsating action, consummate skill and elevated performance. Organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), in partnership with Rolex since 1985 and in conjunction with the International Maxi Association, the contest is the pinnacle of large monohull yacht racing, attracting the best boats, the most passionate owners and the finest crews. A fleet of 53 yachts were in attendance at the 2019 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. Sub-divided into eight classes based on size and potential, the eventual winners were: Velsheda (Supermaxi); Highland Fling XI (Maxi Racer); Nefertiti (Maxi Racer/ Cruiser); Cannonball (Mini Maxi Racer 1); Supernikka (Mini Maxi Racer 2); Lyra (Wally); Flow (Mini Maxi Racer/Cruiser); and, H2O (Mini Maxi Cruiser/Racer).
Many of the outcomes were resolved on the final day, reflecting a superb week of varied conditions and demanding courses, confirming the health of the Maxi class and the brightness of its future. Crews were tested on every single day of racing, particularly on the fourth when a challenging Mistral wind exploited any weakness in preparation, crew work or commitment. Loads on sails, lines, winches and rigging increased and so, too, did the pressure. As is so often the case in elite sport, those who responded with resilience and determination claimed richly deserved victories.
The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup was first held in 1980. Biennial until 1999, the event has grown with each edition evolving in step with the design developments within the Maxi fleet, ensuring the competition is relevant and enticing. "The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is an iconic sailing competition known all around the world," asserts YCCS Commodore Riccardo Bonadeo, a winner of the event himself in 1995 and 2000 with Rrose Selavy. "There is no other regatta quite like it, it attracts a large fleet and it needs absolutely top organization."
Bonadeo is quick to acknowledge that the YCCS has not been alone in achieving the high standards of the regatta. "From the beginning, we have been assisted by Rolex who are a partner much more than supporter," he explains. The Rolex Testimonee, Paul Cayard, a former Maxi world champion and round the world race winner, identifies the importance of the Swiss watch brand to the event and wider world of yachting. "What is particularly important and valuable about Rolex's involvement in sailing is the longevity of it," comments Cayard. "This stems from a deep passion and commitment to the sport of sailing. Rolex is not just here in Porto Cervo at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, but in Australia at the Rolex Sydney Hobart, in San Francisco next week at the Rolex Big Boat Series. Rolex is in the Rolex Fastnet Race, in the Rolex Middle Sea Race and, now, SailGP. The brand has had a comprehensive involvement in the sport for a very long time, 60 years. That is very valuable."
Each division was defined by differing stories. Nefertiti's victory in Maxi Racer/ Cruiser was by the tightest of separations and testament to the adage "never give up". Saving her best performance to the last race, Nefertiti took advantage of the equipment failure that led to the withdrawal of the early class leader, Vera, and then an uncharacteristically poor result for Allsmoke, which had assumed the lead from Vera. Moving from third to first overall, Nefertitisecured victory by virtue of a higher number of better individual race results.
In Mini Maxi Racer 1, the Italian crew of Cannonball knew that to be certain of victory they needed to ensure the regatta debutante, Vesper, did not win the final race. In the critical moments before the start, Cannonball was able to gain an advantage over Vesper and push her down the fleet. It was then a matter of covering their American rivals and staying between them and the finish. The defining essence of the class win was consistency during the series; greater experience was simply used to snuff out the last glimmer of a challenge.
The five days of enthralling racing have proved once again that the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is worthy of its unrivalled status in the world of big boat racing and that winning requires an unflinching commitment to excellence. At the final prize giving respect was paid to the winners, the history of the event was celebrated and all involved looked forward to the future.
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Eat Sleep J Repeat become J/70 World Champions

Two races were held on the final day of the Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships, 12 knots from the southwest provided a true wind for the start of racing but that moderate breeze shifted and built west to 20 knots, gusting 26, to produce a fantastic finale. A memorable world championship for both Open and Corinthian Classes was decided in the very last race. 2019 J/70 Open World Champions
Eat Sleep J Repeat (GBR) Paul Ward, Charlie Cumbley, Ruairidh Scott, Mario Trindade

Paul Ward's Eat Sleep J Repeat has become the first British team to win the Open J/70 World Championship, holding off a strong challenge from Joel Ronning (USA) racing Catapult, Pichu Torcida (ESP) racing Noticia, and Alberto Rossi (ITA) racing Enfant Terrible. Claudia Rossi (ITA) racing Petite Terrible, was fourth and best Open Woman Helm in the championship.
Paul Ward (GBR) Eat Sleep J Repeat commented, "Very very pleased, it has been hard work and we have a very good team.We have sailed well all year and this has been a tough week but a lot of fun. We were just a few metres from the finish when we realised we had probably won, we worked hard right up to the end, the Americans and the Spanish pushed us really hard, it was full on. There were plenty of tough moments, but that is why we came to Torbay, this is a tricky and challenging place to race. I would also like to thank everyone at Key Yachting and especially Paul Heys who I would love to have a pint with tonight, but sadly he is no longer with us."
2019 J/70 Corinthian World Champions
Soak Racing (IRL) Marshall King, Ian Wilson, Andrew Shorrock, Adam Brushett

Soak Racing won the J/70 Corinthian World Championship in dramatic style. In the last race, Soak Racing was four places ahead of Doug Struth (GBR) racing DSP. A tie on points for the series was settled by countback, a single place after 14 races gave Soak Racing victory. Denis Cherevatenko (RUS) racing Joyfull was third. Fiona Hampshire (GBR) racing Elizabeth was best Corinthian Woman Helm in the championship.
Ian Wilson (GBR) & Marshall King (IRL) Soak Racing commented, "Amazing, we have been trying to win this for six years, so it feels just amazing. Torbay has been exceptionally tricky, and we have had great competition at a really well organised regatta, and it is great to come away with the win. Today's racing was really exciting, we were 10 points behind DSP going into the last two races. We had an excellent Race 13 and then it was about staying with DSP and making sure there were not too many boats between us. It all came down to the last 100 metres, and we did just enough."
The Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships Awards Ceremony was held in the Event Marquee. Event Director Bob Penfold introduced Admiral of the Royal Torbay Yacht Club, Nigel Wollen to present the prizes and winners trophies. Darwin Escapes Chief Executive Anthony Esse described the event as a "complete triumph" and showing gratitude to Bob Penfold generously announced a free holiday at Darwin Escapes for Bob and his wife Sue. GAC Pindar represented by Andrew Pindar, who has been sponsoring sailing events for 39 years, was also invited to the stage and was full of praise for an amazing regatta.
The Royal Torbay Yacht Club and their dedicated volunteer support were roundly applauded by all of the J/70 sailors for producing a fantastic regatta. Stuart Childerley and the Race Management team received huge applause for providing high quality race courses in tricky conditions.
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