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Sea Trials reach mid-point

The Men's and Women's One Person Dinghy Sea Trials for the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition has reached the mid-point in Valencia, Spain. Over the first three days of the Sea Trials, the 11 nominated sailors have sailed the D-Zero, Laser Standard and Laser Radial, Melges 14 and RS Aero in a range of conditions. Extensive daily sailing sessions where the sailors sail each boat for around an hour has culminated in feedback sessions with the Evaluation Panel at the end of the day.
The Evaluation Panel brings together a wide range of knowledge including members from the re-evaluation working parking, World Sailing committees, Board of Directors and World Sailing technical team. The Evaluation Panel consists of the following members:
Dina Kowalyshyn (USA) – Chair of the Evaluation Panel and Equipment Committee Chair
Torben Grael (BRA) – Board Member
Nadine Stegenwalner (GER) – Board Member
Yann Rocherieux (FRA) – Board Member and Athletes' Commission Chair
Jurgen Cluytmans (BEL) – Equipment Committee member, International Measureres Sub-committee Chair, Equipment Rules of Sailing Sub-committee Chair
Jo Aleh (NZL) – Athletes' Commission
Stefaan Rahm (SWE) – Events Committee member
Rob Holden (RSA) – Training Delivery Manager
Bernard Destrube (FRA) – Medical Commission member
Jaime Navarro and Hendrik Plate – World Sailing Technical Team
At the end of each day the Evaluation Panel have received feedback from sailors on items such as athletic suitability, performance, appeal, customisation, transportation, standardisation of equipment, quality of product and sustainability.
Furthermore, the Evaluation Panel have received daily presentations from the manufacturers on universality, quality control and cost.
The Evaluation Panel have started collating the data and information which will form part of a report.
Two more days of the Sea Trials remain and Thursday's conditions are expected to be windier than days previously, ensuring another test for the sailors and the four boats.

About the Equipment Selection Process
World Sailing launched the tender process in May 2018 which invited Class Associations and Manufacturers to tender for the Men's and Women's One Person Dinghy following World Sailing's Olympic Re-evaluation Policy, detailed in Regulation 23.6 and approved by World Sailing's Council at the 2017 Annual Conference in Mexico.
Click here to view the tender document.
World Sailing received eight compliant bids and the D-Zero, Laser Standard and Laser Radial, Melges 14 and RS Aero were shortlisted as being those who closely mirror the technical criteria for the event – easy to sail, shared hull dinghy monohull with different rig sizes for male, female and youth sailors.
Following shortlisting, in Phase 2, World Sailing undertook site visits to the manufacturers to confirm the submitted information, after which an improved bid was requested from each of them to address the supply of equipment to major events, the accessibility to the market by new builders and the standardization of equipment amongst different builders.
The Board's Re-evaluation Working Party reviewed the bids and recommended to World Sailing's Board of Directors that World Sailing should proceed to select new equipment with the additional recommendation that the existing equipment (Laser/ILCA) is included as a full option in the process. The recommendation was approved at World Sailing's 2018 Annual Conference. Click here to view the Re-Evaluation Board recommendation to Council.
Following the Sea-trial phase, World Sailing's Council will select the Equipment in 2019. Read more “Sea Trials reach mid-point”

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Sea Trials underway in Valencia

Sea Trials for the selection of Equipment for the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition Men's and Women's One Person Dinghy Events commenced on 11 March in Valencia, Spain. Real Club Náutico de Valencia is hosting an Evaluation Panel and sailors through to Friday 15 March. During the sea-trials, sailors will sail and test the four boats shortlisted during the Re-evaluation procedure. These include:
D-Zero, presented by Devotti Sailing s.r.o.
Laser Standard and Laser Radial sailboat, presented by ILCA
Melges 14, presented by Melges Boat Works Inc., NELO and Mackay Boats Ltd.
RS Aero, presented by RS Sailing.
Sailors from nine nations are in Valencia, testing the boats. World Sailing invited Member National Authorities to put forward male sailors with a weight range of 75kg to 90kg and female sailors in the 55kg to 70kg weight range.
Sailors at the sea-trials include:
Ash Brunning (AUS)
Guillaume Boisard (FRA)
Pavlos Kontides (CYP)
Stepan Novotny (CZE)
Christian G. Rost (DEN)
Ben Childerley (GBR)
Anna Munch (DEN)
Sarah McGovern (GBR)
Fatima Reyes (ESP)
Tania Elias Calles (MEX)
Mafalda Pires de Lima (POR)
Sailors will sail the boats on a daily basis, testing them in a variety of conditions in Valencia, providing the Evaluation Panel with feedback on items such as performance.
Representatives from each boat will also be invited to present to the Evaluation Panel on universality, measurement, quality control and cost.
About the Equipment Selection Process
World Sailing launched the tender process in May 2018 which invited Class Associations and Manufacturers to tender for the Men's and Women's One Person Dinghy following World Sailing's Olympic Re-evaluation Policy, detailed in Regulation 23.6 and approved by World Sailing's Council at the 2017 Annual Conference in Mexico.
Click here to view the tender document.
World Sailing received eight compliant bids and the D-Zero, Laser Standard and Laser Radial, Melges 14 and RS Aero were shortlisted as being those who closely mirror the technical criteria for the event – easy to sail, shared hull dinghy monohull with different rig sizes for male, female and youth sailors.
Following shortlisting, in Phase 2, World Sailing undertook site visits to the manufacturers to confirm the submitted information, after which an improved bid was requested from each of them to address the supply of equipment to major events, the accessibility to the market by new builders and the standardization of equipment amongst different builders.
The Board's Re-evaluation Working Party reviewed the bids and recommended to World Sailing's Board of Directors that World Sailing should proceed to select new equipment with the additional recommendation that the existing equipment (Laser/ILCA) is included as a full option in the process. The recommendation was approved at World Sailing's 2018 Annual Conference. Click here to view the Re-Evaluation Board recommendation to Council.
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Inaugural Offshore Sailing World Championship heads to Malta

The inaugural edition of World Sailing's Offshore World Championship will be held in October 2020 in Valletta, Malta alongside the Rolex Middle Sea Race. Announced in 2017, the Offshore Sailing World Championship will be a powerful platform to accelerate the interest and growth of offshore one-design mixed double-handed sailing within the sailing community.
The 2020 Offshore Sailing World Championship will be organised in collaboration with the Royal Malta Yacht Club and World Sailing.
Originally earmarked to be held in 2019, World Sailing postponed the hosting to 2020 to allow a full qualification system to be developed, allowing ample opportunity for Member National Authorities to qualify and prepare for the event.
The Championship will be a two person mixed competition (one man, one woman) between nations, featuring 20 boats. Held alongside the Rolex Middle Sea Race, the competitors may be required to sail the full course or a reduced course depending on the weather conditions. It is designed to cater to the fast-growing double-handed offshore community worldwide. An important goal is to engage countries new to double-handed offshore sailing by providing turnkey equipment ready to use at the event venue as well as boats being available to charter in Europe for training from the summer of 2019.
World Sailing President, Kim Andersen, said, "The Offshore Sailing World Championship will be pursued by the best mixed crews from all nations and will be recognised as one of the major endurance competitions for two person offshore sailing.
"World Sailing is continuously looking to provide pathways into the sport and the Championship will be gender equal, enabling both men and women to acquire the skillsets needed to perform at the Championship and beyond.
"The 2020 Championship is the first step for offshore sailors aspiring to compete at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games and we are expecting a stern test for the teams on internationally renowned offshore racing waters.
"Royal Malta Yacht Club has outstanding experience of hosting major sailing events and we are delighted to be working with them for this important first event."
Godwin Zammit, Commodore of Royal Malta Yacht Club, commented, "The Rolex Middle Sea Race has been a thrill for thousands of sailors since its inception over 50-years-ago. The character and challenge of the Maltese waters and efforts of our volunteers and staff continue to make the event attractive.
"We are delighted to partner with World Sailing and hold two prestigious events side by side to help enhance and grow the profile of our sport. We're excited about hosting the first Offshore Sailing World Championship and supporting World Sailing in their efforts."
Further information on the boats that will be used, the qualification system and race format will be announced in due course.
About the Rolex Middle Sea Race
The Rolex Middle Sea Race takes place in the heart of the Mediterranean and comprises one of the most beautiful courses in the world. Starting and finishing in Malta, the 606 nautical mile route includes the deep azure waters of Sicily and the Strait of Messina, the islands of Pantelleria and Lampedusa, and even features Stromboli's active volcano as a course mark. Organized by the Royal Malta Yacht Club, 2019 marks the 40th edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race.
About World Sailing
World Sailing is the world governing body for the sport of sailing, officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
Founded in 1907, World Sailing's vision is for a world in which millions more people fall in love with sailing; inspired by the unique relationship between sport, technology and the forces of nature; we all work to protect the waters of the world.
World Sailing is made up of 144 Member National Authorities, the national governing bodies for sailing around the world and 117 World Sailing Class Associations.
Visit www.sailing.org or contact marketing@sailing.org to find out more.
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Moona and Mitu reign supreme in Cabo Verde

GKA Kite-Surf World Tour

After four days of absolutely all-time conditions at Ponta Preta, Mitu Monteiro and Moona Whyte retained their first place positions from the single eliminations and won the doubles to become the champions of the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Cabo Verde. It was edge-of-the-seat viewing and an absolute barrel-fest throughout as Airton Cozzolino and Inês Correia launched all-out assaults, fighting their way through four consecutive heats each to make the finals. Here's how it went down.
MEN'S DIVISION
Airton began his relentless march up the double elimination ladder with a victory over Sebastian Ribeiro. He opened with a perfect barrel and took the lead early but, when he went in to change boards, Sebastian began closing gap with seamless surf-style lip smacks. Airton returned to the point though, regained his flow and notched up a 9.23 to move through to the next heat.
He then went up against Francesco Cappuzzo who was clinical and smooth on his backhand but he couldn't match Cozzolino for sheer force and power. Airton was riding away from waves and manoeuvres that you wouldn't have thought possible if you weren't seeing it with your own eyes.
Then came one of the tightest heats yet as Airton met Matchu Lopes. Matchu struck early with a flowing backhand and switch front hand display and was leading the heat by the halfway point. Airton then threaded his way into a barrel before accelerating out of the pocket, smashing the lip to pieces and then launching into a hands-free 360 air reverse to take the win with a complete display of wave riding prowess that covered all the bases!
Another one down – next up was James Carew. This was a clash of the titans between two absolute powerhouses. James drew first blood with a high scoring wave and was leading the heat by halftime but Airton evened the scores and then, with 12 seconds left on the clock, he pulled into a barrel and sealed the deal over the young Aussie.
By this point the crowd was at fever pitch. Either way a Cape Verdean son was going to take it, but would it be the original maestro Mitu or Airton the new wave charger?
On his first wave, Mitu seamlessly snapped and stalled his way into a barrel before Airton hit back, air dropping into an absolute bomb. His work rate was immense, storming back up the point after every wave and racking up the rides but Mitu wasn't phased and by halfway Airton needed a 9.21 to take the lead.
That's by no means out of the question for him, but Mitu had the momentum and Airton couldn't rise to his barrel riding barrage. In the closing minutes, Mitu managed yet another long, deep tube ride before launching a huge straight air off the lip to roars of applause from the onlookers.
By the end of the heat, even though they hadn't yet seen the scores, the spectators knew who'd taken it and so too did Airton. Both riders are true champions with the utmost respect for one another and the adoration of the home crowd. They high fived out on the water and rode a wave in together as Cape Verdean flags flew high over Ponta Preta!
WOMEN'S DIVISION
The first heat saw Inês and Odile, two European transplants who now call Cape Verde home, going head-to-head. Odile was riding well but she couldn't match Correia's vertical hacks in the critical sections and Ines took the heat and moved forward to face Canadian rider Frances Kelly.
Frances has a nice, fluid riding style and was tackling some heaving set waves but a lack of experience in offshore conditions like this meant she couldn't stand up to Inês and so Correia's upward charge continued.
She then beat Charlotte Carpentier, who has consistently trucked into the heaviest waves on offer at this event (including some triple overhead monsters on day two), and then went straight into a closely fought heat against Johanna Catharina Edin.
JC's been training hard over the winter in Indo and at home in Tarifa and was linking committed, carved turns and she actually had the better wave selection at some points in the heat. However, Correia's surging bottom turns and snaps off the lip were hard to deal with and she won the heat and was on her way to meet Moona in the final.
This was the match-up many people had foreseen over the last three days and Correia, also a former World Champion, was gunning for it having lost out to Moona and Jalou Langeree last year here in Cape Verde.
Inês scored a good combo to kick things off and was drifting her board through stylish tail slides as the waves began to really jack up due to a pushing tide that was causing the swell to rebound off the reef.
By the halfway point, it looked like we might be seeing another Ponta Preta local atop the podium but with six minutes to go Moona took the lead with an 8.47, the highest scoring wave in the woman's division at this event. From there she was untouchable with the biggest combo score of the competition – 16.04 points! There would be no rerun and no second act. Moona had taken it first time round!
FINAL RESULTS
MEN

1: Mitu Monteiro – CV
2: Airton CozzoIino – CV
3: James Carew – AUS
4: Matchu Lopes – CV / ESP
WOMEN
1: Moona Whyte – USA
2: Inês Correia – PT
3: Johanna Catharina Edin – SE
4: Charlotte Carpentier – FRA
So, with the main event complete, that means Mitu and Moona now lead the overall World Cup rankings after this first event at which we've been beyond fortunate to see Ponta Preta at its most potent. E-mail this page Print this pageOriginal Article