Jens Kellinghusen's German Ker 56 Varuna VI is the overall winner of 2018 Antigua Bermuda Race and so Kellinghusen was presented with a sketch of the newly commissioned bronze sculpture, The Warrior Perpetual Trophy.
"In dreamlike conditions of 18 to 24 knots we were able to increase our 24 hour record run to 465 nautical miles in the Antigua Bermuda Race," commented Kellinghusen.
"Moreover, the race record was smashed by two boats. Warrior set a new benchmark, breaking her previous record, but Varuna - with about 4 hours more on elapsed time - won IRC overall in this extraordinary offshore race.
“With this time we also beat the previous race record by round about 20 hours. We are happy with this result and we are looking forward to returning for the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta transatlantic race from Bermuda to Hamburg in early July."
Varuna VI’s crew was Jens Kellinghusen, Guenter Alajmo, Guillermo Altadill, Jaime Arbones, Roberto Bermudez de Castro, Tim Daase, Jan Hilbert, Peter Knight, Holger Lehning, Filip Pietrzak, Lindsay Stead, Fynn Terveer, Michel Voss.
The American turbo-charged Volvo 70 Warrior, sailed by Stephen Murray Jr., took line honours. She was the winner of CSA Class and finished second overall in IRC.
Warrior set a new record for the 935 nautical mile race of 2 days, 18 hours 32 minutes and 48 seconds. In CSA, Jeremi Jablonski's American Hanse 43 Avanti was runner-up for the second year in a row, with Michael Orgzey's German Swan 48 Dantes in third. In IRC Arnt Bruhns' German Class40 Iskareen was third.
As the sun set in Hamilton Harbour, the 2018 Antigua Bermuda Race came to a conclusion with a Prize Giving held on the terrace of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. Commodore Jonathan Corless was introduced to competitors and honoured guests by Chair of the Antigua Bermuda Race, Les Crane.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Bermuda Wednesday Night Sailing
The Wednesday Night Sailing Series continued on the waters of the Hamilton Harbor, with 22 boats going to the startline for Race Day 4.
Crossfire was the first boat to cross the line clocking a time of 42:46 and with their corrected time of 46:55 saw them finish 2nd on the night.
Airforce crossed the line 2nd on the night with a time of 49:34, with their corrected time of 46:28 saw them finish 1st on the night.
Chequemate was 3rd on the night with a corrected time of 47:43 after clocking 50:54, Yabsta was fourth on the night clocking a corrected time of 47:44 and Mayhem rounded out the top five finishers with a corrected time of 48:00.
Wednesday Night Sailing Race Day 4
0:46:28 Airforce 0:46:55 Crossfire 0:47:43 Chequemate 0:47:44 Yabsta 0:48:00 Mayhem 0:48:17 Man O War 0:48:45 Back in Black 0:49:14 Honey Badger 0:50:39 Menace 0:50:41 Fat Tuesday 0:50:42 Solaise 0:51:19 Vixen 0:51:30 Lix 0:51:41 Cyclone 0:52:55 Reckless 0:53:03 Solna II 0:53:29 Death Star 0:56:43 Shogun 0:57:18 Erin 1:00:43 Severn 1:03:08 Gumpshon RET Nasty Medicine
Taylor Canfield and the USone Sailing Team captured the 68th Argo Group Gold Cup with a 3-1 victory over Johnie Berntsson’s Swedish crew.
Canfield won the venerable King Edward VII Gold Cup for the second time, following his first win in 2012. Canfield’s crew included Mike Buckley, Victor Diaz de Leon, George Peet and Erik Shampain. They won $30,000 of the $100,000 prize purse.
Canfield succeeded in an exciting match that belies the lopsided scoreline. The final four races featured lead changes, penalties and luffing matches, the hallmarks of good, close match racing. In this case, Canfield and crew happened to come out on top versus a very experienced team.
“We made huge gains through the week,” said the 29-year-old Canfield of Miami, Fla. “The IOD is a tricky boat to sail and we had very tricky conditions this week. But the more time we spent in the boat the better we got. Full credit to Johnie and his team. They’re very experienced and have also won this trophy twice. We always have great matches against them.”
Berntsson, sailing in his ninth Gold Cup, won the trophy in 2008 and ’14, and also has four top three finishes. Berntsson and crew Oscar Angervall, Björn Lundgren and Robert Skarp won $15,000 for placing second overall.
Berntsson’s job as the CIO of a hospital in Stennungsund, Sweden, has prevented him from match racing full time the past few years, but his accumulated experience in the IOD and on Hamilton Harbour helped him get to the final where he and his crew ran into a ruthless opponent.
“We’re a bit disappointed,” said the usually affable 47-year-old Berntsson in a moment of reflection. “Had a few decisions we made gone the other way we could’ve done a bit better. But Taylor and his team sailed very well. If you give them a slight chance they take it. We have full respect for them and congratulate them. It was a really good week of sailing.”
In the Petit Final Australian Torvar Mirsky defeated Lucy Macgregor from the U.K. by the score of 2-0. Mirsky led the match 1-0 lead after Friday’s racing and then made quick work of today’s race when Macgregor started on the course side. By the time she cleared the line and started properly in the light winds under 5 knots, Mirsky was nearly halfway up the windward leg.
Mirsky led by nearly 90 seconds at the first windward mark rounding and when the breeze increased to nearly 8 knots shortly after his rounding, he was on his way to third place overall.
Mirksy and crew Lachy Gilmour, Cameron Seagreen, Graeme Spence won $12,000 while Macgregor and crew Bethan Cardin, Hannah Diamond, Annie Lush, Kate MacGregor won $11,000 for placing fourth.
ARGO GROUP GOLD CUP FINAL STANDINGS
1. Taylor Canfield (USA) – 19-2, $30,000 Crew: Mike Buckley, Victor Diaz de Leon, George Peet, Erik Shampain
2. Johnie Berntsson (SWE) – 16-5, $15,000 Crew: Oscar Angervall (trimmer), Björn Lundgren (main trim), Robert Skarp (bow/tactics)
5. Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) – 9-5, $8,000 Crew: Ian Coleman, Will Mackenzie, Rob Scrivenor
6. Nicklas Dackhammar (SWE) – 6-7, $8,000 Crew: Olof Lundgren, Eric Malmberg, Jakob Wilson
7. Charlie Lalumiere (USA) – 7-12, $8,000 Crew: Scott Ewing, Bleddon Mon, Ian Storck
8. Ettore Botticini (ITA) – 5-14, $8,000 Crew: Simone Busonero, Andrea Fornaro, Lorenzo Gennari
Friday, May 11, 2018
Argo Group Gold Cup 2018 Day Four
Taylor Canfield’s USone Sailing Team has stepped out to a 2-1 lead over Johnie Berntsson’s Swedish crew in the Final of the 68th Argo Group Gold Cup. The winner of the match will be the first to score three points and will earn $30,000 of the $100,000 prize purse.
While Canfield and crew moved to match point so did Torvar Mirsky’s Australian crew in the Petit Final. Mirsky won the first race against Lucy Macgregor’s team from Great Britain in the first-to-two points match.
The two matches completed a frantic Friday at the venerable match racing regatta. The day began with the four pairs in the Quarterfinals. After a break for lunch the Semifinals were conducted followed by the beginning of the Final and Petit Final. Just as the racing was wrapping up shortly before 6:30 pm a 25-knot squall came ripping across Hamilton Harbor, putting an exclamation point on the day.
The other Quarterfinal matches saw Macgregor defeat Joachim Aschenbrenner of Denmark, 3-1, and Mirsky take down Nicklas Dackhammar of Sweden, 3-0. Mirsky won each race of his match by working the right side of the upwind legs. Not only was he protecting starboard tack advantage but he also felt the wind strength in the south/southwesterly breeze was better on that side.
In the Semifinals Canfield beat Macgregor 3-1. The reigning Women’s match racing world champion was the first to pin a loss on Canfield in this regatta. Macgregor won the start and extended all the way around the course for a comfortable win. But she was undone by some bad luck in the next two races.
In Race 3, as both boats approached the windward mark on port, she was penalized for failing to keep clear. She decided to unload the penalty by tacking and bearing away onto the run, but that allowed Canfield to jibe away and open a three-boat length advantage that he wouldn’t relinquish.
In Race 4 Macgregor won the start to the right of Canfield and then quickly tacked away to the right side, which seemed favored most of the day. Canfield was on her windward quarter as the pair approached the VIP hospitality boat that was anchored. Macgregor said that Canfield was too close for her to tack and with the VIP boat swinging on its anchor she wasn’t quite sure how to play it. She wound up sailing below the boat while Canfield sailed to windward. Macgregor said that she didn’t lose that much ground in the incident, but it put her on the back foot and Canfield held on for the win.
Berntsson and Mirsky also had close matches in their semifinal. Mirsky won the first race by a nose when the two crossed the finish line overlapped. Berntsson then evened the score at 1-1 with a similar finish, eking across the finish line just before Mirsky with the pair overlapped. Berntsson won the third race to open a 2-1 lead.
In the deciding race Berntsson led Mirsky onto the racecourse. Mirsky initiated a tacking duel that saw the crews tack seven times halfway up the first leg. Berntsson just led around the windward mark and the pair was nearly even as they began the second upwind leg, but Berntsson was able to find better pressure on the right side of the racecourse to extend to his lead.
In Race 1 of the final Berntsson held a slim lead around the first lap. Up the second windward leg Canfield worked the right side of the course to cross on starboard by less than a length. Canfield held a narrow lead down the second run and was able to get a penalty on Berntsson for windward/leeward just before the second leeward gate. That allowed Canfield to win the race and go up 1-0.
Berntsson evened the score in the second race when he led all the way around the race track. Berntsson also led the third race but again had a penalty to unload from a pre-start incident. Canfield kept close behind so that when Berntsson did his penalty turn on the finish line Canfield was able to sneak past for a 2-1 lead.
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Argo Group Gold Cup 2018 Day Three
When the Quarter-Final Round of the 68th Argo Group Gold Cup gets underway Friday morning the eight teams will bring an array of experience to the storied regatta.
Crews led by Taylor Canfield (USA), Johnie Berntsson (SWE), Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) and Nicklas Dackhammar (SWE) all qualified for the Quarter-Finals on Wednesday by placing in the top four of the Round Robin stage.
They’re joined by Torvar Mirsky (AUS), Lucy Macgregor (GBR), Ettore Botticini (ITA) and Charlie Lalumiere (USA). The four skippers led their crews to the next round after placing in the top four, respectively, of the Repechage Round.
The Quarter-Final pairings pit Canfield versus Botticini, Berntsson against Lalumiere, Aschenbrenner against Macgregor and Dackhammar versus Mirsky. The winner of each match will be the first crew to score three points.
The octet represents a mix of experience and youth. Botticini (22) is the youngest skipper in the fleet and Berntsson (47) the oldest. Mirsky and Macgregor are the reigning Open and Women’s match racing world champions, respectively. Botticini, Dackhammar and Lalumiere each are competing in their first Gold Cup, while Aschenbrenner is in his second Gold Cup. Berntsson, Canfield and Mirsky have four Gold Cup titles to their credit, and Berntsson and Canfield have nine top four finishes in the past 10 years among them.
Mirsky, the champion in 2011, won the Repechage Round with a 5-1 record. Mirsky said racing in the Repechage Round was cut throat, but since he hasn’t raced monohulls in seven years he was happy to have the extra practice.
Mirsky’s only loss in the Repechage was to Lalumiere in Flight 2. Sailing in his first Gold Cup, Lalumiere has quickly learned the vagaries of Hamilton Harbour.
Macgregor finished second in the Round Robin after winning a three-way tiebreak with Botticini and Lalumiere. The two-time women’s match racing world champion said that qualifying for the quarterfinals was always the goal. Echoing a sentiment from all the skippers, she said that she’s been shifting on the fly from covering tactics to sailing to the breeze.
Botticini qualified by winning his final two matches, which raised his record to 3-3. He also spoke of the shifty conditions and likened them to Lake Ledro in Italy where the Youth Match Racing World Championship will be held in July. He finished second in the same regatta last year and feels the Gold Cup is good preparation for this year.
ARGO GROUP GOLD CUP REPECHAGE ROUND FINAL STANDINGS
1. Torvar Mirsky (Perth, Western Australia) – 5-1 Crew: Lachy Gilmour (tactics), Cameron Seagreen (trimmer), Graeme Spence (bow) 2. Lucy Macgregor (Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom) – 3-3 Crew: Bethan Cardin, Hannah Diamond, Annie Lush, Kate MacGregor 3. Ettore Botticini (Porto Santo Stefano, Italy) – 3-3 Crew: Simone Busonero, Andrea Fornaro, Lorenzo Gennari 4. Charlie Lalumiere (New York, NY, USA) – 3-3 Crew: Scott Ewing, Bleddon Mon, Ian Storck 5. Sam Gilmour (Perth, Western Australia) – 3-3 Crew: Adam Negri, Keith Swinton, Pat Voss 6. Chris Poole (Falmouth, Maine, USA) – 2-4 Crew: Brian McMarton, Trent Turigliatto, Ryan Zupon 7. Marek Stanczyk (Gizycko, Poland) – 2-4 Crew: Stefaniuk Jedrzej, Jakob Pawluk, Michal Szmul
ARGO GROUP GOLD CUP QUARTERFINAL PAIRINGS
Match 1: Nicklas Dackhammar vs. Torvar Mirsky Match 2: Joachim Aschenbrenner vs. Lucy Macgregor Match 3: Johnie Berntsson vs. Charlie Lalumiere Match 4: Taylor Canfield vs. Ettore Botticini