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    Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championship Day One




    Catapult Ballistic on Day One

    The Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championship kicked off today with three races in Torbay. Big wind shifts and changes in wind speed tested the 78 teams competing as well as the Race Management team led by Stuart Childerley. In the Open Class, Joel Ronning (USA) racing Catapult, leads the championship after three races. Second is Claudia Rossi (ITA) racing Petite Terrible, which recovered from a 28th place in Race 1 to post two podium finishes. Andrey Malygin (RUS) racing Maria, is third. In the Corinthian Class Patrick Liardet (GBR) racing Cosmic leads by just one point from Doug Struth (GBR) racing DSP. Wilson & King (IRL) racing Soak Racing completes a trio of British boats leading the championship for the Corinthian title. There were race wins today for Pichu Torcida (ESP) racing Noticia, Reg Lord (AUS) racing Juno, and Nelson Mettraux (SUI) racing CER Aprotec – Ville de Genčve.











    Joel Ronning USA Catapult

    “It was a very anxious series of races and we had a lot of fun. It was very shifty, very puffy and you have got to find a lane, which was incredibly important downwind because if you didn’t find a vein of breeze or gybed the wrong way you were a loser. Consistency is going to be very important, we have a bet on the boat in terms of the average score for the winner, my number is 9, and we are all about that range. This is a very tricky venue, and we expect variable results but we are prepared for that, we know we will bring in some real shockers but we are looking forward to tomorrow, this is a lot of fun.”










    Pichu Torcida (ESP) Noticia

    The first race was fantastic we went for the left and winning the race made us feel very happy.The rest of the races proved more difficult, in the second race we went right and the left won, and in the last race we were going well downwind for the finish but a very big shift caught us out. This championship is very long, so to finish the first day in fourth is okay. The Noticia team are good friends, we all do a very good job. Torquay is a tricky place to sail but we enjoy being here and tomorrow we will try to do our best.”

    Murray Jones (AUS) Juno

    “The start line was really packed with everyone pushing the line really hard. Getting a bullet at the worlds was a good feeling. We were about 25th on the water up the first beat but we managed to slowly chip away, had a good second downwind to slide into the lead at the end and it felt good. Last race of the day, we managed to find a pretty clean end of the line but it was the wrong end and we got buried. We don’t get many big fleets in Australia, here there is much more boat on boat action, which puts on the pressure.”













    Patrick Liardet (GBR) Cosmic

    “We had a great day, the conditions were fantastic for us, 9-14 knots is a good for us, and we have practised a lot in that range. It was very exciting to be out there with 78 boats on the line racing amongst some of the very top keel boat teams from all over the world. The worlds is really testing and competitive, and we were really on the pace today, the team on board performed well, and we enjoyed it.”

    On Sunday, 1st September, The Royal Torbay Yacht Club put on a wonderful pageant for the Opening Ceremony of the Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championship. Event Director Bob Penfold introduced RTYC Vice Commodore Phil Rumbelow, Chief Executive Darwin Escapes Anthony Esse, and Key Yachting’s Marie-Claude Heys who officially opened the regatta. Squadron 13, the RTYC junior sail training club, paraded the flags of the 20 countries participating at the championships, and Britannia Royal Naval College’s RN Volunteer Band entertained the crowd.

    Racing at the Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championship continues Tuesday 3rd September with three more high octane races scheduled for the international fleet.

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    Torbay Brings The Thrills And Spills




    20 knots of breeze piping in from the north created full-on battle conditions for the 20 nation fleet on Day Three of the Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships. For the third consecutive day, the Open and Corinthian leaders have changed, with teams from nine nations occupying the top ten places. There were thrills and spills as the wind speed reached close to the top end of the wind speed for the class but with flat warm water it was a day to remember for the J/70 fleet.

    In the Open Class, Paul Ward (GBR) Eat,Sleep,J,Repeat scored a 1-4-15 to take the overall lead. Pichu Torcida (ESP) racing Noticia has climbed to second after scoring a 5-17-6. Joel Ronning (USA) racing Catapult, drops to third after scoring 14-14-10. Yesterday’s leader Alberto Rossi (ITA) racing Enfant Terrible, started the day well posting 9-8 but a 28 in the last race after broaching out drops Enfant Terrible to fourth.





    In the Corinthian Class, King & Wilson Soak Racing (IRL) is the new leader after posting 2-34-9 today. Doug Struth (GBR) racing DSP drops to second place. Denis Cherevatenko (RUS) racing Joyfull retains third but is under pressure from a top performance today by Charles Thompson (GBR) racing Brutus. There were race wins today for Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat, Henry Brauer (USA) Rascal, and Carlo Alberini (ITA) Calvi Network.

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    Alberto Rossi takes the lead in Tor Bay

    20 nations are competing for the Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships, and teams from seven different countries occupy the top ten places after six races. The breeze for Day Two started with a stable 10 knots from the southwest, but backed south after the first race building to a 18 knots, with brilliant sunshine providing spectacular condition for the international fleet. With the wind direction and speed fluctuating, today’s results were far from stable.








    After six races there are new leaders for both the Open and Corinthian classes. Alberto Rossi (ITA) racing Enfant Terrible, acknowledged as one of the best in Europe if not the world, moves up to pole position for the Open Class, after posting 1-16-2 today. Joel Ronning (USA) racing Catapult, drops to second, three points behind the leader. Boat of the day was Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat raced by Paul Ward (GBR) propelling the team to third just a point off second. Pichu Torcida (ESP) racing Noticia is only one point off the podium. In the Corinthian Class, Doug Struth (GBR) racing DSP, is the new leader. Wilson & King’s Soak Racing (IRL) discarded a Black Flag infringement in Race 5, to place second for the amateur status class, as did Denis Cherevatenko (RUS) racing Joyfull. All results are provisional pending protest decisions. There were race wins today for Alberto Rossi (ITA) Enfant Terrible, Andrey Malygin (RUS) Maria, and Peter Duncan (USA) Relative Obscurity.


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    Sankes And Ladders In TorBay




    The penultimate day of the Darwin Escapes 2019 J/70 World Championships was blessed with beautiful conditions in Tor Bay. With the breeze coming from the land once again, shifts and puffs of breeze made for tricky conditions with snakes and ladders right across the race course. Three windward-leeward races were held in a shifting northerly breeze oscillating 45 degrees, the mean wind speed was about 12 knots with occasional 20-knot gusts.








    In the Open Class, Paul Ward (GBR) Eat,Sleep,J,Repeat retains the lead having scored a 6-8-30 today. However, Pichu Torcida (ESP) racing Noticia, has shortened their odds on winning the worlds posting an 11-9-11, finishing the day just four points off the lead. Realistically these two teams will battle for the Open World Championship in a double-header of racing tomorrow. Still in with a chance of winning the title are Alberto Rossi (ITA) Enfant Terrible, Joel Ronning (USA) Catapult, and Claudia Rossi (ITA).







    In the Corinthian Class, Doug Struth (GBR) racing DSP has regained the lead but only just, Denis Cherevatenko (RUS) racing Joyfull had a great day on the water and move up to second just 4 points off the lead. Yesterday’s leader King & Wilson Soak Racing (IRL) drop to third after three mid-fleet finishes. There were race wins today for Reg Lord (AUS) racing Juno, Enfant Terrible, and Luis Bugallo (ESP) Mar Naturna.









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