Friday, October 31, 2014

Nicolas Rolaz is 2014 Optimist World Champion

The 2014 Optimist World Championships have come to an end after a dramatic stormy end.
Day 1 of the finals was a strong wind with gusts up to 30 knots and rough seas. Day 2 was cancelled as there was a storm during the night leaving in its wake quite a mess due to the high tides,strong winds and heavy rain. Day 3 they managed to hold a final race in just 6 knots of wind and during this race Nicola Rolaz from Switzerland managed to clinch the world title.

Jake Satariano has done Malta proud. This is his first World Championship at the tender age of 12 and has proved his sailing ability by qualifying in the Gold fleet to be competing amongst the best Oppie sailors in the world.  Jake finished in 62nd place overall which puts him in
 the top third of the entire 209 strong fleet  - an excellent start to what looks like a very promising sailing career for this young man.
Final results for Gold Fleet:
1st Nicolas Rolaz from Switzerland
2nd Voravong Rachrattanaruk from Thailand
3rd Dimtris Papadimitriou from Greece


Jake Satariano with World Oppie Champ Nicolas Rolaz
Pic: Alison Satariano

All pics below copyright Matias Capizzano


The Swiss team celebrating Switzerland having a World Champion







Jake thanks RLR YACHTING and DE-VERE GROUP their support
Sponsors of this event are:
Banca Galicia, Telecom Personal, Parradoy Insurance, Riotecna,
Despegar.com, Pinturas SteelCote, Bourke Advertising & Production,
Dole, Avene, Gramix, ENARD, Municipalidad de San Isidro,
Prefectura Naval Argentina, Secretaria de Deportes de Nacion,
Asociacion de Optimist Argentina, Federacion Argentina de Yachting

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Stormy Conditions for First Day of Finals - Oppie World Championships 2014







The first two races have been held for the 2014 Optimist World Championship finals.
The day brought very strong winds with an average of 20 to 25 knots of wind and gusts up to 30 knots. Sea was very rough making the racing very tough for these young sailors. 
Naturally these conditions favoured the older, heavier and more experienced of the fleet and overall placings changed dramatically.
Jake Satariano found the conditions very tough to cope with being so young and light weight, but nevertheless he was up for the challenge and, although was unable to obtain a good result, learnt a lot and gained valuable experience coping with the challenging conditions and high level of competition. Jake's overall standing at present is 55th.

The official video clip of the day gives you a good idea how tough the racing was and how capable these young sailors are.

Over results as they stand after the first two races of the finals are:
1st Nicolas Rolaz from Switzerland
2nd Dimitris Papadimitriou from Greece
3rd Gustavo Abdulklech from Brazil



Pics below were taken after the storm down at the marina and taken by Magda Resano



Jake thanks RLR YACHTING and DE-VERE GROUP their support
Sponsors of this event are:
Banca Galicia, Telecom Personal, Parradoy Insurance, Riotecna,
Despegar.com, Pinturas SteelCote, Bourke Advertising & Production,
Dole, Avene, Gramix, ENARD, Municipalidad de San Isidro,
Prefectura Naval Argentina, Secretaria de Deportes de Nacion,
Asociacion de Optimist Argentina, Federacion Argentina de Yachting

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Jake Satariano Qualifies for Gold Fleet in 2014 Optimist World Championships in Argentina

Jake Satariano has made it through the qualifiers and is in the Gold Fleet competing for the coveted prize of being World Champion in the Optimist Class.
At just 12 years old he is one of the youngest competitors and will have stiff competition sailing against seasoned 15 year old Oppie sailors.
Out of a total fleet of 207 young sailors, Jake qualified after he obtained an overall result of 38th place following 6 races in which his worst race could be discarded. His first race was his best crossing the line in 7th place.

Wind conditions have been light with a very strong tide and currents. The race venue is not an easy one to sail on which adds extra credit to Jake's sailing skills, especially as he has trained and sailed mostly within Mediterranean non tidal waters.

Taking 1st place in the qualifiers is Slovakian girl Mara Turin followed by Swiss boys Nick Zeltner and Nicolas Rolaz in 2nd and 3rd places respectively.
Argentina's home boy, Dante Cittadini, who started off the event with a first placing, finished 15th overall after the 6 races.

Below are a couple of photos of Jake during the opening ceremony. Photos taken by his coach Magda Resano.





Alison Satariano - Team Leader and Jake Satariano  Pic: Magda Resano

Jake thanks RLR YACHTING and DE-VERE GROUP their support
Sponsors of this event are:
Banca Galicia, Telecom Personal, Parradoy Insurance, Riotecna,
Despegar.com, Pinturas SteelCote, Bourke Advertising & Production,
Dole, Avene, Gramix, ENARD, Municipalidad de San Isidro,
Prefectura Naval Argentina, Secretaria de Deportes de Nacion,
Asociacion de Optimist Argentina, Federacion Argentina de Yachting

Friday, October 24, 2014

Final Overall Results for the RMSR 2014

ARTIE coming in at the finish  Pic: Kurt Arrigo / Rolex

ARTIE's winning team  Pic: Kurt Arrigo / Rolex


The RMSR 2014 is now over but many boats are still either on their way back or in harbour somewhere in Sicily, Pantelleria and Lampedusa repairing damage sustained during the storm.

ARTIE certainly won in style this year and it will definitely be a race to be remembered for a long time by all who took part in it .

Final over results for the race:
1st ARTIE a J122 Yacht from Malta owned by Lee Satariano and skippered by the owner together with Christian and Sebastian Ripard. Crew members: Tom Ripard, Sam Pizzuto, Matthew Gusman, Gordon Bugeja, Tim and Matteo.

2nd XP-ACT BANKS SAILS RACING  an XP44 Yacht from Malta owned by Josef Schultheis and skippered by the owner and Timmy Camilleri. Crew members: Andrew Boyl, Philip Connor, Barry Hurley, Nikky Fenech, Mike Jones, Kenny Rumball, Harry Spedding and Jochem Visser.

3rd NEO BANKS SAILS RACING a Neo 400 Carbon Yacht from Italy owned and skippered by Paolo Semeraro. Crew members: Gigi Masturzo, Juan Carlos Oliva, Peppone Filipps, Diego Batisti, Fabio de Simone, Tony Macina, Albatros Turco, Nicolas Mascoli and Timo Haggort.





Optimist World Championships 2014 - Results After Day 2

Day 2 proved to be a long day with races in the morning having to be postponed due to lack of wind. However, a light North-North Easterly wind picked up around 1.30pm and two races were held with Switzerland's Nicolas Rolaz taking the top spot on the leader board with a total of 13 points. He is followed by Slovakia's Mara Turin and Germany's Valentin Muller.

Malta's Jake Satariano is doing a very good job keeping himself up amongst the more experienced sailors in the fleet. Yesterday he managed to obtain a 15th and 14th placing which puts him in 33rd position overall at present.
The fleet consists of  207 boys and girls aged between 12 and 15 years old. At 12 years old Jake is amongst the youngest of the participants.

Below are a selection of photos taken on day 2 by official photographer for the event









Jake thanks RLR YACHTING and DE-VERE GROUP their support

Sponsors of this event are:

Banca Galicia, Telecom Personal, Parradoy Insurance, Riotecna,
Despegar.com, Pinturas SteelCote, Bourke Advertising & Production,
Dole, Avene, Gramix, ENARD, Municipalidad de San Isidro,
Prefectura Naval Argentina, Secretaria de Deportes de Nacion,
Asociacion de Optimist Argentina, Federacion Argentina de Yachting

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Optimist World Championships 2014 - Jake Satariano Places 7th in First Race


Yesterday Jake had an excellent start by finishing in 7th place in a 10 knot breeze. He was sailing up at the top of the fleet amongst some of the hot favourites to win these championships.
The second race proved how important starts are. After a bad start he found it difficult to get high up enough in the fleet to keep the good position he held in the first race and therefore finished in 39th place which leaves him 51st overall after the first day's racing. There are a total of 207 competitors racing and competition is stiff. These kids are quite amazing and are able to handle their boats in all sorts of weather conditions.

Argentina, sailing on home ground, are one of the hot favourites. The event is being held in a very difficult location to sail in having very strong currents and tides to contend with.
Argentina's Dante, Greece's Dimitris Padrimitrio and Switzerland's Nicolas Rolaz are in 1st, 2nd and 3rd places respectively at the moment.

Today they have the second day of racing and the wind direction is expected to change with a lighter breeze blowing.

Some pictures below taken by Jake's coach Magda Resano and some official photos taken by the event photographer Matias Capizzano



Jake holds his flag up high during the opening ceremony in San Isidro, Argentina

Jake taking a break before the start of race Pic:Magda Resano
Pic: Magda Resano









Jake thanks RLR YACHTING and DE-VERE GROUP  for their support

Sponsors of this event are:

Banca Galicia, Telecom Personal, Parradoy Insurance, Riotecna,
Despegar.com, Pinturas SteelCote, Bourke Advertising & Production,
Dole, Avene, Gramix, ENARD, Municipalidad de San Isidro,
Prefectura Naval Argentina, Secretaria de Deportes de Nacion,
Asociacion de Optimist Argentina, Federacion Argentina de Yachting

RMSR 2014 - ARTIE Does it Again Maltese Boats put on a Good Show

ARTIE has done it again! First overall and what a race they had. 
After a bit of a bad start they pushed hard to overtake OTRA VEZ who was leading the fleet until just before the half way mark. Once the stormy weather hit them they were really in their element and pushed the boat hard increasing their lead and coming across the finish line to claim their 1st overall placing.
Still to be confirmed, but it is most likely,  XP- ACT and OTRA VEZ will be taking 2nd and 4th overall placings too. What a result for Malta!

Throughout the race there has been an internal battle between these three boats. All very good sailors and highly competitive.

Meanwhile, there are still some boats racing and completing the last leg from Lampedusa to Malta. A lot of the fleet retired due to the safety factor whilst others had to limp in to the nearest harbour with damage to their boats and sails.

Yet again this year's RMSR has kept not only the sailors on their toes but also us sitting comfortably at home glued to the Tracker on our computers. Always an exciting and nail biting time of the year - this race never fails to live up to its reputation.

Below are some photos taken by Kurt Arrigo for Rolex
There is also one taken on board BRISTOLIAN by John Burnie.
Please click on the pics to enlarge




BRISTOLIAN/John Burnie



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

RMSR 2014 Update - Boats Coming in Regularly Now

Below are some shots I just took of some of the larger boats coming through the Channel between Malta and Comino. There was a helicopter circling around - I would imagine it is Kurt Arrigo official photographer for Rolex.
Air is VERY hazy with a lot of sea spray in the air. Pics are not perfectly clear (totally zoomed out) but the best I could get.
Remember to click on the pics to enlarge.

CIPPA LIPPA

CIPPA LIPPA

GREY GOOSE

GREY GOOSE

OPTIMUM

OPTIMUM

GREY GOOSE AND OPTIMUM


Optimist World Championships 2014 - Opening Ceremony




The Oppie World's opening ceremony took place yesterday .
Jake Satariano is proudly flying the flag for Malta.
The ceremony opened with each team flag bearer going to their flag mast and hoisting their national flag. The teams had a parade and after the welcome address a couple of speeches were made. After that it was a good meal and an early night ready for the first day of racing the following day.

Below is a video of the opening ceremony and practice race



Jake thanks RLR YACHTING and DE-VERE GROUP their support

Sponsors of this event are:

Banca Galicia, Telecom Personal, Parradoy Insurance, Riotecna,
Despegar.com, Pinturas SteelCote, Bourke Advertising & Production,
Dole, Avene, Gramix, ENARD, Municipalidad de San Isidro,
Prefectura Naval Argentina, Secretaria de Deportes de Nacion,
Asociacion de Optimist Argentina, Federacion Argentina de Yachting





RMSR 2014 - Update........Stormy Stormy Seas

The wind has increased A LOT. It must be pretty hairy sailing out there. There have been many retirements with boats taking shelter in Sicily and Pantalleria. Unfortunately, a few of the boats have had some damage and VARUNA seems to have some serious rudder damage and drifting SE'ly. There is help on hand and a boat going out to help them back to harbour.

ARTIE is still in a great position and should be in later tonight. Definitely the hot favourite to win the race. 


RMSR 2014 - The Med Lives up to its Name


ESIMIT takes line honours. Photo courtesy of Rolex Middle Sea Race.


ESIMIT, SHOCKWAVE and RAN are safely home but the rest of the fleet are battling strong wind and massive seas. The fleet further south are probably (but definitely stand to be corrected) not having it as tough as those further north as the full strength of the wind is hitting right now.
Have heard, on the grapevine, that the waves are massive. The RMSR is living up to its reputation that anything can happen during the race including extreme ends of the weather. 
The Mediterranean is well known to change within minutes and, although all knew what was coming, it has certainly done so.
A few boats have decided to shelter in port rather than risk the conditions, and as the latter half of the fleet round Favignana there will probably be quite a few more heading for the nearest harbour.

ARTIE is favourite for winning this year's race as positions stand, but it is so close that they will not be able to let up for a second. The lower rating boats are very close behind on corrected time and a smaller boat DUFFY actually took the overall lead away from ARTIE rounding the Favignana checkpoint.

This race never disappoints us - it keeps us on our toes as ''living room'' spectators and by the end we have definitely had an overdose of crossed eyed computer screen tracking, Facebook, photos, messaging...........whatever. All part of the race I suppose.




Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Optiworlds 2014 - Measurement Day




Above is a good little video showing what is happening at the Opti Worlds - boat,equipment,
sails etc being measured and given the stamp of approval.


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