Articles from September 2013



Tom Gillard in Simon Potts sta svetovna prvaka

2013 Fireball World Champions are Tom Gillard and Simon Potts

Pred nekaj minutami se je v Portorožu končalo svetovno prvenstvo razreda fireball. 79 jadralcev iz Velike Britanije, Češke, Irske, Švice, Nemčije, Italije, Francije, Belgije, Kanade in Slovenije se je od nedelje borilo za prestižne naslove.
Današnji zadnji regatni dan bi lahko še marsikaj spremenil in večina jadralcev je upala, da bodo danes lahko odjadrali vsaj eno regato, deveto po vrsti, ki bi omogočila odbitek dveh najslabših uvrstitev. Veter jih žal danes ni uslišal, start je bil najprej prestavljen na zgodnje popoldne, ko se je flota v blagem maestralu le napotila na regatno polje. Prvi start je bil zaradi močnega zasuka vetra prekinjen že takoj po začetku predstartne procedure, skoraj dve uri kasneje pa se je z regatne jadrnice zaslišal signal za drugi poskus. Tudi tega je na žalost prekinil veter, ki je le 30 sekund pred začetkom regate močno obrnil in padel na manj kot pet vozlov, kar ne bi omogočilo veljavne regate. Do 15. ure, ko naj bi bil na zadnji regatni dan izpeljan zadnji možen start, je bilo le še 15 minut in ker veter ni obetal dovolj stabilnih razmer, se je regatni odbor odločil zaključiti regatni dan, s tem pa tudi jadralski del tega svetovnega prvenstva.
Včerajšnji rezultati so tako tudi uradna razvrstitev za svetvno prvenstvo. Vsi trije najprestižnejši naslovi so šli v angleške roke; svetovna prvaka sta postala Tom Gillard in Simon Potts (25 točk), podprvaka Christian Birrell in Sam Brearey (27 točk), tretje mesto pa sta zasedla evropska prvaka (naziv sta prijadrala prejšnji teden prav tako v Portorožu) Matt Burge in Richard Wagstaff (34 točk). Britanci so zasedli prvih enajst mest, sledita jim dve češki ekipi. Najbolje uvrščena slovenska posadka sta Marko Kocjančič in Aljaž Jadek na 24. mestu.
Tom Gillard in Simon Potts: »Odleglo nama je. Danes sicer nismo jadrali, čeprav sva si tega želela. Velika hvala najinemu sponzorju P&B in ostalim. Veliko regat smo odjadrali na tem svetovnem prvenstvu, a sva vseeno prepričana, da si je večina flote želela dveh zadnjih današnjih. Za nama je bilo kar nekaj ekip, ki bi se sicer spopadle za mesta med tretjim in šestim. Škoda, saj se je veter dvignil ravno ko je vodja regate Tonko objavil konec, torej – hvala Tonko!«
Christian Birrell in Sam Brearey: »Prvenstvo je bilo odlično organizirano, celotna slovenska ekipa se je res potrudila. Žal nama je, da danes nismo jadrali, mogoče bi vodja regate moral počakati še zadnjih 15 minut, ko se je naredilo nekaj vetra. Nekoliko sva razočarana, da nisva imela možnosti zajadrati v zadnjih dveh regatah, a če bi bolje jadrala v prvem delu prvenstva, tega zadnjega nastopa niti ne bi tako potrebovala. Vseeno, prvenstvo je bilo zelo dobro, Portorož ponuja odlične jadralne pogoje, vsi so bili zelo prijazni in gostoljubni, celotna britanska ekipa se je imela odlično.«
Matt Burge in Richard Wagstaff: »Seveda bi raje zmagala, vendar sva tudi s tretjim mestom zadovoljna. Sva na stopničkah, in če temu prištejemo še zmago na evropskem prvenstvu, je to res lep rezultat. Vedno so seveda prisotni razni “če-ji” in kar veliko je bilo regat, v katerih sva podarila kakšno mesto, ampak mislim, da je podobno tudi pri ostalih ekipah, saj so bili pogoji res zahtevni. Zadovoljna sva, lahko bi bilo tudi veliko slabše.«
Uradni rezultati so objavljeni v zavihku Rezultati.


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A lot could still change, but nothing actually changed on this last day of 2013 Fireball World Championship. The wind conditions didn’t look too promising in the morning and start was postponed until early afternoon, when the sea breeze was expected. It was around noon when AP went down and fleet was called on to the water, although the wind didn’t properly settle yet. Shifty conditions forced the sailors to wait a while before the first start, but the prestart procedure was cancelled after three minutes. The racing course was then moved in search for some better conditions, but 40 degrees difference in the wind direction between starting line and the upwind mark was obviously much too much. Finally, after more than two hours of waiting, the conditions were regular again and starting procedure was on, but cancelled with the AP up just 30 seconds before the start of race nine, due to another major wind shift and a huge drop of wind to less than 5 knots. It was 20 minutes before 3 pm, after which no warning signal could be given on this last day of racing. Next minutes of waiting didn’t offer any prospects of a fair start of the last race, and the race officer sent the fleet back. Yesterday’s results are now official final results of this Worlds. Big congratulations go to the new world champions Tom Gillard and Simon Potts (25 points), vice-champions Christian Birrell and Sam Brearey (27 points) and 2013 European champions Matt Burge and Richard Wagstaff, who finished third with 34 points. The best Slovenian crew are Marko Kocjančič and Aljaž Jadek on 24th.
Tom Gillard and Simon Potts: “We’re just relieved after today. We didn’t have any sailing, although we’d like to. Big thanks to the P&B and everyone else. It’s been a long series, we’re certain the whole fleet would appreciate the last two races, there’re a lot of boats behind us that would be fighting for third, fourth, fifth and sixth, so to get another sailing would’ve been good. It’s a shame that the breeze filled in just when he cancelled the race, so – thank you Tonko!
Christian Birrell and Sam Brearey: “The event was very good and very well managed, the whole Slovenian team did a really great job of it. It’s a shame we couldn’t race today, maybe the race officer should have held on for another 15 minutes, because we came in in a great breeze, which is a shame not to race in. We’re disappointed not to have the chance to fight out in the last race of the championship, but haven’t we done a bad job earlier on in the week, we wouldn’t have to. The event has been great, it’s a great place to sail, everyone has been very friendly, very welcoming to us all, all British team had a great time.”
Matt Burge and Richard Wagstaff: “We’d prefer to have won, obviously, but we’re happy with third, we’re on the podium. Especially with the last week result – a first and a third, we have a podium for both of them. Overall we’re happy. There’s always a lot of “what ifs” and quite a lot of races where we gave away a lot of positions, but I think that’s probably the same for every boat, because the conditions were hard. Of course we’re pleased, it could be an awful lot worse.”

Official results are posted in a Results folder.
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Napeto pred jutrišnjim zaključkom

Excitement ahead of tomorrow’s final races

Danes smo se v Portorožu zbudili v še en topel in sončen dan, ki pa spet ni bil radodaren z vetrom. Start prve današnje in skupaj sedme regate je bil najprej preložen za eno uro, ob enih pa je regatni odbor floto poklical na vodo. Polje so tokrat postavili nekoliko bližje piranski punti, a smo vseeno morali na veter počakati skoraj do pol treh popoldne. Jugozahodnik je zapihal z močjo čez 12 vozlov in prvi start je bil ponovljen, saj je preveč jadralcev prehitro prečkalo startno linijo. V drugo in na črno zastavo je bil start uspešen, jadralci, ki so se odločili za levo stran regatnega polja pa so dobivali več in nekoliko močnejši veter. Druga regata se je odvila v nekoliko blažjem vetru in tudi tokrat se je bilo bolje držati leve strani polja.
Kar šest različnih angleških ekip je danes v cilj prijadralo med prvimi tremi: Christian Birrell in Sam Brearey sta zmagala v prvi regati, Tom Gillard in Simon Potts sta bila druga in Matt Burge ter Richard Wagstaff tretja. Nathan Batchelor in James Clark sta zmagala v drugi pred Timom Rushem in Danom Ellisom, Chips Howarth in Vyv Townend pa sta bila tretja.
Pred jutrišnjim zadnjim dnem tega svetovnega prvenstva sta v vodstvu Tom Gillard in Simon Potts s 25 točkami, Christian Birrell in Sam Brearey sta skupno druga s 27 in Matt Burge in Richard Wagstaff tretja s 34 točkami. Če bodo jutrišnji vetrni pogoji omogočili izpeljavo vsaj ene regate, se bosta odbijala dva najslabša rezultata in marsikaj se še lahko spremeni.

Neuradni rezultati so že objavljeni na našem facebook profilu.


It was another beautiful, sunny and warm day here in Portorož today, just the wind kept us waiting again. Our race officer Tonko postponed the start for an hour at first, and at 1pm the fleet was called on water. Although a light breeze could be felt inside the bay, he decided to go for a safer option and invited the sailors to follow him in front of the old medieval town Piran. A really nice scenery for taking photos, but unfortunately not that good for sailing – at least not until around 2.30 pm, when SW picked up suddenly with more than 12 knots. The fleet was already eager to race – and even too eager. The general recall and a black flag set the standards for the second successful attempt. It was the left side of the racing field that helped the sailors reach the top mark as first, and most of the leading pack of British sailors picked the right side. The second race followed soon after, with a clear start and the wind, dropping through the race. They were six different British crews that secured first three positions in today’s races: Christian Birrell and Sam Brearey finished first in the first race, Tom Gillard and Simon Potts were second and Matt Burge and Richard Wagstaff third. Nathan Batchelor and James Clark were the winners of the second today’s race in front of Tim Rush and Dan Ellis, Chips Howarth and Vyv Townend were third.
Before tomorrow’s last day of this Worlds with, hopefully, at least one more race to go, Tom Gillard and Simon Potts still hold the top position with 25 points, Christian Birrell and Sam Brearey moved to second with 27 and Matt Burge and Richard Wagstaff are on third with 34. If at least one race will be sailed tomorrow, the two discards will apply, and a lot can still change.

The unofficial results are already posted on GoSailing facebook page.
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Spremenjen prometni režim v marini Portorož

Changed traffic regime in Marina Portorož

Zaradi sejma Bonaca je v marini Portorož spremenjen prometni režim. V kolikor želite z vozilom priti dlje kot do prvega hangarja, se morate poslužiti drugega vhoda, ki je aktiven za časa trajanja sejma.
Drugi vhod je označen na spodnji sliki (“Additional Gate”).


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Due to fair “Bonaca”, which is located in Marina Portorož and has open its door today, the traffic regime has been changed.
Pedestrians are able to use the main gate and pass through the fence to reach boat park, however vehicles have to enter through additional gate as it is marked on the above picture.

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Včeraj je šlo zares

Finally, some real racing!

Jutro se ni začelo obetavno, močan dež je tudi največje optimiste spravljal v dvom, a je na srečo vremenska napoved držala. Kmalu dopoldne se je zjasnilo in toplo sonce je hladila le močna burja, ki je v sunkih pihala preko 30 vozlov. Regatni odbor se je odločil, da floto zadrži na obali do dveh popoldne, ko se je veter ustalil med 12 in 16 vozli. Dva lepa plova smo lahko videli pred Portorožem, in v obeh so tudi včeraj, na tretji dan tega svetovnega prvenstva, dominirali Angleži. Leva stran regatnega polja je bila favorizirana v prvem plovu, desna pa v drugem, in najboljši so s pravilno izbiro strani le še pridobili.
Tudi po tretjem dnevu ostajajo v vodstvu Angleži, le da se je vrstni red pri vrhu ponovno nekoliko spremenil. Po tretjem regatnem dnevu vodita Tom Gillard in Simon Potts s 15 točkami, Dave Wade in Tim Hartley jih imata 17 in Christian Birrell in Sam Brearey 19. Nemška jadralca Joerg Nolle in Roger Leemann sta kot prva Neangleža prijadrala v cilj prve regate, v drugi pa sta se med prvih deset uvrstili dve češki posadki.
Potem, ko je v ponedeljek v drugi regati na odlično deveto mesto prijadral najstarejši udeleženec tega svetovnega prvenstva, kar 76-letni Louis Smyth, so včeraj Irci nadaljevali z dobrimi nastopi in se uvrstili med 19. in 22. mestom.
Rezultati so objavljeni v zavihku Rezultati na https://app.box.com/s/krwg5raucvv64beqjqlk

Morning rain didn’t look promising, but the weather forecast luckily proved to be right. NE bora wind, usually coming with a nice, sunny weather, woke us up this morning with more than 30 knots. A bit too much, so our race officer postponed proceedings for 2 hours after which he signalled that the fleet should go afloat. The start got under way at 2 pm, when the wind dropped to a pleasant 12-16 knots. Nevertheless, wind shifts and typical bora gusts were not at all easy to handle, so the two today’s races were again tough ones. Race 5 started under Oscar flag with the left and middle of the course favoured. Spinnaker reaches were exciting in these winds and good waves. The second race heavily favoured the right hand side, when a big shift came in from that side, leaving those, who went left, a major challenge to get back into the frame. As the wind had dropped from the first race, the Oscar flag was put away for the afternoon. However, the reaches and the run still provided lots of excitement with the run in particular, providing lots of options to get to the leeward mark.
At the end of the third day the British still dominate the top of the leaderboard but the sequence of places has been shuffled. Now Tom Gillard and Simon Potts lead with 15 points from Dave Wade and Tim Hartley on 17 and Christian Birrell and Sam Brearey on 19 points.
German Joerg Nolle and Roger Leemann lead the continental charge in the first race of the day behind a top ten British boat sequence. The first non-British boat in the second race was Milan Cap and Filip Prochizka from Czech Republic. Jaroslav Verner and Jakub Napravnik also finished inside the top ten.
After his 9th place in yesterday’s second race, Fireballs most senior competitor Louis Smyth (76), took the competition to his fellow Irish Fireballers in today’s first race. By the end of proceedings four Irish boats followed each other over the line, occupying places 19 to 22.

- Cormac Bradley

Please, find updated results in the RESULTS folder.
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Švicarja Claude Mermod in Ruedi Moser prva premagala Angleže

Swiss Claude Mermod and Ruedi Moser first to beat the Brits


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Po današnjem drugem dnevu svetovnega prvenstva se je končno izkazalo, da šala, ki zadnje dni kroži med jadralci na nedavno končanem evropskem in pravkar začetem svetovnem – “zakaj so se Angleži odločili organizirati svoje državno prvenstvo v Sloveniji” – ni nič več kot zgolj šala. V drugem današnjem plovu so namreč morali priznati premoč švicarski ekipi Clauda Mermoda in Ruedija Moserja.

Še en dan nestabilnega vetra in težkih razmer je za jadralci, ki so odjadrali dva plova. V prvem sta prvo bojo kot prva obrnila slovenska jadralca Marko Kocjančič in Aljaž Jadek, ki pa sta do konca žal izgubila nekaj mest in končala na še vedno odličnem šestem mestu.

Druga regata se je začela po enournem čakanju, da se je veter dovolj stabiliziral. Dva OCS-a je zapisal regatni odbor; eden je pripadel posadki Kocjančič-Jadek, ki bi sicer vpisala še en odličen rezultat, četrto mesto, drugi pa štirikratnima svetovnima prvakoma in vodilnima po včerajšnjem prvem dnevu, Britancema Chipsu Howarthu in Vyvu Townendu, ki sta imela penal tudi na prvem startu in tako padla na skupno 23. mesto. Vseeno, gre za izkušeno posadko in pred nami je še veliko jadranja, zato zagotovo še nista rekla zadnje besede.

Claude Mermod and Ruedi Moser: “Dober občutek je zmagati regato in žal nama je, da sva morala zaradi kazni oddelati obrat za 720 stopinj na prvem startu. Drug start je bil dober, veter naju je lepo dvigoval, na prvo bojo sva sicer prišla za slovensko posadko, potem pa je veter nekoliko padel, na drugi boji smo se jadralci zgostili in uspelo se nama je prebiti naprej. Potem sva le še kontrolirala floto in zmagala z veliko prednostjo. Prvenstvo bi rada zaključila med najboljšimi desetimi in res sva si želela zmagati vsaj eno regato, kar nama je danes uspelo. Prvenstvo je odlično organizirano in zelo se veseliva nadaljevanja.”

Marko Kocjančič in Aljaž Jadek: “Po dobrem startu sva v prvi orci svadobro ocenjevala zasuke vetra in se uspela prebiti na prvo mesto do prve boje, v nadalevanju pa so nama najine lastne napake zbijale mesta. Sama sva kriva, da sva v prvi regati padla na šesto mesto, v drugi pa na četrto. V drugi regati sva startala tudi nekoliko prezgodaj, na žalost je organizator to opazil in nama prisodil OCS. Angleži so dobra konkurenca, Švicarju je uspelo drugo regato zmagati. Gremo naprej, prvenstvo je še dolgo. Midva nisva veliko trenirala v močnem vetru, če bo jutrišnja burja kmalu padla, nama bodo ti pogoji bolj naklonjeni. Z OCS-i ne moreva biti dobra.”

Finally, after today’s races it doesn’t look like Portorož is hosting the British Nationals any longer! Wind conditions were again on their lowest end, not picking up more than 10 knots and dropping to around five, with huge wind shifts. It was one of them, responsible for the general recall of the first today’s race. The second start was quite exciting, with lots of forbidden body-pumping and jury proved to be efficient. Slovenian crew Marko Kocjančič and Aljaž Jadek were the first to round the upwind mark, but lost some places until the end of the race and finished sixth after GBR Ian Dobson and Ben Ainsworth. European champions, GBR Matt Burge and Richard Wagstaff were second and GBR Dave Wade and Tim Hartley came in as third.

Huge wind shifts postponed a start of the second race for almost an hour. Unfortunately there were two crews over the course line, Slovenians Marko Kocjančič and Aljaž Jadek, who sailed a very good second race and would, without the OCS, finish fourth, and the leaders from day one Chips Howarth and Vyv Townend, who would without the OCS finish fifth. It’s been a bad day for the four times world champions today, since they’ve had a collision just after the first start and had to clear a penalty. Anyway, these are still early days of this championship and we’re pretty sure the two experienced sailors haven’t said their last word yet. The win of the second race went to a non-British boat, Swiss Claude Mermod and Ruedi Moser, GBR Alan Krailing and Tim Linsell finished second and GBR Ian Dobson and Ben Ainsworth as third.

There are new names in the lead after four races: Christian Birrell and Sam Brearey hold first with 17 points from Alan Krailing and Tim Linsell (23 points) and Tom Gillard with Simon Potts on third with 24 points.

Claude Mermod and Ruedi Moser: »It’s great to win the race and it’s too bad that we had to do the 720 in the first race due to a penalty. We had a very good start of the second race, a good lift in a first leg and were second on the top mark behind the Slovenian boat. The second reach slowed the whole fleet down, so the whole pack was there together at the leeward mark, then we got some good shifts and could control the other boats. We won with a big lead, safely. We hope the wind will last and grow stronger in the following days. So far the organisation is great and we’re looking forward to more racing. We’d like to finish this Worlds in top ten and I wanted to win one race, at least, and it worked!«

Marko Kocjančič and Aljaž Jadek: »We had a good first start, worked the shifts well and rounded the first mark as first. After that they were only our mistakes that cost us places. We dropped to sixth in a first race and to fourth in the second. Unfortunately we were a bit too fast on the second start, the jury saw us and we earned the OCS. The British sailors are very good competition, but this is just a beginning of this championship and everything is still possible. We haven’t been training a lot in heavy winds, so we hope for lighter conditions in the future races. Anyway, we can’t be good with the OCS’s.”

Please check for the official results later tonight.

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Prvi dan svetovnega prvenstva v rokah Britancev

The Brits hold firsts


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Potem, ko se je v petek uspešno zaključilo evropsko prvenstvo, se je danes s prvima dvema regatama začelo svetovno. 78 posadk se je zbralo iz Evrope ter Kanade in po vetrovno šibkih vremenskih razmerah na evropskem prvenstvu se je nekoliko več vetra danes prav prileglo. Jugo moči med 10 in 16 vozli je omogočil zelo lepo jadranje, tudi na trapezu. Kot se je nakazalo že na evropskem prvenstvu, so bili tudi danes močno spredaj Angleži, kar 12 prvouvrščenih ekip prihaja z otoka.
“Naredili smo dve lepi regati, drugo sicer na črno zastavo, saj smo morali start ponoviti zaradi močnega zasuka vetra. Mislim, da so jadralci zaenkrat zadovoljni s potekom prvenstev in upam, da bomo tudi v bodoče deležni dobrih jadralnih pogojev,” je povedal vodja regate, Hrvat Tonko Petešić.
Po prvem dnevu sta z eno zmago in drugim mestom močno v vodstvu štirikratna svetovna prvaka Chips Howarth in Vyv Townend, glede naslednje uvrščenih pa moramo počakati na uradne rezultate, saj protesti še potekajo.
Evropska prvaka Matt Burge in Richard Wagstaff, ki sta po prvem dnevu šesta: “Tudi danes smo imeli zelo težke pogoje, vseeno pa je bilo prijetno nekoliko raztegniti noge v močnejšem vetru. Zelo lahko je bilo pridobiti pozicije, še lažje pa jih je bilo izgubiti. Midva sva med najboljšimi, kar je dobro izhodišče. Smo pa šele na začetku prvenstva.”
Za jutri je napovedanega manj vetra z možnim rahlim dežjem.

Vabljeni k ogledu fotografij v picasa albumu na https://picasaweb.google.com/112549331196089697661/WCDay1


After a very successful Fireball European Championship, which gathered 62 crews from eight countries, Portoroz, Slovenia, is now hosting the Worlds (13th-20th September). 78 crews sailed today in the first two races of the championship. Although the EC didn’t offer much wind and especially sailors from GBR whished for more, it looks like Eol is now on their side. Nice »jugo« JV breeze made racing exciting and because of regular shifts not at all easy. Up to 16 knots of wind in the first race and little less, around 10, in the second, were enough for some nice trapezing. »We had a nice breeze and two good races, second race start on the black flag in the second attempt due to a major wind shift just after the first start. I believe sailors are happy and I really hope the next days will provide good sailing conditions as well,« said Croatian race officer Tonko Petesic.
There’s no doubt about the first ranked crew after the first day, they are four times world champions Chips Howarth and Vyv Townend, who scored a bullet and one second. There’re still some protests pending for the next positions, so we’ll have to wait for the official results.
European champions Matt Burge and Richard Wagstaff, who ranked sixth overall after these two races: »It was extremely difficult again, it was nice to stretch our legs and go a bit faster, so I think everyone enjoyed the sailing. It was easy to gain places, but was even easier to lose them. For us it was a big battle, but eventually got somewhere near the top five, which was good enough for what we need, Chips is looking good, but these are early days.«
It’s lighter forecasted for tomorrow, with some rain showers possible during the day.
Please check for the official results later tonight.
Photos are posted on https://picasaweb.google.com/112549331196089697661/WCDay1

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Matt Burge in Richard Wagstaff evropska prvaka

New European Champions are Matt Burge and Richard Wagstaff


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Po še enem dnevu v lahnem vetru in eni regati, ki jo je zaradi zelo nestabilnega vetra regatnemu odboru uspelo izpeljati šele po četrtem startu, je evropsko prvenstvo zaključeno. Vsi skupaj smo sicer upali na več vetra, kar bi nam omogočilo izpeljavo devetih predvidenih plovov, a prvenstvo bi bilo regularno že po odjadranem enem. Veseli smo, da jadralcev zahtevni pogoji niso motili, še več, z njimi so bili zadovoljni, saj so jim služili kot dober trening pred svetovnim prvenstvom, ki se z regatami začenja v nedeljo. Evropsko prvenstvo se tako zaključuje “po angleško”, saj so vse tri prvouvrščene ekipe z otoka. Evropska prvaka sta danes postala Matt Burge in Richard Wagstaff, podprvaka Dave Wade in Tim Hartley, bronasta medalja pa je šla v roke Mattu Rainbacku in Simonu Foskettu. Naši jadralki Eva Peternelj in Valentina Baruca sta kot prva slovenska posadka na 19. mestu in na tretjem mestu v ženski konkurenci. Iskrene čestitke!

Matt Burge in Richard Wagstaff: “To je bilo zelo težko prvenstvo in čeprav smo odjadrali samo tri regate je bilo najbrž eno najtežjih, kar sva jih kadarkoli odjadrala. Zelo lahko je bilo narediti napako. Ves čas je bilo treba biti pozoren na spremembe vetra, iskati veter po polju … Seveda sva zelo vesela, čeprav – zagotovo bo veselje popolno šele, če bova zmagala še na svetovnem prvenstvu prihodnji teden. To je eno najbolj konkurenčnih prvenstev v fireballu v zadnjih nekaj letih, cela vrsta jadralcev, ki so zmagali na različnih veliki prvenstvih, je tukaj. Zato zmaga tukaj še toliko več pomeni. Kakorkoli – tokrat nama je uspelo in ni razloga, da nama ne bi tudi prihodnji teden. Želela bi se zahvaliti celotni organizacijski ekipi, GoSailing je odličen organizator in vsi skupaj imamo občutek, da je vse pripravljeno tako, kot mora biti.”

Dave Wade in Tim Hartley: “Zaenkrat je bilo prvenstvo zelo prijetno, le veter je bil zelo blag in nestabilen. Vseeno, zelo sva zadovoljna z rezultatom. Za svetovno prvenstvo si želiva nekaj več vetra in več regat. Zaenkrat pa je vse odlično in nimava nobenih pripomb.”

Matt Rainback and Simon Foskett: “Pred zadnjo regato nas je bilo nekaj ekip po rezultatu zelo blizu, med nami je bila ena točka razlike, največ dve, zato sva vedela, da se morava res potruditi. Uspel nama je dober start, od tukaj dalje pa sva samo še branila tretje mesto in držala tempo z vodečima. S tem tretjim mestom imava dobre možnosti, da zaključiva svetovno prvenstvo med najboljšimi petimi, kar sva si zastavila za cilj.”

Eva Peternelj in Valentina Baruca: “Midve sicer jadrava na 470, tega prvenstva pa se udeležujeva, ker se odvija doma, v Portorožu, in ker nama predstavlja odličen trening za jadranje v veliki floti in v močni konkurenci. Rezultata sva sicer veseli, lahko pa bi bilo tudi boljše, saj sva naredili kar nekaj napak. Jadrali bova tudi na svetovnem prvenstvu in upava, da tudi prihodnji teden ne bo močnega vetra in predvsem, da ne bova ponovili napak, ki sva jih delali tokrat.”

Štirikratna svetovna prvaka Chips Howarth in Vyv Townend: “Z rezultatom nisva preveč zadovoljna. Presenečena sva nad tako blagim vetrom. Po nevihtah na prvi dan prvenstva sklepava, da se vreme še ni ustalilo. Zaenkrat še nismo uspeli jadrati v razmerah, kakršne naj bi bile bolj tipične za to regatno polje, a vseeno je bilo zaradi tolikih ponovljenih startov to evropsko prvenstvo zelo dober trening, pa tudi dobra zabava. Vseeno upava, da bo naslednji teden nekoliko več vetra in nekoliko stabilnejše razmere. Sicer nama gre dobro, hitra sva, le strateško sva še šibka, ampak delava na tem!”

After another day of tricky and shifty wind, three general recalls and some good sailing, we’re proud to present our new european champions Matt Burge and Richard Wagstaff, vice-champions Dave Wade and Tim Hartley and bronze medalists Matt Rainback and Simon Foskett! However, the first seven overall places go to British teams. The first Slovenian crew are Eva Peternelj and Valentina Baruca on 19th place and 3rd in women competiton.
Big congratulations to all the winners and warmly welcome to the prize giving ceremony at 7pm!

Matt Burge and Richard Wagstaff: “It was very difficult racing, extremely tricky. Although there were only three races that was probably one of the hardest events we’ve done, because it was so easy to sail a bad result in all three races. There was no consistency, you just had to always get in a pressure and a shift, where ever that was. And yes, we’re really pleased. Naturally we wouldn’t be fully happy until hopefully we win the Worlds next week, but this is surely a good start. We think this is probably one of the most competitive events in lots of years in Fireball, there’s a number of people that have won the championships in the past, who all of them seem to be here, so yes – to win here is perhaps extra special, so I just pray that we can try to do that again. But we’ve done it this week, so there’s no reason we can’t do it next week, we’ll just push it on and try to do it again. Thanks to everybody, the event has been perfectly organized, GoSailing is great, you definitely get the sense that it’s been done properly.”

Dave Wade and Tim Hartley: “The championship has been very very good so far, very light, very shifty, we tried to stay consistent, play the middles, sometimes it worked, sometimes it hasn’t. We’re happy with a result. For the Worlds, let’s hope we’ll have a few more races, not quite as light, but it’s been fine so far, no complains.”

Matt Rainback and Simon Foskett: “We had quite a few boats very close to us before today’s race, within one or two points, so we knew we had to push a little bit more. We had a good start and from then on we were just protecting third and keeping up with the two guys in front of us and hopefully, if we come third overall now, is looking good to come top five in the Worlds next week and that’s our goal.”

Eva Peternelj and Valentina Baruca: “We usually sail on 470, but decided to participate in this championships because they’re held here, in Portorož, and provide a great opportunity to sail in bigger fleet with strong competitors. We’re happy with a result, although it could be better. We did some mistakes we shouldn’t have done, so we’re really looking forward to the worlds, hope for light wind again and hopefully we’ll sail better then.”

Four times World Champions Chips Howarth and Vyv Townend: “We’re not too happy with our result. We’re surprised how light the wind has been, we only trapezed in one race. In the beginning of the week we had terrible thunderstorms and after the thunderstorms the wind has never had time to settle down. I have a lot of sympathy for the race officer, he did well to get three races in for us, but this was supposed to be a nine race series, so he’s really struggled. It’s been extremely light, hasn’t been a good preparation for the worlds, because we haven’t seen the true conditions across the course area, but it’s been a good fun, a lot of practice with so many recalled starts. But we’re still hoping for the next week to be a little bit windier with hopefully a little bit more steady conditions. We think we’re going ok, fast enough, we’re not strategically sailing so well at the moment, but we’ll work on this for the next week.”

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Matt Burge in Richard Wagstaff še utrdila vodstvo

Matt Burge and Richard Wagstaff lead the fleet

Današnji drugi regatni dan se je začel sončno, vendar brez vetra. Vreme se je odkupilo popoldne, ko so jadralci v toplem in sončnem vremenu ter vetru okoli 7 vozlov odjadrali edini današnji plov; regatni odbor je sicer želel izpeljati še enega, a je bil veter prešibek in preveč nestabilen. Tudi danes so bili premočni Angleži, med prvimi petimi posadkami v cilju so bile kar štiri; prva sta ciljno črto prejadrala svetovna prvaka 2011 Matt Burge in Richard Wagstaff, druga sta bila Matt Rainback in Simon Foskett in tretja Ian Dobson ter Robert Gullan. Prvenstva se udeležujeta tudi štirikratna svetovna prvaka Chips Howarth in Vyv Townend (v letih 2003, 2005, 2009 in 2010), ki sta včeraj zaključila na petem, danes pa na šestem mestu in sta trenutno skupno peta. Najboljša slovenska posadka Eva Peternelj in Valentina Baruca se je uvrstila na 23. mesto.

Po dveh dneh je tako v vodstvu sedem angleških posadk. Prva sta Matt Burge in Richard Wagstaff (2 točki), na drugem mestu sta Tom Gillard in Simon Potts (10 točk) in tretja Christian Birrell in Sam Brearey (11 točk). Najvišje uvrščena slovenska posadka sta Eva Peternelj in Valentina Baruca na skupnem 22. mestu (49 točk).

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After a lazy morning, spent waiting for the breeze, a nice and sunny day offered us a really exciting sailing afternoon. Around 7 knots of wind was just enough to set the course for the only today’s race. It would be all about the Brits, if Czech Eva Skorepova and Roman Roček didn’t come in as fourth. 2011 World Champions Matt Burge and Richard Wagstaff stay unbeatable, followed by Matt Rainback and Simon Foskett, Ian Dobson and Robert Gullan as third and Dave Wade with Tim Hartley on fifth. Four times world champions Chips Howarth and Vyv Townend (in 2003, 2005, 2009 and 2010) scored 5th and 6th and hold fifth. The best Slovenian crew today were our lovely girls Eva Peternelj and Valentina Baruca on 23th.
After two racing days Matt Burge and Richard Wagstaff lead the fleet with only 2 points, Tom Gillard and Simon Potts hold second with ten points and Christian Birrell and Sam Brearey are third with eleven.
Please, find some nice photos of today’s race on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.590875780975882.1073741833.140423476021117&type=1 and picasa https://picasaweb.google.com/112549331196089697661/Day2Race1

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Vremenska napoved za Primorje

Weather forecast for Portorož

Dobro jutro iz Portoroža, pred nami je drugi dan evropskega prvenstva za Fireballe! Vreme je veliko obetavnejše kot včeraj, tudi veter bo, start prve regate je napovedan za ob 11. uri. Želimo vam prijeten in uspešen regatni dan!
Vremenska napoved: Danes bo spremenljivo do pretežno oblačno, občasno delno jasno. Verjetnost za plohe in nevihte bo majhna. Pihala bo povečini šibka burja. Morje bo rahlo vzvalovano. Najvišje temperature bodo do 23 stopinj Celzija.
Vetrovno situacijo v realnem času lahko preverite tudi na oceanografski boji pred Piranom na povezavi http://buoy.mbss.org/portal/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=13&Itemid=27

Good morning from Portorož, we’re about to begin a racing day 2 of this Fireball EC. Weather and wind conditions look good, please find more info regarding the weather in the following forecast. First start is scheduled for 11 am. We wish you fair winds and good races!
The region of low pressure is slowly filling up, there is still some convection activity S of Portorož, but it will very likely stay S of us.
It is going to be partially cloudy with very good visibility, moresunshine is expected latter in day.
There will be weak (8-15 kts bora – E/NE) in the first part of the day, change to sea breeze regime is expected in the early afternoon, so light wind from W/NW is expected in the afternoon. Towards the evening the wind might change back to light E.

Check the wind situation at Oceanographic buoy Vida close to Piran on http://buoy.mbss.org/portal/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=13&Itemid=27
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Trojna zmaga prve regate pripadla Britancem

First race belongs to Brits

Dolg in naporen prvi regatni dan je za jadralci evropskega prvenstva razreda fireball v Portorožu. Deževno dopoldne je minilo v znamenju čakanja in v upanju, da bo vremenska napoved našega meteorologa Jureta Jermana držala – in je! Zgodaj popoldne je dež ponehal in flota se je, očitno zelo željna pravega regatnega jadranja, odpravila na vodo. Prvi štart je bil razveljavljen, saj je preveč jadralcev prehitelo sodniški signal. Podobno je bilo na drugem startu, ki se je sicer odvil na črno zastavo. Tudi tretji poskus je bil neuspešen, uspelo je šele v četrto, a z dvema BFD – in žal med njima tudi enim slovenskim, posadke Flis-Jurič. Ob startu je bilo na polju 10-12 vozlov S-SV vetra, ki je med regato počasi padal. Kar trojna zmaga prvega (in edinega današnjega) plova je pripadla Britancem, prva sta ciljno črto prečkala Matt Burge in Richard Wagstaff, druga Christian Birrell in Sam Brearey in tretja Tom Gillard in Simon Potts. Najbolje uvrščena slovenska posadka, Hinko Golias in Aleš Smokvina, se je uvrstila na 13. mesto med 57 posadkami.

Vabljeni k ogledu fotografij v picasa albumu.
Celotni rezultati bodo objavljeni v rubriki Rezultati.

It’s been a long and exciting first day of the Fireball Europeans here in Portorož! Morning thunderstorms didn’t look promising, but we didn’t give up, hoped for the best, enjoyed the rain, pasta&beer and here it was, time to go sailing. Obviously the sailors were really eager to start this championship asap, so big part of the fleet was across the starting line at first attempt. The black flag was there for the second attempt of the first (and only) today’s start, but there were still too many boats across to find a start valid. Same-same for the third attempt – and a clear one in fourth, unfortunately with two BFDs – Slovenian 14861 Flis-Jurič and ITA 14497 Spinelli-Biasotti. In nice N-NE breeze of 10-12 knots on the start line and dying during the regatta, GBR Matt Burge&Richard Wagstaff found the fastest way across the racing field, followed by GBR Christian Birrell & Sam Brearey and GBR Tom Gillard & Simon Potts. The best Slovenians were Hinko Golias & Aleš Smokvina on 13th among 57 crews.

Don’t miss the photos, posted on picasa.
Results will be posted in Results folder soon.

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