A show on the blue ocean with a cast of 300 international sailors
This past glorious and sunny weekend, March 3-5, 2017, was the last regatta of the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series (MSWS) that run from October 2016 to March 2017 by the Yacht Club of Monaco (YCM). The Monegasque race area gathered up for the final Act attracting 250 sailors on board 70 boats, with a mix of sun, spray and a steady westerly wind provided ideal conditions to culminate the season.
A total of 70 races were held from October with the participation of 300 sailors representing 14 nationalities, who were divided into J/70, Melges 20, Star, M32 and GC32 one-design classes. The MSWS is definitely becoming a major event for teams coming from Eastern and Northern Europe who establish their training base in the Principality to prepare for the upcoming warmer season, a perfect opportunity to contend against a very competitive international pack.
Enjoy this video of the MSWS 2017 – Act V Final
J/70’s – Ludovico Fassitelli the man of the hour
With a total of 69 international teams competing this winter the Principality has become a mecca for the J/70 class. A highly motivated Monaco J/70 Class Association presided by Michel Boussard with 17 boats has proved a great asset in this fast expanding fleet.
Only a year since he first sailed a J/70, the YCM’s Ludovico Fassitelli (Junda-Banca del Sempione) proved he has the golden touch. Having started in 4th at the end of the first day, he went home with the Act 5 trophy in his pocket after three days and five races, two of which he won. The Monegasques managed to upset the order, overtaking Englishman Charles
Thompson (Brutus) who was 2nd. Despite some tightly fought duels on the downwind legs and round the marks, the Swiss on Jurmo had to be content with 3rd.
The ladies made their mark, with Valeriya Kovalenko (Arttube) coming on top of the annual overall ranking for the season ahead of the Brazilians on Manda Chuva. Ludovico Fassitelli (Junda) completed the podium in 3rd. “I am so happy with what has been accomplished with my crew. We learn something new at every regatta and continue to improve. Here’s to the next meeting.”
Melges 20 – Change is the name of the game
It was all change at the top for the 15 Melges 20s competing in the final Act. Alexandr Ezhkov (Pirogovo Sailing) who had been in the lead paid the price finishing 3rd, leaving his place to the Italian formation on Maolca led by Manfredi Vianini Tolomei. The Italians won three of the six races without being troubled by the competition. Dmitry Samokhin (Rocknrolla) finished 2nd just 5 points adrift of victory.
In the annual ranking for the season, Alexandr Ezhkov (Pirogovo Sailing) was smiling again as he topped the leader board after five Acts. The all-Russian podium was completed by Alexander Novoselov (Victor) and Vadim Yahinson (Leviathan). Valentin Zavadnikov (Synergy), the man behind the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series and YCM member, was 4th for the season.
M32 – An Italian affair
Riccardo Simoneschi (Italia Sailing Team) dominated from start to finish with an ease that left little room for the rest of the fleet to butt in. Despite his best efforts, the Swede Johnie Berntsson (Flux Team) had to be content with 2nd place, followed by Richard Davies (Section 16). Riccardo Simoneschi also won the 2016/2017 season trophy ahead of the circuit’s local Guido Miani (Team Neverland) from the YCM and Patrik Sturesson (Cape Crow Vikings).
Star – A game of musical chairs
German Reinhard Schmidt (Econ Industries) was denied victory by Dutchman Thomas Allart (8334) on the last day, with another Swede, Tom Lofstedt (8517) arriving 3rd. The former Olympic class was competing in the third stage of their European winter circuit.
Overall ranking for Act V of the MSWS
J/70 (after 5 races)
- Ludovico Fassitelli (Junda), MON, 25 points
- Charles Thompson (Brutus), UK, 35 points
- Stefan Seger (Jurmo), SWI, 36 points
Melges 20 (after 6 races)
- Manfredi Vianini Tolomei (Maolca), ITA, 25 points
- Dmitry Samokhin (Rocknrolla), RUS, 30 points
- Aleksander Ezhkov (Pirogovo sailing), RUS, 33 points
M32 (after 8 races)
- Riccardo Simoneschi (Italia Sailing Team), ITA, 18 points
- Johnie Berntsson (FLUX Team), SWE, 20 points
- Richard Davies (Section 16), SWI, 23 points
Star (after 4 races)
- Thomas Allart, NETH, 9 points
- Reinhard Schmidt, GER, 10 points
- Tom Lofstedt, SWE, 13 points
Final overall ranking for 2016/2017 MSWS season
J/70 (after 21 races)
- Valeriya Kovalenko (Arttube), RUS, 107 points
- Mario Garcia (Manda Chuva), BRA, 110 points
- Ludovico Fassitelli (Junda), MON, 113 points
Melges 20 (after 27 races)
- Alexandr Ezhkov (Pirogovo Sailing), RUS, 56 points
- Alexander Novoselov (Victor) RUS, 85 points
- Vadim Yahinson(Leviathan), RUS, 128 points
M32 (after 25 races)
- Riccardo Simoneschi (Italia Sailing Team), ITA, 56 points
- Guido Miani (Team Neverland), MON, 49 points
- Patrik Sturesson (Cape Crow Vikings), SWE, 45 points
Mark your calendars
It’s just the start of the YCM’s sailing calendar as the Yacht Club de Monaco hosts the Olympic class 470 European Championship for the first time from May 6-13, 2017, when all the international experienced sailors are expected from across the world including sailors from Israel and China.
The Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series will be back in the Principality in six months’ time, with the Melges 20s opening the ball the first weekend from 13-15 October 2017.
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