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Ku-Ring-Gai and Carabella lead 5.5 Metre Class Cups in Pittwater

At the International 5.5 Metre Class Cups events in Newport, Australia, preceding next week’s world championship, Ku-Ring-Gai (AUS62, John Bacon, Terry Wetton, James Mayjor) continue to run away with the Hanko Evolution Cup, while Carabella (ITA 73, Alfredo Delli, Gianluca Marolli, Claudio Mazzanti) has taken over the lead of the Royal Kaag Classic Cup. The Alfred’s Gold Cup also started on Monday, with Ali Baba (BAH 23, Craig Symonette, Flavio Marrazi, Will Alloway) winning both races.

After the Scandinavian Gold Cup concluded on Sunday, these three events are great warm up regattas ahead of the World Championship, which begins on Thursday. While the Hanko Evolution Cup and the Royal Kaag Classic Cup are highly sought after Class Cups, the Royal Prince Prince Alfred International 5.5 Metre World Championship Jug has been deeded to the class this year by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and is being raced for for the first time.

On Monday, the conditions on the Palm Beach Circle were in complete contrast to the past two days with light onshore winds, a very bumpy and confused sea and low grey cloud. The day even started and ended with a thunderstorm with some very light rain, enough to bring a coating of wet ash in the morning, but not really as much as is desperately needed.

Everyone's thoughts are with those struggling through the crisis and fighting the fires which have devastated much of NSW, Victoria and Queensland and are still burning. 136 fires burn across NSW with 69 uncontained. Though Sydney itself has not directly had any fires the effects of the fires are felt daily in air quality and the daily red sun breaking through the smoke filled skies. To follow current alerts see here.

 

Highlights from Day 2 - Int. 5.5m Worlds Scandinavian Gold Cup

Artemis XIV won both races on the second day of the 2020 Scandinavian Gold Cup at the The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - RPAYC to take the Cup with a perfect score of three wins from three races.

 

Artemis XIV seals record Scandinavian Gold Cup win at Pittwater

Artemis XIV (NOR 57, Kristian Nergaard, Johan Barne, Anders Pedersen) won both races on the second day of the Scandinavian Gold Cup, in Newport, Australia, to equal his own record of three consecutive Cup victories. In a first to three race wins format, he dispatched the opposition in just three races.

It was a smoky day on the Palm Beach Circle but there was no dust on Artemis XIV as they led the first race from start to finish and then made some great decisions in the second to take the lead twice before sealing the win.

The wind had turned to the south, and built to just over 20 knots, producing some long surfing waves and also bringing with it a lot of smoke from the south-east of the country. The coastline was curtained in a thin haze that reminded everyone of bigger problems further afield.

 

Nergaard picks up the story, “Once again it was a windy day. We seemed to like that. It was a good swell, with good opportunities downwind to use the surfs, so we liked that.”

“In the first race it was going to the left and we seemed to be OK with that, and succeeded with that in the first race, but the Australians tried the right on the last upwind in the first race and actually gained so it was definitely a change from the left in the first race to going to the right in the second ace. There was some better wind and some lifts near the shore.”

In the first race Artemis XIV had things much their own way, but winning the pin in both races, were initially held out to the left in the second race. New Moon II (BAH 24, Mark Holowesko, Christoph Burger, Peter Vlasov) had tacked off to the right after the start and but when they came back they crossed the fleet. But it was all very close. At the top, Beta Crucis (AUS 63, Martin Cross, Bob Stoddard, Martin Bunch) held a small lead but Artemis XIV came through on the run and rounded the right gate while New Moon II rounded the left and headed inshore.

New Moon II fared best and rounded the second top back in the lead. However, again it didn’t last. Artemis XIV went deep on the run, pulled through and rounded the left hand gate and it was all but over. With New Moon II favouring the left for the first time, when they came back together near the top Artemis XIV had enough of a lead to make a comfortable last downwind to take their third race win in a row and also their third Scandinavian Gold Cup in a row.

 

Defenders snatch opening race of 5.5 Metre Scandinavian Gold Cup in Pittwater

January 4, 2020

Artemis XIV (NOR 57, Kristian Nergaard, Johan Barne, Anders Pedersen) opened their defence of the 5.5 Metre Scandinavian Gold Cup with a last minute win in the first race sailed on Saturday in Newport, Australia, overtaking Beta Crucis (AUS 63, Martin Cross, Bob Stoddard, Martin Bunch) in the final stages.

The forecast predicted some spectacular conditions with 37 degrees and 20-25 knots from the north-west – an onshore breeze in the Palma Beach Circle. It is a long way from the host club, the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, but was worth every mile with an amazing race in perfect conditions. However it soon turned into a race of attrition with only three of the six boats finishing and most suffering some damage during the day.
 

Beta Crucis dominated the race, leading at the first mark and extending round the first two laps. A collision between New Moon II (BAH 24, Mark Holowesko, Christoph Burger, Peter Vlasov) and Otto (SUI 209, Bent Christian Wilhelmsen, Luka Strahovnik) left Otto the first to sail for home, soon followed by Shaolin (SUI 226, Golchan Cyrus, Andreas Kindlimann, Hans von Werdt) with a broken forestay. With the wind gusting 27 knots, Girls on Film (GBR 40, Peter Morton, Andrew Palfrey, Andrew Mills) also pulled out to leave Beta Crucis holding a nice lead on Artemis XIV and New Moon II.

Artemis XIV found second gear on the final round to close the gap but couldn’t quite catch Beta Crucis.

But in these conditions it is not over until it is over and Beta Crucis lost their 200 metre lead in the closing stages after broaching on the final gybe to watch helpless as the current World Champion and holder of the Scandinavian Gold Cup, Artemis XIV, sailed past to take the first victory. A long way behind them New Moon II  was also in trouble with a broach and a lost spinnaker.

Highlights from Day 1 - Int. 5.5m Worlds Scandinavian Gold Cup

International 5.5 Metre fleet set to return to Pittwater for prestigious competitions

The Scandinavian Gold Cup is a diminutive trophy with an immense prestige and a unique format. Now in its 101st year, this ornate and priceless trophy has been raced for by International 5.5 Metres since 1953. It is considered one of the most prestigious competitions in yacht racing, and certainly a highly valued and treasured event for the 5.5 Metre Class. The Scandinavian Gold Cup will be immediately followed by the 2020 World Championship.

Next week, the Scandinavian Gold Cup returns to Australia for the first time in 15 years and will be raced for on the Palm Beach Circle, at the head of Pittwater, just north of Sydney. The host club, the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, in Newport, is the hotbed of 5.5 Metre racing in Australia and its members have orchestrated a revival of the class in Australia in recent years. There are now more than 10 boats racing at the club, a testament to the hard work of Martin Cross, who led the bid to bring the Scandinavian Gold Cup and World Championship to the club, and Bob Stoddard.

The format for the Gold Cup is unlike any other. After three races, only those who have won a race remain in the competition. The winner is the first to three wins, so the event can be won in three races or it can last to the maximum possible seven races. At the most, three boats can move to the finals stage. It normally ends in a match race. After winning in both 2018 and 2019, Kristian Nergaard, sailing Artemis XIV, and representing Norway, will be eyeing up the triple, a feat only achieved once in the history of the event, and that was by Nergaard from 2008-2010.

Nergaard would have to be considered the favourite to win the Cup, after dominating in Helsinki just five months ago, not only winning the Scandinavian Gold Cup, but also the World Championship. As skipper, Nergaard has won the Scandinavian Gold Cup eight times as well as taking nine world titles, a record in the class.

Britain’s entry is Girls on Film, skippered by Peter Morton. Last year Girls on Film was the only boat to take a race off Artemis XIV, forcing a thrilling fourth race match where he held the early advantage, only to lose that in the later stages of the race.
The 2018 World Championship winning crew of Mark Holowesko, Christoph Burger and Peter Vlasov are back with a new boat, New Moon II, a 2019 development of the popular Wilke built Seb Schmidt design. This will be the first regatta for the new boat, and, after being knocked out in the early stages last year, and finishing second to Artemis XIV in the 2019 World Championship,New Moon II will be one of the main contenders for the Scandinavian Gold Cup and world title.

Australian International 5.5 Metre President, Martin Cross, who is also skippering the Australian entry, Beta Crucis, said, “It is wonderful to have the nations competing for the historic Scandinavian Gold Cup in Australia and at the RPAYC again after so many years. It is such an interesting format where winning is all that matters. We look forward to seeing the Modern 5.5 Metres in action on the iconic Palm Beach Circle”

As holders, a second entry is allowed from Norway, this year represented byOtto, which normally sails under a Swiss number, and is skippered by Bent Christian Wilhelmsen. Otto took the final Grade A event in 2019, dominating the French Open in Cannes, which was also Wilhelmsen’s first ever win in the class.

The line up is completed by the Swiss entry, Shaolin, skippered by Cyrus Glochan. Shaolin is one of the top boats from Lake Thun, Switzerland, one of the main European clubs with fleets of 5.5 Metres.

There is plenty of action to look forward to over the coming two weeks with several Cup events running parallel to the Scandinavian Gold Cup, before the World Championship runs from 9-13 January in a nine race series.

Entries for Scandinavian Gold Cup (nation, boat name, sail no, skipper)
NOR, Artemis XIV, NOR 57, Kristian Nergaard
AUS, Beta Crucis, AUS 63, Martin Cross
GBR, Girls On Film, GBR 40, Peter Morton
BAH, New Moon II, BAH 24, Mark Holowesko
NOR, Otto, SUI 209, Bent Christian Wilhelmsen
SUI, Shaolin, SUI 226, Cyrus Glochan
 

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