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Artemis XIV secures 5.5 world title after exciting final day in Pittwater

Artemis XIV(NOR 57, Kristian Nergaard, Johan Barne, Anders Pedersen) have won the 2020 5.5 Metre World Championship at the Royal Prince Alfred YC, in Newport, Australia, after a thrilling final day of racing. New Moon II(BAH 24, Mark Holowesko, Christoph Burger, Peter Vlasov) ends up second on equal points with Ali Baba(BAH 23, Craig Symonette, Flavio Marrazi, Will Alloway).

On a day in which everyone had their chances, and the left side kept on giving, the race wins went to Prettynama (GER 79, Max Müller, Mark Dangel, Wiebe de Witte) and John B (BAH 22, Gavin McKinney, Mathias Dahlman, Lars Horn Johannessen).
 

While the forecast was not far off, the day promised more than it delivered with clearing skies, rising temperatures and a north-easterly breeze. However in contrast to previous days the nor’eastlerly never rose above 8-10 knots and spent most of the day struggling to build to more than 6-7 knots. However it was a great day on the water, more so after Sunday’s cold and wet conditions and was a great end to a fabulous championship.

After being called on the course side in the first race of the day, Race 6, Ali Baba succeeded in returning and then being fastest to the top mark. Followed by Artemis XIV, they then followed the pressure out to the right, only to have the left come in strong. Leading the left pack were Prettynama, who then held onto the lead downwind to win the race by less than a boatlength from Ali Baba and Zicca (SUI 201, Tobias Isler, Rob Schrivenor, Will MacKenzie). Artemis XIV fared worse and ended up fifth across the line, which meant the championship would go down to the final race.

While most favoured the left again in Race 7, Ali Baba headed right after a bad start. Only Ali Baba could now beat Artemis XIV to the title, so they followed and kept close to the Bahamian team. When the fleet came back together they were both mid fleet. It looked like game over. Ali Baba showed exceptional speed to climb to fifth, but couldn’t get near to the leaders. John B led the race at every mark to score their first win of the championship while the others scrabbled for every point, as the podium places were extremely tight. Girls on Film (GBR 40, Peter Morton, Andrew Palfrey, Andrew Mills) looked to have the initial advantage and were second at the gate. However New Moon II initiated a tacking dual up the final beat and coming into the line there was nothing to separate the two boats. In a photo finish, New Moon II crossed just inches ahead of Girls on Film, enough to take the silver for the second year running, while fifth for Ali Baba was enough for the bronze, on equal points with New Moon II.

 

Peter Vlasov, from New Moon II said, “Very exciting. There were five boats that could make it onto the podium and so it went. Kristian knew that if he came fourth or less then that would seal the world championship for him. And then the battle really began during the end of race one today leading into Race 2, because it was all down to the wire. Whoever ended up ahead was going to win silver and bronze.”

“For us it was exciting because it was all tacking duals. Our fellow Bahamian, Gavin McKinney decided to declared World War Three which we promptly won, and then we got into this tacking dual at the very end, leading up to the finish with Morty (Girls on Film) and his cool crew and we are talking millimetres. We crossed the finish line ahead of Morty by maybe 10 cm. It was beautiful. We are very excited to have fought for this silver medal."

“I am happy to say that this was an awesome world championship. I don’t know what we are going to have to invent to come back to Sydney, very soon. Something very good.”

Will Alloway, from Ali Baba, said, “We had a good first race. We led round the top mark and then got a bit unfortunate on the second beat and finished second. We had two bad starts today, but good comebacks in both races.”

“On the last race we messed up the start again and hot the right and managed to catch the guys up downwind and had good racing. Our whole strategy was to go left just to get the pressure coming down the course, but we were forced to tack out right and slowly work our way back to the left. The guys did a great job getting the boat going.”

“I got involved with Craig through Flavio [Marazzi]. I sail with Flavio on the GT32, the hydro-foiling cat. Then I did the Alpen Cup on Garda and enjoyed that and decided to do the worlds out here. It’s been a great couple of weeks, training before the worlds as well.”

It is his first year in 5.5s, and the second event. “I am really enjoying sailing them. The boats are super tweaky. The moderns are very similar in boatspeed, so almost a one-design class. But it’s really nice sailing them with a bit of development mixed in, providing very exciting and fun racing.”

Highlights from Day 4 - 5.5m World Championship 2020

Wins for Shaolin and Ali Baba, but Artemis XIV extends at 5.5 Metre Worlds

Artemis XIV (NOR 57, Kristian Nergaard, Johan Barne, Anders Pedersen) has extended their lead to nine points with just two races to sail at the 2020 5.5 Metre World Championship, at the Royal Prince Alfred YC, in Newport, Australia.

New Moon II (BAH 24, Mark Holowesko, Christoph Burger, Peter Vlasov) is up to second while Girls on Film (GBR 40, Peter Morton, Andrew Palfrey, Andrew Mills) is up to third. The race wins on the fourth day went to Shaolin (SUI 226, Cyrus Golchan, Andreas Kindlimann, Hans von Werdt) and Ali Baba (BAH 23, Craig Symonette, Flavio Marrazi, Will Alloway).

Despite some forecasts predicting good conditions all day it turned into a largely bumpy, sloppy day with more rain than most Australians have seen in the last three months. The southerly also brought lots of smoke to Pittwater again, one of the worst days of the past few weeks. Combined with the low cloud and rain fronts, it was a gloomy and dark day, with bad visibility for much of the day. The first race got away in 7-8 knots but for most of the race this was down to 3-4 knots with painfully slow progress through the huge waves left over from Saturday’s southerly change and strong winds.

Highlights from Day 3 of the 2020 5.5 Metre World Championship in Newport, Australia

High seas stop racing on third day of 5.5 Metre World Championship

High seas, following a very strong overnight southerly change, stopped all racing on Day 3 of the 2020 International 5.5 Metre World Championship, at the Royal Prince Alfred YC, in Newport, Australia.

The overnight change brought a strong southerly wind early morning, much reduced temperatures and rain. At the scheduled race time there were 2-3 metre high breaking waves, and the fleet was held onshore for 2 hours to wait for the sea state to abate. Bravado from some sailors to go sailing did not influence the race officer, who was prepared to wait it out. So the fleet waited around the club all morning in the hope that racing would take place in the afternoon.

Finally, with the wind still whistling through the rigging, though it was only 18-22 knots on the course area, the fleet was released from the club for a 14.00 start time. However before long they were back. As the race committee boat rounded Barrenjoey Head, it became apparent that racing would not be viable due to the heavy and confused seas and everyone was sent back to the club for an earlier than planned German class dock party. 

Artemis XIV and New Moon II share spoils on Day 2 of 5.5 Metre World Championship

 

Artemis XIV (NOR 57, Kristian Nergaard, Johan Barne, Anders Pedersen) was again the boat of the day at the 2020 International 5.5 Metre World Championship, in Newport, Australia, to lead the fleet after the second day of racing. Artemis XIV opened the day with a huge race win, before 2018 World Champions, New Moon II (BAH 24, Mark Holowesko, Christoph Burger, Peter Vlasov) took the second race of the day.

With a building north-easterly forecast, the fleet set out on time to clearing skies and rising temperatures. Race 2 started in 8-10 knots and Race two in 10-14 knots with the full northeaster only beginning to fill in on the final upwind to around 16 knots, followed by a great sail downwind into Broken Bay in the increasing breeze. Temperatures also built during the day to around 30 degrees. Pretty much everyone returned to the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, happy and satisfied after a great day of sailing.

 

Artemis XIV picked up where they left off on Thursday with an emphatic win in Race 2, leading at every mark and extending away from the fleet. Behind them, there was a battle between three or four boats in the light wind and long legs. Eventually Ali Baba (BAH 23, Craig Symonette, Flavio Marrazi, Will Alloway) emerged in second with Ku-Ring-Gai II (AUS 60, Matt Crawford, Rob Crawford, Matt Visser) sailing a great last beat to finish third in their first event together as a team.

With the wind increasing the front-runners changed, with New Moon II finding some pace to round the top mark just a boatlength ahead of Artemis XIV. It remained even down the first run, but with the left increasingly paying in the building breeze they moved head and extended on the second downwind and up again to the finish for a win of nearly a minute. Fellow Bahamians John B (BAH 22, Gavin McKinney, Mathias Dahlman, Lars Horn Johannessen) also sailed a great final upwind to cross second while Artemis XIV was third.

Mathias Dalhman, from John B said, “Our day was quite good and a huge improvement from yesterday. We started with a fourth and then got a second. It was good racing. The big change today was that we were on the line at the start and yesterday we weren’t and it much easier when you are sailing with the gang.”

“Sailing here in Pittwater is amazing. It was champagne sailing and we are looking forward to the rest of the regatta.”

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