Swan 42s are in 2nd, 4th and 6th Place After Day 2 at ORC World Championships in Barcelona

The ORC World Championships are underway in Barcelona (ESP) and there are several Swan 42 contenders in the 38-boat ORC B Division:  DIGITAL ALPHA and DIGITAL BRAVO (RUS), as well as MOVISTAR (ESP)and PEZ DE ABRIL (ESP).

Jose Maria Meseguer (ESP), owner of PEZ DE ABRIL said after two days of racing,  “After Day 1 we are doing very well and are happy with the result.  In general we had some 8 knots in first race where we had a good race, steady, and choosing the right lay lines.”

He went on to say, “In the second race there was some more wind.  We did well with a 1st and a 5th.  We will see tomorrow if the weather conditions that are expected are very similar to those of today.”

Pedro Campos (ESP) is the charter helmsman on MOVISTAR (Natalia).  She finished the Day 1 races in 2nd and 4th.   

At the end of Day 2 Meseguer reported, “Today we did a bad start in the first race ending in 11th, but in the second race we did mange a 2nd!   The fight goes on!”  He added, “Tomorrow we have the 100-mile coastal race.  It will be long since wind predictions are very discouraging.”

MOVISTAR placed 5th and 3rd in today’s races.  Francisco Rizzo and DIGITAL ALPHA’s best races were a 3rd, 4th and 6th.  Valentin Zubkov and DIGITAL BRAVO are a bit further back in the fleet.

Currently, MOVISTAR sits in 2nd place, PEZ DE ABRIL  in 4th, and DIGITAL ALPHA in 6th.

Results:  http://barcelonaorcworlds2015.com/data/results/2015/overall_orcb.html


"Impetuous" Wins Block Island Race Week and the Swan 42 New England Championship

Today marked the final day of racing at Block Island Race Week.  Day 5 delivered more wind than forecasted and two races were held.   

Ken Colburn (MA) and APPARITION would ultimately win Race 10 by a wide margin over the other competitors…something unusual in this very tight fleet.  Paul Zabetakis (RI) and IMPETUOUS were 2nd and John Hele and DARING were 3rd

“It was a great day of racing,” said Zabetakis.  “In the first race we started at the pin, but we missed a right shift and rounded the windward mark in 3rd,” he explained.   “At the leeward rounding, we rounded behind APPARITION with both of us going left and picking up a left shift.  We stayed with APPARITION and we finished 2nd,” he added.  John Hele’s (NY) DARING wouldfinish Race 10 in 3rd.

He went on, “In the second race today, we took an opportunity to match race APPARITION holding high so that at the start we were ahead of APPARITION,” he said.  “We executed a strategy of covering APPARITION letting the rest of the fleet get to the left in a favorable shift. In the end, we finished 4th and APPARITION finished 5th, he noted.   Roger Widmann’s (NY) QUINTESSENCE would win Race 11 with DARING 2nd and Charles Kenahan’s (MA) MAHALO 3rd.

Zabetakis’s strategy paid off and any chance for APPARITION  to close the gap of four points going into the last race was dashed.  This is the first win of Block Island Race Week for Zabetakis and the victory is icing on the cake after his win at the NYY Annual Regatta a couple of weeks ago.  He hopes he can keep up the momentum heading into Sail Newport’s Newport Regatta and the Swan 42 U.S. Nationals next month.  Zabetakis was also presented with the Nautor's Swan Trophy for the Best Performance by a Swan 42 at the New England Championship here at Block.

In IRC 2 Gosia Rojek (NY) helmed BETTER THAN... to a 3rd place finish.  In the same division, Linc Mossop's (RI) THE CAT CAME BACK placed 3rd overall today with two 4th place finishes in Races 10 and 11.

Results:  http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=1218

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