North Sails Melges 20 Class Expert, Giulio Desiderato, called tactics onboard the winning Argentinian boat, Boogie 2.0 during the Melges 20 World League Event 2. The three day event in Puntaldia consisted of just four races with light winds ranging between 5-9 knots with the last race acting as a true test as the tricky conditions were made harder by wind shifts and greater variations in wind strength. For Boogie 2.0, this race was their favourite of the regatta after transforming a bad start into a third place finish by making significant gains during each leg.
Winning the event with a helmsman aged just 17 and no one on board older than 33, Giulio was tactician for the youngest crew on the water. Giulio and the trimmer, Matteo, have sailed the Melges 20 together as they have known each other for years through Olympic classes. In contrast, he started sailing with Pilu (helmsman) and Fausto (bowman) this year and they are already a winning team, showing serious potential in such an experienced, competitive fleet.
We managed to catch Giulio to get his insight from the event:
AS TACTICIAN, WHAT DECISIONS DID YOU MAKE THAT RESULTED IN A GAIN?
Difficult to say. We didn’t choose to take big risks by banging any corners and we aimed to have clean starts every time, allowing us to always have different options open. I believe it is our consistency in results that have played a key part – we are the only team that always kept in the top five.
Puntaldia has been a wonderful discovery. I sailed here two weeks ago with the Melges 32 where we finished third and to come back with the Melges 20 is a pleasure. I love Sardinia and Puntaldia is a fantastic place.
WHAT RACE DID YOU FIND THE MOST EXCITING?
Ironically, the last race where our start was not good as we gained significantly during each leg, passing two boats on the last downwind resulting in a third place finish.
Congratulations to the crew of Boogie 2.0 and good luck at the next World League Event in Marina di Scarlino on the 14-16 June.
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NORTH SAILS RENEWS INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP WITH CAPE 31 CLASS
World’s Leading Sailmaker continues its support of the Fast Growing, Owner Driver One Design Class
North Sails is proud to have worked closely with the Cape 31 Class since launching the first boat in 2017, developing the optimal sail wardrobe for One Design and IRC racing. The Cape 31 is a high-performance grand prix design, asymmetric boat designed by internationally renowned yacht designer Mark Mills. The boat has proven itself as an exhilarating one design boat that planes downwind in over 13 knots and rates well under multiple rating systems, making it attractive to many sailors.
The Cape 31 Class began racing beneath Table Mountain in Cape Town, SA but has taken the global sailing scene by storm in the last two years. With over 30 boats racing in the UK and several heading to the US, the Mediterranean, and Hong Kong, there are now worldwide class calendars forming for 2023 and beyond.
David Lenz, North Sails designer, notes;
“It’s awesome to have been involved with the Cape 31 class in the UK since the start. Picking up from the excellent work done in Cape Town, we had a great starting point for the sail designs. Since then, as with any new class, there has been tremendous progress as we work to understand what makes these boats go fast and how to use our technology, experience, and passion to produce the fastest sails in the fleet.”
David Lenz is not only a Cape 31 designer but has also been very successful racing in the class, including winning the 2022 Race Circuit overall on Russel Paters’ Squirt. Additionally, the class is filled with North Sails designers and experts, which results in theories being tested firsthand with developments and advancements being made weekly.
Commenting on the partnership, Tor Tomlinson Cheney, of Cape 31 Class, shares;
“North Sails has worked closely with the class since its inception and has been a major factor in the success of the class in the UK. Their support is invaluable, and we are pleased to extend our partnership with North Sails to an International level.”
The North Sails Cape 31 inventory is fully optimised for handicap and one design class racing and consists of one all-purpose 3Di Raw Carbon Square Top Mainsail and three 3Di Raw Helix Jibs. All 3Di sails have carbon leech battens and come ready to race. Downwind there are four spinnakers which all use a string drop system: an A1, A2, and A4 for running, plus an A3 for reaching.
As the class expands globally, North Sails is working to ensure that the best sail package can be provided to teams worldwide. Get in touch with North Sails expert Ben Saxton, Cape 31 class leader at North Sails, to learn more about the class and available sail options.