North Sails NEWS

May 9, 2018


An Impressive Start To The Racing Season

From Palma, Spain to San Diego, California, and down to the island of Antigua, North Sails Grand Prix clients were faster than ever claiming victories across the globe.

Starting in Palma, clients won across six divisions, ranging from the Wally to the Swan 45 Classes. Teams were tested with little to no margin of error, and most division wins came down to the last day of racing. Congratulations to Wally Magic Blue, TP52 Azzurra, Melges 40 Inga From Sweden, ClubSwan 50 Earlybird, and Swan 45 Elena Nova for your first place overall finish.

In San Diego, CA, close competition at the Yachting Cup challenged sailors in the Pac52 fleet, with Invisible Hand placing on top of the podium. The Yachting Cup was the first event of the year for the Pac52 class. The fleet will meet again in Long Beach, CA at the end of June.

Beautiful sea breeze and perfect waves for surfing at Antigua Sailing Week gave sailors great racing and ideal conditions, and North powered clients winning across six classes. A special congratulations to 3Di-powered Grand Prix clients for their podium sweep in CSA 1; Warrior claiming first overall, Black Pearl for her second place finish, and Riff Raff, placing third. Warrior also claimed the new race record in the famous Peters & May Round The Island Race. North-power dominated first and second place in CSA 2, with Farr 115 Sojana* and VO60 Ambersail. CSA 3 also saw competitive sailing, with Farr 65 Spirit of Juno taking the win. Lord Nelson Trophy winner Sojana* was also the best performing yacht in Antigua. CSA 4 second place finisher was RP 37 TAZ, powered by 3Di. 

Check out our favorite photos from around the world.

PALMA VELA- In the Wally division, Magic Blue with Toni Cacace out-performed her competition placing 1st overall, just one point ahead of J One, with owner Piers Richardson. © Mauro Melandri / ZGN
PALMA VELA- ClubSwan 50, Earlybird with skipper Hendrik Brandis and team swept her fleet winning the title, and Morten Kielland’s Mathilde placed 2nd overall, shown here battling with OneGroup’s Stefan Heidenreich who finished third. © Maria Muina/Sail Racing Palma Vela
PALMA VELA- Swan 45 class was dominated by Elena Nova with skipper Christian Plump. © Maria Muina/Sail Racing Palma Vela
PALMA VELA-TP52’s first place finisher, Alberto Roemmers and team on Azzurra came out ahead in this highly competitive fleet. Santi Lange, tactician of Azzurra, champion of class TP52: “I’m very happy, obviously. I had a lot of pressure, there is always pressure, but this is good because I know that the team has worked very hard during the winter. They have done an incredible job to put the boat in the water . Others will move forward and we’ll have to keep doing it better; it’s about continuing to learn.” © Nico Martinez/Sail Racing Palma Vela 2018
PALMA VELA- Placing first in the Melges 40 Class, Inga from Sweden skippered by Richard Goransson excelled with flying colors. Cameron Appleton, tactician of Inga, champion of class Melges 40: “It was a long and complicated race. Very long days to complete nine of the ten regattas in difficult conditions. Sailing among other fleets has been complicated at times, but the competition has been really equal, and during the last race we became third. We were first all week, but it was hard. We have a good group of people aboard. We are improving little by little and we’re all learning.” © Melges / ZGN
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, USA – Pac52 winner of the Yachting Cup, Frank Slootman’s Invisible Hand shown here battling out of the leeward mark with Tom Holthus’ BadPak. © Bronny Daniels / Joysailing
ANTIGUA SAILING WEEK-Stephen Murray Jr.’s Warrior broke the Peters & May Round the Island race record at Sailing Week, also placing first overall in CSA 1.
ANTIGUA SAILING WEEK- Stefan Jentsch’s Carkeek 47 Black Pearl 2nd Place CSA 1.
ANTIGUA SAILING WEEK – Loz Marriott’s Sojana*, Farr 115 wins the Lord Nelson Trophy for best performing yacht, also placing 1st in CSA 2.
ANTIGUA SAILING WEEK- Bernard Evan-Wong’s RP37 TAZ, 2nd Place CSA 4
ANTIGUA SAILING WEEK- Brian McMaster’s Riff Raff, Cookson 50 placed 3rd in CSA 1
Images © Mauro Melandri, ZGN, Maria Muina, Paul Wyeth, Melges, Nico Martinez
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