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Momo and Bribon 500 shine on day one of Xacobeo Six Metre World Championship 2022

Xacobeo Six Metre World Championship 2022 Open Division Day 1 – All images © SailingShots by Marian Muiña

The opening day of the Xacobeo International Six Metre World Championship 2022, hosted by the Real Club Nautico de Sanxenxo, produced two terrific races for the 40 teams from 15 nations competing. Although initially overcast and misty, the wind gods delivered a decent 12-14 knots from the southwest, which clocked right and dropped to around 6-8 knots as the sun broke through later in the day. The Race Committee opted for the inner course, which not only provided perfect racing conditions, but also allowed spectators at the RCNS clubhouse a grandstand view.

In the Open Division, the newly launched Judel/Vrolijk designed Momo, owned by Dieter Schoen, led race one from the off and came second in race two to end the day with a five-point overall lead. Jamie Hilton’s 1986 Howlett designed Scoundrel, which shipped from the USA for the event, Johan Larson’s 1988 Pettersson designed Rebecca from Sweden and Philippe Durr and Rainer Müller’s defending World Champion Junior from Switzerland, a 1981 Pettersson/Howlett design, are all tied on eight points with Scoundrel claiming second overall thanks to a race two win, Rebecca third and Junior fourth.

In the Classic Division reigning champion Bribon 500, a 1947 Laurin design owned by Jose Cusi and helmed by Pedro Campos, got her defence off to a solid start with a third followed by a win giving her a two-point delta on her nearest competitors. On the water the opening race was won by Catalin Trandafir’s 1956 Sparkman & Stephens designed Essentia, helmed by Erik Jesperson, and she went on to finish sixth in race two, putting her initially into second overall, however, back on the dock she faced a race one protest and was disqualified so drops down to eleventh overall.

Essentia’s disqualification was good news for ISMA President Louis Heckly’s 1950 Aas designed Dix Août, which now lies in second place, two points ahead of Ossi Paija of Finland’s Astree III, another Aas design but this time from 1959, which scored a sixth and a second. Andy Postle’s Nirvana took seventh in race one and third in race two ending the day fifth overall.

Whilst the leader board is starting to take shape there’s a lot of sailing to come. Several of the top players experienced mixed fortunes today and may well bounce back in the days to come. In the Open Division Jan Eckert’s Gingkotoo placed second in race one but found herself down in tenth in race two so now sits seventh overall. Patrick Monteiro de Barros’s Seljm sailed to a solid third in the opener but found it harder to gain traction in race two finishing in seventh for fifth place overall.

It was a similar story in the Classics where Mauricio Sanchez-Bella Carswell and the crew of Titia won race one thanks to Essentia’s disqualification and followed with an eighth in race, putting them initially into fifth overall. Back ashore however they too found themselves in the protest room and disqualified from race two, dropping them down to ninth overall.

The closeness of the racing and the cut and thrust of some of the mark roundings confirm that we are in for an exciting regatta as the teams battle it out to find the Xacobeo Six Metre World Champions 2022.

Whilst the chase for the victor’s laurels is always intense in the Sixes, equally intense is the love the owners and sailors have for these beautiful, complex and in many cases historic racing machines. An Olympic class for almost half a century from 1908 to 1952, the Sixes were also used as a testbed for the America’s Cup during the 12 Metre era. The fortunes of the class may have waxed and waned over the years, but with new boats being built, classic restorations undertaken and entry into the fleet possible for a very modest sum through the second-hand market, the class retains a firm grip on its well-deserved reputation as one of the World’s foremost development classes.

Another big appeal of the fleet is its camaraderie and love of a good party, and in this regard the Real Club Nautico de Sanxenxo is the perfect partner, as not only does the club run superb racing, but it also throws a world class party. Each evening the regatta village welcomes the sailors for complimentary entertainment, drinks, and food, all supported by some of Galicia’s finest producers. This evening’s supper offering was the local delicacy Fideuá with Chicken, which is to pasta what Paella is to rice. Huge thanks must go to the sponsors, official suppliers, and club team for laying on such spectacular hospitality. 

The forecast for day two of the regatta is for an overcast day and very light winds from the northern quadrant, giving little chance of a sea breeze. The Race Committee will brief the competitors at 10:00 in the morning and if conditions allow races three and four of the eight race series will be run, with a planned first start of 13:00. The regatta continues until Saturday 18 June.

Provisional Overall Top Five

Open Division
1. SUI142 – Momo – Dieter Schoen – 1, 2 = 3
2. USA126 – Scoundrel – Jamie Hilton – 7, 1 = 8
3. SWE119 – Rebecca – Johan Larson – 5, 3 = 8
4. SUI77 – Junior – Philippe Durr – 4, 4 = 8
5. POR4 – Seljm – Patrick Monteiro de Barros – 3, 7 = 10

Classic Division
1. ESP16 – Bribon 500 – Pedro Campos Calvo-Sotelo – 3, 1 = 4
2. FRA111 – Dix Août – Louis Heckly – 2, 4 = 6
3. FIN80 – Astree III – Ossi Paija – 6, 2 = 8
4. USA96 – Hanko III – Thomas Kuhmann – 4, 5 = 9
5. GBR33 – Nirvana – Andy Postle – 7, 3 = 10

Full Results

Photo Gallery – All images © María Muiña / Xacobeo 6mR Worlds 

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Further information about the event can be found at 6mrworlds2022.com and about the class at www.6metre.com and on the ISMA Facebook page .

For additional information please contact ISMA Press Officer Fiona Brown on fiona.brown@fionabrown.com or +44 7711 718470

Sanxenxo Welcomes Xacobeo Six Metre World Championship 2022

Xacobeo Six Metre World Championship 2022 Opening Ceremony – All images © María Muiña

A strong fleet of forty International Six Metres from fifteen nations across Europe and North America has gathered at the Real Club Náutico de Sanxenxo in preparation for the Xacobeo Six Metre World Championship 2022, which will take place from 14 to 18 June. Sanxenxo is a much-loved venue for the Sixes and the RCNS has an outstanding event planned featuring eight championship races as well as daily post racing parties in the elegant regatta village. 

Most of the teams competing arrived in Sanxenxo early to take part in the Regatta Rey Juan Carlos I, a three-day warm up event which was held from 10 to 12 June. Heavy airs saw the fleet race on an inshore course on two of the three days and gave an exciting taster of the cut and thrust competition to come. 

Racing for the Worlds will take place on the Ria de Pontevedra where two course areas are available, one out in the open bay and the other in the more sheltered estuary, giving Race Officer Alejandro Martín de Pazos and his committee flexibility to run racing in the widest possible range of conditions. The forecast for the early part of the regatta is for light airs with stronger winds midweek.

The fleet will comprise an Open Division of 22 boats and a Classic Division of 18 boats, whose crews include some of sailing’s best-known names. Defending Six Metre World Champion Junior, owned by Philippe Durr and Reiner Müller of Switzerland, is one of the most successful Sixes of all time and her name has already been engraved on the Six Metre World Cup Trophy no less than five times. Although technical issues meant she did not shine in the Regatta Rey Juan Carlos I, the Junior team is a formidable one and they will be keen to add their name to the trophy for a sixth time. 

Leading those snapping at Junior’s heels will be the brand new Momo, owned by Dieter Schoen of Switzerland. Past 5.5 Metre and double Tempest World Champion Markus Wieser will be on the helm and the crew also includes America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race veterans Dirk de Ridder and Ross Halcrow. Momo put together an impressive set of results to win the Regatta Rey Juan Carlos I by a six-point margin and will be one to watch in the days ahead. Other contenders in the Open Division include John Harald Orneberg’s Scoundrel One, Violeta Alvarez’ Stella, Jamie Hilton’s Scoundrel, Jeremy Thorp’s Battlecry and Jan Eckert’s Ginkgotoo.

In the Classic Division the oldest boat racing will be the 1929 FIN59 Ian, sailed by a Spanish crew led by Cesar Elizaga Viana. Defending her Classic World Champion title will be Bribon 500, which was built in 1947 to an Arvid Laurin design and is now owned by José Cusi. Helmed by RCNS President Pedro Campos and with a crew that includes Canadian double Olympic medallist Ross MacDonald, Bribon 500 is in with a good chance of retaining her title. 

Re-joining the Classic fleet after a change of ownership is Essentia, the former Buzzy II/Great Dane, which was launched in 1956 and is now owned by Catalin Trandafir of Romania. At Essentia’s helm will be Canadian Olympic bronze medallist, America’s Cup veteran and double Classic Six Metre World Champion Eric Jesperson. This new team declared their intent loud and clear by winning the Regatta Rey Juan Carlos Classic Division from Bribon 500 with Ossi Paija’s Astree III third and Mauricio Sanchez-Bella Carswell’s Titia fourth.

The championship was declared officially open at a spectacular ceremony at the RCNS  featuring marching bands, delicious Galician food and wines, welcome gifts for all the competitors and a special group photo of the teams. Telemo Martin, the Major of Sanxenxo, welcomed everyone and wished them all a very happy and successful championship.

Racing is scheduled to commence at 13:00 daily with two races a day planned for 14, 15 and 16 June and one a day on 17 and 18 June. Eight races are scheduled with five being required to validate the series. If six or more races are completed a single discard will be introduced. 

Further information about the event can be found at 6mrworlds2022.com and about the class at www.6metre.com and on the ISMA Facebook page.

Photo Gallery – All images © María Muiña / Xacobeo 6mR Worlds

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For additional information please contact ISMA Press Officer Fiona Brown on fiona.brown@fionabrown.com or +44 7711 718470

Sanxenxo Ready To Welcome 2022 Six Metre World Championship

On 20 January 2022 the International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR) in Madrid hosted a presentation of the Xacobeo International Six Metre Worlds, a global championship regatta which will be held in Sanxenxo (NW Spain) next June and which will bring together a Six Metre fleet that will once again make Galicia an international sailing capital.

The Vice President of the Galician Government Alfonso Rueda, the director of Tourism of Galicia Nava Castro, the mayor of Sanxenxo Telmo Martín, the Head of all Spanish domestic businesses at ABANCA Luis Beraza, the president of the Cluster Tourism of Galicia Cesáreo Pardal, the president of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation Javier Sanz and the president of the Real Club Náutico de Sanxenxo Pedro Campos were all in attendance among others at the prestigious event.

Sanxenxo’s Mayor was in charge of proceedings and he opened by stating: “Being able to celebrate the Worlds here it is undoubtedly a source of great pride for Sanxenxo and for Galicia, it will be even better than the Europeans last year and with the Real Club Náutico as organizer, with whom we are cooperating totally, success is always assured.”

Pedro Campos thanked supporters Xacobeo, the Sanxenxo City Council and the Xunta de Galicia as co-organizers of the event, as well as the sponsors ABANCA, Viajes InterRías, Quirón and Autesa Volvo. He added: “The Xacobeo Six Metre Worlds will once again have as one of its main objectives is augmenting the low season tourism in Sanxenxo and the intention of the organisation is to increase the number of participants by some 30% whilst maintaining or improving on the quality the European Championships already enjoyed.” 

Before ending his speech, Campos made mention of a sailor from Vigo and the crew onboard Six Metre “Bribon 500”, Alberto Viejo, who last weekend suffered a serious accident training in the Vigo estuary: “Before finishing I want to send all the strength and affection to our friend and colleague Alberto. Both he and his family know that he has our support and we all wish him a speedy recovery.”

The Vice President of the Xunta de Galicia, Alfonso Rueda, has been in charge of closing the presentation. “For the Xunta de Galicia it is an honour to be part of this World level event. This project started out in 2020 at a very difficult time but we have already shown that we can hold an event offering guarantees, such as the Spanish Championship first and then the European Championship in 2021 demonstrate, so there is no doubt that that the world championship will once again be a complete success for Galicia.

After the cancellation in 2020 of all international events due to the pandemic, the European Championship held last September in Sanxenxo was the first major sailing event to be held in Galicia. Now, after the success of the continental event, the Xacobeo International Six Metre Worlds will once again bring together the Six Metre world fleet in the Rías Baixas between June 10th and 19th to compete in the most important regatta of the season.

Many of the teams are already in Sanxenxo and that in the coming months they will take part in the Spanish national circuit, which will once again serve as an important warm-up for the big event of the year.

Further information about the 2022 International 6 Metre World Championship can be found at the event website.