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2019 Sinebrychoff 6 Metre Worlds – Day 1 Report

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The opening day of the 2019 Sinebrychoff 6 Metre World Championship brought sparkling sunshine and a lovely summer breeze building gradually from around 8 knots at the start of race one to 18 knots by the end of race two. The the Hangö Segelförening’s Race Committee provided near perfect windward leeward courses and the 47 strong fleet, which is divided into the Open Division for Moderns built after 1 January 1966 and the Classic Division for boats built before 31 December 1965, enjoyed two fabulous races.

With two of the scheduled eight races completed defending World Champion Philip Durr’s SUI77 Junior, a 1981 Pelle Petterson design subsequently reconfigured by Ian Howlett with a new keel in 1989 and new rudder in 1991, has given notice to the Modern Division that she would very much like to claim her sixth world title by taking a first and third in today’s races to lead the regatta overall.

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Just one point behind Junior, thanks to third and second places, lies Henrik Andersin’s FIN78 Evelina, a 1995 Peter Norlin design with eight time world champion Theis Palm of North Sails calling tactics. Hugo Stenbeck’s 1989 Peter Norlin designed SUI32 Sophie Racing is one further point adrift in third and in fourth place lies Portugal’s Patrick Monteiro de Barros sailing the 1988 Pelle Petterson boat Seljm, winner of the second race.

In the Classic Division Henrik Lundberg’s gorgeous 1930 Tore Holm designed FIN12 Fridolin, winner of the 2013 Classic 6 Metre Worlds, leads the pack thanks to a pair of second places. Three points behind her lies FIN67 Djinn, designed by the legendary Olin Stephens in 1938 and being helmed this week by owner Karl Gustav Phil.

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In third place is Thomas Khumann’s US96 Hanko III which was designed in 1955 by Bjarn Aas and underwent major work at Jespersen Boatbuilders in preparation for the 2017 Worlds. She scored a fourth in race one and crossed the line fifth in race two, but only a few moments later a rigging screw failed and her mast went over the side. Smart work by her crew and nearby support boats saw the debris rapidly recovered and the boat on tow. The race is on to bring a new mast to Hanko this evening and re-rig it overnight. The crew won’t be getting much sleep tonight, but the camaraderie of the 6 Metre fleet is strong and many of their competitors have offered help and support to get them out racing again so fingers crossed they will be with the fleet again tomorrow.

His Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain’s ESP16 Bribon, the reigning Classic 6 Metre World Champion helmed today by Pedro Campos, sailed beautifully to win race one, but fared less well in the stronger breeze of race two. Unusually for this beautifully rehearsed crew, they dropped the spinnaker over the bow at the second leeward mark and it took some time to unravel the resulting mess. They finished the race in tenth place which leaves them fourth overall going into the second day.

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Hanko and Bribon weren’t the only boats to suffer bad luck and gear failure. Beat Furrer’s Modern SUI104 Temptation 3 was looking all set for a third place after the first lap of race one when they misjudged a cross, hit Michel Teweles’ SUI111 Thisbe and were forced to do turns. Fortunately neither boat was seriously damaged and Thisbee went on to finish fourth in the race, but Temptation 3 limped home last.

Peter Harrison’s K12 St Francis XI with Andy Beadsworth at the helm had a series of mishaps including a failed halyard clutch and lost sheet. In race two they came storming off the line to lead the fleet up the beat, but then over stood the first mark badly and found themselves down in twelfth place. They did all they could to recover but the fleet is so well matched that eighth was the best they could achieve.

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The crew of Peter Hoffman’s 1938 Olin Stephens designed Goose, arguably one of the most successful 6 Metres ever built and being helmed this week by Canadian Olympian Eric Jespersen, also had a somewhat trying day. At one point the clutch on their spinnaker failed and all three forward crew found themselves desperately hauling the sail back out of the water, only for it to fill before they had managed to cleat it and drag back out of their hands. They also blew an underdeck halyard turning block too which created another set of problems. Eric was pragmatic after racing, acknowledging that when you race boats that are over 80 years old gear will fail from time to time no matter how carefully you prepare.

But while a few boats had problems, the majority revelled in the spectacular conditions and the site of this beautiful fleet of 6 Metre yachts spread out before Hanko was truly impressive. With the oldest boat built in 1921 and the newest in 2017 there truly was almost a century of yachting history laid out for the many spectators to enjoy.

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The Finns are renowned for their hospitality and back ashore the sailors enjoyed the the daily Sinebrychoff Aftersail Party, before each of the visiting international crews were welcomed by a local host team for dinner. This tradition is one of the great social highlights of each 6 Metre Worlds and is much appreciated by all the guests.

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The forecast for day two of the regatta is for rain and potentially strong winds which are expected to range from the mid teens in the morning to over 20 knots by the end of the day. There are six further races planned with up to two races scheduled daily until Thursday 8 August. Friday 9 August is a reserve day which may be used if the full programme has not been completed by Thursday evening.

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Djinn Wins Sinebrychoff Challenge Cup & Sophie Racing & Astree III Claim Worlds Warm Up Regatta Victory In Hanko

Sunday morning’s third warm up races for the 2019 Sinebrychoff 6 Metre World Championship gave the competitors one last chance to test the waters off Hanko and get the measure of each other before the start of formal championship racing tomorrow.

In the Open Division race victory went to Philippe Durr’s Junior, who was followed home by Hugo Stenbeck’s Sophie Racing with Patrick Monteiro de Barros’s Seljm third, Michel Teweles sailing Thisbee fourth and Andy Beadsworth at the helm of St Francis IX fifth. In the overall standings Sophie Racing took victory from St Francis IX with Thisbee third.

In the Classic  Division consistency paid off for regatta organiser Ossi Paija at the helm of Astree III whose 7, 6, 8 scoreline gave him overall victory. Second place went to Sara of  Hangö skippered by Henrik Tenström, with Andreas Haubold’s Marianne third thanks to their second place in race three. Todays third Classic warm up race was won by Hanko III helmed by Thomas Kuhmann, but having missed yesterday’s second race the best they could do overall in the no discard series was 12th.

Full results are online at www.manage2sail.com

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The crews then repaired ashore for the fabulous Sinebrychoff Challenge Cup lunch at a waterside restaurant, after which they were able to enjoy the spectacle of the Classic 6 Metres FIN12 Fridolin, helmed by Henrick Lundberg with Tom Borenius as tactician, and FIN67 Djinn, helmed by Karl Gustav Pihl with George “Tusse” Tallberg as tactician, going head to head in a three match race final to decide the winner of the 2019 Sinebrychoff Challenge Cup – one of the oldest trophies in yacht racing after the America’s Cup. It was a fantastic competition but Djinn got the upper hand and with two race wins was declared the victor.

Racing for the 2019 Sinebrychoff 6 Metre World Championship commences tomorrow, Monday 5 August with up to two races scheduled and a planned first start time of noon.  You can follow the action live at tractrac.com and via the ISMA Facebook Page

Check out the event photos from sailpix.fi

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St Francis IX Leads Ranking After Opening Rounds of Sinebrychoff Challenge

Koff_pokaaliThe opening day of the Sinebrychoff Challenge in Hanko, Finland, which this year is being used as the warm up regatta for the 2019 Sinebrychoff 6 Metre World Championship, brought light and tricky conditions.  Two fleet races were completed as part of the series which will see the top crews quality for tomorrow’s Sinebrychoff Challenge match racing final.

Switzerland’s Huge Stenbeck, sailing SUI132 Sophie Racing, drew first blood with Andy Beadsworth at the helm of Peter Harrison’s K12 St Francis IX second and Beat Furrer at the helm of SUI104 Temptation 3 third.

The wind was very light and fickle and as a result there was a significant delay between the first and second race, buy once they were underway again Beadsworth got the upper hand and took race victory from Michel Teweles at the helm of SUI111 Thisbe with Philippe Durr’s SUI77 Junior, who had missed the first race of the day third.

IMG_2988In the overall standings Beadsworth now leads the fleet from Stenbeck, who took fifth in race two, with Furrer third, thanks to a fourth in the second race, and Teweles fourth.

Tonight the crews have enjoyed a delightful Welcome Reception at Hanko Town Hall and tomorrow there will be a single practise race in the morning followed by the match racing final of the Sinebrychoff Challenge.

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ISMA Archive Goes Live!

After months of hard work, we are delighted to announce that the 6 Metre Archive website is now live, timed to coincide with the opening of the 2019 Sinebrychoff 6 Metre World Championships in Hanko.

Our archivist Jenny will be in Hanko for a few days from 2nd to 4th August so if you are attending the event do seek her out and say hello if you would like a tour of the site.

International 6 Metre Fleet Gathers in Hanko for 2019 Sinebrychoff 6 Metre World Championship

6mrWorlds19ReleaseHeaderForty-eight stunningly beautiful International 6 Metre yachts from twelve nations across Europe and North America are gathering in Hanko, Finland in preparation for the 2019 Sinebrychoff International 6 Metre World Championship, which takes place from 5 to 9 August. The regatta will be hosted by the Hangö Segelförening in association with the Finnish 6 Metre Association and will be preceded by the Sinebrychoff Challenge Cup, which takes place on 3 and 4 August and will act as the warm up regatta for the Worlds.

The entry list incorporates a wonderful mix of Modern and Classic 6 Metres racing as two separate divisions on windward leeward courses set against a backdrop of the beautiful city of Hanko and its surrounding archipelago of rocky islands.

HankoAerialWithLogoThe schedule combines an eight-race programme of up to two races per day with a full après sailing agenda. Each afternoon regatta sponsor Sinebrychoff, Finland’s oldest brewing company, will welcome the sailors ashore with a Sinebrychoff Aftersail Party, after which competitors and their families will enjoy a variety of evening entertainment including a Sauna, Swim and Sushi Party, a Beach Party, and the traditional 6 Metre World Championship Gala Dinner, which will be held at Hanko Casino.

Title sponsor Sinebrychoff has a long association with the International 6 Metres as Managing Director Anders Frydenlund explains, “Sinebrychoff is the oldest brewery in the Nordic countries, and we are celebrating our 200th Anniversary this year. Our founding family were the Sinebrychoffs, full of passion, and not just for beer, but also for sailing. Since 1888 there have been sailing competitions to win the Nicolas Sinebrychoff Challenge Trophy, the second oldest sports trophy in the world after the Americas’ Cup. For many years the Challenge has been sailed with the classic 6 Metre sailing boats. With the craft boats! As the Nicolas Sinebrychoff Challenge is a tune up race for the 6 Metre World Championship of Hanko, it was only natural for us to sponsor this great sporting and cultural event.”

4755d8df-b40e-4d8f-a3cc-e15f75195578As is typical for major 6 Metre events, the competition has attracted a host of well-known sailing names, but the boats themselves are really the stars of the show with their elegant lines and exceptional performance. Historically the 6 Metre Class was the test-bed for many of the great developments in yacht design and a glance around the fleet will give you a fascinating insight into a century’s worth of naval architecture and equipment development.

d27ec23d-979a-41f4-9a82-975f01a44734In the Open Division, for boats built since January 1966, reigning 6 Metre World Champion SUI77 Junior, a 1981 Pelle Petterson design originally built for Baron Edmund de Rothschild as Gitana, will be hoping to add a sixth world title to her honours list, with Philippe Durr once again at the helm and tactician Nicholas Berthoud calling the shots.

The current 6 Metre European Champion SUI74 Nivola was unusual for a boat of her generation in that she was designed with a bulb keel rather than wings. Designed by Pelle Petterson in 1984 she won the 1993 6 Metre Worlds and was then put into storage until current owner Reinhard Suhner took on a major refit which included the installation of a canard. Reinhard admitted that mastering the canard took time, but victory at last year’s Europeans proved they had got the knack of it. They narrowly beat Junior in that championship so we can expect some fierce competition between the two boats this week.

Peter Harrison’s St Francis IX, with British Olympian Andy Beadsworth on the helm and America’s Cup veteran Colin Murray as tactician, has three previous World Championship wins to her name, in 1989 and 1990 under John Kostecki’s leadership and in 2013 under Ross McDonald. With Beadsworth at the helm she placed third at the last Worlds in Vancouver in 2017 and was fourth at the 2018 Europeans so will be hoping to better those results this week.

Commissioned by the Alvarez family, the very latest addition to the 6 Metre Class is ESP16 Stella, designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian and built by Javi Cela. O Grove of Spain. After ten years in development and testing, the design incorporates some radical thinking from a man known for his love of pushing the boundaries. This will be Stella’s first appearance at a major championship so all eyes will be eagerly watching to see how she performs.

Another boat to watch out for in the Open Division will be SWE137 Inga From Sweden VIII, a 1981 Pelle Pettersen design which has just undergone a total refit. Ian Howlett led the extensive redesign work, with the boat’s overall length being reduced by some eight inches and a brand-new keel and rudder constructed by Demon Yachts in the UK. Owner Richard Goransson and his team will sail the boat in her new configuration for the very first time this week having only just completed her in time for the regatta.

570d71fb-941c-4e00-a7c6-783719b58bf6In the Classic Division, for boats built prior to 31 December 1965, there is a strong local Finnish fleet led by Ossi Paija sailing the 1953 Bjarne Aas designed FIN80 Astree, which finished in third at the 2018 European Championship and will be hoping to place well on home turf. Ossi is also Chairman of the regatta’s organising committee so he will be a very busy man this week.

Reigning Classic 6 Metre World and European Champion His Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain will defend his title sailing the 1947 Arvid Laurin designed ESP16 Bribon. Once again Spanish sailing legend Pedro Campos will be running the crew for His Majesty and so we can expect this team to fiercely defend their title.

The 1938 Olin Stephens designed US81 Goose, which was built by Henry B Nevins, finished second at the 2017 Worlds in Vancouver and returns to the fray this year with Canadian Olympic Bronze Medallist Eric Jespersen once again at the helm. A four-time winner of the Scandinavian Gold Cup in 1938, 39, 48 and 48 and of the Seawanhaka Cup in 1957, Goose was considered almost unbeatable in her glory years and will clearly be giving Bribon a run for her money.

The oldest boat racing will be the 1921 Johan Anker designed Abeking & Rasmussen built GER15 Steam with Thorsten Thelen at the helm. Also built in the 1920s are FIN24 Antinea, designed and built in 1928 by Einar Olofsson and helmed by Hasse Karlsson, and FIN29 Maj-Lis, built in 1929 by Bleckholm to an Einar Olofsson design and helmed by Juha Hinskala. Completing this group of 1920s Flapper Girls are FIN22 Merenneito II, a 1927 Zake Westin design helmed by Vicke Lindblom, and her 1928 near sister FIN23 Marenneito II, helmed by Joakim Håkans.

Registration and measurement take place on 1 and 2 August, the Sinebrychoff Challenge Cup warm up regatta will be held on 3 and 4 August and the 2019 Sinebrychoff 6 Metre World Championship will be raced from 5 to 9 August. Further information and results will be found at www.6mrworlds2019.com and on the ISMA Facebook Page.

Journalists wishing to attend the event or receive further information should contact ISMA Press Officer Fiona Brown on fiona.brown@fionabrown.com, +44 (0)7711 718470 or skype FBBrown. Additional images are available from www.fionabrown.smugmug.com

Hanko III Victorious at Robbe & Berking Sterling Cup 2019

With good, but increasingly unstable weather conditions, the Robbe & Berking Sterling Cup 2019 took place at the Flensburger Segel Club in Glücksburg  over the weekend of 13 – 15 June.

Sadly Andreas Haubold’s “Marianne” was forced to pull out prior to the start of racing due to mast problems, which left five Sixes to compete for the trophy.

Ultimately the competition became a match race between  Robert Gierth’s “Lillevi”, GER 68, with Holger Köhne on the tiller and  Thomas Kuhmann at the helm of Hanko III, US96. After several enthralling dog fights “Hanko III” took the final race win and overall regatta victory. Third place by just a single point went to Ingo Steinhusen sailing Elghi II, FRA102,

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