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Results / World Championship Gravedona, Lake Como - 24/07/2017

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Day 5

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RS500 Worlds, The first 2 days, difficult conditions and a real international leaderboard.

We are seeing tough conditions in Gravedona for sailors and race committee.

Day 1 can be summarized with long waiting and no sailing. With heavy gust from every direction, shifts of 50’ to 110’. But off course the RS500 class made something great of this.

The Vikings from Sweden did a demonstration show. And it indeed showed it was a good decision to stay ashore.

Day 2 started with a bit of wind, then the wind disappeared to come back from the same direction, the North. With wind from the North the locals know, it is going to be touch. Windshifts and gusts appearing from everywhere.

It was very crowded on the start line during the first race. This resulted in a general recall and a blag flag. The 2nd attempt everyone was more conservative and the ‘puzzle’ started. The first and 2nd round were going well and the shifts were nice to react to. After that, during the 3rd round, the top 10 was approaching the finish and the wind shifted almost 180’, resulting in abandoning the race.

The 2nd attempt, the class could finish the race. Reading the water well and keep the boat fast was the thing to do. And that is what the locals Francesco Bozana and Andrea (ITA) did best, followed by Michiel Geerling and Esther (NED) and Martin and Axel Johanson (SWE).

The 3rd race of the day was a copy of the 1st race. After 2 rounds the race was abandoned. And then a good breeze came in. And the fleet could have another good race.

End results:  With 2 times a 3rd place Swedish father and son Martin and Axel Johansson are leading followed by local expert brothers Federico and Fillipo Maccari (ITA). A couple of black flags and bad results of top-sailors a lot can (and will happen).

Day 3 was a day of no wind / very light wind from all directions, we sat and talked in the sun, listening to the ever-growing laughter in the cookery school & wine tasting out on by the club for the non-sailors.    Kathyrn brought her infamous Games Night forward and, whilst awaiting the wind, 6 national teams engaged in hilarious combat.  The youth and beauty of the Italian team was just pipped by the age and cunning of the UK team.  Finally the no racing today signal sounded and the fleet headed to the bar.  

Day 4   The weather forecast finally should allow some good races with the typical Breva (south wind), but some remaindering of the previous days perturbations around the mountain makes the fleet wait on the shore, and then in the water for a good couple of hours. In the end, when hopes are fading, here it comes - a 6-8 knots south breeze, just about right to get the race started. A short course and short starting line makes it tricky to come out from the start with full speed and in fact 10-15 boats are too “brave” and end up with a BFD in the first race. Second race exactly the same as the first one, crews are more conscious on the line bringing a clear start. Interesting race course very close to the east coast of the lake giving the impression you need to get down there, while the reality is different and closing to the windward mark left shifts gives advantages to that side of the course. Federico and Filippo Maccari use all their local experience to come up with two bullets gaining the leadership on the race, behind all the others struggle to get constant results apart from Kikkert-Stapel (NED) who are very comfortable in these light winds bringing home 4 and a 3, followed by Bozano-Dellepiane with 6-7. Disappointment for the Swedish Martin and Axel Johansson (BFD-5), Bokmark-Persson (BFD-6) and the locals Oppizzi-Frazzca (BFD-2), that starting line had its victims!
Day 5   It seemed like the previous day, hot, sunny, no wind. Forecast is good again though so the fleets go out in the water hoping to catch the wind as soon as it comes. Finally after 4 days, the real Breva makes it appearance starting with 10-12 knots and growing with gusts of 14-16. Great decision of the Race Committee to leave the course very short making races very close and intense from start to end. Race course strategy changed from the previous day and with good breeze coming in, the right side (and the coast) is actually the side to chase for the first 2 races while in the third and last race both sides are even giving chances also to those boats not having a good start and forced on the left side of the course. As expected, as the wind grows, the Brits start showing their muscles with Russell-Snellgrove (5-6-1), Peter and James Curtis (6-2-UFD, which was a 1st!) and Saul-Caswell (3-7-6) taking the scene. Federico and Filippo Maccari though are well prepared in this conditions and with a 1-3 in the first two races secure their triumph in the Championship with still a race to go (4thplace). The Swedish team pays the BFD of the previous day with a 21st in the last race, impossible to discard, leaving them with the bronze medal in favour of the Italians Bozano-Dellepiane, never as comfortable with strong wind as today (22-8-2), taking Silver and their first podium in a World Championship.
Has been a very interesting championship, we had all possible conditions and the level of the fleet is raising every year. Lots of new teams are coming in and fighting with more experienced ones. We all can’t wait already to be in Weymouth next year to have another great well of sailing….and partying (thanks Dutch as always)!!

Federico Maccari and Michiel Geerling


The RS500 class has developed itself in the last years as a real international and good scene with racing all over Europe. Always trying to go to the best venues and nice fleets. With 63 teams from 10 countries the RS500 sailing scene is really international. The biggest teams are from the Netherlands, Italy, France and Sweden.

The RS500 is very often seen as the pathway boat after the RS Feva. In some countries it is positioned where the 420 was in the good old days. The RS500 class is a affordable and exiting boat for many youngsters and people young at heart.








Results are final as of 18:58 on July 28, 2017

RS500 Class

Sailed: 7, Discards: 1, To count: 6, Entries: 62, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Class nat SailNo HelmName CrewName Club Total Nett
1st RS500 GBR 1015 Federico Maria Maccari Filippo Maccari Circolo Vela Bellano 19.0 12.0
2nd RS500 ITA 944 Francesco Bozano Gandolfo Andrea Dellepiane Circolo Nautico Ugo Costaguta 56.0 34.0
3rd RS500 SWE 51 Martin Johansson Axel Johansson SS Kaparen 106.0 43.0
4th RS500 GBR 1097 Richard Russell Hannah Snellgrove Lymington Town SC 107.0 44.0
5th RS500 NED 1066 Michiel Geerling-van Susante Esther Hopmans W V Braassemermeer 114.0 51.0
6th RS500 SWE 111 Peter Bokmark Martin Persson GKSS 118.0 55.0
7th RS500 GBR 659 Peter Curtis James Curtis Grafham Water Sc 131.0 68.0
8th RS500 ITA 1611 Alessandro Ballio Ferrara Francesco Persport SSD 92.0 72.0
9th RS500 ITA 1032 Michele Oppizzi Pietro Frazzica Per Sport Colico 136.0 73.0
10th RS500 NED 1003 Thomas Rot Marloes Rot WVA Vinkeveen 97.0 73.0
11th RS500 SWE 821 Stephan Fassberg Johanna Fassberg SS Kaparen 146.0 83.0
12th RS500 ITA 1609 Arturo Beltrando Stefano Beltrando AVNO 148.0 85.0
13th RS500 ITA 1031 Cara Matteo Pizzagalli Leonardo Per Sport 108.0 89.0
14th RS500 ITA 740 Mauro Finazzi Walter Bragagnini YCBG 123.0 93.0
15th RS500 NED 1038 Anneke Kikkert Floris Stapel W V Braassemermeer 142.0 99.0
16th RS500 CZE 1010 Anna Milerova Klara Houskova Sokol Dobrichovice 140.0 107.0
17th RS500 NED 894 Bruno Goris Edith Kanters tbc 160.0 115.0
18th RS500 GBR 1040 Mike Saul Faye Caswell Yorkshire Dales SC 179.0 116.0
19th RS500 ITA 1604 Iacopo Roncuzzi Federico Roncuzzi Circolo Nautico Del Savio 183.0 120.0
20th RS500 ITA 1617 Tommaso Marchesi Isaia Del Rosso Persport SSD 170.0 122.0
21st RS500 NED 67 Johan van Veen Viktor Haaksman A.L.S.Z.V. De Blauwe Schuit 163.0 122.0
22nd RS500 ITA 699 Riccardo Urbani Lodovico Bruno Orza Minore 187.0 124.0
23rd RS500 NED 1074 Maarten Berendschot Robin Rijnhout GWV Elfhoeven 193.0 130.0
24th RS500 ITA 946 Luca Abergo Stefano Costini Circolo Nautico Ugo Costaguta 194.0 131.0
25th RS500 NED 718 Max Groen Bjorn Oude Avenhuis WVA Vinkeveen 194.0 131.0
26th RS500 ITA 950 Luca Carlini Rodolfo Rubino Ugo Costaguta 211.0 148.0
27th RS500 FRA 940 Olivier Thomas Paco Thomas CVLM 216.0 153.0
28th RS500 ITA 1110 Asia Poni Federica Grazioso Circolo Nautico Del Savio 206.0 157.0
29th RS500 NED 1058 Martin Wolters Niels Dieleman WVA Vinkeveen 199.0 163.0
30th RS500 NED 607 Martijn Jessurun Thijmen Santen WVA Vinkeveen-Abcoude 207.0 163.0
31st RS500 FRA 1093 Alexandre Emanuel Caroline Andrevon Y.C.G.C. 228.0 165.0
32nd RS500 NED 994 Jochem Slikboer Henk Duit ZDandO 214.0 165.0
33rd RS500 NED 1076 Senne van Dijk Lukas van den Broek GWV Elfhoeven 235.0 172.0
34th RS500 FRA 1039 David Jones Sylvie Jones CLVM 221.0 172.0
35th RS500 NED 1020 Marjolein Hufen Liesbeth Boersma WV Braassemermeer 236.0 173.0
36th RS500 ITA 1613 Caterina Ridolfi Irene Baraldi Circolo Nautico Del Savio 244.0 181.0
37th RS500 GBR 1005 George Wilson Laura Wilson Netley SC 250.0 187.0
38th RS500 ITA 892 Giulia Rossi Adriana Campanella Persport Colico 257.0 194.0
39th RS500 SVK 772 Patrick von Morgen Samuel Lukacovic ALT RS 255.0 203.0
40th RS500 NED 1023 Mark den Heijer Francesco Maltoni ALSZV De Blauwe Schuit 260.0 207.0
41st RS500 NED 1019 Marije Willemsen Lonneke van Es K.M.V de Kaag 265.0 218.0
42nd RS500 ESP 763 Toni Roldan Laia Roldan CN Llanca 288.0 225.0
43rd RS500 ITA 103 Jacopo Meneghetti Alessandro Patalani AVNO 295.0 232.0
44th RS500 ITA 943 Edoardo Amodio Elena Perego Persport SSD 288.0 232.0
45th RS500 ITA 1619 Cecilia Rossi Lorenzo Andreani Persport Colico 298.0 235.0
46th RS500 FRA 1035 Francois Bergasse Ulrich Johanne Trefford 308.0 245.0
47th RS500 FRA 1563 Eric Gdalia Benoit frottier CNW 303.0 252.0
48th RS500 NED 1109 Joke Krijgsman Danielle Kortleve wsv noord zuid 317.0 254.0
49th RS500 BEL 935 Olivier Beyls Steve Jolley SYCOD Oostduinkerke 313.0 255.0
50th RS500 NED 1078 Mathijs Hoogvliet Twan van der Sande tbc 324.0 261.0
51st RS500 GBR 965 Anne Way Abigail Campbell Exe SC 325.0 262.0
52nd RS500 NED 670 Victor Oudsen Iris Prummel De Blauwe Schuit 326.0 263.0
53rd RS500 NED 864 Florine de Haan Evita Meerding G.W.V Elfhoeven 331.0 268.0
54th RS500 NED 18 Fleur Leijs Marieke Reitsma Blauwe Schuit 331.0 268.0
55th RS500 NED 837 Marinus van Sijdenborgh Eric van den Bandt ALSZV De Blauwe Schuit 321.0 269.0
56th RS500 NED 1075 Quirine de Haan Enno de Haan GWV Elfhoeven 337.0 274.0
57th RS500 SWE 749 Philip Beck Ylva Beck SS Kaparen 337.0 274.0
58th RS500 NED 1120 Martijn Verwoerd Dave Verwoerd EWVA 358.0 295.0
59th RS500 CZE 580 Robert Mazgaj Petr Jencek ALT RS 391.0 328.0
60th RS500 CZE 671 Milos Buril Lukas Majchrak ALT RS 405.0 342.0
61st RS500 CZE 626 Zdenek Eduard Kratochvil Klara Lejcarova ALT RS 416.0 353.0
62nd RS500 ITA 1051 Fabrizio Zarantonello Giulia Pelloja YC Acquafresca 441.0 378.0



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