In our weekly weekend wrap-up we feature the 52 Super Series finale, the WSL Billabong Pro Ericeira and the 420 South African National Championships.
The 52 SUPER SERIES – Porto Cervo
Azzurra secured their fourth 52 SUPER SERIES championship title this weekend on their home waters in the north of Sardinia on the last day of the closest and most competitive season in the eight year history of the world’s leading grand prix monohull circuit. The Roemmers’ family’s team, which races for the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, won the 2019 52 Super Series championship.
After a spirited head-to-head competition against Platoon, over three, intense, race days, Azzurra clinched the 2019 title with one race to spare. Competing in perfect, champagne sailing conditions – 20 knots of northwesterly wind and sparkling sunshine – a smart solo move on the final downwind of the second race on Saturday allowed them to finally put enough points on Harm Müller-Spreer’s rivals to finally render the YCCS crew uncatchable.
2019 52 SUPER SERIES results
1. Azzurra (ARG/ITA) (Alberto/Pablo Roemmers) 167 points.
2. Platoon (GER) (Harm Müller-Spreer) 179 points.
3. Quantum Racing (USA) (Doug DeVos) 181 points.
4. Bronenosec (RUS) (Vladimir Liubomirov) 193 points.
5. Provezza (TUR) (Ergin Imre) 213 points.
6. Sled (USA) (Takashi Okura) 218 points.
7. Alegre (USA/GBR) (Andrés Soriano) 230 points.
8. Phoenix 11 (RSA) (Tina Plattner) 248 points.
Audi 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week – Porto Cervo, Sardinia
After five years on the circuit and three podium finishes, Takashi Okura’s Sled also completed a dream finish to their 2019 season winning the Audi 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week Porto Cervo 2019 regatta title.“We are so happy,” Sled’s Don Cowie grinned, “The boys on the boat have done a great job, Mr Okura steered so well and the shore team have worked hard all season. We made some nice changes and the boat really was in a nice groove here”. South Africa’s Phoenix enjoyed some good results in the challenging conditions – big wind, big swell and light winds too.
Audi 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week Porto Cervo results
1. Sled (USA) (Takashi Okura) (1,2,6,2,1,1,1,1,1) 16 p.
2. Azzurra (ARG/ITA) (Alberto/Pablo Roemmers) (3,5,2,8,2,2,3,4,6) 35 p.
3. Quantum Racing (USA) (Doug DeVos) (5,3,7,4,5,3,2,6,2) 37p.
4. Platoon (GER) (Harm Müller-Spreer) (8,4,4,1,3,8,4,5,5) 42 p.
5. Bronenosec (RUS) (Vladimir Liubomirov) (4,10,1,5,7,7,5,3,4) 46 p.
6. Phoenix 11 (RSA) (Tina Plattner) (6,6,3,7,4,5,6,7,3) 47 p.
7. Provezza (TUR) (Ergin Imre) (2,7,8,3,6,6,7,10,9) 58 p.
8. Alegre (USA/GBR) (Andrés Soriano) (9,1,5,10,9,9,8,2,7) 60 p.
9. Gladiator (GBR) (Tony Langley) (7,8,9,9,8,4,10,9,8) 72 p.
10. Team Vision Future (FRA) (Jean Jacques Chaubard) (10,9,11DNF,6,10,10,9,8,10) 83 p.
The 52 SUPER SERIES heads to Cape Town, South Africa for the first time where the first regatta of the 2020 52 Super Series starts on March 2nd. Follow us to find out where you can watch the sailing in Cape Town.
WSL Pro – Praia de Ribeira d’Ilhas, Ericierce
Samuel Pupo (BRA) walked away with the QS10,000 EDP Billabong Pro Ericeira title this weekend at Praia de Ribeira d’Ilhas, Ericeirce. Pupo claimed the victory in the Final round against Stuart Kennedy (AUS) held in three-to-four foot rights on Sunday.
The final stop on the 2019 World Surf League (WSL) European Qualifying Series (QS), the EDP Billabong Pro Ericeira was treated to an abundance of swell and incredible performances by some of the world’s best surfers both on the Championship Tour and Qualifying Series, culminating today with Pupo’s victory.
420 South African National Championships – Hermanus, Cape Town
Hosted by Hermanus Yacht Club, the 420 National Champs saw some great performances from South Africa’s top young sailors. With stormy conditions and switchy winds some days crews fought hard to show off their skills.
Today was the final day of racing with Ross Mackinnon and Alex Falcon taking the lead to stand as South Africa’s top 420 crew of 2019. In second place was Matt Ashwell and Rivaldo Arendse and in third place was Tristan Thomlinson and Thomas Raynham.
The Great Optimist Race Practice day – Zeekoe Vlei, Cape Town
This weekend was a great opportunity for some sailing training for The Great Optimist Race, taking place at the Cape Town International Boat Show 18-20 Oct 2019. Kids and adults were encouraged to get out on the water to have fun and take part in a bit of #sailingtherapy.
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In other sport:
The Rugby World Cup Japan 2019 continued this weekend with Japan taking a surprising, yet well deserved win over Ireland. South Africa beat Namibia 57 to 3 and Wales gave a good fight against Australia, but ultimately Australia took the win with a 29 to 25 final score. Today’s match saw Scotland thrash Samoa with a 34 to 0 final score.
Lewis Hamilton won the Russian GP and became the all-time record holder for races led – this was the 143rd Grand Prix he has led, surpassing Michael Schumacher’s record, which was held for 18 years after he won in 2001 at the Belgium GP. Mercedes team mate, Valteri Bottas, secured a second with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in third place.