The Weekend Wrap-up 10 February 2020 – TP52 Super Series boats arrive in Cape Town, The Match in Africa has captonians on their feet, while others try not to get blown away at The Red Bull King of the Air. Southern Charter Classic returns to Hermanus, WSL big wave event in Nazaré gets the green light. Internationally the M32 Miami winter series kicks off, The Nacra17 & 49er Worlds has everyone on edge and Omani Female sailors make podium history.
52 Super Series Cape Town 2020 – Cape Town, South Africa
The 52 Super Series has landed in Cape Town ahead of the much anticipated racing events. Supported by the City of Cape Town and the V&A Waterfront the first of the 52 Super Series events begins in just over a month in the home waters of the Phoenix racing teams 11 and 12. The second event is the Rolex TP52 Worlds Championship Cape Town. Sail + Leisure is proud to be an official media partner to these two world class TP52 events.
🇿🇦 The 52 Super Series has landed in the City of Cape Town! The TP52s are currently berthed at the V&A Waterfront where they will be put on cradles until later this month.
Southern Charter Classic – Hermanus, South Africa
The Southern Charter Classic sailing event sponsored by Southern Charter Wealth Managers and Sunsail took place this weekend for a great couple of days of sailing on the Hermanus lagoon.
With a total of 66 entries in nine classes the event was a great success, and shows that there is a strong group of youths moving up in the ranks. Ross Mackinnon and Alex Falcon took first place in the 420 class, Chiara Fruet won the 4.7 class and Dylan Long won the Laser Radial title.
49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships – Geelong, Australia
Half the contenders vying for an Olympic spot already know they’ve made the cut and the other half are still aiming for selection, adding extra strain to the make-or-break 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championship, the last major class title before Tokyo 2020.
Big news on the eve of racing is that New Zealand’s Rio 2016 silver medalists Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech have withdrawn from the 49erFX fleet due to Maloney fracturing her foot when she fell awkwardly during training on Saturday February 9.
Fresh winds are set to continue for at least the first of three qualifying race days beginning off Victoria’s Royal Geelong Yacht Club on Monday February 10. The second three days for the skiffs constitute their final series while the Nacra 17s will race a single series. All up 160 teams will represent 32 nations.
After a day of waiting however, racing was called off today (10 February) with the light winds not playing along as the sailors itch to get on the water.
Worlds host nation Australia has named two Tokyo 2020 selections, Mat Belcher and Will Ryan in the 470 class and Matt Wearn in the Laser. In the Nacra 17, cousins Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin, bronze medallists at the 2019 World Championship in Auckland two months ago, and siblings Nathan and Haylee Outteridge are front-runners for the prized country place.
Waterhouse said, “The breeze has been very shifty of late, so this will make it ‘game on’ the whole way. Consistency will reign supreme, even if it is hard to find. The boat is all sorted and tested, and we have been working with different sails for flat water.”
Results will be posted race by race, as they happen. Live Tracking will be available for all fleets each day via https://49er.org/event/2020-world-championship/
M32 Miami Winter Series – Miami, U.S.A
This is the second event of the Miami Winter Series and the highly sought after M32 Rooster Trophy will be awarded after the next event in March.
Day one provided some exciting racing with Bliksem sitting on top of the leaderboard with just one point separating second place team Convexity and a 10 point lead on the rest of the field. Sitting in third place was team Convergence with a 3 point lead on team Section 16 sitting in fourth place.
The second event of the Miami Winter Series saw a strong breeze of 20knots+ and 5 different race winners. After 10 races in total Team Bliksem cemented their lead on day two to finish 13 points ahead of second place Convergence. Taking their first regatta win of the season!
Day one provided some exciting racing with Bliksem currently sitting on top of the leaderboard with just one point separating second place team Convexity and a 10 point lead on the rest of the field. Sitting is third place is team convergence with a 3 point lead on team Section 16 sitting in fourth place. With another day of racing still left anything could happy. Video By: UP TOP Media
Posted by M32 World on Sunday, 9 February 2020
Omani Female Sailors Break New Ground – EFG Sailing Arabia
Team DB Schenker has made history, becoming the first all-female team to finish on the podium in ten years of the EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour.
The Tour is a two-week sailing regatta which covers five different and unique stop overs along 1,500KM of Oman’s coastline. For the first time, two of the eight teams were made up completely of female sailors, with DB Schenker the only team to feature homegrown talent from the GCC, Oman’s Ibtisam al Salmi and Marwa al Kaifi .
Ibtisam, who like Marwa is part of the women’s elite programme at Oman Sail, said: “I’m so proud to be part of the first all-female team to finish in the top three. It has been a tough few weeks of racing in all sorts of conditions but all four of us just remained focused worked as hard as we could. It feels amazing that that hard work has paid off.”
Red Bull King of The Air 2020 – Cape Town, South Africa
American kiteboarder Jesse Richman got the better of former Red Bull King of the Air champions Nick Jacobsen and Aaron Hadlow to win the title for the second time, after seven hours of intense competition at Kite Beach in Cape Town. The Sail + Leisure team took to the beach to catch these soaring giants in their natural habitat.
The elite field headed to Blouberg in Cape Town, South Africa looking to use monster waves and wind to produce stunning tricks for the judges and fans. The event featured a new format with Rounds 1 and 2 (video entry winners, wildcards and the four ‘Fly to Red Bull King of the Air’ winners) completed before lunch.
The top six competitors from the 2019 event then joined the competition from Round 3 as seeded competitors performing for the 10,000-strong crowd with the iconic Table Mountain in the background. Richman was runner-up to three-time champion Kevin Langeree last year and used that lost chance at the title to fuel his later progress against Dane Jacobsen and Briton Hadlow.
Jesse Richman won after 34 heats and seven hours with consistent winds from early on in the biggest single day of Red Bull King of the Air competition ever. The Hawaii native, who won back in 2013, said: “This feels incredible. This is magical. It is amazing to have my newborn daughter here and to share the win with this crowd. I’ve had really good heats leading up to the finals in many years and usually kind of crack in the final, having peaked too early. So this year I adjusted a few things and was really confident in my plan and my strategy. It was really cool to see it play out. To have it all run in one day was kind of just like 2013 – just one epic day.”
Sportive Director Sergio Cantagalli added: “We managed to score the perfect day. It was arguably the best day we were going to get during the weather window. It is very unusual that we could start so early on in the day and have consistent conditions throughout.”
New Zealand’s Marc Jacobs won the ‘Woo Highest Jump of the Day’ after soaring 22m into the air, while ‘Mystic Move of the Day’ went to Jacobsen for a kite-loop board-off that scored a 9.02 out of a possible 10.
Watch the replay on Red Bull TV HERE.
In Other News:
The Match in Africa – Cape Town Stadium, South Africa
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal attracted a world record crowd of over 50,000 people for a tennis match when they played an exhibition event in the Cape Town Stadium on Friday 7 February 2020. They also announced that the ‘Match in Africa’ raised $3.5-million for the Roger Federer Foundation, which supports educational and athletic programmes for children in Africa.
“To have 51,954 people in attendance at a tennis match, I never thought I’d be a part of something like that,” said Federer. “It’s not something you dream about.” Federer, who was accompanied by his South African born mother, Lynette, said his first appearance in South Africa was a special occasion. “The first time here in Cape Town, in South Africa, means so much more than just tennis,” he said.
South African Comedian, Trevor Noah joined the tennis super stars on the court and Springbok Captain Siya Kolisi made an appearance, welcoming Federer officially by gifting him with a Springboks number eight rugby jersey.
Federer won 6-4 3-6 6-3 in a match in which the players had to contend with cool, windy conditions in the stadium that was built for the 2010 football World Cup.
WATCH: South Africa officially holds a new world record for the most number of spectators at a tennis match. Bill Gates and Roger Federer were victorious against Rafael Nadal and Trevor Noah – but the highlight had to be the South African spirit which thundered through Cape Town Stadium on Friday night.
Posted by Cape Town Etc on Saturday, 8 February 2020
Two Oceans Aquarium Turtles Released – Cape Town, South Africa
On 4 February 2020, the conservation team of the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation, with the support of the Aquarium’s collections team and Hooked on Africa Charters, headed out from Hout Bay to release four very special turtle survivors. These four endangered loggerhead turtles arrived at the Aquarium’s sea turtle rescue, rehabilitation and release centre with very different stories, find out how they made their way to the Two Oceans Aquarium and how they are getting back home.
WSL Green Alert for Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge – Nazaré, Portugal
The World Surf League (WSL) Big Wave Tour (BWT) has issued a Green Alert for the Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge presented by Jogos Santa Casa at Nazaré, Portugal to run on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. The first call will be made at 8 a.m. local time (GMT) on Tuesday.
The first-ever event of its kind, the Nazaré Tow-In Surfing Challenge will feature 10 teams comprised of two athletes, alternating between surfing and driving the team’s ski. Each team will compete twice in an hour-long heat with a priority system to ensure all riders get their shot at some of the best and biggest waves on the day.
For the first time, two female big wave chargers will compete at Nazaré among the best surfers in the world. Gabeira will compete as Team World alongside Sebastian Steudtner, while Dupont is the only rider on her team, driven by her companion Fred David on the ski.
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