S.R.: MONACO SWAN ONE DESIGN–2019 SECOND EDITION

Alexander Panzeri
Apr 28, 2019 · 11 min read

First time published: 2019Apr11

Gallery Day 1: http://bit.ly/2WVsE7s

ClubSwan50: First Departure of the event
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BICCHIERE MEZZO PIENO — Day 1 Report from the field

Thanks to the good mood of the Race Committee, the first day has brought at home one race for each class.
Maybe a bit too much conservative to try to launch the second race that at the end this has brought to rise the AP flag over Alpha flag (in my opinion, I would taken the risk to launch the ClubSwan 50 a.s.a.p arrived the last of it and if needed delete the race on a Mark, but the R.C. know his job, and I was just on the press-boat).

ClubSwan 50: Perhonen GBR-023
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The crown of the beautiful of the year is the last born Perhonen GBR-023 with her RED paint, Sorry Mathilde! Also a note for the “cangiante” blue-grey-violet of Stella Maris.

In the big class the fight is very close, and with a great tactics the race has been dominated by Skorpios (that had been k… damage in the crash last year http://bit.ly/2DCv97r ).

ClubSwan50: ITA-50016 CUORDILEONE with S.A.R. Principe Carlo di Borbone delle Due Sicilie and Ken Read on the finish line
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The flagship of the fleet CuordiLeone, helmed by the guest S.A.R. Principe Carlo di Borbone delle Due Sicilie supported by the King of the sails Ken Read, a regal boat, didn’t have a good first part, but at the end has showed a very good speed and has closed the gap with the first. At the third place we find MATHILDE SUI-5004 that on the second hoist of gennaker had a caramella (candy).

ClubSaw50: MATHILDE SUI-5004 with the caremella
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For the others classes, due to some defection (it’s really a pity that owners of 42 and 45 are not more active in Monaco) and the time spent to follow the bigger one, I’ve few word for them, in any case on the arrival line, the the fight was still on fire.

ClubSwan45: battle between ESP-10222 PORRON IX and ITA-1500 ANGE TRANSPARENT 2 on the downwind leg
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ClubSwan45: battle between ESP-10222 PORRON IX and ITA-1500 ANGE TRANSPARENT 2 on the arrival line
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ClubSwan42: BEL-555 ANDANTE IV at the finish line
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It was clear that more emotion than last year was impossible but the forecasts are switching off our hopes for the rest of the event, so we keep fingers crossed.

Clouds over the bay, signs of no wind and rain in approach
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Results tables:

ClubSwan 42 Class http://bit.ly/2UehM2Q

  1. ITA-17325 FAR STAR Michele MALANDRA (1=1)
  2. BEL-555 ANDANTE IV Bernard MARCHANT(2=2)
  3. FRA-37258 ZAPPY Christophe WARGNY S(3=3)

ClubSwan 45 Class http://bit.ly/2Ua4bt0

  1. ESP-10222 PORRON IX Luis SENIS (1=1)
  2. ITA-15000 ANGE TRANSPARENT 2 Valter PIZZOLI (2=2)
  3. GBR-45026 MISS K CHECKMATE Giuseppe CORBETTA (3=3)

ClubSwan 50 Class http://bit.ly/2U5aVsd

  1. RUS-5007 SKORPIOS Dmitry RYBOLOVLEV (1=1)
  2. ITA-50016 CUORDILEONE Carlo di Borbone-Due Sicilie (2=2)
  3. SUI-50004 MATHILDE Morten KIELLAND (3=3)

Main Galleries Folder: http://bit.ly/2WXlHCR
Main Galleries Folder 2019: http://bit.ly/2WNBIeu
Day 1: http://bit.ly/2WVsE7s


First time published: 2019Apr12

Gallery Day 2: http://bit.ly/2WZV3cB

ClubSwan50: The N (November) flag is running on the field.
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COLPO DI CODA DELLO SCORPIONE — Day 2 Report from the field

ClubSwan50: Skorpidi RUS-5007.
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I was thinking to use a more specific Italian expression <<“Colpo di C…” per lo scorpione >> but we remain kind…

ClubSwan50: Departure of the class Swan50.
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Even if the starting line is long enough, the ClubSwan 50 has decided to be concentrated on the pin with 2 boats RUS-5007 and SUI-5004 has tried to start left tack from the pin, but the rest of fleet with ITA-50016 has push them back, also the leader of the standing RUS-5007, has been obliged to continue right tack initially with SUI-5004 and later with ITA-5010, finishing so the last to arrive to the first mark.

ClubSwan50: The leader is boxed inside after she tried to start with left (port) tack.
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CuordiLeone has found the space to tack and overtake, behind, the rest of the fleet and at on the lay-line only OneGroup was in front to all fleet.

ClubSwan50: Downwind for Swan 50 fleet.
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With a huge tactical decision on downwind leg, around half field CurdiLeone has decide to jibe, an action that paid: the blue boat has crossed the gate in first position, the same for Perhonen.

ClubSwan50: The great tactical decision of CuordiLeone ITA-5016.
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Once all fleet was already upwind, the R.C. has decided to use the blue checked flag (N). So all of us went back, wet, at home. The other fleet has a good departure too, but they decided to be in “sguarata” formation, flying for the most of the time alone.

Departure of the ClubSwan 42 and 45, with a very very lazy mood…
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YCM: the optimism of the R.C. boat
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Did I mention the weather??? Not so, very light wind still from 070°, 2–5[kts] with gust maybe 8[kts], overcast and light shower. Yes a typical noon British weather.
So as the title says, the only boat happy for the N flag is the leader of the standing of each class, in particular Skorpios that was in the last position.

ClubSwan50: The happiness of the Skorpios team for the N flag.
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At the end to close the day, we had the visit of the Old Lady of the YCM: Her Majesty TUIGA D-3. So I’ve had the possibility to shoot the two swans of the sea: the Club Swan 50 “In one word, this yacht had to be cool, developed by Juan Kouyoumdjian” (quote from Swan site) and the TUIGA D-3 m15 by William Fife the m15 king.

The new Swan 50 Perhonen GBR-023 in front the the Old Lady m15I TUIGA-D3.
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All are with crossed fingers for tomorrow for a better meteo, for me also it’s time to load the car and drive to Lago di Como for the begin of the season on the lake with O.R.C., H22, J24 and Platu25 classes, the number of boats expected is around 40 (last time for a so big number was with the J24 Italian Championship). I hope the Breva (southerly wind) will makes the dynamic.

Results tables:

General Stage 2: 1 races
ClubSwan 42 Class http://bit.ly/2UehM2Q

  1. ITA-17325 FAR STAR Michele MALANDRA (1=1)
  2. BEL-555 ANDANTE IV Bernard MARCHANT(2=2)
  3. FRA-37258 ZAPPY Christophe WARGNY S(3=3)

ClubSwan 45 Class http://bit.ly/2Ua4bt0

  1. ESP-10222 PORRON IX Luis SENIS (1=1)
  2. ITA-1500 ANGE TRANSPARENT 2 Valter PIZZOLI (2=2)
  3. GBR-45026 MISS K CHECKMATE Giuseppe CORBETTA (3=3)

ClubSwan 50 Class http://bit.ly/2U5aVsd

  1. RUS-5007 SKORPIOS Dmitry RYBOLOVLEV (1=1)
  2. ITA-5016 CUORDILEONE Carlo di Borbone-Due Sicilie (2=2)
  3. SUI-5004 MATHILDE Morten KIELLAND (3=3)

First Time published: 2019Apr28

Gallery Day 3: http://bit.ly/2WWaRgh

ClubSwan50: Gli sconfitti return to home watching small sun-ray on the town
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ROULETTE MONEGASCA: RULES OF SAILING and WIND RULE — Day 3 Report from the field

I needed sometime to write this report from the field because Friday (day 3) I’ve had to leave the Mediterranean to come back home to shoot on the Lago di Lecco another event (link to the post: http://bit.ly/2DmmYMj); and plus the institutional holidays were behind the corner (Easter, 25th April, 1stMay).

The day in the Principato has started with a friendly small tournament of calcio balilla (n.d.t.: table soccer) and ripetizioni di step-climbing to watch the wind conditions in front to the new Marina working zone.

Y.C.M.: Campionato Calcio Balilla.
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The building site of the new Marina.
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Yes the hope was small and for me time was running fast… at the end the R.C: has found some wind and around 11:15UTC, the first regatta has started. Today the light wind is from SW, so the field is the other side.

ClubSwan50: Departure, Skorpodi in jump start.
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The White Russian lady, leader of the standing, has missed, for some seconds, the start, and has been obliged to return behind the starting line jibing around the pin. Nevertheless, the Skorpios’s hull is quite fast and at the first mark they are already on the tail fo the fleet. For the rest of the fleet the first leg has been on the coastal side and no-one has tried to find a chance outside.

On the downwind leg the Russian boat is again protagonist being the first to split, jibing to take the left (port) side.

ClubSwan50: Gennaker runway.
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ClubSwan50: alternative course Skorpidi RUS-5007.
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The action has paid a lot, because at the end they have overtaken a couple of boat at the gate and at the first cross they were 3rd as ITA-5016 CurodiLeone.

ClubSwan50: SUI-5004 watched by the spectators on Solleone.
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A note of the first departure: today the Flag-ship Solleone has joined the fleet bringing guests, sponsors and journalists to watch the fights.

In the other classes, the departure has been “ordinaria” and they crossed the line in the first half near the R.C. boat. Even if the battle between participants of the ClubSwan 42 and 45 has been tight, the forces on field had been already evident for the last two days.

ClubSwan42 & 45: Departure.
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ClubSwan42 & 45: Formation.
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While the regattas were taking place, after the visit of the old lady TUIGA D-3 yesterday, the third day has had another fast visit from another old Lady the tall sail ship (and French monument) Belem, just a pity they didn’t hoist all sails earlier, but it’s always nice to see this lady. For me this is the second time I can shoot tall ships behind the event in Monaco: the first time was during the J24 European Champ. 2013 (yup time runs fast from my debut) http://bit.ly/2WeMZV2

Belem passes under the Oceanographic Museum.
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Clubswan50: La Signora in Rosso Perhonen GBR-023 and Belem.
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The second race for both classes have been more spread on the line.

ClubSwan50: Departure.
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ClubSwan42 & 45: Departure.
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But if the departure was conventional, the race has been exciting.
Better, the protagonist has been the wind and the weather local condition (and when I say local, I mean in in the order of magnitude of metre).

Mark 1, second Lap, due to the wind shift and the movement of the cluster of rain, it has been replaced more close to the coast.

Tracking screenshots.
credit: TracTrac®

When the second part of the ClubSwan50 fleet has arrived, I don’t know if for strategy or mistake, Mathilde SUI-5004 reached the Mark 2 (more or less the old Mark 1 position) and so she has obliged to approach in “gran lasco” reaching; on the other side, Stella Maris AUT-5021 and OneGroup GER-5011 have crossed the lay-line and tacked.

ClubSwan50: Mathilde SUI-5004 and OneGroup GER-5011 in danger situation.
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At the mark, Stella Maris has passed, the next is the German ones with a small gap, the green lady, on the opposite tack and side, decides to go in and tack on the mark, thinking to have enough space and speed, but OneGroup is obliged to poggiare (bear away) under the buoy.

Result: Protest, OneGroup recovering with a difficult 360° because in the meanwhile the red lady and DrifterSail were approaching too, and the crazy green after one length from the buoy has obliged to make the penalty going under again the buoy.

Un bel casino!

ClubSwan50: the fleet is downwind.
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We have gone downwind to arrive with the first, because the “groppo” has brought rain on the offset zone and very light breeze, and at one moment, while all are on right tack, Stella Maris AUT-5021 decides to jibe and go far to the open sea side, for us it was looking like a

“try something different, we will not loose any”

ClubSwan50: Stella Maris AUT-5021.
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Tracking screenshots.
credit: TracTrac®

On top Ulika ITA-5010 and Skorpidi RUS-5007 were fighting. The match race has brought the two white hulls in the corner of the field on port (left) side of the finish line mark (a dynamic buoy), just a question: “who jibes first?”, the Italian go, with the advantage to be upwind to the Russian.

ClubSwan50: Ulika ITA-5010 and Skorpidi RUS-5007 jibing and… stop.
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Tracking screenshots.
credit: TracTrac®

But exactly in that moment the wind, first “stopped”, second change direction.

ClubSwan50: Skorpidi RUS-5007 in hold-position.
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The two leaders are “circling” away from the finish line (yup they passed from a situation of downwind to one upwind in just one length).
The nightmare has also the terrible surprise that Stella Maris has cut the line in first position with CuordiLeone second, that also had decided to jibe out. The two white lady, finally after a “climb”, have found again the right direction and so they crossed the line with the gennaker up, just in time that the rest of the fleet on the coastal side crossed with the genoa hoisted.

Tracking screenshots.
credit: TracTrac®
ClubSwan50: Stella Maris AUT-5021.
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ClubSwan50: the ex leaders finally to the finish line.
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The ClubSwan42 & 45 at the same time, have arrived to the mark 1 in downwind configuration and the R.C. has stopped the race there.

Some sailors don’t like this field, but it’s in the difficult field that the good sail-man is revealed.

While I was shooting on the lake, I discovered that Saturday, the last day, they couldn’t sail any race, a very pity.

Results tables:

General Stage 3: 3 races
ClubSwan 42 Class http://bit.ly/2UehM2Q http://bit.ly/2DBdmNZ

  1. ITA-17325 FAR STAR Michele MALANDRA (1;1;1=3Pts)
  2. FRA-37258 ZAPPY’S Christophe WARGNY (3;2;2=7Pts)
  3. BEL-555 ANDANTE IV Bernard MARCHANT (2;3;3=8Pts)

ClubSwan 45 Class http://bit.ly/2Ua4bt0 http://bit.ly/2DBelxF

  1. ESP-10222 PORRON IX Luis SENIS (1;1;1=3Pts)
  2. ITA-1500 ANGE TRANSPARENT 2 Valter PIZZOLI (2;2;2=6Pts)
  3. GBR-45026 MISS K CHECKMATE Giuseppe CORBETTA (3;3;3=9Pts)

ClubSwan 50 Class http://bit.ly/2U5aVsd http://bit.ly/2Dw4Pf9

  1. ITA-5016 CUORDILEONE Carlo di Borbone-Due Sicilie+Leonardo Ferragamo (2;3;2=7Pts)
  2. ITA-5010 ULIKA Andrea MASI (4;1;4;=9Pts)
  3. RUS-5007 SKORPIOS Dmitry RyYBOLOVLEV (1;8;3=12Pts)

Main Galleries Folder: http://bit.ly/2WXlHCR
Main Folder 2019: http://bit.ly/2WNBIeu
Day 1: http://bit.ly/2WVsE7s
Day 2: http://bit.ly/2WZV3cB
Day 3: http://bit.ly/2WWaRgh

Alexander Panzeri Photography

In short: Sailing Photographer and Astro-Photographer, Sailor, ex Airspace Engineer Student, ex Aircraft Pilot

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In short: Sailing Photographer and Astro-Photographer, Sailor, ex Airspace Engineer Student, ex Aircraft Pilot

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