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21 Jun 2015 Inaugural Dutch Hansa Class Championships - NED
21 Jun 2015 2015 Portuguese Championships - POR
4 Jun 2015 Strong SKUD 18 Fleet at 2015 Delta Lloyd Regatta - NED
4 Jun 2015 Inaugural Dutch Hansa Class Championships - NED
19 May 2015 Hansa 303 and 2.3 in the 2015 ASEAN Para Games - SIN
18 May 2015 Convincing win for Rickham & Birrell in Garda - ITA
6 May 2015 UK TT Series commences at Burghfield - GBR
5 Sep 2014 2015 European Hansa Class Championships - GBR
24 Nov 2014 2016 Hansa Class Worlds to be held in Medemblik - NED
 

Inaugural Dutch Hansa Class Championships - NED


Inaugural Dutch Hansa Class Championships in Zeewolde
David Staley, Sunday, 21 June 2015

After two days of sun, wind, rain and exciting racing, the Open Dutch Hansa Class Championships 2015 were already declared a great success.  Sunday was the last day of scheduled racing but the wind was extremely light and variable, so racing was unfortunately abandoned.

There were 26 entries in this Inaugural National Championships held in Zeewolde, with international sailors from Switzerland, Belgium, France and Australia helping to make up a very competitive field.

Current World Champions in the Hansa 303 two-person class, Tish & Michael Leydon of Australia, sailed a near perfect series dropping their 9th place in the final race to win with a comfortable margin.  It was down to a tie-break for the other podium places as Jean-Yves Letrain & Mike Dequecker (FRA) finished on equal points with Wendy Horemans & Christophe Sloor (NED).  A win in the final race for the French team saw them come away with second place.

Swiss sailor Willi Lutz had three straight wins to finish his regatta, giving him the Hansa 303 single-person championship by one point from Gerhard Beens (NED).  Just one more point in arrears, Claudia Schmid (SUI) claimed third overall.

In the all Dutch Liberty division, Hanneke Deenen dropped her second place in the first race and scored firsts for the remainder of the regatta to win by three points from Wilma van den Broek.  Bastiaan Hof claimed third overall.

Liberty sailor Deenen also claimed the overall Dutch championship title with the combined fleet also scored on performance handicap.  The Australians Tish & Michael Leydon sailing the 303 two-person were second, with Wendy Horemans & Christophe Sloor (NED) third overall.

 

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 Results
 Host Club Website
 Hansa Klasse Nederland


Inaugural Dutch Hansa Class Championships in Zeewolde

Inaugural Dutch Hansa Class Championships in Zeewolde

Inaugural Dutch Hansa Class Championships in Zeewolde

Inaugural Dutch Hansa Class Championships in Zeewolde

Inaugural Dutch Hansa Class Championships in Zeewolde

Inaugural Dutch Hansa Class Championships in Zeewolde
 

2015 Portuguese Championships - POR


Portuguese Hansa Class Championships 2015
Photograph:APCA
David Staley, Sunday, 21 June 2015

The 2015 Portuguese Hansa Class Championships have been concluded in Portimaoa

The 2015 Portuguese Hansa Class Championship were marked by moderate wind, predominantly from the southwest, but it freshened in the afternoon.

7 races were held throughout the day, the first five with race course at sea - two for the Hansa 2.3 class and three races for 303 double class.  Due to the harsh conditions, additional races were held in the outer harbor - one for the 2.3, and another 303 individuals.

In the 303 two person competition, João Pinto and Guilherme Ribeiro from Yacht Club of Marina de Portimão finished the regatta in 1st place after a second place and two victories. The team of André Bento / Pedro Reis and Ana Cunha / Carlos Araújo of Cascais Naval Club finished the 1st day of the race in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

In the Hansa 2.3, José Carvalheiro of Viana do Castelo Sailing Club finished in 1st place after three straight victories in the races of the day. Lucio Silva and Rui Dowling, both the Clube Naval da Horta ended the regatta in 2nd and 3rd place.

In the Hansa 303 single person, John Pinto from the Yacht Marina of Portimão Club finished at the top of the leader board, followed by Pedro Reis and Ana Cunha of the Naval Club of Cascais.

Organisers highlighted the effort of Guilherme Ribeiro, who debuted on the race course in very harsh conditions in the 303 singles, finishing in 5th place.

Other Links
 Results
 APCA Website


Portuguese Hansa Class Championships 2015

Portuguese Hansa Class Championships 2015
 

Strong SKUD 18 Fleet at 2015 Delta Lloyd Regatta - NED


Rolf Schrama and Sandra Nap (NED) - third in Medemblik
Photograph:Delta Lloyd Regatta
David Staley, Thursday, 4 June 2015

There was a bumper SKUD 18 fleet in Medemblik this year, with the seasoned campaigners joined by some emerging talent in the class.

There was a bumper SKUD 18 fleet in Medemblik this year, with the seasoned campaigners joined by some emerging talent in the class.

17 entries came from 13 nations for the annual Delta Lloyd Regatta sailed from the International Sailing Centre in Medemblik from May 26-30.

The 2012 Paralympic Gold Medallists, Australians Dan Fitzgibbon & Liesl Tesch, won three of the eight races to build a four point lead by the end of the regatta.  Second was Team GBR’s Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell. 

While these two teams have been scrapping it out at the top of regatta scoreboards for several years, the Dutch team of Rolf Schrama and Sandra Nap have reached the podium in the first year in the SKUD.

Netherlands will need to qualify for the Rio 2016 Paralympics at the 2015 World Championships in Melbourne this November, and the Delta Lloyd Bronze Medallists are still competing with Vera Voorbach and Jan-Rein van Esseveld for national selection.

“We are not yet in Rio”, said Schrama. 

“It's nice that we have achieved this level.  I would like to go once more to the Paralympics, and after Rio goes the sailing program. So it has to happen now”, he said.

Sandra Nap commented “This result indicates that we found a connection. We are together only for a year in this class and have much to learn. This is a great motivation to train even harder”.

For more information, photos & videos, visit www.deltalloydregatta.org

The next SKUD 18 event is the ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland from 8-14 June

 

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 Final Results
 Regatta Website

 

Inaugural Dutch Hansa Class Championships - NED

David Staley, Thursday, 4 June 2015

The Inaugural Open Dutch Hansa Class Championship will be held in June.

A quality international fleet is expected for the Inaugural Dutch Hansa Championships.

Already there are 27 boats entered from Italy, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Australia and the Netherlands.  This includes 5 Liberties, 13 Hansa 303 Two Person and 9 Hansa 303 Single Person.

Organized by the Dutch Hansa Class Association (Hansa Klasse Nederland) in conjunction with the Royal Netherlands Watersports Association (RNWA), the championships will be held from 12 to 14 June in Zeewolde.  The Hansa 2.3, Hansa 303 and Liberty classes are invited.

This is the first time a National Championships has been conducted for the Hansa classes in Holland and the event comes just a year ahead of the 2016 Combined World & International Championships being held in Medemblik.

The Notice of Race for the Dutch Championships can be downloaded below.

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 Notice of Race
 Hansa Klasse Nederland
 2016 Hansa Worlds in Holland


Liberty racing in the Netherlands

Vera Voorbach (NED) will sail full servo at the 2012 Worlds in Sydney
 

Hansa 303 and 2.3 in the 2015 ASEAN Para Games - SIN


The Hansa 303 has been included in the ASEAN Para Games being held in Singapore
Photograph:SDSC
David Staley, Tuesday, 19 May 2015

The Hansa 303 and 2.3 have been included along with the International 2.4mR in the 2015 ASEAN Para Games sailing competition being held in Singapore later this year.

Racing will be conducted at Marina Bay Waterfront from December 3-9.

The ASEAN Para Games- a biennial multi-sport event organised by the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) for athletes with a disability.  It will be hosted in Singapore for the first time in the history of the Games in conjunction with the nation's 50th anniversary of independence.  The eighth biennial Games is expected to host more than 2,000 athletes and officials from ASEAN nations.

For more information and to view the Notice of Race, click the link below.

Other Links
 ASEAN Para Games Sailing

 

Convincing win for Rickham & Birrell in Garda - ITA


Rickham & Birrell (GBR) have won at Lake Garda
David Staley, Monday, 18 May 2015

Alexandra Rickham & Niki Birrell have taken a convincing win in the SKUD 18 fleet at Garda Trentino Olympic Week, the second leg of the Eurosaf Champions Sailing Cup.

The British SKUD team finished up with a 10 point margin over John McRoberts & Jackie Gay (CAN), with Marco Gualandris & Marta Zanetti taking third overall.

12 SKUDs from 8 nations competed in the event sailed from Riva del Garda at the northern end of the spectacular Lake Garda.

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 Final Results
 Event Website


SKUD 18s sailing at Garda Trentino Olympic Week 2015

SKUD 18s sailing at Garda Trentino Olympic Week 2015

SKUD 18s sailing at Garda Trentino Olympic Week 2015

SKUD 18s sailing at Garda Trentino Olympic Week 2015

SKUD 18s sailing at Garda Trentino Olympic Week 2015

SKUD 18s sailing at Garda Trentino Olympic Week 2015

SKUD 18s sailing at Garda Trentino Olympic Week 2015
 

UK TT Series commences at Burghfield - GBR


The Burghfield TT kicked off the 2015 TT Series
Photograph:Alex Irwin
Simon Smith, Burghfield Sailing Club, Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Tuesday 28 April 2015 was forecast to be a spectacular day for sailing which turned out to be accurate! The weather gods were clearly on the side of the 27 Hansa entries with almost non-stop sunshine and fair moderate wind from the west.

27 entries was a record for Burghfield Sailing Club. A slight downside to having this number of entries was that having one hoist it took longer than expected to get everyone afloat.

A trapezoid course was set, which through the steadiness of the wind meant that it didn't need to be changed or adjusted throughout the four races.

Entries within the fleet were very similar. Hansa 2.3: 4 Entries, Hansa 303 one person: 7 Entries, Hansa 303 two person: 7 Entries, Liberty: 9 Entries.

Two races were held back to back in the morning, followed by lunch and two more races back to back in the afternoon.

Lindsay Burns dominated the 2.3 fleet winning the first 3 races, James Woosnam dominated the 303 one person fleet with a 3rd and three firsts, Peter Etherton and Peta Etherton won the highly contested 303 Double fleet with five points from Andy Sheath / Kate Lintott and Martin Hadley / Steve Kitson who both scored seven points. David Durston won the Liberty fleet with three firsts.

As many will know Burghfield SC is located next to the M4 Motorway. Adjacent to the club was where the cement lorry had its accident and deposited many tons of fast setting cement onto the road. The Motorway had to be shut and wasn't due to be reopened until the following day. The consequence was that ALL the local roads were log jammed at going home time.

Despite this everyone thoroughly enjoyed the event and we at BSC look forward to welcoming the Hansa fleets again next year.

Overall Results: (top three)

Hansa 2.3
1. Lindsay Burns (Frensham)
2. Martin Stone (Burghfield)
3. Paul Kingston Frensham

Hansa 303-one person
1. James Woosnam (Frensham)
2. Kate Hedley (Frensham)
3. Leslie Phillip (Tideway-London)

Hansa 303-two person
1. Peter Etherton and Peta Etherton (Frensham)
2. Andy Sheath and Kate Lintott (Frensham)
3. Martin Hadley and Steven Kitson (New Forest)

Liberty
1. David Durston (Whitefriars)
2. Melvin Kinear (Tideway-London)
3. Paul Philips (Frensham)

Other Links
 Full Results
 HCA(UK) Website

 

2015 European Hansa Class Championships - GBR

David Staley, Friday, 5 September 2014

The UK Hansa Class, in conjunction with the Rutland Sailing Club (UK) and Rutland Sailability, are organising the Bruce Wake 2015 European Hansa Class Championships.  The Notice of Race has been released and entry is now open. Sailors wishing to charter boats are asked to complete the charter form. A list of accommodation is also available.

The championship will be held at Rutland Sailing Club, Edith Weston, Rutland, UK.  Many of you will remember that this was the venue for the very successful Access Class World Championships in 2010.

Entry is open until 1st June, after which a late fee of 50 Euros is payable.

For more information, visit the links below.........

Other Links
 Notice of Race
 NoR Amendment
 Entry Form (PDF)
 Entry Form (Word)
 Charter Boat Information
 Accommodation Information
 Rutland Sailing Club
 UK Hansa Class Association


Rutland Sailing Club - host to the 2010 Access Worlds

Liberties at the 2010 Access Worlds

Pre-race in the rigging area - Access 2010 Worlds

SKUD 18s add some colour to an overcast day in Rutland

Start of the Liberty practice race - Chris Cook (AUS) led start to finish

A busy Rutland Sailing Club dock ahead of the practice race

303 two-person start for the practice race

2.3s get away for the practice race on Rutland Water
 

2016 Hansa Class Worlds to be held in Medemblik - NED

David Staley, Monday, 24 November 2014

The International Hansa Class Association has announced that the 2016 Hansa Class Combined World & International Championships will be held in the Netherlands.

The 2014 Annual General Meeting of the National Hansa Class Associations referred the decision to its new IHCA Committee where there was strong support for the Medemblik venue.

“The regatta centre at Medemblik is used each year to host large World and European Championships and the annual Delta-Lloyd Regatta.  The facilities are outstanding and offers a tremendous venue for our next Worlds”, said IHCA President Brendan Tourelle.

“We were pleased to receive a very detailed proposal from The Netherlands where activity in the Hansa classes has been developing strongly”, he said.

The event is planned for early June, following closely after the Delta Lloyd regatta, which would provide back to back world class events for the SKUD 18 sailors – especially those preparing for Rio 2016.

The event will include the following competitions:

  • Hansa 2.3 World Championship (single person)
  • Hansa 303 World Championship (two person)
  • Hansa 303 International Championship (single person)
  • Liberty World Championship (single person)
  • SKUD 18 International Championship (two person)

The 2016 Worlds will provide a full week of great sailing on a venue well known by sailors all over the world.  In the organiser’s vision, sailors will bring their family and friends to combine their passion of sailing with a visit to the cultural and recreational venues of the Netherlands, Amsterdam and the beautiful city of Medemblik.

Since the opening of the International Sailing Centre Medemblik in 1999, between 10 and 25 sailing events are organised each year. The venue has hosted World Championships for the Contender, J-22, Star, Mumm 30, X-99, International Cadet, H-Boat, Flying Dutchman, Dragon and Windsurfing classes along with numerous European Championships, the annual regatta for Olympic & Paralympic classes and a range of other high quality events. As a result, race and event management in Medemblik is of a truly world class standard.

The historic Dutch town of Medemblik, with its characteristic old buildings and relaxed character, is an ideal host town for sailing events.  It is only a 30 minute drive to Medemblik to Amsterdam and the Schiphol International Airport.

In 1999, the Medemblik town, together with the Royal Netherlands Watersports Association (Watersportverbond), built the International Sailing Centre.  Within the facility are shops, offices, a restaurant and pub, jury rooms, results centre, communication centre (with internet and phone lines), press centre, large accessible rest rooms with showers, and a storage area.

The ISC also features 200 metres of accessible floating jetties, easy to operate crane, a large boat park and ample parking space.  This unique venue is the home of the famous EuroSAF Delta Lloyd Regatta with over 600 competitors every year and up to 6 race areas.

The Ijsselmeer makes Medemblik the capital of sailing in the Netherlands.  A huge inland fresh water lake of approximately 2500 km2 with no current and a depth of 4m.  It is a superb wide open water to sail on, without obstacles and with steady winds.  The racing area for the Hansa Class Worlds 2016 will be within a 10 -15 minutes sail.

There is a variety of accommodation types near to the event venue – camping, bungalow parks, comfortable houses and the luxurious Hotel Medemblik.

During the 2016 Worlds, it will be late spring in the Netherlands. This means an average daytime temperature of 20Ëš Celsius, a 20% chance of rain and an average wind velocity of 12-16 knots.

Charter boats will be made available for entries from outside the continent.  Within Europe and the UK, sailors are encouraged to bring their own boats.

By hosting this event, Hansa Klasse Nederland is hoping to motivate a lot of Dutch recreational sailors to develop their racing skills in 2014 and 2015 so they can be very competitive in the 2016 Worlds.  They have assigned 3 training locations at clubs in Holland where sailors can improve their skills throughout the year. 

 


International Sailing Centre Medemblik

International Sailing Centre Medemblik

International Sailing Centre Medemblik - images from 2010 IFDS Worlds

International Sailing Centre Medemblik - images from 2010 IFDS Worlds

International Sailing Centre Medemblik - images from 2010 IFDS Worlds

International Sailing Centre Medemblik - images from 2010 IFDS Worlds

International Sailing Centre Medemblik - images from 2010 IFDS Worlds
 

 
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