Junior and Llanoria Victorious At The 2015 International Six Metre World Championship

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JuniorCrewIn a spectacular two-race light airs showdown local hero Yann Marilley, crewed by Nicolas Berthoud, Kaspar Schadegg, Philippe Durr and Alexandre Nicole aboard the 1981 Pelle Petterson designed FRA177 Junior, claimed the 2015 International Six Metre World Championship hosted by the Société Nautique de la Trinité-sur-mer. This is the second time that Yann Marilley’s name will have been engraved on the Six Metre World Cup Trophy, the first being in 2011 in Helsinki. Junior on the other hand has already won the trophy no less than three times, in 1999, 2007 and 2011.

Llanoria-CrewThe Classic Division for yachts built prior to 1965 produced an equally close finish in which Peter Hoffman’s elegant 1948 Olin Stephens’ designed US83 Llanoria, helmed by Eric Jespersen and crewed by Herb Cole, Peter Watkins, Kris Bundy and Peter Hoffmann and Matthew Henley, was ultimately victorious. This was the second time Eric Jespersen has won prestigious Djinn Trophy for the Classic Division, the first being at Rhode Island in 2009.

Race By Race

With the hopes of the entire population of La Trinite resting on his shoulders, Yann Marilley went into the final day of racing for the Open Division just a single point ahead of nearest rival SUI132 Sophie II, owned and helmed by Hugo Stenbeck and crewed by Martin Westerdahl, Stu Argo, Bernardo Freits and Alvaro Morihno.

Yann Marilley takes up the story. “With Sophie we had just a single point advantage. We were very calm because the crew has sailed together for eight years so we all know each other and we know that we have a good boat and a good crew. We know Sophie very well too because we’ve raced against her for a long time. We got a good start and had Sophie under control, we passed three boats at the first mark and finally took the lead within the last twenty metres to the finish line, which put the pressure on Sophie. In the second race we knew we wanted to go to the right so we didn’t get a great start, but we got right very fast which gave us control and from there we were able to sail to third place and win the championship. So all in all a good day and a great relief!”

IMG_7928Sophie II finished the final race in fourteenth place, taking second overall in the Open Division by seven points from Reiner Muller’s CAN111 Blade, which was helmed by Steve Kinsey. It’s not very often that you find someone ecstatically happy at finishing third in a major championship, but Reiner Muller was overjoyed with their result. “We just came third at the Six Metre Worlds in a boat that only cost us £30,000.” He said grinning from ear to ear after racing. “We bought the boat for £14,000 and then spent another £2,000 on her before the 2014 Europeans in Falmouth. Only four races were sailed so there was no championship, but we were in fourth place with a £16,000 boat and a couple of new sails. This winter we spent another £10,000 in refitting so we’ve spent around £30k to come third in the Worlds. There are a lot of good boats around that aren’t being sailed, but have great potential so its easy to get involved.”

In the Classic Division Llanoria began the day on equal points with Andy Postle’s GBR22 Titia, a 1952 David Boyd design crewed by Brian Pope, Chris Webber, Jeremy Hartley and Neil “Jaffa” Harrison. The two boats virtually matched raced off the line in race seven and at the weather mark Llanoria headed the fleet with Titia right on her tail. Titia’s crew threw everything they had into attempting to overtake, but on the line Llanoria held her advantage so went into the eighth and final race with a single point lead.

Llanoria made the smart move of going right off the start line of race eight while Titia went left on what turned out to be a tack to oblivion. As they bore off downwind in a dying breeze on what was to be the last leg of the championship, Llanoria kept a loose watching cover on her rival, but sailed to a comfortable sixth place and Classic Division victory. Titia eventually finished in 20th place, by far her worst result of the series, giving them the second step on the podium six points behind Llanoria and three ahead of third place KC10 Gallant, helmed by Ben Mumford.

After racing Peter Hoffman sang the praises of his crew. “The third time’s a charm. We’ve tried twice before and we’ve come in second and we’ve come in third. Winning the Worlds is a dream. Kris first started sailing with Llanoria when he was in college and in fact was aboard when she got hit in 1984 [after which she was rescued by Peter’s father Harry who at one time owned seven Six Metres, all of which he had saved from almost certain destruction]. Eric did his very first international regatta on the bow of Llanoria at the 1979 Worlds in Seattle and Herb has been with us for about four years now.”

Asked about whether he would challenge for the Six Metre World Championship in Llanoria in 2017, when it will be hosted in his home city of Vancouver, Peter let us into a little secret. “Llanoria will definitely be racing but not with this crew. Instead we are already putting together a top-notch women’s team to race the boat. We have some outstanding women sailors in the Vancouver area with great Olympic and big boat experience and we want to get them into Llanoria as soon as possible so they truly have a chance to not only be the first all woman team to race the Six Metre Worlds, but to have a chance of winning too.”

Additional Six Metre World Championship Trophies

In recognition of the incredible history and diversity of the class there are a number of additional and very special World Championship trophies, which will be presented at the Final Prize Giving and Gala Dinner on Friday night.

LucieThe Kungl Svenska Segel Sällskapet Cup, which is presented to the leading boat built to the First or Second Six Metre Rule, will be awarded to ISMA President Matt Brooks’ 1931 Clinton H Crane designed USA55 Lucie, which finished fourth Classic overall. Lucie will also receive the Baum & König Vintage Trophy for the highest placed Classic yacht which uses white or cream sails, wooden mast, boom and poles and flies a racing flag.

The Six Metre is a class that attracts sailors of all ages, a fact ably demonstrated this week by Andre Chaudoye of F105 May Be VIII, who at 89 years young was the oldest competitor racing, and the crew of FRA106 Warhorse, led by Marin Pinson, who are all in their teens and early twenties. Another young crew that put in an excellent showing this week was that of SUI91 Irene helmed by Nicolas Jaton, who will receive the Nelson Trophy for the leading Vintage Modern yacht built between 1966 and 1978.

IMG_7870It’s also an equal opportunity class with a number of ladies racing in the fleet including Catharine Larson, who helped SWE119 Rebecca, owned and helmed by husband John Larson, to victory in the Lucie Cup for the highest placed yacht which includes a woman as helmsperson or crew.

In addition to the perpetual trophies noted above the winning crews will also receive a number of very special prizes to be presented by the event sponsors. These will include items from technical clothing specialist Musto, Neptunia whose unique cutlery and sailing knives are inspired by the sea and Hine Vintage Cognacs, who will also be creating a tasting opportunity on the evening. Finally the competitors will each receive a unique commemorative medal designed and struck exclusively for the championship by leading jewelry company Arthus-Bertrand.

After racing the sailors gathered at the No Limits Marine Pancake And Cocktail party to congratulate the victors and commiserate with the loosers. They were universally fulsome in their praise of the work of Race Officer Gilles Bricout and his team on the water and of the members of the Société Nautique de la Trinité-sur-mer who created what has been universally acknowledged as one of the best Six Metre World Championships ever.

Forthcoming International Six Metre Championships

The 2016 International Six Metre European Championship will be hosted by the Regattaverein Brunen on Lake Lucern, Switzerland from 8 to 20 July. Further information about the regatta will be available fromwww.6metreeuropeans.com.

The next Six Metre World Championship will be hosted by the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, Vancouver, Canada from 27 July to 4 August 2017. Further information on this regatta is available fromwww.6mvancouver2017.com.

Further information, news and results from this regatta are available fromwww.6metreworlds.com.


Open Division  NB – The Open Division results are currently provisional pending the reopening of a protest with the jury on Friday morning, the results of which may effect 5th and 6th place

1.  FRA177 – Junior – Yann Marilley – 6,1,1,2,1,(9),1,3 = 15 pts
2.  SUI32 – Sophie II – Huge Stenbeck – 7,4,2,1,4,1,2,(14) = 22 pts
3.  CAN111 – Blade – Steve Kinsey – 1,2,4,6,6,2,7,(12) = 29 pts
4.  GER118 – Courage X – Alba Batzill – (13),6,5,10,4,5,4,1 = 35 pts
5.  GBR86 – Scoundrel One – Bertie Bicket – 3,(12),3,4,10,8,5,6 = 40 pts
6.  FRA107 – Tsigane – B Berthier/N Driss – 9,1,8,8,2,4,(20),2 = 44 pts

Classic Division

1.  USA83 – Llanoria – Eric Jespersen – 5,5,2,4,1,4,1,(6) = 22 pts
2.  GBR22 – Titia – Andy Postle – 3,3,10,1,3,6,2,(20) = 28 pts
3.  KC10 – Gallant – Ben Mumford – (17),1,1,17,2,3,4,1 = 29 pts
4.  US55 – Lucie – Matt Brooks – 9,(11),8,3,8,1,5,2 = 36 pts
5.  N71 – Flapper – Lars Guck – 4,4,3,1,2,5,(14),5 = 38 pts

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Final Day Photos

Here are a few photos from the final day of racing here in La Trinite.  Please note that Fiona will be uploading all her images to her online gallery over the next few days and you will be able to view and download copies directly from there of all the images she has taken.  www.fionabrown.com

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No Limit Marine Pancake & Cocktail Party Starts At 19.00

IMG_5023IMG_5022The No Limit Marine Pancake & Cocktail party will get underway in the regatta marquee at 19.00 this evening.  No Limit Marine is the company of newly declared Six Metre World Champion Yann Marilley so this evening will be an extra special early celebration of their victory.

The main prize giving will take place at the Gala Dinner tomorrow evening in the marquee starting at 20.00.

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Junior and Llanoria Are World Champions

IMG_7878Huge congratulations to Yann Marilley’s Junior crew of Nicholas Berthoud, Kaspar Schadegg, Philippe Durr and Alexandre Nicole on becoming 2015 International Six Metre World Champions who claimed the Trophy in a tense final race in incredibly challenging light conditions.

Congratulations too to Peter Hofmann’s Llanoria being helmed this week by Eric Jespersen and crewed by Herb Cole, Peter Watkins, Kris Bundy and Peter Hofmann who claim the Classic World Championship Trophy.

Full results at www.classements.snt-voile.org

More to follow shortly.

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All Running To Time In The Race Area – Here We Go

The race committee are looking all set to go on time for race seven and so we’re heading out onto the water to grab some photos and watch the action.  If we have any connectivity we’ll update you when we can, but do watch for the results at http://classements.snt-voile.org/accueil-371.html

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All Go For Day 4 In La Trinite

At this morning’s briefing the race committee confirmed it’s intention to run the final two races of the series today if conditions permit.  Currently there is an easterly blowing in the mid teens and the forecast is for the wind to clock and drop to around 6 knots as the day goes on.  We have hot sunshine so a good sea breeze this afternoon is likely.  The teams were instructed to be in the race area and ready to go for the planned 11.00 start.  The second race will follow as soon as possible but the race committee warned that the changing wind may mean a delay between the two races as the wind swops from gradient to thermal.

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Day 3 Press Report


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Having spent day two ashore because of strong winds, day three of the International Six Metre World Championship in La Trinité initially also looked to be in doubt, but this time for lack of wind. The forecast promised little more than four knots all day, but the race committee held out hope of a sea breeze and sent the fleet afloat on time to await developments on the racecourse.

At the appointed hour of 10.55 there was a light and briefly stable gradient breeze that lasted just long enough for the committee to set up a course and get the Open Division into sequence. Sadly as the seconds ticked down towards the start the wind shut off again so the AP was hoisted and a long wait began.

Fortunately that wait was eventually rewarded with a glorious afternoon of sailing in a westerly sea breeze of 7-10 knots that allowed the race committee to complete three windward leeward races, races four to six of the eight race series. Racing was cutthroat and with the discard now introduced there were shake-ups in both Open and Classic divisions. Going into the final day the points are so close that all the podium places remain to be decided.

IMG_7878In the Open Division local boat FRA177 Junior No Limit, owned and helmed by Yann Marilley finished second, third and ninth and has moved into the lead with a narrow two-point delta over Hugo Stenbeck’s SUI132 Sophie II who scored a pair of wins and a fifth place to move up from third. The fortunes of overnight leader Steve Kinsey at the helm of CAN111 Blade were not so rosy and despite finishing second in race six he drops down into third overall, two points behind Sophie.

The Classic Division saw big position changes on both the race course and overall and tonight Peter Hoffmann’s US83 Llanoria, the 1948 Olympic Gold Medal winner being skippered this week by Eric Jespersen, and Andy Postle’s GBR22 Titia, a 1952 David Boyd design, are tied for the overall lead on sixteen points. In third place and trailing by five points is Lars Guck sailing N71 Flapper, who took the silver medal at the last Classic World Championship in 2013. Lars still holds out hope of not being the bridesmaid this time around, but with just two races remaining to sail he will have his work cut out to make the top step of the podium. As Titia’s Andy Postle said after racing, “It was a hard day at the office, and it’s going to be an even harder day at the office tomorrow!”

IMG_8090The late finish to the racing day did nothing to dim the competitors’ enthusiasm for a good party, which is lucky as there were two parties to enjoy this evening. On arrival home the boats were greeted by the sound of a local Breton bagpipe band welcoming them to a spectacular champagne dockside party hosted by ISMA Chairman Matt Brooks and Pam Rorke-Levy, owners of the stunningly restored Classic Lucie. Lucie, designed in 1931 by Clinton H. Crane and built by Nevins for Briggs Cunningham the Americas Cup skipper, took pride of place on the dock and was bedecked with flowers, a fitting celebration for both the party hostess and the winner of the sixth race.

IMG_7995Following straight on from the dock party came the Crew Dinner in the regatta marquee where the teams enjoyed a delightfully informal evening featuring wonderful local foods and wines and of course lots great camaraderie. Matt Brooks took the opportunity to thank the event’s wonderful hosts, the Société Nautique de la Trinité-sur-mer, for their most generous hospitality.

Two races remain to be sailed and with the weather forecast indicating an easterly of around 11-14 knots tomorrow morning, backing into the south and dropping to sub six knots by mid afternoon, the race committee will be keen to get proceedings underway promptly at 11am tomorrow and conclude the event. If all eight races have not been completed tomorrow racing will continue into Friday. The regatta will close with a Gala Dinner and Prize Giving on Friday evening.

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