The International Open 5.70 Class organized from July 25th to 27th its first ISAF World Championship. In spite of summer vacations in France, 20 boats participated under the heat and mistral wind of Martigues, near Marseille, by the Mediterranean Sea. Teams from France, Spain and the USA competed with winds from 8 to 25 knots with major wind shifts during the entire event.
The U.S. this year were represented by:
Team Open Sailing / D.I.S.C. (Jerome Sammarcelli, Nik Vale, and Fabien Briola).
After finishing 12th in last years Coupe d’Europe Jerome & Nik returned hoping to build on it’s success and finish even higher in the overall rankings. Team Open Sailing was sponsored by D.I.S.C Sport & Spine Center – an invaluable resource and supporter of the Open 5.70 fleet here in the USA.
Team Open Sailing racing on USA 251, "D.I.S.C"
Team Festa (Rich Festa, Tony Festa, and Greg Dair)
This team recently won their second Pacific Coast Championship. They were also at the Coupe d’Europe last year and were fully aware that they needed to bring their A game to compete against the European teams.
Team Festa racing on USA 250, "X-Atlantic"
Team Tranquillo (Gimmy Tranquillo, Dylan Porter, Chris Slaggerman)
After recently relocating to Italy from Marina del Rey Gimmy traded in his Viper 830 for a good looking black Open 5.70. Every one on the team is an experienced sport boat sailor but since this was their first regatta on the Open 5.70 it was always going to be a real challenge.
Team Tranquillo racing on USA 224 "Catalina"
Martigue is known for it’s good breeze and racing took place on the Etang de Berre, a protected inland body of water, which meant that conditions were close to ideal for the Open 5.70. The winds in the area are driven by large and complex weather systems which makes them very unpredictable. As well as thermal wind from the Mediterranean there are also synoptic winds and “Mistral” conditions – the later two can be very strong, blow all night, and build or die very quickly. (more…)