Pieter Taselar’s Bliksem team provided a masterclass in success through making the least mistakes rather than winning races on the opening day of the M32 World Championship on Lake Garda. The US-based Dutch team never won a race but never scored worse than a fourth leaving them with a might nine point lead, ahead of Don Wilson’s second-placed Convexity, in turn just a point ahead of Larry Phillips’ Midtown.
Pieter Taselaar’s Bliksem recorded its best performance yet at the M32 European Series Marstrand today, winning five out of six races. In the ‘one that got away’ the New York-based Dutchman’s team recovered from an OCS to finish second.
A growing question as the 27th August start of the M32 World Championship in Riva del Garda looms is - will this year’s World Champion be a team from the M32 European Series or from the USA? The opening day of the M32 European Series Marstrand gave a strong initial indication that it may be the latter.
Two points separated the four top teams going into the third and final day of the 2019 M32 European Series’ second stopover in Medemblik, Holland. A forecast for an easterly breeze of more than 10 knots had the crews sailing five up licking their lips such as Aston Harald boss Håkan Svensson’s Valhalla Cape Crow Vikings and Zurich-based Brit Richard Davies on Section 16.
Flat water and good breeze is a recipe for high octane catamaran sailing that the Dutch know well thanks to their famous dammed off inland sea, the Ijsselmeer. It is here that the M32 European Series visits later this week (21-23 June) for its second stage, following Pisa last month.
Following four days of intense racing, Rick Devos’s REV clinched their first title as M32 Corinthian World Champions, silently sweeping the fleet and sailing a tremendously consistent event in Chicago, IL. Mirroring the accomplishment, ChinaOne.Ningbo walked away as 2018 M32 Overall World Champions, defending their title from last year with a commanding twenty-point lead.
M32 World is setting up base in Valencia to deliver seven events across M32 Academy programs, M32 Series fleet racing and World Match Racing Tour qualifiers as Marina Valencia becomes the home of the high-performance M32 catamarans in Europe this winter.
An impressive sight of 10 M32 catamarans took to Biscayne Bay for the final event of the M32 Miami Winter Series this weekend. The event was rounded off in style as strong winds blew over the racecourse on Sunday allowing boats to fly at over 20knots.