District 9  Regatta Report

Wed Dec 28th, 2016 through Fri Dec 30th, 2016

2016 Christmas Regatta - Trophy Jacques Puissegur

 

Report by Jean-Gabriel Charton:

From the 28th to the 30th December 2016, 47 crews were gathered in Nice to compete during the traditional Christmas Regatta. This impressive participation is a record for this event and made it the biggest event of the Star Class in Europe this winter.

The 2016 issue was the 60th anniversary of this historical event of the Star Class. The death of Jacques Puisségur who was for a long time its manager and the ringmaster of the tombola where everbody wins, also added to the emotion and importance of this date. In his memory, the name of the regatta will be "Christmas Regatta - Trophy Jacques Puissegur" in order to thank him for his involvement.

His son Jean-François Puissegur took up the torch and thanks to his commitment, 47 crews met to fight. Among them, many champions of the serie like Xavier Rohart, Emilios Papathanasiou, Fritjof Kleen or Roberto Benamati but also enthusiasts representing 12 nationalities from all over the world. Seduced during his last visit, Joshua Revkin pleased us to come back from USA, sailing this time in family with his father Jim. Thank you guys!

Weather conditions were changing during the three days of racing, as announced the day before during the briefing by the president of the race committee M. Dominique Giorgi. He’s also a Star owner of the fleet of Nice. This meeting was the opportunity to welcome all competitors and even more through a welcome aperitif. Diego Negri came as a neighbor and a friend of the regatta.

The first day brought together the typical conditions of Nice in winter combining sun, flat sea and thermal wind coming from land. What all the participants call year after year "Champagne sailing!". It allowed the race committee to organize two races before returning the fleet ashore for a bbq under the sun before enjoying the terrace of Club Nautique de Nice. At the end of the first day, the podium was made up of Giampero Poggi / Manlio Corsi (ITA 8497 / FDM) followed by Emilios Papathanasiou / Antonis Tsotras (GRE 8434 / GR) and Jean-Gabriel Charton / Olivier Terrol (FRA 8266 / Ni).

On the second day, the fleet left the port after a short delay due to uncertain weather conditions. The thermal wind was much weaker than usual and finally a strong east wind obliged the committee to send back the whole fleet to shore.

On the third and last day, 3 races were run in the traditional weather conditions with a wind weakening for the last one. The departure from the harbor in the morning was accompanied by the sunrise allowing all the crews to photograph themselves in front.

If you have friends who have participated or if you have followed the event on facebook, you see exactly what we mean! At the end, Giampero Poggi and Manlio Corsi won this 60th Christmas Regatta - Trophee Jacques Puissegur for their first participation, followed by Roberto Benamati with Alessandro Vongher and Emilios Papathanasiou with Antonis Tsotras.

The organization of the regatta would like to thank warmly the SSL for its support since many years and for its contribution to the success of the event. This year again the regattas were broadcasted live on Internet with live tracking 2D. To celebrate the anniversary, dozens of caps were offered to competitors with the SSL logo.

We hope to see you again next year and even more participants. We are doing our best to let you live a magical experience on our favorite boat.

The Nice Star Fleet wish you the best for 2017, many successes in your life and in your Star races, of course. Results categories:
1st Master = Giampierro POGGI (ITA)
1st Grand Master = Lorenz Zimmermann (SUI)
1st Exhalted Grand Master = Daniel Wyss (SUI)
1st Woman = Claudia Maria Graber (AUT)
1st Junior = Marcel Ceelen (NED)


Star
Place Boat Skipper Crew Sail #: Fleet 1 2 3 4 5 Total
1 ITA 8497   Giampiero Poggi   Manlio Corsi   ITA 8497   FDM   2.0 2.0 4.0 4.0 2.0 10
2 Best Wind   Roberto Benamati   Alessandro Vongher   ITA 7488   Gar   1.0 20.0 2.0 1.0 8.0 12
3 Thrylos   Aimilios Papathanasiou   Antonis Tsotras   GRE 8434   GR   7.0 1.0 27.0 5.0 3.0 16
4 La Pelle   Xavier Rohart   Sebastien Guidoux   FRA 8237   NI   4.0 14.0 1.0 8.0 11.0 24
5 NED 8334   Thomas Allart   Kilian Wiese   NED 8334   Hol   9.0 16.0 6.0 3.0 7.0 25
6 Econ Industries   Reinhard Schmidt   Michael Ziller   GER 8427   ZuW   13.0 3.0 5.0 25.0 12.0 33
7 Junior   Jean Gabriel Charton   Olivier Terrol   FRA 8266   NI   3.0 5.0 BFD 14.0 15.0 37
8 Anna   Urs Infanger   Oleg Chtchetinine   SUI 8133   LUV   12.0 8.0 9.0 13.0 20.0 42
9 Merope   Armin Wiedergut   Florian Klaura   AUT 8441   AU   17.0 10.0 23.0 10.0 13.0 50
10 Leporello   Daniel Wyss   Urs Joss   SUI 8329   ZU   8.0 24.0 BFD 15.0 4.0 51
11 Basilisco   Guglielmo Danelon   Mattia Gazzetta   ITA 8480   FdtT   11.0 15.0 11.0 22.0 14.0 51
12 White Magic   Giovanni Coppo   Giovanni Bradanini   ITA 8513   Man   19.0 29.0 19.0 11.0 5.0 54
13 Do't And Dot's   Fabrice Dot   Emmanuel Dot   FRA 6844   NI   28.0 4.0 17.0 6.0 48.0 [DNF] 55
14 Squalo Bianco VII   Lorenz Zimmermann   Cicio Canali   SUI 8482   LuV   23.0 34.0 14.0 2.0 19.0 58
15 Annetta   Maurizio Planine   Alberto Liubich   ITA 8335   FdiT   14.0 11.0 20.0 28.0 16.0 61
16 GER 8110   Thomas Hopf   Florian Wahl   GER 8110   ZuW   32.0 17.0 8.0 19.0 18.0 62
17 Ma !!   ROBERTO RIGHI   Davide Mugnaini   ITA 8501   Viar   5.0 7.0 37.0 16.0 48.0 [DNF] 65
18 SUI 8232   Wil Wargnier   Serge Pulfer   SUI 8232   G   24.0 13.0 7.0 21.0 48.0 [DNF] 65
19 Mojo   Dominik Fallais   Simon Fallais   RUS 8305   Aac   27.0 19.0 3.0 17.0 48.0 [DNF] 66
20 Filance   Filippo Orlando   Uli Sieberger   MON 8346   MO   30.0 22.0 16.0 7.0 21.0 96
21 Altair   Edoardo Possati   Giambattista Giachetti   ITA 8500   Viar   26.0 27.0 12.0 18.0 17.0 73
22 Fritz   Jack Jennings   Frithjof Kleen   USA 8340   LS   48.0 [DNC] 12.0 25.0 46.0 1.0 84
23 Asteria 5   Jean Francois Puissegur   Philippe Ergand   FRA 8375   NI   18.0 33.0 BFD 30.0 6.0 87
24 Filance 2   David Ferey   Benjamin Redreau   MON 7903     37.0 37.0 22.0 20.0 9.0 88
25 Etoile De Mai 2   Lionel Renevier   Yann Dorst   SUI 8270   G   21.0 18.0 30.0 24.0 25.0 88
26 Austariert   Nils Hansen   Carsten Reuter   GER 7483   HF   6.0 28.0 18.0 40.0 48.0 [DNF] 92
27 NED 7443   Marcel Ceelen   Chester Houwink   NED 7443   Hol   20.0 30.0 15.0 27.0 48.0 [DNF] 92
28 USA 8229   Jim Revkin   Josh Revkin   USA 8229   BH   16.0 36.0 26.0 26.0 24.0 92
29 GBR 7897   Keri Harris   Sam Thompson   GBR 7897     15.0 31.0 38.0 9.0 48.0 [DNF] 93
30 Zob El Bhar   Vianney GuéZennec   Thomas Giorgi   FRA 7778   VF   25.0 21.0 13.0 36.0 48.0 [DNF] 95
31 Spotter II   Andreas Kant   Leo Luongo   ITA 6889   FdAL   10.0 39.0 10.0 43.0 48.0 [DNF] 102
32 Lotta 3   Gerald Birbaum   Martine Birbaum   SUI 8085   G   45.0 6.0 33.0 38.0 26.0 103
33 Aftermath   Jean Luc Chaboud   Matteo Chaboud   FRA 8328   FdeSA   36.0 32.0 35.0 41.0 10.0 107
34 Evi   Ewald Koestler   Chris Conrad   GER 7491   Sta   22.0 25.0 42.0 34.0 27.0 108
35 Marmomar   Aurelien Tissot   Patrick Tissot   SUI 7925   G   38.0 9.0 32.0 37.0 48.0 [DNF] 116
36 Red Star   Michael Willis   Alexandre Bayeau   AUS 7038   VF   34.0 23.0 31.0 31.0 48.0 [DNF] 119
37 Thor   Jean Nicolas Bondaletoff   Louis Cahane   FRA 7467   MO   43.0 40.0 28.0 12.0 48.0 [DNF] 123
38 Ribalda   Alessandro Zilioli   Laurent Tatford   ITA 7813   VF   44.0 35.0 21.0 45.0 23.0 123
39 FRA 8196   Raoul Dabry   Tristan Cotte   FRA 8196   FdeM   31.0 38.0 29.0 32.0 48.0 [DNF] 130
40 ITA 8014   GIUSEPPE RITUCCI   Antonio Menassia   ITA 8014     29.0 44.0 24.0 35.0 48.0 [DNF] 132
41 POL 8417   Ireneusz Stawiany   Jakub Stawiany   POL 8417   ISOL   33.0 46.0 36.0 29.0 48.0 [DNF] 144
42 Joe   Emile Mercier   Francis Mercier   FRA 8078   FdeSA   41.0 45.0 40.0 44.0 22.0 147
43 Marmomar2   Eric Denis   Marc Trinquart   SUI 8313   G   40.0 41.0 43.0 23.0 48.0 [DNF] 147
44 Acciuga   Louis Enjalbert   Matteo Carli Roy   FRA 7624   NI   42.0 32.0 34.0 42.0 48.0 [DNF] 150
45 Xena   Claudia Maria Graber   Franz Junior Kloiber   AUT 849   SMA   35.0 43.0 BFD 33.0 48.0 [DNF] 159
46 Number 7   Michael Kramer   Christian Pfarr   GER 7975   BF   39.0 42.0 39.0 39.0 48.0 [DNF] 159
47 Upstart   Patrick Jean   Antonio Rubino   ITA 7335   VF   46.0 47.0 41.0 47.0 48.0 [DNF] 181

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