The 18ft skiff class has always been one of the most dramatic classes in sailing. And what happens when you have a fleet of them racing on the famous Lake Garda, Italy?
YOU GET SPECTACULAR SAILING!!!
Hartas Productions was on scene to cover a few days of the 18ft Skiff Europeans and Mark Foy Trophy and the racing was amazing! A number of teams from Australia shipped their boats over especially to compete in this event, whilst a number of more local, European entrants fought fiercely for the title of European Champion.
A few teams from the United Kingdom looked strong and poised to make a determined effort but as ever in the 18ft skiff class, one small mishap can cost you hundreds of meters, and put you at the back of the fleet in a matter of seconds.
The Golden Globe Race is an amazing yacht racing event. Sailors from around the world have decided to set out on this amazing journey to sail their boats solo, non-stop and unassisted all the way around the globe!
Meet Tapio Lehtinen, a 6m sailor from Finland, who is taking part in this historic race! Tapio has competed in some off shore sailing but not recently. His biggest achievement was as watch captain in the 1981-82 Whitbred Round the World Race. He has spent a long time inspecting the rules governing which yachts are permitted and he chose his yacht very carefully and there are rumours aplenty that his yacht should be the fastest one in the fleet!
The 2018 WASZP UK Nationals were the first WASZP National Championships held in the UK and it was an absolute success! Hosted by Rutland Sailing Club, the fleet began arriving on Thursday for some practice windward/leeward races and to have a go at the hugely popular slalom style racing that other WASZP fleets around the world have championed.
Race Officer Mike Haynes used these practice races to collect valuable data about the WASZP fleets abilities and characteristics. From this data, he worked out the optimal course shape, length and number of laps but then took it a step further. Mike went above an beyond and was insistent on consulting the sailors each morning as they enjoyed a cup of tea and each afternoon as they enjoyed a few crisp cold beverages to ensure that all competitors were happy and to seek suggestions for possible improvements and what the attitude of the fleet was toward the schedule of racing the following day.
In April 2018, Hartas Productions headed to Sant Carles de la Ràpita, Spain to shoot a promotional film for the brand new Flying Mantis boat. As a sailor and as a film maker, this was a very exciting opportunity. Providing event coverage only allows for a limited amount of creativity but Simon and Amanda from Flying Mantis afforded full creative reign for this project to Hartas Productions.
After a few months of brainstorming and storyboarding, the shoot began in earnest and featured smoke bombs, drones, an over night shoot in the customs warehouse etc. It was all very exciting to shoot and the boat certainly provided the interesting subject for the film. What a boat!
The 2018 WASZP Cup Norway had its first Stage in early May held at Glesvær, just outside Bergen and it was a sensational event, with 14 boats turning up to take part in the epic racing!
Conditions were ideal all weekend. The first race was held in a light 8-10 knot breeze which gave some of the newer sailors an gentle introduction into foiling. After a lunch break onshore, the wind came in hard, reaching 24 knots which resulted in some spectacular sailing and even better capsizes! The format of racing close to shore meant that spectators could watch the the sailors compete around the track as the proximity to the shore made the wind shifty and puffy, making the racing even more thrilling.
Day 2 of WASZP Cup Norway saw a perfect 15 knot breeze flowing into Glesvær again and the fleet headed out for another fleet race where it was clear that the sailors were learning fast, as the starting line was the scene for a dramatic display of daring and tactics with a number of boats opting for the pin end, port tack start, converging with the starboard tack, boat end fleet within seconds. Avoiding collisions and rule infringements, the fleet continued to race tightly all around the race course before taking a break and sharing the course with the windsurfing fleet who conducted a few races whilst the WASZP’s had their lunch break on the water.
The first Australian WASZP Nationals proved to me a monumental success with 35 boats and glamour conditions throughout the series, held at the Sorrento Sailing and Couta Boat Club.
Reigning WASZP Games champion Harry Mighell won the series convincingly from Jon Holroyd and another Sorrento local, Tom Trotman. Holroyd and Trotman were locked in a battle for second place and it would have been fantastic to get some racing in on the last day to break the deadlock but mother nature intervened and there was not enough wind to race.
From a Youth side of things it was great to see young Hugo Llewelyn improve dramatically during the regatta, giving the leaders a run for their money with a 2nd place in heat 4. In the Masters, Jon Holroyd sailed an extremely consistent event to claim 1st Master, followed by New Zealander Nick Olson who also had his moments of glory.
2017 produced some of the best sailing video moments ever! It was an amazing year and Hartas Productions had a fantastic time covering some of the best sailing events around the world!
Just some of the events we covered included the Moth Worlds in Italy, which we did as a joint production with Beau Outteridge. Hartas Productions also covered the 2017 F18 World Championship in Denmark, Sail Sydney, Sail Melbourne, the Grand Final of the 2017 Hydrofoil Pro Tour, Cherub Nationals in Australia, 6mtr RRegatta in Finland and heaps more!
We were stoked to be the official video provider for the first every International WASZP Games! We then went up to Norway to film the final event of the 2017 WASZP Cup Norway!
We had such an amazing time at all these events that we thought it would be great to put together a highlights reel of the best sailing video moments from a bunch of events we covered! We couldn’t fit everything in to one video, no matter how much we wish that we could!
Hartas Productions is already super busy covering sailing events around the world in 2018 and every time we pick up the camera, sit down to edit, or publish a video, we get more and more excited! We have been investing in new camera equipment and improving our production with every day that goes past!
We love to film sailing and if you want us to come and make a cool video about your team, your event or your boat, please tell us! Just click this link here to send us an email and we will get back to you ASAP!
So as we begin 2018, why not take a minute and sit back to watch our collection of the best sailing video moments from 2017! Hartas Productions looks forward to seeing you soon at an event near you!
The 2018 Flying 11 National Championship was conducted by the Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club and it was a challenging regatta!
With plenty of wind causing some delays to racing, the Race Officer had his work cut out to get the races in!
A great fleet of Flying 11 competitors were racing hard on a variety of courses from windward/leeward’s to the classic ‘triangle, hot dog’ course. The lead boats had to prove themselves in a variety of conditions on the various courses so the winner truly deserved the title at the end!
Hartas Productions was employed to film two days of racing at the 2018 Flying 11 National Championship and we enjoyed every second of it! There was plenty of action with some flying spinnaker runs, big waves and even the odd collision! Hartas Productions was there to capture it all!
New Zealand’s Francesco KAYROUZ and Jackson KEON (NZL12) took the title of the 2018 Zhik 29er World Champions today with top 4 results in all races and a 9 point cushion separating them from their closest competition. New Zealand got the edge in the last two races today with an early gybe allowing them to take advantage of a big right-hand shift. KAYROUZ and KEON commented on their win on the race course “How did we do it? Consistency; making sure we sail to our best and to our full potential, sailing every leg like a new race and keeping your head out of the boat. Bow down and send it!
On winning the title, Kayrouz said: “Well it sounds kind of cheesy but it hasn’t sunk in yet, but it feels good. The event’s been good; it’s been challenging and a bit nerve-racking at times, but it’s been a good send.”
2nd Overall went to Australia’s Lachie BREWER and Max PAUL (AUS6) on 20 points. France’s Benjamin JAFFREZIC and Leo CHAUVEL (FRA2) followed in third on 25points with fellow countrymen Theo REVIL and Gautier GUEVEL also on 25 points in fourth.
Sail Sydney wrapped up its Olympic class section with national team and squad members winning six of the eight fleets.
Australian Sailing Squad members Nia Jerwood and Monique de Vries made a late charge to win the women’s 470 ahead of Rio Olympians Carrie Smith and Jaime Ryan, Marlena Berzins finished with two bullets to secure the Laser Radial title and Australian Sailing Team members David Gilmour and Joel Turner emerged victorious in the 49er.
Jake Lilley took out the Finn class, while Mat Belcher and Will Ryan maintained a perfect scorecard to take out the 470 men’s class.
“The racing was tighter than the scorecard indicated,” Belcher said.
“Sometimes the scorecard doesn’t reflect how tight the racing really is. It was just great to be out there with the young up and coming crews getting some good racing in.”