Dear Esse 850-Sailors, because of a cyber-attack the website was out of order. But we are now back again. Nevertheless – we wish you Merry Christmas und a Happy New Year! We are happy to meet you at the Esse 850 IC Cup 2017 starting in Italy on the 29th of April. Very warm regards, Stephan in the name of the committee.

For those of you who did not already do the math yourselves: The SUI 158, team «Zebrabox» with Paul-Ambroise Sevestre, officially managed to defend last year’s overall victory of the Esse 850 International Class Cup! As last year, the decision was again extremely tight with only 1 point difference between the winning team and the SUI 172, team «Ottocinque Due» with Alain Marchand, in second place. The podium is being completed by the gentlemen of SUI 125, team «Aspra» with Urs Oldani, in third. Congratulations to team «Zebrabox» for another outstanding season!

Past weekend, the worlds biggest annual singlehanded sailing regatta, the «Silverrudder Challenge», took place in Denmark. A total of 400 boats started to the race around the island of Funen, but not all competitors were able to manage the tough conditions. As last year, Franz Schollmayer fortunately won the «Keelboats Small 2»-ranking with his Esse 850 «Firlefranz»! His report (in German).

The Esse 850 Swiss Championship 2016 finished today with two afternoon races after a relaxing lunch in Brissago. As expected the SUI 158, team «Zebrabox» with Paul-Ambroise Sevestre, could not be caught and hence defended their Swiss Champion title with a very impressive series of bullets only! The podium is being completed by the SUI 137, team «Nuvina» with Luca Wullschleger, in second and the SUI 079, team «Trucciolo D’Oro» with Stefano Gautschi, in third place. The final ranking. Congratulations and many thanks to all teams and the organizing committee of the Yacht Club Ascona for this great event!

Hooray, the Esse 850 Swiss Championship 2016 will surely be valid in the end due to four nice races that could be sailed today in up to 15knts of breeze. Four races with four bullets for the SUI 158, team «Zebrabox» with Paul-Ambroise Sevestre, who will be quite difficult to catch up tomorrow – but you never know. In second place of the preliminary ranking is the SUI 137, local team «Nuvina» with Luca Wullschleger, followed by the SUI 157, the «Esseboats Team» with Esse-Mastermind Josef Schuchter. Now, we wish all members of the Gentlemen’s Class an entertaining evening at the enchanting Yacht Club Ascona!

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