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News – Saturday, August 23, 2014
Saturday, August 23, 2014   (Image © Christophe Favreau)
The 5o5 World Championship 2014 ended yesterday in Kiel with a last race, sailed in a 20 kn breeze and won by Mike Holt/Rob Woelfel USA after a tight duel with Peter Nicholas/Luke Payne AUS. With this victory, the USA team defended the first place and earned the 5o5 World Champion's title in front of the Australian advancing on rank 2. Wolfgang Hunger/Julien Kleiner GER finished 3rd yesterday and take the Bronze medal.
The report and the final rankings.
Saturday, August 23, 2014   
The moderate conditions stayed on at the Laser U21 Worlds in Douarnenez FRA and the situation for the men's title remains open before the last two races today, while the women's title has already been decided.
Hermann Tomasgaard NOR and Lorenzo Chiavarini GBR lead in the Lasers Standard at equal points. Stefano Peschiera PER, 8 points behind, as well as Michele Benamati ITA, are also fighting for a medal. Joel Rodriguez ESP on the 5th place leads in the U19-classification.
The new Laser-Radial-U21-World Champion before the last two races already is Agata Barwinska POL. Her advance on Daphne Van der Vaart NED is 29 points. New on rank 3 is Martha Faraguna ITA. Marina Reino ESP on rank 5 leads in the U-19 classification ahead of Marie Barrué FRA on rank 10 as second-U19.
All ranking lists and the event facebook page.
Saturday, August 23, 2014   
The wind was very light yesterday at Halifax CAN and only the Skud-18 finished one race. Winning this heat, Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tesch AUS climbed on top of the overall rankings one point ahead of Alexandra Rickham/Niki Birrell GBR. With a small 2 points' deficite on the leaders, Marco Gualandris/Marta Zanetti ITA are still in the race for the title. 8 points is the advance of Heiko Kröger GER on Damien Séguin FRA in the 2.4m. In the Sonars, Tingley/Lutes/Campbell CAN are 4 points in front of Jourdren/Vimont-Vicary/Flageul FRA.
All ranking lists and the event website.
Saturday, August 23, 2014   (Image © ISAF)
No breeze on Lake Jinniu near Nanjing yesterday and the the Medals at the Youth Sailing Olympics have to be decided in the last race of today, provided their will be enough wind. If not, there is still a spare day on Sunday.
After seven races sailed, Bernie Chin SIN leads in the Byte Boys 4 points ahead of Pedro-Luis Macondes BRA and another 3 points on Rodolfo Pires POR on rank 3. Also 4 points is the lead of Odile Van Aanholt NED in the Byte Girls, where only Samantha Jing Yi SIN still has a chance to replace her on top. Carolina Albano ITA is already 23 points back.
In the Techno Boys windsurfers, Maxim Tokarev RUS has only one point on Francisco Saubiodet ARG, but also Lars Van Someren NED on 3rd with a 3 points' backlog is still in the race for Gold. Leader in the Techno Girls windsurfers is Linli Wu CHN ahead of Mariam Sekhposyan RUS and Lucie Pianazza FRA folgen at equal points on rank 2.
All results and the report of the day.
Saturday, August 23, 2014   (Image © DR)
A passing rain front delayed racing on the first Final Series' day of the Optimist Team R, and only late in the afternoon, the competition continued with some light wind races. The Turkish team was again outstanding winning all three heats, as did the Spanish team moving up on rank 2 overall.
The Gold-Group (League C) results and the daily report with all other results.
Saturday, August 23, 2014   (Image © Lloyd Images)
Act 5 of the Extreme Sailing Series began yesterday in Cardiff GBR with nine 10-minutes' short races. 'JP Morgan - BAR' with Ben Ainslie GBR is the first leader 8 points ahead of the 'SAP Sailing Team' with Jes Gram Hansen DEN. Third is 'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA closely followed by 'The Wave - Muscat' with Leigh McMillan GBR, duelling for the overall Tour lead. The Swiss 'RealTeam' with Jerôme Clerc SUI follows on rank 5. The report and the ranking list.
Saturday, August 23, 2014   (Image © H.J. Weimer)
Again a splendig Maloja wind day yesterday and the Swiss Optimist Championship continued with 4 races. Winning three heats in his group, Rok Verderber SLO took the overall lead 10 points ahead of Roko Mohr GER and Valentin Müller GER at equal points on the ranks 2 and 3. The best Swiss Nicolas Rolaz SUI descended on rank 7, followed by the best girl Gaia Bergonzini ITA.
The ranking list and the short report.
Saturday, August 23, 2014   (Image © DR / EUROSAF)
The wind was for the first time somewhat lighter - around 10 kn - at the EUROSAF Youth Sailing Championships in Poland. Leaders before the last races today are Daniel Blight/Rowan Edwards GBR in the 29ers, Laura Izzo/Maria Ianzillo ITA and Ewa Romaniuk/Katarzyna Goralska POL at equal points in the 420 girls as well as Matteo Pinchrle/Ludovico Basharzad ITA and James Clemetson/Daniel Whiteley GBR tied with 28 points each in the 420 Boys, just one point ahead of Mattia Panigoni/Riccardo Mirra ITA. Hannah Andersohn GER leads in the Radial Girls and Sebastian Kalafarski POL is the best Radial Boy. Emma Wilson GBR an Radoslav Furmanski POL are on top in the windsurfsr.
All ranking lists and tne report of the day.
Saturday, August 23, 2014   
No news this morning from Lake Uri, where the Tempests and Fireballs sail their Swiss Championships. Leaders after the first day with three races are Cornelia and Ruedi Christen TYC in the Tempests, and Regula Baumgartner/ ? CVE in the Fireballs.
The results and the event website.
Saturday, August 23, 2014   (Image © JOY)
Shifty light winds made sailing challenging at the Melges 20 US Nationals in Newport RI. Three races were sailed and finishing three times on rank 2, Cesar Gomes BRA and his team have taken the lead ahead of Drew Wierda USA.
The ranking list and the report of the day.
News – Friday, August 22, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014   (Image © Christophe Favreau)
Moderate conditions prevailed yesterday with a 10-15 kn breeze, enhanced with rainy squalls. Two more races were sailed at the 5o5 Worlds, making the situation before the last race today very exciting, as the gaps between the boats have been reduced.
Mike Holt/Rob Woelfel USA lead 2 points ahead of Andy Smith/Tim Needham GBR and 5 points on Peter Nicholas/Luke Payne AUS, the winners of yesterday's first race. Still chances for a medal have Hunger/Kleiner GER, Pinnell/Shelton GBR and Böhm/Roos GER on the ranks 4 to 6.
The ranking list and the event website with the video of the day.
Friday, August 22, 2014   (Image © DR)
Moderate 10 kn conditions prevailed also yesterday off Douarnenez at the French Atlantic Coast, and both classes sailed the planned two races each.
Agata Barwinska POL keeps the first place in the Lasers Radial extending her lead on Daphne Van der Vaart NED to 18 points. Martina Reina ESP was the best of the day and regained the 3rd place overall. She is also on top of the U19 Girls.
No changes on the podium in the Lasers Standard: Hermann Tomasgaard NOR leads with just one point ahead of Lorenzo Chiavarini GBR. Stefano Peschiera PER remains on the 3rd position. Joel Rodriguez ESP follows as best U19 sailor on rank 4 overall.
All ranking lists and the event facebook page.
Friday, August 22, 2014   (Image © ISAF)
After three days with light to very light winds, Lake Jinniu was plagued with little to no wind yesterday at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games with no racing possible. After 6 races completed so far, Linli Wu CHN is first in the Techno female windsurfers, Maxime Tokarev RUS in the Techno male windsurfer, Odile Van Aanholt NED in the female Bytes and Bernie Chin SIN in the male Bytes. Racing continues today Friday and concludes Saturday. All ranking lists and the report of the day.
Friday, August 22, 2014   (Image © Onur Cam)
The Qualification Series at the Kiteboarding Course Race Worlds in Southern Turkey mostly sailed in light winds was concluded yesterday. The leaders so far, Florian Gruber GER and Ricardo Lecchese ITA, terminated the heats partly with mid-fleet ranks, leaving rank 1 to Oliver Bridge GBR 5 points ahead of Maxime Nocher FRA. No change in the women's fleet, where Steph Bridge GBR leads ahead of Erika Heineken USA. See the video summery covering the first three days of the event. The event website.
Friday, August 22, 2014   (Image © Tim Wilkes)
Late and very light was the seabreeze yesterday allowing each class to complete only one race.
Heiko Kröger GER jumped on rank 1 in the 2.4m yesterday with a 3rd place and the discarded result. Damien Séguin FRA and Megan Pascoe GBR discarded their premature starts from day one as well and moved up on the positions 2 and 3 overall. Leader change in the Skud-18 too with Alexandra Rickham/Niki Birrell GBR taking the first place with a race win. Marco Gualandris/Marta Zanetti ITA follow 2 points behind. Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tesch AUS stay on rank 3. Paul Tingley CAN and his team defended their first place in the Sonars. Bruno Jourdren FRA advanced on the 2nd place thanks to the discarded result. John Robertson GBR is now 3rd.
All ranking lists and the event website.
Friday, August 22, 2014   
The EUROSAF European Youth Sailing Championship continued yesterday in windy 16 to 22 kn conditions. Here all ranking lists and the report of the day.
Friday, August 22, 2014   
On the backside of the rain front passing the Lake Garda region, the weather normalized yesterday and there was enough wind on Lake Ledro to conclude the Qualification races.
Turkey leads with a 13-2 w/l score ahead of Poland (11-4) and Spanien (10-5). The best eight teams start to the Final series today. The remaining 8 national teams race for the ranks 9 to 16.
The results and the report.
Friday, August 22, 2014   (Image © America s Cup)
Two weeks after the entry dead line, five challenging teams have officially been recognized by the Golden Gate Yacht Club of the America's Cup Defender, Oracle Team USA. Seeking to compete in the 35th America's Cup match in 2017 are
Artemis Racing (SWE), Royal Swedish Yacht Club, Ben Ainslie Racing (GBR), Royal Yacht Squadron, Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Luna Rossa Challenge (ITA), Circolo della Vela Sicilia and Team France (FRA), Yacht Club de France, apparently all having paid the million-dollar entry fee.
The news.
Friday, August 22, 2014   (Image © H.Weimer)
Surprisingly favorable Maloja wind conditions prevailed yesterday on Lake Silvaplana at ths Swiss Optimist Championship. Split in three groups, the 199 participants sailed 3 races. Nicoals Rolaz SUI/CNM succeeded to control the strong international competitors leading with a 3-points advance on Roko Mohr GER, at the same time best of the B-category (U11). Gaia Bergonzini ITA on position 3 is the best girl. Also among the top-10 are Morgan Lauber SUI/CNM and Joshua Richner SUI/SCM on the ranks 9 and 10.
The ranking list and the short report.
Friday, August 22, 2014   
Yesterday, the Fireball and Tempest had their first three Swiss Championship races off Brunnen, as part of the newly launched 'Windweek'. Cornelia and Ruedi Christen TYC won all races in the 19 boats' Tempest fleet and are - once more - the superior leaders. Regula Baumgartner/ ? SUI/CVE and Milan Hajek CZE jointly lead among the 26 Fireballs. The ranking lists.
News – Thursday, August 21, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014   (Image © Christophe Favreau)
Sailable 15-20 kn was the breeze on the Kiel Bay, but some rainy squalls above 25 kn brought again many of the 170 teams in difficulties. Finishing 6th and 1st, Mike Holt/Rob Woelfel USA are the new leaders ahead of Andy Smith/Tim Needham GBR. Stefan Böhm/Gerald Roos GER follow on rank 3. Best of the day (ranks 3/3) were the defending champions Hunger/Kleiner GER, advancing on rank 4 overall. Ueli Marti/Res Schürch SUI, the best Swiss, follow on rank 29 just in front of Cedric Bart/René Betschen SUI.
The ranking list, the report of the day and the video of the day. Today's races can again be followed live on the Internet.
Thursday, August 21, 2014   (Image © DR)
After some waiting, the breeze filled in and each fleet sailed two races in an 8 kn wind during the afternoon. Yesterday's results allowed to discard the worst race and some modifications in the rankings occurred.
Hermann Tomasgaard NOR - best of the day with the ranks 1 and 2 in his group - took the lead in the Lasers Standard ahead of Lorenzo Chiavarini GBR at equal points. Stefano Peschiera PER remains on 3rd. Joel Rodriguez ESP, best U19 helmsman, follows on the 5th place.
Agata Barwinska POL, ranks 1 and 3, was the best yesterday too in the Lasers Radial and extended her lead on Daphne Van der Vaart NED to 12 points. Ecem Güsel TUR new on 3rd is already 30 points back. Martina Reino ESP, best U19 helmswoman is on the 4th place.
All ranking lists and the event facebook page.
Thursday, August 21, 2014   (Image © Onur Cam)
The Kiteboarding Course Race Worlds continued yesterday with 4 races sailed in a somewhat lighter breeze as on day one. The Bridge-Family ruled the show with Steph Bridge GBR keeping her first place in the women's ahead in the of the defending champion Erika Heineken USA by a small margin, and her son Olver Bridge GBR, age 17, taking the lead in front of defending champion Florian Gruber GER at equal points. Ricardo Leccchese ITA remained on rank 3.
All ranking lists and the daily report.
Thursday, August 21, 2014   (Image © Tim Wilkes)
The Paralympic World Championship continued yesterday with two races for all three classes. Much applauded by the local public, Paul Tingley CAN, Scott Lutes CAN and Logan Campbell CAN moved on top of the Sonars ahead of John Robertson GBR and Colin Harrison AUS with their teams. Marco Gualandris/Marta Zanetti ITA are now alone on the first place of the Skud 18, but Alexandra Rickham/Niki Birrell GBR and Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tesch AUS are only one point behind. Helena Lucas GBR moved on top of the 2.4m yachts, in front of Kevin Cantin FRA and Brett Willcock NZL. Heiko Kröger GER dropped on rank 10 after a premature start, but - winning race 2 of the day - he will be back in the race for the title as soon as the worst result will be discarded.
All ranking lists and the videos.
Thursday, August 21, 2014   (Image © ISAF)
On the 'windiest' day so far, roughly 8 kn, all fleets sailed three races on Lake Jinniu near Nanjing CHN. Considering the discard result, some changes happened in the overall rankings.
Bernie Chin SIN replaced Pedro-Luis Marcondes BRA on top of the Byte Boys. Rodolfo Pires POR follows on rank 3.
Odile Van Aanholt NED defended her first place in the Byte Girls, but Samantha YingJi SIN reduced her backlog. New on rank 3 follows Carolina Albano ITA.
The new leader in the Techno Boys' windsurfers is Maxim Tokarev RUS, just one point ahead of Francisco Saubidet ARG. Lars van Someren NED remains 3rd.
Linli Wu CHN took the lead in the Techno Girls' windsurfers much applauded by the - as on the previous days - many spectators. Mariam Sekhposyan RUS and Lucie Pianizza FRA are at equal points on the ranks 2 and 3.
All ranking lists and the report of the day.
According to the program, today should be the lay day, but considering the postponements on the previous days, racing goes on .. again in very light winds as predicted. The news.
Thursday, August 21, 2014   (Image © DR)
The Optimist Swiss Championship 2014 will start racing today, provided the wind conditions are satisfactory inspite of the bad weather killing the thermal breeze. Among the 205 participants from 14 nations are sailors from the Bermudas and India. The event website.
Thursday, August 21, 2014   
The Optimist Team Racing European Championship 2014 began yesterday on Lake Ledre above Lake Garda after some waiting. 8 flights (4 races by team) were sailed by the 16 national representatives split in two groups. Leading after day one with a 4-0 w/l score are France and Turkey. Poland and the defending champion Spain follow with a 3-1 w/l score.
The results and the report.
Thursday, August 21, 2014   (Image © Marek Wilku Wilczeck)
And another Youth Championship ......... Initiated by EUROSAF, the European Continental Federation, the inaugural European Youth Sailing Championship began yesterday in Poland with excellent sailing conditions, i.e. sun and a 14 kn breeze. All classes sailed two races.
Leaders in the 420 Girls are Laura Izzo Maria/Giovanna Lanzillo ITA, followed by Leonie Eichhorst/Tatjana Hoesch GER. Italian is the first place in the 420 Boys as well with Matteo Pincherle/Ludovico Basharzad ITA.
First in the Lasers Radial are Sebastian Kalafarski POL with the Boys and Hannah Andersohn GER with the Girls.
Emma Wilson GBR and Radoslav Furmanski POL are on top of the RS:X windsurfers, in the 29er, Daniel Blight/Rowan Edwards GBR are first.
With 10-15 starter by class, the fleets are disappointingly small. Isn't the number of Championships an overkill ! All ranking lists and the daily report.
News – Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   
The Laser U21 Worlds continued with two races yesterday, sailed in a fresher breeze around 15 kn. Lighter participants, such as Joel Rodriguez ESP, winner of several Laser Radial Youth titles during this season already, had difficulties to keep the pace of the best in these conditions.
In the Lasers Standard, Lorenzo Chiavarini GBR extended his lead on 14 points. Hermann Tomasgaard NOR is new on rank 2, Stefano Peschiera PER on rank 3. Maxim Nikolaev RUS on the 4th place is the best, Joel Rodriguez ESP on position 9 the second-best U19 helmsman.
Agata Barwinska POL consolidated her lead in the Lasers Radial with another race win. Daphne van der Vaart NED is now already 12 points back. New on rank 3 follows Lena Haverland GER. Martina Reina ESP on the 9th place leads in the U19 rankings. Marie Barrué FRA advanced on rank 12 and is 2nd among the U19 participants.
All ranking lists and the event facebook page with photos.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   (Image © Onur)
The Kiteboarding Course Race World Championship began yesterday in Turkey with three races.
Leaders in the men's are the defending champion Florian Gruber GER and Riccardo Lecchese ITA, both winning all three heats of their groups, ahead of Oliver Bridge GBR. Steph Bridge GBR (the mother of Oliver) leads in the women's ahead of Elena Kalinina RUS and Erika Heineken USA.
All ranking lists and the report.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   (Image © Christophe Favreau)
Lay day in Kiel yesterday, and this with heats on only one of three race days. The 170 teams sail in one fleet, and Qualification Series are therefore not required. Leaders after 2 races are Bogacki/Dehne GER ahead of Smith/Needham GBR and Holt/Woelfel USA.
The ranking list. As from today, less wind has been announced, and the competitors look forward to sailing many more races until Friday. The event website and the event facebook page.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   
Light and fickle was the wind on the second day of the Youth Sailing Olympics in China, and only the Byte CIIs could sail two races by gender. The Techno windsurfers waited in vain for enough wind.
New leader in the Byte Girls is Odile Van Aanholt NED, already Byte World Champion this year, and also one of the top Laser Radial Olympic campaigners. Celeste Lugtmeijer DOM on rank 2 is already 15 points behind. Samantha Jing-Yi SIN is 3rd.
Pedro-Luiz Marcondes BRA stays on top of the Byte Boys, but in the first race today, he flopped and his advantage on the 2nd-ranked Rodolfo Pires POR has melted on 9 points. Apiwat Sringam THA is new on rank 3.
The report of the day and all ranking lists.
Today's races are already underway, and with up to 8 kn, the freshest breeze so far filled in. The Byte-Boys have finished their first race. The report.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
The sail maker Europ'Sails, founded 23 years ago, is the industry leader in Switzerland as far as the number of sails sold is concerned. 600 to 700 units per year are produced with 30 to 40% to be exported.
A Newsletter will in the future inform on the latest offers, novelties and regatta successes. In addition to up-to-date news from the world of sailing, this Newsletter will also present Europ'Sun, a subsidiary of Europ'Sails, active in the outdoor market segment. The Newsletter.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   (Image © Tim Wilkes)
The IFDS World Championship 2014 began yesterday with 2 races for each of the three Paralympic classes. Heiko Kröger GER is on top of the 2.4m with the day ranks 1 and 3, two points ahead of Kevin Cantin FRA. Helena Lucas GBR is 3rd. Shared leaders in the Skud-18 are Marco Gualandris/Marta Zanetti ITA and Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tesch AUS at equal points. John Robertson AUS and his team won both heats of the Sonars, setting quite a distance to the 2nd-ranked Paul Tingley CAN.
All ranking lists, the report and video of the day, taken from a drone (a 'drownie').
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   
The Optimist Swiss Championship 2014 begins today on Lake Silvaplana SUI, venue of the 1974 and 2005 Optimist World Championships. 200 kids from 14 nations participate ! Unfortunately, the Engadine valley in the Southern part of Switzerland suffers from the desastrous summer weather this year. As during the Windsurfing event last week, passing frontal systems might kill the traditional Maloja thermal breeze, according to the wind forecast. The preview.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   
Yesterday, Artemis Racing officially launched its challenge to win the 35th America's Cup at an event in Stockholm SWE alongside Kungliga Svenska Segel Sällskapet (KSSS), the Royal Swedish Yacht Club. This will be their second campaign, and in addition of the core group from the last campaign, new talent across all areas has been secured, above a the Starboat Olympic Champions Freddy Lööf and Max Salminen and Rod Davies NZL, formerly 'Emirates Team New Zealand', as sailing coach. Torbjörn Tornquist SWE, owner of Gunvor Group Ltd , one of the largest crude oil traders in the World operating out of Geneve SUI, is the Team Principal of Artemis.
After the announcement of 'Emirates Team New Zealand', this is the second official confirmation from a Challenger to have formally entered. At entry deadline August 8, the America's Cup Management had announced, that the formal presentation of the accepted Challengers will take place after examination of the validity at a Press Conference on September 9th.
The press realease of Artemis.
News – Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   
Diversion over the final day of the 420 & 470 Youth European Championship 2014 with thundery weather alternating with lulls, but also with gusts above 25 kn. The 470 sailed the Medal Races in the Girls' and Boys' fleet, while the 420s completed another two fleet races.
After the first 420 race of the day, everything looked fine for Kilian Wagen/Grégoire Siegwart SUI extending their lead on 7 points. But in the final race, the balance tilted in favor of Hippolyte Machetti/Sidoine Dantes FRA winning the heat, while the Swiss had to content themselves with position 14. André Demange/maxime Roux FRA won the duel with Ewa Romaniuk/Katarzyna Goralska POL for the Bronze Medal, but the Polnish girls on rank 4 finished as best girls team.
Jordi Xammar/Jose Hesp ESP had their Champion's title already before the Medal Race. Malte Winkel/Matti Cipra GER defended the Silver Medal with a 3rd race rank. The Bronze position changed in favor of David + Alex Charles ESP, overtaking the tied Giacomo Ferrari/Giulio Calabro ITA with a 2nd place in the Medal Race.
Winning the Medal Race as well, Anna Kyselova/Anastasiya Krasko UKR demonstrated once more their superiority in the 470 Girls' fleet, and clearly defended their 2013 Champion's title. Noya Bar-am/Rimon Shoshan ISR advanced on the Silver Medal rank, ahead of Frederike Loewe/Anna Markfort GER with Bronze.
All ranking lists and the final report.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   
Moderate winds around 10 kn prevailed yesterday for the first races at the U21 World Championship of the Olympic Laser classes.
The rankings after two heats in the (men) Lasers Standard, the 100 participants' fleet split in two groups, show Lorenzo Chiavarini GBR, day ranks 1 and 2, clearly on top ahead of Joel Rodriguez ESP. Henrik Begby NOR, Stefano Peschiera PER and Michele Benamati ITA follow just behind at equal points.
Agata Barwinska POL is on top after two races, finishing twice as 2nd yesterday in the (women) Lasers Radial. Judith Engberts NED follows 6 points behind. Daphne Van der Vaart NED is 3rd, Lena Haverland GER 4th. The favorite Marie Barrué FRA is down in the ranks after a premature start.
All other details on the event facebook page. The ranking lists are on the event website.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   (Image © Christophe Favreau)
The breeze over the Bay of Kiel exceeding 30 kn and over 40 kn in the gusts on the race course was again much to strong to start a race. The 5o5 Championship Rules request sailing in a full fleet - 170 boats on the starting line this time - with a rabbit start. This format needs additional space, that made it impossible to moor a race course in a less windy zone close to the harbour. Today is lay day, and the crucial races will take place from Wednesday till Friday. The wind is supposed to calm down by then. The event website.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   (Image © Tim Wilkes)
Today begins the World Championship of the three Paralympic Classes 2.4m, Skud-18 and Sonar in Halifax CAN.
The largest fleet are the one-person-keelboats - the 2.4m - with 48 participants from 29 nations. The English women Megan Pascoe GBR and Helena Lucas GBR, dominators of this season, encounter the Paralympic Champion Damien Séguin FRA, and also Germany's Heiko Kröger GER is one of the favorites. In the two-person-keelboat - the Skud-18 - 26 teams from 10 nations are present. The undisputed favorites are Alexandra Rickham/Niki Birrell GBR. 18 teams from 14 nations participate on three-person-keelboats - the Sonars. Bruno Jourdren FRA, John Robertson GBR or Aleksander Wang-Hansen NOR are the most cited contenders for a Medal.
The entry list, the event website and the event facebook page with the report on the opening ceremony.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   
The final day of the 2014 Engadine Wind week offered finally a well-established Maloja thermal breeze around 20 kn, just enough to sail two races of the Formula and RS:X Swiss Championship. Winner in the Slalom competition was Gunnar Asmussen GER ahead of Patrik Diethelm SUI and Vincent Langer GER. Franziska Stauffacher SUI just defended her previous year's title, with the youth surfer Noémie Perregaux SUI at equal points. Heidi Ulrich SUI won Bronze, and Elia Colombo SUI the Youth rankings.
The report.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   
Youth Olympic Sailing began yesterday on Lak Jinniu near Nanjing stadium-like in front of a grand-stand with 2'000 paying spectactors. A light 5-6 kn breeze prevailed, and the Byte CII sailed two, the Techno-windsurfers three races per fleet.
The South-Americans dominated the races in the Byte-Boys fleet with Pedro-Luiz Marcondes BRA leading 2 points ahead of Angello Giuria PER. Justin Wittecoq CAN follows as 3rd. In the Byte-Girls, Alexandra Dahlberg FIN won both heats, while Samantha Jing-Yi SIN and Odile Van Aanholt NED follow on the ranks 2 and 3.
Lucie Panizza FRA is frst in the Techno Girl Windsurfers followed by Linli Wu CHN and Mariam Sekhposyan RUS at equal points. On top of the Techno Boy Windsurfers is Francisco Saubidet ARG in front of Kensel Ikeda JPN and Lars Van Someren NED. Tom Monnet FRA follows as 4th.
The report of the day with all ranking lists.
Light winds have been forecast for today as well. At press time (6 a.m. UTC), the first races are already underway in China. The preview.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   
The light wind on Lake Neuchâtel allowed to sail a single race on Saturday, as well as on Sunday at the Laser Points' Championship Act in Neuchâtel.
Damian Suri YCB was the winner in the Lasers 4.7 ahead of Guillaume Rol SNG at equal points. Annika Pellegrini SCS on rank 8 is the best-ranked girl among the 31 participants. Winner in the Lasers Radial was Manon Kivell-Luther CNM followed by David Straessler YCB and Pierrick Amizet FRA. 26 Radials were on the entry list. The best Laser Standard sailor was Robert Ronnback CNM, with Michel Rotach CVN and Lorenz Kausche BT completing the podium. 16 Standards participated.
All ranking lists.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   (Image © Nico Martinez)
The breeze on the last day of the RC44 World Championship at Marstrand SWE was almost 30 kn, ... too much for the owner-driven high-performance RC44. World Champion is therefore 'Bronenosec' of VladimirLiubomirov RUS with Michele Ivaldi ITA as tactician. Silver went to 'Charisma' from Monaco with Nico Poons NED and Tom Slingsby AUS calling tactics. Third is 'Team Aqua' of Chris Bake GBR with Cameron Appleton NZL as tactician.
The final rankings and the report.