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News – Sunday, March 1, 2015
Sunday, March 1, 2015   
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After a very close race in light winds, it was 'Mapfre' with Javi Fernandez ESP who had the upper hand finishing 4 min 25 sec ahead of 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR). 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) crossed the line as 3rd and keeps the overall lead after 4 of the 9 legs together with 'Abu Dhabi'. 'Mapfre' advanced on rank 4 with an 8 points' backlog. The all-female 'SCA' with Samantha Davies GBR had again to content herself with the last place, but this time, the deficit on the winners was only 7 hours. The next hop will be the battle royal around Cape Horn to Itajai BRA. The Auckland winner Javi Fernandez ESP will give back the helm on 'Mapfre' to Iker Martinez ESP, who left out two legs of the VOR in favour of his Olympic Nacra-17 campaign.
The report and the video of the arrivals.
Sunday, March 1, 2015   
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Anna Corbella/Gerard Marin ESP rounded Cape Horn yesterday as third with a 140 miles' backlog on the 2nd 'Neutrogena' (Altadill ESP/Munoz CHI). Altadill btw received happily the news about the 'Mapfre' Volvo Ocean Race win in Auckland, as his son Willy is part of the crew of the Spanish team. The leading Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA are at present engaged in a rough beat up, heading rather East as North and accordingly, their advantage has decreased to 955 miles.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Sunday, March 1, 2015   (Image © Brad Davies)
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The first Sunday races have already been completed in Auckland, and the situation remains exciting in the Lasers Standard with the first five-ranked are separated by 5 points only. Andrew Maloney NZL leads 2 points ahead of Sam Meech NZL. No change in the Lasers Radial with Scott Leith NZL leading ahead of Sara Winter NZL. The duel of the best two 49ers-FX tends towards a superiority of Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL extending their lead with three race wins. Pieter-Jan Postma NED is on top of the Finns 2 points ahead of Andrew Murdoch NZL.
All other ranking lists with - in addition to the Olympic classes - the Paralympic classes and the Youth classes 420, 29er as well as the Kiteboarders. Here the videos and the reports.
Sunday, March 1, 2015   
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No races on the last day of the Dragon GP in Cannes, and the final rankings after four races without discard have Stephan Link/Frank Butzmann/Michi Lipp GER on top ahead of Anatoly Loginov RUS and Ben Van Cauwenberghe BEL. 53 teams sailing.
The final rankings.
Sunday, March 1, 2015   
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Only light winds prevailed on the 4th day of the Andalusian Olympic Sailing Week but nevertheless, two races by class were completed, except in the Laser Class.
Again a leader change happened in the Lasers Standard, where Viktor Teply CZE has taken the lead before the last races today. Alessio Spadoni ITA is 3 points behind, Julio Alsogaray ARG remains on the 3rd place. Evi Van Acker BEL extended her lead in the Radials women. Tuula Tenkanen FIN and Veronika Kozelska CZE remained on the ranks 2 and 3. Again a Swiss victory was to note in the RS:X male windsurfers, where Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI has now a 17 points' lead on Juan-Manuel Moreno ESP. Jonathan Lobert FRA remains on top of the Finns in front of Thomas Le Breton FRA new on rank 2.
The daily report with all results.
Sunday, March 1, 2015   
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The Kuwaiti 'Zain Sailing Team' won the last race to Bahrain yesterday, but the overall victory of the Monegasque 'EFG Bank'-Team with Sydney Gavignet FRA was cut and dried before the last race. The all-European 'Team Averda' as well as the Dutch 'TU Delft Challenge' defended their places on the podium.
The final ranking list and the event website.
 
News – Saturday, February 28, 2015
Saturday, February 28, 2015   
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27 miles or roughly 3 race hours remain to the finish line in Auckland, and the outcome is wide open. 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP) leads 1,4 miles ahead of ‚Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA), and Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) is only 0,2 miles farther back. Even ‚Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) on the 4th place has a chance for the line honors with a deficit of only 5,6 miles on the leader. The all-female ‚SCA' (Samantha Davies GBR), 32 miles behind the first, will most probably again finish last, as 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) on 5th increased the gap to the women. The race-viewer and the event website with reports and videos. The race will probably end around 10 hrs CET this morning.
Saturday, February 28, 2015   
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3 days and 1 hour was the backlog of Guillermo Altadill ESP/José Munoz CHI on the leaders this morning when they rounded Cape Horn in a fresh 40 kn breeze as second. Anna Corbella/Gerard Marin ESP on 3rd, 120 miles behind, will pass the last major waypoint before the finish around noon UTC today. Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA move forward at a good pace, but a flat high pressure cell will be in their way in the coming days, that will slow down the speed of the leaders.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Saturday, February 28, 2015   (Image © Brad Davies)
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A passing thunderstorm front ended the day early yesterday. The new leader in the Lasers Standard is Andrew Maloney NZL ahead of Sam Meech NZL and Nicolas Heiner NED at equal points. No change on top of the Radials where Scott Leith NZL is first ahead of Sara Winter NZL. Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA with a DNF on their results sheet remain 2nd behind Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL in the 49ersFX. The winning streak of the World Champions Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL in the 49ers continued yesterday. Leader in the Finns is Pieter-Jan Postma NED. All results and the reports.
No racing so far today because of lack of wind. The website currently informs on the lasts move.
Saturday, February 28, 2015   
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The Andalusian Olympic Week continued yesterday in sun and a 12 kn breeze, allowing to complete another 3 races by class. The new leader in the Lasers Standard is Marco Gallo ITA, 2 points ahead of Juan-Pablo Bisio ARG. Jesus Roguel-Sanchez ESP is new on rank 3. Evi Van Acker BEL is new on top of the Lasers Radial, in front of Tuula Tenkanen FIN and Veronika Koselzka CZE. Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI won two races in the RS:X male windsurfers on Friday and his advantage on the 2nd-ranked is now already 17 points. Olga Maslivets RUS moved on top of the RS:x female windsurfers. Jonathan Lobert FRA remains on top of the Finns. The daily report in Spanish with all other ranking lists.
Saturday, February 28, 2015   
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Only one race was sailed yesterday in a very light wind, and Ingo Köhn GER and his team were the winners. New on top of the overall rankings are Link/Butzmann/Lipp GER 3 points ahead of Anatoly Loginov RUS. Ben Van Cauwenberghe BEL moved up on rank 3. The ranking list and the event-website.
Saturday, February 28, 2015   
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In very light winds at press deadline this morning (6 h UTC), the fleet was just about to terminate the last leg of the Sailing Arabia Tour 2015 in Bahrein. The 11 teams are separated by 3 miles only and the outcome is fully open. ‚Zain Sailing Team' UAE and ‚Team Arveda' are in front at present and the overall leading ‚EFG Bank' with Sydney Gavignet FRA is only 5th. The race can be followd on the live blog or by race tracker until approx. 11 hrs this morning. The event website.
 
News – Friday, February 27, 2015
Friday, February 27, 2015   
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The leading trio has now passed the most northern point of North New Zealand and is in the final approach to the 'City of Sails' Auckland. 230 miles are left for the new leader 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) this morning, but the race is far from being decided. East of New Zealand is a low-wind anticyclone that has to be passed, and the boats are still closely together. 6 miles behind 'Abu Dhab' follow 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) and another 0,5 miles back 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP), and even 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) 31 miles behind has some chances left to arrive first in Auckland. While the quartet ahead is fighting for the line honours, a matchace between 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) and 'SCA' (Samantha Davies GBR) with a backlog of over 100 miles will decide on the ranks 5 and 6.
The race viewer and the event website with reports and videos.
Friday, February 27, 2015   
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Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA have been sailing in the Atlantic Ocean for almost three days now, and this in not very accommodaing conditions as the 30-40 kn breeze provokes a rough sea. Today, 'Neutrogena' with Guillermo Altadill ESP/José Munoz CHI will round the most southern point of America. Their backlog on Stamm/Le Cam is 1080 miles. On rank 3, 95 miles behind 'Neutrogena' are Anna Corbella/Gerard Marin ESP.
The race tracker, the newss and the videos.
Friday, February 27, 2015   
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The Andalusian Olympic Sailing Week (without Skiffs and Cats) began on Thursday with a representative international participation, among others the almost complete Sailing Team Germany.
Matteo Sanz-Lanz SUI is on rank 1 in the RS:X windsurfers after five races. In the Lasers Standard, Alessio Spadoni ITA is on top ahead of Juan-Pablo Bisio ARG and Julio Alsogaray ARG. In the Laser Radials, Tuula Tenkanen FIN is on position 1 in front of Evi Van Acker BEL. The Finn leader is Jonathan Lobert FRA, and in the 470s, Barreiros/Curbelo ESP are on position 1 in the men, while Kiryliuk/Dimitreieva UKR are first in the women.
The report with all results. In addition to the Olympic classes, Youth fleets are present in the 420s, Lasers 4.7, Lasers Radial men and RS:X.
Friday, February 27, 2015   (Image © Lissa Reyden)
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Yesterday was day one of the 2015 Sail Auckland Olympic Classes Regatta with the top New Zealand boats and a number of international teams on the starting line. The results of today's races have just been posted.
Matchracing type is the 49erFX race with only three teams including the World's best Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL and Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA, with the Kiwis leading after 7 races. Leader in the Lasers Standard after three heats is Nicolas Heiner NED ahead of Rutger Van Schaardenburg NED and Mike Bullot NZL. Scott Leith is on the first place in the Lasers Radial ahead of Sara Winter NZL. Pieter-Jan Postm NED is on top of the Finns in front of Josh Junior NZL and Nik Burfoot NZL. No problem for Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL to take the lead in the 49ers.
All other results, the news and the videos.
Friday, February 27, 2015   
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Moderate winds again yesterday at the Dragon GP in Cannes and two races were completed with a major influence on the overall rankinks, as none of the teams had finished all three races in the top ten so far.
New on top is Giuseppe Duca ITA, best of the day with the ranks 1 and 3, seven points ahead of Gavia Wilkinson-Cox GBR as 2nd and Anatoly Loginov RUS as 3rd.
The ranking list and the event website.
Friday, February 27, 2015   
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Friday, February 27, 2015   
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Winner of the Doha Inport Race yesterday was again 'EFG Bank' with Sydney Gavignet FRA. The Inport Races have no influence on the overall rankings. Today the start to the sixth and last leg to Dubai will be given, but 'EFG Bank' is already the premature winner of the 2015 Sailing Arabia Tour.
The results. The race can again be followed on the live blog and the race tracker.
Friday, February 27, 2015   
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To bring several speculations re the participation of 'Team New Zealand' - major sponsor up to now the New Zealand Government - to an end, a Communiqué is to be released informing on the Challenger's plans up to the 2017 America's Cup on the Bermudas. The budget, not yet fully covered by sponsoring commitments, had to be reduced and saving on the human resources side had to be made to keep cost under control. Most important will be the announcement that Dean Barker NZL, three time helmsman replacing Russell Coutts in 2000, has been offered the job of Performance Director and Head Coach, taking the role of Rod Davies who left for 'Artemis'. Designated helmsman will be Peter Burling NZL, 49er and Moth World Champion, winner of the 2013 Youth America's Cup. Glenn Ashby AUS has been appointed Sailing Director.
The report.
Friday, February 27, 2015   
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Ben Ainslie GBR and his BAR-Team has already started with some tests and trainings on the Bermudas to get familiar with the special conditions on this Commonwealth Island. The Cup Defender 'Oracle Team USA' however is - as 'Artemis Racing' - concentrating in this phase on tests and trainings with the modified AC-45 equipped now with foils, not only the boat of the America's Cup World Series starting in June 201t, but also considered a test vehicle for the AC-62 Cupper under development.
A video from Frisco Bay.
 
News – Thursday, February 26, 2015
Thursday, February 26, 2015   
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The leading Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA have already passed the Falkland Islands on their wey up North, and in good sailing condiitions, they increased the advance by 100 miles on 1'178 miles. 'Neutrogena' (Altadill ESP/Munoz CHI), the first persuer, has also extended the gap on the 3rd-ranked 'GAES' (Corbella/Marin ESP) by another 100 miles. Jörg Riechers GER/Sébastien Audigane FRA have started chasing 'One Planet, one Ocean' on rank 4 and are now 550 miles behind having gained 50 miles since their restart after the repair stop.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Thursday, February 26, 2015   
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The drag race to New Zealand continues in a moderate breeze with 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) leading 3,5 miles ahead of 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) this morning., 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP) on 3rd is 12 miles back. The second half of the fleet somewhat reduced the deficit on the leading trio. 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) on rank 4 has a 32 miles' backlog. 'Brunel' (Bowe Bekking NED) and the all-female 'SCA' team (Samantha Davies GBR) sailing within 4 miles are roughly 50 miles behind.
The race viewer and the event website with reports and videos.
Thursday, February 26, 2015   
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Light winds prevailed yesterday in Cannes at the Dragon Grand Prix, and after some start attempts with a number of premature starters, one valid race could finally be completed. Familiar with the local sailing conditions, local sailors finished on top of this first heat with Marc Bouet FRA and his team winning ahead of Gerard Blanc FRA. Helmut Schmidt GER finished 3rd. The favorite Anatoly Loginov RUS crossed the line as 8th, Lawire Smith GBR was disquaified as premature starter.
The ranking list.
Thursday, February 26, 2015   
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Race 5 ending yesterday was the roughest of the 2015 Tour with an up to 25 kn breeze and a choppy wave. Nevertheless, it was again the Monegasque 'EFG Bank' with Sydney Gavignet FRA as skipper and an experienced crew with Damian Foxall GBR, Alex Pella ESP and Nicolas Lunven FRA completed by the Omanis Mohammed Al Mujaini, Abdull Rahman Al Mashari and Abdallah Al Shukail finishing on top. With the win of leg 5, they are on a safe way to defend last year's title. Today, the Inport Race in Doha is on the program.
The report and the rankings before the last leg tomorrow.
Thursday, February 26, 2015   
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On February 24, the MOD 70 trimaran 'Pheadra 30' with Michel Desjoyeaux FRA took the line honors at the RORC Caribbean 60 race in Antigua ANT in the new record time of 1 day, 9 hours and 3 minutes. Yesterday, 'Rambler 88' with a bunch of America's Cup sailors (Brad Butterworth, Rod Adern, Curtis Blewitt, Simon Daubney ... ) crossed the finish line as first multihull. 'Bella Mente' is on top of the IRC Rankings after 11 boats having finished the race this morning UTC.
The report and all ranking lists.
 
News – Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015   
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The head-to-head race of the two leading teams within sight after 17 race day goes on, and this morning, it was 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA in the lead just 1,2 miles ahead of 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR. 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP) 13 miles behind on rank 3 is not very far away either. 'SCA' (Samantha Davies GBR) on the last place lost again some miles and is now 83 miles from the leader. But 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) is only 7 miles ahead of the all-female team.
The race viewer and the event website with reports and videos.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015   
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Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA rounded Cape Horn around midnight UTC in a 'moderate' 30 kn breeze and is now on the final stretch to Barcelona. 7'000 miles up the Atlantic are still missijg. The advantage on 'Neutrogena' (Guillermo Altadill ESP/José Munoz CHI) was 1080 miles this morning. Anna Corbella/Gerard Marin ESP on rank 3 follows 70 miles farther back.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015   
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Dying winds prompted the Race Committee to shorten also the fifth race 30 miles befire the finish line. Winner of this part of the Sailing Arabia Tour was again the Monegasque 'EFG Bank' with Sydney Gavignet FRA as skipper, taking the overall Tour victory prematurely before the last leg already. The Omani 'Renaissance' and the European 'Team Averda' follow on the ranks 2 and 3. The updated ranking list has not yet been posted on the event website.
The reports. Today is lay day in Doha, tomorrow, the Inport-Race is on the program and on Friday, the start to the sixth and last race to Bahrain will be given.
The event website.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015   
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Today begins the Dragon Grand Prix in Cannes with 52 teams from 11 nations. Favorites are Anatoly Loginov RUS or Lawrie Smith GBR.
The event website.
 
 
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