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News – Friday, February 5, 2016
Friday, February 5, 2016   
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9 months before the start to the 8th edition of the solo-non-stop-round-the-world Regatta Vendée Globe, 28 skippers from 9 nations aus on the entry list. Three more have sent in their application, but their financing is not yet confirmed. The fleet will be segmented soon after the start, as there will be six Open 60s of the latest generation with foil-daggerboards, allowing to race at considerable higher speeds, provided they proof to be solid enough for the long circumnavigation in extreme sailing conditions. Here an impressive video of the new 'Safran' of Morgan Lagravière FRA. The youngest participant in the race will be Alan Roura SUI age 22.
With 500'000 spectators at the start and over a million fans following the race during weeks on the Internet, the Vendée Globe has by far the highest public appeal of all sailing events, including the America's Cup. The already high-level media coverage will be enhanced even more with livestream takes bringing the race atmosphere to the Internet and TV public.
The report on the latest presentation of the project on Wednesday in Paris.
Friday, February 5, 2016   
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Not only the Swiss Volvo Ocean Race participant Justine Mettraux SUI has announced her ambitions for the Vendée Globe 2020, but also the four-times Mexican Laser Radial Olympian Tania Elias Calles MEX plans to take part in four years from now. The Swiss, very successful solo-skipper on the Mini 650, plans to sharpen her skills racing the larger Bénéteau Figaro in the French solo-circuit. The Mexican however, plans an audacious project sailing the 2'000 offshore miles solo on her Laser from Los Angeles to Hawaii this summer. 2 to 3 weeks nonstop-sailing would be required. She already has a longdistance World record on her Laser crossing the mouth of the Gulf of California - 285 miles - solo. One of the main reason to dare this bold undertaking is the finanincing of her Vendee Globe project.
The report.
Friday, February 5, 2016   
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The Finn Masters, the inofficial World Championship of 40 years plus Finn sailors, will take place end of May on lake Garda, and 300 entry applications form 29 nations have been received so far. With 60 participants, the German delegation is the largest one. The report.
As old as the participants is the half-an-hour film on the Torbole Club Website presenting the opening of the Clubhouse in 1966 and the first Regatta of the CN Torbole.
Friday, February 5, 2016   
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After the world-wide very well received Starclass Lake Grand Slam on Lake Neuchâtel SUI, the special events of the former Olympia Class continue according to the longtime plans with the City Grand Slam on the Hamburg Alter in early May this year. The quota of 70 boats was reached within 24 hours after the publication of the Notice of Race. In addition to the 17 invited teams - among others the Olympia medalists Xavier Rohart FRA and Mateusz Kusznierewicz POL, as well as the past World Champions George Szabo USA and Paul Cayard USA - the entry list contains also some other former top teams such as Achim Griese/Michael Marcour GER (Olympia-Silver 1984), Alexander Hagen GER (World Champion 1980/1997) and Roberto Benamati ITA (World Champion 1991). Again, a prize money of 100'000 $ is at stake.
The communiqué.
Friday, February 5, 2016   
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The Ocean Youth Sailing Association, a Club of young sailors, plans to build an ocean-worthy 13,5-meter catamaran in the next two years, that shoud allow over 1'600 youth to experience ocean sailing in the next ten years. Two initiators present the project in a video. Donators shalll finance the project and the budget of CHF 120'000 CHF for the construction of the multihull is already 75% covered. The remaining CUF 30'000 shall be collected with a Crowd-Funding-campaign. Participation highly recommended !
More information on the project website.
Friday, February 5, 2016   
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Another new member for the NauticAlliance ! Founded by Pitter Yacht-Charter and Gena Yacht&Charter with the objective to unite competent and reliable yachting industry enterprises, such as yacht dealers, service and charter companies, NauticAlliance expands its international network more and more. After the entry of the large British Bavaria yacht dealer Clipper Marine early this year, the well-known Swedish dealer Bavia Yacht AB has joined the union as a new member as well. Nautic Alliance has received the Innovation Award at the Boot Düsseldorf a few days ago for this international initiative. The Communiqué.
 
News – Thursday, February 4, 2016
Thursday, February 4, 2016   
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Tomorrow begins the first round of the Monaco Primo-Cup with Starboats (14 teams), Surprise (17 teams), SB20 (13 Teams) and IRC handicap (25 teams). Remarkable Swiss delegations are present in the Surprise, the Stars and the IRC's. Here the entry lists. A rainy weekend with light winds has been forecast, and only on Sunday, some more wind can be expected according to the predictions.
The official preview.
Thursday, February 4, 2016   
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The results of the Antibes Ski-Yachting in January with 8 races sailed in moderate temperatures and a 2-4 bft breeze are available. Good skiing condition at Auron FRA prevailed as well.
Clear winners in the Fireball were Claude Mermod/Ruedi Moser SUI with 7 race wins. Härdi/Landerer SUI finished second and completed the Swiss success. In the 5o5s, Ponthieux/Van Exem FRA were first. The largest fleet with 26 teams from France and Italy were the 420s with Jim Vincent/Victor Mas FRA on rank 1. This duo dominated also the Ski-Rennen. The most international fleet were the Dragons with yachts from 12 countries. Anatoly Loginov RUS and his team were on top.
All other ranking lists.
 
News – Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Wednesday, February 3, 2016   (Image © Pedro Martinez)
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The updated Olympic Classes World Sailing Ranking Lists have just been published. A new calculation system is in force, including the last two World Champions with full ranking points. The top positions changed only in two classes: the 49er high-fliers Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL - with a reduced activity due to their engagement in the Team NZL America's Cup challenge - are now finally on the well deserved rank 1. A jump from rank 11 on rank 1 was the consequence for Aichen Wang CHN in the RS:X men windsurfers.
All rankings and the World Sailing report.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016   
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On February 1, we celebrated the 11th Anniversary of the www.sailing-news website, 11 years to become the most contacted Internet sailing platform in Switzerland. During the past year, the volume of readers reached again the high level of almost 600'000 page views, i.e. exceeding the number of visitor contact at the Berne and Friedrichshafen Boat Shows, not to speak about the printed magazines with mostly relatively low four-digit editions.
2016 is an Olympic Year and therefore good for a further increase in the number of followers of our uptodate well-edited informaton. Four years ago, almost 10'000 readers followed every day the Olympics on www.sailing-news.
We remain the most-contacted, most efficient and best-value platform for all suppliers targeting the nautical customer segment. Various advertising options, starting at CHF 300 already, are available. Do not hesitate to to contact us for all necessary details.
 
News – Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Tuesday, February 2, 2016   (Image © AFP)
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First the alerting news about the heavily polluted water, and now another threat.
World Sailing stated last autumn, that racing in the Guanabara Bay in Rio will depend on successful cleaning actions with satisfactory results concerning the water quality. Yesterday, the Notice of Race was published without any clause regarding this important subject. The report with the detailed Notice of Race.
Also yesterday, the World Health Organisation Geneva declared, that the Zika virus is a global emergency, and Brazil urged pregnant women to avoid the Olympics. The virus transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which also spreads dengue fever, and which is found everywhere in the Americas except Canada and Chile is not fatal. But there is currently no specific treatment for the virus, which causes flu-like symptoms and a rash.
Then comes the real questions, should the Games actually be held in Rio or should there be an emergency relocation? An article in SailWorld.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016   
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The Swiss regatta season began on the first of January on Lake Hallwil, and also on Lake Geneva, the sail racing does not stop during winter. Round 3 of the Winter Championship has been sailed off Vidy/Lausanne.
The winners were: Class A Luc Oesch CVV on his 'Essentiel', 6 teams completed the race. Class B Fréderic Pfyffer CVV on his 'Little Nemo' was the only ranked.
Round 4 of the Championship off Vidy will take place over the coming weekend.
Last Saturday, a Winter Regatta was also organised in Geneve, but the ranking list has not yet been published on the YCG Club website.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016   
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The Regatta Calendar 2016 on the Adriatic Sea provided by Pitter Yacht-Charter is again full of highlights:
- Kornati Cup (April) - The multinational classic regatta at the begin of the season, and with 100 yachts starting the most popular charter regatta of the Adria, an ideal event also for newcomers and leisure sailors, with easy-going social events as well as short- and mid-distance races, starting in Biograd across the pittoresque Kornati archipelago.
- Business Cup (May) - The competition-oriented combination of sail racing and business networking, with dynamic short races off Biograd, with and without spinnakers in several one-design classes.
- Austrian National Offshore Championship (October) - A high-level international event off Biograd, open for yachts with and without spinnaker in one-design-classes with national recognition, as well as an open class without spi.
- Croatia Coast Cup (October) - An interesting mid-distance regatta at season closing from Biograd to Rovinj (Istria) and back. Two legs of 105 miles each with stopover in Rovinj, for two one-design classes and an open class with and without spinnaker.
Find all details on the Pitter Yacht-Charter website.
 
News – Monday, February 1, 2016
Monday, February 1, 2016   
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We reported two days ago on the Rio 2016 Olympic Games nations' qualifications for the additional North- and South-American Continental berths. In many classes, the USA Sailing Team had the tickets already based on the results at the Open Qualification Regattas. The Miami Worldcup selection was most profitable for Canada collecting 6 start openings for Rio. How many will be approved by the Canadian Olympic Committee based on rankings is still open.
The list of the newly qualified nations.
Monday, February 1, 2016   
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The premature start in the last race did not jeopardise the overall Optimist Trofeo Internacional victory of Max Wallenberg SUI in Torreviejo ESP, who won the penultimate race yesterday. Eight points was the lead over the second-ranked Pablo Ruiz ESP. Filipo Varini ITA won the Bronze Medal. The best Girl Gaia Falco ITA was on the 6th place. 342 participants.
The results, the video and the event website.
Monday, February 1, 2016   
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The Australian 18-Footer National Championship ended yesterday with the 5th race on Sydney Harbour. Winner of the heat, sailed in a moderate breeze, was John Winning AUS and his 'Yandoo'-Team with a 3 minutes' advance on the second-ranked. 'Smeg' with Lee Knapton/ Mike McKensey/Ricky Bridge AUS defended the overall lead. The JJ Giltinan-Trophy, die inofficial Class World Championship, will begin in 2 weeks from now.
The report with the full video of race 5.
 
 
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