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News – Monday, December 29, 2014
Monday, December 29, 2014   (Image © Rolex / Daniel Forster)
Yesterday, the smaller yachts arrived in Hobart in short intervals, and this morning UTC, already 35 teams had crossed the finish line. While the leading super-maxis were forced to traverse the Bass Street in light winds, the main part of the fleet benefitted from an upcoming North-East wind of up to 30 kn pushing them on a direct route under spi towards the arrival. In calculated (IRC) time, the smaller and elder yachts are therefore far ahead in the rankings and the final positions have not yet been decided. As we reported yesterday, the line honours went once more to 'Wild Oats XI', ahead of the other 100-footers 'Comanche', 'Ragamuffin' and 'Rio 100'. The Volvo 70 'Black Jack' follows on rank 5 in the overall list of arrivals. All reports and the video of the arrival of 'Wild Oats XI'.
Monday, December 29, 2014   
The last 2014 Laser Europacup Regatta began yesterday off Hvar in a light breeze allowing each fleet to complete one race.
The first leaders are in the Lasers Standard (19 participants/7 nations) Sergey Komissarov RUS ahead of Filip Jurisic CRO, and in the Lasers Radial Dominik Perkovic CRO (U-17 category) followed by the youth sailors Chiara Avanzi ITA and Ekaterina Zyuzina RUS. 44 participants from 11 nations. Matteo Verri ITA was first in the Lasers 4.7 in front of Stipe Gaspic CRO and Yevgenii Iwanchenko UKR. 51 participants from 10 nations.
All results and the event website.
Monday, December 29, 2014   
The well-established breeze allowed to complete the full program on the second race day of the Miami Orange Bowl Regatta.
The Lasers and 420s sailed 2 races, the Optimists even 5 heats. Stephen Momeier USA is the new the new leader in the Optimists, Christian Ebbin BER and Carolina Gaston USA follow on the ranks 2 and 3. On top of the large 91 boats' 420 fleet are Martina Sly/Ciara Rodriguez USA with two race wins. Ford McCann USA is on top of the Lasers Standard, Mikey Wollmann USA first in the Laser 4.7 and Scott Rasmussen USA leads in the Laser Radials. The Laser results and the event facebook page.
Monday, December 29, 2014   
Favorable North wind conditions prevailed yesterday morning during the first two races of the 2014 Christmas Race on the the Bay of Angels off Nizza FRA. Alessandro Pascolato/Henry Boening BRA took the overall lead with the day ranks 2 and 1, followed by the favorites Negri/Lambertenghi ITA (1/5) and Allart/Kloos NED (2/4). The ranking list has not yet been posted on the event website. The rankings by race are visible on the GPS tracking page, where racing can again be followed live (or replayed) as from 8 a.m. UTC this morning.
Monday, December 29, 2014   
Good conditions with a 10-20 kn breeze, but cool temperatures, prevailed on the first day of the New Year's Regatta off Cadiz, and all classes completed three races each.
Sam Vandormael BEL and William De Smet BEL are on top of the small Laser Standard fleet, and also in the Lasers Radial, the Belgians dominate with Bob Verhaagen BEL on rank 1. First in the all Spanish Laser 4.7 is Ana Moncada ESP. The interim's rank 1 in the RS:X windsurfers goes to Eugenii Galitckii RUS while Anastasiya Valkevich BLR is the RS:X female windsurferin.
The report (in Spanish) with all other ranking lists.
News – Sunday, December 28, 2014
Sunday, December 28, 2014   (Image © Rolex / Daniel Forster)
After 50 hours racing, 'Wild Oats XI' of Bob Oatley AUS crossed the finish line in Hobart this morning with a 48 minutes advance on 'Comanche' of Jim Clarke USA who was close to the winning yacht during the whole race but without chance to overtake 'Wild Oats XI' and avoid her 8th line honours. The report. Another super-maxi - 'Rio 100' - with 100 miles to sail to Hobart will arrive as 3rd this morning UTC.
The standings, the race viewer and the event website with the latest news and soon also the videos on the arrivals.
Sunday, December 28, 2014   
As usual, the Hvar Laser Europacup Regatta is the year-end closing event of the European season. Almost 100 participants from 8 nations are on the list of participants. The meteo forecasts a 10 to 20 kn breeze and temperatures barely above 0°.
The event website.
Sunday, December 28, 2014   
Yesterday, the wind was very light on the first day of the Orange Bowl on Biscayne Bay, with 675 participants from 23 nations the most important youth regatta in the USA. Only the Green Group of the Optimists succeeded to complete a race, while all others remained without valid results.
Optimist sailors from the organising Coral Reef Yacht Club dominated the race with Tyler Morris USA as winner ahead of Fletcher Claasen USA and Alejandra Freyre USA.
The ranking list, and the event facebook page with all details on the event.
Sunday, December 28, 2014   
The start to the first race of the traditional Christmas Race in Nizza, the 58th edition, will be given this morning at 8 h UTC. with 44 teams from 13 nations, the fleet is as large as never since a long time. Racing can be followed live over GPS-tracking. The usual early morning breeze from the land will probably be fresher as in previous years because of the cold front having filled in during the past few hours.
The event website.
News – Saturday, December 27, 2014
Saturday, December 27, 2014   (Image © Rolex / Daniel Forster)
As expected, the wind decreased after the first 15 rough race hours, and meanwhile, the fight for the lead among the five super-maxis has been reduced to a duel between the multiple Sydney-Hobart winner 'Wild Oats XI' (Bob Oatley AUS) and with a 14 miles' deficit 'Comanche' (Jim Clarke USA). 'Perpetual Loyal' was forced to abandon the race with structural damage, and 'Ragamuffin', a light-wind design, was unable to keep the pace. 'Rio 100' on rank 3 is 44 miles behind the leader. 330 miles are left to Hobart and - with an increasing breeze from the Wast this afternoon - the estimated time of arrival will probably be tomorrow morning. The report of the day, der Race-Viewer und das Video des Tages.
Saturday, December 27, 2014   
Today begins the Orange Bowl on Biscayne Bay, the best-attended youth regatta in the USA. Optmists, Lasers 4.7 and Radial as well as 420s are on the entry lists, 675 participants from 23 nations.
The wind forecast promises sun and a moderate seabreeze around 10 kn. The event website.
News – Friday, December 26, 2014
Friday, December 26, 2014   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)
The 70th Sydney-Hobart Race was started on Sydney Harbour this morning at 2 h UTC. The fleet has passed the Heads hin a fresh breeze and is heading South on the open sea. As expected, the five super-maxis are in the lead constantly increasing the advantage on the persuers. 'Perpetual Loyal' of Anthony Bell AUS (with Tom Slingsby AUS, Seve Jarvin AUS) is first closely followed by 'Ragamuffin' of Syd Fischer AUS. 'Comanche' of Jim Clarke USA (with Ken Read USA) is 3rd. The yachts are still on an upwind course against the well established souterly but by this evening, the breeze is supposed to vanish and shift East.
The race tracker, the report from the start and the event website to be updated with reports and videos of the start.
News – Thursday, December 25, 2014
Thursday, December 25, 2014   
Tomorrow - UTC during the coming night - the start to the 70th Sydney-Hobart Race will be given in Sydney Harbour. The five 100-foot-Super-Maxis among the 117 participants will race for the line honours. Read a detailed articlel on these super racers evaluating their strengths and weaknesses. Two of the five contenders suffered damages during yesterday's trainings. The defending champion 'Wild Oats XI' broke the boom (here the report), and 'Raggamuffin', th lightest of the five yachts has structural defects on the deck (here the report with video. During the first 20 race hours, the yachts will have to fight upwind with a very fresh Soutn wind. Lateron, the breeze will calm down to about 5 kn, and therefore, a race record time is hardly possible.
The official preview.