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Olympic Worldcup - Trofeo Princesa Sofia - Palma ESP

Saturday, 2. April 2011– Saturday, 9. April 2011

Website: www.trofeoprincesasofia.org/noticias.php

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Monday, April 21, 2014   (Image © Nico Martinez)
We reported yesterday on the final results of the first European World Cup event. Again, England with the Olympic Champions collected first places in the Finns (Ben Ainslie GBR), the Lasers (Paul Goodison) und the Starboats (Percy/Simpson GBR) and proved to be the most competitve nation. But two victories also for France in the 470-men (Charbonnier/Mion) and 49ers (Dyen/Christidis), as well as New Zealand in the 470-women (Jo Aleh/Bianca Barbarich) and Lasers Radial (Sara Winther ). One victory each go to the Netherlands (Dorian Van Rijsselberge, RS:X-men), Spain (Marina Alabau, RS:X-women), the USA (Sally Barkow, Women Match-Race).
Monday, April 21, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Sunshine and as from noon a moderate 7-10 kn breeze prevailed on the Bay of Palma yesterday for the Medal Races and the Matchrace finals of the Trofeo Princesa Sofia. Sally Barkow USA and her team defeated Silja Lehtinen FIN 3-1 and a second USSTA success was added by Anna Tunnicliffe USA beating Claire Leroy FRA in the petite final for rank three 2-0 - the rankings.
In the fleet racing class, the leaders brought the trophy usually home. Ben Ainslie GBR was also the Medal Race winner in the Finns, so that the final gap to second-ranked Giles Scott GBR and Thomas Le Breton FRA was evident. A French double was to celebrate in the 470-men with Charbonnier/Mion FRA and Leboucher/Garros FRA, with Patience/Bithell GBR advancing on rank 3 after the Medal Race. No change on the podiumg for the 470-women with Jo Aleh/Bianca Barbarich NZL winning ahead of Kondo/Tabata JPN and Cohen/Vered ISR. The 49er victory remained with Dyen/Christidis FRA in front of Sibello/Sibello ITA on rank 2, but Delle-Karth/Resch AUT succeeded to jump on the podium as third with a good Medal Race. Behind Percy/Simpson GBR, Star Class winner already before the Medal Race, three teams were tied on rank two. Thanks to the better race results, the newly formed team Robert Stanjek/Frithjof Kleen GER got Silver ahead of Torben Grael/Marcello Ferreira BRA with Bronze. Negri/Voltolini ITA had to content themselves with rank 4. In the windsurfers, Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED, RS:X-men remained on top followed by Tom Ashley NZL and Nick Dempsey GBR, whereas in the RS:X-women, Marina Alabau ESP securded the only win for Spain, followed by Charline Picon FRA. Full of excitement the duel for rank 3, at the same time the first encounter for the Olympic selection 2012, between the multiple Olympic and World Champion Alessandra Sensini ITA, age 36, and the youngster and ISAF Youth World Champion Laura Linares ITA. This time, the veteran remained successful, with many more duels to come. The final report, all rankings and the videos of the Medal Races - one for each class !
Monday, April 21, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Already before the Medal Races of today, the first winners are known after yesterdays races in a difficult unconstant seabreeze. The Olympic Champions Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR in the Starboats seem well prepared for their home Olympics 2012, as - after one year off due to matchracing duties - they are back dominating the fleet in Palma with a 27 points advantage before the Medal Race. The best options for the other medals have Negri/Voltolini ITA, two points ahead of Grael/Ferreira BRA and 8 points on Stanjek/Kleen GER. A British victory also in the Finns, as the only candidate to defeat the Olympic Champion Ben Ainslie GBR - he too absent as matchracer in 2010 - is Giles Scott GBR 14 points behind. Thomas Le Breton FRA follows on rank 3. Good chance for the overall win in their class today have also Charbonnier/Mion FRA in the 470 men with a lead on Leboucher/Garros FRA of 9 points. Mantis/Kagialis GRE follow as 3rd. Another French victory can be expected in the 49ers with Emanuel Dyen/Stéphane Christidis FRA leading with 10 points over Sibello/Sibello ITA and Norregaard/Lang DEN as 3rd already 44 points back fighting with Delle-Karth/Resch AUT for rank 3. A 8 points lead before the Medal Race for Jo Aleh/Bianca Barbarich NZL in the 470-women with Ai Kondo/Wakako Tabata JPN and Cohen/Vered ISR on the ranks 2 and 3. In the windsurfers, the situation seems to be clear for Marina Alabau ESP in the RS:X women lieading with 11 points on Charline Picon FRA, and Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED 6 points in the RS:X-men. Nick Dempsey GBR, Tom Ashley NZL, Ricardo Santos BRA and Byron Kaokkalanis GRE have all their chances for a medal. In the Women Match Race, today's final will be between Silja Lehtinen FIN and Sally Barkow USA. Anna Tunnicliffe USA and Claire Leroy FRA will sail the petite final for rank 3. The official report and the video of the day. The medal races can be followed today live on the Internet.
Monday, April 21, 2014   
The outcome of the Laser Standard Medal Race today will be very close as the top three after the qualifications - Tom Slingsby AUS, Paul Goodison GBR and Nick Thomson GBR - are separated by 2 points only and double points will be awarded in the final race. Here the Laser Standard rankings before the Medal Race.
Overthrow in the Lasers Radial yesterday, a Sara Winther NZL is the new leader with a solid 5 points lead ahead of Evi Van Acker BEL and Veronika Fenclova CZE on the ranks 2 and 3, but also Gintare Scheidt LTU (best of the day yesterday with the ranks 1 and 2), Paige Railey USA and Marit Bouwmeester NED have their chances for a medal. The official report and the video of the day. The finals can be followed live on the Internet.
Monday, April 21, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
The poorest results for the Swiss Sailing Team since years in Palma de Mallorca, as nobody was able to make the Medal Races. A dark day before all for Flavio Marazzi and Enrico De Maria in the Starboats, who continuously made up ground in the days before and were on an excellent 5th place before yesterday. But another early start - the second one of the series and therefore non-discardably - they lest the nerves and even dismasted (again) in the last race in a moderate 11-14 kn breeze, dropping on rank 15. Jean-Pascal Chatagny/Patrick Ducommun SUI und Michel Niklaus/Serge Pulfer SUI finished the event on the ranks 33 and 36. Nathalie Brugger SUI too could not release the brakes and added the day ranks 14 and 27 in the last two races that made her remanin on the disappointing rank 18 in the Lasers Radial. Manon Luther SUI and Erika Frederiksson SUI finished on the ranks 36 and 48 of the 78 participants. The only Swiss highlight in the Swiss Team were the youngsters Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI, achieving an excellent 8th place yesterday in the very competitive Goldfleet of the 470s, and finishing the event on rank 27. Matias Bühler/Simon Brügger SUI are on position 36, Adrien and Olivier Gremaud SUI on rank 59 of the 84 teams. In the 470-women, Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI finished on rank 32. The former Swiss Olympian Emmanuelle Rol FRA with Hélène Defrance FRA as crew missed the Medal Race as 12th by 14 points - the rankings. Christian Steiger lost some places in the final races and finished on rank 43 of the Lasers Standard. Guillaume Girod SUI is on rank 72, Lauri Kalkkinen SUI on rank 116. In the Finns, the Swiss occupy the ranks 46 (Christoph Christen), 66 (Thomas Gautschi) and 68 (Silvan Hofer).
Monday, April 21, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Two races were sailed on the last day of the Paralympic 2.4 m keelboats, ending the 2011 Palma Wolrd Cup event as first. Finishing again with the ranks 1 and 2, Thierry Schmitter NED , having lead the fleet since the first race, made everything clear to win ahead of Heiko Kröger GER and Megan Pascoe GBR completing the podium. The final rankings, the video of the day and the daily report.
Monday, April 21, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
The Bay of Palma keeps its secrets with a light breeze shifting from an inshore morning wind to a varying seabreeze later in the day. The difficult sailing conditions had some consequences on the rankings and only a few sailors/teams booked two top results yesterday. The multiple Olympic Champion Ben Ainslie GBR was one of them, winning both races in the Finns, that bring him already 9 points ahead of Giles Scott GBR and 24 points on Thomas Le Breton FRA. Two race wins also for Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED in the RS:X-men, clearly leading ahead of Nick Dempsey GBR and the Olympic Champion Tom Ashley NZL. Finishing 1 and 10, Percy/Simpson GBR extended their lead in the Starboats on 10 points. The new second-ranked are now Campbell/Coleman USA followed by Negri/Voltolini ITA. Leader change in the 470-men with Charbonnier/Mion FRA now on top three points ahead of Leboucher/Garros FRA and 8 ahead of the best of the day Mantis/Kagialis GRE. A French leader also in the 49ers with Dyen/Christidis FRA, but Sibello/Sibello ITA approached them at 4 points, while Fletcher/Sign GBR are already 20 points behind. Leader change too in the 470-women where the dominating Kondo/Tabata JPN had to give in, leaving rank 1 to Cohen/Vered ISR closely in front of Aleh/Barbarich NZL. The Japanese, now on rank 3 five points behind, are not yet out of the title race. With the day ranks 1 and 3, Marina Alabau ESP defended her lead in the RS:X-women, but Charline Picon FRA (yesterday 1/2) came nearer. The new 3rd is the young Laura Linares ITA. The first heats of the Women Match Race quarter finals disputed in a best-of-five mode, were sailed: Clear winners in two matches with 2-0 leads by Anna Tunnicliffe USA (against Stephanie Hazard NZL) and Silja Lehtinen FIN (against Silke Hahlbrock GER), whereas Lucy MacGregor GBR and Sally Barkow USA as well as Claire Leroy FRA and Anne Leberre FRA are at a 1-1 tie. Today, the match racers will complete the quarter and semi finals to be ready for tomorrow's final. The fleet racers sail their last two heats to qualify the 10 best for tomorrow's Medal Races. The weather forecast announces a similar weather pattern as yesterday. The official report and the video of the day.
Monday, April 21, 2014   
Again difficult light wind conditions yesterday over the Bay of Palma. The two dominators of the Laser Standard Tom Slingsby AUS and Paul Goodison GBR contributed with some special actions, i.e. a disqualification and an early start, but kept the top spots nevertheless. However, the third-ranked Nick Thomson GBR is now tied with Goodison GBR and the advantage of the World Champion Tom Slingsby has melted to 2 points. Sam Meech NZL, best of the day with the ranks 1 and 2, advanced on the 4th place. Today is the final day of the Medal Race qualifcation phase, and the ranks 7 to 16 separated by 17 points only have all a chance to qualify for the 10 best.
Despite a race win, Paige Railey USA was removed from the top seat in the Lasers Radial, as a 28th place in race two had its consequences. She is now on the 3rd position behind Evi Van Acker BEL back on top one point ahead of Veronika Fenclova CZE. A tight situation for the Medal Race qualifications also in the Radial as the ranks 6 (Annalise Murphy IRL) till 20 (Tania Elias-Calles MEX) are separated by 15 points only. The conditions for today's races will be similar to yesterday, and downers in one of the two heats are not impossible. The official report and the video of the day.
Monday, April 21, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Both with 1/2 race ranks yesterday, Thierry Schmitter NED and Heiko Kröger GER consolidated their top positions yesterday. The two will fight for the title today with Schmitter leading with 4 points. The results and the daily report.
Monday, April 21, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Initially a dying North-Easterly from the shore ... calm ... and then the seabreeze from the South ... a scenario similar to the day before. Difficult situations in the Bay of Palma yesterday.
In the Lasers Radial, the overall leading Paige Railey USA did not even make the finish within the time-limits in the first race of the day, but with a 5th rank in race 2, she clearly stays ahead in the general rankings. Evi Van Acker BEL and Marit Bouwmeester NED occupy the positions 2 and 3. In the Lasers Standard, the situation is very tight with Paul Goodison GBR, Tom Slingsby AUS and Nick Thomson GBR separated by one point only. Dropped out of the top group is Simon Grotelüschen GER now on the 8th place. In the 470-men, the French teams were up to speed for the first time with Charbonnier/Mion FRA closing up to the leading Belcher/Page AUS and a tie also on rank 3 with Patience/Bithell GBR and Leboucher/Garros FRA. A class of her own are Ai Kondo/Wakako Tabata JPN in the 470-women, as their advantage on Cohen/Vered ISR is already 11 points. Aleh/Barbarich NZL follow on the 3rd place. In the Finns, the British duel on top continues with Ben Ainslie GBR leading one point ahead of Giles Scott GBR. The new third-ranked is Thomas Le Breton FRA. French colors ahead also in the 49ers, where Dyen/Christidis are in the lead with a 15 points advantage on Krüger-Andersen/Thorsell DEN. Sibello/Sibello ITA are now 3rd. The Olympic Champions Percy/Simpson GBR, Kusdznierewicz/Zycki POL and Scheidt/Prada BRA continue to share the lead in the Starboats. In the repechage of the Women's Match-Race, Stéphanie Hazard NZL has the best chance to take one of the two open places in the quarterfinals (the ranking list has not yet been available at this moment). In the windsurfers, the two firsts of Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED yesterday brought him back on top of the RS:X men, whereas Marina Alabau ESP extended her lead in the RS:X-women ahead of - new - Charline Picon FRA on rank 2. The report and the video of the day.
Monday, April 21, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Thanks to the discard and a 5th place in the only race of the day. Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI progressed on rank 8 in the Starboats and have a good chance today to qualify for the Medal Race of Saturday. With the day ranks 9 and 14, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI performed remarkably yesterday in the highly competitive 470-men's fleet yesterday and easily qualified for the finals in the goldfleet. Ranked 35th, Matias Bühler/Simon Brügger SUI also joined the goldfleet mitsegeln, whereas Gremaud/Gremaud SUI missed the qualification clearly. Stéphanie and Romy Hasler, the second member of the Leman Sailing Teams, did not have a good day yesterday either. They are currently on rank 32 of the 470-women. Emmanuelle Rol/Hélène Defrance SUI/FRA continue their progress and - with a rank 2 yesterday - they are now on the 14th place. On rank 43 of 127 participants, Christian Steiger SUI will probably just have made the goldfleet in the Lasers Standard. Guillaume Girod SUI 88th will be in the Silverfleet, as is Lauri Kalkkinen SUI 116th. A backdrop unfortunately for Nathalie Brugger SUI with mediocre day ranks in the Lasers Radial relegating her on rank 18, but she remains clearly in the goldfleet, as well as Manon Luther SUI on rank 30. Erika Frederiksson SUI had her best day yesterday advancing on rank 44. The Swiss Finn sailors Christoph Christen 50th, Silvan Hofer 64th and Thomas Gautschi 66th are all in the silverfleet.
Monday, April 21, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Initially a dying North-Easterly from the shore ... ending in a calm ... and then the seabreeze from the South ... a scenario similar to the day before. Difficult conditions in the Bay of Palma yesterday.
In the Lasers Radial, the overall leading Paige Railey USA did not even make the finish within the time-limits in the first race of the day, but with a 5th rank in race 2, she clearly stays ahead in the general rankings. Evi Van Acker BEL and Marit Bouwmeester NED occupy the positions 2 and 3. In the Lasers Standard, the situation is very tight with Paul Goodison GBR, Tom Slingsby AUS and Nick Thomson GBR separated by one point only. Dropped out of the top group is Simon Grotelüschen GER now on the 8th place. The report and the video of the day.
Monday, April 21, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Heiko Kröger GER as best of the day with the ranks 3 and 1 advanced to the 2nd place behind Thierry Schmitter NED 4 points ahead. Megan Pascoe improved of the 3rd position. The rankings and the report of the day.
Monday, April 21, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
All classes sailed a race during the morning in decreasing gradient wind from the shore. whereas in the afternoon, a moderate seabreeze filled in for another one or two races, on a day with a dominating English team. Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR took the lead in the 470 men ahead of Rogers/Grube GBR and Belcher/Page AUS, Charbonnier/Meyer FRA advanced to rank 4. With two bullets, Ben Ainslie GBR is back on top with the Finns with Giles Scott GBR and Pieter-Jan Potsma NED completing the podium. The lead in the RS:X-men goes also British with Nick Dempsey GBR ahead of Shahar Zubari ISR and Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED. Winning two of three races, Pietro and Gianfranco Sibello ITA are on rank 1 of the 49ers, followed by Fletcher/Sign GBR and Dyen/Christidis FRA. The only men's class without leader change are the Lasers Standard where Tom Slingsby AUS stays on top, but Paul Goodison GBR, winning two races, has come nearer. Julio Alsogaray ARG is third. The new leader in the Starboats are Kusznierewicz/Zycki POL, followed by Percy Simpson GBR and Scheidt/Prada BRA. Ai Kondo/Wakako Tabata JPN kept their lead on top of the 470women, but the team of the day Jo Aleh/Bianca Barbarich NZL with two bullets now on rank 2 closed up. New leader in the RS:X-women is Marina Alabau ESP with Alessandra Sensini ITA dropping on the 2nd place. In the Lasers Radial, Paige Railey USA is now on top ahead of Marit Bouwmeester NED and Veronika Fenclova CZE. Last but not least the Women-Match-Race, where the Round Robin of the three groups was completed with Silija Lehtinen FIN (7-0) and Claire Leroy FRA (6-1) on top of group A, Sally Barkow USA (7-0) and Silke Hahlbrock GER (6-1) first group B and Anna Tunnicliffe USA (7-0) and Lucy MacGregor GBR (5-2) first group C as qualifiers for the quarterfinals. The remaining quarterfinal slots will be allotted in a repechage round. The daily report and the video of the day.
Monday, April 21, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
A strong comeback for Nathalie Brugger SUI after a flopped first day, now as day best with two second places. She moved up on position 9 after four heats in the Lasers Radial, and also Manon Luther SUI gained some place thanks to a 5th rank and is now on the 22nd position. Erika Frederikson SUI follows as 46th of the 78 participants. Improved also Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI in the Starboats, with the day ranks 7 and 16, bringing them on rank 16 overall. The premature start disqualification of the first day will be discarded this evening, bringing them some more ranks forward. Niklaus/Pulfer SUI and Chatagny/Ducommun SUI follow on the ranks 30 and 32. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI however lost their excellent overall positions because of an early start disqualfication in the 470 men's class, relegating them on position 34. The best Swiss team now are Matias Bühler/Simon Brügger on rank30, but both teams have good chances to qualify for the goldfleet this evening. Gremaud/Gremaud SUI had also an OCS and are now on rank 66. After two disaster races relegated Stéphanie und Romy Hasler SUI on rank 27 in the 470 women, Emmanuelle Rol/Hélène Defrance FRA/SUI however are on the way up with 3rd place, lifting them to the 17th place overall. A top-ten-finish also for Christian Steiger SUI in the Lasers Standard, where he is about to qualify for the goldfleet being 27th currently. Guillaume Girod SUI (yesterday 8th is now 63rd, Lauri Kalkkinen SUI follows on rank 155. In the Finns, Christoph Christen SUI sails constantly and the discard will bring him away from rank 56. Silvan Hofer SUI and Thomas Gautschi SUI follow on the positions 65 and 67. The goldfleet qualification this evening - a ranking in the top-40s - is a considerable challenge for both.
Monday, April 21, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
After an impressive day one for the Sailing Team Germany with top ranks by Simon Grotelüschen in the Lasers, Toni Wilhelm in the RS:X-men and Erik Heil/Thomas Plössel in the 49ers, the German sailors confirmed their good form on day two in moderate condition as well, with Simon Grotelüschen in the Lasers Standard finishing 3 and 7 and keeping an excellent 4th place overall. Malte Kamrath and Philipp Buhl on 25 resp. 40 are also on track for the goldfleet. Second of their group with 6-1 wins, Silke Hahlbrock and her team are already qualified for the quarterfinals in the Women Match Race. 17th in the 470 men means goldfleet also for Ferdinand Gerz/Patrick Follmann, and Zepuntke/Baldewein, 33rd, and Zellmer/Seelig 40th still have their chances to continue the competition in the top group. With Jan Kurfeld on rank 14 and Matthias Miller on 24, the two German Finn-sailors are clearly in the top-half of the fleet. Not as successful as on day one however Toni Wilhelm in the RS:X-men, but thanks to his top performance on Monday, he remains on the 12th place overall. Moana Delle could move up yesterday on rank 11 of the RS:X-women. In the top-ten range also Briesenick-Pudenz/Massmann and Heil/Plössel as 11th and 15th in the 49ers, and also Robert Stanjek/Frithjof Kleen (Rang 10) and Alexander Schlonski/Matthias Bohn (Rang 12) keep their options for the top-ten in the Starboats. Franziska Goltz joined the best in yesterday's races, finishin 5 and 9 and advancing to rank 16 overall in the Lasers Radial. And last but not least Paralympic sailing, where Heiko Kröger is on the third place of the 2.4m single-handed keelboat. The official report and the video of the day.
Monday, April 21, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Both with a 1/3 record yesterday, Thierry Schmitter NED and Barend Kol NED have moved to top of the 2.4m Paralympic keelboat. While Schmitter is in command with a 5 points lead, Kol NED on rank two is tied with Heiko Kröger GER, while Megan Pascoe GBR is now another point behind. The daily report.
Monday, April 21, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Only two teams surprised positively on day one in the difficult strong wind races: the two 470 development teams. In the 470 men, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI are on the remarkable 15th place overall with the race ranks 13 and 4. Stéphanie und Romy Hasler SUI are on rank 22 of the 50 teams in the 470 women, despite of disliking big breeze conditions being one of the lightest teams of the fleet. They finished ahead of the European Champions Rol/Defrance SUI(FRA, who finished both races after a long period away due to Hélène Defrance's injury. An premature start relegated Marazzi/De Maria on rank 23 in the Starboats, but rank 6 in race 2 is very promising. Niklaus/Pulfer SUI and Chatagny/Ducommun SUI follow on the ranks 26 and 29. On rank 34 of the Lasers Standard, Christian Steiger is on a Goldfleet-path. Nathalie Brugger SUI and Manon Luther SUI are not quite ranked according to their expectations with the positions 27 and 30 in the Lasers Radial. The best Swiss Finn sailor ist Christoph Christen on rank 60.
Monday, April 21, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
The 2.4 m IJ Paralympic class fleet went afloat as first yesterday even before the stormy winds declined during the afternoon. Thierry Schmitter NED with two bullets is the clear leader ahead of Heiko Kröger GER and Megan Pascoe GBR. 10 boats from 6 nations sailing. The results and the report of the day.
 
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Sunday, April 20, 2014   (Image © Nico Martinez)
We reported yesterday on the final results of the first European World Cup event. Again, England with the Olympic Champions collected first places in the Finns (Ben Ainslie GBR), the Lasers (Paul Goodison) und the Starboats (Percy/Simpson GBR) and proved to be the most competitve nation. But two victories also for France in the 470-men (Charbonnier/Mion) and 49ers (Dyen/Christidis), as well as New Zealand in the 470-women (Jo Aleh/Bianca Barbarich) and Lasers Radial (Sara Winther ). One victory each go to the Netherlands (Dorian Van Rijsselberge, RS:X-men), Spain (Marina Alabau, RS:X-women), the USA (Sally Barkow, Women Match-Race).
Sunday, April 20, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Sunshine and as from noon a moderate 7-10 kn breeze prevailed on the Bay of Palma yesterday for the Medal Races and the Matchrace finals of the Trofeo Princesa Sofia. Sally Barkow USA and her team defeated Silja Lehtinen FIN 3-1 and a second USSTA success was added by Anna Tunnicliffe USA beating Claire Leroy FRA in the petite final for rank three 2-0 - the rankings.
In the fleet racing class, the leaders brought the trophy usually home. Ben Ainslie GBR was also the Medal Race winner in the Finns, so that the final gap to second-ranked Giles Scott GBR and Thomas Le Breton FRA was evident. A French double was to celebrate in the 470-men with Charbonnier/Mion FRA and Leboucher/Garros FRA, with Patience/Bithell GBR advancing on rank 3 after the Medal Race. No change on the podiumg for the 470-women with Jo Aleh/Bianca Barbarich NZL winning ahead of Kondo/Tabata JPN and Cohen/Vered ISR. The 49er victory remained with Dyen/Christidis FRA in front of Sibello/Sibello ITA on rank 2, but Delle-Karth/Resch AUT succeeded to jump on the podium as third with a good Medal Race. Behind Percy/Simpson GBR, Star Class winner already before the Medal Race, three teams were tied on rank two. Thanks to the better race results, the newly formed team Robert Stanjek/Frithjof Kleen GER got Silver ahead of Torben Grael/Marcello Ferreira BRA with Bronze. Negri/Voltolini ITA had to content themselves with rank 4. In the windsurfers, Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED, RS:X-men remained on top followed by Tom Ashley NZL and Nick Dempsey GBR, whereas in the RS:X-women, Marina Alabau ESP securded the only win for Spain, followed by Charline Picon FRA. Full of excitement the duel for rank 3, at the same time the first encounter for the Olympic selection 2012, between the multiple Olympic and World Champion Alessandra Sensini ITA, age 36, and the youngster and ISAF Youth World Champion Laura Linares ITA. This time, the veteran remained successful, with many more duels to come. The final report, all rankings and the videos of the Medal Races - one for each class !
Sunday, April 20, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Already before the Medal Races of today, the first winners are known after yesterdays races in a difficult unconstant seabreeze. The Olympic Champions Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR in the Starboats seem well prepared for their home Olympics 2012, as - after one year off due to matchracing duties - they are back dominating the fleet in Palma with a 27 points advantage before the Medal Race. The best options for the other medals have Negri/Voltolini ITA, two points ahead of Grael/Ferreira BRA and 8 points on Stanjek/Kleen GER. A British victory also in the Finns, as the only candidate to defeat the Olympic Champion Ben Ainslie GBR - he too absent as matchracer in 2010 - is Giles Scott GBR 14 points behind. Thomas Le Breton FRA follows on rank 3. Good chance for the overall win in their class today have also Charbonnier/Mion FRA in the 470 men with a lead on Leboucher/Garros FRA of 9 points. Mantis/Kagialis GRE follow as 3rd. Another French victory can be expected in the 49ers with Emanuel Dyen/Stéphane Christidis FRA leading with 10 points over Sibello/Sibello ITA and Norregaard/Lang DEN as 3rd already 44 points back fighting with Delle-Karth/Resch AUT for rank 3. A 8 points lead before the Medal Race for Jo Aleh/Bianca Barbarich NZL in the 470-women with Ai Kondo/Wakako Tabata JPN and Cohen/Vered ISR on the ranks 2 and 3. In the windsurfers, the situation seems to be clear for Marina Alabau ESP in the RS:X women lieading with 11 points on Charline Picon FRA, and Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED 6 points in the RS:X-men. Nick Dempsey GBR, Tom Ashley NZL, Ricardo Santos BRA and Byron Kaokkalanis GRE have all their chances for a medal. In the Women Match Race, today's final will be between Silja Lehtinen FIN and Sally Barkow USA. Anna Tunnicliffe USA and Claire Leroy FRA will sail the petite final for rank 3. The official report and the video of the day. The medal races can be followed today live on the Internet.
Sunday, April 20, 2014   
The outcome of the Laser Standard Medal Race today will be very close as the top three after the qualifications - Tom Slingsby AUS, Paul Goodison GBR and Nick Thomson GBR - are separated by 2 points only and double points will be awarded in the final race. Here the Laser Standard rankings before the Medal Race.
Overthrow in the Lasers Radial yesterday, a Sara Winther NZL is the new leader with a solid 5 points lead ahead of Evi Van Acker BEL and Veronika Fenclova CZE on the ranks 2 and 3, but also Gintare Scheidt LTU (best of the day yesterday with the ranks 1 and 2), Paige Railey USA and Marit Bouwmeester NED have their chances for a medal. The official report and the video of the day. The finals can be followed live on the Internet.
Sunday, April 20, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
The poorest results for the Swiss Sailing Team since years in Palma de Mallorca, as nobody was able to make the Medal Races. A dark day before all for Flavio Marazzi and Enrico De Maria in the Starboats, who continuously made up ground in the days before and were on an excellent 5th place before yesterday. But another early start - the second one of the series and therefore non-discardably - they lest the nerves and even dismasted (again) in the last race in a moderate 11-14 kn breeze, dropping on rank 15. Jean-Pascal Chatagny/Patrick Ducommun SUI und Michel Niklaus/Serge Pulfer SUI finished the event on the ranks 33 and 36. Nathalie Brugger SUI too could not release the brakes and added the day ranks 14 and 27 in the last two races that made her remanin on the disappointing rank 18 in the Lasers Radial. Manon Luther SUI and Erika Frederiksson SUI finished on the ranks 36 and 48 of the 78 participants. The only Swiss highlight in the Swiss Team were the youngsters Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI, achieving an excellent 8th place yesterday in the very competitive Goldfleet of the 470s, and finishing the event on rank 27. Matias Bühler/Simon Brügger SUI are on position 36, Adrien and Olivier Gremaud SUI on rank 59 of the 84 teams. In the 470-women, Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI finished on rank 32. The former Swiss Olympian Emmanuelle Rol FRA with Hélène Defrance FRA as crew missed the Medal Race as 12th by 14 points - the rankings. Christian Steiger lost some places in the final races and finished on rank 43 of the Lasers Standard. Guillaume Girod SUI is on rank 72, Lauri Kalkkinen SUI on rank 116. In the Finns, the Swiss occupy the ranks 46 (Christoph Christen), 66 (Thomas Gautschi) and 68 (Silvan Hofer).
Sunday, April 20, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Two races were sailed on the last day of the Paralympic 2.4 m keelboats, ending the 2011 Palma Wolrd Cup event as first. Finishing again with the ranks 1 and 2, Thierry Schmitter NED , having lead the fleet since the first race, made everything clear to win ahead of Heiko Kröger GER and Megan Pascoe GBR completing the podium. The final rankings, the video of the day and the daily report.
Sunday, April 20, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
The Bay of Palma keeps its secrets with a light breeze shifting from an inshore morning wind to a varying seabreeze later in the day. The difficult sailing conditions had some consequences on the rankings and only a few sailors/teams booked two top results yesterday. The multiple Olympic Champion Ben Ainslie GBR was one of them, winning both races in the Finns, that bring him already 9 points ahead of Giles Scott GBR and 24 points on Thomas Le Breton FRA. Two race wins also for Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED in the RS:X-men, clearly leading ahead of Nick Dempsey GBR and the Olympic Champion Tom Ashley NZL. Finishing 1 and 10, Percy/Simpson GBR extended their lead in the Starboats on 10 points. The new second-ranked are now Campbell/Coleman USA followed by Negri/Voltolini ITA. Leader change in the 470-men with Charbonnier/Mion FRA now on top three points ahead of Leboucher/Garros FRA and 8 ahead of the best of the day Mantis/Kagialis GRE. A French leader also in the 49ers with Dyen/Christidis FRA, but Sibello/Sibello ITA approached them at 4 points, while Fletcher/Sign GBR are already 20 points behind. Leader change too in the 470-women where the dominating Kondo/Tabata JPN had to give in, leaving rank 1 to Cohen/Vered ISR closely in front of Aleh/Barbarich NZL. The Japanese, now on rank 3 five points behind, are not yet out of the title race. With the day ranks 1 and 3, Marina Alabau ESP defended her lead in the RS:X-women, but Charline Picon FRA (yesterday 1/2) came nearer. The new 3rd is the young Laura Linares ITA. The first heats of the Women Match Race quarter finals disputed in a best-of-five mode, were sailed: Clear winners in two matches with 2-0 leads by Anna Tunnicliffe USA (against Stephanie Hazard NZL) and Silja Lehtinen FIN (against Silke Hahlbrock GER), whereas Lucy MacGregor GBR and Sally Barkow USA as well as Claire Leroy FRA and Anne Leberre FRA are at a 1-1 tie. Today, the match racers will complete the quarter and semi finals to be ready for tomorrow's final. The fleet racers sail their last two heats to qualify the 10 best for tomorrow's Medal Races. The weather forecast announces a similar weather pattern as yesterday. The official report and the video of the day.
Sunday, April 20, 2014   
Again difficult light wind conditions yesterday over the Bay of Palma. The two dominators of the Laser Standard Tom Slingsby AUS and Paul Goodison GBR contributed with some special actions, i.e. a disqualification and an early start, but kept the top spots nevertheless. However, the third-ranked Nick Thomson GBR is now tied with Goodison GBR and the advantage of the World Champion Tom Slingsby has melted to 2 points. Sam Meech NZL, best of the day with the ranks 1 and 2, advanced on the 4th place. Today is the final day of the Medal Race qualifcation phase, and the ranks 7 to 16 separated by 17 points only have all a chance to qualify for the 10 best.
Despite a race win, Paige Railey USA was removed from the top seat in the Lasers Radial, as a 28th place in race two had its consequences. She is now on the 3rd position behind Evi Van Acker BEL back on top one point ahead of Veronika Fenclova CZE. A tight situation for the Medal Race qualifications also in the Radial as the ranks 6 (Annalise Murphy IRL) till 20 (Tania Elias-Calles MEX) are separated by 15 points only. The conditions for today's races will be similar to yesterday, and downers in one of the two heats are not impossible. The official report and the video of the day.
Sunday, April 20, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Both with 1/2 race ranks yesterday, Thierry Schmitter NED and Heiko Kröger GER consolidated their top positions yesterday. The two will fight for the title today with Schmitter leading with 4 points. The results and the daily report.
Sunday, April 20, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Initially a dying North-Easterly from the shore ... calm ... and then the seabreeze from the South ... a scenario similar to the day before. Difficult situations in the Bay of Palma yesterday.
In the Lasers Radial, the overall leading Paige Railey USA did not even make the finish within the time-limits in the first race of the day, but with a 5th rank in race 2, she clearly stays ahead in the general rankings. Evi Van Acker BEL and Marit Bouwmeester NED occupy the positions 2 and 3. In the Lasers Standard, the situation is very tight with Paul Goodison GBR, Tom Slingsby AUS and Nick Thomson GBR separated by one point only. Dropped out of the top group is Simon Grotelüschen GER now on the 8th place. In the 470-men, the French teams were up to speed for the first time with Charbonnier/Mion FRA closing up to the leading Belcher/Page AUS and a tie also on rank 3 with Patience/Bithell GBR and Leboucher/Garros FRA. A class of her own are Ai Kondo/Wakako Tabata JPN in the 470-women, as their advantage on Cohen/Vered ISR is already 11 points. Aleh/Barbarich NZL follow on the 3rd place. In the Finns, the British duel on top continues with Ben Ainslie GBR leading one point ahead of Giles Scott GBR. The new third-ranked is Thomas Le Breton FRA. French colors ahead also in the 49ers, where Dyen/Christidis are in the lead with a 15 points advantage on Krüger-Andersen/Thorsell DEN. Sibello/Sibello ITA are now 3rd. The Olympic Champions Percy/Simpson GBR, Kusdznierewicz/Zycki POL and Scheidt/Prada BRA continue to share the lead in the Starboats. In the repechage of the Women's Match-Race, Stéphanie Hazard NZL has the best chance to take one of the two open places in the quarterfinals (the ranking list has not yet been available at this moment). In the windsurfers, the two firsts of Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED yesterday brought him back on top of the RS:X men, whereas Marina Alabau ESP extended her lead in the RS:X-women ahead of - new - Charline Picon FRA on rank 2. The report and the video of the day.
Sunday, April 20, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Thanks to the discard and a 5th place in the only race of the day. Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI progressed on rank 8 in the Starboats and have a good chance today to qualify for the Medal Race of Saturday. With the day ranks 9 and 14, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI performed remarkably yesterday in the highly competitive 470-men's fleet yesterday and easily qualified for the finals in the goldfleet. Ranked 35th, Matias Bühler/Simon Brügger SUI also joined the goldfleet mitsegeln, whereas Gremaud/Gremaud SUI missed the qualification clearly. Stéphanie and Romy Hasler, the second member of the Leman Sailing Teams, did not have a good day yesterday either. They are currently on rank 32 of the 470-women. Emmanuelle Rol/Hélène Defrance SUI/FRA continue their progress and - with a rank 2 yesterday - they are now on the 14th place. On rank 43 of 127 participants, Christian Steiger SUI will probably just have made the goldfleet in the Lasers Standard. Guillaume Girod SUI 88th will be in the Silverfleet, as is Lauri Kalkkinen SUI 116th. A backdrop unfortunately for Nathalie Brugger SUI with mediocre day ranks in the Lasers Radial relegating her on rank 18, but she remains clearly in the goldfleet, as well as Manon Luther SUI on rank 30. Erika Frederiksson SUI had her best day yesterday advancing on rank 44. The Swiss Finn sailors Christoph Christen 50th, Silvan Hofer 64th and Thomas Gautschi 66th are all in the silverfleet.
Sunday, April 20, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Initially a dying North-Easterly from the shore ... ending in a calm ... and then the seabreeze from the South ... a scenario similar to the day before. Difficult conditions in the Bay of Palma yesterday.
In the Lasers Radial, the overall leading Paige Railey USA did not even make the finish within the time-limits in the first race of the day, but with a 5th rank in race 2, she clearly stays ahead in the general rankings. Evi Van Acker BEL and Marit Bouwmeester NED occupy the positions 2 and 3. In the Lasers Standard, the situation is very tight with Paul Goodison GBR, Tom Slingsby AUS and Nick Thomson GBR separated by one point only. Dropped out of the top group is Simon Grotelüschen GER now on the 8th place. The report and the video of the day.
Sunday, April 20, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Heiko Kröger GER as best of the day with the ranks 3 and 1 advanced to the 2nd place behind Thierry Schmitter NED 4 points ahead. Megan Pascoe improved of the 3rd position. The rankings and the report of the day.
Sunday, April 20, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
All classes sailed a race during the morning in decreasing gradient wind from the shore. whereas in the afternoon, a moderate seabreeze filled in for another one or two races, on a day with a dominating English team. Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR took the lead in the 470 men ahead of Rogers/Grube GBR and Belcher/Page AUS, Charbonnier/Meyer FRA advanced to rank 4. With two bullets, Ben Ainslie GBR is back on top with the Finns with Giles Scott GBR and Pieter-Jan Potsma NED completing the podium. The lead in the RS:X-men goes also British with Nick Dempsey GBR ahead of Shahar Zubari ISR and Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED. Winning two of three races, Pietro and Gianfranco Sibello ITA are on rank 1 of the 49ers, followed by Fletcher/Sign GBR and Dyen/Christidis FRA. The only men's class without leader change are the Lasers Standard where Tom Slingsby AUS stays on top, but Paul Goodison GBR, winning two races, has come nearer. Julio Alsogaray ARG is third. The new leader in the Starboats are Kusznierewicz/Zycki POL, followed by Percy Simpson GBR and Scheidt/Prada BRA. Ai Kondo/Wakako Tabata JPN kept their lead on top of the 470women, but the team of the day Jo Aleh/Bianca Barbarich NZL with two bullets now on rank 2 closed up. New leader in the RS:X-women is Marina Alabau ESP with Alessandra Sensini ITA dropping on the 2nd place. In the Lasers Radial, Paige Railey USA is now on top ahead of Marit Bouwmeester NED and Veronika Fenclova CZE. Last but not least the Women-Match-Race, where the Round Robin of the three groups was completed with Silija Lehtinen FIN (7-0) and Claire Leroy FRA (6-1) on top of group A, Sally Barkow USA (7-0) and Silke Hahlbrock GER (6-1) first group B and Anna Tunnicliffe USA (7-0) and Lucy MacGregor GBR (5-2) first group C as qualifiers for the quarterfinals. The remaining quarterfinal slots will be allotted in a repechage round. The daily report and the video of the day.
Sunday, April 20, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
A strong comeback for Nathalie Brugger SUI after a flopped first day, now as day best with two second places. She moved up on position 9 after four heats in the Lasers Radial, and also Manon Luther SUI gained some place thanks to a 5th rank and is now on the 22nd position. Erika Frederikson SUI follows as 46th of the 78 participants. Improved also Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI in the Starboats, with the day ranks 7 and 16, bringing them on rank 16 overall. The premature start disqualification of the first day will be discarded this evening, bringing them some more ranks forward. Niklaus/Pulfer SUI and Chatagny/Ducommun SUI follow on the ranks 30 and 32. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI however lost their excellent overall positions because of an early start disqualfication in the 470 men's class, relegating them on position 34. The best Swiss team now are Matias Bühler/Simon Brügger on rank30, but both teams have good chances to qualify for the goldfleet this evening. Gremaud/Gremaud SUI had also an OCS and are now on rank 66. After two disaster races relegated Stéphanie und Romy Hasler SUI on rank 27 in the 470 women, Emmanuelle Rol/Hélène Defrance FRA/SUI however are on the way up with 3rd place, lifting them to the 17th place overall. A top-ten-finish also for Christian Steiger SUI in the Lasers Standard, where he is about to qualify for the goldfleet being 27th currently. Guillaume Girod SUI (yesterday 8th is now 63rd, Lauri Kalkkinen SUI follows on rank 155. In the Finns, Christoph Christen SUI sails constantly and the discard will bring him away from rank 56. Silvan Hofer SUI and Thomas Gautschi SUI follow on the positions 65 and 67. The goldfleet qualification this evening - a ranking in the top-40s - is a considerable challenge for both.
Sunday, April 20, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
After an impressive day one for the Sailing Team Germany with top ranks by Simon Grotelüschen in the Lasers, Toni Wilhelm in the RS:X-men and Erik Heil/Thomas Plössel in the 49ers, the German sailors confirmed their good form on day two in moderate condition as well, with Simon Grotelüschen in the Lasers Standard finishing 3 and 7 and keeping an excellent 4th place overall. Malte Kamrath and Philipp Buhl on 25 resp. 40 are also on track for the goldfleet. Second of their group with 6-1 wins, Silke Hahlbrock and her team are already qualified for the quarterfinals in the Women Match Race. 17th in the 470 men means goldfleet also for Ferdinand Gerz/Patrick Follmann, and Zepuntke/Baldewein, 33rd, and Zellmer/Seelig 40th still have their chances to continue the competition in the top group. With Jan Kurfeld on rank 14 and Matthias Miller on 24, the two German Finn-sailors are clearly in the top-half of the fleet. Not as successful as on day one however Toni Wilhelm in the RS:X-men, but thanks to his top performance on Monday, he remains on the 12th place overall. Moana Delle could move up yesterday on rank 11 of the RS:X-women. In the top-ten range also Briesenick-Pudenz/Massmann and Heil/Plössel as 11th and 15th in the 49ers, and also Robert Stanjek/Frithjof Kleen (Rang 10) and Alexander Schlonski/Matthias Bohn (Rang 12) keep their options for the top-ten in the Starboats. Franziska Goltz joined the best in yesterday's races, finishin 5 and 9 and advancing to rank 16 overall in the Lasers Radial. And last but not least Paralympic sailing, where Heiko Kröger is on the third place of the 2.4m single-handed keelboat. The official report and the video of the day.
Sunday, April 20, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Both with a 1/3 record yesterday, Thierry Schmitter NED and Barend Kol NED have moved to top of the 2.4m Paralympic keelboat. While Schmitter is in command with a 5 points lead, Kol NED on rank two is tied with Heiko Kröger GER, while Megan Pascoe GBR is now another point behind. The daily report.
Sunday, April 20, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Only two teams surprised positively on day one in the difficult strong wind races: the two 470 development teams. In the 470 men, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI are on the remarkable 15th place overall with the race ranks 13 and 4. Stéphanie und Romy Hasler SUI are on rank 22 of the 50 teams in the 470 women, despite of disliking big breeze conditions being one of the lightest teams of the fleet. They finished ahead of the European Champions Rol/Defrance SUI(FRA, who finished both races after a long period away due to Hélène Defrance's injury. An premature start relegated Marazzi/De Maria on rank 23 in the Starboats, but rank 6 in race 2 is very promising. Niklaus/Pulfer SUI and Chatagny/Ducommun SUI follow on the ranks 26 and 29. On rank 34 of the Lasers Standard, Christian Steiger is on a Goldfleet-path. Nathalie Brugger SUI and Manon Luther SUI are not quite ranked according to their expectations with the positions 27 and 30 in the Lasers Radial. The best Swiss Finn sailor ist Christoph Christen on rank 60.
Sunday, April 20, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
The 2.4 m IJ Paralympic class fleet went afloat as first yesterday even before the stormy winds declined during the afternoon. Thierry Schmitter NED with two bullets is the clear leader ahead of Heiko Kröger GER and Megan Pascoe GBR. 10 boats from 6 nations sailing. The results and the report of the day.
 
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Saturday, April 19, 2014   (Image © Nico Martinez)
We reported yesterday on the final results of the first European World Cup event. Again, England with the Olympic Champions collected first places in the Finns (Ben Ainslie GBR), the Lasers (Paul Goodison) und the Starboats (Percy/Simpson GBR) and proved to be the most competitve nation. But two victories also for France in the 470-men (Charbonnier/Mion) and 49ers (Dyen/Christidis), as well as New Zealand in the 470-women (Jo Aleh/Bianca Barbarich) and Lasers Radial (Sara Winther ). One victory each go to the Netherlands (Dorian Van Rijsselberge, RS:X-men), Spain (Marina Alabau, RS:X-women), the USA (Sally Barkow, Women Match-Race).
Saturday, April 19, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Sunshine and as from noon a moderate 7-10 kn breeze prevailed on the Bay of Palma yesterday for the Medal Races and the Matchrace finals of the Trofeo Princesa Sofia. Sally Barkow USA and her team defeated Silja Lehtinen FIN 3-1 and a second USSTA success was added by Anna Tunnicliffe USA beating Claire Leroy FRA in the petite final for rank three 2-0 - the rankings.
In the fleet racing class, the leaders brought the trophy usually home. Ben Ainslie GBR was also the Medal Race winner in the Finns, so that the final gap to second-ranked Giles Scott GBR and Thomas Le Breton FRA was evident. A French double was to celebrate in the 470-men with Charbonnier/Mion FRA and Leboucher/Garros FRA, with Patience/Bithell GBR advancing on rank 3 after the Medal Race. No change on the podiumg for the 470-women with Jo Aleh/Bianca Barbarich NZL winning ahead of Kondo/Tabata JPN and Cohen/Vered ISR. The 49er victory remained with Dyen/Christidis FRA in front of Sibello/Sibello ITA on rank 2, but Delle-Karth/Resch AUT succeeded to jump on the podium as third with a good Medal Race. Behind Percy/Simpson GBR, Star Class winner already before the Medal Race, three teams were tied on rank two. Thanks to the better race results, the newly formed team Robert Stanjek/Frithjof Kleen GER got Silver ahead of Torben Grael/Marcello Ferreira BRA with Bronze. Negri/Voltolini ITA had to content themselves with rank 4. In the windsurfers, Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED, RS:X-men remained on top followed by Tom Ashley NZL and Nick Dempsey GBR, whereas in the RS:X-women, Marina Alabau ESP securded the only win for Spain, followed by Charline Picon FRA. Full of excitement the duel for rank 3, at the same time the first encounter for the Olympic selection 2012, between the multiple Olympic and World Champion Alessandra Sensini ITA, age 36, and the youngster and ISAF Youth World Champion Laura Linares ITA. This time, the veteran remained successful, with many more duels to come. The final report, all rankings and the videos of the Medal Races - one for each class !
Saturday, April 19, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Already before the Medal Races of today, the first winners are known after yesterdays races in a difficult unconstant seabreeze. The Olympic Champions Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR in the Starboats seem well prepared for their home Olympics 2012, as - after one year off due to matchracing duties - they are back dominating the fleet in Palma with a 27 points advantage before the Medal Race. The best options for the other medals have Negri/Voltolini ITA, two points ahead of Grael/Ferreira BRA and 8 points on Stanjek/Kleen GER. A British victory also in the Finns, as the only candidate to defeat the Olympic Champion Ben Ainslie GBR - he too absent as matchracer in 2010 - is Giles Scott GBR 14 points behind. Thomas Le Breton FRA follows on rank 3. Good chance for the overall win in their class today have also Charbonnier/Mion FRA in the 470 men with a lead on Leboucher/Garros FRA of 9 points. Mantis/Kagialis GRE follow as 3rd. Another French victory can be expected in the 49ers with Emanuel Dyen/Stéphane Christidis FRA leading with 10 points over Sibello/Sibello ITA and Norregaard/Lang DEN as 3rd already 44 points back fighting with Delle-Karth/Resch AUT for rank 3. A 8 points lead before the Medal Race for Jo Aleh/Bianca Barbarich NZL in the 470-women with Ai Kondo/Wakako Tabata JPN and Cohen/Vered ISR on the ranks 2 and 3. In the windsurfers, the situation seems to be clear for Marina Alabau ESP in the RS:X women lieading with 11 points on Charline Picon FRA, and Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED 6 points in the RS:X-men. Nick Dempsey GBR, Tom Ashley NZL, Ricardo Santos BRA and Byron Kaokkalanis GRE have all their chances for a medal. In the Women Match Race, today's final will be between Silja Lehtinen FIN and Sally Barkow USA. Anna Tunnicliffe USA and Claire Leroy FRA will sail the petite final for rank 3. The official report and the video of the day. The medal races can be followed today live on the Internet.
Saturday, April 19, 2014   
The outcome of the Laser Standard Medal Race today will be very close as the top three after the qualifications - Tom Slingsby AUS, Paul Goodison GBR and Nick Thomson GBR - are separated by 2 points only and double points will be awarded in the final race. Here the Laser Standard rankings before the Medal Race.
Overthrow in the Lasers Radial yesterday, a Sara Winther NZL is the new leader with a solid 5 points lead ahead of Evi Van Acker BEL and Veronika Fenclova CZE on the ranks 2 and 3, but also Gintare Scheidt LTU (best of the day yesterday with the ranks 1 and 2), Paige Railey USA and Marit Bouwmeester NED have their chances for a medal. The official report and the video of the day. The finals can be followed live on the Internet.
Saturday, April 19, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
The poorest results for the Swiss Sailing Team since years in Palma de Mallorca, as nobody was able to make the Medal Races. A dark day before all for Flavio Marazzi and Enrico De Maria in the Starboats, who continuously made up ground in the days before and were on an excellent 5th place before yesterday. But another early start - the second one of the series and therefore non-discardably - they lest the nerves and even dismasted (again) in the last race in a moderate 11-14 kn breeze, dropping on rank 15. Jean-Pascal Chatagny/Patrick Ducommun SUI und Michel Niklaus/Serge Pulfer SUI finished the event on the ranks 33 and 36. Nathalie Brugger SUI too could not release the brakes and added the day ranks 14 and 27 in the last two races that made her remanin on the disappointing rank 18 in the Lasers Radial. Manon Luther SUI and Erika Frederiksson SUI finished on the ranks 36 and 48 of the 78 participants. The only Swiss highlight in the Swiss Team were the youngsters Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI, achieving an excellent 8th place yesterday in the very competitive Goldfleet of the 470s, and finishing the event on rank 27. Matias Bühler/Simon Brügger SUI are on position 36, Adrien and Olivier Gremaud SUI on rank 59 of the 84 teams. In the 470-women, Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI finished on rank 32. The former Swiss Olympian Emmanuelle Rol FRA with Hélène Defrance FRA as crew missed the Medal Race as 12th by 14 points - the rankings. Christian Steiger lost some places in the final races and finished on rank 43 of the Lasers Standard. Guillaume Girod SUI is on rank 72, Lauri Kalkkinen SUI on rank 116. In the Finns, the Swiss occupy the ranks 46 (Christoph Christen), 66 (Thomas Gautschi) and 68 (Silvan Hofer).
Saturday, April 19, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Two races were sailed on the last day of the Paralympic 2.4 m keelboats, ending the 2011 Palma Wolrd Cup event as first. Finishing again with the ranks 1 and 2, Thierry Schmitter NED , having lead the fleet since the first race, made everything clear to win ahead of Heiko Kröger GER and Megan Pascoe GBR completing the podium. The final rankings, the video of the day and the daily report.
Saturday, April 19, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
The Bay of Palma keeps its secrets with a light breeze shifting from an inshore morning wind to a varying seabreeze later in the day. The difficult sailing conditions had some consequences on the rankings and only a few sailors/teams booked two top results yesterday. The multiple Olympic Champion Ben Ainslie GBR was one of them, winning both races in the Finns, that bring him already 9 points ahead of Giles Scott GBR and 24 points on Thomas Le Breton FRA. Two race wins also for Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED in the RS:X-men, clearly leading ahead of Nick Dempsey GBR and the Olympic Champion Tom Ashley NZL. Finishing 1 and 10, Percy/Simpson GBR extended their lead in the Starboats on 10 points. The new second-ranked are now Campbell/Coleman USA followed by Negri/Voltolini ITA. Leader change in the 470-men with Charbonnier/Mion FRA now on top three points ahead of Leboucher/Garros FRA and 8 ahead of the best of the day Mantis/Kagialis GRE. A French leader also in the 49ers with Dyen/Christidis FRA, but Sibello/Sibello ITA approached them at 4 points, while Fletcher/Sign GBR are already 20 points behind. Leader change too in the 470-women where the dominating Kondo/Tabata JPN had to give in, leaving rank 1 to Cohen/Vered ISR closely in front of Aleh/Barbarich NZL. The Japanese, now on rank 3 five points behind, are not yet out of the title race. With the day ranks 1 and 3, Marina Alabau ESP defended her lead in the RS:X-women, but Charline Picon FRA (yesterday 1/2) came nearer. The new 3rd is the young Laura Linares ITA. The first heats of the Women Match Race quarter finals disputed in a best-of-five mode, were sailed: Clear winners in two matches with 2-0 leads by Anna Tunnicliffe USA (against Stephanie Hazard NZL) and Silja Lehtinen FIN (against Silke Hahlbrock GER), whereas Lucy MacGregor GBR and Sally Barkow USA as well as Claire Leroy FRA and Anne Leberre FRA are at a 1-1 tie. Today, the match racers will complete the quarter and semi finals to be ready for tomorrow's final. The fleet racers sail their last two heats to qualify the 10 best for tomorrow's Medal Races. The weather forecast announces a similar weather pattern as yesterday. The official report and the video of the day.
Saturday, April 19, 2014   
Again difficult light wind conditions yesterday over the Bay of Palma. The two dominators of the Laser Standard Tom Slingsby AUS and Paul Goodison GBR contributed with some special actions, i.e. a disqualification and an early start, but kept the top spots nevertheless. However, the third-ranked Nick Thomson GBR is now tied with Goodison GBR and the advantage of the World Champion Tom Slingsby has melted to 2 points. Sam Meech NZL, best of the day with the ranks 1 and 2, advanced on the 4th place. Today is the final day of the Medal Race qualifcation phase, and the ranks 7 to 16 separated by 17 points only have all a chance to qualify for the 10 best.
Despite a race win, Paige Railey USA was removed from the top seat in the Lasers Radial, as a 28th place in race two had its consequences. She is now on the 3rd position behind Evi Van Acker BEL back on top one point ahead of Veronika Fenclova CZE. A tight situation for the Medal Race qualifications also in the Radial as the ranks 6 (Annalise Murphy IRL) till 20 (Tania Elias-Calles MEX) are separated by 15 points only. The conditions for today's races will be similar to yesterday, and downers in one of the two heats are not impossible. The official report and the video of the day.
Saturday, April 19, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Both with 1/2 race ranks yesterday, Thierry Schmitter NED and Heiko Kröger GER consolidated their top positions yesterday. The two will fight for the title today with Schmitter leading with 4 points. The results and the daily report.
Saturday, April 19, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Initially a dying North-Easterly from the shore ... calm ... and then the seabreeze from the South ... a scenario similar to the day before. Difficult situations in the Bay of Palma yesterday.
In the Lasers Radial, the overall leading Paige Railey USA did not even make the finish within the time-limits in the first race of the day, but with a 5th rank in race 2, she clearly stays ahead in the general rankings. Evi Van Acker BEL and Marit Bouwmeester NED occupy the positions 2 and 3. In the Lasers Standard, the situation is very tight with Paul Goodison GBR, Tom Slingsby AUS and Nick Thomson GBR separated by one point only. Dropped out of the top group is Simon Grotelüschen GER now on the 8th place. In the 470-men, the French teams were up to speed for the first time with Charbonnier/Mion FRA closing up to the leading Belcher/Page AUS and a tie also on rank 3 with Patience/Bithell GBR and Leboucher/Garros FRA. A class of her own are Ai Kondo/Wakako Tabata JPN in the 470-women, as their advantage on Cohen/Vered ISR is already 11 points. Aleh/Barbarich NZL follow on the 3rd place. In the Finns, the British duel on top continues with Ben Ainslie GBR leading one point ahead of Giles Scott GBR. The new third-ranked is Thomas Le Breton FRA. French colors ahead also in the 49ers, where Dyen/Christidis are in the lead with a 15 points advantage on Krüger-Andersen/Thorsell DEN. Sibello/Sibello ITA are now 3rd. The Olympic Champions Percy/Simpson GBR, Kusdznierewicz/Zycki POL and Scheidt/Prada BRA continue to share the lead in the Starboats. In the repechage of the Women's Match-Race, Stéphanie Hazard NZL has the best chance to take one of the two open places in the quarterfinals (the ranking list has not yet been available at this moment). In the windsurfers, the two firsts of Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED yesterday brought him back on top of the RS:X men, whereas Marina Alabau ESP extended her lead in the RS:X-women ahead of - new - Charline Picon FRA on rank 2. The report and the video of the day.
Saturday, April 19, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Thanks to the discard and a 5th place in the only race of the day. Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI progressed on rank 8 in the Starboats and have a good chance today to qualify for the Medal Race of Saturday. With the day ranks 9 and 14, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI performed remarkably yesterday in the highly competitive 470-men's fleet yesterday and easily qualified for the finals in the goldfleet. Ranked 35th, Matias Bühler/Simon Brügger SUI also joined the goldfleet mitsegeln, whereas Gremaud/Gremaud SUI missed the qualification clearly. Stéphanie and Romy Hasler, the second member of the Leman Sailing Teams, did not have a good day yesterday either. They are currently on rank 32 of the 470-women. Emmanuelle Rol/Hélène Defrance SUI/FRA continue their progress and - with a rank 2 yesterday - they are now on the 14th place. On rank 43 of 127 participants, Christian Steiger SUI will probably just have made the goldfleet in the Lasers Standard. Guillaume Girod SUI 88th will be in the Silverfleet, as is Lauri Kalkkinen SUI 116th. A backdrop unfortunately for Nathalie Brugger SUI with mediocre day ranks in the Lasers Radial relegating her on rank 18, but she remains clearly in the goldfleet, as well as Manon Luther SUI on rank 30. Erika Frederiksson SUI had her best day yesterday advancing on rank 44. The Swiss Finn sailors Christoph Christen 50th, Silvan Hofer 64th and Thomas Gautschi 66th are all in the silverfleet.
Saturday, April 19, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Initially a dying North-Easterly from the shore ... ending in a calm ... and then the seabreeze from the South ... a scenario similar to the day before. Difficult conditions in the Bay of Palma yesterday.
In the Lasers Radial, the overall leading Paige Railey USA did not even make the finish within the time-limits in the first race of the day, but with a 5th rank in race 2, she clearly stays ahead in the general rankings. Evi Van Acker BEL and Marit Bouwmeester NED occupy the positions 2 and 3. In the Lasers Standard, the situation is very tight with Paul Goodison GBR, Tom Slingsby AUS and Nick Thomson GBR separated by one point only. Dropped out of the top group is Simon Grotelüschen GER now on the 8th place. The report and the video of the day.
Saturday, April 19, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Heiko Kröger GER as best of the day with the ranks 3 and 1 advanced to the 2nd place behind Thierry Schmitter NED 4 points ahead. Megan Pascoe improved of the 3rd position. The rankings and the report of the day.
Saturday, April 19, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
All classes sailed a race during the morning in decreasing gradient wind from the shore. whereas in the afternoon, a moderate seabreeze filled in for another one or two races, on a day with a dominating English team. Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR took the lead in the 470 men ahead of Rogers/Grube GBR and Belcher/Page AUS, Charbonnier/Meyer FRA advanced to rank 4. With two bullets, Ben Ainslie GBR is back on top with the Finns with Giles Scott GBR and Pieter-Jan Potsma NED completing the podium. The lead in the RS:X-men goes also British with Nick Dempsey GBR ahead of Shahar Zubari ISR and Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED. Winning two of three races, Pietro and Gianfranco Sibello ITA are on rank 1 of the 49ers, followed by Fletcher/Sign GBR and Dyen/Christidis FRA. The only men's class without leader change are the Lasers Standard where Tom Slingsby AUS stays on top, but Paul Goodison GBR, winning two races, has come nearer. Julio Alsogaray ARG is third. The new leader in the Starboats are Kusznierewicz/Zycki POL, followed by Percy Simpson GBR and Scheidt/Prada BRA. Ai Kondo/Wakako Tabata JPN kept their lead on top of the 470women, but the team of the day Jo Aleh/Bianca Barbarich NZL with two bullets now on rank 2 closed up. New leader in the RS:X-women is Marina Alabau ESP with Alessandra Sensini ITA dropping on the 2nd place. In the Lasers Radial, Paige Railey USA is now on top ahead of Marit Bouwmeester NED and Veronika Fenclova CZE. Last but not least the Women-Match-Race, where the Round Robin of the three groups was completed with Silija Lehtinen FIN (7-0) and Claire Leroy FRA (6-1) on top of group A, Sally Barkow USA (7-0) and Silke Hahlbrock GER (6-1) first group B and Anna Tunnicliffe USA (7-0) and Lucy MacGregor GBR (5-2) first group C as qualifiers for the quarterfinals. The remaining quarterfinal slots will be allotted in a repechage round. The daily report and the video of the day.
Saturday, April 19, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
A strong comeback for Nathalie Brugger SUI after a flopped first day, now as day best with two second places. She moved up on position 9 after four heats in the Lasers Radial, and also Manon Luther SUI gained some place thanks to a 5th rank and is now on the 22nd position. Erika Frederikson SUI follows as 46th of the 78 participants. Improved also Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI in the Starboats, with the day ranks 7 and 16, bringing them on rank 16 overall. The premature start disqualification of the first day will be discarded this evening, bringing them some more ranks forward. Niklaus/Pulfer SUI and Chatagny/Ducommun SUI follow on the ranks 30 and 32. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI however lost their excellent overall positions because of an early start disqualfication in the 470 men's class, relegating them on position 34. The best Swiss team now are Matias Bühler/Simon Brügger on rank30, but both teams have good chances to qualify for the goldfleet this evening. Gremaud/Gremaud SUI had also an OCS and are now on rank 66. After two disaster races relegated Stéphanie und Romy Hasler SUI on rank 27 in the 470 women, Emmanuelle Rol/Hélène Defrance FRA/SUI however are on the way up with 3rd place, lifting them to the 17th place overall. A top-ten-finish also for Christian Steiger SUI in the Lasers Standard, where he is about to qualify for the goldfleet being 27th currently. Guillaume Girod SUI (yesterday 8th is now 63rd, Lauri Kalkkinen SUI follows on rank 155. In the Finns, Christoph Christen SUI sails constantly and the discard will bring him away from rank 56. Silvan Hofer SUI and Thomas Gautschi SUI follow on the positions 65 and 67. The goldfleet qualification this evening - a ranking in the top-40s - is a considerable challenge for both.
Saturday, April 19, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
After an impressive day one for the Sailing Team Germany with top ranks by Simon Grotelüschen in the Lasers, Toni Wilhelm in the RS:X-men and Erik Heil/Thomas Plössel in the 49ers, the German sailors confirmed their good form on day two in moderate condition as well, with Simon Grotelüschen in the Lasers Standard finishing 3 and 7 and keeping an excellent 4th place overall. Malte Kamrath and Philipp Buhl on 25 resp. 40 are also on track for the goldfleet. Second of their group with 6-1 wins, Silke Hahlbrock and her team are already qualified for the quarterfinals in the Women Match Race. 17th in the 470 men means goldfleet also for Ferdinand Gerz/Patrick Follmann, and Zepuntke/Baldewein, 33rd, and Zellmer/Seelig 40th still have their chances to continue the competition in the top group. With Jan Kurfeld on rank 14 and Matthias Miller on 24, the two German Finn-sailors are clearly in the top-half of the fleet. Not as successful as on day one however Toni Wilhelm in the RS:X-men, but thanks to his top performance on Monday, he remains on the 12th place overall. Moana Delle could move up yesterday on rank 11 of the RS:X-women. In the top-ten range also Briesenick-Pudenz/Massmann and Heil/Plössel as 11th and 15th in the 49ers, and also Robert Stanjek/Frithjof Kleen (Rang 10) and Alexander Schlonski/Matthias Bohn (Rang 12) keep their options for the top-ten in the Starboats. Franziska Goltz joined the best in yesterday's races, finishin 5 and 9 and advancing to rank 16 overall in the Lasers Radial. And last but not least Paralympic sailing, where Heiko Kröger is on the third place of the 2.4m single-handed keelboat. The official report and the video of the day.
Saturday, April 19, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Both with a 1/3 record yesterday, Thierry Schmitter NED and Barend Kol NED have moved to top of the 2.4m Paralympic keelboat. While Schmitter is in command with a 5 points lead, Kol NED on rank two is tied with Heiko Kröger GER, while Megan Pascoe GBR is now another point behind. The daily report.
Saturday, April 19, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Only two teams surprised positively on day one in the difficult strong wind races: the two 470 development teams. In the 470 men, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI are on the remarkable 15th place overall with the race ranks 13 and 4. Stéphanie und Romy Hasler SUI are on rank 22 of the 50 teams in the 470 women, despite of disliking big breeze conditions being one of the lightest teams of the fleet. They finished ahead of the European Champions Rol/Defrance SUI(FRA, who finished both races after a long period away due to Hélène Defrance's injury. An premature start relegated Marazzi/De Maria on rank 23 in the Starboats, but rank 6 in race 2 is very promising. Niklaus/Pulfer SUI and Chatagny/Ducommun SUI follow on the ranks 26 and 29. On rank 34 of the Lasers Standard, Christian Steiger is on a Goldfleet-path. Nathalie Brugger SUI and Manon Luther SUI are not quite ranked according to their expectations with the positions 27 and 30 in the Lasers Radial. The best Swiss Finn sailor ist Christoph Christen on rank 60.
Saturday, April 19, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
The 2.4 m IJ Paralympic class fleet went afloat as first yesterday even before the stormy winds declined during the afternoon. Thierry Schmitter NED with two bullets is the clear leader ahead of Heiko Kröger GER and Megan Pascoe GBR. 10 boats from 6 nations sailing. The results and the report of the day.
 
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Friday, April 18, 2014   (Image © Nico Martinez)
We reported yesterday on the final results of the first European World Cup event. Again, England with the Olympic Champions collected first places in the Finns (Ben Ainslie GBR), the Lasers (Paul Goodison) und the Starboats (Percy/Simpson GBR) and proved to be the most competitve nation. But two victories also for France in the 470-men (Charbonnier/Mion) and 49ers (Dyen/Christidis), as well as New Zealand in the 470-women (Jo Aleh/Bianca Barbarich) and Lasers Radial (Sara Winther ). One victory each go to the Netherlands (Dorian Van Rijsselberge, RS:X-men), Spain (Marina Alabau, RS:X-women), the USA (Sally Barkow, Women Match-Race).
Friday, April 18, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Sunshine and as from noon a moderate 7-10 kn breeze prevailed on the Bay of Palma yesterday for the Medal Races and the Matchrace finals of the Trofeo Princesa Sofia. Sally Barkow USA and her team defeated Silja Lehtinen FIN 3-1 and a second USSTA success was added by Anna Tunnicliffe USA beating Claire Leroy FRA in the petite final for rank three 2-0 - the rankings.
In the fleet racing class, the leaders brought the trophy usually home. Ben Ainslie GBR was also the Medal Race winner in the Finns, so that the final gap to second-ranked Giles Scott GBR and Thomas Le Breton FRA was evident. A French double was to celebrate in the 470-men with Charbonnier/Mion FRA and Leboucher/Garros FRA, with Patience/Bithell GBR advancing on rank 3 after the Medal Race. No change on the podiumg for the 470-women with Jo Aleh/Bianca Barbarich NZL winning ahead of Kondo/Tabata JPN and Cohen/Vered ISR. The 49er victory remained with Dyen/Christidis FRA in front of Sibello/Sibello ITA on rank 2, but Delle-Karth/Resch AUT succeeded to jump on the podium as third with a good Medal Race. Behind Percy/Simpson GBR, Star Class winner already before the Medal Race, three teams were tied on rank two. Thanks to the better race results, the newly formed team Robert Stanjek/Frithjof Kleen GER got Silver ahead of Torben Grael/Marcello Ferreira BRA with Bronze. Negri/Voltolini ITA had to content themselves with rank 4. In the windsurfers, Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED, RS:X-men remained on top followed by Tom Ashley NZL and Nick Dempsey GBR, whereas in the RS:X-women, Marina Alabau ESP securded the only win for Spain, followed by Charline Picon FRA. Full of excitement the duel for rank 3, at the same time the first encounter for the Olympic selection 2012, between the multiple Olympic and World Champion Alessandra Sensini ITA, age 36, and the youngster and ISAF Youth World Champion Laura Linares ITA. This time, the veteran remained successful, with many more duels to come. The final report, all rankings and the videos of the Medal Races - one for each class !
Friday, April 18, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Already before the Medal Races of today, the first winners are known after yesterdays races in a difficult unconstant seabreeze. The Olympic Champions Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR in the Starboats seem well prepared for their home Olympics 2012, as - after one year off due to matchracing duties - they are back dominating the fleet in Palma with a 27 points advantage before the Medal Race. The best options for the other medals have Negri/Voltolini ITA, two points ahead of Grael/Ferreira BRA and 8 points on Stanjek/Kleen GER. A British victory also in the Finns, as the only candidate to defeat the Olympic Champion Ben Ainslie GBR - he too absent as matchracer in 2010 - is Giles Scott GBR 14 points behind. Thomas Le Breton FRA follows on rank 3. Good chance for the overall win in their class today have also Charbonnier/Mion FRA in the 470 men with a lead on Leboucher/Garros FRA of 9 points. Mantis/Kagialis GRE follow as 3rd. Another French victory can be expected in the 49ers with Emanuel Dyen/Stéphane Christidis FRA leading with 10 points over Sibello/Sibello ITA and Norregaard/Lang DEN as 3rd already 44 points back fighting with Delle-Karth/Resch AUT for rank 3. A 8 points lead before the Medal Race for Jo Aleh/Bianca Barbarich NZL in the 470-women with Ai Kondo/Wakako Tabata JPN and Cohen/Vered ISR on the ranks 2 and 3. In the windsurfers, the situation seems to be clear for Marina Alabau ESP in the RS:X women lieading with 11 points on Charline Picon FRA, and Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED 6 points in the RS:X-men. Nick Dempsey GBR, Tom Ashley NZL, Ricardo Santos BRA and Byron Kaokkalanis GRE have all their chances for a medal. In the Women Match Race, today's final will be between Silja Lehtinen FIN and Sally Barkow USA. Anna Tunnicliffe USA and Claire Leroy FRA will sail the petite final for rank 3. The official report and the video of the day. The medal races can be followed today live on the Internet.
Friday, April 18, 2014   
The outcome of the Laser Standard Medal Race today will be very close as the top three after the qualifications - Tom Slingsby AUS, Paul Goodison GBR and Nick Thomson GBR - are separated by 2 points only and double points will be awarded in the final race. Here the Laser Standard rankings before the Medal Race.
Overthrow in the Lasers Radial yesterday, a Sara Winther NZL is the new leader with a solid 5 points lead ahead of Evi Van Acker BEL and Veronika Fenclova CZE on the ranks 2 and 3, but also Gintare Scheidt LTU (best of the day yesterday with the ranks 1 and 2), Paige Railey USA and Marit Bouwmeester NED have their chances for a medal. The official report and the video of the day. The finals can be followed live on the Internet.
Friday, April 18, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
The poorest results for the Swiss Sailing Team since years in Palma de Mallorca, as nobody was able to make the Medal Races. A dark day before all for Flavio Marazzi and Enrico De Maria in the Starboats, who continuously made up ground in the days before and were on an excellent 5th place before yesterday. But another early start - the second one of the series and therefore non-discardably - they lest the nerves and even dismasted (again) in the last race in a moderate 11-14 kn breeze, dropping on rank 15. Jean-Pascal Chatagny/Patrick Ducommun SUI und Michel Niklaus/Serge Pulfer SUI finished the event on the ranks 33 and 36. Nathalie Brugger SUI too could not release the brakes and added the day ranks 14 and 27 in the last two races that made her remanin on the disappointing rank 18 in the Lasers Radial. Manon Luther SUI and Erika Frederiksson SUI finished on the ranks 36 and 48 of the 78 participants. The only Swiss highlight in the Swiss Team were the youngsters Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI, achieving an excellent 8th place yesterday in the very competitive Goldfleet of the 470s, and finishing the event on rank 27. Matias Bühler/Simon Brügger SUI are on position 36, Adrien and Olivier Gremaud SUI on rank 59 of the 84 teams. In the 470-women, Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI finished on rank 32. The former Swiss Olympian Emmanuelle Rol FRA with Hélène Defrance FRA as crew missed the Medal Race as 12th by 14 points - the rankings. Christian Steiger lost some places in the final races and finished on rank 43 of the Lasers Standard. Guillaume Girod SUI is on rank 72, Lauri Kalkkinen SUI on rank 116. In the Finns, the Swiss occupy the ranks 46 (Christoph Christen), 66 (Thomas Gautschi) and 68 (Silvan Hofer).
Friday, April 18, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Two races were sailed on the last day of the Paralympic 2.4 m keelboats, ending the 2011 Palma Wolrd Cup event as first. Finishing again with the ranks 1 and 2, Thierry Schmitter NED , having lead the fleet since the first race, made everything clear to win ahead of Heiko Kröger GER and Megan Pascoe GBR completing the podium. The final rankings, the video of the day and the daily report.
Friday, April 18, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
The Bay of Palma keeps its secrets with a light breeze shifting from an inshore morning wind to a varying seabreeze later in the day. The difficult sailing conditions had some consequences on the rankings and only a few sailors/teams booked two top results yesterday. The multiple Olympic Champion Ben Ainslie GBR was one of them, winning both races in the Finns, that bring him already 9 points ahead of Giles Scott GBR and 24 points on Thomas Le Breton FRA. Two race wins also for Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED in the RS:X-men, clearly leading ahead of Nick Dempsey GBR and the Olympic Champion Tom Ashley NZL. Finishing 1 and 10, Percy/Simpson GBR extended their lead in the Starboats on 10 points. The new second-ranked are now Campbell/Coleman USA followed by Negri/Voltolini ITA. Leader change in the 470-men with Charbonnier/Mion FRA now on top three points ahead of Leboucher/Garros FRA and 8 ahead of the best of the day Mantis/Kagialis GRE. A French leader also in the 49ers with Dyen/Christidis FRA, but Sibello/Sibello ITA approached them at 4 points, while Fletcher/Sign GBR are already 20 points behind. Leader change too in the 470-women where the dominating Kondo/Tabata JPN had to give in, leaving rank 1 to Cohen/Vered ISR closely in front of Aleh/Barbarich NZL. The Japanese, now on rank 3 five points behind, are not yet out of the title race. With the day ranks 1 and 3, Marina Alabau ESP defended her lead in the RS:X-women, but Charline Picon FRA (yesterday 1/2) came nearer. The new 3rd is the young Laura Linares ITA. The first heats of the Women Match Race quarter finals disputed in a best-of-five mode, were sailed: Clear winners in two matches with 2-0 leads by Anna Tunnicliffe USA (against Stephanie Hazard NZL) and Silja Lehtinen FIN (against Silke Hahlbrock GER), whereas Lucy MacGregor GBR and Sally Barkow USA as well as Claire Leroy FRA and Anne Leberre FRA are at a 1-1 tie. Today, the match racers will complete the quarter and semi finals to be ready for tomorrow's final. The fleet racers sail their last two heats to qualify the 10 best for tomorrow's Medal Races. The weather forecast announces a similar weather pattern as yesterday. The official report and the video of the day.
Friday, April 18, 2014   
Again difficult light wind conditions yesterday over the Bay of Palma. The two dominators of the Laser Standard Tom Slingsby AUS and Paul Goodison GBR contributed with some special actions, i.e. a disqualification and an early start, but kept the top spots nevertheless. However, the third-ranked Nick Thomson GBR is now tied with Goodison GBR and the advantage of the World Champion Tom Slingsby has melted to 2 points. Sam Meech NZL, best of the day with the ranks 1 and 2, advanced on the 4th place. Today is the final day of the Medal Race qualifcation phase, and the ranks 7 to 16 separated by 17 points only have all a chance to qualify for the 10 best.
Despite a race win, Paige Railey USA was removed from the top seat in the Lasers Radial, as a 28th place in race two had its consequences. She is now on the 3rd position behind Evi Van Acker BEL back on top one point ahead of Veronika Fenclova CZE. A tight situation for the Medal Race qualifications also in the Radial as the ranks 6 (Annalise Murphy IRL) till 20 (Tania Elias-Calles MEX) are separated by 15 points only. The conditions for today's races will be similar to yesterday, and downers in one of the two heats are not impossible. The official report and the video of the day.
Friday, April 18, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Both with 1/2 race ranks yesterday, Thierry Schmitter NED and Heiko Kröger GER consolidated their top positions yesterday. The two will fight for the title today with Schmitter leading with 4 points. The results and the daily report.
Friday, April 18, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Initially a dying North-Easterly from the shore ... calm ... and then the seabreeze from the South ... a scenario similar to the day before. Difficult situations in the Bay of Palma yesterday.
In the Lasers Radial, the overall leading Paige Railey USA did not even make the finish within the time-limits in the first race of the day, but with a 5th rank in race 2, she clearly stays ahead in the general rankings. Evi Van Acker BEL and Marit Bouwmeester NED occupy the positions 2 and 3. In the Lasers Standard, the situation is very tight with Paul Goodison GBR, Tom Slingsby AUS and Nick Thomson GBR separated by one point only. Dropped out of the top group is Simon Grotelüschen GER now on the 8th place. In the 470-men, the French teams were up to speed for the first time with Charbonnier/Mion FRA closing up to the leading Belcher/Page AUS and a tie also on rank 3 with Patience/Bithell GBR and Leboucher/Garros FRA. A class of her own are Ai Kondo/Wakako Tabata JPN in the 470-women, as their advantage on Cohen/Vered ISR is already 11 points. Aleh/Barbarich NZL follow on the 3rd place. In the Finns, the British duel on top continues with Ben Ainslie GBR leading one point ahead of Giles Scott GBR. The new third-ranked is Thomas Le Breton FRA. French colors ahead also in the 49ers, where Dyen/Christidis are in the lead with a 15 points advantage on Krüger-Andersen/Thorsell DEN. Sibello/Sibello ITA are now 3rd. The Olympic Champions Percy/Simpson GBR, Kusdznierewicz/Zycki POL and Scheidt/Prada BRA continue to share the lead in the Starboats. In the repechage of the Women's Match-Race, Stéphanie Hazard NZL has the best chance to take one of the two open places in the quarterfinals (the ranking list has not yet been available at this moment). In the windsurfers, the two firsts of Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED yesterday brought him back on top of the RS:X men, whereas Marina Alabau ESP extended her lead in the RS:X-women ahead of - new - Charline Picon FRA on rank 2. The report and the video of the day.
Friday, April 18, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Thanks to the discard and a 5th place in the only race of the day. Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI progressed on rank 8 in the Starboats and have a good chance today to qualify for the Medal Race of Saturday. With the day ranks 9 and 14, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI performed remarkably yesterday in the highly competitive 470-men's fleet yesterday and easily qualified for the finals in the goldfleet. Ranked 35th, Matias Bühler/Simon Brügger SUI also joined the goldfleet mitsegeln, whereas Gremaud/Gremaud SUI missed the qualification clearly. Stéphanie and Romy Hasler, the second member of the Leman Sailing Teams, did not have a good day yesterday either. They are currently on rank 32 of the 470-women. Emmanuelle Rol/Hélène Defrance SUI/FRA continue their progress and - with a rank 2 yesterday - they are now on the 14th place. On rank 43 of 127 participants, Christian Steiger SUI will probably just have made the goldfleet in the Lasers Standard. Guillaume Girod SUI 88th will be in the Silverfleet, as is Lauri Kalkkinen SUI 116th. A backdrop unfortunately for Nathalie Brugger SUI with mediocre day ranks in the Lasers Radial relegating her on rank 18, but she remains clearly in the goldfleet, as well as Manon Luther SUI on rank 30. Erika Frederiksson SUI had her best day yesterday advancing on rank 44. The Swiss Finn sailors Christoph Christen 50th, Silvan Hofer 64th and Thomas Gautschi 66th are all in the silverfleet.
Friday, April 18, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Initially a dying North-Easterly from the shore ... ending in a calm ... and then the seabreeze from the South ... a scenario similar to the day before. Difficult conditions in the Bay of Palma yesterday.
In the Lasers Radial, the overall leading Paige Railey USA did not even make the finish within the time-limits in the first race of the day, but with a 5th rank in race 2, she clearly stays ahead in the general rankings. Evi Van Acker BEL and Marit Bouwmeester NED occupy the positions 2 and 3. In the Lasers Standard, the situation is very tight with Paul Goodison GBR, Tom Slingsby AUS and Nick Thomson GBR separated by one point only. Dropped out of the top group is Simon Grotelüschen GER now on the 8th place. The report and the video of the day.
Friday, April 18, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Heiko Kröger GER as best of the day with the ranks 3 and 1 advanced to the 2nd place behind Thierry Schmitter NED 4 points ahead. Megan Pascoe improved of the 3rd position. The rankings and the report of the day.
Friday, April 18, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
All classes sailed a race during the morning in decreasing gradient wind from the shore. whereas in the afternoon, a moderate seabreeze filled in for another one or two races, on a day with a dominating English team. Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR took the lead in the 470 men ahead of Rogers/Grube GBR and Belcher/Page AUS, Charbonnier/Meyer FRA advanced to rank 4. With two bullets, Ben Ainslie GBR is back on top with the Finns with Giles Scott GBR and Pieter-Jan Potsma NED completing the podium. The lead in the RS:X-men goes also British with Nick Dempsey GBR ahead of Shahar Zubari ISR and Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED. Winning two of three races, Pietro and Gianfranco Sibello ITA are on rank 1 of the 49ers, followed by Fletcher/Sign GBR and Dyen/Christidis FRA. The only men's class without leader change are the Lasers Standard where Tom Slingsby AUS stays on top, but Paul Goodison GBR, winning two races, has come nearer. Julio Alsogaray ARG is third. The new leader in the Starboats are Kusznierewicz/Zycki POL, followed by Percy Simpson GBR and Scheidt/Prada BRA. Ai Kondo/Wakako Tabata JPN kept their lead on top of the 470women, but the team of the day Jo Aleh/Bianca Barbarich NZL with two bullets now on rank 2 closed up. New leader in the RS:X-women is Marina Alabau ESP with Alessandra Sensini ITA dropping on the 2nd place. In the Lasers Radial, Paige Railey USA is now on top ahead of Marit Bouwmeester NED and Veronika Fenclova CZE. Last but not least the Women-Match-Race, where the Round Robin of the three groups was completed with Silija Lehtinen FIN (7-0) and Claire Leroy FRA (6-1) on top of group A, Sally Barkow USA (7-0) and Silke Hahlbrock GER (6-1) first group B and Anna Tunnicliffe USA (7-0) and Lucy MacGregor GBR (5-2) first group C as qualifiers for the quarterfinals. The remaining quarterfinal slots will be allotted in a repechage round. The daily report and the video of the day.
Friday, April 18, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
A strong comeback for Nathalie Brugger SUI after a flopped first day, now as day best with two second places. She moved up on position 9 after four heats in the Lasers Radial, and also Manon Luther SUI gained some place thanks to a 5th rank and is now on the 22nd position. Erika Frederikson SUI follows as 46th of the 78 participants. Improved also Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI in the Starboats, with the day ranks 7 and 16, bringing them on rank 16 overall. The premature start disqualification of the first day will be discarded this evening, bringing them some more ranks forward. Niklaus/Pulfer SUI and Chatagny/Ducommun SUI follow on the ranks 30 and 32. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI however lost their excellent overall positions because of an early start disqualfication in the 470 men's class, relegating them on position 34. The best Swiss team now are Matias Bühler/Simon Brügger on rank30, but both teams have good chances to qualify for the goldfleet this evening. Gremaud/Gremaud SUI had also an OCS and are now on rank 66. After two disaster races relegated Stéphanie und Romy Hasler SUI on rank 27 in the 470 women, Emmanuelle Rol/Hélène Defrance FRA/SUI however are on the way up with 3rd place, lifting them to the 17th place overall. A top-ten-finish also for Christian Steiger SUI in the Lasers Standard, where he is about to qualify for the goldfleet being 27th currently. Guillaume Girod SUI (yesterday 8th is now 63rd, Lauri Kalkkinen SUI follows on rank 155. In the Finns, Christoph Christen SUI sails constantly and the discard will bring him away from rank 56. Silvan Hofer SUI and Thomas Gautschi SUI follow on the positions 65 and 67. The goldfleet qualification this evening - a ranking in the top-40s - is a considerable challenge for both.
Friday, April 18, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
After an impressive day one for the Sailing Team Germany with top ranks by Simon Grotelüschen in the Lasers, Toni Wilhelm in the RS:X-men and Erik Heil/Thomas Plössel in the 49ers, the German sailors confirmed their good form on day two in moderate condition as well, with Simon Grotelüschen in the Lasers Standard finishing 3 and 7 and keeping an excellent 4th place overall. Malte Kamrath and Philipp Buhl on 25 resp. 40 are also on track for the goldfleet. Second of their group with 6-1 wins, Silke Hahlbrock and her team are already qualified for the quarterfinals in the Women Match Race. 17th in the 470 men means goldfleet also for Ferdinand Gerz/Patrick Follmann, and Zepuntke/Baldewein, 33rd, and Zellmer/Seelig 40th still have their chances to continue the competition in the top group. With Jan Kurfeld on rank 14 and Matthias Miller on 24, the two German Finn-sailors are clearly in the top-half of the fleet. Not as successful as on day one however Toni Wilhelm in the RS:X-men, but thanks to his top performance on Monday, he remains on the 12th place overall. Moana Delle could move up yesterday on rank 11 of the RS:X-women. In the top-ten range also Briesenick-Pudenz/Massmann and Heil/Plössel as 11th and 15th in the 49ers, and also Robert Stanjek/Frithjof Kleen (Rang 10) and Alexander Schlonski/Matthias Bohn (Rang 12) keep their options for the top-ten in the Starboats. Franziska Goltz joined the best in yesterday's races, finishin 5 and 9 and advancing to rank 16 overall in the Lasers Radial. And last but not least Paralympic sailing, where Heiko Kröger is on the third place of the 2.4m single-handed keelboat. The official report and the video of the day.
Friday, April 18, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Both with a 1/3 record yesterday, Thierry Schmitter NED and Barend Kol NED have moved to top of the 2.4m Paralympic keelboat. While Schmitter is in command with a 5 points lead, Kol NED on rank two is tied with Heiko Kröger GER, while Megan Pascoe GBR is now another point behind. The daily report.
Friday, April 18, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Only two teams surprised positively on day one in the difficult strong wind races: the two 470 development teams. In the 470 men, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI are on the remarkable 15th place overall with the race ranks 13 and 4. Stéphanie und Romy Hasler SUI are on rank 22 of the 50 teams in the 470 women, despite of disliking big breeze conditions being one of the lightest teams of the fleet. They finished ahead of the European Champions Rol/Defrance SUI(FRA, who finished both races after a long period away due to Hélène Defrance's injury. An premature start relegated Marazzi/De Maria on rank 23 in the Starboats, but rank 6 in race 2 is very promising. Niklaus/Pulfer SUI and Chatagny/Ducommun SUI follow on the ranks 26 and 29. On rank 34 of the Lasers Standard, Christian Steiger is on a Goldfleet-path. Nathalie Brugger SUI and Manon Luther SUI are not quite ranked according to their expectations with the positions 27 and 30 in the Lasers Radial. The best Swiss Finn sailor ist Christoph Christen on rank 60.
Friday, April 18, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
The 2.4 m IJ Paralympic class fleet went afloat as first yesterday even before the stormy winds declined during the afternoon. Thierry Schmitter NED with two bullets is the clear leader ahead of Heiko Kröger GER and Megan Pascoe GBR. 10 boats from 6 nations sailing. The results and the report of the day.
 
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Thursday, April 17, 2014   (Image © Nico Martinez)
We reported yesterday on the final results of the first European World Cup event. Again, England with the Olympic Champions collected first places in the Finns (Ben Ainslie GBR), the Lasers (Paul Goodison) und the Starboats (Percy/Simpson GBR) and proved to be the most competitve nation. But two victories also for France in the 470-men (Charbonnier/Mion) and 49ers (Dyen/Christidis), as well as New Zealand in the 470-women (Jo Aleh/Bianca Barbarich) and Lasers Radial (Sara Winther ). One victory each go to the Netherlands (Dorian Van Rijsselberge, RS:X-men), Spain (Marina Alabau, RS:X-women), the USA (Sally Barkow, Women Match-Race).
Thursday, April 17, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Sunshine and as from noon a moderate 7-10 kn breeze prevailed on the Bay of Palma yesterday for the Medal Races and the Matchrace finals of the Trofeo Princesa Sofia. Sally Barkow USA and her team defeated Silja Lehtinen FIN 3-1 and a second USSTA success was added by Anna Tunnicliffe USA beating Claire Leroy FRA in the petite final for rank three 2-0 - the rankings.
In the fleet racing class, the leaders brought the trophy usually home. Ben Ainslie GBR was also the Medal Race winner in the Finns, so that the final gap to second-ranked Giles Scott GBR and Thomas Le Breton FRA was evident. A French double was to celebrate in the 470-men with Charbonnier/Mion FRA and Leboucher/Garros FRA, with Patience/Bithell GBR advancing on rank 3 after the Medal Race. No change on the podiumg for the 470-women with Jo Aleh/Bianca Barbarich NZL winning ahead of Kondo/Tabata JPN and Cohen/Vered ISR. The 49er victory remained with Dyen/Christidis FRA in front of Sibello/Sibello ITA on rank 2, but Delle-Karth/Resch AUT succeeded to jump on the podium as third with a good Medal Race. Behind Percy/Simpson GBR, Star Class winner already before the Medal Race, three teams were tied on rank two. Thanks to the better race results, the newly formed team Robert Stanjek/Frithjof Kleen GER got Silver ahead of Torben Grael/Marcello Ferreira BRA with Bronze. Negri/Voltolini ITA had to content themselves with rank 4. In the windsurfers, Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED, RS:X-men remained on top followed by Tom Ashley NZL and Nick Dempsey GBR, whereas in the RS:X-women, Marina Alabau ESP securded the only win for Spain, followed by Charline Picon FRA. Full of excitement the duel for rank 3, at the same time the first encounter for the Olympic selection 2012, between the multiple Olympic and World Champion Alessandra Sensini ITA, age 36, and the youngster and ISAF Youth World Champion Laura Linares ITA. This time, the veteran remained successful, with many more duels to come. The final report, all rankings and the videos of the Medal Races - one for each class !
Thursday, April 17, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Already before the Medal Races of today, the first winners are known after yesterdays races in a difficult unconstant seabreeze. The Olympic Champions Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR in the Starboats seem well prepared for their home Olympics 2012, as - after one year off due to matchracing duties - they are back dominating the fleet in Palma with a 27 points advantage before the Medal Race. The best options for the other medals have Negri/Voltolini ITA, two points ahead of Grael/Ferreira BRA and 8 points on Stanjek/Kleen GER. A British victory also in the Finns, as the only candidate to defeat the Olympic Champion Ben Ainslie GBR - he too absent as matchracer in 2010 - is Giles Scott GBR 14 points behind. Thomas Le Breton FRA follows on rank 3. Good chance for the overall win in their class today have also Charbonnier/Mion FRA in the 470 men with a lead on Leboucher/Garros FRA of 9 points. Mantis/Kagialis GRE follow as 3rd. Another French victory can be expected in the 49ers with Emanuel Dyen/Stéphane Christidis FRA leading with 10 points over Sibello/Sibello ITA and Norregaard/Lang DEN as 3rd already 44 points back fighting with Delle-Karth/Resch AUT for rank 3. A 8 points lead before the Medal Race for Jo Aleh/Bianca Barbarich NZL in the 470-women with Ai Kondo/Wakako Tabata JPN and Cohen/Vered ISR on the ranks 2 and 3. In the windsurfers, the situation seems to be clear for Marina Alabau ESP in the RS:X women lieading with 11 points on Charline Picon FRA, and Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED 6 points in the RS:X-men. Nick Dempsey GBR, Tom Ashley NZL, Ricardo Santos BRA and Byron Kaokkalanis GRE have all their chances for a medal. In the Women Match Race, today's final will be between Silja Lehtinen FIN and Sally Barkow USA. Anna Tunnicliffe USA and Claire Leroy FRA will sail the petite final for rank 3. The official report and the video of the day. The medal races can be followed today live on the Internet.
Thursday, April 17, 2014   
The outcome of the Laser Standard Medal Race today will be very close as the top three after the qualifications - Tom Slingsby AUS, Paul Goodison GBR and Nick Thomson GBR - are separated by 2 points only and double points will be awarded in the final race. Here the Laser Standard rankings before the Medal Race.
Overthrow in the Lasers Radial yesterday, a Sara Winther NZL is the new leader with a solid 5 points lead ahead of Evi Van Acker BEL and Veronika Fenclova CZE on the ranks 2 and 3, but also Gintare Scheidt LTU (best of the day yesterday with the ranks 1 and 2), Paige Railey USA and Marit Bouwmeester NED have their chances for a medal. The official report and the video of the day. The finals can be followed live on the Internet.
Thursday, April 17, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
The poorest results for the Swiss Sailing Team since years in Palma de Mallorca, as nobody was able to make the Medal Races. A dark day before all for Flavio Marazzi and Enrico De Maria in the Starboats, who continuously made up ground in the days before and were on an excellent 5th place before yesterday. But another early start - the second one of the series and therefore non-discardably - they lest the nerves and even dismasted (again) in the last race in a moderate 11-14 kn breeze, dropping on rank 15. Jean-Pascal Chatagny/Patrick Ducommun SUI und Michel Niklaus/Serge Pulfer SUI finished the event on the ranks 33 and 36. Nathalie Brugger SUI too could not release the brakes and added the day ranks 14 and 27 in the last two races that made her remanin on the disappointing rank 18 in the Lasers Radial. Manon Luther SUI and Erika Frederiksson SUI finished on the ranks 36 and 48 of the 78 participants. The only Swiss highlight in the Swiss Team were the youngsters Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI, achieving an excellent 8th place yesterday in the very competitive Goldfleet of the 470s, and finishing the event on rank 27. Matias Bühler/Simon Brügger SUI are on position 36, Adrien and Olivier Gremaud SUI on rank 59 of the 84 teams. In the 470-women, Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI finished on rank 32. The former Swiss Olympian Emmanuelle Rol FRA with Hélène Defrance FRA as crew missed the Medal Race as 12th by 14 points - the rankings. Christian Steiger lost some places in the final races and finished on rank 43 of the Lasers Standard. Guillaume Girod SUI is on rank 72, Lauri Kalkkinen SUI on rank 116. In the Finns, the Swiss occupy the ranks 46 (Christoph Christen), 66 (Thomas Gautschi) and 68 (Silvan Hofer).
Thursday, April 17, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Two races were sailed on the last day of the Paralympic 2.4 m keelboats, ending the 2011 Palma Wolrd Cup event as first. Finishing again with the ranks 1 and 2, Thierry Schmitter NED , having lead the fleet since the first race, made everything clear to win ahead of Heiko Kröger GER and Megan Pascoe GBR completing the podium. The final rankings, the video of the day and the daily report.
Thursday, April 17, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
The Bay of Palma keeps its secrets with a light breeze shifting from an inshore morning wind to a varying seabreeze later in the day. The difficult sailing conditions had some consequences on the rankings and only a few sailors/teams booked two top results yesterday. The multiple Olympic Champion Ben Ainslie GBR was one of them, winning both races in the Finns, that bring him already 9 points ahead of Giles Scott GBR and 24 points on Thomas Le Breton FRA. Two race wins also for Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED in the RS:X-men, clearly leading ahead of Nick Dempsey GBR and the Olympic Champion Tom Ashley NZL. Finishing 1 and 10, Percy/Simpson GBR extended their lead in the Starboats on 10 points. The new second-ranked are now Campbell/Coleman USA followed by Negri/Voltolini ITA. Leader change in the 470-men with Charbonnier/Mion FRA now on top three points ahead of Leboucher/Garros FRA and 8 ahead of the best of the day Mantis/Kagialis GRE. A French leader also in the 49ers with Dyen/Christidis FRA, but Sibello/Sibello ITA approached them at 4 points, while Fletcher/Sign GBR are already 20 points behind. Leader change too in the 470-women where the dominating Kondo/Tabata JPN had to give in, leaving rank 1 to Cohen/Vered ISR closely in front of Aleh/Barbarich NZL. The Japanese, now on rank 3 five points behind, are not yet out of the title race. With the day ranks 1 and 3, Marina Alabau ESP defended her lead in the RS:X-women, but Charline Picon FRA (yesterday 1/2) came nearer. The new 3rd is the young Laura Linares ITA. The first heats of the Women Match Race quarter finals disputed in a best-of-five mode, were sailed: Clear winners in two matches with 2-0 leads by Anna Tunnicliffe USA (against Stephanie Hazard NZL) and Silja Lehtinen FIN (against Silke Hahlbrock GER), whereas Lucy MacGregor GBR and Sally Barkow USA as well as Claire Leroy FRA and Anne Leberre FRA are at a 1-1 tie. Today, the match racers will complete the quarter and semi finals to be ready for tomorrow's final. The fleet racers sail their last two heats to qualify the 10 best for tomorrow's Medal Races. The weather forecast announces a similar weather pattern as yesterday. The official report and the video of the day.
Thursday, April 17, 2014   
Again difficult light wind conditions yesterday over the Bay of Palma. The two dominators of the Laser Standard Tom Slingsby AUS and Paul Goodison GBR contributed with some special actions, i.e. a disqualification and an early start, but kept the top spots nevertheless. However, the third-ranked Nick Thomson GBR is now tied with Goodison GBR and the advantage of the World Champion Tom Slingsby has melted to 2 points. Sam Meech NZL, best of the day with the ranks 1 and 2, advanced on the 4th place. Today is the final day of the Medal Race qualifcation phase, and the ranks 7 to 16 separated by 17 points only have all a chance to qualify for the 10 best.
Despite a race win, Paige Railey USA was removed from the top seat in the Lasers Radial, as a 28th place in race two had its consequences. She is now on the 3rd position behind Evi Van Acker BEL back on top one point ahead of Veronika Fenclova CZE. A tight situation for the Medal Race qualifications also in the Radial as the ranks 6 (Annalise Murphy IRL) till 20 (Tania Elias-Calles MEX) are separated by 15 points only. The conditions for today's races will be similar to yesterday, and downers in one of the two heats are not impossible. The official report and the video of the day.
Thursday, April 17, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Both with 1/2 race ranks yesterday, Thierry Schmitter NED and Heiko Kröger GER consolidated their top positions yesterday. The two will fight for the title today with Schmitter leading with 4 points. The results and the daily report.
Thursday, April 17, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Initially a dying North-Easterly from the shore ... calm ... and then the seabreeze from the South ... a scenario similar to the day before. Difficult situations in the Bay of Palma yesterday.
In the Lasers Radial, the overall leading Paige Railey USA did not even make the finish within the time-limits in the first race of the day, but with a 5th rank in race 2, she clearly stays ahead in the general rankings. Evi Van Acker BEL and Marit Bouwmeester NED occupy the positions 2 and 3. In the Lasers Standard, the situation is very tight with Paul Goodison GBR, Tom Slingsby AUS and Nick Thomson GBR separated by one point only. Dropped out of the top group is Simon Grotelüschen GER now on the 8th place. In the 470-men, the French teams were up to speed for the first time with Charbonnier/Mion FRA closing up to the leading Belcher/Page AUS and a tie also on rank 3 with Patience/Bithell GBR and Leboucher/Garros FRA. A class of her own are Ai Kondo/Wakako Tabata JPN in the 470-women, as their advantage on Cohen/Vered ISR is already 11 points. Aleh/Barbarich NZL follow on the 3rd place. In the Finns, the British duel on top continues with Ben Ainslie GBR leading one point ahead of Giles Scott GBR. The new third-ranked is Thomas Le Breton FRA. French colors ahead also in the 49ers, where Dyen/Christidis are in the lead with a 15 points advantage on Krüger-Andersen/Thorsell DEN. Sibello/Sibello ITA are now 3rd. The Olympic Champions Percy/Simpson GBR, Kusdznierewicz/Zycki POL and Scheidt/Prada BRA continue to share the lead in the Starboats. In the repechage of the Women's Match-Race, Stéphanie Hazard NZL has the best chance to take one of the two open places in the quarterfinals (the ranking list has not yet been available at this moment). In the windsurfers, the two firsts of Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED yesterday brought him back on top of the RS:X men, whereas Marina Alabau ESP extended her lead in the RS:X-women ahead of - new - Charline Picon FRA on rank 2. The report and the video of the day.
Thursday, April 17, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Thanks to the discard and a 5th place in the only race of the day. Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI progressed on rank 8 in the Starboats and have a good chance today to qualify for the Medal Race of Saturday. With the day ranks 9 and 14, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI performed remarkably yesterday in the highly competitive 470-men's fleet yesterday and easily qualified for the finals in the goldfleet. Ranked 35th, Matias Bühler/Simon Brügger SUI also joined the goldfleet mitsegeln, whereas Gremaud/Gremaud SUI missed the qualification clearly. Stéphanie and Romy Hasler, the second member of the Leman Sailing Teams, did not have a good day yesterday either. They are currently on rank 32 of the 470-women. Emmanuelle Rol/Hélène Defrance SUI/FRA continue their progress and - with a rank 2 yesterday - they are now on the 14th place. On rank 43 of 127 participants, Christian Steiger SUI will probably just have made the goldfleet in the Lasers Standard. Guillaume Girod SUI 88th will be in the Silverfleet, as is Lauri Kalkkinen SUI 116th. A backdrop unfortunately for Nathalie Brugger SUI with mediocre day ranks in the Lasers Radial relegating her on rank 18, but she remains clearly in the goldfleet, as well as Manon Luther SUI on rank 30. Erika Frederiksson SUI had her best day yesterday advancing on rank 44. The Swiss Finn sailors Christoph Christen 50th, Silvan Hofer 64th and Thomas Gautschi 66th are all in the silverfleet.
Thursday, April 17, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Initially a dying North-Easterly from the shore ... ending in a calm ... and then the seabreeze from the South ... a scenario similar to the day before. Difficult conditions in the Bay of Palma yesterday.
In the Lasers Radial, the overall leading Paige Railey USA did not even make the finish within the time-limits in the first race of the day, but with a 5th rank in race 2, she clearly stays ahead in the general rankings. Evi Van Acker BEL and Marit Bouwmeester NED occupy the positions 2 and 3. In the Lasers Standard, the situation is very tight with Paul Goodison GBR, Tom Slingsby AUS and Nick Thomson GBR separated by one point only. Dropped out of the top group is Simon Grotelüschen GER now on the 8th place. The report and the video of the day.
Thursday, April 17, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Heiko Kröger GER as best of the day with the ranks 3 and 1 advanced to the 2nd place behind Thierry Schmitter NED 4 points ahead. Megan Pascoe improved of the 3rd position. The rankings and the report of the day.
Thursday, April 17, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
All classes sailed a race during the morning in decreasing gradient wind from the shore. whereas in the afternoon, a moderate seabreeze filled in for another one or two races, on a day with a dominating English team. Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR took the lead in the 470 men ahead of Rogers/Grube GBR and Belcher/Page AUS, Charbonnier/Meyer FRA advanced to rank 4. With two bullets, Ben Ainslie GBR is back on top with the Finns with Giles Scott GBR and Pieter-Jan Potsma NED completing the podium. The lead in the RS:X-men goes also British with Nick Dempsey GBR ahead of Shahar Zubari ISR and Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED. Winning two of three races, Pietro and Gianfranco Sibello ITA are on rank 1 of the 49ers, followed by Fletcher/Sign GBR and Dyen/Christidis FRA. The only men's class without leader change are the Lasers Standard where Tom Slingsby AUS stays on top, but Paul Goodison GBR, winning two races, has come nearer. Julio Alsogaray ARG is third. The new leader in the Starboats are Kusznierewicz/Zycki POL, followed by Percy Simpson GBR and Scheidt/Prada BRA. Ai Kondo/Wakako Tabata JPN kept their lead on top of the 470women, but the team of the day Jo Aleh/Bianca Barbarich NZL with two bullets now on rank 2 closed up. New leader in the RS:X-women is Marina Alabau ESP with Alessandra Sensini ITA dropping on the 2nd place. In the Lasers Radial, Paige Railey USA is now on top ahead of Marit Bouwmeester NED and Veronika Fenclova CZE. Last but not least the Women-Match-Race, where the Round Robin of the three groups was completed with Silija Lehtinen FIN (7-0) and Claire Leroy FRA (6-1) on top of group A, Sally Barkow USA (7-0) and Silke Hahlbrock GER (6-1) first group B and Anna Tunnicliffe USA (7-0) and Lucy MacGregor GBR (5-2) first group C as qualifiers for the quarterfinals. The remaining quarterfinal slots will be allotted in a repechage round. The daily report and the video of the day.
Thursday, April 17, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
A strong comeback for Nathalie Brugger SUI after a flopped first day, now as day best with two second places. She moved up on position 9 after four heats in the Lasers Radial, and also Manon Luther SUI gained some place thanks to a 5th rank and is now on the 22nd position. Erika Frederikson SUI follows as 46th of the 78 participants. Improved also Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI in the Starboats, with the day ranks 7 and 16, bringing them on rank 16 overall. The premature start disqualification of the first day will be discarded this evening, bringing them some more ranks forward. Niklaus/Pulfer SUI and Chatagny/Ducommun SUI follow on the ranks 30 and 32. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI however lost their excellent overall positions because of an early start disqualfication in the 470 men's class, relegating them on position 34. The best Swiss team now are Matias Bühler/Simon Brügger on rank30, but both teams have good chances to qualify for the goldfleet this evening. Gremaud/Gremaud SUI had also an OCS and are now on rank 66. After two disaster races relegated Stéphanie und Romy Hasler SUI on rank 27 in the 470 women, Emmanuelle Rol/Hélène Defrance FRA/SUI however are on the way up with 3rd place, lifting them to the 17th place overall. A top-ten-finish also for Christian Steiger SUI in the Lasers Standard, where he is about to qualify for the goldfleet being 27th currently. Guillaume Girod SUI (yesterday 8th is now 63rd, Lauri Kalkkinen SUI follows on rank 155. In the Finns, Christoph Christen SUI sails constantly and the discard will bring him away from rank 56. Silvan Hofer SUI and Thomas Gautschi SUI follow on the positions 65 and 67. The goldfleet qualification this evening - a ranking in the top-40s - is a considerable challenge for both.
Thursday, April 17, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
After an impressive day one for the Sailing Team Germany with top ranks by Simon Grotelüschen in the Lasers, Toni Wilhelm in the RS:X-men and Erik Heil/Thomas Plössel in the 49ers, the German sailors confirmed their good form on day two in moderate condition as well, with Simon Grotelüschen in the Lasers Standard finishing 3 and 7 and keeping an excellent 4th place overall. Malte Kamrath and Philipp Buhl on 25 resp. 40 are also on track for the goldfleet. Second of their group with 6-1 wins, Silke Hahlbrock and her team are already qualified for the quarterfinals in the Women Match Race. 17th in the 470 men means goldfleet also for Ferdinand Gerz/Patrick Follmann, and Zepuntke/Baldewein, 33rd, and Zellmer/Seelig 40th still have their chances to continue the competition in the top group. With Jan Kurfeld on rank 14 and Matthias Miller on 24, the two German Finn-sailors are clearly in the top-half of the fleet. Not as successful as on day one however Toni Wilhelm in the RS:X-men, but thanks to his top performance on Monday, he remains on the 12th place overall. Moana Delle could move up yesterday on rank 11 of the RS:X-women. In the top-ten range also Briesenick-Pudenz/Massmann and Heil/Plössel as 11th and 15th in the 49ers, and also Robert Stanjek/Frithjof Kleen (Rang 10) and Alexander Schlonski/Matthias Bohn (Rang 12) keep their options for the top-ten in the Starboats. Franziska Goltz joined the best in yesterday's races, finishin 5 and 9 and advancing to rank 16 overall in the Lasers Radial. And last but not least Paralympic sailing, where Heiko Kröger is on the third place of the 2.4m single-handed keelboat. The official report and the video of the day.
Thursday, April 17, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Both with a 1/3 record yesterday, Thierry Schmitter NED and Barend Kol NED have moved to top of the 2.4m Paralympic keelboat. While Schmitter is in command with a 5 points lead, Kol NED on rank two is tied with Heiko Kröger GER, while Megan Pascoe GBR is now another point behind. The daily report.
Thursday, April 17, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Only two teams surprised positively on day one in the difficult strong wind races: the two 470 development teams. In the 470 men, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI are on the remarkable 15th place overall with the race ranks 13 and 4. Stéphanie und Romy Hasler SUI are on rank 22 of the 50 teams in the 470 women, despite of disliking big breeze conditions being one of the lightest teams of the fleet. They finished ahead of the European Champions Rol/Defrance SUI(FRA, who finished both races after a long period away due to Hélène Defrance's injury. An premature start relegated Marazzi/De Maria on rank 23 in the Starboats, but rank 6 in race 2 is very promising. Niklaus/Pulfer SUI and Chatagny/Ducommun SUI follow on the ranks 26 and 29. On rank 34 of the Lasers Standard, Christian Steiger is on a Goldfleet-path. Nathalie Brugger SUI and Manon Luther SUI are not quite ranked according to their expectations with the positions 27 and 30 in the Lasers Radial. The best Swiss Finn sailor ist Christoph Christen on rank 60.
Thursday, April 17, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
The 2.4 m IJ Paralympic class fleet went afloat as first yesterday even before the stormy winds declined during the afternoon. Thierry Schmitter NED with two bullets is the clear leader ahead of Heiko Kröger GER and Megan Pascoe GBR. 10 boats from 6 nations sailing. The results and the report of the day.
 
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