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Olympic Worldcup - Semaine Olympique Française - Hyères FRA

Saturday, 23. April 2011– Friday, 29. April 2011

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Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
As always, the morning breeze coming from the shore in Hyères was light, unconstant and with many calm patches not easy to sail. The Medal Races of the 43rd French Olympic Sailing Week, the fourth event of the ISAF Olympic Classes Worldcup, took place just outside the harbour breakwater. Despite of the fact, that 7 of the 13 overall winners were already known on the penultimate day (we reported yesterday), racing was entertaining. Ben Ainslie GBR completed his overwhelming victory winning also the Medal Race of the Finns, Zach Railey USA advanced on rank 2 and Pieter-Jan Postma NED finished 3rd. Pietro and Gianfranco Sibello ITA in the 49ers were also known as winners before but changes happened on positions 2 and 3 with d'Ortoli/Delpech FRA and Warrer/Hansen DEN completing the podium. The French double victory in the 470 men by Pierre Leboucher/Vincent Garos FRA and Nicolas Charbonnier/Sofian Mion FRA makes it clear that the battle for the Olympic berth will be fierce. Barreios/Sarmiento ESP advanced on rank 3 with the last race. No change in the sequence on top of the 470 women with Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP winning ahead of Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark GBR and Penny Clark/Kathrina Hughes GBR. In the Starboats, Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA are first ahead of Xavier Rohart/Pierre-Alexis Ponsot FRA and George Szabo/Mark Strube USA. In the Woman-Match Race final, Lucy Macgregor GBR defeated Sally Barkow USA 3-0, Reneé Groeneveld NED with her team won the petit final for Bronze against Claire Leroy FRA. In a close fight, Piotr Myszka POL was the winner in the RS:X-men in front of Julien Bontemps FRA and Shahar Zubari ISR. Blanca Manchon ESP is clearly on top of the RS:X-women ahead of Charline Picon FRA and Bryony Shaw GBR. The final report and the videos of the Medal Races.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
Javier Hernandez ESP demonstrated his superiority during this event winning also the Medal Race of the French Olympic Sailing Week 2011, fouth act of the ISAF Olympic Classes Worldcup in the Laser Standard class. Light and tricky winds form the shore prevailed during the Finals. Silver and Bronze went to Tonci Stipanovic CRO and Tom Slingsby AUS, who expected probably more after leading so distinctly at halftime of the event.
In the Lasers Radial, Sarah Winther NZL repeated her Palma Worldcup victory defending the lead with a 5th place in the Medal Race, but Sarah Steyaert FRA on rank 2 was finally only 1 point behind. Gintare Scheidt-Volungeviciute LTU collected the Bronze medal (in addition to the Gold of her husband in the Star). The official report and the videos of the Medal Races.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
Despite of a pumping 360° penalty crucial in the short Medal Race, Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI came back finishing 4th with Starboats in the difficult final race sailed in a light and unconstant wind. The 5th rank overall in Hyères has been their best result for a long period in a top event.
Less successful the performance of the former Swiss Olympian Emmanuelle Rol SUI/FRA now sailing with Hélène Defrance FRA in the 470 women: On rank 9 of the Medal Race, they lost one rank overall, but with the 5th place, they are the leaders in the Olympic selections of the extremely strong French team (Lecointre/Geron 9th, Petitjean/Douroux 11th). The videos of the Medal Races.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
In most of the Olympic classes, the final winners are already known before today's Medal Races. Not so in the Lasers! The best chances with the Lasers Standard has Javier Hernandez ESP, who has a 13 points lead over Tom Slingsby AUS and Tonci Stipanovic CRO, and another point back, Pavlos Kontides CYP still has good chances for a medal. Lasers from 10 different nations qualified for the Medal-Race !
Sara Winther NZL is again on top of the Lasers Radial, with Sarah Steyaert FRA 7 points behind, closely followed by Donghshuang Zhang CHN and Gintare Scheidt-Volungeviciute LTU.
The videos of the day and the official report.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
The only Swiss team in today's Medal Races are Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI with a solid 9/10/17 ranking in yesterday's races of the Starboats. On position 6, they are 15 points behind the Silver medal (Scheidt/Prada are already on 1), and everything is possible for rank 2 or 3 as double points are awarded in the Medal Race. A good Hyères week also for Christoph Bottoni SUI, finishing 27th in the Lasers Standard, once again an excellent result in this most competitive Olympic class. The 16th place of Richard Stauffacher at his comeback in the RS:X-Surfern is also promising for the next events, despite of the fact, that some top surfers were not present in Hyères. Disappointing however the performance of Nathalie Brugger SUI finishing only 37th in the Lasers Radial. Manon Luther SUI, winning the Silverfleet, is on rank 50 overall. In the 470 men, Adrien and Olivier Gremaud SUI gained some places in the Goldfleet with rank 50, Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI lost some places in the 470 women finishing on rank 29. The best Swiss Finn Christoph Christen SUI is 56th. The official report.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
Major changes in some of the classes yesterday, due to the light and shifty wind around 6 to 8 kn, but usually, the leaders could defend their positions. Ben Ainslie GBR extended his lead in the Finns with another bullet, and the second, Jan-Pieter Postma NED, is now already 13 points back. Giles Scott GBR follows on rank 3. Charbonnier/Mion FRA too pulled clear from Leboucher/Garos FRA now 10 points behind on rank 2 of the 470 men. Belcher/Page AUS are 3rd. In the 470 women, the advantage of Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP is even more, as Giulia Conti/Giovanna Michol ITA is 26 points behind. Hannah Mills/Sakia Clark GBR are 3rd. The best of the day with two bullets are Emmanuelle Rol/Hélène Defrance FRA/SUI advancing on rank 5 overall. Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA are 19 points ahead of Szabo/Strube USA in the Starboats. Rohart/Ponsot are 3rd. The only leaderchange happened in the 49ers with Pietro and Gianfranco Sibello ITA now on top ahead of the best of the day Jonas Warrer/Sören Hansen DEN and Fletcher/Sign GBR. Piotr Myszka POL with two race wins is now only two points behind Shahar Zubari ISR in the RS:X men windsurfers. Winning 6 out of 8 heats, Blanca Manchon ESP is clearly in command with the RS:X-women windsurfers, ahead of Charline Picon FRA and - new - Alessandra Sensini ITA. After the Gold Round Robin and the Repechage, the quarter-finals today in the Women-Match-Race are McGregor GBR/Tulloch USA, Le Berre FRA/Barkow USA, Groeneveld NED/Echegoyen ESP and Skudina RUS/Leroy FRA. The official report and the videos of the day.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
Changes on top happened yesterday after the three races in a light and unconstant breeze. Tom Slingsby AUS seemed confused in the Laser Standard Goldfleet and with the rankings 17/37/13, he lost his first position to Javier Hernandez ESP and even Simon Grotelüschen GER passed the Australian World Champion. Winners of the day were Milan Vujasinovic CRO, Jesper Stahlheim SWE and Andreas Geritzer AUT.
A new leader also in the Lasers Radial with the former World Champion Sarah Steyaert FRA now on top with an advantage of 10 points over Sara Winther NZL. Sophie de Turckheim FRA follows on the 3rd place. Fatima Reyes ESP and Dongshuang Zhang CHN were the winners of the two Wednesday races.
The videos of the day and the official report.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
All classes divided in several fleets up to now ended the qualifications for either the Gold-, Silver and Bronze fleets yesterday. Most of the classes sailed only one - tactically challenging - race as the breeze filled in late in the afternoon only and an upcoming thunderstorm did not allow to stay out for more. The Finns came back ashore last after two heats, both won by the irresistible Ben Ainslie GBR taking the first place overall ahead of Jan-Pieter Postma NED and Ed Wright GBR. No change on top of the 49ers with Fletcher/Sign GBR leading ahead of Nielsen/Nielsen DEN and Sibello/Sibello ITA. Leader change however in the French duel for rank 1 in the 470 men in favour of Charbonnier/Mion FRA now one point ahead of Leboucher/Garos FRA and Belcher/Page AUS. Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP defended her lead in the 470 women in front of Giulia Conti/Giovanna Michol ITA. A class of its own are Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA, coming from behind yesterday and finishing the day with an advantage of 12 points on the second Florent/Rambeau FRA and Rohart/Ponsot FRA, another duel in the French Olympic selection race. Only half of the Women Match-Race Repechage has been sailed, and Genny Tulloch USA, Trine Abrahamsen DEN and Anne-Claire Le Berre FRA, all with a 2-1 score, have the best cards to qualify for one of the two Gold Round places still available. Control over the RS:X-men windsurfers is now with the light-wind specialist Shahar Zubari ISR adding another bullet and extending his lead. Julien Bontemps FRA follows on rank 2. No problem for Blanca Manchon ESP in the RS:X-women windsurfers either, keeping Charline Piccon FRA and Peina Chen CHN clearly behind. The official report and the videos of the day.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
The only race yesterday was started late in the light and unconstant afternoon thermal breeze over the Bay of Hyères. Tom Slingsby AUS defended his lead in the Lasers Standard with a 3rd race rank. The second overall, Andy Maloney NZL, is already 9 points behind. The day winner Simon Grotelüschen GER and Javier Hernandez ESP follow tied on rank 3. The difficult live for the Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR continuous, as he is - as best English Laser sailor - on rank 24 only.
Sarah Winther NZL defended her lead in the Lasers Radial, but the day winner Sarah Steayaert FRA is now only one point behind. The new third-ranked is Marit Bouwmeester NED.
With yesterday's races, the qualification phase is over and from today, the Lasers will sail in Gold-, Silver- and Bronze-Fleets. The weather forecast announces similar light wind conditions as yesterday. The report of the day and the videos.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
After a bad start in the only race of the day, Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI came back strongly and terminated the heat on rank 12 of the Starboats, advancing on rank 5 overall. Christoph Bottoni SUI in the Lasers is also performing strongly, progressing on rank 22, ahead of the Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR. Guillaume Girod SUI, rank 79 qualified for the Silverfleet, Christian Steiger SUI, Lucien Cujean SUI and Lauri Kalkkinen SUI will continue the event in the Bronze-Fleet. The only Swiss qualifying for the 470 men Goldfleet are Olivier and Adrien Gremaud SUI on rank 52. Matias Bühler/Simon Brügger SUI (rank 64) and Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI (disqualified for pumping yesterday dropping on rank 78) will sail in the Silverfleet as from today. Stéphanie and Romy Hasler, the second boat of the Léman Sailing Team improved their performance again and are now on the 25th position in the 470 women. Emmanuelle Rol/Hélène Defrance FRA/SUI winning the race yesterday have a very strong comeback after the flop on day one due to a broken trapez wire. On position 7 overall now, they are only one point behind their team mates Petitjean/Douroux FRA in the fight for the French Olympic berth. Richard Stauffacher SUI remained on rank 15 with the RS:X-men windsurfers. No improvement however for Nathalie Brugger SUI in the Lasers Radial, but with her 37th place, she qualified for the Goldfleet. Manon Luther SUI on rank 52 missed this objective by a small margin and continues the competition in the Silverfleet, together with the youth sailor Erika Frederikson on rank 65 of the 98 participants. Christoph Christen SUI in the Finns advanced slightly on rank 65, but Ben Ainslie GBR is still far away .... The official report.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
The starts were postponed and racing continued after noon in a 8 to 15 kn breeze and sunny sky. The different conditions compared to the windy first day brought changes on top of a number of classes. Giles Scott GBR took the lead in the Finns ahead of Ben Ainslie GBR and Jan-Pieter Postma NED. An English lead also in the 49ers with Fletcher/Sign GBR, closely followed by Nielsen/Nielsen DEN and Ewans/Powys GBR. The French sailing their first Olympic selections dominated the 470 men: Leboucher/Garos FRA lead ahead of Charbonnier/Mion FRA, Belcher/Page AUS follow on rank 3. In the 470 women, Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP succeeded to defend the lead in front of the new 2nd Clarke/Hughes GBR and Conti/Michol ITA 3rd. No change on top of the Starboats: Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA and George Szabo/Mark Strube USA are on 1 and 2, now followed by Negri/Voltolini ITA. Qualified for the quarterfinal, the Gold Round of the Women Match-Race are Claire Leroy FRA (7-0), Sally Barkow USA (5-2), Ekaterina Skudina RUS (6-1), Tamara Echegoyen ESP (5-2), Lucy Macgregor GBR (6-1) and Renée Groenveld NED (6-1), The 3rd and 4th ranked sail the Repechage for the two last quarterfinal berths today. In the RS:X men windsurfer, Piotr Myszka POL took the lead with two bullets. Shahar Zubari ISR follows one point behind, Julien Bontemps FRA is now 3rd. Blanca Manchon ESP is the clear leader in the Windsurf-Frauen with 4 wins in 5 races. Charline Picon FRA and Peina Chen CHN advanced on the ranks 2 and 3. The official report, the video of the day and the event-website.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
Sarah Winter NZL seems to become the pre-Olympic dominator of the Lasers Radial, as after her victory at the Palma Worldcup event one month ago, she is now also on top of the rankings at the Hyères Worldcup with an excellent 1/2/3 result in yesterday's three heats. Sarah Steyaert FRA and Sophie de Turckheim FRA, they too in a selection phase for the French Olympic Team, occupy the ranks 2 and 3.
In the Lasers Standard, Tom SLingsby AUS remains on top followed now by Javier Hernandez ESP on rank 2 and Andrew Maloney NZL on rank 3. The Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR dropped on rank 29. The official report.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
Some Swiss sailors delivered top results at the Semaine Olympic yesterday, especially Marazzi/De Maria in the Starboats, who - after a flop in race 3 (rank 26) due to a 60° wind-shift - came back with the rank 4 and 7 in the races 4 and 5. They are now on rank 6 and the same number of points as rank 3. The top result of the day came from Christoph Bottoni SUI in the Lasers with a 2nd race rank in his group. He will most probably be the only Swiss Laser in the Goldfleet by the end of today. Richard Stauffacher SUI has lost some places in the RS:X-men windsurfers, but on rank 15, he is on a safe place for the Goldfleet. Still on a Goldfleet track is Nathalie Brugger 33rd in the Lasers Radial, Manon Luther SUI on rank 50 however, has to fight to qualifiy within the best 50 today. Fighting is required also by the three 470-teams. Admittedly, all three had their top-10 result yesterday, but the interims rankings are still outside the Goldfleet limits. On rank 56, 4 points behind the crucial 53rd place, Olivier and Adrien Gremaud have the best chances to make the Goldfleet. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI on 62 are 13 points behind the limit and Bühler/Brügger, sailing at Hyères with high ambitions are even 16 points back on rank 65. With two satisfactory races, Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI moved up to rank 27 in the 470 women, where Emmanuelle Rol/Hélène Defrance SUI/FRA compensated their flops from day one and came back on rank 18 yesterday, but their deficit in the French Olympic selection is still 17 points. The best Swiss Finn is now Christoph Christen on rank 70. The report.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
The fresh Easterly breeze did not follow the weathermen's recommendations yesterday and decided to stay in Hyères for another day, blowing with 18 kn and clearly over 20 kn in the gusts, not to forget the considerable swell. No wonder that the experienced teams took the top places in most of the classes, and the light-wind teams were on the loosing edge. In the Finns, the British power team made it quite clear with 4 boats in the top 5 and Ben Ainslie GBR and Giles Scott GBR winning the two heats in both fleets. In the 49ers, Storck/Moore USA ahead of Dyen/Christidis FRA and Sibello/Sibello ITA is the sequence at the top. A tied situation with the 470 men, where Mantis/Kagialis GRE and Charbonnier/Mion FRA share the lead with Leboucher/Garros FRA and Belcher/Page AUS only one point behind. In the 470 women, Pacheco/Betanzos ESP are first followed by Cohen/Bouskila ISR and Koch/Sommer DEN. Scheidt/Prada BRA took the lead in the Starboats, followed by the San Diego YC duo Szabo/Strube USA and Campbell/Coleman USA, but Stanjek/Kleen GER are not far behind on rank 4. Three flights in each group were sailed in the Women Match-Race, and in all three groups, teams with a clean 3-0 record are on top, i.e. Claire Leroy FRA, Sally Barkow USA and Silvi Roca ESP (group A), Ekaterina Skudina RUS and Tamara Echegoyen ESP (group B) and Lucy MacGregor GBR and Renée Groenveld NED (group C). In the RS:X men windsurfers, Tom Ashley NZL leads in front of Julien Bontemps FRA and Shahar Zubari ISR, in the RS:X women, Blanca Manchon ESP is ahead of Flavia Tartaglini ITA and Eugénie Ricard FRA. The official report.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
The windy conditions around 20 kn - contrary to the weather forecast - were at the World Champion's taste and Tom Slingsby AUS took the overall lead with two bullets in his group. As on the windy first day in Palma, Simon Grotelüschen GER was also impressive with two race wins in his group, bringing him tied with Slingsby on top of the fleet. Bruno Fontes BRA (2/2) follows on rank 2 ahead of Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA ranked 4th on his home waters. The Laser Standard rankings.
It was clear that Marit Bouwmeester NED was the woman to beat in this fresh breeze, but with two bullets, she clearly dominated the fleet once more. Alison Young GBR and Sarah Steyaert FRA follow on rank two with the same number of points. The rankings of the Radials and the official report.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
Not all Swiss team were as successful as Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria on the first day of the Semaine Olympique in Hyères in the Starboats - position 5 with the race ranks 4 and 10 - and Richard Stauffacher SUI, who demonstrated in the RS:X-Windsurfer fleet, that he did not loose his qualities as big breeze surfer during his long absence from interantional racing. Finishing 5/6/8, he is 8th overall. Another Swiss with good results is Christoph Bottoni SUI in the Lasers where the positions 7 and 12 in his group bring him on the 24th place overall. Nathalie Brugger SUI however had to accepr an early start disqualification in the Lasers Radial and is on rank 61 for the moment. einen Frühstart in Kauf nehmen und liegt vorläufig auf Rang 61 zurück. Not much luck for the Swiss 470s: Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI, also with a premature start, are 49thebenfalls mit einem Frühstart, sind 49. bei den 470 women, just behind Emmanuelle Rol SUI/FRA/Hélàne Defrance FRA, who had no chance in the fresh breeze and are already far behind in the French Olympic selections. In the 470 men, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI on rank 63 are the best Swiss. Gremaud/Gremaud and Bühler/Brügger are on the positions 73 and 83. The official report.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
The Semaine Olympique - the fourth ISAF World Cup event 2011 - begins today in the Bay of Hyères with a record participation of 1200 sailors from 63 nations. After four training days with a fresh Easterly wind, the forecasts announce a decrease during this Sunday with 12 kn around noon deminishing to 6 kn late in the afternoon. The remainder of the week will not be much windier. A number of teams start with their 2012 Olympics selection, e.g. France, where the former Swiss Olympian and last year's Hyères 470 women's winner Emmanuelle Rol SUI/FRA, starting now for France, will face a strong competition from within the French team. To mention among the competitors the super-stars and multiple Olympic and World Champions Ben Ainslie GBR (Finn), Torben Grael/Marcello Ferreira BRA (Star) and Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA (Star). The official preview and the entry lists.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   
The Semaine Olympique - the fourth ISAF World Cup event 2011 - begins today in the Bay of Hyères with a record participation of 1200 sailors from 63 nations. After four training days with a fresh Easterly wind, the forecasts announce a decrease during this Sunday with 12 kn around noon deminishing to 6 kn late in the afternoon. The remainder of the week will not be much windier.
The line-up in the Lasers Standard - 155 boats from 49 nations - could not be more competitive with the Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR, the ISAF Sailor of the Year 2010 and World Champion Tom Slingsby AUS, the top-10 of the ISAF World Ranking List and the top-10 finishers of the Palma Worldcup event held a month ago.
The Lasers Radial entry list - 112 boats form 39 nations - is not less performing, again with the top-10s of the ISAF World Ranking List and the top finishers of the Palma World Cup event, and names as Marit Bouwmeester NED, Evi Van Acker BEL, Tatiana Drozdovskaya BLR, Sari Multala FIN or Paige Railey USA.
The official preview and the entry lists.
Thursday, December 25, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
With 22 boats, the Swiss delegation at the Semaine Olympique of Hyères is very large, but the majority are either veterans (Star, Finn) or developement teams (Laser, Laser Radial, 470). After the disappointing results of the Palma Word Cup event, the Olympic campaigners get another chance to shine. Nathalie Brugger SUI prepared the event carefully with trainings on the waters of Hyères during a few days. The windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI, not much active since the Olympics 2008, relaunches an Olympic campaign. Confident are the young Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI after the progress made this year and their ambitious objective is a ranking in the top-20. Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI have also good chances to finish in a top position as the rather light winds announced will play in their cards. Matias Bühler SUI, surprising winner at the SOF 2009, has good memories, and wants to repeat this performance with his new crew Simon Brügger SUI. The official website.
 
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
As always, the morning breeze coming from the shore in Hyères was light, unconstant and with many calm patches not easy to sail. The Medal Races of the 43rd French Olympic Sailing Week, the fourth event of the ISAF Olympic Classes Worldcup, took place just outside the harbour breakwater. Despite of the fact, that 7 of the 13 overall winners were already known on the penultimate day (we reported yesterday), racing was entertaining. Ben Ainslie GBR completed his overwhelming victory winning also the Medal Race of the Finns, Zach Railey USA advanced on rank 2 and Pieter-Jan Postma NED finished 3rd. Pietro and Gianfranco Sibello ITA in the 49ers were also known as winners before but changes happened on positions 2 and 3 with d'Ortoli/Delpech FRA and Warrer/Hansen DEN completing the podium. The French double victory in the 470 men by Pierre Leboucher/Vincent Garos FRA and Nicolas Charbonnier/Sofian Mion FRA makes it clear that the battle for the Olympic berth will be fierce. Barreios/Sarmiento ESP advanced on rank 3 with the last race. No change in the sequence on top of the 470 women with Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP winning ahead of Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark GBR and Penny Clark/Kathrina Hughes GBR. In the Starboats, Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA are first ahead of Xavier Rohart/Pierre-Alexis Ponsot FRA and George Szabo/Mark Strube USA. In the Woman-Match Race final, Lucy Macgregor GBR defeated Sally Barkow USA 3-0, Reneé Groeneveld NED with her team won the petit final for Bronze against Claire Leroy FRA. In a close fight, Piotr Myszka POL was the winner in the RS:X-men in front of Julien Bontemps FRA and Shahar Zubari ISR. Blanca Manchon ESP is clearly on top of the RS:X-women ahead of Charline Picon FRA and Bryony Shaw GBR. The final report and the videos of the Medal Races.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
Javier Hernandez ESP demonstrated his superiority during this event winning also the Medal Race of the French Olympic Sailing Week 2011, fouth act of the ISAF Olympic Classes Worldcup in the Laser Standard class. Light and tricky winds form the shore prevailed during the Finals. Silver and Bronze went to Tonci Stipanovic CRO and Tom Slingsby AUS, who expected probably more after leading so distinctly at halftime of the event.
In the Lasers Radial, Sarah Winther NZL repeated her Palma Worldcup victory defending the lead with a 5th place in the Medal Race, but Sarah Steyaert FRA on rank 2 was finally only 1 point behind. Gintare Scheidt-Volungeviciute LTU collected the Bronze medal (in addition to the Gold of her husband in the Star). The official report and the videos of the Medal Races.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
Despite of a pumping 360° penalty crucial in the short Medal Race, Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI came back finishing 4th with Starboats in the difficult final race sailed in a light and unconstant wind. The 5th rank overall in Hyères has been their best result for a long period in a top event.
Less successful the performance of the former Swiss Olympian Emmanuelle Rol SUI/FRA now sailing with Hélène Defrance FRA in the 470 women: On rank 9 of the Medal Race, they lost one rank overall, but with the 5th place, they are the leaders in the Olympic selections of the extremely strong French team (Lecointre/Geron 9th, Petitjean/Douroux 11th). The videos of the Medal Races.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
In most of the Olympic classes, the final winners are already known before today's Medal Races. Not so in the Lasers! The best chances with the Lasers Standard has Javier Hernandez ESP, who has a 13 points lead over Tom Slingsby AUS and Tonci Stipanovic CRO, and another point back, Pavlos Kontides CYP still has good chances for a medal. Lasers from 10 different nations qualified for the Medal-Race !
Sara Winther NZL is again on top of the Lasers Radial, with Sarah Steyaert FRA 7 points behind, closely followed by Donghshuang Zhang CHN and Gintare Scheidt-Volungeviciute LTU.
The videos of the day and the official report.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
The only Swiss team in today's Medal Races are Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI with a solid 9/10/17 ranking in yesterday's races of the Starboats. On position 6, they are 15 points behind the Silver medal (Scheidt/Prada are already on 1), and everything is possible for rank 2 or 3 as double points are awarded in the Medal Race. A good Hyères week also for Christoph Bottoni SUI, finishing 27th in the Lasers Standard, once again an excellent result in this most competitive Olympic class. The 16th place of Richard Stauffacher at his comeback in the RS:X-Surfern is also promising for the next events, despite of the fact, that some top surfers were not present in Hyères. Disappointing however the performance of Nathalie Brugger SUI finishing only 37th in the Lasers Radial. Manon Luther SUI, winning the Silverfleet, is on rank 50 overall. In the 470 men, Adrien and Olivier Gremaud SUI gained some places in the Goldfleet with rank 50, Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI lost some places in the 470 women finishing on rank 29. The best Swiss Finn Christoph Christen SUI is 56th. The official report.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
Major changes in some of the classes yesterday, due to the light and shifty wind around 6 to 8 kn, but usually, the leaders could defend their positions. Ben Ainslie GBR extended his lead in the Finns with another bullet, and the second, Jan-Pieter Postma NED, is now already 13 points back. Giles Scott GBR follows on rank 3. Charbonnier/Mion FRA too pulled clear from Leboucher/Garos FRA now 10 points behind on rank 2 of the 470 men. Belcher/Page AUS are 3rd. In the 470 women, the advantage of Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP is even more, as Giulia Conti/Giovanna Michol ITA is 26 points behind. Hannah Mills/Sakia Clark GBR are 3rd. The best of the day with two bullets are Emmanuelle Rol/Hélène Defrance FRA/SUI advancing on rank 5 overall. Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA are 19 points ahead of Szabo/Strube USA in the Starboats. Rohart/Ponsot are 3rd. The only leaderchange happened in the 49ers with Pietro and Gianfranco Sibello ITA now on top ahead of the best of the day Jonas Warrer/Sören Hansen DEN and Fletcher/Sign GBR. Piotr Myszka POL with two race wins is now only two points behind Shahar Zubari ISR in the RS:X men windsurfers. Winning 6 out of 8 heats, Blanca Manchon ESP is clearly in command with the RS:X-women windsurfers, ahead of Charline Picon FRA and - new - Alessandra Sensini ITA. After the Gold Round Robin and the Repechage, the quarter-finals today in the Women-Match-Race are McGregor GBR/Tulloch USA, Le Berre FRA/Barkow USA, Groeneveld NED/Echegoyen ESP and Skudina RUS/Leroy FRA. The official report and the videos of the day.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
Changes on top happened yesterday after the three races in a light and unconstant breeze. Tom Slingsby AUS seemed confused in the Laser Standard Goldfleet and with the rankings 17/37/13, he lost his first position to Javier Hernandez ESP and even Simon Grotelüschen GER passed the Australian World Champion. Winners of the day were Milan Vujasinovic CRO, Jesper Stahlheim SWE and Andreas Geritzer AUT.
A new leader also in the Lasers Radial with the former World Champion Sarah Steyaert FRA now on top with an advantage of 10 points over Sara Winther NZL. Sophie de Turckheim FRA follows on the 3rd place. Fatima Reyes ESP and Dongshuang Zhang CHN were the winners of the two Wednesday races.
The videos of the day and the official report.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
All classes divided in several fleets up to now ended the qualifications for either the Gold-, Silver and Bronze fleets yesterday. Most of the classes sailed only one - tactically challenging - race as the breeze filled in late in the afternoon only and an upcoming thunderstorm did not allow to stay out for more. The Finns came back ashore last after two heats, both won by the irresistible Ben Ainslie GBR taking the first place overall ahead of Jan-Pieter Postma NED and Ed Wright GBR. No change on top of the 49ers with Fletcher/Sign GBR leading ahead of Nielsen/Nielsen DEN and Sibello/Sibello ITA. Leader change however in the French duel for rank 1 in the 470 men in favour of Charbonnier/Mion FRA now one point ahead of Leboucher/Garos FRA and Belcher/Page AUS. Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP defended her lead in the 470 women in front of Giulia Conti/Giovanna Michol ITA. A class of its own are Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA, coming from behind yesterday and finishing the day with an advantage of 12 points on the second Florent/Rambeau FRA and Rohart/Ponsot FRA, another duel in the French Olympic selection race. Only half of the Women Match-Race Repechage has been sailed, and Genny Tulloch USA, Trine Abrahamsen DEN and Anne-Claire Le Berre FRA, all with a 2-1 score, have the best cards to qualify for one of the two Gold Round places still available. Control over the RS:X-men windsurfers is now with the light-wind specialist Shahar Zubari ISR adding another bullet and extending his lead. Julien Bontemps FRA follows on rank 2. No problem for Blanca Manchon ESP in the RS:X-women windsurfers either, keeping Charline Piccon FRA and Peina Chen CHN clearly behind. The official report and the videos of the day.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
The only race yesterday was started late in the light and unconstant afternoon thermal breeze over the Bay of Hyères. Tom Slingsby AUS defended his lead in the Lasers Standard with a 3rd race rank. The second overall, Andy Maloney NZL, is already 9 points behind. The day winner Simon Grotelüschen GER and Javier Hernandez ESP follow tied on rank 3. The difficult live for the Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR continuous, as he is - as best English Laser sailor - on rank 24 only.
Sarah Winther NZL defended her lead in the Lasers Radial, but the day winner Sarah Steayaert FRA is now only one point behind. The new third-ranked is Marit Bouwmeester NED.
With yesterday's races, the qualification phase is over and from today, the Lasers will sail in Gold-, Silver- and Bronze-Fleets. The weather forecast announces similar light wind conditions as yesterday. The report of the day and the videos.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
After a bad start in the only race of the day, Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI came back strongly and terminated the heat on rank 12 of the Starboats, advancing on rank 5 overall. Christoph Bottoni SUI in the Lasers is also performing strongly, progressing on rank 22, ahead of the Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR. Guillaume Girod SUI, rank 79 qualified for the Silverfleet, Christian Steiger SUI, Lucien Cujean SUI and Lauri Kalkkinen SUI will continue the event in the Bronze-Fleet. The only Swiss qualifying for the 470 men Goldfleet are Olivier and Adrien Gremaud SUI on rank 52. Matias Bühler/Simon Brügger SUI (rank 64) and Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI (disqualified for pumping yesterday dropping on rank 78) will sail in the Silverfleet as from today. Stéphanie and Romy Hasler, the second boat of the Léman Sailing Team improved their performance again and are now on the 25th position in the 470 women. Emmanuelle Rol/Hélène Defrance FRA/SUI winning the race yesterday have a very strong comeback after the flop on day one due to a broken trapez wire. On position 7 overall now, they are only one point behind their team mates Petitjean/Douroux FRA in the fight for the French Olympic berth. Richard Stauffacher SUI remained on rank 15 with the RS:X-men windsurfers. No improvement however for Nathalie Brugger SUI in the Lasers Radial, but with her 37th place, she qualified for the Goldfleet. Manon Luther SUI on rank 52 missed this objective by a small margin and continues the competition in the Silverfleet, together with the youth sailor Erika Frederikson on rank 65 of the 98 participants. Christoph Christen SUI in the Finns advanced slightly on rank 65, but Ben Ainslie GBR is still far away .... The official report.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
The starts were postponed and racing continued after noon in a 8 to 15 kn breeze and sunny sky. The different conditions compared to the windy first day brought changes on top of a number of classes. Giles Scott GBR took the lead in the Finns ahead of Ben Ainslie GBR and Jan-Pieter Postma NED. An English lead also in the 49ers with Fletcher/Sign GBR, closely followed by Nielsen/Nielsen DEN and Ewans/Powys GBR. The French sailing their first Olympic selections dominated the 470 men: Leboucher/Garos FRA lead ahead of Charbonnier/Mion FRA, Belcher/Page AUS follow on rank 3. In the 470 women, Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP succeeded to defend the lead in front of the new 2nd Clarke/Hughes GBR and Conti/Michol ITA 3rd. No change on top of the Starboats: Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA and George Szabo/Mark Strube USA are on 1 and 2, now followed by Negri/Voltolini ITA. Qualified for the quarterfinal, the Gold Round of the Women Match-Race are Claire Leroy FRA (7-0), Sally Barkow USA (5-2), Ekaterina Skudina RUS (6-1), Tamara Echegoyen ESP (5-2), Lucy Macgregor GBR (6-1) and Renée Groenveld NED (6-1), The 3rd and 4th ranked sail the Repechage for the two last quarterfinal berths today. In the RS:X men windsurfer, Piotr Myszka POL took the lead with two bullets. Shahar Zubari ISR follows one point behind, Julien Bontemps FRA is now 3rd. Blanca Manchon ESP is the clear leader in the Windsurf-Frauen with 4 wins in 5 races. Charline Picon FRA and Peina Chen CHN advanced on the ranks 2 and 3. The official report, the video of the day and the event-website.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
Sarah Winter NZL seems to become the pre-Olympic dominator of the Lasers Radial, as after her victory at the Palma Worldcup event one month ago, she is now also on top of the rankings at the Hyères Worldcup with an excellent 1/2/3 result in yesterday's three heats. Sarah Steyaert FRA and Sophie de Turckheim FRA, they too in a selection phase for the French Olympic Team, occupy the ranks 2 and 3.
In the Lasers Standard, Tom SLingsby AUS remains on top followed now by Javier Hernandez ESP on rank 2 and Andrew Maloney NZL on rank 3. The Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR dropped on rank 29. The official report.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
Some Swiss sailors delivered top results at the Semaine Olympic yesterday, especially Marazzi/De Maria in the Starboats, who - after a flop in race 3 (rank 26) due to a 60° wind-shift - came back with the rank 4 and 7 in the races 4 and 5. They are now on rank 6 and the same number of points as rank 3. The top result of the day came from Christoph Bottoni SUI in the Lasers with a 2nd race rank in his group. He will most probably be the only Swiss Laser in the Goldfleet by the end of today. Richard Stauffacher SUI has lost some places in the RS:X-men windsurfers, but on rank 15, he is on a safe place for the Goldfleet. Still on a Goldfleet track is Nathalie Brugger 33rd in the Lasers Radial, Manon Luther SUI on rank 50 however, has to fight to qualifiy within the best 50 today. Fighting is required also by the three 470-teams. Admittedly, all three had their top-10 result yesterday, but the interims rankings are still outside the Goldfleet limits. On rank 56, 4 points behind the crucial 53rd place, Olivier and Adrien Gremaud have the best chances to make the Goldfleet. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI on 62 are 13 points behind the limit and Bühler/Brügger, sailing at Hyères with high ambitions are even 16 points back on rank 65. With two satisfactory races, Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI moved up to rank 27 in the 470 women, where Emmanuelle Rol/Hélène Defrance SUI/FRA compensated their flops from day one and came back on rank 18 yesterday, but their deficit in the French Olympic selection is still 17 points. The best Swiss Finn is now Christoph Christen on rank 70. The report.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
The fresh Easterly breeze did not follow the weathermen's recommendations yesterday and decided to stay in Hyères for another day, blowing with 18 kn and clearly over 20 kn in the gusts, not to forget the considerable swell. No wonder that the experienced teams took the top places in most of the classes, and the light-wind teams were on the loosing edge. In the Finns, the British power team made it quite clear with 4 boats in the top 5 and Ben Ainslie GBR and Giles Scott GBR winning the two heats in both fleets. In the 49ers, Storck/Moore USA ahead of Dyen/Christidis FRA and Sibello/Sibello ITA is the sequence at the top. A tied situation with the 470 men, where Mantis/Kagialis GRE and Charbonnier/Mion FRA share the lead with Leboucher/Garros FRA and Belcher/Page AUS only one point behind. In the 470 women, Pacheco/Betanzos ESP are first followed by Cohen/Bouskila ISR and Koch/Sommer DEN. Scheidt/Prada BRA took the lead in the Starboats, followed by the San Diego YC duo Szabo/Strube USA and Campbell/Coleman USA, but Stanjek/Kleen GER are not far behind on rank 4. Three flights in each group were sailed in the Women Match-Race, and in all three groups, teams with a clean 3-0 record are on top, i.e. Claire Leroy FRA, Sally Barkow USA and Silvi Roca ESP (group A), Ekaterina Skudina RUS and Tamara Echegoyen ESP (group B) and Lucy MacGregor GBR and Renée Groenveld NED (group C). In the RS:X men windsurfers, Tom Ashley NZL leads in front of Julien Bontemps FRA and Shahar Zubari ISR, in the RS:X women, Blanca Manchon ESP is ahead of Flavia Tartaglini ITA and Eugénie Ricard FRA. The official report.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
The windy conditions around 20 kn - contrary to the weather forecast - were at the World Champion's taste and Tom Slingsby AUS took the overall lead with two bullets in his group. As on the windy first day in Palma, Simon Grotelüschen GER was also impressive with two race wins in his group, bringing him tied with Slingsby on top of the fleet. Bruno Fontes BRA (2/2) follows on rank 2 ahead of Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA ranked 4th on his home waters. The Laser Standard rankings.
It was clear that Marit Bouwmeester NED was the woman to beat in this fresh breeze, but with two bullets, she clearly dominated the fleet once more. Alison Young GBR and Sarah Steyaert FRA follow on rank two with the same number of points. The rankings of the Radials and the official report.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
Not all Swiss team were as successful as Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria on the first day of the Semaine Olympique in Hyères in the Starboats - position 5 with the race ranks 4 and 10 - and Richard Stauffacher SUI, who demonstrated in the RS:X-Windsurfer fleet, that he did not loose his qualities as big breeze surfer during his long absence from interantional racing. Finishing 5/6/8, he is 8th overall. Another Swiss with good results is Christoph Bottoni SUI in the Lasers where the positions 7 and 12 in his group bring him on the 24th place overall. Nathalie Brugger SUI however had to accepr an early start disqualification in the Lasers Radial and is on rank 61 for the moment. einen Frühstart in Kauf nehmen und liegt vorläufig auf Rang 61 zurück. Not much luck for the Swiss 470s: Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI, also with a premature start, are 49thebenfalls mit einem Frühstart, sind 49. bei den 470 women, just behind Emmanuelle Rol SUI/FRA/Hélàne Defrance FRA, who had no chance in the fresh breeze and are already far behind in the French Olympic selections. In the 470 men, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI on rank 63 are the best Swiss. Gremaud/Gremaud and Bühler/Brügger are on the positions 73 and 83. The official report.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
The Semaine Olympique - the fourth ISAF World Cup event 2011 - begins today in the Bay of Hyères with a record participation of 1200 sailors from 63 nations. After four training days with a fresh Easterly wind, the forecasts announce a decrease during this Sunday with 12 kn around noon deminishing to 6 kn late in the afternoon. The remainder of the week will not be much windier. A number of teams start with their 2012 Olympics selection, e.g. France, where the former Swiss Olympian and last year's Hyères 470 women's winner Emmanuelle Rol SUI/FRA, starting now for France, will face a strong competition from within the French team. To mention among the competitors the super-stars and multiple Olympic and World Champions Ben Ainslie GBR (Finn), Torben Grael/Marcello Ferreira BRA (Star) and Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA (Star). The official preview and the entry lists.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   
The Semaine Olympique - the fourth ISAF World Cup event 2011 - begins today in the Bay of Hyères with a record participation of 1200 sailors from 63 nations. After four training days with a fresh Easterly wind, the forecasts announce a decrease during this Sunday with 12 kn around noon deminishing to 6 kn late in the afternoon. The remainder of the week will not be much windier.
The line-up in the Lasers Standard - 155 boats from 49 nations - could not be more competitive with the Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR, the ISAF Sailor of the Year 2010 and World Champion Tom Slingsby AUS, the top-10 of the ISAF World Ranking List and the top-10 finishers of the Palma Worldcup event held a month ago.
The Lasers Radial entry list - 112 boats form 39 nations - is not less performing, again with the top-10s of the ISAF World Ranking List and the top finishers of the Palma World Cup event, and names as Marit Bouwmeester NED, Evi Van Acker BEL, Tatiana Drozdovskaya BLR, Sari Multala FIN or Paige Railey USA.
The official preview and the entry lists.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
With 22 boats, the Swiss delegation at the Semaine Olympique of Hyères is very large, but the majority are either veterans (Star, Finn) or developement teams (Laser, Laser Radial, 470). After the disappointing results of the Palma Word Cup event, the Olympic campaigners get another chance to shine. Nathalie Brugger SUI prepared the event carefully with trainings on the waters of Hyères during a few days. The windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI, not much active since the Olympics 2008, relaunches an Olympic campaign. Confident are the young Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI after the progress made this year and their ambitious objective is a ranking in the top-20. Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI have also good chances to finish in a top position as the rather light winds announced will play in their cards. Matias Bühler SUI, surprising winner at the SOF 2009, has good memories, and wants to repeat this performance with his new crew Simon Brügger SUI. The official website.
 
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
As always, the morning breeze coming from the shore in Hyères was light, unconstant and with many calm patches not easy to sail. The Medal Races of the 43rd French Olympic Sailing Week, the fourth event of the ISAF Olympic Classes Worldcup, took place just outside the harbour breakwater. Despite of the fact, that 7 of the 13 overall winners were already known on the penultimate day (we reported yesterday), racing was entertaining. Ben Ainslie GBR completed his overwhelming victory winning also the Medal Race of the Finns, Zach Railey USA advanced on rank 2 and Pieter-Jan Postma NED finished 3rd. Pietro and Gianfranco Sibello ITA in the 49ers were also known as winners before but changes happened on positions 2 and 3 with d'Ortoli/Delpech FRA and Warrer/Hansen DEN completing the podium. The French double victory in the 470 men by Pierre Leboucher/Vincent Garos FRA and Nicolas Charbonnier/Sofian Mion FRA makes it clear that the battle for the Olympic berth will be fierce. Barreios/Sarmiento ESP advanced on rank 3 with the last race. No change in the sequence on top of the 470 women with Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP winning ahead of Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark GBR and Penny Clark/Kathrina Hughes GBR. In the Starboats, Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA are first ahead of Xavier Rohart/Pierre-Alexis Ponsot FRA and George Szabo/Mark Strube USA. In the Woman-Match Race final, Lucy Macgregor GBR defeated Sally Barkow USA 3-0, Reneé Groeneveld NED with her team won the petit final for Bronze against Claire Leroy FRA. In a close fight, Piotr Myszka POL was the winner in the RS:X-men in front of Julien Bontemps FRA and Shahar Zubari ISR. Blanca Manchon ESP is clearly on top of the RS:X-women ahead of Charline Picon FRA and Bryony Shaw GBR. The final report and the videos of the Medal Races.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
Javier Hernandez ESP demonstrated his superiority during this event winning also the Medal Race of the French Olympic Sailing Week 2011, fouth act of the ISAF Olympic Classes Worldcup in the Laser Standard class. Light and tricky winds form the shore prevailed during the Finals. Silver and Bronze went to Tonci Stipanovic CRO and Tom Slingsby AUS, who expected probably more after leading so distinctly at halftime of the event.
In the Lasers Radial, Sarah Winther NZL repeated her Palma Worldcup victory defending the lead with a 5th place in the Medal Race, but Sarah Steyaert FRA on rank 2 was finally only 1 point behind. Gintare Scheidt-Volungeviciute LTU collected the Bronze medal (in addition to the Gold of her husband in the Star). The official report and the videos of the Medal Races.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
Despite of a pumping 360° penalty crucial in the short Medal Race, Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI came back finishing 4th with Starboats in the difficult final race sailed in a light and unconstant wind. The 5th rank overall in Hyères has been their best result for a long period in a top event.
Less successful the performance of the former Swiss Olympian Emmanuelle Rol SUI/FRA now sailing with Hélène Defrance FRA in the 470 women: On rank 9 of the Medal Race, they lost one rank overall, but with the 5th place, they are the leaders in the Olympic selections of the extremely strong French team (Lecointre/Geron 9th, Petitjean/Douroux 11th). The videos of the Medal Races.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
In most of the Olympic classes, the final winners are already known before today's Medal Races. Not so in the Lasers! The best chances with the Lasers Standard has Javier Hernandez ESP, who has a 13 points lead over Tom Slingsby AUS and Tonci Stipanovic CRO, and another point back, Pavlos Kontides CYP still has good chances for a medal. Lasers from 10 different nations qualified for the Medal-Race !
Sara Winther NZL is again on top of the Lasers Radial, with Sarah Steyaert FRA 7 points behind, closely followed by Donghshuang Zhang CHN and Gintare Scheidt-Volungeviciute LTU.
The videos of the day and the official report.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
The only Swiss team in today's Medal Races are Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI with a solid 9/10/17 ranking in yesterday's races of the Starboats. On position 6, they are 15 points behind the Silver medal (Scheidt/Prada are already on 1), and everything is possible for rank 2 or 3 as double points are awarded in the Medal Race. A good Hyères week also for Christoph Bottoni SUI, finishing 27th in the Lasers Standard, once again an excellent result in this most competitive Olympic class. The 16th place of Richard Stauffacher at his comeback in the RS:X-Surfern is also promising for the next events, despite of the fact, that some top surfers were not present in Hyères. Disappointing however the performance of Nathalie Brugger SUI finishing only 37th in the Lasers Radial. Manon Luther SUI, winning the Silverfleet, is on rank 50 overall. In the 470 men, Adrien and Olivier Gremaud SUI gained some places in the Goldfleet with rank 50, Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI lost some places in the 470 women finishing on rank 29. The best Swiss Finn Christoph Christen SUI is 56th. The official report.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
Major changes in some of the classes yesterday, due to the light and shifty wind around 6 to 8 kn, but usually, the leaders could defend their positions. Ben Ainslie GBR extended his lead in the Finns with another bullet, and the second, Jan-Pieter Postma NED, is now already 13 points back. Giles Scott GBR follows on rank 3. Charbonnier/Mion FRA too pulled clear from Leboucher/Garos FRA now 10 points behind on rank 2 of the 470 men. Belcher/Page AUS are 3rd. In the 470 women, the advantage of Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP is even more, as Giulia Conti/Giovanna Michol ITA is 26 points behind. Hannah Mills/Sakia Clark GBR are 3rd. The best of the day with two bullets are Emmanuelle Rol/Hélène Defrance FRA/SUI advancing on rank 5 overall. Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA are 19 points ahead of Szabo/Strube USA in the Starboats. Rohart/Ponsot are 3rd. The only leaderchange happened in the 49ers with Pietro and Gianfranco Sibello ITA now on top ahead of the best of the day Jonas Warrer/Sören Hansen DEN and Fletcher/Sign GBR. Piotr Myszka POL with two race wins is now only two points behind Shahar Zubari ISR in the RS:X men windsurfers. Winning 6 out of 8 heats, Blanca Manchon ESP is clearly in command with the RS:X-women windsurfers, ahead of Charline Picon FRA and - new - Alessandra Sensini ITA. After the Gold Round Robin and the Repechage, the quarter-finals today in the Women-Match-Race are McGregor GBR/Tulloch USA, Le Berre FRA/Barkow USA, Groeneveld NED/Echegoyen ESP and Skudina RUS/Leroy FRA. The official report and the videos of the day.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
Changes on top happened yesterday after the three races in a light and unconstant breeze. Tom Slingsby AUS seemed confused in the Laser Standard Goldfleet and with the rankings 17/37/13, he lost his first position to Javier Hernandez ESP and even Simon Grotelüschen GER passed the Australian World Champion. Winners of the day were Milan Vujasinovic CRO, Jesper Stahlheim SWE and Andreas Geritzer AUT.
A new leader also in the Lasers Radial with the former World Champion Sarah Steyaert FRA now on top with an advantage of 10 points over Sara Winther NZL. Sophie de Turckheim FRA follows on the 3rd place. Fatima Reyes ESP and Dongshuang Zhang CHN were the winners of the two Wednesday races.
The videos of the day and the official report.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
All classes divided in several fleets up to now ended the qualifications for either the Gold-, Silver and Bronze fleets yesterday. Most of the classes sailed only one - tactically challenging - race as the breeze filled in late in the afternoon only and an upcoming thunderstorm did not allow to stay out for more. The Finns came back ashore last after two heats, both won by the irresistible Ben Ainslie GBR taking the first place overall ahead of Jan-Pieter Postma NED and Ed Wright GBR. No change on top of the 49ers with Fletcher/Sign GBR leading ahead of Nielsen/Nielsen DEN and Sibello/Sibello ITA. Leader change however in the French duel for rank 1 in the 470 men in favour of Charbonnier/Mion FRA now one point ahead of Leboucher/Garos FRA and Belcher/Page AUS. Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP defended her lead in the 470 women in front of Giulia Conti/Giovanna Michol ITA. A class of its own are Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA, coming from behind yesterday and finishing the day with an advantage of 12 points on the second Florent/Rambeau FRA and Rohart/Ponsot FRA, another duel in the French Olympic selection race. Only half of the Women Match-Race Repechage has been sailed, and Genny Tulloch USA, Trine Abrahamsen DEN and Anne-Claire Le Berre FRA, all with a 2-1 score, have the best cards to qualify for one of the two Gold Round places still available. Control over the RS:X-men windsurfers is now with the light-wind specialist Shahar Zubari ISR adding another bullet and extending his lead. Julien Bontemps FRA follows on rank 2. No problem for Blanca Manchon ESP in the RS:X-women windsurfers either, keeping Charline Piccon FRA and Peina Chen CHN clearly behind. The official report and the videos of the day.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
The only race yesterday was started late in the light and unconstant afternoon thermal breeze over the Bay of Hyères. Tom Slingsby AUS defended his lead in the Lasers Standard with a 3rd race rank. The second overall, Andy Maloney NZL, is already 9 points behind. The day winner Simon Grotelüschen GER and Javier Hernandez ESP follow tied on rank 3. The difficult live for the Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR continuous, as he is - as best English Laser sailor - on rank 24 only.
Sarah Winther NZL defended her lead in the Lasers Radial, but the day winner Sarah Steayaert FRA is now only one point behind. The new third-ranked is Marit Bouwmeester NED.
With yesterday's races, the qualification phase is over and from today, the Lasers will sail in Gold-, Silver- and Bronze-Fleets. The weather forecast announces similar light wind conditions as yesterday. The report of the day and the videos.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
After a bad start in the only race of the day, Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI came back strongly and terminated the heat on rank 12 of the Starboats, advancing on rank 5 overall. Christoph Bottoni SUI in the Lasers is also performing strongly, progressing on rank 22, ahead of the Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR. Guillaume Girod SUI, rank 79 qualified for the Silverfleet, Christian Steiger SUI, Lucien Cujean SUI and Lauri Kalkkinen SUI will continue the event in the Bronze-Fleet. The only Swiss qualifying for the 470 men Goldfleet are Olivier and Adrien Gremaud SUI on rank 52. Matias Bühler/Simon Brügger SUI (rank 64) and Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI (disqualified for pumping yesterday dropping on rank 78) will sail in the Silverfleet as from today. Stéphanie and Romy Hasler, the second boat of the Léman Sailing Team improved their performance again and are now on the 25th position in the 470 women. Emmanuelle Rol/Hélène Defrance FRA/SUI winning the race yesterday have a very strong comeback after the flop on day one due to a broken trapez wire. On position 7 overall now, they are only one point behind their team mates Petitjean/Douroux FRA in the fight for the French Olympic berth. Richard Stauffacher SUI remained on rank 15 with the RS:X-men windsurfers. No improvement however for Nathalie Brugger SUI in the Lasers Radial, but with her 37th place, she qualified for the Goldfleet. Manon Luther SUI on rank 52 missed this objective by a small margin and continues the competition in the Silverfleet, together with the youth sailor Erika Frederikson on rank 65 of the 98 participants. Christoph Christen SUI in the Finns advanced slightly on rank 65, but Ben Ainslie GBR is still far away .... The official report.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
The starts were postponed and racing continued after noon in a 8 to 15 kn breeze and sunny sky. The different conditions compared to the windy first day brought changes on top of a number of classes. Giles Scott GBR took the lead in the Finns ahead of Ben Ainslie GBR and Jan-Pieter Postma NED. An English lead also in the 49ers with Fletcher/Sign GBR, closely followed by Nielsen/Nielsen DEN and Ewans/Powys GBR. The French sailing their first Olympic selections dominated the 470 men: Leboucher/Garos FRA lead ahead of Charbonnier/Mion FRA, Belcher/Page AUS follow on rank 3. In the 470 women, Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP succeeded to defend the lead in front of the new 2nd Clarke/Hughes GBR and Conti/Michol ITA 3rd. No change on top of the Starboats: Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA and George Szabo/Mark Strube USA are on 1 and 2, now followed by Negri/Voltolini ITA. Qualified for the quarterfinal, the Gold Round of the Women Match-Race are Claire Leroy FRA (7-0), Sally Barkow USA (5-2), Ekaterina Skudina RUS (6-1), Tamara Echegoyen ESP (5-2), Lucy Macgregor GBR (6-1) and Renée Groenveld NED (6-1), The 3rd and 4th ranked sail the Repechage for the two last quarterfinal berths today. In the RS:X men windsurfer, Piotr Myszka POL took the lead with two bullets. Shahar Zubari ISR follows one point behind, Julien Bontemps FRA is now 3rd. Blanca Manchon ESP is the clear leader in the Windsurf-Frauen with 4 wins in 5 races. Charline Picon FRA and Peina Chen CHN advanced on the ranks 2 and 3. The official report, the video of the day and the event-website.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
Sarah Winter NZL seems to become the pre-Olympic dominator of the Lasers Radial, as after her victory at the Palma Worldcup event one month ago, she is now also on top of the rankings at the Hyères Worldcup with an excellent 1/2/3 result in yesterday's three heats. Sarah Steyaert FRA and Sophie de Turckheim FRA, they too in a selection phase for the French Olympic Team, occupy the ranks 2 and 3.
In the Lasers Standard, Tom SLingsby AUS remains on top followed now by Javier Hernandez ESP on rank 2 and Andrew Maloney NZL on rank 3. The Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR dropped on rank 29. The official report.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
Some Swiss sailors delivered top results at the Semaine Olympic yesterday, especially Marazzi/De Maria in the Starboats, who - after a flop in race 3 (rank 26) due to a 60° wind-shift - came back with the rank 4 and 7 in the races 4 and 5. They are now on rank 6 and the same number of points as rank 3. The top result of the day came from Christoph Bottoni SUI in the Lasers with a 2nd race rank in his group. He will most probably be the only Swiss Laser in the Goldfleet by the end of today. Richard Stauffacher SUI has lost some places in the RS:X-men windsurfers, but on rank 15, he is on a safe place for the Goldfleet. Still on a Goldfleet track is Nathalie Brugger 33rd in the Lasers Radial, Manon Luther SUI on rank 50 however, has to fight to qualifiy within the best 50 today. Fighting is required also by the three 470-teams. Admittedly, all three had their top-10 result yesterday, but the interims rankings are still outside the Goldfleet limits. On rank 56, 4 points behind the crucial 53rd place, Olivier and Adrien Gremaud have the best chances to make the Goldfleet. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI on 62 are 13 points behind the limit and Bühler/Brügger, sailing at Hyères with high ambitions are even 16 points back on rank 65. With two satisfactory races, Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI moved up to rank 27 in the 470 women, where Emmanuelle Rol/Hélène Defrance SUI/FRA compensated their flops from day one and came back on rank 18 yesterday, but their deficit in the French Olympic selection is still 17 points. The best Swiss Finn is now Christoph Christen on rank 70. The report.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
The fresh Easterly breeze did not follow the weathermen's recommendations yesterday and decided to stay in Hyères for another day, blowing with 18 kn and clearly over 20 kn in the gusts, not to forget the considerable swell. No wonder that the experienced teams took the top places in most of the classes, and the light-wind teams were on the loosing edge. In the Finns, the British power team made it quite clear with 4 boats in the top 5 and Ben Ainslie GBR and Giles Scott GBR winning the two heats in both fleets. In the 49ers, Storck/Moore USA ahead of Dyen/Christidis FRA and Sibello/Sibello ITA is the sequence at the top. A tied situation with the 470 men, where Mantis/Kagialis GRE and Charbonnier/Mion FRA share the lead with Leboucher/Garros FRA and Belcher/Page AUS only one point behind. In the 470 women, Pacheco/Betanzos ESP are first followed by Cohen/Bouskila ISR and Koch/Sommer DEN. Scheidt/Prada BRA took the lead in the Starboats, followed by the San Diego YC duo Szabo/Strube USA and Campbell/Coleman USA, but Stanjek/Kleen GER are not far behind on rank 4. Three flights in each group were sailed in the Women Match-Race, and in all three groups, teams with a clean 3-0 record are on top, i.e. Claire Leroy FRA, Sally Barkow USA and Silvi Roca ESP (group A), Ekaterina Skudina RUS and Tamara Echegoyen ESP (group B) and Lucy MacGregor GBR and Renée Groenveld NED (group C). In the RS:X men windsurfers, Tom Ashley NZL leads in front of Julien Bontemps FRA and Shahar Zubari ISR, in the RS:X women, Blanca Manchon ESP is ahead of Flavia Tartaglini ITA and Eugénie Ricard FRA. The official report.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
The windy conditions around 20 kn - contrary to the weather forecast - were at the World Champion's taste and Tom Slingsby AUS took the overall lead with two bullets in his group. As on the windy first day in Palma, Simon Grotelüschen GER was also impressive with two race wins in his group, bringing him tied with Slingsby on top of the fleet. Bruno Fontes BRA (2/2) follows on rank 2 ahead of Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA ranked 4th on his home waters. The Laser Standard rankings.
It was clear that Marit Bouwmeester NED was the woman to beat in this fresh breeze, but with two bullets, she clearly dominated the fleet once more. Alison Young GBR and Sarah Steyaert FRA follow on rank two with the same number of points. The rankings of the Radials and the official report.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
Not all Swiss team were as successful as Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria on the first day of the Semaine Olympique in Hyères in the Starboats - position 5 with the race ranks 4 and 10 - and Richard Stauffacher SUI, who demonstrated in the RS:X-Windsurfer fleet, that he did not loose his qualities as big breeze surfer during his long absence from interantional racing. Finishing 5/6/8, he is 8th overall. Another Swiss with good results is Christoph Bottoni SUI in the Lasers where the positions 7 and 12 in his group bring him on the 24th place overall. Nathalie Brugger SUI however had to accepr an early start disqualification in the Lasers Radial and is on rank 61 for the moment. einen Frühstart in Kauf nehmen und liegt vorläufig auf Rang 61 zurück. Not much luck for the Swiss 470s: Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI, also with a premature start, are 49thebenfalls mit einem Frühstart, sind 49. bei den 470 women, just behind Emmanuelle Rol SUI/FRA/Hélàne Defrance FRA, who had no chance in the fresh breeze and are already far behind in the French Olympic selections. In the 470 men, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI on rank 63 are the best Swiss. Gremaud/Gremaud and Bühler/Brügger are on the positions 73 and 83. The official report.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
The Semaine Olympique - the fourth ISAF World Cup event 2011 - begins today in the Bay of Hyères with a record participation of 1200 sailors from 63 nations. After four training days with a fresh Easterly wind, the forecasts announce a decrease during this Sunday with 12 kn around noon deminishing to 6 kn late in the afternoon. The remainder of the week will not be much windier. A number of teams start with their 2012 Olympics selection, e.g. France, where the former Swiss Olympian and last year's Hyères 470 women's winner Emmanuelle Rol SUI/FRA, starting now for France, will face a strong competition from within the French team. To mention among the competitors the super-stars and multiple Olympic and World Champions Ben Ainslie GBR (Finn), Torben Grael/Marcello Ferreira BRA (Star) and Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA (Star). The official preview and the entry lists.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   
The Semaine Olympique - the fourth ISAF World Cup event 2011 - begins today in the Bay of Hyères with a record participation of 1200 sailors from 63 nations. After four training days with a fresh Easterly wind, the forecasts announce a decrease during this Sunday with 12 kn around noon deminishing to 6 kn late in the afternoon. The remainder of the week will not be much windier.
The line-up in the Lasers Standard - 155 boats from 49 nations - could not be more competitive with the Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR, the ISAF Sailor of the Year 2010 and World Champion Tom Slingsby AUS, the top-10 of the ISAF World Ranking List and the top-10 finishers of the Palma Worldcup event held a month ago.
The Lasers Radial entry list - 112 boats form 39 nations - is not less performing, again with the top-10s of the ISAF World Ranking List and the top finishers of the Palma World Cup event, and names as Marit Bouwmeester NED, Evi Van Acker BEL, Tatiana Drozdovskaya BLR, Sari Multala FIN or Paige Railey USA.
The official preview and the entry lists.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
With 22 boats, the Swiss delegation at the Semaine Olympique of Hyères is very large, but the majority are either veterans (Star, Finn) or developement teams (Laser, Laser Radial, 470). After the disappointing results of the Palma Word Cup event, the Olympic campaigners get another chance to shine. Nathalie Brugger SUI prepared the event carefully with trainings on the waters of Hyères during a few days. The windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI, not much active since the Olympics 2008, relaunches an Olympic campaign. Confident are the young Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI after the progress made this year and their ambitious objective is a ranking in the top-20. Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI have also good chances to finish in a top position as the rather light winds announced will play in their cards. Matias Bühler SUI, surprising winner at the SOF 2009, has good memories, and wants to repeat this performance with his new crew Simon Brügger SUI. The official website.
 
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Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
As always, the morning breeze coming from the shore in Hyères was light, unconstant and with many calm patches not easy to sail. The Medal Races of the 43rd French Olympic Sailing Week, the fourth event of the ISAF Olympic Classes Worldcup, took place just outside the harbour breakwater. Despite of the fact, that 7 of the 13 overall winners were already known on the penultimate day (we reported yesterday), racing was entertaining. Ben Ainslie GBR completed his overwhelming victory winning also the Medal Race of the Finns, Zach Railey USA advanced on rank 2 and Pieter-Jan Postma NED finished 3rd. Pietro and Gianfranco Sibello ITA in the 49ers were also known as winners before but changes happened on positions 2 and 3 with d'Ortoli/Delpech FRA and Warrer/Hansen DEN completing the podium. The French double victory in the 470 men by Pierre Leboucher/Vincent Garos FRA and Nicolas Charbonnier/Sofian Mion FRA makes it clear that the battle for the Olympic berth will be fierce. Barreios/Sarmiento ESP advanced on rank 3 with the last race. No change in the sequence on top of the 470 women with Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP winning ahead of Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark GBR and Penny Clark/Kathrina Hughes GBR. In the Starboats, Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA are first ahead of Xavier Rohart/Pierre-Alexis Ponsot FRA and George Szabo/Mark Strube USA. In the Woman-Match Race final, Lucy Macgregor GBR defeated Sally Barkow USA 3-0, Reneé Groeneveld NED with her team won the petit final for Bronze against Claire Leroy FRA. In a close fight, Piotr Myszka POL was the winner in the RS:X-men in front of Julien Bontemps FRA and Shahar Zubari ISR. Blanca Manchon ESP is clearly on top of the RS:X-women ahead of Charline Picon FRA and Bryony Shaw GBR. The final report and the videos of the Medal Races.
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
Javier Hernandez ESP demonstrated his superiority during this event winning also the Medal Race of the French Olympic Sailing Week 2011, fouth act of the ISAF Olympic Classes Worldcup in the Laser Standard class. Light and tricky winds form the shore prevailed during the Finals. Silver and Bronze went to Tonci Stipanovic CRO and Tom Slingsby AUS, who expected probably more after leading so distinctly at halftime of the event.
In the Lasers Radial, Sarah Winther NZL repeated her Palma Worldcup victory defending the lead with a 5th place in the Medal Race, but Sarah Steyaert FRA on rank 2 was finally only 1 point behind. Gintare Scheidt-Volungeviciute LTU collected the Bronze medal (in addition to the Gold of her husband in the Star). The official report and the videos of the Medal Races.
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
Despite of a pumping 360° penalty crucial in the short Medal Race, Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI came back finishing 4th with Starboats in the difficult final race sailed in a light and unconstant wind. The 5th rank overall in Hyères has been their best result for a long period in a top event.
Less successful the performance of the former Swiss Olympian Emmanuelle Rol SUI/FRA now sailing with Hélène Defrance FRA in the 470 women: On rank 9 of the Medal Race, they lost one rank overall, but with the 5th place, they are the leaders in the Olympic selections of the extremely strong French team (Lecointre/Geron 9th, Petitjean/Douroux 11th). The videos of the Medal Races.
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
In most of the Olympic classes, the final winners are already known before today's Medal Races. Not so in the Lasers! The best chances with the Lasers Standard has Javier Hernandez ESP, who has a 13 points lead over Tom Slingsby AUS and Tonci Stipanovic CRO, and another point back, Pavlos Kontides CYP still has good chances for a medal. Lasers from 10 different nations qualified for the Medal-Race !
Sara Winther NZL is again on top of the Lasers Radial, with Sarah Steyaert FRA 7 points behind, closely followed by Donghshuang Zhang CHN and Gintare Scheidt-Volungeviciute LTU.
The videos of the day and the official report.
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
The only Swiss team in today's Medal Races are Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI with a solid 9/10/17 ranking in yesterday's races of the Starboats. On position 6, they are 15 points behind the Silver medal (Scheidt/Prada are already on 1), and everything is possible for rank 2 or 3 as double points are awarded in the Medal Race. A good Hyères week also for Christoph Bottoni SUI, finishing 27th in the Lasers Standard, once again an excellent result in this most competitive Olympic class. The 16th place of Richard Stauffacher at his comeback in the RS:X-Surfern is also promising for the next events, despite of the fact, that some top surfers were not present in Hyères. Disappointing however the performance of Nathalie Brugger SUI finishing only 37th in the Lasers Radial. Manon Luther SUI, winning the Silverfleet, is on rank 50 overall. In the 470 men, Adrien and Olivier Gremaud SUI gained some places in the Goldfleet with rank 50, Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI lost some places in the 470 women finishing on rank 29. The best Swiss Finn Christoph Christen SUI is 56th. The official report.
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
Major changes in some of the classes yesterday, due to the light and shifty wind around 6 to 8 kn, but usually, the leaders could defend their positions. Ben Ainslie GBR extended his lead in the Finns with another bullet, and the second, Jan-Pieter Postma NED, is now already 13 points back. Giles Scott GBR follows on rank 3. Charbonnier/Mion FRA too pulled clear from Leboucher/Garos FRA now 10 points behind on rank 2 of the 470 men. Belcher/Page AUS are 3rd. In the 470 women, the advantage of Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP is even more, as Giulia Conti/Giovanna Michol ITA is 26 points behind. Hannah Mills/Sakia Clark GBR are 3rd. The best of the day with two bullets are Emmanuelle Rol/Hélène Defrance FRA/SUI advancing on rank 5 overall. Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA are 19 points ahead of Szabo/Strube USA in the Starboats. Rohart/Ponsot are 3rd. The only leaderchange happened in the 49ers with Pietro and Gianfranco Sibello ITA now on top ahead of the best of the day Jonas Warrer/Sören Hansen DEN and Fletcher/Sign GBR. Piotr Myszka POL with two race wins is now only two points behind Shahar Zubari ISR in the RS:X men windsurfers. Winning 6 out of 8 heats, Blanca Manchon ESP is clearly in command with the RS:X-women windsurfers, ahead of Charline Picon FRA and - new - Alessandra Sensini ITA. After the Gold Round Robin and the Repechage, the quarter-finals today in the Women-Match-Race are McGregor GBR/Tulloch USA, Le Berre FRA/Barkow USA, Groeneveld NED/Echegoyen ESP and Skudina RUS/Leroy FRA. The official report and the videos of the day.
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
Changes on top happened yesterday after the three races in a light and unconstant breeze. Tom Slingsby AUS seemed confused in the Laser Standard Goldfleet and with the rankings 17/37/13, he lost his first position to Javier Hernandez ESP and even Simon Grotelüschen GER passed the Australian World Champion. Winners of the day were Milan Vujasinovic CRO, Jesper Stahlheim SWE and Andreas Geritzer AUT.
A new leader also in the Lasers Radial with the former World Champion Sarah Steyaert FRA now on top with an advantage of 10 points over Sara Winther NZL. Sophie de Turckheim FRA follows on the 3rd place. Fatima Reyes ESP and Dongshuang Zhang CHN were the winners of the two Wednesday races.
The videos of the day and the official report.
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
All classes divided in several fleets up to now ended the qualifications for either the Gold-, Silver and Bronze fleets yesterday. Most of the classes sailed only one - tactically challenging - race as the breeze filled in late in the afternoon only and an upcoming thunderstorm did not allow to stay out for more. The Finns came back ashore last after two heats, both won by the irresistible Ben Ainslie GBR taking the first place overall ahead of Jan-Pieter Postma NED and Ed Wright GBR. No change on top of the 49ers with Fletcher/Sign GBR leading ahead of Nielsen/Nielsen DEN and Sibello/Sibello ITA. Leader change however in the French duel for rank 1 in the 470 men in favour of Charbonnier/Mion FRA now one point ahead of Leboucher/Garos FRA and Belcher/Page AUS. Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP defended her lead in the 470 women in front of Giulia Conti/Giovanna Michol ITA. A class of its own are Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA, coming from behind yesterday and finishing the day with an advantage of 12 points on the second Florent/Rambeau FRA and Rohart/Ponsot FRA, another duel in the French Olympic selection race. Only half of the Women Match-Race Repechage has been sailed, and Genny Tulloch USA, Trine Abrahamsen DEN and Anne-Claire Le Berre FRA, all with a 2-1 score, have the best cards to qualify for one of the two Gold Round places still available. Control over the RS:X-men windsurfers is now with the light-wind specialist Shahar Zubari ISR adding another bullet and extending his lead. Julien Bontemps FRA follows on rank 2. No problem for Blanca Manchon ESP in the RS:X-women windsurfers either, keeping Charline Piccon FRA and Peina Chen CHN clearly behind. The official report and the videos of the day.
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
The only race yesterday was started late in the light and unconstant afternoon thermal breeze over the Bay of Hyères. Tom Slingsby AUS defended his lead in the Lasers Standard with a 3rd race rank. The second overall, Andy Maloney NZL, is already 9 points behind. The day winner Simon Grotelüschen GER and Javier Hernandez ESP follow tied on rank 3. The difficult live for the Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR continuous, as he is - as best English Laser sailor - on rank 24 only.
Sarah Winther NZL defended her lead in the Lasers Radial, but the day winner Sarah Steayaert FRA is now only one point behind. The new third-ranked is Marit Bouwmeester NED.
With yesterday's races, the qualification phase is over and from today, the Lasers will sail in Gold-, Silver- and Bronze-Fleets. The weather forecast announces similar light wind conditions as yesterday. The report of the day and the videos.
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
After a bad start in the only race of the day, Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI came back strongly and terminated the heat on rank 12 of the Starboats, advancing on rank 5 overall. Christoph Bottoni SUI in the Lasers is also performing strongly, progressing on rank 22, ahead of the Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR. Guillaume Girod SUI, rank 79 qualified for the Silverfleet, Christian Steiger SUI, Lucien Cujean SUI and Lauri Kalkkinen SUI will continue the event in the Bronze-Fleet. The only Swiss qualifying for the 470 men Goldfleet are Olivier and Adrien Gremaud SUI on rank 52. Matias Bühler/Simon Brügger SUI (rank 64) and Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI (disqualified for pumping yesterday dropping on rank 78) will sail in the Silverfleet as from today. Stéphanie and Romy Hasler, the second boat of the Léman Sailing Team improved their performance again and are now on the 25th position in the 470 women. Emmanuelle Rol/Hélène Defrance FRA/SUI winning the race yesterday have a very strong comeback after the flop on day one due to a broken trapez wire. On position 7 overall now, they are only one point behind their team mates Petitjean/Douroux FRA in the fight for the French Olympic berth. Richard Stauffacher SUI remained on rank 15 with the RS:X-men windsurfers. No improvement however for Nathalie Brugger SUI in the Lasers Radial, but with her 37th place, she qualified for the Goldfleet. Manon Luther SUI on rank 52 missed this objective by a small margin and continues the competition in the Silverfleet, together with the youth sailor Erika Frederikson on rank 65 of the 98 participants. Christoph Christen SUI in the Finns advanced slightly on rank 65, but Ben Ainslie GBR is still far away .... The official report.
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
The starts were postponed and racing continued after noon in a 8 to 15 kn breeze and sunny sky. The different conditions compared to the windy first day brought changes on top of a number of classes. Giles Scott GBR took the lead in the Finns ahead of Ben Ainslie GBR and Jan-Pieter Postma NED. An English lead also in the 49ers with Fletcher/Sign GBR, closely followed by Nielsen/Nielsen DEN and Ewans/Powys GBR. The French sailing their first Olympic selections dominated the 470 men: Leboucher/Garos FRA lead ahead of Charbonnier/Mion FRA, Belcher/Page AUS follow on rank 3. In the 470 women, Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP succeeded to defend the lead in front of the new 2nd Clarke/Hughes GBR and Conti/Michol ITA 3rd. No change on top of the Starboats: Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA and George Szabo/Mark Strube USA are on 1 and 2, now followed by Negri/Voltolini ITA. Qualified for the quarterfinal, the Gold Round of the Women Match-Race are Claire Leroy FRA (7-0), Sally Barkow USA (5-2), Ekaterina Skudina RUS (6-1), Tamara Echegoyen ESP (5-2), Lucy Macgregor GBR (6-1) and Renée Groenveld NED (6-1), The 3rd and 4th ranked sail the Repechage for the two last quarterfinal berths today. In the RS:X men windsurfer, Piotr Myszka POL took the lead with two bullets. Shahar Zubari ISR follows one point behind, Julien Bontemps FRA is now 3rd. Blanca Manchon ESP is the clear leader in the Windsurf-Frauen with 4 wins in 5 races. Charline Picon FRA and Peina Chen CHN advanced on the ranks 2 and 3. The official report, the video of the day and the event-website.
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
Sarah Winter NZL seems to become the pre-Olympic dominator of the Lasers Radial, as after her victory at the Palma Worldcup event one month ago, she is now also on top of the rankings at the Hyères Worldcup with an excellent 1/2/3 result in yesterday's three heats. Sarah Steyaert FRA and Sophie de Turckheim FRA, they too in a selection phase for the French Olympic Team, occupy the ranks 2 and 3.
In the Lasers Standard, Tom SLingsby AUS remains on top followed now by Javier Hernandez ESP on rank 2 and Andrew Maloney NZL on rank 3. The Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR dropped on rank 29. The official report.
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
Some Swiss sailors delivered top results at the Semaine Olympic yesterday, especially Marazzi/De Maria in the Starboats, who - after a flop in race 3 (rank 26) due to a 60° wind-shift - came back with the rank 4 and 7 in the races 4 and 5. They are now on rank 6 and the same number of points as rank 3. The top result of the day came from Christoph Bottoni SUI in the Lasers with a 2nd race rank in his group. He will most probably be the only Swiss Laser in the Goldfleet by the end of today. Richard Stauffacher SUI has lost some places in the RS:X-men windsurfers, but on rank 15, he is on a safe place for the Goldfleet. Still on a Goldfleet track is Nathalie Brugger 33rd in the Lasers Radial, Manon Luther SUI on rank 50 however, has to fight to qualifiy within the best 50 today. Fighting is required also by the three 470-teams. Admittedly, all three had their top-10 result yesterday, but the interims rankings are still outside the Goldfleet limits. On rank 56, 4 points behind the crucial 53rd place, Olivier and Adrien Gremaud have the best chances to make the Goldfleet. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI on 62 are 13 points behind the limit and Bühler/Brügger, sailing at Hyères with high ambitions are even 16 points back on rank 65. With two satisfactory races, Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI moved up to rank 27 in the 470 women, where Emmanuelle Rol/Hélène Defrance SUI/FRA compensated their flops from day one and came back on rank 18 yesterday, but their deficit in the French Olympic selection is still 17 points. The best Swiss Finn is now Christoph Christen on rank 70. The report.
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
The fresh Easterly breeze did not follow the weathermen's recommendations yesterday and decided to stay in Hyères for another day, blowing with 18 kn and clearly over 20 kn in the gusts, not to forget the considerable swell. No wonder that the experienced teams took the top places in most of the classes, and the light-wind teams were on the loosing edge. In the Finns, the British power team made it quite clear with 4 boats in the top 5 and Ben Ainslie GBR and Giles Scott GBR winning the two heats in both fleets. In the 49ers, Storck/Moore USA ahead of Dyen/Christidis FRA and Sibello/Sibello ITA is the sequence at the top. A tied situation with the 470 men, where Mantis/Kagialis GRE and Charbonnier/Mion FRA share the lead with Leboucher/Garros FRA and Belcher/Page AUS only one point behind. In the 470 women, Pacheco/Betanzos ESP are first followed by Cohen/Bouskila ISR and Koch/Sommer DEN. Scheidt/Prada BRA took the lead in the Starboats, followed by the San Diego YC duo Szabo/Strube USA and Campbell/Coleman USA, but Stanjek/Kleen GER are not far behind on rank 4. Three flights in each group were sailed in the Women Match-Race, and in all three groups, teams with a clean 3-0 record are on top, i.e. Claire Leroy FRA, Sally Barkow USA and Silvi Roca ESP (group A), Ekaterina Skudina RUS and Tamara Echegoyen ESP (group B) and Lucy MacGregor GBR and Renée Groenveld NED (group C). In the RS:X men windsurfers, Tom Ashley NZL leads in front of Julien Bontemps FRA and Shahar Zubari ISR, in the RS:X women, Blanca Manchon ESP is ahead of Flavia Tartaglini ITA and Eugénie Ricard FRA. The official report.
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
The windy conditions around 20 kn - contrary to the weather forecast - were at the World Champion's taste and Tom Slingsby AUS took the overall lead with two bullets in his group. As on the windy first day in Palma, Simon Grotelüschen GER was also impressive with two race wins in his group, bringing him tied with Slingsby on top of the fleet. Bruno Fontes BRA (2/2) follows on rank 2 ahead of Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA ranked 4th on his home waters. The Laser Standard rankings.
It was clear that Marit Bouwmeester NED was the woman to beat in this fresh breeze, but with two bullets, she clearly dominated the fleet once more. Alison Young GBR and Sarah Steyaert FRA follow on rank two with the same number of points. The rankings of the Radials and the official report.
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
Not all Swiss team were as successful as Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria on the first day of the Semaine Olympique in Hyères in the Starboats - position 5 with the race ranks 4 and 10 - and Richard Stauffacher SUI, who demonstrated in the RS:X-Windsurfer fleet, that he did not loose his qualities as big breeze surfer during his long absence from interantional racing. Finishing 5/6/8, he is 8th overall. Another Swiss with good results is Christoph Bottoni SUI in the Lasers where the positions 7 and 12 in his group bring him on the 24th place overall. Nathalie Brugger SUI however had to accepr an early start disqualification in the Lasers Radial and is on rank 61 for the moment. einen Frühstart in Kauf nehmen und liegt vorläufig auf Rang 61 zurück. Not much luck for the Swiss 470s: Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI, also with a premature start, are 49thebenfalls mit einem Frühstart, sind 49. bei den 470 women, just behind Emmanuelle Rol SUI/FRA/Hélàne Defrance FRA, who had no chance in the fresh breeze and are already far behind in the French Olympic selections. In the 470 men, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI on rank 63 are the best Swiss. Gremaud/Gremaud and Bühler/Brügger are on the positions 73 and 83. The official report.
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
The Semaine Olympique - the fourth ISAF World Cup event 2011 - begins today in the Bay of Hyères with a record participation of 1200 sailors from 63 nations. After four training days with a fresh Easterly wind, the forecasts announce a decrease during this Sunday with 12 kn around noon deminishing to 6 kn late in the afternoon. The remainder of the week will not be much windier. A number of teams start with their 2012 Olympics selection, e.g. France, where the former Swiss Olympian and last year's Hyères 470 women's winner Emmanuelle Rol SUI/FRA, starting now for France, will face a strong competition from within the French team. To mention among the competitors the super-stars and multiple Olympic and World Champions Ben Ainslie GBR (Finn), Torben Grael/Marcello Ferreira BRA (Star) and Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA (Star). The official preview and the entry lists.
Monday, December 22, 2014   
The Semaine Olympique - the fourth ISAF World Cup event 2011 - begins today in the Bay of Hyères with a record participation of 1200 sailors from 63 nations. After four training days with a fresh Easterly wind, the forecasts announce a decrease during this Sunday with 12 kn around noon deminishing to 6 kn late in the afternoon. The remainder of the week will not be much windier.
The line-up in the Lasers Standard - 155 boats from 49 nations - could not be more competitive with the Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR, the ISAF Sailor of the Year 2010 and World Champion Tom Slingsby AUS, the top-10 of the ISAF World Ranking List and the top-10 finishers of the Palma Worldcup event held a month ago.
The Lasers Radial entry list - 112 boats form 39 nations - is not less performing, again with the top-10s of the ISAF World Ranking List and the top finishers of the Palma World Cup event, and names as Marit Bouwmeester NED, Evi Van Acker BEL, Tatiana Drozdovskaya BLR, Sari Multala FIN or Paige Railey USA.
The official preview and the entry lists.
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
With 22 boats, the Swiss delegation at the Semaine Olympique of Hyères is very large, but the majority are either veterans (Star, Finn) or developement teams (Laser, Laser Radial, 470). After the disappointing results of the Palma Word Cup event, the Olympic campaigners get another chance to shine. Nathalie Brugger SUI prepared the event carefully with trainings on the waters of Hyères during a few days. The windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI, not much active since the Olympics 2008, relaunches an Olympic campaign. Confident are the young Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI after the progress made this year and their ambitious objective is a ranking in the top-20. Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI have also good chances to finish in a top position as the rather light winds announced will play in their cards. Matias Bühler SUI, surprising winner at the SOF 2009, has good memories, and wants to repeat this performance with his new crew Simon Brügger SUI. The official website.
 
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Sunday, December 21, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
As always, the morning breeze coming from the shore in Hyères was light, unconstant and with many calm patches not easy to sail. The Medal Races of the 43rd French Olympic Sailing Week, the fourth event of the ISAF Olympic Classes Worldcup, took place just outside the harbour breakwater. Despite of the fact, that 7 of the 13 overall winners were already known on the penultimate day (we reported yesterday), racing was entertaining. Ben Ainslie GBR completed his overwhelming victory winning also the Medal Race of the Finns, Zach Railey USA advanced on rank 2 and Pieter-Jan Postma NED finished 3rd. Pietro and Gianfranco Sibello ITA in the 49ers were also known as winners before but changes happened on positions 2 and 3 with d'Ortoli/Delpech FRA and Warrer/Hansen DEN completing the podium. The French double victory in the 470 men by Pierre Leboucher/Vincent Garos FRA and Nicolas Charbonnier/Sofian Mion FRA makes it clear that the battle for the Olympic berth will be fierce. Barreios/Sarmiento ESP advanced on rank 3 with the last race. No change in the sequence on top of the 470 women with Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP winning ahead of Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark GBR and Penny Clark/Kathrina Hughes GBR. In the Starboats, Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA are first ahead of Xavier Rohart/Pierre-Alexis Ponsot FRA and George Szabo/Mark Strube USA. In the Woman-Match Race final, Lucy Macgregor GBR defeated Sally Barkow USA 3-0, Reneé Groeneveld NED with her team won the petit final for Bronze against Claire Leroy FRA. In a close fight, Piotr Myszka POL was the winner in the RS:X-men in front of Julien Bontemps FRA and Shahar Zubari ISR. Blanca Manchon ESP is clearly on top of the RS:X-women ahead of Charline Picon FRA and Bryony Shaw GBR. The final report and the videos of the Medal Races.
Sunday, December 21, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
Javier Hernandez ESP demonstrated his superiority during this event winning also the Medal Race of the French Olympic Sailing Week 2011, fouth act of the ISAF Olympic Classes Worldcup in the Laser Standard class. Light and tricky winds form the shore prevailed during the Finals. Silver and Bronze went to Tonci Stipanovic CRO and Tom Slingsby AUS, who expected probably more after leading so distinctly at halftime of the event.
In the Lasers Radial, Sarah Winther NZL repeated her Palma Worldcup victory defending the lead with a 5th place in the Medal Race, but Sarah Steyaert FRA on rank 2 was finally only 1 point behind. Gintare Scheidt-Volungeviciute LTU collected the Bronze medal (in addition to the Gold of her husband in the Star). The official report and the videos of the Medal Races.
Sunday, December 21, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
Despite of a pumping 360° penalty crucial in the short Medal Race, Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI came back finishing 4th with Starboats in the difficult final race sailed in a light and unconstant wind. The 5th rank overall in Hyères has been their best result for a long period in a top event.
Less successful the performance of the former Swiss Olympian Emmanuelle Rol SUI/FRA now sailing with Hélène Defrance FRA in the 470 women: On rank 9 of the Medal Race, they lost one rank overall, but with the 5th place, they are the leaders in the Olympic selections of the extremely strong French team (Lecointre/Geron 9th, Petitjean/Douroux 11th). The videos of the Medal Races.
Sunday, December 21, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
In most of the Olympic classes, the final winners are already known before today's Medal Races. Not so in the Lasers! The best chances with the Lasers Standard has Javier Hernandez ESP, who has a 13 points lead over Tom Slingsby AUS and Tonci Stipanovic CRO, and another point back, Pavlos Kontides CYP still has good chances for a medal. Lasers from 10 different nations qualified for the Medal-Race !
Sara Winther NZL is again on top of the Lasers Radial, with Sarah Steyaert FRA 7 points behind, closely followed by Donghshuang Zhang CHN and Gintare Scheidt-Volungeviciute LTU.
The videos of the day and the official report.
Sunday, December 21, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
The only Swiss team in today's Medal Races are Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI with a solid 9/10/17 ranking in yesterday's races of the Starboats. On position 6, they are 15 points behind the Silver medal (Scheidt/Prada are already on 1), and everything is possible for rank 2 or 3 as double points are awarded in the Medal Race. A good Hyères week also for Christoph Bottoni SUI, finishing 27th in the Lasers Standard, once again an excellent result in this most competitive Olympic class. The 16th place of Richard Stauffacher at his comeback in the RS:X-Surfern is also promising for the next events, despite of the fact, that some top surfers were not present in Hyères. Disappointing however the performance of Nathalie Brugger SUI finishing only 37th in the Lasers Radial. Manon Luther SUI, winning the Silverfleet, is on rank 50 overall. In the 470 men, Adrien and Olivier Gremaud SUI gained some places in the Goldfleet with rank 50, Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI lost some places in the 470 women finishing on rank 29. The best Swiss Finn Christoph Christen SUI is 56th. The official report.
Sunday, December 21, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
Major changes in some of the classes yesterday, due to the light and shifty wind around 6 to 8 kn, but usually, the leaders could defend their positions. Ben Ainslie GBR extended his lead in the Finns with another bullet, and the second, Jan-Pieter Postma NED, is now already 13 points back. Giles Scott GBR follows on rank 3. Charbonnier/Mion FRA too pulled clear from Leboucher/Garos FRA now 10 points behind on rank 2 of the 470 men. Belcher/Page AUS are 3rd. In the 470 women, the advantage of Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP is even more, as Giulia Conti/Giovanna Michol ITA is 26 points behind. Hannah Mills/Sakia Clark GBR are 3rd. The best of the day with two bullets are Emmanuelle Rol/Hélène Defrance FRA/SUI advancing on rank 5 overall. Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA are 19 points ahead of Szabo/Strube USA in the Starboats. Rohart/Ponsot are 3rd. The only leaderchange happened in the 49ers with Pietro and Gianfranco Sibello ITA now on top ahead of the best of the day Jonas Warrer/Sören Hansen DEN and Fletcher/Sign GBR. Piotr Myszka POL with two race wins is now only two points behind Shahar Zubari ISR in the RS:X men windsurfers. Winning 6 out of 8 heats, Blanca Manchon ESP is clearly in command with the RS:X-women windsurfers, ahead of Charline Picon FRA and - new - Alessandra Sensini ITA. After the Gold Round Robin and the Repechage, the quarter-finals today in the Women-Match-Race are McGregor GBR/Tulloch USA, Le Berre FRA/Barkow USA, Groeneveld NED/Echegoyen ESP and Skudina RUS/Leroy FRA. The official report and the videos of the day.
Sunday, December 21, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
Changes on top happened yesterday after the three races in a light and unconstant breeze. Tom Slingsby AUS seemed confused in the Laser Standard Goldfleet and with the rankings 17/37/13, he lost his first position to Javier Hernandez ESP and even Simon Grotelüschen GER passed the Australian World Champion. Winners of the day were Milan Vujasinovic CRO, Jesper Stahlheim SWE and Andreas Geritzer AUT.
A new leader also in the Lasers Radial with the former World Champion Sarah Steyaert FRA now on top with an advantage of 10 points over Sara Winther NZL. Sophie de Turckheim FRA follows on the 3rd place. Fatima Reyes ESP and Dongshuang Zhang CHN were the winners of the two Wednesday races.
The videos of the day and the official report.
Sunday, December 21, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
All classes divided in several fleets up to now ended the qualifications for either the Gold-, Silver and Bronze fleets yesterday. Most of the classes sailed only one - tactically challenging - race as the breeze filled in late in the afternoon only and an upcoming thunderstorm did not allow to stay out for more. The Finns came back ashore last after two heats, both won by the irresistible Ben Ainslie GBR taking the first place overall ahead of Jan-Pieter Postma NED and Ed Wright GBR. No change on top of the 49ers with Fletcher/Sign GBR leading ahead of Nielsen/Nielsen DEN and Sibello/Sibello ITA. Leader change however in the French duel for rank 1 in the 470 men in favour of Charbonnier/Mion FRA now one point ahead of Leboucher/Garos FRA and Belcher/Page AUS. Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP defended her lead in the 470 women in front of Giulia Conti/Giovanna Michol ITA. A class of its own are Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA, coming from behind yesterday and finishing the day with an advantage of 12 points on the second Florent/Rambeau FRA and Rohart/Ponsot FRA, another duel in the French Olympic selection race. Only half of the Women Match-Race Repechage has been sailed, and Genny Tulloch USA, Trine Abrahamsen DEN and Anne-Claire Le Berre FRA, all with a 2-1 score, have the best cards to qualify for one of the two Gold Round places still available. Control over the RS:X-men windsurfers is now with the light-wind specialist Shahar Zubari ISR adding another bullet and extending his lead. Julien Bontemps FRA follows on rank 2. No problem for Blanca Manchon ESP in the RS:X-women windsurfers either, keeping Charline Piccon FRA and Peina Chen CHN clearly behind. The official report and the videos of the day.
Sunday, December 21, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
The only race yesterday was started late in the light and unconstant afternoon thermal breeze over the Bay of Hyères. Tom Slingsby AUS defended his lead in the Lasers Standard with a 3rd race rank. The second overall, Andy Maloney NZL, is already 9 points behind. The day winner Simon Grotelüschen GER and Javier Hernandez ESP follow tied on rank 3. The difficult live for the Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR continuous, as he is - as best English Laser sailor - on rank 24 only.
Sarah Winther NZL defended her lead in the Lasers Radial, but the day winner Sarah Steayaert FRA is now only one point behind. The new third-ranked is Marit Bouwmeester NED.
With yesterday's races, the qualification phase is over and from today, the Lasers will sail in Gold-, Silver- and Bronze-Fleets. The weather forecast announces similar light wind conditions as yesterday. The report of the day and the videos.
Sunday, December 21, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
After a bad start in the only race of the day, Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI came back strongly and terminated the heat on rank 12 of the Starboats, advancing on rank 5 overall. Christoph Bottoni SUI in the Lasers is also performing strongly, progressing on rank 22, ahead of the Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR. Guillaume Girod SUI, rank 79 qualified for the Silverfleet, Christian Steiger SUI, Lucien Cujean SUI and Lauri Kalkkinen SUI will continue the event in the Bronze-Fleet. The only Swiss qualifying for the 470 men Goldfleet are Olivier and Adrien Gremaud SUI on rank 52. Matias Bühler/Simon Brügger SUI (rank 64) and Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI (disqualified for pumping yesterday dropping on rank 78) will sail in the Silverfleet as from today. Stéphanie and Romy Hasler, the second boat of the Léman Sailing Team improved their performance again and are now on the 25th position in the 470 women. Emmanuelle Rol/Hélène Defrance FRA/SUI winning the race yesterday have a very strong comeback after the flop on day one due to a broken trapez wire. On position 7 overall now, they are only one point behind their team mates Petitjean/Douroux FRA in the fight for the French Olympic berth. Richard Stauffacher SUI remained on rank 15 with the RS:X-men windsurfers. No improvement however for Nathalie Brugger SUI in the Lasers Radial, but with her 37th place, she qualified for the Goldfleet. Manon Luther SUI on rank 52 missed this objective by a small margin and continues the competition in the Silverfleet, together with the youth sailor Erika Frederikson on rank 65 of the 98 participants. Christoph Christen SUI in the Finns advanced slightly on rank 65, but Ben Ainslie GBR is still far away .... The official report.
Sunday, December 21, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
The starts were postponed and racing continued after noon in a 8 to 15 kn breeze and sunny sky. The different conditions compared to the windy first day brought changes on top of a number of classes. Giles Scott GBR took the lead in the Finns ahead of Ben Ainslie GBR and Jan-Pieter Postma NED. An English lead also in the 49ers with Fletcher/Sign GBR, closely followed by Nielsen/Nielsen DEN and Ewans/Powys GBR. The French sailing their first Olympic selections dominated the 470 men: Leboucher/Garos FRA lead ahead of Charbonnier/Mion FRA, Belcher/Page AUS follow on rank 3. In the 470 women, Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP succeeded to defend the lead in front of the new 2nd Clarke/Hughes GBR and Conti/Michol ITA 3rd. No change on top of the Starboats: Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA and George Szabo/Mark Strube USA are on 1 and 2, now followed by Negri/Voltolini ITA. Qualified for the quarterfinal, the Gold Round of the Women Match-Race are Claire Leroy FRA (7-0), Sally Barkow USA (5-2), Ekaterina Skudina RUS (6-1), Tamara Echegoyen ESP (5-2), Lucy Macgregor GBR (6-1) and Renée Groenveld NED (6-1), The 3rd and 4th ranked sail the Repechage for the two last quarterfinal berths today. In the RS:X men windsurfer, Piotr Myszka POL took the lead with two bullets. Shahar Zubari ISR follows one point behind, Julien Bontemps FRA is now 3rd. Blanca Manchon ESP is the clear leader in the Windsurf-Frauen with 4 wins in 5 races. Charline Picon FRA and Peina Chen CHN advanced on the ranks 2 and 3. The official report, the video of the day and the event-website.
Sunday, December 21, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
Sarah Winter NZL seems to become the pre-Olympic dominator of the Lasers Radial, as after her victory at the Palma Worldcup event one month ago, she is now also on top of the rankings at the Hyères Worldcup with an excellent 1/2/3 result in yesterday's three heats. Sarah Steyaert FRA and Sophie de Turckheim FRA, they too in a selection phase for the French Olympic Team, occupy the ranks 2 and 3.
In the Lasers Standard, Tom SLingsby AUS remains on top followed now by Javier Hernandez ESP on rank 2 and Andrew Maloney NZL on rank 3. The Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR dropped on rank 29. The official report.
Sunday, December 21, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
Some Swiss sailors delivered top results at the Semaine Olympic yesterday, especially Marazzi/De Maria in the Starboats, who - after a flop in race 3 (rank 26) due to a 60° wind-shift - came back with the rank 4 and 7 in the races 4 and 5. They are now on rank 6 and the same number of points as rank 3. The top result of the day came from Christoph Bottoni SUI in the Lasers with a 2nd race rank in his group. He will most probably be the only Swiss Laser in the Goldfleet by the end of today. Richard Stauffacher SUI has lost some places in the RS:X-men windsurfers, but on rank 15, he is on a safe place for the Goldfleet. Still on a Goldfleet track is Nathalie Brugger 33rd in the Lasers Radial, Manon Luther SUI on rank 50 however, has to fight to qualifiy within the best 50 today. Fighting is required also by the three 470-teams. Admittedly, all three had their top-10 result yesterday, but the interims rankings are still outside the Goldfleet limits. On rank 56, 4 points behind the crucial 53rd place, Olivier and Adrien Gremaud have the best chances to make the Goldfleet. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI on 62 are 13 points behind the limit and Bühler/Brügger, sailing at Hyères with high ambitions are even 16 points back on rank 65. With two satisfactory races, Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI moved up to rank 27 in the 470 women, where Emmanuelle Rol/Hélène Defrance SUI/FRA compensated their flops from day one and came back on rank 18 yesterday, but their deficit in the French Olympic selection is still 17 points. The best Swiss Finn is now Christoph Christen on rank 70. The report.
Sunday, December 21, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
The fresh Easterly breeze did not follow the weathermen's recommendations yesterday and decided to stay in Hyères for another day, blowing with 18 kn and clearly over 20 kn in the gusts, not to forget the considerable swell. No wonder that the experienced teams took the top places in most of the classes, and the light-wind teams were on the loosing edge. In the Finns, the British power team made it quite clear with 4 boats in the top 5 and Ben Ainslie GBR and Giles Scott GBR winning the two heats in both fleets. In the 49ers, Storck/Moore USA ahead of Dyen/Christidis FRA and Sibello/Sibello ITA is the sequence at the top. A tied situation with the 470 men, where Mantis/Kagialis GRE and Charbonnier/Mion FRA share the lead with Leboucher/Garros FRA and Belcher/Page AUS only one point behind. In the 470 women, Pacheco/Betanzos ESP are first followed by Cohen/Bouskila ISR and Koch/Sommer DEN. Scheidt/Prada BRA took the lead in the Starboats, followed by the San Diego YC duo Szabo/Strube USA and Campbell/Coleman USA, but Stanjek/Kleen GER are not far behind on rank 4. Three flights in each group were sailed in the Women Match-Race, and in all three groups, teams with a clean 3-0 record are on top, i.e. Claire Leroy FRA, Sally Barkow USA and Silvi Roca ESP (group A), Ekaterina Skudina RUS and Tamara Echegoyen ESP (group B) and Lucy MacGregor GBR and Renée Groenveld NED (group C). In the RS:X men windsurfers, Tom Ashley NZL leads in front of Julien Bontemps FRA and Shahar Zubari ISR, in the RS:X women, Blanca Manchon ESP is ahead of Flavia Tartaglini ITA and Eugénie Ricard FRA. The official report.
Sunday, December 21, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
The windy conditions around 20 kn - contrary to the weather forecast - were at the World Champion's taste and Tom Slingsby AUS took the overall lead with two bullets in his group. As on the windy first day in Palma, Simon Grotelüschen GER was also impressive with two race wins in his group, bringing him tied with Slingsby on top of the fleet. Bruno Fontes BRA (2/2) follows on rank 2 ahead of Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA ranked 4th on his home waters. The Laser Standard rankings.
It was clear that Marit Bouwmeester NED was the woman to beat in this fresh breeze, but with two bullets, she clearly dominated the fleet once more. Alison Young GBR and Sarah Steyaert FRA follow on rank two with the same number of points. The rankings of the Radials and the official report.
Sunday, December 21, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
Not all Swiss team were as successful as Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria on the first day of the Semaine Olympique in Hyères in the Starboats - position 5 with the race ranks 4 and 10 - and Richard Stauffacher SUI, who demonstrated in the RS:X-Windsurfer fleet, that he did not loose his qualities as big breeze surfer during his long absence from interantional racing. Finishing 5/6/8, he is 8th overall. Another Swiss with good results is Christoph Bottoni SUI in the Lasers where the positions 7 and 12 in his group bring him on the 24th place overall. Nathalie Brugger SUI however had to accepr an early start disqualification in the Lasers Radial and is on rank 61 for the moment. einen Frühstart in Kauf nehmen und liegt vorläufig auf Rang 61 zurück. Not much luck for the Swiss 470s: Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI, also with a premature start, are 49thebenfalls mit einem Frühstart, sind 49. bei den 470 women, just behind Emmanuelle Rol SUI/FRA/Hélàne Defrance FRA, who had no chance in the fresh breeze and are already far behind in the French Olympic selections. In the 470 men, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI on rank 63 are the best Swiss. Gremaud/Gremaud and Bühler/Brügger are on the positions 73 and 83. The official report.
Sunday, December 21, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
The Semaine Olympique - the fourth ISAF World Cup event 2011 - begins today in the Bay of Hyères with a record participation of 1200 sailors from 63 nations. After four training days with a fresh Easterly wind, the forecasts announce a decrease during this Sunday with 12 kn around noon deminishing to 6 kn late in the afternoon. The remainder of the week will not be much windier. A number of teams start with their 2012 Olympics selection, e.g. France, where the former Swiss Olympian and last year's Hyères 470 women's winner Emmanuelle Rol SUI/FRA, starting now for France, will face a strong competition from within the French team. To mention among the competitors the super-stars and multiple Olympic and World Champions Ben Ainslie GBR (Finn), Torben Grael/Marcello Ferreira BRA (Star) and Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA (Star). The official preview and the entry lists.
Sunday, December 21, 2014   
The Semaine Olympique - the fourth ISAF World Cup event 2011 - begins today in the Bay of Hyères with a record participation of 1200 sailors from 63 nations. After four training days with a fresh Easterly wind, the forecasts announce a decrease during this Sunday with 12 kn around noon deminishing to 6 kn late in the afternoon. The remainder of the week will not be much windier.
The line-up in the Lasers Standard - 155 boats from 49 nations - could not be more competitive with the Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR, the ISAF Sailor of the Year 2010 and World Champion Tom Slingsby AUS, the top-10 of the ISAF World Ranking List and the top-10 finishers of the Palma Worldcup event held a month ago.
The Lasers Radial entry list - 112 boats form 39 nations - is not less performing, again with the top-10s of the ISAF World Ranking List and the top finishers of the Palma World Cup event, and names as Marit Bouwmeester NED, Evi Van Acker BEL, Tatiana Drozdovskaya BLR, Sari Multala FIN or Paige Railey USA.
The official preview and the entry lists.
Sunday, December 21, 2014   (Image © Guillaume Durand)
With 22 boats, the Swiss delegation at the Semaine Olympique of Hyères is very large, but the majority are either veterans (Star, Finn) or developement teams (Laser, Laser Radial, 470). After the disappointing results of the Palma Word Cup event, the Olympic campaigners get another chance to shine. Nathalie Brugger SUI prepared the event carefully with trainings on the waters of Hyères during a few days. The windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI, not much active since the Olympics 2008, relaunches an Olympic campaign. Confident are the young Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI after the progress made this year and their ambitious objective is a ranking in the top-20. Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI have also good chances to finish in a top position as the rather light winds announced will play in their cards. Matias Bühler SUI, surprising winner at the SOF 2009, has good memories, and wants to repeat this performance with his new crew Simon Brügger SUI. The official website.
 
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