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Olympic Classes - ISAF World Championship 2012 - Perth AUS

Sunday, 4. December 2011– Sunday, 18. December 2011

Website: www.perth2011.com/

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Saturday, August 30, 2014   
Yesterday, the Royal Yacht Association published the decision of the Tribunal in the Ben Ainslie Case concerning the incident at the ISAF World Championship in Perth in December 2011 where Ainslie boarded a TV powerboat to complain about disturbance of the race. Having considered all the evidence put before it, the Tribunal was satisfied that it would not be appropriate for the Tribunal to impose a penalty over and above that imposed by the International Jury at the event, i.e. the exclusion from the Medal Race. The RYA statement and the first reactions as posted in an article by Sail World.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
Two video summaries have been published covering the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championship in Perth, Western Australia, terminated last weekend, where not only the Champions' titles were at stake, but also the allotment of 75% of the Olympic berths for 2012. Enjoy the short 148 seconds' version and/or a full 25-minutes' clip.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
The ISAF Olympic Classes Sailing World Championship in Perth, Western Australia, ended yesterday with the Medal Races of the 49ers, the 470 women, the Lasers Standard and the RS:X-men windsurfers. The Australian hosts were the most successful nation with Gold Medals in the 49er (Outteridge/Jensen), 470-men (Belcher/Page) and the Lasers (Tom Slingsby). Two times Gold acquired the Netherlands (Marit Boumeester, Laser Radial, Dorian Van Rijsselberge, RS:X-men). The other titles went to Brazil (Scheidt/Prada, Star), Spain (Pacheco/Betanzos 470 women), Israel (Lee Korzits, RS:X-women), the USA (Anna Tunnicliffe, Match Race women) and England (Giles Scott, Finn). England confirmed its leading role in Olympic sailing with a number of Silver Medals. Disappointing the performance of the French team, among the top performing nations in the ISAF World Rankings, who only have Claire Leroy's Bronze Medal in Women's Match Racing. The event-website does not yet contain an overview on the medals by nation, or a summary on nations qualified for London 2012. The final report and all ranking lists.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
The Swiss Sailing Team has reached its minimal objective at the 2011 Perth World Championships with five classes qualified for London 2012 and the achievement of the Swiss Olympic qualification limits by Nathalie Brugger SUI, Laser Radial, and Marazzi/De Maria SUI, Star. If the Olympic Squad 2012 will be larger than two classes, depends on the outcome of the remaining two Swiss Olympic selection events (Class World Championships 2012 and World Cup Hyères). To reach the required top-12-nations results, a major performance progress is mandatory for Brauchli/Hausser SUI, 470 men, Richard Stauffacher SUI, RS:X windsurfers, and Guillaume Girod SUI or Christoph Bottoni SUI, Lasers. The conditions in Perth with partly fresh, but also light and shifty winds - similar to the Olympic waters of Weymouth 2012 - were not easy, even for the top Swiss teams, who never had a chance to be among the top competitors to qualify at least for the Medal Race. Nathalie Brugger had a bad start but improved considerably towards the end of the Championship getting the Swiss Olympic limit at the last moment. Marazzi/De Maria SUI have still difficulties to stay with the top ten in breezy conditions. All results and the Communiqué of the SST.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   (Image © Paul Kane)
The 2011 ISAF Olympic Classes Sailing World Championship in Perth ended a few minutes ago with the third Gold Medal for the organizing country Australia. Tom Slingsby AUS crowned an outstanding season with a dominating win of the Medal Race, defending his Worlds' title of 2010. Silver and Bronze go to Nick Thompson GBR and Andrew Murdoch NZL. Simon Grotelüschen GER slipped out of the top-three by four points. The final ranking list.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
Finishing 4th in the Medal Race, Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED succeeded to climb on top of the rankings of the RS:X men windsurfers World Championship seizing the second Gold Medal for the Netherlands. Silver goes to Piotr Myzska POL and Bronze to Nimrod Masiah ISR ahead of Przemyslav Miarczynski POL with the same number of points. The final rankings.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
As expected considering the big lead after the qualification races, Nathan Outteridge/Ian Jensen AUS clearly defended their Worlds title finishing the Medal Race on the 3rd place. Silver goes to Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL climbing on the podium with a 2nd rank in this last race. Emil and Simon Töft-Nielsen DEN are third with the same number of points. The results. Storck/Moore USA did not finish the race after a capsize and dropped on rank 9 overall.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
The 470 women have just finished their Medal Race, as first in today's final program. The World Champions 2012 are Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP, securing the first Gold Medal for Spain at these Worlds. Finishing only 7th today, they defended the first place thanks to the big lead achieved in the qualification races. Hanna Mills/Saskia Clark GBR winning the Medal Race climbed on rank 2. The Bronze Medal goes to Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL. The final rankings.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
Today is the last day of the ISAF Olympic Classes World Championship 2011 in Fremantle/Perth, Western Australia with the Medal Races of the 470 women, the 49ers, the RS:X-men windsurfers and the Lasers Standard on the program. We shall cover these events during this Sunday morning continuously. The Medal Race of the 470 women is underway, and the results of all classes will be available by noon. The start of the last class, the Lasers, is planned for 16.10 local time (8.10 UCT). The event-website.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   (Image © Juerg Kaufmann)
The last four Medal Races today Sunday are run without Swiss. Apparently, the Swiss teams are not yet able to achieve top results in a fresher breeze, but nevertheless, they secured the Olympic nations' berths in the classes 470-M, Laser Radial, Laser Standard, RS:X-M and Star. The Swiss Olympic selection limit - 12th nation - was only reached by Nathalie Brugger SUI and Flavio Marazzi SUI. The direct selection - a 5th place - was out of reach, and the selection process continues according to the regulations. The only Swiss National Team class without an Olympic ticket are the 470 women, but there remains a second chance for Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI or another women's team at the World Championship 2012.
The performance of the Swiss Team was solid, and Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI even succeeded to exceed their best performance so far during a top competition. The continuous progress made by Guillaume Girod was impressive, and finishing 51st overall, he secured the Laser nations' berth for Switzerland. Higher expectation had – without doubt - Nathalie Brugger SUI and Marazzi/De Maria, but they had to realize, that the top boats in their classes sail in a different league these days. Much to do in the remaining 9 months to the Olympics 2012 ! All results.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   (Image © Richard Langdon)
As 5th in a self-disciplined Medal Race, Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA are the stellar winner of the Starboat World's title, their 3rd in this class. Robert Stanjek/Frithjof Kleen GER took the Silver Medal thanks to a 3rd race rank today, and left Bronze for Mark Mendelblatt/Brian Fatih USA. Kusznierewicz/Zycki POL as winner of the Medal Race and Lööf/Salminen SWE at equal points missed the Bronze Medal by 3 points. The French duel between Rohart/Ponsot FRA and Florent/Rambeau FRA was in favor of Rohart as 7th, while Florant remains 9th. The final ranking list.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
The Lasers have terminated the qualification phase of the 2011 World Championship with the races 9 and 10 today. Tom Slingsby AUS, going as leader into tomorrow's Medal Race, is the clear favorite for the title, and this despite of a not so brilliant day with the ranks 10 and 14. He is still 14 points ahead of the second, who is now Simon Grotelüschen GER. The ranks 2 - 5 are separated by 4 points only, and the Medal Race will be a showdown with Simon Grotelüschen GER, Nick Thompson GBR 3rd, the two best of today Andreas Geritzer AUT (4/6) and Andrew Murdoch NZL (7/4). Even Paul Goodison GBR on rank 6 and Ashley Brunning AUS on the 7th place have still chances for a medal in the double-points-no-discard Medal Race. Tonci Stipanovic CRO on rank 11, and Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA loosing the top-10s on the last day after a good serie of results during the past week, will not be in the final race on Sunday. The results.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
The Lasers have terminated the qualification phase of the 2011 World Championship with the races 9 and 10 today. No surprise, that Tom Slingsby AUS going as leader into tomorrow's Medal Race is the clear favorite for the title, and this despite of a medium day with the ranks 10 and 14. He is still 14 points ahead of Simon Grotelüschen GER. The ranks 2 - 5 are separated by 4 points only, and the Medal Race will be a show-down with Simon Grotelüschen GER, Nick Thompson GBR 3rd, the two best of today Andreas Geritzer AUT (4/6) and Andrew Murdoch NZL (7/4). Even Paul Goodison GBR on rank 6 and Ashley Brunning AUS on the 7th place have still chances for a medal in the double-points-no-discard Medal Race. Tonci Stipanovic CRO on rank 11, and Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA loosing the top-10s on the last day after a good serie of results during the past week, will not be in the final race on Sunday. The results.
Guillaume Girod SUI in the Silverfleet had another good day and with the ranks 20 and 2, he finished 2nd (=51 overall). As 25th nation, he secured the nations' berth for Switzerland. A black day with two premature starts had Christoph Bottoni SUI, dropping on rank 61. Christian Steiger SUI finished the championship on the 95th place of the 147 participants.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   (Image © Richard Langdon )
The ISAF Olympic Classes World Championship 2011 in Perth comes slowly to an end after two weeks with the last Medal Races, today the one of the Starboats, and tomorrow Sunday the other classes still racing. With an 18 points' lead, Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA are just before another Worlds title. A 9th position today is sufficient. Mark Mendelblatt/Brian Fatih USA, Robert Stanjek/Frithjof Kleen GER and Frederik Lööf/Max Salminen SWE, separated by 5 points, will fight for Silver and Bronze. The 470 women - Pacheco/Betanzos ESP are clearly leading, the 49ers - Pink/Peacock GBR are only two points ahead of Outteridge/Jensen AUS- und the RS:X-windsurfers with Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED leading, will sail the last qualification races today. The weather forecast announces good seabreeze conditions. The competition can be followed on the live-blog or the race-viewer.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
The last two qualification races are on the program in Perth today after yesterday's lay day, and - according to the weathermen - the 'Fremantle Doctor' should be present. Tom Slingsby AUS will have two more chances to extend his 11 points' lead on the second Paul Goodison GBR before the Medal Race. Nick Thompson GBR follows on rank 3. The 7th Andreas Geritzer AUT and the 13th Rutger Van Schaardenburg are separted by 19 points at this moment. The suspense is on to be one of the top-10 qualified for the Medal Race.
The races can be followed on the online-viewer or the live-blog.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
The last two qualification races are on the program in Perthtoday after yesterday's lay day, and - according to the weathermen - the 'Fremanle Doctor' should be present. Tom Slingsby AUS will have two more chances to extend his 11 points' lead on the second Paul Goodison GBR before the Medal Race. Nick Thompson GBR follows on rank 3. The 7th Andreas Geritzer AUT and the 13th Rutger Van Schaardenburg are separted by 19 points at this moment. The suspense is on for the Medal Race qualification.
The three Swiss participants have their farewell races in the Silverleet today. Nevertheless, they are on a good way to get one of the 35 quota places for London/Weymouth 2012. Christoph Bottini SUI as 3rd in the Silverfleet (52nd overall) is on the 27th nations' place, Guillaume Girod SUI, having made substantial progress in the last days, follows only two ranks behind the experience Bottoni as 54th.
The races can be followed on the online-viewer or the live-blog.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
The Swiss Team sails the last races today, as nobody of them qualified for one of the Medal Races today or tomorrow. Fact is however, that Richard Stauffacher SUI in the RS:X windsurfers (quota 28 nations) and Christoph Bottoni SUI (or Guillaume Girod) in the Lasers (quota 35 nations) will acquire one of the many nations' places for 2012. But there is still a long way to go to the Swiss Olympic selection limit as 12th nation. No chance for a nations' berth this time for Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI in the 470 women. They will have another chance at the 2012 Worlds. The report of the SST.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer, Debbie Capozzi USA took Gold for the USA in a most convincing way with a smashing 4-0 victory over Lucy McGregor GBR. With this success, the Laser Radial Olympic Champion has definitively become the Match Racing number one in this season. The petite final winner is Claire Leroy FRA defeating Ekaterina Skudina RUS and winning the first medal for France at these World Championships. The video-interview with the winners and the results.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   (Image © Christophe Favreau)
Final day for Women Match Racing with Anna Tunnicliffe USA and Lucy McGregor GBR fighting for the title in Western Australia. Claire Leroy FRA and Ekaterina Skudina RUS will race for the Bronze Medal. The Starboats and the 470 women resume racing after the lay day, and the 49er have another three heats on the program.
Scheidt/Prada BRA are back in the Starboat race after rather mild first days. They are 6 points in front of Mendelblatt/Fatih USA and 13 points in front of Stanjek/Kleen GER. The fight for the Medal Race is very tight, as the ranks 7 to 12 are closely together. Convincing leaders in the 470 women are the European Champions Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP. In this class as well, the battle for rank 10 is very intense with Petitjean/Douroux FRA (rank 10), Tina Lutz/Susann Beucke GER (rank 11) and the Olympic Champions Rechichi/Stowell AUS (rank 12). In the 49ers, the ranks 6-12 are separated by 14 points only. Pink/Peacock GBR are still leading.
Today's races are already underway and can be followed as always on the live-blog or the race-viewer. We shall summarize the situation with the latest updates by noon.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
Final day for Women Match Racing with Anna Tunnicliffe USA and Lucy McGregor GBR fighting for the title in Western Australia. Claire Leroy FRA and Ekaterina Skudina RUS will race for the Bronze Medal. The Starboats and the 470 women resume racing after the lay day, and the 49er have another three heats on the program.
Scheidt/Prada BRA are back in the Starboat race after rather mild first days. They are 6 points in front of Mendelblatt/Fatih USA and 13 points in front of Stanjek/Kleen GER. The fight for the Medal Race is very tight, as the ranks 7 to 12 are closely together. Marazzi/De Maria, 18 points behind rank 10, have to considerbly improve their performance to qualify for the top 10. However, they are on a good track for one of the 11 ISAF Olympic nations' berths. Convincing leaders in the 470 women are the European Champions Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP. In this class as well, the battle for rank 10 is very intense with Petitjean/Douroux FRA (rank 10), Tina Lutz/Susann Beucke GER (rank 11) and the Olympic Champions Rechichi/Stowell AUS (rank 12). In the 49ers, the ranks 6-12 are separated by 14 points only. Pink/Peacock GBR are still leading.
Today's races are already underway and can be followed as always on the live-blog or the race-viewer. We shall summarize the situation with the latest updates by noon.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   (Image © Christophe Favreau)
The 147 Laser sailors enjoy today the well-deserved lay day after 8 quaification races. Tomorrow, two more races are on the program before on Sunday, the Medal Race will take place. The defending champion Tom Slingsby AUS is the stellar leader with 5 race wins, leading 11 points ahead of the Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR. The fight for the top-10 Medal Race qualification is very close, as the ranks 8 (Andrew Murdoch NZL) and 12 (Tom Burton AUS) are separated by 10 points only. The results.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
The races of Thursday are over and there are less and less candidates for a Medal. On the safe way to either Gold or Silver are Lucy McGregor GBR (defeating Claire Leroy FRA 3-2 in the semi-final) and Anna Tunnicliffe USA (beating Ekaterina Skudina 3-1 in the semi). A tight pack lies 6 points behind Pink/Peacock GBR after 9 races sailed in the 49er with Toft-Nielsen/Toft-Nielsen DEN and only one point behind Outteridge/Jensen AUS and Burling/Tuke NZL with the same number of points. In the RS:X-windsurfers is Dorian van Rijsselberge NED 6 points ahead of Piotr Myska POL and Nimrod Masiah ISR. The Olympic medalist Nick Dempsey GBR on the 15th position already 20 points behind rank 10 is in difficulties to qualify for the Medal Race tomorrow at the end of the 10 qualification heats. All results and the daily report on the event-website.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
The races of Thursday are over and there are less and less candidates for a Medal. On the safe way to either Gold or Silver are Lucy McGregor GBR (defeating Claire Leroy FRA 3-2 in the semi-final) and Anna Tunnicliffe USA (beating Ekaterina Skudina 3-1 in the semi). A tight pack lies 6 points behind Pink/Peacock GBR after 9 races sailed in the 49er with Toft-Nielsen/Toft-Nielsen DEN and only one point behind Outteridge/Jensen AUS and Burling/Tuke NZL with the same number of points. In the RS:X-windsurfers is Dorian van Rijsselberge NED 6 points ahead of Piotr Myska POL and Nimrod Masiah ISR. Richard Stauffacher SUI follows on rank 24. All results and the daily report on the event-website.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   (Image © Richard Langdon)
The Lasers Standard have just completed the two final races of today, Thursday, sailed in a Gold-, Silver- and Bronze-Fleet. Tom Slingsby AUS was again the best of the day finishing 1st and 6th, extending his lead over Paul Goodison GBR on 11 points. Nick Thompson GBR, winner of the second race, moved up on rank 3. Ashley Brunning AUS, Simon Grotelüschen GER and Johann Wigforss SWE are not far behind, and the fight for the Medals remains fully open. The results.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
The Lasers Standard have just completed the two final races of today, Thursday, sailed in a Gold-, Silver- and Bronze-Fleet. Tom Slingsby AUS was again the best of the day finishing 1st and 6th, extending his lead over Paul Goodison GBR on 11 points. Nick Thompson GBR, winner of the second race, moved up on rank 3. Ashley Brunning AUS, Simon Grotelüschen GER and Johann Wigforss SWE are not far behind, and the fight for the Medals remains fully open. The results.
In the Silver-Fleet, Christoph Bottoni SUI and Guillaume Girod SUI - again with the best Swiss results today - are on the positions 53 and 55.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
The Starboats and the 470 women have their lay day today. The RS:X-surfers, the 49ers and the Lasers Standard begin today the final phase split in Gold-, Silver- and in the Lasers also Bronze-Fleets. The Match-Race-women sail the semi-finals, respectively the sail-offs for the ranks 5-8. Racing has started and the live-blog informs about the standings. All results and the event-website with the latest reports. An update on the results of this Thursday will be posted here by noon.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   (Image © Richard Langdon)
The Lasers continue racing without lay day. Having ended the qualification phase yesterday, the Gold-, Silver- and Bronze-fleet races have begun today, and heat one is already completed. The winner is - who else - Tom Slingsby AUS followed by Paul Goodison GBR and Tom Burton AUS. Slingsby extended his lead on Goodison in the overall rankings on 8 points. The new third-ranked is Ashley Brunning AUS, closely followed by Simon Grotelüschen GER and Andreas Geritzer AUT. Nick Thompson GBR and Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA are on the ranks 6 and 7. The second race of the day is underway. We shall communicate as soon as results are available. The races can be followed over the live-blog or the race-viewer.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
The Starboats, 470 women, the 49ers, the RS:X-male windsurfers and the Match Race women continued their program in a 20 kn seabreeze. In the 470 women, Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP were again the best of the day, extending their lead ahead of Kondo/Tabata JPN on rank 2, seven points behind and Westerhof/Berkhout NED on rank 3. Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI follow on rank 37. Scheidt/Prada BRA extended their lead in the Starboats with the ranks 1 and 3 ahead of Mendelblatt/Fatih USA and Stanjek/Kleen GER. Marazzi/De Maria SUI moved up on rank 14, thanks to a 9th race rank. In the 49ers, Pink/Peacock GBR took the lead in front of Dyen/Christidis FRA and Outteridge/Jensen AUS. The new leader in the RS:X-windsurfers is Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED followed by Nimrod Mesiah ISR and Piotr Myszka POL. Richard Stauffacher SUI is now on rank 24. Claire Leroy FRA, Anna Tunnicliffe USA and Ekaterina Skudina RUS are already qualified for the semi-finals. The match Lucy McGregor and Mandy Mulder NED is 2-1 at this moment. The event-website.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
The Starboats, 470 women, the 49ers, the RS:X-male windsurfers and the Match Race women continued their program in a 20 kn seabreeze. In the 470 women, Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP were again the best of the day, extending their lead ahead of Kondo/Tabata JPN on rank 2, seven points behind and Westerhof/Berkhout NED on rank 3. Scheidt/Prada BRA extended their lead in the Starboats with the ranks 1 and 3 ahead of Mendelblatt/Fatih USA and Stanjek/Kleen GER. In the 49ers, Pink/Peacock GBR took the lead in front of Dyen/Christidis FRA and Outteridge/Jensen AUS. The new leader in the RS:X-windsurfers is Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED followed by Nimrod Mesiah ISR and Piotr Myszka POL. Claire Leroy FRA, Anna Tunnicliffe USA and Ekaterina Skudina RUS are already qualified for the semi-finals. The match Lucy McGregor and Mandy Mulder NED is 2-1 at this moment. The event-website.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
The Laser races of Wednesday are over. The three fleets completed two races in a 20 kn seabreeze, and the qualifcation phase according to the NoR is finished with the necessary 6 heats. Adding another bullet, but also sailing his discard race (rank 9), was Tom Slingsby AUS, leaving him unchallenged on top of the overall rankings. No changes on the ranks 2 and 3 as well: Paul Goodison GBR (1/6 today) and Simon Grotelüschen GER (also 1/6) remain in the top-three. On the ranks 4 and 5 follow the two best-of-the-day Ashley Brunning AUS (2/4) and Andreas Geritzer AUT (1/4), Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA is 6th. The results after 6 races.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
The Laser races of Wednesday are over. The three fleets completed two races in a 20 kn seabreeze, and the qualifcation phase according to the NoR is finished with the necessary 6 heats. Adding another bullet, but also sailing his discard race (rank 9), was Tom Slingsby AUS, leaving him unchallenged on top of the overall rankings. No changes on the ranks 2 and 3 as well: Paul Goodison GBR (1/6 today) and Simon Grotelüschen GER (also 1/6) remain in the top-three. On the ranks 4 and 5 follow the two best-of-the-day Ashley Brunning AUS (2/4) and Andreas Geritzer AUT (1/4), Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA. The results after 6 races.
None of the three Swiss will probably be in the Goldfleet. Christoph Bottoni SUI just missed the top-49 as 50th, unless he will move up due to some pending protests. Guillaume Girod SUI with his 9th race rank furnished the best Swiss result, but overall, he remains in the Silverfleet as 61st. Christian Steiger SUI is also in the Silverfleet as 87th.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
In spite of passing thunderstorms, the some seabreeze filled in with up to 20 kn, and all classes could sail their program with two races (three for the 49ers). The most discussed incident of the day was the out of the leading Starboat Percy/Simpson GBR due to an old injury of Percy breaking-up again. After Ben Ainslie GBR with his disqualification in the Finns and the drop-out of the co-favorites Morrison/Rhodes GBR in the 49ers, also due to injuries, it is again the most successful British Sailing Team, who was hit.
The new leaders in the Starboats after six races are Scheidt/Prada BRA, but Kusznierewicz/Zycki POL and Mendelblatt/Fatih USA are only one point behind. With two bullets yesterday, Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP have taken the lead in the 470 women ahead of Westerhof/Berkhout NED and Kondo/Tabata JPN. The report of the 470 class. Nimrod Masiah ISR is the unique leader in the RS:X-male windsurfers after four races, and Krüger/Thorsell DEN are on the first place of the closely together 49ers. The Women Match Race pairings are now firm with Anna Kjellberg SWE against Claire Leory FRA, Lucy McGregor GBR vs Mandy Mulder NED, Olivia Price AUS vs Ekaterina Skudina RUS an and Anna Tunnicliffe USA vs Nicky Souter AUS.
Today's racing has been postponed for the moment due to lacking or too circling winds. The live-blog and the race-viewer inform on the further activies in Perth. The event-website contains more on yesterday's news.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
The Swiss highlight yesterday was the 5th race rank of Richard Stauffacher SUI in the RS:X-surfers. On rank 20 of the RS:X overall ranking, he is on a safe path for one of the 35 Olympic berths. An Olympic nation's qualification is also very likely in the Lasers with Christoph Bottoni SUI on rank 44. The best Laser race result however came from the young Guillaume Girod who finished 11th in his group, bringing him on rank 76 of the 148 participants, still behind Christian Steiger (rank 72). The high-rated Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI did not yet realise a top-ten result in the last 6 races of the Starboats. As 18th overall and 12th nation, the nation's berth (11th nation) should be achievable. Below their expectations is the performance of the Swiss 470 women: Emmanuelle Rol SUI/FRA/Hélàne Defrance FRA are as 25th only third-best French team, and Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI are as 34th clearly behind the nations' barrier. The report of the SST.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
No other Olympic class has such a large number of top athletes as the Lasers Standard, capable of winning a race. Nevertheless, some super champions always excell such as Tom Slingsby AUS with three bullets, leading 9 points ahead of the Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR after four races. Behind these two dominators of the past few years are tied on rank 3 Simon Grotelüschen GER and the World Cup winner Nick Thompson GBR, with Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA on 5th.
Racing today has started after a postponement due to lack of wind. The activity can be followed on the live-blog or the race-viewer. We shall summarize today's results by noon on this website.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
Good seabreeze conditions allowed to sail the full program for all classes today. Two bullets brought Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP in the lead of the 470 women, ahead of Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED. Yesterday's first Ai Kondo Wakako Tabata JPN are now 3rd. Rol/Defrance SUI/FRA lost some places and are now 28th. Stéphanie and Romy Hasler follow as 34th. Nimrod Mesiah ISR is now the unique leader in the RS:X-windsurfers ist, followed by Przmyslav Miarczynski POL and Piotr Myszka POL on the ranks 2 and 3. Richard Stauffacher SUI is on his way up with the day ranks 13 and 5 bringing him on the 20th place overall.The Danish Team rules the world in the 49ers with Krüger/Thorsell DEN on rank one followed by Moore/Stork USA, and the tied Warrer/Hansen DEN. In the Starboats, the superior leaders Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR had to interrupt the day already in the first race of the day, as due to back pains. The new leaders are now Scheidt/Prada BRA one point ahead of the tied Kusznierwicz/Zycki POL and Mendelblatt/Fatih USA. Stanjek/Kleen GER are now on 4th. With the day ranks 18 and 12, Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI moved up on rank 18 and are now 13th nation. The Stage 2 Round Robin of the Women Matchracers is now over and Lucy McGregor GBR, Nicky Souter AUS, Olivia Price AUS and Anna Kjellberg SWE complete the pairs for the Quarter Final matches. The results and the event-website with the most recent reports.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
Good seabreeze conditions allowed to sail the full program for all classes today. Two bullets brought Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP in the lead of the 470 women, ahead of Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED. Yesterday's first Ai Kondo Wakako Tabata JPN are now 3rd. Rol/Defrance SUI/FRA lost some places and are now 28th. Stéphanie and Romy Hasler follow as 34th. Nimrod Mesiah ISR is now the unique leader in the RS:X-windsurfers ist, followed by Przmyslav Miarczynski POL and Piotr Myszka POL on the ranks 2 and 3. Richard Stauffacher SUI is on his way up with the day ranks 13 and 5 bringing him on the 20th place overall.The Danish Team rules the world in the 49ers with Krüger/Thorsell DEN on rank one followed by Moore/Stork USA, and the tied Warrer/Hansen DEN. In the Starboats, the superior leaders Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR had to interrupt the day already in the first race of the day, as due to back pains. The new leaders are now Scheidt/Prada BRA one point ahead of the tied Kusznierwicz/Zycki POL and Mendelblatt/Fatih USA. Stanjek/Kleen GER are now on 4th. With the day ranks 18 and 12, Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI moved up on rank 18 and are now 13th nation. The Stage 2 Round Robin of the Women Matchracers is now over and Lucy McGregor GBR, Nucky Souter AUS, Olivia Price AUS and Anna Kjellberg SWE complete the pairs for the Quarter Final matches. The results and the event-website with the most recent reports.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
The last of the three Laser Standard fleets has just completed the second race of the day, sailed in a well established seabreeze. The local top-favorite Tom Slingsby AUS fully met the expectations of the local public winning both heats. He is now clearly leading overall 9 points ahead of the Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR after four races. Rank 3 is shared by Simon Grotelüschen GER and Nick Thompson GBR one point behind Goodison. Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA follows on rank 5. The other race wins of the day went to Rutger Van Schaardenburg NED, again Pavlos Kontides CYP and Tom Burton AUS. The results.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
The last of the three Laser Standard fleets has just completed the second race of the day, sailed in a well established seabreeze. The local top-favorite Tom Slingsby AUS fully met the expectations of the local public winning both heats. He is now clearly leading overall 9 points ahead of the Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR after four races. Rank 3 is shared by Simon Grotelüschen GER and Nick Thompson GBR one point behind Goodison. Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA follows on rank 5. The other race wins of the day went to Rutger Van Schaardenburg NED, again Pavlos Kontides CYP and Tom Burton AUS. The results.
The Swiss follow on the ranks 43 (Christoph Bottoni SUI), 71 (Christian Steiger SUI) and 76 (Guillaume Girod SUi). Girod realized the best individual Swiss ranking with a 13th place in race 3. He was even leading at the first mark rounding !
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
After yesterday's races sailed in unconstant winds, influenced by a passing thunderstorm front, the seabreeze is back again today, filling in with about 20 kn. The three Laser fleets have already completed their first race. Winning his group, Tom Slingsby AUS has taken the lead, followed by Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA, Rutger van Schaardenburg NED and Simon Grotelüschen GER on the ranks 2-4. The overall ranking after 3 races.
The second race of the day can be followed live over the live-blog or the race-viewer.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
After yesterday's races sailed in unconstant winds, influenced by a passing thunderstorm front, the seabreeze is back again today, filling in with about 20 kn. The three Laser fleets have already completed their first race. Winning his group, Tom Slingsby AUS has taken the lead, followed by Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA, Rutger van Schaardenburg NED and Simon Grotelüschen GER on the ranks 2-4. The overall ranking after 3 races. The best Swiss finish was produced by the young Guillaume Girod SUI on rank 13. Christoph Bottoni SUI finished 22nd in his fleet and is on rank 45 overall.
The second race of the day can be followed live over the live-blog or the race-viewer.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
High activity off Perth/Fremantle yesterday on the first day of week two of the ISAF Worlds with the Lasers Standard, 49ers, 470 women and RS:X-men beginning their Championships, and the Starboats and Match Race wome continue the competition. A passing front disturbed racing creating very unconstant and difficult conditions. In most of the classes, the favorites took the command right from the beginning. We summarized the Monday results yesterday in our noon update. Ai Kondo/Wakako Tabata JPN clearly leads in the 470 women, Warren/Hansen DEN are the first leaders in the 49ers, Jesper Stalheim SWE is o rank one in the Lasers Standard with a small margin on Tom Slingsby AUS and Nimrod Masiah ISR and Piotr Myszka POL share the first position in the RS:X-male surfers. On day two of the Starboats, Percy/Simpson GBR further extended their lead. The Stage 2 Round Robin of the Match-Race-women is not yet over, and - contrary to our yesterday's report - the last four Quarter Final places are not yet definitively allotted. The Perth activities can be followed continuously over the live-blog or the race-viewer. Racing is on and we shall post the news of this Tuesday by noon.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
The largest class at the ISAF Olympic Classes World Championship 2011, the Lasers Standard with 147 participants split in three fleets, began the 2011 Worlds in Fremantle/Perth, Western Australia, today with two races each. Jesper Stalheim SWE is the surprising leader after two heats with the day ranks 1 and 5, one point ahead of the declared top-favorite Tom Slingsby AUS (1/6) and Karol Porczinsky POL (2/5) at equal points. The other day winners were Pavlos Kontides CYP, Emil Cedergard SWE, Simon Grotelüschen GER and Andreas Geritzer AUT. The results.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
The largest class at the ISAF Olympic Classes World Championship 2011, the Lasers Standard with 147 participants split in three fleets, began the 2011 Worlds in Fremantle/Perth, Western Australia, today with two races each. Jesper Stalheim SWE is the surprising leader after two heats with the day ranks 1 and 5, one point ahead of the declared top-favorite Tom Slingsby AUS (1/6) and Karol Porczinsky POL (2/5) at equal points. The other day winners were Pavlos Kontides CYP, Emil Cedergard SWE, Simon Grotelüschen GER and Andreas Geritzer AUT. The results. The Swiss follow on the ranks 41 (Christoph Bottoni, 11/18), 65 (Christian Steiger) and 92 (Guillaume Girod SUI).
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
This morning, the Lasers Standard began their World Championship in Perth, sailing in three fleets. The first winners are Tom Slingsby AUS and Jesper Stalheim SWE, ahead of Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA and Kacper Jeminski POL on ranks 2 and Milan Vujasinovic CRO and Rasmus Mygren SWE on ranks 3. The results of the third fleet are not yet known. In a few minutes, the start to race 2 will be given, that can be followed over the live-blog or the race-viewer.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
This morning, the Lasers Standard began their World Championship in Perth, sailing in three fleets. The first winners are Tom Slingsby AUS and Jesper Stalheim SWE, ahead of Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA and Kacper Jeminski POL on ranks 2 and Milan Vujasinovic CRO and Rasmus Mygren SWE on ranks 3. The results of the third fleet are not yet known. In a few minutes, the start to race 2 will be given, that can be followed over the live-blog or the race-viewer. Good results can be reported from the Swiss: Christian Steiger SUI finished on rank 10, Christoph Bottoni SUI rank 11 in their fleets.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
The first week of the ISAF Olympic Classes World Championships 2011 ended yesterday with four Medal Races - we reported already yesterday. Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS took Gold in the 470 men, Giles Scott GBR was the winner in the Finns after the double disqualification of the clear leader Ben Ainslie GBR (see our report yesterday), Lee Korzits ISR is the Champion in the RS:X-women and Marit Bouwmeester NED is the new Laser Radial World Champion.
Already yesterday, the Starboats began their Worlds with two races. The Olympic Champions Percy/Simpson GBR are on rank 1. Today, races 3 and 4 are on the program. In the Women Match Race, the last stage 2 heats to determine the other four Quarter Finalists are on the program. And the Lasers Standard, the RS:X-windsurfers and the 49er begin their Championship. We shall communicate the results of the day around noon as soon as available from Perth.
Up to now 39 different nations have acquired a nations' berth for the 2012 Olympics. The report.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
The female matchracers finished their Quarter Final qualifications program as last today. The 5th to 20th ranked of the initial Round Robin fight for the remaining four places of the last eight. About half of the matches are over in the meantime and Olivia Price AUS leads the interims ranking with a 7-3 score, followed by Lucy McGregor GBR with 6-1, Anna Kjellberg SWE 6-3 and Nicky Souter AUS 5-2. Definitively out is Silke Hahlbrock GER, who is last with only one win in seven races. The results.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
Today, the Starboats began their World Championship in Perth with two races. Some of the favorites are not where expected. The Olympic Champions Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR took the lead with the day ranks 3 and 4 one point ahead of Robert Stanjek/Frithjof Kleen GER. On rank 3 follow Peter O'Leary/David Burrows IRL. The top favorites Scheidt/Prada BRA and Lööf/Salminen SWE are only on the ranks 9 and 10. Rather mildly also Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI with the rank 16 and 13, leaving them on rank 13 after two races. 21st are Kusznerwicz/Zycki POL who did not finish race two after winning race one. The results.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
Today, the Starboats began their World Championship in Perth with two races. Some of the favorites are not where expected. The Olympic Champions Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR took the lead with the day ranks 3 and 4 one point ahead of Robert Stanjek/Frithjof Kleen GER. On rank 3 follow Peter O'Leary/David Burrows IRL. The top favorites Scheidt/Prada BRA and Lööf/Salminen SWE are only on the rank 9 and 10. Rather mildly also Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI with the rank 16 and 13, leaving them on rank 13 after two races. On rank 21 are Kusznerwicz/Zycki POL who did not finish race two after winning race one. The results.
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Also without the superstar Ben Ainslie GBR, disqualified under rule 69 on the last day of the qualification heats, the Worlds title goes to Great Britain. With a second rank in the Medal Race, Giles Scott GBR finished just one point ahead of Pieter-Jan Postma NED. The Bronze Medal goes to the defending champions Ed Wright GBR. The final ranking list.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
Finishing 5th in today's Medal Race, Lee Korzits ISR remained just on top on the last day of the RS:X Championship. As best allround surfer, she took the lead in the light-wind races during the first days, and never lost the top position through-out the competition. But it was closer and closer with the fresh-breeze specialist Zofia Klepacka POL winning two heats and a second rank today, finishing finally only two points behind the Israeli. Marina Alabau ESP lost one place and is on the Bronze position overall. The final results.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
As expected, the Medal Race did not change the positions on top of the 470 men. Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS confirmed their role as top favorites and defended their title ahead of Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR, who - winning the Medal Race - defended the Silver Medal against Sime Fantela/Igor Marencic CRO retaining the Bronze Medal. Kliger/Sela ISR are 4th, Charbonnier/Mion FRA and Leboucher/Garros FRA follow on the ranks 5 and 6. The results.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
The first class to terminate the Championship were the Lasers Radial with the Medal Race this Sunday morning. Marit Bouwmeester NED finished 4th in a very shifty breeze, taking her first Worlds title. Silver and Bronze went to Evi Van Acker BEL and Paige Railey USA. Veronica Fenclova CZE, winner of the Medal Race, missed the Bronze Medal by one point only. The final ranking list.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
Four Olympic classes finish their Worlds today with the Medal Races. In the Lasers Radial, Marit Bouwmeester NED starts with a 6 points' lead on Evi Van Acker BEL, and Paige Railey USA is another 6 points behind. Medal chances exist also for Annalise Murphy IRL and Gintare Scheidt LTU. After the disqualification of Ben Ainslie GBR in the Finns, Giles Scott GBR, Jan-Pieter Postma NED (3 points behind) and the defending champion Ed Wright GBR will fight for the title. In the 470 men, the 18 points' lead of Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS are a solid cushion to defend the title. The second Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR have an 8 points' advantage on Sime Fantela/Igor Marencic CRO auf. In the RS:X-women, Lee Korzits ISR, Marina Alabau ESP and Zofia Klepacka POL will share the medals. The official report.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   (Image © Photoshelter)
Big champions can loose nerves too ! Ben Ainslie GBR, actually leading with 8 points before the Medal Race of the Finns of today, attacked a TV power boat after crossing the finish line. Jumping on the rubber boat, he grabbed the camera man and insulted him, before swimming back to his Finn. Following this incident, a hearing was held by the International Jury under Racing Rules of Sailing 69 and decided that GBR 3 is to be scored DGM for Races 9 and 10. This means that Ainslie is disqualified from Races 9 and 10 and those scores cannot be excluded. Ainslie is not qualified for the Medal Race ! Apparently, Ainslie was several times hindered by the TV boat. The photo sequence of the incident and the official report.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
The Finns were the last class to conclude the final races. In tomorrow's Medal Races, four participants still have a chance for a Medal. In spite of a premature start in the last race, Ben Ainslie GBR is the superior favorite with an 8 points lead. Giles Scott GBR on rank 2 has a small margin of 2 points only on Pieter-Jan Postma NED, while the defending champion Ed Wright GBR follows 8 points behind the Dutchman. All other partcipipants are too far back. The Olympia-Silver-medalist Zach Railey USA is on rank 9 only. The Swiss finish the Championship on the ranks 59 (Christoph Christen SUI), 61 (Silvan Hofer SUI) and 71 (Thomas Gautschi SUI. The results and the report.
In the qualification's Round Robin of the Women Match Race - the best four qualify for the Quarter Finals - Lucy MacGregor GBR leads with 4-0 wins ahead of Nicky Souter AUS and Rita Goncalves POR with 3-1 each. Juliana Senfft BRA and Silja Lehtinen FIN follow with 3-2 wins. This qualification round continues tomorrow. The results.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
After yesterday's rest day of the Laser Radial sailors and RS:X women, all classes are on the water today again to sail the last races to qualify for the top-10 selected for tomorrow's Medal Races. The matchracers sail a second Round Robin for the last four places in the Quarter Finals. The best four teams sail the Gold Round to determine the seeding sequence. The weather has normalised now and the Fremantle Doctor blowing in the afternoon with about 18 kn set the stage for perfect racing. In all fleetclasses, racing for the top-10 will be tight. The live-blog reports continuouly about the activities. We shall summarize the outcome of the last races in an update around noon. The event-website.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   (Image © Mark Dadswell)
After the conclusion of the Group B Round Robin - direct qualifiers for the next Round Claire Leroy FRA and Mandy Mulder NED as we reported - the Gold Round was started where the top two of the two Groups determine the seeding list for the Quarter Finals. Anna Tunnicliffe USA defeated Mandy Mulder NED with 2-1, Claire Leroy FRA won against Ekaterina Skudina RUS 2-0. Today, Tunnicliffe and Leroy will race for rank 1 in the seeding list. 16 other teams sail a second Round Robin to select the four remaining teams for the Quarter Finals. The race are ongoing at present and can be followed on the live-blog.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   (Image © Paul Kane)
Group A concluded the Round Robin, and - as we already reported - it ended with an overthrow of the top rankings. With an w11-3 score, Anna Tunnicliffe USA ranked first and qualified together with Ekaterina Skudina RUS (also 11-3) directly for the Quarter Finals. Siljia Lehtinen FIN, leading all the time thru since day one, and Nicky Souter AUS (both also with 11-3 w/l) have to fight for one of the 4 remaining Quarter Finals spots in another Round Robin, together with 14 other teams.
Today, it is the turn of Group B, and the matches are already going on, as can be followed on the Live-Blog. Olivia Price AUS (9-4), Silvia Roca ESP (8-2) and Claire Leroy FRA (7-1) are at present ahead in the overall rankings. The results.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
The Lasers Radial have their rest day today after another three races yesterday making it 8 in tota. Tomorrow Saturday, the last final races will be sailed to determine the qualifiers for the Medal Race scheduled for Sunday. In spite of a flopped race (rank 19), Evi Van Acker BEL is still the dominant leader, 14 points ahead of Marit Bouwmeester NED on rank 2, and another 4 points back Paige Railey USA as 3rd. The results.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
After the three races sailed yesterday - we reported in our update at noon - the Laser Radials have completed the selection phase of the Championship and will be sailing in a Gold- and Silver-Fleet as from today. There are again three races on the program.
With the ranks 1/1/2/2/4, Evi Van Acker BEL demonstrated her high performance level and is leading in the overall rankings two points ahead of the tied Annalise Murphy IRL and Marit Bouwmeester NED. Allison Young GBR and Paige Railey USA are on the ranks 4 and 5. The report.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
After the three races sailed yesterday - we reported in our update at noon - the Laser Radials have completed the selection phase of the Championship and will be sailing in a Gold- and Silver-Fleet as from today. There are again three races on the program.
With the ranks 1/1/2/2/4, Evi Van Acker BEL demonstrated her high performance level and is leading in the overall rankings two points ahead of the tied Annalise Murphy IRL and Marit Bouwmeester NED. Allison Young GBR and Paige Railey USA are on the ranks 4 and 5. Nathalie Brugger SUI follows on rank 20 and also Manon Luther SUI on rank 41 has qualified for the Goldfleet. The report.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
Group B made good progress with their program yesterday - Claire Leroy FRA leads with a 7-1 score ahead of Olivia Powrie AUS (7-2) - and today it is up to Group A to complete the Round Robin, The clear leader and most probably directly qualified for the Quarterfinals is Siljia Lehtinen FIN with a 10-0 record. Nicky Souter AUS and Ekaterina Skudina RUS follow behind. The live-blog reports continuously on today's activities. The event-website around noon will post the updated results.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
After the cancellation of fleetracing yesterday due to the passing thunderstorm, the Laser Radial competition resumed today in good condition. Winning race 3 (first heat of the day) were Sari Multala FIN and Charlotte Dobson GBR. Nothing changes in the overall rankings on top. Evi Van Acker BEL leads one point ahead of Veronica Fenclova CZE. Marit Bouwmeester NED follows 9 points behind. The new 4th ranked is Gintare Scheidt LTU. Paige Railey USA follows on the 5th place. At present, race 4 is underway. Unfortunately, the live-ticker and the live viewer are not very reliable. Check the preliminary rankings before protests by linking in on the results table, where the standings after 4 races will probably be published around 9 a.m. UCT.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   (Image © Richard Langdon)
The thunderstorms responsible for the cancelling of yesterday's fleetraces has gone, and the weather situation is about to normalize. Today, the afternoon seabreaze, the 'Fremantle Doctor', filling in now will not be at its full strength with about 15-18 kn to expect. At present, the Finns, the 470 men, the Lasers Radial and the RS:X-women are sailing their first races. As always, the live-blog informs on the activities downunder. All four classes will have completed at least 4 races in total at the end of the day. The results. As also inside the Fremantle Harbour, a big white shark has been seen, the Coast Guard is intensifying the shark spotting over the whole regatta area. The report.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
Due to heavy thunderstorms this morning, the Race Committee cancelled all racing for the day, except matchracing, taking place inside the Fremantle harbour. The report.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
Exceptionally light winds prevailed also yesterday in Perth. Today, matchracing goes into the crucial phase of the Round Robins, with direct quarter final qualification for the ranks 1 and 2, while the 3rd to 10th ranked of both groups have to sail another Round Robin for the remaining four slots. On a safe way to the quarter finals is Silja Lehtinen FIN with no loss in 10 heats, followed by Nicky Souter AUS, Stephanie Hazard NZL and Ekaterina Skudina with 7 wins each. Today, it is again Group B's turn. Olivia Powrie AUS and Mandy Mulder NED are on top of the table with a 4-2 score. The heavy thunderstorms over Perth delayed the first starts today. The live-blog informs continuously on the further development of the situation. The results.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
The first fleet races of the ISAF Olympic Classes Sailing World Championship in Perth/Fremantle were sailed yesterday in unexpected moderate conditions. The 470 men, Laser Radial, Finn and RS:X women fleet completed two races in a 10 kn breeze. But the favorites are nevertheless mostly on top: Ben Ainslie GBR realised two race wins in his group and leads overall ahead of Rafael Trujillo ESP and Zach Railey USA. Read the report of the Finn Class. Evi Van Acker BEL die the same in the Lasers Radial and is first followed by Veronica Fenclova CZE, Marit Bouwmeester NED and Paige Railey USA. Surprising is the first position of Jonas and Niklas Lindgren FIN in the 470s, followed by Patience/Bithell GBR and Matsunaga/Imamura JPN. The favorites Belcher/Page AUS are 'only' 4th for the moment. The report of the 470 Class. In the women's windsurfers, Lee Korsitz ISR and Bryony Shaw GBR are on top with the same number of points ahead of Laure Linares ITA as 3rd. The video-report of the RS:X Class. All results and the official report.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
Not yet where they wanted to be are the Swiss, above all Nathalie Brugger, starting with the highest ambitions after a very insense and professional preparation, but as 29th after two races in the Lasers Radial, she had a really bad first day. Manon Luther SUI follows not far away on rank 36. In the 470 men, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI are on rank 49 after two tactically flopped races. Christoph Christen on rank 63 is the best Swiss Finn sailors, Silvan Hofer SUI and Thomas Gautschi SUI follow on the ranks 68 and 70. The report of the Swiss Sailing Team.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
Due to heavy thunderstorms all fleet racing was cancelled today. The official report. On the first day of the Radial Worlds Evi Van Acker BEL took the lead by winning both races of her group im mainly moderate conditions. Veronica Fenclova CZE, Marit Bouwmeester NED and Paige Railey USA are on the hunt. See the complete results.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
The ISAF Laser World Championship 2011 began today with two races for the 102 Radials, split in two fleets, on a course off Perth/Fremantle Western Australia in a 10-12 kn breeze. Evi Van Acker BEL dominated her opponents with two race wins, taking clearly the lead in front of some other favorites based on the results 2011, i.e. Veronica Fenclova CZE on rank 2 (1/3), Marit Bouwmeester NED on rank 3 (2/3) and Paige Railey USA on rank 4 (8/2. The results.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
The ISAF Laser World Championship 2011 began today with two races for the 102 Radials, split in two fleets, on a course off Perth/Fremantle Western Australia in a 10-12 kn breeze. Evi Van Acker BEL dominated her opponents with two race wins, taking clearly the lead in front of some other favorites based on the results 2011, i.e. Veronica Fenclova CZE on rank 2 (1/3), Marit Bouwmeester NED on rank 3 (2/3) and Paige Railey USA on rank 4. The results of the two Swiss are rather moderate with Nathalie Brugger as 30th and Manon Luther as 36th. The results.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
This morning, the 470 men, Lasers Radial, RS:X women and Finns began with their World Championships. The original start times were postponed due to unconstant and shifty winds, but now, the first races are underway in a 10-12 kn breeze. They can be followed live by means of the race-viewer or the live-blog. The official preview.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
On the opening day of the ISAF Worlds, the Group A matchracers had at least sufficient wind to sail half of their Round Robin, even though it was unconstant and difficult to sail close to the shore. Yesterday, the Group B had barely a light breeze left, and only four duels were completed. Lucy MacGregor GBR, Mandy Mulder NED, René Groenveldt NED and Olivia Price AUS are in the lead with 3-1 wins. Claire Leroy FRA is posted on rank 5 with a 2-0 score. The results.
This morning, it is again Group A's turn, and the first matches are already completed. A live-blog covers the event constantly. Moreover, the races can be followed live with a race-viewer.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
With the start of fleet racing, the first Swiss athletes, fighting for an Olympic nation's berth for London/Weymouth 2012, are in action. Based on the results achieved so far, the best chances are with the Laser Radial sailor Nathalie Brugger SUI, who could even earn the direct Swiss Olympic qualification when finishing within the top-5. Also sailing in the Radials is Maonon Luther SUI, who was normally qualified for the Goldfleet in the major regattas of this year. In the other class starting the competition today, the 470s, an overall ranking among the top 10 nations is requested from Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI, a result they have achieved several times during this season. Their strenght is in the big breeze, conditions that are nomally prevailing off Perth/Fremantle. The three Finn sailors Thomas Gautschi, Christoph Christen and Silvan Hofer have never been near the qualification limits, and their objective is first of all to improve their international results of this year. The other classes with Swiss participants - Starboat and RS:X men - start their competition later. The preview of the Swiss Sailing Team AG.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
As first of the two Laser fleets, the Radials started their ISAF World Championship this morning in Freemantle. Racing was postponed till noon, due to shifty winds. The first races have just been finished with - according to the Blog - Annette Lindberg-Holm DEN and Sarah Steyaert FRA winning their groups. Race results have not yet been posted. The second race will start immediately, Racing can be followed on the Live-Blog and the race-viewer.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
The matchracing group A Round Robin began yesterday in very unconstant conditions pretty close to the shore with a breeze coming from the land in the morning shifting to the seabreeze in the afternoon. No surprises as far as the top group is concerned with Siljia Lehtinen FIN and Nicky Souter AUS, both 4-0, followed by Anna Tunnicliffe USA 3-0. This morning, group B has started the first flights. At this moment, Mandy Mulder NED is the undefeated 3-0 leader. Racing goes on and can be followed on the live-blog. The results and the report.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
An hour ago - 5 a.m. UTC - the Group A Women's matchraces began, kicking off the ISAF Olympic Classes Sailing World Championships 2011. The favorite teams of the group, Silija Lehtinen FIN and Nicky Souter AUS, as well as Julie Hazard NZL won all three their first two duels. Follow the live-blog to be updated on today's activities and results. The event-website.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
At this moment, the Opening Ceremony of the ISAF World Championship is taking place in Perth. Coming up the Swan River from Fremantle, around 1'000 athletes (the entry list is not yet updated) will parade thru the City. The first event tomorrow are the Women's matchraces to be sailed stadium-like close to the public in the Fremantle merchant harbour. The official report. Contrary to our information yesterday, it appears that a GPS tracking will be in place on the official website, and a live-blog will also report on the race activities.
As from Monday, the Windsurfers and the 470s will join the competition. The event-website.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
At this moment, the Opening Ceremony of the ISAF World Championship is taking place in Perth. Coming up the Swan River from Fremantle, around 1'000 athletes (the entry list is not yet updated) will parade thru the City. The first event tomorrow are the Women's matchraces to be sailed stadium-like close to the public in the Fremantle merchant harbour. The official report. Contrary to our information yesterday, it appears that a GPS tracking will be in place on the official website, and a live-blog will also report on the race activities.
As from Monday, the Windsurfers (with Richard Stauffacher SUI) and the 470s (with Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI and Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI) will join the competition. Swiss Sailing registerd two 470 men teams, but the young Adrien and Olivier Gremaud SUI were not allowed to attend (no official statement available). The are at present training in Greece. The event-website.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   (Image © Ocean Images)
The ISAF Olympic Classes World Championship in Perth, Western Australia, begins in three days from now, an absolute top-event, at which 75% of the Olympic nation berth will be at stake. 797 athletes from 78 nations have been enrolled. There are not many Olympic sports that have such a world-wide attention (To the doom prophets at the ISAF Events Committee: How would the IOC kick out such a sport successful in the Olympics since its early days !) Unfortunately, there are today (three days before the start of the first races) no updated entry lists on the event website. Hopefully, the communication from this most important event in sailing of the year, with a largest reunion of best-prepared top sailors ever – to be noted that actual and former Olympic sailors are key in the America's Cup and Offshore scene as well – will improve during the competition. However, there will apparently be no GPS tracking, at least there is a film channel. Here the official ISAF preview.
The press deadline (6 a.m. UCT) will be delayed during the Championship to be able to report on the latest results and activities from down-under.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
The first event at the ISAF Olympic Classes Worlds will be the Women's Matchracing ... for the first and last time .... as ISAF with its inconsistent Olympic strategy took the shortsighted decision to exclude the widest spread yachts, the keelboats, from the Olympics 2016. Nevertheless, the top women's teams are preparing the Games highly professionally. The number of nations is of course small, but this fact is not a surprise as the entry limits in matchracing events (contrary to fleetracing) were the major hurdle for a world-wide distribution.
Among the favorites in Perth are the Americans Anna Tunnicliffe USA und Genny Tulloch USA, Claire Leroy FRA, Silija Lehtinen FIN and Ekaterina Skudina RUS. Here the official preview.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
The ISAF Olympic Classes World Championship 2011, at the same time the prime Olympic nation selection event for the 2012 Games with 75%, of the berths to be allotted, begins in Perth AUS on next Saturday. The competition to start with is the Women's Match Race beginning the Round Robin. For a number of nations, among them France and Germany, Perth is the final selection event for London/Weymouth 2012.
During the coming days, we shall link in the previews on the different classes, to begin with the Finns today. All bets are on Great Britain, the dominating Finn nation in the last years. The defending World Champion Ed Wright GBR, a fresh breeze specialist, can fully concentrate on the defense of the title, as the outstanding Ben Ainslie GBR has already been nominated for the British Olympia squad. Ainslie on the other hand, has won every World Championship on which he particpated so far ! He has been in Perth for a month to prepare the championship and he remains the favorite for the title. Sie the preview prepared by the Finn Class.
As many Englishmen, the British Team has joined the 'Mustache vs. Cancer' charity contest to raise funds for cancer research. See in the video who is the mustache leader in the GBR squad !
 
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Friday, August 29, 2014   
Yesterday, the Royal Yacht Association published the decision of the Tribunal in the Ben Ainslie Case concerning the incident at the ISAF World Championship in Perth in December 2011 where Ainslie boarded a TV powerboat to complain about disturbance of the race. Having considered all the evidence put before it, the Tribunal was satisfied that it would not be appropriate for the Tribunal to impose a penalty over and above that imposed by the International Jury at the event, i.e. the exclusion from the Medal Race. The RYA statement and the first reactions as posted in an article by Sail World.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
Two video summaries have been published covering the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championship in Perth, Western Australia, terminated last weekend, where not only the Champions' titles were at stake, but also the allotment of 75% of the Olympic berths for 2012. Enjoy the short 148 seconds' version and/or a full 25-minutes' clip.
Friday, August 29, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
The ISAF Olympic Classes Sailing World Championship in Perth, Western Australia, ended yesterday with the Medal Races of the 49ers, the 470 women, the Lasers Standard and the RS:X-men windsurfers. The Australian hosts were the most successful nation with Gold Medals in the 49er (Outteridge/Jensen), 470-men (Belcher/Page) and the Lasers (Tom Slingsby). Two times Gold acquired the Netherlands (Marit Boumeester, Laser Radial, Dorian Van Rijsselberge, RS:X-men). The other titles went to Brazil (Scheidt/Prada, Star), Spain (Pacheco/Betanzos 470 women), Israel (Lee Korzits, RS:X-women), the USA (Anna Tunnicliffe, Match Race women) and England (Giles Scott, Finn). England confirmed its leading role in Olympic sailing with a number of Silver Medals. Disappointing the performance of the French team, among the top performing nations in the ISAF World Rankings, who only have Claire Leroy's Bronze Medal in Women's Match Racing. The event-website does not yet contain an overview on the medals by nation, or a summary on nations qualified for London 2012. The final report and all ranking lists.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
The Swiss Sailing Team has reached its minimal objective at the 2011 Perth World Championships with five classes qualified for London 2012 and the achievement of the Swiss Olympic qualification limits by Nathalie Brugger SUI, Laser Radial, and Marazzi/De Maria SUI, Star. If the Olympic Squad 2012 will be larger than two classes, depends on the outcome of the remaining two Swiss Olympic selection events (Class World Championships 2012 and World Cup Hyères). To reach the required top-12-nations results, a major performance progress is mandatory for Brauchli/Hausser SUI, 470 men, Richard Stauffacher SUI, RS:X windsurfers, and Guillaume Girod SUI or Christoph Bottoni SUI, Lasers. The conditions in Perth with partly fresh, but also light and shifty winds - similar to the Olympic waters of Weymouth 2012 - were not easy, even for the top Swiss teams, who never had a chance to be among the top competitors to qualify at least for the Medal Race. Nathalie Brugger had a bad start but improved considerably towards the end of the Championship getting the Swiss Olympic limit at the last moment. Marazzi/De Maria SUI have still difficulties to stay with the top ten in breezy conditions. All results and the Communiqué of the SST.
Friday, August 29, 2014   (Image © Paul Kane)
The 2011 ISAF Olympic Classes Sailing World Championship in Perth ended a few minutes ago with the third Gold Medal for the organizing country Australia. Tom Slingsby AUS crowned an outstanding season with a dominating win of the Medal Race, defending his Worlds' title of 2010. Silver and Bronze go to Nick Thompson GBR and Andrew Murdoch NZL. Simon Grotelüschen GER slipped out of the top-three by four points. The final ranking list.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
Finishing 4th in the Medal Race, Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED succeeded to climb on top of the rankings of the RS:X men windsurfers World Championship seizing the second Gold Medal for the Netherlands. Silver goes to Piotr Myzska POL and Bronze to Nimrod Masiah ISR ahead of Przemyslav Miarczynski POL with the same number of points. The final rankings.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
As expected considering the big lead after the qualification races, Nathan Outteridge/Ian Jensen AUS clearly defended their Worlds title finishing the Medal Race on the 3rd place. Silver goes to Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL climbing on the podium with a 2nd rank in this last race. Emil and Simon Töft-Nielsen DEN are third with the same number of points. The results. Storck/Moore USA did not finish the race after a capsize and dropped on rank 9 overall.
Friday, August 29, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
The 470 women have just finished their Medal Race, as first in today's final program. The World Champions 2012 are Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP, securing the first Gold Medal for Spain at these Worlds. Finishing only 7th today, they defended the first place thanks to the big lead achieved in the qualification races. Hanna Mills/Saskia Clark GBR winning the Medal Race climbed on rank 2. The Bronze Medal goes to Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL. The final rankings.
Friday, August 29, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
Today is the last day of the ISAF Olympic Classes World Championship 2011 in Fremantle/Perth, Western Australia with the Medal Races of the 470 women, the 49ers, the RS:X-men windsurfers and the Lasers Standard on the program. We shall cover these events during this Sunday morning continuously. The Medal Race of the 470 women is underway, and the results of all classes will be available by noon. The start of the last class, the Lasers, is planned for 16.10 local time (8.10 UCT). The event-website.
Friday, August 29, 2014   (Image © Juerg Kaufmann)
The last four Medal Races today Sunday are run without Swiss. Apparently, the Swiss teams are not yet able to achieve top results in a fresher breeze, but nevertheless, they secured the Olympic nations' berths in the classes 470-M, Laser Radial, Laser Standard, RS:X-M and Star. The Swiss Olympic selection limit - 12th nation - was only reached by Nathalie Brugger SUI and Flavio Marazzi SUI. The direct selection - a 5th place - was out of reach, and the selection process continues according to the regulations. The only Swiss National Team class without an Olympic ticket are the 470 women, but there remains a second chance for Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI or another women's team at the World Championship 2012.
The performance of the Swiss Team was solid, and Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI even succeeded to exceed their best performance so far during a top competition. The continuous progress made by Guillaume Girod was impressive, and finishing 51st overall, he secured the Laser nations' berth for Switzerland. Higher expectation had – without doubt - Nathalie Brugger SUI and Marazzi/De Maria, but they had to realize, that the top boats in their classes sail in a different league these days. Much to do in the remaining 9 months to the Olympics 2012 ! All results.
Friday, August 29, 2014   (Image © Richard Langdon)
As 5th in a self-disciplined Medal Race, Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA are the stellar winner of the Starboat World's title, their 3rd in this class. Robert Stanjek/Frithjof Kleen GER took the Silver Medal thanks to a 3rd race rank today, and left Bronze for Mark Mendelblatt/Brian Fatih USA. Kusznierewicz/Zycki POL as winner of the Medal Race and Lööf/Salminen SWE at equal points missed the Bronze Medal by 3 points. The French duel between Rohart/Ponsot FRA and Florent/Rambeau FRA was in favor of Rohart as 7th, while Florant remains 9th. The final ranking list.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
The Lasers have terminated the qualification phase of the 2011 World Championship with the races 9 and 10 today. Tom Slingsby AUS, going as leader into tomorrow's Medal Race, is the clear favorite for the title, and this despite of a not so brilliant day with the ranks 10 and 14. He is still 14 points ahead of the second, who is now Simon Grotelüschen GER. The ranks 2 - 5 are separated by 4 points only, and the Medal Race will be a showdown with Simon Grotelüschen GER, Nick Thompson GBR 3rd, the two best of today Andreas Geritzer AUT (4/6) and Andrew Murdoch NZL (7/4). Even Paul Goodison GBR on rank 6 and Ashley Brunning AUS on the 7th place have still chances for a medal in the double-points-no-discard Medal Race. Tonci Stipanovic CRO on rank 11, and Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA loosing the top-10s on the last day after a good serie of results during the past week, will not be in the final race on Sunday. The results.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
The Lasers have terminated the qualification phase of the 2011 World Championship with the races 9 and 10 today. No surprise, that Tom Slingsby AUS going as leader into tomorrow's Medal Race is the clear favorite for the title, and this despite of a medium day with the ranks 10 and 14. He is still 14 points ahead of Simon Grotelüschen GER. The ranks 2 - 5 are separated by 4 points only, and the Medal Race will be a show-down with Simon Grotelüschen GER, Nick Thompson GBR 3rd, the two best of today Andreas Geritzer AUT (4/6) and Andrew Murdoch NZL (7/4). Even Paul Goodison GBR on rank 6 and Ashley Brunning AUS on the 7th place have still chances for a medal in the double-points-no-discard Medal Race. Tonci Stipanovic CRO on rank 11, and Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA loosing the top-10s on the last day after a good serie of results during the past week, will not be in the final race on Sunday. The results.
Guillaume Girod SUI in the Silverfleet had another good day and with the ranks 20 and 2, he finished 2nd (=51 overall). As 25th nation, he secured the nations' berth for Switzerland. A black day with two premature starts had Christoph Bottoni SUI, dropping on rank 61. Christian Steiger SUI finished the championship on the 95th place of the 147 participants.
Friday, August 29, 2014   (Image © Richard Langdon )
The ISAF Olympic Classes World Championship 2011 in Perth comes slowly to an end after two weeks with the last Medal Races, today the one of the Starboats, and tomorrow Sunday the other classes still racing. With an 18 points' lead, Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA are just before another Worlds title. A 9th position today is sufficient. Mark Mendelblatt/Brian Fatih USA, Robert Stanjek/Frithjof Kleen GER and Frederik Lööf/Max Salminen SWE, separated by 5 points, will fight for Silver and Bronze. The 470 women - Pacheco/Betanzos ESP are clearly leading, the 49ers - Pink/Peacock GBR are only two points ahead of Outteridge/Jensen AUS- und the RS:X-windsurfers with Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED leading, will sail the last qualification races today. The weather forecast announces good seabreeze conditions. The competition can be followed on the live-blog or the race-viewer.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
The last two qualification races are on the program in Perth today after yesterday's lay day, and - according to the weathermen - the 'Fremantle Doctor' should be present. Tom Slingsby AUS will have two more chances to extend his 11 points' lead on the second Paul Goodison GBR before the Medal Race. Nick Thompson GBR follows on rank 3. The 7th Andreas Geritzer AUT and the 13th Rutger Van Schaardenburg are separted by 19 points at this moment. The suspense is on to be one of the top-10 qualified for the Medal Race.
The races can be followed on the online-viewer or the live-blog.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
The last two qualification races are on the program in Perthtoday after yesterday's lay day, and - according to the weathermen - the 'Fremanle Doctor' should be present. Tom Slingsby AUS will have two more chances to extend his 11 points' lead on the second Paul Goodison GBR before the Medal Race. Nick Thompson GBR follows on rank 3. The 7th Andreas Geritzer AUT and the 13th Rutger Van Schaardenburg are separted by 19 points at this moment. The suspense is on for the Medal Race qualification.
The three Swiss participants have their farewell races in the Silverleet today. Nevertheless, they are on a good way to get one of the 35 quota places for London/Weymouth 2012. Christoph Bottini SUI as 3rd in the Silverfleet (52nd overall) is on the 27th nations' place, Guillaume Girod SUI, having made substantial progress in the last days, follows only two ranks behind the experience Bottoni as 54th.
The races can be followed on the online-viewer or the live-blog.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
The Swiss Team sails the last races today, as nobody of them qualified for one of the Medal Races today or tomorrow. Fact is however, that Richard Stauffacher SUI in the RS:X windsurfers (quota 28 nations) and Christoph Bottoni SUI (or Guillaume Girod) in the Lasers (quota 35 nations) will acquire one of the many nations' places for 2012. But there is still a long way to go to the Swiss Olympic selection limit as 12th nation. No chance for a nations' berth this time for Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI in the 470 women. They will have another chance at the 2012 Worlds. The report of the SST.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer, Debbie Capozzi USA took Gold for the USA in a most convincing way with a smashing 4-0 victory over Lucy McGregor GBR. With this success, the Laser Radial Olympic Champion has definitively become the Match Racing number one in this season. The petite final winner is Claire Leroy FRA defeating Ekaterina Skudina RUS and winning the first medal for France at these World Championships. The video-interview with the winners and the results.
Friday, August 29, 2014   (Image © Christophe Favreau)
Final day for Women Match Racing with Anna Tunnicliffe USA and Lucy McGregor GBR fighting for the title in Western Australia. Claire Leroy FRA and Ekaterina Skudina RUS will race for the Bronze Medal. The Starboats and the 470 women resume racing after the lay day, and the 49er have another three heats on the program.
Scheidt/Prada BRA are back in the Starboat race after rather mild first days. They are 6 points in front of Mendelblatt/Fatih USA and 13 points in front of Stanjek/Kleen GER. The fight for the Medal Race is very tight, as the ranks 7 to 12 are closely together. Convincing leaders in the 470 women are the European Champions Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP. In this class as well, the battle for rank 10 is very intense with Petitjean/Douroux FRA (rank 10), Tina Lutz/Susann Beucke GER (rank 11) and the Olympic Champions Rechichi/Stowell AUS (rank 12). In the 49ers, the ranks 6-12 are separated by 14 points only. Pink/Peacock GBR are still leading.
Today's races are already underway and can be followed as always on the live-blog or the race-viewer. We shall summarize the situation with the latest updates by noon.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
Final day for Women Match Racing with Anna Tunnicliffe USA and Lucy McGregor GBR fighting for the title in Western Australia. Claire Leroy FRA and Ekaterina Skudina RUS will race for the Bronze Medal. The Starboats and the 470 women resume racing after the lay day, and the 49er have another three heats on the program.
Scheidt/Prada BRA are back in the Starboat race after rather mild first days. They are 6 points in front of Mendelblatt/Fatih USA and 13 points in front of Stanjek/Kleen GER. The fight for the Medal Race is very tight, as the ranks 7 to 12 are closely together. Marazzi/De Maria, 18 points behind rank 10, have to considerbly improve their performance to qualify for the top 10. However, they are on a good track for one of the 11 ISAF Olympic nations' berths. Convincing leaders in the 470 women are the European Champions Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP. In this class as well, the battle for rank 10 is very intense with Petitjean/Douroux FRA (rank 10), Tina Lutz/Susann Beucke GER (rank 11) and the Olympic Champions Rechichi/Stowell AUS (rank 12). In the 49ers, the ranks 6-12 are separated by 14 points only. Pink/Peacock GBR are still leading.
Today's races are already underway and can be followed as always on the live-blog or the race-viewer. We shall summarize the situation with the latest updates by noon.
Friday, August 29, 2014   (Image © Christophe Favreau)
The 147 Laser sailors enjoy today the well-deserved lay day after 8 quaification races. Tomorrow, two more races are on the program before on Sunday, the Medal Race will take place. The defending champion Tom Slingsby AUS is the stellar leader with 5 race wins, leading 11 points ahead of the Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR. The fight for the top-10 Medal Race qualification is very close, as the ranks 8 (Andrew Murdoch NZL) and 12 (Tom Burton AUS) are separated by 10 points only. The results.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
The races of Thursday are over and there are less and less candidates for a Medal. On the safe way to either Gold or Silver are Lucy McGregor GBR (defeating Claire Leroy FRA 3-2 in the semi-final) and Anna Tunnicliffe USA (beating Ekaterina Skudina 3-1 in the semi). A tight pack lies 6 points behind Pink/Peacock GBR after 9 races sailed in the 49er with Toft-Nielsen/Toft-Nielsen DEN and only one point behind Outteridge/Jensen AUS and Burling/Tuke NZL with the same number of points. In the RS:X-windsurfers is Dorian van Rijsselberge NED 6 points ahead of Piotr Myska POL and Nimrod Masiah ISR. The Olympic medalist Nick Dempsey GBR on the 15th position already 20 points behind rank 10 is in difficulties to qualify for the Medal Race tomorrow at the end of the 10 qualification heats. All results and the daily report on the event-website.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
The races of Thursday are over and there are less and less candidates for a Medal. On the safe way to either Gold or Silver are Lucy McGregor GBR (defeating Claire Leroy FRA 3-2 in the semi-final) and Anna Tunnicliffe USA (beating Ekaterina Skudina 3-1 in the semi). A tight pack lies 6 points behind Pink/Peacock GBR after 9 races sailed in the 49er with Toft-Nielsen/Toft-Nielsen DEN and only one point behind Outteridge/Jensen AUS and Burling/Tuke NZL with the same number of points. In the RS:X-windsurfers is Dorian van Rijsselberge NED 6 points ahead of Piotr Myska POL and Nimrod Masiah ISR. Richard Stauffacher SUI follows on rank 24. All results and the daily report on the event-website.
Friday, August 29, 2014   (Image © Richard Langdon)
The Lasers Standard have just completed the two final races of today, Thursday, sailed in a Gold-, Silver- and Bronze-Fleet. Tom Slingsby AUS was again the best of the day finishing 1st and 6th, extending his lead over Paul Goodison GBR on 11 points. Nick Thompson GBR, winner of the second race, moved up on rank 3. Ashley Brunning AUS, Simon Grotelüschen GER and Johann Wigforss SWE are not far behind, and the fight for the Medals remains fully open. The results.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
The Lasers Standard have just completed the two final races of today, Thursday, sailed in a Gold-, Silver- and Bronze-Fleet. Tom Slingsby AUS was again the best of the day finishing 1st and 6th, extending his lead over Paul Goodison GBR on 11 points. Nick Thompson GBR, winner of the second race, moved up on rank 3. Ashley Brunning AUS, Simon Grotelüschen GER and Johann Wigforss SWE are not far behind, and the fight for the Medals remains fully open. The results.
In the Silver-Fleet, Christoph Bottoni SUI and Guillaume Girod SUI - again with the best Swiss results today - are on the positions 53 and 55.
Friday, August 29, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
The Starboats and the 470 women have their lay day today. The RS:X-surfers, the 49ers and the Lasers Standard begin today the final phase split in Gold-, Silver- and in the Lasers also Bronze-Fleets. The Match-Race-women sail the semi-finals, respectively the sail-offs for the ranks 5-8. Racing has started and the live-blog informs about the standings. All results and the event-website with the latest reports. An update on the results of this Thursday will be posted here by noon.
Friday, August 29, 2014   (Image © Richard Langdon)
The Lasers continue racing without lay day. Having ended the qualification phase yesterday, the Gold-, Silver- and Bronze-fleet races have begun today, and heat one is already completed. The winner is - who else - Tom Slingsby AUS followed by Paul Goodison GBR and Tom Burton AUS. Slingsby extended his lead on Goodison in the overall rankings on 8 points. The new third-ranked is Ashley Brunning AUS, closely followed by Simon Grotelüschen GER and Andreas Geritzer AUT. Nick Thompson GBR and Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA are on the ranks 6 and 7. The second race of the day is underway. We shall communicate as soon as results are available. The races can be followed over the live-blog or the race-viewer.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
The Starboats, 470 women, the 49ers, the RS:X-male windsurfers and the Match Race women continued their program in a 20 kn seabreeze. In the 470 women, Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP were again the best of the day, extending their lead ahead of Kondo/Tabata JPN on rank 2, seven points behind and Westerhof/Berkhout NED on rank 3. Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI follow on rank 37. Scheidt/Prada BRA extended their lead in the Starboats with the ranks 1 and 3 ahead of Mendelblatt/Fatih USA and Stanjek/Kleen GER. Marazzi/De Maria SUI moved up on rank 14, thanks to a 9th race rank. In the 49ers, Pink/Peacock GBR took the lead in front of Dyen/Christidis FRA and Outteridge/Jensen AUS. The new leader in the RS:X-windsurfers is Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED followed by Nimrod Mesiah ISR and Piotr Myszka POL. Richard Stauffacher SUI is now on rank 24. Claire Leroy FRA, Anna Tunnicliffe USA and Ekaterina Skudina RUS are already qualified for the semi-finals. The match Lucy McGregor and Mandy Mulder NED is 2-1 at this moment. The event-website.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
The Starboats, 470 women, the 49ers, the RS:X-male windsurfers and the Match Race women continued their program in a 20 kn seabreeze. In the 470 women, Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP were again the best of the day, extending their lead ahead of Kondo/Tabata JPN on rank 2, seven points behind and Westerhof/Berkhout NED on rank 3. Scheidt/Prada BRA extended their lead in the Starboats with the ranks 1 and 3 ahead of Mendelblatt/Fatih USA and Stanjek/Kleen GER. In the 49ers, Pink/Peacock GBR took the lead in front of Dyen/Christidis FRA and Outteridge/Jensen AUS. The new leader in the RS:X-windsurfers is Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED followed by Nimrod Mesiah ISR and Piotr Myszka POL. Claire Leroy FRA, Anna Tunnicliffe USA and Ekaterina Skudina RUS are already qualified for the semi-finals. The match Lucy McGregor and Mandy Mulder NED is 2-1 at this moment. The event-website.
Friday, August 29, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
The Laser races of Wednesday are over. The three fleets completed two races in a 20 kn seabreeze, and the qualifcation phase according to the NoR is finished with the necessary 6 heats. Adding another bullet, but also sailing his discard race (rank 9), was Tom Slingsby AUS, leaving him unchallenged on top of the overall rankings. No changes on the ranks 2 and 3 as well: Paul Goodison GBR (1/6 today) and Simon Grotelüschen GER (also 1/6) remain in the top-three. On the ranks 4 and 5 follow the two best-of-the-day Ashley Brunning AUS (2/4) and Andreas Geritzer AUT (1/4), Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA is 6th. The results after 6 races.
Friday, August 29, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
The Laser races of Wednesday are over. The three fleets completed two races in a 20 kn seabreeze, and the qualifcation phase according to the NoR is finished with the necessary 6 heats. Adding another bullet, but also sailing his discard race (rank 9), was Tom Slingsby AUS, leaving him unchallenged on top of the overall rankings. No changes on the ranks 2 and 3 as well: Paul Goodison GBR (1/6 today) and Simon Grotelüschen GER (also 1/6) remain in the top-three. On the ranks 4 and 5 follow the two best-of-the-day Ashley Brunning AUS (2/4) and Andreas Geritzer AUT (1/4), Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA. The results after 6 races.
None of the three Swiss will probably be in the Goldfleet. Christoph Bottoni SUI just missed the top-49 as 50th, unless he will move up due to some pending protests. Guillaume Girod SUI with his 9th race rank furnished the best Swiss result, but overall, he remains in the Silverfleet as 61st. Christian Steiger SUI is also in the Silverfleet as 87th.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
In spite of passing thunderstorms, the some seabreeze filled in with up to 20 kn, and all classes could sail their program with two races (three for the 49ers). The most discussed incident of the day was the out of the leading Starboat Percy/Simpson GBR due to an old injury of Percy breaking-up again. After Ben Ainslie GBR with his disqualification in the Finns and the drop-out of the co-favorites Morrison/Rhodes GBR in the 49ers, also due to injuries, it is again the most successful British Sailing Team, who was hit.
The new leaders in the Starboats after six races are Scheidt/Prada BRA, but Kusznierewicz/Zycki POL and Mendelblatt/Fatih USA are only one point behind. With two bullets yesterday, Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP have taken the lead in the 470 women ahead of Westerhof/Berkhout NED and Kondo/Tabata JPN. The report of the 470 class. Nimrod Masiah ISR is the unique leader in the RS:X-male windsurfers after four races, and Krüger/Thorsell DEN are on the first place of the closely together 49ers. The Women Match Race pairings are now firm with Anna Kjellberg SWE against Claire Leory FRA, Lucy McGregor GBR vs Mandy Mulder NED, Olivia Price AUS vs Ekaterina Skudina RUS an and Anna Tunnicliffe USA vs Nicky Souter AUS.
Today's racing has been postponed for the moment due to lacking or too circling winds. The live-blog and the race-viewer inform on the further activies in Perth. The event-website contains more on yesterday's news.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
The Swiss highlight yesterday was the 5th race rank of Richard Stauffacher SUI in the RS:X-surfers. On rank 20 of the RS:X overall ranking, he is on a safe path for one of the 35 Olympic berths. An Olympic nation's qualification is also very likely in the Lasers with Christoph Bottoni SUI on rank 44. The best Laser race result however came from the young Guillaume Girod who finished 11th in his group, bringing him on rank 76 of the 148 participants, still behind Christian Steiger (rank 72). The high-rated Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI did not yet realise a top-ten result in the last 6 races of the Starboats. As 18th overall and 12th nation, the nation's berth (11th nation) should be achievable. Below their expectations is the performance of the Swiss 470 women: Emmanuelle Rol SUI/FRA/Hélàne Defrance FRA are as 25th only third-best French team, and Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI are as 34th clearly behind the nations' barrier. The report of the SST.
Friday, August 29, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
No other Olympic class has such a large number of top athletes as the Lasers Standard, capable of winning a race. Nevertheless, some super champions always excell such as Tom Slingsby AUS with three bullets, leading 9 points ahead of the Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR after four races. Behind these two dominators of the past few years are tied on rank 3 Simon Grotelüschen GER and the World Cup winner Nick Thompson GBR, with Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA on 5th.
Racing today has started after a postponement due to lack of wind. The activity can be followed on the live-blog or the race-viewer. We shall summarize today's results by noon on this website.
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Good seabreeze conditions allowed to sail the full program for all classes today. Two bullets brought Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP in the lead of the 470 women, ahead of Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED. Yesterday's first Ai Kondo Wakako Tabata JPN are now 3rd. Rol/Defrance SUI/FRA lost some places and are now 28th. Stéphanie and Romy Hasler follow as 34th. Nimrod Mesiah ISR is now the unique leader in the RS:X-windsurfers ist, followed by Przmyslav Miarczynski POL and Piotr Myszka POL on the ranks 2 and 3. Richard Stauffacher SUI is on his way up with the day ranks 13 and 5 bringing him on the 20th place overall.The Danish Team rules the world in the 49ers with Krüger/Thorsell DEN on rank one followed by Moore/Stork USA, and the tied Warrer/Hansen DEN. In the Starboats, the superior leaders Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR had to interrupt the day already in the first race of the day, as due to back pains. The new leaders are now Scheidt/Prada BRA one point ahead of the tied Kusznierwicz/Zycki POL and Mendelblatt/Fatih USA. Stanjek/Kleen GER are now on 4th. With the day ranks 18 and 12, Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI moved up on rank 18 and are now 13th nation. The Stage 2 Round Robin of the Women Matchracers is now over and Lucy McGregor GBR, Nicky Souter AUS, Olivia Price AUS and Anna Kjellberg SWE complete the pairs for the Quarter Final matches. The results and the event-website with the most recent reports.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
Good seabreeze conditions allowed to sail the full program for all classes today. Two bullets brought Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP in the lead of the 470 women, ahead of Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED. Yesterday's first Ai Kondo Wakako Tabata JPN are now 3rd. Rol/Defrance SUI/FRA lost some places and are now 28th. Stéphanie and Romy Hasler follow as 34th. Nimrod Mesiah ISR is now the unique leader in the RS:X-windsurfers ist, followed by Przmyslav Miarczynski POL and Piotr Myszka POL on the ranks 2 and 3. Richard Stauffacher SUI is on his way up with the day ranks 13 and 5 bringing him on the 20th place overall.The Danish Team rules the world in the 49ers with Krüger/Thorsell DEN on rank one followed by Moore/Stork USA, and the tied Warrer/Hansen DEN. In the Starboats, the superior leaders Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR had to interrupt the day already in the first race of the day, as due to back pains. The new leaders are now Scheidt/Prada BRA one point ahead of the tied Kusznierwicz/Zycki POL and Mendelblatt/Fatih USA. Stanjek/Kleen GER are now on 4th. With the day ranks 18 and 12, Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI moved up on rank 18 and are now 13th nation. The Stage 2 Round Robin of the Women Matchracers is now over and Lucy McGregor GBR, Nucky Souter AUS, Olivia Price AUS and Anna Kjellberg SWE complete the pairs for the Quarter Final matches. The results and the event-website with the most recent reports.
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The last of the three Laser Standard fleets has just completed the second race of the day, sailed in a well established seabreeze. The local top-favorite Tom Slingsby AUS fully met the expectations of the local public winning both heats. He is now clearly leading overall 9 points ahead of the Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR after four races. Rank 3 is shared by Simon Grotelüschen GER and Nick Thompson GBR one point behind Goodison. Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA follows on rank 5. The other race wins of the day went to Rutger Van Schaardenburg NED, again Pavlos Kontides CYP and Tom Burton AUS. The results.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
The last of the three Laser Standard fleets has just completed the second race of the day, sailed in a well established seabreeze. The local top-favorite Tom Slingsby AUS fully met the expectations of the local public winning both heats. He is now clearly leading overall 9 points ahead of the Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR after four races. Rank 3 is shared by Simon Grotelüschen GER and Nick Thompson GBR one point behind Goodison. Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA follows on rank 5. The other race wins of the day went to Rutger Van Schaardenburg NED, again Pavlos Kontides CYP and Tom Burton AUS. The results.
The Swiss follow on the ranks 43 (Christoph Bottoni SUI), 71 (Christian Steiger SUI) and 76 (Guillaume Girod SUi). Girod realized the best individual Swiss ranking with a 13th place in race 3. He was even leading at the first mark rounding !
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After yesterday's races sailed in unconstant winds, influenced by a passing thunderstorm front, the seabreeze is back again today, filling in with about 20 kn. The three Laser fleets have already completed their first race. Winning his group, Tom Slingsby AUS has taken the lead, followed by Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA, Rutger van Schaardenburg NED and Simon Grotelüschen GER on the ranks 2-4. The overall ranking after 3 races.
The second race of the day can be followed live over the live-blog or the race-viewer.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
After yesterday's races sailed in unconstant winds, influenced by a passing thunderstorm front, the seabreeze is back again today, filling in with about 20 kn. The three Laser fleets have already completed their first race. Winning his group, Tom Slingsby AUS has taken the lead, followed by Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA, Rutger van Schaardenburg NED and Simon Grotelüschen GER on the ranks 2-4. The overall ranking after 3 races. The best Swiss finish was produced by the young Guillaume Girod SUI on rank 13. Christoph Bottoni SUI finished 22nd in his fleet and is on rank 45 overall.
The second race of the day can be followed live over the live-blog or the race-viewer.
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High activity off Perth/Fremantle yesterday on the first day of week two of the ISAF Worlds with the Lasers Standard, 49ers, 470 women and RS:X-men beginning their Championships, and the Starboats and Match Race wome continue the competition. A passing front disturbed racing creating very unconstant and difficult conditions. In most of the classes, the favorites took the command right from the beginning. We summarized the Monday results yesterday in our noon update. Ai Kondo/Wakako Tabata JPN clearly leads in the 470 women, Warren/Hansen DEN are the first leaders in the 49ers, Jesper Stalheim SWE is o rank one in the Lasers Standard with a small margin on Tom Slingsby AUS and Nimrod Masiah ISR and Piotr Myszka POL share the first position in the RS:X-male surfers. On day two of the Starboats, Percy/Simpson GBR further extended their lead. The Stage 2 Round Robin of the Match-Race-women is not yet over, and - contrary to our yesterday's report - the last four Quarter Final places are not yet definitively allotted. The Perth activities can be followed continuously over the live-blog or the race-viewer. Racing is on and we shall post the news of this Tuesday by noon.
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The largest class at the ISAF Olympic Classes World Championship 2011, the Lasers Standard with 147 participants split in three fleets, began the 2011 Worlds in Fremantle/Perth, Western Australia, today with two races each. Jesper Stalheim SWE is the surprising leader after two heats with the day ranks 1 and 5, one point ahead of the declared top-favorite Tom Slingsby AUS (1/6) and Karol Porczinsky POL (2/5) at equal points. The other day winners were Pavlos Kontides CYP, Emil Cedergard SWE, Simon Grotelüschen GER and Andreas Geritzer AUT. The results.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
The largest class at the ISAF Olympic Classes World Championship 2011, the Lasers Standard with 147 participants split in three fleets, began the 2011 Worlds in Fremantle/Perth, Western Australia, today with two races each. Jesper Stalheim SWE is the surprising leader after two heats with the day ranks 1 and 5, one point ahead of the declared top-favorite Tom Slingsby AUS (1/6) and Karol Porczinsky POL (2/5) at equal points. The other day winners were Pavlos Kontides CYP, Emil Cedergard SWE, Simon Grotelüschen GER and Andreas Geritzer AUT. The results. The Swiss follow on the ranks 41 (Christoph Bottoni, 11/18), 65 (Christian Steiger) and 92 (Guillaume Girod SUI).
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This morning, the Lasers Standard began their World Championship in Perth, sailing in three fleets. The first winners are Tom Slingsby AUS and Jesper Stalheim SWE, ahead of Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA and Kacper Jeminski POL on ranks 2 and Milan Vujasinovic CRO and Rasmus Mygren SWE on ranks 3. The results of the third fleet are not yet known. In a few minutes, the start to race 2 will be given, that can be followed over the live-blog or the race-viewer.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
This morning, the Lasers Standard began their World Championship in Perth, sailing in three fleets. The first winners are Tom Slingsby AUS and Jesper Stalheim SWE, ahead of Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA and Kacper Jeminski POL on ranks 2 and Milan Vujasinovic CRO and Rasmus Mygren SWE on ranks 3. The results of the third fleet are not yet known. In a few minutes, the start to race 2 will be given, that can be followed over the live-blog or the race-viewer. Good results can be reported from the Swiss: Christian Steiger SUI finished on rank 10, Christoph Bottoni SUI rank 11 in their fleets.
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The first week of the ISAF Olympic Classes World Championships 2011 ended yesterday with four Medal Races - we reported already yesterday. Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS took Gold in the 470 men, Giles Scott GBR was the winner in the Finns after the double disqualification of the clear leader Ben Ainslie GBR (see our report yesterday), Lee Korzits ISR is the Champion in the RS:X-women and Marit Bouwmeester NED is the new Laser Radial World Champion.
Already yesterday, the Starboats began their Worlds with two races. The Olympic Champions Percy/Simpson GBR are on rank 1. Today, races 3 and 4 are on the program. In the Women Match Race, the last stage 2 heats to determine the other four Quarter Finalists are on the program. And the Lasers Standard, the RS:X-windsurfers and the 49er begin their Championship. We shall communicate the results of the day around noon as soon as available from Perth.
Up to now 39 different nations have acquired a nations' berth for the 2012 Olympics. The report.
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The female matchracers finished their Quarter Final qualifications program as last today. The 5th to 20th ranked of the initial Round Robin fight for the remaining four places of the last eight. About half of the matches are over in the meantime and Olivia Price AUS leads the interims ranking with a 7-3 score, followed by Lucy McGregor GBR with 6-1, Anna Kjellberg SWE 6-3 and Nicky Souter AUS 5-2. Definitively out is Silke Hahlbrock GER, who is last with only one win in seven races. The results.
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Today, the Starboats began their World Championship in Perth with two races. Some of the favorites are not where expected. The Olympic Champions Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR took the lead with the day ranks 3 and 4 one point ahead of Robert Stanjek/Frithjof Kleen GER. On rank 3 follow Peter O'Leary/David Burrows IRL. The top favorites Scheidt/Prada BRA and Lööf/Salminen SWE are only on the ranks 9 and 10. Rather mildly also Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI with the rank 16 and 13, leaving them on rank 13 after two races. 21st are Kusznerwicz/Zycki POL who did not finish race two after winning race one. The results.
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Today, the Starboats began their World Championship in Perth with two races. Some of the favorites are not where expected. The Olympic Champions Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR took the lead with the day ranks 3 and 4 one point ahead of Robert Stanjek/Frithjof Kleen GER. On rank 3 follow Peter O'Leary/David Burrows IRL. The top favorites Scheidt/Prada BRA and Lööf/Salminen SWE are only on the rank 9 and 10. Rather mildly also Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI with the rank 16 and 13, leaving them on rank 13 after two races. On rank 21 are Kusznerwicz/Zycki POL who did not finish race two after winning race one. The results.
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Also without the superstar Ben Ainslie GBR, disqualified under rule 69 on the last day of the qualification heats, the Worlds title goes to Great Britain. With a second rank in the Medal Race, Giles Scott GBR finished just one point ahead of Pieter-Jan Postma NED. The Bronze Medal goes to the defending champions Ed Wright GBR. The final ranking list.
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Finishing 5th in today's Medal Race, Lee Korzits ISR remained just on top on the last day of the RS:X Championship. As best allround surfer, she took the lead in the light-wind races during the first days, and never lost the top position through-out the competition. But it was closer and closer with the fresh-breeze specialist Zofia Klepacka POL winning two heats and a second rank today, finishing finally only two points behind the Israeli. Marina Alabau ESP lost one place and is on the Bronze position overall. The final results.
Friday, August 29, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
As expected, the Medal Race did not change the positions on top of the 470 men. Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS confirmed their role as top favorites and defended their title ahead of Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR, who - winning the Medal Race - defended the Silver Medal against Sime Fantela/Igor Marencic CRO retaining the Bronze Medal. Kliger/Sela ISR are 4th, Charbonnier/Mion FRA and Leboucher/Garros FRA follow on the ranks 5 and 6. The results.
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The first class to terminate the Championship were the Lasers Radial with the Medal Race this Sunday morning. Marit Bouwmeester NED finished 4th in a very shifty breeze, taking her first Worlds title. Silver and Bronze went to Evi Van Acker BEL and Paige Railey USA. Veronica Fenclova CZE, winner of the Medal Race, missed the Bronze Medal by one point only. The final ranking list.
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Four Olympic classes finish their Worlds today with the Medal Races. In the Lasers Radial, Marit Bouwmeester NED starts with a 6 points' lead on Evi Van Acker BEL, and Paige Railey USA is another 6 points behind. Medal chances exist also for Annalise Murphy IRL and Gintare Scheidt LTU. After the disqualification of Ben Ainslie GBR in the Finns, Giles Scott GBR, Jan-Pieter Postma NED (3 points behind) and the defending champion Ed Wright GBR will fight for the title. In the 470 men, the 18 points' lead of Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS are a solid cushion to defend the title. The second Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR have an 8 points' advantage on Sime Fantela/Igor Marencic CRO auf. In the RS:X-women, Lee Korzits ISR, Marina Alabau ESP and Zofia Klepacka POL will share the medals. The official report.
Friday, August 29, 2014   (Image © Photoshelter)
Big champions can loose nerves too ! Ben Ainslie GBR, actually leading with 8 points before the Medal Race of the Finns of today, attacked a TV power boat after crossing the finish line. Jumping on the rubber boat, he grabbed the camera man and insulted him, before swimming back to his Finn. Following this incident, a hearing was held by the International Jury under Racing Rules of Sailing 69 and decided that GBR 3 is to be scored DGM for Races 9 and 10. This means that Ainslie is disqualified from Races 9 and 10 and those scores cannot be excluded. Ainslie is not qualified for the Medal Race ! Apparently, Ainslie was several times hindered by the TV boat. The photo sequence of the incident and the official report.
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The Finns were the last class to conclude the final races. In tomorrow's Medal Races, four participants still have a chance for a Medal. In spite of a premature start in the last race, Ben Ainslie GBR is the superior favorite with an 8 points lead. Giles Scott GBR on rank 2 has a small margin of 2 points only on Pieter-Jan Postma NED, while the defending champion Ed Wright GBR follows 8 points behind the Dutchman. All other partcipipants are too far back. The Olympia-Silver-medalist Zach Railey USA is on rank 9 only. The Swiss finish the Championship on the ranks 59 (Christoph Christen SUI), 61 (Silvan Hofer SUI) and 71 (Thomas Gautschi SUI. The results and the report.
In the qualification's Round Robin of the Women Match Race - the best four qualify for the Quarter Finals - Lucy MacGregor GBR leads with 4-0 wins ahead of Nicky Souter AUS and Rita Goncalves POR with 3-1 each. Juliana Senfft BRA and Silja Lehtinen FIN follow with 3-2 wins. This qualification round continues tomorrow. The results.
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After yesterday's rest day of the Laser Radial sailors and RS:X women, all classes are on the water today again to sail the last races to qualify for the top-10 selected for tomorrow's Medal Races. The matchracers sail a second Round Robin for the last four places in the Quarter Finals. The best four teams sail the Gold Round to determine the seeding sequence. The weather has normalised now and the Fremantle Doctor blowing in the afternoon with about 18 kn set the stage for perfect racing. In all fleetclasses, racing for the top-10 will be tight. The live-blog reports continuouly about the activities. We shall summarize the outcome of the last races in an update around noon. The event-website.
Friday, August 29, 2014   (Image © Mark Dadswell)
After the conclusion of the Group B Round Robin - direct qualifiers for the next Round Claire Leroy FRA and Mandy Mulder NED as we reported - the Gold Round was started where the top two of the two Groups determine the seeding list for the Quarter Finals. Anna Tunnicliffe USA defeated Mandy Mulder NED with 2-1, Claire Leroy FRA won against Ekaterina Skudina RUS 2-0. Today, Tunnicliffe and Leroy will race for rank 1 in the seeding list. 16 other teams sail a second Round Robin to select the four remaining teams for the Quarter Finals. The race are ongoing at present and can be followed on the live-blog.
Friday, August 29, 2014   (Image © Paul Kane)
Group A concluded the Round Robin, and - as we already reported - it ended with an overthrow of the top rankings. With an w11-3 score, Anna Tunnicliffe USA ranked first and qualified together with Ekaterina Skudina RUS (also 11-3) directly for the Quarter Finals. Siljia Lehtinen FIN, leading all the time thru since day one, and Nicky Souter AUS (both also with 11-3 w/l) have to fight for one of the 4 remaining Quarter Finals spots in another Round Robin, together with 14 other teams.
Today, it is the turn of Group B, and the matches are already going on, as can be followed on the Live-Blog. Olivia Price AUS (9-4), Silvia Roca ESP (8-2) and Claire Leroy FRA (7-1) are at present ahead in the overall rankings. The results.
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The Lasers Radial have their rest day today after another three races yesterday making it 8 in tota. Tomorrow Saturday, the last final races will be sailed to determine the qualifiers for the Medal Race scheduled for Sunday. In spite of a flopped race (rank 19), Evi Van Acker BEL is still the dominant leader, 14 points ahead of Marit Bouwmeester NED on rank 2, and another 4 points back Paige Railey USA as 3rd. The results.
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After the three races sailed yesterday - we reported in our update at noon - the Laser Radials have completed the selection phase of the Championship and will be sailing in a Gold- and Silver-Fleet as from today. There are again three races on the program.
With the ranks 1/1/2/2/4, Evi Van Acker BEL demonstrated her high performance level and is leading in the overall rankings two points ahead of the tied Annalise Murphy IRL and Marit Bouwmeester NED. Allison Young GBR and Paige Railey USA are on the ranks 4 and 5. The report.
Friday, August 29, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
After the three races sailed yesterday - we reported in our update at noon - the Laser Radials have completed the selection phase of the Championship and will be sailing in a Gold- and Silver-Fleet as from today. There are again three races on the program.
With the ranks 1/1/2/2/4, Evi Van Acker BEL demonstrated her high performance level and is leading in the overall rankings two points ahead of the tied Annalise Murphy IRL and Marit Bouwmeester NED. Allison Young GBR and Paige Railey USA are on the ranks 4 and 5. Nathalie Brugger SUI follows on rank 20 and also Manon Luther SUI on rank 41 has qualified for the Goldfleet. The report.
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Group B made good progress with their program yesterday - Claire Leroy FRA leads with a 7-1 score ahead of Olivia Powrie AUS (7-2) - and today it is up to Group A to complete the Round Robin, The clear leader and most probably directly qualified for the Quarterfinals is Siljia Lehtinen FIN with a 10-0 record. Nicky Souter AUS and Ekaterina Skudina RUS follow behind. The live-blog reports continuously on today's activities. The event-website around noon will post the updated results.
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After the cancellation of fleetracing yesterday due to the passing thunderstorm, the Laser Radial competition resumed today in good condition. Winning race 3 (first heat of the day) were Sari Multala FIN and Charlotte Dobson GBR. Nothing changes in the overall rankings on top. Evi Van Acker BEL leads one point ahead of Veronica Fenclova CZE. Marit Bouwmeester NED follows 9 points behind. The new 4th ranked is Gintare Scheidt LTU. Paige Railey USA follows on the 5th place. At present, race 4 is underway. Unfortunately, the live-ticker and the live viewer are not very reliable. Check the preliminary rankings before protests by linking in on the results table, where the standings after 4 races will probably be published around 9 a.m. UCT.
Friday, August 29, 2014   (Image © Richard Langdon)
The thunderstorms responsible for the cancelling of yesterday's fleetraces has gone, and the weather situation is about to normalize. Today, the afternoon seabreaze, the 'Fremantle Doctor', filling in now will not be at its full strength with about 15-18 kn to expect. At present, the Finns, the 470 men, the Lasers Radial and the RS:X-women are sailing their first races. As always, the live-blog informs on the activities downunder. All four classes will have completed at least 4 races in total at the end of the day. The results. As also inside the Fremantle Harbour, a big white shark has been seen, the Coast Guard is intensifying the shark spotting over the whole regatta area. The report.
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Due to heavy thunderstorms this morning, the Race Committee cancelled all racing for the day, except matchracing, taking place inside the Fremantle harbour. The report.
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Exceptionally light winds prevailed also yesterday in Perth. Today, matchracing goes into the crucial phase of the Round Robins, with direct quarter final qualification for the ranks 1 and 2, while the 3rd to 10th ranked of both groups have to sail another Round Robin for the remaining four slots. On a safe way to the quarter finals is Silja Lehtinen FIN with no loss in 10 heats, followed by Nicky Souter AUS, Stephanie Hazard NZL and Ekaterina Skudina with 7 wins each. Today, it is again Group B's turn. Olivia Powrie AUS and Mandy Mulder NED are on top of the table with a 4-2 score. The heavy thunderstorms over Perth delayed the first starts today. The live-blog informs continuously on the further development of the situation. The results.
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The first fleet races of the ISAF Olympic Classes Sailing World Championship in Perth/Fremantle were sailed yesterday in unexpected moderate conditions. The 470 men, Laser Radial, Finn and RS:X women fleet completed two races in a 10 kn breeze. But the favorites are nevertheless mostly on top: Ben Ainslie GBR realised two race wins in his group and leads overall ahead of Rafael Trujillo ESP and Zach Railey USA. Read the report of the Finn Class. Evi Van Acker BEL die the same in the Lasers Radial and is first followed by Veronica Fenclova CZE, Marit Bouwmeester NED and Paige Railey USA. Surprising is the first position of Jonas and Niklas Lindgren FIN in the 470s, followed by Patience/Bithell GBR and Matsunaga/Imamura JPN. The favorites Belcher/Page AUS are 'only' 4th for the moment. The report of the 470 Class. In the women's windsurfers, Lee Korsitz ISR and Bryony Shaw GBR are on top with the same number of points ahead of Laure Linares ITA as 3rd. The video-report of the RS:X Class. All results and the official report.
Friday, August 29, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
Not yet where they wanted to be are the Swiss, above all Nathalie Brugger, starting with the highest ambitions after a very insense and professional preparation, but as 29th after two races in the Lasers Radial, she had a really bad first day. Manon Luther SUI follows not far away on rank 36. In the 470 men, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI are on rank 49 after two tactically flopped races. Christoph Christen on rank 63 is the best Swiss Finn sailors, Silvan Hofer SUI and Thomas Gautschi SUI follow on the ranks 68 and 70. The report of the Swiss Sailing Team.
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Due to heavy thunderstorms all fleet racing was cancelled today. The official report. On the first day of the Radial Worlds Evi Van Acker BEL took the lead by winning both races of her group im mainly moderate conditions. Veronica Fenclova CZE, Marit Bouwmeester NED and Paige Railey USA are on the hunt. See the complete results.
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The ISAF Laser World Championship 2011 began today with two races for the 102 Radials, split in two fleets, on a course off Perth/Fremantle Western Australia in a 10-12 kn breeze. Evi Van Acker BEL dominated her opponents with two race wins, taking clearly the lead in front of some other favorites based on the results 2011, i.e. Veronica Fenclova CZE on rank 2 (1/3), Marit Bouwmeester NED on rank 3 (2/3) and Paige Railey USA on rank 4 (8/2. The results.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
The ISAF Laser World Championship 2011 began today with two races for the 102 Radials, split in two fleets, on a course off Perth/Fremantle Western Australia in a 10-12 kn breeze. Evi Van Acker BEL dominated her opponents with two race wins, taking clearly the lead in front of some other favorites based on the results 2011, i.e. Veronica Fenclova CZE on rank 2 (1/3), Marit Bouwmeester NED on rank 3 (2/3) and Paige Railey USA on rank 4. The results of the two Swiss are rather moderate with Nathalie Brugger as 30th and Manon Luther as 36th. The results.
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This morning, the 470 men, Lasers Radial, RS:X women and Finns began with their World Championships. The original start times were postponed due to unconstant and shifty winds, but now, the first races are underway in a 10-12 kn breeze. They can be followed live by means of the race-viewer or the live-blog. The official preview.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
On the opening day of the ISAF Worlds, the Group A matchracers had at least sufficient wind to sail half of their Round Robin, even though it was unconstant and difficult to sail close to the shore. Yesterday, the Group B had barely a light breeze left, and only four duels were completed. Lucy MacGregor GBR, Mandy Mulder NED, René Groenveldt NED and Olivia Price AUS are in the lead with 3-1 wins. Claire Leroy FRA is posted on rank 5 with a 2-0 score. The results.
This morning, it is again Group A's turn, and the first matches are already completed. A live-blog covers the event constantly. Moreover, the races can be followed live with a race-viewer.
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With the start of fleet racing, the first Swiss athletes, fighting for an Olympic nation's berth for London/Weymouth 2012, are in action. Based on the results achieved so far, the best chances are with the Laser Radial sailor Nathalie Brugger SUI, who could even earn the direct Swiss Olympic qualification when finishing within the top-5. Also sailing in the Radials is Maonon Luther SUI, who was normally qualified for the Goldfleet in the major regattas of this year. In the other class starting the competition today, the 470s, an overall ranking among the top 10 nations is requested from Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI, a result they have achieved several times during this season. Their strenght is in the big breeze, conditions that are nomally prevailing off Perth/Fremantle. The three Finn sailors Thomas Gautschi, Christoph Christen and Silvan Hofer have never been near the qualification limits, and their objective is first of all to improve their international results of this year. The other classes with Swiss participants - Starboat and RS:X men - start their competition later. The preview of the Swiss Sailing Team AG.
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As first of the two Laser fleets, the Radials started their ISAF World Championship this morning in Freemantle. Racing was postponed till noon, due to shifty winds. The first races have just been finished with - according to the Blog - Annette Lindberg-Holm DEN and Sarah Steyaert FRA winning their groups. Race results have not yet been posted. The second race will start immediately, Racing can be followed on the Live-Blog and the race-viewer.
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The matchracing group A Round Robin began yesterday in very unconstant conditions pretty close to the shore with a breeze coming from the land in the morning shifting to the seabreeze in the afternoon. No surprises as far as the top group is concerned with Siljia Lehtinen FIN and Nicky Souter AUS, both 4-0, followed by Anna Tunnicliffe USA 3-0. This morning, group B has started the first flights. At this moment, Mandy Mulder NED is the undefeated 3-0 leader. Racing goes on and can be followed on the live-blog. The results and the report.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
An hour ago - 5 a.m. UTC - the Group A Women's matchraces began, kicking off the ISAF Olympic Classes Sailing World Championships 2011. The favorite teams of the group, Silija Lehtinen FIN and Nicky Souter AUS, as well as Julie Hazard NZL won all three their first two duels. Follow the live-blog to be updated on today's activities and results. The event-website.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
At this moment, the Opening Ceremony of the ISAF World Championship is taking place in Perth. Coming up the Swan River from Fremantle, around 1'000 athletes (the entry list is not yet updated) will parade thru the City. The first event tomorrow are the Women's matchraces to be sailed stadium-like close to the public in the Fremantle merchant harbour. The official report. Contrary to our information yesterday, it appears that a GPS tracking will be in place on the official website, and a live-blog will also report on the race activities.
As from Monday, the Windsurfers and the 470s will join the competition. The event-website.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
At this moment, the Opening Ceremony of the ISAF World Championship is taking place in Perth. Coming up the Swan River from Fremantle, around 1'000 athletes (the entry list is not yet updated) will parade thru the City. The first event tomorrow are the Women's matchraces to be sailed stadium-like close to the public in the Fremantle merchant harbour. The official report. Contrary to our information yesterday, it appears that a GPS tracking will be in place on the official website, and a live-blog will also report on the race activities.
As from Monday, the Windsurfers (with Richard Stauffacher SUI) and the 470s (with Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI and Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI) will join the competition. Swiss Sailing registerd two 470 men teams, but the young Adrien and Olivier Gremaud SUI were not allowed to attend (no official statement available). The are at present training in Greece. The event-website.
Friday, August 29, 2014   (Image © Ocean Images)
The ISAF Olympic Classes World Championship in Perth, Western Australia, begins in three days from now, an absolute top-event, at which 75% of the Olympic nation berth will be at stake. 797 athletes from 78 nations have been enrolled. There are not many Olympic sports that have such a world-wide attention (To the doom prophets at the ISAF Events Committee: How would the IOC kick out such a sport successful in the Olympics since its early days !) Unfortunately, there are today (three days before the start of the first races) no updated entry lists on the event website. Hopefully, the communication from this most important event in sailing of the year, with a largest reunion of best-prepared top sailors ever – to be noted that actual and former Olympic sailors are key in the America's Cup and Offshore scene as well – will improve during the competition. However, there will apparently be no GPS tracking, at least there is a film channel. Here the official ISAF preview.
The press deadline (6 a.m. UCT) will be delayed during the Championship to be able to report on the latest results and activities from down-under.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
The first event at the ISAF Olympic Classes Worlds will be the Women's Matchracing ... for the first and last time .... as ISAF with its inconsistent Olympic strategy took the shortsighted decision to exclude the widest spread yachts, the keelboats, from the Olympics 2016. Nevertheless, the top women's teams are preparing the Games highly professionally. The number of nations is of course small, but this fact is not a surprise as the entry limits in matchracing events (contrary to fleetracing) were the major hurdle for a world-wide distribution.
Among the favorites in Perth are the Americans Anna Tunnicliffe USA und Genny Tulloch USA, Claire Leroy FRA, Silija Lehtinen FIN and Ekaterina Skudina RUS. Here the official preview.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
The ISAF Olympic Classes World Championship 2011, at the same time the prime Olympic nation selection event for the 2012 Games with 75%, of the berths to be allotted, begins in Perth AUS on next Saturday. The competition to start with is the Women's Match Race beginning the Round Robin. For a number of nations, among them France and Germany, Perth is the final selection event for London/Weymouth 2012.
During the coming days, we shall link in the previews on the different classes, to begin with the Finns today. All bets are on Great Britain, the dominating Finn nation in the last years. The defending World Champion Ed Wright GBR, a fresh breeze specialist, can fully concentrate on the defense of the title, as the outstanding Ben Ainslie GBR has already been nominated for the British Olympia squad. Ainslie on the other hand, has won every World Championship on which he particpated so far ! He has been in Perth for a month to prepare the championship and he remains the favorite for the title. Sie the preview prepared by the Finn Class.
As many Englishmen, the British Team has joined the 'Mustache vs. Cancer' charity contest to raise funds for cancer research. See in the video who is the mustache leader in the GBR squad !
 
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Thursday, August 28, 2014   
Yesterday, the Royal Yacht Association published the decision of the Tribunal in the Ben Ainslie Case concerning the incident at the ISAF World Championship in Perth in December 2011 where Ainslie boarded a TV powerboat to complain about disturbance of the race. Having considered all the evidence put before it, the Tribunal was satisfied that it would not be appropriate for the Tribunal to impose a penalty over and above that imposed by the International Jury at the event, i.e. the exclusion from the Medal Race. The RYA statement and the first reactions as posted in an article by Sail World.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
Two video summaries have been published covering the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championship in Perth, Western Australia, terminated last weekend, where not only the Champions' titles were at stake, but also the allotment of 75% of the Olympic berths for 2012. Enjoy the short 148 seconds' version and/or a full 25-minutes' clip.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
The ISAF Olympic Classes Sailing World Championship in Perth, Western Australia, ended yesterday with the Medal Races of the 49ers, the 470 women, the Lasers Standard and the RS:X-men windsurfers. The Australian hosts were the most successful nation with Gold Medals in the 49er (Outteridge/Jensen), 470-men (Belcher/Page) and the Lasers (Tom Slingsby). Two times Gold acquired the Netherlands (Marit Boumeester, Laser Radial, Dorian Van Rijsselberge, RS:X-men). The other titles went to Brazil (Scheidt/Prada, Star), Spain (Pacheco/Betanzos 470 women), Israel (Lee Korzits, RS:X-women), the USA (Anna Tunnicliffe, Match Race women) and England (Giles Scott, Finn). England confirmed its leading role in Olympic sailing with a number of Silver Medals. Disappointing the performance of the French team, among the top performing nations in the ISAF World Rankings, who only have Claire Leroy's Bronze Medal in Women's Match Racing. The event-website does not yet contain an overview on the medals by nation, or a summary on nations qualified for London 2012. The final report and all ranking lists.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The Swiss Sailing Team has reached its minimal objective at the 2011 Perth World Championships with five classes qualified for London 2012 and the achievement of the Swiss Olympic qualification limits by Nathalie Brugger SUI, Laser Radial, and Marazzi/De Maria SUI, Star. If the Olympic Squad 2012 will be larger than two classes, depends on the outcome of the remaining two Swiss Olympic selection events (Class World Championships 2012 and World Cup Hyères). To reach the required top-12-nations results, a major performance progress is mandatory for Brauchli/Hausser SUI, 470 men, Richard Stauffacher SUI, RS:X windsurfers, and Guillaume Girod SUI or Christoph Bottoni SUI, Lasers. The conditions in Perth with partly fresh, but also light and shifty winds - similar to the Olympic waters of Weymouth 2012 - were not easy, even for the top Swiss teams, who never had a chance to be among the top competitors to qualify at least for the Medal Race. Nathalie Brugger had a bad start but improved considerably towards the end of the Championship getting the Swiss Olympic limit at the last moment. Marazzi/De Maria SUI have still difficulties to stay with the top ten in breezy conditions. All results and the Communiqué of the SST.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   (Image © Paul Kane)
The 2011 ISAF Olympic Classes Sailing World Championship in Perth ended a few minutes ago with the third Gold Medal for the organizing country Australia. Tom Slingsby AUS crowned an outstanding season with a dominating win of the Medal Race, defending his Worlds' title of 2010. Silver and Bronze go to Nick Thompson GBR and Andrew Murdoch NZL. Simon Grotelüschen GER slipped out of the top-three by four points. The final ranking list.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
Finishing 4th in the Medal Race, Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED succeeded to climb on top of the rankings of the RS:X men windsurfers World Championship seizing the second Gold Medal for the Netherlands. Silver goes to Piotr Myzska POL and Bronze to Nimrod Masiah ISR ahead of Przemyslav Miarczynski POL with the same number of points. The final rankings.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
As expected considering the big lead after the qualification races, Nathan Outteridge/Ian Jensen AUS clearly defended their Worlds title finishing the Medal Race on the 3rd place. Silver goes to Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL climbing on the podium with a 2nd rank in this last race. Emil and Simon Töft-Nielsen DEN are third with the same number of points. The results. Storck/Moore USA did not finish the race after a capsize and dropped on rank 9 overall.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
The 470 women have just finished their Medal Race, as first in today's final program. The World Champions 2012 are Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP, securing the first Gold Medal for Spain at these Worlds. Finishing only 7th today, they defended the first place thanks to the big lead achieved in the qualification races. Hanna Mills/Saskia Clark GBR winning the Medal Race climbed on rank 2. The Bronze Medal goes to Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL. The final rankings.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
Today is the last day of the ISAF Olympic Classes World Championship 2011 in Fremantle/Perth, Western Australia with the Medal Races of the 470 women, the 49ers, the RS:X-men windsurfers and the Lasers Standard on the program. We shall cover these events during this Sunday morning continuously. The Medal Race of the 470 women is underway, and the results of all classes will be available by noon. The start of the last class, the Lasers, is planned for 16.10 local time (8.10 UCT). The event-website.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   (Image © Juerg Kaufmann)
The last four Medal Races today Sunday are run without Swiss. Apparently, the Swiss teams are not yet able to achieve top results in a fresher breeze, but nevertheless, they secured the Olympic nations' berths in the classes 470-M, Laser Radial, Laser Standard, RS:X-M and Star. The Swiss Olympic selection limit - 12th nation - was only reached by Nathalie Brugger SUI and Flavio Marazzi SUI. The direct selection - a 5th place - was out of reach, and the selection process continues according to the regulations. The only Swiss National Team class without an Olympic ticket are the 470 women, but there remains a second chance for Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI or another women's team at the World Championship 2012.
The performance of the Swiss Team was solid, and Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI even succeeded to exceed their best performance so far during a top competition. The continuous progress made by Guillaume Girod was impressive, and finishing 51st overall, he secured the Laser nations' berth for Switzerland. Higher expectation had – without doubt - Nathalie Brugger SUI and Marazzi/De Maria, but they had to realize, that the top boats in their classes sail in a different league these days. Much to do in the remaining 9 months to the Olympics 2012 ! All results.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   (Image © Richard Langdon)
As 5th in a self-disciplined Medal Race, Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA are the stellar winner of the Starboat World's title, their 3rd in this class. Robert Stanjek/Frithjof Kleen GER took the Silver Medal thanks to a 3rd race rank today, and left Bronze for Mark Mendelblatt/Brian Fatih USA. Kusznierewicz/Zycki POL as winner of the Medal Race and Lööf/Salminen SWE at equal points missed the Bronze Medal by 3 points. The French duel between Rohart/Ponsot FRA and Florent/Rambeau FRA was in favor of Rohart as 7th, while Florant remains 9th. The final ranking list.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The Lasers have terminated the qualification phase of the 2011 World Championship with the races 9 and 10 today. Tom Slingsby AUS, going as leader into tomorrow's Medal Race, is the clear favorite for the title, and this despite of a not so brilliant day with the ranks 10 and 14. He is still 14 points ahead of the second, who is now Simon Grotelüschen GER. The ranks 2 - 5 are separated by 4 points only, and the Medal Race will be a showdown with Simon Grotelüschen GER, Nick Thompson GBR 3rd, the two best of today Andreas Geritzer AUT (4/6) and Andrew Murdoch NZL (7/4). Even Paul Goodison GBR on rank 6 and Ashley Brunning AUS on the 7th place have still chances for a medal in the double-points-no-discard Medal Race. Tonci Stipanovic CRO on rank 11, and Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA loosing the top-10s on the last day after a good serie of results during the past week, will not be in the final race on Sunday. The results.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The Lasers have terminated the qualification phase of the 2011 World Championship with the races 9 and 10 today. No surprise, that Tom Slingsby AUS going as leader into tomorrow's Medal Race is the clear favorite for the title, and this despite of a medium day with the ranks 10 and 14. He is still 14 points ahead of Simon Grotelüschen GER. The ranks 2 - 5 are separated by 4 points only, and the Medal Race will be a show-down with Simon Grotelüschen GER, Nick Thompson GBR 3rd, the two best of today Andreas Geritzer AUT (4/6) and Andrew Murdoch NZL (7/4). Even Paul Goodison GBR on rank 6 and Ashley Brunning AUS on the 7th place have still chances for a medal in the double-points-no-discard Medal Race. Tonci Stipanovic CRO on rank 11, and Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA loosing the top-10s on the last day after a good serie of results during the past week, will not be in the final race on Sunday. The results.
Guillaume Girod SUI in the Silverfleet had another good day and with the ranks 20 and 2, he finished 2nd (=51 overall). As 25th nation, he secured the nations' berth for Switzerland. A black day with two premature starts had Christoph Bottoni SUI, dropping on rank 61. Christian Steiger SUI finished the championship on the 95th place of the 147 participants.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   (Image © Richard Langdon )
The ISAF Olympic Classes World Championship 2011 in Perth comes slowly to an end after two weeks with the last Medal Races, today the one of the Starboats, and tomorrow Sunday the other classes still racing. With an 18 points' lead, Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA are just before another Worlds title. A 9th position today is sufficient. Mark Mendelblatt/Brian Fatih USA, Robert Stanjek/Frithjof Kleen GER and Frederik Lööf/Max Salminen SWE, separated by 5 points, will fight for Silver and Bronze. The 470 women - Pacheco/Betanzos ESP are clearly leading, the 49ers - Pink/Peacock GBR are only two points ahead of Outteridge/Jensen AUS- und the RS:X-windsurfers with Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED leading, will sail the last qualification races today. The weather forecast announces good seabreeze conditions. The competition can be followed on the live-blog or the race-viewer.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The last two qualification races are on the program in Perth today after yesterday's lay day, and - according to the weathermen - the 'Fremantle Doctor' should be present. Tom Slingsby AUS will have two more chances to extend his 11 points' lead on the second Paul Goodison GBR before the Medal Race. Nick Thompson GBR follows on rank 3. The 7th Andreas Geritzer AUT and the 13th Rutger Van Schaardenburg are separted by 19 points at this moment. The suspense is on to be one of the top-10 qualified for the Medal Race.
The races can be followed on the online-viewer or the live-blog.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The last two qualification races are on the program in Perthtoday after yesterday's lay day, and - according to the weathermen - the 'Fremanle Doctor' should be present. Tom Slingsby AUS will have two more chances to extend his 11 points' lead on the second Paul Goodison GBR before the Medal Race. Nick Thompson GBR follows on rank 3. The 7th Andreas Geritzer AUT and the 13th Rutger Van Schaardenburg are separted by 19 points at this moment. The suspense is on for the Medal Race qualification.
The three Swiss participants have their farewell races in the Silverleet today. Nevertheless, they are on a good way to get one of the 35 quota places for London/Weymouth 2012. Christoph Bottini SUI as 3rd in the Silverfleet (52nd overall) is on the 27th nations' place, Guillaume Girod SUI, having made substantial progress in the last days, follows only two ranks behind the experience Bottoni as 54th.
The races can be followed on the online-viewer or the live-blog.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The Swiss Team sails the last races today, as nobody of them qualified for one of the Medal Races today or tomorrow. Fact is however, that Richard Stauffacher SUI in the RS:X windsurfers (quota 28 nations) and Christoph Bottoni SUI (or Guillaume Girod) in the Lasers (quota 35 nations) will acquire one of the many nations' places for 2012. But there is still a long way to go to the Swiss Olympic selection limit as 12th nation. No chance for a nations' berth this time for Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI in the 470 women. They will have another chance at the 2012 Worlds. The report of the SST.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer, Debbie Capozzi USA took Gold for the USA in a most convincing way with a smashing 4-0 victory over Lucy McGregor GBR. With this success, the Laser Radial Olympic Champion has definitively become the Match Racing number one in this season. The petite final winner is Claire Leroy FRA defeating Ekaterina Skudina RUS and winning the first medal for France at these World Championships. The video-interview with the winners and the results.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   (Image © Christophe Favreau)
Final day for Women Match Racing with Anna Tunnicliffe USA and Lucy McGregor GBR fighting for the title in Western Australia. Claire Leroy FRA and Ekaterina Skudina RUS will race for the Bronze Medal. The Starboats and the 470 women resume racing after the lay day, and the 49er have another three heats on the program.
Scheidt/Prada BRA are back in the Starboat race after rather mild first days. They are 6 points in front of Mendelblatt/Fatih USA and 13 points in front of Stanjek/Kleen GER. The fight for the Medal Race is very tight, as the ranks 7 to 12 are closely together. Convincing leaders in the 470 women are the European Champions Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP. In this class as well, the battle for rank 10 is very intense with Petitjean/Douroux FRA (rank 10), Tina Lutz/Susann Beucke GER (rank 11) and the Olympic Champions Rechichi/Stowell AUS (rank 12). In the 49ers, the ranks 6-12 are separated by 14 points only. Pink/Peacock GBR are still leading.
Today's races are already underway and can be followed as always on the live-blog or the race-viewer. We shall summarize the situation with the latest updates by noon.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
Final day for Women Match Racing with Anna Tunnicliffe USA and Lucy McGregor GBR fighting for the title in Western Australia. Claire Leroy FRA and Ekaterina Skudina RUS will race for the Bronze Medal. The Starboats and the 470 women resume racing after the lay day, and the 49er have another three heats on the program.
Scheidt/Prada BRA are back in the Starboat race after rather mild first days. They are 6 points in front of Mendelblatt/Fatih USA and 13 points in front of Stanjek/Kleen GER. The fight for the Medal Race is very tight, as the ranks 7 to 12 are closely together. Marazzi/De Maria, 18 points behind rank 10, have to considerbly improve their performance to qualify for the top 10. However, they are on a good track for one of the 11 ISAF Olympic nations' berths. Convincing leaders in the 470 women are the European Champions Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP. In this class as well, the battle for rank 10 is very intense with Petitjean/Douroux FRA (rank 10), Tina Lutz/Susann Beucke GER (rank 11) and the Olympic Champions Rechichi/Stowell AUS (rank 12). In the 49ers, the ranks 6-12 are separated by 14 points only. Pink/Peacock GBR are still leading.
Today's races are already underway and can be followed as always on the live-blog or the race-viewer. We shall summarize the situation with the latest updates by noon.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   (Image © Christophe Favreau)
The 147 Laser sailors enjoy today the well-deserved lay day after 8 quaification races. Tomorrow, two more races are on the program before on Sunday, the Medal Race will take place. The defending champion Tom Slingsby AUS is the stellar leader with 5 race wins, leading 11 points ahead of the Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR. The fight for the top-10 Medal Race qualification is very close, as the ranks 8 (Andrew Murdoch NZL) and 12 (Tom Burton AUS) are separated by 10 points only. The results.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The races of Thursday are over and there are less and less candidates for a Medal. On the safe way to either Gold or Silver are Lucy McGregor GBR (defeating Claire Leroy FRA 3-2 in the semi-final) and Anna Tunnicliffe USA (beating Ekaterina Skudina 3-1 in the semi). A tight pack lies 6 points behind Pink/Peacock GBR after 9 races sailed in the 49er with Toft-Nielsen/Toft-Nielsen DEN and only one point behind Outteridge/Jensen AUS and Burling/Tuke NZL with the same number of points. In the RS:X-windsurfers is Dorian van Rijsselberge NED 6 points ahead of Piotr Myska POL and Nimrod Masiah ISR. The Olympic medalist Nick Dempsey GBR on the 15th position already 20 points behind rank 10 is in difficulties to qualify for the Medal Race tomorrow at the end of the 10 qualification heats. All results and the daily report on the event-website.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The races of Thursday are over and there are less and less candidates for a Medal. On the safe way to either Gold or Silver are Lucy McGregor GBR (defeating Claire Leroy FRA 3-2 in the semi-final) and Anna Tunnicliffe USA (beating Ekaterina Skudina 3-1 in the semi). A tight pack lies 6 points behind Pink/Peacock GBR after 9 races sailed in the 49er with Toft-Nielsen/Toft-Nielsen DEN and only one point behind Outteridge/Jensen AUS and Burling/Tuke NZL with the same number of points. In the RS:X-windsurfers is Dorian van Rijsselberge NED 6 points ahead of Piotr Myska POL and Nimrod Masiah ISR. Richard Stauffacher SUI follows on rank 24. All results and the daily report on the event-website.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   (Image © Richard Langdon)
The Lasers Standard have just completed the two final races of today, Thursday, sailed in a Gold-, Silver- and Bronze-Fleet. Tom Slingsby AUS was again the best of the day finishing 1st and 6th, extending his lead over Paul Goodison GBR on 11 points. Nick Thompson GBR, winner of the second race, moved up on rank 3. Ashley Brunning AUS, Simon Grotelüschen GER and Johann Wigforss SWE are not far behind, and the fight for the Medals remains fully open. The results.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The Lasers Standard have just completed the two final races of today, Thursday, sailed in a Gold-, Silver- and Bronze-Fleet. Tom Slingsby AUS was again the best of the day finishing 1st and 6th, extending his lead over Paul Goodison GBR on 11 points. Nick Thompson GBR, winner of the second race, moved up on rank 3. Ashley Brunning AUS, Simon Grotelüschen GER and Johann Wigforss SWE are not far behind, and the fight for the Medals remains fully open. The results.
In the Silver-Fleet, Christoph Bottoni SUI and Guillaume Girod SUI - again with the best Swiss results today - are on the positions 53 and 55.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
The Starboats and the 470 women have their lay day today. The RS:X-surfers, the 49ers and the Lasers Standard begin today the final phase split in Gold-, Silver- and in the Lasers also Bronze-Fleets. The Match-Race-women sail the semi-finals, respectively the sail-offs for the ranks 5-8. Racing has started and the live-blog informs about the standings. All results and the event-website with the latest reports. An update on the results of this Thursday will be posted here by noon.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   (Image © Richard Langdon)
The Lasers continue racing without lay day. Having ended the qualification phase yesterday, the Gold-, Silver- and Bronze-fleet races have begun today, and heat one is already completed. The winner is - who else - Tom Slingsby AUS followed by Paul Goodison GBR and Tom Burton AUS. Slingsby extended his lead on Goodison in the overall rankings on 8 points. The new third-ranked is Ashley Brunning AUS, closely followed by Simon Grotelüschen GER and Andreas Geritzer AUT. Nick Thompson GBR and Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA are on the ranks 6 and 7. The second race of the day is underway. We shall communicate as soon as results are available. The races can be followed over the live-blog or the race-viewer.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The Starboats, 470 women, the 49ers, the RS:X-male windsurfers and the Match Race women continued their program in a 20 kn seabreeze. In the 470 women, Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP were again the best of the day, extending their lead ahead of Kondo/Tabata JPN on rank 2, seven points behind and Westerhof/Berkhout NED on rank 3. Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI follow on rank 37. Scheidt/Prada BRA extended their lead in the Starboats with the ranks 1 and 3 ahead of Mendelblatt/Fatih USA and Stanjek/Kleen GER. Marazzi/De Maria SUI moved up on rank 14, thanks to a 9th race rank. In the 49ers, Pink/Peacock GBR took the lead in front of Dyen/Christidis FRA and Outteridge/Jensen AUS. The new leader in the RS:X-windsurfers is Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED followed by Nimrod Mesiah ISR and Piotr Myszka POL. Richard Stauffacher SUI is now on rank 24. Claire Leroy FRA, Anna Tunnicliffe USA and Ekaterina Skudina RUS are already qualified for the semi-finals. The match Lucy McGregor and Mandy Mulder NED is 2-1 at this moment. The event-website.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The Starboats, 470 women, the 49ers, the RS:X-male windsurfers and the Match Race women continued their program in a 20 kn seabreeze. In the 470 women, Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP were again the best of the day, extending their lead ahead of Kondo/Tabata JPN on rank 2, seven points behind and Westerhof/Berkhout NED on rank 3. Scheidt/Prada BRA extended their lead in the Starboats with the ranks 1 and 3 ahead of Mendelblatt/Fatih USA and Stanjek/Kleen GER. In the 49ers, Pink/Peacock GBR took the lead in front of Dyen/Christidis FRA and Outteridge/Jensen AUS. The new leader in the RS:X-windsurfers is Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED followed by Nimrod Mesiah ISR and Piotr Myszka POL. Claire Leroy FRA, Anna Tunnicliffe USA and Ekaterina Skudina RUS are already qualified for the semi-finals. The match Lucy McGregor and Mandy Mulder NED is 2-1 at this moment. The event-website.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
The Laser races of Wednesday are over. The three fleets completed two races in a 20 kn seabreeze, and the qualifcation phase according to the NoR is finished with the necessary 6 heats. Adding another bullet, but also sailing his discard race (rank 9), was Tom Slingsby AUS, leaving him unchallenged on top of the overall rankings. No changes on the ranks 2 and 3 as well: Paul Goodison GBR (1/6 today) and Simon Grotelüschen GER (also 1/6) remain in the top-three. On the ranks 4 and 5 follow the two best-of-the-day Ashley Brunning AUS (2/4) and Andreas Geritzer AUT (1/4), Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA is 6th. The results after 6 races.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
The Laser races of Wednesday are over. The three fleets completed two races in a 20 kn seabreeze, and the qualifcation phase according to the NoR is finished with the necessary 6 heats. Adding another bullet, but also sailing his discard race (rank 9), was Tom Slingsby AUS, leaving him unchallenged on top of the overall rankings. No changes on the ranks 2 and 3 as well: Paul Goodison GBR (1/6 today) and Simon Grotelüschen GER (also 1/6) remain in the top-three. On the ranks 4 and 5 follow the two best-of-the-day Ashley Brunning AUS (2/4) and Andreas Geritzer AUT (1/4), Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA. The results after 6 races.
None of the three Swiss will probably be in the Goldfleet. Christoph Bottoni SUI just missed the top-49 as 50th, unless he will move up due to some pending protests. Guillaume Girod SUI with his 9th race rank furnished the best Swiss result, but overall, he remains in the Silverfleet as 61st. Christian Steiger SUI is also in the Silverfleet as 87th.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
In spite of passing thunderstorms, the some seabreeze filled in with up to 20 kn, and all classes could sail their program with two races (three for the 49ers). The most discussed incident of the day was the out of the leading Starboat Percy/Simpson GBR due to an old injury of Percy breaking-up again. After Ben Ainslie GBR with his disqualification in the Finns and the drop-out of the co-favorites Morrison/Rhodes GBR in the 49ers, also due to injuries, it is again the most successful British Sailing Team, who was hit.
The new leaders in the Starboats after six races are Scheidt/Prada BRA, but Kusznierewicz/Zycki POL and Mendelblatt/Fatih USA are only one point behind. With two bullets yesterday, Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP have taken the lead in the 470 women ahead of Westerhof/Berkhout NED and Kondo/Tabata JPN. The report of the 470 class. Nimrod Masiah ISR is the unique leader in the RS:X-male windsurfers after four races, and Krüger/Thorsell DEN are on the first place of the closely together 49ers. The Women Match Race pairings are now firm with Anna Kjellberg SWE against Claire Leory FRA, Lucy McGregor GBR vs Mandy Mulder NED, Olivia Price AUS vs Ekaterina Skudina RUS an and Anna Tunnicliffe USA vs Nicky Souter AUS.
Today's racing has been postponed for the moment due to lacking or too circling winds. The live-blog and the race-viewer inform on the further activies in Perth. The event-website contains more on yesterday's news.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The Swiss highlight yesterday was the 5th race rank of Richard Stauffacher SUI in the RS:X-surfers. On rank 20 of the RS:X overall ranking, he is on a safe path for one of the 35 Olympic berths. An Olympic nation's qualification is also very likely in the Lasers with Christoph Bottoni SUI on rank 44. The best Laser race result however came from the young Guillaume Girod who finished 11th in his group, bringing him on rank 76 of the 148 participants, still behind Christian Steiger (rank 72). The high-rated Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI did not yet realise a top-ten result in the last 6 races of the Starboats. As 18th overall and 12th nation, the nation's berth (11th nation) should be achievable. Below their expectations is the performance of the Swiss 470 women: Emmanuelle Rol SUI/FRA/Hélàne Defrance FRA are as 25th only third-best French team, and Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI are as 34th clearly behind the nations' barrier. The report of the SST.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
No other Olympic class has such a large number of top athletes as the Lasers Standard, capable of winning a race. Nevertheless, some super champions always excell such as Tom Slingsby AUS with three bullets, leading 9 points ahead of the Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR after four races. Behind these two dominators of the past few years are tied on rank 3 Simon Grotelüschen GER and the World Cup winner Nick Thompson GBR, with Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA on 5th.
Racing today has started after a postponement due to lack of wind. The activity can be followed on the live-blog or the race-viewer. We shall summarize today's results by noon on this website.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
Good seabreeze conditions allowed to sail the full program for all classes today. Two bullets brought Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP in the lead of the 470 women, ahead of Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED. Yesterday's first Ai Kondo Wakako Tabata JPN are now 3rd. Rol/Defrance SUI/FRA lost some places and are now 28th. Stéphanie and Romy Hasler follow as 34th. Nimrod Mesiah ISR is now the unique leader in the RS:X-windsurfers ist, followed by Przmyslav Miarczynski POL and Piotr Myszka POL on the ranks 2 and 3. Richard Stauffacher SUI is on his way up with the day ranks 13 and 5 bringing him on the 20th place overall.The Danish Team rules the world in the 49ers with Krüger/Thorsell DEN on rank one followed by Moore/Stork USA, and the tied Warrer/Hansen DEN. In the Starboats, the superior leaders Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR had to interrupt the day already in the first race of the day, as due to back pains. The new leaders are now Scheidt/Prada BRA one point ahead of the tied Kusznierwicz/Zycki POL and Mendelblatt/Fatih USA. Stanjek/Kleen GER are now on 4th. With the day ranks 18 and 12, Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI moved up on rank 18 and are now 13th nation. The Stage 2 Round Robin of the Women Matchracers is now over and Lucy McGregor GBR, Nicky Souter AUS, Olivia Price AUS and Anna Kjellberg SWE complete the pairs for the Quarter Final matches. The results and the event-website with the most recent reports.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
Good seabreeze conditions allowed to sail the full program for all classes today. Two bullets brought Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP in the lead of the 470 women, ahead of Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED. Yesterday's first Ai Kondo Wakako Tabata JPN are now 3rd. Rol/Defrance SUI/FRA lost some places and are now 28th. Stéphanie and Romy Hasler follow as 34th. Nimrod Mesiah ISR is now the unique leader in the RS:X-windsurfers ist, followed by Przmyslav Miarczynski POL and Piotr Myszka POL on the ranks 2 and 3. Richard Stauffacher SUI is on his way up with the day ranks 13 and 5 bringing him on the 20th place overall.The Danish Team rules the world in the 49ers with Krüger/Thorsell DEN on rank one followed by Moore/Stork USA, and the tied Warrer/Hansen DEN. In the Starboats, the superior leaders Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR had to interrupt the day already in the first race of the day, as due to back pains. The new leaders are now Scheidt/Prada BRA one point ahead of the tied Kusznierwicz/Zycki POL and Mendelblatt/Fatih USA. Stanjek/Kleen GER are now on 4th. With the day ranks 18 and 12, Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI moved up on rank 18 and are now 13th nation. The Stage 2 Round Robin of the Women Matchracers is now over and Lucy McGregor GBR, Nucky Souter AUS, Olivia Price AUS and Anna Kjellberg SWE complete the pairs for the Quarter Final matches. The results and the event-website with the most recent reports.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The last of the three Laser Standard fleets has just completed the second race of the day, sailed in a well established seabreeze. The local top-favorite Tom Slingsby AUS fully met the expectations of the local public winning both heats. He is now clearly leading overall 9 points ahead of the Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR after four races. Rank 3 is shared by Simon Grotelüschen GER and Nick Thompson GBR one point behind Goodison. Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA follows on rank 5. The other race wins of the day went to Rutger Van Schaardenburg NED, again Pavlos Kontides CYP and Tom Burton AUS. The results.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The last of the three Laser Standard fleets has just completed the second race of the day, sailed in a well established seabreeze. The local top-favorite Tom Slingsby AUS fully met the expectations of the local public winning both heats. He is now clearly leading overall 9 points ahead of the Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR after four races. Rank 3 is shared by Simon Grotelüschen GER and Nick Thompson GBR one point behind Goodison. Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA follows on rank 5. The other race wins of the day went to Rutger Van Schaardenburg NED, again Pavlos Kontides CYP and Tom Burton AUS. The results.
The Swiss follow on the ranks 43 (Christoph Bottoni SUI), 71 (Christian Steiger SUI) and 76 (Guillaume Girod SUi). Girod realized the best individual Swiss ranking with a 13th place in race 3. He was even leading at the first mark rounding !
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
After yesterday's races sailed in unconstant winds, influenced by a passing thunderstorm front, the seabreeze is back again today, filling in with about 20 kn. The three Laser fleets have already completed their first race. Winning his group, Tom Slingsby AUS has taken the lead, followed by Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA, Rutger van Schaardenburg NED and Simon Grotelüschen GER on the ranks 2-4. The overall ranking after 3 races.
The second race of the day can be followed live over the live-blog or the race-viewer.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
After yesterday's races sailed in unconstant winds, influenced by a passing thunderstorm front, the seabreeze is back again today, filling in with about 20 kn. The three Laser fleets have already completed their first race. Winning his group, Tom Slingsby AUS has taken the lead, followed by Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA, Rutger van Schaardenburg NED and Simon Grotelüschen GER on the ranks 2-4. The overall ranking after 3 races. The best Swiss finish was produced by the young Guillaume Girod SUI on rank 13. Christoph Bottoni SUI finished 22nd in his fleet and is on rank 45 overall.
The second race of the day can be followed live over the live-blog or the race-viewer.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
High activity off Perth/Fremantle yesterday on the first day of week two of the ISAF Worlds with the Lasers Standard, 49ers, 470 women and RS:X-men beginning their Championships, and the Starboats and Match Race wome continue the competition. A passing front disturbed racing creating very unconstant and difficult conditions. In most of the classes, the favorites took the command right from the beginning. We summarized the Monday results yesterday in our noon update. Ai Kondo/Wakako Tabata JPN clearly leads in the 470 women, Warren/Hansen DEN are the first leaders in the 49ers, Jesper Stalheim SWE is o rank one in the Lasers Standard with a small margin on Tom Slingsby AUS and Nimrod Masiah ISR and Piotr Myszka POL share the first position in the RS:X-male surfers. On day two of the Starboats, Percy/Simpson GBR further extended their lead. The Stage 2 Round Robin of the Match-Race-women is not yet over, and - contrary to our yesterday's report - the last four Quarter Final places are not yet definitively allotted. The Perth activities can be followed continuously over the live-blog or the race-viewer. Racing is on and we shall post the news of this Tuesday by noon.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The largest class at the ISAF Olympic Classes World Championship 2011, the Lasers Standard with 147 participants split in three fleets, began the 2011 Worlds in Fremantle/Perth, Western Australia, today with two races each. Jesper Stalheim SWE is the surprising leader after two heats with the day ranks 1 and 5, one point ahead of the declared top-favorite Tom Slingsby AUS (1/6) and Karol Porczinsky POL (2/5) at equal points. The other day winners were Pavlos Kontides CYP, Emil Cedergard SWE, Simon Grotelüschen GER and Andreas Geritzer AUT. The results.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The largest class at the ISAF Olympic Classes World Championship 2011, the Lasers Standard with 147 participants split in three fleets, began the 2011 Worlds in Fremantle/Perth, Western Australia, today with two races each. Jesper Stalheim SWE is the surprising leader after two heats with the day ranks 1 and 5, one point ahead of the declared top-favorite Tom Slingsby AUS (1/6) and Karol Porczinsky POL (2/5) at equal points. The other day winners were Pavlos Kontides CYP, Emil Cedergard SWE, Simon Grotelüschen GER and Andreas Geritzer AUT. The results. The Swiss follow on the ranks 41 (Christoph Bottoni, 11/18), 65 (Christian Steiger) and 92 (Guillaume Girod SUI).
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
This morning, the Lasers Standard began their World Championship in Perth, sailing in three fleets. The first winners are Tom Slingsby AUS and Jesper Stalheim SWE, ahead of Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA and Kacper Jeminski POL on ranks 2 and Milan Vujasinovic CRO and Rasmus Mygren SWE on ranks 3. The results of the third fleet are not yet known. In a few minutes, the start to race 2 will be given, that can be followed over the live-blog or the race-viewer.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
This morning, the Lasers Standard began their World Championship in Perth, sailing in three fleets. The first winners are Tom Slingsby AUS and Jesper Stalheim SWE, ahead of Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA and Kacper Jeminski POL on ranks 2 and Milan Vujasinovic CRO and Rasmus Mygren SWE on ranks 3. The results of the third fleet are not yet known. In a few minutes, the start to race 2 will be given, that can be followed over the live-blog or the race-viewer. Good results can be reported from the Swiss: Christian Steiger SUI finished on rank 10, Christoph Bottoni SUI rank 11 in their fleets.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The first week of the ISAF Olympic Classes World Championships 2011 ended yesterday with four Medal Races - we reported already yesterday. Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS took Gold in the 470 men, Giles Scott GBR was the winner in the Finns after the double disqualification of the clear leader Ben Ainslie GBR (see our report yesterday), Lee Korzits ISR is the Champion in the RS:X-women and Marit Bouwmeester NED is the new Laser Radial World Champion.
Already yesterday, the Starboats began their Worlds with two races. The Olympic Champions Percy/Simpson GBR are on rank 1. Today, races 3 and 4 are on the program. In the Women Match Race, the last stage 2 heats to determine the other four Quarter Finalists are on the program. And the Lasers Standard, the RS:X-windsurfers and the 49er begin their Championship. We shall communicate the results of the day around noon as soon as available from Perth.
Up to now 39 different nations have acquired a nations' berth for the 2012 Olympics. The report.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The female matchracers finished their Quarter Final qualifications program as last today. The 5th to 20th ranked of the initial Round Robin fight for the remaining four places of the last eight. About half of the matches are over in the meantime and Olivia Price AUS leads the interims ranking with a 7-3 score, followed by Lucy McGregor GBR with 6-1, Anna Kjellberg SWE 6-3 and Nicky Souter AUS 5-2. Definitively out is Silke Hahlbrock GER, who is last with only one win in seven races. The results.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
Today, the Starboats began their World Championship in Perth with two races. Some of the favorites are not where expected. The Olympic Champions Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR took the lead with the day ranks 3 and 4 one point ahead of Robert Stanjek/Frithjof Kleen GER. On rank 3 follow Peter O'Leary/David Burrows IRL. The top favorites Scheidt/Prada BRA and Lööf/Salminen SWE are only on the ranks 9 and 10. Rather mildly also Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI with the rank 16 and 13, leaving them on rank 13 after two races. 21st are Kusznerwicz/Zycki POL who did not finish race two after winning race one. The results.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
Today, the Starboats began their World Championship in Perth with two races. Some of the favorites are not where expected. The Olympic Champions Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR took the lead with the day ranks 3 and 4 one point ahead of Robert Stanjek/Frithjof Kleen GER. On rank 3 follow Peter O'Leary/David Burrows IRL. The top favorites Scheidt/Prada BRA and Lööf/Salminen SWE are only on the rank 9 and 10. Rather mildly also Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI with the rank 16 and 13, leaving them on rank 13 after two races. On rank 21 are Kusznerwicz/Zycki POL who did not finish race two after winning race one. The results.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
Also without the superstar Ben Ainslie GBR, disqualified under rule 69 on the last day of the qualification heats, the Worlds title goes to Great Britain. With a second rank in the Medal Race, Giles Scott GBR finished just one point ahead of Pieter-Jan Postma NED. The Bronze Medal goes to the defending champions Ed Wright GBR. The final ranking list.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
Finishing 5th in today's Medal Race, Lee Korzits ISR remained just on top on the last day of the RS:X Championship. As best allround surfer, she took the lead in the light-wind races during the first days, and never lost the top position through-out the competition. But it was closer and closer with the fresh-breeze specialist Zofia Klepacka POL winning two heats and a second rank today, finishing finally only two points behind the Israeli. Marina Alabau ESP lost one place and is on the Bronze position overall. The final results.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
As expected, the Medal Race did not change the positions on top of the 470 men. Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS confirmed their role as top favorites and defended their title ahead of Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR, who - winning the Medal Race - defended the Silver Medal against Sime Fantela/Igor Marencic CRO retaining the Bronze Medal. Kliger/Sela ISR are 4th, Charbonnier/Mion FRA and Leboucher/Garros FRA follow on the ranks 5 and 6. The results.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The first class to terminate the Championship were the Lasers Radial with the Medal Race this Sunday morning. Marit Bouwmeester NED finished 4th in a very shifty breeze, taking her first Worlds title. Silver and Bronze went to Evi Van Acker BEL and Paige Railey USA. Veronica Fenclova CZE, winner of the Medal Race, missed the Bronze Medal by one point only. The final ranking list.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
Four Olympic classes finish their Worlds today with the Medal Races. In the Lasers Radial, Marit Bouwmeester NED starts with a 6 points' lead on Evi Van Acker BEL, and Paige Railey USA is another 6 points behind. Medal chances exist also for Annalise Murphy IRL and Gintare Scheidt LTU. After the disqualification of Ben Ainslie GBR in the Finns, Giles Scott GBR, Jan-Pieter Postma NED (3 points behind) and the defending champion Ed Wright GBR will fight for the title. In the 470 men, the 18 points' lead of Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS are a solid cushion to defend the title. The second Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR have an 8 points' advantage on Sime Fantela/Igor Marencic CRO auf. In the RS:X-women, Lee Korzits ISR, Marina Alabau ESP and Zofia Klepacka POL will share the medals. The official report.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   (Image © Photoshelter)
Big champions can loose nerves too ! Ben Ainslie GBR, actually leading with 8 points before the Medal Race of the Finns of today, attacked a TV power boat after crossing the finish line. Jumping on the rubber boat, he grabbed the camera man and insulted him, before swimming back to his Finn. Following this incident, a hearing was held by the International Jury under Racing Rules of Sailing 69 and decided that GBR 3 is to be scored DGM for Races 9 and 10. This means that Ainslie is disqualified from Races 9 and 10 and those scores cannot be excluded. Ainslie is not qualified for the Medal Race ! Apparently, Ainslie was several times hindered by the TV boat. The photo sequence of the incident and the official report.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The Finns were the last class to conclude the final races. In tomorrow's Medal Races, four participants still have a chance for a Medal. In spite of a premature start in the last race, Ben Ainslie GBR is the superior favorite with an 8 points lead. Giles Scott GBR on rank 2 has a small margin of 2 points only on Pieter-Jan Postma NED, while the defending champion Ed Wright GBR follows 8 points behind the Dutchman. All other partcipipants are too far back. The Olympia-Silver-medalist Zach Railey USA is on rank 9 only. The Swiss finish the Championship on the ranks 59 (Christoph Christen SUI), 61 (Silvan Hofer SUI) and 71 (Thomas Gautschi SUI. The results and the report.
In the qualification's Round Robin of the Women Match Race - the best four qualify for the Quarter Finals - Lucy MacGregor GBR leads with 4-0 wins ahead of Nicky Souter AUS and Rita Goncalves POR with 3-1 each. Juliana Senfft BRA and Silja Lehtinen FIN follow with 3-2 wins. This qualification round continues tomorrow. The results.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
After yesterday's rest day of the Laser Radial sailors and RS:X women, all classes are on the water today again to sail the last races to qualify for the top-10 selected for tomorrow's Medal Races. The matchracers sail a second Round Robin for the last four places in the Quarter Finals. The best four teams sail the Gold Round to determine the seeding sequence. The weather has normalised now and the Fremantle Doctor blowing in the afternoon with about 18 kn set the stage for perfect racing. In all fleetclasses, racing for the top-10 will be tight. The live-blog reports continuouly about the activities. We shall summarize the outcome of the last races in an update around noon. The event-website.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   (Image © Mark Dadswell)
After the conclusion of the Group B Round Robin - direct qualifiers for the next Round Claire Leroy FRA and Mandy Mulder NED as we reported - the Gold Round was started where the top two of the two Groups determine the seeding list for the Quarter Finals. Anna Tunnicliffe USA defeated Mandy Mulder NED with 2-1, Claire Leroy FRA won against Ekaterina Skudina RUS 2-0. Today, Tunnicliffe and Leroy will race for rank 1 in the seeding list. 16 other teams sail a second Round Robin to select the four remaining teams for the Quarter Finals. The race are ongoing at present and can be followed on the live-blog.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   (Image © Paul Kane)
Group A concluded the Round Robin, and - as we already reported - it ended with an overthrow of the top rankings. With an w11-3 score, Anna Tunnicliffe USA ranked first and qualified together with Ekaterina Skudina RUS (also 11-3) directly for the Quarter Finals. Siljia Lehtinen FIN, leading all the time thru since day one, and Nicky Souter AUS (both also with 11-3 w/l) have to fight for one of the 4 remaining Quarter Finals spots in another Round Robin, together with 14 other teams.
Today, it is the turn of Group B, and the matches are already going on, as can be followed on the Live-Blog. Olivia Price AUS (9-4), Silvia Roca ESP (8-2) and Claire Leroy FRA (7-1) are at present ahead in the overall rankings. The results.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The Lasers Radial have their rest day today after another three races yesterday making it 8 in tota. Tomorrow Saturday, the last final races will be sailed to determine the qualifiers for the Medal Race scheduled for Sunday. In spite of a flopped race (rank 19), Evi Van Acker BEL is still the dominant leader, 14 points ahead of Marit Bouwmeester NED on rank 2, and another 4 points back Paige Railey USA as 3rd. The results.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
After the three races sailed yesterday - we reported in our update at noon - the Laser Radials have completed the selection phase of the Championship and will be sailing in a Gold- and Silver-Fleet as from today. There are again three races on the program.
With the ranks 1/1/2/2/4, Evi Van Acker BEL demonstrated her high performance level and is leading in the overall rankings two points ahead of the tied Annalise Murphy IRL and Marit Bouwmeester NED. Allison Young GBR and Paige Railey USA are on the ranks 4 and 5. The report.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
After the three races sailed yesterday - we reported in our update at noon - the Laser Radials have completed the selection phase of the Championship and will be sailing in a Gold- and Silver-Fleet as from today. There are again three races on the program.
With the ranks 1/1/2/2/4, Evi Van Acker BEL demonstrated her high performance level and is leading in the overall rankings two points ahead of the tied Annalise Murphy IRL and Marit Bouwmeester NED. Allison Young GBR and Paige Railey USA are on the ranks 4 and 5. Nathalie Brugger SUI follows on rank 20 and also Manon Luther SUI on rank 41 has qualified for the Goldfleet. The report.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
Group B made good progress with their program yesterday - Claire Leroy FRA leads with a 7-1 score ahead of Olivia Powrie AUS (7-2) - and today it is up to Group A to complete the Round Robin, The clear leader and most probably directly qualified for the Quarterfinals is Siljia Lehtinen FIN with a 10-0 record. Nicky Souter AUS and Ekaterina Skudina RUS follow behind. The live-blog reports continuously on today's activities. The event-website around noon will post the updated results.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
After the cancellation of fleetracing yesterday due to the passing thunderstorm, the Laser Radial competition resumed today in good condition. Winning race 3 (first heat of the day) were Sari Multala FIN and Charlotte Dobson GBR. Nothing changes in the overall rankings on top. Evi Van Acker BEL leads one point ahead of Veronica Fenclova CZE. Marit Bouwmeester NED follows 9 points behind. The new 4th ranked is Gintare Scheidt LTU. Paige Railey USA follows on the 5th place. At present, race 4 is underway. Unfortunately, the live-ticker and the live viewer are not very reliable. Check the preliminary rankings before protests by linking in on the results table, where the standings after 4 races will probably be published around 9 a.m. UCT.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   (Image © Richard Langdon)
The thunderstorms responsible for the cancelling of yesterday's fleetraces has gone, and the weather situation is about to normalize. Today, the afternoon seabreaze, the 'Fremantle Doctor', filling in now will not be at its full strength with about 15-18 kn to expect. At present, the Finns, the 470 men, the Lasers Radial and the RS:X-women are sailing their first races. As always, the live-blog informs on the activities downunder. All four classes will have completed at least 4 races in total at the end of the day. The results. As also inside the Fremantle Harbour, a big white shark has been seen, the Coast Guard is intensifying the shark spotting over the whole regatta area. The report.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
Due to heavy thunderstorms this morning, the Race Committee cancelled all racing for the day, except matchracing, taking place inside the Fremantle harbour. The report.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
Exceptionally light winds prevailed also yesterday in Perth. Today, matchracing goes into the crucial phase of the Round Robins, with direct quarter final qualification for the ranks 1 and 2, while the 3rd to 10th ranked of both groups have to sail another Round Robin for the remaining four slots. On a safe way to the quarter finals is Silja Lehtinen FIN with no loss in 10 heats, followed by Nicky Souter AUS, Stephanie Hazard NZL and Ekaterina Skudina with 7 wins each. Today, it is again Group B's turn. Olivia Powrie AUS and Mandy Mulder NED are on top of the table with a 4-2 score. The heavy thunderstorms over Perth delayed the first starts today. The live-blog informs continuously on the further development of the situation. The results.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The first fleet races of the ISAF Olympic Classes Sailing World Championship in Perth/Fremantle were sailed yesterday in unexpected moderate conditions. The 470 men, Laser Radial, Finn and RS:X women fleet completed two races in a 10 kn breeze. But the favorites are nevertheless mostly on top: Ben Ainslie GBR realised two race wins in his group and leads overall ahead of Rafael Trujillo ESP and Zach Railey USA. Read the report of the Finn Class. Evi Van Acker BEL die the same in the Lasers Radial and is first followed by Veronica Fenclova CZE, Marit Bouwmeester NED and Paige Railey USA. Surprising is the first position of Jonas and Niklas Lindgren FIN in the 470s, followed by Patience/Bithell GBR and Matsunaga/Imamura JPN. The favorites Belcher/Page AUS are 'only' 4th for the moment. The report of the 470 Class. In the women's windsurfers, Lee Korsitz ISR and Bryony Shaw GBR are on top with the same number of points ahead of Laure Linares ITA as 3rd. The video-report of the RS:X Class. All results and the official report.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
Not yet where they wanted to be are the Swiss, above all Nathalie Brugger, starting with the highest ambitions after a very insense and professional preparation, but as 29th after two races in the Lasers Radial, she had a really bad first day. Manon Luther SUI follows not far away on rank 36. In the 470 men, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI are on rank 49 after two tactically flopped races. Christoph Christen on rank 63 is the best Swiss Finn sailors, Silvan Hofer SUI and Thomas Gautschi SUI follow on the ranks 68 and 70. The report of the Swiss Sailing Team.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
Due to heavy thunderstorms all fleet racing was cancelled today. The official report. On the first day of the Radial Worlds Evi Van Acker BEL took the lead by winning both races of her group im mainly moderate conditions. Veronica Fenclova CZE, Marit Bouwmeester NED and Paige Railey USA are on the hunt. See the complete results.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The ISAF Laser World Championship 2011 began today with two races for the 102 Radials, split in two fleets, on a course off Perth/Fremantle Western Australia in a 10-12 kn breeze. Evi Van Acker BEL dominated her opponents with two race wins, taking clearly the lead in front of some other favorites based on the results 2011, i.e. Veronica Fenclova CZE on rank 2 (1/3), Marit Bouwmeester NED on rank 3 (2/3) and Paige Railey USA on rank 4 (8/2. The results.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The ISAF Laser World Championship 2011 began today with two races for the 102 Radials, split in two fleets, on a course off Perth/Fremantle Western Australia in a 10-12 kn breeze. Evi Van Acker BEL dominated her opponents with two race wins, taking clearly the lead in front of some other favorites based on the results 2011, i.e. Veronica Fenclova CZE on rank 2 (1/3), Marit Bouwmeester NED on rank 3 (2/3) and Paige Railey USA on rank 4. The results of the two Swiss are rather moderate with Nathalie Brugger as 30th and Manon Luther as 36th. The results.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
This morning, the 470 men, Lasers Radial, RS:X women and Finns began with their World Championships. The original start times were postponed due to unconstant and shifty winds, but now, the first races are underway in a 10-12 kn breeze. They can be followed live by means of the race-viewer or the live-blog. The official preview.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
On the opening day of the ISAF Worlds, the Group A matchracers had at least sufficient wind to sail half of their Round Robin, even though it was unconstant and difficult to sail close to the shore. Yesterday, the Group B had barely a light breeze left, and only four duels were completed. Lucy MacGregor GBR, Mandy Mulder NED, René Groenveldt NED and Olivia Price AUS are in the lead with 3-1 wins. Claire Leroy FRA is posted on rank 5 with a 2-0 score. The results.
This morning, it is again Group A's turn, and the first matches are already completed. A live-blog covers the event constantly. Moreover, the races can be followed live with a race-viewer.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
With the start of fleet racing, the first Swiss athletes, fighting for an Olympic nation's berth for London/Weymouth 2012, are in action. Based on the results achieved so far, the best chances are with the Laser Radial sailor Nathalie Brugger SUI, who could even earn the direct Swiss Olympic qualification when finishing within the top-5. Also sailing in the Radials is Maonon Luther SUI, who was normally qualified for the Goldfleet in the major regattas of this year. In the other class starting the competition today, the 470s, an overall ranking among the top 10 nations is requested from Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI, a result they have achieved several times during this season. Their strenght is in the big breeze, conditions that are nomally prevailing off Perth/Fremantle. The three Finn sailors Thomas Gautschi, Christoph Christen and Silvan Hofer have never been near the qualification limits, and their objective is first of all to improve their international results of this year. The other classes with Swiss participants - Starboat and RS:X men - start their competition later. The preview of the Swiss Sailing Team AG.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
As first of the two Laser fleets, the Radials started their ISAF World Championship this morning in Freemantle. Racing was postponed till noon, due to shifty winds. The first races have just been finished with - according to the Blog - Annette Lindberg-Holm DEN and Sarah Steyaert FRA winning their groups. Race results have not yet been posted. The second race will start immediately, Racing can be followed on the Live-Blog and the race-viewer.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The matchracing group A Round Robin began yesterday in very unconstant conditions pretty close to the shore with a breeze coming from the land in the morning shifting to the seabreeze in the afternoon. No surprises as far as the top group is concerned with Siljia Lehtinen FIN and Nicky Souter AUS, both 4-0, followed by Anna Tunnicliffe USA 3-0. This morning, group B has started the first flights. At this moment, Mandy Mulder NED is the undefeated 3-0 leader. Racing goes on and can be followed on the live-blog. The results and the report.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
An hour ago - 5 a.m. UTC - the Group A Women's matchraces began, kicking off the ISAF Olympic Classes Sailing World Championships 2011. The favorite teams of the group, Silija Lehtinen FIN and Nicky Souter AUS, as well as Julie Hazard NZL won all three their first two duels. Follow the live-blog to be updated on today's activities and results. The event-website.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
At this moment, the Opening Ceremony of the ISAF World Championship is taking place in Perth. Coming up the Swan River from Fremantle, around 1'000 athletes (the entry list is not yet updated) will parade thru the City. The first event tomorrow are the Women's matchraces to be sailed stadium-like close to the public in the Fremantle merchant harbour. The official report. Contrary to our information yesterday, it appears that a GPS tracking will be in place on the official website, and a live-blog will also report on the race activities.
As from Monday, the Windsurfers and the 470s will join the competition. The event-website.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
At this moment, the Opening Ceremony of the ISAF World Championship is taking place in Perth. Coming up the Swan River from Fremantle, around 1'000 athletes (the entry list is not yet updated) will parade thru the City. The first event tomorrow are the Women's matchraces to be sailed stadium-like close to the public in the Fremantle merchant harbour. The official report. Contrary to our information yesterday, it appears that a GPS tracking will be in place on the official website, and a live-blog will also report on the race activities.
As from Monday, the Windsurfers (with Richard Stauffacher SUI) and the 470s (with Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI and Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI) will join the competition. Swiss Sailing registerd two 470 men teams, but the young Adrien and Olivier Gremaud SUI were not allowed to attend (no official statement available). The are at present training in Greece. The event-website.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   (Image © Ocean Images)
The ISAF Olympic Classes World Championship in Perth, Western Australia, begins in three days from now, an absolute top-event, at which 75% of the Olympic nation berth will be at stake. 797 athletes from 78 nations have been enrolled. There are not many Olympic sports that have such a world-wide attention (To the doom prophets at the ISAF Events Committee: How would the IOC kick out such a sport successful in the Olympics since its early days !) Unfortunately, there are today (three days before the start of the first races) no updated entry lists on the event website. Hopefully, the communication from this most important event in sailing of the year, with a largest reunion of best-prepared top sailors ever – to be noted that actual and former Olympic sailors are key in the America's Cup and Offshore scene as well – will improve during the competition. However, there will apparently be no GPS tracking, at least there is a film channel. Here the official ISAF preview.
The press deadline (6 a.m. UCT) will be delayed during the Championship to be able to report on the latest results and activities from down-under.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The first event at the ISAF Olympic Classes Worlds will be the Women's Matchracing ... for the first and last time .... as ISAF with its inconsistent Olympic strategy took the shortsighted decision to exclude the widest spread yachts, the keelboats, from the Olympics 2016. Nevertheless, the top women's teams are preparing the Games highly professionally. The number of nations is of course small, but this fact is not a surprise as the entry limits in matchracing events (contrary to fleetracing) were the major hurdle for a world-wide distribution.
Among the favorites in Perth are the Americans Anna Tunnicliffe USA und Genny Tulloch USA, Claire Leroy FRA, Silija Lehtinen FIN and Ekaterina Skudina RUS. Here the official preview.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The ISAF Olympic Classes World Championship 2011, at the same time the prime Olympic nation selection event for the 2012 Games with 75%, of the berths to be allotted, begins in Perth AUS on next Saturday. The competition to start with is the Women's Match Race beginning the Round Robin. For a number of nations, among them France and Germany, Perth is the final selection event for London/Weymouth 2012.
During the coming days, we shall link in the previews on the different classes, to begin with the Finns today. All bets are on Great Britain, the dominating Finn nation in the last years. The defending World Champion Ed Wright GBR, a fresh breeze specialist, can fully concentrate on the defense of the title, as the outstanding Ben Ainslie GBR has already been nominated for the British Olympia squad. Ainslie on the other hand, has won every World Championship on which he particpated so far ! He has been in Perth for a month to prepare the championship and he remains the favorite for the title. Sie the preview prepared by the Finn Class.
As many Englishmen, the British Team has joined the 'Mustache vs. Cancer' charity contest to raise funds for cancer research. See in the video who is the mustache leader in the GBR squad !
 
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
Yesterday, the Royal Yacht Association published the decision of the Tribunal in the Ben Ainslie Case concerning the incident at the ISAF World Championship in Perth in December 2011 where Ainslie boarded a TV powerboat to complain about disturbance of the race. Having considered all the evidence put before it, the Tribunal was satisfied that it would not be appropriate for the Tribunal to impose a penalty over and above that imposed by the International Jury at the event, i.e. the exclusion from the Medal Race. The RYA statement and the first reactions as posted in an article by Sail World.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
Two video summaries have been published covering the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championship in Perth, Western Australia, terminated last weekend, where not only the Champions' titles were at stake, but also the allotment of 75% of the Olympic berths for 2012. Enjoy the short 148 seconds' version and/or a full 25-minutes' clip.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
The ISAF Olympic Classes Sailing World Championship in Perth, Western Australia, ended yesterday with the Medal Races of the 49ers, the 470 women, the Lasers Standard and the RS:X-men windsurfers. The Australian hosts were the most successful nation with Gold Medals in the 49er (Outteridge/Jensen), 470-men (Belcher/Page) and the Lasers (Tom Slingsby). Two times Gold acquired the Netherlands (Marit Boumeester, Laser Radial, Dorian Van Rijsselberge, RS:X-men). The other titles went to Brazil (Scheidt/Prada, Star), Spain (Pacheco/Betanzos 470 women), Israel (Lee Korzits, RS:X-women), the USA (Anna Tunnicliffe, Match Race women) and England (Giles Scott, Finn). England confirmed its leading role in Olympic sailing with a number of Silver Medals. Disappointing the performance of the French team, among the top performing nations in the ISAF World Rankings, who only have Claire Leroy's Bronze Medal in Women's Match Racing. The event-website does not yet contain an overview on the medals by nation, or a summary on nations qualified for London 2012. The final report and all ranking lists.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
The Swiss Sailing Team has reached its minimal objective at the 2011 Perth World Championships with five classes qualified for London 2012 and the achievement of the Swiss Olympic qualification limits by Nathalie Brugger SUI, Laser Radial, and Marazzi/De Maria SUI, Star. If the Olympic Squad 2012 will be larger than two classes, depends on the outcome of the remaining two Swiss Olympic selection events (Class World Championships 2012 and World Cup Hyères). To reach the required top-12-nations results, a major performance progress is mandatory for Brauchli/Hausser SUI, 470 men, Richard Stauffacher SUI, RS:X windsurfers, and Guillaume Girod SUI or Christoph Bottoni SUI, Lasers. The conditions in Perth with partly fresh, but also light and shifty winds - similar to the Olympic waters of Weymouth 2012 - were not easy, even for the top Swiss teams, who never had a chance to be among the top competitors to qualify at least for the Medal Race. Nathalie Brugger had a bad start but improved considerably towards the end of the Championship getting the Swiss Olympic limit at the last moment. Marazzi/De Maria SUI have still difficulties to stay with the top ten in breezy conditions. All results and the Communiqué of the SST.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   (Image © Paul Kane)
The 2011 ISAF Olympic Classes Sailing World Championship in Perth ended a few minutes ago with the third Gold Medal for the organizing country Australia. Tom Slingsby AUS crowned an outstanding season with a dominating win of the Medal Race, defending his Worlds' title of 2010. Silver and Bronze go to Nick Thompson GBR and Andrew Murdoch NZL. Simon Grotelüschen GER slipped out of the top-three by four points. The final ranking list.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
Finishing 4th in the Medal Race, Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED succeeded to climb on top of the rankings of the RS:X men windsurfers World Championship seizing the second Gold Medal for the Netherlands. Silver goes to Piotr Myzska POL and Bronze to Nimrod Masiah ISR ahead of Przemyslav Miarczynski POL with the same number of points. The final rankings.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
As expected considering the big lead after the qualification races, Nathan Outteridge/Ian Jensen AUS clearly defended their Worlds title finishing the Medal Race on the 3rd place. Silver goes to Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL climbing on the podium with a 2nd rank in this last race. Emil and Simon Töft-Nielsen DEN are third with the same number of points. The results. Storck/Moore USA did not finish the race after a capsize and dropped on rank 9 overall.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
The 470 women have just finished their Medal Race, as first in today's final program. The World Champions 2012 are Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP, securing the first Gold Medal for Spain at these Worlds. Finishing only 7th today, they defended the first place thanks to the big lead achieved in the qualification races. Hanna Mills/Saskia Clark GBR winning the Medal Race climbed on rank 2. The Bronze Medal goes to Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL. The final rankings.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
Today is the last day of the ISAF Olympic Classes World Championship 2011 in Fremantle/Perth, Western Australia with the Medal Races of the 470 women, the 49ers, the RS:X-men windsurfers and the Lasers Standard on the program. We shall cover these events during this Sunday morning continuously. The Medal Race of the 470 women is underway, and the results of all classes will be available by noon. The start of the last class, the Lasers, is planned for 16.10 local time (8.10 UCT). The event-website.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   (Image © Juerg Kaufmann)
The last four Medal Races today Sunday are run without Swiss. Apparently, the Swiss teams are not yet able to achieve top results in a fresher breeze, but nevertheless, they secured the Olympic nations' berths in the classes 470-M, Laser Radial, Laser Standard, RS:X-M and Star. The Swiss Olympic selection limit - 12th nation - was only reached by Nathalie Brugger SUI and Flavio Marazzi SUI. The direct selection - a 5th place - was out of reach, and the selection process continues according to the regulations. The only Swiss National Team class without an Olympic ticket are the 470 women, but there remains a second chance for Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI or another women's team at the World Championship 2012.
The performance of the Swiss Team was solid, and Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI even succeeded to exceed their best performance so far during a top competition. The continuous progress made by Guillaume Girod was impressive, and finishing 51st overall, he secured the Laser nations' berth for Switzerland. Higher expectation had – without doubt - Nathalie Brugger SUI and Marazzi/De Maria, but they had to realize, that the top boats in their classes sail in a different league these days. Much to do in the remaining 9 months to the Olympics 2012 ! All results.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   (Image © Richard Langdon)
As 5th in a self-disciplined Medal Race, Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA are the stellar winner of the Starboat World's title, their 3rd in this class. Robert Stanjek/Frithjof Kleen GER took the Silver Medal thanks to a 3rd race rank today, and left Bronze for Mark Mendelblatt/Brian Fatih USA. Kusznierewicz/Zycki POL as winner of the Medal Race and Lööf/Salminen SWE at equal points missed the Bronze Medal by 3 points. The French duel between Rohart/Ponsot FRA and Florent/Rambeau FRA was in favor of Rohart as 7th, while Florant remains 9th. The final ranking list.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
The Lasers have terminated the qualification phase of the 2011 World Championship with the races 9 and 10 today. Tom Slingsby AUS, going as leader into tomorrow's Medal Race, is the clear favorite for the title, and this despite of a not so brilliant day with the ranks 10 and 14. He is still 14 points ahead of the second, who is now Simon Grotelüschen GER. The ranks 2 - 5 are separated by 4 points only, and the Medal Race will be a showdown with Simon Grotelüschen GER, Nick Thompson GBR 3rd, the two best of today Andreas Geritzer AUT (4/6) and Andrew Murdoch NZL (7/4). Even Paul Goodison GBR on rank 6 and Ashley Brunning AUS on the 7th place have still chances for a medal in the double-points-no-discard Medal Race. Tonci Stipanovic CRO on rank 11, and Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA loosing the top-10s on the last day after a good serie of results during the past week, will not be in the final race on Sunday. The results.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
The Lasers have terminated the qualification phase of the 2011 World Championship with the races 9 and 10 today. No surprise, that Tom Slingsby AUS going as leader into tomorrow's Medal Race is the clear favorite for the title, and this despite of a medium day with the ranks 10 and 14. He is still 14 points ahead of Simon Grotelüschen GER. The ranks 2 - 5 are separated by 4 points only, and the Medal Race will be a show-down with Simon Grotelüschen GER, Nick Thompson GBR 3rd, the two best of today Andreas Geritzer AUT (4/6) and Andrew Murdoch NZL (7/4). Even Paul Goodison GBR on rank 6 and Ashley Brunning AUS on the 7th place have still chances for a medal in the double-points-no-discard Medal Race. Tonci Stipanovic CRO on rank 11, and Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA loosing the top-10s on the last day after a good serie of results during the past week, will not be in the final race on Sunday. The results.
Guillaume Girod SUI in the Silverfleet had another good day and with the ranks 20 and 2, he finished 2nd (=51 overall). As 25th nation, he secured the nations' berth for Switzerland. A black day with two premature starts had Christoph Bottoni SUI, dropping on rank 61. Christian Steiger SUI finished the championship on the 95th place of the 147 participants.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   (Image © Richard Langdon )
The ISAF Olympic Classes World Championship 2011 in Perth comes slowly to an end after two weeks with the last Medal Races, today the one of the Starboats, and tomorrow Sunday the other classes still racing. With an 18 points' lead, Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada BRA are just before another Worlds title. A 9th position today is sufficient. Mark Mendelblatt/Brian Fatih USA, Robert Stanjek/Frithjof Kleen GER and Frederik Lööf/Max Salminen SWE, separated by 5 points, will fight for Silver and Bronze. The 470 women - Pacheco/Betanzos ESP are clearly leading, the 49ers - Pink/Peacock GBR are only two points ahead of Outteridge/Jensen AUS- und the RS:X-windsurfers with Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED leading, will sail the last qualification races today. The weather forecast announces good seabreeze conditions. The competition can be followed on the live-blog or the race-viewer.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
The last two qualification races are on the program in Perth today after yesterday's lay day, and - according to the weathermen - the 'Fremantle Doctor' should be present. Tom Slingsby AUS will have two more chances to extend his 11 points' lead on the second Paul Goodison GBR before the Medal Race. Nick Thompson GBR follows on rank 3. The 7th Andreas Geritzer AUT and the 13th Rutger Van Schaardenburg are separted by 19 points at this moment. The suspense is on to be one of the top-10 qualified for the Medal Race.
The races can be followed on the online-viewer or the live-blog.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
The last two qualification races are on the program in Perthtoday after yesterday's lay day, and - according to the weathermen - the 'Fremanle Doctor' should be present. Tom Slingsby AUS will have two more chances to extend his 11 points' lead on the second Paul Goodison GBR before the Medal Race. Nick Thompson GBR follows on rank 3. The 7th Andreas Geritzer AUT and the 13th Rutger Van Schaardenburg are separted by 19 points at this moment. The suspense is on for the Medal Race qualification.
The three Swiss participants have their farewell races in the Silverleet today. Nevertheless, they are on a good way to get one of the 35 quota places for London/Weymouth 2012. Christoph Bottini SUI as 3rd in the Silverfleet (52nd overall) is on the 27th nations' place, Guillaume Girod SUI, having made substantial progress in the last days, follows only two ranks behind the experience Bottoni as 54th.
The races can be followed on the online-viewer or the live-blog.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
The Swiss Team sails the last races today, as nobody of them qualified for one of the Medal Races today or tomorrow. Fact is however, that Richard Stauffacher SUI in the RS:X windsurfers (quota 28 nations) and Christoph Bottoni SUI (or Guillaume Girod) in the Lasers (quota 35 nations) will acquire one of the many nations' places for 2012. But there is still a long way to go to the Swiss Olympic selection limit as 12th nation. No chance for a nations' berth this time for Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI in the 470 women. They will have another chance at the 2012 Worlds. The report of the SST.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer, Debbie Capozzi USA took Gold for the USA in a most convincing way with a smashing 4-0 victory over Lucy McGregor GBR. With this success, the Laser Radial Olympic Champion has definitively become the Match Racing number one in this season. The petite final winner is Claire Leroy FRA defeating Ekaterina Skudina RUS and winning the first medal for France at these World Championships. The video-interview with the winners and the results.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   (Image © Christophe Favreau)
Final day for Women Match Racing with Anna Tunnicliffe USA and Lucy McGregor GBR fighting for the title in Western Australia. Claire Leroy FRA and Ekaterina Skudina RUS will race for the Bronze Medal. The Starboats and the 470 women resume racing after the lay day, and the 49er have another three heats on the program.
Scheidt/Prada BRA are back in the Starboat race after rather mild first days. They are 6 points in front of Mendelblatt/Fatih USA and 13 points in front of Stanjek/Kleen GER. The fight for the Medal Race is very tight, as the ranks 7 to 12 are closely together. Convincing leaders in the 470 women are the European Champions Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP. In this class as well, the battle for rank 10 is very intense with Petitjean/Douroux FRA (rank 10), Tina Lutz/Susann Beucke GER (rank 11) and the Olympic Champions Rechichi/Stowell AUS (rank 12). In the 49ers, the ranks 6-12 are separated by 14 points only. Pink/Peacock GBR are still leading.
Today's races are already underway and can be followed as always on the live-blog or the race-viewer. We shall summarize the situation with the latest updates by noon.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
Final day for Women Match Racing with Anna Tunnicliffe USA and Lucy McGregor GBR fighting for the title in Western Australia. Claire Leroy FRA and Ekaterina Skudina RUS will race for the Bronze Medal. The Starboats and the 470 women resume racing after the lay day, and the 49er have another three heats on the program.
Scheidt/Prada BRA are back in the Starboat race after rather mild first days. They are 6 points in front of Mendelblatt/Fatih USA and 13 points in front of Stanjek/Kleen GER. The fight for the Medal Race is very tight, as the ranks 7 to 12 are closely together. Marazzi/De Maria, 18 points behind rank 10, have to considerbly improve their performance to qualify for the top 10. However, they are on a good track for one of the 11 ISAF Olympic nations' berths. Convincing leaders in the 470 women are the European Champions Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP. In this class as well, the battle for rank 10 is very intense with Petitjean/Douroux FRA (rank 10), Tina Lutz/Susann Beucke GER (rank 11) and the Olympic Champions Rechichi/Stowell AUS (rank 12). In the 49ers, the ranks 6-12 are separated by 14 points only. Pink/Peacock GBR are still leading.
Today's races are already underway and can be followed as always on the live-blog or the race-viewer. We shall summarize the situation with the latest updates by noon.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   (Image © Christophe Favreau)
The 147 Laser sailors enjoy today the well-deserved lay day after 8 quaification races. Tomorrow, two more races are on the program before on Sunday, the Medal Race will take place. The defending champion Tom Slingsby AUS is the stellar leader with 5 race wins, leading 11 points ahead of the Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR. The fight for the top-10 Medal Race qualification is very close, as the ranks 8 (Andrew Murdoch NZL) and 12 (Tom Burton AUS) are separated by 10 points only. The results.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
The races of Thursday are over and there are less and less candidates for a Medal. On the safe way to either Gold or Silver are Lucy McGregor GBR (defeating Claire Leroy FRA 3-2 in the semi-final) and Anna Tunnicliffe USA (beating Ekaterina Skudina 3-1 in the semi). A tight pack lies 6 points behind Pink/Peacock GBR after 9 races sailed in the 49er with Toft-Nielsen/Toft-Nielsen DEN and only one point behind Outteridge/Jensen AUS and Burling/Tuke NZL with the same number of points. In the RS:X-windsurfers is Dorian van Rijsselberge NED 6 points ahead of Piotr Myska POL and Nimrod Masiah ISR. The Olympic medalist Nick Dempsey GBR on the 15th position already 20 points behind rank 10 is in difficulties to qualify for the Medal Race tomorrow at the end of the 10 qualification heats. All results and the daily report on the event-website.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
The races of Thursday are over and there are less and less candidates for a Medal. On the safe way to either Gold or Silver are Lucy McGregor GBR (defeating Claire Leroy FRA 3-2 in the semi-final) and Anna Tunnicliffe USA (beating Ekaterina Skudina 3-1 in the semi). A tight pack lies 6 points behind Pink/Peacock GBR after 9 races sailed in the 49er with Toft-Nielsen/Toft-Nielsen DEN and only one point behind Outteridge/Jensen AUS and Burling/Tuke NZL with the same number of points. In the RS:X-windsurfers is Dorian van Rijsselberge NED 6 points ahead of Piotr Myska POL and Nimrod Masiah ISR. Richard Stauffacher SUI follows on rank 24. All results and the daily report on the event-website.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   (Image © Richard Langdon)
The Lasers Standard have just completed the two final races of today, Thursday, sailed in a Gold-, Silver- and Bronze-Fleet. Tom Slingsby AUS was again the best of the day finishing 1st and 6th, extending his lead over Paul Goodison GBR on 11 points. Nick Thompson GBR, winner of the second race, moved up on rank 3. Ashley Brunning AUS, Simon Grotelüschen GER and Johann Wigforss SWE are not far behind, and the fight for the Medals remains fully open. The results.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
The Lasers Standard have just completed the two final races of today, Thursday, sailed in a Gold-, Silver- and Bronze-Fleet. Tom Slingsby AUS was again the best of the day finishing 1st and 6th, extending his lead over Paul Goodison GBR on 11 points. Nick Thompson GBR, winner of the second race, moved up on rank 3. Ashley Brunning AUS, Simon Grotelüschen GER and Johann Wigforss SWE are not far behind, and the fight for the Medals remains fully open. The results.
In the Silver-Fleet, Christoph Bottoni SUI and Guillaume Girod SUI - again with the best Swiss results today - are on the positions 53 and 55.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
The Starboats and the 470 women have their lay day today. The RS:X-surfers, the 49ers and the Lasers Standard begin today the final phase split in Gold-, Silver- and in the Lasers also Bronze-Fleets. The Match-Race-women sail the semi-finals, respectively the sail-offs for the ranks 5-8. Racing has started and the live-blog informs about the standings. All results and the event-website with the latest reports. An update on the results of this Thursday will be posted here by noon.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   (Image © Richard Langdon)
The Lasers continue racing without lay day. Having ended the qualification phase yesterday, the Gold-, Silver- and Bronze-fleet races have begun today, and heat one is already completed. The winner is - who else - Tom Slingsby AUS followed by Paul Goodison GBR and Tom Burton AUS. Slingsby extended his lead on Goodison in the overall rankings on 8 points. The new third-ranked is Ashley Brunning AUS, closely followed by Simon Grotelüschen GER and Andreas Geritzer AUT. Nick Thompson GBR and Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA are on the ranks 6 and 7. The second race of the day is underway. We shall communicate as soon as results are available. The races can be followed over the live-blog or the race-viewer.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
The Starboats, 470 women, the 49ers, the RS:X-male windsurfers and the Match Race women continued their program in a 20 kn seabreeze. In the 470 women, Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP were again the best of the day, extending their lead ahead of Kondo/Tabata JPN on rank 2, seven points behind and Westerhof/Berkhout NED on rank 3. Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI follow on rank 37. Scheidt/Prada BRA extended their lead in the Starboats with the ranks 1 and 3 ahead of Mendelblatt/Fatih USA and Stanjek/Kleen GER. Marazzi/De Maria SUI moved up on rank 14, thanks to a 9th race rank. In the 49ers, Pink/Peacock GBR took the lead in front of Dyen/Christidis FRA and Outteridge/Jensen AUS. The new leader in the RS:X-windsurfers is Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED followed by Nimrod Mesiah ISR and Piotr Myszka POL. Richard Stauffacher SUI is now on rank 24. Claire Leroy FRA, Anna Tunnicliffe USA and Ekaterina Skudina RUS are already qualified for the semi-finals. The match Lucy McGregor and Mandy Mulder NED is 2-1 at this moment. The event-website.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
The Starboats, 470 women, the 49ers, the RS:X-male windsurfers and the Match Race women continued their program in a 20 kn seabreeze. In the 470 women, Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP were again the best of the day, extending their lead ahead of Kondo/Tabata JPN on rank 2, seven points behind and Westerhof/Berkhout NED on rank 3. Scheidt/Prada BRA extended their lead in the Starboats with the ranks 1 and 3 ahead of Mendelblatt/Fatih USA and Stanjek/Kleen GER. In the 49ers, Pink/Peacock GBR took the lead in front of Dyen/Christidis FRA and Outteridge/Jensen AUS. The new leader in the RS:X-windsurfers is Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED followed by Nimrod Mesiah ISR and Piotr Myszka POL. Claire Leroy FRA, Anna Tunnicliffe USA and Ekaterina Skudina RUS are already qualified for the semi-finals. The match Lucy McGregor and Mandy Mulder NED is 2-1 at this moment. The event-website.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
The Laser races of Wednesday are over. The three fleets completed two races in a 20 kn seabreeze, and the qualifcation phase according to the NoR is finished with the necessary 6 heats. Adding another bullet, but also sailing his discard race (rank 9), was Tom Slingsby AUS, leaving him unchallenged on top of the overall rankings. No changes on the ranks 2 and 3 as well: Paul Goodison GBR (1/6 today) and Simon Grotelüschen GER (also 1/6) remain in the top-three. On the ranks 4 and 5 follow the two best-of-the-day Ashley Brunning AUS (2/4) and Andreas Geritzer AUT (1/4), Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA is 6th. The results after 6 races.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
The Laser races of Wednesday are over. The three fleets completed two races in a 20 kn seabreeze, and the qualifcation phase according to the NoR is finished with the necessary 6 heats. Adding another bullet, but also sailing his discard race (rank 9), was Tom Slingsby AUS, leaving him unchallenged on top of the overall rankings. No changes on the ranks 2 and 3 as well: Paul Goodison GBR (1/6 today) and Simon Grotelüschen GER (also 1/6) remain in the top-three. On the ranks 4 and 5 follow the two best-of-the-day Ashley Brunning AUS (2/4) and Andreas Geritzer AUT (1/4), Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA. The results after 6 races.
None of the three Swiss will probably be in the Goldfleet. Christoph Bottoni SUI just missed the top-49 as 50th, unless he will move up due to some pending protests. Guillaume Girod SUI with his 9th race rank furnished the best Swiss result, but overall, he remains in the Silverfleet as 61st. Christian Steiger SUI is also in the Silverfleet as 87th.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
In spite of passing thunderstorms, the some seabreeze filled in with up to 20 kn, and all classes could sail their program with two races (three for the 49ers). The most discussed incident of the day was the out of the leading Starboat Percy/Simpson GBR due to an old injury of Percy breaking-up again. After Ben Ainslie GBR with his disqualification in the Finns and the drop-out of the co-favorites Morrison/Rhodes GBR in the 49ers, also due to injuries, it is again the most successful British Sailing Team, who was hit.
The new leaders in the Starboats after six races are Scheidt/Prada BRA, but Kusznierewicz/Zycki POL and Mendelblatt/Fatih USA are only one point behind. With two bullets yesterday, Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP have taken the lead in the 470 women ahead of Westerhof/Berkhout NED and Kondo/Tabata JPN. The report of the 470 class. Nimrod Masiah ISR is the unique leader in the RS:X-male windsurfers after four races, and Krüger/Thorsell DEN are on the first place of the closely together 49ers. The Women Match Race pairings are now firm with Anna Kjellberg SWE against Claire Leory FRA, Lucy McGregor GBR vs Mandy Mulder NED, Olivia Price AUS vs Ekaterina Skudina RUS an and Anna Tunnicliffe USA vs Nicky Souter AUS.
Today's racing has been postponed for the moment due to lacking or too circling winds. The live-blog and the race-viewer inform on the further activies in Perth. The event-website contains more on yesterday's news.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
The Swiss highlight yesterday was the 5th race rank of Richard Stauffacher SUI in the RS:X-surfers. On rank 20 of the RS:X overall ranking, he is on a safe path for one of the 35 Olympic berths. An Olympic nation's qualification is also very likely in the Lasers with Christoph Bottoni SUI on rank 44. The best Laser race result however came from the young Guillaume Girod who finished 11th in his group, bringing him on rank 76 of the 148 participants, still behind Christian Steiger (rank 72). The high-rated Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI did not yet realise a top-ten result in the last 6 races of the Starboats. As 18th overall and 12th nation, the nation's berth (11th nation) should be achievable. Below their expectations is the performance of the Swiss 470 women: Emmanuelle Rol SUI/FRA/Hélàne Defrance FRA are as 25th only third-best French team, and Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI are as 34th clearly behind the nations' barrier. The report of the SST.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
No other Olympic class has such a large number of top athletes as the Lasers Standard, capable of winning a race. Nevertheless, some super champions always excell such as Tom Slingsby AUS with three bullets, leading 9 points ahead of the Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR after four races. Behind these two dominators of the past few years are tied on rank 3 Simon Grotelüschen GER and the World Cup winner Nick Thompson GBR, with Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA on 5th.
Racing today has started after a postponement due to lack of wind. The activity can be followed on the live-blog or the race-viewer. We shall summarize today's results by noon on this website.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
Good seabreeze conditions allowed to sail the full program for all classes today. Two bullets brought Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP in the lead of the 470 women, ahead of Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED. Yesterday's first Ai Kondo Wakako Tabata JPN are now 3rd. Rol/Defrance SUI/FRA lost some places and are now 28th. Stéphanie and Romy Hasler follow as 34th. Nimrod Mesiah ISR is now the unique leader in the RS:X-windsurfers ist, followed by Przmyslav Miarczynski POL and Piotr Myszka POL on the ranks 2 and 3. Richard Stauffacher SUI is on his way up with the day ranks 13 and 5 bringing him on the 20th place overall.The Danish Team rules the world in the 49ers with Krüger/Thorsell DEN on rank one followed by Moore/Stork USA, and the tied Warrer/Hansen DEN. In the Starboats, the superior leaders Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR had to interrupt the day already in the first race of the day, as due to back pains. The new leaders are now Scheidt/Prada BRA one point ahead of the tied Kusznierwicz/Zycki POL and Mendelblatt/Fatih USA. Stanjek/Kleen GER are now on 4th. With the day ranks 18 and 12, Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI moved up on rank 18 and are now 13th nation. The Stage 2 Round Robin of the Women Matchracers is now over and Lucy McGregor GBR, Nicky Souter AUS, Olivia Price AUS and Anna Kjellberg SWE complete the pairs for the Quarter Final matches. The results and the event-website with the most recent reports.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
Good seabreeze conditions allowed to sail the full program for all classes today. Two bullets brought Tara Pacheco/Berta Betanzos ESP in the lead of the 470 women, ahead of Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED. Yesterday's first Ai Kondo Wakako Tabata JPN are now 3rd. Rol/Defrance SUI/FRA lost some places and are now 28th. Stéphanie and Romy Hasler follow as 34th. Nimrod Mesiah ISR is now the unique leader in the RS:X-windsurfers ist, followed by Przmyslav Miarczynski POL and Piotr Myszka POL on the ranks 2 and 3. Richard Stauffacher SUI is on his way up with the day ranks 13 and 5 bringing him on the 20th place overall.The Danish Team rules the world in the 49ers with Krüger/Thorsell DEN on rank one followed by Moore/Stork USA, and the tied Warrer/Hansen DEN. In the Starboats, the superior leaders Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR had to interrupt the day already in the first race of the day, as due to back pains. The new leaders are now Scheidt/Prada BRA one point ahead of the tied Kusznierwicz/Zycki POL and Mendelblatt/Fatih USA. Stanjek/Kleen GER are now on 4th. With the day ranks 18 and 12, Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI moved up on rank 18 and are now 13th nation. The Stage 2 Round Robin of the Women Matchracers is now over and Lucy McGregor GBR, Nucky Souter AUS, Olivia Price AUS and Anna Kjellberg SWE complete the pairs for the Quarter Final matches. The results and the event-website with the most recent reports.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
The last of the three Laser Standard fleets has just completed the second race of the day, sailed in a well established seabreeze. The local top-favorite Tom Slingsby AUS fully met the expectations of the local public winning both heats. He is now clearly leading overall 9 points ahead of the Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR after four races. Rank 3 is shared by Simon Grotelüschen GER and Nick Thompson GBR one point behind Goodison. Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA follows on rank 5. The other race wins of the day went to Rutger Van Schaardenburg NED, again Pavlos Kontides CYP and Tom Burton AUS. The results.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
The last of the three Laser Standard fleets has just completed the second race of the day, sailed in a well established seabreeze. The local top-favorite Tom Slingsby AUS fully met the expectations of the local public winning both heats. He is now clearly leading overall 9 points ahead of the Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR after four races. Rank 3 is shared by Simon Grotelüschen GER and Nick Thompson GBR one point behind Goodison. Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA follows on rank 5. The other race wins of the day went to Rutger Van Schaardenburg NED, again Pavlos Kontides CYP and Tom Burton AUS. The results.
The Swiss follow on the ranks 43 (Christoph Bottoni SUI), 71 (Christian Steiger SUI) and 76 (Guillaume Girod SUi). Girod realized the best individual Swiss ranking with a 13th place in race 3. He was even leading at the first mark rounding !
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
After yesterday's races sailed in unconstant winds, influenced by a passing thunderstorm front, the seabreeze is back again today, filling in with about 20 kn. The three Laser fleets have already completed their first race. Winning his group, Tom Slingsby AUS has taken the lead, followed by Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA, Rutger van Schaardenburg NED and Simon Grotelüschen GER on the ranks 2-4. The overall ranking after 3 races.
The second race of the day can be followed live over the live-blog or the race-viewer.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
After yesterday's races sailed in unconstant winds, influenced by a passing thunderstorm front, the seabreeze is back again today, filling in with about 20 kn. The three Laser fleets have already completed their first race. Winning his group, Tom Slingsby AUS has taken the lead, followed by Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA, Rutger van Schaardenburg NED and Simon Grotelüschen GER on the ranks 2-4. The overall ranking after 3 races. The best Swiss finish was produced by the young Guillaume Girod SUI on rank 13. Christoph Bottoni SUI finished 22nd in his fleet and is on rank 45 overall.
The second race of the day can be followed live over the live-blog or the race-viewer.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
High activity off Perth/Fremantle yesterday on the first day of week two of the ISAF Worlds with the Lasers Standard, 49ers, 470 women and RS:X-men beginning their Championships, and the Starboats and Match Race wome continue the competition. A passing front disturbed racing creating very unconstant and difficult conditions. In most of the classes, the favorites took the command right from the beginning. We summarized the Monday results yesterday in our noon update. Ai Kondo/Wakako Tabata JPN clearly leads in the 470 women, Warren/Hansen DEN are the first leaders in the 49ers, Jesper Stalheim SWE is o rank one in the Lasers Standard with a small margin on Tom Slingsby AUS and Nimrod Masiah ISR and Piotr Myszka POL share the first position in the RS:X-male surfers. On day two of the Starboats, Percy/Simpson GBR further extended their lead. The Stage 2 Round Robin of the Match-Race-women is not yet over, and - contrary to our yesterday's report - the last four Quarter Final places are not yet definitively allotted. The Perth activities can be followed continuously over the live-blog or the race-viewer. Racing is on and we shall post the news of this Tuesday by noon.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
The largest class at the ISAF Olympic Classes World Championship 2011, the Lasers Standard with 147 participants split in three fleets, began the 2011 Worlds in Fremantle/Perth, Western Australia, today with two races each. Jesper Stalheim SWE is the surprising leader after two heats with the day ranks 1 and 5, one point ahead of the declared top-favorite Tom Slingsby AUS (1/6) and Karol Porczinsky POL (2/5) at equal points. The other day winners were Pavlos Kontides CYP, Emil Cedergard SWE, Simon Grotelüschen GER and Andreas Geritzer AUT. The results.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
The largest class at the ISAF Olympic Classes World Championship 2011, the Lasers Standard with 147 participants split in three fleets, began the 2011 Worlds in Fremantle/Perth, Western Australia, today with two races each. Jesper Stalheim SWE is the surprising leader after two heats with the day ranks 1 and 5, one point ahead of the declared top-favorite Tom Slingsby AUS (1/6) and Karol Porczinsky POL (2/5) at equal points. The other day winners were Pavlos Kontides CYP, Emil Cedergard SWE, Simon Grotelüschen GER and Andreas Geritzer AUT. The results. The Swiss follow on the ranks 41 (Christoph Bottoni, 11/18), 65 (Christian Steiger) and 92 (Guillaume Girod SUI).
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
This morning, the Lasers Standard began their World Championship in Perth, sailing in three fleets. The first winners are Tom Slingsby AUS and Jesper Stalheim SWE, ahead of Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA and Kacper Jeminski POL on ranks 2 and Milan Vujasinovic CRO and Rasmus Mygren SWE on ranks 3. The results of the third fleet are not yet known. In a few minutes, the start to race 2 will be given, that can be followed over the live-blog or the race-viewer.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
This morning, the Lasers Standard began their World Championship in Perth, sailing in three fleets. The first winners are Tom Slingsby AUS and Jesper Stalheim SWE, ahead of Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA and Kacper Jeminski POL on ranks 2 and Milan Vujasinovic CRO and Rasmus Mygren SWE on ranks 3. The results of the third fleet are not yet known. In a few minutes, the start to race 2 will be given, that can be followed over the live-blog or the race-viewer. Good results can be reported from the Swiss: Christian Steiger SUI finished on rank 10, Christoph Bottoni SUI rank 11 in their fleets.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
The first week of the ISAF Olympic Classes World Championships 2011 ended yesterday with four Medal Races - we reported already yesterday. Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS took Gold in the 470 men, Giles Scott GBR was the winner in the Finns after the double disqualification of the clear leader Ben Ainslie GBR (see our report yesterday), Lee Korzits ISR is the Champion in the RS:X-women and Marit Bouwmeester NED is the new Laser Radial World Champion.
Already yesterday, the Starboats began their Worlds with two races. The Olympic Champions Percy/Simpson GBR are on rank 1. Today, races 3 and 4 are on the program. In the Women Match Race, the last stage 2 heats to determine the other four Quarter Finalists are on the program. And the Lasers Standard, the RS:X-windsurfers and the 49er begin their Championship. We shall communicate the results of the day around noon as soon as available from Perth.
Up to now 39 different nations have acquired a nations' berth for the 2012 Olympics. The report.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
The female matchracers finished their Quarter Final qualifications program as last today. The 5th to 20th ranked of the initial Round Robin fight for the remaining four places of the last eight. About half of the matches are over in the meantime and Olivia Price AUS leads the interims ranking with a 7-3 score, followed by Lucy McGregor GBR with 6-1, Anna Kjellberg SWE 6-3 and Nicky Souter AUS 5-2. Definitively out is Silke Hahlbrock GER, who is last with only one win in seven races. The results.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
Today, the Starboats began their World Championship in Perth with two races. Some of the favorites are not where expected. The Olympic Champions Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR took the lead with the day ranks 3 and 4 one point ahead of Robert Stanjek/Frithjof Kleen GER. On rank 3 follow Peter O'Leary/David Burrows IRL. The top favorites Scheidt/Prada BRA and Lööf/Salminen SWE are only on the ranks 9 and 10. Rather mildly also Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI with the rank 16 and 13, leaving them on rank 13 after two races. 21st are Kusznerwicz/Zycki POL who did not finish race two after winning race one. The results.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
Today, the Starboats began their World Championship in Perth with two races. Some of the favorites are not where expected. The Olympic Champions Ian Percy/Andrew Simpson GBR took the lead with the day ranks 3 and 4 one point ahead of Robert Stanjek/Frithjof Kleen GER. On rank 3 follow Peter O'Leary/David Burrows IRL. The top favorites Scheidt/Prada BRA and Lööf/Salminen SWE are only on the rank 9 and 10. Rather mildly also Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI with the rank 16 and 13, leaving them on rank 13 after two races. On rank 21 are Kusznerwicz/Zycki POL who did not finish race two after winning race one. The results.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
Also without the superstar Ben Ainslie GBR, disqualified under rule 69 on the last day of the qualification heats, the Worlds title goes to Great Britain. With a second rank in the Medal Race, Giles Scott GBR finished just one point ahead of Pieter-Jan Postma NED. The Bronze Medal goes to the defending champions Ed Wright GBR. The final ranking list.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
Finishing 5th in today's Medal Race, Lee Korzits ISR remained just on top on the last day of the RS:X Championship. As best allround surfer, she took the lead in the light-wind races during the first days, and never lost the top position through-out the competition. But it was closer and closer with the fresh-breeze specialist Zofia Klepacka POL winning two heats and a second rank today, finishing finally only two points behind the Israeli. Marina Alabau ESP lost one place and is on the Bronze position overall. The final results.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   (Image © Alex McKinnon)
As expected, the Medal Race did not change the positions on top of the 470 men. Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS confirmed their role as top favorites and defended their title ahead of Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR, who - winning the Medal Race - defended the Silver Medal against Sime Fantela/Igor Marencic CRO retaining the Bronze Medal. Kliger/Sela ISR are 4th, Charbonnier/Mion FRA and Leboucher/Garros FRA follow on the ranks 5 and 6. The results.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
The first class to terminate the Championship were the Lasers Radial with the Medal Race this Sunday morning. Marit Bouwmeester NED finished 4th in a very shifty breeze, taking her first Worlds title. Silver and Bronze went to Evi Van Acker BEL and Paige Railey USA. Veronica Fenclova CZE, winner of the Medal Race, missed the Bronze Medal by one point only. The final ranking list.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
Four Olympic classes finish their Worlds today with the Medal Races. In the Lasers Radial, Marit Bouwmeester NED starts with a 6 points' lead on Evi Van Acker BEL, and Paige Railey USA is another 6 points behind. Medal chances exist also for Annalise Murphy IRL and Gintare Scheidt LTU. After the disqualification of Ben Ainslie GBR in the Finns, Giles Scott GBR, Jan-Pieter Postma NED (3 points behind) and the defending champion Ed Wright GBR will fight for the title. In the 470 men, the 18 points' lead of Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS are a solid cushion to defend the title. The second Luke Patience/Stuart Bithell GBR have an 8 points' advantage on Sime Fantela/Igor Marencic CRO auf. In the RS:X-women, Lee Korzits ISR, Marina Alabau ESP and Zofia Klepacka POL will share the medals. The official report.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   (Image © Photoshelter)
Big champions can loose nerves too ! Ben Ainslie GBR, actually leading with 8 points before the Medal Race of the Finns of today, attacked a TV power boat after crossing the finish line. Jumping on the rubber boat, he grabbed the camera man and insulted him, before swimming back to his Finn. Following this incident, a hearing was held by the International Jury under Racing Rules of Sailing 69 and decided that GBR 3 is to be scored DGM for Races 9 and 10. This means that Ainslie is disqualified from Races 9 and 10 and those scores cannot be excluded. Ainslie is not qualified for the Medal Race ! Apparently, Ainslie was several times hindered by the TV boat. The photo sequence of the incident and the official report.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
The Finns were the last class to conclude the final races. In tomorrow's Medal Races, four participants still have a chance for a Medal. In spite of a premature start in the last race, Ben Ainslie GBR is the superior favorite with an 8 points lead. Giles Scott GBR on rank 2 has a small margin of 2 points only on Pieter-Jan Postma NED, while the defending champion Ed Wright GBR follows 8 points behind the Dutchman. All other partcipipants are too far back. The Olympia-Silver-medalist Zach Railey USA is on rank 9 only. The Swiss finish the Championship on the ranks 59 (Christoph Christen SUI), 61 (Silvan Hofer SUI) and 71 (Thomas Gautschi SUI. The results and the report.
In the qualification's Round Robin of the Women Match Race - the best four qualify for the Quarter Finals - Lucy MacGregor GBR leads with 4-0 wins ahead of Nicky Souter AUS and Rita Goncalves POR with 3-1 each. Juliana Senfft BRA and Silja Lehtinen FIN follow with 3-2 wins. This qualification round continues tomorrow. The results.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
After yesterday's rest day of the Laser Radial sailors and RS:X women, all classes are on the water today again to sail the last races to qualify for the top-10 selected for tomorrow's Medal Races. The matchracers sail a second Round Robin for the last four places in the Quarter Finals. The best four teams sail the Gold Round to determine the seeding sequence. The weather has normalised now and the Fremantle Doctor blowing in the afternoon with about 18 kn set the stage for perfect racing. In all fleetclasses, racing for the top-10 will be tight. The live-blog reports continuouly about the activities. We shall summarize the outcome of the last races in an update around noon. The event-website.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   (Image © Mark Dadswell)