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Olympic Worldcup 2012 - Semaine Olympique Française - Hyères FRA

Friday, 20. April 2012– Friday, 27. April 2012

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
Another beautiful sailing day with a 15-20 kn Easterly wind, sun and big waves yesterday for the Medal Races of the Hyères SOF Worldcup Regatta. Only the 49ers could not sail as the waves were too big. Some leader changes happened after the double-point/no-discard final races. Moana Delle GER won the Medal Race in the RS:X-woman windsurfers and took the overall victory ahead of Maya Dziarnowska POL and Charline Picon FRA. The top place in the RS:X-men went to Julien Bontemps FRA winning the Medal Race and the overall classification as Piotr Myszka POL was penalised with a disqualification. Przsemyslav Miarcynski POL and Toni Wilhelm GER completed the podium. Brendan Casey AUS was the final winner in the Finns with a 0.5 point advantage on Rafael Trujillo ESP 2nd and Vasilij Zbogar SLO 3rd. The results after the qualification series in the 49ers remains with Dyen/Christidis FRa in front of Outteridge/Jensen AUS and Kruger/Thorsell DEN. The 470 winner were known already before the last race. Belcher/Page AUS in the 470 men and Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED in the 470 women were the clear winners. Percy/Simpson GBR came back strongly winning the Medal Race an dthe overall rankings in the Starboats after the dismasting of Thursday. Rohart/Ponsot FRA and Lööf/Salminen SWE complete the podium. A one/two victory celebrated the US matchracers with Anna Tunnicliffe USA and Sally Barkow USA in the Women Match Race. All results, the final report and the videos.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014   (Image © Philippe Laurenson)
What a crazy format ! After a brilliant week with only top-three rankings, the World Champion Tom Slingsby AUS was relegated on rank 5 at the end of the Worldcup competition after a dismasting in the Medal Race of the Lasers Standard. This mishap opened the way to victory for Philipp Buhl GER, age 22 only, winning his first big international event after a very solid week. Silver and Bronze went to Andy Malone NZL and Andrew Murdoch NZL.
Major changes in the Laser Radial were the former World Champion Lijia Xu CHN had a close final win over Evi Van Acker BEL, the winner of the Medal Race.The World Champion Marit Bouwmeester NED could not defend her top place and dropped on rank 3 after a 7th position in the Medal Race.
The final report and the videos with all Medal Races and interviews with the winners.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014   (Image © Philippe Laurenson)
The only Swiss engaged in the Medal Races was the windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI who finished on position 5 in the RS:X-men, confirming with this performance the concinving Worldcup week ending with a 6th place overall. The videos of the Medal Races with interviews of the winners.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014   
Winning three races in a row, the World Champion Damien Séguin FRA was finally the clear winner in the 25 boats' 2.4mR fleet ahead of Helena Lucas GBR and Thierry Schmitter NED. In the Sonars, John Robertson GBR and his team are on top, ahead of Bruno Jourdren FRA. Best of the SKUD 18 were Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tresch AUS with four race wins in six races. Birrell/Rickham GBR are 2nd and Creignou/French USA 3rd. The report.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
Perfect sailing conditions yesterday with sun, a 25 kn breeze and big waves, a dream day for the 650 participants at the SOF in the Bay of Hyères. However, for some classes ist was too much. The Paralympic 2.4mR and Skud 18 as well as the 49ers had to stay ahore. Some final decisions are already made on the penultimate day: With a 26 points lead, Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED cannot be passed in today's Medal Race of the 470 women. Lecointre/Geron FRA, Kondo/Tabata JPN and Clarke/Lihan USA will fight for the remaining two medals. 18 points is the advance of Matthews Belcher/Malcom Page AUS in the 470 men and they are practically on the safe side as well. The ranks 2 to 5 however are separated by 4 points only, i.e. two places in the double-points Medal Race. In the 49er, Dyen/Christidis FRA are one point ahead of Outteridge/Jensen AUS. Rafael Trujillo ESP is now two points ahead on Deniss Karpak EST in the Finns. Brendan Casey AUS moved up on rank 3 with a race win yesterday. Percy/Simpson GBR remain ahead inspite of the dismasting in the Starboote. Lööf/Salminen SWE and Clarke/Bjorn CAN follow tied four points behind on the rank two. The Woman-Match-Race is in delay. The Round Robin will be terminated today only, and the semi-finals and finals will follow immediately. Anna Tunnicliffe USA leads now with a smashing 14-0 score ! Piotr Myszka POL in the RS:X-men and Maja Dziarnowska POL in the RS:X-women lead the windsurfing fleets in today's Medal Races, that will be sailed in a fresh Easterly breeze again. The daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014   (Image © Philippe Laurenson)
After the two windy races of yesterday, the heat is on for the Medal Races today in both classes. In the Lasers Radial, the World Champion Marit Bouwmeester NED is now finally on top of the rankings, but her advantage on Lijia Xu CHN is only one point. Three points behind the Dutch woman is Allison Young GBR on rank 3. And even Evi Van Acker BEL and Krystal Weir AUS still have their chances for a medal.
With the day ranks 1 and 2, Tom Slingsby AUS and three points behind Philipp Buhl GER are on top of the Lasers Standard. Behind the leaders, the situation is tight as the 6th ranked Tonci Stipanovic CRO is only 11 points behind the Silver medal.
The Medal Races, again in a 25 kn breeze and big waves, will be spectacular today. The daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
Richard Stauffacher SUI defended his 6th overall place with the day ranks 7 and 8 yesterday and will be the only Swiss in a Medal Race at the Hyères SOF today. After achieving the ISAF nations qualification at the Perth World Championship 2011, has has now also mastered the Swiss Olympic qualification requirement (12th nation at a selection event), and can expect the ticket for his third Games. Admittedtly, the absence of the world-class windsurfers from nations such as England, New Zealand, China, Israel, Brazil, Greece, Hong Kong, Spain or Portugal has facilitated the task, but the steep form curve after the comeback from his leave for education/professional reasons a year ago, Stauffacher has substantially improved his performance again. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI with their 47oer-Männer however have to wait for the final qualification chance at the Worlds. They cound not quite match the results of the days before and remain on the 20th place, i.e. 15th nation. Christoph Bottoni SUI missed the nation-qualification by a mere point only : As 14th nation, tied with the USA 13th nation) and one point behind Israel, he showed his best result in windy races so far, and this in a top quality fleet. Nathalie Brugger SUI is disappointed about her 18th final position in the Laser Radial. Up to now, her best results were achieved in fresh winds. The Swiss 470 women (inclusive Emmanuelle Rol SUI/FRA) still have difficulties to sail in fresh conditions. Emmanuelle Rol SUI/FRA together with her crew Hélèn Defrance on rank19 have probably lost the French Olympic selection against Lemaitre/Geron FRA (rank 3). The two all-Swiss teams Stéphanie and Romy Hasler and Fiona Testuz/Anne-Sophie Thilo SUI are on the ranks 32 and 34. The two SUI-USA-Starboats were among the few without gear failures. Szabo/Hagin USA finished the SOF as 13th, Niklaus/Strube SUI are 17th. Thomas Gautschi SUI did not start in the Finns. The official report/url] and the [url=sof.ffvoile.com/sof2012g
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014   (Image © Philippe Laurenson)
Light winds prevailed on the first day of the final races with the Gold- and Silver fleets yesterday, prompting a number of changes in the rankings. The World Champion Tom Slingsby AUS has taken the lead in the Lasers Standard thanks to two 2nd ranks, replacing Philipp Buhl GER on top. Andy Maloney NZL is on 3rd.
Leader change also in the Lasers Radial with Marit Bouwmeester NED now on the first place, but the leading four are very close together. Allison Young GBR on 2nd is only one point behind the Dutch woman. Liia XU CHN and Krystal Weir AUS follow closely. The report of the day and the videos.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014   (Image © Philippe Laurenson)
Yesterday's light wind conditions did not stop Richard Stauffacher SUI in the RS:X-windsurfers on his Olympic track. With the day ranks 4 and 7, he remains on the 6th overall place, and the Medal Race of Friday should not escape, meaning at the same time, that the last hurdle for the Olympic qualification (the 12th nation place in a selection event) would be mastered. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI are fighting to conquer the same limit in the 470 men. With the ranks 9 and 5, they were among the best in the Goldfleet yesterday and are now on rank 20 and 15th nation only 12 points behind the 12th nation place. Despite of a medium day, Christoph Bottoni SUI has still chances to overcome the 12th nation barrier in the breezy races today. Being 25th and 14th nation in the Lasers Standard, he is only 14 points behind the 12th nation place. Keep the fingers cross: three Swiss Olympic qualifications are at stake ! Less convincing the performance of Nathalie Brugger SUI, 16th overall in the Lasers Radial. She has to compensate 19 points to reach the Medal Race of the Lasers Radial. Manon Luther SUI descended to the last position of the Goldfleet after a premature start. 23 points is the gap for the Swiss Sailing President Vincent Hagen, crewing for the former US World Champion George Szabo, to reach the Medal Race. They are at present on rank 14 in the Starboats, Niklaus SUI/Strube USA follow on rank 17. Thomas Gautschi SUI has lost some places in the Finns and is now 38th. The report of the day and the videos.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
The wind increased - as predicted - to over 30 kn during the day, but thanks to early morning starts, most of the classes could terminate the qualifiers. 470s, Lasers (Standard & Radial), Windsurfers and 49ers sail in Gold- and Silverfleets as from today. Obviously, the big-breeze specialists had the upperhand up to now: Piotr Myszka POL leads in the RS:X-Windsurfers one point ahead of Julien Bontemps FRA, Maja Dziarnowska POL is first in the RS:X-females with a 12 points lead on Olga Maslivets UKR and Charline Picon FRA. Morrison/Rhodes GBR have passed the French 49ers and have now a close advantage on Dyen/Christidis FRA and D'Ortoli/Delpech FRA. With the discard in effect, Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS have a clear lead in the 470-men in front of Fantela/Marencic CRO and Coster/Coster NED. Extending their lead in the 470 women were Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED with Kondo/Tabata JPN and Clark/Lihan USA still on the ranks 2 and 3. No changes also in the Starboats where Clarke/Björn CAN hold the top position in front of Percy/Simpson GBR and Rohart/Ponsot FRA. Anna Tunnicliffe USA remains undefeated in the Women Match Race, leading 8-0 ahead of Sally Barkow USA (8-1) and Ekaterina Skudina RUS (7-2). Today is the last day of the Round Robin. The only class not sailing were the Finns, where Deniss Karpak EST has a clear lead with 3 wins in 4 races. All results, the daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
Fresh winds again during day 3 of the SOF at Hyères, and especially the Radials had a hard day. Arriving at 9 a.m. in the race area 4 miles off the coast, the breeze was too strong and the Laser women were sent back ashore. Only late in the afternoon, the Race Officer decided to complete the qualifiers with the races 5 and 6 on the Windsurfer's course near the shore, although the wind was not less than mostly 30 kn. It was again Allison Young GBR mastering the difficult conditions the best with the day ranks 1 and 2 defending rank 1 in the Radials 3 points ahead of Krystal Weir AUS and Marit Bouwmeester NED.
In the Lasers Standard, Philipp Buhl GER is now on the first position after the discard, just one point ahead of the quartet Andrew Murdoch NZL, Tom Slingsby AUS, Tonci Stipanovic CRO and Tom Burton AUS.
Racing will continue in Gold- and Silverfleets as from today. The wind forecast shall be moderate for the first time today Wednesday, but already tomorrow, the wind will change to a fresh Easterly. All results, the report of the day and the videos.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
Enjoying his preferred wind conditions, Richard Stauffacher SUI was again among the top-10 in the RS:X-windsurfers yesterday. But the man of the day for Switzerland was Christoph Bottoni SUI with twice a 4th place finish in the Lasers Standard advancing on rank 17 and 12th nation and fulfilling the Swiss Olympic selection criteria for the moment, and this in sailing conditions that were not quite his speciality up to now. Three days are left to make the qualification dream happen. Keep the fingers cross ! Qualified for the Laser Goldfleet is also Christian Steiger SUI as 32nd. Guillaume Girod SUI, 46th, will continue in the Silverfleet. Not on her level sailing was Nathalie Brugger SUI in the Lasers Radial, who was not at ease with the shifty breeze near the coast. 18th overall with a 13 points' backlog on rank 10, she still has a chance to qualify for the Medal Race of next Saturday. With the 39th place, Manon Luther SUI just made the Goldfleet. The development sailor Nigina Römer SUI follows on rank 67 of the 79 participants. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI lost some ranks yesterday in the 470 men, but on rank 24, their 20 points' gap to the 12th nation place still leaves hope to reach the Swiss Olympic limit. Not in the Goldfleet are Olivier and Adrien Gremaud SUI as 50th. They continue the competition in the Silverfleet. The two women 470s are on the positions 33 (Hasler/Hasler SUI) and 35 (Testuz/Thilo SUI). Emmanuelle Rol SUI/FRA/Hélène Defrance FRA had their best day and advanced on rank 19. The two US-Swiss Starboats are now on the ranks 16 and 17. All ranking lists, the report of the day and the videos.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014   
The SOF continued according to program yesterday in a 15-20 kn breeze, decreasing during the afternoon. The Starboats and 49ers caught up the cancelled races from day one. The new leader in the RS:X-windsurfers is Piotr Myszka POL with two race wins. Toni Wilhelm GER and Julien Bontemps FRA follow on the ranks 2 and 3. A Polish leader also in the RS:X-women with Maja Dziarnowska POL ahead of Moana Delle GER and Olga Maslivets UKR. In absence of the British armada, it is Deniss Karpak EST who clearly dominates the scene in the Finns with Rafael Trujillo ESP and Dan Slater NZL on the ranks 2 and 3. After four races in all skiff fleets, it is the Marseille Mistral-proven team D'Ortoli/Delpech FRA who leads the interims' rankings of the 49ers in front of Morrison/Rhodes GBR and Outteridge/Jensen AUS an. Leaders of the 470 men are for the time being Mantis/Kagialis GRE ahead of Zandona/Zucchetti ITA and Coster/Coster NED, but Belcher/Page AUS will move up on top when the discard comes into effect today. Apart from a 2/1/1 score, they have a 24th rank on their result sheet coming from a race finish under jury rig ! As mostly in strong wind, Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED dominate the activity in the 470 women in front of Ai Kondo/Wakako Tabata JPN and Amanda Clark/Sarah Lihan USA. After a victory in race one of the Starboats, Robert Scheidt BRA left Hyères and the competition for family reasons. Clarke/Björn CAN are now leading ahead of Percy/Simpson GBR, Rohart/Ponsot FRA and Polgar/Koy GER. Anna Tunnicliffe USA remains on top of the Women Match Race undefeated with a 6-0 score, followed by Sally Barkow USA (6-1) and Claire Leroy FRA (5-1). The official report, all ranking lists and the videos of the day.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014   
With less wind as on day one, decreasing from 15 to 10 kn during the afternoon, both Laser fleets sailed two races yesterday as scheduled. The new leader in the Laser Standard is Andy Maloney NZL with the day ranks 3 and 2 in his group, one point ahead of Tom Slingsby AUS. Tom Burton AUS, best of the day, is now on rank 3 overall, at equal points with Andrew Murdoch NZL. Two race wins too for Philipp Buhl GER, who follows on rank 5 as best European. In the Lasers Radial, the big-breeze specialists Allison Young GBR and Krystal Weir AUS are clearly ahead. Evi Van Acker BEL follows 7 points behind on rank 3. The World Champion Marit Bouwmeester NED advanced on rank 4. For today, the meteo announced again excessive wind. It remains to be seen whether races will be started today. The official report and the videos of the day.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014   
After a rather modest first day, the Swiss Team turned up the heat yesterday. Richard Stauffacher SUI remains on a solid track to the Olympics as 7th in the RS:X-men. Considering the participation - only 22 of the 38 nations qualified for the Games are present - he will definitely get an Olympic nation berth for Switzerland, and his 12th nations' result (Swiss Olympic requirement) at Hyères should be possible as well. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI had a comeback in force yesterday in the 470 men and with the day ranks 2 and 9, they were among the best of the day. Moving up on rank 23 and the 16th nation place, the Olympic 12th rank barrier comes nearer. To be noted that only the strong 470 teams from England and Argentina are absent. Coming up to speed is also Nathalie Brugger SUI in the Lasers Radial with the day ranks 3 and 7 now on position 12 overall very close to the ten best (i.e. medal raceI). Manon Luther follows on rank 32. Maintaining their solid Goldfleet positions are also Christoph Bottoni SUI and Christian Steiger SUI on the ranks 22 and 25 in the Lasers Standard. As 15th nation in the Olympic class with the highest number of top performing nations, the Olympic ticket is now within reach. Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI are on rank 30 in the 470 women, Fiona Testuz/Anne-Sophie Thilo SUI follow on rank 34. In difficulties is also the emigrant to France Emmanuelle ROL SUI/FRA, who is only on rank 20 with her crew Hélène Defrance FRA, while their direct opponents for the French Olympic ticket Lecointre/Geron FRA are on the good 6th place. Thomas Gautschi SUI is ton rank 28 among the 40 Finns. Michel Niklaus SUI/Mark Strube USA are 18th in the Starboats, while the Swiss Sailing President Vincent Hagin is even on a Medal Race track as crew of the former World Champion George Szabo USA. Inspite of a premature start disqualification, they are on rank 11 ! The report of the day and the videos.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014   
All three Paralympic classes could sail according to schedule in a 15-20 kn breeze after the windy start day, having reduced the program. In the Sonars, Bruno Jourdren FRA has taken the lead in front of Udo Hessels NED. New on top of the 2.4mR is Damien Séguin FRA followed by Bjornar Erikstad NOR and Helena Lucas GBR on the positions 2 and 3. 24 participants from 11 nations. Alexandra Rickham/Niki Birell GBR have taken the lead in the small Skud 18 fleet with two day wins. Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tesch AUS follow on rank 2 with the same number of points. Jennifer French/Jean-Paul Creignou USA are 3rd. The daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014   
Sun and a fresh breeze - exceeding 30 kn in the afternoon - prevailed on the first day of the 44th SOF in the Bay of Hyères FRA. All classes, except the Starboats scheduled for the afternoon (gusts of over 40 kn), sailed two races (49ers one). In the RS:X-windsurfers, the World Champion Julien Bontemps FRA and Toni Wilhelm GER were the winners of both races in their groups and are jointly on top overall. In the RS:X-female windsurfers, the winner in was twice Li Ling CHN in her group, followed by Moana Delle GER. In both fleets - men and women - a number of top performers are not present at the SOF, such as the World Champion Lee Korzits ISR, Zofia Klepacka POL or the strong Spanish women. In the Finns, Deniss Karpak EST took rank 1 in both races, and is the clear overall leader ahead of Rafael Trujillo ESP. The only 49er heat - with only half of the fleet finishing - saw D'Ortoli/Delpech FRA on top ahead of Dyen/Christidis FRA. Fantela/Marencic CRO are first overall in the 470 men with two race wins, followed by Mantis/ Kagialis GRE on rank 2. In the 470 women, the joint leaders are Westerhof/Berkhout NED and Kondo/Tabata JPN. The only undefeated Women Match Race team after only three flights (too much breeze) was once more Anna Tunnicliffe's USA. The official report, the videos of the day and all ranking lists.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014   
Up to 25 kn was the breeze on the Laser courses on day one of the SOF in the Bay of Hyères, ideal conditions for the big-breeze sailors, taking the top places as expected. In the Lasers Standard, the winners in both races of their groups were Tom Slingsby AUS and Andy Maloney NZL, sharing the overall lead ahead of Andrew Murdoch NZL. Allison Young GBR was on top of the Lasers Radial also with two race wins in front of Krystal Weir NZL and Charlotte Dobson GBR. The World Champion Marit Bouwmeester NED is 6th for the moment. The official report and the videos of the day.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014   
Some of the Swiss were not at ease in the fresh breeze prevailing with gusts over 40 kn in the afternoon. The big exception was the windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI, taking full advantage of the surfing conditions and the absence of the world's best windsurfer to finish twice on rank 3 in his group, bringing him on the excellent rank 5 overall of the RS:X-men. In the relatively small fleet with 53 surfers from just the 20 Swiss Olympic required nations, his chances to finish among the top 12 nations are excellent, so that his qualification for the London/Weymouth Olympics 2012 is absolutely realistic. Positive also the appearance of the Lasers Standard of Christoph Bottoni SUI (9/9) and Christian Steiger SUI (13/5), who - on the overall ranks 25 and 31 - are on their way to the Goldfleet and are near the requested 12-nations-barrier. The Laser Radial results of Nathalie Brugger SUI, in the past year a strong big-breeze finisher, were not brilliant with the ranks 8 and 9 in her group, bringing her on the 16th position overall. Rather in difficulities the 470s. In the 470 men, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI and Adrien and Olivier Gremaud SUI are on the positions 36 and 37 with the same number of points. Fiona Testuz/Anne-So Thilo SUI are 27th, Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI 28th in the 470 women. Not sailing were the Starboats (wind exceeding 40 kn), where - with Niklaus SUI/Strube USA and Szabo USA/Hagin SUI two mixed USA/SUI teams are on the entry list. No Swiss opted to participate in this official Olympic selection regatta ! The report of the day, all results and the videos.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014   
The Paralympic Worldcup races in the Bay of Hyères began yesterday in a fresh breeze around 25 kn increasing during the day. For the Sonars, scheduled for the afternoon, the wind exceeding 30 kn was too strong. Megan Pascoe GBR was the winner of the only 2.4mR race ahead of Helena Lucas GBR and the World Champion Damien Séguin FRA. In the Skud 18, Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tresch AUS were the winners in front of Alexandra Rickham/Niki Burell GBR and Jennifer French/Jean-Paul Creignou USA. The report and the videos.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014   
Tomorrow Sunday is day one of the 4th 2012 ISAF Worldcup of the Olympic and Paralympic Classes at Hyères FRA. As every year, the SOF is for most classes the best-attended event of the year, especially in an Olympic year, as the entry lists reveal. According to the wind forecasts, this year's races will be on the windy side, even though the Mistral prevail during the past days will decrease somewhat during the coming week to about 15-20 kn. The event-website.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014   
Tomorrow Sunday is day one of the 4th 2012 ISAF Worldcup of the Olympic and Paralympic Classes at Hyères FRA. As every year, the SOF is for most classes the best-attended event of the year, especially in an Olympic year, as the entry lists reveal. According to the wind forecasts, this year's races will be on the windy side, even though the Mistral prevail during the past days will decrease somewhat during the coming week to about 15-20 kn.
The Swiss Olympic hopefuls have - after the 2011 Worlds in Perth AUS - another possibility to qualify for London/Weymouth 2012 fulfilling the 12-nations-critiera set by Swiss Olympic, such as the 470s, the Lasers Standard and the RS:X. The Swiss Starboats (Marazzi-de Maria not present at the SOF) already reached this goal, but no other team seized the opportunity to challenge them here at this official selection race. The only Swiss present in the Stars are sailing together with US partners, i.e. Niklaus SUI/Strube USA and Szabo USA/Hagin SUI ab. The event-website.
 
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
Another beautiful sailing day with a 15-20 kn Easterly wind, sun and big waves yesterday for the Medal Races of the Hyères SOF Worldcup Regatta. Only the 49ers could not sail as the waves were too big. Some leader changes happened after the double-point/no-discard final races. Moana Delle GER won the Medal Race in the RS:X-woman windsurfers and took the overall victory ahead of Maya Dziarnowska POL and Charline Picon FRA. The top place in the RS:X-men went to Julien Bontemps FRA winning the Medal Race and the overall classification as Piotr Myszka POL was penalised with a disqualification. Przsemyslav Miarcynski POL and Toni Wilhelm GER completed the podium. Brendan Casey AUS was the final winner in the Finns with a 0.5 point advantage on Rafael Trujillo ESP 2nd and Vasilij Zbogar SLO 3rd. The results after the qualification series in the 49ers remains with Dyen/Christidis FRa in front of Outteridge/Jensen AUS and Kruger/Thorsell DEN. The 470 winner were known already before the last race. Belcher/Page AUS in the 470 men and Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED in the 470 women were the clear winners. Percy/Simpson GBR came back strongly winning the Medal Race an dthe overall rankings in the Starboats after the dismasting of Thursday. Rohart/Ponsot FRA and Lööf/Salminen SWE complete the podium. A one/two victory celebrated the US matchracers with Anna Tunnicliffe USA and Sally Barkow USA in the Women Match Race. All results, the final report and the videos.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014   (Image © Philippe Laurenson)
What a crazy format ! After a brilliant week with only top-three rankings, the World Champion Tom Slingsby AUS was relegated on rank 5 at the end of the Worldcup competition after a dismasting in the Medal Race of the Lasers Standard. This mishap opened the way to victory for Philipp Buhl GER, age 22 only, winning his first big international event after a very solid week. Silver and Bronze went to Andy Malone NZL and Andrew Murdoch NZL.
Major changes in the Laser Radial were the former World Champion Lijia Xu CHN had a close final win over Evi Van Acker BEL, the winner of the Medal Race.The World Champion Marit Bouwmeester NED could not defend her top place and dropped on rank 3 after a 7th position in the Medal Race.
The final report and the videos with all Medal Races and interviews with the winners.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014   (Image © Philippe Laurenson)
The only Swiss engaged in the Medal Races was the windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI who finished on position 5 in the RS:X-men, confirming with this performance the concinving Worldcup week ending with a 6th place overall. The videos of the Medal Races with interviews of the winners.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014   
Winning three races in a row, the World Champion Damien Séguin FRA was finally the clear winner in the 25 boats' 2.4mR fleet ahead of Helena Lucas GBR and Thierry Schmitter NED. In the Sonars, John Robertson GBR and his team are on top, ahead of Bruno Jourdren FRA. Best of the SKUD 18 were Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tresch AUS with four race wins in six races. Birrell/Rickham GBR are 2nd and Creignou/French USA 3rd. The report.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
Perfect sailing conditions yesterday with sun, a 25 kn breeze and big waves, a dream day for the 650 participants at the SOF in the Bay of Hyères. However, for some classes ist was too much. The Paralympic 2.4mR and Skud 18 as well as the 49ers had to stay ahore. Some final decisions are already made on the penultimate day: With a 26 points lead, Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED cannot be passed in today's Medal Race of the 470 women. Lecointre/Geron FRA, Kondo/Tabata JPN and Clarke/Lihan USA will fight for the remaining two medals. 18 points is the advance of Matthews Belcher/Malcom Page AUS in the 470 men and they are practically on the safe side as well. The ranks 2 to 5 however are separated by 4 points only, i.e. two places in the double-points Medal Race. In the 49er, Dyen/Christidis FRA are one point ahead of Outteridge/Jensen AUS. Rafael Trujillo ESP is now two points ahead on Deniss Karpak EST in the Finns. Brendan Casey AUS moved up on rank 3 with a race win yesterday. Percy/Simpson GBR remain ahead inspite of the dismasting in the Starboote. Lööf/Salminen SWE and Clarke/Bjorn CAN follow tied four points behind on the rank two. The Woman-Match-Race is in delay. The Round Robin will be terminated today only, and the semi-finals and finals will follow immediately. Anna Tunnicliffe USA leads now with a smashing 14-0 score ! Piotr Myszka POL in the RS:X-men and Maja Dziarnowska POL in the RS:X-women lead the windsurfing fleets in today's Medal Races, that will be sailed in a fresh Easterly breeze again. The daily report and the videos.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014   (Image © Philippe Laurenson)
After the two windy races of yesterday, the heat is on for the Medal Races today in both classes. In the Lasers Radial, the World Champion Marit Bouwmeester NED is now finally on top of the rankings, but her advantage on Lijia Xu CHN is only one point. Three points behind the Dutch woman is Allison Young GBR on rank 3. And even Evi Van Acker BEL and Krystal Weir AUS still have their chances for a medal.
With the day ranks 1 and 2, Tom Slingsby AUS and three points behind Philipp Buhl GER are on top of the Lasers Standard. Behind the leaders, the situation is tight as the 6th ranked Tonci Stipanovic CRO is only 11 points behind the Silver medal.
The Medal Races, again in a 25 kn breeze and big waves, will be spectacular today. The daily report and the videos.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
Richard Stauffacher SUI defended his 6th overall place with the day ranks 7 and 8 yesterday and will be the only Swiss in a Medal Race at the Hyères SOF today. After achieving the ISAF nations qualification at the Perth World Championship 2011, has has now also mastered the Swiss Olympic qualification requirement (12th nation at a selection event), and can expect the ticket for his third Games. Admittedtly, the absence of the world-class windsurfers from nations such as England, New Zealand, China, Israel, Brazil, Greece, Hong Kong, Spain or Portugal has facilitated the task, but the steep form curve after the comeback from his leave for education/professional reasons a year ago, Stauffacher has substantially improved his performance again. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI with their 47oer-Männer however have to wait for the final qualification chance at the Worlds. They cound not quite match the results of the days before and remain on the 20th place, i.e. 15th nation. Christoph Bottoni SUI missed the nation-qualification by a mere point only : As 14th nation, tied with the USA 13th nation) and one point behind Israel, he showed his best result in windy races so far, and this in a top quality fleet. Nathalie Brugger SUI is disappointed about her 18th final position in the Laser Radial. Up to now, her best results were achieved in fresh winds. The Swiss 470 women (inclusive Emmanuelle Rol SUI/FRA) still have difficulties to sail in fresh conditions. Emmanuelle Rol SUI/FRA together with her crew Hélèn Defrance on rank19 have probably lost the French Olympic selection against Lemaitre/Geron FRA (rank 3). The two all-Swiss teams Stéphanie and Romy Hasler and Fiona Testuz/Anne-Sophie Thilo SUI are on the ranks 32 and 34. The two SUI-USA-Starboats were among the few without gear failures. Szabo/Hagin USA finished the SOF as 13th, Niklaus/Strube SUI are 17th. Thomas Gautschi SUI did not start in the Finns. The official report/url] and the [url=sof.ffvoile.com/sof2012g
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014   (Image © Philippe Laurenson)
Light winds prevailed on the first day of the final races with the Gold- and Silver fleets yesterday, prompting a number of changes in the rankings. The World Champion Tom Slingsby AUS has taken the lead in the Lasers Standard thanks to two 2nd ranks, replacing Philipp Buhl GER on top. Andy Maloney NZL is on 3rd.
Leader change also in the Lasers Radial with Marit Bouwmeester NED now on the first place, but the leading four are very close together. Allison Young GBR on 2nd is only one point behind the Dutch woman. Liia XU CHN and Krystal Weir AUS follow closely. The report of the day and the videos.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014   (Image © Philippe Laurenson)
Yesterday's light wind conditions did not stop Richard Stauffacher SUI in the RS:X-windsurfers on his Olympic track. With the day ranks 4 and 7, he remains on the 6th overall place, and the Medal Race of Friday should not escape, meaning at the same time, that the last hurdle for the Olympic qualification (the 12th nation place in a selection event) would be mastered. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI are fighting to conquer the same limit in the 470 men. With the ranks 9 and 5, they were among the best in the Goldfleet yesterday and are now on rank 20 and 15th nation only 12 points behind the 12th nation place. Despite of a medium day, Christoph Bottoni SUI has still chances to overcome the 12th nation barrier in the breezy races today. Being 25th and 14th nation in the Lasers Standard, he is only 14 points behind the 12th nation place. Keep the fingers cross: three Swiss Olympic qualifications are at stake ! Less convincing the performance of Nathalie Brugger SUI, 16th overall in the Lasers Radial. She has to compensate 19 points to reach the Medal Race of the Lasers Radial. Manon Luther SUI descended to the last position of the Goldfleet after a premature start. 23 points is the gap for the Swiss Sailing President Vincent Hagen, crewing for the former US World Champion George Szabo, to reach the Medal Race. They are at present on rank 14 in the Starboats, Niklaus SUI/Strube USA follow on rank 17. Thomas Gautschi SUI has lost some places in the Finns and is now 38th. The report of the day and the videos.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
The wind increased - as predicted - to over 30 kn during the day, but thanks to early morning starts, most of the classes could terminate the qualifiers. 470s, Lasers (Standard & Radial), Windsurfers and 49ers sail in Gold- and Silverfleets as from today. Obviously, the big-breeze specialists had the upperhand up to now: Piotr Myszka POL leads in the RS:X-Windsurfers one point ahead of Julien Bontemps FRA, Maja Dziarnowska POL is first in the RS:X-females with a 12 points lead on Olga Maslivets UKR and Charline Picon FRA. Morrison/Rhodes GBR have passed the French 49ers and have now a close advantage on Dyen/Christidis FRA and D'Ortoli/Delpech FRA. With the discard in effect, Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS have a clear lead in the 470-men in front of Fantela/Marencic CRO and Coster/Coster NED. Extending their lead in the 470 women were Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED with Kondo/Tabata JPN and Clark/Lihan USA still on the ranks 2 and 3. No changes also in the Starboats where Clarke/Björn CAN hold the top position in front of Percy/Simpson GBR and Rohart/Ponsot FRA. Anna Tunnicliffe USA remains undefeated in the Women Match Race, leading 8-0 ahead of Sally Barkow USA (8-1) and Ekaterina Skudina RUS (7-2). Today is the last day of the Round Robin. The only class not sailing were the Finns, where Deniss Karpak EST has a clear lead with 3 wins in 4 races. All results, the daily report and the videos.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
Fresh winds again during day 3 of the SOF at Hyères, and especially the Radials had a hard day. Arriving at 9 a.m. in the race area 4 miles off the coast, the breeze was too strong and the Laser women were sent back ashore. Only late in the afternoon, the Race Officer decided to complete the qualifiers with the races 5 and 6 on the Windsurfer's course near the shore, although the wind was not less than mostly 30 kn. It was again Allison Young GBR mastering the difficult conditions the best with the day ranks 1 and 2 defending rank 1 in the Radials 3 points ahead of Krystal Weir AUS and Marit Bouwmeester NED.
In the Lasers Standard, Philipp Buhl GER is now on the first position after the discard, just one point ahead of the quartet Andrew Murdoch NZL, Tom Slingsby AUS, Tonci Stipanovic CRO and Tom Burton AUS.
Racing will continue in Gold- and Silverfleets as from today. The wind forecast shall be moderate for the first time today Wednesday, but already tomorrow, the wind will change to a fresh Easterly. All results, the report of the day and the videos.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
Enjoying his preferred wind conditions, Richard Stauffacher SUI was again among the top-10 in the RS:X-windsurfers yesterday. But the man of the day for Switzerland was Christoph Bottoni SUI with twice a 4th place finish in the Lasers Standard advancing on rank 17 and 12th nation and fulfilling the Swiss Olympic selection criteria for the moment, and this in sailing conditions that were not quite his speciality up to now. Three days are left to make the qualification dream happen. Keep the fingers cross ! Qualified for the Laser Goldfleet is also Christian Steiger SUI as 32nd. Guillaume Girod SUI, 46th, will continue in the Silverfleet. Not on her level sailing was Nathalie Brugger SUI in the Lasers Radial, who was not at ease with the shifty breeze near the coast. 18th overall with a 13 points' backlog on rank 10, she still has a chance to qualify for the Medal Race of next Saturday. With the 39th place, Manon Luther SUI just made the Goldfleet. The development sailor Nigina Römer SUI follows on rank 67 of the 79 participants. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI lost some ranks yesterday in the 470 men, but on rank 24, their 20 points' gap to the 12th nation place still leaves hope to reach the Swiss Olympic limit. Not in the Goldfleet are Olivier and Adrien Gremaud SUI as 50th. They continue the competition in the Silverfleet. The two women 470s are on the positions 33 (Hasler/Hasler SUI) and 35 (Testuz/Thilo SUI). Emmanuelle Rol SUI/FRA/Hélène Defrance FRA had their best day and advanced on rank 19. The two US-Swiss Starboats are now on the ranks 16 and 17. All ranking lists, the report of the day and the videos.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014   
The SOF continued according to program yesterday in a 15-20 kn breeze, decreasing during the afternoon. The Starboats and 49ers caught up the cancelled races from day one. The new leader in the RS:X-windsurfers is Piotr Myszka POL with two race wins. Toni Wilhelm GER and Julien Bontemps FRA follow on the ranks 2 and 3. A Polish leader also in the RS:X-women with Maja Dziarnowska POL ahead of Moana Delle GER and Olga Maslivets UKR. In absence of the British armada, it is Deniss Karpak EST who clearly dominates the scene in the Finns with Rafael Trujillo ESP and Dan Slater NZL on the ranks 2 and 3. After four races in all skiff fleets, it is the Marseille Mistral-proven team D'Ortoli/Delpech FRA who leads the interims' rankings of the 49ers in front of Morrison/Rhodes GBR and Outteridge/Jensen AUS an. Leaders of the 470 men are for the time being Mantis/Kagialis GRE ahead of Zandona/Zucchetti ITA and Coster/Coster NED, but Belcher/Page AUS will move up on top when the discard comes into effect today. Apart from a 2/1/1 score, they have a 24th rank on their result sheet coming from a race finish under jury rig ! As mostly in strong wind, Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED dominate the activity in the 470 women in front of Ai Kondo/Wakako Tabata JPN and Amanda Clark/Sarah Lihan USA. After a victory in race one of the Starboats, Robert Scheidt BRA left Hyères and the competition for family reasons. Clarke/Björn CAN are now leading ahead of Percy/Simpson GBR, Rohart/Ponsot FRA and Polgar/Koy GER. Anna Tunnicliffe USA remains on top of the Women Match Race undefeated with a 6-0 score, followed by Sally Barkow USA (6-1) and Claire Leroy FRA (5-1). The official report, all ranking lists and the videos of the day.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014   
With less wind as on day one, decreasing from 15 to 10 kn during the afternoon, both Laser fleets sailed two races yesterday as scheduled. The new leader in the Laser Standard is Andy Maloney NZL with the day ranks 3 and 2 in his group, one point ahead of Tom Slingsby AUS. Tom Burton AUS, best of the day, is now on rank 3 overall, at equal points with Andrew Murdoch NZL. Two race wins too for Philipp Buhl GER, who follows on rank 5 as best European. In the Lasers Radial, the big-breeze specialists Allison Young GBR and Krystal Weir AUS are clearly ahead. Evi Van Acker BEL follows 7 points behind on rank 3. The World Champion Marit Bouwmeester NED advanced on rank 4. For today, the meteo announced again excessive wind. It remains to be seen whether races will be started today. The official report and the videos of the day.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014   
After a rather modest first day, the Swiss Team turned up the heat yesterday. Richard Stauffacher SUI remains on a solid track to the Olympics as 7th in the RS:X-men. Considering the participation - only 22 of the 38 nations qualified for the Games are present - he will definitely get an Olympic nation berth for Switzerland, and his 12th nations' result (Swiss Olympic requirement) at Hyères should be possible as well. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI had a comeback in force yesterday in the 470 men and with the day ranks 2 and 9, they were among the best of the day. Moving up on rank 23 and the 16th nation place, the Olympic 12th rank barrier comes nearer. To be noted that only the strong 470 teams from England and Argentina are absent. Coming up to speed is also Nathalie Brugger SUI in the Lasers Radial with the day ranks 3 and 7 now on position 12 overall very close to the ten best (i.e. medal raceI). Manon Luther follows on rank 32. Maintaining their solid Goldfleet positions are also Christoph Bottoni SUI and Christian Steiger SUI on the ranks 22 and 25 in the Lasers Standard. As 15th nation in the Olympic class with the highest number of top performing nations, the Olympic ticket is now within reach. Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI are on rank 30 in the 470 women, Fiona Testuz/Anne-Sophie Thilo SUI follow on rank 34. In difficulties is also the emigrant to France Emmanuelle ROL SUI/FRA, who is only on rank 20 with her crew Hélène Defrance FRA, while their direct opponents for the French Olympic ticket Lecointre/Geron FRA are on the good 6th place. Thomas Gautschi SUI is ton rank 28 among the 40 Finns. Michel Niklaus SUI/Mark Strube USA are 18th in the Starboats, while the Swiss Sailing President Vincent Hagin is even on a Medal Race track as crew of the former World Champion George Szabo USA. Inspite of a premature start disqualification, they are on rank 11 ! The report of the day and the videos.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014   
All three Paralympic classes could sail according to schedule in a 15-20 kn breeze after the windy start day, having reduced the program. In the Sonars, Bruno Jourdren FRA has taken the lead in front of Udo Hessels NED. New on top of the 2.4mR is Damien Séguin FRA followed by Bjornar Erikstad NOR and Helena Lucas GBR on the positions 2 and 3. 24 participants from 11 nations. Alexandra Rickham/Niki Birell GBR have taken the lead in the small Skud 18 fleet with two day wins. Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tesch AUS follow on rank 2 with the same number of points. Jennifer French/Jean-Paul Creignou USA are 3rd. The daily report and the videos.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014   
Sun and a fresh breeze - exceeding 30 kn in the afternoon - prevailed on the first day of the 44th SOF in the Bay of Hyères FRA. All classes, except the Starboats scheduled for the afternoon (gusts of over 40 kn), sailed two races (49ers one). In the RS:X-windsurfers, the World Champion Julien Bontemps FRA and Toni Wilhelm GER were the winners of both races in their groups and are jointly on top overall. In the RS:X-female windsurfers, the winner in was twice Li Ling CHN in her group, followed by Moana Delle GER. In both fleets - men and women - a number of top performers are not present at the SOF, such as the World Champion Lee Korzits ISR, Zofia Klepacka POL or the strong Spanish women. In the Finns, Deniss Karpak EST took rank 1 in both races, and is the clear overall leader ahead of Rafael Trujillo ESP. The only 49er heat - with only half of the fleet finishing - saw D'Ortoli/Delpech FRA on top ahead of Dyen/Christidis FRA. Fantela/Marencic CRO are first overall in the 470 men with two race wins, followed by Mantis/ Kagialis GRE on rank 2. In the 470 women, the joint leaders are Westerhof/Berkhout NED and Kondo/Tabata JPN. The only undefeated Women Match Race team after only three flights (too much breeze) was once more Anna Tunnicliffe's USA. The official report, the videos of the day and all ranking lists.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014   
Up to 25 kn was the breeze on the Laser courses on day one of the SOF in the Bay of Hyères, ideal conditions for the big-breeze sailors, taking the top places as expected. In the Lasers Standard, the winners in both races of their groups were Tom Slingsby AUS and Andy Maloney NZL, sharing the overall lead ahead of Andrew Murdoch NZL. Allison Young GBR was on top of the Lasers Radial also with two race wins in front of Krystal Weir NZL and Charlotte Dobson GBR. The World Champion Marit Bouwmeester NED is 6th for the moment. The official report and the videos of the day.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014   
Some of the Swiss were not at ease in the fresh breeze prevailing with gusts over 40 kn in the afternoon. The big exception was the windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI, taking full advantage of the surfing conditions and the absence of the world's best windsurfer to finish twice on rank 3 in his group, bringing him on the excellent rank 5 overall of the RS:X-men. In the relatively small fleet with 53 surfers from just the 20 Swiss Olympic required nations, his chances to finish among the top 12 nations are excellent, so that his qualification for the London/Weymouth Olympics 2012 is absolutely realistic. Positive also the appearance of the Lasers Standard of Christoph Bottoni SUI (9/9) and Christian Steiger SUI (13/5), who - on the overall ranks 25 and 31 - are on their way to the Goldfleet and are near the requested 12-nations-barrier. The Laser Radial results of Nathalie Brugger SUI, in the past year a strong big-breeze finisher, were not brilliant with the ranks 8 and 9 in her group, bringing her on the 16th position overall. Rather in difficulities the 470s. In the 470 men, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI and Adrien and Olivier Gremaud SUI are on the positions 36 and 37 with the same number of points. Fiona Testuz/Anne-So Thilo SUI are 27th, Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI 28th in the 470 women. Not sailing were the Starboats (wind exceeding 40 kn), where - with Niklaus SUI/Strube USA and Szabo USA/Hagin SUI two mixed USA/SUI teams are on the entry list. No Swiss opted to participate in this official Olympic selection regatta ! The report of the day, all results and the videos.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014   
The Paralympic Worldcup races in the Bay of Hyères began yesterday in a fresh breeze around 25 kn increasing during the day. For the Sonars, scheduled for the afternoon, the wind exceeding 30 kn was too strong. Megan Pascoe GBR was the winner of the only 2.4mR race ahead of Helena Lucas GBR and the World Champion Damien Séguin FRA. In the Skud 18, Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tresch AUS were the winners in front of Alexandra Rickham/Niki Burell GBR and Jennifer French/Jean-Paul Creignou USA. The report and the videos.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014   
Tomorrow Sunday is day one of the 4th 2012 ISAF Worldcup of the Olympic and Paralympic Classes at Hyères FRA. As every year, the SOF is for most classes the best-attended event of the year, especially in an Olympic year, as the entry lists reveal. According to the wind forecasts, this year's races will be on the windy side, even though the Mistral prevail during the past days will decrease somewhat during the coming week to about 15-20 kn. The event-website.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014   
Tomorrow Sunday is day one of the 4th 2012 ISAF Worldcup of the Olympic and Paralympic Classes at Hyères FRA. As every year, the SOF is for most classes the best-attended event of the year, especially in an Olympic year, as the entry lists reveal. According to the wind forecasts, this year's races will be on the windy side, even though the Mistral prevail during the past days will decrease somewhat during the coming week to about 15-20 kn.
The Swiss Olympic hopefuls have - after the 2011 Worlds in Perth AUS - another possibility to qualify for London/Weymouth 2012 fulfilling the 12-nations-critiera set by Swiss Olympic, such as the 470s, the Lasers Standard and the RS:X. The Swiss Starboats (Marazzi-de Maria not present at the SOF) already reached this goal, but no other team seized the opportunity to challenge them here at this official selection race. The only Swiss present in the Stars are sailing together with US partners, i.e. Niklaus SUI/Strube USA and Szabo USA/Hagin SUI ab. The event-website.
 
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Monday, July 28, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
Another beautiful sailing day with a 15-20 kn Easterly wind, sun and big waves yesterday for the Medal Races of the Hyères SOF Worldcup Regatta. Only the 49ers could not sail as the waves were too big. Some leader changes happened after the double-point/no-discard final races. Moana Delle GER won the Medal Race in the RS:X-woman windsurfers and took the overall victory ahead of Maya Dziarnowska POL and Charline Picon FRA. The top place in the RS:X-men went to Julien Bontemps FRA winning the Medal Race and the overall classification as Piotr Myszka POL was penalised with a disqualification. Przsemyslav Miarcynski POL and Toni Wilhelm GER completed the podium. Brendan Casey AUS was the final winner in the Finns with a 0.5 point advantage on Rafael Trujillo ESP 2nd and Vasilij Zbogar SLO 3rd. The results after the qualification series in the 49ers remains with Dyen/Christidis FRa in front of Outteridge/Jensen AUS and Kruger/Thorsell DEN. The 470 winner were known already before the last race. Belcher/Page AUS in the 470 men and Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED in the 470 women were the clear winners. Percy/Simpson GBR came back strongly winning the Medal Race an dthe overall rankings in the Starboats after the dismasting of Thursday. Rohart/Ponsot FRA and Lööf/Salminen SWE complete the podium. A one/two victory celebrated the US matchracers with Anna Tunnicliffe USA and Sally Barkow USA in the Women Match Race. All results, the final report and the videos.
Monday, July 28, 2014   (Image © Philippe Laurenson)
What a crazy format ! After a brilliant week with only top-three rankings, the World Champion Tom Slingsby AUS was relegated on rank 5 at the end of the Worldcup competition after a dismasting in the Medal Race of the Lasers Standard. This mishap opened the way to victory for Philipp Buhl GER, age 22 only, winning his first big international event after a very solid week. Silver and Bronze went to Andy Malone NZL and Andrew Murdoch NZL.
Major changes in the Laser Radial were the former World Champion Lijia Xu CHN had a close final win over Evi Van Acker BEL, the winner of the Medal Race.The World Champion Marit Bouwmeester NED could not defend her top place and dropped on rank 3 after a 7th position in the Medal Race.
The final report and the videos with all Medal Races and interviews with the winners.
Monday, July 28, 2014   (Image © Philippe Laurenson)
The only Swiss engaged in the Medal Races was the windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI who finished on position 5 in the RS:X-men, confirming with this performance the concinving Worldcup week ending with a 6th place overall. The videos of the Medal Races with interviews of the winners.
Monday, July 28, 2014   
Winning three races in a row, the World Champion Damien Séguin FRA was finally the clear winner in the 25 boats' 2.4mR fleet ahead of Helena Lucas GBR and Thierry Schmitter NED. In the Sonars, John Robertson GBR and his team are on top, ahead of Bruno Jourdren FRA. Best of the SKUD 18 were Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tresch AUS with four race wins in six races. Birrell/Rickham GBR are 2nd and Creignou/French USA 3rd. The report.
Monday, July 28, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
Perfect sailing conditions yesterday with sun, a 25 kn breeze and big waves, a dream day for the 650 participants at the SOF in the Bay of Hyères. However, for some classes ist was too much. The Paralympic 2.4mR and Skud 18 as well as the 49ers had to stay ahore. Some final decisions are already made on the penultimate day: With a 26 points lead, Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED cannot be passed in today's Medal Race of the 470 women. Lecointre/Geron FRA, Kondo/Tabata JPN and Clarke/Lihan USA will fight for the remaining two medals. 18 points is the advance of Matthews Belcher/Malcom Page AUS in the 470 men and they are practically on the safe side as well. The ranks 2 to 5 however are separated by 4 points only, i.e. two places in the double-points Medal Race. In the 49er, Dyen/Christidis FRA are one point ahead of Outteridge/Jensen AUS. Rafael Trujillo ESP is now two points ahead on Deniss Karpak EST in the Finns. Brendan Casey AUS moved up on rank 3 with a race win yesterday. Percy/Simpson GBR remain ahead inspite of the dismasting in the Starboote. Lööf/Salminen SWE and Clarke/Bjorn CAN follow tied four points behind on the rank two. The Woman-Match-Race is in delay. The Round Robin will be terminated today only, and the semi-finals and finals will follow immediately. Anna Tunnicliffe USA leads now with a smashing 14-0 score ! Piotr Myszka POL in the RS:X-men and Maja Dziarnowska POL in the RS:X-women lead the windsurfing fleets in today's Medal Races, that will be sailed in a fresh Easterly breeze again. The daily report and the videos.
Monday, July 28, 2014   (Image © Philippe Laurenson)
After the two windy races of yesterday, the heat is on for the Medal Races today in both classes. In the Lasers Radial, the World Champion Marit Bouwmeester NED is now finally on top of the rankings, but her advantage on Lijia Xu CHN is only one point. Three points behind the Dutch woman is Allison Young GBR on rank 3. And even Evi Van Acker BEL and Krystal Weir AUS still have their chances for a medal.
With the day ranks 1 and 2, Tom Slingsby AUS and three points behind Philipp Buhl GER are on top of the Lasers Standard. Behind the leaders, the situation is tight as the 6th ranked Tonci Stipanovic CRO is only 11 points behind the Silver medal.
The Medal Races, again in a 25 kn breeze and big waves, will be spectacular today. The daily report and the videos.
Monday, July 28, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
Richard Stauffacher SUI defended his 6th overall place with the day ranks 7 and 8 yesterday and will be the only Swiss in a Medal Race at the Hyères SOF today. After achieving the ISAF nations qualification at the Perth World Championship 2011, has has now also mastered the Swiss Olympic qualification requirement (12th nation at a selection event), and can expect the ticket for his third Games. Admittedtly, the absence of the world-class windsurfers from nations such as England, New Zealand, China, Israel, Brazil, Greece, Hong Kong, Spain or Portugal has facilitated the task, but the steep form curve after the comeback from his leave for education/professional reasons a year ago, Stauffacher has substantially improved his performance again. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI with their 47oer-Männer however have to wait for the final qualification chance at the Worlds. They cound not quite match the results of the days before and remain on the 20th place, i.e. 15th nation. Christoph Bottoni SUI missed the nation-qualification by a mere point only : As 14th nation, tied with the USA 13th nation) and one point behind Israel, he showed his best result in windy races so far, and this in a top quality fleet. Nathalie Brugger SUI is disappointed about her 18th final position in the Laser Radial. Up to now, her best results were achieved in fresh winds. The Swiss 470 women (inclusive Emmanuelle Rol SUI/FRA) still have difficulties to sail in fresh conditions. Emmanuelle Rol SUI/FRA together with her crew Hélèn Defrance on rank19 have probably lost the French Olympic selection against Lemaitre/Geron FRA (rank 3). The two all-Swiss teams Stéphanie and Romy Hasler and Fiona Testuz/Anne-Sophie Thilo SUI are on the ranks 32 and 34. The two SUI-USA-Starboats were among the few without gear failures. Szabo/Hagin USA finished the SOF as 13th, Niklaus/Strube SUI are 17th. Thomas Gautschi SUI did not start in the Finns. The official report/url] and the [url=sof.ffvoile.com/sof2012g
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Monday, July 28, 2014   (Image © Philippe Laurenson)
Light winds prevailed on the first day of the final races with the Gold- and Silver fleets yesterday, prompting a number of changes in the rankings. The World Champion Tom Slingsby AUS has taken the lead in the Lasers Standard thanks to two 2nd ranks, replacing Philipp Buhl GER on top. Andy Maloney NZL is on 3rd.
Leader change also in the Lasers Radial with Marit Bouwmeester NED now on the first place, but the leading four are very close together. Allison Young GBR on 2nd is only one point behind the Dutch woman. Liia XU CHN and Krystal Weir AUS follow closely. The report of the day and the videos.
Monday, July 28, 2014   (Image © Philippe Laurenson)
Yesterday's light wind conditions did not stop Richard Stauffacher SUI in the RS:X-windsurfers on his Olympic track. With the day ranks 4 and 7, he remains on the 6th overall place, and the Medal Race of Friday should not escape, meaning at the same time, that the last hurdle for the Olympic qualification (the 12th nation place in a selection event) would be mastered. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI are fighting to conquer the same limit in the 470 men. With the ranks 9 and 5, they were among the best in the Goldfleet yesterday and are now on rank 20 and 15th nation only 12 points behind the 12th nation place. Despite of a medium day, Christoph Bottoni SUI has still chances to overcome the 12th nation barrier in the breezy races today. Being 25th and 14th nation in the Lasers Standard, he is only 14 points behind the 12th nation place. Keep the fingers cross: three Swiss Olympic qualifications are at stake ! Less convincing the performance of Nathalie Brugger SUI, 16th overall in the Lasers Radial. She has to compensate 19 points to reach the Medal Race of the Lasers Radial. Manon Luther SUI descended to the last position of the Goldfleet after a premature start. 23 points is the gap for the Swiss Sailing President Vincent Hagen, crewing for the former US World Champion George Szabo, to reach the Medal Race. They are at present on rank 14 in the Starboats, Niklaus SUI/Strube USA follow on rank 17. Thomas Gautschi SUI has lost some places in the Finns and is now 38th. The report of the day and the videos.
Monday, July 28, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
The wind increased - as predicted - to over 30 kn during the day, but thanks to early morning starts, most of the classes could terminate the qualifiers. 470s, Lasers (Standard & Radial), Windsurfers and 49ers sail in Gold- and Silverfleets as from today. Obviously, the big-breeze specialists had the upperhand up to now: Piotr Myszka POL leads in the RS:X-Windsurfers one point ahead of Julien Bontemps FRA, Maja Dziarnowska POL is first in the RS:X-females with a 12 points lead on Olga Maslivets UKR and Charline Picon FRA. Morrison/Rhodes GBR have passed the French 49ers and have now a close advantage on Dyen/Christidis FRA and D'Ortoli/Delpech FRA. With the discard in effect, Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS have a clear lead in the 470-men in front of Fantela/Marencic CRO and Coster/Coster NED. Extending their lead in the 470 women were Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED with Kondo/Tabata JPN and Clark/Lihan USA still on the ranks 2 and 3. No changes also in the Starboats where Clarke/Björn CAN hold the top position in front of Percy/Simpson GBR and Rohart/Ponsot FRA. Anna Tunnicliffe USA remains undefeated in the Women Match Race, leading 8-0 ahead of Sally Barkow USA (8-1) and Ekaterina Skudina RUS (7-2). Today is the last day of the Round Robin. The only class not sailing were the Finns, where Deniss Karpak EST has a clear lead with 3 wins in 4 races. All results, the daily report and the videos.
Monday, July 28, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
Fresh winds again during day 3 of the SOF at Hyères, and especially the Radials had a hard day. Arriving at 9 a.m. in the race area 4 miles off the coast, the breeze was too strong and the Laser women were sent back ashore. Only late in the afternoon, the Race Officer decided to complete the qualifiers with the races 5 and 6 on the Windsurfer's course near the shore, although the wind was not less than mostly 30 kn. It was again Allison Young GBR mastering the difficult conditions the best with the day ranks 1 and 2 defending rank 1 in the Radials 3 points ahead of Krystal Weir AUS and Marit Bouwmeester NED.
In the Lasers Standard, Philipp Buhl GER is now on the first position after the discard, just one point ahead of the quartet Andrew Murdoch NZL, Tom Slingsby AUS, Tonci Stipanovic CRO and Tom Burton AUS.
Racing will continue in Gold- and Silverfleets as from today. The wind forecast shall be moderate for the first time today Wednesday, but already tomorrow, the wind will change to a fresh Easterly. All results, the report of the day and the videos.
Monday, July 28, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
Enjoying his preferred wind conditions, Richard Stauffacher SUI was again among the top-10 in the RS:X-windsurfers yesterday. But the man of the day for Switzerland was Christoph Bottoni SUI with twice a 4th place finish in the Lasers Standard advancing on rank 17 and 12th nation and fulfilling the Swiss Olympic selection criteria for the moment, and this in sailing conditions that were not quite his speciality up to now. Three days are left to make the qualification dream happen. Keep the fingers cross ! Qualified for the Laser Goldfleet is also Christian Steiger SUI as 32nd. Guillaume Girod SUI, 46th, will continue in the Silverfleet. Not on her level sailing was Nathalie Brugger SUI in the Lasers Radial, who was not at ease with the shifty breeze near the coast. 18th overall with a 13 points' backlog on rank 10, she still has a chance to qualify for the Medal Race of next Saturday. With the 39th place, Manon Luther SUI just made the Goldfleet. The development sailor Nigina Römer SUI follows on rank 67 of the 79 participants. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI lost some ranks yesterday in the 470 men, but on rank 24, their 20 points' gap to the 12th nation place still leaves hope to reach the Swiss Olympic limit. Not in the Goldfleet are Olivier and Adrien Gremaud SUI as 50th. They continue the competition in the Silverfleet. The two women 470s are on the positions 33 (Hasler/Hasler SUI) and 35 (Testuz/Thilo SUI). Emmanuelle Rol SUI/FRA/Hélène Defrance FRA had their best day and advanced on rank 19. The two US-Swiss Starboats are now on the ranks 16 and 17. All ranking lists, the report of the day and the videos.
Monday, July 28, 2014   
The SOF continued according to program yesterday in a 15-20 kn breeze, decreasing during the afternoon. The Starboats and 49ers caught up the cancelled races from day one. The new leader in the RS:X-windsurfers is Piotr Myszka POL with two race wins. Toni Wilhelm GER and Julien Bontemps FRA follow on the ranks 2 and 3. A Polish leader also in the RS:X-women with Maja Dziarnowska POL ahead of Moana Delle GER and Olga Maslivets UKR. In absence of the British armada, it is Deniss Karpak EST who clearly dominates the scene in the Finns with Rafael Trujillo ESP and Dan Slater NZL on the ranks 2 and 3. After four races in all skiff fleets, it is the Marseille Mistral-proven team D'Ortoli/Delpech FRA who leads the interims' rankings of the 49ers in front of Morrison/Rhodes GBR and Outteridge/Jensen AUS an. Leaders of the 470 men are for the time being Mantis/Kagialis GRE ahead of Zandona/Zucchetti ITA and Coster/Coster NED, but Belcher/Page AUS will move up on top when the discard comes into effect today. Apart from a 2/1/1 score, they have a 24th rank on their result sheet coming from a race finish under jury rig ! As mostly in strong wind, Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED dominate the activity in the 470 women in front of Ai Kondo/Wakako Tabata JPN and Amanda Clark/Sarah Lihan USA. After a victory in race one of the Starboats, Robert Scheidt BRA left Hyères and the competition for family reasons. Clarke/Björn CAN are now leading ahead of Percy/Simpson GBR, Rohart/Ponsot FRA and Polgar/Koy GER. Anna Tunnicliffe USA remains on top of the Women Match Race undefeated with a 6-0 score, followed by Sally Barkow USA (6-1) and Claire Leroy FRA (5-1). The official report, all ranking lists and the videos of the day.
Monday, July 28, 2014   
With less wind as on day one, decreasing from 15 to 10 kn during the afternoon, both Laser fleets sailed two races yesterday as scheduled. The new leader in the Laser Standard is Andy Maloney NZL with the day ranks 3 and 2 in his group, one point ahead of Tom Slingsby AUS. Tom Burton AUS, best of the day, is now on rank 3 overall, at equal points with Andrew Murdoch NZL. Two race wins too for Philipp Buhl GER, who follows on rank 5 as best European. In the Lasers Radial, the big-breeze specialists Allison Young GBR and Krystal Weir AUS are clearly ahead. Evi Van Acker BEL follows 7 points behind on rank 3. The World Champion Marit Bouwmeester NED advanced on rank 4. For today, the meteo announced again excessive wind. It remains to be seen whether races will be started today. The official report and the videos of the day.
Monday, July 28, 2014   
After a rather modest first day, the Swiss Team turned up the heat yesterday. Richard Stauffacher SUI remains on a solid track to the Olympics as 7th in the RS:X-men. Considering the participation - only 22 of the 38 nations qualified for the Games are present - he will definitely get an Olympic nation berth for Switzerland, and his 12th nations' result (Swiss Olympic requirement) at Hyères should be possible as well. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI had a comeback in force yesterday in the 470 men and with the day ranks 2 and 9, they were among the best of the day. Moving up on rank 23 and the 16th nation place, the Olympic 12th rank barrier comes nearer. To be noted that only the strong 470 teams from England and Argentina are absent. Coming up to speed is also Nathalie Brugger SUI in the Lasers Radial with the day ranks 3 and 7 now on position 12 overall very close to the ten best (i.e. medal raceI). Manon Luther follows on rank 32. Maintaining their solid Goldfleet positions are also Christoph Bottoni SUI and Christian Steiger SUI on the ranks 22 and 25 in the Lasers Standard. As 15th nation in the Olympic class with the highest number of top performing nations, the Olympic ticket is now within reach. Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI are on rank 30 in the 470 women, Fiona Testuz/Anne-Sophie Thilo SUI follow on rank 34. In difficulties is also the emigrant to France Emmanuelle ROL SUI/FRA, who is only on rank 20 with her crew Hélène Defrance FRA, while their direct opponents for the French Olympic ticket Lecointre/Geron FRA are on the good 6th place. Thomas Gautschi SUI is ton rank 28 among the 40 Finns. Michel Niklaus SUI/Mark Strube USA are 18th in the Starboats, while the Swiss Sailing President Vincent Hagin is even on a Medal Race track as crew of the former World Champion George Szabo USA. Inspite of a premature start disqualification, they are on rank 11 ! The report of the day and the videos.
Monday, July 28, 2014   
All three Paralympic classes could sail according to schedule in a 15-20 kn breeze after the windy start day, having reduced the program. In the Sonars, Bruno Jourdren FRA has taken the lead in front of Udo Hessels NED. New on top of the 2.4mR is Damien Séguin FRA followed by Bjornar Erikstad NOR and Helena Lucas GBR on the positions 2 and 3. 24 participants from 11 nations. Alexandra Rickham/Niki Birell GBR have taken the lead in the small Skud 18 fleet with two day wins. Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tesch AUS follow on rank 2 with the same number of points. Jennifer French/Jean-Paul Creignou USA are 3rd. The daily report and the videos.
Monday, July 28, 2014   
Sun and a fresh breeze - exceeding 30 kn in the afternoon - prevailed on the first day of the 44th SOF in the Bay of Hyères FRA. All classes, except the Starboats scheduled for the afternoon (gusts of over 40 kn), sailed two races (49ers one). In the RS:X-windsurfers, the World Champion Julien Bontemps FRA and Toni Wilhelm GER were the winners of both races in their groups and are jointly on top overall. In the RS:X-female windsurfers, the winner in was twice Li Ling CHN in her group, followed by Moana Delle GER. In both fleets - men and women - a number of top performers are not present at the SOF, such as the World Champion Lee Korzits ISR, Zofia Klepacka POL or the strong Spanish women. In the Finns, Deniss Karpak EST took rank 1 in both races, and is the clear overall leader ahead of Rafael Trujillo ESP. The only 49er heat - with only half of the fleet finishing - saw D'Ortoli/Delpech FRA on top ahead of Dyen/Christidis FRA. Fantela/Marencic CRO are first overall in the 470 men with two race wins, followed by Mantis/ Kagialis GRE on rank 2. In the 470 women, the joint leaders are Westerhof/Berkhout NED and Kondo/Tabata JPN. The only undefeated Women Match Race team after only three flights (too much breeze) was once more Anna Tunnicliffe's USA. The official report, the videos of the day and all ranking lists.
Monday, July 28, 2014   
Up to 25 kn was the breeze on the Laser courses on day one of the SOF in the Bay of Hyères, ideal conditions for the big-breeze sailors, taking the top places as expected. In the Lasers Standard, the winners in both races of their groups were Tom Slingsby AUS and Andy Maloney NZL, sharing the overall lead ahead of Andrew Murdoch NZL. Allison Young GBR was on top of the Lasers Radial also with two race wins in front of Krystal Weir NZL and Charlotte Dobson GBR. The World Champion Marit Bouwmeester NED is 6th for the moment. The official report and the videos of the day.
Monday, July 28, 2014   
Some of the Swiss were not at ease in the fresh breeze prevailing with gusts over 40 kn in the afternoon. The big exception was the windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI, taking full advantage of the surfing conditions and the absence of the world's best windsurfer to finish twice on rank 3 in his group, bringing him on the excellent rank 5 overall of the RS:X-men. In the relatively small fleet with 53 surfers from just the 20 Swiss Olympic required nations, his chances to finish among the top 12 nations are excellent, so that his qualification for the London/Weymouth Olympics 2012 is absolutely realistic. Positive also the appearance of the Lasers Standard of Christoph Bottoni SUI (9/9) and Christian Steiger SUI (13/5), who - on the overall ranks 25 and 31 - are on their way to the Goldfleet and are near the requested 12-nations-barrier. The Laser Radial results of Nathalie Brugger SUI, in the past year a strong big-breeze finisher, were not brilliant with the ranks 8 and 9 in her group, bringing her on the 16th position overall. Rather in difficulities the 470s. In the 470 men, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI and Adrien and Olivier Gremaud SUI are on the positions 36 and 37 with the same number of points. Fiona Testuz/Anne-So Thilo SUI are 27th, Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI 28th in the 470 women. Not sailing were the Starboats (wind exceeding 40 kn), where - with Niklaus SUI/Strube USA and Szabo USA/Hagin SUI two mixed USA/SUI teams are on the entry list. No Swiss opted to participate in this official Olympic selection regatta ! The report of the day, all results and the videos.
Monday, July 28, 2014   
The Paralympic Worldcup races in the Bay of Hyères began yesterday in a fresh breeze around 25 kn increasing during the day. For the Sonars, scheduled for the afternoon, the wind exceeding 30 kn was too strong. Megan Pascoe GBR was the winner of the only 2.4mR race ahead of Helena Lucas GBR and the World Champion Damien Séguin FRA. In the Skud 18, Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tresch AUS were the winners in front of Alexandra Rickham/Niki Burell GBR and Jennifer French/Jean-Paul Creignou USA. The report and the videos.
Monday, July 28, 2014   
Tomorrow Sunday is day one of the 4th 2012 ISAF Worldcup of the Olympic and Paralympic Classes at Hyères FRA. As every year, the SOF is for most classes the best-attended event of the year, especially in an Olympic year, as the entry lists reveal. According to the wind forecasts, this year's races will be on the windy side, even though the Mistral prevail during the past days will decrease somewhat during the coming week to about 15-20 kn. The event-website.
Monday, July 28, 2014   
Tomorrow Sunday is day one of the 4th 2012 ISAF Worldcup of the Olympic and Paralympic Classes at Hyères FRA. As every year, the SOF is for most classes the best-attended event of the year, especially in an Olympic year, as the entry lists reveal. According to the wind forecasts, this year's races will be on the windy side, even though the Mistral prevail during the past days will decrease somewhat during the coming week to about 15-20 kn.
The Swiss Olympic hopefuls have - after the 2011 Worlds in Perth AUS - another possibility to qualify for London/Weymouth 2012 fulfilling the 12-nations-critiera set by Swiss Olympic, such as the 470s, the Lasers Standard and the RS:X. The Swiss Starboats (Marazzi-de Maria not present at the SOF) already reached this goal, but no other team seized the opportunity to challenge them here at this official selection race. The only Swiss present in the Stars are sailing together with US partners, i.e. Niklaus SUI/Strube USA and Szabo USA/Hagin SUI ab. The event-website.
 
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Sunday, July 27, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
Another beautiful sailing day with a 15-20 kn Easterly wind, sun and big waves yesterday for the Medal Races of the Hyères SOF Worldcup Regatta. Only the 49ers could not sail as the waves were too big. Some leader changes happened after the double-point/no-discard final races. Moana Delle GER won the Medal Race in the RS:X-woman windsurfers and took the overall victory ahead of Maya Dziarnowska POL and Charline Picon FRA. The top place in the RS:X-men went to Julien Bontemps FRA winning the Medal Race and the overall classification as Piotr Myszka POL was penalised with a disqualification. Przsemyslav Miarcynski POL and Toni Wilhelm GER completed the podium. Brendan Casey AUS was the final winner in the Finns with a 0.5 point advantage on Rafael Trujillo ESP 2nd and Vasilij Zbogar SLO 3rd. The results after the qualification series in the 49ers remains with Dyen/Christidis FRa in front of Outteridge/Jensen AUS and Kruger/Thorsell DEN. The 470 winner were known already before the last race. Belcher/Page AUS in the 470 men and Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED in the 470 women were the clear winners. Percy/Simpson GBR came back strongly winning the Medal Race an dthe overall rankings in the Starboats after the dismasting of Thursday. Rohart/Ponsot FRA and Lööf/Salminen SWE complete the podium. A one/two victory celebrated the US matchracers with Anna Tunnicliffe USA and Sally Barkow USA in the Women Match Race. All results, the final report and the videos.
Sunday, July 27, 2014   (Image © Philippe Laurenson)
What a crazy format ! After a brilliant week with only top-three rankings, the World Champion Tom Slingsby AUS was relegated on rank 5 at the end of the Worldcup competition after a dismasting in the Medal Race of the Lasers Standard. This mishap opened the way to victory for Philipp Buhl GER, age 22 only, winning his first big international event after a very solid week. Silver and Bronze went to Andy Malone NZL and Andrew Murdoch NZL.
Major changes in the Laser Radial were the former World Champion Lijia Xu CHN had a close final win over Evi Van Acker BEL, the winner of the Medal Race.The World Champion Marit Bouwmeester NED could not defend her top place and dropped on rank 3 after a 7th position in the Medal Race.
The final report and the videos with all Medal Races and interviews with the winners.
Sunday, July 27, 2014   (Image © Philippe Laurenson)
The only Swiss engaged in the Medal Races was the windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI who finished on position 5 in the RS:X-men, confirming with this performance the concinving Worldcup week ending with a 6th place overall. The videos of the Medal Races with interviews of the winners.
Sunday, July 27, 2014   
Winning three races in a row, the World Champion Damien Séguin FRA was finally the clear winner in the 25 boats' 2.4mR fleet ahead of Helena Lucas GBR and Thierry Schmitter NED. In the Sonars, John Robertson GBR and his team are on top, ahead of Bruno Jourdren FRA. Best of the SKUD 18 were Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tresch AUS with four race wins in six races. Birrell/Rickham GBR are 2nd and Creignou/French USA 3rd. The report.
Sunday, July 27, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
Perfect sailing conditions yesterday with sun, a 25 kn breeze and big waves, a dream day for the 650 participants at the SOF in the Bay of Hyères. However, for some classes ist was too much. The Paralympic 2.4mR and Skud 18 as well as the 49ers had to stay ahore. Some final decisions are already made on the penultimate day: With a 26 points lead, Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED cannot be passed in today's Medal Race of the 470 women. Lecointre/Geron FRA, Kondo/Tabata JPN and Clarke/Lihan USA will fight for the remaining two medals. 18 points is the advance of Matthews Belcher/Malcom Page AUS in the 470 men and they are practically on the safe side as well. The ranks 2 to 5 however are separated by 4 points only, i.e. two places in the double-points Medal Race. In the 49er, Dyen/Christidis FRA are one point ahead of Outteridge/Jensen AUS. Rafael Trujillo ESP is now two points ahead on Deniss Karpak EST in the Finns. Brendan Casey AUS moved up on rank 3 with a race win yesterday. Percy/Simpson GBR remain ahead inspite of the dismasting in the Starboote. Lööf/Salminen SWE and Clarke/Bjorn CAN follow tied four points behind on the rank two. The Woman-Match-Race is in delay. The Round Robin will be terminated today only, and the semi-finals and finals will follow immediately. Anna Tunnicliffe USA leads now with a smashing 14-0 score ! Piotr Myszka POL in the RS:X-men and Maja Dziarnowska POL in the RS:X-women lead the windsurfing fleets in today's Medal Races, that will be sailed in a fresh Easterly breeze again. The daily report and the videos.
Sunday, July 27, 2014   (Image © Philippe Laurenson)
After the two windy races of yesterday, the heat is on for the Medal Races today in both classes. In the Lasers Radial, the World Champion Marit Bouwmeester NED is now finally on top of the rankings, but her advantage on Lijia Xu CHN is only one point. Three points behind the Dutch woman is Allison Young GBR on rank 3. And even Evi Van Acker BEL and Krystal Weir AUS still have their chances for a medal.
With the day ranks 1 and 2, Tom Slingsby AUS and three points behind Philipp Buhl GER are on top of the Lasers Standard. Behind the leaders, the situation is tight as the 6th ranked Tonci Stipanovic CRO is only 11 points behind the Silver medal.
The Medal Races, again in a 25 kn breeze and big waves, will be spectacular today. The daily report and the videos.
Sunday, July 27, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
Richard Stauffacher SUI defended his 6th overall place with the day ranks 7 and 8 yesterday and will be the only Swiss in a Medal Race at the Hyères SOF today. After achieving the ISAF nations qualification at the Perth World Championship 2011, has has now also mastered the Swiss Olympic qualification requirement (12th nation at a selection event), and can expect the ticket for his third Games. Admittedtly, the absence of the world-class windsurfers from nations such as England, New Zealand, China, Israel, Brazil, Greece, Hong Kong, Spain or Portugal has facilitated the task, but the steep form curve after the comeback from his leave for education/professional reasons a year ago, Stauffacher has substantially improved his performance again. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI with their 47oer-Männer however have to wait for the final qualification chance at the Worlds. They cound not quite match the results of the days before and remain on the 20th place, i.e. 15th nation. Christoph Bottoni SUI missed the nation-qualification by a mere point only : As 14th nation, tied with the USA 13th nation) and one point behind Israel, he showed his best result in windy races so far, and this in a top quality fleet. Nathalie Brugger SUI is disappointed about her 18th final position in the Laser Radial. Up to now, her best results were achieved in fresh winds. The Swiss 470 women (inclusive Emmanuelle Rol SUI/FRA) still have difficulties to sail in fresh conditions. Emmanuelle Rol SUI/FRA together with her crew Hélèn Defrance on rank19 have probably lost the French Olympic selection against Lemaitre/Geron FRA (rank 3). The two all-Swiss teams Stéphanie and Romy Hasler and Fiona Testuz/Anne-Sophie Thilo SUI are on the ranks 32 and 34. The two SUI-USA-Starboats were among the few without gear failures. Szabo/Hagin USA finished the SOF as 13th, Niklaus/Strube SUI are 17th. Thomas Gautschi SUI did not start in the Finns. The official report/url] and the [url=sof.ffvoile.com/sof2012g
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Sunday, July 27, 2014   (Image © Philippe Laurenson)
Light winds prevailed on the first day of the final races with the Gold- and Silver fleets yesterday, prompting a number of changes in the rankings. The World Champion Tom Slingsby AUS has taken the lead in the Lasers Standard thanks to two 2nd ranks, replacing Philipp Buhl GER on top. Andy Maloney NZL is on 3rd.
Leader change also in the Lasers Radial with Marit Bouwmeester NED now on the first place, but the leading four are very close together. Allison Young GBR on 2nd is only one point behind the Dutch woman. Liia XU CHN and Krystal Weir AUS follow closely. The report of the day and the videos.
Sunday, July 27, 2014   (Image © Philippe Laurenson)
Yesterday's light wind conditions did not stop Richard Stauffacher SUI in the RS:X-windsurfers on his Olympic track. With the day ranks 4 and 7, he remains on the 6th overall place, and the Medal Race of Friday should not escape, meaning at the same time, that the last hurdle for the Olympic qualification (the 12th nation place in a selection event) would be mastered. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI are fighting to conquer the same limit in the 470 men. With the ranks 9 and 5, they were among the best in the Goldfleet yesterday and are now on rank 20 and 15th nation only 12 points behind the 12th nation place. Despite of a medium day, Christoph Bottoni SUI has still chances to overcome the 12th nation barrier in the breezy races today. Being 25th and 14th nation in the Lasers Standard, he is only 14 points behind the 12th nation place. Keep the fingers cross: three Swiss Olympic qualifications are at stake ! Less convincing the performance of Nathalie Brugger SUI, 16th overall in the Lasers Radial. She has to compensate 19 points to reach the Medal Race of the Lasers Radial. Manon Luther SUI descended to the last position of the Goldfleet after a premature start. 23 points is the gap for the Swiss Sailing President Vincent Hagen, crewing for the former US World Champion George Szabo, to reach the Medal Race. They are at present on rank 14 in the Starboats, Niklaus SUI/Strube USA follow on rank 17. Thomas Gautschi SUI has lost some places in the Finns and is now 38th. The report of the day and the videos.
Sunday, July 27, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
The wind increased - as predicted - to over 30 kn during the day, but thanks to early morning starts, most of the classes could terminate the qualifiers. 470s, Lasers (Standard & Radial), Windsurfers and 49ers sail in Gold- and Silverfleets as from today. Obviously, the big-breeze specialists had the upperhand up to now: Piotr Myszka POL leads in the RS:X-Windsurfers one point ahead of Julien Bontemps FRA, Maja Dziarnowska POL is first in the RS:X-females with a 12 points lead on Olga Maslivets UKR and Charline Picon FRA. Morrison/Rhodes GBR have passed the French 49ers and have now a close advantage on Dyen/Christidis FRA and D'Ortoli/Delpech FRA. With the discard in effect, Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS have a clear lead in the 470-men in front of Fantela/Marencic CRO and Coster/Coster NED. Extending their lead in the 470 women were Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED with Kondo/Tabata JPN and Clark/Lihan USA still on the ranks 2 and 3. No changes also in the Starboats where Clarke/Björn CAN hold the top position in front of Percy/Simpson GBR and Rohart/Ponsot FRA. Anna Tunnicliffe USA remains undefeated in the Women Match Race, leading 8-0 ahead of Sally Barkow USA (8-1) and Ekaterina Skudina RUS (7-2). Today is the last day of the Round Robin. The only class not sailing were the Finns, where Deniss Karpak EST has a clear lead with 3 wins in 4 races. All results, the daily report and the videos.
Sunday, July 27, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
Fresh winds again during day 3 of the SOF at Hyères, and especially the Radials had a hard day. Arriving at 9 a.m. in the race area 4 miles off the coast, the breeze was too strong and the Laser women were sent back ashore. Only late in the afternoon, the Race Officer decided to complete the qualifiers with the races 5 and 6 on the Windsurfer's course near the shore, although the wind was not less than mostly 30 kn. It was again Allison Young GBR mastering the difficult conditions the best with the day ranks 1 and 2 defending rank 1 in the Radials 3 points ahead of Krystal Weir AUS and Marit Bouwmeester NED.
In the Lasers Standard, Philipp Buhl GER is now on the first position after the discard, just one point ahead of the quartet Andrew Murdoch NZL, Tom Slingsby AUS, Tonci Stipanovic CRO and Tom Burton AUS.
Racing will continue in Gold- and Silverfleets as from today. The wind forecast shall be moderate for the first time today Wednesday, but already tomorrow, the wind will change to a fresh Easterly. All results, the report of the day and the videos.
Sunday, July 27, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
Enjoying his preferred wind conditions, Richard Stauffacher SUI was again among the top-10 in the RS:X-windsurfers yesterday. But the man of the day for Switzerland was Christoph Bottoni SUI with twice a 4th place finish in the Lasers Standard advancing on rank 17 and 12th nation and fulfilling the Swiss Olympic selection criteria for the moment, and this in sailing conditions that were not quite his speciality up to now. Three days are left to make the qualification dream happen. Keep the fingers cross ! Qualified for the Laser Goldfleet is also Christian Steiger SUI as 32nd. Guillaume Girod SUI, 46th, will continue in the Silverfleet. Not on her level sailing was Nathalie Brugger SUI in the Lasers Radial, who was not at ease with the shifty breeze near the coast. 18th overall with a 13 points' backlog on rank 10, she still has a chance to qualify for the Medal Race of next Saturday. With the 39th place, Manon Luther SUI just made the Goldfleet. The development sailor Nigina Römer SUI follows on rank 67 of the 79 participants. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI lost some ranks yesterday in the 470 men, but on rank 24, their 20 points' gap to the 12th nation place still leaves hope to reach the Swiss Olympic limit. Not in the Goldfleet are Olivier and Adrien Gremaud SUI as 50th. They continue the competition in the Silverfleet. The two women 470s are on the positions 33 (Hasler/Hasler SUI) and 35 (Testuz/Thilo SUI). Emmanuelle Rol SUI/FRA/Hélène Defrance FRA had their best day and advanced on rank 19. The two US-Swiss Starboats are now on the ranks 16 and 17. All ranking lists, the report of the day and the videos.
Sunday, July 27, 2014   
The SOF continued according to program yesterday in a 15-20 kn breeze, decreasing during the afternoon. The Starboats and 49ers caught up the cancelled races from day one. The new leader in the RS:X-windsurfers is Piotr Myszka POL with two race wins. Toni Wilhelm GER and Julien Bontemps FRA follow on the ranks 2 and 3. A Polish leader also in the RS:X-women with Maja Dziarnowska POL ahead of Moana Delle GER and Olga Maslivets UKR. In absence of the British armada, it is Deniss Karpak EST who clearly dominates the scene in the Finns with Rafael Trujillo ESP and Dan Slater NZL on the ranks 2 and 3. After four races in all skiff fleets, it is the Marseille Mistral-proven team D'Ortoli/Delpech FRA who leads the interims' rankings of the 49ers in front of Morrison/Rhodes GBR and Outteridge/Jensen AUS an. Leaders of the 470 men are for the time being Mantis/Kagialis GRE ahead of Zandona/Zucchetti ITA and Coster/Coster NED, but Belcher/Page AUS will move up on top when the discard comes into effect today. Apart from a 2/1/1 score, they have a 24th rank on their result sheet coming from a race finish under jury rig ! As mostly in strong wind, Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED dominate the activity in the 470 women in front of Ai Kondo/Wakako Tabata JPN and Amanda Clark/Sarah Lihan USA. After a victory in race one of the Starboats, Robert Scheidt BRA left Hyères and the competition for family reasons. Clarke/Björn CAN are now leading ahead of Percy/Simpson GBR, Rohart/Ponsot FRA and Polgar/Koy GER. Anna Tunnicliffe USA remains on top of the Women Match Race undefeated with a 6-0 score, followed by Sally Barkow USA (6-1) and Claire Leroy FRA (5-1). The official report, all ranking lists and the videos of the day.
Sunday, July 27, 2014   
With less wind as on day one, decreasing from 15 to 10 kn during the afternoon, both Laser fleets sailed two races yesterday as scheduled. The new leader in the Laser Standard is Andy Maloney NZL with the day ranks 3 and 2 in his group, one point ahead of Tom Slingsby AUS. Tom Burton AUS, best of the day, is now on rank 3 overall, at equal points with Andrew Murdoch NZL. Two race wins too for Philipp Buhl GER, who follows on rank 5 as best European. In the Lasers Radial, the big-breeze specialists Allison Young GBR and Krystal Weir AUS are clearly ahead. Evi Van Acker BEL follows 7 points behind on rank 3. The World Champion Marit Bouwmeester NED advanced on rank 4. For today, the meteo announced again excessive wind. It remains to be seen whether races will be started today. The official report and the videos of the day.
Sunday, July 27, 2014   
After a rather modest first day, the Swiss Team turned up the heat yesterday. Richard Stauffacher SUI remains on a solid track to the Olympics as 7th in the RS:X-men. Considering the participation - only 22 of the 38 nations qualified for the Games are present - he will definitely get an Olympic nation berth for Switzerland, and his 12th nations' result (Swiss Olympic requirement) at Hyères should be possible as well. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI had a comeback in force yesterday in the 470 men and with the day ranks 2 and 9, they were among the best of the day. Moving up on rank 23 and the 16th nation place, the Olympic 12th rank barrier comes nearer. To be noted that only the strong 470 teams from England and Argentina are absent. Coming up to speed is also Nathalie Brugger SUI in the Lasers Radial with the day ranks 3 and 7 now on position 12 overall very close to the ten best (i.e. medal raceI). Manon Luther follows on rank 32. Maintaining their solid Goldfleet positions are also Christoph Bottoni SUI and Christian Steiger SUI on the ranks 22 and 25 in the Lasers Standard. As 15th nation in the Olympic class with the highest number of top performing nations, the Olympic ticket is now within reach. Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI are on rank 30 in the 470 women, Fiona Testuz/Anne-Sophie Thilo SUI follow on rank 34. In difficulties is also the emigrant to France Emmanuelle ROL SUI/FRA, who is only on rank 20 with her crew Hélène Defrance FRA, while their direct opponents for the French Olympic ticket Lecointre/Geron FRA are on the good 6th place. Thomas Gautschi SUI is ton rank 28 among the 40 Finns. Michel Niklaus SUI/Mark Strube USA are 18th in the Starboats, while the Swiss Sailing President Vincent Hagin is even on a Medal Race track as crew of the former World Champion George Szabo USA. Inspite of a premature start disqualification, they are on rank 11 ! The report of the day and the videos.
Sunday, July 27, 2014   
All three Paralympic classes could sail according to schedule in a 15-20 kn breeze after the windy start day, having reduced the program. In the Sonars, Bruno Jourdren FRA has taken the lead in front of Udo Hessels NED. New on top of the 2.4mR is Damien Séguin FRA followed by Bjornar Erikstad NOR and Helena Lucas GBR on the positions 2 and 3. 24 participants from 11 nations. Alexandra Rickham/Niki Birell GBR have taken the lead in the small Skud 18 fleet with two day wins. Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tesch AUS follow on rank 2 with the same number of points. Jennifer French/Jean-Paul Creignou USA are 3rd. The daily report and the videos.
Sunday, July 27, 2014   
Sun and a fresh breeze - exceeding 30 kn in the afternoon - prevailed on the first day of the 44th SOF in the Bay of Hyères FRA. All classes, except the Starboats scheduled for the afternoon (gusts of over 40 kn), sailed two races (49ers one). In the RS:X-windsurfers, the World Champion Julien Bontemps FRA and Toni Wilhelm GER were the winners of both races in their groups and are jointly on top overall. In the RS:X-female windsurfers, the winner in was twice Li Ling CHN in her group, followed by Moana Delle GER. In both fleets - men and women - a number of top performers are not present at the SOF, such as the World Champion Lee Korzits ISR, Zofia Klepacka POL or the strong Spanish women. In the Finns, Deniss Karpak EST took rank 1 in both races, and is the clear overall leader ahead of Rafael Trujillo ESP. The only 49er heat - with only half of the fleet finishing - saw D'Ortoli/Delpech FRA on top ahead of Dyen/Christidis FRA. Fantela/Marencic CRO are first overall in the 470 men with two race wins, followed by Mantis/ Kagialis GRE on rank 2. In the 470 women, the joint leaders are Westerhof/Berkhout NED and Kondo/Tabata JPN. The only undefeated Women Match Race team after only three flights (too much breeze) was once more Anna Tunnicliffe's USA. The official report, the videos of the day and all ranking lists.
Sunday, July 27, 2014   
Up to 25 kn was the breeze on the Laser courses on day one of the SOF in the Bay of Hyères, ideal conditions for the big-breeze sailors, taking the top places as expected. In the Lasers Standard, the winners in both races of their groups were Tom Slingsby AUS and Andy Maloney NZL, sharing the overall lead ahead of Andrew Murdoch NZL. Allison Young GBR was on top of the Lasers Radial also with two race wins in front of Krystal Weir NZL and Charlotte Dobson GBR. The World Champion Marit Bouwmeester NED is 6th for the moment. The official report and the videos of the day.
Sunday, July 27, 2014   
Some of the Swiss were not at ease in the fresh breeze prevailing with gusts over 40 kn in the afternoon. The big exception was the windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI, taking full advantage of the surfing conditions and the absence of the world's best windsurfer to finish twice on rank 3 in his group, bringing him on the excellent rank 5 overall of the RS:X-men. In the relatively small fleet with 53 surfers from just the 20 Swiss Olympic required nations, his chances to finish among the top 12 nations are excellent, so that his qualification for the London/Weymouth Olympics 2012 is absolutely realistic. Positive also the appearance of the Lasers Standard of Christoph Bottoni SUI (9/9) and Christian Steiger SUI (13/5), who - on the overall ranks 25 and 31 - are on their way to the Goldfleet and are near the requested 12-nations-barrier. The Laser Radial results of Nathalie Brugger SUI, in the past year a strong big-breeze finisher, were not brilliant with the ranks 8 and 9 in her group, bringing her on the 16th position overall. Rather in difficulities the 470s. In the 470 men, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI and Adrien and Olivier Gremaud SUI are on the positions 36 and 37 with the same number of points. Fiona Testuz/Anne-So Thilo SUI are 27th, Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI 28th in the 470 women. Not sailing were the Starboats (wind exceeding 40 kn), where - with Niklaus SUI/Strube USA and Szabo USA/Hagin SUI two mixed USA/SUI teams are on the entry list. No Swiss opted to participate in this official Olympic selection regatta ! The report of the day, all results and the videos.
Sunday, July 27, 2014   
The Paralympic Worldcup races in the Bay of Hyères began yesterday in a fresh breeze around 25 kn increasing during the day. For the Sonars, scheduled for the afternoon, the wind exceeding 30 kn was too strong. Megan Pascoe GBR was the winner of the only 2.4mR race ahead of Helena Lucas GBR and the World Champion Damien Séguin FRA. In the Skud 18, Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tresch AUS were the winners in front of Alexandra Rickham/Niki Burell GBR and Jennifer French/Jean-Paul Creignou USA. The report and the videos.
Sunday, July 27, 2014   
Tomorrow Sunday is day one of the 4th 2012 ISAF Worldcup of the Olympic and Paralympic Classes at Hyères FRA. As every year, the SOF is for most classes the best-attended event of the year, especially in an Olympic year, as the entry lists reveal. According to the wind forecasts, this year's races will be on the windy side, even though the Mistral prevail during the past days will decrease somewhat during the coming week to about 15-20 kn. The event-website.
Sunday, July 27, 2014   
Tomorrow Sunday is day one of the 4th 2012 ISAF Worldcup of the Olympic and Paralympic Classes at Hyères FRA. As every year, the SOF is for most classes the best-attended event of the year, especially in an Olympic year, as the entry lists reveal. According to the wind forecasts, this year's races will be on the windy side, even though the Mistral prevail during the past days will decrease somewhat during the coming week to about 15-20 kn.
The Swiss Olympic hopefuls have - after the 2011 Worlds in Perth AUS - another possibility to qualify for London/Weymouth 2012 fulfilling the 12-nations-critiera set by Swiss Olympic, such as the 470s, the Lasers Standard and the RS:X. The Swiss Starboats (Marazzi-de Maria not present at the SOF) already reached this goal, but no other team seized the opportunity to challenge them here at this official selection race. The only Swiss present in the Stars are sailing together with US partners, i.e. Niklaus SUI/Strube USA and Szabo USA/Hagin SUI ab. The event-website.
 
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Saturday, July 26, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
Another beautiful sailing day with a 15-20 kn Easterly wind, sun and big waves yesterday for the Medal Races of the Hyères SOF Worldcup Regatta. Only the 49ers could not sail as the waves were too big. Some leader changes happened after the double-point/no-discard final races. Moana Delle GER won the Medal Race in the RS:X-woman windsurfers and took the overall victory ahead of Maya Dziarnowska POL and Charline Picon FRA. The top place in the RS:X-men went to Julien Bontemps FRA winning the Medal Race and the overall classification as Piotr Myszka POL was penalised with a disqualification. Przsemyslav Miarcynski POL and Toni Wilhelm GER completed the podium. Brendan Casey AUS was the final winner in the Finns with a 0.5 point advantage on Rafael Trujillo ESP 2nd and Vasilij Zbogar SLO 3rd. The results after the qualification series in the 49ers remains with Dyen/Christidis FRa in front of Outteridge/Jensen AUS and Kruger/Thorsell DEN. The 470 winner were known already before the last race. Belcher/Page AUS in the 470 men and Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED in the 470 women were the clear winners. Percy/Simpson GBR came back strongly winning the Medal Race an dthe overall rankings in the Starboats after the dismasting of Thursday. Rohart/Ponsot FRA and Lööf/Salminen SWE complete the podium. A one/two victory celebrated the US matchracers with Anna Tunnicliffe USA and Sally Barkow USA in the Women Match Race. All results, the final report and the videos.
Saturday, July 26, 2014   (Image © Philippe Laurenson)
What a crazy format ! After a brilliant week with only top-three rankings, the World Champion Tom Slingsby AUS was relegated on rank 5 at the end of the Worldcup competition after a dismasting in the Medal Race of the Lasers Standard. This mishap opened the way to victory for Philipp Buhl GER, age 22 only, winning his first big international event after a very solid week. Silver and Bronze went to Andy Malone NZL and Andrew Murdoch NZL.
Major changes in the Laser Radial were the former World Champion Lijia Xu CHN had a close final win over Evi Van Acker BEL, the winner of the Medal Race.The World Champion Marit Bouwmeester NED could not defend her top place and dropped on rank 3 after a 7th position in the Medal Race.
The final report and the videos with all Medal Races and interviews with the winners.
Saturday, July 26, 2014   (Image © Philippe Laurenson)
The only Swiss engaged in the Medal Races was the windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI who finished on position 5 in the RS:X-men, confirming with this performance the concinving Worldcup week ending with a 6th place overall. The videos of the Medal Races with interviews of the winners.
Saturday, July 26, 2014   
Winning three races in a row, the World Champion Damien Séguin FRA was finally the clear winner in the 25 boats' 2.4mR fleet ahead of Helena Lucas GBR and Thierry Schmitter NED. In the Sonars, John Robertson GBR and his team are on top, ahead of Bruno Jourdren FRA. Best of the SKUD 18 were Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tresch AUS with four race wins in six races. Birrell/Rickham GBR are 2nd and Creignou/French USA 3rd. The report.
Saturday, July 26, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
Perfect sailing conditions yesterday with sun, a 25 kn breeze and big waves, a dream day for the 650 participants at the SOF in the Bay of Hyères. However, for some classes ist was too much. The Paralympic 2.4mR and Skud 18 as well as the 49ers had to stay ahore. Some final decisions are already made on the penultimate day: With a 26 points lead, Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED cannot be passed in today's Medal Race of the 470 women. Lecointre/Geron FRA, Kondo/Tabata JPN and Clarke/Lihan USA will fight for the remaining two medals. 18 points is the advance of Matthews Belcher/Malcom Page AUS in the 470 men and they are practically on the safe side as well. The ranks 2 to 5 however are separated by 4 points only, i.e. two places in the double-points Medal Race. In the 49er, Dyen/Christidis FRA are one point ahead of Outteridge/Jensen AUS. Rafael Trujillo ESP is now two points ahead on Deniss Karpak EST in the Finns. Brendan Casey AUS moved up on rank 3 with a race win yesterday. Percy/Simpson GBR remain ahead inspite of the dismasting in the Starboote. Lööf/Salminen SWE and Clarke/Bjorn CAN follow tied four points behind on the rank two. The Woman-Match-Race is in delay. The Round Robin will be terminated today only, and the semi-finals and finals will follow immediately. Anna Tunnicliffe USA leads now with a smashing 14-0 score ! Piotr Myszka POL in the RS:X-men and Maja Dziarnowska POL in the RS:X-women lead the windsurfing fleets in today's Medal Races, that will be sailed in a fresh Easterly breeze again. The daily report and the videos.
Saturday, July 26, 2014   (Image © Philippe Laurenson)
After the two windy races of yesterday, the heat is on for the Medal Races today in both classes. In the Lasers Radial, the World Champion Marit Bouwmeester NED is now finally on top of the rankings, but her advantage on Lijia Xu CHN is only one point. Three points behind the Dutch woman is Allison Young GBR on rank 3. And even Evi Van Acker BEL and Krystal Weir AUS still have their chances for a medal.
With the day ranks 1 and 2, Tom Slingsby AUS and three points behind Philipp Buhl GER are on top of the Lasers Standard. Behind the leaders, the situation is tight as the 6th ranked Tonci Stipanovic CRO is only 11 points behind the Silver medal.
The Medal Races, again in a 25 kn breeze and big waves, will be spectacular today. The daily report and the videos.
Saturday, July 26, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
Richard Stauffacher SUI defended his 6th overall place with the day ranks 7 and 8 yesterday and will be the only Swiss in a Medal Race at the Hyères SOF today. After achieving the ISAF nations qualification at the Perth World Championship 2011, has has now also mastered the Swiss Olympic qualification requirement (12th nation at a selection event), and can expect the ticket for his third Games. Admittedtly, the absence of the world-class windsurfers from nations such as England, New Zealand, China, Israel, Brazil, Greece, Hong Kong, Spain or Portugal has facilitated the task, but the steep form curve after the comeback from his leave for education/professional reasons a year ago, Stauffacher has substantially improved his performance again. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI with their 47oer-Männer however have to wait for the final qualification chance at the Worlds. They cound not quite match the results of the days before and remain on the 20th place, i.e. 15th nation. Christoph Bottoni SUI missed the nation-qualification by a mere point only : As 14th nation, tied with the USA 13th nation) and one point behind Israel, he showed his best result in windy races so far, and this in a top quality fleet. Nathalie Brugger SUI is disappointed about her 18th final position in the Laser Radial. Up to now, her best results were achieved in fresh winds. The Swiss 470 women (inclusive Emmanuelle Rol SUI/FRA) still have difficulties to sail in fresh conditions. Emmanuelle Rol SUI/FRA together with her crew Hélèn Defrance on rank19 have probably lost the French Olympic selection against Lemaitre/Geron FRA (rank 3). The two all-Swiss teams Stéphanie and Romy Hasler and Fiona Testuz/Anne-Sophie Thilo SUI are on the ranks 32 and 34. The two SUI-USA-Starboats were among the few without gear failures. Szabo/Hagin USA finished the SOF as 13th, Niklaus/Strube SUI are 17th. Thomas Gautschi SUI did not start in the Finns. The official report/url] and the [url=sof.ffvoile.com/sof2012g
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Saturday, July 26, 2014   (Image © Philippe Laurenson)
Light winds prevailed on the first day of the final races with the Gold- and Silver fleets yesterday, prompting a number of changes in the rankings. The World Champion Tom Slingsby AUS has taken the lead in the Lasers Standard thanks to two 2nd ranks, replacing Philipp Buhl GER on top. Andy Maloney NZL is on 3rd.
Leader change also in the Lasers Radial with Marit Bouwmeester NED now on the first place, but the leading four are very close together. Allison Young GBR on 2nd is only one point behind the Dutch woman. Liia XU CHN and Krystal Weir AUS follow closely. The report of the day and the videos.
Saturday, July 26, 2014   (Image © Philippe Laurenson)
Yesterday's light wind conditions did not stop Richard Stauffacher SUI in the RS:X-windsurfers on his Olympic track. With the day ranks 4 and 7, he remains on the 6th overall place, and the Medal Race of Friday should not escape, meaning at the same time, that the last hurdle for the Olympic qualification (the 12th nation place in a selection event) would be mastered. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI are fighting to conquer the same limit in the 470 men. With the ranks 9 and 5, they were among the best in the Goldfleet yesterday and are now on rank 20 and 15th nation only 12 points behind the 12th nation place. Despite of a medium day, Christoph Bottoni SUI has still chances to overcome the 12th nation barrier in the breezy races today. Being 25th and 14th nation in the Lasers Standard, he is only 14 points behind the 12th nation place. Keep the fingers cross: three Swiss Olympic qualifications are at stake ! Less convincing the performance of Nathalie Brugger SUI, 16th overall in the Lasers Radial. She has to compensate 19 points to reach the Medal Race of the Lasers Radial. Manon Luther SUI descended to the last position of the Goldfleet after a premature start. 23 points is the gap for the Swiss Sailing President Vincent Hagen, crewing for the former US World Champion George Szabo, to reach the Medal Race. They are at present on rank 14 in the Starboats, Niklaus SUI/Strube USA follow on rank 17. Thomas Gautschi SUI has lost some places in the Finns and is now 38th. The report of the day and the videos.
Saturday, July 26, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
The wind increased - as predicted - to over 30 kn during the day, but thanks to early morning starts, most of the classes could terminate the qualifiers. 470s, Lasers (Standard & Radial), Windsurfers and 49ers sail in Gold- and Silverfleets as from today. Obviously, the big-breeze specialists had the upperhand up to now: Piotr Myszka POL leads in the RS:X-Windsurfers one point ahead of Julien Bontemps FRA, Maja Dziarnowska POL is first in the RS:X-females with a 12 points lead on Olga Maslivets UKR and Charline Picon FRA. Morrison/Rhodes GBR have passed the French 49ers and have now a close advantage on Dyen/Christidis FRA and D'Ortoli/Delpech FRA. With the discard in effect, Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS have a clear lead in the 470-men in front of Fantela/Marencic CRO and Coster/Coster NED. Extending their lead in the 470 women were Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED with Kondo/Tabata JPN and Clark/Lihan USA still on the ranks 2 and 3. No changes also in the Starboats where Clarke/Björn CAN hold the top position in front of Percy/Simpson GBR and Rohart/Ponsot FRA. Anna Tunnicliffe USA remains undefeated in the Women Match Race, leading 8-0 ahead of Sally Barkow USA (8-1) and Ekaterina Skudina RUS (7-2). Today is the last day of the Round Robin. The only class not sailing were the Finns, where Deniss Karpak EST has a clear lead with 3 wins in 4 races. All results, the daily report and the videos.
Saturday, July 26, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
Fresh winds again during day 3 of the SOF at Hyères, and especially the Radials had a hard day. Arriving at 9 a.m. in the race area 4 miles off the coast, the breeze was too strong and the Laser women were sent back ashore. Only late in the afternoon, the Race Officer decided to complete the qualifiers with the races 5 and 6 on the Windsurfer's course near the shore, although the wind was not less than mostly 30 kn. It was again Allison Young GBR mastering the difficult conditions the best with the day ranks 1 and 2 defending rank 1 in the Radials 3 points ahead of Krystal Weir AUS and Marit Bouwmeester NED.
In the Lasers Standard, Philipp Buhl GER is now on the first position after the discard, just one point ahead of the quartet Andrew Murdoch NZL, Tom Slingsby AUS, Tonci Stipanovic CRO and Tom Burton AUS.
Racing will continue in Gold- and Silverfleets as from today. The wind forecast shall be moderate for the first time today Wednesday, but already tomorrow, the wind will change to a fresh Easterly. All results, the report of the day and the videos.
Saturday, July 26, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
Enjoying his preferred wind conditions, Richard Stauffacher SUI was again among the top-10 in the RS:X-windsurfers yesterday. But the man of the day for Switzerland was Christoph Bottoni SUI with twice a 4th place finish in the Lasers Standard advancing on rank 17 and 12th nation and fulfilling the Swiss Olympic selection criteria for the moment, and this in sailing conditions that were not quite his speciality up to now. Three days are left to make the qualification dream happen. Keep the fingers cross ! Qualified for the Laser Goldfleet is also Christian Steiger SUI as 32nd. Guillaume Girod SUI, 46th, will continue in the Silverfleet. Not on her level sailing was Nathalie Brugger SUI in the Lasers Radial, who was not at ease with the shifty breeze near the coast. 18th overall with a 13 points' backlog on rank 10, she still has a chance to qualify for the Medal Race of next Saturday. With the 39th place, Manon Luther SUI just made the Goldfleet. The development sailor Nigina Römer SUI follows on rank 67 of the 79 participants. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI lost some ranks yesterday in the 470 men, but on rank 24, their 20 points' gap to the 12th nation place still leaves hope to reach the Swiss Olympic limit. Not in the Goldfleet are Olivier and Adrien Gremaud SUI as 50th. They continue the competition in the Silverfleet. The two women 470s are on the positions 33 (Hasler/Hasler SUI) and 35 (Testuz/Thilo SUI). Emmanuelle Rol SUI/FRA/Hélène Defrance FRA had their best day and advanced on rank 19. The two US-Swiss Starboats are now on the ranks 16 and 17. All ranking lists, the report of the day and the videos.
Saturday, July 26, 2014   
The SOF continued according to program yesterday in a 15-20 kn breeze, decreasing during the afternoon. The Starboats and 49ers caught up the cancelled races from day one. The new leader in the RS:X-windsurfers is Piotr Myszka POL with two race wins. Toni Wilhelm GER and Julien Bontemps FRA follow on the ranks 2 and 3. A Polish leader also in the RS:X-women with Maja Dziarnowska POL ahead of Moana Delle GER and Olga Maslivets UKR. In absence of the British armada, it is Deniss Karpak EST who clearly dominates the scene in the Finns with Rafael Trujillo ESP and Dan Slater NZL on the ranks 2 and 3. After four races in all skiff fleets, it is the Marseille Mistral-proven team D'Ortoli/Delpech FRA who leads the interims' rankings of the 49ers in front of Morrison/Rhodes GBR and Outteridge/Jensen AUS an. Leaders of the 470 men are for the time being Mantis/Kagialis GRE ahead of Zandona/Zucchetti ITA and Coster/Coster NED, but Belcher/Page AUS will move up on top when the discard comes into effect today. Apart from a 2/1/1 score, they have a 24th rank on their result sheet coming from a race finish under jury rig ! As mostly in strong wind, Lisa Westerhof/Lobke Berkhout NED dominate the activity in the 470 women in front of Ai Kondo/Wakako Tabata JPN and Amanda Clark/Sarah Lihan USA. After a victory in race one of the Starboats, Robert Scheidt BRA left Hyères and the competition for family reasons. Clarke/Björn CAN are now leading ahead of Percy/Simpson GBR, Rohart/Ponsot FRA and Polgar/Koy GER. Anna Tunnicliffe USA remains on top of the Women Match Race undefeated with a 6-0 score, followed by Sally Barkow USA (6-1) and Claire Leroy FRA (5-1). The official report, all ranking lists and the videos of the day.
Saturday, July 26, 2014   
With less wind as on day one, decreasing from 15 to 10 kn during the afternoon, both Laser fleets sailed two races yesterday as scheduled. The new leader in the Laser Standard is Andy Maloney NZL with the day ranks 3 and 2 in his group, one point ahead of Tom Slingsby AUS. Tom Burton AUS, best of the day, is now on rank 3 overall, at equal points with Andrew Murdoch NZL. Two race wins too for Philipp Buhl GER, who follows on rank 5 as best European. In the Lasers Radial, the big-breeze specialists Allison Young GBR and Krystal Weir AUS are clearly ahead. Evi Van Acker BEL follows 7 points behind on rank 3. The World Champion Marit Bouwmeester NED advanced on rank 4. For today, the meteo announced again excessive wind. It remains to be seen whether races will be started today. The official report and the videos of the day.
Saturday, July 26, 2014   
After a rather modest first day, the Swiss Team turned up the heat yesterday. Richard Stauffacher SUI remains on a solid track to the Olympics as 7th in the RS:X-men. Considering the participation - only 22 of the 38 nations qualified for the Games are present - he will definitely get an Olympic nation berth for Switzerland, and his 12th nations' result (Swiss Olympic requirement) at Hyères should be possible as well. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI had a comeback in force yesterday in the 470 men and with the day ranks 2 and 9, they were among the best of the day. Moving up on rank 23 and the 16th nation place, the Olympic 12th rank barrier comes nearer. To be noted that only the strong 470 teams from England and Argentina are absent. Coming up to speed is also Nathalie Brugger SUI in the Lasers Radial with the day ranks 3 and 7 now on position 12 overall very close to the ten best (i.e. medal raceI). Manon Luther follows on rank 32. Maintaining their solid Goldfleet positions are also Christoph Bottoni SUI and Christian Steiger SUI on the ranks 22 and 25 in the Lasers Standard. As 15th nation in the Olympic class with the highest number of top performing nations, the Olympic ticket is now within reach. Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI are on rank 30 in the 470 women, Fiona Testuz/Anne-Sophie Thilo SUI follow on rank 34. In difficulties is also the emigrant to France Emmanuelle ROL SUI/FRA, who is only on rank 20 with her crew Hélène Defrance FRA, while their direct opponents for the French Olympic ticket Lecointre/Geron FRA are on the good 6th place. Thomas Gautschi SUI is ton rank 28 among the 40 Finns. Michel Niklaus SUI/Mark Strube USA are 18th in the Starboats, while the Swiss Sailing President Vincent Hagin is even on a Medal Race track as crew of the former World Champion George Szabo USA. Inspite of a premature start disqualification, they are on rank 11 ! The report of the day and the videos.
Saturday, July 26, 2014   
All three Paralympic classes could sail according to schedule in a 15-20 kn breeze after the windy start day, having reduced the program. In the Sonars, Bruno Jourdren FRA has taken the lead in front of Udo Hessels NED. New on top of the 2.4mR is Damien Séguin FRA followed by Bjornar Erikstad NOR and Helena Lucas GBR on the positions 2 and 3. 24 participants from 11 nations. Alexandra Rickham/Niki Birell GBR have taken the lead in the small Skud 18 fleet with two day wins. Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tesch AUS follow on rank 2 with the same number of points. Jennifer French/Jean-Paul Creignou USA are 3rd. The daily report and the videos.
Saturday, July 26, 2014   
Sun and a fresh breeze - exceeding 30 kn in the afternoon - prevailed on the first day of the 44th SOF in the Bay of Hyères FRA. All classes, except the Starboats scheduled for the afternoon (gusts of over 40 kn), sailed two races (49ers one). In the RS:X-windsurfers, the World Champion Julien Bontemps FRA and Toni Wilhelm GER were the winners of both races in their groups and are jointly on top overall. In the RS:X-female windsurfers, the winner in was twice Li Ling CHN in her group, followed by Moana Delle GER. In both fleets - men and women - a number of top performers are not present at the SOF, such as the World Champion Lee Korzits ISR, Zofia Klepacka POL or the strong Spanish women. In the Finns, Deniss Karpak EST took rank 1 in both races, and is the clear overall leader ahead of Rafael Trujillo ESP. The only 49er heat - with only half of the fleet finishing - saw D'Ortoli/Delpech FRA on top ahead of Dyen/Christidis FRA. Fantela/Marencic CRO are first overall in the 470 men with two race wins, followed by Mantis/ Kagialis GRE on rank 2. In the 470 women, the joint leaders are Westerhof/Berkhout NED and Kondo/Tabata JPN. The only undefeated Women Match Race team after only three flights (too much breeze) was once more Anna Tunnicliffe's USA. The official report, the videos of the day and all ranking lists.
Saturday, July 26, 2014   
Up to 25 kn was the breeze on the Laser courses on day one of the SOF in the Bay of Hyères, ideal conditions for the big-breeze sailors, taking the top places as expected. In the Lasers Standard, the winners in both races of their groups were Tom Slingsby AUS and Andy Maloney NZL, sharing the overall lead ahead of Andrew Murdoch NZL. Allison Young GBR was on top of the Lasers Radial also with two race wins in front of Krystal Weir NZL and Charlotte Dobson GBR. The World Champion Marit Bouwmeester NED is 6th for the moment. The official report and the videos of the day.
Saturday, July 26, 2014   
Some of the Swiss were not at ease in the fresh breeze prevailing with gusts over 40 kn in the afternoon. The big exception was the windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI, taking full advantage of the surfing conditions and the absence of the world's best windsurfer to finish twice on rank 3 in his group, bringing him on the excellent rank 5 overall of the RS:X-men. In the relatively small fleet with 53 surfers from just the 20 Swiss Olympic required nations, his chances to finish among the top 12 nations are excellent, so that his qualification for the London/Weymouth Olympics 2012 is absolutely realistic. Positive also the appearance of the Lasers Standard of Christoph Bottoni SUI (9/9) and Christian Steiger SUI (13/5), who - on the overall ranks 25 and 31 - are on their way to the Goldfleet and are near the requested 12-nations-barrier. The Laser Radial results of Nathalie Brugger SUI, in the past year a strong big-breeze finisher, were not brilliant with the ranks 8 and 9 in her group, bringing her on the 16th position overall. Rather in difficulities the 470s. In the 470 men, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI and Adrien and Olivier Gremaud SUI are on the positions 36 and 37 with the same number of points. Fiona Testuz/Anne-So Thilo SUI are 27th, Stéphanie and Romy Hasler SUI 28th in the 470 women. Not sailing were the Starboats (wind exceeding 40 kn), where - with Niklaus SUI/Strube USA and Szabo USA/Hagin SUI two mixed USA/SUI teams are on the entry list. No Swiss opted to participate in this official Olympic selection regatta ! The report of the day, all results and the videos.
Saturday, July 26, 2014   
The Paralympic Worldcup races in the Bay of Hyères began yesterday in a fresh breeze around 25 kn increasing during the day. For the Sonars, scheduled for the afternoon, the wind exceeding 30 kn was too strong. Megan Pascoe GBR was the winner of the only 2.4mR race ahead of Helena Lucas GBR and the World Champion Damien Séguin FRA. In the Skud 18, Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tresch AUS were the winners in front of Alexandra Rickham/Niki Burell GBR and Jennifer French/Jean-Paul Creignou USA. The report and the videos.
Saturday, July 26, 2014   
Tomorrow Sunday is day one of the 4th 2012 ISAF Worldcup of the Olympic and Paralympic Classes at Hyères FRA. As every year, the SOF is for most classes the best-attended event of the year, especially in an Olympic year, as the entry lists reveal. According to the wind forecasts, this year's races will be on the windy side, even though the Mistral prevail during the past days will decrease somewhat during the coming week to about 15-20 kn. The event-website.
Saturday, July 26, 2014   
Tomorrow Sunday is day one of the 4th 2012 ISAF Worldcup of the Olympic and Paralympic Classes at Hyères FRA. As every year, the SOF is for most classes the best-attended event of the year, especially in an Olympic year, as the entry lists reveal. According to the wind forecasts, this year's races will be on the windy side, even though the Mistral prevail during the past days will decrease somewhat during the coming week to about 15-20 kn.
The Swiss Olympic hopefuls have - after the 2011 Worlds in Perth AUS - another possibility to qualify for London/Weymouth 2012 fulfilling the 12-nations-critiera set by Swiss Olympic, such as the 470s, the Lasers Standard and the RS:X. The Swiss Starboats (Marazzi-de Maria not present at the SOF) already reached this goal, but no other team seized the opportunity to challenge them here at this official selection race. The only Swiss present in the Stars are sailing together with US partners, i.e. Niklaus SUI/Strube USA and Szabo USA/Hagin SUI ab. The event-website.
 
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