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Olympic Worldcup 2012 - Sail for Gold - Weymouth GBR

Monday, 4. June 2012– Saturday, 9. June 2012

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014   
The Medal Races deciding on the final outcome of this tune-up regatta to the Olympics taking place in five weeks from now, were sailed in an initial 15 kn breeze, increasing during the day to 22 kn. Some classes were dominated by the known favorites such as in the 470, where Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS confirmed their superiority winning the Medal Race as well. Patience/Bithell GBR and Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL took Silver and Bronze. Nathan Outteridge/Ian Jensen AUS collected as planned the Gold Medal in the 49ers, but Emmanuel Dyen/Stéphane Christidis FRA winning the Medal Race were finally only two points behind. Bronze went to Fletcher/Sign GBR. Rather unusual is the situation in the Finns, where Giles Scott GBR, not selected for the Olympics, was the superior winner in 5 of the 7 races and even added a clear victory in the Medal Race. while his compatriot Ben Ainslie GBR on rank tw, selected for the Olympics is not only clearly behind, but even finished the Medal Race as last after a capsize. Pieter-Jan Postma NED took Bronze after a close fight. Peter O'Leary/David Burrows IRL were the profiteers of the eternal duel between Scheidt/Prada BRA and Percy/Simpson GBR. As already last year, the young Irish earned Gold ahead of the tied Scheidt/Prada BRA and Percy/Simpson GBR. Winners of the Medal Race were Rohart/Ponsot FRA moving up on rank 5. A leader change happened in the RS:X windsurfers, where Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED climbed on top with a victory in the Medal Race. Julien Bontemps FRA had to content himself with Silver. Bronze went to Nick Dempsey GBR. Zofia Klepacka POL had an outstanding week and crowned her performance with the Medal Race victory. Clear winner of the Silver Medal was Marina Alabau ESP, while Lee Korzits ISR ended the close fight for Bronze in her favour. The 470 women top sailors were Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL confirming their reputation as big-breeze specialists winning with a big advantage. Amanda Clark/Sarah Lihan USA on rank two delivered their best result this year, while the World Champions Hanna Mills/Saskia Clark GBR took Bronze. The Women Matchrace final between Olivia Price AUS and Claire Leroy FRA went in favor of the Australian winning 2-1. Anna Tunnicliffe USA earned the Bronze Medal in the Petite Final against Ekarterina Skudina RUS. All results, the official final report and the videos.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   
The Laser Radial Medal Race ended with a drama for the overall leader Lijia Xu CHN who touched mark one when rounding as second that dropped her on the 8th final race rank. She not only lost the first place but was even relegated from the podium by one point, ending on rank 4. Taking advantage of Xu's bad luck was Allison Young GBR winning her first Worldcup event two points ahead of Sari Multala FIN. Thanks to her first place in the Medal Race, the strong wind specialist Annalise Murphy IRL moved up on rank 3.
Brilliant once more was the performance of the World Champion Tom Slingsby AUS in the Lasers Standard, adding a Medal Race victory and finishing the event with a 17 points advantage. Tom Burton AUS took Silver ahead of Philipp Buhl GER with the same number of points.
The results and the final report.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   
No Swiss exploits in the Medal Races. Richard Stauffacher SUI, finishing 8th in the RS:X windsurfers, delivered his best performance ever in this important event in view of the Olympic regatta, and clearly confirmed his Olympic selection. He finished the Medal Race on rank 9. Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI, solid as ever, defended their 9th final position. In spite of the good performance in these two events, the Swiss Team will only be in an outsider position at the Games in five weeks, far from the objective declared to be 'consistently within the reach of medals ... ' This is not a surprise as the direct athletes' support is down to a minimum due to lack of funds and a wrong strategy. The results and the report. The Swiss Sailing information channel has been silent since last Friday.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   (Image © Will Ricketson)
In the night on Friday, the storm blasted in excess of fifty knots, and by Friday morning, the wind had not abated calling an early end to the Paralympic regatta. The other classes had longer to wait, but at 14:30 racing was called off for the day for everyone, ending the Sail for Gold event for most sailors. Today, the top ten in each Olympic class will race for gold, silver and bronze. In Women Matchrace, the Quarter- and Semi-Finals and the Finals are on the program.
For once, nothing has been decided prematurely. Only Zofia Klepacka POL in the RS:X women windsurfer with a 17 points lead will hardly loose the first place. The 12 points advance of Giles Scott GBR on Ben Ainslie GBR in the Finns seems also insurmountable. All results, the daily report and the video of the day.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   
No racing at Weymouth yesterday for all classes as the storm was blowing around 50 kn, and consequently the two Laser fleets remained ashore, ending the Sail for Gold Worldcup Event for most participants prematurely. Only the top-ten of each Olympic Class stay for the Medal Races today, where the situation for the Medals in the Lasers is fully open, especially in the Radials. Lijia Xu CHN leads with only one point on the tied Allison Young GBR and Sari Multala FIN. 13 points behind follow Evi Van Acker BEL, Annalise Murphy IRL and Marit Bouwmeester NED jointly together.
4 points is the lead of Tom Slingsby AUS on Philipp Buhl GER in the Lasers Standard. Tonci Stipanovic CRO on 3rd is already 11 points behind. The results, the daily report and the video of the day.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   
After the cancellation of the Friday and partly the Thursday races it is firm, that SUI will be represented in two Medal Races with Richard Stauffacher SUI as 8th in the RS:X-men windsurfers and Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI as 9th in the Starboats. Richard Stauffacher can aim for a Medal as this backlog is only 11 points, while the Starboat team can theoretically move up on or two ranks only. For Nathalie Brugger SUI in the Lasers Radial, the main rehearsal for the Olympics is over on rank 19. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI are 25th in the 470 and Christoph Bottoni SUI finishes as 53rd in the Lasers Standard. All results and the daily report.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   
The storm was building to its peak during the night and by Friday morning the wind had not abated calling an early end to the Paralympic Sail for Gold Worldcup regatta. Thierry Schmitter NED finished first in the 2.4 mR ahead of Helena Lucas GBR with the same number of points. Damien Séguin FRA is on the 3rd place. In the Skud-18, Alexandra Rickham/Nikki Birrell GBR are clearly in front of John McRoberts/Stacie Louttit CAN and Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tesch AUS. The best Sonar team were John Robertson/Hannah Stodel/Steve Thomas GBR. The teams of Udo Hessels NED and Bruce Millar CAN completed the podium. The results, the daily report and the video of the day.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   
The weather poured onto the Weymouth and Portland Bay's race courses - rain and 15 to 25 kn winds - causing cancellations, postponements and some full on racing for those classes that did get out there, except the Starboats and Silverfleets.
Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL in the 470 women seemed to like these conditions booking two race wins and taking a 9 points' lead over Camille Lecointre/Mathilde Geron FRA. The multiple Brazilian Olympic Medalist Torben Grael's daughter Martine with Isabel Swan BRA as crew moved up on rank 3. Belcher/Page AUS maintain their lead in the 470 men, but the second-ranked Patience/Bithell GBR are one point closer. Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL are now 3rd. The 470 report. An Australian lead also in the 49ers with the favorites Outteridge/Jensen AUS, winner of the only race yesterday, on top. Dyen/Christidis FRA follow 7 points behind on rank 2. Fletcher/Sign GBR are the new 3rd. Giles Scott GBR continues his winning straight in the Finn and his advance on Ben Ainslie GBR is now already 12 points. Zach Railey USA, who had to abandon the race after a unindepted collision, follows on rank 3. The Finn report. Julien Bontemps FRA defended the first place in the RS:X men windsurfers with two 3rd race ranks ahead of Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED and Nick Dempsey GBR on the positions 2 and 3. In spite of her worst result so far - a 4th place - there is no doubt that Zofia Klepacka POL controls the RS:X women windsurfers. Marina Alabau ESP follows on rank 2 with Olga Maslivets UKR and Lee Korzits ISR jointly on rank 3. In the Women Matchrace, the Quarter Finals are on the program today with the pairings Skudina RUS-Echegoyen ESP, Leroy FRA- Hazard NZL, Tunnicliffe USA-Lehtinen FIN and Price AUS-McGregor GBR. The Starboats - leaders Percy/Simpson GBR only one point ahead of Scheidt/Prada BRA - did not sail yesterday. 20 years ago, it was not uncommon that races were started in winds around 30 kn, but apparently, already 25 kn are too much for today's fragile, expensive racing machines ! And according to the meteo previsions, there may be more wind to come today on the last day of the qualifications. Saturday, the Medal Races are on the program. All ranking lists, the daily report and the video of the day.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   
Despite of the fresh breeze between 20 and 25 kn, previously 'his preferred conditions', the World Champion Tom Slingsby AUS was not so dominating as in past years, but with the day ranks 1 and 4, he nevertheless extended his lead in the overall rankings. The new second-ranked is Philipp Buhl GER with a 5 points' backlog. Tonci Stipanovic CRO advanced on the 3rd place.
Lijia Xu CHN is back on top in the Lasers Radial, but Allison Young GBR and Sari Multala FIN jointly on the ranks 2 and 3 are only one point back. Loosing some points are the other persuers Evi Van Acker BEL, Annalise Murphy IRL and Marit Bouwmeester NED now 13 points behind.
The ranking lists, the daily report and the video of the day.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   
The announced low pressure system from the West filled in yesterday with winds exceeding 20 kn, and in all classes, the big-breeze specialists took the command even more as the discard result came into effect. Nathan Outteridge/Ian Jensen AUS are for the first time on top of the 49ers, thanks to two race wins. Dyen/Christidis FRA, winning the heats of the other 49er group advanced on position 2, while Evans/Powys GBR remains on the 3rd place. As from today, racing will take place in a Gold- and Silverfleeet. In the 470 men, Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS lost the first place to Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL at equal points. Patience/Bithell GBR follow on rank 3. Leader change also in the 470 women, where Lecointre/Geron FRA took the lead, with Aleh/Powrie NZL new on 2nd and Mills/Clarke GBR now on 3rd. In the Finns, the discarded result and the positions 1 and 2 yesterday increased Giles Scott's GBR lead over the English 2012 Olympian Ben Ainslie GBR to 6 points. Zach Railey USA is 3rd. No changes in the rankings of the windsurfers: Julien Bontemps FRA leads in the RS:X men, followed by Nick Dempsey GBR and Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED on the positions 2 and 3, while Zofia Klepacka POL continues to dominate the RS:X women, adding two more race wins, extending her lead on Marina Alabau ESP to 13 points. The new 3rd is Lee Korzits ISR. The Women Matchrace Goldfleet is now complete, as after Skudina RUS, McGregor GBR, Powrie AUS and Leroy FRA, Silja Lehtinen FIN and Anna Tunnicliffe USA have qualified directly for the next round. Fighting for the remaining two quarter-final places in the Repechage will probably be between Renee Groenveld NED, Tamara Echegoyen ESP and Stephanie Hazard NZL all with a 3-1 score sheet. In the Starboats, Percy/Simpson GBR took the lead just one point ahead of Scheidt/Prada BRA. O'Leary/Burrows IRL are down on 3rd. All results, the report and the video of the day.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   
The awaited fresh breeze of over 20 kn filled in yesterday and the qualification phase for the Gold- and Silverfleet was ended with two races according to program. The situation in the Lasers Radial is suspenseful with Marit Bouwmeester NED as the new leader and a group of four within only two points ! Lijia Xu CHN is one point behind the Dutch woman, Evi Van Acker BEL, Sari Multala FIN and Allison Young GBR follow on the 3rd place at equal points. Gintare Scheidt LTU lost a protest of Bouwmeester NED and is now 9 points back on rank 6.
Tom Burton AUS defended his lead in the Lasers Standard. The best of the day Philipp Buhl GER advanced on rank 2, one point ahead of Rasmus Mygren SWE, Tom Slingsby AUS (yesterday in 'his preferred conditions' only 6th and 7th) and Tonci Stipanovic CRO sharing the 3rd place.
The results, the daily report and the video of the day.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   
The windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI confirmed his previously demonstrated skills in fresh winds again in Weymouth. With the day ranks 6 and 9 yesterday, he occupies now the 6th rank overall only six points behind the podium ! The fresh breeze will probably prevail for the rest of the event, also to the joy of Nathalie Brugger SUI in the Laser Radial, who realised the excellent ranks 2 and 8 yesterday in her group and advanced on position 17 overall, a Goldfleet place. Manon Luther SUI however on rank 50 will continue in the Silverfleet. Thanks to the discarded black-flag-disqualifiction, Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI moved up on rank 9 in the Starboats. Chatagny/Hagin SUI and Niklaus/Koy SUI follow as the only non-Olympians on the ranks 16 and 17. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI continued with solid mid-fleet finishes in the 470, but as 25th of the 45 participants, they did not qualify for the Goldfleet. The two Swiss Laser sailors will also remain in the Silverfleet. Christoph Bottoni SUI is 53rd, Guillaume Girod SUI 82nd of the 94 participants. The results.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   
Changes in the rankings also with the three Paralympic classes after the fresh breeze filling in yesterday and the discard result coming into effect. In the 2.4mR, Heiko Kröger GER and the Paralympic-Olympic Champion Paul Tingley CAN were the best of the day with the ranks 1 and 2 each. Overall, Thierry Schmitter NED remains on top at equal points with Helena Lucas GBR. Damien Seguin FRA follows on rank 3. Masterfully leading in the Skud-18 winning 5 of 6 races are Alexandra Rickham/Nikki Birrell GBR, and equally solid is the second rank of John McRoberts/Stacie Louttit CAN. The new leader in the Sonars is John Robertson GBR and his team, with Udo Hessels NED and Bruce Millar CAN following on the ranks 2 and 3. The ranking lists and the report.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   
Pouring rain, temperatures under 10°C and refreshening winds made day two on the Olympic waters very unaccommodating. In the 49ers, Evans/Powys GBR defended their first place but watch out for the World Champions Outteridge/Jensen AUS advancing on rank 2 despite of a capsize, and the best team of the day, Moore/Stork USA, moving up on 3rd now. An Australian lead still in the 470s with Belcher/Page AUS, but Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL moved up on the 2nd place with two race wins. The new 3rd-ranked Calabrese/De La Fuente ARG had also a good day with the day ranks 1 and 2. Considerable gaps between the leading women 470s where Mills/Clarke GBR are now 14 points ahead of Lecointre/Geron FRA. The day's best Clarke/Lihan USA advanced on the 3rd place. Three bullets are on the day's record of Giles Scott GBR in the Finns, but for the moment, the Brit still has the 21st of the first day on his account sheet. Ben Ainslie GBR is at present 5 points ahead of Zach Railey USA, followed closely by Scott on 3rd. Julien Bontemps FRA defended his lead in the RS:X-windsurfers. Nick Dempsey GBR progressed on the 2nd rank, Toni Wilhelm GER follows on the 3rd position. A class of her own is Zofia Klepacka POL in the RS:X-women windsurfers with a 16 points lead on Marina Alabau ESP after four races. The veteran Alessandra Sensini ITA follows on rank 3. In the Starboats, O'Leary/Burrows IRL, winners of 2011 already, took the lead in front of Scheidt/Prada BRA and Clarke/Bjorn CAN. The Round Robin of the Women Matchracers is not yet completed, but the first Quarter finalists are known: Ekaterina Skudina RUS (9-2), Olivia Price AUS and Lucy McGregor GBR (je 8-2) as well as Claire Leroy FRA (8-3) are through. Today, the last two direct-qualifiers will be determined. The other teams will sail for for the remaining two slots in a Repechage. The 2012 overflyer Anna Tunnicliffe USA and her team are far away from their normal performance and - with a 5-5 score - will have to fight hard in the two matches today, or then in the Repechage to make the knock-out Quarter-Finals.
All results, the daily report and the video of the day.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   
Wet-cold English weather prevailed on day two of the Weymouth ISAF Worldcup event on the Olympic waters of next August. The refreshening breeze allowed to complete two races by Laser class according to program. The Australians dominated the Lasers Standard with Tom Burton AUS - with only top-three finishes up-to-now - as first, four points ahead of the World Champion Tom Slingsby AUS. Philipp Buhl GER 3rd is already 14 points behind.
The favorites in the Laser Radials have now taken the top positions with Evi Van Acker BEL leading two points ahead of Lijia Xu CHN, winner of both heats of her group yesterday. Sari Multala FIN is only one point further behind and Gintare Scheidt LTU and Marit Bouwmeester NED are not far away either.
The results, the daily report and the official video of the day, reporting on the Laser races today.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   
After the light wind of day one, the British cold and wet weather arrived with a fresher breeze, conditions that apparently suited well the windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI who was among the best of the day with the ranks 3 and 4, advancing on rank 9 overall. Back again was also the Laser Radial sailor Nathalie Brugger SUI after her failed first race day, as the day ranks 4 and 5 helped her to move up on rank 26 overall. Rather descrete the day for Marazzi/De Maria SUI in the Starboats. With the ranks 13 and 5, as well as a blackflag-early-start disqualification, they are down on rank 11 of the small 20 boats' Star fleet. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI stayed in the mid-fleet with two 13th places yesterday, bringing them on rank 23 overall. Off track however the two Swiss Lasers with Christoph Bottoni SUI on position 54 and Guillaume Girod SUI rank 74. The results and the official report.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   
The three Paralympic Classes 2.4mR, Skud 18 and Sonar are also part of the Sail-for-Gold event at Weymouth and have completed four races by class so far. In the 2.4mR, Thierry Schmitter NED is the clear leader ahead of the World Champion Damien Seguin FRA, winner of both races yesterday, who is on rank 2. The best Skud-18 sailors are Alexandra Rickham/Nikki Burrell GBR ahead of McRoberts/Louttit CAN and Fitzgibbon/Tesch AUS. In the Sonars, Udo Hessels NED and his team lead in front on Bruno Jourdren FRA and Aleksander Wang-Hansen NOR with the same number of points. The results and the report.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   
The 6th 2012 Worldcup began yesterday at the Olympic site in Weymouth with unusually light conditions. Almost all Olympic Teams are present at this rehearsal of the Olympic Regattas taking place at the same venue in about seven weeks from now, over 700 athletes from 58 nations. Only one race was sailed by the Starboats and Finns, sailing on the offshore course late in the afternoon. Hestbaek/Oleson DEN were the winners in the Stars ahead of Clarke/Björn CAN. The surprise winner in the Finns was Caleb Paine USA (not selected for the Olympics) ahead of Aleksej Selivanov RUS. On the inshore courses, sailing was also possible in the morning but with a 5-8 kn only accompanied by a strong current. Later in the afternoon, a second race was completed, resp. a 3rd for the 49ers. Evans/Powys GBR clearly dominated the 49ers with the day ranks 1/1/3, while Delle-Karth/Resch AUT lead the closely packed persuers. Once more outstanding the World Champions Belcher/Page AUS wining both heats of their group in the 470 ahead of Asher/Willis GBR back after a long absence due to injury. More and more up to speed are the Australian 470 women Rechichi/Stowell AUS on rank 2 with the same number of points as the leading Mills/Clarke GBR. In the windsurfers, Julien Bontemps FRA is on top, one point ahead of Toni Wilhelm GER, while the rest of the fleet is 10 points and more behind. Two of the favorites are also already on top in the women windsurfers with Zofia Klepacka POL ahead of Bryony Shaw GBR. Leading in the Women Matchrace Round Robin is Olivia Price AUS with a 6-0 score ahead of Siljia Lehtinen FIN 4-0. Surprisingly weak the first day of the key favorite Anna Tunnicliffe USA on rank 7 only with a disappointing 2-4 record. All results and the daily report.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   
The 6th Olympic Classes Worldcup event began yesterday on the Olympic waters of Weymouth on an inshore course with light winds and a strong current. The Lasers Standard split in two fleets could only complete one race, while the Radials finished a second race late in the afternoon. Both winning the heats of their fleets, Simon Grotelüschen GER and Philipp Buhl GER are on top of the overall rankings. Cy Thompson ISV and Keerati Bualong THA follow jointly on rank 3. On rank 5 with 3rd place finishes are Bruno Fontes BRA and Tom Burton AUS. The top favorite Tom Slingsby AUS proved with a fourth position that in the meantime, he can cope with all kinds of conditions. Fresh winds are announced for the coming days and Slingsby will hardly be beatable.
In the Lasers Radia, Dongshuang Zang CHN is first with the day ranks 1 and 3 followed by Isabella Bertold CAN and Fatima Reyes ESP. Best of the favorites are Evi Van Acker BEL 5th, Sari Multala FIN 6th and Gintare Scheidt LTU 8th.
The results and the daily report.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   
The most convincing performance of the small Swiss delegation on the opening day of the 6th Worldcup of the year showed once more Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI in the Starboat by finishing 3rd in the only race of the day. In spite of the light winds the young 470 team Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI posted two race results in the top half of their fleet and are 20st. Windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI started the series with a strong 7th, in the second race of the day he fall back on 19th overall. In the top half of the rankings we find both Swiss Lasers as well: Guillaume Girod SUI is on 45th, Christoph Bottoni SUI follows on 49th. A difficult start had both of the Laser Radials: Manon Luther SUI is on 39, Nathalie Brugger SUI on a disappointing 56th. The weather forecast announces stronger winds for the rest of the week, especially Nathalie Brugger SUI will be happy about that. All results and the daily report.
 
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014   
The Medal Races deciding on the final outcome of this tune-up regatta to the Olympics taking place in five weeks from now, were sailed in an initial 15 kn breeze, increasing during the day to 22 kn. Some classes were dominated by the known favorites such as in the 470, where Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS confirmed their superiority winning the Medal Race as well. Patience/Bithell GBR and Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL took Silver and Bronze. Nathan Outteridge/Ian Jensen AUS collected as planned the Gold Medal in the 49ers, but Emmanuel Dyen/Stéphane Christidis FRA winning the Medal Race were finally only two points behind. Bronze went to Fletcher/Sign GBR. Rather unusual is the situation in the Finns, where Giles Scott GBR, not selected for the Olympics, was the superior winner in 5 of the 7 races and even added a clear victory in the Medal Race. while his compatriot Ben Ainslie GBR on rank tw, selected for the Olympics is not only clearly behind, but even finished the Medal Race as last after a capsize. Pieter-Jan Postma NED took Bronze after a close fight. Peter O'Leary/David Burrows IRL were the profiteers of the eternal duel between Scheidt/Prada BRA and Percy/Simpson GBR. As already last year, the young Irish earned Gold ahead of the tied Scheidt/Prada BRA and Percy/Simpson GBR. Winners of the Medal Race were Rohart/Ponsot FRA moving up on rank 5. A leader change happened in the RS:X windsurfers, where Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED climbed on top with a victory in the Medal Race. Julien Bontemps FRA had to content himself with Silver. Bronze went to Nick Dempsey GBR. Zofia Klepacka POL had an outstanding week and crowned her performance with the Medal Race victory. Clear winner of the Silver Medal was Marina Alabau ESP, while Lee Korzits ISR ended the close fight for Bronze in her favour. The 470 women top sailors were Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL confirming their reputation as big-breeze specialists winning with a big advantage. Amanda Clark/Sarah Lihan USA on rank two delivered their best result this year, while the World Champions Hanna Mills/Saskia Clark GBR took Bronze. The Women Matchrace final between Olivia Price AUS and Claire Leroy FRA went in favor of the Australian winning 2-1. Anna Tunnicliffe USA earned the Bronze Medal in the Petite Final against Ekarterina Skudina RUS. All results, the official final report and the videos.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   
The Laser Radial Medal Race ended with a drama for the overall leader Lijia Xu CHN who touched mark one when rounding as second that dropped her on the 8th final race rank. She not only lost the first place but was even relegated from the podium by one point, ending on rank 4. Taking advantage of Xu's bad luck was Allison Young GBR winning her first Worldcup event two points ahead of Sari Multala FIN. Thanks to her first place in the Medal Race, the strong wind specialist Annalise Murphy IRL moved up on rank 3.
Brilliant once more was the performance of the World Champion Tom Slingsby AUS in the Lasers Standard, adding a Medal Race victory and finishing the event with a 17 points advantage. Tom Burton AUS took Silver ahead of Philipp Buhl GER with the same number of points.
The results and the final report.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   
No Swiss exploits in the Medal Races. Richard Stauffacher SUI, finishing 8th in the RS:X windsurfers, delivered his best performance ever in this important event in view of the Olympic regatta, and clearly confirmed his Olympic selection. He finished the Medal Race on rank 9. Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI, solid as ever, defended their 9th final position. In spite of the good performance in these two events, the Swiss Team will only be in an outsider position at the Games in five weeks, far from the objective declared to be 'consistently within the reach of medals ... ' This is not a surprise as the direct athletes' support is down to a minimum due to lack of funds and a wrong strategy. The results and the report. The Swiss Sailing information channel has been silent since last Friday.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   (Image © Will Ricketson)
In the night on Friday, the storm blasted in excess of fifty knots, and by Friday morning, the wind had not abated calling an early end to the Paralympic regatta. The other classes had longer to wait, but at 14:30 racing was called off for the day for everyone, ending the Sail for Gold event for most sailors. Today, the top ten in each Olympic class will race for gold, silver and bronze. In Women Matchrace, the Quarter- and Semi-Finals and the Finals are on the program.
For once, nothing has been decided prematurely. Only Zofia Klepacka POL in the RS:X women windsurfer with a 17 points lead will hardly loose the first place. The 12 points advance of Giles Scott GBR on Ben Ainslie GBR in the Finns seems also insurmountable. All results, the daily report and the video of the day.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   
No racing at Weymouth yesterday for all classes as the storm was blowing around 50 kn, and consequently the two Laser fleets remained ashore, ending the Sail for Gold Worldcup Event for most participants prematurely. Only the top-ten of each Olympic Class stay for the Medal Races today, where the situation for the Medals in the Lasers is fully open, especially in the Radials. Lijia Xu CHN leads with only one point on the tied Allison Young GBR and Sari Multala FIN. 13 points behind follow Evi Van Acker BEL, Annalise Murphy IRL and Marit Bouwmeester NED jointly together.
4 points is the lead of Tom Slingsby AUS on Philipp Buhl GER in the Lasers Standard. Tonci Stipanovic CRO on 3rd is already 11 points behind. The results, the daily report and the video of the day.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   
After the cancellation of the Friday and partly the Thursday races it is firm, that SUI will be represented in two Medal Races with Richard Stauffacher SUI as 8th in the RS:X-men windsurfers and Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI as 9th in the Starboats. Richard Stauffacher can aim for a Medal as this backlog is only 11 points, while the Starboat team can theoretically move up on or two ranks only. For Nathalie Brugger SUI in the Lasers Radial, the main rehearsal for the Olympics is over on rank 19. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI are 25th in the 470 and Christoph Bottoni SUI finishes as 53rd in the Lasers Standard. All results and the daily report.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   
The storm was building to its peak during the night and by Friday morning the wind had not abated calling an early end to the Paralympic Sail for Gold Worldcup regatta. Thierry Schmitter NED finished first in the 2.4 mR ahead of Helena Lucas GBR with the same number of points. Damien Séguin FRA is on the 3rd place. In the Skud-18, Alexandra Rickham/Nikki Birrell GBR are clearly in front of John McRoberts/Stacie Louttit CAN and Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tesch AUS. The best Sonar team were John Robertson/Hannah Stodel/Steve Thomas GBR. The teams of Udo Hessels NED and Bruce Millar CAN completed the podium. The results, the daily report and the video of the day.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   
The weather poured onto the Weymouth and Portland Bay's race courses - rain and 15 to 25 kn winds - causing cancellations, postponements and some full on racing for those classes that did get out there, except the Starboats and Silverfleets.
Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL in the 470 women seemed to like these conditions booking two race wins and taking a 9 points' lead over Camille Lecointre/Mathilde Geron FRA. The multiple Brazilian Olympic Medalist Torben Grael's daughter Martine with Isabel Swan BRA as crew moved up on rank 3. Belcher/Page AUS maintain their lead in the 470 men, but the second-ranked Patience/Bithell GBR are one point closer. Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL are now 3rd. The 470 report. An Australian lead also in the 49ers with the favorites Outteridge/Jensen AUS, winner of the only race yesterday, on top. Dyen/Christidis FRA follow 7 points behind on rank 2. Fletcher/Sign GBR are the new 3rd. Giles Scott GBR continues his winning straight in the Finn and his advance on Ben Ainslie GBR is now already 12 points. Zach Railey USA, who had to abandon the race after a unindepted collision, follows on rank 3. The Finn report. Julien Bontemps FRA defended the first place in the RS:X men windsurfers with two 3rd race ranks ahead of Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED and Nick Dempsey GBR on the positions 2 and 3. In spite of her worst result so far - a 4th place - there is no doubt that Zofia Klepacka POL controls the RS:X women windsurfers. Marina Alabau ESP follows on rank 2 with Olga Maslivets UKR and Lee Korzits ISR jointly on rank 3. In the Women Matchrace, the Quarter Finals are on the program today with the pairings Skudina RUS-Echegoyen ESP, Leroy FRA- Hazard NZL, Tunnicliffe USA-Lehtinen FIN and Price AUS-McGregor GBR. The Starboats - leaders Percy/Simpson GBR only one point ahead of Scheidt/Prada BRA - did not sail yesterday. 20 years ago, it was not uncommon that races were started in winds around 30 kn, but apparently, already 25 kn are too much for today's fragile, expensive racing machines ! And according to the meteo previsions, there may be more wind to come today on the last day of the qualifications. Saturday, the Medal Races are on the program. All ranking lists, the daily report and the video of the day.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   
Despite of the fresh breeze between 20 and 25 kn, previously 'his preferred conditions', the World Champion Tom Slingsby AUS was not so dominating as in past years, but with the day ranks 1 and 4, he nevertheless extended his lead in the overall rankings. The new second-ranked is Philipp Buhl GER with a 5 points' backlog. Tonci Stipanovic CRO advanced on the 3rd place.
Lijia Xu CHN is back on top in the Lasers Radial, but Allison Young GBR and Sari Multala FIN jointly on the ranks 2 and 3 are only one point back. Loosing some points are the other persuers Evi Van Acker BEL, Annalise Murphy IRL and Marit Bouwmeester NED now 13 points behind.
The ranking lists, the daily report and the video of the day.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   
The announced low pressure system from the West filled in yesterday with winds exceeding 20 kn, and in all classes, the big-breeze specialists took the command even more as the discard result came into effect. Nathan Outteridge/Ian Jensen AUS are for the first time on top of the 49ers, thanks to two race wins. Dyen/Christidis FRA, winning the heats of the other 49er group advanced on position 2, while Evans/Powys GBR remains on the 3rd place. As from today, racing will take place in a Gold- and Silverfleeet. In the 470 men, Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS lost the first place to Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL at equal points. Patience/Bithell GBR follow on rank 3. Leader change also in the 470 women, where Lecointre/Geron FRA took the lead, with Aleh/Powrie NZL new on 2nd and Mills/Clarke GBR now on 3rd. In the Finns, the discarded result and the positions 1 and 2 yesterday increased Giles Scott's GBR lead over the English 2012 Olympian Ben Ainslie GBR to 6 points. Zach Railey USA is 3rd. No changes in the rankings of the windsurfers: Julien Bontemps FRA leads in the RS:X men, followed by Nick Dempsey GBR and Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED on the positions 2 and 3, while Zofia Klepacka POL continues to dominate the RS:X women, adding two more race wins, extending her lead on Marina Alabau ESP to 13 points. The new 3rd is Lee Korzits ISR. The Women Matchrace Goldfleet is now complete, as after Skudina RUS, McGregor GBR, Powrie AUS and Leroy FRA, Silja Lehtinen FIN and Anna Tunnicliffe USA have qualified directly for the next round. Fighting for the remaining two quarter-final places in the Repechage will probably be between Renee Groenveld NED, Tamara Echegoyen ESP and Stephanie Hazard NZL all with a 3-1 score sheet. In the Starboats, Percy/Simpson GBR took the lead just one point ahead of Scheidt/Prada BRA. O'Leary/Burrows IRL are down on 3rd. All results, the report and the video of the day.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   
The awaited fresh breeze of over 20 kn filled in yesterday and the qualification phase for the Gold- and Silverfleet was ended with two races according to program. The situation in the Lasers Radial is suspenseful with Marit Bouwmeester NED as the new leader and a group of four within only two points ! Lijia Xu CHN is one point behind the Dutch woman, Evi Van Acker BEL, Sari Multala FIN and Allison Young GBR follow on the 3rd place at equal points. Gintare Scheidt LTU lost a protest of Bouwmeester NED and is now 9 points back on rank 6.
Tom Burton AUS defended his lead in the Lasers Standard. The best of the day Philipp Buhl GER advanced on rank 2, one point ahead of Rasmus Mygren SWE, Tom Slingsby AUS (yesterday in 'his preferred conditions' only 6th and 7th) and Tonci Stipanovic CRO sharing the 3rd place.
The results, the daily report and the video of the day.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   
The windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI confirmed his previously demonstrated skills in fresh winds again in Weymouth. With the day ranks 6 and 9 yesterday, he occupies now the 6th rank overall only six points behind the podium ! The fresh breeze will probably prevail for the rest of the event, also to the joy of Nathalie Brugger SUI in the Laser Radial, who realised the excellent ranks 2 and 8 yesterday in her group and advanced on position 17 overall, a Goldfleet place. Manon Luther SUI however on rank 50 will continue in the Silverfleet. Thanks to the discarded black-flag-disqualifiction, Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI moved up on rank 9 in the Starboats. Chatagny/Hagin SUI and Niklaus/Koy SUI follow as the only non-Olympians on the ranks 16 and 17. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI continued with solid mid-fleet finishes in the 470, but as 25th of the 45 participants, they did not qualify for the Goldfleet. The two Swiss Laser sailors will also remain in the Silverfleet. Christoph Bottoni SUI is 53rd, Guillaume Girod SUI 82nd of the 94 participants. The results.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   
Changes in the rankings also with the three Paralympic classes after the fresh breeze filling in yesterday and the discard result coming into effect. In the 2.4mR, Heiko Kröger GER and the Paralympic-Olympic Champion Paul Tingley CAN were the best of the day with the ranks 1 and 2 each. Overall, Thierry Schmitter NED remains on top at equal points with Helena Lucas GBR. Damien Seguin FRA follows on rank 3. Masterfully leading in the Skud-18 winning 5 of 6 races are Alexandra Rickham/Nikki Birrell GBR, and equally solid is the second rank of John McRoberts/Stacie Louttit CAN. The new leader in the Sonars is John Robertson GBR and his team, with Udo Hessels NED and Bruce Millar CAN following on the ranks 2 and 3. The ranking lists and the report.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   
Pouring rain, temperatures under 10°C and refreshening winds made day two on the Olympic waters very unaccommodating. In the 49ers, Evans/Powys GBR defended their first place but watch out for the World Champions Outteridge/Jensen AUS advancing on rank 2 despite of a capsize, and the best team of the day, Moore/Stork USA, moving up on 3rd now. An Australian lead still in the 470s with Belcher/Page AUS, but Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL moved up on the 2nd place with two race wins. The new 3rd-ranked Calabrese/De La Fuente ARG had also a good day with the day ranks 1 and 2. Considerable gaps between the leading women 470s where Mills/Clarke GBR are now 14 points ahead of Lecointre/Geron FRA. The day's best Clarke/Lihan USA advanced on the 3rd place. Three bullets are on the day's record of Giles Scott GBR in the Finns, but for the moment, the Brit still has the 21st of the first day on his account sheet. Ben Ainslie GBR is at present 5 points ahead of Zach Railey USA, followed closely by Scott on 3rd. Julien Bontemps FRA defended his lead in the RS:X-windsurfers. Nick Dempsey GBR progressed on the 2nd rank, Toni Wilhelm GER follows on the 3rd position. A class of her own is Zofia Klepacka POL in the RS:X-women windsurfers with a 16 points lead on Marina Alabau ESP after four races. The veteran Alessandra Sensini ITA follows on rank 3. In the Starboats, O'Leary/Burrows IRL, winners of 2011 already, took the lead in front of Scheidt/Prada BRA and Clarke/Bjorn CAN. The Round Robin of the Women Matchracers is not yet completed, but the first Quarter finalists are known: Ekaterina Skudina RUS (9-2), Olivia Price AUS and Lucy McGregor GBR (je 8-2) as well as Claire Leroy FRA (8-3) are through. Today, the last two direct-qualifiers will be determined. The other teams will sail for for the remaining two slots in a Repechage. The 2012 overflyer Anna Tunnicliffe USA and her team are far away from their normal performance and - with a 5-5 score - will have to fight hard in the two matches today, or then in the Repechage to make the knock-out Quarter-Finals.
All results, the daily report and the video of the day.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   
Wet-cold English weather prevailed on day two of the Weymouth ISAF Worldcup event on the Olympic waters of next August. The refreshening breeze allowed to complete two races by Laser class according to program. The Australians dominated the Lasers Standard with Tom Burton AUS - with only top-three finishes up-to-now - as first, four points ahead of the World Champion Tom Slingsby AUS. Philipp Buhl GER 3rd is already 14 points behind.
The favorites in the Laser Radials have now taken the top positions with Evi Van Acker BEL leading two points ahead of Lijia Xu CHN, winner of both heats of her group yesterday. Sari Multala FIN is only one point further behind and Gintare Scheidt LTU and Marit Bouwmeester NED are not far away either.
The results, the daily report and the official video of the day, reporting on the Laser races today.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   
After the light wind of day one, the British cold and wet weather arrived with a fresher breeze, conditions that apparently suited well the windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI who was among the best of the day with the ranks 3 and 4, advancing on rank 9 overall. Back again was also the Laser Radial sailor Nathalie Brugger SUI after her failed first race day, as the day ranks 4 and 5 helped her to move up on rank 26 overall. Rather descrete the day for Marazzi/De Maria SUI in the Starboats. With the ranks 13 and 5, as well as a blackflag-early-start disqualification, they are down on rank 11 of the small 20 boats' Star fleet. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI stayed in the mid-fleet with two 13th places yesterday, bringing them on rank 23 overall. Off track however the two Swiss Lasers with Christoph Bottoni SUI on position 54 and Guillaume Girod SUI rank 74. The results and the official report.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   
The three Paralympic Classes 2.4mR, Skud 18 and Sonar are also part of the Sail-for-Gold event at Weymouth and have completed four races by class so far. In the 2.4mR, Thierry Schmitter NED is the clear leader ahead of the World Champion Damien Seguin FRA, winner of both races yesterday, who is on rank 2. The best Skud-18 sailors are Alexandra Rickham/Nikki Burrell GBR ahead of McRoberts/Louttit CAN and Fitzgibbon/Tesch AUS. In the Sonars, Udo Hessels NED and his team lead in front on Bruno Jourdren FRA and Aleksander Wang-Hansen NOR with the same number of points. The results and the report.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   
The 6th 2012 Worldcup began yesterday at the Olympic site in Weymouth with unusually light conditions. Almost all Olympic Teams are present at this rehearsal of the Olympic Regattas taking place at the same venue in about seven weeks from now, over 700 athletes from 58 nations. Only one race was sailed by the Starboats and Finns, sailing on the offshore course late in the afternoon. Hestbaek/Oleson DEN were the winners in the Stars ahead of Clarke/Björn CAN. The surprise winner in the Finns was Caleb Paine USA (not selected for the Olympics) ahead of Aleksej Selivanov RUS. On the inshore courses, sailing was also possible in the morning but with a 5-8 kn only accompanied by a strong current. Later in the afternoon, a second race was completed, resp. a 3rd for the 49ers. Evans/Powys GBR clearly dominated the 49ers with the day ranks 1/1/3, while Delle-Karth/Resch AUT lead the closely packed persuers. Once more outstanding the World Champions Belcher/Page AUS wining both heats of their group in the 470 ahead of Asher/Willis GBR back after a long absence due to injury. More and more up to speed are the Australian 470 women Rechichi/Stowell AUS on rank 2 with the same number of points as the leading Mills/Clarke GBR. In the windsurfers, Julien Bontemps FRA is on top, one point ahead of Toni Wilhelm GER, while the rest of the fleet is 10 points and more behind. Two of the favorites are also already on top in the women windsurfers with Zofia Klepacka POL ahead of Bryony Shaw GBR. Leading in the Women Matchrace Round Robin is Olivia Price AUS with a 6-0 score ahead of Siljia Lehtinen FIN 4-0. Surprisingly weak the first day of the key favorite Anna Tunnicliffe USA on rank 7 only with a disappointing 2-4 record. All results and the daily report.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   
The 6th Olympic Classes Worldcup event began yesterday on the Olympic waters of Weymouth on an inshore course with light winds and a strong current. The Lasers Standard split in two fleets could only complete one race, while the Radials finished a second race late in the afternoon. Both winning the heats of their fleets, Simon Grotelüschen GER and Philipp Buhl GER are on top of the overall rankings. Cy Thompson ISV and Keerati Bualong THA follow jointly on rank 3. On rank 5 with 3rd place finishes are Bruno Fontes BRA and Tom Burton AUS. The top favorite Tom Slingsby AUS proved with a fourth position that in the meantime, he can cope with all kinds of conditions. Fresh winds are announced for the coming days and Slingsby will hardly be beatable.
In the Lasers Radia, Dongshuang Zang CHN is first with the day ranks 1 and 3 followed by Isabella Bertold CAN and Fatima Reyes ESP. Best of the favorites are Evi Van Acker BEL 5th, Sari Multala FIN 6th and Gintare Scheidt LTU 8th.
The results and the daily report.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   
The most convincing performance of the small Swiss delegation on the opening day of the 6th Worldcup of the year showed once more Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI in the Starboat by finishing 3rd in the only race of the day. In spite of the light winds the young 470 team Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI posted two race results in the top half of their fleet and are 20st. Windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI started the series with a strong 7th, in the second race of the day he fall back on 19th overall. In the top half of the rankings we find both Swiss Lasers as well: Guillaume Girod SUI is on 45th, Christoph Bottoni SUI follows on 49th. A difficult start had both of the Laser Radials: Manon Luther SUI is on 39, Nathalie Brugger SUI on a disappointing 56th. The weather forecast announces stronger winds for the rest of the week, especially Nathalie Brugger SUI will be happy about that. All results and the daily report.
 
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Monday, August 18, 2014   
The Medal Races deciding on the final outcome of this tune-up regatta to the Olympics taking place in five weeks from now, were sailed in an initial 15 kn breeze, increasing during the day to 22 kn. Some classes were dominated by the known favorites such as in the 470, where Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS confirmed their superiority winning the Medal Race as well. Patience/Bithell GBR and Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL took Silver and Bronze. Nathan Outteridge/Ian Jensen AUS collected as planned the Gold Medal in the 49ers, but Emmanuel Dyen/Stéphane Christidis FRA winning the Medal Race were finally only two points behind. Bronze went to Fletcher/Sign GBR. Rather unusual is the situation in the Finns, where Giles Scott GBR, not selected for the Olympics, was the superior winner in 5 of the 7 races and even added a clear victory in the Medal Race. while his compatriot Ben Ainslie GBR on rank tw, selected for the Olympics is not only clearly behind, but even finished the Medal Race as last after a capsize. Pieter-Jan Postma NED took Bronze after a close fight. Peter O'Leary/David Burrows IRL were the profiteers of the eternal duel between Scheidt/Prada BRA and Percy/Simpson GBR. As already last year, the young Irish earned Gold ahead of the tied Scheidt/Prada BRA and Percy/Simpson GBR. Winners of the Medal Race were Rohart/Ponsot FRA moving up on rank 5. A leader change happened in the RS:X windsurfers, where Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED climbed on top with a victory in the Medal Race. Julien Bontemps FRA had to content himself with Silver. Bronze went to Nick Dempsey GBR. Zofia Klepacka POL had an outstanding week and crowned her performance with the Medal Race victory. Clear winner of the Silver Medal was Marina Alabau ESP, while Lee Korzits ISR ended the close fight for Bronze in her favour. The 470 women top sailors were Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL confirming their reputation as big-breeze specialists winning with a big advantage. Amanda Clark/Sarah Lihan USA on rank two delivered their best result this year, while the World Champions Hanna Mills/Saskia Clark GBR took Bronze. The Women Matchrace final between Olivia Price AUS and Claire Leroy FRA went in favor of the Australian winning 2-1. Anna Tunnicliffe USA earned the Bronze Medal in the Petite Final against Ekarterina Skudina RUS. All results, the official final report and the videos.
Monday, August 18, 2014   
The Laser Radial Medal Race ended with a drama for the overall leader Lijia Xu CHN who touched mark one when rounding as second that dropped her on the 8th final race rank. She not only lost the first place but was even relegated from the podium by one point, ending on rank 4. Taking advantage of Xu's bad luck was Allison Young GBR winning her first Worldcup event two points ahead of Sari Multala FIN. Thanks to her first place in the Medal Race, the strong wind specialist Annalise Murphy IRL moved up on rank 3.
Brilliant once more was the performance of the World Champion Tom Slingsby AUS in the Lasers Standard, adding a Medal Race victory and finishing the event with a 17 points advantage. Tom Burton AUS took Silver ahead of Philipp Buhl GER with the same number of points.
The results and the final report.
Monday, August 18, 2014   
No Swiss exploits in the Medal Races. Richard Stauffacher SUI, finishing 8th in the RS:X windsurfers, delivered his best performance ever in this important event in view of the Olympic regatta, and clearly confirmed his Olympic selection. He finished the Medal Race on rank 9. Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI, solid as ever, defended their 9th final position. In spite of the good performance in these two events, the Swiss Team will only be in an outsider position at the Games in five weeks, far from the objective declared to be 'consistently within the reach of medals ... ' This is not a surprise as the direct athletes' support is down to a minimum due to lack of funds and a wrong strategy. The results and the report. The Swiss Sailing information channel has been silent since last Friday.
Monday, August 18, 2014   (Image © Will Ricketson)
In the night on Friday, the storm blasted in excess of fifty knots, and by Friday morning, the wind had not abated calling an early end to the Paralympic regatta. The other classes had longer to wait, but at 14:30 racing was called off for the day for everyone, ending the Sail for Gold event for most sailors. Today, the top ten in each Olympic class will race for gold, silver and bronze. In Women Matchrace, the Quarter- and Semi-Finals and the Finals are on the program.
For once, nothing has been decided prematurely. Only Zofia Klepacka POL in the RS:X women windsurfer with a 17 points lead will hardly loose the first place. The 12 points advance of Giles Scott GBR on Ben Ainslie GBR in the Finns seems also insurmountable. All results, the daily report and the video of the day.
Monday, August 18, 2014   
No racing at Weymouth yesterday for all classes as the storm was blowing around 50 kn, and consequently the two Laser fleets remained ashore, ending the Sail for Gold Worldcup Event for most participants prematurely. Only the top-ten of each Olympic Class stay for the Medal Races today, where the situation for the Medals in the Lasers is fully open, especially in the Radials. Lijia Xu CHN leads with only one point on the tied Allison Young GBR and Sari Multala FIN. 13 points behind follow Evi Van Acker BEL, Annalise Murphy IRL and Marit Bouwmeester NED jointly together.
4 points is the lead of Tom Slingsby AUS on Philipp Buhl GER in the Lasers Standard. Tonci Stipanovic CRO on 3rd is already 11 points behind. The results, the daily report and the video of the day.
Monday, August 18, 2014   
After the cancellation of the Friday and partly the Thursday races it is firm, that SUI will be represented in two Medal Races with Richard Stauffacher SUI as 8th in the RS:X-men windsurfers and Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI as 9th in the Starboats. Richard Stauffacher can aim for a Medal as this backlog is only 11 points, while the Starboat team can theoretically move up on or two ranks only. For Nathalie Brugger SUI in the Lasers Radial, the main rehearsal for the Olympics is over on rank 19. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI are 25th in the 470 and Christoph Bottoni SUI finishes as 53rd in the Lasers Standard. All results and the daily report.
Monday, August 18, 2014   
The storm was building to its peak during the night and by Friday morning the wind had not abated calling an early end to the Paralympic Sail for Gold Worldcup regatta. Thierry Schmitter NED finished first in the 2.4 mR ahead of Helena Lucas GBR with the same number of points. Damien Séguin FRA is on the 3rd place. In the Skud-18, Alexandra Rickham/Nikki Birrell GBR are clearly in front of John McRoberts/Stacie Louttit CAN and Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tesch AUS. The best Sonar team were John Robertson/Hannah Stodel/Steve Thomas GBR. The teams of Udo Hessels NED and Bruce Millar CAN completed the podium. The results, the daily report and the video of the day.
Monday, August 18, 2014   
The weather poured onto the Weymouth and Portland Bay's race courses - rain and 15 to 25 kn winds - causing cancellations, postponements and some full on racing for those classes that did get out there, except the Starboats and Silverfleets.
Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL in the 470 women seemed to like these conditions booking two race wins and taking a 9 points' lead over Camille Lecointre/Mathilde Geron FRA. The multiple Brazilian Olympic Medalist Torben Grael's daughter Martine with Isabel Swan BRA as crew moved up on rank 3. Belcher/Page AUS maintain their lead in the 470 men, but the second-ranked Patience/Bithell GBR are one point closer. Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL are now 3rd. The 470 report. An Australian lead also in the 49ers with the favorites Outteridge/Jensen AUS, winner of the only race yesterday, on top. Dyen/Christidis FRA follow 7 points behind on rank 2. Fletcher/Sign GBR are the new 3rd. Giles Scott GBR continues his winning straight in the Finn and his advance on Ben Ainslie GBR is now already 12 points. Zach Railey USA, who had to abandon the race after a unindepted collision, follows on rank 3. The Finn report. Julien Bontemps FRA defended the first place in the RS:X men windsurfers with two 3rd race ranks ahead of Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED and Nick Dempsey GBR on the positions 2 and 3. In spite of her worst result so far - a 4th place - there is no doubt that Zofia Klepacka POL controls the RS:X women windsurfers. Marina Alabau ESP follows on rank 2 with Olga Maslivets UKR and Lee Korzits ISR jointly on rank 3. In the Women Matchrace, the Quarter Finals are on the program today with the pairings Skudina RUS-Echegoyen ESP, Leroy FRA- Hazard NZL, Tunnicliffe USA-Lehtinen FIN and Price AUS-McGregor GBR. The Starboats - leaders Percy/Simpson GBR only one point ahead of Scheidt/Prada BRA - did not sail yesterday. 20 years ago, it was not uncommon that races were started in winds around 30 kn, but apparently, already 25 kn are too much for today's fragile, expensive racing machines ! And according to the meteo previsions, there may be more wind to come today on the last day of the qualifications. Saturday, the Medal Races are on the program. All ranking lists, the daily report and the video of the day.
Monday, August 18, 2014   
Despite of the fresh breeze between 20 and 25 kn, previously 'his preferred conditions', the World Champion Tom Slingsby AUS was not so dominating as in past years, but with the day ranks 1 and 4, he nevertheless extended his lead in the overall rankings. The new second-ranked is Philipp Buhl GER with a 5 points' backlog. Tonci Stipanovic CRO advanced on the 3rd place.
Lijia Xu CHN is back on top in the Lasers Radial, but Allison Young GBR and Sari Multala FIN jointly on the ranks 2 and 3 are only one point back. Loosing some points are the other persuers Evi Van Acker BEL, Annalise Murphy IRL and Marit Bouwmeester NED now 13 points behind.
The ranking lists, the daily report and the video of the day.
Monday, August 18, 2014   
The announced low pressure system from the West filled in yesterday with winds exceeding 20 kn, and in all classes, the big-breeze specialists took the command even more as the discard result came into effect. Nathan Outteridge/Ian Jensen AUS are for the first time on top of the 49ers, thanks to two race wins. Dyen/Christidis FRA, winning the heats of the other 49er group advanced on position 2, while Evans/Powys GBR remains on the 3rd place. As from today, racing will take place in a Gold- and Silverfleeet. In the 470 men, Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS lost the first place to Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL at equal points. Patience/Bithell GBR follow on rank 3. Leader change also in the 470 women, where Lecointre/Geron FRA took the lead, with Aleh/Powrie NZL new on 2nd and Mills/Clarke GBR now on 3rd. In the Finns, the discarded result and the positions 1 and 2 yesterday increased Giles Scott's GBR lead over the English 2012 Olympian Ben Ainslie GBR to 6 points. Zach Railey USA is 3rd. No changes in the rankings of the windsurfers: Julien Bontemps FRA leads in the RS:X men, followed by Nick Dempsey GBR and Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED on the positions 2 and 3, while Zofia Klepacka POL continues to dominate the RS:X women, adding two more race wins, extending her lead on Marina Alabau ESP to 13 points. The new 3rd is Lee Korzits ISR. The Women Matchrace Goldfleet is now complete, as after Skudina RUS, McGregor GBR, Powrie AUS and Leroy FRA, Silja Lehtinen FIN and Anna Tunnicliffe USA have qualified directly for the next round. Fighting for the remaining two quarter-final places in the Repechage will probably be between Renee Groenveld NED, Tamara Echegoyen ESP and Stephanie Hazard NZL all with a 3-1 score sheet. In the Starboats, Percy/Simpson GBR took the lead just one point ahead of Scheidt/Prada BRA. O'Leary/Burrows IRL are down on 3rd. All results, the report and the video of the day.
Monday, August 18, 2014   
The awaited fresh breeze of over 20 kn filled in yesterday and the qualification phase for the Gold- and Silverfleet was ended with two races according to program. The situation in the Lasers Radial is suspenseful with Marit Bouwmeester NED as the new leader and a group of four within only two points ! Lijia Xu CHN is one point behind the Dutch woman, Evi Van Acker BEL, Sari Multala FIN and Allison Young GBR follow on the 3rd place at equal points. Gintare Scheidt LTU lost a protest of Bouwmeester NED and is now 9 points back on rank 6.
Tom Burton AUS defended his lead in the Lasers Standard. The best of the day Philipp Buhl GER advanced on rank 2, one point ahead of Rasmus Mygren SWE, Tom Slingsby AUS (yesterday in 'his preferred conditions' only 6th and 7th) and Tonci Stipanovic CRO sharing the 3rd place.
The results, the daily report and the video of the day.
Monday, August 18, 2014   
The windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI confirmed his previously demonstrated skills in fresh winds again in Weymouth. With the day ranks 6 and 9 yesterday, he occupies now the 6th rank overall only six points behind the podium ! The fresh breeze will probably prevail for the rest of the event, also to the joy of Nathalie Brugger SUI in the Laser Radial, who realised the excellent ranks 2 and 8 yesterday in her group and advanced on position 17 overall, a Goldfleet place. Manon Luther SUI however on rank 50 will continue in the Silverfleet. Thanks to the discarded black-flag-disqualifiction, Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI moved up on rank 9 in the Starboats. Chatagny/Hagin SUI and Niklaus/Koy SUI follow as the only non-Olympians on the ranks 16 and 17. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI continued with solid mid-fleet finishes in the 470, but as 25th of the 45 participants, they did not qualify for the Goldfleet. The two Swiss Laser sailors will also remain in the Silverfleet. Christoph Bottoni SUI is 53rd, Guillaume Girod SUI 82nd of the 94 participants. The results.
Monday, August 18, 2014   
Changes in the rankings also with the three Paralympic classes after the fresh breeze filling in yesterday and the discard result coming into effect. In the 2.4mR, Heiko Kröger GER and the Paralympic-Olympic Champion Paul Tingley CAN were the best of the day with the ranks 1 and 2 each. Overall, Thierry Schmitter NED remains on top at equal points with Helena Lucas GBR. Damien Seguin FRA follows on rank 3. Masterfully leading in the Skud-18 winning 5 of 6 races are Alexandra Rickham/Nikki Birrell GBR, and equally solid is the second rank of John McRoberts/Stacie Louttit CAN. The new leader in the Sonars is John Robertson GBR and his team, with Udo Hessels NED and Bruce Millar CAN following on the ranks 2 and 3. The ranking lists and the report.
Monday, August 18, 2014   
Pouring rain, temperatures under 10°C and refreshening winds made day two on the Olympic waters very unaccommodating. In the 49ers, Evans/Powys GBR defended their first place but watch out for the World Champions Outteridge/Jensen AUS advancing on rank 2 despite of a capsize, and the best team of the day, Moore/Stork USA, moving up on 3rd now. An Australian lead still in the 470s with Belcher/Page AUS, but Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL moved up on the 2nd place with two race wins. The new 3rd-ranked Calabrese/De La Fuente ARG had also a good day with the day ranks 1 and 2. Considerable gaps between the leading women 470s where Mills/Clarke GBR are now 14 points ahead of Lecointre/Geron FRA. The day's best Clarke/Lihan USA advanced on the 3rd place. Three bullets are on the day's record of Giles Scott GBR in the Finns, but for the moment, the Brit still has the 21st of the first day on his account sheet. Ben Ainslie GBR is at present 5 points ahead of Zach Railey USA, followed closely by Scott on 3rd. Julien Bontemps FRA defended his lead in the RS:X-windsurfers. Nick Dempsey GBR progressed on the 2nd rank, Toni Wilhelm GER follows on the 3rd position. A class of her own is Zofia Klepacka POL in the RS:X-women windsurfers with a 16 points lead on Marina Alabau ESP after four races. The veteran Alessandra Sensini ITA follows on rank 3. In the Starboats, O'Leary/Burrows IRL, winners of 2011 already, took the lead in front of Scheidt/Prada BRA and Clarke/Bjorn CAN. The Round Robin of the Women Matchracers is not yet completed, but the first Quarter finalists are known: Ekaterina Skudina RUS (9-2), Olivia Price AUS and Lucy McGregor GBR (je 8-2) as well as Claire Leroy FRA (8-3) are through. Today, the last two direct-qualifiers will be determined. The other teams will sail for for the remaining two slots in a Repechage. The 2012 overflyer Anna Tunnicliffe USA and her team are far away from their normal performance and - with a 5-5 score - will have to fight hard in the two matches today, or then in the Repechage to make the knock-out Quarter-Finals.
All results, the daily report and the video of the day.
Monday, August 18, 2014   
Wet-cold English weather prevailed on day two of the Weymouth ISAF Worldcup event on the Olympic waters of next August. The refreshening breeze allowed to complete two races by Laser class according to program. The Australians dominated the Lasers Standard with Tom Burton AUS - with only top-three finishes up-to-now - as first, four points ahead of the World Champion Tom Slingsby AUS. Philipp Buhl GER 3rd is already 14 points behind.
The favorites in the Laser Radials have now taken the top positions with Evi Van Acker BEL leading two points ahead of Lijia Xu CHN, winner of both heats of her group yesterday. Sari Multala FIN is only one point further behind and Gintare Scheidt LTU and Marit Bouwmeester NED are not far away either.
The results, the daily report and the official video of the day, reporting on the Laser races today.
Monday, August 18, 2014   
After the light wind of day one, the British cold and wet weather arrived with a fresher breeze, conditions that apparently suited well the windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI who was among the best of the day with the ranks 3 and 4, advancing on rank 9 overall. Back again was also the Laser Radial sailor Nathalie Brugger SUI after her failed first race day, as the day ranks 4 and 5 helped her to move up on rank 26 overall. Rather descrete the day for Marazzi/De Maria SUI in the Starboats. With the ranks 13 and 5, as well as a blackflag-early-start disqualification, they are down on rank 11 of the small 20 boats' Star fleet. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI stayed in the mid-fleet with two 13th places yesterday, bringing them on rank 23 overall. Off track however the two Swiss Lasers with Christoph Bottoni SUI on position 54 and Guillaume Girod SUI rank 74. The results and the official report.
Monday, August 18, 2014   
The three Paralympic Classes 2.4mR, Skud 18 and Sonar are also part of the Sail-for-Gold event at Weymouth and have completed four races by class so far. In the 2.4mR, Thierry Schmitter NED is the clear leader ahead of the World Champion Damien Seguin FRA, winner of both races yesterday, who is on rank 2. The best Skud-18 sailors are Alexandra Rickham/Nikki Burrell GBR ahead of McRoberts/Louttit CAN and Fitzgibbon/Tesch AUS. In the Sonars, Udo Hessels NED and his team lead in front on Bruno Jourdren FRA and Aleksander Wang-Hansen NOR with the same number of points. The results and the report.
Monday, August 18, 2014   
The 6th 2012 Worldcup began yesterday at the Olympic site in Weymouth with unusually light conditions. Almost all Olympic Teams are present at this rehearsal of the Olympic Regattas taking place at the same venue in about seven weeks from now, over 700 athletes from 58 nations. Only one race was sailed by the Starboats and Finns, sailing on the offshore course late in the afternoon. Hestbaek/Oleson DEN were the winners in the Stars ahead of Clarke/Björn CAN. The surprise winner in the Finns was Caleb Paine USA (not selected for the Olympics) ahead of Aleksej Selivanov RUS. On the inshore courses, sailing was also possible in the morning but with a 5-8 kn only accompanied by a strong current. Later in the afternoon, a second race was completed, resp. a 3rd for the 49ers. Evans/Powys GBR clearly dominated the 49ers with the day ranks 1/1/3, while Delle-Karth/Resch AUT lead the closely packed persuers. Once more outstanding the World Champions Belcher/Page AUS wining both heats of their group in the 470 ahead of Asher/Willis GBR back after a long absence due to injury. More and more up to speed are the Australian 470 women Rechichi/Stowell AUS on rank 2 with the same number of points as the leading Mills/Clarke GBR. In the windsurfers, Julien Bontemps FRA is on top, one point ahead of Toni Wilhelm GER, while the rest of the fleet is 10 points and more behind. Two of the favorites are also already on top in the women windsurfers with Zofia Klepacka POL ahead of Bryony Shaw GBR. Leading in the Women Matchrace Round Robin is Olivia Price AUS with a 6-0 score ahead of Siljia Lehtinen FIN 4-0. Surprisingly weak the first day of the key favorite Anna Tunnicliffe USA on rank 7 only with a disappointing 2-4 record. All results and the daily report.
Monday, August 18, 2014   
The 6th Olympic Classes Worldcup event began yesterday on the Olympic waters of Weymouth on an inshore course with light winds and a strong current. The Lasers Standard split in two fleets could only complete one race, while the Radials finished a second race late in the afternoon. Both winning the heats of their fleets, Simon Grotelüschen GER and Philipp Buhl GER are on top of the overall rankings. Cy Thompson ISV and Keerati Bualong THA follow jointly on rank 3. On rank 5 with 3rd place finishes are Bruno Fontes BRA and Tom Burton AUS. The top favorite Tom Slingsby AUS proved with a fourth position that in the meantime, he can cope with all kinds of conditions. Fresh winds are announced for the coming days and Slingsby will hardly be beatable.
In the Lasers Radia, Dongshuang Zang CHN is first with the day ranks 1 and 3 followed by Isabella Bertold CAN and Fatima Reyes ESP. Best of the favorites are Evi Van Acker BEL 5th, Sari Multala FIN 6th and Gintare Scheidt LTU 8th.
The results and the daily report.
Monday, August 18, 2014   
The most convincing performance of the small Swiss delegation on the opening day of the 6th Worldcup of the year showed once more Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI in the Starboat by finishing 3rd in the only race of the day. In spite of the light winds the young 470 team Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI posted two race results in the top half of their fleet and are 20st. Windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI started the series with a strong 7th, in the second race of the day he fall back on 19th overall. In the top half of the rankings we find both Swiss Lasers as well: Guillaume Girod SUI is on 45th, Christoph Bottoni SUI follows on 49th. A difficult start had both of the Laser Radials: Manon Luther SUI is on 39, Nathalie Brugger SUI on a disappointing 56th. The weather forecast announces stronger winds for the rest of the week, especially Nathalie Brugger SUI will be happy about that. All results and the daily report.
 
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Sunday, August 17, 2014   
The Medal Races deciding on the final outcome of this tune-up regatta to the Olympics taking place in five weeks from now, were sailed in an initial 15 kn breeze, increasing during the day to 22 kn. Some classes were dominated by the known favorites such as in the 470, where Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS confirmed their superiority winning the Medal Race as well. Patience/Bithell GBR and Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL took Silver and Bronze. Nathan Outteridge/Ian Jensen AUS collected as planned the Gold Medal in the 49ers, but Emmanuel Dyen/Stéphane Christidis FRA winning the Medal Race were finally only two points behind. Bronze went to Fletcher/Sign GBR. Rather unusual is the situation in the Finns, where Giles Scott GBR, not selected for the Olympics, was the superior winner in 5 of the 7 races and even added a clear victory in the Medal Race. while his compatriot Ben Ainslie GBR on rank tw, selected for the Olympics is not only clearly behind, but even finished the Medal Race as last after a capsize. Pieter-Jan Postma NED took Bronze after a close fight. Peter O'Leary/David Burrows IRL were the profiteers of the eternal duel between Scheidt/Prada BRA and Percy/Simpson GBR. As already last year, the young Irish earned Gold ahead of the tied Scheidt/Prada BRA and Percy/Simpson GBR. Winners of the Medal Race were Rohart/Ponsot FRA moving up on rank 5. A leader change happened in the RS:X windsurfers, where Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED climbed on top with a victory in the Medal Race. Julien Bontemps FRA had to content himself with Silver. Bronze went to Nick Dempsey GBR. Zofia Klepacka POL had an outstanding week and crowned her performance with the Medal Race victory. Clear winner of the Silver Medal was Marina Alabau ESP, while Lee Korzits ISR ended the close fight for Bronze in her favour. The 470 women top sailors were Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL confirming their reputation as big-breeze specialists winning with a big advantage. Amanda Clark/Sarah Lihan USA on rank two delivered their best result this year, while the World Champions Hanna Mills/Saskia Clark GBR took Bronze. The Women Matchrace final between Olivia Price AUS and Claire Leroy FRA went in favor of the Australian winning 2-1. Anna Tunnicliffe USA earned the Bronze Medal in the Petite Final against Ekarterina Skudina RUS. All results, the official final report and the videos.
Sunday, August 17, 2014   
The Laser Radial Medal Race ended with a drama for the overall leader Lijia Xu CHN who touched mark one when rounding as second that dropped her on the 8th final race rank. She not only lost the first place but was even relegated from the podium by one point, ending on rank 4. Taking advantage of Xu's bad luck was Allison Young GBR winning her first Worldcup event two points ahead of Sari Multala FIN. Thanks to her first place in the Medal Race, the strong wind specialist Annalise Murphy IRL moved up on rank 3.
Brilliant once more was the performance of the World Champion Tom Slingsby AUS in the Lasers Standard, adding a Medal Race victory and finishing the event with a 17 points advantage. Tom Burton AUS took Silver ahead of Philipp Buhl GER with the same number of points.
The results and the final report.
Sunday, August 17, 2014   
No Swiss exploits in the Medal Races. Richard Stauffacher SUI, finishing 8th in the RS:X windsurfers, delivered his best performance ever in this important event in view of the Olympic regatta, and clearly confirmed his Olympic selection. He finished the Medal Race on rank 9. Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI, solid as ever, defended their 9th final position. In spite of the good performance in these two events, the Swiss Team will only be in an outsider position at the Games in five weeks, far from the objective declared to be 'consistently within the reach of medals ... ' This is not a surprise as the direct athletes' support is down to a minimum due to lack of funds and a wrong strategy. The results and the report. The Swiss Sailing information channel has been silent since last Friday.
Sunday, August 17, 2014   (Image © Will Ricketson)
In the night on Friday, the storm blasted in excess of fifty knots, and by Friday morning, the wind had not abated calling an early end to the Paralympic regatta. The other classes had longer to wait, but at 14:30 racing was called off for the day for everyone, ending the Sail for Gold event for most sailors. Today, the top ten in each Olympic class will race for gold, silver and bronze. In Women Matchrace, the Quarter- and Semi-Finals and the Finals are on the program.
For once, nothing has been decided prematurely. Only Zofia Klepacka POL in the RS:X women windsurfer with a 17 points lead will hardly loose the first place. The 12 points advance of Giles Scott GBR on Ben Ainslie GBR in the Finns seems also insurmountable. All results, the daily report and the video of the day.
Sunday, August 17, 2014   
No racing at Weymouth yesterday for all classes as the storm was blowing around 50 kn, and consequently the two Laser fleets remained ashore, ending the Sail for Gold Worldcup Event for most participants prematurely. Only the top-ten of each Olympic Class stay for the Medal Races today, where the situation for the Medals in the Lasers is fully open, especially in the Radials. Lijia Xu CHN leads with only one point on the tied Allison Young GBR and Sari Multala FIN. 13 points behind follow Evi Van Acker BEL, Annalise Murphy IRL and Marit Bouwmeester NED jointly together.
4 points is the lead of Tom Slingsby AUS on Philipp Buhl GER in the Lasers Standard. Tonci Stipanovic CRO on 3rd is already 11 points behind. The results, the daily report and the video of the day.
Sunday, August 17, 2014   
After the cancellation of the Friday and partly the Thursday races it is firm, that SUI will be represented in two Medal Races with Richard Stauffacher SUI as 8th in the RS:X-men windsurfers and Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI as 9th in the Starboats. Richard Stauffacher can aim for a Medal as this backlog is only 11 points, while the Starboat team can theoretically move up on or two ranks only. For Nathalie Brugger SUI in the Lasers Radial, the main rehearsal for the Olympics is over on rank 19. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI are 25th in the 470 and Christoph Bottoni SUI finishes as 53rd in the Lasers Standard. All results and the daily report.
Sunday, August 17, 2014   
The storm was building to its peak during the night and by Friday morning the wind had not abated calling an early end to the Paralympic Sail for Gold Worldcup regatta. Thierry Schmitter NED finished first in the 2.4 mR ahead of Helena Lucas GBR with the same number of points. Damien Séguin FRA is on the 3rd place. In the Skud-18, Alexandra Rickham/Nikki Birrell GBR are clearly in front of John McRoberts/Stacie Louttit CAN and Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tesch AUS. The best Sonar team were John Robertson/Hannah Stodel/Steve Thomas GBR. The teams of Udo Hessels NED and Bruce Millar CAN completed the podium. The results, the daily report and the video of the day.
Sunday, August 17, 2014   
The weather poured onto the Weymouth and Portland Bay's race courses - rain and 15 to 25 kn winds - causing cancellations, postponements and some full on racing for those classes that did get out there, except the Starboats and Silverfleets.
Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL in the 470 women seemed to like these conditions booking two race wins and taking a 9 points' lead over Camille Lecointre/Mathilde Geron FRA. The multiple Brazilian Olympic Medalist Torben Grael's daughter Martine with Isabel Swan BRA as crew moved up on rank 3. Belcher/Page AUS maintain their lead in the 470 men, but the second-ranked Patience/Bithell GBR are one point closer. Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL are now 3rd. The 470 report. An Australian lead also in the 49ers with the favorites Outteridge/Jensen AUS, winner of the only race yesterday, on top. Dyen/Christidis FRA follow 7 points behind on rank 2. Fletcher/Sign GBR are the new 3rd. Giles Scott GBR continues his winning straight in the Finn and his advance on Ben Ainslie GBR is now already 12 points. Zach Railey USA, who had to abandon the race after a unindepted collision, follows on rank 3. The Finn report. Julien Bontemps FRA defended the first place in the RS:X men windsurfers with two 3rd race ranks ahead of Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED and Nick Dempsey GBR on the positions 2 and 3. In spite of her worst result so far - a 4th place - there is no doubt that Zofia Klepacka POL controls the RS:X women windsurfers. Marina Alabau ESP follows on rank 2 with Olga Maslivets UKR and Lee Korzits ISR jointly on rank 3. In the Women Matchrace, the Quarter Finals are on the program today with the pairings Skudina RUS-Echegoyen ESP, Leroy FRA- Hazard NZL, Tunnicliffe USA-Lehtinen FIN and Price AUS-McGregor GBR. The Starboats - leaders Percy/Simpson GBR only one point ahead of Scheidt/Prada BRA - did not sail yesterday. 20 years ago, it was not uncommon that races were started in winds around 30 kn, but apparently, already 25 kn are too much for today's fragile, expensive racing machines ! And according to the meteo previsions, there may be more wind to come today on the last day of the qualifications. Saturday, the Medal Races are on the program. All ranking lists, the daily report and the video of the day.
Sunday, August 17, 2014   
Despite of the fresh breeze between 20 and 25 kn, previously 'his preferred conditions', the World Champion Tom Slingsby AUS was not so dominating as in past years, but with the day ranks 1 and 4, he nevertheless extended his lead in the overall rankings. The new second-ranked is Philipp Buhl GER with a 5 points' backlog. Tonci Stipanovic CRO advanced on the 3rd place.
Lijia Xu CHN is back on top in the Lasers Radial, but Allison Young GBR and Sari Multala FIN jointly on the ranks 2 and 3 are only one point back. Loosing some points are the other persuers Evi Van Acker BEL, Annalise Murphy IRL and Marit Bouwmeester NED now 13 points behind.
The ranking lists, the daily report and the video of the day.
Sunday, August 17, 2014   
The announced low pressure system from the West filled in yesterday with winds exceeding 20 kn, and in all classes, the big-breeze specialists took the command even more as the discard result came into effect. Nathan Outteridge/Ian Jensen AUS are for the first time on top of the 49ers, thanks to two race wins. Dyen/Christidis FRA, winning the heats of the other 49er group advanced on position 2, while Evans/Powys GBR remains on the 3rd place. As from today, racing will take place in a Gold- and Silverfleeet. In the 470 men, Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS lost the first place to Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL at equal points. Patience/Bithell GBR follow on rank 3. Leader change also in the 470 women, where Lecointre/Geron FRA took the lead, with Aleh/Powrie NZL new on 2nd and Mills/Clarke GBR now on 3rd. In the Finns, the discarded result and the positions 1 and 2 yesterday increased Giles Scott's GBR lead over the English 2012 Olympian Ben Ainslie GBR to 6 points. Zach Railey USA is 3rd. No changes in the rankings of the windsurfers: Julien Bontemps FRA leads in the RS:X men, followed by Nick Dempsey GBR and Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED on the positions 2 and 3, while Zofia Klepacka POL continues to dominate the RS:X women, adding two more race wins, extending her lead on Marina Alabau ESP to 13 points. The new 3rd is Lee Korzits ISR. The Women Matchrace Goldfleet is now complete, as after Skudina RUS, McGregor GBR, Powrie AUS and Leroy FRA, Silja Lehtinen FIN and Anna Tunnicliffe USA have qualified directly for the next round. Fighting for the remaining two quarter-final places in the Repechage will probably be between Renee Groenveld NED, Tamara Echegoyen ESP and Stephanie Hazard NZL all with a 3-1 score sheet. In the Starboats, Percy/Simpson GBR took the lead just one point ahead of Scheidt/Prada BRA. O'Leary/Burrows IRL are down on 3rd. All results, the report and the video of the day.
Sunday, August 17, 2014   
The awaited fresh breeze of over 20 kn filled in yesterday and the qualification phase for the Gold- and Silverfleet was ended with two races according to program. The situation in the Lasers Radial is suspenseful with Marit Bouwmeester NED as the new leader and a group of four within only two points ! Lijia Xu CHN is one point behind the Dutch woman, Evi Van Acker BEL, Sari Multala FIN and Allison Young GBR follow on the 3rd place at equal points. Gintare Scheidt LTU lost a protest of Bouwmeester NED and is now 9 points back on rank 6.
Tom Burton AUS defended his lead in the Lasers Standard. The best of the day Philipp Buhl GER advanced on rank 2, one point ahead of Rasmus Mygren SWE, Tom Slingsby AUS (yesterday in 'his preferred conditions' only 6th and 7th) and Tonci Stipanovic CRO sharing the 3rd place.
The results, the daily report and the video of the day.
Sunday, August 17, 2014   
The windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI confirmed his previously demonstrated skills in fresh winds again in Weymouth. With the day ranks 6 and 9 yesterday, he occupies now the 6th rank overall only six points behind the podium ! The fresh breeze will probably prevail for the rest of the event, also to the joy of Nathalie Brugger SUI in the Laser Radial, who realised the excellent ranks 2 and 8 yesterday in her group and advanced on position 17 overall, a Goldfleet place. Manon Luther SUI however on rank 50 will continue in the Silverfleet. Thanks to the discarded black-flag-disqualifiction, Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI moved up on rank 9 in the Starboats. Chatagny/Hagin SUI and Niklaus/Koy SUI follow as the only non-Olympians on the ranks 16 and 17. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI continued with solid mid-fleet finishes in the 470, but as 25th of the 45 participants, they did not qualify for the Goldfleet. The two Swiss Laser sailors will also remain in the Silverfleet. Christoph Bottoni SUI is 53rd, Guillaume Girod SUI 82nd of the 94 participants. The results.
Sunday, August 17, 2014   
Changes in the rankings also with the three Paralympic classes after the fresh breeze filling in yesterday and the discard result coming into effect. In the 2.4mR, Heiko Kröger GER and the Paralympic-Olympic Champion Paul Tingley CAN were the best of the day with the ranks 1 and 2 each. Overall, Thierry Schmitter NED remains on top at equal points with Helena Lucas GBR. Damien Seguin FRA follows on rank 3. Masterfully leading in the Skud-18 winning 5 of 6 races are Alexandra Rickham/Nikki Birrell GBR, and equally solid is the second rank of John McRoberts/Stacie Louttit CAN. The new leader in the Sonars is John Robertson GBR and his team, with Udo Hessels NED and Bruce Millar CAN following on the ranks 2 and 3. The ranking lists and the report.
Sunday, August 17, 2014   
Pouring rain, temperatures under 10°C and refreshening winds made day two on the Olympic waters very unaccommodating. In the 49ers, Evans/Powys GBR defended their first place but watch out for the World Champions Outteridge/Jensen AUS advancing on rank 2 despite of a capsize, and the best team of the day, Moore/Stork USA, moving up on 3rd now. An Australian lead still in the 470s with Belcher/Page AUS, but Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL moved up on the 2nd place with two race wins. The new 3rd-ranked Calabrese/De La Fuente ARG had also a good day with the day ranks 1 and 2. Considerable gaps between the leading women 470s where Mills/Clarke GBR are now 14 points ahead of Lecointre/Geron FRA. The day's best Clarke/Lihan USA advanced on the 3rd place. Three bullets are on the day's record of Giles Scott GBR in the Finns, but for the moment, the Brit still has the 21st of the first day on his account sheet. Ben Ainslie GBR is at present 5 points ahead of Zach Railey USA, followed closely by Scott on 3rd. Julien Bontemps FRA defended his lead in the RS:X-windsurfers. Nick Dempsey GBR progressed on the 2nd rank, Toni Wilhelm GER follows on the 3rd position. A class of her own is Zofia Klepacka POL in the RS:X-women windsurfers with a 16 points lead on Marina Alabau ESP after four races. The veteran Alessandra Sensini ITA follows on rank 3. In the Starboats, O'Leary/Burrows IRL, winners of 2011 already, took the lead in front of Scheidt/Prada BRA and Clarke/Bjorn CAN. The Round Robin of the Women Matchracers is not yet completed, but the first Quarter finalists are known: Ekaterina Skudina RUS (9-2), Olivia Price AUS and Lucy McGregor GBR (je 8-2) as well as Claire Leroy FRA (8-3) are through. Today, the last two direct-qualifiers will be determined. The other teams will sail for for the remaining two slots in a Repechage. The 2012 overflyer Anna Tunnicliffe USA and her team are far away from their normal performance and - with a 5-5 score - will have to fight hard in the two matches today, or then in the Repechage to make the knock-out Quarter-Finals.
All results, the daily report and the video of the day.
Sunday, August 17, 2014   
Wet-cold English weather prevailed on day two of the Weymouth ISAF Worldcup event on the Olympic waters of next August. The refreshening breeze allowed to complete two races by Laser class according to program. The Australians dominated the Lasers Standard with Tom Burton AUS - with only top-three finishes up-to-now - as first, four points ahead of the World Champion Tom Slingsby AUS. Philipp Buhl GER 3rd is already 14 points behind.
The favorites in the Laser Radials have now taken the top positions with Evi Van Acker BEL leading two points ahead of Lijia Xu CHN, winner of both heats of her group yesterday. Sari Multala FIN is only one point further behind and Gintare Scheidt LTU and Marit Bouwmeester NED are not far away either.
The results, the daily report and the official video of the day, reporting on the Laser races today.
Sunday, August 17, 2014   
After the light wind of day one, the British cold and wet weather arrived with a fresher breeze, conditions that apparently suited well the windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI who was among the best of the day with the ranks 3 and 4, advancing on rank 9 overall. Back again was also the Laser Radial sailor Nathalie Brugger SUI after her failed first race day, as the day ranks 4 and 5 helped her to move up on rank 26 overall. Rather descrete the day for Marazzi/De Maria SUI in the Starboats. With the ranks 13 and 5, as well as a blackflag-early-start disqualification, they are down on rank 11 of the small 20 boats' Star fleet. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI stayed in the mid-fleet with two 13th places yesterday, bringing them on rank 23 overall. Off track however the two Swiss Lasers with Christoph Bottoni SUI on position 54 and Guillaume Girod SUI rank 74. The results and the official report.
Sunday, August 17, 2014   
The three Paralympic Classes 2.4mR, Skud 18 and Sonar are also part of the Sail-for-Gold event at Weymouth and have completed four races by class so far. In the 2.4mR, Thierry Schmitter NED is the clear leader ahead of the World Champion Damien Seguin FRA, winner of both races yesterday, who is on rank 2. The best Skud-18 sailors are Alexandra Rickham/Nikki Burrell GBR ahead of McRoberts/Louttit CAN and Fitzgibbon/Tesch AUS. In the Sonars, Udo Hessels NED and his team lead in front on Bruno Jourdren FRA and Aleksander Wang-Hansen NOR with the same number of points. The results and the report.
Sunday, August 17, 2014   
The 6th 2012 Worldcup began yesterday at the Olympic site in Weymouth with unusually light conditions. Almost all Olympic Teams are present at this rehearsal of the Olympic Regattas taking place at the same venue in about seven weeks from now, over 700 athletes from 58 nations. Only one race was sailed by the Starboats and Finns, sailing on the offshore course late in the afternoon. Hestbaek/Oleson DEN were the winners in the Stars ahead of Clarke/Björn CAN. The surprise winner in the Finns was Caleb Paine USA (not selected for the Olympics) ahead of Aleksej Selivanov RUS. On the inshore courses, sailing was also possible in the morning but with a 5-8 kn only accompanied by a strong current. Later in the afternoon, a second race was completed, resp. a 3rd for the 49ers. Evans/Powys GBR clearly dominated the 49ers with the day ranks 1/1/3, while Delle-Karth/Resch AUT lead the closely packed persuers. Once more outstanding the World Champions Belcher/Page AUS wining both heats of their group in the 470 ahead of Asher/Willis GBR back after a long absence due to injury. More and more up to speed are the Australian 470 women Rechichi/Stowell AUS on rank 2 with the same number of points as the leading Mills/Clarke GBR. In the windsurfers, Julien Bontemps FRA is on top, one point ahead of Toni Wilhelm GER, while the rest of the fleet is 10 points and more behind. Two of the favorites are also already on top in the women windsurfers with Zofia Klepacka POL ahead of Bryony Shaw GBR. Leading in the Women Matchrace Round Robin is Olivia Price AUS with a 6-0 score ahead of Siljia Lehtinen FIN 4-0. Surprisingly weak the first day of the key favorite Anna Tunnicliffe USA on rank 7 only with a disappointing 2-4 record. All results and the daily report.
Sunday, August 17, 2014   
The 6th Olympic Classes Worldcup event began yesterday on the Olympic waters of Weymouth on an inshore course with light winds and a strong current. The Lasers Standard split in two fleets could only complete one race, while the Radials finished a second race late in the afternoon. Both winning the heats of their fleets, Simon Grotelüschen GER and Philipp Buhl GER are on top of the overall rankings. Cy Thompson ISV and Keerati Bualong THA follow jointly on rank 3. On rank 5 with 3rd place finishes are Bruno Fontes BRA and Tom Burton AUS. The top favorite Tom Slingsby AUS proved with a fourth position that in the meantime, he can cope with all kinds of conditions. Fresh winds are announced for the coming days and Slingsby will hardly be beatable.
In the Lasers Radia, Dongshuang Zang CHN is first with the day ranks 1 and 3 followed by Isabella Bertold CAN and Fatima Reyes ESP. Best of the favorites are Evi Van Acker BEL 5th, Sari Multala FIN 6th and Gintare Scheidt LTU 8th.
The results and the daily report.
Sunday, August 17, 2014   
The most convincing performance of the small Swiss delegation on the opening day of the 6th Worldcup of the year showed once more Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI in the Starboat by finishing 3rd in the only race of the day. In spite of the light winds the young 470 team Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI posted two race results in the top half of their fleet and are 20st. Windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI started the series with a strong 7th, in the second race of the day he fall back on 19th overall. In the top half of the rankings we find both Swiss Lasers as well: Guillaume Girod SUI is on 45th, Christoph Bottoni SUI follows on 49th. A difficult start had both of the Laser Radials: Manon Luther SUI is on 39, Nathalie Brugger SUI on a disappointing 56th. The weather forecast announces stronger winds for the rest of the week, especially Nathalie Brugger SUI will be happy about that. All results and the daily report.
 
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Saturday, August 16, 2014   
The Medal Races deciding on the final outcome of this tune-up regatta to the Olympics taking place in five weeks from now, were sailed in an initial 15 kn breeze, increasing during the day to 22 kn. Some classes were dominated by the known favorites such as in the 470, where Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS confirmed their superiority winning the Medal Race as well. Patience/Bithell GBR and Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL took Silver and Bronze. Nathan Outteridge/Ian Jensen AUS collected as planned the Gold Medal in the 49ers, but Emmanuel Dyen/Stéphane Christidis FRA winning the Medal Race were finally only two points behind. Bronze went to Fletcher/Sign GBR. Rather unusual is the situation in the Finns, where Giles Scott GBR, not selected for the Olympics, was the superior winner in 5 of the 7 races and even added a clear victory in the Medal Race. while his compatriot Ben Ainslie GBR on rank tw, selected for the Olympics is not only clearly behind, but even finished the Medal Race as last after a capsize. Pieter-Jan Postma NED took Bronze after a close fight. Peter O'Leary/David Burrows IRL were the profiteers of the eternal duel between Scheidt/Prada BRA and Percy/Simpson GBR. As already last year, the young Irish earned Gold ahead of the tied Scheidt/Prada BRA and Percy/Simpson GBR. Winners of the Medal Race were Rohart/Ponsot FRA moving up on rank 5. A leader change happened in the RS:X windsurfers, where Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED climbed on top with a victory in the Medal Race. Julien Bontemps FRA had to content himself with Silver. Bronze went to Nick Dempsey GBR. Zofia Klepacka POL had an outstanding week and crowned her performance with the Medal Race victory. Clear winner of the Silver Medal was Marina Alabau ESP, while Lee Korzits ISR ended the close fight for Bronze in her favour. The 470 women top sailors were Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL confirming their reputation as big-breeze specialists winning with a big advantage. Amanda Clark/Sarah Lihan USA on rank two delivered their best result this year, while the World Champions Hanna Mills/Saskia Clark GBR took Bronze. The Women Matchrace final between Olivia Price AUS and Claire Leroy FRA went in favor of the Australian winning 2-1. Anna Tunnicliffe USA earned the Bronze Medal in the Petite Final against Ekarterina Skudina RUS. All results, the official final report and the videos.
Saturday, August 16, 2014   
The Laser Radial Medal Race ended with a drama for the overall leader Lijia Xu CHN who touched mark one when rounding as second that dropped her on the 8th final race rank. She not only lost the first place but was even relegated from the podium by one point, ending on rank 4. Taking advantage of Xu's bad luck was Allison Young GBR winning her first Worldcup event two points ahead of Sari Multala FIN. Thanks to her first place in the Medal Race, the strong wind specialist Annalise Murphy IRL moved up on rank 3.
Brilliant once more was the performance of the World Champion Tom Slingsby AUS in the Lasers Standard, adding a Medal Race victory and finishing the event with a 17 points advantage. Tom Burton AUS took Silver ahead of Philipp Buhl GER with the same number of points.
The results and the final report.
Saturday, August 16, 2014   
No Swiss exploits in the Medal Races. Richard Stauffacher SUI, finishing 8th in the RS:X windsurfers, delivered his best performance ever in this important event in view of the Olympic regatta, and clearly confirmed his Olympic selection. He finished the Medal Race on rank 9. Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI, solid as ever, defended their 9th final position. In spite of the good performance in these two events, the Swiss Team will only be in an outsider position at the Games in five weeks, far from the objective declared to be 'consistently within the reach of medals ... ' This is not a surprise as the direct athletes' support is down to a minimum due to lack of funds and a wrong strategy. The results and the report. The Swiss Sailing information channel has been silent since last Friday.
Saturday, August 16, 2014   (Image © Will Ricketson)
In the night on Friday, the storm blasted in excess of fifty knots, and by Friday morning, the wind had not abated calling an early end to the Paralympic regatta. The other classes had longer to wait, but at 14:30 racing was called off for the day for everyone, ending the Sail for Gold event for most sailors. Today, the top ten in each Olympic class will race for gold, silver and bronze. In Women Matchrace, the Quarter- and Semi-Finals and the Finals are on the program.
For once, nothing has been decided prematurely. Only Zofia Klepacka POL in the RS:X women windsurfer with a 17 points lead will hardly loose the first place. The 12 points advance of Giles Scott GBR on Ben Ainslie GBR in the Finns seems also insurmountable. All results, the daily report and the video of the day.
Saturday, August 16, 2014   
No racing at Weymouth yesterday for all classes as the storm was blowing around 50 kn, and consequently the two Laser fleets remained ashore, ending the Sail for Gold Worldcup Event for most participants prematurely. Only the top-ten of each Olympic Class stay for the Medal Races today, where the situation for the Medals in the Lasers is fully open, especially in the Radials. Lijia Xu CHN leads with only one point on the tied Allison Young GBR and Sari Multala FIN. 13 points behind follow Evi Van Acker BEL, Annalise Murphy IRL and Marit Bouwmeester NED jointly together.
4 points is the lead of Tom Slingsby AUS on Philipp Buhl GER in the Lasers Standard. Tonci Stipanovic CRO on 3rd is already 11 points behind. The results, the daily report and the video of the day.
Saturday, August 16, 2014   
After the cancellation of the Friday and partly the Thursday races it is firm, that SUI will be represented in two Medal Races with Richard Stauffacher SUI as 8th in the RS:X-men windsurfers and Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI as 9th in the Starboats. Richard Stauffacher can aim for a Medal as this backlog is only 11 points, while the Starboat team can theoretically move up on or two ranks only. For Nathalie Brugger SUI in the Lasers Radial, the main rehearsal for the Olympics is over on rank 19. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI are 25th in the 470 and Christoph Bottoni SUI finishes as 53rd in the Lasers Standard. All results and the daily report.
Saturday, August 16, 2014   
The storm was building to its peak during the night and by Friday morning the wind had not abated calling an early end to the Paralympic Sail for Gold Worldcup regatta. Thierry Schmitter NED finished first in the 2.4 mR ahead of Helena Lucas GBR with the same number of points. Damien Séguin FRA is on the 3rd place. In the Skud-18, Alexandra Rickham/Nikki Birrell GBR are clearly in front of John McRoberts/Stacie Louttit CAN and Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tesch AUS. The best Sonar team were John Robertson/Hannah Stodel/Steve Thomas GBR. The teams of Udo Hessels NED and Bruce Millar CAN completed the podium. The results, the daily report and the video of the day.
Saturday, August 16, 2014   
The weather poured onto the Weymouth and Portland Bay's race courses - rain and 15 to 25 kn winds - causing cancellations, postponements and some full on racing for those classes that did get out there, except the Starboats and Silverfleets.
Jo Aleh/Olivia Powrie NZL in the 470 women seemed to like these conditions booking two race wins and taking a 9 points' lead over Camille Lecointre/Mathilde Geron FRA. The multiple Brazilian Olympic Medalist Torben Grael's daughter Martine with Isabel Swan BRA as crew moved up on rank 3. Belcher/Page AUS maintain their lead in the 470 men, but the second-ranked Patience/Bithell GBR are one point closer. Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL are now 3rd. The 470 report. An Australian lead also in the 49ers with the favorites Outteridge/Jensen AUS, winner of the only race yesterday, on top. Dyen/Christidis FRA follow 7 points behind on rank 2. Fletcher/Sign GBR are the new 3rd. Giles Scott GBR continues his winning straight in the Finn and his advance on Ben Ainslie GBR is now already 12 points. Zach Railey USA, who had to abandon the race after a unindepted collision, follows on rank 3. The Finn report. Julien Bontemps FRA defended the first place in the RS:X men windsurfers with two 3rd race ranks ahead of Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED and Nick Dempsey GBR on the positions 2 and 3. In spite of her worst result so far - a 4th place - there is no doubt that Zofia Klepacka POL controls the RS:X women windsurfers. Marina Alabau ESP follows on rank 2 with Olga Maslivets UKR and Lee Korzits ISR jointly on rank 3. In the Women Matchrace, the Quarter Finals are on the program today with the pairings Skudina RUS-Echegoyen ESP, Leroy FRA- Hazard NZL, Tunnicliffe USA-Lehtinen FIN and Price AUS-McGregor GBR. The Starboats - leaders Percy/Simpson GBR only one point ahead of Scheidt/Prada BRA - did not sail yesterday. 20 years ago, it was not uncommon that races were started in winds around 30 kn, but apparently, already 25 kn are too much for today's fragile, expensive racing machines ! And according to the meteo previsions, there may be more wind to come today on the last day of the qualifications. Saturday, the Medal Races are on the program. All ranking lists, the daily report and the video of the day.
Saturday, August 16, 2014   
Despite of the fresh breeze between 20 and 25 kn, previously 'his preferred conditions', the World Champion Tom Slingsby AUS was not so dominating as in past years, but with the day ranks 1 and 4, he nevertheless extended his lead in the overall rankings. The new second-ranked is Philipp Buhl GER with a 5 points' backlog. Tonci Stipanovic CRO advanced on the 3rd place.
Lijia Xu CHN is back on top in the Lasers Radial, but Allison Young GBR and Sari Multala FIN jointly on the ranks 2 and 3 are only one point back. Loosing some points are the other persuers Evi Van Acker BEL, Annalise Murphy IRL and Marit Bouwmeester NED now 13 points behind.
The ranking lists, the daily report and the video of the day.
Saturday, August 16, 2014   
The announced low pressure system from the West filled in yesterday with winds exceeding 20 kn, and in all classes, the big-breeze specialists took the command even more as the discard result came into effect. Nathan Outteridge/Ian Jensen AUS are for the first time on top of the 49ers, thanks to two race wins. Dyen/Christidis FRA, winning the heats of the other 49er group advanced on position 2, while Evans/Powys GBR remains on the 3rd place. As from today, racing will take place in a Gold- and Silverfleeet. In the 470 men, Matthew Belcher/Malcom Page AUS lost the first place to Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL at equal points. Patience/Bithell GBR follow on rank 3. Leader change also in the 470 women, where Lecointre/Geron FRA took the lead, with Aleh/Powrie NZL new on 2nd and Mills/Clarke GBR now on 3rd. In the Finns, the discarded result and the positions 1 and 2 yesterday increased Giles Scott's GBR lead over the English 2012 Olympian Ben Ainslie GBR to 6 points. Zach Railey USA is 3rd. No changes in the rankings of the windsurfers: Julien Bontemps FRA leads in the RS:X men, followed by Nick Dempsey GBR and Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED on the positions 2 and 3, while Zofia Klepacka POL continues to dominate the RS:X women, adding two more race wins, extending her lead on Marina Alabau ESP to 13 points. The new 3rd is Lee Korzits ISR. The Women Matchrace Goldfleet is now complete, as after Skudina RUS, McGregor GBR, Powrie AUS and Leroy FRA, Silja Lehtinen FIN and Anna Tunnicliffe USA have qualified directly for the next round. Fighting for the remaining two quarter-final places in the Repechage will probably be between Renee Groenveld NED, Tamara Echegoyen ESP and Stephanie Hazard NZL all with a 3-1 score sheet. In the Starboats, Percy/Simpson GBR took the lead just one point ahead of Scheidt/Prada BRA. O'Leary/Burrows IRL are down on 3rd. All results, the report and the video of the day.
Saturday, August 16, 2014   
The awaited fresh breeze of over 20 kn filled in yesterday and the qualification phase for the Gold- and Silverfleet was ended with two races according to program. The situation in the Lasers Radial is suspenseful with Marit Bouwmeester NED as the new leader and a group of four within only two points ! Lijia Xu CHN is one point behind the Dutch woman, Evi Van Acker BEL, Sari Multala FIN and Allison Young GBR follow on the 3rd place at equal points. Gintare Scheidt LTU lost a protest of Bouwmeester NED and is now 9 points back on rank 6.
Tom Burton AUS defended his lead in the Lasers Standard. The best of the day Philipp Buhl GER advanced on rank 2, one point ahead of Rasmus Mygren SWE, Tom Slingsby AUS (yesterday in 'his preferred conditions' only 6th and 7th) and Tonci Stipanovic CRO sharing the 3rd place.
The results, the daily report and the video of the day.
Saturday, August 16, 2014   
The windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI confirmed his previously demonstrated skills in fresh winds again in Weymouth. With the day ranks 6 and 9 yesterday, he occupies now the 6th rank overall only six points behind the podium ! The fresh breeze will probably prevail for the rest of the event, also to the joy of Nathalie Brugger SUI in the Laser Radial, who realised the excellent ranks 2 and 8 yesterday in her group and advanced on position 17 overall, a Goldfleet place. Manon Luther SUI however on rank 50 will continue in the Silverfleet. Thanks to the discarded black-flag-disqualifiction, Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI moved up on rank 9 in the Starboats. Chatagny/Hagin SUI and Niklaus/Koy SUI follow as the only non-Olympians on the ranks 16 and 17. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI continued with solid mid-fleet finishes in the 470, but as 25th of the 45 participants, they did not qualify for the Goldfleet. The two Swiss Laser sailors will also remain in the Silverfleet. Christoph Bottoni SUI is 53rd, Guillaume Girod SUI 82nd of the 94 participants. The results.
Saturday, August 16, 2014   
Changes in the rankings also with the three Paralympic classes after the fresh breeze filling in yesterday and the discard result coming into effect. In the 2.4mR, Heiko Kröger GER and the Paralympic-Olympic Champion Paul Tingley CAN were the best of the day with the ranks 1 and 2 each. Overall, Thierry Schmitter NED remains on top at equal points with Helena Lucas GBR. Damien Seguin FRA follows on rank 3. Masterfully leading in the Skud-18 winning 5 of 6 races are Alexandra Rickham/Nikki Birrell GBR, and equally solid is the second rank of John McRoberts/Stacie Louttit CAN. The new leader in the Sonars is John Robertson GBR and his team, with Udo Hessels NED and Bruce Millar CAN following on the ranks 2 and 3. The ranking lists and the report.
Saturday, August 16, 2014   
Pouring rain, temperatures under 10°C and refreshening winds made day two on the Olympic waters very unaccommodating. In the 49ers, Evans/Powys GBR defended their first place but watch out for the World Champions Outteridge/Jensen AUS advancing on rank 2 despite of a capsize, and the best team of the day, Moore/Stork USA, moving up on 3rd now. An Australian lead still in the 470s with Belcher/Page AUS, but Snow-Hansen/Saunders NZL moved up on the 2nd place with two race wins. The new 3rd-ranked Calabrese/De La Fuente ARG had also a good day with the day ranks 1 and 2. Considerable gaps between the leading women 470s where Mills/Clarke GBR are now 14 points ahead of Lecointre/Geron FRA. The day's best Clarke/Lihan USA advanced on the 3rd place. Three bullets are on the day's record of Giles Scott GBR in the Finns, but for the moment, the Brit still has the 21st of the first day on his account sheet. Ben Ainslie GBR is at present 5 points ahead of Zach Railey USA, followed closely by Scott on 3rd. Julien Bontemps FRA defended his lead in the RS:X-windsurfers. Nick Dempsey GBR progressed on the 2nd rank, Toni Wilhelm GER follows on the 3rd position. A class of her own is Zofia Klepacka POL in the RS:X-women windsurfers with a 16 points lead on Marina Alabau ESP after four races. The veteran Alessandra Sensini ITA follows on rank 3. In the Starboats, O'Leary/Burrows IRL, winners of 2011 already, took the lead in front of Scheidt/Prada BRA and Clarke/Bjorn CAN. The Round Robin of the Women Matchracers is not yet completed, but the first Quarter finalists are known: Ekaterina Skudina RUS (9-2), Olivia Price AUS and Lucy McGregor GBR (je 8-2) as well as Claire Leroy FRA (8-3) are through. Today, the last two direct-qualifiers will be determined. The other teams will sail for for the remaining two slots in a Repechage. The 2012 overflyer Anna Tunnicliffe USA and her team are far away from their normal performance and - with a 5-5 score - will have to fight hard in the two matches today, or then in the Repechage to make the knock-out Quarter-Finals.
All results, the daily report and the video of the day.
Saturday, August 16, 2014   
Wet-cold English weather prevailed on day two of the Weymouth ISAF Worldcup event on the Olympic waters of next August. The refreshening breeze allowed to complete two races by Laser class according to program. The Australians dominated the Lasers Standard with Tom Burton AUS - with only top-three finishes up-to-now - as first, four points ahead of the World Champion Tom Slingsby AUS. Philipp Buhl GER 3rd is already 14 points behind.
The favorites in the Laser Radials have now taken the top positions with Evi Van Acker BEL leading two points ahead of Lijia Xu CHN, winner of both heats of her group yesterday. Sari Multala FIN is only one point further behind and Gintare Scheidt LTU and Marit Bouwmeester NED are not far away either.
The results, the daily report and the official video of the day, reporting on the Laser races today.
Saturday, August 16, 2014   
After the light wind of day one, the British cold and wet weather arrived with a fresher breeze, conditions that apparently suited well the windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI who was among the best of the day with the ranks 3 and 4, advancing on rank 9 overall. Back again was also the Laser Radial sailor Nathalie Brugger SUI after her failed first race day, as the day ranks 4 and 5 helped her to move up on rank 26 overall. Rather descrete the day for Marazzi/De Maria SUI in the Starboats. With the ranks 13 and 5, as well as a blackflag-early-start disqualification, they are down on rank 11 of the small 20 boats' Star fleet. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI stayed in the mid-fleet with two 13th places yesterday, bringing them on rank 23 overall. Off track however the two Swiss Lasers with Christoph Bottoni SUI on position 54 and Guillaume Girod SUI rank 74. The results and the official report.
Saturday, August 16, 2014   
The three Paralympic Classes 2.4mR, Skud 18 and Sonar are also part of the Sail-for-Gold event at Weymouth and have completed four races by class so far. In the 2.4mR, Thierry Schmitter NED is the clear leader ahead of the World Champion Damien Seguin FRA, winner of both races yesterday, who is on rank 2. The best Skud-18 sailors are Alexandra Rickham/Nikki Burrell GBR ahead of McRoberts/Louttit CAN and Fitzgibbon/Tesch AUS. In the Sonars, Udo Hessels NED and his team lead in front on Bruno Jourdren FRA and Aleksander Wang-Hansen NOR with the same number of points. The results and the report.
Saturday, August 16, 2014   
The 6th 2012 Worldcup began yesterday at the Olympic site in Weymouth with unusually light conditions. Almost all Olympic Teams are present at this rehearsal of the Olympic Regattas taking place at the same venue in about seven weeks from now, over 700 athletes from 58 nations. Only one race was sailed by the Starboats and Finns, sailing on the offshore course late in the afternoon. Hestbaek/Oleson DEN were the winners in the Stars ahead of Clarke/Björn CAN. The surprise winner in the Finns was Caleb Paine USA (not selected for the Olympics) ahead of Aleksej Selivanov RUS. On the inshore courses, sailing was also possible in the morning but with a 5-8 kn only accompanied by a strong current. Later in the afternoon, a second race was completed, resp. a 3rd for the 49ers. Evans/Powys GBR clearly dominated the 49ers with the day ranks 1/1/3, while Delle-Karth/Resch AUT lead the closely packed persuers. Once more outstanding the World Champions Belcher/Page AUS wining both heats of their group in the 470 ahead of Asher/Willis GBR back after a long absence due to injury. More and more up to speed are the Australian 470 women Rechichi/Stowell AUS on rank 2 with the same number of points as the leading Mills/Clarke GBR. In the windsurfers, Julien Bontemps FRA is on top, one point ahead of Toni Wilhelm GER, while the rest of the fleet is 10 points and more behind. Two of the favorites are also already on top in the women windsurfers with Zofia Klepacka POL ahead of Bryony Shaw GBR. Leading in the Women Matchrace Round Robin is Olivia Price AUS with a 6-0 score ahead of Siljia Lehtinen FIN 4-0. Surprisingly weak the first day of the key favorite Anna Tunnicliffe USA on rank 7 only with a disappointing 2-4 record. All results and the daily report.
Saturday, August 16, 2014   
The 6th Olympic Classes Worldcup event began yesterday on the Olympic waters of Weymouth on an inshore course with light winds and a strong current. The Lasers Standard split in two fleets could only complete one race, while the Radials finished a second race late in the afternoon. Both winning the heats of their fleets, Simon Grotelüschen GER and Philipp Buhl GER are on top of the overall rankings. Cy Thompson ISV and Keerati Bualong THA follow jointly on rank 3. On rank 5 with 3rd place finishes are Bruno Fontes BRA and Tom Burton AUS. The top favorite Tom Slingsby AUS proved with a fourth position that in the meantime, he can cope with all kinds of conditions. Fresh winds are announced for the coming days and Slingsby will hardly be beatable.
In the Lasers Radia, Dongshuang Zang CHN is first with the day ranks 1 and 3 followed by Isabella Bertold CAN and Fatima Reyes ESP. Best of the favorites are Evi Van Acker BEL 5th, Sari Multala FIN 6th and Gintare Scheidt LTU 8th.
The results and the daily report.
Saturday, August 16, 2014   
The most convincing performance of the small Swiss delegation on the opening day of the 6th Worldcup of the year showed once more Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria SUI in the Starboat by finishing 3rd in the only race of the day. In spite of the light winds the young 470 team Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI posted two race results in the top half of their fleet and are 20st. Windsurfer Richard Stauffacher SUI started the series with a strong 7th, in the second race of the day he fall back on 19th overall. In the top half of the rankings we find both Swiss Lasers as well: Guillaume Girod SUI is on 45th, Christoph Bottoni SUI follows on 49th. A difficult start had both of the Laser Radials: Manon Luther SUI is on 39, Nathalie Brugger SUI on a disappointing 56th. The weather forecast announces stronger winds for the rest of the week, especially Nathalie Brugger SUI will be happy about that. All results and the daily report.
 
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