12.11.13 – 12.14.13
12.17.13 – 12.22.13
12.26.13 – 01.02.14
12.27.13 – 12.30.13
12.28.13 – 01.03.14
12.28.13 – 12.31.13
12.28.13 – 12.30.13
News – Thursday, December 12, 2013
Three races were sailed on the first day of the Melges 20 World Championship in Florida. In challenging conditions, only Travis Weisleder USA (tactics Scott Dixon USA) realised three single-digit results and clearly leads in the interims rankings. Anthony Tabb USA (Mike Buckley USA) and Jason Michas USA (Mark Mendelblatt USA) follow on the ranks 2 and 3. The ranking list and the report.
Three top French sailracers ..... Franck Cammas FRA, Olivier de Kersauson FRA and Michel Desjoyeaux FRA ..... seized the occasion of the Salon Nautique de Paris to announce the idea of a 'Team France', a project to found a syndicate in view of the 35th America's Cup. The objective of this initiative is not only to present a high-performing racing team, but also to recruit engineers and young sailors for a long term engagement in the race for the oldest sporting trophy. To be followed ... The news.
No change on top of the ISAF Matchracing World Rankings after the events of the last four weeks. Taylor Canfield ISV keeps his first position in the Open Ranking and Lucy McGregor GBR has rank 1 in the women's classifications. The ISAF report.
After the Worlds in China and Sail Melbourne, the Course-Race-Kiteboarders dislocated to Western Australia. Four races were sailed on the first day of the Oceanic Championship in Perth, and again, the World Champion Florian Gruber GER, age 19, delivered a flawless performance winning all four runs. Maks Zakowski POL and Oliver Bridge GBR follow on the positions 2 and 3. Leading in the women's category is Arian Imbert FRA ahead of Nuria Goma ESP and Justina Sellers NZL. The ranking lists. This morning, the races of day two are already ongoing, and the results can be continuously followed on the event-website. Enjoy also the video of day one.
News – Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The entry list of the Melges 20 World Championship beginning in the Florida Keys today is like a 'who-is-who' of American sail racing. Aboard the 52 Melges from 8 nations are among others the Olympic medalists Mark Reynolds USA, Charlie & Jonathan McKee USA, Paul Goodison GBR, John Kostecki USA, Mike Wolfs CAN, and in addition other celebrities such as Brad Butterworth NZL, Terry Hutchinson USA, Bora Gulari USA, Mark Mendelblatt USA, Harry Melges USA and from the actual Olympic circuit the US-470 sailors Stuart McNay USA nd Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA as well as Pietri Sibello ITA. Here the crew-list. The official preview.
The Australian 18-Footer season is about to pick up pace with exciting races up to the JJ Giltinan-Trophy in the first week of March 2014. Over the past weekend, a well-established fresh breeze around 20 kn was present for the first time this season during the 3-Buoys-Challenge. Winner was 'Mojo Wines' with Chris Nicholson/Mike McKensey/Ricky Bridge AUS ahead of 'Yandoo' (John Winnings AUS) and 'Rabbitoh-Kenwood' (Brett Van Munster AUS). The report. As usual, the series was perfectly media-covered. Here the almost 30-minutes video, beginning with an interview with Alexandra South AUS, the only helmswoman of the circuit. Enjoy also the entertaining comments of Bob Killick AUS.
More Minis crossed the finish line off Guadeloupe during the past 48 hours, but there are still 9 Protos and 10 Series Minis underway with up to 600 miles (or 4 days) left. The race-viewer. See the event-website for more reports and videos.
San Francisco is still in the red from hosting the 34th America's Cup, which so far has cost taxpayers at least $5.5 million, according to draft financial figures from the regatta that The Chronicle reviewed Monday. This situation is expected to be in the spotlight as Mayor Ed Lee prepares to submit a preliminary proposal for hosting the next Cup by a Dec. 22 deadline. The article in the Chronicle.
News – Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Only one change in the ISAF World Rankings occurred after the Worldcups of Qingdao CHN and Melbourne AUS, as well as the Laser Standard World Championship in Oman. Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA regained the first place in the 49erFX. The Laser World Champion Robert Scheidt moved up on rank 44. His World Champion's title has only the value of a Worldcup win in a 20 boats' fleet !!
All rankings and the ISAF report.
All rankings and the ISAF report.
The Argentinian Kiteboard-Worldcup in Mendoza ARG ended on the past weekend. After five Slalom runs, the winner was Bryan Lake USA ahead of Victor Adamo BRA and Manuel Abeleyra ARG. In the Women's category, Merve Ceylan TUR was first ahead of Paula Novotna CZE and Jana Pipkin ARG. The report with results. On top of the Freestylers was Carlos Mario BRA defeating Alex Pastor ESP in the final. Gisela Pulido ESP had the upper hand on Annabel Van Westeroop NED in the Final. Manuela Jungo SUI lost the Petite Final against Paula Novotna CZE. The event-website.
As every year, the organisers of the Tour de France presented the format of the event of the following year during a Media Conference at the Salon Nautique in Paris. That in addition to the M34, the Grand Surprise has been included for teams with less money, has been announced in October already. New is, that the stopovers along the French Atlantic Coast have been abandoned. After the opening at Dunkerque, racing will take place in the British Channel up to Roscoff in the Bretagne. Afterwards, the yachts will be relocated to the Mediterranean Sea, where Hyères and Nice have been added as destinations. The report.
By winning three of the five races sailed at the Piani Cup in Miami, Peter Dincan USA and his team won the first race of the Etchells 2014 Jaguar series. 4 points back Jim Cunnigham USA follows on second, Watson/Kneulman BER on 3rd were 26 points behind the winners. 64 teams from 8 countries were on the startimng line. See the complete results.
Over the past weekend, the CV Lago di Lugano organised the traditional Regata di Natale as season closing. 16 yachts plus a Laser participated, and two races were completed. Fabrizio Cecchi was first in the Surprise, the Protagonist of Edmondo Albricci was on top of the Corsas, and in the Crocieras, the Fun of Nicola Galli was on the first place. The ranking lists.
News – Monday, December 9, 2013
Moderate conditions prevailed on the last day of the Imperia Winter Regatta, and two races by class were sailed. The leaders Bouvet/Mion FRA did not compete in the 470 and Sivitz/Farneti ITA moved up on rank 1 ahead of Brauchli/Hausser SUI. In the 420 men, two French boats are on top with Ponthieu/Paturir FRA 1st and Machetti/Dantes FRA 2nd. Winners in the 420-girls are Davila/Davila ESP ahead of Omari/Russo ITA. The new European Champion in the Byte CII is Jakob von Koskull FIN, with Umberto Varbaro ITA (Silver) and Scipio Houtman NED (Bronze) completing the podium. All ranking lists and the event-website.
Four races were sailed in moderate winds on the last day of the Semana Olimpica, allowing to activate the second discard result, causing quite some changes in the final rankings. In the 470 men, Barreiros/Curbelo ESP are the winners 3 points ahead of Wagner/Baldewein GER. Another point back are with the same number of points Gerz/Szymansky GER and Autenrieth/Autenrieth GER. With 9 wins in 10 races, Hanna Mills/Saskia Clark GBR are the stellar winners in the 470 women, followed by Kiriliuk/Dmitreva RUS and Gallego/Reyes ESP. No change in the Lasers Standard, where Jonasz Stelmaszyk POL is first in front of Marco Gallo ITA. Kevin Cabrera ESP is the best Radial men helmsman, while in the Radial women, the podium is Tuula Tenkanen FIN 1st, Anne-Marie Rindon DEN 2nd and Martina Reino ESP 3rd. Annette Andreasen/Martin Christensen DEN are the clear winners in the Nacra 17 with an 8 points' advantage. Moana Delle GER in the RS:X women and Ivan Pastor ESP in the RS:X men dominated the windsurfers. Robert Schütz/Maren Odefey GER added another German victory in the F-18-catamarans. All ranking lists and the reports.
We informed on the results of the Olympic Classes World Cup in Melbourne in our Sunday news (see scrolling down). Only the final results of the Kiteboarders were not yet available at press time yesterday. The competition ended without surprise, as in the Kiteboard-men event, the World Champion Florian Gruber GER dominated the fleet winning 11 of the 12 races. Ricardo Lecchese ITA follows on rank 2, Alejandro Climent ESP finished 3rd. Only three female Kiteboarders were racing, and Nuria Goma ESP did no leave a chance to her Australien opponents. All ranking lists, the reports and the videos.
Almost no wind on Mallorca also on the last day of the Trofeo Ciutat, and only the Laser Radial and the 420 could complete a shortened race. No change therefore in the rankings of the Optimists where Deike Bornemann GER, with the positions 2 and 3 twice in the top ranks of her group, is the final winner, one point ahead of the tied Enrique Lujan ESP and Nicolas Rolaz SUI. Theresa Steinlen GER is 4th, Morgan Lauber SUI 5th in the 360 boats' fleet. The Laser Radial regatta ended with a Swiss victory by David Biedermann SUI who won the only race yesterday. Alex Barcelo ESP and Javier Melia ESP follow on the ranks 2 and 3. First in the all-Spanish 420 fleet are Elias Aretz/Helenio Hoyos ESP, and in the Lasers 4.7, Miranda Corrall ESP won the only race. The report and all ranking lists.
Pitter Yacht Charter continues in 2014 with an attractive Offshore Racing Regatta Program at the Adriatic Coast, the dream area for tourists, hobby racers and professional sailors. Thanks to the diversity of race-ready charter yachts available at the different bases along the Croatian coast, holiday cruises, as well as around-the-buoys and coastal races can be perfectly combined. Plan your most exciting 2014 vacations now ! The Communiqué (PDF).
13 Minis crossed the finish line off Guadeloupe over the past weekend. Annabelle Boudinot FRA arrived as 10th and best female Protos skipper, i.e. the second-best woman overall behind Justine Mettraux SUI. 34 Minis are still underway. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
News – Sunday, December 8, 2013
Entertaining was the race format used on the Final day. In the Quarter and Semi Final, three of the ten teams qualified were knocked out, and the remaining four teams sailed the Grand Final. Not surprisingly, the most impressive teams during the Qualifier Series were among the top four: Scheidt/Prada BRA, Negri/Lambertenghi ITA, Mendelblatt/Fatih USA and Kusznierewicz/Zycki POL. In the one hours' final race, the positions were taken quickly. Scheidt/Prada BRA and Kusznierwicz/Zycki POL had a duel for the 40'000 US$ price money, while Mendelblatt/Fatih USA and Negri/Lambertenghi ITA fighted for rank 3. With his exceptional downwind speed - as during the Laser Worlds - Robert Scheidt made everything clear in the second lap and demonstrated their superiority until the end. Third behind Kusznierwicz/Zycki POL are Mendelblatt/Fatih USA. Polgar/Koy GER, Rohart/Ponsot FRA and Stanjek/Kleen GER were eliminated in the Semi Final. The report, the final rankings, the video summary - with live commentators (among them Dennis Conner) and 3D-animated GPS-Tracking, the Star Sailors League did set a new standard for fleetracing - as well as the video of the final day.
Today, the second event of the 2013/4 ISAF Olympic Classes World Cup comes to an end, as the program of today Sunday has already been almost terminated downunder. In addition to the remaining Olympic classes, a number of International Classes, mostly development boats, did sail, and only the Kiteboarder are still underway at this moment. We reported on the final rankings of the Lasers, Lasers Radial, 470 women and Finn yesterday. Today come in addition the 470 men, where Matthew Blecher/Will Ryan AUS controlled Fantela/Marenic CRO with a 4th place in the Medal Race. As expected, the Olympic Champions Outteridge/Jensen AUS were the winners in the 49ers, and Olivia Price/Eliza Solly AUS were first in the 49erFX. Darren Bundock/Nina Curtis AUS opened their Olympic campaign with a victory in the Nacra-17-catamarans - definitely a hot candidate for Gold in Rio 2016. Chinese victories in the windsurfersn with Chuangkun Shi CHN in the RS:X men and Manjia Zheng CHN in the RS:X women. Winners in the Paralympic classes were Paul Francis NZL in the 2.4m and Duncan McGregor/Liesl Tesch AUS in the Skud-18. All other ranking lists, among them the 29ers, 420s, Optimists, Lasers 4.7, as well as the event-website.
Moderate conditions with a 10 kn breeze prevailed again on the final day of the Laser Masters' Championship, and another two races were completed. Jon Emmett GBR defended his lead in the Laser Radial Apprentices, and Fabio Suyama BRA succeeded to replace Edmund Tam NZL from rank 2 with a race win. In the Radial Masters, the podium with Ian Jones GBR as premature champion was completed with Joao Ramos BRA and Martin Van Olffen NED. Matthias Brühl GER at equal points had to content himself with the 4th place. Premature winner in the Radial Grand Masters was Vanessa Dudley AUS. Bruce Martinson USA and Michael Pridham GBR took Silver and Bronze. The 'Scheidt of the Masters' Peter Seidenberg USA earned his 9th Masters' Champion title in the Radial Great Grand Masters (65+), defeating his closest new opponent Keith Wilkins GBR for the first time. , Bronze went to Henk Wittenberg NED. In the Standard Apprentices, Scott Leith NZL was first ahead of Niklas Edler SWE and Alastair Tate NZL. The tight duel on top of the Standard Masters went in favor of Al Clark CAN one point ahead of Arnoud Hummel NED. Bronze went to Chris Dawson NZL. No change on top of the Standard Grand Master with Gold for Greg Adams AUS, Silver for Terry Scutcher GBR and Bronze for Wolfgang Gerz GER. With 9 wins in 10 races, Mark Bethwaite AUS was the superior winner in the Standard Great Grand Masters, with Robert Blakey NZL and Johne Roberson AUS completing the podium. All ranking lists and the final report.
Very light winds on day 2 on Mallorca again, but at least, each class could complete one race. In the Optimists, Deike Bornemann GER took the lead, one point ahead of Enrique Lujan ESP and Nicolas Rolaz SUI at equal points. In the Lasers Radial, Philipp Parry ESP won the race in front of David Biedermann SUI. Francisco Arana/ ? ESP were on top of the 420s and Miranda Corral ESP leads in the Lasers 4.7. The daily report.
The two races of yesterday caused leader changes in most classes. Vladimir Chans/Denis Goretyi RUS took the lead in the 470 men closely followed by Desiderato/Trani ITA and Gerz/Szymanski GER. With 6 wins in 7 races, the 2012 Silver Olympians Hanna Mills/Saskia Clark GBR clearl lead the rankings in the 470 women. It seems, that the Canaries are a favorite venue for the Hanna, best Optimist girl in 2003 and 420 World Champion in 2006. The report. In the Lasers Standard, Jonas Stelmaszyk POL replaced Marco Gallo ITA on the first place and also in the Lasers Radial, a new leader showed up with Martina Reino ESP, ahead of Monika Mikkola FIN and Tuula Tenkanen FIN. The favorites Allison Young GBR and Annalise Murphy IRL have not yet been up to speed, and also yesterday, premature starts for both troubled the rankings. Positions15 and 17 for the moment are the consequences. Annette Andreasen/Martin Christensen DEN lead in the Nacra 17, closely followed by Jakob Lenz/Susann Brechlin GER. No change in the windsurfer rankings where Ivan Pastor ESP remains on top of the RS:X men and Moana Delle GER of the RS:X women. Martin Schütz/Maren Odefey GER are first in the F-18-Cats. All ranking lists and the reports.
Moderate conditions on day 3 of the Winter Regatta at the Ligurian coast again, where three races (420 men two) by class were completed. New on top of the 470 are Simon Sivitz/Jan Farneti ITA, but when the second discard results becomes effective, Sofian Bouvet/Jérémie Mion FRA will reclaim the top place. At present, they have an abandoned race in their results. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI follow on rank 3, and an option to further improve with good results in today's races. As sixth overall Philipp Erni/Stephan Zurfluh SUI are also well positioned. In the 420 men, Thomas Ponthieu/Quentin Paturir FRA are the clear dominators ahead of Ruiz/Davila ESP and Machetti/Dantes FRA. In the 420-Girls, the clear leaders are Picotti/Coluzzi ITA ahead of Addari/Perini ITA and Davila/Davila ESP. Scipio Houtman NED have taken the lead in the Byte CII ahead of Alexander Gronblom FIN and Jacob von Koskull FIN. All ranking lists and the event-website.
With Nicolas Boidevezi FRA and Louis Sègre FRA, two more Protos Minis arrived in Guadeloupe yesterday, and today, at press time 6 a.m. UTC, Renaud Mary FRA crossed the finish line as 4th in the Series Minis. 10 Minis more will arrive, among them Alan Roura SUI, probably 11th in the Protos. The race-viewer, the report and the videos.