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News – Thursday, December 25, 2014
Thursday, December 25, 2014   
Tomorrow - UTC during the coming night - the start to the 70th Sydney-Hobart Race will be given in Sydney Harbour. The five 100-foot-Super-Maxis among the 117 participants will race for the line honours. Read a detailed articlel on these super racers evaluating their strengths and weaknesses. Two of the five contenders suffered damages during yesterday's trainings. The defending champion 'Wild Oats XI' broke the boom (here the report), and 'Raggamuffin', th lightest of the five yachts has structural defects on the deck (here the report with video. During the first 20 race hours, the yachts will have to fight upwind with a very fresh Soutn wind. Lateron, the breeze will calm down to about 5 kn, and therefore, a race record time is hardly possible.
The official preview.
News – Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   
High yacht racing activity during the days ahead ! On December 26, a 117 boats' fleet will start from Sydney Harbour direction Tasmania to the traditional Sydney-Hobart-Race, this time with five Maxi racers fighting for the line honours. Dinghies have also their traditions with the (Laser) regatta on the Hvar CRO island, the (Star) Christmas Race in Nizza FRA, the (Optimists in San Remo ITA) and the (Optimists, Lasers, 420s) at the Orange Bowl Regatta in Miami FL USA, the major youth event in the US. Australia in high-summer is the prime site for a number of World Championships, mostly with tune-up races ahead of the main competitions. The first will be the Tornados in Perth AUS with practice races as from next Saturday and the title race beginning next Tuesday. On New Year's Eve, the IMOCA Open 60 will start to the Barcelona World Race, the round-the-world-race for two person teams, covered by sailing-news with daily updates.

We wish you Merry Christmas !
Wir wünschen frohe Festtage !
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   (Image © Shane Smart)
News – Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Alfred Farre)
No wind on the last day of the Palamos Christmas Race and Saturday's rankings are final.
Favorites are on top of the 470 men with Charbonnier/Le Berre FRA, the 470 women with Lemaitre/Retornaz FRA and the 49ers with Alonso/Alonso ESP.
All ranking lists, the final report and the videos.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Shane Smart)
The 'Vestas Wind' rescue team recovered the VOR 65 yacht grounded on a riff of the Brandon Islands in the Indian Ocean quicker than expected. Towed off the rocks with the help of an upcoming high tide, she was heft aboard a cargo vessel.
The report.
News – Monday, December 22, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Fred Hoffmann)
A number of International Olympic Classes sailors are spending their time in Rio de Janeiro for training purposes on the 2016 Olympic waters. During the past days, the Copa Brazil de Vela Regatta has been organised. Here some of the results:
In the Nacra 17, Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA added another overall victory. After 12 races, the finished first 4 points ahead of Vittorio Bisarro/Silvia Seguro ITA. Matias Buhler/Nathalie Brugger SUI were 3rd in a good quality fleet. Strong competitors also in the 470 fleets. In the 470 women, the locals Oliveira/Barbachan BRA were on top ahead of the Olympic Champions Aleh/Powrie NZL as well as Lecointre/Defrance FRA and Vadlau/Ogar AUT 3rd at equal points. No ranking list is availabe right now from the 470 men), were the Olympic Champion Belcher AUS with Ryan AUS crew was first ahead of McNay/Hughes USA and Schmid/Reichstädter AUT. Robert Scheidt BRA was the winner in the Lasers Standard in front of Bruno Fontes BRA, Rutger Van Schaardenburg NED and Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA. Evi Van Acker BEL was ahead in the Lasers Radial, Giles Scott GBR dominated the Finns with 8 wins in 11 races. British victories also by Byrony Shaw GBR in the RS:X- women windsurfers and Nick Dempsey GBR in the RS:X men windsufers. Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI finished 15th. Bekkering/Duetz NED defeated the small 49erFX fleet. Grael/Borges BRA were the best of the three Brazilian teams in the 49FXer.
All ranking lists and the event website.
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Alfred Farre)
Sun and warm temperatures for the 300 plus teams at the Costa Brava, but at the same time, the reigning highpressure system calmed the seabreeze and no races were completed. Today is the last day of the event and the Medal Races are on the program.
Premature winners are Federico + Arturo Alonso ESP in the 49ers with an advantage of 24 points on Cherin/Tesei ITA. Joaquin Blanco ESP is 10 points ahead of the second-ranked Eliot Merceron FRA in the Lasers Standard. Antony Munos FRA and Jonasz Stelmaczyk POL are another 10 points behind and will fight for the 3rd position. First in the Lasers Radialis Agata Barwinska POL with a 6 points' lead on Anna Weinzieher POL. Karyna Manuel GBR follows as 3rd. The 470 men winner will be decided between Charbonnier/Le Berre FRA and Pirouelle/Sipan FRA]. Four teams still have a chance to win in the 470 women, where the leaders Lemaitre/Retornaz FRA are only one point in front of Cornudella/Lopez ESP. Llado/Gonzalez ESP are on top of the 420 men, followed by Clapp/Banham GBR and Herail/Lepoutre FRA. First in the 420 girls are Davila/Davila ESP.
All ranking listsn, the daily report/URL] and the []videos.
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Crosby Lorimer)
The countdown to the 70th Sydney-Hobart Race is on. In three days, on St-Stephen's Day, the 117 teams will start on Sydney Harbour to the 629-miles race across the Bass-Street to the Tasmanian island. The weather forecast predicts a South wind around 25 kn for the first day, but a decreasing Westerly breeze in the Bass Street will most probably rather be favorable for the smaller yachts when it comes to the IRC handicap rankings. Five super-maxis fight for the line honours. The seven times winner 'Wild Oats XI' has strong opponents, above all the new constraction ' Comanche USA' and 'Perpetual Loyal'.
The preview and the event website.
News – Sunday, December 21, 2014
Sunday, December 21, 2014   (Image © Alfred Farre)
Sun and moderate winds between 8 and 12 kn prevailed on the third day of the Palamos Christmas Race and all classes sailed 3 to 4 races.
Joaquin Blanco ESP regained the first place in the Lasers Standard ahead of Eliot Merceron FRA 10 points behind. A Polish duo occupies the ranks 1 and 2 in the Lasers Radial with Agata Barwinska POL and Anna Weinzieher POL. Charbonnier/Le Berre FRA extended their lead with two race wins, in front of Pirouelle/Sipan FRA and Xammar/Herp ESP. In the 470 women, the leading group is closer together with Lemaitre/Retornaz FRA only one point ahead of Cornudella/Lopez ESP, and Blandin/Delpuech FRA another 2 points back are not far behind. Alonso/Alonso ESP are the clear leaders in the 49ers. On top of the 420s are, Llado/Gonzalez ESP. Carmen and Julia Davila ESP defended their lead in the 420 girls.
All ranking lists, the reports and the videos.
Sunday, December 21, 2014   
The 58th edition of the Starboat Christmas Race in Nizza FRA will take place as usual between Christmas and New Year. As all Star regattas, this is event is part of the 'Star Sailors League' ranking list, and this is certainly a reason for the record particpation this year. 45 teams from 14 nations (including the USA and Brazil) are on the entry list. Key favorites are also this year Diego Negri/Sergio Lambertenghi ITA, Vice World Champions 2014. The races can be followed live over GPS tracking. A preview and the event website.