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News – Saturday, September 5, 2015
Saturday, September 5, 2015   (Image © Robert Hajduk)
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No wind on the last day of the Optimist World Championship 2015 in Poland ! Rok Verderber SLO, with excellent results in all kind of conditions, is the deserved new World Champion ahead of Jodie Lai SIN 2nd and best Girl. Matthias Berthet NOR finished 3rd.
275 sailors from 63 nations participated, a number rarely - if ever - achieved in other sports. To all prophets of doom re sailing in the Olympics in ISAF Council and the Events Commitee: The IOC cannot overlook, that Sailing is a world-wide sport, and there is no need to cripple the sport when it comes to select Olympic events making it accessible for a limited number of nations only!
The 2016 Optimist World Championship will take place in Portugal. Age-wise, all Medal winner can participate again.
The final rankings and the event facebook page with photos of the prize-giving.
Saturday, September 5, 2015   
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No wind at the U-21 Laser Radial & Standard European Champion in Spain yesterday either, and therefore no changes in the ranking lists. The 'high flyer' and Medal collector Joel Rodriguez ESP grasped another Gold Medal, or rather two, as he won also the U-19 title. Benjamin Vadnai HUN and Jonathan Vadnai HUN took Silver and Bronze. Michael Beckett GBR missed the podium by one point. The Laser Standard ranking list.
Superior winner in the Radial-Girls was Line-Flem Höst NOR 16 points ahead of Monika Mikkola FIN. The Bronze Medal went to Agata Barwinska POL. The Laser Radial ranking list.
All results, the videos and the event website.
Saturday, September 5, 2015   (Image © Erik Simonson)
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As every year, the long-distance 'Bridge to Bridge' race is part of the overall rankings in the San Francisco 18-ft International Regatta. Open for all, Kiteboarder, Windsurfers and Multihulls are usually on the entry list.
Fastest were also this year the Kite-Foilers occupying the first five ranks with - again - Johnny Heineken USA as winner. On the 6th place followed Howie Hamlin USA, age 60, and his team as winner in the 18-Footers. The ranking list and the video of Christophe Favreau FRA.
Overall winner in the 18-ft International Regatta is David McDiarmid NZL and his team, Howie Hamlin USA advanced on rank 3. The final rankings.
Saturday, September 5, 2015   (Image © Pepe Hartmann)
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Winning the last race as well, Ian Southworth GBR and his team - including the Englsh top coach David Howlett GBR, now Headcoach of the German Olympic Team - made everything clear and are the new J/24 World Champions 16 points ahead of Mike Ingham USA. The Bronze goes to Trevor Odenbach USA. 51 teams participated.
The ranking list and the final report.
Saturday, September 5, 2015   (Image © Mauro Melandri)
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The Melges 20 European Championship in Trapani continued yesterday with four races sailed in good conditions. The first-ranked Dario Levi ITA extended his lead with the day ranks 1/3/2/13. New on the 2nd place is Corrado Agusta MON, ahead of the tied Vladimir Prosikhi RUS as 3rd and Igor Rytov RUS as 4th.
The ranking list and the daily report.
Saturday, September 5, 2015   
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The M32-catamarans have been racing in Helsinki for two days now. So far, steered by prominent skippers, 13 short races have been completed on these new multihulls to be used in the World Match Race Tour as from next year on. Matthias Rahm SWE leads ahead of Hans Wallen SWE and Taylor Canfield ISV. For the first time participating is the Match Race World Champion Ian Williams GBR, as to expect with initial difficulties to master the fast catamaran.
The results, the report and the videos. Racing can be followed live on the Internet during the day, a spectacular setting with many close situations !
Saturday, September 5, 2015   
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The wind on Lake Zoug filled in late in the afternoon, and only one race could be completed yesterday. Winning and with the discard coming into effect, Michael Schmidt GER and his team have taken the overall lead 2 points ahead of the previous first Wouter ten Woulde NED. Vasily Senatorov RUS moved up on rank 3.
The results and the daily report (german) (PDF).
Saturday, September 5, 2015   
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The EUROSAF Match Racing European Youth Championship 2015 began yesterday on Lake Geneva in good sailing conditions. The first half of the Round Robin has been completed and the undefeated 4-0 leaders are Marko Ronneberg FIN and Simon Berthau FRA. On the 3rd place is Guillaume Rigot SUI with 3-1 score.
The results and the event facebook page.
Saturday, September 5, 2015   
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Yesterday, the Chinese offshore skipper Guo Chuan CHN started with his 105-ft-trimaran 'Qingdao' in Murmansk to the first attempt ever for a non-stop North-East passage under sails. The fresht to stormy South winds not only guarantee high speeds over ground, but they also push the drift ice direction North Pole freeing the passage. The team, among others with the German offshore sailor Boris Herrmann GER as navigator, hopes to reach the Bering Strait in two weeks' time.
The report, a TV-clip from Germany and the race tracker.
 
News – Friday, September 4, 2015
Friday, September 4, 2015   (Image © Robert Hajduk)
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An eventful day in Dziwnow POL ! In the Individual World Championship, the first two Final Races were sailed in an 8 kn breeze, before a heavy rain front with stormy winds passed over the race courses. After a break, the competition continued in the afternoon with the Finals of the Team-Race Championship. At the end of the day, it was Singapore avenging last year's defeat and winning this time against Thailand. Bronze went to Argentina defeating Spain in the Petite Final.
In the Individual rankings, the leader Rok Verderber SLO has now a 23 points' advance, but he has as a discarded rank 65 on the results sheet, and nothing is decided yet in case of a failure in one of the two remaining races. New on rank 2 is the best Girl Jodie Lai SIN. Matthias Berthet NOR is new on rank 3. Dante Cittadini ARG and Otto Henry AUS are the next persuers and this means, that participants from four continents are in the top-5 !
The ranking list, the event website with the daily news and the event facebook page with the short report on the Team-Race Worlds. The full Team-Race rankings have not yet been published this morning.
Friday, September 4, 2015   
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The U-21 European Championship of the Olympic Laser Classes continued yesterday according to program with two races sailed in a moderate wind.
Line-Flem Höst NOR on top of the Radials is on a safe way to the tile as she leads now after another race win with 16 points on Monika Mikkola FIN. Agata Barwinska POL on 3rd is another 4 points back and a candidate for Silver or Bronze as are Celine-Therese Herud NOR, 4th with 6 points on Silver and Lena Haverland GER on 7th.
Fully open is the outcome in the Lasers Standard as the advantage of Joel Rodriguez ESP has melted on 2 points. The Hungarian Vadnai brothers are now on the ranks 2 and 3. Jonathan on 3rd is only 5 points back. Even Michael Beckett GBR on 4th with a 6 points backlog can have hopes for the title. Finn Lynch IRL, 12 points behind Rodriguez ESP, has chances for a medal too.
All results, the event facebook page and the event website.
Friday, September 4, 2015   
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Contrary to the weather forecast, a steady South wind filled in yesterday afternoon with 8 kn increasing to 15 kn, allowing to open the Dragon Swiss Championship with three races. Wouter ten Wolde NED and his team are the first leaders wit the ranks 1/3/3. Michael Schmidt GER follows one point behind on rank 2. Mihkel Kosk EST is on the 3rd place. The best Swiss is Norbert Stadler SUI on rank 4 ahead of the key favorite Vasily Senatorov RUS.
The ranking list and the daily report (PDF).
Friday, September 4, 2015   
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The J/24 Worlds on Luebeck Bay continued yesterday with two races sailed in 6-8 kn wind. The Medals are practically allotted before the last races today with Ian Southworth GBR (ranks 1 and ocs yesterday) on top with an 11 points lead on Mike Ingham USA on 2nd, who is 21 points in front of the 3rd Trevis Odenbach USA. Till Pomarius GER on 4th is already 30 points behind the Bronze Medal.
The results and the daily report (PDF).
Friday, September 4, 2015   
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The Melges 20 European Championship off Trapani ITA began yesterday with four races sailed in a moderate breeze. 32 teams from 9 nations and 4 continents participate. The top boats are quite balanced and four different teams were race winners. Dario Levi ITA is the first leader 3 points ahead of Mirko De Falco ITA, and Guido Miani MON follows on rank 3.
The ranking list and the daily news.
Friday, September 4, 2015   (Image © nauticalphotography.us)
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67 teams from 9 nations and 4 continents were present at the Lightning World Championship in Canada. The teams from the USA - where the Class is still very active - dominated the races. Geoff Becker/Jimmy Barnash/Laura Beigel USA are the new World Champions.
The results.
Friday, September 4, 2015   (Image © Chris Ray)
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No news today results-wise from the 18-ft International Regstta in San Francisco. After six races, the New Zealanders dominate the scene with a triple lead overall. But today, the videos of the first two race days, produced by Christophe Favreau, have been posted, spectacular as always with the 18-footers: Race Day 1 and Race Day 2.
 
News – Thursday, September 3, 2015
Thursday, September 3, 2015   (Image © Robert Hajduk)
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For the first time, a westerly breeze filled in at the Polish Baltic Sea Coast and last three qualification races for the Gold-, Silver-, Bronze- and Emeraldfleets were sailed yesterday in a 15 kn wind. The only one from the leading group at ease with the fresher conditions was Rok Verderber SLO. He is now in the lead with a 10 points advntage on Suthon Yampinid THA on 2nd. New on rank 3 is the best girl Jodie Lai SIN.
The results, the daily report and the fleet lists.
Thursday, September 3, 2015   (Image © Robert Hajduk)
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The IODA Annual Meeting organised during the World Championship decides on the venues for World and Continental Championships. In the final ballot on the 2017 venue, Thailand had the upper and on Switzerland (Lake Silvaplana) with 4 votes. The Swiss presentation video). The 2017 European Championship will be organised in Bourgas/Bulgary.
The report.
Thursday, September 3, 2015   
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The U-21 Laser Radial & Standard European Championship 2015 continued yesterday with the Final Series.
In the Standards, the duel between Joel Rodriguez ESP and Michael Beckett GBR goes on, with the Spanish still in the lead with 2 points, The Hungarian Vadnai brothers on the ranks 3 (Benjamin) and 4 (Jonathan) remain in the race for the title with a 7 respectively 8 points backlog.
Line-Flem Höst NOR extended her lead in the Radials on 16 points. Celine-Therese Herud NOR and Monika Mikkola FIN follow at equal points on the ranks 2 and 3. Agata Barwinska POL, winner of both races of the day, progressed on the 5th place.
All ranking lists and the event website.
Thursday, September 3, 2015   
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The J/24 Worlds in Boltenhagen went on with two races yesterday. Ian Southworth GBR extended his advantage on Mike Ingham USA to 5 points. Travis Odenbach USA on the 3rd place is already 28 points behind.
The ranking list and the event website.
Thursday, September 3, 2015   
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The M32-catamaran activity above all in Scandinavia and a regatta in Florida USA will be substantially enhanced in the future, as the manufacturer of the M32 has acquired the World Match Race Tour by July 1, 2015. In 2016, at least some, if not all, of the WMRT events shall be sailed on M32 catamarans.
Taylor Canfield ISV, Match-Race-World Champion 2013 is already successfully particpating in M32 events, and a few days ago, the 2014 Match-Race-World Champion and Tour leader Ian Williams GBR announced, that he will join the Class, participating in the Helsinki event next week in a brand-new cat. Here the news.
Although the M32 cats are non-foilers, racing is spectacular with some Scandianvian sailing celebrities presently engaged in the M32-Tour, such as the Olympic medalists Freddy Lööf SWE and Hans Wallen SWE or the former Laser- and Star-European Champion Michael Hestbäk DEN. Enjoy the video summary of the last event in Copenhagen.
 
News – Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Wednesday, September 2, 2015   (Image © Robert Hajduk)
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The wind was absent on the Final day of the Optimist Team-Race Worlds in Poland and - consulting the many websites reporting on this competition - it remains unclear, if and when this event will continue. The daily news.
The program of today consists of Fleetraces to conclude the individual Qualification Series. There is one race needed to split the 276 participants in Gold-, Silver- and Bronzefleets. After four races, rank 1 is shared by Rok Verderber SLO and Suthon Yampinid THA at equal points ahead of Daniel Hung SIN and Odysseas Spanakis GRE. Jodie Lai SIN on rank 6 is the best Girl. The ranking list, the event facebook page and the event website.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015   
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The Lasers Standard concluded yesterday the Qualification Series for the Gold- and Silverfleet allocation. With a race win, Joel Rodriguez ESP stayed on top tied with Michael Beckett GBR on rank 2. Only one point back follows Jonathan Vadnai HUN on rank 3, and his brother Benjamin Vadnai HUN as 4th is 4 points behind.
The discarded worst result and an excellent performance yesterday - ranks 1 and 2 - brought Line Flem-Höst NOR in the lead of the Lasers Radial. Martina Reino ESP on rank 2 has a backlog of 3 points on the leader, Celine-Therese Herud NOR is now 3rd, while Lisa Haverland GER and Monika Mikkola FIN are 4th and 5th at equal points.
All ranking lists and the event website.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015   
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Contrary to the opening day with light winds, a fresh, up to 20 kn easterly breeze from the shore filled yesterday in Boltenhagen GER. Finishing 1 and 2, Ian Southworth GBR (with David Howlett GBR, the successful English coach, as tactician) took the overall lead with a 22 points advantage over the 2nd-ranked Mike Ingham USA (1 and 3 yesterday). Pietro Diamanti ITA follows on rank 3.
The results and the daily news.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015   
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The Dragon Swiss Championship 2015 begins today on Lake Zoug with 22 teams from 6 nations on the starting line, among them the clear favorite Vasily Senatorov RUS, one of the best international Dragon skippers. Light winds of up to 5 kn have been forecast for the week.
The event website.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015   (Image © Gian Luca Pasini)
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The final tune-up for the Centomiglia starting next Saturday took place on Lake Garda over the past weekend, the Trofeo Gorla. The Swiss were quite successful. Winner in the 'Performance' class was Luc Munier SUI and his team on their Psaros 33, Claude Fehlmann SUI, also on a Psaros 33, finished 3rd. The line honours went to Christophe Péclard SUI on his Ventilo-1-catamaran 'Safram', crossing the 50 miles at an average speed of 17,89 kn.
The report (in Itaöian). Unfortunately, the event website does not yet contain full results.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015   (Image © Pressure Drop.us)
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The San Francisco 18 ft Skiff International Regatta, the most important event of the Class outside Australia, began last Monday, and up to now, 6 races have been completed in a 12-17 kn wind. The leading trio is all New Zealand, with David McDiarmid NZL with his 'Yamaha' 1st, followed by Alex Vallings NZL and his team ('C-Tech') 2nd and Graham Catley NZL ('Maersk Line') 3rd. 11 teams from 3 nations participate.
The results and the event website.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015   
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In Murmansk RUS, the Chinese round-the-world skipper Guo Chuan CHN and his team, among them also Boris Herrmann GER as navigator and the Russian Arctic explorer Sergei Nizovtsev RUS, are readx for a first record attempt across the North - East passage along the Russian North Coast. The climate warming should make it possible to keep the passage ice-free during the coming two weeks. However, there will always be drifting ice, a fatal threat for the 105-foot-trimaran 'Qingdao China' (the former IDEC of Francis Joyon FRA).
The daily news.
 
News – Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Tuesday, September 1, 2015   (Image © Robert Hajduk)
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Yesterday, the Qualification Series of the Optimist Team Race World Championship was on the program. The 16 Teams qualified for the next Round are among others the defending Champion from Thailand, the favored Singapore, Germany, the USA or Switzerland.
The official short report and the event facebook page, Unfortunately, only the results overview of Group A was accessible this morning.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015   
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The U21 Laser Radial & Standard European Championship continued yesterday in a light and unconstant 7 kn wind.
Lena Haverland GER defended her first place in the Radial Girls with a second race rank 3 points ahead of Monika Mikkola FIN on 2nd. New on rank 3 is now Celine-Therese Herud NOR, at equal points with Martina Reino ESP on 4th.
Joel Rodriguez ESP is the sole leader in the Lasers Standard, in front of Jonathan Vadnai HUN and Michael Beckett GBR one point behind. Another point back are Benjamin Vadnai HUN and Nicolo Villa ITA, both also with an option on the title.
All results and the daily news.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015   
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The J/24 World Championship in Boltenhagen GER began yesterday with two light-wind races on the Baltic Sea. Fumiya Kato JPN, in both races among the first to cross the finish line with the day ranks 2 and 3, is the first leader. Ian Southword GBR and Ignazio Bonnano ITA followed on the ranks 2 and 3. Stephanie Köpcke GER with her all-female team on rank 7 are the best women. 56 teams from 14 nations participate.
The ranking list and the The dailyreport.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015   
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The sailmaker Top-Sails offers autumn discounts on all racing and cruising sails as follows:
- 10% autumn discount (until November 30)
- 5% additional discount if two sails are ordered
- onboard measurement and shipment free of charge
More on the Top-Sails-Website.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015   
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The Sailing Switzerland section contains now all details on regattas organised on Swiss lakes over the past weekend with much sun and little wind.
 
 
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