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News – Sunday, September 21, 2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014   (Image © Mick Anderson)
The 470 Medal Races were sailed yesterday in a moderate breeze, attended by 3'000 people on the spectator dune.
As expected, the Olympic Champions Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS defending their 2013 title protected their big advantage in the 470 men rankings and won with a 19 points' advantage, Belcher's 5th title in a row ! Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO took Silver, Panagiotis Mantis/Pavlos Kigalis GRE Bronze. Winning the Medal Race, the Youth World Champions Jordi Xammar/Jose Herp ESP advanced on rank 7.
Winning the Medal Race, Lara Vadlau/Jolanta Ogar AUT crowned their short career with the first World Champion's title in the 470 women. Vadlau, age 20, won the Optimist Swiss Championship in 2004, was second at the ISAF Youth Sailing Worlds 2010 (behind Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI), won the ISAF Youth Worlds 2011, qualified for the 2012 Olympics in her first 470 year, finished 2012 as number 3 in the ISAF World Rankings and was ISAF number 1 end of 2013 as well as ISAF Worldcup winner.The start to the 2014 was delayed because of an injury. With Jolanta Ogar, originally from Poland, meanwhile naturalized as Austrian, the way for a successful Olympic campaign 2016 is open. A report from Austria. The Olympic Champions Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL earned Silver, the Olympic Silver medalists Hannah Mills/ Saskia Clark GBR took Bronze.
The official report and the video of the day.
Sunday, September 21, 2014   
Today, the last four Medal Races are on the program, but in the 49ers and Nacra-17s, early titles have been claimend.
The defending World Champions Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA confirmed their title in the Nacra 17 with a 34 points' lead on the first persuers. The race for Silver however will be very close as Vittorio Bisarro/Silvia Sicouri ITA are only one point ahead of Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS. 4 points farther back are Pippa Wilson/John Gimson GBR and Santiago Lange/Cecilia Carranza ARG with chances for a medal should the duo fighting for Silver be downsailed in the crucial race.
Even 36 points is the advantage of Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL in the 49ers. Jonas Warrer/Anders Thomsen DEN and 2 points behind Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen AUS will fight for Silver and Bronze, as the have an 8 points advantage on the 4th-ranked Jorge Lima/Jose Costa POR.
The decision in the Finns is practically final, as only a disqualification of the leading Giles Scott GBR, 20 points ahead, and a Medal Race win of the 2nd-ranked Ivan Klijakovic CRO would remove the Brit from the first position. Jonathan Lobert FRA and Ed Wright GBR one point behind will fight for the Bronze Medal.
Still unknown is the outcome of the 49erFX: Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgaard DEN are still leading, but Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA are only 2 points behind. Whoever is ahead today will be the World Champions ! Giulia Conti/Francesca Clapcich ITA on rank 3 already have the Bronze Medal with a 25 points advantage on the 4th.
All ranking lists and the report of the day with video.
Sunday, September 21, 2014   (Image © Martina Orsini)
The Lake Garda 'wind machine' was not up to speed yesterday. The Moth pilots waited in vain for the morning nothern breeze, and the Ora was not there for a second start attempt in the afternoon. Only late, around 4 p.m. CET, the South wind filled in and finally two races were completed in a 12-16 kn breeze.
Racing was close but it was twice Chris Rast SUI who had the upper hand. Carlo De Paoli ITA (2/3) and Giovanni Galeotti BEL (4/2) follow on the ranks 2 and 3.
The ranking list and the report of the day.
Sunday, September 21, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman/AWMRT)
Fresh winds prevailed yesterday during the Chicago Match Cup Quarter Finals. Ian Williams GBR vs Pierre-Antoine Morvan FRA and Taylor Canfield ISV vs Chris Steele NZL were quick deals with a 3-0 score each. Mathieu Richard FRA (3-1 vs Keith Swinton AUS) and above all Björn Hansen SWE (3-2 vs Phil Robertson NZL) had closer encounters .
The report with results and a video.
Sunday, September 21, 2014   
The 470 Swiss Championship continued yesterday on Lake Bienne with another three races. Finishing 2/2/1, the 2008 Olympians Tobias Etter/Felix Steiger SCSG, 2nd in the first race on Friday, have clearly taken the overall lead. Unfortunately, the consolidated ranking list is still missing, as - apparently - the protests of Friday have not yet been heard !
Here the ranking lists of race 3 (PDF), race 4 (PDF) and race 5 (PDF).
Sunday, September 21, 2014   
After two big-breeze days, the wind was light off Port Camargue and allowed to finish one race only yesterday, won by Christoph Christen SUI/YCB. He reduced the gap to the podium on 2 points. Christoph Burger SUI/TYC remains on top 6 points ahead of Peter Theurer SUI/YCB and Thomas Morel FRA tied on ranks 2 and 3.
The ranking list (PDF).
Sunday, September 21, 2014   (Image © Nicolas Jutzi)
The final Round of the M2 Speed-Tour 2014 was sailed yesterday on one day, as the favorable sailing conditions permitted to complete four races. Michel Vaucher on 'Genolier' was the winner, but Olivier Schenker on his 'Gust' remained on top of the Speedtour overall rankings 2014. Michel Vaucher 'Genolier' and Antoine Thorens 'TeamWork' complete the annual podium.
The report with rankings.
Sunday, September 21, 2014   
The Ticino Act of the 2014 Laser Annual Points' Championship began yesterday with three races. Guillaume Rol SNG took the lead in the Lasers 4.7 with two race wins ahead of Asya Luvisetto SNG. Oliver Straessler YCB follows on rank 3 among the 31 participants. First in the Lasers Radial is Timon Kausche YCB ahead of Roger Moser SCE and Sabine Ultsch SCStä. 21 Radials participate. In the Standards (10 boats), Paolo Bricchetti ITA is clearly ahead of Jannik Roempp SCSTä.
The ranking list.
Sunday, September 21, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux / MACIF)
The arrival of a frontal system during the past night has changed the wind direction and the solo sailor are now on an upwind course with different strategic and tactical options on their way from Horta/Azores POR back to Lorient FRA. The fleet is still closely together with Gildas Mahé FRA leading 300 meters ahead of Adrien Hardy FRA. Xavier Macaire FRA ard 3rd is now one mile behind the leader.
The daily news, the race tracker and the event website.
Sunday, September 21, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
Six days without wind and waves at wind-safe Klitmöller DEN must be a record, and kept the Wave specialists waiting. To entertain the spectators, a tow session was organised with Jose Campello VEN as winner.
The report on the PWA website.
Sunday, September 21, 2014   (Image © Loris von Siebenthal)
Winning the GP SAP yesterday, the 'RealTeam' of Jerôme Clerc SUI and Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI advanced on the 2nd place in the Annual Décision 35 Trophy rankings behind 'Alinghi' (Ernesto Bertarelli) early winner of the Tour. 'Veltigroup' with Loïc Forestier SUI finished 2nd at the GP.
The report with rankings.
News – Saturday, September 20, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014   
The RS:X windsurfers were the second class to terminate their World Championship yesterday in a 15 kn breeze.
Charline Picon FRA was the premature RS:X female World Champion already before the Medal Race, but nevertheless, she added another race win extending her points' lead on the second-ranked to gigantic 40 points. Marina Alabau ESP and Mayaan Davidovich ISR fighted closely for Silver with the Spanish ahead at the end of the race. Davidovich ISR had to content herself with Bronze.
Julien Bontemps FRA starting as clear leader to the RS:X male Medal Race finished 2nd and won the Champion's title 21 points ahead of Przemyslav Miarczynski POL. Winning the Medal Race, Thomas Goyard FRA replaced the tied Piotr Myszka POL on the podium and took Bronze.
Alle ranking lists, the report and the video of the day.
Saturday, September 20, 2014   (Image © Laurens Morel)
All classes completed a full program in a 15 kn breeze. The 470 and 49ers finished the Final Series and start to the Medal Races today.
Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS, day ranks 1/1/2, are on the way to their fifth title in a row in the 470 men. They start to the Medal Race with a 15 points' lead on Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO who are 5 points in front of the third Panagiotis Mantis/Pavlos Kagialis GRE. 10 points behind the Greeks are Luke Patience/Elliott Willis GBR with a small remaining chance for a medal in the non-discard/double-points last race. To mention, that in addition to the well-known teams, two development teams qualified for the Medal Race: Piroulee/Sipan FRA (only FRA team) and Jordi Xammar/Jose Herp ESP.
In the 470 women, Lara Vadlau/Yolanta Ogar AUT regained the lead and there will be - no doubt - a fierce fight for Gold with the Olympic Champions Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL. Hannah Mills/Sakia Clark GBR on 3rd are 14 points behind, but have solid 10 points' advance themselves on the 4th-ranked Camille Lecointre/Hélène Defrance FRA.
The Medallists in the 49ers are already known before the Medal Race. Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL successfully defended their title as - with a 24 points' lead - they cannot be overtaken in the last race. Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen AUS and Jonas Warrer/Anders Thomesen DEN 5 points behind will fight for Silver and Bronze. Delle-Karth/Resch AUT as 4th are already 19 points back.
The 49erFX sail another two Final Races today. IDA-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgaard DEN lead 10 points ahead of Martine Grael7Kahena Kunze BRA, 12 points farther behind are Giulia Conti/Francesca Clapcich ITA as 3rd.
For first time, Giles Scott GBR returned after racing yesterday without a race win in the Finns. But his advantage on the runner-up Ivan Klijakovic CRO is nevertheless 20 points. Jonathan Lobert FRA follows with another 13 points' backlog on rank 3 just ahead of Ed Wright GBR.
Also the undisputed leaders in the Nacra 17 Billy Besson7Marie Riou FRA had their first bad day with the ranks 12 and 7, but nevertheless, they extended their lead on the 2nd Santiago Lange/Cecilia Carranza ARG on 25 points. Pippa Wilson/John Gimson GBR follow on rank 3.
All results and the daily report.
Saturday, September 20, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman/AWMRT)
An initial 8-10 kn breeze, later increasing to 15 kn, prevailed during the Repechage of the positon 5-12 teams to qualify for the four remaining Quarter Final slots. Chris Steele NZL (6-1), Matthieu Richard FRA (5-2), Keith Swinton AUS (5-2) and Björn Hansen SWE (4-3) qualified, while Tom Slingsby AUS (3-4) on rank 5, as well as Eric Monnin (2-5) as 6th missed the next round.
The report with results.
Saturday, September 20, 2014   (Image © Martina Orsini)
Thunderstorm alerts prevented sailing on Lake Garda yesterday at the 6th and last Act of the Moth Eurocup 2014. 23 participants are on the entry list, among them the favorites Giovanni Galeotti BEL and Chris Rast SUI. Starting celebrities will also be the Mini-Transat-winner Benoît Marie FRA and the Oracle-Team USA Sport Director Phillipe Presti FRA. The report.
Saturday, September 20, 2014   
Three races were sailed in a fresh 4 - 6 bft East Wind on day two.
Christoph Burger SUI/TYC moved on top of the rankings with three race wins, and has now a 5 points lead on Peter Theurer SUI/YCB. Finishing three times as 2nd, Thomas Morel FRA advanced on rank 3. The results (PDF).
Saturday, September 20, 2014   (Image © Paul Meilhat / SMA)
Moderate conditions prevailed yesterday on the Azores for the start of the second and last leg of the Lorient FRA - Horta POR Solo Regatta. The first leg hat do be abandoned because of an approaching heavy thunderstrom. This Regatta is also part of the French Solo Oceanic Racing Championship, lead by Corentin Horeau FRA.
After 15 hours' racing, the fleet sails closely together in a moderte breeze around 15 kn, with Vincent Biarnès FRA as first leader. The video of the start, the race viewer and the reports.
Saturday, September 20, 2014   
Saturday, September 20, 2014   (Image © PWA John Carter)
Waiting for wind at Klitmöller DEN on day 5 as well, and the forecast for today is not very promising either. The PWA website contains more interviews with Windsurf Professionals.
Saturday, September 20, 2014   (Image © DR / Vulcain Trophy)
After a rainy windless morning, the start to the last Act of the Decision-35 Annual Trophy, the GP SAP, was given on 16 hrs CET in absence of 'Alinghi' who were premature overall winners after Act 5 already. 'Realstone' with Jerôme Clerc SNG leads after day 1 ahead of Veltigroup' with Loïc Forestier and 'Ladycat' with Yann Guichard FRA.
The report and the interims rankings.
News – Friday, September 19, 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014   (Image © Thom Touw)
Yesterday, the first titles were awarded at the ISAF World Championship in Santander in a fresh, but very gusty and shifty breeze frorm the shore. The Netherlands won both Laser titles, France with Charline Picon has premature Gold in the RS:X windsurfers.
Marit Bouwmester NED started the Laser Radial Medal Race with a 10 points' lead, and kept this position with a 3rd rank in the last race. The rookie Josefin Olsson SWE clearly defended the second place. Evi Van Acker BEK took Bronze as at the Olympics. Tuula Tenkanen FIN and Veronika Kozelska-Fenclova CZE follow on the 4th and 5th place just one point behind Bronze.
The Silverfleet did not compete. After only 4 races sailed during 7 days (!), the winner is Maud Jayet SUI, corresponding to rank 61 overall in the 119 boats' fleet.
In a Medal Race full of suspense, Nicholas Heiner NED was first and succeeded to move on top of the Lasers Standard, as the leading Tom Burton AUS downsailed his direct opponent ending on the final ranks 7 and 8 allowing the Dutchman to overtake the duo and win the World Championship. Philipp Buhl GER is 4th 4 points behind rank 3. The defending Champion Robert Scheidt BRA is on the disappointing 5th place. The report of the Laser class, all ranking lists and the video of the Laser-Medal-Races.
The superior Charline Picon FRA took the Worlds title already before the Medal Race of the RS:X female windsurfers. With a row of top-5 results and a 9th place as discard result, she has a 28 points lead and cannot be overtaken by the 2nd-ranked Mayaan Davidovich ISR or the 3rd Marina Alabau ESP two points behind Silver. All ranking lists and the official report.
Friday, September 19, 2014   (Image © Barbara Sanchez)
The 20 kn breeze from the shore, however gusty and shifty, allowed to compensate the delays in the program somewhat. The Lasers sailed their Medal Races, the RS:X windsurfers terminated the Final Series and are ready for the Medal Races today, and the 49ersFX, the Nacra 17 and the Finns concluded the Qualification Series and are ready for the Final Series in Gold- and Silverfleets.
The 470 men finished the Qualifications in the morning already and began the Final Series in the afternoon. With two race wins, the Olympic Champions and defending World Champions Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS took the lead 3 points ahead of Fantela/Marenic CRO auf Rang 2. Mantis Kagialis GRE are 3rd.
As best of the day, the Olympic Champions Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL moved on top of the 470 women. Lara Vadlau/Yolanta Ogar AUT follow on rank 2, and Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA are new on rank 3. Today, two more Final races are on the program to select the 10 best for the Medal Race of Saturday. The report of the 470 class.
Today, the RS:X windsurfers will sail their Medal Races. Charline Picon FRA already has the World Champion's title in the female category with a 28 points' lead, while Mayaan Davidovich ISR and Marina Alabau ESP will fight for the Silver Medal. Minor medal chances remain also with Bryony Shaw GBR and Jiahui Wu CHN with a 10 respectively 12 points deficit on the 3rd place.
French is the lead and most probably also the title in the RS:X male windsurfers ! Julien Bontemps FRA starts to the Medal Race with a 14 points lead on Piotr Myszka POL who, with Przemyslav Miarczynski POL 3 points back, will fight for the Silver Medal. Byron Kokkalanis GRE as 4th is already 11 points behind rank 3. With 4 participants in the Medal Race, the French dominance in windsurfing is massive.
With the day ranks 1 and 2 in their Nacra 17 group, the defending World Champions Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA demonstrated their superiority at the end of the Qualification Series. The top team of the second group are Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI, adding another race win yesterday. The second top result was spoiled because of a capsize. As 2nd-ranked, the Swiss are 7 points behind the leaders. Pippa Wilson/John Gimson GBR are 3rd.
A class of his own was Giles Scott GBR in the Finns, even though he suffered the first defeat after 5 race wins in a row. Ivan Klijakovic CRO won the last race and advanced on the 3rd place behind Jonathan Lobert FRA. The report of the Finn class.
As always in windier conditions, skiff sailing ends up as a capsize festival, with the experienced teams surviving. Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL lead in the 49ers with a 29 points' advantage on Delle-Karth/Resch AUT. The Olympic Champions Outteridge/Jensen AUS moved up on rank 3.
The routiniers are also in front of the 49ersFX. Ida-Marie Baad-Nielsen/Marie Thusgaard DEN won both races yesterday and are now 3 points in front of Charlotte Dobson/Sophie Ainsworth GBR. Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA are 3rd.
All ranking lists and the official report.
Friday, September 19, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The Wave-Worldcup participants had nothing but stand-up paddling on their program, as there was again no wind on a sunny late-summer Thursday at Klitmöller, Danish West Coast. The report on the PWA website.
Friday, September 19, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
The Round Robin was completed yesterday in good sailing conditions. Last year's winner Taylor Canfield ISV is on top of the rankings with a 10-1 score ahead of Ian Williams GBR (9-2) as well as Pierre-Antoine Morvan FRA und Phil Robertson NZL (7-4 each). These four team are qualified directly for the Quarter Finals. The other 8 teams sail the Repechage to qualify for the remaining four places.
The report with rankings.
Friday, September 19, 2014   (Image © Claire ADB)
The opening day of the Finn Swiss Championship in Port Camargue FRA on the Mediterranean was rough. In a 25-30 kn breeze, only 15 of the 39 participants terminated at least one race. On top of the rankings are the internationally experienced sailors Peter Theurer SUI/YCB (day ranks 1 and 2), Christoph Burger SUI/TYC 2nd and Christoph Christen SUI/YCB 3rd.
The results and the event website.
Friday, September 19, 2014   
Yesterday was the scheduled start of the 470 Swiss Championship on Lake Bienne, but the wind was missing. 27 teams are on the entry list. The class website.
Friday, September 19, 2014   (Image © Tessa Wiechmann)
Markus Wieser GER and his team won also the third race of the Scandinavian Gold Cup yesterday and secured the trophy for Germany. Jürg Menzi SUI was 2nd yesterday and 2nd overall. The results. The Classics sailed at the same time the Royal Kaag Classic Trophy. Armando Daldini SUI was the winner. The results.
Wieser, 5.5 m defending World Champion is the clear favorite for the title in the Championship starting on Sunday. 38 teams from 7 nations are on the entry list.
News – Thursday, September 18, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Thom Touw)
The day saw conditions range from up to 30 kn in the morning to dead-calm later in the afternoon, and not all planned race could be sailed.
The two Laser Classes concluded their Final Series and start to the Medal Races today. As the standings are, Robert Scheidt BRA will not earn his 10th Worlds title in the Lasers Standard as he has as 6th a 19 points' backlog on the leading Tom Burton AUS. The Australian will have to battle with Nick Thompson GBR only 2 points behind. Whoever is ahead in the last race will take the title. Even Nicolas Heiner NED on 3rd 6 points behind and Philipp Buhl GER on 4th 10 points back have chances for the title, if the battle for Gold ends with an endless down-sailing.
Good chance for Gold however has Marit Bouwmester NED in the Lasers Radial. Her advantage on the persuing tied duo Veronika Koselzka-Fenclova CZE and Josefine Olsson SWE is 10 points. Evi Van Acker BEL, 3 points farther behind and even Tuula Tenkanen FIN on 5th have chances for a Medal. The Silverfleet, lead by Maud Jayet SUI (rank 61 overall) did not sail.
The 470 men sailed only one race and continue with the Qualification Series today. However, the rankings are for the first time relevant with the positions after 3 races. Stuart McNay/David Hughes USA are 3 points ahead of Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO. Mantis/Kagialis GRE and Charbonnier/Nebout FRA follow at equal points on the ranks 3 and 4. With a deficit of 8,5 points, the defending champions Belcher/Ryan AUS are on position 11. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI on rank 50 have a 50 points backlog on the Goldfleet cut at 37 boats. Philipp Erni/Stephan Zurfluh SUI 12 points behind the cut are now 55th. Today, three races are on the program.
The 470 women sailed their first Final race, and Lara Vadlau/Jolanta Ogar AUT took the overall lead winning this heat. Camille Lecointre/Hélène Defrance FRA follow 7 points behind. Mills/Clark GBR and Broekhuizen/Jongens NED are on the ranks 3 and 4 at equal points. Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI lost some ranks and are now 18th.
The Finns concluded the Qualification Series with 4 races. Ed Wright GBR won all heats of his group and is the clear overall leader ahead of Jonathan Lobert FRA. Ed Wright GBR and Anders Pedersen NOR follow at equal points on the positions 3 and 4.
The Nacra 17 did not compete. Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA are first on the published rankings with 2 race wins, but the other group only sailed one race won by Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI.
The 49ers concluded their Qualification Series after only 5 races yesterday. Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL lead 10 points ahead of Warrer/Thomsen DEN. Delle-Karth/Resch AUT follow behind 0.3 points back. The Olympic Champions Outteridge/Jensen AUS on rank 8 have a 20 points backlog. Sebastien Schneiter/Lucien Cujean SUI on position 55 and Victor Casas/Bryan Mettraux SUI as 74th continue the Championship in the Silverfleet.
The 49erFX completed only three races, and three teams share the lead: Charlotte Dobson/Sophie Ainsworth GBR, Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA and Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgard DEN all with the rank 1 and 2 in their groups. Today, the Qualification Series shall be concluded with 2-3 more races. Fiona Testuz/Livia Naef SUI on 22nd are with the 25 Goldfleet qualifiers for the moment, but their advance on the immediate oponents up to rank 30 is only 2 points.
Winning two heats, Julien Bontemps FRA is on top of the RS:X male windsurfers, followed by Piotr Myszka POL and Przemislav Miarczynski POL on the positions 2 and 3. Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI is now 24th and 17th nation. 18 nations will qualify for Rio 2016.
Charline Picon FRA domintes the RS:X female windsurfers with a 20 points' lead on Zofia Noceti-Klepacka POL. On the 3rd and 4th place are at equal points Eugenie Ricard FRA and Mayaan Davidovich ISR.
All ranking lists, the daily report and the video of the day.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Roger McMillan)
The ISAF Worlds in Santander, where the first Olympic berths are at stake, has been running for six day. Because of difficult weather conditions but above all because of a disastrous race management, the program is in massive delays. Critics come from many sides, especially also from major sailing nations. Races had to be cancelled because buoys were not set, boats were kept ashore when conditions were perfect and sent afloat when the breeze died. The fairness of races disappears when split fleet are sailing their qualification on different days. Protest are flooding in from different teams, and the Jury had to correct a number of decisions. The competition is also difficult to cover media-wise with the sometimes chaotic situations. The pinnacle of sailing of the International Sailing Federation turned into a sports and media desaster.
A report from Australia.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman/WMRT)
The 4th Act of the World Match Racing Tour 2014 began yesterday on Lake Michigan in a light breeze. 4 flights were completed, and as expected, Taylor Canfield ISV (Director of the Chicago Match Race Center) took advantage of his local experience and leads with a 4-0 score. Ian Williams GBR, Mathieu Richard FRA, Phil Robertson AUS, Joachim Aschenbrenner DEN and Chris Steele NZL follow with a 3-1 w/l record.
The report with results.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
Still no wind and small waves in Klitmöller on the Danish west coast, the Wave Worldcup had to be delayed again. A short report and some interviews on the PWA website.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)
The six teams of the 35th America's Cup Challenge decided to equip the AC45-catamarans with foils. 'Luna Rossa' and 'Oracle Team USA modified their cats already, and at the AC-World Series starting next year, the AC45s shall be flying. A report of 'Luna Rossa Challenge' and the official communiqué.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
The Friederichshafen Interboot begins on Saturday and lasts nine day with 500 exhibitors presenting their latest products and services, including a number of novelties.
But more and more activities take place on water to make the Boat Show even more attractive for visitors. Act 5 of the German National Sailing League, a competition among Club Teams launched this year, will be run on Lake Constance. Moreover, the Starboat Olympic Champion Freddy Lööf SWE will present the M32 catamaran, a new design that just has been successfully raced in a top-attended regatta in Scandinavia.
The report.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
The 5.5 m World Championship begins traditionally with the Scandinavian Gold Cup , and two races were already completed yesterday. Only the race winners qualify for the next round, and with Markus Wieser GER and his team already winning twice, the Gold Cup might be very short this time. Jürg Menzi SUI is sailing for Switzerland. He finished 5th and 2nd in the 6 boats fleet. The results.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
The Finn Swiss Championship begins today in Port Camargue. Instead of the expected summery conditions, a bad weather depression with rain and an easterly wind of up to 25 kn will be prevailing over the Gulf of Marseille. The weather forecast. 43 sailors from 5 nations participate. The event website.
News – Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Admittedly, the Santander area was blessed with a fresher breeze of up to 18 kn, but the South-Easterly wind from the shore was extremely shifty, and again, only a reduced program has been completed.
The RS:X male windsurfer completed their program with the Gold- and Silverfleet Qualifications. 23 nations are represented among the 41 drivers in the Goldfleet. 18 Rio Olympic berths will be allotted at the end of the Championship. Piotr Myszka POL is on the first place ahead of Pierre Le Coq FRA and Nick Dempsey GBR.
The RS:X female windsurfers had a lay day. Charline Piccon FRA is the clear leader ahead of Bryony Shaw GBR and Patricia Freitas BRA. 18 nations in the Goldfleet fight for one of the 15 Olympic berths.
The 470 women completed their Qualification Series as well. Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark GBR lead 2 points in front of Lara Vadlau/Jolanta Ogar AUT. On rank 3 at equal points follow Michelle Broekhuizen/Marieke Jongens NED and Lemaitre/Retornaz FRA down on rank 4 after a disqualification. The best 10 nations in the Goldfleet will qualify for an Olympic nations slot.
The Qualification Series in the 470 men is not yet terminated and will continue today on the reserve day. Up to now, one half of the fleet has sailed 3, the other half 2 races, and the ranking list ist therefore not very transparent. Charbonnier/Nebout FRA are mentioned as 1st, but McNay/Hughes USA with two race wins so far are clearly ahead.
Different is the number of races also in the 49ers. Burling/Tuke NZL are stated as leaders ahead of Lima/Costa POR. The second group follows in the rankings with position 41.
Uneven is also the number of races in the 49erFX, where Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgaard DEN are first after 3 completed heats. The second half of the fleet has sailed only 2 races.
The Finns completed one race per group. Oliver Twedell AUS and Giles Scott GBR were the race winners.
With two race wins in their group, Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA are on top of the Nacra 17 rankings. The second group sailed only one race, won by the Swiss team Mattias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI.
The Lasers continue the Championship in a Gold-, Silver- and Bronzefleet, but only the Goldfleet sailed yesterday and completed two races, with Philipp Buhl GER as double winner in the Lasers Standard, advancing on rank 5 overall. Tom Burton AUS is the leader ahead of Nicolas Heiner NED and Nick Thompson GBR. No races for the Silver- and Bronzefleets.
New on top of the Lasers Radial is Marit Bouwmester NED thanks of a race win, followed by Veronika Koselska-Fenclova CZE. Josefine Olsson SWE on rank 3 is already 14 points back.
The daily report and all ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
Unfavorable wind and wave conditions prevented the competition at the Danish West Coast yesterday. The highlight of the day was the recovery of the fishing boat stranded in the middle of the race area. For the first time, the competition can be followed live on the Internet. The report of the day as always on the PWA-website.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The World Match Racing Tour 2014 continues today with the Chicago Match Cup on Lake Michigan. After 4 of 7 Rounds, the clear leader is Ian Williams GBR 17 points ahead of the second-ranked Mathieu Richard FRA, The 2013 Match Race World Champion Taylor Canfield ISV - btw Director of the Chicago Match Race Center and therefore very familiar with the Tom-28-yachts in use - on the 3rd rank has a deficit of 24 points on Williams. The competition can be followed live on the Internet.
The official preview.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The most spectacular capsizes of the past 30 years are documented in a 6-minutes 18-footer video summary, the 'Capsize Classics'. An amusing start of the day ! The video.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Meanwhile, most results and reports of the regattas on Swiss lakes over the past weekend have been published as always in the Sailing Switzerland section of our website.
Unfortunately, not all Clubs dispose of a website to secure a fast results information. Nevertheless, we would be very happy to receive reports and ranking lists by normal mail (if possible with photo(s) so that the information on our website be as complete as possible.
The main objective of this Internet Sailing Platform is the up-to-date spreading of information on the Swiss Club's regatta activity for the good of the Organisers and their Sponsors.