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News – Saturday, March 28, 2015
Saturday, March 28, 2015   
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The fleet is progressing well in a 20 kn westerly breeze, still sailing in a tight pack practically within sight: The leading 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) is 3 miles in front of 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED), and the last of this group on the 5th place, 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP), is only 6 miles behind the leading Chinese. Only the all-female team 'SCA' (Samantha Davies GBR) on an extreme northern route is clearly behind with a 96 miles backlog.
The race viewer and the event website with reports and videos.
Saturday, March 28, 2015   
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The announced North wind filled in over the southern part of Switzerland , but as feared with too much velocity. The 30 kn plus breeze did not allow to start the first races of the Laser Europacup Regatta on Lake Lugano. 96 participants in the three Laser Classes are on the entry list. The forecast for today announced a sailable North wind. The event website.
 
News – Friday, March 27, 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015   (Image © SCA)
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The fleet is sailing closely together along the ice limits South of the 50° parallel in a decreasing wind around 20 kn with 'Dongfeng' of Charles Caudrelier FRA in the lead 2 miles ahead of 'Alvimedica', 7 miles ahead of 'Mapfre' and 10 miles ahead of 'Brunel'. The last-ranked 'SCA' has reduced the backlog to 57 miles.
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Friday, March 27, 2015   
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The 5o5 South African Nationals ended yesterday with a second race, sailed in fresh breeze exceeding 20 kn. It was now up to other nations to run the show after the Aussie festival in the first race, especially the defending World Champions Mike Holt/Carl Smit USA coming back strongly with a clear race win. They also are on top overall ahead of the international team Ian Pinnell GBR/Jens Tellen GBR at equal points. The report with the final rankings.
Friday, March 27, 2015   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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Two days after Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA arriving victoriously in Barcelona, the runner-up Guillermo Altadill ESP/José Munoz CHI will reach the Mediterranean Sea today, and - considering the light winds - another four days will be needed to reach the Catalan metropole. Milestone today also for Jörg Riechers GER/Sébastien Audigane FRA passing the Equator as 6th, and still fighting with the serious handicap of a damaged rudder system.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Friday, March 27, 2015   (Image © fotozambra)
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The Laser Europacup, annual regatta series with one event in most European countries, will be kicked-off today in Lugano SUI. During the past years, this competition has proofed to be the most important feeder series for youth sailors to prepare for the Olympic Laser circuit. Here the final rankings 2014.
Sunny weather with a tendency for North wind have been forecast for the weekend: perfect sailing if the breeze does not fill in too strongly ! The event website.
Friday, March 27, 2015   
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The Solo Basse Normandie is the first annual event of the French One-design Bénéteau Figaro class, a race of 200 miles overall along the Normandy Coast to Cherbourg and back. 24 participants are on the entry list, among them the Vendée Globe experienced Yann Eliès FRA and Alain Gautier FRA (winner 92/93). Three women - Claire Pruvot FRA, Sophie Faquet FRA and Isabelle Joschke GER/FRA are among the participants. The event website.
Friday, March 27, 2015   (Image © Martinez Studios)
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The 2015 RC44 Championship Tour started on Malta last Wednesday as in previous years with the matchracing day. Four different teams finished on top with four wins each. Here the results, the report and the video.
Yesterday, the regatta continued with fleetracing in very varying conditions and a breeze of up to 20 kn in during the second of the three races, not to forget the big swell. 'Ceeref' of Igor Lah SLO with Adrian Stead GBR as tactician won two races and leads overall ahead of the tied 'Katushaa' of Vadim Alexeev RUS with Andrew Horton USA as tactician. 'Nika' with - for the first time 'on his own' after the long years at 'Team NZL' - Dean Barker NZL calling tactics, finished first in the third race, putting them on 4th overall.
The results and the daily report.
 
News – Thursday, March 26, 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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Yesterday afternoon after 84 days and 6 hours' racing, Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA crossed the finish line in Barcelona as winners of the 2015 World Race, fixing a new reference time. Thanks to their experience, they managed to bring their Open 60 'Cheminées Poujoulat' safely home inspite of number of minor damages. Their closest opponent 'Neutrogena' (Guillermo Altadill ESP/ José Munoz CHI) is still sailing on the North Atlantic with 955 miles to go. 'GAES' on rank 3 with Anna Corbella/Gerard Marin ESP has again lost a couple of miles, and with a deficit exceeding 300 miles, the Spanish duo has practically no chance to climb on the 2nd place.
The race tracker, the first interviews with the winners and the videos.
Thursday, March 26, 2015   
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The fleet is now in a rather calm zone, a relief after the windy Tuesday, sailing again closely together with 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) leading 1,7 miles ahead of 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) and 2,4 miles in front of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP). Sailing now in the Howling Fifties close to the ice exclusion zone, the peaceful moment will soon come to an end, as another storm front is approaching from the West. The all-female 'SCA' team on the last position 108 miles back will be the first to be hit by the stormy breeze.
The race viewer and the event website with reports and videos.
Thursday, March 26, 2015   
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The 2015 Trofeo Princesa Sofia for Olympic and invited classes in Palma de Mallorca begins on next Monday. This event is no longer part of the ISAF World Cup calendar, but the results count for the new European Annual Championship and above all as qualification regatta for the Hyères World Cup event in April. Therefore, the participation at the Trofeo is still outstanding with all Olympic campaigners present, including the Swiss Sailing Team with the Olympic hopefuls.
Positive the comeback of Nathalie Brugger SUI as crew on the Nacra 17 of Matias Buehler SUI after her knee injury at the Miami World Cup Regatta. First tests were successful - see the team's facebook page. Already qualified for the Hyères World Cup are the two 470 teams: Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI in the 470 men are for the first time with the new coach Kevin Burnham USA. Also starting are the development teams Kilian Wagen/Grégoire Siegwart SUI and David Biedermann/Max Haenssler SUI. 2015 is the crucial season for the 470 women team Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI, racing for a Rio 2016 Olympics berth. After an intensive winter training, it remains to be seen, whether they have made progress in fresher winds. In light wind, the are already now at the level of the top teams. Maud Jayet SUI has resumed her Olympic campaign in the Laser Radial. With a good result in Palma, she endeavours to qualify for Hyères. The same is true for Guillaume Girod SUI bei the Lasers Standard. Also sailing in the large 180 boats Laser fleet are also Nils Theuninck SUI, Cyril Knecht SUI and Yannick Roempp SUI. Sébastien Schneiter/Lucien Cujean SUI continue with their 49er project after an intensive winter training. And last but not least, the light-wind RS:X windsurfer Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI is also competing for a Hyères World Cup qualification.
All entry lists.
Thursday, March 26, 2015   
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The South Africa 5o5 Nationals in Port Elizabeth began yesterday with a first race, ... and dominating Australians occupying the rank 1 to 4 ! Their racing experience of the Southern Hemisphere summer seems to be a major advantage for the moment, and it remains to be seen, whether the Northern teams will be able to catch up quickly in view of the World Championship.
Quirk/Roos AUS were the winners ahead of Bowden/Bath AUS. 28 teams from 5 nations participate. The results.
Thursday, March 26, 2015   (Image © Michael Petrikov)
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Five heats were completed on day 2 of the first 2015 Act of the new Kite-Foil-Gold-Cup. The French drivers continue on the top positions with Nicolas Parlier FRA as the new leader 5 points ahead of Maxime Nocher FRA 2nd and Julien Kerneur FRA 3rd. Johnny Heineken USA is 4th. The ranking list.
The Foil-Boards have further developped during the past months, and with the wing attachments, the start to resemble the Foiler Moth, as the video of the first day demonstrates.
Thursday, March 26, 2015   
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Considering the high cost of the AC65 catamarans under development and the first experiences of the now flying smaller AC45 catamarans, teams as well as the organisers seem to be open to discuss the size of the multihull for the coming 35th America's Cup. In the next day - before end of March - a poll shall take place with the defender and the challengers.
The report.
 
News – Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015   
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With only 127 miles left to Barcelona at 4 a.m. UTC, the Franco-Swiss 'Cheminées Poujoulat' will finish the circumnavigation race early this afternoon with Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA as clear winners of the 2015 Barcelona World Race. The last miles will be sailed in a fresh breeze from the shore.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015   
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The six teams sailing in the Roaring Forties have been hit by a strom front with wind speeds above 40 kn, and four of them could not avoid chinese gybes. 'Mapfre' has documented this incident on a video clip. Fortunately, only minor damages were the consequences, but substantial changes in the positions happened.
The most southern route of 'Mapfre' seems to be paying, as the Spanish team took the lead during the past night, for the moment with a 4 miles' lead on 'Brunel' and 'Abu Dhabi' closely behind. The chinese gybe and the necessary repair work delayed the all-female 'SCA' substantiall, and they are now on the last position with a 133 miles' deficit
The race viewer and the event website with more reports and videos.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015   
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On the coming weekend, the South African 5o5 Championships - at the same time warm-up for the following World Championship - will begin in Port Elizabeth RSA, famous for its fresh breeze. A majority of the the Worlds' fleet will profit from this tune-up regatta. Favorites are the defending Champions Mike Holt/Carl Smit USA, the traditionally competitive German team (even without the multiple champions Hunger/Kleiner GER), the past World Champion Jan Saugmann DEN or Ian Pinell GBR.
The preview and the event website.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015   
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The first of four Acts of the Kite-Foil Gold Cup 2015 began yesterday at Ventana in Mexico. Julien Kerneur FRA is the first leader followed by Nicolas Parlier FRA and Maxime Nocher FRA and Johnny Heineken USA at equal points. 43 participants from 14 nations. The results and the event facebook page.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015   
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The circuit of the foiling GC32 catamarans is growing. After Dona Bertarelli SUI with her 'Spindrift' team, it is now 'Team Alinghi' announcing its participation as well. Ernesto Bertarelli SUI and Morgan Larson USA will share steering, the Olympic 470 medalist Nicolas Charbonnier FRA will call tactics, and the team is completed by the experience 'Alinghi' crew with Pierre-Yves Jorand SUI, Nils Frei SUI and Yves Detrey SUI. The communiqué.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015   
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Last Saturday, the annual Presidents' Conference of Swiss Sailing took place at Ittigen/Berne. The key item debated during this information meeting was the financial situation of the federation. While the members' fees grew by 23%, the income provided by Swiss Sailing Promotion, the sponsoring organisation, is 63% down to CHF 137'000 only. The discussion made it clear, that the proposed financing schemes have little support with a majority of Club Presidents, who requested the reduction of 'nice-to-have' activities with the corresponding savings before approving a moderate fee increase.
The Communiqué.
 
News – Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Tuesday, March 24, 2015   
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Little to no wind at the moment for Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA, moving forward at 2 to 3 kn only, but a depression is approaching and the remaining 250 miles to Barcelona will most probably see a quick finish. ETA right now is Wednesday, 9 hrs UTC. 1'094 miles behind, North of the Canaries was 'Neutrogena' (Altadill ESP/Munoz CHI) this morning, now 220 miles ahead of 'GAES' (Corbella/Marin ESP).
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015   
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The Volvo Ocean Race fleet continues heading east in a fresh westerly wind (more or less) enjoying extreme downwind sailing conditions on the Southern Ocean at speeds exceeding 20 kn. Sometimes, the line between sailing and survival becomes evident. 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) was the team of the day reducing the gap to the leading 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) on 3 miles. The 3rd-ranked 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) is already 31 miles back. The all-female team 'SCA' (Samantha Davies GBR) on rank 5 has a 60 miles' backlog.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015   (Image © Raffaele Barbera)
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The inaugural Starboat European Winter Series 2015 ended on Sunday with the District Championship Regatta in San Remo ITA. Overall winners after Nizza, Monaco and San Remo are Denis Kashina/Dmitry Mechetin UKR closely followed by Diegi Negri/Sergio Lambertenghi ITA, winners in Nizza and San Remo, 2 points behind. The fight for rank 3 was tight as welll with Lorenz Zimmermann/Kilian Weise SUI just one point ahead of Wil Wargnier/Laurent Hayoz SUI. 60 teams from 12 nations participasted.
The final rankings.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015   
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The Surprise sailed their 2nd Act of the European Sailing Series at Arma di Taggia ITA also a the Italian Ligurian Coast with the very fresh East wind. Similar to the Starboats in San Remo, valid races were possible only on Saturday. Winner after four races was Team 'CER - Signaterre' with Mathieu Cadei SUI, age 18, steering, ahead of Michel Glaus SUI with his 'Teo Jacob' on rank 2.
The report by CER.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015   
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The ISAF sanctioned World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) organisers announced yesterday a new and expanded sixteen event schedule for the 2015/16 World Championship. For the first time since the World Tour was founded in 2000, the series will award championship points to all events on the schedule divided into two categories – World Tour Events and World Championship Events. Skippers will count their highest five results towards the World Championship title. The new format provides a valuable pathway for up and coming match racing skippers to compete on the world stage.
The first 2015 Tour event will be the 51st Congressional Cup in Long Beach, CA in May. The report.
 
 
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