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News – Monday, April 27, 2015
Monday, April 27, 2015   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
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Perfect sailing conditions prevailed for the Medal Races on Hyères Bay yesterday with sun and a 18-20 kn East wind. In five events, the overall winners were known prematurely before the Medal Races, but the fighting for the prize-winning podium ranks were intense (overall prize money 72'000 EUR).
Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO finished first in the 470 men, but with a victory in the double points' Medal Race, Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS advanced on rank 2 overall. Luke Patience/Elliott Willis GBR took Bronze. In the 470 women, the clear winners were Fernanda Oliveira/Ana-Luisa Barbachan BRA, finishing the Medal Race on rank 2. Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL moved up on rank 2, Camille Lecointre/Hélène Defrance earned Bronze.
Outstanding Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL in the 49ers starting to the last race as already confirmed overall winners, but nevertheless, they demonstrated their superiority with a smashing win yesterday. Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen AUS on rank 2 are 49 (!) points behind. Erik Heil/Thomas Plössel GER advanced on rank 3 on the last day. Leader change in the 49ersFX, as Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgaard DEN finishing 2nd overtook Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA. Giulia Conti/Francesca Clapcich ITA took Bronze.
No change on the podium brought the Medal Race of the Finns: Giles Scott GBR was again the winner, and Vasilij Zbogar SLO defended rank 2 ahead of Ed Wright GBR auf Rang 2.
Dominating victory also for Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA in the Nacra 17 and they concluded the Hyères week with a 25 points' advantage on Mandy Mulder/Coen de Koning NED. Renée Groenveld/Steven Krol NED took Bronze.
Rank 7 in the Medal Race did not remove Pierre Le Coq FRA from rank 1 in the RS:X male windsurfers. Piotr Myszka POL progressed on rank 2, Byron Kokkalanis GRE finished 3rd. The Medal Race podium of the RS:X female windsurfers was identical with the overall rankings. Lilian de Geus NED finished first ahead of Charline Picon FRA and Paricia Freitas BRA.
All ranking lists and the final report.
Monday, April 27, 2015   
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The Hyères Worldcup final day was breezy with an 18-20 kn Eastwind and a rough sea, and the duel on top of the Lasers Standard ended in favor of Tom Burton AUS finishing 2nd in the Medal Race and leaving Nick Thompson GBR on 2nd overall. The Laser legend Robert Scheidt BRA advanced on rank 3 inspite of a penalty circle because of an infringement during the start.
Outstanding Evi Van Acker BEL in the Lasers Radial as she dominated also the Medal Race and finished clearly ahead of Gintare Scheidt LTU, coming back strongly after her 'baby leave'. Bronze went to Josefin Olsson SWE.
All ranking lists and the final report.
Monday, April 27, 2015   
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The only Swiss sailing in the Medal Races were Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI in the 470 women. They were aiming for an improvement in the overall rankings, but their direct opponents Kondo/Yoshioka JPN 'exploded' winning the Medal Race and the Swiss girls remained on rank 9, their best Worldcup result ever ! The improved performance in fresher winds payed dividends and they are on a good way to qualify Switzerland for one of the remaining Olympic berths, as the 470 women elite was present at Hyères except the World Champions Vadlau/Ogar AUT
We already reported on the results of the other three Swiss boats. Above all, Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI has to be mentioned as with his 11th place overall one point behind the Medal Race qualification in the RS:X male windsurfers, he performed remakably well and he has good chances to win the Olympic berth for Switzerland at the RS:X Worlds 2015.
Matias Buhler/Nathalie Brugger SUI, normally a safe value, had unusual ups and downs in the Nacra 17 races, and ended on rank 15 overall.
Also beyond their capacity sailed Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI in the 470 men: Handicapped by a flu of the helmsman, they had to content themselves with rank 32.
All ranking lists and the report.
Monday, April 27, 2015   
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The fleet is now on a long port tack in moderate trade winds along the Brazilian coast direction North. 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA is in the lead with now 8 miles ahead of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP). Only 0.5 miles farther behind is 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED), while the all-female 'SCA' team (Samantha Davies GBR) is 4th 19 miles behind the leader.
The race viewer and the event website.
Monday, April 27, 2015   
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Six races have been completed at the Italian National Championship off Trieste ending with a Croatian 1 and 2. Marin Misura/Tonko Barac CRO finished first 9 points ahead of Lovrovic/Lovrovic CRO. Danelon/Gazetta ITA followed on 3rd. Löfsted/Carlsson SWE , sailing under the YC Ascona banner, finished as 9 th, Infanger/Chtchetine SUI as 12th and best Swiss team.
The final rankings.
Monday, April 27, 2015   
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With 25+ knot winds blowing, the final day of the Marseille Test Event for the 2015 Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour, racing was cancelled. However over the previous three days, 15 races had been held in conditions ranging from 3-20 knots, providing the four teams with the most valuable learning experience prior to the Tour's first event on Lake Traunsee, Austria over 27th-31st May.
The quality of the racing already seems good with regular position changes and different winners. After 15 races, 'Armin Strom Sailing Team' with the America's Cup helmsman Chris Draper GBR steering claimed honours, but was just four points ahead of the novice 'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA and Ernesto Bertarelli SUI (3 races 2/1/2) steering. 'Spindrift' with Yann Guichard FRA finished 3rd.
The final report and the videos.
Monday, April 27, 2015   
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The Lake Geneva Act of the Laser Annual Points' Championship was well attended, but only on Saturday, there was enough wind to complete at least three races for the Standards, and two races for the Radials and 4.7.
Nils Theuninck CNP won all three Laser Standard heats, Maud Jayet SUI was first in the Radials ahead of Damian Suri YCB and Carlo Fischer SKM, and the best 4.7 sailor was Gregoire Preverelli SNG with Lucie Keller SNG and Joshua Schopfer SNG completing the all SN Geneva podium.
The ranking list and the short report.
Monday, April 27, 2015   
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Five races were sailed on the final day of the first Round of the Swiss Sailing League with the RC Oberhofen and Alain Stettler staying on top of the rankings, qualifying for the European Champions-League-Final in Porto Cervo ITA in September. The SN Geneva team with Nicolas Anklin advanced on the 2nd place, the Regatta Club Bodensee with Julian Flessati finished 3rd. 17 Club teams participated.
The final report and the crew list.
 
News – Sunday, April 26, 2015
Sunday, April 26, 2015   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
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The Qualification Series of the Hyères Worldcup event ended yesterday with the full program by class. In 4 of the 10 events, the overall winners are already known prematurely before the Medal Races.
Once more outstanding the 49er World Champions Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL, uncatchable with a 45 points advantage on the former Champions Nathan Outteridge/Iain Hensen AUS. Suspense is on for rank 3, where David Gilmour/Rhys Mara AUS have to defend themselves against Erik Heil/Thomas Plössel GER 8 points back.
Also in the Nacra 17, the dominating winners are known with Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA once more on top 25 points ahead of Mandy Mulder/Coen De Koning NED. Renée Groenveld/Steven Krol NED are 6 points behind on rank 3.
Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO, in 7 of the 8 470 men races in the top six, have a 25 points' lead over the 2nd-ranked Luke Patience/Elliott Willis GBR and are the premature overall winners as well. The fight for Silver and Bronze however is fully open, as the English are only one point in front of the Olympic Champions Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS, and Ferdinand Gerz/Oliver Szymanski GER are only 5 points behind rank 2.
Practically through is Giles Scott GBR with a 19 points' lead in the Finns and all he has to do is to finish the Medal Race. Vasilij Zbogar SLO, winner of both races yesterday is 2nd only 4 points ahead of Ed Wright GBR on 3rd.
A solid lead of 15 points for Pierre Le Coq FRA in the RS:X male windsurfer is a safe cushion for a final victory, leaving Byron Kokkalanis GRE, Piotr Myszka POL and Julien Bontemps FRA fight for Silver and Bronze.
The situation is still open in all five other events. Only two points separate the first four in the 470 women with Oliveira/Barbachan BRA, Mills/Clarke GBR, Lecointre/Defrance FRA and Aleh/Powrie NZL.
Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA have now taken the lead in the 49erFX , but Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgaard DEN are only one point behind.
9 points is the lead of Lilian De Geus NED on Charline Picon FRA in the RS:X female windsurfers.
All ranking lists and the daily report.
The Medal Races will take place today from 10 to 16 h UTC to be transmitted with live stream on the Internet and a number of TV stations.
Sunday, April 26, 2015   (Image © Franck Socha)
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The Laser Standard Medal Race promises to become quite exciting as everything can happen in the double-point-no-discard final race. Will the matchrace for the title between Tom Burton AUS and Nick Thompson GBR 2 points back be such, that the trio fighting for Bronze 10 points behind, i.e. 5 Medal-Race-ranks, has a chance to climb even higher ? Rutger Van Schaardenburg NED and Nicholas Heiner NED tied one point ahead of Robert Scheidt BRA will defintely be on full attack.
The Laser Radial leader Evi Van Acker BEL however will have a more quiet race with a 13 points' lead on Gintare Scheidt LTU 2nd, 6 points ahead of Anne-Marie Rindom DEN. But Josefin Olsson SWE 2 points behind might well challenge Rindom for Bronze.
All ranking lists and the daily report.
The Medal Races will be broadcast live on the Internet, 10 a.m. UTC for the Lasers Standard, and 14.20 p.m. UTC for the Lasers Radial.
Sunday, April 26, 2015   (Image © Franck Socha)
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Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI defended their place in the top-10 yesterday and will be the only Swiss team sailing in today's Medal Races. The two Lake Thoune girls displayed their strength in light winds (even with a race win) and did not loose too much in fresher breezes. This is their first qualification for a Worldcup Medal Race in the 470 women, to be broadcast live on the Internet at 13.40 CET this afternoon.
Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI delivered the best performance of his young career in the RS:X male windsurfers, missing the Medal Race as 11th by one mere point only.
Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI did not perform as usual, but improved during the event and achieved the best results - ranks 5 and 6 - yesterday in the last regattas, finishing 15th overall in the Nacra 17.
Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI had a event to forget, and the black-flag disqualification in the last race crowned the week. The mostly light wind, the crew Romuald Hausser SUI getting sick, and equipment failures added up to a disappointing 31st place among the 40 wordl-best 470 teams.
All ranking lists and the final report.
Sunday, April 26, 2015   
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The 420 CIMA at Bandol FRA ended yesterday with three races sailed in an up to 15 kn East wind. Winners after 12 heats are Maxime Pedron/Eliott Michal FRA with a solid 15 points advantage on Herail/Lepoutre FRA. The best girls' team Marina Lefort/Lara Granier FRA is on rank 4.
The ranking list and the report.
Sunday, April 26, 2015   
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After 'Alvimedica' leading as the most westerly team of the fleet, it was 'Dongfeng' on the extreme East taking the lead yesterday, with 'Brunel' massively advancing on the 2nd place 4,2 miles back. Behind 'Mapfre' on 4th follows the all-female 'SCA' team of Sam Davis GBR 6,9 miles back on 4th.
The race viewer and the event website.
Sunday, April 26, 2015   
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Xavier Macaire FRA won the long-distance race (shortened due to the dying wind) yesterday, while the Vendée-Globe veteran Yann Eliès FRA is the overall winner of the Solo-Maître-Coq, with combined long and short races during the past days.
The final rankings, the reports and the video of the day.
Sunday, April 26, 2015   
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An up to 15 kn South-East wind prevailed over the Bay of Marsaille yesterday, good enough to allow full foiling for the big catamarans. The experienced 'Marvin' team in its third year of activity with the 'Luna Rossa' helmsman Chris Draper GBR steering still stays on top, but the newcomers get more and more familiar with the flying cat, especially Ernesto Bertarelli SUI, brilliantly steering in his three races with the ranks 2/2/1 of his race debut, and establishing a speed record for the 'Alinghi' GC32 with 34 kn.
The explicit report and the results.
Sunday, April 26, 2015   
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40 teams from 10 nations have been sailing the Italian Starboat Championship off Trieste ITA. Two races were completed in difficult conditions and the leaders are Silvio Santoni/Sergio Lambertenghi ITA ahead of Lovrovic/Lovrovic CRO and Gureyev/Kushnir UKR. Scheinecker/Wallinger AUT and Tom Löfsted/Jesper Sundmann SWE sailing under the flag of the Swiss Ascona YC follow at equal points on rank 4. 6.
The ranking list and the report.
Sunday, April 26, 2015   
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A disturbed weather pattern with gradient winds interfered by local mostly southern wind puffs created a messy situation on Lake Thoune and only one flight could be completed, won by the team of the SN Geneva, consolidating the 3rd place in the interim's rankings. All other teams were awarded average points to allow to begin the Finl Series races today.
Overall leader is the RC Oberhofen with Alain Stettler RCO ahead of the Thunersee YC with Chris Rast TYC. Here the ranking list, the short report and a video clip of the local TV chain Tele Bärn.
Sunday, April 26, 2015   
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The 5.5 m Alpine Cup on Lake Garda was concluded yesterday with two races, and the two teams with Bahama helmsmen had a close duel for the final overall victory. Mark Holowesko BAH/Christoph Burger SUI/Peter Vlasov BAH had the upper hand at the end of the day one point ahead of Gavin McKinney/ Johannes Hauff/Lars Hurn BAH.
The final rankings and the report by Christoph Burger SUI/TYC, crew on the winning boat..
 
News – Saturday, April 25, 2015
Saturday, April 25, 2015   
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Moderate winds of up to 10 kn provided for another light-wind day yesterday.
Inspite of a failed race (rank 23), Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO extended their lead in the 470 men on 11 points. Zandona/Trani ITA remain 2nd, but new on rank 3 are now Xammar/Herp ESP. Leader change in the 470 women where Fernanda Oliveira/Ana-Luiza Barbachan BRA moved up on rank 1 thanks to a race win, closely followed by Haeger/Provancha USA. The best of the day (2/4) Camille Lecointre/Hélène Defrance FRA advanced on rank 3.
Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL are a class of their own in the 49ers, as their advantage after 9 races is already 37 points. Warrer/Thomsen DEN and Outteridge/Jensen AUS keep the ranks 2 and 3. The best of the day (1/13/2) Heil/Plössel GER moved up on rank 5. A solid lead also in the 49ersFX, where Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgaard DEN extended their advantage on 17 points. The day's best Lisa Ericsson/Hannah Klinga SWE with two race wins progressed on the 2nd place. Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA are now 3rd.
Giles Scott GBR is on the way to another victory in the Finns, as his last persuer Ed Wright GBR is now 14 points back. The 3rd-ranked Ivan Klijakovic CRO has already a backlog of 32 points.
The Nacra 17 sailed only one race and the first-placed Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA defended their position with a 12 points advantage on Lin Ea Cenholt/Christian Lübeck DEN 2nd. The best of the day Mandy Mulder/Coen De Koning NED moved up on rank 3.
Pierre Le Coq FRA (1 and 3) is first in the RS:X male windsurfers, closely followed by Nimrod Mashiah ISR and Julien Bontemps FRA. Lilian de Geus NED firmly leads in the RS:X female windsurfers, where - thanks to the light wind - the Chinese Jahui Wu CHN and Victoria Chan HKG are again the first chasers.
All ranking lists, the report of the day and two video interviews with the skiff giants Outteridge/Jensen AUS and Grael/Kunze BRA.
Saturday, April 25, 2015   
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Despite the light winds around 10 kn yesterday, Tom Burton AUS defended his lead in the Lasers Standard, but Tonci Stipanovic CRO reduced the backlog on 5 points. The World Champion Nicholas Heiner NED on 3rd has also still a hand on the first place. Two races are left today to select the 10 best for tomorrow's Medal Race.
Evi Van Acker BEL is now the sole leader in the Lasers Radial six points ahead of Anne-Marie Rindom DEN on 2nd. Gintare Scheidt LTU remains on 3rd (and is ahead compared to her husband Robert Scheidt BRA on 5th in the Standards). Marit Bouwmester NED, day ranks 1 and 5, was shining for the first time at this event and progressed on position 8 overall. Alison Young GBR is at present on rank 10, the cut for the Medal Race, and today's two races will be crucial. Light winds have been forecast for today as well. The races can again be followed live on the Internet.
All ranking lists and the daily report.
Saturday, April 25, 2015   
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The light winds gave again adavantage to the specialists in the Swiss team, above all Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI, moving up on rank 7 overall wit the day ranks 1 and 9 as second-best team in the 470 women. Light winds will reign again today and the chances to defend the Medal Race place are good with an advantage of 11 points on rank 11.
Also on a Medal Race course is Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI in the RS:X male windsurfers. With the ranks 3/5/10, he was among the best yesterday, moving up on rank 10 overall. His advance on Przemyslav Miarczynski POL is 5 points, and in the light breeze today, he has good chances to remain within the top-10 qualifying for the Medal Race on Sunday.
No improvement by Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI in the 470 men. Admittedly, they finished the first race on rank 18, corresponding to their light wind performance, but second heat was again frustrating with rank 31.
The Nacra 17 completed only one race, but the 20th place, Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI did not help in the overall rankings. As 15th with a 22 points deficit to rank 10, their objective to reach the top-10 is very ambitious.
All ranking lists and the daily report. Racing can again be followed as from 10 a.m. UTC live on the Internet.
Saturday, April 25, 2015   
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The 420 CIMA continued yesterday in light winds at Bandol FRA with three races sailed in a Gold- and Silverfleet.
Maxime Pedron/Eliott Michal FRA remain first, but the best of the day Marina Lefort/Lara Grenier FRA reduced their backlog on 6 points. Arnaud Herail/Paco Lepoutre FRA are new on rank 3.
The ranking list, the video of the day and the event website.
Saturday, April 25, 2015   
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The whole fleet tacked North yesterday along the Brazilian coast, and the first to move - 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) - has now the overall lead. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) on 2nd follows 9 miles behind, and another 2 miles back is 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) on the 3rd place. No major changes will happen in the Southern trade-winds today, and only the passage of the Equator will probably stretch the closely packed fleet.
The race viewer and the event website.
Saturday, April 25, 2015   
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The new Swiss Sailing League club team competition started to the first season with 12 races on Lake Thoune yesterday. Sun and a well-established thermal breeze did set a perfect stage for the 18 club teams from all over Switzerland. Winning three race, the RC Oberhofen team has taken the overall interim's lead ahead of the Thunersee YC and the SN Geneva on 2nd and 3rd.
The ranking list and the event facebook page.
Saturday, April 25, 2015   
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Light and very shifty winds made the day very challenging for the 4 teams on their foiling GC32 catamarans, and only 3 of the 6 planned races could be completed. Chris Draper GBR, steering the cat of the Marazzi-Sailing-Teams, defended the lead, but 'Spindrift', best of the day with Yann Guichard FRA, reduced the gap on rank 1. 'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA at the helm follows on rank 3.
The ranking list and the report of the day.
Saturday, April 25, 2015   (Image © B.Gergaud)
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The fleet has been stretched over quite a distance on the second day of the 300-miles long-distance race. With 95 miles left to the arrival, Xavier Macaire FRA leads, but the gap on the 2nd Yann Eliès FRA is only 0.3 miles. Both passed the Ile d'Yieux westbound and distanced themselves from the rest of the fleet.
The race viewer, the news and the videos.
Saturday, April 25, 2015   
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Top Lake Garda conditions with an up to 25 kn Ora breeze prevailed on the Italian pre-alpine lake during the past days and the 13 teams from 4 nations completed daily 3 races. Mark Holowesko BAH and Gavin McKinney BAH share the lead, while Rolf Kellenberger SUI, first after day one, follows 3 points behind on rank 3.
The ranking list.
 
News – Friday, April 24, 2015
Friday, April 24, 2015   (Image © Franck Socha)
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The breeze filled in with up to 5 bft on sunny Hyères Bay, ... dream conditions for the 3rd Act of the ISAF Olympic Classes Worldcup. The favorites progressed in all classes, mostly compensating for some weak results from day 1.
Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO have taken the lead in the 470 men ahead of Zandona/Trani ITA still 2nd and new, as best of the day, ranks 1 and 4, Luke Patience/Eliott Willis GBR on 3rd. Gerz/Szymanski GER dropped on rank 4. Hannah Mills/Saskia Clarke GBR moved up on rank 1 thanks to a race win in the 470 women, at equal points with Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA and Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL.
The NZL vs AUS duel in the 49ers has defintely tilted towards the Kiwis Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL with a brilliant 1/1/2 day. Jonas Warrer/Anders Thomsen DEN follow on rank 2, while the Olympic Champions Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen AUS descended on rank 3 ... the lack of skiff training becomes evident with this team active on all kind of boats. New on top of the 49erFX are Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgaard DEN ahead of the best of the day Tamara Echegoyen/Berta Betanzos ESP new on 2nd.
Giles Scott GBR, undefeated for two years, has taken the command in the Finns, ahead of Ed Wright GBR and Pieter-Jan Postma NED.
Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA, the dominators of the Nacra 17 have taken the lead yesterday, followed by Lin Cenholt/Peter Lübeck DEN 2nd and Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS 3rd.
With Piotr Myszka POL ahead of Nimrod Mashiah ISR and Prszemyslav Myarczinski POL, the well-known RS:X male windsurfers did move on the top positions. In the RS:X women, it is the newcomer of the year Lilian de Geus NED who is clearly in front of Isobel Hamilton GBR. Woman of the day was Maja Dziarnowska POL, winner of all three heats, and moving up on rank 4 after her disastrous first day (ranks 29/28).
All ranking lists and the report of the day.
Friday, April 24, 2015   (Image © Franck Socha)
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Sun and a fresh up to 20 kn breeze prevailed on the second day of the Hyères Olympic Classes Worldcup.
No wonder, that in these conditions, the top Laser Standard sailors took control, and the leading top quartet consists now of Tom Burton AUS first ahead of Nicholas Heiner NED 2nd, Tonci Stipanovic CRO 3rd and Robert Scheidt BRA 4th.
In the Radials, the first place is shared by Anne-Marie Rindom DEN and Evi Van Acker BEL, with Gintare Scheidt-Volungeviciute LTU following on rank 3. Not up to speed is Marit Bouwmester NED on rank 14 overall, and with a 10th place yesterday just making the top-10s for the first time.
All ranking lists and the report.
Friday, April 24, 2015   (Image © Franck Socha)
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The up to 20 kn breeze was not really the preferred turf for the Swiss yesterday. Only Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI were more or less in contact with the best in the Nacra 17, and the ranks 5/9/10 helped to move up on rank 15 overall. To reach the Medal Race is hard but not impossible. The disappointing day ranks 39 and 27 killed all hopes for a top result for Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI now on rank 30, and also the 470 women team Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI descended overall on 19th with the day ranks 34 and 21. Remains Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI down on 19th with the RS:X male windsurfers, who lost his good overall position from the first day.
All ranking lists and the daily report.
Friday, April 24, 2015   
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Since Wednesday, 89 teams from 4 nations have been sailing the CIMA, the most important spring regatta of the French 420 class. This year, the competition has been organised by the Bandol Sailing Club, and up to now, three races a day were sailed in moderate conditions.
The teams from Antibes FRA dominate the regatta occupying the ranks 1 to 4 for the moment. Jim Vincent/Victor Mas FRA are first 3 points ahead of Maxime Pedron/Eliott Michal FRA 2nd and - as best girl's team - Marina Lefort/Lara Grenier FRA 3rd.
The results and the event website.
Friday, April 24, 2015   
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After a never-ending starboard tack on the South Atlantic for several days, 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) and 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) have been tempted to bring a tactical move in to interrupt the drag race with a tack direction North. However, they did come back rapidly, but with the benefit of taking the lead with increased gaps to the rest of the fleet. 'Abu Dhabi' is now 7 miles ahead of 'Alvimedica' and 13 miles in front of the all-female 'SCA' team of Samantha Davies GBR on 3rd.
The race viewer and the event website.
Friday, April 24, 2015   (Image © Christophe Breschi)
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The Annual Championship of the flying GC32-catamarans begins in May on Lake Traun. Over this weekend, the class has organised a test event in Marseille for the prominent newcomers 'Alinghi' and 'Spindrift', and a the same time offering race management an opportunity to deal with these superfast multihulls.
Six races were completed yesterday and Flavio Marazzi SUI, experienced since the launching of this class two years ago, clearly leads in the interim's rankings ahead of 'Spindrift' with Yann Guichard FRA 2nd, 'GDF Suez' with Sébastien Rogues FRA and 'Alinghi' with Ernesto Bertarelli SUI at equal points 3rd.
The ranking list and the report.
Friday, April 24, 2015   
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After the short races during the first two days and a lay day, the start to the 300 miles' 'Maitre Coq' race was given yesterday. The 43 solo-skippers will probably be underway in light and unconstant winds keeping them to be alert during over two-days. Yoann Richomme FRA on 'Macif' was on the first position this morning, but the fleet is closely together after roughly 70 miles sailed.
The race viewer, the report and the video of the start.
 
News – Thursday, April 23, 2015
Thursday, April 23, 2015   
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Light and unconstant winds prevailed on the first day of the Hyères Worldcup, but nevertheless, all classes sailed the full program. The light-wind specialists had their day while some of the favorites found themselves on unusual ranks.
Convincing as in the previous year, Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA took the overall lead in the 470 women posting the scores of 4 and 3. Oliveira/Barbachan BRA and Mills/Clark GBR are the first persuers. Same situation in the 470 men, where Ferdinand Gerz/Oliver Szymanski GER - top in the light winds in Marseille two weeks ago already - are on position 1 also with the race ranks 4 and 3. Fantela/Marenic CRO and Zandona ITA/Trani ITA follow on 2 and 3.
The favorites have already taken control in the 49ers with Outteridge/Jensen AUS and Burling/Tuke NZL sharing the lead ahead of Delle-Karth/Resch AUT on 3rd. Surprising the situation in the 49ersFX with the appearance of Lili Sebesi/Julie Bossard FRA on rank 1 together with the favorites Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgaard DEN. Grael/Kunze BRA and Hansen/Salskov DEN follow at equal points on 3rd.
First leader in the Finns is Andrew Murdoch NZL, ahead of Michele Paoletti ITA and Ondrej Teply CZE tied on rank 2. The high-rider Giles Scott GBR follows on the 7th place with the ranks 25 and 1.
Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS closely followed by Renée Groenveld/Steven Krol NED and Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA on 3rd are the top ranks in the Nacra-17 mixed multihulls.
Chinese athletes are on the first places of the RS:X windsurfers with Aichen Wang CHN leading in the men ahead of Juan-Manuel Moreno ESP and Federico Esposito ITA, while Peina Chen CHN is on top of the women in front of Victoria Chan HKG and Laura Linares ITA.
All results and the communique of the day.
Thursday, April 23, 2015   
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Light and shifty winds prevailed yesterday for the first races of the Hyères Worldcup, and both Laser fleets sailed two races. Some of the top-shots are already now badly needing the discard of the worst result ... if not more.
Alicia Cebrian ESP has taken the lead in the Lasers Radial with the day ranks 5 and 1. Gintare Scheidt LTU, qualified for Hyères thanks to the top result at the Palma Trofeo, is on the 2nd place. Emma Plasschaert BEL follows as 3rd. The World nbr 1 Marit Bouwmeester NED is on rank 13 for the moment, just behind Alison Young GBR 12th. Even worse for Paige Railey USA 29th, Tina Mihelic CRO 36th and Annalise Murphy IRL 39th who did not have happy evenings either.
The first two positions in the Lasers Standard are Croatian with Filip Jurisic CRO und Tonci Stipanovic CRO, followed on rank 3 by Sam Meech NZL. Major downers for some of the favorites with Tom Burton AUS on 14, Nick Thompson GBR on 17, Philipp Buhl GER on 29 and Bruno Fontes BRA on 36. They all badly wait for more wind, and already today, an up to 14 kn breeze should make things different.
All ranking lists and the communique of the day.
Thursday, April 23, 2015   
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The light-wind specialists in the Swiss team took advantage of the conditions and achieved remarkable results such as in the RS:X male windsurfers Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI on rank 8 after 2 heats in the fleet of the 40 world-best windsurfers. Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI, are despite of a missed start on rank 9 in the 470 women. The 17th place after two races in the 470 men is a good sign, that Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI have improved their light-wind skills. Not according to plan was the first day for Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI as 35th in the first race of the Nacra 17, but with rank 11 in the second race, they came back rapidly and are now 24th overall.
All ranking lists and the report of the day.
Thursday, April 23, 2015   
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Nothing special to report from the South Atlantic ! The never-ending starbord tack in a moderate breeze continued during the past 24 hours and the six VOR 65 are sailing at similar speeds within approx 5 miles. 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) leads for the moment 1,4 miles ahead of 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) and 'SCA' (Samantha Davies GBR). 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) as last is only 4,8 miles behind the leader. Good news from 'Dongfeng', as the water processing unit could be repaired.
The race viewer and the event website.
Thursday, April 23, 2015   
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The row of Solo Nonstop Around-the-World Races began in 1967/68 with the 'Golden Globe' Regatta. The winner Robin Knox Johnson GBR, the only one of the nine participants finishing the race, is the initiator of a Jubilee Regatte 50 years later planned for 2018, two years after the Vendée Globe, to be started at Falmouth GBR. More ...
 
 
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