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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.
 
News – Monday, August 31, 2015
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The wind was back yesterday, intially light with 5 kn, increasing to a moderate 10 kn breeze during the day, allowing to complete for the first time the full daily program with two races in each Group.
After 4 races, the lead is shared by Rok Verderber SLO and Suthon Yampinid THA with 8 points each. 3 points behind follows Daniel Hung SIN on rank 3. Jodie Lai SIN on the 6th place remains the best Girl.
Today, the Team-Race is on the program. The ranking list, the event facebook page and the daily news.
Monday, August 31, 2015   
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Unexpected big surprise at the Moth European Championship 2015 in Lelystad NED yesterday ! Not the defending champion Chris Rashley GBR, interim's leader with 6 bullets in 7 race, but his only immediate persuer Robert Greenalgh GBR, six times 2nd and a first, is the new European Champion. Finishing 1/3/1 on the last day, Greenalgh won one point ahead of Rashley GBR, who had a miserable day with the ranks 8/3/4. The 2008 Laser Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR earned Bronze. The Mini-Transat winner Benoît Marie FRA, up on rank 7, remained the best non-English among the 70 participants.
The ranking list and the event website.
Monday, August 31, 2015   
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The U21 European Championship of the Olympic Laser Radial and Standard classes began yesterday in Murcia ESP in a 10 kn wind.
Joel Rodriguez ESP, last week U21 World Champion already, started the first day on top with the ranks 1 and 2 of the Lasers Standard. Also with the ranks 1 and 2 in his Group follows Michael Beckett GBR on rank 2. Nicolo Villa ITA and Jonathan Vadnai HUN share rank 3. 83 participants from 20 nations on the entry list.
The first leader in the Lasers Radial is Lena Haverland GER with the ranks 1/5. Monika Mikkola FIN on rank 2 follows one point back. Maud Jayet SUI is another point behind on the 3rd place among the 44 participants from 17 nations on the entry list.
All ranking lists and the daily news.
Monday, August 31, 2015   
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Sun and a 3-4 bft breeze prevailed on the final day of the Starboat Eastern Hemisphere Championship in Muiden. Hubert Merkelbach/Frithjof Kleen GER were the premature winners before the race already and stayed ashore. Reinhard Schmidt/Uli Seeberger GER finished 4th and defended the Silver medal rank ahead of Denis Kashina/Dmitro Mechetin UKR Bronze. 30 teams participated.
The ranking lst and the event facebook page.
Monday, August 31, 2015   (Image © Dan Ljungsvik)
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Finishing 2 and 1 yesterday, 'Team New Zealand' with Glenn Ashby AUS is the winner of the Gothenburg AC World Series Act. 'Oracle' with James Spithill AUS and 'BAR' with Ben Ainslie GBR had to content themselves with the ranks 2 and 3. 'Team New Zealand' is the new leader of the annual rankings.
The report.
Monday, August 31, 2015   
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All three classes sailed two races yesterday and concluded the hot summer light-wind Swiss Championship on Lake Neuchâtel.
Guillaume Rol SNG defended his first place in the Lasers 4.7 despite of a premature start. On the 2nd place 5 points behind is Giona Renggli YCAs. Joshua Schopfer SNG won the Bronze medal. The best Girl Lucie Keller SNG is on rank 7 among the 35 participants.
In the 47 Radials fleet, Alexis Mégevand SNG added another race win and remained on top, ahead of Arvid Nordquist SNG and the first Woman Manon Kivell-Luther CNM.
Cyrill Knecht ZSC decided the 'three-boats-match-race' in the Lasers Standard in his favor.
All ranking lists.
Monday, August 31, 2015   (Image © Guilain Grenier)
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The 10 kn wind on the final day of the Trofeo di Roma allowed for the first time to foil the GC32 catamarans. 'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA won three races, but an abandoned heat prevented the overalll victory for the benefit of 'Sultanate of Oman' with Leigh McMillan GBR. 'Spindrift' with Yann Guichard FRA and 'Alinghi' complete the podium. The Omanis lead in the annual rankings before the final event in Marseille with a 3 points' advance on 'Alinghi'.
The results and the event facebook page.
Monday, August 31, 2015   (Image © Mauro Melandri)
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Although the defending champion Jason Carroll USA (tactics Cameron Appleton NZL) added two more race wins to his score line, this was not good enough to replace Alessandro Rombelli ITA (tactics Francesco Bruni ITA) on top of the overall ranking. The young Ryan Devos USA (Mark Mendelblatt USA) earned the Bronze medal.
The ranking list and the final report.
Monday, August 31, 2015   (Image © Jean-Francois Hervo)
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Extremely light was the wind during this year's Translemanique en solitaire, a traditional solo race on Lake Geneva, and until early yesterday morning at 7 hrs, only two yachts finished the race: Jean Psarofaghis on his Psaros 40 ahead of Patrick Girod SNG on a Psaros 33, as we reported.
The winner in calculated time - Alain Hostettler on a 6.5 m built in 1955 - was underway during 29 hours ! Winner in the Surprise, the largest class with 37 boats, was Yannick Preitner. With Michel Desjoyeaux FRA, a prominent name is on top of the TCF 1+2 rankings. In addition, there are numerous well-known names of the Lake Geneva yacht-racing scenze on the different ranking lists.
The news and the ranking lists.
Monday, August 31, 2015   
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As always after the Swiss summer vacation period, yacht racing activities on the Swiss lakes resume. But the hot-summer weather was not ideal for a good wind to fill in, not even the thermal breeze on some of the pre-alpine lakes, but nevertheless, most regatta could take place. Here as always a first overview in the Sailing Switzerland section.
 
News – Sunday, August 30, 2015
Sunday, August 30, 2015   (Image © Arek Komorowski)
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Light and unconstant winds messed up the program of the Optimist Worlds at the Polish Baltic Sea Coast, as up-to-now, only 2 races by Group have been completed. The day before yesterday, three of the four Groups finished their second race. Yesterday, the fourth Group succeeded at least to terminate their fourth heat, so that the interim's rankings after two races could be published.
Sole leader after two races is Suthon Yampinid THA closely followed by Daniel Hung SIN (2/1). Odysseas Spanakis GRE and Rok Verderber SLO follow on the ranks 3 and 4 with the race ranks 5 and 1 each. Mia Nicolosi ISV, age 12 only, is the best girl on rank 6.
The Team-Race planned for today has been postponed, as the fleet racing program has critical delays. But the overall hot summer weather situation over Europe with a huge flat anticyclone inhibits all gradient and thermal breezes also in the coming days, unless the low pressure front approaching the continent will hit Northern Europe. Worst case is that the Team Race will be cancelled at all.
The ranking list, the news of day 2 and the event facebook page with photos.
Sunday, August 30, 2015   
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Light winds prevailed on day 4 of the Moth Europeans in Lelystad NED, and only one race could be finished. Again it was - who else - Chris Rashley GBR winning the race and no doubt that the Europeans title will be his, although Robert Greenalgh GBR as 2nd keeps in contact with six 2nd ranks and a race win so far. New on rank 3 is now the Olympic Laser Champion 2008 Paul Goodison GBR, Benoît Marie FRA on rank 8 remains the best non-English.
The results and the daily news (in Dutch).
Sunday, August 30, 2015   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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The Gothenburg America's Cup World Series Act began yesterday with two races in a 15 kn wind, both won by the 'Oracle Team USA' with Jimmy Spithill AUS, thanks to perfect starts. 'BAR Racing' with Ben Ainslie GBR and 'Team New Zealand' with Glenn Ashby AUS share rank 2 overall with the day ranks 2 and 3.
The report with rankings and the video of the day.
Sunday, August 30, 2015   
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The ISAF Statement published in consequence of the hospitalization of the German 49er sailor Erik Heil with an infection due to the catastrophic water quality in Guanabara Bay, proofs, that ISAF is still not aware of the real problems. To be satisfied by the fact, that 10 Eco-Boats collected 28 tons of rubbish in Guanabara Bay during the Test Event, and to install a new pipeline that will divert sewage from the launching ramp at Marina da Gloria, does not improve the water quality that even on the three outside race areas has a million-fold violation of bacterium and viruses tolerances. It had been announced at the ISAF Annual Meeting 2014, that water inside Guanabara Bay would be collected and tested every 15 days, to bring the situation under control. What are the results? Apparently no improvement up-to-now. What has been critizised for years, will not change in the remaining 12 months. Instead of facing reality and act, ISAF is engaged in sheer window dressing together with the Rio Organizing Authorities. Outshined by the fantastic Rio scenery, the Regattas in 2016 might appear fair after all the pseudo activites, but nobody seems to care what lurks under the surface.
By-the-way: Out-of-line situation become normally matter for the boss. Anybody hear a word from the ISAF President Carlo Croce or the ISAF Vice President W. Scott Perry, Technical Delegate for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games ? In the Atlanta/Savannah 1996 Games, past-President Paul Henderson himself turned around a very difficult venue situation ... no harbour .. no athletes' village ... no results system ... into a success.
Sunday, August 30, 2015   
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Hubert Merkelbach/Frithjof Kleen GER continued with their row of top-5 rankings and are the premature winners of the Eastern Hemisphere Championship before the last race today. Reinhard Schmidt/Uli Seeberger GER follow on rank 2, Denis Khashina/Dmytro Mechetin UKR are now 3rd.
The results and the event facbook page.
Sunday, August 30, 2015   (Image © Guilain Grenier)
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Light, but at least sailable winds off Civitavecchia ITA allowed to complete six races yesterday, but the GC32 cats were never flying. 'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA and 'Team Engie' with Sébastien Rogues FRA were the best of the day, Overall leader is now 'Sultanate of Oman' with Leigh McMillan GBR, but 'Alinghi' and 'Spindrift' (Yann Guichard FRA) are only 3 points behind before the last races today.
The rankings and the daily report.
Sunday, August 30, 2015   
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It seems, that the hot summer weather has stopped all gradient and local thermal winds on Lake Neuchâtel, as the event website does not contain any news on yesterday's activities. Clear leaders after four races are Guillaume Rol SNG in the Lasers 4.7 and Cyril Kneecht ZSC in the Lasers Standard. Only three races sailed - championship not yet validated - have the Radials with Arvid Nordquist SNG leading. All results.
Sunday, August 30, 2015   (Image © Max Ranchi)
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A preliminary decision re the 2015 World Champion's title seems to have been made, as Alessandro Rombelli ITA (witht Francesco Bruni ITA) was among the best yesterday with the ranks 2 and 4, while Jason Carroll USA (Cameron Appleton NZL) had a disaster day with the ranks 21 and 15, and has now a 15 points' backlog on the leader before the last day's races. Ryan Devos USA (Mark Mendelblatt USA) moved up on rank 3. Finishing 5th in the last race, Alec Cutler BER (with Chris Rast SUI) slighly improved his ranking on 17.
The ranking list and the daily news.
Sunday, August 30, 2015   (Image © Jean-Francois Hervo)
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