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News – Saturday, November 29, 2014
Saturday, November 29, 2014   
Perfect conditions prevailed again on the second day of the Worldcup Final in Abu Dhabi with an 8 kn breeze at the first start, increasing to 13 kn during the races. Despite using charter boats, the favorites dominate mostly the competitions, such as Belcher/Ryan AUS in the 470 men with the day ranks 1 and 3 staying on top of the overall rankings. Matsunada/Yoshida JPN and Fantela/Marenic CRO moved up on the ranks 2 and 3. In the 470 women, the duel on top between Lara Vadlau/Yolanta Ogar AUT and Sasha Chen/Haiyan Gao CHN goes on, and with a race win each, they remain tied on rank 1. Sophie Weguelin/Eilidh McIntyre GBR and Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA follow on 3rd at equal points. The surprising Januszewski/Nowak POL extended their lead in the 49ers on 9 points. Hansen/Porebski NZL and Pink/Bithell GBR follow on the ranks 2 and 3. Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL dominiate the 49ersFX and lead with an 11 points advance on Lisa Ericson/hanna Klinga SWE. Giulia Conti/Francesca Clapcich ITA remain on 3rd. Vasilij Zbogar SLO is first in the Finns ahead of Ivan Klijakovic CRO and Caleb Paine USA. No change on top of the Nacra 17 with Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA leading, but the best of the day Thomas Zajac/Tanja Frank AUT moved up on rank 2, and Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI progressed on the 3rd place with another race win. Three race wins realised Louis Giard FRA in the RS:X-male windsurfers with Byron Kokkalanis GRE and Pawel Tarnowski POL as first persuers. With a 16 points' lead, Byrony Shaw GBR sails in a race of her own in the RS:X female windsurfers, Charline Picon is now 2nd, Laura Linares ITA is new on 3rd.
All ranking lists, the report of the day and the videos of the day part 1 and part 2.
 
News – Friday, November 28, 2014
Friday, November 28, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Excellent conditions prevailed on the first day of the Worldcup Final in Abu Dhabi with sunshine, summery temperatures and a well-established 12 kn breeze. The two Skiff classes, the Windsurfers and the Nacras sailed three, the other classes two races.
In absence of some top teams, such as Burling/Blair NZL and Outteridge/Jensen AUS, the 49er, other teams have the chance to shine on top rankings. Januszewski/Novak POL lead ahead of Fletcher/Sign GBR and Sylvan/Hamel SWE. Same situation in the 49erFX, where some top teams are missing. Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL are first followed by Giulia Conti/Francesca Clapcich ITA and Lisa Ericson/Hanna Klinga SWE. Normal situation in the 470 men with the 'giants' Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS on top followed by Mantis/Kagialis GRE and Bargehr/Mähr AUT. Two teams share rank 1 in the 470 women with Shashan Chen/Haiyan Gao CHN and Lara Vadlau/Jolanta Ogar AUT both with ranks 1 and 2 at equal points on top. Anne Hager/Briana Provancha USA on rank 3 follow at some distance. The British Finn armada is absent, and Vasilij Zbogar SLO has taken full benefit from this situation in the Finns, taking the lead with two race wins. Jake Lilley AUS and Ivan Kljakovic CRO follow behind. A French trio leads in the Nacra 17 with Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA on top ahead of Audrey Ogereau/Matthieu Vandame FRA and Moana Vaireaux/Manon Audinet FRA. On rank 1 on the RS:X-male windsurfers is Pavel Tarnowski POL with two bullets. Louis Giard FRA and Piotr Mszka POL follow on the positions 2 and 3. Byrony Shaw GBR dominates the RS:X-female windsurfers ahead of Qiaoshan Wang CHN and Charline Picon FRA. The Kiteboarders, men and women starting together, sailed four heats, all won by the favorite Ricardo Lecchese ITA. Maxime Nocher FRA and Florian Trittel ESP follow behind at equal points. The best woman is Elena Kalinina RUS on the 15th place among the 20 kiters.
The report of the day, all ranking lists as well as the videos of the day part 1 and part 2.
Friday, November 28, 2014   (Image © Pedro Martinez)
Excellent conditions prevailed on the first day of the Worldcup Final in Abu Dhabi with sunshine, summery temperatures and a well-established 12 kn breeze.
No surprises in the 20 boats Laser Standard fleet with Tom Burton AUS and Tonci Stipanovic CRO leading at equal points. Nick Thompson GBR follows as 3rd. Robert Scheidt BRA does not compete at Abu Dhabi. In the Lasers Radial, Tuula Tenkanen FIN has taken the lead and has already a 5 points' advance on the tied trio Alison Young GBR, Evi Van Acker BEL and Silvia Zennaro ITA. Some top athletes are absent, such as Marit Bouwmester NED or Donfang Zhang CHN.
All ranking lists, the report of the day and the video of the day.
Friday, November 28, 2014   
Light winds prevail on the South-Indian Ocean allowing the fleet to move on at speeds around 10 kn. They will pass La Réunion and Mauritius today. Within the next 24 hours, a low pressure front will arrive with wind speeds of up to 30 kn, creating rough conditions for the seven boats.
The fleet was closely together yesterday, with the first 6 boats sailing at sight during hours. Over night, the gaps between the yachts have slightly increased. 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) leads 1 mile ahead of 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) and 3 miles in front of 'Brunel'. The all-female Team 'SCA' seems to have problems, as their speed is indicated with 2 kn only and they have lost contact with the other boats having a 70 miles backlog on the leading group.
The race viewer and the event website.
Friday, November 28, 2014   
Swiss Sailing distributed yesterday a media bulletin informing in a summary on the General Assembly of last Saturday. As already reported, the proposal for the introduction of a second fee for regatta sailors, the Regatta License, has been withdrawn, as the Executive Committee realized, that there was no chance to get it thru. We assume, that the various amendments of the Regulations, partly concerned with the License, have been postponed as well. After an intense discussion, the Budget 2015, with items related to the License, has surprisingly been approved with the proviso, that the expense total must be reduced by the budgeted receipt amount for Licenses. A debate on the excessive increase of the administration cost and especially also the excessively grown expenses of the Executives blowing up the budget massively during the last 9 years without any benefit for the large Swiss sailor community has not taken place ... Disappointing !
 
News – Thursday, November 27, 2014
Thursday, November 27, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / ISAF)
The Worldcup Final in Abu Dhabi began yesterday on the water with the Practice Races, sailed in a light seabreeze and temperatures around 30°. Today at 8 hrs UTC, the first starts will be given, and the races can be followed live according to the official website. Considering the time difference, the results of the day will be available in the early afternoon UTC time. The wind forecast predicts a 12-15 kn breeze, and with 20 boats by class at max, the racing will be very close.
The daily ISAF report and the event website.
Thursday, November 27, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou/dongfeng race team)
The fleet closed up even more yesterday in a moderate wind around 15 kn. Winner of the day was for once 'SCA' (Samantha Davies GBR) reducing the deficit on the leader to 15 miles. They remain last for the time being, but as the most westerly boat underway at a higher speed this morning, they might well further reduce the backlog, provided the wind conditions stay on.
'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) is still leading, but 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) is at sight only 0,7 miles behind, and also 'Brunel' of Bouwe Bekking NED 2,7 is in contact with a 2,7 miles backlog. The conditions remain difficult, and anything can happen in the 3'000 miles left.
The race -viewer and the event website with reports and videos.
Thursday, November 27, 2014   (Image © Daniel Forster)
Exactly in a month from now, a record-size fleet - 119 yachts on the entry list - will depart for the 70th Jubilee Sydney-Hobart Race. The dominator of the past years, the 100-foot Maxi 'Wild Oats XI', will encounter strong competors this time. With the two USA yachts 'Comanche' and 'RIO100', as well as the brand new 'Raggamuffin', launched yesterday, and the 'Perpetual Loyal', there are four more super-maxis on the starting line eager for the line honors at Hobart. The list of participants with 119 teams from 7 nations.
The event website.
 
News – Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Wednesday, November 26, 2014   (Image © DR)
Yesterday, the ISAF President Carlo Croce ITA opened the inaugural ISAF Olympic Classes Worldcup Final, and today, the Practice Races are on the program, a last opportunity for the teams to get accustomed with the race course and above all also with the charter boats ... and the high temperatures.
The ISAF report.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014   (Image © Stefan Coppers/Team Brunel/Volvo Ocean Race)
The seven Teams have been underway for one week now on leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race across the Indian Ocean. Unstable conditions still prevailed for the fleet passing the low-wind anticyclone zone west-bound, where the wind has changed to North meanwhile.
The first six teams are separated by 14 miles only, and the all-female Team 'SCA' (Samantha Davis GBR) had reduced the backlog by 10 miles on 30 overnight with hope for more, as their average speed is still 4 kn faster as the rest of the fleet.
'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR stays on top 3 miles ahead of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 9 miles on 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) on 3rd. The passage of Madagascar should not be too difficult today, but lateron, another high pressure system will move in with hardly predictable consequences.
The race viewer as well as the reports and videos.
 
News – Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014   
Tomorrow, the inaugural ISAF Olympic Classes World Cup Final 2014 will begin in Abu Dhabi with the best-ranked sailors per event invited. Not only the honors to become World Cup Winner is at stake but also a share of the 200'000 US$ prize money to be distributed among the teams finishing on the podiums. Max 20 participants per class are on the entry lists, but not all have filled the assigned quota. In addition, a Kiteboarding Event is on the program, certainly also as promotion for th 2020 Olympics. Here the entry lists.
The event website and the presentation video.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou/Dongfeng Race Team/Volvo Ocean Race)
The weather situation South of Madagascar remains dynamic, as the flat high pressure system has slightly moved East, opening a ridge with a 12-18 kn wind. For how long, this is the question ? The fleet is now again closer together concentrated on this passage with 'Abu Dhabi' of Ian Walker GBR again in the lead. 'Mapfre' with Iker Martinez ESP is sailing only one mile behind at sight. On the last place in the fleet is 'SCA' of Sam Davis GBR with a 37 miles' backlog.
The race viewer, the reports and the videos.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014   (Image © Corinna Halloran/Team SCA/Volvo Ocean Race)
The all-female 'Team SCA' has not been very lucky in the Volvo Ocean Race so far and are now again last in leg 2 to Abu Dhabi. The US-Sailing-Website ‚Sailinganarchy' has published a 17 minutes' interview with Dee Caffari GBR live from aboard, also investigating on the reasons for the unsatisfactory rankings. This video clip gives also an impression on the hard physical work on these large yachts.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014   
After the Swiss Sailing Annual Meeting 2014 of last Saturday, the Swiss Sailors of the Year have been proclaimed, a festival for the two-times America's Cup holder Société Nautique of Geneva.
Winner in the men's category is Arnaud Psarofaghis SNG. The Moth European Champion 2011, Youth Americas Cup helmsman 2013 and multiple Swiss Champion in several classes had an excellent season 2014 as helmsman of 'Realstone' in the high-prestige X-40-Series, where he is a contender for the podium. In the women's category, Dona Bertarelli SNG, multiple Ocean world-record-holder with her Maxi-Trimaran 'Spindrift' has been elected. The Laser-4.7-World Champion Asya Luvisetto SNG is the Youth Sailor 2014 and Justine Mettraux SNG, 2nd in the Open Mini-Transat and now engaged on 'SCA' in the Volvo Ocean Race is the Offshore-Sailor of the Year. For the Optimist World Champion Nicolas Rolaz CNM, a special prize was handed over.
The report.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014   (Image © Marco Oquendo)
Twenty-two teams from 6 nations competed in the Schoonmaker Cup, the first event of the five stage Star Winter Series in Miami, FL. Strong winds on day one led to several dismastings, abandoning further competition after two races with Jack Jennings/ Brian Sharp USA in the lead. Moderate winds and warm temperatures on day two allowed for three more races, where the consistency of Luke Lawrence/Josh Revkin USA earned them the victory. Brian Cramer/Matt Johnstone CAN and Arthur Anosov/David Caesar USA are completing the podium. See the complete results.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014   
According to an unofficial information, the much critizised submission of the Swiss Saiing Executive Committee to request a new additional fee license to obtain the eligibility to participte in regattas, with the purpose to increase the revenue of the federation, had been withdrawn before the Assembly. To collect money from members participating in regattas to compensate the lack of funds in administration and various expense accounts would have had no change to be accepted by the Club and Class delegates. A new submission shall be worked out … No official information or a summary record on the Assembly is available up to now on the Swiss Sailing website.
 
 
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