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News – Monday, April 20, 2015
Monday, April 20, 2015   
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Leg 6 over 5''10 miles from Itajai BRA to Newport RI USA was started in an almost total lack of breeze. After approaching almost an hour of drifting, the Race Committee decided to shorten the inshore buoy course, allowing the fleet to sail out into the open seas from the first mark, hoping to find appreciably more wind up the Brazilian coast through the Atlantic. The boats are expected to take around 17-20 days to reach Newport, the seventh port to host the race.
This morning, the wind around 5 kn continued to be light, and the fleet still sails closely together. 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) was the leader 1,8 miles ahead of 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR), while the last-positioned 'Brunel' was 5 miles behind.
The race viewer, the report and the video of the start.
Monday, April 20, 2015   (Image © John Payne)
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The Western Hemisphere Championship 2015 ended yesterday with a last race sailed in a 10-12 kn breeze. Brian Ledbetter/Joshua Refkin USA have been the premature winners of the Championship before the last heat, but nevertheless, they did not stop confirming their top performance and finished on rank 2 in the final regatta. Lars Grael/Samuel Goncalves BRA won yesterday and moved up on rank 2 overall. Paul Cayard/Brian Terhaar USA advanced on the 3rd place. The best Europeans Hubert Merkelbach/Markus Koy GER finished on the 15th position among the 38 teams from 8 nations.
The reports including results and Paul Cayard's report.
Monday, April 20, 2015   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
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The GP Atlantique of the Diam-24-trimarans, the first important test for the partly prominent teams enrolled for the Tour de France 2015, was concluded yesterday with three short races. Yann Guichard FRA with his 'Spindrift White' stayed clearly on top of the rankings. Xavier Revil FRA on 'Spindrift black' however, the second multihull of the Dona Bertarelli race stable, lost the second place in the last meters of the final race to 'Groupama'-team of Pierre Pennec FRA. The famous offshore specialists Kito De Pavant FRA, Vincent Riou FRA, Lionel Lemonchois FRA, Vincent Riou FRA and Bernard Stamm SUI were not at ease and sailed all ih the Silverfleet yesterday.
The reports and the results.
Monday, April 20, 2015   (Image © Bruno Bouvry)
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Preparing the Mini-Transat, a number of top Mini 6.50 helmsmen started over the weekend at the 500 miles solo race 'Pornichet Select'. This morning at press deadline, the boats are in the process of finishing the race. The first Proto to cross the line was Davy Beaudart FRA with his 'Cultisol' (with a round bow). The Series-Minis are still underway.
The event facebook page and the event website.
Monday, April 20, 2015   (Image © Max Ranchi)
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The breeze exceeded 30 kn on the last day of the Melges 32 European Sailing Series off the Ligurian coast, and the last two races were cancelled. The victory of the favorite team of Alessandro Rombelli ITA with Francesco Bruni ITA as tactician became firm, ahead of Roberto Tomasini ITA (with Vasco Vascotto ITA) and Roberto Mazzucato ITA (with Gabriele Benussi ITA).
The final report with rankings.
Monday, April 20, 2015   (Image © Brian Cartin)
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Favorable conditions prevailed on the last day of the Charleston Race Week, the most important one-design regatta of the USA with over 2'500 sailors in 20 different classes.
In the Melges 20, sailing their 2015 Naionals, the winner was Jason Michas USA and his team ahead of Richard Davies USA and Tom Kassberg USA. In the largest fleet with 83 teams, the J/70s, Julian Fernandez MEX was the outstanding first ahead of Eivind Astrup NOR and Jud Smith USA.
All rankins lists and the event website.
Monday, April 20, 2015   
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The perfect north-easterly wind on Saturday, allowing to complete 4 races, slackened during Sunday, and only one additional race could be validated in both fleets. Leonardo Finazzi SNG added another race win in his group and finished as superior winner of the Lake Constance Act of the 2015 Optimist Points Championship Series. Joshua Richner SCM and Felix Baudet CNM completed the podium. Martina Müller YCH on the 5th place finished as best girl. 107 sailors from Switzerland, Germany and Austria participated.
The final rankings.
Monday, April 20, 2015   
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A moderate South wind around 10 kn prevailed on Lake Lugane yesterday allowing to complete two more races. Although Philipp Erni/Stephan Zurfluh SCC were beaten for the first time, they remained on top thanks to their winning stretch of Saturday. Matteo and Andrea Minetti YCAs, finishing 2nd and 3rd, advanced on rank 2 overall. The matchracer Eric Monnin SCStä with Mara Bezel SVT follows as 3rd. No change in the 420s as Lea Rüegg/Diana Otth YCA added two more race wins and clearly won overall ahead of the newcomers Nicolas Rolaz/Erwan Lamoureux CNM and Yves Mermod/Cyrill Schüpbach TYC. Dominating in the Dolphins, Tom Studer CNV and his team were defeated only in the last race but this 2nd place was the discard results ! Rico Gregorini RCO and Pier Omboni ITA completed the podium.
All results.
Monday, April 20, 2015   
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A perfect north-easterly wind of up to 5 bft prevailed on Saturday at the Starboat Lake Constance Championship off Bottighofen SUI. On Sunday, the breeze decreased, but five good races were completed until the end of the competition. Jürg Ryffel/Alex Gouda YCR with two race wins were the clear winners ahead of Hans Stöckli/Urs Spahr SCMd and Christoph Gautschi/Jürg König YCB. The ranking list (PDF).
Monday, April 20, 2015   
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The fresh north-easterly breeze of up to 5 bft on Saturday and a lighter wind on Sunday allowed the three dinghy classes to complete 6 races over the past weekend on the Lower Lake Constance.
In the Contenders (PDF) (17 participants), Gernot Goetz GER was first ahead of Tobias Hanke GER. Claude Mermod/Ruedi Moser RCO continued dominating the Fireball class (here the report with results). Venhoda/Zaugg and Härdi/Landerer followed on the ranks 2 and 3. Unfortunately, the organisers did not yet post the ranking lists on the Club website. No reports are available from the Finns.
 
News – Sunday, April 19, 2015
Sunday, April 19, 2015   
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The six teams still in the race sailed the Itajai BRA InPort race yesterday in very light winds with the fleet even standing still in some moments. The finish was very close with 'Brunel' of Bouwe Bekking NED winning ahead of 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) and 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) - the results, the report and the video of the InPort race.
Today at 19 hrs UTC, the start to leg 6 ove 5'010 miles to Newport RI, USA will be given, as always transmitted live on the Internet. The preview.
Sunday, April 19, 2015   (Image © John Payne)
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Two races were held again on Biscayne Bay yesterday in a 10-12 kn wind, and with the day ranks 1 and 2, the 1992 Olympic Finn Silver medalist Brian Ledbetter USA with Joshua Revkin USA as crew made everything clear prematurely before today's last race. 13 points is the advance on John McCausland USA/Bruno Prada BRA and Lars Grael/Samuel Goncalves BRA at equal points on 2 and 3. Another 4 points back are Paul Cayard/Brian Terhaar USA with chances to climb on the podium today. Some places lost have the best Europeans Hubert Merkelbach/Sebastian Koy GER on position 17.
The results and the report of Paul Cayard USA.
Sunday, April 19, 2015   (Image © Sander Van der Borch)
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The well-established seabreeze allowed to sail the full program in all 20 classes on the second day of the Charleston Race Week. In the J/70, the largest fleet of the event, Julian Fernandez MEX and his team booked another race win staying on top of the interim's rankings. Eidvind Astrup NOR remained 2nd, Jud Smith USA advanced on the 3rd place. Day 2 leader in the Melges 20 US Nationals is now Jason Michas USA in front of Cesar Gomes BRA and Richard Davies USA.
All other ranking lists, the videos and the event website.
Sunday, April 19, 2015   (Image © Stan Thuret)
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The new Diam-24 multihulls to be sailed from now on at the Tour de France continued the GP yesterday with a 40 miles' coastal race and two short races in the afternoon. 'Groupama' with Pierre Pennec FRA won the long-distance race, with no effect on the overall rankings where Yann Guichard FRA on 'Spindrift White' is first ahead of 'Spindrift Black' of Xavier Revil FRA. Frédéric Guilmin FRA on his 'Combiwest' advanced new on rank 3.
The results and the report of the day.
Sunday, April 19, 2015   (Image © Max Ranchi)
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After three more races, the favorites of Round 1 of the Melges 32 European Sailing Series 2015 have taken the lead: Alessandro Rombelli ITA (tactics Francesco Bruni ITA) took the command with the day ranks (1/1/2) and leads ahead of Roberto Tomasini ITA (Vasco Vascotto ITA) on 2nd and the first day leader Roberto Mazzucata ITA (Gabriele Benussi ITA) on the 3rd place.
The report and the ranking list.
Sunday, April 19, 2015   
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The perfect sailing conditions stayed on with a 16-18 kn breeze at the Sails of St-Barth in the French Caribbeans and another coastal race concluded the competition. Winner in the fast classes is 'Rambler88' in IRC Maxi-1-rating. The 100-foot Maxi 'Comanche' had no chance to compensate the ranking handicap, finishing finallly on the 4th position. Superior first on top of the multihulls is the MOD70-catamaran 'Phaedo'.
The final report, all ranking lists and the videos.
Sunday, April 19, 2015   
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Four races were completed on Lake Constance in a perfect north-easterly wind yesterday. The 107 participants from 3 nations sail in two groups, and winning all three heats of his group, Leonardo Finazzi SNG has taken the overall lead ahead of Martina Müller YCH and Joshua Richner SCM.
The results.
Sunday, April 19, 2015   
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Racing started with some delays but nevertheless, three races were sailed by the three classes sailing their first acts of the 2015 Annual Points' Championships.
Philipp Erni/Stephan Zurfluh SCC won all three heats and clearly lead in the 470s ahead of Sandra Giovanoli/R.Giovanoli SCStä and Nora Trüb/Giulia Corbelli SVT. Also three bullets realized Tom Studer CVN and his team in the Dolphins, followed by Rico Gregorini RCO and Pier Omboni ITA. folgen auf den Rängen 2 und 3. In the 420s, the situation is close with Lea Rüegg/Diana Otth YCA just leading ahead of the Optimist World Champion Nicolas Rolaz/Erwan Lamoureux CNM.
All results.
Sunday, April 19, 2015   
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The Swiss sailing season 2015 was kicked off on most Swiss lakes yesterday where excellent sailing conditions, generally with an up to 30 kn north-easterly breeze, prevailed. Unfortunately, the reporting was far from perfect, but we shall post any infomtion as soon as available.
The Starboats sail off Bottighofen/Lake Constance, Finns, Fireballs and Contenders race on the Lower Lake Constance off Mammern, and on Lake Geneva and the Lago Maggiore, big-boat races are on the program. We follow up.
 
News – Saturday, April 18, 2015
Saturday, April 18, 2015   (Image © Ainhoa Sanchez / Volvo Ocean Race)
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Today, the Itajai InPort Race will take place before tomorrow Sunday, the six teams will start to leg 6 direction Newport RI, USA. The overall 2nd 'DongFeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA will rejoin the fleet thanks to a round-the-clock effort of the whole team to replace the broken mast. 'MAPFRE' with Iker Martinez ESP more and more shining with a solid performance - ranks 1 and 2 in the last two legs - has been penalised with two points, as they did not report repairs effected during leg 5.
The event website, the overall rankings and the link to today's live coverage of the InPort Race (as from 17 hrs UTC).
Saturday, April 18, 2015   (Image © John Payne)
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Two races were held yesterday, second day of the Championship, on Biscayne Bay in a shifty south wind around 10 kn, with Brian Ledbetter/Joshua Revkin USA and Paul Cayard/Brian Terhaar USA as winners. New on top of the interim's rankings are Lars Grael/Samuel Goncalves BRA in front of Ledbetter/Rifkin USA and Whipple/Sperry USA. The best Europeans Merkelbach/Koy GER moved up on rank 11.
The results and the report of Paul Cayard USA.
Saturday, April 18, 2015   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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'Spirit of Hungary' with Nandor Fa HUN/Conrad Coleman NZL reached the Mediterranean Sea yesterday as last, and has now approximately 3 days left to sail the remaining 432 miles to Barcelona. The light-wind conditions have been welcomed by the duo as another keel bolt has been lost at the damaged Open 60.
The report and the race tracker.
Saturday, April 18, 2015   (Image © JOY)
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Over 2'500 sailors on 300 yachts in 14 classes started yesterday in a light breeze and rain to the first three races of the Charleston Race Week. The Melges 20 compete at the same time for their National Champion's title. Cesar Gomes BRA leads ahead of Bruce Colison USA and Jason Michas USA. In the largest fleet with 83 teams, the J/70s, Julian Fernandez MEX is on top ahead of Eivind Astrup NOR and Joel Ronning USA.
All ranking lists, the event website and the report of the Melges-20-Class.
Saturday, April 18, 2015   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
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The new Diam 24 trimarans met for the first time at Pornichet to a Regatta with a format similar to the Tour de France with short round-the-buoys heats and coastal races.
After the first day, the Olympic classes multihull specialists are on top with Yann Guichard FRA on 'Spindrift White' and Xavier Revil FRA on 'Spindrift Black' both from Dona Bertarelli's syndicat. Pierre Pennec FRA with 'Groupama' follows on rank 3. The Vendée-Globe-winner François Gabart FRA is 8th.
The report and the event facebook page with pictures. Unfortunately, the ranking list has not yet been posted.
Saturday, April 18, 2015   (Image © Max Ranchi)
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The first round of the Melges 32 European Sailing Series 2015 began yesterday at the Ligurian Coast with three races. Light and unconstant winds prevailed and for the moment, Roberto Mazzucato ITA with Gabriele Benussi ITA as tactician succeeded to control the favorites Alessandro Rombelli ITA (with Francesco Bruni ITA) and Alec Cutler BER (Cameron Appleton NZL) on the ranks 2 and 3. 18 teams from 8 nations participate.
aus 8 Nationen.
The report and the results.
Saturday, April 18, 2015   (Image © Les Voiles de St Barth)
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Round St-Barth was on the program for the 70 teams after Thursday's lay day. At half the distance, a calm zone split the fleet in two, and the big racers had real difficulites to compensate the rating to stay ahead. The new 'Rambler 88' of George David USA is still in front followed by the 100-foot 'Comanche' with Jim Clark USA.
All ranking lists, the reports and the video of the day.
Saturday, April 18, 2015   
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For the first time this year, sail racing begins on the majority of Swiss lakes over the coming weekend. The Starboats (at Bottighofen) and Optimists (at Arbon) meet on Lake Constance. The 420s and 470s initiate their annual points' championship tours on Lake Lugano, and off VidyLausanne, home of the IOC, the first event of the Lake Geneva rated classes Championship will take place .... to name but a few. As always, first results and news will be posted if available tomorrow Sunday morning ... as usual .... in the Sailing Switzerland section of our website.
 
News – Friday, April 17, 2015
Friday, April 17, 2015   (Image © John Payne)
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The Eastern Hemisphere Championship in Miami began yesterday with two races sailed in a light 8 kn breeze, and John McCausland USA/Bruno Prada BRA took the lead with the day ranks 1 and 5, ahead of Lars Grael/Samuel Goncalves BRA and Tomas Hornos/Kipp Gardner USA. The best Europeans Merkelbach/Koy GER follow on rank 13 among the 39 teams.
The ranking list and the report of Paul Cayard USA, winner of the 2nd race.
Friday, April 17, 2015   (Image © Mireia Perello)
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After 107 days, Jörg Riechers GER/Sébastien Audigane FRA crossed the finish line off Barcelona as 6th of the World Race, a journey full of mishaps. The worst incident was the damaged rudder that could not be repaired while being afloat, and forced the team to sail half of the race in safety-mode. Nevertheless, Jörg Riechers GER, the only active German oceanic racer, showed his satisfaction with his first cirvumnavigation, as he collected much experience in view of his Vendée Globe project. The report.
The last team underway are Nador Fa HUN/Conrad Coleman NZL just crossing the Gibraltar Strait this morning. The race tracker.
Friday, April 17, 2015   
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The bad news for Rio de Janeiro ahead of the 2016 Olympics keeps coming after scores of dead fish appeared in the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon, the venue for the Games' rowing and canoe competitions. A CNN video report.
Last week, a video from newspaper O Globo showed the Brazilian 49er team Breno Osthoff/Rafael de Almeida Sampaio BRA crashing into trash floating on Guanabara Bay, the venue of the sailing competition. According to Osthoff, the impact was so great the boat was forced onto its side and non-reparably damaged.
Rio de Janeiro has pledged to reduce pollution in the notoriously fetid bay, but last month in an interview with the country's largest sports channel SporTV, Mayor Eduardo Paes admitted that the bay will remain mostly polluted for the games. And ISAF, responsible for the correct organisation of its sport, remains inactive. Nor has the water analysis promised on the occasion of the Olympic test event been published, nor have they reacted to the Brazilian Government announcement, that the promised cleaning would not be completed for cost reasons. A scandal !
Friday, April 17, 2015   (Image © DR/WMRT)
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No major matchrace events took place during the past months and the ISAF Matchrace World Ranking lists remain unchanged on top. Ian Williams GBR is on top of the Open rankings and Camilla Ulrikkeholm DEN leads in the Women's rankings.
The report.
Friday, April 17, 2015   
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Different new board designs showed up at the first Kite-Foiler Worldcup event 2015 in Mexico. The most radical one was the design of Adam Koch USA, inspired by the Foiler-Moth concept in a dialogue with the past Moth World Champion Bora Gulari USA. He explains his 'stand-up-kite-surfing' ideas in a detailed video.
 
News – Thursday, April 16, 2015
Thursday, April 16, 2015   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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This morning at 3 hrs UTC, Jörg Riechers GER/Sébastien Audigane FRA had 27 miles left to Barcelona. Their Open 60 'Renault Captur' moved only very slowly - 6 kn max - in the slack conditions, but before noon, they will nevertheless cross the finish line of the non-stop round-the-world event as 6th. The last boat of Nador Fa HUN/Conrad Coleman NZL is 660 miles before the arrival in the approach to the Gibraltar Strait.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Thursday, April 16, 2015   (Image © Christophe Jouany)
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Since three days, 70 teams have been racing the 'Sails of St-Barth', a series of regattas off the trendy French Caribbean Island St. Barthélémy, among them a number of big latest design racers. In the multihulls, the MOD-70-trimaran 'Phaedo' has established a number of new records. In the IRC-0 classifications, it is the 88-foot 'Rambler' leading in calculated time over the 100-foot 'Comanche' who collects the line honours and has established a number of monohull record.
The ranking lists, the daily report and the video of the day.
Thursday, April 16, 2015   
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The Star Class Western Hemisphere Championship, classified like a continental championship when it comes to earn points for the Star Sailors' League rankings, begins today on Biscayne Bay off Miami FL. Favorites are the Olympic medalists Lars Grael BRA (Tornado 88 + 96), Mark Reynolds USA (Star 1992 snd 2000) snd Brian Ledbetter (Finn 92).
The event website.
Thursday, April 16, 2015   
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After 26 days, Yvan Bourgnon SUI reached the Djibouti harbour in the Arabian Gulf with his 6-meter beach catamaran. During his journey, he was plagued not only by lulls, fever and burning heat, but also by unwanted 'visitors' circling around his multihull with a powerboat several times. Pirates ? He will never know.
The facebook page and the latest news.
 
 
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