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News – Saturday, August 30, 2014
Saturday, August 30, 2014   (Image © Stefano Gattini)
The Melges 20 Worlds on Lake Garda continued yesterday with 3 races sailed in a 12-15 kn Ora. Tomorrow, the last crucial race will be on the program. As best of the day, Achille Onorato ITA/Malcom Page AUS reduced the backlog on the still leading James Kilroy USA/Paul Goodison GBR to 5 points. The title is still within reach for the American in the last heat. As 3rd, already 19 points back, follow Guido Miani MON/Gabriele Benussi ITA, and with a 22 lead on the 4th, the Bronze medal is practically theirs.
The ranking list, the daily report and the video of the day.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
For the first time this season, the Foiler-Moths enjoyed a fresh breeze of 16-22 kn during the first race day of the 5th Eurocup Act on the Wittensee GER, and 5 races could be completed.
Bad luck for the prime favorite Ben Paton GBR, Vice European Champion, who was forced to abandon the first race due to equipment failure. With the ranks 2/1/2/2 afterwards, he clearly demonstrated his potential, but the leader after 5 heats is still the first-ranked in the Annual Tour Classification Chris Rast SUI. Nils Akervall SWE follows as 2nd, Maximilian Maege GER is 3rd among the 28 participants from 6 nations racing in Germany.
The ranking list and the report of the day.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The Slalom Worldcup of the professional windsurfers continued yesterday in Turkey with two runs sailed in the freshest breeze so far of up to 30 kn.
Race winners were in the men Antoine Albeau FRA and Julien Quentel FRA with Quental leading overall ahead of Albeau. In the women's, Sara-Quita Offringa NED was defeated for the first time. Delphine Cousin FRA booked her first win, but in the second heat, Offringa NED was again on top remaining the clear overall leader in front ot Delphine Cousin FRA an. Reports, ranking lists and videos as always on the PWA website.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
Eric Monnin SUI won yesterday the last two Round Robin matches and is the undefeated leader with 9-0 score. Pierre-Antoine Morvan FRA 7-2 and David Storss USA 5-4 follow as 2nd and 3rd. Today, the Quarter Finals are on the program. The event facebook pagee does not inform on the pairings, but numerous videos can be linked in.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
After two relatively moderate days with two races completed by day, the Frisco Bay lived up to its best two days ago with a 30 kn breeze and a strong counter current, making the Bridge-to-Bridge Race open for all wind-driven engins extremely challenging. In addition to the 18-footers, kite- and windsurfers as well as some multihulls were on the entry list. However, only two 18-footers dared to start, but both were forced to abandon after capsizes.
The Foil-Kiters dominated the heat and the World Champion Johnny Heineken USA was the winner after 15 min 1 sec, missing his record from the previous year by over 3 minutes.
The illustrated report with results.
Yesterday, the 18-footer International Regatta continued with two big-breeze races, but only 3 teams were on the starting line. The veteran Howie Hamlin USA and his team won both races reducing the backlog on the interim leader Brett Munster AUS on 4 points. Two races are on the program today, final day of the event.
The ranking list and the report.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
Again very light winds on Lake Constance yesterday, allowing to complete just one race. And again, it were Bernhard and Sofie Seger SVB/RCO winning, and this on the 28-year-old Starboat used by Seger winning the title in 1986 ! Stefan Schneider/Uli Seeberger GER follow 4 points behind, the favorites Hubert Merkelbach/Gerrit Bartel GER are 3rd. Thanks to a 2nd race rank, Roman + Philipp Juchli SUI/YCA advanced on the 4th place.
The ranking list.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
No news from Brunnen/Lake Uri SUI this morning, where the Swiss Championship of the Dolphins and the Alp Cup of the Platu 25s takes place on the occasion of the Windweek. We assume, that the general weather pattern over the Alps prevented the thermal breeze from filling in.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
Three races were sailed yesterday at the Shark 24 Eurocup Regatta on Lake Thoune. Jürgen Ahlfeld GER and Botond Szigeti HUN with their teams share the lead 3 points ahead of Christian Müller-Uri AUT an rank 3. 19 teams from 4 nations.
The ranking list.
 
News – Friday, August 29, 2014
Friday, August 29, 2014   (Image © Stefano Gattini)
Typical Lake Garda conditions with northerly winds in the morning and the thermal Ora in the afternoon allowed the 57 teams of the Melges 20 worlds 2014 another three races. In 10-15 kn James Kilroy USA sailing with Laser Olympic goldmedallist Paul Goodison GBR took over the lead by posting an impressive 2/1/2 series. With an even better score of 1/3/1 Guido Miani MON (tactics Gabriele Benussi ITA) moved up to second, 14 points behind Kilroy USA. On equal points Dario Levi/Niccolo Bianchi ITA are third. The daily report, the rankings and the video of the day.
Friday, August 29, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The Seabreeze started yesterday earlier as expected and three more heats were completed. In the women's race Sara-Quita Offringa NED continued her outstanding performance with three more victories, Delphine Cousin FRA and Lena Erdil TUR are completing the podium so far. In the men's competition Ben Van der Steen NED, Pascal Toselli FRA and Björn Dunkerbeck SUI each won a heat. In the overall rankings Julien Quentel FRA continues to lead ahead of Pascal Toselli FRA and Antoine Albeau FRA. All news and videos on the PWA-website.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
Good wind conditions on the Manhasset Bay almost allowed the ten teams to complete the Round Robin of this years Knickerbocker Cup. 6 to 7 of the 9 Flights of the Round Robin have been sailed. With a clean score of 7-0 victories it's Switzerlands Eric Monnin SUI leading the rankings. On second with a score of 5-1 it's top seeded Pierre-Antoine Morvan FRA who lost his duel against Monnin SUI. The results and the live ticker of the event website.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
In light winds the Swiss Star Championship started on Lake Constance with one single race, the second one had to be cancelled in a dying breeze. Victory went to Whitbread-Roud-the-world veteran Bernhard Seger RCO/SVB - who grabbed the title 28 years ago already ! - who is sailing with his 17-year old daughter Sofie. Beat Hunziker/Vincent Nagelisen SUI/SCH and Stefan Schneider/Uli Seeberger GER completed the podium. The ranking list.
 
News – Thursday, August 28, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)
After three rainy days, the sun was back at the Melges 20 World Championship on Lake Garda yesterday, accompanied by a light to moderate Ora breeze around 10-12 kn. Three races were sailed and as expected, the teams from Italy and the USA are on top of the interim's rankings. Alessandro Rombelli ITA (tactics Daniele Cassinari ITA) is first 7 points ahead of John Kilroy USA (with Paul Goodison GBR). 'Men' of the day was Liam Kilroy USA, age 11, with Steve Hunt USA and Stephanie Roble USA, on rank 3, just behind his father.
The ranking list, the daily report and the video of the day.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The seabreeze was late on the second day of the PWA Slalom in Turkey as well, but nevertheless, another Elimination was completed by each gender.
In the women, it was again Sara-Quita Offringa NED who was on top, while in the men, Julien Quentel FRA booked his first win in 2014, as some of the top drivers such as Antoine Albeau FRA or Björn Dunkerbeck SUI missed the qualifcation for the Final. Sara-Quita Offringa NED and Pierre Toselli FRA lead in the interim's rankings. The wind will fill in late also today.
Please find all deteils on the PWA website, inclusive the videos.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The Geneva sailmaker Europ'Sails offers as from today until November 30 up to 25% autumn discount on all sails manufactured in Switzerland. Interesting discounts are also available for the full product line of EuropSails. Here the details.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
Last Sunday, the Fireball UK Nationals at Tenby ended after 10 races sailed. Tom Gillard/Richard Anderton GBR were the clear winners after 7 races. 45 teams participated. The ranking list and the final rankings.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
Today begins the Knickerbocker Cup in the Manhasset Bay, traditionally the Qualification Event for the Congressional Cup, the most important Match Race in the USA. Top in the seedings is Pierre-Antoine Morvan FRA (world nbr 7), second on the list is Eric Monnin SUI (world nbr 11) and his team. Johnie Berntsson SWE or Sam Gilmour AUS are other high-class matchracers on the entry list.
The event website.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The project Hydros is not only active with experimental foiler catamarans in regattas and record attempts, but also in research efforts to find the most energy-efficient boat, a very important initiative considering the energy consumption of today's commercial navigation. A competition open for universities had been launched ending with a comparison of the models on the water. Here the presentation video of the organisers and the video report of the Australian team.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
Today is day one of the Starboat Swiss Championship off Bottighofen/Lake Constance SUI, provided there is enough wind. The late summer weather is not very promising in this respect. 25 teams from 4 nations are present, among them as favorite the European Champions Hubert Merkelbach/Gerrit Bartel GER. The preview.
 
News – Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The first Single Elimination of the PWA World Tour Slalom at Alcati TUR was completed on day one already thanks to a well-established 15 kn breeze. In the men's category, Ben Van der Steen BEL won ahead of Pascal Toselli FRA und Antoine Albeau FRA. In the women's, Sara-Quita Offringa NED (Aruba) was the fastest, followed by Lena Erdil TUR and Fulya Ünlü TUR on the ranks 2 and 3. As to the dominators of previous years: Valérie Ghibaudo FRA finished 5th, Karin Jaggi SUI did not compete.
More details on the PWA website.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   (Image © JOY)
Late - around 15 hrs CET - and very light was the Ora wind yesterday because of the overcast sky. The 57 teams left the harbour for a last training, but the Practice Race was cancelled as a thunderstorm was approaching. The wind forecast for the coming days is not very promising. The report of the day.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
Yann Guichard FRA and Dona Bertareli SUI with their 140-foot-trimaran 'Spindrift' (the former 'Banque Populaire') have been waiting in New York in vain for an appropriate weather window to attack the North Atlantic record from New York to Cap Lizard. Five days ago, the attempt was cancelled, as the trimaran has to be slighlty modified in view of Yann Guichard's start to the solo race 'Route du Rhum' in the coming November.
Monday evening during the jouney back to France, the trimaran hit a swimming container at a speed of 25 kn, breaking off one of the rudder. A short repair stop on the Azores will be made before sailing back to France.
The report with a video.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   (Image © Laurens Morel)
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
This evening at 18.30 hrs CET, Patrick Girod SUI will present his project for the Mini-Transat of next year. With his intensive racing program this year, he has aleady completed the qualification miles for this event. The invitation.
Simon Koster SUI, third of last year's Mini-Transat, will again parcitipate in the next edition of this key event of the Mini 650 class. On September 8th, he will present his new project at the Segler Vereinigung Thalwil / Lake Zurich SUI.
The Simon Koster website.
 
News – Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014   (Image © Lloyd Images)
Cardiff Bay saved the best for last for the 11-boat Extreme 40 fleet, where 'The Wave - Muscat' (Leigh McMillan GBR), 'Alinghi' (Morgan Larson USA) and 'JP Morgan-BAR Racing' (Ben Aisnlie GBR) battled it out until the bitter end for the top positions, in one of the closest – and most exciting – three-horse fights seen in the Series, which resulted in a three way collision and three consecutive penalties too boot in the final and double points race. (See the video, crash happens after 3 min 30 sec). Inspite of finishing this last race on the last places ('Alinghi' 9th, 'BAR' 10th, 'Wave' 11th), these three teams finished in Cardiff 1 - 2 - 3 overall. In the 2014 Series interim's rankings, 'Alinghi' remains on top but the advance on 'The Wave - Muscat' has melted on 2 points. Third in the annual rankings are Jerôme Clerc SUI/Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI on 'RealTeam' thanks to a 5th place in Cardiff. and a weak result of Dean Barker NZL and his 'Team New Zealand' in Wales.
The report and the rankings.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014   (Image © Max Ranchi)
Today on Lake Garda is day one of the Melges 20 World Championship 2014, a class spreaded widely during the last three years. 57 teams from 11 nations and 3 continents are on the entry list. A number of high-ranked sailors are among the participants such as the Laser 2008 Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR, the multiple Laser and Starboat European Champion Michael Hestbaek DEN, the double 470 Olympic Champion Malcom Page AUS or the past Soling World Champion Bill Hardesty USA. The title will most probably go to a USA or Italian team.
The official preview and the event website.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014   
The Dutch & German 5.5 m Championship was sailed over the past weekend on the Ijsselmeer in a moderate 8 to 15 kn breeze. 15 teams from 4 nations participated, among them almost half (7 teams) from Switzerland. Winning 4 of the 6 races, Flavio Marazzi/Christoph Burger/Jakob Gustavson SUI were the final winners, ahead of Pjetter Field NOR and Arend-Jan Pasman NED. The report of Christoph Burger SUI including the ranking list.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014   (Image © Simon Jenkins)
75 teams from 8 nations participated in the Dart-18 European Championship 2014 in England during the past week. With just a one point's advantage, the winners were Dan Norman/Jenni Donovan GBR ahead of Herve Le Maux/Abbey Jupp FRA, Silver, and Dave + Louise Roberts GBR Bronze.
The final rankings.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014   
Regatta activities happened on most lakes of Switzerland over the past weekend. Please find a first overview on news and results in the Sailing Switzerland section of our website.
 
 
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