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Sailing Switzerland – Thursday, April 2, 2015
Thursday, April 2, 2015   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
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The Swiss 470 and Lasers were about to improve their performance in the first Final Series races in the Goldfleets. And again, the best team were Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI in the Nacra 17, winning race 2 after a capsize in race 1 when holding the 2nd place. The 27th race rank is in the results calculation for the moment, relegating them on the 11th rank. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI moved up 7 places thanks to the day ranks 19 and 22, and are now 33rd overall. Sailing in the Silverfleet, the development teams David Biedermann/Max Haenssler SUI and Kilian Wagen/Grégoire Siegwart SUI are on the positions 57 and 60 overall. Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI demonstrated their progress in fresher winds with the ranks 14 and 18 and moved up on the 17 place overall. Sébastien Schneiter/Lucien Cujean SUI succeeded to finish one race on the 4th place of the Silverfleet, advancing on rank 11 overall (= 36th overall). After a stellar Tuesday - best of the day - the RS:X windsurfer Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI had more difficulties in the fresher breeze yesterday, and descended on the rank 16. Elia Colombo SUI however improved on rank 29. Inspite of a premature start, Guillaume Girod SUI defended his 29 place in the Laser Standard Goldfleet. Nils Theuninck SUI moved up on rank 135, sailing in the Silverfleet. Cyrill Knecht SUI is 146th. Sailing in the Laser Radial Goldfleet, Maud Jayet SUI advanced by 5 places on rank 52.
All ranking lists, the reports and the videos.
Sailing Switzerland – Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Tuesday, March 31, 2015   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
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The Swiss had a rather difficult day in the very special weather conditions of day one at the Trofeo Princesa Sofia, with one important exception: Matias Buhler/Nathalie Brugger SUI had an impressive comeback finishing on rank 1 of the Nacra-17 in their first race after the recovery of Nathalie. After 2 races, they are on rank 8 overall. The development team David Biedermann/Max Haenssler SUI finished 23rd of their group and are the best 470 men Swiss on rank 45 overall, even ahead of the experienced Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI, who flopped in the only race of the day. Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI had a remarkable first 470 women race finishing as 12th, but in the second race they stalled at the last mark in the dying wind and did not finish the race in time, together with the majority of teams. As 37th overall, they have to deliver good results today to qualify for the Goldfleet, i.e. at least rank 31. On rank 36 among 70 participants, Sébastien Schneiter/Lucien Cujean SUI had a remarkable first day in the 49ers, as did Guillaume Girod SUI on rank 20 of his group in the only Laser Standard race of the day. The 58th place overall brings him near the Goldfleet (top 53) before the last Qualification races. The two Swiss development team Lasers are 141st (Nils Theuninck SUI) and disqualified as premature starter (Cyrill Knecht SUI). Not yet up to speed in fresh winds is Maud Jayet SUI in the Lasers Radial. As 61st, she is in the middle of the ranking list. Only two of the three RS:X windsurfer groups could finish a race. Elia Colombo SUI finishe on the good 8th place in his group, while Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI did not yet compete.
All ranking lists and the official report.
Sailing Switzerland – Monday, March 30, 2015
Monday, March 30, 2015   
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Although the Trofeo Princesa Sofia is no longer part of the ISAF Worldcup, the record number of 800 athletes from 64 nations will be competing. The wind forecast for today announces a fresh westerly breeze, but for the rest of the week, the conditions will be sunny with rather light winds.
The Swiss Team is well prepared and some of the top team have spent a number of training days at Palma. Nathalie Brugger SUI is back after an 8 weeks recovery from her injury, and the first trainings on the Nacra 17 passed without problems.
The official preview and the entry lists.
Monday, March 30, 2015   
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The South wind persitsted on the last day of the Lake Lugano Laser Europacup 2015 and two more races were completed on Sunday in a moderate 8 kn breeze.
In the Lasers 4.7, Guillaume Rol SUI was defeated overall by Daniil Krutskikh RUS because of a failed last race. Peter Borovkov RUS finished 3rd. Kate Bereza RUS on rank 4 was the best girl among the 31 participants. A leader change happened also in the Lasers Radial, where Alexis Mégévand SUI climbed on rank 1 thanks to the day ranks 2 and 3, but Julia Kühn GER remained only one point behind. Nicolas Bouchet MON defended the 3rd place also just one point in front of Damian Suri SUI 4th. Swiss victory also in the Lasers Standard with Robert Ronnback SUI, with Marco Guzzetti ITA and Guillaume Boisard FRA completing the podium.
All ranking lists and the event website.
Sailing Switzerland – Sunday, March 29, 2015
Sunday, March 29, 2015   
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Best conditions with a 10-12 kn South wind prevailed yesterday and the Europacup 2015 season was opened with the full program, i.e. three races by class. The boats on top are within small point ranges. Guillaume Rol SUI leads in the Lasers 4.7 one point ahead of the local Giona Renggli SUI. Edoardo Libri ITA follows closely behind on rank 3 among the 31 participants from 4 nations. The Lasers Radial are the largest fleet with 37 boats. Julia Kühn GER and Paolo Mavricic CRO share the first place at equal points. Alexis Mégévand SUI as 3rd follows 3 points behind. In the Lasers Standard, the leader is Marco Guzzetti ITA in front of Guillaume Boisard FRA and Robert Ronnback SUI. 30 sailors from 6 nations participate.
All results and the event website.
Sailing Switzerland – Saturday, March 28, 2015
Saturday, March 28, 2015   
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The announced North wind filled in over the southern part of Switzerland , but as feared with too much velocity. The 30 kn plus breeze did not allow to start the first races of the Laser Europacup Regatta on Lake Lugano. 96 participants in the three Laser Classes are on the entry list. The forecast for today has announced a sailable North wind. The event website.
Saturday, March 28, 2015   
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The well-attended San Remo Dragon Cup began yesterday, and the favorites are already on the top places in the interim's rankings. Anatoly Loginov RUS and his team lead 4 points ahead of Markus Wieser GER on the UKR boat now starting under UAE flag. Best of the three under SUI flag sailing teams is Edward Owen GBR on rank 8.
The ranking list and the event website.
Sailing Switzerland – Friday, March 27, 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015   
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The 5o5 South African Nationals ended yesterday with a second race, sailed in fresh breeze exceeding 20 kn. It was now up to other nations to run the show after the Aussie festival in the first race, especially the defending World Champions Mike Holt/Carl Smit USA coming back strongly with a clear race win. They also are on top overall ahead of the international team Ian Pinnell GBR/Jens Tellen GBR at equal points. No Swiss among the participants. The report with the final rankings.
Friday, March 27, 2015   (Image © fotozambra)
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The Laser Europacup, annual regatta series with one event in most European countries, will be kicked-off today in Lugano SUI. During the past years, this competition has proofed to be the most important feeder series for youth sailors to prepare for the Olympic Laser circuit. Swiss Laser youth sailors participated actively in these events and delivered encouraging results during the past years. Here the final rankings 2014.
Sunny weather with a tendency for North wind have been forecast for the weekend: perfect sailing if the breeze does not fill in too strongly ! The event website.
Sailing Switzerland – Thursday, March 26, 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015   
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The 2015 Trofeo Princesa Sofia for Olympic and invited classes in Palma de Mallorca begins on next Monday. This event is no longer part of the ISAF World Cup calendar, but the results count for the new European Annual Championship and above all as qualification regatta for the Hyères World Cup event in April. Therefore, the participation at the Trofeo is still outstanding with all Olympic campaigners present, including the Swiss Sailing Team with the Olympic hopefuls.
Positive the comeback of Nathalie Brugger SUI as crew on the Nacra 17 of Matias Buehler SUI after her knee injury at the Miami World Cup Regatta. First tests were successful - see the team's facebook page. Already qualified for the Hyères World Cup are the two 470 teams: Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI in the 470 men are for the first time with the new coach Kevin Burnham USA. Also starting are the development teams Kilian Wagen/Grégoire Siegwart SUI and David Biedermann/Max Haenssler SUI. 2015 is the crucial season for the 470 women team Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI, racing for a Rio 2016 Olympics berth. After an intensive winter training, it remains to be seen, whether they have made progress in fresher winds. In light wind, the are already now at the level of the top teams. Maud Jayet SUI has resumed her Olympic campaign in the Laser Radial. With a good result in Palma, she endeavours to qualify for Hyères. The same is true for Guillaume Girod SUI bei the Lasers Standard. Also sailing in the large 180 boats Laser fleet are also Nils Theuninck SUI, Cyril Knecht SUI and Yannick Roempp SUI. Sébastien Schneiter/Lucien Cujean SUI continue with their 49er project after an intensive winter training. And last but not least, the light-wind RS:X windsurfer Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI is also competing for a Hyères World Cup qualification.
All entry lists.
Sailing Switzerland – Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015   
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The circuit of the foiling GC32 catamarans is growing. After Dona Bertarelli SUI with her 'Spindrift' team, it is now 'Team Alinghi' announcing its participation as well. Ernesto Bertarelli SUI and Morgan Larson USA will share steering, the Olympic 470 medalist Nicolas Charbonnier FRA will call tactics, and the team is completed by the experience 'Alinghi' crew with Pierre-Yves Jorand SUI, Nils Frei SUI and Yves Detrey SUI. The communiqué.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015   
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Last Saturday, the annual Presidents' Conference of Swiss Sailing took place at Ittigen/Berne. The key item debated during this information meeting was the financial situation of the federation. While the members' fees grew by 23%, the income provided by Swiss Sailing Promotion, the sponsoring organisation, is 63% down to CHF 137'000 only. The discussion made it clear, that the proposed financing schemes have little support with a majority of Club Presidents, who requested the reduction of 'nice-to-have' activities with the corresponding savings before approving a moderate fee increase.
The Communiqué.
Sailing Switzerland – Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Tuesday, March 24, 2015   
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The ISAF sanctioned World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) organisers announced yesterday a new and expanded sixteen event schedule for the 2015/16 World Championship. For the first time since the World Tour was founded in 2000, the series will award championship points to all events on the schedule divided into two categories – World Tour Events and World Championship Events. Skippers will count their highest five results towards the World Championship title. The new format provides a valuable pathway for up and coming match racing skippers to compete on the world stage.
The first 2015 Tour event will be the 51st Congressional Cup in Long Beach, CA in May. The report.Eric Monnin SUI and his team, ISAF World Ranking nbr 4, is new a qualified Tour Card holder.
Sailing Switzerland – Saturday, March 21, 2015
Saturday, March 21, 2015   (Image © Simon Koster)
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The start to the Mini Transat 2015 will be given in six months from now, and 78 solo skippers are on the entry list up-to-now. The organisers have posted a first line-up, and in both the Series Minis and the Protos, two Swiss are cited among the favorites: Patrick Girod SUI and Simon Koster SUI !
The preview.
Sailing Switzerland – Thursday, March 19, 2015
Thursday, March 19, 2015   
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Sailing Switzerland – Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Tuesday, March 17, 2015   
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The Fireball Midwinters with 20 boats from Canada, Switzerland, Ireland and the USA concluded Sunday with no racing due to light conditions. Tof Nicol-Griffith/Peter Kelly (CAN) repeated their victory from the North Americans but finished tied with Christina Haerdi/Xavier Brose (SUI) ranked 2nd. Pat Crump/Jane Millican (USA) competed the podium. Two other Swiss teams - Maja Suter/Patrick Kohler 9th and Mianne Erne/Clay Paulson 10th) - finished in the top-10.
The final results.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015   
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'Team Tilt', an organisation founded by Alex Schneiter in Geneva, follows the Bertarelli Foundation and supports the Swiss Sailing Team. The important financial contribution is dedicated to the Swiss Olympic and Youth Development Sailing.
For quite some time, 'Team Tilt' has offered a professional support structure for young sailors. Among other activities, a team had been recruited, trained and coached for the Red Bull Youth America's Cup im September 2013 representing the Société Nautique de Genève, and finishing on the excellent 4th place. Already now, the preparations for the new edition of this competition are ongoing. In addition, 'Team Tilt' will participate in this year's Décision 35 Multihull Annual Championship on Lake Geneva, and two members of the squad - Sébastien Schneiter and Lucien Cujean – are running an Olympic campaign with the long-range objective Olympics 2020 in Tokyo.
The Communiqué (in English)