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Sailing Switzerland – Friday, February 12, 2016
Friday, February 12, 2016   (Image © Laurens Morel)
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Moderate conditions prevailed in Clearwater for the first time after the rough North wind days, apparently not at the taste of Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI, who had a hard day in the Nacra 17 fleet, finishing on the day ranks 26/22/14, relegating them on the 9th place overall. Here the daily news of the Nacras. In return, the performance of Sébastien Schneiter/Lucien Cujean SUI in the 49ers was much better, and they realized even a 4th race rank in their group. Now on rank 44 overall with a 21 points' backlog on rank 25 (Goldfleet cut), they still have a chance to join the best in the four qualification series races left. The 49er news.
The livestream of the Clearwater World Championships will be broadcast realtime on the website starting at 16 h UTC today.
Friday, February 12, 2016   
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After two stormy days without races, the Cannes Finn International Week began yesterday with a first heat sailed in an unconstant light wind. The surprise winner was Carlo Lazzari SUI ahead of the favorite Deniss Karpak EST. Valentyn Klymentiev UKR follows on rank 3.With Till Klammer SUI on the 6th place, another Swiss was among the best in the 60 boats' fleet from 12 nations.
The ranking list, the event facebook page and the event website.
Sailing Switzerland – Thursday, February 11, 2016
Thursday, February 11, 2016   (Image © Laurens Morel)
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The rough conditions with an up to 20 kn wind and steep choppy waves remained also on day 2 of the Clearwater combined World Championships. Yesterday, the 49er remained ashore. Sébastien Schneiter/Lucien Cujean SUI are on position 51 after the only race of day 1. Defending their top-10 position were Matia Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI in the Nacra 17. Although they realised only one top-10 result in the four races of the day, they remain in the reach of a Medal with their 5th interim's position.
For today, the normal moderate Clearwater conditions have been forecast. The daily news and all results.
Thursday, February 11, 2016   
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Sailing Switzerland – Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Wednesday, February 10, 2016   (Image © Jen Edney)
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A fresh 18-20 kn breeze a steep, short, choppy waves due to the shallow waters made racing very challenging on the first day of the combined World Championships of the Olympic highperformance classes in Clearwater Florida. The experienced teams dominated the only race of the day in the 49ers and Nacras 17. The 49ersFX remained ashore.
Among the top teams were Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI, finishing excellent 2nd in the Nacra 17 behind the defending Champions Besson/Riou FRA, confirming their convincing results in the tune-up regattas to this important championship. The report of the Nacras.
Not so easy the day for the young light-weight 49er development team Sébastien Schneiter/Lucien Cujean SUI, but they at least completed the difficult windy race on rank 51. Almost 20% of the fleet abandoned the race. The 49er rankings, the daily news and the video.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016   (Image © BNJ)
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The strong westerly breeze over Lake Neuchâtel was building up waves at the easterly end of the lake, and dispite of the cold temperatures, four courageous wave surfers enjoyed the surfs on Monday trying to practice their hobby on the cold inland lake.
Here the video.
Sailing Switzerland – Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Tuesday, February 9, 2016   
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The International Finn Week in Cannes FRA began yesterday with the Practice Race. The initial light East wind was reversed shortly after the start and the Mistral started to fill in from the West to up to 5 bft. According to the wind forecast, it shall prevail also during the coming days. Much to do on the water for the 63 participants from 12 nations.
The event website and the short report of the Swiss Team.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016   
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As every year, the Etchells sailed their Winter Series in several events in Florida. Over the last weekend, the Miami Championships took place with good, partly fresh, sailing conditions.
Superior winners after 5 races were the former Olympic 470 Champion Steve Benjamin USA and his team 16 points ahead of Peter Duncan USA. Andy Beadsworth GBR, sailing under Swiss flag, was on the good 6th position. Seamus McHugh IRL, living in Geneva SUI and competing for the Soc. Nautique of Geneva, follows on rank 26. Luis Doreste ESP was his prominent tactician this time.
Here the ranking list with 54 teams from 4 nations.
Sailing Switzerland – Monday, February 8, 2016
Monday, February 8, 2016   
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The World Championships of the three fastest Olympic classes begins today in Florida with the Practice Races. According to the entry lists, the complete international Olympic circuit fleets will be on the starting lines for a performance test six months before the Olympics. Here the preview of the 49er class.
Switzerland is represented in the Nacra 17 by Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI, who will be among the favorites for medals. Their clear objective however is to finish in the top-eight, the selection critieria of Swiss Olympic for Rio.
Sébastien Schneiter/Lucien Cujean SUI participate in the 49er Worlds, endeavouring to confirm the remarkable results of the last regattas, especially in light winds, where they succeeded to race with the fastest. But this time, the conditions will be rough on the first two days with a fresh breeze around 25 kn.
Monday, February 8, 2016   
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On Saturday, Act 4 of the CV Vidy Winter Championship was sailed on Lake Geneva off the IOC residence. 'Little Nemo' of Frédéric Pfyffer CNP was again the winner in the Class B (4 teams). In the Class A (8 boats), the winner was Eric Meyer CVV on 'Chantier Naval Vidy'.
The event website.
Sailing Switzerland – Sunday, February 7, 2016
Sunday, February 7, 2016   
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The South wind conditions persisted also on day two of th Primo Cup with 2-3 bft and a considerable swell, and three races were completed.
No change on top of the Starboats with Philipp Rotermund/Nils Holweg GER as first with two bullets yesterday. Christian Nehammer/...AUT remain close with a slight 2 points' backlog. Christoph Gautschi/....SUI on rank 5 remain the best Swiss, inspite of a premature start.
Etienne David SUI and his team consolidated their lead in the Surprise with top finishes including a race win. Nicolas Groux SUI on rank 2 is now 6 points back. New on the 3rd place is the Lugano Team Olympic SUI.
The leading boats in the SB20 are very close together. The first five are separated by 5 points only. New on rank 1 is Edward Russo FRA and his team. John Pollard GBR follows 2 points' behind.
In the IRC 1&2-rankings, the new leader is Vadim Yakimenko LAT and his team with 3 bullets. Orel Kalomeni TUR follows on the 2nd position. New on the 3rd place is Jean-Jacques Chaubard SUI.
Leader change also in the IRC 3&4-Wertung with Andrew Jones GBR as first (scroll down).
All ranking lists, the daily news and the video of the day.
Sailing Switzerland – Saturday, February 6, 2016
Saturday, February 6, 2016   
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Part I of the Monaco Primo Cup began yesterday in a light south-easterly breeze. The OneDesign classes completed two, the IRC Yachts split in two categories one race.
On top after day one in the Starboats are Philipp Rotermund/Nils Holweg GER ahead of Andrea Orlando/Jean-Gabriel Charton MON and Christian Nehammer/....AUT (unfortunately no crew names on the ranking liste). Christoph Gautschi/....SUI winner of a race follows on rank 4. Shared lead in the Surprise with Etienne David SUI and Nicolas Groux SUI with their teams. Sebastiano Baranzini SUI follows on rank 3. Carlo Benco ITA and his team are first in the SB20, followed by Johan Racier FRA and Ed Russo FRA. The IRC 1 & 2 rankings are lead by Orel Kalomeni TUR, Jean-Jacques Chaubard SUI follows on the 4th place. Giovanni Spessa ITA is the winner of the only IRC 3 & 4 race.
All ranking lists and the news.
Sailing Switzerland – Friday, February 5, 2016
Friday, February 5, 2016   
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9 months before the start to the 8th edition of the solo-non-stop-round-the-world Regatta Vendée Globe, 28 skippers from 9 nations aus on the entry list. Three more have sent in their application, but their financing is not yet confirmed. The fleet will be segmented soon after the start, as there will be six Open 60s of the latest generation with foil-daggerboards, allowing to race at considerable higher speeds, provided they proof to be solid enough for the long circumnavigation in extreme sailing conditions. Here an impressive video of the new 'Safran' of Morgan Lagravière FRA. Switzerland is again represented, this time with Alan Roura SUI age 22, the youngest participant in the race. With 500'000 spectators at the start and over a million fans following the race during weeks on the Internet, the Vendée Globe has by far the highest public appeal of all sailing events, including the America's Cup. The already high-level media coverage will be enhanced even more with livestream takes bringing the race atmosphere to the Internet and TV public.
The report on the latest presentation of the project on Wednesday in Paris.
Friday, February 5, 2016   
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The Finn Masters, the inofficial World Championship of 40 years plus Finn sailors, will take place end of May on lake Garda, and 300 entry applications form 29 nations have been received so far. With 60 participants, the German delegation is the largest one. Switzerland, 16 boats, is the fifth-largest team. The report.
As old as the participants is the half-an-hour film on the Torbole Club Website presenting the opening of the Clubhouse in 1966 and the first Regatta of the CN Torbole.
Sailing Switzerland – Thursday, February 4, 2016
Thursday, February 4, 2016   
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The results of the Antibes Ski-Yachting in January with 8 races sailed in moderate temperatures and a 2-4 bft breeze are available. Good skiing condition at Auron FRA prevailed as well.
Clear winners in the Fireball were Claude Mermod/Ruedi Moser SUI with 7 race wins. Härdi/Landerer SUI finished second and completed the Swiss success. In the 5o5s, Ponthieux/Van Exem FRA were first. Toni Uttiger/Markus Heilig SUI finished 6th. The largest fleet with 26 teams from France and Italy were the 420s with Jim Vincent/Victor Mas FRA on rank 1. This duo dominated also the Ski-Rennen (without Swiss). The most international fleet were the Dragons with yachts from 12 countries. Anatoly Loginov RUS and his team were on top.
All other ranking lists.
Sailing Switzerland – Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Wednesday, February 3, 2016   (Image © Pedro Martinez)
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The updated Olympic Classes World Sailing Ranking Lists have just been published. A new calculation system is in force, including the last two World Champions with full ranking points. The top positions changed only in two classes: the 49er high-fliers Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL - with a reduced activity due to their engagement in the Team NZL America's Cup challenge - are now finally on the well deserved rank 1. A jump from rank 11 on rank 1 was the consequence for Aichen Wang CHN in the RS:X men windsurfers.
The good results in Florida in the past weeks helped Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI to climb from the 17th place on the 6th rank in the Nacra 17. An improvement also for Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI new on rank 12 in the 470 women, their best ranking so far. Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI not present in Miami descended from rank 4 to rank 11 in the RS:X men windsurfers.
All rankings and the World Sailing report.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016   
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Sailing Switzerland – Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Tuesday, February 2, 2016   
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The Swiss regatta season began on the first of January on Lake Hallwil, and also on Lake Geneva, the sail racing does not stop during winter. Round 3 of the Winter Championship has been sailed off Vidy/Lausanne.
The winners were: Class A Luc Oesch CVV on his 'Essentiel', 6 teams completed the race. Class B Fréderic Pfyffer CVV on his 'Little Nemo' was the only ranked.
Round 4 of the Championship off Vidy will take place over the coming weekend.
Last Saturday, a Winter Regatta was also organised in Geneve, but the ranking list has not yet been published on the YCG Club website.
Sailing Switzerland – Monday, February 1, 2016
Monday, February 1, 2016   
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The premature start in the last race did not jeopardise the overall Optimist Trofeo Internacional victory of Max Wallenberg SUI in Torreviejo ESP, who won the penultimate race yesterday. Eight points was the lead over the second-ranked Pablo Ruiz ESP. Filipo Varini ITA won the Bronze Medal. The best Girl Gaia Falco ITA was on the 6th place. Three more Swiss - Leo Thommen SUI 21st, Achille Casco SUI 34th and Arnaud Grange 49th - were in the top-50 of the 342 participants.
The results, the video and the event website.