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Sailing Switzerland – Friday, November 28, 2014
Friday, November 28, 2014   
Excellent start of the Swiss Team at the Worldcup Final in Abu Dhabi. Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI won race 1 and are on the 4th place after 3 races in the Nacra 17. An excellent first race also for Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI. After leading the fleet, they finished on rank 3 and are now 6th overall in the 470 women. Good performance also by Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI as interim's 8th in the 470 men. The men and women kiteboarders sailed in one fleet, and it was too difficult for the girls to cope with the boys. The best-ranked Elena Kalinina RUS is on position 15, Astrid Berz SUI is 19th among the 20 entrants.
All ranking lists.
Sailing Switzerland – Thursday, November 27, 2014
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. As far as we can see, there are no Swiss on the list of participants among the 119 teams from 7 nations this time.
The event website.
Sailing Switzerland – 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.
Yesterday already, the Swiss 470s Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI and Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI were afloat in a light breeze. Today, the Nacra-17 team Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI will join them.
The ISAF report.
Sailing Switzerland – Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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   
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.
Sailing Switzerland – Thursday, November 20, 2014
Thursday, November 20, 2014   (Image © Kuhn-Sails)
Francois Kunz of the SLAM Swiss Store at the Nidau Barkenhafen / Lake Bienne is new the representative of Ullman and Kuhn Sails. The professional service comprises not only repairs, but also consulting regarding racing and cruising sails. François Kunz has been several times skipper/helmsman on 'Bienne Voile' at the Tour de France à la Voile representing the Swiss Racing Sailors.
Sailing Switzerland – Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014   
The Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15 continues in the later afternoon today with the start of the seven teams for leg 2, the 6'125 miles to Abu Dhabi at 16 hrs UTC. The Indian Ocean in the Monsoon period is a new experience for most of the navigators. After a windy first phase, calm and thunderstorm zones will influence the strategies of the teams and the fleet might well be spread over a wider area before the entry into the Arabian Gulf will reassemble the boats.
The report. Justine Mettraux joins again the all-female Team 'SCA' of Samantha Davis GBR. Here the crew list.
Racing are also over 100'000 participants in the Virtual Volvo Ocean Race, also starting today at 16 hrs UTC. Participation is still possible registering on the VOR Game page. Mikael Rydberg SWE was first in leg 1 winning a trip to the second leg finish in Abu Dhabi !
Follow the coverage of the start as from 15 hrs UTC live on the Internet.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014   
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Sailing Switzerland – Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014   
After the Swiss Sailing General Assembly, the Swiss Sailing Awards will be distributed for the last time. Surprisingly, the Optimist World Champion Nicolas Rolaz is not among the nominees. His sensational victory was no doubt a historical success for Switzerland's yachting. Here the announcement by Swiss Sailing.
Sailing Switzerland – Monday, November 17, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014   
The Swiss Olympic hopefuls Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI have no rest during the coming weeks. During the first November Weekend, they participated in the 'Trofeo Jean Bertrand' in San Remo, where they finished 2nd behind Simon Sivitz/Jas Farneti ITA after three races. Gerz/Szymanski GER were 3rd. Here the ranking list. Right now, they are training at the Ligurian Coast in view of ISAF World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi in early December, partly in a fresh breeze, as the short video reveals. The team informs on all activities on their facebook page.
Monday, November 17, 2014   
The Swiss 470 women team Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI, the only Swiss team having made substantial progress during the past season, is also in a winter training, in Palamos ESP. In early December, they will participate at the ISAF World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi open for the 20-best-ranked teams by class only. Here the entry lists.
Monday, November 17, 2014   
Appartently, the wind conditions at the Opatija Cup on the Croatian Adriatic Coast have not been ideal, as only three races by class were completed in three days.
In the Lasers 4.7, Iva Vlahinic CRO defeated her male competitors and won ahead of Szymon Kowalski POL and Ante Jusic CRO. Manuel Heibst SUI finished the first race on rank 3, but could not remain on top in the following heats. Rank 11 among the 24 participants from 3 nations is the final classification. Yvette Bouwman SUI follows on rank 20.
In the Lasers Radial, Paolo Mavricic CRO is first in the 13 participants' fleet from 3 nations.
The event website
Sailing Switzerland – Saturday, November 15, 2014
Saturday, November 15, 2014   (Image © Ainhoa Sanchez)
After one week's rest, the Volvo Ocean Race resumes today with the Inport Race in Capetown, a possibility for the teams to test the repairs and to welcome the new team members in action. Admittedly, the results of these races are not counted in the overall rankings, but would be used as tie-breakers in case of points equality. The objective of these short races is not only to entertain the public and offer rides for sponsors' invited VIPs, but also to allow the teams to compare with opponents.
In the all-female Team 'SCA', Elodie-Jane Mettraux SUI replaces her sister Justine. The 'Mapfre'-skipper Iker Martinez ESP takes a day off today. Here the Crew lists with the changes for the Inport-Race.
Yesterday evening, the Prize Giving of leg 1 took place. In addition to the overall winners 'Abud Dhabi' of Ian Walker GBR, Brian Carlin IRL from Team 'Vestas Wind' was honored for his entertaining media work, and the Chinese 'Team Donfeng' for the longest day run (541 miles) and the shortest course (8363 miles). The report.
The Inport Race can be followed as from 12 hrs UTC today live on the Internet.
Saturday, November 15, 2014   (Image © phil simha)
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Sailing Switzerland – Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Wednesday, November 12, 2014   
The new J/88 has been launched on Lake Constance ! Simple and safe handling, high stability and top performance are the convincing highlights of this new J-Boat, that always exceeds the high expectations of potential customers in all wind and weather conditions. Sail and enjoy the J/88 to really live this experience. Providing the opportunity for interested sailors to feel and like the J/88, test sailings will be organised in the coming weeks on several days on Lake Constance. The next dates are Friday/Saturday of the next weekends. Here the details.
Sailing Switzerland – Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Tuesday, November 11, 2014   
The 'Novembre à Hyères' Regatta ended yesterday with two races sailed in a light and very shifty wind.
First in the Surprise Class was once again a Swiss: Michel Glaus SUI with his team, winner of all Surprise Class titles this year had the upper hand on Nicolas Groulx SUI and Yvon Salvador FRA. Johan Ravier FRA is on top of the Longtzes with Laurent Abignoli FRA and Nicolas Berenger FRA completing the podium. Jarmo Wieland/Risto Wieland/Daniel Estermann/Philipp Strebler SUI finished 5th, Steffen Schneider/Walter Schneider/Tim Wächter/Gallus Waldvogel SUI follow on rank 6. Russians dominated the SB20 with Alexey Murashkin RUS and his team, leaving Sofian Bouvet FRA and Vadim Pushev RUS at equal points on the ranks 2 and 3. Hélène Freze FRA is on the first place in the J/80 ahead of the tied Ludovic Jego FRA.
All ranking lists. Seven one-design classes participated.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014   
The Salon Nautique in Morges closed the door on Sunday evening and the organisers and exhibitors showed their satisfaction with the public interest: over 10'000 visitors showed up during three days. Next year at the Geneva Palexpo, more exhibitors with the possibility to display more sailboats, powerboats as well as other products and equipment on the available extended floor space, will certaily attract even more visitors.
The final communiqué.
Sailing Switzerland – Monday, November 10, 2014
Monday, November 10, 2014   
The Ginger Bread Regatta of the Dolphins and 420 on Lake Thoune was lacking a good breeze. No races on Saturday and only two light-wind heats on Sunday was the outcome of the weekend.
Winners in the Dolphins were Alain Stettler RCO and his team with two bullets, followed by Tom Studer CVN and Rico Gregorini RCO. 17 teams participated. The report of the Dolphin Class with ranking list. The results of the 420s, sailing an Annual Points' Championship regatta, have not yet been posted on the event website.
Monday, November 10, 2014   (Image © sof)
The Boule de Neige .... the Snowball ..... was sailed yesterday on Lake Neuchâtel without snow in a two-hours race. François de Cerjeat CVN on a Surprise was the winner among the 9 starters. The ranking list.