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Sailing Switzerland – Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014   
34 000 visitors enjoyed the Interboot watersports exhibition over the last weekend where 491 exhibitors are doing their utmost, to inform and entertain the nautical addicts. The doors opened on Saturday with a speech by the Mayor of Friederichshafen. During 9 days, the Interboot presents new products and services of the Sail- and Powerboat industry, enhanced by test runs on Lake Constance. In addition, a spectacular entertainment program has been put up to spend some enjoyable leisure hours in the South of Germany. The report.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014   
In memory of Andrew 'Bart' Simpson GBR, double Starboat Olympic Champion, drowned during an America's Cup training in San Francisco last year, his friends Iain Percy GBR and Ben Ainslie GBR founded the 'Bart Simpson Sailing Foundation' and organised a world-wide memorial regatta taking place last Sunday.
Up to now, 13% of the resultats have been communicated to the central control office. With almost 100'000 participants, the 'Bart's Bash' is requesting an entry in the Guiness-Book-of-records as largest sailing event ever. The video.
In Switzerland, only the SN Geneva and the Thunersee YC participated in the Bart's Bash...
On behalf of the Star Sailors League, Sailing News had the opportunity to interview Bart Simpson on the occasion of the UK Star Championship in January 2013. Here the video-interview, it should be one of his last ....
Tuesday, September 23, 2014   (Image © DR / YCSE)
17 teams participated in the Lake Sempach long-distance race sailed on a sunny Saturday with favorable winds. The line honors went to the FlyerXL-catamaran of Eric Waser/Petra Hutter after 1 hour and 18 minutes. In calculated time, the winner was the 15m2 SNS of Alois Fuchs/Manuel Meier. The ranking list and the report.
Sailing Switzerland – Monday, September 22, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014   
The ISAF Olympic Classes World Championship in Santander ESP ended yesterday with the Medal Races of the two Skiff classes 49er and 49er FX, the Nacra 17 and the Finns.
Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL, early World Champions before the Medal Race of the 49ers already, demonstrated their superiorty winning this last heat as well increasing their advantage on 40 points ! The Silver medal went to Jonas Warrer/Anders Thomsen DEN, while the Olympic Champions Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen AUS had to content themselves with Bronze. Delle-Karth/Resch AUT on rank 4 missed a medal by 6 points. The Swiss development teams Schneiter/Cujean SUI and Casas/Mettraux SUI finished in the Bronze fleet on the ranks 61 and 63 among the 80 starters.
The showdown of the 49erFX girls went in favor of Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA, finishing the Medal Race in front of Ida-Marie Baad-Nielsen/Marie Thusgaard DEN earning their first - and probably not the last - World Champion's title. Behind the Danish team at equal points are Giulia Conti/Francesca Clapcich ITA on rank 3. Fiona Testuz/Livia Naef SUI performed remarkably in the light conditions of the first races as never before, but had their difficulties in the rough Atlantic conditions afterwards finishing 40th among the 54 teams.
Gold and Silver were alotted before the Medal Race in the Finns with Giles Scott GBR as first and Ivan Klijakovic CRO as 2nd. In the duel for Bronze, Ed Wright GBR removed the Olympia Bronze medalist Jonathan Lobert FRA from the podium.
A class of their-own were Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA in the Nacra 17, winning the title with a 38 points' advance. Santiago Lange/Cecilia Carranza ARG finished 2nd, their best result by far on the Nacra-17. 3rd-ranked are the surprising Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanain AUS. Winning the Medal Race - as already on the Olympic Test Event in Rio - URL=www.buhlerbrugger2016.ch/news]Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI[/URL] moved up on rank 6 acquiring the second nations' berth for the 2016 Olympics for Switzerland.
All ranking lists, the daily report and the videos of the final day.
Monday, September 22, 2014   
The favorable conditions at the well attended Laser Points' Championship Act on Lake Lugano persisted on Sunday, and the light breeze allowed to complete two more races. Guillaume Rol SNG won four races in the Lasers 4.7 and finished clearly on top ahead of Asya Luvisetto SNG and Oliver Straessler YCB. 31 boats participated. Timon Kausche BT won in the Lasers Radial ahead o Arvid Nordquist SNG and Roger Moser SCE. Paolo Brichetti ITA was the clear winner in the Lasers Standard followed by Luciano Antonietti CVLL and Jannik Roempp SCStä.
All ranking lists.
Monday, September 22, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
Yesterday, the Semi Finals and Finals of the Chicago Match Cup were sailed on Lake Michigan in an 18-20 kn breeze. The final pairing was Taylor Canfield ISV, local hero and last year's winner, against the Tour leader Ian Williams GBR. Canfield profitted from his experience with the Tom-28 yachts on his home waters and won with a 3-1 score. In the Petite Final, Mathieu Richard FRA had the upper hand on Björn Hansen SWE with 2-0. Eric Monnin SUI was eliminated after the Repechage and finished 10 among the 12 participants.
The report.
Monday, September 22, 2014   
As early tune-up for the Optimist World Championship of October, a number of top Optimist sailors attended the Polish Championship at Kamien Pomorski POL. 389 participants from 17 nations were present, among them some members of the Swiss Optimist Worlds' Team. Nicolas Rolaz SUI/CNM won the title after 6 races with a 4 points' advantage on the 2nd-ranked Pavel Abramowicz POL. Dmitry Laztin RUS finished 3rd. Monticha Busch GER on rank 4 was the best girl. Nick Zeltner SUI finished 85th, Jann Schüpbach SUI 234th.
The ranking list.
Monday, September 22, 2014   
The 470 Swiss Championship 2014 on Lake Bienne ended yesterday with another two races sailed in a moderate Westerly breeze. Tobias Etter/Felix Steiger SCSG added a 1st and a 2nd rank on their results sheet, winning the title with an impressive row of top-2 rankings. Stefan Seger/Benjamin Wagner RCO finished 2nd, the women's team Mara Bezel/Fiona Müdespacher SVT earned the Bronze medal. 27 teams participated. Missing were the three teams sailing at the ISAF Worlds in Santander.
The final rankings (PDF).
Monday, September 22, 2014   
Apparently, there was no racing on the last day of the Finn Championship in the South of France, and the rankings from Saturday become final. Christoph Burger SUI/TYC was the superior winner with 4 race wins, 7 points ahead of Peter Theurer SUI/YCB. At equal points follows Thomas Morel FRA on rank 3. 34 participants from 4 nations attended the event.
The ranking list.
Monday, September 22, 2014   
Seven races were sailed on Lake Constance off the Austrian Bregenz in a well-established up to 4 bft South wind. Overall winners with 4 race wins were Martin Zobl SUI/ZYC ahead of Veit Hemmeter GER and Markus Bilgeri AUT with their teams. 24 teams from 3 nations participated.
The ranking list (PDF) and the report.
Sailing Switzerland – Sunday, September 21, 2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014   
Today, the last four Medal Races are on the program, but in the 49ers and Nacra-17s, early titles have been claimend.
The defending World Champions Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA confirmed their title in the Nacra 17 with a 34 points' lead on the first persuers. The race for Silver however will be very close as Vittorio Bisarro/Silvia Sicouri ITA are only one point ahead of Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS. 4 points farther back are Pippa Wilson/John Gimson GBR and Santiago Lange/Cecilia Carranza ARG with chances for a medal should the duo fighting for Silver be downsailed in the crucial race. Matias Buhler/Nathalie Brugger SUI dropped on the 9th place, but they clearly reach their goal to qualify Switzerland for the 2016 Olympics.
Even 36 points is the advantage of Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL in the 49ers. Jonas Warrer/Anders Thomsen DEN and 2 points behind Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen AUS will fight for Silver and Bronze, as the have an 8 points advantage on the 4th-ranked Jorge Lima/Jose Costa POR.
The decision in the Finns is practically final, as only a disqualification of the leading Giles Scott GBR, 20 points ahead, and a Medal Race win of the 2nd-ranked Ivan Klijakovic CRO would remove the Brit from the first position. Jonathan Lobert FRA and Ed Wright GBR one point behind will fight for the Bronze Medal.
Still unknown is the outcome of the 49erFX: Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgaard DEN are still leading, but Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA are only 2 points behind. Whoever is ahead today will be the World Champions ! Giulia Conti/Francesca Clapcich ITA on rank 3 already have the Bronze Medal with a 25 points advantage on the 4th.
All ranking lists and the report of the day with video.
Sunday, September 21, 2014   (Image © Martina Orsini)
The Lake Garda 'wind machine' was not up to speed yesterday. The Moth pilots waited in vain for the morning nothern breeze, and the Ora was not there for a second start attempt in the afternoon. Only late, around 4 p.m. CET, the South wind filled in and finally two races were completed in a 12-16 kn breeze.
Racing was close but it was twice Chris Rast SUI who had the upper hand. Carlo De Paoli ITA (2/3) and Giovanni Galeotti BEL (4/2) follow on the ranks 2 and 3. Matthias Renker SUI and Adriano Petrino SUI are on the positions 5 and 6.
The ranking list and the report of the day.
Sunday, September 21, 2014   
The 470 Swiss Championship continued yesterday on Lake Bienne with another three races. Finishing 2/2/1, the 2008 Olympians Tobias Etter/Felix Steiger SCSG, 2nd in the first race on Friday, have clearly taken the overall lead. Unfortunately, the consolidated ranking list is still missing, as - apparently - the protests of Friday have not yet been heard !
Here the ranking lists of race 3 (PDF), race 4 (PDF) and race 5 (PDF).
Sunday, September 21, 2014   
After two big-breeze days, the wind was light off Port Camargue and allowed to finish one race only yesterday, won by Christoph Christen SUI/YCB. He reduced the gap to the podium on 2 points. Christoph Burger SUI/TYC remains on top 6 points ahead of Peter Theurer SUI/YCB and Thomas Morel FRA tied on ranks 2 and 3.
The ranking list (PDF).
Sunday, September 21, 2014   (Image © Nicolas Jutzi)
The final Round of the M2 Speed-Tour 2014 was sailed yesterday on one day, as the favorable sailing conditions permitted to complete four races. Michel Vaucher on 'Genolier' was the winner, but Olivier Schenker on his 'Gust' remained on top of the Speedtour overall rankings 2014. Michel Vaucher 'Genolier' and Antoine Thorens 'TeamWork' complete the annual podium.
The report with rankings.
Sunday, September 21, 2014   
The Ticino Act of the 2014 Laser Annual Points' Championship began yesterday with three races. Guillaume Rol SNG took the lead in the Lasers 4.7 with two race wins ahead of Asya Luvisetto SNG. Oliver Straessler YCB follows on rank 3 among the 31 participants. First in the Lasers Radial is Timon Kausche YCB ahead of Roger Moser SCE and Sabine Ultsch SCStä. 21 Radials participate. In the Standards (10 boats), Paolo Bricchetti ITA is clearly ahead of Jannik Roempp SCSTä.
The ranking list.
Sunday, September 21, 2014   (Image © Loris von Siebenthal)
Winning the GP SAP yesterday, the 'RealTeam' of Jerôme Clerc SUI and Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI advanced on the 2nd place in the Annual Décision 35 Trophy rankings behind 'Alinghi' (Ernesto Bertarelli) early winner of the Tour. 'Veltigroup' with Loïc Forestier SUI finished 2nd at the GP.
The report with rankings.
Sailing Switzerland – Saturday, September 20, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014   
The RS:X windsurfers were the second class to terminate their World Championship yesterday in a 15 kn breeze.
Charline Picon FRA was the premature RS:X female World Champion already before the Medal Race, but nevertheless, she added another race win extending her points' lead on the second-ranked to gigantic 40 points. Marina Alabau ESP and Mayaan Davidovich ISR fighted closely for Silver with the Spanish ahead at the end of the race. Davidovich ISR had to content herself with Bronze.
Julien Bontemps FRA starting as clear leader to the RS:X male Medal Race finished 2nd and won the Champion's title 21 points ahead of Przemyslav Miarczynski POL. Winning the Medal Race, Thomas Goyard FRA replaced the tied Piotr Myszka POL on the podium and took Bronze. Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI finished the competition on the 32 place and missed as 20th nation the qualification for the 2016 Olympics this time.
Alle ranking lists, the report and the video of the day.
Saturday, September 20, 2014   
Three races were sailed in a fresh 4 - 6 bft East Wind on day two.
Christoph Burger SUI/TYC moved on top of the rankings with three race wins, and has now a 5 points lead on Peter Theurer SUI/YCB. Finishing three times as 2nd, Thomas Morel FRA advanced on rank 3. The results (PDF).
Saturday, September 20, 2014   
Saturday, September 20, 2014   (Image © DR / Vulcain Trophy)
After a rainy windless morning, the start to the last Act of the Decision-35 Annual Trophy, the GP SAP, was given on 16 hrs CET in absence of 'Alinghi' who were premature overall winners after Act 5 already. 'Realstone' with Jerôme Clerc SNG leads after day 1 ahead of Veltigroup' with Loïc Forestier and 'Ladycat' with Yann Guichard FRA.
The report and the interims rankings.
Sailing Switzerland – Friday, September 19, 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014   (Image © Barbara Sanchez)
The 20 kn breeze from the shore, however gusty and shifty, allowed to compensate the delays in the program somewhat. The Lasers sailed their Medal Races, the RS:X windsurfers terminated the Final Series and are ready for the Medal Races today, and the 49ersFX, the Nacra 17 and the Finns concluded the Qualification Series and are ready for the Final Series in Gold- and Silverfleets.
The 470 men finished the Qualifications in the morning already and began the Final Series in the afternoon. With two race wins, the Olympic Champions and defending World Champions Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS took the lead 3 points ahead of Fantela/Marenic CRO auf Rang 2. Mantis Kagialis GRE are 3rd. Thanks of an impressive 5th race in the morning race, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI moved up on rank 26, as 17th nation, and just made Qualifcation for the Goldfleet. The chances for a Rio Olympic nations' berth are again within reach.
As best of the day, the Olympic Champions Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL moved on top of the 470 women. Lara Vadlau/Yolanta Ogar AUT follow on rank 2, and Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA are new on rank 3. Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI descended on rank 21. Today, two more Final races are on the program to select the 10 best for the Medal Race of Saturday. The report of the 470 class.
Today, the RS:X windsurfers sail their Medal Races. Charline Picon FRA already has the World Champion's title in the female category with a 28 points' lead, while Mayaan Davidovich ISR and Marina Alabau ESP fight for the Silver Medal. Minor medal chances remain also with Bryony Shaw GBR and Jiahui Wu CHN with a 10 respectively 12 points deficit on the 3rd place.
French is the lead and most probably even the title in the RS:X male windsurfers ! Julien Bontemps FRA starts to the Medal Race with a 14 points lead on Piotr Myszka POL who, with Przemyslav Miarczynski POL 3 points back, will fight for the Silver Medal. Byron Kokkalanis GRE as 4th is already 11 points behind rank 3. With 4 participants in the Medal Race, the French dominance in windsurfing is massive. Mateo Sanz-Lanz finishes the competition on rank 32 and misses the Olympic nations' qualification as 20th country for the moment.
With the day ranks 1 and 2 in their Nacra 17 group, the defending World Champions Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA demonstrated their superiority at the end of the Qualification Series. The top team of the second group are Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI, adding another race win yesterday. The second top result was spoiled because of a capsize. As 2nd-ranked, the Swiss are 7 points behind the leaders. Pippa Wilson/John Gimson GBR are 3rd.
A class of his own was Giles Scott GBR in the Finns, even thoug he suffered the first defeat after 5 race wins in a row. Ivan Klijakovic CRO the last race and advance on the 3rd place behind Jonathan Lobert FRA auf Rang 3 vor. The report of the Finn class.
As always in windier conditions, skiff sailing ends up as a capsize festival, with the experienced teams surviving. Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL lead in the 49ers with a 29 points' advantage on Delle-Karth/Resch AUT. The Olympic Champions Outteridge/Jensen AUS moved up on rank 3. Sailing in the Silverfleet, Sébastien Schneiter/Lucien Cujean SUI dropped on rank 61, Victor Casas/Bryan Mettraux follow on position 66. The routiniers are also in front of the 49ersFX. Ida-Marie Baad-Nielsen/Marie Thusgaard DEN won both races yesterday and are now 3 points in front of Charlotte Dobson/Sophie Ainsworth GBR. Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA are 3rd. Fiona Testuz/Livia Naef SUI abandoned both heats and continue the Championship as 37th in the Silverfleet.
All ranking lists and the official report.
Friday, September 19, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
The Round Robin was completed yesterday in good sailing conditions. Last year's winner Taylor Canfield ISV is on top of the rankings with a 10-1 score ahead of Ian Williams GBR (9-2) as well as Pierre-Antoine Morvan FRA und Phil Robertson NZL (7-4 each). These four team are qualified directly for the Quarter Finals. The other 8 teams sail the Repechage to qualify for the remaining four places. Eric Monnin SUI had a bad day yesterday and is on the 11th position with a 3-9 score.
The report with rankings.
Friday, September 19, 2014   (Image © Claire ADB)
The opening day of the Finn Swiss Championship in Port Camargue FRA on the Mediterranean was rough. In a 25-30 kn breeze, only 15 of the 39 participants terminated at least one race. On top of the rankings are the internationally experienced sailors Peter Theurer SUI/YCB (day ranks 1 and 2), Christoph Burger SUI/TYC 2nd and Christoph Christen SUI/YCB 3rd.
The results and the event website.
Friday, September 19, 2014   
Yesterday was the scheduled start of the 470 Swiss Championship on Lake Bienne, but the wind was missing. 27 teams are on the entry list. The class website.
Sailing Switzerland – Thursday, September 18, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman/WMRT)
The 4th Act of the World Match Racing Tour 2014 began yesterday on Lake Michigan in a light breeze. 4 flights were completed, and as expected, Taylor Canfield ISV (Director of the Chicago Match Race Center) took advantage of his local experience and leads with a 4-0 score. Ian Williams GBR, Mathieu Richard FRA, Phil Robertson AUS, Joachim Aschenbrenner DEN and Chris Steele NZL follow with a 3-1 w/l record. Eric Monnin SUI is on the 7th place with a 2-2 w/l score.
The report with results.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
The Friederichshafen Interboot begins on Saturday and lasts nine day with 500 exhibitors presenting their latest products and services, including a number of novelties.
But more and more activities take place on water to make the Boat Show even more attractive for visitors. Act 5 of the German National Sailing League, a competition among Club Teams launched this year, will be run on Lake Constance. Moreover, the Starboat Olympic Champion Freddy Lööf SWE will present the M32 catamaran, a new design that just has been successfully raced in a top-attended regatta in Scandinavia.
The report.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
The Finn Swiss Championship begins today in Port Camargue. Instead of the expected summery conditions, a bad weather depression with rain and an easterly wind of up to 25 kn will be prevailing over the Gulf of Marseille. The weather forecast. 43 sailors from 5 nations participate. The event website.
Sailing Switzerland – Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Admittedly, the Santander area was blessed with a fresher breeze of up to 18 kn, but the South-Easterly wind from the shore was extremely shifty, and again, only a reduced program has been completed.
The RS:X male windsurfer completed their program with the Gold- and Silverfleet Qualifications. 23 nations are represented among the 41 drivers in the Goldfleet, among them also Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI, rank 19, 13th nation). 18 Rio Olympic berths will be allotted at the end of the Championship. Piotr Myszka POL is on the first place ahead of Pierre Le Coq FRA and Nick Dempsey GBR.
The RS:X female windsurfers had a lay day. Charline Piccon FRA is the clear leader ahead of Bryony Shaw GBR and Patricia Freitas BRA. 18 nations in the Goldfleet fight for one of the 15 Olympic berths.
The 470 women completed their Qualification Series as well. Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark GBR lead 2 points in front of Lara Vadlau/Jolanta Ogar AUT. On rank 3 at equal points follow Michelle Broekhuizen/Marieke Jongens NED and Lemaitre/Retornaz FRA down on rank 4 after a disqualification. Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI are qualified for the Goldfleet as 15th (11th nation) and will fight for a final rank among the best 10 nations to secure the Olympic nations slot.
The Qualification Series in the 470 men is not yet terminated and will continue today on the reserve day. Up to now, one half of the fleet has sailed 3, the other half 2 races, and the ranking list ist therefore not very transparent. Charbonnier/Nebout FRA are mentioned as 1st, but McNay/Hughes USA with two race wins so far are clearly ahead. The two Swiss 470s Brauchli/Hausser SUI and Erni/Zurfluh SUI are far from the expected results. They need top rankings today to qualify for the Goldfleet and keep the race for an Olympic berth open.
Different is the number of races also in the 49ers. Burling/Tuke NZL are stated as leaders ahead of Lima/Costa POR. Sébastien Schneiter/Lucien Cujean SUI follow on the 21st place, Casas/Mettraux SUI are 38th. The second group follows in the rankings with position 41.
Uneven is also the number of races in the 49erFX, where Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgaard DEN are first after 3 completed heats. The second half of the fleet has sailed only 2 races.
The Finns completed one race per group. Oliver Twedell AUS and Giles Scott GBR were the race winners.
With two race wins in their group, Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA are on top of the Nacra 17 rankings. The second group sailed only one race, won by the Swiss team Mattias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI.
The Lasers continue the Championship in a Gold-, Silver- and Bronzefleet, but only the Goldfleet sailed yesterday and completed two races, with Philipp Buhl GER as double winner in the Lasers Standard, advancing on rank 5 overall. Tom Burton AUS is the leader ahead of Nicolas Heiner NED and Nick Thompson GBR. No races for the Silver- and Bronzefleets.
New on top of the Lasers Radial is Marit Bouwmester NED thanks of a race win, followed by Veronika Koselska-Fenclova CZE. Josefine Olsson SWE on rank 3 is already 14 points back.
The daily report and all ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The 4th and last round of the Lake Zoug Cup was organised over the past weekend with fantastic sailing conditions. As usual on Lake Zoug some shifts challenged the participants and made racing entertaining. Winner of the Chomer Bär was Bruno Oldani (YCZ) on his Surprise ahead of Raphael Näf (YCZ) and Rene Zuber (YCZ). On top of the overall rankings of the Lake Zoug Cup is Raphael Näf (YCZ) on his T780 closely followed by Bruno Oldani. On the 3rd place is Hans-Jörg Spiess (YCZ) on a Heron.
The report with rankings.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The World Match Racing Tour 2014 continues today with the Chicago Match Cup on Lake Michigan. After 4 of 7 Rounds, the clear leader is Ian Williams GBR 17 points ahead of the second-ranked Mathieu Richard FRA, The 2013 Match Race World Champion Taylor Canfield ISV - btw Director of the Chicago Match Race Center and therefore very familiar with the Tom-28-yachts in use - on the 3rd rank has a deficit of 24 points on Williams. Among the participants is also Eric Monnin SUI and his team who earned the invitiation with good results in US Grade 2 event during the past weeks. The competition can be followed live on the Internet.
The official preview.
Sailing Switzerland – Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Very light winds, big shifts and the strong tidal current made racing almost impossible. Only half of the 49er fleet completed two races.
Finishing twice as 5th, Delle-Karth/Resch AUT took the lead one point ahead of Basalkin/Chernikov RUS. Kostov/Cupac CRO are 3rd. The biggest surprise however are the unknown Ganapathy Kelapanda/Varun Thakkar IND on rank 4, even ahead of the Olympic Champions Outteridge/Jensen AUS. Some teams are already under pressure to reach the Goldfleet of the 25 best, such as Warrer/Thomsen DEN (rank 24), Dyen/Christidis FRA (31st) or Fletcher/Sign GBR (35th). The two Swiss teams Casas/Mettraux SUI and Schneiter/Cujean SUI will sail today in the second half of the 49er fleet. The ranking list and the report of the day.
The wind forecast for today with a 10-12 kn breeze looks quite promising to sail the complete program of all classes. Racing can - as on every day - be followed live on the Internet.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
On Saturday, the second-last Round of the Lake Lucerne Trophy 2014 was sailed off Ennetbürgen with one race. The winners were: Corinne Meyer SCT (Onyx) in the Racers 1, Marc Kaufmann SCT (Platu 25) in the Racers 2, Kurt Wyrsch SKE (Dehler 31) in the Cruisers and Thomas Hasler SKS (Longtze) in the Open Class.
All results and the event website.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
A moderate North-Easterly breeze allowed to sail two races on Lake Hallwil on Saturday. On Sunday, the wind was to shifty and all start attempts had to be abandoned.
Winners in the Corsaires were Dieter Fuchs/Markus Winkler SCSG ahead of Rolf + Liliane Uhrmann. 15 teams participated. In the Pirates, Andreas Fleisch/Salome Pfister SCaP were frist ahead of Dani + Corina Rainer SYH. 14 teams participated.
The report.
Sailing Switzerland – Monday, September 15, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014   (Image © Pedro Martinez)
Very light winds - 4 to 8 kn - prevailed yesterday in Santander and only a reduced program was completed. The Laser Standard and Radial Goldfleets sailed only one Final race each, while the Silver- and Bronzefleets remained without results. The RS:X windsurfers sailed only 2 of the 3 planned heats. The 470 men completed one, the women two regattas.
First leaders in the 470 women are Maelenn Lemaitre/Aloise Retornaz FRA with the day ranks 1 and 2, followed by Fernanda Oliveira/Ana-Luiza Barbachan BRA and Huimin Feng/Lizhu Wang CHN. Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI had an excellent day in their favorite sailing conditions. With the ranks 11 and 2, they are 9th overall, inmidst the dominators of the season. The 470 women rankings.
Group winners in the 470 men were Bouvet/Mion FRA and McNay/Hughes USA, with Fantela/Marenic CRO and Charbonnier/Nebout-Javal FRA on ranks 2, and Autenrieth/Autenrieth GER as well as Kampouridis/Papadopulos GRE on the 3rd places. Philipp Erni/Stephan Zurfluh SUI finished 16th in their group, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI 21st.
New on top of the Lasers Standard is Nicolas Heiner NED, Charlie Buckingham USA advanced on rank 2, at equal points with Tom Burton AUS. Robert Scheidt BRA dropped on rank 4 after a premature start disqualification.
In the Lasers Radial, the winner of the only race of the day was Dongshuang Zhang CHN taking the overall lead 6 points ahead of Josefine Olsson SWE. Marit Bouwmester NED follows on the 3rd place.
Piotr Myszka POL is now on top of the RS:X men windsurfers at conclusion of the Gold- and Silverfleet Qualifications. Nick Dempsey GBR, Byron Kokkalanis GRE and Toni Wilhelm GER follow at equal points on the ranks 2 to 4. Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI, overall rank 21, is qualified for the Goldfleet.
Charline Picon FRA remained on the first position in the RS:X women 6 points ahead of Byrony Shaw GBR. Patricia Freitas BRA is 3rd.
The video of the day presents the 470s. Check out also the ranking list and the event website.
As from today, all classes will be on the water, for the first time the Nacra 17 with a.o. Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI, the 49ers with Victor Casas/Bryan Mettraux SUI and Sebastien Schneiter/Lucien Cujean SUI and the 49erFX with Fiona Testuz/Livia Naef SUI.
Again today, racing can be followed live on the Internet.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Sea-like conditions prevailed over the past weekend off Grandson at the Western end of Lake Neuchâtel with a 3 to 6 bft North-Easterly building up remarkable waves, allowing to sail six perfect races. The local matadors Michel Niklaus/Patrich Ducommun CVG won ahead of Urs Hunkeler/Alex Gouda YCL and Jean-Pascal Chatagny/Serge Pulfer MY. The ranking list (PDF).
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Top sailing conditions with a 20-23 kn breeze on the last day of the Istanbul Act prevailed for the X-40-cats. As team of the day, 'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA was ready to fight for the overall win in the last double-points heat, but for tactical reasons, they let 'Team New Zealand' with Dean Barker NZL pass to avoid that 'The Wave - Muscat' would win Act 6. The NewZealanders celebrated their first 2014 win, and this after a last place in Act 5. 'The Wave - Muscat' and 'Alinghi' completed the podium. The 'RealTeam' with Jerôme Clerc SUI finished the Act on rank 9.
The report and the ranking list.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Champagne sailing on Lake Neuchâtel with sun and a 3-6 bft wind at the A-Cat Class Championship 2014 over the past weekend, allowing to complete 8 races. Sandro Caviezel YCAs is the new champion with 5 race wins ahead of the favorite Sascha Wallmer SCMd and Helmut Sturmhofer GER. 28 cats were on the starting line. The ranking list and the report.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
14 Grand Surprises participated in their Critérium in Geneva with very intensive racing during 8 heats. 'Little Nemo 2' of Bernard Borter was the winner ahead of 'Tipsy One' of René Favre and 'Mea Huna' of Christian Haegli. The results
Monday, September 15, 2014   
No changes on the podium after the last three races of the 15m SNS Swiss Championship on Lake Geneva yesterday. 11 races were sailed in total in excellent sailing conditions. Christoph Péclard CNM was the clear winner on his home waters ahead of Markus Aebi YCL and Colin Nussbaum SCH. The ranking list.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The excellent wind conditions over the past weekend were also in favor of the Ynglings on Lake Uri, allowing to add another three races yesterday. Adding another two race wins, Rico Gregorini RCO (title record holder with over 30 Swiss Champion's hats) together with Flavia Gregorini and Kirsten Wilbers RCO, took the title ahead of Damian Strittmatter SCE and Giovanni Müller ZSC. The ranking list.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
As expected, the winner of the Swiss Match Race Cup is Eric Monnin SCStä and his team. The Semi Finals and the Finals were sailed in a well-established North-Easterly wind. Monnin eliminated Lorenz Müller YCB 3-0 in the Semis and defeatedn Nelson Mettraux SNG in the Final with 2-0. Alain Stettler RCO won the Petite Final against Müller and earned Bronze. The report (PDF) with results.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
A very busy weekend off Versoix/Lake Geneva with six classes sailing a full bucket of races on two courses. The winners were: Optimists (91 boats) Nicolas Rolaz CNM ahead of Jann Schüpbach RCO and Joshua Richner SCM. Optimist ACVL (27 boats) Marie Mazuay ahead of Thibor Devaud et Gaël Tissot. 420 (22 boats) Lea Rüegg/Diana Otth ahead of Maxime bachelin/Philippe Pittet and .../Franscesco Brichetti. 29ers (5 boats) Romain Defferrad/Wolf Van Cauwenberghe CNV ahead of Camillo de Nardis and Sybilla Merian. Laser 4.7 (210 boats) Alexis Megevand ahead of Grégoire Peverelli and Arthur Baudet. Laser Radial (4 boats) Arvid Nordquist SNG, 7 race wins, ahead of Matthieu Ravussin and Arthur de Groote. RS FEVA (8 boats) Thomas Lepere/Matthieu Bossert ahead of Luca Bertschy/Raphalel Emery CNV and Danaé de Korodi/Julie Desmeules CNPR.
The website with results.
Sailing Switzerland – Sunday, September 14, 2014
Sunday, September 14, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
No change on the Medal ranks after the three races of the last day. Tim Healy USA and his team with Geoff Baker USA as tactician are the first World Champions of this young class. Joel Running USA (tactician Bill Hardesty USA) and Brian Keane USA (with Richard Clarke CAN) took Silver and Bronze. The best European is Peter Taselaar NED (with Tom Slingsby AUS) as 10th. John Arendshurst USA (with Chris and Danielle Rast SUI) finished as 24th.
The final rankings and the event website.
Sunday, September 14, 2014   
Ideal X-40 cat conditions prevailed yesterday with a 20 kn breeze and a very special race on the program: a race across the Bosporus where the intensive cargo- and passenger traffic had to be interrupted during the competition. 'The Wave - Muscat' with Leigh McMillan GBR defended the leading position, but 'Team New Zealand' with Dean Barker NZL is only 2 points behind. 'Oman Air' (Rob Greenalgh GBR) stays on the 3rd place, but 'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA reduced the gap to 3 points. Racing for the ranks 1 and 2 as well as 3 and 4 remains close on the final day of the event. 'RealTeam' with Jerôme Clerc SUI had finally a better day including a race win. They are now on position 10 overall.
The report and the results.
Sunday, September 14, 2014   
Late in the afternoon, there was enough wind on the Lower Lake Constance off Steckborn to sail another race. Müller/Wiskemann ZSC were the winners. Rico Gregorini RCO with his women's team leads now with a 3 points' advance on Damian Strittmatter SCE.The results and the short report.
Sunday, September 14, 2014   
Five races were completed on the second day of the 15 m2 SNS pm Lake Geneva. Finishing five-times on top, Christoph Péclard CM was a class of his own so far. New on rank 2 is now Markus Aebi YCL and his team. Hans Lüdi CVVC and Colin Nussbaum SCH follow at equal points on the ranks 3 and 4.
The ranking list.
Sunday, September 14, 2014   
Yesterday began the second Round Robin on Lake Zurich, but the almost inexisting wind allowed for only four flights. Despite of his first defeat against Nelson Mettraux SNG, Eric Monnin YC remains on top of the rankings as expected.
The event facebook Page (without results.
Sailing Switzerland – Saturday, September 13, 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014   
Once the thick fog had gone, the first races of the ISAF Olympic Classes World Championship were started in a light 6 to 8 kn breeze yesterday, with the Laser Classes as firsts.
On top after two races in the large Laser Standard fleet with the complete elite sailing is Juan Maegli GUA with the day ranks 1 and 3. Tom Burton AUS (5/3) and Matthew Wearn AUS (7/2) follow behind. On rank 4 is the youth sailor Giovanni Coccoluto ITA as best of only 3 Europeans in the top 10. The defending Champion Robert Scheidt BRA is on position 7 with the rank 13 nd 2. Guillaume Girod SUI is 52nd among the 149 participants.
With Veronika Kozelska-Fenclova CZE (1/3) on top of the Lasers Radial, an experienced sailor appears ahead of the women single-handed dinghies. Min Gu CHN on rank 2 however is a new-name among the international top-sailors of the class. Emma Plaesschart BEL follows on rank 3, the 4th place is shared by the top-favorites Marit Bouwmester NED and Dongshuang Zhang CHN. Maud Jayet SUI counts a premature start disqualification and is only 96th among the 120 starters.
All ranking lists and the daily report.
Today, two more Qualification Races of the two Laser Classes and three races of the RS:X Windsurfers (with Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI) are on the program. 18 nation berths in the men and 13 nation berths in the women are at stake. Racing can be followed over GPS-live-tracking.
Saturday, September 13, 2014   (Image © Sander van der Borch)
Finishing 7th in the final race of the Goldcup, Markus Wieser GER/Sergey Pugatchev RUS/Georgii Leontchuk UKR sailing under the UAE (Arab Emirates) flag won the series for the second time in a row. Arriving 2nd, Pieter Heerema NED and his team moved up on 2nd overall, ahead of Jewgenij Braslavets UKR on 3rd. Norbert Stadler SUI and his team finished the Goldcup on rank 24.
The ranking list and the report.
Saturday, September 13, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
Lull conditions for the first time after three windy days off Newport RI, and just one race could be completed. The two leading boats of Tom Healey USA and Joel Running USA sailed both their discard result. Brian Kean USA (tactics Richard Clark CAN) won the race and reduced as 3rd overall the points' gap on the leading duo. James Arendshorst USA (with Chris and Danielle Rast SUI) remain on the 22nd place among the 86 teams.
The ranking list.
Saturday, September 13, 2014   
After Thursday with light and circling winds preventing races, the weather change brought not only rain, but also good sailing conditions, allowing to complete 4 races. With 3 bullets and a 3rd place, Rico Gregorini/Flavia Gregorini/Kirsten Wilbers RCO have taken a clear lead ahead of Damian Strittmatter SCE and Peter Müller YCZ with their teams on the ranks 2 and 3. 19 teams participate.
The ranking list and the report.
Saturday, September 13, 2014   
The Swiss Championship of the 15 m SNS began yesterday on Lake Geneva with 3 races. The local teams of Christophe Péclard CNM and Alain Fiaux CNM are the leaders after day one, with Mark Buchecker YCL following on rank 3. 12 boats participate. The ranking list.
Saturday, September 13, 2014   
Light winds prevailed yesterday on Lake Zurich at the Swiss Match Race Cup, and the 8 teams almost completed a full Round Robin. Eric Monnin YCI leads with a 6-0 w/l score ahead of Lorenz Müller YCB (4-1) and Nelson Mettraux SNG (4-2). The results (PDF) and the event facebook page.
Sailing Switzerland – Friday, September 12, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
The ISAF Olympic Classes World Championship 2014 in Santander ESP began yesterday with the Opening Ceremony. With 1'250 athletes from 83 nations, this event is one of the most international sports event ever. In addition to the Champions' titles, 75% of the nations' berths for the 2016 Olympic Regatta in Rio are at stake.
The first races today will see the two Laser classes in action. In the Lasers Standard (149 participants from 72 nations) will be eager to qualify their federations for one of the 23 Olympic slots. In the women's Laser Radial ( with 122 participants from 53 nations), the first 19 nations will qualify for the Games.
The defending Champion Robert Scheidt BRA will try to win his 10th Laser World's title. But a number of other top sailors have their chances in waters of Santander with its tricky tide currents. In the women's Laser Radial class, the 2012 London/Weymouth medalists Lijia Xu CHN, Marit Bouwmester NED and Evi Van Acker BEL remain the favorites. Eliminated from the Championship is Paige Railey USA after a bike accident.
The official Laser preview. Racing can be followed live over GPS live tracking.
Switzerland is represented by Benoît Lagneux SUI and Guillaume Girod SUI in the Standards and Maud Jayet SUI in the Radials. It would be a surprise, if our young sailors would already now qualify Switzerland fo one of the Laser classes.
Friday, September 12, 2014   
Yesterday, after two days of qualifying, the 2014 J/70 World Championship saw the first Gold- and Silverfleet races of the Championship Series that will decide the winner of this inaugural world championship. After being postponed ashore a thunderstorm threat had lifted, the good wind conditions allowed to complete four races in a 12-18 kn wind. Tied on points to start the day were Joel Ronning USA (with tactician Bill Hardesty USA) and Tim Healy (with Geoff Becker USA), but Healy had a neat series (3/2/1/1) and took the overall lead 7 points ahead of Ronning. The 3rd-ranked Brian Keane USA (with Richard Clark CAN) is alreadx 29 points behind. On the loosing side was John Arendshurst USA (with Chris und Danielle Rast SUI) dropping on rank 20.
The results and the reports.
Friday, September 12, 2014   
The 5th race of the Dragon Goldcup yesterday on the Ijsselmeer brought a preliminary decision in favor of Markus Wieser UAE and his team finishing 3rd and extending their lead before the last race today on 13 points. As no discards ar allowed in the Goldcup, everything remains possible. "To finish first, you have to finish first ... " Lawrie Smith GBR is now 2nd but his advance on the 3rd-ranked Jewgenj Braslavets UAE is only 2 points. Poul Hoj-Jensen DEN and Richard Heerema NED on the ranks 4 and 5 have still options for a medal. Diego Cayolla POR and Dirk Oldenburg GER sailing under Swiss flag follow on the ranks 13 nd 14. Norbert Stadler SUI defended the 24th place among the 86 participants.
The rankings and the event website.
Friday, September 12, 2014   
Winners of the "wood" category (12 participants) at the 50th Luthi Anniversary Race was 'Phylandouce' ahead of 'Moony' and 'Chrisydel'. First among the 17 boats of the "composite” category was le F10 'Triumvirat' in front of another F10. Third was 'Perchette'.
The results "wood” and "composite”.
Friday, September 12, 2014   
Two more races were sailed yesterday at the 8 mIJ Worlds at La Trinité FRA, and again, 'Hollandia' with J. Fruytier/R. Vanhilst NED was twice on top. Jean Fabre SUI with his 'Yquem' finished two times on 2nd and reduced the gap on the 2nd-ranked 'Juanita' of Graeme Wood AUS on one point. The second-best Swiss team is 'Carron II' with Nicolas Groux SUI.
The ranking list.
Friday, September 12, 2014   
Yesterday was the first day of the Yngling Swiss Championship 2014 at Steckborn SUI on the Lower Lake Constance. The Championship website has unfortunately not been updated, and on the website of the organising club, there are no news either. But there is at least a photo on facebook, proofing that there has been sailing !