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Sailing Switzerland – Friday, October 31, 2014
Friday, October 31, 2014   (Image © Matias Capizzano)
Very light winds prevailed on the last day of the Optimist World Championship 2014 in Argentina and only one of the three planned races could be sailed after some postponements. Nicolas Rolaz SUI, the best allrounder in the fleet, finished on the 10th place, his 8th top-10 result in 9 races, sailed in different wind conditions. His closest opponents, strong in the big-breeze races, remained far behind, and the sensation of the first Swiss Opimist World Champion became reality. Voravong Rachrattanaruk THA advanced on the 2nd position with a 22 points backlog on Rolaz. Dimitri Papadimitriou GRE could at least save the Bronze medal. Aina Colom ESP on rank 4 is the best girl 6 points behind the podium. Nick Zeltner SUI, age 13, during a long time in the top group, moved up on rank 20 again after the downer in the fresh-breeze-races. Florian Geissbühler SUI follows as 54th.
The final rankings and the official report. More picture on the prize giving ceremony and celebrations, as well as a short video iinterview on the event facebook page.
Friday, October 31, 2014   (Image © Elena Giolai)
The final 29er Eurocup 2014 event began on Lake Garda yesterday with three races, and again, the superior Tour leaders Peter Janezic/Anze Podlogar SLO took the lead. Their advance on the second-ranked Richard Schuurmans/Vincent De Nijs NED is already 15 points. Edwards/Blight GBR follow on rank 3. Romain Defferard/Wolf Van Cauwenberghe SUI had a good first day and are 11th among the 84 starters.
The ranking list and the event website.
Sailing Switzerland – Thursday, October 30, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014   
Thursday, October 30, 2014   (Image © Matias Capizzano)
A heavy thunderstorm in the night to yesterday not only disturbed the Swiss Team's night's rest - here their report - but rather staunched the Rio de la Plata to an extent that half of the Club territory was flooded. The situation barely got under control, when more thunderstorms moved in during the afternoon, and racing was cancelled for the day. Today is the final day of the Championship and three races have been scheduled. The wind forecast announces rather light winds. Nicolas Rolaz SUI starts as leader to the crucial races. His advantage on the second-ranked Dimitri Papadimitriou GRE is 3 points. Gustavo Abdulklech BRA on rank 3 is already 15 points behind.
The reanking list and the report of the day.
Die Wettfahrten von heute beginnen um 11.30 h (15.30 h CET) und können wiederum live im Internet mitverfolgt werden.
Thursday, October 30, 2014   
Today begins the seventh and last 29er Eurocup 2014 event on Lake Garda with 82 teams from 14 nations. The overall ranking of the annual tour seems practically decided as Peter Jadlezic/Anze Podolger SLO occupy the first place with quite an advance. Yrieix/Fischer FRA and Van Dongen/Bramervaer NED lead the closely ranked group of persuers. Romain Defferard/Wolf Van Cauwenberghe SUI are on the remarkable 7th pland amont the 256 classified teams. They will endeavour to defend this position on Lake Garda, where another three Swiss teams are on the entry list.
The event website.
Thursday, October 30, 2014   
Matthias Miller GER, a long-time Starboat- and Finn sailor, member of the German National DSV Team, has - together with some friends - founded the Miller & Friends GmbH. The philosophy of Miller & Friends in the design and development of their products comprises the following objectives:
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Miller & Friends not only concentrate on high-performance modern racers but care with products for classic yachts as well. Tiller extensions, spinaker booms, all kind of special accessories and more for classic yachts are available in different woods, but always with Carbon core, to provide an attractive stiffness-to-weight factor.
Thursday, October 30, 2014   (Image © Denis Tisserand)
20 hours before deadline of the Crowd-Funding-Action, Yvan Bourgnon SUI has reached the objective of 40'000 €uro ! This means, that the adventure ride around the Globe on a six-meter-beach-catamaran will continue. 20 % of the journey are left, from Sri Lanka across the Indian Ocean, passing the Suez Canal, thru the Mediterranean Sea and back to France. As soon as the new catamaran will be ready - probably in January 2015 - Bourgnon will continue his ride around the world.
The collectrion website and the project website.
Sailing Switzerland – Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014   (Image © Matias Capizzano)
The Optimist World Championship Final Series began yesterday in San Isidro ARG with the fleet split in Gold, Silver and Bronze. Quite different the sailing conditions, as after a first week with light to moderate winds, a 25-30 kn breeze filled in and - together with a choppy wave on the only 2 meter deep waters - it was for many sailors not easy to live up to the new challenges. Major changes occurred therefore in the top positions after the two races of the day.
One of the few mastering the the new situation more or less was the allrounder Nicolas Rolaz SUI (picture). With the ranks 6 and 15, he reclaimed the first position overall, 3 points ahead of Dimitris Papadimitriou GRE, who is new on position 2 thanks to the day ranks 2 and 4. Even better was Gustavo Abdulklech BRA (1 and 2) now on rank 3, 15 points behind the leader. The best-ranked girl is now Aina Colom ESP on rank 6, as the former superior leader Mara Turin SLO had major problems in the rough conditions (53/55) and descended on rank 8. The previous 2nd Nick Zeltner SUI had also problems and dived even on rank 28. florian Geissbühler SUI follows as 50th. Today and tomorrow, two race daily are on the program. The wind forecasts promise a comeback of the moderate conditions as in the first week of the competition.
The ranking list, the daily report and the videos. Read also the weblog of the Swiss Team.
Sailing Switzerland – Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014   
Entering the influence zone of the St-Helena anticyclone, widely extended to the West, the seven teams going South direction Roaring Forties have started to search for individual paths to pass the calm patches ahead. Some position changes have therefore occurred as the boats heading more westerly - hoping for more wind - have a longer way to the finish. For the moment, 'Team Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED, still making good speed, is courageously sticking to the most Estern route and the race viewer indicates a 58 miles advance on 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR, the most Southern boat this morning.
A Bericht report on the event website explains the functioning of the race tracker. 'SCA' with Samantha Davis GBR and Justine Mettraux SUI is on position 6 with a 204 miles backlog.
The reports from the teams and the videos.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014   (Image © Matias Capizzano)
The Optimist World Championship 2014 will resume today after the Team Racing Championship (winner Thailand) and the lay day, and six crucial races are ahead in the coming three days for the 208 sailors from 68 (!) nations at San Isidro ARG. The wind forecast for today announces 13-15 kn, somewhat more as in the first halt of the Championship. The fleet has now been split in Gold, Silver and Bronze Groups.
With 4 wins in 6 races of her Group, Mara Turin SLO impressed much up-to-now, but two Swiss, Nick Zeltner SUI/RCO at 8 points and Nicolas Rolaz SUI/CNM at 11 points are still chasing her for the title.
The interim's ranking list and the event-website, presenting the races live late in the afternoon over GPS-Tracking/URL].
The Swiss Team recovered yesterday on a Hacienda on the country side. Here the [URL=suiwm14.weebly.com/blog]report of the day
Tuesday, October 28, 2014   
After the successful inaugural Salon Nautique du Léman last year, the 2nd edition, open from November 7 till 9 in an exhibition hall near the Morges Railway Station will even be more attractive. 90 exhibitors will present products and services on 4600 m2. Up-to-date Newsletters inform currently on details of the show and special events. Get your copy for free registering on the event website below now to participate in a raffle for a power rib. The Salon website.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014   (Image © @ DR)
Last weekend, the traditional season closing regatta on the upper Lake Geneve, the DER, had finally sun and a light wind on Sunday to conclude 2014 racing with two heats.
Winner in the 'H' class was Yann Bertholet CVVi on 420, in the class 'HJ' Pascal Lavarelo CVVC on his Proto ahead of Olivier Legeret CVVi on Mumm 30 and Philippe Bonzon on Class 8. The ranking lists and the news.
Sailing Switzerland – Monday, October 27, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014   (Image © Charles Anderson)
The Semi Finals of the 2014 Bermuda Gold Cup began with surprises yesterday morning, as both Tour dominators were eliminated. The undefeated Ian Williams GBR lost 1-3 against Eric Monnin SUI, while Taylor Canfield ISV was out with a 2-3 score against Johnie Berntsson SWE. In the Final, the Swedish team, Gold Cup winner 2008 already, had the 3-1 upperhand over Eric Monnin SUI, who had his best Tour results at the Gold Cup up-to-now. 50'000 US$ was the prize money for the winner, but also for the Swiss team, this trip was worthwhile. With the best result of his career ever, he not only moved up on rank 8 in the Tour rankings, but also in the latest ISAF World Ranking List, he will be up one rank on the 5th place, and the 20'000 US$ prize money will certainly cover the expenses this time. Taylor Canfield ISV defeated his archrival Ian Williams GBR in the Petite Final 2-1 his backlog in the Tour rankings on 6 points. The Monsoon-Cup on Malaysia in early December will be crucial for the Tour victory and the World Champion's title.
The results and the final report.
Monday, October 27, 2014   
After the two light-wind races of Saturday, only one additional heat was completed yesterday at the Ginger Bread Regatta on Lake Thoune, with no change on top of the rankings. Till Seger RCO won ahead of Maxim Dneprov SCC and Maxime Thommen SCC. 31 Optimists from Lake Thoune, Lake Zoug and Lake Zurich participated. The ranking list (PDF).
Monday, October 27, 2014   
The Starboat teams drove to Stäfa/Lake Zurich for the traditional Rasta-Cup in vain, as the wind was absent during the whole weekend. The event website.
Monday, October 27, 2014   
Over the past weekend, the Musto-Skiffs sailed 5 races on Lake Zoug in light winds. Among the 13 participants were some newcomers from other classes testing the attractive mono-skiff, and this quite successfully. The 470 crew Stephan Zurfluh SCStä was the overall winner ahead of Alexander Greil and Dieter Brunner. The former Laser Radial and now Onyx-helmswoman Corinne Meyer SCH follows on rank 4.
The ranking list.
Monday, October 27, 2014   (Image © Pilar Serra)
An Indian Summer sun and moderate winds prevailed at the Laser Europacup in Roses ESP over the past weekend. All three fleets sailed 8 races each with the SN Geneva Laser sailors shining. First in the Lasers Standard was Guillaume Girod SUI winning 4 of the 8 heats. Matthias Van de Loock BEL and Martis Pajarskas LTU completed the podium among the 19 participants from 7 nations. Asya Luvisetto SUI was first in the Lasers 4.7 (41 participants/4 nations) ahead of Albert Carcellé ESP and Marcelo Cairo ESP. Guillaume Rol SUI follows on rank 4. In the Radials (54 participants/9 nations), Mon Canellas ESP was on top ahead of Hector Dominguez ESP and Ramiro Foguet ESP. The best Swiss Arvid Nordquist SUI is on the 10th place.
The ranking lists, the videos fo the 4 days and the event website.
Monday, October 27, 2014   
Sun and moderate winds prevailed in Marseille FRA over the past weekend for the Olympic 49er and 49erFX skiffs as well as the Olympic RS:X windsurfers sailing the French Championships. In addition, the Raceboard windsurfers and the youth class BIC were present. The outcome in the 49ers with a number of French top teams was very close: Emmanuel Dyen/Stéphane Christidis FRA were first tied with Matthieu Frei/Yann Rocherieux FRA. d'Ortoli/Delpech FRA followed as 3rd 2 points behind. Sébastien Schneiter/Lucien Cujean SUI finished 7th among the 10 teams. Winners in the small 49erFX fleet, they started together with the 49ers, were Sarah Steyaert/Julie Bossard FRA ahead of Lili Sebesi/Violette Lemercier FRA. The skiff ranking lists.
Favorites were on top of the RS:X female windsurfers with Eugénie Ricard FRA and with Louis Giard FRA in the RS:X men. With 53 participants, the Raceboard windsurfers were the largest fleet. Sébastien Meignan FRA was the clear winner. Yves Schönberger SUI finished on the remarkable 9th place.
The event website with all ranking lists, the photos and the daily reports (scroll to the bottom of the site).
Monday, October 27, 2014   
Sun and moderate winds prevailed in Antibes FRA over the past weeken, where an ISAF Grade 3 Matchrace was taking place with the two Swiss Lorenz Müller SUI and David Biedermann SUI on the entry list. Both did not qualify for the Semi Finals after two Round Robins. Pierre Quiroga FRA won on his home waters. The event facebook page.
Sailing Switzerland – Sunday, October 26, 2014
Sunday, October 26, 2014   (Image © Matias Capizzano)
After 3 days individual racing, the Team Racing began yesterday with the 16 best nations qualified. The Teams with the best individual sailors - Slovenia, Switzerland and Germany - were all eliminated after the first race and the repechage. Switzerland won against Belgium, but was defeated by Brazil and Portugal afterwards. Here the resuilts, the report and the weblog of the Swiss Team.
Today is the crucial day for the Team Racing title, and the coming two days are rest days before the individual World Championship continues. After 6 of the 12 races, Mara Turin SLO clearly leading and Nick Zeltner SUI as well as Nicolas Rolaz SUI on 2 and 3 are the closest contenders for the title. The URL=optiworlds2014.org/resultados.php?numero=resultados2410corregido]results[/URL].
Sunday, October 26, 2014   (Image © Charles Anderson)
Light winds prevailed yesterday on the Bermudas during the Quarter Finals. Convincing were Eric Monnin SUI - as in previous years, when he delivered his best results on the WMRT - defeating Pierre-Antoine Morvan FRA, as well as Ian Williams GBR who eliminated Marek Stanczyk POL also 3-0. Williams, without defeat this year at the Gold Cup, will meet Eric Monnin SUI in the Semi Final today. The Swedish duel between Johnie Berntsson SWE and Björn Hansen SWE was decided in favor of Berntsson in the last downwind of the 5th duel just before the finish line. Taylor Canfield ISV had the upper hand on Staffan Lindberg 3-1 and will meet Bertnsson in the Semis. Today, it is the crucial day for Eric Monnin SUI whether he will realize his best result in the Tour ever, qualifying for the Final. The results and the daily report.
Sunday, October 26, 2014   
Two races were sailed yesterday at the Ginger Bread Regatta on Lake Thoune, both won by Till Seger RCO who is the clear leader ahead of Maxim Dneprov SCC 2nd and Maxime Thommen SCC 3rd among the 29 participants. The ranking list (PDF).
Sailing Switzerland – Saturday, October 25, 2014
Saturday, October 25, 2014   (Image © Matias Capizzano)
Slight chances on top of the rankings with the discard result in effect after yesterday's two races. Mara Turin SLO was again brilliant with two bullets bringing her on top overall with an 8 points advance on Nick Zeltner SUI, ranks 1 and 4 in his Group who moved up on the 2nd place after discard. The former leader Nicolas Rolaz SUI, day ranks 4 and 5 in his Group is now 3rd. The results and the event website.
Today and tomorrow, the Team-Race-Worlds is on the program. Next week, another 6 heats of the individual Championship are scheduled.
Saturday, October 25, 2014   
The Catamaran regatta of the YC Geneva has been sailed in 3 races over the past weekend with 21 Cats divided in three categories. The winners were: Catamaran 1 Aurore Kerr/Léonard Beck, Catamaran 2 Tim Bucher/Louis Pinsson, Catamaran J Anna et Livia Solari. The results
Saturday, October 25, 2014   
This year again, a number of international Optimist sailors have been invited to Bermuda on the occasion of the Bermuda Goldcup.
After two days and 7 races, Christian Spodsberg DEN is the clear leader 19 points ahead of Adam Larson BER and Rocco Falcone ANT at equal points. Martina Müller SUI had difficulties with the strong breeze on the first day, but yesterday, she strongly came back and is the best girl on the 11th place. 40 Optimists from 15 nations are on the entry list.
The results and the event website.
Sailing Switzerland – Friday, October 24, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014   (Image © Matias Capizzano)
Never happened bevor: A Swiss is leading in the interim's rankings of the Optimist World Championship ! Two races were sailed yesterday in a moderate 8 to 12 kn breeze, and Nicolas Rolaz SUI finished on the ranks 2 and 5 in his Group, bringing him on top of the overall classification. Best of the day was Mara Turin SLO winning both heats in her Group. Her deficit on rank 1 was reduced to 4 points. Valentin Müller GER moved up on rank 3. Among the best of the day was also Nick Zeltner SUI with the positions 3 and 4, advancing on rank 15 overall. Florian Geissbühler SUI improved his ranking on 54 with an 8th race rank, and also Livio Erni SUI gained some places with an 11th day rank bringing him on position 70.
The results, the daily report of Nicolas Rolaz SUI and the event website - The official daily report has not yet been posted, but there is a video of day one with an interview with Nicolas Rolaz SUI.
Friday, October 24, 2014   (Image © Charles Anderson)
The Round Robin continued yesterday in fresh winds, and some teams have already completed their program. The Tour leaders Ian Williams GBR (7,5-0) and Taylor Canfield ISV (7-1) are - on top of their Groups - already qualified for the Quarterfinals. Other well places contenders for the next round are in Group A Björn Hansen SWE (6-1) Pierre-Antoine Morvan FRA (5-2) as well as Keith Swinton AUS and Johnie Berntsson SWE (4-3 each). Second-placed in Group B is Staffan Lindberg FIN (5-2), followed by - all with 4 wins - Marek Stanczyk POL (4-3), David Gilmour AUS (4-4), Eric Monnin SUI (4-4), Nathan Outteridge AUS (4-5) and Mathieu Richard FRA (4-3). Eric Monnin SUI needa win agains Chris Poole USA in the last match to qualify for the Quarterfinal.
The results and the report.
Friday, October 24, 2014   
Pushed by a fresh Mistral, all teams still racing have crossed the finish line in the meantime. Winner in calculated time is the J/122 'Artie' of Lee Satariano MLT, followed by the X-44 'xp-Act' of Josef Schultheiss GER and the Neo 400 'Neo Banks Sail Racing' of Paolo Semeraro ITA. Excellent 8th on his DK4 'Kajsa III' is Rolf Auf der Maur SUI. 'Gordons' with Jörg König/Blumi Scherrer SUI was forced to abandon the race with a damaged rudder, and also 'Kuka Light' of Franco Niggeler SUI did not finish the regatta. Only 48 of the 107 starters arrived back in La Valetta in this intially very light wind race, ending in a Mistral storm.
The ranking list and the reports.
Sailing Switzerland – Thursday, October 23, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014   (Image © Matias Capizzano)
The 2014 Optimist World Championship in Argentina began yesterday with two races for each of the three Groups, sailed in a 10 kn breeze. Favoured by his experience in the choppy waves of the Rio de la Plata mouth, Dante Citadini ARG won both heats of his Group and is the first overall leader, jointly with Dimitris Papadimitriou GRE, who also won the two races of his Group. On the excellent rank 3 follows Nicolas Rolaz SUI (4/2). The best girl is Deike Bornemann GER on the 6th place. Second-best Swiss is Nick Zeltner SUI as 54th overall with the day ranks 45 and 2 (!).
The ranking list and the report of the day, as well as the report of the SUI-Team.
Thursday, October 23, 2014   (Image © Talbot Wilson)
The Bermuda Gold Cup 2014 began yesterday with four flights in both Groups. Ian Williams GBR is the only undefeated skipper in Group A, but he was deducted 1/2-point for negligent collision, leaving the score at 3,5-0. Keith Swinton AUS, Pierre-Antoine Morvan FRA and Björn Hansen SWE follow behind with a 3-1 w/l each. The surprising leader in Group B is Marek Stancyk POL with 4-0. Eric Monnin SUI, Taylor Canfield ISV and Staffan Lindberg FIN are behind with a 3-1 score each. As in previous years, Monnin showed again that he handles the clumsy IOD quite well, defeating the highly-rated opponents Nathan Outteridge AUS, Mathieu Richard FRA and Phil Robertson NZL.
The results and the report.
Thursday, October 23, 2014   (Image © Kurt Arrigo)
After three boring light-wind days, a 30 kn plus Mistral filled in yesterday for a fast and furious finish of the main bulk of the fleet. Up to now, 20 teams terminated the race, and 24 yachts abandoned the regatta. , among others also 'Gordons' with Jürg König/Blumi Scherrer SUI.
First in the preliminary rankings in calculated time this morning was the J/122 'Artie' of Lee Satariano MLT, followed on rank 2 by Rolf Auf der Mauer SUI with his 'Kajsa III'. 'Kuka Light' of Franco Niggeler SUI has also crossed the finish line, but she is not yet mentioned on the ranking list.
The race viewer and the report.
Thursday, October 23, 2014   (Image © Icarus Media)
Fresh winds prevailed on the last day of the Student Yachting World Cup and two races were sailed. England with Annabel Vose GBR was a class of its own winning overall with a 36 points advantage after 16 races. Silver went to Italy with Luca Nassini ITA, and Bronze after a close battle to Norway with Ida Trulsrud NOR overtaking Ireland 2 points behind. As 5th, the team of the EPF Lausanne with Irène Pla SUI missed a medal by 3 points only.
The final rankings and the event facebook page.
Sailing Switzerland – Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014   
As expected, the Doldrums slowed the boats more or less down, depending on the tactical option selected to pass thru this variable wind zone. This morning UTC, 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR regained the first place 9 miles ahead of 'Team Brunel' mit Bouwe Bekking NED. The two round-the-world veterans opted for the most western course and it remains open, whether they will reach the southern trade winds as first. The all-female Team 'SCA' with Samatha Davis GBR and Justine Mettraux SUI left the promising corridor behind the leaders going East and lost almost 50 miles and a rank and are now 6th together with 'Mapfre' with Iker Martinez ESP 7th, both around 105 miles behind the first.
The race viewer and the event website.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014   (Image © Kurt Arrigo)
Yesterday evening at 22.42 h CET, the 100-foot Super-Maxi 'Esimit Europa' with Jochen Schümann GER took the line honours after 3 days and 10 hours. Early this morning, the 70-foot Maxi 'Ran' with Niklas Zennström SWE and 'Shockwave' crossed the finish line. The next persuers - lead by the Ker 50 'Varuna' with Jens Kellinghusen GER - are about to round the Lampedusa island, the final waypoint before the arrival. Still well placed is Franco Niggeler SUI (with Diogo Cayolla POR steering) with his 'Kuka Light' on rank 8. 'Kajsa III' with Rolf Auf der Mauer SUI has lost some distance, but in calculated time off Pantelleria, she was on rank 5.
The race-viewer, the results and the reports.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014   (Image © Icarus Media)
A fresh 30 kn breeze filled in yesterday after four light-wind days. Two races were sailedf, both won by the leading English team with Annabel Vose GBR and extending their lead on 29 points. The second-ranked Italian team with Luca Nassini ITA is now only one points ahead of the Irish with Philipp Duncan IRL. The EPF Lausanne team with Irène Pau SUI defended the 6th place.
The ranking list and the event facebook page.
Sailing Switzerland – Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014   
The Optimist World Championship 2015 in Argentina began yesterday with the measurement controls, and today, the Practice Race is on the program. 261 participants from 51 nations are present, and the key favorites are this year again the Singapore sailors.
The Swiss Team consists of Florian Geissbühler SCM, Nicolas Rolaz CNM, Nick Zeltner RCO, Joshua Richner SCM and Livio Erni SCC, and has been at San Isidro since last Thursday. Here their daily weblog.
The event website.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014   (Image © Icarus Media)
The Student Yachting World Cup at La Rochelle continued yesterday with 4 short races and coastal race, sailed in a light wind. England with Annabel Vose GBR defended the lead but less dominantly as the day before. The advantage is still 18 points. New on rank 2 is Italy with Luca Nassini ITA, while Ireland with Philip Doran IRL is still on 3rd. Thanks to a race win, the Swiss Team of the EPF Lausanne progressed on rank 5.
The event facebook page.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014   (Image © Kurt Arrigo)
Lull conditions prevailed also yesterday at the Middlesea Race, and the bulk of the fleet still trailed North of Sicily at a 1 kn speed. Only the three Maxis on top of the fleet made some progress. 'Esimit Europa II' with Jochen Schümann GER, followed closely by 'Ran', rounded the Pantelleria Island, the second-last waypoint before the finish, this morning. 'Shockwave' has lost some miles, but is still in the race for the line honours.
The three Swiss keep their places in the first half of the fleet. 'Kajsa III' with Rolf Auf der Mauer SUI, 'Kuka-Light' with Marco Niggeler SUI and 'Gordons' with Jürg König SUI will probably round the waypoint Favignana today. The expected time of arrival of the leading boats is Wednesday morning, provided the announced fresh West wind will fill in.
The race viewer and the reports.
Sailing Switzerland – Monday, October 20, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014   (Image © Matt Knighton/Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race )
The trade winds South of the Cape Verde Islands are relatively light with 10-15 kn, but nevertheless, the fleet advances at speed around 10-12 kn and will soon reach the innertropical convergence zone with its unpredictable thunderstorms and lulls.
The still leading Chinese 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA and the closest chasers 'Mapfre with Iker Martinez ESP and 'Team Vestas Wind' with Chris Nicholson AUS passed the islands on the East, while 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking BED, 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR, 'Alvimedica' with Charlie Enright USA and 'SCA' with Samantha Davies GBR went West. This will most probably pay off today as the the fresher breeze allows a 2 kn faster speed. 'SCA' with Samantha Davis GBR and Justine Mettraux SUI, having lost much ground after being tied in a fishing net, has reduced the backlog on the leader to 61 miles. Here the video. The race viewer, the video of the day and the event website.
Monday, October 20, 2014   (Image © Icarus Media)
The Student Yachting World Cup at La Rochelle FRA, sailed on Grand Surprises, has been running since Friday. Eight races were completed so far in light winds.
First in the interim's rankings is the English Teams with Annabel Vose GBR steering with six race wins. Ireland with Philip Doran IRL and Italy with Luca Nassini ITA are on the ranks 2 and 3. Switzerland, represented once more by the EPF Lausanne Sailing Team with Irène Pla SUI steering follows on rank 6 among the 12 teams.
The ranking list and the event facebook page.
Monday, October 20, 2014   
After a windless Saturday on Lake Neuchâtel, all classes sailed three light-wind races on Sunday.
In the Dolphins, Rico Gregorini RCO was the clear winner with three bullets, ahead of Lorenz Müller YCB and Tom Studer CVN. In the Fireballs, Liechti/Ernst were first in front of Härdi/Kohler and Giovanoli/Giovanoli SCStä. Unfortunately, the results of the ofther classes have not yet been posted on the event website, but a news text is available.
Monday, October 20, 2014   (Image © Lars Wehrmann)
The inaugural Champions' League Regatta in Copenhagen DEN, an annual final series attended by Club Champions (or the best-qualified Club) of European national sailing federations, ended yesterday in pouring rain but with a well-established breeze.
With an impressive performance on the final day, the first European Champion of Club Champions is the Kongelig Dansk YC with the double Olympian Michael Hestbaek DEN, who compensated the 10 points' deficit on the previous leader Circolo Canottieri Ansiene ITA with Lorenzo Bressani and advanced on the first place with a 0,5 points advantage on the Italian team. 'Oman Sail' with Phil Robertson NZL follows on 3rd. The Swiss representative 'Thunersee YC' with Flavio Marazzi, Linda Fahrni, Maja Siegenthaler and Patrick Zaugg SUI finished 14th among the 23 teams.
The ranking list, the official report and the report of the Swiss team.
Monday, October 20, 2014   (Image © Rolex / Kurt Arrigo)
Light to very light winds dominate this year'd Middlesea Race. The leading 'Esimit Europa II' with Jochen Schümann GER rounded the Stromboli island yesterday afternoon, but did not move on much farther. This morning, the 100-foot Maxi trailed with a speed of 0,8 kn North of Sicily. The two immediate pursuers, the 70-footers 'Ran' and 'Shockwave', reduced their backlogs on the leader on a more southern course. The three Swiss boats passed Stromboli also with Rolf Auf der Mauer SUI on his 'Kajsa III' as best-ranked in the interim's rankings in calculated time on the 22nd place.
The race viewer and the reports.
Monday, October 20, 2014   
Very light winds at the Starboat regatta on Lake Hallwil allowed to complete two races on Saturday. On Sunday, the breeze never filled in sufficiently.
Winner after two heats were the locals Beat Hunziker/Vincent Nagelisen SCH ahead of Christoph + Stefano Gautschi YCB and Jürg Rudolf/Emanuel Marinello ASC. The ranking list (PDF).
Monday, October 20, 2014   
Bad luck with the wind for the 28 Moths ready for the Swiss Championship on 'Petit Lake Geneva'. Never enough wind from Friday till Sunday to complete a race ! The wind on Friday allowed at least to do some Speed Contest runs in a 8-10 kn breeze. Patrick Jan with his Foiler Kiteboard clocking a 16.667 kn speed was the fastest closely followed by Jean-Pierre de Siebenthal-Ziegert with 16,477 kn on his Foiler Moth.
The ranking list and the event facebook page.