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Sailing Switzerland – Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   
The Laser U21 Worlds continued with two races yesterday, sailed in a fresher breeze around 15 kn. Lighter participants, such as Joel Rodriguez ESP, winner of several Laser Radial Youth titles during this season already, had difficulties to keep the pace of the best in these conditions.
In the Lasers Standard, Lorenzo Chiavarini GBR extended his lead on 14 points. Hermann Tomasgaard NOR is new on rank 2, Stefano Peschiera PER on rank 3. Maxim Nikolaev RUS on the 4th place is the best, Joel Rodriguez ESP on position 9 the second-best U19 helmsman. Nils Theuninck SUI on rank 30 is the only Swiss with Gold fleet chances.
Agata Barwinska POL consolidated her lead in the Lasers Radial with another race win. Daphne van der Vaart NED is now already 12 points back. New on rank 3 follows Lena Haverland GER. Martina Reina ESP on the 9th place leads in the U19 rankings. Marie Barrué FRA advanced on rank 12 and is 2nd among the U19 participants.
All ranking lists and the event facebook page with photos.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   (Image © Micha Petrikov)
The Kiteboarding Course Race World Championship began yesterday in Turkey with three races.
Leaders in the men's are the defending champion Florian Gruber GER and Riccardo Lecchese ITA, both winning all three heats of their groups, ahead of Oliver Bridge GBR. Steph Bridge GBR (the mother of Oliver) leads in the women's ahead of Elena Kalinina RUS and Erika Heineken USA. Astrid Berz SUI is 6th.
All ranking lists and the report.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   
Light and fickle was the wind on the second day of the Youth Sailing Olympics in China, and only the Byte CIIs could sail two races by gender. The Techno windsurfers waited in vain for enough wind.
New leader in the Byte Girls is Odile Van Aanholt NED, already Byte World Champion this year, and also one of the top Laser Radial Olympic campaigners. Celeste Lugtmeijer DOM on rank 2 is already 15 points behind. Samantha Jing-Yi SIN is 3rd.
Pedro-Luiz Marcondes BRA stays on top of the Byte Boys, but in the first race today, he flopped and his advantage on the 2nd-ranked Rodolfo Pires POR has meldted on 9 points. Apiwat Sringam THA is new on rank 3. Henry Marshall USA follows as 4th. Arvid Nordquist, member of the Soc. Nautique Geneva Youth team and sailing for SUI in the Laser Radial, represents Sweden in the Youth Olympics and is on rank 17 for the moment.
The report of the day and all ranking lists.
Die Wettfahrten von heute sind bereits im Gange, mit bis zu 8kn wehte es so stark wie noch nie. Die Byte-Boys haben ihre erste Wettfahrt bereits abgeschlossen. Der Bericht.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
The sail maker Europ'Sails, founded 23 years ago, is the industry leader in Switzerland as far as the number of sails sold is concerned. 600 to 700 units per year are produced with 30 to 40% to be exported.
A Newsletter will in the future inform on the latest offers, novelties and regatta successes. In addition to up-to-date news from the world of sailing, this Newsletter will also present Europ'Sun, a subsidiary of Europ'Sails, active in the outdoor market segment. The Newsletter.
Sailing Switzerland – Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   
Diversion over the final day of the 420 & 470 Youth European Championship 2014 with thundery weather alternating with lulls, but also with gusts above 25 kn. The 470 sailed the Medal Races in the Girls' and Boys' fleet, while the 420s completed another two fleet races.
After the first race of the day, everything looked fine for Kilian Wagen/Grégoire Siegwart SUI extending their lead on 7 points. But in the final race, the balance tilted in favor of Hippolyte Machetti/Sidoine Dantes FRA winning the heat, while the Swiss had to content themselves with position 14. But the Silver medal remains a big success for the very much engaged team changing now to the 470. Max Clapp/Joseph Burns GBR won the duel with Ewa Romaniuk/Katarzyna Goralska POL for the Bronze Medal, but the Polnish girls finished as best girls team.
Jordi Xammar/Jose Hesp ESP had their Champion's title already before the Medal Race. Malte Winkel/Matti Cipra GER defended the Silver Medal with a 3rd race rank. The Bronze position changed in favor of David + Alex Charles ESP, overtaking the tied Giacomo Ferrari/Giulio Calabro ITA with a 2nd place in the Medal Race.
Winning the Medal Race as well, Anna Kyselova/Anastasiya Krasko UKR demonstrated once more their superiority in the 470 Girls' fleet, and clearly defended their 2013 Champion's title. Noya Bar-am/Rimon Shoshan ISR advanced on the Silver Medal rank, ahead of Frederike Loewe/Anna Markfort GER with Bronze.
All ranking lists and the final report.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   
Moderate winds around 10 kn prevailed yesterday for the first races at the U21 World Championship of the Olympic Laser classes.
The rankings after two heats in the (men) Lasers Standard - the 100 participants' fleet is split in two groups - show Lorenzo Chiavarini GBR, day ranks 1 and 2, clearly on top ahead of Joel Rodriguez ESP. Henrik Begby NOR, Stefano Peschiera PER and Michele Benamati ITA follow just behind at equal points. Nils Theuninck SUI, best of 3 Swiss, is 28th.
Agata Barwinska POL is on top after two races, finishing twice as 2nd yesterday in the (women) Lasers Radial. Judith Engberts NED follows 6 points behind. Daphne Van der Vaart NED is 3rd, Lena Haverland GER 4th. The favorite Marie Barrué FRA is down in the ranks after a premature start. No Swiss racing.
All other details on the event facebook page. The ranking lists are on the event website.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   (Image © Tim Wilkes)
Today begins the World Championship of the three Paralympic Classes 2.4m, Skud-18 and Sonar in Halifax CAN without Swiss participation.
The largest fleet are the one-person-keelboats - the 2.4m - with 48 participants from 29 nations. The English women Megan Pascoe GBR and Helena Lucas GBR, dominators of this season, encounter the Paralympic Champion Damien Séguin FRA, and also Germany's Heiko Kröger GER is one of the favorites. In the two-person-keelboat - the Skud-18 - 26 teams from 10 nations are present. The undisputed favorites are Alexandra Rickham/Niki Birrell GBR. 18 teams from 14 nations participate on three-person-keelboats - the Sonars. Bruno Jourdren FRA, John Robertson GBR or Aleksander Wang-Hansen NOR are the most cited contenders for Medal.
The entry list, the event website and the event facebook page with the report on the opening ceremony.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   
The final day of the 2014 Engadine Wind week offered finally a well-established Maloja thermal breeze around 20 kn, just enough to sail two races of the Formula and RS:X Swiss Championship. Winner in the Slalom competition was Gunnar Asmussen GER ahead of Patrik Diethelm SUI and Vincent Langer GER. Franziska Stauffacher SUI just defended her previous year's title, with the youth surfer Noémie Perregaux SUI at equal points. Heidi Ulrich SUI won Bronze, and Elia Colombo SUI the Youth rankings.
The report.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   
Youth Olympic Sailing began yesterday on Lak Jinniu near Nanjing stadium-like in front of a grand-stand with 2'000 paying spectactors without a Swiss Youth Sailing Team. A light 5-6 kn breeze prevailed, and the Byte CII sailed two, the Techno-windsurfers three races per fleet.
The South-Americans dominated the races in the Byte-Boys fleet with Pedro-Luiz Marcondes BRA leading 2 points ahead of Angello Giuria PER. Justin Wittecoq CAN follows as 3rd. In the Byte-Girls, Alexandra Dahlberg FIN won both heats, while Samantha Jing-Yi SIN and Odile Van Aanholt NED follow on the ranks 2 and 3.
Lucie Panizza FRA is frst in the Techno Girl Windsurfers followed by Linli Wu CHN and Mariam Sekhposyan RUS at equal points. On top of the Techno Boy Windsurfers is Francisco Saubidet ARG in front of Kensel Ikeda JPN and Lars Van Someren NED. Tom Monnet FRA follows as 4th.
The report of the day with all ranking lists.
Light winds have been forecast for today as well. At press time (6 a.m. UTC), the first races are already underway in China. The preview.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   (Image © Martin Tschupp)
The Yacht Weekend Bächau on the South-Western end of Lake Zürich, including the 7th Act of the Onyx-Club-Cup took place in extremely changing conditions. The cloudy and rainy Saturday with a well-estblished breeze was followed by a sunny almost windless Sunday. The quick-minded SC Enge race committee succeeded to successfully complete four races on Saturday. The race course had to be reset after each passing rain front, with wind from the East ... and from the West.
Gaudenz Troesch ZYC won in the Dynamic 35 (10 teams), Jan Bachmann SCE was first in the Esse 850 and Corinne Meyer SCH dominated in the Onyx.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   
The light wind on Lake Neuchâtel allowed to sail a single race on Saturday, as well as on Sunday at the Laser Points' Championship Act in Neuchâtel.
Damian Suri YCB was the winner in the Lasers 4.7 ahead of Guillaume Rol SNG at equal points. Annika Pellegrini SCS on rank 8 is the best-ranked girl among the 31 participants. Winner in the Lasers Radial was Manon Kivell-Luther CNM followed by David Straessler YCB and Pierrick Amizet FRA. 26 Radials were on the entry list. The best Laser Standard sailor was Robert Ronnback CNM, with Michel Rotach CVN and Lorenz Kausche BT completing the podium. 16 Standards participated.
All ranking lists.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   
The two-person 'Mini Eté' Regatta on the upper Lake Geneva, was unfortunately saddended by a fatal incicdent. A participant, age 70, went over board, and has been missed since then. Deepest condolences. The 40 teams completed the competition in perfect sailing conditions without knowing about the tragic incident.
The winners: Unmeasured yachts = the Bopp family CNM, TCF 1+2 = Gaudin/Gaudin CVMC, TCF3 = Berger/Roch CVVT, TCF4 = Hostettler/Gillioz CVL.
The ranking list, the report and the article on the accident in the Tribune de Genève.
Sailing Switzerland – Monday, August 18, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014   
Since yesterday, the 470 Youth European Champions in both genders are known, as the leading men and women teams clearly confirmed their superiortity in the races, sailed in moderate 15 kn conditions, and cannot been overtaken in today's Medal Races.
Jordi Xammar/Jose Herp ESP earned another international title ahead of the first persuers Malte Winkel/Matti Cipra GER 28 points behind. The Germans have a 12 points' lead on the 3rd-ranked Giacomo Ferrari/Giulio Calabro ITA, and will most probably be able to defend the Silver medal. Charles/Charles ESP on rank 4 and Waak/Hummel GER on 5 have still chances to reach Bronze. Fabrice + Guillaume Rigot SUI on rank 6 are qualified for the Medal Race.
21 points is the advance of Anna Kyselova/Anastasiya Krasko UKR, just enough to become definitively European Champions. The race for Silver and Bronze remains tight. Frederike Loewe/Anna Markfort GER and Noya Bar-Am/Rimon Shoshan ISR are only separated by 3 points, and with a 7 points' deficit are Jess Lavery/Megan Brickwood GBR on rank 4 ready to profit from the duel of the 2nd- and 3rd ranked. 4.
No Medal Race but two races more will take place today in the 420s. Kilian Wagen/Grégoire Siegwart SUI have taken the lead yesterday and will have to defend this position today against Hippolyte Macetti/Sidoine Dantes FRA only one point behind. Max Clapp/Joseph Burns GBR and the tied Ewa Romaniuk/Katarzyna Goralska POL are already 31 points behind and will duel for Bronze.
All ranking lists and the report.
Monday, August 18, 2014   (Image © Christophe Favreau)
Already the opening regattas on Saturday with a breeze of up to 30 kn were scary for most of the 5o5 fleet, and the wind even increased yesterday on the Kiel Bay so that racing was cancelled for the day. Leaders after two races are Bogacki/Dehme GER ahead of Smith/Needham GBR and Holt/Woelfel USA. The best of the 5 Swiss teams Barth/Betschen follows on rank 23 among the 171 teams.
The ranking list and the www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Uc1e8RqZf8]video of day 1[/URL].
Monday, August 18, 2014   
The Laser U21 World Championship began yesterday with the Practice Race in the Bay of Douarnenez in the Southern Britanny.
106 Laser Standard from 32 nations participate, among them Benoît Lagneux SUI, Nils Theuninck SUI and Luciano Antonietti SUI. No Swiss participate in the Lasers Radial. Favorites among the 58 participants are Marie Barrué FRA, Trine Flem-Höst NOR and Hughes Haddon USA.
The event facebook page.
Monday, August 18, 2014   
Good conditions prevailed on the second day of the Niesen-Cup on Lake Thoune and all classes could sail three more races. Superior winner in the 5.5m was Bruno Marazzi TYC winning all three heats, as did Norbert Stadler SCSG in the Dragons. The H-Boats did not compete on Sunday. Winner of the only race on Saturday was Rudolf Baumann TYC.
Monday, August 18, 2014   
Top conditions prevailed at the Founex/Lake Geneva Criterium, and all four classes sailed 4 races each. 'Little Nemo' with Bernard Borter was first in the Grand Surprise. Thierry Renevier was on top of the Toucans and Alain Hofer won in the Luthi 870. All ranking lists.
Monday, August 18, 2014   
The second edition of the Youth Olympic Games begins today in China, and as four years ago, sailing is represented with separate Boys' and Girls' dinghy and windsurf events, sailed on Byte CII boats and Techno 293 sailboards. 63 nations are present, without Switzerland this time. The entry list.
This morning, the first races are already underway on Lake Jinniu near Nanking with a light wind prevailing. Three heats by fleet are on the program. The report and the event website with the 28 Olympic sports.
Monday, August 18, 2014   
54 teams participated on Saturday at the 'Castles' Regatta' at Founex/Lake Geneva. Here the winners in the various categories:
Grand-Surprise : 'Bachi Bouzouk' of Bernard Shopfer SNG, non-measured: 'Raijin' of Philippe Berterat, Surprise: 'Eaux Secours' of Nicolas Kauffmann, TCF1: 'F10' of Olivier Luthi, TCF2: 'Tarangau' of David Vulliez, TCF3: 'Chlika-chlika' of Alain Cloux, TCF4: 'Nora' of Alain Ackermann and TCFX: 'Oyster Funds' of Philippe Gay. All ranking lists.
Sailing Switzerland – Sunday, August 17, 2014
Sunday, August 17, 2014   (Image © Christophe Favreau)
The 5o5 World Championship 2014 began in Kiel yesterday with two races sailed in a fresh 20 to 25 kn breeze. Many capsizes and abandonements were not to avoid, as for the majority among the 170 teams, these conditions were above their limits. But the top-teams presented a spectacular show. Morten Bogacki/Lars Dehen GER, day ranks 1 and 2, took the lead 4 points ahead of Andy Smith/Tim Needham GBR 2nd and Mike Holt/Rob Woelfel USA 3rd. The favorites Hunger/Kleiner GER and Hamlin/Zinn USA follow on the ranks 6 and 10. Best among the five Swiss teams were Cedric Bart/René Betschen SUI and Ueli Marti/Res Schürch SUI on the ranks 23 and 24.
The ranking list and the report.
Sunday, August 17, 2014   
The sporty yachts, to enjoy a full day in a well-established breeze, are the trend this year, as they offer more than just sailing ! The Interboot, open from September 20 to 28, 2014, presents an impressive number of day racers/sailers for rewarding hours on the water. Around 150 sailboats and equipment will traditionally be presented in the Rothaushalle / A1 and the hall A3. The report (germ.) (PDF).
Sunday, August 17, 2014   
One race per class was sailed yesterday at the Niesen-Cup on Lake Thoune. Urs Ruppli YCS leads in the Dragons, Rudolf Baumann TYC is first in the H-Boats and Bruno Marazzi TYC is on top of the 5.5m. The event website.
Sailing Switzerland – Saturday, August 16, 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014   
Rain and circling winds impeded racing on the final day of the Laser 4.7 World Championship.
With a 30 points' lead on the second-ranked Irene Miras ESP, Asya Luvisetto SUI had her World Champion's title in the URL=2014laser4.7-worlds.com/posted/news/1487]Girls[/URL] already before the last day. Francesca Bergamo ITA completes the podium as 3rd. Mariia Kislukhina RUS on rank 5 is first in the U16-classification ahead of Anna Tsuji JPN (6th overall) and Amalia Provelengiou GRE (8th overall). 37 participants from 19 nations and 3 continents.
Thanks to two race wins, Alexande Boite FRA earned the Gold medal in the Boys category in front of Ismael Iess ESP at equal points, but with one race win only. Paolo Mavricic CRO took the Bronze medal. Alexandre Boite FRA is at the same time U-16 Champion. Odysse Chousiadas GRE (8th overall ) and Maor Benharoch ISR (9th overall) complete the top-3 in the U16 classification. Alexis Megevand SUI terminates the Worlds on rank 14. Arthur Baudet SUI finished 13th (47th overall) in the Silverfleet. 66 participants from 22 nations and 5 continents.
All ranking lists and the video with the Champions' interviews.
Saturday, August 16, 2014   (Image © Marek Wilku)
The wind situation - 5 to 20 kn, with wind shifts of up to 180° - disturbed racing at the 420 & 470 Youth Europeans during the whole day. While the two 420 groups, sailing close to the shore, had each at least completed two races after eight hours, the outer course allowed for just one race for the 470 men and nothing for the women, despite of numerous start attempts.
After 6 races, the Qualification Series for the Gold fleet has been concluded. Hyppolyte Machetti/Sidoine Dantes FRA start to the Final Series with a 9 points' lead on Ewa Romaniuk/Katarzyna Goralska POL. As best of the day with the ranks 1 and 3, Max Clapp/Joseph Burns GBR advanced on rank 3. Again a good day had Kilian Wagen/Grégoire Siegwart SUI, progressing on the 4th place with the day ranks 6 and 9. Finishing 53rd, Lea Rüegg/Diana Otth SUI just made the cut (54th place) for the Gold fleet. The other five Swiss teams continue the Championship in the Silver fleet.
Winners of the only 470 men race were Malte Winkel/Matti Cipra GER reducing the gap on the clearly leading Jordi Xammar/Jose Herp ESP a little. Giacomo Ferrari/Giulio Calabro ITA defended the 3rd position. Fabrice + Guillaume Rigot SUI lost two places and are now 10th. David Biedermann/Max Haenssler SUI follow on the 25th place among the 34 teams. The 470 women remained without race. Anna Kyselova/Anastasiya Krasko UKR is on top with a 12 points advance on Cecilia Zorzi/Bianca Caruso ITA.
All ranking lists and the report of the day.
Saturday, August 16, 2014   (Image © Icarus Media)
The Kitefoil Goldcup 2014 with the world's top kiters opened the Engadine Wind Week 2014 during the past days. The Foil-kite-boarders sailed the 3rd Act of their World Cup, but unfortunately, the thermal Maloja wind disappeared after the first two days and Wednesday and Thursday remained windless because of the passing rain front, and the Final Series was cancelled. After 9 Qualification heats, the superior winner with 7 race wins in his group was Johnny Heineken USA ahead of the tied Oliver Bridge GBR and Nicolas Parlier FRA. Steph Bridge GBR on rank 17 was the best woman. The only Swiss among the 41 kite foilers was Mike Martin on rank 19. The ranking liste, the report and the video.
Today, the legendary Engadine Surf Marathon (for kite boarders and windsurfers) is on the program.
Saturday, August 16, 2014   (Image © Christophe Favreau)
Today begins the 5o5 World Championship 2014 in Kiel with 171 (!) teams from 15 nations and 4 continents on the list of participsants. The superior favorites on their home waters are of course Wolfgang Hunger/Julien Kleiner GER, winners of 20 5o5 Kiel Week Regattas during the past years. The major challengers seem to be the well prepared Howie Hamlin/Andy Zinn USA, winners of the Preworlds this week shining with the ranks 1/2/2/1. But also the defending champions Lehmann/Oehme GER, as well as Meike Schomaeker/Holger Jess GER, Jacob und Jörgen Bojsen-Möller DEN and Saugmann/Karbo DEN will have a say. Switzerland is represented by five teams, who did only partly start at the Preworlds. The best-ranked Valéry and Philippe Jacot SUI finished on rank 25. The Preworlds' results - at the same time the World Championship entry list - and the official preview. The races can be followed at the SAP-Livecenter as from 12 a.m. UTC. Hasso Plattner GER, co-founder of SAP in the early 70s of the last Century, is again steering his 5o5.
Saturday, August 16, 2014   
After the successful opening day of the O-Yole Europacup with three races sailed on Thursday in a perfect Lake Uri thermal breeze, only one race could be completed yesterday. Thanks to a race win and with the worst race result discarded, it is now Thies Bosch NED leading one point ahead of Hermann van Eijk NED. Christoph Spaelti is the best Swiss on rank 34. The ranking list (PDF).
Sailing Switzerland – Friday, August 15, 2014
Friday, August 15, 2014   
A fresher 15-18 kn breeze prevailed yesterday for the first time at the Laser 4.7 Worlds in Japan.
Asya Luvisetto SUI proofed to be an excellent allrounder and was again among the best Girls with the rank 2/5/8. This performance means the Gold Meldal as her advantage on the direct persuers is now 30 points that cannot be compensated in today's final heat. Irène Miras ESP moved up on rank 2 with a 3 points advance on Francesca Bergamo ITA and the fight for Silver will be tight today. Maria Kislukhina RUS is 5th, and thanks to a race win, she leads now in the U16-classification.
A leader change happened in the Boys Goldfleet: Alexandre Boite FRA joined Ismael Iess ESP on top at equal points. 9 points farther behind follows Paolo Mavricic CRO. Only minor chances for a Medal exist for Federico Fornasari ITA on the 4th place with a 20 points' backlog. Alexis Megevand SUI remained on the 14th position.
All ranking lists and the video of the day.
Friday, August 15, 2014   (Image © Marek Wilku)
A 14-17 kn breeze prevailed yesterday and after the rainy opening day, some rays of sun enjoyed the young sailors.
Jordi Xammar/Jose Herp ESP continue to dominate the 470 Boys, winning both races. Malte Winkle/Matti Cipra GER on rank 2 are already 10 points behind. New on the 3rd place are now Giacomo Ferrari/Giulio Calabro ITA. Finishing as 5th and 7th, Fabrice + Guillaume Rigot SUI were among the best, moving up on rank 9. David Biedermann/Max Haenssler SUI follow on rank 27.
As dominant as the Spanish in the 470 Boys are Anna KYselova/Anastasiya Krasko UKR in the 470 Girls. With the day ranks 1 and 2, they extended their lead on 12 points. Cecilia Zorzi/Bianca Caruso ITA advanced on rank 2, Noya Bar-am/Rimon Shoshan ISR are now 3rd.
The results have not been as convincing as on the first day, but nevertheless, Macchetti/Sidoine Dantes FRA remained on top of the 420. Ewa Romaniuk/Katarzyna Goralska POL, the best Girls' team, advanced on rank 2. Will Logue/Bram Brakman USA are new on the 3rd place. Kilian Wagen/Grégoire Siegwart SUI had a successful day finishing twice on 4th and moving up on the 6th rank overall. Salome Rouiller/Louise Thilo SUI follow on rank 44. All ranking lists and the daily report.
Friday, August 15, 2014   
The two Swiss in the Mini 650 race crossed the finish line at the Sables d'Olonne yesterday - both with one rudder only ! Patrick Girod SUI collided with a whale and had to repair the damaged astern panel. Nevertheless, he succeeded to defend the 10th place. Why Simon Brunisholz SUI lost his rudder has not yet been explained, but he finished his first important Mini regatta on rank 12 inspite of this handicap. 6 of the 21 Series Minis are still underway this morning.
The race viewer and the event website.
Friday, August 15, 2014   
Best thermal breeze conditions prevailed on the first day of the O-Yole Europacup at Flüelen / Lake Uri where 60 participants from 3 nations participate. Herman Van Eijk NED is on top with a 2 points' advance on the closely following Ton Op de Weegh NED and Goeran Freise GER. The best Swiss Wolfgang Rickert SUI is on the 31st place. The ranking list.
Sailing Switzerland – Thursday, August 14, 2014
Thursday, August 14, 2014   
Asya Luvisetto, Soc. Nautique of Geneva / SUI, age 17, added another successful day at the Laser 4.7 Worlds in Japan with the ranks 2/5/8, and herewith earns the World Champion title prematurely before the last race tomorrow. The 30 points advantage over the closest persuers can not be compensated in the final race. The ranking list.
Thursday, August 14, 2014   (Image © Kaoru Soehata)
The Laser 4.7 World Championship continued yesterday again in light winds. The Girls sailed three, the Boys two races, as the last heat had to be abandoned in the dying breeze.
Thanks to another race win, asya Luvisetto SUI extended her lead in the Girls on 19 points. Illaria Rocchelli ITA and Francesca Bergamo ITA remain the first persuers. Three races are on today's program - results to be expected by noon - and tomorrow, last day of the event, a final race has been scheduled.
Paolo Mavricic CROs, the leader with the Boys, extended his lead as well on 12 points. The best of the day Alexandre Boite FRA advanced on rank 2 with the day ranks 1 and 2. At the same time, he has taken the lead in the U16 rankings. Cem Cetinsu TUR follows as 3rd by a small margin. Alexis Megevand SUI abandoned a race and lost some places. He is now on rank 14.
All ranking lists and the video of the day.
Thursday, August 14, 2014   
The 420 & 470 Youth European Championship 2014 began yesterday in Gdynia POL in a gusty and unconstant 8 to 15 kn breeze.
With Jordi Xammar/Joan Herp ESP, the favorites took the lead in the 470 Boys. Sailing with a charter boat, the Junior World Champions won both heats, and the evec compensated a 3 points' penalty for not wearing the safety vest. David and Alex Charles ESP followed on rank 2, Malte Winkel/Matti Cipra GER are - as in the Junior Worlds - 3rd. The Swiss had difficulties in these challenging conditions. The newcomers David Biedermann/Max Haenssler SUI follow on rank 18, Fabrice + Guillaume Rigot SUI are 21st among the 34 teams from 14 nations.
Anna Kyselova/Anastasiya Krasko UKR are on top of the 470 Girls with the day ranks 1 and 2. Fabienne Oester/Alexandra Lauber GER and Lena Stueckl/Franziska Maege GER are the first persuers. 24 teams from 13 nations participate. No Swiss Girls teams present. .
First leaders in the impressive 108 boats' 420 fleet from 21 nations and 4 continents are Hippolyte Machetti/Sidoine Dantes FRA, one point ahead of Russell Clarida/Thomas Forrest USA. Ewa Romaniuk/ Katarzyna Goralska POL are 3rd and best Girls' team. Kilian Wagen/Grégoire Siegwart SUI follow as best of the eight SUI teams on rank 20. Salome Rouiller/Louise Thilo SUI are 31st. All ranking lists and the daily report.
Thursday, August 14, 2014   
The fifth edition of the InWater Boat Show at Bottighofen/Lake Constance SUI opens its gates ashore and on the water on the coming Friday. Located at the Bottighofen Marina, competent Boat manufacturers and dealers present the latest models and trends ijn water sports. Check out the Program (PDF) to prepare your trip to Bottighofen. It's worth it.
Thursday, August 14, 2014   
No racing yesterday at the Eastern Hemisphere Championship because of the continuing ugly weather. However, the Championship is valid with four races completed. Diego Negri/Sergio Lambertenghi ITA confirmed their role as favorites winning 3 of the 4 heats. Emilios Papathanasiou/Antonis Tsotras GRE 4 points behind were the only ones sailing at a similar level. The past World Champion George Szabo USA with Serge Pulfer SUI as crew is third, while the European Champion Hubert Merkelbach GER with Gerrit Bartel GER on rank 4 missed the podium by 6 points. Christoph Burger/Renato Marazzi SUI as 7th were the best Swiss among the 46 teams from 14 nations.
The ranking list and the report.
Thursday, August 14, 2014   
We reported yesterday morning on the overall Mini Protos win of Giancarlo Pedote ITA, and during Wednesday, the decision regarding the Mini Series winner went in favor of the leg 1 winner Jonas Geerkens BEL. Admittedly, it was Tanguy de Turquais FRA who was first back at Les Sables, but Geerkens BEL saved as 3rd arrival 2 hours of the advantage and celebrates his first important international victory. Up to now, 6 of the 22 Series Minis have crossed the finish line. 34 miles before the arrival, Patrick Girod SUI in on an unchallenged 10th place. Simon Brunisholz SUI improved his position on rank 12.
The ranking list, the race viewer and the reports.
Thursday, August 14, 2014   
The past 30 days brought no changes on top of the ISAF Matchracing World Rankings. Ian Williams GBR in the Open-classification and Camilla Ulrikkeholm DEN in the Women's rankings won the important events during the last month and extended their leads. The Swiss however lost some ranks. Eric Monnin SUI is now 11th in the Open rankings, and Alexa Bezel SUI, who has not been active for quite some time, is down on rank 16.
The ISAF report and the World rankings.
Sailing Switzerland – Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Wednesday, August 13, 2014   (Image © Kaoru Soehata)
Only light winds prevailed on the 3rd day of the Laser 4.7 Worlds in Japan. All groups sailed 3 races each in hot 30° C and a 5-7 kn breeze.
Finishing 4/3/1, the SN Geneva Asya Luvisetto SUI was the best in the Girls yesterday and took the overall lead. Her advance on the second-ranked Illaria Rocchelli ITA is 11 points, and the 3rd Francesca Bergamo ITA is even 25 points behind.
A leader change happened also in the Boys, where Paolo Mavricic CRO won two races in his group and is the new leader with an 8 points advantege. At equal points on the ranks 2 and 3 follow Federico Fornasari ITA and Maor Benharoch ISR, leader of the U16-rankings.
All ranking lists and the video of the day
Wednesday, August 13, 2014   
A light thermal breeze filled in on Lake Uri after a long start postponement, and finally one race could be sailed. After a fierce battle, Diego Negri/Sergio Lambertenghi ITA had the upper hand on the long-time leading Emilios Papathanassiou/Antonis Tsotras GRE. Christoph Gautschi/Dominik Schenk SUI followed as 3rd. With four races completed, the Championship can be validated, not evident under the prevailing bad weather situation over Europe and especially around the Alps.
Negri/Lambertenghi ITA have now a 4 points' lead on Papathanassiou/Tsotras GRE. George Szabo USA/Serge Pulfer SUI follow with a 17 points as 4th. The best-ranked Swiss Christoph Burger/Renato Marazzi SUI followed on rank 6.
The ranking list, the report] and the [url=wxw.youtube.com/watch?v=V1EK4Mee5Qw]video of the day.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014   (Image © Christophe Breschi)
This morning at 5 a.m. UTC, the first two Protos arrived at the Sables, Nicolas Boidevezi FRA as winner of leg 2, and Giancarlo Pedote ITA with his experimental round-bow Mini as overall winner of the regatta. The deficit of Pedote on Boidevezi was 3 hrs 30 min. Today, the first Series Minis will arrive as well. With 62 miles to go this morning, Tanguy de Turquois FRA has a 56 miles lead on the second-ranked Damien Cloarec FRA. Only 3 miles farther back follows Jonas Geerkens BEL, the winner of leg 1. Pushed by a fresh rear wind and speeding at an 11 kn average .... the overall victory is still in possible, if he succeeds to defend the 8 hours' advantage of leg 1 over de Turquois. Patrick Girod SUI stays on rank 9, Simon Brunisholz SUI dropped on rank 14.
The race viewer and the event website.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014   (Image © Marek Wilku)
Yesterday, the Practice Race of the 420/470 Youth Europeans was sailed in Poland in a very unconstant wind. Racing begins today, and the wind forecast promises good conditions with a 10-12 kn breeze. 332 youth sailors from 25 nations in total are present. The official preview and the weblog of Kilian Wagen/Grégoire Siegwart SUI, aiming for a top-10 place in the 420s.
Sailing Switzerland – Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Tuesday, August 12, 2014   (Image © Koaru Soehata)
The Laser 4.7 World Championship 2014 continued yesterday with three races by group sailed in light winds, and the required number of heats to discard the worst race has be been reached. Two races per group are on the program today, before the Boys' fleet will be split in a Gold- and a Silverfleet.
Maor Ben Haroch ISR has taken the overall lead and is also the best-ranked U16 sailor. Ismael Iess ESP as 2nd follows 4 points behind, Cem Cetinsu TUR is 3rd. Alexis Megevand SUI is 30th and has to fight for the cut - rank 33 - in today's races. For Arthur Baudet SUI on rank 49, this barrier is probably too high.
The ranking list Boys.
Francesca Bergamo ITA extended her lead in the Girls on 8 points. New on rank 2 is Yuka Kishi JPN, while Karyna Manuel GBR and Irene Miras ESP are on 3rd and 4th at equal points. Still in a podium range sailing is Asya Luvisetto SUI one point farther behind. Here the ranking list Girls.
The first result of today will be available during the morning on the event website. See also the event facebook page and the video of the day.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014   
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014   (Image © Marek Wilku)
The 420/470 European Youth Championship begins today in Dgynia POL with the Practice Race. With almost 100 teams from 17 nations, including 7 SUI teams, the 420s are the largest fleet. Bachelin/Pittet SUI and Wagen/Siegwart SUI have the best chances among the Swiss.
Xammar/Herp ESP are the favorites among the 41 470 men teams, but as always in Youth events, new teams can show up and excel. The 470 women fleet is somewhat smaller. Switzerland is represented by Lea Rüegg/Diana Otth SUI.
The event website.
Sailing Switzerland – Monday, August 11, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014   
Moderate winds around 12 kn and a massive swell prevailed yesterday during the first races of the Laser 4.7 World Championship in Japan. Girls and Boys sailed one race each. The 62 Boys' fleet from 21 nations has been split in two Groups, with Alexandre Boite FRA and an Matthew Lau SIN as race winners. Alexis Megevand SUI followed on rank 33. In the 37 Girls' fleet, the Europeans dominated with Francesca Bergamo ITA as winner ahead of Irene Miras ESP and Asya Luvisetto SUI.
All ranking lists and the video of the days.
Considering the time difference, the first results of day 2 will be available during the morning UTC already on the event website.
Monday, August 11, 2014   (Image © Christophe Breschi)
The fleet, sailing in a 20 kn breeze, is this morning UTC approaching Cape Finisterre at the most North-Western point of Spain.
In the Protos Minis, the tight duel between Nicolas Boidevezi FRA and Giancarlo Pedote ITA continues. The Italian on a more Southern course is only 6 miles behind. 400 miles are left to the finish line.
The leader in the Series Minis Tanguy de Turquais FRA has extended his lead and is now 35 miles ahead of the second-ranked Damien Cloarec FRA. Patrick Girod SUI has apparently solved his technical problems as he is now sailing at normal speed with a backlog of 95 miles on the 9th place. Simon Brunisholz SUI is another rank up now on the 11th place.
The race viewer, the daily report and the event website.
Monday, August 11, 2014   
The Engadine Valley suffered also from the bad weather, and only a reduced version of the traditional O-Yoles Hans-Badrutt-Challenge-Cup was completed. After a good first day with a 5 bft Maloja breeze on Friday, the wind was gone on Saturday, and on Sunday, only one shorted race in a very light South wind was possible. Knut Wahrendorf GER was the overall winner with three race wins. The best Swiss Christoph Spälti SUI follows on rank 5. The ranking list (PDF).
Monday, August 11, 2014   
The Engadine Valley suffered also from the bad weather, and only a reduced version of the traditional O-Yoles Hans-Badrutt-Challenge-Cup was completed. After a good first day with a 5 bft Maloja breeze on Friday, the wind was gone on Saturday, and on Sunday, only one shorted race in a very light South wind was possible. Knut Wahrendorf GER was the overall winner with three race wins. The best Swiss Christoph Spälti SUI follows on rank 5. The ranking list.
Sailing Switzerland – Saturday, August 9, 2014
Saturday, August 9, 2014   
The two Laser fleets terminated the Qualification Series with two races yesterday.
Tom Burton AUS leads in the Lasers Standard before today's Medal Race with 4 points on Nick Thompson GBR. Thanks to a race win, Robert Scheidt BRA advanced on rank 3, but with a 14 points' deficit on Burton and 4 points on Thompson, there is not much hope for more as Bronze, as the Brazilian has to watch for attacks from Rutger Van Schaardenburg NED and Matthew Wearn AUS just 3 and 4 points behind him. Guillaume Girod SUI is 28th overall.
Fully open is the Medal Race in the Lasers Radial with Tuula Tenkanen FIN and Evi Van Acker BEL on top at equal points. Anne-Marie Rindom DEN 2 points back has still all chances for Gold. Allison Young GBR is 4th 10 points behind.
All ranking lists, the daily report and the videos of the day.
Saturday, August 9, 2014   (Image © Breschi /breschi-photo-video.com)
After the furious start with winds exceeding 20 kn, the situation has calmed down in the meantime, but already this morning, another front will bring a fresh breeze again.
Nicolas Boidevezi FRA extended his lead on top of the Protos on 16,5 miles. Second is now Michele Zambelli ITA while the winner of leg 1 Giancarlo Pedote ITA follows another 3 miles back.
Tanguy de Turquois FRA maintains his lead in the Series Minis, but the fastest in the last 24 hours was Patrick Girod SUI, advancing on rank 3 only 0,7 miles behind the 2nd-ranked Damien Audrain FRA, reducing the gap to the leader on 5,8 miles. Simon Brunisholz SUI follows on rank 10 with a 24,5 miles backlog.
The race viewer, the report of the day and the event website.
Saturday, August 9, 2014   (Image © Yves Ryncki/5 Jours du Leman)
The 'Lake Geneva Five Days' Regatta' ended yesterday afternoon 2 p.m. CET after 120 hours underway. Pierre Quennoz/Loris Von Siebenthal SUI defended their large lead and finished with a 22 miles advantage in front of Philippe Rey/Fabien Sache SUI, 2 miles ahead of the 3rd Mathias Bavaud/Pierre Borel SUI. In the mostly light winds, the winning team covered 360 miles in 120 hours. The ranking list and the event website.
Saturday, August 9, 2014   
The Starboat Eastern Hemisphere Championship is scheduled for next Sunday, and yesterday, the Lake Uri Trophy began as a tune-up race to the Championship. A large majority of the main event entrants was already present. Two races were sailed in a light thermal breeze. On the first place are Papathanassiou/Tortas GRE ahead of Burger/Marazzi SUI and Pascolato/Boenning BRA. The past-World-Champion George Szabo USA sailing with Serge Pulfer SUI as crew follows on 4th. The ranking list (PDF).
Saturday, August 9, 2014   
No changes on top of the rankings in the last two races yesterday at the H-Boat World Championship at Varberg SWE. Claus Høj Jensen/Fredrik Dahl Hansen/Karl Kristiansen DEN won another World's title. Silver and Bronze went to Henrik Jörhof SWE and Henrik Erdman SWE. 39 teams participated, without Swiss teams. The final ranking list and the event website.
Sailing Switzerland – Friday, August 8, 2014
Friday, August 8, 2014   (Image © Rio2016 / Alex Ferro)
The expected light winds prevailed yesterday for the first time after 4 windy days, and only a reduced program could be sailed. The Windsurfers sailed their Medal Races.
The Olympic Champion Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED defended his lead and won in the RS:X men clearly with a 10 points' advance over Pierre Le Coq FRA, who reached the podium with a 2nd Medal Race rank. Piotr Myszka POL took Bronze. On the loosing side was Byron Kokkalanis GRE, dropping on rank 4.
Gold for France in the RS:X women, where Charline Picon FRA demonstrated an unexpected superiority. Winning the Medal Race also, she outclassed the her rivals with a 32 points advantage. Thanks to a 2nd rank in the Medal Race, Lilian de Geus NED earned Silver at equal points with Flavia Tartaglini ITA.
Today, the Medal Races of the 49ers, 49ersFX, Finns and Nacra 17 are on the program.
Giles Scott GBR extended his lead in the Finns with the day ranks 1 and 4 on 25 points and is already the premature winner. Jorge Zariff BRA and one point behind Ed Wright GBR have the best chances for Silver and Bronze. Jonathan Lobert FRA (backlog on Bronze 4 points) and Andrew Murdoch NZL (backlog 9 points) still have some chance to jump on the podium.
No races yesterday for the Nacra 17, where Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA have a 5 points' lead on Bundock/Nina Curtis AUS and Ben Saxton/Hannah Diamond GBR at equal points. Jones7Saunders NZL on 4th are already 12 points behind. Qualified for the Medal Race are also Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI on the 10th place.
The 49erFX were also forced to stay ashore yesterday. Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA will go in the Medal Race today with a 5 points' lead on Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL. Olivia Price/Eliza Solly AUS are 3rd.
Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL took the lead in the 49ers thanks to a win in yesterday's only race in front of d'Ortoli/Delpech FRA at equal points. Outteridge/Jensen AUS follow 3rd.
The 470s sailed again in front of the Copacabana, but the light wind allowed only for one race in each fleet. Inspite of their worst result so far (rank 9), Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS remained on top of the 470 men. Luke Patience/Elliott Willis GBR and the day's winners Sofian Bouvet/Jérémy Mion FRA follow behind. Thanks to a fulminant final downwind rush, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI finished 10th yesterday and advanced on rank 13 overall, improving their Medal Race chances. A 9 points' backlog on the rank 10 cut must be compensated today to join the Medal Race fleet.
Thanks to a race win, Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA reduced the gap to Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL in the the 470 women to one point. Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark GBR follow on rank 3. Despite the lighter winds, Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI were unable to improve their performance.
All ranking lists, the report and the videos.
Friday, August 8, 2014   (Image © Rio2016 / Alex Ferro)
The two Laser fleets sailed in the Guarana Bay yesterday, where the light winds allowed to complete just one race by class.
Robert Scheidt BRA succeeded to reduce the gap on the podium with his first race win in the Lasers Standard. He is now 4th with a 17 points' backlog on the leading Tom Burton AUS. Only 2 points behind the Australian follows Nick Thompson GBR on rank 2, Rutger Van Schaardenburg NED is 3rd. Guillaume Girod SUI follows on rank 27.
A leader change happened in the Lasers Radial, where Annalise Murphy IRL once more deplored the light winds and dropped on rank 7 overall. Evi Van Acker BEL took the lead 1 point ahead of Tuula Tenkanen FIN. Anne-Marie Rindom follows another 2 points back on the 3rd place. Erika Reineke USA won the race and advanced on the 6th place.
The daily report, the ranking lists and the videos.
Friday, August 8, 2014   (Image © Yves Ryncki/5 Jours du Leman)
The 23 two-person teams still in the race are in the final approach of the 5 day's race, with the last rounds sailed between Lausanne and Prangins to keep the fleet together till the end at 14 hours CET this afternoon. Pierre Quennoz/Loris Von Siebenthal are still leading but their advance has melted to 2 hrs 30 min, enough for the final victory. New on rank 2 are Philippe Rey/Fabien Sache, 9 minutes ahead of the 3rd-positioned Mathias Bavaud/Pierre Borel liegen. The race viewer, the ranking list and the reports.
Friday, August 8, 2014   (Image © Breschi /breschi-photo-video.com)
The first 24 hours of leg 2, back from the Acores to France, was a reaching highspeed ride, but with the wind shifting, the average speed are about to drop, and tactical decisions have to be taken to best benefit of the wind systems. For the moment, Nicolas Boidevezi FRA is leading in the Protos with a 14 miles advance on Giancarlo Pedote ITA, but the Italian is sailing 4 kn faster as the French, and a leader change will most likely happen. In the Series Minis, Tanguy Le Turquais FRA is on top 6 miles ahead of Damien Audrain FRA and Antonio Fontes POR. Patrick Girod SUI is still in the leading group with a 10 miles' deficit on the first. Simon Brunisholz SUI on the 11th place is another 10 miles behind.
The positions, the race viewer and the official web site.