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Sailing Switzerland – Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   
High yacht racing activity during the days ahead ! On December 26, a 117 boats' fleet will start from Sydney Harbour direction Tasmania to the traditional Sydney-Hobart-Race, this time with five Maxi racers fighting for the line honours. Dinghies have also their traditions with the (Laser) regatta on the Hvar CRO island, the (Star) Christmas Race in Nizza FRA, the (Optimists in San Remo ITA) and the (Optimists, Lasers, 420s) at the Orange Bowl Regatta in Miami FL USA, the major youth event in the US. Australia in high-summer is the prime site for a number of World Championships, mostly with tune-up races ahead of the main competitions. The first will be the Tornados in Perth AUS with practice races as from next Saturday and the title race beginning next Tuesday. On New Year's Eve, the IMOCA Open 60 will start to the Barcelona World Race, the round-the-world-race for two person teams, covered by sailing-news with daily updates.

We wish you Merry Christmas !
Wir wünschen frohe Festtage !
Sailing Switzerland – Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Alfred Farre)
No wind on the last day of the Palamos Christmas Race and Saturday's rankings are final.
Favorites are on top of the 470 men with Charbonnier/Le Berre FRA, the 470 women with Lemaitre/Retornaz FRA and the 49ers with Alonso/Alonso ESP. The best Swiss were Maxime Bachelin/Philippe Pittet SUI as 7th in the 420s Boys and Lea Rüegg/Diana Otth SUI as 8th in the 420s Girls.
All ranking lists, the final report and the videos.
Sailing Switzerland – Monday, December 22, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Fred Hoffmann)
A number of International Olympic Classes sailors are spending their time in Rio de Janeiro for training purposes on the 2016 Olympic waters. During the past days, the Copa Brazil de Vela Regatta has been organised. Here some of the results:
In the Nacra 17, Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA added another overall victory. After 12 races, the finished first 4 points ahead of Vittorio Bisarro/Silvia Seguro ITA. Matias Buhler/Nathalie Brugger SUI were 3rd in a good quality fleet. Strong competitors also in the 470 fleets. In the 470 women, the locals Oliveira/Barbachan BRA were on top ahead of the Olympic Champions Aleh/Powrie NZL as well as Lecointre/Defrance FRA and Vadlau/Ogar AUT 3rd at equal points. Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI won one of the 10 races and terminated the series on rank 8. No ranking list is availabe right now from the 470 men), were the Olympic Champion Belcher AUS with Ryan AUS crew was first ahead of McNay/Hughes USA and Schmid/Reichstädter AUT. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI were forced to two days off because of illness, Robert Scheidt BRA was the winner in the Lasers Standard in front of Bruno Fontes BRA, Rutger Van Schaardenburg NED and Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA. Evi Van Acker BEL was ahead in the Lasers Radial, Giles Scott GBR dominated the Finns with 8 wins in 11 races. British victories also by Byrony Shaw GBR in the RS:X- women windsurfers and Nick Dempsey GBR in the RS:X men windsufers. Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI finished 15th. Bekkering/Duetz NED defeated the small 49erFX fleet. Grael/Borges BRA were the best of the three Brazilian teams in the 49FXer.
All ranking lists and the event website.
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Ronan)
Sun and warm temperatures for the 300 plus teams at the Costa Brava, but at the same time, the reigning highpressure system calmed the seabreeze and no races were completed. Today is the last day of the event and the Medal Races are on the program.
Premature winners are Federico + Arturo Alonso ESP in the 49ers with an advantage of 24 points on Cherin/Tesei ITA. Joaquin Blanco ESP is 10 points ahead of the second-ranked Eliot Merceron FRA in the Lasers Standard. Antony Munos FRA and Jonasz Stelmaczyk POL are another 10 points behind and will fight for the 3rd position. Nils Theuninck SUI missed the Medal Race as 15th clearly. First in the Lasers Radialis Agata Barwinska POL with a 6 points' lead on Anna Weinzieher POL. Karyna Manuel GBR follows as 3rd. The 470 men winner will be decided between Charbonnier/Le Berre FRA and Pirouelle/Sipan FRA, Kilian Wagen/Grégoire Siegwart SUI missed the Medal Race as 11th by 3 points only. Four teams still have a chance to win in the 470 women, where the leaders Lemaitre/Retornaz FRA are only one point in front of Cornudella/Lopez ESP. Llado/Gonzalez ESP are on top of the 420 men, followed by Clapp/Banham GBR and Herail/Lepoutre FRA. Maxime Bachelin/Philippe Pittet SUI are on the 7th place. Also in the top-10 are Rüegg/Diana Otth SUI as 8th in the 420 girls, were Davila/Davila ESP are on the top spot.
All ranking listsn, the daily report/URL] and the [url=wxw.christmasrace.org/en/default/races/race-video]videos.
Sailing Switzerland – Sunday, December 21, 2014
Sunday, December 21, 2014   (Image © Ronan)
Sun and moderate winds between 8 and 12 kn prevailed on the third day of the Palamos Christmas Race and all classes sailed 3 to 4 races.
Joaquin Blanco ESP regained the first place in the Lasers Standard ahead of Eliot Merceron FRA 10 points behind. Nils Theuninck SUI advanced on rank 15. A Polish duo occupies the ranks 1 and 2 in the Lasers Radial with Agata Barwinska POL and Anna Weinzieher POL. Lucie Ben-Amor SUI moved up on rank 14. Charbonnier/Le Berre FRA extended their lead with two race wins, in front of Pirouelle/Sipan FRA and Xammar/Herp ESP. Kilian Wagen/Grégoire Siegwart SUI on rank 11 have a change to qualify for the Medal Race today, as their backlog on rank 10 is only 3 points. In the 470 women, the leading group is closer together with Lemaitre/Retornaz FRA only one point ahead of Cornudella/Lopez ESP, and Blandin/Delpuech FRA another 2 points back are not far behind. Alonso/Alonso ESP are the clear leaders in the 49ers. Sébastien Schneiter/Lucien Cujean SUI stay on rank 19. On top of the 420s are, Llado/Gonzalez ESP. Maxime Bachelin/Philippe Pittet SUI follow on rank 7. Carmen and Julia Davila ESP defended their lead in the 420 girls. Lea Rüegg/Diana Otth SUI are on the remarkable 8th position.
All ranking lists, the reports and the videos.
Sailing Switzerland – Saturday, December 20, 2014
Saturday, December 20, 2014   (Image © Alfred Farre)
Again very light winds on the second day of the Christmas Race at Palamos, but nevertheless, all classes sailed at least one race.
On top of the 470 - without race on day one - are the French Charbonnier/Le Berre FRA with the day ranks 1 and 2, clearly ahead of Shvets/Matsuyev UKR and Pirouelle/Sipan FRA and Aggeler/Aggeler GER 3rd at equal points. Kilian Wagen/Grégoire Siegwart SUI had a good day with the 8th interim's rank among 37 teams from 13 nations. Maelenn Lemaitre/Aloise Retornaz FRA lead in the 470 women one point ahead of Marina Gallego/Fatima Reyes ESP. As best of the day, Balazs Tomai HUN has taken the lead in the Lasers Standard ahead of Joaquin Blanco ESP. Nils Theuninck SUI advanced on rank 17. In the Lasers Radial women, Anna Skaar NOR and Elie Brown GBR are first at equal points. Lucie Ben-Amor SUI follows as 14th. The 49ers have already completed 7 races. Alonso/Alonso ESP are first at some distance followed by Terin/Chesei ITA and Hedström/Düring FIN. Sébastien Schneiter/Lucien Cujean SUI progressed on rank 19. Carla + Marta Munte ESP have taken the lead in the 29ers with two race wins. Marc Llado/Javier Gonzalez ESP are on top of the 420s in front of Max Clapp/Ross Banham GBR and Arnaud Herail/Paco Lepoutre FRA. Maxime Bachelin/Philippe Perret SUI had a race win yesterday, and inspite of a premature start disqualification, they are already on position 8 overall after 4 races. Carmen + Julia Davila ESP dominate in the 420 girls. Lea Ruegg/Diana Otth SUI were among the best of the day and moved up on rank 5 overall.
All ranking listsn, the video of the day and the event website.
Saturday, December 20, 2014   
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Sailing Switzerland – Friday, December 19, 2014
Friday, December 19, 2014   (Image © Alfred Farre)
The Palamos Christmas Race began yesterday at the Spanish Costa Brava in a light wind. While the fleets racing inshore completed 2 to 3 races, the 470s and Finns on the outer courses waited in vain for a breeze.
After two heats in the Lasers Standard, Eliott Merceron FRA leads ahead of Antony Munos FRA and Joaquin Blanco ESP. Nils Theuninck SUI follwos on rank 23 and Cyrill Knecht SUI is 36th among the 44 participants from 10 nations. Monica Azon ESP and Anna Skaar NOR share the lead in the Lasers Radial women. Ellie Brown GBR follows on rank 3. Lucie Ben-Amor SUI is 17th among the 23 participants. Mon Canellas ESP is first in the Radial men. The 49ers completed three races according to program, and Alonso/Alonso ESP lead ahead of Bergström/Vesternäs SWE and Cherin/Tesei ITA. Sébastien Schneiter/Lucien Cujean SUI are 23rd. Winners of the only race of the day in the 29ers were Peter Janezic/Anze Podlogar SLO, in front of Carla + Marta Munte-Carrasco ESP. Only one race per fleet in the 420s as well. First in the Boys category were Andrea Abruzzese/Camilla Fassio ITA ahead of Maxime Bachelin/Philippe Pittet SUI and Theo Carayon/Erwan Lucas FRA. Cata Homar/Maria Llabres ESP lead in the 420 girls followed by Erna Riera/Léa Pernet FRA and Carmen + Julia Davila ESP. Lea Rüegg/Diane Otth SUI are 9th. Asia Luvisetto/Louise Thilo SUI 18th among the 23 teams. All ranking lists/URL] and the [url=wxw.christmasrace.org/en/default/races/race-news]report of the day. The Swiss 470 team Wagen/Siegwart SUI spent the raceless day with maintenance work at their 470.
Sailing Switzerland – Thursday, December 18, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014   
Today begins the 39th edition of the Palamos Christmas Race at the Spanish Costa Brava. Invited are - apart from the Olympic Classes - also the Youth Classes 420, 29er and Laser Radial. 330 boats are on the entry lists. Switzerland is among others represented by Cyrill Knecht SUI (Laser Standard), Sébastien Schneiter/Lucien Cujean SUI (49er) or Kilian Wagen/Grégoire Siegwart (470 men). The wind forecast for today announces moderate conditions around 10 kn. This race was, by-the-way, the first regatta to be presented on the ISAF (then IYRU) Internet website in 1995, ... almost 20 years' ago !
The event website.
Sailing Switzerland – Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Wednesday, December 17, 2014   
After intensive training sessions during the past months, Patrick Girod SUI attended the Paris Salon Nautique to register for the Mini-Transat 2015. As 8th of the Mini Annual Ranking List, he already has the qualification miles required for a participation. All he has to do to be formally on the entry list is successfully sail one of the many solo regattas in 2015.
His 2015 regatta season starts in April at Lorient, continues during summer to be prepared for the start to the Mini-Transat on October 31.
The newsletter.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014   
bluboats in cooperation with the Sailingcenter Tegernsee organise for the sixth time a winter training clinic at Acquafresca on Lake Garda from March 26th to 29th, 2015. During 4 days, the participants will take part in an intensive training on the water followed with video critics and theories by Christian 'Blumi' Scherrer SUI and Stephan Eder GER. The details.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014   
The success of the German National Sailing League (Segel Bundesliga) has initiated a similar project in Switzerland. Two pilot events - Thoune in April and Kreuzlingen in October - will be organised with 12 Club teams, to examine whether such a League should be launched formally in 2016.
The event facebook page.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014   
Beginning next year, VM produces its sails with the latest cloth generation from Contender. All sails still on stock have therefore been put on sale with a 20% discount. Here the offer in detail.
Sailing Switzerland – Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014   
The ISAF Olympic Classes World Ranking Lists have been updated after the Melbourne Worldcup event last week. The 2014 year-end rankings did not change much, and only in the Finns, a new leader - Ivan Klijakovic-Gaspic CRO - replaced the previous first Caleb Paine USA, now second. The best-ranked Swiss remain Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI on the 12th place in the Nacra 17, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser are 14th in the 470 men, and Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI 19th in the 470 women.
All ranking lists and the ISAF report.
Sailing Switzerland – Monday, December 15, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014   (Image © CV Neuchatel)
The Swiss regatta season is not over yet ! The traditional Christmas Regatta of the CV Nechâtel on Lake Neuchâtel took place on last Saturday, and two races were sailed in a light breeze.
Winner in the Lasers Standard was Alexandre Haenni CVN ahead of Gilbert Chopard CVN and Jacques Perret CVN. Timon Kausche BT on rank 6 was the best Laser Radial sailor. Daria de Cerjat CVN on the 11th position was best of the Lasers 4.7. 16 Lasers in total participated in Neuchâtel.
The ranking list.
Sailing Switzerland – Saturday, December 13, 2014
Saturday, December 13, 2014   
Much wind around 25 kn yesterday for the first Medal Races of the Sail Melbourne Worldcup event. The Olympic skiffs, the RS:X windsurfers and the Nacra 17 concluded their competitions today. All other classes will sail the final races tomorrow Sunday.
Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen AUS, winning the Medal Race as well, demonstated their superiority in the 49er, leaving the second-ranked Australian development team Joel Turner/Lewis Brake AUS 23 points behind. Nico Delle-Karth/Nikolaus Resch AUT finished 3rd. Norway celebrated a one/two victoriy in the 49erFX with Ragna Agerup/Maia Agerup NOR and Helene Naess/Marie Rönnigen NOR. Tess Lloyd/Caitlin Elks AUS descended on rank 3. Juosas Bernotas LTU was first in the RS:X men, Stefania Elfutina RUS won in the RS:X women. The final rankings of the Nacra 17 have not yet been posted. The Lasers Standard completed the last two races of the Qualification Series today. Tom Burton AUS will start to the Medal Race tomorrow with a 15 points' lead on Matthew Wearn AUS. Wannes Van Laer BEL advanced on rank 3. Christoph Bottoni SUI missed the Medal Race clearly, finishing on rank 19 overall.
All ranking lists, the reports and the videos.
Saturday, December 13, 2014   
The Geneva sailmakers Europ'Sails have been the sail providers for the M34s used at the previous Tours de France already. They have succeeded to renew this contract and equip the new boats of the 2015 Tour, the Diam 24 trimarans, with mainsails and gennakers. The report.
This is quite a success, as the quality of the next Tour - number (31 teams) and the level of the early entries will be outstanding with skippers such as Franck Cammas FRA, Bernard Stamm SUI, Vincent Riou FRA or Damien Séguin FRA. The report.
Sailing Switzerland – Friday, December 12, 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014   (Image © Sport the library / Jeff Crow)
Today, the Qualification Series of the Melbourne Worldcup event will be concluded, and tomorrow Saturday, the Medal Races will be sailed. Racing is going on right now (6h UTC) and the Lasers Radial have finished their program: Alison Young GBR goes to the Medal Races with a 5 points' lead on Tatiana Droszdowskaya BLR. Line Flem-Host NOR, Ashley Stoddart AUS and Isabelle Bertold CAN will fight for Bronze tomorrow. The Lasers Standard have not yet started today. Tom Burton AUS leads one point ahead of Matthew Wearn AUS. As 19th, Christoph Bottoni SUI is too far away from the Medal Race qualification. Checkout the website for the Laser results by noon UTC at the latest. Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen AUS have a 16 points' lead in the 49ers and will hardly loose the first place in the races to come. The thrill remains for Silver and Bronze with Gilmour/Mara AUS, Delle-Karth/Resch AUT and Turner/Brake AUS separated by 2 points only. Even closer is the situation in the 49ersFX with a leader trio only one point apart: Lloyd/Elks AUS had to let Agerup/Agerup NOR join them on top and Naess/Röningen NOR are only one point behind. In the Nacra 17, the surprising Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS did win 8 of the 12 races so far leaving the multihull 'king' Darren Bundocjk with Nina Curtis AUS 7 points behind.
All other ranking lists and the reports.