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Wind- & Kitesurfing – Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Tuesday, March 31, 2015   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
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The general weather situation over Europe and especially the Mediterranean Sea had also its influence over the Baleares, and the opening day in Palma de Mallorca was difficult for the 800 participants at the Trofeo Princesa Sofia ! The northwesterly breeze streams across the Bay of Palma, distracted by the mountain chain on the west side, and winds from 0 to 30 kn with shifts of up to 180° were the consequence. Not all classes could therefore sail the planned program. Many races had to be abandoned, some were finished inspite of the irregular conditions.
The 470 women sailed two races, but only 10 teams finished the second heat before the wind died completely. Nevertheless, the top teams Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL, Olympic Champions, and Camille Lecointre/Hélène Defrance FRA, as well as Afroditi Kyranakou/Anneloes Van Veen NED are on the top three ranks.
The 470 men sailed only one race with Guilbaud/Guillarme FRA and Pirouelle/Sipan FRA winning in their groups. Molund/Östling SWE and Lindgren/Lindgren FIN finished 2nd each.
The favorites in the 49ers, Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL, controlled the fleet winning both races ahead of Heil/Plössel GER 2nd and tied on rank 3 Frei/Rocherieux FRA and Schmidt/Böhme GER.
Two wins also for Tamara Echegoyen/Berta Betanzos ESP in the 49ersFX, followed by Maiken Foght/Anne-Juli Foght DEN and Jena-Mai Hansen/Katja Salskov DEN.
At least on the first day, Jonathan Lobert FRA succeeded to remain ahead of the outstanding Giles Scott GBR in the Finns. On the positions 3 and 4 follow Tapio Nirkko FIN and Thomas Le Breton FRA.
Enrique Figueroa/Francesca Valdes PUR are on top of the Nacra 17 in front of Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA 2nd and Gemma Jones/Jason Saunders NZL 3rd.
On race only also in the RS:X windsurfers with Julien Bontemps FRA and Samuel Sills GBR winning in their RS:X male groups, while Mayaan Davidovich ISR and Zofia Noceti-Klepacka POL finihsed 1st in their RS:X female groups.
All ranking lists, the daily report and the videos.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Monday, March 30, 2015
Monday, March 30, 2015   
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Although the Trofeo Princesa Sofia is no longer part of the ISAF Worldcup, the record number of 800 athletes from 64 nations will be competing. The wind forecast for today announces a fresh westerly breeze, but for the rest of the week, the conditions will be sunny with rather light winds.
The US Sailing Team website, the official preview and the entry lists.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Sunday, March 29, 2015
Sunday, March 29, 2015   (Image © Michael Petrikov)
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No wind on the last day of the inaugural event of the Kite-Foil Gold Cup. After 10 races, the first three pilots were separated by one point only. Nicolas Parlier MON is first at equal points with Maxime Nocher FRA, while Johnny Heineken USA remains on 3rd one point back. 44 kiters from 17 nations participated.
Many new developments of the young kite-foil technology could be noticed at the first event of the Northern Hemisphere season. The Foil-Kiters reach now twice the wind speed in an 8 kn breeze already !
The results and the event facebook page.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Saturday, March 28, 2015
Saturday, March 28, 2015   
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Day 4 was the windiest day so far at this event, and some more final series races were completed at Ventana MEX. Maxime Nocher FRA, starting under Monaco flag, leads after 8 final races with a 3 points' lead on Johnny Heineken USA. Nicolas Parlier FRA descended on the 3rd position.
The results and the event facebook page.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Thursday, March 26, 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015   
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The 2015 Trofeo Princesa Sofia for Olympic and invited classes in Palma de Mallorca begins on next Monday. This event is no longer part of the ISAF World Cup calendar, but the results count for the new European Annual Championship and above all as qualification regatta for the Hyères World Cup event in April. Therefore, the participation at the Trofeo is still outstanding with all Olympic campaigners present, including the Swiss Sailing Team with the Olympic hopefuls.
Positive the comeback of Nathalie Brugger SUI as crew on the Nacra 17 of Matias Buehler SUI after her knee injury at the Miami World Cup Regatta. First tests were successful - see the team's facebook page. Already qualified for the Hyères World Cup are the two 470 teams: Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI in the 470 men are for the first time with the new coach Kevin Burnham USA. Also starting are the development teams Kilian Wagen/Grégoire Siegwart SUI and David Biedermann/Max Haenssler SUI. 2015 is the crucial season for the 470 women team Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI, racing for a Rio 2016 Olympics berth. After an intensive winter training, it remains to be seen, whether they have made progress in fresher winds. In light wind, the are already now at the level of the top teams. Maud Jayet SUI has resumed her Olympic campaign in the Laser Radial. With a good result in Palma, she endeavours to qualify for Hyères. The same is true for Guillaume Girod SUI bei the Lasers Standard. Also sailing in the large 180 boats Laser fleet are also Nils Theuninck SUI, Cyril Knecht SUI and Yannick Roempp SUI. Sébastien Schneiter/Lucien Cujean SUI continue with their 49er project after an intensive winter training. And last but not least, the light-wind RS:X windsurfer Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI is also competing for a Hyères World Cup qualification.
All entry lists.
Thursday, March 26, 2015   (Image © Michael Petrikov)
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Five heats were completed on day 2 of the first 2015 Act of the new Kite-Foil-Gold-Cup. The French drivers continue on the top positions with Nicolas Parlier FRA as the new leader 5 points ahead of Maxime Nocher FRA 2nd and Julien Kerneur FRA 3rd. Johnny Heineken USA is 4th. The ranking list.
The Foil-Boards have further developped during the past months, and with the wing attachments, the start to resemble the Foiler Moth, as the video of the first day demonstrates.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015   
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The first of four Acts of the Kite-Foil Gold Cup 2015 began yesterday at Ventana in Mexico. Julien Kerneur FRA is the first leader followed by Nicolas Parlier FRA and Maxime Nocher FRA and Johnny Heineken USA at equal points. 43 participants from 14 nations. The results and the event facebook page.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Wednesday, March 4, 2015   
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A report Tuesday in the newspaper O Globo comes just three days after top International Olympic Committee officials ended week-long meetings in Rio, saying they had been ''reassured'' that severely polluted Guanabara Bay would be suitable for Olympic sailing when the games open. O Globo said 10 rubbish collection boats were out of service because of a lack of funding from Rio's state government. It said that some barricades to keep household waste from reaching the bay also lacked funding.
The report.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Monday, March 2, 2015
Monday, March 2, 2015   (Image © Brad Davies)
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Light winds prevailed on the last day of Sail Auckland, and considering the time difference, most results have already been posted in our yesterday's news.
Andrew Maloney NZL won in the Lasers Standard ahead of Sam Meech NZL 2nd and Michael Bullot NZL 3rd, breaking the tie with Rutger Van Schaardenburg NED on 4th. Winner in the Lasers Radial was Scott Leith NZL ahead of Sara Winther NZL. On top of the Finns was Pieter-Jan Postma NED in front of Andrew Murdoch NZL. Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL were the outstanding winners in the 49ers. Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL had the upperhand on Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA in the match-race-type duel in the 3-boats' 49erFX fleet.
All other results, the reports and the videos.
Monday, March 2, 2015   
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The Andalusian Olympic Sailing Week ended yesterday in a light - max 7 kn - breeze, an event with so many North Europeans attending as never before.
Very representative were the two Laser fleets. Alessio Soadaro ITA ahead of Julio Alsogaray ARG and Viktor Teply CZE was the outcome in the Lasers Standard. Evi Van Aker BEL won in the Lasers Radial with Tuula Tenlkanen FIN and Victoria Kozelska CZE completing the podium. Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI was first in the RS:X male windsurfers with a 25 points advance on Juan Manuel Moreno ESP. The Spanish 470s, sailing the Spanish Championship, have Onan Barreiros/Juan Curbelo ESP on top of the 470 men and Marina Gallego/Fatima Reyes ESP as first in the 470 women. Jonathan Lobert FRA is first in the Finns ahead of Berecz Zsombor HUN and Thomas Le Breton FRA. The report with all race results.
Monday, March 2, 2015   
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A fish die-off in Guanabara Bay, the Olympic waters of Rio, ill-famed for its miserable water quality, happened last week. The reasons are not yet known and the Rio de Janeiro's state environmental agency started investigations.
The report. Read also a comment on the UK Sailing Team preparations.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Sunday, March 1, 2015
Sunday, March 1, 2015   (Image © Brad Davies)
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The first Sunday races have already been completed in Auckland, and the situation remains exciting in the Lasers Standard with the first five-ranked are separated by 5 points only. Andrew Maloney NZL leads 2 points ahead of Sam Meech NZL. No change in the Lasers Radial with Scott Leith NZL leading ahead of Sara Winter NZL. The duel of the best two 49ers-FX tends towards a superiority of Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL extending their lead with three race wins. Pieter-Jan Postma NED is on top of the Finns 2 points ahead of Andrew Murdoch NZL.
All other ranking lists with - in addition to the Olympic classes - the Paralympic classes and the Youth classes 420, 29er as well as the Kiteboarders. Here the videos and the reports.
Sunday, March 1, 2015   
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Only light winds prevailed on the 4th day of the Andalusian Olympic Sailing Week but nevertheless, two races by class were completed, except in the Laser Class.
Again a leader change happened in the Lasers Standard, where Viktor Teply CZE has taken the lead before the last races today. Alessio Spadoni ITA is 3 points behind, Julio Alsogaray ARG remains on the 3rd place. Evi Van Acker BEL extended her lead in the Radials women. Tuula Tenkanen FIN and Veronika Kozelska CZE remained on the ranks 2 and 3. Again a Swiss victory was to note in the RS:X male windsurfers, where Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI has now a 17 points' lead on Juan-Manuel Moreno ESP. Jonathan Lobert FRA remains on top of the Finns in front of Thomas Le Breton FRA new on rank 2.
The daily report with all results.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Saturday, February 28, 2015
Saturday, February 28, 2015   (Image © Brad Davies)
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A passing thunderstorm front ended the day early yesterday. The new leader in the Lasers Standard is Andrew Maloney NZL ahead of Sam Meech NZL and Nicolas Heiner NED at equal points. No change on top of the Radials where Scott Leith NZL is first ahead of Sara Winter NZL. Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA with a DNF on their results sheet remain 2nd behind Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL in the 49ersFX. The winning streak of the World Champions Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL in the 49ers continued yesterday. Leader in the Finns is Pieter-Jan Postma NED. All results and the reports.
No racing so far today because of lack of wind. The website currently informs on the lasts move.
Saturday, February 28, 2015   
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The Andalusian Olympic Week continued yesterday in sun and a 12 kn breeze, allowing to complete another 3 races by class. The new leader in the Lasers Standard is Marco Gallo ITA, 2 points ahead of Juan-Pablo Bisio ARG. Jesus Roguel-Sanchez ESP is new on rank 3. Evi Van Acker BEL is new on top of the Lasers Radial, in front of Tuula Tenkanen FIN and Veronika Koselzka CZE. Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI won two races in the RS:X male windsurfers on Friday and his advantage on the 2nd-ranked is now already 17 points. Olga Maslivets RUS moved on top of the RS:x female windsurfers. Jonathan Lobert FRA remains on top of the Finns. The daily report in Spanish with all other ranking lists.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Friday, February 27, 2015
Friday, February 27, 2015   
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The Andalusian Olympic Sailing Week (without Skiffs and Cats) began on Thursday with a representative international participation, among others the almost complete Sailing Team Germany.
Matteo Sanz-Lanz SUI is on rank 1 in the RS:X windsurfers after five races. In the Lasers Standard, Alessio Spadoni ITA is on top ahead of Juan-Pablo Bisio ARG and Julio Alsogaray ARG. In the Laser Radials, Tuula Tenkanen FIN is on position 1 in front of Evi Van Acker BEL. The Finn leader is Jonathan Lobert FRA, and in the 470s, Barreiros/Curbelo ESP are on position 1 in the men, while Kiryliuk/Dimitreieva UKR are first in the women.
The report with all results. In addition to the Olympic classes, Youth fleets are present in the 420s, Lasers 4.7, Lasers Radial men and RS:X.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Wednesday, February 11, 2015   
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The 2015 WISSA World Ice and Snow Sailing Championship will be held on the Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA. from February 9 to February 14, 2015. The classes are 1) Sleds (with handdheld sails, i.e. standard windsurfing rigs, in the three disciplines Course Race, Short Track Slalom and Speed), 2) Kites (with skis and Kites with snowboards, in the three disciplines Course Race, Freestyle and Speed), and Wings (Kitewings and Skate sails in the three disciplines Course Race, Short Track Slalom and Speed).
Most of the 65 participants are from the USA and Canada. The Europeans are mostly from the Scandinavian and Baltic nations. The presentation video and the event website.
 
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