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Wind- & Kitesurfing – Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Wednesday, October 1, 2014   (Image © Alfred Farre)
In a tight final last Sunday, the winners of the 2014 Raceboard World Championship after 14 races were Ivan Pastor ESP in the men's category and Vita Matise LAT in the women's. Silver and Bronze with the men went to Maksimilan Woicjek POL and Nicolas Huguet FRA. 104 participants from 17 nations were present. Second with the women behind Matise was another Latvian, Ilona Grinberga LAT. Joanna Sterling AUS took Bronze. The report.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The mostly rough North Sea keeps on being soft. As 10 days ago at the Danish Klitmöller Wave World Cup, where only one day was with sufficient wind and waves, the Super Grand Slam on Sylt GER began very dull. Yesterday was the third day in a row without wind.
The PWA website again with some interviews.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Tuesday, September 30, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The North Sea Coast remained again without wind and the PWA Grand Slam on Sylt stalled for another day. The PWA website used the waiting time for an interview with the winner of the first Slalom Elimination Arnon Dagan ISR.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Monday, September 29, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The wind disappeared after the first Eliminations of the Slalom- and Freestyle-specialists and the competition was over early on the summery warm Sylt island and the many spectators enjoyed the sun. The Super Grand Slam of Sylt lasts during the whole week, but for today, the wind forecast is not any better.
The PWA website and the video trailer.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Sunday, September 28, 2014
Sunday, September 28, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The Freestylers opened the day early in the morning but the breeze quickly vanished and the Qualifiers had to be postponed. The Slalom drivers however found a light wind to start their competition but together with the breakers off Sylt, the conditions were very challenging. Aron Dagan ISR won ahead of Julien Quentel FRA. The World Champion Antoine Albeau FRA was forced to abandon after a collision during the Qualifiers.
All details on the PWA website.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Saturday, September 27, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The Sylt Super Grand Slam, the 9-days Finale of the PWA Worldcup Season, began yesterday in not too ideal conditions with a breeze from the shore. The Qualification races of the Slalom specialists and the Eliminations of the Wave riders were on the program, and this without any surprises. For today, a 14-20 kn breeze has been announced.
The report on the PWA website.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014   
A number of changes occurred in the ISAF World Ranking List after the ISAF Worlds of Santander. The Finn World Champion Giles Scott GBR is now ISAF number one, and also the Vice World Champions Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL are back on top of the annual classification of the 470 women. Robert Scheidt BRA is for the first time after 9 years the Laser Standard number one.
All rankings and the ISAF report.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Monday, September 22, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
After five days' waiting due to lack of wind and waves, the wonder happened yesterday, the last day of the Worldcup event at the Danish West Coast, to run an Elimination. In the twilight after a long day on the water, Thomas Traversa FRA and the Worldcup leader Victor Fernandez ESP met for the Final. The Frenchman won for the second time at Klitmöller with a flawless performance. The report and all details as always on the PWA website.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Sunday, September 21, 2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
Six days without wind and waves at wind-safe Klitmöller DEN must be a record, and kept the Wave specialists waiting. To entertain the spectators, a tow session was organised with Jose Campello VEN as winner.
The report on the PWA website.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Saturday, September 20, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014   
The RS:X windsurfers were the second class to terminate their World Championship yesterday in a 15 kn breeze.
Charline Picon FRA was the premature RS:X female World Champion already before the Medal Race, but nevertheless, she added another race win extending her points' lead on the second-ranked to gigantic 40 points. Marina Alabau ESP and Mayaan Davidovich ISR fighted closely for Silver with the Spanish ahead at the end of the race. Davidovich ISR had to content herself with Bronze.
Julien Bontemps FRA starting as clear leader to the RS:X male Medal Race finished 2nd and won the Champion's title 21 points ahead of Przemyslav Miarczynski POL. Winning the Medal Race, Thomas Goyard FRA replaced the tied Piotr Myszka POL on the podium and took Bronze.
Alle ranking lists, the report and the video of the day.
Saturday, September 20, 2014   (Image © PWA John Carter)
Waiting for wind at Klitmöller DEN on day 5 as well, and the forecast for today is not very promising either. The PWA website contains more interviews with Windsurf Professionals.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Friday, September 19, 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014   (Image © Thom Touw)
Yesterday, the first titles were awarded at the ISAF World Championship in Santander in a fresh, but very gusty and shifty breeze frorm the shore. The Netherlands won both Laser titles, France with Charline Picon has premature Gold in the RS:X windsurfers.
Marit Bouwmester NED started the Laser Radial Medal Race with a 10 points' lead, and kept this position with a 3rd rank in the last race. The rookie Josefin Olsson SWE clearly defended the second place. Evi Van Acker BEK took Bronze as at the Olympics. Tuula Tenkanen FIN and Veronika Kozelska-Fenclova CZE follow on the 4th and 5th place just one point behind Bronze.
The Silverfleet did not compete. After only 4 races sailed during 7 days (!), the winner is Maud Jayet SUI, corresponding to rank 61 overall in the 119 boats' fleet.
In a Medal Race full of suspense, Nicholas Heiner NED was first and succeeded to move on top of the Lasers Standard, as the leading Tom Burton AUS downsailed his direct opponent ending on the final ranks 7 and 8 allowing the Dutchman to overtake the duo and win the World Championship. Philipp Buhl GER is 4th 4 points behind rank 3. The defending Champion Robert Scheidt BRA is on the disappointing 5th place. The report of the Laser class, all ranking lists and the video of the Laser-Medal-Races.
The superior Charline Picon FRA took the Worlds title already before the Medal Race of the RS:X female windsurfers. With a row of top-5 results and a 9th place as discard result, she has a 28 points lead and cannot be overtaken by the 2nd-ranked Mayaan Davidovich ISR or the 3rd Marina Alabau ESP two points behind Silver. All ranking lists and the official report.
Friday, September 19, 2014   (Image © Barbara Sanchez)
The 20 kn breeze from the shore, however gusty and shifty, allowed to compensate the delays in the program somewhat. The Lasers sailed their Medal Races, the RS:X windsurfers terminated the Final Series and are ready for the Medal Races today, and the 49ersFX, the Nacra 17 and the Finns concluded the Qualification Series and are ready for the Final Series in Gold- and Silverfleets.
The 470 men finished the Qualifications in the morning already and began the Final Series in the afternoon. With two race wins, the Olympic Champions and defending World Champions Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS took the lead 3 points ahead of Fantela/Marenic CRO auf Rang 2. Mantis Kagialis GRE are 3rd.
As best of the day, the Olympic Champions Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL moved on top of the 470 women. Lara Vadlau/Yolanta Ogar AUT follow on rank 2, and Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA are new on rank 3. Today, two more Final races are on the program to select the 10 best for the Medal Race of Saturday. The report of the 470 class.
Today, the RS:X windsurfers will sail their Medal Races. Charline Picon FRA already has the World Champion's title in the female category with a 28 points' lead, while Mayaan Davidovich ISR and Marina Alabau ESP will fight for the Silver Medal. Minor medal chances remain also with Bryony Shaw GBR and Jiahui Wu CHN with a 10 respectively 12 points deficit on the 3rd place.
French is the lead and most probably also the title in the RS:X male windsurfers ! Julien Bontemps FRA starts to the Medal Race with a 14 points lead on Piotr Myszka POL who, with Przemyslav Miarczynski POL 3 points back, will fight for the Silver Medal. Byron Kokkalanis GRE as 4th is already 11 points behind rank 3. With 4 participants in the Medal Race, the French dominance in windsurfing is massive.
With the day ranks 1 and 2 in their Nacra 17 group, the defending World Champions Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA demonstrated their superiority at the end of the Qualification Series. The top team of the second group are Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI, adding another race win yesterday. The second top result was spoiled because of a capsize. As 2nd-ranked, the Swiss are 7 points behind the leaders. Pippa Wilson/John Gimson GBR are 3rd.
A class of his own was Giles Scott GBR in the Finns, even though he suffered the first defeat after 5 race wins in a row. Ivan Klijakovic CRO won the last race and advanced on the 3rd place behind Jonathan Lobert FRA. The report of the Finn class.
As always in windier conditions, skiff sailing ends up as a capsize festival, with the experienced teams surviving. Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL lead in the 49ers with a 29 points' advantage on Delle-Karth/Resch AUT. The Olympic Champions Outteridge/Jensen AUS moved up on rank 3.
The routiniers are also in front of the 49ersFX. Ida-Marie Baad-Nielsen/Marie Thusgaard DEN won both races yesterday and are now 3 points in front of Charlotte Dobson/Sophie Ainsworth GBR. Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA are 3rd.
All ranking lists and the official report.
Friday, September 19, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The Wave-Worldcup participants had nothing but stand-up paddling on their program, as there was again no wind on a sunny late-summer Thursday at Klitmöller, Danish West Coast. The report on the PWA website.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Thursday, September 18, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Thom Touw)
The day saw conditions range from up to 30 kn in the morning to dead-calm later in the afternoon, and not all planned race could be sailed.
The two Laser Classes concluded their Final Series and start to the Medal Races today. As the standings are, Robert Scheidt BRA will not earn his 10th Worlds title in the Lasers Standard as he has as 6th a 19 points' backlog on the leading Tom Burton AUS. The Australian will have to battle with Nick Thompson GBR only 2 points behind. Whoever is ahead in the last race will take the title. Even Nicolas Heiner NED on 3rd 6 points behind and Philipp Buhl GER on 4th 10 points back have chances for the title, if the battle for Gold ends with an endless down-sailing.
Good chance for Gold however has Marit Bouwmester NED in the Lasers Radial. Her advantage on the persuing tied duo Veronika Koselzka-Fenclova CZE and Josefine Olsson SWE is 10 points. Evi Van Acker BEL, 3 points farther behind and even Tuula Tenkanen FIN on 5th have chances for a Medal. The Silverfleet, lead by Maud Jayet SUI (rank 61 overall) did not sail.
The 470 men sailed only one race and continue with the Qualification Series today. However, the rankings are for the first time relevant with the positions after 3 races. Stuart McNay/David Hughes USA are 3 points ahead of Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO. Mantis/Kagialis GRE and Charbonnier/Nebout FRA follow at equal points on the ranks 3 and 4. With a deficit of 8,5 points, the defending champions Belcher/Ryan AUS are on position 11. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI on rank 50 have a 50 points backlog on the Goldfleet cut at 37 boats. Philipp Erni/Stephan Zurfluh SUI 12 points behind the cut are now 55th. Today, three races are on the program.
The 470 women sailed their first Final race, and Lara Vadlau/Jolanta Ogar AUT took the overall lead winning this heat. Camille Lecointre/Hélène Defrance FRA follow 7 points behind. Mills/Clark GBR and Broekhuizen/Jongens NED are on the ranks 3 and 4 at equal points. Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI lost some ranks and are now 18th.
The Finns concluded the Qualification Series with 4 races. Ed Wright GBR won all heats of his group and is the clear overall leader ahead of Jonathan Lobert FRA. Ed Wright GBR and Anders Pedersen NOR follow at equal points on the positions 3 and 4.
The Nacra 17 did not compete. Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA are first on the published rankings with 2 race wins, but the other group only sailed one race won by Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI.
The 49ers concluded their Qualification Series after only 5 races yesterday. Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL lead 10 points ahead of Warrer/Thomsen DEN. Delle-Karth/Resch AUT follow behind 0.3 points back. The Olympic Champions Outteridge/Jensen AUS on rank 8 have a 20 points backlog. Sebastien Schneiter/Lucien Cujean SUI on position 55 and Victor Casas/Bryan Mettraux SUI as 74th continue the Championship in the Silverfleet.
The 49erFX completed only three races, and three teams share the lead: Charlotte Dobson/Sophie Ainsworth GBR, Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA and Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgard DEN all with the rank 1 and 2 in their groups. Today, the Qualification Series shall be concluded with 2-3 more races. Fiona Testuz/Livia Naef SUI on 22nd are with the 25 Goldfleet qualifiers for the moment, but their advance on the immediate oponents up to rank 30 is only 2 points.
Winning two heats, Julien Bontemps FRA is on top of the RS:X male windsurfers, followed by Piotr Myszka POL and Przemislav Miarczynski POL on the positions 2 and 3. Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI is now 24th and 17th nation. 18 nations will qualify for Rio 2016.
Charline Picon FRA domintes the RS:X female windsurfers with a 20 points' lead on Zofia Noceti-Klepacka POL. On the 3rd and 4th place are at equal points Eugenie Ricard FRA and Mayaan Davidovich ISR.
All ranking lists, the daily report and the video of the day.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Roger McMillan)
The ISAF Worlds in Santander, where the first Olympic berths are at stake, has been running for six day. Because of difficult weather conditions but above all because of a disastrous race management, the program is in massive delays. Critics come from many sides, especially also from major sailing nations. Races had to be cancelled because buoys were not set, boats were kept ashore when conditions were perfect and sent afloat when the breeze died. The fairness of races disappears when split fleet are sailing their qualification on different days. Protest are flooding in from different teams, and the Jury had to correct a number of decisions. The competition is also difficult to cover media-wise with the sometimes chaotic situations. The pinnacle of sailing of the International Sailing Federation turned into a sports and media desaster.
A report from Australia.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
Still no wind and small waves in Klitmöller on the Danish west coast, the Wave Worldcup had to be delayed again. A short report and some interviews on the PWA website.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Admittedly, the Santander area was blessed with a fresher breeze of up to 18 kn, but the South-Easterly wind from the shore was extremely shifty, and again, only a reduced program has been completed.
The RS:X male windsurfer completed their program with the Gold- and Silverfleet Qualifications. 23 nations are represented among the 41 drivers in the Goldfleet. 18 Rio Olympic berths will be allotted at the end of the Championship. Piotr Myszka POL is on the first place ahead of Pierre Le Coq FRA and Nick Dempsey GBR.
The RS:X female windsurfers had a lay day. Charline Piccon FRA is the clear leader ahead of Bryony Shaw GBR and Patricia Freitas BRA. 18 nations in the Goldfleet fight for one of the 15 Olympic berths.
The 470 women completed their Qualification Series as well. Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark GBR lead 2 points in front of Lara Vadlau/Jolanta Ogar AUT. On rank 3 at equal points follow Michelle Broekhuizen/Marieke Jongens NED and Lemaitre/Retornaz FRA down on rank 4 after a disqualification. The best 10 nations in the Goldfleet will qualify for an Olympic nations slot.
The Qualification Series in the 470 men is not yet terminated and will continue today on the reserve day. Up to now, one half of the fleet has sailed 3, the other half 2 races, and the ranking list ist therefore not very transparent. Charbonnier/Nebout FRA are mentioned as 1st, but McNay/Hughes USA with two race wins so far are clearly ahead.
Different is the number of races also in the 49ers. Burling/Tuke NZL are stated as leaders ahead of Lima/Costa POR. The second group follows in the rankings with position 41.
Uneven is also the number of races in the 49erFX, where Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgaard DEN are first after 3 completed heats. The second half of the fleet has sailed only 2 races.
The Finns completed one race per group. Oliver Twedell AUS and Giles Scott GBR were the race winners.
With two race wins in their group, Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA are on top of the Nacra 17 rankings. The second group sailed only one race, won by the Swiss team Mattias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI.
The Lasers continue the Championship in a Gold-, Silver- and Bronzefleet, but only the Goldfleet sailed yesterday and completed two races, with Philipp Buhl GER as double winner in the Lasers Standard, advancing on rank 5 overall. Tom Burton AUS is the leader ahead of Nicolas Heiner NED and Nick Thompson GBR. No races for the Silver- and Bronzefleets.
New on top of the Lasers Radial is Marit Bouwmester NED thanks of a race win, followed by Veronika Koselska-Fenclova CZE. Josefine Olsson SWE on rank 3 is already 14 points back.
The daily report and all ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
Unfavorable wind and wave conditions prevented the competition at the Danish West Coast yesterday. The highlight of the day was the recovery of the fishing boat stranded in the middle of the race area. For the first time, the competition can be followed live on the Internet. The report of the day as always on the PWA-website.