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Wind- & Kitesurfing – Saturday, February 6, 2016
Saturday, February 6, 2016   
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The breakers of Nazare in Portugal are popular with the wave surfers and notorious for the highest surf's up. Three days ago, the Australian windsurfing veteran Jason Polakov dared to attack the 20 meter waves. Here the videos.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Wednesday, February 3, 2016   (Image © Pedro Martinez)
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The updated Olympic Classes World Sailing Ranking Lists have just been published. A new calculation system is in force, including the last two World Champions with full ranking points. The top positions changed only in two classes: the 49er high-fliers Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL - with a reduced activity due to their engagement in the Team NZL America's Cup challenge - are now finally on the well deserved rank 1. A jump from rank 11 on rank 1 was the consequence for Aichen Wang CHN in the RS:X men windsurfers.
All rankings and the World Sailing report.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Tuesday, February 2, 2016   (Image © AFP)
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First the alerting news about the heavily polluted water, and now another threat.
World Sailing stated last autumn, that racing in the Guanabara Bay in Rio will depend on successful cleaning actions with satisfactory results concerning the water quality. Yesterday, the Notice of Race was published without any clause regarding this important subject. The report with the detailed Notice of Race.
Also yesterday, the World Health Organisation Geneva declared, that the Zika virus is a global emergency, and Brazil urged pregnant women to avoid the Olympics. The virus transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which also spreads dengue fever, and which is found everywhere in the Americas except Canada and Chile is not fatal. But there is currently no specific treatment for the virus, which causes flu-like symptoms and a rash.
Then comes the real questions, should the Games actually be held in Rio or should there be an emergency relocation? An article in SailWorld.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Sunday, January 31, 2016
Sunday, January 31, 2016   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
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The Miami Worldcup, second event of the World Sailing 2016 Worldcup Series, was concluded yesterday with the Medal Races, sailed in a light wind.
Stuart McNay/David Hughes USA, winning this last race, earned the Gold Medal in the 470 men. Mantis/Kagialis GRE and Barreiros/Curbelo ESP follow on the ranks 2 and 3. A surprise were the final results in the 470 women, where Sasha Chen/Haiyan Gao CHN, 3rd in the Medal Race, finished on top overall, as the leading duo Vadlau/Ogar AUT and Oliveira/Barbachan BRA sailed each other down the fleet on the ranks 8 and 10, and with this on 2 and 3 in the final rankings.
Botin/Lopez ESP finished on top of the 49ers ahead of Lima/Costa POR and Sylvan/Anjemark SWE. Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL had their first position in the 49erFX already before the Medal Race, and Jena Mai-Hansen/Katja Salskov DEN and Lisa Ericson/Hanna Klinga SWE completed the podium.
Jorge Zarif BRA defended his first place in the Finns in the Medal Race. Jonas Hoegh-Christensen DEN finished 2nd, Arkadij Kistanov RUS Medal Race winner, advanced on rank 3. Bad luck for the leading duo in the Nacra 17 as Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS had were relegated to the end of the fleet after a boat contact during the start, while Matia Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI touched the first upwind mark and lost the contact with the best. Mandy Mulder/Coen De Koning NED finished finally surprisingly on top, at equal points with the Australians. Bühler/Brugger SUI took the Bronze Medal.
No change among the best RS:X windsurfers. The Olympic Champion Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED ahed of Nick Dempsey GBR and Aichen Wang CHN was the final podium. In the RS:X windsurfers, it was Bryony Shaw GBR who stayed on top ahead of Lilian de Geus NED and Peina Chen CHN.
All ranking lists and the daily news.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Saturday, January 30, 2016
Saturday, January 30, 2016   
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The last fleet races were sailed in difficult lightwind conditions yesterday, and today as from 16 h UTC, the crucial Medal Races will be on the program, transmitted livestream on the www.sailing-news.ch website.
The winners in the 49ersFX are known prematurely, as the leading lexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL have a 30 points' advance on Lisa Ericson/Hanna Klinga SWE. Only one point behind are Jena Mai-Hansen/Katja Salskov DEN fighting for Silver with the Swedes. The situation in the 49ers seems also pretty clear as Diego Botin/Iago Lopez ESP are 12 points ahead of Jorge Lima/Jose Costa POR, and another 12 points back are John Pink/Stuart Bithell GBR. Sylvan/Anjemark SWE not far behind on 4th could intervene for the Bronze Medal.
Fully open is the situation in the 470 men where the frist three teams are closely together, and whoever is ahead of the others in the Medal Race, will be ahead overall. For the moment, Barreiros/Curbelo ESP is 1 point in front of McNay/Hughes USA, who are 1 point ahead of Mantis/Kagialis GRE. The rest of the fleet led by Schmid/Reichstädter AUT on 4th are out of reach of the podium. A clearer pole position in the 470 women for Lara Vadlau/Jolanta Ogar AUT 4 points ahead of Fernanda Oliveira/Ana-Luiza Barbachan BRA. Sillver and Bronze however will be disputed with Sasha Chen/Haiyan Gao CHN only one point back.
The lead in the Finns has changed again with Jorge Zarif BRA now on first, but Jonas Hoegh-Christensen DEN is only 2 points back, and even Caleb Paine USA 6 points behind has still a chance overall. In the Nacras 17 are Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS on top with Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI new on rank 2 6 points back. Mandy Mulder/Coen de Koning NED 6 points behind have also a say when it comes to distrbute the Medals.
15 points is the lead of Dorian Van Rijsselberghe NED in the RS:X men windsurfers and also Byrony SHaw GBR 11 points ahead in the RS:X women windsurfers looks like a safe winner.
All ranking lists and the daily news.
Saturday, January 30, 2016   
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The Sailing World Cup Miami acted as a Rio Olympic qualifier for additional berths in all ten of the Olympic events reserved for the 22 North and South America sailing nations. After the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships and the 2015 Class World Championships, Sailing World Cup Miami was the last chance for these sailors to qualify.

The following nations have qualified in the following classes:
470 Men: North - Canada, South - Chile
470 Women: North - Canada, South - Chile
49er: North - USA, South - Chile
49erFX: North - USA, South - Chile
Nacra 17: North - Canada, South - Uruguay
Laser: North - Mexico, South - Venezuela
Laser Radial: North - Bermuda, South - Peru
Finn: North - Canada, South - Argentina
RS:X Men: North - Canada and USA, South - Venezuela and Colombia
RS:X Women: North - Canada, South - Argentina

All ranking lists and the daily news.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Friday, January 29, 2016
Friday, January 29, 2016   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
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During rain delayed racing yesterday until late in the afternoon, when some more races could be started in a breeze filling in to 17 kn during the competition.
No change on top of the 470 men with Barreiros/Curbelo ESP, leading 3 points ahead of McNay/Hughes USA. Lara Vadlau/Jolanta Ogar AUT won a race and moved on top at equal points with Fernanda Oliveira/Ana-Luiza Barbachan BRA in the 470 women.
Botin/Lopez ESP remain on rank 1 in the 49ers with Lima/Costa POR and Pink/Bithell GBR on the ranks 2 and 3. The interests in the last Qualification Series heats today will be at the cut for tomorrow's Medal Race, as Outteridge/Jensen AUS on rank 8 are only 3 points ahead of Delle-Karth/Resch AUT on 13th. No change on top of the 49ersFX: Maloney/Meech NZL are first ahead of Jansen/Salskov DEN and Agerup/Agerup NOR.
Olympic medalists have taken the initiative in the Finns with Jonas Hoegh-Christensen DEN leading ahead of Zach Railey USA. Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS regained the lead in the Nacras 17 with Mandy Mulder/Coen de Koning NED on rank 2 now 7 points back.
Dorian Van Rijsselberghe NED extended his lead in the RS:X men windsurfers, contrary to his compatriot Lilian de Geus NED in the RS:X women windsurfers who had to let Byrony Shaw GBR join her on rank 1.
All ranking lists and the daily news.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Thursday, January 28, 2016
Thursday, January 28, 2016   (Image © Christine Dasilva)
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A steady 8-10 kn breeze prevailed yesterday, a relief after the two difficult light-wind days, and the lost races could be caught up in most classes.
New leaders in the 470 men are Barreiros/Curbelo ESP, winning two races, 2 points ahead of McNay Hughes USA. Panagiotis/Mantis GRE and Schmid/Reichstädter AUT at equal points are on 3rd. Fernanda Oliveira/Ana-Luiza Barbachan BRA defended the first place in the 470 women, but Lara Vadlau/Jolanta Ogar AUT reduced the backlog on 3 points.
Botin/Lopez ESP are the new leaders in the 49ers, as the previous first Delle-Karth/Resch AUT produced two premature starts yesterday and descended on rank 9. As best of the day, Sylvan/Anjemark SWE are new on rank 2. Change on top of the 49ersFX as well, where Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL are now on rank 1 with a 10 points' lead on Jena-Mai Hansen/Katja Salskov DEN. Ragna and Maia Agerup NOR are 3rd.
Caleb Paine USA took the lead in the Finns, but Lei Gong CHN and Jack Lilley AUS follow closely on the ranks 2 and 3, 1 and 2 points back. In the Nacras 17, Mandy Mulder/Coen de Koning NED came back on rank 1, relegating Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS on 2nd. New on rank 3 is the double Moth World Champion Bora Gulari USA with Louisa Chafee as crew.
The Olympic Champion Dorian Van Rijsselberghe NED took the lead in the RS:X men windsurfers ahead of Pawel Tarnowski POL and Nick Dempsey GBR. Lilian De Geus NED defended her lead in the RS:X women windsurfers.
All ranking lists and the daily news.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Wednesday, January 27, 2016   (Image © Pedro Martinez)
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Light winds on day 2 of the Miami Worldcup as well, and only the Lasers and 49ers completed the full program.
Stuart McNay/David Hughes USA have taken the lead in the 470 men with two bullets. Barreiros/Curbelo ESP and Schmid/Reichstädter AUT follow on 2nd and 3rd. In the 470 women, the first-ranked Fernanda Oliveira/Ana-Luisa Barbachan BRA extended their lead with the ranks 1 and 2. New on the 2nd place are Lara Vadlau/Jolanta Ogar AUT.
Austrian is the lead also in the 49ers with Nico Delle-Karth/Nikolaus Resch AUT. Peters/Sterritt GBR and Lima/Costa POR are the first persuers. Ragna and Maia Ragerup NOR defended their lead in the 49ersFX, ahead of Maloney/Meech NZL and Grael/Kunze BRA.
The Finns remained without valid result. Winner of the only heat sailed so far was Jonas Hoegh-Christensen DEN. With a solid row of top results and considering the discard result, Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS have taken the top place in the Nacra 17. Mandy Mulder/Coen de Koning NED and Santiago Lange/Cecilia Carranza ARG follow on the ranks 2 and 3.
While the RS:X women windsurfers stayed without valid race yesterday - the only race so far was won by Lillian de Geus NED -, the RS:X men windsurfers finished at least one heat, and again, it was Chunzhuang Liu CHN on first. Dorian Van Rijsselberghe NED and Aichen Wang CHN remained on the ranks 2 and 3.
Today, an announced thunderstorm front will most probably provoke quite different conditions. All ranking lists and the daily news. Racing can be followed again this afternoon over GPS-Tracking.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Tuesday, January 26, 2016   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
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Light winds and long waiting ashore and afloat yesterday on the first day of the Miami Worldcup event, but finally 1 to 2 races per class were completed in favorable conditions for the light-wind specialists.
The only race of the 470 men was won by the African Champions Jim Asenathi/Roger Hudson RSA ahead of Andres and Franciso Ducasse CHI. Winners in the 470 women were Fernanda Oliveira/Ana-Luisa Barbachan BRA in front of Tsuf Zamet/Stav Brokman ISR.
The 49ers completed two races and Jorge Lima/Jose Costa POR are first ahead of Nico Delle-Karth/Nikolaus Resch AUT. Leaders in the 49ersFX are Ragna and Maia Agerup NOR ahead of Jena-Mai Hansen/Katja Salskov DEN.
The only race of the Finns went in favor of Jonas Hoegh-Christensen DEN ahead of Lei Gong CHN. Two races were sailed by the Nacras 17 and Mandy Mulder/Coen de Koning NED are in command in front of Santiago Lange/Cecilia Carranza ARG.
The only race in the RS:X men windsurfers ended with a Chinese 1 and 2 with Chunzhuang Liu CHN and Aichen Wang CHN. Dorian Van Rijsselberghe NED follows on 3rd. First in the only RS:X women windsurfers race was lilian De Geus NED followed by Patricia Freitas BRA and Bryony Shaw GBR.
All ranking lists, the daily news and the event website.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Monday, January 25, 2016
Monday, January 25, 2016   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
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The second of five 2016 Worldcup events will begin today on Biscayne Bay in a moderate East wind around 10 kn. The first starts are scheduled for 15 hrs UTC, and the races can be followed on a 'Status Screen' and live by GPS tracking in various formats. As we reported, a few Olympic 2016 nations' berths are at stake for North- and South-American federations, while a number of nations do their selection trials at this event.
The daily report.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Sunday, January 24, 2016
Sunday, January 24, 2016   
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Tomorrow begins the second event of the 2016 Olympic Classes Worldcup in Miami with 780 participants from 64 nations. In addition to the Worldcup points, Olympic nations' berths for North- and Southamerican sailing federations will be allotted.
The official preview.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Friday, January 22, 2016
Friday, January 22, 2016   (Image © Richard Langdon)
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As 'World Sailing' (the former ISAF), responsible for the sport of sailing at Olympics on behalf of the IOC, failed to force the Rio Games Organisation Authorities to look for satisfactory actions to improve the disastrous water quality in Guanabara Bay, some athletes become active themselves. Dorian van Rijsselberghe, the defending Olympic Windsurfing Champion for Rio 2016 complained in his X-Mas 2015 blog about the very poor quality of the water in Guanabara Bay. As an ambassador of the Blog]Plastic Soup Foundation[/URL] , Dorian is pleased to announce that this foundation, in cooperation with WWF Brazil, are now doing something about it on the occasion of the forthcoming Miami Worldcup event. A glimmer of hope ......
The report.
 
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