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Wind- & Kitesurfing

Wind- & Kitesurfing – Saturday, August 23, 2014
Saturday, August 23, 2014   (Image © ISAF)
No breeze on Lake Jinniu near Nanjing yesterday and the the Medals at the Youth Sailing Olympics have to be decided in the last race of today, provided their will be enough wind. If not, there is still a spare day on Sunday.
After seven races sailed, Bernie Chin SIN leads in the Byte Boys 4 points ahead of Pedro-Luis Macondes BRA and another 3 points on Rodolfo Pires POR on rank 3. Also 4 points is the lead of Odile Van Aanholt NED in the Byte Girls, where only Samantha Jing Yi SIN still has a chance to replace her on top. Carolina Albano ITA is already 23 points back.
In the Techno Boys windsurfers, Maxim Tokarev RUS has only one point on Francisco Saubiodet ARG, but also Lars Van Someren NED on 3rd with a 3 points' backlog is still in the race for Gold. Leader in the Techno Girls windsurfers is Linli Wu CHN ahead of Mariam Sekhposyan RUS and Lucie Pianazza FRA folgen at equal points on rank 2.
All results and the report of the day.
Saturday, August 23, 2014   (Image © DR / EUROSAF)
The wind was for the first time somewhat lighter - around 10 kn - at the EUROSAF Youth Sailing Championships in Poland. Leaders before the last races today are Daniel Blight/Rowan Edwards GBR in the 29ers, Laura Izzo/Maria Ianzillo ITA and Ewa Romaniuk/Katarzyna Goralska POL at equal points in the 420 girls as well as Matteo Pinchrle/Ludovico Basharzad ITA and James Clemetson/Daniel Whiteley GBR tied with 28 points each in the 420 Boys, just one point ahead of Mattia Panigoni/Riccardo Mirra ITA. Hannah Andersohn GER leads in the Radial Girls and Sebastian Kalafarski POL is the best Radial Boy. Emma Wilson GBR an Radoslav Furmanski POL are on top in the windsurfsr.
All ranking lists and tne report of the day.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Friday, August 22, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014   (Image © Onur Cam)
The Qualification Series at the Kiteboarding Course Race Worlds in Southern Turkey mostly sailed in light winds was concluded yesterday. The leaders so far, Florian Gruber GER and Ricardo Lecchese ITA, terminated the heats partly with mid-fleet ranks, leaving rank 1 to Oliver Bridge GBR 5 points ahead of Maxime Nocher FRA. No change in the women's fleet, where Steph Bridge GBR leads ahead of Erika Heineken USA. See the video summery covering the first three days of the event. The event website.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Thursday, August 21, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014   (Image © Onur Cam)
The Kiteboarding Course Race Worlds continued yesterday with 4 races sailed in a somewhat lighter breeze as on day one. The Bridge-Family ruled the show with Steph Bridge GBR keeping her first place in the women's ahead in the of the defending champion Erika Heineken USA by a small margin, and her son Olver Bridge GBR, age 17, taking the lead in front of defending champion Florian Gruber GER at equal points. Ricardo Leccchese ITA remained on rank 3.
All ranking lists and the daily report.
Thursday, August 21, 2014   (Image © ISAF)
On the 'windiest' day so far, roughly 8 kn, all fleets sailed three races on Lake Jinniu near Nanjing CHN. Considering the discard result, some changes happened in the overall rankings.
Bernie Chin SIN replaced Pedro-Luis Marcondes BRA on top of the Byte Boys. Rodolfo Pires POR follows on rank 3.
Odile Van Aanholt NED defended her first place in the Byte Girls, but Samantha YingJi SIN reduced her backlog. New on rank 3 follows Carolina Albano ITA.
The new leader in the Techno Boys' windsurfers is Maxim Tokarev RUS, just one point ahead of Francisco Saubidet ARG. Lars van Someren NED remains 3rd.
Linli Wu CHN took the lead in the Techno Girls' windsurfers much applauded by the - as on the previous days - many spectators. Mariam Sekhposyan RUS and Lucie Pianizza FRA are at equal points on the ranks 2 and 3.
All ranking lists and the report of the day.
According to the program, today should be the lay day, but considering the postponements on the previous days, racing goes on .. again in very light winds as predicted. The news.
Thursday, August 21, 2014   (Image © Marek Wilku Wilczeck)
And another Youth Championship ......... Initiated by EUROSAF, the European Continental Federation, the inaugural European Youth Sailing Championship began yesterday in Poland with excellent sailing conditions, i.e. sun and a 14 kn breeze. All classes sailed two races.
Leaders in the 420 Girls are Laura Izzo Maria/Giovanna Lanzillo ITA, followed by Leonie Eichhorst/Tatjana Hoesch GER. Italian is the first place in the 420 Boys as well with Matteo Pincherle/Ludovico Basharzad ITA.
First in the Lasers Radial are Sebastian Kalafarski POL with the Boys and Hannah Andersohn GER with the Girls.
Emma Wilson GBR and Radoslav Furmanski POL are on top of the RS:X windsurfers, in the 29er, Daniel Blight/Rowan Edwards GBR are first.
With 10-15 starter by class, the fleets are disappointingly small. Isn't the number of Championships an overkill ! All ranking lists and the daily report.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   (Image © Onur)
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.
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 melted on 9 points. Apiwat Sringam THA is new on rank 3.
The report of the day and all ranking lists.
Today's races are already underway, and with up to 8 kn, the freshest breeze so far filled in. The Byte-Boys have finished their first race. The report.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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. 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.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Monday, August 18, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014   
The 2014 edition of the traditional Engadine Surf Marathon was dominated by the Foiler-Kites starting for the first time. Benni Bölli GER won ahead of Simone Vanucci ITA. The first windsurfer Gonzalo Costa ARG followed on rank 3. Here the winners of the various categories: Gonzalo Costa ARG windsurfers, Franziska Stauffacher SUI windsurfers women, Elia Colombo SUI windsurfers youth, Benni Bölli GER foiler-kiteboards and David Hollenweg SUI winning the Foiler Moth duel with Philipp Käsermann SUI.
All ranking lists and the report.
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. 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.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Sunday, August 17, 2014
Sunday, August 17, 2014   
No luck with wind and weather on Lake Silvaplana, usually a guarantor for a well-established thermal breeze in summertime, where Windsurfing Swiss Championships and a variaty of other competitions have been planned. Rain and an unconstant northerly wind impeded all racing yesterday. In addition to 'normal' sailboard and kite course races, a best of three team-race with three-person mixed teams composed of a windsurfer, a kiter and a Moth-pilot are on the program. The video end the event website.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Saturday, August 16, 2014
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 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   
Since Thursday, the windsurfers have been expected to start to the Formula Swiss Championship with various disciplines on Lake Silvaplana. 85 participants from 8 nations, among them the Olympian Richard Stauffacher SUI or the PWA professional Patrick Diethelm SUI. The bad weather did apparently not allow to start racing as planned in the program.
The event website with the entry list.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Wednesday, August 13, 2014   
The PWA-Profi Steven Van Broechhoven BEL travelled thru Europe during a month to find the best conditions for his incredible tricks on the board. Here a spectacular must-see video part 1 (4:49 min).
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Saturday, August 9, 2014
Saturday, August 9, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
After the victories of Philipp Köster GER and Iballa Moreno ESP in the Single Eliminations, it was now Thomas Traversa's FRA and Daida Moreno's ESP turn to win the Double Eliminations yesterday. In both gender categories, a Super Final had to decide on the oversll Tenerifa winner. The Wave World Champion Köster GER defended his last year's win, while in the sister's duel, it was Daida Moreno ESP who won for the second time this year. The PWA website with the video of the day.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – 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 (who capsized after a collision with floating garbage, read their report) and Ben Saxton/Hannah Diamond GBR at equal points. Jones7Saunders NZL on 4th are already 12 points behind.
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 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.
All ranking lists, the report and the videos.
Friday, August 8, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
Yesterday, the Double Eliminations of both categories began rapidly in the best racing conditions met on Tenerifa so far. The best five per gender remain in the decisive runs scheduled for today.
Convincing in the men's category so far was above all Victor Fernandez ESP. Brilliant also Moritz Mauch GER in his best performance ever eliminating the former World Champion Ricardo Campello VEN.
Best in the women - in the second Wave contest only of the young Freestyle World Champion - was Sara-Quita Offringa NED (Aruba). The era of the Moreno sisters seem to come to an end. More on the PWA website.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Thursday, August 7, 2014
Thursday, August 7, 2014   (Image © Rio2016 / Alex Ferro)
Another day with more wind – around 15 kn -as usual in Rio yesterday, and on the outer courses, the big swell was still rolling. Very challenging conditions !
The windsurfers sailing in the Guanabara Bay terminated the Qualification Series with three races, and will sail the Medal Races today. In the RS:X women, the final winner will very likely be Charline Picon FRA, convincing again in yesterday's race and leading with a 16 points' advance on Flavia Tartaglini ITA. The Italian woman is on a solid Silver place 11 points in front of Marina Alabau ESP.
In the RS:X men, the situation on top is closer as the leader Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED is only 3 points ahead of Byron Kokkalanis GRE before the Medal Race. The best of yesterday, Przemyslav Miarczynski POL, advanced on rank 3.
The Olympic Champions Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS remain the outstanding dominators in the 470 men, extending their lead on the second-ranked Fantela/Marenic CRO tied with Patience/Willis GBR on 11 points. Surprisingly Bargehr/Mähr AUT, a new name in the 470 top-ranks, on the 4th position.
Also in the 470 women the Olympic Champions, i.e. Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL, are now on top of the rankings with Haeger/Provancha USA and Mills/Clark GBR as first persuers.
The Skiffs sailed again in the Guanabara Bay, with new d'Ortoli/Delpech FRA on top of the 49ers, closely followed by Burling/Tuke NZL and Outteridge/Jensen AUS.
No change in the 49erFX with Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA on top ahead of Maloney/Meech NZL and Price/Solly AUS.
Giles Scott GBR won 2 of the 3 races in the Finns and extended his lead on 18 points. Jonathan Lobert FRA and Ed Wright GBR follow on the ranks 2 and 3.
With two race wins yesterday, Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA moved on top of the Nacra 17, ahead of Saxton/Diamond GBR and Bundock/Curtis AUS.
See also the separate news on the Lasers Standard and Radial. All ranking lists and the report.
Thursday, August 7, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The breeze exceeded 30 kn early in the morning already, and the Wave specialists were called for a challenging 10-hours' day !
Winner of the Men's Single Elimination final was Philipp Köster GER defeating Thomas Traversa FRA. The third place went to Jaeger Stone AUS ahead of Klaas Voget GER. The women's final was again a duel between the Moreno ESP twins with Iballa Moreno winning this time. All other details on the PWA website, and the videos on Youtube.