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Top News – Saturday, April 18, 2015
Saturday, April 18, 2015   (Image © Ainhoa Sanchez / Volvo Ocean Race)
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Today, the Itajai InPort Race will take place before tomorrow Sunday, the six teams will start to leg 6 direction Newport RI, USA. The overall 2nd 'DongFeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA will rejoin the fleet thanks to a round-the-clock effort of the whole team to replace the broken mast. 'MAPFRE' with Iker Martinez ESP more and more shining with a solid performance - ranks 1 and 2 in the last two legs - has been penalised with two points, as they did not report repairs effected during leg 5.
The event website, the overall rankings and the link to today's live coverage of the InPort Race (as from 17 hrs UTC).
Saturday, April 18, 2015   (Image © John Payne)
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Two races were held yesterday, second day of the Championship, on Biscayne Bay in a shifty south wind around 10 kn, with Brian Ledbetter/Joshua Revkin USA and Paul Cayard/Brian Terhaar USA as winners. New on top of the interim's rankings are Lars Grael/Samuel Goncalves BRA in front of Ledbetter/Rifkin USA and Whipple/Sperry USA. The best Europeans Merkelbach/Koy GER moved up on rank 11.
The results and the report of Paul Cayard USA.
Saturday, April 18, 2015   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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'Spirit of Hungary' with Nandor Fa HUN/Conrad Coleman NZL reached the Mediterranean Sea yesterday as last, and has now approximately 3 days left to sail the remaining 432 miles to Barcelona. The light-wind conditions have been welcomed by the duo as another keel bolt has been lost at the damaged Open 60.
The report and the race tracker.
Saturday, April 18, 2015   (Image © JOY)
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Over 2'500 sailors on 300 yachts in 14 classes started yesterday in a light breeze and rain to the first three races of the Charleston Race Week. The Melges 20 compete at the same time for their National Champion's title. Cesar Gomes BRA leads ahead of Bruce Colison USA and Jason Michas USA. In the largest fleet with 83 teams, the J/70s, Julian Fernandez MEX is on top ahead of Eivind Astrup NOR and Joel Ronning USA.
All ranking lists, the event website and the report of the Melges-20-Class.
Saturday, April 18, 2015   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
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The new Diam 24 trimarans met for the first time at Pornichet to a Regatta with a format similar to the Tour de France with short round-the-buoys heats and coastal races.
After the first day, the Olympic classes multihull specialists are on top with Yann Guichard FRA on 'Spindrift White' and Xavier Revil FRA on 'Spindrift Black' both from Dona Bertarelli's syndicat. Pierre Pennec FRA with 'Groupama' follows on rank 3. The Vendée-Globe-winner François Gabart FRA is 8th.
The report and the event facebook page with pictures. Unfortunately, the ranking list has not yet been posted.
Saturday, April 18, 2015   (Image © Max Ranchi)
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The first round of the Melges 32 European Sailing Series 2015 began yesterday at the Ligurian Coast with three races. Light and unconstant winds prevailed and for the moment, the Roberto Mazzucato ITA with Gabriele Benussi ITA as tactician succeeded to control the favorites Alessandro Rombelli ITA (with Francesco Bruni ITA) and Alec Cutler BER (Cameron Appleton NZL) on the ranks 2 and 3. Dalton Devos USA with Jonathan McKee USA is 5th. 18 teams from 8 nations participate.
aus 8 Nationen.
The report and the results.
Saturday, April 18, 2015   (Image © Les Voiles de St Barth)
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Round St-Barth was on the program for the 70 teams after Thursday's lay day. At half the distance, a calm zone split the fleet in two, and the big racers had real difficulites to compensate the rating to stay ahead. The new 'Rambler 88' of George David USA is still in front followed by the 100-foot 'Comanche' with Jim Clark USA.
All ranking lists, the reports and the video of the day.
 
Top News – Friday, April 17, 2015
Friday, April 17, 2015   (Image © John Payne)
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The Eastern Hemisphere Championship in Miami began yesterday with two races sailed in a light 8 kn breeze, and John McCausland USA/Bruno Prada BRA took the lead with the day ranks 1 and 5, ahead of Lars Grael/Samuel Goncalves BRA and Tomas Hornos/Kipp Gardner USA. The best Europeans Merkelbach/Koy GER follow on rank 13 among the 39 teams.
The ranking list and the report of Paul Cayard USA, winner of the 2nd race.
Friday, April 17, 2015   (Image © Mireia Perello)
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After 107 days, Jörg Riechers GER/Sébastien Audigane FRA crossed the finish line off Barcelona as 6th of the World Race, a journey full of mishaps. The worst incident was the damaged rudder that could not be repaired while being afloat, and forced the team to sail half of the race in safety-mode. Nevertheless, Jörg Riechers GER, the only active German oceanic racer, showed his satisfaction with his first cirvumnavigation, as he collected much experience in view of his Vendée Globe project. The report.
The last team underway are Nador Fa HUN/Conrad Coleman NZL just crossing the Gibraltar Strait this morning. The race tracker.
Friday, April 17, 2015   
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The bad news for Rio de Janeiro ahead of the 2016 Olympics keeps coming after scores of dead fish appeared in the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon, the venue for the Games' rowing and canoe competitions. A CNN video report.
Last week, a video from newspaper O Globo showed the Brazilian 49er team Breno Osthoff/Rafael de Almeida Sampaio BRA crashing into trash floating on Guanabara Bay, the venue of the sailing competition. According to Osthoff, the impact was so great the boat was forced onto its side and non-reparably damaged.
Rio de Janeiro has pledged to reduce pollution in the notoriously fetid bay, but last month in an interview with the country's largest sports channel SporTV, Mayor Eduardo Paes admitted that the bay will remain mostly polluted for the games. And ISAF, responsible for the correct organisation of its sport, remains inactive. Nor has the water analysis promised on the occasion of the Olympic test event been published, nor have they reacted to the Brazilian Government announcement, that the promised cleaning would not be completed for cost reasons. A scandal !
Friday, April 17, 2015   (Image © DR/WMRT)
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No major matchrace events took place during the past months and the ISAF Matchrace World Ranking lists remain unchanged on top. Ian Williams GBR is on top of the Open rankings and Camilla Ulrikkeholm DEN leads in the Women's rankings.
The report.
Friday, April 17, 2015   
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Different new board designs showed up at the first Kite-Foiler Worldcup event 2015 in Mexico. The most radical one was the design of Adam Koch USA, inspired by the Foiler-Moth concept in a dialogue with the past Moth World Champion Bora Gulari USA. He explains his 'stand-up-kite-surfing' ideas in a detailed video.
 
Top News – Thursday, April 16, 2015
Thursday, April 16, 2015   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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This morning at 3 hrs UTC, Jörg Riechers GER/Sébastien Audigane FRA had 27 miles left to Barcelona. Their Open 60 'Renault Captur' moved only very slowly - 6 kn max - in the slack conditions, but before noon, they will nevertheless cross the finish line of the non-stop round-the-world event as 6th. The last boat of Nador Fa HUN/Conrad Coleman NZL is 660 miles before the arrival in the approach to the Gibraltar Strait.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Thursday, April 16, 2015   (Image © Christophe Jouany)
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Since three days, 70 teams have been racing the 'Sails of St-Barth', a series of regattas off the trendy French Caribbean Island St. Barthélémy, among them a number of big latest design racers. In the multihulls, the MOD-70-trimaran 'Phaedo' has established a number of new records. In the IRC-0 classifications, it is the 88-foot 'Rambler' leading in calculated time over the 100-foot 'Comanche' who collects the line honours and has established a number of monohull record.
The ranking lists, the daily report and the video of the day.
Thursday, April 16, 2015   
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The Star Class Western Hemisphere Championship, classified like a continental championship when it comes to earn points for the Star Sailors' League rankings, begins today on Biscayne Bay off Miami FL. Favorites are the Olympic medalists Lars Grael BRA (Tornado 88 + 96), Mark Reynolds USA (Star 1992 snd 2000) snd Brian Ledbetter (Finn 92).
The event website.
 
Top News – Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Wednesday, April 15, 2015   
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The missing wind on the Mediterranean Sea has delayed the arrival of 'Renault Captur' with Jörg Riechers GER/Sébastien Audigane FRA in Barcelona by a day. This morning, 177 miles were left to the finish line.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015   
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The Race for Water Odyssey (R4WO) reached New York City on Thursday, concluding its Atlantic crossing in a journey that will take its six-man crew over 40,000 nautical miles as they attempt to draw up the first global assessment of plastic pollution in the oceans. The 'Race for Water' MOD70 trimaran with Steve Ravussin SUI as skipper has been underway for two months now on her journey around the globe. While being in New York, representatives of the R4WO foundation will participate in UN Sessions and Meetings to discuss the huge problem of plastic waste pollution. The UN Session can be followed live on the Internet at 19 hrs UTC.
The report and the video of the arrival in New York.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015   (Image © Denis Tisserand)
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After a time-consuming passage with little wind and a burning heat, Yvan Bourgnon SUI has reached the African continent yesterday. In the stop-over in Djibouti, he has the possibility to repair the water processing unit.
The report.
 
Top News – Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Tuesday, April 14, 2015   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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Yesterday, Jörg Riechers GER/Sébastien Audigane FRA passed the Gibraltar Strait with their 'Renault Captur' as 6th team, and are now on their home stretch direction Barcelona. 355 miles were left this morning, and the ETA is tomorrow Wednesday. The last-ranked 'Spirit of Hungary' with Nador Fa HUN/Conrad Coleman NZL is now north of the Canary Islands. They have to cover the remaining 870 miles with a keel beginning to break loose.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015   (Image © Ainhoa Sanchez / Volvo Ocean Race)
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The Volvo Ocean Race continues next weekend. After the Itajai Inport Race of Saturday, the start to leg 6 to Newport RI, USA will be given on Sunday. Yesterday morning, 'Dongfeng' with her broken mast arrived at Itajai, where the new mast had already arrived last Saturday. Much work for the shore team to make the Volvo 65 race-ready for the Saturday In-Port race, and even more for leg 6, as skipper Charles Caudrelier FRA and his Chinese team have to defend their rank 2 in the overall ranking.
The report.
 
 
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