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Top News – Friday, February 27, 2015
Friday, February 27, 2015   
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The leading trio has now passed the most northern point of North New Zealand is in the final approach to the 'City of Sails' Auckland. 230 miles are left for the new leader 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) this morning, but the race is far from decided. East of New Zealand is a low-wind anticyclone that has to be passed, and the boats are still closely together. 6 miles behind 'Abu Dhab' follow 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) and another 0,5 miles back 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP), and even 'Alvimdeica' (Charlie Enright USA) 31 miles behind has some chances left to arrive first in Auckland. While the quartet ahead is fighting for the line honours, a matchace between 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) and 'SCA' (Samantha Davies GBR) with a backlog of over 100 miles will decide on the ranks 5 and 6.
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Friday, February 27, 2015   
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Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA have been sailing in the Atlantic Ocean for almost three days now, and this in not very accommodaing conditions as the 30-40 kn breeze provokes a rough sea. Today, 'Neutrogena' with Guillermo Altadill ESP/José Munoz CHI will round the most southern point of America. Their backlog on Stamm/Le Cam is 1080 miles. On rank 3, 95 miles behind 'Neutrogena' are Anna Corbella/Gerard Marin ESP.
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Friday, February 27, 2015   
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Yesterday was day one of the 2015 Sail Auckland Olympic Classes Regatta with the top New Zealand boat and a number of internatiojnal teams on the starting line. The results of today's races have just been posted.
Matchracing type is the 49erFX race with only three teams including the World's best Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL and Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA jointly on top after the first raced. Leader in the Lasers Standard after three heats is Nicolas Heiner NED ahead of Rutger Van Schaardenburg NED and Mike Bullot NZL. Scott Leith is on the first place in the Lasers Radial ahead of Sara Winter NZL. Josh Junior NZL is on top of the Finns in front of Nik Burfoot NZL and Pieter-Jan Postma NED. No problem for Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL to take the first place in the 49ers.
All other results, the news and the videos.
Friday, February 27, 2015   
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Moderate winds again yesterday at the Dragon GP in Cannes and two races were completed with a mejor influence on the overall rankings, as none of the teams has finished all three races so far in the top ten.
New on top is Giuseppe Duca ITA, best of the day with the ranks 1 and 3, seven points ahead of Gavia Wilkinson-Cox GBR as 2nd and Anatoly Loginov RUS as 3rd.
The ranking list and the event website.
Friday, February 27, 2015   
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Winner of the Doha Inport Race yesterday was again 'EFG Bank' with Sydney Gavignet FRA. The Inport Races have no influence on the overall rankings. Today the start to the sixth and last leg to Dubai will be given, but 'EFG Bank' is already the premature winner of the 2015 Sailing Arabia Tour.
The results. The race can again be followed on the live blog and the race tracker.
Friday, February 27, 2015   
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To bring several speculations re the participation of 'Team New Zealand' - major sponsor up to now the New Zealand Government - to an end, a Communiqué has been published informing on the Challenger's plans up to the 2017 America's Cup on the Bermudas. The limited budget has not yet been successfully covered with sponsoring commitments. Personal displacements to keep cost under control have been announced. Dean Barker NZL, three time helmsman replacing Russell Coutts in 2000, takes the role of Rod Davies as Sport Director. He will be replaced as helmsman by Peter Burling NZL, 49er and Moth World Champions, winner of the 2013 Youth America's Cup.
The report.
Friday, February 27, 2015   
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Ben Ainslie GBR and his BAR-Team has already started with some tests and trainings on the Bermudas to get familiar with the special conditions on this Commonwealth Island. The Cup Defender 'Oracle Team USA' however is - as 'Artemis Racing' - concentrating in this phase on tests and trainings with the modified AC-45 equipped now with foils, not only the boat of the America's Cup World Series starting in June 201t, but also considered a test vehicle for the AC-62 Cupper under development.
A video from Frisco Bay.
 
Top News – Thursday, February 26, 2015
Thursday, February 26, 2015   
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The leading Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA have already passed the Falkland Islands on their wey up North, and in good sailing condiitions, they increased the advance by 100 miles on 1'178 miles. 'Neutrogena' (Altadill ESP/Munoz CHI), the first persuer, has also extended the gap on the 3rd-ranked 'GAES' (Corbella/Marin ESP) by another 100 miles. Jörg Riechers GER/Sébastien Audigane FRA have started chasing 'One Planet, one Ocean' on rank 4 and are now 550 miles behind having gained 50 miles since their restart after the repair stop.
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Thursday, February 26, 2015   
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The drag race to New Zealand continues in a moderate breeze with 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) leading 3,5 miles ahead of 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) this morning., 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP) on 3rd is 12 miles back. The second half of the fleet somewhat reduced the deficit on the leading trio. 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) on rank 4 has a 32 miles' backlog. 'Brunel' (Bowe Bekking NED) and the all-female 'SCA' team (Samantha Davies GBR) sailing within 4 miles are roughly 50 miles behind.
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Thursday, February 26, 2015   
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Light winds prevailed yesterday in Cannes at the Dragon Grand Prix, and after some start attempts with a number of premature starters, one valid race could finally be completed. Familiar with the local sailing conditions, local sailors finished on top of this first heat with Marc Bouet FRA and his team winning ahead of Gerard Blanc FRA. Helmut Schmidt GER finished 3rd. The favorite Anatoly Loginov RUS crossed the line as 8th, Lawire Smith GBR was disquaified as premature starter.
The ranking list.
Thursday, February 26, 2015   
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Race 5 ending yesterday was the roughest of the 2015 Tour with an up to 25 kn breeze and a choppy wave. Nevertheless, it was again the Monegasque 'EFG Bank' with Sydney Gavignet FRA as skipper and an experienced crew with Damian Foxall GBR, Alex Pella ESP and Nicolas Lunven FRA completed by the Omanis Mohammed Al Mujaini, Abdull Rahman Al Mashari and Abdallah Al Shukail finishing on top. With the win of leg 5, they are on a safe way to defend last year's title. Today, the Inport Race in Doha is on the program.
The report and the rankings before the last leg tomorrow.
Thursday, February 26, 2015   
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On February 24, the MOD 70 trimaran 'Pheadra 30' with Michel Desjoyeaux FRA took the line honors at the RORC Caribbean 60 race in Antigua ANT in the new record time of 1 day, 9 hours and 3 minutes. Yesterday, 'Rambler 88' with a bunch of America's Cup sailors (Brad Butterworth, Rod Adern, Curtis Blewitt, Simon Daubney ... ) crossed the finish line as first multihull. 'Bella Mente' is on top of the IRC Rankings after 11 boats having finished the race this morning UTC.
The report and all ranking lists.
 
Top News – Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015   
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The head-to-head race of the two leading teams within sight after 17 race day goes on, and this morning, it was 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA in the lead just 1,2 miles ahead of 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR. 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP) 13 miles behind on rank 3 is not very far away either. 'SCA' (Samantha Davies GBR) on the last place lost again some miles and is now 83 miles from the leader. But 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) is only 7 miles ahead of the all-female team.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015   
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Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA rounded Cape Horn around midnight UTC in a 'moderate' 30 kn breeze and is now on the final stretch to Barcelona. 7'000 miles up the Atlantic are still missijg. The advantage on 'Neutrogena' (Guillermo Altadill ESP/José Munoz CHI) was 1080 miles this morning. Anna Corbella/Gerard Marin ESP on rank 3 follows 70 miles farther back.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015   
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Dying winds prompted the Race Committee to shorten also the fifth race 30 miles befire the finish line. Winner of this part of the Sailing Arabia Tour was again the Monegasque 'EFG Bank' with Sydney Gavignet FRA as skipper, taking the overall Tour victory prematurely before the last leg already. The Omani 'Renaissance' and the European 'Team Averda' follow on the ranks 2 and 3. The updated ranking list has not yet been posted on the event website.
The reports. Today is lay day in Doha, tomorrow, the Inport-Race is on the program and on Friday, the start to the sixth and last race to Bahrain will be given.
The event website.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015   
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Today begins the Dragon Grand Prix in Cannes with 52 teams from 11 nations. Favorites are Anatoly Loginov RUS or Lawrie Smith GBR.
The event website.
 
Top News – Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Tuesday, February 24, 2015   (Image © Thierry Martinez)
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This evening around 18 hrs UTC, Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA will round Cape Horn, entering the Atlantic Ocean to complete the last third of the round-the-world race. Their advantage of 1'054 miles on the chaser duo 'Neutrogena' (Guillermo Altadill ESP/José Munoz CHI) and 'GAES' (Anna Corbella/Gerard Marin ESP) now 46 miles behind, is comfortable. Jörg Riechers/Sébastien Audigane FRA left Wellington NZL yesterday after their repair stop and joined the race on the 6th place 559 miles behind the 5th Aleix Geabert/Didac Costa ESP. The race to catch them is on.
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015   
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Position changes occurred during the past 24 hours. Temperarily, 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP) was first of the VOR fleet joined up wihin 2 miles. But during the night, a fresher NE breeze around 15 kn filled in and split the fleet in two. 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) is now 0,1 miles ahead of 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA), and 'Mapfre' follows 2,5 miles behind. 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) on 4th is 40 miles back, 10 miles in front of 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED). The all-female team 'SCA' was 25 miles behind the leader yesterday, but this morning, she is again 70 miles from the top. 1'200 miles are left to the finish line in Auckland.
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015   
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The 11 teams are stilll underway direction Doha this morning. The intially fresh breeze has lost much of its power and has decreased to such an extent, that Race Management decided to shorten the 159 miles' race by 50 miles. This means that the leading 'EFG Bank' with Sydney Gavignet FRA is just about to grasp another leg win, probably ahead of 'Renaissance' and 'Team Averda' on the ranks 2 and 3.
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015   
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66 teams started yesterday evening in Antigua to the 600 miles' race around the Caribbean Islands, among them the MOD-70-Trimaran 'Phaedo 3' with Michel Desjoyeaux FRA/Brian Thompson GBR, the Volvo 70 'Maserati' with Giovanni Soldini ITA or the Super-Maxis 'Bella Mente' and 'Rambler100'.
The news, the race tracker and the video preview.
 
Top News – Monday, February 23, 2015
Monday, February 23, 2015   
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The leading 'Cheminées Poujoulat' with Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA has crossed the storm depression with winds of over 40 kn without difficulties and will probably round Cape Horn tomorrow Tuesday already. With a 30 kn breeze and gentle waves of up to 10 meters, the conditions are perfect for the coming days. 'Neutrogena' (Altadill ESp/Munoz CHI) 1'078 miles behind remains the first persuer. 'GAES' with Anna Corbella/Gerard Marin ESP follows closely only 32 miles back. Jörg Riechers GER/Sébastien Audigane FRA will resume racing after their pitstop in Wellington today. But now, it was the last-placed 'Spirit of Hungary' (Nador Fa HUN/Conrad Coleman NZL) who announced repair stop in the South of New Zealand.
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Monday, February 23, 2015   
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Unpredictable wind situation in the doldrums, and this was the reason for the queer manoeuvre two days ago. The leading 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) was completelty stalled in the calm, and the only solution was to escape by gybing and try to join the other boats sailing in the East athwarth the proper course, costing them many miles. This morning, it is the leading 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) down to a speed of only 3 kn, but also the chasers 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) and 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP) 11 miles behind are considerably slowed down. Only the all-female 'SCA' team with Samantha Davies GBR is for once on the lucky side, still last, but further reducing the backlog of 62 miles on the leader this morning with a 12 kn speed average.
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Monday, February 23, 2015   
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The Laser Midwinters in Florida ended yesterday with another two or three races by fleet.
Christopher Barnard USA succeeded to climb on the first place of the Lasers Standard with good results on the last day, letting the previous leader Lee Parkhill CAN one point behind. Juan Maegli GUA advanced on the 3rd place with the day ranks 1 and 2. The Radials sailed two final races in each the Gold- and Silverfleet. Brenda Bowskill USA was the steadiest performer with the ranks 2 and 4 and finished first overall ahead of the tied Henry Marshall USA and Matti Muru USA. Blaire McCarthy USA remained clearly on top of the Lasers 4.7.
All ranking lists and the event website.
Monday, February 23, 2015   
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Winner of leg 4 of the Sailing Arabia Tour was again 'EFG Bank' with Sydney Gavignet FRA with his third victory in this year's Tour. Finishing 2nd yesterday, the Kuwaiti 'Zain Sailing Team' advanced on rank 4 relegating 'Bienne Voile' with Lorenz Müller SUI on rank 5.
The fifth leg over 159 miles from Abu Dhabi to Doha is already underway and the breeze between 15 and 20 kn is keeping the teams very busy. Racing can be followed during the day over the live blog or the race tracker. The ranking lists and the news.
Monday, February 23, 2015   
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The two race wins of Jannik Brunner SUI in the last two Optimist races yesterday were not sufficient for the overall win, and Nathan Smith AHO defended his first place with a 3 points' advantage on the Swiss. Alexander Hubmann SUI follows on rank 3, Felix Reith GER on rank 4 among the 16 participants from 4 nations. Winner in the small Laser Radial fleet was Derek Bongaertz AHO. The final rankings.
 
 
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