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Top News – Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Wednesday, January 28, 2015   (Image © Ingrid Abery)
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After an opening day of squalls and shattered equipment, the second day of racing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami offered a steady breeze in the teens.
The full program was sailed yesterday. Mantis/Kagialis GRE moved up on top of the 470 men, closely followed by Patience/Willis GBR and Belcher/Ryan AUS. Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL confirmed their first place in the 470 women with a race win. Hannah Mills/Saskia Clarke GBR - also winning a race - remain not far away. Diego Botin/Iago Lopez ESP continued with an impressive performance in the 49ers and have now already a 14 points lead on Gilmour/Mara AUS and Delle-Karth/Resch AUT. With Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL and 17 points behind Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA, two Southern hemisphere teams are on top of the 49erFX. Leonie Meyer/Elena Stofers GER advanced on the 3rd place.
Giles Scott GBR has been undefeated in the Finns for 18 months now ... and at the Miami event, he is again on a winning path. He won 3 of the 4 heats completed so far. Jake Lilley AUS and Ed Wright GBR follow behind. Gemma Jones/Jason Saunders NZL defended the first place in the Nacra 17, followed by Ben Saxton/Nicola Groves GBR one point behind. Vittorio Bissaro/Silvia Sicouri ITA are 3rd. In the windsurfers, Byrony Shaw GBR has taken the lead in the RS:X women by a small margin, followed by Olga Maslivets RUS. Louis Giard FRA is still on top of the RS:X men ahead of Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED and Byron Kokkalanis GRE.

Here an overview on the best North American teams by nation:
- 470 men: McNay/Hughes USA 18th, Chaplin/Chaplin CAN 33th, Cervantes/ Belausteguigoitia Mex 42nd (44 participants)
- 470 women: Haeger/Provancha USA 8th, Surrette/tenHofe CAN 28th (30p.)
- 49er: Funk/Burd USA 10th, Brodeur/Inkpen 29th (58 p.)
- 49erFX: Capozzi/OBryan USA 24th, Berry/Merry CAN 28th (40 p.)
- Laser Standard: Charlie Buckingham USA 18th, Tom Ramshaw CAN 20th, Yanic Gentry MEX 81st (107p)
- Laser Radial: Paige Railey USA 5th, Brenda Bowskill CAN 8th, Natalya Montemayor MEX 49th (79 p.)
- Finn: Caleb Paine USA 7th, Greg Douglas CAN 15th (40 p.)
- Nacra-17: Ramsay/Girke 15th, Wilmot/Chaffee USA 20th, (49 p.)
- RS:X men: Zach Plavsic CAN 33th, David Mier y Teran MEX 35th, Raul Lopez USA 42nd (64 p.)
- RS:X women: Marion Lepert USA 10th, Demita Vega d Lille MEX 18th, Laurence Bonneau CAN 31st (37p)
The US Sailing Team report , as well as the Sail Canada Team report

All results and the report of the day with videos.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015   (Image © Ingrid Abery)
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The wind was more and more slackening and unstable during the Laser races in the afternoon, but nevertheless, two races were sailed in both classes and the Lasers Standard completed the Qualifier Series for the Gold and Silver rounds.
Robert Scheidt BRA advanced on position 1 in the Lasers Standard finishing 1 and 2 in his group yesterday. Matthew Wearn AUS on rank 2 overall was as successful in the other group with a 1 and 2. Nick Thompson GBR, Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA and Philipp Buhl GER follow on positions 3 to 5 after the Qualifiers. Charlie Buckingham USA is 18th, Tom Ramshaw CAN 20th and Yanic Gentry MEX 81st.
Anne-Marie Rindom DEN has taken the lead in the Lasers Radial with two race wins. Annalise Murphy IRL advanced on rank 2 and Marit Bouwmester NED is now 3rd. Paige Railey USA is 5th, Brenda Bowskill CAN 8th and Natalya Montemayor MEX 49th.
The US Sailing Team report , as well as the Sail Canada Team report.
All results, the report of the day and the videos of the day, part 1 and part 2.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015   
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Light winds prevailed off Kingston CAN yesterday and only the Silverfleet completed one race with the top 12 qualifying for the Goldfleet. Mike Dye USA was the winner. The small European delegation is sailing in the Goldfleet with Karel Jablonski POL in the overall lead winning the two races completed so far.
The results and the DN website. Here the video summary of day one produced by the Canadian TV.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015   
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No substantial changes in the distances between the boats on the South Indian Ocean yesterday, but today, 'Neutrogena' (Altadill ESP/Munoz CHI) has probably the possibility to reduce the 171 miles deficit on 'Cheminées Poujoulat' (Stamm SUI/Le Cam FRA) as a low wind zone is in the way, and 'Neutrogena' on a more southern course along the exclusion zone (below the 45th parallel) has a shorter distance to Cape Horn.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015   
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Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race was concluded yesterday with the arrival of the all-female 'SCA' team of Samantha Davies GBR in Sanya CHN. Despite of finishing last, Samantha Davies showed confidence in the progress made. Here the report. The victory of the home team 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA as skipper was very much celebrated in Sanya, even more, as the Chinese-French teams advanced on top of the interim's rankings as well. The report. More news and videos as always on the event website.
 
Top News – Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Tuesday, January 27, 2015   
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Up to 30 kn was the breeze on the first race day of the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta, 2nd event of the ISAF Worldcup 2015, and a lot of capsizes and equipment damages were the consequence ! Nevertheless, the program could be completed in most classes.
Luke Patience/Elliott Willis GBR took the lead in the 470 men ahead of the favorites Belcher/Ryan AUS and Asenati/Hudson RSA. The 470 women are lead by the Olympic Champions Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL in front of Mills/Clarke GBR and Weguelin/McIntyre GBR. Surprise in the 49ers, where no 'big names' but Diego Botin/Iago Lopez ESP are first winning two of the three races ! Alonso/Alonso ESP and Gilmour/Mara AUS follow closely. The 49ersFX were kept ashore after one race, as only 8 of the 40 entrants saw the finish line. Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL were first ahead of Keijzer/Blom NED and Lloyd/Elks AUS. Giles Scott GBR stood up to his reputation and won both Finn races, with Jake Lilley AUS and Ivan Klijakovic CRO as first persuers. No surprises also in the Nacra 17 with the experienced Gemma Jones/Jason Saunders NZL, Vittorio Bisarro/Silvia Seguri ITA and Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA in the top positions. The leading trio in the RS:X male windsurfer consists of Louis Giard FRA ahead of Byron Kokkalanis GRE and Nick Dempsey GBR. A new name appears on the RS:X female windsurf rankings with Marion Lepert USA, in front of Flavia Tartaglini ITA and Olga Maslivets RUS.

Here an overview on the best North American teams by nation:
- 470 men: McNay/Hughes USA 16th, Belausteguigoitia/ Belausteguigoitia Mex 40th, Chaplin/Chaplin CAN 42nd (45 participants)
- 470 women: Haeger/Provancha USA 10th, Surrette/tenHofe CAN 28th (31p.)
- 49er: Liebenberg/Morris USA 16th, Brodeur/Inkpen 26th (58 p.)
- 49erFX: Blecher/Shea USA 8th (40 p.)
- Laser Standard
-Laser Radial: Paige Railey USA 4th, Brenda Bowskill CAN 13th, Natalya Montemayor MEX 42nd (80 p.)
- Finn: Greg Douglas CAN 9th, Philip Toth USA 17th (41 p.)
- Nacra-17: Ramsay/Girke 22nd, Wilmot/Chaffee USA 25th, (49 p.)
-RS:X men: Zach Plavsic CAN 30th, David Mier y Teran MEX 32nd, Carson Crain USA 43rd (66 p.)
- RS:X women: Marion Lepert USA 1st, Demita Vega de Lille MEX 16th, Laurence Bonneau CAN 25th (37 p.)

All ranking lists and the daily report.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015   
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The Lasers sailed two races on the first race day of the MOCR ISAF Worldcup Regatta on Biscayne Bay in heavy rain gusts of up to 30 kn.
The Standard fleet is split in two groups, and the first overall leader is Bruno Fontes BRA (1/3) followed by Andrew Maloney NZL (4/1) and Robert Scheidt BRA (2/4). The ranks of the best North Americans by nation: Tom Ramshaw CAN 13th, Charlie Buckingham USA 20th , Yanic Gentry MEX 82nd (111 participants)
In the Radials, Allison Young GBR won both races of her group and leads overall ahead of Sarah Winter NZL and Annalise Murphy IRL on the ranks 2 and 3. The best NorAms by nation: Paige Railey USA 4th, Brenda Bowskill CAN 13th, Natalya Montemayor 42nd (80 participants)
All ranking lists and the report of the day.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015   (Image © Christophe Favreau)
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Charles Caudrelier FRA and his Chinese Team 'Dongfeng' arrived yesterday - as expected considering the solid performance during the whole 3rd leg - as winner in Sanya, its home harbour, a historical triumph. With this victory, 'Dongfeng' takes the overall lead in the Volvo Ocean Race. 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR finished three hours later, 'Alvimedica' followed another hour behind, closely followed by 'Mapfre' and 'Brunel'. The all-female Team 'SCA' will arrive during the day.
The race viewer and the event website with reports and videos.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015   
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The leading 'Cheminées Poujoulat' with Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA is sailing along the safety zone (latitude 45) eastbound with a 149 miles' advance on the 2nd-ranked Altadill/Munoz ESP. Yesterday, Anna Corbella/Gerard Marin ESP rounded the Cape of Good Hope as 3rd.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015   
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The 2015 DN Ice-Sailing World Championship in Kingston CAN began on Sunday with two races sailed so far in the Gold- and Silverfleet, with the Poland Ice Sailing Team as dominators, sitting on the ranks 1 to 3 with Karol Jablonski POL (former Americs's Cup helmsman) as first, Michal Burzinsky POL as 2nd and Tomasz Zakrzewsky POL as 3rd. Ron Sherry USA is on the 4th place.
The ranking list and the pictures.
 
Top News – Monday, January 26, 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015   
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Today is day one of the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta on Biscayne Bay, the 2nd round of the ISAF World Cup 2015. Over 800 athletes from 63 nations are on the entry, and all three Paralympic Classes participate as well. Key favorites for podium places among the athletes of the complete www.facebook.com/USSailingTeam]US Sailing Team[/URL] are Haeger/Provancha (470 women), McNay/Hughes (470 men) and Caleb Paine (Finn) but also Paige Railey (Laser women), Charlie Buckingham (Laser men) and Funk/Burd 49er have good chances for a top-10 finish.
A fresh up to 30 kn breeze has been announced for today, and also during the week, the wind speeds will range in the two-digits numbers according to the predictions.
The official preview and the event website.
Monday, January 26, 2015   
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Leg 3 of the VOR is in its last 24 hours' phase, and 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA with 170 miles to go increased her advantage on 57 miles again. The Chinese team will most probably arrive first at its home base Sanya and take the overall lead. The fight for the ranks 2 to 5 remains open with 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) on pole position 9 miles ahead of 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA), and another 10 miles back 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP). The South Chinese sea is very calm for the moment, but an increasing breeze around 10 kn has been announce for the day.
The and the [url=wxw.volvooceanrace.com/en/home.html]event website with reports and videos.
Monday, January 26, 2015   
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Guillermo Altadill ESP/José Munoz CHI have rounded the most southern point of Africa as second during the past night. Vanishing winds on the Indian Ocean and the safety line on the 45th Parallel not allowing any strategic escape have slowed down Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA. Their advance on Altadill/Munoz was reduced to 137 miles this morning and is shrinking even more.
The race viewer, the reports and the videos.
 
Top News – Sunday, January 25, 2015
Sunday, January 25, 2015   
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The wind has vanished in the past 24 hours with 350 miles to go to Sanya, and the fleet has closed up again. 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker is now only 17 miles behind the leading 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) and the race for the first place at the Chinese port-of-call is again fully open. Even 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) sailing on rank 5 30 miles behind has chances to join the battle for victory in the light and varying winds near the shore. Only 'SCA' with Samantha Davies GBR 95 miles back will hardly make any ranks good.
The race viewer and the event website with reports and videos.
Sunday, January 25, 2015   
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The leading Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA vill round Cape of Good Hope this morning UTC, and their strategy in the circumvention of the St-Helena anticyclone in the South Atlantic proved to be favorable. The second ranked 'Neutrogena' with Guillermo Altadill ESP/José Munoz CHI is 119 miles behind, while the rest of the fleet is over 24 hours away. A last quick check of boat and equipment and then begins the long and awesome high-speed race in the Roaring Forties to Cape Horn.
The race viewer, the Berichte und die videos.
Sunday, January 25, 2015   (Image © Christophe Favreau)
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The Australia Day, the national celebration day, takes place on this weekend, and among the celebrations are a number of regattas, as among others, the race of historical 18-footers on Sydney Harbour yesterday. Do not miss a glance at the photos of Christophe Favreau.
Sunday, January 25, 2015   
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Top News – Saturday, January 24, 2015
Saturday, January 24, 2015   
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Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA and 70 miles behind Guillermo Altadill ESP/José Munoz CHI are chasing at speeds of up to 20 kn direction Indian Ocean, and they expect to pass the Cape of Good Hopes during the coming night. The seven teams still in the race met science yesterday as the pairs of skippers took the first opportunity to deploy their data monitoring Argo beacon which was given to them in Bareclona prior to the start. These beacons which will provide data from these remote oceanic locations for seven years, a program allowing scientists to look below the surface, providing a profile of the temperature and salinity of the ocean using a global array of over 3,500 profiling floats that are moving up and down in the water column from the surface to a depth of 2,000m. This project enables new revelations about ocean dynamics that are helping society understand and forecast global climate.
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Saturday, January 24, 2015   
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The fleet is now approaching the Vietnamese coast in a long starboard leg in a 20 kn breeze and a rough sea. The leading 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) had 500 miles to go to Sanya this morning UTC. The race for victory is not over yet as the 59 miles' advantage can be lost rapidly in case of tactical errors or gear failure. The chaser quartet, lead by 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) is sailing within a 15 miles area
The race viewer and the event website with reports and videos.
Saturday, January 24, 2015   (Image © Photoboat)
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The Key West Race Week ended yesterday with another perfect summery day with a 18-20 kn breeze from the south-southeast, and a fair amount of chop, allowing to complete two races.
In these last heats,Flavio Marazzi SUI climbed on the first place in the GC32-catamrans ahead of Erik Maris FRA. Conor Clarke IRL went on with his domination of the Melges 24, and so did Carlo Alberini ITA (tactics Branko Brcin SLO) in the largest fleet, the J/70, celebrating the first European victory in the USA in this class launched recently. The best of the day, Julio Neckelmann MEX (Vasco Vascotto ITA), advanced on the 2nd place with the day ranks 1 and 2. Tim Healy USA finished 3rd.
All results. Searching thru the ranking lists, a number of well known US athletes can be detected as e.g. the 470 Olympic campaigners McNay/Hughes, Paul Cayard , Terry Hutchinson, Stephanie Roble and others, and commented during the week in several video interviews.
 
 
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