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Top News – Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Wednesday, July 29, 2015   (Image © Nikos Pantis)
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A moderate seabreeze around 12 kn prevailed on the third day of the 470 Junior Worlds, and the Goldfleet sailed two races, both won by the defending champions Guillaume Pirouelle/Valentin Sipan FRA, extending their overall lead. New on rank 2 are now Malte Winkel/Matti Cipra GER, closely followed by David Charles/Alex Charles ESP on 3rd. Russell Clarida/Henry Fernberger USA sailing in the Goldfleet are on position 28. The women sailed three heats with the former 420 ISAF Youth World Champion Benedetta Di Salle ITA and Alessandra Dubbini ITA as crew finishing 2/2/1 and taking the overall lead with a 19 points' advance on Jessica Lavery/Megan Brickwood GBR on rank 2. New are Maria Bozi/Rafailina Klonaridou GRE moving up on 3rd on their home waters. Allie Surrette/Ali Ten Hove advanced on rank 32.
The rankings and the daily report. The video of day 3 will be posted during the day.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015   (Image © Fred Hoffmann)
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Moderate winds prevailed also on the second day of th Rio Sailing Week and all races were completed according to program.
Josh Junior NZL won both races in the Finns extending his overall lead. Pieter-Jan Postma NED and the surprising Gong Lel CHN (yesterday 2/2) follow at equal points on the ranks 2 and 3. Caleb Paine USA is 8th. New on top of the Lasers Radial are Alison Young GBR together with the Erika Reineke USA at equal points. Evi Van Acker BEL moved up on rank 3. Haddon Hughes USA is 11th, Isabella Bertold CAN 12th. Sam Meech NZL is now the only leader in the Lasers Standard, one point ahead of Tom Burton AUS. Matthew Wearn AUS is now 3rd. Leader change in the Nacra 17 where Santiago Lange/Cecilia Saroli ARG took over rank 1 with the day ranks 2/2/1, ahead of Thomas Zajac/Tanja Frank AUT and Fernando Echevarri/Tara Pacheco ESP.
All results, the daily news (in Portuguese) and the event website.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015   
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After two days' waiting, the wind at the French Atlantic coast has calmed down enough to allow the start to the Transcascogne this morning at 6.30 h UTC. The 47 participants will encounter a moderate rear wind during the 230 miles' first leg to Luanco ESP, a perfect setting for speed tests with the immediate opponents ! The race can be followed live via GPS tracking. The event website.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015   
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Act 6 of the Moth Eurocup 2015 was sailed over the past weekend on the Walchensee GER. On Friday, three races were completed on a sunny day with a well established thermal breeze. On the Saturday, the frontal system arrived and the wind increased on over 30 kn during the second race of the day so that racing had to be cancelled for the day. On Sunday, the thermal breeze was back and five good heats were sailed in a 14 to 18 kn wind.
The outstanding winner was Chris Rast USA/SUI with 7 bullets and two 2nd ranks, followed by Max Mäge GER and Christian Schönleitner AUT. 34 Moths from 5 nations particpated.
The report and the overall rankings of the Eurocup with 123 Moths registered so far.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015   
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The flying AC-45 catamarans attracted a huge crowd in Portsmouth during the past weekend. The easy hovering is always astonishing. Paul Campbell-James GBR, wing trimmer of Ben Ainslie's 'BAR Racing Team', explains in detail in an 8-minutes' video, how the cat has to be driven for an optimal and safe flying.
 
Top News – Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Tuesday, July 28, 2015   (Image © Nikos Pantis)
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The 470 Junior World Championship 2015 in Thessaloniki GRE continued yesterday with two races, the men concluding herewith the Qualifier Series for the Gold- and Silverfleets. The women continue the Championship in one fleet.
The new leaders are Balázs Gyapjas/Zsombor Gyapjas HUN at equal points with
Guillaume Pirouelle/Valentin Sipan FRA, 2 points ahead of David Charles/Alex Charles ESP. Malte Winkel/Matti Cipra GER on 4th remain in the race for Medals. Russell Clarida/Henry Fernberger USA are on the 27th place, qualified for the Goldfleet.
Three teams share the lead in the women's fleet: 1st (thanks winning the last race as best of the day) are Maëlenn Lemaitre/Aloïse Retornaz FRA, followed by Jessica Lavery/Megan Brickwood GBR and Benedetta Di Salle/Alessandra Dubbini ITA on the 2nd and 3rd place. Allie Surrette/Ali Ten Hove are on the 38th place.
All ranking lists, the event facebook page as well as the event website, where the video of the day will be posted during the morning.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015   
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The stormy conditions exceeding 40 kn at the French Atlantic coast are staying on and the Race Direction decided early to postpone the start on tomorrow Wednesdaÿ.
The report and the event website.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015   (Image © Fred Hoffmann)
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Yesterday, the Olympic Classes International Sailing Week began on the Olympic waters of Rio de Janeiro and two to three races were sailed by class.
First leader in the Finns after two heats is Josh Junior NZL with a 1 point advance. The surprise so far is the 4th interim's place of Gong Lel CHN, a name that never appeared in the top group of Finn sailors. Caleb Paine USA is 8th. Leading in the Lasers Radial is Odile Ginaid BRA ahead of Erika Reinecke USA. The Olympic medalists Evi Van Acker BEL and Marit Bouwmester NED are on the positions 7 and 8 after two races. Haddon Hughes USA is 4th, Isabella Bertold CAN 12th. The trio Tom Burton AUS, Matthew Wearn AUS an Sam Meech NZL share the lead in the Lasers Standard after two races. Thomas Zajac/Tanja Franck AUT and Fernando Echevarri/Tara Pacheco ESP are on top of the Nacra-17 at equal points.
All ranking lists and the event website and the daily report in Portuguese.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015   
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The different World- and Continental Championships of the past weeks did not have a major influence on the ISAF World Ranking Lists. The most important move up made Ricardo Santos BRA, new on 2nd, after winning the PanAm-Games in the RS:X men windsurfers. In the Lasers Standard, Nick Thompson GBR advanced on rank 3 after his World Champion victory.
Top ten USA teams are in the 470 women Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha rank 5, in the 470 men Stu McNay/Hughes rank 8, in the Lasers Standard Charlie Buckingham 9th, in the Kite Formula Erika Heineken 9th. Top-10 CAN is in the Lasers Radial Isabella Bertold rank 9, in the Kite Formula Cathrine Dufour 4th
The Match-Race Worldranking lists have been publlished a few days ago. Ian Williams GBR replaced Taylor Canfield ISV on top of the rankings. Eric Monnin SUI remains on the 3rd place.
All ranking lists and the ISAF report.
 
Top News – Monday, July 27, 2015
Monday, July 27, 2015   (Image © Yvan Zedda)
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Extreme winds forced the cancellation of racing at the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Portsmouth on Sunday. The upper wind limit to race for the AC-45 is 25 kn. How hazardous racing with these foiler catamarans with top speeds above 40 kn can be is shown on a Trainings-Video of Ben Ainslie's GBR 'BAR-Racing Team'.
With no racing to close out the weekend, the results from Saturday - ranks 1 and 2 - stand, meaning that 'BAR-Racing Team' is the winner of the first event of the 35th America's Cup cycle. 'Team NZL' with Peter Burling NZL folllows one point behind on 2nd, the America's Cup holder 'Oracle' with James Spithill had to content themselves with rank 3. On rank 4 follows Franck Cammas FRA on 'Groupama Team France'.
The ranking list and the report.
Monday, July 27, 2015   (Image © Nikos Pantis)
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A moderate seabreeze between 8 and 12 kn prevailed on the first day of the 470 Junior World Championship in Thessaloniki yesterday, and the men and women fleets completed three, resp. two races.
Leader among the the 60 teams from 25 nations and 5 continents are Giacomo Ferrari/Giulio Calabro ITA with two race wins in their group, ahead of Enric Noguera/Pedro Terrones ESP and Balázs Gyapjas/Zsombor Gyapjas HUN. Russell Clarida/Henry Fernberger USA are on the 14th place.
The women (42 teams, 16 nations, 4 continents) completed two races and the superior leaders are Carmen and Julia Davila ESP. Here their video interview. Nadja Horwitz/Sofia Middleton CHI follows on rank 2, Maëlenn Lemaitre/Aloïse Retornaz FRA on rank 3. Allie Surrette/Ali Ten Hove CAN are 39th.
All ranking lists and the event website, where racing can be followed during the day via live ticker. See todays video.
Monday, July 27, 2015   
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Act 5 of the Extreme Sailing Series in Hamburg GER ended yesterday with five races, three of them won by 'The Wave - Muscat' of Leigh McMillan GBR moving on top of the rankings in a furious final, and extending his lead in the overall classificstions with this third victory of the season. The Russian 'Gazprom' with Phil Robertson NZL follows on second, her best result so far. 'SAP' with Jes Gram-Hansen DEN defended the third position just one point ahead of 'Red Bull' of Hans-Peter Steinacher AUT.
The report and the results.
Monday, July 27, 2015   
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The storm front reached the French Atlantic coast during the night but did not decrease this morning as predicted. The organizers postponed the start again, tomorrow at 10am a decision will be taken. On a slightly shortened course, the fleet will head for Luanco at the North Spanish coast and back to Talmont FRA. 47 solo skippers will be on the starting line. The race can be followed - as usual - live on the Internet via GPS tracking
The event website.
 
Top News – Sunday, July 26, 2015
Sunday, July 26, 2015   
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Sun and a 12 kn breeze offered a perfect setting for the inaugural foiling AC-45 America's Cup World Series Regatta in Portsmouth with Cup holder and the five challengers. Ben Ainslie GBR and his 'BAR-Team' have taken the lead after two races finishing 1 and 2, one point ahead of 'Team New Zealand' with Peter Burling NZL and 'Oracle' with James Spithill AUS on 3rd (ranks 2 and 4). 'Groupama' with Franck Cammas FRA follows on 4th.
The report and the ranking list. To watch the video replay of day one, registration on the event website ist required. Today's races will be covered live on the Internet as from 12 h UTC.
Sunday, July 26, 2015   
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Yesterday, the final race to decide on the 420 World Championship titles for both genders was sailed in Japan a 12 kn breeze.
Marta Garrido/María Jesus Dávila ESP have been clearly ahead in the 60-boats' Girls fleet before the last race already, and won the title with a 23 points advantage on Charlotte Yven/Marine Riou FRA. Misaki Tanaka/Sena Takano JPN earned the Bronze medal. Audrey Giblin/Ashton Borcherding USA are 12th.
Gold for Japan in the Open/Boys' rankings with Daichi Takayama/Syota Nakano ahead of Wiley Rogers/Jack Parkin USA 2nd. Bronze went to Gregor Calum/Hugo Christensson HKG. The best European team were Vasilios Gourgiotis/Epameinondas Orestis Batsis GRE on the 4th place at equal points with the Bronze medalists from Hongkong. The U-17 Worlds title went to Edoardo Ferraro/Francesco Orlando ITA, followed by Aggelos Arvanitis/Theofanis Kanakaris GRE and Carlos Balaguer/Ignacio Balaguer ESP.
All ranking lists, the daily news and the videos.
Sunday, July 26, 2015   (Image © Luis Fraguas)
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The Laser Radial Youth European Championship in Portugal ended yesterday with two races, with no changes on the podium.
European Youth Champions after 12 races are in the Girls Maria Erdi HUN and in the Boys Jamie Calder GBR. The remaining podium places go in Boys fleet to Gianmarco Planchestainer ITA and Jack Cookson GBR, in the Girls fleet to Magdalena Kwasna POL and Silvia Morales ESP.
All ranking lists and the event website.
Sunday, July 26, 2015   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
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The Tour-de-France à la Voile 2015, sailed on new one-design multihulls with a new format, ended yesterday with the 9th and last Act in Nizza at the Côte d'Azur. No wind in the morning and a fresh breeze aroung 30 kn in the afternoon did not permit to start the short races. The interim's leader 'Spindrift' with Xavier Revil FRA steering is therefore the Tour winner 2015 at equal points with 'Groupama' (Pierre Pennec FRA/Franck Cammas FRA), leader during the whole competition, who had to content herself with rank 2. 'CombiWest' with Frédéric Guilmin FRA follows on rank 3.
The final results, the daily report and the videos ...among other the capsize of 'Engie' with Sébastien Rogues FRA.
Sunday, July 26, 2015   
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Act 5 of the Extreme Sailing Series 2015 continued yesterday on the Elbe river in a thundery weather with gusty winds. The show of the day came from 'SAP' (Jes Gram Hansen DEN), capsizing in the last race but nevertheless taking the overall lead after day 2. However, nothing has been decided yet as the Danes are before the last races today only one point ahead of 'The Wave - Muscat' (Leigh McMillan GBR), and also the Russian 'Gazprom' (Phil Robertson NZL) with a 6 points' backlog and 'Red Bull Sailing Team' (Hans-Peter Steinacher AUT) 7 points behind have still chances to move on top.
The report, the results and the video of the capsize on the event facebook page.
Sunday, July 26, 2015   
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Today in Talmont at the French Atlantic Coast, the Prologue of the Transcascogne was on the program, but big waves prompted the Race Director to cancel the race, as a safe return through the small harbour entry would have been a risk for the tiny yachts. Most favorites of the Mini-Transat beginning in September, consider this regatta as a final equipment test.
The report and the event website.
 
Top News – Saturday, July 25, 2015
Saturday, July 25, 2015   
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The Laser Standard and Radial European Championship in Aarhus DEN ended yesterday with two races sailed in moderate conditions.
In the Lasers Radial women, the title went to Tatiana Doszdowskaja BLR, as the longtime leading Alicia Cebrian ESP was completely out of track with her worst races (30/35) in the Championship and was therefore relegated on rank 2. Tuula Tenkanen FIN defended her 3rd place. Erika Reineke USA, now 11th, and Haddon Hughes USA finally 13th changed again the sequence of the rankings. Claire Merry CAN is on rank 35, 7 places up on the last day.
As best of the day with the ranks 1 and 3, Rutger Van Schaardenburg NED grasped Gold in the Lasers Standard, and as at the World Championship, Philipp Buhl GER earned the Silver Medal. Tonci Stipanovic CRO finished 3rd. The North Americans Chris Barnard and Tom Ramshaw CAN are on the positions 33 and 49.
The 1st place of Marcin Rudawski POL in the Radial men was never in question. Leading during the whole week, he won with a 39 points' advance on Matthias De Loocke BEL. Zan Luka Zelko SLO won the Bronze Medal. Henry Marshall USA is on the 6th position.
All ranking lists and the event website.
Saturday, July 25, 2015   (Image © Luis Fraguas)
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Again perfect sailing conditions in Portugal, allowing to complete 3 races. Finishing 2/3/2, Jamie Calder GBR moved on top of the Boys' Goldfleet, and his advance on Gianmarco Planchestainer ITA before the last races today is i9 points. Jack Cookson GBR on rank 3 is already 22 points behind rank 1.
Maria Erdi HUN defended her lead in the Girls' Goldfleet, but - thanks to the second discard - Magdalena Kwasna POL reduced the backlog on 2 points. Eva Morales ESP follows on the 3rd place with a 10 points' deficit on rank 2.
All ranking lists and the event facebook page with the video of the day.
Saturday, July 25, 2015   
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The Laser 4.7 European Championship 2015 in Poland ended yesterday with two light-wind races.
In the Boys' fleet, Guido Gallinaro ITA jumped from rank 8 on the 1st place, winning the overall and the U16 Championships. 4 points behind, Alessandro Fornassari ITA on 2nd made the Italian success complete. Bronze went to Stijn Paardekooper NED.
An Italian double also with the Girls by Federica Cattarozzi ITA and - 7 points behind - Elisa Navoni ITA at equal poiints with the 3rd Carlota Sanchez ESP.
All ranking lists.
Saturday, July 25, 2015   (Image © Jun Hirai)
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The races at the 420 Worlds in Japan of this morning UTC will be crucial for the title.
After the two fresh-breeze races of yesterday, the wind in Karatsu JPN is around 14 kn today.
The best chances for the title in the Girls' fleet have Marta Garrido/María Jesus Dávila ESP, leading overall after yesterday's two races with a 16 points advance on Misaki Tanaka/Sena Takano JPN as 2nd. Marina Lefort/Lara Granier FRA on rank 3 are 10 points behind the 2nd. Four more teams down to rank 7 may still dream of a Medal. Audrey Giblin/Ashton Bercherding USA are 9th.
12 points is the advantage of Daichi Takayama/Syota Nakano JPN on Wiley Rogers/Jack Parkin USA, and Calum Gregor/Hugo Christensson HKG on 3rd are only one point back. The best Europeans just one point behind rank 3 are Vasilios Gourgiotis/Epameinondas Orestis Batsis GRE.
The U17 title will most probably go to Edoardo Ferraro/Francesco Orlando ITA, as their advantage on Aggelos Arvanitis/Theofanis Kanakaris GRE is now 22 points.
All ranking lists, the daily news and the video of the day. The final decisions will fall this morning, to be followed live on the Internet ticker.
Saturday, July 25, 2015   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
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Light winds of up to 9 kn and a strong tide current prevailed yesterday during the 7 Extreme Sailing Series races of Hamburg GER. Four times 2nd and a race win were good enough for the Russian 'Gazprom' with Phil Robertson NZL to take the overall lead 4 points ahead of the 'SAP Sailing Team' of Jes Gram-Hansen DEN on 2nd, closely followed by 'The Wave - Muscat' with Leigh McMillan GBR as 3rd.
The daily news and the ranking list.
Saturday, July 25, 2015   
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Today begins in Portsmouth GBR the first Round of the America's Cup World Series, with the America's Cup Defender 'Oracle' and all Challengers, lead by Ben Ainslie GBR and his 'BAR-Racing-Team', considered the hottest favorite by many experts. The preview. Racing will be transmitted live on the Internet as from 12 hrs UTC.
Saturday, July 25, 2015   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
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Yesterday's light-wind coastal race of Nizza FRA has a major influence on the final outcome of the Tour de France 2015. 'Spindrift' with Xavier Revil FRA has taken the overall lead thanks to the win of yesterday's race, at equal points with 'Groupama' (Pierre Pennec FRA), and 'CombiWest' with Frédéric Guilmin FRA follows only 2 points behind.
The daily news, the ranking list and the videos.
Saturday, July 25, 2015   
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The Yngling World Championship 2015 in Norvay ended yesterday with two races. Lucas Lier DEN won the first race of the day to become premature World Champion, and therefore he watched the last race from the shore. Maarten Jamin NED and Lieuwe Gietema NED won Silver and Bronze.
The final rankings.
Saturday, July 25, 2015   
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With an elapsed time of 10d 20h 1m 12s, Harry Zanville's Santa Cruz 37 'Celerity' was the first entry to cross the finish line at Diamond Head in the pre-dawn hours this morning in the 48th biennial LA-Honolulu Transpac. The Celerity team's claims to victory may be premature, however, as the next finisher expected at the finish line at Diamond Head tonight is Paul Stemler's J/44 Patriot, who for a few days earlier in the race had the Division 7 and overall lead before being passed by Celerity. Just hours away from the finish, the tracker calculation of time-on-time scoring has switched that overall corrected time lead back to them, so the winner of Division 7 is still uncertain. Read the full report. More infos on the event web site.
 
 
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