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Top News – Monday, April 21, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014   
Today begins the 5th and last ISAF 2013/14 Worldcup Event on the Bay of Hyères FRA. With over 780 boats and over 1100 sailors from 60 nations, this is the worldwide best attended sailing competition of the year ..... they are all here, the World Champions, Olympic medalists and the Worldcup leaders. Remarkable teams represent the USA (21 teams among them Haeger/Provancha 470 woman, McNay/Hughes 470 men, Paige Railey Laser Radial or Caleb Paine Finn), Canada (Ramsay/Girke Nacra, but without Isabella Bertold Laser) and Mexico (Demita Vega RS:X).
Light to moderate Easterly winds will prevail for the Qualifications Series today and tomorrow, while by the end of the week, an up to 30 kn breeze will set the stage for a fast and furious events' final. The official preview. Racing can be followed on Twitter and as from 10 hrs UTC live on the Internet.
Monday, April 21, 2014   (Image © Elena Giolai)
Local sailors from Lake Garda were the winners of the 2014 Optimist Meeting at Riva ITA ending yesterday. The first of the two races in the morning was sailed in a rather unconstant wind but the final heat in the afternoon was completed in a perfect Ora breeze. Davide Ducchi ITA flopped in the first Juniores race (rank 73) but winning the last heat, he remained on top of the rankings six points ahead of Lucas Bergström SWE on 2nd. Daniil Krutskikh RUS was 3rd. Zoya Novikova RUS on rank 23 was the best girl. Best of the numerous USA and BER sailors were Patton Campbell BER is 26th, Severin Cramm USA 57th. The Goldfleet ranking list.
In the younger Cadetti, the tiebread went in favor of Francesco Novelli ITA thanks to better individual race results ahead of Felix Neszvescko GER. Third and the best girl was Gaja Pela ITA. The results of the Cadetti.
All other ranking lists and the final report (in Italian).
Monday, April 21, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
The expected leader change happened ! The southern group keeps on racing 3 kn faster as the previous leader trio in the North. Nicolas Lunven/Eric Peron FRA are the new leaders 10 miles ahead of Gwenolé Gahinet/Paul Meilhat FRA on rank 2. The best of the northern Group are Gwenael Gbick/Kito de Pavant FRA on position 6, but they will no doubt descend even more, as will Contin Horeau/Michel Desjoyeaux FRA, still 10th. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Monday, April 21, 2014   
Traditionally, the 5o5s have their international season opening in the South of France, and 49 teams from 5 nations (incl the USA) participated in the Europacup Regatta at St-Raphaël FRA. Five races were completed until Saturday with Wolfgang Hunger/Holger Jess GER leading ahead of Morten Bogacki/Lars Dehne GER 4 points behind. Excellent the third place of the mixed team Caroline and Philippe Jacot SUI inmidst of the top-teams, i.e. in front of the former Worldchampions Mike Holt/Dave Shelton USA and Ian Pinnel/Adam Kenny GBR on the positions 4 and 5. The ranking list.
Top News – Sunday, April 20, 2014
Sunday, April 20, 2014   (Image © Elena Giolai)
The wind situation on Lake Garda stabilised yesterday and racing took place according to program with three races for the Juniores and two for the Cadett. The crucial day is today in the two heats of the Goldfleets.
The local Davide Duchi ITA has taken the lead in the Juniores on his home waters. Lennart Kuss GER follows 4 points back on rank 2, Luca Valentino ITA and Salvo Sciuto ITA share rank 3. The best girl Filippa Johr SWE is on the 17th place. The best North Americans are Patton Campbell BER as 41st and Severin Cramm USA as 48th.
In the younger Cadetti, Arikan Okyanus TUR, Dmitry Golkov RUS and Francesco Novelli ITA are on top at equal points. Only one point behind follow Rodion Provin RUS and the best girl Gaja Pela ITA fighting for the overall victory today.
The event-website.
Sunday, April 20, 2014   
The southern chaser group still has a speed advantage of 4 kn over the leading trio in the North, but the backlog of the best South team Gwenolé Gahinet/Paul Meilhat FRA has melted to 46 miles. A leader change is most likely during the next 24 hours. For the moment, Gwenael Gbick/Kito de Pavant FRA are still leading 1,9 miles ahead of Jean Le Cam/Gildas Mahé FRA. Corentin Horeau/Michel Desjoyeaux FRA follow 35 miles behind on rank 3. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Top News – Saturday, April 19, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014   (Image © Elena Giolai)
After a normal Lake Garda day during the first races on Thursday with a good Ora, the wind did barely fill in yesterday. Only the elder Juniores succeeded to complete at least one race. The new leader thanks to the discarded result is Yasar Rasim TUR, winning the race of his group. Davide Duchi ITA, Lennart Kuss GER and Luca Valentino ITA follow one point behind. The best girl is Arianna Passamonti ITA on rank 15. The best North Americans are Matilda Nicholls BER as 36th, Severin Cramm USA as 73th among the 623 participants. No race and therefore no changes in the rankings of the younger Cadetti with Francesco Novelli ITA on the first place. The event-website.
Saturday, April 19, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
The weather pattern over the Atlantic Ocean alters more and more in favor of the southern group, admittedly still behind, but progressing at high speed direction West thanks to the trade winds. The leading group in the North - reduced by the co-favorite team Chabagny/Tabarly FRA having dismasted - has now to swallow the pill to cross the light-wind zone southwards to reach the trade winds. A leader change will most probably happen within two days. New in the lead are this morning Gwenael Gbick/Kito De Pavant FRA, 3,9 miles ahead of Jean Le Cam/Gildas Mahé FRA. Corentin Horeau/Michel Desjoyeaux FRA have lost some miles and are now as 3rd 26 miles behind. Fabien Delahaye/Yoann Richomme FRA on rank 4 are now the first boat of the southern group with a backlog of 122 on the first. The race-viewer, the reports and the video of the day.
Top News – Friday, April 18, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014   (Image © Elena Giolai)
The Optimist Lake Garda Meeting 2014 began yesterday in a well-established 18 kn Ora. The elder Juniores (age 12-15), split in five groups, sailed three, the younger Cadetti (<12) two races each. The leading sailors are still closely together: Lennart Kuss GER and Luca Valentino ITA share the lead in the Juniores, one point ahead of the tied Davide Duchi ITA and Volchkov RUS. Charlotte Lind GER on rank 25 is the best girl. The best of the 25 USA Optimist sailors - they had to sail qualifiers before travelling to Europe - is Severin Cramm on rank 43.
Italian is the lead in the Cadetti with Francesco Novelli ITA one point ahead of Dimitry Golovkin RUS. Gaja Pela ITA on the 3rd position is the best girl.
The event-website with the ranking lists.
Friday, April 18, 2014   
The fleet split in two, the leading group in the North and the main fleet in the South, continues to sail in two different wind systems. The wind situation seems to change in favor of the southern group, sailing now in trade winds around 15 knunder spi direction Caribbeans, while the northern group is beating upwind in a light breeze, and the advantage is melting away quickly.
This morning, the leaders Corentin Horeau/Michel Desjoyeaux FRA were 2,5 miles ahead of Jean Le Cam/Gildas Mahé FRA. The best southern team Nicolas Lunven/Eric Roux FRA on rank 6 has reduced the backlog on the leader to 204 miles and continues to progress over 4 kn faster as the northern group. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Friday, April 18, 2014   
As every year, Easter is a preferred date for a number of traditional well-attended Optimist Regattas. In addition to the record-size Optimist Garda Meeing with almost 1000 boats, there is an Easter Regatta in the Netherlands with 212 participants from 12 mostly North-European nations and also in Slovenia, a 479 Optimists fleet from 9 nations is very remarkable. At the Côte d'Azur, the French Sélection Interligue (SIL) takes place in Cannes. 319 Optimists from France, Monaco and Switzerland will begin their competion on Monday. The event-website with the entry lists.
With daily updates all-year-round 365 days, sailing-news informs obviously every morning at 6 a.m. UTC on the lastest news also over the Easter holidays.
Top News – Thursday, April 17, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
Yesterday, the fleet of the 14 two-person teams has been spreading out even more. After the low wind on Tuesday, the southern teams have now hit the trade winds and speed up again, pushing them probably on a direct way to the Caribbeans. The leading boats in the North adhering to a West front accelerated also after a short slow-down, and defended their lead up to now. But sooner or later, they have to head South across a lull zone to reach the trade winds. Corentin Horeau/Michel Desjoyeaux FRA lead 5,4 miles ahead of Jean Le Cam/Gildas Mahé FRA. Nicolas Lunven/Eric Péron FRA, first in the Southern group on position 6 overall, are already 225 miles behind. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, April 17, 2014   
The 32nd Optimist Lake Garda Meeting was opened yesterday with the Parade passing the old-town of Riva. See the video. Sun and normal Lake Garda conditions with an up to 20 kn Ora breeze have been announced for the first races today. Over the weekend, a low pressure front will be passing over Northern Italy and rain with little wind must be expected according to the forecast. Almost 1000 participants will be on the starting lines. The event-website.
Thursday, April 17, 2014   
Taylor Canfield ISV consolidated his first position in the ISAF Men Matchrace World Rankings with his victory at the Congressional Cup. In the ISAF Women's rankings, Camilla Ulrikkeholm DEN replaced Lucy McGregor GBR on top and takes rank 1 for the first time. The World Ranking Lists and the ISAF report.
Thursday, April 17, 2014   
'Mainsail', CNN's video magazine, presented by the Olympic Champion Shirley Robertson GBR (this time partly in the skiff trapeze !), features the Sydney 18 Footer JJ Giltinan Trophy in a three-part broadcast with the title 'Rock'n'Roll' of sailing ! Part 1 covers the history, part 2 consists of an interview with the 6-times Giltinan champion Ian Murray AUS, who, after the Starboat Olympics became San Francisco America's Cup Sport Director in 2008, and is now CEO of the Australian America's Cup Syndicate. Part 3 is dedicated to the 75th Giltinan-Trophy of early March 2014. The Mainsail website.