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Top News – Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The first Single Elimination of the PWA World Tour Slalom at Alcati TUR was completed on day one already thanks to a well-established 15 kn breeze. In the men's category, Ben Van der Steen BEL won ahead of Pascal Toselli FRA und Antoine Albeau FRA. In the women's, Sara-Quita Offringa NED (Aruba) was the fastest, followed by Lena Erdil TUR and Fulya Ünlü TUR on the ranks 2 and 3. As to the dominators of previous years: Valérie Ghibaudo FRA finished 5th, Karin Jaggi SUI did not compete.
More details on the PWA website.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   (Image © JOY)
Late - around 15 hrs CET - and very light was the Ora wind yesterday because of the overcast sky. The 57 teams left the harbour for a last training, but the Practice Race was cancelled as a thunderstorm was approaching. The wind forecast for the coming days is not very promising. The report of the day.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
Yann Guichard FRA and Dona Bertareli SUI with their 140-foot-trimaran 'Spindrift' (the former 'Banque Populaire') have been waiting in New York in vain for an appropriate weather window to attack the North Atlantic record from New York to Cap Lizard. Five days ago, the attempt was cancelled, as the trimaran has to be slighlty modified in view of Yann Guichard's start to the solo race 'Route du Rhum' in the coming November.
Monday evening during the jouney back to France, the trimaran hit a swimming container at a speed of 25 kn, breaking off one of the rudder. A short repair stop on the Azores will be made before sailing back to France.
The report with a video.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   (Image © Chris Ray)
Fresh winds between 20 and 25 kn dominated the first two days of the traditional 18 Foot International Regatta. Howie Hamlin USA and his team are leading the fleet after 4 races sailed. Just one point back Brett Van Munster AUS is second. Read the full report and see the complete results.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
This evening at 18.30 hrs CET, Patrick Girod SUI will present his project for the Mini-Transat of next year. With his intensive racing program this year, he has aleady completed the qualification miles for this event. The invitation.
Simon Koster SUI, third of last year's Mini-Transat, will again parcitipate in the next edition of this key event of the Mini 650 class. On September 8th, he will present his new project at the Segler Vereinigung Thalwil / Lake Zurich SUI.
The Simon Koster website.
Top News – Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014   (Image © Lloyd Images)
Cardiff Bay saved the best for last for the 11-boat Extreme 40 fleet, where 'The Wave - Muscat' (Leigh McMillan GBR), 'Alinghi' (Morgan Larson USA) and 'JP Morgan-BAR Racing' (Ben Aisnlie GBR) battled it out until the bitter end for the top positions, in one of the closest – and most exciting – three-horse fights seen in the Series, which resulted in a three way collision and three consecutive penalties too boot in the final and double points race. (See the video, crash happens after 3 min 30 sec). Inspite of finishing this last race on the last places ('Alinghi' 9th, 'BAR' 10th, 'Wave' 11th), these three teams finished in Cardiff 1 - 2 - 3 overall. In the 2014 Series interim's rankings, 'Alinghi' remains on top but the advance on 'The Wave - Muscat' has melted on 2 points. Third in the annual rankings are Jerôme Clerc SUI/Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI on 'RealTeam' thanks to a 5th place in Cardiff. and a weak result of Dean Barker NZL and his 'Team New Zealand' in Wales.
The report and the rankings.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014   (Image © Max Ranchi)
Today on Lake Garda is day one of the Melges 20 World Championship 2014, a class spreaded widely during the last three years. 57 teams from 11 nations and 3 continents are on the entry list. A number of high-ranked sailors are among the participants such as the Laser 2008 Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR, the multiple Laser and Starboat European Champion Michael Hestbaek DEN, the double 470 Olympic Champion Malcom Page AUS or the past Soling World Champion Bill Hardesty USA. The title will most probably go to a USA or Italian team.
The official preview and the event website.
Top News – Monday, August 25, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014   (Image © Lloyd Images)
After the windy start days, only a light breeze prevailed yesterday over the Cardiff Bay for another five short races. 'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA hardly found the speed in the first three heats, finishing with the backmarkers, and had to leave rank 1 in the interim's rankings to 'The Wave - Muscat' with Leigh McMillan GBR. Their lead before the last races today (including the final double points heat) is 7 points, ... and a fresh breeze around 25 kn has been announced. On rank 3 follows Ben Ainslie GBR with his 'BAR Racing Team'. The second Swiss multihull 'Realstone' with Jerôme Clerc SUI moved up on rank 4.
The rankings and the daily report.
Monday, August 25, 2014   (Image © Tim Wilkes)
The light wind on the final day allowed only a race for the 2.4m and the Skud-18. The race of the Sonars had to be abandoned. Here the results: Bruno Jourdren/Nicolas Vimont-Vicary/Eric Flageul FRA wins in the Sonars, another title for the Frenchman. Silver and Bronze went to Paul Tingley CAN and Colin Harrison USA with their teams. The tightly leading trio in the 2.4m finished the last race in the middle of the fleet, and Heiko Kröger GER succeeded to defend his first place. Helena Lucas GBR advanced on rank 2, Séguin FRA won the Bronze medal. In the Skud-18, Alexandra Rickham/Niki Birrell GBR needed a race win to overtake the leading Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tesch AUS, but finishing 'only' second, they remain second overall at equal points with the new World Champions. Marco Gualandris/Marta Zanetti ITA won Bronze.
The ranks 1 to 6 qualify the nations for the Paralympics 2016 in Rio. The USA teams have qualified in the 2.4mR and SKUD-18 classes. CAN has achieved their overall goal by securing berths in all three classes. All ranking lists and the event website.
Top News – Sunday, August 24, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014   (Image © Mark Sauvageot)
The U21 World Championships 2014 of the Olympic Laser Classes ended yesterday with a last race in the Douarnenez FRA Bay. Lorenzo Chiavarini GBR controlled Hermann Tomasgaard NOR, his last opponent in the Lasers Standard and sailed him down to the midfleet, securing the Gold medal with a 3 points advantage. Bronze went to Stefano Peschiera PER. Winner in the U19 ranking was Finn Lynch IRL, moving up on rank 4 in the last race. The North Americans are on the positions 44 Sandy Beatty CAN, 51 Andrew Puopulo USA and 52 Ander Belausteguigoitia MEX.
Outstanding winner in the Lasers Radial was Agata Barwinska POL with a 33 points lead over Daphne Van der Vaart NED ! The Bronze medal went to Martina Reina ESP, at the same time winner of the U19-rankings. The best American girls are Corinne Peters CAN 29th and Haddon Hughes USA, dropping on 33rd with a DNC in the last race.
All ranking lists and the event facebook pages.
Sunday, August 24, 2014   
A weather change with rain brought enough wind yesterday for the final races at the Youth Sailing Olympics in Nanjing CHN.
No changes concerning the medal ranks: Bernie Chin SIN won in the Byte-Boys ahead of Pedro-Luis Marcondes BRA and Rodolfo Pires POR. The North Americans Justin Vittecoq CAN, Henry Marshall USA and Scott McKenzie ISV are 8th, 9th and 13th. Samantha JingYi Yom SIN took Gold in the Byte-Girls ahead of Odile Van Aanholt NED and Jarian Brandes PER. Paula Pelayo MEX is 13th, Paige Clarke ISV 16th.
In the Techno male windsurfers, Maxim Tokarev RUS is first ahead of Francisco Saubidet ARG and Lars Van Sommeren NED. Gold in the Techno female windsurfers goes to Linli Wu CHN with Mariam Sekhposyan RUS and Lucie Pianazza FRA completing the podium with Silver and Bronze.
All ranking lists and the event website.
Sunday, August 24, 2014   
Good sailing conditions yesterday allowed an intensive program with three races for the 2.4m and Skud-18s, while the sonars completed two heats.
The situation in the 2.4m before the last races is exciting with Heiko Kröger GER on top, but the day's best Damien Séguin FRA has joined him. Only 2 points behind follows Helena Lucas GBR. In the Skud-18, the title will be decided in a duel between Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tesch AUS and Alexandra Rickham/Niki Birrell GBR 3 points behind. Unchallenged on rank 3 are Marco Gualandris/Marta Zanetti ITA. New leaders in the Sonars are Bruno Jourdren/Nicolas Vimont-Vicary/Eric Flageul FRA, 3 points ahead of Paul Tingley CAN and his team. Colin Harrison AUS advanced on rank 3.
All ranking lists and the event facebook pages.
Sunday, August 24, 2014   
The Optimist Team Racing European Championship ended yesterday on Lake Ledro ITA above Lake Garda with light wind races. Loosing only twice in 14 duels, the Team Turkey is the outstanding winner ahead of the closely fighting Team Spain, Silver medal, and Poland, Bronze medal. The final report.
Sunday, August 24, 2014   (Image © JOY)
The Melges 20 US Nationals ended yesterday with two races sailed in a 12-15 kn seabreeze. Cesar Gomes Neto/Andre Fonseca BRA are the Champions ahead of Drew Weirda/Scott Nixon USA. The report and the final rankings.
Sunday, August 24, 2014   
Moderate winds of 14 to 18 kn created much action on the second day of the Extreme Sailing Series. Ten short races were sailed on the narrow, partly only 300 meter wide, race course.
'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA and Anna Tunnicliffe USA (read her - as alway - very explicit report) came back on top of the rankings ahead of 'The Wave - Muscat' with Leigh McMillan GBR on rank 2. 'BAR Racing' with Ben Ainslie GBR is down on rank 3.
The report, the ranking list and the Videos.
Top News – Saturday, August 23, 2014
Saturday, August 23, 2014   (Image © Christophe Favreau)
The 5o5 World Championship 2014 ended yesterday in Kiel with a last race, sailed in a 20 kn breeze and won by Mike Holt/Rob Woelfel USA after a tight duel with Peter Nicholas/Luke Payne AUS. With this victory, the USA team defended the first place and earned the 5o5 World Champion's title in front of the Australian advancing on rank 2. Wolfgang Hunger/Julien Kleiner GER finished 3rd yesterday and take the Bronze medal.
The report and the final rankings.
Saturday, August 23, 2014   
The moderate conditions stayed on at the Laser U21 Worlds in Douarnenez FRA and the situation for the men's title remains open before the last two races today, while the women's title has already been decided.
Hermann Tomasgaard NOR and Lorenzo Chiavarini GBR lead in the Lasers Standard at equal points. Stefano Peschiera PER, 8 points behind, as well as Michele Benamati ITA, are also fighting for a medal. Joel Rodriguez ESP on the 5th place leads in the U19-classification. The North Americans are on the positions 43 Sandy Beatty CAN, 48 Andrew Puopulo USA and 52 Ander Belausteguigoitia MEX.
The new Laser-Radial-U21-World Champion before the last two races already is Agata Barwinska POL. Her advance on Daphne Van der Vaart NED is 29 points. New on rank 3 is Martha Faraguna ITA. Marina Reino ESP on rank 5 leads in the U-19 classification ahead of Marie Barrué FRA on rank 10 as second-U19. The best American girls are Haddon Hughes USA 27th and Corinne Peters CAN 29th.
All ranking lists and the event facebook page.
Saturday, August 23, 2014   
The wind was very light yesterday at Halifax CAN and only the Skud-18 finished one race. Winning this heat, Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tesch AUS climbed on top of the overall rankings one point ahead of Alexandra Rickham/Niki Birrell GBR. With a small 2 points' deficite on the leaders, Marco Gualandris/Marta Zanetti ITA are still in the race for the title. 8 points is the advance of Heiko Kröger GER on Damien Séguin FRA in the 2.4m. In the Sonars, Tingley/Lutes/Campbell CAN are 4 points in front of Jourdren/Vimont-Vicary/Flageul FRA.
All ranking lists and the event website.
Saturday, August 23, 2014   (Image © ISAF)
No breeze on Lake Jinniu near Nanjing yesterday and the the Medals at the Youth Sailing Olympics have to be decided in the last race of today, provided their will be enough wind. If not, there is still a spare day on Sunday.
After seven races sailed, Bernie Chin SIN leads in the Byte Boys 4 points ahead of Pedro-Luis Macondes BRA and another 3 points on Rodolfo Pires POR on rank 3. Also 4 points is the lead of Odile Van Aanholt NED in the Byte Girls, where only Samantha Jing Yi SIN still has a chance to replace her on top. Carolina Albano ITA is already 23 points back.
In the Techno Boys windsurfers, Maxim Tokarev RUS has only one point on Francisco Saubiodet ARG, but also Lars Van Someren NED on 3rd with a 3 points' backlog is still in the race for Gold. Leader in the Techno Girls windsurfers is Linli Wu CHN ahead of Mariam Sekhposyan RUS and Lucie Pianazza FRA folgen at equal points on rank 2.
All results and the report of the day.
Saturday, August 23, 2014   (Image © Lloyd Images)
Act 5 of the Extreme Sailing Series began yesterday in Cardiff GBR with nine 10-minutes' short races. 'JP Morgan - BAR' with Ben Ainslie GBR is the first leader 8 points ahead of the 'SAP Sailing Team' with Jes Gram Hansen DEN. Third is 'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA closely followed by 'The Wave - Muscat' with Leigh McMillan GBR, duelling for the overall Tour lead. The Swiss 'RealTeam' with Jerôme Clerc SUI follows on rank 5. The report and the ranking list.
Saturday, August 23, 2014   (Image © H.J. Weimer)
Again a splendig Maloja wind day yesterday and the Swiss Optimist Championship continued with 4 races. Winning three heats in his group, Rok Verderber SLO took the overall lead 10 points ahead of Roko Mohr GER and Valentin Müller GER at equal points on the ranks 2 and 3. The best Swiss Nicolas Rolaz SUI descended on rank 7, followed by the best girl Gaia Bergonzini ITA.
The ranking list and the short report.
Saturday, August 23, 2014   (Image © JOY)
Shifty light winds made sailing challenging at the Melges 20 US Nationals in Newport RI. Three races were sailed and finishing three times on rank 2, Cesar Gomes BRA and his team have taken the lead ahead of Drew Wierda USA.
The ranking list and the report of the day.