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International – Monday, December 22, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Fred Hoffmann)
A number of International Olympic Classes sailors are spending their time in Rio de Janeiro for training purposes on the 2016 Olympic waters. During the past days, the Copa Brazil de Vela Regatta has been organised. Here some of the results:
In the Nacra 17, Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA added another overall victory. After 12 races, the finished first 4 points ahead of Vittorio Bisarro/Silvia Seguro ITA. Matias Buhler/Nathalie Brugger SUI were 3rd in a good quality fleet. Strong competitors also in the 470 fleets. In the 470 women, the locals Oliveira/Barbachan BRA were on top ahead of the Olympic Champions Aleh/Powrie NZL as well as Lecointre/Defrance FRA and Vadlau/Ogar AUT 3rd at equal points. No ranking list is availabe right now from the 470 men), were the Olympic Champion Belcher AUS with Ryan AUS crew was first ahead of McNay/Hughes USA and Schmid/Reichstädter AUT. Robert Scheidt BRA was the winner in the Lasers Standard in front of Bruno Fontes BRA, Rutger Van Schaardenburg NED and Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA. Evi Van Acker BEL was ahead in the Lasers Radial, Giles Scott GBR dominated the Finns with 8 wins in 11 races. British victories also by Byrony Shaw GBR in the RS:X- women windsurfers and Nick Dempsey GBR in the RS:X men windsufers. Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI finished 15th. Bekkering/Duetz NED defeated the small 49erFX fleet. Grael/Borges BRA were the best of the three Brazilian teams in the 49FXer.
All ranking lists and the event website.
International – Sunday, December 21, 2014
Sunday, December 21, 2014   
The 58th edition of the Starboat Christmas Race in Nizza FRA will take place as usual between Christmas and New Year. As all Star regattas, this is event is part of the 'Star Sailors League' ranking list, and this is certainly a reason for the record particpation this year. 45 teams from 14 nations (including the USA and Brazil) are on the entry list. Key favorites are also this year Diego Negri/Sergio Lambertenghi ITA, Vice World Champions 2014. The races can be followed live over GPS tracking. A preview and the event website.
International – Friday, December 19, 2014
Friday, December 19, 2014   (Image © Alfred Farre)
The Palamos Christmas Race began yesterday at the Spanish Costa Brava in a light wind. While the fleets racing inshore completed 2 to 3 races, the 470s and Finns on the outer courses waited in vain for a breeze.
After two heats in the Lasers Standard, Eliott Merceron FRA leads ahead of Antony Munos FRA and Joaquin Blanco ESP. 44 participants from 10 nations. Monica Azon ESP and Anna Skaar NOR share the lead in the Lasers Radial women. Ellie Brown GBR follows on rank 3. 23 participants. Mon Canellas ESP is first in the Radial men. The 49ers completed three races according to program, and Alonso/Alonso ESP lead ahead of Bergström/Vesternäs SWE and Cherin/Tesei ITA. Winners of the only race of the day in the 29ers were Peter Janezic/Anze Podlogar SLO, in front of Carla + Marta Munte-Carrasco ESP. Only one race per fleet in the 420s as well. First in the Boys category were Andrea Abruzzese/Camilla Fassio ITA ahead of Maxime Bachelin/Philippe Pittet SUI and Theo Carayon/Erwan Lucas FRA. Cata Homar/Maria Llabres ESP lead in the 420 girls followed by Erna Riera/Léa Pernet FRA and Carmen + Julia Davila ESP. 23 teams.
All ranking lists and the report of the day. The Swiss 470 team Wagen/Siegwart SUI spent the raceless day with maintenance work at their 470.
International – Thursday, December 18, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014   
Today begins the 39th edition of the Palamos Christmas Race at the Spanish Costa Brava. Invited are - apart from the Olympic Classes - also the Youth Classes 420, 29er and Laser Radial. 330 boats are on the entry lists. The wind forecast for today announces moderate conditions around 10 kn. This race was, by-the-way, the first regatta to be presented on the ISAF (then IYRU) Internet website in 1995, ... almost 20 years' ago !
The event website.
Thursday, December 18, 2014   
Two weeks ago, the ISAF Olympic Classes Worldcup 2015 began with Sail Melbourne. Only 10 days after the Abu Dhabi 2014 Worldcup Final, only very few European or American teams participated, and it remains to be seen, whether this new format will become an intercontinental competition in the future. Thanks to the high quality of the Australian top sailors, the level of the races was very high. See also the detailed report in Sail World ,
A 5 minutes' video summary.
International – Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014   
The ISAF Olympic Classes World Ranking Lists have been updated after the Melbourne Worldcup event last week. The 2014 year-end rankings did not change much, and only in the Finns, a new leader - Ivan Klijakovic-Gaspic CRO - replaced the previous first Caleb Paine USA, now second. Other top-10 NorAm performers were Haeger/Provancha USA 2nd 470 women and McNay/Hughes USA 4th 470 men.
All ranking lists and the ISAF report.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014   
A drug-resistant "super bacteria” that's normally found in hospitals and is notoriously difficult to treat has been discovered in the waters where Rio de Janeiro's Olympic sailing events will be held, said on Monday scientists of the Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Brazil's most respected health research institute. Samples were taken from various spots along the Carioca River, including the mouth of the river into the city's Guanabara Bay, site of the 2016 sailing and wind surfing events. The Rio organisers did not comment yet. The report.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014   
Tom Slingsby AUS, the Laser Olympic Champion and America's Cup winner with 'Oracle', is very busy these days. He just returned from the Extreme Sailing Series final on Sydney Harbour, where he steered for the first time an X-40 catamaran. Last after the first day's ten races, 'Oman Air' came strongly back and finished the event on the fourth place. In ten days from now, the start to the Sydney-Hobart Race will be given, where he is at the helm of 'Perpetual Loyal', one of the favorite 100-foot Super-Maxis. And another ten days later, he will participate in the Moth World Championship, where he aims for a top-ten ranking, a very ambitious goal considering the all-star line-up at this Championship.
The report.
International – Monday, December 15, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014   (Image © 18footers.com.au)
The Syd-Barnett-Trophy on Sunday was the sixth Round of the 18-footer Club Championship 2014/5 on Sydney Harbour. With the overall leader 'Gotta love it 7' absent - the skipper Seve Jarvin AUS sailed the X-40 Extreme Sailing Series on 'Pindar' - 'Lumix' with Ash Rooklyn AUS realised her first victory of the season. 'Appliancesonline.com.au' (Micah Lane/Tom Anderson/Paul Montague AUS) and 'Compassmarkets.com' (Keagan York/Greg Dixon/Matt Stenta AUS) follow on the ranks 2 and 3.
The ranking list and the report. Racing can be reviewed (1 Std 38 min) on video.
Monday, December 15, 2014   (Image © JOY)
The first Act of the Melges 20 Winter Series in Miami ended yesterday with one light-wind race. Jason Michas USA (tactics Mark Mendelblatt USA) finished 1st and advanced on rank 1 at equal points with Marc Hollerbach USA (Jonathan McKee USA). Achille Onorato ITA (Malcom Page AUS) dropped on the 3rd place one point behind. The second Act of the Winter Series follows in February.
The ranking list and the report.
Monday, December 15, 2014   
The Commodores Cup in Miami - second Act of the Star Class Winter Series - was concluded yesterday with two races sailed in a light 4-7 kn breeze. Winning the first race of the day, Paul Cayard/Brian Terhaar USA took the interim's lead and controlled the direct opponents in race 2 allowing to celebrate a clear overall win. Larry Whipple/David Burrows USA and Peter Vesella/Guy Avellon USA completed the podium. 23 teams from 4 nations participated.
The report by Paul Cayard USA and the final rankings.
International – Sunday, December 14, 2014
Sunday, December 14, 2014   
After the Skiffs, the Nacra 17 catamaran and the windsurfers on Saturday, it was the 470s', the Finns' and the Lasers' turn to sail the Medal Races. The winners and the best OZ teams by class have already now qualified for the Worldcup Final in Abu Dhabi in December 2015.
Alexander Conway/Patrick Conway AUS won in the 470 men, Sasha Ryan/Amelia Catt AUS were first in the 'matchrace' of the only two 470 women, Ed Wright GBR made it in the Finns with a clear advange over Oliver Twedell AUS and Jake Lilley AUS. Philipp Toth USA was 5th. Tom Burton AUS had a 22 points' lead on the end of the day in the Lasers Standard over Matthew Wearn AUS and Mike Bullot NZL. Almost as dominant was Alison Young GBR 16 points in front in the Lasers Radial ahead of Tatiana Droszdowskaya BLR with just on point on Line Flem-Höst DEN remaining on 3rd. Isabelle Bertold CAN, 7th in the Medal Race, stayed on the 5th place overall
The Paralympics participated in this Worldcup act with the 2.4 m and the Skuds. Matthew Bugg AUS won in the 2.4m, while Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tesch AUS were first in 9 of the 10 races in the Skuds 18.
All ranking lists, the final report and the videos.
Sunday, December 14, 2014   (Image © LLoyd Images)
The final Act of the Extreme Sailing Series 2014 ended today on a beautiful breezy and sunny Sydney Harbour day. 'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA, Stuart Pollard AUS (Anna Tunnicliffe USA was scheduled for two of the four days, but renounced in favor of the local Stu to sail), Nils Frei SUI, Yves Detrey SUI and Pierre-Yves Jorand SUI made it all clear winning the Act after 26 races and taking the overall Annual Champion's title. 'The Wave - Muscat' with Leigh McMillan GBR, having arrived in Sydney to turnover the situation in her favor, finished 2nd with a 12 points' backlog and remained 2nd in the annual rankings as well. The second Swiss team - 'RealTeam of Realstone' with Jerôme Clerc SUI and Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI confirmed their strong 2014 performance with a 3rd place in Sydney, consolidating their 3rd place overall, achieving more than they hoped for considering the world-class opponents.
The ranking lists, the reports and the video of the last day.
Sunday, December 14, 2014   (Image © JOY)
Difficult wind conditions on the second day of the Melges 20 Winter Series on Biscayne Bay. The very shifty 8-12 kn breeze made the three races tactically very challenging, but the leading Achille Onorato ITA (tacticsk Malcom Page AUS) made again the best of it and defended his first place with a 4 points' lead on the best of the day.Mark Hollerbach/Jonathan McKee USA. Jason Michas USA (Mark Mendelblatt) moved up on rank 3. Today, three more races have been scheduled conclude the first act of the Melges winter events.
The report of the day and the ranking list.
Sunday, December 14, 2014   
The second Act of the Star Class Winter Series in Florida began yesterday with three races on Biscayne Bay in a moderate, but very shifty breeze. Larry Whipple/David Burrows USA and Paul Cayard/Brian Terhaar USA have taken the lead at equal points, followed by Augie Diaz/Arni Baltins USA 2 points behind on rank 3. 23 teams from nations participate. The only Europeans Lothar Geilen/Carlos Miquel GER are on rank 23.
The results.
International – Saturday, December 13, 2014
Saturday, December 13, 2014   
Much wind around 25 kn yesterday for the first Medal Races of the Sail Melbourne Worldcup event. The Olympic skiffs, the RS:X windsurfers and the Nacra 17 concluded their competitions today. All other classes will sail the final races tomorrow Sunday.
Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen AUS, winning the Medal Race as well, demonstated their superiority in the 49er, leaving the second-ranked Australian development team Joel Turner/Lewis Brake AUS 23 points behind. Nico Delle-Karth/Nikolaus Resch AUT finished 3rd. Norway celebrated a one/two victoriy in the 49erFX with Ragna Agerup/Maia Agerup NOR and Helene Naess/Marie Rönnigen NOR. Tess Lloyd/Caitlin Elks AUS descended on rank 3. Juosas Bernotas LTU was first in the RS:X men, Stefania Elfutina RUS won in the RS:X women. The final rankings of the Nacra 17 have not yet been posted. The Lasers Standard completed the last two races of the Qualification Series today. Tom Burton AUS will start to the Medal Race tomorrow with a 15 points' lead on Matthew Wearn AUS. Wannes Van Laer BEL advanced on rank 3. Today's results of the Lasers Radial have not yet been posted, Alison Young GBR leads in the interim's rankings 5 points ahead of Tatjana Drosdovskaya BLR and the trio Line Flem-Host NOR, Ashley Stoddart AUS and Isabelle Bertold CAN closely together. The Saturday results will be posted during the morning UTC.
All ranking lists, the reports and the videos.
Saturday, December 13, 2014   (Image © LLoyd Images)
Moderate conditions prevailed today on Sydney Harbour after the windy Friday and 8 races have been completed at deadline. New on rank 1 is 'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA, but only 2 points behind is the second Swiss team 'Realstone' of Jerôme Clerc SUI/Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI. 'The Wave - Muscat' with Leigh McMillan GBR follows 6 points behind 'Alinghi' on rank 3. The Swiss overall leader has extended the lead and is now on a good track to the final Tour victory. 'Realstone/RealTeam' has also a good chance to make the final podium.
The video of the day, the ranking list and the daily report of the day will follow during this morning on the event website.
Saturday, December 13, 2014   (Image © JOY)
Act 1 of the Melges 20 Winter Series began yesterday in Miami with two races. Finishing on the ranks 4 and 1, Achille Onorato ITA with the Olympic Champion 2008 Malcom Page AUS calling tactics has taken the lead in the good-qualitiy fleet. Mike Kefee USA follows on the 2nd place, Brian Hill USA is the best Corinthian skipper on rank 3. 31 teams from 4 nations participate.
The ranking list and the report.
Saturday, December 13, 2014   
The Geneva sailmakers Europ'Sails have been the sail providers for the M34s used at the previous Tours de France already. They have succeeded to renew this contract and equip the new boats of the 2015 Tour, the Diam 24 trimarans, with mainsails and gennakers. The report.
This is quite a success, as the quality of the next Tour - number (31 teams) and the level of the early entries will be outstanding with skippers such as Franck Cammas FRA, Bernard Stamm SUI, Vincent Riou FRA or Damien Séguin FRA. The report.
International – Friday, December 12, 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014   (Image © Sport the library / Jeff Crow)
Today, the Qualification Series of the Melbourne Worldcup event will be concluded, and tomorrow Saturday, the Medal Races will be sailed. Racing is going on right now (6h UTC) and the Lasers Radial have finished their program: Alison Young GBR goes to the Medal Races with a 5 points' lead on Tatiana Droszdowskaya BLR. Line Flem-Host NOR, Ashley Stoddart AUS and Isabelle Bertold CAN will fight for Bronze tomorrow. Christine Neville USA is 14th. The Lasers Standard have not yet started today. Tom Burton AUS leads one point ahead of Matthew Wearn AUS. Checkout the website for the Laser results by noon UTC at the latest. Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen AUS have a 16 points' lead in the 49ers and will hardly loose the first place in the races to come. The thrill remains for Silver and Bronze with Gilmour/Mara AUS, Delle-Karth/Resch AUT and Turner/Brake AUS separated by 2 points only. Even closer is the situation in the 49ersFX with a leader trio only one point apart: Lloyd/Elks AUS had to let Agerup/Agerup NOR join them on top and Naess/Röningen NOR are only one point behind. In the Nacra 17, the surprising Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS did win 8 of the 12 races so far leaving the multihull 'king' Darren Bundocjk with Nina Curtis AUS 7 points behind.
All other ranking lists and the reports.
Friday, December 12, 2014   (Image © LLoyd Images)
A gusty and variable 18-24 kn breeze prevailed on Sydney Harbour at the 8th and crucial Act of the Extreme Sailing Series this morning UTC and 10 of the planned 30 races just ended. At the end of the day, 'The Wave - Muscat' with Ian McMillan GBR is first, one point ahead of the Swiss 'Realteam' with Jerôme Clerc SUI and Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI steering, while 'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA is 3rd with a 5 points' backlog on the 'The Wave' in the interim's results, defending his overall lead in the Series. A 4th place in Sydney will be sufficient for 'Alinghi' to l win the Annual Championship.
The Event-Website.
Friday, December 12, 2014   (Image © DR / WMRT)
The final ISAF Match Racing World Ranking List 2014 has just been published with Taylor Canfield ISV as leader in the Open-Rankings, followed by Ian Williams GBR, Mathieu Richard FRA and Eric Monnin SUI. In the women's rankings, Camilla Ulrikkeholm DEN stays on first ahead of Anna Kjellberg SWE and Stephanie Roble USA.
All rankings and the ISAF report.
The final rankings of the Olympic Classes follow next Monday, including the results of the Melbourne Worldcup.
International – Thursday, December 11, 2014
Thursday, December 11, 2014   (Image © Jeff Crow)
The wind exceeded partly 25 kn in Melbourne on the 4th day of the ISAF Worldcup. Most of the results of today have already been posted.
After six heats, Tom Burton AUS is now the sole leader in the Lasers Standard, but Matthew Wearn AUS is only one point behind. Sam Meech NZL advanced on rank 3, and another point back is Wannes Van Laer BEL as best European. Christoph Bottoni SUI follows on rank 18.
The Laser Radial results availble at this time, count four races only. Tatjana Droszdowskaja BLR has taken the lead one point ahead of Alison Young GBR. Nazli Cagla TUR advanced on rank 3. Isabella Bertold CAN is 4th, Christine Neville USA 16th.
The 49ers are clearly dominated by the Olympic Champions Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen AUS, and their advantage on Delle-Karth/Resch AUT has grown to 21 points. In the Australian threesome in the Nacra 17, the favorites Darren Bundock/Nina Curtis AUS succeeded to reduce the backlog on rank 1, but the surprisingly strong Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS are still 4 points in advance.
All other ranking lists and the report of the day with videos.
Thursday, December 11, 2014   
The 8th and last event of the X-40-Extreme Sailing Series should have started on Sydney Harbour this morning, but the breeze exceeding 30 kn is too strong and racing was cancelled for the day.
The outcome of the annual championship is fully open. 'Alinghi' SUI with Morgan Larson USA steering leads in the overall rankings with an 8 points' lead on the defending champion 'The Wave - Muscat' with Leigh McMillan GBR. If 'The Wave' wins in Sydney, the Swiss need a 4th place for the title. The preview. 'Realstone' of Jerome Clerc SUI with Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI steering has fair chances for the podium, as the 3rd-ranked fiercest opponent 'Team New Zealand' with Dean Barker NZL will not participate in Sydney, as priority is set on the America's Cup World Series on AC-45s. Here the news. The 5th placed 'JP Morgan - BAR' GBR with Ben Ainslie GBR is 8 points behind the young Swiss.
The event facebook page informs on the activities of the day, and also the Tour event website will certainly not fail to inform in details about the competition.
International – Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Wednesday, December 10, 2014   (Image © Jeff Crow)
No wind this morning in Melbourne, and up to now, only the Paralympic 2.4m and Skud 18 have left the harbour. But later in the (Melbourne) day, a 12 kn breeze is expected to fill in as usual.
The World Champions Belcher/Ryan AUS did not show up in the 470 men and Patrick Conway AUS won both heats yesterday. Clearly on top after six races in the 49ers are Nathan Outteridge/iain Jensen AUS with David Gilmour/Rhys Mara AUS and Delle-Karth/Resch AUT on the ranks 2 and 3. 8 teams from 4 nations participate in the 49ersFX and Tess Lloyd/Caitlin Elk AUS are first. Ed Wright won all three races in the Finn. 5 wins in 6 races have Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS on their results sheet in the Nacra 17.
All ranking lists (to be updated with today's results be noon UTC) and the reports.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014   (Image © Jeff Crow)
The Lasers kicked off the 2015 Worldcup in Melbourne yesterday with two races each, sailed in a moderate breeze. This morning, the boats are still ashore due to lack of wind, but during the (Australian) afternoon, an up to 12 kn breeze has been announced. The results of the day will be posted by noon UTC.
The leaders in the Lasers Standard after the first racing day are jointly Colin Cheng SIN and Tom Burton AUS. Wannes Van Laer BEL is the best European on rank 3. 39 starters from 17 nations without North Americans.
Tied arew the first-ranked in the Lasers Radial as well with Alison Young GBR and Ashley Stoddart AUS. Tatjana Droszdowskaja BLR follows on 3rd. Isabella Bertold CAN is 5th, Christine Neville USA 15th among the 30 Radials from 14 nations competing.
All ranking lists and the reports.
International – Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Tuesday, December 9, 2014   (Image © Jeff Crow)
The Olympic skiffs, the Nacra 17 and the RS:X windsurfers opened "Sail Melbourne 2014" with the first races yesterday. As from today, the other classes join the competitions, and already now, some results of today's races have been posted on the event website.
In the Lasers Standard, Colin Cheng SIN and Tom Burton AUS are on top at equal points after two races. In the 49ers, The Olympic Champions - who else>? - Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen AUS are on top, ahead of Gilmour/Rhys AUS and Delle-Karth/Resch AUS. In the Nacra 17, the surprising Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS are ahead of the favorites Darren Bundock/Lisa Curtis AUS and Euan McNicol/Lucinda Witty AUS.
All ranking lists and the daily report.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014   
Thundery weather on Sunday during the fourth 18-footer Club Championship Race on Sydney Harbour made racing spectacular. A a very gusty wind from 0 to 30 kn prevailed, sometimes throwing over the whole fleet. 'Mojo Wines' with Lee Klapton AUS was the winner followed by 'Coopers 62-Rag & Famish' with Hugh Stodart AUS and 'Smeg' with David Witt AUS. Leader in the annual rankings remains 'Gotta love it 7' with Seve Jarvin AUS.
The report and the video of the turbulent race.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014   (Image © Franck Socha / FFVoile)
As every year during the Salon Nautic de Paris FRA, the 'Marin de l'Année' was proclamed. The Route du Rhum winner Loïck Peyron FRA had the upper hand on a row of Olympic Classes World Champions. The report (in French).