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International – Thursday, April 17, 2014
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.
International – Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014   (Image © Archiv)
While the top US Finn sailors are competing in Europe at the Worldcups of Palma and Hyères, the national Finn fleet sailed their Championship in Alabama. 8 races have been sailed, the title went to Gordon Lamphere USA who had some speed advantages on the windy final day compared to John Dane USA. 22 Finns were on the starting line. See the complete results.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014   (Image © Elena Giolai)
The 32nd Optimist Lake Garda Meeting begins today with the Opening Ceremony and the Parade across the little town Riva. Again, almost 1000 Optimist sailors from 36 nations are on the entry list. For the first time, Algeria, Ghana and Belarus participate. 755 entries are in the elder 'Juniores' category, among them 16 from the USA and 3 from the Bermudas. In the younger 'Cadetti', there are 255 participants, among them 2 from the Bermudas. The preview and the video-trailer.
International – Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014   (Image © Rich Roberts)
We reported yesterday about the victory of the World Nbr 1 Taylor Canfield ISV over the World Nbr 2 Ian Williams GBR. In a very close race, Canfield had the upper hand in the Final with 2-1 w/l. Winner in the Petite Final for rank 3 was Francesco Bruni ITA defeating Keith Swinton AUS with 2-1 as well. The final report.
International – Monday, April 14, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014   (Image © Rich Roberts)
Taylor Canfield ISV defeated the triple Match-Race World Champion Ian Williams GBR in the Final of the 50th Congressional Cup. The information on the event-website has not yet been updated this morning UTC, but an explicit video has been posted covering the final day in detail. We shall come back with event's details.
Monday, April 14, 2014   
Perfect conditions - sun and a 12-15 kn breeze - prevailed on the opening day of the Split Olympic Sailing Week. As expected, the local favorites took the lead after the first two races.
In the Finns, Ivan Klijakovic-Gaspic CRO won both heats, followed by Nenad Bugarin CRO. With two race wins started also Tonci Stipanovic CRO in the Lasers Standard, ahead of Kazper Zieminski POL and Filip Jurisic CRO. 28 participants from 9 nations. Tina Mihelic CRO is first in the Lasers Radial with the race ranks 1 and 2. Leaders in the 470s are Ante Botic/Jure Vuletic CRO with two bullets, but it has to be noted, that the Palma Worldcup winners Fantela/Marenic CRO are not present. All ranking lists, the daily report and the pictures.
Monday, April 14, 2014   
No racing on the last day of the Melges European Sailing Series Act 1 off Naples ITA leaving Andrea Ferrari ITA (tactics Roberto Spata ITA) on rank 1 ahead of the Edoardo Lupi/Lorenzo Bressani ITA and Alessandro Rombelli ITA/Freddy Lööf SWE at equal points on rank 2. 13 teams from Italy, Monaco and Russia participated. The final rankings.
Monday, April 14, 2014   (Image © Meredith Block)
Yesterday, the 276 teams sailing in 16 different classes concluded the 2014 Charleston Race Week in South Carolina. Due to lack of wind no races were sailed on sunday. Among the winners are Mike Ingham USA in the J/24, Joel Ronning USA in the J/70, Brucea Ayres USA in the Melges 24 and Jason Michas USA in the Melges 20. All ranking lists and the event-website.
International – Sunday, April 13, 2014
Sunday, April 13, 2014   (Image © Rich Roberts)
Round Robin two ended yesterday and the semi finalists of the 50th Congressional Cup are with a 13-5 score each Taylor Canfield ISV as well as Ian Williams GBR, with 12-6 Francesco Bruni ITA and - thanks to the direct duels - with 10-8 w/l Keith Swinton AUS eliminating Mathieu Richard FRA and Simone Ferrarese ITA at equal points. The results, the event-website and the videos.
Sunday, April 13, 2014   
Today begins the Olympic Week in Split at the Croatian Adriatic Coast with Laser (Standard & Radial), Finn, 470 and RS:X-windsurfers attending. Especially the Lasers and Finns have a high-quality participation with the strong Croate athletes. Favorites in the Finns are Ivan Klijakovic-Gaspic CRO and Karlo Kuret CRO, the Laser top shots are Tonci Stipanovic CRO, Pavlos Kontides CYP, Kaszpar Zieminski POL and Daniel Mihelic CRO. For today and tomorrow, light winds have been announced. As from Tuesday, a fresh breeze exceeding 20 kn may be expected. The entry lists and the event-website.
Sunday, April 13, 2014   (Image © Meredith Block)
The favorable sailing conditions prevailed also yesterday, and all 16 classes could sail 3 to 4 races. The top positions in the large fleets did not change much. Joel Ronning USA (with Vasco Vascotto ITA) is still ahead in the J/70, Jason Michas USA leads in the Melges 20 while Bruce Ayres USA is first in the Melges 24. All ranking lists and the video of the day with a comment by Ed Baird USA, Alinghi helmsman AC victory 2007.