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International – Thursday, October 30, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014   (Image © Matias Capizzano)
A heavy thunderstorm in the night to yesterday not only disturbed the Swiss Team's night's rest - here their report - but rather staunched the Rio de la Plata to an extent that half of the Club territory was flooded. The situation barely got under control, when more thunderstorms moved in during the afternoon, and racing was cancelled for the day. Today is the final day of the Championship and three races have been scheduled. The wind forecast announces rather light winds. Nicolas Rolaz SUI starts as leader to the crucial races. His advantage on the second-ranked Dimitri Papadimitriou GRE is 3 points. Gustavo Abdulklech BRA on rank 3 is already 15 points behind. Emma Kaneti USA and Ivan Shestopalov USA are on the excellent 9th and 11th place. Andres Domenech Peralta MEX is 65th, Ryan Anderson CAN 50th in the Silverfleet (=119th overall).
The reanking list and the report of the day.
Racing begins on 11.30 h local time (14.30 h UTC) to be followed live on the Internet.
Thursday, October 30, 2014   
Matthias Miller GER, a long-time Starboat- and Finn sailor, member of the German National DSV Team, has - together with some friends - founded the Miller & Friends GmbH. The philosophy of Miller & Friends in the design and development of their products comprises the following objectives:
1) make use of state-of-the-art high-tech materials, especially Carbon, proven in sail-racing environments
2) special constructions and solutions based on practical experience in sail-racing
3) high-quality production and finish of products to absorb the excessive loads on water.
Miller & Friends not only concentrate on high-performance modern racers but care with products for classic yachts as well. Tiller extensions, spinaker booms, all kind of special accessories and more for classic yachts are available in different woods, but always with Carbon core, to provide an attractive stiffness-to-weight factor.
Thursday, October 30, 2014   (Image © Denis Tisserand)
20 hours before deadline of the Crowd-Funding-Action, Yvan Bourgnon SUI has reached the objective of 40'000 €uro ! This means, that the adventure ride around the Globe on a six-meter-beach-catamaran will continue. 20 % of the journey are left, from Sri Lanka across the Indian Ocean, passing the Suez Canal, thru the Mediterranean Sea and back to France. As soon as the new catamaran will be ready - probably in January 2015 - Bourgnon will continue his ride around the world.
The collectrion website and the project website.
International – Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014   (Image © Matias Capizzano)
The Optimist World Championship Final Series began yesterday in San Isidro ARG with the fleet split in Gold, Silver and Bronze. Quite different the sailing conditions, as after a first week with light to moderate winds, a 25-30 kn breeze filled in and - together with a choppy wave on the only 2 meter deep waters - it was for many sailors not easy to live up to the new challenges. Major changes occurred therefore in the top positions after the two races of the day.
One of the few mastering the the new situation more or less was the allrounder Nicolas Rolaz SUI (picture). With the ranks 6 and 15, he reclaimed the first position overall, 3 points ahead of Dimitris Papadimitriou GRE, who is new on position 2 thanks to the day ranks 2 and 4. Even better was Gustavo Abdulklech BRA (1 and 2) now on rank 3, 15 points behind the leader. The best-ranked girl is now Aina Colom ESP on rank 6, as the former superior leader Mara Turin SLO had major problems in the rough conditions (53/55) and descended on rank 8. The previous 2nd Nick Zeltner SUI had also problems and dived even on rank 28. Emma Kaneti USA and Ivan Shestopalov USA are on the excellent 9th and 11th place. Andres Domenech Peralta MEX is 65th, Ryan Anderson CAN 50th in the Silverfleet (=119th overall).
Today and tomorrow, two races daily are on the program. The wind forecasts promise a comeback of the moderate conditions as in the first week of the competition.
The ranking list, the daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014   (Image © Martina Orsini)
The inaugural Foiler-Moth Eurocup ended on Lake Garda in September. 89 participants, among them top sailors from other classes such as Philippe Presti FRA (ex-Finn World Champion, and Team Oracle), Sébastien Josse FRA (Vendée Globe), Sébastien Col FRA and Eric Monnin SUI (Match Race), Kalle Coster NED (ex-470 World Champion), Andreas John GER (Laser) or Benoît Marie FRA (Mini-Transat-winner) sailed in one or more events.
Overall winner was the triple Olympian Chris Rast SUI/USA. We reported on the 6 events in total. Here the Annual Ranking Lisrt.
A well edited and spectacular video summary (15min) of the season has just been published.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014   
Yvan Bourgnon SUI has only one day left to gather the remaining 3120 EUR of his Crowdfunding campaign, the last 20% missing to continue his Solo-Round-the-World trip on a beach catamaran. Approaching Sri Lanka he crashed on a rock and destroyed his cat. Finances are needed for the repair/reconstruction, and Bourgnon has opened a fund raising page with a video appeal. He offers various compensations for the donations, such as T-Shirts, books, videos and even a course on navigation with a sextant or an invitation to the arrival party. Donate now .... so that the adventure continues !
International – Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014   (Image © Matias Capizzano)
The Optimist World Championship 2014 will resume today after the Team Racing Championship (winner Thailand) and the lay day, and six crucial races are ahead in the coming three days for the 208 sailors from 68 (!) nations at San Isidro ARG. The wind forecast for today announces 13-15 kn, somewhat more as in the first halt of the Championship. The fleet has now been split in Gold, Silver and Bronze Groups.
With 4 wins in 6 races of her Group, Mara Turin SLO impressed much up-to-now, but two Swiss, Nick Zeltner SUI/RCO at 8 points and Nicolas Rolaz SUI/CNM at 11 points are still chasing her for the title.
The interim's ranking list and the event-website, presenting the races live late in the afternoon over GPS-Tracking
International – Monday, October 27, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014   (Image © Charles Anderson)
The Semi Finals of the 2014 Bermuda Gold Cup began with surprises yesterday morning, as both Tour dominators were eliminated. The undefeated Ian Williams GBR lost 1-3 against Eric Monnin SUI, while Taylor Canfield ISV was out with a 2-3 score against Johnie Berntsson SWE. In the Final, the Swedish team, Gold Cup winner 2008 already, had the 3-1 upperhand over Eric Monnin SUI, who had his best Tour results at the Gold Cup up-to-now. 50'000 US$ was the prize money for the winner, but also for the Swiss team, this trip was worthwhile. He not only moved up in the Tour and the latest ISAF World Rankings, but grasped also 20'000 US$ that will certainly cover the expenses this time. Taylor Canfield ISV defeated his archrival Ian Williams GBR in the Petite Final 2-1 reducing his backlog in the Tour rankings on 6 points. The Monsoon-Cup on Malaysia in early December will be crucial for the Tour victory and the World Champion's title.
The results and the final report.
Monday, October 27, 2014   (Image © Matias Capizzano)
The Optimist Team Racing Final in Argentina ended with a surprise ! Winner of the all-Asian Final was not the defending Champion and favorite Singapore, but Thailand. Spain won the Bronze Medal. The results and the report.
Today is lay day in San Isidro (near Buneos Aires) and tomorrow, the second half of the individual World Championship will begin with Nick Zeltner SUI/RCO and Nicolas Rolaz SUI/CNM as 2nd and 3rd fighting for the title with the leading Mara Turin SLO. The best from each NorAm nation: Thomas Hall USA 12th, Bruno Aloi Timeus MEX 53rd, Ryan Anderson CAN 107th. The results and the event website. The interims rankings.
Monday, October 27, 2014   (Image © Pilar Serra)
An Indian Summer sun and moderate winds prevailed at the Laser Europacup in Roses ESP over the past weekend. All three fleets sailed 8 races each with the SN Geneva Laser sailors shining. First in the Lasers Standard was Guillaume Girod SUI winning 4 of the 8 heats. Matthias Van de Loock BEL and Martis Pajarskas LTU completed the podium among the 19 participants form 7 nations. Asya Luvisetto SUI was first in the Lasers 4.7 (41 participants/4 nations) ahead of Albert Carcellé ESP and Marcelo Cairo ESP. In the Radials (54 participants/9 nations), Mon Canellas ESP was on top ahead of Hector Dominguez ESP and Ramiro Foguet ESP.
The ranking lists, the videos of the 4 days and the event website.
Monday, October 27, 2014   
The Optimist Junior Gold Cup 2014 ended yesterday with a final race in the Hamilton Harbor, an invitational event for kids from all over the World. Superior winner was Christian Spodsberg DEN with 20 points lead on the 2nd Adam Larson BER. Joao-Emilio Vasconsellos BRA finished 3rd. The best girl Julia Szmit POL is on rank 9. Payton Thompson USA is 11th among the 40 participants from 14 nations.
The ranking list and the final report.
Monday, October 27, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
Bad, worse, the worsest .... the last three PWA Windsurfing Grand Slams in Klitmöller DEN, Sylt GER and now La Torche FRA all suffered from little to no wind. There was again no racing in the Bretagne yesterday.
Only on one of the 9 days, the wind was sufficient for a competition. The only Single Elimination for the Wave specialists was won by Ricardo Campello VEN, advancing on rank 3 in the overall annual rankings. The final round next week on Hawaii will be crucial for the World's title.
All other details on the PWA website.
International – Sunday, October 26, 2014
Sunday, October 26, 2014   (Image © Matias Capizzano)
After 3 days individual racing, the Team Racing began yesterday with the eliminations to select the 16 best nations for the Final Round. The Teams with the best individual sailors - Slovenia, Switzerland and Germany - were all eliminated after the first race and the repechage. The same is true for the three North American teams from the USA, Canada and Mexico. Here the resuilts and the report.
Today is the crucial day for the Team Racing title, and the coming two days are rest days before the individual World Championship continues. After 6 of the 12 races, Mara Turin SLO clearly leading and Nick Zeltner SUI as well as Nicolas Rolaz SUI on 2 and 3 are the closest contenders for the title. The URL=optiworlds2014.org/resultados.php?numero=resultados2410corregido]results[/URL].
Sunday, October 26, 2014   (Image © Charles Anderson)
Light winds prevailed yesterday on the Bermudas during the Quarter Finals. Convincing were Eric Monnin SUI - as in previous years, when he delivered here his best results on the WMRT - defeating Pierre-Antoine Morvan FRA, as well as Ian Williams GBR who eliminated Marek Stanczyk POL also 3-0. Williams, without defeat this year at the Gold Cup, will meet Eric Monnin SUI in the Semi Final today. The Swedish duel between Johnie Berntsson SWE and Björn Hansen SWE was decided in favor of Berntsson in the last downwind of the 5th duel just before the finish line. Taylor Canfield ISV had the upper hand on Staffan Lindberg 3-1 and will meet Bertnsson in the Semis. The results and the daily report.
Sunday, October 26, 2014   
Light winds for the Optimists at the Junior Gold Cup on the Bermudas as well. Christian Spodsberg DEN is still leading, but a premature start allowed his opponents to reduce the deficit on rank 1. Adam Larson BER on 2nd is now 10 points behind. New on the 3rd place is Joao-Emilio Vasoncellos BRA. The best girl Payton Thompson USA is 9th, with Martina Müller SUI 2 points behind on rank 10 among the 40 participants.
The results and the report.
Sunday, October 26, 2014   
The RS:X Youth World Championship 2014 in Florida ended yesterday after 13 heats with the Medal Races. Winning this last double-points' race, Radoslaw Furmanski POL acquired the Gold Medal in the male category closely followed by Mattia Camboni ITA one point behind. Toni Bonet ESP defended the Bronze Medal ahead of Oël Pouliquen FRA as 4th 11 points behind the podium. Francesco Tomasello ITA on rank 6 is the best U-17 participant. The North Americans are on the positions 25 (Juan Bosco Varela Barba MEX), 32 (Pedro Pascual Suitt, USA) and 33 (Gabriel Verrier-Paquette CAN).
In the female category, the leading Emma Wilson GBR won the Medal Race as well and concluded the Championship with a 26 points' advantage on the second-ranked Bérénice Mege FRA. Marta Maggetti ITA won the Bronze Medal. Emma Wilson GBR is also the winner of the U-17 classification of this event sailed in most varied conditions. Charlotte Samson USA is 26th and Renata Millet MEX 27th among 28 drivers.
All ranking lists, the videos and the event website.
Sunday, October 26, 2014   (Image © Eric Bellande)
Another day without enough wind to start the competition, but at least a big swell was built up off the beach. A Tow-in-Session was again organised, this time with prize money. Ricardo Campello VEN, winner of the only Wave Single Elimination completed so far, was on top of the rankings ahead of ... and this is a premiere ... a PWA female athlete, Sara-Quita Offringa NED (Aruba), on the second place in this all-men competition !
The report (in French), the videos and the PWA website with the English report.
International – Saturday, October 25, 2014
Saturday, October 25, 2014   (Image © Matias Capizzano)
Slight chances on top of the rankings with the discard result in effect after yesterday's two races. Mara Turin SLO was again brilliant with two bullets bringing her on top overall with an 8 points advance on Nick Zeltner SUI, ranks 1 and 4 in his Group who moved up on the 2nd place after discard. The former leader Nicolas Rolaz SUI, day ranks 4 and 5 in his Group is now 3rd. The best from NorAm nations: Thomas Hall USA is 12th, Bruno Aloi Timeus MEX dropped on 53rd after a DSQ, Ryan Anderson CAN is 107th. The results and the event website.
Today and tomorrow, the Team-Race-Worlds is on the program. Next week, another 6 heats of the individual Championship are scheduled.
Saturday, October 25, 2014   (Image © Talbot Wilson)
Yesterday, the Round Robin of the Bermuda Gold Cup was concluded and the first Quarterfinal matches were sailed. Here the pairings with the standings: Eric Monnin SUI vs Pierre-Antoine Morvan FRA 1-0, Johnie Berntsson SWE vs Björn Hansen SWE 1-0, Taylor Canfield ISV vs Staffan Lindberg FIN 1-0, Ian Williams GBR vs Merek Stanczyk POL 1-0. Eliminated are Mathieu Richard FRA and Phil Robertson NZL, the 3rd and 6th in the overall Tour rankings. The results and the event website.
Saturday, October 25, 2014   
The perfect sailing condition in Clearwater Fl persist and exciting final races are ahead in the male and female categories.
In the male catergory, Mattia Camboni ITA defended the first place, but the best of the day (rank 3/1/1) was Radoslaw Furmanski POL reducing the gap on the leader to one point. This duo is 25 points ahead of the 3rd-ranked Toni Bonet ESP.
In the female category, there has also been a close-up, as the new first Emma Wilson GBR is only 4 points in front of the 4th Bérénice Mege FRA. Marta Maggetti ITA and Ma Kwan HKG are in between at equal points.
All ranking lists, the videos and the event website.
Saturday, October 25, 2014   
This year again, a number of international Optimist sailors have been invited to Bermuda on the occasion of the Bermuda Goldcup.
After two days and 7 races, Christian Spodsberg DEN is the clear leader 19 points ahead of Adam Larson BER and Rocco Falcone ANT at equal points. Payton Thompson USA is 6th. Martina Müller SUI is the best girl on the 11th place. 40 Optimists from 15 nations are on the entry list.
The results and the event website.
Saturday, October 25, 2014   
Cosy autumn days in the Bretagne ! Calm days reign instead of heavy Atlantic autumn storms at La Torche FRA. To entertain athletes and spectators, the Wave and Slalom Pros spend the day with towing sessions in the breakers.
The event website and the PWA website with an interview with Ricardo Campello VEN, winner of the first Wave-Elimination.
Saturday, October 25, 2014   
The ISAF President Carlo Croce informed yesterday in a Communiqué about the resignation of Chief Executive Officer Jerome Pels NED. After more than 17 years with the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), Jerome has decided to pursue other professional challenges. The news.
Saturday, October 25, 2014   
The Swiss single-hand-sailor and adventurer Yvan Bourgnon is fighting to terminate his round-the-globe journey on a beach catamaran. 80 % of the course were behind when he crashed his multihull on a rock in Sri Lanka. Bourgnon tried all to find money for a new boat, among other activities with a Crowd-Funding action coming to an end tomorrow. 40'000 EUR is the target, until this morning, 32'289 EUR were promised, becoming due only if the total sum will be achieved. A video summary of his jounrey so far and a detailed report has been posted on the collection website. Your kind help to bring this project to a happy end is very much appreciated. Thank you.
International – Friday, October 24, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014   (Image © Matias Capizzano)
Never happened before: A Swiss is leading in the interim's rankings of the Optimist World Championship ! Two races were sailed yesterday in a moderate 8 to 12 kn breeze, and Nicolas Rolaz SUI finished on the ranks 2 and 5 in his Group, bringing him on top of the overall classification. Best of the day was Mara Turin SLO winning both heats in her Group. Her deficit on rank 1 was reduced to 4 points. Valentin Müller GER moved up on rank 3. The best-ranked of the NorAm federations are Emma Kaneti USA 9th, Bruno Aloi Timeus MEX 50th, Ryan Anderson CAN 70th. Four US Optimists are in the top 26 positions among 207 starters, a promising outlook for the Team Race.
The results, the daily report of Nicolas Rolaz SUI and the event website - The official daily report has not yet been posted, but there is a video of day one with an interview with Nicolas Rolaz SUI.
Friday, October 24, 2014   (Image © Charles Anderson)
The Round Robin continued yesterday in fresh winds, and some teams have already completed their program. The Tour leaders Ian Williams GBR (7,5-0) and Taylor Canfield ISV (7-1) are - on top of their Groups - already qualified for the Quarterfinals. Other well places contenders for the next round are in Group A Björn Hansen SWE (6-1) Pierre-Antoine Morvan FRA (5-2) as well as Keith Swinton AUS and Johnie Berntsson SWE (4-3 each). Second-placed in Group B is Staffan Lindberg FIN (5-2), followed by - all with 4 wins - Marek Stanczyk POL (4-3), David Gilmour AUS (4-4), Eric Monnin SUI (4-4), Nathan Outteridge AUS (4-5) and Mathieu Richard FRA (4-3).
The results and the report.
Friday, October 24, 2014   
A fresher breeze changed the setting for the second part or the event after the lay day at the RS:X Youth Worlds in Clearwater Fl.
In the male category, Mattia Camboni ITA is now on top, but the advantage on Toni Bonet ESP on rank 2 is only one point. Radoslaw Furmanski POL follows closely behind. The former 2nd Oël Pouliquen FRA is now 4th already 22 points back.
In the female category, the leading Ma Kwan HKG and Marta Maggetti ITA defended their positions on top, but the advantage has considerably melted. The best of the day Bérénice Mege FRA, day ranks 1/2/1, is now 3rd at equal points with the second Marta Maggetti ITA. Emma Wilson GBR, leading the U-17-rankings follows one point behind as 4th.
The event website and the event facebook page.
Friday, October 24, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
No wind at the French Atlantic Coast yesterday. Only on two of the six days, racing was possible ! However, the forecast for today is encourageing with a 12-18 kn breeze. All other details on the PWA website.
International – Thursday, October 23, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014   (Image © Matias Capizzano)
The 2014 Optimist World Championship in Argentina began yesterday with two races for each of the three Groups, sailed in a 10 kn breeze. Favoured by his experience in the choppy waves of the Rio de la Plata mouth, Dante Citadini ARG won both heats of his Group and is the first overall leader, jointly with Dimitris Papadimitriou GRE, who also won the two races of his Group. On rank 3 follows Nicolas Rolaz SUI (4/2). The best girl is Deike Bornemann GER on the 6th place. The best-ranked of the North American teams are Ivan Shestopalov USA 27th, Juan Pablo Rivas Guerrero MEX 37th and Ryan Anderson CAN 64th.
The ranking list and the report of the day.
Thursday, October 23, 2014   (Image © Talbot Wilson)
The Bermuda Gold Cup 2014 began yesterday with four flights in both Groups. Ian Williams GBR is the only undefeated skipper in Group A, but he was deducted 1/2-point for negligent collision, leaving the score at 3,5-0. Keith Swinton AUS, Pierre-Antoine Morvan FRA and Björn Hansen SWE follow behind with a 3-1 w/l each. The surprising leader in Group B is Marek Stancyk POL with 4-0. Eric Monnin SUI, Taylor Canfield ISV and Staffan Lindberg FIN are behind with a 3-1 score each.
The results and the report.
Thursday, October 23, 2014   (Image © Icarus Media)
Fresh winds prevailed on the last day of the Student Yachting World Cup and two races were sailed. England with Annabel Vose GBR was a class of its own winning overall with a 36 points advantage after 16 races. Silver went to Italy with Luca Nassini ITA, and Bronze after a close battle to Norway with Ida Trulsrud NOR overtaking Ireland 2 points behind. USA is 6th, Canada 11th among the 12 teams.
The final rankings and the event facebook page.
Thursday, October 23, 2014   
Lay day in Florida yesterday for the RS:X windsurfing youth after 6 light-wind races so far. As from today, a fresher breeze has been announced, and it might well be, that the ranking lists will change considerably.
In the RS:X-Boys, Toni Bonet ESP is clearly on top with a 14 points lead over Oël Pouliquen FRA. Clémant Bourgois FRA follows as 3rd. Leader in the RS:X-Girls is Ma Kwan HKG closely followed by Marta Maggetti ITA and Emma Wilson GBR.
The report and the event website.
Thursday, October 23, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
Bad luck for the Windsurfing Professionals during the past weeks. After Klitmöller DEN and Sylt GER on the North Sea with almost no wind, the La Torche FRA Grand Slam is not much better. After Monday, the day with perfect conditions thanks to a depression front passing, the wind has disappeared again. Up to now, the Wave specialists finished only a Single Elimination, won by Riccardo Campello VEN. Here the spectactular video. For today, a 12-14 kn breeze has been announced. All other details on the PWA website.
International – Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014   
The RS:X Youth World Championship in Florida continued yesterday with three races sailed in moderate winds.
Toni Bonet ESP was again the best in the Boys category, extending his lead on already 14 points. Oël Pouliquen FRA and Clément Bourgois FRA remained 2nd and 3rd.
In the Girls category, the leader is still Ma Kwan HKG, but the 2nd-ranked Marta Magetti ITA, best of the day, reduced the backlog on 3 points. Emma Wilson GBR on rank 3 is at the same time best U-17.
The daily report, the video and the event website.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
Perfect conditions at La Torche FRA for the Wave specialists with sun, a 20-30 kn breeze and 2 meter waves, completing the first Single Elimination and the Qualifiers of the Double Elimination. Ricardo Campello VEN won the Final of the Single Elimination defeating Thomas Traversa FRA. The report, pictures and videos on the PWA website.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014   (Image © Talbot Wilson)
Today - a day late because of the hurricane 'Gonzalo' passing over the islands at up to 100 kn, damaging one of the IOM-yachts used at the Cup - begins the 2014 Bermuda Gold Cup. The 20 participants, among them in addition to the 8 Tour Card Holders also Nathan Outteridge AUS, Eric Monnin SUI or the newcomer Arthur Herreman FRA , sail in two groups. The best four per group qualify for the Quarterfinals.
The preview.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014   (Image © Matias Capizzano)
Today, the start to the first races of the Optimist World Championship 2014 on the Rio de la Plata will be given. 209 girls and boysw sail in three groups. The wind forecast is favorable with 10-12 kn, but the venue is very challenging because of the choppy water and the current. Yesterday, the opening ceremony was held after the Practice Race. Here the illustrated report.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014   (Image © Icarus Media)
A fresh 30 kn breeze filled in yesterday after four light-wind days. Two races were sailedf, both won by the leading English team with Annabel Vose GBR and extending their lead on 29 points. The second-ranked Italian team with Luca Nassini ITA is now only one points ahead of the Irish with Philipp Duncan IRL. The USA team is 5th, CAN 11th.
The ranking list, the event facebook page and the video of the day.
International – Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014   
The Optimist World Championship 2015 in Argentina began yesterday with the measurement controls, and today, the Practice Race is on the program. 261 participants from 51 nations - including full teams from Canada, Mexico and the USA - are present, and the key favorites are this year again the Singapore sailors.
The event website.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014   
The RS:X Youth World Championship 2014 began yesterday with three races. The first leader in the male category is Toni Bonet ESP, day ranks 3/3/2, meaning a 10 points' lead already. Clément Bourgeois FRA and Oël Pouliquen FRA follow at equal points on the ranks 2 and 3. Ma Kwang HKG and Sara Wennekes NED share the lead in the female category, Noy Drihan ISR and Emma Watson GBR are 3rd at equal points.
The event website.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014   (Image © Icarus Media)
The Student Yachting World Cup at La Rochelle continued yesterday with 4 short races and coastal race, sailed in a light wind. England with Annabel Vose GBR defended the lead but less dominantly as the day before. The advantage is still 18 points. New on rank 2 is Italy with Luca Nassini ITA, while Ireland with Philip Doran IRL is still on 3rd. USA is 6th, Canada 11th among the 12 teams.
The event facebook page.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The prematurely announced frontal system from the West will finally arrive today with wind speeds of 25-30 kn and 3-meter-waves and an 'explosive day' is ahead. All details on the PWA website.
International – Monday, October 20, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014   (Image © Icarus Media)
The Student Yachting World Cup at La Rochelle FRA, sailed on Grand Surprises, has been running since Friday. Eight races were completed so far in light winds.
First in the interim's rankings is the English Team with Annabel Vose GBR steering with six race wins. Ireland with Philip Doran IRL and Italy with Luca Nassini ITA are on the ranks 2 and 3. 12 teams participate.
The ranking list and the event facebook page.
Monday, October 20, 2014   (Image © Eric Bellande)
The PWA World Tour French Grand Slam for Wave and Slalom specialists began at La Torche FRA on Saturday on the most western points of Britanny, but up to now, there was not enough wind to start the competitions. But the surfs on the beach are massive announcing the storm depression approaching from the North Atlantic. Spectacle guaranteed !
The PWA-Website mit dem video of day one.
Monday, October 20, 2014   (Image © Lars Wehrmann)
The inaugural Champions' League Regatta in Copenhagen DEN, an annual final series attended by Club Champions (or the best-qualified Club) of European national sailing federations, ended yesterday in pouring rain but with a well-established breeze.
With an impressive performance on the final day, the first European Champion of Club Champions is the Kongelig Dansk YC with the double Olympian Michael Hestbaek DEN, who compensated the 10 points' deficit on the previous leader Circolo Canottieri Ansiene ITA with Lorenzo Bressani and advanced on the first place with a 0,5 points advantage on the Italian team. 'Oman Sail' with Phil Robertson NZL follows on 3rd. 23 teams participated.
The ranking list, the official report and the report of the Swiss team.
Monday, October 20, 2014   
Today begins the RS:X Youth World Championship 2014 at Clearwater FL.
28 girls from 14 nations are on the entry list with the successful ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship athletes Haddad Heller ISR and Marta Maggetti ITA as favorites. In the 52 boys fleet from 19 nations are France, Israel and Poland with big delegations the main favorites.
The competition can be followed on the live ticker running on the event website.
International – Sunday, October 19, 2014
Sunday, October 19, 2014   (Image © ISAF)
The Qingdao Worldcup event ended yesterday with the Medal Races sailed in light winds and big waves.
Byron Kokkalanis GRE was already the premature winner after the Qualification Series in the RS:X male windsurfers, and Aichen Wang CHN defended the Silver medal with a second place in the Medal Race. Maxim Oberemko RUS won Bronze. In the RS:X female windsurfers, Jiali Sun CHN was first ahead of Olga Maslivets RUS. The winner of the Medal Race Hongmei Shi CHN advanced on the 3rd place.
No change on the podium in the 470 men, where the youngsters Jordi Xammar/Joan Herp ESP crowned their successful season with a Worldcup event victory. Mantis/Kagialis GRE and Barreiros/Curbelo ESP finished 2nd and 3rd. The 470 women podium was all Chinese: Mengxi Wei/Yani Xu CHN won in front of Xiaomei Xu/Ping Zhang CHN.
In the Lasers Standard, Tonci Stipanovic CRO controlled the only remaining contender for the first place, Pavlos Kontides CYP, during the Medal Race and finished on top. Tom Burton AUS defended the 3rd place. Dongshuang Zhang CHN had an easy victory in the Lasers Radial, as her direct 2nd-ranked opponent Tatjana Droszdovskaja BLR flopped in the Medal Race. Tina Mihelic CRO won Silver, Sara Winter NZL Bronze, as the Belarussian finished last in the Medal Race collecting heavy 20 points .
All ranking lists and the final report.
Sunday, October 19, 2014   
Good wind conditions prevailed also on the 4th and 5th day of the Luderitz Speed Challenge, and a number of national records were improved. The windsurfer Remo Diethelm SUI - his faster brother Patrick has also an Italian passport and his records are Italian - improved the official Swiss record on 48,31 kn, the veteran Anders Bringdal SWE set the new Swedish record on 50,3 kn. The report.
Sunday, October 19, 2014   (Image © Rolex / Daniel Forster)
Just before the time limit, some wind filled in on the Frisco Bay allowing a final race at the Farr 40 World Championship yesterday, without any influence on the podium places. Alex Roepers USA (tactics Terry Hutchinson USA) won clearly ahead of Martin Hill USA (Andrew Campbell USA) and Alberto Rossi ITA (Vasco Vascotto ITA). Wolfgang Schäfer GER (Ray Davis USA) won the final race, advancing on rank 4 overall, but he just missed the podium by 2 points.
The ranking list and the final report.
Sunday, October 19, 2014   (Image © SN St Tropez)
Light winds prevailed yesterday off St-Tropez during the final race where the leading duo were controlling each other and finished midfleet, i.e. their discard result. Thanks to the superior number of race wins, Giuseppe Duca ITA won the Trophy ahead of Gavia Wilkonson-Cox GBR at equal points. Marc Bouet FRA followed on the 3rd place.
The ranking list and the event facebook page
 
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