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International – Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Tuesday, September 30, 2014   
Rain and moderate winds around 8 kn prevailed yesterday on the first day of the J/80 World Championship on the Chesapeak Bay. The conditions just allowed to complete one race and the winners were Sophie Faguet FRA and her team. On the ranks 2 and 3 follow Will & Marie Crump USA (Chris Larson USA tactics) and Brian Keane USA (with Stuart McNay USA and Mike Wolf CAN). 32 teams from France, England and the USA participate.
The ranking list and the event facebook page
Tuesday, September 30, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The North Sea Coast remained again without wind and the PWA Grand Slam on Sylt stalled for another day. The PWA website used the waiting time for an interview with the winner of the first Slalom Elimination Arnon Dagan ISR.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)
The Voiles de St-Tropez began yesterday in an up to 20 kn East wind, and the IRC Moderns, the Wallys and the J-Classes sailed one race each. As from today, the 120 Classics will join the racing. All ranking lists and the report of the day.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014   (Image © Stan Thuret)
After the wreckage of his Open 60, there was silence around Bernard Stamm SUI for quite some time. Now he is back and this with a victory. At Lorient FRA, he won the 'Atlantique', a weekend regatta attended by seven teams, together with Philippe Legros FRA and Matthieu Vandamme FRA, on the new Tour-de-France Diam-24 trimaran. In light winds, he dominated the race. The official report including a video interview with Stamm, and the report on Stamm's website.
At the same time, the Swiss is preparing his comeback in the Open-60-circuit. Together with Jean Le Cam FRA, he will start at the Barcelona World Race end of the year, the round-the-world-non-stop race for two person teams. For this purpose, he acquired with the help of his sponsors the yacht of Jörg Riechers GER, who had to quit his Vendée-Globe ambitions due to lack of finances. Originally, the boat has been built for Michel Desjoyeaux FRA, winning his second Vendée. After a complete reconditioning, the boat touched water again ten days ago. The report.
International – Monday, September 29, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014   (Image © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT)
Taylor Canfield ISV defeated Ian Williams GBR at the Dutch Match Cup Lelystad NE 2-1 and reduced the overall backlog on Williams to 5 points. The last two Acts of the World Tour on the Bermudas and in Malaysia will be very exciting ! Winner of the Petite Final and 3rd was David Gilmour AUS with 2-1 over Mathieu Richard FRA.
The report with results.
Monday, September 29, 2014   
Over the past weekend, the 53rd edition of the traditional Starboat Octoberfest Regatta was sailed with five races on the Ammersee GER. Winning three heats, the clear winners were Calle Schröder/Henrik Glimmsted SWE ahead of Ulrich Vater/Karsten Morf GER and Martin and Peter Gereben HUN. 47 participants from 7 nations.
The ranking list.
Monday, September 29, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The wind disappeared after the first Eliminations of the Slalom- and Freestyle-specialists and the competition was over early on the summery warm Sylt island and the many spectators enjoyed the sun. The Super Grand Slam of Sylt lasts during the whole week, but for today, the wind forecast is not any better.
The PWA website and the video trailer.
Monday, September 29, 2014   (Image © Segel-Bundesliga / Lars Wehrmann)
The 5th Act of the German National Sailing League in Friederichshafen/Lake Constance ended yesterday in light winds. The Norddeutsche Regatta-Verein with Carsten Kemmling was the winner and at the same time the early German National League Champion. In the 2nd National League, the first teams promoted to the 1st are known and are the WV Hemelingen, the SC Bayer Uerdingen and the Münchner YC. The Season Final will take place in Hamburg in October. Additional promotion places will be at stake.
The report with results.
Monday, September 29, 2014   (Image © Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi)
The 'Voiles de St-Tropez' are again a major happening with huge fleets in various classes. In addition to the Wally's or the J-Class-Yachts, there are again almost 100 Classics and a considerable fleet of modern yachts up to 80 foot on the entry list. The list of participants and the official preview. Moderate East winds around 10-15 kn and sun can be expected according to the forecasts. An ideal setting for good races !
Monday, September 29, 2014   
As last tune-up for the World Laser Masters' Championship at Hyères FRA beginning next weekend, the Internationale Laser Masters' Cup took place on the Bay of Hyères. Sunshine with an 5-8 kn breeze on Saturday and a 12-15 kn East wind on Sunday allowed to complete 5 races. Winners were Andrew Dellabarca NZL ahead of Thomas Chaix IRL and Denis Simeoni FRA in the Lasers Standard. Superior winner in the Lasers Radial was Mark Kennedy AUS winning 4 of the 5 heats. Seff Loosemore AUS and Keith Wilkins GBR (multiple Laser European Champion in the 70s) completed the podium.
The ranking lists.
517 participants are on the entry list of the Laser World Masters beginning on October 4 !
Monday, September 29, 2014   (Image © Dr)
Lotte Meldgaard-Petersen DEN defeated Stephanie Roble USA in a nail-biting final with 3-2. Anne Le Berre FRA won the Petite Final against Carolin Sylvan SWE and is on 3rd. After this 4th of 5 Rounds in the Women International Matchracing Series, the situation before the last event in Busan KOR is very exciting, as the overall leader Anna Kjellbärg SWE is only one point ahead of Lotte Meldgaard DEN.
The report with results.
International – Sunday, September 28, 2014
Sunday, September 28, 2014   (Image © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT)
Light winds prevailed for the first time at the Dutch Match Cup yesterday during the Quarter Finals. Proceeding to the Semis are Ian Williams GBR (3-2 vs Phil Robertson NZL), David Gilmour AUS (3-0 vs Keith Swinton AUS) and Mathieu Richard FRA (3-1 vs Arthur Herreman FRA). The first round of the Semis was already sailed yesterday. Mathieu Richard FRA leads against Ian Williams GBR 1-0, and David Gilmour AUS defeated Taylor Canfield ISV for the first time here at Lelystad.
The results and the report. The light wind will persist for the crucial duels today.
Sunday, September 28, 2014   
The first of two scheduled races was sailed on Lake Garda in a fresh Northerly wind early in the morning. Hugo Rocha ESP realised another race win and reduced the gap on the leader Carlo Alberini ITA to 4 points. But Alberini came back in the afternoon's race and made everything clear with a first place. Alessio Marinelli ITA defended Bronze behind Rocha ESP.
The ranking list and the final report.
Sunday, September 28, 2014   (Image © Gerard Chauvel)
The Platu 25 World Championship 2014 in Antibes FRA ended yesterday with a last race without the new World Champion Sandro Montefusco ITA, who had his title prematurerly. Matthias Bermejo SUI and his team won the race and defended the 3rd rank overall. 5 points were missing for Silver earned by Tomaso De Bellis ITA.
The ranking list and the report.
Sunday, September 28, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The Freestylers opened the day early in the morning but the breeze quickly vanished and the Qualifiers had to be postponed. The Slalom drivers however found a light wind to start their competition but together with the breakers off Sylt, the conditions were very challenging. Aron Dagan ISR won ahead of Julien Quentel FRA. The World Champion Antoine Albeau FRA was forced to abandon after a collision during the Qualifiers.
All details on the PWA website.
Sunday, September 28, 2014   (Image © James Robinson Taylor / Regates Royales)
A last long-distance race sailed in summery light-wind conditions concluded the Royal Regatta in Cannes FRA attended by over 80 Classic Yachts. Here the final results of all 8 categories, as well as the final report.
Today, most yachts will dislocate to St-Tropez FRA where the 'Voiles de St.Tropez' will begin tomorrow. We already reported yesterday on the victory of Ian Bradburry IRL in the Dragons.
International – Saturday, September 27, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014   (Image © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT)
The windy conditions persisted yesterday at Lelystad and the Round Robin of the Dutch Match Cup was completed. Taylor Canfield ISV, score 9-2, is directly qualified for the Semi Final. The ranks 2-7 sais Quarter Finals today. Ian Williams GBR meets Phil Robertson NZL, David Gilmour AUS sails against Keith Swinton AUS and Mathieu Richard FRA encounters the surprise-man Arthur Herreman FRA.
The results and the report.
Saturday, September 27, 2014   (Image © Elena Giolai)
The Ora was light on the 3rd day of the J/70 Europeans on Lake Garda, but nevertheless, two races were completed in an 8 kn breeze. Finishing 1 and 2, Hugo Rocha ESP reduced the gap on the leading Carlo Alberini ITA on 6 points. Two North wind races have been scheduled for this morning, that will be crucial for the title. Alessio Marinelli ITA on rank 3 is already 17 points back, and another 8 points behind is Charlie Esse GBR as best corinthian skipper.
The ranking list and the daily report.
Saturday, September 27, 2014   
The J/24 World Championship 2014 in Newport RI ended yesterday with the races 9 and 10, and the leader Will Welles USA and his team confirmed their superiority with the day ranks 2 and 5 and took the title with a 17 points' advantage. Mauricio Santa Cruz BRA finished 2nd, John Mollicone USA 3rd. 69 teams from 12 nations participated.
The final rankings and the report.
Saturday, September 27, 2014   (Image © Pierpaolo Lanfrancotti)
No races on the last day of the 5.5 mIJ World Championship 2014. The light and circling wind allowed nothing but a few start attempts and the day ended without a valid result. The interim's leader Flavio Marazzi SUI /Jakob Gustafsson SWE/Christoph Burger SUI remained therefore on top and were declared World Champions. A constant row of results without a flop kept them in the leading group during the whole competition, while the direct opponents waited for the 6th race to discard the worst result and move on top. Kristian Nergaard NOR and Gavin McKinney BAH completed the podium.
The report and the final results.
Saturday, September 27, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The Sylt Super Grand Slam, the 9-days Finale of the PWA Worldcup Season, began yesterday in not too ideal conditions with a breeze from the shore. The Qualification races of the Slalom specialists and the Eliminations of the Wave riders were on the program, and this without any surprises. For today, a 14-20 kn breeze has been announced.
The report on the PWA website.
Saturday, September 27, 2014   (Image © James Robinson Taylor / R�gates Royales)
Late was the seabreeze, and only one long-distance race was completed in the Classics fleet with a finish line just nearby a cruise ship. The ranking list of the 6 classes.
The Dragon regatta ended already with Ian Bradbury IRL/Lars Hendriksen DEN/Claus Olensen DEN as winner after 6 races, ahead of Dimitri Samokhin RUS and Michael Zannel GER. The ranking list and the report.
International – Friday, September 26, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014   (Image © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT)
The Round Robin of the WMRT Dutch Match Cup at Lelystad continued yesterday in a fresh breeze, requesting perfect boat handling. Not everybody was mastering the tricky boat, and even the Tour leader Ian Williams GBR lost the boat and collided with the starting vessel, and was moreover loosing a match after capsizing. New on top of the rankings are now with a 7-1 score Mathieu Richard FRA and Taylor Canfield ISV. Williams is down on 3rd.
The report and the videos.
Friday, September 26, 2014   (Image © Gerard Chauvel)
Four races were sailed at the Platu 25 Worlds in Antibes FRA yesterday. Matthias Bermejo SUI and his team had a fulminant begin of the day winning the first two races, and moving up on position 2. Sandro Montefusco ITA keeps the lead with an 8 points advance on the Swiss who is tied with the 3rd Tomaso De Bellis ITA. Christophe Chaffardon FRA as 4th is already 19 points behind rank 3.
The ranking list. To learn more, consult the Platu 25 website during the day.
Friday, September 26, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
Two more races were sailed in moderate winds around 8 kn yesterday off Newport. Will Welles USA just defended his lead, but with a 46th place as result to be discarded on the final day today, his lead is in danger. Mauricio Santa Cruz BRA 6 points behind has a constant row of results with a 12th place as a discard, and even John Mollicone USA 14 points back has still theoretical chances for control.
The ranking list and the report (PDF).
Friday, September 26, 2014   (Image © Andrea Carloni)
Day 2 of the J/70 Europeans, ... another perfect Lake Garda day ! Sun and a 14-16 kn thermal breeze allowed to sail three races. Finishing twice on top, Carlo Alberini ITA extended his lead and his advantage after 6 races is now 11 points. Alessio Marinelli ITA follows on rank 2, Hugo Rocha ESP is 3rd. Bad luck for the 470 Junior European Champion Simon Sivitz ITA, who is out of competition after a big crash on the first day.
The ranking list and the daily report.
Friday, September 26, 2014   (Image © Ph Lanfrancotti)
The thundery weather went on yesterday and unconstant shifty winds between 8 and 17 kn were the consequence. Nevertheless, three races were completed, and Flavio Marazzi SUI and his team succeeded to move up on top with a row of top-6 finishes. Today's final heat will be decisive, as the discard result becomes effective, and the favorite and defending champion Markus Wieser GER will most probably take the first place. His result sheet stll contains an early start disqualification besides 3 wins in five races. Only Kristian Nergaard NOR could theoretically become a serious opponent.
The ranking list and the daily report.
Friday, September 26, 2014   (Image © James Robinson Taylor / R�gates Royales)
The Royal Regatta continued yesterday in the Bay of Cannes with a long-distance race, sailed in a light wind. The Dragons went on with their competition adding three more round-the-buoy short races in the Gulf of Juan.
The report and the ranking lists of the Classics. Unfortunately, the Dragon Link to the results does not work this morning. Ivan Bradburry IRL is first.
The - as always - must see video of the day.
International – Thursday, September 25, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014   (Image © Robert Hajduk)
The fifth Round of the 2014 World Match Racing Tour in Lelystad NED began yesterday with three flights. The new venue and above all the Tour-first Maxfun-25 yachts with their oversized spinackers challenged the teams. However, the Tour dominators stepped up to the plate and Ian Williams GBR, Mathieu Richard FRA and Taylor Canfield ISV finished the day with a 3-0 score. On rank 4 follows Arthur Herreman FRA with 2-1 w /l.
The report with results.
Thursday, September 25, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
The J/24 Worlds continued yesterday with two races sailed initially in a 10 kn, lateron increasing to a 17 kn breeze. Will Welles USA defended his 8 points lead on Mauricio Santa Cruz BRA. Greg Griffin USA as 3rd is 18 points behind. The results and the report.
Thursday, September 25, 2014   (Image © Gerard Chauvel)
After the rough first day with wind speeds at the upper limit, the situation normalised yesterday and allowed to complete three good races in a 10-12 kn breeze.
Sandro Montefusco ITA and his team extended the lead with two race wins. Tomaso De Bellis ITA finished three times as 2nd and moved up on rank 2 overall. On the way up is also Matthias Bermejo SUI, advancing on 3rd overall with the day ranks 5/4/3.
The ranking list and the daily report.
Thursday, September 25, 2014   
Perfect Lake Garda conditions with sun and a 10 to 16 kn freshening Ora breeze pervailed yesterday and three races were completed at the J/70 European Championship.
Carlo Alberini ITA and his team were the dominators with the ranks 1/2/2 and lead overall with a 12 points advantage. Charlie Esse GBR, Mario Beraha ITA and Igor Lah SLO follow on the ranks 2 to 4. The ranking list and the daily report.
Thursday, September 25, 2014   (Image © Ph Lanfrancotti)
Thunderstorms and rain with a temporary light wind allowed only for one start attempt yesterday at the 5.5 mIJ Worlds, but this race had to be abandoned soon due to the slackening wind. Leader after the two Tuesday races is Kristian Nergaard NOR ahead of Gavin McKinney BAH and Thomas Müller GER.
The ranking list and the videos.
Thursday, September 25, 2014   (Image © James Robinson Taylor / R�gates Royales)
The stormy East wind decreased in Cannes and the Classics opened the Royal Regatta with a long-distance race in the Bay of Cannes, while the Dragons sailed three short-races round-the-buoys.
Michael Zannel GER leads in the Dragons ahead of Ivan Bradbury GBR and Dimitri Samokhin RUS. Here the rankings.
The Classics sail in 8 categories, and the results have not yet been posted on the event website. After a Parade along the coast of Cannes, 'Shamrock V' crossed the line as first. Read the explicit report.
International – Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014   
A fresh East wind of up to 30 kn and big waves made the first day of the Platu 25 World Championship in Antibes FRA very challenging. The first race was won by the past World Champion Sandro Montefusco ITA and his team, ahead of Ingo Lochmann GER and Tom Studer SUI. 35 teams from 8 nations participate.
The ranking list and the event website.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014   
The J /24 Worlds in Newport continued yesterday in a steady 10 to 14 kn breeze and two races were completed. Will Welles USA and his team moved on top with the day ranks 1 and 9. The quadruple World Champion Mauricio Santa Cruz BRA advanced on rank 2 with a 11 points' backlog.
The ranking list and the report of the day (PDF).
Wednesday, September 24, 2014   (Image © Ph Lanfrancotti)
Yesterday, after a windless opening day, the first two races of the 5.5 mIJ World Championship were sailed in 12-16 kn breeze, and Kristian Nergaard NOR and his team (ranks 2/2) is the first leader. Race winners were the favorite Markus Wieser GER, premature start disqualification in race 2, and Thomas Müller GER on an elder evolution class boat. Second overall is Gavin McKinney BAH, Müller GER is 3rd.
The ranking list and the video of the day.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014   
A number of changes occurred in the ISAF World Ranking List after the ISAF Worlds of Santander. The Finn World Champion Giles Scott GBR is now ISAF number one, and also the Vice World Champions Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL are back on top of the annual classification of the 470 women. Robert Scheidt BRA is for the first time after 9 years the Laser Standard number one.
The NorAm top-25 rankings:
- 470 men: Stuart McNay /David Hughes USA 4th
- 47o women: Anne Haeger /Briana Provancha USA 3rd
- 49er: Brad Funk /Trevor Burd USA 17th
- Laser Standard: Charlie Buckingham USA 7th, Lee Parkhill CAN 20th
- Laser Radial: Claire Merry CAN 23rd
- Finn: Caleb Paine USA 8th, Greg Douglas CAN 20th
- RS:X men: David Mier y Teran MEX 17th
- RS:X women: Demita Vega de Ville MEX 8th, Farrah Hall USA 20th
All rankings and the ISAF report.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014   (Image © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT)
The World Match Race Tour continues today, only one week after the Chicago Match Cup, with the Dutch Match Cup of Lelystad NED. Maxfun25 yachts will be sailed, an unknown boat for all participants.
Ian Williams GBR leads in the Tour rankings 2014 with a 20 points' advance on Mathieu Richard FRA, but the defending champion Taylor Canfield ISV is only one point behind the Frenchman after his victory in Chicago. Ian Williams GBR has the opportunity for a preliminary decision, as there are only two Rounds left this year (Bermuda and Terengganu MAS).
The preview and the event website.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
The inaugural J/70 European Championship begins today on Lake Garda. The yacht launched two and a half years ago gained quickly enormous currency also in Europe. 37 teams from 10 nations participate in these first Europeans, with big delegations from Germany, France, England or Italy. The overcast sky will according to the wind forecast most probably prevent the normal Lake Garda thermal breeze today.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014   (Image © DR / R�gates Royales)
The fresh 24-30 kn East wind in the Bay of Cannes was too much for the precious classic yachts, and the first races were postponed. In addition to the 48 Dragons from 14 nations, there are 44 Classics on the entry list, the oldest built in 1892. The event website contains a video from the past year, presenting the exceptional beauties of yachting craftsmanship in action.
International – Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014   (Image © DR / J24 Worlds)
The J/24 World Championship in Newport RI began yesterday with two races sailed in a 14-16 kn wind. Mark Hillman USA and Robert Vernon CHI with their Teams are on top at equal points. Will Welles USA follows as 3rd. 71 teams from 13 nations participate.
The ranking list and the report.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014   
In memory of Andrew 'Bart' Simpson GBR, double Starboat Olympic Champion, drowned during an America's Cup training in San Francisco last year, his friends Iain Percy GBR and Ben Ainslie GBR founded the 'Bart Simpson Sailing Foundation' and organised a world-wide memorial regatta taking place last Sunday.
Up to now, 13% of the resultats have been communicated to the central control office. With almost 100'000 participants, the 'Bart's Bash' is requesting an entry in the Guiness-Book-of-records as largest sailing event ever. The video.
On behalf of the Star Sailors League, sailing-news had the opportunity to interview Bart Simpson on the occasion of the UK Star Championship in January 2013. Here the video-interview, it should be one of his last ....
Tuesday, September 23, 2014   (Image © DR / 5.5m IC)
No wind on the opening day of the 5.5 mIJ World Championship in Italy. 37 teams from 7 nations are on the entry list, one third of them from Switzerland. Favorite is the defending champion Markus Wieser GER, but Arend Pasman NED, Kristian Neergard NOR or Flavio Marazzi SUI will also have a say. The event website.
International – Monday, September 22, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014   (Image © Rachel Jaspersen)
The ISAF Olympic Classes World Championship in Santander ESP ended yesterday with the Medal Races of the two Skiff classes 49er and 49er FX, the Nacra 17 and the Finns.
Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL, early World Champions before the Medal Race of the 49ers already, demonstrated their superiorty winning this last heat as well increasing their advantage on 46 points ! The Silver medal went to Jonas Warrer/Anders Thomsen DEN, while the Olympic Champions Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen AUS had to content themselves with Bronze. Delle-Karth/Resch AUT on rank 4 missed a medal by 6 points. Brad Funk/Trevor Burd USA finished 24th, David Mori/Justin Barnes CAN 40th
The showdown of the 49erFX girls went in favor of Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA, finishing the Medal Race in front of Ida-Marie Baad-Nielsen/Marie Thusgaard DEN earning their first - and probably not the last - World Champion's title. Behind the Danish team at equal points are Giulia Conti/Francesca Clapcich ITA on rank 3. Erin Rafuse/Danielle Boyd CAN are 27th, Paris Henken/Helena Scutt USA 29th.
Gold and Silver were alotted before the Medal Race in the Finns with Giles Scott GBR as first and Ivan Klijakovic CRO as 2nd. In the duel for Bronze, Ed Wright GBR removed the Olympia Bronze medalist Jonathan Lobert FRA from the podium. Caleb Paine USA finished the Medal Race as 5th and moved up on rank 7 overall. Greg Douglas CAN is 19th.
A class of their-own were Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA in the Nacra 17, winning the title with a 38 points' advance. Santiago Lange/Cecilia Carranza ARG finished 2nd, their best result by far on the Nacra-17. 3rd-ranked are the surprising Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanain AUS. Winning the Medal Race - as already on the Olympic Test Event in Rio - Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI moved up on rank 6. Sarah Newberry/John Casey USA are 35th, Luke Ramsay/Nikola Girke 36th.
France wins the IOC President's Trophy as best nation with 3 Gold and 1 Bronze medals.

The USA grab five nations' berth for the 2016 Rio Olympics, Canada 2 berths.
The US Sailing final report and the Sail Canada website for more details on the NorAm teams.

All ranking lists, the daily report and the videos of the final day.
Monday, September 22, 2014   (Image © Martina Orsini)
The 28 participants of the 6th and last Act of the Moth Eurocup 2014 waited in vain for the early morning Northern wind on Lake Garda. But the fleet was compensated with a well established Ora breeze on a sunny afternoon allowing to sail four races. And again, it was Chris Rast SUI who won them all, not only clearly taking the Act 6 victory but at the same time the Annual Trophy price money of 3'000 €uros. Carlo De Paoli ITA followed on rank 2, Giovanni Galeotti BEL just defended his 3rd place one point ahead of Matthias Renker SUI.
The ranking list, the final report and the videos of Act 6.
Monday, September 22, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
After five days' waiting due to lack of wind and waves, the wonder happened yesterday, the last day of the Worldcup event at the Danish West Coast, to run an Elimination. In the twilight after a long day on the water, Thomas Traversa FRA and the Worldcup leader Victor Fernandez ESP met for the Final. The Frenchman won for the second time at Klitmöller with a flawless performance. The report and all details as always on the PWA website.
Monday, September 22, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman/AWMRT)
Yesterday, the Semi Finals and Finals of the Chicago Match Cup were sailed on Lake Michigan in an 18-20 kn breeze. The final pairing was Taylor Canfield ISV, local hero and last year's winner, against the Tour leader Ian Williams GBR. Canfield profitted from his experience with the Tom-28 yachts on his home waters and won with a 3-1 score. In the Petite Final, Mathieu Richard FRA had the upper hand on Björn Hansen SWE with 2-0.
The report.
Monday, September 22, 2014   
As early tune-up for the Optimist World Championship of October, a number of top Optimist sailors attended the Polish Championship at Kamien Pomorski POL. 389 participants from 17 nations were present. Nicolas Rolaz SUI/CNM won the title after 6 races with a 4 points' advantage on the 2nd-ranked Pavel Abramowicz POL. Dmitry Laztin RUS finished 3rd. Monticha Busch GER on rank 4 was the best girl.
The ranking list.
International – Sunday, September 21, 2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014   (Image © Mick Anderson)
The 470 Medal Races were sailed yesterday in a moderate breeze, attended by 3'000 people on the spectator dune.
As expected, the Olympic Champions Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS defending their 2013 title protected their big advantage in the 470 men rankings and won with a 19 points' advantage, Belcher's 5th title in a row ! Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO took Silver, Panagiotis Mantis/Pavlos Kigalis GRE Bronze. Stuart McNay/David Hughes USA finished 5th. Winning the Medal Race, the Youth World Champions Jordi Xammar/Jose Herp ESP advanced on rank 7.
Winning the Medal Race, Lara Vadlau/Jolanta Ogar AUT crowned their short career with the first World Champion's title in the 470 women. Vadlau, age 20, won the Optimist Swiss Championship in 2004, was second at the ISAF Youth Sailing Worlds 2010 (behind Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI), won the ISAF Youth Worlds 2011, qualified for the 2012 Olympics in her first 470 year, finished 2012 as number 3 in the ISAF World Rankings and was ISAF number 1 end of 2013 as well as ISAF Worldcup winner.The start to the 2014 was delayed because of an injury. With Jolanta Ogar, originally from Poland, meanwhile naturalized as Austrian, the way for a successful Olympic campaign 2016 is open. A report from Austria. The Olympic Champions Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL earned Silver, the Olympic Silver medalists Hannah Mills/ Saskia Clark GBR took Bronze. Annie Haeger/Briana Provancha USA are in the 7th place.
The official report and the video of the day.

See the US Sailing Team and the Sail Canada websites for more details.
Sunday, September 21, 2014   
Today, the last four Medal Races are on the program, but in the 49ers and Nacra-17s, early titles have been claimend.
The defending World Champions Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA confirmed their title in the Nacra 17 with a 34 points' lead on the first persuers. The race for Silver however will be very close as Vittorio Bisarro/Silvia Sicouri ITA are only one point ahead of Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS. 4 points farther back are Pippa Wilson/John Gimson GBR and Santiago Lange/Cecilia Carranza ARG with chances for a medal should the duo fighting for Silver be downsailed in the crucial race.
Even 36 points is the advantage of Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL in the 49ers. Jonas Warrer/Anders Thomsen DEN and 2 points behind Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen AUS will fight for Silver and Bronze, as the have an 8 points advantage on the 4th-ranked Jorge Lima/Jose Costa POR.
The decision in the Finns is practically final, as only a disqualification of the leading Giles Scott GBR, 20 points ahead, and a Medal Race win of the 2nd-ranked Ivan Klijakovic CRO would remove the Brit from the first position. Jonathan Lobert FRA and Ed Wright GBR one point behind will fight for the Bronze Medal. Caleb Paine USA, 5 points behind rank 5, has room for improvement with a successful Medal Race finish.
Still unknown is the outcome of the 49erFX: Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgaard DEN are still leading, but Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA are only 2 points behind. Whoever is ahead today will be the World Champions ! Giulia Conti/Francesca Clapcich ITA on rank 3 already have the Bronze Medal with a 25 points advantage on the 4th.
All ranking lists and the report of the day with video.

See the US Sailing Team and the Sail Canada websites for more details.
Sunday, September 21, 2014   (Image © Martina Orsini)
The Lake Garda 'wind machine' was not up to speed yesterday. The Moth pilots waited in vain for the morning nothern breeze, and the Ora was not there for a second start attempt in the afternoon. Only late, around 4 p.m. CET, the South wind filled in and finally two races were completed in a 12-16 kn breeze.
Racing was close but it was twice Chris Rast SUI who had the upper hand. Carlo De Paoli ITA (2/3) and Giovanni Galeotti BEL (4/2) follow on the ranks 2 and 3.
The ranking list and the report of the day.
Sunday, September 21, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman/AWMRT)
Fresh winds prevailed yesterday during the Chicago Match Cup Quarter Finals. Ian Williams GBR vs Pierre-Antoine Morvan FRA and Taylor Canfield ISV vs Chris Steele NZL were quick deals with a 3-0 score each. Mathieu Richard FRA (3-1 vs Keith Swinton AUS) and above all Björn Hansen SWE (3-2 vs Phil Robertson NZL) had closer encounters .
The report with results and a video.
Sunday, September 21, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
Six days without wind and waves at wind-safe Klitmöller DEN must be a record, and kept the Wave specialists waiting. To entertain the spectators, a tow session was organised with Jose Campello VEN as winner.
The report on the PWA website.
International – Saturday, September 20, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014   
The RS:X windsurfers were the second class to terminate their World Championship yesterday in a 15 kn breeze.
Charline Picon FRA was the premature RS:X female World Champion already before the Medal Race, but nevertheless, she added another race win extending her points' lead on the second-ranked to gigantic 40 points. Marina Alabau ESP and Mayaan Davidovich ISR fighted closely for Silver with the Spanish ahead at the end of the race. Davidovich ISR had to content herself with Bronze. Demita Vega de Lille MEX on rank 24 (including a race win) is the best North American Windsurfing result. Farrah Hall USA on 40 and Laurence Bonneau-Charland CAN on 55 are the best of their nations.
Julien Bontemps FRA starting as clear leader to the RS:X male Medal Race finished 2nd and won the Champion's title 21 points ahead of Przemyslav Miarczynski POL. Winning the Medal Race, Thomas Goyard FRA replaced the tied Piotr Myszka POL on the podium and took Bronze. Rank 44 for David Mier y Teran MEX, rank 51 for Zach Plavsic CAN and rank 73 for Carson Crain among the 98 participants are the outcome for the North American Windsurfing men community.
Alle ranking lists, the report and the video of the day.
Saturday, September 20, 2014   (Image © Laurens Morel)
All classes completed a full program in a 15 kn breeze. The 470 and 49ers finished the Final Series and start to the Medal Races today.
Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS, day ranks 1/1/2, are on the way to their fifth title in a row in the 470 men. They start to the Medal Race with a 15 points' lead on Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO who are 5 points in front of the third Panagiotis Mantis/Pavlos Kagialis GRE. 10 points behind the Greeks are Luke Patience/Elliott Willis GBR with a small remaining chance for a medal in the non-discard/double-points last race. To mention, that in addition to the well-known teams, two development teams qualified for the Medal Race: Piroulee/Sipan FRA (only FRA team) and Jordi Xammar/Jose Herp ESP.
In the 470 women, Lara Vadlau/Yolanta Ogar AUT regained the lead and there will be - no doubt - a fierce fight for Gold with the Olympic Champions Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL. Hannah Mills/Sakia Clark GBR on 3rd are 14 points behind, but have solid 10 points' advance themselves on the 4th-ranked Camille Lecointre/Hélène Defrance FRA.
The Medallists in the 49ers are already known before the Medal Race. Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL successfully defended their title as - with a 24 points' lead - they cannot be overtaken in the last race. Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen AUS and Jonas Warrer/Anders Thomesen DEN 5 points behind will fight for Silver and Bronze. Delle-Karth/Resch AUT as 4th are already 19 points back.
The 49erFX sail another two Final Races today. IDA-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgaard DEN lead 10 points ahead of Martine Grael7Kahena Kunze BRA, 12 points farther behind are Giulia Conti/Francesca Clapcich ITA as 3rd.
For first time, Giles Scott GBR returned after racing yesterday without a race win in the Finns. But his advantage on the runner-up Ivan Klijakovic CRO is nevertheless 20 points. Jonathan Lobert FRA follows with another 13 points' backlog on rank 3 just ahead of Ed Wright GBR.
Also the undisputed leaders in the Nacra 17 Billy Besson7Marie Riou FRA had their first bad day with the ranks 12 and 7, but nevertheless, they extended their lead on the 2nd Santiago Lange/Cecilia Carranza ARG on 25 points. Pippa Wilson/John Gimson GBR follow on rank 3.

The results of the best North Americans are:
Laser Standard (147 boats): Charlie Buckingham USA 7th, Chris Barnard USA 15th, Lee Parkhill CAN 43th.
Laser Radial (120 boats): Erika Reinecke 14th, Isabella Bertold CAN 18th.
RS:X men (98 boards): David Mier Y Teran MEX 44th, Zach Plavsic CAN 51st, Carson Crain USA 73th.
RS:X women (62 boards): Demita Vega de Lille MEX 24th, Farrah Hall USA 40th, Laurence Bonneau CAN 55th.
470 men (73 boats): Stuart McNay/David Hughes USA 6th, Jacob Chaplin-Saunders/Greame Chaplin-Saunders CAN 42nd
470 women (54 boats): Annie Haeger/Briana Provancha USA 5th, Allison Surette/Alexandra tenHove CAN 51st
49er (80 boats): Brad Funk/Trevor Burd USA 22nd, David Mori/Justin Barnes CAN 40th
49erFX (55 boats): Erin Rafuse/Danielle Boyd CAN 27th, Paris Henken/Helena Scutt USA 29th
Nacra-17 (67 boats): Sarah Newberry/John Casey USA 36th, Luke Ramsay/Nikola Girke 15th
Finn (78 boats): Caleb Paine 9th/Greg Douglas CAN 19th

See also the US Sailing Team and the Sail Canada websites for details.

All results and the daily report.
Saturday, September 20, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman/AWMRT)
An initial 8-10 kn breeze, later increasing to 15 kn, prevailed during the Repechage of the positon 5-12 teams to qualify for the four remaining Quarter Final slots. Chris Steele NZL (6-1), Matthieu Richard FRA (5-2), Keith Swinton AUS (5-2) and Björn Hansen SWE (4-3) qualified, while Tom Slingsby AUS (3-4) on rank 5, as well as Eric Monnin (2-5) as 6th missed the next round.
The report with results.
Saturday, September 20, 2014   (Image © Martina Orsini)
Thunderstorm alerts prevented sailing on Lake Garda yesterday at the 6th and last Act of the Moth Eurocup 2014. 23 participants are on the entry list, among them the favorites Giovanni Galeotti BEL and Chris Rast SUI. Starting celebrities will also be the Mini-Transat-winner Benoît Marie FRA and the Oracle-Team USA Sport Director Phillipe Presti FRA. The report.
Saturday, September 20, 2014   (Image © PWA John Carter)
Waiting for wind at Klitmöller DEN on day 5 as well, and the forecast for today is not very promising either. The PWA website contains more interviews with Windsurf Professionals.
International – Friday, September 19, 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014   (Image © Thom Touw)
Yesterday, the first titles were awarded at the ISAF World Championship in Santander in a fresh, but very gusty and shifty breeze frorm the shore. The Netherlands won both Laser titles, France with Charline Picon has premature Gold in the RS:X windsurfers.
Marit Bouwmester NED started the Laser Radial Medal Race with a 10 points' lead, and kept this position with a 3rd rank in the last race. The rookie Josefin Olsson SWE clearly defended the second place. Evi Van Acker BEK took Bronze as at the Olympics. Tuula Tenkanen FIN and Veronika Kozelska-Fenclova CZE follow on the 4th and 5th place just one point behind Bronze.
The Silverfleet did not compete. After only 4 races sailed during 7 days (!), the winner is Maud Jayet SUI, corresponding to rank 61 overall in the 119 boats' fleet.
In a Medal Race full of suspense, Nicholas Heiner NED was first and succeeded to move on top of the Lasers Standard, as the leading Tom Burton AUS downsailed his direct opponent ending on the final ranks 7 and 8 allowing the Dutchman to overtake the duo and win the World Championship. Philipp Buhl GER is 4th 4 points behind rank 3. The defending Champion Robert Scheidt BRA is on the disappointing 5th place. The report of the Laser class, all ranking lists and the video of the Laser-Medal-Races.
The superior Charline Picon FRA took the Worlds title already before the Medal Race of the RS:X female windsurfers. With a row of top-5 results and a 9th place as discard result, she has a 28 points lead and cannot be overtaken by the 2nd-ranked Mayaan Davidovich ISR or the 3rd Marina Alabau ESP two points behind Silver. All ranking lists and the official report.
Friday, September 19, 2014   (Image © Barbara Sanchez)
The 20 kn breeze from the shore, however gusty and shifty, allowed to compensate the delays in the program somewhat. The Lasers sailed their Medal Races, the RS:X windsurfers terminated the Final Series and are ready for the Medal Races today, and the 49ersFX, the Nacra 17 and the Finns concluded the Qualification Series and are ready for the Final Series in Gold- and Silverfleets.
The 470 men finished the Qualifications in the morning already and began the Final Series in the afternoon. With two race wins, the Olympic Champions and defending World Champions Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS took the lead 3 points ahead of Fantela/Marenic CRO auf Rang 2. Mantis Kagialis GRE are 3rd.
As best of the day, the Olympic Champions Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL moved on top of the 470 women. Lara Vadlau/Yolanta Ogar AUT follow on rank 2, and Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA are new on rank 3. Today, two more Final races are on the program to select the 10 best for the Medal Race of Saturday. The report of the 470 class.
Today, the RS:X windsurfers will sail their Medal Races. Charline Picon FRA already has the World Champion's title in the female category with a 28 points' lead, while Mayaan Davidovich ISR and Marina Alabau ESP will fight for the Silver Medal. Minor medal chances remain also with Bryony Shaw GBR and Jiahui Wu CHN with a 10 respectively 12 points deficit on the 3rd place.
French is the lead and most probably also the title in the RS:X male windsurfers ! Julien Bontemps FRA starts to the Medal Race with a 14 points lead on Piotr Myszka POL who, with Przemyslav Miarczynski POL 3 points back, will fight for the Silver Medal. Byron Kokkalanis GRE as 4th is already 11 points behind rank 3. With 4 participants in the Medal Race, the French dominance in windsurfing is massive.
With the day ranks 1 and 2 in their Nacra 17 group, the defending World Champions Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA demonstrated their superiority at the end of the Qualification Series. The top team of the second group are Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI, adding another race win yesterday. The second top result was spoiled because of a capsize. As 2nd-ranked, the Swiss are 7 points behind the leaders. Pippa Wilson/John Gimson GBR are 3rd.
A class of his own was Giles Scott GBR in the Finns, even though he suffered the first defeat after 5 race wins in a row. Ivan Klijakovic CRO won the last race and advanced on the 3rd place behind Jonathan Lobert FRA. The report of the Finn class.
As always in windier conditions, skiff sailing ends up as a capsize festival, with the experienced teams surviving. Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL lead in the 49ers with a 29 points' advantage on Delle-Karth/Resch AUT. The Olympic Champions Outteridge/Jensen AUS moved up on rank 3.
The routiniers are also in front of the 49ersFX. Ida-Marie Baad-Nielsen/Marie Thusgaard DEN won both races yesterday and are now 3 points in front of Charlotte Dobson/Sophie Ainsworth GBR. Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA are 3rd.
All ranking lists and the official report.
Friday, September 19, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The Wave-Worldcup participants had nothing but stand-up paddling on their program, as there was again no wind on a sunny late-summer Thursday at Klitmöller, Danish West Coast. The report on the PWA website.
Friday, September 19, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
The Round Robin was completed yesterday in good sailing conditions. Last year's winner Taylor Canfield ISV is on top of the rankings with a 10-1 score ahead of Ian Williams GBR (9-2) as well as Pierre-Antoine Morvan FRA und Phil Robertson NZL (7-4 each). These four team are qualified directly for the Quarter Finals. The other 8 teams sail the Repechage to qualify for the remaining four places.
The report with rankings.
Friday, September 19, 2014   (Image © Claire ADB)
The opening day of the Finn Swiss Championship in Port Camargue FRA on the Mediterranean was rough. In a 25-30 kn breeze, only 15 of the 39 participants terminated at least one race. On top of the rankings are the internationally experienced sailors Peter Theurer SUI/YCB (day ranks 1 and 2), Christoph Burger SUI/TYC 2nd and Christoph Christen SUI/YCB 3rd.
The results and the event website.
Friday, September 19, 2014   (Image © Tessa Wiechmann)
Markus Wieser GER and his team won also the third race of the Scandinavian Gold Cup yesterday and secured the trophy for Germany. Jürg Menzi SUI was 2nd yesterday and 2nd overall. The results. The Classics sailed at the same time the Royal Kaag Classic Trophy. Armando Daldini SUI was the winner. The results.
Wieser, 5.5 m defending World Champion is the clear favorite for the title in the Championship starting on Sunday. 38 teams from 7 nations are on the entry list.