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International – Monday, August 31, 2015
Monday, August 31, 2015   (Image © Robert Hajduk)
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The wind was back yesterday, intially light with 5 kn, increasing to a moderate 10 kn breeze during the day, allowing to complete for the first time the full daily program with two races in each Group.
After 4 races, the lead is shared by Rok Verderber SLO and Suthon Yampinid THA with 8 points each. 3 points behind follows Daniel Hung SIN on rank 3. Jodie Lai SIN on the 6th place remains the best Girl. Zane Rogers USA is 9th, Mia Nicolosi ISV 14th and Eric Omielan CAN 82nd.
Today, the Team-Race is on the program. The ranking list, the event facebook page and the daily news.
Monday, August 31, 2015   
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Unexpected big surprise at the Moth European Championship 2015 in Lelystad NED yesterday ! Not the defending champion Chris Rashley GBR, interim's leader with 6 bullets in 7 race, but his only immediate persuer Robert Greenalgh GBR, six times 2nd and a first, is the new European Champion. Finishing 1/3/1 on the last day, Greenalgh won one point ahead of Rashley GBR, who had a miserable day with the ranks 8/3/4. The 2008 Laser Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR earned Bronze. The Mini-Transat winner Benoît Marie FRA, up on rank 7, remained the best non-English among the 70 participants.
The ranking list and the event website.
Monday, August 31, 2015   
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The U21 European Championship of the Olympic Laser Radial and Standard classes began yesterday in Murcia ESP in a 10 kn wind.
Joel Rodriguez ESP, last week U21 World Champion already, started the first day on top with the ranks 1 and 2 of the Lasers Standard. Also with the ranks 1 and 2 in his Group follows Michael Beckett GBR on rank 2. Nicolo Villa ITA and Jonathan Vadnai HUN share rank 3. 83 participants from 20 nations on the entry list.
The first leader in the Lasers Radial is Lena Haverland GER with the ranks 1/5. Monika Mikkola FIN on rank 2 follows one point back. Maud Jayet SUI is another point behind on the3rd place. The only North American participant in Murcia, Carin Peters CAN, is on rank 17 among the 44 participants from 17 nations.
All ranking lists and the daily news.
Monday, August 31, 2015   
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Finishing 2 and 1 yesterday, 'Team New Zealand' with Glenn Ashby AUS is the winner of the Gothenburg AC World Series Act. 'Oracle' with James Spithill AUS and 'BAR' with Ben Ainslie GBR had to content themselves with the ranks 2 and 3. 'Team New Zealand' is the new leader of the annual rankings.
The report.
Monday, August 31, 2015   
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The 10 kn wind on the final day of the Trofeo di Roma allowed for the first time to foil the GC32 catamarans. 'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA won three races, but an abandoned heat prevented the overalll victory for the benefit of 'Sultanate of Oman' with Leigh McMillan GBR. 'Spindrift' with Yann Guichard FRA and 'Alinghi' complete the podium. The Omanis lead in the annual rankings before the final event in Marseille with a 3 points' advance on 'Alinghi'.
The results and the event facebook page.
Monday, August 31, 2015   
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Although the defending champion Jason Carroll USA (tactics Cameron Appleton NZL) added two more race wins to his score line, this was not good enough to replace Alessandro Rombelli ITA (tactics Francesco Bruni ITA) on top of the overall ranking. The young Ryan DeVos USA (Mark Mendelblatt USA) earned the Bronze medal. Dalton DeVos USA is 7th, Alec Cutler BER with Chris Rast USA/SUI remained on rank 13 among the 22 teams.
The ranking list and the final report.
International – Sunday, August 30, 2015
Sunday, August 30, 2015   (Image © Arek Komorowski)
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Light and unconstant winds messed up the program of the Optimist Worlds at the Polish Baltic Sea Coast, as up-to-now, only 2 races by Group have been completed. The day before yesterday, three of the four Groups finished their second race. Yesterday, the fourth Group succeeded at least to terminate their fourth heat, so that the interim's rankings after two races could be published.
Sole leader after two races is Suthon Yampinid THA closely followed by Daniel Hung SIN (2/1). Odysseas Spanakis GRE and Rok Verderber SLO follow on the ranks 3 and 4 with the race ranks 5 and 1 each. Mia Nicolosi ISV, age 12 only, is the best girl on rank 6.
The Team-Race planned for today has been postponed, as the fleet racing program has critical delays. But the overall hot summer weather situation over Europe with a huge flat anticyclone inhibits all gradient and thermal breezes also in the coming days, unless the low pressure front approaching the continent will hit Northern Europe. Worst case is that the Team Race will be cancelled at all.
The ranking list, the news of day 2 and the event facebook page with photos.
Sunday, August 30, 2015   
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Light winds prevailed on day 4 of the Moth Europeans in Lelystad NED, and only one race could be finished. Again it was - who else - Chris Rashley GBR winning the race and no doubt that the Europeans title will be his, although Robert Greenalgh GBR as 2nd keeps in contact with six 2nd ranks and a race win so far. New on rank 3 is now the Olympic Laser Champion 2008 Paul Goodison GBR, Benoît Marie FRA on rank 8 remains the best non-English.
The results and the daily news (in Dutch).
Sunday, August 30, 2015   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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The Gothenburg America's Cup World Series Act began yesterday with two races in a 15 kn wind, both won by the 'Oracle Team USA' with Jimmy Spithill AUS, thanks to perfect starts. 'BAR Racing' with Ben Ainslie GBR and 'Team New Zealand' with Glenn Ashby AUS share rank 2 overall with the day ranks 2 and 3.
The report with rankings and the video of the day.
Sunday, August 30, 2015   
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The ISAF Statement published in consequence of the hospitalization of the German 49er sailor Erik Heil with an infection due to the catastrophic water quality in Guanabara Bay, proofs, that ISAF is still not aware of the real problems. To be satisfied by the fact, that 10 Eco-Boats collected 28 tons of rubbish in Guanabara Bay during the Test Event, and to install a new pipeline that will divert sewage from the launching ramp at Marina da Gloria, does not improve the water quality that even on the three outside race areas has a million-fold violation of bacterium and viruses tolerances. It had been announced at the ISAF Annual Meeting 2014, that water inside Guanabara Bay would be collected and tested every 15 days, to bring the situation under control. What are the results? Apparently no improvement up-to-now. What has been critizised for years, will not change in the remaining 12 months. Instead of facing reality and act, ISAF is engaged in sheer window dressing together with the Rio Organizing Authorities. Outshined by the fantastic Rio scenery, the Regattas in 2016 might appear fair after all the pseudo activites, but nobody seems to care what lurks under the surface.
By-the-way: Out-of-line situation become normally matter for the boss. Anybody hear a word from the ISAF President Carlo Croce or the ISAF Vice President W. Scott Perry, Technical Delegate for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games ? In the Atlanta/Savannah 1996 Games, past-President Paul Henderson himself turned around a very difficult venue situation ... no harbour .. no athletes' village ... no results system ... into a success.
Sunday, August 30, 2015   
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Hubert Merkelbach/Frithjof Kleen GER continued with their row of top-5 rankings and are the premature winners of the Eastern Hemisphere Championship before the last race today. Reinhard Schmidt/Uli Seeberger GER follow on rank 2, Denis Khashina/Dmytro Mechetin UKR are now 3rd.
The results and the event facbook page.
Sunday, August 30, 2015   (Image © Guilain Grenier)
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Light, but at least sailable winds off Civitavecchia ITA allowed to complete six races yesterday, but the GC32 cats were never flying. 'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA and 'Team Engie' with Sébastien Rogues FRA were the best of the day, Overall leader is now 'Sultanate of Oman' with Leigh McMillan GBR, but 'Alinghi' and 'Spindrift' (Yann Guichard FRA) are only 3 points behind before the last races today.
The rankings and the daily report.
Sunday, August 30, 2015   (Image © Max Ranchi)
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A preliminary decision re the 2015 World Champion's title seems to have been made, as Alessandro Rombelli ITA (witht Francesco Bruni ITA) was among the best yesterday with the ranks 2 and 4, while Jason Carroll USA (Cameron Appleton NZL) had a disaster day with the ranks 21 and 15, and has now a 15 points' backlog on the leader before the last day's races. Ryan Devos USA (Mark Mendelblatt USA) moved up on rank 3. Finishing 5th in the last race, Alec Cutler BER (with Chris Rast SUI) slighly improved his ranking on 17.
The ranking list and the daily news.
International – Saturday, August 29, 2015
Saturday, August 29, 2015   
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Apparently, all four Groups have now completed at least four races, so that a first overall classification has been posted on the Internet.
Odysseas Spanakis GRE, Mate Jeney HUN, Rok Verderber SLO and Suthon Yampinid THA won the races of their Groups. Louis Barbet FRA, Matthias Berthet NOR, Daniel Hung SIN and the best girl Jodie Lai SIN finished 2nd in their Groups. The best of the participating North American federations are Emma Cowles USA 9th, Stefano Viale CAN 17th, Theodore Nicolosi ISV 37th and Bruno Alio Timeus Her MEX 45th.
The ranking lists. Unfortunately, neither the Event-Website, the Optimist Class website, nor the event facebook page contain more information.
Saturday, August 29, 2015   
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Four races in a somewhat more moderate breeze were sailed on the third of the Moth Europeans in Lelystad NED, and the UK team went on with their domination occupying the ranks 1 to 7 overall. Leader is the defending champion Chris Rashley GBR, ranks 1/1/1/3 yesterday, 3 points ahead of Robert Greenalgh GBR, 2/2/2/1. Jason Belben GBR on 3rd follows 14 points back. Benoît Marie FRA on rank 8 is the best non-British.
The ranking list and the event facebook page with many reports ...... in Dutch.
Saturday, August 29, 2015   (Image © Lee Whitehead)
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The Fireball World Championship 2015 in Wales was concluded with two furious big-breeze races yesterday. The 22-25 kn wind and - because of the shallow water in the Pwllheli Bay - a steep and rough chop caused numerous capsizes and breakage. The English, used to this type of conditions, dominted the races even more.
Finishing twice on 2nd and discarding the worst result, Tom Gillard/Richard Anderton GBR made it on top ahead of the dominators of the day (1/1) James Peters/Fynn Sterritt GBR relegating the defending champions Christian Birrell/Sam Brearey GBR at equal points on rank 3. Best non-English remained Rémy Thuillier/Mathieu Corruble FRA on rank 9. Ben Ballard/Tom Egli CAN are 50th.
The final report with rankings.
Saturday, August 29, 2015   (Image © Ricardo Pinto)
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Top conditions with sun and 12-15 kn breeze prevailed on the last day of the Dragon Gold Cup off Kühlungsborn GER. Finishing 6th, Lawrie Smith GBR and his team were the only ones to record all one-digit ranks, making them the superior winners of the Cup ahead of Dmitry Samokhin RUS. Thomas Müller GER moved up on rank 3 on the last day. 66 teams participated.
The results and the event facebook page.
Saturday, August 29, 2015   (Image © Ludomil Sawicki)
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The Laser European Masters' Championship 2015 in Poland was concluded yesterday with two races.
The rankings on top were known prematurely. Maciej Grabowski POL won all 10 races in the Lasers Standard. Silver and Bronze were decided in a head-on-head fight between Piotr Wojewski POL and the Olympic Champion 1988 José-Luis Doreste ESP in favour of the Polish. The Finn World Champion 1980 Wolfgang Gerz GER advanced on rank 5 among the 58 participants.
The ranks 1 to 3 in the Radials went all to the UK: Jon Emmett GBR saved 4 points of his advance on Ian Jones GBR who came back strongly on the last day of competition. Bronze went to Ian Escritt GBR.
All ranking lists and the final report.
Saturday, August 29, 2015   (Image © Gulian Grenier)
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Light winds prevailed on the second day of the GC32-catamaran Trofeo di Roma, and only two short exhibition races, not counting for the overall rankings, were sailed.
Leader after the six races of the opening day is 'Spindrift Racing' with Yann Guichard FRA ahead of 'Sultanate of Oman' with Leigh McMillan GBR.
The daily news and the results.
Saturday, August 29, 2015   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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Two tune-up races in a rather fresh breeze were sailed yesterday in Gothenburg SWE with 4 of the 6 teams in action.
'Artemis' with Nathan Outteridge AUS after a capsize and 'Team New Zealand' of Peter Burling NZL with equipment damage had to return ashore prematurely. Ben Ainslie GBR ('BAR') and Jimmy Spithill AUS ('Oracle') won one race each. Franck Cammas FRA with his 'Groupama' finished twice on 3rd. Here the video of the French team with an interview of the tacticien Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI.
The official report.
Saturday, August 29, 2015   (Image © M.Melandri)
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The Melges 32 Worlds on Sicily continued yesterday with two races sailed in light wind round 7 kn. With a race win, Alessandro Rombelli ITA (tactics Francesco Bruni ITA) advanced on rank 1 overall 2 points ahead of the defending champion Jason Carroll USA (Cameron Appleton NZL). Giangiacomo Serena MON (Branko Brcin SLO) on 3rd is 12 points behind.
The results and the daily news.
Saturday, August 29, 2015   
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The Starboat Eastern Hemisphere Championship in Muiden NED continued yesterday with three races. New leaders are Hubert Merkelbach/Frithjof Kleen GER, finishing 3/1/3, with a 12 points' advantage on Denis Khashina/Dmytro Mechetin UKR. Reinhard Schmidt/Uli Seeberger GER follow on rank 3. 30 teams competing.
The ranking list and the event facebook page.
Saturday, August 29, 2015   (Image © Patrick Schander)
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The points' gaps before the last two races yesterday were such, that any position changes on the podium would have been an extreme surprise. The 2015 World Champions Kristian Nergaard/J.Barne/T.Solli Säther NOR did win all races of the Championship and could therefore stay in the harbour during the last heat. Mark Holowesko BAH won Silver, George McKinney BAH and his team remained 3rd.
The final rankings.
Saturday, August 29, 2015   (Image © Bastian Nussbaumer)
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The Tempest World Championship 2015 on Lake Uri SUI ended yesterday with two races. It could not have been closer for Cornelia and Ruedi Christen SUI, as the best of the day Christian Spranger/Christopher Kopp GER, ranks 1 and 2, joined the Swiss on top at the end of the day, but thanks to the higher number of race wins, the Christen couple kept rank 1 and defended their previous year's title. Bronze went to Herbert and Christian Kujan GER. The ranking list and the event website.
International – Friday, August 28, 2015
Friday, August 28, 2015   (Image © Robert Hajduk)
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Light and shifty winds made the opening day of the Optimist World Championship in Dziwnow POL difficult for sailors and race officers, and only the first Group could terminate one race. All others were sent back ashore, as the shifts were too extreme. No ranking therefore on the event website, but a daily report. The wind forecast for today is not very promising.
Friday, August 28, 2015   
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The Moth European Championship in Lelystad NED was kicked off yesterday with two races sailed in a fresh breeze with considerable waves. Only 18 of the 74 participants finished the second race of the day.
A class of his own was the defending champion Chris Rashley GBR, taking the overall lead with two race wins. Robert Greenalgh GBR and Jason Belben GBR are the first challengers. The Laser Olympic Champion Peter Goodison GBR follows on rank 4. The best non-British is the Mini-Transat winner Benoît Marie FRA on rank 7.
The resuts, a video interview with Paul Goodison GBR and the daily report (only in Dutch this morning).
Friday, August 28, 2015   (Image © Lee Whitehead)
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Sun and an up to 20 kn breeze made the seccond last race day of the Fireball Worlds in Wales a perfect one. The situation on top of the rankings is even closer after the two races of Thursday. Admittedly, Christian Birrell/Sam Brearey GBR are still in the lead, but the day's best Tom Gillard/Richard Anderton GBR ranks 1 and 2, shortened the backlog on 3 points. Dave Edwards/Vyv Townend GBR are down on rank 3. The best non-English remain Rémy Thuillier/Mathieu Corruble FRA on rank 9. Ben Ballard/Tom Egli CAN are 53rd.
The ranking list and the daily news.
Friday, August 28, 2015   (Image © Ricardo Pinto)
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The Dragon Gold Cup continued yesterday with another race sailed in a moderate 10 kn breeze, won by Henrik Witzmann GER/UAE and his team. The top positions in the overall rankings did not change, as all leading teams were among the best yesterday.
Before the last race today, Lawrie Smith GBR has an 11 points' lead on Dmitry Samokhin RUS on 2nd with an advantage of 12 points on the 3rd-ranked Pieter Heerema NED. Markus Wieser UAE and Thomas Müller GER follow on the ranks 4 and 5 at equal points.
The results and the event website.
Friday, August 28, 2015   
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The Olympic 49er and 49erFX Youth World Championship 2015 in Flensburg GER was concluded yesterday with two Qualification Races and the Medal Races.
Benjamin Bildstein/David Husserl AUT succeeded to climb on rank one overall with top results in the fresh breeze races of Thursday, winning a Qualification heat and finishing 2nd in the Medal Race. Tito Ruggero/Giacomo Cavalli ITA won Silver, Chris Taylor/Sam Batten GBR Bronze. Lucas Rual/Clement Pequin FRA missed a Medal by 2 points only. Andrew and Matthew Mollerus USA finished on rank 37.
Jeske Kisters/Josca Hummel NED are the European Youth Champions in the 49ersFX ahead of Jule and Lotta Görge GER. Ragna and Maia Agerup NOR won Bronze.
The event website with results and videos.
Friday, August 28, 2015   
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The Starboat Eastern Hemisphere Championship in Muiden NED began yesterday with a race sailed in a fresh breeze. With the wind freshening on over 30 kn, racing was cancelled for the rest of the day.
Winner of the day were Rainer Schmidt/Uli Seeberger GER ahead of Hubert Merkelbach/Frithjof Kleen GER. Emilios Papathanasiou/Antonios Tsotras GRE follow on rank 3.
The ranking list and the event facebook page.
Friday, August 28, 2015   (Image © Guilain Grenier)
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Round 4 of the GC32-catamaran Sailing Cup began yesterday in Civitavecchia ITA in a 10 kn breeze, just on the edge of foiling. Six races were completed, and Yann Guichard FRA with his 'Spindrift' took the lead ahead of 'Sultanate of Oman' with Leigh McMillan GBR and 'Alinghi' with Ernesto Bertarelli SUI.
The results and the report.
Friday, August 28, 2015   
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Erik Heil/Thomas Plössel GER won Bronze at the Rio Test Event concluded last week. Back home in Germany, infections appeared on legs and hips, and he had to be hospitalized. For months, the disastrous water quality of Guanabara Bay with millionfold violation of bacteriums and viruses limits has been critized. A report in yacht.de.
ISAF, responsible for the sport of sailing at the Olympic Games on behalf of the IOC, does not seem to initiate the necessary steps to dislocate Olympic sailing to a safe place such as Buzios, 150 km North of Rio, a proven yacht racing venue, to safeguard the health of the athletes. Next will probably be claims and legal actions !
Friday, August 28, 2015   
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The Melges 32 Worlds on Sicily continued yesterday with two races sailed in light winds. Winner of the day was Giangiacomo Serena ITA with Branko Brcin SLO as tactician. Jason Carroll USA (with Cameron Appleton NZL) stays on top of the overall rankings one point ahead of Alessandro Rombelli ITA (with Francesco Bruni ITA). Alec Cutler BER (with Chris Rast USA) remains on rank 12.
The results and the daily report.
Friday, August 28, 2015   (Image © Soeren Colbing)
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Apparently no racing yesterday in Sweden, as no news have been posted on the event website. First before today's last races is Kristian Nergaard NOR clearly leading with 9 points on Mark Holowesko BAH. George McKinney BAH follows on rank 3.
The results and the event website.
Friday, August 28, 2015   
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Early and fresh with up to 5 bft was the thermal breeze yesterday on Lake Uri, but the breeze disappeared as quickly as it filled in. Just one race could be completed again won by Cornelia and Ruedi Christen SUI. Their advantage before the last races today is 9 points, and they are on a good way to defend their World's title today. Christain Spranger/Christopher Kopp GER remained on rank 2. Herbert and Christian Kujan GER moved up on rank 3.
The ranking list and the daily news.
International – Thursday, August 27, 2015
Thursday, August 27, 2015   
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After the Practice Race yesterday, the start to the first races of the Optimist World Championship 2015 in Poland will be given today. With 275 participants from 58 nations, this is the biggest and most international World Championship of all times ! Full 5-boat-teams of Canada, Mexico and the USA will be present. Last year's World Champion Nicolas Rolaz SUI does not defend his title as he is over the age limit.
The event facebook page presents photos of the Opening Ceremony. The event website contains among other details a link to the live tracking so that the races can be followed as from today.
Thursday, August 27, 2015   
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Just on the opening day of the Moth European Championship, a storm front with winds exceeding 40 kn rushed over the Netherlands, and racing had to be cancelled. 77 participants from 17 nations, among them the defending champion Chris Rashley GBR, are on the entry list. The event website and theevent facebook page with reports
Thursday, August 27, 2015   
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The sailing conditions remained challenging yesterday as well with a unconstant breeze, lighter as on the previous days. The European Laser Masters in Poland continued with two races per category.
In the Lasers Standard, Maciej Grabowski POL added more victories to his faultless result sheet, and the advantage on the 1988 Olympic Champion José-Luis Doreste ESP new on rank 2 is now 13 points. Piotr Wojewski POL follows on the 3rd place.
In the Lasers Radial, Jon Emmett GBR realised his fourth day win., but best of the day was Jan Jones GBR, ranks 1 and 2, who is now 8 points behind Emmett GBR.
All ranking lists (by age categoie) and the daily news.
Thursday, August 27, 2015   (Image © Ricardo Pinto)
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After the unplanned break in the program two days ago because of stormy conditions, two races were completed yesterday.
Lawrie Smith GBR and his team condolidated their first rank overall with the day ranks 2 and 8. Dimitry Samokhin RUS on 2nd is 14 points behind the first. 2. As best of the day, Pieter Heerema NED moved up on rank 3. Also on the way up is also Thomas Müller GER and his team new on the 4th 7th.
The ranking list and the report of the day.
Thursday, August 27, 2015   
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Lay day at the Fireball Worlds in Wales yesterday. Up to now, six races were sailed, mostly in rough up to 20 kn wind and strong tide current conditions. It is already now evident, that the Medals will go to the UK, as the best-ranked non-Brit Rémy Thuillier/Mathieu Corruble FRA is on rank 8 only. Leader for the moment are the defending Champilon Christian Birrell/Sam Brearey GBR 3 points ahead of Dave Edwars/Vyv Townsend GBR. Four races are still on the program. The ranking list.
Thursday, August 27, 2015   
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Moderate winds prevailed for the first time at the Youth Worlds of the Olympic skiffs on the Flensburg Firth yesterday, and three more races were completed.
A major overthrow happened in the 49ers. New on top are Tito Ruggero/Giacomo Cavalli ITA with Benjamin Bildstein/David Hussl AUT on 2nd one point behind. Chris Taylor/Sam Batten GBR advanced on rank 3. Andrew + Matthew Molerus USA are on rank 29
In the 49ersFX, the leading Jeske Kisters/Josca Hummel NED successfully defended the first position, with Jule and Lotta Görge GER, best of the day, on rank 2 overall.
All ranking lists and the videos on the event website.
Thursday, August 27, 2015   
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The Melges 32 World Championship in Trapani ITA was kicked off yesterday in a fresh North wind of up to 20 kn. 22 teams from 9 nations are on the list of participants, and as usual, a number of top sailors are on the boats assisting the owner-drivers as tacticians.
After three races, the duo Jason Carroll USA (tactics Cameron Appleton NZL) defending Champion and Alessandro Rombelli ITA (with Francesco Bruni ITA) shares the lead. Ryan Devos USA (with Mark Mendelblatt USA) follows on rank 3. Among the participants is also Chris Rast SUI/USA, tactician with Alec Cutler BER, on rank 12 for the moment.
The ranking list and the daily news.
Thursday, August 27, 2015   
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Only one race was sailed yesterday in a moderate but unconstant wind, again with Kristian Nergaard NOR as winner, and with an advantage of 9 points on the second Mark Holowesko BAH, he will most probaby defend his last year's title. George McKinney BAH remains 3rd. The ranking list.
International – Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015   
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A fresh breeze and choppy waves prevailed yesterday at the Fireball Worlds in Wales, and the two races completed allowed to discard the worst result, with major modifications of the rankings.
It becomes obvious, that four UK teams will fight for the Medals. The defending Champions Christan Birell/Sam Breary GBR have regained the first place with the day ranks 2 and 3, ahead of Dave Edwards/Vyv Townend GBR, 3 points behind. Tom Gillard/Richard Anderton GBR follow on rank 3. Rémy Thuillier/ Mathieu Corruble FRA on the 8th place are the best non-English.
The results and the daily news.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015   (Image © Ricardo Pinto)
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The wind exceeded 30 kn on the Baltic Sea yesterday and racing was cancelled for the day at the Dragon Gold Cup. After two races, the overall leader is Lawrie Smith GBR with his team, followed by Dmitry Samokhin RUS and Vasiliy Senatorov RUS. Two races are on the program today.
The results and the daily report (PDF).
Wednesday, August 26, 2015   
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49 teams from 17 nations and 4 continents participate in the 49er Youth World Championships in Flensburg GER. Up to now, both fleets completed five races sailed in a fresh breeze.
Rory Hunter/Neil Hunter GBR lead in the 49ers closely followed by Fritiof Hedström/Floris van de Werken NED, at equal points with Benjamin Bildstein/David Hussl AUT on rank 3. Andrew + Matthew Molerus USA are on rank 29.
Jeske Kisters/Josca Hummel NED are on the first position in the 49ersFX with Ragna and Maia Agerup NOR on the 2nd place and Ann-Kristin und Pia-Sophie Wedemeyer GER on 3rd. 25 teams from 17 nations participate.
The event website with all ranking lists and the video of the day.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015   
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An up to 18 kn breeze prevailed on the second day of the 5.5 mIJ World Championship in Sweden. Two races were sailed again and Christian Neergard NOR won again both heats. After four races, he has a considerable advance on Marc Holowesko BAH and George McKinnley BAH on the ranks 2 and 3. New on rank 4 is Thomas Isler SUI.
The rankinglist and the event website (without further information).
Wednesday, August 26, 2015   
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The thermal breeze on Lake Uri was only very light (max 2 bft) on the second day of the Tempest Worlds, but nevertheless, two races were completed, the second one shortened. Cornelia and Ruedi Christen SUI did win the first race, but finishing only 11th in the second race, they lost the overall lead to Christian Spranger/Christopher Kopp GER. Mario Suter/Andreas Hochuli SUI remained on 3rd.
The results and the daily report (PDF).
International – Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Tuesday, August 25, 2015   
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Two races were sailed on the second day of the Fireball World Championship in Wales in a somewhat lighter breeze compared to the opening day.
Finishing twice on 2nd, DJ Edwards/Vyv Townend GBR climbed on top of the overall rankings 2 points ahead of Christian Birrell/Sam Brearey GBR. Ian Dobson/Ben Ainsworth GBR follow on 3rd. Claude Mermod/Ruedi Moser SUI dropped on ranks 6 with the day ranks 22 and 6, but they remain the best non-British team. This evening, after discarding the worst result, the ranking list will look differently.
The results and the event website.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015   
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Extreme Sailing Series™ owners and organisers OC Sport, who recently announced a switch of racing platform to a foiling yacht, can now confirm that the Series will fast track to the GC32 catamaran to replace the existing Extreme 40 fleet in time for the 2016 season, as part of a long-term strategy and collaborative partnership with The Great Cup BV.
The two dominating teams of the past X-40-season - 'Alinghi' (Ernesto Bertarelli SUI/Morgan Larson USA) and 'The Wave - Muscat' (Leigh McMillan GBR) - have already this year started racing in this foiling class, and have immediately taken the command on this new multihull. With this decision, and especially the development concept behind, the GC32-cat will definitely be the frontrunner of for attractive racing.
The report.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015   
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According to the rules of the Dragon Gold Cup, only one race was sailed on day 2 of the Championship, won by Dmitry Samokhin RUS advancing on rank 2 overall. The wind was rather fresh around 18 kn. The new overall leader is Lawrie Smith GBR and his team finishing 2nd yesterday. Russian boats follow on the ranks 3 and 4 with Vassiliy Senatorov RUS and Victor Fogelson RUS.
The results and the event facebook page.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015   (Image © Hansjoerg Weimer)
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Another 4 races were sailed at the Musto-Skiff-Eurocup Regatta on Lake Silvaplana yesterday in best Maloja wind conditions, without changes on top of the rankings. Alastair Conn GBR was the superior winner finishing all 12 heats in the top-3. Nicolas Duchoud SUI and Roger Oswald SUI completed the podium. 21 skiffs from 4 nations particiated. The results (PDF).
Tuesday, August 25, 2015   
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Two races were sailed yesterday, first day of the Tempest World Championship on Lake Uri SUI, both won by the defending Champions Cornelia and Ruedi Christen SUI, ahead of Mario Suter/Andreas Hochuli SUI 4 points behind. Christian Spranger/Christopher Kopp GER are 3rd. 38 teams from 6 nations participate. The results and the event website.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015   
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The 5.5 mIJ World Championship in Sweden began yesterday with two races sailed in a 10-12 kn wind, both won by Kristian Nergaard NOR, followed by Marc Holowesko BAH 2nd and George McKinney BAH 3rd.
The results and the event website.
International – Monday, August 24, 2015
Monday, August 24, 2015   
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The Fireball World Championship in Wales began yesterday with two races. Finishing 1 and 2, the defending Champions Christian Birrell/Sam Brearey GBR have taken the lead with a 3 points' advance on Ian Dobson/Ben Ainsworth GBR. At equal points on rank 3 are DJ Edwards/Vyv Townend GBR and Claude Mermod/Ruedi Moser SUI. 104 teams from 9 nations.
The results and the event website.
Monday, August 24, 2015   
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After three days with an Easterly breeze, the situation was different on the last day of the Extreme Sailing Series Act 6 with a moderate West wind on the Newa River downtown St. Petersburg RUS. Leigh McMillan GBR and his 'The Wave - Muscat' team kept everything under control and booked their fourth victory in 2015. Perfectly handling these difficult conditions with an 8 kn breeze and 2 kn current were also the newcomers 'Lino Sonega Team Italia' of skipper Enrico Zannaro ITA with Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI steering the ITA multihull for the first time. They replaced the experienced 'Red Bull Sailing Team' of Roman Hagara AUT on rank 2.
The report with rankings.
Monday, August 24, 2015   
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Peter Sowrey, the new CEO of ISAF, threatened Saturday to move all Olympic sailing events out of polluted Guanabara Bay to the Atlantic Ocean unless the water is cleaner and floating garbage is removed for next year's Rio Games. Rubbish flowed into the bay despite little rain in Rio in recent weeks, probably the best weather officials could want. An an analysis published July 30 showed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteriums from human sewage at all Rio Olympic water venues for sailing, rowing, canoeing, triathlon and distance swimming. A press article by AP.
However, the water quality offshore is well above all limits too, and the Olympic Harbour at the Marina di Gloria is in one of the most polluted areas of Guaranaba-Bay. Here some measurement values.
16 sickness cases have been reported after the 2015 Rowing Test Event in Rio, infects that are not harmless, as the case of a swimmer at the PanAm-Games 2007 proofs. She returned sick for the rest of her life with a life-altering illness, later diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. See statement in an article of swimswam.
The only effective solution is the dislocation of the Olympic Sailing Event 2016 to Buzios, a dream destination, 100 miles North of Rio, as the multiple Olympic medalist Lars Grael BRA, supported by ISAF past-President Paul Henderson CAN, proposed over a year ago.
Monday, August 24, 2015   (Image © Ricardo Pinto)
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Yesterday, the intial race of the traditional Dragon Gold Cup was sailed on the Baltic Sea in a well-established 12-15 kn East wind. Vasiliy Senatorov RUS and his team were the winners with Lawrie Smith GBR and Thomas Müller GER following on the rank 2 and 3.
The event website with results and the event facebook page with photoe.
Monday, August 24, 2015   
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Today is day one of the 5.5 mIJ World Championship at Nynäshamn SWE with 33 teams from 12 nations and 3 continents on the entry list. As always, the Scandinavian Gold Cup preceded the Championship with one team per country. The first team winning three races takes the Cup. This time, it was Bernard Haissly SUI, SN Geneva, making everything clear after 4 races already.
The results on the event website.
International – Sunday, August 23, 2015
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The 2015 Olympic Test Event in Rio de Janeiro ended yesterday with the 470, Finn and Nacra-17 Medal Races.
Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA, brilliantly underway in this season, confirmed their class winning the 470 women overall rankings ahead of Hannah Mills/Saskia Clarke GBR and Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL. French were the day's winners, but the podium was too far away for Camille Lecointre/Hélène Defrance FRA.
Rather unexpected was the bad performance of the clear 470 open leaders (7 points' advantage) Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO finishing 9th only in the Medal Race. This opened the way for the Olympic Champions Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS, who did not miss this opportunity and moved on top of the rankings with a 2nd race rank behind Sofian Bouvet/Jérémy Mion FRA. The French grasped the Silver Medal with this success, while Fantela/Marenic CRO had to content themselves with Bronze just one point ahead of Barreiros/Curbelo ESP.
After some difficulties in the first races of the Rio Test Event, the Finn dominator Giles Scott GBR, undefeated since the 2012 Olympics, came strongly from behind and with a 4th place in the Medal Race, he climbed on top of the overall rankings. The previous leader Pieter-Jan Postma NED finished only 9th and dropped even behind Tapio Nirkko FIN on rank 3.
Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS defended their advantage in the Nacra-17 winning in front of Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA climbing on the podium with a 2nd rank in the Medal Race. Mandy Mulder/Coen De Koning NED earned Bronze just one point ahead of Paul Kohlhoff/Carolina Werner GER.

The final results of the NorAm athletes:
- 470 women: 1st Haeger/Provancha USA USA
- 470 men: 7th McNay/Hughes USA, 21st Saunders/Saunders CAN, 22nd
Belausteguigoitia/Belausteguigoitia MEX
- 49ers: 18th Funk/Burd USA
- 49ersFX: 16th Henken/Scutt USA
- Finn: 15th Caleb Paine USA
- Laser Standard: 5th Lee Parkhill CAN, 7th Charlie Buckingham USA
- Laser Radial: 4th Paige Railey USA, 21st Isabella Bertold CAN
- Nacra-17: 14th Ramsay/Girke CAN, 16th Newberry/Whitehead USA
- RS:X men: 15th David Mier y Teran MEX, 21st Zach Plavsic CAN, 24th Carson Crain USA
- RS:X women: 10th Demita Vega de Lille MEX, 19th Farrah Hall USA
The US Sailing Team report and the Sail Canada website.

All ranking lists and the final report.
Sunday, August 23, 2015   
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The Laser Radial and Standard U-21 World Championship in Medemblik NED ended yesterday with three races sailed in a moderate breeze.
Joel Rodriguez ESP, most talented with a number of World and Continental Championship titles in his young career, is the winner in the Lasers Standard 2 points ahead of Michael Beckett GBR. Benjamin Vadnai HUN won the Bronze medal. Juan Perdomo PUR finished on the good 7th place, Matthew Sherar CAN is 48th, Andrew Puopolo USA 59th.
Maxime Jonker NED defended her first position in the Lasers Radial, and the following ranks remained unchanged as well. Line Flem-Höst NOR won Silver, Monika Mikkola FIN Bronze.
All ranking lists have been posted on the event website. Photos and videos can be found on the event facebook page.
Sunday, August 23, 2015   
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The 2015 Fireball World Championship begins today in Wales with 99 teams from 9 nations and 4 continents on the entry list, including 3 CAN teams. The UK teams - two third of the participants are British - will undoubtedly rule the show, but other experienced teams such as Schulz/Sheppard AUS will have a say as well. Tom Gillard/Richard Anderton GBR were the winners in the UK Championship, the best non-UK team were Rémy Thuillier/Mathieu Corruble FRA on the 6th place.
The ranking list of the UK Nationals and the World Championship Website.
Sunday, August 23, 2015   
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Leigh McMillan GBR and his The Wave - Muscat' dominated once more racing on the Newa downtown St. Petersburg RUS. He will start to the last races today with a 20 points' advantage on the second-ranked 'Red Bull Sailing Team' of Roman Hagara AUT. But 'Lino Sonego Team Italia' of skipper Enrico Zennaro ITA with Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI steering had another successful day and reduced the backlog on rank 2 on just one point, strongly aiming for the second position.
The report with results.
Sunday, August 23, 2015   (Image © PWA Carter)
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The last Elimination of the Alacati PWA Worldcup Slalom ended yesterday after some delays caused by the unconstant winds with Pierre Mortefon FRA as winner. This is the Frenchman's first PWA success ahead of Malte Reuscher ITA and Matteo Iacchino ITA. In the women's category, Sara-Quita Offringa NED (Aruba) moved up on rank 1 with another win, and extended her lead in the 2015 Slalom Worldcup.
All other details on the PWA website.
International – Saturday, August 22, 2015
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The Lasers (see separate news below) and the Skiffs terminted the Rio Test Event yesterday with the Medal Races. The planned Nacra 17 Medal Race has been postponed on today.
Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL, 49ers, added another win to their long row of successes in the past months since the 2012 Olympics, and this has been obvious as from the first races in Rio. The considerable points' gaps after the Qualification Series determined the attribution of Medals with Nico Delle-Karth/Nikolaus Resch AUT on 2nd and Erik Heil/Thomas Plössel GER as 3rd. But Manuel Dyen/Stéphane Christidis FRA, winners of the Medal Race, were only two points from Bronze at the end of the competition. Public and media were enthusiastic about the victory of Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA in the 49ersFX, as they succeeded to compensate their backlog on Giulia Conti/Francesca Clapcich ITA and win Gold ahead of the Italians. Lisa Ericsson/Hanna Klinga SWE earned Bronze.
The 470s sailed one race in each fleet. In the men's fleet, Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO extended their lead on Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS before today's Medal Race on 7 points. Another 4 points back follows the trio Barreiros/Curbelo ESP, Patience/Willis GBR and Bouvet/Mion FRA at equal points and even Schmid/Reichstädter AUT on rank 6, 7 points behind Silver, remain in the race for a Medal. The decision on Gold or Silver is still open in the 470 women with Hannah Mills/Saskia Clarke GBR 5 points ahead of Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA, an advantage that can be compensated in today's double-points-no-discard Medal Race. Five contenders for Bronze on the ranks 3 to 7 are separated by 7 points only.
The only class to sail two races yesterday were the Finns, and again, it was Giles Scott GBR winning both races, reducing the gap on the leader Pieter-Jan Postma NED on 1 point before the Medal Race. Tapio Nirkko FIN and 3 points behind Jonathan Lobert FRA will fight for Bronze. Here the report of the Finn class.
In addition to the 470s and Finns, the Nacra 17 will sail their Medal Race today, last day of the Rio Olympic Test Event 2015.

The results of the NorAm athletes:
- 470 men: 7th McNay/Hughes USA, 21st Saunders/Saunders CAN, 22nd Belausteguigoitia/Belausteguigoitia MEX
- 470 women: 2nd Haeger/Provancha USA
- 49ers: 18th Funk/Burd USA
- 49ersFX: 16th Henken/Scutt USA
- Finn: 15th Caleb Paine USA
- Laser Standard: 5th Lee Parkhill CAN, 7th Charlie Buckingham USA
- Laser Radial: 4th Paige Railey USA, 21st Isabella Bertold CAN
- Nacra-17: 14th Ramsay/Girke CAN, 16th Newberry/Whitehead USA
- RS:X men: 15th David Mier y Teran MEX, 21st Zach Plavsic CAN, 24th Carson Crain USA
- RS:X women: 10th Demita Vega de Lille MEX, 19th Farrah Hall USA
The US Sailing Team report and the Sail Canada website.

All ranking lists and the news of the day.
Saturday, August 22, 2015   (Image © Richard Langdon)
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Francesco Marrai ITA, never on the podium of an important Laser Standard event before, managed his advantage easily and won overall with a 6 points' edge on Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA assuring Silver with a 4th race rank, 2 points ahead of Tom Burton AUS on 3rd. Robert Scheidt BRA on 4th missed the podium by 2 points. Winning the Medal Race was not good enough for Lee Parkhill CAN to make a major step forward in the ranking, but his 5th overall is an excellent result for the Canandian. Charlie Buckingham USA finished 7th yesterday and remained 7th overall.
Gintare Volungeviciute LTU, leader in the Lasers Radial, was penalised by the Jury with 4 points because of a measurement infringement. But she did not mind and won the Medal Race taking Gold at the Test Event. The 2012 Olympic medalists Evi Van Acker BEL and Marit Bouwmeester NED grasped Silver and Bronze. Paige Railey USA last in the Medal Race because of two on-the-water penalties, dropped on rank 4 overall, just one point behind the podium. Penalized in the pre-start by the umpires for a boat-positioning maneuver, Railey began the medal race on the back foot. A second umpire-delivered penalty during the heat of battle on the final downwind leg put her in 10th place in the race, and sealed her fate.

The results of the NorAm athletes:
- Laser Standard: 5th Lee Parkhill CAN, 7th Charlie Buckingham USA
- Laser Radial: 4th Paige Railey USA, 21st Isabella Bertold CAN
The US Sailing Team report and the Sail Canada website.

All ranking lists and the daily news
International – Friday, August 21, 2015
Friday, August 21, 2015   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
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The RS:X windsurfers concluded the Rio Test Event with the Medal Races yesterday, and today, the Lasers, 49er Skiffs and the Nacra 17 will terminate their competitions with the final heats of the ten best by fleet.
Aichen Wang CHN managed his huge advantage in the RS:X men and won Gold ahead of Byron Kokkalanis GRE replacing Pierre Le Coq FRA on rank 2 with a second race rank. The close duel on top of the RS:X women went - as last year - in favour of Charline Picon FRA ahead of Malgorzata Bialecka POL and Blanca Manchon ESP. The only North American windsurfer qualified for the Medal Races was Demita Vega de Lille MEX. She was disqualified with a DPI (discretionary penalty imposed) in the Medal Race and finished 10th in the overall final rankings.
The 49ers finished the Qualification Series and the final outcome of the competition seems quite obvious, considering the points' gaps between the teams. Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL lead 15 points ahead of Nicko Delle-Karth/Nikolaus Resch AUT on 2nd with a 12 points' cushion on Erik Heil/Thomas Plössel GER 3rd. A very small hope for a Medal remains with Botin/Lopez ESP (10 pts back), Dyen/Christidis FRA (12 pts) or Outteridge/Jensen AUS (14 pts). 9 points is the lead of Giulia Conti/Francesca Clapcich ITA before the 49erFX Medal Race ahead of Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA and Lisa Ericsson/Hanna Klinga SWE on the rank 2 and 3 at equal points. Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL are 4 points behind the podium.
Also sailing their Medal Race are the Nacra 17, where Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS are the favorites 5 points in front of Mandy Mulder/Coen De Koning NED. Lin Ea Cenholt/Christian Lübeck DEN on rank 3 are another 5 points back, but the persuers are close with Besson/Riou FRA 4th at 1 points and Kohlhoff/Werner GER 5th at 2 points.
The 470s sailed three races in a well-established 15 kn breeze off Copacabana with some major modifications in the rankings. Finishing 3/1/1 in the 470 men, Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS reduced the backlog on the leading Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO on 1 point. With Luke Patience/Eliott Willis GBR on 3rd, another favorite team has joined the leading group fighting for victory, closely followed by Bouvet/Mion FRA on 4th. Coming strongly from behind were also the Olympic Champions Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL winning both races and moving up on rank 3 overall, but their deficit on the leading Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark GBR is still 21 points. Only 3 points behind the UK team are Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA who still have a say when it comes to the final victory. Both 470 fleets sail their last two Qualification Races today before tomorrow's Medal Races.
This is also the case for the Finns, where Pieter-Jan Postma NED defended his lead 5 points ahead of Tapio Nirkko FIN. The top favorite Giles Scott GBR advanced meanwhile on rank 3. Jonathan Lobert FRA is now 4th.

The results of the NorAm athletes:
- 470 men: 6th McNay/Hughes USA, 20th Saunders/Saunders CAN, 22nd Belausteguigoitia/Belausteguigoitia MEX
- 470 women: 2nd Haeger/Provancha USA
- 49ers: 18th Funk/Burd USA
- 49ersFX: 16th Henken/Scutt USA
- Finn: 15th Caleb Paine USA
- Laser Standard: 6th Charlie Buckingham USA, 7th Lee Parkhill CAN
- Laser Radial: 3rd Paige Railey USA, 21st Isabella Bertold CAN
- Nacra-17: 14th Ramsay/Girke CAN, 16th Newberry/Whitehead USA
- RS:X men: 15th David Mier y Teran MEX, 21st Zach Plavsic CAN, 24th Carson Crain USA
- RS:X women: 10th Demita Vega de Lille MEX, 19th Farrah Hall USA
The US Sailing Team report and the Sail Canada website.

All ranking lists and the daily news.
Friday, August 21, 2015   (Image © Luka Bartulovic)
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Stormy winds inhibited racing at the Laser Radial Youth World Championship in Kingston CAN yesterday, last day of the event.
The World Champion's title go therefore to Maria Erdi HUN and to Nicholas Conor AUS, both having lead the competition from day one on. Maria Erdi HUN has a 10 points' lead on Dolores Moreira URU 2nd. Magdalena Kwasna POL is 3rd. Anna Weis USA on rank 7 is the best USA girl. Coralie Vittecoq CAN finished 11th. Only one point is the advance of Nicholas Conor AUS on Gianmarco Planchestainer ITA, who would have badly needed the cancelled races for a final attack on the leading Aussie. The Bronze Medal goes to Nic Baird USA. The best Canadian Matti Muru CAN is 12th, Leopoldo Seifert MEX is 32nd in the Silverfleet (= 80th overall).
All ranking lists and the final report.
Friday, August 21, 2015   
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The Laser Radial & Standard U-21 Worlds on the Ijsselmeer NED continued yesterday in sun and light winds, and the first two Final races were sailed on the Gold and Silver rounds.
Joel Rodriguez ESP extended his lead in the Standards on 22 points. Henry Wheterell GBR, best of the day, moved up on rank 2, closely followed by Benjamin Vadnai HUN on 3rd. Matthew Sherar CAN is 48th, Andrew Puopolo USA 59th.
On top of the Radials are Maxime Jonker NED and Line Flem-Höst NOR at equal points. Monika Mikkolka FIN follows 9 points behind on rank 3.
All ranking lists on the event website. The event facebook page contains today a video interview with the leading Maxime Jonker NED as well as the video of the day.
Friday, August 21, 2015   (Image © PWA Carter)
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The seabreeze filled in for only a few moments .... not enough to continue the Slalom Worldcup competition in Turkey. Up to now, only a Single Elimination has been completed with Pierre Mortefon FRA and Fulya Ünlü TUR as winners. All details on the PWA website.
Friday, August 21, 2015   
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Act 6 of the Extreme Sailing Event Series 2015 in St. Petersburg RUS began yesterday with 7 races sailed on the Newa in the City's downtown. In sun and a 10 kn breeze, Roman Hagara AUT with his 'Red Bull Sailing Team' took the lead ahead of 'The Wave - Muscat' with Leigh McMillan GBR. On the 3rd place follows - her best-ever - the Italian 'Lino Sonega Team' with Enrico Zennaro ITA.
The report and the ranking list.
International – Thursday, August 20, 2015
Thursday, August 20, 2015   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
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Very light winds prevailed again yesterday, as expected, but all classes, except the 49ers could complete at least one race.
The RS:X windsurfers concluded the Qualification Series and will sail the Medal Race today. Aichen Wang CHN will hardly leave the first position in the RS:X men, as his advance on Pierre Le Coq FRA is 17 points. Byron Kokkalanis GRE on 3rd and Ivan Pastor ESP on 4th aim for a medal as well. In the RS:X women, Charline Picon FRA, Malgorzata Bialecka POL and Blanca Mancon ESP are separated by one point only and will share the medals among them.
The 470 fleets sailed a race each on the Atlantic race area. Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO were the race winners in the 470 men and replaced Stuart McNay/David Hughes USA on top of the rankings. Sofian Bouvet/Jérémy Mion FRA follow as 3rd. Only 5 of the 10 planned Qualifcation races have been completed until today. Leader change in the 470 women as well, with Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA leading by a small margin ahead of Hannah Mills/Sakia Clark GBR. The 3rd-ranked Shasha Chen/Haiyan Gao CHN are already 10 points back.
Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA flopped in the 49ersFX with a 14th place and Giulia Conti/Francesca Clapcich ITA are now again on the first place. Victoria Travascio/Maria SOL are 3rd at equal points with the Brazil girls. The 49ers waited in vain for wind. After 6 of the planned 13 race, Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL are in the lead with a 9 points' advantage on Nico Delle-Karth/Nikolaus Resch AUT.
The Finn class dominator Giles Scott GBR is more and more up to speed, finishing 1 and 3 yesterday and advancing on rank 4. A good day also for Jonathan Lobert FRA, ranks 2 and 3, eliminating the points' gap on the still-leading Pieter-Jan Postma NED. On the 3rd position 5 points behind follows Tapio Nirkko FIN.
With two bullets, Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS moved on top of the Nacra-17, in front of Mandy Mulder/Coen de Koning NED. The previous leaders Paul Kohlhoff/Carolina Werner GER had their worst day with the ranks 13 and 10 and dropped on rank 3.

The results of the NorAm athletes:
- 470 men: 2nd McNay/Hughes USA, 20th Saunders/Saunders CAN, 22nd Belausteguigoitia/Belausteguigoitia MEX
- 470 women: 1st Haeger/Provancha USA
- 49ers: 17th Funk/Burd USA
- 49ersFX: 16th Henken/Scutt USA
- Finn: 15th Caleb Paine USA
- Laser Standard: 2nd Lee Parkhill CAN, 9th Charlie Buckingham USA
- Laser Radial: 2nd Paige Railey USA, 22nd Isabella Bertold CAN
- Nacra-17: 13th Ramsay/Girke CAN, 16th Newberry/Whitehead USA
- RS:X men: 15th David Mier y Teran MEX, 21st Zach Plavsic CAN, 24th Carson Crain USA
- RS:X women: 8th Demita Vega de Lille MEX, 19th Farrah Hall USA
The US Sailing Team report and the Sailing Canada website.

All ranking lists and the official report.
Thursday, August 20, 2015   (Image © Pedro Martinez)
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The two Laser fleets sailed one race each on the Atlantic race area off Copacabana in a 10 kn breeze yesterday. The day's winners were Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA in the Standards and Josefin Olsson SWE in the Radials.
Francesco Marrai ITA is still on the first position in the Lasers Standard with a 2nd place yesterday, extending his overall lead on 13 points. Lee Parkhill CAN and Robert Scheidt BRA are at equal points on the ranks 2 and 3, closely followed by Tom Burton AUS, Tonci Stipanovic CRO and Nick Thompson GBR on the positions 4 to 6.
Still first in the Radials is Gintare Volungeviciute-Scheidt LTU, but Paige Railey USA reduced her backlog on 3 points. Evi Van Acker BEL, advanced on rank 3, appearing for the first time on a podium place, and other favorites too are coming strongly from behind: Alison Young GBR is now 4th and Marit Bouwmeester NED progressed on rank 6.

The results of the NorAm athletes:
- Laser Standard: 2nd Lee Parkhill CAN, 9th Charlie Buckingham USA
- Laser Radial: 2nd Paige Railey USA, 22nd Isabella Bertold CAN
The US Sailing Team report and the Sailing Canada website.

All ranking lists and the daily news.
Thursday, August 20, 2015   
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The Korean Windsurfer Wonwoo Cho appears to have become the first victim of the polluted Guanabara Bay, inshore venue for the 2016 Sailing Olympics. He has been hospitalized with high fever, vomiting and coldness, symptoms linked with ingesting water from the polluted bay, but he has left the hospital meanwhile. A second infected sailor wanted to remain anonimous. A report in Sail World.
Earlier video footage was widely circulated on the internet showing what was said be sewerage being discharged into the bay, and with a boom arranged a few metres off shore in an attempt to control the spread of the pollution. Here the video on the Sailing Anarchy facebook page.
Thursday, August 20, 2015   (Image © Luka Bartulovic)
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The freshest breeze so far at these Radial Youth Worlds - 15 kn - prevailed yesterday in Kingston CAN, but during the day, the wind decreased. Nevertheless, all fleets completed three races each.
The situation in the Radial Boys is very close on the final day of the event with another two races on the program. Nicholas Conor AUS is still in front, but Gianmarco Planchestainer ITA has reduced the deficit on 3 points. A fight for the title between those two is ahead today ! Nic Baird USA - the son of the Ex-Alinghi-helmsman Ed Baird USA - is on the 3rd place 15 points behind the leader, but the 4th Paolo Giargia ITA is only one point back. The best Canadian Matti Muru CAN is 12th, Leopoldo Seifert MEX is 32nd in the Silverfleet (= 80th overall).
Maria Erdi HUN remains the clear leader in the Girls with 10 points lead on the 2nd Dolores Moreira URU, the only one who can theoretically challenge the Hungarian for the title. Clearly leading in the U17 rankings, Moreira has already a title in her pocket. The 3rd Magdalena Kwasna POL is 29 points behind. Francesca Bergamo ITA 5 points farther back can still challenge her for Bronze. Anna Weis USA on rank 7 is now the best USA girl. Coralie Vittecoq CAN advanced on rank 11.
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Thursday, August 20, 2015   
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Light winds prevailed yesterday on the Ijsselmeer after two windy days, and Joel Rodriguez ESP took advantage of these changed conditions. Finishing on the day ranks 1 and 2, he moved up on rank 1 of the Lasers Standard 4 points ahead of Benjamin Vadnai HUN. Michael Conor AUS dropped on rank 3 with a 16 points' backlog. Andrew Puopolo USA is 48th, Matthew Sherar CAN 56th.
Not at all familiar with the light winds was Ellie Cumpsty GBR, descending on rank 4 in the Lasers Radial with the day ranks 19 and 25. Maxime Jonker NED is the new leader followed by Line Flem-Höst NOR 2nd and Monika Mikkola FIN 3rd.
All ranking lists on the event website. The event facebook page contains today the first post ........ on the barbecue after sailing.
Thursday, August 20, 2015   (Image © PWA Carter)
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Sufficient wind yesterday in Turkey to complete the first Eliminations. Fulya Ünlü TUR won the Women's final with an fast finish. In the Men's final, the winner was Pierre Mortefon FRA ahead of Malte Teucher GER. The favorite Antoine Albeau FRA plunged in a gybe during the Quarter final and was eliminated early. All other details on the PWA website.
 
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