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International – Thursday, November 27, 2014
Thursday, November 27, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / ISAF)
The Worldcup Final in Abu Dhabi began yesterday on the water with the Practice Races, sailed in a light seabreeze and temperatures around 30°. Today at 8 hrs UTC, the first starts will be given, and the races can be followed live according to the official website. Considering the time difference, the results of the day will be available in the early afternoon UTC time. The wind forecast predicts a 12-15 kn breeze, and with 20 boats by class at max, the racing will be very close.
The daily ISAF report and the event website.
International – Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Wednesday, November 26, 2014   (Image © DR)
Yesterday, the ISAF President Carlo Croce ITA opened the inaugural ISAF Olympic Classes Worldcup Final, and today, the Practice Races are on the program, a last opportunity for the teams to get accustomed with the race course and above all also with the charter boats ... and the high temperatures.
The ISAF report.
International – Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014   
Tomorrow, the inaugural ISAF Olympic Classes World Cup Final 2014 will begin in Abu Dhabi with the best-ranked sailors per event invited. Not only the honors to become World Cup Winner is at stake but also a share of the 200'000 US$ prize money to be distributed among the teams finishing on the podiums. Max 20 participants per class are on the entry lists, but not all have filled the assigned quota. In addition, a Kiteboarding Event is on the program, certainly also as promotion for th 2020 Olympics. Here the entry lists.
The USA is represented by their top teams in the 470, in the 49er, in both Laser fleets and in the Nacra 17. For Canada the two Laser's and the Nacra 17 will be on the starting line.
The event-website and the presentation video.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014   (Image © Marco Oquendo)
Twenty-two teams from 6 nations competed in the Schoonmaker Cup, the first event of the five stage Star Winter Series in Miami, FL. Strong winds on day one led to several dismastings, abandoning further competition after two races with Jack Jennings/ Brian Sharp USA in the lead. Moderate winds and warm temperatures on day two allowed for three more races, where the consistency of Luke Lawrence/Josh Revkin USA earned them the victory. Brian Cramer/Matt Johnstone CAN and Arthur Anosov/David Caesar USA are completing the podium. See the complete results.
International – Monday, November 24, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014   (Image © Martinezstudios)
No changes in the last three races on Sunday. 'Team Nika' of Vladimir Prosikhin RUS with Terry Hutchinson USA calling the tactics won clearly ahead of 'Team Aqua' of Chris Bake GBR (Cameron Appleton NZL), who is for the forth time in row first in the Fleetrace Annual Rankings. Behind at equal points followed 'Charisma' with Nico Poons MON (Tom Slingsby AUS) on 3rd and 'Artemis' with Torbjörn Tornquist SWE (Ian Percy GBR) as 4th.
All results and the final report.
International – Sunday, November 23, 2014
Sunday, November 23, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The Slalom World Cup 2014 ended today on Noumea FRA in New Caledonia with the last Elimination with Ben Van der Steen BEL as final winner of this event. But the defending World Champion Antoine Albeau FRA remains on top of the overall Annual Rankings adding another World Champiion's title to his immense collection. Délphine Cousin FRA is the Numea winner as well as the World Champion in the female category.
All other details on the PWA website.
Sunday, November 23, 2014   
Lighter winds as predicted made the choice of the rig difficult. One of the few teams having opted for the smaller rig was 'Gotta love it 7' with Seve Jarvin AUS, who had a satisfying race until the last downwind leg to the finish, where the abating wind made the race again exciting. But the multiple Champion 'Gotta love it 7' remained of top. 'Thurlow, Fisher Lawyers' qnd 'Rag-Famish' occupy the ranks 2 and 3. The race can be reviewed in detail in a video clip. Theevent website.
Sunday, November 23, 2014   (Image © Martinezstudios)
Favorable conditions with a seabreeze freshening to 14 kn during the races prevailed also on the 4th day of the Oman-Cup.
Finishing 4/3/1, 'Nika' with Vladimir Prosikhin RUS (Terry Hutchinson USA) extended her lead before the last races planned for today on 9 points. Chris Bake GBR with his 'Team Aqua' (Taktics Cameron Appleton NZL) on rank 2 has a 4 points advantage on the 3rd 'Charisma' with Nico Poons MON (Tom Slingsby AUS). Chances for a medal remain also with 'Artemis' of Torbjörn Tornquist SWE (Ian Percy GBR) 4 points off the podium right now.
The ranking list and the report of the day.
International – Saturday, November 22, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
Another perfect day on Noumea in the South Sea with a 25 kn breeze allowing to sail the full program of the Slalom World Cup. The men's category has completed 8 Eliminations so far, the women's even 11.
Délphine Cousin FRA leads in the women's and the Tour victory and World Champion' title is practicall safe. The defending champion Antoine Albeau FRA had a strong comback yesterday with two wins, and in today's heats, he was always among the best. This brings him on top of the interims rankings replacing Cyrill Moussilmani FRA who has now 2 days left to correct the situation and grasp his first title.
In case you have a sleepless night in your time zone? You can follow the attractive competition every night live, starting at midnight on the PWA website.
Saturday, November 22, 2014   (Image © Martinezstudios)
The Oman Cup of the RC44 Championship Tour continued yesterday with three races sailed in moderate conditions around 10 kn. Team of the day was 'Team Aqua' of Chris Bake GBR (Cameron Appleton NZL) advancing on rank 3 overall. 'Nika' with Vladimir Prosikhin RUS (Terry Hutchinson USA) stays on top of the general rankings followed by 'Charisma' with Nico Poons MON (Tom Slingsby AUS).
The reportof the day and the ranking list.
International – Friday, November 21, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The PWA Noumea Slalom World Tour event ended this morning after day with again good conditions. Only towards the end, the wind speed dropped below 10 kn. Ben Van der Steen BEL won two runs. The results have not yet been available on the PWA website, as the competition ended around edtitorial deadline this morning.
Friday, November 21, 2014   (Image © Martinezstudios)
The last Act of the RC44 Championship Tour 2014, the ProAm circuit on the super-racers designed by Russell Coutts NZL, began last Wednesday in Oman. According to the rules, the event began with the matchracing day and the Pro's steering, and 'Team Synergy' of Valentin Zavadnikov RUS with Ed Baird USA was the dominating winner in all matches, taking the Overall Annual Matchracing Championship title. The report. Yesterday was day one of fleetracing with the owners steering. With 'Nika' of Vladimir Prosikhin RUS with Terry Hutchinson USA as tactician, another Russian team is on top of the interim's rankings with a 6 points' lead after three races. 'Charisma' of Nico Poons MON with Tom Slingsby AUS as tactician follows on rank 2. The ranking list and the report.
International – Thursday, November 20, 2014
Thursday, November 20, 2014   
This morning at Press Time, the 3rd Slalom World Cup Elimination was in full action. Cyrill Mousilmani FRA has consolidated his first position in the battle of the French trio for the World Champion's title, as the defending Champion Antoine Albeau FRA missed the qualification for the Final twice despite of his favorite big-breeze conditions. No problems however for Delphine Cousin FRA in the women. A 4th place at Noumea is sufficient for her for the Slalom World Champion's title 2014.
All details on the PWA website.
International – Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
Yesterday was day one of the last PWA event this year on the French South Sea island Noumea FRA with the crucial male and female Slalom competitions. The wind was missing yesterday, and the forecast for today is not any better, but lateron in the week, perfect trade winds have been promised.
The situation is fully open in both categories with the leading drivers very near together. Cyril Moussilmani FRA is closely followed by the multiple World Champion and defender of the title Antoine Albeau FRA, and also the young Pierre Mortefon FRA on 3rd has still an option on the title.
Delphine Cousin FRA leads in the women's category, and a 4th place at Noumea would be sufficient to grasp the title. Suspense is in the fight for rank 2 between Lisa Erdil TUR and Valéry Ghibaudo FRA at equal points.
The report of the day including an interview with Björn Dunkerbeck SUI, starting under Swiss flag, who will terminate his long PWA World Tour career with this event. A preview on the Noumea Slalom is on the PWA website.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014   
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014   (Image © Long Beach YC)
One of the oldest Match Race world-wide, the Congressional Cup of Long Beach CA, USA, celebrates next year the 50th anniversary. This event has been reintegrated in the 2015 edition of the World Match Racing Tour.
The news.
International – Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014   
The Melges 24 US Nationals ended yesterday with two races sailed in a light breeze. Winning the first heat was good enough for Brian Porter USA to secure the title prematurely. With the victory in race 2 of the day, Bora Gulari USA closed the gap on Porter point-wise, but the better individual rankings broke the tie in favor of Porter. Bronze went to Marty Kellmann USA.
The ranking list and the final report.
International – Monday, November 17, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014   
A breeze of up to 40 kn was blowing on Sydney Harbour yesterday and the 4th race of the Club Championship had to be cancelled. Despite of the fresh wind, David Witt AUS and his 'Smeg'-Team went afloat and sailed the course with top speeds of up to 28 kn. Here the video and the report.
Monday, November 17, 2014   (Image © JOY)
After the windy start day with five races, there was only a light breeze from the shore blowing yesterday and only one race could be completed off Davis Island in Florida. No change on top of the rankings where Brian Porter USA and the two-times Moth World Champion Bora Gulari USA lead at equal points. Marty Kullmann USA, the race winner yesterday, follows one point behind on rank 3. 31 teams participate.
The report and the results.
International – Sunday, November 16, 2014
Sunday, November 16, 2014   
Five races were sailed on the first day of the Melges 24 US Nationals, with Brian Porter USA and Bora Gulari USA sharing the lead with 12 points each. Marty Kullmann USA on rank 3 is one point behind. 31 teams from 5 nations participate.
The rankings and short report.
Sunday, November 16, 2014   (Image © Ricardo Pinto)
Only one race was sailed yesterday, second day of the Cascais Winter Series Regatta. Dmitry Samokhin RUS was again the winner, extending his advance on Alvaro Marino POR on 6 points. Ferenc Kis HUN follows as 3rd.
The ranking list.
Sunday, November 16, 2014   (Image © Dan Towers)
The organisers of the World Match Racing Tour announced last week, that the Tour Final, the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia planned for end November, has been postponed to February 10 to 14, 2015, to be sailed on Johor, the most-southern province of Malaysia. The former date will be used for a Qualifier where the winner will grasp a wild card for the Monsoon-Cup.
The news.