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Wind- & Kitesurfing – Saturday, November 29, 2014
Saturday, November 29, 2014   
Perfect conditions prevailed again on the second day of the Worldcup Final in Abu Dhabi with an 8 kn breeze at the first start, increasing to 13 kn during the races. Despite using charter boats, the favorites dominate mostly the competitions, such as Belcher/Ryan AUS in the 470 men with the day ranks 1 and 3 staying on top of the overall rankings. Matsunada/Yoshida JPN and Fantela/Marenic CRO moved up on the ranks 2 and 3. McNay/Hughes USA are 5th. In the 470 women, the duel on top between Lara Vadlau/Yolanta Ogar AUT and Sasha Chen/Haiyan Gao CHN goes on, and with a race win each, they remain tied on rank 1. Sophie Weguelin/Eilidh McIntyre GBR and Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA follow on 3rd at equal points. The surprising Januszewski/Nowak POL extended their lead in the 49ers on 9 points. Hansen/Porebski NZL and Pink/Bithell GBR follow on the ranks 2 and 3. Funk/Burd USA had a bad day (ranks 15/16/16) and descended on rank 15 overall. Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL dominiate the 49ersFX and lead with an 11 points advance on Lisa Ericson/hanna Klinga SWE. Giulia Conti/Francesca Clapcich ITA remain on 3rd. Vasilij Zbogar SLO is first in the Finns ahead of Ivan Klijakovic CRO and Caleb Paine USA. No change on top of the Nacra 17 with Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA leading, but the best of the day Thomas Zajac/Tanja Frank AUT moved up on rank 2, and Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI progressed on the 3rd place with another race win. Ramsay/Girke CAN are 12th, Daniel/Streater USA 16th. Three race wins realised Louis Giard FRA in the RS:X-male windsurfers with Byron Kokkalanis GRE and Pawel Tarnowski POL as first persuers. With a 16 points' lead, Byrony Shaw GBR sails in a race of her own in the RS:X female windsurfers, Charline Picon is now 2nd, Laura Linares ITA is new on 3rd.
All ranking lists, the report of the day and the videos of the day part 1 and part 2.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Friday, November 28, 2014
Friday, November 28, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Excellent conditions prevailed on the first day of the Worldcup Final in Abu Dhabi with sunshine, summery temperatures and a well-established 12 kn breeze. The two Skiff classes, the Windsurfers and the Nacras sailed three, the other classes two races.
In absence of some top teams, such as Burling/Blair NZL and Outteridge/Jensen AUS, the 49er, other teams have the chance to shine on top rankings. Januszewski/Novak POL lead ahead of Fletcher/Sign GBR and Sylvan/Hamel SWE. Funk/Burd USA are 5th. Same situation in the 49erFX, where some top teams are missing. Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL are first followed by Giulia Conti/Francesca Clapcich ITA and Lisa Ericson/Hanna Klinga SWE. Normal situation in the 470 men with the 'giants' Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS on top followed by Mantis/Kagialis GRE and Bargehr/Mähr AUT. McNay/Hughes USA are 6th. Two teams share rank 1 in the 470 women with Shashan Chen/Haiyan Gao CHN and Lara Vadlau/Jolanta Ogar AUT both with ranks 1 and 2 at equal points on top. Anne Hager/Briana Provancha USA on rank 3 follow at some distance. The British Finn armada is absent, and Vasilij Zbogar SLO has taken full benefit from this situation in the Finns, taking the lead with two race wins. Jake Lilley AUS and Ivan Kljakovic CRO follow behind. Caleb Paine USA is 6th. A French trio leads in the Nacra 17 with Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA on top ahead of Audrey Ogereau/Matthieu Vandame FRA and Moana Vaireaux/Manon Audinet FRA. Ramsay/Girke CAN are 12th, Daniel/Steater USA 17th, apparently not competing. On rank 1 on the RS:X-male windsurfers is Pavel Tarnowski POL with two bullets. Louis Giard FRA and Piotr Mszka POL follow on the positions 2 and 3. Byrony Shaw GBR dominates the RS:X-female windsurfers ahead of Qiaoshan Wang CHN and Charline Picon FRA. The Kiteboarders, men and women starting together, sailed four heats, all won by the favorite Ricardo Lecchese ITA. Maxime Nocher FRA and Florian Trittel ESP follow behind at equal points. The best woman is Elena Kalinina RUS on the 15th place among the 20 kiters.
The report of the day, all ranking lists as well as the videos of the day part 1 and part 2.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – 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.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – 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.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – 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.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – 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.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – 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.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – 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.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – 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.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Sunday, November 9, 2014
Sunday, November 9, 2014   (Image © ISAF)
The ISAF 2014 Annual Meeting on Mallorca ended yesterday with the last Council decisions. Of major interest among the many approvals or rejections are the venue of the 2018 Youth Sailing Worlds Corpus Christi/Gulf of Mexico, in Texas, the keeping of the SL-16 as Youth catamaran (against the Nacra-15 proposed by the Events Committee), the maintenance of the Medal Race format of the skiffs (one race instead of three short races as proposed by the classes). The Matchracing Nations' Cup Final will be held in Vladiwostock RUS.
An overview on all decisions will be posted on the ISAF Meetings Microsite soon. The final report.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Saturday, November 8, 2014
Saturday, November 8, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
Concluding the Wave Worldcup at Hookipa Beach on the Hawaiian Island Maui, the PWA website features an interview with the new Wave World Champion Thomas Traversa FRA. Do not miss the attractive pictures partly shot in impressive breakers. The 2014 female Wave World Champion Iballa Moreno ESP illustrates - together with her twin sister Daida - life in the PWA circuit in a video diary; together, they realised 24 World Champion's titles up to now !!
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Friday, November 7, 2014
Friday, November 7, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The 2014 PWA Wave World Tour Men Champion was crowned yesterday on Mauii in the Hookipa Finals run in excellent condition again on huge breakers.
The defending champion Victor Fernandez ESP had an early out in the Semi Final against Marcilio Browne BRA and this meant that Thomas Traversa FRA earned his first PWA Wave World Champion's title, and this inspite of a defeat against the young local matador Morgan Noireaux USA - realizing his first PWA victory ever. Traversa's 2nd rank was sufficient for the title.
Iballa Moreno ESP confirmed her premature World Champion's title winning the Final of the Double Elimination against Fiona Wylde USA, age 17.
All other details on the PWA website.
Friday, November 7, 2014   (Image © ISAF)
Yesterday ended the meetings of the various Committees and today and tomorrow, The ISAF Councile will decide on the Submissions taking into account .. or not .. the recommendations of the Committee. The Event Committee insisted on one single Medal Race, contrary to the Class having tested a three-short-race Final during 2014. The Rio Olympia Sailing Manager informed on the progress of the 2016 Olympic Regatta preparations without concerns about the bad water quality.
Information on the Council Session of today and tomorrow and the results of the voting can be followed on the ISAF Meeting Live-Blog.