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Wind- & Kitesurfing – Monday, September 1, 2014
Monday, September 1, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The PWA Slalom Worldcup at Alcati TUR ended yesterday with a last race.
Sara-Quita Offringa NED added another race win and finished the women's competition as outstanding winner ahead of Delphine Cousin FRA and Lena Erdil TUR. The duel between Julien Quentel FRA and Antoine Albeau FRA ended in the qualfiers where both were eliminated, and as a consequence, Quentel realised the first Worldcup win in his career as professional. Pierre Toselli FRA completed the all-French podium.
Reports, ranking lists and video links on the PWA website.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Saturday, August 30, 2014
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
After two relatively moderate days with two races completed by day, the Frisco Bay lived up to its best two days ago with a 30 kn breeze and a strong counter current, making the Bridge-to-Bridge Race open for all wind-driven engins extremely challenging. In addition to the 18-footers, kite- and windsurfers as well as some multihulls were on the entry list. However, only two 18-footers dared to start, but both were forced to abandon after capsizes.
The Foil-Kiters dominated the heat and the World Champion Johnny Heineken USA was the winner after 15 min 1 sec, missing his record from the previous year by over 3 minutes.
The illustrated report with results.
Yesterday, the 18-footer International Regatta continued with two big-breeze races, but only 3 teams were on the starting line. The veteran Howie Hamlin USA and his team won both races reducing the backlog on the interim leader Brett Munster AUS on 4 points. Two races are on the program today, final day of the event.
The ranking list and the report.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Friday, August 29, 2014
Friday, August 29, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The Seabreeze started yesterday earlier as expected and three more heats were completed. In the women's race Sara-Quita Offringa NED continued her outstanding performance with three more victories, Delphine Cousin FRA and Lena Erdil TUR are completing the podium so far. In the men's competition Ben Van der Steen NED, Pascal Toselli FRA and Björn Dunkerbeck SUI each won a heat. In the overall rankings Julien Quentel FRA continues to lead ahead of Pascal Toselli FRA and Antoine Albeau FRA. All news and videos on the PWA-website.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Thursday, August 28, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The seabreeze was late on the second day of the PWA Slalom in Turkey as well, but nevertheless, another Elimination was completed by each gender.
In the women, it was again Sara-Quita Offringa NED who was on top, while in the men, Julien Quentel FRA booked his first win in 2014, as some of the top drivers such as Antoine Albeau FRA or Björn Dunkerbeck SUI missed the qualifcation for the Final. Sara-Quita Offringa NED and Pierre Toselli FRA lead in the interim's rankings. The wind will fill in late also today.
Please find all deteils on the PWA website, inclusive the videos.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The first Single Elimination of the PWA World Tour Slalom at Alcati TUR was completed on day one already thanks to a well-established 15 kn breeze. In the men's category, Ben Van der Steen BEL won ahead of Pascal Toselli FRA und Antoine Albeau FRA. In the women's, Sara-Quita Offringa NED (Aruba) was the fastest, followed by Lena Erdil TUR and Fulya Ünlü TUR on the ranks 2 and 3. As to the dominators of previous years: Valérie Ghibaudo FRA finished 5th, Karin Jaggi SUI did not compete.
More details on the PWA website.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Sunday, August 24, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014   
A weather change with rain brought enough wind yesterday for the final races at the Youth Sailing Olympics in Nanjing CHN.
No changes concerning the medal ranks: Bernie Chin SIN won in the Byte-Boys ahead of Pedro-Luis Marcondes BRA and Rodolfo Pires POR. The North Americans Justin Vittecoq CAN, Henry Marshall USA and Scott McKenzie ISV are 8th, 9th and 13th. Samantha JingYi Yom SIN took Gold in the Byte-Girls ahead of Odile Van Aanholt NED and Jarian Brandes PER. Paula Pelayo MEX is 13th, Paige Clarke ISV 16th.
In the Techno male windsurfers, Maxim Tokarev RUS is first ahead of Francisco Saubidet ARG and Lars Van Sommeren NED. Gold in the Techno female windsurfers goes to Linli Wu CHN with Mariam Sekhposyan RUS and Lucie Pianazza FRA completing the podium with Silver and Bronze.
All ranking lists and the event website.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Saturday, August 23, 2014
Saturday, August 23, 2014   (Image © ISAF)
No breeze on Lake Jinniu near Nanjing yesterday and the the Medals at the Youth Sailing Olympics have to be decided in the last race of today, provided their will be enough wind. If not, there is still a spare day on Sunday.
After seven races sailed, Bernie Chin SIN leads in the Byte Boys 4 points ahead of Pedro-Luis Macondes BRA and another 3 points on Rodolfo Pires POR on rank 3. Also 4 points is the lead of Odile Van Aanholt NED in the Byte Girls, where only Samantha Jing Yi SIN still has a chance to replace her on top. Carolina Albano ITA is already 23 points back.
In the Techno Boys windsurfers, Maxim Tokarev RUS has only one point on Francisco Saubiodet ARG, but also Lars Van Someren NED on 3rd with a 3 points' backlog is still in the race for Gold. Leader in the Techno Girls windsurfers is Linli Wu CHN ahead of Mariam Sekhposyan RUS and Lucie Pianazza FRA folgen at equal points on rank 2.
All results and the report of the day.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Friday, August 22, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014   (Image © Onur Cam)
The Qualification Series at the Kiteboarding Course Race Worlds in Southern Turkey mostly sailed in light winds was concluded yesterday. The leaders so far, Florian Gruber GER and Ricardo Lecchese ITA, terminated the heats partly with mid-fleet ranks, leaving rank 1 to Oliver Bridge GBR 5 points ahead of Maxime Nocher FRA. No change in the women's fleet, where Steph Bridge GBR leads ahead of Erika Heineken USA. See the video summery covering the first three days of the event. The event website.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Thursday, August 21, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014   (Image © Onur Cam)
The Kiteboarding Course Race Worlds continued yesterday with 4 races sailed in a somewhat lighter breeze as on day one. The Bridge-Family ruled the show with Steph Bridge GBR keeping her first place in the women's ahead in the of the defending champion Erika Heineken USA by a small margin, and her son Olver Bridge GBR, age 17, taking the lead in front of defending champion Florian Gruber GER at equal points. Ricardo Leccchese ITA remained on rank 3.
All ranking lists and the daily report.
Thursday, August 21, 2014   (Image © ISAF)
On the 'windiest' day so far, roughly 8 kn, all fleets sailed three races on Lake Jinniu near Nanjing CHN. Considering the discard result, some changes happened in the overall rankings.
Bernie Chin SIN replaced Pedro-Luis Marcondes BRA on top of the Byte Boys. Rodolfo Pires POR follows on rank 3. The NorAms: Justin Vittecoq CAN 8th, Henry Marshall USA 9th, Scott McKenzie ISV 14th.
Odile Van Aanholt NED defended her first place in the Byte Girls, but Samantha YingJi SIN reduced her backlog. New on rank 3 follows Carolina Albano ITA. Paula Pelayo MEX is 15th, Paige Clark ISV 17th.
The new leader in the Techno Boys' windsurfers is Maxim Tokarev RUS, just one point ahead of Francisco Saubidet ARG. Lars van Someren NED remains 3rd. Maximo Nores USA is 17th.
Linli Wu CHN took the lead in the Techno Girls' windsurfers much applauded by the - as on the previous days - many spectators. Mariam Sekhposyan RUS and Lucie Pianizza FRA are at equal points on the ranks 2 and 3. Mariana Aguilar Chavez Peon MEX is 18th.
All ranking lists and the report of the day.
According to the program, today should be the lay day, but considering the postponements on the previous days, racing goes on .. again in very light winds as predicted. The news.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   (Image © Onur)
The Kiteboarding Course Race World Championship began yesterday in Turkey with three races.
Leaders in the men's are the defending champion Florian Gruber GER and Riccardo Lecchese ITA, both winning all three heats of their groups, ahead of Oliver Bridge GBR. Steph Bridge GBR (the mother of Oliver) leads in the women's ahead of Elena Kalinina RUS and Erika Heineken USA.
All ranking lists and the report.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   
Light and fickle was the wind on the second day of the Youth Sailing Olympics in China, and only the Byte CIIs could sail two races by gender. The Techno windsurfers waited in vain for enough wind.
New leader in the Byte Girls is Odile Van Aanholt NED, already Byte World Champion this year, and also one of the top Laser Radial Olympic campaigners. Celeste Lugtmeijer DOM on rank 2 is already 15 points behind. Samantha Jing-Yi SIN is 3rd. Paula Pelayo MEX is 12th.
Pedro-Luiz Marcondes BRA stays on top of the Byte Boys, but in the first race today, he flopped and his advantage on the 2nd-ranked Rodolfo Pires POR has melted on 9 points. Apiwat Sringam THA is new on rank 3. Henry Marshall USA follows as 4th. Scott McKenzie ISV is 8th, Justin Vittecoq CAN 9th.
The report of the day and all ranking lists.
Today's races are already underway, and with up to 8 kn, the freshest breeze so far filled in. The Byte-Boys have finished their first race. The report.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   
Youth Olympic Sailing began yesterday on Lak Jinniu near Nanjing stadium-like in front of a grand-stand with 2'000 paying spectactors. A light 5-6 kn breeze prevailed, and the Byte CII sailed two, the Techno-windsurfers three races per fleet.
The South-Americans dominated the races in the Byte-Boys fleet with Pedro-Luiz Marcondes BRA leading 2 points ahead of Angello Giuria PER. Justin Wittecoq CAN follows as 3rd. In the Byte-Girls, Alexandra Dahlberg FIN won both heats, while Samantha Jing-Yi SIN and Odile Van Aanholt NED follow on the ranks 2 and 3.
Lucie Panizza FRA is frst in the Techno Girl Windsurfers followed by Linli Wu CHN and Mariam Sekhposyan RUS at equal points. On top of the Techno Boy Windsurfers is Francisco Saubidet ARG in front of Kensel Ikeda JPN and Lars Van Someren NED. Tom Monnet FRA follows as 4th.
The report of the day with all ranking lists.

The best North Americans by nation:
- Byte CII Boys: 3rd Justin Vittecoq CAN, 9th Henry Marshall USA
- Byte CII Girls: 11th Paula Pelayo MEX,
- Techno Boys: 16th Maximo Nores, USA
- Techno Girls: 18th Mariana Aguilar Chavez Peon MEX

Light winds have been forecast for today as well. At press time (6 a.m. UTC), the first races are already underway in China. The preview.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Monday, August 18, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014   
The second edition of the Youth Olympic Games begins today in China, and as four years ago, sailing is represented with separate Boys' and Girls' dinghy and windsurf events, sailed on Byte CII boats and Techno 293 sailboards. 63 nations are present, including teams from the USA, CAN, MEX and some Caribbean nations. The entry list.
This morning, the first races are already underway on Lake Jinniu near Nanking with a light wind prevailing. Three heats by fleet are on the program. The report and the event website with the 28 Olympic sports.