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Wind- & Kitesurfing – Thursday, April 24, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014   
After a short start delay yesterday, a moderate max. 15 kn thermal breeze from the West filled in. The changed conditions caused some modifications in the rankings.
Not in the 470 men, where Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS continued their winning runs adding another bullet, but Panagiotis Mantis/Pavlos Kagialiis GRE on rank 2 remain very close. Sofian Bouvet/Jéremy Mion FRA follow on the 3rd place. In the 470 women, the Olympic Champions Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL have taken the lead followed by Sophie Weguelin/Eilidh McIntyre GBR, who won both heats yesterday. Anna Haeger/Briana Provancha USA descended on rank 3. Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL extended their lead in the 49ers on 11 points. New on rank 2 is the surprise team Ryan Seaton/Matthew McGovern IRL, best of the day finishing twice on 3rd. Fletcher/Sign GBR follow on rank 3. Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA reclaimed the first place in the 49ersnFX, but Charlotte Dobson/Sophie Ainsworth GBR are only two points behind. Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL advanced on the 3rd place. The winner of both races in the Finns was the Olympic medalist Pieter-Jan Postma NED taking an overall lead of 18 points. Caleb Paine USA and Thomas Le Breton FRA are on the 2nd and 3rd positions. A new leader showed up in the Nacras 17 where - only two months after starting a campaign for Rio - the double multihullOlmpic medalist Darren Bundock AUS with Nina Curtis AUS have joined the best Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA who are just one point behind. Vittorio Bissaro/Silvia Sicouri ITA are new on rank 3. For a change, Piotr Myszka POL remained without race win in the RS:X-men windsurfers yesterday, but he still clearly leads in the overall rankings ahead of Pavel Tarnowski POL and Kiran Badloe NED. Two race win for Jiahui Wu CHN brought her on top of the RS:X-woman windsurfers with a clear lead. Maja Dziarnowska POL and Moana Delle GER are on the ranks 2 and 3.
The best North Americans are: 470 women 3rd Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA, Finn 2nd Caleb Paine USA, 470 men 6th MyNay/Hughes USA, 49er 29th Funk/Burd USA, 59th Ladha/Barnes CAN, 49erFX 21th Rafuse/Boyd CAN, 30th Lane Shea USA, Nacra-17 18th Newberry/Casey USA, 38th Ramsay/Girke CAN, RS:X-men 34th Ignacio Berenguer MEX, RS:X-woman 12th Demita Vega MEX, 26th Farrah Hall USA, 51st Laurence Bonneau CAN. See also the US Sailingteam report for further details.
The report of the day and all ranking lists.
Thursday, April 24, 2014   
The European Nations' qualification series for the Youth Olympics in China in August for the windsurfing event are also taking place on Lake Garda during this week. With over 300 participants split in the categories U15 and U17, a new participation record can be registered.
On the first day, the Ora was blowing 'according to program', but yesterday, the wind was barely filling in, and only the Girls completed a race. The rankings after 3 heats show Shoval Ravitzki ISR on top of the U17-Girls in front of Noy Drihan ISR and Lucie Pianazza FRA an. Also in the U17-Boys, the leader after two races comes from Israel thanks to Yonatan Zachar ISR, winner of both races in his group, as was Maxim Tokarev RUS. On rank 3 follow at equal points Lars Van Someren NED and Tom Monnet FRA. Maximo Nores USA is on rank 47 among the 134 Boys competing. The event-website and the video of day one.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014   
Perfect conditions also on the second day of the Hyères Worldcup with sun and a 15-18 kn East wind, and all classes completed the planned 2-3 races, concluding the Qualifier Series for the Gold- and Silverfleets.
Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS remained on top of the 470 men thanks to a race win, but the best of the day (ranks 2/3) Sofian Bouvet/Jérémie Mion FRA reduced the backlog to one points. Mantis/Kagialis GRE follow on rank 3. Even better as on day one (ranks 1 and 2) were Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA in the 470 woman, extending their lead on the Olympic Champions Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL on 2. Weguelin/McIntyre GBR and Lecointre/Defrance FRA stayed on the positions 3 and 3. New leaders in the 49ers are Dylan Fletcher/Alan Sign GBR, winning 2 of the 3 races. Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL and Marcus Hansen/John Porebski NZL follow on the ranks 2 and 3. Finishing 2/2/1, Charlotte Dobson/Sophie Ainsworth GBR climbed on top of the 49ersFX, 3 points ahead of Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA. Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgard DEN are 3rd. Ioannis Mitakis GRE defended the first place in the Finns with just one point in front of Pieter-Jan Postma NED (ranks 1 and 2) who considerable reduced the gap. Caleb Paine USA remains on the 3rd place. As in the Skiffs, the Brits took over the lead also in the Nacras 17, where Ben Saxton/Hannah Diamond GBR overtook Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA thanks to two race wins. Progressing also the multihull champion Darren Bundock with Nina Curtis AUS new on rank 3. Already five race wins (and a 2nd rank as discard) has Piotr Myszka POL in the RS:X-men-windsurfers, ahead of the Olympic Champion Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED. Thomas Goyard FRA is new on the 3rd place. In the RS:X-women windsurfers, the first place is shared by Jiahui Wu CHN and Maja Dziarnowska POL ahead of Flavia Tartaglini ITA. The Laser results are - as usual - in separate news just below.
The best North Americans are: 470 women 1st Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA, Finn 3rd Caleb Paine USA, 470 men 7th MyNay/Hughes USA, 49er 36th Moore/Dressler USA, 61st Ladha/Barnes CAN, 49erFX 20th Rafuse/Boyd CAN, 29th Lane Shea USA, Nacra-17 17th Newberry/Casey USA, 32nd Ramsay/Girke CAN, RS:X-men 32nd David Mier y Teran MEX, RS:X-woman 11th Demita Vega MEX, 30th Farrah Hall USA, 53rd Laurence Bonneau CAN. See also the US Sailing Team report for further details.
All results, the report of the day and the photos.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Tuesday, April 22, 2014   
Perfect conditions prevailed yesterday on the first day of the last 2014 ISAF Worldcup event with sun and an initial 12 kn easterly breeze, increasing to 18 kn during the day. All classes sailed 2-3 races.
The Olympic Champions Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS won two of the three races in the 470 men and lead overall ahead of Barreiros/Curbelo ESP and Dahlberg/Bergström SWE. Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA are on top of the 470 women after two heats, followed by the Olympic Champions Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL and Sophie Weguelin/Eilidh MyIntyre GBR. Two wins in three races also for Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL in the 49ers ahead of Dylan Fletcher/Alan Sign GBR and Diego Botin/Pablo Turredo ESP. The Olympic Champions Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen AUS are 4th for the moment. And also in the 49ersFX, the favorites are already ruling the show: Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA lead in front of Ida Baad-Nielsen/Marie Thusgaard DEN and Charlotte Dobson/Sophie Ainsworth GBR. Rather surprising is the interims lead of Ioannis Mitakis GRE in the Finns, followed by Milan Vujasinovic CRO and Caleb Paine USA. To be noted, that the strong GBR Finns do not compete. A dominating first day had Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA finishing 2/1/1 in the Nacra 17. Pippa Wilson/John Gimson GBR and Ben Saxton/Hannah Diamond GBR follow on the places 2 and 3. Even three bullets went to Piotr Myszka POL in the RS:X-men-windsurfers. Toni Wilhelm GER and Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED follow at equal points on rank 2. Leading in the RS:X-women-windsurfers is Natalia Kosinska NZL ahead of Maia Dziarnowska POL and Jiahui Wu CHN.
The best North Americans are: 470 women 1st Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA, Finn 3rd Caleb Paine USA, 470 men 8th MyNay/Hughes USA, 49erFX 12th Rafuse/Boyd CAN, 27th Lane Shea USA, Nacra-17 21st Newberry/Casey USA, 35th Ramsay/Girke CAN, RS:X-men 42nd David Mier y Teran MEX, RS:X-woman 17th Demita Vega MEX, 32nd Farrah Hall USA, 54th Laurence Bonneau CAN. See also the US Sailing Team report for further details.
The official report, all ranking lists and the pictures.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Monday, April 21, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014   
Today begins the 5th and last ISAF 2013/14 Worldcup Event on the Bay of Hyères FRA. With over 780 boats and over 1100 sailors from 60 nations, this is the worldwide best attended sailing competition of the year ..... they are all here, the World Champions, Olympic medalists and the Worldcup leaders. Remarkable teams represent the USA (21 teams among them Haeger/Provancha 470 woman, McNay/Hughes 470 men, Paige Railey Laser Radial or Caleb Paine Finn), Canada (Ramsay/Girke Nacra, but without Isabella Bertold Laser) and Mexico (Demita Vega RS:X).
Light to moderate Easterly winds will prevail for the Qualifications Series today and tomorrow, while by the end of the week, an up to 30 kn breeze will set the stage for a fast and furious events' final. The official preview. Racing can be followed on Twitter and as from 10 hrs UTC live on the Internet.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Tuesday, April 8, 2014   
Some changes occurred in the ISAF Olympic World Rankings after the Palma Worldcup event last week. New on top of the 470 women are Camille Lecointre/Hélène Defrance FRA. With Julien d'Ortoli/Noe Delpech FRA on the first place of the 49ers, France has another Worldranking leader team. The stellar victory of Marit Bouwmester NED in Palma pushed her from rank 10 to rank 1 in the Lasers Radial. In the RS:X-men windsurfers, Hongkong has a leading duo with Ho Tsun Leung HKG as number 1.
The top-10 North Americans are 470-women Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA 4th and Finn Caleb Paine USA 7th.
All rankings and the ISAF report.