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Wind- & Kitesurfing – Monday, August 24, 2015
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.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Sunday, August 23, 2015
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.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – 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 © 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.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – 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   
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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 © 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.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Wednesday, August 19, 2015   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
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Very light winds affected the program of the Olympic Test Event yesterday, and again, there was no wind on the outside courses and racing had to be concentrated on Guaranaba Bay .... if possible. The 470s and Finns waited in vain for enough wind, the latter having sailed only three races in four days.
With Pieter-Jan Postma NED, one of the favorites is leading in the Finns, while Giles Scott GBR, undefeated since the Olympic Regatta 2012, is only on the 8th place. Here the report of the Finn class.
The 49ersFX completed two races and Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA moved on top, thanks to a race win, just one point ahead of Giulia Conti/Francesca Clapcich ITA. Victoria Travascio/Maria Soldas ARG, the lightest team in the fleet, remain on 3rd.
Very light is also the dominator in the RS:X male windsurfer fleet Aichen Wang CHN. He added another two race wins yesterday and extended his overall lead on 20 points. Pierre Le Coq FRA and Ivan Pastor ESP are the first persuers. No change after the only race of the RS:X female windsurfers with Malgorzata Bialecka POL leading ahead of Charline Picon FRA and Blanca Manchon ESP. Winner of the das was the light-weight Hei Man Chan HKG.
The Nacra's and 49er had their lay day. The Laser news and results are in a separate text below.

The results of the NorAm athletes:
- 470 men: 1stnd McNay/Hughes USA, 19th Saunders/Saunders CAN, 22nd Belausteguigoitia/Belausteguigoitia MEX
- 470 women: 2nd Haeger/Provancha USA
- 49ers: 17th Funk/Burd USA
- 49ersFX: 16th Henken/Scutt USA
- Finn: 14th Caleb Paine USA
- Laser Standard: 2nd Lee Parkhill CAN, 9th Charlie Buckingham USA
- Laser Radial: 2nd Paige Railey USA, 24th Isabella Bertold CAN
- Nacra-17: 11th Ramsay/Girke CAN, 15th Newberry/Whitehead USA
- RS:X men: 16th David Mier y Teran MEX, 19th Zach Plavsic CAN, 24th Carson Crain USA
- RS:X women: 7th Demita Vega de Lille MEX, 19th Farrah Hall USA
The US Sailing Team report and the Sailing Canada website.

The weather forecast for today is not very promising, but the metrology office was never right in the past days. All ranking lists and the daily news.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015   (Image © PWA Carter)
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In temperatures exceeding 40° C, the PWA World Tour Slalom Specialists waited in Alcati TUR in vain for wind on the opening day of the Slalom event. Go for some interviews with top athletes, among others the multi-talented Slalom Worldcup leader Sara-Quita Offringa NED, on the PWA website.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Monday, August 17, 2015
Monday, August 17, 2015   
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All 10 classes started on the second day of the Olympic Test Event in Rio yesterday. Depending on the start time and the location of the course, the wind varied between 6 and 15 kn and the race program was completed according to plan.
The 470s sailed two races each on the Oceanic course, and the favorites are already on top positions of their fleets. The Olympic Champions Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS lead ahead of Stuart McNay/David Hughes USA and Sofian Bouvet/Jérémy Mion FRA. Shared leaders in the 470 women are Shasha Chen/Hayan Gao CHN and Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA. Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark GBR follow on rank 3. The top three in the 49ers are Diego Botin/Iago Lopez ESP in front of Delle-Karth/Resch AUT and Burling/Tuke NZL. Giulia Conti/Francesca Clapcich ITA took the lead after three races in the 49ersFX ahead of Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL and Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA. Pieter-Jan Postma NED, day ranks 1 and 2, is on top of the Finn rankings, followed by Max Salminen SWE and Tapio Nirkko FIN. Best in the Nacra 17 are Gemma Jones/Jason Saunders NZL ahead of Lin Ea Cenholt/Christian Lübeck DEN. Aichen Wang CHN had another successful day in the RS:X men extending his lead on 9 points. Pierre Le Coq FRA and Byron Kokkalanis GRE follow on the ranks 2 and 3. Charline Picon FRA moved on rank 1 in the RS:X women in front of Malgorzata Bialecka POL and Blanca Manchon ESP.

The results of the NorAm athletes:
- 470 men: 2nd McNay/Hughes USA, 20th Saunders/Saunders CAN, 22nd Belausteguigoitia/Belausteguigoitia MEX
- 470 women: 2nd Haeger/Provancha USA
- 49ers: 16th Funk/Burd USA
- 49ersFX: 15th Henken/Scutt USA
- Finn: 16th Caleb Paine USA
- Laser Standard: 4th Lee Parkhill CAN, 12th Charlie Buckingham USA
- Laser Radial: 2nd Paige Railey USA, 25th Isabella Bertold CAN
- Nacra-17: 10th Ramsay/Girke CAN, 14th Newberry/Whitehead USA
- RS:X men: 17th David Mier y Teran MEX, 19th Zach Plavsic CAN, 24th Carson Crain USA
- RS:X women: 15th Demita Vega de Lille MEX, 18th Farrah Hall USA
The US Sailing Team report and the Sailing Canada website
All ranking lists, the daily news and the event website.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Sunday, August 16, 2015
Sunday, August 16, 2015   
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Light winds prevailed yesterday on Guaranaba in Rio for the first races of the 2015 Olympic Test Regattas in the Lasers and RS:X windsurfers.
The light-weights had their day in the RS:X-windsurfers, as the wind was in the range of 6 to 10 kn. Aichen Wang CHN took the lead in the men's category with two race wins ahead of Pawel Tarnowski POL and Pierre Le Coq FRA. Chinese is the lead also in the women with Hei Man Chan HKG ahead of Malgorzata Bialecka POL and Charline Picon FRA.
The Lasers sailed two races each as well. At equal points on top of the Standards are Pavlos Kontides CYP and the local favorite Robert Scheidt BRA. Karl-Martin Rammo EST follows on rank 3 with a 5 points' backlog. In the Radials, the favorite Marit Bouwmeester NED is on first in front of Veronica Kozelska CZE and Gintare Scheidt LTU.

The results of the NorAm athletes:
- Laser Standard: 10th Charlie Buckingham USA, 12th Lee Parkhill CAN
- Laser Radial: 4th Paige Railey USA, 25th Isabella Bertold CAN
- RS:X men: 13th David Mier y Teran MEX, 19th Zach Plavsic CAN, 22nd Carson Crain USA
- RS:X women: 15th Demita Vega de Lille MEX, 18th Farrah Hall USA
The US Sailing Team report and the Sail Canada website.

All ranking lists and the daily report.
Sunday, August 16, 2015   
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Light winds prevailed yesterday on Guaranaba Bay in Rio for the first races of the 2015 Olympic Test Regattas in the Lasers and RS:X windsurfers. The Lasers sailed their two races each in a 6 - 10 kn breeze at the very back of the Bay.
At equal points on top of the Standards are Pavlos Kontides CYP and the local favorite Robert Scheidt BRA. Karl-Martin Rammo EST follows on rank 3 with a 5 points' backlog. In the Radials, the favorite Marit Bouwmeester NED is on first in front of Veronica Kozelska CZE and Gintare Scheidt LTU. Paige Railey USA is 4th.

The results of the NorAm athletes:
- Laser Standard: 10th Charlie Buckingham USA, 12th Lee Parkhill CAN
- Laser Radial: 4th Paige Railey USA, 25th Isabella Bertold CAN
The US Sailing Team report and the Sail Canada website.

All ranking lists and the daily report.
Sunday, August 16, 2015   
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The 38th edition of the Engadiner Surf-Marathon took place yesterday in good wind conditions. For the first time, the Windsurfers were faster as the Kite-Boarders, but to be noted, that only two Kiters finished the race.
The overall winner Elia Colombo SUI crossed the finish line after 39 min 12 sec, 15 sec ahead of Richard Stauffacher SUI. On rank 3 is the Kiteboarder Jonas Lengwiler SUI. The ranking list and the report.
Today, the Windsurfing Swiss Championship will continue on Lake Silvaplana.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Saturday, August 15, 2015
Saturday, August 15, 2015   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
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Today begins the Olympic Test Event in Rio with 339 participants from 52 nations, among them all candidates for Olympic Medals next year. Inspite of the alerting news on the water quality, half of the races will be sailed in the extremely polluted Guaranabara bay. Last year, the final results were at least in two classes influenced by collisions with flotsam. Many competitiors, among them the Laser World Champion Nick Thompson GBR, were sick after the regatta.
The official preview, the Communiqués of the US Sailing Team and Sail Canada.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Friday, August 14, 2015
Friday, August 14, 2015   
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The Windsurfing Swiss Championship began on Lake Silvaplana yesterday with three course races sailed in a not to strong South wind, and all three heats were won by the Olympian Richard Stauffacher SUI. Shean O'Brian AUS follows on rank 2, Elia Colombo SUI is 3rd. 39 drivers from 7 nations participate.
The results and the report.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Monday, August 10, 2015
Monday, August 10, 2015   (Image © PWA Carter)
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A 40 kn wind and big breakers were a perfect setting for the PWA Wave Worldcup Final on Teneriffa. In the men's category, the winner of the Single Elimination Jaeger Stone AUS was defeated in the Final by Victor Fernandez ESP. In the women's , it was once more Daida Moreno ESP defeating her twin sister Iballa Moreno ESP. Reports, photoe and a spectacular video on the PWA website.
Monday, August 10, 2015   
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Alex Pastor ESP, winning the Final against Christophe Tack BEL in the men, and Bruna Kajiyda BRA defeating Gisela Pulido ESP in the women were the winners of the Kite Boarding Fuerteventura Freestyle Worldcup 2015. The report and the video.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Sunday, August 9, 2015
Sunday, August 9, 2015   (Image © PWA Carter)
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Fresh winds with up to 30 kn filled in after the morning thunderstorm over the El Medano Bay and top conditions prevailed for the PWA Wave Contest on Teneriffa ESP. The Men completed the Single Elimination and the Double Elimination is already well advanced. Jaeger Stone AUS was a class of his own, winning the Single Elimination and clearly leading in the Double Elimination. All other details on the PWA website, and the video of the day.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Saturday, August 8, 2015
Saturday, August 8, 2015   
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The Men's Wave Single Elimination continued yesterday in top conditions with an up to 30 kn breeze and the best eight, among them the World Champion Thomas Traversa FRA, Philipp Köster GER or Victor Fernandez ESP, will fight for victory today. The report and all other details on the PWA website. As always in Wave competitions, the video takes are worthwhile seeing.
 
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