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Wind- & Kitesurfing – Monday, January 26, 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015   
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Today is day one of the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta on Biscayne Bay, the 2nd round of the ISAF World Cup 2015. Over 800 athletes from 63 nations are on the entry, and all three Paralympic Classes participate as well. Key favorites for podium places among the athletes of the complete www.facebook.com/USSailingTeam]US Sailing Team[/URL] are Haeger/Provancha (470 women), McNay/Hughes (470 men) and Caleb Paine (Finn) but also Paige Railey (Laser women), Charlie Buckingham (Laser men) and Funk/Burd 49er have good chances for a top-10 finish.
A fresh up to 30 kn breeze has been announced for today, and also during the week, the wind speeds will range in the two-digits numbers according to the predictions.
The official preview and the event website.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Tuesday, January 20, 2015   
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The Midwinters in Miami, open for five Olympic Classes, ended yesterday with two light-wind races. A remarkable number of international top sailors attended this event to prepare for the ISAF World Cup regatta beginning on the coming weekend.
No surprise in the 470 men where the Olympic and World Champions Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS added another overall win to their long palmares. Patience/Willis GBR and Matsunaga/Kanagawa JPN completed the podium. Chaplin/... CAN are 16th, Factor/…. USA 17th. Lara Vadlau/Jolanta Ogar POL were the clear winners in the 470 women ahead of Mills/Clarke GBR and Kondo/ Yoshioka JPN. Haeger/Provancha USA are 9th. British domination in the 49ers with Pink/Bithell GBR in front of Fletcher/Sign GBR and Lehtinen/During SWE. Funk/Burd USA are 7th. Ferguson/Ferguson CAN 22nd. In the 49erFX, Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA were once more on position one with Maloney/Meech NZL and Bekkering/Duetz NED on the ranks 2 and 3. Mandy Mulder/Coen De Koning NED ahead of John Gimson/Pippa Wilson GBR and Gemma Jones/Jason Saunders NZL was the podium in the Nacra-17. Mendelblatt/... USA are 14th. Ramsay/... CAN 26th. Wonwoo Cho KOR and Bryony Shaw GBR were the winners in the RS:X windsurfers. The best North-Americans were Zach Plavsic CAN on 8th, Carson Crain USA 9th, and Farrah Hall USA on 3rd, with Nicola Girke CAN on 10th.
All ranking lists and the event website.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Monday, January 19, 2015
Monday, January 19, 2015   
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With 8 kn yesterday, the wind was less as on the opening day of the 2015 Midwinters, but nevertheless, all classes sailed at least 3 races.
Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS moved up on rank 1 with two race wins in the 470 men. Patience/Willis GBR 12 points behind lead a closely packed group of persuers, with Gerz/Szymanski GER as 3rd. Chaplin/... CAN are 9th, Russell/Robinson USA 15th. Lara Vadlau/Jolanta Ogar AUT defended their lead in the 470 women ahead of Hannah Mills/Sakia Clarke GBR and Ai Kondo/Miho Yoshioka JPN. Haeger/Provancha USA are 9th. New leaders in the 49ers are Marco Grael/Gabriel Portilho BRA, closely ahead of Pink/Bithell GBR snd Lehtinen/During FIN. Funk/Burd USA are 5th. Brodeur/Inkpen CAN 21st. Two race wins also for Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA in the 49erFX. Alexandra Mahoney/Molly Meech NZL moved up on rank 2. Henken/Scutt USA are 19th, Berry/ .. CAN 22nd. No change in the Nacra 17 with Renée Groenveld/Steven Krol NED as first ahead of Euan McNicol/Lucinda Whitty AUS and John Gimson/Pippa Wilson GBR. Wilmot/... USA are 14th. Ramsay/... CAN 28th. Byrony Shaw GBR and Wonwoo Cho KOR are the female and male leaders in the RS:X windsurfers. Best NorAm man is Zach Plavsic CAN is 7th, Carson Crain USA 10th, and the best woman Farrah Hall USA 3rd, with Nicola Girke CAN 6th.
All ranking lists and the event website.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Sunday, January 18, 2015
Sunday, January 18, 2015   
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Good sailing conditions prevailed on Bay Biscayne on the first day of the Olympic 470, 49er, RS:X and Nacra-17 Miidwinters, for the 470s at the same time the North American Championship. With the Miami Olympic Classes World Cup Regatta following back-to-back, the fleets are exceptionally competitive.
Leaders after 3 races in the 470 are Barreiros/Curbelo ESP 4 points ahead of Gerz/Szymanski GER and Belcher/Ryan AUS. Chaplin/... CAN on rank 14 are the best NorAm team. Factor/ ... USA ar 17th. Lara Vadlau/Jolanta Ogar AUT won two of the 3 heats and lead clearly ahead of Mills/Clarke GBR and Weguelin/McIntyre GBR. Haeger/Provancha USA are 5th. First in the 49ers after 4 races are Pink/Bithell GBR closely followed by Grael/Porthilo BRA and Fletcher/Sign GBR. Funk/Burd USA are 4th. Barnes/Mori CAN 22nd. No surprises in the 49erFX, where Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA are once more on top with Bekkering/Duetz NED and Dobson/Ainsworth GBR as first opponents. Henken/Scutt USA are 16th, Morgan/Myatt CAN 17th. 4 races were also completed by the Nacra 17, whereMandy Moulder/Coen De Koning NED are first in front of Groenveld/Krol NED and Gimson/...GBR. The top favorites Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA are only 4th for the moment. Newberry/Whitehead USA are 6th. Cuthbertson/MacDonald CAN 29th. The RS:X men windsurfers are lead by Shahar Zubari ISR ahead of Wonwoo Cho KOR, while Bryony Shaw GBR is ahead in the RX:X women with 3 race wins. Best NorAm man is Zach Plavsic CAN is 6th, Carson Crain USA 9th, and the best woman Farrah Hall USA 3rd, with Nicola Girke CAN 8th. Wiley Rogers/Jack Parkin USA have taken the lead in the all-American 420 fleet.
All ranking lists and the event website.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Monday, December 22, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Fred Hoffmann)
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A number of International Olympic Classes sailors are spending their time in Rio de Janeiro for training purposes on the 2016 Olympic waters. During the past days, the Copa Brazil de Vela Regatta has been organised. Here some of the results:
In the Nacra 17, Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA added another overall victory. After 12 races, the finished first 4 points ahead of Vittorio Bisarro/Silvia Seguro ITA. Matias Buhler/Nathalie Brugger SUI were 3rd in a good quality fleet. Strong competitors also in the 470 fleets. In the 470 women, the locals Oliveira/Barbachan BRA were on top ahead of the Olympic Champions Aleh/Powrie NZL as well as Lecointre/Defrance FRA and Vadlau/Ogar AUT 3rd at equal points. No ranking list is availabe right now from the 470 men), were the Olympic Champion Belcher AUS with Ryan AUS crew was first ahead of McNay/Hughes USA and Schmid/Reichstädter AUT. Robert Scheidt BRA was the winner in the Lasers Standard in front of Bruno Fontes BRA, Rutger Van Schaardenburg NED and Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA. Evi Van Acker BEL was ahead in the Lasers Radial, Giles Scott GBR dominated the Finns with 8 wins in 11 races. British victories also by Byrony Shaw GBR in the RS:X- women windsurfers and Nick Dempsey GBR in the RS:X men windsufers. Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI finished 15th. Bekkering/Duetz NED defeated the small 49erFX fleet. Grael/Borges BRA were the best of the three Brazilian teams in the 49FXer.
All ranking lists and the event website.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Thursday, December 18, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014   
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Two weeks ago, the ISAF Olympic Classes Worldcup 2015 began with Sail Melbourne. Only 10 days after the Abu Dhabi 2014 Worldcup Final, only very few European or American teams participated, and it remains to be seen, whether this new format will become an intercontinental competition in the future. Thanks to the high quality of the Australian top sailors, the level of the races was very high. See also the detailed report in Sail World ,
A 5 minutes' video summary.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014   
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The ISAF Olympic Classes World Ranking Lists have been updated after the Melbourne Worldcup event last week. The 2014 year-end rankings did not change much, and only in the Finns, a new leader - Ivan Klijakovic-Gaspic CRO - replaced the previous first Caleb Paine USA, now second. Other top-10 NorAm performers were Haeger/Provancha USA 2nd 470 women and McNay/Hughes USA 4th 470 men.
All ranking lists and the ISAF report.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014   
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A drug-resistant "super bacteria” that's normally found in hospitals and is notoriously difficult to treat has been discovered in the waters where Rio de Janeiro's Olympic sailing events will be held, said on Monday scientists of the Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Brazil's most respected health research institute. Samples were taken from various spots along the Carioca River, including the mouth of the river into the city's Guanabara Bay, site of the 2016 sailing and wind surfing events. The Rio organisers did not comment yet. The report.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014   
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The weather situation over the North Atlantic was responsible for the building-up of huge waves that hit the Portuguese coast at Nezare 100 km North of Lisboa. The breakers reached up to 20 m to the excitement of the surf riders. Here the video.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Sunday, December 14, 2014
Sunday, December 14, 2014   
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After the Skiffs, the Nacra 17 catamaran and the windsurfers on Saturday, it was the 470s', the Finns' and the Lasers' turn to sail the Medal Races. The winners and the best OZ teams by class have already now qualified for the Worldcup Final in Abu Dhabi in December 2015.
Alexander Conway/Patrick Conway AUS won in the 470 men, Sasha Ryan/Amelia Catt AUS were first in the 'matchrace' of the only two 470 women, Ed Wright GBR made it in the Finns with a clear advange over Oliver Twedell AUS and Jake Lilley AUS. Philipp Toth USA was 5th. Tom Burton AUS had a 22 points' lead on the end of the day in the Lasers Standard over Matthew Wearn AUS and Mike Bullot NZL. Almost as dominant was Alison Young GBR 16 points in front in the Lasers Radial ahead of Tatiana Droszdowskaya BLR with just on point on Line Flem-Höst DEN remaining on 3rd. Isabelle Bertold CAN, 7th in the Medal Race, stayed on the 5th place overall
The Paralympics participated in this Worldcup act with the 2.4 m and the Skuds. Matthew Bugg AUS won in the 2.4m, while Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tesch AUS were first in 9 of the 10 races in the Skuds 18.
All ranking lists, the final report and the videos.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Saturday, December 13, 2014
Saturday, December 13, 2014   
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Much wind around 25 kn yesterday for the first Medal Races of the Sail Melbourne Worldcup event. The Olympic skiffs, the RS:X windsurfers and the Nacra 17 concluded their competitions today. All other classes will sail the final races tomorrow Sunday.
Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen AUS, winning the Medal Race as well, demonstated their superiority in the 49er, leaving the second-ranked Australian development team Joel Turner/Lewis Brake AUS 23 points behind. Nico Delle-Karth/Nikolaus Resch AUT finished 3rd. Norway celebrated a one/two victoriy in the 49erFX with Ragna Agerup/Maia Agerup NOR and Helene Naess/Marie Rönnigen NOR. Tess Lloyd/Caitlin Elks AUS descended on rank 3. Juosas Bernotas LTU was first in the RS:X men, Stefania Elfutina RUS won in the RS:X women. The final rankings of the Nacra 17 have not yet been posted. The Lasers Standard completed the last two races of the Qualification Series today. Tom Burton AUS will start to the Medal Race tomorrow with a 15 points' lead on Matthew Wearn AUS. Wannes Van Laer BEL advanced on rank 3. Today's results of the Lasers Radial have not yet been posted, Alison Young GBR leads in the interim's rankings 5 points ahead of Tatjana Drosdovskaya BLR and the trio Line Flem-Host NOR, Ashley Stoddart AUS and Isabelle Bertold CAN closely together. The Saturday results will be posted during the morning UTC.
All ranking lists, the reports and the videos.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Friday, December 12, 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014   (Image © Sport the library / Jeff Crow)
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Today, the Qualification Series of the Melbourne Worldcup event will be concluded, and tomorrow Saturday, the Medal Races will be sailed. Racing is going on right now (6h UTC) and the Lasers Radial have finished their program: Alison Young GBR goes to the Medal Races with a 5 points' lead on Tatiana Droszdowskaya BLR. Line Flem-Host NOR, Ashley Stoddart AUS and Isabelle Bertold CAN will fight for Bronze tomorrow. Christine Neville USA is 14th. The Lasers Standard have not yet started today. Tom Burton AUS leads one point ahead of Matthew Wearn AUS. Checkout the website for the Laser results by noon UTC at the latest. Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen AUS have a 16 points' lead in the 49ers and will hardly loose the first place in the races to come. The thrill remains for Silver and Bronze with Gilmour/Mara AUS, Delle-Karth/Resch AUT and Turner/Brake AUS separated by 2 points only. Even closer is the situation in the 49ersFX with a leader trio only one point apart: Lloyd/Elks AUS had to let Agerup/Agerup NOR join them on top and Naess/Röningen NOR are only one point behind. In the Nacra 17, the surprising Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS did win 8 of the 12 races so far leaving the multihull 'king' Darren Bundocjk with Nina Curtis AUS 7 points behind.
All other ranking lists and the reports.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Thursday, December 11, 2014
Thursday, December 11, 2014   (Image © Jeff Crow)
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The wind exceeded partly 25 kn in Melbourne on the 4th day of the ISAF Worldcup. Most of the results of today have already been posted.
After six heats, Tom Burton AUS is now the sole leader in the Lasers Standard, but Matthew Wearn AUS is only one point behind. Sam Meech NZL advanced on rank 3, and another point back is Wannes Van Laer BEL as best European. Christoph Bottoni SUI follows on rank 18.
The Laser Radial results availble at this time, count four races only. Tatjana Droszdowskaja BLR has taken the lead one point ahead of Alison Young GBR. Nazli Cagla TUR advanced on rank 3. Isabella Bertold CAN is 4th, Christine Neville USA 16th.
The 49ers are clearly dominated by the Olympic Champions Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen AUS, and their advantage on Delle-Karth/Resch AUT has grown to 21 points. In the Australian threesome in the Nacra 17, the favorites Darren Bundock/Nina Curtis AUS succeeded to reduce the backlog on rank 1, but the surprisingly strong Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS are still 4 points in advance.
All other ranking lists and the report of the day with videos.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Wednesday, December 10, 2014   (Image © Jeff Crow)
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No wind this morning in Melbourne, and up to now, only the Paralympic 2.4m and Skud 18 have left the harbour. But later in the (Melbourne) day, a 12 kn breeze is expected to fill in as usual.
The World Champions Belcher/Ryan AUS did not show up in the 470 men and Patrick Conway AUS won both heats yesterday. Clearly on top after six races in the 49ers are Nathan Outteridge/iain Jensen AUS with David Gilmour/Rhys Mara AUS and Delle-Karth/Resch AUT on the ranks 2 and 3. 8 teams from 4 nations participate in the 49ersFX and Tess Lloyd/Caitlin Elk AUS are first. Ed Wright won all three races in the Finn. 5 wins in 6 races have Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS on their results sheet in the Nacra 17.
All ranking lists (to be updated with today's results be noon UTC) and the reports.