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Wind- & Kitesurfing – Thursday, March 26, 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015   (Image © Michael Petrikov)
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Five heats were completed on day 2 of the first 2015 Act of the new Kite-Foil-Gold-Cup. The French drivers continue on the top positions with Nicolas Parlier FRA as the new leader 5 points ahead of Maxime Nocher FRA 2nd and Julien Kerneur FRA 3rd. Johnny Heineken USA is 4th. The ranking list.
The Foil-Boards have further developped during the past months, and with the wing attachments, the start to resemble the Foiler Moth, as the video of the first day demonstrates.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015   
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The first of four Acts of the Kite-Foil Gold Cup 2015 began yesterday at Ventana in Mexico. Julien Kerneur FRA is the first leader followed by Nicolas Parlier FRA and Maxime Nocher FRA and Johnny Heineken USA at equal points. 43 participants from 14 nations. The results and the event facebook page.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Wednesday, March 4, 2015   
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A report Tuesday in the newspaper O Globo comes just three days after top International Olympic Committee officials ended week-long meetings in Rio, saying they had been ''reassured'' that severely polluted Guanabara Bay would be suitable for Olympic sailing when the games open. O Globo said 10 rubbish collection boats were out of service because of a lack of funding from Rio's state government. It said that some barricades to keep household waste from reaching the bay also lacked funding.
The report.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Monday, March 2, 2015
Monday, March 2, 2015   (Image © Brad Davies)
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Light winds prevailed on the last day of Sail Auckland, and considering the time difference, most results have already been posted in our yesterday's news.
Andrew Maloney NZL won in the Lasers Standard ahead of Sam Meech NZL 2nd and Michael Bullot NZL 3rd, breaking the tie with Rutger Van Schaardenburg NED on 4th. Winner in the Lasers Radial was Scott Leith NZL ahead of Sara Winther NZL. Loïc Eisenring SUI finished 26th among the 36 participants. On top of the Finns was Pieter-Jan Postma NED in front of Andrew Murdoch NZL. Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL were the outstanding winners in the 49ers. Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL had the upperhand on Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA in the match-race-type duel in the 3-boats' 49erFX fleet.
Here the results of the North American participants: Funk/Burd USA 4th 49er, Daniel Barry CAN 21st Laser, Rob Coutts USA 11th Finn, Dave Hall USA 28th OK-Dinghy.
All other results, the reports and the videos.
Monday, March 2, 2015   
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The Andalusian Olympic Sailing Week ended yesterday in a light - max 7 kn - breeze, an event with so many North Europeans attending as never before.
Very representative were the two Laser fleets. Alessio Soadaro ITA ahead of Julio Alsogaray ARG and Viktor Teply CZE was the outcome in the Lasers Standard. Evi Van Aker BEL won in the Lasers Radial with Tuula Tenlkanen FIN and Victoria Kozelska CZE completing the podium. Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI was first in the RS:X male windsurfers with a 25 points advance on Juan Manuel Moreno ESP. The Spanish 470s, sailing the Spanish Championship, have Onan Barreiros/Juan Curbelo ESP on top of the 470 men and Marina Gallego/Fatima Reyes ESP as first in the 470 women. Jonathan Lobert FRA is first in the Finns ahead of Berecz Zsombor HUN and Thomas Le Breton FRA. The report with all race results.
Monday, March 2, 2015   
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A fish die-off in Guanabara Bay, the Olympic waters of Rio, ill-famed for its miserable water quality, happened last week. The reasons are not yet known and the Rio de Janeiro's state environmental agency started investigations.
The report. Read also a comment on the UK Sailing Team preparations.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Sunday, March 1, 2015
Sunday, March 1, 2015   (Image © Brad Davies)
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The first Sunday races have already been completed in Auckland, and the situation remains exciting in the Lasers Standard with the first five-ranked are separated by 5 points only. Andrew Maloney NZL leads 2 points ahead of Sam Meech NZL. No change in the Lasers Radial with Scott Leith NZL leading ahead of Sara Winter NZL. The duel of the best 49ers-FX tends towards a superiority of Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL extending their lead with three race wins. Pieter-Jan Postma NED is on top of the Finns 2 points ahead of Andrew Murdoch NZL.
Here the results of the North American participants: Funk/Burd USA 4th 49er, Daniel Barry CAN 21st Laser, Rob Coutts USA 11th Finn, Dave Hall USA 28th OK-Dinghy.
All other ranking lists with - in addition to the Olympic classes - the Paralympic classes and the Youth classes 420, 29er as well as the Kiteboarders. Here the videos and the reports.
Sunday, March 1, 2015   
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Only light winds prevailed on the 4th day of the Andalusian Olympic Sailing Week but nevertheless, two races by class were completed, except in the Laser Class.
Again a leader change happened in the Lasers Standard, where Viktor Teply CZE has taken the lead before the last races today. Alessio Spadoni ITA is 3 points behind, Julio Alsogaray ARG remains on the 3rd place. Evi Van Acker BEL extended her lead in the Radials women. Tuula Tenkanen FIN and Veronika Kozelska CZE remained on the ranks 2 and 3. Again a Swiss victory was to note in the RS:X male windsurfers, where Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI has now a 17 points' lead on Juan-Manuel Moreno ESP. Jonathan Lobert FRA remains on top of the Finns in front of Thomas Le Breton FRA new on rank 2.
The daily report with all results.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Friday, February 27, 2015
Friday, February 27, 2015   
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The Andalusian Olympic Sailing Week (without Skiffs and Cats) began on Thursday with a representative international participation, among others the almost complete Sailing Team Germany.
Matteo Sanz-Lanz SUI is on rank 1 in the RS:X windsurfers after five races. In the Lasers Standard, Alessio Spadoni ITA is on top ahead of Juan-Pablo Bisio ARG and Julio Alsogaray ARG. In the Laser Radials, Tuula Tenkanen FIN is on position 1 in front of Evi Van Acker BEL. The Finn leader is Jonathan Lobert FRA, and in the 470s, Barreiros/Curbelo ESP are on position 1 in the men, while Kiryliuk/Dimitreieva UKR are first in the women.
The report with all results. In addition to the Olympic classes, Youth fleets are present in the 420s, Lasers 4.7, Lasers Radial men and RS:X.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Wednesday, February 11, 2015   
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The 2015 WISSA World Ice and Snow Sailing Championship will be held on the Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA. from February 9 to February 14, 2015. The classes are 1) Sleds (with handdheld sails, i.e. standard windsurfing rigs, in the three disciplines Course Race, Short Track Slalom and Speed), 2) Kites (with skis and Kites with snowboards, in the three disciplines Course Race, Freestyle and Speed), and Wings (Kitewings and Skate sails in the three disciplines Course Race, Short Track Slalom and Speed).
Most of the 65 participants are from the USA and Canada. The Europeans are mostly from the Scandinavian and Baltic nations. The presentation video and the event website.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Wednesday, February 4, 2015   
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The Miami Worldcup was the first important test event for the Olympia campaigners in the preolympic year. A number of team selections will be made this year to allow for a professional preparation of the Olympic Regatta taking place in Rio in 19 months from now.
The most successful nation was England with three Gold and five Silver Medals. In addition to Giles Scott GBR undefeated in the Finn for 18 months, the 470 men of Luke Patience/Elliott Willis GBR made an excellent impression. Here the report of the Royal Yacht Association including a video interview with the 470 pair. A strong performance also by the New Zealand women's teams with superior victories in the 49ersFX and the 470. Here the report of Yachting New Zealand. The Swiss neighbours, except France without their normally successful windsurfers and Finns in Miami, earned a Gold medal each with Vittorio Bissarro/Silvia Sicouri ITA in the Nacra 17 - here the report of the Federazione - with Delle-Karth/Resch AUT in their fourth Worldcup win in the 49ers - here the report of the Austrian Federation, and with Philipp Buhl GER in the Laser Standard, defeating the elite of the class in vaying conditions - here the German Sailing-Team report. For once no win for Australia, but with 2 Silver and 3 Bronze meadls, the outcome is not too bad. Positive above all the young Joel Turner AUS in the 49ers, with the valuable assistance of the crew Iain Jensen AUS, finishing on 2nd, and this after only two day of training - here the video-interview with Joel Turner and the report of Australian team.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Tuesday, February 3, 2015   
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With the new Olympic Classes Worldcup system, the World Ranking lists have become much more important, as the best 30 teams are automatically qualified for the next Worldcup event. All other teams have a second chance to join the entry list over a qualification regatta.
Only one ranking leader has changed after the Miami Worldcup event. The Olympic Champions Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL are back on top of the 470 women thanks to their Miami victory.
All World Ranking Lists and the ISAF report.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Monday, February 2, 2015
Monday, February 2, 2015   
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Rio de Janeiro will not make good on its Olympic pledge of slashing the pollution into the Guanabara Bay, where the 2016 games' sailing and wind surfing competitions are to be held. Cut the flow of raw sewage and garbage into the Bay by 80 percent was a key part of the city's Olympic bid document and widely held up as among the most enduring legacies of the games. But with just 1 1/2 years to go before the showcase event, it has become increasingly clear that the target wouldn't be met, Rio's new state Environment Secretary, Andre Correa, admitted. A report with video.
The results of the water quality tests promised by ISAF before the Olympic Test Event have never been published. Were the results so shocking, or are liability questions at stake ? Instead last week, the ISAF President Carlo Croce ITA proudly announced a sponsoring agreement with the Russian Gazprom, not known as a company really concerning about sea ecology ....
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Sunday, February 1, 2015
Sunday, February 1, 2015   
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The Miami Olympic Classes Regatta, 2nd event of the 2015 ISAF Worldcup, ended yesterday with the Medal Races, sailed in an moderate breeze. Only a few changes on the medal ranks occurred, as the points' differences between the teams were too important in most cases, and a number of winners were even crowned before yesterday's final.
First in the 470 men are Luke Patience/Elliott Willis GBR ahead of Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan and Onan Barreiros/Juan Curbelo ESP.
Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL dominated in the 470 women with Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark GBR and Ai Kondo/Miho Yoshioka JPN taking Silver and Bronze. Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA finished on rank 8.
Austrian is the victory in the 49ers where Nico Delle-Karth/Nicko Resch AUT celebrated their 3rd Worldcup win. Joel Turner AUS, pairing with Iain Jensen AUS instead of Nathan Outterage AUS is on 2nd. The winners of the Medal Race Jonas Warrer/Anders Thomsen DEN advanced on rank 3. Brad Funk/Trevor Burd USA, 2nd in the Medal Race, are on the 7th place overall.
Outstanding was the performance of Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL in the 49ersFX never leaving a chance to their opponents. The duel for Silver went in favour of Giulia Conti/Francesca Clapcich ITA first in the Medal Race relegating Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA on rank 3.
Giles Scott GBR is the shining star in the Finn, undefeated for 18 months now ! Ivan Kljakovic CRO and Jake Lilley AUS complete the podium. Caleb Paine USA is on position 9.
Superior also Vittorio Bissarro/Silvia Sicouri ITA in the Nacra 17, winning the Medal Race and taking Gold ahead of Ben Saxton/Nicola Groves GBR and Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA as 2nd and 3rd.
The closest battle went on in the RS:X male windsurfers, where the Olympic Champion Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED saved 2 points of his advantage to have the upper hand on Thomas Goyard FRA and Byron Kokkalanis GRE.
Bryony Shaw GBR was on top of the RS:X female windsurfers during the whole week and premature winner before the Medal Race already ahead of Liliane De Geus NED and Olga Maslivets RUS.
All ranking lists, the final report and the video of the day.
The US Sailing Team as well as the Sailing Canada reports.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Saturday, January 31, 2015
Saturday, January 31, 2015   
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Light winds affected the program of the last Final Series regattas yesterday, and the 470s and 49ers even returned ashore without valid results.
The medal distribution in the 470 men is practically decided before the Medal Race today as Luke Patience/Elliott Willis GBR will hardly loose their 17 points lead on Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS. Barreiros/Curbelo ESP are 13 points behind the Australians, and the only open question is whether they can defend the Bronze medal against Snow-Hansen/Willcox NZL only two points behind. Premature winners are Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL in the 470 women with a solid 19 points lead on Mills/Clarke GBR. Kondo/Yoshioka JPN with a 14 points' deficit on the Brits will concentrate on the defense of their Bronze medal place.
Smashing 50 points is the advantage of Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL after the last three - not so good - races in the 49ersFX yesterday. Silver and Bronze will be decided between Giulia Conti/Francesca Clapcich ITA and Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA separated by one point only. In the 49ers, the duel between Delle-Karth/Resch AUT and Joel Turner/Iain Jensen AUS one point back will attract the attention, and also the fight for Bronze with five teams involved - with Paz/Paz ESP on pole position - will be exciting.
Premature winner is also Giles Scott GBR with a 23 points' lead in the Finns, where only Ivan Kljakovic CRO and one point behind Ioannis Mitakis GRE remain serious contenders for Silver or Bronze, as the previous 2nd Jake Lilley AUS had a desaster day with the ranks 10 and 27 after the two races yesterday, dropping on 4th.
Vittorio Bissarro/Silvia Sicouri ITA, by far best of the day yesterday (ranks 1 and 2) in the Nacra 17, are premature winners as well with a 26 points' lead on Ben Saxton/Nicola Groves GBR 2nd on the way to Silver with an 18 points' lead over the best Bronze contender. Jones/Saunders NZL, Mulder/De Koning NED and Besson/Riou FRA separated by 4 points only will fight for Bronze in the double-points-no-discard Medal Race.
The Olympic Champion Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED extended his lead on Thomas Goyard FRA as best in yesterday's two heats (2 and 7) to 10 points in the RS:X male windsurfers. Byron Kokkalanis GRE on 3rd will endeavour to compensate the 4 points separating him from the Silver medal. Another final winner is Byrony Shaw GBR in the RS:X female windsurfers 33 points ahead of Lilian De Geus NED on a safe place for Silver. 14 and more points behind are Flavia Tartaglini ITA, Hei-Man Hayley HKG and Olga Maslivets RUS fighting for Bronze.
All ranking lists, the daily report and the video of the day.

Five North American teams, all from US Sailing, made it to the Medal Races: Paige Railey 4th Laser Radial, Funk/Burd 8th 49er, Haeger/Provancha 9th 470 women, Caleb Paine 9th Finn, Charlie Buckingham 9th Laser Standard.
Here the overview on the best North American teams by nation, i.e. final results for the non-Medal Race qualifiers:
- 470 men: McNay/Hughes USA 20th, Chaplin/Chaplin CAN 28th, Cervantes/ Belausteguigoitia Mex 42nd (44 participants)
- 470 women: Haeger/Provancha USA 9th, Surrette/tenHofe CAN 28th (30p.)
- 49er: Funk/Burd USA 8th, Brodeur/Inkpen 29th (58 p.)
- 49erFX: Rafuse/Boyd CAN 28th, Henken/Scutt US 29th (40 p.)
- Laser Standard: Charlie Buckingham USA 9th, Tom Ramshaw 28th, Yanic Gentry MEX 87th (107 p)
- Laser Radial: Paige Railey USA 5th, Brenda Bowskill CAN 15th, Elena Oettling MEX 49th (79 p.)
- Finn: Caleb Paine USA 9th, Greg Douglas CAN 17th (40 p.)
- Nacra-17: Ramsay/Girke CAN 17th, Eastone/Pettibone USA 21st (49 p.)
- RS:X men: Zach Plavsic CAN 31st, David Mier y Teran MEX 35th, Carson Craine USA 41st (64 p.)
- RS:X women: Demita Vega d Lille MEX 15th, Marion Lepert USA 16th, Laurence Bonneau CAN 29th (37p)

The US Sailing Team, as well as the Canada Team reports.