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Disabled Sailing – Thursday, November 6, 2014
Thursday, November 6, 2014   (Image © ISAF)
The deliberations in the ISAF Committees continued yesterday to work out recommendations on behalf of the ISAF Council, the Parliament representing the Member Nations and Classes, who will decide on Friday and Saturday. Some of the propositions: the Nacra 15 catamaran shall replace the SL16-cat as Youth cat. Details on the ISAF Worldcup Final in Abi Dhabi have been discussed and the entry lists presented. The ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship 2015 at Langkawi MAS has been reviewed.
All details about the Conference have been posted on the Live-Blog, that will be continuously updated during the sessions.
Disabled Sailing – Saturday, October 4, 2014
Saturday, October 4, 2014   
The 2.4 mIJ Worlds in Toronto CAN were terminated yesterday with two races. The leader Stellan Berlin SWE reopened the suspense right from the start of the first heat with a premature start disqualification. But winning the last race, he made everything clear and defended his World Champion title from the previous year. Björnar Erikstad NOR on rank 2 follows 5 points behind. Helena Lucas GBR earns Bronze.
The ranking list and the short reports.
Disabled Sailing – Friday, October 3, 2014
Friday, October 3, 2014   
Again moderate winds around 10 kn and choppy waves prevailed again off Toronto at the 2.4 mIJ Open World Championship, allowing to complete three heats. After discarding the worst result, the new leader is Stellan Berlin SWE, scatching his premature disqualification from day 1. As best of the day, Helena Lucas GBR, day ranks 2/2/1, advanced on rank 2 ahead of Björnar Erikstad NOR as 3rd. Today, last day of the competition, two more races are on the program.
The ranking list and the short reports.
Disabled Sailing – Thursday, October 2, 2014
Thursday, October 2, 2014   
Light winds from the East between 7 and 10 kn prevailed on a foggy grey Wednesday, making the lake very choppy. Three races were sailed and with the ranks 3/1/1, Stellan Berlin SWE was the best of the day and advanced on the 10th place, including the disqualifcation in race 2. Once the discard comes into effect, he will be on top of the overall rankings, occupied for the moment by Megan Pascoe GBR, consistently among the best with the ranks 1/2/9 yesterday. Björnar Erikstad NOR and Allen Leibel CAN follow on the ranks 2 and 3.
The ranking list and the short reports.
Disabled Sailing – Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Wednesday, October 1, 2014   
After the Paralympic IFDS World Championship (the 2.4 mIJ is the one-person-keelboat of the disabled), the Open 2.4 mIJ Open Worlds (open for everybody) began yesterday in Toronto CAN. Two races were sailed in an 8-10 kn breeze, and as in previous years, the best Paralympic sailors are challenged above all by Scandinavian participants.
Winners of the two races were Megan Pascoe GBR and Niko Salomaa FIN, as Stellan Berlin SWE crossing the line as first in race 2 was disqualified. Overall leader is Niko Salomaa FIN ahead of Megan Pascoe GBR and Paul Tingley CAN. 35 boats from 6 nations participate.
The ranking list, the short reports and the event website.
Disabled Sailing – Monday, August 25, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014   (Image © Tim Wilkes)
The light wind on the final day allowed only a race for the 2.4m and the Skud-18. The race of the Sonars had to be abandoned. Here the results: Bruno Jourdren/Nicolas Vimont-Vicary/Eric Flageul FRA wins in the Sonars, another title for the Frenchman. Silver and Bronze went to Paul Tingley CAN and Colin Harrison USA with their teams. The tightly leading trio in the 2.4m finished the last race in the middle of the fleet, and Heiko Kröger GER succeeded to defend his first place. Helena Lucas GBR advanced on rank 2, Séguin FRA won the Bronze medal. In the Skud-18, Alexandra Rickham/Niki Birrell GBR needed a race win to overtake the leading Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tesch AUS, but finishing 'only' second, they remain second overall at equal points with the new World Champions. Marco Gualandris/Marta Zanetti ITA won Bronze.
The ranks 1 to 6 qualify the nations for the Paralympics 2016 in Rio. The USA teams have qualified in the 2.4mR and SKUD-18 classes. CAN has achieved their overall goal by securing berths in all three classes. All ranking lists and the event website.
Disabled Sailing – Sunday, August 24, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014   
Good sailing conditions yesterday allowed an intensive program with three races for the 2.4m and Skud-18s, while the sonars completed two heats.
The situation in the 2.4m before the last races is exciting with Heiko Kröger GER on top, but the day's best Damien Séguin FRA has joined him. Only 2 points behind follows Helena Lucas GBR. In the Skud-18, the title will be decided in a duel between Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tesch AUS and Alexandra Rickham/Niki Birrell GBR 3 points behind. Unchallenged on rank 3 are Marco Gualandris/Marta Zanetti ITA. New leaders in the Sonars are Bruno Jourdren/Nicolas Vimont-Vicary/Eric Flageul FRA, 3 points ahead of Paul Tingley CAN and his team. Colin Harrison AUS advanced on rank 3.
All ranking lists and the event facebook pages.
Disabled Sailing – Saturday, August 23, 2014
Saturday, August 23, 2014   
The wind was very light yesterday at Halifax CAN and only the Skud-18 finished one race. Winning this heat, Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tesch AUS climbed on top of the overall rankings one point ahead of Alexandra Rickham/Niki Birrell GBR. With a small 2 points' deficite on the leaders, Marco Gualandris/Marta Zanetti ITA are still in the race for the title. 8 points is the advance of Heiko Kröger GER on Damien Séguin FRA in the 2.4m. In the Sonars, Tingley/Lutes/Campbell CAN are 4 points in front of Jourdren/Vimont-Vicary/Flageul FRA.
All ranking lists and the event website.
Disabled Sailing – Friday, August 22, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014   (Image © Tim Wilkes)
Late and very light was the seabreeze yesterday allowing each class to complete only one race.
Heiko Kröger GER jumped on rank 1 in the 2.4m yesterday with a 3rd place and the discarded result. Damien Séguin FRA and Megan Pascoe GBR discarded their premature starts from day one as well and moved up on the positions 2 and 3 overall. John Ruf USA is 6th, Bruce Millar CAN 11th. Leader change in the Skud-18 too with Alexandra Rickham/Niki Birrell GBR taking the first place with a race win. Marco Gualandris/Marta Zanetti ITA follow 2 points behind. Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tesch AUS stay on rank 3. John McRoberts CAN and this team are 4th, Ryan Porteous USA 6th. Paul Tingley CAN and his team defended their first place in the Sonars. Bruno Jourdren FRA advanced on the 2nd place thanks to the discarded result. John Robertson GBR is now 3rd. Rick Doerr USA and his team are now 6th.
All ranking lists and the event website.
Disabled Sailing – Thursday, August 21, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014   (Image © Tim Wilkes)
The Paralympic World Championship continued yesterday with two races for all three classes. Much applauded by the local public, Paul Tingley CAN, Scott Lutes CAN and Logan Campbell CAN moved on top of the Sonars ahead of John Robertson GBR and Colin Harrison AUS with their teams. Rick Doerr USA and his team are 4th. Marco Gualandris/Marta Zanetti ITA are now alone on the first place of the Skud 18, but Alexandra Rickham/Niki Birrell GBR and Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tesch AUS are only one point behind. John McRoberts CAN and this team are 4th, Ryan Porteous USA 6th. Helena Lucas GBR moved on top of the 2.4m yachts, in front of Kevin Cantin FRA and Brett Willcock NZL. John Ruf USA is 4th, Bruce Millar CAN 6th. Heiko Kröger GER dropped on rank 10 after a premature start, but - winning race 2 of the day - he will be back in the race for the title as soon as the worst result will be discarded.
All ranking lists and the videos.
Disabled Sailing – Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   (Image © Tim Wilkes)
The IFDS World Championship 2014 began yesterday with 2 races for each of the three Paralympic classes. Heiko Kröger GER is on top of the 2.4m with the day ranks 1 and 3, two points ahead of Kevin Cantin FRA. Helena Lucas GBR is 3rd. Bruce Millar CAN is 4th, John Ruf USA 8th. Shared leaders in the Skud-18 are Marco Gualandris/Marta Zanetti ITA and Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tesch AUS at equal points. John McRoberts CAN and this team are 4th, Ryan Porteous USA 6th. John Robertson AUS and his team won both heats of theSonars, setting quite a distance to the 2nd-ranked Paul Tingley CAN. John Doerr USA ist 3rd.
All ranking lists, the report and video of the day, taken from a drone (a 'drownie').
Disabled Sailing – Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   (Image © Tim Wilkes)
Today begins the World Championship of the three Paralympic Classes 2.4m, Skud-18 and Sonar in Halifax CAN with strong USA and CAN delegations in all three events.
The largest fleet are the one-person-keelboats - the 2.4m - with 48 participants from 29 nations. The English women Megan Pascoe GBR and Helena Lucas GBR, dominators of this season, encounter the Paralympic Champion Damien Séguin FRA, and also Germany's Heiko Kröger GER is one of the favorites. In the two-person-keelboat - the Skud-18 - 26 teams from 10 nations are present. The undisputed favorites are Alexandra Rickham/Niki Birrell GBR. 18 teams from 14 nations participate on three-person-keelboats - the Sonars. Bruno Jourdren FRA, John Robertson GBR or Aleksander Wang-Hansen NOR are the most cited contenders for a Medal.
The entry list, the event website and the event facebook page with the report on the opening ceremony.