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International Sailing – Monday, September 1, 2014
Monday, September 1, 2014   
Yesterday, Eric Monnin SUI and his team finished the traditional Knickerbocker Cup on Manhasset Bay, ISAF Grade 2 event, with a 2-0 victory over Antoine Morvan FRA as undefeated winners. In addition to the prize money, the Swiss team secured a berth at the Bermuda Gold Cup, the next event of the World Match Racing Tour in October. The results and the event website with videos.
Monday, September 1, 2014   (Image © Martina Orsini)
After three perfect sailing days, the wind was gone on the Wittensee near Kiel yesterday, and the Moths remained ashore.
Chris Rast SUI was proclaimed winner with a 3 points lead over the 2nd-ranked Ben Paton GBR, the Swiss' fourth Eurocup victory this year. Nils Akervall SWE finished on the 3rd place, his first appearance on the podium. The Mini-Transat winner Benoît Marie FRA follows on the 9th place as best French. 26 participants from 6 nations are on the ranking list. Here the final report. In three weeks, the 6th and final Act of the Moth Eurocup 2014 will be organised on Lake Garda.
Monday, September 1, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The PWA Slalom Worldcup at Alcati TUR ended yesterday with a last race.
Sara-Quita Offringa NED added another race win and finished the women's competition as outstanding winner ahead of Delphine Cousin FRA and Lena Erdil TUR. The duel between Julien Quentel FRA and Antoine Albeau FRA ended in the qualfiers where both were eliminated, and as a consequence, Quentel realised the first Worldcup win in his career as professional. Pierre Toselli FRA completed the all-French podium.
Reports, ranking lists and video links on the PWA website.
Monday, September 1, 2014   
The announced West wind filled in on time with 8-15 kn yesterday allowing to complete three more races at the Starboat Swiss Championship. Finishing 1/2/1, Hubert Merkelbach/Gerrit Bartel GER lived up to their role as favorite and won the title ahead of Stefan Schneider/Uli Seeberger GER and Ingvar Krook/Christoffer Lundgren SWE. Martin Ingold/Dario Bischof SUI/TYC followed as best Swiss on position 4. The previous leaders Bernhard + Sofie Seger SUI/SVB dropped on rank 5 in the fresher breeze. The results (PDF).
Monday, September 1, 2014   
After only one race on Friday and Saturday, late in the afternoon in a light Joran breeze, the West wind filled in yesterday offering best conditions to complete another three heats by fleet.
In the Lasers Standard, Jean-Pierre Vogtensperger FRA finished on top thanks winning the last race ahead of the tied Robert Ronnbäck SUI and Markus Ochs SUI. 26 Standards from 6 nations participated, among them a NZL boat. French was the winner in the Lasers Radial with Pierrick Amizet FRA with Jeff Loosemore GBR and Didier Weiler FRA completing the podium. 19 Radials from 5 nations.
The event website with ranking lists and reports.
Monday, September 1, 2014   (Image © Florian Lorenz)
The Platu 25 Alpcup Act 4 on Lake Uri remained without racing yesterday, as apparently, the wind did not fill in sufficiently to allow further regattas. Winner after four races are therefore Thomas Laherstorfer AUT and his team ahead of Christian Sutherland GBR and Martin Siegrist SUI. 14 teams from 4 nations participated.
The ranking list (scroll down).
Monday, September 1, 2014   
Four races in a light breeze on Saturday and four heats in a 3-4 bft West wind on Sunday provided for intensive racing for the 470s and Finns on the Lower Lake Constance. Thanks to 4 race wins on Saturday, Mara Bezel/Fiona Müdespacher SVT realised their first 470 Swisscup victory ahead of Christian Sprecher/Jlonca Gosztonyi SCE and Rene Ott/Stephan Ammann SVK. On rank 6 follow the only non-Swiss participants Waleed Al Sharshani/Jassim Alsulaiti QAT ! In the Finns, Piet Eckert ZSC was the clear winner with 5 race wins ahead of Hans Fatzer YCA. The ranking lists.
Monday, September 1, 2014   
The Shark-Eurocup on Lake Thoune ended yesterday with a last race without any influence on the rankings on top. Jürgen Ahlfeldt GER and his team are the winners ahead of Botond Szigethi HUN and Birgit Brantner AUT. The results (PDF).
International Sailing – Sunday, August 31, 2014
Sunday, August 31, 2014   
The Foiler-Moth Eurocup on the Wittensee continued yesterday with four races sailed in a gusty 12 to 18 kn breeze, and won by Chris Rast SUI and Ben Patton GBR. These two Moth pilots will duel for the final victory today. With three wins yesterday, Chris Rast SUI extended his lead on 4 points. 19 points behind Patton GBR follows Nils Akervall SWE on rank 3.
The daily report and the ranking list.
Sunday, August 31, 2014   (Image © Stefano Gattini)
Winning the final race, John Kilroy USA/Paul Goodison GBR/Jeff Reynolds USA made everything clear yesterday winning the Melges 20 World Championship with a 16 points' advantage on Achille Onorato ITA/Malcom Page AUS/Stefano Campialini ITA. Guido Miani MON/Gabriele Benussi ITA/Massimo Gherarducci ITA finished 3rd.
The final report, the ranking list and the video of the day.
Sunday, August 31, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The initial 10 kn breeze was freshening to up to 22 kn at the PWA World Tour Slalom in Turkey. After the races 7 and 8, Sara-Quita Offringa NED is still on a safe leader position in the women's inspite of a defeat against Lena Erdil TUR yesterday. But at the same time, she extended her lead on the 2nd-ranked Delphine Cousin FRA. The fresher breeze was in favor of the World Champion Antoine Albeau FRA, winning a race and advancing on the 2nd place close to the leading Julien Quentel FRA in the men's category. The final victory will be disputed among these two drivers.
Sunday, August 31, 2014   
Eric Monnin SUI, winner of the Knickerbocker-Cup Round Robin, remains undefeated. In the Quarter Final, he eliminated Chris Poole USA 3-0 and in the Semi Final against David Storr USA, he leads 2-0. The second Semi with Pierre-Antoine Morvan FRA and Johnie Berntsson SWE is 0-1 for the moment. Today, the Semi Finals will be concluded and the Finals will be decided to earn not only the price money, but also a berth in the Bermuda Gold Cup, event of the Match Race World Tour. The results and the event website with videos.
Sunday, August 31, 2014   (Image © Rich Roberts)
The 18-footer International Regatta in the San Francisco Bay ended yesterday with 3 races, sailed in a 15 to 22 kn breeze. The duel for victory ended with a one points advantage of Brett van Munster AUS against Howie Hamlin USA. The ranking list and the event website with reports.
Sunday, August 31, 2014   
The Platu 25 Alpcup began yesterday with four races after the windless opening day. With two race wins, the first leader is Thomas Laherstorfer AUT 2 points ahead of Christian Sutherland GBR and Martin Siegrist SUI at equal points on rank 2. 14 teams from 4 nations participate.
The ranking list (scroll down).
Sunday, August 31, 2014   
Good conditions prevailed yesterday on Lake Thoune and 4 races were completed at the Shark-24-Eurocup in Spiez. Jürgen Ahlfeldt GER and his team defended the first position with two race wins. Botond Szigethi HUN on 2nd has a 7 points backlog. New on rank 3 is Birgit Banter AUT with her team. Peter Harsch SUI on rank 17 is the best Swiss. The ranking list (PDF).
International Sailing – Saturday, August 30, 2014
Saturday, August 30, 2014   (Image © Stefano Gattini)
The Melges 20 Worlds on Lake Garda continued yesterday with 3 races sailed in a 12-15 kn Ora. Tomorrow, the last crucial race will be on the program. As best of the day, Achille Onorato ITA/Malcom Page AUS reduced the backlog on the still leading James Kilroy USA/Paul Goodison GBR to 5 points. The title is still within reach for the American in the last heat. As 3rd, already 19 points back, follow Guido Miani MON/Gabriele Benussi ITA, and with a 22 lead on the 4th, the Bronze medal is practically theirs.
The ranking list, the daily report and the video of the day.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
For the first time this season, the Foiler-Moths enjoyed a fresh breeze of 16-22 kn during the first race day of the 5th Eurocup Act on the Wittensee GER, and 5 races could be completed.
Bad luck for the prime favorite Ben Paton GBR, Vice European Champion, who was forced to abandon the first race due to equipment failure. With the ranks 2/1/2/2 afterwards, he clearly demonstrated his potential, but the leader after 5 heats is still the first-ranked in the Annual Tour Classification Chris Rast SUI. Nils Akervall SWE follows as 2nd, Maximilian Maege GER is 3rd among the 28 participants from 6 nations racing in Germany.
The ranking list and the report of the day.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The Slalom Worldcup of the professional windsurfers continued yesterday in Turkey with two runs sailed in the freshest breeze so far of up to 30 kn.
Race winners were in the men Antoine Albeau FRA and Julien Quentel FRA with Quental leading overall ahead of Albeau. In the women's, Sara-Quita Offringa NED was defeated for the first time. Delphine Cousin FRA booked her first win, but in the second heat, Offringa NED was again on top remaining the clear overall leader in front ot Delphine Cousin FRA an. Reports, ranking lists and videos as always on the PWA website.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
Eric Monnin SUI won yesterday the last two Round Robin matches and is the undefeated leader with 9-0 score. Pierre-Antoine Morvan FRA 7-2 and David Storss USA 5-4 follow as 2nd and 3rd. Today, the Quarter Finals are on the program. The event facebook pagee does not inform on the pairings, but numerous videos can be linked in.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
After two relatively moderate days with two races completed by day, the Frisco Bay lived up to its best two days ago with a 30 kn breeze and a strong counter current, making the Bridge-to-Bridge Race open for all wind-driven engins extremely challenging. In addition to the 18-footers, kite- and windsurfers as well as some multihulls were on the entry list. However, only two 18-footers dared to start, but both were forced to abandon after capsizes.
The Foil-Kiters dominated the heat and the World Champion Johnny Heineken USA was the winner after 15 min 1 sec, missing his record from the previous year by over 3 minutes.
The illustrated report with results.
Yesterday, the 18-footer International Regatta continued with two big-breeze races, but only 3 teams were on the starting line. The veteran Howie Hamlin USA and his team won both races reducing the backlog on the interim leader Brett Munster AUS on 4 points. Two races are on the program today, final day of the event.
The ranking list and the report.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
Again very light winds on Lake Constance yesterday, allowing to complete just one race. And again, it were Bernhard and Sofie Seger SVB/RCO winning, and this on the 28-year-old Starboat used by Seger winning the title in 1986 ! Stefan Schneider/Uli Seeberger GER follow 4 points behind, the favorites Hubert Merkelbach/Gerrit Bartel GER are 3rd. Thanks to a 2nd race rank, Roman + Philipp Juchli SUI/YCA advanced on the 4th place.
The ranking list.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
No news from Brunnen/Lake Uri SUI this morning, where the Swiss Championship of the Dolphins and the Alp Cup of the Platu 25s takes place on the occasion of the Windweek. We assume, that the general weather pattern over the Alps prevented the thermal breeze from filling in.
Saturday, August 30, 2014   
Three races were sailed yesterday at the Shark 24 Eurocup Regatta on Lake Thoune. Jürgen Ahlfeld GER and Botond Szigeti HUN with their teams share the lead 3 points ahead of Christian Müller-Uri AUT an rank 3. 19 teams from 4 nations.
The ranking list.
International Sailing – Friday, August 29, 2014
Friday, August 29, 2014   (Image © Stefano Gattini)
Typical Lake Garda conditions with northerly winds in the morning and the thermal Ora in the afternoon allowed the 57 teams of the Melges 20 worlds 2014 another three races. In 10-15 kn James Kilroy USA sailing with Laser Olympic goldmedallist Paul Goodison GBR took over the lead by posting an impressive 2/1/2 series. With an even better score of 1/3/1 Guido Miani MON (tactics Gabriele Benussi ITA) moved up to second, 14 points behind Kilroy USA. On equal points Dario Levi/Niccolo Bianchi ITA are third. The daily report, the rankings and the video of the day.
Friday, August 29, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The Seabreeze started yesterday earlier as expected and three more heats were completed. In the women's race Sara-Quita Offringa NED continued her outstanding performance with three more victories, Delphine Cousin FRA and Lena Erdil TUR are completing the podium so far. In the men's competition Ben Van der Steen NED, Pascal Toselli FRA and Björn Dunkerbeck SUI each won a heat. In the overall rankings Julien Quentel FRA continues to lead ahead of Pascal Toselli FRA and Antoine Albeau FRA. All news and videos on the PWA-website.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
Good wind conditions on the Manhasset Bay almost allowed the ten teams to complete the Round Robin of this years Knickerbocker Cup. 6 to 7 of the 9 Flights of the Round Robin have been sailed. With a clean score of 7-0 victories it's Switzerlands Eric Monnin SUI leading the rankings. On second with a score of 5-1 it's top seeded Pierre-Antoine Morvan FRA who lost his duel against Monnin SUI. The results and the live ticker of the event website.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
In light winds the Swiss Star Championship started on Lake Constance with one single race, the second one had to be cancelled in a dying breeze. Victory went to Whitbread-Roud-the-world veteran Bernhard Seger RCO/SVB - who grabbed the title 28 years ago already ! - who is sailing with his 17-year old daughter Sofie. Beat Hunziker/Vincent Nagelisen SUI/SCH and Stefan Schneider/Uli Seeberger GER completed the podium. The ranking list.
International Sailing – Thursday, August 28, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)
After three rainy days, the sun was back at the Melges 20 World Championship on Lake Garda yesterday, accompanied by a light to moderate Ora breeze around 10-12 kn. Three races were sailed and as expected, the teams from Italy and the USA are on top of the interim's rankings. Alessandro Rombelli ITA (tactics Daniele Cassinari ITA) is first 7 points ahead of John Kilroy USA (with Paul Goodison GBR). 'Men' of the day was Liam Kilroy USA, age 11, with Steve Hunt USA and Stephanie Roble USA, on rank 3, just behind his father.
The ranking list, the daily report and the video of the day.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The seabreeze was late on the second day of the PWA Slalom in Turkey as well, but nevertheless, another Elimination was completed by each gender.
In the women, it was again Sara-Quita Offringa NED who was on top, while in the men, Julien Quentel FRA booked his first win in 2014, as some of the top drivers such as Antoine Albeau FRA or Björn Dunkerbeck SUI missed the qualifcation for the Final. Sara-Quita Offringa NED and Pierre Toselli FRA lead in the interim's rankings. The wind will fill in late also today.
Please find all deteils on the PWA website, inclusive the videos.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The Geneva sailmaker Europ'Sails offers as from today until November 30 up to 25% autumn discount on all sails manufactured in Switzerland. Interesting discounts are also available for the full product line of EuropSails. Here the details.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
Last Sunday, the Fireball UK Nationals at Tenby ended after 10 races sailed. Tom Gillard/Richard Anderton GBR were the clear winners after 7 races. 45 teams participated. The ranking list and the final rankings.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
Today begins the Knickerbocker Cup in the Manhasset Bay, traditionally the Qualification Event for the Congressional Cup, the most important Match Race in the USA. Top in the seedings is Pierre-Antoine Morvan FRA (world nbr 7), second on the list is Eric Monnin SUI (world nbr 11) and his team. Johnie Berntsson SWE or Sam Gilmour AUS are other high-class matchracers on the entry list.
The event website.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The project Hydros is not only active with experimental foiler catamarans in regattas and record attempts, but also in research efforts to find the most energy-efficient boat, a very important initiative considering the energy consumption of today's commercial navigation. A competition open for universities had been launched ending with a comparison of the models on the water. Here the presentation video of the organisers and the video report of the Australian team.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
Today is day one of the Starboat Swiss Championship off Bottighofen/Lake Constance SUI, provided there is enough wind. The late summer weather is not very promising in this respect. 25 teams from 4 nations are present, among them as favorite the European Champions Hubert Merkelbach/Gerrit Bartel GER. The preview.
International Sailing – Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The first Single Elimination of the PWA World Tour Slalom at Alcati TUR was completed on day one already thanks to a well-established 15 kn breeze. In the men's category, Ben Van der Steen BEL won ahead of Pascal Toselli FRA und Antoine Albeau FRA. In the women's, Sara-Quita Offringa NED (Aruba) was the fastest, followed by Lena Erdil TUR and Fulya Ünlü TUR on the ranks 2 and 3. As to the dominators of previous years: Valérie Ghibaudo FRA finished 5th, Karin Jaggi SUI did not compete.
More details on the PWA website.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   (Image © JOY)
Late - around 15 hrs CET - and very light was the Ora wind yesterday because of the overcast sky. The 57 teams left the harbour for a last training, but the Practice Race was cancelled as a thunderstorm was approaching. The wind forecast for the coming days is not very promising. The report of the day.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   (Image © Laurens Morel)
International Sailing – Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014   (Image © Lloyd Images)
Cardiff Bay saved the best for last for the 11-boat Extreme 40 fleet, where 'The Wave - Muscat' (Leigh McMillan GBR), 'Alinghi' (Morgan Larson USA) and 'JP Morgan-BAR Racing' (Ben Aisnlie GBR) battled it out until the bitter end for the top positions, in one of the closest – and most exciting – three-horse fights seen in the Series, which resulted in a three way collision and three consecutive penalties too boot in the final and double points race. (See the video, crash happens after 3 min 30 sec). Inspite of finishing this last race on the last places ('Alinghi' 9th, 'BAR' 10th, 'Wave' 11th), these three teams finished in Cardiff 1 - 2 - 3 overall. In the 2014 Series interim's rankings, 'Alinghi' remains on top but the advance on 'The Wave - Muscat' has melted on 2 points. Third in the annual rankings are Jerôme Clerc SUI/Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI on 'RealTeam' thanks to a 5th place in Cardiff. and a weak result of Dean Barker NZL and his 'Team New Zealand' in Wales.
The report and the rankings.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014   (Image © Max Ranchi)
Today on Lake Garda is day one of the Melges 20 World Championship 2014, a class spreaded widely during the last three years. 57 teams from 11 nations and 3 continents are on the entry list. A number of high-ranked sailors are among the participants such as the Laser 2008 Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR, the multiple Laser and Starboat European Champion Michael Hestbaek DEN, the double 470 Olympic Champion Malcom Page AUS or the past Soling World Champion Bill Hardesty USA. The title will most probably go to a USA or Italian team.
The official preview and the event website.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014   
The Dutch & German 5.5 m Championship was sailed over the past weekend on the Ijsselmeer in a moderate 8 to 15 kn breeze. 15 teams from 4 nations participated, among them almost half (7 teams) from Switzerland. Winning 4 of the 6 races, Flavio Marazzi/Christoph Burger/Jakob Gustavson SUI were the final winners, ahead of Pjetter Field NOR and Arend-Jan Pasman NED. The report of Christoph Burger SUI including the ranking list.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014   (Image © Simon Jenkins)
75 teams from 8 nations participated in the Dart-18 European Championship 2014 in England during the past week. With just a one point's advantage, the winners were Dan Norman/Jenni Donovan GBR ahead of Herve Le Maux/Abbey Jupp FRA, Silver, and Dave + Louise Roberts GBR Bronze.
The final rankings.
International Sailing – Monday, August 25, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014   (Image © Lloyd Images)
After the windy start days, only a light breeze prevailed yesterday over the Cardiff Bay for another five short races. 'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA hardly found the speed in the first three heats, finishing with the backmarkers, and had to leave rank 1 in the interim's rankings to 'The Wave - Muscat' with Leigh McMillan GBR. Their lead before the last races today (including the final double points heat) is 7 points, ... and a fresh breeze around 25 kn has been announced. On rank 3 follows Ben Ainslie GBR with his 'BAR Racing Team'. The second Swiss multihull 'Realstone' with Jerôme Clerc SUI moved up on rank 4.
The rankings and the daily report.
Monday, August 25, 2014   
As to expect considering the weather/wind forecast, their was no stable wind in the Engadine Valley on the last day of the Optimist Swiss Championship on Lake Silvaplana. However, seven perfect races have been sailed during two days. With five wins in his group, Rok Verderber SLO is the superior new Swiss Champion followed by Roko Mohr GER and Valentin Müller GER. The best girl is Gaia Bergonzini ITA on the 8th place, and the best of the category B (U11) is Jason Kefallonitis GRE as 9th. Two Swiss are in the top-10, Nicolas Rolaz SUI/CNM on rank 7 and Joshua Richner SUI/SCM on rank 10.
The final rankings and the report.
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. All ranking lists and the event website.
Monday, August 25, 2014   
The third Act of the German Sailing National League The Yacht Club Berlin-Grünau with Jochen Schümann was the winner two points ahead of the Norddeutsche Regatta Verein NRV with Johannes Polgar 2, who consolidated the lead in the interim's rankings. The Deutsche Touring Yacht Club of Lake Starnberg mit Julian Stückl finished 3rd.
The report and the videos.
Monday, August 25, 2014   
The overcast sky on the final day of the Fireball and Tempest Swiss Championships affected the thermal breeze, and both classes completed therefore only one race in a very light wind, without influence on the top ranks.
In the Fireballs, two Czech teams are on the ranks 1 and 2 with Milan Hajek/Michaela Preibsichova CZE as Swiss Champions and Peter Koran/Milan Kvasnik CZE as 2nd. Regula Baumgartner-Schärer/Stefan Schärer SUI/CVE finished 3rd in the 25 boats' fleet from 4 nations.
Superior Swiss Champions in the Tempests are Cornelia and Ruedi Christen SUI/TYC, 12 points ahead of Mario Suter/Andreas Hochuli SUI/SCH on rank 2. Reto Kunz/Bart Van Weesenbeek SUI/YCSe took Bronze. 19 teams from 4 nations participated.
The event website and a video summury of the local TV Tele1.
International Sailing – Sunday, August 24, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014   (Image © Mark Sauvageot)
The U21 World Championships 2014 of the Olympic Laser Classes ended yesterday with a last race in the Douarnenez FRA Bay. Lorenzo Chiavarini GBR controlled Hermann Tomasgaard NOR, his last opponent in the Lasers Standard and sailed him down to the midfleet, securing the Gold medal with a 3 points advantage. Bronze went to Stefano Peschiera PER. Winner in the U19 ranking was Finn Lynch IRL, moving up on rank 4 in the last race.
Outstanding winner in the Lasers Radial was Agata Barwinska POL with a 33 points lead over Daphne Van der Vaart NED ! The Bronze medal went to Martina Reina ESP, at the same time winner of the U19-rankings.
All ranking lists and the event facebook pages.
Sunday, August 24, 2014   
A weather change with rain brought enough wind yesterday for the final races at the Youth Sailing Olympics in Nanjing CHN.
No changes concerning the medal ranks except the Byte Girls: Bernie Chin SIN won in the Byte-Boys ahead of Pedro-Luis Marcondes BRA and Rodolfo Pires POR. Samantha JingYi Yom SIN took Gold in the Byte-Girls ahead of Odile Van Aanholt NED and Jarian Brandes PER.
In the Techno male windsurfers, Maxim Tokarev RUS is first ahead of Francisco Saubidet ARG and Lars Van Sommeren NED. Gold in the Techno female windsurfers goes to Linli Wu CHN with Mariam Sekhposyan RUS and Lucie Pianazza FRA completing the podium with Silver and Bronze.
All ranking lists and the event website.
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.
Sunday, August 24, 2014   
The Optimist Team Racing European Championship ended yesterday on Lake Ledro ITA above Lake Garda with light wind races. Loosing only twice in 14 duels, the Team Turkey is the outstanding winner ahead of the closely fighting Team Spain, Silver medal, and Poland, Bronze medal. The final report.
Sunday, August 24, 2014   
The EUROSAF European Youth Sailing Championship ended yesterday with the Medal Race of the 8 best-ranked by class. Winners in the 29ers were Daniel Blight/Rowan Edwards GBR ahead of Tomas and Mads Mathisen NOR. Bronze went to Mimi El Khazindar/Emma Loveridge GBR. Winning the Medal Race of the 420 Girls, Ewa Romaniuk/Katarzyna Goralska POL won Gold on the last day ahead of Laura Izzo/Maria Ianzillo ITA and Maria Vittoria Marchesini/Alice Linussi ITA. Leader change also in the 420 Boys with Matteo Pinchrie/Ludovico Basharzad ITA were overtaken by the winners of the Medal Race James Clemetson/Daniel Whitely GBR. Bronze went to Mattia Penigoni/Riccardo Mirra ITA. Hanna Anderssohn GER was first in the Lasers Radial Girls, Sebastian Kalafarski POL took Gold in the Lasers Radial Boys. The windsurfing winners were Emma Wilson GBR in the Girls and Radoslav Furmanski POL in the Boys.
All ranking lists and the final report.
Sunday, August 24, 2014   (Image © JOY)
The Melges 20 US Nationals ended yesterday with two races sailed in a 12-15 kn seabreeze. Cesar Gomes Neto/Andre Fonseca BRA are the Champions ahead of Drew Weirda/Scott Nixon USA. The report and the final rankings.
Sunday, August 24, 2014   
The Maloja wind in the Engadine valley has taken a rest yesterday, and no racing was possible. The wind forecast for the final races today is not very promising either.
After 7 races sailed, Rok Verderber SLO leads ahead of Roko Mohr GER and Valentin Müller GER. The best Swiss Nicolas Rolaz SUI is only 4 points behind rank 2.
The ranking list and the event website.
Sunday, August 24, 2014   
Moderate to fresh winds of 14 to 18 kn created much action on the second day of the Extreme Sailing Series. Eleven short races were sailed on the narrow, partly only 300 meter wide, race course.
'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA and Anna Tunnicliffe USA (read her - as alway - very explicit report) came back on top of the rankings ahead of 'The Wave - Muscat' with Leigh McMillan GBR on rank 2. 'BAR Racing' with Ben Ainslie GBR is down on rank 3.
The report, the ranking list and the Videos.
Sunday, August 24, 2014   
Six races have been sailed so far at the Tempest and Fireball Swiss Championships on Lake Uri.
With 5 race wins, Cornelia and Ruedi Christen TYC are clearly heading for another title, as Mario Suter/Andreas Hochuli SCH on rank 2 are already 11 points behind. In the Fireballs, there will be a Czech duel for the title with Milan Hajek/Michaela Preibischova CZE one points ahead of Peter Koran/Milan Kvasnik CZE. Regula Baumgartner/Stefan Schär SUI on 3rd are already 12 points back.
All ranking lists and the event facebook pages.
Sunday, August 24, 2014   (Image © M2 Speed Tour)
A new event has been added to the M2-Catamaran Speedtour 2014, the Perroy Cup with a special format, i.e. short races and a speed contest. The good conditions allows to complete two races yesterday, both won by 'Gust' of Olivier Schenker. Bjorn Rizzi SUI and Claude Berger SUI follow on the ranks 2 and 3. Winner in the afternoon speed runs was 'Celsius Pro'. The event website.
International Sailing – Saturday, August 23, 2014
Saturday, August 23, 2014   (Image © Christophe Favreau)
The 5o5 World Championship 2014 ended yesterday in Kiel with a last race, sailed in a 20 kn breeze and won by Mike Holt/Rob Woelfel USA after a tight duel with Peter Nicholas/Luke Payne AUS. With this victory, the USA team defended the first place and earned the 5o5 World Champion's title in front of the Australian advancing on rank 2. Wolfgang Hunger/Julien Kleiner GER finished 3rd yesterday and take the Bronze medal.
The report and the final rankings.
Saturday, August 23, 2014   
The moderate conditions stayed on at the Laser U21 Worlds in Douarnenez FRA and the situation for the men's title remains open before the last two races today, while the women's title has already been decided.
Hermann Tomasgaard NOR and Lorenzo Chiavarini GBR lead in the Lasers Standard at equal points. Stefano Peschiera PER, 8 points behind, as well as Michele Benamati ITA, are also fighting for a medal. Joel Rodriguez ESP on the 5th place leads in the U19-classification.
The new Laser-Radial-U21-World Champion before the last two races already is Agata Barwinska POL. Her advance on Daphne Van der Vaart NED is 29 points. New on rank 3 is Martha Faraguna ITA. Marina Reino ESP on rank 5 leads in the U-19 classification ahead of Marie Barrué FRA on rank 10 as second-U19.
All ranking lists and the event facebook page.
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.
Saturday, August 23, 2014   (Image © ISAF)
No breeze on Lake Jinniu near Nanjing yesterday and the the Medals at the Youth Sailing Olympics have to be decided in the last race of today, provided their will be enough wind. If not, there is still a spare day on Sunday.
After seven races sailed, Bernie Chin SIN leads in the Byte Boys 4 points ahead of Pedro-Luis Macondes BRA and another 3 points on Rodolfo Pires POR on rank 3. Also 4 points is the lead of Odile Van Aanholt NED in the Byte Girls, where only Samantha Jing Yi SIN still has a chance to replace her on top. Carolina Albano ITA is already 23 points back.
In the Techno Boys windsurfers, Maxim Tokarev RUS has only one point on Francisco Saubiodet ARG, but also Lars Van Someren NED on 3rd with a 3 points' backlog is still in the race for Gold. Leader in the Techno Girls windsurfers is Linli Wu CHN ahead of Mariam Sekhposyan RUS and Lucie Pianazza FRA folgen at equal points on rank 2.
All results and the report of the day.
Saturday, August 23, 2014   (Image © DR)
A passing rain front delayed racing on the first Final Series' day of the Optimist Team R, and only late in the afternoon, the competition continued with some light wind races. The Turkish team was again outstanding winning all three heats, as did the Spanish team moving up on rank 2 overall.
The Gold-Group (League C) results and the daily report with all other results.
Saturday, August 23, 2014   (Image © Lloyd Images)
Act 5 of the Extreme Sailing Series began yesterday in Cardiff GBR with nine 10-minutes' short races. 'JP Morgan - BAR' with Ben Ainslie GBR is the first leader 8 points ahead of the 'SAP Sailing Team' with Jes Gram Hansen DEN. Third is 'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA closely followed by 'The Wave - Muscat' with Leigh McMillan GBR, duelling for the overall Tour lead. The Swiss 'RealTeam' with Jerôme Clerc SUI follows on rank 5. The report and the ranking list.
Saturday, August 23, 2014   (Image © H.J. Weimer)
Again a splendig Maloja wind day yesterday and the Swiss Optimist Championship continued with 4 races. Winning three heats in his group, Rok Verderber SLO took the overall lead 10 points ahead of Roko Mohr GER and Valentin Müller GER at equal points on the ranks 2 and 3. The best Swiss Nicolas Rolaz SUI descended on rank 7, followed by the best girl Gaia Bergonzini ITA.
The ranking list and the short report.
Saturday, August 23, 2014   (Image © DR / EUROSAF)
The wind was for the first time somewhat lighter - around 10 kn - at the EUROSAF Youth Sailing Championships in Poland. Leaders before the last races today are Daniel Blight/Rowan Edwards GBR in the 29ers, Laura Izzo/Maria Ianzillo ITA and Ewa Romaniuk/Katarzyna Goralska POL at equal points in the 420 girls as well as Matteo Pinchrle/Ludovico Basharzad ITA and James Clemetson/Daniel Whiteley GBR tied with 28 points each in the 420 Boys, just one point ahead of Mattia Panigoni/Riccardo Mirra ITA. Hannah Andersohn GER leads in the Radial Girls and Sebastian Kalafarski POL is the best Radial Boy. Emma Wilson GBR an Radoslav Furmanski POL are on top in the windsurfsr.
All ranking lists and tne report of the day.
Saturday, August 23, 2014   
No news this morning from Lake Uri, where the Tempests and Fireballs sail their Swiss Championships. Leaders after the first day with three races are Cornelia and Ruedi Christen TYC in the Tempests, and Regula Baumgartner/ ? CVE in the Fireballs.
The results and the event website.
Saturday, August 23, 2014   (Image © JOY)
Shifty light winds made sailing challenging at the Melges 20 US Nationals in Newport RI. Three races were sailed and finishing three times on rank 2, Cesar Gomes BRA and his team have taken the lead ahead of Drew Wierda USA.
The ranking list and the report of the day.
International Sailing – Friday, August 22, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014   (Image © Christophe Favreau)
Moderate conditions prevailed yesterday with a 10-15 kn breeze, enhanced with rainy squalls. Two more races were sailed at the 5o5 Worlds, making the situation before the last race today very exciting, as the gaps between the boats have been reduced.
Mike Holt/Rob Woelfel USA lead 2 points ahead of Andy Smith/Tim Needham GBR and 5 points on Peter Nicholas/Luke Payne AUS, the winners of yesterday's first race. Still chances for a medal have Hunger/Kleiner GER, Pinnell/Shelton GBR and Böhm/Roos GER on the ranks 4 to 6.
The ranking list and the event website with the video of the day.
Friday, August 22, 2014   (Image © DR)
Moderate 10 kn conditions prevailed also yesterday off Douarnenez at the French Atlantic Coast, and both classes sailed the planned two races each.
Agata Barwinska POL keeps the first place in the Lasers Radial extending her lead on Daphne Van der Vaart NED to 18 points. Martina Reina ESP was the best of the day and regained the 3rd place overall. She is also on top of the U19 Girls.
No changes on the podium in the Lasers Standard: Hermann Tomasgaard NOR leads with just one point ahead of Lorenzo Chiavarini GBR. Stefano Peschiera PER remains on the 3rd position. Joel Rodriguez ESP follows as best U19 sailor on rank 4 overall.
All ranking lists and the event facebook page.
Friday, August 22, 2014   (Image © ISAF)
After three days with light to very light winds, Lake Jinniu was plagued with little to no wind yesterday at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games with no racing possible. After 6 races completed so far, Linli Wu CHN is first in the Techno female windsurfers, Maxime Tokarev RUS in the Techno male windsurfer, Odile Van Aanholt NED in the female Bytes and Bernie Chin SIN in the male Bytes. Racing continues today Friday and concludes Saturday. All ranking lists and the report of the day.
Friday, August 22, 2014   (Image © Onur Cam)
The Qualification Series at the Kiteboarding Course Race Worlds in Southern Turkey mostly sailed in light winds was concluded yesterday. The leaders so far, Florian Gruber GER and Ricardo Lecchese ITA, terminated the heats partly with mid-fleet ranks, leaving rank 1 to Oliver Bridge GBR 5 points ahead of Maxime Nocher FRA. No change in the women's fleet, where Steph Bridge GBR leads ahead of Erika Heineken USA. See the video summery covering the first three days of the event. The event website.
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. 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. 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.
All ranking lists and the event website.
Friday, August 22, 2014   
The EUROSAF European Youth Sailing Championship continued yesterday in windy 16 to 22 kn conditions. Here all ranking lists and the report of the day.
Friday, August 22, 2014   
On the backside of the rain front passing the Lake Garda region, the weather normalized yesterday and there was enough wind on Lake Ledro to conclude the Qualification races.
Turkey leads with a 13-2 w/l score ahead of Poland (11-4) and Spanien (10-5). The best eight teams start to the Final series today. The remaining 8 national teams race for the ranks 9 to 16.
The results and the report.
Friday, August 22, 2014   (Image © H.Weimer)
Surprisingly favorable Maloja wind conditions prevailed yesterday on Lake Silvaplana at ths Swiss Optimist Championship. Split in three groups, the 199 participants sailed 3 races. Nicoals Rolaz SUI/CNM succeeded to control the strong international competitors leading with a 3-points advance on Roko Mohr GER, at the same time best of the B-category (U11). Gaia Bergonzini ITA on position 3 is the best girl. Also among the top-10 are Morgan Lauber SUI/CNM and Joshua Richner SUI/SCM on the ranks 9 and 10.
The ranking list and the short report.
International Sailing – Thursday, August 21, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014   (Image © Christophe Favreau)
Sailable 15-20 kn was the breeze on the Kiel Bay, but some rainy squalls above 25 kn brought again many of the 170 teams in difficulties. Finishing 6th and 1st, Mike Holt/Rob Woelfel USA are the new leaders ahead of Andy Smith/Tim Needham GBR. Stefan Böhm/Gerald Roos GER follow on rank 3. Best of the day (ranks 3/3) were the defending champions Hunger/Kleiner GER, advancing on rank 4 overall. Ueli Marti/Res Schürch SUI, the best Swiss, follow on rank 29 just in front of Cedric Bart/René Betschen SUI.
The ranking list, the report of the day and the video of the day. Today's races can again be followed live on the Internet.
Thursday, August 21, 2014   (Image © DR)
After some waiting, the breeze filled in and each fleet sailed two races in an 8 kn wind during the afternoon. Yesterday's results allowed to discard the worst race and some modifications in the rankings occurred.
Hermann Tomasgaard NOR - best of the day with the ranks 1 and 2 in his group - took the lead in the Lasers Standard ahead of Lorenzo Chiavarini GBR at equal points. Stefano Peschiera PER remains on 3rd. Joel Rodriguez ESP, best U19 helmsman, follows on the 5th place.
Agata Barwinska POL, ranks 1 and 3, was the best yesterday too in the Lasers Radial and extended her lead on Daphne Van der Vaart NED to 12 points. Ecem Güsel TUR new on 3rd is already 30 points back. Martina Reino ESP, best U19 helmswoman is on the 4th place.
All ranking lists and the event facebook page.
Thursday, August 21, 2014   (Image © Onur Cam)
The Kiteboarding Course Race Worlds continued yesterday with 4 races sailed in a somewhat lighter breeze as on day one. The Bridge-Family ruled the show with Steph Bridge GBR keeping her first place in the women's ahead in the of the defending champion Erika Heineken USA by a small margin, and her son Olver Bridge GBR, age 17, taking the lead in front of defending champion Florian Gruber GER at equal points. Ricardo Leccchese ITA remained on rank 3.
All ranking lists and the daily report.
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. 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. Helena Lucas GBR moved on top of the 2.4m yachts, in front of Kevin Cantin FRA and Brett Willcock NZL. 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.
Thursday, August 21, 2014   (Image © ISAF)
On the 'windiest' day so far, roughly 8 kn, all fleets sailed three races on Lake Jinniu near Nanjing CHN. Considering the discard result, some changes happened in the overall rankings.
Bernie Chin SIN replaced Pedro-Luis Marcondes BRA on top of the Byte Boys. Rodolfo Pires POR follows on rank 3.
Odile Van Aanholt NED defended her first place in the Byte Girls, but Samantha YingJi SIN reduced her backlog. New on rank 3 follows Carolina Albano ITA.
The new leader in the Techno Boys' windsurfers is Maxim Tokarev RUS, just one point ahead of Francisco Saubidet ARG. Lars van Someren NED remains 3rd.
Linli Wu CHN took the lead in the Techno Girls' windsurfers much applauded by the - as on the previous days - many spectators. Mariam Sekhposyan RUS and Lucie Pianizza FRA are at equal points on the ranks 2 and 3.
All ranking lists and the report of the day.
According to the program, today should be the lay day, but considering the postponements on the previous days, racing goes on .. again in very light winds as predicted. The news.
Thursday, August 21, 2014   (Image © DR)
The Optimist Swiss Championship 2014 will start racing today, provided the wind conditions are satisfactory inspite of the bad weather killing the thermal breeze. Among the 205 participants from 14 nations are sailors from the Bermudas and India. The event website.
Thursday, August 21, 2014   
The Optimist Team Racing European Championship 2014 began yesterday on Lake Ledre above Lake Garda after some waiting. 8 flights (4 races by team) were sailed by the 16 national representatives split in two groups. Leading after day one with a 4-0 w/l score are France and Turkey. Poland and the defending champion Spain follow with a 3-1 w/l score.
The results and the report.
Thursday, August 21, 2014   (Image © Marek Wilku Wilczeck)
And another Youth Championship ......... Initiated by EUROSAF, the European Continental Federation, the inaugural European Youth Sailing Championship began yesterday in Poland with excellent sailing conditions, i.e. sun and a 14 kn breeze. All classes sailed two races.
Leaders in the 420 Girls are Laura Izzo Maria/Giovanna Lanzillo ITA, followed by Leonie Eichhorst/Tatjana Hoesch GER. Italian is the first place in the 420 Boys as well with Matteo Pincherle/Ludovico Basharzad ITA.
First in the Lasers Radial are Sebastian Kalafarski POL with the Boys and Hannah Andersohn GER with the Girls.
Emma Wilson GBR and Radoslav Furmanski POL are on top of the RS:X windsurfers, in the 29er, Daniel Blight/Rowan Edwards GBR are first.
With 10-15 starter by class, the fleets are disappointingly small. Isn't the number of Championships an overkill ! All ranking lists and the daily report.