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International Sailing – Saturday, April 25, 2015
Saturday, April 25, 2015   
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Moderate winds of up to 10 kn provided for another light-wind day yesterday.
Inspite of a failed race (rank 23), Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO extended their lead in the 470 men on 11 points. Zandona/Trani ITA remain 2nd, but new on rank 3 are now Xammar/Herp ESP. Leader change in the 470 women where Fernanda Oliveira/Ana-Luiza Barbachan BRA moved up on rank 1 thanks to a race win, closely followed by Haeger/Provancha USA. The best of the day (2/4) Camille Lecointre/Hélène Defrance FRA advanced on rank 3.
Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL are a class of their own in the 49ers, as their advantage after 9 races is already 37 points. Warrer/Thomsen DEN and Outteridge/Jensen AUS keep the ranks 2 and 3. The best of the day (1/13/2) Heil/Plössel GER moved up on rank 5. A solid lead also in the 49ersFX, where Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgaard DEN extended their advantage on 17 points. The day's best Lisa Ericsson/Hannah Klinga SWE with two race wins progressed on the 2nd place. Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA are now 3rd.
Giles Scott GBR is on the way to another victory in the Finns, as his last persuer Ed Wright GBR is now 14 points back. The 3rd-ranked Ivan Klijakovic CRO has already a backlog of 32 points.
The Nacra 17 sailed only one race and the first-placed Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA defended their position with a 12 points advantage on Lin Ea Cenholt/Christian Lübeck DEN 2nd. The best of the day Mandy Mulder/Coen De Koning NED moved up on rank 3.
Pierre Le Coq FRA (1 and 3) is first in the RS:X male windsurfers, closely followed by Nimrod Mashiah ISR and Julien Bontemps FRA. Lilian de Geus NED firmly leads in the RS:X female windsurfers, where - thanks to the light wind - the Chinese Jahui Wu CHN and Victoria Chan HKG are again the first chasers.
All ranking lists, the report of the day and two video interviews with the skiff giants Outteridge/Jensen AUS and Grael/Kunze BRA.
Saturday, April 25, 2015   
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Despite the light winds around 10 kn yesterday, Tom Burton AUS defended his lead in the Lasers Standard, but Tonci Stipanovic CRO reduced the backlog on 5 points. The World Champion Nicholas Heiner NED on 3rd has also still a hand on the first place. Two races are left today to select the 10 best for tomorrow's Medal Race.
Evi Van Acker BEL is now the sole leader in the Lasers Radial six points ahead of Anne-Marie Rindom DEN on 2nd. Gintare Scheidt LTU remains on 3rd (and is ahead compared to her husband Robert Scheidt BRA on 5th in the Standards). Marit Bouwmester NED, day ranks 1 and 5, was shining for the first time at this event and progressed on position 8 overall. Alison Young GBR is at present on rank 10, the cut for the Medal Race, and today's two races will be crucial. Light winds have been forecast for today as well. The races can again be followed live on the Internet.
All ranking lists and the daily report.
Saturday, April 25, 2015   
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The light winds gave again adavantage to the specialists in the Swiss team, above all Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI, moving up on rank 7 overall wit the day ranks 1 and 9 as second-best team in the 470 women. Light winds will reign again today and the chances to defend the Medal Race place are good with an advantage of 11 points on rank 11.
Also on a Medal Race course is Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI in the RS:X male windsurfers. With the ranks 3/5/10, he was among the best yesterday, moving up on rank 10 overall. His advance on Przemyslav Miarczynski POL is 5 points, and in the light breeze today, he has good chances to remain within the top-10 qualifying for the Medal Race on Sunday.
No improvement by Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI in the 470 men. Admittedly, they finished the first race on rank 18, corresponding to their light wind performance, but second heat was again frustrating with rank 31.
The Nacra 17 completed only one race, but the 20th place, Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI did not help in the overall rankings. As 15th with a 22 points deficit to rank 10, their objective to reach the top-10 is very ambitious.
All ranking lists and the daily report. Racing can again be followed as from 10 a.m. UTC live on the Internet.
Saturday, April 25, 2015   
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The 420 CIMA continued yesterday in light winds at Bandol FRA with three races sailed in a Gold- and Silverfleet.
Maxime Pedron/Eliott Michal FRA remain first, but the best of the day Marina Lefort/Lara Grenier FRA reduced their backlog on 6 points. Arnaud Herail/Paco Lepoutre FRA are new on rank 3.
The ranking list, the video of the day and the event website.
Saturday, April 25, 2015   
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Light and very shifty winds made the day very challenging for the 4 teams on their foiling GC32 catamarans, and only 3 of the 6 planned races could be completed. Chris Draper GBR, steering the cat of the Marazzi-Sailing-Teams, defended the lead, but 'Spindrift', best of the day with Yann Guichard FRA, reduced the gap on rank 1. 'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA at the helm follows on rank 3.
The ranking list and the report of the day.
Saturday, April 25, 2015   
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Top Lake Garda conditions with an up to 25 kn Ora breeze prevailed on the Italian pre-alpine lake during the past days and the 13 teams from 4 nations completed daily 3 races. Mark Holowesko BAH and Gavin McKinney BAH share the lead, while Rolf Kellenberger SUI, first after day one, follows 3 points behind on rank 3.
The ranking list.
International Sailing – Friday, April 24, 2015
Friday, April 24, 2015   (Image © Franck Socha)
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The breeze filled in with up to 5 bft on sunny Hyères Bay, ... dream conditions for the 3rd Act of the ISAF Olympic Classes Worldcup. The favorites progressed in all classes, mostly compensating for some weak results from day 1.
Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO have taken the lead in the 470 men ahead of Zandona/Trani ITA still 2nd and new, as best of the day, ranks 1 and 4, Luke Patience/Eliott Willis GBR on 3rd. Gerz/Szymanski GER dropped on rank 4. Hannah Mills/Saskia Clarke GBR moved up on rank 1 thanks to a race win in the 470 women, at equal points with Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA and Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL.
The NZL vs AUS duel in the 49ers has defintely tilted towards the Kiwis Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL with a brilliant 1/1/2 day. Jonas Warrer/Anders Thomsen DEN follow on rank 2, while the Olympic Champions Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen AUS descended on rank 3 ... the lack of skiff training becomes evident with this team active on all kind of boats. New on top of the 49erFX are Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgaard DEN ahead of the best of the day Tamara Echegoyen/Berta Betanzos ESP new on 2nd.
Giles Scott GBR, undefeated for two years, has taken the command in the Finns, ahead of Ed Wright GBR and Pieter-Jan Postma NED.
Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA, the dominators of the Nacra 17 have taken the lead yesterday, followed by Lin Cenholt/Peter Lübeck DEN 2nd and Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS 3rd.
With Piotr Myszka POL ahead of Nimrod Mashiah ISR and Prszemyslav Myarczinski POL, the well-known RS:X male windsurfers did move on the top positions. In the RS:X women, it is the newcomer of the year Lilian de Geus NED who is clearly in front of Isobel Hamilton GBR. Woman of the day was Maja Dziarnowska POL, winner of all three heats, and moving up on rank 4 after her disastrous first day (ranks 29/28).
All ranking lists and the report of the day.
Friday, April 24, 2015   (Image © Franck Socha)
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Sun and a fresh up to 20 kn breeze prevailed on the second day of the Hyères Olympic Classes Worldcup.
No wonder, that in these conditions, the top Laser Standard sailors took control, and the leading top quartet consists now of Tom Burton AUS first ahead of Nicholas Heiner NED 2nd, Tonci Stipanovic CRO 3rd and Robert Scheidt BRA 4th.
In the Radials, the first place is shared by Anne-Marie Rindom DEN and Evi Van Acker BEL, with Gintare Scheidt-Volungeviciute LTU following on rank 3. Not up to speed is Marit Bouwmester NED on rank 14 overall, and with a 10th place yesterday just making the top-10s for the first time.
All ranking lists and the report.
Friday, April 24, 2015   (Image © Franck Socha)
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The up to 20 kn breeze was not really the preferred turf for the Swiss yesterday. Only Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI were more or less in contact with the best in the Nacra 17, and the ranks 5/9/10 helped to move up on rank 15 overall. To reach the Medal Race is hard but not impossible. The disappointing day ranks 39 and 27 killed all hopes for a top result for Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI now on rank 30, and also the 470 women team Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI descended overall on 19th with the day ranks 34 and 21. Remains Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI down on 19th with the RS:X male windsurfers, who lost his good overall position from the first day.
All ranking lists and the daily report.
Friday, April 24, 2015   
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Since Wednesday, 89 teams from 4 nations have been sailing the CIMA, the most important spring regatta of the French 420 class. This year, the competition has been organised by the Bandol Sailing Club, and up to now, three races a day were sailed in moderate conditions.
The teams from Antibes FRA dominate the regatta occupying the ranks 1 to 4 for the moment. Jim Vincent/Victor Mas FRA are first 3 points ahead of Maxime Pedron/Eliott Michal FRA 2nd and - as best girl's team - Marina Lefort/Lara Grenier FRA 3rd.
The results and the event website.
Friday, April 24, 2015   (Image © Christophe Breschi)
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The Annual Championship of the flying GC32-catamarans begins in May on Lake Traun. Over this weekend, the class has organised a test event in Marseille for the prominent newcomers 'Alinghi' and 'Spindrift', and a the same time offering race management an opportunity to deal with these superfast multihulls.
Six races were completed yesterday and Flavio Marazzi SUI, experienced since the launching of this class two years ago, clearly leads in the interim's rankings ahead of 'Spindrift' with Yann Guichard FRA 2nd, 'GDF Suez' with Sébastien Rogues FRA and 'Alinghi' with Ernesto Bertarelli SUI at equal points 3rd.
The ranking list and the report.
International Sailing – Thursday, April 23, 2015
Thursday, April 23, 2015   
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Light and unconstant winds prevailed on the first day of the Hyères Worldcup, but nevertheless, all classes sailed the full program. The light-wind specialists had their day while some of the favorites found themselves on unusual ranks.
Convincing as in the previous year, Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA took the overall lead in the 470 women posting the scores of 4 and 3. Oliveira/Barbachan BRA and Mills/Clark GBR are the first persuers. Same situation in the 470 men, where Ferdinand Gerz/Oliver Szymanski GER - top in the light winds in Marseille two weeks ago already - are on position 1 also with the race ranks 4 and 3. Fantela/Marenic CRO and Zandona ITA/Trani ITA follow on 2 and 3.
The favorites have already taken control in the 49ers with Outteridge/Jensen AUS and Burling/Tuke NZL sharing the lead ahead of Delle-Karth/Resch AUT on 3rd. Surprising the situation in the 49ersFX with the appearance of Lili Sebesi/Julie Bossard FRA on rank 1 together with the favorites Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgaard DEN. Grael/Kunze BRA and Hansen/Salskov DEN follow at equal points on 3rd.
First leader in the Finns is Andrew Murdoch NZL, ahead of Michele Paoletti ITA and Ondrej Teply CZE tied on rank 2. The high-rider Giles Scott GBR follows on the 7th place with the ranks 25 and 1.
Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS closely followed by Renée Groenveld/Steven Krol NED and Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA on 3rd are the top ranks in the Nacra-17 mixed multihulls.
Chinese athletes are on the first places of the RS:X windsurfers with Aichen Wang CHN leading in the men ahead of Juan-Manuel Moreno ESP and Federico Esposito ITA, while Peina Chen CHN is on top of the women in front of Victoria Chan HKG and Laura Linares ITA.
All results and the communique of the day.
Thursday, April 23, 2015   
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Light and shifty winds prevailed yesterday for the first races of the Hyères Worldcup, and both Laser fleets sailed two races. Some of the top-shots are already now badly needing the discard of the worst result ... if not more.
Alicia Cebrian ESP has taken the lead in the Lasers Radial with the day ranks 5 and 1. Gintare Scheidt LTU, qualified for Hyères thanks to the top result at the Palma Trofeo, is on the 2nd place. Emma Plasschaert BEL follows as 3rd. The World nbr 1 Marit Bouwmeester NED is on rank 13 for the moment, just behind Alison Young GBR 12th. Even worse for Paige Railey USA 29th, Tina Mihelic CRO 36th and Annalise Murphy IRL 39th who did not have happy evenings either.
The first two positions in the Lasers Standard are Croatian with Filip Jurisic CRO und Tonci Stipanovic CRO, followed on rank 3 by Sam Meech NZL. Major downers for some of the favorites with Tom Burton AUS on 14, Nick Thompson GBR on 17, Philipp Buhl GER on 29 and Bruno Fontes BRA on 36. They all badly wait for more wind, and already today, an up to 14 kn breeze should make things different.
All ranking lists and the communique of the day.
Thursday, April 23, 2015   
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The light-wind specialists in the Swiss team took advantage of the conditions and achieved remarkable results such as in the RS:X male windsurfers Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI on rank 8 after 2 heats in the fleet of the 40 world-best windsurfers. Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI, are despite of a missed start on rank 9 in the 470 women. The 17th place after two races in the 470 men is a good sign, that Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI have improved their light-wind skills. Not according to plan was the first day for Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI as 35th in the first race of the Nacra 17, but with rank 11 in the second race, they came back rapidly and are now 24th overall.
All ranking lists and the report of the day.
International Sailing – Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015   
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The start to the first races at Hyères today, the 3rd round of the 2015 ISAF Worldcup, will be given at 10 hrs UTC. The wind forecast predicts sun and a moderate breeze around 10 kn. The races can be followed live on the internet by means of GPS-tracking. Here the full entry lists, limited to 40 boats per class.
The preview.
International Sailing – Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Tuesday, April 21, 2015   
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Tomorrow begins the 3rd ISAF 2015 Olympic Classes Worldcup Regatta off Hyères, the traditional Semaine Olympique Française (SOF). After Melbourne and Miami, the new format with a 40 participants' limit per class reduces the total number of sailors present. In addition to the 30 best-ranked boats of the World Ranking List, 10 more teams per class qualified at the Palma Princesa Sofia Trophy two weeks ago. Here the entry lists with the Olympic circuit's top performers. Qualification Series and Gold- and Silverfleets are no longer needed. Racing in one fleet until Saturday will be concluded with the Medal Races of the 10 best next Sunday. In addition to the 10 Olympic events, the Paralympic classes are present with the 2.4 m and the Sonars. Light winds have been forecast for the first days, and only towards the end of the week, a fresher breeze exceeding 20 kn will fill in according to the meteo.
Here the official preview.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015   
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Switzerland will be represented at the Hyères Olympic Classes Worldcup Regatta in four classes. With the new format for this pinnacle event of ISAF, only the best 40 teams per class are qualified to participate.
Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI as World number 13 in the Nacra 17, Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI - the number 11 in the 470 men, Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI as number 19 in the 470 women and Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI as number 18 in the RS:X male windsurfers were selected directly based on their positions in the ISAF World rankings. 10 of the 40 starters per classs earned their qualification at the Palma Princesa Sofia Trophy two weeks ago.
With the World's best teams by boat participating, and considering the varying wind conditions announced, this Worldcup Regatta will be an important benchmark for the Swiss teams.
The official preview and the entry lists.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015   
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The well-established north-easterly wind prevailed also for the Longtzes and Esse 850s for the Sportboat Cup off Kreuzlingen/Lake Constance SUI over the past weekend. Four races were completed on Saturday and two races were added on Sunday in a slightly lighter breeze.
The Longtzes, sailing the first Act of their 2015 Alpine Cup, dominated the competition. Eckehard Kaller GER was the overall ORC classificstion winner ahead of Jarmo Wieland SUI - both on Longtzes. Clemens Wedemann GER on his Esse 850 finished 3rd.
The ORC final rankings. Third in the individual Longtze rankings behind Kaller GER and Wieland SUI was Michael Begher GER. The pictures and the event website.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015   (Image © Diederich)
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Perfect conditions prevailed over the past weekend at the first J70 Lake Constance Battle. 20 boats from all over Germany followed the invitation from the Lindau Sailing Club. A 3 - 4 bft north-easterly wind on Saturday decreasing to 2 -3 bft on Sunday allowed to complete 14 races in total. Malte Kamrath GER and his team were the overall winners ahead of Julian Stückl GER 2nd and the first Lake Constance team of Veit Hemmeter GER 3rd.
The report and the ranking list.
International Sailing – Monday, April 20, 2015
Monday, April 20, 2015   (Image © John Payne)
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The Western Hemisphere Championship 2015 ended yesterday with a last race sailed in a 10-12 kn breeze. Brian Ledbetter/Joshua Refkin USA have been the premature winners of the Championship before the last heat, but nevertheless, they did not stop confirming their top performance and finished on rank 2 in the final regatta. Lars Grael/Samuel Goncalves BRA won yesterday and moved up on rank 2 overall. Paul Cayard/Brian Terhaar USA advanced on the 3rd place. The best Europeans Hubert Merkelbach/Markus Koy GER finished on the 15th position among the 38 teams from 8 nations.
The reports including results and Paul Cayard's report.
Monday, April 20, 2015   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
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The GP Atlantique of the Diam-24-trimarans, the first important test for the partly prominent teams enrolled for the Tour de France 2015, was concluded yesterday with three short races. Yann Guichard FRA with his 'Spindrift White' stayed clearly on top of the rankings. Xavier Revil FRA on 'Spindrift black' however, the second multihull of the Dona Bertarelli race stable, lost the second place in the last meters of the final race to 'Groupama'-team of Pierre Pennec FRA. The famous offshore specialists Kito De Pavant FRA, Vincent Riou FRA, Lionel Lemonchois FRA, Vincent Riou FRA and Bernard Stamm SUI were not at ease and sailed all ih the Silverfleet yesterday.
The reports and the results.
Monday, April 20, 2015   (Image © Max Ranchi)
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The breeze exceeded 30 kn on the last day of the Melges 32 European Sailing Series off the Ligurian coast, and the last two races were cancelled. The victory of the favorite team of Alessandro Rombelli ITA with Francesco Bruni ITA as tactician became firm, ahead of Roberto Tomasini ITA (with Vasco Vascotto ITA) and Roberto Mazzucato ITA (with Gabriele Benussi ITA).
The final report with rankings.
Monday, April 20, 2015   (Image © Brian Cartin)
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Favorable conditions prevailed on the last day of the Charleston Race Week, the most important one-design regatta of the USA with over 2'500 sailors in 20 different classes.
In the Melges 20, sailing their 2015 Naionals, the winner was Jason Michas USA and his team ahead of Richard Davies USA and Tom Kassberg USA. In the largest fleet with 83 teams, the J/70s, Julian Fernandez MEX was the outstanding first ahead of Eivind Astrup NOR and Jud Smith USA.
All rankins lists and the event website.
International Sailing – Sunday, April 19, 2015
Sunday, April 19, 2015   (Image © John Payne)
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Two races were held again on Biscayne Bay yesterday in a 10-12 kn wind, and with the day ranks 1 and 2, the 1992 Olympic Finn Silver medalist Brian Ledbetter USA with Joshua Revkin USA as crew made everything clear prematurely before today's last race. 13 points is the advance on John McCausland USA/Bruno Prada BRA and Lars Grael/Samuel Goncalves BRA at equal points on 2 and 3. Another 4 points back are Paul Cayard/Brian Terhaar USA with chances to climb on the podium today. Some places lost have the best Europeans Hubert Merkelbach/Sebastian Koy GER on position 17.
The results and the report of Paul Cayard USA.
Sunday, April 19, 2015   (Image © Sander Van der Borch)
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The well-established seabreeze allowed to sail the full program in all 20 classes on the second day of the Charleston Race Week. In the J/70, the largest fleet of the event, Julian Fernandez MEX and his team booked another race win staying on top of the interim's rankings. Eidvind Astrup NOR remained 2nd, Jud Smith USA advanced on the 3rd place. Day 2 leader in the Melges 20 US Nationals is now Jason Michas USA in front of Cesar Gomes BRA and Richard Davies USA.
All other ranking lists, the videos and the event website.
Sunday, April 19, 2015   (Image © Stan Thuret)
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The new Diam-24 multihulls to be sailed from now on at the Tour de France continued the GP yesterday with a 40 miles' coastal race and two short races in the afternoon. 'Groupama' with Pierre Pennec FRA won the long-distance race, with no effect on the overall rankings where Yann Guichard FRA on 'Spindrift White' is first ahead of 'Spindrift Black' of Xavier Revil FRA. Frédéric Guilmin FRA on his 'Combiwest' advanced new on rank 3.
The results and the report of the day.
Sunday, April 19, 2015   (Image © Max Ranchi)
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After three more races, the favorites of Round 1 of the Melges 32 European Sailing Series 2015 have taken the lead: Alessandro Rombelli ITA (tactics Francesco Bruni ITA) took the command with the day ranks (1/1/2) and leads ahead of Roberto Tomasini ITA (Vasco Vascotto ITA) on 2nd and the first day leader Roberto Mazzucata ITA (Gabriele Benussi ITA) on the 3rd place.
The report and the ranking list.
Sunday, April 19, 2015   
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The perfect sailing conditions stayed on with a 16-18 kn breeze at the Sails of St-Barth in the French Caribbeans and another coastal race concluded the competition. Winner in the fast classes is 'Rambler88' in IRC Maxi-1-rating. The 100-foot Maxi 'Comanche' had no chance to compensate the ranking handicap, finishing finallly on the 4th position. Superior first on top of the multihulls is the MOD70-catamaran 'Phaedo'.
The final report, all ranking lists and the videos.
International Sailing – Saturday, April 18, 2015
Saturday, April 18, 2015   (Image © John Payne)
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Two races were held yesterday, second day of the Championship, on Biscayne Bay in a shifty south wind around 10 kn, with Brian Ledbetter/Joshua Revkin USA and Paul Cayard/Brian Terhaar USA as winners. New on top of the interim's rankings are Lars Grael/Samuel Goncalves BRA in front of Ledbetter/Rifkin USA and Whipple/Sperry USA. The best Europeans Merkelbach/Koy GER moved up on rank 11.
The results and the report of Paul Cayard USA.
Saturday, April 18, 2015   (Image © JOY)
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Over 2'500 sailors on 300 yachts in 14 classes started yesterday in a light breeze and rain to the first three races of the Charleston Race Week. The Melges 20 compete at the same time for their National Champion's title. Cesar Gomes BRA leads ahead of Bruce Colison USA and Jason Michas USA. In the largest fleet with 83 teams, the J/70s, Julian Fernandez MEX is on top ahead of Eivind Astrup NOR and Joel Ronning USA.
All ranking lists, the event website and the report of the Melges-20-Class.
Saturday, April 18, 2015   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
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The new Diam 24 trimarans met for the first time at Pornichet to a Regatta with a format similar to the Tour de France with short round-the-buoys heats and coastal races.
After the first day, the Olympic classes multihull specialists are on top with Yann Guichard FRA on 'Spindrift White' and Xavier Revil FRA on 'Spindrift Black' both from Dona Bertarelli's syndicat. Pierre Pennec FRA with 'Groupama' follows on rank 3. The Vendée-Globe-winner François Gabart FRA is 8th.
The report and the event facebook page with pictures. Unfortunately, the ranking list has not yet been posted.
Saturday, April 18, 2015   (Image © Max Ranchi)
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The first round of the Melges 32 European Sailing Series 2015 began yesterday at the Ligurian Coast with three races. Light and unconstant winds prevailed and for the moment, Roberto Mazzucato ITA with Gabriele Benussi ITA as tactician succeeded to control the favorites Alessandro Rombelli ITA (with Francesco Bruni ITA) and Alec Cutler BER (Cameron Appleton NZL) on the ranks 2 and 3. 18 teams from 8 nations participate.
aus 8 Nationen.
The report and the results.
Saturday, April 18, 2015   (Image © Les Voiles de St Barth)
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Round St-Barth was on the program for the 70 teams after Thursday's lay day. At half the distance, a calm zone split the fleet in two, and the big racers had real difficulites to compensate the rating to stay ahead. The new 'Rambler 88' of George David USA is still in front followed by the 100-foot 'Comanche' with Jim Clark USA.
All ranking lists, the reports and the video of the day.
International Sailing – Friday, April 17, 2015
Friday, April 17, 2015   (Image © John Payne)
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The Eastern Hemisphere Championship in Miami began yesterday with two races sailed in a light 8 kn breeze, and John McCausland USA/Bruno Prada BRA took the lead with the day ranks 1 and 5, ahead of Lars Grael/Samuel Goncalves BRA and Tomas Hornos/Kipp Gardner USA. The best Europeans Merkelbach/Koy GER follow on rank 13 among the 39 teams.
The ranking list and the report of Paul Cayard USA, winner of the 2nd race.
Friday, April 17, 2015   
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The bad news for Rio de Janeiro ahead of the 2016 Olympics keeps coming after scores of dead fish appeared in the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon, the venue for the Games' rowing and canoe competitions. A CNN video report.
Last week, a video from newspaper O Globo showed the Brazilian 49er team Breno Osthoff/Rafael de Almeida Sampaio BRA crashing into trash floating on Guanabara Bay, the venue of the sailing competition. According to Osthoff, the impact was so great the boat was forced onto its side and non-reparably damaged.
Rio de Janeiro has pledged to reduce pollution in the notoriously fetid bay, but last month in an interview with the country's largest sports channel SporTV, Mayor Eduardo Paes admitted that the bay will remain mostly polluted for the games. And ISAF, responsible for the correct organisation of its sport, remains inactive. Nor has the water analysis promised on the occasion of the Olympic test event been published, nor have they reacted to the Brazilian Government announcement, that the promised cleaning would not be completed for cost reasons. A scandal !
Friday, April 17, 2015   (Image © DR/WMRT)
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No major matchrace events took place during the past months and the ISAF Matchrace World Ranking lists remain unchanged on top. Ian Williams GBR is on top of the Open rankings and Camilla Ulrikkeholm DEN leads in the Women's rankings.
The report.
Friday, April 17, 2015   
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Different new board designs showed up at the first Kite-Foiler Worldcup event 2015 in Mexico. The most radical one was the design of Adam Koch USA, inspired by the Foiler-Moth concept in a dialogue with the past Moth World Champion Bora Gulari USA. He explains his 'stand-up-kite-surfing' ideas in a detailed video.
International Sailing – Thursday, April 16, 2015
Thursday, April 16, 2015   (Image © Christophe Jouany)
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Since three days, 70 teams have been racing the 'Sails of St-Barth', a series of regattas off the trendy French Caribbean Island St. Barthélémy, among them a number of big latest design racers. In the multihulls, the MOD-70-trimaran 'Phaedo' has established a number of new records. In the IRC-0 classifications, it is the 88-foot 'Rambler' leading in calculated time over the 100-foot 'Comanche' who collects the line honours and has established a number of monohull record.
The ranking lists, the daily report and the video of the day.
Thursday, April 16, 2015   
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The Star Class Western Hemisphere Championship, classified like a continental championship when it comes to earn points for the Star Sailors' League rankings, begins today on Biscayne Bay off Miami FL. Favorites are the Olympic medalists Lars Grael BRA (Tornado 88 + 96), Mark Reynolds USA (Star 1992 snd 2000) snd Brian Ledbetter (Finn 92).
The event website.
International Sailing – Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Wednesday, April 15, 2015   
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National Sailing Club Championships have become more and more popular during the past two years, and in a number of countries, this new regatta format has been initiated. The German Sailing 'Bundesliga' is in its third season already.
This year, the Swiss Sailing League has been launched, and the interest to participate was immense. The National Club Champion will qualify for the Champions-League-Finale to be organised in most attractive Porto Cervo on Sardinia.
The news.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015   
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The Race for Water Odyssey (R4WO) reached New York City on Thursday, concluding its Atlantic crossing in a journey that will take its six-man crew over 40,000 nautical miles as they attempt to draw up the first global assessment of plastic pollution in the oceans. The 'Race for Water' MOD70 trimaran with Steve Ravussin SUI as skipper has been underway for two months now on her journey around the globe. While being in New York, representatives of the R4WO foundation will participate in UN Sessions and Meetings to discuss the huge problem of plastic waste pollution. The UN Session can be followed live on the Internet at 19 hrs UTC.
The report and the video of the arrival in New York.
International Sailing – Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Tuesday, April 14, 2015   (Image © DR / SAFRAM)
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During the 2015 season, the 35-foot catamaran 'Zenith...fresh', now under the new name 'Safram', will participate in all important land-locked-lake long-distance races in Europe. The team of Rodolphe Gautier SUI with Christophe Peclard SUI as helmsman will compete in all traditional Lake Geneva regattas, the Lake Balaton events and in September the Centomigla on Lake Garda.
The news.
 
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