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International Sailing – Sunday, September 21, 2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014   (Image © Mick Anderson)
The 470 Medal Races were sailed yesterday in a moderate breeze, attended by 3'000 people on the spectator dune.
As expected, the Olympic Champions Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS defending their 2013 title protected their big advantage in the 470 men rankings and won with a 19 points' advantage, Belcher's 5th title in a row ! Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO took Silver, Panagiotis Mantis/Pavlos Kigalis GRE Bronze. Winning the Medal Race, the Youth World Champions Jordi Xammar/Jose Herp ESP advanced on rank 7.
Winning the Medal Race, Lara Vadlau/Jolanta Ogar AUT crowned their short career with the first World Champion's title in the 470 women. Vadlau, age 20, won the Optimist Swiss Championship in 2004, was second at the ISAF Youth Sailing Worlds 2010 (behind Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI), won the ISAF Youth Worlds 2011, qualified for the 2012 Olympics in her first 470 year, finished 2012 as number 3 in the ISAF World Rankings and was ISAF number 1 end of 2013 as well as ISAF Worldcup winner.The start to the 2014 was delayed because of an injury. With Jolanta Ogar, originally from Poland, meanwhile naturalized as Austrian, the way for a successful Olympic campaign 2016 is open. A report from Austria. The Olympic Champions Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL earned Silver, the Olympic Silver medalists Hannah Mills/ Saskia Clark GBR took Bronze.
The official report and the video of the day.
Sunday, September 21, 2014   
Today, the last four Medal Races are on the program, but in the 49ers and Nacra-17s, early titles have been claimend.
The defending World Champions Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA confirmed their title in the Nacra 17 with a 34 points' lead on the first persuers. The race for Silver however will be very close as Vittorio Bisarro/Silvia Sicouri ITA are only one point ahead of Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS. 4 points farther back are Pippa Wilson/John Gimson GBR and Santiago Lange/Cecilia Carranza ARG with chances for a medal should the duo fighting for Silver be downsailed in the crucial race.
Even 36 points is the advantage of Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL in the 49ers. Jonas Warrer/Anders Thomsen DEN and 2 points behind Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen AUS will fight for Silver and Bronze, as the have an 8 points advantage on the 4th-ranked Jorge Lima/Jose Costa POR.
The decision in the Finns is practically final, as only a disqualification of the leading Giles Scott GBR, 20 points ahead, and a Medal Race win of the 2nd-ranked Ivan Klijakovic CRO would remove the Brit from the first position. Jonathan Lobert FRA and Ed Wright GBR one point behind will fight for the Bronze Medal.
Still unknown is the outcome of the 49erFX: Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgaard DEN are still leading, but Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA are only 2 points behind. Whoever is ahead today will be the World Champions ! Giulia Conti/Francesca Clapcich ITA on rank 3 already have the Bronze Medal with a 25 points advantage on the 4th.
All ranking lists and the report of the day with video.
Sunday, September 21, 2014   (Image © Martina Orsini)
The Lake Garda 'wind machine' was not up to speed yesterday. The Moth pilots waited in vain for the morning nothern breeze, and the Ora was not there for a second start attempt in the afternoon. Only late, around 4 p.m. CET, the South wind filled in and finally two races were completed in a 12-16 kn breeze.
Racing was close but it was twice Chris Rast SUI who had the upper hand. Carlo De Paoli ITA (2/3) and Giovanni Galeotti BEL (4/2) follow on the ranks 2 and 3.
The ranking list and the report of the day.
Sunday, September 21, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman/AWMRT)
Fresh winds prevailed yesterday during the Chicago Match Cup Quarter Finals. Ian Williams GBR vs Pierre-Antoine Morvan FRA and Taylor Canfield ISV vs Chris Steele NZL were quick deals with a 3-0 score each. Mathieu Richard FRA (3-1 vs Keith Swinton AUS) and above all Björn Hansen SWE (3-2 vs Phil Robertson NZL) had closer encounters .
The report with results and a video.
Sunday, September 21, 2014   
After two big-breeze days, the wind was light off Port Camargue and allowed to finish one race only yesterday, won by Christoph Christen SUI/YCB. He reduced the gap to the podium on 2 points. Christoph Burger SUI/TYC remains on top 6 points ahead of Peter Theurer SUI/YCB and Thomas Morel FRA tied on ranks 2 and 3.
The ranking list (PDF).
Sunday, September 21, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
Six days without wind and waves at wind-safe Klitmöller DEN must be a record, and kept the Wave specialists waiting. To entertain the spectators, a tow session was organised with Jose Campello VEN as winner.
The report on the PWA website.
International Sailing – Saturday, September 20, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014   
The RS:X windsurfers were the second class to terminate their World Championship yesterday in a 15 kn breeze.
Charline Picon FRA was the premature RS:X female World Champion already before the Medal Race, but nevertheless, she added another race win extending her points' lead on the second-ranked to gigantic 40 points. Marina Alabau ESP and Mayaan Davidovich ISR fighted closely for Silver with the Spanish ahead at the end of the race. Davidovich ISR had to content herself with Bronze.
Julien Bontemps FRA starting as clear leader to the RS:X male Medal Race finished 2nd and won the Champion's title 21 points ahead of Przemyslav Miarczynski POL. Winning the Medal Race, Thomas Goyard FRA replaced the tied Piotr Myszka POL on the podium and took Bronze.
Alle ranking lists, the report and the video of the day.
Saturday, September 20, 2014   (Image © Laurens Morel)
All classes completed a full program in a 15 kn breeze. The 470 and 49ers finished the Final Series and start to the Medal Races today.
Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS, day ranks 1/1/2, are on the way to their fifth title in a row in the 470 men. They start to the Medal Race with a 15 points' lead on Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO who are 5 points in front of the third Panagiotis Mantis/Pavlos Kagialis GRE. 10 points behind the Greeks are Luke Patience/Elliott Willis GBR with a small remaining chance for a medal in the non-discard/double-points last race. To mention, that in addition to the well-known teams, two development teams qualified for the Medal Race: Piroulee/Sipan FRA (only FRA team) and Jordi Xammar/Jose Herp ESP.
In the 470 women, Lara Vadlau/Yolanta Ogar AUT regained the lead and there will be - no doubt - a fierce fight for Gold with the Olympic Champions Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL. Hannah Mills/Sakia Clark GBR on 3rd are 14 points behind, but have solid 10 points' advance themselves on the 4th-ranked Camille Lecointre/Hélène Defrance FRA.
The Medallists in the 49ers are already known before the Medal Race. Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL successfully defended their title as - with a 24 points' lead - they cannot be overtaken in the last race. Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen AUS and Jonas Warrer/Anders Thomesen DEN 5 points behind will fight for Silver and Bronze. Delle-Karth/Resch AUT as 4th are already 19 points back.
The 49erFX sail another two Final Races today. IDA-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgaard DEN lead 10 points ahead of Martine Grael7Kahena Kunze BRA, 12 points farther behind are Giulia Conti/Francesca Clapcich ITA as 3rd.
For first time, Giles Scott GBR returned after racing yesterday without a race win in the Finns. But his advantage on the runner-up Ivan Klijakovic CRO is nevertheless 20 points. Jonathan Lobert FRA follows with another 13 points' backlog on rank 3 just ahead of Ed Wright GBR.
Also the undisputed leaders in the Nacra 17 Billy Besson7Marie Riou FRA had their first bad day with the ranks 12 and 7, but nevertheless, they extended their lead on the 2nd Santiago Lange/Cecilia Carranza ARG on 25 points. Pippa Wilson/John Gimson GBR follow on rank 3.
All results and the daily report.
Saturday, September 20, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman/AWMRT)
An initial 8-10 kn breeze, later increasing to 15 kn, prevailed during the Repechage of the positon 5-12 teams to qualify for the four remaining Quarter Final slots. Chris Steele NZL (6-1), Matthieu Richard FRA (5-2), Keith Swinton AUS (5-2) and Björn Hansen SWE (4-3) qualified, while Tom Slingsby AUS (3-4) on rank 5, as well as Eric Monnin (2-5) as 6th missed the next round.
The report with results.
Saturday, September 20, 2014   (Image © Martina Orsini)
Thunderstorm alerts prevented sailing on Lake Garda yesterday at the 6th and last Act of the Moth Eurocup 2014. 23 participants are on the entry list, among them the favorites Giovanni Galeotti BEL and Chris Rast SUI. Starting celebrities will also be the Mini-Transat-winner Benoît Marie FRA and the Oracle-Team USA Sport Director Phillipe Presti FRA. The report.
Saturday, September 20, 2014   
Three races were sailed in a fresh 4 - 6 bft East Wind on day two.
Christoph Burger SUI/TYC moved on top of the rankings with three race wins, and has now a 5 points lead on Peter Theurer SUI/YCB. Finishing three times as 2nd, Thomas Morel FRA advanced on rank 3. The results (PDF).
Saturday, September 20, 2014   (Image © PWA John Carter)
Waiting for wind at Klitmöller DEN on day 5 as well, and the forecast for today is not very promising either. The PWA website contains more interviews with Windsurf Professionals.
International Sailing – Friday, September 19, 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014   (Image © Thom Touw)
Yesterday, the first titles were awarded at the ISAF World Championship in Santander in a fresh, but very gusty and shifty breeze frorm the shore. The Netherlands won both Laser titles, France with Charline Picon has premature Gold in the RS:X windsurfers.
Marit Bouwmester NED started the Laser Radial Medal Race with a 10 points' lead, and kept this position with a 3rd rank in the last race. The rookie Josefin Olsson SWE clearly defended the second place. Evi Van Acker BEK took Bronze as at the Olympics. Tuula Tenkanen FIN and Veronika Kozelska-Fenclova CZE follow on the 4th and 5th place just one point behind Bronze.
The Silverfleet did not compete. After only 4 races sailed during 7 days (!), the winner is Maud Jayet SUI, corresponding to rank 61 overall in the 119 boats' fleet.
In a Medal Race full of suspense, Nicholas Heiner NED was first and succeeded to move on top of the Lasers Standard, as the leading Tom Burton AUS downsailed his direct opponent ending on the final ranks 7 and 8 allowing the Dutchman to overtake the duo and win the World Championship. Philipp Buhl GER is 4th 4 points behind rank 3. The defending Champion Robert Scheidt BRA is on the disappointing 5th place. The report of the Laser class, all ranking lists and the video of the Laser-Medal-Races.
The superior Charline Picon FRA took the Worlds title already before the Medal Race of the RS:X female windsurfers. With a row of top-5 results and a 9th place as discard result, she has a 28 points lead and cannot be overtaken by the 2nd-ranked Mayaan Davidovich ISR or the 3rd Marina Alabau ESP two points behind Silver. All ranking lists and the official report.
Friday, September 19, 2014   (Image © Barbara Sanchez)
The 20 kn breeze from the shore, however gusty and shifty, allowed to compensate the delays in the program somewhat. The Lasers sailed their Medal Races, the RS:X windsurfers terminated the Final Series and are ready for the Medal Races today, and the 49ersFX, the Nacra 17 and the Finns concluded the Qualification Series and are ready for the Final Series in Gold- and Silverfleets.
The 470 men finished the Qualifications in the morning already and began the Final Series in the afternoon. With two race wins, the Olympic Champions and defending World Champions Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS took the lead 3 points ahead of Fantela/Marenic CRO auf Rang 2. Mantis Kagialis GRE are 3rd.
As best of the day, the Olympic Champions Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL moved on top of the 470 women. Lara Vadlau/Yolanta Ogar AUT follow on rank 2, and Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA are new on rank 3. Today, two more Final races are on the program to select the 10 best for the Medal Race of Saturday. The report of the 470 class.
Today, the RS:X windsurfers will sail their Medal Races. Charline Picon FRA already has the World Champion's title in the female category with a 28 points' lead, while Mayaan Davidovich ISR and Marina Alabau ESP will fight for the Silver Medal. Minor medal chances remain also with Bryony Shaw GBR and Jiahui Wu CHN with a 10 respectively 12 points deficit on the 3rd place.
French is the lead and most probably also the title in the RS:X male windsurfers ! Julien Bontemps FRA starts to the Medal Race with a 14 points lead on Piotr Myszka POL who, with Przemyslav Miarczynski POL 3 points back, will fight for the Silver Medal. Byron Kokkalanis GRE as 4th is already 11 points behind rank 3. With 4 participants in the Medal Race, the French dominance in windsurfing is massive.
With the day ranks 1 and 2 in their Nacra 17 group, the defending World Champions Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA demonstrated their superiority at the end of the Qualification Series. The top team of the second group are Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI, adding another race win yesterday. The second top result was spoiled because of a capsize. As 2nd-ranked, the Swiss are 7 points behind the leaders. Pippa Wilson/John Gimson GBR are 3rd.
A class of his own was Giles Scott GBR in the Finns, even though he suffered the first defeat after 5 race wins in a row. Ivan Klijakovic CRO won the last race and advanced on the 3rd place behind Jonathan Lobert FRA. The report of the Finn class.
As always in windier conditions, skiff sailing ends up as a capsize festival, with the experienced teams surviving. Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL lead in the 49ers with a 29 points' advantage on Delle-Karth/Resch AUT. The Olympic Champions Outteridge/Jensen AUS moved up on rank 3.
The routiniers are also in front of the 49ersFX. Ida-Marie Baad-Nielsen/Marie Thusgaard DEN won both races yesterday and are now 3 points in front of Charlotte Dobson/Sophie Ainsworth GBR. Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA are 3rd.
All ranking lists and the official report.
Friday, September 19, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The Wave-Worldcup participants had nothing but stand-up paddling on their program, as there was again no wind on a sunny late-summer Thursday at Klitmöller, Danish West Coast. The report on the PWA website.
Friday, September 19, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
The Round Robin was completed yesterday in good sailing conditions. Last year's winner Taylor Canfield ISV is on top of the rankings with a 10-1 score ahead of Ian Williams GBR (9-2) as well as Pierre-Antoine Morvan FRA und Phil Robertson NZL (7-4 each). These four team are qualified directly for the Quarter Finals. The other 8 teams sail the Repechage to qualify for the remaining four places.
The report with rankings.
Friday, September 19, 2014   (Image © Claire ADB)
The opening day of the Finn Swiss Championship in Port Camargue FRA on the Mediterranean was rough. In a 25-30 kn breeze, only 15 of the 39 participants terminated at least one race. On top of the rankings are the internationally experienced sailors Peter Theurer SUI/YCB (day ranks 1 and 2), Christoph Burger SUI/TYC 2nd and Christoph Christen SUI/YCB 3rd.
The results and the event website.
Friday, September 19, 2014   (Image © Tessa Wiechmann)
Markus Wieser GER and his team won also the third race of the Scandinavian Gold Cup yesterday and secured the trophy for Germany. Jürg Menzi SUI was 2nd yesterday and 2nd overall. The results. The Classics sailed at the same time the Royal Kaag Classic Trophy. Armando Daldini SUI was the winner. The results.
Wieser, 5.5 m defending World Champion is the clear favorite for the title in the Championship starting on Sunday. 38 teams from 7 nations are on the entry list.
International Sailing – Thursday, September 18, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Thom Touw)
The day saw conditions range from up to 30 kn in the morning to dead-calm later in the afternoon, and not all planned race could be sailed.
The two Laser Classes concluded their Final Series and start to the Medal Races today. As the standings are, Robert Scheidt BRA will not earn his 10th Worlds title in the Lasers Standard as he has as 6th a 19 points' backlog on the leading Tom Burton AUS. The Australian will have to battle with Nick Thompson GBR only 2 points behind. Whoever is ahead in the last race will take the title. Even Nicolas Heiner NED on 3rd 6 points behind and Philipp Buhl GER on 4th 10 points back have chances for the title, if the battle for Gold ends with an endless down-sailing.
Good chance for Gold however has Marit Bouwmester NED in the Lasers Radial. Her advantage on the persuing tied duo Veronika Koselzka-Fenclova CZE and Josefine Olsson SWE is 10 points. Evi Van Acker BEL, 3 points farther behind and even Tuula Tenkanen FIN on 5th have chances for a Medal. The Silverfleet, lead by Maud Jayet SUI (rank 61 overall) did not sail.
The 470 men sailed only one race and continue with the Qualification Series today. However, the rankings are for the first time relevant with the positions after 3 races. Stuart McNay/David Hughes USA are 3 points ahead of Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO. Mantis/Kagialis GRE and Charbonnier/Nebout FRA follow at equal points on the ranks 3 and 4. With a deficit of 8,5 points, the defending champions Belcher/Ryan AUS are on position 11. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI on rank 50 have a 50 points backlog on the Goldfleet cut at 37 boats. Philipp Erni/Stephan Zurfluh SUI 12 points behind the cut are now 55th. Today, three races are on the program.
The 470 women sailed their first Final race, and Lara Vadlau/Jolanta Ogar AUT took the overall lead winning this heat. Camille Lecointre/Hélène Defrance FRA follow 7 points behind. Mills/Clark GBR and Broekhuizen/Jongens NED are on the ranks 3 and 4 at equal points. Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI lost some ranks and are now 18th.
The Finns concluded the Qualification Series with 4 races. Ed Wright GBR won all heats of his group and is the clear overall leader ahead of Jonathan Lobert FRA. Ed Wright GBR and Anders Pedersen NOR follow at equal points on the positions 3 and 4.
The Nacra 17 did not compete. Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA are first on the published rankings with 2 race wins, but the other group only sailed one race won by Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI.
The 49ers concluded their Qualification Series after only 5 races yesterday. Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL lead 10 points ahead of Warrer/Thomsen DEN. Delle-Karth/Resch AUT follow behind 0.3 points back. The Olympic Champions Outteridge/Jensen AUS on rank 8 have a 20 points backlog. Sebastien Schneiter/Lucien Cujean SUI on position 55 and Victor Casas/Bryan Mettraux SUI as 74th continue the Championship in the Silverfleet.
The 49erFX completed only three races, and three teams share the lead: Charlotte Dobson/Sophie Ainsworth GBR, Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA and Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgard DEN all with the rank 1 and 2 in their groups. Today, the Qualification Series shall be concluded with 2-3 more races. Fiona Testuz/Livia Naef SUI on 22nd are with the 25 Goldfleet qualifiers for the moment, but their advance on the immediate oponents up to rank 30 is only 2 points.
Winning two heats, Julien Bontemps FRA is on top of the RS:X male windsurfers, followed by Piotr Myszka POL and Przemislav Miarczynski POL on the positions 2 and 3. Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI is now 24th and 17th nation. 18 nations will qualify for Rio 2016.
Charline Picon FRA domintes the RS:X female windsurfers with a 20 points' lead on Zofia Noceti-Klepacka POL. On the 3rd and 4th place are at equal points Eugenie Ricard FRA and Mayaan Davidovich ISR.
All ranking lists, the daily report and the video of the day.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Roger McMillan)
The ISAF Worlds in Santander, where the first Olympic berths are at stake, has been running for six day. Because of difficult weather conditions but above all because of a disastrous race management, the program is in massive delays. Critics come from many sides, especially also from major sailing nations. Races had to be cancelled because buoys were not set, boats were kept ashore when conditions were perfect and sent afloat when the breeze died. The fairness of races disappears when split fleet are sailing their qualification on different days. Protest are flooding in from different teams, and the Jury had to correct a number of decisions. The competition is also difficult to cover media-wise with the sometimes chaotic situations. The pinnacle of sailing of the International Sailing Federation turned into a sports and media desaster.
A report from Australia.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman/WMRT)
The 4th Act of the World Match Racing Tour 2014 began yesterday on Lake Michigan in a light breeze. 4 flights were completed, and as expected, Taylor Canfield ISV (Director of the Chicago Match Race Center) took advantage of his local experience and leads with a 4-0 score. Ian Williams GBR, Mathieu Richard FRA, Phil Robertson AUS, Joachim Aschenbrenner DEN and Chris Steele NZL follow with a 3-1 w/l record.
The report with results.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
Still no wind and small waves in Klitmöller on the Danish west coast, the Wave Worldcup had to be delayed again. A short report and some interviews on the PWA website.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)
The six teams of the 35th America's Cup Challenge decided to equip the AC45-catamarans with foils. 'Luna Rossa' and 'Oracle Team USA modified their cats already, and at the AC-World Series starting next year, the AC45s shall be flying. A report of 'Luna Rossa Challenge' and the official communiqué.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
The Friederichshafen Interboot begins on Saturday and lasts nine day with 500 exhibitors presenting their latest products and services, including a number of novelties.
But more and more activities take place on water to make the Boat Show even more attractive for visitors. Act 5 of the German National Sailing League, a competition among Club Teams launched this year, will be run on Lake Constance. Moreover, the Starboat Olympic Champion Freddy Lööf SWE will present the M32 catamaran, a new design that just has been successfully raced in a top-attended regatta in Scandinavia.
The report.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
The 5.5 m World Championship begins traditionally with the Scandinavian Gold Cup , and two races were already completed yesterday. Only the race winners qualify for the next round, and with Markus Wieser GER and his team already winning twice, the Gold Cup might be very short this time. Jürg Menzi SUI is sailing for Switzerland. He finished 5th and 2nd in the 6 boats fleet. The results.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
The Finn Swiss Championship begins today in Port Camargue. Instead of the expected summery conditions, a bad weather depression with rain and an easterly wind of up to 25 kn will be prevailing over the Gulf of Marseille. The weather forecast. 43 sailors from 5 nations participate. The event website.
International Sailing – Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Admittedly, the Santander area was blessed with a fresher breeze of up to 18 kn, but the South-Easterly wind from the shore was extremely shifty, and again, only a reduced program has been completed.
The RS:X male windsurfer completed their program with the Gold- and Silverfleet Qualifications. 23 nations are represented among the 41 drivers in the Goldfleet. 18 Rio Olympic berths will be allotted at the end of the Championship. Piotr Myszka POL is on the first place ahead of Pierre Le Coq FRA and Nick Dempsey GBR.
The RS:X female windsurfers had a lay day. Charline Piccon FRA is the clear leader ahead of Bryony Shaw GBR and Patricia Freitas BRA. 18 nations in the Goldfleet fight for one of the 15 Olympic berths.
The 470 women completed their Qualification Series as well. Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark GBR lead 2 points in front of Lara Vadlau/Jolanta Ogar AUT. On rank 3 at equal points follow Michelle Broekhuizen/Marieke Jongens NED and Lemaitre/Retornaz FRA down on rank 4 after a disqualification. The best 10 nations in the Goldfleet will qualify for an Olympic nations slot.
The Qualification Series in the 470 men is not yet terminated and will continue today on the reserve day. Up to now, one half of the fleet has sailed 3, the other half 2 races, and the ranking list ist therefore not very transparent. Charbonnier/Nebout FRA are mentioned as 1st, but McNay/Hughes USA with two race wins so far are clearly ahead.
Different is the number of races also in the 49ers. Burling/Tuke NZL are stated as leaders ahead of Lima/Costa POR. The second group follows in the rankings with position 41.
Uneven is also the number of races in the 49erFX, where Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgaard DEN are first after 3 completed heats. The second half of the fleet has sailed only 2 races.
The Finns completed one race per group. Oliver Twedell AUS and Giles Scott GBR were the race winners.
With two race wins in their group, Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA are on top of the Nacra 17 rankings. The second group sailed only one race, won by the Swiss team Mattias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI.
The Lasers continue the Championship in a Gold-, Silver- and Bronzefleet, but only the Goldfleet sailed yesterday and completed two races, with Philipp Buhl GER as double winner in the Lasers Standard, advancing on rank 5 overall. Tom Burton AUS is the leader ahead of Nicolas Heiner NED and Nick Thompson GBR. No races for the Silver- and Bronzefleets.
New on top of the Lasers Radial is Marit Bouwmester NED thanks of a race win, followed by Veronika Koselska-Fenclova CZE. Josefine Olsson SWE on rank 3 is already 14 points back.
The daily report and all ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
Unfavorable wind and wave conditions prevented the competition at the Danish West Coast yesterday. The highlight of the day was the recovery of the fishing boat stranded in the middle of the race area. For the first time, the competition can be followed live on the Internet. The report of the day as always on the PWA-website.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The World Match Racing Tour 2014 continues today with the Chicago Match Cup on Lake Michigan. After 4 of 7 Rounds, the clear leader is Ian Williams GBR 17 points ahead of the second-ranked Mathieu Richard FRA, The 2013 Match Race World Champion Taylor Canfield ISV - btw Director of the Chicago Match Race Center and therefore very familiar with the Tom-28-yachts in use - on the 3rd rank has a deficit of 24 points on Williams. The competition can be followed live on the Internet.
The official preview.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The most spectacular capsizes of the past 30 years are documented in a 6-minutes 18-footer video summary, the 'Capsize Classics'. An amusing start of the day ! The video.
International Sailing – Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Very light winds, big shifts and the strong tidal current made racing almost impossible. Only half of the 49er fleet completed two races.
Finishing twice as 5th, Delle-Karth/Resch AUT took the lead one point ahead of Basalkin/Chernikov RUS. Kostov/Cupac CRO are 3rd. The biggest surprise however are the unknown Ganapathy Kelapanda/Varun Thakkar IND on rank 4, even ahead of the Olympic Champions Outteridge/Jensen AUS. Some teams are already under pressure to reach the Goldfleet of the 25 best, such as Warrer/Thomsen DEN (rank 24), Dyen/Christidis FRA (31st) or Fletcher/Sign GBR (35th). The ranking list and the report of the day.
The wind forecast for today with a 10-12 kn breeze looks quite promising to sail the complete program of all classes. Racing can - as on every day - be followed live on the Internet.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Very light winds, big shifts and the strong tidal current made racing almost impossible. Only half of the 49er fleet completed two races.
Finishing twice as 5th, Delle-Karth/Resch AUT took the lead one point ahead of Basalkin/Chernikov RUS. Kostov/Cupac CRO are 3rd. The biggest surprise however are the unknown Ganapathy Kelapanda/Varun Thakkar IND on rank 4, even ahead of the Olympic Champions Outteridge/Jensen AUS. Some teams are already under pressure to reach the Goldfleet of the 25 best, such as Warrer/Thomsen DEN (rank 24), Dyen/Christidis FRA (31st) or Fletcher/Sign GBR (35th). The two Swiss teams Casas/Mettraux SUI and Schneiter/Cujean SUI will sail today in the second half of the 49er fleet. The ranking list and the report of the day.
The wind forecast for today with a 10-12 kn breeze looks quite promising to sail the complete program of all classes. Racing can - as on every day - be followed live on the Internet.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The PWA Wave Worldcup began yesterday at the Danish 'Cold Hawaii' Klitmöller on Denmark's West Coast with a supersession. Moderate winds and a fisherman's boat stranded inmidst the race area (see picture) impeded the competition. Marcilio Brown BRA won the final ahead of Thomas Traversa FRA and Flo Jung GER. The event website and the PWA website.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Three races were sailed at the Untersee Trophy on Lower Lake Constance over the past weekend. The Finns, largest fleet with 30 participants from 5 nations had Walter Mai GER (age 78, Olympian 1972) as winner ahead of Gerhard Weinreich AUT and Claus Wimmer GER. Best Swiss was Peter Kilchenmann TYC on the 6th place. Klaus Eiermann/Robi Montau GER were first of the 470s with Mara Bezel/Fiona Müdespacher SUI und Alexa Bezel/Christian Sprecher SUI closely behind.
The event website.
International Sailing – Monday, September 15, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014   (Image © Pedro Martinez)
Very light winds - 4 to 8 kn - prevailed yesterday in Santander and only a reduced program was completed. The Laser Standard and Radial Goldfleets sailed only one Final race each, while the Silver- and Bronzefleets remained without results. The RS:X windsurfers sailed only 2 of the 3 planned heats. The 470 men completed one, the women two regattas.
First leaders in the 470 women are Maelenn Lemaitre/Aloise Retornaz FRA with the day ranks 1 and 2, followed by Fernanda Oliveira/Ana-Luiza Barbachan BRA and Huimin Feng/Lizhu Wang CHN. The 470 women rankings.
Group winners in the 470 men were Bouvet/Mion FRA and McNay/Hughes USA, with Fantela/Marenic CRO and Charbonnier/Nebout-Javal FRA on ranks 2, and Autenrieth/Autenrieth GER as well as Kampouridis/Papadopulos GRE on the 3rd places.
New on top of the Lasers Standard is Nicolas Heiner NED, Charlie Buckingham USA advanced on rank 2, at equal points with Tom Burton AUS. Robert Scheidt BRA dropped on rank 4 after a premature start disqualification.
In the Lasers Radial, the winner of the only race of the day was Dongshuang Zhang CHN taking the overall lead 6 points ahead of Josefine Olsson SWE. Marit Bouwmester NED follows on the 3rd place.
Piotr Myszka POL is now on top of the RS:X men windsurfers at conclusion of the Gold- and Silverfleet Qualifications. Nick Dempsey GBR, Byron Kokkalanis GRE and Toni Wilhelm GER follow at equal points on the ranks 2 to 4.
Charline Picon FRA remained on the first position in the RS:X women 6 points ahead of Byrony Shaw GBR. Patricia Freitas BRA is 3rd.
The video of the day presents the 470s. Check out also the ranking list and the event website.
As from today, all classes will be on the water, for the first time the Nacra 17, the 49ers and the 49ersFX.
Again today, racing can be followed live on the Internet.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Top sailing conditions with a 20-23 kn breeze on the last day of the Istanbul Act prevailed for the X-40-cats. As team of the day, 'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA was ready to fight for the overall win in the last double-points heat, but for tactical reasons, they let 'Team New Zealand' with Dean Barker NZL pass to avoid that 'The Wave - Muscat' would win Act 6. The NewZealanders celebrated their first 2014 win, and this after a last place in Act 5. 'The Wave - Muscat' and 'Alinghi' completed the podium.
The report and the ranking list.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Light winds prevailed yesterday during the last races of the Swan Cup on Sardinia. 92 teams, split in 6 categories, participated. The outcome of the Swan 45 World Championship was decided in the very last race in favor of Nigel Brandeis GER agains his German opponent Christian Plump GER. All other ranking lists and the final report.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Champagne sailing on Lake Neuchâtel with sun and a 3-6 bft wind at the A-Cat Class Championship 2014 over the past weekend, allowing to complete 8 races. Sandro Caviezel YCAs is the new champion with 5 race wins ahead of the favorite Sascha Wallmer SCMd and Helmut Sturmhofer GER. 28 cats were on the starting line. The ranking list and the report.
Monday, September 15, 2014   (Image © Sander van der Borch)
The inaugural One Design Cup in Marseille was concluded yesterday in excellent sailing conditions. The new high-tech classes were much appreciated.
Flavio Marazzi SUI was best in the three-boats' GC32-catamaran fleet. Arthur Herrmann FRA won the Match Race of the 8 Diam-24-trimarans. Loic Forestier SUI finished 4th in his first regatta as skipper of the new Tour-de-France boat. Giovanni Galeotti BEL dominated the Moths with David Holenweg SUI and Jean-Pierre de Siebenthal SUI on rank 2 and 3. The report and all ranking lists.
International Sailing – Sunday, September 14, 2014
Sunday, September 14, 2014   
Moderate winds around 10 kn prevailed yesterday during the Laser and RS:X races.
With 4 heats completed, the two Laser classes will continue racing in a Gold-, Silver- and Bronzefleet. Finishing on the ranks 3 and 1, the defending champion Robert Scheidt BRA has taken the lead in the Lasers Standard 2 points ahead of Nicolas Heiner NED, and another 2 points in front of Tom Burton AUS. 24 nations are now firmly qualified for Rio 2016, the 23 nations in the Goldfleet plus Brazil as organisers. The report.
Veronika Kozelska-Fenclova CZE defended her first place in the Lasers Radial. Viktorija Andrulyte advanced on rank 2 as best of the day (1/4). The favorites Marit Bouwmester NED and Dongshuang Zhang CHN follow at equal points on the positions 3 and 4. 33 nations qualified for the Goldfleet, where 19 Olympics berths will be allotted.
The French dominate windsurfing. Pierre Le Coq FRA won both races of his group in the RS:X-men and leads overall ahead of Louis Giard FRA. Piotr Myszka POL follows on the 3rd place.
Charline Picon FRA won two of the three heats in the RS:X-female windsurfers, 2 points ahead of the surprising Demita Vega de Lille MEX. Byrony Shaw GBR, Eugenie Ricard FRA and Zofia Noceti-Klepacka POL follow on the ranks 3 to 5 at equal points.
All ranking lists and the event website .
In addition to the Lasers and RS:X-windsurfers, the 470s will begin their Championship today. As always, racing can be followed live on the Internet.
Sunday, September 14, 2014   
Moderate winds around 10 kn prevailed yesterday for the Laser and RS:X races.
With 4 heats completed, the two Laser classes will continue racing in a Gold- and Silverfleet. Finishing on the ranks 3 and 1, the defending champion Robert Scheidt BRA has taken the lead in the Lasers Standard 2 points ahead of Nicolas Heiner NED, and another 2 points in front of Tom Burton AUS. 24 nations are now firmly qualified for Rio 2016, the 23 nations now in the Goldfleet plus Brazil as orgnisers. Guillaume Girod SUI on position 73 has to continue the Championship in the Silverfleet. At the Laser Worlds 2015, he will have another chance to qualify for one of the 9 remaining Olympic slots. The report. Benîot Lagneux SUI on rank 116 is in the Bronze-Fleet.
Veronika Kozelska-Fenclova CZE defended her first place in the Lasers Radial. Viktorija Andrulyte advanced on rank 2 as best of the day (1/4). The favorites Marit Bouwmester NED and Dongshuang Zhang CHN follow at equal points on the positions 3 and 4. Maud Jayet SUI had a better second day, but as 61st, she missed the Goldfleed by one position. 33 nations qualified for the Goldfleet, where 19 Olympics berths will be allotted.
The French dominate windsurfing. Pierre Le Coq FRA won both races of his group in the RS:X-men and leads overall ahead of Louis Giard FRA. Piotr Myszka POL follows on the 3rd place. Well positioned for the Goldfleet is Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI as 18th. Charline Picon FRA won two of the three heats in the RS:X-female windsurfers yesterday 2 points ahead of the surprising Demita Vega de Lille MEX. Byrony Shaw GBR, Eugenie Ricard FRA and Zofia Noceti-Klepacka POL follow on the rank 1-5 at equal points.
All ranking lists and the event website .
In addition to the Lasers and RS:X-windsurfers, the 470s will begin with their Championship. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI and Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI, should have fair chances to qualify for an Olympic nations berth. As always, racing can be followed live on the Internet.
Sunday, September 14, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
No change on the Medal ranks after the three races of the last day. Tim Healy USA and his team with Geoff Baker USA as tactician are the first World Champions of this young class, commented by Paul Cayard USA as yacht with a "one design aspect, a very light and fast boat, relatively inexpensive, 4 person crew all combine for big bang and big fun for your buck.".
Joel Running USA (tactician Bill Hardesty USA) and Brian Keane USA (with Richard Clarke CAN) took Silver and Bronze. The best European is Peter Taselaar NED (with Tom Slingsby AUS) as 10th.
The final rankings and the event website.
Sunday, September 14, 2014   
Ideal X-40 cat conditions prevailed yesterday with a 20 kn breeze and a very special race on the program: a race across the Bosporus where the intensive cargo- and passenger traffic had to be interrupted during the competition. 'The Wave - Muscat' with Leigh McMillan GBR defended the leading position, but 'Team New Zealand' with Dean Barker NZL is only 2 points behind. 'Oman Air' (Rob Greenalgh GBR) stays on the 3rd place, but 'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA reduced the gap to 3 points. Racing for the ranks 1 and 2 as well as 3 and 4 remains close on the final day of the event.
The report and the results.
Sunday, September 14, 2014   
It blew 20 knots and above for a third straight day at the Rolex Big Boat Series, and with six races under their sailing belts, eight of ten classes – HPR, BAMA/Multihull, J/70, J/105, J/111, J/120, Melges 24, Express 37 – are counting on one last race (the traditional 'Bay Tour') tomorrow to either seal their deals or steal into top-three positions where bragging rights are as treasured as the trophies to be presented. The other two – ORR and Farr 40 – will let two round-the-buoys races determine the class champions, with the Farr 40 class also deciding the winner of its international circuit based on performances here. Read the full report.
Sunday, September 14, 2014   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)
Before the last races today, the results in 5 of 6 classes are very close, and only the Romanian 'Natalia' has a comfortable advantage in the Swan 42 rankings. In the Swan 45 Worlds, the fight for the title is German with 'Earlybird' of Nigel Brandis GER (with Jochen Schümann GER as tactician) and 'Elena Nova' of Christian Plump GER only one point behind. All other ranking lists and the daily report.
Sunday, September 14, 2014   
Roland and Nahid Gäbler GER gathered two race wins more and fiinsh the German Open on Lake Garda on a superior first place. Thanks to two second places, Martin Rusterholz/Jean-Marc Cuanillon SUI advanced on rank 2. Bob and Marc Baier GER are on the 3rd position, 6 points ahead of the 4th-placed Marcel and Jörg Steiner SUI. The results.
The Dart-18 Alp Cup 2014 ended with a Swiss victory. Michiel Fehr/Ueli Guggenbühl SUI won 6 of the 8 races and are 13 points in advance of the 2nd-ranked Matthias Huber/Dominik Volke GER 2. With Werner Heynisch/Markus Gysi SUI as 4th, another Swiss team is in the top-5. 29 teams from 5 nations. The ranking list.
Sunday, September 14, 2014   (Image © Guilain Grenier)
The three state-of-the-art One-Designs continued their regattas off Marseille in a moderate breeze.
First in the interim's rankings of the Diam 24 matchrace is the undefeated Arthur Herreman FRA. Christophe Alzieu FRA on second has a 3-0 w/l score. Loic Forestier SUI follows with 2-4 on rank 4.
Flavio Marazzi SUI leads in the GC32 rankings, but with a row of race wins, Sébastien Rogues FRA is about to close the gap.
For the Moths, the wind was only sufficient to lift off late in the afternoon. Giovanni Galeotti BEL was again the winner in this only race of the day ahead of David Hollenweg SUI and Jean-Pierre de Siebenthal SUI. The event website, where the GC32-regatta can be followed live as from 11 o'clock.
International Sailing – Saturday, September 13, 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014   
Once the thick fog had gone, the first races of the ISAF Olympic Classes World Championship were started in a light 6 to 8 kn breeze yesterday, with the Laser Classes as firsts.
On top after two races in the large Laser Standard fleet with the complete elite sailing is Juan Maegli GUA with the day ranks 1 and 3. Tom Burton AUS (5/3) and Matthew Wearn AUS (7/2) follow behind. On rank 4 is the youth sailor Giovanni Coccoluto ITA as best of only 3 Europeans in the top 10. The defending Champion Robert Scheidt BRA is on position 7 with the rank 13 nd 2.
With Veronika Kozelska-Fenclova CZE (1/3) on top of the Lasers Radial, an experienced sailor appears ahead of the women single-handed dinghies. Min Gu CHN on rank 2 however is a new-name among the international top-sailors of the class. Emma Plaesschart BEL follows on rank 3, the 4th place is shared by the top-favorites Marit Bouwmester NED and Dongshuang Zhang CHN.
All ranking lists and the daily report.
Today, two more Qualification Races of the two Laser Classes and first three races of the RS:X Windsurfers are on the program. 18 nation berths in the men and 13 nation berths in the women are at stake. Racing can be followed over GPS-live-tracking.
Saturday, September 13, 2014   (Image © Sander van der Borch)
Finishing 7th in the final race of the Goldcup, Markus Wieser GER/Sergey Pugatchev RUS/Georgii Leontchuk UKR sailing under the UAE (Arab Emirates) flag won the series for the second time in a row. Arriving 2nd, Pieter Heerema NED and his team moved up on 2nd overall, ahead of Jewgenij Braslavets UKR on 3rd.
The ranking list and the report.
Saturday, September 13, 2014   (Image © Elena Razina)
The SB20 World Championship in St. Petersburg ended yesterday with a final race sailed again in a light breeze. Instead of the scheduled 13 races, only 6 could be completed.
Finishing 3rd, Ewgenj Neugodnikov RUS earned Gold ahead of Hugo Rocha ESP and Mathieu Salomon FRA. The favorite Luka Rodion UKR had to content himself with ran 4.
The ranking list and the report.
Saturday, September 13, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
Lull conditions for the first time after three windy days off Newport RI, and just one race could be completed. The two leading boats of Tom Healey USA and Joel Running USA sailed both their discard result. Brian Kean USA (tactics Richard Clark CAN) won the race and reduced as 3rd overall the points' gap on the leading duo. James Arendshorst USA (with Chris and Danielle Rast SUI) remain on the 22nd place among the 86 teams.
The ranking list.
Saturday, September 13, 2014   
Moderate winds prevailed yesterday with outsiders setting some positive marks: Best of the day was 'Oman Air' with Rob Greenalgh GBR advancing on position 3 overall. Race winners of the day were also 'GAC Pindar' with Nathan Wilmot AUS and the invited local 'Team Turx' with Mitch Booth NED.
Overall leader remains 'The Wave -Muscat' with Leigh McMillan GBR closely followed by 'Team New Zealand' with Dean Barker NZL. 'Alinghi' mit Morgan Larson USA came back after the dismasting of the first daxy and moved up on rank 6. Still with unexpected difficulties are Jerôme Clerc SUI and Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI with their 'RealTeam', sticking on rank 11 overall.
The report, the ranking list and the video of the day.
Saturday, September 13, 2014   
The flying GC32 catamarans sailed again 7 races in challenging wind conditions. Admittedly, Flavio Marazzi SUI had to content himself with a series of 2nd places, but in the overall rankings, he remains clearly ahead of his two opponents, who both had to omit a day due to damages. The ranking list.
The prevailing 12-18 kn Mistral breeze was perfect for the Moths as well, sailing five heats, all won by Giovanni Galeotti BEL. David Hollenweg SUI and Jean-Pierre de Siebenthal (-Ziegert) follow on the ranks 2 and 3 in the 8 boats' fleet, among them also Philippe Presti FRA. The event website.
Saturday, September 13, 2014   
'Hollandia' with J. Fruytier/R. Vanhilst NED added another race win on his results sheet and is on a clear path to the title. Finished as 2nd of the day, Jean Fabre SUI with his 'Yquem II' in now on the 2nd place overall. Graeme Wood AUS with his 'Juanita' is now 3rd.
The ranking list.
Saturday, September 13, 2014   (Image © Roberto Vuilleumier)
The classic Lake Garda conditions enabled both cat classes to complete 6 races each during the first two days of the German Alp Cup. In the Tornados, sailing the German Championship as well, Roland and Nahid Gäbler GER lead the fleet with 4 races ahead of Veit Hemmeter/Nico Lutz GER. Martin Rusterholz/Jean-Marc Cuanillon SUI follows on rank 3 among the 19 teams from 4 nations. Michiel Fehr/Ueli Guggenbühl SUI lead clearly in the Darts 18 ahead of Werner Heynisch/Markus Gysi SUI on rank 2. 29 teams from 5 nations particpiate. The event website.
International Sailing – Friday, September 12, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
The ISAF Olympic Classes World Championship 2014 in Santander ESP began yesterday with the Opening Ceremony. With 1'250 athletes from 83 nations, this event is one of the most international sports event ever. In addition to the Champions' titles, 75% of the nations' berths for the 2016 Olympic Regatta in Rio are at stake.
The first races today will see the two Laser classes in action. In the Lasers Standard (149 participants from 72 nations) will be eager to qualify their federations for one of the 23 Olympic slots. In the women's Laser Radial ( with 122 participants from 53 nations), the first 19 nations will qualify for the Games.
The defending Champion Robert Scheidt BRA will try to win his 10th Laser World's title. But a number of other top sailors have their chances in waters of Santander with its tricky tide currents. In the women's Laser Radial class, the 2012 London/Weymouth medalists Marit Bouwmester NED and Evi Van Acker BEL remain the favorites. Eliminated from the Championship is Paige Railey USA after a bike accident - read the report.
The official Laser preview. Racing can be followed live over GPS live tracking.
Friday, September 12, 2014   
Yesterday, after two days of qualifying, the 2014 J/70 World Championship saw the first Gold- and Silverfleet races of the Championship Series that will decide the winner of this inaugural world championship. After being postponed ashore a thunderstorm threat had lifted, the good wind conditions allowed to complete four races in a 12-18 kn wind. Tied on points to start the day were Joel Ronning USA (with tactician Bill Hardesty USA) and Tim Healy (with Geoff Becker USA), but Healy had a neat series (3/2/1/1) and took the overall lead 7 points ahead of Ronning. The 3rd-ranked Brian Keane USA (with Richard Clark CAN) is alread 29 points behind.
The results and the reports.
Friday, September 12, 2014   
The 5th race of the Dragon Goldcup yesterday on the Ijsselmeer brought a preliminary decision in favor of Markus Wieser UAE and his team finishing 3rd and extending their lead before the last race today on 13 points. As no discards ar allowed in the Goldcup, everything remains possible. "To finish first, you have to finish first ... " Lawrie Smith GBR is now 2nd but his advance on the 3rd-ranked Jewgenj Braslavets UAE is only 2 points. Poul Hoj-Jensen DEN and Richard Heerema NED on the ranks 4 and 5 have still options for a medal.
The rankings and the event website.
Friday, September 12, 2014   
Up to 20 kn was the wind on the opening day of Act 6 of the Extreme Sailing Series in Istanbul, and 7 races full of action (including two dismastings) were completed. The big-breeze specialist had their day, and 'Team New Zealand' with Dean Barker NZL has for the first time this year taken the lead with a consistent series of top results ahead of 'The Wave Muscat' with Leigh McMillan GBR. 'Alinghi' (Morgan Larson USA) were in difficulties in the freshening wind and even lost the mast in the last race of the day. As 8th they are just in front of Ben Ainslie GBR and his 'BAR Racing'. 'Groupama' dismasted already in the 4th race, but nevertheless, the French team is as 11th ahead of 'Realstone' with Jerôme Clerc SUI completely off-track.
The ranking list, the daily report and the videos.
Friday, September 12, 2014   (Image © Elena Razina)
Another day with mostly no wind in St. Petersburg, and only one race was finally completed. After five general recalls, it was again Evgeny Neugodnikov RUS who crossed the finish line as first, just before the wind disappeared for the day. Only 12 of the 49 teams terminated the race before the time limit. No change on top of the rankings with Neugodnikov RUS leading 2 points ahead of Hugo Rocha ESP. Mathieu Salomon FRA remains on 3rd.
The results and the report of the day.
Friday, September 12, 2014   
Two more races were sailed yesterday at the 8 mIJ Worlds at La Trinité FRA, and again, 'Hollandia' with J. Fruytier/R. Vanhilst NED was twice on top. Jean Fabre SUI with his 'Yquem' finished two times on 2nd and reduced the gap on the 2nd-ranked 'Juanita' of Graeme Wood AUS on one point.
The ranking list.
Friday, September 12, 2014   
The 'flying' GC32 catamarans, the first class to start at the Marseille One Design Cup, sailed their first two races yesterday in 25 kn Mistral. The sailing conditions were at the upper limit for these filigree racers, achieving speeds of up to 40 kn. Only two of the four multihulls finished both races. Flavio Marazzi SUI with his experienced GC32-team was twice the winner.
The report and the results.
Friday, September 12, 2014   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)
The long-distance race yesterday was sailed in an up to 25 kn breeze. Thanks to a race win, Nigel Brandis GER took the lead a the Swan-45-Worlds. The results.
All ranking lists and the report.
International Sailing – Thursday, September 11, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014   
Day two of the 2014 J/70 World Championship saw the completion of the Qualifying Series leading to the Gold- and Silverfleet Championship Series of this inaugural world championship with two races sailed by each group yesterday. As best of the day (ranks 1 and 3), Tim Healy USA (tactics Geoff Becker USA) reduced the gap on the leading Joel Running USA (tactics Bill Hardesty USA). Brian Keane USA (with the Starboat Olympian Richard Clark CAN) defended rank 3. Matching Healy's best day results was the two-times Tornado Olympian and multiple J/24 World Champion Mauricio Santa-Cruz BRA, moving up on rank 4.
The results and the report of the day.
Thursday, September 11, 2014   
Favorable wind conditions permitted to sail two races yesterday with Gavia Wilkinson-Cox GBR and Lars Hendriksen DEN as winners. Markus Wieser UAE and his team remained on top despite of a mediocre 25th rank. With no discards allowed, the top group is now very close together. Poul Hoi-Jensen DEN on 2nd is only 4 points behind Wieser. Jewgenij Braslavets UAE follows on rank 3. 86 teams sailing.
The results and the event website.
Thursday, September 11, 2014   
As on day one, there was no racing yesterday due to lack of wind. The rankings remain therefore unchanged with Ewgenj Neugodnikov RUS and his team on top after four races, followed by Hugo Rocha ESP and Hervé Salomon FRA.
The ranking list and the report.
Thursday, September 11, 2014   
The Extreme Sailing Series 2014 continues today with Act 6 in Istanbul TUR, where racing will take place in front of the historical backtrop for the leadership in the Annual Series rankings between 'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA and 'The Wave - Muscat' with Leigh McMillen GBR. In their best season so far, the second Swiss team, i.e. 'RealTeam' with Jerôme Clerc SUI and Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI will endeavour to defend the third place overall against the America's Cup teams with Dean Barker NZL (Team NZL) and Ben Ainslie GBR (BAR Racing). The local Turkish team will have Mitch Booth AUS as helmsman.
The preview and the presentation video.
Thursday, September 11, 2014   
The Interboot is one of the leading Nautical Expositions worldwide, and the Swiss boating industry considers this event as prime platform to present its products and services. The Swiss shore of Lake Constance is long and the common lake joins up.
50 among the 500 exhibitors in Friederichshafen will present 'swiss-made' products at the forthcoming 53rd Interboot from September 20 to 28, 2014. About 20'000 visitors from Switzerland are expected. The Swiss-German cooperation has a long tradition. Already at the first show of the IBO in 1951, Swiss boatbuilders such as Brunnert-Grimm were represented, and at the launching of the new Interboot concept in 1962, Swiss cooperated closely with the organisers of the new show.
The press release.
Thursday, September 11, 2014   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)
No wind, no racing yesterday at the Swan Cup in Porto Cervo. For today, the wind forecast is again perfect with a 18-20 kn breeze. A long distance race around the islands in the North of Sardinia is on the program. One race has been completed so far by all classes except the Swan 45 sailing their World Championship with two heats on the first day.
All results/URL] and the [url=wxw.regattanews.com/pressrelease.aspx?cid=31693&lid=1&eid=345&clid=736&year=2014&ctid=6]daily report.
Thursday, September 11, 2014   
Four races have been sailed at the 8 mIJ Worlds at La Trinité FRA, and the rankings on top are identical with the ranks of the Tune-Up race of last Sunday: 'Hollandia' with J. Fruytier/R. Vanhilst NED leads 3 points ahead of 'Juanita' with Graeme Wood AUS. 'Yquem II' with Jean Fabre SUI follows on rank 3.
The ranking list.
Thursday, September 11, 2014   
The Marseille One-Design Cup traditionally organised in autum invited this year in addition to the modern OneDesign-classes (Longtze, J/80, Melges 24,...) also the Foiler-Moths, the new Tour-de-France class, the Diam-24-trimarans, as well as the GC32-catamarans equipped with foils. The Moth-fleet mainly consists of Swiss participants (plus the 'Oracle Sport Director Philippe Presti FRA), Flavio Marazzi SUI steers his GC32 and the Tour-de-France helmsman Loïc Forestier SUI is on a Diam 24¨.
The entry list and the event-Website.
International Sailing – Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014   
As hardly any keelboat before, the J/70 launched two-and-a-half years ago, had an overwhelming take-off with over 600 boats sold in 20 countries, allowing to organise a World Championship already this year.
Yesterday, the Championship began at Newport RI with three races, the 86 boats' fleet split in two groups. Joel Ronning USA (tactics Bill Hardesty USA) had a flawless first day winning the three heats and taking the lead ahead of Tim Healy USA (tactics Geoff Becker USA) 2nd and Brian Keane USA (tactics Richard Clark CAN) 3rd. Best non-US participant is on rank 5 Mauricio Santa-Cruz BRA.
The ranking list, the pictures and the event website.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014   
Despite of the challenging conditions, Markus Wieser GER and his team (Sergey Pugachev RUS/Georgij Leonchuk UKR) succeeded to repeat their race win of the previous day, securing him a clear overall lead. Hans Liljeblad SWE and Lars Christensen DEN follow at equal points on the ranks 2 and 3.
The ranking list and the event website.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014   
Moderate winds around 10 kn prevailed yesterday in St. Petersburg RUS allowing to complete four races. Surprisingly, the favorite Luka Rodion UKR was not yet up to speed, and occupies only rank 5 with a 15 points backlog. With four top-4 finishes, the former matchracer Evgeny Neugodnikov RUS has taken the lead 4 points ahead of Hugo Rocha ESP as 2nd and Mathieu Salomon FRA 3rd. The Olympic Champion Ruslana Taran UKR on the 6th place is the best-ranked woman.
The results and the report of the day.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)
 
Yacht racing goes on in Porto Cervo ITA and after the Maxis, it is now the turn on the Swans. Six different types participate with the Swan 45 sailing their World Championship, however with only 9 boats. While the larger yachts sailed a coastal race each in moderate winds, the Swan 45 and 42 completed two short races. Christian Plimp GER and Nigel Brandis GER, both with a 1 and 2 finish, jointly lead in the Swans 45. Leonardo Ferragamo ITA won both heats in the Swan 42.
All other results and the report of the day.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014   
The Formula Windsurfing European Championship in Croatia ended last Sunday. After five races, the winner was Sebastian Kördel GER ahead of Caspar Bouman NED and Filip Korczycki POL. Richard Stauffacher SUI finished 6th among the 58 participants from 18 nations.
The ranking lists and the report.
 
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