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International Sailing – Saturday, December 27, 2014
Saturday, December 27, 2014   
Today begins the Orange Bowl on Biscayne Bay, the best-attended youth regatta in the USA. Optmists, Lasers 4.7 and Radial as well as 420s are on the entry lists, 675 participants from 23 nations.
The wind forecast promises sun and a moderate seabreeze around 10 kn. The event website.
International Sailing – Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   
High yacht racing activity during the days ahead ! On December 26, a 117 boats' fleet will start from Sydney Harbour direction Tasmania to the traditional Sydney-Hobart-Race, this time with five Maxi racers fighting for the line honours. Dinghies have also their traditions with the (Laser) regatta on the Hvar CRO island, the (Star) Christmas Race in Nizza FRA, the (Optimists in San Remo ITA) and the (Optimists, Lasers, 420s) at the Orange Bowl Regatta in Miami FL USA, the major youth event in the US. Australia in high-summer is the prime site for a number of World Championships, mostly with tune-up races ahead of the main competitions. The first will be the Tornados in Perth AUS with practice races as from next Saturday and the title race beginning next Tuesday. On New Year's Eve, the IMOCA Open 60 will start to the Barcelona World Race, the round-the-world-race for two person teams, covered by sailing-news with daily updates.

We wish you Merry Christmas !
Wir wünschen frohe Festtage !
International Sailing – Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Alfred Farre)
No wind on the last day of the Palamos Christmas Race and Saturday's rankings are final.
Favorites are on top of the 470 men with Charbonnier/Le Berre FRA, the 470 women with Lemaitre/Retornaz FRA and the 49ers with Alonso/Alonso ESP.
All ranking lists, the final report and the videos.
International Sailing – Monday, December 22, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Fred Hoffmann)
A number of International Olympic Classes sailors are spending their time in Rio de Janeiro for training purposes on the 2016 Olympic waters. During the past days, the Copa Brazil de Vela Regatta has been organised. Here some of the results:
In the Nacra 17, Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA added another overall victory. After 12 races, the finished first 4 points ahead of Vittorio Bisarro/Silvia Seguro ITA. Matias Buhler/Nathalie Brugger SUI were 3rd in a good quality fleet. Strong competitors also in the 470 fleets. In the 470 women, the locals Oliveira/Barbachan BRA were on top ahead of the Olympic Champions Aleh/Powrie NZL as well as Lecointre/Defrance FRA and Vadlau/Ogar AUT 3rd at equal points. No ranking list is availabe right now from the 470 men), were the Olympic Champion Belcher AUS with Ryan AUS crew was first ahead of McNay/Hughes USA and Schmid/Reichstädter AUT. Robert Scheidt BRA was the winner in the Lasers Standard in front of Bruno Fontes BRA, Rutger Van Schaardenburg NED and Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA. Evi Van Acker BEL was ahead in the Lasers Radial, Giles Scott GBR dominated the Finns with 8 wins in 11 races. British victories also by Byrony Shaw GBR in the RS:X- women windsurfers and Nick Dempsey GBR in the RS:X men windsufers. Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI finished 15th. Bekkering/Duetz NED defeated the small 49erFX fleet. Grael/Borges BRA were the best of the three Brazilian teams in the 49FXer.
All ranking lists and the event website.
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Alfred Farre)
Sun and warm temperatures for the 300 plus teams at the Costa Brava, but at the same time, the reigning highpressure system calmed the seabreeze and no races were completed. Today is the last day of the event and the Medal Races are on the program.
Premature winners are Federico + Arturo Alonso ESP in the 49ers with an advantage of 24 points on Cherin/Tesei ITA. Joaquin Blanco ESP is 10 points ahead of the second-ranked Eliot Merceron FRA in the Lasers Standard. Antony Munos FRA and Jonasz Stelmaczyk POL are another 10 points behind and will fight for the 3rd position. First in the Lasers Radialis Agata Barwinska POL with a 6 points' lead on Anna Weinzieher POL. Karyna Manuel GBR follows as 3rd. The 470 men winner will be decided between Charbonnier/Le Berre FRA and Pirouelle/Sipan FRA]. Four teams still have a chance to win in the 470 women, where the leaders Lemaitre/Retornaz FRA are only one point in front of Cornudella/Lopez ESP. Llado/Gonzalez ESP are on top of the 420 men, followed by Clapp/Banham GBR and Herail/Lepoutre FRA. First in the 420 girls are Davila/Davila ESP.
All ranking listsn, the daily report/URL] and the [url=wxw.christmasrace.org/en/default/races/race-video]videos.
International Sailing – Sunday, December 21, 2014
Sunday, December 21, 2014   (Image © Alfred Farre)
Sun and moderate winds between 8 and 12 kn prevailed on the third day of the Palamos Christmas Race and all classes sailed 3 to 4 races.
Joaquin Blanco ESP regained the first place in the Lasers Standard ahead of Eliot Merceron FRA 10 points behind. A Polish duo occupies the ranks 1 and 2 in the Lasers Radial with Agata Barwinska POL and Anna Weinzieher POL. Charbonnier/Le Berre FRA extended their lead with two race wins, in front of Pirouelle/Sipan FRA and Xammar/Herp ESP. In the 470 women, the leading group is closer together with Lemaitre/Retornaz FRA only one point ahead of Cornudella/Lopez ESP, and Blandin/Delpuech FRA another 2 points back are not far behind. Alonso/Alonso ESP are the clear leaders in the 49ers. On top of the 420s are, Llado/Gonzalez ESP. Carmen and Julia Davila ESP defended their lead in the 420 girls.
All ranking lists, the reports and the videos.
Sunday, December 21, 2014   
The 58th edition of the Starboat Christmas Race in Nizza FRA will take place as usual between Christmas and New Year. As all Star regattas, this is event is part of the 'Star Sailors League' ranking list, and this is certainly a reason for the record particpation this year. 45 teams from 14 nations (including the USA and Brazil) are on the entry list. Key favorites are also this year Diego Negri/Sergio Lambertenghi ITA, Vice World Champions 2014. The races can be followed live over GPS tracking. A preview and the event website.
International Sailing – Saturday, December 20, 2014
Saturday, December 20, 2014   (Image © Alfred Farre)
Again very light winds on the second day of the Christmas Race at Palamos, but nevertheless, all classes sailed at least one race.
On top of the 470 - without race on day one - are the French Charbonnier/Le Berre FRA with the day ranks 1 and 2, clearly ahead of Shvets/Matsuyev UKR and Pirouelle/Sipan FRA and Aggeler/Aggeler GER 3rd at equal points. Maelenn Lemaitre/Aloise Retornaz FRA lead in the 470 women one point ahead of Marina Gallego/Fatima Reyes ESP. As best of the day, Balazs Tomai HUN has taken the lead in the Lasers Standard ahead of Joaquin Blanco ESP. In the Lasers Radial women, Anna Skaar NOR and Elie Brown GBR are first at equal points. The 49ers have already completed 7 races. Alonso/Alonso ESP are first, followed at some distance by Terin/Chesei ITA and Hedström/Düring FIN. Carla + Marta Munte ESP have taken the lead in the 29ers with two race wins. Marc Llado/Javier Gonzalez ESP are on top of the 420s in front of Max Clapp/Ross Banham GBR and Arnaud Herail/Paco Lepoutre FRA. Carmen + Julia Davila ESP dominate in the 420 girls. all.
All ranking listsn, the video of the day and the event website.
International Sailing – Friday, December 19, 2014
Friday, December 19, 2014   (Image © Alfred Farre)
The Palamos Christmas Race began yesterday at the Spanish Costa Brava in a light wind. While the fleets racing inshore completed 2 to 3 races, the 470s and Finns on the outer courses waited in vain for a breeze.
After two heats in the Lasers Standard, Eliott Merceron FRA leads ahead of Antony Munos FRA and Joaquin Blanco ESP. 44 participants from 10 nations. Monica Azon ESP and Anna Skaar NOR share the lead in the Lasers Radial women. Ellie Brown GBR follows on rank 3. 23 participants. Mon Canellas ESP is first in the Radial men. The 49ers completed three races according to program, and Alonso/Alonso ESP lead ahead of Bergström/Vesternäs SWE and Cherin/Tesei ITA. Winners of the only race of the day in the 29ers were Peter Janezic/Anze Podlogar SLO, in front of Carla + Marta Munte-Carrasco ESP. Only one race per fleet in the 420s as well. First in the Boys category were Andrea Abruzzese/Camilla Fassio ITA ahead of Maxime Bachelin/Philippe Pittet SUI and Theo Carayon/Erwan Lucas FRA. Cata Homar/Maria Llabres ESP lead in the 420 girls followed by Erna Riera/Léa Pernet FRA and Carmen + Julia Davila ESP. 23 teams.
All ranking lists and the report of the day. The Swiss 470 team Wagen/Siegwart SUI spent the raceless day with maintenance work at their 470.
International Sailing – Thursday, December 18, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014   
Today begins the 39th edition of the Palamos Christmas Race at the Spanish Costa Brava. Invited are - apart from the Olympic Classes - also the Youth Classes 420, 29er and Laser Radial. 330 boats are on the entry lists. The wind forecast for today announces moderate conditions around 10 kn. This race was, by-the-way, the first regatta to be presented on the ISAF (then IYRU) Internet website in 1995, ... almost 20 years' ago !
The event website.
Thursday, December 18, 2014   
Two weeks ago, the ISAF Olympic Classes Worldcup 2015 began with Sail Melbourne. Only 10 days after the Abu Dhabi 2014 Worldcup Final, only very few European or American teams participated, and it remains to be seen, whether this new format will become an intercontinental competition in the future. Thanks to the high quality of the Australian top sailors, the level of the races was very high. See also the detailed report in Sail World ,
A 5 minutes' video summary.
International Sailing – Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Wednesday, December 17, 2014   
bluboats in cooperation with the Sailingcenter Tegernsee organise for the sixth time a winter training clinic at Acquafresca on Lake Garda from March 26th to 29th, 2015. During 4 days, the participants will take part in an intensive training on the water followed with video critics and theories by Christian 'Blumi' Scherrer SUI and Stephan Eder GER. The details.
International Sailing – Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014   
The ISAF Olympic Classes World Ranking Lists have been updated after the Melbourne Worldcup event last week. The 2014 year-end rankings did not change much, and only in the Finns, a new leader - Ivan Klijakovic-Gaspic CRO - replaced the previous first Caleb Paine USA, now second.
All ranking lists and the ISAF report.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014   
A drug-resistant "super bacteria” that's normally found in hospitals and is notoriously difficult to treat has been discovered in the waters where Rio de Janeiro's Olympic sailing events will be held, said on Monday scientists of the Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Brazil's most respected health research institute. Samples were taken from various spots along the Carioca River, including the mouth of the river into the city's Guanabara Bay, site of the 2016 sailing and wind surfing events. The Rio organisers did not comment yet. The report.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014   
Tom Slingsby AUS, the Laser Olympic Champion and America's Cup winner with 'Oracle', is very busy these days. He just returned from the Extreme Sailing Series final on Sydney Harbour, where he steered for the first time an X-40 catamaran. Last after the first day's ten races, 'Oman Air' came strongly back and finished the event on the fourth place. In ten days from now, the start to the Sydney-Hobart Race will be given, where he is at the helm of 'Perpetual Loyal', one of the favorite 100-foot Super-Maxis. And another ten days later, he will participate in the Moth World Championship, where he aims for a top-ten ranking, a very ambitious goal considering the all-star line-up at this Championship.
The report.
International Sailing – Monday, December 15, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014   (Image © 18footers.com.au)
The Syd-Barnett-Trophy on Sunday was the sixth Round of the 18-footer Club Championship 2014/5 on Sydney Harbour. With the overall leader 'Gotta love it 7' absent - the skipper Seve Jarvin AUS sailed the X-40 Extreme Sailing Series on 'Pindar' - 'Lumix' with Ash Rooklyn AUS realised her first victory of the season. 'Appliancesonline.com.au' (Micah Lane/Tom Anderson/Paul Montague AUS) and 'Compassmarkets.com' (Keagan York/Greg Dixon/Matt Stenta AUS) follow on the ranks 2 and 3.
The ranking list and the report. Racing can be reviewed (1 Std 38 min) on video.
Monday, December 15, 2014   (Image © JOY)
The first Act of the Melges 20 Winter Series in Miami ended yesterday with one light-wind race. Jason Michas USA (tactics Mark Mendelblatt USA) finished 1st and advanced on rank 1 at equal points with Marc Hollerbach USA (Jonathan McKee USA). Achille Onorato ITA (Malcom Page AUS) dropped on the 3rd place one point behind. The second Act of the Winter Series follows in February.
The ranking list and the report.
Monday, December 15, 2014   
The Commodores Cup in Miami - second Act of the Star Class Winter Series - was concluded yesterday with two races sailed in a light 4-7 kn breeze. Winning the first race of the day, Paul Cayard/Brian Terhaar USA took the interim's lead and controlled the direct opponents in race 2 allowing to celebrate a clear overall win. Larry Whipple/David Burrows USA and Peter Vesella/Guy Avellon USA completed the podium. 23 teams from 4 nations participated.
The report by Paul Cayard USA and the final rankings.
Monday, December 15, 2014   (Image © Marina Semenova)
Sun and a good breeze prevailed in Monaco over the past weekend for the second Act of the Sportboats Winter Series and the J70 and Melges 20 completed four races each. First in the J70, 15 participants, was Yannick Hefner GER, age 22, ahead of Jacopo Carrain MON. In the
En Melges 20, 25 participants, Guido Miani MON advanced on rank 1 after a successful last race. Yuri Morozov RUS at equal points had to content himself with the 2nd place. Manfredi Vianni ITA completed the podium.
The news and the Yacht Club de Monaco website.
Monday, December 15, 2014   
After the far-below-expectation results of the German Sailing Team at the ISAF World Championship in Santander, the high-performance section of the German Federation was in heavy critics. The outsourcing of Olympic and Developement Sailing in a separate independent entitiy created competence conflicts and administrative overhead (.... i.e. inefficiency as within Swiss Sailing). With the engagement of David Howlett GBR, one of the most competent trainers, as new Head-Coach, a revival of Olympic Sailing in Germany is expected. Howlett GBR led the UK Sailing Team with Ian Percy GBR, Ben Ainslie GBR and others from medal to medal.
The communiqué of the German Sailing Federation and a comment by segelreporter.com.
International Sailing – Sunday, December 14, 2014
Sunday, December 14, 2014   
After the Skiffs, the Nacra 17 catamaran and the windsurfers on Saturday, it was the 470s', the Finns' and the Lasers' turn to sail the Medal Races. The winners and the best OZ teams by class have already now qualified for the Worldcup Final in Abu Dhabi in December 2015.
Alexander Conway/Patrick Conway AUS won in the 470 men, Sasha Ryan/Amelia Catt AUS were first in the 'matchrace' of the only two 470 women, Ed Wright GBR made it in the Finns with a clear advange over Oliver Twedell AUS and Jake Lilley AUS. Tom Burton AUS had a 22 points' lead on the end of the day in the Lasers Standard over Matthew Wearn AUS and Mike Bullot NZL. Almost as dominant was Alison Young GBR 16 points in front in the Lasers Radial ahead of Tatiana Droszdowskaya BLR with just on point on Line Flem-Höst DEN remaining on 3rd.
The Paralympics participated in this Worldcup act with the 2.4 m and the Skuds. Matthew Bugg AUS won in the 2.4m, while Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tesch AUS were first in 9 of the 10 races in the Skuds 18.
All ranking lists, the final report and the videos.
Sunday, December 14, 2014   (Image © LLoyd Images)
The final Act of the Extreme Sailing Series 2014 ended today on a beautiful breezy and sunny Sydney Harbour day. 'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA, Stuart Pollard AUS (Anna Tunnicliffe USA was scheduled for two of the four days, but renounced in favor of the local Stu to sail), Nils Frei SUI, Yves Detrey SUI and Pierre-Yves Jorand SUI made it all clear winning the Act after 26 races and taking the overall Annual Champion's title. 'The Wave - Muscat' with Leigh McMillan GBR, having arrived in Sydney to turnover the situation in her favor, finished 2nd with a 12 points' backlog and remained 2nd in the annual rankings as well. The second Swiss team - 'RealTeam of Realstone' with Jerôme Clerc SUI and Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI confirmed their strong 2014 performance with a 3rd place in Sydney, consolidating their 3rd place overall, achieving more than they hoped for considering the world-class opponents.
The ranking lists, the reports and the video of the last day.
Sunday, December 14, 2014   (Image © JOY)
Difficult wind conditions on the second day of the Melges 20 Winter Series on Biscayne Bay. The very shifty 8-12 kn breeze made the three races tactically very challenging, but the leading Achille Onorato ITA (tacticsk Malcom Page AUS) made again the best of it and defended his first place with a 4 points' lead on the best of the day.Mark Hollerbach/Jonathan McKee USA. Jason Michas USA (Mark Mendelblatt) moved up on rank 3. Today, three more races have been scheduled conclude the first act of the Melges winter events.
The report of the day and the ranking list.
Sunday, December 14, 2014   
The second Act of the Star Class Winter Series in Florida began yesterday with three races on Biscayne Bay in a moderate, but very shifty breeze. Larry Whipple/David Burrows USA and Paul Cayard/Brian Terhaar USA have taken the lead at equal points, followed by Augie Diaz/Arni Baltins USA 2 points behind on rank 3. 23 teams from nations participate. The only Europeans Lothar Geilen/Carlos Miquel GER are on rank 23.
The results.