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International Sailing – Saturday, August 29, 2015
Saturday, August 29, 2015   
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Apparently, all four Groups have now completed at least four races, so that a first overall classification has been posted on the Internet.
Odysseas Spanakis GRE, Mate Jeney HUN, Rok Verderber SLO and Suthon Yampinid THA won the races of their Groups. Louis Barbet FRA, Matthias Berthet NOR, Daniel Hung SIN and the best girl Jodie Lai SIN finished 2nd in their Groups.
The ranking lists. Unfortunately, neither the Event-Website, the Optimist Class website, nor the event facebook page contain more information.
Saturday, August 29, 2015   
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Four races in a somewhat more moderate breeze were sailed on the third of the Moth Europeans in Lelystad NED, and the UK team went on with their domination occupying the ranks 1 to 7 overall. Leader is the defending champion Chris Rashley GBR, ranks 1/1/1/3 yesterday, 3 points ahead of Robert Greenalgh GBR, 2/2/2/1. Jason Belben GBR on 3rd follows 14 points back. Benoît Marie FRA on rank 8 is the best non-British.
The ranking list and the event facebook page with many reports ...... in Dutch.
Saturday, August 29, 2015   (Image © Lee Whitehead)
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The Fireball World Championship 2015 in Wales was concluded with two furious big-breeze races yesterday. The 22-25 kn wind and - because of the shallow water in the Pwllheli Bay - a steep and rough chop caused numerous capsizes and breakage. The English, used to this type of conditions, dominted the races even more.
Finishing twice on 2nd and discarding the worst result, Tom Gillard/Richard Anderton GBR made it on top ahead of the dominators of the day (1/1) James Peters/Fynn Sterritt GBR relegating the defending champions Christian Birrell/Sam Brearey GBR at equal points on rank 3. Best non-English remained Rémy Thuillier/Mathieu Corruble FRA on rank 9.
The final report with rankings.
Saturday, August 29, 2015   (Image © Ricardo Pinto)
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Top conditions with sun and 12-15 kn breeze prevailed on the last day of the Dragon Gold Cup off Kühlungsborn GER. Finishing 6th, Lawrie Smith GBR and his team were the only ones to record all one-digit ranks, making them the superior winners of the Cup ahead of Dmitry Samokhin RUS. Thomas Müller GER moved up on rank 3 on the last day. 66 teams participated.
The results and the event facebook page.
Saturday, August 29, 2015   
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The Laser European Masters' Championship 2015 in Poland was concluded yesterday with two races.
The rankings on top were known prematurely. Maciej Grabowski POL won all 10 races in the Lasers Standard. Silver and Bronze were decided in a head-on-head fight between Piotr Wojewski POL and the Olympic Champion 1988 José-Luis Doreste ESP in favour of the Polish. The Finn World Champion 1980 Wolfgang Gerz GER advanced on rank 5 among the 58 participants.
The ranks 1 to 3 in the Radials went all to the UK: Jon Emmett GBR saved 4 points of his advance on Ian Jomnes GBR who came back strongly on the last day of competition. Bronze went to Ian Escritt GBR.
All ranking lists and the final report.
Saturday, August 29, 2015   
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Light winds prevailed on the second day of the GC32-catamaran Trofeo di Roma, and only two short exhibition races, not counting for the overall rankings, were sailed.
Leader after the six races of the opening day is 'Spindrift Racing' with Yann Guichard FRA ahead of 'Sultanate of Oman' with Leigh McMillan GBR.
The daily news and the results.
Saturday, August 29, 2015   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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Two tune-up races in a rather fresh breeze were sailed yesterday in Gothenburg SWE with 4 of the 6 teams in action.
'Artemis' with Nathan Outteridge AUS after a capsize and 'Team New Zealand' of Peter Burling NZL with equipment damage had to return ashore prematurely. Ben Ainslie GBR ('BAR') and Jimmy Spithill AUS ('Oracle') won one race each. Franck Cammas FRA with his 'Groupama' finished twice on 3rd. Here the video of the French team with an interview of the tacticien Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI.
The official report.
Saturday, August 29, 2015   
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The Melges 32 Worlds on Sicily continued yesterday with two races sailed in light wind round 7 kn. With a race win, Alessandro Rombelli ITA (tactics Francesco Bruni ITA) advanced on rank 1 overall 2 points ahead of the defending champion Jason Carroll USA (Cameron Appleton NZL). Giangiacomo Serena MON (Branko Brcin SLO) on 3rd is 12 points behind.
The results and the daily news.
Saturday, August 29, 2015   
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The Starboat Eastern Hemisphere Championship in Muiden NED continued yesterday with three races. New leaders are Hubert Merkelbach/Frithjof Kleen GER, finishing 3/1/3, with a 12 points' advantage on Denis Khashina/Dmytro Mechetin UKR. Reinhard Schmidt/Uli Seeberger GER follow on rank 3. 30 teams competing.
The ranking list and the event facebook page.
Saturday, August 29, 2015   
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30° plus was too much for the thermal breeze to fill in on the Etang de Berre near Martigues. Only the Longtzes completed a last race. Eliot Merceron FRA with his team remained on top. Outstanding was the Championship series of Gwendal Rual/Pierre Tydgat FRA winning 12 of the 13 races in the 29ers. Impressive also the victory of Marie Barrué FRA in the Radial Girls, winning also in the overall rankings ahead of all Boys.
All other ranking lists and the final report.
Saturday, August 29, 2015   
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The points' gaps before the last two races yesterday were such, that any position changes on the podium would have been an extreme surprise. The 2015 World Champions Kristian Nergaard/J.Barne/T.Solli Säther NOR did win all races of the Championship and could therefore stay in the harbour during the last heat. Mark Holowesko BAH won Silver, George McKinney BAH and his team remained 3rd.
The final rankings.
Saturday, August 29, 2015   
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The Tempest World Championship 2015 on Lake Uri SUI ended yesterday with two races. It could not have been closer for Cornelia and Ruedi Christen SUI, as the best of the day Christian Spranger/Christopher Kopp GER, ranks 1 and 2, joined the Swiss on top at the end of the day, but thanks to the higher number of race wins, the Christen couple kept rank 1 and defended their previous year's title. Bronze went to Herbert and Christian Kujan GER. The ranking list and the event website.
International Sailing – Friday, August 28, 2015
Friday, August 28, 2015   (Image © Robert Hajduk)
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Light and shifty winds made the opening day of the Optimist World Championship in Dziwnow POL difficult for sailors and race officers, and only the first Group could terminate one race. All others were sent back ashore, as the shifts were too extreme. No ranking therefore on the event website, but a daily report. The wind forecast for today is not very promising.
Friday, August 28, 2015   
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The Moth European Championship in Lelystad NED was kicked off yesterday with two races sailed in a fresh breeze with considerable waves. Only 18 of the 74 participants finished the second race of the day.
A class of his own was the defending champion Chris Rashley GBR, taking the overall lead with two race wins. Robert Greenalgh GBR and Jason Belben GBR are the first challengers. The Laser Olympic Champion Peter Goodison GBR follows on rank 4. The best non-British is the Mini-Transat winner Benoît Marie FRA on rank 7.
The resuts, a video interview with Paul Goodison GBR and the daily report (only in Dutch this morning).
Friday, August 28, 2015   (Image © Lee Whitehead)
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Sun and an up to 20 kn breeze made the seccond last race day of the Fireball Worlds in Wales a perfect one. The situation on top of the rankings is even closer after the two races of Thursday. Admittedly, Christian Birrell/Sam Brearey GBR are still in the lead, but the day's best Tom Gillard/Richard Anderton GBR ranks 1 and 2, shortened the backlog on 3 points. Dave Edwards/Vyv Townend GBR are down on rank 3. The best non-English remain Rémy Thuillier/Mathieu Corruble FRA on rank 9.
The ranking list and the daily news.
Friday, August 28, 2015   
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A fresh breeze prevailed on the 4th day of the Laser European Masters in Poland, allowing to complete two perfect races.
Maciej Grabowski POL went on with his winning stretch in the Lasers Standard. Piotr Wojewski POL advanced on rank 2, and José-Luis Doreste ESP, best Grand Master, is now in 3rd.
In the Radials, it was also the overall leader - Jon Emmett GBR - , who won both heats, and his advantage on Ian Jones GBR is now 10 points. Ian Escritt GBR as 3rd is already 25 points behind.
All results by age category, as well as the daily report.
Friday, August 28, 2015   (Image © Ricardo Pinto)
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The Dragon Gold Cup continued yesterday with another race sailed in a moderate 10 kn breeze, won by Henrik Witzmann GER/UAE and his team. The top positions in the overall rankings did not change, as all leading teams were among the best yesterday.
Before the last race today, Lawrie Smith GBR has an 11 points' lead on Dmitry Samokhin RUS on 2nd with an advantage of 12 points on the 3rd-ranked Pieter Heerema NED. Markus Wieser UAE and Thomas Müller GER follow on the ranks 4 and 5 at equal points.
The results and the event website.
Friday, August 28, 2015   
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The Olympic 49er and 49erFX Youth World Championship 2015 in Flensburg GER was concluded yesterday with two Qualification Races and the Medal Races.
Benjamin Bildstein/David Husserl AUT succeeded to climb on rank one overall with top results in the fresh breeze races of Thursday, winning a Qualification heat and finishing 2nd in the Medal Race. Tito Ruggero/Giacomo Cavalli ITA won Silver, Chris Taylor/Sam Batten GBR Bronze. Lucas Rual/Clement Pequin FRA missed a Medal by 2 points only.
Jeske Kisters/Josca Hummel NED are the European Youth Champions in the 49ersFX ahead of Jule and Lotta Görge GER. Ragna and Maia Agerup NOR won Bronze.
The event website with results and videos.
Friday, August 28, 2015   
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The Starboat Eastern Hemisphere Championship in Muiden NED began yesterday with a race sailed in a fresh breeze. With the wind freshening on over 30 kn, racing was cancelled for the rest of the day.
Winner of the day were Rainer Schmidt/Uli Seeberger GER ahead of Hubert Merkelbach/Frithjof Kleen GER. Emilios Papathanasiou/Antonios Tsotras GRE follow on rank 3.
The ranking list and the event facebook page.
Friday, August 28, 2015   (Image © Guilain Grenier)
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Round 4 of the GC32-catamaran Sailing Cup began yesterday in Civitavecchia ITA in a 10 kn breeze, just on the edge of foiling. Six races were completed, and Yann Guichard FRA with his 'Spindrift' took the lead ahead of 'Sultanate of Oman' with Leigh McMillan GBR and 'Alinghi' with Ernesto Bertarelli SUI.
The results and the report.
Friday, August 28, 2015   
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Sun and a well-established thermal breeze around 15 kn prevailed on the fourth and second-last day of the French Youth Championship on the Etang de Berre near Martigues.
In some of the classes, the Champions are known already before the last races. Only in the Longtzes, the Lasers Standard and the Radials Boys, the leading boats are only a few points apart.
All results and the daily news.
Friday, August 28, 2015   
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Erik Heil/Thomas Plössel GER won Bronze at the Rio Test Event concluded last week. Back home in Germany, infections appeared on legs and hips, and he had to be hospitalized. For months, the disastrous water quality of Guanabara Bay with millionfold violation of bacteriums and viruses limits has been critized. A report in yacht.de.
ISAF, responsible for the sport of sailing at the Olympic Games on behalf of the IOC, does not seem to initiate the necessary steps to dislocate Olympic sailing to a safe place such as Buzios, 150 km North of Rio, a proven yacht racing venue, to safeguard the health of the athletes. Next will probably be claims and legal actions !
Friday, August 28, 2015   
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The Melges 32 Worlds on Sicily continued yesterday with two races sailed in light winds. Winner of the day was Giangiacomo Serena ITA with Branko Brcin SLO as tactician. Jason Carroll USA (with Cameron Appleton NZL) stays on top of the overall rankings one point ahead of Alessandro Rombelli ITA (with Francesco Bruni ITA).
The results and the daily report.
Friday, August 28, 2015   (Image © Soeren Colbing)
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Apparently no racing yesterday in Sweden, as no news have been posted on the event website. First before today's last races is Kristian Nergaard NOR clearly leading with 9 points on Mark Holowesko BAH. George McKinney BAH follows on rank 3.
The results and the event website.
Friday, August 28, 2015   
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Early and fresh with up to 5 bft was the thermal breeze yesterday on Lake Uri, but the breeze disappeared as quickly as it filled in. Just one race could be completed again won by Cornelia and Ruedi Christen SUI. Their advantage before the last races today is 9 points, and they are on a good way to defend their World's title today. Christain Spranger/Christopher Kopp GER remained on rank 2. Herbert and Christian Kujan GER moved up on rank 3.
The ranking list and the daily news.
International Sailing – Thursday, August 27, 2015
Thursday, August 27, 2015   
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After the Practice Race yesterday, the start to the first races of the Optimist World Championship 2015 in Poland will be given today. With 275 participants from 58 nations, this is the biggest and most international World Championship of all times ! Last year's World Champion Nicolas Rolaz SUI does not defend his title as he is over the age limit.
The event facebook page presents photos of the Opening Ceremony. The event website contains among other details a link to the live tracking so that the races can be followed as from today.
Thursday, August 27, 2015   
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Just on the opening day of the Moth European Championship, a storm front with winds exceeding 40 kn rushed over the Netherlands, and racing had to be cancelled. 77 participants from 17 nations, among them the defending champion Chris Rashley GBR, are on the entry list. The event website and theevent facebook page with reports
Thursday, August 27, 2015   
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The sailing conditions remained challenging yesterday as well with a unconstant breeze, lighter as on the previous days. The European Laser Masters in Poland continued with two races per category.
In the Lasers Standard, Maciej Grabowski POL added more victories to his faultless result sheet, and the advantage on the 1988 Olympic Champion José-Luis Doreste ESP new on rank 2 is now 13 points. Piotr Wojewski POL follows on the 3rd place.
In the Lasers Radial, Jon Emmett GBR realised his fourth day win., but best of the day was Jan Jones GBR, ranks 1 and 2, who is now 8 points behind Emmett GBR.
All ranking lists (by age categoie) and the daily news.
Thursday, August 27, 2015   (Image © Ricardo Pinto)
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After the unplanned break in the program two days ago because of stormy conditions, two races were completed yesterday.
Lawrie Smith GBR and his team condolidated their first rank overall with the day ranks 2 and 8. Dimitry Samokhin RUS on 2nd is 14 points behind the first. 2. As best of the day, Pieter Heerema NED moved up on rank 3. Also on the way up is also Thomas Müller GER and his team new on the 4th 7th.
The ranking list and the report of the day.
Thursday, August 27, 2015   
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Summery weather - allowing a thermal wind around 12 kn to fill in - prevailed yesterday at the French Youth Sailing Championship on the Etang de Berre near Marseille. In most classes, the final winners are already known, considering the points' gaps on the chasers.
The Class European Champions Gwendal Nael/Pierre Tydgat FRA have a 31 points' lead on the chasers in the 29ers. Marina Lefort/Lara granier FRA are also solidly on top in the 420 Girls. Marie Barrué FRA dominates the URL=evenements.ffvoile.fr/media/219802/finale_laser_radial_lar_f_extrait_g.htm]Laser Radial Girls[/URL], and Alexandre Boite FRA is on top of the Radial Boys. First in the 24 Longtze fleet are the teams of Eliot Merceron FRA and Gabriel Skocek FRA at equal points.
All results and the daily news.
Thursday, August 27, 2015   
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Lay day at the Fireball Worlds in Wales yesterday. Up to now, six races were sailed, mostly in rough up to 20 kn wind and strong tide current conditions. It is already now evident, that the Medals will go to the UK, as the best-ranked non-Brit Rémy Thuillier/Mathieu Corruble FRA is on rank 8 only. Leader for the moment are the defending Champilon Christian Birrell/Sam Brearey GBR 3 points ahead of Dave Edwars/Vyv Townsend GBR. Four races are still on the program. The ranking list.
Thursday, August 27, 2015   
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Moderate winds prevailed for the first time at the Youth Worlds of the Olympic skiffs on the Flensburg Firth yesterday, and three more races were completed.
A major overthrow happened in the 49ers. New on top are Tito Ruggero/Giacomo Cavalli ITA with Benjamin Bildstein/David Hussl AUT on 2nd one point behind. Chris Taylor/Sam Batten GBR advanced on rank 3.
In the 49ersFX, the leading Jeske Kisters/Josca Hummel NED successfully defended the first position, with Jule and Lotta Görge GER, best of the day, on rank 2 overall.
All ranking lists and the videos on the event website.
Thursday, August 27, 2015   
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The Melges 32 World Championship in Trapani ITA was kicked off yesterday in a fresh North wind of up to 20 kn. 22 teams from 9 nations are on the list of participants, and as usual, a number of top sailors are on the boats assisting the owner-drivers as tacticians.
After three races, the duo Jason Carroll USA (tactics Cameron Appleton NZL) defending Champion and Alessandro Rombelli ITA (with Francesco Bruni ITA) share the lead. Ryan Devos USA (with Mark Mendelblatt USA) follows on rank 3.
The ranking list and the daily news.
Thursday, August 27, 2015   
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Only one race was sailed yesterday in a moderate but unconstant wind, again with Kristian Nergaard NOR as winner, and with an advantage of 9 points on the second Mark Holowesko BAH, he will most probaby defend his last year's title. George McKinney BAH remains 3rd. The ranking list.
Thursday, August 27, 2015   
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Only one race was sailed yesterday in a moderate but unconstant wind, again with Kristian Nergaard NOR as winner, and with an advantage of 9 points on the second Mark Holowesko BAH, he will most probaby defend his last year's title. George McKinney BAH remains 3rd. Thomas Isler SUI (with Christoph Burger SUI) follows on the 4th position with a 9 points' backlog. The ranking list.
Thursday, August 27, 2015   
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Today begins the Starboat Eastern Hemisphere Championship in the Netherlands with 34 teams from 11 nations on the entry list. Favorites are the defending Champions Merkelbach/Kleen GER, Papathanassiou/Tsotras GRE and Löfsted/Sundmann SWE, with the interesting newcomer Sjaak Hakman NED, past Finn European Champion, crew Marko Hasche GER as co-favorite.
The preview by the Swiss Starclass and the event facebook page.
Thursday, August 27, 2015   (Image © Rene Baggenstoss)
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Two races were completed yesterday on Lake Uri in a well-established thermal breeze (3-4 bft). Finishing 2 and 5, and thanks to the discarded race, Cornelia and Ruedi Christen SUI fighted back on top with a 5 points' advance on Christian Spranger/Christopher Kopp. Mario Suter/Andreas Hochuli SUI are 3rd. The ranking list (PDF) and the daily news (PDF).
International Sailing – Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015   
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A fresh breeze and choppy waves prevailed yesterday at the Fireball Worlds in Wales, and the two races completed allowed to discard the worst result, with major modifications of the rankings.
It becomes obvious, that four UK teams will fight for the Medals. The defending Champions Christan Birell/Sam Breary GBR have regained the first place with the day ranks 2 and 3, ahead of Dave Edwards/Vyv Townend GBR, 3 points behind. Tom Gillard/Richard Anderton GBR follow on rank 3. Rémy Thuillier/ Mathieu Corruble FRA on the 8th place are the best non-English.
The results and the daily news.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015   
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The races 3 and 4 of the Laser European Masters in Poland were sailed in a very shifty wind yesterday, and it seems, that the final outcome is already quite clear.
Maciej Grabowski POL did win all races so far in the Lasers Standard, and Piotr Wojewski POL, new on 2nd, has already a 21 points backlog. Tomas Nordquist SWE is now on the 3rd place.
16 points is the advantge of Jon Emmett GBR in the Lasers Radial. Ian Jones GBR und Ian Escritt GBR are new on podium ranks.
All ranking lists and the daily news.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015   
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Day two of the French Youth Sailing Championship at Martigues was blessed with a fresh Mistral .
in the 420 Boys, Jim Vincent/Victor Mas FRA are the leader among 49 teams. Marina Lefort/Lara Granier FRA lead in the 420 Girls, Gwendal Nael/Pierre Tydgat FRA did win all seven races in the 29ers, and Juan-Alberto Casaleone MON is on rank 1 in the Lasers Standard.
All other results and the daily news.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015   (Image © Ricardo Pinto)
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The wind exceeded 30 kn on the Baltic Sea yesterday and racing was cancelled for the day at the Dragon Gold Cup. After two races, the overall leader is Lawrie Smith GBR with his team, followed by Dmitry Samokhin RUS and Vasiliy Senatorov RUS. Two races are on the program today.
The results and the daily report (PDF).
Wednesday, August 26, 2015   
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49 teams from 17 nations and 4 continents participate in the 49er Youth World Championships in Flensburg GER. Up to now, both fleets completed five races sailed in a fresh breeze.
Rory Hunter/Neil Hunter GBR lead in the 49ers closely followed by Fritiof Hedström/Floris van de Werken NED, at equal points with Benjamin Bildstein/David Hussl AUT on rank 3.
Jeske Kisters/Josca Hummel NED are on the first position in the 49ersFX with Ragna and Maia Agerup NOR on the 2nd place and Ann-Kristin und Pia-Sophie Wedemeyer GER on 3rd. 25 teams from 17 nations participate.
The event website with all ranking lists and the video of the day.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015   
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An up to 18 kn breeze prevailed on the second day of the 5.5 mIJ World Championship in Sweden. Two races were sailed again and Christian Neergard NOR won again both heats. After four races, he has a considerable advance on Marc Holowesko BAH and George McKinnley BAH on the ranks 2 and 3. New on rank 4 is Thomas Isler SUI.
The rankinglist and the event website (without further information).
Wednesday, August 26, 2015   
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The thermal breeze on Lake Uri was only very light (max 2 bft) on the second day of the Tempest Worlds, but nevertheless, two races were completed, the second one shortened. Cornelia and Ruedi Christen SUI did win the first race, but finishing only 11th in the second race, they lost the overall lead to Christian Spranger/Christopher Kopp GER. Mario Suter/Andreas Hochuli SUI remained on 3rd.
The results and the daily report (PDF).
International Sailing – Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Tuesday, August 25, 2015   
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Two races were sailed on the second day of the Fireball World Championship in Wales in a somewhat lighter breeze compared to the opening day.
Finishing twice on 2nd, DJ Edwards/Vyv Townend GBR climbed on top of the overall rankings 2 points ahead of Christian Birrell/Sam Brearey GBR. Ian Dobson/Ben Ainsworth GBR follow on 3rd. Claude Mermod/Ruedi Moser SUI dropped on ranks 6 with the day ranks 22 and 6, but they remain the best non-British team. This evening, after discarding the worst result, the ranking list will look differently.
The results and the event website.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015   
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The Laser European Masters' Championship began yesterday with two races sailed in moderate conditions. The rankings are - according to the rules - split in age categories, from the Apprentice Masters (35-45) up to the Legends (70+).
Jon Emmett GBR has taken the lead in the Lasers Radial, followed by Jeff Loosmore AUS and Pieter Van Laer BEL. Heini Wellmann SUI is on rank 28 and leads in the Legends rankings.
Marceij Grabowski POL is on the first position in the Lasers Standard, also with two race wins. Tomas Nordquist SWE and the Olympic Champion José-Luis Doreste ESP follow on the ranks 2 and 3.
All results and the daily news.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015   
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Extreme Sailing Series™ owners and organisers OC Sport, who recently announced a switch of racing platform to a foiling yacht, can now confirm that the Series will fast track to the GC32 catamaran to replace the existing Extreme 40 fleet in time for the 2016 season, as part of a long-term strategy and collaborative partnership with The Great Cup BV.
The two dominating teams of the past X-40-season - 'Alinghi' (Ernesto Bertarelli SUI/Morgan Larson USA) and 'The Wave - Muscat' (Leigh McMillan GBR) - have already this year started racing in this foiling class, and have immediately taken the command on this new multihull. With this decision, and especially the development concept behind, the GC32-cat will definitely be the frontrunner of for attractive racing.
The report.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015   
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According to the rules of the Dragon Gold Cup, only one race was sailed on day 2 of the Championship, won by Dmitry Samokhin RUS advancing on rank 2 overall. The wind was rather fresh around 18 kn. The new overall leader is Lawrie Smith GBR and his team finishing 2nd yesterday. Russian boats follow on the ranks 3 and 4 with Vassiliy Senatorov RUS and Victor Fogelson RUS.
The results and the event facebook page.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015   (Image © Hansjoerg Weimer)
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Another 4 races were sailed at the Musto-Skiff-Eurocup Regatta on Lake Silvaplana yesterday in best Maloja wind conditions, without changes on top of the rankings. Alastair Conn GBR was the superior winner finishing all 12 heats in the top-3. Nicolas Duchoud SUI and Roger Oswald SUI completed the podium. 21 skiffs from 4 nations particiated. The results (PDF).
Tuesday, August 25, 2015   
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Two races were sailed yesterday, first day of the Tempest World Championship on Lake Uri SUI, both won by the defending Champions Cornelia and Ruedi Christen SUI, ahead of Mario Suter/Andreas Hochuli SUI 4 points behind. Christian Spranger/Christopher Kopp GER are 3rd. 38 teams from 6 nations participate. The results and the event website.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015   
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The 5.5 mIJ World Championship in Sweden began yesterday with two races sailed in a 10-12 kn wind, both won by Kristian Nergaard NOR, followed by Marc Holowesko BAH 2nd and George McKinney BAH 3rd.
The results and the event website.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015   
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The 5.5 mIJ World Championship in Sweden began yesterday with two races sailed in a 10-12 kn wind, both won by Kristian Nergaard NOR, followed by Marc Holowesko BAH 2nd and George McKinney BAH 3rd. Finishing as 2nd and 8th, Philippe Dürr SUI on rank 4 is the best Swiss among the 30 starters.
The results and the event website.
International Sailing – Monday, August 24, 2015
Monday, August 24, 2015   
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The Fireball World Championship in Wales began yesterday with two races. Finishing 1 and 2, the defending Champions Christian Birrell/Sam Brearey GBR have taken the lead with a 3 points' advance on Ian Dobson/Ben Ainsworth GBR. At equal points on rank 3 are DJ Edwards/Vyv Townend GBR and Claude Mermod/Ruedi Moser SUI. 104 teams from 9 nations.
The results and the event website.
Monday, August 24, 2015   
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After three days with an Easterly breeze, the situation was different on the last day of the Extreme Sailing Series Act 6 with a moderate West wind on the Newa River downtown St. Petersburg RUS. Leigh McMillan GBR and his 'The Wave - Muscat' team kept everything under control and booked their fourth victory in 2015. Perfectly handling these difficult conditions with an 8 kn breeze and 2 kn current were also the newcomers 'Lino Sonega Team Italia' of skipper Enrico Zannaro ITA with Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI steering the ITA multihull for the first time. They replaced the experienced 'Red Bull Sailing Team' of Roman Hagara AUT on rank 2.
The report with rankings.
Monday, August 24, 2015   
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Peter Sowrey, the new CEO of ISAF, threatened Saturday to move all Olympic sailing events out of polluted Guanabara Bay to the Atlantic Ocean unless the water is cleaner and floating garbage is removed for next year's Rio Games. Rubbish flowed into the bay despite little rain in Rio in recent weeks, probably the best weather officials could want. An an analysis published July 30 showed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteriums from human sewage at all Rio Olympic water venues for sailing, rowing, canoeing, triathlon and distance swimming. A press article by AP.
However, the water quality offshore is well above all limits too, and the Olympic Harbour at the Marina di Gloria is in one of the most polluted areas of Guaranaba-Bay. Here some measurement values.
16 sickness cases have been reported after the 2015 Rowing Test Event in Rio, infects that are not harmless, as the case of a swimmer at the PanAm-Games 2007 proofs. She returned sick for the rest of her life with a life-altering illness, later diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. See statement in an article of swimswam.
The only effective solution is the dislocation of the Olympic Sailing Event 2016 to Buzios, a dream destination, 100 miles North of Rio, as the multiple Olympic medalist Lars Grael BRA, supported by ISAF past-President Paul Henderson CAN, proposed over a year ago.
Monday, August 24, 2015   
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The Surprise European Championship in Palavas les flots South of La Grand Motte ended on Sunday. Winner after 10 races was Michel Glaus SUI and his team 10 points ahead of William Vesseau FRA 2nd and Jean-François de Cerjat SUI 3rd. A few days before the start to the Mini-Transat, Patrick Girod SUI missed the podium as 4th by a small margin only.
The results (PDF) and the video of the Surprise-Party of june on the same place.
Monday, August 24, 2015   (Image © Ricardo Pinto)
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Yesterday, the intial race of the traditional Dragon Gold Cup was sailed on the Baltic Sea in a well-established 12-15 kn East wind. Vasiliy Senatorov RUS and his team were the winners with Lawrie Smith GBR and Thomas Müller GER following on the rank 2 and 3.
The event website with results and the event facebook page with photoe.
Monday, August 24, 2015   
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Today is day one of the 5.5 mIJ World Championship at Nynäshamn SWE with 33 teams from 12 nations and 3 continents on the entry list. As always, the Scandinavian Gold Cup preceded the Championship with one team per country. The first team winning three races takes the Cup. This time, it was Bernard Haissly SUI, SN Geneva, making everything clear after 4 races already.
The results on the event website.
Monday, August 24, 2015   
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Bad luck for the A-Cat and Tornado Swiss Opens, their Class Championships on the wind-safe Lake Silvaplana SUI. The overall weather situation over Europe was such, that the thermal wind in the Engadine never filled in sufficiently to complete valid races. The participants left on Saturday without results in four days, a very exceptional situation at this venue. The report of the A-Cats.
Monday, August 24, 2015   
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A-Cats and Tornados left the Engadine on Saturday after four windless days .... and the South wind filled in just in time for the Musto-Skiff Eurocup Regatta on Lake Silvaplana. Eight races were completed over the weekend in an up to 20 kn breeze. Alastair Conn GBR has taken the lead 3 points ahead of Nicolas Duchoud SUI on 2nd, and Roger Oswald SUI 10 points behind as 3rd. 21 participants from 4 nations are on the entry list. The results (PDF).
International Sailing – Sunday, August 23, 2015
Sunday, August 23, 2015   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
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The 2015 Olympic Test Event in Rio de Janeiro ended yesterday with the 470, Finn and Nacra-17 Medal Races.
Rather unexpected was the bad performance of the clear 470 open leaders (7 points' advantage) Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO finishing 9th only in the Medal Race. This opened the way for the Olympic Champions Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS, who did not miss this opportunity and moved on top of the rankings with a 2nd race rank behind Sofian Bouvet/Jérémy Mion FRA. The French grasped the Silver Medal with this success, while Fantela/Marenic CRO had to content themselves with Bronze just one point ahead of Barreiros/Curbelo ESP.
French were the winners in the 470 women as well, but the podium was too far away for Camille Lecointre/Hélène Defrance FRA. Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA, brilliantly underway in this season, confirmed their class winning ahead of Hannah Mills/Saskia Clarke GBR and Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL.
After some difficulties in the first races of the Rio Test Event, the Finn dominator Giles Scott GBR, undefeated since the 2012 Olympics, came strongly from behind and with a 4th place in the Medal Race, he climbed on top of the overall rankings. The previous leader Pieter-Jan Postma NED finished only 9th and dropped even behind Tapio Nirkko FIN on rank 3. Jonathan Lobert FRA on 4th missed the podium by 4 points.
Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS defended their advantage in the Nacra-17 winning in front of Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA climbing on the podium with a 2nd rank in the Medal Race. Mandy Mulder/Coen De Koning NED earned Bronze just one point ahead of Paul Kohlhoff/Carolina Werner GER.
All ranking lists and the final report.
Sunday, August 23, 2015   
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The Laser Radial and Standard U-21 World Championship in Medemblik NED ended yesterday with three races sailed in a moderate breeze.
Joel Rodriguez ESP, most talented with a number of World and Continental Championship titles in his young career, is the winner in the Lasers Standard 2 points ahead of Michael Beckett GBR. Benjamin Vadnai HUN won the Bronze medal.
Maxime Jonker NED defended her first position in the Lasers Radial, and the following ranks remained unchanged as well. Line Flem-Höst NOR won Silver, Monika Mikkola FIN Bronze.
All ranking lists have been posted on the event website. Photos and videos can be found on the event facebook page.
Sunday, August 23, 2015   
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The 2015 Fireball World Championship begins today in Wales with 99 teams from 9 nations and 4 continents on the entry list. The UK teams - two third of the participants are British - will undoubtedly rule the show, but other experienced teams such as Schulz/Sheppard AUS will have a say as well. Tom Gillard/Richard Anderton GBR were the winners in the UK Championship, the best non-UK team were Rémy Thuillier/Mathieu Corruble FRA on the 6th place.
The ranking list of the UK Nationals and the World Championship Website.
Sunday, August 23, 2015   
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Leigh McMillan GBR and his The Wave - Muscat' dominated once more racing on the Newa downtown St. Petersburg RUS. He will start to the last races today with a 20 points' advantage on the second-ranked 'Red Bull Sailing Team' of Roman Hagara AUT. But 'Lino Sonego Team Italia' of skipper Enrico Zennaro ITA with Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI steering had another successful day and reduced the backlog on rank 2 on just one point, strongly aiming for the second position.
The report with results.
Sunday, August 23, 2015   (Image © PWA Carter)
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The last Elimination of the Alacati PWA Worldcup Slalom ended yesterday after some delays caused by the unconstant winds with Pierre Mortefon FRA as winner. This is the Frenchman's first PWA success ahead of Malte Reuscher ITA and Matteo Iacchino ITA. In the women's category, Sara-Quita Offringa NED (Aruba) moved up on rank 1 with another win, and extended her lead in the 2015 Slalom Worldcup.
All other details on the PWA website.
Sunday, August 23, 2015   
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Sun and light winds prevailed yesterday during the first races of the Berlin Act of the National German Sailing League. Leader after 4 races is the Berliner YC teasm followed by the SMC Überlingen and the VS am Wannsee. The ranking list and the daily news.
International Sailing – Saturday, August 22, 2015
Saturday, August 22, 2015   (Image © Richard Langdon)
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The Lasers (see separate news below) and the Skiffs terminted the Rio Test Event yesterday with the Medal Races. The planned Nacra 17 Medal Race has been postponed on today.
Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL, 49ers, added another win to their long row of successes in the past months since the 2012 Olympics, and this has been obvious as from the first races in Rio. The considerable points' gaps after the Qualification Series determined the attribution of Medals with Nico Delle-Karth/Nikolaus Resch AUT on 2nd and Erik Heil/Thomas Plössel GER as 3rd. But Manuel Dyen/Stéphane Christidis FRA, winners of the Medal Race, were only two points from Bronze at the end of the competition. Public and media were enthusiastic about the victory of Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA in the 49ersFX, as they succeeded to compensate their backlog on Giulia Conti/Francesca Clapcich ITA and win Gold ahead of the Italians. Lisa Ericsson/Hanna Klinga SWE earned Bronze.
The 470s sailed one race in each fleet. In the men's fleet, Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO extended their lead on Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS before today's Medal Race on 7 points. Another 4 points back follows the trio Barreiros/Curbelo ESP, Patience/Willis GBR and Bouvet/Mion FRA at equal points and even Schmid/Reichstädter AUT on rank 6, 7 points behind Silver, remain in the race for a Medal. The decision on Gold or Silver is still open in the 470 women with Hannah Mills/Saskia Clarke GBR 5 points ahead of Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA, an advantage that can be compensated in today's double-points-no-discard Medal Race. Five contenders for Bronze on the ranks 3 to 7 are separated by 7 points only.
The only class to sail two races yesterday were the Finns, and again, it was Giles Scott GBR winning both races, reducing the gap on the leader Pieter-Jan Postma NED on 1 point before the Medal Race. Tapio Nirkko FIN and 3 points behind Jonathan Lobert FRA will fight for Bronze. Here the report of the Finn class.
In addition to the 470s and Finns, the Nacra 17 will sail their Medal Race today, last day of the Rio Olympic Test Event 2015.
All ranking lists and the news of the day.
Saturday, August 22, 2015   (Image © Richard Langdon)
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Francesco Marrai ITA, never on the podium of an important Laser Standard event before, managed his advantage easily and won overall with a 6 points' edge on Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA assuring Silver with a 4th race rank, 2 points ahead of Tom Burton AUS on 3rd. Robert Scheidt BRA on 4th missed the podium by 2 points.
Gintare Volungeviciute LTU, leader in the Lasers Radial, was penalised by the Jury with 4 points because of a measurement infringement. But she did not mind and won the Medal Race taking Gold at the Test Event. The 2012 Olympic medalists Evi Van Acker BEL and Marit Bouwmeester NED grasped Silver and Bronze. Paige Railey USA last in the Medal Race because of two on-the-water penalties, dropped on rank 4 just one point behind the podium.
All ranking lists and the daily news.
Saturday, August 22, 2015   
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The wind was missing on the Ijsselmeer yesterday and 3 races have been planned for today, last day of the event.
Joel Rodriguez ESP is 22 points ahead in the Lasers Standard and will hardly loose this advantage to Henry Wetherell GBR, 2nd, or Benjamin Vadnai HUN.
Maxime Jonker NED and Line Flem-Höst NOR lead in the Radials at equal points. Monika Mikkola FIN follows with a 9 points' backlog on rank 3.
The event website with all ranking lists, as well as the event facebook page with photos.
Saturday, August 22, 2015   (Image © PWA Carter)
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Two Eliminations per gender were completed yesterday in Alcati TUR in top wind conditions. Pierre Mortefon FRA defended his lead in the men's category, while Marion Mortefon FRA took the lead in the women's. All other details on the PWA website.
Saturday, August 22, 2015   
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Moderate but variable winds prevailed yesterday on the Newa downtown St. Petersburg RUS, where the Extreme Sailing Series continued with 7 races. Winning 3 of them, Leigh McMillan GBR with his 'The Wave - Muscat' replaced Roman Hagara AUT and his 'Red Bull Sailing Team' on top of the rankings. 'Lino Sonego Italia' with Enrico Zennaro ITA defended the 3rd place.
The report with results.
Saturday, August 22, 2015   
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Apparently, the wind was missing also on the 3rd day of the A-Cat and Tornado Class Championships on Lake Silvaplana. Two days remain to complete the required four race to validate the regatta .... but ..... light winds have again been forecast for today. .
Saturday, August 22, 2015   
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The 36 teams waited yesterday in vain for wind at the Berlin Wannsee, to begin the 4th Round of the German National Sailing League. The report. Racing can be followed live on the Internet.
International Sailing – Friday, August 21, 2015
Friday, August 21, 2015   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
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The RS:X windsurfers concluded the Rio Test Event with the Medal Races yesterday, and today, the Lasers, 49er Skiffs and the Nacra 17 will terminate their competitions with the final heats of the ten best by fleet.
Aichen Wang CHN managed his huge advantage in the RS:X men and won Gold ahead of Byron Kokkalanis GRE replacing Pierre Le Coq FRA on rank 2 with a second race rank. The close duel on top of the RS:X women went - as last year - in favour of Charline Picon FRA ahead of Malgorzata Bialecka POL and Blanca Manchon ESP.
The 49ers finished the Qualification Series and the final outcome of the competition seems quite obvious, considering the points' gaps between the teams. Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL lead 15 points ahead of Nicko Delle-Karth/Nikolaus Resch AUT on 2nd with a 12 points' cushion on Erik Heil/Thomas Plössel GER 3rd. A very small hope for a Medal remains with Botin/Lopez ESP (10 pts back), Dyen/Christidis FRA (12 pts) or Outteridge/Jensen AUS (14 pts). 9 points is the lead of Giulia Conti/Francesca Clapcich ITA before the 49erFX Medal Race ahead of Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA and Lisa Ericsson/Hanna Klinga SWE on the rank 2 and 3 at equal points. Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL are 4 points behind the podium.
Also sailing their Medal Race are the Nacra 17, where Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS are the favorites 5 points in front of Mandy Mulder/Coen De Koning NED. Lin Ea Cenholt/Christian Lübeck DEN on rank 3 are another 5 points back, but the persuers are close with Besson/Riou FRA 4th at 1 points and Kohlhoff/Werner GER 5th at 2 points.
The 470s sailed three races in a well-established 15 kn breeze off Copacabana with some major modifications in the rankings. Finishing 3/1/1 in the 470 men, Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS reduced the backlog on the leading Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO on 1 point. With Luke Patience/Eliott Willis GBR on 3rd, another favorite team has joined the leading group fighting for victory, closely followed by Bouvet/Mion FRA on 4th. Coming strongly from behind were also the Olympic Champions Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL winning both races and moving up on rank 3 overall, but their deficit on the leading Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark GBR is still 21 points. Only 3 points behind the UK team are Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA who still have a say when it comes to the final victory. Both 470 fleets sail their last two Qualification Races today before tomorrow's Medal Races.
This is also the case for the Finns, where Pieter-Jan Postma NED defended his lead 5 points ahead of Tapio Nirkko FIN. The top favorite Giles Scott GBR advanced meanwhile on rank 3. Jonathan Lobert FRA is now 4th.
All ranking lists and the daily news.
Friday, August 21, 2015   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
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The Laser fleets concluded their Qualifications with two races yesterday, and today, the Medal Races are on the program.
Francesco Marrai ITA has the door wide open for the most important success in his career, as with his 13 points' lead, he only needs an 8th place in the Medal Race for victory. The fight for Silver and Bronze will be close as Tonci Stipanovic CRO on 2nd is only 3 points ahead of Tom Burton AUS and Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA at equal points. 11 points behind the Silver Medal, even Robert Scheidt BRA and Charlie Buckingham USA can hope for a Medal. The situation in the Lasers Radial has become tight as Gintare Volungeviciute-Scheidt LTU lost much of her advantage yesterday, and Evi Van Acker BEL and Paige Railey USA are only 2, respectively 3 points back. Tuula Tenkanen FIN on 4th with a 17 points deficit has only a theoretical chance for a Medal.
All ranking lists and the daily news.
Friday, August 21, 2015   (Image © Luka Bartulovic)
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Stormy winds inhibited racing at the Laser Radial Youth World Championship in Kingston CAN yesterday, last day of the event.
The World Champion's title go therefore to Maria Erdi HUN and to Nicholas Conor AUS, both having lead the competition from day one on. Maria Erdi HUN has a 10 points' lead on Dolores Moreira URU 2nd. Magdalena Kwasna POL is 3rd. Only one point is the advance of Nicholas Conor AUS on Gianmarco Planchestainer ITA, who would have badly needed the cancelled races for a final attack on the leading Aussie. The Bronze Medal goes to Nic Baird USA.
All ranking lists and the final report.
Friday, August 21, 2015   
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The Laser Radial & Standard U-21 Worlds on the Ijsselmeer NED continued yesterday in sun and light winds, and the first two Final races were sailed on Gold and Silver rounds.
Joel Rodriguez ESP extended his lead in the Standards on 22 points. Henry Wheterell GBR, best of the day, moved up on rank 2, closely followed by Benjamin Vadnai HUN on 3rd.
On top of the Radials are Maxime Jonker NED and Line Flem-Höst NOR at equal points. Monika Mikkolka FIN follows 9 points behind on rank 3.
All ranking lists on the event website. The event facebook page contains today a video interview with the leading Maxime Jonker NED as well as the video of the day.
Friday, August 21, 2015   (Image © PWA Carter)
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The seabreeze filled in for only a few moments .... not enough to continue the Slalom Worldcup competition in Turkey. Up to now, only a Single Elimination has been completed with Pierre Mortefon FRA and Fulya Ünlü TUR as winners. All details on the PWA website.
Friday, August 21, 2015   
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Act 6 of the Extreme Sailing Event Series 2015 in St. Petersburg RUS began yesterday with 7 races sailed on the Newa in the City's downtown. In sun and a 10 kn breeze, Roman Hagara AUT with his 'Red Bull Sailing Team' took the lead ahead of 'The Wave - Muscat' with Leigh McMillan GBR. On the 3rd place follows - her best-ever - the Italian 'Lino Sonega Team' with Enrico Zennaro ITA.
The report and the ranking list.
International Sailing – Thursday, August 20, 2015
Thursday, August 20, 2015   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
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Very light winds prevailed again yesterday, as expected, but all classes, except the 49ers could complete at least one race.
The RS:X windsurfers concluded the Qualification Series and will sail the Medal Race today. Aichen Wang CHN will hardly leave the first position in the RS:X men, as his advance on Pierre Le Coq FRA is 17 points. Byron Kokkalanis GRE on 3rd and Ivan Pastor ESP on 4th aim for a medal as well. In the RS:X women, Charline Picon FRA, Malgorzata Bialecka POL and Blanca Mancon ESP are separated by one point only and will share the medals among them.
The 470 fleets sailed a race each on the Atlantic race area. Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO were the race winners in the 470 men and replaced Stuart McNay/David Hughes USA on top of the rankings. Sofian Bouvet/Jérémy Mion FRA follow as 3rd. Only 5 of the 10 planned Qualifcation races have been completed until today. Leader change in the 470 women as well, with Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA leading by a small margin ahead of Hannah Mills/Sakia Clark GBR. The 3rd-ranked Shasha Chen/Haiyan Gao CHN are already 10 points back.
Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA flopped in the 49ersFX with a 14th place and Giulia Conti/Francesca Clapcich ITA are now again on the first place. Victoria Travascio/Maria SOL are 3rd at equal points with the Brazil girls. The 49ers waited in vain for wind. After 6 of the planned 13 race, Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL are in the lead with a 9 points' advantage on Nico Delle-Karth/Nikolaus Resch AUT.
The Finn class dominator Giles Scott GBR is more and more up to speed, finishing 1 and 3 yesterday and advancing on rank 4. A good day also for Jonathan Lobert FRA, ranks 2 and 3, eliminating the points' gap on the still-leading Pieter-Jan Postma NED. On the 3rd position 5 points behind follows Tapio Nirkko FIN.
With two bullets, Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS moved on top of the Nacra-17, in front of Mandy Mulder/Coen de Koning NED. The previous leaders Paul Kohlhoff/Carolina Werner GER had their worst day with the ranks 13 and 10 and dropped on rank 3.
All ranking lists and the official report.
Thursday, August 20, 2015   (Image © Pedro Martinez)
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The two Laser fleets sailed one race each on the Atlantic race area off Copacabana in a 10 kn breeze yesterday. The day's winners were Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA in the Standards and Josefin Olsson SWE in the Radials.
Francesco Marrai ITA is still on the first position in the Lasers Standard with a 2nd place yesterday, extending his overall lead on 13 points. Lee Parkhill CAN and Robert Scheidt BRA are at equal points on the ranks 2 and 3, closely followed by Tom Burton AUS, Tonci Stipanovic CRO and Nick Thompson GBR on the positions 4 to 6.
Still first in the Radials is Gintare Volungeviciute-Scheidt LTU, but Paige Railey USA reduced her backlog on 3 points. Evi Van Acker BEL, advanced on rank 3, appearing for the first time on a podium place, and other favorites too are coming strongly from behind: Alison Young GBR is now 4th and Marit Bouwmeester NED progressed on rank 6.
All ranking lists and the daily news.
Thursday, August 20, 2015   
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The Korean Windsurfer Wonwoo Cho appears to have become the first victim of the polluted Guanabara Bay, inshore venue for the 2016 Sailing Olympics. He has been hospitalized with high fever, vomiting and coldness, symptoms linked with ingesting water from the polluted bay, but he has left the hospital meanwhile. A second infected sailor wanted to remain anonimous. A report in Sail World.
Earlier video footage was widely circulated on the internet showing what was said be sewerage being discharged into the bay, and with a boom arranged a few metres off shore in an attempt to control the spread of the pollution. Here the video on the Sailing Anarchy facebook page.
Thursday, August 20, 2015   (Image © Luka Bartulovic)
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The freshest breeze so far at these Radial Youth Worlds - 15 kn - prevailed yesterday in Kingston CAN, but during the day, the wind decreased. Nevertheless, all fleets completed three races each.
The situation in the Radial Boys is very close on the final day of the event with another two races on the program. Nicholas Conor AUS is still in front, but Gianmarco Planchestainer ITA has reduced the deficit on 3 points. A fight for the title between those two is ahead today ! Nic Baird USA - the son of the Ex-Alinghi-helmsman Ed Baird USA - is on the 3rd place 15 points behind the leader, but the 4th Paolo Giargia ITA is only one point back.
Maria Erdi HUN remains the clear leader in the Girls with 10 points lead on the 2nd Dolores Moreira URU, the only one who can theoretically challenge the Hungarian for the title. Clearly leading in the U17 rankings, Moreira has already a title in her pocket. The 3rd Magdalena Kwasna POL is 29 points behind. Francesca Bergamo ITA 5 points farther back can still challenge her for Bronze.
All ranking lists and the daily news.
Thursday, August 20, 2015   
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Light winds prevailed yesterday on the Ijsselmeer after two windy days, and Joel Rodriguez ESP took advantage of these changed conditions. Finishing on the day ranks 1 and 2, he moved up on rank 1 of the Lasers Standard 4 points ahead of Benjamin Vadnai HUN. Michael Conor AUS dropped on rank 3 with a 16 points' backlog.
Not at all familiar with the light winds was Ellie Cumpsty GBR, descending on rank 4 in the Lasers Radial with the day ranks 19 and 25. Maxime Jonker NED is the new leader followed by Line Flem-Höst NOR 2nd and Monika Mikkola FIN 3rd.
All ranking lists on the event website. The event facebook page contains today the first post ........ on the barbecue after sailing.
Thursday, August 20, 2015   (Image © PWA Carter)
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Sufficient wind yesterday in Turkey to complete the first Eliminations. Fulya Ünlü TUR won the Women's final with an fast finish. In the Men's final, the winner was Pierre Mortefon FRA ahead of Malte Teucher GER. The favorite Antoine Albeau FRA plunged in a gybe during the Quarter final and was eliminated early. All other details on the PWA website.
International Sailing – Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Wednesday, August 19, 2015   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
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Very light winds affected the program of the Olympic Test Event yesterday, and again, there was no wind on the outside courses and racing had to be concentrated on Guaranaba Bay .... if possible. The 470s and Finns waited in vain for enough wind, the latter having sailed only three races in four days.
With Pieter-Jan Postma NED, one of the favorites is leading in the Finns, while Giles Scott GBR, undefeated since the Olympic Regatta 2012, is only on the 8th place. Here the report of the Finn class.
The 49ersFX completed two races and Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA moved on top, thanks to a race win, just one point ahead of Giulia Conti/Francesca Clapcich ITA. Victoria Travascio/Maria Soldas ARG, the lightest team in the fleet, remain on 3rd.
Very light is also the dominator in the RS:X male windsurfer fleet Aichen Wang CHN. He added another two race wins yesterday and extended his overall lead on 20 points. Pierre Le Coq FRA and Ivan Pastor ESP are the first persuers. No change after the only race of the RS:X female windsurfers with Malgorzata Bialecka POL leading ahead of Charline Picon FRA and Blanca Manchon ESP. Winner of the day was the light-weight Hei Man Chan HKG.
The Nacra's and 49er had their lay day. The Laser news and results are in a separate text below.
The weather forecast for today is not very promising, but the metrology office was never right in the past days. All ranking lists and the daily news.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
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Very light winds prevailed again on the fourth day of the Rio Olympic Test Event. However, the two Laser fleet were the most privileged, sailing close to the shore on Guanabara Bay, where a 7-10 kn wind filled in, allowing to complete one race per class.
With his second win in a row, Tom Burton AUS advanced on rank 4 overall. The new leader is Francesco Marrai ITA, Lee Parkhill CAN moved up on rank 2, while Tonci Stipanovic CRO flopped (rank 28) and descended on rank 3. Nick Thompson GBR and Robert Scheidt BRA on the 5th and 6th place reduced their deficits on rank 1 to 10, respectively 11 points.
Gintare Volungeviciute-Scheidt LTU extended her lead in the Radials with another race win. Paige Railey USA on 2nd is now 7 points back. Alison Young GBR on 3rd is already 20 points behind. The World Champion Marit Bouwmeester NED is having hard time with a 27 points' backlog after six races and rank 9.
All results and the daily news.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015   (Image © Luka Bartulovic)
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Only light winds prevailed on the last day of the Laser Radial Youth Worlds in Kingston CAN, but at least, one race could be completed by category.
Nicholas Conor AUS remains on top of the rankings ahead of Gianmarco Planchestainer ITA, Group race winner yesterday, and reducing the backlog on rank 1 on 2 points. New on rank 3 is Matti Muru CAN. The best 48 sail in the Goldfleet as from today, the Silver- and Bronzefleets have 47 boats each.
In the Girls, the dominating leader Maria Erdi HUN dived for the first time on a two-digit result, allowing Dolores Moreira URU finishing 2nd to reduce the gap to the leader on 2 points. New on rank 3 is Francesca Bergamo ITA. The Radial Girls continue the Championship in one fleet.
All ranking lists (scroll down for the Girls' results) and the daily news.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015   
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Day two of the U21 Laser Radial and Standard Worlds was again cold, rainy and rough with a 15 kn wind.
Winning one of the races in their Groups, the first three overall in the Lasers Standard kept their top places. Michael Beckett GBR leads two points ahead of Benjamin Vadnai HUN and Joel Rodriguez ESP.
In the Laser Radial Girls, Ellie Cumpsty GBR moved up on top with the day ranks 1 and 3, relegating Maxime Jonker NED on the 2nd place. Line Flem-Höst NOR remains on 3rd.
All ranking lists on the event website, and photos on the event Facebook site.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015   (Image © PWA Carter)
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In temperatures exceeding 40° C, the PWA World Tour Slalom Specialists waited in Alcati TUR in vain for wind on the opening day of the Slalom event. Go for some interviews with top athletes, among others the multi-talented Slalom Worldcup leader Sara-Quita Offringa NED, on the PWA website.
International Sailing – Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Tuesday, August 18, 2015   (Image © Christophe Launay)
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Contrary to the forecast, there was no wind on the Atlantic offshore courses and eight classes sailed their races in light wind on Guanabara Bay, while the two windsurfing events had their first lay day.
The leading group in the 470 men is still closely together. Winning yesterday's race, Stuart McNay/David Hughes USA moved on first one point ahead of Anton Dahlberg/Fredrik Bergström SWE. Another point back are Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO and Sofian Bouvet/Jérémy Mion FRA tied on 3rd and 4th.Rang 3. Shasha Chen/Haiyan Gao CHN defended rank 1 in the 470 women, but Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA and Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark GBR follow closely behind. The best of the day Camille Lecointre/Hélène Defrance FRA are up on rank 4.
Winning three of the four races so far, the favorites Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL occupy as expected the top place in the 49ers with a 4 points' advance on the second-ranked Delle-Karth/Resch AUT. Botin/Lopez ESP follow on rank 3. The day winners Victoria Travascio/Maria Sol ARG closed up the gapl on the leading Giulia Conti/Francesca Clapcich ITA in the 49ersFX to one point. 3rd at equal points with the Argentineans follow Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA. The report of the 49er class.
The Finns sailed only one heat with Pieter-Jan Postma NED on rank 2, staying on top overall with a 3 points' lead on Tapio Nirkko FIN and Jonathan Lobert FRA at equal points. Here the Finn Class report. The newcomers and youngsters Paul Kohlhoff/Carolina Werner GER are the big surprise in the Nacra 17, as with the day ranks 2/1/1, they clearly lead now overall with an 8 points advantage on Mandy Mulder/Coen De Koning NED. Jason Waterhouse Lisa Darmanin AUS, another 2015 rookie team, follow on rank 3.
All ranking lists and the officilal report.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015   (Image © Christophe Launay)
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The Laser race courses for yesterday were planned on the open sea, but lacking wind, they remained on Guaranaba Bay, where at least one race per event was completed.
No change on top of the Lasers Standard where Tonci Stipanovic CRO kept his first place inspite of a race rank 16. Nick Thompson GBR advanced on rank 2, and Francesco Marrai ITA follows as 3rd at equal points. The race winner was Tom Burton AUS, moving up on rank 7 just behind Robert Scheidt BRA.
Tuula Tenkanen FIN won the Radial race and moved up on rank 3. Overall leader remains Gintare Scheidt LTU, extending her lead on Paige Railey USA to 5 points.
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015   (Image © Luka Bartulovic)
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The moderate seabreeze built up yesterday as well in Kingston for the races 5 and 6, conditions apparently convenient for the leading sailors. Finishing twice on rank 2, Nicholas Conor AUS extended his lead in the Boys' on 6 points. Paolo Giargia ITA advanced on rank 2 and 1 point farther back are Gianmarco Planchestainer ITA and Umberto Varbaro ITA sharing rank 3. A class of her own remains Maria Erdi HUN in the Girls, winning both races and leading overall with a 12 points' advantage on Dolores Moreira URU. Magdalena Kwasna POL remains 3rd.
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015   
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The U21 Laser Radial and Standard Worlds began yesterday with two races. Winning both heats in his Group, Michael Beckett GBR took the lead in the Lasers Standard closely followed by Benjamin Vadnai HUN and Joel Rodriguez ESP at equal points. In the Radial-Girls, the leader is Maxime Jonker NED with the ranks 1 and 2 yesterday. Line Flem Höst NOR and Lovisa Karlsson SWE are the first chasers.
All ranking lists on the event website.
 
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