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International Sailing – Thursday, October 2, 2014
Thursday, October 2, 2014   
Sun and for the first time a moderate wind around 10 kn prevailed yesterday and all classes were racing. The 120 Classics sailed a coastal race. Here the photes by Gilles Martin-Raget and the video of the day, as well as all ranking lists and the daily report.
Thursday, October 2, 2014   
Light winds from the East between 7 and 10 kn prevailed on a foggy grey Wednesday, making the lake very choppy. Three races were sailed and with the ranks 3/1/1, Stellan Berlin SWE was the best of the day and advanced on the 10th place, including the disqualifcation in race 2. Once the discard comes into effect, he will be on top of the overall rankings, occupied for the moment by Megan Pascoe GBR, consistently among the best with the ranks 1/2/9 yesterday. Björnar Erikstad NOR and Allen Leibel CAN follow on the ranks 2 and 3.
The ranking list and the short reports.
Thursday, October 2, 2014   
Four races were sailed yestersday on the Chesapeak Bay in a light wind. The new leader is 'Quantum Racing' with Terry Flynn USA 2 points ahead of Brian Keane USA (with the 470 top-sailor Stuart McNay USA and the Starboat Olympic medalist Mike Wolf CAN). John Stork USA on rank 3 is another contender for the title, while Sophie Faguet FRA dropped on rank 5.
The ranking list and the event facebook page.
Thursday, October 2, 2014   
In the absence of wind, the windsurfing pro's spent their time on Sylt again with alternative activities. A Stand-Up-Paddle-Team-Contest was on the program and the Final has been scheduled for today afternoon, ....... unless there is sufficient wind for a change to continue the Grand Slam.
The PWA website.
International Sailing – Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Wednesday, October 1, 2014   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
The fresh East wind with 20 kn and 2-meter waves stayed also on the second day of the 'Voiles'. Too much for many of the 120 Classics, partly over 100 years old, the Modernes sailing in five IRC classifications, the Wallys and the J-Yachts. One race for each fleet was sailed. Here all ranking lists and the report of the day. Must see is the gallery by Gilles Martin-Raget as well as the video of the day, presenting some of the swimming pieces of art, before leaving the port.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014   
After the Paralympic IFDS World Championship (the 2.4 mIJ is the one-person-keelboat of the disabled), the Open 2.4 mIJ Open Worlds (open for everybody) began yesterday in Toronto CAN. Two races were sailed in an 8-10 kn breeze, and as in previous years, the best Paralympic sailors are challenged above all by Scandinavian participants.
Winners of the two races were Megan Pascoe GBR and Niko Salomaa FIN, as Stellan Berlin SWE crossing the line as first in race 2 was disqualified. Overall leader is Niko Salomaa FIN ahead of Megan Pascoe GBR and Paul Tingley CAN. 35 boats from 6 nations participate.
The ranking list, the short reports and the event website.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014   (Image © Alfred Farre)
In a tight final last Sunday, the winners of the 2014 Raceboard World Championship after 14 races were Ivan Pastor ESP in the men's category and Vita Matise LAT in the women's. Silver and Bronze with the men went to Maksimilan Woicjek POL and Nicolas Huguet FRA. 104 participants from 17 nations were present. Second with the women behind Matise was another Latvian, Ilona Grinberga LAT. Joanna Sterling AUS took Bronze. The report.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The mostly rough North Sea keeps on being soft. As 10 days ago at the Danish Klitmöller Wave World Cup, where only one day was with sufficient wind and waves, the Super Grand Slam on Sylt GER began very dull. Yesterday was the third day in a row without wind.
The PWA website again with some interviews.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014   
After the light-wind opening of Monday, the wind was missing completely on the Chesapeak Bay yesterday, and the 32 teams from 3 nations waited in vain for a start. Winner of the only race on the first day was the unique French team of Sophie Faguet FRA, who crossed the line with a huge advance.
The ranking list and the event facebook page.
International Sailing – Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Tuesday, September 30, 2014   
Rain and moderate winds around 8 kn prevailed yesterday on the first day of the J/80 World Championship on the Chesapeak Bay. The conditions just allowed to complete one race and the winners were Sophie Faguet FRA and her team. On the ranks 2 and 3 follow Will & Marie Crump USA (Chris Larson USA tactics) and Brian Keane USA (with Stuart McNay USA and Mike Wolf CAN). 32 teams from France, England and the USA participate.
The ranking list and the event facebook page
Tuesday, September 30, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The North Sea Coast remained again without wind and the PWA Grand Slam on Sylt stalled for another day. The PWA website used the waiting time for an interview with the winner of the first Slalom Elimination Arnon Dagan ISR.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014   
Glittering water, shining boats and much action marked the past nine days of the 2014 Interboot in Friederichshafen/Lake Constance GER. 86 200 (2013: 89 600) visitors were aboard the 53rd International Nautical Show, traditionally the first exhibition to present the novelties of the next season for all those interested in water sports, and to provide the first feedbacks for the industry. The ambience in the halls was positive and most of the exhibitors were satisfied with the results of the show, according to the Interboot-Director Klaus Wellmann. Extremely popular – also thanks to the perfect late summer weather - was the Interboot Harbour with the 130 test boats, as well as the many sport events on Lake Constance. 491 exhibitors from 15 nations were present, offering a wide selection of boats, equipment, services and last-but-not-least fashion.
The final report.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)
The Voiles de St-Tropez began yesterday in an up to 20 kn East wind, and the IRC Moderns, the Wallys and the J-Classes sailed one race each. As from today, the 120 Classics will join the racing. All ranking lists and the report of the day.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014   (Image © Stan Thuret)
After the wreckage of his Open 60, there was silence around Bernard Stamm SUI for quite some time. Now he is back and this with a victory. At Lorient FRA, he won the 'Atlantique', a weekend regatta attended by seven teams, together with Philippe Legros FRA and Matthieu Vandamme FRA, on the new Tour-de-France Diam-24 trimaran. In light winds, he dominated the race. The official report including a video interview with Stamm, and the report on Stamm's website.
At the same time, the Swiss is preparing his comeback in the Open-60-circuit. Together with Jean Le Cam FRA, he will start at the Barcelona World Race end of the year, the round-the-world-non-stop race for two person teams. For this purpose, he acquired with the help of his sponsors the yacht of Jörg Riechers GER, who had to quit his Vendée-Globe ambitions due to lack of finances. Originally, the boat has been built for Michel Desjoyeaux FRA, winning his second Vendée. After a complete reconditioning, the boat touched water again ten days ago. The report.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014   
The second Swiss boat after the Nacra 17 of Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI to get a nation's berth for the 2016 Rio Olympics at the Santander ISAF Worlds was the 470 of Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser. The light wind during the first days of the Championship were not the team's taste, but with the freshening breeze, they came back strongly and terminated the competition on the remarkable 14th final position. With this place, they not only grasped the berth for Switzerland for the Olympic regatta, but they qualified also for the ISAF World Cup Grand Final at Abu Dhabi UAE in November. Read their Newsletter (PDF) for details on the World Championship.
International Sailing – Monday, September 29, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014   (Image © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT)
Taylor Canfield ISV defeated Ian Williams GBR at the Dutch Match Cup Lelystad NE 2-1 and reduced the overall backlog on Williams to 5 points. The last two Acts of the World Tour on the Bermudas and in Malaysia will be very exciting ! Winner of the Petite Final and 3rd was David Gilmour AUS with 2-1 over Mathieu Richard FRA.
The report with results.
Monday, September 29, 2014   
Over the past weekend, the 53rd edition of the traditional Starboat Octoberfest Regatta was sailed with five races on the Ammersee GER. Winning three heats, the clear winners were Calle Schröder/Henrik Glimmsted SWE ahead of Ulrich Vater/Karsten Morf GER and Martin and Peter Gereben HUN. 47 participants from 7 nations.
The ranking list.
Monday, September 29, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The wind disappeared after the first Eliminations of the Slalom- and Freestyle-specialists and the competition was over early on the summery warm Sylt island and the many spectators enjoyed the sun. The Super Grand Slam of Sylt lasts during the whole week, but for today, the wind forecast is not any better.
The PWA website and the video trailer.
Monday, September 29, 2014   (Image © Segel-Bundesliga / Lars Wehrmann)
The 5th Act of the German National Sailing League in Friederichshafen/Lake Constance ended yesterday in light winds. The Norddeutsche Regatta-Verein with Carsten Kemmling was the winner and at the same time the early German National League Champion. In the 2nd National League, the first teams promoted to the 1st are known and are the WV Hemelingen, the SC Bayer Uerdingen and the Münchner YC. The Season Final will take place in Hamburg in October. Additional promotion places will be at stake.
The report with results.
Monday, September 29, 2014   (Image © Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi)
The 'Voiles de St-Tropez' are again a major happening with huge fleets in various classes. In addition to the Wally's or the J-Class-Yachts, there are again almost 100 Classics and a considerable fleet of modern yachts up to 80 foot on the entry list. The list of participants and the official preview. Moderate East winds around 10-15 kn and sun can be expected according to the forecasts. An ideal setting for good races !
Monday, September 29, 2014   
As last tune-up for the World Laser Masters' Championship at Hyères FRA beginning next weekend, the Internationale Laser Masters' Cup took place on the Bay of Hyères. Sunshine with an 5-8 kn breeze on Saturday and a 12-15 kn East wind on Sunday allowed to complete 5 races. Winners were Andrew Dellabarca NZL ahead of Thomas Chaix IRL and Denis Simeoni FRA in the Lasers Standard. Superior winner in the Lasers Radial was Mark Kennedy AUS winning 4 of the 5 heats. Seff Loosemore AUS and Keith Wilkins GBR (multiple Laser European Champion in the 70s) completed the podium.
The ranking lists.
517 participants are on the entry list of the Laser World Masters beginning on October 4 !
Monday, September 29, 2014   (Image © Dr)
Lotte Meldgaard-Petersen DEN defeated Stephanie Roble USA in a nail-biting final with 3-2. Anne Le Berre FRA won the Petite Final against Carolin Sylvan SWE and is on 3rd. After this 4th of 5 Rounds in the Women International Matchracing Series, the situation before the last event in Busan KOR is very exciting, as the overall leader Anna Kjellbärg SWE is only one point ahead of Lotte Meldgaard DEN.
The report with results.
International Sailing – Sunday, September 28, 2014
Sunday, September 28, 2014   (Image © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT)
Light winds prevailed for the first time at the Dutch Match Cup yesterday during the Quarter Finals. Proceeding to the Semis are Ian Williams GBR (3-2 vs Phil Robertson NZL), David Gilmour AUS (3-0 vs Keith Swinton AUS) and Mathieu Richard FRA (3-1 vs Arthur Herreman FRA). The first round of the Semis was already sailed yesterday. Mathieu Richard FRA leads against Ian Williams GBR 1-0, and David Gilmour AUS defeated Taylor Canfield ISV for the first time here at Lelystad.
The results and the report. The light wind will persist for the crucial duels today.
Sunday, September 28, 2014   
The first of two scheduled races was sailed on Lake Garda in a fresh Northerly wind early in the morning. Hugo Rocha ESP realised another race win and reduced the gap on the leader Carlo Alberini ITA to 4 points. But Alberini came back in the afternoon's race and made everything clear with a first place. Alessio Marinelli ITA defended Bronze behind Rocha ESP.
The ranking list and the final report.
Sunday, September 28, 2014   (Image © Gerard Chauvel)
The Platu 25 World Championship 2014 in Antibes FRA ended yesterday with a last race without the new World Champion Sandro Montefusco ITA, who had his title prematurerly. Matthias Bermejo SUI and his team won the race and defended the 3rd rank overall. 5 points were missing for Silver earned by Tomaso De Bellis ITA.
The ranking list and the report.
Sunday, September 28, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The Freestylers opened the day early in the morning but the breeze quickly vanished and the Qualifiers had to be postponed. The Slalom drivers however found a light wind to start their competition but together with the breakers off Sylt, the conditions were very challenging. Aron Dagan ISR won ahead of Julien Quentel FRA. The World Champion Antoine Albeau FRA was forced to abandon after a collision during the Qualifiers.
All details on the PWA website.
Sunday, September 28, 2014   
The Optimist Swiss Team Racing Championship began yesterday on Lake Zoug, and the good sailing conditions allowed to complete the full Round Robin and the first half of the Semi Finals. The CN Morges won the Round Robin (Here the rankings (PDF)). The standings of the Semi Finals after Saturday are 2-1 in both pairings, i.e. CN Morges vs YKP Gdynia POL and RC Oberhofen vs SC Cham. The results (PDF).
Sunday, September 28, 2014   (Image © James Robinson Taylor / Regates Royales)
A last long-distance race sailed in summery light-wind conditions concluded the Royal Regatta in Cannes FRA attended by over 80 Classic Yachts. Here the final results of all 8 categories, as well as the final report.
Today, most yachts will dislocate to St-Tropez FRA where the 'Voiles de St.Tropez' will begin tomorrow. We already reported yesterday on the victory of Ian Bradburry IRL in the Dragons.
Sunday, September 28, 2014   (Image © Lars Wehrmann)
Favorable racing conditions prevailed on Lake Constance yesterday after the windless opening Friday, and in an up to 10 kn breeze the 1st and the 2nd National Sailing League completed half of the Round Robin each.
Leading in the 1st League is the Württembergische YC ahead of the Norddeutschen RV, the latter with good chances for the Champion's titile. The 2nd League Clubs are sailing for one of the three promotion places, respectively the ranks 4-6 as qualification criteria for the promotion round. The WV Hermelingen leads for the moment.
The daily report and the results. The crucial races of today are not only visible live for the visitors of the Interboot but also on the Internet as from 11 a.m. CET.
International Sailing – Saturday, September 27, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014   (Image © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT)
The windy conditions persisted yesterday at Lelystad and the Round Robin of the Dutch Match Cup was completed. Taylor Canfield ISV, score 9-2, is directly qualified for the Semi Final. The ranks 2-7 sail the Quarter Finals today. Ian Williams GBR meets Phil Robertson NZL, David Gilmour AUS sails against Keith Swinton AUS and Mathieu Richard FRA encounters the surprise-man Arthur Herreman FRA.
The results and the report.
Saturday, September 27, 2014   (Image © Elena Giolai)
The Ora was light on the 3rd day of the J/70 Europeans on Lake Garda, but nevertheless, two races were completed in an 8 kn breeze. Finishing 1 and 2, Hugo Rocha ESP reduced the gap on the leading Carlo Alberini ITA on 6 points. Two North wind races have been scheduled for this morning, that will be crucial for the title. Alessio Marinelli ITA on rank 3 is already 17 points back, and another 8 points behind is Charlie Esse GBR as best corinthian skipper.
The ranking list and the daily report.
Saturday, September 27, 2014   (Image © Gerard Chauvel)
The Platu 25 Worlds continued yesterday with three races, and with the day ranks 2/2/1, Sandro Montefusco ITA and his team are the premature winners of the World Champion's title before today's final race. Tomaso De Bellis ITA on rank 2 has an 8 points' lead over Matthias Bermejo SUI. The fight for Silver and Bronze is fully open, as also Christophe Chaffardon FRA has still chances to climb on the podium.
The ranking list and the class website.
Saturday, September 27, 2014   
The J/24 World Championship 2014 in Newport RI ended yesterday with the races 9 and 10, and the leader Will Welles USA and his team confirmed their superiority with the day ranks 2 and 5 and took the title with a 17 points' advantage. Mauricio Santa Cruz BRA finished 2nd, John Mollicone USA 3rd. 69 teams from 12 nations participated.
The final rankings and the report.
Saturday, September 27, 2014   (Image © Pierpaolo Lanfrancotti)
No races on the last day of the 5.5 mIJ World Championship 2014. The light and circling wind allowed nothing but a few start attempts and the day ended without a valid result. The interim's leader Flavio Marazzi SUI /Jakob Gustafsson SWE/Christoph Burger SUI remained therefore on top and were declared World Champions. A constant row of results without a flop kept them in the leading group during the whole competition, while the direct opponents waited for the 6th race to discard the worst result and move on top. Kristian Nergaard NOR and Gavin McKinney BAH completed the podium.
The report and the final results.
Saturday, September 27, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The Sylt Super Grand Slam, the 9-days Finale of the PWA Worldcup Season, began yesterday in not too ideal conditions with a breeze from the shore. The Qualification races of the Slalom specialists and the Eliminations of the Wave riders were on the program, and this without any surprises. For today, a 14-20 kn breeze has been announced.
The report on the PWA website.
Saturday, September 27, 2014   (Image © James Robinson Taylor / R�gates Royales)
Late was the seabreeze, and only one long-distance race was completed in the Classics fleet with a finish line just nearby a cruise ship. The ranking list of the 6 classes.
The Dragon regatta ended already with Ian Bradbury IRL/Lars Hendriksen DEN/Claus Olensen DEN as winner after 6 races, ahead of Dimitri Samokhin RUS and Michael Zannel GER. The ranking list and the report.
International Sailing – Friday, September 26, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014   (Image © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT)
The Round Robin of the WMRT Dutch Match Cup at Lelystad continued yesterday in a fresh breeze, requesting perfect boat handling. Not everybody was mastering the tricky boat, and even the Tour leader Ian Williams GBR lost the boat and collided with the starting vessel, and was moreover loosing a match after capsizing. New on top of the rankings are now with a 7-1 score Mathieu Richard FRA and Taylor Canfield ISV. Williams is down on 3rd.
The report and the videos.
Friday, September 26, 2014   (Image © Gerard Chauvel)
Four races were sailed at the Platu 25 Worlds in Antibes FRA yesterday. Matthias Bermejo SUI and his team had a fulminant begin of the day winning the first two races, and moving up on position 2. Sandro Montefusco ITA keeps the lead with an 8 points advance on the Swiss who is tied with the 3rd Tomaso De Bellis ITA. Christophe Chaffardon FRA as 4th is already 19 points behind rank 3.
The ranking list. To learn more, consult the Platu 25 website during the day.
Friday, September 26, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
Two more races were sailed in moderate winds around 8 kn yesterday off Newport. Will Welles USA just defended his lead, but with a 46th place as result to be discarded on the final day today, his lead is in danger. Mauricio Santa Cruz BRA 6 points behind has a constant row of results with a 12th place as a discard, and even John Mollicone USA 14 points back has still theoretical chances for control.
The ranking list and the report (PDF).
Friday, September 26, 2014   (Image © Andrea Carloni)
Day 2 of the J/70 Europeans, ... another perfect Lake Garda day ! Sun and a 14-16 kn thermal breeze allowed to sail three races. Finishing twice on top, Carlo Alberini ITA extended his lead and his advantage after 6 races is now 11 points. Alessio Marinelli ITA follows on rank 2, Hugo Rocha ESP is 3rd. Bad luck for the 470 Junior European Champion Simon Sivitz ITA, who is out of competition after a big crash on the first day.
The ranking list and the daily report.
Friday, September 26, 2014   (Image © Ph Lanfrancotti)
The thundery weather went on yesterday and unconstant shifty winds between 8 and 17 kn were the consequence. Nevertheless, three races were completed, and Flavio Marazzi SUI and his team succeeded to move up on top with a row of top-6 finishes. Today's final heat will be decisive, as the discard result becomes effective, and the favorite and defending champion Markus Wieser GER will most probably take the first place. His result sheet stll contains an early start disqualification besides 3 wins in five races. Only Kristian Nergaard NOR could theoretically become a serious opponent.
The ranking list and the daily report.
Friday, September 26, 2014   (Image © Lars Wehrmann)
For almost one week now, the Interboot in Friedrichshafen has been attracting a nurmerous public. Almost 500 exhibitors present newly developped yachts, equipment and services. As from today, the activity on the water will go beyond the traditional boat testing. The German National Sailing League - the German Championship of Sailing- and Yachtclubs - runs its Lake Constant Act. For the time being, the Norddeutsche Regatta Verein with Johannes Polgar GER are the leaders As from 14 hrs CET, racing will be presented live on the Internet.
Friday, September 26, 2014   (Image © James Robinson Taylor / R�gates Royales)
The Royal Regatta continued yesterday in the Bay of Cannes with a long-distance race, sailed in a light wind. The Dragons went on with their competition adding three more round-the-buoy short races in the Gulf of Juan.
The report and the ranking lists of the Classics. Unfortunately, the Dragon Link to the results does not work this morning. Ivan Bradburry IRL is first.
The - as always - must see video of the day.
International Sailing – Thursday, September 25, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014   (Image © Robert Hajduk)
The fifth Round of the 2014 World Match Racing Tour in Lelystad NED began yesterday with three flights. The new venue and above all the Tour-first Maxfun-25 yachts with their oversized spinackers challenged the teams. However, the Tour dominators stepped up to the plate and Ian Williams GBR, Mathieu Richard FRA and Taylor Canfield ISV finished the day with a 3-0 score. On rank 4 follows Arthur Herreman FRA with 2-1 w /l.
The report with results.
Thursday, September 25, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
The J/24 Worlds continued yesterday with two races sailed initially in a 10 kn, lateron increasing to a 17 kn breeze. Will Welles USA defended his 8 points lead on Mauricio Santa Cruz BRA. Greg Griffin USA as 3rd is 18 points behind. The results and the report.
Thursday, September 25, 2014   (Image © Gerard Chauvel)
After the rough first day with wind speeds at the upper limit, the situation normalised yesterday and allowed to complete three good races in a 10-12 kn breeze.
Sandro Montefusco ITA and his team extended the lead with two race wins. Tomaso De Bellis ITA finished three times as 2nd and moved up on rank 2 overall. On the way up is also Matthias Bermejo SUI, advancing on 3rd overall with the day ranks 5/4/3.
The ranking list and the daily report.
Thursday, September 25, 2014   
Perfect Lake Garda conditions with sun and a 10 to 16 kn freshening Ora breeze pervailed yesterday and three races were completed at the J/70 European Championship.
Carlo Alberini ITA and his team were the dominators with the ranks 1/2/2 and lead overall with a 12 points advantage. Charlie Esse GBR, Mario Beraha ITA and Igor Lah SLO follow on the ranks 2 to 4. The ranking list and the daily report.
Thursday, September 25, 2014   (Image © Ph Lanfrancotti)
Thunderstorms and rain with a temporary light wind allowed only for one start attempt yesterday at the 5.5 mIJ Worlds, but this race had to be abandoned soon due to the slackening wind. Leader after the two Tuesday races is Kristian Nergaard NOR ahead of Gavin McKinney BAH and Thomas Müller GER.
The ranking list and the videos.
Thursday, September 25, 2014   (Image © James Robinson Taylor / R�gates Royales)
The stormy East wind decreased in Cannes and the Classics opened the Royal Regatta with a long-distance race in the Bay of Cannes, while the Dragons sailed three short-races round-the-buoys.
Michael Zannel GER leads in the Dragons ahead of Ivan Bradbury GBR and Dimitri Samokhin RUS. Here the rankings.
The Classics sail in 8 categories, and the results have not yet been posted on the event website. After a Parade along the coast of Cannes, 'Shamrock V' crossed the line as first. Read the explicit report.
Thursday, September 25, 2014   
Over the past weekend, 130 Optimists and 18 420-teams sailed the Vorarlberg Championship off Bregenz/Lake Constance AUT.
Winning three of the four races of his group, Leonardo Finazzi SUI/SNG was the clear winner ahead of Yannis Saje AUT and Nicholas Davies SUI/CNM. Anja von Allmen SUI/RCO on rank 11 was the best girl. The Optimist rankings.
The 420s completed 6 races and Michael + Alexander Lausecker AUT were the winners. The report.
International Sailing – Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014   
A fresh East wind of up to 30 kn and big waves made the first day of the Platu 25 World Championship in Antibes FRA very challenging. The first race was won by the past World Champion Sandro Montefusco ITA and his team, ahead of Ingo Lochmann GER and Tom Studer SUI. 35 teams from 8 nations participate.
The ranking list and the event website.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014   
The J /24 Worlds in Newport continued yesterday in a steady 10 to 14 kn breeze and two races were completed. Will Welles USA and his team moved on top with the day ranks 1 and 9. The quadruple World Champion Mauricio Santa Cruz BRA advanced on rank 2 with a 11 points' backlog.
The ranking list and the report of the day (PDF).
Wednesday, September 24, 2014   (Image © Ph Lanfrancotti)
Yesterday, after a windless opening day, the first two races of the 5.5 mIJ World Championship were sailed in 12-16 kn breeze, and Kristian Nergaard NOR and his team (ranks 2/2) is the first leader. Race winners were the favorite Markus Wieser GER, premature start disqualification in race 2, and Thomas Müller GER on an elder evolution class boat. Second overall is Gavin McKinney BAH, Müller GER is 3rd.
The ranking list and the video of the day.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014   
A number of changes occurred in the ISAF World Ranking List after the ISAF Worlds of Santander. The Finn World Champion Giles Scott GBR is now ISAF number one, and also the Vice World Champions Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL are back on top of the annual classification of the 470 women. Robert Scheidt BRA is for the first time after 9 years the Laser Standard number one.
All rankings and the ISAF report.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014   (Image © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT)
The World Match Race Tour continues today, only one week after the Chicago Match Cup, with the Dutch Match Cup of Lelystad NED. Maxfun25 yachts will be sailed, an unknown boat for all participants.
Ian Williams GBR leads in the Tour rankings 2014 with a 20 points' advance on Mathieu Richard FRA, but the defending champion Taylor Canfield ISV is only one point behind the Frenchman after his victory in Chicago. Ian Williams GBR has the opportunity for a preliminary decision, as there are only two Rounds left this year (Bermuda and Terengganu MAS).
The preview and the event website.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
The inaugural J/70 European Championship begins today on Lake Garda. The yacht launched two and a half years ago gained quickly enormous currency also in Europe. 37 teams from 10 nations participate in these first Europeans, with big delegations from Germany, France, England or Italy. The overcast sky will according to the wind forecast most probably prevent the normal Lake Garda thermal breeze today.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014   (Image © DR / R�gates Royales)
The fresh 24-30 kn East wind in the Bay of Cannes was too much for the precious classic yachts, and the first races were postponed. In addition to the 48 Dragons from 14 nations, there are 44 Classics on the entry list, the oldest built in 1892. The event website contains a video from the past year, presenting the exceptional beauties of yachting craftsmanship in action.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014   
As every year, North Sails Switzerland presents innovative products at their Interboot booth, as e.g. the new NorLam sail cloth, especially developped for larger yachts. Visit us in the days ahead, you are very welcome.
International Sailing – Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014   (Image © DR / J24 Worlds)
The J/24 World Championship in Newport RI began yesterday with two races sailed in a 14-16 kn wind. Mark Hillman USA and Robert Vernon CHI with their Teams are on top at equal points. Will Welles USA follows as 3rd. 71 teams from 13 nations participate.
The ranking list and the report.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014   
In memory of Andrew 'Bart' Simpson GBR, double Starboat Olympic Champion, drowned during an America's Cup training in San Francisco last year, his friends Iain Percy GBR and Ben Ainslie GBR founded the 'Bart Simpson Sailing Foundation' and organised a world-wide memorial regatta taking place last Sunday.
Up to now, 13% of the resultats have been communicated to the central control office. With almost 100'000 participants, the 'Bart's Bash' is requesting an entry in the Guiness-Book-of-records as largest sailing event ever. The video.
On behalf of the Star Sailors League, sailing-news had the opportunity to interview Bart Simpson on the occasion of the UK Star Championship in January 2013. Here the video-interview, it should be one of his last ....
Tuesday, September 23, 2014   
34 000 visitors enjoyed the Interboot watersports exhibition over the last weekend where 491 exhibitors are doing their utmost, to inform and entertain the nautical addicts. The doors opened on Saturday with a speech by the Mayor of Friederichshafen. During 9 days, the Interboot presents new products and services of the Sail- and Powerboat industry, enhanced by test runs on Lake Constance. In addition, a spectacular entertainment program has been put up to spend some enjoyable leisure hours in the South of Germany. The report.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014   (Image © DR / 5.5m IC)
No wind on the opening day of the 5.5 mIJ World Championship in Italy. 37 teams from 7 nations are on the entry list, one third of them from Switzerland. Favorite is the defending champion Markus Wieser GER, but Arend Pasman NED, Kristian Neergard NOR or Flavio Marazzi SUI will also have a say. The event website.
International Sailing – Monday, September 22, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014   (Image © Rachel Jaspersen)
The ISAF Olympic Classes World Championship in Santander ESP ended yesterday with the Medal Races of the two Skiff classes 49er and 49er FX, the Nacra 17 and the Finns.
Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL, early World Champions before the Medal Race of the 49ers already, demonstrated their superiorty winning this last heat as well increasing their advantage on 46 points ! The Silver medal went to Jonas Warrer/Anders Thomsen DEN, while the Olympic Champions Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen AUS had to content themselves with Bronze. Delle-Karth/Resch AUT on rank 4 missed a medal by 6 points.
The showdown of the 49erFX girls went in favor of Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA, finishing the Medal Race in front of Ida-Marie Baad-Nielsen/Marie Thusgaard DEN earning their first - and probably not the last - World Champion's title. Behind the Danish team at equal points are Giulia Conti/Francesca Clapcich ITA on rank 3.
Gold and Silver were alotted before the Medal Race in the Finns with Giles Scott GBR as first and Ivan Klijakovic CRO as 2nd. In the duel for Bronze, Ed Wright GBR removed the Olympia Bronze medalist Jonathan Lobert FRA from the podium.
A class of their-own were Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA in the Nacra 17, winning the title with a 38 points' advance. Santiago Lange/Cecilia Carranza ARG finished 2nd, their best result by far on the Nacra-17. 3rd-ranked are the surprising Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanain AUS. Winning the Medal Race - as already on the Olympic Test Event in Rio - Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI moved up on rank 6.
France wins the IOC President's Trophy as best nation with 3 Gold and 1 Bronze medals.
All ranking lists, the daily report and the videos of the final day.
Monday, September 22, 2014   (Image © Martina Orsini)
The 28 participants of the 6th and last Act of the Moth Eurocup 2014 waited in vain for the early morning Northern wind on Lake Garda. But the fleet was compensated with a well established Ora breeze on a sunny afternoon allowing to sail four races. And again, it was Chris Rast SUI who won them all, not only clearly taking the Act 6 victory but at the same time the Annual Trophy price money of 3'000 €uros. Carlo De Paoli ITA followed on rank 2, Giovanni Galeotti BEL just defended his 3rd place one point ahead of Matthias Renker SUI.
The ranking list, the final report and the videos of Act 6.
Monday, September 22, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
After five days' waiting due to lack of wind and waves, the wonder happened yesterday, the last day of the Worldcup event at the Danish West Coast, to run an Elimination. In the twilight after a long day on the water, Thomas Traversa FRA and the Worldcup leader Victor Fernandez ESP met for the Final. The Frenchman won for the second time at Klitmöller with a flawless performance. The report and all details as always on the PWA website.
Monday, September 22, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman/AWMRT)
Yesterday, the Semi Finals and Finals of the Chicago Match Cup were sailed on Lake Michigan in an 18-20 kn breeze. The final pairing was Taylor Canfield ISV, local hero and last year's winner, against the Tour leader Ian Williams GBR. Canfield profitted from his experience with the Tom-28 yachts on his home waters and won with a 3-1 score. In the Petite Final, Mathieu Richard FRA had the upper hand on Björn Hansen SWE with 2-0.
The report.
Monday, September 22, 2014   
As early tune-up for the Optimist World Championship of October, a number of top Optimist sailors attended the Polish Championship at Kamien Pomorski POL. 389 participants from 17 nations were present. Nicolas Rolaz SUI/CNM won the title after 6 races with a 4 points' advantage on the 2nd-ranked Pavel Abramowicz POL. Dmitry Laztin RUS finished 3rd. Monticha Busch GER on rank 4 was the best girl.
The ranking list.
Monday, September 22, 2014   
Apparently, there was no racing on the last day of the Finn Championship in the South of France, and the rankings from Saturday become final. Christoph Burger SUI/TYC was the superior winner with 4 race wins, 7 points ahead of Peter Theurer SUI/YCB. At equal points follows Thomas Morel FRA on rank 3. 34 participants from 4 nations attended the event.
The ranking list.
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.