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International Sailing – Sunday, November 23, 2014
Sunday, November 23, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The Slalom World Cup 2014 ended today on Noumea FRA in New Caledonia with the last Elimination with Ben Van der Steen BEL as final winner of this event. But the defending World Champion Antoine Albeau FRA remains on top of the overall Annual Rankings adding another World Champiion's title to his immense collection. Délphine Cousin FRA is the Numea winner as well as the World Champion in the female category.
All other details on the PWA website.
Sunday, November 23, 2014   
Lighter winds as predicted made the choice of the rig difficult. One of the few teams having opted for the smaller rig was 'Gotta love it 7' with Seve Jarvin AUS, who had a satisfying race until the last downwind leg to the finish, where the abating wind made the race again exciting. But the multiple Champion 'Gotta love it 7' remained of top. 'Thurlow, Fisher Lawyers' qnd 'Rag-Famish' occupy the ranks 2 and 3. The race can be reviewed in detail in a video clip. Theevent website.
Sunday, November 23, 2014   (Image © Martinezstudios)
Favorable conditions with a seabreeze freshening to 14 kn during the races prevailed also on the 4th day of the Oman-Cup.
Finishing 4/3/1, 'Nika' with Vladimir Prosikhin RUS (Terry Hutchinson USA) extended her lead before the last races planned for today on 9 points. Chris Bake GBR with his 'Team Aqua' (Taktics Cameron Appleton NZL) on rank 2 has a 4 points advantage on the 3rd 'Charisma' with Nico Poons MON (Tom Slingsby AUS). Chances for a medal remain also with 'Artemis' of Torbjörn Tornquist SWE (Ian Percy GBR) 4 points off the podium right now.
The ranking list and the report of the day.
International Sailing – Saturday, November 22, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
Another perfect day on Noumea in the South Sea with a 25 kn breeze allowing to sail the full program of the Slalom World Cup. The men's category has completed 8 Eliminations so far, the women's even 11.
Délphine Cousin FRA leads in the women's and the Tour victory and World Champion' title is practicall safe. The defending champion Antoine Albeau FRA had a strong comback yesterday with two wins, and in today's heats, he was always among the best. This brings him on top of the interims rankings replacing Cyrill Moussilmani FRA who has now 2 days left to correct the situation and grasp his first title.
In case you have a sleepless night in your time zone? You can follow the attractive competition every night live, starting at midnight on the PWA website.
Saturday, November 22, 2014   (Image © Martinezstudios)
The Oman Cup of the RC44 Championship Tour continued yesterday with three races sailed in moderate conditions around 10 kn. Team of the day was 'Team Aqua' of Chris Bake GBR (Cameron Appleton NZL) advancing on rank 3 overall. 'Nika' with Vladimir Prosikhin RUS (Terry Hutchinson USA) stays on top of the general rankings followed by 'Charisma' with Nico Poons MON (Tom Slingsby AUS).
The reportof the day and the ranking list.
International Sailing – Friday, November 21, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The PWA Noumea Slalom World Tour event ended this morning after day with again good conditions. Only towards the end, the wind speed dropped below 10 kn. Ben Van der Steen BEL won two runs. The results have not yet been available on the PWA website, as the competition ended around edtitorial deadline this morning.
Friday, November 21, 2014   (Image © Martinezstudios)
The last Act of the RC44 Championship Tour 2014, the ProAm circuit on the super-racers designed by Russell Coutts NZL, began last Wednesday in Oman. According to the rules, the event began with the matchracing day and the Pro's steering, and 'Team Synergy' of Valentin Zavadnikov RUS with Ed Baird USA was the dominating winner in all matches, taking the Overall Annual Matchracing Championship title. The report. Yesterday was day one of fleetracing with the owners steering. With 'Nika' of Vladimir Prosikhin RUS with Terry Hutchinson USA as tactician, another Russian team is on top of the interim's rankings with a 6 points' lead after three races. 'Charisma' of Nico Poons MON with Tom Slingsby AUS as tactician follows on rank 2. The ranking list and the report.
International Sailing – Thursday, November 20, 2014
Thursday, November 20, 2014   
This morning at Press Time, the 3rd Slalom World Cup Elimination was in full action. Cyrill Mousilmani FRA has consolidated his first position in the battle of the French trio for the World Champion's title, as the defending Champion Antoine Albeau FRA missed the qualification for the Final twice despite of his favorite big-breeze conditions. No problems however for Delphine Cousin FRA in the women. A 4th place at Noumea is sufficient for her for the Slalom World Champion's title 2014.
All details on the PWA website.
International Sailing – Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
Yesterday was day one of the last PWA event this year on the French South Sea island Noumea FRA with the crucial male and female Slalom competitions. The wind was missing yesterday, and the forecast for today is not any better, but lateron in the week, perfect trade winds have been promised.
The situation is fully open in both categories with the leading drivers very near together. Cyril Moussilmani FRA is closely followed by the multiple World Champion and defender of the title Antoine Albeau FRA, and also the young Pierre Mortefon FRA on 3rd has still an option on the title.
Delphine Cousin FRA leads in the women's category, and a 4th place at Noumea would be sufficient to grasp the title. Suspense is in the fight for rank 2 between Lisa Erdil TUR and Valéry Ghibaudo FRA at equal points.
The report of the day including an interview with Björn Dunkerbeck SUI, starting under Swiss flag, who will terminate his long PWA World Tour career with this event. A preview on the Noumea Slalom is on the PWA website.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014   
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014   (Image © Long Beach YC)
One of the oldest Match Race world-wide, the Congressional Cup of Long Beach CA, USA, celebrates next year the 50th anniversary. This event has been reintegrated in the 2015 edition of the World Match Racing Tour.
The news.
International Sailing – Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014   
The Melges 24 US Nationals ended yesterday with two races sailed in a light breeze. Winning the first heat was good enough for Brian Porter USA to secure the title prematurely. With the victory in race 2 of the day, Bora Gulari USA closed the gap on Porter point-wise, but the better individual rankings broke the tie in favor of Porter. Bronze went to Marty Kellmann USA.
The ranking list and the final report.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014   
Admittedly, the Platu 25 World Championship off Antibes FRA was sailed in August this year. We reported. The Swiss Superbüsi-Team with Matthias Bermejo SUI grasped the Bronze Medal with a solid row of top results. Less rapid as on the water were the Swiss in the office, as their entertaining explicit report arrives only now. Enjoy the diary.
International Sailing – Monday, November 17, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014   
A breeze of up to 40 kn was blowing on Sydney Harbour yesterday and the 4th race of the Club Championship had to be cancelled. Despite of the fresh wind, David Witt AUS and his 'Smeg'-Team went afloat and sailed the course with top speeds of up to 28 kn. Here the video and the report.
Monday, November 17, 2014   (Image © Ricardo Pinto)
Much wind on the first weekend of the Cascais Winter Series Act 1, and one Dragon took even water and sank ! Three races were sailed and the clear winners were Dmitry Samokhin/Andrey Kirilyuk/Aleksey Bushuev RUS ahead of Alvaro Marinho POR and Ferenc Kis HUN with their teams. 19 teams participated.
The ranking list and the report (in Portugese).
Monday, November 17, 2014   (Image © JOY)
After the windy start day with five races, there was only a light breeze from the shore blowing yesterday and only one race could be completed off Davis Island in Florida. No change on top of the rankings where Brian Porter USA and the two-times Moth World Champion Bora Gulari USA lead at equal points. Marty Kullmann USA, the race winner yesterday, follows one point behind on rank 3. 31 teams participate.
The report and the results.
Monday, November 17, 2014   
The Swiss Olympic hopefuls Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI have no rest during the coming weeks. During the first November Weekend, they participated in the 'Trofeo Jean Bertrand' in San Remo, where they finished 2nd behind Simon Sivitz/Jas Farneti ITA after three races. Gerz/Szymanski GER were 3rd. Here the ranking list. Right now, they are training at the Ligurian Coast in view of ISAF World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi in early December, partly in a fresh breeze, as the short video reveals. The team informs on all activities on their facebook page.
Monday, November 17, 2014   
Appartently, the wind conditions at the Opatija Cup on the Croatian Adriatic Coast have not been ideal, as only three races by class were completed in three days.
In the Lasers 4.7, Iva Vlahinic CRO defeated her male competitors and won ahead of Szymon Kowalski POL and Ante Jusic CRO.
In the Lasers Radial, Paolo Mavricic CRO is first in the 13 participants' fleet from 3 nations.
The event website
International Sailing – Sunday, November 16, 2014
Sunday, November 16, 2014   
Five races were sailed on the first day of the Melges 24 US Nationals, with Brian Porter USA and Bora Gulari USA sharing the lead with 12 points each. Marty Kullmann USA on rank 3 is one point behind. 31 teams from 5 nations participate.
The rankings and short report.
Sunday, November 16, 2014   (Image © Ricardo Pinto)
Only one race was sailed yesterday, second day of the Cascais Winter Series Regatta. Dmitry Samokhin RUS was again the winner, extending his advance on Alvaro Marino POR on 6 points. Ferenc Kis HUN follows as 3rd.
The ranking list.
Sunday, November 16, 2014   (Image © Dan Towers)
The organisers of the World Match Racing Tour announced last week, that the Tour Final, the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia planned for end November, has been postponed to February 10 to 14, 2015, to be sailed on Johor, the most-southern province of Malaysia. The former date will be used for a Qualifier where the winner will grasp a wild card for the Monsoon-Cup.
The news.
International Sailing – Saturday, November 15, 2014
Saturday, November 15, 2014   
The Intergalactic Olympic Skiff Championship in Rio ended yesterday with three races, the last one awarding double points. The domination of Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL in the 49ers continued with the day ranks 2/1/1 and a 50 (!) points' advantage in the overall rankings on John Pink/Hollingworth Bithell GBR. Dylan Fletcher/Alan Sign GBR advanced on rank 3. Manu Dyen/Stéphane Christdis FRA were unable to resume the competition after the injury of the crew Christidis after a collision. Thanks to the average point redress, they remained nevertheless on the 5th place.
Finishing 2nd in the last race, Jena Mai-Hansen/Katja Salskov DEN climbed on the first position and won their first important 49erFX regatta, one point ahead of Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL on2nd. Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA new on 3rd relegated the tied Charlotte Dobson/Sophie Ainsworth GBR on rank 4 thanks to their win in the last race.
All ranking lists.
Saturday, November 15, 2014   (Image © Ricardo Pinto)
Not only on the Mediterranean Sea, but also at the Atlantic Coast in Cascais, Dragon sailors are seduced to prolongate the summer and even settle for the winter participating in a number of regattas. Yesterday began the first Act of the Cascais Winter Series with two races sailed in good conditions. Dmitry Samokhin RUS has taken the lead ahead of Ferenc Kis HUN and Alvaro Marinho POR. 19 Dragons from 8 nations participate.
The ranking list.
Saturday, November 15, 2014   (Image © phil simha)
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Saturday, November 15, 2014   
Over the last weekend, the Dragons sailed the Coupe de l'Armistice off Cannes, a regatta of the Winter Series 'Championnat de le Mediterrannée'. After a moderate start on Saturday, the breeze freshed up to over 25 kn on Sunday. Four races were completed in total. Anatoly Loginov RUS and his team were the winners ahead of Lawrie Smith GBR and Igor Goikhberg RUS. Oldenburg GER sailing under Swiss flag finished 7th, Walter Zürcher SUI followed on rank 33.
The ranking list.
International Sailing – Friday, November 14, 2014
Friday, November 14, 2014   
The sailing conditions were again excellent yesterday at the Intergalactic Olympic Skiff Championship in Rio de Janeiro, and three races were completed. Today, closing of the event, another three heats are on the program, with the last one with double points ending in front of the Rio Yate Club.
Inspite of the fact, that Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL remained without race win yesterday, their overall victory in the 49ers seems safe as their advantage on the 2nd ranked Brad Funk/Trevor Burd USA - yesterday best of the day with the ranks 1/4/10 - is already 22 points. John Pink/Hollingworth Bithell GBR are 3rd, Alonso/Alonso ESP advanced on the 4th place, as Stéphane Christidis FRA crewing for Manu Dyen FRA was injured in a collision forcing the French team to leave out two races. Thanks to redress points, the still are on the 5th place and close to the podium, as Stéphane Christidis will be ready to sail again today.
In the 49ersFX, the outcome is fully open. New on the first place are Tamara Echegoyen/Berta Betanzos ESP, 8 points ahead of Jena Mai-Hansen/Katja Salskov DEN. Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL are third. The World Champions Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA did finally demonstrated their potential with two bullets, moving up on rank 6 ready to jump on the podium with good results today.
The report of the day.
Friday, November 14, 2014   
Ron Sherry USA, multiple ice-sailing World Champion, just published on his website a video taken at the European Championship in February 2014. Analysing a race, he explains the essence of successful ice sailing. Join him in the race.
International Sailing – Thursday, November 13, 2014
Thursday, November 13, 2014   
Again a fresh 15-20 kn breeze with big waves on the Olympic 2016 waters and both fleets sailed outside the Guanabara Bay, completing three races each.
Domintors in the 49ers are Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL adding two race wins yesterday. This duo has been undefeated since the 2012 Olympics, where they earned the Silver Medal. New on rank 2 are John Pink/Hollingworth Bithell GBR, and - thanks to the discard - now on rank 3 are Brad Funk/Trevor Burd USA nun 3. Dyen/Christidis FRA follow on 4th. 23 teams racing.
First in the 49ersFX are now Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL thanks to two race wins. Only one point berhind follow Tamara Echegoyen/Berta Betanzos ESP. Jena Mai-Hansen/Katja Salskov DEN are now 3rd. The daily report with results.
Thursday, November 13, 2014   
Thanks to his sensational 2nd rank at the Bermuda Gold Cup and the good results in US matchraces the weeks before, Eric Monnin SUI moved up on rank 4 in the new ISAF Match Racing World Ranking, a best ever position. No changes of top of the Open classifications with Taylor Canfield ISV, Ian Williams GBR and Mathieu Richard FRA on the positions 1 to 3.
The women matchracers had no major events. Camilla Ulrikkeholm DEN leads ahead of Anna Kjellberg SWE and Stephanie Roble USA.
All ranking lists and the ISAF report.
Thursday, November 13, 2014   
On the first november weekend, 30 Starboats sailed the Trophée Pinatel on the Seine in Paris (we reported). The CV de Paris founded 1858, is situated at a section of the Seine heading directly West. A video, taken with drone presents the interesting 1900 Olympic Venue.
International Sailing – Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Wednesday, November 12, 2014   
After the South American Olympic Skiff Championship (we reported in our news), the top teams are now engaged in the so called 'Intergalactic Championship' on the Olympia 2016 venue. Three races were sailed on the first day in a breeze freshening up to 25 kn.
Once more flawless were Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL, winning all three heats in the 49ers. Pink/Bithell GBR and Dyen/Christidis FRA follow on the ranks 2 and 3.
In the 49ersFX, Jena Mai-Hansen/Sakia Salkov DEN have taken the lead ahead of Tina Lutz/Susan Beucke GER and Charlotte Dodson/Sophie Ainsworth GBR. Not up to speed in these conditions were the World Champions and ISAF Sailors of the Year 2014 Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA on their home waters. With the ranks 11/6/8, they are only on position 8 for the moment.
All ranking lists and the report of the day.