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Olympic Games 2012 - Weymouth GBR – Sunday, April 26, 2015
Sunday, April 26, 2015   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
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The Qualification Series of the Hyères Worldcup event ended yesterday with the full program by class. In 4 of the 10 events, the overall winners are already known prematurely before the Medal Races.
Once more outstanding the 49er World Champions Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL, uncatchable with a 45 points advantage on the former Champions Nathan Outteridge/Iain Hensen AUS. Suspense is on for rank 3, where David Gilmour/Rhys Mara AUS have to defend themselves against Erik Heil/Thomas Plössel GER 8 points back.
Also in the Nacra 17, the dominating winners are known with Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA once more on top 25 points ahead of Mandy Mulder/Coen De Koning NED. Renée Groenveld/Steven Krol NED are 6 points behind on rank 3.
Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO, in 7 of the 8 470 men races in the top six, have a 25 points' lead over the 2nd-ranked Luke Patience/Elliott Willis GBR and are the premature overall winners as well. The fight for Silver and Bronze however is fully open, as the English are only one point in front of the Olympic Champions Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS, and Ferdinand Gerz/Oliver Szymanski GER are only 5 points behind rank 2.
Practically through is Giles Scott GBR with a 19 points' lead in the Finns and all he has to do ist to finish the Medal Race. Vasilij Zbogar SLO, winner of both races yesterday is 2nd only 4 points ahead of Ed Wright GBR.
A solid lead of 15 points for Pierre Le Coq FRA in the RS:X male windsurfer is a safe cushion for a final victory, leaving Byron Kokkalanis GRE, Piotr Myszka POL and Julien Bontemps FRA fight for Silver and Bronze.
The situation is still open in all five other events. Only two points separate the first four in the 470 women with Oliveira/Barbachan BRA, Mills/Clarke GBR, Lecointre/Defrance FRA and Aleh/Powrie NZL.
Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA have now taken the lead in the 49erFX , but Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgaard DEN are only one point behind.
9 points is the lead of Lilian De Geus NED on Charline Picon FRA in the RS:X female windsurfers.

Four Medal Race qualifications (and a near-miss) for the US Sailing and an unexpeced CAN team qualifier ! Here the best by nation:
470 Women: 5th Annie Haeger/Briana Provancha USA
470 Men: 11th Stu McNay/Dave Hughes USA
49er: 25th Brad Funk/Trevor Burd USA
49erFX: 16th Erin Rafuse/Danielle Boyd CAN, 17th Paris Henken/Helena Scutt USA
Finn: 7th Caleb Paine USA
Nacra 17: 10th Luke Ramsay/Nikola Girke CAN, 25th Sarah Newberry/Matthew Whitehead USA
RS:X men: none qualified
RS:X women: 25th Demita Vega MEX. 35th Farrah Hall USA
Laser Standard: 10th Charlie Buckingham USA, 35th Robert Davies CAN
Laser Radial: 8th Paige Railey USA, 14th Isabella Bertold CAN,
For more details, go to the www.ussailing.org/us-sailing-team-sperry-qualifies-for-medal-races-espn3-broadcasting-live-on-sunday/ [/URL] and the Sail Canada website.

All ranking lists and the daily report.
The Medal Races will take place today from 10 to 16 h UTC to be transmitted with live stream on the Internet and a number of TV stations.
Sunday, April 26, 2015   (Image © Franck Socha)
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The Laser Standard Medal Race promises to become quite exciting as everything can happen in the double-point-no-discard final race. Will the matchrace for the title between Tom Burton AUS and Nick Thompson GBR 2 points back be such, that the trio fighting for Bronze 10 points behind, i.e. 5 Medal-Race-ranks, has a chance to climb even higher ? Rutger Van Schaardenburg NED and Nicholas Heiner NED tied one point ahead of Robert Scheidt BRA will defintely be on full attack.
The Laser Radial leader Evi Van Acker BEL however will have a more quiet race with a 13 points' lead on Gintare Scheidt LTU 2nd, 6 points ahead of Anne-Marie Rindom DEN. But Josefin Olsson SWE 2 points behind might well challenge Rindom for Bronze.

The US Sailing Team is qualified for the Medal Races of both Laser classes. Here the best rankings by NorAm nations.
Laser Standard: 10th Charlie Buckingham USA, 35th Robert Davies CAN
Laser Radial: 8th Paige Railey USA, 14th Isabella Bertold CAN,
For more details, go to the US-Sailing-report and the Sail Canada website.
All ranking lists and the daily report.
The Medal Races will be broadcast live on the Internet, 10 a.m. UTC for the Lasers Standard, and 14.20 p.m. UTC for the Lasers Radial.
Sunday, April 26, 2015   
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After 'Alvimedica' leading as the most westerly team of the fleet, it was 'Dongfeng' on the extreme East taking the lead yesterday, with 'Brunel' massively advancing on the 2nd place 4,2 miles back. Behind 'Mapfre' on 4th follows the all-female 'SCA' team of Sam Davis GBR 6,9 miles back on 4th.
The race viewer and the event website.
Sunday, April 26, 2015   
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An up to 15 kn South-East wind prevailed over the Bay of Marsaille yesterday, good enough to allow full foiling for the big catamarans. The experienced 'Marvin' team in its third year of activity with the 'Luna Rossa' helmsman Chris Draper GBR steering still stays on top, but the newcomers get more and more familiar with the flying cat, especially Ernesto Bertarelli SUI, brilliantly steering in his three races with the ranks 2/2/1 of his race debut, and establishing a speed record for the 'Alinghi' GC32 with 34 kn.
The explicit report and the results.
Sunday, April 26, 2015   
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The 5.5 m Alpine Cup on Lake Garda was concluded yesterday with two races, and the two teams with Bahama helmsmen had a close duel for the final overall victory. Mark Holowesko BAH/Christoph Burger SUI/Peter Vlasov BAH had the upper hand at the end of the day one point ahead of Gavin McKinney/ Johannes Hauff/Lars Hurn BAH.
The final rankings and the report by Christoph Burger SUI/TYC, crew on the winning boat..
 
Olympic Games 2012 - Weymouth GBR – Saturday, April 25, 2015
Saturday, April 25, 2015   
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Moderate winds of up to 10 kn provided for another light-wind day yesterday.
Inspite of a failed race (rank 23), Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO extended their lead in the 470 men on 11 points. Zandona/Trani ITA remain 2nd, but new on rank 3 are now Xammar/Herp ESP. Leader change in the 470 women where Fernanda Oliveira/Ana-Luiza Barbachan BRA moved up on rank 1 thanks to a race win, closely followed by Haeger/Provancha USA. The best of the day (2/4) Camille Lecointre/Hélène Defrance FRA advanced on rank 3.
Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL are a class of their own in the 49ers, as their advantage after 9 races is already 37 points. Warrer/Thomsen DEN and Outteridge/Jensen AUS keep the ranks 2 and 3. The best of the day (1/13/2) Heil/Plössel GER moved up on rank 5. A solid lead also in the 49ersFX, where Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgaard DEN extended their advantage on 17 points. The day's best Lisa Ericsson/Hannah Klinga SWE with two race wins progressed on the 2nd place. Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA are now 3rd.
Giles Scott GBR is on the way to another victory in the Finns, as his last persuer Ed Wright GBR is now 14 points back. The 3rd-ranked Ivan Klijakovic CRO has already a backlog of 32 points.
The Nacra 17 sailed only one race and the first-placed Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA defended their position with a 12 points advantage on Lin Ea Cenholt/Christian Lübeck DEN 2nd. The best of the day Mandy Mulder/Coen De Koning NED moved up on rank 3.
Pierre Le Coq FRA (1 and 3) is first in the RS:X male windsurfers, closely followed by Nimrod Mashiah ISR and Julien Bontemps FRA. Lilian de Geus NED firmly leads in the RS:X female windsurfers, where - thanks to the light wind - the Chinese Jahui Wu CHN and Victoria Chan HKG are again the first chasers.

With the light air returning to the Worldcup race courses on Friday in France, the US Sailing Team is now in the top ten in three classes, and just outside that marker in two more. Remarkable performance by the Canadians in the 49erFX and Nacra-17. Here the best by nation:
470 Women: 2nd Annie Haeger/Briana Provancha USA
470 Men: 14th Stu McNay/Dave Hughes USA
49er: 21st Brad Funk/Trevor Burd USA
49erFX: 15th Erin Rafuse/Danielle Boyd CAN, 21st Paris Henken/Helena Scutt USA
Finn: 8th Caleb Paine USA
Nacra 17: 11th Luke Ramsay/Nikola Girke CAN, 23rd Sarah Newberry/Matthew Whitehead USA
RS:X men: none qualified
RS:X women: 23rd Demita Vega MEX. 32nd Farrah Hall USA
Laser Standard: 12th Charlie Buckingham USA, 34th Robert Davies CAN
Laser Radial: 7th Paige Railey USA, 13th Isabella Bertold CAN,
For more details, go to the US Sailing Team Report and the Sail Canada website.

All ranking lists, the report of the day and two video interviews with the skiff giants Outteridge/Jensen AUS and Grael/Kunze BRA.
Saturday, April 25, 2015   
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Despite the light winds around 10 kn yesterday, Tom Burton AUS defended his lead in the Lasers Standard, but Tonci Stipanovic CRO reduced the backlog on 5 points. The World Champion Nicholas Heiner NED on 3rd has also still a hand on the first place. Two races are left today to select the 10 best for tomorrow's Medal Race.
Evi Van Acker BEL is now the sole leader in the Lasers Radial six points ahead of Anne-Marie Rindom DEN on 2nd. Gintare Scheidt LTU remains on 3rd (and is ahead compared to her husband Robert Scheidt BRA on 5th in the Standards). Marit Bouwmester NED, day ranks 1 and 5, was shining for the first time at this event and progressed on position 8 overall. Alison Young GBR is at present on rank 10, the cut for the Medal Race, and today's two races will be crucial.
Paige Railey USA is in the top-10, and Charlie Buckingham USA as well as Isabelle Bertold CAN will fight for the Medal Race in today's two races. The results of the best NorAms:
Laser Standard: 12th Charlie Buckingham USA, 34th Robert Davies CAN
Laser Radial: 7th Paige Railey USA, 13th Isabella Bertold CAN,
For more details, go to the US Sailing Team report and the Sail Canada website.

Light winds have been forecast for today. The races can again be followed live on the Internet.
All ranking lists and the daily report.
Saturday, April 25, 2015   
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The whole fleet tacked North yesterday along the Brazilian coast, and the first to move - 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) - has now the overall lead. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) on 2nd follows 9 miles behind, and another 2 miles back is 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) on the 3rd place. No major changes will happen in the Southern trade-winds today, and only the passage of the Equator will probably stretch the closely packed fleet.
The race viewer and the event website.
Saturday, April 25, 2015   
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Light and very shifty winds made the day very challenging for the 4 teams on their foiling GC32 catamarans, and only 3 of the 6 planned races could be completed. Chris Draper GBR, steering the cat of the Marazzi-Sailing-Teams, defended the lead, but 'Spindrift', best of the day with Yann Guichard FRA, reduced the gap on rank 1. 'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA at the helm follows on rank 3.
The ranking list and the report of the day.
Saturday, April 25, 2015   
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Top Lake Garda conditions with an up to 25 kn Ora breeze prevailed on the Italian pre-alpine lake during the past days and the 13 teams from 4 nations completed daily 3 races. Mark Holowesko BAH and Gavin McKinney BAH share the lead, while Rolf Kellenberger SUI, first after day one, follows 3 points behind on rank 3.
The ranking list.
 
Olympic Games 2012 - Weymouth GBR – Friday, April 24, 2015
Friday, April 24, 2015   (Image © Franck Socha)
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The breeze filled in with up to 5 bft on sunny Hyères Bay, ... dream conditions for the 3rd Act of the ISAF Olympic Classes Worldcup. The favorites progressed in all classes, mostly compensating for some weak results from day 1.
Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO have taken the lead in the 470 men ahead of Zandona/Trani ITA still 2nd and new, as best of the day, ranks 1 and 4, Luke Patience/Eliott Willis GBR on 3rd. Gerz/Szymanski GER dropped on rank 4. Hannah Mills/Saskia Clarke GBR moved up on rank 1 thanks to a race win in the 470 women, at equal points with Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA and Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL.
The NZL vs AUS duel in the 49ers has defintely tilted towards the Kiwis Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL with a brilliant 1/1/2 day. Jonas Warrer/Anders Thomsen DEN follow on rank 2, while the Olympic Champions Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen AUS descended on rank 3 ... the lack of skiff training becomes evident with this team active on all kind of boats. New on top of the 49erFX are Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgaard DEN ahead of the best of the day Tamara Echegoyen/Berta Betanzos ESP new on 2nd.
Giles Scott GBR, undefeated for two years, has taken the command in the Finns, ahead of Ed Wright GBR and Pieter-Jan Postma NED.
Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA, the dominators of the Nacra 17 have taken the lead yesterday, followed by Lin Cenholt/Peter Lübeck DEN 2nd and Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS 3rd.
With Piotr Myszka POL ahead of Nimrod Mashiah ISR and Prszemyslav Myarczinski POL, the well-known RS:X male windsurfers did move on the top positions. In the RS:X women, it is the newcomer of the year Lilian de Geus NED who is clearly in front of Isobel Hamilton GBR. Woman of the day was Maja Dziarnowska POL, winner of all three heats, and moving up on rank 4 after her disastrous first day (ranks 29/28).

Progress in all classes for the North Americans on day two of the Hyères Worldcup. Here the best by nation:
470 Women: 2nd Annie Haeger/Briana Provancha USA
470 Men: 6th Stu McNay/Dave Hughes USA
49er: 24th Brad Funk/Trevor Burd USA
49ersFX: 15th Erin Rafuse/Danielle Boyd CAN, 16th Paris Henken/Helena Scutt USA
Finn: 9th Caleb Paine USA
Nacra 17: 11th Luke Ramsay/Nikola Girke CAN, 23rd Sarah Newberry/Matthew Whitehead USA
RS:X men: none qualified
RS:X women: 6th Demita Vega MEX. 40th Farrah Hall USA
Laser Standard: 18th Charlie Buckingham USA, 20th Robert Davies CAN
Laser Radial: 25th Isabella Bertold CAN, 11th Paige Railey USA
For more details, go to the US Sailing Team report and the Sail Canada website.

All ranking lists and the report of the day.
Friday, April 24, 2015   (Image © Franck Socha)
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Sun and a fresh up to 20 kn breeze prevailed on the second day of the Hyères Olympic Classes Worldcup.
No wonder, that in these conditions, the top Laser Standard sailors took control, and the leading top quartet consists now of Tom Burton AUS first ahead of Nicholas Heiner NED 2nd, Tonci Stipanovic CRO 3rd and Robert Scheidt BRA 4th.
In the Radials, the first place is shared by Anne-Marie Rindom DEN and Evi Van Acker BEL, with Gintare Scheidt-Volungeviciute LTU following on rank 3. Not up to speed is Marit Bouwmester NED on rank 14 overall, and with a 10th place yesterday just making the top-10s for the first time.

The results of the North Americans:
Laser Standard: 18th Charlie Buckingham USA, 28th Robert Davies CAN
Laser Radial: 11th Paige Railey USA, 15th Isabella Bertold CAN
For more details, go to the US Sailing Team report and the Sail Canada website.

All ranking lists and the report.
Friday, April 24, 2015   
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After a never-ending starboard tack on the South Atlantic for several days, 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) and 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) have been tempted to bring a tactical move in to interrupt the drag race with a tack direction North. However, they did come back rapidly, but with the benefit of taking the lead with increased gaps to the rest of the fleet. 'Abu Dhabi' is now 7 miles ahead of 'Alvimedica' and 13 miles in front of the all-female 'SCA' team of Samantha Davies GBR on 3rd.
The race viewer and the event website.
Friday, April 24, 2015   (Image © Christophe Breschi)
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The Annual Championship of the flying GC32-catamarans begins in May on Lake Traun. Over this weekend, the class has organised a test event in Marseille for the prominent newcomers 'Alinghi' and 'Spindrift', and a the same time offering race management an opportunity to deal with these superfast multihulls.
Six races were completed yesterday and Flavio Marazzi SUI, experienced since the launching of this class two years ago, clearly leads in the interim's rankings ahead of 'Spindrift' with Yann Guichard FRA 2nd, 'GDF Suez' with Sébastien Rogues FRA and 'Alinghi' with Ernesto Bertarelli SUI at equal points 3rd.
The ranking list and the report.
 
Olympic Games 2012 - Weymouth GBR – Thursday, April 23, 2015
Thursday, April 23, 2015   
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Light and unconstant winds prevailed on the first day of the Hyères Worldcup, but nevertheless, all classes sailed the full program. The light-wind specialists had their day while some of the favorites found themselves on unusual ranks.
Convincing as in the previous year, Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA took the overall lead in the 470 women posting the scores of 4 and 3. Oliveira/Barbachan BRA and Mills/Clark GBR are the first persuers. Same situation in the 470 men, where Ferdinand Gerz/Oliver Szymanski GER - top in the light winds in Marseille two weeks ago already - are on position 1 also with the race ranks 4 and 3. Fantela/Marenic CRO and Zandona ITA/Trani ITA follow on 2 and 3.
The favorites have already taken control in the 49ers with Outteridge/Jensen AUS and Burling/Tuke NZL sharing the lead ahead of Delle-Karth/Resch AUT on 3rd. Surprising the situation in the 49ersFX with the appearance of Lili Sebesi/Julie Bossard FRA on rank 1 together with the favorites Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgaard DEN. Grael/Kunze BRA and Hansen/Salskov DEN follow at equal points on 3rd.
First leader in the Finns is Andrew Murdoch NZL, ahead of Michele Paoletti ITA and Ondrej Teply CZE tied on rank 2. The high-rider Giles Scott GBR follows on the 7th place with the ranks 25 and 1.
Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS closely followed by Renée Groenveld/Steven Krol NED and Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA on 3rd are the top ranks in the Nacra-17 mixed multihulls.
Chinese athletes are on the first places of the RS:X windsurfers with Aichen Wang CHN leading in the men ahead of Juan-Manuel Moreno ESP and Federico Esposito ITA, while Peina Chen CHN is on top of the women in front of Victoria Chan HKG and Laura Linares ITA.

Two top-ten interim's results on for the North Americans for the moment:
470 Women: 1st Annie Haeger/Briana Provancha USA
470 Men: 15th Stu McNay/Dave Hughes USA
49er: 31st Brad Funk/Trevor Burd USA
49ersFX: 7th Erin Rafuse/Danielle Boyd CAN, 23rd Paris Henken/Helena Scutt USA
Finn: 13th Caleb Paine USA
Nacra 17: 14th Luke Ramsay/Nikola Girke CAN, 20th Sarah Newberry/Matthew Whitehead USA
RS:X men: none qualified
RS:X women: 12th Demita Vega MEX. 39th Farrah Hall USA
Laser Standard: 16th Charlie Buckingham USA, 20th Robert Davies CAN
Laser Radial: 25th Isabella Bertold CAN, 29th Paige Railey USA
For more details, go to the US Sailing Team report and the Sail Canada website.

All results and the communique of the day.
Thursday, April 23, 2015   
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Nothing special to report from the South Atlantic ! The never-ending starbord tack in a moderate breeze continued during the past 24 hours and the six VOR 65 are sailing at similar speeds within approx 5 miles. 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) leads for the moment 1,4 miles ahead of 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) and 'SCA' (Samantha Davies GBR). 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) as last is only 4,8 miles behind the leader. Good news from 'Dongfeng', as the water processing unit could be repaired.
The race viewer and the event website.
Thursday, April 23, 2015   
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The row of Solo Nonstop Around-the-World Races began in 1967/68 with the 'Golden Globe' Regatta. The winner Robin Knox Johnson GBR, the only one of the nine participants finishing the race, is the initiator of a Jubilee Regatte 50 years later planned for 2018, two years after the Vendée Globe, to be started at Falmouth GBR. More ...
 
Olympic Games 2012 - Weymouth GBR – Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015   
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The start to the first races at Hyères today, the 3rd round of the 2015 ISAF Worldcup, will be given at 10 hrs UTC. The wind forecast predicts sun and a moderate breeze around 10 kn. The races can be followed live on the internet by means of GPS-tracking. Here the full entry lists, limited to 40 boats per class. USA is represented by 18 sailors in all Olympic event except RS:X men, the Canadian Team consists of 11 athletes sailing in four events. Here the reports of US Sailing as well as Sail Canada.
The preview.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015   
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Since the start on Sunday, the six teams have been sailing on a long tack direction East to the trade-winds in a moderate reaching breeze allowing the Volvo 65s to progress at a 15 kn average speed. The fleet is still sailing closely together at sight. This morning the all-female 'SCA' team of Samantha Davies GBR was ahead but only 0,1 miles in front of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) at 0,4 miles ! The story of the day however is the breakdown of the water processing unit on 'Dongfeng'. The backup unit is driven manually and this means physical efforts during 10 hours a day to produce the daily required 35 litres water. And this for at least another 15 days to the end of leg 6 !
The race viewer and the event website.
 
 
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