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Olympic Games 2012 - Weymouth GBR – Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   
High yacht racing activity during the days ahead ! On December 26, a 117 boats' fleet will start from Sydney Harbour direction Tasmania to the traditional Sydney-Hobart-Race, this time with five Maxi racers fighting for the line honours. Dinghies have also their traditions with the (Laser) regatta on the Hvar CRO island, the (Star) Christmas Race in Nizza FRA, the (Optimists in San Remo ITA) and the (Optimists, Lasers, 420s) at the Orange Bowl Regatta in Miami FL USA, the major youth event in the US. Australia in high-summer is the prime site for a number of World Championships, mostly with tune-up races ahead of the main competitions. The first will be the Tornados in Perth AUS with practice races as from next Saturday and the title race beginning next Tuesday. On New Year's Eve, the IMOCA Open 60 will start to the Barcelona World Race, the round-the-world-race for two person teams, covered by sailing-news with daily updates.

We wish you Merry Christmas !
Wir wünschen frohe Festtage !
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   (Image © Shane Smart)
Olympic Games 2012 - Weymouth GBR – Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Shane Smart)
The 'Vestas Wind' rescue team recovered the VOR 65 yacht grounded on a riff of the Brandon Islands in the Indian Ocean quicker than expected. Towed off the rocks with the help of an upcoming high tide, she was heft aboard a cargo vessel.
The report.
Olympic Games 2012 - Weymouth GBR – Monday, December 22, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Fred Hoffmann)
A number of International Olympic Classes sailors are spending their time in Rio de Janeiro for training purposes on the 2016 Olympic waters. During the past days, the Copa Brazil de Vela Regatta has been organised. Here some of the results:
In the Nacra 17, Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA added another overall victory. After 12 races, the finished first 4 points ahead of Vittorio Bisarro/Silvia Seguro ITA. Matias Buhler/Nathalie Brugger SUI were 3rd in a good quality fleet. Strong competitors also in the 470 fleets. In the 470 women, the locals Oliveira/Barbachan BRA were on top ahead of the Olympic Champions Aleh/Powrie NZL as well as Lecointre/Defrance FRA and Vadlau/Ogar AUT 3rd at equal points. No ranking list is availabe right now from the 470 men), were the Olympic Champion Belcher AUS with Ryan AUS crew was first ahead of McNay/Hughes USA and Schmid/Reichstädter AUT. Robert Scheidt BRA was the winner in the Lasers Standard in front of Bruno Fontes BRA, Rutger Van Schaardenburg NED and Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA. Evi Van Acker BEL was ahead in the Lasers Radial, Giles Scott GBR dominated the Finns with 8 wins in 11 races. British victories also by Byrony Shaw GBR in the RS:X- women windsurfers and Nick Dempsey GBR in the RS:X men windsufers. Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI finished 15th. Bekkering/Duetz NED defeated the small 49erFX fleet. Grael/Borges BRA were the best of the three Brazilian teams in the 49FXer.
All ranking lists and the event website.
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Crosby Lorimer)
The countdown to the 70th Sydney-Hobart Race is on. In three days, on St-Stephen's Day, the 117 teams will start on Sydney Harbour to the 629-miles race across the Bass-Street to the Tasmanian island. The weather forecast predicts a South wind around 25 kn for the first day, but a decreasing Westerly breeze in the Bass Street will most probably rather be favorable for the smaller yachts when it comes to the IRC handicap rankings. Five super-maxis fight for the line honours. The seven times winner 'Wild Oats XI' has strong opponents, above all the new constraction ' Comanche USA' and 'Perpetual Loyal'.
The preview and the event website.
Olympic Games 2012 - Weymouth GBR – Sunday, December 21, 2014
Sunday, December 21, 2014   
The 58th edition of the Starboat Christmas Race in Nizza FRA will take place as usual between Christmas and New Year. As all Star regattas, this is event is part of the 'Star Sailors League' ranking list, and this is certainly a reason for the record particpation this year. 45 teams from 14 nations (including the USA and Brazil) are on the entry list. Key favorites are also this year Diego Negri/Sergio Lambertenghi ITA, Vice World Champions 2014. The races can be followed live over GPS tracking. A preview and the event website.
Olympic Games 2012 - Weymouth GBR – Friday, December 19, 2014
Friday, December 19, 2014   (Image © Alfred Farre)
The Palamos Christmas Race began yesterday at the Spanish Costa Brava in a light wind. While the fleets racing inshore completed 2 to 3 races, the 470s and Finns on the outer courses waited in vain for a breeze.
After two heats in the Lasers Standard, Eliott Merceron FRA leads ahead of Antony Munos FRA and Joaquin Blanco ESP. 44 participants from 10 nations. Monica Azon ESP and Anna Skaar NOR share the lead in the Lasers Radial women. Ellie Brown GBR follows on rank 3. 23 participants. Mon Canellas ESP is first in the Radial men. The 49ers completed three races according to program, and Alonso/Alonso ESP lead ahead of Bergström/Vesternäs SWE and Cherin/Tesei ITA. Winners of the only race of the day in the 29ers were Peter Janezic/Anze Podlogar SLO, in front of Carla + Marta Munte-Carrasco ESP. Only one race per fleet in the 420s as well. First in the Boys category were Andrea Abruzzese/Camilla Fassio ITA ahead of Maxime Bachelin/Philippe Pittet SUI and Theo Carayon/Erwan Lucas FRA. Cata Homar/Maria Llabres ESP lead in the 420 girls followed by Erna Riera/Léa Pernet FRA and Carmen + Julia Davila ESP. 23 teams.
All ranking lists and the report of the day. The Swiss 470 team Wagen/Siegwart SUI spent the raceless day with maintenance work at their 470.
Friday, December 19, 2014   
Aground on a riff near the St-Brandon islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the VOR 65 'Vestas Wind' with skipper Chris Nicholson NZL will be recovered in the coming weeks. A rescue team already left Mauritius, but the rescue on the boat will be difficult. The plan is to tow the wreck to the center of the atoll and load it on a cargo ship. If this is not possible, the boat will be dismantled on the riff. The report.