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News – Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014   
Perfect conditions also on the second day of the Hyères Worldcup with sun and a 15-18 kn East wind, and all classes completed the planned 2-3 races, concluding the Qualifier Series for the Gold- and Silverfleets.
Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS remained on top of the 470 men thanks to a race win, but the best of the day (ranks 2/3) Sofian Bouvet/Jérémie Mion FRA reduced the backlog to one points. Mantis/Kagialis GRE follow on rank 3. Even better as on day one (ranks 1 and 2) were Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA in the 470 woman, extending their lead on the Olympic Champions Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL on 2. Weguelin/McIntyre GBR and Lecointre/Defrance FRA stayed on the positions 3 and 3. New leaders in the 49ers are Dylan Fletcher/Alan Sign GBR, winning 2 of the 3 races. Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL and Marcus Hansen/John Porebski NZL follow on the ranks 2 and 3. Finishing 2/2/1, Charlotte Dobson/Sophie Ainsworth GBR climbed on top of the 49ersFX, 3 points ahead of Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA. Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgard DEN are 3rd. Ioannis Mitakis GRE defended the first place in the Finns with just one point in front of Pieter-Jan Postma NED (ranks 1 and 2) who considerable reduced the gap. Caleb Paine USA remains on the 3rd place. As in the Skiffs, the Brits took over the lead also in the Nacras 17, where Ben Saxton/Hannah Diamond GBR overtook Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA thanks to two race wins. Progressing also the multihull champion Darren Bundock with Nina Curtis AUS new on rank 3. Already five race wins (and a 2nd rank as discard) has Piotr Myszka POL in the RS:X-men-windsurfers, ahead of the Olympic Champion Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED. Thomas Goyard FRA is new on the 3rd place. In the RS:X-women windsurfers, the first place is shared by Jiahui Wu CHN and Maja Dziarnowska POL ahead of Flavia Tartaglini ITA. The Laser results are - as usual - in separate news just below.
All results, the report of the day and the photos.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014   (Image © Frank Socha)
The Qualifier Series for the Gold- and Silverfleets were concluded yesterday with two races by class. The fresh 15 to 18 kn easterly breeze was the perfect stage for the top cracks.
In the Lasers Standard, Tonci Stipanovic CRO moved up on top with the day ranks 1/2 and leads now 2 points ahead of Tom Burton AUS. Robert Scheidt BRA is only one point farther behind. Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA, leader after day one, dropped on the 9th place after a premature start.
In the Lasers Radial, it is Evi Van Acker BEL who controls the fleet with now 4 of the 5 heats in her favor. 2 behind follows Marit Bouwmester NED and on 3rd is Tatjana Droszdowskaja BLR, who demonstrated a solid performance as well with four 2nd ranks.
All ranking lists and the report of the day.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014   (Image © Yvan Zedda)
The Franco-German duel on top of the 2.4m, again in top sailing conditions, continued and with a race win for each, Damien Séguin FRA and Heiko Kröger GER remain on top at equal points. Megan Pascoe GBR follows on rank 3. Also in the Sonars, the first place is shared by Robertson/Stodel/Thoams GBR and Jourdren/Vicomt-Vicary/Flageul FRA, both with the ranks 1 and 2 yesterday each. The daily report and the photos.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014   
The well-established easterly breeze allowed to complete another three races at the Optimist Coupe de Printemps in Cannes. The new leader in the categoryD1 is Tom Marsan FRA, 6 points ahead of Nicolas Rolaz SUI on 2nd and new Tim Carpentier FRA on 3rd.
In the younger Benjamins, Maylis Radulic FRA is on top.
All ranking lists.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014   (Image © fotozambra)
No races at the Laser Europacup on Lake Lugano on Easter Monday with pouring rain and no wind. In the final rankings after three races, the winners were Marco Ponti ITA Lasers Standard (33 participants), John Booth GBR Lasers Radial (59 participants) and Guillaume Rol SUI Laser 4.7 (60 participants). The ranking lists.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014   
The results of the 5o5er-Europacups, ending on Monday in St-Raphael, have been posted meanwhile. Wolfgang Hunger/Holger Jess won 5 of the 7 races sailed and are the stellar winners. With a good final day, Caroline and Philippe Jacot SUI moved up on rank 2. Jan-Philipp Hofman/Jan Brocherhof GER finished 3rd. The final rankingis.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
The trade wind pushes the fleet now at speeds of more than 10 kn direction Caribbeans, and also the former Northern group has now reached the favorable wind stream, but with a backlog of 150 miles and more. Nicolas Lunven/Eric Péron FRA keep the lead 15 miles ahead of Gwenolé Gahinet/Paul Meilhat FRA on rank 2. Over 1100 miles remain to the finish. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014   
In 1929, the Starboat launched in 1911 in the USA, was for the first time sailed in Europe. Selected as Olympic class in 1936, more and more Starboat regattas were sailed in Europe such as e.g. 1938 in Naples ITA. Now finally, the video of this regatta has been published.
News – Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Tuesday, April 22, 2014   
Perfect conditions prevailed yesterday on the first day of the last 2014 ISAF Worldcup event with sun and an initial 12 kn easterly breeze, increasing to 18 kn during the day. All classes sailed 2-3 races.
The Olympic Champions Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS won two of the three races in the 470 men and lead overall ahead of Barreiros/Curbelo ESP and Dahlberg/Bergström SWE. Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA are on top of the 470 women after two heats, followed by the Olympic Champions Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL and Sophie Weguelin/Eilidh MyIntyre GBR. Two wins in three races also for Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL in the 49ers ahead of Dylan Fletcher/Alan Sign GBR and Diego Botin/Pablo Turredo ESP. The Olympic Champions Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen AUS are 4th for the moment. And also in the 49ersFX, the favorites are already ruling the show: Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA lead in front of Ida Baad-Nielsen/Marie Thusgaard DEN and Charlotte Dobson/Sophie Ainsworth GBR. Rather surprising is the interims lead of Ioannis Mitakis GRE in the Finns, followed by Milan Vujasinovic CRO and Caleb Paine USA. To be noted, that the strong GBR Finns do not compete. A dominating first day had Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA finishing 2/1/1 in the Nacra 17. Pippa Wilson/John Gimson GBR and Ben Saxton/Hannah Diamond GBR follow on the places 2 and 3. Even three bullets went to Piotr Myszka POL in the RS:X-men-windsurfers. Toni Wilhelm GER and Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED follow at equal points on rank 2. Leading in the RS:X-women-windsurfers is Natalia Kosinska NZL ahead of Maia Dziarnowska POL and Jiahui Wu CHN.
The official report, all ranking lists and the pictures.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014   
Perfect conditions with a 15-18 kn East wind prevailed on the opening day of the last 2014 ISAF Worldcup event. In his Laser Standard group, Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA won two of the three races on his home waters and leads overall one point ahead of Matthew Wearn AUS. Tom Burton AUS is 3rd. The World nbr 1 Tonci Stipanovic CRO follows on 7th for the moment, the World Champion Robert Scheidt BRA is 9th. Charlie Buckingham USA is 14th, Tom Ramshaw CAN 27th.
In the Lasers Radial, Evi Van Acker BEL and Marit Bouwmester NED lead with two race wins each. Annalise Murphy IRL follows 2 points behind. Paige Railey USA is 9th.
The daily report, all ranking lists and the pictures.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014   
Two of the three Paralympic classes start at the Hyères Worldcup as well. Leading in the 2.4m are Heiko Kröger GER and Damien Séguin FRA, ahead of Megan Pascoe GBR. 16 participants from 7 nations. The fleet of the 8 Sonars is lead by Robertson/Stodel/Thomas GBR. Jens Korjker GER and Bruno Jourdrain FRA with their teams follow on the ranks 2 and 3. The report of the day.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014   
The International Optimist Spring Cup began yesterday in Cannes with three races sailed. Thomas Tristan FRA leads in the D1 group of the best sailors with two race wins, one point ahead of Tom Marsan FRA. Third, with a race win in his group as well, follows Nicolas Rolaz SUI 2 points behind. 151 Optimists sail in the top D1 group.
Jules Renaudeau FRA leads in the younger Benjamins' (age 8-11) category. All other ranking lists are on the event-website.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014   
The 29er Eurocup at Cavalaire FRA (between St-Tropez and Hyères) ended yesterday with three races. Peter Janezic/Anze Podlogar SLO were the winners with a 55 (!) points advantage after 14 races, ahead of Juuso Roihu/Henri Roihu EST and Cas Van Dongen/Daniel Bramervaer NED. The final rankings.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014   
No doubt that the Southern option is highly preferential. Lunven/Peron FRA lead 15 miles ahead of Gahinet/Meihat. Two of the teams in the North are now heading South to touch the trade winds as soon as possible. The race viewer, the report of the day with 1'300 miles to go to the arrival and the videos.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014   (Image © Ouest France)
The Spi Ouest in La Trinité ended yesterday with a light-wind race. Winners in the Grand Surprise is C.Montoriol FRA and his team. Leader change in the M34 where Daniel Souben FRA, 'Courrier Dunkerque' FRA, replaced the previous first 'Groupama' of Fabien Henry FRA by one point. Nicolas Berenger FRA won also the last race and clearly dominated the Longtzes. In the largest fleet, the J/80s, the 49er Olympian Morgan Lagravière FRA moved up on rank 1 on the last race day. All ranking lists and the event-website.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014   
Yesterday evening, the Maxi-Trimaran IDEC with Francis Joyon FRA reached Rio de Janeiro BRA after the Atlantic Crossing in 13 days, 3 hours and 5 minutes, establishing a first benchmark record for this route, the Route de l'amitié. The report.
News – Monday, April 21, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014   
Today begins the 5th and last ISAF 2013/14 Worldcup Event on the Bay of Hyères FRA. With 780 boats and over 1100 sailors from 60 nations, this is the worldwide best attended sailing competition of the year ..... they are all here, the World Champions, Olympic medalists and the Worldcup leaders. Light to moderate Easterly winds will prevail for the Qualifications Series today and tomorrow, while by the end of the week, an up to 30 kn breeze will set the stage for a fast and furious events' final. The official preview. Racing can be followed on Twitter and as from 10 hrs UTC live on the Internet.
Monday, April 21, 2014   (Image © Elena Giolai)
Local sailors from Lake Garda were the winners of the 2014 Optimist Meeting at Riva ITA ending yesterday. The first of the two races in the morning was sailed in a rather unconstant wind but the final heat in the afternoon was completed in a perfect Ora breeze. Davide Ducchi ITA flopped in the first Juniores race (rank 73) but winning the last heat, he remained on top of the rankings six points ahead of Lucas Bergström SWE on 2nd. Daniil Krutskikh RUS was 3rd. Zoya Novikova RUS on rank 23 was the best girl. The Goldfleet ranking list.
In the younger Cadetti, the tiebread went in favor of Francesco Novelli ITA thanks to better individual race results ahead of Felix Neszvescko GER. Third and the best girl was Gaja Pela ITA. The results of the Cadetti.
All other ranking lists and the final report (in Italian).
Monday, April 21, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
The expected leader change happened ! The southern group keeps on racing 3 kn faster as the previous leader trio in the North. Nicolas Lunven/Eric Peron FRA are the new leaders 10 miles ahead of Gwenolé Gahinet/Paul Meilhat FRA on rank 2. The best of the northern Group are Gwenael Gbick/Kito de Pavant FRA on position 6, but they will no doubt descend even more, as will Contin Horeau/Michel Desjoyeaux FRA, still 10th. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Monday, April 21, 2014   (Image © fotozambra)
Turbulant weather on day three of the Lugano Laser Europacup as well. The normal thermal wind seemed to take over in the morning and the three fleets completed a race on Lake Lugano. But an upcoming rain front from the East caused a 90° windshift and a second race was started with good hopes to continue the competition. However, shortly after the start of race 2, the wind slackened and only the Standards and Radial succeeded to make the finish line.
The Laser 4.7 rankings after the Sunday race had Guillaume Rol SUI on top thanks to a 2nd race rank. The best girl Asya Luvisetto SUI advanced on rank 2. Alexis Mégevand SUI and Damian Suri SUI on the position 3 and 4 confirmed the strong Swiss performance. New on top of the Lasers Radial was John Booth GBR, the only one with all single-digit results so far. Guglielmo Bonfili ITA on rank 2 is already 11 points back. The best girl Anna Liebmann GER follows as 3rd. In the Lasers Standard, Marco Ponti ITA defended his lead just one point ahead of the tied Robert Rönnback FIN and Doré de Morsier SUI. The ranking list.
Monday, April 21, 2014   
Five races in moderate winds were sailed yesterday off Cavalaire FRA. The updated ranking list after 11 heats has now been published. Janezic/Podlogar SLO, winners of the Riva ITA Eurocup a week ago, are again the clear leaders with a huge 36 points' advantage. Lindermann/Schaeper GER follow on rank 2, Van Dongen/Bramervaer NED advanced on rank 3. The ranking list.
Monday, April 21, 2014   
Traditionally, the 5o5s have their international season opening in the South of France, and 49 teams from 5 nations (incl the USA) participated in the Europacup Regatta at St-Raphaël FRA. Five races were completed until Saturday with Wolfgang Hunger/Holger Jess GER leading ahead of Morten Bogacki/Lars Dehne GER 4 points behind. Excellent the third place of the mixed team Caroline and Philippe Jacot SUI inmidst of the top-teams, i.e. in front of the former Worldchampions Mike Holt/Dave Shelton USA and Ian Pinnel/Adam Kenny GBR on the positions 4 and 5. The ranking list.
Monday, April 21, 2014   (Image © Vincent Mouchel)
Three races were sailed at the Spi Ouest in moderate conditions. Leader after seven races in the Grand Surprise ist R.Jehanno FRA. Dominating the M34 is still Fabien Henry FRA on 'Groupama', but Daniel Souben FRA on 'Courrier Dunkerque' slightly reduced the gap to the leaders thanks to two race wins. In the Longtzes, Nicolas Berenger FRA extended his lead. Sylvain Pellessier FRA is the new leader in the J/80, the largest fleet with 89 units. All ranking lists and the event-website.
Monday, April 21, 2014   
The breeze on the Bay of Almanerre FRA filled in late in the afternoon to allow to complete a final heat in an easterly breeze with flat water. Marco Lange AUT added another race win and was the stellar winner overall ahead of Daniel Aeberli SUI and Richard Stauffacher SUI. 64 windsurfers from 5 nations participated in this traditional season opening event, the majority coming from Switzerland. The ranking list and the illustrated short report.
News – Sunday, April 20, 2014
Sunday, April 20, 2014   (Image © Elena Giolai)
The wind situation on Lake Garda stabilised yesterday and racing took place according to program with three races for the Juniores and two for the Cadetti. The crucial day is today in the two heats of the Goldfleets.
The local Davide Duchi ITA has taken the lead in the Juniores on his home waters. Lennart Kuss GER follows 4 points back on rank 2, Luca Valentino ITA and Salvo Sciuto ITA share rank 3. The best girl Filippa Johr SWE is on the 17th place.
In the younger Cadetti, Arikan Okyanus TUR, Dmitry Golkov RUS and Francesco Novelli ITA are on top at equal points. Only one point behind follow Rodion Provin RUS and the best girl Gaja Pela ITA fighting for the overall victory today.
The event-website.
Sunday, April 20, 2014   
Yesterday, rain and circling winds prevented racing on Lake Lugano at the Swiss Laser Europacup Regatta. Up to now, one light-wind race was sailed on the opening day of the event and the leaders in the three classes are Giulia Servida SUI Laser 4.7, Elisbaeth Küster ITA Laser Radial and Marco Ponti ITA Laser Standard. The ranking lists.
Sunday, April 20, 2014   
The 29er Eurocup began at Cavalaire, French Mediterrean Coast, 20 km East of Hyères, on Friday with three races. Apparently, there was no racing yesterday. Brice Yrieix/Loïc Fischer FRA lead the rankings after 3 heats with a 5 points' adavantage on Jost Lindermann/Lukas Schaeper GER and Peter Janezic/Anze Podlogar SLO. 70 teams participate. The ranking list.
Sunday, April 20, 2014   
The southern chaser group still has a speed advantage of 4 kn over the leading trio in the North, but the backlog of the best South team Gwenolé Gahinet/Paul Meilhat FRA has melted to 46 miles. A leader change is most likely during the next 24 hours. For the moment, Gwenael Gbick/Kito de Pavant FRA are still leading 1,9 miles ahead of Jean Le Cam/Gildas Mahé FRA. Corentin Horeau/Michel Desjoyeaux FRA follow 35 miles behind on rank 3. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Sunday, April 20, 2014   (Image © Ouest France)
Racing at the Spi Ouest continued yesterday with 1-2 heats in each of the 16 classes. In the M34, 'Groupama' with Fabien Henry FRA stays on top. Thanks to a race win, 'Ville de Genève' with Nicolas Groux SUI moved up on rank 6. On top of the Grand Surprise is Eric Baillet FRA. The favorite Nicolas Berenger FRA took the lead in the Longtzes. Hervé Le Duc FRA is first in the J/80. All ranking lists, the video of the day and the event-website.
Sunday, April 20, 2014   (Image © Fabio Taccolao)
The Laser Easter Meeting of Malcesine, part of the 2014 Lake Garda Youth Sailing Week, ended yesterday with two races.
Emil Toblini ITA was the winner in the Lasers 4.7 7 points ahead of Matteo Scaglia ITA, winner of the U16-category, both members of the local club. Leon Zartl GER followed on rank 3. Chiara Franca ITA on the 7th place was the best girl. 37 participants from 7 nations.
Inspite of the defeats in yesterday's two races, the clear winner in the Radials was Gianmarco Planchestainer ITA, followed by Pietro De Luca ITA, the winner of the two Saturday races. Roberto Pollara ITA was 3rd. Sarah Roeck GER on rank 8 was the best girl.
The event-website with all ranking lists and the report.
Sunday, April 20, 2014   
Admittedly, the East wind filled in during the morning, but it was too light over the Bay of Almanarre near Hyères, and the 12 kn required to start a slalom heat have never been reached. Leader after the two races of the opening day is Marco Lang AUT ahead of Daniel Aeberli SUI. 61 windsurfers from 5 nations participate. The report and the interims rankings.
Sunday, April 20, 2014   
Unfriendly weather yesterday over Lake Thoune again, and only a passing big rain cloud brought at least a wind puff allowing to sail one shortened race. Overall winners in the 5.5m were Burger/Kindlimann/Von Werth TYC, the best Dragon sailor was Norbert Stadler SGYC with his team, followed by the tied Hans-Dieter Lang GER and Stefan Bleich GER. Kurt and Markus Scheidegger TYC were the winners in the Starboats.
News – Saturday, April 19, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014   (Image © Elena Giolai)
After a normal Lake Garda day during the first races on Thursday with a good Ora, the wind did barely fill in yesterday. Only the elder Juniores succeeded to complete at least one race. The new leader thanks to the discarded result is Yasar Rasim TUR, winning the race of his group. Davide Duchi ITA, Lennart Kuss GER and Luca Valentino ITA follow one point behind. The best girl is Arianna Passamonti ITA on rank 15. No race and therefore no changes in the rankings of the younger Cadetti with Francesco Novelli ITA on the first place. The event-website.
Saturday, April 19, 2014   (Image © Juerg Kaufmann)
The 148 participants in the Lugano Laser Europacup Regatta had to wait a longtime for wind yesterday. Only late in the afternoon, a light breeze filled in on Lake Lugano, and the Lasers Standard succeeded to complete a full race. The course of the Radials and the 4.7s had to be shortened. Leader in the largest fleet with 59 boats, the Laser 4.7, Giulia Servida is first ahead of Guillaume Rol SUI and Asya Luvisetto SUI. Elisabeth Küster ITA is on rank one of the Radials ahead of Anna Liebmann ITA and Rokas Rutgalvis LTU. Race winner in the Lasers Standard was Marco Ponti ITA in front of Christoph Bottoni SUI. All ranking lists.
Saturday, April 19, 2014   (Image © Ouest France)
Good conditions prevailed on the first day of the Spi Ouest with a 10-12 kn breeze and all classes completed 3-4 races. Fabien Henry FRA with 'Groupama' has taken the lead in the M34 with 3 wins in 4 heats. 'Courrier Dunkerque' with Daniel Souben FRA and 'Oman Sail' with Sydney Gavignet FRA follow on the positions 2 and 3. On top of the Longtzes are L. Berjon FRA and his team, as the favorite Nicolas Bérenger FRA has an early start in his results. Leader in the largest fleet, the J/80 with 89 participants, is Gael Jaffrezic FRA. Eric Baillet FRA and his team are first in the Grand Surprise. All ranking lists and the event-website.
Saturday, April 19, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
The weather pattern over the Atlantic Ocean alters more and more in favor of the southern group, admittedly still behind, but progressing at high speed direction West thanks to the trade winds. The leading group in the North - reduced by the co-favorite team Chabagny/Tabarly FRA having dismasted - has now to swallow the pill to cross the light-wind zone southwards to reach the trade winds. A leader change will most probably happen within two days. New in the lead are this morning Gwenael Gbick/Kito De Pavant FRA, 3,9 miles ahead of Jean Le Cam/Gildas Mahé FRA. Corentin Horeau/Michel Desjoyeaux FRA have lost some miles and are now as 3rd 26 miles behind. Fabien Delahaye/Yoann Richomme FRA on rank 4 are now the first boat of the southern group with a backlog of 122 on the first. The race-viewer, the reports and the video of the day.
Saturday, April 19, 2014   
The weather change over Lake Garda had a bad influence on racing off Malcesine as well, and only one race could be completed. A class of his own is Gianmarco Planchestainer ITA in the Lasers Radial with his 4th race win yesterday. Roberto Pollara ITA and Luca Di Pietro ITA follow on the interims ranks 2 and 3. Sarah Roeck GER on rank 6 is the best non-Italian and the best woman. In the Lasers 4.7, Emil Toblini ITA defended his lead two points ahead of Mads Hassum NOR. New on rank 3 is now Matteo Saglia ITA. Francesca Ramazzotti ITA follows as best girl on rank 5. The event-website with the rankings.
Saturday, April 19, 2014   
The Swiss windsurfers opened the 2014 season traditionally with the California-Cup in Hyères. In moderate conditions around 12 kn, two slalom heats were completed, both won by Marco Lang AUT ahead of Daniel Aeberli SUI twice on 2nd. 61 drivers from 5 nations participate. The ranking list.
Saturday, April 19, 2014   
Wet-cold weather on Lake Thoune and only late in the afternoon - around 17 hrs - one light-wind race could be sailed. Winners were in the 5.5 m Bernard Haissly SNG, in the Starboats Kulpe/Roeseler YCSe and in the Dragons Lang/Wullman/Lang GER. The ranking lists have not yet been posted on the TYC-website this morning.