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News – Monday, January 26, 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015   
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Today is day one of the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta on Biscayne Bay, the 2nd round of the ISAF World Cup 2015. Over 800 athletes from 63 nations are on the entry, and all three Paralympic Classes participate as well.
A fresh up to 30 kn breeze has been announced for today, and also during the week, the wind speeds will range in the two-digits numbers according to the predictions.
The official preview and the event website.
Monday, January 26, 2015   
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Leg 3 of the VOR is in its last 24 hours' phase, and 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA with 170 miles to go increased her advantage on 57 miles again. The Chinese team will most probably arrive first at its home base Sanya and take the overall lead. The fight for the ranks 2 to 5 remains open with 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) on pole position 9 miles ahead of 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA), and another 10 miles back 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP). The South Chinese sea is very calm for the moment, but an increasing breeze around 10 kn has been announce for the day.
The and the [url=wxw.volvooceanrace.com/en/home.html]event website with reports and videos.
Monday, January 26, 2015   
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Guillermo Altadill ESP/José Munoz CHI have rounded the most southern point of Africa as second during the past night. Vanishing winds on the Indian Ocean and the safety line on the 45th Parallel not allowing any strategic escape have slowed down Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA. Their advance on Altadill/Munoz was reduced to 137 miles this morning and is shrinking even more.
The race viewer, the reports and the videos.
Monday, January 26, 2015   
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The Antibes Ski Yachting ended yesterday with two races.
Anatoly Loginov RUS and his team were the winners in the Dragons ahead of Jouko Lindgren FIN and Christian Brenius FIN. Andrew Friend GBR, sailing under Swiss flag, finished 4th. Philippe Boite/Jean Rodriguez FRA won clearly in the 5o5s ahead of Florian Stauffer/Valéry Jacot SUI. On top of the Finns was Sébastien Grall FRA in front of Marc Allain des Beauvais FRA and Régis Baumgarten FRA. The 420 winners thanks to a successful last day were Jessie Kampman/Anael Ponthieu FRA.
All results and the short report.
Monday, January 26, 2015   
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Last Saturday, the best sailors from the Zurich Region were honored at a Sailors' Party at Horgen/Lake Zurich. Winner of the Youth Price is the Optimist European Championship Bronze medal winner Martina Müller YCH, Sailor of the Year is the Match Racer Eric Monnin SCStä, ISAF World Nbr 4 at the end of 2014, and as best coach is Rico Hasler ZYC. In addition, almost CHF 50'000 grants have been awarded to elite sailors, half of it for Yannick Brauchli SVT preparing for a hopefully successful 2016 Olympic Regatta.
The report.
 
News – Sunday, January 25, 2015
Sunday, January 25, 2015   
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The wind has vanished in the past 24 hours with 350 miles to go to Sanya, and the fleet has closed up again. 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker is now only 17 miles behind the leading 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) and the race for the first place at the Chinese port-of-call is again fully open. Even 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) sailing on rank 5 30 miles behind has chances to join the battle for victory in the light and varying winds near the shore. Only 'SCA' with Samantha Davies GBR 95 miles back will hardly make any ranks good.
The race viewer and the event website with reports and videos.
Sunday, January 25, 2015   
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The leading Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA vill round Cape of Good Hope this morning UTC, and their strategy in the circumvention of the St-Helena anticyclone in the South Atlantic proved to be favorable. The second ranked 'Neutrogena' with Guillermo Altadill ESP/José Munoz CHI is 119 miles behind, while the rest of the fleet is over 24 hours away. A last quick check of boat and equipment and then begins the long and awesome high-speed race in the Roaring Forties to Cape Horn.
The race viewer, the Berichte und die videos.
Sunday, January 25, 2015   
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Three races by class were sailed at the Antibes Ski-Yachting yesterday in a 5 to 10 kn breeze, with for the first time the 420s and Lasers joining the competition.
In the 5o5, Boite/Rodriguez FRA defended their lead. As best of the day, Florian Stauffer/Valéry Jacot SUI moved up on rank 2. Leader in the Dragons is still Anatoly Loginov RUS and his team, with Jouko Lindgren FIN 2 points behind on 2nd. Leader change in the Finns with Sébastien Grall FRA as first ahead of Marc Allain de Beauvais FRA and Antal Gabor HUN. The Italian 420s have taken the lead with Edoardo Ferraro/Francesco Orlando ITA first ahead of Andrea Abruzzese/Camilla Fassio ITA. Only a few Lasers are competing and the leader in the 9-boat Radial fleet is Pierre Guillou FRA.
All ranking lists and the short report.
Sunday, January 25, 2015   (Image © Christophe Favreau)
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The Australia Day, the national celebration day, takes place on this weekend, and among the celebrations are a number of regattas, as among others, the race of historical 18-footers on Sydney Harbour yesterday. Do not miss a glance at the photos of Christophe Favreau.
Sunday, January 25, 2015   
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News – Saturday, January 24, 2015
Saturday, January 24, 2015   
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Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA and 70 miles behind Guillermo Altadill ESP/José Munoz CHI are chasing at speeds of up to 20 kn direction Indian Ocean, and they expect to pass the Cape of Good Hopes during the coming night. The seven teams still in the race met science yesterday as the pairs of skippers took the first opportunity to deploy their data monitoring Argo beacon which was given to them in Bareclona prior to the start. These beacons which will provide data from these remote oceanic locations for seven years, a program allowing scientists to look below the surface, providing a profile of the temperature and salinity of the ocean using a global array of over 3,500 profiling floats that are moving up and down in the water column from the surface to a depth of 2,000m. This project enables new revelations about ocean dynamics that are helping society understand and forecast global climate.
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Saturday, January 24, 2015   
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The fleet is now approaching the Vietnamese coast in a long starboard leg in a 20 kn breeze and a rough sea. The leading 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) had 500 miles to go to Sanya this morning UTC. The race for victory is not over yet as the 59 miles' advantage can be lost rapidly in case of tactical errors or gear failure. The chaser quartet, lead by 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) is sailing within a 15 miles area
The race viewer and the event website with reports and videos.
Saturday, January 24, 2015   
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The 2015 Ski-Yachting began Thursday with the ski giant-slalom with the French 420 youth sailors dominting. Yesterday, two races were sailed off Antibes in a light breeze.
Boite/Rodriguez FRA have taken the lead in the 5o5s ahead of Bleuez/Roucayrol FRA. In the Dragons, Anatoly Loganov RUS and his team are first one point ahead of Igor Goikhberg RUS. Pierre Lallemand FRA won both Finn races and leads ahead of Tangui Capitaine FRA.
All results and the short report.
Saturday, January 24, 2015   (Image © Photoboat)
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The Key West Race Week ended yesterday with another perfect summery day with a 18-20 kn breeze from the south-southeast, and a fair amount of chop, allowing to complete two races.
In these last heats,Flavio Marazzi SUI climbed on the first place in the GC32-catamrans ahead of Erik Maris FRA. Conor Clarke IRL went on with his domination of the Melges 24, and so did Carlo Alberini ITA (tactics Branko Brcin SLO) in the largest fleet, the J/70, celebrating the first European victory in the USA in this class launched recently. The best of the day, Julio Neckelmann MEX (Vasco Vascotto ITA), advanced on the 2nd place with the day ranks 1 and 2. Tim Healy USA finished 3rd.
All results. Searching thru the ranking lists, a number of well known US athletes can be detected as e.g. the 470 Olympic campaigners McNay/Hughes, Paul Cayard , Terry Hutchinson, Stephanie Roble and others, and commented during the week in several video interviews.
 
News – Friday, January 23, 2015
Friday, January 23, 2015   (Image © Sam Greenfield)
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The Volvo Ocean Race fleet is now sailing upwind in refreshening winds on the home stretch across the South Chinese Sea direction Sanya CHN. 750 miles are left for the leader and the expected time of arrival at the finish is next Monday. 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA has lost some of her advantage after a minor equipment failure, but is still 50 miles ahead of the closely sailing pursuer quartet. 'SCA' (Samantha Davies GBR) as last of the fleet is now 148 miles back.
The race viewer and the event website with reports and videos.
Friday, January 23, 2015   
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Although sailing in two different wind systems, both 'Cheminées Poujoulat' with Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA and 'Neutrogena' (Guillermo Altadill ESP/Jose Munoz CHI) enjoyed good sailing conditions, and the 3rd-ranked Anna Corbella/Gerard Marin ESP are now over 500 miles back (more than 24 hours). Stamm/Le Cam were 89 miles ahead this morning, and this difference will most probably stay until the passage of Cape of Good Hope.
The race viewer, the reports and the videos.
Friday, January 23, 2015   (Image © Photoboat)
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Fresh winds around 17 kn prevailed yesterday in the Keys and three races were completed.
In the Melges 24, Conor Clarke IRL remains a class of his own, winning 6 of the 8 races so far. With the discsrd coming into effect, Carlo Alberini ITA (tactics Branko Brcin SLO) moved on top of the J/70, 3 points ahead of Tim Healy USA. Thanks to 2 race wins yesterday, Julian Neckelmann MEX (tactics Vasco Vascotto ITA) advanced on the 3rd place. In the GC32-catamarans, sailing top speeds of almost 30 kn yesterday, there is a close-up on rank 1 with Eril Maris FRA, Jason Carroll USA and Flavio Marazzi SUI at equal points.
All ranking lists - 13 classes in total are competing - and the report of the day.
 
News – Thursday, January 22, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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Until the past night, Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA enjoyed very favorable conditions on their direct course to the Cape, but now, another high pressure cell is ahead, redirecting them south-wards. They expect to reach the westerly breeze during the day for the 4-week-fast-ride to the Cape. Guillermo Altadill ESP/Jose Munoz CHI have already reached the Roaring Forties, accelerating to speeds of almost 20 kn. They reduced the backlog on the leaders meanwhile on 144 miles, and will get even closer in the next hours.
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Thursday, January 22, 2015   (Image © Photoboat)
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After a long waiting, a light breeze filled in allowing to complete at least one race yesterday. Jud Smith USA and his team defended their lead in the J/70 and Conor Clarke IRL, winning the race, even extended his first place in the Melges 24. The GC32-catamaran fleet is controlled by the newcomer Jason Carroll USA.
All ranking lists and the report of the day.
Thursday, January 22, 2015   
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No significant position changes happened during the two days' passage of the Malacca Strait. The Chinese 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA has now reached the South China Sea, and the pursuing quartet still closely together, led by 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR), follows 60 miles behind. 'SCA' (Samantha Davies GBR) is 148 miles back still in the Malacca Strait.
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