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News – Monday, May 25, 2015
Monday, May 25, 2015   
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Good conditions with a 10 kn breeze and for the first time sun prevailed yesterday for the Quarter and Semi Finals at Match Race Germany on Lake Constance.
Eric Monnin SUI had everything under control defeating both Marc Lees GBR in the Quarters as Joachim Aschenbrenner DEN in the Semis ith 3-0, ready to meet Tomislav Basic CRO in the Final today. Basic 0-2 in arrears in the Semi had to come back strongly to eliminate Matt Jerwood AUS 3-2. The Finals begin today at 8 a.m. UTC already.
The report of the day and the Event-Website.
Monday, May 25, 2015   
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The Dutch Act of the Laser Europacup 2015 on the Ijsselmeer ended yesterday with a last race.
No change on the podium of the Lasers Standard with Tobias Schadewaldt GER as outstanding winner, considering the last heat as discard and heading for the shore early. Maceij Grabowski POL and Ha Jeemin KOR occupy the rank 2 and 3 overall. A clear win also for Jon Emmett GBR in the Lasers Radial, Sofiia Larycheva UKR and Oren Jacob ISR on the positions 2 and 3 are the best-ranked women. In the largest fleet with 50 participants, the Lasers 4.7, the winner is Stijn Paardekooper NED 3 points ahead of Emma Savelon NED. Douwe Velds NED and Giona Renggli SUI follow at equal points on the ranks 2 and 3.
Alll ranking lists and the event facebook page.
Monday, May 25, 2015   
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After one week racing, more than half of the distance to Europe has been covered, and the fleet is now North of the Azores in the center of the Azores Anticyclone in very calm conditions. The leading trio 'Brunel', 'Mapfre' and 'Dongfeng' was sailing at sight within a mile this morning. The all-female 'SCA' on a more northern course has almost compensated the backlog and is now 20 miles behind but still on a faster pace.
The race viewer and the event website.
Monday, May 25, 2015   
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Weather turbulences over Northern Italy disturbed the thermal breeze on Lake Garda also on the last day of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series, but nevertheless, 2 races were completed.
Finishing 1 and 2, Matteo Ivaldi ITA took the overall win ahead of carlo Fracassoli ITA at equal points. Andrea Rachelli ITA and his team follow on 3rd. The final rankings and the report.
Monday, May 25, 2015   
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The Finn World Masters 2015 will take place at Kavala near Thessaloniki in Greece as from today. Never mind a faraway venue ! 204 Finn Oldies found their way to this annual happy and competitive reunion. The top favorite is again Michael Maier CZE aiming for his 6th title in a row.
The official preview and the event website.
Monday, May 25, 2015   (Image © Loris Von Siebenthal)
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Saturday, the North East breeze was too strong for D-35 racing, but yesterday Sunday, the wind was moderate and six races could be completed. It was again 'Team Tilt' with Sébastien Schneiter SNG dominating with 1sts and 2nds only. 'RealTeam' with Jérôme Clerc followed on rank 2, 'Alinghi' with Ernesto Bertarelli SNG is 3rd.
In the Annual Tour rankings, 'Tilt' is also leading with a 3 points' advance on 'Alinghi'.
The report with results.
News – Sunday, May 24, 2015
Sunday, May 24, 2015   (Image © Nico Martinez)
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The Match Race Germany Round Robin on Lake Constance was concluded yesterday with Tomislav Basic CRO on top of the results table, qualified directly for the Semi Final. The teams on the ranks 2 to 7 race for the three remaining slots in the next round. Eric Monnin SUI at equal points with Basic after the Round Robin was 'relegated' on rank 2 as he lost the direct match with the Croatian. The Quarter Final Round has already been started. Monnin SUI leads over Mark Lees GBR 2-0, Mike Sherwood AUS and Timo Ellegast GER are on 1-1, as are Joachim Aschenbrenner DEN and Reuben Corbett NZL. Today is the crucial Final day.
The report of the day.
Sunday, May 24, 2015   
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Three races by class were sailed again yesterday on the second day of the Dutch Act of the Laser Europacup 2015 on the Ijsselmeer.
Tobias Schadewaldt GER is the outstanding leader in the Lasers Standard with an impressive series of 1sts and 2nds, clearly ahead of the tied Maciej Grabowski POL and Ha Jeemin KOR on 2nd and 3rd. Already 25 points is the advance of Jon Emmett GBR in the Lasers Radial. Daphne van der Vaart NED new on rank 2 is the best woman. Oren Jacob ISR follows on the 3rd place.
The new leader in the Lasers 4.7 is Stijn Paardekooper NED with Douwe Velds NED and Emma Savelon NED completing the leading Dutch trio.
All ranking lists.
Sunday, May 24, 2015   (Image © SCA)
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After almost a week of speed racing, the fleet has massively lost momentum during the past night, influenced by the Azores anticyclone. This situation offered the all-female 'SCA' team the opportunity for a bypass attack deviating the high pressure zone northwards. It seems that this option is about to be paying as the backlog of over 100 miles has been split in half up to now. Samantha Davies GBR and her team, 59 miles back, are currently over 5 miles faster than the rest of the fleet, led by 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) 0,3 miles ahead of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP).
The race viewer and the event website.
Sunday, May 24, 2015   (Image © Mauro Melandri)
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The Lake Garda thermal breeze was back yesterday after a windless first day at the Melges 24 European Sailing Series, and three races were completed.
First on the end of the day was John Den Engelsman NED and his team with a constant row of results (4/3/3) 3 points ahead of Carlo Fracassoli ITA on 2nd and Ricardo Simoneschi ITA on 3rd. 47 participants.
The ranking list and the report of the day.
Sunday, May 24, 2015   (Image © segelbilder.de)
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Over 600 youth sailors, split in 11 different classes, participate in the YES 2015 and started to the first races yesterday in light winds and sun.
Easy game for the internationally experienced Philipp Buhl GER, winning all three races in the Lasers Standard. Hanne Jansch GER leads in the Lasers Radial women and Julia Büsselberg GER is on top of the 70 boats' Laser 4.7 fleet.
Meike Schomäker/Holger Jess GER lead in the 5o5s, Gwendal Lamay/Luke Willim GER are on top of the 29ers. Two Swiss boats are leading in the 420s with the Optimit World Champion Nicolas Rolaz SUI and Erwan Lamoureux SUI as crew, as well as a Rüegg/Diana Otth SUI,
All ranking lists and the report of the day.
Sunday, May 24, 2015   (Image © MartinezStudios)
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The first round of the TP52 Super Series 2015 in Valencia ended yesterday with two races sailed in a freshening seabreeze. 'Ran' with owner Niklas Zennström SWE steering, Morgan Larson USA calling the shots and Adam Beashel AUS as strategist managed to stay on top ahead of the newcomer 'Alegre' of Andy Soriano GBR with John Kostecki USA as tactician and 'Sled' of Takashi Okura JPN (with Ross McDonald CAN and Hamish Pepper NZL).
The report, the ranking list and the videos.
Sunday, May 24, 2015   (Image © Loris Von Siebenthal)
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The strong North-East wind on Lake Geneva prohibited the start of the first races at the Versoix Grand Prix, Round 2 of the Annual D35 Championship. The wind has been forecast as decreasing towards noon, and racing is supposed to begin today.
The [URL=d35trophy.com/2015/05/lopen-de-versoix-neutralise-par-la-bise/]report/URL].
Sunday, May 24, 2015   
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The bad weather stays on over Hungary. After two days without sun, the wind was gone as well yesterday. To validate the European Championship, at least one race has to be completed today. Up to now, a long-distance and two round-the-buoy short races have been sailed.
Leader in the ORC calculated rankings is H. Van Eijk NED on a Smile ahead of Sukru Sanus TUR on a Farr25 OD. The ranking list and the event website.
News – Saturday, May 23, 2015
Saturday, May 23, 2015   
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The Round Robin continued yesterday with four flights again in light and shifty winds. Eric Monnin SUI and his team stayed on top of the results table with a 7 to 1 score. The only defeat was against Tomislav Basic CRO who joined Monnin with 7-1 as well. The remaining contenders for a Quarter Final slot are closely together on the positions 3 to 9, promising interesting matches today.
The results and the report.
Saturday, May 23, 2015   
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The winds over the North Atlantic remain unusually moderate, and the fleet sails closely together on its way eastwards. The new leader is 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) 3,8 miles ahead of 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) and 4 miles on 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP). The all-women 'SCA' team of Samantha Davies GBR can not quite follow the drag race and is this morning 18 miles back on rank 6.
The race viewer and the event website.
Saturday, May 23, 2015   (Image © Mauro Melandri)
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The Lake Garda wind machine was on strike yesterday and the 46 teams waited in vain for the breeze. The start to the 3rd Act of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series has therefore been delayed.
The report.
Saturday, May 23, 2015   
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The Dutch Act of the Laser Europacup 2015 on the Ijsselmeer began yesterday in apparently good conditions with three races.
Tobias Schadewaldt GER dominated the Lasers Standard with the day ranks 1/2/1 and clearly leads ahead of Ha Jeemin KOR and Aleksander Arian POL. 27 participants from 14 nations (including Brunei, Oman, Seychelles, Egypt, Hongkong, Korea).
Jon Emmett GBR was the only one with all one-digit ranks in the Lasers Radial, and he leads solidly in front of Sofiia Larycheva UKR and Jacob Oren ISR. 66 participants from 13 nations.
Leader in the Lasers 4.7 is Rory Fekkes IRL with two race wins followed by the tied Douwe Velds NED and the best girl Jarian Brandes PER. 50 participants from 7 nations.
The event website with all ranking lists.
Saturday, May 23, 2015   (Image © MartinezStudios)
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The well-established 15 kn seabreeze off the Valencia coast allowed again to complete two races at the first TP52 Super Series event 2015. After loosing the first place two days ago, 'Ran' of Niklas Zennström SWE with Morgan Larson USA as tactician came strongly back with the day ranks 1 and 4 overtaking 'Alegre' (Andy Soriano GBR/John Kostecki USA), who had their bad day finishing 8 and 9 only. Best of the day was 'Sled' of Takashi Okura USA (with the two Starboat past-World Champions Ross McDonald CAN and Hamish Pepper NZL) on the ranks 1 and 3.
The report of the day, the results and the video of the day.
Saturday, May 23, 2015   
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After the long-distance race of day one sailed in rain and a light wind - see the report - the European Championship continued with two round-the-buoy short races yesterday. H. Van Eijk NED on a Smile, Sukru Sanus TUR on a Farr25OD and Vasily Alexejev RUS on a O-800 were again the ones on the top places.
The ranking list.
News – Friday, May 22, 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015   
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The fleet is now again sailing closely together in a slackening breeze, all six having opted for the Northern route following the ice limit to bypass the Azores Anticyclone ahead. Having left the gulfstream, the temperatures did drop substantially, and the upcoming breeze of up to 20 kn will make it even more inconventient.
'Abu Dhabi' lead 0,3 miles ahead of 'Brunel' and 'Mapfre', and as last of the fleet, the all-female 'SCA' team is not far behind with an 8 miles' deficit.
The race viewer and the event website.
Friday, May 22, 2015   
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Day 1 of Qualifying was met with a slow start today on the shores of Lake Constance for the opening day of Match Race Germany, the second World Championship stage of the 2015/16 World Match Racing Tour. After a patient wait during the morning, a light 2 to 6 kn South Westerly filled in across the lake allowing the first four of twenty two Qualifying Flights to be completed.
Fresh off the plane from Long Beach, California after competing in the Congressional Cup last week, Eric Monnin (SUI), known for his skills in light air conditions, led the charge with a confident 3-0 scoreline. Tomislav Brasic CRO nd Dejan Presen CRO follow behind with 2-1 each. Undefeated after just one match are the co-favorites Joachim Aschenbrenner DEN and Reuben Corbett NZL.
The results and the report of the day.
Friday, May 22, 2015   (Image © Max Ranchi)
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An intensive day with three races for the TP52s in Valencia yesterday ! The fleet proved to be quite balanced in the moderate seabreeze. As best of the day with the ranks 2/9/2, it was 'Allegre' of Andy Soriano GBR with John Kostecki USA calling tactics who took the overall lead. 'Ran' of Niklas Zennström SWE with Morgan Larson USA had a bad day dropping on rank 2 with a 6 points' backlog. Thanks to a race win, Takashi Okura USA (with Ross McDonald CAN and Hamish Pepper NZL) advanced on rank 4 and with three races to go is now also a serious contender for a medal.
The report of the day, the ranking list and the videos.
Friday, May 22, 2015   (Image © Elena Giolai)
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The 3rd Act of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series begins today on Lake Garda with 46 participants from 14 nations. Germany and Autria are represented by 6 teams each, Switzerland has 4 teams starting.
The official preview and the event website.
Friday, May 22, 2015   
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The ORC Sportboat European Championship 2015 began yesterday on the Hungarian Lake Balaton with a 27-miles-longdistance-race. The two 'Smile' yachts of H. Van Eijk NED and Martin Baas NED were responsible for a Dutch 1 and 2 result. 27 teams from 8 nations.
The ranking list and the event website.
Friday, May 22, 2015   
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The ORC Sportboat European Championship 2015 began yesterday on the Hungarian Lake Balaton with a 27-miles-longdistance-race. The two 'Smile' yachts of H. Van Eijk NED and Martin Baas NED were responsible for a Dutch 1 and 2 result. Michael Tobler SUI with his Saphire 27 is on the remarkable 6th position among the 27 teams from 8 nations.
The ranking list and the event website.
News – Thursday, May 21, 2015
Thursday, May 21, 2015   
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Approaching the low pressure vortex after several days on a tight reach, the wind now turned 180°, and the teams advance reasonably well in rear winds inspite of the very light conditions. The fleet has been somewhat stretched with the most southern 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) leading ahead of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) 7 and 8 miles behind. 'SCA' with Samantha Davies GBR is now again last 20 miles behind the leader.
The race viewer and the event website.
Thursday, May 21, 2015   
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Races 3 and 4 were sailed in a well-established 14 kn seabreeze yesterday. As on day one, it was 'Ran' with Niklas Zennström SWE (with Morgan Larson USA) controlling the race and finishing twice as 2nd. 'Allegre' with Andre Soriano GBR (with John Kostecki USA) is 3 points behind. 'Bronenosec' with Vladimir Liubomirov RUS (with Michele Ivaldi ITA) advanced on rank 3 thanks to a race win. Not yet up-to-speed are the dominators of last year 'Quantum' and 'Azzurra'. They are still in a tune-up phase with their new designs.
The report with rankings and the videos.
Thursday, May 21, 2015   
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Today begins the second Round of the World Match Racing Tour on Lake Constance, the Match Race Germany Langenargen GER. Winner of the first Tour event in California a week ago was Taylor Canfield ISV. Only three teams made the quick dislocation to Europe with the top-ranked Eric Monnin SUI, always with good results in previous editions of this event. His first challengers are Joachim Aschenbrenner DEN and Reuben Corbett NZL, both in the Quarterfinals at the Congressional-Cup contrary to Eric Monnin SUI out after the Round Robin. Representing the host nation Germany are Timo Ellegast GER and Felix Schrimper GER, age 18, with a developent team coached by Tim Kröger GER.
The official preview.
Thursday, May 21, 2015   (Image © Guilain Grenier)
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Bernard Stamm SUI will participate in the 2015 Tour de France on a Diam24 trimaran, supported by his long-time sponsor 'Cheminées Poujoulat', ... an entirely new experience for the successful oceanic skipper. He very much looks forward to this new world knowing that he has much to learn in this new buoy-racing environment.
However, the sponsor will not be engaged in the forthcoming Vendée Globe (2016). Most probably, it is too late for Stamm to look for an alternative 18 months before the start.
The report.
Thursday, May 21, 2015   (Image © Thierry Martinez)
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Foiling Moth flying is more and more popular also in Japan, and over the last weekend, the Japanese National Championship took place with 22 boats participating. The internationally most successful Japanese helmsman Hiroki Goto JPN dominated the fleet and was the clear winner. The sailing conditions were excellent as the well edited video reveals.
The ranking list.
Thursday, May 21, 2015   
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As mentioned between the lines at the presentation of the Japanese America's Cup Challenge three weeks ago, Dean Barker NZL will be the skipper and CEO of the newly launched team. Barker has a 15 years America's-Cup experience on his CV, including a right-from-the-start involvement in the development of foiler catamarans.
The report.
Thursday, May 21, 2015   
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After 'Spindrift' of Dona Bertarelli SUI and 'Alinghi' of Ernesto Bertarelli SUI, it is Oman Sail joining the GC 32 Racing Tour. 'Sultanate of Oman' will start in Austria next week for the inaugural event of the 2015 Tour with Leigh McMillan, Oman Sail's champion skipper with two X-40 Extreme Sailing Series titles under his belt. He will be joined by 'The Wave, Muscat' teammates Nasser Al Mashari from Oman and Britain's Peter Greenhalgh.
The report.
 
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