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News – Monday, March 30, 2015
Monday, March 30, 2015   
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240 miles from Cape Horn in a 30 kn breeze, the overall leader 'Donfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) dismasted early this morning. This means game over for the leg to Brazil, and the Chinese team is now heading for Ushuaia on the most southern point of Argentina under jury rig, hoping to be ready for the start to the 7th leg at Itajai BRA.
The news.
Monday, March 30, 2015   
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Although the Trofeo Princesa Sofia is no longer part of the ISAF Worldcup, the record number of 800 athletes from 64 nations will be competing. The wind forecast for today announces a fresh westerly breeze, but for the rest of the week, the conditions will be sunny with rather light winds.
The US Sailing Team website, the official preview and the entry lists.
Monday, March 30, 2015   
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The closely packed five-boats leader group is still sailing in a fresh breeze, approaching Cape Horn to be rounded this evening. 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) lead this monring 8 miles ahead of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR), sailing side by side. 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) followed one mile behind. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) was 24 miles back. Dramatically lost has the all-female 'SCA' team doubling the backlog during the past 24 hours on now 475 miles. They broke their FR0 jib 3 days ago, deemed unrepairable at this stage. Sailing under the J1, a lot less powerful combination, means 3 to 4 kn less boat speed compared to the rest of the fleet. The report.
The race viewer and the event website.
Monday, March 30, 2015   
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The South wind persitsted on the last day of the Lake Lugano Laser Europacup 2015 and two more races were completed on Sunday in a moderate 8 kn breeze.
In the Lasers 4.7, Guillaume Rol SUI was defeated overall by Daniil Krutskikh RUS because of a failed last race. Peter Borovkov RUS finished 3rd. Kate Bereza RUS on rank 4 was the best girl among the 31 participants. A leader change happened also in the Lasers Radial, where Alexis Mégévand SUI climbed on rank 1 thanks to the day ranks 2 and 3, but Julia Kühn GER remained only one point behind. Nicolas Bouchet MON defended the 3rd place also just one point in front of Damian Suri SUI 4th. Swiss victory also in the Lasers Standard with Robert Ronnback SUI, with Marco Guzzetti ITA and Guillaume Boisard FRA completing the podium.
All ranking lists and the event website.
Monday, March 30, 2015   
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Lighter winds as on the opening day of the 5o5 World Championship prevailed yesterday in Port Elizabeth RSA, and another race was completed. Michael Quirk/Luke Payne AUS were the winners reducing the gap on the leading Mike Holt/Carl Smit USA to one point. Higgins/Marsh AUS are 3rd overall, the best Europeans are Pindell GBR/Tellen GER as 4th.
The results, the daily report and the video of the day.
Monday, March 30, 2015   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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Guillermo Altadill ESP/José Munoz CHI with their 'Neutrogena' will arrive in Barcelona today, 6 days after the winners Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA. 250 miles farther back are now Anna Corbella/Gerard Marin ESP also saiing on the Mediterranean, with the ETA Wednesday.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Monday, March 30, 2015   (Image © MartinezStudios)
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The 20 kn breeze and the big swell persisted yesterday off Malta and the first Act of the RC44 Championship Tour 2015 was concluded with another three races. The leading 'Katusha' did not race, having retired due to a discrepancy with their crew classification. Nico Poons and his 'Charisma' team (tactician Ray Davies NZL) put in another consistent day to win the RC44 Valletta Cup comfortably, Poon's first victory since joining the Tour in 2014.
The report and the ranking list.
Monday, March 30, 2015   
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'Bunker Queen' Team sailing under UAE flag, steered by Markus Wieser GER, won the last two races at the San Remo Dragon Cup moving on top of the rankings ahead of Anatoly Loginov RUS 2nd and Hendrik Witzmann GER 3rd.
The results and a short report by the winning FRITZ-Sail.
Monday, March 30, 2015   
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18 teams from 10 nations participated in the first Round of the Melger 24 European Sailing Series at Portoroz SLO over the past weekend. Clear winner was Ricardo Simoneschi ITA winning four of the eight races. The teams of Peder Jahre NOR and Franz Urlesberger AUT completed the podium. Non of the strong Swiss and German teams participated.
The results and the report.
News – Sunday, March 29, 2015
Sunday, March 29, 2015   
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Best conditions with a 10-12 kn South wind prevailed yesterday and the Europacup 2015 season was opened with the full program, i.e. three races by class. The boats on top are within small point ranges. Guillaume Rol SUI leads in the Lasers 4.7 one point ahead of the local Giona Renggli SUI. Edoardo Libri ITA follows closely behind on rank 3 among the 31 participants from 4 nations. The Lasers Radial are the largest fleet with 37 boats. Julia Kühn GER and Paolo Mavricic CRO share the first place at equal points. Alexis Mégévand SUI as 3rd follows 3 points behind. In the Lasers Standard, the leader is Marco Guzzetti ITA in front of Guillaume Boisard FRA and Robert Ronnback SUI. 30 sailors from 6 nations participate.
All results and the event website.
Sunday, March 29, 2015   
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The fleet is chasing in westerly winds around 20 kn direction Cape Horn, that they will pass by tomorrow Monday already. The ranks 1-5 are still separated by 13 miles only, and 'Mapfre' and 'Alvimedica' crossed within two boat lengths on the faraway South Pacific. The video ! The all-female 'SCA' team seems to still have problems, as in similar wind speeds, they are 5 miles slower, and the backlog has increase to 222 miles. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) was in the lead this morning 0,4 miles ahead of 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA).
The race viewer and the event website with the reports and more videos.
Sunday, March 29, 2015   (Image © Michael Petrikov)
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No wind on the last day of the inaugural event of the Kite-Foil Gold Cup. After 10 races, the first three pilots were separated by one point only. Nicolas Parlier MON is first at equal points with Maxime Nocher FRA, while Johnny Heineken USA remains on 3rd one point back. 44 kiters from 17 nations participated.
Many new developments of the young kite-foil technology could be noticed at the first event of the Northern Hemisphere season. The Foil-Kiters reach now twice the wind speed in an 8 kn breeze already !
The results and the event facebook page.
Sunday, March 29, 2015   
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Guillermo Altadill ESP/José Munoz CHI had 200 miles left to the finish in Barcelona this morning. Due to the still very light wind, they will not arrive before tomorrow Monday.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Sunday, March 29, 2015   (Image © Christophe Favreau)
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The 5o5 World Championship 2015 began yesterday in Port Elizabeth RSA with two races sailed in a fresh breeze, both won by the defending World Champions Mike Holt/Carl Smit USA. Michael Quirk/Luke Payne AUS are on the 2nd place with a 5 points' backlog.
The report with video interviews.
Sunday, March 29, 2015   
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The 200 miles Solo Bénéteau Figaro Regatta ended yesterday evening off Granville FRA with a close finish. Separated by a few boat lengths, the winner was Yann Eliès FRA in front of Charlie Dalin FRA, Thierry Chabagny FRA followed 14 minutes later on rank 3. Isabelle Joschke GER on position 8 remained the first woman.
The results and the event website.
Sunday, March 29, 2015   (Image © MartinezStudios)
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Only during the afternoon, the wind off La Valetta MLT was dropping below the RC44 limit of 25 kn, allowing to complete at least one race full of action. 'Charisma' of Nico Poons NED with Morgan Reeser USA as tactician was the winner, reducing the gap on the leading 'Katusha' (Alexeev RUS/Horton USA) on 5 points. The crucial races will be sailed today, final day of the event.
The results and the daily report.
Sunday, March 29, 2015   
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Three races were sailed yesterday at the Dragon Cup in San Remo ITA, and Anatoly Loginov RUS remains on top ahead of Markus Wieser UAE 2nd and new on rank 3 Hendrik Witzmann UAE with their teams.
The results and the event website.
News – Saturday, March 28, 2015
Saturday, March 28, 2015   
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The fleet is progressing well in a 20 kn westerly breeze, still sailing in a tight pack practically within sight: The leading 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) is 3 miles in front of 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED), and the last of this group on the 5th place, 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP), is only 6 miles behind the leading Chinese. Only the all-female team 'SCA' (Samantha Davies GBR) on an extreme northern route is clearly behind with a 96 miles backlog.
The race viewer and the event website with reports and videos.
Saturday, March 28, 2015   
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The second-ranked Guillermo Altadill ESP/José Munoz CHI with their 'Neutrogena' have passed the Gibraltar Strait during the past night and are now sailing on the Mediterranean Sea. However, the conditions are very light, and 'GAES' on the 3rd place will be able to reduce the 430 miles' backlog somewhat. But the rankings are not in danger as 'Neutrogena' is only 400 miles away from the finish line in Barcelona. Jörg Riechers GER/Sébastien Audigane FRA will finally cross the Equator this morning with 3000 miles left to the finish.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Saturday, March 28, 2015   
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Day 4 was the windiest day so far at this event, and some more final series races were completed at Ventana MEX. Maxime Nocher FRA, starting under Monaco flag, leads after 8 final races with a 3 points' lead on Johnny Heineken USA. Nicolas Parlier FRA descended on the 3rd position.
The results and the event facebook page.
Saturday, March 28, 2015   
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The announced North wind filled in over the southern part of Switzerland , but as feared with too much velocity. The 30 kn plus breeze did not allow to start the first races of the Laser Europacup Regatta on Lake Lugano. 96 participants in the three Laser Classes are on the entry list. The forecast for today has announced a sailable North wind. The event website.
Saturday, March 28, 2015   
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esterday afternoon, the 24 solo skipper started to their first 2015 season race, leading over 200 miles on the English Channel in light winds. During the past night however, the breeze from the West increased to 20 kn, and the fleet still closely together is just rounding the Isle of Jersey. A long reaching leg to St-Malo and back to the finish at Granville is next. Thierry Chabagny FRA leads 0,2 miles ahead of Paul Meilhat FRA, and another 0,2 miles back follows Yann Eliès FRA. The best of the three women partcipating is Isabelle Joschke GER on the 9th place with a 0,7 miles backlog. The Race-Viewer and the report about the start.
Saturday, March 28, 2015   
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With gale force winds forecast from lunchtime on, Principal Race Officer Peter Reggio got racing underway two hours ahead of schedule, at 0930, before finally pulling the plug at midday after two races had been held. Over this period the conditions were 'changeable', starting in around 10-12 knots, but with a sizeable swell left over from yesterday, oddly running with the boats on the upwind legs. For race two the wind was building, typically in the high-teens with the wind-driven waves picking up, confusing the sea state.
The day's stand out performer was 'Katusha' with Vadim Alexeev RUS and Andy Horton USA calling tactics winning both heats. Finishing 2nd and 3rd, 'Charisma' with Nico Poons NED and Morgan Reeser USA as tactician had also a good day, advancing on rank 2 overall. On rank 3 follows 'Nika' with Vladimir Prosikhin RUS and Dean Barker NZL.
The ranking list, the daily report and the videos.
Saturday, March 28, 2015   
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The well-attended San Remo Dragon Cup began yesterday, and the favorites are already on the top places in the interim's rankings. Anatoly Loginov RUS and his team lead 4 points ahead of Markus Wieser GER on the UKR 'Bunker Queen' now starting under UAE flag.
The ranking list and the event website.
News – Friday, March 27, 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015   (Image © SCA)
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The fleet is sailing closely together along the ice limits South of the 50° parallel in a decreasing wind around 20 kn with 'Dongfeng' of Charles Caudrelier FRA in the lead 2 miles ahead of 'Alvimedica', 7 miles ahead of 'Mapfre' and 10 miles ahead of 'Brunel'. The last-ranked 'SCA' has reduced the backlog to 57 miles.
The race viewer and the event website with reports and videos.
Friday, March 27, 2015   
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The 5o5 South African Nationals ended yesterday with a second race, sailed in fresh breeze exceeding 20 kn. It was now up to other nations to run the show after the Aussie festival in the first race, especially the defending World Champions Mike Holt/Carl Smit USA coming back strongly with a clear race win. They also are on top overall ahead of the international team Ian Pinnell GBR/Jens Tellen GBR at equal points. The report with the final rankings.
Friday, March 27, 2015   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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Two days after Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA arriving victoriously in Barcelona, the runner-up Guillermo Altadill ESP/José Munoz CHI will reach the Mediterranean Sea today, and - considering the light winds - another four days will be needed to reach the Catalan metropole. Milestone today also for Jörg Riechers GER/Sébastien Audigane FRA passing the Equator as 6th, and still fighting with the serious handicap of a damaged rudder system.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Friday, March 27, 2015   (Image © fotozambra)
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The Laser Europacup, annual regatta series with one event in most European countries, will be kicked-off today in Lugano SUI. During the past years, this competition has proofed to be the most important feeder series for youth sailors to prepare for the Olympic Laser circuit. Here the final rankings 2014.
Sunny weather with a tendency for North wind have been forecast for the weekend: perfect sailing if the breeze does not fill in too strongly ! The event website.
Friday, March 27, 2015   
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The Solo Basse Normandie is the first annual event of the French One-design Bénéteau Figaro class, a race of 200 miles overall along the Normandy Coast to Cherbourg and back. 24 participants are on the entry list, among them the Vendée Globe experienced Yann Eliès FRA and Alain Gautier FRA (winner 92/93). Three women - Claire Pruvot FRA, Sophie Faquet FRA and Isabelle Joschke GER/FRA are among the participants. The event website.
Friday, March 27, 2015   (Image © Martinez Studios)
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The 2015 RC44 Championship Tour started on Malta last Wednesday as in previous years with the matchracing day. Four different teams finished on top with four wins each. Here the results, the report and the video.
Yesterday, the regatta continued with fleetracing in very varying conditions and a breeze of up to 20 kn in during the second of the three races, not to forget the big swell. 'Ceeref' of Igor Lah SLO with Adrian Stead GBR as tactician won two races and leads overall ahead of the tied 'Katushaa' of Vadim Alexeev RUS with Andrew Horton USA as tactician. 'Nika' with - for the first time 'on his own' after the long years at 'Team NZL' - Dean Barker NZL calling tactics, finished first in the third race, putting them on 4th overall.
The results and the daily report.
News – Thursday, March 26, 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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Yesterday afternoon after 84 days and 6 hours' racing, Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA crossed the finish line in Barcelona as winners of the 2015 World Race, fixing a new reference time. Thanks to their experience, they managed to bring their Open 60 'Cheminées Poujoulat' safely home inspite of number of minor damages. Their closest opponent 'Neutrogena' (Guillermo Altadill ESP/ José Munoz CHI) is still sailing on the North Atlantic with 955 miles to go. 'GAES' on rank 3 with Anna Corbella/Gerard Marin ESP has again lost a couple of miles, and with a deficit exceeding 300 miles, the Spanish duo has practically no chance to climb on the 2nd place.
The race tracker, the first interviews with the winners and the videos.
Thursday, March 26, 2015   
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The fleet is now in a rather calm zone, a relief after the windy Tuesday, sailing again closely together with 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) leading 1,7 miles ahead of 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) and 2,4 miles in front of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP). Sailing now in the Howling Fifties close to the ice exclusion zone, the peaceful moment will soon come to an end, as another storm front is approaching from the West. The all-female 'SCA' team on the last position 108 miles back will be the first to be hit by the stormy breeze.
The race viewer and the event website with reports and videos.
Thursday, March 26, 2015   
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The 2015 Trofeo Princesa Sofia for Olympic and invited classes in Palma de Mallorca begins on next Monday. This event is no longer part of the ISAF World Cup calendar, but the results count for the new European Annual Championship and above all as qualification regatta for the Hyères World Cup event in April. Therefore, the participation at the Trofeo is still outstanding with all Olympic campaigners present, including the Swiss Sailing Team with the Olympic hopefuls.
Positive the comeback of Nathalie Brugger SUI as crew on the Nacra 17 of Matias Buehler SUI after her knee injury at the Miami World Cup Regatta. First tests were successful - see the team's facebook page. Already qualified for the Hyères World Cup are the two 470 teams: Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI in the 470 men are for the first time with the new coach Kevin Burnham USA. Also starting are the development teams Kilian Wagen/Grégoire Siegwart SUI and David Biedermann/Max Haenssler SUI. 2015 is the crucial season for the 470 women team Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI, racing for a Rio 2016 Olympics berth. After an intensive winter training, it remains to be seen, whether they have made progress in fresher winds. In light wind, the are already now at the level of the top teams. Maud Jayet SUI has resumed her Olympic campaign in the Laser Radial. With a good result in Palma, she endeavours to qualify for Hyères. The same is true for Guillaume Girod SUI bei the Lasers Standard. Also sailing in the large 180 boats Laser fleet are also Nils Theuninck SUI, Cyril Knecht SUI and Yannick Roempp SUI. Sébastien Schneiter/Lucien Cujean SUI continue with their 49er project after an intensive winter training. And last but not least, the light-wind RS:X windsurfer Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI is also competing for a Hyères World Cup qualification.
All entry lists.
Thursday, March 26, 2015   
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The South Africa 5o5 Nationals in Port Elizabeth began yesterday with a first race, ... and dominating Australians occupying the rank 1 to 4 ! Their racing experience of the Southern Hemisphere summer seems to be a major advantage for the moment, and it remains to be seen, whether the Northern teams will be able to catch up quickly in view of the World Championship.
Quirk/Roos AUS were the winners ahead of Bowden/Bath AUS. 28 teams from 5 nations participate. The results.
Thursday, March 26, 2015   (Image © Michael Petrikov)
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Five heats were completed on day 2 of the first 2015 Act of the new Kite-Foil-Gold-Cup. The French drivers continue on the top positions with Nicolas Parlier FRA as the new leader 5 points ahead of Maxime Nocher FRA 2nd and Julien Kerneur FRA 3rd. Johnny Heineken USA is 4th. The ranking list.
The Foil-Boards have further developped during the past months, and with the wing attachments, the start to resemble the Foiler Moth, as the video of the first day demonstrates.
Thursday, March 26, 2015   
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Considering the high cost of the AC65 catamarans under development and the first experiences of the now flying smaller AC45 catamarans, teams as well as the organisers seem to be open to discuss the size of the multihull for the coming 35th America's Cup. In the next day - before end of March - a poll shall take place with the defender and the challengers.
The report.
 
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