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News – Thursday, September 18, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
The Friederichshaften Interboot begins on Saturday and lasts nine day with 500 exhibitors presenting their latest products and services, including a number of novelties.
But more and more activities take place on water to make the Boat Show even more attractive for visitors. Act 5 of the German National Sailing League, a competition among Club Teams launched this year, will be run on Lake Constance. Moreover, the Starboat Olympic Champion Freddy Lööf SWE will present the M32 catamaran, a new design that just has been successfully raced in a top-attended regatta in Scandinavia.
The report.
News – Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Admittedly, the Santander area was blessed with a fresher breeze of up to 18 kn, but the South-Easterly wind from the shore was extremely shifty, and again, only a reduced program has been completed.
The RS:X male windsurfer completed their program with the Gold- and Silverfleet Qualifications. 23 nations are represented among the 41 drivers in the Goldfleet. 18 Rio Olympic berths will be allotted at the end of the Championship. Piotr Myszka POL is on the first place ahead of Pierre Le Coq FRA and Nick Dempsey GBR.
The RS:X female windsurfers had a lay day. Charline Piccon FRA is the clear leader ahead of Bryony Shaw GBR and Patricia Freitas BRA. 18 nations in the Goldfleet fight for one of the 15 Olympic berths.
The 470 women completed their Qualification Series as well. Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark GBR lead 2 points in front of Lara Vadlau/Jolanta Ogar AUT. On rank 3 at equal points follow Michelle Broekhuizen/Marieke Jongens NED and Lemaitre/Retornaz FRA down on rank 4 after a disqualification. The best 10 nations in the Goldfleet will qualify for an Olympic nations slot.
The Qualification Series in the 470 men is not yet terminated and will continue today on the reserve day. Up to now, one half of the fleet has sailed 3, the other half 2 races, and the ranking list ist therefore not very transparent. Charbonnier/Nebout FRA are mentioned as 1st, but McNay/Hughes USA with two race wins so far are clearly ahead.
Different is the number of races also in the 49ers. Burling/Tuke NZL are stated as leaders ahead of Lima/Costa POR. The second group follows in the rankings with position 41.
Uneven is also the number of races in the 49erFX, where Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgaard DEN are first after 3 completed heats. The second half of the fleet has sailed only 2 races.
The Finns completed one race per group. Oliver Twedell AUS and Giles Scott GBR were the race winners.
With two race wins in their group, Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA are on top of the Nacra 17 rankings. The second group sailed only one race, won by the Swiss team Mattias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI.
The Lasers continue the Championship in a Gold-, Silver- and Bronzefleet, but only the Goldfleet sailed yesterday and completed two races, with Philipp Buhl GER as double winner in the Lasers Standard, advancing on rank 5 overall. Tom Burton AUS is the leader ahead of Nicolas Heiner NED and Nick Thompson GBR. No races for the Silver- and Bronzefleets.
New on top of the Lasers Radial is Marit Bouwmester NED thanks of a race win, followed by Veronika Koselska-Fenclova CZE. Josefine Olsson SWE on rank 3 is already 14 points back.
The daily report and all ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
Unfavorable wind and wave conditions prevented the competition at the Danish West Coast yesterday. The highlight of the day was the recovery of the fishing boat stranded in the middle of the race area. For the first time, the competition can be followed live on the Internet. The report of the day as always on the PWA-website.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The World Match Racing Tour 2014 continues today with the Chicago Match Cup on Lake Michigan. After 4 of 7 Rounds, the clear leader is Ian Williams GBR 17 points ahead of the second-ranked Mathieu Richard FRA, The 2013 Match Race World Champion Taylor Canfield ISV - btw Director of the Chicago Match Race Center and therefore very familiar with the Tom-28-yachts in use - on the 3rd rank has a deficit of 24 points on Williams. The competition can be followed live on the Internet.
The official preview.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The most spectacular capsizes of the past 30 years are documented in a 6-minutes 18-footer video summary, the 'Capsize Classics'. An amusing start of the day ! The video.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
Meanwhile, most results and reports of the regattas on Swiss lakes over the past weekend have been published as always in the Sailing Switzerland section of our website.
Unfortunately, not all Clubs dispose of a website to secure a fast results information. Nevertheless, we would be very happy to receive reports and ranking lists by normal mail (if possible with photo(s) so that the information on our website be as complete as possible.
The main objective of this Internet Sailing Platform is the up-to-date spreading of information on the Swiss Club's regatta activity for the good of the Organisers and their Sponsors.
News – Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Very light winds, big shifts and the strong tidal current made racing almost impossible. Only half of the 49er fleet completed two races.
Finishing twice as 5th, Delle-Karth/Resch AUT took the lead one point ahead of Basalkin/Chernikov RUS. Kostov/Cupac CRO are 3rd. The biggest surprise however are the unknown Ganapathy Kelapanda/Varun Thakkar IND on rank 4, even ahead of the Olympic Champions Outteridge/Jensen AUS. Some teams are already under pressure to reach the Goldfleet of the 25 best, such as Warrer/Thomsen DEN (rank 24), Dyen/Christidis FRA (31st) or Fletcher/Sign GBR (35th). The ranking list and the report of the day.
The wind forecast for today with a 10-12 kn breeze looks quite promising to sail the complete program of all classes. Racing can - as on every day - be followed live on the Internet.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The PWA Wave Worldcup began yesterday at the Danish 'Cold Hawaii' Klitmöller on Denmark's West Coast with a supersession. Moderate winds and a fisherman's boat stranded inmidst the race area (see picture) impeded the competition. Marcilio Brown BRA won the final ahead of Thomas Traversa FRA and Flo Jung GER. The event website and the PWA website.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Three races were sailed at the Untersee Trophy on Lower Lake Constance over the past weekend. The Finns, largest fleet with 30 participants from 5 nations had Walter Mai GER (age 78, Olympian 1972) as winner ahead of Gerhard Weinreich AUT and Claus Wimmer GER. Best Swiss was Peter Kilchenmann TYC on the 6th place. Klaus Eiermann/Robi Montau GER were first of the 470s with Mara Bezel/Fiona Müdespacher SUI und Alexa Bezel/Christian Sprecher SUI closely behind.
The event website.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   (Image © Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race)
The seven teams starting to the Volvo Ocean Race on October 4th sailed a test race from Alicante ESP to the Baleares and back over the past weekend. The fleet was quite balanced in the prevailing 5 - 15 kn breeze with the Danish 'Vestas Wind' of Chris Nicholson NZL as winner just 10 seconds ahead of 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED ! The report and the video.
News – Monday, September 15, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014   (Image © Pedro Martinez)
Very light winds - 4 to 8 kn - prevailed yesterday in Santander and only a reduced program was completed. The Laser Standard and Radial Goldfleets sailed only one Final race each, while the Silver- and Bronzefleets remained without results. The RS:X windsurfers sailed only 2 of the 3 planned heats. The 470 men completed one, the women two regattas.
First leaders in the 470 women are Maelenn Lemaitre/Aloise Retornaz FRA with the day ranks 1 and 2, followed by Fernanda Oliveira/Ana-Luiza Barbachan BRA and Huimin Feng/Lizhu Wang CHN. The 470 women rankings.
Group winners in the 470 men were Bouvet/Mion FRA and McNay/Hughes USA, with Fantela/Marenic CRO and Charbonnier/Nebout-Javal FRA on ranks 2, and Autenrieth/Autenrieth GER as well as Kampouridis/Papadopulos GRE on the 3rd places.
New on top of the Lasers Standard is Nicolas Heiner NED, Charlie Buckingham USA advanced on rank 2, at equal points with Tom Burton AUS. Robert Scheidt BRA dropped on rank 4 after a premature start disqualification.
In the Lasers Radial, the winner of the only race of the day was Dongshuang Zhang CHN taking the overall lead 6 points ahead of Josefine Olsson SWE. Marit Bouwmester NED follows on the 3rd place.
Piotr Myszka POL is now on top of the RS:X men windsurfers at conclusion of the Gold- and Silverfleet Qualifications. Nick Dempsey GBR, Byron Kokkalanis GRE and Toni Wilhelm GER follow at equal points on the ranks 2 to 4.
Charline Picon FRA remained on the first position in the RS:X women 6 points ahead of Byrony Shaw GBR. Patricia Freitas BRA is 3rd.
The video of the day presents the 470s. Check out also the ranking list and the event website.
As from today, all classes will be on the water, for the first time the Nacra 17, the 49ers and the 49ersFX.
Again today, racing can be followed live on the Internet.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Top sailing conditions with a 20-23 kn breeze on the last day of the Istanbul Act prevailed for the X-40-cats. As team of the day, 'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA was ready to fight for the overall win in the last double-points heat, but for tactical reasons, they let 'Team New Zealand' with Dean Barker NZL pass to avoid that 'The Wave - Muscat' would win Act 6. The NewZealanders celebrated their first 2014 win, and this after a last place in Act 5. 'The Wave - Muscat' and 'Alinghi' completed the podium.
The report and the ranking list.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Light winds prevailed yesterday during the last races of the Swan Cup on Sardinia. 92 teams, split in 6 categories, participated. The outcome of the Swan 45 World Championship was decided in the very last race in favor of Nigel Brandeis GER agains his German opponent Christian Plump GER. All other ranking lists and the final report.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Champagne sailing on Lake Neuchâtel with sun and a 3-6 bft wind at the A-Cat Class Championship 2014 over the past weekend, allowing to complete 8 races. Sandro Caviezel YCAs is the new champion with 5 race wins ahead of the favorite Sascha Wallmer SCMd and Helmut Sturmhofer GER. 28 cats were on the starting line. The ranking list and the report.
Monday, September 15, 2014   (Image © Sander van der Borch)
The inaugural One Design Cup in Marseille was concluded yesterday in excellent sailing conditions. The new high-tech classes were much appreciated.
Flavio Marazzi SUI was best in the three-boats' GC32-catamaran fleet. Arthur Herrmann FRA won the Match Race of the 8 Diam-24-trimarans. Loic Forestier SUI finished 4th in his first regatta as skipper of the new Tour-de-France boat. Giovanni Galeotti BEL dominated the Moths with David Holenweg SUI and Jean-Pierre de Siebenthal SUI on rank 2 and 3. The report and all ranking lists.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
No changes on the podium after the last three races of the 15m SNS Swiss Championship on Lake Geneva yesterday. 11 races were sailed in total in excellent sailing conditions. Christoph Péclard CNM was the clear winner on his home waters ahead of Markus Aebi YCL and Colin Nussbaum SCH. The ranking list.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The excellent wind conditions over the past weekend were also in favor of the Ynglings on Lake Uri, allowing to add another three races yesterday. Adding another two race wins, Rico Gregorini RCO (title record holder with over 30 Swiss Champion's hats) together with Flavia Gregorini and Kirsten Wilbers RCO, took the title ahead of Damian Strittmatter SCE and Giovanni Müller ZSC. The ranking list.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
As expected, the winner of the Swiss Match Race Cup is Eric Monnin SCStä and his team. The Semi Finals and the Finals were sailed in a well-established North-Easterly wind. Monnin eliminated Lorenz Müller YCB 3-0 in the Semis and defeatedn Nelson Mettraux SNG in the Final with 2-0. Alain Stettler RCO won the Petite Final against Müller and earned Bronze. The report (PDF) with results.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
A very busy weekend off Versoix/Lake Geneva with six classes sailing a full bucket of races on two courses. The winners were: Optimists (91 boats) Nicolas Rolaz CNM ahead of Jann Schüpbach RCO and Joshua Richner SCM. Optimist ACVL (27 boats) Marie Mazuay ahead of Thibor Devaud et Gaël Tissot. 420 (22 boats) Lea Rüegg/Diana Otth ahead of Maxime bachelin/Philippe Pittet and .../Franscesco Brichetti. 29ers (5 boats) Romain Defferrad/Wolf Van Cauwenberghe CNV ahead of Camillo de Nardis and Sybilla Merian. Laser 4.7 (210 boats) Alexis Megevand ahead of Grégoire Peverelli and Arthur Baudet. Laser Radial (4 boats) Arvid Nordquist SNG, 7 race wins, ahead of Matthieu Ravussin and Arthur de Groote. RS FEVA (8 boats) Thomas Lepere/Matthieu Bossert ahead of Luca Bertschy/Raphalel Emery CNV and Danaé de Korodi/Julie Desmeules CNPR.
The website with results.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
The North-Easterly current over Switzerland made for perfect racing conditions on the Swiss lakes over the past weekend. As always in this late-summer/early autumn period, the regatta sailors had a very busy weekend. A first collection of results and reports has been posted in the Sailing Switzerland section of our website.sailing-news.ch/
News – Sunday, September 14, 2014
Sunday, September 14, 2014   
Moderate winds around 10 kn prevailed yesterday during the Laser and RS:X races.
With 4 heats completed, the two Laser classes will continue racing in a Gold-, Silver- and Bronzefleet. Finishing on the ranks 3 and 1, the defending champion Robert Scheidt BRA has taken the lead in the Lasers Standard 2 points ahead of Nicolas Heiner NED, and another 2 points in front of Tom Burton AUS. 24 nations are now firmly qualified for Rio 2016, the 23 nations in the Goldfleet plus Brazil as organisers. The report.
Veronika Kozelska-Fenclova CZE defended her first place in the Lasers Radial. Viktorija Andrulyte advanced on rank 2 as best of the day (1/4). The favorites Marit Bouwmester NED and Dongshuang Zhang CHN follow at equal points on the positions 3 and 4. 33 nations qualified for the Goldfleet, where 19 Olympics berths will be allotted.
The French dominate windsurfing. Pierre Le Coq FRA won both races of his group in the RS:X-men and leads overall ahead of Louis Giard FRA. Piotr Myszka POL follows on the 3rd place.
Charline Picon FRA won two of the three heats in the RS:X-female windsurfers, 2 points ahead of the surprising Demita Vega de Lille MEX. Byrony Shaw GBR, Eugenie Ricard FRA and Zofia Noceti-Klepacka POL follow on the ranks 3 to 5 at equal points.
All ranking lists and the event website .
In addition to the Lasers and RS:X-windsurfers, the 470s will begin their Championship today. As always, racing can be followed live on the Internet.
Sunday, September 14, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
No change on the Medal ranks after the three races of the last day. Tim Healy USA and his team with Geoff Baker USA as tactician are the first World Champions of this young class, commented by Paul Cayard USA as yacht with a "one design aspect, a very light and fast boat, relatively inexpensive, 4 person crew all combine for big bang and big fun for your buck.".
Joel Running USA (tactician Bill Hardesty USA) and Brian Keane USA (with Richard Clarke CAN) took Silver and Bronze. The best European is Peter Taselaar NED (with Tom Slingsby AUS) as 10th.
The final rankings and the event website.
Sunday, September 14, 2014   
Ideal X-40 cat conditions prevailed yesterday with a 20 kn breeze and a very special race on the program: a race across the Bosporus where the intensive cargo- and passenger traffic had to be interrupted during the competition. 'The Wave - Muscat' with Leigh McMillan GBR defended the leading position, but 'Team New Zealand' with Dean Barker NZL is only 2 points behind. 'Oman Air' (Rob Greenalgh GBR) stays on the 3rd place, but 'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA reduced the gap to 3 points. Racing for the ranks 1 and 2 as well as 3 and 4 remains close on the final day of the event.
The report and the results.
Sunday, September 14, 2014   
It blew 20 knots and above for a third straight day at the Rolex Big Boat Series, and with six races under their sailing belts, eight of ten classes – HPR, BAMA/Multihull, J/70, J/105, J/111, J/120, Melges 24, Express 37 – are counting on one last race (the traditional 'Bay Tour') tomorrow to either seal their deals or steal into top-three positions where bragging rights are as treasured as the trophies to be presented. The other two – ORR and Farr 40 – will let two round-the-buoys races determine the class champions, with the Farr 40 class also deciding the winner of its international circuit based on performances here. Read the full report.
Sunday, September 14, 2014   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)
Before the last races today, the results in 5 of 6 classes are very close, and only the Romanian 'Natalia' has a comfortable advantage in the Swan 42 rankings. In the Swan 45 Worlds, the fight for the title is German with 'Earlybird' of Nigel Brandis GER (with Jochen Schümann GER as tactician) and 'Elena Nova' of Christian Plump GER only one point behind. All other ranking lists and the daily report.
Sunday, September 14, 2014   
Roland and Nahid Gäbler GER gathered two race wins more and fiinsh the German Open on Lake Garda on a superior first place. Thanks to two second places, Martin Rusterholz/Jean-Marc Cuanillon SUI advanced on rank 2. Bob and Marc Baier GER are on the 3rd position, 6 points ahead of the 4th-placed Marcel and Jörg Steiner SUI. The results.
The Dart-18 Alp Cup 2014 ended with a Swiss victory. Michiel Fehr/Ueli Guggenbühl SUI won 6 of the 8 races and are 13 points in advance of the 2nd-ranked Matthias Huber/Dominik Volke GER 2. With Werner Heynisch/Markus Gysi SUI as 4th, another Swiss team is in the top-5. 29 teams from 5 nations. The ranking list.
Sunday, September 14, 2014   (Image © Guilain Grenier)
The three state-of-the-art One-Designs continued their regattas off Marseille in a moderate breeze.
First in the interim's rankings of the Diam 24 matchrace is the undefeated Arthur Herreman FRA. Christophe Alzieu FRA on second has a 3-0 w/l score. Loic Forestier SUI follows with 2-4 on rank 4.
Flavio Marazzi SUI leads in the GC32 rankings, but with a row of race wins, Sébastien Rogues FRA is about to close the gap.
For the Moths, the wind was only sufficient to lift off late in the afternoon. Giovanni Galeotti BEL was again the winner in this only race of the day ahead of David Hollenweg SUI and Jean-Pierre de Siebenthal SUI. The event website, where the GC32-regatta can be followed live as from 11 o'clock.
Sunday, September 14, 2014   
Late in the afternoon, there was enough wind on the Lower Lake Constance off Steckborn to sail another race. Müller/Wiskemann ZSC were the winners. Rico Gregorini RCO with his women's team leads now with a 3 points' advance on Damian Strittmatter SCE.The results and the short report.
Sunday, September 14, 2014   
Five races were completed on the second day of the 15 m2 SNS pm Lake Geneva. Finishing five-times on top, Christoph Péclard CM was a class of his own so far. New on rank 2 is now Markus Aebi YCL and his team. Hans Lüdi CVVC and Colin Nussbaum SCH follow at equal points on the ranks 3 and 4.
The ranking list.
Sunday, September 14, 2014   
Yesterday began the second Round Robin on Lake Zurich, but the almost inexisting wind allowed for only four flights. Despite of his first defeat against Nelson Mettraux SNG, Eric Monnin YC remains on top of the rankings as expected.
The event facebook Page (without results.