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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.
News – Friday, April 18, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014   (Image © Elena Giolai)
The Optimist Lake Garda Meeting 2014 began yesterday in a well-established 18 kn Ora. The elder Juniores (age 12-15), split in five groups, sailed three, the younger Cadetti (<12) two races each. The leading sailors are still closely together: Lennart Kuss GER and Luca Valentino ITA share the lead in the Juniores, one point ahead of the tied Davide Duchi ITA and Volchkov RUS. Charlotte Lind GER on rank 25 is the best girl.
Italian is the lead in the Cadetti with Francesco Novelli ITA one point ahead of Dimitry Golovkin RUS. Gaja Pela ITA on the 3rd position is the best girl.
The event-website with the ranking lists.
Friday, April 18, 2014   (Image © Fabio Taccolao)
Two races were sailed on day 2 in a good Ora around 15 kn, both won by Emil Toblini ITA who took the overall lead in the Lasers 4.7 ahead of Mads Hassum NOR 2nd and Matteo Saglia ITA 3rd and best U-16. Francesca Ramazzotti ITA on rank 5 is the best girl.
In the Lasers Radial, the domination of Gianmarco Planchestainer ITA continues, but in addition to a race win, had had also to accept an early start disqualification. Nevertheless, hes stays on top of the rankings in front of Roberto Pollara ITA 2nd and Pietro Di Luca ITA 3rd. The best girl Sarah Roeck GER follows on rank 7.
The event-website with ranking lists.
Friday, April 18, 2014   
The fleet split in two, the leading group in the North and the main fleet in the South, continues to sail in two different wind systems. The wind situation seems to change in favor of the southern group, sailing now in trade winds around 15 knunder spi direction Caribbeans, while the northern group is beating upwind in a light breeze, and the advantage is melting away quickly.
This morning, the leaders Corentin Horeau/Michel Desjoyeaux FRA were 2,5 miles ahead of Jean Le Cam/Gildas Mahé FRA. The best southern team Nicolas Lunven/Eric Roux FRA on rank 6 has reduced the backlog on the leader to 204 miles and continues to progress over 4 kn faster as the northern group. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Friday, April 18, 2014   (Image © Vincent Mouchel)
Yesterday was the first day of the largest spring sailing event at the French Atlantic coast off La Trinité-sur-Mer, the Spi Ouest. 404 teams participate in 17 classes. The J/80 is the largest fleet with 89 yachts.
The only class to complete a race yesterday was the M34, and the top teams of this Tour-de-France class stay on top of the rankings with Daniel Souben FRA 'Courrier Dunkerque' as leader ahead of Fabien Henry FRA on 'Groupama'. The ranking list.
All other details on the event-website and the entry lists.
Friday, April 18, 2014   
As every year, Easter is a preferred date for a number of traditional well-attended Optimist Regattas. In addition to the record-size Optimist Garda Meeing with almost 1000 boats, there is an Easter Regatta in the Netherlands with 212 participants from 12 mostly North-European nations and also in Slovenia, a 479 Optimists fleet from 9 nations is very remarkable. At the Côte d'Azur, the French Sélection Interligue (SIL) takes place in Cannes. 319 Optimists from France, Monaco and Switzerland will begin their competion on Monday. The event-website with the entry lists.
With daily updates all-year-round 365 days, sailing-news informs obviously every morning at 6 a.m. UTC on the lastest news also over the Easter holidays.
News – Thursday, April 17, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014   
As expected, a very fresh Bora was blowing early in the morning, but after some waiting, decreased to 25 kn allowing to sail a final heat.
The Laser World nbr 1 Tonci Stipanovic CRO as first and the second-ranked Kacper Zieminski POL had uncatchable positions before the race and refrained from starting. Only the fight for Bronze was still on, but the 3rd placed alessio Spadoni ITA defended the podium place although Filip Jurisic CRO reduced the gap to one point. The Laser Standard final rankings.
Tina Mihelich CRO won also the last race in the Lasers Radial and was the clear winner ahead of Toma Stipanovic CRO and Sandra Lulic CRO.
Nenad Bugarin CRO stayed on top of the Finns, as did Ante Botica/Jure Vulatic CRO in the 470s.
All ranking lists, the final report and the videos.
Thursday, April 17, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
Yesterday, the fleet of the 14 two-person teams has been spreading out even more. After the low wind on Tuesday, the southern teams have now hit the trade winds and speed up again, pushing them probably on a direct way to the Caribbeans. The leading boats in the North adhering to a West front accelerated also after a short slow-down, and defended their lead up to now. But sooner or later, they have to head South across a lull zone to reach the trade winds. Corentin Horeau/Michel Desjoyeaux FRA lead 5,4 miles ahead of Jean Le Cam/Gildas Mahé FRA. Nicolas Lunven/Eric Péron FRA, first in the Southern group on position 6 overall, are already 225 miles behind. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, April 17, 2014   
The 32nd Optimist Lake Garda Meeting was opened yesterday with the Parade passing the old-town of Riva. See the video. Sun and normal Lake Garda conditions with an up to 20 kn Ora breeze have been announced for the first races today. Over the weekend, a low pressure front will be passing over Northern Italy and rain with little wind must be expected according to the forecast. Almost 1000 participants will be on the starting lines. The event-website.
Thursday, April 17, 2014   
The Lasers are also part of the Lake Garda Youth Sailing Week and yesterday, the first races were sailed off Malcesine. In a good Ora - less strong than in the utmost northern part of the Lake - two heats were completed.
First in the Lasers Radial was the local Gianmarco Planchestainer ITA, Vice World Champion, winning both heats. Pietro De Luca ITA and Roberto Pollaro ITA follow on rank two at equal points. Eric Malach GER is 4th, Sarah Roeck GER the best girl is 5th. 31 participants from Italy, Germany and Luthuania.
Leon Zartl GER leads in the Lasers 4.7, ahead of Mads Hassum NOR and Matteo Saglia ITA on the ranks 2 and 3. Francesca Ramazotti ITA on rank 8 is the best girl. 32 participants from 7 nations.
The event-website with all rankings.
Thursday, April 17, 2014   
Taylor Canfield ISV consolidated his first position in the ISAF Men Matchrace World Rankings with his victory at the Congressional Cup. In the ISAF Women's rankings, Camilla Ulrikkeholm DEN replaced Lucy McGregor GBR on top and takes rank 1 for the first time. The World Ranking Lists and the ISAF report.
Thursday, April 17, 2014   
'Mainsail', CNN's video magazine, presented by the Olympic Champion Shirley Robertson GBR (this time partly in the skiff trapeze !), features the Sydney 18 Footer JJ Giltinan Trophy in a three-part broadcast with the title 'Rock'n'Roll' of sailing ! Part 1 covers the history, part 2 consists of an interview with the 6-times Giltinan champion Ian Murray AUS, who, after the Starboat Olympics became San Francisco America's Cup Sport Director in 2008, and is now CEO of the Australian America's Cup Syndicate. Part 3 is dedicated to the 75th Giltinan-Trophy of early March 2014. The Mainsail website.
News – Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
Also on the final day of the French Laser Europacup Regatta in Marseille FRA with race 7 and 8, the almost 400 Laser sailors enjoyed again perfect sailing conditions with a 12-14 kn breeze
In the Lasers Standard, Maksim Nikolaev RUS was the final winner 2 points ahead of Antony Munos FRA, finishing twice on top of yesterday's race almost reaching rank 1 overall. Thorbjörn Schierup DEN follows on rank 3 with the same number of points as Munos. 45 participants.
In the Lasers Radial, Romain Simmonot FRA, the French ISAF Youth Sailing Worlds representative, was the winner ahead of Marie Bolou FRA and William de Smet BEL with the same number of points on 3rd. 156 boats.
Superior winner in the Lasers 4.7 was Federico Fornassari ITA with a 23 points advance on the second-ranked Seref Unlu TUR. Aurelien Pierroz FRA was on rank 3. Asya Luvisetto SUI on rank 5 was the best girl, dropping out of the top-3 in the windy last races only. 119 Lasers 4.7 from 11 nations participated.
All ranking lists, the video of the day and the final report (in French).
Wednesday, April 16, 2014   
On the third day of the Split Olympic Sailing Week, the wind exceeded for the first time 20 kn. In the Lasers Standard, Tonci Stipanovic CRO was defeated for the first time by Daniel Mihelic CRO. but with 4 bullets and a 2nd rank, he remains the clear leader. Kacper Zieminski POL stays on 2nd ahead of the new on rank 3 Alessio Spadoni ITA.
Tina Mihelic CRO remains the clear leader in the Lasers Radial followed by Toma Stipanovic CRO and Sandra Lulic CRO.
With Ivan Kljiakovic-Gaspic CRO out of the regatta due to illness, it is now Nenad Bugarin CRO who is the superior first in the small Finn fleet.
Still very tight is the situation in the 470s: with Ante Botica/Jure Vuletic CRO one point ahead of Sebahattin Kutoglu/Abdullaj Baglica TUR.
All ranking lists, the daily report and the video of the day. The wind forecast of today, the last day of the event, foresees a strong Bora and it is quite possible that racing will be cancelled.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014   
Yesterday was the day of the two-person teams having opted for the northern course after the mark rounding off the Canaries. They progressed partly over four times as fast as the rest of the fleet. The new leaders are now Corentin Horeau/Michel Desjoyeaux FRA 7,7 miles ahead of Jean Le Cam/Gildas Mahé FRA. The best southern team are Nicolas Lunven/Eric Péron FRA on rank 6 with a 143 miles' backlog. The weather situation remains instable and it is not impossible that upon reaching the trade winds, the southern boats with have the upper hand again. The race-viewer, the daily report (in French) and the videos.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014   (Image © Elena Giolai)
The 32nd Optimist Lake Garda Meeting begins today with the Opening Ceremony and the Parade across the little town Riva. Again, more than 1000 Optimist sailors from 36 nations are on the entry list. For the first time, Algeria, Ghana and Belarus participate. 755 entries are in the elder 'Juniores' category. In the younger 'Cadetti', there are 255 participants. The preview and the video-trailer.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014   (Image © Elena Giolai)
The 29er Easter Regatta on Lake Garda ended yesterday with a final race, won by Peter Janezic/Ante Podlogar SLO, at the same time overall winners with a 5 points' advantage on Johannes Munk/Andreas Martin GER. The best girls' team Theresa Blumroth/Maria Berking GER is on rank 4. 20 teams from 5 nations participated. The final rankings and the report (in Italian).
News – Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
The announced westerly breeze filled in late, but the upcoming 15-18 kns allowed to complete the planned two races by fleet until sunset. The new leader in the Lasers Standard is Maxim Nikolaev RUS, 6 points ahead of Zan-Luka Zelko SLO. Benjamin Vadnaj HUN descended on position 3, and only one point farther back are Karolis Januliolis LTU and the local Anthony Munos FRA. In the Lasers 4.7, Federico Fornassari ITA extended his lead on 10 points. Seref Unlu TUR, Aurelien Pierroz FRA and Asya Luvisetto SUI - the best-ranked girl - share position 2. Unfortunately, the link to the Lasers Radial is not functioning on the event-website this morning. See the video of the day and read the daily report (in French) dedicated to the Marseille school classes visiting the races on chase boats.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
The unusual depression cell over the Canary islands continues to produce slack and unpredictable wind streams. Instead of a fast ride across the Atlantic in the trade-winds, the 14 two-person teams still in the race are trailing and searching for wind. While some hope to meet the trade-winds farther down south, some others, such as the routiniers Jean Le Cam FRA (with Gildas Mahé FRA) and Michel Desjoyeaux FRA (with Corentin Horeau FRA) stick to a northern course. It remains to be seen in a few days from now, which option will be paying.
Leaders in the interims position are Le Cam/Mahé FRA 1,2 miles ahead of Gbick/Le Pavant FRA. Horeau/Desjoyeaux FRA follow on rank 4 with a 8,6 miles backlog. The race-viewer, the reports and the video of the day.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014   
Light winds delayed the program in Split and only in the afternoon, all classes could sail a race in a little breeze. No problem for the Laser Standard World Nbr 1 Tonci Stipanovic CRO adding another race win. Filip Jurisic CRO and Kacper Zieminski POL on rank two follow at equal points. The World Champion Tina Mihelic CRO is on top of the Lasers Radial ahead of Miro Zelic CRO. The best non-Croatian woman is Eva-Maria Schimak AUT on rank 10. In the Finns, the leader Ivan Klijakovic-Gaspic CRO, having fallen ill, had to refrain from racing, and the winner of the race Nenad Bugarin CRO took over the overall lead. In the 470s, Ante Botica/Jure Vuletic CRO were also the winners of race 3. All ranking lists, the daily report and the video of the opening day.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014   
The 300 miles Pornichet Select Regatta - the solo-skippers opening event for the very popular and spectacular Mini-650-class - ended yesterday at Pornichet FRA. Superior winner in the Protos was Giancarlo Pedote ITA with his 'Prysmian', the round-bow special construction having dominated the class for three years now. Luke Berry GBR follows on rank 2 four hours behind. Very close was the final fight in the Series, where Tanguy Le Turquais FRA crossed the line only 6 minutes ahead of Damien Cloarec FRA. Execellent the first race of the newcomer to the mini-class Patrick Girod SUI finishing on rank 3 only 34 minutes behind the 2nd. The race-viewer with the final rankings and the event-facebook-page.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014   
A last race was sailed yesterday on Lake Garda to conclude the Europe Class International Meeting. Again, the two dominators Lars-Johan Brodtkorb NOR and Sylvain Notonier FRA won the races in their groups and jointly are on top of the overall rankings. The better discard results broke the tie in favour of the Norvegian (2/2) over the French (2/9). Henrik Bucher NOR follows on the 3rd place. 129 participants from 12 nations. The final ranking list.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014   (Image © Rich Roberts)
We reported yesterday about the victory of the World Nbr 1 Taylor Canfield ISV over the World Nbr 2 Ian Williams GBR. In a very close race, Canfield had the upper hand in the Final with 2-1 w/l. Winner in the Petite Final for rank 3 was Francesco Bruni ITA defeating Keith Swinton AUS with 2-1 as well. The final report.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014   
38 teams from the three Lake Constance neighbour nations participated in the traditional season opening regatta off Kreuzlingen SUI. The wind conditions on Saturday were perfect and allowed to complete three races, while on Sunday, the breeze was missing and the yachts remained in the harbour. Max Juchli YCA and Franco Barletta ensured an Esse 850 one/two victory. Tom Rüegge YCK on a blu26 is on rank 3. The final rankings.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014   
Harald Sedlacek AUT needed twice the planned time for his record Atlantic crossing on the only 4,9 meter long experimental construction 'Fipofix'. Lull pads and technical problems - the autopilot broke on day 2 of his journey already - slowed down his ride over the Atlantic Ocean. Starved and tired, the Austrian, age 32, finally reached Palm Beach on Sunday. The project-website.