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Top News – Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Tuesday, March 31, 2015   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
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The general weather situation over Europe and especially the Mediterranean Sea had also its influence over the Baleares, and the opening day in Palma de Mallorca was difficult for the 800 participants at the Trofeo Princesa Sofia ! The northwesterly breeze streams across the Bay of Palma, distracted by the mountain chain on the west side, and winds from 0 to 30 kn with shifts of up to 180° were the consequence. Not all classes could therefore sail the planned program. Many races had to be abandoned, some were finished inspite of the irregular conditions.
The 470 women sailed two races, but only 10 teams finished the second heat before the wind died completely. Nevertheless, the top teams Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL, Olympic Champions, and Camille Lecointre/Hélène Defrance FRA, as well as Afroditi Kyranakou/Anneloes Van Veen NED are on the top three ranks.
The 470 men sailed only one race with Guilbaud/Guillarme FRA and Pirouelle/Sipan FRA winning in their groups. Molund/Östling SWE and Lindgren/Lindgren FIN finished 2nd each.
The favorites in the 49ers, Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL, controlled the fleet winning both races ahead of Heil/Plössel GER 2nd and tied on rank 3 Frei/Rocherieux FRA and Schmidt/Böhme GER.
Two wins also for Tamara Echegoyen/Berta Betanzos ESP in the 49ersFX, followed by Maiken Foght/Anne-Juli Foght DEN and Jena-Mai Hansen/Katja Salskov DEN.
At least on the first day, Jonathan Lobert FRA succeeded to remain ahead of the outstanding Giles Scott GBR in the Finns. On the positions 3 and 4 follow Tapio Nirkko FIN and Thomas Le Breton FRA.
Enrique Figueroa/Francesca Valdes PUR are on top of the Nacra 17 in front of Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA 2nd and Gemma Jones/Jason Saunders NZL 3rd.
On race only also in the RS:X windsurfers with Julien Bontemps FRA and Samuel Sills GBR winning in their RS:X male groups, while Mayaan Davidovich ISR and Zofia Noceti-Klepacka POL finihsed 1st in their RS:X female groups.

The best North American results by nation:
- Finn (74 boats): Caleb Paine USA, 14th, Marrtin Robitaille CAN, 52nd
- 470 men (75 boats): McNay/Hughes USA, 17th, Saunders/Saunders CAN, 23th
- 470 women: Haeger/Provancha USA, 11th
- 49er (71 boats): Funk/Burd USA, 25th, Mori/Barnes CAN, 44th
- 49erFX (40 boats): Henken/Scutt USA, 7th, Rafuse/Boyd CAN, 9th
- Nacra-17 (44 boats): Ramsay/Girke CAN, 20th, Newberry/Whitehead USA, 25th
- RS:X men (82 boards): Ignacio Berenguer MEX, 25th, Carson Crain USA, 32nd, Jean-Sebastien Fugère CAN, 45th
- RS:X women (69 boards): Demita Vega de Lille MEX, 17th, Solvig Sayre USA, Kathleen Tocke USA and Laurece Bonneau CAN all on 51.
- Laser Standard (150 boats): Robert Davis CAN and Evert McLaughlin CAN 13th, Charlie Buckingham USA, 16th, Yanic Gentry MEX, 130th
- Laser Radial (108 boats): Paige Railey USA, 11th, Claire Merry CAN, 79th, Elena Oetling Ramirez MEX, 106th
The reports of the US Sailing Team as well as the Canadian Sailing Team

All ranking lists, the daily report and the videos. The forecast looks more stable for qualifying rounds continuing tomorrow as committees attempt to play catch up.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
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]Gusty and very shifty winds prevailed for the Lasers and all other classes as well, making sailing very challenging. The big Laser Standard fleet, split in three groups, could only sail one race with the favorite Tom Burton AUS, the English newcomer Lorenzo Chiavarini GBR and Jesper Stalheim SWE as winners of their groups. Nicolas Heiner NED, Matthew Wearn AUS and Alex Mills GBR are the 2nd-ranked of each group.
The Lasers Radial sailed two races, and Tatiana Droszdovskaja BLR took the lead with the day ranks 1 and 2, followed by Alison Young GBR as 2nd, and with the same number of points Annalise Murphy IRL and Gintare Scheidt-Volungeviciute LTU on 3rd.

The best North American results by nation:
- Laser Standard (150 boats): Robert Davis CAN and Evert McLaughlin CAN 13th, Charlie Buckingham USA, 16th, Yanic Gentry MEX, 130th
- Laser Radial (108 boats): Paige Railey USA, 11th, Claire Merry CAN, 79th, Elena Oetling Ramirez MEX, 106th
The reports of the US Sailing Team as well as the Canadian Sailing Team

All ranking lists, the daily report and the videos.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015   
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The leading quartet rounded Cape Horn yesterday evening in a fresh breeze with 'Alvimdeica' of Charlie Enright USA as first, 0,4 miles ahead of 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR), 17 miles of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 20 miles of 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED). After her dismasting, 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) is on the way to Ushuaia in Argentina's South. The mast broke just above the third speader after a hard hit. Here the video. The all-female 'SCA' team sailing without jib has no chance to keep the pace of the other boats and is now already 560 miles back.
The race viewer and the event website with more reports and videos.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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During the past night, Guillermo Altadill ESP/José Muñoz CHI crossed the finish line in Barcelona as 2nd after 89 days underway around the World, interrupted only byj a short repair stop in New Zealand. For Altadill, it was the 7th circumnavigation, for Muñoz, the 2nd. Anna Corbella/Gerard Marin ESP on 3rd are now only 253 milles before the finish, i.e. somewhat more as a day.
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Top 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. Forty-six Americans have entered in all ten Olympic classes. 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.
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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.
 
Top News – Sunday, March 29, 2015
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 kiter 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-Kiter 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.
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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   (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.
 
Top 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.
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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.
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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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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.
 
Top 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.
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Friday, March 27, 2015   (Image © Will Ricketson)
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The US Sailing Team Sperry and US Sailing Development Team will be present in force at the 46th Trofeo Princesa Sofía (March 28-April 4, 2015), one of the most enduring and prestigious Olympic-class regattas in the world. The event is held in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, a venue with a rich sailing history, and this year approximately 1,000 sailors from over 50 nations are expected to compete. Forty-six Americans have entered in all ten Olympic classes. - See more at Team Website.
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.
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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.
 
 
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