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Top News – Friday, July 3, 2015
Friday, July 3, 2015   (Image © Kalu.ca)
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The opening day of the Laser Standard Men's World Championship had the 155 competitors divided into three fleets to commence the qualifying stage of the event. The day began with 10 knots of breeze from the South/West, increasing to 15-17 knots to complete two races, both won by Matthew Wearn AUS in his Group. With the ranks 1 and 2 in their groups, Juan Maegli GUA and Philipp Buhl GER occupy rank 2. Some favorites had a disappointing day such as the defending champion Nicholas Heiner NED on position 40, Tonci Stipanovic CRO as 32nd, and also the Laser legend Robert Scheidt BRA remained outside the top-10. The best North Americans by nation are: Charlie Buckinham USA 11th and Lee Parkhill CAN 39th
The ranking list and the daily report.
Friday, July 3, 2015   (Image © Nikos Alevromytis)
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The breeze filled in with 8-14 kn, more than on the previous days and offered ideal conditions for the Olympic Champions to deploy full power. Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS in the men as well as Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL in the women - won both races.
The NewZealand girls extended her overall lead on Camille Lecointre/Hélène Defrance FRA to 23 points, and in the two heats of today, they can earn the title prematurely before the Medal Race. At equal points with the French are Tina Mrak/Veronika Macarol SLO on rank 3, but Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA on 4th are only 8 points behind Bronze. Sydney Bolger/Carly Sevitz USA are 13th, and Allie Surrette/ Ali Ten Hove CAN are 13th in the Silverfleet (= 37th overall). The battle for the 10th Medal Race slot will be very close as can be seen on the 470 women rankings.
Ferdinand Gerz/Oliver Szymanski GER remained on top, but the persuers have reduced the deficit. Stuart McNay/David Hughes USA are only 4 points behind. Panagiotis Mantis/Pavlos Kagialis GRE on rank 3 are just one point ahead of Belcher/Ryan AUS. In the fight for the 10 Medal Race slots, it is above all the co-favorites Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO on rank 13 to demonstrate their potential by compensating the 5 points separating them from the top-10 in the two races of today. Saunders/Saunders CAN are 8th in the Silverfleet (= 38th overall). Cervantes/Belausteguigoitia MEX follow on rank 25 (= 55th overall). The 470 men rankings.
Read also the official daily report.
Friday, July 3, 2015   (Image © Pierrick Contin)
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Three races - three bullets ! - Chris Rast SUI/USA and his team were on full attack yesterday and moved up on top with a solid 20 points' advance on the immediate opponents in the interim's rankings after 9 of 14 races. Andrea Rachelli ITA follows on 2nd, and another 3 points behind is Bora Gulari USA as 3rd. The 4th ranked Riccardo Simoneschi ITA is another 30 points farther back. First in the Corinthian rankings is Kicker Schäfer GER on 9th overall.
The ranking list, the daily report and the full 5-hours' video of the day.
Friday, July 3, 2015   (Image © Robert Hajduk)
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The Stena Match Cup Round Robin was concluded yesterday with the last open flights and the eight qualifiers for the Quarter Finals have been selected.
Outstanding was Ian Williams GBR winning all duels and standing on rank 1 with a immaculate 13-0 score. Runner-up is the defending Stena Champion Björn Hansen SWE with a 10-3 record.
The Quarter Final pairings of today, the results and the event website.
Friday, July 3, 2015   
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The Tour-de-France 2015 begins today at Dunkerque FRA with a 45-miles coastal race. For the first time, the Diam-24-trimarans are used with 28 teams on the starting line, among them a number of prominent French yachtsmen such as Franck Cammas FRA, the Vendée-Globe winner Vincent Riou FRA, the Paralympic Champion Damien Séguin FRA or the multiple Tour-de-France winner Daniel Souben FRA. The only non-French is Bernard Stamm SUI.
The event website.
Friday, July 3, 2015   (Image © Maria Muina)
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With the completion of a 62.8-mile lap of racing along the coast north of Barcelona, two new series leaders have once again risen to the top of the standings in two classes at the end of Day Four of competition at the 2015 ORC World Championship in Barcelona.
The winner Marco Serafini ITA with his TP52 is new on top of the ORC-A-classification. In the ORC-B-classification, Pedro Campos ESP with his Swan 42 is on top. The new number one in the ORC-C-classicfication is Michael Mollmann DEN with his X-37.
All results and the videos.
Friday, July 3, 2015   
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Despite of the high-summer temperatures, 8 races were completed at the 8 mIJ Worlds in Geneva so far. After 6 race wins in a row, 'Yquem II' of Jean Fabre SUI with Jean-Marc Monnard SUI steering had her first defeat yesterday, but the advance on the 2nd-ranked 'Hollandia NED' of Tim Rootselaar NED is still 7 points. On rank 3 follows the Canadian 'Lafayette'.
All other ranking are on the event website.
Friday, July 3, 2015   
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The Finn Junior World Championship 2015 in Valencia ESP continued yesterday with two races sailed in an moderate wind, won by Arkadji Kistanov RUS and Anatoly Korshikov RUS. With 6 races completed so far, the discard result comes into effect, and some modifications in the rankings were the consequence. Ondrej Teply CZE reclaimed rank 1 overall ahead of Nenad Bugarin CRO and Stig Steinfurth DEN on 2 and 3. Luke Muller USA is on the 11th place, Kyle Martin CAN is 16th.
The daily report, the ranking list and the video of the day.
 
Top News – Thursday, July 2, 2015
Thursday, July 2, 2015   (Image © Nikos Alevromytis)
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Up to 8 kn, the lightest wind so far at the 470 Europeans, prevailed yesterday on the first day of the Gold- and Silverfleet Final races in Aarhus, but nevertheless, the two fleets sailed two races each with some of the favorites suffering.
Ferdinand Gerz/Oliver Szymanski GER were the team of the day with the ranks 1 and 5 moving up on top of the overall rankings. Stuart McNay/David Hughes USA, the solid leaders up to now are down on 2nd with a considerable 12 points deficit. Pavel Sozykin/Denis Gribanov RUS remain on rank 3. The World Champions Belcher/Ryan AUS are now 10th. Saunders/Saunders CAN are 8th in the Silverfleet (=38th overall), Cervantes/Belausteguigoitia MEX 15th (= 45th overall). The 470 men rankings.
Solid as ever Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL with the ranks 4 and 5 (their worst results so far) on top of the classifications with a 12 points' lead on Camille Lecointre/Hélène Defrance FRA on 2nd. Akyio Yamaguchi/Eri Hatayama JPN stay on rank 3. Strongly coming from behind with the race ranks 1 and 6, Nadine Böhm/Ann-Christin Gollias GER are now 4th only 3 points behind the 2nd. Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA are 9th, Sydney Bolger/Carly Sevitz USA 11th. Sailing in the Silverfleet, Allie Surrette/Ali Ten Hove CAN are 12th (= 36th overall). The 470 women rankings.
The daily report with all rankings and the event website.
Thursday, July 2, 2015   (Image © Robert Hajduk)
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Light winds prevailed at Marstrand as well where the WMRT Round Robin continued with already 6 of the 14 teams having concluded all their flights.
Ian Williams GBR with 10-0 and Keith Swinton AUS with 8-5 wins are already qualified for the Quarter Finals of the best 8. Behind, the situation remains tight, especially on the ranks 6 to 10, all with 6 wins so far. The results and the daily report.
Thursday, July 2, 2015   
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Today begins the Laser Standard World Championship 2015 in Kingston CAN, Olympic venue 1976. 159 participants from 63 nations are on the entry list. Apart the fight for the Worlds title, there are another 9 Olympic Rio nations slots at stake, in addition to the 23 places allotted after last year's ISAF Worlds.
The event website.
Thursday, July 2, 2015   (Image © Pierrick Contin)
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Light to moderate winds around 7 to 10 kn too at Middlefart DEN where another three races were completed.
Andrea Rachelli ITA and his team finished three times in the top-10 and moved up on rank 1 overall. Another winner of the day was Bora Gulari USA now on the 2nd place, while Chris Rast SUI, with a race win yesterday, is now 3rd 9 points behind the leader.
The results and the daily report.
Thursday, July 2, 2015   
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The Finn Junior Worlds continued in Valencia ESP yesterday in a light seabreeze. Winners of the day were Nenand Bugarin CRO and Max Kohlhoff GER. New on top of the overall rankings is Facunda Olezza ARG, a young sailor having started Finn sailing two months ago only, delivering a constant top performance at the Finn Silver Cup so far. Luke Muller USA is on the excellent 6th place, Kyle Martin CAN is 16th. This evening, the discard result will be deducted and the overall rankings will definitely change.
The ranking list and the report.
Thursday, July 2, 2015   (Image © Maria Muina)
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Yesterday, the long-distance-race was on the program, a standing part of the ORC Worlds format. But the wind was missing, even for a shortened regatta, and the race has been postponed on today. Up to now, the three fleets have sailed four races each.
The ranking list and the daily report.
 
Top News – Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Wednesday, July 1, 2015   (Image © Nikos Alevromytis)
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Light and shifty winds prevailed also on day 2 of the 470 European Championships in Aarhus DEN, and both fleets terminated the Qualification Series for Gold and Silver fleets.
Convincing the performance of Stuart McNay/David Hughes USA, defending their lead with the ranks 2/bfd/3. Two surprising young teams follow on the ranks 2 and 3 with Pavel Sozykin/Denis Gribanov RUS and Tetsuya Matsunaga/Yugo Yoshida JPN. The Olympic Champions Belcher/Ryan AUS are now on rank 8. The best 30 of the fleet sail in the Goldfleet from today. Jeronimo Cervantes/Ander Belausteguigoitia MEX are 44th, Jacob + Graeme Saunders CAN 51th. The ranking list men.
Each of the two women's fleet has its dominating team: Gil Cohen/Danielle Maman ISR and Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL won a race each and are now 9 points ahead in the overall rankings. The young Japanese team Akyio Yamaguchi/Eri Hatayama JPN advanced on rank 3. Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA are 4th Sydney Bolger/Carly Sevitz USA 11th and Allie Surrette/Ali Ten Hove CAN 33rd. The ranking list women.
The official report and the event website.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015   (Image © Robert Hajduk)
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Björn Hansen SWE was flawless on day 1 and yesterday, it was the local Johnie Berntsson SWE, who enthused the public with 6 wins. Still undefeated is the World Champion Ian Williams GBR (7-0), and also 7 victories have Johnie Berntsson SWE (7-4) and Keith Swinton AUS (7-3). On a good way to the quarter finals are also Björn Hansen SWE (6-2) and Eric Monnin SUI (6-4).
The results and the daily report.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015   (Image © Pierrick Contin)
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Three races were sailed on the first day of the Melges 24 World Championship at Middelfart DEN with Martin Trcka CZE and his team as surprising leader, finishing three times in the top-10. Chris Rast USA/SUI (Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christopher.rast?fref=ts) and his team are on the second place (day ranks 2/6/19). Carlo Fracassoli ITA is 3rd. Bora Gulari USA is 11th among the 95 teams.
The ranking list and the event website.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015   
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The Finn Silvercup - the Junior World Championship of the Finn Class - began yesterday in Valencia ESP with two races, both won by Ondrej Teply CZE. Stig Steinfurt DEN and Andre Hojen DEN follow on the ranks 2 and 3. Luke Muller USA is 9th, Kyle Martin CAN 20th among the 30 sailors from 17 nations.
The results, the daily report and the event website.
 
Top News – Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Tuesday, June 30, 2015   (Image © Nikos Alevromytis)
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Race day 1 at the 2015 470 European Championships got underway with sun, clouds and a shifty 5 to 12 kn initial breeze, freshening to 18 kn at the end of the day. The men's fleet sailed 2, the women's fleet 3 races, both fleets split in two Groups.
Consistent, as already during the Weymouth Worldcup last week, Stuart McNay/David Hughes USA finished twice as second of their Group and are already on top of the overall rankings of the 470 men. Gerz/Szymanski GER and Mollund/Östling SWE follow at equal points on the ranks 2 and 3. Some of the favorites booked already discard-like results such as the Olympic Champions Belcher/Ryan AUS, ranks 4 and 20 resulting in a 24th place overall. The same is true for Fantela/Marenic CRO, ranks 1 and 19th as overall place. Saunders/Saunders CAN are 34th.
Outstanding in their Group were Gil Cohen/Danielle Mamman ISR, winning all the races. But Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL sailing in the other Group keeps contact with the leaders with the day ranks 1/1/2. Wegelin/McIntyre GBR follow on rank 3. Not Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA (14th) are best of the US Sailing Team after day 1, but Sydney Bolger/Carly Shevitz USA on rank 5, with a race win. Allie Surette/Ali Ten Hove CAN are 30th
The detailed report with all ranking lists.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015   
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Favorable conditions prevailed yesteday at Marstrand on the Swedish West coast, where the first flights of Round 4 of the 2015 World Match Racing Tour were sailed.
The local hero and defending Stena champion Björn Hansen SWE has taken the command leading the Round Robin with a 5-1 score. With 4-2 each follow Eric Monnin SUI and Taylor Canfield ISV on rank 2. The Swiss team defeated the past World Champion in the direct duel. The only unbeaten skipper is Ian Williams GBR (3-0) on rank 4.
The report and the results.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015   
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Today begins in Middelfart DEN at the East coast of Fünen the Melges 24 World Championship with a top fleet of 95 teams from 18 nations. Favorites are the strong Italian teams such as the ones from Matteo Ivaldi ITA or Carlo Fracassoli ITA. Powerful Danish teams come from the host nation Denmark with among others the past Laser and Starboat European Champion Michael Hestbaek DEN. The only non-Europeans is non other than the two-times Moth World Champion Boris Gulari USA.
The official preview and the event website.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015   (Image © Maria Muina)
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The big-boat World Championship ORC-calculated began yesterday in Barcelonas with two races.
In a well-established seabreeze, Alberto Rossi ITA with his TP52 'Enfant terrible' has taken the lead in the ORC-A-rankings, one point ahead of Marco Serafini ITA also on a TP52 and in front of Jean Jacques Chaubard SUI with his GP42. 23 teams racing.
In the ORC-B-rankings (38 teams), José-Maria Meseguer ESP and Pedro Campos ESP are tied on top with their Swans 42. And also in the ORC-C-rankings (35 teams), two boats - Giuseppe Giuffre ITA (Italia 9.98F) nd Alberto Moro ESP (X-37) - share the lead.
The daily report and the videos.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015   
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The Societe Nautique of Geneva is not only the home of high-tech foiling boats such as the 'Hydros' C-class cat, multihull racing on GC32s, X-treme 40s and Decision35, America's Cup challenges, Olympic classes sailing and not to forget the most active youth section, but has been involved in the design and application of International (Meter) Measurement Rules since its beginning in the early last century, resulting in the foundation of the International Yacht Racing Union IYRU in 1906 with the SNG as founding member. Meter class regattas have been held ever since at the SNG.
Yesterday, high-summery temperatures above 30°C prevailed on Lake Geneva during the first two races of the 2015 8mIJ World Championship. The forecast predicts even hotter weather during the coming days and it remains to be seen, whether a thermal breeze will build up in such an extraordinary heat for this area.
After the two races of yesterday, 'Yquem II' of Jean Fabre SUI with Jean-Marc Monnard SUI steering won both heats and leads ahead of 'Hollandia' with Tim Rootselaar NED. 24 teams from 8 nations participate. In the Neptune class of the elder 8 mIJ, 'Glana' of Jean-Claude Marchand SUI is on first.
All results (PDF) and the event website.
 
Top News – Monday, June 29, 2015
Monday, June 29, 2015   
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The 470 European Championship began yesterday in Aarhus DEN with the Practice Race. 61 men's teams from 27 nations and 5 continents are on the entry list, to mention - in addition to the European favorites Fantela/Marenic CRO or Patience/Willis GBR - the Olympic Champions Belcher/Ryan AUS, the Weymouth Worldcup winners McNay/Hughes USA or Calabrese/Delafuente ARG.
Among the 46 women's teams from ... nations are the Olympic champions Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL, as well as Sophie Weguelin/Eilidh McIntyre GBR, Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA or Camille Lecointre/Hélène Defrance FRA.
Light winds, have been forecast for the coming days. Racing begins today on 11 hrs UTC, covered live on the Internet. The event website.
Monday, June 29, 2015   
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The Kiel Week 2015 ended yesterday with sun and a light breeze, and in some classes, the final outcome was disputed until the last races.
In the largest fleet with 154 boats, the 420s, Wiley Rogers/Jack Parkin USA finished on top 2 points ahead of Marina Lefort/Lara Granier FRA and, another 2 points back, Peter McCann/Harry Whitaker IRL 3. Meike Schomäker/Holger Jess GER prevented the 22nd victory of Wolfgang Hunger/Julien Klein GER in the 5o5s. Jörgen and Jacob Bojsen-Möller DEN followed on rank 3. Superior winners in the 29ers are Peter Janezic/Anze Podlogar SLO ahead of Crispin Beaumont/Tom Darling GBR 21 points behind. Gwendal Lamay/Luke Willim GER defended rank 3. Fabian Kirchhoff GER replaced Sylvain Notonier FRA on top of the Europe's with the win of the last race.
All other ranking lists and the final report.
Monday, June 29, 2015   (Image © Mark Jardine)
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The Moth UK Nationals on Stokes Bay ended yesterday with another three races, all won by Chris Rashley GBR, who decided 11 of the 12 heats in his favor and discards a 2nd place. Ben Paton GBR and Jason Belben GBR on the ranks 2 and 3 are at equal points.
The results, the report (PDF) and the video of the final day.
Monday, June 29, 2015   
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The Formula-Kiteboarder European Championship ended yesterday with four final races. Elena Kalinina RUS winning 17 of the 20 runs in the women, and Oliver Bridge GBR with 18 race wins in the men were the outstanding dominators of this event. Florian Gruber GER advanced on the 2nd place on the last day, and Alejandro Hernandez ESP earned Bronze.
The results and the event website.
 
 
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