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Top News – Thursday, August 21, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014   (Image © Christophe Favreau)
Sailable 15-20 kn was the breeze on the Kiel Bay, but some rainy squalls above 25 kn brought again many of the 170 teams in difficulties. Finishing 6th and 1st, Mike Holt/Rob Woelfel USA are the new leaders ahead of Andy Smith/Tim Needham GBR. Stefan Böhm/Gerald Roos GER follow on rank 3. Best of the day (ranks 3/3) were the defending champions Hunger/Kleiner GER, advancing on rank 4 overall.
The ranking list, the report of the day and the video of the day. Today's races can again be followed live on the Internet.
Thursday, August 21, 2014   (Image © DR)
After some waiting, the breeze filled in and each fleet sailed two races in an 8 kn wind during the afternoon. Yesterday's results allowed to discard the worst race and some modifications in the rankings occurred.
Hermann Tomasgaard NOR - best of the day with the ranks 1 and 2 in his group - took the lead in the Lasers Standard ahead of Lorenzo Chiavarini GBR at equal points. Stefano Peschiera PER remains on 3rd. Joel Rodriguez ESP, best U19 helmsman, follows on the 5th place. The best North American is Andrew Puopulo USA is 38th, followed by Ander Belausteguigoitia MEX as 57th and Sandy Beatty CAN as 62nd.
Agata Barwinska POL, ranks 1 and 3, was the best yesterday too in the Lasers Radial and extended her lead on Daphne Van der Vaart NED to 12 points. Ecem Güsel TUR new on 3rd is already 30 points back. Martina Reino ESP, best U19 helmswoman follows on the 4th place. Corinne Peters CAN 29th and Haddon Hughes USA 38th are the best American girls.
All ranking lists and the event facebook page.
Thursday, August 21, 2014   (Image © Onur Cam)
The Kiteboarding Course Race Worlds continued yesterday with 4 races sailed in a somewhat lighter breeze as on day one. The Bridge-Family ruled the show with Steph Bridge GBR keeping her first place in the women's ahead in the of the defending champion Erika Heineken USA by a small margin, and her son Olver Bridge GBR, age 17, taking the lead in front of defending champion Florian Gruber GER at equal points. Ricardo Leccchese ITA remained on rank 3.
All ranking lists and the daily report.
Thursday, August 21, 2014   
The Paralympic World Championship continued yesterday with two races for all three classes. Much applauded by the local public, Paul Tingley CAN, Scott Lutes CAN and Logan Campbell CAN moved on top of the Sonars ahead of John Robertson GBR and Colin Harrison AUS with their teams. Rick Doerr USA and his team are 4th. Marco Gualandris/Marta Zanetti ITA are now alone on the first place of the Skud 18, but Alexandra Rickham/Niki Birrell GBR and Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tesch AUS are only one point behind. John McRoberts CAN and this team are 4th, Ryan Porteous USA 6th. Helena Lucas GBR moved on top of the 2.4m yachts, in front of Kevin Cantin FRA and Brett Willcock NZL. John Ruf USA is 4th, Bruce Millar CAN 6th. Heiko Kröger GER dropped on rank 10 after a premature start, but - winning race 2 of the day - he will be back in the race for the title as soon as the worst result will be discarded.
All ranking lists and the videos.
Thursday, August 21, 2014   (Image © ISAF)
On the 'windiest' day so far, roughly 8 kn, all fleets sailed three races on Lake Jinniu near Nanjing CHN. Considering the discard result, some changes happened in the overall rankings.
Bernie Chin SIN replaced Pedro-Luis Marcondes BRA on top of the Byte Boys. Rodolfo Pires POR follows on rank 3. The NorAms: Justin Vittecoq CAN 8th, Henry Marshall USA 9th, Scott McKenzie ISV 14th.
Odile Van Aanholt NED defended her first place in the Byte Girls, but Samantha YingJi SIN reduced her backlog. New on rank 3 follows Carolina Albano ITA. Paula Pelayo MEX is 15th, Paige Clark ISV 17th.
The new leader in the Techno Boys' windsurfers is Maxim Tokarev RUS, just one point ahead of Francisco Saubidet ARG. Lars van Someren NED remains 3rd. Maximo Nores USA is 17th.
Linli Wu CHN took the lead in the Techno Girls' windsurfers much applauded by the - as on the previous days - many spectators. Mariam Sekhposyan RUS and Lucie Pianizza FRA are at equal points on the ranks 2 and 3. Mariana Aguilar Chavez Peon MEX is 18th.
All ranking lists and the report of the day.
According to the program, today should be the lay day, but considering the postponements on the previous days, racing goes on .. again in very light winds as predicted. The news.
Thursday, August 21, 2014   (Image © DR)
The Optimist Swiss Championship 2014 will start racing today, provided the wind conditions are satisfactory inspite of the bad weather killing the thermal breeze. Among the 205 participants from 14 nations are sailors from the Bermudas and India. The event website.
Top News – Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   
The Laser U21 Worlds continued with two races yesterday, sailed in a fresher breeze around 15 kn. Lighter participants, such as Joel Rodriguez ESP, winner of several Laser Radial Youth titles during this season already, had difficulties to keep the pace of the best in these conditions.
In the Lasers Standard, Lorenzo Chiavarini GBR extended his lead on 14 points. Hermann Tomasgaard NOR is new on rank 2, Stefano Peschiera PER on rank 3. Maxim Nikolaev RUS on the 4th place is the best, Joel Rodriguez ESP on position 9 the second-best U19 helmsman. The best North American is Andrew Puopulo USA on 31st, Ander Belausteguigoitia MEX is 51st and Sandy Beatty CAN 62nd. The cut for the Gold fleet is 52nd.
Agata Barwinska POL consolidated her lead in the Lasers Radial with another race win. Daphne van der Vaart NED is now already 12 points back. New on rank 3 follows Lena Haverland GER. Martina Reina ESP on the 9th place leads in the U19 rankings. Marie Barrué FRA advanced on rank 12 and is 2nd among the U19 participants. Corinne Peters CAN is on the 25th place, Haddon Hughes USA is 41st with her second black-flag disqualification and therefore out of possible medals.
All ranking lists and the event facebook page with photos.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   (Image © Onur)
The Kiteboarding Course Race World Championship began yesterday in Turkey with three races.
Leaders in the men's are the defending champion Florian Gruber GER and Riccardo Lecchese ITA, both winning all three heats of their groups, ahead of Oliver Bridge GBR. Steph Bridge GBR (the mother of Oliver) leads in the women's ahead of Elena Kalinina RUS and Erika Heineken USA.
All ranking lists and the report.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   (Image © Christophe Favreau)
Lay day in Kiel yesterday, and this with heats on only one of three race days. The 170 teams sail in one fleet, and Qualification Series are therefore not required. Leaders after 2 races are Bogacki/Dehne GER ahead of Smith/Needham GBR and Holt/Woelfel USA.
The ranking list. As from today, less wind has been announced, and the competitors look forward to sailing many more races until Friday. The event website and the event facebook page.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   
Light and fickle was the wind on the second day of the Youth Sailing Olympics in China, and only the Byte CIIs could sail two races by gender. The Techno windsurfers waited in vain for enough wind.
New leader in the Byte Girls is Odile Van Aanholt NED, already Byte World Champion this year, and also one of the top Laser Radial Olympic campaigners. Celeste Lugtmeijer DOM on rank 2 is already 15 points behind. Samantha Jing-Yi SIN is 3rd. Paula Pelayo MEX is 12th.
Pedro-Luiz Marcondes BRA stays on top of the Byte Boys, but in the first race today, he flopped and his advantage on the 2nd-ranked Rodolfo Pires POR has melted on 9 points. Apiwat Sringam THA is new on rank 3. Henry Marshall USA follows as 4th. Scott McKenzie ISV is 8th, Justin Vittecoq CAN 9th.
The report of the day and all ranking lists.
Today's races are already underway, and with up to 8 kn, the freshest breeze so far filled in. The Byte-Boys have finished their first race. The report.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   (Image © Tim Wilkes)
The IFDS World Championship 2014 began yesterday with 2 races for each of the three Paralympic classes. Heiko Kröger GER is on top of the 2.4m with the day ranks 1 and 3, two points ahead of Kevin Cantin FRA. Helena Lucas GBR is 3rd. Bruce Millar CAN is 4th, John Ruf USA 8th. Shared leaders in the Skud-18 are Marco Gualandris/Marta Zanetti ITA and Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tesch AUS at equal points. John McRoberts CAN and this team are 4th, Ryan Porteous USA 6th. John Robertson AUS and his team won both heats of theSonars, setting quite a distance to the 2nd-ranked Paul Tingley CAN. John Doerr USA ist 3rd.
All ranking lists, the report and video of the day, taken from a drone (a 'drownie').
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   
The Optimist Swiss Championship 2014 begins today on Lake Silvaplana SUI, venue of the 1974 and 2005 Optimist World Championships. 200 kids from 14 nations participate ! Unfortunately, the Engadine valley in the Southern part of Switzerland suffers from the desastrous summer weather this year. As during the Windsurfing event last week, passing frontal systems might kill the traditional Maloja thermal breeze, according to the wind forecast. The preview.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014   
Yesterday, Artemis Racing officially launched its challenge to win the 35th America's Cup at an event in Stockholm SWE alongside Kungliga Svenska Segel Sällskapet (KSSS), the Royal Swedish Yacht Club. This will be their second campaign, and in addition of the core group from the last campaign, new talent across all areas has been secured, above a the Starboat Olympic Champions Freddy Lööf and Max Salminen and Rod Davies NZL, formerly 'Emirates Team New Zealand', as sailing coach. Torbjörn Tornquist SWE, owner of Gunvor Group Ltd , one of the largest crude oil traders in the World operating out of Geneve SUI, is the Team Principal of Artemis.
After the announcement of 'Emirates Team New Zealand', this is the second official confirmation from a Challenger to have formally entered. At entry deadline August 8, the America's Cup Management had announced, that the formal presentation of the accepted Challengers will take place after examination of the validity at a Press Conference on September 9th.
The press realease of Artemis.
Top News – Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   
Diversion over the final day of the 420 & 470 Youth European Championship 2014 with thundery weather alternating with lulls, but also with gusts above 25 kn. The 470 sailed the Medal Races in the Girls' and Boys' fleet (without NorAm participation), while the 420s completed another two fleet races.
After the first 420 race of the day, everything looked fine for Kilian Wagen/Grégoire Siegwart SUI extending their lead on 7 points. But in the final race, the balance tilted in favor of Hippolyte Machetti/Sidoine Dantes FRA winning the heat, while the Swiss had to content themselves with position 14. André Demange/maxime Roux FRA won the duel with Ewa Romaniuk/Katarzyna Goralska POL for the Bronze Medal, but the Polnish girls on rank 4 finished as best girls team. Russell Clarida/Henry Fernberger USA finished on the good 5t place.
Jordi Xammar/Jose Hesp ESP had their Champion's title already before the Medal Race. Malte Winkel/Matti Cipra GER defended the Silver Medal with a 3rd race rank. The Bronze position changed in favor of David + Alex Charles ESP, overtaking the tied Giacomo Ferrari/Giulio Calabro ITA with a 2nd place in the Medal Race.
Winning the Medal Race as well, Anna Kyselova/Anastasiya Krasko UKR demonstrated once more their superiority in the 470 Girls' fleet, and clearly defended their 2013 Champion's title. Noya Bar-am/Rimon Shoshan ISR advanced on the Silver Medal rank, ahead of Frederike Loewe/Anna Markfort GER with Bronze.
All ranking lists and the final report.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   
Moderate winds around 10 kn prevailed yesterday for the first races at the U21 World Championship of the Olympic Laser classes.
The rankings after two heats in the (men) Lasers Standard, the 100 participants' fleet split in two groups, show Lorenzo Chiavarini GBR, day ranks 1 and 2, clearly on top ahead of Joel Rodriguez ESP. Henrik Begby NOR, Stefano Peschiera PER and Michele Benamati ITA follow just behind at equal points. The best North American is Ander Belausteguigoitia MEX as 16th, Andrew Puopulo USA is 29th.
Agata Barwinska POL is on top after two races, finishing twice as 2nd yesterday in the (women) Lasers Radial. Judith Engberts NED follows 6 points behind. Daphne Van der Vaart NED is 3rd, Lena Haverland GER 4th. The favorite Marie Barrué FRA is down in the ranks after a premature start. Corinne Peters CAN is on the 24th place, Haddon Hughes USA is 48th.
All other details on the event facebook page. The ranking lists are on the event website.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   (Image © Christophe Favreau)
The breeze over the Bay of Kiel exceeding 30 kn and over 40 kn in the gusts on the race course was again much to strong to start a race. The 5o5 Championship Rules request sailing in a full fleet - 170 boats on the starting line this time - with a rabbit start. This format needs additional space, that made it impossible to moor a race course in a less windy zone close to the harbour. Today is lay day, and the crucial races will take place from Wednesday till Friday. The wind is supposed to calm down by then. The event website.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   (Image © Tim Wilkes)
Today begins the World Championship of the three Paralympic Classes 2.4m, Skud-18 and Sonar in Halifax CAN with strong USA and CAN delegations in all three events.
The largest fleet are the one-person-keelboats - the 2.4m - with 48 participants from 29 nations. The English women Megan Pascoe GBR and Helena Lucas GBR, dominators of this season, encounter the Paralympic Champion Damien Séguin FRA, and also Germany's Heiko Kröger GER is one of the favorites. In the two-person-keelboat - the Skud-18 - 26 teams from 10 nations are present. The undisputed favorites are Alexandra Rickham/Niki Birrell GBR. 18 teams from 14 nations participate on three-person-keelboats - the Sonars. Bruno Jourdren FRA, John Robertson GBR or Aleksander Wang-Hansen NOR are the most cited contenders for a Medal.
The entry list, the event website and the event facebook page with the report on the opening ceremony.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   
Youth Olympic Sailing began yesterday on Lak Jinniu near Nanjing stadium-like in front of a grand-stand with 2'000 paying spectactors. A light 5-6 kn breeze prevailed, and the Byte CII sailed two, the Techno-windsurfers three races per fleet.
The South-Americans dominated the races in the Byte-Boys fleet with Pedro-Luiz Marcondes BRA leading 2 points ahead of Angello Giuria PER. Justin Wittecoq CAN follows as 3rd. In the Byte-Girls, Alexandra Dahlberg FIN won both heats, while Samantha Jing-Yi SIN and Odile Van Aanholt NED follow on the ranks 2 and 3.
Lucie Panizza FRA is frst in the Techno Girl Windsurfers followed by Linli Wu CHN and Mariam Sekhposyan RUS at equal points. On top of the Techno Boy Windsurfers is Francisco Saubidet ARG in front of Kensel Ikeda JPN and Lars Van Someren NED. Tom Monnet FRA follows as 4th.
The report of the day with all ranking lists.

The best North Americans by nation:
- Byte CII Boys: 3rd Justin Vittecoq CAN, 9th Henry Marshall USA
- Byte CII Girls: 11th Paula Pelayo MEX,
- Techno Boys: 16th Maximo Nores, USA
- Techno Girls: 18th Mariana Aguilar Chavez Peon MEX

Light winds have been forecast for today as well. At press time (6 a.m. UTC), the first races are already underway in China. The preview.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014   (Image © Nico Martinez)
The breeze on the last day of the RC44 World Championship at Marstrand SWE was almost 30 kn, ... too much for the owner-driven high-performance RC44. World Champion is therefore 'Bronenosec' of VladimirLiubomirov RUS with Michele Ivaldi ITA as tactician. Silver went to 'Charisma' from Monaco with Nico Poons NED and Tom Slingsby AUS calling tactics. Third is 'Team Aqua' of Chris Bake GBR with Cameron Appleton NZL as tactician.
The final rankings and the report.
Top News – Monday, August 18, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014   
Since yesterday, the 470 Youth European Champions in both genders are known, as the leading men and women teams clearly confirmed their superiortity in the races sailed in moderate 15 kn conditions, and cannot been overtaken in today's Medal Races.
Jordi Xammar/Jose Herp ESP earned another international title ahead of the first persuers Malte Winkel/Matti Cipra GER 28 points behind. The Germans have a 12 points' lead on the 3rd-ranked Giacomo Ferrari/Giulio Calabro ITA, and will most probably be able to defend the Silver medal. Charles/Charles ESP on rank 4 and Waak/Hummel GER on 5 have still chances to reach Bronze.
21 points is the advance of Anna Kyselova/Anastasiya Krasko UKR in the 470 women, just enough to catch the European title definitively. The race for Silver and Bronze remains tight. Frederike Loewe/Anna Markfort GER and Noya Bar-Am/Rimon Shoshan ISR are separated by 3 points only. With a 7 points' deficit, Jess Lavery/Megan Brickwood GBR on rank 4 are ready to profit from the duel of the 2nd- and 3rd ranked. Allie Surrette/Ali Ten Hove CAN terminate the Championship on rank 16 among 24 470 women's teams.
No Medal Race but two more races will take place today in the 420s. Kilian Wagen/Grégoire Siegwart SUI took the lead yesterday and will have to defend this position today against Hippolyte Macetti/Sidoine Dantes FRA only one point behind. Max Clapp/Joseph Burns GBR and the tied Ewa Romaniuk/Katarzyna Goralska POL are already 31 points behind and will duel for Bronze. Russell Clarida/Thomas Forrest USA climbed on rank after winning the last race, while Will Logue/Bram Brakman USA dived on rank 23 with two DNCs.
All ranking lists and the report.
Monday, August 18, 2014   (Image © Christophe Favreau)
Already the opening regattas on Saturday with a breeze of up to 30 kn were scary for most of the 5o5 fleet, and the wind even increased yesterday on the Kiel Bay so that racing was cancelled for the day. Leaders after two races are Bogacki/Dehme GER ahead of Smith/Needham GBR and Holt/Woelfel USA. Hamlin/Zinn USA are 10th.
The ranking list and the www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Uc1e8RqZf8]video of day 1[/URL].
Monday, August 18, 2014   
The Laser U21 World Championship began yesterday with the Practice Race on the Bay of Douarnenez in Southern Britanny.
106 Lasers Standard from 32 nations and 58 Lasers Radial from 22 nations participate, including USA and CAN teams in both classes. The Radial sailor Hughes Haddon USA is among the favorites.
The event facebook page.
Monday, August 18, 2014   (Image © JOY)
Congratulations are in full order for the youngest helm in the fleet — Dalton DeVos aboard Delta, along with Jonathan McKee as tactician and crew comprised of Morgan Reeser, Zach Hurst, his father Doug, John Wallace, Linda Lindquist-Bishop and Cody Schlub as they are the new Melges 32 U.S. National Champions. In second overall, one point behind is Ryan DeVos on Volpe with tactician Jimmy Spithill AUS. Double National Champ Jason Carroll aboard Argo finished out the podium in third. Read the full report and see the complete results.
Monday, August 18, 2014   
The second edition of the Youth Olympic Games begins today in China, and as four years ago, sailing is represented with separate Boys' and Girls' dinghy and windsurf events, sailed on Byte CII boats and Techno 293 sailboards. 63 nations are present, including teams from the USA, CAN, MEX and some Caribbean nations. The entry list.
This morning, the first races are already underway on Lake Jinniu near Nanking with a light wind prevailing. Three heats by fleet are on the program. The report and the event website with the 28 Olympic sports.
Monday, August 18, 2014   
See what else happend on Northamerican waters this weekend - all available results on regattanetwork, on yachtscoring and in the calender of sailingscuttlebutt.
Top News – Sunday, August 17, 2014
Sunday, August 17, 2014   
The two 470 fleets sailed three races each in a freshening wind, the 420 Gold and Silver fleets completed two heats.
A massive 50° wind shift overthrew the sequence of the boats completely on the second upwind of the first 420 race. The leading Hippolyte Machetti/Sidoine Dantes FRA were down on position 37, but with a 2nd place in the second race, they consolidated their first place overall again. The up to 20 kn breeze was also favored by Kilian Wagen/Grégoire Siegwart SUI, moving up on rank 2 overall with a race win, after a 57th rank in the messy first race. Max Clapp/Joseph Burns GBR follow on 3rd one point behind the Swiss. Ewa Romaniuk/Katarzyna Goralska POL, the best Girls' team, are now 4th. With rather medium results, the two top-10 USA teams defended their positions overall. Will Logue/Bram Brakman USA loose one place and are now 6th, Russell Clarida/Thomas Forrest USA remain on the 11th position overall.
No change in the 470 men as - despite of their worst race rank so far (10th) - Jordi Xammar/Jose Herp ESP increased their advance on 11 points. Malte Winkel/Matti Cipra GER remain 2nd, Giacomo Ferrari/Giulio Calabro ITA just defended their 3rd position.
Cleary reaching for the title are Anna Kyselova/Anastasiya Krasko UKR in the 470 women, winning two of the three races yesterday, extending the lead on 18 points. New on rank 2 are now Frederike Loewe/Anna Markfort GER. Noya Bar-am/Rimon Shoshan ISR follow on rank 3 at equal points. Allie Surrette/Ali Ten Hove CAN moved up three places and are now 16th.
All ranking lists and the report of the day.
All ranking lists, the daily report and the videos.
Sunday, August 17, 2014   (Image © Christophe Favreau)
The 5o5 World Championship 2014 began in Kiel yesterday with two races sailed in a fresh 20 to 25 kn breeze. Many capsizes and abandonements were not to avoid, as for the majority among the 170 teams, these conditions were above their limits. But the top-teams presented a spectacular show. Morten Bogacki/Lars Dehen GER, day ranks 1 and 2, took the lead 4 points ahead of Andy Smith/Tim Needham GBR 2nd and Mike Holt/Rob Woelfel USA 3rd. The favorites Hunger/Kleiner GER and Hamlin/Zinn USA follow on the ranks 6 and 10.
The ranking list and the video.
Sunday, August 17, 2014   
No luck with wind and weather on Lake Silvaplana, usually a guarantor for a well-established thermal breeze in summertime, where Windsurfing Swiss Championships and a variaty of other competitions have been planned. Rain and an unconstant northerly wind impeded all racing yesterday. In addition to 'normal' sailboard and kite course races, a best of three team-race with three-person mixed teams composed of a windsurfer, a kiter and a Moth-pilot are on the program. The video end the event website.
Sunday, August 17, 2014   (Image © Rick Tomlinson)
Not only the MOD-trimarans 'Musandam - Oman Sail' and the Volvo 65 'Azzam' of the Abu Dhabi Racing Teams with Ian Walker GBR did establish new records, but also the Volvo 65 'SCA' with Samantha Davis GBR, arriving 8 hours after the winning Volvo 65 'Azzam' - set a new record for all-women teams. The Volvo 65 rankings. Last but not least, 'Artemis - Team Endeavour' with Brian Thompson GBR, winning in the IRC-classification, improved the record for yachts up to 60 foot. Still underway are the Class 40s with half of the small fleet already on the abandonement list in the again freshening breeze.
The race viewer and the reports.
Sunday, August 17, 2014   (Image © JOY)
An additional three races were held on day two of the 2014 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship for a total of six heats complete. A discard took effect and ever so slightly shuffled the leaderboard to give Ryan DeVos on Volpe an extended overnight lead. Ryan is followed by his cousin Dalton DeVos on Delta in second, while Jason Carroll and his Argo team, after a very tough day are now third. Read the full report and see the complete results.