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Top News – Saturday, January 31, 2015
Saturday, January 31, 2015   
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Light winds affected the program of the last Final Series regattas yesterday, and the 470s and 49ers even returned ashore without valid results.
The medal distribution in the 470 men is practically decided before the Medal Race today as Luke Patience/Elliott Willis GBR will hardly loose their 17 points lead on Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS. Barreiros/Curbelo ESP are 13 points behind the Australians, and the only open question is whether they can defend the Bronze medal against Snow-Hansen/Willcox NZL only two points behind. Premature winners are Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL in the 470 women with a solid 19 points lead on Mills/Clarke GBR. Kondo/Yoshioka JPN with a 14 points' deficit on the Brits will concentrate on the defense of their Bronze medal place.
Smashing 50 points is the advantage of Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL after the last three - not so good - races in the 49ersFX yesterday. Silver and Bronze will be decided between Giulia Conti/Francesca Clapcich ITA and Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA separated by one point only. In the 49ers, the duel between Delle-Karth/Resch AUT and Joel Turner/Iain Jensen AUS one point back will attract the attention, and also the fight for Bronze with five teams involved - with Paz/Paz ESP on pole position - will be exciting.
Premature winner is also Giles Scott GBR with a 23 points' lead in the Finns, where only Ivan Kljakovic CRO and one point behind Ioannis Mitakis GRE remain serious contenders for Silver or Bronze, as the previous 2nd Jake Lilley AUS had a desaster day with the ranks 10 and 27 after the two races yesterday, dropping on 4th.
Vittorio Bissarro/Silvia Sicouri ITA, by far best of the day yesterday (ranks 1 and 2) in the Nacra 17, are premature winners as well with a 26 points' lead on Ben Saxton/Nicola Groves GBR 2nd on the way to Silver with an 18 points' lead over the best Bronze contender. Jones/Saunders NZL, Mulder/De Koning NED and Besson/Riou FRA separated by 4 points only will fight for Bronze in the double-points-no-discard Medal Race.
The Olympic Champion Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED extended his lead on Thomas Goyard FRA as best in yesterday's two heats (2 and 7) to 10 points in the RS:X male windsurfers. Byron Kokkalanis GRE on 3rd will endeavour to compensate the 4 points separating him from the Silver medal. Another final winner is Byrony Shaw GBR in the RS:X female windsurfers 33 points ahead of Lilian De Geus NED on a safe place for Silver. 14 and more points behind are Flavia Tartaglini ITA, Hei-Man Hayley HKG and Olga Maslivets RUS fighting for Bronze.
All ranking lists, the daily report and the video of the day.

Five North American teams, all from US Sailing, made it to the Medal Races: Paige Railey 4th Laser Radial, Funk/Burd 8th 49er, Haeger/Provancha 9th 470 women, Caleb Paine 9th Finn, Charlie Buckingham 9th Laser Standard.
Here the overview on the best North American teams by nation, i.e. final results for the non-Medal Race qualifiers:
- 470 men: McNay/Hughes USA 20th, Chaplin/Chaplin CAN 28th, Cervantes/ Belausteguigoitia Mex 42nd (44 participants)
- 470 women: Haeger/Provancha USA 9th, Surrette/tenHofe CAN 28th (30p.)
- 49er: Funk/Burd USA 8th, Brodeur/Inkpen 29th (58 p.)
- 49erFX: Rafuse/Boyd CAN 28th, Henken/Scutt US 29th (40 p.)
- Laser Standard: Charlie Buckingham USA 9th, Tom Ramshaw 28th, Yanic Gentry MEX 87th (107 p)
- Laser Radial: Paige Railey USA 5th, Brenda Bowskill CAN 15th, Elena Oettling MEX 49th (79 p.)
- Finn: Caleb Paine USA 9th, Greg Douglas CAN 17th (40 p.)
- Nacra-17: Ramsay/Girke CAN 17th, Eastone/Pettibone USA 21st (49 p.)
- RS:X men: Zach Plavsic CAN 31st, David Mier y Teran MEX 35th, Carson Craine USA 41st (64 p.)
- RS:X women: Demita Vega d Lille MEX 15th, Marion Lepert USA 16th, Laurence Bonneau CAN 29th (37p)

The US Sailing Team, as well as the Canada Team reports.
Saturday, January 31, 2015   
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The results of the two light-wind races of yesterday make the final outcome of today's Laser Medal Races fully open and there will be high-noon n both classes.
The winner in the Lasers Standard will either be Nick Thompson GBR (12 and 10 yesterday) or Philipp Buhl GER, reducing his deficit to one point only as best of the day (1 and 3), and this being considered big-breeze specialist. Matthew Wearn AUS will most probably grasp Bronze as Robert Scheidt BRA on rank 4 is already 13 points back. Charlie Buckingham USA will be the only NorAm representative in the Medal Race today. The best athletes from Canada and Mexico terminate the Worldcup Regatta on the ranks 28 (Tom Ramshaw CAN) and 87 (Yanic Gentry MEX).
Even closer is the race for the podium in the Lasers Radial with a trio separated by 3 points only. With the ranks 7 and 4 yesterday, Marit Bouwmester NED, big-breeze specialist as well, overtook Anne-Marie Rindom DEN (ranks 14 and 12 only) and leads with one point over the previous first. Evi Van Acker BEL is another 2 points behind the Dane, Paige Railey USA on 4th, 16 points behind rank 3, is too far from the podium before today's Medal Race. The final rankings of the best Canadian and Mexican athletes are 15th (Brenda Bowskill CAN) and 49th (Elena Oetling MEX).
All ranking lists, the report of the day and the video of the day.
Saturday, January 31, 2015   (Image © Ocean Images)
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The Paralympic Classes terminated the Miami Worldcup Regatta yesterday, as there are no Medal Races planned in their Chamionship Rules. Björnar Erikstad NOR finished 1st in the 2.4m only one point ahead of Megan Pascoe GBR. Allen Leibel CAN is 3rd among the 29 participants from 10 nations. First in the small Skud-18 fleet were Fitzgibbon/Tesch AUS ahead of Rickham/Birrell GBR and Gualandris/Zanetti ITA. The Sonars' winner was Aleksander Wang-Hansen NOR with his team, one point ahead of Alphonsus Doerr USA. Paul Tingley CAN finished 3rd.
All ranking lists, the report of the day and the video of the day.
Saturday, January 31, 2015   (Image © Bernard Stamm)
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'Cheminées Poujoulat' of Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA were again the fastest in the fleet pushed by a not too strong westerly breeze around 20 kn, They extended their advantage on the 2nd 'Neutrogena' (Altadill ESP/Munoz CHI) to 294 miles by this morning. The Franco-Swiss duo will pass the Kerguelen iles today at half-way across the Indian Ocean. The fight for rank 3 is getting closer as Jörg Riechers GER/Sébastien Audigane FRA did again reduce the gap on Anna Corbella/Gerard Marin ESP passing a lull zone to actually 340 miles.
The race tracker, the reports and the videos.
 
Top News – Friday, January 30, 2015
Friday, January 30, 2015   (Image © Walter Cooper)
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The Final Series with the fleets split in Gold and Silver began yesterday in a 8-12 kn breeze, the lightest wind during this 2015 MOCR so far. By this evening, the teams qualified for tomorrow's Medal Races will be known.
Luke Patience/Elliott Willis GBR added another race win yesterday in the 470 men and increased the advantage on Belcher/Ryan AUS to 15 points. Barreiros/Curbelo ESP are new on rank 3. The heat is on for the 8-12 ranked teams, separated by 4 points only, with Sozykin/Gribanov RUS (rank 8), Bouvet/Mion FRA (rank 9),Matsunaga/Yoshida JPN (rank 10) Gerz/Szymanski GER (rank 11) and Brauchli/Hausser SUI (rank 12). Extending their lead in the 470 women are Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL now 19 points in front of Hannah Mills/Sakia Clark GBR. New on rank 3 are Ai Kondo/Miho Yoshioka JPN. Appearing on top of the 49ers are Delle-Karth/Resch AUT, but Jake Tuner/Iain Jensen AUS are only one point back. Paz/Paz ESP follow oin rank 3 at some distance. Huge with 52 (!) points is the advantage of Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL in the 49ersFX. Charlotte Dobson/Sophie Ainsworth GBR and Giulia Conti/Francesca Clapcich ITA are the first chasers. No changes in the Finns, where the leading sailors consolidated their positions. Giles Scott GBR is 10 points ahead of Jake Lilley AUS. Ioannis Mitakis GRE remains on 3rd. Vittorio Bissarro/Silvi Sicouri ITA stay pn top of the Nacra 17 ahead of Saxton/Nicola Groves GBR. Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA remain on rank 3. The domiinator in the women windsurfers is Bryony Shaw GBR leading in the RS:X women. The Olympic Champion Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED is 1st in the RS:X- men closely followed by Thomas Goyard FRA and Byron Kokkalanis GRE.
All results, the daily report and the video of the day.

Here the overview on the best North American teams by nation:
- 470 men: McNay/Hughes USA 20th, Chaplin/Chaplin CAN 28th, Cervantes/ Belausteguigoitia Mex 42nd (44 participants)
- 470 women: Haeger/Provancha USA 9th, Surrette/tenHofe CAN 28th (30p.)
- 49er: Funk/Burd USA 8th, Brodeur/Inkpen 29th (58 p.)
- 49erFX: Capozzi/OByan 27th, Rafuse/Boyd CAN 29th (40 p.)
- Laser Standard: Charlie Buckingham USA 9th, Tom Ramshaw 23rd, Yanic Gentry MEX 87th (107 p)
- Laser Radial: Paige Railey USA 5th, Brenda Bowskill CAN 14th, Elena Oettling MEX 49th (79 p.)
- Finn: Caleb Paine USA 12th, Martin Robitaille CAN 17th (40 p.)
- Nacra-17: Ramsay/Girke CAN 17th, Newberry/Whitehead USA 21st (49 p.)
- RS:X men: Zach Plavsic CAN 31st, David Mier y Teran MEX 35th, Raul Lopez USA 41st (64 p.)
- RS:X women: Demita Vega d Lille MEX 15th, Marion Lepert USA 16th, Laurence Bonneau CAN 33rd (37p)

The US Sailing Team, as well as the Canada Team reports.
Friday, January 30, 2015   (Image © Walter Cooper)
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The two Laser fleets sailed their races in the morning in a moderate 10 kn breeze, lower as the day before but much more stable.
Nick Thompson GBR in the Lasers Standard is now 10 points ahead of Philipp Buhl GER, with Matthew Wearn AUS and Robert Scheidt BRA following on the ranks 3 and 4. The World nbr 1 Tom Burton AUS on rank 15 is about to miss the Medal Race as his backlog on the 10th place of Pavlos Kontides CYP is 24 points. Charlie Buckingham USA on rank 9 is 9 points from rank 11 and has to fight today to remain with the Medal Race qualifiers. Thanks to a 4th place, Tom Ramshaw CAN moved up on rank 23. The best MEX athlete Yanic Gentry MEX is 87th.
The top-placed Anne-Marie Rindom DEN had her worst day yesterday with the ranks 11 and 14, and the leading Laser Radial trio with Evi Van Acker BEL on 2nd and Marit Bouwmester NED on 3rd is now closer together. A race win brought Mathilde de Kerangeat FRA on rank 4. With the positions 4 and 8, Paige Railey USA was among the best of the day staying on a solid 5th overall. Haddon Hughes USA on 6th should remain in the top-10 by the end of the day. Brenda Bowskill CAN however had her worst day (32/38) and dropped on the 14th place, 17 points from the Medal Race qualification.
All results, the report of the day and the video of the day.
Friday, January 30, 2015   
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The wind conditions on the South Indian Ocean favor the leading duo of the fleet stretched over almost 3000 miles now. 'Cheminées Poujoulat' with Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le cam FRA extended the lead on 'Neutrogena' (Altadill ESP/Munoz CHI) on rank 2 on 257 miles by this morning. Jörg Riechers/Sébastien Audigane FRA on rank 4 reduced the backlog on the 3rd-ranked Anna Corbella/Gerard Marin ESP by 100 miles, but the dedicit is still over 400 miles.
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Friday, January 30, 2015   
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As reported yesterday, Karol Jablonski POL grasped his 9th DN World Champion's title. Now, the final ranking list has been posted. The final ranking list and the short report of the German teams.
Friday, January 30, 2015   
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Among the many 'Australia Day' active participants over the past weekend was the 18-Footer-League with races 3 and 4 of the New South Wales Championship, part of the Club Championship of this season. The light and unconstant breeze on Sunday provoked continuous position changes. At the end of the day, 'Thurlow Fisher Lawyers' with Michael Coxon AUS had the upper hand on 'Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel' (Jack Macartney AUS) and 'Asko Appliances' (Marcus Ashley-Jones AUS). The report with video about race 3.
Race 4 was sailed on Monday, the Australian National Day, and 'Gotta love it 7' with Seve Jarvin AUS, abandoning on Sunday after a start collision, was the winner. The first five teams of the overall ranking are separated by 3 points only, an exciting situation before the last race on next Sunday.
The report with video.
Friday, January 30, 2015   
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Friday, January 30, 2015   
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The Geneva Spindrift-Racing syndicate of Dona Bertarelli announced yesterday in a media communiqué that the team will participate in this year's circuit of the flying GC32 catamarans. In addition, Spindrift will participate in the Tour de France on Diam24-trimarans as well as again on Lake Geneva in the Décision-35 cat annual trophy. Offshore, the team will make its first attempt at beating the absolute Jules Verne Trophy round-the-world-record aboard the maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2.
The report.
 
Top News – Thursday, January 29, 2015
Thursday, January 29, 2015   (Image © Walter Cooper)
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The wind was puffy (12 to 18 kn) and shifty (up to 20°) all day long producing very difficult sailing conditions. All classes have completed the Qualification Series and start to the Final Series today to select the 10 teams for the Medal Races on Saturday.
New on top of the 470 men are Luke Patience/Elliott Willis GBR, 6 points ahead of Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS. Mantis/Kagialis GRE dropped on rank 3. Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL won both heats of the day and consolidated their lead in the 470 women. Mills/Clarke GBR on rank 2 are 11 points behind. Weguelin/McIntyre GBR on 3rd are another 8 points back. Close-up in the 49ers with John Pink/Stuart Bithell GBR and the Australian development team helmsman Joel Turner AUS, with Outteridge's crew Iain Jensen AUS, share the lead one point ahead of the previous leaders Botin/Lopez ESP. Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL extended their lead in the 49ersFX on 25 points. Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA on 2nd have another 28 points on the 3rd Nina Keijzer/Claire Blom NED. 'Only' 5/4/6 in the last three races for Giles Scott GBR, but he is still clearly ahead in the Finns in front of Jake Lilley AUS. Winning two races, Ioannis Mitakis GRE advanced on the 3rd position. New leaders in the Nacra 17 are Vittorio Bissarro/Silvia Sigouri ITA closely followed by Ben Saxton/Nicola Groves GBR. Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA and Gemma Jones/Jason Sanders NZL are on the ranks 3 and 4 at equal points. New leader in the RS:X male windsurfers is Thomas Goyard FRA, closely followed by Nick Dempsey GBR and Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED. Bryony Shaw GBR has now a 16 points lead in the RS:X female windsurfers. Olga Maslivets RUS remains 2nd, while Hei-Man Chan HKG is new on rank 3.

Here an overview on the best North American teams by nation:
- 470 men: McNay/Hughes USA 17th, Chaplin/Chaplin CAN 28th, Cervantes/ Belausteguigoitia Mex 42nd (44 participants)
- 470 women: Haeger/Provancha USA 6th, Surrette/tenHofe CAN 28th (30p.)
- 49er: Funk/Burd USA 10th, Brodeur/Inkpen 29th (58 p.)
- 49erFX: Henken/Scutt USA 26th, Rafuse/Boyd CAN 31st (40 p.)
- Laser Standard: Charlie Buckingham USA 10th, Tom Ramshaw and Robert Davis CAN tied 29th, Yanic Gentry MEX 85th (107 p)
- Laser Radial: Paige Railey USA 7th, Brenda Bowskill CAN 10th, Natalya Montemayor MEX 55th (79 p.)
- Finn: Caleb Paine USA 10th, Martin Robitaille CAN 15th (40 p.)
- Nacra-17: Ramsay/Girke CAN 15th, Easton/Pettibone USA 21st (49 p.)
- RS:X men: Zach Plavsic CAN 28th, David Mier y Teran MEX 35th, Raul Lopez USA 42nd (64 p.)
- RS:X women: Demita Vega d Lille MEX 11th, Marion Lepert USA 14th, Laurence Bonneau CAN 33rd (37p)
The US Sailing Team, as well as the Canada Team reports.

All results, the report of the day and the video of the day.
Thursday, January 29, 2015   (Image © Ocean Images)
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Unconstant winds in velocity and direction made sailing extremely challenging yesterday, and even the super-star Robert Scheidt BRA - with the ranks 27/20 - had his difficulties, loosing the first place in the Lasers Standard to Matthew Wearn AUS, just 1 point ahead of Nick Thompson GBR. Scheidt is now 3rd, 6 points behind the new leader and only 2 points ahead of the 4th Philipp Buhl GER. Charlie Buckingham USA is 10th, Robert Davis CAN 29th and Yanic Gentry MEX 85th.
Anne-Marie Rindom DEN however was among the best yesterday as well in the Lasers Radial, extending her lead on Annalise Murphy IRL to 5 points. Evi Van Acker BEL is new on rank 3. Convincing performance of the NorAn women with Paige Railey USA on 7th, Haddon Hughes USA on 8th and Brenda Bowskill CAN on 10th overall. Nathalie Montemayor MEX is 55th. Bad luck for Tuula Tenkanen FIN, winning both races yesterday, but having missed the first day's races and with 4 instead of 6 valid heats, she remained on rank 41 and has to sail the Final Series as 2nd of the Silverfleet.
All ranking lists, the daily report and the video of the day.
Thursday, January 29, 2015   (Image © Walter Cooper)
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Six races have been completed at the DN World Championship in Canada and Karol Jablonski POL grasped his 9th World Champion's title ! Robert Graczyk POL and Michal Burczynski POL complete the podium. Ron Sherry USA follows on rank 4. The complete ranking list has not yet been posted.
The results, the German facebook page and the DN website.
Thursday, January 29, 2015   
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The fleet is sailing eastbound close to the 45th latitude at good velocity with Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA as fastest, having extended their lead on 'Neutrogena' (Altadill ESP/Munoz CHI) to 224 miles this morning. The 4th team to round Cape of Good Hope yesterday were Jörg Riechers GER/Sébastien Audigane FRA now 1158 miles behind the leaders.
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Top News – Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Wednesday, January 28, 2015   (Image © Ingrid Abery)
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After an opening day of squalls and shattered equipment, the second day of racing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami offered a steady breeze in the teens.
The full program was sailed yesterday. Mantis/Kagialis GRE moved up on top of the 470 men, closely followed by Patience/Willis GBR and Belcher/Ryan AUS. Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL confirmed their first place in the 470 women with a race win. Hannah Mills/Saskia Clarke GBR - also winning a race - remain not far away. Diego Botin/Iago Lopez ESP continued with an impressive performance in the 49ers and have now already a 14 points lead on Gilmour/Mara AUS and Delle-Karth/Resch AUT. With Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL and 17 points behind Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA, two Southern hemisphere teams are on top of the 49erFX. Leonie Meyer/Elena Stofers GER advanced on the 3rd place.
Giles Scott GBR has been undefeated in the Finns for 18 months now ... and at the Miami event, he is again on a winning path. He won 3 of the 4 heats completed so far. Jake Lilley AUS and Ed Wright GBR follow behind. Gemma Jones/Jason Saunders NZL defended the first place in the Nacra 17, followed by Ben Saxton/Nicola Groves GBR one point behind. Vittorio Bissaro/Silvia Sicouri ITA are 3rd. In the windsurfers, Byrony Shaw GBR has taken the lead in the RS:X women by a small margin, followed by Olga Maslivets RUS. Louis Giard FRA is still on top of the RS:X men ahead of Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED and Byron Kokkalanis GRE.

Here an overview on the best North American teams by nation:
- 470 men: McNay/Hughes USA 18th, Chaplin/Chaplin CAN 33th, Cervantes/ Belausteguigoitia Mex 42nd (44 participants)
- 470 women: Haeger/Provancha USA 8th, Surrette/tenHofe CAN 28th (30p.)
- 49er: Funk/Burd USA 10th, Brodeur/Inkpen 29th (58 p.)
- 49erFX: Capozzi/OBryan USA 24th, Berry/Merry CAN 28th (40 p.)
- Laser Standard: Charlie Buckingham USA 18th, Tom Ramshaw CAN 20th, Yanic Gentry MEX 81st (107p)
- Laser Radial: Paige Railey USA 5th, Brenda Bowskill CAN 8th, Natalya Montemayor MEX 49th (79 p.)
- Finn: Caleb Paine USA 7th, Greg Douglas CAN 15th (40 p.)
- Nacra-17: Ramsay/Girke 15th, Wilmot/Chaffee USA 20th, (49 p.)
- RS:X men: Zach Plavsic CAN 33th, David Mier y Teran MEX 35th, Raul Lopez USA 42nd (64 p.)
- RS:X women: Marion Lepert USA 10th, Demita Vega d Lille MEX 18th, Laurence Bonneau CAN 31st (37p)
The US Sailing Team report , as well as the Sail Canada Team report

All results and the report of the day with videos.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015   (Image © Ingrid Abery)
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The wind was more and more slackening and unstable during the Laser races in the afternoon, but nevertheless, two races were sailed in both classes and the Lasers Standard completed the Qualifier Series for the Gold and Silver rounds.
Robert Scheidt BRA advanced on position 1 in the Lasers Standard finishing 1 and 2 in his group yesterday. Matthew Wearn AUS on rank 2 overall was as successful in the other group with a 1 and 2. Nick Thompson GBR, Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA and Philipp Buhl GER follow on positions 3 to 5 after the Qualifiers. Charlie Buckingham USA is 18th, Tom Ramshaw CAN 20th and Yanic Gentry MEX 81st.
Anne-Marie Rindom DEN has taken the lead in the Lasers Radial with two race wins. Annalise Murphy IRL advanced on rank 2 and Marit Bouwmester NED is now 3rd. Paige Railey USA is 5th, Brenda Bowskill CAN 8th and Natalya Montemayor MEX 49th.
The US Sailing Team report , as well as the Sail Canada Team report.
All results, the report of the day and the videos of the day, part 1 and part 2.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015   
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Light winds prevailed off Kingston CAN yesterday and only the Silverfleet completed one race with the top 12 qualifying for the Goldfleet. Mike Dye USA was the winner. The small European delegation is sailing in the Goldfleet with Karel Jablonski POL in the overall lead winning the two races completed so far.
The results and the DN website. Here the video summary of day one produced by the Canadian TV.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015   
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No substantial changes in the distances between the boats on the South Indian Ocean yesterday, but today, 'Neutrogena' (Altadill ESP/Munoz CHI) has probably the possibility to reduce the 171 miles deficit on 'Cheminées Poujoulat' (Stamm SUI/Le Cam FRA) as a low wind zone is in the way, and 'Neutrogena' on a more southern course along the exclusion zone (below the 45th parallel) has a shorter distance to Cape Horn.
The race viewer, the news and the videos.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015   
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Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race was concluded yesterday with the arrival of the all-female 'SCA' team of Samantha Davies GBR in Sanya CHN. Despite of finishing last, Samantha Davies showed confidence in the progress made. Here the report. The victory of the home team 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA as skipper was very much celebrated in Sanya, even more, as the Chinese-French teams advanced on top of the interim's rankings as well. The report. More news and videos as always on the event website.
 
Top News – Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Tuesday, January 27, 2015   
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Up to 30 kn was the breeze on the first race day of the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta, 2nd event of the ISAF Worldcup 2015, and a lot of capsizes and equipment damages were the consequence ! Nevertheless, the program could be completed in most classes.
Luke Patience/Elliott Willis GBR took the lead in the 470 men ahead of the favorites Belcher/Ryan AUS and Asenati/Hudson RSA. The 470 women are lead by the Olympic Champions Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL in front of Mills/Clarke GBR and Weguelin/McIntyre GBR. Surprise in the 49ers, where no 'big names' but Diego Botin/Iago Lopez ESP are first winning two of the three races ! Alonso/Alonso ESP and Gilmour/Mara AUS follow closely. The 49ersFX were kept ashore after one race, as only 8 of the 40 entrants saw the finish line. Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL were first ahead of Keijzer/Blom NED and Lloyd/Elks AUS. Giles Scott GBR stood up to his reputation and won both Finn races, with Jake Lilley AUS and Ivan Klijakovic CRO as first persuers. No surprises also in the Nacra 17 with the experienced Gemma Jones/Jason Saunders NZL, Vittorio Bisarro/Silvia Seguri ITA and Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA in the top positions. The leading trio in the RS:X male windsurfer consists of Louis Giard FRA ahead of Byron Kokkalanis GRE and Nick Dempsey GBR. A new name appears on the RS:X female windsurf rankings with Marion Lepert USA, in front of Flavia Tartaglini ITA and Olga Maslivets RUS.

Here an overview on the best North American teams by nation:
- 470 men: McNay/Hughes USA 16th, Belausteguigoitia/ Belausteguigoitia Mex 40th, Chaplin/Chaplin CAN 42nd (45 participants)
- 470 women: Haeger/Provancha USA 10th, Surrette/tenHofe CAN 28th (31p.)
- 49er: Liebenberg/Morris USA 16th, Brodeur/Inkpen 26th (58 p.)
- 49erFX: Blecher/Shea USA 8th (40 p.)
- Laser Standard
-Laser Radial: Paige Railey USA 4th, Brenda Bowskill CAN 13th, Natalya Montemayor MEX 42nd (80 p.)
- Finn: Greg Douglas CAN 9th, Philip Toth USA 17th (41 p.)
- Nacra-17: Ramsay/Girke 22nd, Wilmot/Chaffee USA 25th, (49 p.)
-RS:X men: Zach Plavsic CAN 30th, David Mier y Teran MEX 32nd, Carson Crain USA 43rd (66 p.)
- RS:X women: Marion Lepert USA 1st, Demita Vega de Lille MEX 16th, Laurence Bonneau CAN 25th (37 p.)

All ranking lists and the daily report.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015   
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The Lasers sailed two races on the first race day of the MOCR ISAF Worldcup Regatta on Biscayne Bay in heavy rain gusts of up to 30 kn.
The Standard fleet is split in two groups, and the first overall leader is Bruno Fontes BRA (1/3) followed by Andrew Maloney NZL (4/1) and Robert Scheidt BRA (2/4). The ranks of the best North Americans by nation: Tom Ramshaw CAN 13th, Charlie Buckingham USA 20th , Yanic Gentry MEX 82nd (111 participants)
In the Radials, Allison Young GBR won both races of her group and leads overall ahead of Sarah Winter NZL and Annalise Murphy IRL on the ranks 2 and 3. The best NorAms by nation: Paige Railey USA 4th, Brenda Bowskill CAN 13th, Natalya Montemayor 42nd (80 participants)
All ranking lists and the report of the day.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015   (Image © Christophe Favreau)
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Charles Caudrelier FRA and his Chinese Team 'Dongfeng' arrived yesterday - as expected considering the solid performance during the whole 3rd leg - as winner in Sanya, its home harbour, a historical triumph. With this victory, 'Dongfeng' takes the overall lead in the Volvo Ocean Race. 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR finished three hours later, 'Alvimedica' followed another hour behind, closely followed by 'Mapfre' and 'Brunel'. The all-female Team 'SCA' will arrive during the day.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015   
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The leading 'Cheminées Poujoulat' with Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA is sailing along the safety zone (latitude 45) eastbound with a 149 miles' advance on the 2nd-ranked Altadill/Munoz ESP. Yesterday, Anna Corbella/Gerard Marin ESP rounded the Cape of Good Hope as 3rd.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015   
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The 2015 DN Ice-Sailing World Championship in Kingston CAN began on Sunday with two races sailed so far in the Gold- and Silverfleet, with the Poland Ice Sailing Team as dominators, sitting on the ranks 1 to 3 with Karol Jablonski POL (former Americs's Cup helmsman) as first, Michal Burzinsky POL as 2nd and Tomasz Zakrzewsky POL as 3rd. Ron Sherry USA is on the 4th place.
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