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Top News – Saturday, July 26, 2014
Saturday, July 26, 2014   
Contrary to the wind forecast for the last day of the Moth Worlds at Hayling Island GBR, the breeze was perfect with 12-16 kn, the best day of the week, allowing to complete 4 races.
Finishing 4/4/2/1, Nathan Outteridge AUS defended the first place and added the second Moth World Champion's title to his impressive collection of international triumphs. Chris Rashley GBR is 2nd 10 points behind, Josh McKnight AUS is 3rd. On the first 14 positions are Australian and English helmsmen only, among them the 49er crack Dylan Fletcher GBR (rank 8), the 2008 Laser Olympic Champion Paul Goodison (rank 12) or the America's Cup Luna-Rossa helmsman Chris Draper GBR. Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI on rank 15 and Chris Rast SUI as 16th are the best from another nation. 133 participants from 18 nations were present.
The report with results and the video of the day.
Saturday, July 26, 2014   
The Laser Radial Men's World Championship 2014 in Poland ended yesterday with two races sailed in a 12 kn breeze. The leading Jonasz Stelmaszyk POL controlled his last opponent Marcin Rudawski POL during the races and secured the European's Champion title with a 6 points' advance. The Bronze medal went to William de Smet BEL closely followed by Tristan Brown AUS.
The finalr rankings and the report.
Next Monday, the Laser Radial Youth Championship 2014 will begin at the same venue. 167 Radial-Boys from 31 nations and 87 Radial Girls from 27 nations are on the entry lists.
Saturday, July 26, 2014   
The Dutch festival continued on the fourth day of the Yngling World Championship in Travemünde GER and all medals will go to Netherlands teams. Jamin Maarten NED remains on top 3 points ahead of Jan Haven NED, and another 3 points ahead of Lieuwe Gietma NED before the last races today.
The results and the daily report.
Saturday, July 26, 2014   
All age categories sailed three races on the windiest day of the Techno Worlds so far with 15 kn. The leading groups are very close in most of the fleets before the last races today, and the decisions for the medals will fall today. The exception is Grigia Speciale ITA winner of 7 of the 9 races in the U15-Girls and leading with 20 points on Shira Benbenisti ISR. Tom Arnoux FRA is first in the U15-Boys, Lucie Pianazza FRA is on top of the U17-Girls while Carlo Ciabatti ITA leads in the U17-Boys.
The event website.
Saturday, July 26, 2014   
The unusual weather situation on the English South Coast continued on the last day of the 6 mIJ Europeans with much sun but no wind, and no more racing was possible. With only 3 completed races, the European Championship 2014 could not be validated and no champion crowned.
The report and the ranking lists.
Top News – Friday, July 25, 2014
Friday, July 25, 2014   (Image © Tom Gruitt)
Moderate conditions - 8-13 kn breeze - prevailed on the second-last day of the Moth Europeans at Hayling Island, just enough for most pilots to foil. Four races were sailed and Nathan Outteridge AUS moved up on top with the day ranks 2/1/2/2 two points ahead of Chris Rashley GBR. Eight points behind Outteridge AUS, his Australian team mate Josh McKnight AUS has still chances for the title. The next chaser Scott Babbage AUS on rank 4 is already 27 points behind. The ranks 1 to 12 go to GBR and AUS sailors, and Chris Rast USA/SUI 13th and one point behind Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI are the first from other nations. Brad Funk USA is 17th.
The report, the results and the video of the day.
Friday, July 25, 2014   
Jonasz Stelmaszyk POL stayed on top of the rankings after 8 heats inspite of a disqualification yesterday, but Marcin Rudawski POL on rank 2 is only one point behind. These two will duel for the title in the last races today, as the 3rd-ranked Tadeusz Kubiak POL is already 16 points back. Andrew Puopulo USA is 15th.
The ranking list and the event website.
Friday, July 25, 2014   
The perfect conditions at Travemünde with sun and a fresh East wind stayed on yesterday for the first three races of the Tornado European Championship. The performance level of the leading teams seems clear with Paschalidis/Trigonis GRE leading with the race ranks 1/1/1 ahead of Roland + Nahid Gäbler GER (2/2/2) and Martin Rusterholz/Marc Baier SUI (3/3/3). 20 teams from 9 nations participate. The daily report and the ranking list.
Friday, July 25, 2014   (Image © Erik Lahteenmaki)
13 matches of the ISAF Youth Matchracing Worlds were sailed yesterday in Helsinki with sun and warm temperatures. Leaders after two-third of the Round Robin are Joachim Aschenbrenner DEN and Sam Gilmour AUS with 8-2 w/l. Nevin Snow USA (8-3) and Mark Lees GBR (7-2) follow behind.
The report with rankings.
Friday, July 25, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
Two short races in the Bay of Hyères were on the program yesterday before the 9 M34 yacht started to the last 100 miles' conveyance race to Nice yesterday evening. Ranks 4 and 6 were good enough for the leading 'Courrier Dunkerque' with Daniel Souben FRA to earn another advantage point on 'Groupama' (Franck Cammas FRA). It remains to be seen in the final race to Nice, whether the 8 points' lead is sufficient for the overall victory.
The results, the daily report and the video of the day.
Friday, July 25, 2014   (Image © Christophe Breschi)
A low-wind high pressure area has considerably slowed down the 34 Minis in their race to the Acores. Giancarlo Pedote ITA succeeded nevertheless to extend his lead on Davy Beaudart FRA in the Protos to 37 miles until yesterday evening. The new leader in the Series-Minis is Tanguy Le Turquais FRA, closely followed by Damien Cloarec FRA and Jonas Geerkens NED.
The daily report and the race viewer.
Friday, July 25, 2014   
Yesterday was the final day of the 29er North American Open, wrapping up four days of strong competition between 69 boats from 10 countries. Competitors were competing for the North American, United States and Canadian Championships. The gold fleet was only able to complete one race, with the silver fleet not completing any. Kurt Hansen/Harry Morgan AUS won the Open Championship in a convincing way, the US title went to Max Brill7Malcom Zach USA, best Canadiens were Lloyd Lyall/Andrew Moreno CAN on 4th. Read the full report and see the complete results.
Friday, July 25, 2014   (Image © Toby Bromwich)
The Kiteboarding Grand Slam on Fuerteventura ESP ended yesterday with the Freestyle Double Elimination and two Slalom runs.
Gisela Pulido ESP succeeded to defeat the leading Karolina Winkowska POL twice taking the overall Freestyle victory. Annelous Lammerts NED won the Slalom ahead of Bibiana Magaij SVK 2nd and Manuela Jungo SUI 3rd, her first podium.
Winners in the men's category were Julien Kerneur FRA Slalom, and Liam Whaley ESP Freestyle.
The report with rankings.
Friday, July 25, 2014   
Lay day for the 40 Yngling teams at the World Championship in Travemünde GER yesterday. After 5 races, Jamin Maarten NED as best of a strong Dutch team is on a solid path to the title.
The ranking list and the daily report.
Friday, July 25, 2014   
The missing wind delayed again racing at the 6 mIJ Europeans off Falmouth, and only at 17.30 hrs, the only race of the day could be started.
Winners in the two categories were Peter Andreae GBR in the Classics and Bertie Bicket GBR in the Modernes. Overall firsts after three races are Paul Smith GBR (Modernes) and Andy Postle GBR (Classics). Two races must be completed today to validate the European Championship.
The results and the news.
Top News – Thursday, July 24, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014   (Image © Tom Gruitt / YachtsandYachting.com)
The breeze was for the first time up to 15 kn at Hayling Island yesterday after the light wind days so far, allowing also the heavier participants to fly. Two races in the Gold- and Silverfleet were on the program, and Chris Rashley GBR remained on top with the day ranks 1 and 4. Nathan Outteridge AUS - with a race win too - advanced on rank 2 with a 4 points' backlog. Josh McKnight AUS follows as 3rd, while Robert Greenhalgh GBR dropped on rank 5. Chris Rast USA progressed on rank 12, Brad Funk on 17.
The daily report with the ranking lists and the video of the day.
Thursday, July 24, 2014   (Image © Robert Hajduk - ShutterSail.com)
The sun was finally out at the Laser Radial 'Men's Worlds in Dziwnow POL after two foggy days, and two races were sailed in a 11-12 kn breeze. The winner of the first four heats Jonasz Stelmaszyk POL had to content himself with the day ranks 8 and 3, but he remains on the first place ahead of Martis Pajarskas LTU new on rank 2. Marcin Rudawski POL is now 3rd.
The ranking list and the daily report.
Thursday, July 24, 2014   (Image © segelbilder.de)
Three races were sailed on the second day of the Yngling Worlds in Travemünde GER. With the day ranks 4/2/1, Jamin Maarten NED was again best of the day and extended his lead on Jan Haven NED and Lieuwe Gietma NED.
The ranking list and the daily report.
Thursday, July 24, 2014   (Image © Christophe Breschi)
The Mini fleet is heading directly to the Acores in good sailing conditions. The round-bow Protos up to 2 kn faster as the conventional constructions are constantly extending their lead. Giancarlo Pedote ITA on the Southern route leads 27 miles ahead of Davy Beaudart FRA on a Northern track. The rest of the fleet is already 60 and more miles behind.
First in the Series Minis is Tanguy Le Turquais FRA sailing on a Northern route, but the closest opponents Damien Cloarec FRA and Damien Audrain FRA are only a few miles back.
The race viewer and the reports.
Thursday, July 24, 2014   (Image © SVK1Sports)
Perfect conditions with a 13 kn breeze prevailed yesterday in Brest FRA allowing the almost 400 participants to sail two races concluding the Qualification Series for the Gold and Silver Fleet. On position one in the T293 Girls is Lucie Belbeoch FRA with 6 bullets ahead of Jeanne Penfornis FRA and Hisui Takahashi JPN. The French dominate in the T293 Boys with Oel Pouliquen FRA as leader.
The event website with the daily report and all other ranking lists.
Thursday, July 24, 2014   (Image © Toby Bromwich)
The Freestylers continued with the Eliminations on the 5th day of the Fuerteventura Grand Slam, and 15 runs were completed. The pairings for today's Finals are Stephan Spiessberger AUT and Aaron Hadlow GBR in the men's category and Manuela Jungo SUI Dionela Vieira BRA in the women's category. The report with the results and the videos.
Thursday, July 24, 2014   
Yesterday kicked off the final series of the 29er North American Open, in which competitors are competing for the North American, United States and Canadian Championships. Yesterday provided shifty, challenging wind conditions in the morning due to rain and surrounding storms, however the sun appeared and a strong breeze came in for the afternoon. The gold fleet started the day at 11am and finished 4 races, to finish the day ahead an extra race ahead of schedule. Aussies Kurt Hansen and Harry Morton AUS sit at the top of the leaderboard with a solid 1-3-6-1 in today's races. Marta Munte and Carla Munte ESP finish the day in second, with Canadians Rachel Spinelli and Ian Woodbury following in third. See the complete results and read the full report.
Thursday, July 24, 2014   (Image © DR)
Summer weather with almost no wind again yesterday and no racing on day 3 of the 6 m IJ Europeans. The rankings after the two races of the opening day remain therefore unchanged.
The results and the daily report.
Thursday, July 24, 2014   (Image © Ania Pawlaczyk)
yFour races were sailed in favorable conditions on the first two days of the OK-Dinghy European Championship in Steinhude GER near Hannover by the 110 participants from 9 nations. Leader after the 4 heats is the defending champion Bo Pedersen DEN ahead of André Budzien GER and Rob Wilcox NZL at equal points on rank 2.
The rankings and the report.
Thursday, July 24, 2014   
The first 13 of 35 Round Robin matches were sailed on the first day of the ISAF Youth Matchracing Worlds in light winds. Neville Snow USA leads in the interim's rankings with 5-0 ahead of Joachim Aschenbrenner DEN, Pierre Quiroga FRA and Mark Lees GBR with 5-1 each. Nelson Mettraux SUI (3-3) follows as 8th. The results and the report.
Thursday, July 24, 2014   (Image © segelbilder.de)
The perfect conditions kept on during the 5th day of the 'Week'.
The Contenders terminated their German Championship with Volker Niedik GER as first one point ahead of Dirk Müller GER and Andreas Voigt GER. On Saturday, the European Championship of the Contenders will begin at Kühlungsborn GER. A class of his own remains Nick Willim GER at the German Youth Championship of the Lasers Radial winning all six heats so far. Yesterday began the O'pen BIC World Championship with Jack Challands AUS leading after two races in the U13-rankings. First in the U16-rankings is Mattia Journo ITA.
All ranking lists are available at the Live-Center.
Top News – Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014   (Image © Mark Jardine)
Sun and no wind at the English South Coast these days. The 138 Moth sailors waited in vain for wind, and the Qualification Series for the Gold and Silver rounds has not yet been completed.
After three 3 races, Robert Greenalgh GBR and Chris Rashley GBR are leading with two race wins each, ahead of Josh McKnight AUS and Scott Babbage AUS jointly on rank 3.
The ranking list, the daily report and the video of the day.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014   (Image © Segelbilder.de)
As on the first day, a thick fog disturbed the program of the Laser Radial Men World Championship in Poland, but finally in the afternoon, three races could be completed in a 12-15 kn breeze. Leader after four races is Jonasz Stelmaszyk POL with four race wins. Marcin Rudawski POL follows on rank 2, Martis Pajarskas LTU is 3rd. Andrew Puopolo USA is 11th. 76 participants from 23 nations and 5 continents are racing. No Swiss present.
The ranking list and the report of the day and the event website.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014   
The Yngling World Championship 2014 in Travemünde GER began yesterday with two races. As in the Preworlds, the Dutch teams dominate with four boats in the first four ranks. Jamin Maarten NED won both heats and leads overall ahead of Gietma Lieuwe NED and Jan Haven-Hidde NED. 38 teams from 9 nations. The results and the report.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014   (Image © Christophe Breschi)
As mostly after the passage of Cape Finisterre ESP, the racing teams are looking for different strategical/tactial options and the 38 boats' fleet is spreading widely, some looking for their luck on a Northern course, others following the coast in a Southern direction.
The two leading round-bow Protos of Giancarlo Pedote ITA and Davy Beaudart FRA have extended their advantage. In the Series Minis, Antonio Fontes ESP is now first sailing on a Southern course.
The race viewer, the reports and the event website.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014   (Image © Patrik Pollack)
After the first day with only one light-wind race, all fleets completed three heats off Brest yesterday in a 7-15 kn breeze. Unfortunately, the ranking lists have not yet been updated this morning. Read the short report for first information.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014   (Image © Toby Bromwich)
The windy conditions stayed on at the Kiteboarding Grand Slam on Fuerteventura ESP. Yesterday, the course racers sailed five Slalom runs with varying results, but in general, the leaders of the first day maintained their positions.
Julien Kerneur FRA clearly leads in the men's category ahead of Oswald Smith RSA and Paul Serin FRA. Bibiana Magaji SVK is first in the women's category with a small margin on the day's best Annelous Lammerts NED. The daily report with results.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
The 9 teams sailed three short races in the Bay of Hyères yesterday in a 12-15 kn wind. With the transfer race from Gruissan to Hyères neutralised, everything seemed to bend in favor of 'Courrier Dunkerque', but winning all three races yesterday, Franck Cammas FRA and his 'Groupama'-Team substantially reduced the backlog on rank 1. Provided 'Groupama' repeats this success in the two short races and the coastal race in the Bay of Hyères today, the close duel for the overall victory will hold on. The fight for rank 3 is equally exciting, as 'Bretagne - Crédit Mutuel' with Nicolas Troussel FRA is only one point ahead of 'Oman Sail' with Sydney Gavignet FRA. The ranking list, the daily report and the videos.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014   
No wind, no racing yesterday at the 6 mIJ European Championship at Falmouth with only an unsuccessful start attempt in the afternoon. No changes therefore in the rankings after the two races of the opening day. The weather forecast for the coming days is not very promising and it remains to be seen if and when racing can be resumed. The ranking lists and the daily report.
Top News – Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014   (Image © Tom Gruitt)
Summery weather with very light winds prevailed at the Moth Worlds in Hayling Island GBR. Nevertheless, the group 'Yellow' completed two, the group 'Blue' one race so that the Qualification Series to split the fleet in a Gold and Silver Round could be completed after 5 races. On top at equal points are Robert Greenhalgh GBR and Chris Rashley GBR. Nathan Outteridge AUS, with his first race win yesterday, follows on rank 3. Sailing in the Goldfleet will be Chris Rast USA/SUI (rank 17) and Brad Funk USA (26th).
The ranking list, the daily report and the video of the day.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014   (Image © Jean-Marie Liot)
The stormy Tramontana with up to 40 kn prompted the Race Management to neutralize the conveyance race from Gruissan to Hyères, cruising in safety mode during the transfer. Nevertheless, the 9 yachts progressed at an average speed exceeding 12 kn ! Today, three short races will be sailed in the Bay of Hyères. 'Courrier Dunkerque' with Daniel Souben FRA still leads ahead of 'Groupama 34' with Franck Cammas FRA and 'Bretagne - Crédit Mutuel ' with Nicolas Troussel FRA.
The ranking list, the daily report and the video of the day.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014   
Yesterday was the first day of the Techno 293 U17- and U15 World Championship in Brest FRA with 400 participants from 21 nations. The light wind allowed to sail only one race.
Fabien Pianazza FRA and Guy Sitin ISR won their groups, Yun Pouliguen FRA and Geronimo Nores USA finished 2nd. First in the U15-Girls was Giorgia Speciale ITA ahead of Natalia Arapoglou GRÉ and Shira Benbenisti ISR. Dominique Stater USA on 26th is best ranked Nortamerican.
Clément Guéret FRA is on top of the U17 Boys followed by Daigo Komatsu JPN and Oel Pouliguen FRA. Three French Girls are ahead in the U17 with Jeanne Penformis FRA, Lucie Belbeoch FRA and Juliette Cristini FRA.
All ranking lists, the short report and the videos.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014   
Yesterday, on a lovely summer day, was the first day of the 6 m IJ European Championship in Falmouth GBR after the tune-up races ending on Saturday (see sailing-new of Sunday). Two races were completed after a start postponement.
First in the Classics is the English 'Titia' after disqualification of the USA 'Lucie' in the first raced. In the 'Modernes', the defending champion 'Valhalla' GBR has taken the lead ahead of 'Blade Runner' CAN.
All ranking lists and the daily report.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014   
Today begins the ISAF Match Racing Youth World Championship in Helsinki FIN, open for matchracers under age 23. Favorite is the ISAF World Ranking nbr 12 Joachim Aschenbrenner DEN, age 20, with Chris Steele NZL as main challenger. The United States will be represented by skipper Nevin Snow (San Diego, CA), with crew Jake La Dow (San Diego, CA), Graham Landy (Norfolk, VA), Katia DaSilva (Newport, RI) and John Wallace (St. Petersburg, FL). The preview.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014   (Image © Toby Bromwich)
Perfect conditions for the Fuerteventura Kiteboarding Grand Slam again on day 3. Yesterday, the Freestyle competition was on the program. Karolina Winkowska POL was first in the women's category, Liam Whaley GBR first in the men's. The total 6 hours' event can be reviewed on video ! Today, Slalom eliminations are scheduled, with Julien Kerneur FRA as Men's interims' leader and Bibiana Magaji SVK as Women's interims' leader after four runs.
The report with results and the event website.