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Top News – Friday, September 19, 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014   (Image © Thom Touw)
Yesterday, the first titles were awarded at the ISAF World Championship in Santander in a fresh, but very gusty and shifty breeze frorm the shore. The Netherlands won both Laser titles, France with Charline Picon has premature Gold in the RS:X windsurfers.
Marit Bouwmester NED started the Laser Radial Medal Race with a 10 points' lead, and kept this position with a 3rd rank in the last race. The rookie Josefin Olsson SWE clearly defended the second place. Evi Van Acker BEK took Bronze as at the Olympics. Tuula Tenkanen FIN and Veronika Kozelska-Fenclova CZE follow on the 4th and 5th place just one point behind Bronze.
The Silverfleet did not compete. After only 4 races sailed during 7 days (!), the winner is Maud Jayet SUI, corresponding to rank 61 overall in the 119 boats' fleet.
In a Medal Race full of suspense, Nicholas Heiner NED was first and succeeded to move on top of the Lasers Standard, as the leading Tom Burton AUS downsailed his direct opponent ending on the final ranks 7 and 8 allowing the Dutchman to overtake the duo and win the World Championship. Philipp Buhl GER is 4th 4 points behind rank 3. The defending Champion Robert Scheidt BRA is on the disappointing 5th place. The report of the Laser class, all ranking lists and the video of the Laser-Medal-Races.
The superior Charline Picon FRA took the Worlds title already before the Medal Race of the RS:X female windsurfers. With a row of top-5 results and a 9th place as discard result, she has a 28 points lead and cannot be overtaken by the 2nd-ranked Mayaan Davidovich ISR or the 3rd Marina Alabau ESP two points behind Silver. All ranking lists and the official report.
Friday, September 19, 2014   (Image © Barbara Sanchez)
The 20 kn breeze from the shore, however gusty and shifty, allowed to compensate the delays in the program somewhat. The Lasers sailed their Medal Races, the RS:X windsurfers terminated the Final Series and are ready for the Medal Races today, and the 49ersFX, the Nacra 17 and the Finns concluded the Qualification Series and are ready for the Final Series in Gold- and Silverfleets.
The 470 men finished the Qualifications in the morning already and began the Final Series in the afternoon. With two race wins, the Olympic Champions and defending World Champions Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS took the lead 3 points ahead of Fantela/Marenic CRO auf Rang 2. Mantis Kagialis GRE are 3rd.
As best of the day, the Olympic Champions Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL moved on top of the 470 women. Lara Vadlau/Yolanta Ogar AUT follow on rank 2, and Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA are new on rank 3. Today, two more Final races are on the program to select the 10 best for the Medal Race of Saturday. The report of the 470 class.
Today, the RS:X windsurfers will sail their Medal Races. Charline Picon FRA already has the World Champion's title in the female category with a 28 points' lead, while Mayaan Davidovich ISR and Marina Alabau ESP will fight for the Silver Medal. Minor medal chances remain also with Bryony Shaw GBR and Jiahui Wu CHN with a 10 respectively 12 points deficit on the 3rd place.
French is the lead and most probably also the title in the RS:X male windsurfers ! Julien Bontemps FRA starts to the Medal Race with a 14 points lead on Piotr Myszka POL who, with Przemyslav Miarczynski POL 3 points back, will fight for the Silver Medal. Byron Kokkalanis GRE as 4th is already 11 points behind rank 3. With 4 participants in the Medal Race, the French dominance in windsurfing is massive.
With the day ranks 1 and 2 in their Nacra 17 group, the defending World Champions Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA demonstrated their superiority at the end of the Qualification Series. The top team of the second group are Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI, adding another race win yesterday. The second top result was spoiled because of a capsize. As 2nd-ranked, the Swiss are 7 points behind the leaders. Pippa Wilson/John Gimson GBR are 3rd.
A class of his own was Giles Scott GBR in the Finns, even though he suffered the first defeat after 5 race wins in a row. Ivan Klijakovic CRO won the last race and advanced on the 3rd place behind Jonathan Lobert FRA. The report of the Finn class.
As always in windier conditions, skiff sailing ends up as a capsize festival, with the experienced teams surviving. Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL lead in the 49ers with a 29 points' advantage on Delle-Karth/Resch AUT. The Olympic Champions Outteridge/Jensen AUS moved up on rank 3.
The routiniers are also in front of the 49ersFX. Ida-Marie Baad-Nielsen/Marie Thusgaard DEN won both races yesterday and are now 3 points in front of Charlotte Dobson/Sophie Ainsworth GBR. Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA are 3rd.
All ranking lists and the official report.
Friday, September 19, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The Wave-Worldcup participants had nothing but stand-up paddling on their program, as there was again no wind on a sunny late-summer Thursday at Klitmöller, Danish West Coast. The report on the PWA website.
Friday, September 19, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman)
The Round Robin was completed yesterday in good sailing conditions. Last year's winner Taylor Canfield ISV is on top of the rankings with a 10-1 score ahead of Ian Williams GBR (9-2) as well as Pierre-Antoine Morvan FRA und Phil Robertson NZL (7-4 each). These four team are qualified directly for the Quarter Finals. The other 8 teams sail the Repechage to qualify for the remaining four places.
The report with rankings.
Friday, September 19, 2014   (Image © Claire ADB)
The opening day of the Finn Swiss Championship in Port Camargue FRA on the Mediterranean was rough. In a 25-30 kn breeze, only 15 of the 39 participants terminated at least one race. On top of the rankings are the internationally experienced sailors Peter Theurer SUI/YCB (day ranks 1 and 2), Christoph Burger SUI/TYC 2nd and Christoph Christen SUI/YCB 3rd.
The results and the event website.
Friday, September 19, 2014   (Image © Tessa Wiechmann)
Markus Wieser GER and his team won also the third race of the Scandinavian Gold Cup yesterday and secured the trophy for Germany. Jürg Menzi SUI was 2nd yesterday and 2nd overall. The results. The Classics sailed at the same time the Royal Kaag Classic Trophy. Armando Daldini SUI was the winner. The results.
Wieser, 5.5 m defending World Champion is the clear favorite for the title in the Championship starting on Sunday. 38 teams from 7 nations are on the entry list.
Top News – Thursday, September 18, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Thom Touw)
The day saw conditions range from up to 30 kn in the morning to dead-calm later in the afternoon, and not all planned race could be sailed.
The two Laser Classes concluded their Final Series and start to the Medal Races today. As the standings are, Robert Scheidt BRA will not earn his 10th Worlds title in the Lasers Standard as he has as 6th a 19 points' backlog on the leading Tom Burton AUS. The Australian will have to battle with Nick Thompson GBR only 2 points behind. Whoever is ahead in the last race will take the title. Even Nicolas Heiner NED on 3rd 6 points behind and Philipp Buhl GER on 4th 10 points back have chances for the title, if the battle for Gold ends with an endless down-sailing.
Good chance for Gold however has Marit Bouwmester NED in the Lasers Radial. Her advantage on the persuing tied duo Veronika Koselzka-Fenclova CZE and Josefine Olsson SWE is 10 points. Evi Van Acker BEL, 3 points farther behind and even Tuula Tenkanen FIN on 5th have chances for a Medal.
The 470 men sailed only one race and continue with the Qualification Series today. However, the rankings are for the first time relevant with the positions after 3 races. Stuart McNay/David Hughes USA are 3 points ahead of Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO. Mantis/Kagialis GRE and Charbonnier/Nebout FRA follow at equal points on the ranks 3 and 4. With a deficit of 8,5 points, the defending champions Belcher/Ryan AUS are on position 11. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI on rank 50 have a 50 points backlog on the Goldfleet cut at 37 boats. Today, three races are on the program.
The 470 women sailed their first Final race, and Lara Vadlau/Jolanta Ogar AUT took the overall lead winning this heat. Camille Lecointre/Hélène Defrance FRA follow 7 points behind. Mills/Clark GBR and Broekhuizen/Jongens NED are on the ranks 3 and 4 at equal points.
The Finns concluded the Qualification Series with 4 races. Ed Wright GBR won all heats of his group and is the clear overall leader ahead of Jonathan Lobert FRA. Ed Wright GBR and Anders Pedersen NOR follow at equal points on the positions 3 and 4.
The Nacra 17 did not compete. Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA are first on the published rankings with 2 race wins, but the other group only sailed one race won by Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI.
The 49ers concluded their Qualification Series after only 5 races yesterday. Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL lead 10 points ahead of Warrer/Thomsen DEN. Delle-Karth/Resch AUT follow behind 0.3 points back. The Olympic Champions Outteridge/Jensen AUS on rank 8 have a 20 points backlog. Sebastien Schneiter/Lucien Cujean SUI on position 55 and Victor Casas/Bryan Mettraux SUI as 74th continue the Championship in the Silverfleet.
The 49erFX completed only three races, and three teams share the lead: Charlotte Dobson/Sophie Ainsworth GBR, Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA and Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgard DEN all with the rank 1 and 2 in their groups. Today, the Qualification Series shall be concluded with 2-3 more races.
Winning two heats, Julien Bontemps FRA is on top of the RS:X male windsurfers, followed by Piotr Myszka POL and Przemislav Miarczynski POL on the positions 2 and 3.
Charline Picon FRA domintes the RS:X female windsurfers with a 20 points' lead on Zofia Noceti-Klepacka POL. On the 3rd and 4th place are at equal points Eugenie Ricard FRA and Mayaan Davidovich ISR.

The results of the best North Americans are:
Laser Standard (147 boats): Charlie Buckingham USA 7th, Chris Barnard USA 15th, Lee Parkhill CAN 43th.
Laser Radial (120 boats): Erika Reinecke 14th, Isabella Bertold CAN 18th.
RS:X men: David Mier Y Teran MEX 44th (and Goldfleet), Zach Plavsic CAN 51st. Carson Crain USA 73th,
RS:X women: Demita Vega de Lille MEX 23rd, Farrah Hall USA 40th, Laurence Bonneau CAN 55th.
470 men (73 boats): Stuart McNay/David Hughes USA 4th, Jacob Chaplin-Saunders/Greame Chaplin-Saunders CAN 41st
470 women (54 boats): Annie Haeger/Briana Provancha USA 3rd, Allison Surette/Alexandra tenHove CAN 49th
49er (80 boats): Brad Funk/Trevor Burd USA 23rd, David Mori/Justin Barnes CAN 43rd
49erFX: Erin Rafuse/Danielle Boyd CAN 27th, Paris Henken/Helena Scutt USA 35th Nacra-17 (67 boats): Sarah Newberry/John Casey USA 13th, Luke Ramsay/Nikola Girke 15th
Finn (78 boats): Greg Douglas Caleb Paine 11th/CAN 16th

See also the US Sailing Team and the Sail Canada websites for details.

All ranking lists, the daily report and the video of the day.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman/WMRT)
The 4th Act of the World Match Racing Tour 2014 began yesterday on Lake Michigan in a light breeze. 4 flights were completed, and as expected, Taylor Canfield ISV (Director of the Chicago Match Race Center) took advantage of his local experience and leads with a 4-0 score. Ian Williams GBR, Mathieu Richard FRA, Phil Robertson AUS, Joachim Aschenbrenner DEN and Chris Steele NZL follow with a 3-1 w/l record.
The report with results.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
Still no wind and small waves in Klitmöller on the Danish west coast, the Wave Worldcup had to be delayed again. A short report and some interviews on the PWA website.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)
The six teams of the 35th America's Cup Challenge decided to equip the AC45-catamarans with foils. 'Luna Rossa' and 'Oracle Team USA modified their cats already, and at the AC-World Series starting next year, the AC45s shall be flying. A report of 'Luna Rossa Challenge' and the official communiqué.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
The 5.5 m World Championship begins traditionally with the Scandinavian Gold Cup , and two races were already completed yesterday. Only the race winners qualify for the next round, and with Markus Wieser GER and his team already winning twice, the Gold Cup might be very short this time. Jürg Menzi SUI is sailing for Switzerland. He finished 5th and 2nd in the 6 boats fleet. The results.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
The Finn Swiss Championship begins today in Port Camargue. Instead of the expected summery conditions, a bad weather depression with rain and an easterly wind of up to 25 kn will be prevailing over the Gulf of Marseille. The weather forecast. 43 sailors from 5 nations participate. The event website.
Top News – Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Admittedly, the Santander area was blessed with a fresher breeze of up to 18 kn, but the South-Easterly wind from the shore was extremely shifty, and again, only a reduced program has been completed.
The RS:X male windsurfer completed their program with the Gold- and Silverfleet Qualifications. 23 nations are represented among the 41 drivers in the Goldfleet. 18 Rio Olympic berths will be allotted at the end of the Championship. Piotr Myszka POL is on the first place ahead of Pierre Le Coq FRA and Nick Dempsey GBR.
The RS:X female windsurfers had a lay day. Charline Piccon FRA is the clear leader ahead of Bryony Shaw GBR and Patricia Freitas BRA. 18 nations in the Goldfleet fight for one of the 15 Olympic berths.
The 470 women completed their Qualification Series as well. Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark GBR lead 2 points in front of Lara Vadlau/Jolanta Ogar AUT. On rank 3 at equal points follow Michelle Broekhuizen/Marieke Jongens NED and Lemaitre/Retornaz FRA down on rank 4 after a disqualification. The best 10 nations in the Goldfleet will qualify for an Olympic nations slot.
The Qualification Series in the 470 men is not yet terminated and will continue today on the reserve day. Up to now, one half of the fleet has sailed 3, the other half 2 races, and the ranking list ist therefore not very transparent. Charbonnier/Nebout FRA are mentioned as 1st, but McNay/Hughes USA with two race wins so far are clearly ahead.
Different is the number of races also in the 49ers. Burling/Tuke NZL are stated as leaders ahead of Lima/Costa POR. The second group follows in the rankings with position 41.
Uneven is also the number of races in the 49erFX, where Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgaard DEN are first after 3 completed heats. The second half of the fleet has sailed only 2 races.
The Finns completed one race per group. Oliver Twedell AUS and Giles Scott GBR were the race winners.
With two race wins in their group, Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA are on top of the Nacra 17 rankings. The second group sailed only one race, won by the Swiss team Mattias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI.
The Lasers continue the Championship in a Gold-, Silver- and Bronzefleet, but only the Goldfleet sailed yesterday and completed two races, with Philipp Buhl GER as double winner in the Lasers Standard, advancing on rank 5 overall. Tom Burton AUS is the leader ahead of Nicolas Heiner NED and Nick Thompson GBR. No races for the Silver- and Bronzefleets.
New on top of the Lasers Radial is Marit Bouwmester NED thanks of a race win, followed by Veronika Koselska-Fenclova CZE. Josefine Olsson SWE on rank 3 is already 14 points back.

The results of the best North Americans are:
Laser Standard : Charlie Buckingham USA 2nd, Chris Barnard USA 11th, Lee Parkhill CAN 21st.
Laser Radial: Erika Reinecke 6th, Isabella Bertold CAN 23rd.
RS:X men: David Mier Y Teran MEX 46th (and Goldfleet), Zach Plavsic CAN 63rd. Carson Crain USA 64th,
RS:X women: Demita Vega de Lille MEX 24th, Farrah Hall USA 34th, Laurence Bonneau CAN 55th.
470 men: McNay/Hughes USA 2nd, Chaplin-Saunders/Chaplin-Saunders CAN 13th
470 women: Haeger/Provancha USA 19th, Surette/tenHove CAN 55th
49er: Brad Funk/Trevor Burd USA 4th, David Mori/Justin Barnes CAN 26th,
49erFX: Erin Rafuse/Danielle Boyd CAN 14th, Deborah Capozzi/Molly Vandemoer USA 26th
Nacra-17: Sarah Newberry/John Casey USA,
See also the US Sailing Team and the Sail Canada websites for details.

The daily report and all ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
Unfavorable wind and wave conditions prevented the competition at the Danish West Coast yesterday. The highlight of the day was the recovery of the fishing boat stranded in the middle of the race area. For the first time, the competition can be followed live on the Internet. The report of the day as always on the PWA-website.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The World Match Racing Tour 2014 continues today with the Chicago Match Cup on Lake Michigan. After 4 of 7 Rounds, the clear leader is Ian Williams GBR 17 points ahead of the second-ranked Mathieu Richard FRA, The 2013 Match Race World Champion Taylor Canfield ISV - btw Director of the Chicago Match Race Center and therefore very familiar with the Tom-28-yachts in use - on the 3rd rank has a deficit of 24 points on Williams. The competition can be followed live on the Internet.
The official preview.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The most spectacular capsizes of the past 30 years are documented in a 6-minutes 18-footer video summary, the 'Capsize Classics'. An amusing start of the day ! The video.
Top News – Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Very light winds, big shifts and the strong tidal current made racing almost impossible. Only half of the 49er fleet completed two races.
Finishing twice as 5th, Delle-Karth/Resch AUT took the lead one point ahead of Basalkin/Chernikov RUS. Kostov/Cupac CRO are 3rd. The biggest surprise however are the unknown Ganapathy Kelapanda/Varun Thakkar IND on rank 4, even ahead of the Olympic Champions Outteridge/Jensen AUS. Some teams are already under pressure to reach the Goldfleet of the 25 best, such as Warrer/Thomsen DEN (rank 24), Dyen/Christidis FRA (31st) or Fletcher/Sign GBR (35th). Strammer/Brown USA are on the 27th place, Ferguson/Ferguson CAN are 48th.
The ranking list and the report of the day.
The wind forecast for today with a 10-12 kn breeze looks quite promising to sail the complete program for all classes. Raing can - as on every day - be followed live on the Internet.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The PWA Wave Worldcup began yesterday at the Danish 'Cold Hawaii' Klitmöller on Denmark's West Coast with a supersession. Moderate winds and a fisherman's boat stranded inmidst the race area (see picture) impeded the competition. Marcilio Brown BRA won the final ahead of Thomas Traversa FRA and Flo Jung GER. The event website and the PWA website.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   (Image © Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race)
The seven teams starting to the Volvo Ocean Race on October 4th sailed a test race from Alicante ESP to the Baleares and back over the past weekend. The fleet was quite balanced in the prevailing 5 - 15 kn breeze with the Danish 'Vestas Wind' of Chris Nicholson NZL as winner just 10 seconds ahead of 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED ! The report and the video.
Top News – Monday, September 15, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014   (Image © Pedro Martinez)
Very light winds - 4 to 8 kn - prevailed yesterday in Santander and only a reduced program was completed. The Laser Standard and Radial Goldfleets sailed only one Final race each, while the Silver- and Bronzefleets remained without results. The RS:X windsurfers sailed only 2 of the 3 planned heats. The 470 men completed one, the women two regattas.
First leaders in the 470 women are Maelenn Lemaitre/Aloise Retornaz FRA with the day ranks 1 and 2, followed by Fernanda Oliveira/Ana-Luiza Barbachan BRA and Huimin Feng/Lizhu Wang CHN. The 470 women rankings.
Group winners in the 470 men were Bouvet/Mion FRA and McNay/Hughes USA, with Fantela/Marenic CRO and Charbonnier/Nebout-Javal FRA on ranks 2, and Autenrieth/Autenrieth GER as well as Kampouridis/Papadopulos GRE on the 3rd places.
New on top of the Lasers Standard is Nicolas Heiner NED, Charlie Buckingham USA advanced on rank 2, at equal points with Tom Burton AUS. Robert Scheidt BRA dropped on rank 4 after a premature start disqualification.
In the Lasers Radial, the winner of the only race of the day was Dongshuang Zhang CHN taking the overall lead 6 points ahead of Josefine Olsson SWE. Marit Bouwmester NED follows on the 3rd place.
Piotr Myszka POL is now on top of the RS:X men windsurfers at conclusion of the Gold- and Silverfleet Qualifications. Nick Dempsey GBR, Byron Kokkalanis GRE and Toni Wilhelm GER follow at equal points on the ranks 2 to 4.
Charline Picon FRA remained on the first position in the RS:X women 6 points ahead of Byrony Shaw GBR. Patricia Freitas BRA is 3rd.
The video of the day presents the 470s. Check out also the ranking list and the event website.

The results of the best North Americans are:
Laser Standard : Charlie Buckingham USA 2nd, Chris Barnard USA 11th, Lee Parkhill CAN 21st.
Laser Radial: Erika Reinecke 6th, Isabella Bertold CAN 23rd.
RS:X men: David Mier Y Teran MEX 46th (and Goldfleet), Zach Plavsic CAN 63rd. Carson Crain USA 64th,
RS:X women: Demita Vega de Lille MEX 24th, Farrah Hall USA 34th, Laurence Bonneau CAN 55th.
470 men: McNay/Hughes USA 2nd, Chaplin-Saunders/Chaplin-Saunders CAN 13th
470 women: Haeger/Provancha USA 19th, Surette/tenHove CAN 55th
See also the US Sailing Team and the Sail Canada websites for details.

As from today, all classes will be on the water, for the first time the Nacra 17, the 49ers and the 49ersFX. Racing today can again be followed live on the Internet.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Top sailing conditions with a 20-23 kn breeze on the last day of the Istanbul Act prevailed for the X-40-cats. As team of the day, 'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA was ready to fight for the overall win in the last double-points heat, but for tactical reasons, they let 'Team New Zealand' with Dean Barker NZL pass to avoid that 'The Wave - Muscat' would win Act 6. The NewZealanders celebrated their first 2014 win, and this after a last place in Act 5. 'The Wave - Muscat' and 'Alinghi' completed the podium.
The report and the ranking list.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Light winds prevailed yesterday during the last races of the Swan Cup on Sardinia. 92 teams, split in 6 categories, participated. The outcome of the Swan 45 World Championship was decided in the very last race in favor of Nigel Brandeis GER agains his German opponent Christian Plump GER. All other ranking lists and the final report.
Monday, September 15, 2014   (Image © Sander van der Borch)
The inaugural One Design Cup in Marseille was concluded yesterday in excellent sailing conditions. The new high-tech classes were much appreciated.
Flavio Marazzi SUI was best in the three-boats' GC32-catamaran fleet. Arthur Herrmann FRA won the Match Race of the 8 Diam-24-trimarans. Loic Forestier SUI finished 4th in his first regatta as skipper of the new Tour-de-France boat. Giovanni Galeotti BEL dominated the Moths with David Holenweg SUI and Jean-Pierre de Siebenthal SUI on rank 2 and 3. The report and all ranking lists.