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Top News – Friday, March 6, 2015
Friday, March 6, 2015   
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Another picture perfect day with excellent sailing conditions. The wind was a bit lighter starting out at 11 knots and dropping to 8 by the finish of race 4 lasting again - Bacardi-like - over two hours.
Lars Grael/Samuel Goncalves BRA won the race and reduced the backlog on the leading Jorge Zarif/Bruno Prada BRA - rank 3 yesterday - to one point. The Olympic Champions Mark Reynolds/Magnus Liljedahl USA and Torben Grael/Guilherme de Almeida BRA follow on the ranks 3 and 4 overall after discard.
The ranking list, the report of Paul Cayard USA and the videos.
Friday, March 6, 2015   
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Most teams sailed in moderate winds yesterday except Jörg Riechers GER/Sébastien Audigane FRA, the fastest inspite of a damaged rudder. But their backlog on Gelabert/Costa ESP is still over 600 miles. The leading Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA have now reached the southern trade winds. Their advance on the second-ranked 'Neutrogena' was 1'256 miles this morning. Another 90 miles behind follow Anna Corbella/Gerard Marin ESP.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Friday, March 6, 2015   
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Apparently, there was no racing at the DN Europeans in Estonia, as there are no new results on the event website. Instead, a drone video, presenting the Estonian Valma venue has been posted. Up to now, 5 races have been completed with World Champion Karol Jablonski POL clearly leading.
The ranking lists and the event website.
Friday, March 6, 2015   
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In addition to the Starboats, sailing the traditional Bacardi Cup, four other classes have sailed their first races yesterday at the Miami Sailing Week on Biscayne Bay. For the first time, the Swedish M32 catamarans (not to confuse with the GC32 foiling catamarans) participate with seven US teams competing. Winning 4 of the 5 races, the matchracing champion Taylor Canfield ISV is on top closely followed by Rasmus Kostner USA. The largest fleet are the J/70 with 48 boats. After 3 heats, Julian Fernandez MEX and his team are in the lead ahead of Carlo Alberini ITA and Brian Keane USA. British is the first in the Viper 640 with Lawrence Crispin GBR, while Philipp Norris USA is on top of the VXOne.
All ranking lists and the event website.
Friday, March 6, 2015   
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The Austrian life-style drink company Red Bull, providing 'wings to people and ideas', decided to enhance their 'flying squad' with flying multihulls, creating the Foiling Generation Challenge, a new circuit for youth sailors age 16 to 20. On 18 foot Flying-Phantom-Foiler Catamarans, eliminations to select semi-finalists and finalists for an annual final event will be sailed in seven destinations around Europe. Responsible for this competition are the Tornado Olympic Champions Roman Hagara AUT and Hans-Peter Steinacher AUT, also active for Red Bull in the Extreme Sailing Series.
Check out the (must-see) video explaining the concept and the boats.
Friday, March 6, 2015   
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Too cold to go afloat to improve your tactical skill ? No problem as the warm and sunny Nanny Bay on the British Virgin Islands is at your finger tips. With the Sail-Racer Wind Game, you can have your upwind battle in a shifty breeze against a well sailing opponent. Not easy to have the upper hand !
 
Top News – Thursday, March 5, 2015
Thursday, March 5, 2015   
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Another perfect day for sailing with 12 knots from the Southeast and sunny skies. The Brazilians are still running the show, yesterday with a Grael double. The five-times Olympic medalist Torben Grael BRA with Guillherme Almeida BRA as crew won race 3 of the Bacardi ahead of his brother Lars Grael BRA, double Olympic medalist. Jorge Zarif/Bruno Prada BRA finishing 8th remain on top of the overall rankings, 4 points ahead of Mark Reynolds/Magnus Liljedahl USA on 2nd, Lars Grael/Samuel Goncalves BRA on 3rd and - new - Torben Grael/Guillherme Almeida BRA on 4th. Read Paul Cayard's USA report.
The results, the event website and the videos.
As from today, the other classes of the Miami Race Week will be on the water, i.e. the J/70, Melges 32, VXOne and Vipers. The entry lists.
Thursday, March 5, 2015   
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Another good day for Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA: During almost 24 hours, they were twice as fast as their chasers. They extended the lead on 1'266 miles, the temperatures are rising and the outlook on the next days remains favorable. The second- and third-ranked Guillermo Altadill ESP/José Munoz CHI and Anna Corbella/Gerard Marin ESP stalling in the anticyclone calms are separated by 89 miles only. The next team to round Cape Horn are Bruno and Willy Garcia ESP as 4th, their first passage of this renowned landmark.
The race viewer, the reports and the videos.
Thursday, March 5, 2015   
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Thaw apparently handicaps the DN Europeans in Estonia, but nevertheless, one race by fleet was completed yesterday. Winner was again Karol Jablonski POL with Michal Burczynski POL and new Lukasz Zakrczewski POL on the ranks 2 and 3.
The ranking lists.
 
Top News – Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Wednesday, March 4, 2015   
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It was foreseeable that 'Neutrogena' (Altadill ESP/Munoz CHI) would be massively slowed down on her way North by the calm high pressure zone off Argentina. The leading 'Cheminées Poujoulat' however profitted from a solid 18 kn South-East wind, allowing her to sail a straight course North. Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA have now less than 5'000 miles to go. Their advantage on 'Neutrogena' has grown to 1'118 miles.
The race tracker, the reports and the videos.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015   
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A fresher 12-14 kn breeze prevailed on the second day of the Bacardi Cup, and again, Jorge Zarif/Bruno Prada BRA were the winner of the day's race. New on rank 2 are Mark Reynolds/Magnus Liljedahl USA, while Lars Grael/Samuel Goncalves BRA defended the 3rd place.
The results, the video of the day and the report of Paul Cayard USA.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015   
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The Dutch DN Ice Sailing Association is responsible for the organisation of the 2015 European Championship, and their decision was to choose Estonia with Lake Võrtsjärv as venue. Four races were sailed on the first day partly in rain. Yesterday, there was no sailing. Due to hard 20-25 kn wind, the ice cracked on some spots, and a new solid area has to be found probably in the northern part of the lake to continue the Championship.
Karol Jablonski POL lived up to his reputation and is the clear leader winning all four heats of the A-fleet. Michal Burczynski POL and Alvikis Madars LTU follow on the ranks 2 and 3. David Howlett GBR, the new German Olympic Team Headcoach, had a good start on ice qualifying as 30th for the A-fleet.
The ranking list and the reports.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015   
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A report Tuesday in the newspaper O Globo comes just three days after top International Olympic Committee officials ended week-long meetings in Rio, saying they had been ''reassured'' that severely polluted Guanabara Bay would be suitable for Olympic sailing when the games open. O Globo said 10 rubbish collection boats were out of service because of a lack of funding from Rio's state government. It said that some barricades to keep household waste from reaching the bay also lacked funding.
The report.
 
Top News – Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Tuesday, March 3, 2015   
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'Neutrogena' (Altadill ESP/Munoz CHI) and 200 miles behind 'GAES' (Anna Corbella/Gerard Marin ESP) are still beating up in rough saiing conditions and will soon be confronted with the decision who to circumvent the calm zone of the Argentina anticyclone. The leaders Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA however enjoy rear winds pushing them rapidly North to more pleasant warmer climes. They will soon reach the southern trade winds. The rest of the fleet is still on the Pacific Ocean making good progress now. The last-positioned 'Spirit of Hungary' with Nandor Fa HUN/Conrad Coleman NZL sailed the longest distance of the day with 416 miles.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015   
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Sun and a 10 kn breeze prevailed on day one of the 88th Star Class Bacardi Cup on Biscayne Bay yesterday. As usual, the race was extremely long. Bad luck for the winners Larry Whipple/Austin Sperry USA, who were disqualified for not having checked-in before the race. Jorge Zarif/Bruno Prada BRA inherited the first place followed by Arthur Anosov/Andrey Shafranuk USA and Lars Grael/Samuel Goncalvers BRA.
The results, the report of the day (PDF), the report of Paul Cayard USA and the video of the day.
 
Top News – Monday, March 2, 2015
Monday, March 2, 2015   
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Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA succeeded to avoid the anticyclone calms off Brazil on a Eastern course, and for the first time after Cape Horn, they are sailing now in a rear wind leaving the Roaring Forties northwards. 'Neutrogena' (Altadill ESP/Munoz CHI) and 'GAES' (Corbella/Marin ESP) 170 miles behind are still sailing upwind and are loosing mileage on the leaders. Their backlog is again over 1000 miles. Jörg Riechers GER/Sébastien Audigane FRA still have problems with the rudder system, that have not been resolved during their repair stop in New Zealand. Their deficit on the 4th ranked has not been reduced as a consequence.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Monday, March 2, 2015   (Image © Brad Davies)
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Light winds prevailed on the last day of Sail Auckland, and considering the time difference, most results have already been posted in our yesterday's news.
Andrew Maloney NZL won in the Lasers Standard ahead of Sam Meech NZL 2nd and Michael Bullot NZL 3rd, breaking the tie with Rutger Van Schaardenburg NED on 4th. Winner in the Lasers Radial was Scott Leith NZL ahead of Sara Winther NZL. Loïc Eisenring SUI finished 26th among the 36 participants. On top of the Finns was Pieter-Jan Postma NED in front of Andrew Murdoch NZL. Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL were the outstanding winners in the 49ers. Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL had the upperhand on Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA in the match-race-type duel in the 3-boats' 49erFX fleet.
Here the results of the North American participants: Funk/Burd USA 4th 49er, Daniel Barry CAN 21st Laser, Rob Coutts USA 11th Finn, Dave Hall USA 28th OK-Dinghy.
All other results, the reports and the videos.
Monday, March 2, 2015   
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The Andalusian Olympic Sailing Week ended yesterday in a light - max 7 kn - breeze, an event with so many North Europeans attending as never before.
Very representative were the two Laser fleets. Alessio Soadaro ITA ahead of Julio Alsogaray ARG and Viktor Teply CZE was the outcome in the Lasers Standard. Evi Van Aker BEL won in the Lasers Radial with Tuula Tenlkanen FIN and Victoria Kozelska CZE completing the podium. Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI was first in the RS:X male windsurfers with a 25 points advance on Juan Manuel Moreno ESP. The Spanish 470s, sailing the Spanish Championship, have Onan Barreiros/Juan Curbelo ESP on top of the 470 men and Marina Gallego/Fatima Reyes ESP as first in the 470 women. Jonathan Lobert FRA is first in the Finns ahead of Berecz Zsombor HUN and Thomas Le Breton FRA. The report with all race results.
Monday, March 2, 2015   
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Today begins the traditional Starboat Bacardi Cup in Miami, part of the Miami Sailing Week, as last year. 61 teams from 10 nations are on the entry list with the Olympic medalists Torben Grael/Guilherme Almeida BRA, Lars Grael/Samuel Goncalves BRA and Mark Reynolds /Magnus Lilljedahl USA as favorites, but also the local matadores Augie Diaz/Arnis Baltins USA have good chances.
The presentation (PDF) and the event website.
Monday, March 2, 2015   
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A fish die-off in Guanabara Bay, the Olympic waters of Rio, ill-famed for its miserable water quality, happened last week. The reasons are not yet known and the Rio de Janeiro's state environmental agency started investigations.
The report. Read also a comment on the UK Sailing Team preparations.
 
 
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