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Top News – Saturday, April 19, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014   (Image © Elena Giolai)
After a normal Lake Garda day during the first races on Thursday with a good Ora, the wind did barely fill in yesterday. Only the elder Juniores succeeded to complete at least one race. The new leader thanks to the discarded result is Yasar Rasim TUR, winning the race of his group. Davide Duchi ITA, Lennart Kuss GER and Luca Valentino ITA follow one point behind. The best girl is Arianna Passamonti ITA on rank 15. The best North Americans are Matilda Nicholls BER as 36th, Severin Cramm USA as 73th among the 623 participants. No race and therefore no changes in the rankings of the younger Cadetti with Francesco Novelli ITA on the first place. The event-website.
Saturday, April 19, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
The weather pattern over the Atlantic Ocean alters more and more in favor of the southern group, admittedly still behind, but progressing at high speed direction West thanks to the trade winds. The leading group in the North - reduced by the co-favorite team Chabagny/Tabarly FRA having dismasted - has now to swallow the pill to cross the light-wind zone southwards to reach the trade winds. A leader change will most probably happen within two days. New in the lead are this morning Gwenael Gbick/Kito De Pavant FRA, 3,9 miles ahead of Jean Le Cam/Gildas Mahé FRA. Corentin Horeau/Michel Desjoyeaux FRA have lost some miles and are now as 3rd 26 miles behind. Fabien Delahaye/Yoann Richomme FRA on rank 4 are now the first boat of the southern group with a backlog of 122 on the first. The race-viewer, the reports and the video of the day.
Top News – Friday, April 18, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014   (Image © Elena Giolai)
The Optimist Lake Garda Meeting 2014 began yesterday in a well-established 18 kn Ora. The elder Juniores (age 12-15), split in five groups, sailed three, the younger Cadetti (<12) two races each. The leading sailors are still closely together: Lennart Kuss GER and Luca Valentino ITA share the lead in the Juniores, one point ahead of the tied Davide Duchi ITA and Volchkov RUS. Charlotte Lind GER on rank 25 is the best girl. The best of the 25 USA Optimist sailors - they had to sail qualifiers before travelling to Europe - is Severin Cramm on rank 43.
Italian is the lead in the Cadetti with Francesco Novelli ITA one point ahead of Dimitry Golovkin RUS. Gaja Pela ITA on the 3rd position is the best girl.
The event-website with the ranking lists.
Friday, April 18, 2014   
The fleet split in two, the leading group in the North and the main fleet in the South, continues to sail in two different wind systems. The wind situation seems to change in favor of the southern group, sailing now in trade winds around 15 knunder spi direction Caribbeans, while the northern group is beating upwind in a light breeze, and the advantage is melting away quickly.
This morning, the leaders Corentin Horeau/Michel Desjoyeaux FRA were 2,5 miles ahead of Jean Le Cam/Gildas Mahé FRA. The best southern team Nicolas Lunven/Eric Roux FRA on rank 6 has reduced the backlog on the leader to 204 miles and continues to progress over 4 kn faster as the northern group. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Friday, April 18, 2014   
As every year, Easter is a preferred date for a number of traditional well-attended Optimist Regattas. In addition to the record-size Optimist Garda Meeing with almost 1000 boats, there is an Easter Regatta in the Netherlands with 212 participants from 12 mostly North-European nations and also in Slovenia, a 479 Optimists fleet from 9 nations is very remarkable. At the Côte d'Azur, the French Sélection Interligue (SIL) takes place in Cannes. 319 Optimists from France, Monaco and Switzerland will begin their competion on Monday. The event-website with the entry lists.
With daily updates all-year-round 365 days, sailing-news informs obviously every morning at 6 a.m. UTC on the lastest news also over the Easter holidays.
Top News – Thursday, April 17, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
Yesterday, the fleet of the 14 two-person teams has been spreading out even more. After the low wind on Tuesday, the southern teams have now hit the trade winds and speed up again, pushing them probably on a direct way to the Caribbeans. The leading boats in the North adhering to a West front accelerated also after a short slow-down, and defended their lead up to now. But sooner or later, they have to head South across a lull zone to reach the trade winds. Corentin Horeau/Michel Desjoyeaux FRA lead 5,4 miles ahead of Jean Le Cam/Gildas Mahé FRA. Nicolas Lunven/Eric Péron FRA, first in the Southern group on position 6 overall, are already 225 miles behind. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, April 17, 2014   
The 32nd Optimist Lake Garda Meeting was opened yesterday with the Parade passing the old-town of Riva. See the video. Sun and normal Lake Garda conditions with an up to 20 kn Ora breeze have been announced for the first races today. Over the weekend, a low pressure front will be passing over Northern Italy and rain with little wind must be expected according to the forecast. Almost 1000 participants will be on the starting lines. The event-website.
Thursday, April 17, 2014   
Taylor Canfield ISV consolidated his first position in the ISAF Men Matchrace World Rankings with his victory at the Congressional Cup. In the ISAF Women's rankings, Camilla Ulrikkeholm DEN replaced Lucy McGregor GBR on top and takes rank 1 for the first time. The World Ranking Lists and the ISAF report.
Thursday, April 17, 2014   
'Mainsail', CNN's video magazine, presented by the Olympic Champion Shirley Robertson GBR (this time partly in the skiff trapeze !), features the Sydney 18 Footer JJ Giltinan Trophy in a three-part broadcast with the title 'Rock'n'Roll' of sailing ! Part 1 covers the history, part 2 consists of an interview with the 6-times Giltinan champion Ian Murray AUS, who, after the Starboat Olympics became San Francisco America's Cup Sport Director in 2008, and is now CEO of the Australian America's Cup Syndicate. Part 3 is dedicated to the 75th Giltinan-Trophy of early March 2014. The Mainsail website.
Top News – Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014   
Yesterday was the day of the two-person teams having opted for the northern course after the mark rounding off the Canaries. They progressed partly over four times as fast as the rest of the fleet. The new leaders are now Corentin Horeau/Michel Desjoyeaux FRA 7,7 miles ahead of Jean Le Cam/Gildas Mahé FRA. The best southern team are Nicolas Lunven/Eric Péron FRA on rank 6 with a 143 miles' backlog. The weather situation remains instable and it is not impossible that upon reaching the trade winds, the southern boats with have the upper hand again. The race-viewer, the daily report (in French) and the videos.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014   (Image © Archiv)
While the top US Finn sailors are competing in Europe at the Worldcups of Palma and Hyères, the national Finn fleet sailed their Championship in Alabama. 8 races have been sailed, the title went to Gordon Lamphere USA who had some speed advantages on the windy final day compared to John Dane USA. 22 Finns were on the starting line. See the complete results.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014   (Image © Elena Giolai)
The 32nd Optimist Lake Garda Meeting begins today with the Opening Ceremony and the Parade across the little town Riva. Again, almost 1000 Optimist sailors from 36 nations are on the entry list. For the first time, Algeria, Ghana and Belarus participate. 755 entries are in the elder 'Juniores' category, among them 16 from the USA and 3 from the Bermudas. In the younger 'Cadetti', there are 255 participants, among them 2 from the Bermudas. The preview and the video-trailer.
Top News – Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
The unusual depression cell over the Canary islands continues to produce slack and unpredictable wind streams. Instead of a fast ride across the Atlantic in the trade-winds, the 14 two-person teams still in the race are trailing and searching for wind. While some hope to meet the trade-winds farther down south, some others, such as the routiniers Jean Le Cam FRA (with Gildas Mahé FRA) and Michel Desjoyeaux FRA (with Corentin Horeau FRA) stick to a northern course. It remains to be seen in a few days from now, which option will be paying.
Leaders in the interims position are Le Cam/Mahé FRA 1,2 miles ahead of Gbick/Le Pavant FRA. Horeau/Desjoyeaux FRA follow on rank 4 with a 8,6 miles backlog. The race-viewer, the reports and the video of the day.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014   
The 300 miles Pornichet Select Regatta - the solo-skippers opening event for the very popular and spectacular Mini-650-class - ended yesterday at Pornichet FRA. Superior winner in the Protos was Giancarlo Pedote ITA with his 'Prysmian', the round-bow special construction having dominated the class for three years now. Luke Berry GBR follows on rank 2 four hours behind. Very close was the final fight in the Series, where Tanguy Le Turquais FRA crossed the line only 6 minutes ahead of Damien Cloarec FRA. Execellent the first race of the newcomer to the mini-class Patrick Girod SUI finishing on rank 3 only 34 minutes behind the 2nd. The race-viewer with the final rankings and the event-facebook-page.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014   (Image © Rich Roberts)
We reported yesterday about the victory of the World Nbr 1 Taylor Canfield ISV over the World Nbr 2 Ian Williams GBR. In a very close race, Canfield had the upper hand in the Final with 2-1 w/l. Winner in the Petite Final for rank 3 was Francesco Bruni ITA defeating Keith Swinton AUS with 2-1 as well. The final report.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014   
Harald Sedlacek AUT needed twice the planned time for his record Atlantic crossing on the only 4,9 meter long experimental construction 'Fipofix'. Lull pads and technical problems - the autopilot broke on day 2 of his journey already - slowed down his ride over the Atlantic Ocean. Starved and tired, the Austrian, age 32, finally reached Palm Beach on Sunday. The project-website.