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Top News – Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Wednesday, May 6, 2015   
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With only 280 miles (roughly 24 hours) left to Newport RI, the outcome of the race is still fully open. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) leads 5 miles ahead of 'Abu Dhabi (Ian Walker GBR) and 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED), 13 miles back, is the third candidate for victory. The other teams have reduced the backlog but remain too far from the leading trio to play a role in crossing the finish line. 'SCA' with Samantha Davies GBR as last is 71 miles behind the leader.
The race viewer and the event website with reports and videos.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015   
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Today begins the second round of the newly-launched EUROSAF Champions Cup 2015 with participants from 55 nations and 5 continents (among them El Salvador or Bahrain). North America is represented by USA and CAN teams in a majority of events. Top attention have above all the two Laser fleets. All Olympic classes are present, except the Finns, as their European Championship begins in Split CRO on Saturday. The variable weather forecast does not favor the 'Lake Garda wind-machine', as the announced rain will hinder the filling in of the afternoon thermal Ora breeze.
All entry lists and the official preview.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015   
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The 2015 US Optimist Team Trials were held April 30-May 3, with 229 entrants
competing in 13 races hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club in Miami, FL. The event is
used as the US qualifier for prominent championships in 2015, with Luke Arnon, Emma Cowles, Thomas Hall, Zane Rogers, and Ripley Shelley earning bids for the 2015 Worlds. The top 10 sailors qualify for the North Americans, with other events
sailors will attend as a result of their rankings are IODA Asians, IODA Europeans,
British Nationals and Topsport Vlaaderan (Flanders). See the complete results.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015   (Image © PWA Bellande)
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The PWA Freestyler waited in vain for wind on Lake Neusiedl AUT over the past weekend (see our news), and the Slalom specialists in Ulsan KOR had to be patient as well during four days. Only yesterday, the wind was strong enough for two Eliminations. With Antoine Albeau FRA with the men and Sara-Quita Offringa NED (Aruba) in the women, the favorites are already on top of the rankings.
See the report and results on the PWA website and the video of the day on youtube.
 
Top News – Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Tuesday, May 5, 2015   
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The influence of the depression ahead was not as important as initially estimated, and the drag race of the leading trio direction Newport RI goes on. With 577 miles left to the finish line, 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) leads 3 miles ahead of 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR), while 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) was 7 miles behind the Chinese team. ETA is Thursday.
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Top News – Monday, May 4, 2015
Monday, May 4, 2015   
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The Volvo Ocean Race fleet has reached the latitude of Florida in the meantime, and there are 930 miles or roughly 4 days left for the leading 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) to the arrival in Newport RI. The gaps between the boats have increased again. The advantage of the Chinese-French syndicat on 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) was 7 miles this morning. 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR is on the 3rd position. The all-female team 'SCA' has kept the backlog at 76 miles.
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Monday, May 4, 2015   
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For the first time sun, but also unconstant winds from the North prevailed on the last day of the Extreme Sailing Series Act 3. Jes Gram-Hansen DEN and his 'SAP-Extreme Sailing Team' succeeded to defend the lead, grasping the first overall win of an Act. Leigh McMillan GBR (The Wave - Muscat) finished 2nd in Qingdao and is also second overall.
The report and the results.
Monday, May 4, 2015   
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No wind on the last day of the Melges-24 Italian Sailing Series at Porto Venere ITA. Chris Rast SUI and his team are first after 5 races 4 points ahead of Ricardo Simoneschi ITA.
The final rankings.
Monday, May 4, 2015   
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Different conditions at the Almanarre Beach on the last day of the Speed-Crossing with wind from the East and therefore flat water. Four runs were completed all won by the Worldcup-experienced Maxime Nocher FRA bringing him on top of the overall rankings ahead of the youth kiter Axel Mazelle FRA. The news.
Monday, May 4, 2015   
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The calm conditions persisted also on the final day of the second 2015 Freestyle Worldcup event on Lake Neusiedl and the 48 entrants had to return home without valid results. At least, another Tow-In-Session to entertain the public was organised. Winner Kiri Thode NED.
All other information on the PWA-website.
 
Top News – Sunday, May 3, 2015
Sunday, May 3, 2015   
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The wind decreased yesterday while approaching the Caribbeans, and the boats are again closer together. New on top is now 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA, while 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) and 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) are only a few miles back, and also 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) at 13 miles and 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) at 15 miles remain contenders for victory in Newport. The all-female 'SCA' team with Samantha Davies GBR reduced the backlog on 50 miles, and as the only team having tacked East to avoid the unconstant wind ahead, there could be even more to improve.
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Sunday, May 3, 2015   
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Act of the Extreme Sailing Series in Qingdao continued yesterday with 8 races sailed in a light wind. The surprise of the day was 'Team Turk' with the 'multihull veteran' mit Mitch Booth AUS steering, that collected yesterday 65 of the 80 points available and advanced on rank 5. overall on top remain 'SAP Eytreme Sailing Team' with Jes Gram Hansen DEN, while 'Gazprom Team Russia' replaced 'The Wave Muscat' on rank 2. 'Red Bull Sailing Team' follows on the 4th position.
The report of the day and the pictures of the day.
Sunday, May 3, 2015   
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Apparently no races at the second Act of the Italian Sailing Series Regatta of Porto Venere ITA. Leader after the three races of the opening day was Chris Rast USA/SUI with his team ahead of Ricardo Simoneschi ITA and Stian Briseid NOR. The results and the report (in Italian).
Sunday, May 3, 2015   
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Dream conditions at the Almanarre Beach with sun and a 25 kn breeze, where over 100 kiters participate in the first Act of the French Annual Kiteboarding Championship Tour. Leader after six runs yesterday is Axel Mozella FRA ahead of Maxime Nocher FRA and Jean-Guillaume Rivaud FRA. Sébastien Quenay FRA on rank 29 is the best non-foiler.
The results, the daily report and the video of the day.
Sunday, May 3, 2015   
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Promises, promises ...... the Freestyle PWA World Tour professionals waited yesterday again in vain for the announced breeze. Up to now, only a few preliminary runs of the First Elimination have been completed.
The event website.
 
Top News – Saturday, May 2, 2015
Saturday, May 2, 2015   (Image © Matt Knighton / Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing / Volvo Ocean Race)
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Also after 12 days underway, the leading trio keeps on sailing closely together at sight ! This morning, the leader 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED was 0,3 miles ahead of 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) and 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) neck and neck.The all-female team 'SCA' with Samantha Davies GBR is constantly loosing ground and is now 72 miles behind.
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Saturday, May 2, 2015   
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The second round of the Melges 24 Italian Sailing Series began in Porto Venere near La Spezia yesterday with three races. Chris Rast SUI and his team won two and is on top of the interim's rankings ahead of Ricardo Simoneschi ITA and Stian Briseid NOR. The ranking list and the daily report.
Saturday, May 2, 2015   (Image © Mark Lloyd)
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The fog was somewhat lighter compared to day one and the first nine races of the Qingdao Act of the Extreme Sailing Series 2015 were completed. 'SAP Extreme Sailing Team' with Jes Gram-Hansen DEN has taken the lead with an 8 points' advance on 'The Wave - Muscat'. Excellent the performance of the young 'Gazprom Team Russia' with Igor Lisovenko RUS on rank 3.
The report and the ranking list.
Saturday, May 2, 2015   (Image © John Carter)
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Again no wind on Lake Neusiedl yesterday and the Freestylers enjoyed another Tow-in-Session. A fresher breeze has been announced for today. The report.
Saturday, May 2, 2015   
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Not enough wind for the kiters either off the Almanarre Surf Beach. There was just one short gust for a kite-foiling show to entertain the public. For today, a 20 -25 kn West wind has been announced. A video report.
 
 
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