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Top News – Thursday, April 24, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014   
After a short start delay yesterday, a moderate max. 15 kn thermal breeze from the West filled in. The changed conditions caused some modifications in the rankings.
Not in the 470 men, where Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS continued their winning runs adding another bullet, but Panagiotis Mantis/Pavlos Kagialiis GRE on rank 2 remain very close. Sofian Bouvet/Jéremy Mion FRA follow on the 3rd place. In the 470 women, the Olympic Champions Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL have taken the lead followed by Sophie Weguelin/Eilidh McIntyre GBR, who won both heats yesterday. Anna Haeger/Briana Provancha USA descended on rank 3. Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL extended their lead in the 49ers on 11 points. New on rank 2 is the surprise team Ryan Seaton/Matthew McGovern IRL, best of the day finishing twice on 3rd. Fletcher/Sign GBR follow on rank 3. Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA reclaimed the first place in the 49ersnFX, but Charlotte Dobson/Sophie Ainsworth GBR are only two points behind. Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL advanced on the 3rd place. The winner of both races in the Finns was the Olympic medalist Pieter-Jan Postma NED taking an overall lead of 18 points. Caleb Paine USA and Thomas Le Breton FRA are on the 2nd and 3rd positions. A new leader showed up in the Nacras 17 where - only two months after starting a campaign for Rio - the double multihullOlmpic medalist Darren Bundock AUS with Nina Curtis AUS have joined the best Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA who are just one point behind. Vittorio Bissaro/Silvia Sicouri ITA are new on rank 3. For a change, Piotr Myszka POL remained without race win in the RS:X-men windsurfers yesterday, but he still clearly leads in the overall rankings ahead of Pavel Tarnowski POL and Kiran Badloe NED. Two race win for Jiahui Wu CHN brought her on top of the RS:X-woman windsurfers with a clear lead. Maja Dziarnowska POL and Moana Delle GER are on the ranks 2 and 3.
The best North Americans are: 470 women 3rd Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA, Finn 2nd Caleb Paine USA, 470 men 6th MyNay/Hughes USA, 49er 29th Funk/Burd USA, 59th Ladha/Barnes CAN, 49erFX 21th Rafuse/Boyd CAN, 30th Lane Shea USA, Nacra-17 18th Newberry/Casey USA, 38th Ramsay/Girke CAN, RS:X-men 34th Ignacio Berenguer MEX, RS:X-woman 12th Demita Vega MEX, 26th Farrah Hall USA, 51st Laurence Bonneau CAN. See also the US Sailingteam report for further details.
The report of the day and all ranking lists.
Thursday, April 24, 2014   (Image © Frank Socha)
Flat water and a 10 to 12 kn breeze from the West set different conditions for the first Final Series races. Both Laser fleets sailed two races.
In the Lasers Standard, Tom Burton AUS has taken the lead with the day ranks 2 and 3. An even better day (ranks 1/3) had Andrew Malones NZL, advancing on rank 2 with a 2 points' backlog. Rutger Van Schaardenburg NED is 3rd, followed at one point by Robert Scheidt BRA.Charlie Buckingham USA is 15th, Tom Ramshaw CAN 33rd..
The two Olympic medalists Evi Van Acker BEL and Marit Bouwmester NED, both with the day ranks 2 and 3, opened the gap on the chasers in the Lasers Radial. Tatjana Droszdowskaja BLR on 3rd is already 13 points behind. Paige Railey USA is 14th.
The daily report and the ranking lists.
Thursday, April 24, 2014   (Image © Yvan Zedda)
Two races yesterday also for the two Paralympic Classes.
With the day ranks 1 and 2, Heiko Kröger GER took the sole lead in the 2.4m- Damien Séguin FRA follows 3 points behind. Finishing 1 and 2 also, Megan Pascoe GBR is on rank 3.
In the Sonars, Akeksander Wang-Hansen NOR and his team won both races of the day and moved up on rank 3 overall. John Robertson GBR and his team remain on top 2 points ahead of Bruno Jourdren FRA.
All ranking lists and the report of the day.
Thursday, April 24, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
The whole fleet is now sailing in the trade winds, still somewhat stronger in the South, without options to attack tactically. Best sailing in the light and flucky winds approaching the finish will decide on the final victory. Nicolas Lunven/Eric Péron are leading ahead of Fabien Delahaye/Yoann Richomme FRA having reduced the backlog on 3 miles. The report of the day, the race-viewer and the videos.
Thursday, April 24, 2014   
The Ora was very light on the first day of the Byte World Championship, at the same time the European Qualifier Event for the Youth Olympics taking place in Nanjing CHN. One race was sailied in both gender fleets. In the Boys fleet, Jonatan Vadnai HUN was first ahead of Eric-Jan Westerhof NED and Richard Roman FRA. 36 participants from 20 nations and 4 continents are present.
In the Girls fleet, Odile Van Aanholt NED won ahead of Kateryna Gumenko UKR and Carolina Albano ITA. 27 participants from 17 nations and 4 continents are present.
Not represented among others are Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The event-website.
Thursday, April 24, 2014   
The European Nations' qualification series for the Youth Olympics in China in August for the windsurfing event are also taking place on Lake Garda during this week. With over 300 participants split in the categories U15 and U17, a new participation record can be registered.
On the first day, the Ora was blowing 'according to program', but yesterday, the wind was barely filling in, and only the Girls completed a race. The rankings after 3 heats show Shoval Ravitzki ISR on top of the U17-Girls in front of Noy Drihan ISR and Lucie Pianazza FRA an. Also in the U17-Boys, the leader after two races comes from Israel thanks to Yonatan Zachar ISR, winner of both races in his group, as was Maxim Tokarev RUS. On rank 3 follow at equal points Lars Van Someren NED and Tom Monnet FRA. Maximo Nores USA is on rank 47 among the 134 Boys competing. The event-website and the video of day one.
Thursday, April 24, 2014   
Yesterday in Cascais, the second round of the RC44 Championship Tour began, as always, with the matchrace day. During the day, the wind increased up to 20 kn. Ed Baird USA steering the Russian 'Synergy', won all 6 duel, taking at the same time the lead in the annual rankings. As from today, fleetracing is on the program The report.
Top News – Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014   
Perfect conditions also on the second day of the Hyères Worldcup with sun and a 15-18 kn East wind, and all classes completed the planned 2-3 races, concluding the Qualifier Series for the Gold- and Silverfleets.
Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS remained on top of the 470 men thanks to a race win, but the best of the day (ranks 2/3) Sofian Bouvet/Jérémie Mion FRA reduced the backlog to one points. Mantis/Kagialis GRE follow on rank 3. Even better as on day one (ranks 1 and 2) were Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA in the 470 woman, extending their lead on the Olympic Champions Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL on 2. Weguelin/McIntyre GBR and Lecointre/Defrance FRA stayed on the positions 3 and 3. New leaders in the 49ers are Dylan Fletcher/Alan Sign GBR, winning 2 of the 3 races. Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL and Marcus Hansen/John Porebski NZL follow on the ranks 2 and 3. Finishing 2/2/1, Charlotte Dobson/Sophie Ainsworth GBR climbed on top of the 49ersFX, 3 points ahead of Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA. Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgard DEN are 3rd. Ioannis Mitakis GRE defended the first place in the Finns with just one point in front of Pieter-Jan Postma NED (ranks 1 and 2) who considerable reduced the gap. Caleb Paine USA remains on the 3rd place. As in the Skiffs, the Brits took over the lead also in the Nacras 17, where Ben Saxton/Hannah Diamond GBR overtook Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA thanks to two race wins. Progressing also the multihull champion Darren Bundock with Nina Curtis AUS new on rank 3. Already five race wins (and a 2nd rank as discard) has Piotr Myszka POL in the RS:X-men-windsurfers, ahead of the Olympic Champion Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED. Thomas Goyard FRA is new on the 3rd place. In the RS:X-women windsurfers, the first place is shared by Jiahui Wu CHN and Maja Dziarnowska POL ahead of Flavia Tartaglini ITA. The Laser results are - as usual - in separate news just below.
The best North Americans are: 470 women 1st Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA, Finn 3rd Caleb Paine USA, 470 men 7th MyNay/Hughes USA, 49er 36th Moore/Dressler USA, 61st Ladha/Barnes CAN, 49erFX 20th Rafuse/Boyd CAN, 29th Lane Shea USA, Nacra-17 17th Newberry/Casey USA, 32nd Ramsay/Girke CAN, RS:X-men 32nd David Mier y Teran MEX, RS:X-woman 11th Demita Vega MEX, 30th Farrah Hall USA, 53rd Laurence Bonneau CAN. See also the US Sailing Team report for further details.
All results, the report of the day and the photos.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014   (Image © Frank Socha)
The Qualifier Series for the Gold- and Silverfleets were concluded yesterday with two races by class. The fresh 15 to 18 kn easterly breeze was the perfect stage for the top cracks.
In the Lasers Standard, Tonci Stipanovic CRO moved up on top with the day ranks 1/2 and leads now 2 points ahead of Tom Burton AUS. Robert Scheidt BRA is only one point farther behind. Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA, leader after day one, dropped on the 9th place after a premature start. Charlie Buckingham USA is 22nd, Tom Ramshaw CAN 28th.
In the Lasers Radial, it is Evi Van Acker BEL who controls the fleet with now 4 of the 5 heats in her favor. 2 behind follows Marit Bouwmester NED and on 3rd is Tatjana Droszdowskaja BLR, who demonstrated a solid performance as well with four 2nd ranks. Paige Railey USA had a mediocre day (10/23) and descended on position 11.
All ranking lists and the report of the day.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014   (Image © Yvan Zedda)
The Franco-German duel on top of the 2.4m, again in top sailing conditions, continued and with a race win for each, Damien Séguin FRA and Heiko Kröger GER remain on top at equal points. Megan Pascoe GBR follows on rank 3. Also in the Sonars, the first place is shared by Robertson/Stodel/Thoams GBR and Jourdren/Vicomt-Vicary/Flageul FRA, both with the ranks 1 and 2 yesterday each. The daily report and the photos.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014   
The results of the 5o5er-Europacups, ending on Monday in St-Raphael, have been posted meanwhile. Wolfgang Hunger/Holger Jess won 5 of the 7 races sailed and are the stellar winners. With a good final day, Caroline and Philippe Jacot SUI moved up on rank 2. Jan-Philipp Hofman/Jan Brocherhof GER finished 3rd. Mike Holt/Dave Shelton USA are on the 5th place. The final rankingis.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
The trade wind pushes the fleet now at speeds of more than 10 kn direction Caribbeans, and also the former Northern group has now reached the favorable wind stream, but with a backlog of 150 miles and more. Nicolas Lunven/Eric Péron FRA keep the lead 15 miles ahead of Gwenolé Gahinet/Paul Meilhat FRA on rank 2. Over 1100 miles remain to the finish. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014   
In 1929, the Starboat launched in 1911 in the USA, was for the first time sailed in Europe. Selected as Olympic class in 1936, more and more Starboat regattas were sailed in Europe such as e.g. 1938 in Naples ITA. Now finally, the video of this regatta has been published.
Top News – Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Tuesday, April 22, 2014   
Perfect conditions prevailed yesterday on the first day of the last 2014 ISAF Worldcup event with sun and an initial 12 kn easterly breeze, increasing to 18 kn during the day. All classes sailed 2-3 races.
The Olympic Champions Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS won two of the three races in the 470 men and lead overall ahead of Barreiros/Curbelo ESP and Dahlberg/Bergström SWE. Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA are on top of the 470 women after two heats, followed by the Olympic Champions Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL and Sophie Weguelin/Eilidh MyIntyre GBR. Two wins in three races also for Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL in the 49ers ahead of Dylan Fletcher/Alan Sign GBR and Diego Botin/Pablo Turredo ESP. The Olympic Champions Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen AUS are 4th for the moment. And also in the 49ersFX, the favorites are already ruling the show: Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA lead in front of Ida Baad-Nielsen/Marie Thusgaard DEN and Charlotte Dobson/Sophie Ainsworth GBR. Rather surprising is the interims lead of Ioannis Mitakis GRE in the Finns, followed by Milan Vujasinovic CRO and Caleb Paine USA. To be noted, that the strong GBR Finns do not compete. A dominating first day had Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA finishing 2/1/1 in the Nacra 17. Pippa Wilson/John Gimson GBR and Ben Saxton/Hannah Diamond GBR follow on the places 2 and 3. Even three bullets went to Piotr Myszka POL in the RS:X-men-windsurfers. Toni Wilhelm GER and Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED follow at equal points on rank 2. Leading in the RS:X-women-windsurfers is Natalia Kosinska NZL ahead of Maia Dziarnowska POL and Jiahui Wu CHN.
The best North Americans are: 470 women 1st Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA, Finn 3rd Caleb Paine USA, 470 men 8th MyNay/Hughes USA, 49erFX 12th Rafuse/Boyd CAN, 27th Lane Shea USA, Nacra-17 21st Newberry/Casey USA, 35th Ramsay/Girke CAN, RS:X-men 42nd David Mier y Teran MEX, RS:X-woman 17th Demita Vega MEX, 32nd Farrah Hall USA, 54th Laurence Bonneau CAN. See also the US Sailing Team report for further details.
The official report, all ranking lists and the pictures.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014   
Perfect conditions with a 15-18 kn East wind prevailed on the opening day of the last 2014 ISAF Worldcup event. In his Laser Standard group, Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA won two of the three races on his home waters and leads overall one point ahead of Matthew Wearn AUS. Tom Burton AUS is 3rd. The World nbr 1 Tonci Stipanovic CRO follows on 7th for the moment, the World Champion Robert Scheidt BRA is 9th. Charlie Buckingham USA is 14th, Tom Ramshaw CAN 27th.
In the Lasers Radial, Evi Van Acker BEL and Marit Bouwmester NED lead with two race wins each. Annalise Murphy IRL follows 2 points behind. Paige Railey USA is 9th.
The daily report, all ranking lists and the pictures.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014   
Two of the three Paralympic classes start at the Hyères Worldcup as well. Leading in the 2.4m are Heiko Kröger GER and Damien Séguin FRA, ahead of Megan Pascoe GBR. 16 participants from 7 nations. The fleet of the 8 Sonars is lead by Robertson/Stodel/Thomas GBR. Jens Korjker GER and Bruno Jourdrain FRA with their teams follow on the ranks 2 and 3. The report of the day.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014   
No doubt that the Southern option is highly preferential. Lunven/Peron FRA lead 15 miles ahead of Gahinet/Meihat. Two of the teams in the North are now heading South to touch the trade winds as soon as possible. The race viewer, the report of the day with 1'300 miles to go to the arrival and the videos.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014   
Yesterday evening, the Maxi-Trimaran IDEC with Francis Joyon FRA reached Rio de Janeiro BRA after the Atlantic Crossing in 13 days, 3 hours and 5 minutes, establishing a first benchmark record for this route, the Route de l'amitié. The report.
Top News – Monday, April 21, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014   
Today begins the 5th and last ISAF 2013/14 Worldcup Event on the Bay of Hyères FRA. With over 780 boats and over 1100 sailors from 60 nations, this is the worldwide best attended sailing competition of the year ..... they are all here, the World Champions, Olympic medalists and the Worldcup leaders. Remarkable teams represent the USA (21 teams among them Haeger/Provancha 470 woman, McNay/Hughes 470 men, Paige Railey Laser Radial or Caleb Paine Finn), Canada (Ramsay/Girke Nacra, but without Isabella Bertold Laser) and Mexico (Demita Vega RS:X).
Light to moderate Easterly winds will prevail for the Qualifications Series today and tomorrow, while by the end of the week, an up to 30 kn breeze will set the stage for a fast and furious events' final. The official preview. Racing can be followed on Twitter and as from 10 hrs UTC live on the Internet.
Monday, April 21, 2014   (Image © Elena Giolai)
Local sailors from Lake Garda were the winners of the 2014 Optimist Meeting at Riva ITA ending yesterday. The first of the two races in the morning was sailed in a rather unconstant wind but the final heat in the afternoon was completed in a perfect Ora breeze. Davide Ducchi ITA flopped in the first Juniores race (rank 73) but winning the last heat, he remained on top of the rankings six points ahead of Lucas Bergström SWE on 2nd. Daniil Krutskikh RUS was 3rd. Zoya Novikova RUS on rank 23 was the best girl. Best of the numerous USA and BER sailors were Patton Campbell BER is 26th, Severin Cramm USA 57th. The Goldfleet ranking list.
In the younger Cadetti, the tiebread went in favor of Francesco Novelli ITA thanks to better individual race results ahead of Felix Neszvescko GER. Third and the best girl was Gaja Pela ITA. The results of the Cadetti.
All other ranking lists and the final report (in Italian).
Monday, April 21, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
The expected leader change happened ! The southern group keeps on racing 3 kn faster as the previous leader trio in the North. Nicolas Lunven/Eric Peron FRA are the new leaders 10 miles ahead of Gwenolé Gahinet/Paul Meilhat FRA on rank 2. The best of the northern Group are Gwenael Gbick/Kito de Pavant FRA on position 6, but they will no doubt descend even more, as will Contin Horeau/Michel Desjoyeaux FRA, still 10th. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Monday, April 21, 2014   
Traditionally, the 5o5s have their international season opening in the South of France, and 49 teams from 5 nations (incl the USA) participated in the Europacup Regatta at St-Raphaël FRA. Five races were completed until Saturday with Wolfgang Hunger/Holger Jess GER leading ahead of Morten Bogacki/Lars Dehne GER 4 points behind. Excellent the third place of the mixed team Caroline and Philippe Jacot SUI inmidst of the top-teams, i.e. in front of the former Worldchampions Mike Holt/Dave Shelton USA and Ian Pinnel/Adam Kenny GBR on the positions 4 and 5. The ranking list.
Top News – Sunday, April 20, 2014
Sunday, April 20, 2014   (Image © Elena Giolai)
The wind situation on Lake Garda stabilised yesterday and racing took place according to program with three races for the Juniores and two for the Cadett. The crucial day is today in the two heats of the Goldfleets.
The local Davide Duchi ITA has taken the lead in the Juniores on his home waters. Lennart Kuss GER follows 4 points back on rank 2, Luca Valentino ITA and Salvo Sciuto ITA share rank 3. The best girl Filippa Johr SWE is on the 17th place. The best North Americans are Patton Campbell BER as 41st and Severin Cramm USA as 48th.
In the younger Cadetti, Arikan Okyanus TUR, Dmitry Golkov RUS and Francesco Novelli ITA are on top at equal points. Only one point behind follow Rodion Provin RUS and the best girl Gaja Pela ITA fighting for the overall victory today.
The event-website.
Sunday, April 20, 2014   
The southern chaser group still has a speed advantage of 4 kn over the leading trio in the North, but the backlog of the best South team Gwenolé Gahinet/Paul Meilhat FRA has melted to 46 miles. A leader change is most likely during the next 24 hours. For the moment, Gwenael Gbick/Kito de Pavant FRA are still leading 1,9 miles ahead of Jean Le Cam/Gildas Mahé FRA. Corentin Horeau/Michel Desjoyeaux FRA follow 35 miles behind on rank 3. The race-viewer, the reports and the videos.