With 600 miles left to the finish line, the outcome of the race is still fully open: By this morning UTC, Charlie Dalin FRA (Apivia) could slightly extend his lead on Louis Burton FRA (Bureau Vallée) 69 miles behind. Boris Herrmann GER (SeaExplorer) follows in 3rd place now 74 miles back, but his time credit of 6h hours would give him an almost 100 miles bonus, making him the theoretical leader. Thomas Ruyant FRA (LinkedOut) and Yannick Bestaven FRA (Maître Coq) are already more than 300 miles behind, but Bestaven also has a time credit of 10.5hrs, i.e. about 190 miles. -----The race tracker and the news.
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Top News – Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Laser Radial & Standard - Olympic Winter Series - Lanzarote ESP - Day 1 - CAN Laser women 19th and 23rd
As the last Olympic classes, the two Laser fleets started their Winter Series on Lanzarote yesterday. Fresh winds around 18kn allowed 3 races each. ----- In the Lasers Standard (ILCA7), Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA took the lead with 4 points ahead of Robert Scheidt BRA. ----- In the Lasers Radial (ILCA 6), Anne-Marie Rindom DEN won all three races. Anne-Lise Murphy IRL and Line Flem-Höst NOR are the first runners-up. ----- Clara Gravely CAN is in 19th, Coralie Vittecoq CAN in 23rd among the 39 participants. ----- All the rankings and the report (span.).
Yesterday, the American '11th Hour Racing Team' announced the composition of its Open 60 team: On a brand new Open 60, Charlie Enright USA and Pascal Bidégorry FRA will tackle the big regattas of the year (Fastnet Race, Transat Jacques Vabre). Simon Fisher GBR and Justine Mettraux SUI will form the 2nd team, and with Alex Thompson's old 'Hugo Boss', they have also a competitive boat at their disposal. ----- The report and the video.
Top News – Monday, January 25, 2021
This morning UTC, the leader Charlie Dalin FRA (Apivia) still had 825 miles to go to the Sables d'Olonne - expected arrival on Wednesday. But who will win this time remains an open question! Louis Burton (Bureau Vallée 2) took the lead yesterday for a couple of hours and is only 32 miles behind Dalin this morning. Boris Herrmann GER (SeaExplorer) is still in third place, 69 miles behind. With his time credit of 6 hours, he is even in the lead at the moment! The best Non-Foiler is Damien Seguin FRA (Groupe Apicil) on rank 6 with a 297 miles deficit, but Jean Le Cam FRA (Yes we Cam!) sailing 230 miles behind Seguin - he rescued Kevin Escoffier FRA on the Indian Ocean - will move far ahead with his time credit of 16 hours. In the Bay of Biscay, however, another flat high is now waiting, and major changes are still possible! ----- The race tracker and the news.
The 2021 Miami Olympic Classes Regatta on Biscayne Bay was concluded yesterday with light-wind early morning races. ----- First out, the 470s sailed two races, both won by Stu McNay (Providence, R.I.) / Dave Hughes (Ithaca, N.Y.), finishing the series with 8 bullets in 11 heats with a 13-point margin. Mixed teams Louisa Nordstrom (Osprey, Fla.) / Trevor Bornarth (Stuart, Fla.) followed in second, Michelle Lahrkamp (Rye, N.Y.) / Jack Parkin (Riverside, Conn.) placed third. ----- On top in 9 of the 11 races this week, Nevin Snow (San Diego, Calif.) / Dane Wilson (Ojai, Calif.) sustained their lead on Sunday, winning the 49er fleet by seven points. Ian Barrows (St. Thomas, USVI) / Hans Henken (Coronado, Calif.) finished second overall, followed by Christopher Williford (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) / Duncan Williford (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) in 3rd. ----- In the 49ersFX, Stephan Baker (Miami, Fla.) / Nicholas Hardy (Newton, Mass.) extended their lead on Lucy Wilmot (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) / Erika Reineke (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) to seven points. Bella Casaretto (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) / Jana Laurendeau (Billerica, Mass.) made the podium in third place. The Olympians Stephanie Roble / Maggie Shea tested the fleet with top finishes in three races on Saturday only. ----- The Nacra 17 and iQFoil starts had to be canceled in the dying winds. ----- The Nacra 17 results through Saturday were final with Samuel Albrecht / Gabriela Nicolino of Brazil capturing the first. Ravi Parent (Bradenton, Fla.) / David Liebenberg (Richmond, Calif.) finished in second as the top American team, ahead of Riley Gibbs (Long Beach, Calif.) / Anna Weis (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) in third. ----- The two iQFoil fleets completed just one race each this week on Friday with Mateus Isaac BRA on top of the Men’s fleet (9-meter sail) and Garrett January (Pinellas, Fla.) winning the 8-meter sail race. Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.) placed third overall in the 8-meter race was the top women’s sailor. ----- All results and the US Sailing Report. ------------- The next US Open Sailing Series event for the Laser, Radial, Nacra 17, Nacra 15, 49er, 49er FX, 49er FX Mixed, 29er, iQFoil, Open Windsurf Foil, Formula Kite fleets will take place February 4 to 7 in Clearwater Fl.
The Winter Series of the Finns and the Nacras came to an end yesterday with the Medal Races. In the Finns, Joan Cardona ESP defended his first place finishing 3rd in the final race, taking the overall victory with a 4-point lead over Zsombor Beresz HUN, the winner of the Medal Race. Alican Kaynar TUR followed in third place. Tom Ramshaw CAN finished on the 8th rank. ----- With a win in the Medal Race, Cin Ea Centholt/Christian Lübeck DEN were able to replace Paul Kohlhoff/Alica Stuhlemmer GER on top o the Nacra 17. ----- All rankings and the final report(span). ----- As of today, the Laser and Laser Radial races are on schedule with Canadian participants. The entry lists.
The 11 Melges 24 completed seven races during the second event of the Winter Series held January 22-24 in Miami, FL, while the 20 J/70s, racing one day less, finished only three. Neither fleet got in any racing on the final day due to a lack of wind. ----- Topping the J/70 fleet was Ryan McKillen, Miami Beach, FL, and his team by one point over Margaret McKillen, Miami Beach, FL, and Pamela Rose, Miami, FL, another 3 points behind. ----- In the Melges 24, the team of Bora Gulari, Detroit, MI, USA, was on first one point in front of Laura Grondin, West Hartford, CT (with Taylor Canfield) and another 3 points back Peter Duncan, Rye, NY. ----- The results ----- The final event of the Winter Series will be the Bacardi Cup and Bacardi Invitational Regatta March 8-13, 2021.
Top News – Sunday, January 24, 2021
1'200 miles before the finish, a top quartet was able to pull away somewhat: Charlie Dalin FRA (Apivia) still leads with 18 miles over Louis Burton FRA (Bureau Vallée 2). Boris Herrmann GER (Seaexplorer) follows in third place, 48 miles behind, and Thomas Ruyant FRA (LinkedOut) still has a good chance with 88 miles to go. ----- On the Bay of Biscay, another flat high-pressure zone awaits, and the race will only be decided in the final approach to the finish. ----- At the very end of the fleet, Alexa Barrier FRA and Ari Huusela FIN will be the last to round Cape Horn today. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
In good conditions with 12-14 knots of wind, 3 races each were held for the Finns and Nacras yesterday. With two race wins, Alican Kaynar TUR moved to the top in the Finns, 2 points ahead of Joan Cardona ESP. Tom Ramshaw CAN dropped back to 3rd. Still 7th is Nils Theuninck SUI, his gap to a podium place is 9 points. ----- In the Nacra 17, Paul Kohlhoff/Alica Stuhlemmer GER held on to the top spot, with Lin Ea Centholt/Christian Lübeck DEN best of the day (1/2/1), moving up to join the Germans on points. ----- All rankings and the daily report (span.).
Top News – Saturday, January 23, 2021
In inconsistent winds of around 20kn, Ben Ainslie GBR and his INEOS team made everything clear with a victory in the first duel against Luna Rossa (Francesco Bruni ITA/James Spithill AUS) and qualified directly for the final of the Prada Cup. In an animated race with several position changes, the English were able to prevail, thanks to better boat speed (sometimes more than 50kn !). Above the replay of the race. The report.
In four days, the Vendée Globe will come to an end....and the final remains exciting: The first 6 are still only 160 miles apart. Louis Burton FRA (Bureau Vallée 2) has made up a lot of ground the past 24 hours, and he is only 17 miles behind Charlie Dalin FRA (Apivia) in 2nd place this morning UTC. Boris Herrmann GER (SeaExplorer) follows 90 miles back in 3rd place. ----- The race tracker and the reports.
After rounding Cape of Good Hope in a new record time yesterday, Franck Cammas FRA, Charles Caudrelier FRA and their team were forced to abandon their successfully started record attempt shortly afterwards. With a damaged lee rudder, Gitana did turn north direction Cape. A repair on sea is not possible. ----- The race tracker including the videos and the reports.
Top News – Friday, January 22, 2021
Leaving the trade winds behind, the leading pack has now reached a transition zone influenced by the Azores high and moving closer together. The first 7 are only 185 miles apart with 2,000 miles to go. ----- Charlie Dalin FRA (Apivia) continues to lead, ahead of Louis Burton FRA (Bureau Vallée 2) new in second place, only 29 miles behind. Boris Herrmann GER (SeaExplorer) follows in 3rd place, 61 miles behind. The best non-Foiler continues to be Damien Seguin FRA (Groupe Apicil), who is only 102 miles back in 5th place. ----- The race tracker and the news.
Finn, Nacra 17 - Olympic Winter Series, Part II - Lanzarote ESP - Day 1 - Tom Ramshaw CAN leads Finns
After the 470s and 49ers, the Finns and Nacra 17 started their winter regatta on Lanzarote yesterday. In moderate winds, the Finns sailed 2, the Nacra 17s 3 heats. ----- First leader in the Finns is Tom Ramshaw CAN, 2 points ahead of Joan Cardona ESP. Ondrej Teply CZE is 3rd. 22 competitors from 16 nations at the start. ----- In the Nacra 17, Paul Kohlhoff/Alica Stuhlemmer GER have taken the lead with ranks 3/1/1. Quentin Delapierre/Manon Audinet FRA follow one point behind in second place. ----- All rankings and the event website.
Yesterday afternoon, the Nacra 17, 49er, 49erFX, and Mixed 470 fleets completed two light-wind races each on day one of racing at 2021 Miami OCR, the second stage of the US Open Sailing Series. ----- Joint leaders in the Open 470 are Louisa Nordstrom/Trevor Bornarth (Oyster Bay 470 Team) and the Olympians Stuart McNay/David Hughes (Trevor Moore Foundation). ----- In the 49ers, the US Sailing Team Nevin Snow/Dane Wilson and Ian Barrows/Hans Henken (Eastern YC/St.Francis YC) are tied on top. ----- With two bullets, Stephan Baker/Nicholas Hard (2Niner ODP) are the clear leaders in the 49erFX. The best all-female team is Lucy Wilmot new with the former Olympic Laser Radial campaigner Erika Reineke. ----- Joint leaders in the Nacra 17 as well with the Brazilians Samuel Albrecht/Gabriela Nicolino BRA and Ravi Parent/?. The Olympians Riley Gibbs/Anna Weis follow closely one point behind. ----- The results and the US Sailing Report. ----- The IQ Foil and Open Windsurf Foil fleets will aim to start their racing tomorrow.
Tomorrow morning (CET) the 3rd round of the Round Robin starts in Auckland, a duel between INEOS Team UK (Ben Ainslie GBR) and Luna Rossa (Francesco Bruni ITA/James Spithill AUS). We will again broadcast the race live on our sailing-news. With one win the English are directly qualified for the final, Luna Rossa needs two wins to avoid the semi-final against American Magic. There was a final press conference this morning, here is the video.