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Top News – Sunday, October 19, 2014
Sunday, October 19, 2014   (Image © ISAF)
The Qingdao Worldcup event ended yesterday with the Medal Races sailed in light winds and big waves.
Byron Kokkalanis GRE was already the premature winner after the Qualification Series in the RS:X male windsurfers, and Aichen Wang CHN defended the Silver medal with a second place in the Medal Race. Maxim Oberemko RUS won Bronze. In the RS:X female windsurfers, Jiali Sun CHN was first ahead of Olga Maslivets RUS. The winner of the Medal Race Hongmei Shi CHN advanced on the 3rd place.
No change on the podium in the 470 men, where the youngsters Jordi Xammar/Joan Herp ESP crowned their successful season with a Worldcup event victory. Mantis/Kagialis GRE and Barreiros/Curbelo ESP finished 2nd and 3rd. The 470 women podium was all Chinese: Mengxi Wei/Yani Xu CHN won in front of Xiaomei Xu/Ping Zhang CHN.
In the Lasers Standard, Tonci Stipanovic CRO controlled the only remaining contender for the first place, Pavlos Kontides CYP, during the Medal Race and finished on top. Tom Burton AUS defended the 3rd place. Dongshuang Zhang CHN had an easy victory in the Lasers Radial, as her direct 2nd-ranked opponent Tatjana Droszdovskaja BLR flopped in the Medal Race. Tina Mihelic CRO won Silver, Sara Winter NZL Bronze, as the Belarussian finished last in the Medal Race collecting heavy 20 points .
All ranking lists and the final report.
Sunday, October 19, 2014   (Image © Brian Carlin/Team Vestas Wind)
The fleet advanced rapidly in the freshening trade winds, and the leading Chinese 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA took the most out of it. This morning, her advantage over the 2nd ranked 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR, closely followed by 'Vestas Wind' with Chris Nicholson NZL, was already 32 miles. The all-female team 'SCA' with Samantha Davis GBR on the last place was already 91 miles behind. Why the women lost so much cannot be found out in the complicated event website.
The race-viewer, the onboard report of the leading teams and the event website ... but apparently, there are no updates posted over the weekend.
Sunday, October 19, 2014   
Good wind conditions prevailed also on the 4th and 5th day of the Luderitz Speed Challenge, and a number of national records were improved. The windsurfer Remo Diethelm SUI - his faster brother Patrick has also an Italian passport and his records are Italian - improved the official Swiss record on 48,31 kn, the veteran Anders Bringdal SWE set the new Swedish record on 50,3 kn. The report.
Sunday, October 19, 2014   (Image © Rolex / Daniel Forster)
Just before the time limit, some wind filled in on the Frisco Bay allowing a final race at the Farr 40 World Championship yesterday, without any influence on the podium places. Alex Roepers USA (tactics Terry Hutchinson USA) won clearly ahead of Martin Hill USA (Andrew Campbell USA) and Alberto Rossi ITA (Vasco Vascotto ITA). Wolfgang Schäfer GER (Ray Davis USA) won the final race, advancing on rank 4 overall, but he just missed the podium by 2 points.
The ranking list and the final report.
Sunday, October 19, 2014   (Image © SN St Tropez)
Light winds prevailed yesterday off St-Tropez during the final race where the leading duo were controlling each other and finished midfleet, i.e. their discard result. Thanks to the superior number of race wins, Giuseppe Duca ITA won the Trophy ahead of Gavia Wilkonson-Cox GBR at equal points. Marc Bouet FRA followed on the 3rd place.
The ranking list and the event facebook page
 
Top News – Saturday, October 18, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014   (Image © ISAF)
The Qualification Series ended yesterday with 3 races, sailed in a fresh 18-22 kn breeze. The Medal Races are already underway this morning.
Byron Kokkalanis GRE was the premature winner in the RS:X men yesterday evening already. Winner in the Medal Race was Maxim Oberemko RUS, but he remained on rank 3 behind Aichen Wang CHN. Leader change however in the RS:X women, where Jiali Sun CHN moved on top with two race wins. In today's Medal Race, she controlled the previous leader Olga Maslivets RUS defending her first position. Hongmei Shi CHN, winner of the Medal Race advanced on rank 3.
The other Medal Races have not yet been completed this morning at 7 hrs CET. The 470 team Jordi Xammar/Joan Herp ESP extended their advance in the men two-person dinghy event on 10 points. Mantis/Kagialis GRE and Barreiros/Cabrero ESP will start to the Medal Race from the positions 2 and 3. On a solid path to victory are Mengxi Wei/Yani Xui CHN in the 470 women. Their advantage is 9 points.
In the Lasers Standard, Tonci Stipanovic CRO and Pavlos Kontides CYP 4 points behind will duel for the final victory. Tom Burton AUS finally reached the podium, a place he will have to defend today against Wannes Van Laer BEL and Michael Bullot NZL. Fully open is the situation in the Lasers Radial: The leading duo has been disqualified, and the new top group consists now of Dongshuang Zhang CHN as first, followed by Sara Winter NZL, Tatjana Droszdovskaja BLR and Tina Mihelic CRO closely behind.
All ranking lists (the Medal Races will end around 11 hrs CET. and the ISAF report.
Saturday, October 18, 2014   
'Only' 8-10 kn was the wind on the opening day of the Geneva Speed Contest, but the fastest speeds were astonishingly high. Patrick Jan SUI with his foiler-kiteboard was the fastest with 16,667 kn, closely followed by Jean-Pierre de Siebenthal-Ziegert, best of the Moths, with 16,477 kn. The Moth Class begins with the 2014 Swiss Championship today.
The speed rankings and the event facebook page.
Saturday, October 18, 2014   (Image © SN St Tropez)
Three races were sailed again yesterday on the Bay of St-Tropez in a light and shifty breeze. Giuseppe Duca ITA, winning a race, is now on top of the rankings after discarding the worst result. But the replaced Gavia Wikinson-Cox GBR has another two races today to compensate the 5 points backlog during the final day. Marc Bouet FRA remained on 3rd, but with a 20 points deficit, he will not be able to interfere in the fight for rank one.
The rankings and the report.
Saturday, October 18, 2014   (Image © Lars Wehrmann)
Yesterday was day one of the inaugural Sailing Champions League 2014 Regatta in Copenhagen DEN, with teams from European top clubs competing on J/70s in a stadium-type racing close to the harbour shore. L
Leader after day one is 'Oman Sail' with Robert Greenhalgh ahead of the 'Kongelig Dansk Yachtclub' with Michael Heastback and the 'Circolo Canottieri Aniene' with Lorenzo Bressani ITA.
The ranking list. Racing can be followed live on the Internet this afternoon.
Saturday, October 18, 2014   (Image © Daniel Forster)
The wind-safe Frisco Bay let the Farr 40 fleet down yesterday, as after four hours' waiting on the water, the boats returned to the harbor without race.
On rank 1 before the last races today is Alex Roepers USA (tactics Terry Hutchinson USA) with a 16 points' lead on a safe way to the title, ahead of Martin Hill USA (tactics Andrew Campbell USA), Alberto Rossi ITA (Vasco Vascotto ITA) and Andrew Hunn AUS (David Chapman AUS) on the ranks 2-4 separated by 2 points fighting for Silver or Bronze.
The ranking list and the daily report.
 
Top News – Friday, October 17, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014   (Image © ISAF)
Light winds and a substantial currant prevailed on the 3rd day of the Qingdao ISAF Worldcup. The 470s and Lasers sailed one race each, the RS:X two.
New on top of the Lasers Radial is the light-wind specialist Dongshuang Zhang CHN winning this race. On rank two 4 points behind are Tatjana Droszdovskaja BLR, Tina Mihelic CRO and Sara Winter NZL at equal points. Tonci Stipanovic CRO extended his lead in the Lasers Standard with another race win on 6 points. Pavlos Kontides CYP and Wannes Van Laer BEL remained on the ranks 2 and 3, in spite of the fact, that they sailed their discard result yesterday.
New leaders in the 470 men are Jordi Xammar/Joan Herp ESP finishing 2nd yesterday as the only of the top teams finishing among the first boats. Panagiotis Mantis/Pavlos Kigalis GRE are now 2nd with a 4 points backlog. Sozykin/Gribanov RUS advanced on rank 3. In the 470 women, Mengxi Wei/Jani Xu CHN extended her overall lead with another race win. Xu/Zhang CHN and Chen/Gao CHN are now the closest opponents.
Two races per category were sailed in the windsurfer: Byron Kokkalanis GRE delivered his worst results so far (5 and 9) in the RS:X men, but nevertheless he clearly stays on top ahead of Aichen Wang CHN on a solid 2nd rank. In the RS:X women, Olga Maslivets RUS, best of the day with the ranks 1 and 2, remains clearly on the first place. Jiali Sun CHN is new on rank 2.
All ranking lists and the video summary.
Today's races are already underway, and with the prevailing 18 - 20 kn breeze, it is again the fresh winds specialist's turn. The report.
Friday, October 17, 2014   (Image © Corinna Halloran/Team SCA/Volvo Ocean Race)
After passing the Canary Islands near the Moroccan Coast, the 7 yacht fleet has now reach the first trade-winds with the leading boats touching the breeze as first stretching the gaps between the boats. The Chinese 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA extended her lead on over 10 miles. 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR and 'Mapfre' with Iker Martinez ESP follow behind. The all-female Team 'SCA' with Samantha Davies GBR dropped on the last place with a backlog of 26 miles this morning.
The race-viewer, the report of the teams and the videos.
Friday, October 17, 2014   (Image © Rolex / Daniel Forster)
The Farr 40 Worlds continued yesterday in a 14-16 kn breeze with three races. Alex Roepers USA (tactics Terry Hutchinson USA) extended his lead on 18 points with a series of top results. Martin Hill USA (tactics Andrew Campbell USA) follows on rank 2, new on rank 3 is Alberto Rossi ITA (Vasco Vascotto ITA). The best team of the day with the ranks 1/3/5 was 'Struntje Light' with Wolfgang Schäfer GER (Ray Davies USA) on rank 6.
The ranking list and the report of the day.
Friday, October 17, 2014   (Image © Kim Wolf)
The Semi Finals and Finals were sailed in light and unconstant winds, and the two comeback teams from the past Olympics - Lucie MacGregor GBR and Katie Spithill AUS - met in the last encounter. Macgregor had the upperhand with 3-2 in a tight match. Anna Kjellberg SWE won the Petite Final against Trine Paludan DEN 2-0. The Danish woman replaced the injured team skipper Camilla Ulrikkeholm DEN, and this 4th place was sufficient for the Danish team to win the Women International Matchracing Series 2014.
The report with the results.
Friday, October 17, 2014   
Ideal 12 kn breeze conditions prevailed yesterday on the Bay of St-Tropez, and three races were completed. Gavia Wilkinson-Cox GBR and her team took the overall lead, and her advance is already 6 points and more on the pursuers. Giuseppe Duca ITA, best of the day, advanced on rank 2 overall. Marc Bouet FRA remained on the 3rd place.
The ranking list and the report.
Friday, October 17, 2014   (Image © Martina Orsini)
Today begins the Moth Swiss Championship 2014, this year part of the Geneva Speed Week organised by the SN of Geneva. 22 participants from 5 nations are on the entry list, among them the favorites Giovanni Galeotti BEL, Chris Rast SUI and - with some deficits regarding Moth training, but knowing the venue - Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI. The wind forecast for today is not bad, as a strom front will pass over Switzerland, but during the weekend, mild Indian summer weather with little to no wind might arrive.
The event-website.
Friday, October 17, 2014   
Francisco Renna of Argentina is the 2014 World Champion. His spectacular score line included four race wins giving him a final 17 point cushion over his nearest competitor. The final three races of the series were sailed on Thursday to complete the series at nine races. Jean Paul de Trazegenies of Peru sailed a great final three races to move into second place. Conner Blouin of the United States was close behind in third. In all seventy two competitors from ten countries participated in the championship. Read the report and see the complete results.
 
Top News – Thursday, October 16, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014   
Light winds prevailed yesterday and the fleet is now about to pass the Canary Islands in an Easterly breeze. The leading 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR is only 6 miles ahead of the last-ranked 'Mapfre' with Iker Martinez ESP. Still among the leading yachts is the all-female Team 'SCA' with Samantha Davis GBR on the 3rd place 2,4 miles back.
The race viewer, the report, the daily reports of the teams and the first video of the week.
Thursday, October 16, 2014   (Image © ISAF)
Rough conditions prevailed for the 171 competitors from 21 nations on the second day of the Qingdao Worldcup with a 18 kn breeze and a strong current.
Team of the day were in the 470 men the multiple Youth World Champions Jordi Xammar/Joao Herp ESP with two 2nd ranks, joining the leaders Panagiotis Mantis/Pavlos Kagialis GRE on top of the overall rankings. Mengxi Wei/Yani Xu CHN extended their lead in the 470 women
With another race win, Tonci Stipanovic CRO is the clear leader in the Lasers Standard. Pavlos Kontides CYP follows 3 points behind and Wannes Van Laer BEL defended his 3rd place as well. Thanks to the discarded result, Tom Burton AUS advanced now on rank 8. A overthrow happened in the Lasers Radial Winning twice, Tatjana Droszdowskaja BLR has taken the lead in front of Tina Mihelic CRO and Dongshuang Zhang CHN.
A class of his own is Byron Kokkalanis GRE in the RS:X men. His advantage on the second-ranked Aichen Wang CHN is 16 points. Almost with the same advance is Olga Maslivets RUS on top of the RS:X women.
All ranking lists and the video report of the day.
Thursday, October 16, 2014   (Image © Kim Wolf)
The Round Robin at the Busan Match Racing ended yesterday in light winds, and the best four prodeeded immediately to the Semi Finals. After one flight, Lucy Macgregor GBR leads against Anna Kjellberg SWE 1-0, and Trine Palludan DEN defeated Katie Spithill AUS. Stephanie Roble, USA was eliminated as 7th in the Round Robin with a 6 – 5 score. The report.
Thursday, October 16, 2014   (Image © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT)
Winning Chicago and Lelystad NED moved the defending World Champion Taylor Canfield ISV on top of the latest ISAF Match Racing World Open Rankings of October., ahead of Ian Williams GBR and Mathieu Richard FRA.
No changes happened in the women's World Rankings. Camilla Ulrikkeholm DEN remains on top ahead of Anna Kjellberg SWE and Stephanie Roble USA.
All ISAF World Ranking Lists.
Thursday, October 16, 2014   (Image © SN St Tropez)
The 'Dragon St-Tropez' is the first of a series or regattas organised by the still much appreciated former Olympic keelboat class on the Mediterranean during winter time with an event almost every second weekend in the hopefully always shining sun on the Côte d'Azur. Light winds and sun cared for Indian summer conditions yesterday, and two races were completed.
Ron James GBR took the lead with the ranks 2 and 7, one point ahead of the tied Gavia Wilkinson-Cox (the IYRU Executive Secretary of the 80ies), Alar Volmar EST and Marc Bouet FRA. Ed Sawyer USA is classified 6th among the 30 teams from 12 nations and 3 continents participate.
The ranking list and the event website.
Thursday, October 16, 2014   (Image © Rolex / Daniel Forster)
The Farr 40 World Championship 2014 began yesterday on the Frisco Bay in moderate winds around 10 kn. A number of top sailors sit again on some of the owner-driven yachts as tacticians. Flawless was day one of the Worlds for Alex Roepers USA (Taktik Terry Hutchinson USA) winning all three races. Guido Belgiorno AUS (tactics Tom Slingsby AUS) follows on 2nd. 19 teams from 7 nations participate.
The ranking list and the report.
 
Top News – Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014   (Image © Amory Ross/Team Alvimedica/Volvo Ocean Race)
Fresh winds up to 30 kn prevailed for the first time on Monday due to the passing depressions, but now the wind decreased substantially shifting North. The seven teams are sailing South under spinaker within 12 miles ('Vestas Wind' with Chris Nicholson NZL as last). 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR is first ahead of the Chinese 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA. The all-female team 'SCA' follows on rank 5 with a 5 miles' backlog.
The race-viewer, the report of the day and the reports from the teams.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014   (Image © ISAF)
The Qingdao Worldcup began yesterday in an 8 kn breeze. Lasers and 470s sailed two, the RS:X windsurfers three races. Gusts and a strong current made the competition quite challenging. Tonci Stipanovic CRO mastered the conditions flawlessly and won both heats in the Lasers Standard. His training's partner Pavlos Kontides CYP was twice on rank 2. The Worldcup leader Tom Burton AUS however is already in difficulties with the day ranks 10 and 20, leaving him on rank 14 overall. First in the small Laser Radial fleet is the previous year's winner Dongshuang Zhang CHN. Sara Winter NZL follows on rank 2.
In the 470 men, Mantis/Kagialis GRE succeeded to keep control over the strong Chinese teams on the ranks 2 to 4. In the 470 women, the leaders are Mengxi Wei/Yani Xu CHN ahead of Ai Kondo/Miho Yoshioka JPN, the only non-Chinese team in the fleet.
A big fleet but not many international athletes compete in the windsurfing races. In the RS:X men, first is the only European competitor Byron Kokkalanis GRE, closely followed by Qi Xue CHN. On top of the 30 RS:X women are at equal points Yunxiu Lu CHN and Olga Maslivets RUS, the only non-Chinese in the fleet.
All ranking lists and the report.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014   (Image © ISAF)
The Qingdao Worldcup began yesterday in an 8 kn breeze. Lasers and 470s sailed two, the RS:X windsurfers three races. Gusts and a strong current made the competition quite challenging. Tonci Stipanovic CRO mastered the conditions flawlessly and won both heats in the Lasers Standard. His training's partner Pavlos Kontides CYP was twice on rank 2. The Worldcup leader Tom Burton AUS however is already in difficulties with the day ranks 10 and 20, leaving him on rank 14 overall. First in the small Laser Radial fleet is the previous year's winner Dongshuang Zhang CHN. Sara Winter NZL follows on rank 2.
In the 470 men, Mantis/Kagialis GRE succeeded to keep control over the strong Chinese teams on the ranks 2 to 4. In the 470 women, the leaders are Mengxi Wei/Yani Xu CHN ahead of Ai Kondo/Miho Yoshioka JPN, the only non-Chinese team in the fleet.
A big fleet but not many international athletes compete in the windsurfing races. In the RS:X men, first is the only European competitor Byron Kokkalanis GRE, closely followed by Qi Xue CHN. On top of the 30 RS:X women are at equal points Yunxiu Lu CHN and Olga Maslivets RUS, the only non-Chinese in the fleet.
All ranking lists and the report.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014   (Image © DR / WIM Series)
After the unplanned pause due to the passing typhoon, the Round Robin continued yesterday still in a fresh breeze, but is not yet finished. Completed the qualifier round have Katie Spithill AUS (leading with 9-2) and Trine Paludan DEN (substitute for the helmswoman Camilla Ulrikkeholm DEN with 8-3). Lucy MacGregor GBR (7-3) meets in her last match Anna Kjellberg SWE (6-2 so far). Stephanie Roble USA with three matches to go has a 4-4 score.
The results, the report and the video of the day.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014   (Image © L�deritz Speed Challenge.)
Yesterday, there must have been a lay day at Luderitz ... at least on the event website. A first prize giving ceremony was held, with Patrick Diethelm SUI/ITA as fastest with 51.09 kn. 17 national records have been broken so far. More on the event facebook page.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014   (Image © Priscilla Parker)
After a light air day one, day two brought big breeze and plenty of chop to the race course. Principal Race Officer, Hal Smith put the fleet through their paces to get in four races and bring the throw out to the score sheet. Francisco Renna of Argentina was untouchable all day, winning all four races to lead the seventy two boat fleet with eight points overall. Single digit finishes in all four races moved USA team members Conner Blouin and David Mendelblatt into second and third. See the complete results and read the full report.
 
 
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