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Top News – Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Wednesday, February 10, 2016   
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Rough conditions prevailed yesterday on the first day of the three World Championships running in parallel off Clearwater. The high winds around 18-20 kn and unforgiving waves built up in the rather shallow waters challenged competitors on Day One of the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships in Florida. One race was completed for the Men's 49er and Mixed Nacra 17, while the Women's 49erFX fleets were held onshore. Capsizes and abandonments happened already while the boats left the harbour, and six 49er dismasted ! Racing was over when the wind reached 22kn in the afternoon, too much for the overpowered 'so called modern' Olympic classes.
It was no surprise the only the most experienced teams succeeded to master these conditions. In the 49er, Jonas Warrer/Anders Thomsen DEN and the favorites Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL won the race of their Groups. D'Ortoli/Delpech FRA and Pink/Bithell GBR finished 2nd each, and Bildstein/Hussl AUT as well as Januszewski/Nowak POL follow with 3rd ranks. The report and the video of day one.
The windy conditions caused troubles even before racing, as the high surges hitting the shore flushed some Nacras with all equipment afloat. The harsh sailing conditions with the short, steep chop was too difficult for many teams and 25% of the fleet abandoned the race. Living up to their role as favorites were the defending Champions Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA, taking advantage of a big 40° shift right after the start and leaving the rest of the fleet far behind. Excellent 2nd are Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI, confirming their solid performance in the preparation events. The two-times 49er Olympic Champion (and offshore racer) Iker Martinez ESP with Julia Rita ESP as crew finished 3rd, his best result on the multihull so far. The ranking list and the Nacra daily news.
The US Sailing Team facebook page and the Rio Olympic Team Tracker.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016   
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The depression having rushed over Europe since Monday caused stormy conditions in Cannes, and racing was cancelled for the day. For today, the forecast is not any better !
The event website (without news) and the short report (scroll down) of the Swiss Finn Class.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016   
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A total of 97 Lasers Standard and Radial sailed the Masters Midwinters last weekend. 9 races have been completed, in the Standards, the Grand Masters (50+) dominated the series: Al Clark won with a comfortable margin of 17 points ahead of Peter Shope USA. Ernest Rodriguez on 3rd was best ranked Master. 59 Standards were on the starting line.
In the Radials, it was Apprentice Master Christine Neville USA on top of the 38 boat fleet. Paul Clifford USA and Laser legend Peter Seidenberg USA completed the podium. See the complete results and read the report.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016   (Image © BNJ)
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The strong westerly breeze over Lake Neuchâtel was building up waves at the easterly end of the lake, and dispite of the cold temperatures, four courageous wave surfers enjoyed the surfs on Monday trying to practice their hobby on the cold inland lake.
Here the video.
 
Top News – Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Tuesday, February 9, 2016   (Image © Jen Edny)
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Racing at the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra-17 World Championships in Clearwater FL USA begins today.
Hot favorites in the 49ers are Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL, undefeated 1305 days since their Silver Medal at the 2012 London/Weymouth Olympics, and not to forget successfully underway in A-Cat and Moth top events. Moreover, both are member of the 'Emirates Team New Zealand' core sailing team ..... no wonder that they were elected ISAF World Sailors of the Year 2015 last November. The 49er preview.
More open is the outcome in the 49ersFX. After dominating the new Olympic Women Skiff Class in the first two years, Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA and Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL have now been joined on top by three (!) Danish teams, and also the World Champions 2015 Giulia Conti/Francesca Clapcich ITA have to be considered for top ranks. The 49erFX preview as well as the 49er & 49erFX entry lists.
Dominators in the Nacras were Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA winning three World Champion's titles in a row. But during the past 6 months, some new teams mixed up the hierarchy of the class, above all the now World-number 1 Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS. Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI, on the podiums in both tune-up regattas in Florida - the North American Championship and the Miami Worldcup - are also hot contenders for a Medal at the Worlds. 42 teams are on the entry list. The Nacra-17 website.
The races will probably be presented 'Livestream' on our homepage as from next Friday.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016   
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The International Finn Week in Cannes FRA began yesterday with the Practice Race. The initial light East wind was reversed shortly after the start and the Mistral started to fill in from the West to up to 5 bft. According to the wind forecast, it shall prevail also during the coming days. Much to do on the water for the 63 participants from 12 nations.
The event website.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016   
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As every year, the Etchells sailed their Winter Series in several events in Florida. Over the last weekend, the Miami Championships took place with good, partly fresh, sailing conditions. Superior winners after 5 races were the former Olympic 470 Champion Steve Benjamin USA and his team 16 points ahead of Peter Duncan USA.
Here the ranking list with 54 teams from 4 nations.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016   
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The Starboat Masters' Championship was sailed over the past weekend on Biscayne Bay, and two races were completed on Saturday in a moderate breeze. On Sunday however, the wind was much to strong for some of the age 70+ helmsmen and racing was cancelled.
Arthur Anosov/David Ceasar USA were the overall winners. Paul Cayard USA with his sun Danny as crew finished 2nd, the best Europeans were Stefan and Philipp Lehnert GER on rank 11. The Bericht news with resultss.
 
Top News – Monday, February 8, 2016
Monday, February 8, 2016   
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Rain and a fresh East wind around 15 kn prevailed on the last day of the Primo Cup I, and all classes completed a last race yesterday.
The day's win in the Starboats went to Christian Nehammer/....AUT, but this was not enough to replace Philipp Rotermund/Nils Holweg GER on the first place. Filipo Orlando/Jean Gabriel Charton MON finished 3rd. A Swiss victory in the Surprise by Etienne David SUI and his team ahead of Mark Howell FRA and Nicolas Groux SUI. John Pollard GBR replaced the leading Edward Russo FRA on top of the SB20 with a race win. The wins in the Smeraldas went to Guido Miani ITA, in the IRC-rankings 1&2 to Vadim Yakimenko LAT and in the IRC 3&4 rankings to Andrew Jones GBR.
All ranking lists, the final report and the video of the last day.
Monday, February 8, 2016   
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The World Championships of the three fastest Olympic classes begins today in Florida with the Practice Races. According to the entry lists, the complete international Olympic circuit fleets will be on the starting lines for a performance test six months before the Olympics. Here the preview of the 49er class. The conditions will be rough on the first two days with a fresh breeze around 25 kn
Monday, February 8, 2016   
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The last race of Act II of the Melges 20 Miami Winter Series did not change the rankings on top, as Liam Kilroy USA and his team confirmed the lead with a race win. John Kilroy USA remained on rank 2. The ranking list and the final report.
Monday, February 8, 2016   
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Fresh winds around 20 kn will prevail today on the opening day of the Cannes International Finn Week with 57 participants from 12 nations on the entry list. Favorites are Deniss Karpak EST and the former Olympians Florian Raudaschl AUT and Michael Maier CZE. Switzerland is represented by the second-largest fleet behind France with 11 boats.
The event website.
 
Top News – Sunday, February 7, 2016
Sunday, February 7, 2016   
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The South wind conditions persisted also on day two of th Primo Cup with 2-3 bft and a considerable swell, and three races were completed.
No change on top of the Starboats with Philipp Rotermund/Nils Holweg GER as first with two bullets yesterday. Christian Nehammer/...AUT remain close with a slight 2 points' backlog.
Etienne David SUI and his team consolidated their lead in the Surprise with top finishes including a race win. Nicolas Groux SUI on rank 2 is now 6 points back. New on the 3rd place is the Lugano Team Olympic SUI.
The leading boats in the SB20 are very close together. The first five are separated by 5 points only. New on rank 1 is Edward Russo FRA and his team. John Pollard GBR follows 2 points' behind.
In the IRC 1&2-rankings, the new leader is Vadim Yakimenko LAT and his team with 3 bullets. Orel Kalomeni TUR follows on the 2nd position. New on the 3rd place is Jean-Jacques Chaubard SUI.
Leader change also in the IRC 3&4-Wertung with Andrew Jones GBR as first (scroll down).
All ranking lists, the daily news and the video of the day.
Sunday, February 7, 2016   
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The President Trophy in Sydney, the last regatta before the JJ Giltinan Trophy beginning on the coming weekend, sailed in moderate conditions around 10 kn, ended this morning with the victory of 'Lumix' of Andy Budgen AUS ahead of 'Gotta love it 7' with Seve Jarvin AUS and 'Asko Appliances' with Marcus Ashley-Jones AUS. The Giltinan begins on Friday with the Invitational Race, the tune-up race before it is getting serious on Saturday. Today's President-Trophy can be review entirely in an almost 2 hours' video. Enjoy attractive sailing downunder on Sydney Harbour !
Sunday, February 7, 2016   (Image © Richard Pober)
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Moderate winds around 10 kn prevailed yesterday on Biscayne Bay after the windy opening day, and two races were completed. The race remains a Kilroy family affair with son Liam, age 14, sitting on position one with two second ranks yesterday, 3 points ahead of father John on the second place overall. The best European Matteo Marenghi MON is on position 9 among the 25 participants.
The ranking list and the daily news.
Sunday, February 7, 2016   
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World Sailing announced at the end of last year a new media strategy. In addition to the not very user-friendly new WS website, a monthly video magazine as a retrospective on the activities of the past month will be produced. The first edtion has just been posted covering a.o. the Trophée Jules Verne and the Olympic Worldcup in Miami. Here the 23 minutes' video.
 
Top News – Saturday, February 6, 2016
Saturday, February 6, 2016   
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Part I of the Monaco Primo Cup began yesterday in a light south-easterly breeze. The OneDesign classes completed two, the IRC Yachts split in two categories one race.
On top after day one in the Starboats are Philipp Rotermund/Nils Holweg GER ahead of Andrea Orlando/Jean-Gabriel Charton MON and Christian Nehammer/....AUT (unfortunately no crew names on the ranking liste). Shared lead in the Surprise with Etienne David SUI and Nicolas Groux SUI with their teams. Sebastiano Baranzini SUI follows on rank 3. Carlo Benco ITA and his team are first in the SB20, followed by Johan Racier FRA and Ed Russo FRA. The IRC 1 & 2 rankings are lead by Orel Kalomeni TUR. Giovanni Spessa ITA is the winner of the only IRC 3 & 4 race.
All ranking lists and the news.
Saturday, February 6, 2016   
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25 teams from 5 nations started yesterday in Miami to the second Act of the Winter Series in a fresh North wind of up to 20 kn. Dominators of the three races was once more the Kilroy family with father John and son Liam with their teams in the lead at equal points. The list of tacticians is again full of known names from the Olympic circuits such as the medalists Brian Ledbetter USA and Mike Wolfs CAN or the Starboat and Laser European Champion Michael Hestbaek DEN or the Olympian Mark Mendelblatt USA.
The ranking list and the news.
Saturday, February 6, 2016   
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The breakers of Nazare in Portugal are popular with the wave surfers and notorious for the highest surf's up. Three days ago, the Australian windsurfing veteran Jason Polakov dared to attack the 20 meter waves. Here the videos.
Saturday, February 6, 2016   
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With an intensive crowd-funding action, Sébastien Destremau FRA has acquired an Open 60, that participated already in four Vendée Globe regattas. The former FD sailor - he missed the qualification for the 1992 Olympics by a small margin -, Volvo-Ocean-Race participant and winner of the Sydney-Hobart Race has been active as a sailing journalist during the past years. His video magazine 'Destop-News' was aired on different TV channels around the world. Photos of all his financial sponsors will be present on the hull of his boat, and at the end of the race, his Open 60 wil be raffled among his supporters ! The project website and a presentation video.
 
 
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