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Top News – Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Wednesday, May 4, 2016   (Image © Gilles Morelle)

Star - Star Sailors League - City Grand Slam - Hamburg GER - Day 1

 Star - Star Sailors League - City Grand Slam - Hamburg GER - Day 1 Partly fresh and mostly puffy winds prevailed on the Alster in Hamburg during the first day of the inaugural Star Sailors' League City Grand Slam. The 90 boats' fleet, split in three groups, sailed three races each.
Flawless was the performance of Eivind Melleby NOR/Josh Rivkin USA taking the overall lead with three bullets. Kusznierewicz/Zycki POL and Lawrence/Coleman USA follow closely behind. The two Hamburger teams Polgar/Koy GER and Koch/Witt GER occupy the ranks 4 and 5.
The results, the daily news and the video replay of day one. Today again, racing can be followed live as from 9h UTC on this website.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016   (Image © Lloyd Images)

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - The Transat - Plymouth GBR - Day 2

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - The Transat - Plymouth GBR - Day 2 The first 36 hours in the Transat with a 20-25 kn wind Wind have taken its toll. In the Open 60, Sébastien Josse FRA ('Edmond de Rothschild') was forced to veer direction Vigo with a damaged main sail. The Multi-50 leader Erwan Le Roux FRA ('FenêtréeACardinal') had to abandon the race with a damaged floater, and Maxim Sorel FRA hit a container cargo with this Class 40. The three Ultime trimarans pull clear of the fleet at speeds exceeding 30 kn. Thomas Coville FRA ('Sodebo') leads with a 10 miles advantage on François Gabart FRA ('Macif'). First in the IMOCA Open 60 is Vincent Riou FRA ('PRB') 17 miles ahead of Armel Le Cléac'h FRA ('Banque Populaire'), both on new-generation Open 60s with the foil daggerboards. Pierre Antoine FRA ('Olmix') stays on top of the Mulit-50 witha 26 miles' lead on Gilles Lamiré FRA ('Frenchtech') on 2ns. In the Class 40, the leading duo Phiul Sharp GBR and Thibaut Vauchel FRA is separated by one mile only.
The race viewer, the reports and the videos.
 
Top News – Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Tuesday, May 3, 2016   (Image © Marc Rouiller)

Star - Star Sailors League - City Grand Slam - Hamburg GER - Start today

 Star - Star Sailors League - City Grand Slam - Hamburg GER - Start today This morning at 9h UTC, the start to the first City Grand Slam of the Star Sailors League (SSL) will be given. 100 teams are on the entry list, among them the 20 best-ranked of the SSL-Ranking with the just crowned World Champions Augie Diaz USA/Bruno Prada BRA, the record Olympia medalist Torben Grael BRA (with Stefano Lillia ITA) or the last Grand Slam winner George Szabo USA again with Patrick Ducommun SUI. The official preview. Races can be followed on livestream today on this website starting at 9h UTC.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016   (Image © Aitor Alcalde Colomer)

GC32-Catamaran - Extreme Sailing Series - Act 2 - Qingdao CHN - Final Day - Victory for 'Alinghi'

 GC32-Catamaran - Extreme Sailing Series - Act 2 - Qingdao CHN - Final Day - Victory for 'Alinghi' The second Act of the Extreme Sailing Series 2016 was concluded yesterday in an 8-10 kn breeze, just enough to allow foiling. 'Alinghi' with Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI and 'Oman Air' with Morgan Larson USA duelled for the overall victory during the day until the fog filled in impeding the final double point race. 'Alinghi' remained on top with a 6 points' advantage on 'Oman Air'. The 'Red Bull Sailing Team' with Roman Hagara AUT moved up on rank 3. 'Oman Air' remains overall Series leader, but 'Alinghi' has reduced the backlog on 2 points. The 3rd Act will take place in Cardiff GBR in June. The report with results.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016   (Image © Lloyd Images)

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - The Transat - Plymouth GBR - Day 1

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Multi 50, Ultime - The Transat - Plymouth GBR - Day 1 Yesterday, the start to the 'Transat', the oldest solo skipper race across the Atlantic Ocean to New York, was given in Plymouth GBR. The entry list contains 3 trimarans of the Ultime category (80 foot +), 5 Multi-50 trimarans, 6 IMOCA Open 60 and 10 Class 40. As to expect, the big trimarans have already taken the command. Yves Le Blevec FRA with his 'Actual' is leading 2 miles ahead of Thomas Coville FRA ('Sodebo') and François Gabart FRA. In the Multi-50, Pierre Antoine FRA with his 'Olmix' is already 25 miles in front. The special interest goes to the Open 60, sailing the Transat as a test race for the Vendée Globe beginning in November this year. Four Open 60 of the latest generation, experimenting with the foiling technology are among the participants, such as Le Cléac'h FRA with his 'Banque Populaire' leading the fleet 6 miles ahead of Sébastien Josse FRA on 'Edmond de Rothschild'. First in the Class 40 is Phil Sharp GBR.
The race viewer, the news and the video of the start.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016   (Image © Jacques Vapillon)

Diam 24 - Grand Prix Guyader - Douarnenez FRA - Final results

 Diam 24 - Grand Prix Guyader - Douarnenez FRA - Final results In Douarnenez FRA, the Grand Prix Guyader is underway as every year with a variety of competitions with even a fishermen's contest. The Diam 24 trimarans already concluded their regatta serie after 13 races with Salomon Delapierre FRA and his team as winners closely followed one point back by Nicolas Troussel FRA. Here the ranking list. Winner in the Class 40 is the Olympic Pole Vault Champion Jean Galfione FRA.
The Sea Happerning continues today with the first races of the Dragon Class with 46 teams from 14 nations on the entry list, among them the favorites from Russia and the United Arab Emirates.
The event website.
 
Top News – Monday, May 2, 2016
Monday, May 2, 2016   (Image © Jesus Renedo)

Olympic Worldcup 2016 - Semaine Olympique - Hyères FRA - Final results, ranks 5 and 8 for USA sailors

 Olympic Worldcup 2016 - Semaine Olympique - Hyères FRA - Final results, ranks 5 and 8 for USA sailors All kind of conditions prevailed yesterday under overcast sky and thundery weather on Hyères Bay with winds of 3 to 25 kn. By the end of the day, the breeze had vanished to almost nothing and the men windsurfer Medal Race had to be cancelled.
Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO were the premature winners in the 470 men before the Medal Race already. Belcher/Ryan AUS and Calabreses/De la Fuente ARG completed the podium. McNay/Hughes USA, winners of the Medal Race, finished 5th overall. Change on top of the 470 women where Hannah Mills/Sakia Clark GBR finishing 3rd in the Medal Race controlled the direct opponents Oliveira/Barbachan BRA and Lecointre/Defrance FRA who finally terminated tied on 2nd and 3rd just one point behind the English winners.
Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL, dominators of the 49ers since the London/Weymouth 2012 Olympics, won the Hyères Worldcup with a 46 points' advantage ! Warrer/Lübeck DEN and Philipps/Philipps AUS finished on the ranks 2 and 3. Celebrating their first important international victory were Lisa Ericson/Hanna Klinga SWE in the 49ersFX. Grael/Kunze BRA finished on the 2nd place 2 points back. Hansen/Salskov DEN moved up on position 3 in the final rankings.
The Finn regatta ended with an Australian 1 and 2 victory by Jake Lilley AUS and Oliver Tweddell AUS. Jonthan Lobert FRA advanced on rank 3 on the last day. Caleb Paine USA won the Medal Race, but remained on rank 8 overall only 4 points behind Bronze ! Winning the Nacra 17 Medal Race, Fernando Echevarri/Tara Pacheco ESP replaced Vittorio Bissaro/Silvia Sicouri ITA at equal points on top. Mandy Mulder/Coen de Koning NED earned Bronze.
No ranking modifications in the RS:X women windsurfers with Zofia Noceti-Klpecka POL winning ahead of Bryony Shaw GBR and Charline Picon FRA. The standings of Saturday in the RS:X men windsurfers became final after the cancellation of the Medal Race in Hyères. Piotr Myszka POL ahead of Pawel Tarnowski POL and Nick Dempsey GBR stood on the podium.
All ranking lists, the final report and the event website.
Monday, May 2, 2016   

Laser - Olympic Worldcup 2016 - Hyères FRA - Final results without NorAm participation

 Laser - Olympic Worldcup 2016 - Hyères FRA - Final results without NorAm participation Some classes sailed their Medal Races in a light breeze while the Lasers enjoyed wind peaks of almost 20 kn.
Finishing on rank 2 behind Andrew Maloney NZL, Philipp Buhl GER climbed on the first place in the Lasers Standard, 3 points ahead of Sam Meech NZL. Tom Burton AUS dropped on rank 3.
The experienced Evi Van Acker BEL controlled the qualification leader Josefin Olsson SWE during the whole Medal Race and sailed her in a matchracing style down the rankings to replace her on top of the overall classifications. The World Champion Alison Young GBR moved up on rank 3.
All ranking lists and the daily report.
Monday, May 2, 2016   

GC32-Catamaran - Extreme Sailing Series - Act 2 - Qingdao CHN - Day 3

 GC32-Catamaran - Extreme Sailing Series - Act 2 - Qingdao CHN - Day 3 Light winds prevailed also on the third day of the Extreme Sailing Series' Act 2 in China, hardly allowing the multihulls to foil. 'Alinghi' with the young Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI defended his first position, but the competition is close with 'Oman Air' of the former Alinghi helmsman Morgan Larson USA, winner of Act 1, only 3 points behind the Swiss, and also the newcomer Diego Cayolla POR with his 'Sail Portugal' 12 points behind has an option on the overall win.
The report with results.
 
Top News – Sunday, May 1, 2016
Sunday, May 1, 2016   (Image © Jesus Renedo)

Olympic Worldcup 2016 - Semaine Olympique - Hyères FRA - Day 4, McNay/Hughes 470 and Caleb Paine Finn in Medal Races

 Olympic Worldcup 2016 - Semaine Olympique - Hyères FRA - Day 4, McNay/Hughes 470 and Caleb Paine Finn in Medal Races As forecast, the breeze frehened up to 20 kn during the day, and the last qualification races before today's Medal Race brought some modifications in the general rankings. Two overall winners - 49ers and 470 open - are already known, as they cannot be overtaken in the last heats today.
Once more, Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL dominated the 49ers and their advance on the 2nd-ranked is 46 points ! William Philipps/Sam Philipps AUS and Jonas Warrer/Christian Lübeck DEN 2 points behind will duel for Silver and Bronze today. In the 49ersFX, the surprise team Lisa Ericson/Hanna Klinga SWE tied with Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA on top will fight for the final win.
With a 19 points' lead, Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO are thru in the 470 men. Belcher/Ryan AUS, Dahlberg/Bergström SWE and Calabrese/De la Fuente ARG separated by 4 points only will fight for 2nd and 3rd. Exciting is the situation in the 470 women where the new leaders Camille Lecointre/Hélène Defrance FRA are only one point ahead of Hannah Mills/Saskia Clarke GBR. Another 3 points back are Fernanda Oliveira/Ana Luiza Barbachan BRA with chances for victory.
With a race win, Jake Lilley AUS is now the clear leader in the Finns with a 7 points' advance on the first challenger. The ranks 2 (Anders Pedersen NOR) to 5 (Oliver Tweddell AUS) are separated by 4 points only. In the Nacra 17, Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA have to accept the first defeat for a long time. As 6th, the have no chance to climb on rank 1, occupied for the moment by Ben Saxton/Nicolas Groves GBR and Vittorio Bissaro/Silvia Sicouri ITA at equal points. Echevarri/Pacheco ESP as 3rd are only 2 points behind.
Change on rank 1 in the RS:X men windsurfers where Piotr Myszka POL and Pawel Tarnowski POL will fight for victory. Nick Dempsey GBR follows on rank 3. The first in the RS:X women windsurfers Zofia Noceti-Klepacka POL is 6 points in front of Bryony Shaw GBR.
The Laser results are in a separate news text.

The best of NorAm nations:
470 men: McNay/Hughes USA 5th, Jacob+Graeme Saunders CAN 31th
470 women: Haeger/Provancha USA 13th
49er: Barrows/Morris USA 31st
49erFX: no NorAms
Finn: Caleb Paine 9th, Martin Robitaille CAN 21st
Nacra-17: Gulari/Chafee USA 15th
Laser Standard: Robert Davis 31st, Chris Barnard USA 36th
Laser Radial: Isabelle Bertold CAN 18th
RS:X men: Gabriel Paquette CAN 32nd, Pedro Pascual USA 39th
RS:X women: Marion Lepert USA 19th, Demita Vega MEX 26th
The US Sailing website and the US Sailing Team facebook page.

All ranking lists, the daily news and the event website.
Sunday, May 1, 2016   (Image © Pedro Martinez)

Laser - Olympic Worldcup 2016 - Hyères FRA - Day 4, no USA or CAN boats in today's Medal Races

 Laser - Olympic Worldcup 2016 - Hyères FRA - Day 4, no USA or CAN boats in today's Medal Races The last qualification races before today's Medal Races were sailed in a freshing wind yesterday.
In the Lasers Radial, a duel behind Josefin Olsson SWE and Evi Van Acker BEL 2 points behind will decide for the Hyères winner. Inspite of two race wins yesterday, the World Champion Alison Young GBR on 3rd will not be able to interfere in the fight for victory with a 21 points' backlog. Isabelle Bertold CAN is 18th.
Exciting will be the battle for rank 1 in the Lasers Standard where Tom Burton AUS has a 5 points' lead on the tied Philipp Buhl GER and Matthew Wearn AUS. Sam Meech NZL is only one point farther back. Robert Davis is 31st, Chris Barnard USA 36th.
All ranking lists, the daily news and the event website.
Sunday, May 1, 2016   

2.4m, Sonar - Paralympic Worldcup 2016 - Hyères FRA - Final results

 2.4m, Sonar - Paralympic Worldcup 2016 - Hyères FRA - Final results The two Paralympic Classes concluded the Hyères Worldcup with two races yesterday.
Matthew Bugg AUS underlined his good form with the race ranks 1 and 2 yesterday and is the clear overall winner in the 2.4m keelboats ahead of Björnar Erikstad NOR and Damien Séguin FRA. Dee Smith USA is 6th.
In the Sonars, Aleksander Wang-Hansen/Marie Solberg/Per-Eugen Kristiansen NOR climbed on rank 1 on the final day ahead of Hanna Stodel GBR and Alphonsus Doerr USA with their teams, completing the podium. Doerr/Kendall/Freund USA are 3rd, Tingley/Campbell/Lutes CAN 8th.
The US Sailing Website, all ranking lists and the final report.
Sunday, May 1, 2016   

GC32-Catamaran - Extreme Sailing Series - Act 2 - Qingdao CHN - Day 2

 GC32-Catamaran - Extreme Sailing Series - Act 2 - Qingdao CHN - Day 2 After a light wind Friday with only one race, there was more action yesterday on the Olympic waters of Qingdoa CHN with five short races completed. 'Alinghi' with Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI winning two heats has takend the overall lead ahead of the tied 'Sail Portugal' with Diego Cayolla POR. Morgan Larson USA with his 'Oman Air' follows on rank 3.
The report with results.
Sunday, May 1, 2016   

Laser Radial - World Masters' Championship 2016 - Nuevo Vallarta MEX - Day 3

 Laser Radial - World Masters' Championship 2016 - Nuevo Vallarta MEX - Day 3 The Laser Radial World Masters' in Mexico ended yesterday with two race for each of the 6 categories.
Peter Seidenberg USA made everything clear with two race wins in the 75+ category. Kerry Waraker AUS remained on 2nd. In the Great Grand Masters (65+), Robert Lowndes AUS finished first ahead of William Symes USA and Michael Kinnear GBR. Vanessa Dudley AUS remained on top of the Grand Masters (55+) followed by Jeff Loosemore AUS. In the Masters (45+), Carlos Eduardo Wanderley BRA stayed on top ahead of R
Richard Blakey NZL and Alessandro Marinelli ITA. Scott Leith NZL clearly defended his title in the Apprentice Masters (35+) with two race wins. Undisputed was also rank 2 for Jon Emmett GBR.
All rankings, the report and the event website.
Sunday, May 1, 2016   

Contender - World Championship 2016 - Santa Cruz CA, USA - Final results

 Contender - World Championship 2016 - Santa Cruz CA, USA - Final results The Contender World Championship 2016 in Califiornia ended yesterday with one last race. Finishing on the 5th place, Mark Bulka AUS secures his second World's title after 2014. Jason Beebe AUS replaced the long-time leader Simon Mussell GBR on rank 2 with winning the final race. The final report with results.
 
Top News – Saturday, April 30, 2016
Saturday, April 30, 2016   (Image © Jesus Renedo)

Olympic Worldcup 2016 - Semaine Olympique - Hyères FRA - Day 3, McNay/Hughes 470 men, Haeger/Provancha 470 women and Isabelle Bertold CAN Radial struggle for the Medal Race today

 Olympic Worldcup 2016 - Semaine Olympique - Hyères FRA - Day 3, McNay/Hughes 470 men, Haeger/Provancha 470 women and Isabelle Bertold CAN Radial struggle for the Medal Race today The Hyères Worldcup event continued yesterday after some waiting for wind, but some classes completed just one race in the light breeze.
In the 470 men, a duel between the Olympic Champions Belcher/Ryan AUS and the World Champions Fantela/Marenic CRO, only one point behind the leaders after yesterday's race win, is in the making. The 3rd-ranked Dahlberg/Bergström SWE are now 11 points back. The Qualification Series to select the 10 best will end with the last races today. Finishing 2nd yesterday, Oliveira/Barbachan BRA have taken the lead in the 470 women, but Mills/Clark GBR are only one point behind. Another point back are Aleh/Powrie NZL and Lecointre/Defrance FRA at equal points on rank 3.
This evening, Burling/Tuke NZL will most probably add another overall victory in the 49ers, as their advance on Philipps/Philipps AUS - still on rank 2 despite of a bad day - is now already 37 points. Warrer/Lübeck DEN stay on rank 3. In the 49ersFX, Ericson/Klinga SWE extended their lead on 13 points. Bekkering/Duetz NED follow as 2nd, and the best of the day Grael/Kunze BRA moved up on rank 3.
Two Australians are tied on top of the Finns with Jack Lilley AUS and Oliver Tweddell AUS. Ivan Kljakovic CRO is new on rank 3. A leader change happened also in the Nacra 17, where the day's best Mulder/De Koning NED are now first. Waterhouse/Darmanin AUS and Bissarro/Secouri ITA are the first chasers.
Nick Dempsey GBR is the new leader in the RS:X men windsurfers with Piotr Myszka POL and Louis Giard FRA tied on the ranks 2 and 3 with a 3 points' backlog. In the RS:X women is Zofia Noceti-Klepacka POL back on top with Bryony Shaw GBR 10 points back on the 2nd position.
The Laser news are posted separately.

The best of NorAm nations:
470 men: McNay/Hughes USA 8th, Jacob+Graeme Saunders CAN 35th
470 women: Haeger/Provancha USA 11th
49er: Barrows/Morris USA 27th
Finn: Caleb Paine 8th, Martin Robitaille CAN 23rd
Laser Standard: Robert Davis 32nd, Chris Barnard USA 35th
Laser Radial: Isabelle Bertold CAN 12th
49erFX: no NorAms
Nacra-17: Gulari/Chafee USA 17th
RS:X men: Gabriel Paquette CAN 32nd, Pedro Pascual USA 39th
RS:X women: Marion Lepert USA 18th, Demita Vega MEX 25th
The US Sailing website and the US Sailing Team facebook page.
All ranking lists, the daily news and the event website.
Saturday, April 30, 2016   (Image © Pedro Martinez)

Laser - Olympic Worldcup 2016 - Hyères FRA - Day 3, Isabelle Bertold CAN rank 12

 Laser - Olympic Worldcup 2016 - Hyères FRA - Day 3, Isabelle Bertold CAN rank 12 The Hyères Worldcup continued yesterday with two races sailed in a light wind.
New on top of the Lasers Standard is now Tom Burton AUS, 13 points ahead of Sam Meech NZL. Matthew Wearn AUS follows on rank 3. Philipp Buhl GER, leading since the first day, dropped on rank 5. Today, the qualifications for the Medal Race will be concluded.
Evi Van Acker BEL defended her lead in the Lasers Radial. The best of the day (ranks 2/2) Josefin Olsson SWE reduced the gap on the leading Belgian on 3 points. Veronika Kozelska-Fenclova CZE follows as 3rd.
The best ranked of NorAm nations:
Laser Standard: Robert Davis 32nd, Chris Barnard USA 35th
Laser Radial: Isabelle Bertold CAN 12th only 3 points behind rank 10
The US Sailing website and the US Sailing Team facebook page.
All ranking lists, the daily news and the event website.
Saturday, April 30, 2016   (Image © Jesus Renedo)

2.4m, Sonar - Paralympic Worldcup 2016 - Hyères FRA - Day 3, Doerr USA on top of Sonars

 2.4m, Sonar - Paralympic Worldcup 2016 - Hyères FRA - Day 3, Doerr USA on top of Sonars In both Paralympic Classes, the points' gaps between the leading boats are very small before the last races today.
In the 2.4m, the advantage of Matthew Bugg AUS on Helena Lucas GBR is down on 2 points, and only another point back, Björnar Erikstad NOR and Damien Séguin FRA have a real chance for the title. Dee Smith USA remains 7th. New leaders in the Sonars with Alphonsus Doerr USA and his team, but the best of the day (1/2) Aleksander Wang-Hansen NOR and his team are only 2 points behind. The team of Hanna Stodel GBR descended on the 3rd place. The team of Paul Tingley CAN is 8th.
All ranking lists and the event website.
Saturday, April 30, 2016   (Image © JLDigital)

Laser Radial - World Masters Championship 2016 - Nuevo Vallarta MEX - Day 5

 Laser Radial - World Masters Championship 2016 - Nuevo Vallarta MEX - Day 5 A moderate seabreeze around 10 kn prevailed again yesterday at the Mexican Pacific Coast. Before the last two races today, the situation in the age 75+ will remain tight as Peter Seidenberg USA has joined Kerry Waraker AUS on top after a premature start disqualifcation. 5 points is the gap between Robert Lowndes AUS and William Symes USA in the Great Grand Masters (65+). In the Grand Masters (55+), Vanessa Dudley AUS has a 4 points' lead on Jeff Loosemore AUS. Carlos Eduardo Wanderley BRA defended his lead in the Masters (45+) on Richard Blakey NZL 4 points behind on rank 2. Scott Leith NZL extended his lead in the Apprentice Masters (+35) with two bullets on Jon Emmett GBR on 6 points.
The ranking lists and the daily news.
Saturday, April 30, 2016   

Contender - World Championship 2016 - Santa Cruz CA, USA - Day 5

 Contender - World Championship 2016 - Santa Cruz CA, USA - Day 5 Winning the only race of the day, Simon Mussell GBR reduced the backlog on the still leading Mark Bulka AUS on 9 points. The decision will fall in the last two races today. The report with results.
 
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