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Top News – Thursday, November 15, 2018
Thursday, November 15, 2018   

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Ultime, Multi 50 - Route du Rhum - Day 10, Hennessy USA 11th Class 40

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Ultime, Multi 50 - Route du Rhum - Day 10, Hennessy USA 11th Class 40 During the coming night UTC, Armel Tripon FRA, 256nm from the arrival this morning, will most probably cross the finish line in Pointe-à-Pitre/Guadeloupe FRA as winner in the Multi 50. The second-ranked Erwan Le Roux FRA was 285nm behind. Lalou Roucayrol FRA sailing with the leading group during the first part of the race capsized yesterday during a thunderstorm yesterday. He is safe and decided to wait for a tug in the coming 3 to 4 days.
In the Open 60, the advantage of Alex Thomson GBR on Paul Meilhat FRA, rank 2, was 222nm this morning. New on rank 3 is now Yann Eliès FRA.
Yoann Richomme FRA clearly remains on top of the Class 40, but Phil Sharp GBR could reduce his backlog on 67nm. Michael Hennessy USA on rank 11 is 648nm behind.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Thursday, November 15, 2018   (Image © Gordon Upton)

A-Cat - Australian National Championship 2018 - Hervey Bay AUS - Day 3, Ben Hall USA 5th in Classics

 A-Cat - Australian National Championship 2018 - Hervey Bay AUS - Day 3, Ben Hall USA 5th in Classics This morning UTC, two races were already completed at the Australian A-Cart Nationals, the tune-up event to the World Championship beginning next weekend.
With two more race wins, Glen Ashby AUS continued his winning streak and has now an 11 points lead on Peter Burling NZL. Mischa Heemskerk NED follows as 3rd. 58 participants. Here the Open ranking list.
In the non-foiling Classic rankings, Andrew Landenberger AUS continues to dominate. The only one sailing more or less sailing at his level is Scott Anderson AUS. Ben Hall USA follows as 5th. The event website.
Thursday, November 15, 2018   

Diam 24 - GP Pacifique des Jeux - Bora Bora FRA - Day 4

 Diam 24 - GP Pacifique des Jeux - Bora Bora FRA - Day 4 After two short round-the-buoys races on Raiatea Bay, the fleet sailed a 40nm leg to Bora Bora.
‘Oman Sail’ with Stevie Morrison GBR, ranks 1 and 2, was best in the short races ahead of ‘Mood’ with Damien Iehl FRA (1-3) and ‘Trésors de Tahiti’ with Pierre Pennec FRA (4-2). On the ranks 4 and 5 followed the two Swiss teams of Bernard Stamm SUI and Lauranne Mettraux SUI/SNG.
The long-distance race was won after 3hrs 16min by ‘Trésors de Tahiti’, followed by ‘Oman Sail’ and ‘Mood’.
First in the overall rankings remains ‘Oman Sail’ ahead ‘Trésors de Tahiti’ and ‘Mood’. Laurane Mettraux SUI and Bernard Stamm are on the ranks 4 and 5.
The event website.
 
Top News – Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Wednesday, November 14, 2018   

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Ultime, Multi 50 - Route du Rhum - Day 9, Hennessy USA 11th Class 40

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Ultime, Multi 50 - Route du Rhum - Day 9, Hennessy USA 11th Class 40 While the leading Multi 50, Open 60 and Class 40 are progressing fast and gently in the well-established trade winds, the second half of the fleet are encountering adventurous conditions. Many boats did just leave the shelter harbours at the Spanish Coast, but on their way South West, the next storm depression is about to reign over Madeira in the coming two days.
On top of the rankings, nothing has changes in the past 24 hours. In two days, Armel Tripon FRA will reach Guadeloupe as winner in the Multi 50. With an advantage of over 400nm, he will hardly be beaten.
Ahead of all other Multi 50 is Alex Thomson with his Open 60 'Hugo Boss' sailing as 4th overall behind the three multihulls. With a 168nm lead, he is on a safe way to victory. Paul Meilhat FRA ('SMA') and Vincent Riou FRA ('PRB') stay on the ranks 2 and 3. Leader in the chaser group is now Damien Séguin FRA as 6th ahead of Alan Roura SUI ('La Fabrique') 4nm behind on 7th.
The advantage of Yoann Richomme FRA in the Class 40 is now 117nm ahead of Phil Sharp GBR. Michael Hennessy USA on rank 11 is 593nm behind.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018   

IMOCA Open 60 - Route du Rhum - a collision in the midst of the Atlantic !

 IMOCA Open 60 - Route du Rhum - a collision in the midst of the Atlantic ! Strange things can happen: Out on the open Atlantic Ocean, Sebastien Destremeau FRA, sailing under autopilot with his old-design Open 60 in the Rhum-Mono-category, collided when racing some 555 miles off the North African coast with another IMOCA Open 60 skippered by Ari Huusela FIN who tried to slowly cross ahead of Destremeau and avoid a work-intensive manoeuvre. But there was not enough room .... ! Both yachts were slightly damaged but can continue the race.
The news.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018   

Star - Schoonmaker Cup, Miami FL - Final results

 Star - Schoonmaker Cup, Miami FL - Final results The seventh annual Miami Star Winter Series got underway November 10-11 on Biscayne Bay with the Schoonmaker Cup in Miami, FL. Hosted at Coral Reef Yacht Club, the two day, four race event kicked off on Saturday after a delay, when a light easterly began to fill in. Three more races were held on Sunday in various conditions.
Arthur Anosov/Brian Fatih USA finished first overall at equal points with Augie Diaz/Roger Cheer USA. Kevin McNeil/Arnis Baltins USA completed the podium.
The results and the Midwinter's website.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018   

Diam 24 - GP Pacifique des Jeux - Tahiti FRA - Day 3

 Diam 24 - GP Pacifique des Jeux - Tahiti FRA - Day 3 A 30-mile transfer leg from Huaine to Raiatea was on the program of the 3rd day of the Grand Prix Pacifique des Jeux. The scheduled short races had to be cancelled due to unconstant winds.
The well-established seabreeze during the long-distance race allowed for a downwind speed-race won by the local ‘Trésors de Tahiti Pro’ with Pierre Pennec FRA steering. They reduced their backlog onthe still leading ‘Oman Sail’ (Stevie Morrison GBR), 2nd in this leg, on one point.
The [url=wxw.gppacifiquedesjeux.com/]event website[url].
Wednesday, November 14, 2018   

World Sailing Annual Conference - Comments re the contested selection of Olympic events

 World Sailing Annual Conference - Comments re the contested selection of Olympic events In the sailing media and among most Olympic classes sailors, the decisions regarding the Olympic events 2024, taken in early November at the World Sailing Annual Meeting, are much critisised. For the first time ever, non-existing disciplines on unknown boats have been chosen !
Clear words come from the past-ISAF President Paul Henderson CAN in his comment (PDF) and also from the President of the Italian Sailing Federation Francesco Ettore ITA in his communiqué. A explicit critic regarding the eliminated Finn Class written by the former Olympian Laura Baldwin GBR was published in Sail World.
 
Top News – Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Tuesday, November 13, 2018   

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40. Ultime, Multi 50 - Route du Rhum - Pointe-à-Pitre FRA - Day 8, Hennessy USA 11th Class 40

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40. Ultime, Multi 50 - Route du Rhum - Pointe-à-Pitre FRA - Day 8, Hennessy USA 11th Class 40 After the two Ultime Trimarans having arrived in Guadeloupe yesterday, it will take a while until the next boats crossing the finish line.
Armel Tripon FRA, dominating the Multi 50 with a 480nm advantage, is expected on Thursday.
Alex Thomson GBR ('Hugo Boss') extended his lead in the Open 60 to 180nm. Paul Meilhat FRA ('SMA') and Vincent Riou FRA ('PRB') remain the first opponents.
The Class 40 fleet is more and more stretched over a long distance. Yoanne Richomme FRA is now 112nm ahead of Aymeric Chappellier FRA. Phil Sharp GBR dropped on rank 3. Michael Hennessy USA remains 11th with a 490nm backlog.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018   

Diam 24 - GP Pacifique des Jeux - Tahiti FRA - Day 2

 Diam 24 - GP Pacifique des Jeux - Tahiti FRA - Day 2 Today, the longest regatta of the Grand Prix Pacifique des Jeux over 90nm - from Moorea to Huahine - was on the program. After the start inside the lagoon, the wind was freshening on the open Pacific Ocean, allowing the 8 teams a fast downwind ride with speeds exceeding 15kn.
‘Oman Sail’ with Stevie Morrison GBR was the winner ahead of ‘Trésors de Tahiti’ with Pierre Pennec FRA. ‘Mood’ with Damien Iehl FRA finished on 3rd . Bernard Stamm SUI with his ‘Cheminée Poujoulat’ sailed his best result so far finishing 4th. ‘CER’ with Laurane Mettraux SUI/SNG had a bad start but coming from behind, she terminated the race on the 5th place.
Overall leader is now 'Oman Sail' ahead of ‘Trésors de Tahiti’ and 'Mood’. The two Swiss teams ‘CER’ and ‘Cheminée Poujoulat’ follow on the ranks 4 and 5.
The [url=wxw.gppacifiquedesjeux.com/]event website[url].
Tuesday, November 13, 2018   (Image © Michael Chittenden)

18 Footer - Spring Championship 2018 - Sydney AUS - Races 5 & 6

 18 Footer - Spring Championship 2018 - Sydney AUS - Races 5 & 6 Last Sunday, we informed on the outcome of the 18-footer Spring Championship on Sydney Harbour over livestream. Two races were held, initially in moderate winds, freshening during the second heat. The race winners were 'Asko Appliances' and 'Finport'.
Most teams opted for the larger rig, but the situation became critical for many during the second race, when the smaller rig would have been the right choice. Spectacular scenes such as the 'frontflip' of 'Pittwater Marine' (see photo) occurred.
The news with a full replay of the live coverage.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018   

Star - Star Sailors League - Finals - Nassau BAH - the preparations

 Star - Star Sailors League - Finals - Nassau BAH - the preparations Early December, the Star Sailors League Final will take place on the Bahamas, the highest-quality yachtracing event of this year with the best-ranked Starboat sailors and top-athletes from other Classes. Five World Champions from Olympic Classes will take part and prepare themselves in a clinic held on Lake Garda during these days. On this occasion, the organiser Frithjof Kleen GER interviewed the 2018 World Sailor of the Year Pavlos Kontides CYP, who will start in Nassau together with Markus Koy GER.
The interview.
 
Top News – Monday, November 12, 2018
Monday, November 12, 2018   

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40. Ultime, Multi 50 - Route du Rhum - Pointe-à-Pitre FRA - Day 7 - Victory and record for Francis Joyon FRA

 IMOCA Open 60, Class 40. Ultime, Multi 50 - Route du Rhum - Pointe-à-Pitre FRA - Day 7 - Victory and record for Francis Joyon FRA The finish of the 'Route du Rhum' ended with an unexpected leader change as with a mile to go, Francis Joyon FRA ('IDEC') overtook the all-the-way leading François Gabart FRA in his damaged ('MACIF') and finished 8 minutes ahead. 30nm before the arrival, Joyon was still 17 minutes behind the leader, but being faster in the calms along the coast, he succeeded to move ahead. With 7 days, 14 hours and 22 minutes, Joyon improved the existing record of Loïck Peyron FRA by 47 minutes.
No change in the other classes. Armel Tripon FRA is clearly ahead in the Multi 50, Alex Thomson GBR was defending his lead in the Open 60 with Paul Meilhat FRA and Vincent Riou FRA 100, respectively 113nm back. In the Class 40, Yann Richomme FRA increased his advantage on Phil Sharp GBR to 91 minutes. Michael Hennessy USA on rank 1 is 365nm behind.
The race tracker, the Berichte and the videos.
Monday, November 12, 2018   

Star - South American Championship 2018 - Rio de Janeiro BRA - Final results

 Star - South American Championship 2018 - Rio de Janeiro BRA - Final results The final outcome at the Starboat South American Championship 2018 was close with Robert Scheidt/Arthur Lopes BRA back in the Star again as final winner after 6 races ahead of Lars Grael/Samuel Goncalves BRA at equal points. The newly crowned World Champions Jorge Zarif/Ubiraton Matas BRA followed on rank 3. No doubt, that Robert Scheidt BRA will have a say in the Star Sailors League Final on the Bahamas in four weeks' time.
The results and the short report.
Monday, November 12, 2018   

Kiteboarding - World Kiteboarding Championship - Dakhla MOR - Final Day

 Kiteboarding - World Kiteboarding Championship - Dakhla MOR - Final Day The finals for both the Men and Women were held today at Dakhla Spirit, with perfect conditions for the last day of Competition in Morocco. The winners were:
Women’s Final results 1st Mikaili Sol BRA, 2nd Francesca Bagnoli ITA, 3rd Paula Novotna CZE, 4th Therese Taabbell DEN
Men’s Final Results 1st Carlos Mario BRA, 2nd Adeuri Corniel DOM, 3rd Set Teixeira BRA, 4th Maxime Chabloz SUI
The event website.
Monday, November 12, 2018   

Diam 24 - GP Pacifique des Jeux - Tahiti FRA - Day 1

 Diam 24 - GP Pacifique des Jeux - Tahiti FRA - Day 1 The Diam World Tour Final off Papetee/Tahiti began this morning UTC with two short races sailed in fresh winds around 20kn, followed by a 22nm offshore race Moorea. Leader after the short races was ‘CER’ with Lauranne Mettraux SUI/SNG finishing on the ranks 1 and 2. ‘Oman Sail’ and ‘Mood’ with Damien Iehl FRA follow as 2nd and 3rd overall.
The good sailing conditions stayed on during the long-distance race and only towards the end, the breeze became unconstant. Winner after 2hrs 11min was ‘Mood’ with Damien Iehl FRA. ‘Trésors de Tahiti’ with Pierre Pennec FRA followed on rank 2. ‘Oman Sail’ replaced 'CER' on 3rd by a small margin. ‘Cheminées Poujoulat’ with Bernard Stamm SUI followed on rank 5.
In the overall rankings, ‘Mood’ is now ahead of ‘Oman’ and ‘CER’. Tomorrow, the longest race with 90nm is on the program. The wind forecast is again excellent.
The [url=wxw.gppacifiquedesjeux.com/]event website[url].
Monday, November 12, 2018   

Flying Phantom - Foiling Generation - Key Biscayne FL, USA - Final results

 Flying Phantom - Foiling Generation - Key Biscayne FL, USA - Final results After a year of regional qualifying races held all over the world, a global lineup of top young sailors from 16 countries and five continents faced off in the second-ever Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final on November 9-11 in Miami, FL sailed on Flying Phantoms.
In the Final of the best four, McHardie/McKenzie NZL were the winners ahead of Demesmaeker/Wirtz BEL and Christenssen/Järrudd SWE. Haberl/Prettner AUT followed on rank 4. The USA team Ian MacDiarmid/Nicolas Muller was eliminated in the second round.
The results and the event website.
 
Top News – Sunday, November 11, 2018
Sunday, November 11, 2018   

IMOCA Open 60, Class 40, Ultime, Multi 50 - Route du Rhum - Pointe-à-Pitre FRA - Day 7, Hennessy USA 11th

In an easterly breeze of 15kn, the leading two Ultime Trimarans of François Gabart FRA ('Macif') and 63nm behind Francis Joyon FRA ('IDEC') are approaching the finish line of the 3'542nm Route du Rhum off the Guadeloupean capital Pointe-a-Pitre in the French Caribbeans at speeds between 20 and 30kn in perfect trade wind conditions. Gabart had under 300nm to sail early this morning UTC and the duo will terminate the race during this afternoon. The outcome is still full open as the weather condition around the islands are very unstable.
The rest of the fleet has not even covered half of the distrance. Armel Tripon FRA leads in the Multi 50 with an advantage exceeding 260nm. The former leader Thibault Vauchel-Camus FRA has resumed the race after his repair stop still occupying rank 2.
In the Open 60, Alex Thomson GBR ('Hugo Boss') is 76nm in front of Paul Meilhat FRA ('SMA'), and almost 100nm ahead of Vincent Riou FRA ('PRB') on 3rd. Boris Herrmann GER ('Malizia') has lost some more miles and remains on rank 4. Alan Roura SUI stays on 7th with a 6nm backlog on rank 6. On the 8th place follows the Paralympic Champion Damien Séguin FRA.
In the Class 40, Yoann Richomme FRA is on first ahead of Phil Sharp GBR. Michael Hennessy USA is on the 11th position 292nm back.
In the two Amateur Rhum categories, Pierre Antoine FRA is first in the Multis and Sydney Gavignet FRA in the Monos.
The race tracker, the daily news and the videos.
Sunday, November 11, 2018   

Diam 24 - GP Pacifique des Jeux - Tahiti FRA - Practice Day

 Diam 24 - GP Pacifique des Jeux - Tahiti FRA - Practice Day The eight teams at the Grand Prix Pacifique des Jeux in Pampetee sailed three tune-up short and coastal race on their Diam's yesterday. No results were published (up to now), but among the first were always Damien Iehl FRA (‘Mood’), ‘Oman Sail’ and Laurane Mettraux SNG on ‘CER’. Tomorrow begins the GP with a format similar to the Tour de France with short and coastal races from island to island. Tomorrow, the 18-mile leg from Papeete to Moorea is on the program
The [url=wxw.gppacifiquedesjeux.com/]event website[url].
Sunday, November 11, 2018   

Melges 40 - Grand Prix Act 4/Finals - Lanzarote ESP - Day 3

 Melges 40 - Grand Prix Act 4/Finals - Lanzarote ESP - Day 3 With another successful day (3/2/2), Alessandro Rombelli ITA (tactics Francesco Bruni ITA) secured the win of Act 4 in Lanzarote and herewith the overall 2018 Annual Trophy victory. The remaining podium spots will be sailed off in the last race today. Yukihiro Ishida JPN (Manu Weiller ESP) on 2nd is 4 points ahead of Andrea Lacorte ITA (Gabriele Benussi ITA). Only another point back follows Valentin Zavadnikov MON (Michele Ivaldi ITA) who keeps a chance for a medal.
The results and the news.
 
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