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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.
 
Top News – Friday, February 5, 2016
Friday, February 5, 2016   
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9 months before the start to the 8th edition of the solo-non-stop-round-the-world Regatta Vendée Globe, 28 skippers from 9 nations aus on the entry list. Three more have sent in their application, but their financing is not yet confirmed. The fleet will be segmented soon after the start, as there will be six Open 60s of the latest generation with foil-daggerboards, allowing to race at considerable higher speeds, provided they proof to be solid enough for the long circumnavigation in extreme sailing conditions. Here an impressive video of the new 'Safran' of Morgan Lagravière FRA. The youngest participant in the race will be Alan Roura SUI age 22.
With 500'000 spectators at the start and over a million fans following the race during weeks on the Internet, the Vendée Globe has by far the highest public appeal of all sailing events, including the America's Cup. The already high-level media coverage will be enhanced even more with livestream takes bringing the race atmosphere to the Internet and TV public.
The report on the latest presentation of the project on Wednesday in Paris.
Friday, February 5, 2016   
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Not only the Swiss Volvo Ocean Race participant Justine Mettraux SUI has announced her ambitions for the Vendée Globe 2020, but also the four-times Mexican Laser Radial Olympian Tania Elias Calles MEX plans to take part in four years from now. The Swiss, very successful solo-skipper on the Mini 650, plans to sharpen her skills racing the larger Bénéteau Figaro in the French solo-circuit. The Mexican however, plans an audacious project sailing the 2'000 offshore miles solo on her Laser from Los Angeles to Hawaii this summer. 2 to 3 weeks nonstop-sailing would be required. She already has a longdistance World record on her Laser crossing the mouth of the Gulf of California - 285 miles - solo. One of the main reason to dare this bold undertaking is the finanincing of her Vendee Globe project.
The report.
Friday, February 5, 2016   
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The Finn Masters, the inofficial World Championship of 40 years plus Finn sailors, will take place end of May on lake Garda, and 300 entry applications form 29 nations have been received so far. With 60 participants, the German delegation is the largest one. The report.
As old as the participants is the half-an-hour film on the Torbole Club Website presenting the opening of the Clubhouse in 1966 and the first Regatta of the CN Torbole.
Friday, February 5, 2016   
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After the world-wide very well received Starclass Lake Grand Slam on Lake Neuchâtel SUI, the special events of the former Olympia Class continue according to the longtime plans with the City Grand Slam on the Hamburg Alter in early May this year. The quota of 70 boats was reached within 24 hours after the publication of the Notice of Race. In addition to the 17 invited teams - among others the Olympia medalists Xavier Rohart FRA and Mateusz Kusznierewicz POL, as well as the past World Champions George Szabo USA and Paul Cayard USA - the entry list contains also some other former top teams such as Achim Griese/Michael Marcour GER (Olympia-Silver 1984), Alexander Hagen GER (World Champion 1980/1997) and Roberto Benamati ITA (World Champion 1991). Again, a prize money of 100'000 $ is at stake.
The communiqué.
Friday, February 5, 2016   
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The Ocean Youth Sailing Association, a Club of young sailors, plans to build an ocean-worthy 13,5-meter catamaran in the next two years, that shoud allow over 1'600 youth to experience ocean sailing in the next ten years. Two initiators present the project in a video. Donators shalll finance the project and the budget of CHF 120'000 CHF for the construction of the multihull is already 75% covered. The remaining CUF 30'000 shall be collected with a Crowd-Funding-campaign. Participation highly recommended !
More information on the project website.
Friday, February 5, 2016   
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Another new member for the NauticAlliance ! Founded by Pitter Yacht-Charter and Gena Yacht&Charter with the objective to unite competent and reliable yachting industry enterprises, such as yacht dealers, service and charter companies, NauticAlliance expands its international network more and more. After the entry of the large British Bavaria yacht dealer Clipper Marine early this year, the well-known Swedish dealer Bavia Yacht AB has joined the union as a new member as well. Nautic Alliance has received the Innovation Award at the Boot Düsseldorf a few days ago for this international initiative. The Communiqué.
 
Top News – Thursday, February 4, 2016
Thursday, February 4, 2016   
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Tomorrow begins the first round of the Monaco Primo-Cup with Starboats (14 teams), Surprise (17 teams), SB20 (13 Teams) and IRC handicap (25 teams). Remarkable Swiss delegations are present in the Surprise, the Stars and the IRC's. Here the entry lists. A rainy weekend with light winds has been forecast, and only on Sunday, some more wind can be expected according to the predictions.
The official preview.
Thursday, February 4, 2016   
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The results of the Antibes Ski-Yachting in January with 8 races sailed in moderate temperatures and a 2-4 bft breeze are available. Good skiing condition at Auron FRA prevailed as well.
Clear winners in the Fireball were Claude Mermod/Ruedi Moser SUI with 7 race wins. Härdi/Landerer SUI finished second and completed the Swiss success. In the 5o5s, Ponthieux/Van Exem FRA were first. The largest fleet with 26 teams from France and Italy were the 420s with Jim Vincent/Victor Mas FRA on rank 1. This duo dominated also the Ski-Rennen. The most international fleet were the Dragons with yachts from 12 countries. Anatoly Loginov RUS and his team were on top.
All other ranking lists.
 
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