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Top News – Friday, November 28, 2014
Friday, November 28, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Excellent conditions prevailed on the first day of the Worldcup Final in Abu Dhabi with sunshine, summery temperatures and a well-established 12 kn breeze. The two Skiff classes, the Windsurfers and the Nacras sailed three, the other classes two races.
In absence of some top teams, such as Burling/Blair NZL and Outteridge/Jensen AUS, the 49er, other teams have the chance to shine on top rankings. Januszewski/Novak POL lead ahead of Fletcher/Sign GBR and Sylvan/Hamel SWE. Funk/Burd USA are 5th. Same situation in the 49erFX, where some top teams are missing. Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL are first followed by Giulia Conti/Francesca Clapcich ITA and Lisa Ericson/Hanna Klinga SWE. Normal situation in the 470 men with the 'giants' Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS on top followed by Mantis/Kagialis GRE and Bargehr/Mähr AUT. McNay/Hughes USA are 6th. Two teams share rank 1 in the 470 women with Shashan Chen/Haiyan Gao CHN and Lara Vadlau/Jolanta Ogar AUT both with ranks 1 and 2 at equal points on top. Anne Hager/Briana Provancha USA on rank 3 follow at some distance. The British Finn armada is absent, and Vasilij Zbogar SLO has taken full benefit from this situation in the Finns, taking the lead with two race wins. Jake Lilley AUS and Ivan Kljakovic CRO follow behind. Caleb Paine USA is 6th. A French trio leads in the Nacra 17 with Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA on top ahead of Audrey Ogereau/Matthieu Vandame FRA and Moana Vaireaux/Manon Audinet FRA. Ramsay/Girke CAN are 12th, Daniel/Steater USA 17th, apparently not competing. On rank 1 on the RS:X-male windsurfers is Pavel Tarnowski POL with two bullets. Louis Giard FRA and Piotr Mszka POL follow on the positions 2 and 3. Byrony Shaw GBR dominates the RS:X-female windsurfers ahead of Qiaoshan Wang CHN and Charline Picon FRA. The Kiteboarders, men and women starting together, sailed four heats, all won by the favorite Ricardo Lecchese ITA. Maxime Nocher FRA and Florian Trittel ESP follow behind at equal points. The best woman is Elena Kalinina RUS on the 15th place among the 20 kiters.
The report of the day, all ranking lists as well as the videos of the day part 1 and part 2.
Friday, November 28, 2014   (Image © Pedro Martinez)
Excellent conditions prevailed on the first day of the Worldcup Final in Abu Dhabi with sunshine, summery temperatures and a well-established 12 kn breeze.
No surprises in the 20 boats Laser Standard fleet with Tom Burton AUS and Tonci Stipanovic CRO leading at equal points. Nick Thompson GBR follows as 3rd. Charlie Buckingham USA is 10th, Lee Parkhill CAN 14th. Robert Scheidt BRA does not compete at Abu Dhabi. In the Lasers Radial, Tuula Tenkanen FIN has taken the lead and has already a 5 points' advance on the tied trio Alison Young GBR, Evi Van Acker BEL and Silvia Zennaro ITA. Paige Railey USA is 11th, Claire Merry CAN 16th. Some top athletes are absent, such as Marit Bouwmester NED or Donfang Zhang CHN.
All ranking lists, the report of the day and the video of the day.
Friday, November 28, 2014   
Light winds prevail on the South-Indian Ocean allowing the fleet to move on at speeds around 10 kn. They will pass La Réunion and Mauritius today. Within the next 24 hours, a low pressure front will arrive with wind speeds of up to 30 kn, creating rough conditions for the seven boats.
The fleet was closely together yesterday, with the first 6 boats sailing at sight during hours. Over night, the gaps between the yachts have slightly increased. 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) leads 1 mile ahead of 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) and 3 miles in front of 'Brunel'. 'Alvimedica' USA is 6th, 36 miles behind. The all-female Team 'SCA' seems to have problems, as their speed is indicated with 2 kn only and they have lost contact with the other boats having a 70 miles backlog on the leading group.
The race viewer and the event website.
 
Top News – Thursday, November 27, 2014
Thursday, November 27, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / ISAF)
The Worldcup Final in Abu Dhabi began yesterday on the water with the Practice Races, sailed in a light seabreeze and temperatures around 30°. Today at 8 hrs UTC, the first starts will be given, and the races can be followed live according to the official website. Considering the time difference, the results of the day will be available in the early afternoon UTC time. The wind forecast predicts a 12-15 kn breeze, and with 20 boats by class at max, the racing will be very close.
The daily ISAF report and the event website.
Thursday, November 27, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou/dongfeng race team)
The fleet closed up even more yesterday in a moderate wind around 15 kn. Winner of the day was for once 'SCA' (Samantha Davies GBR) reducing the deficit on the leader to 15 miles.They remain last for the time being, but as the most westerly boat underway at a higher speed this morning, they might well further reduce the backlog, provided the wind conditions stay on.
'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) is still leading, but 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) is at sight only 0,7 miles behind, and also 'Brunel' of Bouwe Bekking NED 2,7 is in contact with a 2,7 miles backlog. 'Alvimedica' is 5th 8 miles behind. The conditions remain difficult, and anything can happen in the 3'000 miles left.
The race -viewer and the event website with reports and videos.
Thursday, November 27, 2014   (Image © Daniel Forster)
Exactly in a month from now, a record-size fleet - 119 yachts on the entry list - will depart for the 70th Jubilee Sydney-Hobart Race. The dominator of the past years, the 100-foot Maxi 'Wild Oats XI', will encounter strong competors this time. With the two USA yachts 'Comanche' and 'RIO100', as well as the brand new 'Raggamuffin', launched yesterday, and the 'Perpetual Loyal', there are four more super-maxis on the starting line eager for the line honors at Hobart. The list of participants with 119 teams from 7 nations.
The event website.
 
Top News – Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Wednesday, November 26, 2014   (Image © DR)
Yesterday, the ISAF President Carlo Croce ITA opened the inaugural ISAF Olympic Classes Worldcup Final, and today, the Practice Races are on the program, a last opportunity for the teams to get accustomed with the race course and above all also with the charter boats ... and the high temperatures.
The ISAF report.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014   (Image © Stefan Coppers/Team Brunel/Volvo Ocean Race)
The seven Teams have been underway for one week now on leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race across the Indian Ocean. Unstable conditions still prevailed for the fleet passing the low-wind anticyclone zone west-bound, where the wind has changed to North meanwhile.
The first six teams are separated by 14 miles only, and the all-female Team 'SCA' (Samantha Davis GBR) had reduced the backlog by 10 miles on 30 overnight with hope for more, as their average speed is still 4 kn faster as the rest of the fleet.
'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR stays on top 3 miles ahead of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 9 miles on 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) on 3rd. The passage of Madagascar should not be too difficult today, but lateron, another high pressure system will move in with hardly predictable consequences.
The race viewer as well as the reports and videos.
 
Top News – Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014   
Tomorrow, the inaugural ISAF Olympic Classes World Cup Final 2014 will begin in Abu Dhabi with the best-ranked sailors per event invited. Not only the honors to become World Cup Winner is at stake but also a share of the 200'000 US$ prize money to be distributed among the teams finishing on the podiums. Max 20 participants per class are on the entry lists, but not all have filled the assigned quota. In addition, a Kiteboarding Event is on the program, certainly also as promotion for th 2020 Olympics. Here the entry lists.
The USA is represented by their top teams in the 470, in the 49er, in both Laser fleets and in the Nacra 17. For Canada the two Laser's and the Nacra 17 will be on the starting line.
The event-website and the presentation video.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou/Dongfeng Race Team/Volvo Ocean Race)
The weather situation South of Madagascar remains dynamic, as the flat high pressure system has slightly moved East, opening a ridge with a 12-18 kn wind. For how long, this is the question ? The fleet is now again closer together concentrated on this passage with 'Abu Dhabi' of Ian Walker GBR again in the lead. 'Mapfre' with Iker Martinez ESP is sailing only one mile behind at sight. 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) is 15 miles back on 5th. On the last place in the fleet is 'SCA' of Sam Davis GBR with a 37 miles' backlog.
The race viewer, the reports and the videos.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014   (Image © Corinna Halloran/Team SCA/Volvo Ocean Race)
The all-female 'Team SCA' has not been very lucky in the Volvo Ocean Race so far and are now again last in leg 2 to Abu Dhabi. The US-Sailing-Website ‚Sailinganarchy' has published a 17 minutes' interview with Dee Caffari GBR live from aboard, also investigating on the reasons for the unsatisfactory rankings. This video clip gives also an impression on the hard physical work on these large yachts.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014   (Image © Marco Oquendo)
Twenty-two teams from 6 nations competed in the Schoonmaker Cup, the first event of the five stage Star Winter Series in Miami, FL. Strong winds on day one led to several dismastings, abandoning further competition after two races with Jack Jennings/ Brian Sharp USA in the lead. Moderate winds and warm temperatures on day two allowed for three more races, where the consistency of Luke Lawrence/Josh Revkin USA earned them the victory. Brian Cramer/Matt Johnstone CAN and Arthur Anosov/David Caesar USA are completing the podium. See the complete results.
 
Top News – Monday, November 24, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014   (Image © Martinezstudios)
No changes in the last three races on Sunday. 'Team Nika' of Vladimir Prosikhin RUS with Terry Hutchinson USA calling the tactics won clearly ahead of 'Team Aqua' of Chris Bake GBR (Cameron Appleton NZL), who is for the forth time in row first in the Fleetrace Annual Rankings. Behind at equal points followed 'Charisma' with Nico Poons MON (Tom Slingsby AUS) on 3rd and 'Artemis' with Torbjörn Tornquist SWE (Ian Percy GBR) as 4th.
All results and the final report.
 
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