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Top News – Sunday, May 3, 2015
Sunday, May 3, 2015   
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The wind decreased yesterday while approaching the Caribbeans, and the boats are again closer together. New on top is now 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA, while 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) and 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) are only a few miles back, and also 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) at 13 miles and 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) at 15 miles remain contenders for victory in Newport. The all-female 'SCA' team with Samantha Davies GBR reduced the backlog on 50 miles, and as the only team having tacked East to avoid the unconstant wind ahead, there could be even more to improve.
The race viewer and the event website.
Sunday, May 3, 2015   
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Act of the Extreme Sailing Series in Qingdao continued yesterday with 8 races sailed in a light wind. The surprise of the day was 'Team Turk' with the 'multihull veteran' mit Mitch Booth AUS steering, that collected yesterday 65 of the 80 points available and advanced on rank 5. overall on top remain 'SAP Eytreme Sailing Team' with Jes Gram Hansen DEN, while 'Gazprom Team Russia' replaced 'The Wave Muscat' on rank 2. 'Red Bull Sailing Team' follows on the 4th position.
The report of the day and the pictures of the day.
Sunday, May 3, 2015   
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Apparently no races at the second Act of the Italian Sailing Series Regatta of Porto Venere ITA. Leader after the three races of the opening day was Chris Rast USA/SUI with his team ahead of Ricardo Simoneschi ITA and Stian Briseid NOR. The results and the report (in Italian).
Sunday, May 3, 2015   
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Dream conditions at the Almanarre Beach with sun and a 25 kn breeze, where over 100 kiters participate in the first Act of the French Annual Kiteboarding Championship Tour. Leader after six runs yesterday is Axel Mozella FRA ahead of Maxime Nocher FRA and Jean-Guillaume Rivaud FRA. Sébastien Quenay FRA on rank 29 is the best non-foiler.
The results, the daily report and the video of the day.
Sunday, May 3, 2015   
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Promises, promises ...... the Freestyle PWA World Tour professionals waited yesterday again in vain for the announced breeze. Up to now, only a few preliminary runs of the First Elimination have been completed.
The event website.
 
Top News – Saturday, May 2, 2015
Saturday, May 2, 2015   (Image © Matt Knighton / Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing / Volvo Ocean Race)
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Also after 12 days underway, the leading trio keeps on sailing closely together at sight ! This morning, the leader 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED was 0,3 miles ahead of 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) and 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) neck and neck.The all-female team 'SCA' with Samantha Davies GBR is constantly loosing ground and is now 72 miles behind.
The race viewer and the event website.
Saturday, May 2, 2015   
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The second round of the Melges 24 Italian Sailing Series began in Porto Venere near La Spezia yesterday with three races. Chris Rast SUI and his team won two and is on top of the interim's rankings ahead of Ricardo Simoneschi ITA and Stian Briseid NOR. The ranking list and the daily report.
Saturday, May 2, 2015   (Image © Mark Lloyd)
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The fog was somewhat lighter compared to day one and the first nine races of the Qingdao Act of the Extreme Sailing Series 2015 were completed. 'SAP Extreme Sailing Team' with Jes Gram-Hansen DEN has taken the lead with an 8 points' advance on 'The Wave - Muscat'. Excellent the performance of the young 'Gazprom Team Russia' with Igor Lisovenko RUS on rank 3.
The report and the ranking list.
Saturday, May 2, 2015   (Image © John Carter)
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Again no wind on Lake Neusiedl yesterday and the Freestylers enjoyed another Tow-in-Session. A fresher breeze has been announced for today. The report.
Saturday, May 2, 2015   
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Not enough wind for the kiters either off the Almanarre Surf Beach. There was just one short gust for a kite-foiling show to entertain the public. For today, a 20 -25 kn West wind has been announced. A video report.
 
Top News – Friday, May 1, 2015
Friday, May 1, 2015   
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The Volvo Ocean Race fleet had another day of trade wind power reaching toward the Caribbean, holding the true wind direction at about 120 degrees as they kept their boat speed near 20 knots. The distances between the boats have increased, mainly because of different current zones. 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) and 0,1 miles behind 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) sailing more East benefit from a rear current, while the rest of the fleet advances at less speed because of a counter current. The 3rd-ranked 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) has now a backlog of 13,4 miles, and the all-female 'SCA' team on the 6th position were 60 miles behind this morning.
The race viewer and the event website.
Friday, May 1, 2015   (Image © John Carter)
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Long waiting for the PWA-Tour Freestylers again yesterday, and only in the evening, two more heats were completed. The report and the video of day one have been posted on the PWA website.
Friday, May 1, 2015   
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Persistent heavy fog forced the cancellation of racing on day one at the Extreme Sailing Series Act 3, Qingdao CHN. After the first two Acts in Singapore and Oman, three teams are at equal points on top of the interim's rankings i.e. 'The Wave - Muscat' (Leigh McMillan GBR), 'Red Bull Sailing Team' (Roman Hagara AUT) and 'SAP Extreme Sailing Team' (Jes Gram-Hansen DEN).
The report.
Friday, May 1, 2015   
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The Kiteboarding Speed Crossing French Championship at Almanarre Beach FRA began yesterday in perfect conditions with sun and a 20 kn breeze. Over 100 kiters from allover France are on the entry list, among them top names such as the World speed record holder Alex Caizergues FRA or Maxime Nocher FRA. It was Nocher on top at the end of the day with 3 wins in 4 heats. Closely behind is Axel Mazella FRA finishing three times 2nd and a race win.
The results and the report.
 
Top News – Thursday, April 30, 2015
Thursday, April 30, 2015   
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The drag race direction Caribbeans - still on the same tack - continued during the last 24 hours in a freshening trade wind, and the Volvo 65 reach top speeds of almost 30 kn in the perfect breeze.
The six teams are still racing closely together with 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) leading 4 miles ahead of 'Dongfeng' with Chalres Caudrelier FRA and another mile back 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED. The all-female 'SCA' team as 6th are 41 miles behind.
The race viewer and the event website.
Thursday, April 30, 2015   
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The Austrian Act of the PWA-World-Tour began yesterday on Lake Neusiedl, again with the Freestylers. Among the 44 participants from 14 nations are top cracks such as Steven Van Broeckhoven BEL, José Estredo VEN or Taty Frans NED (Bonnaire).
The day before yesterday, a storm front with up to 50 kn gusts passed over the lake, lasting until yesterday morning. But to finish more as the first round of the Single Elimination was not possible up to now.
All other details on the PWA website.
At the same time as the PWA tour, the Kite-Surf-Worldcup is taking place at Podersdorf.
Thursday, April 30, 2015   (Image © Christophe Favreau)
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The combined ISAF Olympic Classes World Championship takes place inmidst of an Olympiad, i.e. two years before next Games. At this event, the majority of nations' berths for the Olympic regatta are at stake.
The 2018 ISAF Worlds will be organised in Aarhus DEN, a venue with a vast experience organising big sailing events and is a fairly wind-safe place. The news.
Thursday, April 30, 2015   
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After the retirements of the Australian and Italian challengers, and the shaky situation with New Zealand, there are now for once positive news from the America's Cup, as the 'Softbank Team Japan' confirmed its participation yesterday. Dean Barker NZL, having left 'Team NZL' after his demotion as helmsman, will be steering the Japanese challenger. The news.
 
Top News – Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Wednesday, April 29, 2015   
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The drag race direction North for the six VOR teams has been going on since the start to leg 6, but the weather situation is about to force the strategists for a major decision whether to split from the competitors or not.
The fleet is still sailing closely together with 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) 0,5 miles ahead of 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR). The 6th placed 'SCA' with Samantha Davies GBR was 30 miles back this morning. 2'670 miles are left to Newport RI, USA.
The race viewer and the event website.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015   
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Last Sunday, the 'Mondial du Vent', a 10-days' happening of kiteboarders and windsurfers took place at Leucate at the French Mediterranean coast with a full program of activities on the water and ashore.
The PWA professionals had their inaugural participation with the first Freestyle-Contest of the year. Steven Van Broeckhoven BEL was the winner ahead of José Estredo VEN and Kiri Thode NED (Bonaire). The results, videos and reports as usual on the PWA website. Today, the PWA-Freestylers will start to the next round of the 2015 Worldcup on Lake Neusiedl AUT.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015   (Image © Paul Weyeth)
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The Antigua Sailing Week continued yesterday in splendid conditions with another two races. In most classes, the leaders are solidly on the first position, and in 6 of the 13 classes, they have even won all races sailed so far.
All ranking lists and the report of the day.
 
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