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Top News – Thursday, March 26, 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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Yesterday afternoon after 84 days and 6 hours' racing, Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA crossed the finish line in Barcelona as winners of the 2015 World Race, fixing a new reference time. Thanks to their experience, they managed to bring their Open 60 'Cheminées Poujoulat' safely home inspite of number of minor damages. Their closest opponent 'Neutrogena' (Guillermo Altadill ESP/ José Munoz CHI) is still sailing on the North Atlantic with 955 miles to go. 'GAES' on rank 3 with Anna Corbella/Gerard Marin ESP has again lost a couple of miles, and with a deficit exceeding 300 miles, the Spanish duo has practically no chance to climb on the 2nd place.
The race tracker, the first interviews with the winners and the videos.
Thursday, March 26, 2015   
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The fleet is now in a rather calm zone, a relief after the windy Tuesday, sailing again closely together with 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) leading 1,7 miles ahead of 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) and 2,4 miles in front of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP). Sailing now in the Howling Fifties close to the ice exclusion zone, the peaceful moment will soon come to an end, as another storm front is approaching from the West. The all-female 'SCA' team on the last position 108 miles back will be the first to be hit by the stormy breeze.
The race viewer and the event website with reports and videos.
Thursday, March 26, 2015   
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The South Africa 5o5 Nationals in Port Elizabeth began yesterday with a first race, ... and dominating Australians occupying the rank 1 to 4 ! Their racing experience of the Southern Hemisphere summer seems to be a major advantage for the moment, and it remains to be seen, whether the Northern teams will be able to catch up quickly in view of the World Championship.
Quirk/Roos AUS were the winners ahead of Bowden/Bath AUS. 28 teams from 5 nations participate. The results.
Thursday, March 26, 2015   (Image © Michael Petrikov)
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Five heats were completed on day 2 of the first 2015 Act of the new Kite-Foil-Gold-Cup. The French drivers continue on the top positions with Nicolas Parlier FRA as the new leader 5 points ahead of Maxime Nocher FRA 2nd and Julien Kerneur FRA 3rd. Johnny Heineken USA is 4th. The ranking list.
The Foil-Boards have further developped during the past months, and with the wing attachments, the start to resemble the Foiler Moth, as the video of the first day demonstrates.
Thursday, March 26, 2015   
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Considering the high cost of the AC65 catamarans under development and the first experiences of the now flying smaller AC45 catamarans, teams as well as the organisers seem to be open to discuss the size of the multihull for the coming 35th America's Cup. In the next day - before end of March - a poll shall take place with the defender and the challengers.
The report.
 
Top News – Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015   
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With only 127 miles left to Barcelona at 4 a.m. UTC, the Franco-Swiss 'Cheminées Poujoulat' will finish the circumnavigation race early this afternoon with Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA as clear winners of the 2015 Barcelona World Race. The last miles will be sailed in a fresh breeze from the shore.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015   
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The six teams sailing in the Roaring Forties have been hit by a strom front with wind speeds above 40 kn, and four of them could not avoid chinese gybes. 'Mapfre' has documented this incident on a video clip. Fortunately, only minor damages were the consequences, but substantial changes in the positions happened.
The most southern route of 'Mapfre' seems to be paying, as the Spanish team took the lead during the past night, for the moment with a 4 miles' lead on 'Brunel' and 'Abu Dhabi' closely behind. The chinese gybe and the necessary repair work delayed the all-female 'SCA' substantiall, and they are now on the last position with a 133 miles' deficit
The race viewer and the event website with more reports and videos.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015   
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On the coming weekend, the South African 5o5 Championships - at the same time warm-up for the following World Championship - will begin in Port Elizabeth RSA, famous for its fresh breeze. A majority of the the Worlds' fleet will profit from this tune-up regatta. Favorites are the defending Champions Mike Holt/Carl Smit USA, the traditionally competitive German team (even without the multiple champions Hunger/Kleiner GER), the past World Champion Jan Saugmann DEN or Ian Pinell GBR.
The preview and the event website.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015   
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The first of four Acts of the Kite-Foil Gold Cup 2015 began yesterday at Ventana in Mexico. Julien Kerneur FRA is the first leader followed by Nicolas Parlier FRA and Maxime Nocher FRA and Johnny Heineken USA at equal points. 43 participants from 14 nations. The results and the event facebook page.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015   
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The circuit of the foiling GC32 catamarans is growing. After Dona Bertarelli SUI with her 'Spindrift' team, it is now 'Team Alinghi' announcing its participation as well. Ernesto Bertarelli SUI and Morgan Larson USA will share steering, the Olympic 470 medalist Nicolas Charbonnier FRA will call tactics, and the team is completed by the experience 'Alinghi' crew with Pierre-Yves Jorand SUI, Nils Frei SUI and Yves Detrey SUI. The communiqué.
 
Top News – Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Tuesday, March 24, 2015   
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Little to no wind at the moment for Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA, moving forward at 2 to 3 kn only, but a depression is approaching and the remaining 250 miles to Barcelona will most probably see a quick finish. ETA right now is Wednesday, 9 hrs UTC. 1'094 miles behind, North of the Canaries was 'Neutrogena' (Altadill ESP/Munoz CHI) this morning, now 220 miles ahead of 'GAES' (Corbella/Marin ESP).
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015   
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The Volvo Ocean Race fleet continues heading east in a fresh westerly wind (more or less) enjoying extreme downwind sailing conditions on the Southern Ocean at speeds exceeding 20 kn. Sometimes, the line between sailing and survival becomes evident. 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) was the team of the day reducing the gap to the leading 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) on 3 miles. The 3rd-ranked 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) is already 31 miles back. The all-female team 'SCA' (Samantha Davies GBR) on rank 5 has a 60 miles' backlog.
The race viewer and the event website with reports and videos.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015   (Image © Raffaele Barbera)
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The inaugural Starboat European Winter Series 2015 ended on Sunday with the District Championship Regatta in San Remo ITA. Overall winners after Nizza, Monaco and San Remo are Denis Kashina/Dmitry Mechetin UKR closely followed by Diegi Negri/Sergio Lambertenghi ITA, winners in Nizza and San Remo, 2 points behind. The fight for rank 3 was tight as welll with Lorenz Zimmermann/Kilian Weise SUI just one point ahead of Wil Wargnier/Laurent Hayoz SUI. 60 teams from 12 nations participasted.
The final rankings.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015   
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The ISAF sanctioned World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) organisers announced yesterday a new and expanded sixteen event schedule for the 2015/16 World Championship. For the first time since the World Tour was founded in 2000, the series will award championship points to all events on the schedule divided into two categories – World Tour Events and World Championship Events. Skippers will count their highest five results towards the World Championship title. The new format provides a valuable pathway for up and coming match racing skippers to compete on the world stage.
The first 2015 Tour event will be the 51st Congressional Cup in Long Beach, CA in May. The report.
 
Top News – Monday, March 23, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015   (Image © Chemin�es Poujoulat)
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400 miles are left to Barcelona for 'Cheminées Poujoulat' with Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA. Today, mainly light winds prevail on the Mediterranean Sea, but for the final sprint to the finish, a fresher North wind has been forecast. The persuers on the Canary Island latitude are now also heading East. 'Neutrogena' is 1'208 miles behind, 'GAES' follows another 170 miles back. The more teams have crossed the Equator: 'One Planet, One Ocean' (Gelabert/Costa ESP) and 108 miles behind 'We are Water' (Garcia/Garcia ESP). On the last ranked yacht, Conrad Coleman NZL injured his shoulder and face when falling, and is unable to do his part on the boat. Much work rests now on the shoulders of Nandor Fa HUN, age 60.
The race viewer, the news and the videos.
Monday, March 23, 2015   (Image © Matt Knighton / Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing / Volvo Ocean Race)
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The fleet reached yesterday the Roaring Forties with its West wind stream of 20 kn allowing boat average speeds above 20 kn. The fastest in this downwind ride is appartently 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekkking NED extending her lead on 53 miles. 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) and 11 miles farther back 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) remain the first persuers. The all-female team 'SCA' (Samantha Davies GBR) is 87 miles behind on rank 5.
The race viewer and the event website with reports and videos.
Monday, March 23, 2015   (Image © Raffaele Barbera)
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The East wind continued at the Ligurian coast yesterday Sunday and was - with plus 30 kn - too strong for more races. The rankings after the three heats of Saturday became final with Diego Negri/Sergio Lambertenghi ITA as dominatin winners. Finishing 2 were Christoph Burger/Renato Marazzi SUI, as best of the 9th Star District (France, Switzerland, Monaco) crowned as Champions. The report by Christoph Burger SUI. Jean-Pascal Chatagny/Serge Pulfer SUI were 3rd. 28 teams from 8 nations participated.
The final results.
Monday, March 23, 2015   (Image © Andy Gough)
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The thundery weekend brought a mix of conditions at the Australian 18 Footer Nationals over the past weekend with many start delays, postponement, abandonments, but finally some races in a light wind. The title went to 'Gotta love it 7' with Seve jarvin AUS ahead of 'Mojo Wines' and 'Thurlow Fisher Lawyers'. The report.
Monday, March 23, 2015   
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Yesterday, Yvan Bourgnon SUI departed to the last part of his 'Around-the-World-solo' on a beach catamaran in Sri Lanka direction Gulf of Arabia. After the total crash of his first cat, he succeeded to collect the money for a new multihull to successfully conclude his unique adventure ride around the Globe. Bourgnon started yesterday in light winds without really testing his boat.
The communiqué and the facebook page.
 
Top News – Sunday, March 22, 2015
Sunday, March 22, 2015   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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The leading Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA will pass the Gibraltar Strait this morning with 570 miles left to Barcelona. Considering the light wind over the Mediterraean, it will take three days to finish the race. 'Neutrogena', meanwhile on the latitude of the Canaries, is 1'288 miles, or roughly five days, behind the leaders. 'GAES' follows only 123 miles behind on rank 3 with chances for more.
The race tracker, the reports and the videos.
Sunday, March 22, 2015   (Image © Stefan Coppers/Team Brunel/Volvo Ocean Race)
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The moderate South wind around 10 kn continued yesterday allowing a direct course to Cape Horn. The positions remained unchanged and only the gaps between the boats increased. 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) leads now 23 miles ahead of 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA), and 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) 37 miles back as 3rd. Today, the drag race will continue and only farther down South, the wind will change West, the typical fresh Roaring Forties wind.
The race viewer and the event website with reports and videos.
 
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