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Top News – Monday, October 23, 2017
Monday, October 23, 2017   (Image © Ainoha Sanchez)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Alicante ESP - Leg 1 - Day 1, Vestas with Enright USA leads this morning

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Alicante ESP - Leg 1 - Day 1, Vestas with Enright USA leads this morning The start to the Volvo Ocean Race was given yesterday in sun and an up to 20 kn wind and two rounds around the buoys off Alicante with intensive manoeuvres and near-collisions were spectacular for the big crowd watching. Here the video clip with highlights).
The seven teams sailed South on the open Mediterranean Sea closely together direction Gibraltar in a well established breeze. Early this morning, 'Vestas' with Charlie Enright USA was in the lead 2 nm ahead of 'AkzoNobel' with Simon Tienpont NED, but the fleet was still sailing within 8 nm.
The race tracker and the news.
Monday, October 23, 2017   

GC32-Catamaran - Extreme Sailing Series, Act 7 - San Diego CA, USA - Final results, USA teams backmarkers

 GC32-Catamaran - Extreme Sailing Series, Act 7 - San Diego CA, USA - Final results, USA teams backmarkers 'SAP Extreme Sailing' with Adam Minoprio NZL steering defended her lead on the final day of the San Diego Act of the Extreme Sailing Series 2017 winning 10 points ahead of 'Alinghi' with Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI. The Danes extended the lead in the overall Series rankings on 5 points on 'Oman Air' (4th in San Diego) and a modest performance at the last Act in Mexico will be sufficent to win the annual championship. 'Alinghi' on 3rd overall is 6 points back.
The ranking lists, the daily news and the 3-hour video of the final day.
Monday, October 23, 2017   (Image © Kurt Arrigo)

IRC - Middlesea Race - La Valetta MLT - Day 2, Rambler USA still first

 IRC - Middlesea Race - La Valetta MLT - Day 2, Rambler USA still first Half of the fleet rounded Stromboli this morning, the most norther mark of the race. Until yesterday evening, light winds dominated, but now a depression from the Northwest arrived with winds of up to 40 kn. The Super-Maxi 'Rambler' of George David USA is still leading but the second-ranked 'Leopard' of Pascal Oddo GBR reduced the backlog considerably. In calculated time, the smaller yachts are on the first positions. The Swan 53 'Music' of James Blakemore GBR was first in the IRC-rankings at the waypoint Stromboli.
The race tracker and the daily news.
 
Top News – Sunday, October 22, 2017
Sunday, October 22, 2017   

Volvo 65 - Volvo Ocean race 2017/18 - Alicante ESP -Start today

 Volvo 65 - Volvo Ocean race 2017/18 - Alicante ESP -Start today Today is the day for the seven teams as - after the Prologue a week ago and the different tune-ups - the start to the Volvo Ocean Race will be given in Alicante ESP this afternoon at 14h CET, probably in moderate winds around 12 to 15 kn. Leg one leads over 1'500 nm thru the Gibraltar Strait around the Madeira POR island to Lisbon POR. We shall cover the start on this website livestream starting at 13.30h CET with Andy Green GBR as commentator.
After winning most of the preparatory regattas, 'Mapfre' with Javi Fernandez ESP (and a.o. the 49er Olympic Champions and America's Cup winner Blair Tuke NZL) is the most cited favorite.
Turbulent is the situation for the 'AkzoNobel team. Simon Tienpont NED, fired without notice, will return as skipper by court decision, but at least four four team members declined to sign new contracts: Brad Jackson (the substitute skipper for Tienpont) as well as Jules Salter, veteran VOR racer and AkzoNobel watch captain Joca Signorini (BRA) and Mr Kirby loyal mates to Brad Jackson. Tierpont plans to start this afternoon with only seven crew, using some shore team members who qualify under the Volvo safety and miles@sea rules, and who were previously listed as reserves. In the team is as female member the 49erFX Olympic Champion Martine Grael BRA.
The breaking news in Sailing Illustrated and the report from yesterday's media conference with the seven skippers.
Sunday, October 22, 2017   (Image © Jesus Renedo)

Olympic Worldcup 2017/18 - Gamagori JPN - Final results

 Olympic Worldcup 2017/18 - Gamagori JPN - Final results This morning UTC, the remaining Medal Races were on the program of the Olympic Classes Worldcup in Japan. However, the approaching typhoon prompted the Race Committee to cancel racing prematurely and the 470 men and RS:X men could not sail their final race.
Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS were therefore the clear winners in the 470 men ahead of Isozaki/Takayanagi JPN and Imamura/Hokazono JPN.
In the 470 women, the World Champions Agnieszka Skrzypulec/Irmina Mrozek POL demonstrated their superiority winning the Medal Race in very shifty winds. Ai Kondo/Miho Yoshioka JPN had no problem defending Silver. Bronze however was won by the 5th placed Cassandre Blandin/AloƮse Retornaz FRA finishing second after a very clever race relegating Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI, concentrating their race on the previously 4th Benedetta di Salle/Alessandra Dubbini ITA on rank 4.
The only North American qualified for a Medal Race was Erika Reineke USA in the Lasers Radial with the results below in a separate news text.

The final results of the best North Americans by nation:
470 men: 13th Stu McNay/Dave Hughes USA
49er: 17th Judge Ryan/David Liebenberg USA
Laser Standard: 18th Chris Barnard USA, 29th Robert Davies CAN
Laser Radial: 5th Erika Reineke USA

All ranking lists and the news.
Sunday, October 22, 2017   

Laser - Olympic Worldcup 2017/18 - Gamagori JPN - Final results, Erika Reineke USA 5th

 Laser - Olympic Worldcup 2017/18 - Gamagori JPN - Final results, Erika Reineke USA 5th The first Act of the Olympic Classes 2017/18 Worldcup in Japan ended this morning UTC with the Medal Races held in rain and light, but very shifty winds.
Finishing 4th, Sam Meech NZL defended his overall lead in the Lasers Standard, as the World Champion Pavlos Kontides CYP was apparently not aggressive enough finishing on on 7th today remaining 2nd overall. Tom Burton AUS won the race and climbed on rank 3 taking Bronze.
In the Lasers Radial, the leading Vasileia Karachaliou GRE eliminated herself from the podium producing a premature start. Rank 4 at equal points with the 3rd was the consequence. The Olympic Bronze medalist Anne-Marie Rindom DEN inherited the first place ahead of Emma Plaesschart BEL. Josefin Olsson SWE moved up on rank 3. Erika Reineke USA finished 6th in the Medal Race and 5th overall.

The results of the best North Americans by nation:
Laser Standard: 18th Chris Barnard USA, 29th Robert Davies CAN
Laser Radial: 5th Erika Reineke USA

All ranking lists.
Sunday, October 22, 2017   

GC32-Catamaran - Extreme Sailing Series, Act 7 - San Diego CA, USA - Day 3, USA teams on 7th and 8th

 GC32-Catamaran - Extreme Sailing Series, Act 7 - San Diego CA, USA - Day 3, USA teams on 7th and 8th Seven races were sailed yesterday in fresh winds around 18 kn. 'SAP Extreme Sailing' with Adam Minoprio NZL dominated as on the day before with 4 race wins and 2 seconds' taking the overall lead with a 14 points' lead on 'Alinghi' with Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI. 'Oman Air' with Phil Robertson NZL are another 17 points back on rank 3. Today is the crucial day with livestream coverage starting at 18h UTC on this website.
The news, the ranking list and the short video of the day.
Sunday, October 22, 2017   

IRC - Middlesea Race - La Valetta MLT - Day 1, Rambler USA in the lead

 IRC - Middlesea Race - La Valetta MLT - Day 1, Rambler USA in the lead Gestern Mittag starteten die 104 Teams aus dem Hafen von La Valetta zum Middlesea Race. Heute Morgen befindet sich die Spitze bereits in der Anfahrt auf die Strasse von Medina. Die Super-Maxi 'Rambler' von George David USA mit u.a. Brad Butterworth NZL und Dean Barker NZL führt bereits deutlich, 'Leopard' von Pascal Oddo GBR und 'CQS' von Ludde Ingvall AUS sind die ersten Verfolger. In den Top Ten ist auch 'Kuka 3' von Franco Niggeler SUI mit dabei, ein erstes Zwischen-Klassement ist bereits erhältlich. Die Berichte.
Sunday, October 22, 2017   

www.sailing-news.ch - Your Sailing TV Channel !

 www.sailing-news.ch - Your Sailing TV Channel ! Four different Livestream transmissions are on our website today ... a new record ! In Sydney and in Japan the regattas are already terminated but both events are still accessible on replays.
At 14h UTC (comment beginning 13.30), the start to the Volvo Ocean Race will be aired here. In the evening (10.30 PM UTC), the crucial races of the GC32 Extreme Sailing Series in San Diego will be livestream on
sailing-news.ch - the Sailracing TV channel nbr 1 !
 
Top News – Saturday, October 21, 2017
Saturday, October 21, 2017   

Update Noon : Olympic Worldcup 17/18 - Act 1 - Gamagori JPN - Day 6

The Olympic Classes Worldcup event in Gamagori JPN continued this morning UTC with the Medal Races. Only three of the four planned heats could be completed but the unconstant light wind delayed the starts all over again.
No changes on the podium occurred after the three Medal Races of the 49ers, but Dylan Fletcher/Stuart Bithell GBR were about to loose against James Peters/Fynn Sterritt GBR who were finally caught by the anchor line of the committee boat on the finish line. Lukasz Przybytek/Pawel Kolodsinski POL had the 3rd place clearly under control.
In the 49ersFX, the Medal Races completely change the podium. The leading French Lili Sebesi/Albane Dubois FRA had major difficulties to make the best tactical decisions in the prevailing very light breeze, finished on the ranks 6, 7 and 9), and dropped on the 6th place overall ... with only 4 points on the winners. Victoria Travaschio/Maria Branz ARG finished first one point ahead of Tanja Frank/Lorena Abicht AUT 2nd and at equal points Sayoko Harada/Sera Nagamatsu JPN on 3rd.
In the RS:X women windsurfers, Hei Man Chan HKG moved up from 4th to first in front of Fujiko Onishi JPN 2nd and Xianting Huang CHN 3rd.
The Medal Race of the RS:X men windsurfers has been postponed on tomorrow. Pawel Tarnowski POL leads one point ahead of Mengfang Gao CHN and 3 points ahead of Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI and Makoto Tamizawa JPN.
All other classes sailed one or two races and have one or two more races scheduled for tomorrow. The Olympic Champions Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS extended their lead in the 470 men on 15 points. Isozaki/Yakatanagi JPN and Luke Patience/Chris Grube GBR are now the first challengers. In the 470 women, Agniszka Przybytek/Irmina Mrozek POL extended their lead on the 2nd Ai Kondo/Miho Joshioka JPN to 9 points. Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI lost lost one place and are now solid 3rd one point behind 2nd and 8 pts ahead of 4th.
In the Lasers Standard, Sam Meech NZL is the new leader 3 points ahead of the World Champion Pavlos Kontides CYP, ready to attack for victory. Lorenzo Chiavarini GBR on the 3rd place is 26 points behind. In the Lasers Radial, the leader Anne-Marie Rindom DEN sailed their worst result (rank 26) in the first race of the day and dropped on rank 3. New on top is now Vasileia Karachaliou GRE 7 points ahead of Emma Plaeschart BEL on 2nd.
One race in the Lasers Standard and two races in the Lasers Radial are on the program tomorrow, but the meteo announces the approach of a typhoon with wind speeds of over 200 kmh and big waves and their might be a premature end of the Worldcup event. Wait and see ...

The results of the best North Americans by nation:
470 men: 13th Stu McNay/Dave Hughes USA
49er: 17th Judge Ryan/David Liebenberg USA
Laser Standard: 18th Chris Barnard USA, 29th Robert Davies CAN
Laser Radial: 6th Erika Reineke USA

All ranking lists and the worldcup website.
Saturday, October 21, 2017   

Noon Update: Laser - Olympic Worldcup 2017/18 - Gamagori JPN - Day 6, Erika Reineke USA 6th

The Lasers sailed two races at the Gamagori JPN Worldcup event this morning UTC in light unconstant winds.
In the Lasers Standard, Sam Meech NZL is the new leader 3 points ahead of the World Champion Pavlos Kontides CYP, ready to attack for victory in the last race tomorrow. Lorenzo Chiavarini GBR on the 3rd place is 26 points behind.
In the Lasers Radial, the leader Anne-Marie Rindom DEN sailed their worst result (rank 26) in the first race of the day and dropped on rank 3. New on top is now Vasileia Karachaliou GRE 7 points ahead of Emma Plaeschart BEL on 2nd.

The results of the best North Americans by nation:
Laser Standard: 18th Chris Barnard USA, 29th Robert Davies CAN
Laser Radial: 6th Erika Reineke USA

Two races are left for tomorrow. However, the meteo announces the approach of a typhoon with wind speeds of over 200 kmh and big waves and there might be a premature end of the Worldcup event. Wait and see ...
All ranking lists and the worldcup website.
Saturday, October 21, 2017   

Olympic Worldcup 17/18 - Act 1 - Gamagori JPN - Medal Races now live

 Olympic Worldcup 17/18 - Act 1 - Gamagori JPN - Medal Races now live In Gamagori JPN, the Medal Races are on the program today. The 49ers completed already two races and Dylan Fletcher/Stuart Bithell GBR are still in the lead ahead of Peters/Sterritt GBR 2 pts behind, the ones to fight for Gold and Silver in the last race. Przybytek/ Kolodsinki POL will endeavour to keep the 3rd place. The Medal Races can be followed live on top of our homepage.
All ranking lists. Racing will be concluded by noon and we shall post an update as soon as the results will be available.
Saturday, October 21, 2017   

Dragon - Gold-Cup 2017 - St-Tropez FRA - Final results

The Dragon Goldcup was concluded yesterday with a last race. As it happens sometimes, the clearly leading Jewgenij Braslavets UKR/ITA and Hendrik Witzmann UAE/GER battling for Gold made the mistake to concentrate on controlling each other and ending down in the fleet, they were passed by Stefan Link/Frank Butzmann/Michael Lipp GER winning 2 points ahead of Pedro de Andrade POR/GER. Henrik Witzmann UAE/GER finished on 3rd.
The ranking list and the final report.
Saturday, October 21, 2017   

GC32-Catamaran - Extreme Sailing Series, Act 7 - San Diego CA, USA - Day 2, USA teams on 6th and 8th

A fresher breeze prevailed yesterday at the 7th Act of the Extreme Sailing Series in San Diego. Six spectacular races were held, treating the crowds to plenty of foiling action and hair-raising nosedives. A solid four bullets, a second and a third from the Danish 'SAP Extreme Sailing Team' with Adam Minoprio NZL steering saw it climb a spot to second. 'Alinghi' with Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI remains by the smallest margin on top. 'Oman Air' withj Phil Robertson NZL moved up on rank 3. 'Land Rover BAR Academy' with Ben Ainslie GBR could not keep the speed of the experienced GC32 team and is down on rank 4. 'Team Extreme San Diego' with Morgan Larson USA remains on rank 6.
The ranking list and the daily news.
 
Top News – Friday, October 20, 2017
Friday, October 20, 2017   

Update 11h CET: Olympic Worldcup 2017/18 - Gamagori JPN - Day 5, Erika Reineke USA 6th

The program at the Olympic Classes Worldcup in Japan continued today with two to three races per class.
Agnieszka Skrzypulec/Irmina Mrozek POL consolidated their 1st place in the 470 women with the day ranks 3 and 2. Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI, (1 and 9 today) on rank 2 are 6 points behind. Ai Kondo Yoshida/Miho Yoshioka JPN one point back are new on 3rd. In the 470 men, Belcher/Ryan AUS are now solidly on top ahead of Snow-Hanson/Willcox NZL. Isozaki/Takayanagi JPN are down on 3rd.
In the 49ersFX, Lili Sebesi/Albane Dubois FRA are still in the lead followed by Sayoko Horada/Sera Nagamatsu JPN. In the 49ers, the favorites Fletcher/Bithell GBR have now a 4 points advantage on Przybytek/Kolodzinski POL new on 2nd.
In the RS:X men windsurfers, the situation on top is tight with Pawel Tarnowski POL as first one point ahead of Mengfan Gao CHN and 3 points ahead of Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI. In the RS:X women, Fuijiko Onishi JPN and Megumi Komine JPN share the first place. Hei Man H V Chan HKG follows one point behind as 3rd.
The Laser results follow below in a separate news text.

The results of the best North Americans by nation:
470 men: 11th Stu McNay/Dave Hughes USA
49er: 17th Judge Ryan/David Liebenberg USA
Laser Standard: 23rd Chris Barnard USA,33rd Robert Davies CAN
Laser Radial: 6th Erika Reineke USA

All ranking lists. The daily news will be posted on the event website during the day.
Friday, October 20, 2017   

Noon Update: Laser - Olympic Worldcup 2017/18 - Gamagori JPN - Day 5, Erika Reineke USA 6th

Three races were held today to compensate for the unplanned lay day yesterday.
In spite of a downer (rank 14 = discard), the World Champion Pavlos Kontides CYP remained on top with the ranks 7 and 2 in the Lasers Standard. New on rank 2 is Sam Meech NZL starting the day with a blackflag disqualification but shining afterwards with two bullets. Lorenzo Chiavarini GBR is now on rank 2.
Leader change in the Lasers Radial where the previous leader Anne-Marie Rindom DEN (day ranks 9/4/26) dropped on the 6th place 13 points from the podium. Vasileia Karachaliou GRE moved up on first, 2 points ahead of Josefin Olsson SWE new on 2nd and Emma Plaschaert BEL remaining on 3rd.

The results of the best North Americans by nation:
Laser Standard: 23rd Chris Barnard USA, 33rd Robert Davies CAN
Laser Radial: 6th Erika Reineke USA

All ranking lists and the event website.
Friday, October 20, 2017   

Olympic Worldcup 17/18 - Act 1 - Gamagori JPN - Day 5

 Olympic Worldcup 17/18 - Act 1 - Gamagori JPN - Day 5 After the unplanned lay day due to lack of wind yesterday, racing resumed this morning in Japan.
First to finish a race were the RS:X men windsurfers and despite of a 6th place, Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI defended the first place overall. Already two races have been completed by the RS:X women windsurfers and Hei Man Chan CHN has taken the overall lead one point ahead of Megumi Komine JPN on the 2nd place. The updated ranking lists will be published during the day.
The daily news.
Friday, October 20, 2017   

Dragon - Gold-Cup 2017 - St-Tropez FRA - Day 5

 Dragon - Gold-Cup 2017 - St-Tropez FRA - Day 5 The strong Eastwind of over 30 kn inhibited sailing in St-Tropez yesterday. First after the four races sailed so far is Jewgenij Braslavets UKR/ITA 6 points ahead of Henrik Witzmann GER/UAE. The Champions's title will be decided between the two today, as the 3rd-ranked Pieter Heerema NED is already 18 points behind. However, the meteo announced again fresh Easterly winds.
The ranking list, the event website and the video of the 3rd race.
Friday, October 20, 2017   

GC32-Catamaran - Extreme Sailing Series, Act 7 - San Diego CA, USA - Day 1

 GC32-Catamaran - Extreme Sailing Series, Act 7 - San Diego CA, USA - Day 1 Act 7 of the Extreme Sailing Series began in San Diego yesterday in light winds with 6 races. 'Alinghi' with Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI dominated the day with two race wins and three second places. Only Ben Ainslie GBR and his 'BAR Academy' could more or less keep the pace of the leaders, but in the last race with dying winds, they did not make the finish line. 'SAP Extreme Sailing Team' - direct opponent of 'Alinghi' for the Annual Championship - follows on rank 3.
The results and the news.
 
Top News – Thursday, October 19, 2017
Thursday, October 19, 2017   

Olympic Worldcup 17/18 - Act 1 - Gamagori JPN - Day 3

 Olympic Worldcup 17/18 - Act 1 - Gamagori JPN - Day 3 We reported yesterday in our 10h Update (see below) about the Wednesday light wind races in Japan. For today, rain and fresh winds up to 20 kn have been announced. This morning UTC, there are no result updates available yet. Our 10h UTC update will keep you informed on today's races.
The weltcup website and the event website (without details).
Thursday, October 19, 2017   

Dragon - Gold-Cup 2017 - St-Tropez FRA - Day 4

 Dragon - Gold-Cup 2017 - St-Tropez FRA - Day 4 Race 4 of the Dragon Gold-Cup was sailed offshore St-Tropez Pamplonne Beach as the wind in the Bay was again too light.
With a non-discardable disqualification, the leading Anatoly Loginov RUS dropped on rank 10. Winner of the day and new leader is Yewgenij Braslavets UKR sailing under Italian flag. Hendrik Witzmann GER/UAE 6 points behind remains on rank 2. New on the 3rd place is Pieter Heerema NED.
The ranking list and event facebook page with pictures.
Thursday, October 19, 2017   

GC32-Catamaran, Flying Phantom - Extreme Sailing Series, Act 7 - San Diego CA, USA - Start today with Morgan Larson and an all-Californian team

 GC32-Catamaran, Flying Phantom - Extreme Sailing Series, Act 7 - San Diego CA, USA - Start today with Morgan Larson and an all-Californian team Act 7 of the Extreme Sailing Series begins today in San Diego CA, the inaugural GC32 catamaran regatta in the USA. In addition to the dominators of the season - 'Alinghi', 'SAP Racing Team', 'Oman Air' - two other teams must be considered co-favorites: With a wildcard, Morgan Larson USA, Series winner as helmsman of 'Alinghi' and 'Oman Air' in 2014 and 2015, will participate with all-American (Californian) team. The America's Cup helmsman Ben Ainslie GBR will be on 'BAR Academy', the development team of his 'BAR Racing'. Here the news.
The official preview.
 
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