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Top News – Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Tuesday, August 4, 2015   (Image © Fred Hoffmann)
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Light winds and much current prevailed yesterday on the first day of Part III of the Rio Sailing Week reserved for the 49ers and 49ersFX and the 470s (sailing their South American Championship).
After three races, Dyen/Christidis FRA are first in the 49ers followed by Fletcher/Sign GBR and Przybytek/Kolodzinski POL. Brad Funk/Trevor Burd USA are 19th. The 49ersFX completed two races and Helene Naess/Marie Ronningen NOR are on top ahead of Nina Keijzer/Claire Bloom NED and Griselda King/Sara Tan SIN. The 470er sailed one race in both fleets. In the 470 men, Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS took the lead in front of Johan Molund/Sebastian Östling SWE and Paul Snow-Hansen/Daniel Willcox NZL. Stu McNay/Davis Hughes USA are 4th. In the 470 women, Camille Lecointre/Hélène Defrance FRA are on the first place ahead of Fernanda Oliveira/Ana Barbachan BRA and Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL. Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA are 13th.
All ranking lists and the daily news.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015   
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The 29er Eurocup in Wales continued yesterday with five races sailed in a fresh 15 to 20 kn breeze and a big swell.
James Wilson/Oscar Gunn NZL took the lead ahead of Jackson Keon/Nick Egnot-Johnson NZL and John Cooles/Simon Hoffmann AUS. Best Europeans on rank 4 are Juho Kotiranta/Akseli Keskinen FIN. The first first female team are Courtney Bilbrough/ Harriet Ward GBR on rank 28 among the 129 participants. Christopher Williford/Wade Waddell USA on rank 11 are the best American team, Stephane Vinet/Sophie-Andree Vinet CAN are 58th.
The results and the event website.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015   (Image © Thom Touw)
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The very windy Contender World Championship in Medemblik with 134 participants form 11 nations and 3 continents ended last Friday. The outcome was very close with Simon Mussell GBR winning one point ahead of Mark Bulka AUS. Andrea Bonezzi ITA won the Bronze Medal.Jacqueline Rüfenacht SUI as 10th (= 77th overall) in the Silverfleet is the best-ranked woman.
The results and the report.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015   
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For several years, the Austrian Pitter Charter has been the organiser of so called Cruising Regattas on the Adriatic Sea, open not only for owned yachts but also for charter boats. The Kornati Cup, organised by Pitter for the 15th time this year, has become so popular, that the number of entries had to be limited to 100.
And now, a NEW challenging competition has been launched: The Race - 1000 miles', a long-distance race organised for the first time this autumn, starting in Biograd, Pitter's main base in the middle of the Adriatic Coast, and heading in a first leg over 390 miles nonstop to Lefkas in Greece, and in a second leg back to Biograd, a most challenging but also picturesque course with an up-to-date race management, ORC handicap and class rankings (with and without spi), GPS tracking and shore support. Entry is open for adequate monohulls with a minimum speed potential to be evaluated and decided on by the organisers. Especially attractive is the participation in a top-equipped Charter-One-Design-yacht as offered by Pitter: the Bavaria Cruiser 40S (Spi) or the Bavaria Cruiser 45 (Gennaker).
All necessary details on the Pitter-Yachting-website.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015   
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The Copa del Rey began yesterday in Palma in presence of HM King Felipe with 119 teams in six classes.
After two races, Henrik Brandeis GER is on rank 1 in the largest fleet with 44 boats, the ORC-1-category. George Sakellaris USA with his 70-foot 'Ran' leads in the IRC-0-category. Manuel Weiller ESP is first in the IRC-1-category.
All other ranking lists, the daily news and the video of the day.
 
Top News – Monday, August 3, 2015
Monday, August 3, 2015   
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After the unplanned break on Saturday, the RS:X windsurfers resumed racing yesterday with three heats. Ricardo Winick BRA finished on rank 1 closely followed by Aichen Wang CHN and Ivan Pastor ESP. In the RS:X-women, Chan Hei Man HKG stays on top overall, ahead of Blanca Manchon ESP and Sun Jiali CHN. Demita de Lille MEX is 9th. All ranking lists and the daily news (in Portuguese).
Today begins Part III of the Rio Sailing Week with the 470s and 49ers, both fleets with a good participation. In the 470s, the 2012 Olympic Champions Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS and Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL are on the entry lists, in the 49ers, Dyen/Christidis FRA, Pink/Bithell GBR and Hansen/Porebski NZL are the most prominent teams. In the 49ers FX, all top-ranked teams of the World Rankings are present.
All ranking and entry lists as well as the daily news.
Monday, August 3, 2015   
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The UK National 29er Championship in Wales began yesterday as tune-up for the 29er World Championship beginning on the coming weekend. 126 teams from 20 nations and 5 continents.
Four races were sailed on the opening day in a moderate breeze. James Hammett/Ben Todd GBR lead one point ahead of Carl-Emil Baad/Jakob Precht DEN and another point on Tamryn Lindsay/William McKenzie NZL tied with the the first all-woman team Tania Bonillo/Nuria Miro ESP on 3rd. Christopher Williford/Wade Waddell USA are on rank 7.
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Monday, August 3, 2015   
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The usual water quality test requires only a bacteriological result - to be noted that this test in Rio is far above all limits for public beaches. Associated Press (AP), having critisised the quality of the Olympic watersports' (sailing, rowing, swimming) venues for quite some time now, has taken the initiative to test the water on viruses ... and this with a frightening result. The limits are exceeded over 1'000-fold, and this not only in the Guaranaba Bay, where the sailing competition should take place, but also in the open sea off the beaches of Copa Cabana and Ipanema. The measured values correpond to the water quality in a clarification plant before the water is treated. A new video clip summarizes the report as does a summary report.
Based on these investigations, the World Health Organisation WHO has recommended to the International Olympic Committee IOC to include virolocigal probes in their water tests. And ISAF has been prompted to do the promised but never executed measurements. Peter Sowery, the new CEO of ISAF, regrets in an interview the fact, that the Olympic Regattas might be sailed away from the picturesque postcard idyll of the Sugarloaf Mountain ... read the trivial Communiqué of ISAF.
It seems that at the Rio Olympics in addition the the sailing skills, the immune system of the athletes will be tested too. A spoonful of Rio water daily is like a vaccination. Yesterday, a Triathlon competition took place at the Copacabana .... interesting to hear about any reactions.
Monday, August 3, 2015   (Image © PWA Carter)
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The Fuerteventura PWA World Tour Grand Slam ended yesterday with the last Slalom heats. Antoine Albeau FRA won the Men's Slalom, the Freestyle competition on the program at the beginning, went in favor of the World Champion Sara-Quita Offringa NED (Aruba) and Dieter Van der Eyken NED. All othe details on the PWA-Website. Today begins the PWA-Wave-Worldcup on Teneriffa ESP.
Monday, August 3, 2015   (Image © Yvan Zedda)
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Lacking sponsors, the MOD-70-trimaran circuit has been dissolved, and the owners are now looking for other starting possibilities. Stève Ravussin SUI decided to use his 'Race for Water' in an ecological round-the-world project for the protection of the sea. We reported regularily about this project. The latest news is, that the trimaran 'Edmond de Rothschild', modified in a foiling trimaran in spring, did the first on-the-water tests. Here the report with video.
Monday, August 3, 2015   (Image © Sander van der Borch / Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour)
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Only light winds prevailed on the last day of the GC32 Sailing Cup in Kiel, not enough to foil, but enough to complete three races. Finishing 3/2/1, 'Sultanate of Oman' with Leigh McMillan GBR was the team of the day, but 'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA defended the overall lead. These two teams are also on top of the Annual Classificastions. The report and the video of the day.
Monday, August 3, 2015   
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The Dragon Swedish Championship in Bastad SWE, a tune-up competition in view of the European Championship at the same venue, ended last Saturday.
Henrik Larsen/Frithjof Kleen/Robert Stanjek DEN were the superior winners with a 35 points' lead after 7 races. Lawrie Smith GBR and Stefan Winberg SWE with their teams completed the podium. 36 participants.
The results and the event website.
 
Top News – Sunday, August 2, 2015
Sunday, August 2, 2015   (Image © Fred Hoffmann)
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Almost no wind on day two of the windsurfing competition of the Rio Sailing Week and nothing but a few start attempts were the result. After the three races of the first day, the leaders are Wang Aichen CHN in the RS:X men and Isobel Hamilton GBR in the RS:X women.
The daily news (in Portuguese).
Sunday, August 2, 2015   (Image © Robert Hajduk)
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Defeating the Tour Leader Ian Williams GBR 2-0 in the Final of the Sopot Match Race, Nicolai Sehested DEN age 26 celebrated his first victory in the World Match Racing Tour. Winner of the Petite Final was Karol Jablonski POL winning 2-1 over Björn Hansen SWE.
The final report.
Sunday, August 2, 2015   (Image © Tom Lonsdale)
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The OK-Dinghy World Championship 2015 in Poland ended yesterday with two races sailed in light and unconstant winds.
André Budzien GER defended his first place and won his second World Champion's title after 2012. Silver and Bronze went to Charles Cumbley GBR and Bo Petersen DEN. 91 sailors from 9 ations participated.
The report and the final ranking list.
Sunday, August 2, 2015   (Image © PWA Carter)
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Today, the Slalom of the Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam will be concluded. Up to now, 9 heats have been concluded, and once more, the veteran and multiple champion Antoine Albeau FRA is the dominating leader followed by Matteo Iachina ITA. 59 participants from 21 nations are present.
Tomorrow begins the next Round of the PWA Wave World Cup. All other details on the PWA website.
Sunday, August 2, 2015   
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At the Kite-Foil Gold Cup San Francisco event, the Qualifiers Series for the split in a Gold- and Silverfleet ended yesterday after two race days and 10 heats sailed in 20-25 kn breeze. Outstanding was the performance of Nico Parlier FRA, winner of all runs, ahead of Maxime Nocher FRA and Johnny Heineken USA on the ranks 2 and 3.
The ranking list and the report.
Sunday, August 2, 2015   (Image © Martinez Studio)
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No changes on the podium after the three races of yesterday sailed in a 10 kn breeze and a big swell at the Marstrand-Cup. 'Bronenosec' of Vladimir Liubomirov RUS with Michele Ivaldi ITA as tactician remains first ahead of 'Nika' of Vladimir Prosikhin RUS (tactics Dean Barker NZL) and 'Charisma' of Nico Poons MON.
The report with rankings.
Sunday, August 2, 2015   (Image © Sander van der Borch / Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour)
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The GC32-Catamaran Sailing Cup Round 3 in Kiel GER continued yesterday with six races. Team of the day with two race wins was 'Spindrift Racing' with Yann Guichard FRA, advancing on rank 2 overall. 'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA remains on top. Fresher winds have been announced for today.
The results and the daily news.
 
Top News – Saturday, August 1, 2015
Saturday, August 1, 2015   (Image © Nikos Pantis)
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Only one race could be sailed on the last day of th 470 Junior World Championship in Thessaloniki GRE before the Medal Races in the afternoon. As to expect with the considerable points' gaps between the top teams, no changes happened in the ranking sequence of the first two boats by class.
But it was sheer luck that kept the defending champions Guillaume Pirouelle/Valentin Sipan FRA on top. With a broken spinaker halyard, they finished the Medal Race on the last place, but the second-ranked Malte Winkel/Matti Cipra GER arrived on rank 4 only and could not completely compensate the backlog on the French. With a 3 points' deficit, they remained 2nd. The battle for Bronze wen in favor of Giacomo Ferrari/Giulio Calabro ITA. Russell Clarida/Henry Fernberger USA lost some places in the last race and are 27th.
Benedetta Di Salle/Alessandra Dubbini ITA remained a class of their own also in the Medal Race, and they earned the Gold Medal with a 39 points' advantage on Maria Bozi/Rafailina Klonaridou GRE. The Bronze Medal went to Jessica Lavery/Megan Brickwood GBR. Allie Surrette/Ali Ten Hove CAN are on the 28th final position.
All ranking lists, the report and the videos.
Saturday, August 1, 2015   
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Yesterday, the RS:X windsurfers started to the Rio International Sailing Week with three races sailed in a moderate wind.
In the RS:X men, Wang Aichen CHN has taken the lead one point ahead of Ivan Pastor ESP. The Olympic Champion Nick Dempsey GBR follows on rank 3 among the 10 participants from 6 nations. In the RS:X women, Isobel Hamilton GBR and Chen Peina CHN share the lead. Sun Jali CHN follows on rank 3. Demita de Lille MEX is 5th. Farrah Hall USA and Kathleen Tocke USA did not compete. 19 participants from 9 nations are present.
The daily report and all ranking lists.
Saturday, August 1, 2015   (Image © Robert Hajduk)
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The Sopot Match Race continued yesterday again in a fresh breeze with the remaining Round Robin duels and the Quarter Finals. Qualified for the Semi Finals are Ian Williams GBR, Karol Jablonski POL, Björn Hansen SWE and Nicolai Sehested DEN. back from the Volvo Ocean Race after a year. Eric Monnin SUI lost his three last duels and was eliminated. The results and the report.
Saturday, August 1, 2015   
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The start to the second leg of the Transgscogne back to Port Bourgenay FRA will be given today in Luanco at the Spanish North coast. Ian Lipinski POL has a 50 min lead on Sander Van Doorn NED in the Series-Minis. Only 3 minutes is the advance of Axel Trahin FRA on Frédéric Denis FRA in the Protos.
The start will be given by noon CET, and the race can be followed again live on the event website.
Saturday, August 1, 2015   
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Rain and again much wind prevailed on the 4th day of the OK-Dinghy Worlds in Poland, and another two races were completed, both won by Thomas Hansson-Mild SWE. Finishing 2 and 4, André Budzien GER is again on top of the overall rankings 2 points ahead of Jim Hunt GBR. Charlie Cumbley GBR on the 3rd place is already 14 points behind.
The results and the daily report.
Saturday, August 1, 2015   (Image © MartinezStudios)
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A good breeze and big waves challenged the 12 teams again on the third day of the RC44 Marstrand Cup. The Russian teams stay in front before the last races today with 'Bronenosec' of Vladimir Liubomirov RUS and Michele Ivaldi ITA tactics on first, 4 points in front of 'Nika' of Vladimir Prosikhin RUS with Dean Barker NZL.
The report with results.
Saturday, August 1, 2015   (Image © Sander Van der Borch)
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After day one without racing due to the too strong wind, there was a light, shifty breeze prevailing on the Kiel Firth yesterday allowing to complete 8 races, 6 of them won by 'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA. 'Spindrift' and 1 point behind 'Sultanate of Oman' will duel for rank 2 overall today.
The report with results.
 
Top News – Friday, July 31, 2015
Friday, July 31, 2015   (Image © Nikos Pantis)
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The teams had to wait for the seabreeze until 18 h, and there was just time left for one 5-8 kn light-wind race. More Final Races have been scheduled for today to be started in the morning breeze from the shore at 11 a.m., before the Medal Races later in the afternoon. But the top positions in both fleets seem to be quite stable.
Guillaume Pirouelle/Valentin Sipan FRA added another win on their result sheet and have now a 15 points' advance on Malte Winkel/Matti Cipra GER in the 470 men. The Germans are 12 points ahead on the 3rd ranked David Charles Vila/Alex Charles Vila ESP and tactically, the Spanish will rather defend Bronze against Giacomo Ferrari/Giulio Calabro ITA on the 4th place only 4 points behind, as fight for Silver. Close will be the fight for the Medal Race cut as Noguera/ Terrones ESP on rank 9 are only 6 points ahead of Scharnagl/Schulz AUT on rank 12. Russell Clarida/Henry Fernberger USA are on the position 22.
Even more clear is the situation in the 470 women with Benedetta Di Salle/Alessandra Dubbini ITA 27 points ahead of Maria Bozi/Rafailina Klonaridou GRE. New on rank 3 are Nadja Horwitz/Sofia Middleton CHI 17 points behind rank 2, but as in the men, danger comes from behind as Jessica Lavery/Megan Brickwood GBR are only 4 points back. The fight for the Medal Race is also very tight with the ranks 9 to 12 separated by 5 points only. Allie Surrette/Ali Ten Hove CAN are on the 28th place.
All results. The event website will be updated during thei morning with the daily report and the video of day 5. The start to the Medal Race is scheduled for 15 h. Check the live ticker to remain updated during the day.
Friday, July 31, 2015   
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Part 1 of the Rio Sailing Week was concluded yesterday with two races.
Josh Junior NZL defended the first place in the Finns winning overall 5 points ahead of Pieter-Jan Postma NED. Jorge Zarif BRA finished on 3rd. Caleb Paine USA is on the 7th place. First in the Lasers Radial is Evi Van Acker BEL ahead of Erika Reineke USA 2nd and Josefine Olsson SWE new on 3rd. Haddon Hughes USA and Isabella Bertold CAN are on the positions 12 and 13. Winning 5 of 8 races, Tom Burton AUS is first in the Laser Standard 3 points ahead of Sam Mech NZL rank 2. Matthew Wearn AUS remained on rank 3. No changes on the Nacra 17 podium with Thomas Zajac/Tanja Frank AUT Gold, Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS Silver and Fernando Echevarri/Tara Pacheco ESP Bronze.
All ranking lists and the final report (in Portuguese).
As from today until Augst 2, it is the RS:X windsurfers' turn, followed by the 470 and 49ers, both in men and women. The event website.
Friday, July 31, 2015   (Image © Christophe Breschi)
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Yesterday ended the first leg of the Transgascogne in Luanco ESP after just 25 hours. The difficult conditions with shifty and varying winds kept the solo-skippers awake during the whole race.
Winner in the Protos is Axel Trehin FRA closely followed by Fréderic Denis FRA 3 minutes behind. The 3rd Clément Bouyssou FRA had a 43 minutes backlog.
In the Series Minis, the winner is Ian Lipinski POL 9 minutes ahead of Guillermo Canardo ESP, and another 41 minutes behind Sander Van Doorn NED 3.
The race viewer with results. The event website was not yet updated this morning.
Friday, July 31, 2015   
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'It was wet, cold and windy' ! The only race of the day at the OK-Dinghy World Championshiip was finally started in the afternoon in a 20-25 kn wind. With the discard coming into effect, Jim Hunt GBR moved up on top 3 points ahead of André Budzien GER on 2nd.
The report and the ranking list.
Friday, July 31, 2015   (Image © Robert Hajduk)
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Gusty conditions exceeding 30 kn on day 2 of the Round Robin at the Sopot Match Race brought the teams in difficult situations and even a dismasting. With 10 flights to go in the Qualification Round, the clear leader is the veteran Karol Jablonski POL with 9-2 [win-loss] ahead of Björn Hansen SWE 7-1 and Johnie Berntsson SWE Berntsson 7-4.
The results and the report.
Friday, July 31, 2015   
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The RC44 Marstrand Cup continued yesterday with 3 races. Team of the day with the ranks 1/3/3 was 'Bronenosec' of Vladimir Liubomirov RUS with Michele Ivaldi ITA calling tactics. The report with results.
Friday, July 31, 2015   
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Much wind yesterday in Kiel on day one of Round 3 of the GC32-Catamaran Sailing Cup. After the capsize of 'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA in the morning tune-up and VIP sailing, the PRO cancelled sailing for the day after consulting the 5 skippers. The report. Racing can be followed live on the Internet.
 
 
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