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Top News – Thursday, September 18, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Thom Touw)
The day saw conditions range from up to 30 kn in the morning to dead-calm later in the afternoon, and not all planned race could be sailed.
The two Laser Classes concluded their Final Series and start to the Medal Races today. As the standings are, Robert Scheidt BRA will not earn his 10th Worlds title in the Lasers Standard as he has as 6th a 19 points' backlog on the leading Tom Burton AUS. The Australian will have to battle with Nick Thompson GBR only 2 points behind. Whoever is ahead in the last race will take the title. Even Nicolas Heiner NED on 3rd 6 points behind and Philipp Buhl GER on 4th 10 points back have chances for the title, if the battle for Gold ends with an endless down-sailing.
Good chance for Gold however has Marit Bouwmester NED in the Lasers Radial. Her advantage on the persuing tied duo Veronika Koselzka-Fenclova CZE and Josefine Olsson SWE is 10 points. Evi Van Acker BEL, 3 points farther behind and even Tuula Tenkanen FIN on 5th have chances for a Medal. The Silverfleet, lead by Maud Jayet SUI (rank 61 overall) did not sail.
The 470 men sailed only one race and continue with the Qualification Series today. However, the rankings are for the first time relevant with the positions after 3 races. Stuart McNay/David Hughes USA are 3 points ahead of Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO. Mantis/Kagialis GRE and Charbonnier/Nebout FRA follow at equal points on the ranks 3 and 4. With a deficit of 8,5 points, the defending champions Belcher/Ryan AUS are on position 11. Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI on rank 50 have a 50 points backlog on the Goldfleet cut at 37 boats. Philipp Erni/Stephan Zurfluh SUI 12 points behind the cut are now 55th. Today, three races are on the program.
The 470 women sailed their first Final race, and Lara Vadlau/Jolanta Ogar AUT took the overall lead winning this heat. Camille Lecointre/Hélène Defrance FRA follow 7 points behind. Mills/Clark GBR and Broekhuizen/Jongens NED are on the ranks 3 and 4 at equal points. Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI lost some ranks and are now 18th.
The Finns concluded the Qualification Series with 4 races. Ed Wright GBR won all heats of his group and is the clear overall leader ahead of Jonathan Lobert FRA. Ed Wright GBR and Anders Pedersen NOR follow at equal points on the positions 3 and 4.
The Nacra 17 did not compete. Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA are first on the published rankings with 2 race wins, but the other group only sailed one race won by Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI.
The 49ers concluded their Qualification Series after only 5 races yesterday. Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL lead 10 points ahead of Warrer/Thomsen DEN. Delle-Karth/Resch AUT follow behind 0.3 points back. The Olympic Champions Outteridge/Jensen AUS on rank 8 have a 20 points backlog. Sebastien Schneiter/Lucien Cujean SUI on position 55 and Victor Casas/Bryan Mettraux SUI as 74th continue the Championship in the Silverfleet.
The 49erFX completed only three races, and three teams share the lead: Charlotte Dobson/Sophie Ainsworth GBR, Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA and Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgard DEN all with the rank 1 and 2 in their groups. Today, the Qualification Series shall be concluded with 2-3 more races. Fiona Testuz/Livia Naef SUI on 22nd are with the 25 Goldfleet qualifiers for the moment, but their advance on the immediate oponents up to rank 30 is only 2 points.
Winning two heats, Julien Bontemps FRA is on top of the RS:X male windsurfers, followed by Piotr Myszka POL and Przemislav Miarczynski POL on the positions 2 and 3. Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI is now 24th and 17th nation. 18 nations will qualify for Rio 2016.
Charline Picon FRA domintes the RS:X female windsurfers with a 20 points' lead on Zofia Noceti-Klepacka POL. On the 3rd and 4th place are at equal points Eugenie Ricard FRA and Mayaan Davidovich ISR.

The results of the best North Americans are:
Laser Standard (147 boats): Charlie Buckingham USA 5th, Chris Barnard USA 15th, Lee Parkhill CAN 43th.
Laser Radial (120 boats): Erika Reinecke 14th, Isabella Bertold CAN 18th.
RS:X men: David Mier Y Teran MEX 46th (and Goldfleet), Zach Plavsic CAN 50th. Carson Crain USA 66th,
RS:X women: Demita Vega de Lille MEX 22nd, Farrah Hall USA 37th, Laurence Bonneau CAN 55th.
470 men (73 boats): Stuart McNay/David Hughes USA 1st, Jacob Chaplin-Saunders/Greame Chaplin-Saunders CAN 33th
470 women (54 boats): Annie Haeger/Briana Provancha USA 6th, Allison Surette/Alexandra tenHove CAN 49th
49er (80 boats): Brad Funk/Trevor Burd USA 3rd, David Mori/Justin Barnes CAN 40th
49erFX: Erin Rafuse/Danielle Boyd CAN 24th, Paris Henken/Helena Scutt USA 40th Nacra-17 (67 boats): Sarah Newberry/John Casey USA 13th, Luke Ramsay/Nikola Girke 15th
Finn (78 boats): Greg Douglas CAN 15th, Caleb Paine 18th

See also the US Sailing Team and the Sail Canada websites for details.

All ranking lists, the daily report and the video of the day.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Ian Roman/WMRT)
The 4th Act of the World Match Racing Tour 2014 began yesterday on Lake Michigan in a light breeze. 4 flights were completed, and as expected, Taylor Canfield ISV (Director of the Chicago Match Race Center) took advantage of his local experience and leads with a 4-0 score. Ian Williams GBR, Mathieu Richard FRA, Phil Robertson AUS, Joachim Aschenbrenner DEN and Chris Steele NZL follow with a 3-1 w/l record.
The report with results.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
Still no wind and small waves in Klitmöller on the Danish west coast, the Wave Worldcup had to be delayed again. A short report and some interviews on the PWA website.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)
The six teams of the 35th America's Cup Challenge decided to equip the AC45-catamarans with foils. 'Luna Rossa' and 'Oracle Team USA modified their cats already, and at the AC-World Series starting next year, the AC45s shall be flying. A report of 'Luna Rossa Challenge' and the official communiqué.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
The 5.5 m World Championship begins traditionally with the Scandinavian Gold Cup , and two races were already completed yesterday. Only the race winners qualify for the next round, and with Markus Wieser GER and his team already winning twice, the Gold Cup might be very short this time. Jürg Menzi SUI is sailing for Switzerland. He finished 5th and 2nd in the 6 boats fleet. The results.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   
The Finn Swiss Championship begins today in Port Camargue. Instead of the expected summery conditions, a bad weather depression with rain and an easterly wind of up to 25 kn will be prevailing over the Gulf of Marseille. The weather forecast. 43 sailors from 5 nations participate. The event website.
Top News – Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
Admittedly, the Santander area was blessed with a fresher breeze of up to 18 kn, but the South-Easterly wind from the shore was extremely shifty, and again, only a reduced program has been completed.
The RS:X male windsurfer completed their program with the Gold- and Silverfleet Qualifications. 23 nations are represented among the 41 drivers in the Goldfleet. 18 Rio Olympic berths will be allotted at the end of the Championship. Piotr Myszka POL is on the first place ahead of Pierre Le Coq FRA and Nick Dempsey GBR.
The RS:X female windsurfers had a lay day. Charline Piccon FRA is the clear leader ahead of Bryony Shaw GBR and Patricia Freitas BRA. 18 nations in the Goldfleet fight for one of the 15 Olympic berths.
The 470 women completed their Qualification Series as well. Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark GBR lead 2 points in front of Lara Vadlau/Jolanta Ogar AUT. On rank 3 at equal points follow Michelle Broekhuizen/Marieke Jongens NED and Lemaitre/Retornaz FRA down on rank 4 after a disqualification. The best 10 nations in the Goldfleet will qualify for an Olympic nations slot.
The Qualification Series in the 470 men is not yet terminated and will continue today on the reserve day. Up to now, one half of the fleet has sailed 3, the other half 2 races, and the ranking list ist therefore not very transparent. Charbonnier/Nebout FRA are mentioned as 1st, but McNay/Hughes USA with two race wins so far are clearly ahead.
Different is the number of races also in the 49ers. Burling/Tuke NZL are stated as leaders ahead of Lima/Costa POR. The second group follows in the rankings with position 41.
Uneven is also the number of races in the 49erFX, where Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgaard DEN are first after 3 completed heats. The second half of the fleet has sailed only 2 races.
The Finns completed one race per group. Oliver Twedell AUS and Giles Scott GBR were the race winners.
With two race wins in their group, Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA are on top of the Nacra 17 rankings. The second group sailed only one race, won by the Swiss team Mattias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI.
The Lasers continue the Championship in a Gold-, Silver- and Bronzefleet, but only the Goldfleet sailed yesterday and completed two races, with Philipp Buhl GER as double winner in the Lasers Standard, advancing on rank 5 overall. Tom Burton AUS is the leader ahead of Nicolas Heiner NED and Nick Thompson GBR. No races for the Silver- and Bronzefleets.
New on top of the Lasers Radial is Marit Bouwmester NED thanks of a race win, followed by Veronika Koselska-Fenclova CZE. Josefine Olsson SWE on rank 3 is already 14 points back.

The results of the best North Americans are:
Laser Standard : Charlie Buckingham USA 2nd, Chris Barnard USA 11th, Lee Parkhill CAN 21st.
Laser Radial: Erika Reinecke 6th, Isabella Bertold CAN 23rd.
RS:X men: David Mier Y Teran MEX 46th (and Goldfleet), Zach Plavsic CAN 63rd. Carson Crain USA 64th,
RS:X women: Demita Vega de Lille MEX 24th, Farrah Hall USA 34th, Laurence Bonneau CAN 55th.
470 men: McNay/Hughes USA 2nd, Chaplin-Saunders/Chaplin-Saunders CAN 13th
470 women: Haeger/Provancha USA 19th, Surette/tenHove CAN 55th
49er: Brad Funk/Trevor Burd USA 4th, David Mori/Justin Barnes CAN 26th,
49erFX: Erin Rafuse/Danielle Boyd CAN 14th, Deborah Capozzi/Molly Vandemoer USA 26th
Nacra-17: Sarah Newberry/John Casey USA,
See also the US Sailing Team and the Sail Canada websites for details.

The daily report and all ranking lists.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
Unfavorable wind and wave conditions prevented the competition at the Danish West Coast yesterday. The highlight of the day was the recovery of the fishing boat stranded in the middle of the race area. For the first time, the competition can be followed live on the Internet. The report of the day as always on the PWA-website.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The World Match Racing Tour 2014 continues today with the Chicago Match Cup on Lake Michigan. After 4 of 7 Rounds, the clear leader is Ian Williams GBR 17 points ahead of the second-ranked Mathieu Richard FRA, The 2013 Match Race World Champion Taylor Canfield ISV - btw Director of the Chicago Match Race Center and therefore very familiar with the Tom-28-yachts in use - on the 3rd rank has a deficit of 24 points on Williams. The competition can be followed live on the Internet.
The official preview.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014   
The most spectacular capsizes of the past 30 years are documented in a 6-minutes 18-footer video summary, the 'Capsize Classics'. An amusing start of the day ! The video.
Top News – Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Very light winds, big shifts and the strong tidal current made racing almost impossible. Only half of the 49er fleet completed two races.
Finishing twice as 5th, Delle-Karth/Resch AUT took the lead one point ahead of Basalkin/Chernikov RUS. Kostov/Cupac CRO are 3rd. The biggest surprise however are the unknown Ganapathy Kelapanda/Varun Thakkar IND on rank 4, even ahead of the Olympic Champions Outteridge/Jensen AUS. Some teams are already under pressure to reach the Goldfleet of the 25 best, such as Warrer/Thomsen DEN (rank 24), Dyen/Christidis FRA (31st) or Fletcher/Sign GBR (35th). Strammer/Brown USA are on the 27th place, Ferguson/Ferguson CAN are 48th.
The ranking list and the report of the day.
The wind forecast for today with a 10-12 kn breeze looks quite promising to sail the complete program for all classes. Raing can - as on every day - be followed live on the Internet.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The PWA Wave Worldcup began yesterday at the Danish 'Cold Hawaii' Klitmöller on Denmark's West Coast with a supersession. Moderate winds and a fisherman's boat stranded inmidst the race area (see picture) impeded the competition. Marcilio Brown BRA won the final ahead of Thomas Traversa FRA and Flo Jung GER. The event website and the PWA website.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   (Image © Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race)
The seven teams starting to the Volvo Ocean Race on October 4th sailed a test race from Alicante ESP to the Baleares and back over the past weekend. The fleet was quite balanced in the prevailing 5 - 15 kn breeze with the Danish 'Vestas Wind' of Chris Nicholson NZL as winner just 10 seconds ahead of 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED ! The report and the video.
Top News – Monday, September 15, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014   (Image © Pedro Martinez)
Very light winds - 4 to 8 kn - prevailed yesterday in Santander and only a reduced program was completed. The Laser Standard and Radial Goldfleets sailed only one Final race each, while the Silver- and Bronzefleets remained without results. The RS:X windsurfers sailed only 2 of the 3 planned heats. The 470 men completed one, the women two regattas.
First leaders in the 470 women are Maelenn Lemaitre/Aloise Retornaz FRA with the day ranks 1 and 2, followed by Fernanda Oliveira/Ana-Luiza Barbachan BRA and Huimin Feng/Lizhu Wang CHN. The 470 women rankings.
Group winners in the 470 men were Bouvet/Mion FRA and McNay/Hughes USA, with Fantela/Marenic CRO and Charbonnier/Nebout-Javal FRA on ranks 2, and Autenrieth/Autenrieth GER as well as Kampouridis/Papadopulos GRE on the 3rd places.
New on top of the Lasers Standard is Nicolas Heiner NED, Charlie Buckingham USA advanced on rank 2, at equal points with Tom Burton AUS. Robert Scheidt BRA dropped on rank 4 after a premature start disqualification.
In the Lasers Radial, the winner of the only race of the day was Dongshuang Zhang CHN taking the overall lead 6 points ahead of Josefine Olsson SWE. Marit Bouwmester NED follows on the 3rd place.
Piotr Myszka POL is now on top of the RS:X men windsurfers at conclusion of the Gold- and Silverfleet Qualifications. Nick Dempsey GBR, Byron Kokkalanis GRE and Toni Wilhelm GER follow at equal points on the ranks 2 to 4.
Charline Picon FRA remained on the first position in the RS:X women 6 points ahead of Byrony Shaw GBR. Patricia Freitas BRA is 3rd.
The video of the day presents the 470s. Check out also the ranking list and the event website.

The results of the best North Americans are:
Laser Standard : Charlie Buckingham USA 2nd, Chris Barnard USA 11th, Lee Parkhill CAN 21st.
Laser Radial: Erika Reinecke 6th, Isabella Bertold CAN 23rd.
RS:X men: David Mier Y Teran MEX 46th (and Goldfleet), Zach Plavsic CAN 63rd. Carson Crain USA 64th,
RS:X women: Demita Vega de Lille MEX 24th, Farrah Hall USA 34th, Laurence Bonneau CAN 55th.
470 men: McNay/Hughes USA 2nd, Chaplin-Saunders/Chaplin-Saunders CAN 13th
470 women: Haeger/Provancha USA 19th, Surette/tenHove CAN 55th
See also the US Sailing Team and the Sail Canada websites for details.

As from today, all classes will be on the water, for the first time the Nacra 17, the 49ers and the 49ersFX. Racing today can again be followed live on the Internet.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Top sailing conditions with a 20-23 kn breeze on the last day of the Istanbul Act prevailed for the X-40-cats. As team of the day, 'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA was ready to fight for the overall win in the last double-points heat, but for tactical reasons, they let 'Team New Zealand' with Dean Barker NZL pass to avoid that 'The Wave - Muscat' would win Act 6. The NewZealanders celebrated their first 2014 win, and this after a last place in Act 5. 'The Wave - Muscat' and 'Alinghi' completed the podium.
The report and the ranking list.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Light winds prevailed yesterday during the last races of the Swan Cup on Sardinia. 92 teams, split in 6 categories, participated. The outcome of the Swan 45 World Championship was decided in the very last race in favor of Nigel Brandeis GER agains his German opponent Christian Plump GER. All other ranking lists and the final report.
Monday, September 15, 2014   (Image © Sander van der Borch)
The inaugural One Design Cup in Marseille was concluded yesterday in excellent sailing conditions. The new high-tech classes were much appreciated.
Flavio Marazzi SUI was best in the three-boats' GC32-catamaran fleet. Arthur Herrmann FRA won the Match Race of the 8 Diam-24-trimarans. Loic Forestier SUI finished 4th in his first regatta as skipper of the new Tour-de-France boat. Giovanni Galeotti BEL dominated the Moths with David Holenweg SUI and Jean-Pierre de Siebenthal SUI on rank 2 and 3. The report and all ranking lists.
Top News – Sunday, September 14, 2014
Sunday, September 14, 2014   
Moderate winds around 10 kn prevailed yesterday during the Laser and RS:X races.
With 4 heats completed, the two Laser classes will continue racing in a Gold-, Silver- and Bronzefleet. Finishing on the ranks 3 and 1, the defending champion Robert Scheidt BRA has taken the lead in the Lasers Standard 2 points ahead of Nicolas Heiner NED, and another 2 points in front of Tom Burton AUS. 24 nations are now firmly qualified for Rio 2016, the 23 nations now in the Goldfleet plus Brazil as organisers. The report.
Veronika Kozelska-Fenclova CZE defended her first place in the Lasers Radial. Viktorija Andrulyte advanced on rank 2 as best of the day (1/4). The favorites Marit Bouwmester NED and Dongshuang Zhang CHN follow at equal points on the positions 3 and 4. 33 nations qualified for the Goldfleet, where 19 Olympics berths will be allotted.
The French dominate windsurfing. Pierre Le Coq FRA won both races of his group in the RS:X-men and leads overall ahead of Louis Giard FRA. Piotr Myszka POL follows on the 3rd place.
Charline Picon FRA won two of the three heats in the RS:X-female windsurfers, 2 points ahead of the surprising Demita Vega de Lille MEX. Byrony Shaw GBR, Eugenie Ricard FRA and Zofia Noceti-Klepacka POL follow on the ranks 3 to 5 at equal points.
All ranking lists and the event website .

The results of the best North Americans in the Lasers Standard : Charlie Buckingham USA 8th, Chris Barnard USA 12th, Lee Parkhill CAN 16th. Lasers Radial: Erika Reinecke 8th, Isabella Bertold CAN 35th. RS:X men: David Mier Y Teran MEX 34th, Carson Crain USA 39th, Zach Plavsic CAN 40th. RS:X women: Demita Vega de Lille MEX 2nd, Farrah Hall USA 35th, Laurence Bonneau CAN 57th. See also the US Sailing Team and the Sail Canada websites for details.
All ranking lists and the daily report.
In addition to the Lasers and RS:X-windsurfers, the 470s will begin their Championship today. As always, racing can be followed live on the Internet.
Sunday, September 14, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
No change on the Medal ranks after the three races of the last day. Tim Healy USA and his team with Geoff Baker USA as tactician are the first World Champions of this young class, commented by Paul Cayard USA as yacht with a "one design aspect, a very light and fast boat, relatively inexpensive, 4 person crew all combine for big bang and big fun for your buck.".
Joel Running USA (tactician Bill Hardesty USA) and Brian Keane USA (with Richard Clarke CAN) took Silver and Bronze. The best European is Peter Taselaar NED (with Tom Slingsby AUS) as 10th.
The final rankings and the event website.
Sunday, September 14, 2014   
Ideal X-40 cat conditions prevailed yesterday with a 20 kn breeze and a very special race on the program: a race across the Bosporus where the intensive cargo- and passenger traffic had to be interrupted during the competition. 'The Wave - Muscat' with Leigh McMillan GBR defended the leading position, but 'Team New Zealand' with Dean Barker NZL is only 2 points behind. 'Oman Air' (Rob Greenalgh GBR) stays on the 3rd place, but 'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA reduced the gap to 3 points. Racing for the ranks 1 and 2 as well as 3 and 4 remains close on the final day of the event.
The report and the results.
Sunday, September 14, 2014   
It blew 20 knots and above for a third straight day at the Rolex Big Boat Series, and with six races under their sailing belts, eight of ten classes – HPR, BAMA/Multihull, J/70, J/105, J/111, J/120, Melges 24, Express 37 – are counting on one last race (the traditional 'Bay Tour') tomorrow to either seal their deals or steal into top-three positions where bragging rights are as treasured as the trophies to be presented. The other two – ORR and Farr 40 – will let two round-the-buoys races determine the class champions, with the Farr 40 class also deciding the winner of its international circuit based on performances here. Read the full report.
Sunday, September 14, 2014   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)
Before the last races today, the results in 5 of 6 classes are very close, and only the Romanian 'Natalia' has a comfortable advantage in the Swan 42 rankings. In the Swan 45 Worlds, the fight for the title is German with 'Earlybird' of Nigel Brandis GER (with Jochen Schümann GER as tactician) and 'Elena Nova' of Christian Plump GER only one point behind. All other ranking lists and the daily report.
Sunday, September 14, 2014   
Roland and Nahid Gäbler GER gathered two race wins more and fiinsh the German Open on Lake Garda on a superior first place. Thanks to two second places, Martin Rusterholz/Jean-Marc Cuanillon SUI advanced on rank 2. Bob and Marc Baier GER are on the 3rd position, 6 points ahead of the 4th-placed Marcel and Jörg Steiner SUI. The results.
The Dart-18 Alp Cup 2014 ended with a Swiss victory. Michiel Fehr/Ueli Guggenbühl SUI won 6 of the 8 races and are 13 points in advance of the 2nd-ranked Matthias Huber/Dominik Volke GER 2. With Werner Heynisch/Markus Gysi SUI as 4th, another Swiss team is in the top-5. 29 teams from 5 nations. The ranking list.