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Top News – Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Tuesday, September 30, 2014   
Rain and moderate winds around 8 kn prevailed yesterday on the first day of the J/80 World Championship on the Chesapeak Bay. The conditions just allowed to complete one race and the winners were Sophie Faguet FRA and her team. On the ranks 2 and 3 follow Will & Marie Crump USA (Chris Larson USA tactics) and Brian Keane USA (with Stuart McNay USA and Mike Wolf CAN). 32 teams from France, England and the USA participate.
The ranking list and the event facebook page
Tuesday, September 30, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The North Sea Coast remained again without wind and the PWA Grand Slam on Sylt stalled for another day. The PWA website used the waiting time for an interview with the winner of the first Slalom Elimination Arnon Dagan ISR.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014   
Glittering water, shining boats and much action marked the past nine days of the 2014 Interboot in Friederichshafen/Lake Constance GER. 86 200 (2013: 89 600) visitors were aboard the 53rd International Nautical Show, traditionally the first exhibition to present the novelties of the next season for all those interested in water sports, and to provide the first feedbacks for the industry. The ambience in the halls was positive and most of the exhibitors were satisfied with the results of the show, according to the Interboot-Director Klaus Wellmann. Extremely popular – also thanks to the perfect late summer weather - was the Interboot Harbour with the 130 test boats, as well as the many sport events on Lake Constance. 491 exhibitors from 15 nations were present, offering a wide selection of boats, equipment, services and last-but-not-least fashion.
The final report.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)
The Voiles de St-Tropez began yesterday in an up to 20 kn East wind, and the IRC Moderns, the Wallys and the J-Classes sailed one race each. As from today, the 120 Classics will join the racing. All ranking lists and the report of the day.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014   (Image © Stan Thuret)
After the wreckage of his Open 60, there was silence around Bernard Stamm SUI for quite some time. Now he is back and this with a victory. At Lorient FRA, he won the 'Atlantique', a weekend regatta attended by seven teams, together with Philippe Legros FRA and Matthieu Vandamme FRA, on the new Tour-de-France Diam-24 trimaran. In light winds, he dominated the race. The official report including a video interview with Stamm, and the report on Stamm's website.
At the same time, the Swiss is preparing his comeback in the Open-60-circuit. Together with Jean Le Cam FRA, he will start at the Barcelona World Race end of the year, the round-the-world-non-stop race for two person teams. For this purpose, he acquired with the help of his sponsors the yacht of Jörg Riechers GER, who had to quit his Vendée-Globe ambitions due to lack of finances. Originally, the boat has been built for Michel Desjoyeaux FRA, winning his second Vendée. After a complete reconditioning, the boat touched water again ten days ago. The report.
Top News – Monday, September 29, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014   (Image © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT)
Taylor Canfield ISV defeated Ian Williams GBR at the Dutch Match Cup Lelystad NE 2-1 and reduced the overall backlog on Williams to 5 points. The last two Acts of the World Tour on the Bermudas and in Malaysia will be very exciting ! Winner of the Petite Final and 3rd was David Gilmour AUS with 2-1 over Mathieu Richard FRA.
The report with results.
Monday, September 29, 2014   
Over the past weekend, the 53rd edition of the traditional Starboat Octoberfest Regatta was sailed with five races on the Ammersee GER. Winning three heats, the clear winners were Calle Schröder/Henrik Glimmsted SWE ahead of Ulrich Vater/Karsten Morf GER and Martin and Peter Gereben HUN. 47 participants from 7 nations.
The ranking list.
Monday, September 29, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The wind disappeared after the first Eliminations of the Slalom- and Freestyle-specialists and the competition was over early on the summery warm Sylt island and the many spectators enjoyed the sun. The Super Grand Slam of Sylt lasts during the whole week, but for today, the wind forecast is not any better.
The PWA website and the video trailer.
Monday, September 29, 2014   (Image © Segel-Bundesliga / Lars Wehrmann)
The 5th Act of the German National Sailing League in Friederichshafen/Lake Constance ended yesterday in light winds. The Norddeutsche Regatta-Verein with Carsten Kemmling was the winner and at the same time the early German National League Champion. In the 2nd National League, the first teams promoted to the 1st are known and are the WV Hemelingen, the SC Bayer Uerdingen and the Münchner YC. The Season Final will take place in Hamburg in October. Additional promotion places will be at stake.
The report with results.
Monday, September 29, 2014   (Image © Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi)
The 'Voiles de St-Tropez' are again a major happening with huge fleets in various classes. In addition to the Wally's or the J-Class-Yachts, there are again almost 100 Classics and a considerable fleet of modern yachts up to 80 foot on the entry list. The list of participants and the official preview. Moderate East winds around 10-15 kn and sun can be expected according to the forecasts. An ideal setting for good races !
Monday, September 29, 2014   
As last tune-up for the World Laser Masters' Championship at Hyères FRA beginning next weekend, the Internationale Laser Masters' Cup took place on the Bay of Hyères. Sunshine with an 5-8 kn breeze on Saturday and a 12-15 kn East wind on Sunday allowed to complete 5 races. Winners were Andrew Dellabarca NZL ahead of Thomas Chaix IRL and Denis Simeoni FRA in the Lasers Standard. Superior winner in the Lasers Radial was Mark Kennedy AUS winning 4 of the 5 heats. Seff Loosemore AUS and Keith Wilkins GBR (multiple Laser European Champion in the 70s) completed the podium.
The ranking lists.
517 participants are on the entry list of the Laser World Masters beginning on October 4 !
Monday, September 29, 2014   (Image © Dr)
Lotte Meldgaard-Petersen DEN defeated Stephanie Roble USA in a nail-biting final with 3-2. Anne Le Berre FRA won the Petite Final against Carolin Sylvan SWE and is on 3rd. After this 4th of 5 Rounds in the Women International Matchracing Series, the situation before the last event in Busan KOR is very exciting, as the overall leader Anna Kjellbärg SWE is only one point ahead of Lotte Meldgaard DEN.
The report with results.
Top News – Sunday, September 28, 2014
Sunday, September 28, 2014   (Image © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT)
Light winds prevailed for the first time at the Dutch Match Cup yesterday during the Quarter Finals. Proceeding to the Semis are Ian Williams GBR (3-2 vs Phil Robertson NZL), David Gilmour AUS (3-0 vs Keith Swinton AUS) and Mathieu Richard FRA (3-1 vs Arthur Herreman FRA). The first round of the Semis was already sailed yesterday. Mathieu Richard FRA leads against Ian Williams GBR 1-0, and David Gilmour AUS defeated Taylor Canfield ISV for the first time here at Lelystad.
The results and the report. The light wind will persist for the crucial duels today.
Sunday, September 28, 2014   
The first of two scheduled races was sailed on Lake Garda in a fresh Northerly wind early in the morning. Hugo Rocha ESP realised another race win and reduced the gap on the leader Carlo Alberini ITA to 4 points. But Alberini came back in the afternoon's race and made everything clear with a first place. Alessio Marinelli ITA defended Bronze behind Rocha ESP.
The ranking list and the final report.
Sunday, September 28, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
The fleet reached Lorient FRA yesterday evening closely together around 22 hrs CET. Adrien Hardy FRA had finally the upper hand and won 4 minutes ahead of Charlie Dalin FRA, and another 13 minutes later, it was Xavier Macaire FRA who crossed the finish line. The only woman in the fleet, Isabelle Joschke FRA/GER, remained on rank 7 among the 20 participants. The second place of Charlie Dalin FRA implies his victory of the French Solo Offshore Championship 2014.
The ranking list, the reports and the videos of the arrivals.
Sunday, September 28, 2014   (Image © Gerard Chauvel)
The Platu 25 World Championship 2014 in Antibes FRA ended yesterday with a last race without the new World Champion Sandro Montefusco ITA, who had his title prematurerly. Matthias Bermejo SUI and his team won the race and defended the 3rd rank overall. 5 points were missing for Silver earned by Tomaso De Bellis ITA.
The ranking list and the report.
Sunday, September 28, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The Freestylers opened the day early in the morning but the breeze quickly vanished and the Qualifiers had to be postponed. The Slalom drivers however found a light wind to start their competition but together with the breakers off Sylt, the conditions were very challenging. Aron Dagan ISR won ahead of Julien Quentel FRA. The World Champion Antoine Albeau FRA was forced to abandon after a collision during the Qualifiers.
All details on the PWA website.
Sunday, September 28, 2014   (Image © James Robinson Taylor / Regates Royales)
A last long-distance race sailed in summery light-wind conditions concluded the Royal Regatta in Cannes FRA attended by over 80 Classic Yachts. Here the final results of all 8 categories, as well as the final report.
Today, most yachts will dislocate to St-Tropez FRA where the 'Voiles de St.Tropez' will begin tomorrow. We already reported yesterday on the victory of Ian Bradburry IRL in the Dragons.
Top News – Saturday, September 27, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014   (Image © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT)
The windy conditions persisted yesterday at Lelystad and the Round Robin of the Dutch Match Cup was completed. Taylor Canfield ISV, score 9-2, is directly qualified for the Semi Final. The ranks 2-7 sais Quarter Finals today. Ian Williams GBR meets Phil Robertson NZL, David Gilmour AUS sails against Keith Swinton AUS and Mathieu Richard FRA encounters the surprise-man Arthur Herreman FRA.
The results and the report.
Saturday, September 27, 2014   (Image © Elena Giolai)
The Ora was light on the 3rd day of the J/70 Europeans on Lake Garda, but nevertheless, two races were completed in an 8 kn breeze. Finishing 1 and 2, Hugo Rocha ESP reduced the gap on the leading Carlo Alberini ITA on 6 points. Two North wind races have been scheduled for this morning, that will be crucial for the title. Alessio Marinelli ITA on rank 3 is already 17 points back, and another 8 points behind is Charlie Esse GBR as best corinthian skipper.
The ranking list and the daily report.
Saturday, September 27, 2014   
The J/24 World Championship 2014 in Newport RI ended yesterday with the races 9 and 10, and the leader Will Welles USA and his team confirmed their superiority with the day ranks 2 and 5 and took the title with a 17 points' advantage. Mauricio Santa Cruz BRA finished 2nd, John Mollicone USA 3rd. 69 teams from 12 nations participated.
The final rankings and the report.
Saturday, September 27, 2014   (Image © Pierpaolo Lanfrancotti)
No races on the last day of the 5.5 mIJ World Championship 2014. The light and circling wind allowed nothing but a few start attempts and the day ended without a valid result. The interim's leader Flavio Marazzi SUI /Jakob Gustafsson SWE/Christoph Burger SUI remained therefore on top and were declared World Champions. A constant row of results without a flop kept them in the leading group during the whole competition, while the direct opponents waited for the 6th race to discard the worst result and move on top. Kristian Nergaard NOR and Gavin McKinney BAH completed the podium.
The report and the final results.
Saturday, September 27, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The Sylt Super Grand Slam, the 9-days Finale of the PWA Worldcup Season, began yesterday in not too ideal conditions with a breeze from the shore. The Qualification races of the Slalom specialists and the Eliminations of the Wave riders were on the program, and this without any surprises. For today, a 14-20 kn breeze has been announced.
The report on the PWA website.
Saturday, September 27, 2014   (Image © James Robinson Taylor / R�gates Royales)
Late was the seabreeze, and only one long-distance race was completed in the Classics fleet with a finish line just nearby a cruise ship. The ranking list of the 6 classes.
The Dragon regatta ended already with Ian Bradbury IRL/Lars Hendriksen DEN/Claus Olensen DEN as winner after 6 races, ahead of Dimitri Samokhin RUS and Michael Zannel GER. The ranking list and the report.
Top News – Friday, September 26, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014   (Image © Robert Hajduk / AWMRT)
The Round Robin of the WMRT Dutch Match Cup at Lelystad continued yesterday in a fresh breeze, requesting perfect boat handling. Not everybody was mastering the tricky boat, and even the Tour leader Ian Williams GBR lost the boat and collided with the starting vessel, and was moreover loosing a match after capsizing. New on top of the rankings are now with a 7-1 score Mathieu Richard FRA and Taylor Canfield ISV. Williams is down on 3rd.
The report and the videos.
Friday, September 26, 2014   (Image © Gerard Chauvel)
Four races were sailed at the Platu 25 Worlds in Antibes FRA yesterday. Matthias Bermejo SUI and his team had a fulminant begin of the day winning the first two races, and moving up on position 2. Sandro Montefusco ITA keeps the lead with an 8 points advance on the Swiss who is tied with the 3rd Tomaso De Bellis ITA. Christophe Chaffardon FRA as 4th is already 19 points behind rank 3.
The ranking list. To learn more, consult the Platu 25 website during the day.
Friday, September 26, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
Two more races were sailed in moderate winds around 8 kn yesterday off Newport. Will Welles USA just defended his lead, but with a 46th place as result to be discarded on the final day today, his lead is in danger. Mauricio Santa Cruz BRA 6 points behind has a constant row of results with a 12th place as a discard, and even John Mollicone USA 14 points back has still theoretical chances for control.
The ranking list and the report (PDF).
Friday, September 26, 2014   (Image © Andrea Carloni)
Day 2 of the J/70 Europeans, ... another perfect Lake Garda day ! Sun and a 14-16 kn thermal breeze allowed to sail three races. Finishing twice on top, Carlo Alberini ITA extended his lead and his advantage after 6 races is now 11 points. Alessio Marinelli ITA follows on rank 2, Hugo Rocha ESP is 3rd. Bad luck for the 470 Junior European Champion Simon Sivitz ITA, who is out of competition after a big crash on the first day.
The ranking list and the daily report.
Friday, September 26, 2014   (Image © Ph Lanfrancotti)
The thundery weather went on yesterday and unconstant shifty winds between 8 and 17 kn were the consequence. Nevertheless, three races were completed, and Flavio Marazzi SUI and his team succeeded to move up on top with a row of top-6 finishes. Today's final heat will be decisive, as the discard result becomes effective, and the favorite and defending champion Markus Wieser GER will most probably take the first place. His result sheet stll contains an early start disqualification besides 3 wins in five races. Only Kristian Nergaard NOR could theoretically become a serious opponent.
The ranking list and the daily report.
Friday, September 26, 2014   (Image © James Robinson Taylor / R�gates Royales)
The Royal Regatta continued yesterday in the Bay of Cannes with a long-distance race, sailed in a light wind. The Dragons went on with their competition adding three more round-the-buoy short races in the Gulf of Juan.
The report and the ranking lists of the Classics. Unfortunately, the Dragon Link to the results does not work this morning. Ivan Bradburry IRL is first.
The - as always - must see video of the day.