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Top News – Sunday, March 29, 2015
Sunday, March 29, 2015   
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The fleet is chasing in westerly winds around 20 kn direction Cape Horn, that they will pass by tomorrow Monday already. The ranks 1-5 are still separated by 13 miles only, and 'Mapfre' and 'Alvimedica' crossed within two boat lengths on the faraway South Pacific. The video ! The all-female 'SCA' team seems to still have problems, as in similar wind speeds, they are 5 miles slower, and the backlog has increase to 222 miles. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) was in the lead this morning 0,4 miles ahead of 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA).
The race viewer and the event website with the reports and more videos.
Sunday, March 29, 2015   (Image © Michael Petrikov)
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No wind on the last day of the inaugural event of the Kite-Foil Gold Cup. After 10 races, the first three pilots were separated by one point only. Nicolas Parlier MON is first at equal points with Maxime Nocher FRA, while Johnny Heineken USA remains on 3rd one point back. 44 kiter from 17 nations participated.
Many new developments of the young kite-foil technology could be noticed at the first event of the Northern Hemisphere season. The Foil-Kiter reach now twice the wind speed in an 8 kn breeze already !
The results and the event facebook page.
Sunday, March 29, 2015   
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Guillermo Altadill ESP/José Munoz CHI had 200 miles left to the finish in Barcelona this morning. Due to the still very light wind, they will not arrive before tomorrow Monday.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Sunday, March 29, 2015   (Image © Christophe Favreau)
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The 5o5 World Championship 2015 began yesterday in Port Elizabeth RSA with two races sailed in a fresh breeze, both won by the defending World Champions Mike Holt/Carl Smit USA. Michael Quirk/Luke Payne AUS are on the 2nd place with a 5 points' backlog.
The report with video interviews.
Sunday, March 29, 2015   (Image © MartinezStudios)
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Only during the afternoon, the wind off La Valetta MLT was dropping below the RC44 limit of 25 kn, allowing to complete at least one race full of action. 'Charisma' of Nico Poons NED with Morgan Reeser USA as tactician was the winner, reducing the gap on the leading 'Katusha' (Alexeev RUS/Horton USA) on 5 points. The crucial races will be sailed today, final day of the event.
The results and the daily report.
 
Top News – Saturday, March 28, 2015
Saturday, March 28, 2015   
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The fleet is progressing well in a 20 kn westerly breeze, still sailing in a tight pack practically within sight: The leading 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) is 3 miles in front of 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED), and the last of this group on the 5th place, 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP), is only 6 miles behind the leading Chinese. Only the all-female team 'SCA' (Samantha Davies GBR) on an extreme northern route is clearly behind with a 96 miles backlog.
The race viewer and the event website with reports and videos.
Saturday, March 28, 2015   
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The second-ranked Guillermo Altadill ESP/José Munoz CHI with their 'Neutrogena' have passed the Gibraltar Strait during the past night and are now sailing on the Mediterranean Sea. However, the conditions are very light, and 'GAES' on the 3rd place will be able to reduce the 430 miles' backlog somewhat. But the rankings are not in danger as 'Neutrogena' is only 400 miles away from the finish line in Barcelona. Jörg Riechers GER/Sébastien Audigane FRA will finally cross the Equator this morning with 3000 miles left to the finish.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Saturday, March 28, 2015   
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Day 4 was the windiest day so far at this event, and some more final series races were completed at Ventana MEX. Maxime Nocher FRA, starting under Monaco flag, leads after 8 final races with a 3 points' lead on Johnny Heineken USA. Nicolas Parlier FRA descended on the 3rd position.
The results and the event facebook page.
Saturday, March 28, 2015   
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With gale force winds forecast from lunchtime on, Principal Race Officer Peter Reggio got racing underway two hours ahead of schedule, at 0930, before finally pulling the plug at midday after two races had been held. Over this period the conditions were 'changeable', starting in around 10-12 knots, but with a sizeable swell left over from yesterday, oddly running with the boats on the upwind legs. For race two the wind was building, typically in the high-teens with the wind-driven waves picking up, confusing the sea state.
The day's stand out performer was 'Katusha' with Vadim Alexeev RUS and Andy Horton USA calling tactics winning both heats. Finishing 2nd and 3rd, 'Charisma' with Nico Poons NED and Morgan Reeser USA as tactician had also a good day, advancing on rank 2 overall. On rank 3 follows 'Nika' with Vladimir Prosikhin RUS and Dean Barker NZL.
The ranking list, the daily report and the videos.
Saturday, March 28, 2015   
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The well-attended San Remo Dragon Cup began yesterday, and the favorites are already on the top places in the interim's rankings. Anatoly Loginov RUS and his team lead 4 points ahead of Markus Wieser GER on the UKR 'Bunker Queen' now starting under UAE flag.
The ranking list and the event website.
 
Top News – Friday, March 27, 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015   (Image © SCA)
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The fleet is sailing closely together along the ice limits South of the 50° parallel in a decreasing wind around 20 kn with 'Dongfeng' of Charles Caudrelier FRA in the lead 2 miles ahead of 'Alvimedica', 7 miles ahead of 'Mapfre' and 10 miles ahead of 'Brunel'. The last-ranked 'SCA' has reduced the backlog to 57 miles.
The race viewer and the event website with reports and videos.
Friday, March 27, 2015   (Image © Will Ricketson)
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The US Sailing Team Sperry and US Sailing Development Team will be present in force at the 46th Trofeo Princesa Sofía (March 28-April 4, 2015), one of the most enduring and prestigious Olympic-class regattas in the world. The event is held in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, a venue with a rich sailing history, and this year approximately 1,000 sailors from over 50 nations are expected to compete. Forty-six Americans have entered in all ten Olympic classes. - See more at Team Website.
Friday, March 27, 2015   
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The 5o5 South African Nationals ended yesterday with a second race, sailed in fresh breeze exceeding 20 kn. It was now up to other nations to run the show after the Aussie festival in the first race, especially the defending World Champions Mike Holt/Carl Smit USA coming back strongly with a clear race win. They also are on top overall ahead of the international team Ian Pinnell GBR/Jens Tellen GBR at equal points. The report with the final rankings.
Friday, March 27, 2015   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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Two days after Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA arriving victoriously in Barcelona, the runner-up Guillermo Altadill ESP/José Munoz CHI will reach the Mediterranean Sea today, and - considering the light winds - another four days will be needed to reach the Catalan metropole. Milestone today also for Jörg Riechers GER/Sébastien Audigane FRA passing the Equator as 6th, and still fighting with the serious handicap of a damaged rudder system.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Friday, March 27, 2015   (Image © Martinez Studios)
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The 2015 RC44 Championship Tour started on Malta last Wednesday as in previous years with the matchracing day. Four different teams finished on top with four wins each. Here the results, the report and the video.
Yesterday, the regatta continued with fleetracing in very varying conditions and a breeze of up to 20 kn in during the second of the three races, not to forget the big swell. 'Ceeref' of Igor Lah SLO with Adrian Stead GBR as tactician won two races and leads overall ahead of the tied 'Katushaa' of Vadim Alexeev RUS with Andrew Horton USA as tactician. 'Nika' with - for the first time 'on his own' after the long years at 'Team NZL' - Dean Barker NZL calling tactics, finished first in the third race, putting them on 4th overall.
The results and the daily report.
 
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.
 
 
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