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Top News – Friday, August 29, 2014
Friday, August 29, 2014   (Image © Stefano Gattini)
Typical Lake Garda conditions with northerly winds in the morning and the thermical Ora in the afternoon allowed the 57 teams of the Melges 20 worlds 2014 another three races. In 10-15 kn James Kilroy USA sailing with Laser Olympic goldmedallist Paul Goodison GBR took over the lead by posting an impressive 2/1/2 series. With an even better score of 1/3/1 Guido Miani MON (tactics Gabriele Benussi ITA) moved up to second, 14 points behind Kilroy USA. On equal points Dario Levi/Niccolo Bianchi ITA are third. The daily report, the rankings and the video of the day.
Friday, August 29, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The Seabreeze started yesterday earlier than expected three more heats were completed. In the womens race Sara-Quita Offringa NED continued her outstanding performance with three more victories, Delphine Cousin FRA and Lena Erdil TUR are completing the podium so far. In the men's competition Ben Van der Steen NED, Pascal Toselli FRA and Björn Dunkerbeck SUI each won a hetat, in the overall rankings Julien Quentel FRA continues to lead ahead of Pascal Toselli FRA and Antoine Albeau FRA. All news and videos on the PWA-website.
Friday, August 29, 2014   
Good wind conditions on the Manhasset Bay almost allowed the ten teams to complete the Round Robin of this years Knickerbocker Cup. 6 to 7 of the 9 Flights of the Round Robin have been sailed. With a clean score of 7-0 victories it's Switerlands Eric Monnin SUI leading the rankings. On second with a score of 5-1 it's top seeded Pierre-Antoine Morvan FRA who lost his duel against Monnin SUI. The results and the live ticker of the event website.
Top News – Thursday, August 28, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)
After three rainy days, the sun was back at the Melges 20 World Championship on Lake Garda yesterday, accompanied by a light to moderate Ora breeze around 10-12 kn. Three races were sailed and as expected, the teams from Italy and the USA are on top of the interim's rankings. Alessandro Rombelli ITA (tactics Daniele Cassinari ITA) is on top 7 points ahead of John Kilroy USA (with Paul Goodison GBR). 'Men' of the day was Liam Kilroy USA, age 11, with Steve Hunt USA and Stephanie Roble USA, on rank 3, just behind his father.
The ranking list, the daily report and the video of the day.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The seabreeze was late on the second day of the PWA Slalom in Turkey as well, but nevertheless, another Elimination was completed by each gender.
In the women, it was again Sara-Quita Offringa NED who was on top, while in the men, Julien Quentel FRA booked his first win in 2014, as some of the top drivers such as Antoine Albeau FRA or Björn Dunkerbeck SUI missed the qualifcation for the Final. Sara-Quita Offringa NED and Pierre Toselli FRA lead in the interim's rankings. The wind will fill in late also today.
Please find all deteils on the PWA website, inclusive the videos.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
Today begins the Knickerbocker Cup in the Manhasset Bay, traditionally the Qualification Event for the Congressional Cup, the most important Match Race in the USA. Top in the seedings is Pierre-Antoine Morvan FRA (world nbr 7), second on the list is Eric Monnin SUI (world nbr 11) and his team. Johnie Berntsson SWE or Sam Gilmour AUS are other high-class matchracers on the entry list.
The event website.
Thursday, August 28, 2014   
The project Hydros is not only active with experimental foiler catamarans in regattas and record attempts, but also in research efforts to find the most energy-efficient boat, a very important initiative considering the energy consumption of today's commercial navigation. A competition open for universities had been launched ending with a comparison of the models on the water. Here the presentation video of the organisers and the video report of the Australian team.
Top News – Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The first Single Elimination of the PWA World Tour Slalom at Alcati TUR was completed on day one already thanks to a well-established 15 kn breeze. In the men's category, Ben Van der Steen BEL won ahead of Pascal Toselli FRA und Antoine Albeau FRA. In the women's, Sara-Quita Offringa NED (Aruba) was the fastest, followed by Lena Erdil TUR and Fulya Ünlü TUR on the ranks 2 and 3. As to the dominators of previous years: Valérie Ghibaudo FRA finished 5th, Karin Jaggi SUI did not compete.
More details on the PWA website.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   (Image © JOY)
Late - around 15 hrs CET - and very light was the Ora wind yesterday because of the overcast sky. The 57 teams left the harbour for a last training, but the Practice Race was cancelled as a thunderstorm was approaching. The wind forecast for the coming days is not very promising. The report of the day.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
Yann Guichard FRA and Dona Bertareli SUI with their 140-foot-trimaran 'Spindrift' (the former 'Banque Populaire') have been waiting in New York in vain for an appropriate weather window to attack the North Atlantic record from New York to Cap Lizard. Five days ago, the attempt was cancelled, as the trimaran has to be slighlty modified in view of Yann Guichard's start to the solo race 'Route du Rhum' in the coming November.
Monday evening during the jouney back to France, the trimaran hit a swimming container at a speed of 25 kn, breaking off one of the rudder. A short repair stop on the Azores will be made before sailing back to France.
The report with a video.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   (Image © Chris Ray)
Fresh winds between 20 and 25 kn dominated the first two days of the traditional 18 Foot International Regatta. Howie Hamlin USA and his team are leading the fleet after 4 races sailed. Just one point back Brett Van Munster AUS is second. Read the full report and see the complete results.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014   
This evening at 18.30 hrs CET, Patrick Girod SUI will present his project for the Mini-Transat of next year. With his intensive racing program this year, he has aleady completed the qualification miles for this event. The invitation.
Simon Koster SUI, third of last year's Mini-Transat, will again parcitipate in the next edition of this key event of the Mini 650 class. On September 8th, he will present his new project at the Segler Vereinigung Thalwil / Lake Zurich SUI.
The Simon Koster website.
Top News – Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014   (Image © Lloyd Images)
Cardiff Bay saved the best for last for the 11-boat Extreme 40 fleet, where 'The Wave - Muscat' (Leigh McMillan GBR), 'Alinghi' (Morgan Larson USA) and 'JP Morgan-BAR Racing' (Ben Aisnlie GBR) battled it out until the bitter end for the top positions, in one of the closest – and most exciting – three-horse fights seen in the Series, which resulted in a three way collision and three consecutive penalties too boot in the final and double points race. (See the video, crash happens after 3 min 30 sec). Inspite of finishing this last race on the last places ('Alinghi' 9th, 'BAR' 10th, 'Wave' 11th), these three teams finished in Cardiff 1 - 2 - 3 overall. In the 2014 Series interim's rankings, 'Alinghi' remains on top but the advance on 'The Wave - Muscat' has melted on 2 points. Third in the annual rankings are Jerôme Clerc SUI/Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI on 'RealTeam' thanks to a 5th place in Cardiff. and a weak result of Dean Barker NZL and his 'Team New Zealand' in Wales.
The report and the rankings.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014   (Image © Max Ranchi)
Today on Lake Garda is day one of the Melges 20 World Championship 2014, a class spreaded widely during the last three years. 57 teams from 11 nations and 3 continents are on the entry list. A number of high-ranked sailors are among the participants such as the Laser 2008 Olympic Champion Paul Goodison GBR, the multiple Laser and Starboat European Champion Michael Hestbaek DEN, the double 470 Olympic Champion Malcom Page AUS or the past Soling World Champion Bill Hardesty USA. The title will most probably go to a USA or Italian team.
The official preview and the event website.
Top News – Monday, August 25, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014   (Image © Lloyd Images)
After the windy start days, only a light breeze prevailed yesterday over the Cardiff Bay for another five short races. 'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA hardly found the speed in the first three heats, finishing with the backmarkers, and had to leave rank 1 in the interim's rankings to 'The Wave - Muscat' with Leigh McMillan GBR. Their lead before the last races today (including the final double points heat) is 7 points, ... and a fresh breeze around 25 kn has been announced. On rank 3 follows Ben Ainslie GBR with his 'BAR Racing Team'. The second Swiss multihull 'Realstone' with Jerôme Clerc SUI moved up on rank 4.
The rankings and the daily report.
Monday, August 25, 2014   (Image © Tim Wilkes)
The light wind on the final day allowed only a race for the 2.4m and the Skud-18. The race of the Sonars had to be abandoned. Here the results: Bruno Jourdren/Nicolas Vimont-Vicary/Eric Flageul FRA wins in the Sonars, another title for the Frenchman. Silver and Bronze went to Paul Tingley CAN and Colin Harrison USA with their teams. The tightly leading trio in the 2.4m finished the last race in the middle of the fleet, and Heiko Kröger GER succeeded to defend his first place. Helena Lucas GBR advanced on rank 2, Séguin FRA won the Bronze medal. In the Skud-18, Alexandra Rickham/Niki Birrell GBR needed a race win to overtake the leading Daniel Fitzgibbon/Liesl Tesch AUS, but finishing 'only' second, they remain second overall at equal points with the new World Champions. Marco Gualandris/Marta Zanetti ITA won Bronze.
The ranks 1 to 6 qualify the nations for the Paralympics 2016 in Rio. The USA teams have qualified in the 2.4mR and SKUD-18 classes. CAN has achieved their overall goal by securing berths in all three classes. All ranking lists and the event website.
 
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